DRDO UAV crashes in farmland in Karnataka none injured

first_imgBengaluru: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to the Defence Research and Development Organisation crashed during a trial in an agriculture field in Chitradurga district on Tuesday, police said. However, no casualties were reported. The DRDO tweeted, “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) being developed by DRDO on experimental flight trial in new configuration has crash landed in fields near ATR Chitradurga. Data is being analysed.” The incident created a scare at Jodi Chillenahalli village as a loud noise was heard when the aerial vehicle fell. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Soon, large number of people gathered at the spot, police said. Chitradurga Superintendent of Police Arun K told PTI that the UAV crashed in the arecanut farm this morning, but no one was injured. Videos of the broken UAV went viral on the social media. According to state government officials, the testing of aerial vehicle called ‘Rustom-2’ was in progress when the incident occurred.last_img read more

Deer with hammock festooned in antlers wins raves in northwestern BC

first_imgPRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – A deer with part of a purple hammock laced around his antlers has inspired a Facebook page, popular line of T-shirts and tremendous public interest in a northern British Columbia city.But the buck’s bonnet won’t last much longer.Hammy, as he has been dubbed, rose to notoriety during the summer when he got stuck in a backyard hammock in Prince Rupert.RCMP officers freed him but Hammy raced away before the hammock fringe could be tugged off his head.Since then, a Facebook page allows Prince Rupert residents to track sightings of him, while a local entrepreneur created a line of T-shirts that almost instantly sold out depicting Hammy and his haute couture headgear.The fringe isn’t harming the buck or preventing him from feeding.Residents say Hammy even seems to be the leader of a small group of deer that roam the city.But male deer shed their antlers annually, so Hammy will lose his showy chapeau within the next few months.Frances Riley says she has seen Hammy and he appears to celebrate his purple plumage.“He was cruising around with a pack of other bucks. There were about six of them and they’d stop and they’d fight every once in awhile and Hammy was leading the parade,” Riley says.“He seemed to be the leader of their little crew.”Riley says the fringe doesn’t appear to slow Hammy down but she hopes this leads to a conversation about how humans and wildlife interact.In the meantime, she says he brightens people’s days.“It’s just kind of fun. He’s just kind of cool. You see him and its like, ‘oh, right on, there’s Hammy.’ ” (CJFW)last_img read more

Mounties put more eyes in the sky with expanding drone fleet

first_imgOTTAWA — Newly disclosed records show the RCMP has assembled a fleet of more than 200 flying drones — eyes in the sky that officers use for everything from accident-scene investigation to protecting VIP visitors.The compact airborne devices are equipped with tools including video cameras and thermal-image detectors.An RCMP privacy assessment of the technology says the force is committed to protecting any personal information the drones collect and that officers strive to comply with federal laws.But one privacy expert notes the assessment, recently released under the Access to Information Act, was drafted in 2017 — seven years after the Mounties began using drones.Micheal Vonn of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association says the assessment also provides few details about the technical capabilities of the cameras attached to the drones. She says there are legitimate policing uses for drones but also potentially invasive ones, such as taking photos at public events so they can be electronically run against images in databases.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Indigenous men switched at birth left with more questions after investigations

first_imgThe Canadian PressNORWAY HOUSE, Man. – The families of four Indigenous men who were switched at birth and sent home from a northern Manitoba hospital with the wrong parents said they were left with more questions than answers Thursday after reviews by the RCMP and Health Canada.Manitoba RCMP said no charges will be laid in the two mixups at the Norway House Indian Hospital in 1975 because there is no evidence that what happened was a criminal offence.Health Canada said its review found that the switches appear to have been accidental. The hospital did not seem to ensure identification bands were placed on newborn babies’ ankles at the time.“The families are of the view that, due to the passage of time, they will never have a complete understanding of the events that led to the misidentification,” Bill Gange, lawyer for the families, wrote in a statement.“The information gathered by the investigators has left the families filled with questions of what would their lives have been like if the Norway House hospital had followed standard procedures common in birthing centres in 1975.”The switches only came to light in the last two years.Luke Monias and Norman Barkman of Garden Hill First Nation, a fly-in community 400 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, revealed in November 2015 that DNA tests proved they were switched at birth.Two other men from Norway House Cree Nation, Leon Swanson and David Tait Jr., came forward with the same story in August 2016. Results from DNA tests confirmed their switch.The two cases, which occurred months apart, raised the question of whether other babies could have ended up with the wrong families. Health Canada reports 239 babies were born at the hospital that year, but no other cases have come to light.When the second case became public a year ago, former health minister Jane Philpott called the situation tragic and appalling, and promised to get to the bottom of what happened.The federal report said there was conflicting information about the exact process at the hospital in 1975, but it appears identification procedures were not followed in the two cases.“The reviewers heard from multiple interviewees that the identity band was not routinely placed on the infant immediately after birth in the room where the infant had been born,” the report states.“The identification band process was not used consistently and the identification bands were not put on the baby in the room where the baby was delivered.”The report also noted that immediately after the birth of a healthy baby, the infant would be taken to the nursery to be weighed and measured.At an emotional news conference a year ago, Tait Jr. said he was desperately searching for answers.“Forty years gone,” he said, barely able to speak through his tears. “It’s pretty tough. It hit me like a ton of bricks. If anything, (I’m) angry, confused, upset. I’d like to get some answers on what’s going on.”DNA evidence confirmed that Tait Jr., 41, is the son of Charlotte Mason – the woman who raised Swanson as her son – and not Frances Tait. They also confirmed that Swanson, Tait Jr.’s life-long friend, is the biological son of Frances Tait.Monias and Barkman were born on the same day and, growing up, the two were often told they looked more like the other boy’s family.Manitoba’s former Aboriginal affairs minister Eric Robinson, who acted as a liaison for the families, suggested Thursday that the mix-up was tied to racism and neglect at the country’s few Indian hospitals in the 1970s.“Regrettably, it shows that Indian people received second-rate treatment when it came to health in those days and perhaps, some would argue, to this day.”last_img read more

UN rights chief suggests mission to assess possible war crimes in Gaza

“The situation is intolerable. The ceasefire called for by the UN Security Council must be implemented immediately. The violence must stop,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told a special session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.“The vicious cycle of provocation and retribution must be brought to an end,” she said, pointing out that the ongoing conflict had already caused the loss of hundreds of lives since Israel started its military operation 14 days ago with the stated aim of ending Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza.Ms. Pillay stressed unequivocally that international human rights law must apply in all circumstances and at all times, and strongly urged the parties to the conflict “to fulfil their obligations under international humanitarian law to collect, care for and evacuate the wounded and to protect and respect health workers, hospitals, and medical units and ambulances.“Accountability must be ensured for violations of international law,” she said, suggesting that the Council should consider authorizing a mission to assess violations committed by both sides in the conflict in order to establish the relevant facts and ensure accountability.“I remind this Council that violations of international humanitarian law may constitute war crime for which individual criminal responsibility may be invoked,” she added.She also called on the parties to the conflict to allow the deployment of independent human rights monitors in both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory to document any violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. She urged that so-called Special Procedures mandate holders be granted unrestricted access to Gaza and the West Bank. The special session was called in response to a request by Egypt on behalf of the Arab Group and the African Group, Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and Cuba on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement. In a message read out to the session, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory Richard Falk said the use of force by an occupying power against security threats emanating from a population under occupation was permissible within the constraints set by international law.There was no legal or moral justification for firing rockets at civilian targets, and such behaviour was a violation of international human rights, associated with the right to life, as well as constituting a war crime, he stated. At the same time, the nature of the offence should be evaluated within the context of its occurrence.This included the fact that for the year prior to 27 December not a single Israeli death resulted from rockets fired from Gaza, he noted. Also, while Israel had been expected to lift or at least ease the blockade that had imposed severe hardships on the entire population of Gaza, it failed to do so.Such a blockade does not alter the unjustifiable character of the rocket attacks, but it does suggest two important conclusions from a legal perspective. First, the scale of civilian harm resulting from Israeli unlawful conduct was far greater than that of Palestinian unlawful conduct, he said.Secondly, any effort to produce a sustainable ceasefire should ensure that Israel as well as Hamas respect humanitarian law, which most concretely means that interferences with the access of goods for the maintenance of normal civilian life must end, and cannot be re-established as a retaliatory measure if some sort of rocket attack occurs in the future, he added. A joint statement by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Children”s Fund (UNICEF) said the terrible suffering of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip and the south of Israel demanded the Council”s urgent attention.Nothing less than ending the violence would be effective to improve the situation. In addition to those killed and wounded, thousands of Palestinians had been displaced, but there was no safe haven for them as had been shown by the incident at an UNRWA school, where Israeli shells killed 43 people and injured over 100, the statement added.The lack of medical supplies and security had left the wounded without care and insecurity continued to restrict the movement of medical personnel. Medical facilities had been damaged in most cases it took hours before ambulances could reach the wounded, if they could reach them at all, because of continuous shelling. Children urgently needed access to food and psychological counselling.Health workers were exhausted and the insecurity had severely impaired food distribution. The lack of electricity was preventing people from cooking food. As pointed out, the needs of the population were so great at this time that humanitarian organizations needed to operate around the clock, the agencies said. The free and safe movement of the wounded had to be ensured. All parties to the conflict had to adhere to their obligations to protect the civilian population. The Council will continue the session on Monday when it is expected to take action on a related draft resolution. 9 January 2009The top United Nations human rights official today proposed a mission to assess violations and possible war crimes committed by both Israel and Hamas in the Gaza conflict, and called for immediate implementation of a ceasefire. read more

Saputo ekes out slightly higher revenue profit

MONTREAL — Saputo Inc. eked out a only slightly higher profit and revenue in its latest quarter, coming in slightly below analyst estimates.The Montreal-based cheese, dairy and bakery company had $130-million or 65 cents per share of net income, a penny short of analyst estimates.Its revenue was $1.8-billion, about $100-million less than the consensus estimate compiled by Thomson Reuters.The profit was up $200,000 or one cent per share from a year earlier while revenue was up by just $4.1-million from $1.796-billion.Saputo said it faces challenges in obtaining milk at competitive prices in several countries where it operates.The company is Canada’s largest dairy processor and the 12th-biggest in the world and producer of several brands of snack cakes.It also has a major presence in the United States and Argentina.The Canadian Press read more

Talks held to address concerns on Norochcholai

The discussions came into light as the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka directed the PUCSL to take necessary steps to regularize the environment damage caused by the Norochcholei coal power plant. The direction was given with regard to the ongoing Fundamental Rights Application pending at the Supreme Court on the environmental impact of the power plant, which PUCSL informed that it has already commenced the process to reduce the damage caused by the fly ash as well as the remaining coal in that area. The first meeting was held on Wednesday, 5thApril 2017 and the representatives of various communities and institutions discussed in depth on all the issues that the villagers voiced and in the second meeting held on Monday, 24th April 2017, the villagers submitted all their issues and concerns in writing to the Committee.The Lakvijaya Power Station, also known as the Norochcholai Power Station is the largest coal power station in Sri Lanka. The plant which has the capacity of 900 MW generates about 39 percent of Sri Lanka’s total energy requirement. The need of establishing community based committees in order to work hand in hand with the Ceylon Electricity Board to resolve these types of issues that arise from time to time was also discussed in parallel to the development of a regulatory mechanism to address issues in the short, medium and longer term basis.The next meeting of the committee is scheduled for on 22nd May 2017 and the outcome of these discussions will be reported by PUCSL to the Supreme Court. (Colombo Gazette) The Supreme Court said, all the matters concerning the environmental damage caused,will be looked into by the PUCSL, which is the authority in law entitled to do so. Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator, held discussions with the communities that raised concerns on the environment impact of the Norochcholai coal power plant in the North Western Province.Accordingly, a committee of expertise appointed by the PUCSL in March 2016 to study the environmental impact that caused by the thermal power plants in Sri Lanka, the fisheries and farmer community, the representatives of the Ceylon Electricity Board, Central Environmental Authority, North Western Provincial Environmental Authority, Department of Coast Conservation and Environmental Foundation (Guarantee) Limited discussed in depth on the issues that the communities raised in this regard. read more

Activist investor Jana Partners reduces Agrium stake pleased with changes

by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 10, 2013 3:26 pm MDT Activist investor Jana Partners reduces Agrium stake, pleased with changes CALGARY – Jana Partners, the New York activist hedge fund that waged a proxy fight against Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU), said Thursday it has reduced its stake in the fertilizer giant.Still, the fund will remain among Agrium’s biggest shareholders with a 2.7 per cent stake, down from its previous 7.6 per cent position.Jana said in a filing to U.S. regulators that the decision was made “in the course of managing its overall portfolio.”During the bitter boardroom battle, which began in the spring of 2012 and ended in April of this year, Jana pushed for several changes at Agrium. The proposal that garnered the most attention was to look at splitting up Agrium’s retail and wholesale businesses.Jana also wanted Agrium to improve capital allocation, costs, disclosure in its retail business and corporate governance.“While (Jana) continues to believe there are opportunities for substantial improvement in each of these areas, it is pleased by (Agrium’s) progress in many of them since (Jana’s) initial engagement with (Agrium),” Jana said in the filing.For instance, Agrium has returned more cash to shareholders in the form of increased dividends and share buybacks. It has also started disclosing more financial information about its retail segment and factoring that performance into management’s compensation, Jana said.Last week, Agrium announced CEO Mike Wilson will be retiring in the new year, to be replaced by current chief operating officer Chuck Magro. Jana said it expects those changes, combined with several scheduled board retirements, should improve Agrium’s “openness and responsiveness to proposals for value creating change.”Jana says it still believes Agrium should at least conduct an unbiased review of splitting up its retail and wholesale segments, but says a newly increased dividend should help investors better appreciate the steady retail cash flow. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN chief condemns deadly attack on voter registration centre in eastern Afghanistan

“The Secretary-General extends his solidarity to Afghan citizens seeking to exercise their constitutional rights and take part in the forthcoming parliamentary elections,” said a statement attributable to the UN chief’s spokesperson.In the statement, Mr. Guterres also extended his condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.According to media reports, at least 17 people were killed and 37 were wounded in the attack, which took place Sunday afternoon (local time).There have been a number of attacks on voter registration centres as Afghanistan prepares to hold parliamentary elections in October.On 22 April, a suicide attack struck a voter registration centre in the capital, Kabul, killing at least 30 people. read more

Female players will no longer be referred to as Ms Miss or

Female tennis players at Wimbledon will no longer be referred to by “Miss” or “Mrs” as the All England Lawn Tennis Club says it has to “move with the times”. Ending a long held tradition, umpires will no longer use the single or marital prefix when they declare that a woman has won a game, set or match to “achieve consistency” between the sexes, the Club said on Monday. The issue was brought into the spotlight last year after Serena Williams married Alexis Ohanian, an American Internet entrepreneur, several months before the Championships. Despite not taking her husband’s name, the umpire declared, “Game, set and match, Mrs. Williams” when she won after years of the prefix “Miss”. The new rule brings the coverage in line with the men’s game, which has traditionally only used their surname – such as “Game, Federer” – to declare that they have won a match. “We’ve got to move with the times,” said Alexandra Willis, head of communications, content and digital for the All England Club. “Hopefully we surprise people with the way we do that.“Some of the traditions — white clothing, playing on grass — they are our greatest strengths and the things that we do. Others absolutely have to move with the times. You have to respect the wishes of the players. I suppose the challenge for us is: how much you rewrite history?” The announcement follows gradual changes by the AELTC over the past few years to bring the treatment of female tennis players in line with men. In 2009, they removed the titles ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ from the tournament’s scoreboards, as the male title was never used.Two years earlier, the competition introduced equal prize money for both sexes after Roger Federer, the 2006 men’s champion, earned £655,000 while Amelie Mauresmo took home £625,000 for winning the women’s title.Williams is set to play her first 2019 Wimbledon match tomorrow afternoon on Centre Court against Italy’s Guilia Gatto-Monticone.  Serena Williams was referred to as "Mrs Williams" by judges last year British player Heather Watson, 27, admitted she had not noticed the change during her match – in which she beat 17-year-old Caty McNally from the US – but welcomed it, saying: “Equality is good.” The announcement follows a similar move by the French Open, who last month reportedly dropped the terms “Madame” or “Mademoiselle” for female players from their coverage.Neither of the other two grand slams, the US or Australian Open, use any gender-specific prefixes, according to the International Tennis Federation, making Wimbledon the last to make the modern day move.The news is likely to draw attention to the Wimbledon Compendium, a historical record of the marriages of all past women’s champions, runners-up and semifinalists. However, there are is no such list for male players.Last year, Williams admitted that she never knew the book existed, adding: “It will be interesting to know why it’s not for both sexes.”Players at Wimbledon will, however, be allowed to request that they are referred to as “Miss”, “Mrs”, “Ms” or “Mr” when there are code violations, medical announcements and player challenges during a game.  Serena Williams was referred to as “Mrs Williams” by judges last yearCredit:Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports Whilst defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic supported the news, he could not hide his surprise. “I thought that tradition was very unique and very special. I thought it was nice,” he said. “It’s definitely not easy to alter or change any traditions here that have been present for many years. It’s quite surprising that they’ve done that.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Iranian baby who was temporarily banned from US arrives at hospital for

first_img Feb 8th 2017, 11:30 AM 13,637 Views Iranian baby who was temporarily banned from US arrives at hospital for heart surgery The family’s tourist visa had been cancelled after Trump’s executive order. Four-month-old Fatemeh Reshad suffers from a heart defect and needs live-saving surgery. Image: OHSU/Reshad Family Photo via AP Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 11:30 AM Four-month-old Fatemeh Reshad suffers from a heart defect and needs live-saving surgery. 43 Comments Share40 Tweet Email center_img http://jrnl.ie/3228684 Image: OHSU/Reshad Family Photo via AP By Associated Press AN IRANIAN BABY in need of life-saving heart surgery arrived yesterday at a Portland hospital with her family after being temporarily banned from coming to the US by President Donald Trump’s immigration orders.Iranian doctors told Fatemeh Reshad’s parents weeks ago that she needed at least one urgent surgery to correct serious heart defects, or she will die, according to her uncle, Samad Taghizadeh, a US citizen who lives in Portland.The family previously had an appointment in Dubai to get a tourist visa. But it was abruptly cancelled after Trump announced his executive order banning the entry of people from seven countries. The girl and her parents had to return to Iran.A Seattle judge issued a temporary restraining order on the ban the same day a waiver was granted for the baby.Urgent need for treatment“Fatemeh looks well,” said Dr Laurie Armsby, interim head of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. “Our tests this morning have confirmed her diagnosis and the urgent need for treatment.”US Senator Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, was instrumental in getting the waiver for the baby’s family, as were New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and immigration attorneys.The hospital issued a statement saying that the family “would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make their trip possible. The family would like to give special thanks to the congressional delegations and governors of Oregon and New York.”Jennifer Morrissey, a Portland immigration attorney who championed the baby’s cause, said “This was truly a team effort to beat the clock, given the medical and legal hurdles Fatemeh was facing.”The family of the four-month-old chose Portland because of its proximity to relatives and because of OHSU’s expertise in treatment of the heart condition.Armsby said the infant’s heart condition had “resulted in injury to her lungs” but there is time “to reverse this process.”The hospital said treatment would begin with a cardiac catheterisation, performed by Armsby, followed by a five- to six-hour surgical procedure performed by Dr Irving Shen, a nationally respected expert on Fatemeh’s condition.Read: ‘The vast majority of Muslims would not be affected’: Judges grill lawyers over US travel ban>Read: Ahead of landmark travel ban hearing, Trump’s education pick squeezes in by the skin of her teeth> Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Kevin Steen talks about his NXT debut working with Triple H

first_imgFacebook Twitter Alex Obert of JourneyofaFrontman.com is featuring an interview with WWE NXT star Kevin Owens where he talks about making his NXT debut back in December and what it is like working with Triple H in developmental in Orlando.On what he was thinking just before his NXT debut:“I wish I could tell you exactly what I was thinking about, but there were so many things going through my mind. I thought a lot about my family because they got me to the point. It sounds really corny because it seems like that’s what people would say when there’s a big moment in their lives. I thought about my kid, my parents and my wife. I remember at one point, I stopped midway through the ramp before I got in the ring and I clearly remember having a flash of running to the ring in my first match. It was just such a culmination. It’s always been my dream. It’s really hard to describe how memorable that was.”On working with Triple H in WWE:“All I can say is that Triple H is literally the most dedicated man in sports entertainment, nobody works as hard as he does. I only see glimpses of it when he’s at the NXT tapings and the specials, but he’s always available for ideas. We were talking about what I was gonna do and how I was gonna be presented, he was very hands-on. It’s not just me, he’s got his finger on the pulse of everything we do here. And we do a lot of stuff, there’s seventy people here and he keeps track of everyone. I don’t know when he sleeps, I don’t know when he works out, but he’s alive and he’s in great shape. From what I can tell, he’s a machine. His dedication is really something to behold. I’m lucky to have somebody like him willing to work with me, just like everybody else I mentioned earlier. He’s another great mind who knows so much more more about this than I do and he’s willing to share it with me and share it with anybody who wants the knowledge. It’s pretty awesome.”You can check out the full interview at the link below.JourneyofaFrontman.com: On The Line with Kevin OwensRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Is WWE Losing Its Audience?center_img WhatsApp Videos Articles Google+ Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Triple H 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in actionlast_img read more

Flying Schools Allow Students to Learn about the Air Force

Flying Schools Allow Students to Learn about the Air Force

first_imgAir Mobility Command bases are holding open houses for area students in an effort to improve the quality of local schools and bolster recruiting. Last week, MacDill AFB hosted 1,300 students from eight schools in the Tampa, Fla., area. The command wants to have “flying classrooms” or other educational events at every wing this year, and make it easier for local students to apply for on-base internships, reported Air Force Magazine. The events are intended to demonstrate the Air Force’s interest in supporting public schools, said spokesman Col. Chris Karns. “Rather than relying on accepting the status quo, this is a way to be a better partner to the schools, a way to hopefully bring about positive change, and to start dialogue on an issue that is of importance to military families,” Karns said.Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adam Shanks Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

NASA now aims to return astronauts to the moon within 5 years

first_img Pence was also explicit that meeting the new five-year goal should be accomplished “by any means necessary,” including switching to commercial rockets. NASA has planned to send astronauts beyond orbit using its new Space Launch System (SLS) and the Orion spacecraft, but SLS has been plagued by delays. Earlier this month, Bridenstine testified before a congressional committee that NASA may need to perform the first uncrewed launch of Orion in 2020 using a commercial rocket like a SpaceX Falcon Heavy instead. However, in a statement released later Tuesday, Bridenstine said that “while some of these alternative vehicles could work, none was capable of achieving our goals to orbit around the moon for Exploration Mission-1 within our timeline and on budget. The results of this two-week study reaffirmed our commitment to the SLS. More details will be released in the future.”Despite the challenges, Bridenstine said NASA will work to accomplish the goal of landing astronauts near the moon’s south pole by 2024.Sticking to schedules hasn’t always been NASA’s strong suit, though. Well, at least not since the last time we set foot on the moon.  NASA Space Tags 5:20 Pence’s speech echoed overtones of the Cold War tensions that drove NASA to achieve the original Apollo 11 moon landing on schedule 50 years ago this July.  Pence said we’re in the midst of another space race, citing China’s recent landing on the far side of the moon and saying that it “revealed their ambition to seize the strategic lunar high ground.” He also mentioned the reliance on Russian rockets to send American astronauts to orbit over the past decade, something the agency hopes to bring to an end with new spacecraft designed by SpaceX, Boeing and NASA itself. “The first woman and the next man on the moon will both be American astronauts, launched by American rockets from American soil.” Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 9 BIG NEWS: President Trump and @VP Pence have directed @NASA to return astronauts to the Moon in the next 5 years.Challenge accepted. Now let’s get to work.https://t.co/MjcDSG6NLc pic.twitter.com/QqYofbKzOe— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) March 26, 2019 NASA’s bid to get humans back to the moon The second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, as photographed by the first, Neil Armstrong, who’s reflected in Aldrin’s visor. NASA At a meeting of the National Space Council on Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence challenged NASA to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024, moving up the agency’s timeline for a return to the lunar surface. “What we need now is urgency,” Pence said during a speech to a crowd at the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “It is the stated policy of this administration and the United States of America to return American astronauts to the moon within the next five years.” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, appointed by President Donald Trump, later accepted the challenge, calling it “right on time.” “NASA is going to do everything in its power to meet that deadline,” Bridenstine said.  Bridenstine’s Twitter account also sent out a link to NASA’s Moon to Mars page that still listed 2028 as the target for putting new boots on the lunar surface. The page has since been revised to show the new 2024 target for astronauts on the moon. Sci-Tech Commentslast_img read more

Forest Dept imposes Rs 5 lakh fine on NCERT for cutting of

Forest Dept imposes Rs 5 lakh fine on NCERT for cutting of

first_imgNew Delhi: A fine of over Rs 5 lakh has been imposed on the NCERT for heavily pruning 33 trees and cutting five without permission from the Forest Department of Delhi government inside its campus on Aurobindo road here, an official said on Monday.Acting on a complaint from an NGO on August 7, a team of forest rangers visited the campus of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and found that five trees were cut and 33 heavily pruned, the Forest Department official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeUnder the Delhi Preservation of Trees Act, permission from authorities is required for cutting and even pruning of trees.The official said the NCERT campus had applied for permission to cut and prune trees, but before the Forest Department could take a look into the application, the trees were pruned and some cut.A report was submitted on August 8 by the forest rangers who visited the spot and a decision has been taken to impose a fine of over Rs 5 lakh on the NCERT registrar for the cutting of trees, the official said, adding that the case has been compounded. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedComplainant Verhaen Khanna said the fine should be a lesson for everyone and it would have cost way less if the authorities concerned had just waited for grant of permission from the Forest Department.”A whole row of trees along the fence were heavily pruned and there were eucalyptus and semal trees among the ones that were chopped,” he said.The NCERT has, however, claimed that the trees were cut under the “occupation” of the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration which is a separate entity. A few days ago, the Department had issued a penalty of Rs 60,000 on the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) after trees in south Delhi’s Thyagraj Nagar were found to be in poor condition, while one was also found to be uprooted.The fine was imposed recently after a site inspection had taken place at both Thyagraj Nagar and Netaji Nagar, where the proposed redevelopment project is planned to take place, with both construction sites found to be dumping debris around the trees.last_img read more

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first_img News | Breast Density | February 14, 2019 Densitas Enters Partnership Agreement With TeleMammography Specialists Breast imaging analytics company Densitas Inc. announced a new collaboration partnership with TeleMammography… read more News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more Technology | Ultrasound Imaging | May 15, 2019 Clarius Releases Clarius Live Ultrasound Telemedicine Solution Clarius Mobile Health released a telemedicine solution called Clarius Live. The simple-to-use feature allows any… read more Feature | March 18, 2011 | Greg Rose Raising the Bar for the Industry News | Teleradiology | May 06, 2019 Chipmunk Health Chooses Philips HealthSuite for Telehealth Services Philips announced that telehealth service provider Chipmunk Health, with locations in the Netherlands and Canada, is… read more News | PACS | March 19, 2018 Exa PACS Helps Teleradiology Provider Increase Productivity 400 Percent Nine months after the implementation of Exa PACS (picture archiving and communication system) from Konica Minolta… read more This article appeared as an introduction to the Teleradiology Services comparison chart.This is the sixth straight year that Imaging Technology News has featured a comparison chart on teleradiology services. When you publically compare vendors, they know what they are up against, re-evaluate their offerings and hopefully make improvements.During the last five years, there have been many comparisons of teleradiology services with high detail, frequency and emotion. This has come in the form of charts, articles, blogs, public presentations, advertisements, KLAS surveys and, of course, RFPs. The good news is that continuous vendor comparisons and daily scrutiny of their work have dramatically upped the teleradiology companies’ game. With constant feedback and intense competition, they are at the top of their game. And when they feel they are even with their opponents, they are compelled to revisit their playbook to improve their standard plays and come up with new and innovative plays.The “bad” news is that such comparisons have not been made regarding the quality of services provided by various onsite radiology groups throughout the market since, after all, they own the contract and aren’t in competition with anyone. Or so the thinking goes.The Times They Are a Changin’ The advancement of teleradiology groups allows them to replace the entirety of even a large onsite radiology group, no matter how long they have been around. Onsite groups should be aware of the larger and greater variety of services offered by hungry competitors and the possibility of sudden replacement.While onsite groups may review this comparison chart with the intent of selecting a teleradiology group, I suggest they also review the conditions along the left side of the page, as these are service targets for groups that could potentially replace them. If yours is an onsite group, ask yourself whether you are offering the same level of service that these groups do. Teleradiology companies are in tune with the interests of the CEOs, radiology directors, emergency room docs, and clinicians, and they provide services to address their interests. Do you?A Call to Arms No one steals anyone’s girlfriend; they are the better boyfriend. Remember, we rads don’t own our contracts, we service them. The following chart should help prepare onsite radiologists to begin the process of securing their practices. An emotional label for companies that could replace whole groups is “predators.” A functional label is “competitors.” I submit that once you decide to view them as competitors, you begin the process of creating improvements rather than excuses. Keep your practice. Do what it takes to be the best solution.There are a number of rather simple activities that can dramatically strengthen your practice and don’t cost much time or effort. Review this chart for ideas, since these are the items various hospital and radiology decision-makers focus on. Consider asking your current teleradiology group what makes them so good. If they are cooperative and not after your practice, they will probably tell you. Be the best solution – no one replaces the best solution.The Crystal Ball If last year is any indication, the future of teleradiology will remain dynamic. The pros and cons of the 2010 merger of the two biggest companies have been stated, but we have yet to see the validity of those predictions. Pricing seems to have stabilized, but there are still complaints about teleradiology “commoditizing” radiology.One way to help curb the commoditization is for interested parties to stop asking teleradiology companies to lower their pricing, with the threat of changing services if they don’t. Another way is for interested parties to stop choosing their teleradiology companies primarily based on price rather than quality and service offerings.By the way, as onsite radiology groups pressure teleradiology companies to lower their pricing, teleradiology companies become a more attractive deal to a CFO. Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) credentialing issues don’t seem nailed down yet – perhaps we’ll finally see national accreditation for teleradiology. U.S.-based teleradiology companies are increasing their fraction of final reads. More teleradiology companies are doing overreads and subspecialty work. There are some onsite groups reclaiming at least some of their call and looking for more teleradiology work. Discrepancy rates continue to have high error bars for teleradiology companies doing prelims, since there is a range of quality assurance (QA)participation from facilities.Some of the top teleradiology companies continue to put resources into their own radiology information systems (RIS) and make it available to onsite groups, allowing them to cover their other facilities during the day. There remains an uneasiness towards some teleradiology companies from onsite groups. In the next year, I believe a clearer picture will emerge as to the identities of the “predators, competitors and cooperators.”Greg Rose is president and CEO of Rays FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Orthopedic Imaging | November 09, 2017 Sectra to Provide Orthopedic Post-Operative Follow-Up for Teleradiology Company International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra recently signed an agreement with the global… read morecenter_img News | Teleradiology | November 25, 2018 Siemens Healthineers Showcases syngo Virtual Cockpit for More Flexible Workforce Management During the 104th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 25-30… read more News | Teleradiology | May 10, 2018 DocPanel Partners With University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Teleradiology company DocPanel announced a partnership with the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 30, 2018 Philips Integrates Reacts Tele-Ultrasound Platform on Lumify Portable Systems Philips in partnership with Innovative Imaging Technologies (IIT) announced an industry-first integrated tele-… read more Related Content Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Technology | Teleradiology | June 28, 2018 Dictum Health Launches Advanced Telestroke Module for Virtual Exam Room Platform Dictum Health Inc., creators of the Virtual Exam Room (VER) telehealth technology, announced the release of their Care… read more last_img read more

CDO Lawsuit Against Goldman Gets Green Light

CDO Lawsuit Against Goldman Gets Green Light

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Goldman Sachs Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Processing Service Providers U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission 2012-03-26 Abby Gregory March 26, 2012 417 Views CDO Lawsuit Against Goldman Gets Green Lightcenter_img The “”Goldman Sachs Group Inc.””:http://www.goldmansachs.com/ has officially lost its bid to dismiss a securities class action lawsuit brought by “”Dodona I, LLC””:securities.stanford.edu/1045/…01/2010127_f02oc_10CV07497.pdf, over claims that the company misrepresented a $2 billion offering of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs). [IMAGE]””U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero””:nysd.uscourts.gov/judge/Marrero rescinded Goldman’s move to have the case dismissed, and Dodona will now continue to pursue its legal proceedings against the company in federal court. Dodona’s allegations stem from a package of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) that Goldman offered to investors, and the suit claims that Goldman deceptively sold sub-prime mortgage assets within the securities that[COLUMN_BREAK]progressively failed. Specifically, Dodona filed its lawsuit over Hudson Mezzanine Funding 2006-I and 2006-2 CDOs.Additional legal issues attached to the case include Dodona’s accusation that Goldman provided materially misleading statements to investors related to the value of the instrument in question. The case, which was filed in New York’s federal court, notes that Dodona believes that Goldman had full knowledge regarding the likely failure of the RMBS included in the CDOs during the period when the company was advising participants as to the quality of the investments.Goldman is currently facing several lawsuits related to its RMBS offerings. Most recently, Goldman settled a case for $550 million over allegations that it failed to disclose the role of a participating hedge fund while compiling its CDOs; within that lawsuit, the company was also accused of taking a short position against its own securities offerings, later betting on their poor performance in the open market.According to “”Reuters””:www.reuters.com/ and multiple press outlets, the “”U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission””:www.sec.gov/ is continuing to enhance its investigation into various Wall Street firms who sold CDOs before and during the financial crisis. The “”Zacks Analyst Blog””:http://www.zacks.com/ stated earlier in the month that, in addition to Goldman’s legal problems, “”Citigroup Inc.””:www.citigroup.com/, “”JPMorgan Chase & Co.””:www.jpmorganchase.com/, “”HSBC Holdings Plc””:www.hsbc.com/, and “”M&T Bank Corp.””:www.mtb.com/ are also facing accusations of misrepresenting mortgage-backed and other types of securities. Sharelast_img read more

Secondyear pro Zane Gonzalez kicked a 44yard fie

Secondyear pro Zane Gonzalez kicked a 44yard fie

first_img Second-year pro Zane Gonzalez kicked a 44-yard field goal with 1:45 left, giving the Arizona Cardinals a go-ahead score over the Green Bay Packers.The game-winner led Arizona a 20-17 victory over the Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday.Packers kicker Mason Crosby missed a 49-yard attempt as time expired.Gonzalez also made a 44-yard field goal despite gusty and cold conditions and hit two extra point tries.“It’s amazing,” Gonzalez said, per AZCardinals.com. “Especially for this team and this organization. The way they let me come here, open arms. Top Stories 52 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez (5) and punter Andy Lee, right, celebrate the go-ahead field goal late in the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “In warm-ups and halftime, me and Mason were out there kicking balls, trying to figure out where the balls were going. It was swirling at different points. It was a tough one.”The performance came in Gonzalez’s first game appearance with the Cardinals after he was elevated from the practice squad on Monday as Arizona placed veteran Phil Dawson on the injured reserve list.Gonzalez played all four years of his college football for the Arizona State Sun Devils and hit a career 82.8 percent of his field goal tries, including 92.0 percent his senior year. He also was 97.6 percent on extra point attempts. He won the 2016 Lou Groza Award, given to the top placekicker in college football, and finished his career as the all-time FBS leader in field goals made and points by a kicker. – / 7 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Credit demand to rise in Q2 as banks keep standard unchanged

Credit demand to rise in Q2 as banks keep standard unchanged

first_imgCypriot banks kept their lending standards unchanged in the first three months of the year and they are expected to continue to do so also in the second quarter, the Central Bank of Cyprus said.Banks will maintain their standards in all categories, i.e. corporate loans, mortgages, and consumer credit, after having done so in the first quarter, the central bank said in its quarterly bank lending survey, published on its website on Wednesday.Demand for corporate loans, mortgages, and consumer credit increased in the first three months of the year and is expected to rise further in April to June, both in Cyprus and the euro area, the central bank said.Euro area banks relaxed their standards in all credit categories in the first three months of the year and are expected to keep them unchanged this quarter for mortgages and consumer loans, and tighten them for corporate lending, the central bank said.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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