Free Fishing June 1 and 2

first_imgPeople are encouraged to try their hand at sportfishing on Nova Scotia Sportfishing Weekend, Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2. Residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence during the annual event. “Sportfishing weekend is a great opportunity for families to be together and enjoy the outdoors,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “I encourage beginners, fishing enthusiasts and especially young anglers to come out June 1-2 to discover or rediscover the joys of angling.” The sportfishing weekend is supported by more than 20 community organizations, with fishing derbies throughout the province offering fun and prizes. A full list of events is available at http://novascotia.ca/fish/sportfishing/sfweekend.shtml. More than 70,000 people participate in sportfishing each year, making it one of the province’s most popular active outdoor sports. It is worth about $85 million a year to the province’s economy. Mr. Belliveau encouraged all anglers to put safety first when fishing this season. “Sportfishing is a unique and enjoyable outdoor experience, but I would like to remind all anglers to use caution this season and enjoy the outdoors safely,” said Mr. Belliveau. “I especially urge those on the water to use floatation devices.” Although a licence is not required on free sportfishing weekend, all bag limits and other regulations still apply. Regulations and more information on sport fishing in Nova Scotia can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing/.last_img read more

Ontario working out details on how rules around new pot plan would

first_imgTORONTO – A day after announcing plans to sell recreational cannabis in private stores, the Ontario government said it was still working out how strict regulations governing the new system would be enforced.Talks with municipalities will help the province determine the details, said the Progressive Conservatives, who stressed that public safety was a key component of the distribution system that alters the previous administration’s plan to have pot only in publicly owned outlets.“We’re consulting with the municipalities today and there will be more information after our consultations,” said Finance Minister Vic Fedeli, adding that much depends on those discussions.The province has said that recreational cannabis will initially only be sold online in Ontario when it is legalized on Oct. 17. A “tightly regulated” private retail model will then be in place by April 1, 2019.The OCS will be the wholesaler to private retail stores, the government said, noting that retailers will have to follow strict rules, including prohibiting the sale of marijuana to anyone under 19.Fedeli said the OCS, which until Monday had been in charge of setting up government-run pot stores planned under the former Liberal regime, had spent $6.7 million and hired 50 employees. The work done so far by the OCS will be re-directed to the new Tory plan and some of those employees will be transferred to other jobs in the public sector, he said.The finance minister didn’t have an estimate for how much money the government would save by abandoning the publicly-owned model and letting private business shoulder the cost to set up pot shops.“We’ll have more details when we announce the retail rollout,” he said. “But there’s considerable savings in terms of not building bricks and mortar stores across Ontario. The private retail sector will be responsible for the construction.”Pat Vanini, executive director for the Association of Municipalities Ontario, said members of her organization have many questions about the government’s new plan and are eager to get answers with the legalization date looming.Vanini said it may be difficult for municipalities to engage in pot-related consultations over the next few months as local elections are set to be held in the fall and new councils won’t be sworn in until December.But, she said, local governments are eager to get plans in place.“They know Oct. 17 is coming. They’ve got to be ready for that in some form or fashion anyway,” she said. “So, how do we drive to April and make it work as best as we can?”Vanini said before the previous Liberal government had announced its public distribution plan, AMO’s members supported a private retail model, believing it would help give cities and towns more control over the burgeoning industry.“Municipal governments would have an ability to direct where some of the better locations would be or where they shouldn’t be,” she said. “You could manage it through the planning process.”AMO, which holds its annual conference in Ottawa next week, has long had a taskforce dedicated to investigating cannabis legalization and the latest Tory plan will be looked at closely, she said.Chief among the association’s questions is whether $40 million in funding promised by the province for municipalities to support them through cannabis legalization will be enough to cover bylaw enforcement, public health services and other emergency call-related costs.“We’re going to do the best we can with what we get,” she said. “Does it mean there won’t be some other impacts in terms of municipal expenditures? We don’t know that yet … There is skepticism that municipal costs will be totally met by the $40 million.”NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the government has provided few details when it comes to its plan and she’s hopeful the consultations with municipalities will spell out in greater detail how enforcement will be managed and public safety will be achieved.“We’re looking forward to hearing what their public consultation is going to look like,” she said. “We’re hoping that it’s going to be a public, open, transparent consultation that not only involves people and communities but also involves the legislative process.”Liberal legislator Nathalie Des Rosiers said the Tories have launched what appears to be a complex plan that could result in a “mish-mash” of retail locations across the province. She added that municipalities may have to shoulder a large financial burden to enforce the new system.“It’s unclear where the money will come from on the enforcement side, but also the public education side,” she said.The legal age to buy recreational cannabis in Ontario will remain 19 and consumers will only be allowed to use legalized pot in a private residence, including the outdoor space of the home. The maximum amount of recreational marijuana an adult can possess will be 30 grams.last_img read more

Brakes tapped on ride sharing in BC despite election promises to allow

VICTORIA — An election promise to bring ride sharing to British Columbia by the end of the year has taken a detour as the NDP government says safety of passengers and operators comes first.Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said Tuesday the government is studying safety and regulatory issues and she can’t say when ride-sharing operations like Uber and Lyft will come to the province.She said the government isn’t stalling.“It’s doing what we said we were going to do in the (election) platform and when we took over as government. We’re going to make sure passenger safety comes first,” said Trevena.The New Democrats and Liberals pledged to bring in ride sharing this year during last spring’s election.The NDP promised to “work with taxi drivers, taxi companies and ride-sharing companies to create a truly fair approach to ride sharing in B.C. that doesn’t unfairly benefit — or punish — one group over the other.”But Trevena now wouldn’t put a timeline on the promise.“We want to make sure whatever we’re doing, we’re doing it safely, we’re doing it judiciously,” she said. “We’re talking about people’s safety here.”Green Leader Andrew Weaver said B.C. can’t wait much longer, which is why he will introduce for a third time a private member’s bill to pave the way for ride sharing.He said the bill can spark debate this fall about the service, but neither the Liberals nor the NDP appear receptive.Liberal jobs critic Jas Johal said the Opposition has not been talking with the Greens about ride sharing and will have to fully examine the proposed bill before offering any kind of support.Trevena said the legislature is the proper venue to debate ride sharing, but the timing may be off despite Weaver’s efforts.Weaver said taking the slow approach on ride sharing signals B.C. is not willing to explore new technologies.“We will never be viewed as innovators if we are not willing to embrace innovation,” he said.Weaver said the NDP may fear a backlash from the taxi industry, but ride sharing represents the future.“What we need to do together is bring the legislation that enables change to occur in a manner that’s fair,” he said. “We don’t need to wait years to do so.”B.C. Taxi Association president Mohan Kang said the minority NDP government has committed to consult on ride sharing with stakeholders, including the taxi industry.“It is the responsibility of the government to ensure the public safety issue is addressed,” he said. “The B.C. Taxi Association has said since Day 1, since 2012, we don’t have any problem with technology networking companies coming to B.C., provided they come through the front door and meet the requirements of law.”The association represents about 140 taxi companies across B.C.Uber Canada spokeswoman Susie Heath said in a statement the company is monitoring ride sharing developments in B.C.“During the recent provincial election, all three parties, including the NDP, pledged to bring ride sharing to British Columbia by the end of 2017,” she said. “We encourage all parties to follow through on their election commitments to work together and make ride sharing a reality in 2017.” read more

Harry Styles agrees to grant fouryearolds dying wish after dad shares heartbreaking

first_img“With this photo I don’t mean to offend or upset anyone. Perhaps by seeing this photo people will be made aware of the darkness that is childhood cancer, and perhaps the same people will be able to do something in the future so that no child has to suffer this pain, and so that no parent has to bear witness to their own flesh and blood deteriorating daily.”Jessica was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma on September 23, 2015. Initially, after suffering pains in her arms and shoulders, doctors diagnosed Jessica with a bone infection. But just as she was about to be discharged, after ten weeks in hospital, doctors decided to examine her one more time. Harry Styles Harry Styles said he will record a message for JessicaCredit:AP Jessica Whelan in a police car Jessica Whelan in a police carCredit:Andy Whelan/Facebook 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. “Jessica had been crying out in pain during the night,” Mr Whelan said. “One of the nurses told the doctor so he decided to check her tummy to make sure it was nothing more than constipation.”During the examination the doctor found a mass in her stomach.”It was devastating,” Mr Whelan said. “Jessica was all ready to come home. She was even in her coat. Then we were told she’d need to stay in hospital for more tests.”An ultrasound showed there was a mass around Jessica’s liver, but it was after an MRI the following day that doctors broke the news that Jessica had cancer.”The news felt like my heart was ripped out of my chest while someone sucked the air from my lungs “I asked the doctor how long she had left, and he said he couldn’t give a figure but it was likely to be a couple of years,” Mr Whelan explained.Jessica started chemotherapy and then doctors started her on a clinical drug trial. When her hair started falling out they cut it into a bob, then shaved it all off.After three months, Jessica went into hospital for tests.Mr Whelan said: “The consultant told us the tumour was the same size, they hadn’t budged it at all. But he said there was another trial we could try, and not to lose hope.” The call comes as the family break their fundraising target of £20,000 on their GoFundMe page to “give Jessica as much happiness and enjoyment is as possible in whatever time we have left with her.”The donations, which have almost doubled the initial target at the time of writing, were a response to the photograph shared by Mr Whelan on the page: Jessica Whelan – A fight against Neuroblastoma. “This is the hardest photograph I have ever made,” he wrote in the picture caption.”A few days ago she was given what is most likely a few weeks to live. This was taken at a moment where we as parents could offer no comfort – Jessica pushing us away as she rode out her searing pain in solitude.”Jessica, who has been fighting stage four neuroblastoma for 13 months, but has now been given just weeks to live after Mr Whelan and his partner Nicki Prendergast decided to stop treatment in a bid to allow her to enjoy whatever time she has got left.’This is the true face of cancer,” he said. “My baby girls blood vessels protruding from beneath her skin, a solitary tear running down her cheek, her body stiffened and her face contorted in pain. Jessica was given four weeks to live Jessica was given four weeks to liveCredit:Andy Whelan/Facebook Beverley Macca, the host of a local radio station in the Wirral, had contacts at Styles’s management company and arranged for the singer to call Mr Whelan, the Mail Online reports.  Jessica Whelan suffers from Neuroblastoma Jessica Whelan suffers from NeuroblastomaCredit:Andy Whelan/Facebook Harry Styles has contacted the family of a four-year-old girl with terminal cancer after the heartbreaking photograph of her suffering went viral.Andy Whelan on Sunday shared a distressing black-and-white photograph of Jessica in pain as she battles the disease that has given her just weeks to live.On Wednesday, One Direction star has contacted the family to promise he will record a video message for the four-year-old. Mr Whelan, an electrician from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, announced the news on the Facebook page on which he posted the heartbreaking picture.”Well that was a surreal telephone call…” he wrote on Wednesday. “An unknown number I answered for it to only be HARRY STYLES ringing from USA!!!”last_img read more

Atlas Copco and Sandvik light up Nordic awards night

first_imgFor their outstanding achievements above latitude 60º North, Sandvik Mining and Atlas Copco have been presented with the first two ‘Northern Lights’ industry awards. These inaugural awards were announced last week during the RMG Exploration & Mining Investment Conference in Stockholm. Sandvik Mining won the Northern Lights Equipment Award for Sustainable Development for its eco-efficient Vibrocone comminution system http://www.im-mining.com/2012/09/25/sandvik-unveils-revolutionary-vibrocone-solution-plus-two-new-ug-trucks/. Launched in September, the Vibrocone equipment has been described as the “next generation of crushing technology.” The award was presented during a dinner at Stockholm’s Operakällaren by IntierraRMG’s Editorial Director Chris Hinde, and accepted by the Vice President of Finance at Sandvik Mining, Gert Sköld. Hinde noted that Vibrocone enables energy savings of up to 30%, which is important for the environment.The Northern Lights Equipment Award for Innovation, which acknowledges the design or technique which has most improved working conditions in the hostile operating environment above 60ºN, was secured by Atlas Copco for Secoroc EDGE; the world’s first continuous-monitoring system for exploration drillers. Developed in partnership with Stockholm-based SPC Technology, the equipment acts as a new ‘eye’ for deep-hole drillers. The award was accepted from Hinde by the Vice President of Research and Development at Atlas Copco Secoroc, Timothy Plunkett. Hinde commented that EDGE increases drilling efficiency significantly, and represents a “paradigm shift for the industry”.This industry event, now in its ninth year, was opened by Gunnar Tersman, senior economist of Svenska Handelsbanken; one of Sweden’s leading banks. In his address, Tersman reminded delegates that the use of resources was a function of economic development, and that supply constraints imply higher real commodity prices in the long term. He was, as a result, bullish for the sector.He was followed by Boliden’s chief executive officer, Lennart Evrell, who provided an update of the company’s low-cost, long-life, mines. Like other mining executives that presented at the conference, Evrell stressed the region’s excellent geological potential.Conference attendees also saw presentations from organisations such as Agnico Eagle Mines, Alluvia Mining, Auriant Mining, Beowulf Mining, Dragon Mining, Endomines, Kiruna Iron, Kopparberg Minerals, LKAB, Nickel Mountain, Nordic Iron Ore, Northland Resources, Sotkamo Silver and Talga Resources.last_img read more

WorleyParsons RSA orchestrates best tech to reduce risk

first_imgAs WorleyParsons’ global centre of excellence for mining, WorleyParsons RSA expends a substantial amount of energy and resources on developing advanced solutions for its customers that will increase accuracy and efficiency while reducing risk. The project delivery and engineering consultancy has been developing a 5D project design platform that integrates sophisticated technology tools in order to provide a greater degree of predictability throughout the lifecycle of an asset, ultimately increasing profits, even in the ongoing volatile commodity market.“We ‘orchestrate’ the best available standard systems so that they can plug into each other,” says Henry Jonker, General Manager – Mining at WorleyParsons RSA. “There are a number of powerful engineering design processes and programmes that are used to improve efficiencies in the mining and other sectors. We are one of the first engineering consultancies in the mining sector to develop methods that integrate these products to combine the benefits of using them together. Essentially we’re taking individual puzzle pieces and figuring out how to slot them together to show our customers the bigger picture of their project.”WorleyParsons RSA began developing its integrated design project platform over five years ago, by integrating 3D intelligent design data mapping with over 20 different engineering design processes and programmes to create a visual 5D design scope that incorporates schedule and cost. This 5D integrated project platform approach has already been applied to a number of projects, and is proving to save customers time and money.Mushir Khan, Manager of Engineering at WorleyParsons RSA, says that by applying the integrated technology to the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) contract for Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s (BRPM) second phase 100 ktpm Merensky Concentrator, the project was completed successfully and expediently. “This is the first project where the integrated technology was applied to its fullest potential and it has proven to work efficiently. We were able to quickly identify value improvements by picking up optimisation from the previous design by using 5D technology. Optimisation is usually done after a project is finished – in this case, we used 5D technology in parallel with optimisation, saving the customer time and money, while concurrently identifying risks and value improvement propositions.”Khan explains that the norm is to first complete a feasibility study and then address all the risks that were identified in the feasibility stage, followed by establishing value improvements to bring costs down and improve construction schedules. For the BRPM project, by using the integrated technology model, WorleyParsons was able to do the feasibility study and value improvement simultaneously and determine 90% of the dimensions and costs, enabling the next phase – the detailed engineering – to be undertaken quickly and very accurately, resulting in a predictable construction cost.Khan says that this high level of accuracy is obtained by plugging in real-time costs into a 3D parametric design module to create a cost-based estimate. “We can now seamlessly integrate 3D parametric design in a 5D platform, making detailed engineering much easier and quicker, and enabling us to give our customers a far clearer overview of their projects,” he says. WorleyParsons RSA has been using parametric design for some time, particularly for bulk material handling to simulate how processes will work based on specified parameters entered. Parametric design is a type of 3D modelling which can demonstrate how a product or process will function based on varying parameters or values. Parametric design models allow for flexible designs, 3D visualisation of a process as parameters change, and quicker designs.“WorleyParsons RSA will be applying integrated technology as a standard offering going forward on new projects,” says Murray Macnab, Business Development Executive. He notes that at a very low additional cost, customers are also able to get an operational model as part of the offering.“With our integrated technology module, we can create the framework and groundwork to deliver a project to a predictable construction deliverable, and we can also take that same module and go into operations,” adds Khan.“All the data generated is electronic, so no more containers of paperwork that can get lost or damaged, or not be used again. Costing models can be imported straight into SAP, and all the data from a design model, such as parts suppliers, operational information about parts, etc, can be uploaded to a customer’s system. The data can also be used for simulation, for example operating of plant, or an underground mine.“A vast amount of data is generated as a project is set up,” continues Macnab. “ As one of the ‘jigsaw pieces’ of our integrated technology offering, we can use the data to offer our customers a large degree of predictability over the lifecycle of a project, and take guessing out of the equation. We cannot predict the selling price of commodities at any given time, but we can predict productivity and maintenance schedules that can prevent unexpected shutdowns by using thedata available that has been generated during the feasibility and engineering stages. By obtaining a further small amount of information, customers can be informed and prepared about future productivity and maintenance issues, thereby mitigating cost risks.Globally WorleyParsons has already been using this ‘digital enterprise’ in the oil and gas sector to offer customers a greater degree of predictability. “Our objective is to ensure that all our services focus on reducing risk, while quantifying data to increase productivity,” concludes Macnab.last_img read more

More uses for tin in batteries

first_imgThe world’s largest mine-to-metal lithium producer FMC Corp has published the latest in its series of patents on lithium compounds containing tin, silicon or both for lithium-ion batteries. FMC Corp is a diversified chemical company serving various markets. It supplies a wide variety of lithium-based precursors and products for energy storage, including lithium metal for electrodes. A new publicly traded company will be created for its lithium business in the second half of 2018.The International Tin Association notes: “Both tin and silicon can alloy with lithium ions to store energy when a lithium-ion battery is charged, and researchers around the world are developing different types of new electrode materials that can exploit this effect to boost charge capacity over today’s graphite electrode products. The work is generally aimed at making the tin small enough and strong enough so that lithium ions can move in and out of the alloy faster and without causing damage through repeated expansion and contraction.“Often these approaches need to mix the tin with other materials such as special carbons or metal oxides, but this can decrease the overall charge capacity because they are not themselves so active and the overall charge stored may be diluted. Using lithium compounds themselves to hold the tin nanoparticles is theoretically the best possible solution. Indeed lithium compounds are already the basis of commercial lithium-ion cathode materials and also of lithium titanate which is used as an anode.Meanwhile, researchers have been discovering that layers in the crystal structure of tin phosphide make it an ideal electrode for sodium-ion batteries. Scientists at Guangzhou University in China have studied exactly how the sodium ions move into and out of the layers in tin phosphorus sulphur compounds (Sn2P2S6) concluding that this particular structure has its own internal electrical charge that attracts the sodium ions in and out of the crystal layers much faster with less damage. This means that a battery made from the material would charge faster and have a longer lifetime.At the same time, a team of Spanish and Swiss researchers have studied a similarly layered tin phosphide material (SnP), consisting of tin-phosphorous-phosphorus-tin ‘sandwiches’, showing that its performance for sodium was around double that of today’s commercial lithium-ion battery materials. The team developed a new way to make the material that is simple and effective.The Association comments that “sodium-ion batteries work similarly to lithium-ion batteries by using electrode materials that can absorb and store sodium atoms inside their crystal structures, holding the energy supplied by charging.  Tin phosphides can do this by absorbing the ions between its crystal atom layers, known as ‘intercalation’. Generally, this is harder for sodium ions than lithium ions in lithium-ion batteries because they are larger.”last_img read more

Du sucre pour lutter contre la neurodégénérescence

first_imgDu sucre pour lutter contre la neurodégénérescence ?Une étude vient de montrer l’effet bénéfique du sucre sur notre cerveau. Il permettrait de prévenir des maladies liées à la neurodégénérescence telles que la maladie d’Alzheimer.L’étude menée par Alex Parker et parue dans la revue américaine Aging Cell apporte un résultat étonnant : le sucre serait excellent pour stimuler la mémoire et donc lutter contre la neurodégénérescence. Une conclusion qui suggère que certaines maladies, comme celle d’Alzheimer, touchant près de 850.000 personnes en France, pourraient être empêchées par le sucre. Mais la prudence est de mise : le glucose du sucre provoque également obésité et diabète.Aujourd’hui, la maladie d’Alzheimer est l’affection neurodégénérative la plus connue puisqu’elle atteint le plus grand nombre de personnes. Mais il en existe beaucoup d’autres comme la maladie de Lou Gehrig (aussi appelé sclérose latérale amyotrophique (SLA)) ou la maladie de Huntington, également associée au vieillissement. Depuis des années, les chercheurs essayent ainsi de repousser la dégradation neuronale liée à l’âge afin d’empêcher l’apparition de telle maladie. Pour cela, ils travaillent notamment sur le fait de réduire l’apport calorique des personnes. Une méthode qui a montré qu’elle permettait d’améliorer la santé des patientes mais aussi d’augmenter leur espérance de vie. C’est donc également dans ce sens qu’Alex Parker, professeur de pathologie et biologie cellulaire, a mené une étude au Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM). Au cours de celle-ci, l’équipe du chercheur a utilisé le Caenorhabditis elegans, un ver mesurant un millimètre de long souvent employé pour étudier les questions biologiques.D’étonnantes propriétés du sucre Mais dans un premier temps, les résultats obtenus se sont avérés décevants : “Même si la restriction calorique semble améliorer la santé en général, pendant de nombreuses années, nous avons tenté de trouver des effets bénéfiques dans nos modèles de neurodégénérescence. Or, il n’y avait que peu ou pas d’effet et dans certains cas, cette approche a même empiré les choses”, explique Alex Parker qui avec son équipe a alors décidé de changer de stratégie. Au lieu d’appauvrir en calories le régime alimentaire des vers, ils leur ont administré de fortes doses de glucose, c’est-à-dire de sucre. Les résultats n’ont pas manqué de surprendre les chercheurs : “À notre grande surprise, on a observé chez les vers traités avec des niveaux élevés de glucose une réduction importante de la neurodégénérescence et ce, dans tous nos modèles !”. Un résultat que les scientifiques expliquent par l’apport énergétique du sucre. En effet, ceux-ci croient que les neurones malades manquent d’énergie. Aussi, le glucose leur fournit les ressources énergétiques nécessaires pour leur permettre un fonctionnement normal.À lire aussiUne application pour lutter contre la dépressionCependant, même si la dégénérescence des vers diminuent ainsi, ils vivent également moins longtemps et en moins bonne santé. Comme le souligne Alex Parker, “le régime alimentaire peut avoir des effets profonds sur la santé et nous avons découvert ici un rôle jusqu’alors inconnu des sucres : la protection contre certaines formes de neurodégénérescence, même si cela peut entraîner d’autres problèmes de santé”.Des résultats à approfondirLes prochaines études vont donc tenter de mettre au point des approches thérapeutiques à base de sucre ciblant uniquement les neurones, ce qui pourrait permettre d’éviter les inconvénients du sucre, tels sa tendance à provoquer de l’obésité et du diabète. Les chercheurs du CHUM ont déjà commencé de nouvelles analyses sur les vers afin d’identifier les voies génétiques entrant dans le processus protecteur du sucre. Ces analyses devraient ensuite être réalisées sur des patients humains dont certaines atteints de maladies neurodégénératives afin de confirmer ou non les observations faites chez le ver.  Le 22 juillet 2012 à 13:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ridle to focus on costs as administration commissioner

first_imgGov. Bill Walker announced Friday that he appointed Leslie Ridle to be commissioner of the Department of Administration. Ridle said her focus will be on the bottom line.Gov. Bill Walker announced Friday that he appointed Leslie Ridle to be commissioner of the Department of Administration. Ridle said her focus will be on the bottom line.Listen now“Our priorities are to create as many efficiencies as we can for the state,” Ridle said. “We’ve been working really hard to provide service to the public and to our internal agencies, to save money and to reduce costs and do as much as we can to help with the state budget.”The Department of Administration serves other state agencies, including overseeing labor relations. It also provides indigent defense and children’s legal advocacy.Ridle has served as the acting commissioner for the past month, after serving as the deputy commissioner for more than two years.The department will negotiate contracts with seven labor bargaining units in the coming year. Ridle didn’t say whether the administration will pursue pay freezes supported by some lawmakers.“We’re just getting started on most of them this fall, so of course pay will be a topic of the negotiations,” Ridle said. “I don’t know for sure what all will come up at this point. I can’t negotiate here on the radio with you, but everything’s on the table in the beginning, of course.”Ridle is a Juneau resident. She has worked for Mark Begich when he was a U.S. senator and Anchorage mayor. She was also an eighth-grade social studies and English teacher in Eagle River.last_img read more

RCom insolvency Ericsson in legal bind as NCLAT hints at lifting stay

first_imgThe company law appellate court has hinted that Ericsson India may have to return the money it got from Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications following a Supreme Court order in a contempt case if the insolvency proceedings resume.Ericsson India will be in a legal bind if the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) lifts a stay it granted to the insolvency proceedings of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom). NCLAT chairperson SJ Mukhopadhaya observed that if the stay goes and bankruptcy proceedings restart, the Indian subsidiary of the Swedish telecom equipment maker may have to return Rs 550 crore that RCom paid it following a contempt proceeding in the Supreme Court, a media report says.”Why should one party get it and why should banks suffer? Why should the Indian economy suffer?” the two-judge bench observed, adding that it would either quash RCom’s bankruptcy proceedings in NCLT or allow the case to continue. The appellate tribunal is hearing RCom’s plea for reinstituting insolvency proceedings against as it was unable to repay its lenders.The NCLAT has directed the parties to file affidavits stating whether they had challenged the NCLAT’s stay order of last May on RCom’s insolvency in the Supreme Court. The appellate tribunal said it would consider on April 30 the Department of Telecom’s (DoT’s) reply to RCom’s plea challenging the department’s show cause notice why its licence should not be cancelled and the related bank guarantee be invoked as the company had failed to pay the spectrum charges. An officer of the Reliance Communications.ReutersRCom has urged the court to allow the insolvency petition against it to resume since it had purged the top court’s contempt by paying Rs 453 crore to Ericsson India. Ericsson has opposed the plea saying that the insolvency application should now be disposed-off since it had come to an agreement with RCom and received the dues.The NCLAT had stayed any action by DoT on the two show-cause notices. The two-judge bench also stayed the operation of a DoT letter of March 20 asking Axis Bank to encash a bank guarantee of Rs 2,000 crore by the Anil Ambani group firm. In the first show cause notice, the DoT sought to know why the bank guarantees submitted by the debt-laden company should not be invoked of failing to pay the dues. In the second notice, the department wanted to know why RCom’s spectrum licence should not be cancelled for failing to pay spectrum fees on time.RCom argued in the NCLAT that the DoT notices and the letter to Axis Bank were in violation of the tribunal’s February 4 order against selling or create third-party rights over RCom’s assets until further orders from NCLAT or the Supreme Court.last_img read more

Koreas young gamers play all night despite new law

first_imgOne month in, a new Korean law banning young gamers from online games during late-night hours is “nothing but nominal,” concluded a panel convened by Korean game news site ThisIsGame.One young Korean pointed out that the law has many workarounds and therefore ineffective. Players can either log in as their parents and continue to play late at night, or they can resort to other games unaffected by the system such as console and mobile games.Under the new law, platform owners and online game publishers are forced to block children under 16 from logging in during a six-hour window in the middle of the night. For technical reasons, only online games are affected, leaving other platforms available at all hours. The idea is to combat online game addiction.Another panel member, a game developer, looked at his game’s metrics and found that the numbers indeed showed that the law has little real effect. The number of users online during late-night hours barely took a hit, he noted. Surprisingly, numbers for adults aged 30-50, whose logins could be ‘borrowed’ by youths, didn’t change either.Two more panelists, from top-ranked Yonsei University and the Korean Cultural Society Institute, argued for new approaches to satisfy concerned parents and social conservatives since the online curfew hasn’t worked. Yonsei’s TaeSoon Park wished for game developers to pursue goals other than business ones, since paid transactions that begin to resemble gambling have allowed Koreans to see games as “proof of maleficience.” Meanwhile, the Culture Society Institute’s KiMin Yang argued that “restriction” is different from “care,” and the new law is an example of the former. Yang expressed a desire to “show the conservative groups” that Korea’s lawmakers are protecting, and not neglecting, children. However, Yang did not give an example of what kind of changes to the new curfew would constitute protecting or providing care.via ThisIsGameBlake’s OpinionIt’s well-known that Koreans take their gaming seriously, but how did that seriousness turn into laws attempting to curb addiction? Scholar Florence Chee may have the answer.Chee, a PhD candidate at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University, points out that in Korean culture the member of a social clique who’s the worst at something is to be bullied or heckled, as if that person is the runt of the group. This is particularly evident in circles of young friends who all play the same game, such as StarCraft II. So in an effort not to be the worst player, gamers practice relentlessly, giving rise to the gamer’s stereotype that Korean players take things to the next level. As a result, it appears that young Korean gamers are harassed on all sides. While parents pressure young players to give up games for studying, those youth also face pressure from their peers to be better at their game of choice. As such, the cultural researcher Yang may be right to say that social conservatives see gaming “addiction” in the wrong way – it’s not an irrepressible addiction, but rather a drive not to be the worst guy in the group.last_img read more

Functional catalyst for alternative fuel source by depositing nanosheets on a flexible

first_img(Phys.org)—The past ten years have seen an uptick in research into hydrogen production through electrolysis as an alternative fuel source. In electrolysis water decomposes into its components, hydrogen gas and oxygen gas, environmentally friendlier gases compared to fossil fuel reactions. However, electrolysis of water requires additional energy, known as overpotenial, above beyond its thermodynamic reaction barrier. Catalysts, such as platinum, decrease the overpotential allowing the reaction to progress at a practical rate, but platinum is too expensive for use at an industrial scale prompting researchers to explore other types of electrocatalysts. Researchers have explored molybdenum-based catalysts, particularly MoS2, as a possible alternative electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reactions. Studies of MoS2 nanoparticles demonstrate that catalysis occurs on edges or at defect sites. This means that controlling the MoS2 morphology could lead to controlling its catalytic activity. However, there are still several barriers to making MoS2 a feasible industrial material.In new research reported in Science Advances, Jianwei Miao, Fang-Xing Xiao, Hong Bin Yang, Si Yun Khoo, Jiazang Chen, Zhanxi Fan, Ying-Ya Hsu, Hao Ming Chen, Hua Zhang, and Bin Liu from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and National Taiwan University have devised a molybdenum-nickel-based hydrogen evolution catalyst that can be deposited on a flexible, conductive carbon fiber cloth. Analytical studies show that their Ni-Mo-S/C catalyst, when prepared using the reaction solution with a nickel-to-molybdenum ratio of 1:1, has better overpotential values and is more stable than MoS2 in neutral electrolyte.Their synthesis for making the Ni-Mo-S/C catalyst is a straight-forward process that is biomolecule-assisted using L-cysteine as its sulfur source. They found that by adding Ni2+ to the initial solution, they were able to control the morphology of the nanoparticles deposited on the carbon cloth. They tested several different ratios of nickel-to-molybdenum, 3:1, 1:1, and 1:3, and confirmed via various methods that the Ni-Mo-S/C (1:1) was the best overall catalyst. SEM and TEM showed that the Ni-Mo-S/C (1:1) provided the most consistent nanostructured film. Importantly this film resulted in more edges, as well as multiple pores, both of which should enhance catalytic activity. Other structures, including MoS2, formed unwanted aggregates when deposited on the carbon cloth. X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and XPS confirmed the chemical composition of their nickel-molybdenum catalyst and ensured that there were no nickel-sulfur bonds. Citation: Functional catalyst for alternative fuel source by depositing nanosheets on a flexible carbon cloth (2015, September 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-functional-catalyst-alternative-fuel-source.html More information: “Hierarchical Ni-Mo-S nanosheets on carbon fiber cloth: A flexible electrode for efficient hydrogen generation in neutral electrolyte” Science Advances, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500259AbstractA unique functional electrode made of hierarchal Ni-Mo-S nanosheets with abundant exposed edges anchored on conductive and flexible carbon fiber cloth, referred to as Ni-Mo-S/C, has been developed through a facile biomolecule-assisted hydrothermal method. The incorporation of Ni atoms in Mo-S plays a crucial role in tuning its intrinsic catalytic property by creating substantial defect sites as well as modifying the morphology of Ni-Mo-S network at atomic scale, resulting in an impressive enhancement in the catalytic activity. The Ni-Mo-S/C electrode exhibits a large cathodic current and a low onset potential for hydrogen evolution reaction in neutral electrolyte (pH ~7), for example, current density of 10 mA/cm2 at a very small overpotential of 200 mV. Furthermore, the Ni-Mo-S/C electrode has excellent electrocatalytic stability over an extended period, much better than those of MoS2/C and Pt plate electrodes. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and x-ray absorption spectroscopy were used to understand the formation process and electrocatalytic properties of Ni-Mo-S/C. The intuitive comparison test was designed to reveal the superior gas-evolving profile of Ni-Mo-S/C over that of MoS2/C, and a laboratory-scale hydrogen generator was further assembled to demonstrate its potential application in practical appliances. Synthesis processes of MoS2/C and Ni-Mo-S/C. (A) Schematic illustration of syntheses of MoS2 and Ni-Mo-S on carbon fiber cloth. (B) Photographic image of freshly prepared Ni-Mo-S/C (1:1). Credit: Science Advances, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500259 Journal information: Science Advances Miao, et al. conducted several voltammetry studies in both neutral and acidic electrolyte to test the catalytic behavior of their electrodes. Ni-Mo-S/C (1:1) showed the best hydrogen evolution catalytic activity with a smaller overpotential compared to MoS2/C and the other catalysts prepared with 3:1 and 1:3 nickel-to-molybdenum precursor ratio. Tafel plots showed that Ni-Mo-S/C (1:1) had the smallest slope which corresponds to a good reaction rate and low overpotential.The authors wanted to qualitatively evaluate the potential at which catalysis occurs as well as gas evolution of different electrodes at the same time. They designed a special electrode comprised of single bundles of MoS2/C and Ni-Mo-S/C (1:1) attached to a home-made titanium connector. By linking these in parallel, they could apply a synchronized potential bias to both. Gas bubbles appeared first on the Ni-Mo-S/C (1:1) and were generated faster and more continuously along the bundle. MoS2 turned a pale color due to the adsorption of oxygen bubbles while the Ni-Mo-S/C (1:1) maintained the same physical appearance.Finally, they tested catalysis stability using controlled potential electrolysis in a neutral electrolyte. Ni-Co-S/C (1:1) retains 97.5% of its initial current density after their initial test, while MoS2 maintains 85% of its current density. This is compared to a Pt electrode which has 15% of its current density after one hour. Miao, et al.’s last experiment was to create a prototype of a hydrogen generator in the lab. The purpose of finding an alternative electrocatalyst is to identify one that that could feasibly be used in an industrial setting. They were able to role and shape their Ni-Mo-S/C (1:1) electrode to fit their apparatus and collected hydrogen gas in a relatively short amount of time at a potential bias of -0.5 V (vs. RHE). While this is a small prototype, it adequately demonstrates that this electrode could be a good candidate for larger scale hydrogen evolution reactions and is flexible enough to accommodate several hydrogen generator designs.Overall, Ni-Mo-S/C (1:1) was made in a relatively straight-forward synthesis and all analyses point to its superior catalytic properties compared to MoS2 making it a robust alternative to a platinum catalyst. Explore further © 2015 Phys.org Moving toward a cheaper, better catalyst for hydrogen production This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Project to revive Kalimpong Craft doubles up as livelihood source for residents

first_imgKolkata: The project by the West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board to revive the handicrafts here popularly known as Kalimpong Craft in the Hill has been contributing in the development of the livelihood of the people.Senior officials of the Khadi and village industries board recently visited Kalimpong to make an detailed study on the ongoing projects initiated by them. The popularity of the Kalimpong Crafts has been waning, thanks to the neglect of the previous board of the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) in the Darjeeling Hills. However, with the setting up of arts and handicraft development centres at places such as Kurseong, Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Sipaidhura, Sukhia Pokri and some other places to provide a platform for these craftsmen in marketing their products in a better way has started yielding good results. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataCounters have been set up beside these Centres for display and sale of their products. It may be mentioned that Kalimpong is famous for weaving of Tibetan woolen carpets. The wool for the same is spun by the Tibetan women of Darjeeling on the traditional spinning wheels known as Chassba. Generally, bold colours and geometric patterns are used. The most common of all carpets is the dun a small bedside carpet which has up to 60 knots to a square inch. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”A number of people associated with these crafts had shifted to other places and took up other vocations. We had wooed them to return to their area of expertise and accordingly groomed them to take up work at these AHDC’s,” a senior official of WBKVIB said. The handicrafts of the Hills are quite different from the crafts existing in the rest of Bengal and it expresses cultural heritage of Buddhism prevailing in the eastern Himalayas. Traditional hill craftsmen prepare the sculptural model of bronze figure using direct wax for each bronze figure. They are also skilled at making beautiful cane baskets of various designs and shapes which have multiple uses. A number of people in Kalimpong who were involved in collection and sale of honey has been trained with the modern techniques of apiculture. They have been provided with modified boxes which are capable of storing more honey after dismantling a hive. “We have tied up with the local horticulture society who are helping the locals to uplift their livelihood,” the official added. Training has been provided to around 500 people and WBKVIB has a target to train more than 1200 people.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more February 26, 2009 – In radiology, the threat of commoditization has increased in part due to teleradiology, increased information exchange and the development of new technology, according to Bruce I. Reiner, M.D., and Eliot L. Seigel, M.D., authors of Decommoditizing Radiology, an article appearing in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR).Products or services become commoditized when there is no differentiation between how they are perceived, and price becomes the determining factor in provider selection. In order for radiology to avoid the commoditization trend, imaging services must be differentiated on the basis of qualitative measures — those that are reproducible and objective. Existing initiatives are in place; however, the authors offer several recommendations for expansion, as well as opportunities to tie them to economic incentives, such as pay for performance.The time spent interpreting CT pulmonary angiographic studies is critical; death from an acute pulmonary embolism can occur in as little as one to two hours. The Effect of Teleradiology on Time to Interpretation for CT Pulmonary Angiographic Studies, by Scott Kennedy, M.D., et al., evaluates the results and implications of surveys completed by radiology administrators and emergency medicine physicians at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The surveys were used to establish target benchmarks for optimal interpretation time, and to assess the impact of adding off-hours interpretation to current practice.The authors reported that adding only 40 hours of teleradiology coverage per week decreased turn-around time for preliminary written reports, suggesting that teleradiology can help meet quality improvement standards and ensure timely diagnosis of time-critical illnesses.Source: The Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR)For more information: www.jacr.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Related Content News | February 27, 2009 Can Radiology Overcome the Commoditization Trend? News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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first_img Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Related Content News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more March 3, 2011 – A positron emission mammography (PEM) scanner has been launched at two radiology conferences in Vienna. The Naviscan PEM scanner can reduce unnecessary biopsies by providing superior specificity, and has the ability to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions.PEM scanners are high-resolution breast PET systems (also referred to as 3-D Molecular Breast Imagers or Tomographic MBI) that can show the location and metabolic phase of a lesion. This information is critical in determining whether a lesion is malignant and influences the course of treatment. PEM scanners are about the size of an ultrasound system.A poster presentation at the European Congress of Radiology will highlight the role of PEM for assessment of axillary lymph node status in patients with breast cancer. Current morphology-based tools for ALN staging include clinical examination, axillary ultrasound and breast MRI, but none are accurate enough to replace the need for pathologic evaluation of the axillary nodes. In the prospective study, 20 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients underwent mammography, breast and axillary ultrasound, breast MRI and PEM. Suspicious lymph nodes were evaluated and final ALN status was determined via pathology.The preliminary data show that PEM demonstrates 88 percent sensitivity with a negative predictive value of 91 percent in assessment of ALN status in patients with breast cancer. The data show improved lesion detectability and decrease in background activity.”Our study provides additional compelling evidence that PEM can play an important role in axillary staging, perhaps with more sensitivity than ultrasound or MRI,” said Daniel Appelbaum, M.D., associate professor of radiology from the University of Chicago Medical Center. “Furthermore, these findings, in conjunction with PEM’s more extensively documented role in evaluating the breasts themselves as well as whole body PET’s excellent whole body staging, paves the way for a complete breast cancer work-up-primary tumor, regional and distant metastases – with one FDG dose.”Naviscan plans to distribute its PEM scanner in Europe during the second quarter of 2011.For more information: www.naviscan.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more center_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | March 03, 2011 Positron Emission Mammography Scanner Launched in Europe News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read morelast_img read more

Recent winners of the Nobel Peace Prize

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home (AP) – Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize since 1998:____ 2012: The European Union._ 2011: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen._ 2010: Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo._ 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama_ 2008: Martti Ahtisaari_ 2007: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Al Gore_ 2006: Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank_ 2005: International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day _ 2004: Wangari Maathai_ 2003: Shirin Ebadi_ 2002: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter_ 2001: United Nations, Kofi Annan_ 2000: Kim Dae-jung_ 1999: Medecins Sans Frontieres_ 1998: John Hume, David Trimble(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Patients with chronic pain give advice Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals signed cornerback Jonathan Moxey to the practice squad on Wednesday.The 5-foot-10, 188-pound defensive back went undrafted out of Boise State this year but signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in May. He played for the Bucs’ practice squad for the first two weeks of the season before he was released on Sept. 19.Moxey recorded 134 tackles with 31 passes defensed in 52 games at Boise State. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   The Cardinals had a practice squad opening after promoting linebacker Edmond Robinson to the active roster on Tuesday upon safety Antoine Bethea’s move to the injured reserve. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Jonathan Moxey (41) defends against Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo (16) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Buccaneers won 12-8. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)last_img read more

Lady Gaga on the pressures of the spotlight Fame

first_imgLady Gaga on the pressures of the spotlight: ‘Fame is very unnatural’ TORONTO – Lady Gaga says artists on the rise need compassion and kindness, and that fame changes the people around them more than the performers themselves.The pop superstar made the comments at the Toronto International Film Festival while discussing her starring turn in “A Star is Born,” in which she plays a struggling singer whose career takes off.Bradley Cooper directs and co-stars as a seasoned musician who falls in love with Lady Gaga’s insecure character, Ally, while battling demons of his own.“I think that fame is very unnatural and we see that Jack is struggling in this film, there’s substance abuse, there’s trauma,” Lady Gaga said Sunday.“Ally also, I believe, for me, she suffered from depression at the beginning of the film, not believing in herself and I think that it’s important that we guide artists and take care of them on a psychological level as they begin to rise because everything changes.“And the truth is, people think that we change, but it’s not us that changes — it’s everyone around us that changes.”The pressures of fame are just one element of the classic tale, a remake of a love story that was also put on film in 1937, 1954, and 1976, when Barbra Streisand starred as the aspiring singer brimming with raw natural talent.Rapturous reviews for the music-laden feature have vaulted Cooper’s directorial debut as one of the hottest awards season contenders, with accolades pouring in for both romantic leads.Co-stars Sam Elliott, Dave Chappelle and Anthony Ramos, also at the press conference, heaped praise on Cooper for earning their trust on the ambitious production, which includes live performances and original music.Lady Gaga, often referred to by co-stars by her real name Stefani Germanotta, also extolled Cooper’s care in handling the story, and noted that he’s proven himself to be a legitimate musical artist.The “Born This Way” superstar has been candid about her own mental health issues, and has encouraged people to speak up if they’re struggling.When asked Sunday what responsibility managers, assistants and publicists have for the well-being of an artist, she implored that everyone take more care “with the human spirit,” and not just for artists.“Intervening early, teaching people about kindness, teaching people about compassion, teaching people about how to reach out and be there for someone — even when they don’t even know that they’re sad, it might be so deep that they can’t even pinpoint it — I think that that’s very important.”“A Star is Born” lands in theatres Oct. 5. by Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 9, 2018 9:13 am PDT Last Updated Sep 9, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Arson suspected in internet cafe fire

first_imgA 34-year-old was arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire broke out at an internet cafe in Paphos in the early hours of Wednesday, which caused severe damage but no injuries.According to police, the fire broke out at around 5am on Wednesday. Firefighters rushed to the scene and extinguished the blaze.Paphos CID launched an investigation and concluded that arson was a likely cause of the fire as the main entrance had been broken into.Paphos police spokesman, Michalis Ioannou, said that an arrest warrant was issued against the 34-year-old former partner of the 35-year-old owner of the internet cafe, with whom he had financial disagreements.The suspect was arrested and was detained at Paphos police station.The loft of the internet cafe was destroyed and severe damage caused to the ground floor.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoThrone: Free Online GamesPlay This Game For 1 Minute and See why Everyone is Addicted!Throne: Free Online GamesUndoMarie Claire | HanacureHere’s What Happened When Beauty Insiders Tried HanacureMarie Claire | HanacureUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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