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Bolloré Orders 13 More Konecranes RTGs

first_imgzoom Finnish port automation solutions provider Konecranes has received a repeat order for thirteen Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes from Bolloré Group to be delivered to container terminals operated by Bolloré Africa Logistics in Benin and Togo in the second half of 2016.Five cranes will be delivered to the container terminal in Cotonou,  and eight RTGs will be delivered to the container terminal in Lomé.The thirteen RTG cranes will be equipped with Konecranes’ smarter cabin offering improved ergonomics, visibility and safety. They will also have advanced Konecranes technology such as Autosteering, which keeps the crane on a pre-programmed, straight driving path, and Variable Speed Engine and Diesel Fuel Saver technology.The RTG container positioning systems will be connected to the ports’ Terminal Operating Systems offering correct, real-time container positioning and an accurate inventory. The RTG cranes will also be equipped with TRUCONNECT remote access technology, enabling remote diagnostics for maintenance purposes.The hydraulics-free, 16-wheel RTGs have a lifting capacity of 40 tons stacking 1-over-5 containers high and 7 plus truck lane wide.“Our excellent cooperation with Bolloré continues. We have 69 RTGs either delivered or under production, to container terminals operated by Bolloré Group in West Africa, and with this new order the total will reach 82,” said Antoine Bosquet, Sales Director, Konecranes, Port Cranes.“Bolloré is going from strength to strength in Africa, and Konecranes is proud to be part of it.”last_img read more

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CBI summons sting operator Samuel in Narada tapes case

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI has summoned sting operator Mathew Samuel, owner, and editor of Narada News in connection with its probe on the sting operation where several West Bengal politicians were allegedly seen accepting cash on camera.The probe agency has asked Samuel, the journalist who had shot the video footage, to appear before its officials in Kolkata on June 24. The “Narada tapes” were released in the public domain before the 2016 West Bengal assembly polls allegedly show several Trinamool Congress politicians accepting cash. The list of politicians included Mukul Roy, who jumped ship to the Bharatiya Janata Party after the tapes were made public. Based on a Calcutta High Cout order, the Central Bureau of Investigation had registered a preliminary enquiry in the case, which was then turned into an FIR in April 2017, naming 12 TMC politicians and a West Bengal cadre IPS officer SMH Meerza. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaWhile the Saradha case probe picked up pace in the last few weeks, with the CBI grilling former Kolkata to-cop Rajeev Kumar, the probe agency had also questioned Meerza in connection with the Narada case. He was the Superintendent of Police in Burdwan district when the sting operation was conducted by Samuel in 2014. Samuel had in 2014, set up meetings with several politicians in West Bengal including state ministers and police officials to ask favours for a made-up company of his called Impex Consultancy. He then recorded these meetings covertly on his iPhone, where some of the politicians were allegedly seen demanding and accepting cash in exchange for providing favours to Samuel’s fictitious company. Earlier this year, the probe agency had reportedly claimed that a chargeheet in the case is likely to come soon.last_img read more

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CINEMATOGRAPHER ROGER DEAKINS TO GET AWARD AT TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL

first_imgRoger Deakins accepts the award for best cinematography for “Blade Runner 2049” at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Venerable cinematographer Deakins will be honoured at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Deakins’ previous Oscar nominations include work on “Sicario,” “Skyfall,” “True Grit,” “Fargo,” “No Country for Old Men” and “The Shawshank Redemption.”His latest work will be seen in the “The Goldfinch,” which will have its world premiere at the Toronto festival.As previously announced, the TIFF Tribute Gala fundraiser on Sept. 9 will also honour actors Meryl Streep and Joaquin Phoenix, and filmmaker Taika Waititi.Streep and Phoenix will each get a TIFF Tribute acting award while Waititi will receive the TIFF Ebert director’s award.The Toronto film fest runs Sept. 5 to 15.The Canadian Press TORONTO — Venerable cinematographer Roger Deakins will be honoured at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival.The 14-time Oscar nominee, who won the golden statuette last year for “Blade Runner 2049,” will get the Variety Artisan Award at the TIFF Tribute Gala.TIFF says the award “recognizes a distinguished filmmaker who has excelled at their craft and made an outstanding contribution to cinema.”center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Canadas billions in fossil fuel subsidies to go under the microscope

first_imgBy Mia RabsonTHE CANADIAN PRESS Last year, auditor general Michael Ferguson said he tried to test the progress being made on phasing out the subsidies but blasted the government for refusing to provide documents that would allow him to do so.Last month, a dozen of Canada’s most well known and influential environment groups flagged lack of action on fossil fuel subsidies in a report card on the government’s efforts to deliver on its environmental promises.Earlier this month, Canada fared poorly in a report ranking the progress of the G7 nations on phasing out fossil fuels. The report, completed by Oil Change International and the International Institute for Sustainable Development, concluded that the seven biggest developed economies in the world collectively contribute more than $100 billion a year to help the fossil fuel industry.While the U.S. spent the most overall, Canada spent the most per capita of any G7 country on oil and gas production, according to the report.Canada also received a poor grade for transparency of its subsidies.Catherine Abreu, executive director of the Climate Action Network-Canada, said agreeing to work with Argentina to peer review each other’s subsidies is a very good sign the government is finally moving on its commitment to phase them out. OTTAWA, O.N. – The federal government has taken a step towards fulfilling its promise to get rid of fossil fuel subsidies by agreeing to finally explain how much it actually spends on them.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr was in Argentina on Thursday where he and his Argentinian counterpart announced that each country will conduct a study on how much the other country subsidizes its fossil fuel industries.As part of both the G7 and G20, Canada has committed every year since 2009 that it will work to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. The Liberals made it a campaign promise in 2015 and the following year said it would be done by 2025.center_img Environment groups have used publicly available documents to try and figure out how much Canada subsidizes oil and gas companies but, without the government producing its own thorough review, Abreu said it’s very hard to know what’s missing.Existing reviews suggest Canada offers about $3 billion to companies to explore and produce oil and gas within Canada. Export Development Canada also finances oil production in other countries, spending almost $12 billion in 2016 and $10 billion in 2017 on foreign oil production.Abreu said the government has never really defined what it means by “inefficient” subsidies so this review may finally shed light on that aspect as well.A spokesman for Carr said the government will make the review report public once it is complete.last_img read more

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Heavy smoke near wildfires in Central Interior grounding firefighting aircraft

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Officials with the BC Wildfire Service say that while fire crews got some cooler temperatures over the past few days, the heavy smoke covering the province is causing complications for those battling the flames from the air.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre said that some of the helicopters and air tankers that have been employed against the wildfires burning in the Vanderhoof area have been forced to stay on the ground due to a lack of visibility.She said that the thick, heavy smoke has reduced visibility to less than one nautical mile in places, meaning aerial firefighting aircraft can’t fly since they operate under visual flight rules. Reynolds said that there are currently no wildfires of note burning in Northeast B.C., though there are currently 545 fires burning across the province.She said that wildfire crews are continuing to fight several major wildfires that have caused residents of 2,400 properties to be forced from their homes and left thousands more on evacuation alert.An interactive map of all current active fires burning in B.C. can be found here: https://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=ef6f11c8c36b42c29e103f65dbcd7538The following is the latest information on some of the major fires around the province:Shovel Lake (R11498)Last updated: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 12:01 PMLocation: approx. 6km north of the community of Fraser Lake• See approximate location of this wildfire on an  interactive map• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note. Discovered: Friday, July 27, 2018Size: 84,793.7 hectaresCause: Under InvestigationResources• 253 firefighters• 8 helicopters• 52 heavy equipmentIn addition, 37 support personnel, 8 helicopters and 17 structural protection staff are shared amongst all fires comprising this complex and are utilized according to areas of highest risk � life and property being the number one priority. Status: ActiveThe Shovel Lake fire remains active, and has currently been mapped at 84,793.7 hectares using high level infra-red scans.Today on the south of the fire, ground crews are working to mop up sections of the fire on the southern perimeter where the successful burn-off occurred by Stern Lake several days ago, and will continue to push guard in on the southern flank of the fire along the PNG pipeline path.The east side of the fire was active yesterday and crossed over the Settlement Road, moving through some heavy timber and into a field, moving under the burn scar from last year. Heavy equipment and crews worked to tie this back in to the perimeter yesterday and will continue with these efforts today as fire activity has continued in this area. Crews are conducting minor burn-off operations to fortify the containment lines on the southeast corner as operable conditions allow. The fire has not moved closer to Fort St. James on the east or north sides, and heavy equipment continues to build guard starting at the Sutherland FSR and links to Dog Creek Trail, with the containment line on the southern perimeter running north of the PNG pipeline and Stella Rd. This continuous guard veers northward to wrap up the eastern side of the fire, crossing Barlow FSR and extending northward utilizing the Bud Rd.As visibility allowed, water skimming aircraft worked on the Hannay Road guard on the west and northwest sides of the fire to assist equipment and crews on the ground yesterday. Aircraft will be used today to support ground crews’ continued efforts if the smoky conditions allow, but the smoke is very thick over the fire this morning.Structural firefighters and structural protection specialists continue to work on the Stella Road, Nadleh Whut�en, and Settlement Road areas to protect structures and ensure sprinkler systems are properly in place. Structural protection crews will demobilize equipment off of properties that are no longer at risk. Night crews were assigned to active sections of the fire last night to keep communities and structures safe.While the BC Wildfire Service appreciates the support from the local communities, we are unable to accept or facilitate donations at the Fraser Lake fire camp. Instead, please consider donating to groups supporting wildfire evacuees in affected areas.While the BC Wildfire Service appreciates the support from the local communities, we are unable to accept or facilitate donations at the Fraser Lake fire camp. Instead, please consider donating to groups supporting wildfire evacuees in affected areas. Nadina Lake (R21721)Last updated: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 11:18 AMLocation: 63km southwest of Burns Lake• See approximate location of this wildfire on an  interactive map• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.Discovered: Tuesday, July 31, 2018Size: 72,172.0 hectares (estimated)Cause: LightningResources• 47 firefighters• 66 heavy equipmentIn addition,there are 352 persons assigned to this fire including: 17 helicopters, and 142 pieces of heavy equipment are shared amongst all fires that comprise the Babine complex and will be utilized according to areas of highest risk � life and property being the number one priority.There are now a total of 25 fire trucks and tenders with 78 crew people from various parts of the province working on structural protection.Status: ActiveCrews will attempt to open up the Owen East Road and prepare for planned ignitions. On the west flank of Nadina Lake crews were challenged by a series of cutblocks. On the northeast, visibility is still challenging. Crews have defendable lines built on the northwest flank. A guard is being planned from Old Issac Trail to Moose Pit, keeping it on top of the ridge towards Verdun as a result of activity August 19, 2018.Crews will continue to mop up any burned control lines, continue to bunch trees along roadways to remove any danger trees and establish guard. The planning and construction of contingency guard is ongoing.A planned ignition near Owen lake is being planned for today: only if conditions are optimalAlkali Lake (R91947)Last updated: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 10:44 AMLocation: 5 km northwest of Telegragh Creek• See approximate location of this wildfire on an  interactive map• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.Discovered: Wednesday, August 01, 2018Size: 39,000.0 hectares (estimated)Cause: LightningResources• 92 firefighters• 11 helicopters• 19 heavy equipmentA total of 125 personnel including a night shift are working on and in support of this fire. Today, 19 pieces of heavy equipment, including 4 water tenders, as well as 11 helicopters are supporting firefighting efforts. An Incident Management Team is stationed at Dease Lake. We are working closely with the Tahltan First Nation and several community members are engaged in fire suppression activities.Status: Active• 11% containedNortherly winds during the afternoon will be light and smoke will again accumulate in the Telegraph Creek and Glenora areas. Fire behaviour will likely increase in the afternoon particularly where there is less smoke and the sun�s heat can penetrate.Crews will again be checking structure protection, reinforcing guards and clearing danger trees. Crews and air support will continue work to minimize further impact to the communities of Telegraph Creek and Glenora. Tahltan First Nation staff and a number of contractors are working hard with heavy equipment to build and maintain guard. Structure protection specialists continue to install equipment on properties in the area and are relocating equipment from some areas where it is no longer required to new locations. Work has been completed on hand guard around properties on the south side of the Stikine opposite Telegraph Creek. Structural protection is in place in this area. BC Hydro crews have been working to clear up damaged line and replace poles. Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure have equipment in the area today to grade the road to ensure the safety of crews travelling into and out the fire ground.An accurate line scan of the fire boundary is due to be undertaken.Island Lake Wildfire (R11921)Last updated: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 12:07 PMLocation: Adjacent to Island Lake, S of Francois Lake• See approximate location of this wildfire on an  interactive map• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.Discovered: Wednesday, August 01, 2018Size: 17,291.0 hectaresCause: LightningResources• 64 firefighters• 8 helicopters• 11 heavy equipmentIn addition, 45 support personnel, 8 helicopters and 17 Structural Protection Specialists are *shared* between the Shovel Lake Wildfire and Island Lake Wildfire. Air support and Structure Protection is utilized according to areas of highest risk.Status: ActiveThe Island Lake fire remains active, but visibility is very poor over the fire. There was a 120 hectare excursion to the south of Anzus Lake running southeast towards Borel Lake, and crews are working to address this. No structural values are threatened. Crews continue to monitor for and extinguish any spot fires.Ground crews and heavy equipment are continuing to work off the 238 Road to build a fuel free containment line. Hand ignitions were conducted yesterday evening to support the development of safety zones between Borel Lake and Anzus Lake.Heavy equipment are working night shifts to build guard while fire activity is minimal. Today, crews will continue their work to tie the fire into the former Binta Fire burn scar from 2010. Crews are continuing to build guard on the southeast flank and the 238 Road and are monitoring for values in need of structural protection in the area and on the lakeshore.The weather is anticipated to be warm and dry today, with winds alternating from the east and the north up to 15 km/hr.While the BC Wildfire Service appreciates the support from the local communities, we are unable to accept or facilitate donations at the Fraser Lake fire camp. Instead please consider donating to groups supporting wildfire evacuees in affected areas.Verdun Mountain (R11796)Last updated: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 11:18 AMLocation: 10 km southwest of Grassy Plains• See approximate location of this wildfire on an  interactive map• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.Discovered: Tuesday, July 31, 2018Size: 14,711.0 hectares (estimated)Cause: LightningResources• 105 firefighters• 37 heavy equipmentIn addition,there are 352 persons assigned to this fire including: 17 helicopters, and 142 pieces of heavy equipment are shared amongst all fires that comprise the Babine complex and will be utilized according to areas of highest riskStatus: ActiveThe southeast flank is burning into an old burn scar. On the west flank, the fire is adjacent to the Keefe Landing Road but continues to hold there. Planning is in place to burn along this line as conditions allow to solidify the line.Behind Takysie two heavy helicopters were used to bucket along a guard. On the southwest corner the fire is backing slowly down towards a guard along the south. Crews complted guard from Takysie Lake to Tatalaska Lake, then from the north end of Tatalaska to Francoise Lake.Meachen Creek (N11886)Last updated: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 9:49 AMLocation: Kianuko Provincial Park and Meachen Creek drainage, approx. 10 km southwest of St. Mary Lake• See approximate location of this wildfire on an  interactive map• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.Discovered: Wednesday, August 01, 2018Size: 6,996.0 hectaresCause: LightningResources• 21 firefighters• 3 helicopters• 6 heavy equipmentA 22 person Incident Management Team from Ontario assumed command of this fire as of last night.Status: ActiveThe safety of the residents of the St. Mary Valley and the safety of our crews remains the first priority for the BC Wildfire Service.Yesterday retardant line was laid up the ridge along Meachen Creek. A planned ignition was then conducted from this retardant line to the northeast corner of the fire to tie into a predetermined boundary line. Activities were supported by a type 1 crew doing hand ignitions to solidify the area.Today type 1 crews will be patrolling and wet lining the area along Meachen Creek to ensure there is no encroachment. Depending on visibility, another planned ignition with retardant line may be conducted to have the fire burn cleanly to a predetermined boundary line in Fiddler Creek.Heavy equipment continues to work in the area east of the fire and south of St-Mary�s FSR as a contingency line if the fire were to encroach eastward.Values protection equipment will be installed on all structures west of St-Mary�s Lake by noon today. The Structure Protection Unit will then be assessing the properties to the east of St-Mary�s Lake.The IMT is waiting for better visibility to use helicopters to establish a new perimeter. Although the smoky conditions are limiting operations, the smoke is also moderating fire behaviour. The smoke is raising relative humidity and lowering temperatures, thus making the fire less active. The Incident Management Team is concerned that once these conditions dissipate, more extreme fire behaviour will once again be observed.last_img read more

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SC may referring 10 quota issue to Constitution bench

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme on Monday said that it will consider on March 28 whether petitions challenging the 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for the economically weaker sections of unreserved categories should be referred to a larger bench. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said that it would consider the plea on referring the issue to a larger bench after senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan said the limit of 50 per cent was part of the Constitution’s basic structure. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “If it requires consideration by a larger bench, we will do it,” Chief Justice Gogoi said as Dhavan reiterated that the 10 per cent reservation was also part of basic structure. Chief Justice Gogoi asked Dhavan to tender a short note on his submissions. On February 8, the apex court refused to stay the decision to give 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections amongst the unreserved categories and had clubbed all petitions for early hearing. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty The top court on January 25 sought the Centre’s response on a plea by NGO Youth for Equality challenging the constitutional validity of the 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for the economically weaker section within the general category. The NGO had contended that the amendment violated the “basic structure” of the Constitution as cited in a 1992 Supreme Court judgment that held that economic criteria cannot be the sole basis of reservations under the Constitution. It had also contended that the amendment breaches the 50 per cent cap set by the 1992 judgment by a nine-judge Constitution Bench.last_img read more

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Mohammed VI–B Satellite Outstanding Value to Moroccos Development

Rabat – The French Arianespace satellite launching company will orbit the new Mohammed VI-B satellite on November 20 from the Vega Launch Complex in Kourou, French Guiana.The date for the launch in Morocco will be on November 21 at exactly 2:42 AM Moroccan time.Weighing about 1,110 kilograms, the new Mohammed Vl-B satellite will be launched a year after the successful launch of the Mohammed VI-A satellite on November 8, 2017. Read Also: Morocco to Launch Second Surveillance Satellite, Mohammed VI-BMorocco’s two earth observation satellites, Mohammed VI-A and Mohammed VI-B, were named after after King Mohammed VI of Morocco.The consortium Franco-Italian satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia and the French Airbus Defence & Space agency developed both satellites.Piloted from Morocco, the new monitoring satellite will be circulating in the same orbit as the first satellite, 620 kilometers above the Earth.“Being complementary, the MOHAMMED VI – A & B satellites will jointly enable a faster coverage of zones of interests,” Arianespace wrote in a statement on November 13.According to Buzz News, the device is capable of turning around the Earth in just 100 minutes and is expected to operate between 15 and 30 years thanks to its photovoltaic mirrors which generate energy from enable solar power.Moroccan engineers and technicians were specifically trained in Morocco and abroad to manage Mohammed VI-B satellite in the same way as  Mohammed VI-A.Read Also: Hilale: Morocco’s Mohammed VI-A Satellite Tracks Polisario MovesMorocco is the third African country to have a reconnaissance satellite after Egypt and South Africa. However, Morocco will be the first African country to possess a constellation of earth surveillance satellites equipped with a very high resolution.The Mohammed VI-B satellite is capable of taking up to 1,000 images per day with a resolution of up to 70 centimeters.A great contribution to the country’s mapping and agricultureMohammed VI–B satellite will be mostly used for mapping and land surveying activities and will help farmers in their agricultural activities.The Mohammed VI-B satellite will develop Morocco’s cadastre and cartography including topographic mapping and its daily update as well as land parcel survey.Having two earth observation satellites will optimize map localisation and enhance the visualization of road and rail networks and allow for updating cartographic background.The new satellite will help in agriculture field by surveying farmlands through a thematic cartography and assessment of soil fertility. It will enable a diagnosis of the state of cultivation which will help farmers optimize their performance and map their irrigated zone.According to Canadian Space Agency, farmers can use satellite data “to help them keep watch over [their] vast acreage” and provide information which can be “invisible to the naked eye—such as soil humidity—with uncommon accuracy.”Satellite data also enable farmers to assess soil moisture and irrigation requirements and “monitor changes in the land on a continuous basis.” It will also allow for a“better forecast precipitation” and help farmers be prepared in case of “insect pest infestations.”For better natural disasters managementBy using satellite information, the country will have better observation of the territory, in terms of forest fire control and anticipation. The country can anticipate climate variations such as drought or floods. It will also help in case of natural disasters such as earthquakes or fires by showing a cartography of affected areas.Using this sophisticated-technology will enable identifying water sources and a cartography for humid areas in addition to quantifying water volumes in dams and lakes.According to Satellites 4 Everyone, data of earth observation satellites can “analyse soil composition and moisture content, and measure flood water depth, and then calculate likely water flow characteristics.” The obtained information can help predict the impact of flood events. The satellite will also be of use to public works and transport especially in monitoring major infrastructure projects such as solar power plants, wind farms and dams. Using high-resolution satellite remote sensing images will provide stakeholders with exact information on the construction progress.Border control Placed about 620 kilometers above the Earth,  Mohammed VI-B will ensure a better border and littoral surveillance, especially in case of soil occupation evolution and undocumented migration. It will also help Moroccan security agencies to track potential terrorists and fight smuggling across borders, namely in the Sahel region.Both Mohammed VI-A and Mohammed VI-B complement each others as they provide joint civilian and military uses to ensure national security against potential foreign threats.The Moroccan Ambassador to the European Union, Ahmed Reda Chami, said in November 2017 Brussels that the satellite Mohammed VI-A “will allow to see what is happening on the national territory, especially in terms of weather. And it’s important for our agriculture.”The Mohammed B-A satellite was also used to successfully to detect illegal activities from the Polisario Front east of Morocco’s defense wall earlier this year.Morocco used satellite images that showed Polisario in the region to prove the separatist group’s illegal maneuvers.The Mohammed VI satellite technology is capable of taking more than 500 images a day with an update to its data every six hours.Used for spying?Moroccan authorities remained silent about the launch of the first satellite which Algeria and Spain deemed it would be used for spying.Florence Sborowsky, a researcher at the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS) explained Morocco’s silence as a “part of a culture of secrecy whose goal is to pose a threat, but without threatening directly. It is a form of deterrence.”“We thought that Algeria would overtake Morocco since it was the only one to have a space agency. Thanks to the transfer of technology, Algiers had participated in the construction of its small satellites, Alsat 1 and 2. But with a device of such power, Morocco has taken the lead, “said Sborowsky.The Moroccan Ministry of Defense will pilote both satellites in a control base near Rabat-Sale airport. Rabat’s Royal Centre for Remote Sensing (CRTS) will oversee the satellite.The project is part of an agreement between France and Morocco signed in 2013 when former French President Francois Hollande visited Morocco. read more

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Assembly President mourns passing of Nobel laureate and green campaigner

Professor Maathai, who was also a UN Messenger of Peace with special focus on the environment and climate change, died on Sunday in Nairobi, Kenya. She was 71.Mr. Al-Nasser said in a statement issued by his spokesperson that Professor Maathai’s death was a “great loss, not only to Kenyans but also to the UN family and the millions of people she inspired through her successful campaigns as an advocate for justice, women’s issues and good governance.”The Assembly President cited Professor Maathai’s work as a founder of the Green Belt Movement, which engaged thousands of rural Kenyan women to plant trees to improve their livelihoods by giving them better access to clean water, firewood for cooking and other resources.The movement has now planted an estimated 45 million trees as part of global efforts to tackle deforestation.UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said Professor Maathai’s legacy of fighting poverty “through empowering women and protecting the environment” was one that the entire world needed to carry on implementing.Joan Clos, the Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), paid tribute to the dedication shown by the Professor in all of her work.“It demonstrates that she lived for peace and the dignity of mankind,” he said.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner and Jan McAlpine, the Director of the Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests, have also expressed their sorrow at the death of Professor Maathai, who was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. 27 September 2011General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser today added his voice to those of other top United Nations officials mourning the death of Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and one of Africa’s foremost environmental campaigners. read more

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Brookfield Asset Management says 2013 was its best year in more than

TORONTO — Brookfield Asset Management Inc., which has a history reaching back more than a century, says 2013 was its best financial year ever.The Toronto-based company, which manages investments in the real estate, power generation, infrastructure and forestry sectors through subsidiaries and partnerships, had US$3.8 billion in net income.That’s about a billion dollars more than in 2012.Brookfield’s assets under management increased to US$187 billion at the end of 2013, with fee-bearing capital rising 32 per cent to US$80 billion.In the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, Brookfield’s net income was US$850 million, or $1.08 per diluted share — up from $779 million or 72 cents per share in the final three months of 2012.Brookfield said its net income, which was up 9% year-year, was affected by a smaller increase in property values compared with the especially big gain a year earlier.Meanwhile, Brookfield’s funds from operations during the quarter more than doubled to US$1.03 billion, or $1.59 per share, from US$459 million or 67 cents per share a year earlier. read more

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Newfoundland and Labrador auditor general raises concerns about finances

Newfoundland and Labrador auditor general raises concerns about finances AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 17, 2014 1:42 pm MDT ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s auditor general is red-flagging projected deficits, potential cost overruns for the Muskrat Falls hydro project and hefty unfunded public pension benefits.Terry Paddon delivered a report Friday to the legislature that outlines these and other concerns for a government that spends about 40 per cent more per person than any other province in Canada.“On a per capita basis we’re considerably higher than everybody else in the country,” he said in an interview. “There may be some good reasons for some of it, but perhaps not all of it.”Spending has soared since 2004 by 51 per cent to $7.7 billion from $5.1 billion, says his report. The province would have to cut $2.3 billion from its budget to reach the national average of spending per person, it notes.Newfoundland and Labrador is in the midst of a historic economic boom but recorded a deficit of $195 million for the last fiscal year, with a deficit of $451 million forecast for this year.Provincial net debt increased by $511 million to $8.3 billion last year, and Paddon said this year’s deficit will push that higher.Perhaps most worrisome is the extent to which massive public retirement plan obligations loom over the fiscal picture.“We’ve still got significant issues with the retirement benefits that we provide to employees of the province through pensions and provision of group health and life insurance,” Paddon said of unfunded benefits that make up more than 60 per cent of the province’s net debt.“You’ve got a $5.6-billion liability for both of those components.”Finance Minister Tom Marshall said the province is working with public sector unions in hopes they can work together on changes needed to sustain those plans.“For many, many years there was just no money available in the province,” he said of spending increases since the Progressive Conservatives took power in 2003.“There was a lot of catch-up,” Marshall said of new social programs, building projects and other investments funded with cash mostly earned from offshore oil royalties.Six of the last eight provincial budgets racked up oil-fuelled surpluses as the government paid down net debt from a high of almost $12 billion in 2004.But lower offshore production and falling global demand took a toll in a province that relies on oil royalties for about one-third of its revenues, Marshall said.“We went through a major efficiency review and we’re continuing,” he said of government spending. It also costs more to deliver services to a population of just 527,000 people spread over a vast area, much of it remote.But Marshall said the government is committed to a 10-year sustainability plan introduced in last spring’s budget to control costs. The first two years focus on trimming expenses for a return to surplus in 2015, the same year the next provincial election is set.The fourth to 10th years highlight debt reduction and economic diversification.Marshall said the government is overseeing the $7.7-billion Muskrat Falls development now under construction in Labrador to minimize any risk to taxpayers and ratepayers.The auditor general’s report warns that the province is on the hook for cost overruns — a common problem for publicly funded megaprojects.Provincial Crown corporation Nalcor Energy released a report Thursday that $230 million was spent on the development between January and November 2013.But there was no update on the extent to which spending met or exceeded expected benchmarks.“The numbers will come out from time to time,” Marshall said Friday in an interview.Kevin Lacey, Atlantic director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, said such assurances aren’t good enough.“This has been the issue with Muskrat Falls from the very beginning. It’s about the taxpayers and the utility users not knowing all the details of this agreement and being able to judge whether or not this is a good deal or a bad deal.“One has to question why many of these numbers are not public so that groups like ours and the average taxpayer can judge them for themselves.”Nalcor President and CEO Ed Martin said in an emailed response late Friday that fresh Muskrat Falls cost estimates will likely be released before April.He said the last of the major contracts will be in place by then.Project expenses include capital investments, operating costs and financing, Martin added.“To date, some of these elements are lower than budget, some are similar and some are higher.” read more

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Outstanding Ohio State womens rowing aims for 3rd straight championship

It was 49 degrees and windy. The river in front of Griggs Reservoir Boathouse was cold and full of debris.It’s unlikely that it’s the first place many people want to be at 8 a.m. on a Monday morning, but the Ohio State’s women’s rowing team was out on the water.The Buckeyes’ expectations are high this season, as they are ranked No. 1 in the College Rowing Coaches Association/U.S. Rowing preseason top 20, and have two consecutive championships under their belt. OSU backed up those preseason accolades with 18 wins in its first 22 races of the season, spanning across four meets.Annie Jachthuber, a freshman rower, said the team is incredibly dedicated to the sport and the high stakes motivate them to work hard every day.Jachthuber added that she has been rowing since her senior year in high school, where she tried many different sports. But she said rowing was her favorite because of the team dynamic.“I don’t do things for myself; I like to do things for other people,” she said.After Monday’s practice, Jachthuber walked into the boathouse, which opened in 2011, and through a white hallway lined with pictures of the team’s past successes. There are two types of pictures: Those with the smiling faces of champions, and action shots filled with faces of concentration.Jachthuber turned through a doorway and joined the other rowers in the OSU team room, which is full of floor-to-ceiling windows that face the waterfront in the middle of the boathouse.Coach Andy Teitelbaum, who has been with the rowing program since its birth in 1995, stood in the center of the room surrounded by his team, all of it bathed in the morning light reflected off the water. He dished out final words before the team huddled together, putting their hands in for a last hurrah before the rowers headed off to class.When asked how he feels about the team’s current rank and the pressure to perform, he jokingly said he was “outraged.”But then Teitelbaum laughed, saying he is filled with pride and that the team performs in “tremendous fashion.”With a wide smile he added, “This group is outstanding.”Teitelbaum said the road to the two championships and the team’s current standing have been humbling and that he is quite pleased with the status of his team.Jachthuber echoed her coach’s feelings and said one day her grandmother called and asked if there was ever a time when Jachthuber did not feel like pushing herself. She said she had replied, “No.” She said the dedication of the other girls and the solidarity while practicing drives them all, no matter how unfavorable the elements might be.“I love being a part of something bigger than myself,” Jachthuber said. “You do it for each other.”With seven meets standing between the Buckeyes and the Big Ten Championships on May 16, OSU is set to return to the water against Minnesota on Saturday. Fittingly, the races are set to begin at 8:15 a.m. in Columbus. read more

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ARM aide les entreprises a optimiser leurs applications Android

first_imgARM aide les entreprises a optimiser leurs applications AndroidComment ? En proposant une application gratuite, pour que les studios de développement modestes puissent améliorer leurs propres applications C/C++ sous Android.La firme britannique, fabricante de processeurs portant son nom, fait donc une fleur aux développeurs travaillant sous Android. Cette fleur s’appelle ARM Development Studio 5 Community Edition. L’application proposera divers outils de développement en complément des SDK et NDK fournis par habituellement par Google. Grâce à cette démarche d’ARM, il sera possible de rendre les applications Android plus rapide en passant par des outils permettant de réduire la consommation d’énergie de logiciels; de déboguer le code C/C++ et d’exploiter certains modules matériels (notamment l’unité de calcul Neon, spécifique aux processeurs ARM). À lire aussiSamsung planche sur un nouveau processeur ExynosDisponible ici, ARM Development Studio 5 Community Edition est gratuite pour les entreprises mais à quelques conditions: avoir au maximum 10 salariés et faire moins de 100.000 dollars de chiffre d’affaire annuel. Un petit cadeau de Noël avant l’heure de la part d’ARM.Le 1 décembre 2011 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Historic Day Hon Dr Rosita Butterfield with State Recognized Send off

first_img Recommended for you Nearly 100 Haitian migrants caught by TCI Police Marine division Related Items:courtney robinson, Dr. Rosita Butterfield, faith tabernacle centre, peter beckingham, premier rufus ewing, rev. emanual rigby, rosie beatrice butterfield, royal turks and caicos police force, send off, sharlene robinson Jitney row on social media elicits warning from PDM Leader Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Feb 2015 – In an unparalleled ceremony which has the entire nation buzzing, the former speaker of the House of Assembly for the Turks and Caicos from 1991-1993 will be laid to rest following a State Funeral set to begin promptly at 10am this morning at the Down Town Ball Park. It has been a long journey home for Dr. Rosie, who died on January 10th, 2015 at Doctor’s Hospital in The Bahamas due to complications from a series of heart attacks. Close friends told us she was singing Gospel songs just days before; that Dr. Rosita who had been hospitalized for quite some time was, as they put it, ‘ready’. Today we will see just how ready family and friends are to say goodbye to the Matriarch of the Butterfield Clan. A regal send off from The Bahamas, a Parliamentary sized welcomed in Grand Turk, three days of lying in state between the Capital and Providenciales, a memorial service last night and today an historic happening; the country’s first modern day State Funeral where it appears no holds have been barred. When Magnetic Media visited the site late yesterday, we learned there is seating capacity for likely 5,000 people; around half of them will be under tents or on the actual field, the remainder will take the stands. There are areas designated as special for the Nurses Association; Dr. Rosita was a career nurse delivering some 103 babies and earning scores of awards over the years for her prowess in the medical field. There is a special section for high ranking Civil Servants and for Civic Organizations and Invited Guests. Dr. Rosita’s grandson, CEO of Royelle Communications, Courtney Robinson gave us a site tour and explained there are tents for media interviews, early arriving guests including the elderly and very comfortable seating for the family which will fill the tent, set up at the heart of the service. Current and Former Members of Parliament have designated spots and seating will be managed by a team of ushers and protocol officers. The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force will escort the body of Hon. Dr. Rosita Butterfield from Faith Tabernacle Center this morning; taking it to the Ball Park for the State Funeral. Yesterday, we caught them in practice where we learned as many as 70 members of the Force are likely to participate in the procession to and fro.Today, all Public Sector workers have the day off; this means among other things, government schools are closed. Officiating the Service will be Rev. Emanuel Rigby, Rev. Julia Williams and Bishop VG Clarke. Organist is Craig Archibold; with singing and music by the reunited Turks and Caicos Mass Choir and the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Band; and Corey’s Funeral Chapel is directing the State Funeral. The Governor, HE Peter Beckingham and Leader of the Opposition, Sharlene Robinson will both read scripture. The Obituary of the late Dr. Rosita Butterfield, a founding member of the now governing Progressive National Party will be read by current party leader and Premier, Hon Dr Rufus Ewing. A Reflection on the Life and Times of the CEO of Butterfield Gold Group of Companies will come from Speaker of the House, Hon Robert Hall with the Eulogy by Bishop VG Clarke and Prayer for the Family by Father Bernard Been. The interment Service will take place at the grounds of Faith Tabernacle, where a brand new Butterfield Mausoleum is expected to be completed. The work on the mausoleum was commissioned by Dr. Rosie’s husband: Hon. Dr. Albray Butterfield Sr. about ten days ago. At the site there will be the National Anthem, Fanfare of Trumpets, Gun Salute and Flag Ceremony. Rev. Emanuel Rigby will commit her body with the final hymn being: “I will meet you in the Morning”. Hon. Dr. Rosita Butterfield leaves behind her husband, four children, 16 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, a sister and brother and scores of nieces and nephews, close friends and loved ones. She is a pioneer in Parliament as the first woman elected to serve for her home settlement of Kew in North Caicos. Dr. Rosie, as she is affectionately called has sworn in Governors, welcomed royalty with an address to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; hosted country leaders including the late Sir Lynden Pindling of The Bahamas and was in 1992 bestowed the honor of Member of the British Empire, MBE, by Queen Elizabeth II. This lady has preached God’s word, taught school curricula, chaired board meetings, paid off debt, supplied scholarships and added to the infrastructure of communities. As with any life, she has fostered true friendships and made some people quite mad with her decisions over time. With her passing, a lot of wide ranging emotions and feelings and opinions have emerged; and MM has found an overarching view of Rosie Beatrice Missick Butterfield from Kew, North Caicos is that she was and is a nation builder, worthy of a grand farewell.… perhaps, even the status of a National Hero. Dr. Rosita Beatrice Missick Butterfield, MBE was 78 years old when she died. Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Initiative to Combat Encroachment at NAS Oceana Earns Award for Virginia Beach

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR YesOceana, Virginia Beach’s innovative program to roll back encroachment threatening Naval Air Station Oceana, has been named a co-winner in its category for the 2016 Community Economic Development Awards presented by the Virginia Economic Developers Association.After NAS Oceana was threatened with closure following the last BRAC round, Virginia Beach developed a comprehensive initiative to reduce encroachment in the base’s clear zone and Accident Potential Zone 1 (APZ-1) through an aggressive incentive program targeting commercial businesses. YesOceana was designed to recruit and retain conforming businesses — such as wholesale trade, distribution and manufacturing operations — in APZ-1 and relocate nonconforming businesses from APZ-1 to other areas in Virginia Beach.Through fiscal 2015, the city has eliminated 53 nonconforming commercial properties, and it has committed $2.4 million to 31 businesses to promote compatible uses within the district. Incentives include a 90 percent rebate of the business licenses tax and/or real estate tax abatement for nonconforming properties that are rehabilitated, renovated or improved to a conforming use. Conforming businesses also may be reimbursed for fees associated with building permits, site plan applications, and water and sewer connections.By providing financial encouragement, Virginia Beach has been able to spur economic development in a way that is compatible with the mission of the base, according to a news release from the city.“With the support of other city departments and city leadership, we developed a program that serves as a vital economic development tool and strengthens our relationship with the Navy,” stated Michelle Chapleau, APZ-1 business development manager.YesOceana is now a catalyst for redevelopment of several major corridors in Virginia Beach. And its neighbors Hampton and Chesapeake are establishing similar programs to limit incompatible development outside Langley AFB and Fentress Landing Field, respectively. Virginia Beach split state funds it received last year for YesOceana with Chesapeake to support its program.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Nov 11 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Wind storm blows out windows, rips roofs in UnalaskaGreta Mart, KUCB – UnalaskaA powerful windstorm blew through Unalaska on Wednesday, closing schools and causing minor damage.Delays, quality concerns plague AMP testHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamAccording to the Alaska Measures of Progress test results, less than half of Alaskan students meet educational standards. But distress over those numbers is just one part of AMP’s troubles.Haines ski manufacturer lands its own storefrontEmily Files, KHNS – HainesA small business in Haines has taken a big step forward by opening a shop and storefront in town. Fairweather Ski Works recently moved into the Haines Brewing Company’s old location in Dalton City. The move happened about a year after the company won the Southeast entrepreneurial competition Path to Prosperity. Alaska vets by the numbersZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageFor Veteran’s Day, we’ve drawn a statistical sketch of Alaska veterans, using figures from the Census Bureau.Fugitive Bethel police officer arrested in AnchorageLakeidra Chavis, KYUK – BethelAuthorities arrested fugitive Aaron Fedolfi in Anchorage. The former Bethel police officer is accused of trying to coerce a woman into performing oral sex while in his custody.Fairbanks Four hearing wraps up; Case in hands of judgeDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Fairbanks Four exoneration case is in the hands of Superior Court Judge Paul Lyle.Forecast: Oil at $80/barrel by decade’s endLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.The International Energy Agency is predicting the return of higher oil prices, but not soon enough to end the gut punch to Alaska’s budget.Assembly passes anti-Spice ordinance… but will it work? Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThe Anchorage Assembly passed a measure giving law enforcement more options to combat the synthetic drug spice.Bethel’s new aircraft mechanic school ready, just needs studentsLakeidra Chavis, KYUK – BethelA new aircraft mechanic school is coming to Bethel. The program’s main goal is to cater to the region’s needs and create jobs that help make that possible. Everything for the program— from the fleet of bush planes to the exams— are ready. All that’s needed is a full classroom.last_img read more

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49 Voices Noatak Post of Juneau

first_imgNoatak Post in Juneau (Photo by Jacob Steinberg, KTOO – Juneau)This week we’re hearing from Noatak Post in Juneau. During the summers, Post can be found playing the violin for tourists visiting the state’s capital as they disembark from cruise ships.Listen nowPOST: I started playing the violin 11 to 12 years ago. I started when I was turning six-ish I think. I started at a bluegrass summer camp that was hosted here in Juneau by a band called Barefoot Bluegrass. And I went to the summer camp with no musical experience really in my family at all, and I came home after that first week and said, “Mom. Dad. I really want a violin. Please buy me a violin.”And so they went to one of the band members and asked where we could get one, and they happened to have their old violin, sitting in their parents’ attic. And they sold it to us.Whenever and wherever someone will hire me. I do wedding fairly often. I just played a birthday party a week ago, and I’ve done a couple family reunions. But weddings are fairly common. One of the songs I can do with my looped violin is Pachelbel’s Canon, which people love to have at their wedding.Violinists are a dime a dozen. It’s great. I love that there’s so many people playing music, but there’s so many people. Especially here in Juneau. What I think is great is the JAMM program that’s in the elementary schools, getting everyone to play an instrument. I didn’t have that when I was in elementary school.I haven’t played bluegrass in over a decade, it’s crazy. I only went to that camp for a couple more years before they stopped coming to Juneau. And after that, I started taking private lessons with Mr. Xia, who’s one of the teachers in town. And since then I’ve been classically trained, and in the past few years, have moved on to more modern and pop.I’m gonna be a senior this year, so I’ve got one more year in Juneau, and I’ll keep doing it as long as people will listen to me, and with a different group of people on the cruise ships every day, that’s an easy thing to accomplish.last_img read more

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Listen How the Worlds Largest Magazine Company Approaches Video Content

first_imgWerther also hinted it’s possible we haven’t seen the last acquisition from Meredith. “We expect consolidation will continue to occur and we like being in the position of a consolidator,” he remarked. “I would expect to continue to explore opportunities to add to our portfolio whether from brand, product or category perspective, or a new revenue stream perspective.”“Strictly Business” is Variety‘s weekly podcast featuring conversations with industry leaders about the business of entertainment. Listen to the podcast below for the full interview, or check out previous “Strictly Business” episodes featuring comedian/actor/producer Kevin Hart, ICM Partners agent Esther Newberg, and HBO chairman/CEO Richard Plepler. A new episode debuts each Tuesday and can be downloaded on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and SoundCloud. Popular on Variety With its acquisition of Time Inc. earlier this year, Meredith Corp. is home to more iconic magazine titles than ever, from People to Better Homes & Gardens.But as the president of Meredith National Media Group, Jon Werther, explains in the latest episode of the Variety podcast “Strictly Business,” he’s as focused on translating these publications to video and building out other revenue streams as he is continuing the core print product. “Video is a place we’d like to continue to scale, we have an incredible amount of engagement there,” he said.Listen to this week’s episode: Werther is also focused on exploring opportunities in new distribution areas for content like Alexa “skills,” where Meredith brands are beginning to experiment.“We’re very excited about it — we think it’s an emerging channel for us,” he said. “A significant percentage of search is carried out today through voice-enabled devices and continues to be done so that way.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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60th Filmfare Awards Nominees list revealed

first_imgThe 60th Britannia Filmfare Awards 2014 will be held on January 31, 2015 in Mumbai. Recognising the best talent in the industry, the 60th Britannia Filmfare Awards is all set to roll out the red carpet. Let’s take a look at the nominations.  Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor starer romantic comedy 2 States is leading the 60th Filmfare Awards with seven nominations, followed by Kangana Ranaut’s comedy drama Queen which has been named in five different categories. Also Read – A fresh blend of fameThe sleeper hits of 2014 have left behind big-budget blockbusters PK, Happy New Year and Kick.2 States has been nominated in various categories, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female), Best Music and Best Playback Singer (Male).On the other hand, Kangana’s Queen stands a chance to win in categories including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) and Best Music. Also Read – Martin Freeman confirms ‘Black Panther’ returnApart from Queen and 2 States, the Best Film category includes Mary Kom, Haider and PK.Abhishek Varman (2 States), Anurag Kashyap (Ugly), Rajkumar Hirani (PK), Vikas Bahl (Queen) and Vishal Bhardwaj (Haider) are in the race for the Best Director title.Despite striking gold at the box office with Kick and Happy New Year, Bollywood’s leading Khans – Salman and Shah Rukh – have been neglected in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category. However, Aamir Khan is nominated for his satirical comedy-drama PK alongside Akshay Kumar (Holiday), Hrithik Roshan (Bang Bang!), Randeep Hooda (Rang Rasiya) and Shahid Kapoor (Haider). Actresses Alia Bhatt (Highway), Kangana Ranaut (Queen), Madhuri Dixit (Dedh Ishqiya), Priyanka Chopra (Mary Kom), Rani Mukerji (Mardaani) and Sonam Kapoor (Khoobsurat) are competing for the Best Actress trophy.In Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) category, Abhishek Bachchan (Happy New Year), Kay Kay Menon (Haider), Riteish Deshmukh (Ek Villain), Ronit Roy (2 States) and Tahir Raj Bhasin (Mardaani) have been nominated.The competition for the Supporting Actress accolades will be between Amrita Singh (2 States), Dimple Kapadia (Finding Fanny), Juhi Chawla (Gulaab Gang), Lisa Haydon (Queen) and Tabu (Haider).Although music maestro A.R. Rahman has not been included for Best Music category, there is a tough fight between Amit Trivedi (Queen), Anupam Amod, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mithoon and Pritam (Yaariyan), Himesh Reshammiya, Meet Bros Anjjan and Yo Yo Honey Singh (Kick), Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari and SOCH (Ek Villain) and Shankar-Eshaan-Loy (2 States).For Best Lyrics, this year Amitabh Bhattacharya for Zehnaseeb (Hasee Toh Phasee), Gulzar for Bismil (Haider), Irshad Kamil for Patakha guddi (Highway), Kausar Munir for Suno na sangemarmar (Youngistaan) and Rashmi Singh for Muskurane ki wajah (CityLights) will be competing with each other.Singer Ankit Tiwari for Galliyan (Ek Villain), Arijit Singh for Mast magan (2 States) and Suno na sangemarmar (Youngistaan), Benny Dayal for Locha-E-Ulfat (2 States) and Shekhar Ravjiani for Zehnaseeb (Hasee Toh Phasee) are in the race for Best Playback Singer (Male) category.For the same award in female category, Jyoti Nooran and Sultana Nooran for Patakha guddi (Highway), Kanika Kapoor for Baby doll (Ragini MMS 2), Rekha Bhardwaj for Humari atariya pe (Dedh Ishqiya), Shreya Ghoshal for Manwa lage (Happy New Year) and Sona Mahapatra for Naina (Khoobsurat) have been nominated.The complete nomination list is available on filmfare.com, while the awards ceremony will take place Jan 31 in Mumbai.last_img read more

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HighRisk Lung Cancer Patients May Not Need Annual Screenings

first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… 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 Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more center_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins 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. Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | Lung Cancer | March 22, 2016 High-Risk Lung Cancer Patients May Not Need Annual Screenings Duke study finds low percentage of patients display positive results after initial negative screening March 22, 2016 — Most high-risk lung cancer patients might not need annual low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screenings if they are cleared of disease in their initial test, according to a study led by a Duke Cancer Institute researcher.The researchers found that even former heavy smokers appear to have a reduced incidence of lung cancer if their initial LDCT screening is negative, suggesting that less frequent screening might be warranted.“This has significant public policy implications,” said Edward F. Patz, Jr., M.D., the James and Alice Chen Professor of Radiology at Duke and lead author of a study published online March 21 in The Lancet Oncology journal. “Not screening patients annually could save millions in healthcare costs and spare patients the radiation exposure and the downstream effects of false positive screenings.”Patz and colleagues analyzed data from the National Lung Screening Trial, a large prospective study that randomly assigned former smokers to either receive three annual low-dose CT scans or three chest radiographs for the early detection of lung cancer. Patients were ages 55-74 who had smoked for the equivalent of 30 years (one pack a day for 30 years, two packs a day for 15 years, etc.).The researchers identified study participants in the CT-scan group whose initial screening was negative. They then compared those patients to other CT-scan recipients whose screenings detected an abnormality to assess any differences in lung cancer incidence and lung cancer-specific deaths.Of the initial 19,066 participants with a negative initial LDCT scan, 444 (2 percent) were diagnosed with lung cancer at the time of the last available follow-up. In the first year after a negative screen and before the scheduled first annual screen, 17 patients (0.09 percent of all initial negative LDCT participants) were diagnosed with lung cancer.An additional 75 patients (0.4 percent of the initial negative group) were diagnosed with lung cancer between the first and second annual screening. The incidence of lung cancer at the first screen among those who were initially negative was 0.34 percent, compared to 1 percent of patients who were diagnosed during the baseline screening.The researchers determined that eliminating the first annual screening after the initial negative test might have resulted in, at most, an additional 28 lung cancer deaths in the LDCT group (186 vs. 212 deaths per 100,000 per years) over the course of the study.“Our analysis suggests that annual screens may not be warranted for patients who have had an initial negative scan, and future risk prediction and cost-effectiveness models could incorporate these data to improve screening guidelines,” Patz said.He added that improving the accuracy of LDCT screening for lung cancer would also significantly reduce the number of annual screens. Nearly 40 percent of LDCT patients in the National Lung Screening Trial had false positives sometime during the seven years the study examinedIn addition to Patz, study authors include Erin Greco, Constantine Gatsonis, Paul Pinsky, Barnett S. Kramer, and Denise R. Aberle.For more information: www.thelancet.com/oncology FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read morelast_img read more

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