Three held in Trinamool leaders murder case in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Three persons have been arrested following the recovery of a Trinamool Congress leader’s body from West Bengal’s West Midnapore district but there was no political motive behind the murder, police said on Wednesday. The body of Ganesh Bhunia, 40, a Trinamool block leader from Narayangarh, was found on Monday in a roadside bush and bore injury marks. “Three persons namely Sujoy Maity, 32, Janmenjoy Maity, 30 and Laxmikanta Maity, 45 have been arrested for beating Ganesh Bhunia to death and they are being produced before the court on Wednesday,” an officer of Narayangarh police station said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Refuting allegations of a political connection behind the murder, he said: “These people are related to the deceased and there was enmity between the families”. There was no political motive behind the murder, he added. Earlier, the Trinamool Congress had accused “BJP-backed miscreants” of involvement in the murder, while BJP leaders refuted the charges levelled against them and claimed that Bhunia was murdered due to infighting within the Trinamool leadership.last_img read more

Jaishankar stresses on promoting nationalism says India has vision and leadership unlike

first_imgAhmedabad: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday batted for promoting nationalism to deal with challenges like terrorism and said the country now has both vision and leadership, which were lacking in the past causing it to lag behind other nations. Addressing a gathering of BJP supporters here, the former foreign secretary praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “vision of new India”, stressing things were changing under his leadership. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu Jaishankar, who on Friday won the Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat, was here to participate in the BJP’s nation-wide membership drive along with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and other party leaders. “If we look at India’s history, our internal disputes have been our weakness, from which others have benefited. We should promote nationalism and increase national security for challenges like terrorism. For that, we need leadership and persistency seen in the last few years that were lacking earlier,” he said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC As a career diplomat, Jaishankar said, he worried about India lagging behind countries like China, which he said was due to shortcomings in vision and conviction. “You know that I worked for 40 years in the service of the nation as India’s diplomat and foreign secretary. During this period, when I looked at the world, I found there are some countries which have progressed a lot in 20-30 years. “To tell you frankly, there are also countries which have moved ahead of us even when they were at our level 30 years back, like China,” he said, adding it was due to lack of vision and conviction. “Today, both have changed. There is a vision of new India that our prime minister has put before us. And there is also commitment due to the vision,” he said. Jaishankar said he was drawn towards the party due to the commitment shown by the government. He said that only those countries have progressed where people take it as their responsibility to take their nation forward. “And this is possible only when we all consider participating in issues and policies concerning public. Country will grow if this enthusiasm grows,” he said. “This new vision, new commitment, is what made a man like me to come into public life, to join this party,” he said. He said there was need to collaborate with other countries. “If we have to progress further, our collaboration with other countries, in terms of technology, investment, and support we can give to our people (living abroad), can make a lot of difference. If we work for this together, our country can reach another level,” he said.last_img read more

Stars Donate Chatters Following Orlando Mass Shooting

first_imgChatter, a new platform that is charity focused, will dedicate its significant resources and network to the victims in the horrific Orlando massacre.Chatter is a 5-minute video chat that allows fans to bid for the chance to talk to a celebrity. The proceeds go to their charity or cause of choice.“Tell me who you need. I’m in,” exclaims Hall of Fame NFL linebacker Ray Lewis.“We’re used to hearing Ray roar, but now he’s roaring for Orlando victims,” said Chatter co-founder Pasha King. “This crisis is something we have to rally around as a community and as a country. Chatter provides that platform to help.”Co-founder Teague Egan goes on to mention “We quickly discussed who would be the perfect icon for Chatter right now. Someone who people look to up for help, that is naturally philanthropic and that the community respects. At the top of the list was Ray Lewis, who happens to be a close friend.”Ray immediately agreed to not only donate his Chatters, but also to bring his friends in to help victims of Orlando. DJ Skee, a highly respected music host and owner of SkeeTV and Dash Radio has jumped in to help bring A-list artists to the Chatter platform.To contribute to the 50 dead and 53 injured, Ray and Skee, who are big supporters of the LGBTQ community, joined to aim at raising $500,000 over the next two weeks through Chatter.Co-founder Adam Geiger says, “It’s amazing how fast the community can rally around to help. Last year some individuals flew to Flint, but it wasn’t fast enough and it wasn’t enough, period. Now, they’re jumping on Chatter from anywhere in the world – and making a difference. For all the influencers posting about Orlando that don’t know about Chatter yet, you soon will.”For more on Chatter, download “Chatter – Video Chat with Stars” in the App Store / Google Play or visit is an official Pulse Victims Fund supporting Equality Florida, the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. Chatter for Charity is collecting contributions via the Chatter app and website to support the victims of the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub.Regarding distribution of funds, Chatter working with a team of attorneys and experts, including the National Center for Victims of Crime, which deployed funds in both Chattanooga and Aurora, to ensure funds are distributed correctly.last_img read more

Jennifer Hudson Honored At March Of Dimes Celebration Of Babies A Hollywood

first_imgLast week, March Of Dimes, the leading non-profit organization for pregnancy and baby health, raised $1.4 million at the sixth annual March of Dimes Celebration of Babies: A Hollywood Luncheon, which took at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.Nick Cannon, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Rowland attend the 2016 March of Dimes Celebration of Babies: A Hollywood Luncheon in LAThe 2016 honorees included Grammy Award-winning singer and Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group Jody Gerson and Mary Kerr, M.D. for their various contributions to the cause. Celebration of Babies is co-chaired by Jimmy Horowitz, President of Universal Pictures, and his wife Joi, along with producer Wyck Godfrey.March of Dimes Celebration of Babies brought together celebrities and prominent individuals in the entertainment community who care about the health of moms and babies. For the first time in eight years, the rate of premature birth in the U.S. has increased, driven by worsening rates among specific racial and ethnic groups as well as geographic areas, across the country. The preterm birth rate among Black women is 48% higher than all other women. In addition to the unfair toll on mothers and babies, preterm birth accounts for more than $26 billion annually in avoidable medical and societal costs in the United States. Prematurity affects 15,000,000 babies each year globally and nearly one million of them die before their first birthday. March of Dimes strives for a world where every baby has a fair chance, with a mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.Grammy and Academy-Award winner Jennifer Hudson received the 2016 March of Dimes Grace Kelly Award, which recognized her commitment to help families and give all babies the healthiest start in life. From humble beginnings, Hudson rocketed to worldwide acclaim with her acting and music recording career. Her memorable roles have garnered her numerous honors and awards over the years, including Academy, Grammy, Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Awards. Hudson has also made a global impact through her extensive philanthropic work, championing children, women’s issues and poverty around the world.“I’m so grateful for this opportunity because it has taught me about premature birth,” said Hudson. “It’s so easy to overlook what others are going through…what better way to invest in the future than in babies.”Jody Gerson, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group, was honored by March of Dimes as the 2016 Inspiring Woman of the Year for her accomplishments as a leader in the entertainment industry and as a dedicated mother.Dr. Mary Kerr, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, was honored with the 2016 March of Dimes Prematurity Champion Award, for her dedication and special interest in caring for patients with high-risk pregnancies. She has been honored as one of the top Obstetrician and Gynecologists in America and is a faculty member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Los Angeles Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, the American Women’s Medical Society and the American Medical Association. Dr. Kerr is also a national honoree for United Cerebral Palsy for her work with embryonic stem cell collection and Special Needs Network LA, which provides needs for low-income families of children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.President of Universal Pictures Jimmy Horowitz and producer Wyck Godfrey served as Celebration of Babies event chairs, alongside their wives.Nick Cannon returned as master of ceremonies for the exclusive luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.Event co-chairs included: Shelli and Irving Azoff, Catherine and Marty Bowen, Kate and Paul Brooks, Sir Lucian Grainge and Lady Caroline Grainge, Paula Kaplan and Billy Goldberg, Lisa Kasteler, Chris Meledandri, Graehme Morphy, Ronald O. Perelman and Dr. Anna Chapman, Daniel Seah, Damien Smith, and Molly Sims and Scott Stuber.Host committee members included: Michele Anthony, Steve Barnett, Steve Berman, Lauren and Jason Blum, Liza Chasin and Matthew Velkes, Marc Cimino, Jeff Frasco, Alex and Brad Fuller, Risa Gertner, Jeff Harleston, LaTanya and Samuel L. Jackson, John Janick, John Josephson, Michelle Jubelirer, Alicia Keys, Ashley and David Kramer, David Lande, Avery Lipman, Monte Lipman, Richard Lovett, Elizabeth Matthews, Boyd Muir, Deborah Newmyer, Mike O’Neill, Gavin Polone, Terry Press, Anna Rawson and Ted Chervin, Kelly Rowland and Tim Witherspoon, Jackie and Adam Sandler, Erika Rose Santoro, Will Tanous, Talin and Scott Tenley, and Carrie and Bill Zotti.Past honorees include 2015 Grace Kelly Award recipient Jessica Alba; and 2015 Inspiring Woman of the Year Bela Bajaria, President of Universal Television. New in 2015 March of Dimes Prematurity Champion Award Michele Hakakha, M.D.; 2014 Grace Kelly Award recipient Elizabeth Banks; 2014 Inspiring Woman of the Year Elizabeth Gabler, President FOX 2000; 2013 Grace Kelly Award recipient Jennifer Lopez; 2013 Inspiring Woman of the Year, Nancy Dubuc, President and CEO, A+E Networks; 2012 Grace Kelly Award recipient Reese Witherspoon; 2012 Inspiring Woman of the Year Cyma Zarghami, President of Nickelodeon Group; 2011 Grace Kelly Award recipient Donna Langley, Chairman of Universal Pictures; and Stork Club Ambassador Molly Sims.Since the inaugural event in 2011, Celebration of Babies has helped raise awareness of March of Dimes and the preterm birth health crisis while raising over $7,000,000 to help give every baby a fighting chance.last_img read more

Allahabad Bank shines in cloudy Q4 skies

first_imgNew Delhi: Total income during the March quarter of 2018-19 grew to Rs 4,602.86 crore from Rs 4,259.37 crore in the year-ago period, the Allahabad Bank said in a regulatory filing. However, the bank Friday reported widening of net loss to Rs 3,834.07 crore during the fourth quarter of 2018-19 financial year due to mounting bad loans. The public sector lender’s net loss in the year-ago period stood at Rs 3,509.63 crore. For entire 2018-19 financial year, the bank’s net loss expanded to Rs 8,457.38 crore from Rs 4,574.22 crore in the previous year. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraTotal income during the last fiscal was down at Rs 18,806.38 crore as against Rs 19,487.51 crore a year ago. The bank’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) shot up to 17.55 per cent of gross advances by March 2019 from 15.96 per cent by March 2018. Net NPAs, however, were down at 5.22 per cent from 8.04 per cent. In value terms, gross NPAs stood at Rs 28,704.78 crore by end of the last fiscal as against Rs 26,562.79 crore by 2017-18. Net bad loans were worth Rs 7,419.31 crore as compared to Rs 12,229.13 crore earlier. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe amount set aside for NPA provision was higher at Rs 5,278.88 crore during the latest quarter as compared to Rs 5,126 crore in the year-ago period. “During 2018-19, 322 fraud cases were reported involving a total amount of Rs 70.54 crore. Of these accounts, the bank has recovered a total amount of Rs 13.68 crore and has written back provision of Rs 8.53 crore during the quarter,” the lender said. On divergence in asset classification and provision for NPAs in compliance with the Risk Assessment Report (RAR) of RBI, Allahabad Bank said there was divergence of Rs 1,128.70 crore in gross NPAs and Rs 709.20 crore with regard to net NPAs. The divergence in provisioning was Rs 1,022.40 crore. Non performing loan provision coverage ratio of the bank is 79.85 per cent. The bank’s MD and CEO SS Mallikarjuna Rao expressed confidence that overall 2019-2020 would be good and the bank would record profit from June quarter onwards. “If you look at our performance, net NPA has been brought down to 5.22 percent. Similarly gross NPA quarter-on -quarter basis has come down marginally. The provision coverage ratio has gone up to 79.8 percent. On outstanding basis, there was a growth of around 2.5 percent in credit. However, our average credit growth was almost 10 percent, which is very impressive,” Rao said. He further added: “In this quarter, we are expecting Bhushan Power, Bhushan Energy, Alok Industries and Mandhana Industries — 4-5 accounts where we are expecting anything around Rs 2,200 crore to be realised before June 30. That should be a good reduction and we will also get a right back of around Rs 150 crore.”last_img read more

Funding shortage forces UN agency to cut rations for refugees in Tanzania

The World Food Programme (WFP) today urgently appealed to donors for $14 million to prevent additional cuts and continue feeding the refugees housed in 13 camps through the first half of next year. With inadequate supplies of both cereals and lentils, WFP had to reduce the daily ration of the most important staple, maize, by a quarter to 1.9 kilograms per person per week, down from 2.5 kilograms. Recently WFP was forced to cut the ration of lentils by a similar amount. WFP has appealed to donors for 39,000 tons of food in order to bridge a gap in food commodities in the first half of 2005. Food arriving from outside Tanzania could take up to six months to reach the refugees, but cash contributions would enable the agency to buy food within the country and in the region that could reach the camps within two to three months. “Donors have to act fast, otherwise food stocks will dry up completely by February,” warned Patrick Buckley, WFP Country Director for Tanzania. The WFP operation assists more than 400,000 refugees in addition to more than 8,000 Tanzanian school children, street children, orphans, hospital patients and others in the host communities surrounding the refugee camps. Though many Burundian refugees have returned home over the last two years, the number repatriating has recently slowed because of concerns about the security situation in Burundi. Meanwhile the continuing insecurity in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been preventing most Congolese refugees from returning home. read more

Grad SendOff aims to ready students for next chapter

When Brock’s graduates head out on their quest for professional success, the University aims to give them the strongest send-off possible.To help senior students prepare to enter the next chapter of their lives with confidence and connections, the Brock University Alumni Association is hosting its Class of 2018 Grad Send-Off on Tuesday, Feb. 6.Held from 1 to 3 p.m. in Ian Beddis Gymnasium, the annual event allows students to connect with employers and the Alumni Association, helping them to build their professional networks as they look towards graduation.“This is a great opportunity for students to learn about the services that are available to them as a future Brock graduate, network with employers and celebrate the Class of 2018,” says Shelley Huxley, Director of Alumni Relations.Hosted by the Alumni Association and Career Education, Grad Send-Off encourages senior students to explore available resources in place to help them find a career that suits their interest, experience and skills.The event will include an appetizer buffet, giveaways, LinkedIn headshots for graduating students as well as a career fair and on-site resume review clinic.“I am looking forward to be around everyone who is graduating,” says fourth-year student Michael Beal. “This is a chance to recognize what we have all been through and to celebrate an ending, but also explore a new beginning.”Graduating students bring a “level of excitement to the event as they prepare to start their new life after graduation,” says Ashley Haroutunian, Career Consultant, Career Education.The Brock University Alumni Association is an organization championed and governed by a volunteer group of Brock graduates. This group of volunteers represent the interests of all alumni and acts as advocates on their behalf, creates opportunities for alumni to stay engaged with the Brock community and recognizes the success of fellow Brock graduates.Third- and fourth-year students can register for Grad Send-Off online. read more

Mens hockey Ohio State delivers knockout punch to No 1 Penn State

Members of Ohio State’s men’s ice hockey team celebrate a goal by freshman forward Tanner Laczynski (9) in the third period of the Buckeye’s game against Bowling Green on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes won 6-1. Credit: Breanna Crye | For The LanternNo captain, no problem.The No. 11 Ohio State men’s hockey team (12-4-6, 3-2-1-1), without senior forward, captain and leading goal scorer Nick Schilkey, returned to conference play in a big way this weekend with a series sweep over top-ranked Penn State. OSU recording a shootout win after a 3-3 overtime draw on Friday and a 6-3 victory Saturday over the No. 1 Nittany Lions (16-3-2, 5-2-0-1).Game OneAfter trailing the Nittany Lions by a one-goal deficit three different times, the Scarlet and Gray clawed its way back to tie the home side 3-3, behind the sticks of senior defender Josh Healey and sophomore forward Mason Jobst.The extra period ended in a 3-3 draw, but freshman forward Sam McCormick slotted the puck past Penn State freshman goaltender Peyton Jones in the seventh round of the subsequent shootout, giving the Scarlet and Gray an extra point in the conference standings.Penn State jumped out to an early lead with 12:12 left in the first period with a goal from junior forward James Robinson, but Healey would level the score at one with under 10 minutes left in the second.The hosts entered the final frame with a 2-1 advantage, but just seven minutes into the period, Jobst would equalize for the Buckeyes. And after the Nittany Lions led 3-2 with 7:19 left, it was Jobst again with his second of the night and third in the last two games.Senior goaltender Christian Frey made 56 saves against the nation’s top offense.Game TwoOhio State ended the weekend with a 6-3 victory over the top-ranked Nittany Lions behind goals from six different Buckeyes, and 41 saves from Frey.The finale of this conference series began similarly as the first, as OSU found itself in a quick 1-0 hole just three minutes in after senior defenseman David Thompson opened the game’s scoring.Despite this, Ohio State would recover quickly, as sophomore forward John Wiitala and Jobst would net a goal each in the first period to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Jobst’s goal marks his 27th point of the season, and 15th in the last eight games.The Scarlet and Gray scoring, however, would not stop there.Just 18 seconds into the second period, sophomore forward Dakota Joshua went one-on-one with Jones and beat the netminder for his third of the season to add to the OSU lead.Nevertheless, after the Nittany Lions answered with two goals of their own from freshman defenseman Kris Myllari and sophomore forward Andrew Sturtz, we entered the final period of the series in a 3-3 deadlock.The Buckeyes would quickly put the game away in the third, as junior forwards Matthew Weis and Luke Stork scored with under two minutes into the period, and just over a minute apart, to give the Scarlet and Gray a 5-3 lead.Junior forward Christian Lampasso would add extra insurance with 2:50 left in the game, as the Amherst, New York, native netted his first goal of the season to make it 6-3.Frey came up big once again for the Buckeyes in this matchup, notching 41 saves in the game and 97 overall on the weekend.Up NextThe Buckeyes are back in action on Thursday night, as they welcome the Wisconsin Badgers to the Schottenstein Center. Game 2 will feature a neutral site, as these two Big Ten teams travel to Madison Square Garden for the finale of the season series.Puck drop for both Thursday and Saturday is set for 7 p.m. read more

Usain Bolt Escapes Injury in Minor Jamaican Car crash

Source: TMZ Kingston, Jamaica – Champion sprinter Usain Bolt — who has three Olympic gold medals to his name — was in a car crash early Sunday morning in  Jamaica, but escaped uninjured.A rep for Bolt says the crash took place in Kingston, Jamaica at 5:15 AM. Bolt was returning home from a Saturday night shin-dig with friends when the “fender bender” occurred.The rep said there were no injuries and Bolt is “fine and resting at home.” His teammate, Asafa Powell, was also on scene at the time of the crash, but was traveling in a different car.  Usain Bolt also crashed in 2009, driving barefoot, and lost a month of training after needing minor surgery to remove thorns embedded in his left foot.Bolt won three gold medals for Jamaica at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. He will go for gold again in London this summer. read more

Cornish Team wins three gold medals at international mining games

first_imgStudents from the Camborne School of Mines (CSM) are celebrating after winning three gold medals, two silver and a bronze, in this year’s prestigious international mining games competition which took place in Montana in the USA.Twenty students in three teams, from the mining school based at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus, took part in the 38th International Intercollegiate Mining Games. Sponsorship from Lantoom Quarry enabled them to compete with teams from across the worlds in arduous mining events designed to put traditional mining skills to the test.The co-ed team came third overall in its division and secured gold in the ‘mucking’ and ‘track stand’ events and silver in ‘swede saw’. The Men’s A team secured top spot in the ‘mucking event’, which involves running a 1 t ore wagon down a 25 m track and filling it as quickly as possible – the third successive year the team have been crowned world ‘mucking’ champions. The team also came second in the ‘track stand’ event, which involves setting up and tearing down a section of rail track.The CSM teams, who also received support from the Camborne School of Mines Trust, were the only UK representatives taking part at the three-day event.Mining games Captain Liam Norwood said: “The games provide an excellent opportunity to meet fellow mining students from around the world and wave the CSM flag at an internationally renowned event. We compete in front of an industry related audience of over 1,000 in numbers.“Our team is extremely excited to host the 40th year of the Games in 2018. A huge thank you is in order to our sponsors, without them we would not be able to represent CSM and gain such valuable experience.”Richard Crocker, MD of Liskeard’s Lantoom Quarry, who sponsor the Cornish teams said: “Huge congratulations to the team. They’ve done Cornwall proud. It’s crucial for the industry that traditional mining skills are celebrated in this way. It’s great to see Cornish students showcase those skills to the world.”The international mining games competition started in 1978 as an act of commemoration to the 1972 Sunshine mine disaster that claimed the lives of 91 workers and stands as a reminder to all those who have lost their lives in mining. The primary aim of the competition is to keep the traditional mining techniques alive, many of which were developed in Cornwall.last_img read more

Irfan Smajlagic is new RK Lokomotiva coach

← Previous Story David Davis is new assistant coach in RK Vardar! Next Story → NEW VARDAR’S TARGET: Maqueda or Stepancic? handball transfersmichaela hrbkovark lokomotiva Legendary Croatian player Irfan Smajlagic will start his coaching career in women’s handball in work with Croatian RK Lokomotiva. Team from capital city of Zagreb want to win domestic Championship after many years of RK Podravka domination. “Lokosice” will be lead by experienced coach, who worked in men’s Croatian team as assistant of Lino Cervar and head-coach of Egypt at Olympic Games 2008 and WCh 2009.His biggest success in career is EHF CL TOP 16 with Bosna Sarajevo in 2011.New player in Lokomotiva is Michaela Hrbkova.

Mick McCarthy blanks questions about ONeill and Keane in really awkward press

first_imgYouTube:  Rec139, via Balls.ieMcCarthy, of course, fell out with Keane in Saipan while the Ireland squad prepared for the 2002 World Cup finals.Suits you, sir: The obligatory first picture of Martin O’Neill with an Ireland jersey is here FORMER IRELAND MANAGER Mick McCarthy today refused to join those of us still talking about the appointment of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane by the FAI.McCarthy was one of the names in the mix for the job but Association chiefs instead managed to secure a deal with the so-called ‘dream team’.Today, the Ipswich Town boss refused to answer questions about the arrival of O’Neill and his former skipper Keane.Asked how he thought O’Neill and Keane would get on, a smiling McCarthy stayed silent for some time before eventually answering: “I’m just a little bit confused about you actually.”When asked how he thought the new regime would get on in Dublin, he laughed.  Check out the footage:last_img read more

UCLA smartphone microscope can detect a single virus nanoparticles

first_imgSmartphone cameras have improved a lot in recent years. They even have passable macro modes for focusing on tiny thing. If you want to focus on really small stuff, you’re going to need some additional hardware. Aydogan Ozcan, a professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at UCLA has created a smartphone attachment weighing less than half a pound that can detect objects far smaller than the human eye can, including viruses and synthetic nanoparticles.It is extremely difficult to get clear images of the smallest of the small because the wavelength of light is too long. Doing that with an inexpensive mobile device is even harder. Equipment like the scanning electron microscope is massive and extremely expensive. The device developed by Ozcan is a fluorescent microscope, the body of which was 3D printed. The contraption uses a laser diode, which is directed at samples at a steep angle of roughly 75 degrees. This prevents the scattered light from interfering with the visual data.The prototype device basically straps on to the back of a phone and lines up with the camera module. This isn’t just a device you can whip out of your pocket and snap a picture of viruses, though. You have to load the sample on a special tray and keep the device stationary to acquire a good image. When done correctly, the mobile sensor can produce images very similar to a scanning electron microscope.Ozcan’s team used the mobile fluorescent microscope to capture images of the human cytomegalovirus (CMV), which is about 150-300nm in size. CMV is one of the larger viruses, but still tiny. Researchers were also able to detect 100nm nanoparticles marked with polystyrene beads.Ozcan believes this approach could bring advanced imaging technology to more places, even those without reliable electricity No one can yet estimate how much a production version of the device would cost, but it would probably be far less than a scanning electron microscope and just a little more portable too.last_img read more

No review of VPD use-of-force policies planned

first_imgDespite a spate of officer-involved shootings over the last month, Vancouver’s police chief says he’s confident the department’s policies are in line with statewide public safety standards and that his officers are following best practices.Since Feb. 5, the Vancouver Police Department has been involved in four officer-involved shootings — three of them fatal. The recent shootings appear to be the most in one year for the police agency over the last 25 years, a Columbian analysis found.“I think, for a department of our size, it is a little unusual to have so many back-to-back. I think it is outside the norm,” Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain said in a phone interview Wednesday. “What my experience has told me is, really the only consistency I see, is the behavior of the citizen involved has (caused) this incident to occur. It’s not usual for officers to need to use lethal force when people are cooperative.”A Columbian analysis of local law enforcement policies on use of force, specifically lethal force, found that the Vancouver Police Department’s policies largely mirror those of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Camas and Battle Ground police departments.In a nutshell, all of the policies say deadly force is necessary when officers need to protect themselves or others from threat of death or serious injury. Deadly force is also permissible to prevent the escape of a fleeing violent felon when there’s probable cause to believe the felon has threatened serious harm or death, or if they are not apprehended poses the threat of harm to officers or others.last_img read more

17 receive employersupported education on the impact of sleep on wellbeing

first_imgLess than one-fifth (17%) of employee respondents state that their employer proactively educates staff on the impact of sleep on general wellbeing, according to research by Willis Towers Watson.Its survey of 1,123 full and part-time UK employees aged between 18 and 64 years old also found that 66% of respondents believe tiredness negatively affects productivity at work.The research also found:36% of respondents struggle to get a good night’s sleep because of their job.55% of respondents that struggle to sleep believe that difficulty winding down after a stressful day at the office is the reason for this, and 45% feel that job worries stop them from sleeping.41% of respondents that find it difficult to sleep at night cite early starts as a reason for this, and 35% blame late-night working.65% of respondents believe that tiredness has become a more significant problem in the workplace over the past five years.Mike Blake (pictured), director at Willis Towers Watson Health and Benefits, said: “Employers who become more attuned to the needs of their [employees] outside the office are more likely to retain a happy and healthy employee base. [Organisations] should aim to identify and tackle potential issues before they become a problem.“Open dialogue is key to establishing a positive workplace culture that addresses and mitigates stress and fatigue. This will allow managers to identify dips in productivity and tackle the root causes before more serious issues arise, such as absenteeism and presenteeism.“By placing an emphasis on the importance of sufficient sleep, [employees] will also feel more comfortable approaching managers about fatigue and solutions can be found, such as meditative practices, review of workloads or flexible working hours.”last_img read more

All the 80s references in Stranger Things Chapter Three Holly Jolly

first_imgWhile this is some of the references to the eighties, it is not all of them. Some are repeating elements from past episodes that have already been covered, while others I am sure escaped even my keen eyes. So if you spot something I missed, why not share them in the comments?Check out our other rundowns of 80s references in Stranger Things:Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will ByersChapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple StreetChapter Four: The BodyChapter Five: The Flea and the AcrobatChapter Six: The MonsterChapter Seven: The BathtubChapter Eight: The Upside Down I’ve Been Waiting For A Girl Like You1/23In a disturbing scene full of cross-cutting, we get a teenage love scene, with Foreigner’s “Waiting for a Girl Like You” playing in the background, set against the disturbing encounter between Barbara’s and the Demogorgon. “Waiting for a Girl Like You” was released in 1981 and appears on the album 4. It would climb up the charts that year, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on Billboard’s Rock Tracks chart. While the song is very well known, not many people realize that the synthesizer work on it was done by a then relatively unknown new wave/synthpop pioneer Thomas Dolby.<><> Holly, Jolly is the third episode in the Netflix series Stranger Things, and a lot of stuff happens in this installment. We learn more details about 11’s origin. We find out what happened to Barbara. Joyce discovers that maybe you can communicate with the Upside Down world, and throughout all of this we see references to the decade that this show take’s place in, the 1980s.The themes of this episode are hope and heroism. It starts darkly, but we see people starting to rise to the occasion, with Joyce trying to establish contact with Will, Chief Hopper getting to the bottom of the bigger mystery, and Nancy not giving up on her missing friend. In the end things turn dark, but we now know what kind of people these characters are and what we can expect from them in the next 5 episodes.While putting this series of posts together, I have been discussing the show with a lot of my friends who want to know what modern show Stranger Things is most like. I like to tell them that the show is very much like The Americans. It is set in a specific time period, but it does not exist simply to celebrate that period. Instead it uses the time period to help drive the story forward.So let’s take a look at Stranger Things, Chapter 3 Holly, Jolly, dissect it, and find all those wonderful eighties references. Spoilers are contained within this breakdown, so if those offend you, or you have not see the show, turn back now.last_img read more

Pharmacy Benefit Manager PBM Market Overall Study Report 20192024 With Top

first_imgPharmacy benefit manager (PBM) is a third-party administrator (TPA) of prescription drug programs for commercial health plans, self-insured employer plans, Medicare Part D plans, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and state government employee plans.The Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) Market research report presents a comprehensive assessment of the market and contains thoughtful insights, facts, historical data and statistically-supported and industry-validated market data and projections with a suitable set of assumptions and methodology. It provides analysis and information by categories such as market segments, regions, and product type and distribution channels.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ Market Players: Express Scripts Holding Company, Rite Aid, CVS Health Corporation, DST Systems, Benecard Services, BioScripThe report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentations such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for the Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) industry, followed by industry news and policies.The report includes an analysis of the growth rate of every segment with the help of charts and tables. In addition, the market across various regions is analyzed in the report, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The report manifests the growth trends and future opportunities in every region.Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) market is presented to the readers as a holistic snapshot of the competitive landscape within the given forecast period. It presents a comparative detailed analysis of the all regional and player segments, offering readers a better knowledge of where areas in which they can place their existing resources and gauging the priority of a particular region in order to boost their standing in the global market.The Global Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) Market is gaining pace and businesses have started understanding the benefits of analytics in the present day highly dynamic business environment. The market has witnessed several important developments over the past few years, with mounting volumes of business data and the shift from traditional data analysis platforms to self-service business analytics being some of the most prominent ones.For the future period, sound forecasts on market value and volume are offered for each type and application. In the same period, the report also provides a detailed analysis of market value and consumption for each region. These insights are helpful in devising strategies for the future and take necessary steps. New project investment feasibility analysis and SWOT analysis are offered along with insights on industry barriers. Research findings and conclusions are mentioned at the end.Table of ContentsChapter 1 Executive SummaryChapter 2 Abbreviation and AcronymsChapter 3 PrefaceChapter 4 Market LandscapeChapter 5 Market Trend AnalysisChapter 6 Industry Chain AnalysisChapter 7 Latest Market DynamicsChapter 8 Trading AnalysisChapter 9 Historical and Current Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) in North America (2013-2018)Chapter 10 Historical and Current Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) in South America (2013-2018)Chapter 11 Historical and Current Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) in Asia & Pacific (2013-2018)Chapter 12 Historical and Current Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) in Europe (2013-2018)Chapter 13 Historical and Current Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) in MEA (2013-2018)Chapter 14 Summary for Global Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) (2013-2018)Chapter 15 Global Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) Forecast (2019-2024)Chapter 16 Analysis of Global Key VendorsInquire for Discount @ Us: Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM)last_img read more

Moorlands road blocked after lorry leaves the road

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major route through the Staffordshire Moorlands is blocked after a lorry left the road following a collision. The A53 Buxton Road, in Upper Hulme, is closed in both directions following an accident involving a lorry outside The Winking Man Pub. The road is blocked to the Royal Cottage Inn Pub. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Please try and avoid the A53 Buxton Road while we deal with an RTC. Luckily nobody appears seriously injured.” Read MorePolice: ‘Can you help us spot this man or his car?’ Traffic monitoring company INRIX says the road is shut to help officers on the scene. A spokesman said: “A53 in both directions closed, slow traffic due to accident, a lorry involved from A53 (The Winking Man Pub) to Royal Cottage Inn Pub. “The road has been closed to help assist emergency services who are in attendance to an accident outside The Winking Man Pub. As a result of the accident, the lorry has left the carriageway, and has partially shed it’s load.” Read MoreEmergency services tackled 538 deliberate fires in Stoke-on-Trent in THREE months Officers say the recovery of the lorry is complex. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here.last_img read more

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first_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… 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 | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more 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 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more 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 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more center_img News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Tomotherapy delivers helical IMRT technology uses a rotating, narrow fan beam of X-rays, where the source moves in a continuous 360-degree pattern around the patient. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Related Content How would you feel about having an operation done by a blindfolded surgeon? While the most skilled surgeon could likely do the procedure with a measure of success, the accuracy with which she operates would be significantly enhanced if she could use her eyes, as well.The same could be said for radiation therapy. Conventional radiation therapy technology is relatively accurate. But because treatments typically take place over the course of weeks and sometimes involve high doses of radiation, even the slightest changes in the size of the tumor or daily movement of internal anatomy can potentially put healthy tissues and critical structures at risk. With the addition of daily 3D volumetric image guidance, however, radiation treatment becomes far more targeted. Advanced image guidance can be used to localize the treatment target—on a daily basis—for cancers in the prostate, cervix and most any other location in the body.Increasingly, radiation delivery is becoming highly targeted. But the key component for localized treatments is imaging. Innovative technology is making it possible – even easy – to do daily imaging that ensures proper dosage and accurate delivery of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for treating both common and complex cancers.Daily ChangesEvery cancer patient is unique – from the location and size of their tumor to their internal anatomy and physique. While traditional radiation therapy takes these factors into consideration during initial imaging at the treatment planning stage, daily 3D images are rarely used during the course of the treatment to keep the delivered dose consistent with the plan.It is incorrect to assume that a patient is like a statue cast in concrete, with a body that experiences no changes through the days and weeks during which treatment is administered. Bodies change from day to day, as well as over the course of time. For example, in a prostate cancer patient there can be subtle movement in nearby structures, such as the bladder and rectum, and variations in tumor location depending on the fullness of these structures. Without visualizing the anatomy before each treatment, critical structures may inadvertently be exposed to higher than tolerable doses of radiation, and the intended target can be underdosed. Similarly, a cervical cancer patient may be undergoing chemotherapy simultaneously with radiation therapy, causing significant weight loss. This weight loss may render the original dosage calculations incorrect.Adapting to the ChangesConventional radiation therapy often lacks an integrated 3D imaging system that enables clinicians to compare current scans with the original image to adjust for changes in the tumor or patient. In addition, traditional C-arm gantries offer less mechanical stability and require a more manual process for comparing images throughout the treatment process.Newer technology and radiotherapy platforms integrate imaging into the process far more effectively. In helical IMRT, for example, treatment sessions typically begin with patient positioning based on a 3D megavoltage CT (MVCT) image acquired from the same X-ray source that will later be used to treat the patient. As with a diagnostic CT scanner, the helical IMRT technology uses a rotating, narrow “fan beam” of X-rays, where the source moves in a continuous 360-degree pattern around the patient. With this high-efficiency X-ray detector, a 3D image of the patient is produced with a very low dose, approximately 0.5 percent to 1 percent of the typical treatment dose. The daily 3D volumetric imaging capabilities available with helical IMRT first allow for adjustments to be made in delivery, based on any day-to-day changes to a patient’s anatomy. And, secondly they offer a more comprehensive picture of the dose the tumor has already received to help ensure that future fractions can effectively complete the treatment according to the planned dose description. Adaptive radiation therapy is an important goal, now achievable with newer technologies. Some of the fastest growing tumors, such as those in the head, neck and lungs, are also the fastest to shrink after receiving radiation. As a result, clinicians need to constantly reassess the target tumor because as it shrinks, it will bring normal healthy tissue into the radiation field. The same holds true with patient weight loss during treatment, as the original dosage calculation may underestimate reality, since the beam attenuates less before reaching the tumor.To truly do adaptive radiation therapy, the dosage must be computed every day. The reason: clinicians need to know how much they have actually given to know how much more is required to complete the treatment. The dose conformality of CT-guided helical IMRT allows clinicians to effectively accomplish this. It also is vital if patients are treated for their initial tumor then experience a recurrence or spread of the disease.Trending to HypofractionationToday, clinicians are moving to treatment regimens that use short courses of high-dose radiation, also known as hypofractionation. Daily 3D image guidance is critically important with hypofractionated dosing because when fewer fractions are being delivered, the need to deliver it correctly and with extreme precision is increased. In fact, many doctors agree that hypofractionated radiation therapy treatment is only possible with exemplary 3D volumetric image guidance capabilities because they are comfortable delivering such high doses only when they are confident of the location of the target and surrounding normal tissue. Hypofractionation is now increasingly being used for localized cases, such as head, neck, lung and prostate cancers. Tumors in the head, neck and lung are often fast-growing and can repopulate within a few weeks. So a higher dose and faster treatment cycle often results in a more effective treatment. For the prostate, there is a growing belief that fewer, higher doses are better because of the high sensitivity of the prostate to large doses per fraction. Rather than 35 or more fractions of lower doses that were historically prescribed, oncologists now find that a shorter treatment of 25 fractions or even fewer are preferable.Hypofractionated treatments also are widely used for palliative treatment of patients with metastatic tumors, hoping to maintain their quality of life by reducing pain and minimizing symptoms. With helical IMRT, clinicians have been able to develop a treatment plan that carves out areas, such as the spinal cord or kidneys, where exposure to radiation should be limited. The hope is that by delivering such precise treatment, helical IG-IMRT can result in these patients becoming disease free for the long term.Exploring New OpportunitiesA further trend of hypofractionated radiation delivery is a new opportunity for treating patients with widespread, metastatic disease. Treating a recurrence or metastases is much like weeding a garden – if you are persistent in pulling a weed as soon as it arises, you lessen the chance of weeds spreading across the entire garden plot. Because of the accuracy and image documentation associated with newer technologies such as CT-guided helical IMRT, clinicians often have a highly reliable account of the dosage delivered over the course of the initial treatment, so they are able to safely treat isolated metastases.Helical IMRT with daily 3D volumetric imaging also supports dose painting, which enables boosts of high doses of radiation to be delivered to small volumes of a tumor, while minimizing the exposure of areas in close proximity. The precision of this type of radiation delivery is hoped to enhance control of resistant parts of the tumor, while not increasing risk to healthy organs.Daily 3D volumetric imaging offered by a CT-guided helical IMRT system has the power to unlock significant opportunities for precise, localized radiation therapy treatment. Like lifting the blindfold from the surgeon’s eyes, the best radiation therapy treatment plan has no value to the patient if there is no assurance that the planned dose distribution is hitting its target.Author: Thomas Rockwell Mackie, Ph.D., co-founded TomoTherapy Inc. in 1997 and has served as chairman of the Board of Directors since 1999. TomoTherapy Inc. develops, manufactures and markets the TomoTherapy radiation therapy treatment platform, in use by hospitals and cancer centers worldwide. Dr. Mackie served as President of TomoTherapy from 1997 until 1999. Since 1987, Mackie has been a professor in the departments of Medical Physics and Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin, where he established the TomoTherapy research program. In 1992, Mackie also co-foundedGeometrics Corporation (now part of Philips Medical), which developed a highly successful radiotherapy treatment planning system. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Feature | November 11, 2009 Image Is Everything Daily 3D imaging with CT-guided helical IMRT unlocks opportunities for precise, localized radiation treatments. The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec.last_img read more