first_imgWashington DC: America’s grinding trade wars are darkening the economic horizon and could justify a decrease in interest rates, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday. But Powell also insisted the central bank was “insulated” from political pressures despite President Donald Trump’s persistent criticism of the Fed chairman. Powell’s speech in New York amplified the central bank’s recent message that policymakers are ready to step in to protect the world’s largest economy, which next week will mark its longest expansion on record but is showing increasing signs of strain. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepMarkets overwhelmingly expect the Fed to cut rates next month as Trump’s trade battles drag on and the global economy slows — both factors that have begun to dent business confidence and investment in the United States. But Powell was careful to temper this message, warning that the central bank would not “overreact” to individual data points and short-term swings in sentiment that could quickly evaporate. “The question my colleagues and I are grappling with is whether these uncertainties will continue to weigh on the outlook and thus call for additional policy accommodation,” Powell said in prepared remarks. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsTrump has repeatedly — and publicly — demanded looser monetary policy, even though the Fed is meant to be above the political fray. The Fed last week held steady on interest rates for the fourth time this year. And with US unemployment near historic lows and inflation forecast to rise only slowly, the outlook remained generally “favorable,” Powell said. But risks to that outlook have grown, he added, as recent progress on resolving trade disputes had deteriorated, producing greater uncertainty. Powell said business people have voiced “heightened concern” over trade, which may have hit confidence and could also be turning up in economic data, such as weakening investment by companies. But he cautioned that current economic warning signs could prove temporary and the US central bank should seek confirmation before taking any policy action. “It’s important not to overreact in the short term to things which may turn out to be temporary,” he said. Nevertheless, he said “many” members of the Fed’s rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee believe the case for cutting rates had “strengthened.” “A lot has changed since December, including estimates of global growth for 2019 have come down substantially,” he said during a Q&A following the speech. He pointed in particular to the near-collapse of US-China trade talks last month. “My colleagues and I still see a favorable outlook as the most likely outlook,” he said. “But we do see that the risks to that outlook have increased. We’re very mindful of those risks and prepared to use our policy tools to support activity as needed.”last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: An FIR has been registered against a police inspector in Mumbai for “inaction” in the case of allegedrape of a 19-year-old woman who later died at a hospital, police said on Sunday.The woman, who belonged to a Scheduled Caste as per her lawyer, was allegedly raped by four of her friends in Mumbai in the first week of July. She was later admitted to a state-run hospital in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad city where she died on August 28.Based on the complaint by lawyer Nitin Satpute, representing the woman’s family, an FIR was lodged against Chunabhatti police station’s inspector Deepak Surve on Saturday, according to police. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In the complaint, Satpute alleged “inaction” by the police in handling the case.He claimed the police also failed to register offences against the accused under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, as the victim belonged to a Scheduled Caste.”Prima facie, there is a serious flaw on part of the police, who, inspite of the efforts made by the victim’s family to seek action against the gangrape culprits, didn’t bother to act against the accused,” Satpute alleged. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against police inspector Deepak Surve under the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for humiliating the victim,” he added.The alleged rape came to light only when the woman complained of pain in her private parts on July 24 and was admitted to a private hospital in Aurangabad, located around 325 km from here.The doctors suspected that she had been raped and informed the police and she was shifted to the government-run hospital. As per the complaint filed at Begumpura police station in Aurangabad, on July 7 the woman came to Mumbai.Four of her friends decided to celebrate her birthday.After cutting the cake, the four allegedly raped her, police said.The woman later returned to Aurangabad but did not tell her parents about the incident, the official said.The case was subsequently transferred to Chunabhatti police station here.Senior NCP leader Supriya Sule on Friday led the party’s protest march here, demanding an SIT probe into the woman’s death.She accused the BJP-led state government of being “insensitive” towards women safety.The Lok Sabha MP from Baramati, who was accompanied by NCP Mumbai chief Nawab Malik and MLC Vidya Chavan, pitched for forming a special investigation team (SIT), contending the on- going probe into the matter not being carried out “properly”.The NCP also called for immediate arrests of the accused.Later, state Legislative Council’s Deputy Chairperson Neelam Gorhe said she has instructed the Mumbai Police to trace the accused and ensure the charge sheet in the matter is filed properly.last_img read more

first_imgOn Monday November 12, Kevin Nealon hosted the first annual Celebrity Golf Classic with organizer and producer Steve DiMarco.Suzanne DeLaurentiis and Kevin NealonCredit/Copyright: Extreme Public RelationsProducer Suzanne DeLaurentiis provided additional help with PR/Marketing/Tee Prizes to benefit Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) at Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank, CA. Executive Director of the Melanoma Foundation Tim Turnam spoke at the awards dinner about how important it is to help the foundation by raising money and awareness. Some of the other celebrity supporters included: Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Ray Romano, Scott Elrod, Joe Mantegna, David James Elliott, Gregory Harrison and more.Joe Mantegna at Celebrity Golf ClassicCredit/Copyright: Extreme Public RelationsKevin Nealon is a longtime Saturday Night Live cast member and star of the hit series “Weeds”. After recently lost a friend to skin cancer he decided to fight back against the disease by partnering with the MRF to raise critical funding urgently needed for melanoma research.Adam Levine at Celebrity Golf ClassicCredit/Copyright: Extreme Public RelationsSome of the sponsors included: Universal, Goldman Sachs, Showtime, Lionsgate, Netflix, Kevin Nealon, Jewels by Anita, Dallas Malloy, Lovoka Liqeur, MDSolarSciencesTM, and Zenify.The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is the largest independent, national organization devoted to melanoma in the United States. Committed to the support of medical research in finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma, the MRF also educates patients and physicians about prevention, diagnosis and the treatment of melanoma. The MRF is an active advocate for the melanoma community, helping to raise awareness of this disease and the need for a cure. The MRF’s website is the premier source for melanoma information seekers. For more information please visit: ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsA woman who says she lost almost everything in Manitoba’s flood of the century is now at risk of losing more.That`s because the province’s housing authority is accusing her of being a fake.dward@aptn.calast_img

10 July 2007The senior United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has condemned yesterday’s murder of a local politician in the far east of the country, saying it seems to be part of an emerging pattern of assassinations of political and business leaders in that region of the vast nation. The body of Floribert Bwana Chuy Bin Kositi, the provincial secretary of the Congolese Rally for Democracy political party, was found yesterday in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, which borders Uganda and Rwanda.William Lacy Swing, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the DRC, called the killing of Mr. Chuy Bin Kositi an “odious crime” that had occurred as efforts were being stepped up to bring lasting peace to North Kivu, one of the most volatile regions of the country.Mr. Swing – who is also head of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) – called on Congolese authorities to do their utmost to ensure that the sponsors and perpetrators of the murder are located and brought to justice.“MONUC is preoccupied by the murders and kidnappings who have recently taken place in the region” around North Kivu, Mr. Swing said in a press statement issued yesterday in Kinshasa, the DRC capital.He stressed that the culture of impunity around such killings and abductions, whether they are targeted or apparently random, must stop. read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Their son grabbed a bag which had their passports and phone in, but they left all their other belongings behind.Seeking refuge in a tunnel, strangers gave them dry clothes. “Everybody was crying, distraught,” Lisa said.On Wednesday evening, concerns were raised that up to 300 bridges, viaducts and tunnels in Italy were also at risk of structural failure too.The death toll from the disaster has risen to 39, including three children. The couple’s daughter had no shoes on and it was not possible to pick her up, the couple recalled, as a tidal wave of people headed to their spot. British couple Nicola and Lisa Henton-Mitchell, from Bicester, Oxfordshire, told how the stopped briefly at a rest area with their two children on their travels through Italy “I was driving. The rain was so severe you could only see a few cars in front of you.”Something didn’t feel right. We felt we were sliding to the right.”Nicola said: “The car moved sideways and we shuddered. We thought it was the wind but now we wonder if it was the road twisting.””Everyone’s red lights came on,” Lisa said. “Then it seemed like seconds later the reverse lights came on. The car in front reversed and crashed into us. Nobody could really move.’ A British family on a three-week holiday to Italy told of their narrow escape from the Genoa bridge collapse that killed 39 people.Nicola and Lisa Henton-Mitchell, from Bicester, Oxfordshire, were forced to flee from their car and leave most of their belongings behind when a 650-foot portion of the Morandi motorway bridge in northern Italy disintegrated on Tuesday.Describing how they were confronted by a row of red lights from the cars in front, they said vehicles began to reverse suddenly as cars drifted across the road.The couple said it was fortunate they had stopped briefly before reaching the bridge to use the toilet.”We had stopped at a service station to use the toilet,’ Lisa said. ‘Thank God, or it could have been worse.’ British couple Nicola and Lisa Henton-Mitchell, from Bicester, Oxfordshire, told how the stopped briefly at a rest area with their two children on their travels through ItalyCredit:Facebook read more

NEW DELHI, India (CMC) Darren Sammy said he still cares about the game in the Caribbean, but he loses little sleep about a recall to the West Indies team.The former West Indies captain said he had little regret about publicly chiding the West Indies Cricket Board after winning last year’s Twenty20 World Cup final against England, which was the final time he played for the regional side.Darren Sammy“It is sad that my last international was the World T20 final,” Sammy told the Press Trust of India news agency. “I am still available for selection in limited overs cricket, but I am not going to cry over non-selection.“I am still out there playing in the different leagues around the world, if selected I am available. But I am not crying over spilt milk.”The 33-year-old Sammy had modest returns in an international career for West Indies during which he played 38 Tests, 126 One-day and 66 Twenty20 Internationals between 2004 and last year.He was, however, widely praised for his passionate leadership which inspired the team to win the T20 World Cup twice (2012 and last year) and perform creditably in the other two formats of the game, even rising to fifth in the Test rankings.But his outburst following the T20 World Cup final last year was dimly viewed by regional administrators and he subsequently lost the leadership of the T20 side to World Cup hero Carlos Brathwaite.“What I said on the podium after winning the final, I said it from my heart,” said Sammy. “I said what I had to. I expected things to happen. But I don’t lose sleep over it anymore.“God has blessed me tremendously. He is my selector. So I am not worried about what is going to happen. I still do care about West Indies cricket, but if I am not selected, I am not going to sulk over it.”Sammy is in India to as part of the Kings XI Punjab team playing in the Indian Premier League T20 tournament. It’s the latest of the T20 gigs of which he has been a part, as he continues to play the game around the world.Kings XI Punjab are currently fifth in the standings going into their game yesterday. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSammy wants to play in upcoming seriesMarch 15, 2017In “latest news”Defiant Sammy laments West Indies ‘mess’October 27, 2016In “latest news”Top West Indians will continue international snub: SammyJune 20, 2017In “latest news” read more

first_imgA fully automated plow system supplied by Bucyrus DBT (DBT’s new name following its acquisition by Bucyrus International) and commissioned at Jinhuagong mine in China in 2005 is setting new production records. With an uptime of over 95%, the plow system – a Gleithobel® GH 42 with 1,600 kW of cutting power and equipped with the PF 4/1132 plow line pan –  achieved a best shift output of 3,760 t in July 2007. The best daily output reached 5,700 t. In July, the plow team safely mined 100,031 t of raw coal, a new record for the plow working team at this mine. Bucyrus DBT says: “This achievement is outstanding given that the longwall is mining hard coal.” The seam is 200 m long and varies in thickness from 1.35 to 1.5 m.In addition to the plow, the longwall system comprises state-of-the-art DBT PM 4 shield control and plow control technology for complete automation, requiring no operators at the face. The plow is driven by two 400 kW motors via a 38-mm plow chain. The conveying system, speed of plow, depth of cut and shield support controls are tailored to Jinhuagongis mining conditions to maximize performance and safety.Established in 1956, Jinhuagong coal mine is located 12 km west of Datong in the north of China. It had an annual output of 4.25 Mt in 2005 and is a key mine of Datong Coal Mine Group, producing high-quality steam coal.last_img read more

first_imgThe Deep 1 project at Agnico-Eagle’s Goldex mine in Quebec was declared to be in commercial production in July 2017 and is progressing well. The mining method is long-hole stoping with cemented paste backfill, the same method used in the M and E zones. The mining rate for Deep 1 is approximately 6,000 t/d. Production from Deep 1 is expected to extend the Goldex mine life through 2025. In its latest report from October 2017, the company states that to date, two stopes have been mined with positive reconciliation to the block model. Mining activities in the Deep 1 area are expected to continue to ramp up through 2018. Given the successful start-up of Deep 1 and encouraging exploration results, the company is evaluating the potential to mine a portion of the Deep 2 Zone, which starts below the Deep 1 Zone at 1,200 m below surface.The main ore mining fleet includes five Caterpillar R2900G XTRA LHDs and two Sandvik LH621 LHDs along with seven Caterpillar 45 t AD45B trucks. Production drilling and blasting uses Cubex 6200 ITH drills and 100% bulk emulsion with electronic detonators is used, with an Orica emulsion pump mounted on a carrier (3,000 kg capacity). Ground support uses 10-15 m cable bolts.Agnico Eagle has said because it is a low grade deposit, it had to come up with a new and cost effective way to transport the ore underground. “That’s when the engineers came up with the idea to bring in a new technology called the Rail-Veyor.” Frederic Langevin said one of the reasons the mine chose Rail-Veyor because unlike regular conveyors, the Rail-Veyor can easily negotiate turns. “There are also other health and safety and industrial hygiene advantges. There are many other aspects, including operating costs that are lower than using trucks.” The company said a lot of effort was put into the project especially on the regulation side. It was also a challenge to develop the mine to accommodate the Rail-Veyor in terms of steepness, with a 17-20% ramp and ascending 500 ft.The Rail-Veyor has a series of two wheeled rail cars that form a continuous open trough to transport material. A series of dual-stationary drive stations located at intervals along the track provides the forward thrust or brake action. Material is dumped from the train by inverting the train in a vertical loop. The Goldex installation has 3 km of rail, with six trains of 160m (68 cars each), five by-passes and 91 drive stations with ore transported at 600 t/h. The system is remote controlled and electrically powered, essentially a light rail haulage solution. The conveyor is propelled by foam-filled tyres at the drive stations located at intervals along the track, which begins at the 1,250 m level below surface and ends at the 730 m level. The ore is dumped by the Caterpillar trucks into a grizzly with openings of 18 in by 18 in and there’s a rockbreaker room at the 1,150 m level to handle oversize. A vibrating feeder feeds the material to the Rail-Veyor cars, depositing the fines first to avoid damage to the troughs.last_img read more

first_img Twitter Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WhatsApp WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Pinterest Triple H Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Rob Van Dam shares thoughts on John Oliver, wrestling high in ECW, WWE Hall of Fame Videos Articles Google+ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Report: WWE creative writer Robert Evans quits the company during Hall of Fame Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Vince Mcmahon Roman Reigns is in Remission Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WWE to honor Hall of Famer in Japan this Friday; Bruce Prichard rushed home for oral surgery Now Playing Up Next The following press release was issued today.Vince McMahon to be inducted into Boys & Girls Clubs of America 25th Annual Hall of FameATLANTA — This evening, top athletes, entertainers and business leaders will be inducted into Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Alumni Hall of Fame. Since its inception more than 100 years ago, BGCA has provided kids of all backgrounds with the opportunity to grow and realize their dreams. To celebrate the accomplishments of former Boys & Girls Club members, BGCA annually recognizes distinguished alumni during the organization’s annual National Conference, being held in Chicago in 2015. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Alumni Hall of Fame program, as well as the year the organization changed its name from Boys Club of America to Boys & Girls Clubs of America.The event, hosted by Courtney B. Vance, honors alumni who have gone on to make major contributions in their fields, from sports to entertainment to business. Their stories are very different, but all started out the same — with the life-changing programs, caring staff and fun, safe environment of a local Boys & Girls Club. The BGCA Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2015 inductees include the following: WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, three-time Grammy Award-nominated singer/producer/actor Trey Songz, fashion and music consultant for FOX’s hit drama “Empire” and Business Executive Monique Mosley, NFL Hall of Famer Andre Reed, world-renown violinist Earl Carlyss, President and CEO of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. Larry Young, two-time Oscar nominated costumer designer Ruth E. Carter, leading opera singer Denyce Graves and Professional Golfer on the PGA Tour Robert Gamez.“Ensuring today’s youth have the encouragement and inspiration they need to pursue their dreams is at the core of our organization, and the Class of 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees all showcase how a local Boys & Girls Club can be a critical element to ensuring a great future,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of BGCA. “We are honored to have such exemplary inductees join the other prestigious members of the Boys & Girls Club of America Alumni Hall of Fame in its 25th year.”The Elizabeth City Boys & Girls Club provided McMahon with a sense of belonging and a vision of what is possible, both of which were lacking in his home environment. He looked up to Club staff, who mentored and cared about kids. The feeling that somebody cared about him meant the world. Meeting other kids and teens from all walks of life showed McMahon there was a whole world of possibilities out there beyond what he knew. Since those early days, McMahon has become one of the most well-known pioneers in the entertainment industry, catapulting the WWE brand from a small, regional wrestling promotion to a global, family-friendly entertainment brand with television programming in 650 million homes in more than 175 countries and 35 languages. Today, WWE is one of the most recognized brands in the world with nearly half a billion social media followers. McMahon continues to carry forward the experience he had at The Club by supporting numerous programs and partners to help make a positive impact in the lives of children and families around the world.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

first_imgA Vancouver truck driver was cited for negligent driving after his tractor-trailer rolled on state Highway 97 in Klickitat County on Thursday, according to the Washington State Patrol.The rollover happened around 5:45 a.m. on south Highway 97 about 10 miles north of Goldendale.Christopher R. Atkinson, 45, was driving his 2004 Freightliner approaching a left curve, a WSP bulletin said. The driver failed to negotiate the curve, crossed the fog line and turned over on the guardrail, the bulletin said.The crash was caused by speeding, WSP said.The truck and trailer were totaled and towed from the scene.last_img read more

first_img#planecrash #update @Cessna 152 w/20 gals fuel, flipped over when nose gear hit swamp @MiamiDadeFire helo assist @BrowardSheriff #FireRescue— PIO Mike Jachles (@BSO_Mike) November 13, 2016Once it landed, officials said, the vessel’s nose gear hit the ground. “When that airplane came down into the swamp, the two men told our firefighters that the nose gear head caused the plane to flip over,” said BSO spokesperson Mike Jachles.The people on board were helped by a passing airboater before officials arrived to hoist the pilot and passenger to safety. “With the terrain out there and how wet it is, they are very fortunate,” said airboater Darrell Fisher. “Very skilled pilot.” The occupants were not hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews came to the rescue of two men after they made an emergency landing in the Everglades, Sunday afternoon.According to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, the Cessna 152 went down on mile marker 47, about 25 miles north of Tamiami, just before 3 p.m.Officials tweeted an overhead view of where the plane made its landing in the swamp.last_img read more

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Publix has donated over $2 million to 74 nonprofit organizations across South Florida.All the money was raised through their Food for All fundraiser, a three-week campaign that runs every November asking customers to add an extra $1, $3 or $5 to their bill.The company said this year was more important than any other year.“A lot of the organizations receiving funding here today have special missions that are dedicated towards food and hunger, homelessness prevention and also disaster relief and recovery after Hurricane Irma,” said Publix spokesperson Nicole Krauss.Food for All is a part of Making Change, a charitable organization Publix has partnered with since 1988.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgA ride-sharing service called Uber will start operating in Anchorage this week. Instead of calling a taxi, people who need a ride can use a smartphone app to hail a nearby private vehicle. But taxi companies in Anchorage and around the world say it’s unfair competition. Download AudioI took a conventional taxi to my interview with Uber. I called the taxi company, and the driver arrived right on time in a sweet-smelling Toyota Prius. The ride downtown cost me $17 including the tip. That’s about how much the Uber app estimates using their service would cost as well. So why would I use Uber? Their West Coast general manager Steve Thompson says it’s because of convenience and safety.A screenshot of the Uber app on an iPhone.“You sign up, pinpoint your location, click a button that says ‘Request my Uber’ to come pick me up, and from there you can track your ride, to come directly to you. See them street by street. Know exactly who your driver is by photo, name, vehicle make and model number, license plate number. And within the same app you can actually contact your driver.”Thompson says all drivers have to pass rigorous criminal and traffic safety background checks. They don’t employ any one who was a sex offender or has had a DUI. They also require the vehicles to have 19 point inspections, and the drivers and vehicles have $1 million insurance policies when they’re on the job.But the cars are not required to have permits from the municipality like conventional taxis, and the drivers don’t have to undergo municipal training and testing. Jim Brennan, who represents the Anchorage Taxi Cab Permit Owners Association, says that’s not fair.“This would be a blatantly illegal competitor to the local Anchorage taxi cab chauffeurs and owners of the taxicabs who are required to comply with extensive municipal laws which are there for the benefit both of the Anchorage customers of taxicab services and also for the general public.”So is Uber legal in Anchorage?“Well, under our existing codes, probably not,” says municipal transportation director Eric Musser. He says that doesn’t mean they aren’t open to the idea of ride-sharing services.“As with most areas of the country, we’re wrestling with how we want to welcome them into this market.”Musser says the city recognizes that the transportation industry is changing.A screenshot of the Alaska Yellow Dispatch app.Local companies realize it, too. Alaska Yellow Dispatch, the largest taxi company in Anchorage, released an app that works like the Uber app. You can order and track vehicles, and request special items, like a car that is authorized to go on Base or carries a car seat for children. At this point, though, you cannot pay through the app. Uber is completely prepaid through the app.Yellow Dispatch CEO Sloane Unwin says the major difference is, once the payment feature is working properly, their company is permitted in Anchorage.Uber’s Thompson says they are already working with the local government to make sure the company can legally operate in the city. He says they’ve already received over a 100 applications for drivers, some of whom already work for taxi companies.“It’s complete flexibility for moms who drop their kids off at school and just drive during the day. Retired individuals who want to make extra income. Or even students who are paying off loans. So a big part of what we’re focused on is a very dynamic driving community.”He says they’re appealing to veterans and service members as well. In some parts of the country, however, they are facing lawsuits from drivers who say they are not given the tips they are promised.Once the interview is over, I need to find a way back to the studio. I figure that being in downtown Anchorage, it should be fairly easy.I walk straight up to an empty taxi.“Hi! Are you available?”“Yeah, yeah, yeah,” the driver replies enthusiastically.“Great!”And I head back to the studio, chatting with the driver, my smartphone tucked into my bag.last_img read more

first_img6:57 pm-Just before 7 pm this evening, Anchorage Fire Department Deputy Chief Jodie Hettrick said by phone that the south side brush fire was knocked down and contained. Hettrick said the Pioneer Peak hotshot crew came in from Palmer to assist.“I think we have it contained, just mopping up and making sure all hotspots are extinguished.” Hettrick said.earlier story-6:24 pm-The Anchorage fire department is working to contain a five to seven acre brush fire west of Elmore road, near Sundance Circle.AFD Deputy Chief Jodie Hettrick says a large number of trucks are responding, . She says AFD is “Knocking down on all flanks and working to get in front of it now.”Hettrick says the state Division of Forestry sent a helicopter to assist. There are no road closures at this time and no homes have been evacuated in the area.last_img read more

first_imgReal estate developer Godrej Properties has sold villas with a booking value of Rs 300 crore in a single day at the launch of its township in Greater Noida, the company said in a statement. The project, called Crest, is part of a 100-acre planned township called Godrej Golf Links.The Mumbai-based company sold 60,000sqft of villas as part of the project that is a joint venture with ACE Group, a developer in the NCR.The company’s Crest project is the first in the Noida and Greater Noida market. “BDP architects, who are based in the UK, are the master planers and landscape consultants for Godrej Golf Links. They have previously designed several iconic projects including Liverpool One, Liverpool,” the company said. Godrej Properties is the real estate arm of the Godrej Group. “We consider Noida a critical growth opportunity for our company and hope to have many more successful launches in the city,” Pirojsha Godrej, managing director and CEO of the firm, said.Godrej Properties is currently developing residential, commercial and township projects spread across approximately 11.98 million sqm in 12 cities in the country. The company’s stock was trading at Rs 360.10 at 10:23 am on Friday, down 1.18 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more

first_imgThe files Edward Snowden has shared publicly through various news outlets have revealed the extent to which government agencies are spying on us all online. But the latest documents to be released from the Snowden files show that the NSA and UK’s GCHQ weren’t happy just reading our emails, our chat logs, and tracking our every move online. They also infiltrated the games we play.The NSA wants to monitor and spy on people wherever they hang out online, so it actually makes sense that online games and communities would be a target. World of Warcraft, Second Life, and even Xbox Live were identified as opportunities, and action taken to start surveillance of those user groups, which consist of tens of millions of people.Details of such community monitoring have been revealed in a leaked document from 2008 entitled “Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments.” It details the NSA believing an online game was the perfect place for terrorists to chat in private or even transfer funds. With that in mind, agents were “deployed” into the games and communities to monitor and make contact if necessary with anyone who could potentially provide information and/or be turned informant.Did this monitoring see any success? There’s no evidence of that, but the NSA may have overdone things a bit because they also required a deconfliction group. Its purpose was to ensure the agents doing the surveillance didn’t end up talking to other agents in each game or community and get caught in some kind of spy feedback loop.So if you’ve run into someone in World of Warcraft or Second Life who seemed really friendly, but asked unusual questions before promptly disappearing, they may have been a spy. The fact that we all have encountered just such an individual online probably demonstrates just how much spying was/is actually going on. Or it could just be conicidence…last_img read more

first_img Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><> Finding all the best and most rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go requires a lot of walking and a fair bit of luck. Confronted with the prospect of exercise, some players have taken to their computers to develop an alternative. There’s a project underway to create a tool that can show you every Pokémon near you on a live map. If you don’t mind a little bit of fiddling with software, it totally works. Is it cheating? Maybe.Pokémon Go has a nearby feature that’s supposed to give you a general feel for which Pokémon are close and which direction they might be. However, that has been broken for more than a week now. Developer Ahmed Almutawa wondered if there was a way to query the servers to extract more data than was displayed in the official game. It turns out, yes, a lot more.The Pokémon Go-Map project, hosted on Git Hub, can chart the real-time locations of all nearby Pokémon on a map. Each one has an icon of the Pokémon, and clicking on it tells you how long until it disappears from that location. We’ve done a little testing in the name of journalistic integrity and confirmed that the map is accurate. You run the script, open a browser tab, and use that to view a map frame that you can refresh as Pokémon locations are discovered.Unfortunately, the Pokémon map is not very easy to use right now. It requires setting up Python on your computer and running it via command lines. There have been some attempts to build easier tools based on this, but those are still pretty buggy. It’s also likely that Niantic will consider this an improper use of its servers, so you should not use your real Pokémon Go account for the mapping tool. Creating a new account for this will keep your real account from getting banned.Niantic is currently coping with server issues and serious bugs in the game. So, the Pokémon Go-Map project has flown under the radar so far. That probably won’t last forever, though.last_img read more

first_imgJanuary 22, 2015 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img While online education has been gaining traction in America for roughly 15 years, the inevitable maturation and spread of this technology into developing countries is bound to spark a revolution.That was a key takeaway from a letter penned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — which, with an endowment of $42.3 billion, represents one of the largest private foundations on earth.On this, its 15th anniversary, the Foundation laid bare its hopes for the world over the next 15 years — including the prediction that online education will reach hundreds of millions of people across the globe.Related: Duolingo, the Chart-Topping Language App, Unveils a Platform for TeachersThe growth of high-speed cell networks and a proliferation of affordable devices will largely fuel this accessibility.Children who have grown up with smartphones and tablets, for instance, tend to utilize them intuitively. Therefore, according to the Foundation, kids in third world countries will eventually be able to learn letters and numbers before even entering primary school, aided by software that adjusts to various learning speeds.The Foundation also envisions online education that better feeds into specific career paths. Whereas early efforts in the field have “amounted to little more than pointing a camera at a university lecturer and hitting the ‘record,’ button,” according to the Gates letter, new coursework would ostensibly hone in on specific professional requirements.Related: The Latest – and Unlikeliest – Man to Reinvent Online EducationPerhaps most vital to the future of education, however — especially in developing countries — is closing the gender gap. One way this can be accomplished is by putting technology in the hands of women. In Africa and South Asia, for instance, women are far less likely than men to own a cell phone.While education can be a powerful force for equality, if such pain points aren’t addressed, writes the Foundation, “then education will become another cause of inequity, rather than a cure for it.”For more predictions about how the world might look in 2030, check out the Gates letter in full right here.Related: Bill Gates’ 5 Favorite Books of 2014 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

first_img Feature | Radiology Business | July 22, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Payment Models Seek Traction in Transition from Volume Efforts to reform healthcare are booming, b read more News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more Image by rawpixel from Pixabay  Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Photo courtesy of CarestreamIn May 2016, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a startling statistic. The prestigious journal pegged medical error as the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Because medical error reporting is not well-tracked, the paper’s authors needed to scour the medical literature and extrapolate the incidence of errors based on the best available data. The authors analyzed information from multiple reports on the subject, including a 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, a 2004 HealthGrades quality study and a 2010 report by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). After analysis, the authors cited a rate of medical errors of 1.13 percent, or over 400,000 deaths per year.In publishing this analysis, the BMJ authors hoped to open a dialogue about how to collect medical errors data, categorize it and, most importantly, prevent errors from occurring. To achieve this objective, the authors advised developing a strategy that includes “making errors less frequent by following principles that take human limitations into account.” Indeed, even the best-trained physicians are not infallible. Human error may never be entirely avoidable, but today’s clinicians have more tools than ever at their disposal to help overcome their fallibility. In fact, technology is increasingly aiding physicians by serving as an extension of their own memory and clinical acumen.The current era of medicine has seen a huge rise in technology usage, from computer-assisted surgery to the advent of electronic medical records (EMR). The next logical step for integrating technology into the practice of medicine lies in advanced clinical decision support (CDS) software. This technology can reduce the incidence of medical errors that result in patient harm by aiding physicians in recalling and analyzing data while leveraging industry best practices. Beyond this crucial functionality, CDS offers additional benefits, including improved patient care and enhanced value. Watch the VIDEO “Clinical Decision Support Requirements for Cardiac Imaging,” a discussion with Rami Doukky, M.D., system chair, Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Chicago, discusses the new CMS requirements for clinical decision support (CDS) appropriate use criteria (AUC) documentation in cardiac imaging starting on Jan. 1, 2018. He spoke at the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today meeting. Overcoming Data OverloadWhile it’s true that clinicians rely on data to inform their decision-making today, the sheer volume of data can be overwhelming. Doctors are bombarded with complex information at every click and turn, which can make it difficult to remember every detail required to deliver high-quality patient care. If a critical data point isn’t available at the point of care, a medical error may result.For example, consider, per protocol, that a radiologist phones to relay information to an attending physician. However, the physician at the time of the call is with a patient. Receiving the radiologist’s report, the clinician jots a note and returns to the patient. By the time the physician sees the patient the radiologist called about, hours or possibly days have passed and the radiology report is inadvertently overlooked. Without the radiologist’s important input, a medical error could occur or an imaging study could be duplicated. Furthermore, the study would not be reimbursed by the payer since its necessity is not supported by the clinical record.Advanced CDS can salvage this situation by accessing and understanding, in context, the radiology report. The CDS calls attention to the discrepancy at the precise moment it becomes relevant. When the physician logs on to the patient’s EMR record to order a duplicate study, the CDS solution generates a visual alert on the EMR screen — reminding the clinician of the previous findings. The CDS, in real time, advises against the duplicate imaging study, and the physician is prompted to re-read the radiology note. The result: The doctor orders a less-invasive diagnostic test, a medical error is averted and delivery of care is back on track. Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Feature | Radiology Business | July 18, 2019 | By Stefanie Manack and Judy Zakutny Finding A Common Data Language for Radiology Approximately 30 percent of a hospital or health system’s profit comes from imaging according, to… read more Related Content Improving Patient SafetyBeyond reducing medical errors, advanced CDS technology can improve patient safety in other ways. As advanced CDS continuously reads and analyzes all of a patient’s health data in real time, this technology can identify trends earlier than the clinical eye may detect them. As Machiavelli wrote in 1513, “Hectic fever at its inception is difficult to recognize, but easy to treat. Left untreated, it becomes easy to recognize but difficult to treat.” Today’s medical clinician can rely on CDS to help peer into the future and recognize “hectic fevers” and more. Think about the patient in the ICU who appears to be stable but is, in fact, brewing pneumonia. Before the patient exhibits overt signs of sepsis, advanced CDS, with its ability to read vital signs and lab trends, is programmed to alert clinicians to subtle clinical changes indicative of infection. Armed with this reliable data, the clinician can initiate sepsis protocol early and successfully treat the patient before the situation becomes critical. For instance, an early diagnosis of pneumonia leads to initiating early treatment, when it benefits the patient more and costs less. And, consider adverse reactions. Perhaps a patient had a serious adverse reaction to CT contrast medium five years prior. Since the reaction did not represent an allergy per se, the information may not be presented in the EMR. In fact, this event may be recorded only in a historical, free text note that is inaccessible, or buried in the current patient record. A busy clinician may not see this note at all — despite careful review of the patient record that could possibly lead to an error and a serious adverse event. However, advanced CDS technology can proactively call this information to the clinician’s attention at the moment a CT with contrast is ordered, ensuring patient safety.Another common example to consider is when a patient chart contains notes from a provider that the clinician is unaware the patient has seen. Clinicians would not know to search for a note that they did not know existed. One example of such an instance is the case of a patient who presents with a persistent cough of duration greater than three months. The patient is a smoker. She neglects to mention that six months prior, she received a chest X-ray from a different provider within the same healthcare system and for the same complaint. The current physician attempts to order a chest X-ray, but an advanced CDS alerts the clinician about the previous study and the subsequent finding of emphysema. Now, fully informed with the complete clinical picture, the physician withdraws the order for a duplicate imaging study.Another example of technology helping to improve patient safety by intervening is seen in the case of a patient who presents “emergently” with an altered level of consciousness. The physician may initially think “stroke” and order a head CT. As the scan result is generating, the physician proactively begins to order tPA, per protocol. The CDS solution alerts the provider of radiology notes indicating a “hemorrhagic stroke,” not a clot, and a potentially catastrophic medical error is averted. Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Ami Mayo, M.D., chairman of medCPU’s medical department, has more than 25 years of clinical experience in surgery and critical care medicine. His medical career has focused on emergency surgery, and management of the most complicated trauma and surgical patients in need of critical care. He has practiced in major Israeli hospitals and been involved in medical research focusing on disaster medicine, disaster preparedness, multi-dimensional injury patterns of blast trauma, critical care in extreme scenarios, sepsis management, coagulopathy in the trauma patient and surgical education. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Driving Value on Multiple FrontsReducing medical errors first serves to protect patient safety, but it also has the effect of simultaneously driving value, as medical errors generally result in costly interventions or lost reimbursements. Because an advanced CDS system can reduce the incidence of errors and enable clinicians to confidently initiate early treatment, CDS can be said to drive value on multiple fronts.Another way the technology enhances value is by reducing the number of unindicated, unreimbursed studies that occur within a healthcare system. Advanced CDS guides clinicians in choosing the most appropriate studies for each patient, thereby establishing the medical necessity of each study. Documented indications lead to improved patient safety and higher reimbursement rates.Finally, advanced CDS enhances value by meeting the Medicare requirement for radiology use of CDS by Jan. 1, 2017, in order to receive maximum reimbursement. This requirement will likely be pushed back to 2018 or beyond since federal guidelines for CDS software have not yet been developed. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 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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Photo by Greg Freiherr Intelligent CDS Improves Clinician PartnershipsIn addition to advanced technology reducing medical errors, improving patient safety and driving value — CDS enhances clinical partnership between varying medical specialties. For instance, with advanced CDS technology, radiologists can be confident that their notes will be captured, read, understood and incorporated into the patient profile and diagnosis instead of being inaccessible in the EMR. This type of technology makes it possible for radiology reports to be available to clinicians in real time and at the point of care to better inform highly accurate decision-making. When clinicians are in receipt of accurate radiology data, they can eliminate unnecessary studies and tests, thereby reducing the possibility of patient harm through adverse events or complications.As the medical profession works to prevent costly medical errors, it needs to incorporate technology, including advanced CDS, to provide accurate, pertinent information and prompts without workflow interruption. As such, advanced CDS is poised to become a trusted resource for radiologists, neurologists and cardiologists, as well as other specialties.  Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Feature | Clinical Decision Support | September 07, 2016 | By Ami Mayo, M.D. CDS as a Trusted Resource How intelligent clinical decision support reduces medical errors and drives value Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Enormous amounts of information contribute to diagnosis and treatment processes — from a patient’s most recent blood pressure reading to the lung lesion first detected on imaging tests three years prior. However, too often vital information is lost or not fully captured within the EMR. Finding specific data and measurements within an EMR can sometimes be difficult and time-consuming, requiring 10 mouse clicks or more to access said data. Unfortunately, important free text notes are often missed by clinicians because the data cannot be accessed, read or understood by the EMR. In fact, information documented by radiologists is oftentimes stored in the notes section as unstructured data, which are not easily captured and read by most CDS programs. Data that cannot be accessed contribute to an incomplete clinical picture, and raise the possibility for medical error.Advanced CDS technology helps avert errors by capturing important and relevant data needed by the clinician — including clinical details from ambulatory EMRs and ancillary systems such as labs and radiology departments. Having the full clinical picture enables the physician to accurately assess both the patient’s current and past complete clinical profile, and ultimately order the correct required medications, tests, procedures and interventions. Systems that alert clinicians to crucial structured and unstructured information in the EMR are imperative to avoid errors, duplicate studies or reduce potentially harmful events. In this way, advanced technology functions as an extension of the clinician’s own skills and judgment in order to analyze the patient’s condition and appropriately intervene as necessary.For radiologists in particular, a primary benefit of advanced CDS is its ability to assist in adhering to best practice guidelines, as following evidence-based best practices can help reduce medical errors. Because advanced CDS software programs continuously read and analyze the patient record, CDS can alert radiologists, for instance, to data that can inform imaging orders. An advanced CDS program might prompt a radiologist to choose a low radiation dosage for a study, based on best practice guidelines and specific clinical information in the EMR indicating the patient has had multiple studies within a relatively short period of time. Without this data, the radiologist could expose the patient to unnecessary radiation, which could have been avoided. Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more last_img read more