Workplace Violence Codes of Practice for Three Sectors Ready for Comment

first_imgNova Scotians are being asked to comment on workplace violence prevention codes of practice for three specific workplace sectors. Retail stores, gas outlets, and taxi services all share similar violence risks. The codes were developed by the Department of Environment and Labour’s occupational health and safety division so that these businesses can adopt ready-made guidelines that fulfil their obligation to have a violence prevention plan in place by April 1, 2008. “Employers that are subject to Nova Scotia’s workplace violence prevention regulations have to complete their risk assessments by Oct. 1,” said acting Environment and Labour Minister Brooke Taylor. “Their next step will be to develop a prevention plan, or adopt the applicable Code of Practice — by April.” Mr. Taylor noted that the department has worked to ensure employers are aware of the new regulations since they were passed on April 4. A brochure and sample risk-assessment template was distributed by Canada Post to 28,000 Nova Scotia business addresses in May. “Some employers may not have their assessments ready and I know everyone’s busy,” Mr. Taylor said. “But now is the time to get started. Employers who need more information can call 1-800-9LABOUR (1-800-952-2687) or visit our website.” Employers are not required to submit their assessment, but must have them available for review at the workplace for all staff and for occupational health and safety officer inspections. Employees concerned that their workplace is not in compliance can raise it with their occupational health and safety committee or officer, or call Environment and Labour to ask for assistance. The department hosted a popular series of public information sessions on workplace violence risk assessment this past summer, in partnership with NSCC. More sessions planned for October will focus on the next phase of compliance — development of a prevention plan. Employers looking for more resources or help understanding the issue will find them at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, which offers free e-learning courses about workplace violence awareness and prevention at www.ccohs.ca . Consultation on the new codes of practice will be open until Oct. 26. Comments may be submitted by phone, fax, e-mail or mail. The codes are available at www.gov.ns.ca/enla , or by calling 902-424-8486.last_img read more

Trudeau takes personal hit amid SNCLavalin controversy Leger poll for CP

first_imgOTTAWA — A recent survey conducted by polling firm Leger for The Canadian Press shows that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking a personal hit in the SNC-Lavalin controversy.In a question about which party leader would make the best prime minister, Justin Trudeau got the backing of 26 per cent of respondents, down seven points from when Leger conducted a similar poll in November 2018.Leger’s executive vice-president Christian Bourque says the firm’s latest poll is the first since the 2015 election that found the Conservatives ahead of the Liberals in Canadians’ party preferences, though the Tory lead falls within the margin of error.Leger found 36-per-cent support for the Tories in a question about federal voting intentions, against 34-per-cent support for the Liberals and 12 per cent for the NDP.The internet-based poll conducted from Feb. 15 to 19 involved 1,500 Canadian eligible voters who are 18 or older, randomly recruited through the firm’s online panel.The polling firm says no margin of error can be associated with a web panel but for comparative purposes, a probability sample of this size would have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

US household wealth jumps 2T led by rising stock market

first_imgWASHINGTON — A stock market rally, which has since reversed, propelled U.S. household net worth to a record high of $109 trillion in the July-September quarter.The Federal Reserve says the value of Americans’ stock and mutual fund holdings soared $1.2 trillion. Home values rose $200 billion. Other assets, such as bank accounts, also increased. Total net worth climbed $2 trillion from nearly $107 trillion in the April-June quarter.Greater household wealth can help the economy by lifting consumer spending. Yet wealth has been increasingly concentrated since the Great Recession, with just 10 per cent of U.S. population owning 84 per cent of stocks.The figure reflects the value of assets like homes, bank accounts and stocks minus debts like mortgages and credit cards. The figures aren’t adjusted for inflation or population growth.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Death of infant sparks outrage at city hospital

first_imgKolkata: The family members of a 4-month-old infant who died due to alleged medical negligence at Dr B C Roy Hospital on Tuesday, staged a demonstration demanding action against those responsible behind his death.The incident triggered tension among the patients and their family members inside the hospital campus on Tuesday morning. The infant, identified as Ankon Tarafdar, a resident of Ghoshpara area of Kestopur, was admitted to the hospital on March 4 as he had been suffering from high fever. The infant was taken to the ICU on Saturday night as his condition deteriorated. On Sunday night, the health condition of the baby deteriorated further as a result of which the doctors decided to shift him to a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). All the efforts of the doctors went in vain when the patient succumbed to his ailments on late Monday night. The patient was suffering from acute pneumonia. As the news of the patient’s death spread, some of his family members gathered outside the hospital and staged a protest demonstration. After being informed, police reached the spot. Immediately, the family members gheraoed the police officers. Senior police officers later brought the situation under control. The family members of the victim alleged on Tuesday that the patient had died due to the negligence of some doctors and nurses in the hospital. They also demanded a probe into the incident. Had the doctors taken preventive measures, the patient would not have died, alleged the patient’s relatives. According to the police, no one was manhandled in the incident and no property was damaged during the demonstration. Police have not yet received any specific complaint from any side.last_img read more

Myanmar transition should include those who did not take part in polls

Among these is recently released Nobel Peace Prize laureate and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), victor of the last elections two decades ago, which were invalidated by the South-east Asian country’s rulers.“I got a programme which was fairly open and they allowed me to meet the people I wanted to meet, which was quite unusual and I think it was very welcome,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, said of his recent visit to the country.One of the purposes of the visit was to encourage the Government to “build on recent developments and in a sense to work out a political transition that was broad-based and inclusive so that it involved both those who participated and who didn’t,” said Mr. Nambiar, referring to the 7 November elections.“I did sense that the Government did receive my message,” he told UN Radio. “Now what they do is to be seen.”During his visit, Mr. Nambiar, who is also Mr. Ban’s Chief of Staff, met with Ms. Suu Kyi, who was recently released after spending much of the past two decades under house arrest, and other members of the NLD. He also met with representatives of some of the major political parties who participated in the recent polls and members of civil society groups. Mr. Nambiar, whose visit was carried out at the invitation of the Government and in continuation of the good offices dialogue between the UN and Myanmar, reiterated the UN’s long-term commitment to continue to work with the Government and people of Myanmar in their efforts to address the political, humanitarian and developmental challenges facing their country.“There is a role for the United Nations both in the context of the political developments as well as the broader context of the socio-economic development,” he said, citing the UN’s humanitarian role in the devastation following cyclones Nargis and Giri. “Of course the Government does see the increasing role of the UN in the context of sensitizing the international community to being able to draw down the sanctions which individual Member States have imposed on Myanmar, and they see that this could be an occasion – the new developments – to get a slightly better international environment that will help their economic development.” 2 December 2010The United Nations envoy on Myanmar today urged the Government to work out a broad-based political transition that includes those who did not participate in recent elections. read more

South Sudan becomes Member State of UN telecoms union

South Sudan has become the 193rd Member State of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the agency announced today.The country, which gained its independence on 9 July, has already been allocated the international dialling code +211 by ITU, following the country’s recognition by the General Assembly. The dialling code became active on 28 September.“We are delighted to be able to welcome South Sudan as an ITU Member State so soon after attaining full nationhood,” Hamadoun Touré, the ITU Secretary-General.“The Government of South Sudan clearly recognizes the importance of information and communication technology (ICT) as an engine of social and economic development. We will work alongside the national authorities to leverage the power of technology, to help lift the country to new levels and fulfil the national motto of ‘Justice, Liberty, Prosperity’.”The accession of South Sudan as an ITU Member State means that it will adhere to the Radio Regulations, the international treaty which governs the use of radiocommunications among States, giving them full access rights to the frequency spectrum and satellite orbit resources managed by ITU.A high-level ITU delegation led by Brahima Sanou, the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, recently met with Government ministers in South Sudan to gather information on the country’s needs and challenges in the area of ICT development.The first such visit by ITU, the mission paved the way for the delivery of focused assistance to the country as it embarks on its development path. 5 October 2011South Sudan has become the 193rd Member State of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the agency announced today. read more

Approval for vehicle assembly facility given on AG advice

The Supreme Court decision on the last FR case No 304 filed in 2011, was delivered in the year 2015, and the Cabinet appointed a Sub- committee  appointed in this regard under the chairmanship of the Minister of Transport Mr. Nimal Siripala de Silva after having considered the legal opinion from the Attorney General decided to give three year concession to the company to be engaged in vehicle assembling business on the condition of withdrawing all the pending court cases.The Ministry of Finance as these actions come under its purview, in October 2016 submitted a paper to the cabinet of ministers for its consideration but not due to any personal interest on the part of Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayeke to help an individual company. A private company, Vehicle Lanka pvt Ltd, which is engaged in assembly of vehicles making use of the used spare parts had commenced its operation after year 2005. Since then as they encountered numerous legal barriers they had filed over 20 court cases and FR applications in the Supreme Court. It has been brought to the notice of the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake that certain politicians and media are engaged in tarnishing his image with malicious intention to portray that the Minister Ravi Karunanayake is trying to help this particular company. Karunanayake has condemned these acts while rejecting the allegations. (Colombo Gazette) One such Fundamental Right case filed in 2012 has been amicably settled with Transport Ministry and as a result the company was given permission by the  then Commissioner of Motor Traffic to engage in vehicle assembling. As even this decision meted out with barricades the company had filed a case against the Commissioner of Motor Traffic too. Eight containers containing used vehicle parts released from the Customs to its consignee who is engaged in vehicle assembling was based on a decision made by the cabinet of ministers on the basis of legal advice given by the Attorney General, the Finance Ministry said.The Ministry said the cabinet decision was communicated to the Sri Lanka Customs by the Secretary to the Treasury and not at the will of the Finance Minister. read more

Hindustan Zinc sees great reserve building success

first_imgOngoing exploration activities by Hindustan Zinc Ltd (HZL) have yielded significant success with an increase of 28.7 Mt to its reserves and resources, prior to a depletion of 5.8 Mt in FY 2008. Contained zinc-lead metal has increased by 4 Mt, prior to a depletion of 0.6 Mt during the same period. Total reserves and resources at 31 March 2008 were 232.3 Mt containing 27.5 Mt of zinc-lead metal. The reserves and resources position has been independently reviewed and certified as per JORC standard.The success of exploration has primarily been in the Sindesar Khurd and Rampura Agucha mines. The sustained exploration and aggressive drilling programme at Sindesar Khurd mine has successfully augmented the resource base to the current level of 37 Mt, making it the second largest orebody in HZL’s portfolio after Rampura Agucha, with potential for further additions, through ongoing exploration. In FY 2008, the drilling program successfully increased the strike length, by 300 m, to 1,600 m averaging 5.8% Zn, 3.8% Pb and 215 ppm Ag.At Rampura Agucha, 28,000 m of drilling in 32 holes were carried out to outline mineralisation below a depth of 550 m. Of these, 29 holes intersected ore widths with significant grades averaging 15.5% Zn and 2% Pb. The combined reserves and resources at Rampura Agucha alone have been augmented to 107.3 Mt at end March 2008, achieving the landmark of crossing 100 Mt in reserves and resources.The group’s exploration philosophy has been to replace every tonne of ore mined with at least one tonne of resource. HZL has dynamically increased its exploration focus, through a team of 40 geologists employing the latest geophysical, geochemical and GIS technologies and high speed deep drilling equipment. This has resulted in an addition of 110.7 Mt of reserves and resources, before depletion of 22.1 Mt, in the period from April 2003 to March 2008.HZL is India’s only integrated producer of zinc and lead and among the world’s leading integrated producers. Its metal production capacity is nearly 670,000 t/y with its smelter operations situated in Chanderiya, Debari and Visakhapatnam. HZL has zinc-lead mines in Dariba, Rampura Agucha, Sindesar Khurd and Zawar. The company is a subsidiary of the NYSE listed, Sterlite Industries and London listed diversified metals and mining major, Vedanta Resources.last_img read more

Fortescue Metals chooses dry classification to upgrade iron ore

first_imgThe Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) chose to go with Sturtevant’s 26’ Whirlwind® air classifiers as part of the Iron Bridge project, a joint venture between FMG and China’s Baosteel. Sturtevant has sold three of these units to FMG in Australia. The high-throughput operation will remove beneficiated magnetite fines at 120-mesh, 200-mesh and 325-mesh and increase iron concentration. The company chose the Whirlwind air classifier because, says Sturtevant, “of its dry air classification process. Wet washing requires expensive capital equipment, high energy output and a high volume of water. Dry separation requires less capital investment, less water and energy costs and provides exponential savings over wet washing.”Sam Rajkovich, Sturtevant’s Director of Sales & Marketing said, “Dry air classification saves our customer money on the initial capital investment and allows them to refine and improve the quality of their iron more economically than any other method of particle separation.”Another crucial factor for the choice was that the Whirlwind air classifier “was efficient even at high moisture contents. The Whirlwind offered the most flexibility during variable process conditions including weather, temperature, and humidity changes.”The Iron Bridge project is a joint venture mining magnetite from deposits located south of Port Hedland, Australia situated on the traditional lands of the Njamal People.last_img read more

Rhyolite Ridge lithium looks to rapid development

first_imgLatest results confirm the potential for a simple, low-cost acid-leach process to produce lithium carbonate and boric acid at Global Geoscience Ltd’s Rhyolite Ridge project. This is a large, shallow sedimentary lithium-boron deposit located in southern Nevada, USA.Leach results provide an economic pathway for Rhyolite Ridge to become a significant near-term producer of lithium and boron through a low-cost acid-leach flowsheet using established technologies and processesRecoveries of 98% for lithium and 99% for boron from acid-leach test workAcid consumption of 296 kg/t of ore for both metals, well below the pre-test target range of 350-450 kgWork has commenced to optimise the processing flowsheetPFS due for completion in late 2017Global has exercised its option to acquire 100% ownership of the Rhyolite Ridge project with no residual interest or royalties to the previous owners.Global’s Managing Director, Bernard Rowe commented: “The acid-leach results exceed our expectations and demonstrate that Rhyolite Ridge mineralisation is amenable to low-cost acid-leaching to extract lithium and boron. The combination of high recoveries and low acid consumption from the test work indicates the likelihood of favourable economics.”Company Chairman, James D. Calaway commented “Our processing team, headed by Silvio Bertolli and Peter Ehren, working with Hazen Research and SGS Minerals, have made significant progress in uncovering and understanding the unique properties of this deposit, and then applying this knowledge to design what is a simple processing flowsheet. These latest results confirm our view that we have an economic pathway to make the Rhyolite Ridge resource into a significant, near-term producer of lithium and boron in America.”last_img read more

Student collapsed at school treated with hypothermia therapy at Baptist Childrens Hospital

first_imgQueiro explained what was happening to the Powells. He was an athlete with no previously known health conditions and was now barely clinging to life.“I fell to the ground,” Burrows said. “I started screaming ’cause I didn’t understand what was going on.”Queiro, however, did and decided to treat Powell by using hypothermia therapy. It dropped his body temperature to a point that could slow the process that causes cells to die and irreparable brain damage to happen.“We tried to stop the inflammatory process to protect the organs,” Queiro said.After two days, doctors began the slow warming process, uncertain of how he would recover. Powell then began to breath on his own, but did not wake up until the next day.While he still has no memory of what happened, a few months later, he drew a picture in class to describe what he experienced.“I drew where I was on the court, I drew myself falling down with the basketball in my hand,” Powell said, “and the heart ripping out of the page.” SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The family of a student who collapsed at school is showing their gratitude to a doctor who used hypothermia therapy to save the his life.It’s been nearly a year since 16-year-old Dwayne Powell collapsed while playing basketball at school. His mother, Tia Burrows, remembers that day well.The incident happened in September of 2017. Officials said Powell wasn’t breathing, and his pulse was nowhere to be found.“They told me I had the ball. I looked at one of my friends and just fell,” Powell said.After that, school officials were notified, and a test done by an EKG machine showed that Powell’s heartbeat was experiencing a deadly disturbance that could cause a heart attack.His vital signs were poor when he arrived to Baptist Children’s Hospital in Kendall.“The initial lab work was really bad. He had electrolyte imbalance, PH was really low, you know. it was amazing,” said Baptist Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Ricardo Queiro. He now has a defibrillator to shock his heart should it ever malfunction again.Burrows said she’s grateful to everyone who stepped in to help her son. “My son wouldn’t be here today. It would be devastating to me,” Burrows said.According to the American Heart Association, only about 10 percent of people who suffer heart attacks outside of hospitals survive.Powell said he’s excited to continue his visual arts magnet program in the fall.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Kerala Blasters FC coowner Nimmagadda Prasad arrested in Serbia

first_imgNimmagadda Prasad.TwitterWell-known industrialist and Kerala Blasters FC co-owner Nimmagadda Prasad was reportedly arrested in Belgrade by Serbia Police. Media reports said the arrest was in connection with the Vodarevu-Nizampatnam Port and Industrial Corridor (Vanpic) project case.He was arrested after UAE’s Ras Al Khaima, which is a partner in the project, lodged a complaint claiming fraudulent activities on behalf of the businessman. Prasad, who was on a vacation in Serbia, has close connections with Andhra Pradesh chief minister YSR Jaganmohan Reddy. He was earlier arrested and spent two years in connection with the same case. Reddy is also an accused in the Vanpic case, which is currently in court.Earlier, the Andhra government had allotted 24,000 acres of land for the project, a joint venture between Prasad and Ras Al Khaimah. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), after it came to power in 2014, cancelled the project and Enforcement Directorate (ED) attached the land allotted to it. This resulted in heavy losses for Ras Al Khaimah.   Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy.TwitterAccording to reports, the YSR Congress Party government is trying to bring back Prasad from Serbia with the help of the central government. A letter in that regard was sent to the Foreign Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to talk with the Serbian government.Prasad is currently a co-owner of the Kerala Blasters FC along with film stars Chiranjeevi, Akkineni Nagarjuna and film producer Allu Aravind. They finished ninth on the points table in the 2018-19 season with 15 points from 18 matches.last_img read more

Turner Warns Hurdles Remain Before Pension Reforms Become Reality

first_img Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Al OrtizMayor Sylvester Turner is hailing the Texas House’s approval of Houston’s pension reform plan as historic. Turner is warning, though, that some of the House’s amendments could defeat the purpose of the reforms by adding hundreds of millions of dollars to the final price tag.The amendments include one by Houston Representative Dwayne Bohac, which would exempt retired firefighters from the plan’s provisions. Leaders of the firefighters’ pension fund have been among the strongest opponents of the reforms.Speaking at City Hall, Mayor Turner said he was confident House and Senate negotiators would strike the amendment from the final bill. “If it remains on,” he said, “it would cost about $27 million a year, $400 million over the life of the deal. That one has to get jettisoned.”If Governor Greg Abbott signs the reforms into law, Houston voters may still have to give their approval to a bond package in November.“If the police officers, if their pension system doesn’t get the pension obligation bonds, the $750 million, and if the municipals [municipal employees] don’t get their pension obligation bonds, the $250 million, and these are dollars that we have borrowed from those respective groups over the last fifteen years, then the city doesn’t get the reforms,” the mayor said.Turner said that, even with those challenges, Houston is closer to resolving its fiscal problems than it has been since 2001. 00:00 /01:05 Xlast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition Monday Dec 1

first_imgWe continue to follow the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. What’s next for the movement to reconstruct policing policies across the nation? We speak to students at Morgan State University who continue to protest and demonstrate for changes in in policing and the criminal justice system. Also, we continue our conversation about media coverage of the Ferguson aftermath with Lamonte Summers, assistant professor of Media Law and Ethics. All this and more this evening on First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Baltimores Brown Capital Management Wins Top National Award

first_imgBaltimore investment firm Brown Capital Management was recently honored with a top national award by research company Morningstar, Inc.The firm recently announced that portfolio managers Keith Lee, Robert Hall, Kempton Ingersol, Damien Davis and Andrew Fones were named Morningstar, Inc.’s U.S Domestic-Fund Managers of Year for 2015.  Brown itself received a Morningstar Overall Rating of five stars and a Morningstar Analyst Rating of Gold, which is the highest medal rating.“We have had high regard for the team at Brown Capital Management for a long time. Since we launched the Morningstar Analyst Rating in 2011, the Fund has carried a Gold rating,” Jon Hale, Morningstar’s director of manager research, North America, said in a statement.Every year Morningstar rates more than 1,000 fund managers, and selects a few that have consistently performed well. Analysts with Morningstar use a five-pillar rating system, looking at process, people, performance, parent and price. The recommended ratings then go to the Ratings Committee for approval.Nominees are also selected through four analyst asset class-teams, which include Equity, Fixed Income, Multi-asset and Alternatives, according to Morningstar. The analyst team then looks at the nominees and votes on the winner.Brown’s Small Company Fund has placed in the top ranks of Morningstar’s small-growth category in eight of the past ten years. The fund’s managers have also generated 8.8 percent in returns.The fund focuses its attention on companies with revenues $250 million or less, according to CNBC. Janet Yang, research manager at Morningstar, told CNBC that Brown Capital Management targets companies for investment whose work “save[s] lives, time, money or headaches.”Yang added that, “the Brown team is everything you want in an investment team: it’s stable, it’s long tenure, they’re very experienced.” jhunter@afro.comlast_img read more

PixelJunk Monsters to go freetoplay in your browser

first_imgIf proof were needed that Q Games is setting itself up to be the next PopCap, then look no further than the news PixelJunk Monsters is set to become a free-to-play browser game.Until now, owner Dylan Cuthbert has focused Q Games and PixelJunk titles as releases for PlayStation Network and PSP, only straying occasionally to Nintendo hardware for some other games. The web has never been a target. The Japanese developer’s games do suit the free-to-play model though, with easy to pick up gameplay, and short gaming sessions possible (or long ones if you get really involved, which is easy to do).Q Games has a growing list of PixelJunk games on its developer resume including Shooter 1&2, Racers, Eden, and of course Monsters. There’s also the newly announced SideScroller for PSN.For the moment, Monsters is the only game confirmed for a port to web browsers, but we don’t know exactly how it will appear on the web. For example, it may turn out to be an exclusive for Facebook.PixelJunk Monsters is a tower defense game with a very distinct graphical style as the PS3 trailer below demonstrates:If you already own the game, don’t expect this new version to be exactly the same. Q Games is updating it to make everything on-screen bigger and therefore more socially-friendly. The gameplay is also being tweaked so there are fewer enemies to deal with on each level, again a consequence of this being a social, free game where quick progression is a must.The game is still being worked on so it could get a range of social and possibly multiplayer features (co-op?). If you own the PS3 version then I doubt there’s going to be much for you here other than a potentially easier game and one you can play with your social network friends.Read more at Shacknewslast_img read more

Saturn found to have noontime auroras

first_img Auroras on Earth occur when magnetic reconnections (magnetic fields colliding) cause solar flares on the sun. When it happens, plasma carrying a magnetic field is shot out into space, some of which makes its way to Earth. When it collides with our planet’s magnetic field, auroras occur. The same process has been observed on Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.In this new effort, the researchers were studying data sent back from the Cassini spacecraft, which orbited Saturn for 13 years. They were looking specifically at data that would provide more information regarding magnetic reconnections on the planet—prior research had shown that they occur on the dayside of the magnetopause (the point where the planet’s magnetic field meets the solar wind). There was also evidence that they occur on the nightside of its magnetodisk, which is a plasma ring formed near the equator by water and other materials emitted from its moons. But prior research had also suggested that there would be no reconnections on the dayside of the planet’s magnetodisk because the solar winds made the ot too thick for them to occur. But the researchers found evidence of reconnections in the magnetodisk at noontime anyway. The researchers suggest this apparent anomaly is likely due to Saturn’s high spin rate (a day is just 10 hours). The high rate, they note, likely compresses the magnetodisk , making it thin enough for reconnections to occur. The team also suggests that the reconnections they measured appear to be strong enough to create auroras.The researchers suggest that their findings indicate that unknown auroras might be happening on other planets as well, but have been overlooked because planet spin speed was not factored into calculations. They further suggest that similar reconnections might also be behind some unexplained pulses seen from Jupiter. Journal information: Nature Astronomy More information: R. L. Guo et al. Rotationally driven magnetic reconnection in Saturn’s dayside, Nature Astronomy (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41550-018-0461-9AbstractMagnetic reconnection is a key process that explosively accelerates charged particles, generating phenomena such as nebular flares, solar flares and stunning aurorae. In planetary magnetospheres, magnetic reconnection has often been identified on the dayside magnetopause and in the nightside magnetodisc, where thin-current-sheet conditions are conducive to reconnection. The dayside magnetodisc is usually considered thicker than the nightside due to the compression of solar wind, and is therefore not an ideal environment for reconnection. In contrast, a recent statistical study of magnetic flux circulation strongly suggests that magnetic reconnection must occur throughout Saturn’s dayside magnetosphere. Additionally, the source of energetic plasma can be present in the noon sector of giant planetary magnetospheres. However, so far, dayside magnetic reconnection has only been identified at the magnetopause. Here, we report direct evidence of near-noon reconnection within Saturn’s magnetodisc using measurements from the Cassini spacecraft. The measured energetic electrons and ions (ranging from tens to hundreds of keV) and the estimated energy flux of ~2.6 mW m–2 within the reconnection region are sufficient to power aurorae. We suggest that dayside magnetodisc reconnection can explain bursty phenomena in the dayside magnetospheres of giant planets, which can potentially advance our understanding of quasi-periodic injections of relativistic electrons6 and auroral pulsations.Press release: phys.org/wire-news/289642898/m … anetary-differe.html Hubble spots auroras on Uranus This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Saturn found to have noontime auroras (2018, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-saturn-noontime-auroras.htmlcenter_img © 2018 Phys.org Explore further An international team of researchers has found that Saturn’s fast rotation speed makes it possible for the planet to experience noontime auroras. In their paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy, the group describes the factors that lead to creation of auroras and how Saturn’s appear to arise. Credit: University College Londonlast_img read more

WATCH These women transform into drag kings

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Celebrating pop culture, drag queens, and porn starsWas trans queen Peppermint told to dress ‘as a man’ on Drag Race?Peppermint reveals all about RuPaul’s Drag Race, her new film and whether she’d go on All StarsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/watch-these-women-transform-into-drag-kings/ Meet Zayn Phallic and Adam All‘I first did drag about ten months ago,’ says drag king Zayn Phallic. Phallic was inspired to pursue drag after seeing a drag king show.‘The first time I officially put a suit on with the mind to dress in drag, I just turned 18,’ recalls drag king Adam All. ‘It was a huge turning point because it was so liberating.’‘I found all these different sides to myself that I didn’t sort of know existed,’ Phallic says. ‘As a person who walks around and gets seen as a woman, I have all of my hang ups that I have from living in a patriarchal society. And there’s things that I would do on stage that I would never do in my woman life.’Freedom of expression‘It’s about expression as much as it is about breaking down gender stereotypes,’ All says. ‘It’s also about expressing parts of myself that I had to hide otherwise.’‘There’s something about standing in the middle of a stage in front of hundreds of people and just being like, “yes, I am here, I am worth something, you’re going to pay attention to me right now,”’ Phallic explains.‘Drag definitely helped my confidence,’ All says. ‘Definitely, massively, changed me.’‘Zayn, my character, has been manspreading into my life. He’s given me a voice and strength in my regular life that I didn’t have before,’ says Phallic.‘What is masculinity?’ All ponders. ‘What is femininity? Why are those things that we label objects, with people, with colors. Why do we have to label stuff?’ Female marginalization‘The world does treat you differently based on what you’re perceived as,’ Phallic states.‘Drag kings I really feel are pushing forward to bring more awareness to the female-bodied and female-identified side of the scene, which is so often marginalized,’ states All.‘We face a similar sort of issue that female stand-up comedians have,’ Phallic believes. ‘When there’s this assumption that you can’t be funny, or somehow you’re just not good enough.’‘If I step on stage and I’m doing my act and I am showing power and I am standing with strength, that’s not necessarily something that everybody wants to see.’‘And I think that is part of the reason why up until now they’ve not had the same coverage that drag queens have had,’ All adds.‘What’s so good about the drag king scene is that we are a family. It’s a community,’ says Phallic. ‘When you go, it’s just completely unpretentious. The audience go mental as soon as they’re in there. They dress up, the put mustaches on, everyone just has a really good time.’‘I think that the queer scene has got room for more and that’s happening,’ says All.The future of drag kings‘When I first started doing drag, one of the first things I did was I started having a go at some of the people who ran shows,’ Phallic recalls. ‘And started saying “why are your line-ups so white? Why is there not any diversity in the show?”’‘I think that the drag king scene has boomed massively over the last few years,’ says All, now in full boy drag. ‘I think it has always been there in the underground and I think that it’s always been massively underappreciated and massively underestimated.’‘Time will show drag kings standing as equals with drag queens.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Drag queens are a huge part of LGBTI culture—look no further than GSN’s own extensive coverage of RuPaul’s Drag Race.But drag kings also exist. In this video by Stylist, two women explain why they became drag kings as they transform using makeup.last_img read more

When Bad Things Happen to Imaging Departments

first_imgFeature | Radiology Business | July 25, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr When Bad Things Happen to Imaging Departments Be prepared for disasters — and the federal help that may follow PreviousNext News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Plan DevelopmentWhen drawing up plans, consider how specific types of disasters will affect you — and what you will need to respond.  The decision to shelter in place means providing food, sleeping arrangements and showers for staff and possibly their families. “And if you are going to allow their families, does that mean that you’re going to allow their pets?” she asked the AHRA audience. Staff might be split into A, B and C teams to provide round the clock coverage.  Certain modalities, for example, x-ray, ultrasound and CT might have to be available all the time. Thousands of exams may be required in two or three days as the radiology department handles people struck by flying debris during a hurricane, for example. Along with a staffing plan must be planning to pay the staff.  “If they are onsite and working, they should get regular pay,” Stirnkorb said.  If they are onsite but ready to work, “they should get on-call pay.”Preparations should also be made for staff to communicate with their families and those of patients, she said.  Security is a must.Testing and maintaining the plan through monthly drills is critically important. A SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis should also be done.  It is important to “determine what imaging does well, and how (the imaging staff) can support the rest of facility,” she said.Radiology should be prepared to share techs to relieve some of the burden from nurses. This will help build camaraderie, she said.“It is very much a team effort,” she said. “If it wasn’t before, it certainly will be during a disaster Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. 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 What To Consider“Radiology touches every patient that comes into a hospital so we have to make sure that we are prepared,” she said.  “Most imaging departments are in the basement or on the first floor so they are going to be impacted first by flooding.”A weather-related disaster could cause electrical outages and, because imaging depends on electricity, it will pay to know if there is a backup generator and how long it can be expected to run. “Imaging might be a bigger drain than your facility is aware of. So having this conversation is important,” she said. Also worth considering is the capacity of CTs and portable ultrasound and x-ray units to store images. PACS should be backed up regularly. And off-site servers should be in locations that will not be affected by a local disaster such as a hurricane.Water pressure at the facility may fail.  But nearby fireplugs will have plenty of water and pressure, she noted.Emergency supplies need to be stocked – but how long should they last? If it takes three days to be resupplied under normal conditions, a ten-day emergency supply should be on hand, she recommended. “Make sure that you have all the supplies that you need, and that your supply chain your procurement process is available and open because that may very well be impacted,” she told ITN.Radiology departments should also consider whether and what imaging equipment to move.  CTs and MRs are too bulky and heavy to move, but not some x-ray and ultrasound equipment. Stirnkorb also recommended stashing a “go” bag that includes essential clothes in your office. Video Player is loading.ITN Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance AthletesPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 11:59Loaded: 1.36%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -11:59 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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Related Content Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Greg Freiherr is a contributing editor to Imaging Technology News. Over the past three decades, Freiherr has served as business and technology editor for publications in medical imaging, as well as consulted for vendors, professional organizations, academia, and financial institutions. 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 Related AHRA and Radiology Management Content:FFR-CT: Is It Radiology or Cardiology?Payment Models Seek Traction in Transition from VolumeDR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine How Standardizing Protocols Can Save Time and MoneyHow Artificial Intelligence Might Impact RadiologyHow To Manage Risk in the MR SuiteCMS Proposes New Alternative Payment Model for Radiation Oncology Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging Growth Of ACOs And Alternative Payment Models In 2017 Disaster Management Disaster Plan — Policy and Procedure Manual Diagnostic Services – Department of Radiology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Including Radiology in Emergency Plans is Critical FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Video Player is loading.Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Play 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. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Talk about a bad day. As if a natural disaster were not enough, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) came to help.During a session titled “Shanghaied by FEMA: Emergency Preparedness Gone Bad,” which was held July 23 at AHRA 2019, Wendy J. Stirnkorb described what happened when Hurricane Katrina caused a hospital in Fairhope, Ala., to evacuate.FEMA filled the void, she said, taking over the nearly vacant hospital as its base of operations.“FEMA brought the National Guard but they didn’t bring housekeeping,” Stirnkorb told the AHRA audience. “We made a lot of sandwiches for them and for doctors, staff and patients.”The change in leadership was … different, she explained to Imaging Technology News. “It was do this, ‘Yes sir’ and off you go,” she recalled, “whether that was making sandwiches or cleaning blood up off the OR floors.”The current director of imaging services and dean of the school of radiologic technology of Regional West Health Services in Scottsbluff, Neb., noted that “we weren’t expecting (FEMA) to utilize our facility; that’s why we evacuated and sent staff home.”It was the evacuation that made the hospital the ideal location for FEMA.“Closing a hospital is an extreme act,” Stirnkorb told her AHRA audience “Do you batten down the hatches or do you evacuate?”To allow objectivity, the decision should be made well in advance. Plans for doing one or the other should depend on the type of disaster and the local circumstances, she said. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, wild fires and earthquakes are all but inevitable in some areas.  Unnatural disasters can strike anywhere.  Active shooters may stem from domestic violence or bombers from terrorism.  Civil unrest may produce riots. Hackers may cyber attack, launching ransomware that holds patient data hostage.Stirnkorb, who has served in administrative roles at hospitals across the U.S., has experienced both natural and unnatural disasters.  Neither is easy to plan for. But the planning must be done. The alternative invites the unexpected.“Definitely plan for your patients, for your staff and for your facility,” she told ITN. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Editor’s note: This article is the sixth piece in a content series by Greg Freiherr covering The Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) annual meeting in Denver. The first article, How Standardizing Protocols Can Save Time and Money, can be found here. The second article, How Artificial Intelligence Might Impact Radiology, can be found here. The third article, How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite, can be found here. The fourth article, DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine, can be found here. The fifth article, Payment Models Seek Traction in Transition from Volume, can be found here. The sixth article, Liars in Radiology Beware! can be found here. last_img read more

Judicial police arrest 70 suspects in alleged drivers license fraud scheme

first_imgJudicial Investigation Police (OIJ) on Wednesday morning arrested 70 people suspected of fraudulently obtaining driver’s licenses. The arrests took place during several raids conducted simultaneously across the country.Agents also arrested two officials from the Driver’s License Department and two “gavilanes,” or people who help facilitate the process.At 10:30 a.m., OIJ officers raided a private doctor’s practice located just two blocks from the Roadway Safety Council in La Uruca, where physicals allegedly were been sold.In the afternoon, Chief Public Defender Marta Iris Muñoz said the “mass arrests ​​by OIJ agents this morning violate human rights.”She said the defendants were being held in a single room in a San José court detention center. “The room is overcrowded, this is outrageous,” she told the daily La Nación.Muñoz also alleged that OIJ officers did not allow public defenders to meet with those who were arrested.According to the a report issued by the Prosecutor’s Office, a total of 95 suspects have been identified as allegedly participating in the scheme. Facebook Comments Related posts:Prosecutor’s office releases most detainees arrested in alleged driver’s license fraud scheme Foreigners can pay for driver’s license directly at Roadway Safety Council offices No more mandatory email registration for drivers, Constitutional Chamber rules Costa Rican transit officials say higher fines in 2015 will help reduce roadway accidentslast_img read more