Maharashtra Four MLAs resign set to join BJP ahead of election

first_imgMumbai: Four opposition Congress-NCP legislators in Maharashtra resigned from the State Assembly on Tuesday, amid talk of their joining the ruling BJP.The Sharad Pawar-led NCP, which recently saw many regional satraps leave the 20-year-old party, bore the maximum brunt of the latest move as three of the four MLAs belonged to it. Navi Mumbai NCP leader Ganesh Naik’s son Sandeep, Satara MLA Shivendrasinh Bhosale, NCP leader Madhukar Pichad’s son Vaibhav Pichad and Congress MLA Kalidas Kolambkar submitted their resignations separately to Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagade at the Vidhan Bhawan here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’They are likely to join the BJP on Wednesday along with former NCP state women’s wing chief Chitra Wagh, who quit the party last week. In June, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, then Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, quit the Congress and was inducted into the BJP and made a cabinet minister. The NCP received a jolt last week when its Mumbai unit chief Sachin Ahir joined the ruling coalition partner Shiv Sena. Vaibhav Pichad, who represents Akole in Ahmednagar district and whose father Madhukar Pichad was former NCP minister, had stated last week that he was joining the BJP. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KKolambkar, a seven-term lawmaker from Mumbai who represents Wadala seat in the city at present, was originally with the Shiv Sena before joining the Congress. Reacting to the Tuesday’s development, the NCP accused the BJP of “threatening and luring” the lawmakers to make them switch loyalties in the run-up to the Assembly polls which are due in September-October. Sandeep Naik, who represents Airoli, saud that his supporters wanted him to join the BJP “for Navi Mumbai’s development”. Navi Mumbai is considered a model city and it needs a strong backing like that from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for further development, he said. “Fadnavis has taken the entire state on the path of development,” he said. He denied that opposition MLAs were being threatened and pressurised to quit their parties. Asked if his father and former state minister Ganesh Naik and brother, Sanjeev Naik, former Thane MP, too will follow the suit and join the BJP, Sandeep Naik said he would not speak on their behalf. The Naik family holds considerable clout in Navi Mumbai, a satellite city of Mumbai. “My father gave me the freedom to take the decision on my own,” Sandeep added. He said he would speak to each of the 52 Navi Mumbai corporators who support his family to find out if they too wished to join the BJP. Bhosale, who belongs to the royal house of Chhatrapati Shivaji and whose cousin Udayanraje is NCP MP from Satara, said, “I am more interested in protecting the interest of my assembly constituency.” NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik alleged that opposition MLAs are “either being lured or threatened to make them join the ruling party.” NCP general secretary Jitendra Awhad said the Naik family wanted to leave the party in 2014 itself, when the party lost power in Maharashtra. Ganesh Naik was “systematically wiping out” the NCP from the Thane-Navi Mumbai region, he alleged. “Unfortunately, my party did not listen to me when I spoke up about this then. Ganesh Naik encouraged dynastic rule. But we will expand the base of our party now and begin the work from Navi Mumbai itself,” Awhad added.last_img read more

Alberta buying its own rail cars to move oil without feds Notley

first_imgOTTAWA — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her government will buy its own rail cars to transport more oil to market.She says her province wanted co-operation from the federal government to buy them, but with Alberta oil prices just about at record lows, it can’t wait any longer.While plans for pipelines are stalled, Notley wants other means to get the product from Alberta’s oilpatch to buyers.The deal should be done within weeks and Alberta expects the two new train sets will mean an extra 120,000 barrels of oil can be moved every day.Notley says the world price of oil is low but Alberta is suffering even more because the oil it produces is stuck far away from refineries.Notley is in Ottawa Wednesday to try to push the federal government to move faster, because Alberta’s problems are damaging the whole Canadian economy.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ambassadors ready to field student questions through UNs web site

Each month one UN ambassador will answer questions e-mailed by students as part of the UN CyberSchoolBus’s extensive electronic resources for Model United Nations groups.Once submitted to the “Ask an Ambassador” site, the questions will be grouped and forwarded to the participating delegate. The questions and answers will then be posted on the web site.Ambassador Sergei Lavrov of the Russian Federation is the first participant in the new feature.

Central Africa Republic UN condemns killing of Moroccan peacekeeper

In a statement attributable to his spokesman, the Secretary-General said the incident occurred when a MINUSCA patrol was dispatched to Rafai in response to an attack on the nearby village of Agoumar by alleged elements of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The peacekeeper was shot by unknown assailants and succumbed to his wounds later that afternoon. “The Secretary-General reiterates that attacks against those who are working towards peace and security in the Central African Republic are unacceptable,” the statement said. “He calls on the newly elected Government to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.” The UN chief also offered his sincere condolences to the family of the victim and to Morocco. Later in the day, the members of the UN Security Council also condemned the attack, as well as all attacks and provocations against MINUSCA by armed groups. They reiterated that attacks against peacekeepers may constitute war crimes and reminded all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law. They called on the CAR Government to investigate this attack and hold the perpetrators to account.Council members reiterated their full support for MINUSCA to assist the newly-elected Government, which bears the primary responsibility to protect its population, and the people of the Central African Republic in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country. read more

Goldcorp and Integra Gold to Host DisruptMining during PDAC 2017

first_imgGoldcorp and Integra Gold Corp have announced #DisruptMining, a marquee event during the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference that will showcase disruptive and exponential technologies with the potential to revolutionize the future of mineral exploration, mining and more. Integra and Goldcorp have partnered to present this unique initiative that will showcase disruptive ideas in front of a live audience of over 500 industry leaders and a “Shark-Tank” style panel of industry executives. The prize is up to $1 million in investment for a proof of concept at one of Goldcorp’s mines or investment in the winning technologies. All proceeds from the #DisruptMining finale event will be donated to charities and will create scholarships designed to spur innovation in mining.“The mining industry is overdue for radical, disruptive innovation that drives value, enhances safe production and performance across every aspect of our business, from exploration through to reclamation and closure,” said Todd White, Senior Vice President,Technical Services and Business Excellence at Goldcorp and board member of the Canadian Mining Innovation Council. “As an industry, we must collaborate to spur investment and accelerate the pace of innovation in order to stay competitive and deliver greater value to shareholders. Efficient, socially and environmentally responsible operations that deliver value for all of our stakeholders are simply good business and this event is designed as a catalyst to make that happen faster.”“At last year’s $1 Million Integra Gold Rush Challenge we challenged governments, mining companies and financiers to get off the sidelines and into the innovation game. This year, the industry has delivered,” said Stephen de Jong, President and Chief Executive Officer, Integra Gold. “Together with Goldcorp and other mining and technology partners, #DisruptMining will break down barriers and present innovative technologies set to radically disrupt exploration and mining in the years to come. Proceeds from this event will both support charities in the communities in which we operate as well as invest in the future of mining through a number of mining innovation focused scholarships.”On Sunday, March 5, 2017 the #DisruptMining daytime innovation expo will showcase companies working with industry-changing technologies in order to present how the mining industry can foster, grow and attract investment focused on changing the path of natural resource exploration and extraction.The #DisruptMining innovation expo will then transition into an evening gala where five Disruptors will pitch their disruptive ideas “Shark-Tank” style to a live audience. Five industry senior executives – including Rob McEwen, one of the mining industry’s original disruptors, must decide: Which big idea(s) will change the future of mining and mineral exploration?Any innovator interested in pitching an idea at #DisruptMining is encouraged to submit an application via the submission portal found at before 9:00pm PST on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.Applications are limited to four pages and must include a brief introduction to the idea and technology being pitched, along with an explanation of its potential impact on the mining industry. Multi-media usage is highly encouraged to complement submissions as well as introduce yourself.Attendees chosen to exhibit at the innovation expo, and the five finalists chosen to pitch at the #DisruptMining live event will be notified by February 1, 2017.#DisruptMining TimelineWednesday, January 18, 2017: deadline for disruptors applications.Wednesday, February 1, 2017: selected disruptors notified.Sunday, March 5, 2017 1:00pm – 4:30pm: #DisruptMining Innovation Expo.Sunday, March 5, 2017 5:00 pm – late: #DisruptMining Live Event.For more information, to ask questions and full application details please visit or email information: #DisruptMining Inquiries: Mark Stockton, 604-629-0891, E: mark@integragold.comlast_img read more

University of Limerick scientists invent new metal to significantly reduce patient trauma

first_imgSCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS at the University of Limerick have invented a new metal that will make medical devices inside the body more visible under x-ray – resulting in “significantly” reducing patient trauma and hospitalisation time.The researchers at the Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI) at the University of Limerick invented the revolutionary metal alloy from which medical devices can be constructed to make them fully visible under x-ray, thereby significantly positively affecting patient outcomes and recovery times.Many medical devices, such as stents and valves, which are placed in the body through minimally invasive surgical procedures significantly reduce patient trauma and hospitalisation time. These procedures are often carried out with the help of medical imaging, such as X-ray fluoroscopy, to ensure that the surgeon has clear visibility of where the device is placed. However, the current materials used for making these devices do not show up well under X-ray – a problem that becomes more acute as the size of the medical device becomes smaller. X-ray visible markers can be used in an attempt to counteract this problem, but that has been described as a “less than optimal solution” by experts.“An ideal solution is a device that is fully visible under the X-ray but the alloy would have to be developed based on the currently approved alloys for medical devices,” said Dr Syed Tofail, Lead Scientist of the UL research team. “Up to now many companies have used gold or platinum to modify existing alloys, which improve x-ray visibility but are very expensive. We have identified a number of alloying elements that will make these devices as visible as those where platinum has been added to enhance the visibility, but at a significantly reduced cost”.The global market for minimally invasive surgical devices is estimated to reach the level of €17 to €26 billion in 2015/2016. “Tests on a prototype wire of the newly developed alloy have shown its potential for use in a number of COOK products,” said Shay Lavelle, the Lead Investigator from COOK Medical. “The fact that the raw materials are more viable than the platinum added solutions also means that the commercialisation potential of this newly developed alloy is very high,” he added.Professor Noel O’Dowd, MSSI Director, said the success of this research demonstrated a high return on investment made by the Irish government both on commercialisation of research and the research infrastructure.The research was conducted through an Innovation Partnership between the University of Limerick and the international medical devices company COOK Medical, which was supported through the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Programme.Column: You can get a tan from a bottle, so save your skinRead: Cutting edge technologies in healthcare will increase efficiencyRead: Major progress in the fight against osteoporosis thanks to new treatmentlast_img read more

Any tax loopholes used by vulture funds wont be closed down until

first_img Image: Sam Boal 18,720 Views By Christina Finn Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 77 Comments Share1304 Tweet Email Mar 24th 2019, 9:01 AM Image: Sam Boal Any tax loopholes used by vulture funds won’t be closed down until the autumn, says Taoiseach Last year, the Taoiseach vowed to close a loophole which allowed a €1.3 billion mortgage ‘vehicle’ from paying tax. ANY TAX LOOPHOLES identified as being used by vulture funds will not be closed down until at least the autumn, according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.Last year, the Taoiseach vowed to close a loophole which allowed a €1.3 billion mortgage ‘vehicle’ from paying tax.PTSB bank bosses confirmed at an Oireachtas committee that the special purpose vehicle which more than 6,000 of its mortgages have been transferred to, will be exempt from tax. At the time it was revealed, Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach to bring forward emergency legislation to close the loophole.“As I understand it, companies will pay tax where they are resident but I had the opportunity to watch Deputy Pearse Doherty’s exchange at the finance committee with an official from Permanent TSB,” said the Taoiseach, who added that he has brought it to the attention of the Minister for Finance.  “If there is a loophole which somebody is exploiting, we will close it if we can.  The Minister is examining the matter,” he said.When asked by what has happened since that commitment, Varadkar said it is being examined by the Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe. However, he added that if something is identified, it would only be addressed in the Finance Bill. “There won’t be one of them until the autumn,” he said. The Taoiseach was also asked about the Master of the High Court, Edmund Honohan, stating this week that a case on State aid rule breaches could be brought by the European Commission in relation to the special tax treatment given to the vulture funds in Ireland. Varadkar said he is not sure what role the EU Commission would have, adding it would only be involved if  “there was evidence of state aid, which would not accept”.He said the Section 110 incentives, which allowed large funds register as charities, and in turn avoid paying tax, were put in place “at a time when the property prices were on the floor”.“They were designed to encourage businesses and firms to get involved in buying property at a time when we needed it,” he said, adding that the country is in a different position now, as house prices have “bounced back and building is happening again”. “In that context we need to review those tax incentives and see if they are still advisable and appropriate,” he said. Short URL Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 9:00 AMlast_img read more

Salah hints that he will continue with Egypt

first_imgMohamed Salah has hinted that he will continue to represent Egypt at international after posting a cryptic social media message calling for an unspecified “change”The 26-year-old was present in the Egyptian national team at the World Cup this summer, despite nursing a shoulder injury that was sustained in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid back in May.But, despite his struggles to regain fitness in time, Salah made a comeback in Egypt’s second game against hosts Russia and managed to score twice in his two games for the national side.But even the inclusion of Salah failed to have the required impact needed for Egypt with Hector Cuper’s side having a dismal campaign in what was their first appearance in the World Cup for nearly 30 years.After their 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in their final Group A game, reports emerged that Salah was prepared to call time on his international career after he felt “used” by the Egyptian FA for political gain.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.But, after head coach Cuper’s exit, the Pharaohs look to have received a welcome boost with Salah now suggesting that he may continue.“Some might think it’s over but it isn’t over. There needs to be change,” he wrote on Twitter.Some might think it’s over but it isn’t over. There needs to be change.— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) July 1, 2018last_img read more

Food borne diseases up in Caribbean Bahamians warned not to eat corned

first_img Related Items:#cornedbeefbanned, #donoteatcornbeef, #foodbornediseasesupinCaribbean, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 30, 2017 – Nassau – As Bahamians residents are continuing to be urged not to eat corned beef until there is an all clear given, the Caribbean Public Health Agency held a food borne diseases or FBDs workshop in Trinidad and Tobago.Participants are now challenged to “use the WHO Food-borne Disease Surveillance Manual to individually assess their country’s current ability to combat and prevent FBDs.   They will also create action plans to identify areas of priority for national surveillance and the resources required to enhance food safety.”It was said that FBDs are up significantly in the region.  The workshop was held from March 21-24.#MagneticMediaNews#cornedbeefbanned#donoteatcornbeef#foodbornediseasesupinCaribbean Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Farmers from 32 States have Accepted Challenge to Reduce Malnutrition Through the

first_imgIn 2006, ASA farmer-leaders saw the soybean as part of the solution to reduce malnutrition and created the World Soy Foundation (WSF). As a charitable organization, the World Soy Foundation supports programs that use soy protein in developing sustainable food solutions.Farmers in the orange-shaded states have donated to the World Soy Foundation.Thanks to the foresight of those farmer leaders and the creation of the WSF’s ACRE CHALLENGE, over 400 farmers from 32 states across the country have joined the grassroots humanitarian effort  by donating the value of  one or more acres of soybeans. Their generous gift is helping children in developing countries benefit from the power of soy. Yet, much work is left to do—Won’t you join this unique farmer-led effort and donate the value of ONE ACRE OF SOYBEANS today? Your gift today will make a significant impact in the lives of children and families as WSF strives to reduce malnutrition through the power of soy. Join the Acre Challenge and give the gift of protein today!How to donate: Click on the Donate Now button above, visit and click on the “donate now” button on the top right hand side of the webpage, or send your check to:World Soy Foundation12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 100St. Louis, MO 63141World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization.last_img read more

Senate tires of patching highway programs

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Senate delivered an unexpectedly strong vote Tuesday in favor of taking action later this year to resolve the chronic funding problems that have bedeviled highway and transit programs, a sign that Congress may have reached the limit of its patience with short-term fixes.The bill, which passed 79 to 18, provides $8.1 billion to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund — the chief source of highway and transit aid to states — solvent through December. That’s enough time, supporters said, for Congress to return to work after the November election, when partisan fervor will have cooled, and make the politically difficult decisions on whether to raise federal gas taxes or find some other means to shore up the fund.The House passed a bill last week that would provide $10.8 billion to keep transportation aid flowing to states through May of next year, with GOP leaders saying more time is needed to deal with the issue. But the Senate rejected that plan in favor of a short-term patch now while setting up a showdown on the matter later this year.“The Senate has now made a clear and undeniable statement in favor of action on a long-term transportation bill in this Congress,” declared Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., one of three lead sponsors of the bill passed by the Senate. But he also cautioned, “We have a lot of work in front of us to strike the principled compromise that will be needed to pass” a long-term bill.The trust fund is in its current straits because the federal 18.4-cent-a-gallon gas tax and the 24.4-cent-a-gallon diesel tax— the fund’s chief sources of revenue — haven’t been increased in more than 20 years, while the cost of maintaining and expanding the nation’s aging infrastructure has gone up. The fuel efficiency of cars and trucks is also increasing while people are driving less per capita.last_img read more

Why We Should Give a Damn About Saving the USPS

first_imgSee, the discounted rates to mail magazines weren’t created to support the Publishers Clearinghouses of the world. They were set up as a tactical way to honor the freedom of the press and to give a price break to media outlets educating the public. But let’s be honest: The way Congress has screwed up its oversight of the USPS does not instill confidence in its commitment to a free press. Let me be clear: Just because Congress has turned the USPS into a model of inefficiency does not mean that I support privatization (especially considering the economic impact of potentially lost jobs, and also the reliance of private companies like UPS on the USPS for delivery of non-USPS items). What it means is that we should treat the USPS like any other company that is faced with necessary changes. Let’s remove the $5.5 billion/year roadblock to let it do its job and grow. Let’s support a Congress that values a free press; that isn’t focusing on slash-and-burn techniques to save the institution, but rather gives it room to adapt; that reinvigorates the USPS’s role in American communities, rural and urban.Publishers need to care because people still read print. At the gym, on the subway, in bed. For every 1 Alec Baldwin who refuses to turn off his cell after being asked by the flight attendant (full disclosure: I’m watching 30 Rock as I write this), there are, like, 800,000 other people who rely on print magazines during take-off and landing. These are people who identify with a brand—print or digital—and who read whatever is convenient in the moment. For everyone following TSA regulations, that would be print. And it’s the publishers’ job to engage people with their brand, not with a device.Is print going to be around forever? I have no idea. As long as it is around, it is my responsibility to produce and deliver it as efficiently as possible, and to treat print readers the same as digital and mobile ones. My role with a publisher is to market the brand, not the delivery. And if people want their magazine delivered to their doorstep? Then I need to make sure it gets there. “Print is dead.” I hear it all the time. People love to say it. “No one reads magazines anymore.”Here’s the thing, though: Print isn’t dead—at least not yet. Digital is growing at an aggressive rate, but it hasn’t obliterated print. In fact, according to a recent survey by AdWeek, 98.6 percent of all magazine consumption is still rooted in print. And with the majority of magazine readers reading print, then publishers still need to be concerned with mailing a print product—even if it feels like the U.S. Postal Service can’t get it together.It’s not the USPS that failed us—it’s Congress. The USPS can’t make any major moves without its approval. We’ve all read the stories—the USPS isn’t really broke; it’s just been mandated by congress that it pre-fund future retiree health benefits, which costs the USPS over $5 billion per year. This is something no other federal agency is required to do; in fact, even few corporate plans are fully-prefunded. Esquire, Forbes and even my publication, The Nation have all covered it. And Senators Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) are jointly sponsoring legislation which would reverse the mandate.last_img read more

DU entrance test to be retaken following leaks

first_imgAdmission seekers, who have passed Dhaka University (DU) ‘Gha’ unit test, will have to appear for the exam again.The vice-chancellor of the university announced the decision on Tuesday.The step came following allegations of question papers leaks that sparked off protests and legal battle in the higher court.DU vice chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman attributed the decision to the deans’ committee that discussed the issue at 12:30pm Tuesday.”The deans have decided to retake exams of the 18,000 students who passed the previous test. Examinations coordinator and co-coordinator will brief the newspersons in detail of the exam after discussing with the deans,” he said.On 12 October, more than 100,000 admission seekers sat for the test to secure a position out of 1,540 seats up for grab.On 16 October, the DU authorities published the results of admission test of ‘Gha’ unit, which is combined unit for science, business studies and humanities group students, for 2018-2019 academic session.The entire process was already plagued by allegations of question paper leaks and the authorities were criticised for publishing the results in such a context.At least 14 images of handwritten question papers of entrance test were available on the social media, 43 minutes prior to the beginning of the exam at 10am on 12 October.As many as 72 multiple choice questions questions — 19 in Bangla, 17 in English and 36 in general knowledge sections — got matched with leaked ones.Following the allegations, the DU authorities halted the results of ‘Gha’ unit admission test for a day. The results were published the next day, instead.last_img read more


first_imgSilent Night and Joy to the WorldHappy New Year to all my fans and friends! Let’s be grateful that we are still above ground.  Hopefully this year will be better than last year. God bless us all!Louis R. Tucker of the St. James Brotherhood of St. Andrew, will host a jazz concert featuring the Carl Grubbs Quartet on Jan. 13, 2018, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., at the St. James Parish Center, 1020 W. Lafayette Avenue.I want to say ‘Brova,’ to Carl Grubbs and Craig Alston, who led the closing performances of “SAX Camp” recently celebrating 20 years of service to the community from 1997 to 2017. It is heartwarming to know that so many of you supported their efforts to present and preserve jazz in the Baltimore metropolitan area. With the success of this program they have helped so many children. Their accomplishments are numerous. The camp enrolled over 1000 participants in the instrumental music & dance programs for youth ages 4-17. Many of the camp attendees have graduated and gone on to study music and perform professionally. They have also provided employment opportunities to local and nationally recognized artists. They have entered into collaborations and created partnerships with local, private and public schools, businesses and arts venues to bring new and exciting performing arts to the community. Barbara Harrell Grubbs, Carl’s wife is the executive director, Carl Grubbs is the artistic director and Frederick Cager is the president. Starting out for 2018 Carl Grubbs and his quartet will perform a jazz concert on Jan. 13, 1 p.m-4 p.m., hosted by Louis R. Tucker, of the St. James Brotherhood of St. Andrew. The concert will be at the St. James Parish Center, 1020 W. Lafayette Avenue. For more information, call 410-523-4588.A group called, “Forever Yours” will be performing the songs and sounds of one of my favorites, the mighty O’Jays. The tribute to the O’Jays will take place on Jan. 6. The show will be held at Arts Harmony Hall, 10701 Livingston Road, Ft. Washington, Md. Go and be prepared to take a stroll down memory lane. The music will take you back to a time when the Philly Soul sound was at the top of the R&B music chart and the O’Jays kept those hits coming year after year. My goodness, do I remember that! Show time is 8 p.m. For ticket information, call 301-203-6070.The Anbessa Orchestra will be performing live at the Motor House Theater, 120 W. North Ave. on Jan. 5, 2018, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. The Anbessa Orchestra is a seven piece group from New York City that takes the listeners on a musical journey from Addis to Brooklyn, and now Baltimore. Playing the music of, or inspired by the 1960’s, 1970’s, jazz and R&B. For ticket information, contact: Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Omicron Omega Chapter is having their 4th annual black tie gala, on Jan. 13, 2018, 9 p.m.-12 a.m., at the Forum Caterers, with open bar and live entertainment featuring The Panama Band and Issac Parham. For more information, go to: www.gammaomicronomegachapter@IPT1963AOO.St. John’s Lodge #5 is hosting a prayer breakfast, on Jan. 13, 10 a.m.- 12 noon, at St. James Episcopal Church Parish Center, 1020 W. Lafayette Avenue. Guest speaker is the Rev. Melvin E. Truiett. For more information, call 443-384-7929.Song stylist, renowned national recording artist, Baltimore’s own Brenda Afford sports her new look when she performed recently on a gig at Sistas’ Place Jazz Club in Brooklyn, New York.On Jan. 10, check out Gerald Veasley with Jaguar Wright performing the music of Nina Simone for two shows, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave., NW., Washington  D.C. For ticket information, call 267-225-8018 or 202-337-4141.There is one more thing I want to tell you about before I go and it is about this baddddddddd gospel show in Odenton, Md. Check this out! The Divine of Annapolis’, 25th anniversary celebration will be off the hook! Along with Divine of Annapolis, others that will perform include: The Remnant of Maryland, The Christian Cavaliers of Annapolis, Md., The Wings of Praise of Baltimore, Evangelist Skipwith and the Inspirations, from North Carolina, Charles and The Spiritual Voices of Washington, D.C., and so many more. The emcee’s are, Stephanie McDonald, VSC Christian Media, radio personality, Doresa Harvey, and the Shouting MC, Minister Robert Wilson. This event will be on Jan. 14, at 4 p.m. at the Kingdom Celebration Center, 1350 Blair Drive #H in Odenton, Md., where Bishop Antonio Palmer is the Pastor.  For ticket information call, 443-816-3006 or email them at I will see you there.Look, my friends, I am really out of space, but remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at Until the next time, I’m musically yours.last_img read more

A Do It Yourself Haunted House Ordered from Sears in the 1920s

first_imgHaunted houses come in all shapes and sizes. But among the most curious is this example from New Mexico that’s been standing since the 1920s. It looks ordinary enough. However, the truth is it was assembled from a “Do It Yourself” kit.The owners of the house in Estancia, New Mexico are the Ayers family, who stopped using it around two decades ago. It was originally put up by Fred Ayers, a lawyer.While cattle graze around the grounds, the abandoned property has been drawing attention for its unnerving qualities.Catalog image and floorplan of Sears Magnolia kit house.Stories suggesting that the spirits of former residents have not all vacated the tumbledown house have been circulating for years. A local resident reported seeing “ghosts standing in the window” according to a report this month on KSN. The house lacks a door, rendering the shadowy interior even more visible.These types of features, along with the impending Halloween holiday, probably go a long way to explaining the house’s eerie reputation.It seems more likely to attract intruders than the undead. Yet it brings visitors from across New Mexico, who want a photo op with this local legend straight out of a flat pack.A long abandoned farm house in rural Nova Scotia.The most extraordinary thing about the property is that it stands at all. The product was no doubt reliable, though with the raft of building regulations around today the concept of a self-assembly house sounds somewhat alarming on the health and safety front.Sears, Roebuck & Co. were one of the big suppliers of DIY homes. They sold approximately 75,000 of them between 1908 and 1940. It’s speculated that the Ayers property is one of their ranges.As the Sears Archive states, “Over that time Sears designed 447 different housing styles, from the elaborate multistory Ivanhoe, with its elegant French doors and art glass windows, to the simpler Goldenrod, which served as a quaint, three-room and no-bath cottage for summer vacationers.”1922 Sears Modern Homes CatalogCustomers also had the option of submitting their own designs to Sears in the pursuit of their dream house. In this era of home design, with the idea of a buyer having “full creative control” instead of experts telling people what to install is an intriguing one.Houses were available by mail order and delivered by railroad. Craftsmen could be employed to put them up, though customers were free to tackle the job themselves. Once their new place was bolted together, purchasers could enjoy such mod cons as electricity and central heating.Sears were also canny enough to offer 3 tiers of home, depending on the person’s budget. “Honor Bilt” was the top end of the market. The Archive explains that “Attractive cypress siding and cedar shingles adorned most Honor Bilt exteriors.”Modern reproduction of a Sears Hillrose at the Farm at Prophetstown in Battle Ground, Indiana.The “Standard Built” models were basic and suited those who didn’t need to put a warm sweater on during the day. Meanwhile, the snappily-named and minimalist “Simplex Sectional” reflected the needs of the summer cottage set.Other titles ascribed to individual homes include “The Castleton” (ranging from $934 to over $2,000), “The Hathaway” ($1,196 to $1,970) and the more modest “Rosita” ($314 – $875).While the origins of the spooky Ayers house are a mystery, there are tell-tale signs to watch out for when establishing whether a house came off the Sears, Roebuck & Co.-production line.In 2007 the website of the Arts & Crafts Society compiled a handy guide to spotting a Sears home. Their tips included looking for “stamped lumber on the exposed beams/joists/rafters in the basement, crawl space or attic” and checking for the “Unique column arrangement on front porch and five-piece eave brackets.”With Sears facing bankruptcy, locals have been making mischief comparing the broken-down Ayers place to the crumbling corporation. Despite this, the population do have faith in the kit builds. Quite literally in fact.Read another story from us: McKamey Manor: “Extreme Haunted House” is not for the FaintheartedFor the Estancia United Methodist Church also happened to be assembled this way. The Lord truly does work in mysterious ways…last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… 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 News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Only a few years ago, separate software systems without a common interface were the industry standard to manage electrocardiograms (ECGs), hemodynamic monitoring systems in the cath lab, picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), electrophysiology, cardiac ultrasound and other areas of cardiac specialty.“They all used separate silos that did not talk to each other and they all used a separate workstation,” explained Rik Primo, director of marketing and strategic relationships, image and knowledge management, Siemens Healthcare.However, over the past five to six years, Primo said all of these cardiology data sources have been consolidated into one IT system. These unified systems are referred to as cardiology PACS (CPACS), cardiovascular information systems (CVIS) or cardiology image and information management systems (CIIMS). They allow all the cardiology department data to be stored in one location and make it accessible on any Web-enabled computer. For physicians who work between two or more hospitals, these newer systems have greatly simplified access to images and reports, and allow them to work from any location, rather than needing to store work on memory sticks or CDs.“It’s the end of the ‘best of breed’ individual modality systems – it’s just not efficient,” said James Poehlmann, marketing manager, Fujifilm Medical Systems.  He agrees all CVIS are migrating to enterprise-wide systems.  Hospitals can now purchase a central cardiology PACS and then attach various add-on modules for additional modalities, such as echo, ECG, CT, nuclear, advanced visualization, hemodynamics, etc.Other Trends in CVISOver the past six years there has been a movement away from dictation toward structured reporting. The advantage is that all terms and definitions are consistent from patient to patient, allowing data to be mined for specific information. The data might be used to assess staff workflow efficiencies, examine which treatment options offer the best outcomes, or for future studies of specific patient populations or disease states years after the data is collected. The increasing need to efficiently collect and send large amounts of data to a growing number of clinical registries is also prompting  adoption.“I think the biggest trend is an increased adoption of structured reporting, which is being driven by additional registry requirements,” said Robert Baumgartner, RN, director of product marketing for medical imaging, McKesson Provider Technologies.He also sees other trends in the market. There has been an increased push to integrate electrocardiogram (ECG) waveform and reporting management into CVIS. Baumgartner has seen a push to integrate or link radiology PACS into the CVIS, since many hospitals do not have separate/designated magnetic resonance (MR), computed tomography (CT) or nuclear imaging systems for cardiology. The price for CVIS is also dropping. As competition between numerous vendors entering the CVIS market has heated up over the past few years, in addition to the lack of funding due to the economy, Baumgartner said there is negative pressure on the market to reduce the cost of these systems.Another major trend is connecting CVIS images and information with smart phones and iPads. Many vendors are introducing or developing interfaces with these devices.Clinical decision support software is another trend entering CVIS. The software is supposed to act as a second set of eyes on clinical data as it’s entered. These systems draw clinical knowledge from an up-to-date evidence-based medicine database. Such systems can determine what information or diagnosis should be considered based on the ICD-9 codes entered into the patient’s report. It can red-flag values out of normal ranges or offer suggestions for a possible diagnosis or additional tests or images needed to confirm a diagnosis.Workflow Efficiencies a Key DifferentiatorWorkflow efficiencies are the primary differentiators between CVIS systems. These features might include touch screen and bar code data entry versus manual keyboard data entry, structured reporting over dictation or fewer clicks to accomplish a task. Other features might include interactive whiteboards and software to help speed data migration to registries.Ensure the System Meets All Users’ NeedsIn the cath lab, it is important to determine which subspecialties are using the lab and if the CVIS being considered offers those modules. Many cardiovascular cath labs are shared by electrophysiology, neurology, interventional radiology and vascular surgeons performing peripheral cases. Hybrid operating rooms may add several more specialties, including pediatric and adult structural heart and endovascular aortic repair.“We are starting to see a lot more vascular procedures and more interventional radiology in the cath lab,” said Lee Harrop, director of cardiology product management, Merge Healthcare.Baumgartner said CVIS are being expanded to include additional areas of cardiology, including electrophysiology, heart failure and cardiac ultrasound, image and report management. Comparison ChartThis article served as an introduction for a comparison chart of cardiology department information systems used to enter, store and disseminate images and patient reports. These systems are referred to as cardiology PACS (CPACS), cardiovascular information systems (CVIS) and cardiology image and information management systems (CIIMS). The most recent PACS/CVIS chart can be accessed at included:Agfa Healthhttp://cardiopacs.carestreamhealth.comDigisonicswww.digisonics.comDR Systemswww.drsys.comFujifilm Medical Systems USA Healthcarewww.gehealthcare.comInfinitt North Americainfinittna.comLumedx Corp.www.lumedx.comMcKesson Provider Healthcarewww.merge.comNovarad Inc.www.scimage.comSiemens  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | May 19, 2011 | Dave Fornell Silos Being Abolished With Current Generation CVIS Related Contentlast_img read more

Philippines Marcos clothes have no historic value

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories The damaged items include native see-through barong shirts, which Marcos often wore in public ceremonies during his 20-year rule. AP journalists saw a barong shirt with a presidential seal on top of a box of 100 shirts which had reddish stains and a sleeve that was nearly torn off.The Marcoses fled the Philippines at the climax of an army-backed “people power” revolt which became a harbinger of change in authoritarian regimes worldwide. Mr. Marcos died in exile in Hawaii in 1989 and his widow and children returned home years later.They left staggering amounts of personal belongings, clothes and art objects at the palace, including Imelda Marcos’ shoes which have come to symbolize her extravagance amid crushing poverty in the Southeast Asian country.Ferdinand Marcos’ successor, democracy icon Corazon Aquino, accused him of stealing billions of dollars during his rule and ordered many of his assets seized.Aquino had Imelda Marcos’ shoes displayed at the presidential palace. They were removed from public view and stored in the palace basement when Aquino stepped down in 1992. About 800 pairs were loaned in 2001 to a shoe museum which has since become a tourist attraction. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   center_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Museum officials told The Associated Press on Sunday that termites, storms and neglect damaged part of Mrs. Marcos’ collection of at least 1,220 pairs of shoes and other items while they were stored from 1986 to 2010 at the Malacanang presidential palace and later at the National Museum in Manila.More than 150 cartons of clothes, dress accessories and shoes were transferred to the National Museum for safekeeping two years ago from the riverside palace. They deteriorated further at the museum after the boxes were stored in a padlocked room that was inundated by heavy rains last month because of a leak in the ceiling, museum officials said.Quezon said the contents of the boxes have “no historical significance except some of the clothes” made by prominent Philippine couturiers. Museum officials said the Philippine-made gowns might be displayed in public, but they were wary because of the “politically sensitive nature of their provenance.”A Philippine historian, Michael Xiao Chua, said the Marcos items are important and should have been displayed to remind current and future generations of Marcos’ dictatorial rule and encourage them to safeguard the country’s democracy. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressMANILA, Philippines (AP) – A Philippine official said Monday that a legendary collection of shoes and other possessions left behind by former first lady Imelda Marcos and her dictator husband when they were ousted by a 1986 “people power” revolt have no historical significance, except for some Philippine-made gowns.Communications Undersecretary Manolo Quezon issued the statement after National Museum officials acknowledged that the collection of Marcos’ clothes and shoes had been neglected for more than two decades and some had been damaged by a monsoon storm last month. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Feely is the fourth Cardinal to win a weekly award this season, following John Abraham (DPOW, Week 14), Carson Palmer (OPOW, Week 12) and Patrick Peterson (DPOW, Week 4). Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Jay Feely has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.The Arizona Cardinals kicker made all three of his field goal attempts and all four of his PATs in Sunday’s 37-34 win over the Tennessee Titans, including the game-winner from 41 yards out in overtime. It was the 11th game-winning kick of Feely’s career. This is the third time Feely has been named the Special Teams Player of the Week, and second time as a Cardinal (Week 14 of 2010). Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact – / 20last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Waldorf Astoria Hotels

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterWaldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts will convert the Mandarin Oriental on the Las Vegas Strip to the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas in August 2018. The luxury hotel brand of Hilton Worldwide will assume full operation of the property and intends to reimagine and renovate the hotel with brand touches and improvements.When the property opens as the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, it will be at the epicentre of the entertainment capital and the brand’s first property in the market. With elevated offerings alongside Las Vegas’ most sought-after attractions, the hotel will offer True Waldorf Service with Personal Concierges to ensure every guest enjoys thoughtful, intuitive and graceful service. Guests can also expect unforgettable experiences, including innovative dining concepts, spectacular views of The Strip from the hotel’s 23rd-floor bar, helicopter rides, spa retreats and more.© Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Penthouse Suite Bathroom“We are thrilled to announce the addition of a Waldorf Astoria in the western part of the US, and in the heart of such a dynamic, internationally beloved city like Las Vegas,” said Martin Rinck, global head, Luxury & Lifestyle Group, Hilton.“Paired with the recently opened Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and the brand’s recently announced properties in San Francisco and Antigua, the signing of Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas builds on the brand’s exciting trajectory and impressive growth story.”The property’s proximity to all of the incredible amenities of ARIA Resort & Casino, including a state-of-the-art gaming facility, offers guests convenient access to a signature Las Vegas experience while still providing the brand’s iconic True Waldorf Service.© Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Hammam SpaLocated at 3752 S Las Vegas Blvd, the property sits near some of the city’s most exciting landmarks, including the famed fountains of Bellagio, and is just steps from the entertainment hub featuring ARIA, The Park and the 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena.Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas will participate in Hilton Honors, the guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 brands.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more