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24 suffer eye infection after ‘botched’ surgeries

first_imgAt least 24 patients, including some women, suffered severe eye infection allegedly due to botched cataract surgeries at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Civil Hospital here. The Kurukshetra district health authorities have suspended eye surgeries at the hospital till Friday. The patients who were operated upon at the hospital over the past three weeks have been referred to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh. The PGIMER confirmed that its Advanced Eye Centre (AEC) received 24 patients of post cataract surgery endophthalmitis, an inflammation of the interior of the eye, in last couple of weeks.‘Vision improving’ “At AEC, PGIMER, till now 19 patients have been operated… All the patients are doing well on topical and systemic antibiotics. Their vision is gradually improving. None of the patient has complete loss of vision. Eleven patients have been discharged and advised regular follow up,” it said in a statement. “Thirteen patients are still admitted in AEC and monitored on daily basis,” it added. On Wednesday, a team of doctors led by Director Health Services, Haryana, Dr. Arshudeen visited the hospital to investigate the cases. Civil Surgeon Dr. Sukhbir Singh said an investigation was on to ascertain the cause of the infection and fix responsibility. A senior eye surgeon had performed around 100 cataract surgeries between February 27 and March 11, he said. Mr. Singh said as many as 24 patients reported back with complaints of irritation.Samples taken Samples of tools, chemicals, medicines, roof and floor of the operation theatre have been taken to ascertain the cause of the infection, he said.last_img read more

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Bad luck and cancer: A science reporter’s reflections on a controversial story

first_imgWe reporters—or this one, at any rate—often fail to anticipate which stories will grip readers and which will quickly fade into oblivion. Given that, perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised that a story I saw off to the printing press in the lull between Christmas and New Year’s engendered more comments than any other I’ve written.The piece, which appeared online with the headline “The simple math that explains why you may (or may not) get cancer” (and in the magazine’s News section with the headline “The bad luck of cancer”), described a paper published in the 2 January issue of Science. As I and many other journalists explained, the study suggested that simple “bad luck”—random mutations accumulating in healthy stem cells—could explain about two-thirds of cancers, exceeding the risk conferred by environmental and genetic factors combined. One message was that some cancers could not be prevented and that detecting them early was key to combating them.Readers wasted little time in skewering the authors, mathematician Cristian Tomasetti and cancer geneticist Bert Vogelstein of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Their statistics were faulty, some argued; they included many rare cancers and left out several common ones. Earlier today, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer arm of the World Health Organization, put out an unusual press release stating it “strongly disagrees” with the report. 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Had the authors? Answering these apparently straightforward questions proved surprisingly difficult, exposing the challenges that come with communicating science, and the desire by scientist-authors and reporters to streamline the story they’re trying to tell.I began with my own story, working backward to the science that spawned it. I’d written that the theory of random mutations in stem cells “explained two-thirds of all cancers.” Immediately, I knew that I had written part of that sloppily, to put it generously: The study didn’t include all cancers. In fact, it didn’t include two of the most common, prostate and breast, because the authors weren’t able to pin down the size of the stem cell compartment or the frequency of stem cell divisions in those tissues. Although my piece subsequently noted the number of cancer types in the study, I should have stressed the omissions early on.Still, was “two-thirds” referring to the number of cases of cancers the study did include, as I and other journalists had suggested—or to something else? Journalists like numbers that abridge a study down to a bullet point. I’d wondered immediately if this two-thirds finding might be one such nugget. Tomasetti had explained to me in a lengthy interview that “if you go to the American Cancer Society website and you check what are the causes of cancer, you will find a list of either inherited or environmental things. We are saying two-thirds is neither of them.” I’d run the text of my “two-thirds” sentence by him prior to publication and he had had no objections (he had other clarifications).Last week, we spoke again. Tomasetti had received more than 200 e-mails. Parents of children who had died of cancer were grateful that it might have occurred entirely by chance, suggesting that there was nothing they could have done. Biologists and statisticians were disputing his conclusions or simply surprised that so much of cancer might be random.“We did not claim that two-thirds of cancer cases are due to bad luck,” Tomasetti told me gently. What the study argued, he explained, was that two-thirds of the variation in cancer rates in different tissues could be explained by random bad luck (a point made by others). What exactly did that mean, I wondered? Tomasetti, chatting by phone, had me draw some graphs to help me understand. By the end of the hour, I still wasn’t sure I grasped the essence.Tomasetti was sympathetic. “There are lots of scientists that need clarification” on this paper, he said, along with some statisticians. He was busy preparing a technical report with additional details, and Johns Hopkins had just put out a press release explainer. “I honestly feel—and that’s what I told the BBC, and you can definitely quote me on this—overall, the reporters who interacted with us made a very honest and sincere effort to be as accurate as possible.”It was only after more hours spent on interviews that I finally understood the two-thirds figure. Some tissues are overtaken by cancer more readily than others, and mutations accumulating in stem cells explained two-thirds of that variability, Tomasetti and Vogelstein had concluded. It was my “aha” moment, and it came too late—after my original deadline.I contacted some of the critics. “I just reread your article, and I don’t think it falls into the bad category (at worst, it skirts around the lip without dropping in),” wrote O’Hara, an author of the Guardian piece, in an e-mail—confusing me further, for hadn’t I goofed up? By phone, he explained that one of his quibbles was the word “luck”—present in the paper’s abstract, emphasized by the authors, and highlighted in nearly every news story. It sounded sexy, but O’Hara considered it inaccurate, because virtually all cancer is a product of luck in some sense.“It’s too easy to blame the media,” said David Spiegelhalter, a biostatistician at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, who had blogged about the story. (“Your article was fine,” he assured me.) In this case, he felt, “the gist of the coverage is very reasonable—most cases of cancer are due to chance.”That said, errors were made along the way, a fact that didn’t surprise him. “This is incredibly difficult stuff,” Spiegelhalter continued. “I do feel for you. It’s one of those things that’s so superficially simple, and yet the superficial simplicity is not correct.”The paper’s authors, many felt, were also guilty of trying too hard to craft a simple message. The paper included a visually arresting diagram splitting cancers into green and blue categories. The green were cancers “mainly due” to random mutations—suggesting, the authors wrote, that they were less likely to be prevented by changes in behavior or diet. However, that category included esophageal cancer and melanoma, both of which are thought to have strong links to environmental drivers such as heavy alcohol consumption and sun exposure, respectively.Melanoma sat just slightly inside the green border—but still, it was green, which left many readers exercised. “They’ve ignored some of the fundamental lifestyle factors,” said Graham Colditz, a cancer prevention specialist at Washington University in St. Louis. “Obviously, they had good intentions,” said Anne McTiernan, a physician and epidemiologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. But, she continued, the authors assumed that a correlation between the number of stem cell divisions and cancer risk meant one was causing the other, something their data couldn’t prove. Tomasetti agreed that this is correct—but he notes that “all the biology we have on this topic supports” the idea that a buildup of random mutations in healthy cells can initiate cancer. Some scientists argued that the graph carried a missive for prevention, with huge risk gaps between a cancer driven by the environment or genetics—such as lung cancer in smokers or head and neck cancer linked to human papillomavirus—and cancer at the same site without a clear cause.The nuances were many. Even if they quibble on the details, most would agree that random mutations play a real role in cancer – but so do many other things. Despite the furor, this common ground is shared by both the paper’s authors and its critics. “This is a really fascinating pattern that they’ve observed, but it is a small message,” says Timothy Rebbeck, a cancer prevention specialist at the University of Pennsylvania. “It doesn’t exclude the ability to prevent and treat cancer. It doesn’t exclude our need to better understand the causes of cancer.” The paper’s bottom line wasn’t simple, but the message for me was: Science is complicated, and people care deeply about the biology of diseases that affect their loved ones and themselves. Distilling the story—with space constraints, with a desire for clear writing that will hold readers’ attention and help them understand—carries risks for scientists and for journalists. They are ones I hope never to forget—even if I err now and again.Revised, 2:53pm, 1/14/15: This story has been revised to remove references to unpublished letters to Science.last_img read more

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2008 X-BLADES NTL SEEDINGS RELEASED

first_imgAs the countdown to the 2008 X-Blades National Touch League continues, the event is beginning to take shape following the receipt of team nominations and release of seedings. For more information please see the 2008 X-Blades NTL website at http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-907-0-0-0last_img

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Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Volvo Truck Ads are kickin’

first_imgDodge recently conscripted the infamous Ron Burgundy to pimp its Durango SUV. Since the hilarious set of ads started running back in October, Dodge has seen a more than 40-percent increase in Durango sales. This, to me, proves two things: 1. Americans are gullible idiots. And 2. Well-executed, celebrity-based vehicle ads can really pay off.Unsurprisingly, other automakers are keen to mimic the irreverent new standard set by the creative minds at Dodge’s ad agency, Wieden+Kenney in Portland, Oregon.While I expected knock-offs, I hadn’t expected that Dodge and Burgundy would be bested so quickly … especially by Volvo.Enough foreplay; let’s cut to the chase. Here’s the ad in question:If you’re like me, you’ll want to watch this four more times. So I’ll wait.This just might be the perfect ad. It’s got big trucks, a badass – and arguably washed-up – action star doing the splits, Enya, and a sunrise. What else could you possibly ask for?If you’re wondering what the point of the ad is, it’s to promote Volvo’s new Dynamic Steering System, which uses a hybrid hydraulic-electric power steering concoction to provide much-needed additional steering force. Additionally, DSS also eliminates the need for micro adjustments made by the driver, as the system automatically adjusts to roadway imperfections.Volvo is the third most popular semi truck builder in the U.S. and I suspect that ads like this will only bolster its sales. I don’t know about you, but I sincerely hope that Dodge answers these ads with a Ron Burgundy-based ad where in Mr. Burgundy tries to do the splits between two Durangos. I can hear the hilarious screams now. Editors’ Recommendations We’re in Love with the Look of Gerber’s New Everyday Carry Knives 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World?last_img read more

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Province Launches New Employment Services Network Across Nova Scotia

first_img more front line staff increased focus on career counselling for youth more effective recruitment support for businesses expansion of services across the province for people with barriers to employment support for career practitioner certification and professional development North Sydney, 105 King St. – Sept. 13 Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association Windsor, 80 Water St., Windsor Mall – Sept. 20 Digby Disabilities Employment Solutions Job Resource Centre Shelburne, 3588 Highway 3 – Sept. 20 Yarmouth, 103 Water St. – Oct. 25 Peopleworx Liverpool, 7A Henry Hensey Dr. – Sept. 20 Bridgewater, 215 Dominion St. – Sept. 20 Hubbards, 10 Pte. Richard Green Lane – Sept. 21 “Working with the employment services team at Futureworx has helped me with my recruitment needs,” said Michael Jodrey, Jodrey and Company Ltd. “I needed more employees, and with their help, I was able to access recruitment advice and support which ultimately helped grow my business.” While the overall budget remains the same, the Nova Scotia Works system reduces administration and infrastructure costs from 53 per cent down to 27 per cent. More front line staff were hired with the savings to focus on employer engagement, client service, and outreach to schools. Qualified career practitioners and counsellors will deliver a consistent suite of services including career counselling, job search services and resources, job coaching, job development, employment workshops, and employer engagement. “With the transformation of employment services in the province, we now have a more relevant suite of options, tools and supports available for our clients,” said Randy Lindsay, Futureworx executive director. “This will enhance our ability to connect job seekers with available positions and help individuals, employers and our communities realize their potential.” The transformation of Nova Scotia’s employment services was a key recommendation in the Transition Task Force report released in June. The report is online at http://novascotia.ca/lae/pubs/docs/From-School-to-Success-Clearing-the-Path.pdf . This system is funded by the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Development Agreement. For more information, and a list of Nova Scotia Works employment centres, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/works Nova Scotians can visit the new centres in their communities as they launch over the next few weeks. The following Nova Scotia Works employment service centres are holding open houses on the dates indicated: Southwest Employment Service Northside Employment and Resource Centre Port Hawkesbury, 811 Reeves St. Unit 6 – Sept. 16center_img Eastern Passage, 1515 Main Rd. – Sept. 7 Sheet Harbour, 22756 Highway #7 – Sept. 8 Cole Harbour, 5 Cumberland Dr. (Cumberland Plaza) – Sept. 9 Dartmouth, 14-118 Wyse Rd. – Sept. 12 Dartmouth, 35 Wilfred Jackson Way – Sept. 14 Musquodoboit, 12943 Highway 224 – Sept. 16 Halifax, 2269 Gottingen St. – Sept. 19 Porters Lake, 5228 Highway 7 – Sept. 21 Sydney, 399 Charlotte St. – Oct. 4 Le Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse Coldbrook – 11 Opportunity Lane – Sept. 19 Middleton – 298 Marshall St. Sept. 23 Digby, 87 Warwick St. – Dec. 9 EmployAbility Partnership Career Connections Amherst, 63 Victoria St. – Sept. 16 Springhill, 166 Junction Rd. – Sept. 21 Church Point, 1649 Highway 1 – Sept. 9 Tusket, 1 Slocumb Cres. – Sept. 13 YMCA The province launched its new employment services system, Nova Scotia Works, today, Sept. 6, at the Elmsdale Futureworx Job Search Centre, a Nova Scotia Works employment services centre. The new system will strengthen Nova Scotia’s workforce by providing better front line services and support for youth, job seekers and employers. “We’ve been working hard to ensure all Nova Scotians looking for work have access to the employment services they need, no matter where they live,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “This new system will provide the support they need to find a good job, and it will also help employers find skilled workers.” Government began working with service providers in November to redesign the $23-million employment services system. The new system includes: Guysborough, 996 Highway 16 Unit C, Chedabucto Centre – Sept. 16 Antigonish, 50 James St. – Sept. 23last_img read more

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CM tells EC to ensure peaceful impartial polls in last phase

first_imgKolkata: Just hours before the final phase of the Lok Sabha polls, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Saturday requesting him to ensure “peaceful and impartial” elections in the state without “undue” interference from the BJP.Banerjee’s letter assumes significance as nine Parliamentary constituencies in the state are going for polls in Bengal on Sunday, the last phase of the elections. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”In the final phase of election tomorrow (Sunday), I would request your good office to kindly ensure that election is completed peacefully, impartially and without any undue interference of the Central government and without any intervention of the ruling party at the Centre. I would request you to kindly protect democratic institutions and federal structure of the country and extend due respect to the Opposition parties,” her letter read. She had alleged that there has been “a number of illegal, unconstitutional and biased decisions” during the election process because of “undue advantage of the Central government and the ruling party at the Centre”. She had pointed out that this has harassed not only the state administration and its officers but also the common people of the state. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen”All evidences show that the roadshow of the BJP national president (Amit Shah) in Kolkata on May 14 was allowed by withdrawing Section 144 in the area by the new Commissioner of Police appointed by the Election Commission. The roadshow was a deliberate, intentional and criminal conspiracy to vandalise the culture and heritage of the city and to defame the state government and its people,” she wrote. She further questioned the legality of appointment of two retired officers as Special Observers and alleged that these officers had shown “partisan attitude and has always complied with the instructions of the Central government”. She has reiterated that all these issues were brought to the Commission’s notice but no justice has been done. Meanwhile, in another major development before the last phase of polls, the Commission restricted the entry of BJP leader Mukul Roy in all the nine constituencies which go to polls on Sunday. 1,49,63,143 voters are expected to exercise their franchise on Sunday in the Lok Sabha polls at Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Kolkata North, Kolkata South, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, Mathurapur (SC) and Joynagar (SC). The total number of candidates for this phase of polls is 111, with the highest number of candidates — 21 — being from Kolkata North constituency. The total number of polling stations are 17,042 that are located in 9,230 polling premises. “There will be deployment of Central Forces in all the booths and all other necessary security measures to ensure free and fair elections,” said Sanjay Basu, Additional CEO, Bengal. Assembly by-elections will also be held in four Assembly constituencies – Darjeeling, Islampur, Habibpur (ST) and Bhatpara in which 828123 electors are expected to cast their voting rights for as many as 34 candidates. Interestingly, in Darjeeling, the number of female voters is 1,19,241 which is more than the number of male voters at 1,15,756. The Election Commission has also undertaken a slew of measures so that the voters face little difficulty in casting their votes in the scorching heat with the Alipore weather office predicting temperature on the higher side accompanied by nearly 95 percent relative humidity.last_img read more

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Europes Vega rocket launch with UAE satellite fails

PARIS — The launch of a European Vega rocket carrying an imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates failed about two minutes after liftoff from the European base in French Guiana.Arianespace, which markets the satellite, said in a brief statement on Thursday that the Wednesday night launch ended after a “launcher anomaly occurred” bringing the mission to an early end.The statement said that anomaly occurred shortly after ignition of the second stage.It added that an analysis of data quickly got underway, and an independent inquiry commission was to be set up in the hours ahead.The launch, with its Falcon Eye 1 payload, was originally set for July 7 but was postponed because of high-altitude winds.It was the 15th launch of Europe’s Vega rocket and first failure.The Associated Press read more

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One more movie Hollywood consistently casts Steve Jobs as mesmerizing visionary cruel

by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Oct 9, 2015 8:08 am MDT Last Updated Oct 9, 2015 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this image released by Universal Pictures, Michael Fassbender, left, as Steve Jobs, and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, appear in a scene from the film, “Steve Jobs.” The movie releases in U.S. theaters on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (Francois Duhamel/Universal Pictures via AP) One more movie: Hollywood consistently casts Steve Jobs as mesmerizing visionary, cruel man SAN FRANCISCO – Apple co-founder Steve Jobs became renowned for conjuring a “reality distortion field” that made people believe whatever he wanted.If he were still around, it’s easy to imagine that Jobs would be summoning all his powers of persuasion to protect a legacy that’s getting muddied with each cinematic take on his fascinating life.“Steve Jobs,” which opened Friday, is the latest movie to examine a charismatic visionary who mesmerized the masses with his trendsetting gadgets while alienating his subordinates and friends with an almost-inhumane cruel streak.It’s the second movie about a Silicon Valley icon written by Aaron Sorkin, who won an Academy Award in 2011 for “The Social Network,” a dramatization of the friends and enemies that Mark Zuckerberg made while building Facebook into an Internet power.Zuckerberg, now 31, ridiculed that movie as mostly fiction and publicly lamented, “I just wished that nobody made a movie of me while I was still alive.”Jobs’ supporters probably won’t be happy with Sorkin’s posthumous interpretation of Jobs either, even though previously released movies have drawn similar portraits depicting him as an acid-dropping hippie turned megalomaniacal genius who berated and betrayed people.Here’s a look at how the latest biopic compares with some of its predecessors:___“STEVE JOBS” (2015)This is the most provocative and best acted of the bunch, spearheaded by Michael Fassbender, who stars as Jobs. The story unfolds in a much different format, but the overriding message is the same: Jobs was a tortured soul who tortured those around him while striving to design machines that were made better than he was.The film, based loosely on a bestselling book by Jobs’ hand-picked biographer Walter Isaacson, unfolds in three acts that take place before three presentations orchestrated by Jobs: the 1984 debut of the Macintosh computer; a 1988 showcase for the NeXT computer; and the 1998 unveiling of the iMac.None of the pre-event scenes or dialogue actually occurred, but the drama is designed to capture the relentless drive and haunting demons that made Jobs who he was. Director Danny Boyle describes the movie as a “heightened version of real life” while Sorkin calls it a “painting and not a photograph.”The story is told through Jobs’ interactions with six central figures in his life: his former marketing chief, Joanna Hoffman; his former girlfriend Chrisann Brennan; Apple co-founder and friend Steve Wozniak; former Apple engineer Andy Hertzfeld; former Apple CEO John Sculley; and Lisa, the daughter that Jobs refused to acknowledge for many years.Wozniak (played by Seth Rogen) delivers two of the film’s pivotal lines when he tells Jobs, “Your products are better than you are,” and “You can be decent and gifted at the same time.”___“JOBS” (2013)Ashton Kutcher didn’t get an Oscar nomination for his interpretation of Jobs like some critics are already predicting Fassbender will get, but give Kutcher credit for nailing a lot of the real man’s mannerisms, including the loping way he walked.The movie picks up on Jobs’ life as a bare-foot, shaggy dropout at Reed College in Oregon and follows the path that led to him teaming up with Wozniak to start Apple in 1976, recruiting Sculley to become CEO, leaving Apple in a power struggle, and returning to engineer the greatest comeback story in corporate history.Along the way, the movie features scenes showing Jobs ripping off Wozniak on a job for video-game maker Atari; denying stock to early Apple employees who were once his friends; and berating Apple workers.Shortly before Sculley ousts Jobs from Apple, a tearful Wozniak (played by Josh Gad) wonders what happened to the friend he knew when they were making illegal boxes to make free long-distance phone calls. “You are the beginning and end of your own world,” Wozniak tells Jobs.This movie ends on an upbeat note, with Kutcher, as Jobs, narrating “Here’s To the Crazy Ones,” a famous TV commercial that ran as part of Apple’s “Think Different” campaign. (Although Jobs did record a version of this bit, Apple wound up airing a version narrated by actor Richard Dreyfuss.)___“STEVE JOBS: MAN IN THE MACHINE” (2015)This documentary from another Academy Award winner, Alex Gibney, leaves viewers with an appreciation for Jobs’ achievements and a disdain for his often boorish behaviour.It’s a particularly damning portrait because it’s told through clips of Jobs himself and interviews with some of the people who knew him best. The list of participants includes: Brennan, Lisa’s mother, and Daniel Kottke, who befriended Jobs at Reed College and became one of Apple’s early employees only to be denied stock when the company went public.What the movie lacks is the perspective of Jobs’ admirers, including Apple executives who still lionize him. Among that group is Eddy Cue, the company’s senior vice-president of Internet software and services, who blasted the film in a March tweet as “an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend.”___“PIRATES OF SILICON VALLEY” (1999)This made-for-TV movie came out before Jobs transformed Apple and society with the release the iPod, iPhone and iPad.Jobs, played by Noah Wyle, shares top billing with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in this movie, based on the book “Fire In The Valley.” It covers Jobs’ staunch refusal to recognize Lisa as his daughter and his caustic attitude toward people.Although the movie depicts Jobs as the hipper of the two men, the more nerdy Gates ends up outmanoeuvring his rival to get the technology that became Windows and helped turn Microsoft into the world’s most valuable company at one point. The movie closes with Gates looking down at Jobs from a giant video screen during a 1997 conference announcing that Microsoft had invested $150 million in Apple at a time it nearly declared bankruptcy.If that is how the story had really ended, there probably would have never been another movie made about Jobs. read more

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UN reports drop in food prices for third consecutive month

In a news release, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said its most recent Food Price Index dropped 1.1 per cent from November. The decline from 213 to 209 points was largely due to the continuing decrease in the international prices of cereals, oils and fats. The Index measures the monthly change in international prices of a basket of 55 food commodities, including meat, dairy, sugar, and cereals. The prices for cereals also increased slightly, while sugar and oils prices fell. “The result marks a reversal from the situation last July, when sharply rising prices prompted fears of a new food crisis,” said the Assistant Director-General in charge of FAO’s Economic and Social Development Department, Jomo Sundaram. “But international coordination, including through the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS), as well as flagging demand in a stagnant international economy, helped ensure the price spike was short-lived and calmed markets so that 2012 prices ended up below the previous year’s levels,” he added. According to its website, the AMIS initiative – for which the Secretariat is based at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy – seeks to enhance food market transparency and encourage coordination of policy action in response to market uncertainty, mainly focusing on four foods that are particularly important in international markets: wheat, maize, rice and soybeans. As a whole, the Index averaged 212 points in 2012, seven per cent less than in 2011. The sharpest falls in prices were registered in sugars, dairy products and oils, and to a lesser extent in cereals and meat. From July to September, cereal prices had steadily increased due to uncertainties and tight supplies. However, they began dropping in October because of weaker demand for supplies in industrial uses. In December, maize prices fell sharply as large export supplies in South America relieved market pressure. Rice prices also dipped last month due to the expectations of good harvests, but wheat values remained virtually unchanged. Oils and fats prices experienced a 1.9 per cent drop mainly due to the continued build up of large global inventories of palm oil, and sugar prices decreased only marginally. FAO noted that an increase in global sugar production, especially in Brazil, kept international prices down for much of the second half of 2012. Meat prices registered a slight decrease as pig prices fell by 2 per cent, the agency stated, while dairy prices rose by 0.9 per cent – they were the only commodities to have experienced a rise in price as the dairy market is increasingly susceptible to supply changes related to pasture conditions, feed availability and affordability. read more

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New shiploader contract for Andacollo for copper concentrate Chile

first_imgB&W Mechanical Handling Limited has recently commissioned its second major project in South America within the last 18 months. Following on the successful installation of its mobile shiploader at Port of Salaverry in Peru, the company has now supplied a fully integrated system to AMEC International Chile to handle copper concentrate.AMEC is providing engineering and project management services to the Carmen de Andacollo project in Chile. AMEC’s project scope included a 55,000 t/d concentrator with tailings and ancillary facilities and its involvement started in the early planning stages, followed by feasibility design and engineering, procurement and construction management services. The concentrator was completed during 2009.The Carmen de Andacollo mine is located in central Chile, adjacent to the town of Andacollo, approximately 55 km southeast of La Serena and 350 km north of Santiago. The mine is located near the southern limit of the Atacama Desert at an elevation of 1,000 m. The contract also included the construction of new shiploading facilities at the nearby Port of Coquimbo to out load the copper concentrate at rates up to 1,000 t/h.“B&W enjoys the benefits of being fully integrated into the substantial and respected International Aumund Group with strategically placed offices in more than 10 countries and representatives in over 40,” says Aumund.The integrated system supplied to AMEC comprises three main equipment types; i) a 36 m boom, rubber-tyred mobile shiploader, ii) a mobile telescopic link conveyor with radial travel having a closed length of 26 m and extendable to 41 m and iii) a fixed length link conveyor 20 m long. Working in combination these allow material which has been transported to the quay area on a fixed conveyor system to be transferred efficiently in to the vessels. The effective linear travel capability for the system is around 100 m.This totally mobile system provides maximum operational flexibility and enables trouble free loading at any point into a 50,000 DWT vessel. The equipment can be easily withdrawn from the key side and stowed when not in use retaining the multiuse berth functionality for other commodities and vessel types. The deflected boom arrangement supported mid-span on hydraulic lift cylinders giving an elevation of 15 to 30o, enables efficient loading into a variety of vessel sizes up to a freeboard height from the quay of 13.4 m and beam of 30 m.  Full mobility is achieved by the inclusion of an on-board 110 kW diesel generator/electric drive combination power pack and B&W’s unique ‘New Generation Travel’ wheel system. In addition to the powered in-line and parallel travel offered on all machines this new system provides infinite combinations of wheel alignment enabling extra features of radial boom slewing and multi-angle crabbing. This is achieved by independently moveable and rotating wheel assemblies controlled via a PLC.At the shiploader delivery-end accurate ship trimming is achieved through a steel Telescopic Trimming Chute with a variable fore and aft angle range of plus/minus 30o. At the base of the Telescopic Trimming Chute is a hydraulically driven 360o radial trimmer. Dust is controlled throughout the system by the inclusion of dust extraction units located at the tail transfer point and the head end discharge position. Dust covers provide additional protection over the length of the conveyors.Since no special civil works are required the Mobile Shiploader may operate on any suitable existing quay area or river berth using existing infrastructure thus drastically reducing the capital cost of a new export facility with the further benefit of fast track availability. The flexibility and fast track availability offered by mobile equipment allows the port operator to react to changing market conditions taking advantage of often short term contracts. Aumund asys that “in a rapidly changing export commo­dity market, the Mobile Option may be confidently selected in the knowledge that the equipment may be easily relocated or even resold if a contract is terminated.”last_img read more

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PC tablet smartphone shortages may hit in June

first_imgFor consumers in the West the news of the Japanese earthquake had us all worried about the people there, and being charitable to help them out. But beyond that, we have yet to really experience any repercussions from the natural disaster. Come June those repercussions look likely to hit the tech sector and the gadgets we buy.DigiTimes is reporting that component manufacturers are on the brink of running out of stocks for key components. This is down to the problems the earthquake caused such as destroying ports, taking manufacturing plants offline, or making it impossible to get materials to certain areas of the country by any transportation means available.There’s also a compounding problem because manufacturing in China is being hit due to a shortage of labor.AdChoices广告The components most likely to be affected include MLCC (used in integrated circuits), motherboards, and the glass used for touchscreens. If such shortages start to appear then shipments of PCs, tablets, and smartphones will be forced to slowdown.The issue stems from growing demand for devices such as tablets and smartphones. As the big brands continue to market and rollout new devices so the demand goes up. This increased demand coupled with difficulties in the supply chain ultimately leads to shortages. The breaking point is expected to be June onwards as supplies are going out as usual this month.Manufacturers are denying there is a shortage coming, but this is thought to be a tactic to stop panic and keep component prices steady. Companies including Asus, Acer, Motorola, HTC, Quanta, and of course Apple, are believed to be buying as much stock as they can to weather the storm.The impact for the consumer may be two-fold. While products won’t disappear from store shelves suddenly, the stock coming in will be limited meaning some outlets may run out for days at a time. Longer term, vendors may be forced to put prices up because if a shortage does happen then components will automatically get more expensive to buy. Ultimately that cost will get passed on to the end user.Come the holiday season this year we might all be buying more expensive gadgets, or having to choose different models because the one we want has become unavailable.More at DigiTimeslast_img read more

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Amazon loses fight to control the amazon gTLD

first_imgIt may not surprise you to hear that Amazon has lost in its bid to control the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) .amazon. While many in the Western world associate the name Amazon with online shopping, quick delivery, and Kindles, the word Amazon has a much more important meaning, especially to people in Brazil and Peru.Basically, Brazil and Peru claimed .amazon was legally their name to use based on the fact the Amazon river runs through both countries. Brazil also has that well known rainforest by the same name. ICANN’s Governmental Affairs Committee agreed and voted not to let Amazon take control of the domain. An ICANN vote could still see Amazon gain the rights to the gTLD, but it seems very unlikely now the committee has ruled against it.So we won’t be seeing any .amazon links that lead to Amazon’s website, unless of course, the Brazilian government decides to become an affiliate and push traffic to the e-tailer through them. I also think this decision is doing Amazon a favor. .amazon is a bit long for the end of a URL. The company would be better off using a shortened version such a .amzn, it’s quicker to type and looks better when paired with categories, e.g. dvd.amzn, bluray.amzn, ebooks.amzn.Amazon is actually attempting to register and control over 80 new gTLDs, and .amazon isn’t the only one where they are facing opposition. As you’d expect, there’s more than a few people upset by their applications for .book and .shop.last_img read more

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Pedestrian seriously injured after early morning collision on Navan backroad

first_img Image: Google Maps A 33-YEAR-OLD male pedestrian was seriously injured early this morning when he was struck by a car on the Kentstown Road, Navan.The incident occurred at 4.35am this morning and gardaí and Emergency Services were called to the scene.The pedestrian was taken by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; his condition is understood to be serious.The driver of the car was uninjured.The scene of the collision is preserved for examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local traffic diversions are in place.Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Navan Garda Station 046-9036100 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.Read: Man with loaded handgun chased by gardaí through Dublin parkRead: 21-year-old man killed in late night collision Image: Google Maps 5 Comments Share Tweet Email1 Feb 25th 2017, 11:41 AM 16,275 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha Short URL Pedestrian seriously injured after early morning collision on Navan backroad Gardaí in Navan are appealing for witnesses following a collision in Co Meath. Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 11:41 AM http://jrnl.ie/3258629 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Premier walks for harmony

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Victorian Premier, John Brumby, is leading a community walk July 12 to reaffirm the government’s commitment to our multicultural community. Walk for Harmony will show the community’s support for Victoria’s cultural and religious diversity. The chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC),George Lekakis.  said, “Now is the time to highlight to a national and international audience that our commitment to multiculturalism is stronger than ever and that the Victorian community values the contributions that people from around the world have made to our State.” He added, “I call on all Victorians to join the Premier for this important display of unity to the rest of the world.” At the conclusion of the Walk, participants will hear from our speakers and enjoy an exciting musical performance. Walk for Harmony will commence on Sunday July 12 at 1:00pm at the Carlton Gardens, and will travel along La Trobe and Swanston Streets and finish at Federation Square. To discuss ways for your organisation to become involved contact Paul Leonard at the VMC on 9651 0672.last_img read more

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Bretagne dixhuit autres sangliers retrouvés morts

first_imgBretagne : dix-huit autres sangliers retrouvés mortsMardi, dix huit cadavres de sangliers ont été trouvés sur une plage bretonne. Cela porte à vingt-huit le nombre total d’animaux morts découverts. Pour l’instant, on ignore encore la cause de leur décès, reposant ainsi la question de l’écotoxicité des algues vertes qui prolifèrent sur les plages.Dix-huit nouveaux cadavres de sangliers ont été retrouvés mardi sur une plage de Bretagne fermée en raison de la prolifération d’algues vertes, portant le total à 28 bêtes mortes au même endroit depuis début juillet, informe Reuters. Se posent désormais le problème de déterminer la cause de leur décès. Si les végétaux toxiques sont pointés du doigt, d’autres hypothèses sont également envisagées. Les chercheurs ont ainsi procédé à plusieurs analyses qui commencent à fournir des réponses. Un taux de cyanobactéries alarmant près des sangliersÀ lire aussiSoleil : Pourquoi est-ce que l’on bronze ?C’est à la suite de la découverte d’un total de dix cadavres de sangliers, le 24 juillet, dans l’estuaire du Gouessant, dans les Côtes d’Armor, qu’une série de prélèvement d’eau a été effectuée. Et l’un des prélèvements “fait paraître un résultat en cyanobactérie qui se trouve au dessus du seuil d’alerte mais en dessous du seuil de danger”, indique un communiqué de la préfecture.Ainsi, “une des hypothèses que nous émettons est que les animaux aient pu boire l’eau d’un plan d’eau victime d’eutrophisation (prolifération d’algues) et qui pourrait contenir des cyanobactéries” dont certaines espèces sont toxiques, a dit à l’AFP Gilles Huet, délégué général de l’association Eau et Rivières de Bretagne. Les algues vertes seraient donc bien responsables du décès des animaux. “En pourrissant, les algues vertes dégagent un jus noir qui s’infiltre dans le sable et forme une vase qui peut être fortement chargée en hydrogène sulfuré”, explique Yves-Marie Le Lay, président de l’association Sauvegarde du Trégor. Dès 2005, les informations de la journée scientifique de la bactérie, renseignaient sur deux points : 50 % des efflorescences algales (augmentation de la concentration des cyanobactéries, elle-même favorisée par la pollution de nitrates) libèrent des endotoxines potentiellement dangereuses pour l’homme et les animaux. Elles affectent principalement la peau et les muqueuses, le foie et le système nerveux. Le 27 juillet 2011 à 14:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Wolves target Wu Lei

first_imgWolverhampton Wanderers are looking to sign winger Wu Lei from Shanghai SIPG, according to Sports Mole.The Midlands club have identified the Chinese winger as a possible addition to the club’s playing staff.The newly promoted Premier League team are looking to strengthen their team as they prepare for the challenge at hand, and it is believed that owners Fosun International are looking to bring in a high-profile Chinese player.Reports in the media suggest Wolves are keen to sign Wu Lei at some point in the future once the player completely recovers from his Achilles injury.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Wu is Shanghai SIPG all-time top scorer and record appearance maker with 155 goals in 328 appearances whilst also scoring 11 times in 55 appearances for his country, China.The 26-year-old has spent his entire professional football career with Shanghai SIPG but has stated his desire to play in Europe at some point.Wolves have made some important signings so far this season as they look to make huge impact in the Premier League this season.last_img read more

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Tremezzo To Hold Fundraiser For Wilmingtons May Center School For Autism On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Tremezzo Ristorante (2 Lowell Street) is donating 15% of its eat-in and takeout sales for lunch and dinner to the May Center School for Autism in Wilmington on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.The event is organized by AA Premier Properties, which has selected the May Center for Autism as its “Charity of the Year.” The May Center School provides full-day, year-round educational and vocational services for children and adolescents with autism and other special needs from preschool to age 22.The flyer isn’t necessary. Just make sure to mention the fundraiser to your waiter!Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”WHS Local Heroes Club To Hold Fundraiser To Benefit Veterans At 99 Restaurant On Sept. 11In “Community”A DAY FOR REEGAN: 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Fundraiser Set For November 16In “Community”last_img read more

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Plastic carry bag makers warned GMC

first_imgGuntur: GMC Public Health Officer Sobha Rani urged the people not to use carry bags having less than fifty microns thickness. She conducted a meeting with the plastic carry bag manufacturers in the GMC Council Hall on Saturday. Speaking on this occasion, she said that the government banned use of plastic carry bags having less than fifty microns thickness and urged the manufacturers not to manufacture carry bags having less than fifty microns and not to sell in the market. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us She warned that if the GMC will seize the less than fifty microns thickness carry bags, it will impose a penalty of Rs 5,000 and file a case. She suggested people to use cloth bags and paper bags instead of plastic carry bags to save the environment. GMC environment engineer Ravindra Naik, official Anand Kumar were among those present.last_img read more

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Be part of development BJP

first_imgWarangal: The Central government led by BJP has shown what development is all about in its last five-year rule, party Warangal Urban District President Rao Padma Reddy said.Leading the party’s membership drive in the 11th Division of the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) here on Tuesday, she said Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his workmanship was able to carve out a niche for himself in the hearts of people. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us “Modi government worked in accordance with the people’s aspirations. The kind of transparency and the accountability dispensed in Modi’s governance fetched the BJP 303 seats in recent Parliament elections,” Padma said. Modi didn’t give any scope for mistakes like the decade0long regime of the Congress, she said, explaining reasons for BJP’s success. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us She urged people to dedicate themselves for nation’s service by joining the BJP. “Be part of new India by supporting Narendra Modi Government,” Padma said. The membership drive was organised by BJP SC Morcha leader Martin Luther, 11th Division party president Boddu Rakesh. Senior leaders Sangani Jagadeeshwar, Bakam Harishankar, Mandala Suresh, Manthena Ramesh, Keshapaka Kumar, Botla Vinay, Polepaka Kumar, Polepaka Rajasekhar, Daseta Sudhakar and Kathula Srinivas Yadav were among others present.last_img read more

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Apple Improves App Store Search Engine to Recognize Typos and Misspellings

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. App developers should be seeing increased visibility in Apple’s App Store. A few weeks ago Apple made a slight change to its App Store search engine in order to return better results for misspelled queries. The changes mean that poor spellers and users with imprecise typing skills will have an easier time finding what they’re looking for.That, in turn, means developers could see an increase in the number of downloads their products receive. The changes were confirmed by TechCrunch,Compared to the Google Play store, Apple’s search engine was much less forgiving. For example, misspelling the word “calendar” like “calender” yielded 100 times more results on Google Play. SearchMan, an SEO company said that in the App Store, the term only appeared to pull up apps whose developers had thought to add it to its keywords. Other misspellings, like “resteraunt,” hotwls” and “fasion” yielded similar results.Even if the percentages are small, the changes should help hundreds of thousands of users find what they want more easily and avoid downloading similar sounding apps that don’t actually do what they want.Related: How to Make Your Mobile App Stand Out in the Ever-Expanding App Market  2 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. November 27, 2013last_img read more