My fitness changes have helped me become more confident: Virat Kohli to India Today

first_imgYou need to be mad about your fitness to be a fraction as successful as Virat Kohli. In an exclusive chat with India Today, the Indian skipper urged the youth of the country to play outdoors, just like he did, to be successful in life.”I have learnt so much from sports. Sports teaches you about facing challenges and overcoming challenges on a regular basis which I think applies to every walk of life. Being physically active and my fitness changes have helped me become mentally more confident and that only starts with a slight change and this change is what we are pushing for initially. That initial push is very important (to be fit) and after that it becomes a habit then it becomes a madness and the process goes on and that is the whole idea behind doing something like this”, said Kohli at the sidelines of the launch of his brand ‘One8’ in association with Sportswear giants Puma.WATCH FULL VIDEOThis confidence of Kohli has seen Team India embark on a sensational record breaking streak. India have not lost a Test series since January 2015 and is unbeaten in any bilateral ODI series since January 2016. Kohli’s India has won every series across formats in 2017 as well.Teams around the world know that that whenever they face India, they are in for a battle on the cricket field. Kohli’s team plays with aggression and class and he wants this style to reflect in this new venture as well.advertisement”Today I am launching my brand which is ‘One8’ with Puma, it is an ‘at-leisure’ line. Personally I always wanted to bring fashion into sports and to create something which is fashionable and at the same time sporty. It allows people to wear it on a daily basis and they would also be able to play a sport in it which was my basic mindset behind creating this”, said the skipper.The 29-year-old was recently named in the Forbes list of Top 10 athletes in the world ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi. He is also a smart businessman and is the co-owner of teams in ISL, Wrestling league and has been associated with a team in the IPTL as well. This goes to show that the Indian captain is looking ahead to the future with smart investments which will keep him connected to sports when he hangs up his boots.With the launch of his new venture, Kohli now wants to inspire people to come out and play to help make India a sporting nation.”I would  urge people to come out and play which is our tag line behind the sporting line as well. That mindset is very very important (to play) to do that, and to make an effort to do that on a daily basis, as it requires a bit of discipline and it is something that you need to do to be able to take care of your physical health which in turn helps you think better and helps in your confidence”, concluded the 29-year-old.Kohli’s next mission begins on the 16th of November in Kolkata when India take on Sri Lanka in a three-Test series before the ODIs and T20s.last_img read more

2017 Tournament Livestream

first_imgCan’t make it to the Sunshine Coast to watch our showcase of events? We have got you covered!Join the action of the following events from home:Harvey Norman National Youth ChampionshipsHarvey Norman National Schools CupAlliance CupMasters Trans Tasman Test SeriesLivestream coverage of field one will begin from 9:00am AEST Wednesday 13 September 2017.To view the livestream, click hereKeep up-to-date with all of the action via TFA social media channels!Facebook – – – – – tfaofficiallast_img read more

Culture Passport Programme Expanded

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced an expansion of the Culture Passport programme which enables holders to access some of Jamaica’s prominent heritage sites and cultural events free of charge or at a reduced cost. Minister Grange said, “through the support of the CHASE FUND, 50,000 culture passports will be produced for circulation over the next two years beginning in the first term of the upcoming academic year.” The Culture Passport programme was designed to strengthen the work of Culture Clubs by giving holders the opportunity to visit heritage sites. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced an expansion of the Culture Passport programme which enables holders to access some of Jamaica’s prominent heritage sites and cultural events free of charge or at a reduced cost.The Minister was speaking at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s Culture Clubs Annual National Conference in Mandeville at the Golf View Hotel yesterday (Tuesday).Minister Grange said, “through the support of the CHASE FUND, 50,000 culture passports will be produced for circulation over the next two years beginning in the first term of the upcoming academic year.”The culture passport programme works in tandem with the Culture Club movement which Minister Grange said was “started in 2009 to preserve Jamaican culture and heritage, as well as to provide an avenue for young people to channel their creative energies.”Minister Grange also said that a Memorandum of Understanding which was signed yesterday between the Ministry and the JCDC “will further expand the reach of the programme to include community based organisations, churches, senior citizens associations, persons with disabilities and other special interest groups.”There are currently over 400 Culture Clubs with over 4,000 members island-wide.The Culture Passport programme was designed to strengthen the work of Culture Clubs by giving holders the opportunity to visit heritage sites.Included in the sites that can be accessed by Culture Passport holders are: Fort Charles, Devon House, Holywell, The Seville Heritage Park, Liberty Hall, The National Gallery of Jamaica, The National Museum of Jamaica, the Jamaica Music Museum, Accompong and Moore Town.All members of Culture Clubs managed by the JCDC are eligible to get a culture passport once the names and passport size photographs of members are submitted to any JCDC parish office.last_img read more

Mamata appeals to junior doctors to resume work

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday requested the junior doctors who have been on a “cease-work” agitation after their colleagues were allegedly assaulted by a patient’s family, to resume work.In an interview to a vernacular channel, Banerjee said: “I request them to resume work. No one is supporting those who have attacked them. But at the same time, their refusal to join work is uncalled for.” She further added: “I have done everything to restore peace at NRS. Five persons have been arrested. A police picket has been posted. I have sent Chandrima Bhattacharya, Minister of State for Health and the Police Commissioner to NRS. I was ready to talk to them and had asked Bhattacharya to connect me to one of the junior doctors on the telephone. But they did not agree. The junior doctors work under tremendous pressure but at the same time they should understand the sentiments of those whose near and dear ones die. This is a sporadic incident. If a police officer or a fire brigade personnel refuse to work because they have been assaulted, then the whole system will collapse.” Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe Chief Minister said the state government has done everything so that best treatment can be given to the doctor who has been assaulted. The Principal Secretary has gone and spoken to his parents. “The junior doctors should understand this. There are states where stern action is taken against the doctors who go on strike. But we are not going to take any such measure,” she said. Banerjee added that after the Code of Conduct was promulgated by the Election Commission of India, all the police pickets which had been posted in hospitals were withdrawn. “I did not know that and I have instructed them to reinstate the pickets immediately.” Asked why she had not visited NRS, she said: “I had sent my minister, the Commissioner of Police and the Principal Secretary. Can anyone dictate my movement?” Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBanerjee also maintained that the junior doctors have been instigated by some agency. “I am confident that some agency is instigating the junior doctors,” she said and added: “The language they used to insult me in SSKM is uncalled for. There were some outsiders along with the doctors and I have asked the police to check the CCTV cameras.” Banerjee also reiterated that BJP had won the general elections by tampering the EVMs and spending crores of rupees. “BJP is diving society. It is unfortunate that BJP is saying that a Muslim patient had died and they beat up a Hindu doctor. Is this the way to react,” she said. The Chief Minister also urged people not to vote for BJP “whose only business is to spread canard against Bengal. They do not understand our culture or tradition and are trying to divide society.” She urged the Left Front supporters “not to cast their vote in favour of BJP. I will look after them. But they should not vote for a party that believes in hooliganism. They are manipulating social media to confuse people.”last_img read more

Hang Out With Seth Green For Charity

first_imgAnimation king, actor, and comedian, Seth Green has partnered with to offer an incredible experience.Starting today, anyone can head to and enter for a chance to hang with Seth at the Stoopid Buddy Stoodios for an inside look at where Robot Chicken’s genius is birthed. Not only will you learn the key to crafting the perfect character voice and why stop motion animation reigns supreme, but every 100 entries sponsors a full after school arts program for a low-income public school in New York or Los Angeles.Anyone can enter to win this dream day until July 11th by heading to and donating just $10 to Urban Arts. Hotel & airfare included.How is this possible? Well, Omaze offers everyone the opportunity to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes and the world’s greatest thinkers with the proceeds benefiting a social cause. The process works similar to a charity raffle. The user-friendly site allows anyone to enter to win an Omaze experience of their choice by donating just $5 or $10. Once the deadline to enter for the experience passes, Omaze collects all the entries and selects the winners through a third party computer-generated random selection process. The proceeds are delivered to benefit a specific social cause. The goal of the campaign is clearly quantified and they track the impact overtime so participants can see how their donations are impacting lives.last_img read more

William F White Intl Reinforces Commitment to Northern Ontario Film Industry with

first_img Facebook TORONTO – William F. White International Inc. (Whites) has announced that its Sudbury location will be expanding with a new office and warehouse.  Whites Sudbury originally opened its doors in 2014 to share space with Northern Ontario Film Studios, a former ice rink transformed into a soundstage by local producer, Hideaway Pictures.The new location will be housed in downtown Sudbury and will encompass a total of 4,691 square footage, complete with a dock level bay and drive-in bay.  The increased warehouse space, parking lot and increased accessibility will allow Whites Sudbury to service clients more efficiently.William F. White International’s future Sudbury location at 922 Cambrian Heights Drive (CNW Group/William F. White International Inc)“Sudbury is easily one of the fastest-growing regions in the Canadian film and television industry and our upcoming expansion is the perfect complement to that success,” says Whites’ Chairman/CEO, Paul Bronfman. “Since opening our office in 2014, we’ve provided Northern Ontario filmmakers with access to equipment and services they previously never had, and now we want to reaffirm that we’re here to stay.” Twitter This news comes following William F. White’s reception held in Sudbury last fall, where representatives from New Metric Media, Hideaway Pictures, JoBro Productions and others came to toast and celebrate Northern Ontario’s growing industry.  While Sudbury is experiencing an impressive increase in production, it’s also causing a chain reaction that is influencing North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and others.“With unparalleled access to beautiful landscapes, it’s no wonder some productions are choosing to shoot here,” adds Whites Sudbury’s Josh Desormeaux. “There’s a certain something here you can’t find down south and the forthcoming expanded space will hopefully draw even more clients.”Whites Sudbury has recently provided productions including “Cardinal,” “Letterkenny” and “Pyewacket” with lighting and grip, camera, specialty equipment, location services and more.                                           William F. White International Inc. (Whites) ( is a Comweb Group member company. Founded in 1963, Whites is Canada’s oldest and largest provider of motion picture, television, live event, digital media, and theatrical production equipment with offices across the country. The company services productions of all sizes from coast to coast and has the most extensive inventory of state-of-the-art production equipment in the industry, including the very latest in technological advances. Whites has established a reputation for excellence and is recognized by Canadian and international producers as one of the best production rental and sales firms in the world. Whites is also partners with Sparks Camera & Lighting Ltd., a leading Budapest, Hungary-based provider of motion picture production equipment servicing western and eastern European producers.  Sparks was originally co-founded through Whites as a joint business venture with the late Oscar Award-winning cinematographer, Vilmos Zsigmond. The Whites Group of companies include Whites Location Equipment Supply Inc. (Whites LES) ( Corporation ( is the parent company of William F. White International Inc.  Founded by Paul Bronfman in 1988, the company has grown to encompass horizontally integrated firms dedicated to providing expert production services, studio facilities and equipment to the Canadian and International film and television industry.  Comweb Corporation is a major shareholder in Toronto’s largest film and television studio complex, Pinewood Toronto Studios (  In addition to Comweb’s first class production equipment and studio facilities, Comweb Corporation includes Comweb Aviation Inc. which is the first company of its kind to specialize in private jet charter services to the film, television and broadcast industries. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Study Corruption levels linked to health of democracies

BERLIN — A closely watched annual survey indicates countries like Hungary and Turkey are growing more corrupt as they become more autocratic, and threats to the American system of checks and balances have knocked the United States out of the top 20 “cleanest” countries.International watchdog group Transparency International said its Corruption Perceptions Index for 2018 released Tuesday showed more than two-thirds of countries scoring below 50, on its scale where 100 is very clean and 0 is very corrupt.With a score of 71, the U.S. lost four points over 2017 and dropped out of the top 20 nations for the first time since 2011.Overall, Denmark led the survey as the least corrupt nation, with a score of 88. Somalia was rated the most corrupt with a score of 10.David Rising, The Associated Press read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 42.68 points to 15,171.33.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 82.91 points to 21,913.22.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 4.50 points to 2,476.60.The Nasdaq composite index was up 12.54 points to 6,387.22.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.31 cents US, down from Friday’s average price of 80.34 cents US.

Library budget pegged at 28M

Norfolk County can cut the library budget as much as it wishes, but council was warned this week this could lead to service reductions.Library board chair Tom Morrison made the observation Wednesday while defending the library’s request for a 4 per cent increase in its 2019 allocation.“We’re at your mercy as to how much we get,” Morrison said near the end of council’s final day of budget deliberations.“But it’s up to us as to how it is spent. There’s not much wiggle room here. We’ve got to a certain level and we run a lean machine.”The library board asked the county for $2.85 million. Council reduced the 4 per cent increase to 2.1 per cent, which was where the increase in the residential tax levy sat at this point of the budget discussion.Reducing the proposed increase to 2.1 per cent cut $52,000 from the library board’s initial request.Mayor Kristal Chopp told Morrison that the county is not in the best shape financially and that everyone has a contribution to make to correct this situation.Since her arrival at Governor Simcoe Square nearly three months ago, Chopp has noticed some inconsistencies in the delivery of library services arising from the fact that Norfolk’s five branches are under separate management from the rest of the county’s operations.Chopp expressed hope that library employees are compensated on par with other county employees discharging similar responsibilities. She also noticed that Governor Simcoe Square was open for business during some of the recent severe weather while the Simcoe branch of the library next door was closed for the day.Many of the newcomers to the new Norfolk council are still finding their bearings when it comes to the many services and responsibilities Norfolk oversees.For her part, Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman was surprised to learn that a separate board oversees Norfolk’s libraries and that council’s relationship to the library service is arm’s-length.“I feel a little silly that I didn’t know you are your own entity,” Huffman said. “A lot of people won’t know that.”As its own entity, the Norfolk library system has a dedicated CEO, Heather King.There is also a significant Norfolk council presence on the library board. Council appointees include Mayor Chopp, Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts, and Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele.A fact sheet distributed at Wednesday’s meeting suggests that library branches in Simcoe, Port Dover, Port Rowan, Waterford and Delhi are busy places and true hubs of their communities.A total of 19,654 active library cards were on file as of Dec. 31. This compares with 17,002 at the end of 2017. Other highlights from the 2018 report include: Library staff provided 47,759 responses to questions last year that required more than a “Yes” or “No” answer. This compares to 44,391 through all of 2017.  A total of 270,365 people passed through the doors of Norfolk branches last year. This is up from 253,437 in 2017 but down from the 273,846 who visited in 2016.  There were 99,169 visits to the library website last year. This is up from 93,170 visits in 2017. After it approved the 2018 library budget, Norfolk council approved the creation of a $1-million “council initiative reserve.”The plan is to draw on this reserve in case of emergency or to fund worthwhile undertakings that are brought to council’s attention in 2019. Money left over at the end of the year will be allocated to the county’s contingency reserve fund.This newly-minted reserve raised the proposed residential tax increase from 2.1 per cent to nearly 3.2 per cent. There was, however, no corresponding increase in the library board’s read more

UN says Paris Agreement on climate change must aim for longterm environmental

There are 13 countries, mostly small island developing States, which are expected to deposit their instruments of ratification immediately after signing the agreement on Friday. Events tomorrow will begin with an opening ceremony starting at 8:30 a.m., which will include music from students of New York’s Julliard School and a short video bringing the “gavel moment” from Paris to the signature ceremony. This will be followed by the signature ceremony, which is a legal formality where only Heads of State or Government, foreign ministers, or other representatives with “formal powers” from their Governments may sign the agreement. After signing the agreement, leaders will deliver their national statements, having been asked by the Secretary-General to, among other things, provide an update on how their Governments will implement their national climate plans and integrate them into their overall sustainable development plans; and indicate their Governments’ timetable for ratifying the Agreement. In the afternoon, there will be a High-Level Event on Implementation, which will focus on highlighting how all actors of society and economy can accelerate action, learn from one another, and replicate and scale successful initiatives and activities that will deliver the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The session will be moderated by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, and French Environment Minister and COP 21 President Ségolène Royal. The session will feature a link-up with the Solar Impulse aircraft that is attempting to be the first airplane to circumnavigate the world using only renewable energy. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, David Nabarro, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, told reporters that the signing of the Paris Agreement is crucial because achieving progress in relation to climate change is central to the broader effort of achieving the SDGs.“Most people who looked at the global situation say that if we don’t succeed in maintaining the world under a 2 degrees Celsius rise, then it’s going to be incredibly difficult to realize the Sustainable Development Goals,” he warned. “And so implementing the Paris agreement is important for promoting prosperity, improving people’s wellbeing, and protecting the environment.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second left), UNFCCC’s Christiana Figueres (left), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and President of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), and President François Hollande of France (right), celebrate historic adoption of Paris Agreement. Photo: UNFCCC As global leaders prepare to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change tomorrow at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today called on signatories to go beyond their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions if the world is to avoid catastrophic future weather events. “I welcome the fact that over 160 countries have declared they are signing up to the Paris Agreement but we are in real danger of being overtaken by the rapid pace of global warming if signatories do not significantly scale up the level of their ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Robert Glasser, the UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction. “It is clear that weather and climate are implicated in 90 per cent of major disaster events attributed to natural hazards. Droughts, floods, storms and heatwaves have the potential to undermine many developing states’ efforts to eradicate poverty. Climate change is adding to pre-existing levels of risk fuelled by exposure and socio-economic vulnerability,” he added. Indeed, in order to keep the global spotlight focused on climate change and build on the strong momentum generated by the Paris Agreement, global leaders will participate tomorrow in a signature ceremony hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Paris Agreement was adopted by all 196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on 12 December 2015. In the Agreement, all countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius. Thus far, the latest assessment indicates that more than 165 countries will sign the landmark accord, setting a record for the most countries to sign an international agreement on one day. The previous record was set in 1982, when 119 countries signed the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The event coincides with International Mother Earth Day and in his message on the Day, Mr. Ban said the Paris accord, in conjunction with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, holds the power to transform our world. All of the world’s largest economies, and the largest greenhouse gas emitters, have indicated that they will sign the agreement on Friday. The signing is the first step towards ensuring that the agreement enters into force as soon as possible. After signing, countries must take the further national (or domestic) step of accepting or ratifying the agreement. “The momentum achieved by so many signatures on one day sends a clear signal of solidarity and resolve. Now we must unleash the full force of human ingenuity and ensure low-emission growth and improved climate resilience, the UN chief noted in his Earth Day message.“Leadership from the top is crucial. But each of us has a role to play. We can make energy-efficient choices, stop wasting food, reduce our carbon footprints and increase our sustainable investments,” said the Secretary-General, stressing that small actions, multiplied by billions, will bring about dramatic change, bolstering the Paris Agreement “and setting us on a trajectory to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”The agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for at least 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance with the Secretary-General. read more

Blackout dates point to September 20 as iPhone 5S launch day

first_imgThanks to some vacation blackout dates over at T-Mobile, it looks like the new iPhone will be headed to shelves on September 20.Apple has the retail experience when it comes to delivering a device shortly after announcing down pat. No other company comes close to being able to release popular hardware with enough stock to meet that day one rush.Over the last couple of years, the company has excelled at being able to deliver the iPhone just days after announcing it, and it looks like this year will be no different. Based on a few T-Mobile employees reporting blackout dates for vacations and a widely anticipated announcement date of September 10, it looks like Apple’s next wave of hardware will be hitting shelves on September 20.Between the big iPhone 5S announcement, the leaked photos and videos of the iPhone 5C, and tons of rumors surrounding a new iPad design, it’s possible that Apple’s September 10 announcement will be a wallet emptying affair. The new iPads are expected to follow in the design footsteps of the iPad mini, while the colorful plastic backs of the supposedly cheaper iPhone 5C will offer a whole new world of choices for Apple fans. With iOS 7 reaching the final stages of its beta testing and September being right around the corner, it appears that all of the pieces are falling into place.If T-Mobile employees are being told not to take time off between September 20-22, it seems more than likely you’ll see more of the same from Verizon, AT&T, and of course Apple. If the past is any indicator, we’ll also see Apple’s new hardware lineup at electronics retailers the same day, with pre-orders for the new hardware going up just after the announcement.The only thing we have to do now is wait. How hard could that be?last_img read more

Over 1300 nursing and midwifery posts in Irish hospitals are being left

first_img 17,115 Views Over 1,300 nursing and midwifery posts in Irish hospitals are being left vacant One in six midwifery posts are being left vacant. By Rónán Duffy The INMO points to the HSE’s recruitment “pause” as the key driver of unfilled posts. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 26 Aug 2019, 8:07 AM The INMO points to the HSE’s recruitment “pause” as the key driver of unfilled posts. Image: Leah Farrell Share157 Tweet Email5 THERE ARE OVER 1,300 vacant nursing and midwifery posts in Irish hospitals due to the HSE’s effective recruitment freeze, the INMO has said today.Phil Ní Sheaghdha of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has said the figures demonstrate that the government is “refusing to fill frontline healthcare posts” and that patient care is being compromise as a result. Across staff nursing and midwifery in acute hospitals, 7% of funded posts are vacant, with 1,251 vacancies out of 17,623 posts.Midwifery is being hardest hit with one in six (17%) funded staff midwife posts now vacant, with 284 vacancies in a workforce of 1,687.The INMO says that care for the elderly and those with an intellectual disability is also being affected by 420 vacancies in community health services. The INMO points to the HSE’s recruitment controls as the key driver of unfilled posts.The union met with the HSE on Friday evening to call for curtailment of services until staffing reaches safe levels.“The figures are stark: the government are refusing to fill frontline healthcare posts,” Ní Sheaghdha said following that meeting. Aug 26th 2019, 8:07 AM 31 Comments Image: Leah Farrell Short URL Graduating nurses and midwives are considering their employment options as we speak. Yet despite repeated public promises from the Minister for Health that they would all have full-time permanent jobs upon graduation, the majority have not received offers or contracts.The HSE has rejected the claim that a recruitment freeze is in place and told that “controls” were in place on recruitment.Health Minister Simon Harris told the Dáil in May that he believed that the controls put in place by the HSE were “sensible”Harris had also the controls would remain in place until the end of June but a HSE spokesperson has now said they will stay in place pending further budgetary assurances.- With reporting by Sean Murraylast_img read more

ASA Urges Ag Secretary to Maintain Oilseed Loan Rates

first_imgWith uncertainties regarding whether a new farm bill will be enacted this year, the American Soybean Association (ASA), National Sunflower Association and the U.S. Canola Association have joined together to strongly urge Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman to use Administrative discretion to maintain oilseed loan rates at current levels for 2002 crops. Allowing the soybean loan rate to fall from the current $5.26 per bushel to the statutory minimum rate of $4.92 per bushel for 2002 crops would directly reduce producer income by more than $1 billion.“With the outlook for another bumper oilseed harvest this fall and continuing low pricesinto next year, maintaining oilseed loan rates is essential to protecting farm income and theviability of minor oilseed industries,” said ASA President Bart Ruth, a soybean grower fromRising City, Neb.In urging Veneman to maintain current oilseed loan rates, ASA noted that oilseeds havethe lowest stocks-to-use ratios of major U.S. crops. According to the U.S. Department ofAgriculture’s (USDA) October estimates, the 2001/2002 end of marketing year stocks-to-useratio for soybeans is projected at just over 12 percent, compared to almost 15 percent for corn, 20 percent for rice, 29 percent for wheat and 51 percent for cotton. Reducing oilseed loan rateswould only drive up production of crops already in greater oversupply.ASA also informed Veneman that maintaining oilseed loan rates at current levels isnecessary to protect U.S. oilseed producers from the negative effects of a higher valued U.S.Dollar and massively devalued Brazilian currency that is sending false production signals toBrazilian farmers.Since 1997, the U.S. Dollar has gained strength against the currencies of at least 15 majorimporters. The higher valued U.S. Dollar is causing foreign buyers to have to pay more of theirlocal currencies for oilseeds today than they were paying when oilseed prices were 30 percenthigher in 1997.“Very clearly, the high-valued U.S. Dollar is a major reason why soybeans and othercommodities are priced so low today,” said Ruth. “Maintaining loan rates at current levels is theonly policy tool available to USDA to reduce the negative impact of the strong Dollar policy onU.S. producers.”ASA also informed the Secretary that maintaining oilseed loan rates at current levels isnecessary to temper the effects on U.S. soybean farmers of a devalued Brazilian Real that issending false production signals to Brazilian farmers. Since July 1, 1997, the Brazilian Real hasdevalued 157 percent against the U.S. dollar. However, because international soybean prices are denominated in U.S. Dollars, a farmer in Brazil selling soybeans today for the equivalent of$4.30 per bushel actually receives 41 percent more for his crop in Brazilian Reis than he did inJuly, 1997 when soybeans were selling for the equivalent of $7.80 per bushel.“That’s why Brazilian farmers are projected by USDA to increase their soybean plantings31 percent from 1997/98 to 2002/03, despite a 30 percent decline in global soybean prices,” Ruth added. “Reducing U.S. soybean loan rates at a time when the grossly devalued Brazilian Real is sending false production signals to Brazilian farmers would have the effect of transferring soybean production and market share from the United States to Brazil.“Reducing soybean production in the United States relative to other crops, or transferringproduction and market share to Brazil would be poor public policy,” Ruth concluded. “Theglobal and domestic demand for soybeans has grown much more than any other agriculturalcommodity over the last decade. Reducing oilseed loan rates would undercut U.S. producers’efforts to compete internationally.”During the period 1990/91 to 1999/00, global usage of soybeans grew by 56 percent ascompared to 27 percent for corn, 15 percent for rice, 7.5 percent for cotton, and only 6.2 percent for wheat. In the United States, growth in usage of soybeans similarly outpaced the growth of other commodities, with soybean usage growing by 36 percent and wheat usage actually declining by 5 percent.last_img read more

Economist urges lawmakers to address deficit uncertainty

first_imgWhat the Legislature does in response to the state government’s $4 billion deficit could have big effects on Alaska’s economy, according to a leading economist.Download AudioInstitute of Social and Economic Research Director Gunnar Knapp presents possible economic effects of state budget proposals to the Houses Finance Committee, Feb. 25, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Gunnar Knapp, director of the University of Alaska Institute of Social and Economic Research, told the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday that uncertainty over the budget is a concern for the economy.Knapp said closing the budget gap in one year could be too much, too fast. But it’s important for the state to have a plan, he said.“If you can in fact reduce the uncertainty, then it makes more sense to implement … things over time,” Knapp said. “But there’s all the difference in the world between that and saying, ‘OK, we fixed 30 percent of the problem and we’ll … we’ll get back to you on what comes next.’”Knapp said the state isn’t in recession yet, but appears to be heading into one. Job losses in the oil and gas industry, construction, and state government have been offset by gains in health care and hospitality.“I would say that regardless of what you do, I think it’s very unlikely that the recession we will be facing would be as severe or damaging as the 1980s recession,” he said.Knapp said that’s because the economy is bigger, more diverse and less over-extended with borrowing and construction than it was in the 1980s.Knapp urged lawmakers to focus on major issues, like making changes to Permanent Fund earnings and new revenue:“My own instincts are that you can’t get there without new revenues,” Knapp said.Gov. Bill Walker has proposed a personal income tax. Legislative leaders have so far resisted the proposal.Fairbanks Republican Sen. Pete Kelly said he doesn’t want to raise taxes until the Legislature has done more to cut the size of government.“If we’re getting into the discussion of the things that begin to affect the flat-rate mechanic in my district, about whether he or she should pay taxes and start giving up the fruits of … their labor,” Kelly said. “That has to be done later, after we have made sure everything else about government is on the table. Then we’ll start talking about the things that are on their table.”Kelly questioned whether Knapp’s emphasis on having a state fiscal plan to reduce uncertainty was influenced by Governor Bill Walker. In response, Knapp said he realizes lawmakers face difficult decisions, but he’s trying to stay out of the politics on either side of the issue.last_img read more

McLean Youth Orchestra Concert

first_imgThe McLean Youth Orchestra’s second concert of the 2014-15 Season, cancelled due to the weather, has been rescheduled for March 14 at 3 p.m. at the Oakcrest School, 850 Balls Hill Road. The concert will feature performances by the McLean Youth Orchestra and the MYO Repertory Orchestra. The Orchestra’s new Music Director, John Devlin, will conduct Brahms, Beethoven and two pieces by composer, Evan Meier. The MYO will perform Assembleges and Pastiche by Meier. The MYO Repertory Orchestra will perform music by Mozart and Grainger. The concert is free and open to the public.For more information, please see the orchestra’s website, or call 703-893-8646.last_img read more

Childrens African Book Awards Family Festival

first_imgThe Children’s African Book Awards is scheduled to host a free family festival which will be held at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave., SE from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 4. There are various games and workshops planned that are family-friendly. Children will be given the opportunity to spin yarn, listen to stories from Ghana, Morocco, and the Ivory Coast. A panel of the recipients of the Children’s Africana Book Awards will also be available to sign their books. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For registration and more information, visit’s African Book Awards Family Festivallast_img read more

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Dolbey earned this year’s… read more Technology | January 06, 2015 IDS Debuts Advanced Integration With Cloud Speech Engine for its Speech Recognition, Reporting Platform IDS debuted at RSNA 2014 Voice2Dox speech recognition and reporting platform with cloud-based clinical speech… read more Related Content Technology | February 19, 2015 Calgary Scientific Launches ResolutionMD 5.0 Calgary Scientific Inc. announced the release of ResolutionMD 5.0, which offers better access to health information,… read more News | Information Technology | July 28, 2017 Nuance Restores Service to Majority of eScription Clients Following Malware Incident Nuance Communications Inc. provided an update on its restoration process following the previously reported June 27,… read more Feature | August 14, 2008 | Euan S. Thomson, Ph.D. Web Exclusive: Offering a Framework of Frameless Options Image-guided radiosurgery has evolved and advanced to become a viable surgical choice News | Dictation Systems | March 07, 2016 M*Modal Highlights Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation at HIMSS 2016 M*Modal announced that its clinical intelligence platform has been broadly embraced by physicians in over 150 sites… read more News | Clinical Decision Support | April 28, 2016 G2 Speech, LogicNets Announce Strategic Partnership for Clinical Structured Reporting April 28, 2016 — G2 Speech, European provider of… read more First used to treat brain tumors, radiosurgery has recently gone through a rapid evolution to include real-time image guidance and compact linear accelerators that can mount onto robotic arms.During the last decade, radiosurgery has moved from solely an alternative to brain surgery to a viable non-invasive treatment for tumors anywhere in the body.Improvements in image-guidance technology and robotics are the foundation on which a second-generation of radiosurgery systems has been built. These sophisticated radiosurgery systems have eliminated the need for patients to be fitted with a stereotactic frame and have expanded the use of radiosurgery beyond just intracranial applications. Now radiosurgery is capable of treating tumors throughout the body, including the head, neck, spine, lung, prostate, liver and pancreas. Today’s radiosurgery systems use image guidance during the treatment process to determine the location of the tumor in real time. In the brain, the contours of the skull provide target reference coordinates, while elsewhere the body fiducials are typically implanted. However, new advanced algorithms are in use, which enable fiducial-free treatment of tumors both in the spine and the lung. Continual image guidance during treatmentContinual, real-time image guidance is achieved by repeatedly determining the tumor location by using bony landmarks or the implanted fiducials. First the position of the tumor is determined prior to treatment by a computed tomography (CT) scan, which is often supplemented with an angiography or other type of functional imaging, such as a positron emission tomography (PET) scan or functional MRI (fMRI). These images are obtained while the patient is minimally restrained. The supplemental images are then compared by the radiosurgery system’s computer with the images from the treatment planning CT. This enables the position of the tumor to be translated into the coordinate frame of the linear accelerator. During the treatment process, real-time imaging is provided by X-ray devices. The radiosurgery system continually compares the X-ray images with the digitally reconstructed radiographs (DRRs) that were created during the treatment planning process. This comparison is what sets these second-generation radiosurgery systems apart because it enables the system and/or the clinician to check the tumor position and adjust the delivery of radiation accordingly if the tumor or patient moves.These real-time adjustments are made possible by an interface between the treatment execution software and robotic devices that adjust the beam position during the treatment process. Currently there are two approaches to repositioning the patient during treatment. The first entails moving the table on which the patient rests during treatment. The second, more advanced method utilizes a robotic arm on which a lightweight linear accelerator is attached. In this scenario, the patient remains in the same position, but the robotic arm moves to change the beam target and trajectory.Treating tumors that moveUsing fiber optic sensing technology, the respiratory tracking technology is able to monitor and track a patient’s respiratory motions in real time. In conjunction with continual image guidance technology, respiratory tracking can correlate tumor motion with respiratory motion, dynamically directing the linear accelerator to deliver highly accurate radiation beams to moving tumors. Respiratory tracking technology constantly updates its correlation model with each new X-ray image, automatically correcting for any changes in the patient’s breathing patterns. This eliminates the need for complex gating or painful breath-holding techniques, allowing patients to breath normally during treatment.Using a custom-designed vest with tracking markers, patient setup is simple, especially for multi-fraction treatments where the vest and markers rarely need to be adjusted on subsequent treatments. A fiducial-free futureWhile fiducials still play a role in many of the extracranial radiosurgery treatments, technology is advancing to a point where even this minimally invasive process can be eliminated. Today, new advanced tracking algorithms have been developed that enable fiducial-free tracking of tumors in the spine and lung. In the spine, the algorithm enables the real-time image guidance system to pick minute, discrete points on the vertebrae and track each of these points individually to determine patient or tumor movement during treatment. For the lung, the first soft tissue tracking capabilities have been developed for continually monitoring the location of a lung tumor during treatment, even while the patient breathes normally. These use advanced, highly sophisticated image processing and image registration techniques to automatically lock onto the tumor directly, tracking it throughout the entire procedure. Researchers are now exploring ways to eliminate the need for fiducials altogether, making radiosurgery completely non-invasive and expanding its uses to other indications, such as prostate and breast cancer. Achieving this goal will require further advancements in image guidance and treatment planning algorithms. For instance, pre-operatively, there may be alternative ways to combine different imaging modalities, such as fusing PET with CTs and MRI, which would enable clinicians to more readily diagnose the tumor and determine its exact location. Additionally, new advanced algorithms and other techniques may be developed to better compare the reference images.Leksell’s prescient comment about new developments in physics and engineering still holds true today. Future developments, however, may not be making “radical changes in the old surgical handicraft.” Instead they will continue to shape the definition of radiosurgery and the approach in which cancer is treated.Going mainstreamSo what will it take for radiosurgery technology to become more of a mainstream option used by more than a handful of facilities?Treatment experience over the past 40 years has established radiosurgery as an accepted option for the treatment of intracranial lesions. Over the past 10 years, Accuray Inc.’s CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System has extended the application of radiosurgical principles beyond the brain to include extracranial targets such as spine, lung, liver, pancreas and prostate tumors.Radiosurgery for the treatment of spinal tumors is now widely accepted in the medical community worldwide. Acceptance of radiosurgery for the treatment of medically and some surgically inoperable lung tumors is also growing. This acceptance has led to the desire to compare radiosurgery to other proven surgical treatments, such as in the upcoming randomized study comparing CyberKnife radiosurgery to surgery for early-stage operable lung cancer patients. As more and more data are generated in treatment applications, such as prostate cancer and liver cancer, the acceptance of radiosurgery to treat these tumors and others will increase.Costs to acquire and operate a system like CyberKnife also play a role. System and maintenance costs for the CyberKnife System are very similar to that of other radiosurgery-modified gantry systems. From an operational perspective, the daily QA staffing requirements for the CyberKnife System are notably less than that required for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) systems. Considering that the CyberKnife System is in the relatively early stages of its product lifecycle, its value is much greater when compared to other systems that are derived from technologies that have been on the market for 25-plus years and may be nearing the end of their lifecycle. Many facilities have found that use of the CyberKnife System has improved their overall patient throughput because an entire radiosurgery treatment can be completed in 1 to 5 days, as compared to the weeks and months required to complete treatment with conventional radiation delivery technology. The CyberKnife System’s accuracy and tissue-sparing abilities enable it to deliver much higher doses of radiation in 1 to 5 treatment sessions.What is more interesting, however, is that many facilities that have installed the CyberKnife System have experienced an overall increase in radiation oncology referrals to the facility. This is because patients who are appropriate candidates for radiosurgery can be treated in addition to patients whose disease is more amenable to treatment with conventional radiotherapy. The ability of the CyberKnife System to be complementary to existing conventional treatments expands the range of patients to whom a site can offer treatment. While the field of radiation oncology is constantly innovating and developing new methods for compensating for target motion and improving methods of radiation dose delivery, the CyberKnife continuously tracks target motion and can automatically correct for that motion and ensure that the high doses of radiation reach the target accurately and safely through its Synchrony Respiratory Tracking System. The CyberKnife continues to improve its methods of tracking and target identification, as exemplified by the introduction of the completely non-invasive real-time lung tumor tracking system, Xsight Lung, at the 2006 ASTRO meeting. Radiosurgery and the CyberKnife System are about accuracy and not simply delivering high doses. To best treat patients it is essential to spare as much normal tissue as possible and to ensure the tumor receives the full dose. Conventional radiation delivery systems and “part-time” radiosurgical systems are constrained by the fixed rotations of their gantry systems and the inability to automatically correct for tumor motion. Most of these systems rely solely on pretreatment imaging to target tumors, and do not continuously assess tumor location during the treatment. This has the potential to drastically reduce their ability to accurately deliver treatments and maximally spare sensitive normal tissue.Euan S. Thomson, Ph.D., is president and CEO, Sunnyvale, CA-based Accuray Inc., which develops and markets the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System. Thomson has served as Accuray’s CEO since March 2002, and as president since October 2002. From March 1999 to February 2002, Thomson served during various periods as president, CEO and a member of the board of directors of Photoelectron Corp., a publicly held medical device company. Prior to joining Photoelectron, he held various positions as a medical physicist within the United Kingdom National Health Service and worked as a consultant for medical device companies, including Varian Oncology Systems and Radionics Inc. Thomson holds a B.S. in Physics, an M.S. in Radiation Physics and a Ph.D. in Physics, with an emphasis on stereotactic brain radiotherapy, each from the University of London. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Information Technology | February 26, 2016 Nuance Unveils Dragon Medical One Platform Nuance Communications Inc. announced Dragon Medical One, a universal and secure cloud-based platform that provides… read more Technology | April 16, 2015 Nuance Showcases New Clinical Documentation Tools for Mobile Devices and Wearables Nuance Communications showcased its newest innovations for bringing clinical documentation to smart devices, smart… read more Technology | Dictation Systems | November 25, 2015 M*Modal Expands its Imaging Reporting Suite to Improve Documentation Quality November 25, 2015 — M*Modal will showcase improvements to its Fluency for Imaging reporting suite at RSNA 2015. read more Technology | June 03, 2015 Nuance Launches First Evidence-Based Computer-Assisted Reporting Solution for Radiologists Nuance Communications Inc. announced the general availability of PowerScribe 360 Reporting version 3.0, delivering the… read more last_img read more

World Travel Awards lands in Lima ahead of Gala Ceremony 2016

first_imgWorld Travel Awards lands in Lima ahead of Gala Ceremony 2016Peruvian capital Lima is beginning the final preparations for the World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony 2016.The event will take place at Swissôtel Lima on Friday, July 1st.Hundreds of leaders from across the hospitality industry will attend the red carpet ceremony, with the best among them recognised with the prestigious World Travel Awards trophies.Each World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony offers unrivalled networking opportunities to members of the travel and tourism industry, with the events welcoming government and industry leaders as well as international print and broadcast media.World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “It will be an honour to welcome the nominees for the World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony to Peru and to the wonderful Swissôtel Lima.“This is a world-class property and the ideal stage for us to showcase the best of regional hospitality.”It will be the second time World Travel Awards has visited Peru, following a rapturously received debut in 2013, and first the time industry leading event has been welcomed to Swissôtel Lima.An elegant and modern luxury hotel, Swissôtel Lima is located in the heart of San Isidro, the most attractive business, residential and cultural district of the city.The five-star luxury hotel recently completed a multi-million dollar expansion, making it the place to be and be seen in Peru.Partners for the Latin America Gala Ceremony 2016 include Delta Air Lines, TV5 Monde, Swissôtel Lima and PromPerú.World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region. World Travel AwardsSource = World Travel Awardslast_img read more

Gary Oldman wins best actor Oscar for Darkest Hou

first_imgGary Oldman wins best actor Oscar for ‘Darkest Hour’ by The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2018 8:27 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gary Oldman accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for “Darkest Hour” at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) center_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Gary Oldman did Winston Churchill proud.Oldman’s performance as the indomitable British statesman in “Darkest Hour” earned the best actor Oscar on Sunday, capping his triumphant awards season that included a Golden Globe and other trophies for the role.The English-born Oldman thanked the country that he’s made his home.“I’ve lived in America for the longest time and I am deeply grateful to her for the loves and the friendships I have made and the many wonderful gifts it has given me. My home, my livelihood, my family and my Oscar,” he said. “The movies …. captivated a young man from South London and gave him a dream.”Oldman saluted “Sir Winston Churchill, who has been marvelous company on what can be described as an incredible journey,” and thanked his wife and his 98-year-old mom.“She is watching this ceremony from the comfort of her sofa. I say to my mother, ‘Thank you for your love and support, put the kettle on. I am bringing Oscar home,’” he said.Oldman underwent hours of makeup to become Churchill for “Darkest Hour,” which focuses on a pivotal time when the prime minister rallied his country to fight Nazi Germany.Oldman, previously nominated for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” is a leading man with a character actor’s portfolio. His wide-ranging roles have included Lee Harvey Oswald in “JFK,” Sirius Black in the “Harry Potter” franchise and his 1980s breakout roles as Sid Vicious in “Sid and Nancy” and playwright Joe Orton in “Prick Up Your Ears.”His competition for the Oscar included Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”; Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”; Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out” and Denzel Washington,” Roman J. Israel, Esq.”___For full coverage of awards season, visit: read more

EAC head says will invite unions to dialogue on pay demands

first_imgTHE head of the electricity authority (EAC) said on Saturday the management would invite unions to a dialogue provided they withdrew lawsuits they filed against members of the board because of its refusal to comply with a court decision to reverse pay cuts imposed in 2012 as part of an austerity drive.“We want to invite them to a dialogue again but you realise it is not easy for one to talk to a plaintiff,” Emily Yiolitis told the Cyprus News Agency. “We call on the unions to withdraw the private criminal cases they have started and we will invite them to a dialogue.”Unions have filed private criminal cases against the entire EAC board for contempt of the administrative court after it refused to grant them pay increases as a result of the decision that annulled the measures.But the state is appealing that court decision, and wants to freeze the payment of any such compensation until a final judgment is delivered by the supreme court.EAC workers want the compensation to be paid to them now.Union leaders on Friday met President Nicos Anastasiades after the workers threatened to go on strike over pay and other demands that the management is unwilling to satisfy.Unions also want the EAC to apply the pay scale rises resulting from the reversal and maintain the organisation’s healthcare fund in its current form despite the introduction of the national health scheme (Gesy).As the employer, the EAC pays 5.9 per cent on the workers’ salaries into the fund on top of 1.85 per cent for the Gesy. The EAC has proposed paying the difference into the separate health fund.They made it clear after the meeting with Anastasiades that the issue of regulating strikes in essential services as a government response, had not been mooted as reports had suggested beforehand.  You May LikeDirect HealthyAt 62, Steve Harvey Drives This Kind Of CarDirect HealthyUndoHistory A2ZWhere You Should Retire in the USA: States Ranked From Worst To BestHistory A2ZUndoKelley Blue BookConsidering a Full-Size Ford Pickup Truck? Good NewsKelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more