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In 2 yrs 10 persons died due to manual scavenging in Ggn

first_imgGurugram: Death of workers due to manual scavenging does not seem to cease despite various governments announcing that there will be the usage of technology to deal with the challenge.In Gurugram alone, as many as 10 workers lost their lives in the last two years while cleaning sewers. The data collected by the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK) shows that at least 50 workers died cleaning sewers in the first six months of 2019. This data, according to the commission, is a gross underestimate and includes figures of only eight states — Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Despite officials of MCG insisting that manholes are cleaned with machines, the situation on the ground paints a different picture.last_img

Ford Freedom Unsung Heroes Honored

first_imgFord Motor Company has announced the winners of the Ford Freedom Unsung Award, celebrating individuals who have made significant contributions in their communities.Honorees will be recognized for their outstanding achievements at a special reception at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live June 19.Made possible by a grant from Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford Freedom Unsung salutes individuals and organizations that have positively impacted communities with achievements that inform and inspire others.“This program shines a spotlight on those who go above and beyond to positively impact communities, but are often not recognized for what they do,” said Pamela Alexander, director of community development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Whether it is a mother who tutors children, a brother who sacrificed years serving his country, a neighbor who leads a nonprofit organization or a father who has dedicated his life to serving the homeless, unsung heroes surround us every day and look for nothing in return.”Ford is bringing its national program to Southern California as part of its ongoing commitment to honor distinguished Americans who dedicate their lives to improving their communities and the world. Awards are given in five categories: Community, Education, Military, Youth and Organization.Award-winning actress Keke Palmer, known for her commitment to bullying prevention and other youth issues, will serve as the program’s youth ambassador.Kevin Frazier, co-anchor of “The Insider,” will serve as master of ceremonies. The recognition program will include a special performance by actor/singer Sheryl Lee Ralph.The 2013 Ford Freedom Unsung-Southern California awards will be given to: Organization Gang Alternatives ProgramJenesse Center Inc.New Directions for VeteransA New Way of Life Reentry ProjectStarting Over Inc. CommunityWilfred “Bill” CogginsRita HallSherri PeguesAreva MartinWilliam Allen Young MilitaryPatricia Jackson KelleyIvan Mason EducationAngela M. EvansHaywood GalbreathDarlene JerniganE. Elaine MooreDerek Richardson YouthJustice Reigns FergusonShauniece FrazierCarey Poindexterlast_img read more

Canadian musicians grapple with whether to leave Facebook

first_imgAdvertisement “Everything’s there. It’s all connected already, so I don’t know if it’s wise to get rid of a Facebook fan page,” she said. “I would never get rid of mine.”Coupland, like many independent musicians early in their careers, is always looking for ways to promote her music without spending a lot of money. Facebook is cheap to use and can potentially reach millions of listeners. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Folk singer Claire Coupland doesn’t love Facebook, but when it comes to promoting her music career, she’s almost married to the social-media goliath.Her relationship with the platform is fraught with her questions about its true effectiveness, but like most musicians, the Toronto-based performer sticks around. She shows up nearly every week to post something that she hopes will attract new listeners and keep loyal fans entertained, such as a new song or recent photo.And despite concerns over Facebook data breaches, she hasn’t seriously considered joining the chorus of users who severed ties with the platform and deleted their profiles. It seems like most musicians haven’t. Advertisement Folk singer Claire Coupland is sticking with her Facebook page for now, as it helps keeps a connection to her fans. (CHRIS YOUNG / THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Canadian Tire buys SherWood Athletics Groups global hockey trademarks

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian Tire Corp. says it has acquired Sher-Wood Athletics Group Inc.’s global hockey trademarks.The retailer says INA International Ltd., a division of the company, acquired the trademarks.It says the deal also includes Sher-Wood’s related inventory.The Sherbrooke, Que.-based company has been in operation for more than 60 years.It manufactures and distributes hockey gear and hockey licensed products.Canadian Tire did not provide details about the acquisition and Sher-Wood declined to comment on details of the transaction.Companies in this story: (TSX:CTC.A)last_img

Former DIG Nalaka de Silva further remanded

He was arrested after being questioned over an alleged conspiracy to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and other VVIPs.Activist Namal Kumara had made the revelation to the media over the plot to kill the President, following a telephone conversation he had with Nalaka de Silva. (Colombo Gazette) Former Terrorist Investigations Department head, (DIG) Nalaka de Silva, was today ordered to be further remanded till Nonmember 21st.He was arrested last month by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and remanded till today.

Carmakers Canadian governments tackling electric car range anxiety

MONTREAL – Automakers are hoping to overcome the biggest roadblock to electric vehicles sales — range anxiety among consumers — with a little help from government.A spokesman for Ford Canada said Monday that government efforts to extend the network of recharging stations along highways and elsewhere is a big psychological boost in helping consumers overcome range anxiety, even though the typical Canadian urban commute is far shorter than the travelling range of many of today’s plug-in vehicles.“(With) both the federal government and provincial governments working together to develop the infrastructure you’ll see range anxiety eventually disappear,” Marc Vejgman, Ford’s product marketing manager, said in an interview at a global electric vehicle conference in Montreal.Meanwhile, new products from the automakers themselves are starting to bring more consumers around.Nissan says sales of its popular Leaf plug-in surged 50 per cent when it introduced a more powerful battery last November that boosted the car’s range by 27 per cent to 172 kilometres.Ford is planning to introduce a new battery this fall that will increase the range of its all-electric Focus by 31 per cent to 160 km.Nissan said it believes new technology can double the Leaf’s range in three years and add hundreds of kilometres over time.But Kazuo Yajima, alliance global director of the company’s electric vehicle engineering division, said efforts to add more range needs to be tempered with reducing vehicle costs.“We cannot rely on the (government) subsidies or incentives forever,” he said.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Quebec’s $8,000 subsidy for the purchase of electric vehicles will only be phased out when sales hit a critical mass and prices fall.B.C. offers a $5,000 subsidy and Ontario provides up to $14,000 in incentives as it aims for electric cars to make up five per cent of new vehicle sales by 2020.“It’s hard for me to tell you at what moment we will be able to decrease the incentives,” Couillard told reporters, adding that the sale of electric and hybrid cars generates returns for the provincial economy.“When you fill up you car with gasoline you basically encourage oil exporters — also of course Canadian oil producers — but if you charge your electric car you send money directly through Hydro-Quebec and recycle it in Quebec’s economy,” he saidElectric cars are a niche market with less than one per cent of global auto sales. More than 21,000 plug-in electric vehicles have been sold in Canada since 2011. The plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt leads, followed by the all-electric Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf. Together they account for almost 70 per cent of sales.Meanwhile, Quebec announced Monday that it will greatly increase the number of fast-charge stations for electric vehicles along one of the province’s busiest highways. Quick-charging stations will be added in two phases in six communities along the 580-kilometre stretch of Highway 20 between Montreal and Mont-Joli.Couillard said the announcement demonstrates the province’s drive to encourage the use of such vehicles and reduce greenhouse gases. The province aims to increase the number of electric and hybrid vehicles on Quebec roads tenfold to 100,000 by 2020.Couillard said interest in electric cars is growing exponentially, but infrastructure needs to be deployed at a speed that accommodates growing demand. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 21, 2016 7:03 am MDT Last Updated Jun 21, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Carmakers, Canadian governments tackling electric car range anxiety read more

Opinion Cleveland Browns painful losses a possible sign of future success

Browns coach Mike Pettine acknowledges fans after the Browns’ 26-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 14 in Cleveland.Credit: Courtesy of TNSBeing a Cleveland Browns fan means that Sunday afternoons in the fall have great opportunity to be a day filled of letdown, gloominess and disappointment. Frankly, this has been the case five out of the last six weeks.What may be the worst part of this expanse is the fact that the Browns have lost four of these games in the second half after having a solid lead or on the last play of the game. Here a few examples from this current season: Sept. 27 – The Browns hosted the Oakland Raiders, in which Cleveland had played a hardfought game. Quarterback Josh McCown performed well with 341 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Browns rallied from behind to score a field goal and a touchdown with six minutes left in the game. Driving one last time, Cleveland had the ball on Oakland’s 35-yard line with 43 seconds left on the clock. McCown tried to connect a deep pass to wide receiver Travis Benjamin for a potential game-tying score, but veteran safety Charles Woodson intercepted the ball, killing the drive and thus ending the game.Oct. 4 – Cleveland traveled to the West Coast to face the San Diego Chargers. Out of all the games listed, I think this one wins the title of biggest disappointment. Another solid game from McCown and the entire team kept the Browns close in all four quarters. Under the five minute mark, Cleveland engineered a late touchdown drive, then converted on the two-point conversion to knot the game at 27. The Chargers stormed quickly down the field in response, setting an opportunity to kick a game-winning field goal. The first attempt went sailing as time expired but the ball clanked off the post. The field goal was no good.  However, an offside penalty on the Browns essentially gave the Chargers’ kicking unit a redo, which it sent through the heart of the uprights.Oct. 18 – The Denver Broncos — undefeated and led by future hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning — made their way to the banks of Lake Erie for a visit to an electric First Energy Stadium. Cleveland was coming off a win over its rival Baltimore in thrilling fashion — storming back in the second half and eventually connecting on game-winning field goal in overtime. (It’s crazy how the Browns can be on the bright side for once). Now, back against the Broncos, the Browns’ defense had quite the game, forcing three interceptions. This enabled the offense — despite the lackluster performance — to hang on in yet another tight game. Forcing overtime for a second straight week, Cleveland had backed the Broncos into a corner by intercepting the ball and having incredible field position. On par to what the season had been thus far, the Browns offense had a brain-fart, stalling out and eventually punting to give the Broncos the ball back. As the clock in overtime continued to dwindle down, Manning and the Broncos rallied, generating an impressive drive to only end the game on a 34-yard field goal. The Browns had their opportunities but they fell through their grasp.Nov. 1 – This past week, Arizona arrived in town. Cleveland got off to sluggish start before putting on an offensive clinic in the first half. McCown connected with tight end Gary Barnidge — who appears to now be McCown’s go-to man — for a touchdown, followed by a pair of connections with former Ohio State Buckeye Brian Hartline for two scores to give the Browns a 20-10 lead heading into the locker rooms at halftime. The momentum ceased to continue in the second frame though, as the defense struggled to pressure Cardinals’ signal-caller Carson Palmer, which allowed the 13-year NFL veteran to surgically dissect the Browns defense through the air. To no one’s surprise, the offense then stalled. Though the end result was not close, the first half sure gave fans a false hope for the rest of the game. But, in typical fashion, fans were left shaking their heads as another ‘L’ was added to the Browns’ record.What is by far the most painstaking element, and the utmost epitome of Cleveland Browns football is the fact that the team consistently loses games it has been a contender in. The past few seasons are great examples, in which the final record in no way represents how the season actually went.The Browns are on the verge of something good — a winning season, a playoff berth perhaps. The games this season reflect such a bold statement. One positive season is on the way, loyal Browns fans. I feel it.But it cannot come with a quarterback struggle and rearranging of coaches and front office personnel.  It is difficult to give hope for a team that is a laughingstock of a league, but know that when these games are close, they are signs that there is success on its way. read more

Five questions to ask about Ohio State – Indiana

Will Terrelle Pryor’s injury return the offense to ‘Tresselball?’ Following Pryor’s left quadriceps strain and his subsequent exit from the Illinois game, OSU reverted back to the offense featured during most of 2009: a heavy dose of the running game. Coach Jim Tressel said Pryor “will be fine” and should be near 100 percent in practice. As Pryor heals, expect Tressel to tone down the zone-reads and bootlegs and install more short passes and traditional hand-offs to the running backs. Even if Pryor is completely healthy come Saturday, presume OSU will dial back the offense a tad. Is it time for another Jeannette, Pa., native to shine? OSU’s running back situation is pretty transparent. Dan Herron is a solid but unspectacular between-the-tackles runner. Although Brandon Saine has tremendous straight-ahead speed, he has difficulty cutting quickly and moving laterally. Jordan Hall’s numbers aren’t mind-blowing (72 yards on 13 carries), but Pryor’s high school teammate has shown shiftiness and ability to burst through the hole and has some calling for him to see more playing time. Despite saying he is a “Jordan Hall fan” and has “1 million percent faith” in the sophomore, Tressel gave the vibe that “Boom” and “Zoom” would continue to share most of the carries. Can Christian Bryant fill Tyler Moeller’s shoes? With Moeller out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, Tressel said the defense will most likely proceed with Bryant as the starter at the “star” position. Bryant “got a good baptism Saturday and he’s going to get immersed [this Saturday],” Tressel said. The former Cleveland-Glenville star played every offensive-skill position in high school in addition to being an All-Ohio defender while playing both cornerback and safety. That versatility, in addition to his football savvy, has ignited his rise up the depth chart. Will the high-powered Hoosier attack exploit the banged-up Buckeye secondary? In last Saturday’s loss to Michigan, Indiana senior quarterback Ben Chappell set school records with 45 completions, 64 attempts and 480 passing yards. He’s posted eight straight multi-touchdown games and leads the Big Ten with 342.5 passing yards per game. Junior wide receiver Tandon Doss leads the Big Ten with almost 108 yards a game receiving and is second in the conference in receptions with nearly eight per contest. As a unit, the Hoosier pass offense ranks No. 4 in the nation. Although the OSU defense ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten in pass defense, allowing about 161 yards per game, aside from Miami, it hasn’t faced as diverse a passing attack as it will see Saturday against IU. OSU has also lost two of its normal starters, Moeller and C.J. Barnett, to season-ending injuries. Will the Buckeyes be caught looking ahead to their Oct. 16 showdown in Camp Randall against Wisconsin? OSU’s first big road test was supposed to come next Saturday against Wisconsin, but instead it came last Saturday against the Illini. Tressel said that game was a bit of a reality check for some players. “I think the fact that we played a Big Ten game and our guys see the difference between the non-conference and the Big Ten was great for us,” Tressel said. “We didn’t play our best and our guys would like to get to the point where we play our best, so I think they’ll be ready to go.” Although Wisconsin lost its first game of the season Saturday at Michigan State, the showdown a week from Saturday could go a long way in determining the winner of the Big Ten. read more

Keita BatesDiop providing spark off the bench for Ohio State mens basketball

Freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop drives toward the basket during a game against Penn State on Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-55. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerWhile the Ohio State men’s basketball team has seen its share of production from familiar names such as freshman guard D’Angelo Russell and senior forward Sam Thompson, it’s been the play of a young forward that is starting to get the attention of coaches.And not just his own.Freshman Keita Bates-Diop has scored more than a fifth of his points this season in the last two games for the Buckeyes, both wins for OSU.Bates-Diop had a career night with 14 points, while adding nine boards and three assists, in a 79-60 thrashing of Rutgers on Sunday.He followed that up with a seven-point, five-rebound performance in a 75-55 win against Penn State Wednesday night, and Nittany Lion coach Pat Chambers said he was not surprised by it.“He played really well against Rutgers. He knocked down some shots for them so he gives them another outside threat,” Chambers said after the game. “He’s long, he’s athletic and he’s rangy so he’s going to be a really good player for years to come. But he gives you another guy you have to worry about out there other than No. 0.”No. 0 is Russell, who said after the game that when players like Bates-Diop perform well, it makes it simpler for him and for the team to succeed.“Teams can’t really key on me if other guys are stepping up and doing what they’re good at,” Russell said. “It makes the game a lot easier for me.”Bates-Diop has been seeing increased minutes since the temporary departure of sophomore forward Marc Loving, who has missed the last three games with a suspension for an undisclosed reason. OSU coach Thad Matta said he expects Loving to return to action in the Buckeyes’ next game against the Michigan State Spartans, but added that Bates-Diop has earned more minutes with his recent play.“I think from the standpoint of how Keita has played, I am just so excited for him. This is kind of what we’ve been trying to get out of him just in terms of his aggressiveness,” Matta said. “He’s long, he can block shots he can rebound out of his area. I don’t think he shot the ball particularly well tonight (against Penn State), but we know he can do that and really stretch a defense.”Bates-Diop’s offensive game might not have been put on full display against the Nittany Lions, but the Normal, Ill., native shot 4-of-7 from the field against Rutgers, including 3-of-4 from long range.However, it isn’t just Bates-Diop’s offensive game that Matta has been pleased with. Matta added after the win over Penn State that Bates-Diop is starting to learn his role on defense better and it was evident Wednesday as he finished the night with three blocks and two steals.“He is learning how to use his length,” Matta said of the 6-foot-7-inch freshman. “He made a couple rotations defensively tonight that I think kind of solidified he understands what’s going on out there now.”Thompson, who scored a career-high 22 points in Wednesday’s win, said Bates-Diop will be key for the Buckeyes moving forward as the regular season winds down.“Keita’s been huge. He has been asked to step up, and in the last few games he has really answered the call,” Thompson said. “He has made shots, he has been aggressive offensively and defensively. We need Keita to keep that going.”Bates-Diop and the Buckeyes will look to do just that as they are set to take on the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. Tip-off is scheduled for noon. read more

Golding secures more Queensland coal work with Fitzroy

first_imgNRW Holdings subsidiary Golding Contractors has been awarded an early contractor involvement (ECI) contract by Fitzroy Australia Resources for the provision of project development services for the Ironbark No 1 coal mine in the Bowen Basin of Queensland.The ECI scope is to provide detailed design, costing and project scheduling for the civil and mining services required to develop the mine.The infrastructure associated with the ECI includes the bulk excavation and stabilisation of the box cut, installation of portals, haul roads, site access roads, dams and associated civil infrastructure.It is anticipated construction will start in the June quarter of 2019 should Fitzroy proceed with Golding.Ironbark No 1 (formerly known as the Ellensfield coal asset) is an advanced project situated around 30 km northeast of Moranbah and 125 km southwest of Mackay.Fitzroy is currently finalising the feasibility and approval processes to enable the construction of an underground longwall coking coal mine. The company, earlier this month, received the mining lease for the project.Golding’s contract award follows the successful completion of the 12-month Broadlea mining project for Fitzroy, which was awarded to the contractor in September 2017 and completed in October 2018.last_img read more

Research links 5000 additional suicides in 2009 to global economic crisis

first_imgRead: Priory Hall resident whose partner died by suicide welcomes 21 day timeline for solution>Read: Suicides in Kerry decreased since Donal Walsh spoke out, says coroner> IN 2009, AN additional 5,000 people globally died by suicide and a new study published today has found that these deaths may be linked  to the economic crash of the previous year.There were 82 excess male suicides in Ireland and 15 female suicides in 2009. The numbers are lower than in countries like France and Germany which saw over 350 excess suicides in the same year though other European countries like Luxembourg noted a decline.The research, published in the British Medical Journal, suggests that the 2008 global economic crisis could be to blame for the surge in suicide rates in both European and American countries, particularly among males and in countries with higher unemployment.This is the first study to look at international trends in suicide and showed that there was an excess of 5,000 male suicides in all countries studied in 2009 – an increase of 3.3 per cent.These increases were mainly seen in the 27 European countries and 18 American countries with the largest increase in Europe seen in the 15-24 year-old age bracket. There was no change in suicides in European females.“Rises seemed to be associated with the magnitude of increases in unemployment, particularly for males and in countries with low pre-crisis unemployment levels,” the study said.The researchers say that their findings are “likely to be an underestimate of the true global impact of the economic crisis on suicide” as data were unavailable for a number of countries.Also, increases in suicide are “likely to be the tip of the iceberg of recession-related emotional distress: for every suicide approximately 30-40 people make suicide attempts and for every suicide attempt about ten people experience suicidal thoughts”.The researchers concluded that “urgent action is needed to prevent the economic crisis from further increasing suicides” and that labour market programmes may “help offset the impact of recession on suicide”.If you feel like you need to talk to someone: Samaritans 1850 60 90 900 or email jo@samaritans.orgTeen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634Console 1800 201 890Aware 1890 303 302Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email mary@pieta.ielast_img read more

McEntees daughter set to run in Meath East byelection

first_imgTHE DAUGHTER of the late junior minister Shane McEntee is now virtually certain to contest the by-election to fill the vacant Dáil seat in Meath East.Helen McEntee, 27, is understood to have agreed to run for the Dáil seat which became vacant after her father’s death in December.Local councillors who may have been seen as potential Fine Gael candidates are happy to stand aside and allow McEntee run to keep the seat first won by her father in a by-election in 2005.A Fine Gael source said McEntee was now “virtually certain” to be the party candidate.Records show that the internet domain completed registration yesterday, and was registered by Helen McEntee herself under the description of a “politician’s name”.A date for the by-election has not yet been set. Under laws enacted since the present government took office, the writ to hold a by-election must be moved within six months of a seat becoming vacant – meaning a writ must be moved by the end of June, with a ballot held by mid-July at the latest.A decision on that matter could be made at this morning’s cabinet meeting, and may be announced in the Dáil later this afternoon.However, this could be held up by the fact that Labour has yet to nominate a candidate for the by-election, and because Helen McEntee has not yet publicly disclosed her intention to run.Fianna Fáil has nominated former Meath East TD and current senator Thomas Byrne, who came fourth in the three-seater in the 2011 general election, to contest the seat. Sinn Féin has nominated Darren O’Rourke, an advisor to the party’s health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin.Other confirmed candidates include Seamus McDonagh of the Worker’s Party, who will run on an ticket opposing water and property charges.The by-election will be the first test of party support at the ballot box since October 2011, when Labour’s Patrick Nulty was elected to fill the late Brian Lenihan’s seat in Dublin West. That election was held alongside the President election won by another Labour candidate, Michael D Higgins.Read: FF and SF to confirm candidates as Meath East by-election loomslast_img read more

Boil water notice in Cork finally lifted after eight months

first_img A BOIL WATER notice affecting over 10,000 people in Cork has been lifted after eight months.Irish Water said they issued the notice on 27 February 2016 which affected 10,300 premises supplied by the Whitegate Water Treatment Plant.According to the utility, the warning was issued due to the high levels of cloudiness in the water.Irish Water has  installed new treatment, storage and controls to address the raw water qualities which were experienced during bad weather conditions last winter.InvestmentThey said a €1million investment was made in a new filtration system and other upgrade works which they say will provide effective year round protection.Spokeswoman Aisling Buckley said: “Over 10,000 residents supplied by the Whitegate Dower Regional Water Supply Scheme have been on a boil water notice since February.“Irish Water worked closely with Cork County Council and the HSE and Environmental Protection Agency to resolve this issue but we understand the significant inconvenience and disruption caused to households, businesses and communities as a result of the extended notice.“We wish to apologise to all of those inconvenienced by this boil water notice.” Image: PA Wire/PA Images Oct 21st 2016, 8:47 PM 9,347 Views Friday 21 Oct 2016, 8:47 PM Boil water notice in Cork finally lifted after eight months Irish Water said they had invested €1 million to make sure users have access to clean water all-year-round. Share30 Tweet Email center_img Image: PA Wire/PA Images Short URL Appeal for information on two men who ran out of house after man shot dead in his Belfast home >A mock firefight and IED blast: Irish soldiers prepare for Lebanon > 19 Comments By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Homo Sapiens son arrivée en Europe plus précoce quon ne le pensait

first_imgHomo Sapiens : son arrivée en Europe plus précoce qu’on ne le pensaitL’arrivée de l’Homme moderne en Europe a eu lieu plusieurs millénaires avant les estimations jusqu’alors admises. Une découverte permise grâce à l’analyse de dents qui au moment où elles ont été trouvées, il y a une cinquantaine d’années, ont été à tort attribuées à des Néandertaliens. En réalité, elles appartiendraient aux premiers Homo sapiens européens.Les premiers Hommes modernes (Homo sapiens) auraient foulé le sol européen il y a environ 43.000 à 45.000 ans, plusieurs millénaires avant la date de leur arrivée jusqu’alors admise par les scientifiques. Cette découverte a été permise grâce à la collaboration de treize équipes européennes, rapporte le CNRS dans un communiqué.Les chercheurs, dont deux français, ont analysé deux dents de lait découvertes dans une grotte préhistorique italienne, la Grotta del Cavallo, il y a une cinquantaine d’années. Ces dents, qui d’après une datation au carbone 14, sont vieilles de 45.000 ans environ, avaient été considérées à tort comme celles de Néandertaliens. Mais en réalité, elles appartiennent à un Homo sapiens, ont révélé des reconstructions en 3D des restes humains comparées à un grand échantillon de dents néandertaliennes et modernes. Cette découverte constitue alors le plus ancien témoignage des Hommes modernes européens.Dans la revue Nature, les scientifiques qui ont mené cette étude expliquent avoir obtenu grâce à leurs travaux un nouvel éclairage pour mieux comprendre l’arrivée des premiers Homo Sapiens en Europe, et la période de transition entre cette diffusion et la disparition des Néandertaliens, qui ont vécu en Europe pendant plus de 200.000 ans. L’hypothèse la plus largement répandue au sein de la communauté scientifique avance que cette disparition est liée à l’arrivée des Hommes modernes. Les dents de la grotte italienne révèlent une diffusion plus précoce des Homos Sapiens, et confirment alors une longue période de coexistence des deux espèces, souligne le CNRS. Le 3 novembre 2011 à 18:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

PAGCOR denies accusations it underpaid tax overpaid executives

first_img G2E Asia officially announces new Philippines expo PAGCOR revenue to hit Php75 billion in 2020 Load More In a statement, PAGCOR denied the accusations, insisting that it had stopped granting the gold rings in 2016 under order of Chairman Andrea Domingo.However, having initially denied that it was paying allowances above the allowed amount, Domingo revealed on Friday that the regulator was now seeking clarification as to what is allowed by law.“We are seeking clarification from the President if this should go on,” Domingo said in a media interview.The audit report suggested there is ongoing disagreement between the COA and PAGCOR as to the gaming regulator’s requirements, with a number of rewards for “service excellence” granted to officials without submitting details to the government first for review and approval. The COA also said that PAGCOR had exceeded its authorized limits in regards to multiple perks including a Representation and Transportation Allowance, the Cost of Living Allowance, car plans and financial loans to PAGCOR officials.Domingo denied those accusations, stating, “There were no additional benefits. We only retained what was implemented by the last administration because of the Presidential Directive as amended in 2008 by PAGCOR. We didn’t add any new benefits.”PAGCOR is also accused of underpaying taxes due to wrongly calculating the remittance owed to the Bureau of Treasury on income solely from gaming operations rather than from “aggregate gross earnings” over the course of seven years from 2011 to 2017, resulting in an annual shortfall of around Php3 billion. In another instance, PAGCOR was found to have underpaid the Philippine Sports Commission by Php1.63 billion in 2017.The regulator said in its statement that it had already submitted a clarification request regarding how its tax should be calculated to the Supreme Court and was awaiting further information. RelatedPosts Complaint filed against Imperial Pacific for failure to pay US$15 million annual license fee Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has hit back at claims it granted excessive rewards and allowances to its executive staff while underpaying taxes, insisting it no longer embarks on certain practices and is entitled to determine its own allowances.The Commission on Audit released its annual audit report last week which found that PAGCOR had granted cash and gift rewards to officials worth a total of Php12.5 million in 2017 as well as another Php13 million worth of 18-carat gold rings to long-serving employees, which was “in excess of the amount allowed” by law.last_img read more

In Other News Air Force Requests Industry Input on OffSite Energy Facility

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Air Force has issued a request for information (RFI) to determine the viability of procuring reliable, locally generated electricity for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., from an off-site facility developed and operated by a contractor. The plant would need to provide non-interruptible primary power and an islanding capability in the event of a utility grid outage. The Air Force would enter into a power purchase agreement with the contractor. Responses to the RFI are due June 1. … T-Mobile plans to invest $500 million this year to lay the foundation for 5G coverage, the next generation of ultrafast wireless technology, in military installations and their host communities, the wireless carrier announced last month. This week T-Mobile said its planned merger with Sprint would position the combined company to create a nationwide 5G network needed to support mobile devices and the Internet of things. … Puget Sound Naval Shipyard this week began recruiting more than 530 entry-level employees as the Bremerton, Wash., shipyard’s workforce continues to expand in response to an increased workload. The shipyard added almost 2,000 workers last year, bringing total employment to a recent peak of more than 13,700 civilian employees, reports the Kitsap Sun.last_img read more

Food Tastes Better When Its Shared

first_imgChuck Miller(R) and son Jay harvest roe-on-hemlock. (KCAW photo/by Emily Forman).It’s crisp, crunchy, and salty – and you’ll never find it in a bag in the grocery store. Dipped in seal oil or eulachon oil (hooligan), it is a traditional Southeast Alaskan delicacy that signals spring as surely as a warm, sunny day. But, gathering herring eggs-on-hemlock branches is about a lot more than food.Download AudioANB Harbor. Stall 10. Small boat on the left. That’s Chuck Miller’s response to anyone looking for herring eggs. Miller has the means to harvest this traditional food in the traditional way. So, sharing the resource is a no brainer. “Food tastes better when you share with people and that’s the way our Native people are,” says Miller.Like many subsistence fisherman, Miller practices the roe-on-hemlock harvesting method. He invited me to join him and his son, Jay, on a recent harvesting trip.Miller: We are ready to get some fuel.EF: With the fuel and everything how much does a trip like this cost you?Miller: Over 200 dollars easy but it’s worth it.That includes engine repairs and two trips out to Middle Island. Miller says it’s worth it because he’ll end up feeding at least a dozen people. But within minutes, I learn that he has deeper reasons for the practice. Jay explains.Jay: The first time I went out I was 6 years old.EF: Do you remember what that was like?Jay: Yeah, I went with my uncle Eli my Dad’s brother.Miller: The yellow buoy that’s on there is my brother’s buoy and my brother’s been passed away now for ten years. He was 5 years older than me. We used to do this together. This is the last of the gear that he had that he used.As we pull into a cove on the backside of Middle Island the water abruptly changes from deep blue to a milky aqua. That’s what happens when you add a whole lot of fish sperm — or milt — into the mix.Jay Miller helps his dad harvest herring roe. (KCAW photo/ by Emily Forman)Miller: So it is still spawning in here.Plastic bottles and milk jugs speckle the shallow water – all tied to submerged hemlock branches. A handful of those have “Miller” written on them in bold black sharpie ink.He says people have stolen his sets in the past – which isn’t unusual when branches are left unsupervised overnight to gather eggs. As a result he’s mildly apprehensive around other fisherman.Miller: He’s probably just staring me down because he doesn’t know who I am. But I’m gonna let him get a good look at me because I lived here my whole life.Miller has a way of diffusing the tension.Miller: Hey are you taking my sets? Haha! You guys look like you got a good set in!Miller: K it’s coming up on your side. Right there, right there, right there!Jay grabs the milk jug attached to his Uncle Eli’s yellow buoy. He clutches the trailing thick rope. Using all of his body weight he wrestles the egg-laden branch to the surface.Miller: Get it to where you got some leverage. is it moving? It’s probably super heavy?When its ready to harvest, a branch can weigh well over 400 pounds.Miller: What we do is clip off pieces of it to get it in the boat. Holy smokes! That’s a good one right there!Miller hoists the dripping branch into the boat. It’s coated with eggs and looks like it was dipped in a vat of rubber cement.Miller: See this is the thickness you want, some people get them a little thicker, but not much more than that.It’s a bountiful harvest, which according to Miller is thanks to his brother’s buoy.Miller: It’s my good luck buoy and usual that’s the one every year that produces quite a bit it’s like my brother is looking out for us.He tosses the leftover branch overboard.Miller:Gunalcheesh! Thank you! We used the tree to help us.Take away the power boat, and plastic milk jug buoys, and it isn’t difficult to picture this practice taking place long before Western and Native cultures met.Miller: If i don’t start sharing what I know right away… I might not be here tomorrow.When we return to ANB harbor, and pull into Stall 10. I realize that gathering herring eggs on hemlock branches is an expression of gratitude. Gratitude for the the teachings of his ancestors, gratitude for food, and the chance to pass on this way of life.last_img read more

AA 19 title to start with A Allu Arjun urges Trivikram to

first_imgAllu Arjun with Navdeep in Arya 2FacebookThe title of Allu Arjun’s 19th movie, which is tentatively known as AA 19, will start with A. The actor is said to have urged Trivikram Srinivas to rope in his friend, actor Navdeep, for an important role.Trivikram Srinivas has apparently developed a strange obsession with initial letters of his movie titles. The titles of all recent movies like Attarintiki Daredi, A Aa, Agnyathavasi and Aravindha Sametha began with the letter A and three out of the four movies have become blockbuster success at the box office.This interesting aspect has now fueled the speculations that Trivikram Srinivas is considering a title that starts with A. It was rumoured earlier that Nanna Nenu was considered for the title of AA 19. But the latest we hear is Alakananda is on the top of a priority list of the director, as it suits his obsession.On the other hand, another interesting rumour related to AA 19 is doing rounds in the media. Navdeep has been there with Allu Arjun through thick and thin. Since his career is not taking off, the stylish star is helping him out. Recently, he inaugurated his newly-founded incubator at in Jubilee Hills. Now, he is said to be getting an interesting role in his upcoming movie.Trivikram Srinivas is said to have agreed to cast Navdeep for a major role in his upcoming film AA 19 after Allu Arjun’s suggestion. “Allu Arjun suggested that the director should rope in Navdeep to play a role in the film for he was looking for a good break, and Trivikram obliged almost immediately,” a source close to the actor told Deccan Chronicle.Allu Arjun had earlier worked with Navdeep in Sukumar’s Arya 2 and the two are said to be seen together on big screens after a decade “Allu Arjun has done his bit for Navdeep once again, and we hope that Navdeep makes the most out of this opportunity,” added the source.AA 19 is produced by Allu Aravind and S. Radhakrishna. Pooja Hegde is playing the female lead opposite Allu Arjun and this is the second movie together. Tabu is playing a pivotal role in it. SS Thaman has been roped in to score music for the movie.last_img read more

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Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more ONsite Mammography staff at the Center for Breast Health, left to right: Mary Reuther, Ginny Agovino, Natasha Khadar, Elaine Cybulski.Even with the best intentions, many women put off their annual mammogram. It’s one more appointment to schedule, one more trip to the imaging center or hospital; and, with so many demands on their time, many women don’t make the time. One company is working to increase compliance by helping physician practices provide their patients with in-office mammograms.  Since the late 1980s, ONsite Mammography has been working to improve the early detection of breast cancer by making it easier for women to get annual mammograms. The company partners with OB/GYN and primary care practices to provide mammograms in the office as part of patients’ annual well visit exams. Last year alone, ONsite performed more than 150,000 mammograms for its physician partners. In 2013 ONsite began making the transition to 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) as their standard technology for annual breast cancer screening. Seamless for Physicians, Convenient for Patients“We know early detection through annual mammograms is the key to changing the outcomes of breast cancer,” stated Karl Schmidt, president and CEO of ONsite Mammography. “So, we make it as easy as possible for women to have a screening mammogram by making it part of the in-office healthcare services physicians offer their patients.” ONsite provides a complete turnkey solution, including state-of-the-art mammography/tomosynthesis technology, experienced technologists and radiologists, as well as marketing and scheduling support. “We manage the entire mammography process, enabling our physician-partners to provide the best healthcare service without making a major investment in equipment and staff. Our goal is to add value for the patients and physicians,” stated Schmidt. A Comprehensive Well Woman VisitONsite recently partnered with the Women’s Health Care Group of PA (WHCGPA), a practice with 95 OB/GYN physician members in Western Philadelphia, to create a Center for Breast Health in Paoli, Pa. WHCGPA is dedicated to providing women with access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art and affordable heath care. “We wanted to make the annual mammogram a more positive experience for patients,” explained Stephen Krell, M.D., president and founder. “Collectively, the physicians in our group order over 100,000 mammograms a year, so we were exploring a way to offer mammography in our facilities. Screening mammograms are critical for detecting breast cancer at the earliest possible stage; and, we wanted to make it an easier, more convenient and less stressful annual exam for our patients. I really like ONsite Mammography’s model and their experience in providing in-office mammography services.”  Mary Reuther, a certified mammographer with ONsite Mammography, manages the Center for Breast Health providing services for six of the practices. They perform as many as 40 mammograms a day. “We are an extension of the practice,” explained Reuther. “We have the patient’s history, and their prior records, so she is integrated into the mammography service right in the practice. Physicians know when they send patients to the center they will receive the best service. We bring convenience, comfort, confidentiality andconsistency to practices and patients.” Patients at the Center for Breast Health receive their results within an hour of completing the exam. A nurse practitioner is on staff to meet with each patient to teach thorough self-breast exams. 3D Technology Changes the Mammography ExperienceThe Center for Breast Health is the first ONsite Mammography site to offer 3D mammography, utilizingthe Hologic Selenia Dimensions breast tomosynthesis system. “Our radiologists are seeing things on 3D they cannot see on the 2D images in the same examination, so we are finding things earlier and smaller on 3D than we can on 2D,” stated Schmidt. “We are in the process of transitioning three of our existing 28 2D systems to 3D; and, going forward, we will implement 3D mammography at all new breast imaging sites.” ONsite has fellowship-trained breast imagers reading all images. “This is all we do. We use the best radiologists in the country,” stated Schmidt. “Our radiologists have extensive experience and exacting standards.”Michael Spencer, M.D., president of Total Radiology Solutions (TRS), reads over 20,000 mammograms a year for ONsite locations, including the 3D mammograms for the Center for Breast Health in Paoli. “We love the 3D images,” stated Spencer. “We’re finding the callback rate is going down. Just this morning, we had a patient who would have been called back based on the 2D images, but on the 3D images, we could see clearly it was just superimposed tissue.”“Our mission is to detect breast cancer earlier and save lives by providing high-quality, patient-centric mammography services,” concluded Schmidt. “We are finding cancers in patients in their late 40s or early 50s who hadn’t had a mammogram in years because it wasn’t convenient. Just the number of patients getting annual mammograms now, because their physician offers it in the office, is rewarding.”Case study supplied by Hologic, Inc.The views and opinions expressed herein are those of ONsite Mammography and are not necessarily those of Hologic. This information is intended for medical professionals in the U.S. and other markets and is not intended as a product solicitation or promotion where such activities are prohibited. Because Hologic materials are distributed through websites, eBroadcasts and trade shows, it is not always possible to control where such materials appear. For specific information on what products are available for sale in a particular country, please contact your local Hologic representative or write to (link sends e-mail).Hologic, Dimensions and Selenia are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Hologic and/or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries. 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IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Related Content Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more last_img read more

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