first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that it violated rules of Massachusetts’ Medicaid program.Federal and Massachusetts authorities allege that Minneapolis-based Target violated federal and state False Claims Acts by automatically refilling Medicaid recipients’ prescriptions and seeking payment from Medicaid.Massachusetts is among several states that prohibit pharmacies from automatically refilling Medicaid prescriptions without the beneficiary’s explicit request. The policy is designed to prevent wasted or unnecessary prescriptions that would be reimbursed with taxpayer funds.Authorities say Target pharmacies knowingly and routinely enrolled MassHealth beneficiaries in the auto-refill program, then billed MassHealth. The practice continued until Target sold its pharmacy business to CVS Health in late 2015.Target didn’t reply to a message seeking comment, though authorities say the company denied wrongdoing. There has been no determination of liability.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sri Lanka has offered Papua New Guinea assistance in the education sector, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said today.High Commissioner Somasundaram Skandakumar presented his credentials as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the Papua New Guinea Governor General Robert Dadae. The Governor General also highlighted the need to build on economic relations. High Commissioner Skandakumar offered Sri Lanka’s assistance in the education sector.Noting that free education and healthcare have been enjoyed by Sri Lankans throughout the country since independence, the High Commissioner highlighted that despite the protracted conflict, successive Governments have ensured that education and healthcare facilities were provided without disruption to all areas even during that period. The Governor General noted that Sri Lanka was rich in the education sector and PNG has received a large number of Sri Lankan academics as well as teachers in the past. The High Commissioner also briefed the Governor General on other developments in Sri Lanka, and noted that both countries have suffered from the devastating effects of natural disasters in recent times due to extreme climatic conditions.High Commissioner Skandakumar conveyed Sri Lanka’s condolences and empathy with the people of Papua New Guinea on the devastation caused by the earthquake in March 2018 in the remote Highlands region.The Governor General noted that sports is another potential area for future cooperation and given the High Commissioner’s own expertise in the game of cricket requested his assistance to help develop the game in Papua New Guinea where it is gaining popularity. High Commissioner Skandakumar invited the Foreign Minister to visit Sri Lanka when he is next in the region.The newly appointed Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka PNG Friendship Foundation hosted the High Commissioner to a welcome dinner where the High Commissioner was able to interact with the Sri Lankan community in Port Moresby. (Colombo Gazette) High Commissioner Skandakumar also called on Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Rimbink Pato, and Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Barbara Age. The High Commissioner requested Papua New Guinea to consider visa facilitation for Sri Lankan businesses and proposed to identify synergies through which the two countries could work towards improving trade and economic relations. Enhancing cooperation in tourism, agriculture, human resources development, SMEs, garments industry and interaction between business communities were other areas that were discussed. Following the ceremony at the Government House, the Governor General held a one to one discussion with the High Commissioner and expressed the hope that the two countries could build on the cordial relations. read more

TORONTO – A combined Leon’s and The Brick should be able to enhance their competitiveness in an increasingly gritty retail environment even though both banners will continue to fly separately, the companies and analysts said Monday.The friendly purchase of Edmonton-based The Brick by Toronto-based Leon’s for $700 million has less to do with direct competition posed by giant American retailers such as Target or Wal-Mart, they said, than with the need to keep a lid on costs.“What’s most in the forefront of our minds is: The economy is difficult, generally it’s not growing, and if it is growing, it’s growing very slowly,” said Terry Leon, CEO of Leon’s who will head up the combined entity.“So the best way to grow and to expand is to, if you can, make a purchase that makes sense.”The Canadian retail landscape has been shifting in recent years as more American chains in search of growth opportunities make their way north, which has increased competition in retail segments, including furniture.As well, many Canadian retailers from Loblaw (TSX:L) to Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC.A) have moved to compete by diversifying their offerings, including through furniture sales, to become more of a one-stop shop experience for consumers.In addition to Wal-Mart and other foreign chains like Ikea, which have been in the Canadian market for years, U.S. retail giant Target is preparing to move into Canada, its first expansion outside the U.S., opening the first of between 125 and 135 stores in March and April at locations once owned by Canadian retailer Zellers.Leon’s Furniture Ltd. (TSX:LNF), the storied retailer with century-old roots in industrial Ontario, said it would pay a premium $5.40 per share for Brick (TSX:BRK) stock, which closed Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange at $3.50 per share.The market seemed to roar its approval, at least as far as The Brick was concerned.Brick shares shot up 52 per cent, or $1.82, to $5.32 in heavy volume trading Monday, while Leon’s shares added two per cent or 23 cents to $11.80.The deal comes amid a tough economic climate for furniture retailers with a number of factors, including a softening housing market, taking a toll on sales.In addition, the influx of American retailers has put upward pressure on land, building and employee costs, making it imperative for others to look for ways to keep costs down.The companies said they had no plans to close any stores or lay off any employees. Rather, they said, they would try to become more competitive initially by flexing their combined purchasing muscles and by joining distribution channels.Ken Wong, with the Queen’s School of Business, said the blurring of retail boundaries is having a profound impact on the landscape that goes well beyond new U.S. competition.For example, Leon’s and The Brick both sell appliances such as fridges and stoves but increasingly, so do other retailers such as Home Depot, Lowe’s and Canadian Tire. Even e-retailer Amazon is thinking of doing the same.“It’s not just about American versus Canadian — it’s about getting costs down,” Wong said.“Whoever has the lowest cost wins, provided they know what to do with those low costs.”Bill Gregson, executive chairman of The Brick board, said the combined entity would be able to offer consumers better value, service and choice than they could do separately.The store concepts are different, yet complementary, and the two companies should be a good fit, he said.“We do believe we can do more collectively than we can individually,” Gregson said.However, both companies said they did not consider Target to be a significant threat given the different merchandise focus.Wong said it makes sense to keep both banners given their brands are distinct, likening the situation to the merger of Future Shop and Best Buy.He also said furniture retailers are all chasing the “magic formula” as represented by Ikea, which uses it’s huge buying power to lower its costs.“Everybody wants to be Ikea. Ikea plays on a global stage,” Wong said.Even combined, the companies would still have less than 20 per cent of Canada’s furniture market. However, retail analyst John Winter said shoppers should benefit from the deal.“There’s a larger company which can buy in greater bulk and therefore get greater discounts, and therefore should be able to transmit some of those discounts to the consumer,” Winter said.Leon’s is slated to report third-quarter results this week. In its second quarter, it saw an almost 20 per cent drop in earnings compared with the previous year as its marketing costs rose.The Brick also reports third-quarter numbers this week after a net loss of $3.1 million in its second quarter, compared to a net profit of $6.4 million a year earlier.Leon’s, founded in 1909 in Welland, Ont., has 76 stores with locations in every province except British Columbia.The Brick, which opened its first store in Edmonton in 1971, has 230 stores operating under The Brick, United Furniture Warehouse, The Brick Mattress Store and Urban Brick banners.The aim is to close the deal in the first quarter of 2013. While endorsed by both companies’ boards, the sale is still subject to regulatory and Brick shareholder approval.Mark Leon, chairman on Leon’s board, said the two companies, should be an excellent corporate fit.“The culture is very similar. Similar dreams. Similar aspirations,” he said. by Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 12, 2012 5:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Leon’s, Brick combining forces to cut costs but both banners to keep flying read more

Two weeks ago, Ohio State men’s basketball head coach Chris Holtmann said he expected his team to add “one or two” graduate transfers. Tuesday night, the Buckeyes landed one of the top graduate transfers on the market, bolstering a thin backcourt.Redshirt senior Keyshawn Woods, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound sweet-shooting guard who spent the past four seasons at Wake Forest announced on Twitter he will play his final collegiate basketball season at Ohio State. As a graduate transfer, he will be immediately eligible to play in the upcoming season.Despite coming off the bench in 23 of his 28 games last season, Woods was second on Wake Forest with 11.9 points per game and added 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 25.7 minutes per game. His 15 games with at least 10 points were second-most off the bench in program history. Woods shot 43.9 percent from the field, hit 37.4 percent of his 3-pointers and made 84.5 of his free throws.Woods will presumably slide into the Buckeyes’ starting lineup alongside point guard C.J. Jackson, who will also be playing his final season of eligibility. Ohio State graduated Kam Williams and Andrew Dakich, two guards who played key roles in the team’s surprisingly successful season last year. The Buckeyes also lost forward Jae’Sean Tate to graduation and forward Keita Bates-Diop to the NBA draft. Both Tate and Bates-Diop played as de-facto guards in different lineups.The addition of Woods will lessen the reliance on Jackson as a ball-handler and takes pressure off incoming freshmen guards Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington, along with sophomore Musa Jallow, to step into major roles. Though Woods came off the bench last season, he started 22-of-33 games in the 2016-17 season, averaging 12.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He is a career 42.5 percent shooter from beyond the 3-point arc. read more

first_imgProcess flow:1,020,000 Nm3/h of VAM and 60,000 Nm3/h of CMM Technical data Dürr Systems, Clean Technology Systems (CTS), has completed the installation and commissioning of what it says is “the world’s largest ventilation air methane/coal mine methane (VAM/CMM) oxidation and utilisation project at the Gaohe coal mine.” The mine is owned by the Lu’An Coal Mining Group in Shanxi Province, China. This project was formally put into operation in May 2015.The project enables 8.9 million Nm3 methane/y to be used for power generation, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 1.4 Mt/y of CO2e and significantly reduces the amount of coal dust particulates, a major source of air pollution. Methane’s global warming potential is 25 times more than that of CO2Up to 1,020,000 Nm3/h of ventilation air methane and 60,000 Nm3/h of coal mine methane are thermally oxidized in the project using Durr’s Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) technology.Up to 300,000 Nm3/h of hot exhaust gas is delivered to a boiler to generate water steam which is used for the generation of up to 30 MW of electricity by a turbine generator.Dürr Systems, CTS has also engineered, built, installed and commissioned the first full-scale VAM oxidation system in the USA, which has been successfully operating since 2013. Furthermore, the company has begun the engineering phase of several new VAM/CMM oxidation and utilisation projects throughout China. System square footage:250,000center_img Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers included:12 Available generated electricity:Up to  30 MWlast_img read more

first_imgIt’s 2012 — shelling out a ton of cash for a desktop monitor is a superfluous expense. High-quality displays are in abundance now, and there’s no shortage of deals on the 1080p displays out there. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I saw 720p monitor advertised. The question is mostly of tech and size: how quality conscious are you, and how big does your monitor need to be? Some other factors, like connectivity, speaker availability, and power consumption can enter into it, but for the vast majority of buyers, it’s just about price and size.If you’re looking for a large monitor with a modest price, the Planar PX2710MW 27-inch monitor is a great option. You get 1080p resolution, a quick 2ms response time, and all the on-board controls you need to adjust the image. HDMI, VGA, and DVI connectivity gives you full access to connect to basically any peripheral. The hidden speakers are the cherry on this cake, though; usually on slim LCD displays, speakers are absent, or at best, low-grade. But the built-in TruMedia speakers on this model are more than adequate enough to spare the expense of buying an external set.Of course, this is a standard TFT LCD monitor — not the latest LED display with IPS. But, that’s also why you’re saving money on this model. So, energy-suck and year-old tech notwithstanding, you still get a big, excellent picture for a great price with this Planar.Check out this deal on LogicBuy.last_img read more

Govt issues new sugar guidelines for Jamaica

first_imgKingston, Jamaica July 17, 2017 The Jamaican government through the National Compliance & Regulatory Authority (NCRA) has issued new guidelines for sugar packaging which carry steep fines if not followed. The guidelines which took effect July 1 state that all sugar for sale must be packaged, sealed and labelled. The revised standards require detailed labelling. New labels must include product name, brand name, net content, name and address of manufacturers, distributors, importers or vendors, storage conditions, country of origin, lot identification, date markings, and instructions for use. Facilities preparing sugar for sale are also now required to implement food-safety systems and all potentially hazardous foreign materials must be removed from packages before sealing.The NCRA has warned that breaching these guidelines can result in confiscation of product and steep fines.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclavecenter_img Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, jamaica, National Compliance & Regulatory Authority, sugarlast_img read more

Silva is not concerned about Citys recent form

first_imgAccording to the footballer, what is important is the match against Liverpool in the English Premier LeagueManchester City and Liverpool will play on Thursday, as part of the English Premier League 2018-2019 season.And the Citizens had a small low-form run recently, which according to footballer Bernardo Silva is not to worry about.“It’s a very good team,” Silva told ESPN.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Last season we beat them at home, we lost there in the Premier League and Champions League.”“The first game they were better than us, the second game I thought we were better than them. But because of a lot of things we don’t control we lost that game,” he added.“This season we could have beaten them, we could have won there, we missed a penalty at the end of the game.”“Here at home, we will try to beat them again. It’s a very difficult team, a tough team, they work hard, they’re first, leading the league, so we’ll try to do it as we usually do,” he commented.last_img read more

Lake Murray burglary calls new gun law into question

first_imgLake Murray burglary calls new gun law into question July 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A burglar who attacked and stabbed a Lake Murray man today during an early-morning confrontation in the victim’s house was fatally shot moments later by the wounded homeowner’s adult son, according to San Diego police.This particular case is leading people to question the logic of the San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliot’s new law that would require gun owners to safely store their guns in either a safe or with a trigger device when not in use.The home-invasion assault and shooting in the 6300 block of Lake Shore Drive was reported shortly before 6:30 a.m. Patrol officers arrived to find a 54-year old resident on the floor of the house, suffering from stab wounds to his upper body, Lt. Anthony Dupree said. Paramedics took the victim to a hospital, where he was admitted in stable condition.The body of the 38-year-old suspected burglar was found in a backyard pool, into which he apparently had fallen after fleeing the home, mortally wounded. His name was withheld pending family notification.Homicide detectives were called in to take charge of the case. “Although it is early in the investigation, we have learned the homeowner confronted the (intruder) who had entered his home,” Dupree said.“The suspect began assaulting the homeowner, at which point the homeowner’s 20-year old son retrieved a firearm and shot the intruder.”The situation is making residents think twice about the new law that, if it were already in effect, could have altered the outcome of this burglary. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Sea Worlds polar bear cub takes first steps into public life

first_imgORLANDO, FLA. (WSVN) – Sea World’s 3-month-old polar bear has taken its first steps into her public life.The cub left the maternity den over the weekend for “Cub Kindy,” the name of a special enclosure for developing life skills.The cub’s mother, Liya, joined her as she first encountered shaved ice, solid food and new toys. The cub was unnamed at the time, but Sea World held a naming competition, and after over 20,000 votes, the cute polar bear is expected to be named “Mishka.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgAs is customary with digital editions of music magazines, readers can click on links to artists’ MySpace profiles and to the iTunes store for digital downloads. Spin will offer free digital downloads of the magazine’s next 12 issues via their official MySpace profile. Hartle says the site has already seen a bump in page views—over 250,000 page views since its soft launch last week. This is not the first time a music magazine has embraced digital technology to find new readers. In 2006, Fader magazine became the first magazine publisher to publish a digital magazine via iTunes. “The music and magazine industries are currently in a state of turmoil.” That’s how Spin president and owner Tom Hartle characterizes the challenge facing music magazine publishers in 2008. And, in what the publisher is calling a “first of its kind” partnership, Spin has teamed up with MySpace to launch a free digital edition of its magazine. The companies are using Texterity as its digital platform provider. last_img read more

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioKing Cove Road Advocates Sue Federal OfficialsLauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaTribes, local governments, and residents from the King Cove region are suing federal officials for denying them the right to build a road through a wildlife refuge.Exxon Mobil Developing Point Thomson Into Natural Gas FieldDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe first natural gas targeted development project on the North Slope is expected to come on line as early as next year. The Pt. Thompson Field is being developed by Exxon Mobil, 60 miles east of Prudhoe Bay.Pavlof Eruption Grounds Some PenAir, Grant FlightsAnnie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaLocal flights were grounded on the Alaska Peninsula on Wednesday, as Pavlof Volcano continued to erupt.Earthquake Shakes Southeast Alaska Rosemarie Alexander & Casey Kelly, KTOO – JuneauAn earthquake shook some Southeast Alaska residents out of bed early Wednesday morning.BLM Completes Land Transfer For Alaska Village The Associated PressThe Bureau of Land Management says it has completed a land transfer for an Alaska Native village.Bergdahl’s Hometown Unprepared For Public BacklashJessica Robinson, Northwest News NetworkAlmost immediately after the jubilant response to former Fort Richardson soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from the Taliban on Saturday, the story took a very different turn. First, there was criticism of the Obama administration for exchanging five Taliban detainees for Bergdahl. Then, some soldiers from his former unit started speaking out against the freed prisoner of war. Bergdahl’s hometown in Idaho was unprepared for the public backlash.Wolf Population Declining In Denali National Park Emily Schwing, KUAC – UnalaskaA survey of wolves in Denali National Park and Preserve this spring turned out the fourth lowest count since biologists started keeping track of the animals nearly 30 years ago.  Park Service officials say the numbers show a decline in the population, but they haven’t settled on an explanation.Over 4,250 Show For Anchorage’s Bike To Work DayAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageMore than 4,250 bikers turned out for Bike to Work Day in Anchorage on Wednesday. That’s more than double the participants for last year’s snowy event, when low numbers were blamed on the cold, wet weather. In 2012, about 3,800 bikers took to the streets and trails. Lori Schanche is the non-motorized transportation coordinator for the municipality. She says the number of riders counted at each special Bike to Work station has increased, but the percentage of people wearing bike helmets is down slightly to 87%. It was at 92% last year.Anchorage Assembly Considers Labor Law Options Anne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageAnchorage Assembly members met on Tuesday to continue the conversation about the municipality’s controversial labor law – AO 37.Canadian Man Embarks On 6,700 Mile Horseback TripDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA Canadian man started a horseback trip from Deadhorse to Mexico on Tuesday.  Rider Len Crow is embarking on the 6,700 mile journey to raise money for orphanages, including a facility in Guadalajara, Mexico, where his ride is scheduled to wrap up in 11 months.Ketchikan Assembly Cuts Library FundingMaria Dudzak, KRBD – KetchikanThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted to cut its share of funding for the city-owned Ketchikan Public Library.  In 2010 city voters approved spending up to $5.2 million for the facility.  Because Borough residents were not allowed to vote on the issue, who should pay for services has been sometimes controversial.last_img read more

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowWalker seeks compromise from Legislature on capital budgetAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker says he won’t call lawmakers back to Juneau to work on a fiscal plan, unless he knows they’re making progress.Special session ends with compromise on oil and gas tax creditsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauState government would no longer provide tax credits that can be traded for cash to oil and gas companies under a bill the Legislature passed Saturday.Dunleavy announces plans to run for governor in AlaskaAssociated PressA Republican state senator has announced plans to run for governor in Alaska.BP leak investigation led to shutdown of 5 more wellsElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageBP was forced to plug five at-risk wells on the North Slope after investigating an oil leak that happened this April.Levelock stabbing under investigation as a homicideAllison Mollenkamp, KDLG – DillinghamAlaska State troopers responded Friday to a stabbing in Levelock.North Star Borough to close North Pole transfer site for cleanup, reopen with monitorTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksFairbanks North Star Borough officials plan to clean up a North Pole transfer site the same way they cleaned up the Farmer’s Loop East Transfer Site last month. They plan close the North Pole facility Wednesday and reopen it Thursday with Solid Waste staff on-site to survey users and prevent unsafe or illegal activity.Kotzebue commercial fishers have two buyers in town this seasonDavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeFor the first time in three years, Kotzebue commercial fishermen will have two buyers to sell their fish to.Ecosystem study unlocks the mystery of black cod survivalRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaAlthough stocks are strong, biologists don’t fully grasp black cod population ecology. A research partnership in Sitka hopes to change that.Hold your nets! Chilkat Inlet subsistence fishery delayed another weekAbbey Collins, KHNS – HainesSubsistence fishermen near Haines will have to wait another week to throw their nets into Chilkat Inlet. A need to conserve king salmon has prompted the second delay this season.Troopers shoot bear after it kills, eats a dog in a Sitka neighborhoodRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaWildlife troopers in Sitka shot and killed a brown bear Friday afternoon after it killed and partially consumed a resident’s dog.Anchorage pilot dies in plane crash near Yentna RiverAssociated PressAn Anchorage man died in a weekend plane crash near the Yentna River.Healthy housing market shows Ketchikan’s resilienceEmma Atkinson, KRBD – KetchikanThe real estate market in Ketchikan today is strong. But as in most cities, it hasn’t always been that way.‘Nones’ in Juneau changing religious landscapeCarter Barrett, KTOO – JuneauToday, Alaskans are on average less religious than the rest of the country, and a subset who don’t identify with any particular religion is growing, according to data from the Pew Research Center.last_img read more

India Bhutan sign 10 MoUs

first_imgThimphu : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering held wide ranging talks on Saturday during which they discussed steps to further expand the bilateral partnership across several sectors as the two countries inked 10 MoUs to infuse new energy in their ties. “We had a comprehensive meeting, where we deliberated on the relations between India and Bhutan. There is great scope to further improve economic and cultural ties between our nations,” Prime Minister Modi said. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us Modi, who is here on his second visit to Bhutan and the first since his re-election in May this year, inaugurated 740 MW Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant and also launched stamps to commemorate five decades of India-Bhutan Hydropower cooperation. “I am very happy to come to Bhutan at the beginning of my second term,” Modi said in a joint press statement after delegation-level talks with his Bhutanese counterpart at the historic Simtokha Dzong. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us The two countries signed 10 Memorandum of Understandings in the field of space research, aviation, IT, power and education. “The relations between India and Bhutan are based on the common interests of progress, prosperity and security of the people of both countries,” Modi said as he described Bhutan as “special friend” of India. “Today we have achieved another historic milestone of this journey with the inauguration of the Mangdechhu project. With the cooperation of both countries, hydro-power generation capacity in Bhutan has crossed 2000 MW. I am confident that we will also take other projects forward very fast,” he said. Advertise With Us Modi also launched RuPay Card in Bhutan by making a purchase at Simtokha Dzong, built in 1629 by Shabdrung Namgyal, which functions as a monastic and administrative centre and is one of the oldest dzongs in Bhutan. “I am very happy that today we have launched RuPay card in Bhutan. This will further enhance our relationship in digital payments, and trade and tourism. Our shared spiritual heritage and strong people-to-people relationship are key of our relations,” Prime Minister Modi said. On increasing the currency swap limit for Bhutan under the SAARC currency swap framework, Modi said India’s approach is “positive”. He said an additional USD 100 million will be available to Bhutan under a standby swap arrangement to meet the foreign exchange requirement. The two leaders also unveiled e-plaque of the interconnection between India’s National Knowledge Network and Bhutan’s Druk Research and Education Network. “It is a privilege for India to be a major partner in the development of Bhutan. India’s cooperation in Bhutan’s five-year plans will continue,” Modi said. The two leaders jointly inaugurated the Ground Earth Station and SATCOM network, developed with assistance from ISRO for utilization of South Asia Satellite in Bhutan. Modi said India is committed to accelerate the development of Bhutan using space technology. India will enhance the communication, public broadcasting and disaster management coverage in Bhutan, he said. He also announced to increase the supply of LPG from India from 700 to 1000 MT per month to meet the growing needs of the people of Bhutan. The Prime Minister said India will extend all possible help in realising Tshering’s dream of multi-disciplinary super-specialty hospital in Bhutan. Modi said the collaboration and relationship between Royal Bhutan University and IITs of India and some other top educational institutions are in line with today’s requirements for education and technology.last_img read more

first_imgThe gaming industry and gamers in general are split on whether Nintendo embracing mobile games is a good thing or not. It certainly opens up the company’s IP to a much wider audience, but at what cost? Well, we’re sure to find out over the next two years as Nintendo has confirmed it has not one, but five new smartphone games in development, all of which will be available to play by 2017.Nintendo announced that it was going to develop mobile games back in March. CEO Satoru Iwata also made it very clear these games would be free-to-start, not free-to-play. Now, during a meeting with investors, Iwata has stated that there’s five mobile titles in development and you’ll be able to play them all on a smartphone or tablet before the end of March 2017.Iwata also pointed out that to some, five titles may seem like a very small number of games. However, Nintendo is apparently focusing on quality and long-term support rather than quick, forgettable games that carry the Nintendo IP. Remember, there will be no existing games ported to mobile, these are all brand new titles specifically for mobile devices.Mobile could be highly profitable for Nintendo, and therefore for Apple/Google/Microsoft as well when they take their cut of the profits. The key is how Nintendo handles mobile, though. If they can produce titles that somehow entice gamers to switch to Nintendo hardware as well as spending a bit of cash then it will be a winner. If it just leaves them wanting more Nintendo games on mobile devices, then the company has a (short-term) problem and a potential transition to a software-only company in the years to come.last_img read more

Dwarkanath Tagores bust unveiled in London

first_imgLondon/Kolkata: Prince Dwarkanath Tagore, best known for his significant role in the Bengal Renaissance of the 19th century, has been honoured with a new bust in London. The grandfather of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was among the first Indian industrialists, also known as merchant princes, investing in a range of businesses from steam engines to banking in the 1820s. He died during a visit to the UK in August 1846 and was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery in north-west London, where his bust was unveiled on Saturday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”He was a Tagore who uplifted the face of trade and business long before his grandson Rabindranath Tagore received the Nobel Prize in Literature. He believed the sky’s the limit and his range of accomplishments spanned from coal, tea, jute, shipping, banking and the list can go on,” said Anirban Mukhopadhyay, President of London Sharad Utsav (LSU), among the groups behind the new statue. After decades amid thousands of other graves, LSU joined hands with the Bengal Heritage Foundation and with the support of the British Council, iLead (Kolkata), Friends of Kensal Green (London) launched the bust and a plaque marking Dwarkanath’s contributions. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedScores of people from the British Bengali community gathered for the event. Kolkata-based businessman Pradeep Chopra travelled all the way from India with his family for the occasion. Dwarkanath died aged 52 at St. George’s Hotel in London during a major thunderstorm in the city. Britain’s then Queen, Victoria, and husband Prince Albert, who had welcomed him to their court like “an old friend” earlier, sent four carriages to the funeral for a so-called “princely” send-off.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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Related Content News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more June 8, 2012  — Patients vary widely in their response to concussions, but scientists haven’t understood why. Now, using a new technique for analyzing data from brain imaging studies, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center have found that concussion victims have unique spatial patterns of brain abnormalities that change over time.The new technique could eventually help in assessing concussion patients, predicting which head injuries are likely to have long-lasting neurological consequences and evaluating the effectiveness of treatments, according to lead author Michael L. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein and medical director of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services at Montefiore. The findings are published today in the online edition of Brain Imaging and Behavior.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than one million Americans sustain a concussion (also known as mild traumatic brain injury, or mTBI) each year. Concussions in adults result mainly from motor vehicle accidents or falls. At least 300,000 adults and children are affected by sports-related concussions each year. While most people recover from concussions with no lasting ill effects, as many as 30 percent suffer permanent impairment – undergoing a personality change or being unable to plan an event. A 2003 federal study called concussions “a serious public health problem” that costs the United States an estimated $80 billion a year.Previous imaging studies found differences between the brains of people who have suffered concussions and normal individuals. But those studies couldn’t assess whether concussion victims differ from one another. “In fact, most researchers have assumed that all people with concussions have abnormalities in the same brain regions,” said Lipton, who is also associate professor of radiology, of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience at Einstein. “But that doesn’t make sense, since it is more likely that different areas would be affected in each person because of differences in anatomy, vulnerability to injury and mechanism of injury.”In the current study, the Einstein researchers used a recently developed MRI technique called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) on 34 consecutive patients (19 women and 15 men aged 19 to 64) diagnosed with mTBI at Montefiore in the Bronx and on 30 healthy controls. The patients were imaged within two weeks of injury and again three and six months afterward.The imaging data were then analyzed using a new software tool called Enhanced Z-score Microstructural Assessment Pathology (EZ-MAP), which allows researchers for the first time to examine microstructural abnormalities across the entire brain of individual patients. EZ-MAP was developed by Lipton and his colleagues at Einstein.DTI detects subtle damage to the brain by measuring the direction of diffusion of water in white matter. The same technology was used by Lipton and his team in widely publicized research on more than 30 amateur soccer players who had all played the sport since childhood.  They found that frequent headers showed brain injury similar to that seen in patients with concussion.The uniformity of diffusion direction – an indicator of whether tissue has maintained its microstructural integrity – is measured on a zero-to-one scale called fractional anisotropy (FA). In the latest study, areas of abnormally low FA (reflecting abnormal brain regions) were observed in concussion patients, but not in controls. Each concussion patient had a unique spatial pattern of low FA that evolved over the study period.Surprisingly, each patient also had a unique, evolving pattern of abnormally high FA distinct from the areas of low FA. “We found widespread high FA at every time point, all the way out to six months and even in patients more than one year out from their injury,” said Lipton. “We suspect that high FA represents a response to the injury. In other words, the brain may be trying to compensate for the injury by developing and enhancing other neural connections. This is a new and unexpected finding.”At present, diagnosis of concussions is based mainly on the nature of the patient’s accident and the presence of symptoms, including headache, dizziness and behavioral abnormalities. DTI, combined with EZ-MAP analysis, might offer a more objective tool for diagnosing concussion injuries and for predicting which patients will have persistent and progressive symptoms.The paper is titled, “Robust Detection of Traumatic Axonal Injury in Individual Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Patients: Intersubject Variation, Change Over Time and Bidirectional Changes in Anisotropy.” Contributors include Namhee Kim, Ph.D.; Tova M. Gardin, B.A.;  Keivan Shifteh, M.D.; Mimi Kim, Sc.D.; Molly E. Zimmerman, Ph.D.; Richard B. Lipton, M.D., and Craig A. Branch, Ph.D., all of Einstein and Montefiore, and Young Park, M.D., who earned his degree from Einstein and Miriam Hulkower, a medical student at Einstein.The authors report no conflicts of interest.For more information: www.einstein.yu.edu/centers/gruss-magnetic-resonance-research FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. 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first_imgNeed a doctor in Costa Rica and don’t know where to look? Want to know if the doctor you chose is recommended and trustworthy?The digital company HuliHealth, now online, provides patients help with choosing the best doctors and specialists in all areas of health in the country. “Our mission is to provide the tools necessary for both Costa Ricans and expats to find the best health professionals based on personal criteria. You can find a doctor by specialty, treatment, cost and location, and then view a doctor’s profile and comments from other patients. You also can make an appointment,” HuliHealth founder Alejandro Vega said.HuliHealth began as an idea a year and a half ago, when Vega realized that Costa Ricans and foreigners living or visiting here had difficulty finding information about specific doctors. “It’s like when you buy shoes or see a movie: You get on the Internet and find information about the shoes or read movie reviews. But that didn’t exist for doctors [in Costa Rica]. We wanted to create a location online where you could find all the information you need,” Vega said. The HuliHealth founder took his idea and applied for the 2011 “Intel Challenge,” a competition to promote entrepreneurialism and the use of technology in Latin America. Through the program, participants receive training, mentorship and access to the best practices of Silicon Valley, one of the most technologically important regions on the planet. Vega won the Intel Challenge in Costa Rica with his idea for HuliHealth. He then sought alliances, built a team and starting creating the site www.hulihealth.com. He selected the country’s best doctors and added them to the online database. To find them, Vega worked with what he calls “leaders of opinion” in different specialties. They in turn recommended the best doctors. “We met with the heads of post-graduate studies in cosmetic surgery, dentistry and other fields at the University of Costa Rica, and they helped us choose the doctors. Once doctors are part of the HuliHealth network, they can recommend other doctors. “We only accept doctors through references from other members,” Vega said. In addition to reading up on doctors, making appointments and other useful tools, users also can ask doctors questions to help narrow their search. After an appointment, they can rate care and leave comments. Doctors with the best reviews are strategically placed on the site. Plus, patients who make appointments through HuliHealth receive a 5 percent discount on treatment. To date, some 125 doctors are registered at the site. Dental surgeon Mariela Padilla said she joined HuliHealth for the benefits that come with belonging to a medical network. “There are advantages to belonging to a group that is recognized on a national and international level,” Padilla said. She added that patients also win: “One advantage to HuliHealth is that membership is not completely open [to doctors]. You have to meet certain standards, including commitment to providing quality health care and medical ethics, and that says a lot.”Although Padilla said she hasn’t yet received an appointment through the site, she believes professional networks are essential in the practice of health sciences, and without them, clinics and doctors would have a hard time being successful. Ophthalmologist David Flikier said he joined HuliHealth because he found the team that created it responsible and well organized. “The tendency is to drift toward the digitalized and globalized world, and we believe that HuliHealth is an option that can put us in contact with more patients and allow us to reach a wider audience, not only in the country, but also in other countries,” Flikier said. He said it’s also important to him that HuliHealth only accepts the most recognized and respected doctors, which ensures trust between patients and doctors. Down the road, HuliHealth plans on expanding to other countries and managing electronic medical records. Said Vega: “We’re constantly improving the site and adding the best doctors.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_img4. Prince Edward County Pumpkinfest, Wellington, OntarioThis annual festival in Wellington got a big boost by one of its citizens, Bill Greer, who in 1996 grew one of the world’s biggest pumpkins which weighed in at 456 kilos! The 14th-annual Pumpkinfest begins with a pancake breakfast, followed by a Parade of the Giant Pumpkins, then the weigh-in contests, children’s games and entertainment as well as craft tables and food – which of course feature plenty of pumpkin-inspired dishes. Find flights to Halifax.5. Camp the Rockies, AlbertaIn September and October, the days are still warmish and dry in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. The summer crowds have gone home, so you can actually find some solitude as you drink in the reds and yellows of the sub-alpine larch and aspen trees. Try accessible spots like Johnston’s Canyon and Tunnel Mountain near Banff or hike up to the amazing Lake Agnes from Lake Louise. Find flights to CalgaryReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 1. Leaf Peeping, Nova ScotiaThe turning leaves are best in the eastern part of Canada where the maples, chestnuts and aspen bring deep red, yellow and orange hues to the land. Halifax, Nova Scotia should be top of the leaf peeper’s list – hire a car and head to the scenic Annapolis valley. The smell of wood smoke permeates the country as Canadians prepare for the long winter ahead and indulge in hearty dishes like squash casserole and beef stew. Find flights to Halifax.2. Try the wine, OkanaganIt’s not the first drink you associate with The Great White North, but Canada has a burgeoning wine industry with many interesting and unique vintages to try. The Fall Okanagan Wine Festival is said to be the only celebration of vino that occurs during harvest time, and more than 100 wineries participate in 165 wine-related events throughout the valley over 10 days – read more at TheWineFestivals.com. Visitors to the Okanagan can also take in the region’s scenic beauty on one of five new wine trails: KelownaWineTrails.com. Find flights to Vancouver.3. Northern Lights, YukonUp in Canada’s north west you can be treated to a magical display of Aurora Borealis. The Yukon boasts some of the liveliest and predictable displays of the northern lights in the world, where you’ll be able to enjoy pulsating streams of green, yellow and blue swaying overhead, as you take in the show from the comfort of your cosy cabin or deck hot tub. Find flight to Whitehorse. RelatedAwesome Autumn: 10 fabulous fall foliage spots for leaf peepingAwesome Autumn: 10 fabulous fall foliage spots for leaf peepingAutumn leaf peeping? Ask SkyscannerAutumn leaf peeping? Ask Skyscanner9 ‘new’ destinations you must visit in 2015Looking for holiday inspiration? From Newcastle to New Zealand, check out these ‘new’ places for the New Year.center_img Canada in autumn is a beautiful time to visit. Crisp days and cool nights; fiery swathes of trees turning in colour, and all the bounty of harvest time.Skyscanner introduces five fabulous things to do in The Great White North this autumn – and with some great deals on flights to Canada starting from just £407 return – now is the time to go!last_img read more

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe Tourist Office of Spain continues to bring the latest travel information, highlighting exceptional lodging offerings that contribute to the unforgettable experience of a sophisticated traveler. Among them are Paradores – a unique approach to luxurious accommodations supported by the Spanish government.Often situated in a historic setting, Paradores blend the comfort of contemporary sophisticated lodging with the ambiance of ancient Spain. Travelers can enjoy modern amenities such as golf courses and swimming pools while being transported through time, learning about Spanish wine culture and dining on medieval cuisine.Since the first parador opened in Gredos, Ávila in 1928, Spain’s Paradores de Turismo initiative has transformed over 90 of castles, palaces, fortresses, convents and monasteries into hotels. The upcoming year will expand the network to over 100 paradores. Five new establishments are currently under construction in Lorca, Morella, Corias, Veruela and Ibiza; and another nine are currently in the architectural planning stage in Muxia, Villablino, Cadiz, Estella, Badajoz, Lleida, Molina de Aragón, Béjar and Alcalá la Real.Among the ones to be unveiled in the early 2012 are: Parador de Cádiz (Andalusia) – an extension of the renowned Hotel Atlántico, this parador offers everything from panoramic views of the Bay of Cadiz and the Atlantic to private pools, beaches, and palm-lined streets. In 2012, the location will add between 70 and 100 rooms as well as a thalassotherapy center for rejuvenating spa experiences. Located next to the Genovés seaside park, Parador de Cádiz will help you unwind and enjoy one of the oldest European cities. Boasting 3,000 years of history, Cádiz is also home to world–famous seafood culinary traditions, adding a gourmet touch to your journey.Parador de Corias (Asturias) – founded in 1028, the ancient monastery of San Juan Bautista, located on the banks of the Narcea River and known as “El Escorial de Asturias,” became an important spiritual centre whose power extended over the entire province. The parador will occupy the four floors of the building and have 86 rooms, six of them suites. The location will also feature a spa, meeting rooms as well as underground and outdoor parking. Known for its clean, picturesque scenery and a diverse architectural heritage, Asturia is also a food lover revelation, offering its own Asturian cheeses, apple cider and the traditional stew, fabada asturiana.Parador de Ibiza (Balearic Islands) – The first parador to be built in the Balearic Islands will be located in the 18th century Almudaina Castle, in the heart of the historical center of the city of Ibiza. The district, known as Dalt Vila, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. As can be expected of a luxury hotel in the party capital of the world, the parador will have 72 double rooms, several suites, as well as venues for meetings and conventions. It will also have a gym, spa, and two swimming pools.www.parador.eslast_img read more