Southwest Monsoon likely to be below normal this year Skymet

first_imgNew Delhi: Monsoon rains may be “below normal” this year, Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency, said on Wednesday attributing it to the El Nino phenomenon.The monsoon is likely to be 93 per cent of the long period average (LPA), it said. Anything between 90-95 per cent of LPA falls under the “below normal” category. LPA is the average of rainfall between 1951 and 2000, which is 89 cm. If the forecast comes true, then this will be the second consecutive year of a below normal rainfall. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’East India, along with a major portion of central India, is likely to be at a higher risk of being rain deficient, especially during the first half of the season. Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Coastal Andhra Pradesh are most likely to see normal rains throughout the season, the forecast said. Agriculture, the major contributor to the Indian GDP, still heavily relies on seasonal rains. Skymet CEO Jatin Singh said June may see rainfall of 77 per cent of LPA, while July is expected to witness rainfall of 91 per cent of LPA. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAccording to the forecast, June and July are likely to witness “below normal” rainfall. August and September are likely to witness rainfall of 102 per cent and 99 per cent of LPA, Singh said. “There is a 55 per cent chance of a below normal rainfall, zero chances of an excess and above normal rainfall and 30 per cent chance of a normal rainfall,” the forecast said. Skymet blamed the El-Nino behind a possible below normal rainfall. The El-Nino phenomenon is linked to the warming of Pacific waters. El-Nino has an impact on the monsoon, Air Vice Marshal (retired) G P Sharma, Skymet President (Meteorology and Climate Change), said. “The Pacific Ocean has become strongly warmer than average. The model projections call for 80 per cent chance of El Nino during March-May, dropping to 60 per cent for June to August. “This means, it is going to be a devolving El Nino year, though retaining threshold values all through the season. Thus, Monsoon 2019 is likely to be below normal,” Sharma said. He added that the three-monthly Nino index shows that by MJJ (May-June-July), there is a 66 per cent chance of El Nino, 32 per cent chance of neutral and two per cent of La Nina. La Nina is linked to cooling of Pacific waters and is generally believed to be good for the monsoon. The saviour factor, the Skymet said, could be IOD (Indian Ocean Dipole) which is likely to be in the neutral or positive phase during the monsoon. Thus, it may be able to absorb some of the El Nino blues and possibly would support rainfall during the second half of monsoon, Sharma said.last_img read more

Solo sailor Jessica Watson named UN youth representative against hunger

Eighteen-year-old Ms. Watson, who completed the non-stop voyage around the world last year in her yacht Ella’s Pink Lady, joins a growing group of celebrities, sportspersons and statesmen worldwide who are promoting WFP’s work and giving a voice to the hungry.She will focus on child hunger and inspire both new generations and opinion makers as she raises awareness and funds for WFP’s school feeding programmes.“It’s a real honour to be working with WFP and to join the fight against child hunger,” said Ms. Watson. “Children cannot learn on an empty stomach and by providing nutritious daily meals, WFP is helping to build a better future for children, their families and their communities as they struggle to escape from hunger,” she said.WFP provides school meals to an average of 22 million children each year in around 60 countries. School meals play a vital role in breaking the hunger-poverty cycle.Poor households must often choose between sending children to school or to work in fields, streets, factories or sweatshops. WFP’s school meal programmes encourage parents to keep their children in school by providing food and sometimes take-home rations that help to feed the child’s family as well.“We are delighted to have Jessica on board. Her desire to make a difference to children’s lives, coupled with her boundless energy, will be a real asset,” said Amir Abdulla, the WFP Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, who is visiting the Australian capital, Canberra, this week.“Jessica Watson is already inspiring young people in Australia and beyond and her leadership will ensure the voices of hungry school children are heard,” he added.In her role as Youth Representative, Jessica will help introduce a new generation to WFP’s work by using social media and online tools, including the agency’s innovative fundraising and engagement platform, WeFeedback, which harnesses the power of social networking to raise money for school meal programmes. 25 May 2011The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) appointed Jessica Watson of Australia, the youngest person to sail alone non-stop around the world, as the agency’s Youth Representative in support of the global fight against hunger. read more

China plans to take 6 million older polluting commercial vehicles off road

BEIJING, China – China’s government plans to take 6 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities.The plan also calls for filling stations in Beijing, Shanghai and other major cities to switch to selling only the cleanest grades of gasoline and diesel, according to a Cabinet statement issued Monday.The order comes after China failed to meet official pollution-reduction goals for 2011-2013, the statement said. It said vehicles registered before 2005 that fail to meet cleaner emissions standards will be “phased out,” though it did not say how.It called the country’s environmental situation “extremely grim.”China’s major cities are smothered in eye-searing smog. The country has some of the world’s strictest emissions standards, but authorities have refrained from enforcing them until now to avoid forcing older, pollution-belching trucks off the road and hurting small businesses.Monday’s announcement suggests authorities have settled that conflict in favour of environmental protection following reports on the mounting health and economic costs of pollution.Plans call for retiring 5 million older, polluting vehicles in Beijing, the nearby port of Tianjin and the deltas of the Yangtze River, around Shanghai, and the Pearl River, around the southern business centre of Guangzhou, according to the statement. It gave no details on where the remaining 1 million vehicles due to be taken off the road were.China has about 240 million vehicles on the road, and half are passenger cars, according to the Ministry of Public Security.China is the world’s biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold. Sales rose 15.7 per cent last year to 17.9 million vehicles. Sales growth is slowing but analysts still expect an increase of 8 to 10 per cent this year.Taxi fleets and public buses in major cities have been required to switch to cleaner-burning natural gas or battery power. The government is promoting development of an electric car manufacturing industry.City governments in Beijing, Shanghai and other major cities have imposed curbs on new vehicle restrictions in an attempt to reduce smog and traffic congestion. China plans to take 6 million older, polluting commercial vehicles off road to clear air In this photo taken Monday, April 25, 2011, cars clog a main thoroughfare in Beijing, China. China’s government plans to take 5 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities. The plan also calls for filling stations in Beijing, Shanghai and other major urban areas to switch to selling only the cleanest grades of gasoline and diesel, according to a Cabinet statement issued Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted May 26, 2014 11:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

St Louis upset of Memphis headlines NCAA Tournament action at Nationwide Arena

Day one of the NCAA Tournament in Columbus Friday did not disappoint. Midwest No.11-seed North Carolina State, Midwest No. 3-seed Georgetown, West No.9-seed Saint Louis and West No.1-seed Michigan State all won, advancing to the third round. Georgetown and N.C. State is scheduled to meet in the first game at Nationwide Arena at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, with MSU and SLU 30 minutes following, with berths to the Sweet 16 on the line. Midwest Region’s No. 11-seed North Carolina State upsets No. 6 Seed San Diego State, 79-65 Playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006, the No. 11-seeded North Carolina State Wolfpack (23-12) upended No. 6-seed San Diego State (26-8), taking advantage of its superior play in the paint on the way to a 79-65 victory. N.C. State got a team-high 22 points from junior forward Richard Howell, and sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown added 17 while grabbing nine rebounds. “I thought today inside around the basket we were able to get a lot done,” N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. “And I thought Richard (Powell) in the first half was just sensational. And it wasn’t just him. But Richard really set the tone for us offensively.” It was a two-man show for SDSU, as sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin (23) and junior guard Chase Tapley (19), combined for 42 of the Aztecs’ 65 points. SDSU coach Steve Fisher attributed the loss to N.C. State’s size. “It’s one thing to be big. It’s another thing to be big and good. And they’re big and good. And we had a hard time with their size,” he said. N.C. State outscored the Aztecs’ 38-18 in the paint. During the first half, neither team was able to pull away, with the lead changing six times and N.C. State on top, 33-29, after twenty minutes. The beginning of the second half was more of the same, but towards the midway point, SDSU started to miss shots, and NCST didn’t. The Wolfpack shot 65 percent from the field in the final twenty minutes, with the Aztecs only managing to hit 37 percent of their second-half shots. Midwest Region’s No. 3-seed Georgetown defeats No. 14-seed Belmont, 74-59 Georgetown and senior guard Jason Clark weren’t going to be denied this time. After being one-and-done in their previous two NCAA Tournament trips, the No.3-seeded Hoyas, propelled by Clark, played with insistence Friday, cruising past No.14-seed Belmont, 74-59, in the second round. Clark led the way for Georgetown (24-8), pouring in a game-high 21 points, while Hoyas’ freshman forward Otto Porter scored 16 and senior center Henry Sims added 15. Sophomore forward Blake Jenkins dropped a team-high 17 points for Belmont (27-8). “I think it was definitely a sense of urgency, not just for me but the whole team,” Clark said. “We know what we’ve done in the past. So it was a big thing for us to get this win today.” The urgency showed early, as Clark scored 10 of Georgetown’s first 14 points. Along with Clark’s play, the Hoyas’ used a major size advantage inside to take a 36-27 lead into half time. The lead remained around the 10-point mark for the majority of the second half. Belmont coach Rick Byrd said his team was not able to make any runs against the Hoyas’ zone defense. “I just didn’t predict that we’d face zone or that we’d do as poorly as we did,” he said. “But (Georgetown’s zone is) a great one. They’re well taught, and they’ve got great athletes.” Georgetown’s efficiency on the offensive end allowed it to stave off any Belmont runs as well. The Hoyas shot 61 percent from the field, including nearly 70 percent in the final 20 minutes. West Region’s No. 9-seed Saint Louis beats No.8-seed Memphis, 61-54 In the most competitive game of the day, No.9-seed Saint Louis (26-7) held all but one No. 8-seed Memphis (26-9) player to single-digit points in a 61-54 victory. Billikens junior guard Kwamain Mitchell led all scorers with 22, and SLU senior forward Brian Conklin played tough inside against bigger Memphis defenders, adding 16 points. Conference USA Player of the Year Will Barton was the only Tiger in double-digits with 16 points. Memphis sophomore forward Tarik Black, who Barton said Thursday was the Tigers’ biggest advantage heading into the game, was held to four points and only played 19 minutes due to foul trouble. SLU frustrated the Tigers by preventing them from getting out and running. “Honestly, they didn’t even – they didn’t have nobody on offensive boards, just one guy, and the rest of their players got back on defense,” Memphis sophomore guard Joe Jackson said. “So they basically took away the fast break, and we played into their hands, just settling for bad shots.” The first half saw back-and-forth play with the teams tied, 23-23, after 20 minutes. SLU held Memphis to 33 percent shooting, 1-of-8 from 3-point range in the first half. “To keep (Memphis) to 23 points in a half is really good, but look, that’s what we pride ourselves on is our defense,” SLU junior forward Cody Ellis said. Memphis used a 7-2 run early in the second half to get up 37-29, thanks in part to a few steals by Barton and sophomore guard Chris Crawford. The Billikens followed with a 14-5 run of their own. After a long, shot-clock beating three pointer by Mitchell, SLU led, 48-44, with fewer than five minutes to play, and held on for the victory. “We could have given up and went down, 10, 15 points, but the guys kept fighting back, making big shots and knocking down key free throws,” SLU sophomore forward Dwayne Evans said, who scored six points and grabbed 11 rebounds. West Region’s No.1-seed Michigan State beats West No.16-seed LIU Brooklyn, 89-67 It was closer than expected for the first 25 minutes, but eventually, No.1-seed Michigan State (28-7) proved why it is a top-seed, as the Spartans topped the No.16-seeded LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (25-9), 89-67. MSU senior forward Draymond Green led the way with a triple-double, pouring in 24 points while adding 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Spartans’ centers sophomore Adrien Payne (16 points and seven rebounds) and junior Derrick Nix (18 points and eight rebounds)-combined for 34 points and 15 rebounds. “Those guys are monsters. They’re really good players and they’re really skilled. That’s why they’re a No.1 seed,” LIU Brooklyn coach Jim Ferry said, LIU Brooklyn jumped out to a five-point lead early, but it didn’t last long, as the Spartans started to feed their bigs, exploiting the Blackbirds lack of size inside. Greeen, Payne and Nix combined for 24 points and 16 rebounds in the first half, as the Spartans scored 34 of their 42 first-half points in the paint. A balanced attack kept LIU Brooklyn in the game, with eight different players scoring in the first twenty minutes. MSU led, 42-37, at the end of the first half. The Blackbirds held strong early in the second half, but a 28-12 run by MSU allowed the Spartans to cruise for the majority of the game’s final minutes. “It was a big win for us, on a team that I think is a very solid, good team. I was concerned (early), but I thought we took control in the second half,” MSU coach Tom Izzo said. read more

Katanga and Gécamines sign Memorandum of Understanding

first_imgKatanga Mining has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its joint venture (JV) partner Gécamines that will be the basis for amending the Kamoto Copper Co (KCC) Joint Venture Agreement to incorporate provisions of the February 7, 2008 Agreement releasing the Dikuluwe and Mashamba West deposits; merging the DRC Copper and Cobalt Project (DCP) and KCC joint ventures; and addressing requirements of the DRC Government resulting from the review of mining partnerships with Gécamines.Key provisions are:1. 75% of the share capital of the merged JV is allocated to Katanga’s wholly owned subsidiaries KFL Ltd and GEC and 25% to Gécamines; consistent with each of the existing joint venture agreements.2. Share capital of the merged JV will be increased from $1 million to $100 million.3. Upon implementation of the merged JV, 5% of all additional joint venture funding until the project reaches 150,000 t/y of copper output will be non-interest bearing and the remaining 95% will bear interest at a rate not greater than LIBOR plus 3%.4. The royalty rate for equipment and facilities provided by Gécamines as well as for ore reserve depletion will increase from 1.5% to 2.5% of net revenues.5. The first cash payment to Gécamines for transfer of mining rights under article 4.3 of the February 7, 2008 Agreement is $5 million and will be made on implementation of the merged JV.6. The Board of KCC will be increased to eight members, three of whom will be appointed by Gécamines, and KCC will assume day-to-day management of the merged JV’s operations within 12 months from the date of this MoU. This will result in the elimination of the current operating agreement with Kamoto Operating Ltd.These changes, together with provisions of the February 7, 2008 MoU, will be integrated into the merged JV document that will preserve existing relevant terms and provisions of the DCP and KCC joint ventures.Arthur Ditto, President and CEO of Katanga stated: “I am very pleased that this MoU addresses outstanding matters affecting joint venture business, including Government requirements from the mining review, and that we can deal with everything in one merged joint venture agreement. We look forward to a closer working relationship with Gécamines and getting the full financial and operating synergy that merging the two joint ventures will bring for the benefit of everyone.”Paul Fortin, Director General of Gécamines also noted: “This joint venture is very important to Gécamines and to the economy of the DRC, and we believe the MoU provides a positive framework for its future success.”Katanga Mining operates a major mine complex in the DRC producing refined copper and cobalt. The company has the potential to become Africa’s largest copper producer and the world’s largest cobalt producer, with a targeted annual output of over 300,000 t of refined copper and over 30,000 t of refined cobalt by 2011.last_img read more

FUCHS highlights importance of representative oil sampling

first_imgSampling oil correctly and regularly can help highlight potential problems in mining machines before they become serious, said a technical expert from a leading lubricant manufacturer. Andy Brown, of FUCHS LUBRICANTS, said sampling can help reduce costs by unearthing issues with a machine before it breaks down completely, therefore minimising downtime. But he also warned that oil samples must be taken correctly in order to produce the most accurate results.FUCHS LUBRICANTS offers the CENT sampling service to its customers, producing clear, precise feedback in the form of graphs and reports along with suggestions for remedial action. The state-of-the-art production management tool indicates wear trends, additive levels and sources of contamination. In 2016, FUCHS carried out around 27,000 sampling reports from across all industry sectors the company is involved in. Many of those reports were for mining machines. Brown said: “If you examine the condition of the oil through sampling, you can see problems before they escalate and become bigger issues. Customers send the sample to us and we look at viscosity, additive levels, wear levels, oxidation, and contaminants such as coolant ingress, dirt ingress and soot levels. All of these things can tell us the condition of the oil and the condition of the engine, gear box or hydraulic system. “When samples are taken over a period of time, you can start to trend results and see things like bearing wear, cylinder wear, and coolant contamination. For example, if there is a lot of dirt in the oil maybe the air filter hasn’t been changed, or perhaps they’ve got a split somewhere in the air in-take system.”He adds: “It’s a powerful tool because downtime can be so costly. You can spot a problem and replace something for a nominal amount rather than leaving it and having catastrophic problems. Industrial machines need to be ready to use when you need them otherwise you run the risk of costly downtime. However, the way sampling is done is massively important and it’s the bit that everyone gets wrong. I remember an occasion when a company was extremely concerned that their vehicles were generating excess soot out of the exhaust. We carried out extensive analysis on samples they gave us which confirmed their initial fears and there was a major investigation involving the engine manufacturer, the vehicle manufacturer and the filter manufacturers. I asked the company how they had taken their samples and they had no idea. It transpired that the samples had been taken after a weekend when the vehicles had stood idle and were cold. The engineer had opened the sump and taken the first bit of oil that came out. This was the worst-case scenario as when oil has sat for three days, a lot of particulates will drop out and go to the bottom. You need to take a sample either when everything is running/circulating so nothing is dropping out, or as soon as possible after it is switched off.”In the case above when it was sampled properly, there was no soot in the oil so whatever had caused the problem, it was nothing to do with soot in the oil. “It’s when and how you take the sample that is critical. The analysis side is easy but you can get completely the wrong answer if you haven’t sampled it right.” Brown said that the sample taken needs to be representative of the rest of the oil. Generally, this will be after it has passed through the engine but before it gets to the filter, the filter will remove contaminants. A vampire pump can be used with a tube which is fed into the correct position. Crucially, the same sampling technique must be used every time.Brown added: “If you haven’t got a strategy of how to take samples and four or five people are doing it differently all the time, you’ll get the scattergun approach. One person is doing it one way, someone else a different way, sometimes in the evening, sometimes in the morning. You end up with a random set of results. If you’ve got a process but it’s not right, you can get some consistent results but they are actually wrong. Sampling is very much worth doing – and it’s worth doing right.”last_img read more

THW Kiel confirms Momir Ilic is leaving at the end of the

THW Kiel announced that they will not be prolonging the contract with Momir Ilic, which expires on the 30th of June 2013. After joining THW Kiel in 2009 from Gummersbach, it is now certain that Momir Ilic will have to seek for a new club. Ilic is another in the series of players that announced that they will be leaving THW Kiel which include Omeyer and Narcisse, while Marcus Ahlm will be retiring at the end of the season. ← Previous Story Alexandros Vasilakis joins LNH club Toulouse Next Story → Dan Beutler to continue career in Qatar? ahlmMomir IlicnarcisseomeyerTHW Kiel

Public Accounts Committee chair calls for CRC to come clean on topups

first_imgFIANNA FÁIL TD and chair of the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, John McGuinness, has called on the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) to make an immediate statement on charitable money that was used to top-up the salaries of senior staff.Commenting today on the news which emerged yesterday afternoon, McGuinness said it was “deeply concerning”.The committee is expected to received a report from the HSE in the next week about funding for the CRC and if found to be unsatisfactory, he said representatives from the clinic will be called before it.Before that, I am calling on the CRC to make a comprehensive statement and come clean on the payments to staff that were funded by charitable donations. If this does not happen promptly I will call the CRC to appear before the PAC.He said the statement must be full and frank and cover every aspect of their funding and where the money is going.“The behaviour by the CRC is simply not good enough, the public will not accept it and I will not accept it,” he continued. “People give their hard earned money to charity with the expectation, in this instance, that it goes towards children and adults with a range of disabilities. This is a gross breach of public trust and the CRC must now explain itself in an open and transparent way.”Read: Ross calls for immediate resignation of CRC Board over salary top-ups>last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_img Get the 9 at 9 News audio Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Jack Jelly No Comments Short URL Mar 27th 2019, 7:51 AM https://jrnl.ie/4562699 Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 7:51 AMcenter_img 8,229 Views Image: Shutterstock/Jack Jelly EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #LAURA BRENNAN: The funeral of the HPV vaccine campaigner, who died of cervical cancer last week aged 26, will take place today in her home county of Clare.2. #BREXIT: MPs will meet at Westminster today to vote on their preferred Brexit option as pressure mounts on Prime Minister Theresa May. 3. #CORK: The baby whose mother was found dead at Cork University Maternity Hospital on Monday has also died.4. #ROAD SAFETY: The EU has said a provisional agreement has been reached with member states that will see new road safety technologies become mandatory on vehicles sold in Europe from 2022 onwards.5. #GROUND CONTROL: US President Donald Trump’s administration has announced that it is speeding up plans to send US astronauts back to the Moon, from 2028 to 2024.6. #WRC: A woman who claims her manager sexually harassed her with inappropriate touching and conversation has been awarded €11,850 following a hearing before the Workplace Relations Commission. 7. #EMERGENCY LANDING: A Boeing 737 MAX aircraft made an emergency landing yesterday after experiencing an engine problem as it was being ferried from Florida to California.8. #BUSCONNECTS: The National Transport Authority is set to tell an Oireachtas committee today that it has received 30,000 submissions on its ambitious BusConnects plan. 9. #WEATHER: Today will be mostly dry and cloudy with some sunny spells, Met Éireann has forecast.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Share4 Tweet Email3 By Cónal Thomas The 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning.last_img read more

ATM Keypads Arent as Gross as You Think They Are

first_imgStay on target Dutch ATMs Now Show Missing-Children AlertsProgrammer Finds ATM Flaw That Let Him Withdraw $1 Million in Cash Good news, everyone! The ATM keypads you’re forced to touch every time you need to withdraw a few bucks? Turns out they’re not the festering disease transmitters you thought they were.British website Netdoctor recently ran a headline that asked, Are ATMs a Health Hazard? If you’re familiar with Betteridge’s law of headlines, then you know that the answer to any question in a headline is almost always “no.” While that’s certainly true of this one, there’s an asterisk worth noting.Recently, NYU researchers set out to “investigate New York City’s urban microbiome,” according to Netdoctor. While they didn’t necessarily plan to determine just how dangerous the ATMs in New York City were, they learned quite a bit during their research. They tested more than five dozen machines in Manhattan and Queens, and their report was surprisingly reassuring.In spite of being fondled by hundreds or even thousands of people every day, ATM keypads really aren’t all that disgusting. They do reveal some interesting truths about the neighborhoods in which they’re located, though… like whether chicken or fish is a more popular main with residents.Some nasty discoveries were made, of course. Among them: Trichomonas Vaginalis, a parasite that can cause vaginitis in women and urethritis in men and Toxoplasma gondii, which spreads toxoplasmosis.Don’t go running for your towel yet. The NYU biologists said that the microbes they collected might no longer have been active and that the amounts collected may have been too small to pose us any real danger even if they were active.last_img read more

BUSINESS OWNER SAVES BIG FROM SOLAR SYSTEM

first_img Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Oct. 3 (Jamaica Information Service): A New Kingston business owner is reaping the benefits of reduced energy costs, following the installation of a US$30,000 photovoltaic solar system at her premises.Operator of the Oasis on the Oxford, Lorraine Clunie, is encouraging other small business owners to take the step towards renewable energy, following a dramatic reduction in her electricity bills after just three months.“My light bill was coming to about $150,000 per month, sometimes even as high as $210,000. I installed the 15-kilowatt system in June and the following month I received a bill for $40,000 and after that my light bill went down even further to $20,000,” she said. Mrs. Clunie, who was speaking to JIS News at her company on Oxford Road, following a tour of the premises by Energy Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, on October 3, said there were times when she considered closing her business, as the energy cost had become quite unbearable. “There were times when just to pay the light bill, I was not able to pay my staff or to pay my lease,” she noted.“I got to a point where I didn’t know what to do and then I heard a statement from the Minister encouraging persons to go solar and so I became aware of the possibilities and the benefits that could be derived,” she added.Mrs. Clunie said after doing some research on solar energy, she decided to acquire the system using her credit card, importing a part at a time. “I didn’t have all the money at once, so I decided to buy it piece by piece. It took me nine to ten months to acquire the entire system and to get everything here. And the major thing was that I didn’t have to pay any duty on the system, because of the Government’s duty free policy on renewable energy systems,” she told JIS News. She informed that her system, which includes 81 solar panels, now provides all the energy she needs to run her New Kingston business complex, which houses the Red Snapper Restaurant, the Thirsty Man pub, and Elegant Weddings.Mrs. Clunie is now in the process of applying for a licence from the Office of the Utilities Regulation (OUR) for Net Billing to sell excess energy to the Jamaica Public Service (JPS).“I would encourage small business owners to just get with the programme. The fact is I am now much better off and this system will pay for itself in about 18 to 20 months,” she says.In the meantime, Minister Paulwell told JIS News that the installation of the system demonstrates the importance of using those incentives that the government has provided to small businesses to lower their cost of electricity.“This is a good model for small businesses and it has slashed their electricity usage and costs significantly, making the business so much more viable and productive,” he noted.“So, when we say that each person has a responsibility to reduce the cost of electricity, this is one of the models that we want to promote,” the Minister said.He pointed out that once the system is installed, it is maintenance free for almost 20 years. “You make back your money in four years and you’re able to generate a significant profit from it, so it is definitely a win, win,” the Minister said. Related Items:jamaica, Lorraine Clunie, Oasis on the Oxford, solar system Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaicalast_img read more

Katy Perry Honored With amfAR Award Of Courage For Support Of HIVAIDS

first_imgThe popstar was celebrated at the amfAR Gala, sharing “today I understand that a courageous life is the only one worth living” Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 22, 2018 – 1:05 pm GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Katy Perry may be best known for her music, with catchy hits like “Dark Horse,” “Swish Swish” and “California Gurls,” but she is also a passionate advocate and activist. On Oct. 18, the popstar was honored with the amfAR Award of Courage for her ongoing support and advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Katy Perry Honored With amfAR Award Of Courage katy-perry-honored-amfar-award-courage-support-hivaids-research News Email Twitter Facebook https://www.instagram.com/p/BpIMevYFuoH/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet Katy Perry Honored With amfAR Award Of Courage For Support Of HIV/AIDS Research At the 2018 amfAR Gala Los Angeles, an annual star-studded fundraising event for amfAR’s work to end HIV/AIDS through scientific research, Perry gave a passionate acceptance speech, critiquing the non-accepting community she grew up in and acknowledging her queer fans and honoring their courage.”Today I understand that a courageous life is the only one worth living. I come from a Bible-thumping background that wasn’t particularly open or accepting of curiosity,” she said. “I may not have known it then, but daring to ask questions and redefine right and wrong when everybody around me spoke in absolutes was my first attempt at a courageous life.”She continued, “To my LGBTQ-plus family who is disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, I’ve always felt such a deep connection to, and gratitude for your bravery to live your authentic truth. It’s a gift to all of us and you deserve to be safe, seen and celebrated.”With support from Perry and others, the gala alone raised $1.7 million for the charitable organization, which, with the Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative, is working to develop a cure by 2020. The evening also honored TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie and featured performances from GRAMMY-nominated “Goldfinger” singer Shirley Bassey.In addition to being a longtime supporter of AIDS/HIV research, Perry was also given the UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award in 2016 and has been a Goodwill Ambassador with the organization since 2013. She has donated to causes near to her heart over the years, including in 2011 when she donated $175,000 of proceeds from her California Dreams Tour to 50 non-profit organizations.Dolly Parton To Be Honored As 2019 MusiCares Person Of The YearRead morelast_img read more

2200 saplings distributed

first_imgVijayawada: Lions district coordinator, Global Worming along with the students of Bhashyam School organised an awareness programme, rally and human chain at Rythupeta of Nandigama to mark World Pollution Day on Thursday. About 2,200 saplings were distributed to the students and villagers on the occasion. The chief guest of the programme was Nandigama sub inspector Ramakrishna. He said everyone should feel the responsibility to plant saplings and see that it grows into a big tree and protect the environment. He said that greenery would bring down the temperature levels and make living better. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Lions district coordinator Ramireddy Sridhar said that for better health one should have good environment, fresh air to breath, pollution free drinking water apart from money. Plants and trees play a key role in protecting the environment and everyone should take it as a challenge to plant saplings which is the need of the hour. He further said that everyone should stop using plastic carry bags as it is one of the major hazardous things adding to pollution. Lion M Amaraiah, M Satyanarayana, Rajappa, Nageswara Rao, teachers, students and villagers were present.last_img read more

Gujarat Polices allwomen team nabs notorious criminal Jusab Allahrakha Sandh

first_imgGujarat all woman ATS nabbed gangster Jusab Allahrakha SandhtwitterFour woman officers of Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) nabbed notorious criminal and gangster Jusab Allahrakha Sandh in a pre-dawn operation at a forest in Botad district on Sunday.Jusab was wanted in more than 23 cases ranging from robbery to extortion and murder. He has been on the run for nearly a year after he jumped parole in June 2018. The ATS team consisting of four woman Sub-Inspectors – Santok Odedara, Nitmika Gohil, Aruna Gameti and Shakuntala Mal – had carried out the operation to nab the notorious criminal from the deep jungles of Botad.According to reports, the gangster had been holed up inside the jungle for the past several months. As it was getting hard for the local police to find him, they transferred the case to the ATS.”We had received a tip-off from an informant regarding the presence of Jusab in Botad forest, and a quick response team was immediately set up to nab him. However, Jusab was staying in a makeshift accommodation so deep inside the forest that no vehicles could reach there. We entered the forest on foot on Saturday night. Since the accused has been infamous for firing at police parties in the past as well, therefore we did not take any chance and waited for the sunrise. He was then nabbed from his hut,” said SI Santok Odedara, reports The Indian Express.Jusab was let off on parole to conduct the last rites of his wife after she died in June 2018. But he escaped and was absconding since then. He also killed a man during his run as retaliation for killing one of his associates.According to police, Jusab used to commit serious crimes and would head to the jungle to hide. He was very familiar with the jungle as he grew up there. When the ATS caught him, he had very minimal arrangements to look after himself. There was no electricity or mobile phone and his associates used to get food for him every day.last_img read more

Nearly onekm of Padma bridge visible

first_imgPart of the Padma bridge. Photo-Prothom AloAround 900 metres of the much-hyped Padma bridge is visible now following the installation of another span named F-6 on the pillars no 36 and 37 on Wednesday, reports UNB.The 150-metre span, weighing 3,140 tonnes, was installed at Jajira point around 10:00am.This is the sixth span of the Padma Bridge.Earlier, the span was taken to the Jajira point on Tuesday afternoon by the 3,600 ton capacity floating crane ‘Tian -E’ from the Mawa Kumarbhog Construction Ward, five kilometre away from the Jajira point.The works of Padma Multipurpose Bridge became visible with the installation of 150-metre first span on the pillars no 37 and 38 on 30 October 2017. Later, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th and 5th spans were installed on the pillars no 38-39, 39-40, and 40-41 respectively in 2018.Engineers concerned of the Padma Bridge authority, said the span was kept at near the jetty for several days as it could not be floated due to poor navigability.The construction work on the country’s largest bridge started in December in 2015.The 6.15-km bridge will have a total of 41 spans, each 150 meters long.According to the engineers concerned, a total of 41 spans will be installed on 42 concrete pillars.Besides, 17 spans were ready to fix while the work for constructing 18 more in underway.last_img read more

States Attorney Vows Appeal after Judge Dismisses Charges in Death of Phylicia

first_imgA judge has dismissed charges against Michael Maurice Johnson (right) in the 2010 death of Phylicia Barnes (left). (Photos courtesy of the Baltimore City Police Department )A Baltimore judge has dismissed charges against Michael Maurice Johnson in the 2010 death of Phylicia Barnes.  Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has vowed to appeal the decision, arguing that the trial judge, John Addison Howard, lacked jurisdiction to dismiss the charges.Phylicia Barnes disappeared in late 2010 and was later discovered floating in the Susquehanna River.  Michael Maurice Johnson was charged with second degree murder in Barnes’s death and convicted in 2013, but that conviction was overturned because the prosecution failed to disclose discrediting evidence against one of its key witnesses, according to Russel Neverdon, Johnson’s defense attorney in his first trial.According to Neverdon, the State’s Attorney’s case against Johnson was “riddled with problems.”“There was no physical evidence that put him there.  They searched his car, a DNA swab—they just did so much but there was nothing that they could find that actually put Michael Johnson as being the person responsible for the disappearance and the untimely death of this young woman,” said Neverdon of the state’s evidence.A second trial was ruled a mistrial last month by Howard, who now has dismissed the charges against Johnson on a motion by the defense for judgment of acquittal (MJOA) based on insufficient evidence, a motion which, according to Neverdon, asks whether, if all the evidence is viewed in the light most favorable to the prosecution, there is sufficient evidence by which a reasonable juror could find criminal liability.Mosby subsequently released a statement which read, in part, “We respectfully disagree with the Court’s decision today based on the fact that the defense waived their right to a ruling on a motion for judgment of acquittal.  According to State v. Sirbaugh . . . the Court had no jurisdiction to grant the acquittal and we will be seeking an appeal on those grounds.”According to Neverdon, the state could have legitimate grounds to appeal Howard’s decision because an MJOA cannot generally be filed until after the prosecution has completed presenting its case to the jury.  Because the judge initially ruled a mistrial because of the prosecutorial failure to redact a recording of a wire-tapped conversation involving Johnson before the recording was presented to the jury, the state may not have been able to present its full case, meaning a ruling on an MJOA would be inappropriate.“The problem becomes did [the judge] obviate the role of a jury when he starts talking about the sufficiency of the evidence. . . . From what I’ve read, from some early quotes, [the judge] said there was no direct evidence, this was circumstantial.  But we know that under the jury instructions they would get at some point in time, suggests that there is no distinction between circumstantial or direct evidence.  And that’s a question that, if the state’s going to make an argument, would fall within the purview of a jury.  So I think if they’re going to attack, that would be where the attack would be,” explained Neverdon. ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday August 31

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From 5-7 P.MA full­hour of The Mod Squad, Stephen Janis and Taya Graham of The Real News Network, reporting on law enforcement and politics, including thoughts on the looming consent decree between the DOJ and Baltimore for sweeping reforms of the Baltimore City Police Department and their recent conversation with Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.
These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes .last_img

FTC Creates Compliance Tool for Mobile Health App Developers

first_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Mobile Devices | April 25, 2016 FTC Creates Compliance Tool for Mobile Health App Developers Tool and related business guidance designed to help developers stay compliant with federal and state privacy regulations News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more April 25, 2016 — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has created a Web-based guidance tool for developers of health-related mobile applications (health apps). FTC did not take this action alone, but rather developed the tool in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services’s (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA released a seminal guidance document on mobile medical apps early last year. In its guidance document, FDA addresses, among other things, those apps it intends to regulate as medical devices under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and those for which the agency intends to exercise its enforcement discretion. OCR has also recently issued guidance in this area, providing examples of scenarios where the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations might apply to health information created, managed or organized through the use of health apps.The FTC’s new health apps tool asks developers a series of high-level questions about the nature of the app, including questions about its function, the data it collects and the services it provides to users.  These questions include the following:Do you create, receive, maintain or transmit identifiable health information?;Are you a healthcare provider or health plan?;Do consumers need a prescription to access your app?;Are you developing this app on behalf of a HIPAA-covered entity?;Is your app intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease?;Does your app pose “minimal risk” to a user?;Is your app a “mobile medical app”?;Are you a nonprofit organization?; andDo you offer health records directly to consumers (or do you interact with or offer services to someone who does)?Based on the answers to these questions, the tool will point the app developer toward detailed information about certain federal laws that might apply to the app, including the FTC Act, the FTC’s Health Breach Notification Rule, HIPAA and the FD&C Act.Simultaneous with the release of the guidance tool, the Commission also issued a business guidance aimed at helping health app developers comply with the FTC Act by building privacy and security into their apps. Beyond the laws identified above, FTC notes in its business guidance that health apps could be subject to, among other things, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule; the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act’s Safeguards Rule and Privacy Rule; myriad state laws; and basic truth-in-advertising and privacy principles.Given the proliferation of health apps, developers can expect increasing federal and state scrutiny over these products.  The veritable alphabet soup of potentially-applicable laws require that developers maintain a sophisticated understanding of both existing requirements and new requirements that are sure to come online over the coming months and years.For more information: www.venable.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read morelast_img read more

Another awardwinning chef signs partnership with Air Canada

first_img Thursday, August 1, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group Another award-winning chef signs partnership with Air Canada << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img MONTREAL — There’s more to savour onboard Air Canada, thanks to a new partnership with award-winning Canadian Chef Antonio Park.Exclusively featured on select Air Canada flights to Asia and South America, Park’s meals will be destination-inspired, kicking off on the Montreal-Tokyo-Narita route that links two cities he has called home.“We’re thrilled to continue showcasing the very best of Canadian talent with Chef Park joining our team of celebrated chefs,” said Andrew Yiu, Vice President, Product at Air Canada. “Apart from elevating our customers’ dining experience with destination-inspired creations on Asian and South American flights, we chose to partner with Chef Park due to his passion for promoting the Canadian culinary scene and his appreciation for fresh ingredients and sustainability.Event Speech Footage // Séquence de discours d’événement from Air Canada on Vimeo.Park’s culinary career was first inspired by his Korean mother’s kitchen while growing up in Argentina. He then trained under revered Japanese cooking masters and developed a passion for farm-to-table cooking. He has worked in Japan, New York, Toronto and Montreal before opening his first restaurant, Park, in Montreal in 2012. Park has served as a judge on Food Network Canada’s Chopped and Top Chef Canada, and has been recognized multiple times in Canada as ‘Chef of the Year’.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaOn his new role with the carrier, Park said: “It’s a blessing and an honour to partner with Air Canada. I’m extremely proud and humbled to be sharing my food with Air Canada’s customers flying at 30,000 feet. It is the perfect opportunity to use Canadian ingredients and Japanese techniques, marrying the two to enhance the onboard experience.”Park joins Air Canada’s panel of Canadian culinary and wine talent who have designed award-winning food and wine options. They include celebrated Canadian chef David Hawksworth, who creates signature dishes exclusively on Air Canada flights worldwide in Signature Class and the Air Canada Signature Suite; and Véronique Rivest, the carrier’s sommelier who handpicks wines to pair with Hawksworth’s menu. Contemporary chef Vikram Vij also creates Indian dishes for all cabins of service on Air Canada’s Canada-India flights from Toronto and Vancouver.Following Montreal-Tokyo-Narita, Park’s menu will be rolled out on flights from Toronto to Tokyo-Haneda, Vancouver to Tokyo-Narita, and from Montreal to Sao Paulo this fall. In 2020, his meals will also be available on flights to Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Sao Paulo (from Toronto), Santiago and Buenos Aires, as well as on seasonal flights from Calgary to Tokyo-Narita and Vancouver-Osaka.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterHis meal options will be available in Signature, Premium Economy and Economy Class on all flights from Canada to Japan, and exclusively in Signature Class on all other flights departing Canada to Asia and South America, in addition to options by Hawksworth. Share Tags: Air Canada, Chef Antonio Park, Signature Classlast_img read more

The Peninsula Hotels enables travelers to beat the

first_imgThe Peninsula Hotels enables travelers to beat the winter blues by indulging in personal pampering with two special promotions – Winter Escapes and The Suite Life. Guests booking the Winter Escapes promotion will receive complimentary breakfast for two as well as their choice of an added-value benefit (varies by hotel). Highlights include a complimentary room upgrade, limousine transfer, afternoon tea, spa credit or dining credit.Travelers interested in booking a suite for one night will receive a second night in the suite complimentary as part of The Suite Life promotion. Both offers are available now through March 31, 2010.Winter Escapes From now through March 31, 2010 inclusive, each of the Peninsula’s nine hotels in the U.S. and Asia offer a menu of three enticing value-added options. Celebrating its first winter as the jewel of The Bund, the recently opened Peninsula Shanghai also welcomes travelers for a winter escape. Guests booking rooms or suites can select one to tailor their stay to their personal taste and preferences, making a stay at any of the Peninsula hotels worldwide even more memorable. Highlights include: -$50 dollar gift certificate to The Peninsula Spa by ESPA at The Peninsula New York -Two hour canal tour for two at The Peninsula Bangkok -$50 towards dinner for two at the acclaimed Avenues at The Peninsula Chicago -Afternoon tea for two at The Peninsula Hong Kong, a legendary high tea experience -$100 credit towards services The Spa at The Peninsula Beverly Hills -A pair of Peninsula Teddy Bears or champagne at The Peninsula Tokyo -Private tour of the Ayala Museum from The Peninsula ManilaThe Suite Life Within the same period, guests at any of the hotels with the exception of The Peninsula Bangkok can also enjoy a complimentary second night when booking a two-night suite stay with The Suite Life.www.peninsula.comlast_img read more