Varanasi: As the waters of the Ganga river in Varanasi inundated the ghats, cremation of dead bodies is now being done in the lanes of the holy city. The cremation ground at Harishchandra Ghat and Manikarnika Ghat are now underwater and the last rites of the dead are being performed in the narrow by-lanes and in the backyard of houses adjoining the ghats. Wooden logs kept for cremations could be seen floating in the flood waters. “The pyres are being burnt in a dry small space, which is barely enough to accommodate a pyre and some people attending the last rites. Most of those coming with bodies for cremation are forced to wait on the main road as the entire ghat area is submerged, “said Acharya Rakesh, a priest. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Bahadur Chaudhary, who belongs to the Dom community that performs the last rites, said: “We are helpless. This is sheer callousness of the administration that has failed to construct a high platform for cremations despite availability of funds. “The problem has worsened owing to the fact that the gas-based crematorium at Harishchandra Ghat is lying defunct due to a technical snag. It has two furnaces. While one stopped working last week, the other developed the snag after heavy rains lashed the city on Sunday night.” A large number of bodies from eastern part of the state, as well as Bihar, are brought for cremation to Varanasi, as according to Hindu belief cremation in this city leads to salvation. People are also complaining of a sudden and exorbitant increase in prices of wooden logs and other material used for performing the last rites.
Source : Numeris Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement CORNER GAS ANIMATED made its much-anticipated arrival on Monday night as the strongest Canadian series debut in the history of The Comedy Network, and is on track to become the biggest debut of any series on the network. With more than 280,000 preliminary overnight viewers making the trip back to Dog River, CORNER GAS ANIMATED was the #1 entertainment specialty program Monday among all key demos (A18-34, A18-49, and A25-54).In the all-new episode of CORNER GAS ANIMATED, airing Monday, April 9at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Wanda, Hank, and Lacey attempt to trick Brent with a Sasquatch hoax. Davis and Emma’s obsession with the fantasy TV show THRONE STRIFE forces Karen and Oscar to spend time together. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
APTN National NewsThe federal government is now facing at least two lawsuits over the Lower Churchill Hydro Development project in central Labrador.The Sierra Club has stated that it will take Ottawa to court over the six-billion-dollar project. Now NunatuKavut, which represents the Metis population of Labrador, is saying that it will file suit as well.Chris Montague, president of NunatuKavut, says that the federal government has failed to fulfill their duty to consult.
SUPERIOS, Wis. — Husky Energy says it will invest more than $400 million to rebuild its oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, and continue its use of a highly toxic chemical that raised fears in the community of 27,000 after an explosion at the refinery last April.The blast injured 36 people and required the evacuation of much of Superior due in large part to the presence of hydrogen fluoride, which can be hazardous to human health. The tank containing the chemical was not damaged by the explosion.Company officials told Wisconsin Public Radio on Wednesday that they explored using alternatives to hydrogen fluoride, but that the chemical is fundamental to making gasoline.Opponents say there are safer ways to produce high-octane gasoline.The refinery expects to resume some operations in late 2020.___Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.orgThe Associated Press
21 March 2011Forested areas in Europe, North America, the Caucasus and Central Asia have been increasing steadily, growing by 25 million hectares over the past two decades, the United Nations said today, citing diseases, insects and storms aggravated by climatic factors as the major threats to the ongoing health of woodlands. Forested areas in Europe, North America, the Caucasus and Central Asia have been increasing steadily, growing by 25 million hectares over the past two decades, the United Nations said today, citing diseases, insects and storms aggravated by climatic factors as the major threats to the ongoing health of woodlands.“In addition to forest area, the volume of wood in pan-European forests is growing by over 430 million cubic metres every year due to the expansion of the forest area and increases in stock levels,” the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said on World Forest Day, as experts gathered in Geneva to review trends in forests and forest resources in Europe and North America.In total, the UNECE region has 40 per cent of the world’s forests, most of them classified as boreal or temperate.Forests play an important role in the conservation of biological diversity and the area of forest primarily designated for this purpose is also expanding, according to UNECE. In the UNECE region it increased by almost 25 million hectares – an area slightly larger than the United Kingdom – between 1990 and 2010, and currently accounts for about 8 per cent of the total forest area in the region.Most of this increase took place in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, where the area of forest specifically managed for conservation of biological diversity has been increasing by almost one million hectares annually over the past 20 years, while in North America it has increased by more than 5 million hectares since 1990.Increasing climate variability, however, has had a negative impact on forest growth and health, with North America reporting the largest area of forests with insect-related health problems in 2005 compared to any other region.Problems include outbreaks of the mountain pine beetle, which has devastated more than 11 million hectares of forest in Canada and the western United States since the late 1990s – an unprecedented outbreak aggravated by higher winter temperatures. During the same period damage resulting from storms, wind and snow affected 0.4 per cent of the forest area.Meanwhile, 19 forest policies from 16 countries have been nominated to contend for the International Policy Award for Visionary Forest Policies, sponsored by the World Future Council, an international policy research organization that provides decision makers with effective policy solutions.Three winning policies will be announced on 21 September at UN Headquarters, according to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the International Year of Forests 2011 and the UN Forum on Forests.
Linda O’Leary, the wife of one of Canada’s most famous and flamboyant businessmen, could be facing more than a year in jail after being charged for her alleged role in a boat crash that killed two people.The Ontario Provincial Police announced the charges Tuesday, exactly one month after two boats collided at night on Lake Joseph, one of Canada’s most exclusive vacation locales.O’Leary, 56, has been charged with careless operation of a vessel under the Canada Shipping Act. Though the charge carries a maximum penalty of 18 months imprisonment or a $1 million fine, O’Leary’s lawyer stressed Tuesday that it is not a criminal charge.“We find it certainly unusual that, where a cautious and experienced boater came in collision with an unlit craft on the dark and moonless night, that charges would flow from that,” said Brian Greenspan.“That’s not a criminal offence, period,” said Greenspan, one of Canada’s most-prominent criminal defence lawyers, “and it shouldn’t be characterized as criminal in any way.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Related Kevin O’Leary/YouTube/Sony The two separated for two years about a decade ago, but never got divorced and eventually reconciled. They have two grown children, Savannah, a director and producer in New York, and Trevor, a DJ. Today, Linda O’Leary serves as the vice-president of marketing for O’Leary wines and on the board of the National Ballet of Canada.The O’Learys have been summering on Lake Joseph, where the collision occurred, for at least 15 years. The family’s home there has been written up several times for its opulence, including once in The New York Times. “For anyone casually acquainted with Muskoka, what passes for a cottage these days may come as quite a shock,” the Times story read. “(R)ising like a wedding cake from the lakeshore, is a periwinkle-blue structure with white trim, wraparound cedar decks, three boat slips and a second-floor sun deck that is larger than some marinas here. And that is just the boathouse.”Though Richard Ruh is American and Linda O’Leary Canadian, his ties to Muskoka actually run much deeper than hers. The O’Learys bought their 14-acre waterfront property on Lake Joseph in 1994, according to a 2010 profile in the National Post. They built their 9,000 square-foot, 10-bedroom, 11-bathroom cottage on the property a decade later. The Ruh family, based in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, N.Y., has been travelling to the same lake since 1967, according to a long profile of the family published in Muskoka Life magazine earlier this year. Toronto Sun. Kevin O’Leary, seen on Lake Joseph. Businessman Kevin O’Leary behind the wheel of one of his boats on Lake Joseph. Details still murky on fatal boat crash involving celebrity tycoon Kevin O’Leary Water complicates the investigation into fatal boat crash involving Kevin O’Leary, expert says The charge stems from an incident in late August, when O’Leary was driving a boat on Lake Joseph in the Township of Muskoka Lakes. Kevin O’Leary was a passenger, he said in a press release following the incident. Just before midnight, the boat collided with another vessel. The two casualties were Gary Poltash, a 64-year-old man from Florida, and Suzana Brito, a 48-year-old woman from Uxbridge, Ont. Three other people were taken to hospital and released, the OPP said.The driver of the other boat, Richard Ruh, 57, was charged with failure to exhibit a navigation light while underway. That charge, which also falls under the Canada Shipping Act, carries a set fine. Ruh received his provincial offence notice last week, said Carolle Dionne, staff sergeant for the OPP.Linda O’Leary has never been a public figure on the same scale as her husband, whose profile rose with his appearance as a venture capitalist on the reality TV show Dragons’ Den on CBC and later the American version, Shark Tank. But she’s also never been shy about showing off the lifestyle his business success has afforded her family. On Twitter and on her now deleted Instagram account, Linda O’Leary chronicled a lavish life in travel and riches — a villa in Rome, a fashion show in St. Barth’s, sunrise in St. Tropez.According to a profile published in Maclean’s in 2016, Linda and Kevin O’Leary met when Linda, then a university student, was working behind the reception desk at a Toronto squash club. In interviews over the years, she has described herself as the homemaker to her business titan husband. “I did the house and raised the kids, 100 per cent,” she told Maclean’s. “He made the financial decisions.” No one answered the phone at Ruh’s home or business Tuesday. A family physician and father of four, Ruh once told a local newspaper that parenthood was what he was “born to do.” Social media accounts operated under his daughters’ names show a huge clan of cousins and siblings vacationing in Muskoka—boating, diving off rocks, and lounging by the water — going back years. In 2018, dozens of Ruhs gathered on Lake Joseph to celebrate Ruh’s mother’s 90th birthday.Though he is American, if Ruh pleads guilty, he would still be required to pay the fine, said Nainesh Kotak, a personal injury lawyer in Toronto.Kotak said the OPP regularly lays charges that are not criminal. Even in fatal car collisions, drivers at fault will be charged based on their conduct rather than the impact, he said. “It doesn’t mean they’re going to be charged criminally just because the result is so extreme.”For his part, Greenspan said he is still waiting to receive disclosure to better understand the basis of the charges. When asked if Linda O’Leary had a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, as issued by Transport Canada, he replied, “I can assure you she has been an experienced and very, very experienced boater for many, many years who follows the safety regulations and all the requirements of boating to the letter of the law.”Linda O’Leary is scheduled to appear in a provincial offence court in Parry Sound on Oct. 29.
Stocks are mixed on Wall Street; Standard & Poor’s 500 holds on to a record high, Merck sinks AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are mixed on Wall Street as investors assess the latest earnings from U.S. companies.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index held on to a record level, but the Dow Jones industrial average edged lower.Merck fell after the drugmaker sharply lowered its profit forecast and reported a plunge in third-quarter earnings.The S&P 500 was up half a point at 1,760 in midday trading Monday. The Dow fell 15 points to 15,555. The Nasdaq composite was down 10 points to 3,933.Homebuilders fell after the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy previously occupied homes fell in September to the lowest level in nine months, reflecting higher mortgage rates and home prices.The yield on the 10-year Treasury note was unchanged at 2.51 per cent. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 28, 2013 9:55 am MDT
“It is important to constantly remind ourselves of the role that Posts play in our societies today, because some key trends are turning our world upside down,” said Bishar Hussein, Director General of the Universal Postal Union, in his message for the Day. He specifically mentioned Internet pervasiveness; ever-more demanding customers; e-commerce and light logistics; as well as the world economy and international trade. “Posts can only mitigate risks and seize opportunities if they engage in reform,” he emphasized. “They need to reinvent themselves, embrace digitalization, redefine their value proposition, and develop new products and services. They also require political support and investments, as well as an appropriate regulatory framework for their activities,” he underscored. Future gains could include more satisfied customers, stronger postal markets and more cohesive societies, Mr. Hussein said, adding: “With countries stepping up efforts to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we should not forget that the postal sector is an enabler of inclusive development and an essential component of the global economy.” “In the remotest and the most populated areas of our planet alike, it remains a key platform for delivering public services,” he continued. As a specialized intergovernmental organization within the UN system, UPU strives to enable its 192 national networks of member countries to act as one. “We offer platforms that let our members exchange views and find multilateral solutions to global issues. We provide affordable technical solutions and assistance to governments, regulators and postal operators wishing to upgrade their national postal infrastructure. And we are the only global knowledge centre for the sector, building on the power of postal big data to the benefit of all,” the Director General underscored. Faithful to its mission, the UPU has chosen two main highlights for this year’s World Post Day celebrations. Firstly, to recognize the top-ranked countries in the newly released Integrated Index for Postal Development. “Providing a snapshot of postal development in 170 countries, this new index is a powerful tool which governments, regulators and postal operators can use to promote postal excellence,” said Mr. Hussein – congratulating Switzerland, France and Japan along with the regional champions Brazil, Mauritius, Poland, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. He also gave a nod to “the younger generation, who are not losing the habit of writing even in this age of new technology,” announcing Togo’s fourteen-year-old Eva Giordano Palacios as the winner of UPU’s International Letter-Writing Competition, who in a letter to Secretary-General António Guterres, called for increased efforts to help poor countries abolish old practices which persist because of a lack of socioeconomic development. “As these examples show,” he concluded “the postal world is very much alive. So let us adopt new technologies, and embrace transformation!”
In a statement, the experts said that Alia Abdulnoor, who is suffering from breast-cancer, was reportedly being held in an unventilated, windowless hospital room, chained to her bed and under armed guard. She was arrested in July 2015, and charged with “financing terrorism” after she had helped raise funds for needy Syrian families in the UAE and war-affected women and children in Syria, said the experts. “We are extremely concerned about the physical and mental integrity of Ms. Abdulnoor, and about reports that the conditions of detention are causing her unnecessary pain,” said the three UN Special Rapporteurs.The experts said they had received information that for six months, Ms. Abdulnour was held in secret detention and solitary confinement following her arrest, where she was threatened and subjected to severe physical and psychological humiliation. Under torture, the critically ill woman was forced to sign a written confession. “We would like to remind the United Arab Emirates that torture and ill-treatment is universally and absolutely prohibited and that any statement made as a result of torture shall not be invoked as evidence,” the experts spelled out. Now in its final stage, Ms. Abdulnour’s cancer has spread to her vital organs. In November, her deteriorating health prompted the authorities to transfer her to Mafraq Hospital in Bani Yas, Abu Dhabi.While the authorities have rejected her family’s many requests that she be released on medical grounds, the last one submitted on 10 January, resulted in her transfer to Tawam hospital, in Al Ain, where reports say she continues to be denied appropriate medication to reduce her pain. Torture and ill-treatment is universally and absolutely prohibited – UN experts“We call on the authorities to release Ms. Abdulnour and to allow her to live her last days of life in dignity and with her family at home,” said the experts.“We also call on the State to investigate alleged acts of torture and ill-treatment, and to prosecute the suspected perpetrator(s) in line with its obligations under international human rights law.”The UN Special Rapporteurs – Dainius Pūras, Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; and Fionnuala Ní Aolái, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism – carry out their work under the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, based in Geneva.The experts work on a voluntary basis, are not UN staff, and do not receive a salary.
European new car registrations grew 5.7% in 2014, following 16 months of continuous growth for the market, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). Last year 12,550,771 passenger cars were registered in the EU; the first year it has recorded a growth in the market since 2007.Spain saw an 18.1% rise on 2013 driven by a nationwide scrappage scheme, followed by the UK which demonstrated the second largest rise (9.3%) in 2014. More moderate growth was seen in Europe’s other large markets such as Italy (4.2%), Germany (2.9%) and France (0.3%).December saw European new car registrations grow 4.7% to 951,329 units, and also marked the 34th consecutive month of growth for the UK car market. There were 2,476,435 cars registered in the UK in 2014 – the highest figure in a decade and fourth largest of all time. Read our full report on the UK car registrations here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Mark Wickens and Sharon AbbeyThis is the third time Sharon Abbey has packed her bags and taken a group of eager student teachers to schools in South Africa.In an annual program the professor of Education started in 2008, 10 future teachers will spend three weeks in a poverty-stricken suburb of Cape Town. They will teach in two elementary schools, learning to craft lessons without the usual amenities like computers, videos or photocopiers.The group – led by Abbey and Brock cohort advisor Mark Wickens – will also take more than 500 pounds of school supplies and necessities for the community they’ll visit. The load includes glasses, shoes, 100 soccer balls, beads, books and two laptop computers.The trip will count as a portion of the in-classroom experience required for Ontario teaching certification. The group will also visit an orphanage and a group called Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS, as well as experiencing an overnight safari and the Cape of Good Hope.The popular program has inspired some of its past participants to pursue international education, teaching in countries like Australia, Switzerland and Kenya, Abbey said.“They get this in their blood and they just keep going.”Teaching in the South African schools will challenge the students to be creative with fewer resources than usual, Wickens said.“This will help push their ability to be creative and use what I call high-yield strategies,” he said.The group leaves on the month-long trip on April 14.Quick links:– Faculty of Education | Brock University– Faculty page – Dr. Sharon Abbey
Image: Google Maps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 1:51 PM Updated Mar 21st 2019, 1:51 PM THE PLAN TO open a Direct Provision centre at a disused hotel in Rooskey, Co Leitrim, has been scrapped.The Department of Justice said the decision is due to a leasing issue and not related to suspected arson attacks at the former hotel.A spokesperson confirmed the decision and said the department “regrets that it is not in a position to proceed with plans to open an accommodation centre in the Shannon Key West Hotel”.They said the decision was taken following legal advice sought from the Chief State Solicitor’s Office which “found difficulties with the lease agreement between the owners of the hotel, and the operator renting it, which made proceeding with the proposed centre unviable”.The spokesperson said the department is “not party to these lease arrangements and these matters are outside our control”.They added that the department remains “committed to sourcing suitable premises to meet the accommodation needs of people in the international protection process”.A regional procurement process for new centres to house asylum seekers is currently under way and will continue throughout the year. Concerns have been raised about the rural location, and related lack of services, of some current and planned DP centres. Suspected arson attacks The former hotel in Rooskey was subjected to two suspected arson attacks in January and February.The site of another planned DP centre, in Moville in Co Donegal, was also subjected to a suspected arson attack in November.Both centres were due to open in January but the process was delayed after the fires.The department’s spokesperson said the decision not to proceed with the Rooskey centre was taken “solely in relation to the difficulties with the lease”.However, Leitrim And Roscommon United Against Racism believes the suspected arson attacks are linked to the move.In a statement released today, the group said: “Nobody apart from the government thought it was a good idea to house 80 asylum seekers in Rooskey. 120 Comments Plan to open Direct Provision centre in Leitrim scrapped The Department of Justice said the decision is not related to suspected arson attacks at the former hotel. Short URL 17.03.19 Having to cross the border or stay overnight: Concerns raised about location of rural Direct Provision centres Shannon Key West Hotel, Rooskey, Co Leitrim Mar 21st 2019, 10:52 AM Related Reads The group said the legal issues surrounding the use of the former hotel as a DP centre “should have been tested fully in court”.The statement added that today’s announcement “may very well have a negative impact on the ability of the State to house asylum seekers elsewhere”.Almost 6,300 people live in 38 Direct Provision centres across Ireland, most of which are privately run. As of this month, 729 individuals have been granted protection status or permission to remain in Ireland – 206 people have refugee status; 441 people have permission-to-remain status and 82 people have subsidiary protection status.Close to 450 people have been living in DP centres for over five years as they await a decision on their status or subsequent appeals. However is regretful that the government appear to have backed down in the face of racist arson attacks and a vocal hard-right minority in this area. This will be portrayed by the far-right minority in our communities as a victory for them. Shannon Key West Hotel, Rooskey, Co Leitrim Image: Google Maps 13.03.19 ‘There had been enormous worry’: Direct Provision centre to remain open – and three others get the green light https://jrnl.ie/4553521 10.03.19 Hiding the fact they’re gay and being harassed by other residents: People talk about life in Direct Provision Share294 Tweet Email2 26,844 Views By Órla Ryan
Hearts manager Craig Levein says he has had talks with on-loan forward Steven Naismith about making his move permanent.Naismith is currently on a season-long loan with Hearts from Norwich City. And with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Levein had sat down with the player in a bid to convince him to stay at Tynecastle Park.“I have had a chat already with him. We will continue to talk. It is obviously an important time in his career,” Levein told Sky Sports.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“I know he likes it at Hearts and we want him to stay but we will see what we can do.“I have spoken at length about how much I admire him as a player and as a person.“And he helps us through his efforts on the field, his constant cajoling and talking to players and his general enthusiasm for playing football. He makes us better because of those things.”
Falling crude oil prices has enabled budget airline SpiceJet to give out indications on a possible cut in passenger fares in the next few days.The ongoing crisis in Greece, a crash in Chinese stock markets and a strong dollar has pushed Brent crude oil prices to $55 per barrel, its lowest level since April this year.”Some of the drop in the fuel cost does get passed on to consumers one way or the other because there’s natural tendency of the industry to compete on fares… We have already seen that happen,” SpiceJet COO Sanjiv Kapoor told NDTV Profit.Estimates show that “fuel costs” occupy about 50% of total operating expenses of the domestic airlines.”Fuel price is the single largest cost for airlines, especially in India where fuel cost is high. So any drop in fuel cost will benefit the industry significantly,” Kapoor added.Lower crude oil prices are estimated to improve the earnings of domestic carriers.”Any reduction in fuel costs helps us improve our bottom line. Last year, our (SpiceJet’s) bottom line was bleeding,” said Kapoor.A decline in oil prices has also resulted in sharp rally in stock prices of aviation players in the past few sessions.Share prices of SpiceJet and Jet Airways went up by over 8% each since last week.Crude oil prices are forecast to trade lower in the coming months, as oversupply issues are likely to remain intact. Additional oil supply from Libya in the coming days is expected to aggravate the oversupply concerns in the oil market.
Kabir Singh box office collectionTwitterShahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh witnessed a thunderous opening day box office collection on Friday. The movie has become Shahid’s highest first day grossing movie.Remake of Telugu film Arjun Reddy, the unusual love story has had huge hype around it since the trailer was released. The film is being widely talked about, and Shahid’s performance is being hailed.Cashing on the strong word of mouth and mostly positive reviews, Kabir Singh enjoyed excellent occupancy at the theatres across the country, not just in evening but also in morning shows.The love saga witnessed impressive footfalls both in multiplexes as well as on single screens. Kabir Singh witnessed a brilliant occupancy of 70 percent on Friday, registering a huge opening for the film.Having been released on 3,123 screens across India, Kabir Singh made a box office collection of Rs 20.21 crore at the domestic market on its day 1. It has become Shahid’s biggest opener, even surpassing the record of Padmaavat that had collected Rs 19 crore.”#KabirSingh is terrific on Day 1… Emerges Shahid Kapoor’s biggest opener [surpasses *Day 1* biz of #Padmaavat: ₹ 19 cr]… Biggest *non-holiday* opening day of 2019 [surpasses #TotalDhamaal: ₹ 16.50 cr]… Is a craze amongst the youth… Fri ₹ 20.21 cr. India biz,” according to trade analyst Taran Adarsh.Shahid’s highest ever opening day grossing solo movie was Shaandaar that had collected Rs 13.1 crore. Kabir Singh has broken that record convincingly, and has turned the biggest opener of the actor.Directed by Sandeep Vanga, Kabir Singh is being widely liked by young audience from across the country. Also starring Kiara Advani, the film is blessed with some superb performances, and an unorthodox love story.With such an excellent start at the box office, Kabir Singh is expected to witness sharp growth in its earning over the weekend.
This comes on the heels of a growing list of sanctions, and tit-for-tat moves between the two nations; which is helping to fuel political tension. Will growing U.S.- Russia political tensions affect collaboration in space?“None of that appears to have had a direct bearing on the space industry, at least not yet,” said Eric Berger, Senior Space Editor for Ars Technica. “NASA and the parent agency in Russia, Roscosmos, continue to have a very good working relationship.”But, Berger said, Russia could make a power-play in space if it wanted to, because it controls access to the International Space Station: 00:00 /00:49 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: “There is some thinking that Russia may do something now, politically, while they still have quite a bit of power over NASA,” Berger said. “Right now, The United States buys seats on Soyuz spacecraft to get astronauts to the International Space station. That financial arrangement works pretty well for the Russians. We pay $80 million per seat, for about six of those a year. So, that’s almost a half a billion dollars in revenue that the Russian space agency gets right now.”But that could change soon, as Boeing and SpaceX gear up commercial space travel.A U.S. made rocket also uses Russian engines, RD-180s, which critics have argued is a liability. This week, Russian lawmakers drafted a law threatening to stop supplying those engines, in response to “unfriendly actions” from the United States. There are reports Russia’s lower house of parliament is set to debate the bill on May 15. Wikimedia CommonsThis photo shows an Atlas V rocket, equipped with RD-180 engines, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, on May 6, 2005.In a previously e-mailed statement, a spokesman for NASA said the U.S.-Russia partnership remains strong in space.The International Space Station is the blueprint for global cooperation – one that enables a U.S.-led multinational partnership and advances shared goals in space exploration. Space cooperation has been a hallmark of U.S.-Russia relations, including during the height of the Cold War, and most notably, in the past 17 consecutive years of continuous human presence on board the International Space Station with our Russian, Canadian, European and Japanese partners. Berger said there’s a long track record of the U.S. and Russia working well together in space.“The truth is, while there have been lots of geopolitical forces pushing to two countries apart, one of the things that has held them together has been this cooperation in space,” said Berger. “Hopefully that will continue, but that is by no means guaranteed.” Listen Share NASA via AP, FileIn this Dec. 12, 2006 file photo made available by NASA, astronauts participate in a space walk during construction of the International Space Station.A new Washington Post-ABC News Poll revealed more than two-thirds of Americans want tougher U.S. sanctions on Russia. X Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/17111113/Bricks-2018-04-17-at-11.10am.mp400:0000:0000:26Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals July 11, 2019 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Until a decade or so ago, artificial intelligence was — for most Americans — something that existed only in the movies. Now, Alexa and Google Home have moved into numerous households and live only to please.According to many reports, 2019 will be the year of AI. A recent McKinsey Global survey found that 47 percent of companies have implemented at least one AI capability into their business processes, more than doubling the 20 percent that reported using AI the previous year. Artificial intelligence can be the difference maker in an entrepreneur’s business, providing everything from customer support to automated supervision of assembly lines.AI never takes a break, never clocks out, never takes a day off. Still, the common belief that artificial intelligence will cheat people out of jobs or make some positions obsolete may be overblown. Research published in Harvard Business Review involving 1,500 companies found that “humans and AI actively enhance each other’s complementary strengths: the leadership, teamwork, creativity and social skills of the former, and the speed, scalability and quantitative capabilities of the latter. Business requires both kinds of capabilities.”Related: How Entrepreneurs Can Use AI to Boost Their BusinessEmployees often find that AI helps them achieve company objectives more quickly by tackling data-oriented tasks, reducing the number of rote tasks and improving workflow. Sales and marketing departments have utilized AI for years as chatbots. And with current machine-learning capabilities, AI can now be used not only to offer personal assistance a la Alexa and Siri, but also to make predictions about financial markets and advanced healthcare diagnoses.It’s clear that AI offers business leaders in myriad industries a more efficient way to overcome obstacles, clearing the path for businesses to thrive. Take note of strategies that could work for your business.1. Machine learning is lightening the workload for humans.Machine learning can relieve human workers of time-consuming tasks in many fields, and business leaders clearly recognize this potential. In healthcare, for instance, AI is improving efficiency and accuracy in a number of areas, from managing medical records to analyzing X-rays. Partners HealthCare, which includes the two biggest hospitals in Boston, is working with GE Healthcare to incorporate AI into every aspect of patient care — envisioning deep learning applications that assist with treatment strategies, increase the amount of time clinicians spend with patients and more.Legal firms, too, have turned to machine learning to help process large data sets. J.P. Morgan, for example, uses an intelligent software program to review documents and past legal cases; a task that would take human workers more than 300,000 hours takes the program only a matter of seconds. These AI capabilities don’t mean that robots will replace lawyers or healthcare employees. Instead, this tech is easing the strain on human workers.Related: Learning to Work With Robots Is How You Can Save Your Job2. Machine learning is “writing the recipe” to personalize ad spend.Rather than try to create a marketing technique geared toward certain demographics, marketers can lean on machine learning algorithms to create one-of-a-kind interactions for every consumer or potential client they target. According to Emerj Artificial Intelligence Research, 85 percent of online ad marketing dollars are spent with Facebook and Google because of their AI-driven ability to provide deeply targeted advertising. What entrepreneur can say no to that?Using AI to sift through volumes of data to analyze patterns and trends means getting to know clients and consumers better and faster than ever before. The better businesses know their customers and what they want, the sharper their focus will be on delivering the goods. Facebook is developing similar deeply targeted advertising through text, and the same concept is available on Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media platforms. When it comes to spending their advertising dollars wisely, entrepreneurs can take their pick of AI-enabled platforms.Related: Can Artificial Intelligence Identify Pictures Better than Humans?3. The tech behind self-driving cars can improve efficiency in myriad ways.AI gets more exciting every day in the autonomous auto industry, and 2019 promises to be a banner year. A McKinsey & Company article describes how developers created an if/then program and supplemented it with an AI engine to make driverless cars possible. That same object recognition capability can power other applications as well. “Object detection in a video can be applied in many contexts — from surveillance systems to self-driving cars — to gather and analyze information and then make decisions based on it,” wrote Anna Bryk, market research specialist at Apriorit, a software development company.Object detection is also behind the smart retail checkout experience at Amazon Go stores, which allows customers to grab items and be charged without going through a cashier’s line. Object detection is likewise key to augmented reality, which has been used to enhance employee training.From better security to deeply targeted marketing, machine learning has revolutionized the business world like nothing we’ve seen since the internet. Entrepreneurs who embrace artificial intelligence as a crucial element in running their businesses will reap sizable benefits. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »
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 At least a few Europeans think ventilation MRI should be commonplace. MR sequences are faster than ever before, they say; basic protocols as easy to perform as those for the knee or spine. Combined with contrast, lung MR can produce results as accurate as those seen in the liver, according to said Prof. Hans-Ulrich Kauczor, M.D., medical director and chairman of radiology at the University Hospital of Heidelberg, Germany.Kauczor evangelized the benefits of lung MRI in a special focus session at the European Congress of Radiology in early March. Speaking for himself and other advocates, he said “our job is to show on a case-by-case basis — depending on the primary tumor and quality of the lung protocol — that whole-torso staging analysis of the lung by MRI is at least as good as CT or even PET/CT.” Kauczor and his colleague, Prof. Edwin van Beek, M.D., chair of clinical radiology at the University of Edinburgh, UK, put together a strong argument, at least for some applications. Lung MR can be used to downstage cancer, clearing the way for surgery on patients previously thought to be inoperable, Kauczor said. It is the only way to visualize the superior sulcus tumors and surrounding vascular and brachial plexus structures. Chest wall invasion can be better studied using MRI, according to fellow evangelist van Beek, who expects positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) and CT to remain the primaries for lung imaging, but asserts that MR should be used more often. All this came as something of a surprise to me, who for the past 30 years had heard much more about MRI of the head, spine, abdomen, peripherals — in fact, every part of the body — other than the lungs. Ventilation MR simply wasn’t on the radar — except during one anomalous time. Back 15 years ago, I remember that a dedicated group of believers were promoting lung MR with hyperpolarized gases. The idea took root at a small company called Magnetic Imaging Technologies Inc., MITI for short. It then shriveled on the vine when MITI was acquired by Nycomed Amersham, which was then acquired by GE Healthcare. The proselytizing over lung MR using protons then made me wonder, what became of hyperpolarized helium and xenon? Not much, I found out. But that could change.A little digging on my part found that hyperpolarized MR re-emerged last year with the launch of Polarean, which had secured the assets and intellectual property for the modality from GE Healthcare. Its own evangelical, John P. Mugler, III, Ph.D., professor of radiology and medical imaging, and biomedical engineering, at the University of Virginia, had been stumping for the broader use of this technology since making the first hyperpolarized xenon images of the human lung in 1996.Mugler was at it again at SPIE Biomedical Optics and Medical Imaging last year, where during the keynote presentation (http://spie.org/x86304.xml) he described the disadvantages of conventional lung MR — low proton density and the millions of air-tissue interfaces that disturb magnetic fields — then extolled the virtues of hyperpolarized MR. Mugler illustrated those virtues with hyperpolarized MR images of cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and the signs of damage from smoking and those of lung transplant rejection. With the formation of Polarean with its singular focus being on building and selling the technology for hyperpolarized MR, the way is clear for the broad use of noble gasses to assess lung health, he said. It turns out there are a whole lot of possibilities. At the recent European Congress of Radiology (ECR), Kauczor and van Beek pointed to quantitative biomarkers that might help MR assess blood flow in the lung and motion of the diaphragm. In some quarters, noncontrast proton-based MR angiography is already challenging echocardiography for diagnosing pulmonary embolism in pregnancy, they said. In the future, lung perfusion without contrast could add information about pulmonary artery obstruction and hypoxic vasoconstriction, as well as confirm pulmonary hypertension, embolism and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.With a two-pronged effort — one using conventional proton sequences, the other hyperpolarized gas protocols — the lungs may become just another area for MRI. The proponents are out there.Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Read more of this views on his blog at www.itnonline.com. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more 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 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… 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. Images courtesy of Bracco 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. This release… read more 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 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 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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Go back to the enewsletterThe Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has expanded its portfolio to the Kingdom of Jordan for the first time, with the the highly anticipated opening of Al Manara, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Saraya Aqaba.The 207-room hotel is located in the heart of Aqaba’s newest beachside destination, Saraya Aqaba, offering guests a contemporary luxury experience in a setting that merges Jordan’s rich heritage and history through traditional architecture, sumptuous décor and magnificent surroundings.“As a culturally rich Jordanian port city, the destination is a perfect gateway for discerning travellers to experience this part of the Middle East through the lens of The Luxury Collection,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “We are always looking for new and uncharted areas of the world to explore and share with our experienced travellers. The opening of Al Manara is yet another example of the brand’s commitment to delivering authentic travel experiences to our guests.”The opening of Al Manara Hotel is the second collaboration between Marriott International and Eagle Hills Jordan, following the debut of W Amman earlier this year. An additional two hotel collaborations will follow with the slated opening of The St. Regis Amman and The Westin Saraya Aqaba in the coming months.The new Al Manara, A Luxury Collection Hotel is inspired by charming Middle Eastern tales and embodies sophisticated luxury and rich heritage. Nestled between Aqaba’s rose-red mountains and overlooking the pristine Gulf of Aqaba, the hotel’s unmistakable architecture features arabesque motifs, invoking the unique and colossal beauty of the country.Each of the 207 rooms at Al Manara, including 43 suites and two villas, feature inviting balconies and floor to ceiling windows with views of the Red Sea and striking mountain ranges. Vibrant soft furnishings showcase local weaving skills reflecting family traditions handed down through generations. Guest rooms, set with dark wood furniture accented with mother-of-pearl, combine local elements such as a brass-topped coffee table and other decorative items, along with plush Luxury Collection beds and relaxing bathrooms with rainforest showers.The main dining venue Taybeh Al Manara, serves northern Mediterranean cuisine with an international flair, with talented chefs preparing fresh specialties at live cooking stations, alongside an efficient a la carte service. Kubba Levantin, a casually elegant Middle Eastern restaurant, offers a journey of flavors from the Levant with an emphasis on local fresh produce and spices. The outer terrace overlooking Saraya Aqaba’s lagoon is sure to become a favourite spot for hotel residents and discerning Aqabites alike, drawn by highlights such as the charcoal grill and traditional bread oven and special tasting menus with paired beverages. Al Manara’s waterfront bar and restaurant Amwaj will serve the freshest seafood from the Red Sea alongside an international fish selection unrivalled in Aqaba, with a special smoked fish menu with cocktail pairings.Set against the rugged backdrop of an expansive granite mountain range, guests seek out this opulent seaside escape, taking advantage of year-round sunshine over the hotel’s private beach and boutique pool. Being the only coastal city in Jordan, Aqaba offers a variety of water sports such as scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, parasailing and paragliding.For those looking to discover destinations around Aqaba, the famous archaeological site of Petra is only 90 minutes away by car. A true wonder of the ancient world, Petra is where great natural, cultural and geological features merge. It holds more than 800 individual monuments including buildings, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples, arched gateways and colonnaded streets – mostly carved from the kaleidoscopic sandstone.Wadi Rum, a maze of monolithic rockscapes, rise up from the desert floor to heights of 1,750m creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers can enjoy the tranquillity of the boundless empty spaces and explore the canyons and water holes to discover 4000-year-old rock drawings and the many other spectacular treasures this vast wilderness holds.Overlooking the picturesque and serene Saraya Aqaba Lagoon, the spa at Al Manara is a hidden sanctuary of discovery and transformation for body, mind and spirit. The spa offers an extensive sensory experience, a diverse range of treatments and a comprehensive array of alluring facilities. Inspired by local traditions and enhanced with the latest techniques, the spa presents the world’s finest skincare products by Subtle Energies, Terres d’Afrique and Sodashi.Opening rates start from US$254 per night, plus tax and service.Go back to the enewsletter