Over 5 million in grant funding for local communities

Every year, the Local Issues Conference focuses on empowering local communities and elected officials to transform the lives of those they serve.DLG is proud to award these grants and provide critical resources for communities to continue moving Kentucky forward, said DLG Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo. Community Development Block Grants (CDBG):Related Article: Division of Waste Management announces grant recipients• $1,000,000: City of Vanceburg, Lewis County, for major waste water system improvements.• $835,000: City of Mortons Gap, Hopkins County, for water system infrastructure improvements.• $508,000: Mason County, on behalf of the Maysville Mason County Industrial Association, for the purchase of radio frequency welding equipment to boost economic development.• $1,000,000: Simpson County, on behalf of the Franklin-Simpson Industrial Authority, to expand water and wastewater infrastructure.The CDBG program, overseen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides assistance to communities for use in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and/or improving community facilities and services.Flood Control Matching Grant Program:• $656,980: Pike County, to assist with implementation of a floodplain management program.• $425,000: Pulaski County, on behalf of Above 2019 Aerial Photography Acquisition, to secure current and accurate elevation data for 63 counties across central and eastern Kentucky.The Flood Control Program uses state bond funds as grants to help meet cost-share match requirements associated with flood mitigation projects funded by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and USDA Rural Development.Energy and Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Grant:• $100,000: Bell County, to make improvements to the courthouse that will result in both energy savings and a reduction in operational expenses.• $100,000: Johnson County, to make improvements to local buildings that will result in both energy savings and a reduction in operational expenses.• $68,350: Butler County, to implement lighting upgrades to public facilities.• $84,028: Woodford County, for energy savings measures including HVAC upgrades, control upgrades, and LED lighting replacement.The EEC Grant program is part of an ongoing effort by DLG in cooperation with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Department of Energy Development and Independence to assist city and county governments to reduce energy consumption and lower overall utility costs.Recreational Trails Program:• $250,000: Menifee County, to improve the safety of nearly 21 miles of water trail at Cave Run Lake. Grants Image via MGN Online FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – At the annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference the Department of Local Government (DLG) Commissioner announced over $5 million in grant funding for Kentucky communities. The grants will fund community projects across the state, ranging from infrastructure improvements to flood control projects and energy conservation initiatives.- Advertisement – read more

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Bosnia and Herzegovina coal mine opts for more Terex Trucks ADTs

first_imgExisting Terex Trucks customer, Rudnik Uglja Gracanica has purchased two additional TA300 articulated dump trucks for hauling coal at the company’s Gracanica mine in Bosnia and Herzegovina, bringing the total of Terex Trucks in the fleet to nine. The 28 t capacity TA300s will work two shifts per day hauling coal from the pit to the storage yard. The coal is then transported to a power plant by on-highway trucks or rail. Situated 9 km northwest of Bugojno, the Gracanica mine measures 2,000 m by 800 m alongside the River Vrbas.“These new Terex Trucks are a welcome addition to our truck fleet, joining seven TA30s already working on the mine,” said Eldin Mustajbegovic, Head of Mechanical Maintenance, at Rudnik Uglja Gracanica. “The trucks are fuel-efficient and have proven to be extremely productive, so we’re looking forward to putting the new TA300s to work.”Terex Trucks states: “A proven performer in the toughest applications, the Terex Trucks TA300 is equipped with independent front suspension to enable excellent traction control, making it ideal for the rocky Bosnian and Herzegovina coal mine.” The articulated dump truck has a maximum payload of 28 t, and 276 kW engine power.The TA300s are being supplied by Terex Trucks dealer LAGER D.O.O. Headquartered in Bosnia and Herzegovina, LAGER D.O.O covers countries throughout south-east Europe including Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, FYR Macedonia and Albania.last_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Monday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you should know before you head out the door…1. #DISTRESSED MORTGAGES: AIB is to grant the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation (IMHO) €150,000 towards the running of a new third-party body that will advise distressed mortgage holders. The move is part of the bank’s attempts to increase engagement with distressed borrowers.2. #TV3: The TV3 Group which represents TV3 and 3e, reported profits of €1.4 million for 2012. That is up 52 per cent on 2011’s profit of €900,000.3. #SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: The Justice Minister Alan Shatter indicated the vote on gay marriage may be delayed until early 2015, stating it might be best to keep 2014 referendum-free.4. #CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: The National Trust charity, An Taisce has written to the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste with its concerns over the site of the planned National Children’s Hospital, stating that the project will fall foul of the planning laws, as it won’t be co-located with a maternity hospital.5. #AER LINGUS: Cabin crew in Aer Lingus voted in favour of industrial action today by a margin of 91 per cent.last_img read more

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Intels Haswell NUC does 4K video in a 4inch box

first_imgGood things come in small packages — like Intel’s Next Unit of Computing. That’s especially true for the new NUC D54250WYK, which packs 4K video processing power into its tiny chassis.So what do you get in this tiny package? Like a lot of barebones rigs, there’s a soldered CPU — in this case a Haswell Core i5-4250U with a maximum Turbo Boost speed of 2.6GHz. The mainboard also features two SODIMM sockets that can handle up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, a SATA port, two PCIe connectors, four USB 3.0 ports (two front, two rear), and gigabit Ethernet.It’s also ready for HDTV hookups, with a mini HDMI port and mini DisplayPort. Either one should suffice for 4K video output — which is no problem thanks to the chip’s integrated Intel HD 5000 graphics. There’s also an infrared sensor on the front of the NUC for receiving commands for your snazzy Logitech Harmony.At just four inches square, you shouldn’t have any trouble making room for the NUC in your entertainment center, either. Concerned that even the small amount of noise the little guy will produce might disrupt your big-screen gaming or movie watching? No worries, there are companies that make silent cases for the NUC.The Haswell-powered NUC should make a nice little DIY Steam Box, and the timing couldn’t be better — what with Valve recently announcing family-friendly sharing. You’ll get plenty of use out of the system, too: Intel’s providing three full years of warranty coverage.Intel hasn’t offered up a release date or pricing information yet, but the original NUC was priced pretty competitively at around $400. You can expect that to be true this time around, too.last_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Friday

first_img Mar 31st 2017, 4:58 PM Image: Shutterstock/Alexey Seleznev http://jrnl.ie/3317637 No Comments Image: Shutterstock/Alexey Seleznev EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #TRANSPORT: Dublin Bus and Irish Rail seemed to have returned to normal service after some workers refused to pass Bus Éireann pickets.2. #BALLOT: Bus Éireann’s school bus drivers will be asked if they want to join the strike action, escalating the crisis at the company.3. #DENIS O’BRIEN: The businessman has lost his High Court case against the Dáil and the State.4. #NÓIRÍN O’SULLIVAN: The garda commissioner was asked a lot of questions by the Justice committee – here’s how she answered them.5. #DENTAL PLAN: Self-employed people are now entitled to a free dental and optical check-up. Share3 Tweet Email The 5 at 5: Friday 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock… By Gráinne Ní Aodha Friday 31 Mar 2017, 4:58 PM Short URL 6,604 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Trump vows to hit Taliban harder than ever on 911 anniversary

first_img Wed 3:41 PM Trump vows to hit Taliban ‘harder’ than ever on 9/11 anniversary It has been 18 years since Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four US commercial airliners. Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 3:41 PM US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has said that a US military assault against the Taliban in Afghanistan is to continue just five days after he scrapped peace talks.Speaking at a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Trump said that over “the last four days” US forces have “hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before and that will continue.”Trump said the assault was ordered after he canceled secret peace talks with the Taliban over the weekend in retaliation for a bomb attack that killed one US soldier last week.It has been 18 years since Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four US commercial airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.Like Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Trump marked today with the war still ongoing. In a proclamation marking the anniversary as “Patriot Day”, Trump reflected on how many Americans recall the moment when the terror group conducted the largest attack on American soil, killing nearly 3,000 people.“A beautiful September morning was marred by stark disbelief, agonising sorrow, and profound suffering,” Trump said in a statement. “America’s strength, courage, and compassion, however, never wavered.”Moment of silenceWith the American flag flying atop the White House at half-staff, Trump participated in a moment of silence on the South Lawn with first lady Melania Trump and dozens of members of the executive branch. He then headed to a commemoration at the Pentagon, where he laid a wreath and observed another moment of silence.The moment of silence at the Pentagon traditionally is observed at 9.37 a.m., when one of the hijacked airliners was flown into the headquarters for the US military.Trump told families that “this is your anniversary of personal and permanent loss,” and he said that their loved ones “will never ever be forgotten.”Members of Congress held their own moment of silence on Capitol Hill. Vice President Mike Pence was to deliver remarks at a commemorative service in Shanksville.Less than a month after the terror attacks, Bush announced on 7 October 2011 that US and British troops had begun striking Afghanistan for harboring the Al-Qaeda terrorists blamed for 9/11.The massive air campaign initially targeted troops, training camps and air defences of the Taliban, which ruled Afghanistan under a harsh version of Islamic law from 1996 and hosted Osama bin Laden as the masterminded the Sept 11 attacks.For nearly a year, US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has been negotiating with the Taliban on issues including a US troop withdrawal and Taliban guarantees to keep Afghanistan from again becoming a launch pad for global terror attacks.Those talks came to an abrupt halt last weekend when Trump tweeted that he had cancelled talks with the Taliban and members of the Afghan government at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland.It’s unclear if the US -Taliban talks will resume, but Trump has said he wants to withdraw about 5,000 of the 14,000 US service members still in Afghanistan. More than 2,400 American service members have been killed in the conflict.Ground ZeroIn New York, meanwhile, the nearly 3,000 people killed on September 11 2001 were remembered in a solemn ceremony at Ground Zero where hijacked Al-Qaeda planes brought down the Twin Towers.Relatives of victims, police officers, firefighters and city leaders gathered at the National September 11 Memorial to mark the anniversary of the deadliest single attack on US soil.They held poignant moments of silence at 8:46 am and 9:03 am, the precise times that the passenger jets struck the North and South Towers.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and his predecessors Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani were among those who attended.In what has become an annual tradition, relatives began reading out the long list of those who were killed, saying a few words about those who died, in a ceremony that takes almost four hours.“We love you, we miss you and you will always be America’s heroes,” said one woman after reading out the names of her brother and cousin.Relatives hugged and consoled each other and left roses at the memorial. Some held up placards with images of their loved ones who were killed.Bagpipes played as police officers walked into the ceremony carrying the US flag before the US national anthem was played.With reporting from Associated Press 16,253 Views Share6 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4804918 By AFP Image: Evan Vucci/PA Images Short URL Image: Evan Vucci/PA Images 38 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Facebook le cerveau humain ne pourrait pas gérer plus de 150 amis

first_imgFacebook : le cerveau humain ne pourrait pas gérer plus de 150 amisQu’importe la cote de popularité de certains sur Facebook : la science prouve que nous sommes tous logés à la même enseigne en ce qui concerne notre réseau social.Le professeur Rubin Dunbar, de l’Université d’Oxford, vient contrarier quelque peu l’idéologie des inconditionnels de Facebook. Le scientifique vient de rendre les conclusions de son étude sur les groupements sociaux à travers les siècles. Celle-ci s’attarde sur le phénomène Facebook et démontre qu’il est impossible, pour le cerveau humain, d’entretenir un lien social avec plus de 150 amis, quel que soit le niveau de sociabilité.Selon lui, le néocortex, zone du cerveau qui gère la pensée consciente et le langage, serait responsable de cette restriction. Il n’y aurait donc aucune différence entre les membres du site qui posséderaient des milliers d’amis et ceux qui n’en auraient “que” quelques centaines.D’autre part, les femmes seraient plus douées pour les relations sociales sur Facebook que les hommes. Ces messieurs auraient en effet davantage besoin de se rencontrer physiquement pour maintenir le contact.Les conclusions du Pr. Dunbar, qui devraient être publiées cette année, sont attendues par les psychologues qui souhaitent prévenir les utilisateurs des effets néfastes du site. Ce dernier serait, en effet, à l’origine de conduites addictives et causerait un sentiment d’insécurité chez certaines personnes.Le 31 janvier 2010 à 12:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Du brocoli pour lutter contre larthrose

first_imgDu brocoli pour lutter contre l’arthrose ?Une équipe de scientifiques suggère que manger du brocoli pourrait permettre de lutter contre l’arthrose en ralentissant sa progression. Ceci grâce à un composé appelé glucoraphanine, présent en grandes quantités dans le légume.Malgré ses petites fleurs et sa belle couleur verte, le brocoli fait partie des légumes les moins appréciés des enfants comme des adultes. Et c’est bien dommage car ce chou recèle de nombreux bienfaits. Peu calorique, il est particulièrement riche en fer, en protéines et en vitamines C, K et B9. Pas étonnant donc que des scientifiques s’y intéressent de près pour  découvrir quelles applications médicales il est possible d’en faire. Dans une nouvelle étude publiée par la revue Arthritis & Rheumatism, des scientifiques de l’Université East Anglia au Royaume-Uni révèlent ainsi que le brocoli pourrait s’avérer bénéfique contre une maladie devenue assez fréquente : l’arthrose. Consommer de façon régulière, le légume serait capable de ralentir la progression de la destruction du cartilage et même de jouer un rôle préventif. Tout ceci grâce à une molécule bien particulière appelée “glucopharanine”.Le brocoli est particulièrement riche en ce composé. Or, lorsque celui-ci est ingéré, il est transformé, grâce à une enzyme, en une autre molécule appelée “sulforaphane” qui aurait des propriétés anti-microbiennes et anti-cancer. Selon les nouveaux travaux, ce composé pourrait également freiner la destruction du cartilage responsable de l’arthrose en limitant notamment les inflammations. Une étude clinique toujours en cours Pour en arriver là, les scientifiques ont mené une première étude qui a consisté à donner à des souris une alimentation riche en sulforaphane. Ils ont alors observé que les rongeurs montraient bien moins de problèmes de cartilage que ceux qui n’avaient pas été nourris au sulforaphane. Pour prolonger leurs travaux, les scientifiques ont donné à manger à une vingtaine de candidats humains souffrant d’arthrose du genou des brocolis génétiquement modifiés. Ces légumes étaient issus d’un croisement entre un brocoli ordinaire et un autre, originaire de Sicile. Baptisé Beneforte, ce superbrocoli contenait deux à trois fois plus de glucopharanine qu’un brocoli normal. L’expérience a commencé il y a deux semaines seulement et se poursuit encore. Aussi, il faudra attendre avant de savoir si les résultats confirment ou non l’efficacité thérapeutique du brocoli.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Jusqu’à maintenant, les recherches ont échoué à montrer que la nourriture diététique pouvait réduire la progression de l’arthrose. Alors si ces résultats se vérifiaient également chez les humains, ce serait une grande découverte”, a expliqué Alan Silman, professeur au Centre de recherche sur l’arthrose au Royaume-Uni cité par le Huffington Post. Le brocoli et le sulforaphane pourrait alors peut-être permettre de soulager les personnes qui souffrent d’arthrose voire de prévenir son apparition.Une alternative pour éviter la chirurgie ? “Bien que la chirurgie soit très efficace [contre l’arthrose], ce n’est pas vraiment une solution. Dès que vous avez de l’arthrose, être capable de ralentir sa progression et le besoin d’une chirurgie est très important. De la prévention serait préférable et des changements de mode de vie, comme l’alimentation, pourrait être le seul moyen de faire cela”, a ajouté de son côté Ian Clark, qui a participé à l’étude. Ce changement d’alimentation pourrait être d’autant plus bénéfique que pour l’exemple particulier du brocoli, ce n’est pas le seul effet positif qui est en jeu. En effet, d’après les spécialistes, le brocoli serait également très efficace contre les maladies cardio-vasculaires, contre le cancer, l’obésité, le diabète et il contribuerait à ralentir le vieillissement en ralentissant le déclin des performances des mitochondries, les “fabriques à énergie” des cellules.Le 30 août 2013 à 18:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews PROFESSOR MARSTON THE WONDER WOMEN

first_img Is Professor Marston & The Wonder Women good?It’s excellent – one of the best and most interesting dramas of the year.Wow! So, um… what IS this, exactly?A historical biopic of Professor William Moulton Marston.And he was…?A Harvard psychology professor credited with developing DISC Theory and as the inventor of the lie detector who eventually became best known as the creator of Wonder Woman.Ah! Okay. But… this is NOT connected to the recent Wonder Woman movie, right?Not in any official capacity, no. It is not.So what makes his story so interesting that we’re getting his biography movie before, say, Stan Lee or the guys who did Superman?Well… y’know how when the public morality crusaders were going after superhero comics in the late-40s, and early-50s and writers got dragged in front of committees. They had to testify that “No, Batman & Robin are not supposed to be gay!” or “No, Superman is not actually communist propaganda!”?I’ve heard about that, yes.Well… William Marston had a much more complicated time grappling with those sorts of accusations.How so?Because Wonder Woman actually WAS, to Marston, a vehicle through which he sought to explore and impart his then-radical theories on human psychology, gender, feminism, sexuality and societal relationships. He literally described the character as “psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who, I believe, should rule the world.” Additionally, his original conception of Wonder Woman expressed and fought for these ideals through metaphors of bondage, dominance and submission roleplay developed in part through collaboration with his wife Elizabeth and their mutual female partner Olive Byrne; with whom they are widely believed to have lived in a committed, BDSM-practicing three-way romantic relationship.…Oh.Should I assume that’s an “I now want to know more about this movie” ‘oh?’Yeah, let’s go with that.Luke Evans and Rebecca Hall are William and Elizabeth, whom we first meet as married researchers at Harvard developing their early version of the lie-detector. When the professor develops a crush on Bella Heathcoates’ Olive after she turns up as one of his student volunteers, Elizabeth takes it. Interestingly (“I’m your wife, not your jailer,” she tells her husband, only to then take a more prohibitive tone with the younger woman) and the three become fast friends. Only to be thrown a curveball when the less-naive-than-she-appears Olive declares that she’s actually fallen in love with BOTH of them.Soon enough, the three have leapt wholeheartedly into a passionate and genuinely sweet (if unconventional, especially for the time) family unit that includes an ever-expanding roster of children and an increasingly urgent need for Marston to both provide for and protect his loved ones. Eventually hitting on the inspiration to create a comic-book heroine that could earn them some money and also (maybe!) make the world of tomorrow a little more tolerant in the process.…Huh. Well, a whole bunch of the more unusual stuff from those comics suddenly makes a lot more sense.Amusingly, DC Comics (and now Warner Bros) have spent the better part of the last several decades working really, REALLY hard to avoid a lot of extended conversation about any of this. But even though they’ve become more open to the acknowledging this aspect of Wonder Woman’s mythos (see: Grant Morrison’s recent “Earth One” comic series), it’s still fairly surprising that they haven’t tried to distance themselves from this particular film – not even making a fuss about the distributor (Annapurna Pictures) more-or-less openly pitching it as a companion piece to the recent movie.So it’s an interesting story – but what makes it a good movie?It’s a fascinating character study of intriguing people realized through great performances: The always under-appreciated Evans renders Marston as one part swaggering charismatic stud and one part sheepishly grinning overgrown teenager who can’t quite believe this is his real life. Heathcoate continues to impress as the woman who’s quietly formidable even before she understands her own power. But the MVP is absolutely Hall, who’s giving a next-level performance.What makes her the standout?She has the most complicated character – a thoroughly modern woman (especially for the 1940s!) who believes herself to be the most self-aware, open-minded, progressively-inclined person possible… but who, when confronted with unexpected feelings about her sexuality and how she may wish to express it, finds herself wrestling with surprising self-prejudice against her own desires. That’s an intriguing space to explore, and it makes her the focal point of the main dramatic arc: Can William and Olive (idealistic romantics by contrast) help her to accept what she wants and embrace her own happiness? But what’s really remarkable is how “normal” it’s all presented.How so?Well… it’s not often you see a movie where the term “radical feminist” is deployed as an unironic compliment, or that name-drops Margaret Sanger the way other historical biopics might toss out “You know THE Elvis Presley!?” But more specifically, the film’s central iconic scene involves our title character beaming with pride as his wife is seduced and/or gently “coached” into realizing her innate capacity as a dominatrix by their mutual girlfriend. And rather than being played as lurid, sleazy, “weird” or voyeuristic it’s presented with the sort of gauzy cinematography, golden-hued lighting and soaring, inspirational music you’d expect from a scene about someone discovering their hidden talent for dancing or painting or playing an instrument. That, plus the way it presents the trio’s struggle with prejudice against their family and lifestyle in the same righteous terms earlier films presented the tribulations of interracial couples or gay marriage, feels fairly profound – maybe even revolutionary.How much of this is true?The details of how Marston got into comic-book writing in the first place have been streamlined and romanticized a bit to emphasize the idea of Wonder Woman being inspired by Olive, Elizabeth, and their history together; which has long been a popular fan-theory but isn’t 100% known to be a hard fact. Also, accounts vary as to what their friends/family knew of their “real” relationship, since they did keep their lives very private – so there’s a certain degree of conjecture and dramatic license at play.And you recommend it?Without reservation. This is a terrific film: Thoughtful, provocative, funny, moving, smart, sexy, subtly subversive yet welcoming and audience-friendly. It’s easily among the best dramas I’ve seen this year and certainly one of the most unique.Let’s say I’m a Wonder Woman fan who wouldn’t necessarily be interested in a historical drama about prejudice against alternative families – would you still recommend it in that case?I would, yes – for adult fans, obviously. I’d even call it a fitting companion piece to the recent Wonder Woman movie: That film became the surprise mega-success of the Summer in part by faithfully embracing a lot the progressive, still-radical spirit of the source material. And this film offers an affirming, quietly powerful rendering of the remarkable lives where that spirit came from.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ last_img read more

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Motorola is profitable after years of struggles says Lenovo

first_img $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Boost Mobile HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 7:25 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sprint $520 at HP Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo bought Motorola in 2014 for $2.91 billion.   Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET Motorola is… back? As the rest of the smartphone industry grapples with declining sales, in its fourth-quarter earnings Lenovo revealed that its mobile business group — which houses Motorola — had a profitable year and its second straight profitable quarter. While still nowhere near as strong as the company’s PC business, Lenovo says the mobile unit was “profitable starting from the second half of the year thanks to a clear focus on selected markets, a competitive product portfolio and expense control.” The quarter, which saw the launch of the Moto G7 line of midrange smartphones and the 5G moto mod for Verizon’s Moto Z3, resulted in revenue returning to “year-on-year growth for the first time after five quarters.” It’s been a long road back for Motorola, which was bought by Google for $12.5 billion in 2012 only to be sold to Lenovo for $2.91 billion in 2014. The company has continued to release new phones during all the tumult, building a strong brand around its affordable G-series line. Its Moto G6 is currently listed as the second best-seller on Amazon for unlocked cellphones. The growth and profitably comes as Motorola is rumored to be prepping multiple new phone releases. A successor to the Z3 has recently been leaked and rumors continue to build that the company is planning to release a foldable Razr phone this year.  $59 at eBay Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tags $6 at Tidal Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET See It DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $999 See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See at Amazon I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Angela Lang/CNET Read the AirPods review JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Best Buy Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Chris Monroe/CNET Apple iPhone XS Motorola,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sarah Tew/CNET Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $155 at Google Express Share your voice Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $60 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Read the Rylo camera preview Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $299 at Amazon See It Tags Comments Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 See it $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Amazon Rylo The Cheapskate Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Comments Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Phones Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 7 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice Turo See at Turo 5 Now playing: Watch this: TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Moto G7 review: A budget phone doesn’t get better than…last_img read more

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Tata Group shares could open with losses on Thursday here is why

first_imgCyrus Mistry has dropped a bombshell that could send Tata Group shareholders scurrying for cover when stock markets open on Thursday. Coming out all guns blazing on the 148-year-old Tata Group, the ousted chairman of Tata Sons said that select companies are staring at cumulative impairments of about Rs 1,18,000 crore.These companies are Tata Motors, Tata Steel Europe, Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), Tata Power Mundra and Tata Teleservices. “…the capital employed in these companies has risen from Rs 1,32,000 crore to Rs 1,96,000 crore (due to operational losses, interest and capex). This figure is close to the networth of the group, which is at Rs 1,74,000 crore. A realistic assessment of the fair value these businesses could potentially result in a write down overtime of about Rs 1,18,000 crore,” Mistry said in his lengthy letter addressed to directors of Tata Sons.Tata Motors closed 4.27 percent lower at Rs 529.50; Tata Steel down 4.01 percent at Rs 398.85; Tata Power ended 2.06 percent at Rs 80.65 and IHCL at Rs 121.40, down 3.38 percent.Slamming the holding company of the $103 billion Tata Group, Mistry said the board of directors “has not covered itself in glory” for the manner in which he was removed from his post without giving him an opportunity to defend himself or explain his position.Potentially costly exit from telecom bizOn the Group’s telecom business, Mistry said, “Of all the companies in the portfolio, the telecom business has been haemorrhaging. If we were to exit this business via fire sale or shutdown, the cost would be USD 4-5 billion. This is in addition to any payout to Docomo of at least a billion plus dollars.”Tata Power’s Mundra projectHe also highlighted the potential losses out of Tata Power’s Mundra project. “Tata Power aggressively bid for the Mundra project based on low-priced Indonesian coal. As regulations changed, the losses in 2013-14 alone amounted to Rs 1,500 crore. Given that Mundra constitutes Rs 18,000 crore of capital employed, this substantially depresses the return on capital for Tata Power as well as carries the risk of considerable future impairment.”Oblique reference to old guard “…I had to take many tough decisions with sensitive care to the group’s reputation as well as containing panic amidst internal and external stakeholders. Apart from hotels, the group made several exits…I had to ease out hangers-on who are prone to flaunt their proximity to power,” Mistry said.Fraud at AirAsia “Board members are also aware that in the case of AirAsia, ethical concerns have been raised with respect to certain transactions as well as the overall prevailing culture within the organisation. A recent forensic investigation revealed fraudulent transactions of Rs 22 crore involving non-existent parties in India and Singapore. Executive trustee Mr Venkatraman, who is on the board of AirAsia and also a shareholder in the company, considered these transactions as non-material and did not encourage further study. It was only at the insistence of independent directors, one of whom immediately submitted his resignation, that the board decided belatedly to file a first information report,” he said in his address to Tata Sons.last_img read more

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RIL Q1 consolidated net profit up by 68 to Rs 10104 cr

first_imgReuters fileReliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) on Friday reported a 6.8 per cent increase in its consolidated net profit for the quarter that ended on June 30 of the financial year 2019-20, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis.Accordingly, the company’s consolidated net profit (attributed to the owners of the company) during the first quarter of FY 2019-20 rose to Rs 10,104 crore, against Rs 9,459 crore reported during the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.The company reported consolidated revenue of Rs 1,72,956 crore during the quarter under review, up 22.1 per cent from Rs 1,41,699 crore on a YoY basis.According to the company, growth in revenue was led by a sharp increase in revenue from “Digital Services and Retail business”, which recorded an increase of 55 per cent YoY and 48 per cent YoY respectively.Besides, higher refinery throughput on a YoY basis contributed to the increase in revenue for the refining business.On a standalone basis, the RIL reported a rise of 2.4 per cent on a YoY basis to Rs 9,036 crore from Rs 8,820 crore reported during the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.Commenting on the results, Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited said: “Our first-quarter earnings were strong despite weak global macroeconomic environment and challenging hydrocarbon market conditions. Our downstream businesses delivered resilient performance in an environment of slower demand growth and incremental supplies”.”The performance reflects the benefits of deep refining and petrochemicals integration, chain economics and feedstock flexibility.” RIL Chairman and MD Mukesh Ambani.Youtube screenshot/RILFurther Ambani, the company continues to make major strides in its retail anddigital services businesses led by a focus on growth markets with offerings in the right product segments and compelling value proposition.A”We are pleased with the robust growth both in revenues and operating income for Reliance Retail. Our digital services business continues to transform the mobility market in India while scaling newer milestones,” Ambani said.Reliance retail’s revenue for Q1 FY20 grew by 47.5 per cent YoY to Rs 38,196 crore as against Rs 25,890 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year.Reliance Retail operated 10,644 stores across 6,700 plus towns and cities, with an area of 23 million sq.ft.”Rapid store expansion particularly in Tier 3 or Tier 4 markets, stronger value proposition and catchment focused assortment have been key drivers for robust growth in the retail business,” the company said in a statement.last_img read more

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Meditation may ease stress of Thai cave survivors

first_imgThis Monday, 2 July 2018, file image released by Tham Luang Rescue Operation Center, shows the missing boys and their soccer coach as they were found in a dark, partially flooded cave, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, Thailand. The group was discovered 2 July after 10 days totally cut off from the outside world, and while they are for the most physically healthy, experts say the ordeal has likely taken a mental toll that could worsen the longer the situation lasts. Photo : APBefore the 25-year-old was a coach to the young boys on the Wild Boars soccer team – 12 of whom are trapped alongside him – he spent a decade as a saffron-robed Buddhist monk. He still stays at the temple from time to time and will meditate with the monks there each day.At a gilded temple in Thailand’s mountainous north, Ekapol Chanthawong honed a skill that will serve him well as he sits trapped underground in a dark cave: meditation.Before the 25-year-old was a coach to the young boys on the Wild Boars soccer team – 12 of whom are trapped alongside him – he spent a decade as a saffron-robed Buddhist monk. He still stays at the temple from time to time and will meditate with the monks there each day.”He could meditate up to an hour,” said his aunt, Tham Chanthawong. “It has definitely helped him and probably helps the boys to stay calm.”More than 288 hours have passed since Ekapol and the boys got trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non cave by monsoon floodwaters on 23 June after they went exploring. The group was discovered 2 July  after 10 days totally cut off from the outside world, and while they are for the most physically healthy, experts say the ordeal has likely taken a mental toll that could worsen the longer the situation lasts.”It’s very likely that while the boys were in the cave but not yet discovered by rescuers that they experienced various degrees of anxiety, fear, confusion, vulnerability and dependency, and perhaps hopelessness,” said Paul Auerbach, of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University’s medical school.Videos taken inside the cave show the boys, aged 11-16, and their coach interacting with Thai navy SEAL divers, who have been sent in to supply them, provide medical care and to keep them company. Though they are visibly skinny and weak, the boys and their coach appear to be in good spirits, smiling for the camera as the SEALs crack jokes.Still the group is unable to leave and there is no timeline for their extraction. The only way out of the cave at this time would be for the boys to dive through the same complicated route of narrow passageways that their rescuers entered, something that is extremely dangerous even for expert divers let alone children with no such experience. Yet it is something being considered with storms on the way that could worsen the floods.Cave rescue experts have said it could be safest to simply supply the boys where they are for now, and wait for the water to go down either naturally or by pumping. That could take months, however, given that Thailand’s rainy season typically lasts through October.”Being discovered was a moment of elation,” Auerbach said, “but that is now followed by the reality that a difficult technical rescue might be necessary, which carries with it disappointment for the boys and a new set of fears.”Experts say the Wild Boars come into their situation with some advantages, including their youth, their group identity and, yes, their coach’s experience with meditation.”Adolescents are especially social creatures, and having friends with them as well as their coach would be a tremendous help,” said David Spiegel, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University’s medical school.The boys and their coach are known to be a tight-knit group who go on adventures, including swimming in waterfalls, cycling trips through the mountains, river rafting and cave exploring.Experts say Ekapol’s meditation – a mainstay of the Buddhist faith – likely served the group well.”I’d speculate it could be helpful – even if it functioned solely as a way for the children to feel like their coach was doing something to help them,” said Michael Poulin, a professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. “Feeling loved and cared for is paramount.”Spiegel agreed that meditation could help those trapped manage their mental state, “allowing their fearful and negative thoughts to flow through them like a storm passing, rather than fighting their fear.”Aisha Wiboonrungrueng, whose 11-year-old son Chanin is trapped in the cave, has no doubt that Ekapol’s calm personality has influenced the boys’ state of mind.”Look at how calm they were sitting there waiting. No one was crying or anything. It was astonishing,” she said, referring a video that captured the moment the boys were found.Omar Reygadas, who spent 69 days trapped underground in Chile in 2010 with 32 other miners, said faith and prayer, as well as humor were very important to the miners at times when they doubted they would get out.”They shouldn’t be ashamed to be scared,” he said of the boys. “Because we were scared, too. Our tears also ran. Even as adult men, we cried.”If safety concerns force the boys to stay in the cave for an extended period, it will be important to their mental health for there to be organization and daily routines, said John Fairbank, a psychiatry professor and co-director of the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.He said that could include “daily hygiene routines, regular meal times, age-appropriate cognitive activities, regular physical exercise to the extent feasible in limited space, religious/spiritual practices, and specific times for daily briefings on their situation and for communicating with their families.”All the experts agreed that the group will continue to face challenges even after they make it out of the cave.Thailand’s Department of Mental Health said hospitals are making preparations to care for the boys’ and will monitor them until their mental health is fully regained. They are also working with the families to prepare for how to interact with the boys once they get out, such as not digging for details about what they endured.”Their re-entry into the world outside the cave will predictably be one of massive attention from family, friends and the media,” Auerbach said, noting it could be overwhelming. “The world soon loses interest and moves on to the next story, so it is extremely important that these survivors not be forgotten and be closely monitored so that they can receive the best possible support.”last_img read more

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Facebook Buildings Evacuated After Sarin Scare Tests Find No Toxic Material in

first_imgUPDATED, 7/2: Facebook evacuated four buildings at its Menlo Park, Calif., campus Monday after equipment at the company’s mail-processing facility detected a package that might have contained sarin, a potentially lethal nerve agent.According to Facebook, tests came back negative for sarin and other toxic material.“Authorities have confirmed test results were negative for any potentially dangerous substance and the buildings have been cleared for repopulation,” Facebook director of corporate media relations Anthony Harrison said in a statement early Tuesday.A package flagged as “suspicious” was delivered at around 11 a.m. PT on July 1 to one of Facebook’s mail rooms in Menlo Park. “Out of an abundance of caution, we evacuated four nearby buildings and began a thorough investigation in coordination with local authorities. Our rigorous security and safety procedures worked as intended to limit exposure and keep our people safe,” Harrison said. As part of standard procedures, Facebook tests packages sent through its mail facilities for dangerous substances.Facebook’s initial detection of the potential presence of sarin in the package was first reported by NBC Bay Area. Officials said two individuals suspected of exposure to the nerve agent did not exhibit symptoms of sarin poisoning, Reuters reported.Local authorities called in the FBI and the National Guard after the buildings were evacuated. The Bay Area’s ABC 7 reported that after first responders were alerted to the potential presence of sarin, a secondary open-air test came back negative for the chemical.Sarin is a man-made toxin described as a “chemical warfare agent classified as a nerve agent,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Exposure to large amounts of sarin can lead to respiratory failure possibly leading to death. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Study Adds Weight to Benefits of Genetically Engineered Crops

first_img(Credit: TTstudio/Shutterstock)A review of the research on genetically engineered corn concludes that the benefits appear to outweigh the drawbacks.In a meta-analysis, where researchers synthesize the findings of many studies, researchers from the University of Pisa and the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies look at papers on genetically engineered (GE) corn from between 1996 and 2016. They were looking for research on crop yields, grain quality, impacts on other organisms and how well the corn degraded in fields after harvest.More, Better CornThey say their findings, published last week in Nature Scientific Reports, back up the benefits of corn that has had its genome tweaked to produce more desirable characteristics. Yields across the various studies were anywhere from 5 to almost 25 percent higher, there were fewer toxins in the soil and biomass decomposition in the soil, a measure of how well the corn breaks down, was better among GE strains of corn.In summary, there was more corn and fewer dangerous compounds. The results add to a body of similar meta-analyses looking at GE crops. Other studies have also found that plants that have been genetically tweaked result in better yields, and also return higher profits for farmers in addition to requiring fewer pesticides. The seeds can cost significantly more, though.Though GE crops have been controversial ever since farmers began using them decades ago, today, some 12 percent of global crop yields come from such crops. That proportion rises to 54 percent in developing countries, where GE crops can help to compensate for technological shortcomings. Among other things, plants can be engineered to resist pests and herbicides, or to contain more nutrients.Nevertheless, 38 countries have banned GE crops, citing worries about their safety. In the U.S., GE crops grow on about half of the farmland, according to the USDA, and corn ranks among the top three grown.last_img read more

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Philips Announces Global Launch of Azurion Platform

first_img March 3, 2017 — Philips recently announced the global launch of Azurion, its next-generation image-guided therapy platform.The Azurion image-guided therapy platform for interventional labs is the result of a multi-year development program conducted in close collaboration with leading clinicians in the field. The company said this next generation platform features a state-of-the-art ergonomic design with an easy-to-use intuitive user interface, enabling clinicians to swiftly and confidently perform a wide range of routine and complex procedures in the interventional lab.With the rapid growth of image-guided therapy procedures, hospitals and health systems are increasingly faced with the need to control costs, while improving their standards of care. Philips said Azurion has been designed to address these challenges and is equipped with new workflow options and performance dashboards, as well as an upcoming range of productivity improvement services.The Azurion platform also features over 1,000 new components, including an enhanced flat-panel detector, and Philips’ newly developed ConnectOS operating system for the seamless integration of real-time information from all relevant technologies in the interventional lab. All of these components work together to deliver high image quality at ultra-low X-ray dose and real-time image processing on multiple work spots within the interventional lab. Parallel working enables the team of clinicians to complete different tasks simultaneously in the interventional lab, saving valuable time without compromising quality of care. Azurion features procedure cards that allow clinicians to pre-program routine tasks and user preferences, helping to minimize preparation errors and further reducing preparation and procedure time.Other Philips advanced interventional tools are integrated into the Azurion platform, including:VesselNavigator for vascular surgery;EchoNavigator for interventional cardiology;EmboGuide for inteventional oncology; andAneurysmFlow for interventional neuroradiology.Driven by their benefits for patients and care providers, minimally-invasive therapies, such as the catheter-based treatment of certain tumors, aneurysms, obstructed blood vessels, heart rhythm disorders and defective heart valves, continue to grow fast. In addition to reduced patient trauma and shorter recovery times, such procedures also have the benefit of allowing the treatment of patients who would not be able to withstand the trauma of open surgery. However, during such procedures, clinicians cannot directly see and feel the organs they are working on. Effective imaging, measurement and navigation technologies are therefore key to guiding minimally-invasive procedures. At the heart of the interventional lab, these technologies allow identification and visualization of target organs and tissues, the operation of interventional devices, and the placement of implants, leading to improved chances of therapy success.“For over 30 years, we’ve pioneered minimally-invasive treatments that help our patients get back to their daily lives,” said Barry T. Katzen, M.D., founder and chief medical executive of the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Baptist Health South Florida. “The imaging environment is critical to perform such procedures efficiently and effectively. As an interventionalist, we want to be in the cockpit, similar to a pilot in an airplane, where we have control of everything we need and have all the relevant functions at our fingertips. Philips’ next-generation image-guided therapy platform just takes it to a whole other level and allows interventionalists to accomplish the procedures quicker and more efficiently, which benefits the patient.”For more information: www.usa.phililps.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. 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Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field.  Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more Technology | Hybrid OR | March 03, 2017 Philips Announces Global Launch of Azurion Platform System offers intuitive user interface combined with real-time information on multiple work spots within the interventional lab News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more last_img read more

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Rodrigo Brenes wants to take over the world one ice cream cone

first_imgRelated posts:VIDEO: Rebooting Costa Rican cuisine at Al Mercat Churchill: The rebirth of a Tico classic VIDEO: This is how you cup coffee Yo Emprendedor gives entrepreneurs a start As I walk in the door of the home-office-ice cream factory that Rodrigo Brenes shares with his architect girlfriend, he’s intensely waiving his imaginary conductor’s baton at the last notes of Pavorroti’s “Figaro” emanating from his computer.With the last thrust, it should be ice cream making time. Though not today, because Brenes won’t let anyone watch him make ice cream — not even his girlfriend. Top secret.He apologizes for the mess and says he plans to move his operation soon to a bigger kitchen. He then takes me directly to what he calls his “Ferrari” — a freezer he had made specially by an Italian company that he found out about through an online ice cream making forum (yes, those exist).The ice cream freezer, which isn’t much bigger than a standard home refrigerator, has three compressors, which allows it to freeze whatever is inside really fast. That, Brenes says, is one of the keys to his product’s high quality.He says he tried to get what he wanted made in Costa Rica, but local companies wouldn’t even give him a price, saying it was a fool’s request. “They thought I was crazy,” Brenes said.So, apparently, did the Italian manufacturer who finally made him the freezer: He told Brenes he had never made anything so powerful in such a small size. But he made it for Brenes anyway — and charged him what you’d pay for a new sedan. It is now the Tico ice cream maker’s most prized possession.It’s difficult to understate the confidence Brenes exudes about his product and his business plan. Even if what this 40-year-old, former corporate image consultant was producing wasn’t liquor-spiked, artisanal ice cream, I’d probably buy it anyway — whatever “it” was — because if I didn’t, I’d feel like I was missing out on something.“You guys are meeting Henry Ford,” he says to me and The Tico Times photographer, Alberto Font, at one point in the interview. Brenes frequently throws out references to the larger-than-life names of U.S. political and entrepreneurial history — Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Abe Lincoln, Milton S. Hershey.But his reference to Ford is as much an indication of his illusion of grandeur as a hint of his concrete ambitions: Brenes wants to make quality ice cream on a mass scale for the people of Costa Rica and, eventually, the world.“My dream is to compete with Haagan-Daaz or Ben & Jerry’s,” he says.Whether or not Brenes makes it that far with his business, he’s learned a lot in his seven years and four locales in the ice cream trade. His story includes lessons for anyone thinking about starting a small — or potentially, one day, large — business. A Galway employee scoops alcoholic ice cream from the cooler. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesIf ‘divine inspiration’ hits you, take it and runBrenes is a deeply religious man. He says that when he got in trouble at his Catholic grade school, which was often, and his punishment was to spend recess in the chapel, he’d read the Bible. The nuns that ran the school were incredulous.Brenes says he got into the ice cream business thanks to “divine inspiration.” When in 2008 Brenes found himself unemployed and without enough money to pay rent, he went up to the church in Coronado, east of San José, to pray. When he left the church, he saw an ice cream shop on the corner and remembered something a professor once told him about the ice cream business: that there’s no legal activity on earth with a bigger profit margin than ice cream.The profit margin for ice pops, or bolis, is 1000 percent, Brenes tells me. “Can you believe that?” he asks with incredulous eyes, then cracks up.Googling around, I can’t figure out if this is true. I did find one guy, who claimed to own an ice cream chain in Chile, who said a 40 percent profit margin was normal. And there’s this: It turns out the main ingredient in ice cream is air. The better the ice cream, the less air you’re eating, which is why the price goes up.When Brenes saw that shop on the corner, he stopped and bought a rompope ice cream, even though he doesn’t actually like ice cream, or anything sweet for that matter. Right then and there, he decided to start an ice cream delivery service.“Within three days I paid my rent,” he says. He kept it up for a year until he got a more lucrative job offer securing spots for cellphone towers. (Even with astronomical profit margins, Brenes wasn’t going to get rich off ₡300 popsicles.)He used the money to buy an ice cream maker and his Ferrari freezer. Now he would be producer and distributor. All he had to do was learn how to make ice cream. So he turned to the colossal, free public educator that is YouTube.  Rodrigo Brenes in his kitchen with one of his most popular ice cream ingredients. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesIf people like it, give it to them (even if you don’t)As I mentioned, Brenes doesn’t actually like ice cream. He describes his first taste of the unique ice cream that launched his current business, Galway, in Barrio Escalante as “terrible.” That ice cream is flavored with the herby, German, shot-slamming favorite Jägermeister.He first made ice cream with Jäger on request from a buddy, Stefano Di Gioacchino, who owns the Irish bar Craic in Barrio California. Di Gioacchino wanted something special to offer his patrons for St. Patrick’s Day in 2011. He gave Brenes a case of the rectangular, green bottles and told him to start experimenting.“The first batch was terrible,” Brenes tells me. “Terrible.” Then he gets an incredulous look on his face, “But what happened is — people loved it.”As St. Paddy’s Day approached, Brenes also made an ice cream flavor with Guinness, one with Irish cream and one with Jack Daniels, chocolate and cherries.They were big hits. But the whole ice cream with liquor thing started as a one-off. At the time, Brenes wasn’t planning to make it his signature product. At the time.Still, in the coming years he would try out 13 Jäger ice cream recipes on Craic bar patrons until he got it right.Last year, while Brenes was on a hiatus from ice cream-making, he was reminded of just how much people liked his JaggerCream, as he named it. He was drinking beer with his then-new girlfriend at the first Barrio Escalante food festival in April, and people kept coming up to him and asking when he was going to make another batch of the stuff.Brenes had been bragging to his girlfriend, Catalina Elizondo, about his ice cream-making skills, but she had no reason to believe him until then. After hearing the praise firsthand, she convinced him to get back into business.Late last year, during the second edition of the Barrio Escalante food festival, Brenes and two associates opened up Galway, a small, corner ice cream shop attached to the craft beer pub Wilk. Brenes makes daily fresh batches of booze-infused flavors like Tequila Rosa (with strawberries), vodka and cantaloupe and, of course, JaggerCream and ChocoJack, chocolate and Jack Daniels.Galway offers non-alcoholic ice cream, too, in equally fun, Tico-inspired flavors (e.g. Pinito, the much-loved, local powdered milk), but Brenes says his shop is especially popular with the after-bar crowd, looking to keep a buzz while satisfying munchies. Office workers also come by on their lunch break, possibly looking to liven up their afternoon — or sleep through it.To be fair, most people would have to eat at least a few scoops to get tipsy off Brenes’ creations. But a scoop I had recently of cantaloupe with vodka did leave me feeling…happy.Brenes’ ice cream is dense and Costa Rica-style super sweet. That sweetness is tampered in his creations with alcohol, and the non-cream-based flavors with booze are spot-on refreshing.Galway is just one part of Brenes’ grand ice cream plan; he wants to go way bigger, think franchises in Miami Beach and New York City. And his girlfriend, Elizondo, who’s a co-owner of Brenes’ Heladix ice cream factory, wants to export Costa Rica-inspired flavors to Europe.“I dream of being industrial,” Brenes says. “I’m going to make delicious, industrial ice cream.”For now, Galway is a place to sell Heladix ice cream and try out new recipes on customers. Plus, it’s helping Brenes get his name out again.“People know me now as the guy who sells ice cream shots in Barrio Escalante,” he says.Brenes also plans to restart his original ice cream business niche — delivery, of non-alcoholic flavors — soon. Galway’s ice cream sandwich. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesTurn tragedy on its headBack to Brenes’ ice cream hiatus a few years back. The start of his break was almost the end of the story. His marriage was falling apart at the time, partly because of financial troubles with his former ice cream business.Soon after his wife left, Brenes’ ice cream maker broke. He took it as a sign and quit.He didn’t know if he’d ever go back, until that day drinking beers in Barrio Escalante with his girlfriend (soon to be wife: Brenes and Elizondo are getting married on Saturday).Brenes doesn’t fret over the fact that some of his previous ventures in the ice cream world ultimately didn’t pan out. He learns from his mistakes and moves on.“I found 999 ways to not make ice cream,” Brenes says, in reference to Thomas Edison’s famed twist on a reporter’s question about how it felt to fail 999 times before successfully inventing the light bulb.In his kitchen over a bowl of freshly-toasted almonds glazed with cocoa powder, sugar and Jack Daniels, Brenes ticks off a list of the top lessons he’s learned:1. Never abandon a locale that worked.2. Be able to identify a partner that’s going to contribute, and if he/she is not going to contribute, eliminate.3. You need to be cold-blooded if the need arises to oust a bad partner.4. Believe in yourself, you can do more than you think you can.5. Be patient. After seven years in the ice cream industry, Brenes says his business is just getting started.Before he gets down to his daily conjuring of cream, sugar, booze and air into frozen bliss, Brenes evokes the late, great chocolate baron Milton S. Hershey.Hershey failed in his first two attempts to start a candy business — and was reportedly shunned by family — before finally landing on the right mix of product appeal and business smarts.Brenes gets goosebumps (literally; he shows them to me) as he tells the story, which ends with Hershey becoming a multi-millionaire, getting commendation from the U.S. military for producing WWII chocolate rations, and building the most well-known chocolate brand of all time.“I know that I’m going to be like Hershey,” Brenes says.Editor’s note: The original version of this story misspelled “St. Paddy’s Day.” Our apologies to the Irish, and all our readers. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Myanmar hails EU lifting of sanctions

first_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) – Myanmar on Tuesday hailed a European Union decision lifting political and economic sanctions against the former pariah state, pledging to continue its reforms and march toward democracy.Senior Myanmar diplomat Aung Lynn told reporters on the sidelines of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations conference in Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, that the international community can expect more reforms, especially in the socio-economic sectors. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 “This is a very good beginning,” he told reporters, adding that Myanmar recognizes the still enormous work ahead for one of Southeast Asia’s most least-developed states.Myanmar, he said, would continue to work with the EU. The 27-nation bloc lifted all sanctions except for the sale of arms and equipment that can be used for internal repression.The economic sanctions were suspended last April for one year after Myanmar’s military rulers handed over power to a civilian government that launched democratic reforms. The measures had targeted more than 800 companies and nearly 500 people, and included the suspension of some development aid.EU officials say the sanctions’ permanent abolition will encourage firms and development organizations from the bloc _ the world’s largest economy _ to strengthen ties with Myanmar.“We know that much remains to be done, on human rights, on democracy, fighting poverty and achieving lasting peace. We don’t underestimate the challenges”, said Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief.The United States, which has also suspended economic sanctions in the past year, showed no immediate sign of following suit and lifting restrictions. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said Tuesday that the U.S. has a “calibrated” policy that leaves sanctions authorities in place to encourage further progress on reforms in Myanmar. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Aung Lynn said Myanmar was looking forward to assuming the chairmanship of ASEAN for the first time next year, and would show to the world how serious his country was about its reforms.Myanmar declined the chairmanship in 2006 amid threats by Western governments to boycott ASEAN events due to Myanmar’s then atrocious human rights record.Aung Lynn’s brief interview with journalists was considered rare. Before Myanmar embarked on democratic reforms, its leaders and diplomats struggled to evade reporters in ASEAN summits, where the former military junta’s repressive record was often an object of scorn and attracted huge media attention.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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TravelManagers and Hoot Holidays Embrace Spirit of Giving

first_imgAbout TravelManagersTravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.8 billion for 2018. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 550 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases. Source = TravelManagers TravelManagers’ Sandra Reucker (right) with Hoot Holidays’ Stephanie Jones, delivering donated cans of food to Craig Bates, Hospitality Manager for The Exodus FoundationTravelManagers and Hoot Holidays Embrace Spirit of Giving to Help Sydney Families in NeedMost Australians plan to enjoy Christmas Day surrounded by family, swapping presents and indulging in a feast fit for a king, but for Sydney’s homeless, poor and at-risk families, Christmas is not necessarily a time of joy.However, thanks to the initiative of TravelManagers Product Executive, Sandra Reucker, and the generous support of her colleagues at TravelManagers and Hoot Holidays, more than 300 cans of food have been donated to Sydney’s Exodus Foundation Christmas can drive and will be delivered to disadvantaged families around Sydney in time for Christmas.“This is the fifth consecutive year that we’ve collected food for the Can Drive,” reports Reucker, “and once again I’ve been blown away by how supportive everyone has been. The food collected, from basic groceries such as canned tomatoes and boxes of tea, to luxury items like mini Christmas cakes and boxes of chocolates, will help to ensure that Christmas Day is a little more enjoyable for numerous Sydney families.”The items collected, which also included Coles gift cards, added up to a total estimated value of more than $750, with donations received from personal travel managers and staff from both Hoot Holidays and TravelManagers’ National Partnership Office.TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says Reucker’s commitment to supporting the Exodus Foundation over the past five years mirrors the company’s business philosophy of always going the extra mile.“The opportunity for our people to do something that benefits those in need within our local community really sums up the culture of TravelManagers, and we are extremely proud of that.”Reucker says she was originally inspired to support the Exodus Foundation after watching a television documentary that featured its founder, Reverend Bill Crews, and the work carried out by the foundation in supporting needy families.“They do such wonderful work within our community and it’s such a privilege to know that our contribution will help to bring smiles to some of Sydney’s disadvantaged families, even if it’s just for one day,” she says.The Exodus Foundation supports those in need throughout Australia, not only at Christmas time but 365 days a year.To donate or to find out more about how you can help, please CLICK HERElast_img read more

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first_imgattractionsDubaiDubai Stopover PassDubai Tourism Including visits to the top of Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain Show and Lake Ride,the City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus,Marina Dhow Cruise Dinner, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and Dubai Frame, the latest edition to the Dubai Pass portfolio has been launched by Dubai Tourism.The Dubai Stopover Pass, specifically designed for short-stay visitors to enjoy the emirate’s wide variety of attractions and experiences in the most affordable way, allows visitors to save both time and money as it combines the city’s top attractions, tours and cruises into an easily accessible pre-paid city attraction pass. Visitors can save up to 60% on the regular combined entrance prices by purchasing the pass before arrival in Dubai. The pass also includes an optional add-on pocket Wi-Fi capability allowing visitors to stay connected as they explore the city. last_img read more

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