Congress MLA Abdul Sattar joins Shiv Sena

first_imgMumbai: Two-term Congress MLA and former Maharashtra minister Abdul Sattar joined the Shiv Sena on Monday. Sattar, who represents Sillod Assembly seat in Aurangabad district, joined the Sena in the presence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray at the latter’s residence here. He resigned as Congress MLA before the general elections held earlier this year and helped the then BJP state president Raosaheb Danve, who won from Jalna Lok Sabha constituency, which covers the Sillod Assembly segment. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Sattar headed the animal husbandry department in the previous Congress-NCP coalition government. After inducting Sattar into the Sena, Thackeray hinted that he may get the party ticket for the upcoming state Assembly polls. “I would like to see the Sena win from Sillod Assembly constituency. It is an important seat for us,” the Sena chief told reporters here. Several leaders from the opposition Congress and NCP have joined either the BJP or the Sena in the recent weeks.last_img read more

ExMulroney spokesman back on Quebec TV after joke about hunting separatists

first_imgMONTREAL – The former spokesman for Brian Mulroney who was suspended from a TV show after joking on air about hunting Quebec separatists returned to his job Thursday.Luc Lavoie rejoined the other pundits on a daily politics show about a week after being yanked.His joke triggered a complaint to police, who concluded after a short investigation Lavoie didn’t commit any crime.Lavoie made the crack on Quebecor-owned TVA while discussing petitions tabled in the provincial legislature that were for and against the legalization of squirrel hunting.“We could take our guns like Americans, and shoot at squirrels … actually, I would have liked to be able to hunt the separatists, but it looks like it’s not possible,” he said with a chuckle on the television show “La Joute.”His comments were roundly derided, with Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee among the critics.Quebecor spokeswoman Veronique Mercier said Lavoie returned to the show after meeting with company management.Besides acting as a spokesman for Mulroney, Lavoie has previously held senior positions with Quebecor.last_img read more

91 percent of fatal overdoses in Northern BC involved fentanyl

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Coroners Service has released the latest statistics looking at the ongoing fatal drug overdoes epidemic which shows a large spike in the number of illicit drug overdoses across the province in March.Preliminary data indicates that 161 B.C. residents died of a drug overdose in March, a jump of 59 compared to February. That’s a 58 percent increase compared to the 102 deaths that occurred in February, and a 24 percent increase over the number of fatalities in March 2017.The overdose death rate in Northern B.C. surged in March after trailing the rest of the province. After recording nine deaths in the first two months of the year, Northern Health recorded 13 deaths in March alone, bringing the yearly total to 22.  Of the 22 fatal overdoses so far this year in Northern Health, 20 were recorded as fentanyl-detected overdoses, which works out to 91 percent of deadly overdoses.The BC Coroners Service is urgently reminding anyone using illicit drugs not to use alone. Those using substances should have someone nearby equipped and trained to administer naloxone or able to call 911 immediately if an overdose occurs. Photo by BC Coroners ServiceThree of last month’s deaths occurred in Northeast B.C., while eight occurred in the Northern Interior, and the Northwest region recorded its first fatal overdose of the year. The Northern Interior now has the second-highest rate of fatal drug overdoses of any region in the province, with 45.8 deaths per 100,000 residents. The fatality rate in Northeast B.C. is below the provincial average at 27 deaths per 100,000, while the Northern Health rate as a whole was the second-lowest in B.C. at 30.8 deaths per 100,000. Photo by BC Coroners Service Photo by BC Coroners Service Photo by BC Coroners Service Photo by BC Coroners Service The Coroners Service also released its quarterly statistics on the number of fatal overdoses in which fentanyl was detected. Of the 161 people across the province who died from an overdose, 129 had fentanyl detected in their systems, which works out to just over 80 percent. The number of fatal fentanyl overdoses across B.C. in March was higher than the 82 seen in February, and the 112 in January. The rate of fentanyl overdoses was even higher in Northern B.C. Eleven of the 13 people who died last month in the North had fentanyl detected, while all of the fatal overdoses in January and February involved fentanyl. Four of the five fatal overdoses in Northeast B.C. were fentanyl overdoses. last_img read more

BJP has launched personal attack against me due to lack of political agenda: Abhishek

first_imgKolkata: In an exclusive interview to a vernacular channel, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee said on Wednesday that BJP has launched a personal attack against him as the party does not have any political agenda.Banerjee alleged that BJP and CPI(M) are working hand-in-hand against Trinamool Congress, as the two parties are two sides of the same coin. “They know that under Mamata Banerjee’s rule BJP will become a signboard party,” he added. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”On January 19, when Mamata Banerjee called the United India meeting at the Brigade Parade grounds, CPI(M) did not join. They are helping BJP by supplying workers. They have also not lodged any complaint against BJP and vice-versa,” he said. Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said he had called Mamata Banerjee a “speed breaker” because she has come in the way of fulfilling his dreams. “Mamata Banerjee has highlighted the faults of Modi and she is the only person to raise voice against him. Modi has tried to control everyone but has failed to control her,” Trinamool Youth Congress president retorted. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe said it is unfortunate that the Election Commission of India is also working at the behest of the saffron party. “When a BJP candidate said that 1,000 people will be brought from Uttar Pradesh to teach Trinamool supporters a lesson and that they would be beaten up as dogs, no action was taken against the person. We have lodged several complaints but they have failed to yield any result,” said Banerjee. Denying the allegation that Trinamool is not allowing other parties to campaign in Diamond Harbour, Banerjee said: “It is a false allegation. If other parties do not have supporters then that is not our fault.” Stating that people know Trinamool Congress “will always be there beside them,” Banerjee said he informs people every year about the projects taken up by him in the past five years. He said Trinamool Congress will do well both in North Bengal and Jangalmahal, adding: “I stayed in Jangalmahal. People’s response was huge and I hope they will bless us.”last_img read more

Germany convicts ex-weapons workers for Mexico gun sales

BERLIN — A German court has convicted two former employees of gun maker Heckler & Koch over their role in delivering weapons that ended up in troubled areas of Mexico. It has fined the company 3.7 million euros ($4.2 million), the value of the proceeds.The Stuttgart state court on Thursday convicted a former sales director of exporting weapons on the basis of fraudulently obtained permits, and an ex-clerk of being an accessory. They were given suspended sentences of a year and 10 months and a year and five months respectively. Three other defendants were acquitted.The court said the company delivered 4,219 assault rifles, 2 submachine guns and 1,759 magazines to Mexico, and they were sold on to Jalisco, Chiapas, Chihuahua and Guerrero states. The exports took place from 2006-2009.The Associated Press read more

Financials, tech and health care boost TSX, U.S. stocks also move higher

Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index moved higher in late-morning trading, helped by gains in the financial, technology and health care sectors.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 18.63 points at 16,249.59.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 175.01 points at 26,158.95. The S&P 500 index was up 25.39 points at 2,898.73, while the Nasdaq composite was up 132.41 points at 7,874.51.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.38 cents US compared with an average of 75.28 cents US on Friday.The July crude contract was up 33 cents at US$54.32 per barrel and the July natural gas contract was up 1.2 cents at US$2.35 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was down US$13.10 at US$1,333.00 an ounce and the July copper contract was up 3.25 cents at US$2.66 a pound. The Canadian Press read more

Police spokesman 21 others promoted

Among those promoted to SSP from the SP rank are officers from the Presidential division, media division, state intelligence service, CID, CCD, TID and others.While some, including the police spokesman, have been promoted with effect from June the others have been promoted with effect from last month. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana and 21 other police officers have been promoted to the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) from the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP).The promotions were announced by the police media unit today saying it was based on the recommendations of the Public Service Commission. read more

Stocks rebound on Wall Street bolstered by strong earnings reports Nike surges

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 22, 2013 12:10 pm MDT Stocks are higher on Wall Street, bolstered by strong earnings from major U.S. corporations. Investors are also taking advantage of an earlier market decline to add to their holdings.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 92 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 14,514 in midday trading Friday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 10 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 1,556. The Nasdaq composite rose 16 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 3,238.Robust earnings from some big names gave the market a lift. Nike’s stock hit a record after the company surprised Wall Street with a surge in quarterly profit. Tiffany rose after its earnings beat predictions. Strong demand from Asian demand helped.Stocks fell Thursday because of weak sales from Oracle and because of concerns that Cyprus may go bankrupt. Stocks rebound on Wall Street bolstered by strong earnings reports; Nike surges, Tiffany gains AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Tracking the rise of advanced statistics in sports

Photo illustration by Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorThis is part one of a three-part series examining the rise and impact of advanced statistics on sports nationally and at Ohio State.Sports are similar to the separation of the right and left sides of the human brain. The right side of the brain specializes in a human’s ability to be creative and show feelings and emotions. This is shown in sports as devotion to a particular team and even a crazy fan experience at a sporting event. The left side of the brain, however, specializes in mathematics and analysis. For the past decade, these left-brained people have turned the sports world into a statistics-based, logical source of entertainment.The science of statistics is used in any sort of profession.“I would argue that statistics is really the science of how you collect, analyze and think about data,” said William Notz, vice chair for administration and undergraduate studies in the Ohio State Department of Statistics. “The differences typically occur in terms of the nature of the data, the nature of how you collect the data and maybe specific techniques you can use.”This statistics revolution reached the sports world in many different ways, including in large part the explosion of fantasy sports. It started in 1961, when the company Strat-O-Matic came out with statistic-based board games for baseball and eventually for football in 1968.“What they did was that they used data, for example with baseball, season data to create ‘players,’” Notz said. “What you do is that you would roll numerous dice, and based on the rules of the dice, that would tell you the performance of the player.”This idea expanded on to the Internet and exploded into different sports, the most popular being football, baseball and basketball. This growing phenomenon made fans more aware of what was actually happening on the field.“We are more aware of relative performance and some of the trends,” said Todd Nesbit, senior lecturer in the Department of Economics. “There are certain matchups such as a certain hitter against a certain pitcher that for whatever reason favors the particular hitter or pitcher that would be abnormal in relation to the rest of the stats.”As the statistics world has grown, several intellectuals have brought it upon themselves to make games, such as baseball, even more sophisticated to get a better grasp on what a particular player’s value is. This trend has been growing into front offices across the sports world.“(Front offices) bring these analytical minds into their organization because they feel it will bring value to their team,” said Ryan Dunsmore, editor for SB Nation’s Houston Astros website, Crawfish Boxes. “It started with baseball because of the whole revolution of Bill James and how he wanted to find a bigger and better picture of what was happening on the field.”This trend is relatively new to the sports world, and teams are still trying to find ways to balance the new wave approach for scouting players, the statistical and analytical mindset and the old-school approach for scouts around the game. However, the teams that grasp this balance have shown signs of being more successful.“In baseball, say you have a scout that says you should look at this guy and gives that information to the front office to see whether his numbers match up,” Dunsmore said. “This is where analytics has come in and said we need to see a picture that said this guy can hit and can make a difference for our team instead of just going off of the eyeball test. Those opinions still make it into the decision-making process, but you still need the numbers to be able to back it up.”One advanced statistic used in the baseball world is wins above replacement, which calculates, based on a particular player’s ability and statistics, how many wins the player generates or loses for the club.“Every play in baseball either contributes to runs scored or takes away from runs scored,” said Jim Albert, a professor of statistics in the Department of Mathematics at Bowling Green State University. “Runs can be translated or interpreted in terms of wins with roughly 10 additional runs corresponding to one win. Obviously you want to score runs, but the objective essentially is to win the game, so every play has some impact on the probability of winning.”This rise of statistics has changed the way teams, fans and even the media look at sports, but it has not changed the way fans and observers think about sports.“I think that has not changed the mindset of anyone,” Dunsmore said. “We all know what a good player looks like. It may help people appreciate some other players too.” read more

French and American scientists win Nobel Physics Prize

first_imgSERGE HAROCHE OF France and David Wineland of the US have won the Nobel Prize for Physics today for their work in quantum physics that could one day open the way to revolutionary computers.The pair were honoured for pioneering optical experiments in “measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems,” the Nobel Physics jury said in its citation.“Their groundbreaking methods have enabled this field of research to take the very first steps towards building a new type of super-fast computer based on quantum physics,” it said.“Perhaps the quantum computer will change our everyday lives in this century in the same radical way as the classical computer did in the last century.”The research has also led to the construction of extremely precise clocks that could become the future basis for a new standard of time, with more than hundred-fold greater precision than present-day caesium clocks, it said.Haroche, 68, said the award was “fairly overwhelming”.“I was in the street, passing near a bench, and was able to sit down immediately,” he told journalists via a live link to Stockholm.“I was walking with my wife, when I saw the Swedish area code, I realised.” He added:I think we will have champagne. The two scientists specialise in quantum entanglement, a phenomenon of particle physics that has been proven by experiments but remains poorly understood.When two particles interact, they become “entangled,” which means one particle affects the other at a distance. The connection lasts long after they are separated.In entanglement, particles also go into a state called superposition, which opens the way to a hoped-for supercomputer.Today’s computers use a binary code, in which data is stored in a bit that could be either zero or 1.But in superposition, a quantum bit, known as a qubit, could be either zero or one, or both zero and one at the same time.This potentially offers a massive increase in data storage, greatly helping number-crunching tasks such as running climate-change models and breaking encrypted codes.However many technical hurdles remain to be overcome.Haroche and Wineland’s achievement has been to measure and control these very fragile quantum states, which were previously deemed inaccessible, so that the particles can be observed and counted, the jury said.- © AFP, 2012Read: Pioneering stem cell work wins Nobel Prize for researchers > Read: Nobel Prize season kicks off with medicine award >last_img read more

How to sign up for Facebooks new Graph Search and why youd

first_imgToday, Facebook announced a new search feature that Facebook advocates might say could rival Google’s search in some fashion. However, at the press conference Mark Zuckerberg made it clear that the new search tool, dubbed Graph Search, is “not web search,” with the main difference being that Facebook’s Graph Search is more personalized, and — as one would expect from the social networking giant –more focused on social connections.Graph Search will focus on people, places, and interests, with Facebook photos added into the mix. The beta version of the engine demonstrated a more natural way of speaking when looking for search results, rather than simply entering in specific keywords. The current about page uses the example of “People who like Cycling” as a starting point in the search, which returns people who have that listed as an interest. Then, “who live in my hometown” is added onto the end of the initial search, and Graph Search filters those results accordingly. Another example is the search term “music my friends like,” which is something you couldn’t really type into Google and get accurate results from.In a feature people who are prone to internet stalking are sure to appreciate, the new search engine allows you to more easily sift through pictures and receive tailored results. The examples given are “photos I like,” “photos before 1990,” and “photos of my friends in New York,” which are helpful ways to search when looking for something specific.Facebook has a partnership with Bing, so any results that somehow can’t be found with Graph Search will be pulled from Bing.If you’d like to sign up to test the new Graph Search (which is currently in closed beta), make sure you’re logged into Facebook, head on over to this link, then scroll to the bottom of the page and hit the button. Easy peasy.last_img read more

Cyprus capital controls to remain in place

first_imgCyprus will keep capital controls in place until it is more confident that its ailing banks will not face a run. Governor of Cyprus’ Central Bank Panicos Demetriades said the Bank wants to eliminate these controls as soon as possible, but it has to first make sure that trust in the banks has recovered sufficiently. He said a rush of withdrawals would put additional strain on the banks that they can hardly afford right now. “We have to keep in mind the dangers of easing (restrictions) overly quickly,” Demetriades told a press conference. “We have to be careful with these relaxations. It’s more important to see how trust can be restored in the banking system.” Cyprus introduced strict limits, such as a 300-euro daily withdrawal limit, in March to forestall a run on its banks after it agreed on a 23bn euro rescue package with its euro partners and the International Monetary Fund. The rescue deal’s terms demand that depositors in the country’s two biggest banks take major losses on their savings over 100,000 euros. The Central Bank had always refused to estimate how long the controls would last, though government officials have said they would last several weeks. Some of the controls, such as bank money transfers, have been eased to help local companies do business. But many others – such as the daily withdrawal limit – remain in place.Source: Enet English. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Découvert dun squelette de lapin géant aux Baléares

first_imgDécouvert d’un squelette de lapin géant aux BaléaresDes paléontologues ont mis au jour les ossements d’un lapin géant sur l’île de Minorque à proximité des côtes espagnoles. L’animal était six fois plus gros que les lapins actuels.La découverte a de quoi impressionné. Sur la plus grande île de l’archipel des Baléares, Minorque, des paléontologues espagnols ont découvert le squelette d’un antique lapin vivant il y a plus de 3 millions d’années. Si la trouvaille est inédite, c’est surtout la taille de l’animal qui est extraordinaire. Selon les ossements, le lapin baptisé Nuralagus rex mesurait au moins six fois la taille des lapins européens actuels pour un poids d’environ 12 kilos.À lire aussiOstéoporose : traitement, symptômes, causes, définition, de quoi s’agit-il ?Pour déterrer le “roi minorquin des lapins”, il a ainsi fallu plusieurs années. “Quatre ans ont été nécessaires pour retrouver un bon échantillon d’ossements de N.rex, particulièrement à cause de la dureté de la roche rouge. Pour extraire les os de la matrice, il a fallu utiliser des centaines de litres d’acide acétique, du vinaigre très concentré. Un travail long et fastidieux, mais ça en valait la peine” a indiqué à LiveScience, le paléontologue Josep Quintana de l’Institut catalan de Paléontologie de Barcelone en Espagne.Selon leurs hypothèses, la taille impressionnante du lapin obéirait à la “règle de l’île”. C’est à dire, les gros animaux deviennent souvent plus petits faute au manque de nourriture, et les petits animaux deviennent souvent plus gros en raison du manque de prédateurs. Une hypothèse que semble confirmer l’apparence de l’animal. En effet, celui-ci présente plusieurs caractéristiques très différentes des lapins actuels, faisant de lui une proie plus facile. Nuralagus rex, un lapin bien étrange “Je pense que N. rex était une sorte de lapin maladroit et marchant, imaginez un castor hors de l’eau” a expliqué J. Quintana. D’après son anatomie, il semblerait que ce lapin géant avait perdu toute capacité de sauter mais aussi qu’il avait une audition et une vision très faible. Dépourvu de grandes oreilles, l’animal avait l’habitude de creuser pour se nourrir de racines et de tubercules. Toute nouvelle espèce parmi la grande famille de lapin, Nuralagus rex pourrait devenir la mascotte de l’ile de Minorque. C’est du moins ce qu’a proposé Josep Quintana qui espère ainsi attirer les étudiants et les visiteurs.Le 23 mars 2011 à 14:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Berbatov Man United should target Harry Maguire

first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov suggests that his old club should consider making an approach for Harry Maguire this JanuaryThe Leicester City centre-back had been one of United coach Jose Mourinho’s top summer targets along with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld.But a potential move for the defensive duo failed to materialise with United having already conceded 26 goals in the Premier League this season compared to leaders Liverpool’s six.Now Berbatov reckons that Maguire’s strong World Cup displays for England in the summer make him an ideal candidate for United for a January move.“It’s always difficult to buy someone that’s really good in the winter window so if you are lucky enough to buy someone then you need to keep in mind how he’s going to integrate with the team,” Berbatov told BT Sport.“If it’s someone coming from a foreign league it can be more difficult than joining from an English team.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“If you’re buying a central defender then you also need to think about who you’re going to partner him with because you could buy a really good player but if it doesn’t work out then that just causes another problem.“But I think they need someone at the back that’s comfortable on the ball and don’t buckle under pressure even when someone is attacking you.“You need to be calm, be able to pass the ball into midfield and carry it. I think they need a player like that.“I was really impressed with Harry Maguire in the World Cup because he was so composed on the ball and I like that quality in a defender because it benefits the whole team.”United will face Valencia in Spain tonight in the Champions League needing a win in order to have any chance of leapfrogging Juventus for top spot in Group H.But the Red Devils will have to make do without defender Victor Lindelof with both Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly doubts for the game at Mestalla.last_img read more

Judiciary police nab 110 in Cotai casino blitz

first_img Load More RelatedPosts Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Galaxy holds crime prevention workshop alongside Macau’s Judiciary Police Macau’s Judiciary Police says it held 110 men for questioning as part of a four-day anti-crime operation in and around Cotai over the weekend.The operation, under the coordination of the Unitary Police Service and alongside the Public Security Police Force, conducted blitzes on a number of Cotai resorts in collaboration with Macau casino operators in the area. Police confirmed to media on Monday that they were focused primarily on gangs offering illicit money exchange services both in and outside of Cotai properties.The operation included the high-profile detention of 39 men from “two large-scale casinos” late on Friday which was caught on video by bystanders and widely shared on social media over the weekend. Videos showed a brawl breaking out alongside the Venetian Macao between a group of around 10 men before police ceremoniously marched a number of suspects through the crowd.In a statement, the Judiciary Police said it would continue to carry out relevant anti-crime operations at different locations in the coming days. Arnaldo Ho’s Lisboeta launches first recruitment drivelast_img read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at Obamas cybersecurity summit

first_imgApple CEO Tim Cook speaks at Obama’s cybersecurity summit2.8K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at Obama’s cybersecurity summit2.8K viewsBusinessROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed a crowd of more than 1,000 people at the White House summit on cybersecurity in Palo Alto, California. Before his remarks, Cook was oneVentuno Web Player 4.50ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed a crowd of more than 1,000 people at the White House summit on cybersecurity in Palo Alto, California. Before his remarks, Cook was onelast_img read more

Saaho trailer out PrabhasShraddhas film is all about thrilling action

first_imgPrabhas in SaahoPR HandoutThe trailer of Saaho, one of the most awaited films in the recent times, has been unveiled by the makers and it is mind blowing. Directed by Sujeeth Reddy, this spy thriller features Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor and Neil Nitin Mukesh in lead roles.Prabhas plays an undercover agent in this film and Shraddha plays a cop from Crime Branch. The trailer begins with a narration, which reveals that Rs 2000 crore have been robbed in Mumbai, and police department is ashamed of themselves as they couldn’t get caught of the master minds behind the robbery. Shraddha Kapoor’s first looks from SaahoTwitterA gang of gangsters, the hard core villains like Neil Nitin Mukesh, Arun Vijay, Jackie Shroff, Chunky Pandey, Mandira Bedi and others are in search of a ‘black box’ which has the key to a locker which has a worth of billion dollars. PR HandoutThe background music of the film has been composed by Ghibran and it is definitely one of the best BGMs in the recent times. Ghibran has doen really good work and kudos to the makers for the patience they have in the making of the film.The film is made under a budget of Rs 350 crores and even more. The visuals and VFX in the trailer are visual extravaganza and delight to the eyes. The production quality is pretty much high and the makers have left no stone unturned in making it big and best.The trailer shows that Murali Sharma and Vennela Kishore are also playing cops in this film and they play a key role in the whole operation. The film has the romance between Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor and they look good together on screen.Last but not the least, Prabhas looks stunning and dashing. In short, he looks like a Macho and stole the show.last_img read more

Childrens National Hospital Kicks Off The Light Up Dr Bear Campaign

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, AFRO Staff WriterWashington D.C.’s very own Children’s National Hospital is kicking off the holiday season with the “Light Up Dr. Bear” campaign. The goal: to bring a little more joy and light into children’s lives.In this new campaign, bears have been placed around the Washington D.C. area. With every donation the bear illuminates, providing a visual representation of the impact you are making on a child’s life with your donation.(Courtesy Photo)The Children’s National Hospital is the premiere pediatric hospital in Washington D.C. ranking No. 5 in the nation on the U.S News & World Report’s 2018-2019 Best Children’s Hospital Honor Roll. Additionally, it is the only hospital in the District that gears its environment, care and medical practices for children solely.The “Light Up Dr. Bear” campaign began Nov. 23 and will extend to Dec. 31. The 316 bears placed in hospitals and around the city represent the 316 patient bed’s currently at the Children’s hospital. The bear is the mascot of Children’s National Hospital.DeAnn Marshall, MHA, president of the Children’s Hospital Foundation said, “Through the ‘Light Up Dr. Bear’ campaign, we are pleased to encourage the community to show their support for children and their families in a truly meaningful and impactful way. This year, approximately 300 children and their families will be spending the holiday season in the hospital. Each donation makes an immediate impact on the families in our care, brightening their day and bringing a smile to their face.”The “Light Up Dr. Bear” campaign was created to raise money for children regardless of their ailment or financial circumstance, and to fund research for cures and medical discovery. As a non-profit hospital servicing more than 230,000 patients annually, donations are integral to making the exceptional work they do possible.Tierra, mom of Priest – a baby who spent his first 16 months of life in the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital – said, “It’s a really amazing thing for families like ours who spend so much time here to see the bears light up and know people are out there caring and supporting us. All I can say is thank you. I’ve been here a long, long, long time, so I know the needs of the parents and the children here, and it’s a great cause, so please continue to donate.”For more information or to make a donation to the “Light Up Dr. Bear” campaign, visit or text Light10 to 50555.last_img read more

The day of love made happening and trendier

first_imgDiamond rings, disclosed to be associated with divorce and other failed relationships, are sold at lower prices than rings without a negative history, the study into the re-sale of diamond engagement rings has revealed.That suggests previous academic research that claimed a single, clearly-defined market category is associated with a product’s success, is not the whole story, said the study’s researcher Anne Bowers, associate professor at Rotman School of Management University of Toronto in Canada. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ The assumption there is that consumer expectations are fully met when an item cleanly fits into a category. “In some sense, these findings are the exact opposite,” Bowers noted.“Here’s a product that technically speaking, fits exactly the criteria for an engagement ring, and yet you still have problems,” Bowers said. Two parts to the study revealed similar findings. Analysis of data from 1.5 million eBay listings of diamond solitaire engagement rings over a 13-month period showed rings with no disclosed negative history were most likely to sell and at a higher price.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixRings, where sellers disclosed a divorce or other failed relationship – marked by comments such as “not going to happen,” or “right ring wrong guy”, were less successful.A separate attitudinal survey showed that even though participants believed a diamond ring from a divorce was most likely to be authentic – compared to the same one from a happy marriage or a jewellery store – it was the opposite when it came to how much they’ would be willing to pay for it.  The study was published in the journal Advances in Strategic Management. Along with this, gifting personalised goodies seems to be a new fad, with couples taking to “print” their love for their beloved this Valentine’s Day. Lovers are not only investing time and creativity to impress their loved one but are also ready to spend a lot to make them feel special and loved.“Valentine’s is the week of lovers and they leave no stone unturned to impress their bae (lover). People go for scrapbooks, love cards, t-shirts, explosion box and love jars to pamper their partners,” said Radhika Aggarwal, co-founder, Go Grab Gifts (G3).“Everyone wants to stand out from the crowd and there is no better way to show how much a person means to you than a unique personalised gift. In earlier days, we used to manually invest time and resources in personalising gifts for our loved ones and now we are enabling people to impress their love in minutes,” said Bipin Narang, co-founder and global CEO, Printvenue.“Our biggest consumers are people whom other printers/sellers find unprofitable. We provide our consumers the choice to order single quantity, at world-class quality, and at affordable pricing,” said Narang.“In the last one year, our business has grown significantly as more customers are discovering the convenience, choice and quality,” he said.Accoring to Narang, the current market size was close to $20 billion and around 5-10 per cent of the total market is addressable to Printvenue.Printvenue offers over 600 products to customise and thousands of design templates to choose from so that people can express love uniquely in as less as Rs 200.“The joy of seeing your loved one appreciate the effort behind your personalised gift has to be experienced because the efforts put in personalising goodies show how much a person means to you,” said Aggarwal.According to the survey, men clearly understand what women want and are planning to gift what women desire.Since Valentine’s Day, this year, is on a Sunday, 33 per cent respondents were planning to relax at home, while only 16 per cent were planning a trip.While most people resort to conventional romantic dinners to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the more adventurous choose to take their beloved on a helicopter ride, said a recently conducted study.According to the survey by deals platform Nearbuy of about 3,000 people, “45 per cent of the respondents opted for the option of taking their partners on romantic dinners, 39 per cent preferred to give a personalised gift and about 18 per cent people chose to take their special someones on a helicopter ride!” However, the survey showed that most people preferred to stick to a budget ranging anything between Rs3000 to Rs 5000 and not splurge mindlessly on the occasion. While 40 per cent Indians are willing to fork out an average of Rs 3,000, just about 10 per cent would go over the Rs 5000 bracket to buy presents for their partners. “People today are ready to spend and are yet not spend thrift when it comes to Valentine’s. They are online-savvy and are always on a look-out for great offers,” said Ankur Warikoo, CEO and Co-founder, Nearbuy.last_img read more

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first_img Siemens Gains FDA Clearance of Acuson SC2000 Prime Ultrasound System. July 9, 2009 – According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the ongoing economic crisis is putting pressure on publicly funded European healthcare systems, intensifying the decline of interventional cardiology device prices in the region. MRG’s “European Markets for Interventional Cardiology Devices 2009 (Part II)” report details the extent to which competitive pricing and discounts among interventional cardiology device vendors is resulting in price erosion in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Spain and Switzerland.IC device vendors are engaging in price undercutting and offering high-volume discounts or bundling deals with other products in their portfolios in order to encourage sales, resulting in price erosion. The healthcare systems in the Netherlands and Switzerland (beginning in 2012) provide only general funding for IC procedures, despite the varying cost of devices used. In order to operate within set budgets, European healthcare facilities must often choose lower-cost devices. Contract tenders between sellers and group purchasing organizations will further add to price erosion. In exchange for high-volume sales of their products, manufacturers offer significant discounts. This method of business is becoming more common across Europe, particularly in the Nordic countries and Spain.MRG’s new report provides important insight into the reasons behind and extent of the changes in interventional cardiology device pricing. Additionally, the report provides full breakdowns of procedures by type and device unit sales by subtype, including five-year forecasts, up-to-date market shares and in-depth qualitative insights.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | April 01, 2015 Variations in Use of Physician Preference Items Affect Patient Outcomes and Costs UHC has released the findings of a new study that evaluated the use of medical devices based on cost and quality… read more Technology | October 21, 2014 Siemens Gains FDA Clearance of Acuson SC2000 Prime Ultrasound System Siemens Healthcare has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the new Prime edition of… read more News | December 23, 2014 Philips Partners With Image Stream Medical to Expand Integration for Image-guided Therapies Philips has signed an agreement with Image Stream Medical (ISM) that allows Philips to further expand its hybrid suite… read more Technology | March 25, 2015 FDA Clears Toshiba’s CT/Angiography Dual Modality Interventional Lab Imaging System The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Toshiba America Medical Systems new Infinix 4D CT system to… read more Real time radiation dose monitoring in the cath lab enables staff to see their level of exposure any time and can alert them when their levels are spiking. Staff wearing RaySafe i2 real-time dose monitoring badges. News | February 13, 2015 Shimadzu Announces First U.S. Trinias Digital Angiography System Installation Shimadzu Medical Systems announced the first United States installation of its Trinias C-12 crossover system at First… read more News | September 11, 2014 Tax Savings Not Only Benefit to Medtronic-Covidien Deal U.S.-based Medtronic said it would purchase Ireland-based Covidien for $42.9 billion, combining two of the world’s… read more Related Content read more News | July 09, 2009 Economy Forces European Institutions to Select Lower-Priced Interventional Cardiology Devices News | January 15, 2015 Society of Interventional Radiology Launches New Brand Reinforcing Commitment to Develop New Treatments The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) unveiled a new brand for the society and its research organization, the… read more An example of Vital Images’ CT perfusion software, showing an infarct (black) and ischemic defects (dark purple). Data also can be shown on a bulls eye plot. Feature | June 11, 2015 | Dave Fornell CT Perfusion Imaging Ready for Mainstream Cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is known to have excellent anatomical imaging, but has lacked the… read more Feature | May 07, 2015 Real Time Monitoring of Staff Dose in the Cath Lab Physicians and staff working in cath labs are constantly exposed to direct X-ray beams and scatter radiation…. read more Feature | June 12, 2015 Ultrasound to Breakup STEMI Causing Clots in Heart Attack Patients Breakthrough Research Demonstrates Contrast Ultrasound Can be Used as Heart Attack Treatment last_img read more