Diana Finds Work for Crystalia

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk ship owner and operator Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with SwissMarine Services S.A. for one of its Ice Class Panamax vessels, the M/V Crystalia. The gross charter rate for the 2014-built bulker is USD 6,250 per day for a period of minimum 11 months to maximum 14 months. The charter is expected to commence on June 28.The employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 2.06 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter, the company said.The 77,525 dwt Crystalia was previously deployed under a time charter contract with Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam.When compared to the previous charter rate that amounted to USD 9,000 per day, the charter rate is now much lower.Diana’s fleet currently consists of 46 dry bulk vessels. The company also expects to take delivery of one newbuilding Newcastlemax vessel during the third quarter of this year, as as well as one newbuilding Newcastlemax and one newbuilding Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel during the fourth quarter of 2016.last_img read more

UN experts interview Iraqi scientist linked with suspect aluminum tubes

Continuing the search for evidence of Baghdad’s nuclear arms programme, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today privately interviewed a senior engineer in connection with Iraq’s procurement history related to key aluminum tubes.In addition, teams from the United Nations Monitoring, Inspection and Verification Commission (UNMOVIC) inspected a number of sites, including the Al Khadimia and Al Samoud Factories involved in liquid propellant-type missile engine; Al Assma Company, which manufactures Al Fateh missile parts; Al Mutasim Airfield, involved in conducting flight test of a remotely piloted vehicle; Al Ameen Factory, involved in hydrostatic testing of Al Fateh and Al Abour missile motor cases; and Um Al Maarik General Establishment, which manufactures missile and rocket motor cases.”The teams continued to verify Iraq’s declarations and establish a comprehensive monitoring mechanism,” UN spokesman Hiro Ueki told the press in Baghdad.An UNMOVIC chemical team returned to Al Mutanna “in connection with the mustard gas destruction process and took some chemical samples for analysis,” he added. Other UN inspectors probed the Al Zahif Al Kabeer Centre, a chemical plant located approximately 30 kilometres northwest of Baghdad. The plant was set up to extract minerals and chemical compounds from mining and seawater.An UNMOVIC biological team flew by helicopter to Al Fuwayjah, southwest of Kirkuk, and inspected a seed processing facility, while a multidisciplinary team returned to the Hadr Ammunitions Storage Facitity outside Mosul and inspected a large military site. That inspection “focused primarily on artillery and small-calibre munitions,” the spokesman said.The IAEA conducted a car-borne radiation survey in the Samarra area, and inspected Al Nida, a heavy industrial manufacturing plant in Baghdad. Other IAEA experts performed a “no-notice” inspection of Um Al Maarik and then went to Tho Al Fekar, just north of Baghdad, to inspect flow forming equipment and processes. Meanwhile in New York, a blizzard prompted the Security Council to postpone tomorrow’s scheduled open meeting on Iraq from the morning until the afternoon. read more

Aetnas 1stquarter profit slips 4 per cent health insurer raises 2013 forecast

by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2013 6:37 am MDT Aetna’s 1st-quarter profit slips 4 per cent, health insurer raises 2013 forecast AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Aetna’s first-quarter net income fell 4 per cent as acquisition-related costs and rising health care expenses more than offset government business gains for the health insurer.But earnings still topped analysts’ expectations, the company raised its 2013 forecast and said it expects more growth on top of that once it closes the acquisition of fellow insurer Coventry Health Care.Shares of the Hartford, Conn., company reached their highest price in more than five years in Tuesday morning trading after the company announced results.Aetna recorded $24.6 million in after-tax costs in the first quarter tied to the Coventry acquisition. But the insurer expects a healthy return from the $5.7 billion investment.Coventry serves customers in two markets primed for growth. It administers Medicaid, the state and federally funded program that covers the needy and disabled people, and it offers Medicare Advantage plans. Those are subsidized versions of the federal government’s Medicare program for the elderly and also disabled people.Aetna aims to close the deal by the middle of this year, a few months before millions of people are expected to become eligible for expanded Medicaid coverage under the health care overhaul. The acquisition also is expected to strengthen Aetna’s Medicare business as interest in these plans is growing in part because baby boomers are aging.Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini told analysts Tuesday morning that the company has the necessary state regulatory backing to close the deal, but it still needs approval from the U.S. Department of Justice. Once it closes, Aetna expects that Coventry will help its earnings modestly this year, add about 45 cents per share to next year’s adjusted earnings and twice that total in 2015.Aetna Inc. is the nation’s third-largest health insurer, trailing only UnitedHealth Group Inc. and WellPoint Inc. in enrolment. Health insurance is Aetna’s main product, but the company also sells dental, group life and disability coverage.In the first quarter, Aetna earned $490.1 million, down from $511 million last year. Earnings per share climbed to $1.48 this year from $1.43 last year because the company has fewer shares outstanding this year.Adjusted earnings totalled $1.50 per share, not counting items like capital gains. That beat average analyst expectations for earnings of $1.38 per share, according to FactSet.Operating revenue, which also excludes capital gains and interest income, climbed 7 per cent to $9.51 billion. That was short of analyst expectations for $9.56 billion.Health care costs, or the amount Aetna paid in medical claims, jumped 9 per cent to $6.38 billion in the quarter. That is, by far, the company’s largest expense. Aetna officials said higher prices were the main factor behind that jump, not more people using health care.The insurer also recorded a larger gain of $325 million in this year’s quarter because claims left over from previous quarters came in lower than expected, and it could release money it had held in reserve. It recorded a gain of $169 million in last year’s quarter.Enrolment climbed 2 per cent to 18.3 million versus a year ago, largely on gains in the company’s Medicare business, which also includes supplemental coverage for people with Medicare.Aetna now expects 2013 earnings to range between $5.50 and $5.60 per share, up from its previous forecast for at least $5.40. Analysts expected $5.53 per share.Citi analyst Carl McDonald said in a research note that higher guidance was still too low, in part because it doesn’t include Coventry’s results, which he expects to add at least 20 cents per share.Aetna joined WellPoint and another insurer, Health Net Inc., in beating analyst expectations for the first quarter and raising its 2013 earnings forecast.Aetna’s shares rose almost 4 per cent, or $2.20, to $58.36 in midday trading Tuesday after rising as high as $58.39 earlier in the session. That was its highest level since late 2007, according to FactSet. The company’s stock price rose 10 per cent last year to close 2012 at $46.31, and the shares have already gained another 25 per cent so far this year. read more

British CV production up almost a third in first half of 2015

Click through to download the CV manufacturing data for June 2015.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing output grows 29.9% in the first six months of the year.Particularly strong June sees a 54.5% surge in production, with 9,805 commercial vehicles produced.Growth bolstered by both UK and international demand, both of which show strong increases in the year to-date.British commercial vehicle manufacturing grew by more than a quarter in the first six months of the year, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Almost 50,000 CVs were built between January and June – a 29.9% growth compared to the same period in 2014.Growth has been fuelled by demand both in the UK and Europe, with production for the domestic market rising 31.6% and exports recording a 28.3% increase so far in 2015. June saw a particularly robust performance with nearly 10,000 CVs produced – a 54.5% rise.“Today’s figures are encouraging for the sector, with demand for British-built vans, trucks and buses all on the rise,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “The UK commercial vehicle industry has experienced some turbulence in the recent past, with restructuring of some operations and changes to type approval affecting output. It is good to see the recovery continuing, and we are optimistic about the future with demand continuing to grow both in the UK and in Europe.” read more

Ohio State womens basketball splits first 2 games of 201415 season

OSU freshman guard Asia Doss (20) goes for a jump shot over St. Francis freshman guard Maya Wynn (15) during a game Nov. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 113-97. Credit: Tessa DiTirro / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State women’s basketball team opened its season with a loss on the road to Virginia but bounced back with a win in its home opener against St. Francis, 113-97.The Buckeyes kicked off the game with a 22-11 run to take the early lead against St. Francis. The offensive momentum continued for OSU as it held a lead of 15 halfway through the first half.The Red Flash refused to go down, closing out the rest of the half with a 36-20 run. The Buckeyes entered halftime with a lead of 57-55.Coach Kevin McGuff said he wasn’t pleased with what he saw from OSU on the defensive side during the first half.“Our defense wasn’t good enough,” McGuff said. “We had a lot of breakdowns, they were getting too easy of shots.”Both teams traded baskets early on in the second half until the Buckeyes started to pull away with a 14-4 run to take an 84-72 lead about midway through. The Buckeyes continued to ride the momentum for the rest of the half to close out their 16-point victory.Junior guard Ameryst Alston led all scorers with a career-high 39 points to go along with six assists and nine rebounds. Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell added 28 points, six assists and five steals while freshman forward Alexa Hart had 18 points to go with eight blocks.St. Francis played a total of 11 players throughout the game compared to just seven for the shorthanded Buckeyes. Alston said the team had focused prior to the game on how it would handle the substitutions.“They substituted a lot but it’s just a matter of mental toughness and getting back on defense,” Alston said. “We stressed that a lot in pre-game, they like to run and that’s what they did.”Mitchell said that she felt much calmer about playing in her second game as a Buckeye and owes it to some of her older teammates.“Now that I’ve got my first game out the way I’m really relieved actually,” Mitchell said. “With the help of (Ameryst) and Cait (Craft) and all the other veterans they just make it easier and better.”OSU didn’t have the same success when they opened the season on the road against Virginia on Friday.The Cavaliers started the half firing on all cylinders to take a 25-10 lead early. The Buckeyes scored 15 unanswered points to take their first lead of the game. OSU kept the momentum going to take a 43-39 lead at the half.The teams traded runs in the second half but Virginia was able to make the most plays in the final minute to win the game, 87-82.Alston put up 27 points in the loss while Mitchell scored 26 and had four assists.OSU is scheduled return to the court against Georgia on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Retired nurse who sells ice creams from a triccyle claims traders have

She has become a familiar sight along the promenades of Lyme Regis selling mango melbars and cherry bombs from her vintage tricycle.However after it became apparent Marie Amesbury, 46, had only paid £12.25 for a pedlar’s certificate to sell her ice creams, other traders, who pay significantly more for business rates, cried foul play.Before long, Ms Amesbury, a mother of two and former Royal Navy nurse, was accused of “stealing business”. Local traders have since set up a petition to ban her from pedaling ice cream along the sea front while Dorset Police have confirmed they are investigating claims of harassment after Ms Amesbury said she was spat at and threatened.”I have been spat at several times, I’ve been called nasty names, had threats of violence, been followed and photographed and had false allegations made against me,” she said.Sam Hanbury, who along with his wife, owns Baboo Gelato, an award-winning parlour on the sea front, said the “happy eco system” within which they operate had been “challenged”.”We’ve been here two years and we have a really friendly and happy relationship with the other kiosks and restaurants,” he said.“I think it’s unfair, we pay significant rates as does everybody else and if somebody comes to peddle in front of you logically you’re going to be upset.” Another seller added: “I think the problem is that some businesses over the last ten years have tried to do trikes but they have gone through official channels and they haven’t been allowed.“I think a couple of people have approached her to ask how she’s able to do it and it’s just gone downhill from there on both sides.” A petition has been set up to prevent her from selling ice creamsCredit: Source:  She wheels her tricycle up and down the promenade She wheels her tricycle up and down the promenadeCredit: Richard Austin / SWNS There are currently six ice cream sellers on the seafront at Lyme Regis.One ice cream business owner, who did not want to be named, said: “She goes up and and down the whole seafront and a local lady raised it with me that she was concerned about it but I’ve had no dealings with her and it’s had no impact on our business.” A petition has been set up to prevent her from selling ice creams According to Mark Green, deputy town clerk, of Lyme Regis Town Council, Mrs Amesbury’s request to trade along the seafront and in the gardens had been previously refused however she continued to trade without the “council’s consent”.”The council has received several complaints from local traders and we are aware there is a petition calling for a bylaw to be introduced to prevent unauthorised trading in Lyme Regis.”He added that the council has “in no way encouraged anyone who may have subsequently complained about her activities”.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Kasim Kamenica takes charge of RK Lovcen Cetinje

CetinjehandballKasim KamenicaMontenegrian handballRK Lovcen Cetinje ← Previous Story Pick Szeged starts preparations Next Story → BiH champion RK Borac Banja Luka on verge of bankruptcy The best Montenegrian team, RK Lovcen Cetinje has found a new coach – Kasim Kamenica. Experienced coach with many TOP ex-Yu teams in his CV will replace Zoran Abramovic on the bench of the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 8 team in season 2000/2001. Despite poor financial situation, Lovcen made solid results during previous season in which they finished sixth in SEHA League.The first pick for new coach was Veselin Vujovic, but offer wasn’t too good for him. read more

Suicide is not fashion Burberry apologises for creating hoodie with nooseshaped strings

first_img Feb 20th 2019, 10:05 AM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE and chief creative officer of Burberry have apologised after a hoodie with strings tied in the shape of a noose was shown on the company’s London Fashion Week runway.The hoodie surfaced after Sunday’s show, when a model hired to walk along the runway, but not wear the outfit, complained both before the show and then on Instagram, saying the noose not only evoked lynchings but also suicide.Marco Gobbetti, the brand’s CEO, said in a statement that Burberry was “deeply sorry for the distress” the top has caused and has removed it from the autumn-winter collection, along with all images featuring the look.Riccardo Tisci, Burberry’s creative director, also apologised, saying “while the design was inspired by a nautical theme, I realize that it was insensitive”.Model Liz Kennedy took to Instagram the day of the show, posting a photo of the hoodie with a long message directed at Burberry and Tisci.“Suicide is not fashion,” she wrote.“It is not glamorous nor edgy and since this show is dedicated to the youth expressing their voice, here I go.“Riccardo Tisci and everyone at Burberry it is beyond me how you could let a look resembling a noose hanging from a neck out on the runway.“Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either.”Her post has prompted dozens of negative social media comments directed at Burberry and Tisci.The collection, called ‘Tempest’, is Tisci’s second for the brand.The clothes were a mix of classic, severely tailored ensembles to more trendy street-inspired looks aimed at younger consumers.Kennedy and other critics said the company should have known better.“A massive brand like Burberry who is typically considered commercial and classy should not have overlooked such an obvious resemblance.“I left my fitting extremely triggered after seeing this look. Feeling as though I was right back where I was when I was going through an experience with suicide in my family,” she wrote on Instagram.She said she asked to speak to somebody about it and was told to write a letter.“I had a brief conversation with someone but all that it entailed was ‘It’s fashion. Nobody cares about what’s going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself.’”The gaffe comes after Gucci removed a sweater from the market last week after complaints that the oversized collar designed to cover the face resembled blackface makeup.In December, Prada stopped selling baubles that also prompted complaints of racist imagery.Those two companies have announced initiatives to foster cultural diversity and awareness among their employees to avoid future missteps.If you need to talk, support is available:Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.ieAware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)Pieta House 1800 247 247 or email mary@pieta.ie (suicide, self-harm)Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s) By Associated Press Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 10:05 AM 34,765 Views https://jrnl.ie/4503083 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Vianney Le Caer/Associated Presscenter_img A model wears a controversial hoodie by Burberry at the Autumn/Winter 2019 fashion week runway show in London Short URL Share134 Tweet Email2 44 Comments A model wears a controversial hoodie by Burberry at the Autumn/Winter 2019 fashion week runway show in London Image: Vianney Le Caer/Associated Press ‘Suicide is not fashion’: Burberry apologises for creating hoodie with noose-shaped strings The hoodie debuted during London Fashion Week.last_img read more

Carbon tax fears on the rise

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tony Giannakis, co-owner of Port Melbourne’s celebrated restaurant The Graham isn’t against the carbon tax as such. “Its intentions are good but it’s the application which is incorrect,” says Giannakis, who has carefully nurtured his business over the past 12 years to become one of south Melbourne’s top dining experiences. Previously the manager of Andrew Blake’s restaurant at Southgate, Tony took the plunge in 2000 to create The Graham. Of Cepahalonian heritage, he grew up in Middle Park, a stone’s throw from the hotel that he has reinvented with brother Peter. Since then, their elegant bayside restaurant and wine bar has quietly carved out its position as a seriously fine dining experience, with a slant on customer service that these days is hard to find. The introduction of the carbon tax for Giannakis like thousands of other restaurateurs, is the latest obstacle to threaten not just growing, but sustaining his business. While domestic consumers can access the government’s household assistance package to help offset the effects of the carbon tax, small businesses don’t have that option. Despite the government talking-up the help it is offering businesses – comprising an asset write-off limit increased to $6,500 and access to a $40 million Energy Efficiency Information Grants program, Giannakis is unimpressed. “We’ve been around since 2000. How much more asset depreciation is there to claim? It doesn’t gain me much. “We’ve calculated that our energy usage currently costs us nearly $30,000 a year. In five years this cost has probably doubled.” With commercial energy bills once again about to increase by between five and ten per cent, Giannakis is concerned. “Our business is dependent on phase power – coffee machines, dishwashers, cool rooms, and air conditioning – there’s no way to avoid this kind of energy intensive technology.” Whereas other industries will respond to the carbon tax by raising prices to the customer, Giannakis says that isn’t an option open to restaurateurs. “We can’t raise prices because this is such a price sensitive industry. The moment you hit over $20 for an entree, people don’t want to know. We have to absorb these costs. The problem is, how much can we absorb? “The national net average for profits in the restaurant trade is four per cent. If that figure goes down, there’s nothing left.” Giannakis points out that whilst the government’s intention is to motivate businesses to cut energy usage, there’s only so much any business can do. “Other than convert every halogen downlight to LED in the next few years, at a substantial cost, there’s nothing more we can do. We’ve had energy consultants in and been reducing energy use for the last five years.” Giannakis argues that the only hope is for the government to accept that to survive and grow as the carbon tax bites, small businesses need a helping hand. “Assistance has to come in tax concessions, and those concessions have to be real,” says Giannakis. Meanwhile in the manufacturing sector, many small businesses facing a sluggish retail economy and competition from imports made cheaper by the high value of the Australian dollar, see the impending costs of the carbon tax as deeply worrying. Stace Karakis, owner of Victorian furniture manufacturer Total Bedroom which employs 27 workers at its Laverton factory is despondent. “We’re struggling now to keep paying our bills and the carbon tax is going to make it even harder,” says Karakis. “If I wasn’t so committed financially I would have closed the company down.” Karakis, whose company supplies Harvey Norman, says that costs for manufacturers are increasing, even before energy costs have increased. “Our suppliers, companies like Wattyl are putting their prices up already. Of course I’m also concerned about our power bill. We’re currently spending about $10,000 a quarter on electricity.” “We don’t need the carbon tax. It’s not going to make a difference. Here we are selling coal to the Chinese to burn it, and what’s that produce? The government would do better to stop selling them coal and reduce their use of it that way, rather than charging us for carbon emissions.” Karakis believes that government intervention is crucial to sustaining manufacturing as the carbon tax rolls out. “We need some assistance from wherever we can get it. In the furniture industry there have been hundreds of companies that have closed down.” Just weeks in, uncertainty continues over just how expensive the carbon tax will be for small businesses. Quite what the final reckoning might be of the Gillard government’s arguably boldest and certainly most controversial legislation, remains to be seen.last_img read more

Changes proposed by InterHealth Canada Govt Approves

first_imgTop of the list, the Hospital wants to take over and further develop the blood bank including keeping it filled by better managing blood donations; they want to introduce tele-radiology to deal with the overwhelming need and demand for diagnostic imaging without the high cost of contracting a specialist; the Hospitals wants to buy hysteroscopy equipment; this allows advanced treatment in gynecology, with a minimally invasive tool to give better visuals and more thorough care to women.  Another change calls for expanding the dialysis unit; unfortunately the demand in this department is soaring. Since 2010, there are 50% more patients in Grand Turk in need of dialysis treatment, 65% more patients in Provo and there is need now for a full time Nephrologist.  Truly relevant in a world coping with viruses like Zika, the purchase of a Polymerase Chain Reactor Machine and Associated Equipment will help in more quickly detecting diseases in the blood.  There was assurance in that media release from the TCI Hospitals today that all blood is now also screened for the Zika Virus. Related Items:all blood screened for zika virus in TCI, and introduce better machines, hospital looking to keep blood bank full, interhealth canada to improve health care services and expand Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant, Medical Services Chief for TCIG said, “It is important that the services keep pace with increases in patient volume as well as technology. It is our mandate to ensure high quality patient care and value for money. Patient Safety is our priority.”All requests for change were approved at Cabinet; now the Ministry of Health has to come up with the money to pay for them. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 20, 2016 – Interhealth Canada or the TCI Hospitals is seeking to expand, and they say, to improve health care services to the TCI public.  Last week Cabinet agreed to their proposals to change how some things are done, which will require amendments to the current agreement between Interhealth and TCIG and it will cost more money. last_img read more

Report Dortmund to rival Bayern Munich for Timo Werner

first_imgBorussia Dortmund have reportedly joined the race for the signature of RB Leipzig star Timo WernerThe 22-year-old forward is highly-rated in German football and has been strongly linked with a switch to Bayern Munich.Last week, Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff announced he will sell Werner if he refuses to sign a contract extension due to his current deal expiring in June 2020.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.But Bild reports that Bayern may be set for some hefty competition from title rivals Dortmund in the battle for Werner’s services.The report adds that Dortmund believe the Germany international will fit in well in their system due to his explosive pace, quick feet and scoring ability.Premier League sides Liverpool and Tottenham have also been linked with a move for Werner, who has scored 11 times in 17 Bundesliga games for Leipzig this season.last_img read more

Crews finish I5 Bridge repairs

first_imgMaintenance crews finished counterweight repairs to the Interstate 5 Bridge early Friday, bringing the southbound span back to full strength for the first time in three months.The job didn’t come without impact to Friday’s morning commute. As workers wrapped up the fourth consecutive overnight closure, they didn’t open the southbound side of the bridge until about 5:30 a.m., according to the Oregon Department of Transportation — a half-hour later than expected. That was enough to snarl the freeway as motorists made their way from Vancouver to Portland.“That created a problem, and it created a traffic problem,” ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton said.Crews replaced two of the rollers that help guide the bridge’s nearly 700-ton concrete counterweights up and down during a lift. The rollers on the north tower of the southbound span were detached from their track — a problem first discovered in March. As a result, the southbound side of the bridge couldn’t move as fast, causing longer delays when it rose for a bridge lift.ODOT worked with an architectural and engineering firm to replace the rollers and make sure the counterweight was positioned correctly. As of Friday morning, the problem was fixed, Hamilton said. The southbound span is once again able to move at full speed and full range, he said.“We don’t anticipate any further closures for the immediate future,” he said.An estimated cost of the repairs was not immediately available Friday, he said.Much of Friday morning’s work involved test lifts to make sure the bridge could reach its full capabilities, partially contributing to the delay in reopening it. Follow-up work may close the bridge again in the fall, but that’s not expected to happen any sooner, Hamilton said.last_img read more

Army Completes First Award under Renewable Energy MATOC

first_imgThe Army on Thursday awarded a contract to SunPower Corp. to build a solar plant at Redstone Arsenal outside of Huntsville, Ala., expected to generate 18,000 megawatt hours of energy annually.The project marks the first power purchase agreement solicited through the $7 billion renewable energy multiple award task order contract (MATOC) awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, in 2013. The project includes a 27-year renewable energy services agreement and lease with SunPower.The Army initially selected SunPower for the contract on Dec. 4, 2014. Since then, the two parties have been negotiating the technical and legal requirements of the project, according a news release.The project, which will be built on 66 acres at Redstone, is expected to be operational by December 2016. The Army will purchase power from the solar photovoltaic facility at a cost equal to or less than current electricity costs. Energy generated by the plant will be consumed entirely by Redstone Arsenal and will generate enough power to supply about 1,650 homes.The system will be designed as microgrid-ready so it can be connected to a future microgrid and enhance the overall energy security of the installation.“While the MATOC can be used to award renewable energy projects on DOD installations, it’s fitting that the first project awarded under the MATOC be in our backyard,” said Col. Robert Ruch, commander of the Corps’ Huntsville Center. “Our team will be able to watch the progress of the project from start to finish. … Every renewable energy project we help implement brings our Army closer to its energy goals and further strengthens our energy security,” Ruch said.The Army Corps collaborated with the Army Office of Energy Initiatives and Redstone Arsenal on the project. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Gucci Mane Details New 2017 Album Produced In 2 Days

first_imgScheduled for release on Dec. 22, El Gato … comes just two months after Gucci’s 11th studio album, Mr. Davis.  The release caps off a banner year for Guwop, during which he released an acclaimed mixtape with Metro Boomin (DropTopWop), released his autobiography and hinted at more literary efforts to come, met his favorite author in person, got married in a star-studded celebrity-filled event that helped launch a reality show, launched a new clothing line, and embarked on the first-ever tour of his lengthy career. News Gucci Mane Details New 2017 Album Produced In 2 Days Twitter Following hints that the rapper was considering taking the impendent route and opening up the floodgates on a huge arsenal of unreleased music, Gucci instead inked a $10 million contract extension with Atlantic Records this past September. He subsequently tweeted his thanks to the label, adding ,”I’m naming my next album #El Gato the #HumanGlacier I wanna make 10 mo million for my honeymoon #1017.”Eminem Drops New Track “Untouchable,” Reveals Album Track List & ArtRead more Email The new LP comes just two months after the release of the rapper’s 11th studio album, ‘Mr. Davis’Brian HaackGRAMMYs Dec 11, 2017 – 5:24 pm The always-prolific Gucci Mane has announced an official release date for his third major full-length release of 2017.In his announcement via Twitter, the Atlanta rapper also revealed that the forthcoming album, titled El Gato The Human Glacier, consists of 10 tracks produced in their entirety by Southside (of 808 Mafia fame) in the span of just two days.  Gucci Mane Will Release New Album Before Year End gucci-mane-details-new-2017-album-produced-2-days Facebook last_img read more

CITU to fight against Centres antipeople policies

first_imgVisakhapatnam: The members of CITU, Greater Visakha Nagar Committee on Saturday took out a rally in the city marking the beginning of the three-day All India Trade Union Congress national executive meeting. Speaking on the occasion, CITU State president Ch Narasinga Rao said the organisation would wage a relentless struggle against the lopsided policies of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. Accusing the Centre of suppressing the rights of workers, the trade union leader said the Centre was trying to favour the corporate sector ignoring the public sector undertakings. The budget presented by Centre clearly reflects this, he alleged.last_img read more

Ending Temporary Protection For Foreign Workers Could Hurt US Rebuilding Efforts

first_imgJoe Raedle/Getty ImagesConstruction workers at a site in Miami. Thousands of construction workers in the U.S. face the elimination of their temporary protected status and the prospect of deportation.The Trump administration has been eliminating some protections that allow more than 300,000 people to live and work in the U.S. under what is known as temporary protected status. Many could face deportation when their status expires.An estimated 50,000 of them work in the construction industry, concentrated in areas like Texas, Florida and California that are recovering from hurricanes and wildfires and where labor shortages in construction are especially acute.For decades, administrations routinely renewed temporary protected status, enabling those already residing in the U.S. to remain, because their home countries were ravaged by war or disaster.Pedro Serritos has legally worked in the U.S. since he settled in Houston as a young man to escape the poverty and aftermath of civil war in El Salvador. Nearly 20 years later, he has worked his way up to construction supervisor. He has a mortgage, a wife and three children.“We’re paying the house; we’re kind of established here right now,” he says. “But if we lose that status, I’m gonna lose my job.”Serritos’ wife, a restaurant worker, is also in limbo as one of 57,000 Hondurans who may also lose their status. If that happens, Serritos says they will likely have to move — but preferably not back to El Salvador, where crime runs rampant.He says his wife worries; he tries to avoid thinking about it.“I don’t want to get depressed,” he says.Last month, the Trump administration lifted protections for about 53,000 workers from Haiti and Nicaragua. It will decide the fate of nearly 200,000 Salvadorans early next year.The administration is making these moves in defiance of the business community. The Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Home Builders and other groups have lobbied to keep TPS workers. The groups say the workers are playing a big role in recovery efforts following hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the California wildfires.“I have worked on TPS issues for a long time and I have never known industry to come out in support of TPS workers really in these kind of numbers ever before,” says Royce Murray, policy director for the American Immigration Council, which is advocating on behalf of the workers.The issue has united groups normally in opposition — the left and right, industry and labor.Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst for the libertarian Cato Institute, says there is no economic justification for ending TPS.“These workers are not competing with very many Americans in the labor force,” he says. “The economy is growing very rapidly in the United States. American firms and consumers want to employ these folks.”Nowrasteh says forcing workers to sell their homes or work underground would have other business impacts: The workers would make less in wages, have little access to loans, and therefore spend less on goods and services.He agrees with the liberal-leaning think tank Center for American Progress, which estimates ending TPS would mean losing $164 billion in economic growth over a decade.Nowrasteh also notes that TPS workers pay taxes but aren’t eligible for welfare and food stamps, “so they’re leaving and taking their production with them, taking their output with them; taking their work with them is a total net loss and there’s no kind of savings on the taxpayer side.”Serritos, the construction supervisor, works for Marek, a large commercial and residential construction firm that operates throughout the Southeast and employs 2,000 full-time workers and an additional 4,000 contractors.Mike Holland, Marek’s chief operating officer, says immigration and TPS both create huge workforce headaches for him. He knows of 30 TPS workers who could be affected.“I was shocked,” he says. “What happens if [Serrito] loses his status, and the truth is we both get hammered. I mean, the pipeline is pinched, and there’s really just not access to more labor.”Marek verifies its employees’ legal status through an automated system. Holland says ending the status will benefit companies that aren’t as ethical.“What happens is we lose a valued resource, struggle to meet the expectations of our clients, and then feed a resource to a competitor who will beat us with our own people, and doing it illegitimately,” he says. “It’s really not cool.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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first_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Content The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | January 31, 2013 Analogic Plans Accelerated Expansion Into Point-of-Care Market With Ultrasonix Acquisition Combination of BK Medical and Ultrasonix builds strong ultrasound product portfoliocenter_img News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). January 31, 3013 — Analogic Corp. is acquiring Ultrasonix Medical Corp., a supplier of ultrasound systems for point-of-care and general imaging applications. Ultrasonix has more than 5,000 systems installed worldwide, and would bring key ultrasound products, technology and sales channels that are complementary to Analogic’s ultrasound business.”Once the acquisition is complete, Ultrasonix will be a significant contributor to Analogic’s Ultrasound Group,” said Farley Peechatka, senior vice president and general manager, global ultrasound business, Analogic. “With a solid installed base, superb portfolio of ultrasound products, unique GPS technology for needle guidance and intuitive graphical user interface, Ultrasonix will help accelerate our presence and growth in point-of-care applications in developed countries, and general imaging in emerging markets. We will continue to improve and advance both the Ultrasonix and BK Medical product lines to ensure that existing and new customers get the best products, support and service that we can offer.”Analogic and Ultrasonix are recognized as two of the world’s leading producers of portable, procedure-driven, guided ultrasound technology. Founded in 2000, Ultrasonix has a broad portfolio of both portable and cart-based ultrasound systems with a recognized brand used primarily for point-of-care applications such as emergency medicine, anesthesia and reproductive medicine, as well as general imaging in emerging markets. Analogic’s BK Medical ultrasound solutions are used to improve the practice of medicine in procedure-driven markets — urology, surgery and anesthesia. BK Medical’s products, including its award-winning Flex Focus family of systems and unique transducer designs, offer advanced imaging capabilities that enable real-time image guidance in an easy-to-use, portable platform.”We are eager to bring these comprehensive and complementary product portfolios together for an even stronger suite of advanced ultrasound systems for customers of both companies,” said Lars Shaw, vice president of global marketing at Analogic. “In the point-of-care market, we believe our combined Anesthesia product portfolio will be much stronger. We anticipate that Ultrasonix will also complement our existing BK Medical urology and surgery product portfolio for both the hospital and office-based practice. We will continue to support Ultrasonix reproductive medicine customers with innovative technologies. Ultrasonix general imaging products are targeted for fast growing, emerging markets, which should allow us to better address emerging markets with a strong product portfolio.”The acquisition transaction is expected to close in late February 2013.For more information, visit www.analogic.com, www.ultrasonix.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read morelast_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | October 14, 2014 FDA Clears Kubtec’s Breast Specimen Tomosynthesis System The new system provides shorter surgeries using less anesthesia Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Image courtesy of Imago Systems read more October 14, 2014 ­– Kubtec, a developer of digital specimen radiography systems, marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the U.S. FDA approved, Mozart with TomoSpec, the only breast specimen radiography system with tomosynthesis technology. In providing the most comprehensive analysis of excised breast tissue in a specimen radiography system, Mozart can help reduce re-excision and patient call back rates. The speed and method with which the high resolution image slices are acquired mean shorter surgeries and less anesthesia time for the patient, lowering the risk of infection in hospitals. “Mozart with TomoSpec allows 3-D margin assessment in one step, without turning and repositioning the specimen container,” said Kubtec President Vikram Butani. “The system captures an entire data set in less time than it takes to acquire multiple 2-D images. This is critical for delivering a higher level of care to women undergoing surgery for breast cancer.”Mozart with TomoSpec is a mobile system that can be located in radiology, pathology or surgery. Images can be viewed in seconds with wireless transmission to PACS or directly on the system’s monitor.“Mozart with TomoSpec provides a quantum leap forward in intraoperative specimen radiography, elevating the standard of care,” said Chester Lowe, Ph.D., FACR, director of research and development at Kubtec.The system offers risk reduction, enhanced throughput, superior imaging capability, increased efficiency and ease of use for surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and healthcare facilities.This product is available worldwide.For more information visit: www.kubtec.com/mozart. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire.last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his third year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.“Looking forward to seeing how we practice after a day off.  We didn’t do a very good job of that in the spring, so we’ve kind of addressed that.  Start now to have good Wednesday practices during the season after days off and not lose any time.  We’ll see how we come out.  We should have good energy and ready to go.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo What is your evaluation of new defensive coordinator James Bettcher“He’s doing a great job.  I think the best way to evaluate him is to talk to the players, and I think they’re all excited.”How much is helping Bettcher to be able to call plays during practice“It’s huge.  It’s the training camp part for a coach.  Myself, trying to break some old tendencies I might have that they think they know against me.  It’s the fun of camp, those last 20 minutes or 30 minutes of actually playing a game without tackling.  It’s invaluable experience.  If you don’t put a guy in that situation then he’s only going to have the preseason games.  Now, he’s getting a good taste.  We’ll  probably have three or four more before we ever play a preseason game and then get another one every week.”Do some of your players not get the no-tackling allowed in practice“Yeah, some guys don’t get to practice after they tackle.  They get their ass kicked off the field.” – / 25 Head coach Bruce Arians looks on at Arizona Cardinals Training Camp in Glendale Monday, August 3, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Top Stories Comments   Share   What have you seen out of John Brown so far in camp“John Brown, I think, is playing faster than he ever played last year because he knows what he’s doing.  No hesitation.   He sees coverage.  He’s sees blitzes and all those things.  He’s playing extremely well right now.”How is the running back situation playing out behind Andre Ellington“Well, right now Kerwynn Williams is having a heck of a camp, and I trust Kerwynn with everything as far as playing running back.  Now he’s not the receiver that Andre is or David (Johnson).  Now, David is got to get on the field.  He hasn’t put pads on yet, so we’ll find out whenever he gets back out there.  Robert Hughes is having a solid camp, as has Stepfan (Taylor).  Stepfan is as steady as there is, but right now, Kerwynn is leading the pack.”What is your plan for Saturday’s red-white practice“We’ll have a normal practice and then have our short-yardage and goal-line scrimmage. I’m still seeing who’s available, whether or not the young guys will actually scrimmage each other.  We would never scrimmage our top guys; only tackling will be short-yardage and goal-line.”How is LaMarr Woodley coming along “Now that we have pads—he was one of those guys that needed his pads on.  He’s a bull rusher and he’s been collapsing the pocket pretty good.  Picking up the system pretty solid and it looks like he’s fixing to get in the mix pretty good.”What about the quarterbacks behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton“They’re like a roller-coaster ride.  They’re good one minute—not one day, one minute, and then bad the next.  They need to get some level of consistency throughout the camp and there’s limited reps so it’s hard to blow them when you get them.”What kind of locker room influence does a player like Frostee Rucker have“Huge.  Huge leader; well respected, one of the top guys.”What have you been able to see out of Justin Bethel at corner“He’s doing a nice job.  He’s playing with a lot more confidence; gotten his hands on some balls.  He’s been a victim of some flat, perfect throws a couple of times when he’s had them covered like a blanket and Drew or Carson is putting it right on the outside hand.  I really like where he’s at.  He turned into a heck of a blitzer last year.  We’re not using him quite in that role, yet.  His role on defense should expand.”last_img read more