EDMONTON – The Oilers Entertainment Group has decided not to submit a bid to keep the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton.Oilers spokesman Tim Shipton says they couldn’t find a business model they felt would be successful, so OEG is now working on a new western lifestyle festival at Rogers Place for next winter.The CFR was a staple at the Edmonton Northlands Coliseum for 44 years, but the facility’s impending closure means it needs to find a new home.The City of Red Deer submitted a bid in December to become the CFR’s next host, but the move has not been confirmed.The annual Farm Fair exhibition, which ran alongside the CFR for decades, will continue at Edmonton’ Expo Centre.The hotel association in Edmonton says Farm Fair alone attracts about 90,000 people to the Alberta capital each year.“At the end of the day, we looked at a lot of different options,” said Shipton. “We have forgone the opportunity to submit a bid proposal for 2018 for CFR. It wasn’t an easy decision but we do feel it was the right one.”“I think it (CFR) holds a special part in a lot of people’s eyes, just because it’s been there for so long, and it was a good rodeo,” said steer wrestler Cody Cassidy. “As far back as a little kid I can remember going there to watch my dad compete.”Canadian Professional Rodeo Association general manager Jeff Robson said Red Deer is one option for a new CFR home.“We’re going to work on coming through with what we think is the best proposal for the CPRA, for our contestants, and hopefully for the new community that we move to,” he said.Red Deer would mean a smaller venue with fewer seats, but Cassidy said he wants assurances that the prize money remains attractive.“To grow the sport you need the money there for the younger guys coming up and carry on this western way of life.” (CTV Edmonton)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for India today to attend a two day Buddhist conference, his office said.Rajapaksa is to attend the two day conference which begins tomorrow, as the chief guest. Former Foreign Minister, Professor G.L Peiris, is among those accompanying the former President on the Indian visit. (Colombo Gazette)
OSU junior midfielder Zach Mason (7) dribbles a ball during a game against Akron on Sept. 24 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 3-1. Credit: Lantern File Photo“He is an incredible athlete, a dedicated student and the best captain I’ve ever played with.” That’s what former Ohio State soccer player and fellow center midfielder Yianni Sarris had to say about senior Zach Mason. “Mason is one of the best teammates a player could possibly want to have on their team,” Sarris said. “The work ethic he brings to the facility each day is unbelievable.” Having already participated in 59 games in his three years with the Buckeyes, the senior has yet to miss a single match at midfield, making it a simple decision for coach John Bluem to announce that Mason will be a captain once again this season — one of three for the Buckeyes.“It’s a great honor to be given the responsibility again to be captain of this team,” Mason said. “Not many guys get to be captain twice and I’m fortunate to have this opportunity. I think we have a group of players that can push themselves toward a championship this season.”The Galena, Ohio, native is a graduate of Big Walnut High School and the Columbus Crew Academy, serving as captain for both. One could say the role of captain has become a part of his character.“That’s just the type of guy he is,” Sarris said. “I had the privilege to not only play in the midfield with him for three years, but also the honor to go to work every day having my locker next to him. He taught me so much on and off the field.”But for Mason, his success has never been a one-man effort. The senior was quick to acknowledge his teammates, admiring their motivation and determination to make the team victorious. “We’re returning a lot of players, so it’s exciting to have a lot of guys back this season and the new guys have shown they have a lot to add this season,” Mason said. “We just have a really solid group and that’s hopefully going to set us up to win some trophies this season.”Mason said the team has worked hard and is locked in to be successful this season.“It’s not on me to have set anybody up, it’s just making sure everyone is tuned in and focused; but we have a really good group of guys that know what we have to do — win,” Mason said.Last season, as a first-time captain, Mason led the Buckeyes to the NCAA tournament, making it to the second round before losing 2-1 to top-ranked Notre Dame.Bluem was quick to point out the Buckeyes’ success in 2014, saying the experience could help the team this season.“The guys got a taste of it; that’s a good thing to gain some experience,” Bluem said. “They’ve played in the NCAA tournament, playing in some very big games like that. That can help this group be better this season.”Bluem added that the success in 2014 now encourages the team to set its goals a little bit higher and pushes the players to challenge themselves to do better than they did a year ago.Now in his 19th season as head coach of the soccer team, Bluem explained that finding consistency is the key for his team to harness its previous momentum.“Consistency … that’s what you want to find in your program every year. We want to be great, we don’t want to be average,” Bluem said.The Buckeyes are now getting into their 2015 schedule, starting this weekend in the annual Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic. Mason seemed confident about the upcoming season, saying that the intensity from preseason has heightened as opening weekend approaches.“There’s more bite and excitement around everybody now because it’s the real deal now,” Mason said. “It’s way more competitive. We are just ready to get the win and have a great season.”Mason isn’t the only captain guiding the team this year. The senior will be joined by senior defender Liam Doyle and junior defender Tyler Kidwell.The Buckeyes are scheduled to open their season against Cal State Fullerton at 7:30 p.m. on Friday before playing host to Binghamton on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
OSU junior attacker Austin Shanks (11) during a game against Michigan on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorSenior attacker Carter Brown’s three goals on Sunday were not enough, as the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (6-8, 1-3) lost to No. 5 Maryland (11-2, 4-0) by a score 10-8 in College Park, Maryland.Brown continued his hot play of late, scoring three goals to follow up his two-goal, two-assist performance against Michigan on April 16 in the Showdown in the Shoe.The loss is part of a roller-coaster season for OSU in which the Buckeyes won five of their first six games, lost six in a row, then won in front of more than 20,000 fans against Michigan last week.Maryland started the day’s scoring when junior attacker Matt Rambo recorded his first of two goals to give the Terrapins the early lead.OSU responded when senior midfielder Jarret Hassfeld scored his first of two goals in the game and first of the season to even up the score.After a second goal by Maryland, OSU went on a 4-1 run, capped by a goal from sophomore midfielder Trevor Hodgins to take a 5-3 lead early in the second quarter.Maryland flipped the switch, though, and rattled off seven straight goals to take a 10-5 lead in the third quarter. Senior midfielder Bryan Cole and junior midfielder Colin Heacock scored two goals apiece during the run. The second goal was Heacock’s 30th on the season, a team-high for Maryland.OSU went on a 3-0 run to cut the lead to 10-8, the third being Brown’s third goal of the game with 9:14 left in the fourth quarter. However, senior goalie Kyle Bernlohr and the Maryland defense clamped down in the time remaining, sealing in the Maryland win.Bernlohr had six saves on the day, while OSU redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey had eight.The Buckeyes won 11 of 19 faceoffs in the game, but nine OSU turnovers led to a time-of-possession advantage for the Terrapins.The loss brings the Scarlet and Gray’s record to 1-3 in the Big Ten going into their final game of the season against Rutgers.Penn State also has a 1-3 record but holds the tiebreaker over the Buckeyes because of the Nittany Lions’ head-to-head win in April.With only one spot left up for grabs in the Big Ten tournament, OSU will need a win against Rutgers and Penn State to lose against Michigan on Saturday.The game against Rutgers is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Columbus.
In 2014, BEUMER Group looked back on yet another successful year with a turnover of €680 million. The company says “this was possible because [it] continued to concentrate on its core business capabilities, to be innovative, and consistently to pursue its strategic policy of globalisation. A considerable portion of the credit for all this must go to the shared values of this family-owned company. They are the basis for the system provider’s successful integration of some 4,100 employees, each of whom comes from different cultures and backgrounds, and of those, in particular, who have joined the group as a result of its corporate acquisitions. This year, BEUMER Group celebrates its 80th anniversary.”With innovative system solutions for intralogistics in conveying and loading technology, palletising and packaging technology as well as sorting and distribution systems, BEUMER has established an excellent position in the world market. These solutions are applied in various industries such as cement, lime and gypsum, agriculture and mining, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, energy, food and beverage and also in airports and logistics centres. “We can only achieve a high level of customer satisfaction and a sustainable, successful market presence when the whole team is involved in the corporate strategy in the long term,” explains Dr Christoph Beumer, Chairman and CEO. He has been managing the family business since 2000, now in the third generation. On December 9, 1935, the 33-year-old Bernhard Beumer started his first work day as an entrepreneur with four employees. Until then, he had been working for a conveying technology company in Essen. One of his most important seed assets, aside from his courage and determination, was the experience he gained as a repair mechanic for conveying technology, working in the mining industry in the Ruhr area before completing his degree in engineering. He had long entertained the idea of being independent and founding his own business. When he learned that a vacant factory building in his hometown of Beckum was up for sale, he seized this opportunity. The classic conveying technology formed the foundation of his business. As a young senior engineer, he knew the business, as well as the customer’s needs. Already when founding his new company, he brought with him his first orders from the building materials, cement and mining industries. A considerable step towards the success of BEUMER conveying technology was his development of the idler with labyrinth seal. The founder of the company had this innovation patented and integrated it further into other products. From this idler, he derived the company logo which is still used today: The circle represents the cross section of the idler’s tube, the arrow is the idler axle and its direction of running. The company continued to grow, employing about 100 people at the outbreak of WWII. Not only the company founder, but also his eldest son bears the name Bernhard Beumer. It was an obvious choice for the son to follow in his father’s footsteps. After completing studies in mechanical engineering, he worked at his father’s side for 18 years and took over the company after his father’s death in 1981. In the field of conveying technology, he particularly pursued the development of bucket elevators. He quickly realised that a chain as a traction element was too heavy. Its net weight cancels out a major portion of its tractive force. By this time, BEUMER was already an expert in belt conveying technology. This gave Bernhard Beumer the idea of using a belt as the traction element for bucket elevators. He used a belt with steel wires to ensure that the buckets are reliably fixed to the belt. He arranged the steel wires so that there are wire-free zones. Holes can be punched into these zones to fasten the buckets tightly to the belt. With these bucket elevators, BEUMER created a conveying technology which allows for considerably higher speeds and greater centre distances. BEUMER’s current belt bucket elevators allow centre distances of 178 m or more. By the mid-1980s, the supplier had installed about 100 systems altogether, in 2007 and 2008 there were about 450 installed per year, world-wide. Besides the product development in the field of conveying technology, Bernhard Beumer Jr. also continued the initial development of loading systems and set BEUMER on a decisive path for the globalisation of the group, founding companies in Brazil, the USA and Asia. In the 1960s, BEUMER laid the foundation for curved belt conveying systems. The first theoretical designs on the market were from the company’s Department for Research and Development. Today this group is one of the technological leaders for these systems, either as troughed belt conveyors with open design or as pipe conveyors. One particularly impressive reference project is the 12.5 km long troughed belt conveyor in the Chinese province of Sichuan, which was put into operation in 2008 and currently conveys about 2,200 t of limestone from the quarry to the cement plant. Its routing features several vertical and horizontal curves. The system traverses 1.5 km of water surface and extensive bamboo forests, and overcome heights of up to 100 m. For the same project, BEUMER Group has now been awarded the contract to supply and install another conveyor of similar size, and the customer is already planning a third expansion phase. In the field of loading technology, Bernhard Beumer Jr. developed new products, such as the three-dimensional loading machine for loading cement bags onto trucks. This relieved the physical burden of the workers. In the 1970s, the engineers further developed this machine until it became completely automated. The stationary palletiser is a result of this development. Today, the BEUMER paletpac stacks paper, PE and PP bags on pallets of different sizes in a flexible, precise and stable way. Depending on the product requirements, it can be equipped with a clamp-type turning device or a twin-belt turning device. The latter allows gentle, fast and precise stacking of bagged bulk material on pallets. The BEUMER stretch hood is a well proven high capacity packaging system that then packages the palletised stacks efficiently and economically. Since 2000, Dr.-Ing. Christoph Beumer, the founder’s grandson, has been managing the company. “The success is primarily due to the familial spirit. We have consistently held to our motto ‘We are looking for the long-term success, and not for the short-term profit’,” he says. BEUMER says it “ensures the long-term success of the company through manageable growth, a large range of products and a global market presence.” Its machines and systems are in use all around the world. The group consistently pursues its globalisation, by setting up local group companies, and even local production facilities in China and Thailand. And what about the integration of the very diverse cultures? The CEO views this as a chance to learn from each other. “We want to create a working environment where everyone respects each other’s individuality,” he emphasises. And due to the fact that the local employees in the group companies speak the same language as their customers, the customers feel understood. This creates a high level of customer retention. BEUMER not only provides and installs machines and systems; with highly capable specialists deployed around the globe, the company also aims to ensure trouble-free operation worldwide. BEUMER Group has established a fourth, independent business unit, in the form of its Customer Support unit. The group thus ensures high levels of availability for its customers’ machines and systems. Its specialists take care of the customer, starting with the first project discussion, up until the system is in operation. Customer Support offers various service agreements which are matched individually to the respective needs of the customer, including service intervals and response times as agreed by contract. The agreements can range from maintenance and inspection to a long-term placement of service personnel on site. “I view the company as a little jewel case,” explains Dr Beumer when speaking of the company history. “When my grandfather founded it, it was no more than a little wooden box. He added some velvet lining to it and then handed it over to the second generation, my father, who added some more and embellished it further.” And following this tradition, the jewel box was then handed over to Dr Christoph Beumer. His belief is that if you receive the little box, your task is to keep it safe, to maintain it, and, if possible, always add a little to it. Under no circumstances may you remove anything or simply live off of it. “The responsibility is always handed over as well,” he emphasises.
Going into any surgery your main hope is to just come out the other side in one piece with whatever needed fixing being fixed. But how about if you came out of surgery with serious burns and the surgeon said you were actually the cause?It seems unbelievable, but that very thing has happened to a female patient at the Tokyo Medical University Hospital in Shinjuku Ward. The woman required surgery on her cervix, which involved the use of a laser.She was a typical patient…given a general anesthetic and covered in surgical drapes. The problem was, nobody thought about or even expected her to fart during the procedure. There were no flammable materials present in the surgery, but a fire started and got out of control.ludka08/Panoramio Google MapsAn investigation has found that the gas the patient emitted “ignited with the irradiation of the laser.” That fire then proceeded to spread to the surgical drapes covering her body, which in turn caused serious burning to a large section of her body most notably her legs and waist area.The surgery actually happened on April 15, but it has taken this long for an investigation to conclude it was the woman’s own intestinal gas that caused the incident. Is that because they just couldn’t believe it?So if you are unfortunate enough to require surgery in your lower regions, don’t be surprised if the medical team gets you to sign a form allowing them to insert a pipe or plug now, so as this never happens again.
France boss Deschamps believes Paul Pogba will play in Qatar 2022, despite the midfielder’s comments suggesting he may retire from international football. Pogba spoke to journalists on Sunday, catching everyone in the room by surprise by saying Russia could well be his last tournament for the French national side.His comments have come as a surprise to his current manager Didier Deschamps, who still fully expects the midfielder to be a part of the France squad at the next World Cup.He spoke to reporters about his star player: “I don’t think it will be his last World Cup, he’s only 25 years old, it’s highly probable that he will play another one,”Before suggesting that Pogba’s words were likely tongue in cheek: “I always see the same Paul,”“Over the past 15 days, he is suddenly not going to change from being the joker to someone that’s very sincere.”Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“He’s had to go through some difficult periods but I always see the same player. He has accumulated lots of experience, he’s clear in his head, he’s happy and very motivated.”France is already through to the knockout phase in Russia and faces Denmark tomorrow in a game Deschamps may use to rest many of his starting XI. A la veille du match face au Danemark, les hommes de Didier Deschamps se sont entraînés au Stade Loujniki à Moscou #FiersdetreBleus #FRADAN pic.twitter.com/iAfP6NVz4q— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 25, 2018
Croatia international midfielder Ivan Rakitic has backed fellow countryman Luka Modric to win the FIFA best player award after Messi was snub.The Barcelona midfielder insists any individual price that his club teammate Lionel Messi can’t win this year should go to Real Madrid’s Modric.After captaining the Croatian national team to a stellar outing at this summer’s World Cup where they finished as runners-up behind eventual champions France, Modric was voted as the winner of the UEFA Men’s best player of the year.The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is also amongst the final three contenders for the FIFA Best Men’s player of the year alongside Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo.However, after Messi was snubbed from the final three, Rakitic wants his international teammate to take home the award.Real Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.“If there is an individual prize that Lionel Messi can’t win, then there’s no doubt that this season it should go to Luka Modric,” he told Marca.“It wouldn’t surprise me if he were to win with many more votes. This has been his year and I am really happy for him.“If Messi isn’t the best, then it has to be Modric.”Asides leading Croatia to success at the World Cup, Modric also won the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid. However, former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo who finished as top scorer in the competition whilst also winning it with Madrid also believes he deserves the award.
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Department of environment and maritime affairs, dr. john claydon, nassau grouper New categories for legal fishing proposed in Parks amendments bill Poachers found Sunday; slammed with seven charges Government fixing error with proposed amendments to Nat’l Parks Ordinance Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Feb 2016 – Indisputably the most delicious news of the day is the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs or DEMA reminding us that the Nassau Grouper closed season ends next week. In a public notice, DEMA says: “fishing interests, restaurants and general public – Sunday, February 28th will be the final day of the closed season for Nassau Grouper for 2016.” It was the first time for the Nassau Grouper closed season in the TCI; Director Dr. John Claydon explained to Magnetic Media that it was established to preserve stocks.
NEW YORK (WSVN) — The father of a University of Miami student injured in an explosion on the Fourth of July in Central Park spoke out, Tuesday, about his son’s recovery.The father of 19-year-old Connor Golden was joined by his son’s doctors at a press conference in NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. Connor accidentally stepped on an explosive device in Central Park while visiting the city over the weekend of July 4. He had his leg amputated, and has had three additional surgeries since, with more to come.Kevin Golden said that if anyone could fight through this sort of adversity, it’s his son. “If this has to happen to anybody, Connor is so resilient, such a powerful person individually, and I think that he’s going to do just fine.”Doctors said they believe Connor can make a full recovery going forward. “Well, ideally, a lot of it depends on how he does getting up, his pain management, that sort of thing,” Dr. Tony McLaurin said. “I would like to see him in a prosthesis within the next two months.”Kevin urged anyone with information about the explosive device to come forward. “I would urge people who have information related to this, who observed any suspicious activity in the park at the time, who are aware of any of the circumstances relating to this event, to come forward and cooperate and provide that information to police.”Police said the incident may have been an accident involving a hobbyist experimenting with material from a hardware store. Kevin said legal action may still be a possibility.“As the facts start to come out about what the circumstances were behind this, we certainly will consider holding whoever’s responsible, responsible,” he said. “And if legal action is necessary, then we wouldn’t rule that out.” Connor, a music student, said he’s grateful the explosion didn’t affect his hands.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
reading • House starts antitrust probe of Facebook, Google, other tech giants Lawmakers are opening an antitrust probe into tech companies. Marguerite Reardon/CNET Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are planning a broad antitrust investigation of Silicon Valley tech giants, which have been under intense scrutiny over their scale and power. The probe was announced Monday by Rep. David N. Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island and chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee. The investigation, which will look into tech juggernauts including Facebook and Google, is meant to explore whether big tech companies are engaging in “anti-competitive conduct.” It will also try to decide if the government’s current antitrust laws and enforcement policies are enough to fix the problems. “The growth of monopoly power across our economy is one of the most pressing economic and political challenges we face today. Market power in digital markets presents a whole new set of dangers,” Cicilline said in a statement. “After four decades of weak antitrust enforcement and judicial hostility to antitrust cases, it is critical that Congress step in to determine whether existing laws are adequate to tackle abusive conduct by platform gatekeepers or whether we need new legislation to respond to this challenge.” The probe will include a series of hearings held by the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, Cicilline’s office said.Representatives from Facebook and Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Google, Amazon and Twitter declined to comment. The announcement of the investigation comes as Silicon Valley giants face severe criticism that their market dominance could be stifling competition and hurting consumers. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, has made it a key part of her platform to break up the big tech companies, including Google, Facebook and Amazon. Last month, Chris Hughes, a Facebook co-founder, also called for the breakup of the company he helped create. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission, the two US agencies that handle antitrust issues, have also shown renewed interest in investigating Silicon Valley. The agencies reportedly decided which tech companies they’d be responsible for probing. The Justice Department will take Google and Apple, while the FTC takes Facebook and Amazon, according to The Wall Street Journal. Regulators in Europe have been more aggressive when it comes to antitrust issues with big tech companies. In March, Google was hit with a $1.7 billion fine from the European Commission for “abusive” online ad practices. The commission said the search giant exploited its dominance by restricting its rivals from placing their search ads on third-party websites. And last year, the EU’s executive arm fined Google a record $5 billion for unfair business practices around Android, its mobile operating system. 2 See All Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice Amazon Facebook Google Twitter Apple Alphabet Inc. Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Politics Tags Comments 1:24 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 • Now playing: Watch this: Supreme court lets Apple antitrust lawsuits proceed,… Apple
Salman Khan, Krushna AbhishekSony TVIt’s been almost three months since Navjot Singh Sidhu was sacked by Sony TV channel as the co-host from The Kapil Sharma Show (TKSS) after his comment on Pulwama attack had created furore on social media. Sidhu was replaced by Archana Puran Singh and even banned from entering Mumbai’s film city. Kapil had earlier hinted that Sidhu may come back on the show after Lok Sabha Elections 2019. And now the elections are over, Krushna Abhishek warned Archana that she might soon have to leave the show after Sidhu’s return.During the recent episode of TKSS which saw Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif to promote Bharat, Krushna made a stunning entry on Katrina’s Chikni Chameli song. He then greeted Salman and Katrina with his inimitable style. And when he approached Katrina, Krushna took a dig at Sidhu saying that Katrina came on the show after doing Rajneeti and Sidhu had to leave the show because of Rajneeti.The joke cracked Archana to such an extent that she couldn’t stop herself from clapping combining it with her uncontrollable laughter. Salman too joined her and literally rolled on the floor laughing. But Archana’s laughter continued until Krushna decided to apply a break to it with a sarcastic comment. “Don’t talk about leaving. You know how stressful it is? For Archana, not me. Obviously it’s stressful because the elections are over,” Krushna said.Krushna’s comment about Navjot Singh Sidhu’s return made Salman cry with laughter along with audience but Archana, who looked a bit worried while trying to hold the unusual laugh. Salman even looked at Archana to see how she was reacting when he had a laugh attack. And you will see Salman reacting in such a way only when someone cracks a really very lame joke or states facts while making fun of someone.Though Krushna’s comment was a part of the script, it wouldn’t be wrong to rule out a possibility of the makers of the show may soon bring Sidhu back on the show as the co-host alongside Kapil Sharma.Let’s wait and watch.
Patricia Ann Vivian. Photo: Collected‘How are you, mother?’ A child softly greets a 70-year-old British woman in Bengali. The woman replies in Bengali, “I’m fine. How are you? And what are you doing?”The woman is British philanthropist Patricia Ann Vivian, dubbed as mother of the rootless. She is the founder of ‘Shishu Polli Plus’ located in the village Tengra of Sreepur, Gazipur. The ‘Shishu Polli Plus’ starts its journey in 1989. It helps rehabilitate hopeless and hapless children and mothers.The organisation helps destitute mothers develop their vocational skills to have a better life. ‘Shishu Polli Plus’ has a primary school, sports grounds, crafts centre, paper factory, fruit garden and a mosque.After completing her under-grads at the King’s College, Patricia joined the British Airways as a cabin crew. She then visited Bangladesh many times. In 1980, Patricia, paid a visit to an ashram named ‘Family For Children’ at Farmgate in Dhaka. Listening to the stories of the ill-fated people, she decided to work to rehabilitate distressed mothers and children.Later, she quit her job with the airlines and started her rehabilitation efforts in Bangladesh in rented presmies for 120 mothers and children. She spent her all savings to open a permanent centre in Gazipur. Later, the chairman of the British Airways and a few of its employees also provided assistance for the children and mothers. Patricia has trained a group of women cricketers and they have now formed a cricket team named ‘Bhaoalika Women’s Cricket Team’. They recently took part in tournament in Sreepur.During a visit to the centre, the mothers and children were seen busy at work. They were making all sorts of handicrafts. The children were playing in the open space of the rehabilitation centre.Patricia was awarded Bangladesh citizenship for her outstanding work for the destitute.Patricia’s husband Derek Palmer works at a multinational company back in their home country.Patricia said, “This year we are working on three themes –empowerment, freedom, and dignity of women and children.”“They are learning how to use the internet, online banking and so many things which will equip them to cope with the changing world,” he added.Since 8 April 2019, the ‘Shishu Polli Plus’ shelters 512 women and children. So far 1,078 mothers and 3,385 children have been rehabilitated through the centre.Gazipur’s deputy commissioner Dewan Mohammad Humayun Kabir said that Patiricia is a exemplary global model. She has devoted her entire time here for the people of Bangladesh.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam
Callie Richmond for The Texas Tribune via Texas TribuneCustoms and Border Patrol agents constantly patrol wide gravel roads along the border fence. The traffic — which has increased as border enforcement budgets have soared — is another threat to border wildlife, according to scientists and conservationists.The Department of Homeland Security’s announcement this week that its border enforcement strategy had resulted in a sharp decline in illegal crossings has renewed questions as to why the Trump administration wants even more agents on the southwest border.U.S. Border Patrol agents made 310,531 apprehensions of people trying to cross into the country illegally between ports of entry during the federal government’s 2017 fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30. And Customs and Border Protection officers recorded 216,370 “inadmissible” cases, which are defined as a person who tries to enter the country at a port of entry but is rejected, or a person seeking humanitarian protection under current laws. Combined, the numbers represent a 24 percent drop from 2016, according to year-end statistics.That has Democrats and immigrant rights groups asking whether or not President Trump’s order to hire thousands of more agents should be reconsidered.“These numbers show that Border Patrol agents are stopping, on average, one or two people per month along the U.S.-Mexico border,” said Adam Isacson, the director for defense oversight at the Washington Office on Latin America, a research and human rights watchdog organization. “Where’s the urgent need to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on further expanding this agency?” Staffing levelsThrough 2016, the Border Patrol had about 19,830 agents working for the agency across the country, including about 17,000 on the southern border, according to federal statistics. Both figures represent the smallest amounts for the agency since the 2008 fiscal year, when there were about 17,500 and 15,440 respectively.Just weeks after taking office, President Trump issued an executive order calling on DHS to bolster its ranks by 15,000 agents and spread out the new hires between Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.As of May, not one of the Border Patrol sectors in Texas had staffing levels up to par with what its headquarters authorized, according to a Government Accountability Report. The Rio Grande Valley had the most agents, with 3,143. But that was short of the 3,201 recommended authorized positions. The El Paso sector, which includes New Mexico, had 2,193 agents while 2,415 were recommended. And the Laredo and Del Rio sectors had 1,584 and 1,398 agents, which were also short of the sector recommendations of 1,852 and 1,642 agents, respectively.But a July assessment by DHS’s Office of the Inspector General said CBP and ICE could not justify the need for the additional agents.“Neither CBP nor ICE could provide complete data to support the operational need or deployment strategies for the additional 15,000 agents and officers they were directed to hire,” the reports states. “CBP officials explained they had been working for 3 to 4 years already, but are still 3 to 4 more years away from implementing a process to obtain and analyze accurate operational needs and deployment data.”On Tuesday however, the Border Patrol’s top brass said the agency was moving forward with the president’s request despite 2017’s apparent success. Share Fewer people trying to cross“The Administration can try to twist these numbers into whatever they please, but the fact remains that after unprecedented investments in border security over the last decade, the border has become harder to cross and fewer people are trying,” U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, said in a statement. “Focusing massive, new government resources on a campaign promise would be a foolish and irresponsible exercise.”U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Wednesday that recent achievement’s by DHS reflect a stronger emphasis on interior enforcement and sends a message to would-be illegal crossers that the Trump administration is tough on illegal migration. He told reporters during a conference call the results mean the administration should stay the course, and said legislation he filed earlier this year would address some of the staffing concerns as well as facilitate legitimate trade and commerce at the ports of entry. The Building America’s Trust Act would punish “sanctuary” jurisdictions that don’t enforce federal immigration laws and fund more agents.But he reiterated that a physical barrier isn’t a reasonable solution along the entire border despite the Trump administration’s support for such a barrier.“I think it’s like looking through a soda straw. This is a bigger issue than just physical infrastructure,” he said. “It’s not a complete answer. We need technology, we need personnel and the right combination depends on where you are along the border.” Hiring more“We had some challenges with the infrastructure here at CBP, we weren’t prepared to hire as many of the [positions lost to attrition] that we had going into the administration,” Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello told reporters. “We’ve now been handed another mandate to hire 5,000 more agents and we need to stabilize the workforce in the office of field operations.”The federal government’s success comes as the state of Texas has recently allotted another $800 million for state-based border enforcement, despite Trump’s promise to make border security a federal priority.The Texas Legislature approved an initial massive boost in border-security spending by the same amount in 2015. Gov. Greg Abbott and his Republican colleagues said then it was necessary for the state to act because the Obama administration was abdicating its responsibility to secure the border. They cited a recent surge of undocumented women and children from Central America as proof.They opted to maintain that record funding level in May, months before DHS’s report came out. Lawmakers said during the 2017 legislative session that they couldn’t predict how the Trump White House would approach border security, which they said justified another $800 million in spending.State Rep. César Blanco, D-El Paso, said Tuesday’s report from DHS means that taxpayers should demand that state lawmakers be more transparent with how the monies are being spent.Blanco has for years accused the Texas Department of Public Safety of being less than forthcoming about how the agency, which receives the bulk of the state monies tied to border security, is using that funding. But he said he doubted the state would roll back its spending even when lawmakers return to Austin for their next scheduled legislative session in 2019.“I think there’s a rush to spend money,” he said. “I think it does well during elections. As a border lawmaker who lives literally, a few feet from the border wall and who has been questioning what we’re doing with the money, I think we need to put some metrics and some numbers in [place] in order to be smart about our state dollars and not rush to conclusions.”Other Democrats have added that DHS’ near-record enforcement should prompt federal lawmakers to rethink efforts to appropriate billions of dollars for Trump’s promised border wall.
Some of our most popular songs of Independence- composed during India’s struggle for freedom- that were used in Bengali theatre will be presented at a unique musical to be put up by Academy Theatre for its annual show this month. The musical is all about how Bengali theatre, specifically its songs, came to imbibe the spirit of patriotism. With the passage of time, these songs won the pride of place in the nation’s clarion call for freedom during the British rule in India, when the entire country grew restive to free itself from imperialist shackles. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBengali theatre had naturally accumulated a vast repertoire of mancha-gaan (theatre songs) of patriotic and nationalistic fervour, handed down from generation to generation. The musical which weaves together these patriotic songs has been conceptualised and directed by theatre researcher and singer Devajit Bandyopadhyay.The festival is an attempt to explore the mancha-gaan which swam against the tide during the struggle for Independence to inspire the masses along with a tribute towards the national heroes of India. “It all began with Dinabandhu Mitra’s Neel Darpan, staged in 1872 and Jyorindanath Tagore’s play Sarojini featuring a song by Tagore and moved onto theatre during the Partition of Bengal (1905). Plays by Amritalal Basu, Girish Ghosh, songs by Mukunda Das, Rabindranath Tagore and D L Roy became extremely popular. This was the time when songs like O amar desher mati, Maayer deoa mota kapor, Otho go Bharatlakhhi and Bankim Chandra’s Bande Mataram came to be sung by the masses”, Devajit told Millennium Post. The songs will be presented on stage by Devajit and Riddhi Bandyopadhyay.
The results indicated that between 8 and 30 percent of those unassessed plants were at risk, potentially tens of thousands of species. Even more concerning is the fact that conservation efforts might be overlooking many of those plants because of where they live. Plant protection programs tend to favor areas like Europe, where many research institutions happen to be located, or ecological marvels like Madagascar that attract hordes of botanists. Other regions, they found, like the fog-nurtured biome hugging the southern coast of the Arabian peninsula, harbored a large number of potentially threatened species that hadn’t received nearly as much attention. Pleurothallis portillae is one odd-looking orchid. Sporting a small nub of a flower nestled in a long, bulbous leaf that droops like a pair of string beans, it’s considered fashionably drab by collectors. But its true home is in the remote cloud forest of the Ecuadorian Andes—a region where, according to an algorithm, it’s most likely under threat of extinction.Plants have long gotten short shrift in conservation circles. Although perhaps a fifth of the kingdom’s species are at risk, according to the UK’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, identifying which ones are on the brink is a somewhat anecdotal business. Less than 10 percent of plant species have been assessed by the IUCN Red List, considered the preeminent global directory of extinction threat. Comprehensive evaluations, which take time and money, end up favoring so-called “charismatic” species, the lions and polar bears that grace glossy donation mailers. That, and the sheer number of known plant species—almost 400,000 of them, spread far across the globe in hard-to-reach places, with thousands more being discovered every year—makes the whole affair a massive, underfunded game of catch-up.But botanists are drowning in data that could potentially help, says Anahí Espíndola, a professor of evolutionary ecology at the University of Maryland. “We wanted to find a way to speed up the process.” In a study appearing Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, she and her co-authors use reams of data to predict the status of 150,000 plant species whose vulnerability is currently unknown.Professors, curators, and citizen scientists have long gone out into the field in search of plants common and rare, returning with meticulous records of their observations that pile up in public databases. Data is available, to varying degrees, for hundreds of thousands of plants. In recent years, all that rough-and-tumble exploring has also generated millions of GPS points referring to locations where individual plants were observed. Espíndola’s team found that if they crunched the numbers available for plants already listed on the IUCN Red List—data on the species’ range, location, and traits, as well as regional climate and geographic indicators—they could build a machine learning model that could predict the status of other species. IUCN ratings aren’t the end-all-be-all of conservation assessment; but they do have bearing on which areas are protected as biodiversity hotspots abroad, and are fed into databases that extractive industries use for reducing threats to endangered species as they work. “Not having plants in those analyses means that people are working with incomplete datasets,” explains Anne Frances, a botanist who coordinates Red List efforts in North America. “We’re determining key biodiversity areas without a big chunk of the biodiversity being taken into account.”That’s especially troubling given the foundational role plants have in ecosystems. Studies have suggested plant species are less adept than animals at responding to changes in habitat and climate. And when they go extinct, their disappearance can cause cascading effects through broader ecological networks. The challenge, Frances says, is one of time and funding. Much of the grunt work of assessing species is carried out by volunteer experts. And by necessity, current conservation strategies tend to focus on large pushes to study a single category of plant–the IUCN recently completed an inventory of the world’s cactuses, for example, and is currently working on trees–or focus on those with salient uses, like medicinal plants and the wild relatives of common food crops.But Espíndola argues those strategies can end up shuttling resources away from plants most in need of conservation. Machine learning predictions aren’t a replacement for those on-the-ground assessments: Our humble orchid, for example, will require a closer look by botanists working in the Andes, who would tally up individuals, sum up local threats, and evaluate the genetic diversity of the wild populations. But they could be a starting point, a quick way for conservationists to identify plants that need more study. The models could also be taken up by regional conservation groups and fleshed out with more data, yielding crisper, more accurate local assessments.Perhaps a similar model could be applied to other creatures, like fungi, kickstarting still-nascent efforts to catalogue an overlooked kingdom, says Espíndola. “There are other groups of organisms that are even less attractive than plants.”More Great WIRED StoriesThe math whiz designing large-scale origami structuresHey, turn off Siri on your lock screenThe languages we still can’t translate onlineCreepy or not, face scans are speeding up airport securityWish List 2018: 48 smart holiday gift ideasLooking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories
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 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 The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 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 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 | October 29, 2010 Ultrasound Gel Warmers Promote Patient Comfort 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 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 | 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). Related Content 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 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 read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Two Thermasonic gel warmers, by Parker Laboratories, will be introduced at RSNA 2010. The first, a three-bottle gel warmer, features an adjustable thermostat control and heat indicator lamp, and an illuminated power switch. It warms three dispenser size couplant bottles simultaneously and comes complete with a two-year warranty. The single-bottle gel warmer also has a heat indicator lamp and comes with a warranty.Both units contain hospital grade plug and power cords. The gel warmers allow couplants to be applied at body temperature, promoting patient comfort and receptivity.For more information: www.parkerlabs.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 more
Builders are ratcheting up the construction of apartments in an effort to keep up with the increased demand. But single-family home building remains lackluster. The pace of single-family home construction has risen 9.1 percent in the past year, while purchases of new homes have jumped at more than double that pace.The sluggish rate of new homebuilding is depriving the housing market of a crucial source of supply. Much of the overall gain in homes available for sale typically comes from new home construction. Sellers of existing homes, meanwhile, frequently buy other homes. As a result, sellers of existing homes usually add little to the overall number of homes for sale.The proportion of home purchases from first-time buyers is also far below typical levels. First-time buyers create greater demand and enable current homeowners to trade up to larger homes.“Without a boost in first-timers, there is less housing market activity, fewer existing homes being put on the market, and more worry about inventory,” David Blitzer, chair of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. And separate data released by the Census Bureau Tuesday pointed to the limited impact of the three-year old housing recovery: The proportion of Americans owning their own homes has continued to decline and is now at the lowest level since 1967.Still, prices are soaring higher in some cities, according to Case-Shiller: They rose 10 percent from a year ago in Denver, 9.7 percent in San Francisco and 8.4 percent in Dallas. Washington, D.C. posted the smallest increase at 1.3 percent. Prices rose in all 20 cities from a year earlier.The Case-Shiller index covers roughly half of U.S. homes. The index measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and creates a three-month moving average. The May figures are the latest available.Sales of existing homes increased 3.2 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.49 million, the National Association of Realtors said last week. That is the fastest pace since February 2007. Sales are up from an annual pace of just 4.8 million in January.Some of the accelerated pace has likely been driven by higher mortgage rates and an expected decision by the Federal Reserve to start raising short-term interest rates this year. Most economists forecast that decision will occur in September. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments Share Yet the supply of available homes hasn’t kept up with rising sales. The number of homes listed for sale rose 0.4 percent in the past year, the Realtors said, while sales have increased 9.6 percent.That has led to aggressive efforts by buyers to grab homes: The typical property was on the market for just 34 days in June, down from 40 in May and the shortest time since the Realtors’ group began tracking the data in May 2011.The current pace of home sales is roughly what might be expected in a healthy housing market. Yet other data point to some ongoing weaknesses.The percentage of homeowners continues to decline: Just 63.4 percent of Americans owned homes in the April-June quarter, down from 63.7 percent in the first three months of the year. That is below the peak of 69 percent in 2006, at the height of the housing bubble.Meanwhile, more Americans are moving out on their own, after doubling up with friends or living with their parents. That is a good sign for the economy because the creation of new households leads to purchases of more furniture, appliances and other goods.But in the past year, all the new households have moved into rentals, the Census Bureau report shows. WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose steadily in May, pushed higher by a healthy increase in sales this year.The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed 4.9 percent in May from 12 months earlier, down slightly from a 5 percent pace in April, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.Home sales have jumped in recent months as an improving economy boosts hiring and enables more people to afford a purchase. Yet the higher sales haven’t encouraged more people to sell their homes, leaving supplies tight and driving up prices. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision?
Egypt closes tourist access to the pyramids Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Despite ongoing public demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s coastal resorts and diving tourism remains unaffected. Located outside the main cities and away from the political turmoil, Egypt’s Chamber of Diving and Watersports (CDWS) said in a statement that resorts for the moment are “completely unaffected by what is going on in Cairo and other cities”, Divernet reported. “[It is] not possible to predict how things will change… you pretty much would not know it was going on,” the statement read. While tourism on the outer skirts of the country remains unaffected, earlier this week the Egyptian government sealed off the pyramids in Cairo, preventing visitors from catching a glimpse of the popular attractions. According to NTD Television, the doors leading to the site were locked, forcing tourists to view the pyramids in the distance from a camel’s back. While the overall affect to Egypt’s $10 billion tourism is yet to be revealed, the Australian government continues to advise holiday makers to avoid the country during its dispute. Late last month tour operators Intrepid Travel cancelled its trips in Egypt from 1 to the 14 February. An Intrepid Travel spokesperson said the operator is monitoring reports coming out of Egypt but is focusing on the safety of its passengers first. Yesterday up to 15 of Intrepid’s customers were confirmed to fly out on the government organised Qantas charter flight from Cairo to London and Frankfurt. “We are happy to say that all of our passengers in Cairo have managed to safely fly out of Egypt,” the spokesperson said. “The safety of our passengers is our first priority and we’ll make decisions about future departures based on this.” Qantas is also keen to safely fly Aussies home announcing it will offer Australians travelling on the special flights free onward flights to Australia. “We are proud to be able to help Australians affected by this crisis return to home to family and friends,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said. “We will send a team of specialised customer care and airport staff to support passengers on the ground in Cairo and Frankfurt.” Qantas added that passengers must have travelled on the evacuation flights to receive the free trip to Oz.The flights are subject to availability and “passengers travelling to Australia from London will be required to make their own arrangements for transfer from Frankfurt to London.
200 rarely seen works by Toulouse-Lautrec on show in Boston AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 6, 2019 9:40 am PDT BOSTON — A little bit of 19th-century Paris is coming to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.“Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris,” an artistic collaboration with the Boston Public Library, opens to the public on Sunday.The exhibition of approximately 200 works draws on both institutions’ extensive holdings of rarely displayed graphic works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.Toulouse-Lautrec, whose career lasted just a decade, is famed for his bold colours and radical compositions featured in evocative posters, prints and paintings.The MFA says the show, which runs through Aug. 4, “offers an incredible opportunity to experience the depth and quality of Boston’s holdings of works by the artist.”The Associated Press