Last week MPs clashed on two days resulting in some sustaining injuries and Parliament property also being damaged. Parliament met today very briefly and adjourned till Friday November 23rd.The House met with Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri taking the chair and he announced that based on a decision taken at the party leaders meeting today, Parliament will adjourn till 10am on Friday. There were no incidents during the session and it was peaceful as compared to what was seen last week. Yesterday, an All Party Meeting called by President Maithripala Sirisena to discuss the current political developments was held at the Presidential Secretariat.There was an agreement at the meeting that the Parliamentary session today should be conducted peacefully. (Colombo Gazette)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ___JPMorgan, government finalizes dealWASHINGTON (AP) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. reached a record $13 billion settlement with federal and state authorities, resolving claims over the bank’s sales of low-quality, high-risk mortgage-backed securities that collapsed in value during the U.S. housing crisis.The agreement is the latest chapter in the bursting of the housing bubble.The settlement announced Tuesday requires JPMorgan to pay $9 billion and provide $4 billion in consumer relief, including principal reductions and other mortgage modifications for homeowners facing foreclosure.___Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.5 billion to settle hip replacement suitsWASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said late Tuesday that it will pay $2.5 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by hip replacement patients who accuse the company of selling faulty implants that led to injuries and additional surgeries.The agreement presented in U.S. District Court in Toledo, Ohio, is one of the largest for the medical device industry. It resolves an estimated 8,000 cases of patients who had to have the company’s metal ball-and-socket hip implant removed or replaced. J&J pulled the implant from the market in 2010 after data showed it failed sooner than older implants.The deal provides roughly $250,000 per patient and covers those who had their implants removed or replaced before Aug. 31 this year. The company expects to make most of the payments to patients in 2014.___US safety agency opens probe into Tesla firesDETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s auto safety watchdog is investigating whether Tesla’s Model S electric car is vulnerable to fires because roadway debris can pierce the car’s underbody and battery.The National Highway Traffic Administration, which announced the probe early Tuesday, is looking into two incidents in which Model S drivers struck metal objects on highways. The objects penetrated the bottom of the car, punctured the battery and caused fires.Both drivers were warned of a problem by the car and escaped safely.___Corporations still deal-shy even as stocks surgeNEW YORK (AP) — A surging stock market usually comes with a boom in corporate deal-making.But deals are lagging this year, even as the market notches a series of record highs and is headed for its best year in a decade.Deal levels are sluggish for a number of reasons. The U.S. economic recovery has been slow and unsteady. Investors are concerned that growth could falter if the Federal Reserve withdraws its huge stimulus program too quickly. Stock valuations are getting pricier. There are also fears of more budget fights in Washington and a possible default by the U.S. government.___Florida businesses eye Mideast aviation bonanzaDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tucked near the back of one of the world’s largest airshows is a modest pavilion for the state of Florida, where a handful of businesses are trying to get a piece of the billions being invested in the aviation industry by wealthy Arab governments.Facing stagnation and even economic downturn back home, 11 Florida companies are hawking aviation equipment and training services at the Dubai Airshow, located in a sprawling Arabian desert site that will soon be home to the region’s newest mega-airport.The industry’s most lucrative deals are increasingly being inked in the Middle East, and the biennial airshow gives businesses a chance to promote their products globally. Nearly $200 billion in deals have been announced over the first two days. Florida, which has more than 2,000 aviation and aerospace companies operating there, is the only U.S. state represented.___Butterball mystery: Turkeys wouldn’t fatten upNEW YORK (AP) — Butterball apparently has a big fat mystery on its hands: The company says it doesn’t know why some of its turkeys wouldn’t plump up in time for Thanksgiving this year.CEO Rod Brenneman says in an interview with the AP that it’s the first time it happened and that the company is investigating what went wrong. Butterball had announced last week that it will have a limited supply of large, fresh turkeys that are 16 pounds or heavier for the holidays.Butterball, a privately held company based in Garner, N.C., declined to say whether it made any changes to its feed formula this year. But the problem seems to have come up rather recently.___Best Buy posts 3Q profit, sales flatNEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy says it is committed to “winning” the holiday season with price matching, doorbusters and deals as well as its earliest ever opening hours on Thanksgiving — even if that means profit pressure for the electronics retailer in the fourth quarter.Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly has been cutting costs, adding employee training and matching online prices to get customers into stores as it faces competition from discounters and online retailers.On Tuesday the Minneapolis company reported it returned to a profit in the third quarter as the busy holiday season revs up. But the company says it expects a tough competitive environment during the last two months of the year, which can account for up to 40 per cent of a retailer’s annual revenue.___Kicking the can: Campbell hit by fresh-food shiftNEW YORK (AP) — Americans’ shift toward fresh foods is kicking Campbell Soup right in the can.The company on Tuesday said its quarterly profit fell 30 per cent as U.S. sales of soups and V8 beverage declined. A recall of its recently acquired Plum Organics products also hurt results and the company cut its outlook for the year.Campbell Soup, based in Camden, N.J., has been trying to reshape its image as a purveyor of shelf-stable canned and other packaged products that are sold in the centre aisles of supermarkets. The push comes as people increasingly reach for foods they feel are fresh, migrating toward the perimeters of grocery stores where produce, meats and dairy are sold.___Home Depot 3Q results up on strength at US storesATLANTA (AP) — Home Depot’s fiscal third-quarter profit climbed as sales at its U.S. stores strengthened amid the improvement of the housing market.The results for the nation’s biggest home improvement company beat analysts’ estimates and the chain also lifted its full-year forecast again on Tuesday. Its shares briefly touched an all-time high.Home improvement companies have been benefiting from record-low interest rates and rising home prices, spurring customers to spend more to renovate their homes.___NYC bans tobacco sales to anyone under age 21NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed landmark legislation Tuesday banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21, making New York the first large city or state in the country to prohibit sales to young adults.During a brief ceremony at City Hall, Bloomberg said raising the legal purchase age from 18 to 21 will help prevent young people from experimenting with tobacco at the age when they are most likely to become addicted. City health officials say 80 per cent of smokers start before age 21.The mayor, a former smoker, also signed companion legislation setting a minimum price for all cigarettes sold in the city: $10.50 per pack. The same new law bans retailers from offering coupons, 2-for-1 specials, or discounts.___By The Associated Press=The Dow Jones industrial average edged down 8.99 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 15,967.03. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 3.66 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 1,787.87 and the Nasdaq composite fell 17.51 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 3,931.55.Benchmark U.S. crude for December delivery gained 31 cents to close at $93.34 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude for January delivery, the benchmark for an international variety of crude, dropped $1.55 to $106.92 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Wholesale gasoline slipped 2 cents to $2.64 a gallon. Heating oil fell 2 cents to $2.91 a gallon. Natural gas lost 6 cents to $3.56 per 1,000 cubic feet. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 19, 2013 4:17 pm MDT Business Highlights
3. At Ã¢â€š¬20 bn, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest investor in R&D, driving industry forward and helping deliver more sustainable motoring for the 21st century. Technological innovation has helped car and CV manufacturers slash CO2 and air quality emissions from vehicles. New diesel cars for example emit 95% less soot from the tailpipe than those made 15 years ago and average new car CO2 has been cut by 19% since 1997. The energy needed to produce each vehicle is down 12%, water use is down 9% and waste to landfill is down 25%, compared to 2006 performance. CO2 emissions per vehicle produced have fallen 14% in the last year and by 45% since 1999. Almost 10,000 tonnes of waste have been prevented from entering landfill sites. For more details, download SMMT’s ninth annual Sustainability Report from the SMMT website www.smmt.co.uk/category/reports/. The successful bids bring together car manufacturers, power companies, Regional Development Agencies, councils and academic institutions and will operate across eight UK locations to deliver low carbon vehicles to consumers. The winning consortia are: · Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrators (CABLED) · Electric Vehicle Accelerated Development in the North East (EVADINE)· Ford Focus Battery Electric Vehicle· London South East Bid· MINI E Research Project· The Allied Vehicles Project· PHV – Paving the way to full commercialisation of plug-in hybrid vehicles· EEMS Accelerate The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), welcomes the news that £25 million in government funding has been allocated to the winners of the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator competition. 2. NAIGT – New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team was set up in early 2008 by government’s Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) with the backing of senior representatives of the UK motor industry. It aimed to identify new measures for industry and government to promote continued investment and improved productivity and competitiveness in UK automotive. The report, ‘A 20 Year Vision for the UK Automotive Industry’, sets out the findings from the NAIGT’s 12-month investigation into the strengths and weaknesses of the UK motor industry and makes its recommendations for maximising long-term growth. “Ultra low carbon vehicles are now mainstream business for the UK motor industry and the TSB’s competition provides the ideal incentive to develop and demonstrate new technologies,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “The collaborative nature of this project enhances the recommendations laid out by NAIGT and marks the beginning of an important new phase for the UK motor industry.” Notes:1. Winning consortia details: · Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrators (CABLED) – The consortium is made up of 13 organisations led by Arup and includes Advantage West Midlands, Jaguar Land Rover, Mitsubishi/Colt, Mercedes-Benz/smart, Tata Motors, LTI and Microcab industries, E.ON and three Midland’s universities.· Electric Vehicle Accelerated Development in the North East (EVADINE) – The consortium consists of Nissan, Smith Electric Vehicles in partnership with LTI, AVID Vehicles, Liberty Electric Cars, Newcastle University and One North East. Newcastle University’s Transport Operations Research Group will monitor and model the performance and use of the vehicles.· Ford Focus Battery Electric Vehicle – The consortium of Ford, Scottish and Southern Energy and Strathclyde University will provide prototype vehicles and a charging infrastructure in and around Hillingdon, Middlesex during 2010.· London South East Bid – Since 2007 smart has been trialling 100 smart electric cars with partner companies across the country. Additional cars will be brought to the UK in early 2010 when smart will be carrying out an important trial with the support of the Technology Strategy Board. Individuals can apply to participate in these “Å¾smart electric drive” research trials across the London South East and West Midlands regions. smart will work with a number of partner organisations including, EDF Energy, Elektromomitve, Greater London Authority, and Westminster City Council.· MINI E Research Project – In addition to BMW Group, the consortium is includes Scottish and Southern Energy, responsible for providing the infrastructure in and around Oxford and the South-East of England by installing the private and public charging points; and Oxford Brookes University’s Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre will be responsible for undertaking scientific data analysis, as well as conducting customer surveys to capture the subjective feedback from users of the MINI E test vehicles.· The Allied Vehicles Project – The Allied Vehicles Project aims to design, test and bring to production 40 battery electric cars by October 2009, via partners Allied Vehicles, Glasgow City Council, ScottishPower, Axeon and Strathclyde University.· PHV – Paving the way to full commercialisation of plug-in hybrid vehicles – Toyota, with partner EDF Energy, intends to lease up to 20 plug-in hybrid vehicles to existing Toyota Prius fleet customers including a mix of public bodies and private companies. The trials will start in mid 2010, predominately within London for a period of three years.· EEMS Accelerate – The ‘EEMS Accelerate’ project will put 21 cutting edge high specification electric sports cars on the road for 12 months. AEA, an energy, climate change and data management consultancy, will lead the consortium. The electric vehicles will be produced by four UK automotive partners, Delta Motorsport, Ecotricity cars, Westfield Sports cars and Lightning Car Company. The competition was created by the TSB to act as a catalyst for industry, the public sector and academia to come together to create low emission vehicles and innovative technologies for powering them. It is the biggest project of its kind to date and shows real technology that will be available in the next six to 18 months. Highlighting the future direction of the UK, each will achieve a share of £25 million in funding as part of an ongoing commitment to accelerate the introduction of low carbon vehicles. The programme will provide incentives to develop and demonstrate new technologies in the UK and aims to help deliver the government’s target of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. 4. Why is the automotive sector important to the UK economy?· 27 car and CV manufacturers operating in the U producing 1.7 million vehicles· £51b turnover and £9.5 billion value added· Over 800,000 UK jobs· UK automotive manufacturing supplies over 100 markets worldwide, offering some resilience to UK issues· New cars emit less CO2 than older models – average new car CO2 emissions have fallen 19% in the last decadeFor more information on the UK motor industry, visit www.smmt.co.uk or www.motorindustryfacts.com. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Shortly before the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s game against No. 6 Michigan State, it was revealed that starting forward Jae’Sean Tate would need shoulder surgery to end his season.Without its most consistent player available, many wondered how OSU would perform in a game it desperately needed to win in order to pad its marginal-at-best tournament résumé.As it turned out on Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center, the post-Tate Buckeyes resemble the team with the sophomore healthy: flashes of what it takes to get it done, but ultimately not there.The Spartans (23-5, 10-5) denied the Buckeyes (18-11, 10-6) that signature win it so badly needs with a blisteringly hot shooting performance. When the clock hit zero, the scoreboard read 81-62 in favor of the visitors.“Jae’Sean is kind of the heart and soul of this basketball team,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “We challenged our guys, ‘Man down, we’ve got to man up.’ It is what it is.”Michigan State shot 14-of-22 from outside the 3-point arc on Tuesday, led by senior guards Bryn Forbes and Denzel Washington, who connected on seven and four triples, respectively.“They set great screens and they have tremendous pace on offense,” junior forward Marc Loving said on the Spartans’ 3-point prowess. “The screens were phenomenal to the point that they were getting a lot of open looks, and they were able to knock the shots down.”Despite the rather sizable difference in record and national perception, OSU hung tough with the Spartans throughout a highly competitive first half.The visitors were able to swell their lead to six points midway through the first half after a pair of jumpers, but the Buckeyes clawed back with a 7-0 run to briefly snatch a one-point lead. Seven points from Michigan State senior guard Denzel Valentine followed to get the lead back to six, but OSU managed to keep the game within reach at the break, 36-31.“I give Ohio State a lot of credit, considering they lose a guy the day of,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “I know what that’s like, and it’s hard, and Thad did a hell of a job.”While the advantage on the scoreboard was short-lived, it had to be an encouraging opening 20 minutes for Matta’s squad against the sixth-ranked Spartans.In OSU’s previous game, a 65-62 overtime win at Nebraska, only four Buckeyes scored a point over the entire 45-minute duration. By the 12:50 mark of the first half on Tuesday, OSU had its fifth scorer in the books after a 3-pointer by Loving.However, those five scorers would be the only five in the first half for Matta. Freshmen Mickey Mitchell, Daniel Giddens and A.J. Harris combined for zero points on five missed shots, including a pair of airballs by Mitchell, who was inserted into the starting lineup for Tate.Loving led the Buckeyes with nine points at the half, as he continued to fight through his month-long shooting slump. He was followed by redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson with seven.On the other side, Valentine, a leading contender for national player of the year honors, had 12 first-half points to lead all scorers. He also chipped in four assists for the Spartans, who shot 44.8 percent to OSU’s 35.7 in the first act.“Valentine is, I think the best player in the country,” Matta said. “He does so much.”However, given that Michigan State was a scorching-hot 7-of-10 from outside in the first half but just 6-of-19 from inside the arc, OSU could reasonably believe the Spartans’ shooting would cool off, giving the Buckeyes a chance to take advantage and mount a comeback.That isn’t what happened out of the locker rooms. In fact, it was quite the opposite.Back-to-back 3-pointers by Forbes followed by a trio of baskets by senior forward Matt Costello and a fast-break layup gave Michigan State its largest lead up to that point of 10 just minutes into the second half. That lead continued to swell behind successful inside and outside games.That second-half charge was run by torrid shooting performance by Forbes, who made six of the eight 3-pointers he hoisted in the second half. Overall, the former Cleveland State transfer finished with 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting. After the game, Izzo said he bailed his team out and “played his tail off.”“First half, we did a good job playing hard, playing tough, then second half, when Bryn Forbes started hitting shots, I felt we just started hanging our heads,” freshman guard JaQuan Lyle said.While the Schottenstein Center crowd of 14,257 tried to will the Buckeyes back into the game, the combination of the Spartans’ hot shooting and OSU’s cold spell — the Buckeyes shot just 20 percent from outside in the second half — was too much to deal with.“They were making a lot of shots, and we couldn’t get one to fall,” Lyle said.Loving and Lyle were the high-scorers for the Scarlet and Gray with 19 and 16 points, respectively. OSU shot 45 percent in the second half, but a 64.3-percent performance over the final 20 minutes by the Spartans nullified any momentum that could create.Mitchell ended up failing to register a point in his first collegiate start in 21 minutes. It was the seventh consecutive game that the Plano, Texas, native failed to score a point.“We felt like Mickey is getting more and more experience, and he’s going to continue to grow,” Matta said on his decision to insert the freshman into the starting lineup.OSU will have two more chances to grab a victory over a top 10 team before Big Ten tournament play begins, as it is set to host No. 8 Iowa on Sunday before traveling to East Lansing, Michigan, for a rematch with the Spartans on March 5. The games are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and noon, respectively. OSU student cheer during a game against Michigan State on Feb. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor
Back in August we heard about a new idea for public road transport in China that bypassed the problem of traffic. It took the form of a bus that is raised above the road that so vehicles can travel underneath. It sounded a bit crazy, but ultimately could work. Now it looks as though the idea may come to the U.S.Shenzhen Huashi Future Parking Equipment, the Chinese company behind the idea, has formed a U.S. company in an attempt to export the same prototype. Partners are needed to both manufacture and sell the buses, I’d suggest they also need permission to put them over existing highways.The benefits are clear to those people who don’t drive. This bus will not be held up in traffic jams and is more environmentally friendly than a car because it runs on electricity, therefore no exhaust fumes are being produced.If nothing else it forms an opportunity for new manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and for the eco-friendly nature of the buses to be held up as an example of how certain states are trying to go green. We should also be able to see the buses in action soon with China expected to get its first one operational next year.Would you appreciate one of these buses on your local highway?Read more at Wired
When Dead Space 3 was launched last week the $60 investment required to buy the game was just the beginning of your potential spending. There was a further $50 of DLC to purchase, and the potential for micro-transactions built into the game to earn EA even more profit on the popular title.Some relief came in the form of what was thought to be a bug in the game. An exploit was discovered soon after launch that allowed a player to farm resources simply be exiting and re-entering a room allowing random items to continually re-spawn. By using this “exploit” you can bypass the need to use micro-transactions and always have resources available if you take the time to collect them.EA has now stated that the item farming “glitch” is actually a feature, not a bug, and one they have no intention of patching. According to EA:“We’ve deliberately designed Dead Space 3 to allow players to harvest resources by playing through the game.”The micro-transactions are there for players who wish to “accumulate upgrades instantly.” In other words, players who don’t want to spend the time searching for the resources they need and just want to progress through the game more quickly. The cost of doing so will be between $1-$3 per resource bought through the crafting system.It’s good to see EA responding to chatter about this being an exploit. It’s also nice to know they are offering an alternative to spending more money while playing the game, especially as it’s a feature that hasn’t exactly been met with open arms by the gaming community.
Clark County’s development standards violate state and federal laws to protect clean water, according to a ruling by the state Pollution Control Hearings Board. The board rejected the county’s controversial plan for managing stormwater runoff.The plan had been developed in a compromise with the Department of Ecology, which oversees the federal Clean Water Act.It was challenged by the Rosemere Neighborhood Association, Columbia Riverkeeper and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, represented by Earthjustice. The opponents said the plan did not go far enough to prevent significant harm to the county’s rivers and streams and that the county couldn’t prove that it would adequately protect water quality and salmon.The matter was argued during a four-day hearing last fall. The Pollution Control Hearings Board, which hears appeals of state environmental regulations, agreed with the county’s critics.Stormwater runoff is federally regulated as a major source of water pollution because it contains toxic metals, oil, grease, pesticides, herbicides, bacteria and nutrients that run off buildings and pavement into fish-bearing streams.An attorney for Earthjustice said the opinion gives Clark County the potential to become a state leader in protecting water. Kevin Gray, the director of Clark County’s Department of Environmental Services, said he read the opinion as the Pollution Control Hearings Board wanting to hold Clark County to a higher standard than any other county.The ruling said that the board members “recognize that the mitigation projects selected by Clark County could potentially adequately mitigate for historic flow control impacts and provide equal or better environmental protection for beneficial uses than the default standard in some instances.”
• Clark County Food Bank: clarkcountyfoodbank.orgWrite email@example.com or call 360-693-0939.• Share Vancouver: sharevancouver.orgWrite firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-952-8229.Think about the last time you skipped lunch. A long meeting, a pressing task, no offramp, whatever.Remember how cranky and scattered you became? Remember how your attention became focused largely on food — how and where to get it, how much and how soon?Now imagine how it would feel if you couldn’t count on any food at all — and if you had no control over that situation.“How can we expect a child to care about math, about what two plus two is, when that child is hungry and their stomach hurts?” said Becky Parker, the assistant director of hunger response for nonprofit agency Share Vancouver.Childhood hunger was Parker’s piece of a panel presentation Tuesday about local poverty at the Vancouver Community Library. It was the second annual “Hungry and Homeless in Clark County: Get the Facts,” held in conjunction with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 17-23.A recent community survey put food assistance at the very top of Clark County’s list of pressing needs, according to Share program director Amy Reynolds.
Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery.ReutersThe competition between global e-retailer Amazon and its Indian counterpart is intensifying every passing month. In the latest development, Amazon’s Indian subsidiary Amazon India has almost doubled its capital to Rs 31,000 crore ($4.74 billion), Mint reported.With the new capital push, Amazon almost matched the commitment of Rs 32,500 crore ($5 billion) made last year.This move will pay high dividends to the global giant in increasing their market share in the country to take on Flipkart in its home ground. Currently, the Indian online marketing firm is the market lead in the country.Moreover, Amazon has pumped in around Rs 2,900 crore into its Indian marketplace arm—Amazon Seller Services. This is the third capital infusion into Amazon Seller Services this year, according to the Mint report.”As India’s largest and fastest growing e-commerce player, and with a long-term commitment to make e-commerce a habit for Indian customers, we continue to invest in the necessary technology and infrastructure to grow the entire ecosystem,” an Amazon India spokeswoman said in response to a query sent by the business daily.In the days to come, the company intends to pump in more funds. However, capital infusion now is symbolic because firm suffered good amount of revenue loss after the festive battle against Flipkart.Recently, Amazon India chief Amit Agarwal told Mint that the online retailer has a multi-billion dollar view as far as India is concerned.”I think our investments are still squarely in the same three areas—how do we add more selection, how do we make it easier for sellers to offer more competitive prices and how do we build for faster deliveries,” Agarwal then said.However, Flipkart, which is extremely well positioned, is nowhere behind in terms of funding and capital, with Japan’s SoftBank and China’s Tencent Holdings backing the firm.During the current financial year, Flipkart has raised Rs 19,500 crore ($3 billion) in two separate tranches.
Twitter via @EdemmettHarris County Judge Ed Emmett filed for re-election on November 11th.Harris County Judge Ed Emmett filed for re-election on November 11th and says the number one topic on his mind is the post-Harvey recovery and flood control, but there are other issues he wants to focus on if he wins the race next year.Emmett, who is a Republican, told Houston Public Media that “first and foremost, following Harvey, clearly the job of the county judge, as the director of homeland security and emergency management for the entire county, is to make sure that our county and everybody in it is safe.”Emmett recently presented a comprehensive plan for flood control and mitigation.Improving health care services in the county, for example by opening neighborhood clinics and promoting preventive medicine, is another topic that Emmett said he would like to keep working on, while expanding mental health care services has a special place on his list of things to do because “the fact that the Harris County jail is still the largest mental health facility in the state of Texas to me is just fundamentally wrong.”The Judge thinks the county jail’s diversion program and the Joint Processing Center can be useful in that regard because they help to divert people with mental health conditions to the appropriate care facilities, instead of sending them to jail.Emmett adds that improving transportation and expanding the county’s animal shelter are also important issues.“We need to keep improving it,” Emmett stressed about the animal shelter and added: “we’re greatly increasing the size but, when you realize that Harris County has more people than 26 states, we have a lot more stray animals than any other county and a lot of states.” Share
Come on August 16th at 10 a.m. to Christian Liberty Church’s Back to School Service. Free back packs and school supplies will be given to elementary and high school students. The services will be held at Frederick Douglas High School, 2301 Gwynn’s Falls Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21217. To donate or for more information contact 410.523.LOVE (5683)
On Dec. 20, the 4th Annual Interagency STEM Volunteer Fair will start from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW, with the aim to connect federal employees to STEM organizations and government agencies looking for volunteers to help the community during the holiday season. The event is free. Attendees will get the opportunity to meet STEM organizations, government agencies and schools in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas that need help. For more information, contact AnneMarie Horowitz at email@example.com.
From the new Steve Jobs Theater, Apple today unveiled three new smartphones, including the iPhone X.What CEO Tim Cook called “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone,” the 10th-anniversary handset comes packed with new features, including a Super Retina display, A11 Bionic chip, and wireless charging.As expected, the iPhone X (pronounced like the Roman numeral, not the letter) boasts a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge screen and virtual Home button: Swipe up from the bottom to exit any app, or swipe and pause for multi-tasking.New cameras promise better photos, videos (via Apple)No physical Home button also means no Touch ID. Instead, Cupertino introduced a “state-of-the-art” 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera system, which uses dot projector, infrared camera, and flood illuminator to map and recognize the user’s face. Unlock the phone, use Apple Pay, and gain access to secure apps with just one look.The same technology, dubbed Face ID, brings emoji to life as animated characters controlled with, you guessed it—your face. Available exclusively to iPhone X users, the iMessage app lets you record and send Animoji messages as a fox, panda, unicorn, or pile of poop.Animojis in action (via Apple)Other specs include 12-megapixel dual rear cameras, new Portrait Lighting software, LTE Advanced, Bluetooth 5.0, and stereo speakers.The high-end handset also comes with 12-megapixel dual rear cameras, new Portrait Lighting software, support for LTE Advanced and Bluetooth, and redesigned stereo speakers.Two iPhone X models—64GB and 256GB—start at $999, and will be available to pre-order in silver and space gray from Oct. 27; they hit Apple Store Town Square shelves on Nov. 3.Apple’s branded wireless charging mat is expected in 2018 (via Apple)Cupertino also unveiled the more affordable next-generation iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, enhanced 12-megapixel cameras, and the same A11 Bionic chip and wireless charging as iPhone X.That sleek glass back was designed specifically to enable wireless charging via the Qi (pronounced “chee”) ecosystem. At launch, Apple is selling two charging mats from Belkin and mophie. But the company is also working on its own accessory, expected in 2018, which can simultaneously charge your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X, an Apple Watch Series 3, and AirPod earbuds (with new wireless charging case, of course).Apple’s new phones are optimized for augmented reality (Apple)And while the headphone jack remains MIA, Cupertino has stuck with the Lightning port, as opposed to making the switch to USB-C.iPhone 8 and 8 Plus come in space gray, silver, and a new gold finish in increased 64GB and 256GB models. Pre-orders begin Friday, from $699 for the iPhone 8 and $799 for the 8 Plus; look for each on shelves starting Sept. 22.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. iOS 13 Forces You to Make Eye Contact While FaceTimingScreenshots of iOS 13 ‘Dark Mode’ Leaked Ahead of WWDC Stay on target
With the intentions to revive the folk music of different parts of our country, The Indira Gandhi National Art Center (IGNCA) has been organizing a successful “Sanjari:Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat” series every month from its 30th Foundation Day. The center is trying to make folk music available to the listeners so that it can maintain its existence and reach the new generation in its original form. The center has so far organized six successful events of ‘Sanjari: An India-best Bharat’ in which Arunachal, Bihar and Rajasthan, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir folk artists have made their presentation. In the 7th series of the event, folk singer of Uttarakhand Padmashri Basanti Bisht and Jogela Sidhuaj of Karnataka gave a presentation. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the first session of the series held on May 19, Uttarakhand’s first female Jagar singer Basanti Bisht tied up with her team to enthrall the audience. She started the program with the Manglik songs related to Vedic rites of Uttarakhand, after which she dedicated Jogger to Lord Bhole Nath. In the second session of the series on May 20, Karnataka folk artist Jogela Sidhuaju presented his presentation. Jogela Siddhu Raju, a folk singer of Karnataka, has been singing folk songs since childhood besides pursuing engineering. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSiddhuaju started his presentation with the description of various incarnations of Lord Shiva, whose words were ‘Balukkak (Blokkaka) Diya God Saaya’. Then he sang the Kamsale Padam, the Kamsale post was the melodious rhythm of the Karnataka Lok Gangit, whose lyrics were ‘Aadiri Raggaala-Nudisiri Taklagala’, that is, playing rhythm and singing the songs of Hari. His next presentation was ‘Chalindaru Malligeya’, which is the folk song of Malai Mahadevar South India.
News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Feature | March 03, 2015 | Dave Whitney Healthcare Imaging’s Essence and Transition Healthcare imaging has undergone five eras of technology evolution, and we can see how a major component of healthcare services is contributing to this overall evolution 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 Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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However, much of this perception has come from lack of a greater picture; the proverbial “forest for the trees.” No longer is radiology defined as a siloed infrastructure or walled-off service line catering only to physicians utilizing the platform, but it is now considered the transactional hub of services driving a consumer-based healthcare product. Although reimbursement and organizational strategies have driven much of the recent evolution, consumer awareness and attention to healthcare costs are pushing a demand for greater visibility into the mechanisms of healthcare. Increased consumer pressure to provide a consolidated view of disparate information sources necessitates aggregating tightly knit information within a unified platform. This level of unification requires highly interoperable systems working harmoniously as we see within other data-driven industries. Social media, the automobile industry, home automation and personal finance all represent excellent examples of industries designing consumer platforms to provide relevant and real-time information directly to the consumer’s application of choice. Industry leaders pursue this product demand, willingly or hesitantly, by uncoupling services for a more flexible approach to providing consumers what they need, where they need it and when they need it. What has changed is the broad availability and greater quantity of technology solutions such as bandwidth, emerging software technologies, devices and adoption across a greater market of consumers. Technical advancements have untethered physical access to information silos and are now pushing the limits of logical distribution and global accessibility. Thomas L. Friedman identified the paradigm shift in how business is and will be conducted 10 years ago in his 2005 book “The World Is Flat.” An important component of Friedman’s observations is that this flattening represents a globalization of products, services and technologies. To achieve this globalization of services and consumer-based product, it’s important to understand how the healthcare system is progressing within the evolutionary cycle. Proverbially, we need to begin to visualize the “forest for the trees” and theoretically change how we perceive iterative development in healthcare information technology (HIT). Defining five iterative eras abridges the evolution present within many other technical markets:1. The Invention Era — Technology is applied to a need 2. The Adoption Era —Technology becomes a standard3. The Integration Era —Technology becomes a component of workflow4. The Interoperability Era — Technology provides data liquidity5. The Unification Era — Technology presents an optimized and seamless environmentThe challenge with using this model as a holistic approach to healthcare evolution is knowing that many components of the overall healthcare product are at varied stages of need, discovery, use and adoption. Much the same challenge other industries have struggled to overcome, a unified healthcare system must not only account for a consumer base of general population users, but also each user type interacting with a multitude of interconnected systems. The healthcare industry has many years of work ahead to fully achieve and implement a unified product line to meet all consumer demands. However, using healthcare imaging as an example we can see a how a major component of healthcare services is contributing to the overall evolution.The Invention Era — In the very late 1800s through 1913, experiments led to the birth of nuclear chemistry and resulted in the invention of the hot cathode tube. These developments led to early attempts to visualize cancer.The Adoption Era — Immediately following the Invention Era and extending up through the 1960s, the birth of the Western Roentgen Society, general use of radiographic films, and further development of the emerging industry’s components, signaled standardized use and the need for imaging technologies.The Integration Era — Although invention and adoption rapidly continued in many areas, the birth of the picture archive and communication system (PACS) in 1985 crossed a major milestone in the industry. The result of this milestone meant that the radiology industry could now consolidate its data into a single platform for managing workflow. Achieving this integration required a standard for modalities and systems to communicate, thus producing the DICOM standard that same year.Not only did we experience consolidation and standards development in the imaging space, the demand for system-wide workflow and data integrations became apparent. Workflow and radiology information systems (RIS), telecommunications, integrated voice recognition, and electronic health and medical records (EHR and EMR) are great examples of how HIT began to pull together ancillary services for consolidated workflows. Standards were created, revised and deprecated rapidly while evolution of storage methodologies and advanced transport protocols began establishing a baseline for performance, reliability and standardization. Additionally, software vendors began consolidating ancillary systems into proprietary packaged platforms to gather as much HIT market share as possible. These consolidations lead to closed architecture platforms, exposing the final hurdles of integration, and closing out the era with a deconstruction and stratification of HIT systems. The Interoperability Era — While the Integration Era continued to experience infusion of new technologies and a race to keep up with demand, healthcare technologies began to struggle with large-scale implementation and proprietary integration. The Interoperability Era represents our current period and one that focuses on system providers deploying capabilities designed for not only one-to-one integration, but one-to-many interoperability. These requirements clearly dictate the rising demand for interoperability-based standards. However, all interconnected systems must adhere to the finalized standard for it to be implemented successfully. This means each system provider must begin accounting for the applicable standards and rapidly develop capabilities to implement them as they are finalized. Not only are these standards critical for system-to-system exchange, but also for system-to-client exchange. For instance, existing Web standards have recently been adopted as an efficient method for image transport, access and display. Medical image viewing providers are breaking away from proprietary software applications and cumbersome transport protocols and have begun utilizing existing Web-based standards. This combination allows image distribution to function with consumer-based products such as commercial browsers and mobile technologies, resulting in flexible low-overhead applications.The Unification Era — As we round out the interoperability era in the upcoming years, we can continue to expect larger amounts of systems to operate cohesively. This cohesion will provide a collaborative and unified approach to presenting data in a single interface of the user’s preference, regardless of the origin and format. In fact, we already see some of this taking place with the big data initiatives and aforementioned EMR systems. Unfortunately, the consolidation of contextual data (EMR) and centralized image storage (vendor neutral archives) still requires mutually exclusive interfaces for visualization. These mutually exclusive interfaces must eventually consolidate into a single view to provide a singular consumer access point. This means all data (imaging and contextual) must be considered an image when visualized by the consumer. Inversely, it also implies that all image-type data be considered “data” when utilized for analytics. Over time and during the unification era, consumer demand to visualize both contextual and image data within a single interface will drive providers to rethink how they approach managing data. The Source of Truth and the Consumer ApplicationUltimately, this era of unification will not only account for a consolidation and reconsideration for how we manage data (image, contextual or otherwise), but also visualization and manipulation of this data within a single interface. This dramatically changes what we perceive as the “source of truth” with respect for presenting data. Historically, consumers have utilized applications directly connected to the native source of the data they wish to view. The “source of truth” was almost always the native repository and provided a myopic view of available data. Multiple interfaces were required to view multiple sources of truth, limiting the ability to aggregate and calculate correlation and causality of information. The advent of unification, consolidation and innovation will allow healthcare information technology to assemble multiple “source of truth” sources into a single interface for consumer access. Depending on the consumer’s need, an application may aggregate many different sources of truth to the user, manipulated and visualized in very different ways from application to application. From a user’s perspective, the specific applications will become a virtual or proxy source of truth in which data is handled and presented according to the requirements of the healthcare user. Dave Whitney is a senior consultant at Ascendian Healthcare Consulting and a frequent contributor on the subject of health information technology. 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Carnival Corporation granted US approval for travel to CubaCarnival Corporation & plc today announced that the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce granted approval for the company to begin travel to Cuba. Carnival Corporation intends to take travellers to Cuba beginning in May 2016 via its newly launched fathom brand – a new social impact travel brand providing purpose-oriented, social impact experiences, initially in the Dominican Republic.Carnival Corporation intends to operate fathom travel itineraries directly to Cuba for the purpose of providing cultural, artistic, faith-based and humanitarian exchanges between American and Cuban citizens. Authorised under current U.S.-to-Cuba travel guidelines, the new Cuban itineraries on fathom will strictly comply with U.S. Department of Treasury rules that allow licensed travel companies to transport approved travellers to Cuba to engage in activities that support the Cuban people. Carnival Corporation is in active discussions and plans to work with the appropriate authorities in Cuba so that Cuban approval is granted.Launched June 4 as Carnival Corporation’s 10th global brand, fathom is designed as a purpose-driven brand to enrich the lives of its travellers and in the case of the Dominican Republic, drive sustainable social impact on a significant scale. The brand expects to attract 37,000 annual travellers who collectively could spend a total of more than 100,000 days a year either volunteering or immersing in educational and cultural exchanges in local communities.Beginning in April 2016, fathom will embark on weekly seven-day voyages from Port Miami aboard the MV Adonia, a 710-passenger vessel redeployed from Carnival Corporation’s P&O Cruises (UK) brand. fathom’s first impact destination will be the northern region of the Dominican Republic, where Carnival Corporation’s new port of call, Amber Cove, will serve as home base.Following the inaugural April month of voyages to the Dominican Republic, fathom intends to offer both Dominican and Cuban itineraries on a systematic and regular basis, giving travellers the opportunity to choose from two destinations and a range of activities from social impact in the Dominican Republic and educational and cultural exchanges in both countries designed to have a positive, transformative effect on the lives of the travellers.“We are excited about receiving U.S. approval as the very important first step to ultimately take travellers to Cuba under the existing 12 criteria for authorised travel. We look forward to working with the Cuban authorities for their approval to help make the social, cultural and humanitarian exchanges between U.S. citizens and the people of Cuba a reality,” President and CEO of Carnival Corporation Arnold Donald said.Source = Carnival Corporation
Vietjet celebrates Vietnamese Women’s DayVietjet celebrates Vietnamese Women’s DayThe Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Vietnam was recently awash with a vivid display of colour as Vietjet transformed the airport into a fashion runway in celebration of Vietnamese Women’s Day, the first time a catwalk performance was held there.The new-aged budget carrier launched a series of activities to commemorate the special day, which is celebrated biannually in Vietnam, including the special catwalk displaying ten impressive traditional Ao Dai dresses by well-known fashion designer Thuan Viet. Passengers on board flight VJ126 from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi also had the exclusive privilege of enjoying the catwalk up-close as Vietjet took the performance to the skies.The collection of Ao Dai dresses which incorporates popular Vietnamese myths such as Tam Cam, Son Tinh-Thuy Tinh and Au Co Lac Long Quan were specially hand-drawn by designer Thuan Viet himself. Vietnamese supermodel Vo Hoang Yen ruled the catwalk alongside Vietjet’s team of models to beautifully showcase the collection which was created using 3D printing techniques.As part of the celebration, passengers – particularly women on board Vietjet flights on 20 October were also treated to exclusive gifts and vouchers including cosmetics from leading American skincare brand, Murad. Vietjet also gave passengers a chance to win other valuable prizes through a lucky draw conducted on board the flights.Known for its quirky ideas and in-flight performances, Vietjet continues to bring passengers unique experiences to enhance their travel journey. To be part of Vietjet’s fun and unusual travel experience, visit www.vietjetair.com or www.m.vietjetair.com (mobile), download the vietjetair app, join vietjetairvietnam on Facebook or call the 24/7 call centre at (+603) 2730 9887.Source = Vietjet
The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) in collaboration with Air Mauritius hosted a FAM (familiarisation) trip for 10 top wedding planners from Western India. A destination wedding is as luxurious as it is expensive and hence, the target segment has to be selected accordingly.The aim was to showcase Mauritius as a wedding destination and a step beyond– from inception to conception. They visited several hotels, other venues suitable for holding Indian Weddings and interacted with service providers, including local tour operators, from this sector. A second group of ten planners from North East India will be in Mauritius in May 2017.“Last year, the country attracted no fewer than six ‘Big Fat Indian Weddings’. For 2017, five marriages are already planned, with many more in the pipeline,” says Vivek Anand, Country Manager- India, MTPA.
Go back to the enewsletterConrad Hotels & Resorts has officially debuted THE MURAKA this month at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Now welcoming guests to dive into an extraordinary experience both above and below the surface of the Indian Ocean, THE MURAKA is a triumph of modern design and technology, delivering a truly transformative journey suited to amaze the most sophisticated explorers across the globe.“The completion of THE MURAKA is a personal lifetime achievement,” said Ahmed Saleem, a Director at Crown Company and chief architect and designer of the residence. “After years in the making, my team and I are proud to officially present THE MURAKA residence and its accompanying Maldivian experience to worldly travellers who crave the extraordinary.”THE MURAKA | Image credit: Credit Justin NicholasTHE MURAKA features four curated menu suggestions packed with exclusive and customisable experiences tailored to varying desires of today’s travellers. Defining the core ethos of THE MURAKA journey these experience menus – The Wanderers, The Flavors, The Soul and The Thrill – complement the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore one of the world’s most breathtaking natural environments from an entirely new perspective. Personalised ServiceGuests who stay at THE MURAKA will have devoted butlers who are dedicated to hyper-personalisation and attention to detail for each expertly crafted stay in the residence. Available 24 hours a day/7 days a week, these butlers deliver exceptional service and stand out as ambassadors of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island as they guide guests through their own unique Maldivian journey.THE MURAKA Overwater Master Bedroom | Image credit: Credit Justin NicholasBeyond that, they are equipped with the ability to educate guests about the options available in THE MURAKA and in the Maldives. THE MURAKA butlers are also able to accommodate any circumstances and requests for guests ranging from the need for privacy to exclusive culinary experiences and soul-enriching journey’s designed to add dimension to the MURAKA experience. Among the most important qualities, these butlers share a passion for culture, environment and adventure.sTHE MURAKA – Overwater Master Bathroom | Image credit: Credit Justin NicholasAmong the new enhancements being made at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, the property is also now welcoming guests to stay at the newly redeveloped Deluxe Beach Villas. Designed by MURAKA’s design collaborator Yuji Yamazaki, the Deluxe Beach Villas are a celebration of the natural environment and continue to be one of the resort’s most popular villa categories. With a new design that is focused on creating a space that invites and inspires, the resort has invested US$8.3 million in redeveloping its 42 award-winning Deluxe Beach Villas, which also launch this month.Each villa is set amid the dense tropical flora and fauna offering the utmost in privacy. Rich natural and understated interiors are accented throughout the spacious living areas that are illuminated with natural light and a Japanese-inspired garden with outdoor seating area, and private access to the palm-fringed beach are key design features of the Deluxe Beach Villas.THE MURAKA – Overwater Lounge | Image credit: Credit Justin NicholasConrad Maldives Rangali Island offers the popular Conrad Concierge mobile app, which gives global luxury travellers the ability to customise details of their hotel stay before, during and after each visit via a smartphone or tablet. Whether it’s pre-selecting bath amenities or checking-in while in-transit from the airport, guests can access a variety of features by using the app.THE MURAKA Overwater Deck | Image credit: Credit Justin NicholasConrad Maldives Rangali Island participates in Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors mobile app.More at www.conradmaldives.com.Lead image: Undersea Bedroom at Night | Image Credit: Justin NicholasGo back to the enewsletter