NYNJ Port to Test 1st AllElectric Straddle Carrier in US

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The first all-electric straddle carrier in the United States is scheduled to arrive at the Port of New York and New Jersey by the end of this year.The pilot program is the Port Authority’s most recent initiative to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement.Under a partnership with the Port Authority, Maher Terminals has agreed to pilot test the all-electric straddle carrier for a year on its container terminal at the Elizabeth Port Authority Marine Terminal to determine its operational and environmental benefits.It will be the first test of an all-electric straddle carrier anywhere in a United States port, according to the Port of New York and New Jersey.“The one-year pilot test will explore the level of greenhouse gas emissions that can be reduced by the all-electric straddle carrier. By not emitting any tailpipe gases, this single all-electric straddle carrier will reduce greenhouse gases from the equivalent of 52 fewer passenger vehicles,” the port authority explained.At its October 25, 2018 meeting, the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners unanimously embraced the Paris Climate Agreement. The resolution adopted by the Board called for a 35 percent reduction by 2025 in greenhouse gas emissions generated by the Port Authority’s own operations. The Board also reaffirmed the agency’s prior commitment to an 80-percent reduction by 2050.last_img read more

EIA Sulphur Cap to Extensively Affect Shipping Refining

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 sulphur cap will have wide-ranging repercussions for the global refining and shipping industries as well for petroleum supply, demand, trade flows, and prices.According to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the reduction of sulphur content in marine fuels from the previous limit of 3.5%, established in 2012, to 0.5% as of 2020, already saw the shipping and refining industries start making preparations and investments to varying degrees to accommodate IMO 2020 regulations.As the implementation date for the sulfur cap approaches, the EIA expects that shifts in petroleum product pricing may begin as early as mid-to-late 2019.The effects on petroleum prices are expected to be most acute in 2020, but would be moderate after that. However, the regulations would affect petroleum supply, demand, and trade flows on a more long-term basis, EIA added.Because IMO 2020 will affect petroleum markets across several years, EIA’s STEO forecast and AEO2019 projections provide complementary insights into the effects of the regulations.EIA released a report on the matter, explaining the findings related to IMO 2020 from the STEO and AEO2019 analysis, as well as the uncertainties that might affect the way that actual outcomes deviate from EIA’s forecasts and projections.last_img read more

GEOFF MACNAUGHTON APPOINTED TIFFS NEW DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY

first_imgGEOFF MACNAUGHTON Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img “I am extremely excited for this opportunity to help shape what TIFF offers to the local and international industry,” said Macnaughton. “The film and television landscape is constantly changing, and it’s important for us to be mindful of these developments in order to provide meaningful business, talent development, and networking opportunities for all.”Macnaughton will begin his new post immediately, reporting to Bailey, and will work closely with the Festival Programming Team on transition plans.Social Media:Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TIFFTwitter:  https://twitter.com/TIFF_netInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/tiff_net/YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/TIFF#TIFF19.About TIFFTIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributorsincluding Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.TIFF is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L’Oréal Paris, and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto Advertisement TORONTO — Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head of TIFF, today announced the appointment of Geoff Macnaughton to Director of Industry. Macnaughton will oversee the organization’s industry programming and talent development initiatives, as well as industry-related sales and services. He will continue to act as Lead Programmer of Primetime, the Toronto International Film Festival’s programme highlighting the best in international television series.Macnaughton has been with the organization for 12 years, as a Senior Manager on both the Industry and Festival Programming teams. His balance of artistic vision and business acumen has allowed him to build strong and strategic relationships with partners, including distributors, sales agents, producers, and promotional agencies, both local and international.“Geoff worked his way up on TIFF’s Industry team, winning the trust of buyers, sellers and creators as he helped grow our reach and impact every year,” said Cameron Bailey. “He brings a wealth of experience to his new position as Director of Industry, and recently adding Festival programming to his portfolio has expanded his expertise and network. We’re looking forward to delivering the very best in Industry services, sales and programming under Geoff’s new leadership.” Twitterlast_img read more

Household debttoincome ratio should be winding down Wilkins says

OTTAWA — A top Bank of Canada official says she expects the country’s high levels of household debt relative to disposable income to gradually start winding down.Speaking before a parliamentary committee, senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins says the central bank is seeing a slowdown in credit growth for both mortgages and other forms of household debt at a time when labour income is moving higher.Wilkins says over the coming years the ratio of household debt to disposable income should stabilize — although she expects it to take time, since the accumulation itself was a long process.Meet the alternative mortgage lender who’s a last resort for desperate homebuyers bigger banks won’t touchWhy the Bank of Canada is likely to raise interest rates again before summerMore than 40% of Canadians feeling pinch of rising interest rates, up five percentage pointsThe latest figure for the household debt ratio shows Canadians’ burdens have remained in record-breaking territory at 170.4 per cent — which translates to just over $1.70 in debt for debt for every dollar of disposable income.The reading for the final three months of 2017 was a slight decrease from the ratio’s historical peak of 170.5 per cent the previous quarter, a downturn some analysts believe could suggest Canada’s debt growth may have turned a corner.Wilkins says the debt buildup has included asset purchases such as housing, therefore Canadians have also benefitted from higher net worths — which she believes is a more reassuring story.The debt ratio is a popular measure for policy-makers, but some experts see it as just one number out of many. They insist consideration must also be given to the composition of the debt, such as how much of it is high risk.“Household debt to income has been rising for quite a number of years and, in fact, since the early 2000s,” said Wilkins, who appeared at the committee alongside Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz.“And so, for what took such a long time to build up, it’s going to take a bit of time to wind down.”The ratio has been steadily rising since 1990, when it was 90 per cent.The Bank of Canada has carefully assessed the economic risks of consumer debt in order to determine how quickly it can raise interest rates without piling on too many debt-servicing costs for over-stretched households. The central bank, which has raised rates three times since last July, has called Canadians’ debt burdens an area of top concern.On Monday, Poloz said Canadians’ high debt loads has likely made households 50 per cent more sensitive to interest rate movements. read more

For job at UN health agency smokers need not apply

The decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) has been motivated by matters of principle, since the Agency cannot ask its Member States to respect the International Anti-Tobacco Treaty and not apply it to its own personnel, spokesperson Fadela Chaib told a news briefing in Geneva today. Current employees who are smokers are encouraged to stop smoking. The WHO application form includes a question as to whether the applicant is a smoker and whether they will stop smoking. The WHO will not, however, investigate its employees to discover whether they are smokers, Ms. Chaib said.The Agency’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) requires Parties to restrict tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion, set new labelling and indoor air standards, and strengthen laws against tobacco smuggling. read more

Lack of offense frustrating as Ohio State womens ice hockey drops both

Ohio State junior forward Claudia Kepler (24) controls the puck during a game against Bemidji State University on Nov. 6 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Eileen McClory | Senior Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team is still searching for consistency after losing both games in its weekend series to Bemidji State, falling to 4-6-0 on the season.On Friday, the Buckeyes lost 2-1 despite outshooting the Beavers 22-17 in what turned out to be a stifling defensive game. Freshman forward Dana Rasmussen scored the lone goal for OSU. Senior Hannah Moher and sophomore Bailey Wright scored for the Beavers.On Saturday, the third period began tied 1-1 with the Buckeyes leading in shots 27-14. But two goals late in the third period gave Bemidji State the victory and the series sweep.“I think for the most part we controlled both the games. I thought we outplayed them for the majority of the game,” OSU coach Jenny Potter said. “I think there were just a few times that our players broke down mentally.” Bemidji State junior goaltender Brittni Mowat started both games for the Beavers, allowing just two goals on the weekend despite facing a combined 55 shots in the two games.“Bemidji has a great team, but they’re not invincible. We had plenty of scoring opportunities, plenty of chances, our team needs to learn how to bury them,” Potter said.Redshirt freshman Alex LaMere started both games in goal for the Buckeyes, turning away all but three shots on the weekend, while going through long stretches of quiet net play. With the lull in opportunities to save shots, LaMere said she just tries to stay locked in.“It’s definitely a mental game at that point, you just have to keep sharp on your edges,” LaMere said.The second game opened with the Buckeyes holding an 8-1 shot advantage, but the team believed the tempo of the game picked up considerably as it wore on. LaMere said she thinks the defense was able to keep pace with the Beavers’ attack. “Our defensive zone has come a really long way,” LaMere said. “(The skaters) stick with your girl, if we can play five-on-five that way we’ll be just fine.”LaMere expressed no frustration in having sit through a quiet first half of play before a run of fast-paced play in the final 30 minutes.“Yesterday we saw a lot of the same thing as today, it started off slower and then the pace picked up, from a goalie’s standpoint. (We) just have to keep moving and keep in the game,” LaMere said.Bemidji State entered the weekend series with one of the top ranked defenses in all of college hockey, however, OSU expressed frustration at the opportunities missed having outshot the Beavers in both games.“I guess they’re learning the hard way,” Potter said. “It can be frustrating as a coach, but it’s the learning process they’re going through.”Senior forward Kendall Curtis, who scored the lone OSU goal on Saturday, voiced her irritation with the lack of offensive results, but she said she believes in the team’s system.“Sometimes it can get frustrating, but we what want to focus on is getting new looks and how to create new offense, that was our focus,” Curtis said.Curtis’ goal was the product of strong communication and game planning with her linemates: sophomore Julianna Iafallo and junior Claudia Kepler.“We really know our roles,” Curtis said. “We know that the best way for us to operate is by playing with some giddy-up, winning battles, keeping it simple, keeping our feet moving.”Curtis, who earlier this week was named an alternate captain, said she thinks the play of her line is important to the success of the program, which is struggling to score with only 22 goals in its first 10 games.“The giddy-up we bring to the ice every shift is really important,” Curtis said. “We know that.”The Buckeyes are set to begin a five-game road swing when they travel to face North Dakota in Grand Forks for a weekend series on Nov. 14 and 15. read more

Students in group legal action to claim millions in compensation over lost

Shimon Goldwater, a senior solicitor at the firm, said that decision on how to proceed will be taken in the next few weeks, and it is likely that if a case is brought, it would be “a set of 10 to 20 universities that we would be suing”.Which universities are involved is likely to depend on which students come forward, he said.He claimed that if a class action suit was successful, institutions could have to pay out millions of pounds.”Over 20,000 undergraduates attend each large UK university,” he suggested. “Paying approximately £500 compensation each to 20,000 students would cost £10 million.” Students can sign up on a website set up by specialist law firm Asserson, which would mean all the individual claims could be grouped together and heard at the same time if a law suit goes ahead. Over 1,000 students from some of the UK’s biggest universities have launched collective legal action which could see universities pay out millions in compensation for lost teaching time during recent lecturer strikes.The law firm behind the group action believe institutions, including Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol and Manchester, could end up paying out £10m each.It comes after staff from 64 universities around the UK were hit bay 14 days of strikes in a dispute over pensions.When the action collected 1,000 signatures, it triggered the number needed to apply for a Group Litigation Order. It’s expected that more students could sign up too.According to lawyers, a quarter of those who signed up are overseas students. The most number of signatories have come from the University of Manchester.Members of the University and College Union staged a wave of strikes in February and March as part of a bitter dispute over changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), a major pension scheme. UCU called off further action earlier this month after members accepted new proposals put forward by Universities UK. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

VIDEO Andrea Lekic Magic moments

← Previous Story Claus Uhrenholt is new BSV Silkeborg coach Next Story → Christian Spanne to leave Wisla Plock One of the world’s best players, Andrea Lekic finished chapter of her career in Hungarian Gyor in big style. She repeated goal-magic from the last years EHF CL semi-final match in Romania, this time in Veszprem during semi-final match of Hungarian Cup. Andrea lekic goalsmagic handball goals

Charge your phone with a bolt of lightning

first_imgThe thought of charging a phone with anything other than an irritatingly short wire may seem like something from science fiction, but there are less conventional methods to get that battery back up to 100%.Wireless charging is one option, though your phone still has to be in one set location, normally on a charging pad. There are other, wackier devices that charge your phone without the tether of an electrical outlet, though, like those camping devices that use fire. Now, University of Southampton scientists have use a bolt of lightning to charge a phone.The Southampton scientists teamed up with Nokia, and used a transformer to create a lightning bolt in a controlled lab environment. The team passed 200,000 volts across an 11-inch gap, and circuitry from Nokia was placed in the same vicinity. The circuitry was able to stabilize the bolt, and draw power from it.Rather than just sounding cool, or making you one step closer to your dream of powering a time traveling car during a bad storm in a race against time, the experiment proved that consumer-grade devices can draw enough power to hold a charge from electric currents passing through the air.If this technology does make its way to consumers, it might be as a service at first, rather than an antenna you plug into your roof. The modern world already has electricity in abundance, so harnessing free electricity from the sky at some kind of base station on the ground would help power remote areas where electricity isn’t readily available.Until then, don’t run outside during a storm and stick a tall metal pole into the Lightning port of your iPhone 5S.last_img read more

Instagram recule et ne vendra pas vos photos

first_imgInstagram recule et ne vendra pas vos photos ! Suite à la parution de nouvelles conditions lundi, expliquant que l’application de partage de photos se réservait le droit de partager les clichés avec sa maison mère et même de les utiliser pour les vendre, le Web s’est mis en émoi et ses utilisateurs ont haussé le ton, mardi. Aujourd’hui, le cofondateur d’Instagram tente d’apaiser les esprits. Mais est-ce trop tard ?Les nouvelles conditions d’utilisation d’Instagram, les ToS, publiées lundi sur le Web ont enflammé ce dernier d’une fureur d’utilisateur rarement atteinte. Et pour cause, dans ces nouvelles ToS, l’application de partage de photo se réservait le droit de partager les photos et les données des usagers de son service avec sa maison mère, Facebook. Pire, cette dernière pouvait utiliser les contenus pour les revendre sans aucune rétribution en contrepartie.La réaction des internautes ne s’est pas fait attendre : des Tweets du mannequin Coco Rocha, en passant par ceux de l’actrice Tiffani Thiessen, en passant par les réactions indignées du National Geographic, comptant 645.000 abonnés et relevés par l’édition numérique du Nouvel Observateur, la colère gronde et a persévéré, jusqu’aux précisions donnés par Kevin Systrom, co-fondateur d’Instagram, qui viennent calmer le jeu entre l’application et ses utilisateurs fermant de façon massive leurs comptes.S’excusant des conditions qui avaient été publiées, il a tenu a clarifier et à préciser les intentions de son entreprise vis à vis des contenus privés des utilisateurs d’Instagram :”Pour être clair nous n’avons pas l’intention de vendre vos photos. Et pour cette raison, nous allons retirer cette phrase”, concernant la propriété des photos, il assure qu’elles restent les œuvres de leurs propriétaires respectifs.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Tout en affirmant qu’une nouvelle version des conditions d’utilisation du service allait voir le jour, il s’excuse une nouvelle fois vis à vis du texte initial : “le langage était confus et c’est de notre faute. Il est facile de mal interpréter un texte juridique”, relève l’édition numérique du journal 20 minutes.Une chose reste sûre, les conditions d’utilisation affichées lundi montrent que les utilisateurs ne faiblissent pas dans leur vigilance. Pour ne pas perdre sa communauté, Instagram va devoir redoubler de clarté et de précision dans l’avenir, que cela soit vis à vis de l’utilisation de son service, comme celle des données enregistrées sur ses serveurs.Le 19 décembre 2012 à 19:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Kirby Café opens in Tokyo and is intensely kawaii as expected

first_imgDid you know you can also listen to the official soundtrack?Titled, The Sound of Kirby Cafe, they have the entire music soundtrack up online for you to sample, and you can purchase the CD in store.The Tokyo branch does not have a closing date set, so we hope it sticks around for a while. However, the Osaka and Nagoya locations already have an end date. Osaka’s Kirby Café and shop run until September 25th, and Nagoya’s cafe is already closed, but the goods shop will remain there until September 4th.You can see updates about the cafe on the Kirby Café official Twitter and their website. Kirby macaroon cream puff<><> Last week, Nintendo opened their third location of their pop up Kirby Café chain, this time in Tokyo. We know what you’re thinking: How in the world is it fair that Japan already got THREE Kirby Cafés while we here in the West have NONE? It is unfair. A grievous injustice.The Kirby Cafés have been a hit with fans since the first branch opened in late August this year. The cafes are colorful and mostly decorated with cute plush items and exclusive souvenir goods that you can purchase, but the main draw of this whimsical cafe is the insanely cute food.The menu is a flurry of adorable themed platters of your youthful Nintendo dreams. With names like the Fluffy Kirby Pancake, Mount Dedede Pizza, and Pupupuchino (cappuccino…. get it???), your mind will be blown when you check out these food photos.last_img read more

Thai Time brings the flavor and the heat

first_imgWhy: Thai Time opened in December. The restaurant occupies a strip mall space and incorporates a modern look with traditional Thai menu options. Thai Time is open seven days a week with dine-in and take-out service.What I tried: To start, my dining companions and I tried the pork pot stickers and the spring rolls. I had the pad Thai with chicken, and my dining companions settled on the barbecued pork and the pad see ew made with tofu. As is the norm for Thai restaurants, the desired level of spicy heat is identified by a scale of one to four peppers — four being very hot. I chose mild for my dish, and my dining companions opted for medium spicy (two peppers) for the pad see ew and spicy (three peppers) for the barbecued pork.The pot stickers were deep fried and served with a sweet-and-sour sauce. The exterior of the pot stickers was light and crispy. I thought they were exceptionally appetizing compared with the pan-fried steamed ones, and the pork filling was tasty. The sweet-and-sour sauce was the color of teriyaki sauce and had a flavor that was more sweet than sour.The vegetable-filled spring rolls were petite, and each delicate layer of the wrap was extra crispy. Both appetizers provided a delicious start to our meal.The pad Thai consisted of noodles, a generous amount of white and dark chicken, a marginal amount of scrambled egg and green onion and was topped with bean sprouts. Ground peanuts were included, but I could not taste them apart from the rest of the ingredients. The dish was not as sweet as is typically served at other Thai restaurants, and I appreciated the generous amount of chicken, of which there were not any chewy pieces — another plus.last_img read more

Census Bureau adds areas languages to be translated for Alaska elections

first_imgYup’ik and English ”I Voted” stickers from Bethel’s municipal election. Photo courtesy of Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.More people who speak Alaska Native languages but who have limited English proficiency will receive translated sample ballots and other election material. That’s due to changes the U.S. Census Bureau announced on Monday.Listen NowThe Census Bureau expanded the number of areas and languages eligible for election material translation.Indra Arriaga, who manages language assistance compliance for the state Division of Elections, said it’s important to ensure that people receive translated sample ballots and election outreach public service announcements in minority languages.“Anytime you have an increased number of people at the polls deciding things for themselves, it’s a benefit,” Arriaga said. “And that is the mandate of the division: to make sure that any Alaskan who is eligible to vote can vote.”In 1975, Congress found that people who speak some minority languages had been effectively excluded from participating in the electoral process. It amended the Voting Rights Act to ensure that election materials are provided in languages other than English.The Census Bureau periodically changes the list of local areas and languages that are covered.On Monday, it expanded the areas where Yupik translations will be available to include Aleutians East, Bristol Bay, Kenai, Kodiak Island and Lake and Peninsula boroughs. In addition, Aleutians West census area must receive Unungam Tunuu language assistance. Southeast Fairbanks and Valdez-Cordova census areas must receive services in Athabascan languages. And Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area must have Inupiaq language translation available.Arriaga said the division has to do additional work to arrange for translations. She notes that the census data isn’t always precise about several factors: “The number of speakers within the minority group, the educational attainment, and then whether or not folks check the box on the census that says, ‘Do you speak English very well?’ Which in and of itself is kind of funny, because the question is in English.”The Census Bureau designates languages for translation based on its estimates for speakers who have limited English proficiency.Many of the areas with the largest number of Alaska Native language speakers were already covered. The federal government mandates that the state provide translations of written materials. The state also provides bilingual election workers in some precincts.John Active has translated for Yupik voters in Bethel. He’s encouraged by the expansion in the areas where Yupik translation is available. He said some voters need the help.“Most of them are elders, and they’re only Yupik speakers,” Active said. “They don’t speak English. They don’t understand English.”The Division of Elections has work to do to ensure that translations will be available in the newly added languages. One of its first steps will be to reach out to local governments and tribes to determine which languages are used in each area. For example, the Census Bureau said Athabascan translations are needed in Southeast Fairbanks, Valdez and Cordova, but doesn’t say which Athabascan languages must be translated.Allan Hayton directs the Doyon Foundation’s Language Revitalization Program in Fairbanks. He noted that there are nine different Athabascan languages in the area his foundation serves.Hayton was encouraged by the expanded designations.“All of our languages currently are endangered,” Hayton said. “For those that are voting, to be informed of what they’re voting on, who they’re voting for, this type of language assistance is invaluable.”Arriaga said the timing of the announcement is good for the division, since it gives officials more than a year to prepare for the next statewide election, the primaries in 2018.She said the cost for the added translations must be determined. The federal government covers some of the costs, but the state also pays some.last_img read more

Who is Karan Patel Cricketerturnedbaseball player and first Indianorigin man drafted by

first_imgKaran Patel is the first Indian-American to be drafted by a MLB teamSouthSideSox.comThe 2014 Hollywood movie ‘Million Dollar Arm’ presented a fictionalised and exoticised version of a real story about an American sports agent who comes to India in search of talented boys who can become good baseball players. The actual talent hunt program ‘The Million Dollar Arm’ took place in 2008 and the two lucky men who were selected to go to USA and receive training under the aegis of Major League Baseball (MLB) teams were Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel.Though both these men became the first Indians to sign a contract with MLB teams and underwent coaching, they were not able to make a big mark. Rinku is now a professional wrestler working in WWE’s developmental territory. But now, a less melodramatic but equally interesting story has unfolded in real life with a man of Indian origin becoming the first to be drafted by a MLB side.Karan Patel was born and brought up in USA and is no different from most boys of that country. But his Indian roots are reflected in his association with cricket. Patel succeeded in becoming an international player and played for USA at that level. But at the same time, he also kept himself involved with another sport that is way more popular in America than cricket – baseball.And now, the journey of this 22-year old has reached a new level with him becoming the first person of Indian origin or descent to be drafted into a MLB team – Chicago White Sox. The fact that he has been able to succeed in both sports makes this young man from Sugar Land, Texas a special character. Karan Patel has been picked up by Chicago White SoxTwitter/Conference USAKaran’s backgroundHis connection to cricket came from his father who was a cricketer himself and played for USA. But as he grew up, he also started to take interest in baseball. The fact that he was a bowler in cricket meant that pitching was his favoured suit. He may have moved on in his cricket career to become, primarily, a batsman, but pitching is what he continued to excel in at college level baseball.What’s even more interesting is that he credits his experience as a cricketer for some of those qualities that have made him a success at junior level baseball. An Alumni at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the young man is able to generate speeds of up to 94 miles/hour and also has those tricks of variation in pace that pitchers use to trouble their opponents.The Texan lad from an Indian background may just be the role model that Indian-Americans need to embrace this sport. Considering the affinity it has to their most loved sport, Cricket, there is no reason why more such players shouldn’t come through. While he may not have a movie made about his own journey, he will certainly be an inspiration to many young kidslast_img read more

WATCH Woodworking Wonder Thomas Irven

first_img Share Woodworker Thomas Irven spins magic on his lathe – creating amazing pieces of art – learn more about Thomas Irven’s art this Friday night (May 17) at 7:30pm on Arts InSight on Houston Public Media – TV 8last_img

VIDEO US student released from North Korea prison following arrival of Dennis

first_imgShortly after NBA bad boy and unofficial American diplomat Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea for his second informal diplomatic visit to the rogue country, a U.S. student who was detained in a Pyongyang prison was released from custody.Otto Warmbier, a 22-year old former University of Virginia student, was arrested and given a 15-year prison sentence for ripping down a political poster during a 2016 student trip. He had been imprisoned in a labor camp ever since and according to his parents has been in a coma for over a year.The U.S. Department of State is denying that Rodman’s visit is in anyway connected with the release of Warmbier, but we’re gonna go ahead and give the credit to The Worm.Dennis Rodman, you the real MVP. Good thing the release didn’t come down to a free throw shooting contest.BREAKING: American released from N. Korean prison. Unclear if related to Dennis Rodman visit https://t.co/FDPMNJYk3L https://t.co/3bBZn297qX— Robin Meade (@RobinMeade) June 13, 2017last_img read more

WATCH Demi Lovato is bossass woman in new music video

first_imgDemi Lovato has released her latest music video. Demi Lovato cancels London show hours before showtimeDemi Lovato on surprise kiss with Kehlani: ‘It was perfect’Demi Lovato rushed to hospital after alleged drug overdoseRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/tell-me-you-love-me-lovato/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- She first teased fans on November 22nd with nothing but a picture of her in a wedding dress.Everyone immediately realized it was a teaser for her Tell Me You Love Me music video.pic.twitter.com/2JE7ivhlm7— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) November 22, 2017The concept of a wedding for a music video had everyone impatient to find out when the video was released.Demi then tweeted the picture of a save the date invitation. This also confirmed it was the music video for Tell Me You Love Me.Fans quickly did exactly that – Saved the date and waited until the release day.#TellMeYouLoveMe December 1st pic.twitter.com/R9ePvnDvQ4— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) November 27, 2017At long last the music video for Tell Me You Love Me is here, and the fans are delighted.The YouTube video tells the story of a couple and their turbulent relationship.Demi Lovato looks flawless throughout, naturally.center_img Jesse Williams plays Lovato’s partner in the video.Watch the video now[embedded content]You’ll be blown away by the singer’s voice, accompanied by a gospel choir.Lovato recently earned praise for bringing trans legislator Danica Roem to the American Music Awards.‘I heard her story and I think what Danica has done is completely inspirational and she’s a trailblazer,’ Lovato explained.She continued: ‘I wanted her to join me because my performance is about bullying.’We see her get close to marrying Williams in her music videoLovato spoke about her own dating life in her new documentary.Simply Complicated came out 17 October.Demi is now on the dating app Raya. The app is known for being a private membership app for people in creative industries.She explains: ‘I am on the dating app with both guys and girls. I am open to human connection. So whether that’s through a male or female, it doesn’t matter to me.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Demi Lovato & Jesse Williams | Photo: Demi Lovato YouTubelast_img read more

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first_img Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Related Content Due to the flywheel’s small footprint, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children was able to install two of Vycon’s VDC-XE flywheel systems (far right) in its radiology suite. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Over a 16-year period, air conditioning, high maintenance and frequent cell replacements of batteries can cost 3.5 times as much as a flywheel power system on a life cycle basis. 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Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Due to the flywheel’s small footprint, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children was able to install two of Vycon’s VDC-XE flywheel systems (far right) in its radiology suite.Whether it is a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) or another type of imaging system, reliable power protection is critical for the proper operation and uptime of imaging applications. But what happens if a healthcare facility suffers a power brownout, surge or outage? How do these events affect imaging equipment?Without clean electrical power supplied to imaging equipment, costly problems can occur. In the case of MRI equipment, when there is a power interruption the MRI’s cryogen can begin to boil off. Depending on the design of the cryogen vent and the rate the cryogen is boiling off, the cryogenic gas discharge may freeze any accumulated water in the cryogen vent, blocking the pipe and increasing the odds for a cryogen vent breach in the event of a quench. Quenching refers to the events that occur when the liquid cryogens that cool the magnet coils boil off rapidly, which results in helium escaping very rapidly from the cryogen bath. Because a quench results in rapid loss of cryogens from the magnet, recommissioning the magnet is expensive and time-consuming. If power is not restored to the vacuum pump, at some point the magnet will quench, discharging most of its remaining cryogenic gases.Reliable Power ProtectionAs mentioned, when a power event occurs, the magnetic resonance required for imaging equipment can be compromised, causing serious damage. Accuracy can also be affected, causing frustration in patients who have to reschedule their appointments and resulting in a potential decrease in referrals. To mitigate the effects of power interruptions, healthcare facilities have traditionally relied on the lead-acid batteries of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to provide backup power. However, batteries are notorious for their reliability issues, large footprint and frequent maintenance and replacement.More and more, facility managers are looking to not only increase power protection reliability, but also incorporate green technology to safeguard mission-critical applications. At the forefront of these types of technologies is the flywheel energy storage system. A flywheel is an environmentally friendly option for power protection, unlike traditional batteries that contain toxic lead-acid and require installation of safety spill containment.Flywheel Energy StorageA flywheel energy storage system is a mechanical battery that stores energy kinetically in the form of a rotating mass, replacing traditional backup batteries and performing in applications where batteries and other storage devices fall short. When needed during a utility outage, the energy stored by the rotating mass is converted to electrical energy through the flywheel’s integrated electric generator. The system then provides the direct current (DC) energy to the UPS until a stand-by diesel generator can be started. Once either the power from the utility is restored or the facility’s generator provides power to the input of the UPS, the flywheel system will recharge by taking some current from the DC bus of the UPS until it is restored to full charge speed.How Flywheels WorkIf there is a power outage or if the power coming in from the utility is “dirty,” the UPS can generate smooth, high-quality power from the flywheels. Many UPS systems depend on valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries as their energy storage solution. However, lead-acid batteries degrade every time they are used, and one bad cell in the battery string can take out the others, rendering the battery bank useless. Due to their chemical nature, batteries generate heat, and heat reduces battery life. Batteries can also release explosive gases that must be ventilated away. In addition, hazmat permitting, acid-leak containment, floor-loading issues, slow recharge times, lead disposal compliance and transport are important issues that have to be considered.During a power event, flywheels can supply backup power seamlessly and instantaneously, providing instant power to the connected load exactly as it would do with a battery string. According to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), 80 percent of all utility power anomalies/disturbances last less than two seconds, and 98 percent last less than 10 seconds. Additionally, the NFPA 99 regulation for healthcare facilities regarding emergency power systems stipulates that standby generators must be able to assume the power load within 10 seconds in the event of an outage.Advantages of FlywheelsWhen compared to the traditional batteries in UPS systems, flywheels provide a number of advantages. One of the most important is dependability, providing up to 20 times higher reliability than lead-acid batteries. Predictable availability is a key component of this reliability — facility managers are continuously kept aware of the flywheel’s availability and status through built-in monitoring and reporting, unlike a battery system which requires an add-on monitoring system. Even then, the state of availability is only really known once the battery is used.Another advantage of flywheels is the significant footprint savings. Flywheels can free up 50 to 75 percent of space that would otherwise be taken by an equivalent power rated battery bank, thus lowering construction costs and allowing freed space to be used more productively.Reduced cooling needs are another benefit of flywheel energy storage systems. Batteries require a firmly regulated environment for optimum performance and life. Flywheels, on the other hand, do not require cooling, so not only do they take up less floor space, hospitals and imaging labs have much more flexibility on where to place the system. Flywheel energy storage systems also provide cost savings to users by offering a longer life span.Finally, flywheel energy storage systems require minimal maintenance, relieving many headaches for facility managers. Because the flywheel utilizes a full levitation system with no mechanical bearings, there is very little in the flywheel module that needs to be maintained. Batteries, on the other hand, must be checked on a quarterly basis for leakage, cracks, capacity and corrosion. Frank DeLattre joined Vycon in 2007 to take the helm of the UPS and Power Quality division of the company, and was promoted to president in 2009. He brings a wealth of knowledge and technical sales experience in both domestic and international markets, having spent more than 20 years in power quality and related industries. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | November 04, 2013 | Frank DeLattre A Green Alternative to Backup Power Backup power considerations for medical imaging systems Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 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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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read morelast_img read more

Pocho is dead but his legend lives on

first_imgFour years ago today Gilberto Sheddenlost his best friend.Shedden, or Chito as he is better known in his hometown of Siquirres, first met his friend Pocho in 1989 when the latter was stranded on a river bank with a fresh bullet wound in his left eye. Chito brought Pocho home and nursed him back to health. They had an unusual friendship, mostly because Pocho was a 5-meter-long crocodile.For more than 20 years, Chito and Pocho swam together in a lake near Chito’s house. Chito would ride through the water on Pocho’s back, and he frequently bestowed the massive reptilian with hugs and kisses. Eventually the 450-kilo beast even permitted his mammalian friend to stick his head into his mouth.News of Chito and Pocho’s bizarre relationship soon got out, drawing onlookers from across the country. Chito enjoyed the attention and he turned his and Pocho’s lakeshore romps into a weekly show.Pocho quickly became the world’s most beloved crocodile, and his death in 2011 reverberated beyond the small pueblo of Siquirres. The crocodile is now mounted in a museum near Chito’s house, and for Chito, Pocho is still very much a part of his everyday life.“I feel the same as I did before,” Chito told The Tico Times. “Nothing has changed, people are still always asking me about Pocho, sending me photos of Pocho, telling me how much they loved the show.”Even years after Pocho’s death, Chito is still fascinated by crocodiles and he often goes to the Parisminia River near his house to fish and watch the crocodiles bask in the sun. In fact, Chito now has a new friend, another crocodile he’s seen lounging on the river’s banks.Stricter wildlife laws passed in recent years would make holding shows and feedings with a new crocodile illegal, but Chito says he hopes one day maybe he can have a show again.“Everything has its time and I’m always waiting for an opportunity,” he said, “but I don’t do this for a show or for the money, I do it because to me these animals are so special. I do it because they are my friends and I want to share that.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Police remove crocodile from Guanacaste river where tourists swam Police remove 660-pound crocodile from beach near Jacó Crocodile warning signs in Costa Rica have decreased bad encounters with tourists, Environment Ministry reports Crocodiles sleep with one eye openlast_img read more