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CIBC says US auto tariffs could cut GDP by a per cent

first_imgTORONTO – CIBC Capital Markets says U.S. tariffs on auto imports could shave a per cent of Canada’s economy and send Ontario into a mild recession.A research report by the bank says that a 25 per cent U.S. tariff on all foreign imports could cut Canadian auto production by more than 400,000 units a year, while tariffs on only Canadian imports would lead U.S. buyers to find other imports and cut production in Canada by almost 900,000 vehicles.Adding in a potential 10 per cent U.S. tariff on parts, and the fewer foreign inputs that would be required, CIBC estimates the widespread tariffs would result in a 0.5 per cent drag on Canada’s GDP, while tariffs that single out Canada would cut the GDP by a full per cent.CIBC, however, says the most likely scenario is widespread tariffs with a temporary exemption for Canadian producers because of pressure from major U.S. auto producers with cross-border operations.But CIBC Capital Markets chief economist Avery Shenfeld says even a temporary exemption would be a “sword of Damocles” that would pressure auto makers to shift more production to the U.S., pressure allies into a more U.S.-tilted trade deal, and demonstrate a toughness on trade to his voting base.He says the impact of tariffs and reduced auto production on the Canadian economy would be tempered by a resulting much lower loonie, and a lower path for interest rates.last_img read more

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Rahul a boxing fan liked to watch Vijender

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Congress decision to nominate star boxer Vijender Singh for the prestigious South Delhi constituency has come as a surprise to many but former chief national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu has not been taken aback at the development.The longest serving national coach in Indian boxing history, Sandhu was in charge when Vijender bagged the historic bronze medal in the middleweight categary at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Sandhu feels that Congress President Rahul Gandhi always admired and appreciated Vijnder’s skills inside the ring. “Gandhi is a boxing fan and liked to watch Vijender in action,” Sandhu said on Wednesday. “I remember, during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Gandhi would sometimes come to the Talkatora Indoor Stadium unannounced to watch Vijender’s bouts. “Later, he would come to encourage our team members, speak to Vijender and leave. I found him to be a genuine boxing lover,” said the former coach. In 2015, Vijender turned a professional boxer under the WBO banner and has performed excellently since then — winning 10 bouts in a row. On July 16, 2016, Vijender took on Kerry Hope of Australia at Delhi’s Thyagaraj Sports Complex and Rahul Gandhi was present to watch the keenly fought bout. “As far I know, Vijender was in close contact with Gandhi. He would sometimes go and meet the Congress leader. But I don’t know whether that resulted in Vijender getting the party ticket in this election,” Sandhu said. Having two WBO titles, Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Oriental Super Middleweight, under his belt, Vijender now takes on BJP’s sitting parliamentarian Ramesh Bidhuri and Aam Aadmi Party leader Raghav Chadha in the political arena. Back in 2017, during an event organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce in Delhi, Vijender and Rahul Gandhi were engaged in an interesting conversation. Vijender, who was in the audience, had some questions for the Gandhi scion, and Gandhi had some interesting responses. To begin with, the professional boxer asked him that while a lot of politicians were seen inaugurating sport events, they are rarely seen playing any sport. Gandhi replied that he practised Aikido, which is a modern Japanese martial art, and also swims regularly. Vijender then suggested that Gandhi post videos of his sporting activities to inspire the youth. What was more interesting though was the second question which also won applause from the audience. The boxer wanted to know if Gandhi would tie the knot anytime soon or only after he became Prime Minister. The Congress leader almost ducked that, passing it on to “destiny and it will happen when the time is right…”, giving the audience something to laugh about. Vijender pressed and said: “Everybody is waiting for it. It will be quite something if you become Prime Minister and then marry.”last_img read more

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Lightning kills four elephants including two calves

“Villagers from neighboring areas alerted the authorities and we carried out autopsies,” wildlife veterinary surgeon Chandana Jayasinghe said. “The deaths were caused by lightning.” Local villagers in Mahavilachchiya, 250 kilometers (156 miles) north of Colombo, had reported heavy rains accompanied by thunder and lightning in the shrub jungle area on Friday when the elephants were thought to have been struck. Four elephants, including two calves, were killed by lightning in the northe in one of the worst wildlife tragedies to hit the country in years, the AFP news agency quoted officials as saying.A female elephant, aged about 25 years, and two of her calves, aged 10 months and two years, and an 8-year-old female were found dead today just outside the Wilpattu wildlife sanctuary, an official said. It was the worst natural disaster involving elephants since February 2011 when four baby elephants drowned in a major flood in the north-east of the country.Elephants are venerated in the mainly Buddhist country and they are a highly protected species. Elephant deaths must be investigated and death certificates issued before disposing of the carcasses. Despite tough conservation laws and the elephant’s association with Buddhism, nearly 200 jumbos are killed each year by villagers after accidentally straying onto farmland, while the animals themselves kill about 50 people each year.Sri Lanka’s elephant population has reduced to just over 7,000, according to a census five years ago, down from a population of over 12,000 at the start of the 20th century. read more

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Warning of looming catastrophe Annan urges Security Council to authorize new force

In a strongly worded letter to the President of the 15-member body, Mr. Annan says to prevent a major tragedy the intervention should be led by a Member State and authorized under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which permits the use of force. “The consequences of allowing the situation to spiral out of control are too terrible to contemplate,” he says, calling attention to the danger posed not only to Liberia, but also other West African States, particularly neighbouring Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire. The Secretary-General also calls on the Liberian parties to immediately and unconditionally respect the ceasefire they signed in Accra on 17 June, allow for the immediate resumption of international humanitarian assistance, and resume comprehensive peace talks. All States were urged to “desist from any action that might be construed as supporting or otherwise encouraging the continuation of the armed conflict.” Earlier this month, following Mr. Annan’s recommendation, the Council endorsed a UN role in support of the implementation of the ceasefire. Today he emphasized that “the time has now come for the Security Council to take action to give practical effect to that commitment, in the light of the most recent grave deterioration in the situation.” Mr. Annan also voices deep concern over recent flagrant violations of the ceasefire. “There are reports that several hundred innocent civilians have been killed in fighting in and around Monrovia, and of wanton destruction of property and widespread looting,” he writes, noting that approximately one-third of the country’s population – some 1 million people – are seeking refuge in the already overcrowded capital, Monrovia. At the same time, virtually all international relief operations have ceased in most parts of the country. “The combination of cholera outbreaks and food shortages in an environment of ongoing violence, disruption of life-saving services, and cessation of humanitarian aid threatens to produce a major humanitarian catastrophe,” Mr. Annan warns, adding that the scale of the crisis could exceed that of the recent one in Bunia in the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo. The Secretary-General is appealing to leaders in the region to press for the strict observance of the ceasefire and to intensify the quest for a comprehensive political arrangement “which would be fully consistent with the relevant provisions of the ceasefire agreement signed in Accra on 17 June 2003, including in relation to President [Charles] Taylor,” according to the letter. [That accord calls for the formation of a transitional government, which will not include President Taylor, in accordance with his 4 June declaration at the opening of the Accra talks. In his address, the Liberian leader offered to “remove himself from the process that would continue to perpetuate this crisis?(as) it has become apparent that some people believe that President Taylor is the problem.”] While acknowledging the “commendable efforts” of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mr. Annan warns that “broader international action is urgently needed to reverse Liberia’s drift towards total disintegration.” “Our collective interest and our common humanity demand urgent and decisive action from the Security Council,” the Secretary-General states. “We cannot be oblivious to the warning signs of an imminent possible catastrophe.” read more

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Housing starts cool in Calgary

by Cindy White Posted May 25, 2015 1:54 pm MDT Housing starts cool in Calgary Summary Average home prices to drop 2.7 percent in Calgary AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Expect home construction to slow further in Calgary this year and into next.Canada Mortgage and Housing has released its spring outlook, and is predicting home starts will drop to 13,200 this year and 11,500 in 2016.CMHC analyst Richard Cho tells 660News, slower employment growth and less migration from other parts of the country is pushing demand down.“On top of that, we’re also expecting to see more supply in the resale market, giving buyers more choice,” he said. “As well, there’s an expectation that new home inventories will rise, holding back production in 2015;”Prices are forecast to fall 2.7 percent this year to an average of $448,000 but Cho says they should start to inch up again in 2016, to an average to $253,000.The CMHC is also predicting a record number of more than 10,000 condo units started last year will flood the market, and construction in the sector is expected to fall off to just 6,000 by next year. read more

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UN agencies launch new tool to help displaced populations manage fuel needs

The handbook, Assessing woodfuel supply and demand in displacement settings, prepared jointly by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and launched yesterday, offers new tools and methodologies that can be used to tackle issues such as access to fuel, environmental damage and conflicts with local communities. “Growing numbers of refugees and displaced people often puts pressure on forests due to rising demand for biomass fuel,” said FAO in a news release. “Left unmanaged, this increased competition for natural resources can lead to conflicts with local populations,” the agency added. According to UNHCR, at the end of 2015, over 65 million people worldwide were displaced and many were living in refugee camps or improvised settlements. Cooking fuel therefore has become one of the most critical resources as both the displaced and the communities that host them depend on it for their food security and nutritional needs. Lack of this resource manifests in different kinds of problems: people spending their wages or selling off food rations to buy fuel; undercooking or skipping meals; and respiratory illness due use of open flames or inefficient cooking techniques. Refugee women, in particular, face a risk of violence and fear for their safety when collecting fuelwood. Additionally, overexploitation of forest resources for fuel purposes can lead to forest degradation or deforestation in areas surrounding the camps, further compounding the problem. The handbook contains a methodology that humanitarian workers and camp managers can use to tackle such issues. The agency added that the approach will help mitigate the impact of displaced people on forest resources. It outlines a step by step process that includes assessment of energy needs, analysis of local fuelwood sources, and use of geographic information system and remote sensing data to map the distribution and changes over time of woody biomass resources. The methodology relies on field inventory data and high-resolution satellite images as well as relevant technical and socio-economic data, permitting an in-depth assessment of woodfuel supply and demand dynamics.Field tested methodology One of the places this methodology was field-tested was the Shimelba camp in Ethiopia. Established in 2004, the camp now hosts 6,000 people with very limited access to natural resources. Due to the scarce availability of fuelwood, residents had to walk long distances, sometimes up to nine hours, to gather fuelwood. The local population was reportedly unhappy, and refugee women, in particular, expressed concern for their safety during wood collection. According to the authors of the handbook, the information collected through the application of the methodology enabled camp managers and other field-based actors to take better informed decisions. The collected data can be used to monitor fuel consumption and evaluate trends, support decisions to boost afforestation and reforestation activities or to introduce changes to how fuel is sourced or used – for example with the introduction of alternative fuel and more efficient cooking technologies. The handbook also notes that fuelwood can be supplied through a variety of tree and forest systems, such as mixed forest plantations, or through integrated food energy systems that produce both food and energy, such as agro-forestry or multiple cropping systems. read more

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MG seeks engineers to meet growing international demand

MG has announced that it urgently needs high-calibre engineers and designers to work on the next generation of its cars.Vacancies at the MG Birmingham site include specialists in body engineering, engines, transmissions, vehicle integration and design. A regional recruitment event took place on Tuesday, 3 July at Dunston Hall in Norwich.SAIC Motor’s UK Technical Centre, based at MG Birmingham, needs to recruit professional engineers and designers due to growing international demand for the MG brand. New MG cars, such as the MG6 models, now sell in dozens of countries.“Modern MGs are designed and engineered in Birmingham and sold in an ever increasing number of markets throughout the world,” said David Lindley, Managing Director SMTC UK.“As well as the UK and China, MG has recently expanded into markets such as Egypt, Uruguay and New Zealand. This is a huge success story for British designers and engineers and, we have a fantastic range of future products to work on.“But the rate of growth has increased pressure on us and we now need to recruit more top class people. We are looking for bright, professional automotive specialists who have the enthusiasm and drive to help us push the MG and Roewe brands even further ahead.”SAIC Motor is the eighth largest automotive company in the world and includes both MG and Roewe, a brand sold exclusively in China, in its portfolio.Further details can be found at saicmotor.co.uk or contact hrdept@saicmotor.co.ukClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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DRDGOLD gears up for Far West Gold Recoveries commissioning

first_imgDRDGOLD says commissioning of the Far West Gold Recoveries project, previously the West Rand Tailings Retreatment project, is set to start on December 6.Commissioning of the South Africa project will begin with the pumping of reclaimed tailings into the carbon-in-leach circuit. This comes just four months into the construction of Phase 1.Far West Gold Recoveries was acquired from Sibanye Gold, trading as Sibanye-Stillwater, at the end of July. Stage 1 of the project involves upgrading of the Driefontein 2 plant to treat material from the Driefontein 5 dam.DRDGOLD CEO Niël Pretorius said: “The project is on track to achieve full production of 500,000 t/mth from Phase 1 in the first quarter of 2019.”As part of early-stage commissioning, a face has been established at the Driefontein 5 tailings dam reclamation site, from which pumping of reclaimed tailings through a new 2 km pipeline to the Driefontein 2 plant is set to begin. A parallel pipeline to return water from the plant to the reclamation site has been completed, DRD said.Work to upgrade the plant’s retreatment capacity is well advanced, with carbon loading – also part of the overall commissioning process – set to begin immediately.An 8 km pipeline to transport retreated tailings from the plant for cyclone deposition on the Driefontein 4 tailings dam and a parallel return water pipeline from the deposition site to the plant have also been completed.Phase 2 of the project, which involves consolidation of what remains of Phase 1 material and the remaining tonnes of material acquired, envisages a monthly production rate of 1.2 Mt and is planned to be enacted within 24 months after the start of Phase 1 production.Key features of Phase 2, feasibility of which will be tested over the next two years, are the construction of a large, centralised plant and an ultra-high volume deposition facility.The acquisition of the project saw DRDGold increase its gold reserves by 92% to 5.75 Moz.last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Monday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1.#BELFAST: A security alert is underway in Belfast after an explosion of a hijacked car in the city centre. Roads around the Victoria Street area have been closed off after reports that a car had exploded.2.#HSE: The Health Service Executive will today present their service plan to the Minister for Health. The plan will outline how the executive proposes to implement cuts and savings totalling €666 million.3.#SLAVERY: New details have emerged about the lives of the women held captive at a flat in London. A number of papers today carry information of a letter reportedly sent by the youngest of the three to a neighbour. The two suspects have been linked to 13 properties in London.4.#INVESTMENT: The percentage of foreign direct investment (FDI) to areas outside Ireland’s two biggest urban centres – Cork and Dublin – has fallen for the last three years. The decline has led to a target of 50 per cent of FDI to be around the country to be dropped from the Action Plan for Jobs.5.#PHILLIPINES: Irish officials will fly out to the Philippines this week to assess Ireland’s aid strategy in the country in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. The experts from the Defence Forces and Department of Foreign Affairs will meet with various government agencies and NGOs in Manila.6.#ROAD DEATH: A 74-year-old woman was killed on a Longford road last night. The woman was struck by a car as she crossed the road at Lisnagrish near Edgeworthstown.7.#SEIZURES: The number of alcohol confiscations in public places has dropped, it has been revealed. Last year there were 354 seizures of alcohol in public areas, down from 480 last year.8.#IRAN: An interim deal that will see Iran rein in its nuclear programme has received warm welcomes around the world, except from Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it an “historic mistake”.9.#TAX: The European Commission will publish proposals that will close more corporate tax loopholes. The plan will amend a directive that sees many companies in Europe paying no tax.last_img read more

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Vers un plafonnement de lactivité des hôpitaux français

first_imgVers un plafonnement de l’activité des hôpitaux français ?La direction générale de l’offre de soins (DGOS) propose le plafonnement de l’activité des hôpitaux français concernant certaines interventions et cela afin de réduire la différence de réalisation de certains actes entre les établissements.En fonction des différentes régions françaises, il apparait que certains hôpitaux réalisent beaucoup d’actes chirurgicaux spécifiques, tandis que d’autres établissements n’en pratiquent aucun ou très peu. Pour réduire ces différences de fréquence pour certaines interventions, la DGOS du ministère de la Santé propose la mise en place d’un quota d’activité qui serait sanctionné en cas de dépassement, explique Le Figaro. Cette proposition a été baptisée “Objectifs quantifiés de l’offre de soins” et a pour but de faire face à “l’évolution très dynamique des volumes hospitaliers” depuis 3 ans, qui est plus importante que prévue.Ainsi, la DGOS propose qu’un contrat soit établi entre l’Etat et chaque Agence régionale de santé, cette dernière déclinant alors ses principaux objectifs en fonctions des établissements hospitaliers. Le “volume de séjours par activité et la part de prise en charge ambulatoire” et le “volume de séjours et d’actes pour certaines prises en charge ciblées (comme l’endoscopie ou l’appendicectomie)” devraient notamment être plafonnés, précise le quotidien national. De son côté, la Fédération hospitalière de France s’est déjà opposée au projet, mettant en avant que le budget de chaque hôpital augmente en fonction de son activité et que cela pourrait pousser certains patients à se tourner davantage vers le secteur privé.Le 25 janvier 2011 à 18:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game is Film TieIn Worthy of Your

first_imgStay on target This Life-Sized Captain Marvel Model Is Built From 17,000 Lego Bricks’The Lego Movie 2′ Trailer is Here and It’s an Intergalactic Dream We don’t see as many movie tie-in games like we used to back in the day. These sort of titles have a certain stigma surrounding them — usually, because most turn out to be, well… crap. However, LEGO games have a tendency of being enjoyable most of the time. Because of that, the upcoming The LEGO NINJAGo Movie Video Game from TT Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment should actually make for a pretty fun and worthwhile movie tie-in title.The LEGO NINJAGo Movie Video Game will have eight levels that are featured in The LEGO NINJAGO Movie. Users can play as several young heroes who must stop the fiendish Lord Garmadon and his Shark Army from taking over their home island. They can achieve their ultimate goal by using “Ninjagility.” This allows the characters to wall-run, high-jump, and fight the bad guys in true ninja fashion. You can see some of the ninja-tastic action in the trailer below.Every location in the game will have its own Challenge Dojo. Here, players will fight off increasingly powerful opponents. There will also be Battle Maps where players can fight against each other in four different game modes. This feature supports local split-screen for up to four players. Local co-op on a title like this seems like a no-brainer, so its great that it has been included.Even if you have absolutely no interest in seeing The LEGO NINJAGo Movie, this looks like a cool game to check out. As I said, typical movie tie-in title are usually junk, but seeing as how this is a LEGO game, it should be a safe purchase. LEGO is great, and Ninjas are awesome, so you can’t really go wrong with that combination.The LEGO NINJAGo Movie Video Game will be released on September 22 for the PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Expect the movie to also hit theaters on the same day.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Meeting for Vancouver Energy permit today at Clark College

first_imgToday’s meeting on a key permit for the controversial Vancouver Energy oil terminal is expected to draw testimony from opponents and supporters alike.The state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council is hosting the Notice of Construction Air Permit meeting for the terminal this afternoon.The public is invited to bring written or oral comments during the hearing from 1 to 9 p.m. at Clark College’s Gaiser Hall, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.Today is also the final day of public comment on the draft.Each speaker will be given two minutes. A court reporter will be available in a separate room for those who must leave before they have a chance to speak.Parking is free, but Clark College asks that drivers use the red parking lots. If the room is filled to capacity, latecomers will be asked to wait outside until people leave.Commonly called the clean-air permit, the notice of construction air permit is required when a business creates a new source of air pollution or modifies an existing source of pollution. The permit’s goal is to make sure the sources of air pollution are established in a way that conforms with state air-quality regulations.last_img read more

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Man suffering from psychosis goes missing in Miami Gardens

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – An adult has gone missing, police said, in Miami Gardens.According to Miami Gardens Police, 29-year-old Joe Etienne-Batista suffers from psychosis and has been missing since Monday. He left his residence at around noon wearing a green T-shirt, swim truck shorts with flower designs, green socks and blue Nike shoes.Etienne-Batista is a black male, standing 6 feet 3 inches, weighing about 319 pounds with a bald head and brown eyes.Police believe he may have been heading to the Aventura area.If you have any information on this man’s whereabouts, please contact Miami Gardens Police at 305-474-6473 or Detective Coleman at 305-474-1542.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Doctortechie duo works on novel medical devices

first_imgHyderabad: A city-based doctor is striving to work out new methods to help patients prone to heart attack to have a better treatment facility.An assistant professor at MNR Dental College and Hospital, Dr N Vijay Kumar has roped in E Siva Prasad, an engineer, to make use of the combined prowess and insights. Now, Siva is so enthused by the research, he is helping the doctor full-time. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Dr N Vijay Kumar started a project that could help people survive from a heart attack has certainly made a mark in the history of science. When IIT Hyderabad was looking to collaborate with medical professionals to design and make novel medical equipment and tools, they came across Dr Kumar who happened to attend a seminar held by them. Their enquiries raked up a keen interest in him to come out with something that would be of great help to the patients. Consultations and discussions soon led to IIT people and Dr Kumar zero in on a new 3-D bone grafting technique and CPR machine that overcomes costly errors likely during manual resuscitation. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Currently, pursuing his external PhD project in IIT Hyderabad, a Prime Minister’s research fellowship awardee for his 3D bone graft printing, Dr Vijay Kumar said, “One project deals with a 3D-printed bone graft development and the other deals with a life-saving device for cardiac patients. The customised bone graft helps in replacing the bone when a person meets with an accident. Instead of taking a replacement from a body part, this can be used as a replacement which will reduce surgeries. Advertise With Us The second project is the CPR machine which deals with heart attack. The possibility of heart attack is anywhere and everywhere and very few people know how to perform CPR manually. Because of possibility of human error, patients may be at risk. My device saves time. It automatically starts pumping and keeps your heart and other organs in a perfusion state. This keeps pumping till the patient reaches the nearby hospital.” Explaining his zeal about medical engineering, Dr Vijay further adds, “I actually started my work from IIT Hyderabad. I did this out of interest as a PhD project and I developed two prototypes. But due to few flaws in the machine, I had to work on it again. Recently in February I got a government grant of Rs 2 lakh and we could develop the raw prototype of the machine. And to make this project successful we would need more help from the government.” Dr Vijay said that it would take another four months to fully develop his machines. At present, both the keen minds are working on utilising the IOT (Internet of Things) to improve their devices further.last_img read more

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Kingman BGC 50 Years Later

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comBorn after the riots following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Kingman Boys and Girls Club (BGC) began as a place that gave young, Black D.C. residents a place to congregate and flourish. It has earned a reputation for developing one of the top youth athletic programs in the District.The impact of Kingman BGC has gone well beyond the citywide championships its sports programs have garnered. It has become a transformative place in the community that has groomed young people into educated professional leaders in the Nation’s Capital.“Education has come first,” said Kingman BGC Executive Director Aaron Webster to the AFRO. “It was the foundation when the club opened in 1969 and it’s an even greater priority today.”Kingman Boys and Girls Club, which has produced some of the greatest D.C. athletes, is celebrating 50 years since its founding post the riots following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is a photo of their 2011-2012 Greater Washington Under 8 champions. (Courtesy Photo)Athletics continue to bring attention to the heralded walls that produce alumni who dramatically impact the District. Meanwhile, the tutoring and afterschool programs are where the influence of Kingman is being felt. From professional athletes to politics, the internal pride for many of the young people passing through Kingman is forged through the academic accomplishments buoyed by the staff and volunteers who mentor and work one on one with many kids who face reading challenges.Webster said that many of their first grade students who enter the program are reading below their grade level despite report cards that say otherwise. In a test of 30 kids earlier this year, approximately 18 were below the average of where they should be and five couldn’t read their names. The staff had to begin teaching phonics in order to improve the reading acumen.“If you can’t read you’re behind and that’s why so many kids act out or drop out of school,” said Webster. “There were some kids that were listed as A-B level students but the assessments told a whole different story.”Boys and Girls Clubs have always been a place that develops leaders in cities around the country by transforming impressionable young people into productive citizens while giving them a place to belong. For 50 years the Kingman Boys and Girls Club has been making a positive difference in over 2,000 children’s lives in the Logan Circle Cardozo community in Northwest, D.C. by fostering a perspective on sports as an enjoyable outlet, but not as the focus to future success.However, there is no disputing how the combination of academics and athletics is what drives the success of the program. Kingman’s 30-year athletic legacy is winning championships and sending hundreds of student-athletes to Division I and II programs around the country, which is supported by volunteers who raise funds to pay fees to compete in leagues around the city, all the while giving their time effortlessly.In 1987 their crowning achievement was winning the National AAU basketball championship. Kingman’s athletic alumni are a who’s who of star college players that have made their marks as successful as professionals on and off the field.Pro athletes, such as NBA All-Star Steve Francis, cut his basketball chops in the Kingman gym, as did McDonald’s High School All-American and former Maryland guard Duane Simpkins, along with Georgetown’s Bobby Winston. D.C.’s Ward 5 Council member Kenyan McDuffie is a product of the program.Kingman even has generational connections, like the Webster Family. Darrell Webster matriculated through the club and ultimately graduated from George Washington University before his son Christian took the same path to graduate from Harvard.“We tell people we’ve groomed college graduates from Howard to Harvard,” said Director Webster.last_img read more

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SSKM performs rare heart surgery on 23yrold

first_imgKolkata: In a rare heart surgery, the SSKM Hospital has given a fresh lease of life to a 23-year-old woman from West Midnapore, suffering from critical structural defect in her aorta, the main great vessel coming out of the heart that supplies blood into the whole body.A team of doctors at the Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery (CTVS) and Cardio Thoracic Vascular Anaesthesia (CTVA) departments of the SSKM performed the surgery on the patient, Purnima Bera (23) that lasted for nearly eight hours. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe operation was carried out on last Saturday after she was admitted to the hospital.A resident of Amarda village of Mohanpur in West Midnapore, she was suffering from severe chest pain following which her family members took her to Mohanpur block hospital. Bera was later shifted to Egra Superspecialty hospital but due to lack of adequate infrastructure she was again transferred back to the city. She was finally brought to the emergency department of the SSKM a few days ago. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe patient was referred to the CTVS department from Cardiology. It was found that the patient was suffering from Aortic dissection after conducting echocardiography. CT angiography could not be performed on the patient as her condition deteriorated. The doctors decided to operate the patient as her chest pain aggravated. She had dissecting aortic aneurysm extending up to iliac arteries (of lower abdomen) and it was circumferential in nature, that is whole aorta was dilated throughout its whole circumference. A team of doctors from CTVS and CTVA (Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesia), headed by Dr Santanu Dutta and Dr Shubhendu Mahapatra performed the rare surgery. Aortic dissection is a serious condition in which there is a tear in the wall of the major artery carrying blood out of the heart (aorta). As the tear extends along the wall of the aorta, blood can flow in between the layers of the blood vessel wall (dissection). This can lead to aortic rupture followed by instantaneous death or decreased blood flow (ischemia) to organs.Ascending aortic replacement was done with a Dacron synthetic graft using a peripheral artery cannulation technique under cardiopulmorary bypass. Because of this peripheral cannulation technique and due to the extension of the disease, it took nearly nine hours to complete the entire operation.”Cardiopulmonary bypass continued for nearly four and a half hours with an aortic clamp time of three hours. Hemostasis (arresting bleeding) was one of the major tasks after the successful repairing of the defect. The next challenge was successful weaning from the cardiopulmonary bypass uneventfully after such prolonged bypass time,” Dr Kakali Ghosh of CTVA said.The patient was shifted to the recovery unit. She has been kept under observation in the critical care unit. The post operative care is also equally important in any cardiac surgery, the doctors observed. Aortic dissection most often happens because of a tear or damage to the inner wall of the aorta.last_img read more

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Santanu Sen files complaint against threat calls

first_imgKOLKATA: Tension was triggered after Member of Parliament (MP) in Rajya Sabha Dr Santanu Sen was allegedly threatened by some unknown persons over phone. He lodged a complaint with the Sinthi police station in this regard on Saturday.According to the complaint lodged by Sen, he has been receiving threat calls from unknown numbers, stating that they would kill him. Sen alleged that three callers were using the same number to threaten him. Some other numbers were also used to threaten him with dire consequences. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to sources, Sen was getting such calls since almost one and a half months. Initially, he did not pay any attention to the calls but the problem escalated since the last few weeks. It was alleged that he was getting threats frequently. Sen alleged that sometimes, the caller told him that he would be killed. He was told that his family members would be killed as well. During the last two calls, he was told that explosives will be placed near his residence to blow up the house. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLater, Sen informed the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee about the phone calls. Following that, he lodged a complaint with Sinthi police station, narrating the whole incident. He also stated that he is not afraid of such calls but intimated the police to act accordingly. He also provided the mobile numbers to the investigating officers. Based on Sen’s complaint, an FIR has been initiated on charges of 506 IPC (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 34 IPC (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) against unknown persons. Till Sunday night, no one has been arrested in the case. Sleuths are trying to get the details of the phone numbers which were used to threaten Sen. Police are also trying to locate the tower location of the mobile numbers.last_img read more

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Russia Is Warning People About the Dangers of Taking Selfies

first_img 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Selfies are all the rage these days, but they’re also proving to be a safety hazard. In light of several life-threatening selfie-related incidents in Russia – at least 10 deaths and 100 injuries over the last year, according to the Associated Press — the Russian Interior Ministry and the country’s police force has created a campaign called “Safe Selfies.”Related: The Places Where Selfie Sticks Are BannedRussia’s police guide on how not to get killed by a selfieImage credit: Ministry of Internal Affairs RF [RU]The campaign includes pamphlets, safety videos, tips and images in the form of “no smoking”-style mock signage, instructing the people to avoid dangerous locations and situations while taking selfies – no train tracks, wild animals, firearms, at extreme heights (like roofs or electricity cables), in moving vehicles (by land and by sea) or venturing into highly trafficked streets, to name a few. (A full translation is below.)This is perhaps the first time that the selfie itself has been deemed a safety risk. Selfie sticks, on the other hand, have been banned from a number of museums, attractions and events all over the world — everywhere from the Palace of Versailles in Paris to the San Diego Convention Center on the eve of Comic-Con.  The full translation of Russia’s signage above is as follows, from left to right:1. Selfie on railroad tracks is a bad idea if you cherish your life! A teenager wanted to take a picture of himself on tracks, but got electrocuted, fell off the bridge and died in a hospital.2. Selfie with a weapon kills!A 21-year-old female accidentally shot herself in a head with a traumatic gun while trying to snap a spectacular selfie. 3. Selfie under voltage? It isn’t worth it!A ninth grader died taking a selfie. He grabbed exposed voltage wires.4. Selfie on the water, it’s hard to keep the balance!5. Selfie on the roof, it’s far to fall.6. Selfie with animals, not always cute!7. Selfie on top of train cars electrocutes! 8. Selfie, choose your way! Perform a safe ascent! Related: In Defense of the Selfiecenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now July 8, 2015last_img read more

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