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WestJet faces criticism for asking passengers to film flight attendants at work

first_imgMONTREAL – WestJet Airlines Inc. is facing criticism after asking some of its frequent flyers to videotape the service provided by its flight attendants and those of its chief competitor.The Calgary-based airline said it asked 14 customers over a seven-day period to input the footage through an app as part of a larger online survey so it could monitor the service they most like.But the practice has angered WestJet flight attendants who complain it is an invasion of their privacy, against the airline’s rules and not the practice of a caring employer.Chief executive Ed Sims told reporters that the airline didn’t intend to anger flight attendants, who are in the midst of a union drive.“I apologize to any flight attendants, unreservedly, for those who were upset or offended by that action,” he told reporters after Tuesday’s annual meeting in Calgary.Sims said the practice is relatively common and was meant to help WestJet build a library of the service that means the most to passengers.He said it’s not something the airline intends to repeat.WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart declined to provide details about the effort but said no customers provided video of any WestJet employees or inflight experiences.“Although the intent was to highlight the positive guest experiences our WestJetters (employees) provide, we regret that we did not consult with WestJetters prior to the study being conducted,” she wrote in an email.Hugh Pouliot, spokesman for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents Air Canada flight attendants and is trying to organize WestJet, said Sims only apologized after getting caught.“Things have certainly gotten a little paranoid at the executive level when they’re asking customers to film their employees,” he said in an interview.Pouliot said videotaping employees is disrespectful and a massive breach of privacy.Getting customers to effectively spy on employees signals a culture shift at the airline that has prided itself on employees being owners and gaining profit sharing, he said.“This is definitely not owner-to-owner type of conduct first of all, but also this isn’t the kind of behaviour that a trusting company would ask its customers to carry out against its own employees.”Air Canada didn’t comment on its rival’s effort, but the country’s largest airline said it doesn’t video or photograph its cabin crew for customer service purposes and requests that customers also refrain from doing so when asked.“We have management programs that provide us with opportunities to monitor and coach service delivery on our aircraft,” said Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur.WestJet warned on Tuesday that its bookings have slowed as passengers respond to the threat of a potential labour disruption from pilots who are trying to negotiate their first collective agreement.The airline’s shares closed at new two-year low on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday of $19.70, down 1.2 per cent from the previous day.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA, TSX:AC)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled the surname of the CUPE spokesman.last_img read more


Morocco to stage demo in solidarity with Palestinians next Sunday in

Rabat – Two Moroccan NGOs called for staging a march in solidarity with the Palestinian people, next Sunday in Rabat.The Moroccan Association for the support of Palestinian Fight (AMSLP) and the National action group for supporting Palestine called on political organizations, trade unions and humanitarian associations, as well as all Moroccan citizens to take to the streets.This protest will be an opportunity to show, once again, the national consensus over the Palestinian issue and the condemnation of the Israeli aggression against Gaza, said the organizers during a press conference on Wednesday in Rabat. Moroccans have always expressed their solidarity with the Palestinian people, supported their fight, condemned firmly all kinds of normalization with Zionists and urged to outlaw such normalization, the Moroccan NGOs added. read more


Migiro praises Uruguay for joining UN campaign to end violence against women

9 November 2011Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has commended Uruguay for joining the United Nations campaign that seeks to end violence against women by raising awareness and generating political will to implement measures to stem the scourge. The ‘UNiTE to End Violence against Women’ campaign was launched by the Secretary-General in 2008 and calls for all countries to put in place strong laws, action plans, preventive measures, data collection, and systematic efforts to address sexual violence by 2015.The UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) developed the ‘Say NO-UNiTE’ social mobilization campaign which has registered more than two million actions by more than 600 partners worldwide, Ms. Migiro said yesterday in Montevideo, Uruguay.“I am delighted to see that Uruguay has joined the campaign and is using the ‘Say No-UNiTE initiative in such creative ways.“The social awareness campaign ‘Take Action Uruguay’ has found an innovative way to unify the concept of not accepting violence with that of concrete action,” she said.At a separate event, Ms. Migiro commended the country’s contribution to UN peacekeeping operations over the past 50 years, noting that 25,000 Uruguayans have served in such missions and 28 of them lost their lives in the service of the UN.“Uruguay contributes more peacekeepers in proportion to its population that any other country on earth,” she said when she visited the National Peacekeeping Training System in Montevideo.“Put another way, if every country were as supportive of UN peacekeeping as Uruguay, we would not have to beg for equipment and troops. When you patrol a camp or disarm a fighter or help get relief aid to people who depend on it to survive, you are showing the United Nations at its best,” she added. read more


April auto sales fall compared with year ago after record first quarter

April auto sales fall compared with year ago after record first quarter RICHMOND HILL, Ont. – After a record-breaking first quarter, monthly new auto sales in Canada fell compared with a year ago for the first time this year in April.DesRosiers Automotive Reports says overall sales fell 1.6 per cent, as 197,203 vehicles rolled off lots last month compared with a year ago when April sales totalled a record 200,384.The consulting firms says passenger car sales retreated 8.7 per cent last month while light truck sales increased 2.5 per cent.But for the first four months of the year, total sales — at 618,721 units — still remained 2.5 per cent above the 603,364 sold by the end of April 2016.Thirteen out of the 26 brands reported lower year-over-year sales in April, including Toyota, which sold 9.9 per cent fewer vehicles last month, followed by FCA which slipped 9.1 per cent and Nissan which fell 8.1 per cent.Among the brands gaining ground, growth was led by Jaguar, Maserati and General Motors, which increased 16.4 per cent.General Motors also topped the sales charts for April with 30,948 vehicles sold, followed by Ford and FCA with 30,385 and 27,373 units, respectively. by The Canadian Press Posted May 2, 2017 2:24 pm MDT Last Updated May 2, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Brock scientists patented compound is turning out to be a cancer killer

A leading Canadian scientist has developed a synthetic compound that appears to be capable of killing cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact.Brock University chemist Tomas Hudlicky has created and patented several variations of the compound pancratistatin, which has been tested on 20 different types of cancer cells by a research team at the University of Windsor. The team’s paper, “Cancer Cell Mitochondria Targeting by Pancratistatin Analogs is Dependent on Functional Complex II and III,” appeared in the February issue of Scientific Reports.Scientists have known for some time that pancratistatin (PST), a substance found in the spider lily, causes cancer cells to die. But the low rate of natural production (a kilogram of spider lily produces less than 2 mg of PST) is a major challenge to research and clinical advancement.Hudlicky is the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in biocatalysis — the use of biological methods to manufacture chemicals — and one of North America’s top organic researchers. His previous breakthroughs in green chemistry have led to more efficient and environmentally conscious ways to create synthetic versions of morphine and other natural drugs.He has spent more than 25 years researching PST’s chemical structure and constructing molecules that had similar structures and functions.“The aim is to make the new and active derivatives available for the manufacture of anti-cancer drugs,” says Hudlicky, a Professor of Chemistry at Brock.A key part of the construction of new drugs involves manufacturing what are known as “unnatural derivatives” of natural compounds such as PST or narciclasine, a congener of PST that is more available from natural sources. These derivatives are available through chemical synthesis from Hudlicky’s laboratory. What Hudlicky and other chemists do is to artificially enhance a natural compound’s properties through synthesis of derivatives.The Windsor research team found that Hudlicky’s PST derivatives target a cancer cell’s mitochondria, a structure within a cell responsible for respiration, energy production and cell apoptosis (or programed cell death). Current cancer treatments tend to attack DNA in both cancerous and healthy cells, but mitochondria is specific to each cell and can therefore be more precise as a target.Hudlicky says it’s still not clear how and why PST brings about cell death, but said some of the new synthetic derivatives made in his laboratory “are actually more potent and more bioavailable than the natural compounds.”‘Bioavailability’ measures how much of a substance such as a drug is absorbed into a living system and how quickly it is absorbed.Hudlicky is continuing with research on discovering and manufacturing anti-cancer compounds that can be used in drugs to treat the disease. With funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and a Canadian pharmaceutical company, he is developing derivatives of Amaryllidaceae alkaloids, some of which are isolated from daffodils and snowdrops.Hudlicky has also formed a partnership with McMaster University chemistry professor James McNulty to develop more compounds that can be used in effective cancer treatment, efficient pro-drug design, and other commercial uses.McNulty has developed techniques for the isolation of naturally occurring compounds in high yield and also semi-synthesis from natural intermediates and total synthesis of selected alkaloids. In addition to the discovery of compounds that exhibit potent anticancer activity, the Amaryllidaceae framework has allowed the discovery of congeners with potent and selective antiviral activity, for example to herpes viruses (HSV-1 and VZV) and one of the most active compounds reported to date against the Zika virus.McNulty and Hudlicky together have more than 50 years of experience in the isolation, synthesis and modification of Amaryllidaceae alkaloids. The discovery of other valuable biological activities is under active investigation including many other biomedical and agrochemical applications. read more


Ohio State mens volleyball splits weekend tournament matches

The No. 10-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team split its too matches in the Ken and Dave Dunlap Invitational this weekend, defeating No. 12-ranked Pacific in four sets before falling to No. 4-ranked Stanford in five sets. Penn State and Stanford kicked off the series with a rematch of the 2010 NCAA National Championship. Stanford swept PSU in the title game, but victory belonged to the Nittany Lions Friday night. As the Buckeyes prepared to take the court with Pacific, a moment of silence was held in honor of D.C. Koehl, the OSU volleyball sports information director, who died Thursday. The same was done before Saturday’s match. The Tigers came out strong Friday and were able to take the first set, 25-19, by taking an early four-point lead that OSU was unable to overcome. The Buckeyes, led by senior opposite Shawn Sangrey with a match-high 26 kills, claimed the next three sets and the match. “We took a nice step this weekend, and that’s what I told the kids,” said coach Pete Hanson. “We wouldn’t have been able to do this, play like this, three weeks ago. Our team was just so discombobulated.” After Pacific fell to PSU, the only team to leave the invitational with two wins, OSU faced Stanford. Stanford had the early advantage after defeating the Buckeyes in a shaky first set, 22-25. “We’ve gone down one (set) before and I don’t think it’s anything to be scared of,” Sangrey said. “But it does hurt a little bit.” OSU came back in the second set and went on a three-point run to force a timeout at 13-9. The Buckeyes kept a steady lead, but almost let it slip away as they approached set point. Stanford’s own three-point run put them within one point of OSU before senior outside hitter Mik Berzins sealed the set with a kill, 25-23. A special guest was introduced during the intermission between the second and third sets to the almost 960 people that attended Saturday’s match. President E. Gordon Gee, dressed in a gray vest with his signature bow tie, stepped onto the court to lead several fans in a game of “Gee says,” a variation on the game “Simon says,” with a $25 gas gift card from Speedway for the winner. As Gee attempted to stump the fans, he narrowed it down to five very attentive contestants. Gee gave the oldest remaining contestant the gift card and promised to give $25 to the other four. The teams retook the court, and the third set was a close one, with 16 tied scores. At 20-17, Stanford’s senior setter Evan Berry went up for an attack and came down hard on the court, injuring his left knee. Berry was able to return to the sidelines during the fifth set but never re-entered the match. Back-to-back Sangrey kills ended the set, 26-23. Stanford maintained a small lead through the fourth set, though the score would tie 13 times during the set. At 20-20, the Cardinal offense began to pull ahead and would force a deciding fifth set. Sangrey said he is motivated to continue to compete at a high level in long matches by his teammates. “We’re playing for each other,” he said. “We’re motivated to make each other better.” The Buckeyes were ahead by three when the teams swapped sides of the court. At 9-7, Stanford went on a three-point drive to take the lead and force an OSU timeout. A missed block by Sangrey ended the set, 12-15, and the match. “The thing that hurt us coming down the stretch was our serving. We made some really critical service errors,” Hanson said. “And that’s just staying confident, staying aggressive, and when you can do that you’re going to get that serve in.” Sangrey recorded a match-high 30 kills which tied his career best record. Redshirt freshman setter Peter Heinen delivered 49 assists, another match-high. Junior libero Derek Kues led the team in digs with eight. The Buckeyes are 1-10 against Stanford. Their only win was in 1981, the first time the two teams met. They are 10-1 against Pacific. OSU will travel to University Park, Pa., to take on the Cal-Baptist Lancers on Friday and the Mount Olive Trojans on Saturday as part of the Penn State Tournament. Both games start at 5 p.m. read more


Roger Gale MP accused of sexism after referring to his female staff

first_imgRoger Gale MP has inadvertently caused a sexism row by referring to female staff in his office as “girls”.He trended on Twitter as people expressed their outrage while listening to the Radio 4 Today programme.The Thanet North MP was defending hiring family members as he made the controversial comment.People on Twitter spoke of how angered they were, saying he was a “misogynist”, that it was a throwback to the 1960’s, and one listener even said she was hoarse from yelling about it.One angered listener tweeted: “Can someone tell Roger Gale that his employees are #women not #girls #hopefully”.Another raged: “Repellant and arrogant Roger Gale MP referring 2 his female staff as “girls” on @BBCRadio4 #r4today & justifying nepotism by comparing w BBC”. Sir Roger Gale MP, I don’t care if you employ your well qualified wife but calling your office staff ‘girls’ is downright offensive #r4today— Karen Wespieser (@KarenWespieser) March 16, 2017 “Do people not have anything more important to worry about than this?!”Roger Gale told BBC 5 Live that working with his wife nearly broke their marriage.He told Emma Barnett:: “It brought us to the point at one stage where it nearly broke our marriage. And the reason it did is because I was overworking Suzy.”I got up one night, in the middle of the night and saw the office light shining on the lawn at 3 o clock in the morning. I went downstairs and Suzy was in tears. I said ‘What the hell are you doing here?'”She said ‘I’ve got to get this work done’. She looked at me sadly and said ‘I’m sorry Roger I just think of you as a source of work.’ I realised that things were going very badly wrong and we made changes.”Suzy added: “We came through it. The work is relentless, it is 24 hours a day and I was doing it all on my own.”She also added she had never faced any complaints for working with her husband, and that she was qualified for the job.The couple firmly believe that, if they hadn’t been able to employ a family member, the pressure would have meant that Sir Roger would not have been able to continue as an MP for as long as he has done. Con MP Roger Gale on @BBCr4today must stop calling women working in his office ‘girls’. He’s either employing underage staff or needs advice— Charlie Lee-Potter (@cleepotter) March 16, 2017 Roger Gale employs “girls” at the taxpayers’ expense. Can he not find any grown ups? #r4today— charliesnow (@CharlieSnow) March 16, 2017 The benefits of employing a spouse are “enormous”, said Sir Roger. “Obviously, I trust her implicitly, she knows what I think and why I think it and constituents can call on her whenever I’m not around.”She probably does 60 to 70 hours work a week, including most of Saturday, and I can call on her any time day or night. I couldn’t do that with an assistant recruited through an advert.”Sir Roger Gale’s wife, Suzy, told The Telegraph that the critics could be correct, but her husband doesn’t mean anything by it, often treats those who work in the office to buns – and staff don’t mind being referred to as “girls”.She said: “Possibly you are right, I am 70, but we have always been referred to “the girls” and we really do like it.  Roger treats the office staff to buns on a regular basis, and we also like that!”We are a  very  happy and dedicated working team I can assure you.    “Sir Roger Gale referring to the women in his office as “girls” – why no challenge to this inappropriate and sexist term?” asked one listener. #r4today Roger Gale’s praise of his wife and his ‘team of girls’ did not do him favours and gave me a sore throat yelling! Pompous.— Cecilia Farren (@CeciliaFarren) March 16, 2017 Highly irritated by @Conservatives MP Sir Roger Gale referring to women working in his office as ‘girls’ on @BBCRadio4 this morning— Georgia Evans (@gmayevans) March 16, 2017 And another said: “Roger Gale on #r4today really has shown the worst of politics this morning. A frightening combination of sexism, ignorance and nepotism”. 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. Roger Gale said: “I want people who follow me into the House of Commons to continue working with their husbands or wives and I think that anything else would not be progress.”It would be a very retrograde step and it would be very bad for Parliament and therefore bad for the public.” Whoa. On BBC Radio 4, MP Sir Roger Gale refers to the women who work in his constituency office as “the girls.” What is this, the 1960s?— Lisa Fleisher (@lisafleisher) March 16, 2017 Mr Gale has previously sung the praises of his wife, who has worked in his office since 1983.”It will be incredibly damaging if we go down this route,” Sir Roger told the Press Association. “Superficially, this is an easy hit for anybody wanting to show they are doing something. Actually, it is crass and they will live to regret it – and so will the House and its MPs.”last_img read more


Nearly 800 inquiries about Magdalene Laundries fund

first_imgNEARLY 800 PEOPLE have been in contact with the Department of Justice in relation to accessing the fund that will be set up for survivors of the Magdalene Laundries.The Department confirmed this morning that at the close of business yesterday evening there were 790 calls to it in relation to the fund which survivors are being asked to register their interest in.Survivors are being asked to fill out a form on the Department’s website and include details of the institution they were based in, their date of entry, length of stay, reason for entering laundry, and details of any records they have from the institution.A spokesperson said that at the moment it was simply a process of registration and that incomplete forms are not being returned and will not be discounted from processing.“Individuals are being advised to provide the information insofar as they can to assist with the registration process,” a spokesperson for the Department of Justice said.The new fund will likely cover the pension payments and other benefits including medical cards and psychological and counselling services in lieu of the unpaid work women undertook during their time in the laundries.Former judge Justice John Quirke is leading a three month review aimed at establishing the best ways in which to provide redress to the women who were given a full State apology by the Taoiseach last week.Justice Quirke will advise on the operation of the fund and in particular the nature and amount of payments to be made out of the fund.This follows the publication of a report into the State’s involvement in the Magdalene Laundries which found that thousands of women were confined to the institutions between 1992 and 1996 when the last laundry was closed.Read: Still much work to do to ensure justice for Magdalenelast_img read more


Vancouver woman involved in Interstate 5 Bridge crash was insured

first_imgThe citation from a rear-end crash over the Interstate 5 Bridge on Sept. 27 has been amended to show the causing driver was, in fact, insured.Vancouver’s Beverly A. McCullough, 72, was heading south over the bridge late that afternoon when she rear-ended a vehicle that had stopped for traffic, according to the Washington State Patrol, sending the other driver to the hospital.McCullough was cited for following too closely and, initially, for driving without adequate proof of insurance at the time, according to the state patrol. She was, however, insured.last_img


Habitat for Humanity helps family environment

first_imgAfter years of running into life’s walls, Dennis and Sheri Ziesemer recently saw their fortunes turn.Now they’re helping build walls.The two Camas-area residents have spent much of this year volunteering with Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, working their way toward a new home of their own. The end result will offer at least some relief to a couple that’s endured more than its share of struggle.The Ziesemers navigated the Habitat application process in 2011 with reserved expectations. Life seemed to deliver them one setback after another, from major medical problems to financial difficulties. Recent history didn’t suggest much reason for optimism.But by fall 2011, they found out they were qualified and approved.“It was kind of jaw-dropping,” Sheri said. “You’re hitting brick walls left andright, and then all of a sudden … that brick wall is one you can climb over? Really?“I almost didn’t believe it.”Their soon-to-be new home isn’t your typical Habitat project. The Ziesemers will move into the Planet Clark Emerald House, a partnership with Clark County designed to showcase a series of environmentally friendly features.The $129,000 project, located just off Northeast 99th Street, will use 60 percent less energy than a typical home, according to the county. It will use 60 percent less water and collect all of its own storm runoff through native vegetation on the property. Natural sunlight and specially insulated wall and roof panels will help keep the house warm in the winter.The project aims to provide a real-life example of green building that local developers can learn from, said Mike Selig of the county’s Community Development department. Other local builders have tackled projects with similar goals in mind. That’s because seeing something in person gives more insight than any meeting or conference could, Selig said.last_img read more


7s Steve Shapiro presented with Silver Circle Award for sportscasting career

first_imgShapiro has been with WSVN since 1997.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – 7Sports director Steve Shapiro was presented with the Silver Circle Award for his decades-long career as a sportscaster.Shapiro spoke before attendees at a ceremony held in Fort Lauderdale, Sunday.During his acceptance speech, Shapiro noted the longevity of his broadcasting career, as he looked back at his time in front of the small screen.“I am well aware that this function is an honor of time as much as talent, although if you serve for 40 years, I think that by itself is an accomplishment,” he said. “I’m approaching 30 years on South Florida television. That makes me the longest continuous sportscaster in Miami TV news history, and I am very, very proud of that.” Thanks to all for the kindness! Wonderful event and honor! Now I go back to being a schmuck https://t.co/lmNnsQWsW1— Steve Shapiro (@sshapiro7) May 19, 2019The Silver Circle Award is given to those who have contributed 25 years or more to excellence in the television industry. last_img read more


Overwatch might be coming to the Nintendo Switch

first_img Preview • Blizzard’s Overwatch: Everything you need to know Star Wars, Thor, Overwatch: The hottest cosplay from Gen Con 2019 The idea of Overwatch on the Switch has actually been mentioned by the game’s director, Jeff Kaplan, during a Reddit AMA. “I’m loving the Switch! My second favorite gaming platform of all time is the 3DS. Getting [Overwatch] on the Switch is very challenging for us. But we’re always open minded about exploring possible platforms.”Meanwhile, last year Diablo 3 producer Pete Stilwell talked to Gamespot about porting that game to the Switch, calling it an opportunity to better understand the Switch hardware. He added that “it is feasible” for Overwatch to be ported to Switch. (Sitwell noted, though, that he works on a separate team to the Overwatch developers.)Blizzard is currently busy with the re-release of the original World of Warcraft. Called World of Warcraft Classic, it’s a slightly tweaked version of the hugely popular online game’s original 2004 incarnation. Though technically the same game, it’s been altered by the seven expansion packs that have been released in the past 15 years. Overwatch-themed Nintendo Switch case (PowerA) listed on Amazon https://t.co/5pceXbSUrZ”Officially Licensed by Nintendo and blizzard entertainment” pic.twitter.com/yfK0YzmLuN— Wario64 (@Wario64) August 26, 2019 28 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Video Games $34 Tags Overwatch Origins Editioncenter_img News • Overwatch’s latest hero is Sigma, an astrophysicist who harnesses the power of gravity Share your voice 0 Nintendo Post a comment See it Hanzo, one of the many playable characters in Overwatch. Blizzard Last year Blizzard ported Diablo 3 to the Nintendo Switch, earning great acclaim for marrying the grind-fest game with the portable, grind-anywhere-you-wish Switch. That may not be the end of Blizzard’s ports though, as a leaked Amazon listing suggests the gaming giant could bring Overwatch, its excellent squad-based shooter, to the platform.The leaked listing isn’t for Overwatch on the Switch though. Instead it’s for an official Overwatch-themed Switch pouch, licensed by both Nintendo and Blizzard. The listing was posted over on Reset Era’s forums, as well as Twitter, leading Amazon to pull it. Mentioned Above Overwatch Origins Edition (PC)last_img read more


Kothagudem Superintendent of Police calls for geotagging of

first_imgKothagudem: Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt directed the traffic police to conduct awareness about the new traffic regulations and enhanced penalty amounts to people in the district. Speaking at a crime review meeting held with officials of the police department in Kothagudem on Tuesday, the SP called for geo-tagging of all Ganesh pandals in the district, and directed the police to conduct meetings with organising committees for conducting the festival in a peaceful manner. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Directing the officials to clear all pending cases in various police station limits, the SP added that he would conduct a meeting with Ganesh Utsav committees and give all necessary precautions to them. Suggesting the police officials to focus on cybercrimes, the official informed that special drives would be conducted to nab the drunk drivers. “Clear the police station premises and participate in the Haritha Haram programme,” directed the SP. Assistant Superintendent of Police Rajesh Chandra, Deputy Superintendents of Police Ali, Madhusudhan Rao and Sai Baba, Armed Reserve DSP Kumar Swamy and other officers attended the meeting.last_img read more


Bangabandhu Bridge toll collection system collapses

first_imgAutomated system of collection of toll at Bangabandhu Bridge has collapsed. Photo: Kamrul HasanHundreds of vehicles were stranded on the Bangabandhu Bridge and along the roads on either sides of the bridge for two hours as the computer system for toll collection broke down on Sunday morning.The system stopped working from 10:01am.Later, the bridge authorities began collecting the toll  manually from 12:10pm.“The computer system for toll collection toll at Bangbandhu Bridge is controlled from Setu Bhaban in Dhaka. The system isn’t working there,” said Bangabandhu Bridge security and traffic management head lieutenant commander Faruk Hasan.Hundreds of vehicles stranded on the bridge and on the link roads of either side of the bridge. Photo: Kamrul Hasan“Toll collection was held up for two hours. We’ve began using tickets to collect the toll from 12:10pm,” he added.However, the people suffering’s on the bridge won’t end so soon. The authorities are manually collecting toll one vehicle at a time. In the automated system, toll is collected from six vehicles at a time.Witnesses said the traffic jam stretched out for 10 km.last_img read more


Bangladeshi shot by BSF in Benapole

first_imgBenapoleA Bangladeshi national was shot and wounded by the members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along Putkhali border in Benapole of Jessore district early Thursday, reports UNB.The victim is Israfil Hossain, 30, a resident of Benapole.BSF members of Angrail camp of India opened fire on a group of Bangladeshi cattle traders when they were returning home with cattle through the border, leaving Israfil injured, said Imran Ullah Sarkar, commanding officer of BGB-21 Battalion.Later, Israfil was first taken to Navaron Hospital and then shifted to Sharsha upazila health complex.last_img


Ubisoft hands out Nexus 7 tablets at Watch Dogs event

first_imgI think it’s fair to say that Watch Dogs has received generally positive press since the day it was first announced. And, for Ubisoft, it has the potential to be the company’s biggest game of 2014 as well as the start of a new, lucrative franchise. But last week they made what I view as a big mistake at a press event.With Watch Dogs launching across current-gen and next-gen consoles, as well as PC next month, Ubisoft is ramping up the promotion. That includes holding press events to show off the game to journalists, many of whom will end up reviewing Watch Dogs.One such event was held last week in Paris, and it has been revealed by attendees that Ubisoft decided to give everyone who turned up a Nexus 7 tablet. Why? That hasn’t been explained officially yet, but you can see how this can be viewed negatively. After all, these are the individuals who will give Watch Dogs a review score, which many gamers rely on to help them make a purchasing decision.Many of the journalists who attended and came away with a Nexus 7 are stating it is going to a charity. Keeping it, of course, could also be viewed negatively, especially if that person or their publication ends up giving the game a high review score. We’re waiting to hear if there is some tie-in the game that would make this whole thing make some sense — such as giving people a chance to test out the game’s tablet integration — but so far we’ve heard nothing about it.The lesson for Ubisoft and any publisher holding press events is a simple one: don’t give out expensive free gifts without there being a very good reason for it (is there ever a good reason?). It makes the journalists feel awkward for the most part, it makes the publisher look like they are encouraging positive coverage, and it leaves gamers suspicious. Here’s hoping that there is a use for those tablets aside from highlighting the game’s gadgety nature and the characters’ use of mobile technology.last_img read more


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first_img Entrepreneur has affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Thanks to our friends at TechBargains, we’ve rounded up three can’t-miss deals. Check it out:65″ LG 4K UltraHD LED HDTV with HDR Pro & $300 Dell Gift Card for $999.99 (Orig. $1,499.99)If you need a big screen after watching this year’s Olympics, then you won’t find a 65″ 4K at a better deal than this. With the included $300 Dell gift card you are basically only paying $700 which is a steal for a 65″ much less a TV with 4K. It has a 120Hz effective refresh rate and is an incredible price as the next closest model costs around $1,400 on Amazon.Amazon Deal of the Day: Up to 60 percent off Handbags, Satchels and more. Amazon is offering up to 60 percent off popular name brand bags from LeSportsac and Tommy Hilfiger. Look through their selection and find what works best for you. Prices range from $35 for a small cross body to around $60 for a satchel. Act fast as we are seeing a lot of the inventory sell out since this sale started this morning.Arlo Wireless 720p Surveillance & Home Monitoring Cameras (5-Pack) $498At just $100 per unit this is one of the best deals we’ve seen as these typically can cost $150 for just one. If you wanted to easily set up monitoring but didn’t want to deal with the hassle of wires, then this is the kit for you. Simply recharge the battery every one to two weeks. If your monitoring needs change you can simply move the cameras whererever you need without having to rewire.For more great deals, check out our TechBargains Small Business page.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. August 19, 2016 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more


Volkswagens ID Buggy puts its electric signature in the sand

first_img The VW ID. Buggy in actionVW Privacy policy We recommend Looking to mix a bit of beach cruising culture from a bygone era with some new-age drivetrain technology, Volkswagen debuted its super-cute electrified dune buggy at Geneva earlier in the year. The automaker is again showing off the stylish retro cruiser as part of Monterey Car Week, marking the occasion by setting it free on the sand alongside the inspiration for the design, a Meyers Manx dune buggy in a original 60s-era styling.With their rear engine configuration and hardy suspension, the Volkswagen Beetle of the 1960s proved a popular choice for mod-shops looking to spend more time in the sand. Among those carving dune buggies out the iconic cars was boatbuilder and engineer Bruce Meyers, whose Meyers Manx fiberglass-reinforced dune buggy is considered the original of its class. Powered by I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more The VW ID. Buggy alongside a Meyers Manx dune buggyVW Its capabilities can be witnessed in the video below, which features an interview with Meyers and a Meyers Manx dune buggy tearing through the sand alongside the VW ID. Buggy.Source: Volkswagen Google Analytics settings VW is looking to recapture the inventive spirit shown by Manx with the all-electric modular ID. Buggy. Staying true to the dune buggies of old, it features no roof and no doors, but the composite upper body can be pulled off the chassis to allow custom vehicle makers to go to town.The electric motor is built onto the rear axle and works with a single-speed gearbox to create 201 hp (150 kW) and maximum torque of 228 lb-ft (309 Nm). The 62-kWh battery is built into the floor and allows for 155 mi (250 km) of range, while the 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprint time is listed as 7.2 seconds and top speed is limited to 99 mph (160 km/h). Yes Nolast_img read more


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first_img News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Related Content Technology | May 11, 2010 Phantom Identifies Mismatched Hybrid Images May 11, 2010 – Hybrid scanning systems are increasingly being used to improve tumor identification, treatment delivery and monitor treatment effectiveness.Proper alignment of fused images is an ongoing concern, particularly with hybrid modalities, such as single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT), positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) and computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (CT/MRI).The Model 802 Gillian QA Phantom recently released by CIRS Inc. is designed for evaluating image distortion and alignment in these hybrid scanning systems.Images produced with the phantom can show if there is any mismatch in the fused images. The simple geometry allows for quick visual interpretation and independent assessment of equipment function.This product is manufactured under license from King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.For more information: www.cirsinc.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 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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first_imgBelow are some of the new items from SNMMI. There were several interesting studies coming out of the 2014 meeting for the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) in St. Louis, Mo. On the show floor, the main news was that all the key vendors introduced new PET/CT systems for the market.  News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Dave Fornell, ITN Editor Dave Fornell is the editor of Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology magazine and assistant editor for Imaging Technology News magazine. News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Among the most innovative system was Philips’ Vereos, which is the first on the market to offer digital PET detectors, which are supposed to offer greater image clarity over traditional analog photo-multipliers. Siemens also introduced a new software system for molecular imaging that allows accurate standard uptake value (SUV) comparisons between different vendor’s imaging systems, allowing images from other facilities and other vendor’s imaging systems to be viewed on one workstation. For more detail on these and other new technologies on the expo floor, watch the video Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative Technology at SNMMI. Blog | Dave Fornell, ITN Editor | June 19, 2014 Highlights From SNMMI 2014 Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more center_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. For a recap on SNMMI scientific meeting highlights and an overview of the new nuclear imaging technologies discussed at the meeting, watch the video interview with SNMMI’s Scientific Committee Chairman Satoshi Minoshima, M.D., Ph.D. News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more last_img read more