Federal government finalizes regulations to reduce methane emissions

first_imgSeveral environmental groups including Environmental Defence and the David Suzuki Foundation welcomed the regulations as the first country-level commitment to reducing methane from both new and existing oil and gas facilities nationwide.In a joint statement, the groups said the test now will be whether the federal government will ensure any provincial regulations achieve at least the same level of reduction. The groups are particularly concerned about draft regulations released by Alberta earlier this week that they say is a “much weaker” regulatory approach.Patrick McDonald, director of climate and innovation at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, says that while industry supports the reduction target, the regulations as finalized are too prescriptive and will make the industry less competitive.“The regulations very much are not reflective of CAPP’s proposal that was issued in October,” said McDonald.The industry is concerned about details including the frequency of monitoring and site-specific limits as opposed to more flexible approaches, he said.“This new regulation is going to be a significant cost to the industry and as such will have additional impacts on our competitiveness when we’re looking at the global market.” CALGARY, A.B. – The federal government said Thursday it has finalized regulations that should reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by close to half.The regulations include flexibilities to reduce costs while ensuring industry meets the target of reducing methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025, it said.Announced by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, the regulations are expected to cut carbon pollution by about 20 million tonnes a year, the equivalent to taking about five million vehicles off the road per year. He said Alberta’s draft plan does look to have more flexibility in how to best reduce methane emissions.Methane is a focus of climate efforts because it is a potent greenhouse gas that is considered to have 70 times the warming power of carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Ministry of Interior Summons Walis Governors Security Officials to Review King

Rabat – The Ministry of Interior has held a meeting to follow up on instructions made by King Mohammed VI in his harsh Throne Day speech, in which he warned that public officials will be held responsible for not doing their job.The Ministry of Interior summoned walis and governors from around Morocco for a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the implementation of instructions made by King Mohammed VI in his Throne Day speech on Saturday.The King stressed the need for the Moroccan public administration to be efficient, warning public officials they will be held accountable if they do not fulfill their duties. In a statement following the meeting, the ministry said that the royal speech is a guideline defining the measures it will take, in coordination with other government departments and elected institutions, in order “to strengthen development policies for the benefit of Moroccan citizens in all the regions of the kingdom.”It further noted that the interior ministry will “pursue its active engagement” to speed up the realization of the projects and political and institutional reforms that Morocco is “witnessing under the leadership of King Mohammed VI.”What was striking is that the kingdom’s highest security officials took also part in the meeting. The head of Morocco domestic intelligence services (DGST) and national policy agency (DGSN), Abdellatif El Hammouchi, the head of the Gendarmerie National, Corps General Hosni Benslimane, the head of foreign intelligence (DGED) Yassine Mansouri, and the Delegate-General of the Penitentiary Administration Mohamed Salah Tamek, were all present.For some, their participation as an attempt to show that there is no rift between security services.Speculations about disagreements and tension between security services in dealing with the protests of Al Hoceima surfaced on online media.The claims were refuted by King Mohammed VI in his speech on Saturday.“Some even say there is a radical wing and a moderate one, adding that they disagree on how to tackle these events. Nothing could be further from the truth!” said the monarch.“In reality, there is only one policy and a single, unwavering commitment, which is to enforce the law, respect the institutions, ensure the security of citizens and safeguard their property.” read more

Closing Bell TSX reaches record high with boost from CN Rail

TORONTO — A strong earnings report from Canadian National Railway helped push the Toronto stock market to a fresh record high close Tuesday as traders put geopolitical concerns aside for the moment and concentrated on the health of corporate North America.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,315.13+65.14 0.43%S&P 500 —  1,983.53+9.90 0.50%Dow — 17,113.54+61.81 0.36%Nasdaq — 4,456.02 +31.31 0.71%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 65.14 points to 15,315.13.Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) beat expectations as its second-quarter profit increased 18% to $847 million, while revenues rose 17% to a record $3.12 billion. Adjusted profit amounted to $1.03 per diluted share, three cents above analyst forecasts, when it reported results on Monday after markets closed. CN also delivered a strong outlook and its shares ran up $1.44 to $74.39 after earlier hitting a new 52-week high of $74.83.“(CN and Canadian Pacific) are at high multiples now, they’re expensive but with the quality and overall growth profile, we still think they’re a great place to be. We own both of them,” said Ben Jang, portfolio manager at Nicola Wealth Management in Vancouver.Other big Canadian corporations reporting earnings this week include mining giant Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B), telecom Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) and grocer Loblaw Cos. Ltd. (TSX:L), all on Thursday.The Canadian dollar was down 0.06 of a cent to 93.14 cents US.New York markets also advanced amid data showing tame inflation.The Dow Jones industrial was up 61.81 points to 17,113.54 as the U.S. Labor Department’s consumer price index rose 0.3% in June, which matched expectations. That was good news for investors as a higher reading would have raised a fresh round of concerns about when the Federal Reserve might decide to start hiking rates.The Nasdaq rose 31.32 points to 4,456.02 and the S&P 500 index gained 9.9 points to 1,983.53.Traders continued to consider the impact of potentially tighter economic sanctions against Russia for its support of Ukrainian rebel militias accused of shooting down a Malaysian airliner last week.The European Union agreed Tuesday to expand a list of Russian organizations and individuals subject to asset freezes and travel bans. It also threatened to target vast sectors of the Russian economy if Moscow did not act swiftly to rein in the rebels.But the EU stopped well short of moving to jump quickly to so-called Phase 3 sanctions that could cripple the Russian economy, but also impact the fragile recovery in Europe.“Those are the type of sanctions that would definitely hurt their economy and what it would mean is a curtailment of energy exports from Russia into Europe as well, which would definitely stall the European recovery,” Jang said.Elsewhere on the earnings front, Microsoft reported after the close that quarterly revenue came in at US$23.38 billion, beating expectations of $23 billion. Earnings per share excluding one time items were 58 cents versus expectations of 60 cents and its shares were off 0.5% in after-hours trading.Meanwhile, Apple’s earnings also topped expectations as the company sold 35.2 million iPhones in the quarter, a 13% increase from the same time last year even though many people are believed to be holding off on new device purchases until the next version comes out this fall.Apple (Nasdaq:AAPL) reported earnings of US$7.7 billion or $1.28 per share, exceeding estimates of $1.23 per share and a 12% increase from income of US$6.9 billion or $1.07 per share in the same period last year. Revenue rose 6% from last year to $37.4 billion, but that was about $600 million below forecasts and Apple shares were down 36 cents at US$94.36 in early after-hours trading after having risen 78 cents to US$94.72 at the close.The metals and mining sector led TSX advancers, up 1.2%, while September copper rose one cent to US$3.21 a pound. The energy sector climbed 0.91% even as September crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange slipped 47 cents to US$102.39.The gold sector was the major decliner, down about 1.15% as August bullion fell $7.60 to US$1,306.30 an ounce.TOP STORIESHerbalife shares spike as Ackman’s ‘incredible fraud’ claims fail to convince investorsApache faces pressure from activist hedge fund Jana Partners to exit the Kitimat LNG project: reportsCanada missing out on billions as millionaire hunters lure Chinese investors to AustraliaNetflix shares fall as European expansion seen being ‘costlier than anticipated’WHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Retail sales (May): Economists expect 0.6% rise CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESThe Boeing Company Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$2.01 a share Delta Air Lines  Q2 earnings: US$1.04 The Dow Chemical Company Q2 earnings: 72¢ Facebook Q2 earnings: 32¢ PepsiCo Q2 earnings: US$1.23 Qualcomm Inc Q3 earnings: US$1.22 AT&T Inc. Q2 earnings:  65¢ read more

Redshirt players making an impact for Ohio State

Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein (65) blocks during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen Urban Meyer first came to Ohio State in late 2011, he made it clear that he was not a fan of redshirting players.Now, three years later, he might be changing his tone slightly.“Those days (of redshirting) are certainly here (but) if you are a good player, play ‘em,” Meyer said Tuesday during the Big Ten teleconference. “That is going to be our philosophy to continue moving forward.”The Buckeyes currently have 34 players on their roster that have been redshirted at least once.One of those players is OSU starting quarterback J.T. Barrett, along with three of the five starting offensive lineman.Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein said his redshirt year helped him get used to the college game.“It definitely benefitted me a lot,” he said Monday. “My freshman year, just being on scout team going against (Johnathan) Hankins and (John) Simon and transitioning to this level of play (helped a lot).”Specifically, Elflein said his time on the scout team and not being afraid to make mistakes were what made his redshirt year in 2012 so beneficial.“You can kind of just go out there and play (on scout team) and kind of get acclimated to this level of football and I got so much better doing that,” Elflein said. “It just transferred over to learning the offense after that and it all just came together.”For Elflein, it paid off as he made his first career start on a big stage in the 2013 Big Ten Championship game, when he said he thought he performed admirably.“We fell short last year, and that still hurts,” he said. “I played well that game, but we want to get back there and win the Big Ten.”Defensively, the Buckeyes currently have three redshirt players in the starting lineup, including redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple, who was one of two players Meyer singled out when discussing the benefits of a year off.“(Redshirt-freshman linebacker) Darron Lee and Eli Apple are two guys off the top of my head … Will Eli Apple be here five years? No. My guess is if he continues to improve, that he may move on,” Meyer said.Lee is one of six players who has started each game on defense and is second on the team in tackles for loss for loss with 9.5.Apple, who has started all but one game this season, said watching from the sidelines last year was beneficial, adding that he learned a lot from veteran players at his position.“When I first got here, I definitely had my little struggles. I feel like that redshirt year really helped me a lot just watching guys like (Bradley) Roby, watching guys like (current senior) Doran (Grant), see how they handle their business and picking up stuff from them,” Apple said Monday. “When I came in this year, I really wanted to take an approach — take things serious, work on my technique, work on all aspects of my game and it has really helped out.”Already with two interceptions under his belt, Apple said that with each game comes more assurance in his abilities.“I feel like my confidence has grown after each game,” Apple said. “It’s just great being a starting corner, playing opposite of Doran Grant, somebody that just takes the game so serious. It’s one of those things where you have to raise your game up a notch every week because you got somebody like him who just goes so hard and has great preparation.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Painkillers are tripling risk of harm to dementia patients

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. Scientists at the University of Exeter, King’s College London and the University of Bergen tracked162 dementia patients, half of whom were given the drug, with the remainder given a placebo.They found 52 per cent of those put on the opiates suffered such ill-effects that they stopped treatment, with personality changes, confusion and sedation among the most common problems.Among the control group, 13.3 per cent suffered such effects.Researchers called for an urgent review of the use of such drugs in order to prevent unnecessary harm and deaths.Around half of people with dementia who are living in care homes experience clinically significant pain. Painkillers which are routinely given to dementia patients can triple the chance of suffering harmful side effects and personality changes, research suggests.The study involving UK scientists found more than half of those given the drugs suffered adverse effects, with many increasingly confused and sedated by drugs which were supposed to treat pain.Up to 40 per cent of dementia patients living in care homes are given opioid-based painkillers, such as the drug buprenorphine.Researchers said the use of such pills was “doing more harm than good”, calling for an urgent review of their use. At the moment we’re harming people when trying to ease their painProfessor Clive Ballard Previous research has recognised that pain is often under-diagnosed and poorly managed in people with dementia, impacting on quality of life.Professor Clive Ballard, from the University of Exeter, said: “Pain is a symptom that can cause huge distress and it’s important that we can provide relief to people with dementia.”Sadly at the moment we’re harming people when we’re trying to ease their pain. We urgently need more research in this area, and we must get this dosing right.”The findings were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2018 in Chicago. read more

Semtech brings IoT capabilities to Transco conveyor belt monitoring solutions

first_imgSemtech Corp and Transco Industries have partnered up to provide a remote monitoring solution for conveyor belts.Transco, which specialises in conveyor components, design, installation, maintenance, and repair, has added Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology into its own belt applications for “safer monitoring while reducing operating costs”, Semtech said.Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology is a long-range, low-power solution for Internet of Things (IoT) that gives telecom companies, IoT application makers and system integrators the feature set necessary to deploy low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products, and IoT services worldwide, Semtech said.Jeff Brown, President and CEO at Transco Industries, said: “Semtech’s LoRa Technology enables miners to remotely monitor conveyor belts, therefore reducing maintenance costs and helping to prevent belt failure.“Previously, mine operations had to contract specialists to monitor factors like belt idler temperature and, typically, this could cost hundreds of dollars per hour. With LoRa-based sensors, managers are able to do this themselves in real-time without the risk of human error.”Transco’s LoRa-enabled sensors were developed to flexibly fit into existing mining infrastructure including conveyor belts, the company said. “The small and durable sensors connect to private networks based on the LoRaWAN™ protocol allowing the continued relay of real-time data in the extreme conditions found in a mine.”Miles-long conveyor belts can be equipped with an end-to-end solution consisting of several sensors embedded in the belt itself to measure stress and prevent potential ripping, according to the company. “In the event of a belt rip, LoRa-enabled sensors transmit a signal to the belt control, shutting the belt down immediately to halt the hazardous and expensive rip from worsening,” the company said. Mine operators can then inspect the damage and decide how best to repair the system.Additional sensors are placed on belt idlers to measure temperature of the idler bearing as sensors report temperature data to allow mine operators to monitor bearing status and prevent overheating and fires.Transco’s LoRa-based conveyer belt application is used in collaboration with Polysense Technologies, a leader in enterprise IoT solutions for fibre and wireless sensing, Semtech said.Vivek Mohan, Director of IoT, Wireless and Sensing Products at Semtech, said: “Semtech’s LoRa Technology creates industrial IoT solutions that are highly scalable by number of sensors and gateways to cover even the largest work site or mine.“LoRa Technology’s easy to deploy, flexible capabilities allow mine managers to leverage real-time data to predict maintenance and increase operating efficiency.”last_img read more

Natural gas to overtake lignite

first_imgLow oil rates are bringing an end to the domination of coal in terms of the cheapest fuel for producing electrical energy in Greece.The slump in global oil prices over the last couple of months will – with the usual three-month delay – affect natural gas rates from October, making the production of electricity with natural gas cheaper than with lignite for the first time.Although this development may prove temporary, it will lead to changes in the domestic electricity market, where lignite has to date remained the dominant fuel even though it is only Public Power Corporation that has access to it. Consumers should enjoy an immediate benefit if they have contracts with alternative suppliers to PPC that include a fuel clause which rolls over any changes in natural gas rates to the final consumer.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greece home to best regional airline in Europe

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Aegean Airlines has continued to maintain its high standards, and the world is taking note.The Greek air service has been awarded Best Regional Airline in Europe at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.Also known as the Passenger Choice Awards, it is the seventh consecutive year Aegean has won the title, and the eighth time over a 10 year period.Aegean was also recognised as having the Best Cabin Crew in Southern Europe.According to a customer survey carried out for the awards from August 2016 to May 2017, over 19.2 million passengers from around the world rated Aegean Airlines for its top quality services and hospitality on board.Among the World’s Best Regional Airlines as a whole, Aegean was ranked fourth.Meanwhile around the world, Alaska Airlines took out the title of Best Regional Airline in North America, Royal Air Maroc in Africa, Bangkok Airways in Asia, in South America Azul Brazilian Airlines, and for central Asia and India, Azerbaijan Airlines came out on top.Awarded the title of World Airline of the Year was Singapore Airlines.last_img read more

Ronaldos arrival is extremely important Igli Tare

first_imgThe Lazio sporting director believes the new Juventus footballer is one of the best things that could have happened to the Italia Serie AEverybody keeps talking about Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in the Italian Serie A.And now is the turn of Lazio sporting director Igli Tare, who believes the ex-Real Madrid arrival is extremely important for the league.“The arrival of Ronaldo in Italy is extremely important,” Tare told sport1 as reported by Football Italia.“I see his arrival as very positive.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“It’s triggered something incredible in Italy, all the best Italian clubs have taken risks this summer to do transfers to compete both domestically and internationally,” he said.“Ronaldo is important for the image of the league. We’re talking about a player with very high quality, this transfer is definitely a boost for Italian football.”“The Portuguese is still at an age where he can best express his football and wants to succeed in one of the best leagues in the world,” he said.“That’s his objective and I take my hat off to him, but the Italian league is the most difficult in the world.”last_img read more

Tesla updates battery software on Models S and X after Hong Kong

first_img Tesla Comment More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageTesla is sending out a software update to Models S and X to improve battery life and safety. Tim Stevens/Roadshow Tesla announced on Wednesday that it had begun rolling out software updates to Models S and X that promise to extend battery life and safety. The update affects the thermal management system for the cars’ battery packs, and stems from the recent fire in Hong Kong of a Tesla in a parking structure. Tesla told Roadshow that this update was created out of “an abundance of caution” after that incident.”We currently have well over half a million vehicles on the road, which is more than double the number that we had at the beginning of last year, and Tesla’s team of battery experts uses that data to thoroughly investigate incidents that occur and understand the root cause,” Tesla said in a statement. “Although fire incidents involving Tesla vehicles are already extremely rare and our cars are 10 times less likely to experience a fire than a gas car, we believe the right number of incidents to aspire to is zero.”The over-the-air software update adjusts charging and cooling settings within the battery management system, likely to manage each cell’s temperature and level of charge more efficiently to help prevent situations where the cell could be stressed. Overcharging of individual cells is a leading cause of pack fires in modern EVs and isn’t by any means specific to Tesla. Although pack fires are relatively rare when compared to internal combustion engine fires, they are simply one of the main drawbacks of lithium-ion battery chemistry.Tesla assured Roadshow that this update wouldn’t be noticed by most of its customers in operation and that in addition to improving safety in the long-term, it should also help improve the life of Tesla’s already notoriously long-lived packs. Electric Cars Car Industry 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Tesla’s Model X gets artsy 30 Photoscenter_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim 1 Tesla Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

NHAI to introduce ATMS in East Godavari

first_imgRajamahendravaram: National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will introduce Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) on the National Highways (NHs) shortly in East Godavari district. The new system will monitor the movement of traffic on the two NHs in the district. Speaking to The Hans India here on Thursday, NHAI Project Director A Srinivasa Rao said that as part of the new system, cameras will be arranged in a stretch of two kilometres on the NHs and at some focal points and works related to the project were under progress. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Besides monitoring the movement of traffic through the cameras, the ATMs also be used to check any information in its purview. Meanwhile, the 70 kms length of NH-16 between Gundugolanu-Devarapalli-Kovvur in West Godavari will be completed as per schedule by April 2021. The government is spending Rs 1,827 crore relating to civil works, Rs 390 crore for land acquisition and Rs 100 crore relating to electric works relating to shifting of electric poles and towers on NH. Nearly 30-40 kms distance will be reduced between Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam after the completion of the National Highway, he added. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The traffic movement on the NH between Tuni and Ravulapalem also be reduced as the vehicles proceeding towards to Vijayawada and Chennai may go on the NH coming up between Kovvur and Gundugolanu. Meanwhile, the 27 kms length of highway between Kattipudi and Kakinada will be taken up for its maintenance. NHAI is giving top priority for the maintenance of NH 16 and 216 which are in a length of nearly 140-145 kms in the district.last_img read more

Facebook grants paid time off for baby leave as global benefit

first_imgLess than a week after Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said he would take two months of paternity leave, the social media company announced it is extending its parental leave policy to full-time employees outside the United States.The policy, which provides 4 months of paid time off, will be provided to all new parents regardless of gender or location, starting from 1 January. Employees may take leave at any point up to a year after the birth of their child, Lori Matloff Goler, the company’s head of human resources, said in a Facebook post late on Wednesday, 25 November.Facebook currently offers 4 months of paid parental leave to US-based full-time workers. Outside the United States also, Facebook now offers a minimum of four months of paid leave to some full-time non US employees who are new mothers and primary caregivers. Fathers and non-primary caregivers outside the United States get four weeks of paid leave.”We want to be there for our people at all stages of life, and in particular we strive to be a leading place to work for families,” Goler added. “An important part of this is offering paid parental or ‘baby’ leave.”She said that the new policy will primarily help new fathers and employees in same-sex relationships outside the United States, noting that it will not change maternity leave already available to employees worldwide.Zuckerberg last week said he would take two months off after his daughter’s birth. Zuckerberg announced in July that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were expecting a baby girl; they have not said when the baby is due.His announcement was seen in Silicon Valley as a strong endorsement from a high-technology industry top executive on the importance of family time.Technology companies in Silicon Valley have been rushing to extend parental leave allowances and other benefits to help recruit and retain employees.Many high-tech workers, however, do not take advantage of such benefits for fear of falling behind at work or missing out on promotions.last_img read more

Goodbye Geoffrey Toys R Us Closing Its Last Stores Today

first_imgToys R Us is closing its last U.S. stores by Friday, the end of a chain known to generations of children and parents for its sprawling stores, brightly colored logo and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot.But many of the children who happily sang the “I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys R Us kid” jingle grew into busy parents who found shopping online more convenient. The company, which also owned the Babies R Us chain, was hobbled by $5 billion in debt after a leveraged buyout that left it unable to invest and keep up.As the last of the U.S. stores close, more than 30,000 workers will be looking for work. Toys R Us’ troubles have also shaken some big toy makers like Mattel and Hasbro.Customers who were still devoted will be looking elsewhere to shop. Retailers like Walmart and Target are expanding their toy aisles to fill the hole, while Party City is opening 50 pop-up toy shops this fall.Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 reorganization last fall and pledged to stay open, but had poor sales during the critical holiday season as customers and vendors shied away. In January, it announced plans to close about 180 stores, but then in March it said it would liquidate the rest of the 700-plus stores.Will the Toys R Us name and mascot disappear forever? An auction for the company’s name, baby shower registry and various trademarks is set for late July. The 16-foot tall statue of Geoffrey the Giraffe that greeted visitors at Toys R Us headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey will be moved to a children’s hospital in the state.Many long-time employees were hoping to retire at a place they called home.“I’m never going to have a job like Toys R Us,” said long-time employee Patty Van Fossan, 54, from Boardroom, Ohio, who was among a group of workers at protests in New York, fighting for severance that they believe they are owed. “It was the best job I had. I was surrounded by children.” The Houston Chronicle reported 18 locations in the Houston area will close. Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesNumerous locations of Toys R Us, including this one in London, are offering going-out-of-business sales.center_img Sharelast_img read more

CU to recruit permanent hostel supers to curb incidents of ragging

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta University (CU) has decided to recruit permanent hostel superintendents at all its hostels, to curb incidents of ragging. The decision was taken at the syndicate meeting, the highest decision-making body of the varsity on Monday. The varsity has also decided to demarcate one of its 16 hostels only for first year male students, as they have been found to be the most vulnerable to ragging as per records of the varsity.It may be mentioned that in the last few months, there have been a number of complaints of ragging from the hostels under CU and some of the students have complained directly to University Grants Commission (UGC) through e-mail. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThis had resulted in a section of educationists raising questions over the role of the varsity in investigation of ragging incidents. “We are taking strong measures to curb incidents of ragging in our hostels. A number of hostels did not have full-time permanent hostel superintendents. Now, we will recruit them on a permanent basis,” CU vice-chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee said.A senior official of the varsity, who attended the syndicate meeting, informed that the persons who will be recruited as hostel superintendents, will stay round-the-clock in the hostels and keep a hawk eye on the activities. The minimum qualification for the new recruits will have to be graduate and their age group should be between 45-55. “We have often seen that young persons who are in charge of hostels are unable to control students and the latter have a tendency to ignore his/her instructions. So, we have taken a decision to have an age group for the superintendents,” the official added.”The majority of the complaints that we receive come from first year students. We have decided to segregate a New Law Hostel only for first year male students. The idea is to see whether there are any complaints from this hostel. If the plan works out, then we will earmark another hostel for first year women students,” Banerjee said.last_img read more

Update KB4505658 for Windows 10 version 1809 is out

first_imgUpdate KB4505658 for Windows 10 version 1809 is out by Martin Brinkmann on July 23, 2019 in Windows – 7 commentsMicrosoft released the long-awaited KB4505658 update for Windows 10 version 1809 on July 22, 2019. The update is the second cumulative update for the month following KB4507466 and KB4507465 for Windows 10 version 1803 and 1709 which were released on July 16, 2019 following the release of the security updates for July 2019 a week earlier.The second cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1903, the current version of the Windows 10 operating system, is still missing.KB4505658 addresses numerous issues in Windows 10 version 1809.Note: We suggest that you install the update only if you are affected by one of the issues and need to fix it asap. Updates may introduce other issues and it is recommended to wait to avoid being hit by those. If you do need to install it, make sure you create a backup before you proceed. Check out the free Backup & Recovery if you are not sure which backup program to use for that operation.KB4505658 for Windows 10 version 1809KB4505658 is already available on Windows Update. A click on the check for updates button returns the new update on systems that use Windows Update. It is not available on business and Enterprise updating solutions, but can be downloaded as a standalone update package from the Microsoft Update Catalog website.KB4505658 addresses the following issues:Fixes a performance issue on some sites that use WebAssembly.Fixed an issue that caused IE to stop working when dragging tabs to create new browser windows.Fixed an issue that prevented the PIN prompt from appearing in Internet Explorer when authenticating.Fixed a Windows Notifications system issue that caused “nonsense” characters to be displayed instead of single quotes.Fixed a Windows Search issue that caused newly installed or updated applications from not being returned.Fixed an Office 2010 issue that caused Save and Save As from not working on systems with high contrast mode.Fixed a migration issue that caused SharedPC policies from being migrated properly.Fixed an issue that caused Hardware Support applications from “installing in a timely manner”.Fixed a Windows Log issue that prevented the processing of notifications if the log was full.Fixed a Microsoft Account or Azure Active Directory account recognizing issue until the user signed out and on again.Fixed the Netlogon service error “0xC000007A – ERROR_PROC_NOT_FOUND.”Fixed a Windows Hello for Business authentication issue on Windows Server 2016 with Server Core installed.Fixed an issue that caused some Windows Server containers or Hyper-V containers to have empty names.Fixed an input and output issue when Multipath I/O (MPIO) failover occurs.Fixed the error ExceptionCode c0000005 (Access violation) related to windows.storage.dll.Reinforced the Certificate Revocation List on Internet Key Exchange Version 2 machines for VPN connections.Fixed error “ERROR_PORT_NOT_AVAILABLE(633)” when using Always On VPN with the IKEv2 protocol.Fixed an issue that changed the status of Work Folders in File Explorer to 0x80C802A0 (ECS_E_SYNC_UPLOAD_PLACEHOLDER_FAILURE)  after selecting Free up space.Fixed a Remote Desktop Server connection issue caused by a user using drive reconnects disconnecting.Fixed an error caused when “certain data persistence memory technologies” were used.Addressed an issue that caused Microsoft Application Virtualization scripting from working.Addressed an issue that damaged the Microsoft Message Queuing feature and prevented it from recovering or restarting.Fixed an issue with the Windows-Eyes screen reader application  that prevented some features from working as expected.Fixed an issue that prevented certain permissions from being kept when selecting “keep my files” after using Reset this PC.Fixed a system reliability issue when upgrading from Windows 10 version 1703.Fixed an enrolling in Windows Enterprise commercial data pipeline issue.Time Zone information update for BrazilMicrosoft lists four existing known issues on the support page. The update fixed the Windows-Eyes known issue but the following four issues are still not fixed:Certain operations may fail on Cluster Shared Volumes.Devices with “some Asian language packs installed” may get the error “0x800f0982 – PSFX_E_MATCHING_COMPONENT_NOT_FOUND”.Devices may boot into a black screen on first boot after installing the update.Devices that use Preboot Execution Environment images may receive the “Status: 0xc0000001, Info: A required device isn’t connected or can’t be accessed” error.Now You: When do you install available updates? Any experience with this one?SummaryArticle NameUpdate KB4505658 for Windows 10 version 1809 is outDescriptionMicrosoft released the long-awaited KB4505658 update for its Windwos operating system Windows 10 version 1809 on July 22, 2019.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Technology | November 05, 2013 MedCurrent Debuts OrderRight 3.0 Clinical Decision Support Software Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more November 5, 2013 — MedCurrent Corp. will debut OrderRight 3.0 at the Radiological Society of North America’s Annual Meeting (RSNA), Dec. 1-5, 2013 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. MedCurrent will exhibit in the South Hall, booth 3106.MedCurrent’s OrderRight radiology decision support solution empowers primary care and specialty physicians to have the information they need at the time radiologic tests are ordered so that the most appropriate study is ordered. OrderRight provides optimal workflow for the ordering clinician. It helps organizations improve patient care planning and treatment, reduce inappropriate utilization, and mitigate costs, powered with automated data analytics that provides insight into group, clinic, and individual physician patterns. OrderRight’s ACRselect appropriateness criteria and its Rule Authoring Studio empower clinicians with the ideal combination of clinical best practices and local rule set control. To assist organizational and clinical leaders, OrderRight provides complete utilization analytics and reporting capabilities.The solution eliminates many of the costs associated with unnecessary denials and appeals, and enhances payer-provider relationships. For radiologists, OrderRight helps practices optimize reimbursement, reduce unnecessary radiation exposure for their patients, and ensure the most accurate diagnoses.“System-wide adoption of clinical decision support is highly dependent upon ordering physician workflow and the ability to utilize the clinical information already in the EMR,” said radiologist Steve Herman, M.D., chief medical officer. “Visitors to MedCurrent’s RSNA booth will see the ease with which ordering physicians use the system within an EMR. In seconds, the ordering physician will see the patient-specific recommended options along with embedded clinical rationale. It allows physicians to manage radiology costs by making the best clinical decisions, eliminating unnecessary or inappropriate studies.”The system utilizes the ACR Select appropriateness criteria in its baseline rule set, and the system supports rule set control with its patent-pending Rule Authoring Studio. This feature provides administrative tools that allow each customer organization to modify and customize the appropriateness rules to meet their local needs and standards of practice. With this feature, new rules and criteria can easily be created and clinically tested for consideration before being added into their system’s rule set.Booth visitors can also explore OrderRight Data Analytics, a module that provides a view of ordering behaviors and rule compliance from various macro and micro levels. This QA monitoring system enhances the organization’s ability to ensure clinically-appropriate ordering, and to support appropriate medical review and action.For more information: www.medcurrent.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Related Content News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more last_img read more

eWaterways sails into Oz

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: V.V Online small ships operator eWaterways will expand into the Australia and New Zealand market following the appointment of Peter Smith as its new General Manager on Wednesday. Formerly the head of NRMA Travel and Leisure’s Creative Cruising department, as well as at ZUJI and OctopusTravel, Mr Smith said it was a good time for eWaterways to move into the region. “Small ships have traditionally been hard to find and book, just like hotel rooms were 10 years ago,” he said. “It’s the right time for the product here, given growing consumer demand for cruising, our comprehensive range of niche small ship supplier content, and the simplicity of the eWaterways technology platform. “In short, we’re doing for small ships, what OctopusTravel helped do for hotel bookings ten years ago.” eWaterways CEO and co-founder Daniela Wagner said Mr Smith’s experience and reputation in the Australian market would be a valuable asset to the company. “We are confident that with him at the helm we will see significant growth in AU/NZ, which we believe is a perfect and substantial market for this product,” she said. Mr Smith’s appointment sees him reunite with his old colleague from OctopusTravel Daniela Wagner, who was previously its managing director.As part of his new role, Mr Smith’s first focus will be to introduce the business to Australian travel agencies.last_img read more

QF tweets apologies for strike disruptions

first_imgQantas has taken to Twitter to distribute personal apologise to its customers as 4,000 passengers experience delays from this morning’s industrial action.The carrier warned yesterday that the walk-out which ended at 9.00am would result in the cancellation of up to 28 flights and cause 35 minute delays on 27 other services.Organised by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) last week, the strike commenced at 5.00am today and included baggage handlers, ground staff, catering, freight and other transport employees.With a further 48 hour ban on administrative duties, Qantas has advised passengers that services may not return to normal schedule for two more days.Despite the walk-out officially commencing at 5.00am, TWU has told media that workers turning up to work before the strikes were denied entry.”They have locked us out since 3.30am,” TWU spokesperson told AAP.”When we talk about passengers and how they were inconvenienced, everyone has to remember that from 3.30am until 7am Qantas has been on strike not the workers.”However, a Qantas spokesperson explained that the turn-aways were to prevent any further disruptions caused by staff clocking in and out in time for the strike.The spokesperson added that all staff refused entry before the walk-out would be paid. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Books of condolence opened for Demetris Christofias Updated

first_imgAkel on Monday opened a book of condolences at the party’s head offices in all districts to mark the passing of former party leader, former president and former House President Demetris Christofias who died on Friday after a short illness.A book of condolence was also opened at the presidential palace.The party’s general-secretary Andros Kyprianou signed the book first at Akel’s Nicosia office, followed by senior members of the political bureau.In his message, Kyprianou wrote: “Cyprus lost a great patriot. Demetris Christofias earned the trust of the workers and Akel in the best possible way. Honest consistent and sincere. He spent the years of his journey working with the consciousness of representing that part of the society that wants clean leaders. He spent decades in his political life with his clean hands and a pure heart.”He also said Christofias had fought for decades for the good of Cyprus and its people, “for the vindication of Cyprus and its people, for the reunification of our country,” he added.“He fought for decades for the working people, for the people of labour. He raised up the banner of socialism, Marxism-Leninism and proletarian internationalism and remained faithful to these ideals until the end. Comrade Demitri rest in peace. Thousands will follow your struggle.”Other party leaders and politicians also signed the book over the course of the morning.President Nicos Anastasiades signed the book of condolences opened at the presidential palace, which was signed by ministers and government officials.The president wrote: “It is with deep sorrow that we bid farewell to the former President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and we honour his contribution to his homeland Cyprus from the ranks of Member of the House of Representatives, President of the House of Representatives, and President of the Republic.”Christofias, 72, was president of Cyprus from 2008 to 2013. His state funeral will take place in Nicosia on Tuesday afternoon.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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