A few days after ringing in their second wedding anniversary, Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput have headed to New York to attend IIFA 2017. The star couple was accompanied by their baby daughter Misha.Along with other B-Town celebrities, Shahid and Mira also took off to NYC for IIFA. The doting dad was spotted carrying his daughter in arms. The 10-month toddler was seen wrapped up in her daddy’s arms as they made their way to the airport. While the 36-year-old actor sported a casual look, Mira teamed up an olive green jacket with black jeggings.Buzz has it that the Haider actor will perform at the awards night this year. IIFA is set to take place on July 14. (Photos: Yogen Shah) ALSO READ: These photos of Shahid-Mira with daughter Misha is the best thing you’ll see today ALSO READ: Shahid Kapoor’s daughter Misha learns to clap, actor posts adorable video ALSO WATCH: Misha’s smelly diapers come to me, says Shahid Kapoor
Justice Minister Ross Landry recognized Killam Properties Inc.’s contribution to building safer communities with a plaque presentation today, Sept. 9th. Killam Properties has actively supported the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act (SCAN) since it’s inception in 2007. The act improves community safety by encouraging citizens to report suspected illegal activity including drugs, alcohol, gaming or prostitution in their communities or neighbourhoods. “The government is committed to making life better for families in our province. Creating safe and secure communities is part of that equation,” said Mr. Landry. “I applaud Killam Properties’ efforts in helping create safer housing communities and reduce the opportunities for crime.” Following today’s presentation, copies of the plaque will hang in all Killam Properties’ offices throughout the province and a Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act sticker will be posted in each lobby. “Killam Properties is proud to support the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, and we are pleased to help the communities we serve,” said Killam Properties president and CEO, Philip Fraser. “We are dedicated to providing safe and secure housing for our tenants and we want to send a message that illegal activity is not welcomed at our properties.” If certain activities pose a serious and immediate threat to public safety, the act allows for appropriate action to be taken. Department of Justice Public Safety investigators have the authority to move quickly if illegal activity is suspected, and issue warning letters or notices to vacate. Anyone wishing to make a complaint under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act can contact investigators at 1-877-357-2337. Killam Properties Inc., based in Halifax, is one of Canada’s largest residential landlords, owning and operating multi-family apartments and manufactured home communities. To learn more about the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act visit www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/legc/bills/60th_1st/1st_read/b008.htm .
A young female doctor has been reported missing whike she was on her way from Matara to Hikkaduwa last evening.Erandi Kulasinghe, who works at Matara General Hospital, left the hospital around 6pm last evening to go Hikkaduwa driving a dark blue Nissan March (KC 5160), her friends and relatives said in messages sent around today. The last time she contacted her husband she had been near Labaduwa in Galle.A complaint has been lodged with the police over the missing doctor.
“We fully respect Israel’s security concerns,” the six UN agencies and 12 NGOs said yesterday in a joint statement. “But we firmly reject the clear implication of the measures imposed at the Erez crossing for the last month that UN officials and international aid workers constitute a security threat to the State of Israel or its citizens.”Noting that Israel partially lifted the closure for a few staff on Saturday, the statement added: “We call on the Israeli authorities to reopen the Erez crossing immediately, on a 24 hour-a-day basis, for all international staff members of all United Nations organizations and of all other international humanitarian and development agencies operating in the Gaza Strip.”It said the closure had made the operations of all UN agencies, NGOs and other humanitarian and development organizations unreasonably difficult, inefficient and costly, adding: “If these new restrictions persist, a number of international and non-governmental humanitarian organizations may be forced to stop their operations in the Gaza Strip.”Saying it was not clear why Israel had imposed the “unprecedented” restrictions, the 18 organizations declared: “The restrictions are violations of applicable international law and, in many cases, bilateral agreements between the Government of Israel and the agencies concerned.”They noted that they went against undertakings on humanitarian access given in August by Israel to Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Humanitarian Envoy, Catherine Bertini, concluding: “We are further disturbed that these restrictions come at a time when the Government of Israel is promising publicly to ease the plight of the population in the occupied Palestinian territory and to support humanitarian relief efforts.”If the Government of Israel is serious about wishing to support our humanitarian efforts, these restrictions should be lifted immediately.”The signatories included the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Médecins sans Frontières, Médecins du Monde, Pharmaciens sans Frontières – Comité International, OXFAM GB, Care International, MERLIN, Enfants Refugiés du Monde, Solidaridad Internacional, Centro Regionale d’Intervento per la Cooperazione (CRIC), Movement for Peace, Disarmament and Liberty, UNA International Service (UK) and World Vision.
BC Ferries expects to save millions by converting largest vessels to LNG by 2018 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VICTORIA – BC Ferries plans to convert its two largest vessels to liquefied natural gas in an effort to save fuel costs after sinking $126 million into marine diesel fuel last year.The company announced Tuesday that it has the BC Ferries commissioner’s approval to upgrade the Swartz Bay-to-Tsawwassen route ships.BC Ferries says it expects to save about $9.2 million annually by switching the two Spirit Class vessels to LNG because they account for 15 per cent of the fleet’s total fuel consumption.It also has plans to build three dual-fuel vessels for the southern Gulf Islands and the Powell River-to-Comox route, with completion set for 2017.The company says all five vessels are set to be operational by 2018, with the Spirit of Vancouver Island upgrades expected to be finished before those of the Spirit of British Columbia.BC Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall says the cost of the projects is not yet known and that contracts are expected to be awarded next year. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 25, 2014 11:05 am MDT
“Norway’s ratification will help millions of children, women and men reclaim their freedom and dignity. It represents a strong call to other member States to renew their commitment to protect forced labourers, where ever they may be,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a news release.Following the Norwegian Government’s action, the new framework will come into force on 9 November 2016, the news release said.According to ILO, the Forced Labour Convention was supplemented when government, employer and worker delegates at the International Labour Conference (ILC) voted overwhelmingly to adopt a Protocol and Recommendation in 2014.Further, the Organization said that the new Protocol added new measures to the existing Forced Labour Convention (1930), such as provisions on prevention, protection and access to justice, as well as requiring public and private employers to exercise “due diligence” to avoid modern slavery in their business practices and supply chains. “It is important for all countries to recognize the issue of modern slavery and that it must be a top priority on their agendas to eradicate it once and for all,” said Norway’s Ambassador to the United Nations and other international organizations Steffen Kongstad.Approximately 21 million people are victims of forced labour around the world, generating approximately $150 billion a year in illicit profits, according to ILO evaluations.ILO explained that the victims are exploited in agriculture, fishing, domestic work, construction, manufacturing, mining and other economic activities and women and girls, in particular, are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation. According ILO research, forced labour is not an issue only in developing countries as profits from the forced labour industry are higher in developed economies and the European Union than they are anywhere else in the world. ILO recently launched a new global campaign in partnership with the International Organization of Employers (IOE) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), to promote ratification of the Protocol in an effort to end modern slavery.The campaign 50 for Freedom aims to mobilize public support and influence in at least 50 countries to ratify the Forced Labour Protocol by 2018.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWeeks after car stolen, gunmen storm Diamond home of businessmanAugust 30, 2018In “Crime”Elderly taxi driver robbed, carjacked at gunpoint in EcclesDecember 11, 2017In “Crime”Diamond taxi driver assaulted, carjacked by armed banditsDecember 15, 2017In “Crime” An Albouystown, Georgetown taxi driver was on Monday evening robbed of his silver/grey Toyota Allion motorcar, HC 2675, by bandits-one of whom was pretending to be a passenger.The victim has been identified as Muhammad Edun, 27.According to information received, the incident occurred at about 21:55hrs.Edun told police that he was sitting at the taxi’s base, when one of the suspects entered his car and requested to be taken to Industrial Site, Eccles, in the vicinity of the dump site.While on their journey, the suspect who was sitting in the back passenger seat, reportedly pulled out a weapon and placed it to the right side of the victim’s face and instructed him not to make a move or he will die.Shortly after, a silver/gray Raum motorcar drove up alongside the taxi and another male exited and ordered Edun out of the driver seat and into the back seat of his car.This perpetrator also had a weapon in his hand.After driving for a while, one of the bandits reportedly ordered Edun to get out of the vehicle.When he complied, the men reportedly drove away from the scene with his vehicle.Police are currently investigating the matter.
There’s rebuild of extraordinary scale and complexity that is already well underway, with an average spend of $2.5 million a day.Around 100 new buildings are being planned for Christchurch’s business district this year alone, Mathieson said.Some 1,400 new visas have been issued to skilled construction workers by authorities in the last four years — 61 per cent of whom have moved to the earthquake-hit Christchurch.Other gigsIt’s not just New Zealand construction roles that will be on offer, by the way. There’s also healthcare opportunities in both Australia and New Zealand.And there’s Canadian government jobs up for grabs in Nova Scotia and Central Okangan (which is not too far from Vancouver — at least, by Canadian standards of distance-measurement).Kelowna is the main city of Central Okangan. Since you asked… [Google Maps]The ‘Working In’ Opportunities Overseas Expo takes place in the Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin from 2pm until 7pm today.According to organisers:As well as employers from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, representatives will also be present from Immigration New Zealand, Global Immigration and Complete Migration Solutions with information on career opportunities, visa requirements and lifestyle information.Read: Leaving to work in Australia? Make sure you know your rightsRead: Central Bank governor: The bailout programme did what it said on the tin IF YOU’RE IN the market for a job (and a long-haul move), organisers of an employment fair happening in Dublin today are promising over a thousand opportunities will be on offer.There’ll be a huge focus on construction work in New Zealand at today’s ‘Working In‘ event. A large group of New Zealand employers are in town looking for help with the continuing rebuild effort in Christchurch and Auckland — following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.“Engineers, construction managers, builders, project managers, quantity surveyors and many more,” are being sought by the companies, whose recruitment drive is being organised in partnership with government agency New Zealand Immigration.“Christchurch is now in the fourth year of the Earthquake Recovery Programme,” CEO of ‘Working In’ Scott Mathieson said.
If you’re looking for a bag that’s big enough to carry all of your gear on a weekend trip but light and functional enough to carry your laptop to and from work or school every day, Skooba Design’s new Weekend Warrior hybrid laptop and travel bag is perfect for you. The bag comes with your choice of laptop sleeve for 15 and 17-inch laptops and a spacious zippered front organizer pocket with discrete pockets for a mobile phone, pens and notebooks, travel documents, and other items you likely carry with you every day. The Weekend Warrior also features over 24 pockets, sleeves, and zippered enclosures for larger objects like clothes, shoes, water bottles, headphones, and other bulky gadgets that you may need to take with you on a longer trip. Like any large bag, the bag also has a deep main pocket in the center of the bag that can be used to pack enough gear to get you through a business trip away from home, or compressed to contain only the papers you need for a day at the office. Skooba has the Weekend Warrior priced at $119.95 for the model with the 15-inch laptop sleeve and $124.95 for the model with the 17-inch sleeve.
Compulsive hoarders, people who have an obsession with collecting and storing often worthless objects are being starting to be recognised as people who genuinely have a form of a mental illness, according to a new report. The Catholic Community Services (CCS), which released the report and runs a program specifically for hoarders, says an estimated 1 million Australians are unable to discard worthless objects, which often leads to other problems that affects the sufferer’s health and mental wellbeing. Spokeswoman Annabel Senior said more than one third of the CSS’s clients had lived in squalor among worthless material they have collected over a long period. “The living conditions of the physical environment become such that there might be vermin infestation, no running water, no power.” Dr Chris Mogan, who treats compulsive hoarders in Australia, describes the problem as a “severe over-attachment to things”. And that “it is five times more prevalent than schizophrenia” and panic attacks, He adds suffering is often added for hoarders as the problem is not often recognised. “It’s a hidden giant.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Watford managed to beat Newcastle United 2-1 at home and Javi Gracia insisted that especially the first-half performance was great and his team deserved the win for their amazing effort at the home stadium.The Spanish coach claimed that his team had enough chances to kill the game before the half-time whistle as they missed a penalty as well – but they were leading just 2-0 and the Magpies were close to equalizíng the game.The Watford manager spoke about this tough win as he said, according to Chronicle Live:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We played better in the first half. We could have killed the game and missed a penalty.”“After that, Newcastle played better and created chances to draw the game but we were a bit luckier than in the last games, where we didn’t have it. I’m very pleased to achieve the objective and I am proud of my players.”“Many times we have lost points [late on] and this was an important game. We needed the points and the players showed a good attitude, character and desire, and for that, I’m very happy.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 7, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating a Burglary and the Taking of Motor Vehicle with Out Authority report that was made earlier today (Friday 7th April 2017) in the Grace Bay area of Providenciales.Around 7:59 AM, Officers responded to the Sunshine Crescent area where the victim was met and told officers that while himself and family was asleep someone or persons entered his home and stole a number of property belonging to them. He further stated that they went to bed around 12:10am and upon waking at 7:37 Am he noticed and observed the window located on the western side of the home opened, and upon making checks he realized two purses missing, a Nike Shoe, one white Apple phone, Ray Ban glasses along with his vehicle. Investigations are ongoing.Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have information that can assist with investigation, Contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1- 800 8477 or use the Crime Stoppers.Press Release: RTCIPF#BurglaryinGraceBay Related Items:#BurglaryinGraceBay
Aliy Zirkle heats water for her dogs in McGrath, AK. (Photo by Ben Matheson)In this episode, we have a race update as mushers start to take their mandatory 24-hour rests at different checkpoints, part of the strategy of running the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and we talk to the mushers at McGrath and Tokotna. Early Wednesday saw last year’s runner-up, Nicolas Petit, in the lead for a time, heading into Ophir. But three-time second-place finisher Aliy Zirkle left that ghost town checkpoint before Petit and was mushing in first place prior to taking her 24. Plus, we answer a listener question about how the race accounts for a staggered start at the beginning.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
Police have confirmed 19 dead in explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Our thoughts are with those affected. pic.twitter.com/u7kGATs59B— MTV News (@MTVNews) May 23, 2017Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m. but there were few further details. “A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena,” concertgoer Majid Khan, 22, told Britain’s Press Association. “It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit.” Added Oliver Jones, 17: “The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run.” Video from inside the arena showed concertgoers screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons. Police advised the public to avoid the area around the Manchester Arena, and the train station near the arena, Victoria Station, was evacuated and all trains canceled. Joseph Carozza, a representative from Grande’s U.S. record label, said the singer is OK and they are investigating what happened. The Dangerous Woman Tour is the third concert tour by Grande to support her third studio album, “Dangerous Woman.” The tour began in Phoenix in February. After Manchester, Grande was to perform at venues in Europe, including Belgium, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and France, with concerts in Latin America and Asia to follow. ___By GREGORY KATZ Share Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/22202248/UK-Arena-Blast-CR.mp400:0000:0000:30Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.An explosion struck an Ariana Grande concert in northern England late Monday, killing at least 19 people and injuring dozens in what police say they are treating as a terrorist attack. Greater Manchester Police said 19 people were confirmed dead and roughly 50 were injured by the explosion at Manchester Arena. Emergency vehicles were helping the injured and bomb disposal units were later seen outside the venue. There was mass panic after the explosion at the end of the concert, which was part of Grande’s The Dangerous Woman Tour. The singer was not injured, according to a representative. Britain’s terrorist threat level has been set at “severe” in recent years indicating an attack is highly likely. Police said the explosion is being judged a terrorist attack unless new information proves otherwise.
Laura Skelding: O’Rourke/Douglas Young: Cruz (For The Texas Tribune)U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (right).Congressman Beto O’Rourke said Monday he and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, will not debate this Friday, August 31.Earlier this summer, the Cruz campaign proposed five debates – all on Fridays – with the first to take place in Dallas on August 31.Congressman O’Rourke (D-TX), who is running against Cruz in the Senate race, spoke at a forum in Austin.“One of the challenges we’ve had is that Senator Cruz not only attempted to dictate the date, the place the time, um, also the moderators, the subjects that we could and could not talk about. The furniture on the stage…,” the Democratic Representative from El Paso commented.Still, O’Rourke said he’s confident Cruz and him will come to an agreement and added he would be happy to debate on Saturday or Sunday to accommodate Cruz’s Senate schedule. Share
Popular on Variety “The United 2026 bid has a clear lead in this area, with all major infrastructure in place, allowing FIFA to focus on a number of exciting initiatives relating to sports science, fan engagement, multimedia interaction and other new forms of digitization.”In addition to assistance from the supplementary referees and their video access, the on-field refs in Russia have been offered specially devised watched, devised by tournament sponsor Hublot to more accurately calculate stoppage periods and extra time. However, they reportedly cost some $5,000 apiece, delegates at the Consumer Electronics Show in Shanghai were told hours before Thursday’s tournament kick-off.Other innovations on display over the next five weeks of footy include microchips in the balls, and ever camerawork available in 4K and 8K. Both will allow precision tracking and even more of the detailed statistics that fans love. (FIFA also resells real data to Entertainment Arts, for incorporation into EA’s soccer-based video games.)Stats, fan engagement and the active participation of sponsors were watchwords in the CES discussion that featured sports tech experts Cristina Alvarez of Singapore consultancy Octagon, Norihisa Wada of Japanese e-sports firm Kayac, and four-time Olympic ice hockey player Angela Ruggiero, who is now CEO of Sports Innovation Lab.“Sponsors are expected to be engaged, not just in the background,” said Alvarez. She said that Chinese consumer goods manufacturer Hisense, which will be highly visible at the matches, has acquired OTT rights to World Cup matches in order to screen them in high definition on its smart TV sets.Ruggiero noted that overall sponsorship revenues are down by 11% this time compared with the 2014 World Cup, but said that tech industry sponsors are increasingly replacing consumer goods companies.The revenue drop is understood to be caused by the unwillingness of some Western brands to be associated with Russia. The country currently has a strongly negative image in Europe and North America, due to the invasion of Crimea, the 2016 shooting down of the Malaysian airliner, hacking allegations and claims of interference in U.S. and European elections. (Many Western political leaders also stayed away from the opening ceremony.) Chinese brands, however, have stepped in. Ruggiero said that they account for 39% of sponsorship revenue this time. China’s property to entertainment giant Dalian Wanda is committed as a top-level sponsor until 2030, when it hopes that China will be the World Cup host nation.North America seems likely to have smarter stadiums than those in Russia, where a recent study showed that 25% of wifi connections in the 11 host cities are unsecured. “Sports need to pay more attention to risk and cybersecurity,” said Ruggiero.The recent Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, was a successful showcase for 5G cellular technology, which will not be introduced commercially until 2020. But the Pyeongchang games also suffered a cyber-attack during the opening ceremony, disabling servers for 12 hours.“Smart stadia are testbeds for smart cities,” said Ruggiero. She defined smart stadia as joined up thinking on technology that reduces concession lines, delivers reliable wifi, and good transport links.This and future World Cups are expected to see technology bringing physical sports and eSports closer together.“The (Japanese soccer championship) J League is now creating a J-eSports league,” said Wada. This increases fan engagement, it allows time shifting, opens up new audiences and extends the playing season.” 5G connections and better data will help such immersive technologies. “Esports allows people to continue playing when they are too old for the real game, and even to incorporate players from a different era (in virtual form),” he said. Video assisted refereeing, not used in Russia’s 5-0 opening game defeat of hapless Saudi Arabia, will not be the only novelty at the soccer World Cup, which got under way on Thursday. The five-week tournament will be a smorgasbord of sports tech innovation, as much as it is a feast of football. And a taste of the future.World Cup organizer, FIFA, sees its showcase competition as intrinsically involved in the sports tech business. “The FIFA World Cup acts as a hub of sporting innovation with a responsibility to push new boundaries in terms of sports-related technology and engagement,” the organization intoned earlier this week as it awarded the 2026 edition to the “United” bid group of the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Indeed, sport tech readiness may have been a deciding factor. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. 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(PhysOrg.com) — We use lasers everyday, though many of us may not think about it. “Lasers are in a number of consumer products,” Lynford Goddard tells PhysOrg.com. “We have them in DVD players, printers, and in other products.” More information: Amir Arbabi, Young Mo Kang, Ching-Ying Lu, Edmond Chow, and Lynford L. Goddard, “Realization of a narrowband single wavelength microring mirror,” Applied Physics Letters (2011). Available online: link.aip.org/link/doi/10.1063/1.3633111 Explore further New VECSEL could mean a step forward for spectroscopy This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Right now, many consumer products make use of linear Bragg reflectors for laser mirrors. However, as a desire for ever-smaller and more complex devices pervades society, some of these conventional lasers are too big to densely pack in a photonic integrated circuit. “Our goal originally was just to make a smaller device. We took the conventional linear Bragg reflector and rolled it on itself to save space,” Professor Goddard explains. He worked with Amir Arbabi, Young Mo Kang, Ching-Ying Lu and Edmond Chow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to create a design integrating a distributed Bragg reflector inside a microring resonator.“What we found,” Goddard continues, “was that our geometry solved other problems associated with the linear distributed Bragg reflector. Not only did we make a smaller device, but we were also able to engineer a more ideal spectral response. It was narrower and free of side mode ripple.” The results of the team’s work can be found in Applied Physics Letters: “Realization of a narrowband single wavelength microring mirror.”“Bragg reflectors are found in telecommunication systems, sensors, diagnostic equipment – including medical equipment, as well as in consumer products,” Goddard says. “One of the issues, though, is that you can get ‘mode partition noise’ because there are several different wavelengths competing for power due to side mode ripple. Our design is such that only a single wavelength is strong. The other wavelengths are there, but they are greatly suppressed. This reduces noise, and allows for better spectroscopy, and would also be ideal in telecommunications applications.”Microring resonators aren’t new. “This is a well-known device,” Goddard says. “However, we added the Bragg reflector, patterning it along a specific fraction of the circumference of the ring. This is what allows it to be reflective at exactly one resonance and not others.”Goddard and his colleagues created the reflective microring structure using common materials. “We used materials already common in the semiconductor industry,” he explains. “The real novelty is in terms of device design.” Using materials that are already common and accessible also increases the chance that this new version of reflector could be put into wider use sooner than a device that requires the development of new materials.Graduate student and lead author Amir Arbabi describes the long process involved in realizing this novel device: “We quickly developed an intitial device model, and then spent over two years refining it, developing new simulation methods, writing proposals to support the research, perfecting the fabrication process, and building the testing station.” He is also quick to point out that the work received the support of a NSF grant.“Even though our original goal was to simply create a way to shrink laser devices, there are a number of uses for this design,” Goddard insists. The improved performance, along with the smaller size, is a real advantage. “This device will also be useful in metrology, medicine and telecommunications as well as in consumer products.” Citation: Improving lasers with microring mirrors (2011, September 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-lasers-microring-mirrors.html Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.
Kolkata: A husband was lynched to death after he protested against some local youths who had allegedly assaulted his wife.The incident took place at Arsa village in Purulia on Saturday evening. The victim, Dharani Singh Sardar went to a village fair with his wife and younger sister on Saturday afternoon. They were returning home on his motorcycle when some miscreants stopped their way. Some of the accused touched his wife inappropriately and abused her. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSardar protested against the incident but the accused threatened him of dire consequences if he raised an alarm. The victim later tried to prevent them from assaulting his wife. A scuffle broke out between Sardar and the accused youths. The victim’s wife and sister told police that the miscreants beat up Sardar indiscriminately. He fell on the ground after receiving several punches on his chest. After hearing the screams of the two women, some of the locals reached there. The miscreants managed to flee the spot before locals arrived. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe locals rushed the victim to a nearby hospital where Sardar was declared brought dead by the doctors. The family members of the victim alleged that the local police station initially refused to lodge a complaint from them. They also alleged that the local police station also cooked up a story to establish that it was a road accident. The family members of the victim also alleged that there were several injury marks on the body of the victim. The motorcycle that the deceased was riding on had gone missing since the incident occurred. It is yet to be confirmed if the victim had any past rivalry with the accused who are at large since the incident took place on Saturday evening.
Kolkata: Amid partial disruption in health services in West Bengal due to continuing agitation by junior doctors protesting attacks on their colleagues and demanding adequate security, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday accused “some political parties” of spreading disinformation on social media. In an open letter to doctors and medical fraternity, she appealed to all help in restoring normal healthcare services without any delay. “Our government is cooperating fully and taking all necessary action…some misinformation/disinformation being spread on social media by some political parties is completely untrue,” Banerjee said in the letter. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata She expressed her gratitude to senior doctors and professors who are offering full services to the people. “My humble regards to them for their cooperation,” the letter said. “Health service is always dedicated to the patients. I, therefore, appeal to all to restore normal health services to the patients without any further delay,” Banerjee said. She said the state government has taken “all necessary action whatever required – our Additional Chief Secretary, Health, visited the injured doctor and met a section of the agitating junior doctors and appealed to them to resume services”. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Protesting against the brutal attack on two junior doctors by the family members of a dead patient in the NRS Medical College and Hospital on Monday night, doctors across the state have stopped work at the outpatient departments in most government hospitals in the state since Wednesday. Banerjee said five persons have been arrested and their bail prayers were rejected by the court and an enquiry has been started to look into issues from all sides. “Our government has taken full care of the injured doctor. We pray that he recovers quickly. As per information received, he is stable and improving,” she said. “An unfortunate incident took place in NRS Hospital 4 days ago. I sent my colleague, Chandrima Bhattacharjee, Minister-of-State, Health and Family Welfare, to visit the injured doctor and talk to a section of the junior doctors who are agitating and request them to withdraw the agitation as people are not getting treatment… I sent Commissioner of Police, Kolkata to talk to the junior doctors,” the letter said. Cancer and kidney patients, accident victims, even children coming from distant places are suffering for not getting treatment, Banerjee said.
News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more October 23, 2018 — Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measurements of wall thickness in the carotid arteries improve cardiovascular disease risk assessment, according to a new study appearing in the journal Radiology.1The carotid arteries are the two major arteries on either side of the neck that carry blood into the head and brain. Like the coronary arteries, they can become narrowed with plaque buildup, a process known as atherosclerosis. Research has shown that plaque buildup in the carotid arteries often mirrors that in the coronary arteries, but the carotids are more easily imaged, making them potentially useful vessels for the assessment of the risk of strokes, heart attacks and other adverse cardiovascular events.”The carotid artery serves as window into the cardiovascular system,” said study lead author Bruce A. Wasserman, M.D., from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. “Plaque developing in the carotid artery can contribute directly to a stroke, and its features — which determine its vulnerability to rupture — are closely related to those found in coronary artery plaque in the same patients.”The ultrasound-based carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) test is the most widely used imaging method to assess the level of early-stage carotid atherosclerosis. However, research suggests that IMT offers only minor improvement in cardiovascular disease risk prediction when added to the Framingham risk score, a commonly used measure that takes into account factors like cholesterol, smoking and family history.Vessel wall MRI is a promising, noninvasive technique that can image the entire carotid wall circumference, in contrast to ultrasound measurements of IMT that are usually based solely on views of the artery’s far wall. MRI can also see all three layers of the artery, including the adventitia, the outermost layer not visible on IMT.”High-resolution MRI can tell us the stage of plaque in the wall and tell us about plaque features that could lead to stroke,” Wasserman said. “It can also see the adventitia, a vessel layer that may have an important role in cardiovascular risk because small vessels proliferate there, leading to thickening of the artery, which may be responsible for early disease development and progression.”From July 2000 to December 2013, the researchers enrolled 698 men and women from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), a long-running project involving six major research centers around the U.S. Study participants ranged in age from 45 to 84 years old, with a mean age of 63 at first visit, and no known history of cardiovascular disease. The participants underwent ultrasound and MRI between 2000 and 2004 to compare carotid artery wall thickness. During subsequent follow-up, the researchers looked for any correlation between carotid artery wall thickness measurements and coronary heart disease and stroke.”What we saw was surprising,” Wasserman said. “MRI measures of carotid artery wall thickness were more consistently associated with cardiovascular events than was intima-media thickness using ultrasound. This tells us that perhaps MRI could be a better predictor of cardiovascular events, especially stroke.”The association between wall thickness and cardiovascular events was stronger with both non-contrast and contrast-enhanced MRI than it was for IMT.Wasserman cautioned that more research is needed to define how much MRI can add to the predictive models currently in use. MRI is expensive and would be impractical as a stand-alone measure of cardiovascular risk, but it could have a role in providing critical supplementary information for some patients.”We’ve come a long way with MRI techniques and their ability to discriminate the carotid artery wall and assess adventitia thickness,” he said. “Ultrasound has also improved, and we want to be able study cardiovascular risk and carotid artery thickness using these contemporary techniques.”Further studies are planned with the newer technology and in larger population groups.For more information: www.pubs.rsna.org/journal/radiologyReference1. Zhang Y., Guallar E., Malhotra S., et al. Carotid Artery Wall Thickness and Incident Cardiovascular Events: A Comparison between US and MRI in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). 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