Lightning Light Up Rangers, 6-2

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Rangers gave up an unusual short-handed goal as a two-man advantage was expiring early in the first period.It was all downhill the rest of the way, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Rangers 6-2 on May 18 to even the Eastern Conference finals at one game.Tyler Johnson, who had three goals to pace the Lightning, got that goal to get Tampa Bay rolling and set the tempo in a sloppy Rangers effort.“That’s something you don’t see very often, and it’s a play that simply can’t happen,” Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh said.The Rangers were late into a 1:07 two-man advantage when Martin St. Louis fell trying to take a shot straight on, and it sent Johnson on a breakaway with St. Louis in pursuit.“It’s embarrassing,” McDonagh said. “There a lot of things you want to say right now, but talking doesn’t do much.”The Rangers penalty killers didn’t accomplish much either, allowing the Lightning three goals on six man advantages.“We’re in the Eastern Conference finals,” Derek Stepan said. “We’re not playing a team with a poor power play. The have a really good hockey team. You see how detailed you have to be in the playoffs. You make some mistakes and they wind up in the back of your net.”Johnson, the 24-year-old who is becoming one of the front-runners to be the postseason MVP, had three of them.Johnson scored short-handed, even strength and on the power play in tallying the first hat trick in Lightning playoff history and Tampa Bay got its high-scoring offense in gear.Alex Killorn added two goals and Steven Stamkos had one and the Lightning bounced back from a crushing late loss on May 16 and made the Presidents’ Trophy winners pay for every slip, penalty and mistake.The Lightning stepped up their game, and the Rangers could not keep pace.“We were pretty upset with our effort, Killorn said of the Game 1 loss. “We talked about how bad we played and we were still in that game. Tonight we played to win. I think the last game we were kind of ‘OK, it’s Game 1. We’re going to play hard.’ Today we played to win.”Chris Kreider and Stepan scored for the Rangers in the wide-open, penalty-filled matchup that ended New York’s run of playing in 15 straight playoffs games decided by one goal.Henrik Lundqvist, who gave up at least five goals in two of three regular-season games against Tampa Bay this season, gave up six on just 26 shots.The series shifts to Florida for games on May 20 and May 22.icThe Rangers pushed back later in the second period and closed the gap to 3-2 when Stepan grabbed his own rebound and banked the puck off defenseman Braydon Coburn into the net with Bishop out of position.New York had a couple of chances to tie the game later in the period, but Bishop stopped point shots by Dan Boyle and McDonagh.The Lightning ended the Rangers’ run of one-goal playoff games in the third period on Killorn’s two goals and Stamkos’ one. Defenseman Victor Hedman set up Killorn’s first shortly after a penalty ended. Stamkos scored on a deflection on a power play and Killorn got his second on a power play.The game had an ugly moment in the second period when linesman Brad Kovachik had to leave the ice after injuring a leg. He was standing against the side boards near the Lightning blue line when Stamkos checked Kevin Klein of the Rangers into him.Kovachik had to be helped off the ice. Standby linesman Greg Devorski finished the game.(MIKE FARRELL)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Valley’s first brush with I-League: we want more, say fans

first_imgSrinagar, Nov 6 (PTI) Football lovers in Kashmir had lots to cheer about on Tuesday when the valley hosted its first ever I-League game and hundreds of fans, including former chief minister Omar Abdullah, turned up to root for the local team — Real Kashmir FC. As clouds made way for the sun after four days of overcast weather, the fans descended on the valley’s lone football stadium the Astroturf TRC ground here in the summer capital of the state. Overlooked by snow-capped mountains and fiery Chinar trees, the TRC ground came to life as the match between Real Kashmir FC and Churchill Brothers SC which ended in a 0-0 draw. The opportunity to watch top-level football players along with the enthusiasm to support the home team drew people from the city and other districts of the valley to witness the game. Slowly, every seat in the stadium was filled and many fans were not able to find a spot for themselves. While the crowd welcomed both the teams with a loud applause, the stadium reverberated with slogans favouring the home team. Young and old alike cheered for them and enjoyed every bit of the game. The boisterous home crowd was behind its team on its every move but felt disappointed when the team could not convert the chances into goals. “This match is very exciting for several reasons. First, it is the first time that a match of such a prestigious league is being played here. Second, it is our own team which is playing,” Shabir Ahmad, a football enthusiast, said.advertisement “Then, we are getting a chance to see quality football with players from across the country and even abroad,” he added. Ahmad, however, said he felt disappointed that the team could not score. “They had good chances but could not convert them into goals. We felt a bit disappointed, but overall, they played really well and we had a good game to watch,” he said. Another spectator, Mansoor Bhat, a resident of downtown here, said such matches would build interest in football and would go a long way in popularising the game. “The youth in Kashmir is generally fond of football, but games like this will attract more of them to the sport and I am sure many of them will now think about it seriously,” Bhat said. Real Kashmir FC Striker Danish Farooq also expressed hope that many youth would choose football as their future. “More youth will associate themselves with the game now. I think and I am hopeful that they will now see that there is future in football,” he said at the post-match press conference. Farooq said it was a proud moment for the team to play at home. “We were very excited, but kept our focus though we did not put up a good result, we did well. It was a proud moment for all of us and we will not disappoint our fans the next time,” he said after being declared man of the match. PTI SSB MIJ PM PMlast_img read more

Oklahoma State Fan Survey

first_img Photo Attribution: KT KingGood and faithful reader Dave from OKC has generously put together a pretty in-depth survey on how OSU fans feel about the 2011 season. You can take the survey here and I will be posting the results at the beginning of next week. Here’s a link to the results of last year’s survey which was taken by 675 people. It’s pretty interesting too, especially the part where fans tabbed Weeden and Blackmon as their players to watch for 2010. If I was voted one of the top two guys this year I might start working on my positional award speech a little early.So make sure you guys go and take the survey. It’s really fun, it’s fairly short, and I’m excited about seeing where we’re all at with our confidence heading into the season. Oh, and don’t forget to thank Dave on Twitter for putting all of this together.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Survey: Banks Prefer Eco Ships

first_imgzoom Several leading banks in the shipping industry, including HSH Nordbank and KfW IPEX-Bank, use energy-efficiency data in making investment and financing decisions, according to the NGO Carbon War Room (CWR).HSH Nordbank, KfW IPEX-Bank, and other banks surveyed by CWR have indicated that vessel efficiency rankings—such as the A to G GHG Emissions Rating developed by independent ship vetting company RightShip and CWR—now form an important part of assessing risk and return, with inefficient vessels now representing a higher-risk investment.Energy efficiency data is also being used in credit-approval processes for vessel purchases, loan assessments for retrofit projects, and re-sell or scrapping decisions, with banks citing efficiency as a key indicator for a vessel’s profitability.”In view of the beneficial risk profile and environmental benefits, we favour eco-ships over ships with poorer energy efficiency,” Carsten Wiebers, Global Head of Maritime Industries, KfW IPEX-Bank, said.”We see a clear trend towards a two-tier market of high- and low-efficiency vessels—more energy efficient vessels have an enhanced marketability as well as a higher revenue potential for the ship owner and thus a more favourable risk profile for financiers.”The existence of a two-tier market is becoming increasingly evident: 25% of the non-container charter market vet potential vessels for efficiency before charter and recent RightShip data analysis shows that the average lifespan of an ”A” rated vessel is likely to be up to eight years longer than that of a ”G” rated vessel.In addition, in 2014, three ports—Port Metro Vancouver, Port of Prince Rupert, and Port of Barbados—began to use the A to G GHG Emissions Rating to offer financial incentives to the owners of more-efficient vessels entering their ports.KfW IPEX-Bank also revealed last year that efficient container vessels of comparable capacity consume 30% less bunker fuel than inefficient vessels at the same operating profile. This represents a significant cost advantage, particularly if competing vessels are switching to more-expensive distillate fuels in Emission Control Areas.Each individual vessel in the global shipping industry’s 90,000+ fleet represents a multi-million-dollar investment. Ship owners and operators rely on the banking sector to ensure they can build, buy, upgrade, and maintain these assets. This means that leading shipping banks have a huge influence on the way the market moves and develops; each bank must carefully control its market exposure and efficiency is fast becoming a key measure, says CRW.Image: Ecoshipslast_img read more

Beheaded body found in canal man kills wife in Narendrapur

first_imgKolkata: Police recovered a mutilated body on Sunday morning at Kheyadaha in Narendrapur in South 24-Parganas. Officers sent the body for autopsy. In another development, a man was arrested for murdering his wife as he suspected her of having an illicit affair.According to sources, on Sunday morning, local residents spotted some plastic packets floating in Khorki canal in Kheyadaha. The packets were smeared with blood. Officers of Narendrapur police station recovered the body parts. It was found that the person was beheaded. Police officials said the unidentified body was found around 9 am on Sunday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt is suspected that the person has been murdered somewhere else and his body was cut into pieces and stashed in polythene packets at Kheyadaha. A sniffer dog was also called on Sunday morning. Police are searching for complaints for missing persons lodged with the police in and around Narendrapur of police stations adjacent to Narendrapur. This apart, a woman identified as Krishna Baidya (40) of Kusumba at Sahapara in Narendrapur was found dead in her residence on Friday. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDuring the probe, the police arrested her husband identified as Bapi Baidya, who was absconding from Tolygunj area, since the murder took place. He was trying to evade arrest posing as a monk. According to sources, Bapi, a driver by profession used to torture Krishna for money. She had managed to save Rs 1 lakh by working as a maid in the locality. Bapi suspected her of having an illicit relationship. On Friday night, when Bapi demanded money from Krishan, she got involved in an altercation. When Krishna told him that she would not give him money, Bapi allegedly stabbed her with a sharp weapon and when she died he placed Krishna’s body on the bed and locked the room before escaping. According to Krishna’s daughter, Kabita Das, her mother was supposed to visit her home. When she did not reach her home, Kabita tried to call her. As she found her mother’s mobile phone switched off, Kabita went to Krishna and found the door of her house was locked. Later, she called others in the locality and the police was informed. After the police recovered Krishna’s body, Kabita lodged a murder complaint against her father at the Narendrapur police station. During the probe, the police tracked the mobile tower location of Bapi and went to Tollygunge area on Saturday night. After searching for almost an hour, the police personnel saw a monk, who resembled Bapi. When the police went close to the monk he allegedly tried escaping from the place. Suspecting something fishy, the police surrounded the monk and found Bapi was wearing false beard and shaved his head to look like a monk. He was then brought to Narendrapur and eventually was arrested. However, the police are still clueless about the culprits involved in the murder of a couple at Kheyadaha a few weeks ago.last_img read more

Judge blocks NYC law demanding Airbnb disclosures

first_imgNEW YORK — A federal judge says a New York City law forcing Airbnb and HomeAway home-sharing platforms to reveal detailed information about its business seems unconstitutional.Judge Paul Engelmayer on Thursday blocked the law from taking effect on Feb. 2, finding there’s a greater than 50 per cent chance the companies would prevail on claims that the law violates the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.The ruling comes at an early stage of the litigation. Lawyers for the city and the companies will gather additional evidence before Engelmayer makes a final ruling.The city did not immediately comment.The San Francisco-based Airbnb in a statement called the ruling a “huge win.”The law was passed last summer.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Renting your home can be lucrative but are you ready for tenants

Even years after her first tenants moved out, Donna Grimshaw still remembers the damage the they did to her townhouse.She rhymes it off like a shopping list, starting with bedroom carpets that were destroyed, water damage from an overflowed toilet, and a junk car that spilled oil down the driveway.“They were just brutal,” the Hamilton resident said. “They destroyed the place. It had to be repainted, things were broken. They didn’t care.”Despite the bad experience, she wasn’t deterred from renting out her “pension property” again, and two tenants later, she prefers to consider the disastrous first time as a lesson learned.Like many Canadians, Grimshaw had a property dilemma on her hands after she remarried and bought a home with her new husband, after owning a townhouse for several years. One of the options was to keep her townhouse and rent it out, but as she learned, overseeing a property isn’t for the timid.Real estate is generally considered a stable long-term investment, but you have to do something with it in the meantime. Operating multiple properties can be a time consuming, and unpredictable situation that’s not necessarily the best way to make money.“I don’t think people realize how much it costs to run a house,” said Dan Lang, a property manager at Re/Max Little Oak Realty in Abbotsford, B.C.Sure, there are the obvious expenses like electricity and general maintenance, but appliances also have a lifespan, and replacing the fridge and stove can get mighty expensive. Then there’s the expectations from the insurance company which can blindside any property owner.“I’m finding the insurance industry now wants water tanks changed after 10 years, no matter what,” he added.But sometimes footing the bill for some upkeep can be worth it in the long run.Grimshaw held onto her townhouse because she wanted to avoid the capital gains from a sale that would’ve bumped up her taxes, if she’d sold the secondary property. If she holds onto the property for a few more years, the 56-year-old woman can sell it when she retires and in a lower tax bracket.In the meantime, she plans to make a small amount by renting it out. That will cover the mortgage, taxes and still give her a bit of cash.“The way I look at it, the property is going up in value,” she said.For Shannon Nichols, renting her Toronto home was more of a necessity. Family issues forced her to move away for two years, but she didn’t want to sell her place because she knew she’d have to buy again when she returned to the city.But being a landlord proved to be an expensive venture once the insurance companies got involved.“Lots of people wouldn’t cover it, or they wanted a crazy amount of money, like $4,000, to insure my home,” Nichols said.Eventually she settled on an insurer who agreed to about $200 per month, though even that was a struggle to secure, she said.Nichols planned to ask for rent at the low end of expectations in exchange for a “decent tenant,” though her property manager advised against it.“(He said) don’t do that because it just attracts the wrong kind of people,” she said.“You just put it at the market value, and the people who can afford to pay the rent are probably the tenants you’re going to be most happy with.”Finding the right tenant could take some time and that’s a factor landlords should price into their budget, said Dawn Tam, a regional financial planning consultant at RBC Financial Planning.She said landlords should set aside an emergency fund to cover expenses during periods where the property doesn’t rent.“What happens if it’s vacant for two months, three months or six months?” she said.“And if it sits idle for too long, ask yourself what you’re going to do with it.”Also consider potential legal fees from any lawsuits filed by disgruntled tenants.In Toronto, broker Sharon Soltanian said a number of her clients have wound up locked in litigation.“They can take the landlord for any false reason to the courts, and it can take months consuming time, stress and money for the landlord,” she said.The legal rights of tenants vary by province, something that can make the process especially confusing.In one case, Soltanian recruited a family-oriented tenant who seemed like they would be perfect for her client’s property, but within months had turned into a tenant from hell. She said the tenant and her family were frequently calling to complain about problems with the property.Then one day the mother fell on the property and the family filed a report with the police.“They were in the court for two years, and they spent about $80,000 on lawyers,” Soltanian said of her clients.Eventually she said her clients hired a different lawyer who dug into the family’s history and discovered they filed a nearly identical lawsuit with a major supermarket chain several years earlier. The case was dismissed.While it’s impossible to perfectly vet each tenant, Grimshaw has taken a more hands-on approach since she replaced her carpets and fixed the water damage in the townhouse.After hiring a property manager the first time around, she decided to forego the broker and list her property directly on free classifieds website Kijiji, which generated a strong response from interested tenants.Listing without the assistance of a property manager carries its own risks, as a licensed professional should know all of the provincial laws and can help with budgeting, but Grimshaw said she’s happy with the decision.“If I had more money, I’d probably rent another place,” she said.“These current tenants really inspired me. It uplifted us, because there are decent people out there.” read more

Closing Bell Markets close higher ahead of Fed meeting slightly weak US

TORONTO — North American markets closed higher Friday amid a spate of economic news from the United States and Canada as attention now focuses on next week’s meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 22.34 points to 12,723.40. The Canadian dollar was down 0.20 of a cent to 96.65 cents US.Americans bought more cars, furniture and electronics in August, but held back on most other retail purchases. The U.S. Commerce Department says spending at retail businesses rose 0.2% last month, the smallest gain in four months.Analysts had been expecting a gain of 0.4% in August but revised figures issued Friday showed July spending was stronger than first estimated. The department’s revised estimate for July was a gain of 0.4%, up from 0.2%“It came out pretty much in the wash. A tad to the negative side but not by very much,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse. “I would say the figures were marginally softer than anticipated but only marginally.” Gorman said the figures likely aren’t strong enough to change the Fed’s mind about starting to reduce its stimulus at the end of its two-day policy meeting next Wednesday.The Fed has been buying US$85 billion in bonds each month in an attempt to keep a lid on interest rates and to boost lending. Currently, most analysts expect the central bank to begin tapering its stimulus by US$10 billion.“Generally speaking, people are not making huge bets prior to the Fed announcement,” said Gorman.Trading was light as the TSX and Wall Street headed into the weekend and the start of the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday at sundown.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 75.42 points to 15,376.06, the Nasdaq was up 6.22 points at 3,722.18 and the S&P 500 was ahead 4.57 points at 1,687.99.Meanwhile, higher energy costs pushed U.S. wholesale prices up 0.3% last month. Prices were up a modest 1.4% over the past year, the lowest year-over-year gain since April.The Commerce Department reported that U.S. businesses restocked their shelves and warehouses in July at the fastest pace since January as sales rose, a hopeful sign for economic growth. The department said business stockpiles increased 0.4% in July from June, after ticking up just 0.1% the previous month.In other economic news, Statistics Canada reported that Canadians boosted their borrowing in the second quarter. The federal agency says the ratio of household credit market debt to disposable income hit a new high of 163.4% in the second quarter, compared with 162.1% in the first three months of 2013. On the other hand, Statistics Canada also said rising home prices pushed up household net worth in the quarter.The metals and mining sector was the leading decliner on the TSX, down 0.9%. Shares in Sherritt International (TSX:S) fell 2.82%, or 11 cents, to $3.79. December copper was down a penny at US$3.20 a pound.The gold sector was the biggest advancer, up 1.82% despite lower bullion prices. On Thursday, the price of gold fell to its lowest level in a month, while on Friday it declined another $22 to US$1,308.60 an ounce.The October crude contract dipped 39 cents to US$108.21 a barrel.Gorman said the price of gold will likely continue to fall if tensions surrounding Syria continue to abate. People tend to buy gold in times of crisis as a safe haven.Earlier this week, the Syrian government agreed to a Russian proposal to hand over its chemical weapons to international control to avoid a U.S. military strike. Top U.S. and Russian diplomats are holding talks in Geneva to discuss the specifics as United Nations inspectors prepare to turn in their report this weekend.In corporate news, several Canadian pipeline companies struck a deal that could resolve a dispute over how key infrastructure is shared in the Greater Toronto Area.TransCanada (TSX:TRP) said it has reached a revised agreement with Enbridge (TSX:ENB), Gaz Metro and Union Gas for a revised framework for tolls on TransCanada’s mainline and the proposed Kings North project. TransCanada shares were down 0.24% to $45.37 and Enbridge shares fell 0.14% to $42.28.The Canadian Press read more

Annan set to meet with Iraqi coalition officials on UNs future role

Mr. Annan first proposed the three-way talks last month when he said that he hoped the parties could “sit to clarify what assistance and what role the UN can play and what they expect of us.””It has to be a three-way conversation and clarification” among the Governing Council, the CPA and the UN, he said then. “Once we have that, I will make a judgment whether we can take on that role and if so, how and where and under what circumstances.”The programme on 19 January at UN Headquarters is slated to begin at 9 a.m., when the Secretary-General is to meet the Governing Council delegation – led by Adnan Pachachi, its President for January – in his office before receiving the CPA group a half-hour later.The talks will then begin at 10 a.m., and the Secretary-General is expected to hold a press conference afterwards to summarize the discussions.The Security Council has scheduled its own meeting with Mr. Annan and the Iraqi delegation at 5 p.m.Asked today how the Secretary-General viewed the relationship among the three parties, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said the fact that the three sides would sit down together is “an encouraging sign that we’re beginning to work more inclusively.”He added that it was not going to be easy to achieve the scheduled transfer of sovereignty by 30 June, but all sides wanted to see that goal reached. “This is the beginning of what we hope will become a fruitful dialogue on how best to achieve that objective that we all agree on,” he said. read more

Quebec cottage region quietly emerges as electric car capital of Canada

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 5, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Quebec cottage region quietly emerges as electric car capital of Canada RAWDON, Que. – A small corner of Quebec cottage country has quietly become the electric car capital of Canada, driven in part by the unlikely success of a small-town dealership.The region of Lanaudiere north of Montreal has the highest per capita electric car ownership in Quebec, according to the provincial electric vehicle association. Quebec accounted for nearly half of all of Canada’s electric car sales last year.Several factors make Quebec fertile ground for electric cars. Electricity is relatively cheap due to abundant hydropower. The provincial government offers sales rebates and recently passed the country’s only legislation requiring automakers to sell a minimum number of electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles for the 2018 model year. And many residents pride themselves on their environmental sensibility.But the leading position of Lanaudiere is also due to Bourgeois Chevrolet in the small town of Rawdon, which industry experts say sells more electric cars than any other traditional dealership in Canada.Co-owner Hugo Jeanson says the dealership’s decision a few years ago to focus on electric cars as a way to grow the business attracted a following, with customers coming from as far away as New Brunswick and British Columbia. Nearly half of Bourgeois’s car sales are now electric vehicles.“I don’t know why the other dealerships are not embracing the movement and the turn in technologies, but I’m not complaining,” he said.Three generations of the family have been selling cars since 1959 in the town, where the population of about 11,000 swells in the summer with visitors.The dealership sold almost 400 new and used electric cars last year, primarily the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt, Canada’s top-selling electric vehicle. It recently halted orders for the all-electric Chevy Bolt after selling out for the year.Jeanson credits the dealership’s success to having many models on the lot, training staff about electric cars, paying them salaries instead of commissions and letting prospective customers test-drive the cars for several days. The dealership has also donated chargers to local businesses, helping to encourage demand.Financial planner Alain Morin was one of the early converts, purchasing a Volt from the dealership in 2012 because he was tired of filling his truck with gas.“I’m not an environmentalist, but I still think it’s important to use less gas because you have to think about the future,” he said outside the dealership.While he believes the province needs more charging stations, he expects the network will expand and complement the cheap fill he gets at home thanks to low Hydro-Quebec rates. Quebecers pay about 10 cents per kw/h to charge an electric car from home. In Ontario, the rate can be nearly double that during peak usage hours.Montrealer Xavier Gonzalez says a combination of wanting to save on gas and a desire to be more ecological pushed him to trade in his minivan for a luxury Tesla. He also credits Quebec’s $8,000 government rebate on electric cars.“I don’t even know what the price of gasoline is anymore,” he said, a day after collecting his new Tesla X.Jeanson says he’s lost some Ontario customers since the neighbouring province last year began to offer a rebate of up to $14,000. But he hopes a new $4,000 rebate for used all-electric vehicles imported from outside Quebec — introduced in last month’s provincial budget — will lift sales.Nissan Canada, which makes the electric Leaf, said the new rebate solidifies Quebec as a leader in electric vehicles. Its dealership in Sherbrooke sells the most new Leafs in Canada.The Leaf was the third most popular electric vehicle in Canada last year, with 1,375 new cars sold, according to Green Car Reports. It trailed Tesla, which sold almost 2,500 cars, including 1,466 Model S and 1,032 new Model X vehicles.Electric vehicles still make up only a sliver of the market. The Canadian Automobile Dealers Association said just 0.56 per cent of vehicles sold across Canada last year were electric. But proponents note the technology is in its infancy.“We can’t expect what is an entirely new way of driving and automobile ownership to take hold in a short period of time,” said Francois Lefevre, chief marketing manager for Leaf at Nissan Canada. read more

Business minister visits Vauxhall car plant at Ellesmere Port

Business minister, Ian Lucas MP, saw first-hand today the efficiency of Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant as he toured the production line which makes the Astra.The site in the North West is the only plant in Europe to make the latest version of the Astra model which began production last September. “Investment from companies such as Vauxhall is a vote of confidence in the UK and British manufacturing skills.” He added; “There has been good news for car manufacturing recently, and the government is doing all it can to help the industry transition to meet future demand for low carbon vehicles.” In line with the Automotive Council’s objective to promote growth and innovation within the UK, government is supporting manufacturing along with General Motors’ funding of £1.7 billion for the restructuring of the company, which includes the Vauxhall plants at Ellesmere Port and Luton.  According to the SMMT’s annual New Car CO2 Report, a total of 27.6% of the cars registered in the UK in 2009 emitted less than 130g/km, the target set in the European CO2 regulation for 2015. Ian Lucas said; “Ellesmere Port is a world-class manufacturing facility providing employment for more than 2,000 people in the North West. This has been achieved by making itself one of the most competitive and productive plants. Click here to read the New Car CO2 Report. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Mandigo setting off to become Provost at University of Fraser Valley

The Brock community is losing a dynamic energy as James Mandigo has announced he will be leaving this summer to become Provost and Vice-President Academic at University of the Fraser Valley.Mandigo, who has been a visible presence at Brock since arriving 19 years ago, has served for the past three years as Vice-Provost, Enrolment Management and International.  He will wind down that role this summer and report for his new job in British Columbia on Sept. 1.After sharing the news with his staff this week, he said the decision was made with a heavy heart.“This is not about me wanting to leave,” he said, “but there are only 97 of these jobs in all of Canada, and you don’t get many opportunities like this. So when you do, you have to go for it. I will try to use the skills I’ve learned here, and hope to live up to the level of excellence I’ve been exposed to at Brock.”After arriving in 2000 as a lecturer in Kinesiology, Mandigo’s career reads like an apprenticeship in teaching, research and academic administration. After becoming an assistant then full professor, he was appointed in 2012 as Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (FAHS).In 2016, he broke new ground for Brock as the first occupant of his current role. The University experienced above-average undergraduate growth during his time in the role, including in years when provincial enrolment trends were stagnant.Mandigo has also served as Vice-Chair for Senate and Interim Dean for both FAHS and the Faculty of Graduate Studies.His work as a researcher at Brock includes investigating the role of sport and physical education on the prevention of youth violence in Central America. He has also led several study abroad courses in these countries that have enabled more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students from Brock University to be actively engaged in these research and development projects.University of Fraser Valley has its main campus in Abbotsford, B.C., as well as campuses in Chilliwack, Mission and Hope. Mandigo says it has some key similarities to Brock, with a strong history in providing excellence in undergraduate education, seven academic Faculties and an emphasis on engaging with local communities.“Like Brock, it’s a regional university with community partner relationships, very student-centred and focused on making an impact locally. This is really about taking what I’ve learned here and having an opportunity to use it in a new setting.“Brock has prepared me for this. I’ve had such great mentors and role models, they’ve developed me to take on this new challenge in my career. Brock is an amazing place. With our new strategic plan and the President’s vision for that, Brock’s on a great trajectory, and it was hard making a decision to leave at this point in Brock’s history. Great things are happening here, and better things are going to happen.”Brock President Gervan Fearon said Brock owes a debt of gratitude to Mandigo for his leadership and support during an era of transition for the University.“James Mandigo has made significant contributions to Brock at a local and international level,” said Fearon.“His mark in the University and in the community will be celebrated for years to come, including his supportive contributions to many teams and colleagues at Brock.“We are proud of his accomplishments, and congratulate him on his new opportunity. We know he will make great contributions there, too.” read more

The 5 at 5 Monday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five things you need to know before you head out the door.1. #SLIGO: A family member has discovered the bodies of two brothers at their home near Tubercurry. The 9-year-old boy had been stabbed, while his 21-year-old brother appears to have taken his own life.2. #HEARTBREAK: The father of a 17-year-old girl killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine has written a savagely ironic open letter to those responsible for “murdering my loved and only child.”3. #NO TAN DO: As of today, it is now illegal for under-18s to use sunbeds in Ireland, as a law from the Department of Health comes into effect.4. #BOMBING: Israel shelled a hospital in Gaza this afternoon, killing five people, as the death toll in the ongoing conflict rose above 500.5. #ALLEGATIONS: We are awaiting the referee’s report after claims that a Meath player was bitten during their heavy defeat to Dublin in yesterday’s Leinster Senior Football Final.last_img read more

Search engine DuckDuckGo takes out billboard ad telling everyone Google tracks you

first_imgIf you ask most people what competition Google has in the search space the top answers will likely be Bing and Yahoo! But the search market isn’t just dominated by big, well-known companies. There is at least one startup trying to make an impact.That new entrant is called DuckDuckGo, and it’s been setup and run by one man going by the name of Gabriel Weinberg. His search engine has one major difference to all the others: it does not track you at all.While DuckDuckGo is already proving popular within the tech community (managing 5 million queries a month), Weinberg wants his search engine to grow in popularity beyond that small group. This week he has taken out a large billboard advertisement in San Francisco. The $7,000 4-week ad simple proclaims:Google tracks you. We don’t. Search better at While it’s unlikely to get millions of users to switch away from Google, it does show that there are alternatives that allow for a much more private search. And that’s a growing issue for regular Internet users who are starting to ask the question, what happens to my data?Weinberg explains:People know that Google is storing searches and they know about the employee snooping. The part many don’t realize is that the serach term is being sent when the search is in the Google link. To help demonstrate the benefits of using a non-tracking search engine Weinberg also created the website, which gives an example of what a Google search means for your data. After viewing it you may want to give DuckDuckGo a try.Read more at WiredMatthew’s OpinionI’ve been using DuckDuckGo for a couple of weeks and it’s a solid search alternative. The biggest hurdle I’ve found is getting used to the interface, or lack there of. I’m used to Google’s layout and the links for news, images, shopping etc. which DuckDuckGo doesn’t have (yet?).I think that will be the issue for a lot of people–dealing with the change. And I bet many will walk away because it’s not as “nice” where as it is just different to Google.I urge you to give it a go. There is no tracking and it does return good search results. Who knows, you might even prefer it to Google.last_img read more

Le changement climatique bouleverse aussi la carte des vins dans le monde

first_imgLe changement climatique bouleverse aussi la carte des vins dans le mondeLe changement climatique entraîne des bouleversements inattendus. Ainsi, il n’est pas impossible que d’ici quelques années, avec le réchauffement de la planète, les pays scandinaves soient en mesure de rivaliser avec nos meilleurs vins bordelais et autres muscats.Le réchauffement climatique ne s’est pas tellement fait sentir ces dernières semaines. Il est pourtant bien réel à l’échelle planétaire et il n’est pas impossible de voir apparaître, d’ici quelques années, des vignobles bien plus au nord dans les pays scandinaves. Mais si de nouvelles terres pourraient être en mesure de cultiver des vignes, les régions viticoles actuelles, elles, pourraient être menacées par des sécheresses prolongées.Cité par l’AFP, Fernando Zamora, chercheur en œnologie et professeur à l’université espagnole Rovira i Virgili de Tarragone explique : “Certains sont alarmistes, moi je préfère être dans le camp des optimistes. Je ne doute pas qu’il y aura toujours des vignobles dans les régions traditionnelles, mais il faut qu’elles réfléchissent à de nouvelles stratégies” même s'”il y aura de nouvelles zones de vignoble. Cela ne fait aucun doute”. Déjà “en Allemagne on commence à faire des vins élégants dans des endroits où par le passé cela était excessivement difficile” et “au Danemark on commence à produire du vin”, souligne t-il.Les mêmes styles de vins dans les mêmes régions ? Mais d’autres pays pourraient également devenir prochainement d’intéressantes terres viticoles. Par exemple la Tasmanie, l’Angleterre, la Moselle et la région du Rhin en Allemagne, certaines régions de Nouvelle-Zélande, du Canada, l’Ontario et le sud du Chili. “Est-ce que les régions viticoles actuelles pourront continuer à faire pousser les mêmes variétés de raisin et faire les mêmes styles de vins ? Si ce que nous savons aujourd’hui est exact, il y a fortement à en douter”, estime Gregory Jones, professeur d’œnologie à l’université de Southern Oregon (au Canada). À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?En effet, le stress hydrique, les changements brutaux de températures, les averses inopportunes et le gel sont quelques-unes des variables ayant un profond impact sur l’équilibre des sucres et de l’acidité, la maturité des tanins et la palette des arômes du vin, souligne l’AFP. “En Alsace, le changement climatique est déjà un problème car il transforme le profil aromatique et l’équilibre des sucres et des acidités”, indique Jean-Marc Touzard, coordinateur de l’ACCAF (programme international sur le changement climatique dans les forêts et l’agriculture). Des changements qui affectent les arômes des vins Ainsi, certains vins blancs deviennent aujourd’hui plus gras avec des notes florales, de même que les vins rouges deviennent plus fruités, riches et concentrés. Dans le Languedoc, un climat chaud et sec produit des vins plus robustes et plus alcoolisés. Aussi, “les vignerons ont déjà commencé à s’adapter en plantant des vignes plus en altitude et sur des sols différents”, indique M. Touzard. Le Beaujolais lui devient progressivement de meilleure qualité et “en 2003, lors de la canicule, nos vins ressemblaient à des Côtes du Rhône” haut-de-gamme, admet le délégué général de l’interprofession du Beaujolais, Jean Bourjade. Parmi les solutions qui s’offrent aujourd’hui aux producteurs, la possibilité de changer de variété de raisin en se tournant vers des variétés indigènes adaptées à des climats chauds est la plus intéressante. Selon M. Jones, “il existe pour le seul Portugal de 100 à 150 variétés indigènes dont nous ne connaissons rien encore”. Il estime que “celles les plus au sud, dans des endroits véritablement très chauds, possèdent un potentiel génétique pouvant résoudre à l’avenir les problèmes de tolérance à la chaleur”.Le 7 avril 2013 à 15:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Green home aims to be one of a kind

first_imgUrban NW Homes founder and owner Troy Johns stands outside a Salmon Creek-area house that aims to be the area’s first “net zero” home. The structure is designed to produce more energy than it consumes over time, and will have Emerald designation under the National Green Building Standard. The home is far from finished, but Troy Johns is happy to show it off early. Actually, that’s the point.Johns’ Urban NW Homes is building a Salmon Creek-area home that hopes to set the latest local standard of energy-efficient design. And he’s shooting for a higher bar than any other project here has reached.In addition to being an Emerald structure — a formal designation under the National Green Building Standard — the house also aims to be one of the first “net zero” homes on the West Coast, Johns said. The idea is to make a home that sustainably supplies its own energy needs, with the help of 29 solar panels and a dizzying array of other features.“It’s basically a rocket ship,” Johns said. “It’s just built so well, there’s nothing else built like it.”The home isn’t the first in the county to include ambitious energy-efficient elements in its design. Clark County recently broke ground on its own Emerald house in Hazel Dell. Other local developers have incorporated green features into their projects for years. Urban NW’s design aims to take the concept to the next level.“Net zero” status doesn’t mean the home will be disconnected from the local grid, Johns said. Its residents would likely pay a utility bill some months of the year, but get a check for selling power back into the grid during other months. The goal: a net cost of zero, or better.That’s a difficult mark to reach, particularly in a Northwest climate, but energy-efficiency and sustainability are important ideals to strive for, said local builder Jon Girod. The result creates environmental benefits and big financial savings for the resident, said Girod, who owns green-focused developer Quail Homes.last_img read more

19yearold woman gangraped in West Bengal

first_imgJalpaiguri (WB): A 19-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped in an under-construction building in Jalpaiguri district, police said Thursday. The incident happened on Tuesday evening at Jahuri Talma in Jalpaiguri Sadar block, when the woman was going to her sister’s place, the police said. According to the woman, two youths stopped her cycle, grabbed her and took her to an under-construction building, a police officer said, adding, three other persons were waiting there and she was gang-raped. A local resident went to the spot after he heard the woman crying, the officer said. The accused fled the scene as soon as the man reached the spot, the officer added. The man took the woman to his house and informed her parents, and the woman’s father lodged a complaint with the Jalpaiguri Women Police Station on Wednesday, the police officer said. “We have arrested two accused. We hope to arrest the other three soon,” the Officer-in-Charge of the police station, Upasana Gurung, said. The accused would be produced before a court Thursday, Gurung said. The woman was sent to Jalpaiguri Sadar Hospital for medical examination, a police officer said.last_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Related Content News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more News | May 27, 2009 NovaRad Inks PACS Contract With Nebraska Clinic 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 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 News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more May 27, 2009 – Kearney Clinic, P.C. located in Kearney, Neb., recently installed NovaRad’s NovaPACS for its on-site radiology department, providing Web-based access to images. Brown’s Medical Imaging, a system integrator and NovaRad distributor located in Nebraska, facilitated the contract with the clinic. Decision makers at the rural clinic selected NovaRad because it offered a complete web-based PACS, remote support and technology and hardware refreshes at no additional cost. “Rural hospitals, clinics and imaging centers are working to fulfill the expectation to provide more and better services while working within increasingly constrained resources,” said Paul Shumway, NovaRad vice president. This latest contract brings NovaRad’s installations in Nebraska to 22. NovaPACS is NovaRad’s complete, turnkey PACS offering fast image retrieval, full-feature viewer with intuitive interface, and 7-year on-site archive with off site emergency back up. Full screen viewing, easy to use menus and mouse-based functions are available to help enhance efficiency and referring physicians have complete access to images and reports from any computer. To complement NovaPACS, NovaRad offers NovaRIS. Developed on the same platform as NovaPACS, NovaRIS generates reports, measures profitability and facilitates paperless management of patient records. For more than a decade NovaRad, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… 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 last_img read more

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first_img News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 12, 2019 Utah Valley Hospital Purchases Nine Carestream Imaging Systems Utah Valley Hospital (Provo, Utah) has installed nine Carestream imaging systems that equip its radiology staff to… read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 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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It is the first patient-side controlled system with dynamic flat panel detector technology, height-adjustable table and true dual-use capability for fluoroscopy and radiography. The Luminos Agile’s 17-inch by 17-inch dynamic flat panel detector provides an image that is up to 117 percent larger and allows for better patient coverage than a 13-inch image intensifier. This enables users to view objects without repositioning or changing the field of view, reducing overall fluoroscopy time and dose. The Agile’s table height is easily adjustable between 25 and 44 inches. With its horizontal and vertical transfer positions, the system accommodates a wide range of patients, including children and those with mobility challenges. The 600-pound table weight capacity and 24-inch wide opening – the largest for a patient-side system – provide easy access for bariatric and immobile patients, and the space saving open design enables easy access from all sides of the table. The fully motorized tower and synchronized table and wall Bucky tracking allow for improved radiography workflow and increased patient throughput. The improved opti grip handle provides ergonomic tableside operation for left- and right-handed users, and the Fluorospot compact digital imaging system for both fluoroscopy and radiography helps improve workflow efficiency. Advanced post-processing further enhances image quality to support more accurate diagnosis. Fully synchronized fluoroscopy and radiography capability is available by incorporating the Siemens Ysio digital radiography option. With its wireless detector wi-D, ceiling-suspended tube with MaxTouch user interface and Bucky wall stand, the fluoroscopy room can now also be a true digital radiography room – expanding imaging possibilities, helping to increase utilization rates and assisting healthcare facilities in becoming the providers of choice among patients and referring physicians. The Siemens Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure (CARE) dose reduction program for the Agile decreases radiation exposure for patients and staff without compromising image quality, while the unique DiamondView Plus imaging chain allows for significantly better image quality and noise reduction. Digital density optimization improves image contrast and detail recognition for critical regions of fluoroscopic images. For further information: Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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