World Running Day: 6 pieces of running gear you need to have before hitting the road to keep you injury proof

first_imgSo is running something you look forward to every morning? Or is it your way of carving some me-time? Whatever be your reasons, you must remember that ‘running is cheaper than therapy’.If you plan to hit the road today, we bring you 6 products that could make running an infinitely better, pain-free and interesting experience.Also read: 5 significant ways to replenish your body after a run Moisture-wicking socks: You can’t underestimate the importance of having a comfortable leap when it comes to running. Your feet–how they feel and how much wear and tear they can absorb–can make or break the quality of your laps. Our pick: The Bonjour Men’s Black Ankle Length sports socks. Available at www.snapdeal.com USP: This pair of socks offers comfort and comes in a set of 3 pairs. Moreover, the blended cotton fibre keeps you cool and comfortable.Picture courtesy: www.snapdeal.comHydration belt: Worn low on your hips, this belt contours yours body to eliminate bounce and allows an easy and single-handed access to your bottles. Our pick: Kalenji Belt is a one such example of a perfect hydration belt. Available at www.decathlon.inUSP: The belt is easy to wrap around and extremely convenient for runners of all age groups.Also read: Believe it or not, winter is the ideal season for running Picture courtesy: www.decathlon.inNo-slip grip hair ties: The perfect companion to have, these soft metal-free elastics holds your hair or pony tails perfectly while running. Our pick: Scunci no-slip grip keeps hair off your face while running. Available at www.amazon.comUSP: Its stretchy and comfortable to wear and keeps your hair in place, without you having to tie your hair over and over again.advertisementPicture courtesy: www.amazon.comWireless earbuds: Music keeps a fitness enthusiast running. And owning a good set of earphones will definitely motivate you to run more. Our pick: The Back Beat GO2 Wireless Earbuds from Plantronics. Available at www.plantronics.comUSP: This pair is incredibly small and amazingly light which makes it the best buddy for any runner. Picture courtesy: www.plantronics.comFitness bands and apps: You can download a fitness-running app to give you a lowdown on your entire workout. Plus, one of the primary tech accessories that any runner should consider should be a good fitness tracker. It will help you track your heart rate, the calories burnt and the miles you’ve covered.  Our pick: The Jawbone UP3 band is a perfect fit (you can also download its app). Available at www.Jawbone.comUSP: With an advanced fitness tracking system that helps you track the exact data, it’s reliable for any runner. The Jawbone application can further track your run while letting you compete with your friends and family.Also read: From a procrastinating writer to a marathon finisher, not a motivational story  Picture courtesy: www.Jawbone.com Running pants: Technically, you can wear whatever you want to but running-specific pants are popular among runners; they also help you traverse long distances with ease. These technical pants can really make running more enjoyable. Our pick: Adidas Techfit Base Black Solid Tight. Available at www.Adidas.comUSP: It is worth an investment if you’re an avid runner, because it keeps your routine comfortable and the material used is water resistant.Picture courtesy: www.Adidas.comlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Pakistan announce ‘robust review’ of performance amid World Cup struggle

first_imgThe Pakistan team under captain Sarfaraz Ahmed have failed to live up to their country’s expectations and there will be a robust review of their performance in the last three years, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Wednesday.Pakistan are still trying to salvage their World Cup campaign as they languish ninth in the 10-team standings with one win from five matches.They are still smarting from Sunday’s heavy defeat by arch-rivals India.The PCB is expecting the team to stage a comeback in the tournament but they would need something extraordinary to finish the group stage in the top four and make the semi-finals.The BoG had a discussion on the Pakistan cricket team’s recent performance across all formats, the PCB said in a statement after a Board of Governors meeting in Lahore.The members agreed the team’s performance in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 to date has been below expectation, but expressed faith, support and confidence in the side, and hoped they will … bounce back strongly and finish on a high….following the World Cup, the PCB will carry out a robust review and analysis of the side’s and the team support personnel’s performances in the past three years and submit their recommendations to the Chairman and the BoG for their consideration.The 1992 world champions next play South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.Also Read | Pakistan Cricket Board should penalise players spotted at Shisha cafe: Intikhab AlamAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam questions Inzamam’s presence in EnglandAlso Seeadvertisementlast_img read more

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to the mid July edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch… * NSWTA is conducting a level One Coaching Course on Sunday 7th August, 2005. For further details please view the NSWTA website www.nswtouch.com.au * NSW Combined High Schools have selected their side for the upcoming National 18 Years Championships in Coffs Harbour, they’ll be amongst the favourites for the title, so make sure you keep an eye on the ATA website as the event gets closer. As usual we’ll be heading up to Coffs to provide you an up to the minute description of all the action. * In other NSW news, the Vawdon Cup has kicked off in a big way, bringing NSW Touch players from far and wide, the media coverage has also started strong, with articles in all levels of news, local/regional and state/national, including a great article on Cliff Lyons in last weekends Sun Herald. Touch is continuing to make a mark on the Sports Media scene, so lets keep putting in the effort to get the news out to our local and regional media outlets. * Happy Birthday to ATA Technical Assistant Chris Tarlinton for TODAY! Have a great day mate. * The Victorian Touch Association is looking for a suitably qualified Mixed Open coach to lead the side in the Border Challenge against Touch SA, the Canberra Cup and the NSW Country Championships. Applications close Friday July 29, check out www.victouch.com.au for more details. * TouchWest and the Barbarians are still taking nominations for coaches and managers for the 2006 National Touch League, make sure you check out www.touchwest.com and have a look through their NTL page and info for all of the details. If you’re keen for a flashback there’s a great picture of their 1995 WA Womens Open side on their website as well. * Rachel Moyle’s latest article is up on the Sports News website. It tackles the issue of anti doping in sport and how it relates to Touch Footy. For all the links to the article please click here: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=1336&sID=46 * Victoria and SA compete in the Border Challenge each year, at Mt Gambier, (near the border of the two states.) Last weekend the Mens and Womens 18 Years sides took part in the Junior Border Challenge, with Touch SA grabbing both titles. Their Womens 18’s took the series 3-0, while the Mens 18’s grabbed the series 2-1 with a 5-4 win in the final game. Great to see in two of the up and coming Touch Footy states, their juniors are rapidly improving and promising much for the future. Watch out for the full story and scores on the ATA website later this week. * The constitution for Touch Football Australia Incorporated is up on the website, just check out our homepage for all the info. * Remember, anyone who needs some help gaining media coverage can contact Rachel at media@austouch.com.au she can help with writing stories and media releases for you local newspapers and other media outlets. * The next edition of Touch-e-Talk (ATA’s online newsletter) is being released at the start of August. We’ve just started work on it and would like to encourage everyone to keep sending in nominations for the `Volunteer of the Month’. Simply email ata_newsletter@hotmail.com or media@austouch.com.au with a few short lines on what this person does for your local association and a contact email or phone number so we can talk to them if we need more info. This is a great chance to recognise someone from your local area for all of the work they do! * If you have any news for Sixty Seconds in Touch next week send it to Rachel at media@austouch.com.au By Rachel Moylelast_img

Video: Nick Saban Talks Why He Chose Football, Bill Belichick On ‘The Dan Patrick Show’

first_imgNick Saban's photo on a wall.The Dan Patrick Show.Nick Saban paid a visit to The Dan Patrick Show and revealed how he got into sports in the first place.Alabama head coach Nick Saban likes music. Apparently, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has the same affinity for music. In an interview with The Dan Patrick Show, Saban revealed he and Belichick used to sneak out together.“When Bill and I were together in Cleveland, we used to sneak out and go see various concerts.”Despite his current love for music, Saban admitted it was his grandmother’s insistence that he learn the accordion that drove him to the sporting world. The head coach of the No. 1 college football team in the country then admitted to one of the world’s greatest ironies. He didn’t like to practice.The head coach of Alabama, which has won four of the last seven national titles, did not like to practice. Queue his player’s astonished reactions.The rest of the country can thank Grandma Saban for creating one of the best college coaches in history. Without her insistence that young Nick Saban learn the accordion, the last national title for the Tide might have come from Gene Stallings in 1992.last_img read more

Local Anti-Doping Lab Will Require Major Capital – Minister Neita Headley

first_img Jamaica will require substantial capital investment from other countries to ensure sustainability Story Highlights The laboratory should be able to test substances both known and unknown Discussions have taken place with WADA regarding the establishment of such a lab here The establishment of an internationally accredited anti-doping laboratory in Jamaica will require substantial capital investment and support from other countries to ensure sustainability.This was the word from Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, as she addressed a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on Tuesday, July 23.She was responding to questions as to whether the Government is considering setting up a lab in Jamaica to provide drug testing of athletes and to assist in the testing of supplements that are being marketed to athletes.Minister Headley said that the establishment of an internationally accredited laboratory with capabilities to test athletes for all the substances on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) banned list, as well as proactively test supplements taken by athletes, is an expensive venture that requires significant capital to set up and maintain.“It is a matter as to whether or not Jamaica would be able to find that additional capital (and), to convince the rest of the world that we have all the requirements for them to send their tests to Jamaica,” she stated.“Unless significant support is given to Jamaica as a location, to satisfy the needs of several countries, the country cannot sustain a laboratory of that nature. However, it is not something we have written off as impossible,” she explained.The Minister added that discussions have taken place with WADA and the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce regarding the establishment of such a lab here.President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr. Warren Blake, who also addressed the Think Tank, agreed that meeting the required international standards for the lab, would require a great deal of spending.“The level of capital outlay is very deep. The laboratory should be able to test substances both known and unknown. In order to buy the right spectrometers and put the right tests in place to detect unknown substances, you must be able to spend,” Dr. Blake emphasised.He also pointed out that sustainability of the laboratory at an international standard will also depend on support from other countries.“Capital outlay can be put in place but because it is not being used the laboratory cannot be sustained,” Dr. Blake said.last_img read more

SolarPowered Salamander at Open House Weekend

first_imgNova Scotians will have a chance to see a yellow-spotted salamander that’s powered by the sun and to learn about the province’s gold mines, fossils, parks, forests, Crown land and more at the Department of Natural Resources Open House Weekend. The free, family-friendly event will be Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park in Hants County. “The DNR Open House Weekend is a great opportunity to explore fascinating facts about our natural resources,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “Come visit and learn about wildfire fighting, ancient fossils, forestry, wildlife, biodiversity, hunting and fishing regulations and many other topics.” Visitors will enjoy more than 50 indoor displays and hands-on activities, including the unique salamander that thrives using photosynthesis as if it were a green plant. People can talk with helicopter pilots, biologists, foresters, geologists, natural resource technicians, fossil experts, land surveyors, conservation officers and other professionals with the department. It will also be an opportunity to learn about careers in these fields. “The open house will be a fun family event with lots of interesting displays and things to learn,” said Don Cameron, member of the department’s open house planning group. People will also get to experience animals at the wildlife park, walk the park’s nature trail, take a photo next to a helicopter, and enjoy food and drink that will be for sale. The Department of Natural Resources helps manage the province’s natural resources for all Nova Scotians through research, education, regulation, enforcement and outreach. The Open House Weekend is a time for people to learn more about the province’s natural resources and how the department’s programs help. The first open house, held on one day in 2009, drew more than 2,000 people. More information and directions to the open house are at www.novascotia.ca/natr/openhouse .last_img read more

Christian Michel seeks bail to celebrate Easter Delhi court reserves order

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi Court Thursday reserved its order on a plea of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, who had sought seven-day interim bail to celebrate Easter with family. Special Judge Arvind Kumar said he would pronounce order at 4pm after hearing argument of lawyers from both sides. Special public prosecutor DP Singh, appearing for CBI and ED, opposed Michel’s plea, saying India is a country of various festival thousands of prisoners are in jails and everyone has faith in religion so the accused can’t be allowed to go out of jail to celebrate festivals. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ He said Michel can participate in Easter in custody. The lawyer argued before the court that if Michel comes out on interim bail and makes statement outside, it can derail investigation. Michel’s lawyer argued that since the charge sheet has been filed, there is no point of tampering evidence. He said the accused is cooperating in the case and sought bail. “Being a Christian, he was not even allowed to offer a holy mass even during Christmas…,” said the application moved by the accused. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “It is submitted that the week commencing form 14th April to 21st April is a holy week for Christians and 21st April is Easter which will be celebrated universally. The petitioner wishes to attend the holy mass on Easter day and would like to make offerings during the Easter day,” Michel has said in his plea. The Enforcement Directorate filed a supplementary charge sheet against Michel and others on April 4. He was arrested by ED on December 22 after his extradition from Dubai. He is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the chopper scam by ED and Central Bureau of Investigation. Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa are the two others. The agency had told the court that Michel made 24.25 million euros and 1,60,96,245 pounds from the AgustaWestland deal. ED has told the court that it identified Michel’s properties purchased with proceeds of the crime. CBI has alleged that the deal, signed in Feb 2010 to supply VVIP choppers worth 556.262 million euros, caused an estimated loss of 398.21 million euros (about Rs 2,666 crore).last_img read more

Californians lose millions of dollars in recycling deposits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California consumers lost out on at least $308 million in nickel deposits on cans and bottles in 2018, largely because it’s increasingly difficult to find a place to recycle them, according to a new report made public Thursday.In the last five years, about 40 per cent of California’s recycling centres have closed, with more than 100 closing in Los Angeles County alone. The state says 1,600 centres remain open statewide, but advocacy group Consumer Watchdog said there are still barriers to Californians finding a place to recycle and that many grocery stores won’t take back the empties.The group’s report suggests several reforms to California’s 33-year-old recycling program, which has struggled to be profitable. Democratic state Sen. Henry Stern has also proposed changes to the program.“Californians plunk down a nickel for their cans … but increasingly they’re only getting half that nickel back on average,” said Consumer Watchdog president Jamie Court. “Consumers are losing, the environment is losing.”The organization faults state regulators for lax oversight, saying they should more aggressively fine major retailers that won’t redeem containers or undercount the number of deposits they collect. It says the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, known as CalRecycle, should spend more money to promote recycling centres and punish companies that hoard deposits.“Overall, the program has been highly successful, but recent years have brought challenges,” responded CalRecycle spokesman Mark Oldfield, citing broader market conditions. He said the agency is looking for ways to help increase buy-back locations but put the amount of unredeemed deposits at $272 million, which the consumer group says omits administrative fees required by law that bring the total to $308 million.The consumer group provided an advanced copy of its report to The Associated Press.It recommends doubling the amount of deposits to a dime for each glass or plastic bottle or aluminum can to encourage more consumers to recycle, similar to the deposits required in Oregon and Michigan.Consumers there recycle at least nine of every 10 containers. About three in four containers are recycled in California, but that includes those redeemed by bulk haulers as well as individual consumers. California currently charges 5 cents for containers under 24 ounces and 10 cents for larger containers.Beyond the $308 million in unclaimed deposits, the group alleges consumers are missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars more, including $200 million in deposits that go to commercial trash haulers and bulk collectors. It also cites a 2014 report from the Container Recycling Institute that shows an undercount in bottle deposits paid by consumers, though Oldfield said that number has never been substantiated.On the legislative side, Stern’s bill would restrict which retailers must accept containers and allow about $3 million in annual incentives to low-volume recycling centres to try to keep them open. A similar bill passed last year but former Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed it.Stern said he is trying to help smaller “mom and pop” grocery stores while restoring some incentives for recyclers.“A lot more work has to be done in this area and I’m hoping to work with consumer advocates to make sure people are getting a fair shake here,” Stern said.Court said he hopes Stern’s bill is a starting point for negotiations.“It’s not an overhaul of the system, it in fact creates more exemptions for the grocery stores, which is bad,” Court said. “It does a couple things, but it doesn’t go far enough.”Stern said the system needs improvements before consumers are asked to make larger deposits. Although Democrats control two-thirds majorities in both legislative chambers, Stern said they are cautious about raising fees, even though in theory consumers would get their higher deposits back when they recycle.“But if we can make a case that there’s a good market rational, I’m open,” he said.Don Thompson, The Associated Press read more

IntraSyrian talks end with incremental progress possible resumption in June – UN

Speaking to journalists after his meetings with delegations from the Syrian Government and opposition, as well as representatives from Russia and the United States, the UN Special Envoy said that he would look to hold further intra-Syrian talks “sometime in June.” Mr. de Mistura underlined that the purpose of this short round of discussions was to address “constitutional and legal issues” which could provide a “strong, legal and constitutional basis” for any future negotiated political process.The mechanism for this was a series of high-level meetings in Geneva – which the Special Envoy explained were meant to complement the existing intra-Syrian talks. But only the Syrian people – and not the UN – would be in charge of writing their own constitution, he insisted: “We are not planning or aiming through this to draft a new constitution for Syria; this has to be done by the Syrians. We are rather trying, and we intend to pursue trying to lay the ground for the Syrians to do exactly that, in the context of an overall political solution that is in the context as you know, of [UN Security Council] resolution 2254 (2015).” As well as a new constitution for Syria, the UN-facilitated process remains focused on three other main issues: free and fair elections, combating terrorism and governance. read more

Patrick Cazal to stay at Dunkerque until 2020

← Previous Story Women’s EHF Champions League 2016/17 without Serbian, Ukrainian and Slovenian champions Next Story → Play Off Results for the Men’s World Championship 2017 The former World Champion from 2001 with French national team, Patrick Cazal, extended his deal with US Dunkerque until 202o. Legendary lefthander began coaching career in Dunkerque in 2011 with great success – winning the Championship in 2014.Despite only average seventh place at the end of current season 2015/2016, Management showed full support for their coach by giving him a new contract. Patrick CazalUS Dunkerque

Marsh Habour Healthcare Centre Opens in Abaco

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #marshharbourcentreopens Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 4, 2017 – Abaco Islands – Government officials, on April 19, opened the Marsh Harbour Healthcare Centre in Abaco, stating that it is a long-awaited boost to the island and the Christie administration’s National Health Insurance plans.Like the Child and Adolescent and Robert Smith (CARS) Complex that was commissioned last year, the Marsh Harbour Healthcare Centre has a tortured history, one of missed deadlines and claims of shoddy workmanship, all without any clear accountability.Construction of the healthcare centre began under the former Ingraham administration and when the Christie administration came to power, it spent $1m renovating the facility, Prime Minister Perry Christie said.“The floors had to be ripped up and lots of work had to be done,” added Minister for Grand Bahama Dr Michael Darville, who oversees aspects of NHI’s implementation.Now, the facility is state of the art. At 33,000 square feet, it will be a place where dental and lab services will be provided. Abaco currently has about three nurses and one doctor, Dr Darville said. By December, the island will have 16 nurses, five doctors, a radiologist and two lab technicians.Charlene Bain, the Director of Public Health, added that the overall health staff on the island will grow from the 20 that it has now to 70 by September. The facility boasts an administrative wing, pharmacy and a morgue where autopsies will be performed.Mr. Christie has revealed that the Ministry of Finance has also dedicated funding for a mini-hospital to be constructed in Palmetto Point, Eleuthera.#magneticmedianews#marshharbourcentreopenslast_img read more

POLICE LOG for April 29 Lynn Woman Arrested Wheelchair Ramp Equipment Stolen

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, April 29, 2019:A caller reported a hypodermic needle next to the tracks and walkway at the MBTA Commuter Rail station on Main Street. Police were unable to locate. (7:15am)A resident requested assistance lifting dog into vehicle to take to vet. Animal Control Officer responded and assisted. (9:47am)Fire and Police responded to two brush fires near tracks on Burlington Avenue. (11:55am)Police received a report of larceny of wheelchair ramp equipment from Shawsheen Avenue. (12:33pm)Paola Robles (22, Lynn) was arrested on Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle. (1:23pm)Police noted an in-bound train was blocking Route 62 at North Wilmington station. (9:39pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 29: 2 Men Arrested On Warrants; Tree Falls On 5 Cars At Town Hall; Highway CrashIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Thai rescuers resume search for 23 survivors of capsized boat

first_imgA Thai navy boat carrying recovered bodies of passengers from a capsized tourist boat arrives at a pier in the tourist island of Phuket, Thailand on 6 July 2018.Despite fading hopes, rescuers in Thailand resumed a search on Saturday for 23 survivors after a boat carrying Chinese tourists sank off the island of Phuket in rough weather, while authorities began to investigate the boat’s operator.The death toll from one of the worst transport accidents in Thailand’s recent history reached 33, authorities have said, with 49 of the 105 passengers on the sunken Phoenix rescued, although 37 are still in hospital, some with severe injuries.”We will take any chance in the search for life,” Tourism Minister Weerasak Kowsurat said at the search site on Friday, following comments by a Marine Department official that there was probably “no chance” of finding more survivors.”Safety and service have to be placed above revenue,” Weerasuk added.Some Thais and tour operators have questioned why the boat was at sea during bad weather.Thai junta number two Prawit Wongsuwan has ordered an investigation into why it appeared to have ignored a weather warning, while police said they would seek to charge the captain and owner with negligence.The Phoenix, which was carrying 93 Chinese along with 12 Thai crew and tour guides, sank after being hit by five-metre (16-ft) -high waves in a storm on Thursday evening off Phuket, whose beaches and nightlife draw tourists.Thailand is in the middle of its rainy season, which usually runs from May to mid-October and often generates high winds and flash storms in coastal areas.Tourism is a key driver of growth in Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy, making up 12 percent of gross domestic product, and the most foreign visitors come from China.Many of the dead from the disaster were found drifting face down, wearing life jackets, near where it sank.The dead and injured were taken to a hospital on Phuket’s east coast, where relatives began to gather, with more expected over the weekend. Officials have asked for Chinese interpreters to assist.Thai officials on Saturday ordered boats not involved in the search to stay at anchor while it lasts.Accidents on the scale of this week’s disaster were “not good” for Thailand, said tourist police official Surachate Hakparn, adding, “We have to be more stringent.”Thailand is already in the global spotlight with a multinational rescue operation to save 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach trapped for days in a mountain cave in its north.last_img read more

Presidency submits report to Edu dept over Hindu Hostel fiasco

first_imgKolkata: Presidency University on Monday submitted a report to the state Higher Education department over the delay in Hindu hostel handover.It may be mentioned that the University failed to meet the November 15 deadline given by the state Higher Education department in this regard and Vice-Chancellor Anuradha Lohia sought another 15 days’ time for completing some work pertinent to the habitation of the students. It has been learnt that state Education minister Partha Chatterjee has expressed his dissatisfaction over the delay and has asked his department officials to find whether it is the university authorities or the agency deployed by the university is responsible for the delay. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”It has been three years since the renovation of the Hindu Hostel started. The students had waited patiently. It is not unusual that they are now restless with the deadline failures on more than one occasion,” a senior official of the state Higher Education department said. V-C Lohia on Friday had said the state Public Works Department (PWD) that is in-charge of the renovation of the hostel submitted a report stating that a little bit of work was still pending when it comes to the safety and security of the boarders. She also said the safety certificates from the state Fire and PWD departments are still pending as well. It may be mentioned that Hindu Hostel was closed for renovation in July 2015 and the boarders were provided with lodging facilities at Tarulia in New Town. The university has failed to meet deadlines on more than one occasion in case of Hindu Hostel handover. The students had resorted to agitation for a long period.last_img read more

Seafloor Maps Reveal Underwater Caves Slopes—and Fault Lines

first_imgThe mission is just one of many recently in which ocean scientists have deployed new seafloor mapping technology and advanced autonomous vehicles to uncover startling new information about the ocean bottom. There are discoveries like the underwater sea caves, deepwater coral formations off the East Coast, and new species of marine life clustered around hydrothermal vents spewing out methane and other chemicals from the Earth’s crust. The new mapping techniques are also revealing hazards like seafloor faults, volcanoes, or unstable underwater slopes that could generate deadly tsunamis near coastal cities. Larry Mayer is headed out this week on a ship to explore the Channel Islands off the Southern California coast. Well, he’s actually exploring seafloor formations near the islands, looking for evidence that ancient peoples might have camped out in the caves as they migrated south some 15,000 years ago, a time when the sea level was 600 feet lower than today.To do that, Mayer and a team led by famed Titantic explorer Robert Ballard will be using a new type of technology to provide three-dimensional imagery of the caves, a kind of acoustic camera. The device uses existing multibeam sonar technology—which helped oceanographers scan the seafloor for the past 30 years—with improved resolution, computer processing speeds, and visualization software in one off-the-shelf package.“This device can now give you a picture-like view made with sound,” says Mayer, director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire. “The idea is to look for places that look like a beach and a cliff but are underwater. If there are sea caves there, that’s where these people would inhabit.”The researchers have made several previous trips to these formations, but on this trip they will examine them in greater detail with the new acoustic camera mounted on a new drone surface ship. Once they find the caves, they will send down a remote-operated vehicle called Hercules that has a high-definition video camera and robotic arms to grab samples. Though the surface of Mars is some 34 million miles away, scientists know more about that planet’s surface than the bottom of Earth’s own oceans. Many marine scientists hope that might change in the next decade, mainly by using more robots and fewer human-staffed ships. “What you have to do is take the ship out of the equation,” says Carl Kaiser, program manager at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Running a large research vessel costs from $25,000 to $60,000 per day, and research cruises can last up to six weeks for mid-ocean expeditions.Kaiser and members of his team are developing a shore-launched autonomous vehicle that could survey deeper waters of the US exclusive economic zone, a region that stretches 200 miles from the shoreline, at a lower cost and greater resolution than ship-based surveys. Better mapping means more information about all kinds of strange environments, such as the methane seeps that attract sea life to deep plumes of minerals. “In 2013, there was a paper that found there was one naturally occurring methane seep on the US East Coast,” Kaiser says. “Today the number is north of 800, just because we have learned how to look for them and map them.”A commercial firm is taking autonomous ocean-mapping ships to another level. Louisiana-based L3 Technologies is designing a 100-foot, single-hulled, crewless ship, the C-Worker 30, that can cruise the ocean for two months at a time, at a speed of about seven knots. Powered by diesel engines, the C-Worker 30 will also be able to launch two helper surface ships to expand the size and resolution of the underwater map. The firm is pitching its project to the Pentagon and NOAA for ocean surveys at half the cost of a crewed ship, says Thomas Chance, vice president and general manager at L3 Technologies.Schmidt Ocean InstituteBy 2030, scientists hope to have a much more accurate seafloor map of the world’s oceans, says Eric King, operations manager for the R/V Falkor, a ship operated by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, a private, nonprofit foundation. “We still have ships going over waters that were surveyed by Captain Cook with a hand lead line,” says King. In Cook’s day, back in the 1770s, surveyors would toss a long rope overboard with a lead weight on the end to mark the depth of the seafloor.With new acoustic maps, shipping companies will also be able to avoid trouble spots, while researchers will know more about the habitats of endangered fish stocks as well as valuable minerals that lie on the seafloor.Yet even with robotic vehicles puttering through the oceans, humans will still need to go to sea to interpret the data their instruments are collecting. King leaves in August for a four-week cruise to explore a range of seven underwater seamounts between Hawaii and the Aleutians along with 44 other scientists and crew. Imagine sending that many people to Mars.More Great WIRED StoriesThis woman saved John McAfee from an epically bad dealMy search for a boyhood friend led to a dark discoveryInside the weird, booming, industry of online influenceThe quiet beauty of high-octane sports carsA new strategy for treating cancer, thanks to Darwin✨ Optimize your home life with our Gear team’s best picks, from robot vacuums to affordable mattresses to smart speakers.📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest storiescenter_img That’s what H. Gary Green and colleagues from the Canadian Geologic Service found during recent mapping of the Salish Sea, an inland waterway between the US mainland and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. They detected two active fault zones—one of them newly discovered—that could trigger rockfalls and slumps of sediment that might lead to tsunamis that could be directed toward the San Juan Islands and Bellingham, Washington.“You don’t want to scare the public, but it’s something that should be incorporated into any analysis for hazards,” says Greene, a marine geologist at the Moss Marine Laboratories in Moss Landing, California. Greene and colleagues explored the Salish Sea with multibeam sonar sensors attached to the bottom of the research ship and seismic sensors on a small torpedo-like instrument towed 100 feet off the seafloor. Their findings were reported in April at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America.last_img read more

Cat vs best and worst robot vacuum cleaners

first_imgIf you’ve flirted with the idea of buying a robot vacuum you may also have stepped back from the brink in unfolding horror at the alphabetic soup of branded discs popping into view. Consumer choice sounds like a great idea until you’ve tried to get a handle on the handle-less vacuum space.Amazon offers an A to Z linklist of “top brands” that’s only a handful of letters short of a full alphabetic set. The horror.What awaits the unseasoned robot vacuum buyer as they resign themselves to hours of online research to try to inform — or, well, form — a purchase decision is a seeming endless permutation of robot vac reviews and round-ups.Unfortunately there are just so many brands in play that all these reviews tend to act as fuel, feeding a growing black hole of indecision that sucks away at your precious spare time, demanding you spend more and more of it reading about robots that suck (when you could, let’s be frank, be getting on with the vacuuming task yourself) — only to come up for air each time even less convinced that buying a robot dirtbag is at all a good idea.Reader, I know, because I fell into this hole. And it was hellish. So in the spirit of trying to prevent anyone else falling prey to convenience-based indecision I am — apologies in advance — adding to the pile of existing literature about robot vacuums with a short comparative account that (hopefully) helps cut through some of the chaff to the dirt-pulling chase.Here’s the bottom line: Budget robot vacuums that lack navigational smarts are simply not worth your money, or indeed your time.Yes, that’s despite the fact they are still actually expensive vacuum cleaners.Basically these models entail overpaying for a vacuum cleaner that’s so poor you’ll still have to do most of the job yourself (i.e. with a non-robotic vacuum cleaner).It’s the very worst kind of badly applied robotics.Abandon hope of getting anything worth your money at the bottom end of the heap. I know this because, alas, I tried — opting, finally and foolishly (but, in my defence, at a point of near desperation after sifting so much virtual chaff the whole enterprise seemed to have gained lottery odds of success and I frankly just wanted my spare time back), for a model sold by a well-known local retailer.It was a budget option but I assumed — or, well, hoped — the retailer had done its homework and picked a better-than-average choice. Or at least something that, y’know, could suck dust.The brand in question (Rowenta) sat alongside the better known (and a bit more expensive) iRobot on the shop shelf. Surely that must count for something? I imagined wildly. Reader, that logic is a trap.I can’t comment on the comparative performance of iRobot’s bots, which I have not personally tested, but I do not hesitate to compare a €180 (~$200) Rowenta-branded robot vacuum to a very expensive cat toy.This robot vacuum was spectacularly successful at entertaining the cat — presumably on account of its dumb disposition, bouncing stupidly off of furniture owing to a total lack of navigational smarts. (Headbutting is a pretty big clue to how stupid a robot it is, as it’s never a stand-in for intelligence even when encountered in human form.)Even more tantalizingly, from the cat’s point of view, the bot featured two white and whisker-like side brushes that protrude and spin at paw-tempting distance. In short: Pure robotic catnip.The cat did not stop attacking the bot’s whiskers the whole time it was in operation. That certainly added to the obstacles getting in its way. But the more existential problem was it wasn’t sucking very much at all.At the end of its first concluded ‘clean’, after it somehow managed to lurch its way back to first bump and finally hump its charging hub, I extracted the bin and had to laugh at the modest sized furball within. I’ve found larger clumps of dust gathering themselves in corners. So: Full marks for cat-based entertainment but as a vacuum cleaner it was horrible.At this point I did what every sensible customer does when confronted with an abject lemon: Returned it for a full refund. And that, reader, might have been that for me and the cat and robot vacs. Who can be bothered to waste so much money and time for what appeared laughably incremental convenience? Even with a steady supply of cat fur to contend with.But as luck would have it a Roborock representative emailed to ask if I would like to review their latest top-of-the-range model — which, at €549, does clock in at the opposite end of the price scale; ~3x the pitiful Rowenta. So of course I jumped at the chance to give the category a second spin — to see if a smarter device could impress me and not just tickle the cat’s fancy.Clearly the price difference here, at the top vs the bottom of the range, is substantial. And yet, if you bought a car that was 3x times cheaper than a Ferrari you’d still expect not just that the wheels stay on but that it can actually get you somewhere, in good time and do so without making you horribly car sick.Turns out buyers of robot vacuums need to tread far more carefully.Here comes the bookending top-line conclusion: Robot vacuums are amazing. A modern convenience marvel. But — and it’s a big one — only if you’re willing to shell out serious cash to get a device that actually does the job intended.Roborock S6: It’s a beast at gobbling your furry friend’s danderComparing the Roborock S6 and the Rowenta Smart Force Essential Aqua RR6971WH (to give it its full and equally terrible name) is like comparing a high-end electric car with a wind-up kid’s toy.Where the latter product was so penny-pinching the company hadn’t even paid to include in the box a user manual that contained actual words — opting, we must assume, to save on translation costs by producing a comic packed with inscrutable graphics and bizarro don’t do diagrams which only served to cement the fast-cooling buyer’s conviction they’d been sold a total lemon — the Roborock’s box contains a well written paper manual that contains words and clearly labeled diagrams. What a luxury!At the same time there’s not really that much you need to grok to get your head around operating the Roborock. After a first pass to familiarize yourself with its various functions it’s delightfully easy to use. It will even produce periodic vocal updates — such as telling you it’s done cleaning and is going back to base. (Presumably in case you start to worry it’s gone astray under the bed. Or that quiet industry is a front for brewing robotic rebellion against indentured human servitude.)One button starts a full clean — and this does mean full thanks to on-board laser navigation that allows the bot to map the rooms in real-time. This means you get methodical passes, minimal headbutting and only occasional spots missed. (Another button will do a spot clean if the S6 does miss something or there’s a fresh spill that needs tidying — you just lift the bot to where you want it and hit the appropriate spot.)There is an app too, if you want to access extra features like being able to tell it to go clean a specific room, schedule cleans or set no-go zones. But, equally delightfully, there’s no absolute need to hook the bot to your wi-fi just to get it to do its primary job. All core features work without the faff of having to connect it to the Internet — nor indeed the worry of who might get access to your room-mapping data. From a privacy point of view this wi-fi-less app-free operation is a major plus.In a small apartment with hard flooring the only necessary prep is a quick check to clear stuff like charging cables and stray socks off the floor. You can of course park dining chairs on the table to offer the bot a cleaner sweep. Though I found the navigation pretty adept at circling chair legs. Sadly the unit is a little too tall to make it under the sofa.The S6 includes an integrated mopping function, which works incredibly well on lino-style hard flooring (but won’t be any use if you only have carpets). To mop you fill the water tank attachment; velcro-fix a dampened mop cloth to the bottom; and slide-clip the whole unit under the bot’s rear. Then you hit the go button and it’ll vacuum and mop in the same pass.In my small apartment the S6 had no trouble doing a full floor clean in under an hour, without needing to return to base to recharge in the middle. (Roborock says the S6 will drive for up to three hours on a single charge.)It also did not seem to get confused by relatively dark flooring in my apartment — which some reviews had suggested can cause headaches for robot vacuums by confusing their cliff sensors.After that first clean I popped the lid to check on the contents of the S6’s transparent lint bin — finding an impressive quantity of dusty fuzz neatly wadded therein. This was really just robot vacuum porn, though; the gleaming floors spoke for themselves on the quality of the clean.The level of dust gobbled by the S6 vs the Rowenta underlines the quality difference between the bottom and top end of the robot vacuum category.So where the latter’s plastic carapace immediately became a magnet for all the room dust it had kicked up but spectacularly failed to suck, the S6’s gleaming white shell has stayed remarkably lint-free, acquiring only a minimal smattering of cat hairs over several days of operation — while the floors it’s worked have been left visibly dust- and fur-free. (At least until the cat got to work dirtying them again.)Higher suction power, better brushes and a higher quality integrated filter appear to make all the difference. The S6 also does a much better cleaning job a lot more quietly. Roborock claims it’s 50% quieter than the prior model (the S5) and touts it as its quietest robot vacuum yet.It’s not super silent but is quiet enough when cleaning hard floors not to cause a major disturbance if you’re working or watching something in the same room. Though the novelty can certainly be distracting.Even the look of the S6 exudes robotic smarts — with its raised laser-housing bump resembling a glowing orange cylonic eye-slot.Although I was surprised, at first glance, by the single, rather feeble looking side brush vs the firm pair the Rowenta had fixed to its undercarriage. But again the S6’s tool is smartly applied — stepping up and down speed depending on what the bot’s tackling. I found it could miss the odd bit of lint or debris such as cat litter but when it did these specs stood out as the exception on an otherwise clean floor.It’s also true that the cat did stick its paw in again to try attacking the S6’s single spinning brush. But these attacks were fewer and a lot less fervent than vs the Rowenta, as if the bot’s more deliberate navigation commanded greater respect and/or a more considered ambush. So it appears that even to a feline eye the premium S6 looks a lot less like a dumb toy.Cat plots another ambush while the S6 works the floorOn a practical front, the S6’s lint bin has a capacity of 480ml. Roborock suggests cleaning it out weekly (assuming you’re using the bot every week), as well as washing the integrated dust filter (it supplies a spare in the box so you can switch one out to clean it and have enough time for it to fully dry before rotating it back into use).If you use the mopping function the supplied reusable mop cloths do need washing afterwards too (Roborock also includes a few disposable alternatives in the box but that seems a pretty wasteful option when it’s easy enough to stick a reusable cloth in with a load of laundry or give it a quick wash yourself). So if you’re chasing a fully automated, robot-powered, end-to-cleaning-chores dream be warned there’s still a little human elbow grease required to keep everything running smoothly.Still, there’s no doubt a top-of-the-range robot vacuum like the S6 will save you time cleaning.If you can justify the not inconsiderable cost involved in buying this extra time by shelling out for a premium robot vacuum that’s smart enough to clean effectively all that’s left to figure out is how to spend your time windfall wisely — resisting the temptation to just put your feet up and watch the clever little robot at work.last_img read more

iPad Pro Discounts Are Back on Amazon and You Can Save up

first_imgApple is reportedly in the midst of launching new iPad models this year, but before the company does that, it is refreshing to see that the company’s most powerful slates from last year have received an attractive discount at Amazon. Yes, we’re talking about the 11-inch and 12.9-inch 2018 iPad Pro lineup and you can get them for up to a whopping $250 discount. The cheapest model you can get right now is the 64GB 11-inch iPad Pro, which doesn’t support cellular connectivity and can be yours for $649.99.This makes the slate cheaper than the newly launched Galaxy Tab S6, and significantly faster thanks to Apple’s silicon engineering prowess in making the A12X Bionic. The SoC is on par with most MacBook Pro models from 2018 in benchmarking scores, so when it comes to performance, you can rest assure the iPad Pro means business. The current-generation iPad Pro range also comes with thinner bezels and with no home button, but you get Face ID, which can unlock the device in any orientation.Also, thanks to Apple’s iPadOS, which is officially launching later this year, the iPad Pro lineup is expected to come one step closer towards replacing your notebook, but in terms of what you’re doing on Apple’s tablet, that is a subjective overview and your impressions and the type of work you do will vary significantly. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is also part of the discount, and if you want more screen real estate, this is the variant you should opt for.As for which model will give you that significant $250 discount; it is the 1TB + Wi-Fi only model of the 11-inch iPad Pro. We’ve also selected which models you might give a look base on their pricing below, so take your time and then make a purchasing decision, but don’t take too long, because there’s no telling when the stock will last.11-inch iPad Pro 64GB + Wi-Fi only is for $649.99 ($150 off)11-inch iPad Pro 1TB + Wi-Fi is for $1,299.99 ($250 off)11-inch iPad Pro 1TB, Wi-Fi + Cellular is for $1,563 ($136 off)12.9-inch iPad Pro 64GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular is for $999 ($150 off)12.9-inch iPad Pro 256GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular is for $1,099 ($200 off) Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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first_imgMarch 26, 2009 – Merge Healthcare has added Fusion Hosted RIS/PACS and Fusion Hosted PACS solutions to its portfolio of managed services. These new “software as a service” solutions are designed to provide a cost-effective alternative for healthcare organizations seeking to create a more efficient digital environment for patient images and information. A pay-per-study model provides affordable and easy access to the newest releases of Merge Healthcare’s prominent digital imaging software solutions with minimal on-site IT management of the system, according to the company.“Merge’s Hosted RIS/PACS solution was by far the most flexible system in terms of integration with our custom enterprise system, and in method of payment,” said John Marion, president and CFO of Healthy Life Screening in Akron, OH. “Not only do we have access to a truly integrated RIS/PACS, we have storage and recovery covered too – all three elements that are essential to our immediate needs and our needs as they pertain to the future of healthcare.” Marion adds, “Having eliminated our manual processes, we’ve already seen direct cost savings in terms of faster turnarounds and in the accuracy of information retained within each patient record.”These HIPPA-compliant platforms store digital images and associated patient information on a secure, off-site server; and are accessible at any time from any hosted network computer. Merge Healthcare’s imaging-focused IT specialists provide the implementation and 24/7 support of the Hosted RIS/PACS and PACS solutions, using proprietary technology for remote management of many tasks. An automatic failover and recovery option is also available to ensure continual uptime and workflow productivity.For more information: www.merge.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Technology | March 26, 2009 Merge Healthcare Releases Pay-Per-Study PACS, RIS/PACS Related Content 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 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 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 | 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 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 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | 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 | 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 last_img read more

The new W Costa Rica has a draft beer tap in every

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted by RESERVA CONCHAL — The W Costa Rica, the first W hotel in the country, is now open.W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, Inc. says the new property is the second W hotel to open in Central America this year following W Panama. It’s also the newest ‘W Escape’, which the company says is its spin on the traditional resort experience.The new W Costa Rica is located within a 2,300-acre nature reserve minutes from surf haven Tamarindo. Nearby Playa Flamingo offers horseback riding, ATV and catamaran rides as well as fishing, snorkeling and jungle exploration.In a W first, all 150 rooms at W Costa Rica comes outfitted with an in-room draft beer tap filled with local brew. Cold cervezas can be enjoyed outside, as each in-room bar extends onto an outdoor patio, connecting guests to nature.Meanwhile the Tree House Suites at W Costa Rica are nestled into the mangroves, engulfing guests in the natural elements of the destination.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureThe Extreme WOW Suite (the brand’s take on the traditional Presidential Suite) features an expansive bar, fully-stocked library and entertainment kiosk. The suite’s large, private wrap-around deck has amazing views, says the company, as well as a private pool and a marble surfboard which serves as a unique dining table. The oversized bed is shaped like a cloud and is positioned to offer guests a view of the suite’s private pool and the sparkling ocean beyond. The Extreme WOW Suite can also open completely to the deck, creating an indoor-outdoor space.Also at W Costa Rica, the Zona Azul Beach Club is the brand’s first on-site beach club located on one of the country’s rare white sand beaches, Playa Conchal. W Costa Rica is also planning to install a zip line right from the hilltop WET Deck (the W pool) to the surf side beach club: “Guests can take the 10-minute stroll down to the shore, or opt in for a one-way ticket down to Zona Azul Beach Club.”More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsThere are also new dining and bar venues including the AWAY Spa Bar, the first full-service bar located inside an AWAY Spa, the brand’s signature spa concept.W Costa Rica also offers more than 950 square metres of flexible event space. The new W Costa Rica has a draft beer tap in every roomcenter_img Thursday, December 6, 2018 Share Tags: Costa Rica, Marriott International, W hotelslast_img read more