Province Forecasting Lower Surplus By Yearend

first_imgThe province is forecasting a slim budget surplus for 2006-2007, as higher expenses for government pensions and labour settlements in the health care sector put pressure on the budget. The province’s second budget forecast update this year shows $3.3 million remaining in the unallocated surplus — the amount available to cover spending and revenue pressures for the rest of the year. The total surplus of $64.7 million — $8.88 million down from the $73.5 million budgeted — includes $57.4 million legislated for debt reduction, and a $4-million debt-reduction contingency. “The province continues to perform well overall,” said Finance Minister Michael Baker. “However, with a razor thin surplus, we will be taking a very prudent approach to managing our budget risks in the last quarter of the year. We must keep our expenses in line.” Total revenues are forecast to rise slightly, to $6.928 billion, including net income from government business enterprises of $340.3 million. Total expenses will go up $11.8 million to $6.917 billion, as higher program and pension expenses are offset by savings in debt servicing costs. Net program spending is forecast to increase by $21.3 million over the original budget, primarily because of an additional $23.7 million to cover the recent contract settlement with acute-care health-care workers. Costs related to government pension plans are also expected to rise, with a negative variance in the pension valuation adjustment of $35.8 million. The higher expenses are offset by a $45.3-million decrease in net debt servicing costs, to $830.9 million. The Department of Finance has revised its calculation for sinking fund interest earnings, and taken advantage of favourable market conditions for the refinancing of government debt. Net revenues, excluding government business enterprises, were down $900,000, with a number of significant changes in revenue categories. Nova Scotia’s own-source revenues are forecast to drop $12.5 million, with federal revenues $11.6 million higher than budget. Provincial and federal income tax revenues are forecast to be higher, offset by lower revenues for petroleum royalties and tobacco taxes. Mr. Baker said higher pension expenses are a significant risk for the last quarter, when new benefit and premium estimates are expected. Nova Scotia may also be hurt by income tax changes potentially coming forward in the federal spring budget. Details have not yet been announced. Nova Scotia’s real Gross Domestic Product for 2006 is forecast to be 2 per cent, down from 2.5 per cent in the budget. This is because of slowing economic growth in Canada and the United States. Mr. Baker said government departments will be asked to defer, or eliminate, non-essential spending to ensure that the province ends the year with the surplus required by the Provincial Finance Act.last_img read more

Nick jiju is very generous Parineeti

first_imgMumbai: Actress Parineeti Chopra feels American pop-singer Nick Jonas, her brother-in-law, was well prepared for his Indian wedding ceremony with her sister, actress Priyanka Chopra. Parineeti says she got lots of money “in dollars and rupees” as well as diamond rings in the ‘joota chupai’ ceremony. Priyanka and Nick got married in India in December last year. The couple had three-day wedding festivities at Jodhpur’s royal Umaid Bhawan Palace, where they exchanged wedding vows as per both Christian and Hindu rituals in two separate ceremonies. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography ‘Joota chupai’ is a tradition wherein the sister-in-law hides the shoes of the groom and then asks for money or gift in return. Parineeti opened up about the wedding when she appeared on “BFFs with Vogue – Season 3” along with Sania Mirza. The show is aired on Colors Infinity, read a statement. During the signature BFFs game round �Say It Or Strip It’, Parineeti revealed how much she got for hiding Nick’s shoes for the ‘joota chupai’. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “I got a lot of money, I got dollars and rupees, in lakhs and we also got diamond rings. We also got bags, we got a lot of stuff. He was very generous,” Parineeti said. “He was actually more prepared than all of us. So I thought I was the smart one and I was going to go and do this ‘rasam’ (ceremony) and take only cash from him. They were more than ready because when the time came, he literally just signalled to someone and all of us cousins looked at the back, and there was this guy with a giant tray full of diamond rings and all of us got diamond rings and the bridesmaids got a lot of gifts. “So I am proud to show off that Nick jiju is very generous,” she added. When host and actress Neha Dhupia asked Parineeti about some ‘bridezilla’ moments from the wedding, she said: “We honestly thought of it before the wedding happened but actually not at all. “She (Priyanka) was just so happy and in fact she was so excited like she was that bride who, when the baraat came she wanted to get ready early so that she can run and see the baraat in a filmy style. She was really happy. So no, bridezilla moment, not at all.” During the �Platter Of Punishment’ game round, Neha asked Parineeti to choose between Nick as a singer or a brother-in-law, she picked him as a brother-in-law. “Nick Jonas, the brother-in-law. He is the best, I love him,” the actress said. Opening up about the Priyanka’s bachelorette party in Amsterdam, the actress said: “I just want to say Sophie (Turner) has all the videos and she has still not sent them to me and I am glad because if somebody looks at my phone…” Then Neha intervened and said: “Basically what happens in Amsterdam stays in Amsterdam.” Parineeti concurred, and said: “I think we did Amsterdam the way Amsterdam should have been done. I am just going to leave it at it.”last_img read more

OIL signs contract for 12 oil blocks Vedanta 10 ONGC 8

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned ONGC and Oil India Ltd alongside private sector Vedanta Ltd on Tuesday walked away with almost all of the oil blocks auctioned in the latest licensing round as part of the government’s effort to raise domestic production. The winners of Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP) Round II and III, which closed earlier this year, signed exploration and production contracts with the government at a function here on Tuesday.Speaking on the occasion, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that more production of oil and gas is a priority of the Modi-2.0 government as it looks to meet its rising energy demand of fast growing economy. “There is possibility of $1 billion in OALP-II and III,” he said. Oil India Ltd signed up for the 12 out of 32 oil and gas exploration blocks it won in the twin rounds that ran parallelly because OALP-II was delayed. Vedanta Ltd walked away with 10 and Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) got eight blocks. Reliance Industries and its British partner BP Plc signed a contract for the sole KG basin gas they had bid, while Indian Oil Corp (IOC) too got one block. Reliance-BP combine outbid ONGC in one Krishna Godavari basin block in the Bay of Bengal. This is an area that ONGC had previously relinquished and is said to hold natural gas prospects. According to the DGH, OIL won six out of the 14 blocks on offer in OALP-II while Vedanta walked away with five. ONGC, Reliance-BP and IOC won one block each. Speaking on the development, Vedanta Resources Ltd Executive Chairman Anil Agarwal said, “We congratulate the Government for the successful completion of three rounds of auctions under OALP. The progressive vision of this Government has been key to developing the hydrocarbons industry in India, and we appreciate the faith they have reposed in us. With the sizable and diversified portfolio of the blocks, Cairn will step up its efforts to produce 50 per cent of India’s domestic crude oil. We believe in the hydrocarbons potential of India and this is a huge enabler to lead the nation towards energy security.” OIL CMD Utpal Bora informed that the strategy of the company is to consolidate its position as the leading operator in the North-East and carry out exploration in Category II & III basins in line with the Government of India’s vision to intensify exploration in Indian sedimentary basins and increase domestic oil and gas production. In OALP-III, ONGC won seven blocks while OIL got six and Vedanta the remaining five. Bidding for 14 blocks on offer in the OALP round-II and another18 oil and gas blocks as well as five coal-bed methane (CBM) blocks on offer in OALP-III closed on May 15. No bid was received for any of the CBM blocks. Reliance-BP had made their first bid in eight years when they sought an area that previously was held by ONGC, sources said. When the government in July 2017 allowed companies to carve out blocks of their choice with a view to bringing about 2.8 million sq km of unexplored area in the country under exploration, Reliance-BP sought the KG area containing the discoveries.last_img read more

Shahid teases rebellious avatar in Kabir Singh

first_imgMumbai: He drinks, he smokes, he swears. Shahid Kapoor on Monday teased his “rebel with a cause” avatar in “Kabir Singh”, a Bollywood remake of Telugu film “Arjun Reddy”. “Kabir Singh” is written and directed by Sandeep Vanga. It is a remake of his own directorial Telugu film “Arjun Reddy”. “I’m not a rebel without a cause. This is me. Kabir Singh,” Shahid tweeted with a link to the power-packed teaser. Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, who directed the original movie, “Kabir Singh” is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar and Ashwin Varde. It is releasing on June 21. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Shahid aces the rugged, rough and aggressive look as a doctor with anger management issues. He packs a punch when he swears in Hindi, adds water to a whiskey bottle directly from a tank and raises his middle finger. The “Udta Punjab” actor is also seen snorting drugs in the teaser. Actress Kiara Advani appears only at the end of the teaser, when Shahid plants a kiss on her cheek, and says, “Kisi ne nahi dekha (Nobody saw it).”last_img read more

Shoppers find deals at Sears Canada liquidation sales underwhelming

TORONTO — Sears Canada began its liquidation sales at its remaining stores across the country Thursday, but many shoppers found the deals to be underwhelming.While signs suggested discounts of 20 to 50 per cent off — with a note that exceptions apply — relatively few items at a Toronto store appeared to be offered at half off. Some big ticket items such as snowblowers and treadmills were only 10 per cent off.“For a close-out deal, I would have thought the sale would be a bit higher. And maybe it will be, as closing time approaches. And maybe by that time everything will be gone!” said 86-year-old Madeline Cameron, who said she had been shopping at Sears for 60 or 70 years.After looking at the dozens of shoppers braving long, slow check-out lines she decided to leave without buying anything.“I can’t stand in lineups for a long time … I might come early tomorrow morning. I’d say the lineups are maybe half an hour, an hour long.”A joint-venture group — which includes Hilco Global, Gordon Brothers Canada, Tiger Capital Group and Great American Group — is running the liquidation sales at 74 remaining department stores and eight Home stores, a step towards Sears Canada closing its doors for good after 65 years in business.Sears Canada gift cards will be honoured throughout the sale, but the company stopped honouring extended warranties as of Wednesday.“It’s rather sad. Sears could always be counted on to be a good competitor, and certainly I think the Kenmore brand is very reliable, and has been a staple in the Canadian market. It’s going to be a loss,” said shopper Karen Ottmann.At the Toronto Fairview Mall location, the appliance department was among the busiest, with many shoppers picking up vaccuums, microwaves, blenders and other kitchen equipment.Some shoppers, like stay-at-home mom Elana Iordan, were happy to get a head start on Christmas shopping. But many, Iordan included, expressed regret about the company’s imminent closure.“We always came at Christmas. It was affordable,” Iordan said, noting there aren’t any similar stores in locations convenient for her. “We don’t have anything around us anymore.”Another shopper, Joan Challis, said she was angry at the way the closure has been handled by the company’s management.“It’s nasty, what happened here … I’m not happy about it. Neighbours of mine have extended warranties on appliances, so that’s going to hurt them,” she said.“The employees and the public, they’re all going to lose out. But head office, management, they’re not going to lose out, I don’t think. I think they’ll end out coming out fairly clean.”Liquidation sales at 49 Sears Hometown stores were expected to start Thursday, or sometime soon, but discounts there will vary, according to Sears Canada spokesman Joel Shaffer.Some items are also listed for clearance on the Sears Canada website, including a four-piece outdoor furniture set discounted from $499.99 to $299.95. However, not everything online has been marked down just yet.The sales are expected to last between 10 to 14 weeks. Sears Canada timed its liquidation sales to take advantage of the busy holiday shopping season to maximize the value it could attain for the inventory.The retailer has been in creditor protection since June, but was unable to find a buyer which would allow it to keep operating.Sears Canada received court approval to proceed with its liquidation sales last week. A group led by its executive chairman Brandon Stranzl had been in weeks-long discussions with Sears Canada to purchase the retailer and continue to operate it. However, no deal was reached.Stranzl resigned from Sears Canada’s board of directors on Monday. read more

Work resumes on UN treaty to protect rights of persons with disabilities

Opening the sixth session of the UN General Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral Convention to Promote and Protect the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, Chairman Don MacKay, of New Zealand, said the panel’s work, “one of the most worth exercises before the United nations at this time,” would clearly have a huge impact on many lives.Recalling the progress made in the Committee’s past five sessions, he noted that the convention was long, running some 30 draft articles. Moving a convention of that size along would require a huge commitment by all. It was necessary to apply pressure to quicken the pace in order to enable the Committee to complete its work as soon as possible.“Every year without a completed convention is another year lost without implementation, and another year in which colleagues with disabilities do not have a convention enshrining their rights,” said Mr. MacKay.During its two-week session, the Committee will conduct a second reading of articles 15 to 24, which address issues such as children with disabilities, education, accessibility and personal mobility. Those articles also cover the rights to health and rehabilitation, the right to work, social security and adequate standards of living, and participation in political and public life, cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport.A major aspect of the drafting of the Convention is the participation of disability non-governmental organizations and national human rights institutions from around the world. Some 500 representatives of disability organizations are expected to attend the session. read more

Suncors bid likely to be rejected

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. is fighting back against a hostile takeover bid by Suncor.The board of directors is recommending its shareholders reject the Suncor offer which they call undervalued, opportunistic, and exploitive.In a letter to shareholders the board outlines 15 reasons why the offer falls short, saying Suncor doesn’t account for cost superior leverage to oil prices, and that the bid doesn’t reflect any possible increase in oil prices.The letter also states the board and management won’t tender to the Suncor bid, nor will major shareholders.To reject the Suncor bid, they say shareholders should simply take no action. Suncor’s bid likely to be rejected by audreywhelan Posted Oct 19, 2015 7:13 am MDT

Ban urges dialogue to ease tensions ahead of constitutional referendum in Republic

A statement released yesterday evening by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson stressed his concerns about tensions between the Congo Government and the opposition ahead of the 25 October referendum. “Reports of recent violence are particularly worrying,” noted the statement.“The Secretary-General encourages all stakeholders to choose the path of inclusive political dialogue ahead of the referendum, and to resolve peacefully any dispute that may arise from this exercise,” the statement said. The UN chief in the statement also called on the authorities in the Republic of Congo to safeguard the right to peaceful demonstration.

Pots for EHF Champions League L16 completed Draw streamed live on ehfTVcom

← Previous Story EHF CL: Metalurg “sinks” Bjerringbro-Silkeborg, Fuchse Berlin better than Pick Szeged Next Story → Vote for the EHF CL Preliminary Round “ALL STAR TEAM”! ademarAdemar LeonatleticoBarcelonabjerringbroCeljechampions leaguechekhovskidinamoDinamo MinskEHFehftvFlensburgFuchse BerlinGorenjeHamburgKielKielcemetalurgPick SzegedveszpremVienna Here are the pots at the upcoming draw of the Last 16 phase of the EHF Champions League. The draw will take place on Tuesday 26th of February, at 12:30 local time, in Vienna. All handball fans will have the opportunity to follow the draw live on ehfTV.com free of charge. Pot 1 will play against teams from Pot 4, while Pot 2 teams will meet Pot 3 teams. Teams that already played in the same group in the group stage will not be able to meet again in the L16 phase.Pot 1:HSV Hamburg (GER)MKB Veszprém KC (HUN)Vive Targi Kielce (POL)FC Barcelona Intersport (ESP)Pot 2:SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)THW Kiel (GER)Metalurg Skopje (MKD)Füchse Berlin (GER)Pot 3:Chekhovski Medvedi (RUS)Atlético Madrid (ESP)Gorenje Velenje (SLO)Dinamo Minsk (BLR)Pot 4:Reale Ademar León (ESP)Celje Pivovarna Laško (SLO)Bjerringbro-Silkeborg (DEN)Pick Szeged (HUN) read more

GEEK PICK BioShock Big Daddy Plush

first_imgIn BioShock, Big Daddies are hulking armored genetically modified bodyguards for Little Sisters, genetically modified girls who harvest powerful genetic material for the genetically modified underwater citizens of Rapture. There’s a real theme there. Big Daddies are the toughest, scariest enemies in the game. They’ll leave you alone if you don’t bother them, but try to free (or harvest) a Little Sister and they’ll drill right through you.This Big Daddy plush isn’t quite as scary, but at 17 inches it is big. It’s meant to resemble the Big Daddy dolls Little Sisters carry around with them for comfort. It’s “Mr. Bubbles” with his silly helmet and floppy pointy arm. Divorced from the original context it is cute. And with the original context it is darkly hilarious to play around with a soft squishy toy version of a monster that would give you nightmares otherwise.The existence of a new BioShock is still just a rumor. It didn’t show up at this E3 so it may be a year or more away from announcement. And it may not even feature Big Daddies. It could be set in some radical centrist wonderland in the middle of the Grand Canyon. But BioShock and Big Daddies will always go hand in hand like Little Sisters and Big Daddies. So take this BioShock Big Daddy Plush in your hand.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Over a decade ago BioShock became one of the defining games of that generation. It was a first-person shooter with claustrophobic, almost survival-horror gunplay as well as body horror abilities like shooting fire or bees out of your hands. But beyond that, it told a thoughtful gaming story about choices and how building a giant city underwater was an idea so stupid only an objectivist could have come up with it.Since then BioShock became an iconic modern gaming franchise, even if the public’s thoughts on the sequels BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite have become more mixed. We haven’t heard much from BioShock in years, after a canceled PlayStation Vita project. But rumors suggest the franchise should be resurfacing soon. In the meantime, revisit Rapture with this BioShock Big Daddy plush ($40).center_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

France not favourites for World Cup

first_imgTottenham goalkeeper and France captain Hugo Lloris believes his side are not the favourites to lift the trophy next Sunday.France beat Uruguay 2-0 on Friday after goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann to secure their place in the semi-finals against Belgium.Lloris added that his team must perform better if they are to defeat the Red Devil according to Daily Mail via Sportsmole.“I don’t think so,” the stopper said when asked if his side are favourites.“A nation like Brazil with all its talent and history has to be the favourites and if Belgium beat them then that fact will make them favourites.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“To win the semi-final we need to play at a better level than we did against Uruguay. We will be up against a great Belgium team with fantastic players.“It will be a big, big fight and I hope we are ready for it.”France looks to grab a spot in the final of a second successive major tournament following their appearance against Portugal in the final of Euro 2016.last_img read more

Jeep overturns on Main St onramp

first_imgA one-car rollover on Main Street in Vancouver early Wednesday morning blocked the onramp to northbound Interstate 5 temporarily, officials said.About 5:50 a.m. Wednesday, Nathan J. Vaughn, 20, of Vancouver was driving a 1999 Jeep Cherokee north on Main toward I-5 when he lost control on a curve and hit a barrier on the right shoulder, according to a bulletin from the Washington State Patrol.The Jeep overturned onto its top.Vaughn was not reported injured, but was taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center for observation, the bulletin said. He was no longer at the hospital Wednesday evening, an employee said.The crash was caused by excessive speed and a trooper sent his report to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, asking officials to consider charging Vaughn with DUI, the bulletin said.last_img

Genting Singapore diligently preparing for Japan IR bid

first_imgGenting Singapore is “diligently preparing” to bid for a Japan casino license in 2018, with the company stating it was optimistic that the bidding process would begin this year following anticipated passage of the IR Implementation Bill.Outlining the group’s future prospects in its 2017 Annual Report, which include upgrades to Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore and Resorts World Genting in Malaysia, parent company Genting Berhad pointed to Japan as a key focus in 2018, stating that, “Genting Singapore continues to be engaged in this significant business opportunity and Genting Singapore’s management is diligently preparing for the eventual bidding process. Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Load More “Many global gaming operators have pronounced their very keen interest to bid, and Genting Singapore will be facing fierce competition for the limited number of licenses.”The company added that it was “optimistic that the Japan Integrated Resort Execution Bill will be tabled in this year’s Diet session which will pave the way for the formal bidding process for Japan gaming license.”Genting Singapore has made no secret of its Japan ambitions, having sold off its stake in Korean integrated resort Jeju Shinhwa World in early 2017 to focus on Japan instead. It also established a Japan office and in October raised ¥20 billion in a maiden Japanese yen-denominated Samurai bond in anticipation of its proposed bid.“The funds are earmarked to support corporate activities in Japan including preparatory works in anticipation of the passage of the Japan Integrated Resort Execution Bill and bidding for gaming licenses in Japan,” Genting Singapore said.Genting Berhad also provided an update on progress of its US$4 billion Resorts World Las Vegas project, stating it has awarded over US$600 million in construction contracts and is continuing to work closely with local authorities, contractors and suppliers with the aim of opening the resort attractions and facilities by the end of 2020.Genting Berhad generated revenue of RM20 billion in 2017, a 9% increase over 2016 numbers, with revenue from its Leisure & Hospitality Division growing 7%. Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move RelatedPosts Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IRlast_img read more

Sigur Ros Tip Summers 20th Anniversary Reissue Of A Good Beginning

first_imgThe album ‘Ágætis Byrjun,’ meaning “a good beginning,” elevated the Icelandic rockers to international attentionPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 28, 2019 – 11:48 am On June 12, 1999, experimental rockers from Iceland Sigur Ros released their critically acclaimed second album Ágætis Byrjun, meaning “a good beginning.” On March 28, 2019 the band announced the album’s massive 7-LP 20th anniversary reissue, due on June 21, including demos, rarities, a 1999 live concert recording from Reykjavik’s opera house Islenska Operan, and an 84-page hardbound book accompanying the collection.Sigur Ros’ follow-up third album, Untitled, was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 46th GRAMMY Awards. Their most recent release is 2013’s Kveikur. Since then Sigur Ros attended King Joffrey’s wedding in season 4 of “Game Of Thrones,” providing their own cover of “The Rains Of Castamere,” and they have been breaking into augmented reality in their Magic Leap collaboration “Tonandi.” On April 13–28 in Taiwan, the band’s music will be featured in choreographer Cheng Tsung-lung’s world premier dance piece “22° Lunar Halo.” Sigur Ros Tip Summer’s 20th Anniversary Reissue Of ‘A Good Beginning’ Read more Sigur Ros’ Summer Reissue Of ‘A Good Beginning’ sigur-ros-tip-summers-20th-anniversary-reissue-good-beginning Twitter Email center_img News Facebook In addition to the 7-LP box set of Ágætis Byrjun — A Good Beginning — 20th Anniversary Edition, the collection will also be available on four compact discs or as a double-LP with the additional material available for download. Pre-orders are now on sale at Sigur Ros’ website.Thom Yorke Takes His Artistic Solo Catalog On Tour https://twitter.com/sigurros/status/1111277562054017024last_img read more

Alaska Territorial Guard Wall of Honor Dedicated in Bethel

first_imgThe Alaska Territorial Guard Memorial Park Wall of Honor was dedicated August 1, 2014. (Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK)Volunteers working at Bethel’s Alaska Territorial Guard Memorial Park are one step closer to completion. On Friday afternoon, local organizers and state military leadership dedicated the recently completed ‘Wall of Honor.’Download AudioThe wall lists the names of 1-thousand, 435 members of the Territorial Guard who served from 31 Yukon Kuskokwim Delta villages. Buck Bukowski is a member of the ATG Park Committee and says the recognition is overdue.“They were unpaid, all they got a rifle they had to turn back in when they were done, and no recognition until just a few years ago when most of them were already dead,” said Bukowski.The Alaska Territorial Guard was formed in 1942 in response to the attack in Hawaii and occupation of some Aleutian islands. Members supplied all of their own gear and food, with no pay. Over 6,000 largely Alaska Natives members served the country until the ATG disbanded in 1947.Major General Thomas Katkus is Commissioner of Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Adjutant General in charge of the Guard in Alaska. He says today’s military stands on the shoulders of those who came before.“Those guys were here in a threatened environment, you look at the technology in those days before cell phones, before internet before the ability to communicate as quickly and rapidly as we do today. They stood there with an unknown threat coming and banded together, and basically were prepared to defend their communities,” said Katkus.Organizers say there is work to be done on a 2-thousand foot walking trail on the tundra, plus more landscaping and potentially a gazebo to cover a picnic area. A tall bronze statue of a guard remember in a parka watches over the wall and veterans cemetery. The park includes large garden boxes and flags for each community.Committee Co-chair Dave Trantham says the group is trying to get an old artillery gun for the site. He told a story about how the guard tricked Japanese spy planes.“They cut driftwood and stuck it in the mud to represent an artillery pieces. I want to ask one question if may. Did the Japanese invade this part of the county? Uh uh,” said Trantham.The state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs contributed 140-thosuand dollars for the project, while local companies and organizations donated many thousands more in materials and work. General Katkus says Bethel’s park stands out in the state.“They capitalize with the good ideas, they get the community behind a very small amount of resourcing and together come up with a project that that is greater as a whole than the sum of the resources sent out here. It’s just incredible what they’ve been able to do with it,” said Katkus.The Alaska Territorial Guard Park is located on Tower Road near the airport. Organizers say it’s scheduled to be done in time for Pearl Harbor Day.last_img read more

Scientists turn to fireflies to improve OLED efficiency

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The scientists, led by Ki-Hun Jeong at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), have published a paper on the firefly-inspired OLEDs in a recent issue of Nano Letters.”This work reports the first observation of hierarchical structures, i.e., inclined microstructures with nanostructures existing on the cuticular ultrastructures of a firefly’s lantern,” Jeong told Phys.org. “Based on our large-scale photonic calculation, it was clearly revealed that the function of asymmetric and hierarchical structures substantially contributes to the efficient extraction and wide angular illumination of bioluminescent light that would otherwise be entrapped in the firefly lantern. The knowledge learned from firefly lanterns has been successfully utilized for next-generation OLEDs.”The work builds on previous research (some by the same authors) that has shown that firefly cuticles have nanostructures that improve light transmission. The cuticles also have tiny structures that increase light extraction (the amount of light that actually exits the animal) by reducing internal reflection. The problem of internal reflection is one of the biggest challenges facing LEDs, where often more than half of the light produced is reflected back into the device rather than being emitted. Scientists have already mimicked these nano- and microstructures in LED design to improve light transmission and extraction.In the new study, the researchers have discovered that the asymmetric and hierarchical nature of the cuticle structures also plays a key role in the firefly’s light-emitting ability. The researchers created precise molds of these structures to use as the optical layer of an OLED. Consequently, the same features that help fireflies communicate their courtship signals have turned out to also contribute to improving advanced lighting and display applications. “Our breakthrough technology is the large-scale fabrication of inclined microstructures and highly ordered nanostructures on each inclined microstructure,” Jeong said. “We strongly believe that these biologically inspired OLEDs open a new paradigm for engineering biomimetics for lighting applications.”The firefly light may become a commercial reality in the near future.”We are looking for an industrial OLED partner who is interested in commercializing our novel idea, and we will also continue to work on biologically inspired photonics for engineering applications,” Jeong said. Citation: Scientists turn to fireflies to improve OLED efficiency (2016, April 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-scientists-fireflies-oled-efficiency.html © 2016 Phys.org The biologically inspired OLED is patterned with hierarchical structures very similar to those on a firefly. Credit: Kim, et al. ©2016 American Chemical Societycenter_img More information: Jae-Jun Kim, et al. “Biologically Inspired Organic Light-Emitting Diodes.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b05183 Journal information: Nano Letters (Phys.org)—Many insects, birds, fish, and amphibians emit light as a way to communicate with each other, but the species that produces light most efficiently is the firefly. In a new study, researchers have investigated the optical properties of the firefly’s light-emitting cuticle, which is not smooth like most human-made lights, but instead is patterned with tiny hierarchical structures. Inspired by these features, the researchers replicated the patterns to create a bioinspired organic light-emitting diode (OLED), resulting in a 60% increase in the light extraction efficiency and 15% wider angle of illumination. Fireflies give Korean team bright idea for LED lightinglast_img read more

Capital celebrates North east hues

first_imgThe North East Festival in Delhi which is on full swing seems to have one thought in mind. The icons of the event wanted people from North East to assimilate themselves with the rest of India. And while that would help the country recognise the contributions of the states it would also help the NE states contribute to the development of the country with greater ease.The second day of the festival had MC Mary Kom, Brand Ambassador for North East Festival and Olympian Boxer, Adil Hussain Brand, Brand Ambassador for North East Festival and celebrated Bollywood Actor along with other delegates sharing their views, beliefs to the audience. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’During an autumn of focus on North East India, Delhi has witnessed several specific small windows to the region, North East Festival 2013, has been the most successful in creating bridges with the complete North East India and people of the Capital and vice-versa.In a two day carnival which was held in New Delhi on 8 and 9 November at the IGNCA celebrated and showcased not only the cultural & traditional past, present and future of the region but also created awareness about the region and showcase its prospects and potentials. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix MC Mary Kom shared her difficulties while she scaled the heights of success. She said that nobody in the family or friends wanted her to be in Boxing, but discipline, will-power, hard work and persistence was there in her and she took the sport as a challenge hence she was able to succeed. She said ‘some of my dreams have come true but not yet fulfilled completely.’Adil Hussain was of the view that a person should be happy in whatever he or she is doing and the parents should be guided by their children rather than guiding them.  He further said, ‘One should choose their profession according to their choices and remain focused on it, they should love what they do and do all the hard work and success will follow you.’ North East Festival was inaugurated by Montek Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Paban Singh Ghatowar, Union Minister of DoNER and Krishna Tirath, Minister of State, Ministry of Women and Child Development four Chief Ministers, all the Chief Secretaries of NER States. The two-day event had dance performances, fashion shows, craft and clothes stalls and some great restaurants putting up stalls that dished out authentic North East fare. Mary Kom walked the ramp, as a show stopper in a tank top and bright colourful skirt donning north eastern jewelry for fashion designer Yana Nagoba, Dhiraj Deka and Garima Saikia Garg. the designers showcased their work under North East theme. The jewelry surely caught our eyes as she was wearing a feathery bracelet with cowrie shells, colorful beads in her neck and similar beads covering her garment.last_img read more

Arvind Kejriwal alleges conspiracy to defame candidates

first_imgTerming it as a “desperate attempt” by the opposition, the AAP chief claimed that such attempts were made in the past as well.”Last yr, farzi (fake) stings were shown against 6 of our candidates a few days before elections to defame us (sic),” Kejriwal said in a series of tweets.He expressed apprehension that “similar conspiracies” are being planned to malign the party before the upcoming elections.”A senior leader, famous 4 planting stories, has hatched conspiracy against some AAP candidates n they will plant farzi stories in media (sic),” he said.Kejriwal also said the party was lodging a complaint with the Election Commission over the issue.”But Delhiites won’t believe it. They know this is last desperate attempt of our opponents who r losing badly…We are making a complaint to EC also,” he tweeted.Nearly a year after the city was brought under President’s Rule, Delhi is going to polls on February 7.Results will be out on February 10.last_img read more

New Studies to Combine Radiotherapy Immunotherapy and DNA Repair Inhibitors

first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | February 06, 2017 New Studies to Combine Radiotherapy, Immunotherapy and DNA Repair Inhibitors Joint project between the Institut Curie and Onxeo hopes to improve therapeutic strategies for cancer patients News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more February 6, 2017 — Onxeo S.A. and the Institut Curie launched a series of studies on World Cancer Day (Feb. 4) aimed at investigating the benefits of combining radiotherapy, DNA repair inhibitors and immunotherapy. This highly innovative combination would make it possible to reverse the disease in patients suffering from drug-resistant cancers.In 2016, Onxeo, a French biopharmaceutical company specializing in the research and development of new treatments for orphan cancers, acquired AsiDNA, a signal-interfering, DNA-repair-pathway inhibitor based on the DBait technology, which was discovered by the Institut Curie.A number of ongoing studies (more than 2001) that combine radiotherapy and immunotherapy are currently evaluating the effectiveness of this combination in the treatment of various metastatic or advanced cancers such as lung, esophagus, brain and prostate cancers, as well as melanoma, leukemia and sarcoma. As an example, recent trials have demonstrated the benefits of combining radiotherapy with ipilimumab (PD1-targeted immunotherapy) in metastatic melanoma: Increased survival and complete responses were observed in patients who received this double treatment.Immunotherapy is undeniably a new weapon of choice against cancer. However, despite impressive results against some tumors, 80 percent of patients do not respond to these new therapeutic strategies, according to the institute, the most advanced of which are PD1 and PDL1 inhibitors.“Patients for whom new immunotherapies are ineffective generally suffer from types of cancer that have low-level DNA mutations and do not produce neo-epitopes. These small, cancer-specific molecules, which carry the mutation of a gene specific to the tumor cell, set the immune system on high alert and propel it to track down the dangerous cells,” explained Sebastian Amigorena, director of the Immunotherapy Center at the Institut Curie.The limitations in the efficiency of the new immunotherapies seem related to DNA alterations and, most likely, to the tumor’s capacity to repair its lesions, even if only in a residual way. Marie Dutreix, research director at the Institut Curie (Orsay site), is a renowned specialist in DNA repair mechanisms2 and the researcher behind a new class of very promising products, including the Dbait agents, which boost the effect of genotoxic treatments such as radiotherapy by diverting the enzymes meant to repair the DNA of cancer cells from their target, among other ways.The combination of radiotherapy and Dbait agents has already shown very promising results in humans. The DRIM clinical study3, performed in patients with skin metastases from melanoma, demonstrated that AsiDNA (the clinical form of Dbait) was well tolerated by patients when administered locally, with complete response rates (disappearance of tumor nodules) four times higher than those observed with radiotherapy alone.With Onxeo’s team, doctors and researchers from the Institut Curie will combine their expertise to evaluate the combination of immunotherapy with radiotherapy and AsiDNA.Concretely, this combination would work as a virtuous circle, each therapeutic approach contributing to the effectiveness of the others:Radiotherapy induces the death of tumor cells, which stimulates the expression of inflammatory response genes and, therefore, the immune system response;AsiDNA aims to amplify the effects of radiotherapy by preventing damaged tumor cells from repairing their DNA. It therefore increases the effectiveness of radiotherapy and the “immunogenic death of tumor cells”; andImmunotherapy increases the ability of the immune system to recognize and destroy tumor cells.Clinical trials combining radiotherapy and immunotherapy have already demonstrated the efficacy of this combination. This new triple combination could help reach a new stage in the fight against cancer.For more information: www.curie.fr/en FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more