The Leadership Playbook: The Value of Beliefs

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The Wall Street Journal published a great article about Urban Meyer and the leadership coach he put on staff, Tim Kight. The gist of what Kight taught the team is that an event and the response together equal the outcome. In the terms Covey used, there is a gap between the stimulus and your response. You get to decide how you respond.Every time the Ohio State Buckeyes football team has experienced what should have been perceived as a seriously negative event, they have been coached to believe that they have an opportunity to decide how to respond. And they have had events that would have shaken the belief of any team, including the loss of two Heisman candidate quarterbacks, an early loss to a team they should have beaten on paper, and the disbelief of most all of their critics.What I hope strikes you most about all of this has nothing to do with football, nothing to with Meyer, and nothing to do with the amazing season Ohio State has had. They just serve as excellent examples of a bigger lesson.What I hope strikes you is that a high-performing, high achieving leader brought on a leadership coach for his team. He didn’t hire a coach to speak once, hoping that would be enough by itself to carry his team through the year. He made in investment in coaching and developing a certain mindset.I hope that you are struck by the fact that this leader believes so strongly that the game is won and lost first in the minds of his players and only then on the field. I hope you recognize the extraordinary power of belief when it comes to producing results. It is difficult to beat someone (or a team of someones) who refuses to allow themselves to be beaten in their minds.There is a power in morale, unit cohesion, esprit de corps. You don’t get this force multiplier when some people in a group share a different set of beliefs and when they don’t believe they are part of something.Leadership isn’t an easy art. But the heart of it may be in building the mindset and belief system that high-performing teams are built on.last_img read more

Lockheed looks for partners on its proposed fusion reactor

first_imgThe leader of a proposed compact fusion reactor project says that Lockheed Martin’s decision to lift the lid on its secret effort is an attempt to build a scientific team and find partners.Speaking yesterday at a press conference at the company’s facility in Palmdale, California, Tom McGuire defended the project’s scientific merits: “We think we’ve invented something that is inherently stable,” McGuire told reporters. But he acknowledged that “we are very early in the scientific process.” He said he has been working with a team of five to 10 people for the past 4 years and hopes to expand the team now that the project is in the open.He said that their magnetic confinement concept combined elements from several earlier approaches. The core of the device uses cusp confinement, a sort of magnetic trap in which particles that try to escape are pushed back by rounded, pillowlike magnetic fields. Cusp devices were investigated in the 1960s and 1970s but were largely abandoned because particles leak out through gaps between the various magnetic fields leading to a loss of temperature. McGuire says they get around this problem by encapsulating the cusp device inside a magnetic mirror device, a different sort of confinement technique. Cylindrical in shape, it uses a magnetic field to restrict particles to movement along its axis. Extra-strong fields at the ends of the machine—magnetic mirrors—prevent the particles from escaping. Mirror devices were also extensively studied last century, culminating in the 54-meter-long Mirror Fusion Test Facility B (MFTF-B) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. 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The team has built its first machine and has carried out 200 shots during commissioning and applied up to 1 kilowatt of heating, but McGuire declined to detail any measurements of plasma temperature, density, or confinement time—the key parameters for a fusion plasma—but said the plasma appeared very stable. He said they would be ramping up heating over the coming months and would publish results next year.McGuire acknowledged the need for shielding against neutrons for the magnet coils positioned inside the reactor vessel. He estimates that between 80 and 150 centimeters of shielding would be needed, but this can be accommodated in their compact design. Researchers contacted by ScienceInsider say that it is difficult to estimate the final size of the machine without more knowledge of its design. Lockheed has said its goal is a machine 7 meters across, but some estimates had suggested that the required shielding would make it considerably larger.last_img read more

Danish legend Morten Frost to coach junior players at Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy

first_imgFormer world number one and four-time All England Badminton Championships winner, Morten Frost is all set to coach junior badminton players from India at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) in Bengaluru for a year.The Danish legend, a BWF Hall of Famer, will be arriving in Bengaluru later this week and start working with the budding talents at the PPBA.Olympic Gold Quest has associated with the PPBA to land Morten Frost as the consultant coach for junior players at the popular badminton academy in Bengaluru.Morten Frost’s presence will be a huge boost to budding shuttlers: PadukoneGiving details about the visit of his friend and former rival and practice partner, former World No. 1 Prakash Padukone said, “We have been looking at getting a top foreign coach to guide the young players at PPBA. I feel that Morten’s presence will be a huge boost to many talented young players here at the academy. Besides coaching the players, Morten will also help implement a robust coaches development plan.” Padukone, who founded PPBA almost 25 years ago added,”Morten has tremendous experience as a player, coach and technical director. He has seen badminton over the years when we were playing and he is also very much in touch with the latest developments in world badminton. His experience, insight and technical knowhow will be invaluable for us.Delighted to work with NextGen shuttlers in India: Morten FrostMorten Frost said, “I am very excited to come to the PPBA, a very successful academy started by my friend Prakash. India is doing so well in badminton in the last decade with players like Saina, Sindhu and Srikanth excelling. I am delighted to get an opportunity to contribute to the next generation of young badminton talent in India.”advertisementViren Rasquinha, Director and CEO of OGQ shared more light on the arrangement with Frost, “The mission of OGQ is to help Indian athletes win Olympic gold medals. We are proud to have supported two Olympic medal winners in Badminton viz. London 2012 Bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and Rio 2016 Silver medallist PV Sindhu whom we started supporting since the time she was 14 years old.”We are thrilled to have a legend like Morten Frost coach the young badminton players at the PPBA where many talented young badminton players including Lakshya Sen currently train. Frost will be here in India at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence in Bangalore for a total of 90 days spread over four trips. He will also be watching the Senior National Championship at Guwahati this week so that he can see the best badminton talent in the country in action.”Also Read | Malaysian badminton legend Lee Chong Wei aims for April return after nose cancer battleAlso Read | PV Sindhu’s deal is one of the biggest in world badminton: Li NingAlso See:last_img read more

Doctor auto body technician shot and robbed by trailing bandit

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAmerica Street jeweller robbed by armed bandits on New Year’s nightJanuary 2, 2018In “Crime”Man robbed by armed bandits while picking up son from day careJanuary 29, 2018In “Crime”Parika man shot dead during robberyMay 1, 2019In “Crime” A 28-year-old auto body technician and his friend, who was identified as a doctor, were on Thursday afternoon shot and robbed of approximately $400,000 after being trailed by a silver motorcar to Industry, East Coast Demerara.The injured men have only been identified as Kissoon of Industry and Dr Lewis.Based on information received thus far, Kissoon, who is technician, and his friend travelled to a city bank in their motorcar and withdrew $400,000 in cash.They then travelled to Kissoon’s home, only to be attacked minutes later by a lone gunman who drove up in a silver motorcar (type unknown).The bandit allegedly whipped out his gun and shot Kissoon to his arm and the doctor to his leg, before grabbing the bag of cash and speeding away in his motorcar.Kissoon’s father reportedly came out of his house and saw the injured duo, resulting in an alarm being raised.The injured men were rushed to a city hospital where they are presently being treated.An investigation has been launched. read more

Don a mask for charity

first_imgA Masquerade Charity Ball has been organised by the Greek Orthodox Youth Association (GOYA) of the Greek Orthodox Community of St George Brisbane. Go as your favourite character, delve into history with wigs and masks whatever the case this event will help you escape reality and enter a mystery world while everyone tries to guess your identity. The charity ball will raise much needed funds for the Saint Nicholas nursing home. The event will be held on Friday 24 August at the Greek Club and Convention Centre. Tickets are $90 per person and group bookings and tables are encouraged. For more information call Dimitra Mavromatis on (07) 3844 3669. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Week In Review 22531

first_imgThursday 2/28Audio PlayerThursday-0228.mp3VmThursday-0228.mp300:00RPdPresident Addresses Troops At JBER During Stop In Anchorage, Bill Requiring Background Checks For Gun Purchases Passes The U.S. House, Governor Rallies For Support Of PFD Pay Back Bills Tuesday 2/26Audio PlayerTuesday-0226.mp3VmTuesday-0226.mp300:00RPd15th Annual WOW Ride Raised Over $53,000, King Salmon Limits In Effect for Lower Cook Inlet Streams, Marine Waters, Consider Adopting Your Local Neighborhood Fire Hydrant, Fishing Gear Restrictions Issued For Lower Cook Inlet Streams  Monday 2/25Audio PlayerMonday-0225.mp3VmMonday-0225.mp300:00RPdAbsentee Voting Open for Soldotna Special Election, PFD Application, Pick Click Give Deadlines Approaching, Packed Town Hall Hears Frustrations, Concerns Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week.center_img Wednesday 2/27Audio PlayerWednesday-0227.mp3VmWednesday-0227.mp300:00RPdUpdated: Fatal Collision Closes Seward Highway Overnight, Alaska Governor Removes French As Oil, Gas Commission Chair, Residents Invited To Have Coffee With A Cop, Kodiak Coast Guard Charges Members For Alleged Drug Activity Friday 3/1Audio PlayerFriday-0301.mp3VmFriday-0301.mp300:00RPdAlaska’s 47th Iditarod Sled Dog Race Kicks Off This Weekend, FERC Adds 4 Months To EIS Schedule For AKLNG Project, Borough Looks At Applying For State Assistance For Seward Flood Damagelast_img read more

Best 4G data tariff plans for April 2017 Should you opt for

first_img[Representational Image]REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeThe telecom industry in India has taken a dramatic shift over the last few months after Reliance Industries entered the sector with its ambitious Reliance Jio in October 2016 offering free data and calls for six months. Since then, major telecom operators like Vodafone, Airtel, Idea and BSNL have introduced several tariff plans to retain their subscribers and survive the competition.Mobile phone users, irrespective of the network they are in, are benefiting from Reliance Jio effect, as they get more data and free voice calls for less money. However, they could be left confused as new tariff plans keep rolling out every now and then. So, here we give you the best 4G data tariff plans across the networks in India for the month of April 2017:Also read: This is how Reliance Jio’s rivalry with Airtel, Vodafone and Idea unfolded; best tariff plans for 2017Reliance Jio Jio users can avail Dhan Dhana Dhan Offer at Rs 309 and get 1GB of 4G data per day, and unlimited calls (both local and STD) and SMS for 84 days. However, non-prime members have to pay Rs 408 (Rs 99 for membership) for the same benefit.There is also Rs 509 plan that offers 2GB of 4G data per day, and unlimited voice calls and SMS (local and STD) for 84 days. However, non-prime members have to pay Rs 608 (Rs 99 for membership).Bharti AirtelThe Rs 399 plan offers 1GB of 4G data per day (500MB between 12 am and 6 am, 500MB between 7 am and 11 pm) for 70 days. It also comes with 300 minutes of Airtel-to-Airtel calls per day or 1,200 minutes of calls per week and 3,000 minutes of local or STD calls for 70 days.Rs 345 plan comes with 56GB of 4G data or for 28 days or 2GB per day. It also offers unlimited Airtel-to-Airtel local and STD calls for 70 days with a cap of 300 minutes per day and 3,000 minutes of local and STD calls to a different network.Rs 244 plan offers 1GB of 4G data per day and unlimited Airtel-to-Airtel calls for both local and STD for 70 days. However, 10 paise will be charged per minute after crossing the allotted daily use of 300 minutes and 1200 minutes per week. Representational imageReutersVodafone The network offers 1GB of 4G data per day for Rs 352 with a validity of 56 days. Those who opt for this plan will also get unlimited local and STD calls (300 minutes per day and 1200 minutes per week). However, there is no free SMS facility. A man casts silhouette onto an electronic screen displaying logo of Vodafone India after a news conference to announce the half year results in Mumbai, India, November 10, 2015.Reuters fileIdea Cellular The Rs 297 plan comes with 1GB of 4G data per day and is valid for 70 days. It offers unlimited Idea to Idea local and STD calls. It has a daily cap of 300 minutes of call per day and 1200 minutes per week.The Rs 447 plan offers 1GB of 4G data for 70 days. It also comes with unlimited Idea-to-Idea calls both local and STD and 3,000 minutes of calls to other networks. Idea Cellular’s Managing Director Himanshu Kapania speaks during a news conference to announce the company’s quarterly results in Mumbai October 24, 2013.Reuters fileBSNL Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited’s Rs 249 plan offers 10GB of data per day or 300GB per month at a speed of 2 Mbps for the initial 1GB before falling to 1 Mbps for the remaining 9GB. It comes with unlimited free calls between 9 pm and 7 am (unlimited free calls all day on Sunday). Facebook/BSNL Indialast_img read more

PM calls for maintaining peace in hill districts

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday laid emphasis on maintaining a peaceful atmosphere in the hill tracts of the country.“Make it sure peace prevails there [in hills]… we do want that. All must maintain a congenial atmosphere. This is not important who is Pahari (indigenous) and who is Bangalee,” she said.She said this while speaking with a cross-section of people of Bandarban district through a videoconference after unveiling the results of SSC and equivalent exams at her official residence Ganabhaban, reports UNB.The premier said all have to be treated as human being. “Human is human…we have to treat human as human being,” she said.Sheikh Hasina mentioned that all human have the basic rights to enjoy. “We’ve to fulfil that right of people.”On Friday, five people were gunned down and eight others suffered bullet wounds in an attack by some miscreants at Betchhari in Naniarchar upazila of Rangamati.They came under the gun attack while during the funeral programme of slain Naniarchar upazila chairman Shaktiman Chakma.Advocate Shaktiman Chakma, 55, also a leader of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (MN Larma faction), and chairman of Naniarchar upazila was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in front of the upazila parishad complex on 3 May.last_img read more

70 Mayors Reject Trump Food Stamp Proposal Sa

first_img Patrick Semansky 70 Mayors Reject Trump Food Stamp Proposal, Saying It Puts… by NPR News Bobby Allyn 8.22.19 3:22pm The Trump administration’s proposal to push millions of people out of the federal food stamp program would punish some of the country’s neediest, including children, seniors and people with disabilities, according to mayors of 70 American cities who have sent a letter to an administrator for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.Under a new rule proposed in July by the Agriculture Department, more than 3 million people would lose their food assistance. The mayors say the move would also hurt their local and regional economies.The change to SNAP is aimed at plugging what critics say is a loophole that allows states to give benefits to people whose savings and other assets the Trump administration says should make them ineligible for food stamps.Anti-poverty groups view the shift as part of a broader push by the Trump administration to peel people off government assistance. Republicans who back the move say the new rules are needed to curb abuse of federal safety net programs.Through the change, the Trump administration aims to cut spending by some $2.5 billion a year. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has pledged the plan will also preserve “the integrity of the program.” But dozens of mayors counter that shaking up the eligibility requirements will exact a toll on some of the nation’s most vulnerable people.”This proposal will put children’s health and development at risk by removing their access to healthy school meals; and harm our economy by reducing the amount of SNAP dollars available to spur regional and local economic activity,” wrote the city leaders, in a letter sent from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.The mostly Democratic mayors who signed the letter come from around the country, from Fremont, Calif., to Houston and from Edina, Minn., to Philadelphia.”Our nation cannot remain globally competitive if our children do not have enough to eat; if our citizens do not have access to affordable health care; if housing and other basic needs are priced out of reach; and if adults who are willing and able to work cannot find jobs that will help them support their families,” the mayors wrote.The majority of the people who receive SNAP are children, the elderly or people who struggle with a disability. Government statistics show that the average monthly benefit per person is $135 a month.Federal food assistance is a pathway out of desperate circumstances, the mayors argue.”SNAP is not only a critical resource in the fight against hunger and food insecurity, but also lifts people out of poverty,” their letter states.Since the new federal rule has been open to public comment, more than 4,000 people have weighed in on the proposal, with many strongly opposing the Trump administration’s move.”It’s horrifying to think that millions of people will not have food stamps! I encourage the American government to act for the people that need a hand up from desperate situations,” wrote Kala Nyx.”I am a 55 year old white male from rural Texas,” wrote Johnny Dotson, who said he has known many families who have depended on SNAP. “You should be ashamed of yourselves if you believe it is ok to make children go hungry for ANY reason. You may think there will be so few children negatively affected it would be worth the cost, but you are wrong.”Others, like Joal Devendorf, embraced the Trump administration’s proposed move.”We should close loopholes such as the SNAP loophole. Temporary Assistance is fine; ongoing dependence is not,” he wrote.The mayors, meanwhile, are fretting about how the overhaul to food assistance will impact their regions’ local economies, saying those who receive benefits spend more money in their communities, as part of a “multiplier effect” that boosts overall economic activity, including job creation.Citing the USDA’s own statistics, the mayors wrote, “during times of economic downturn, every additional $5 dollars in SNAP benefits generates up to $9 dollars of economic activity.”The Agriculture Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The department can move forward with the new rule in about a month, after the 60-day public comment period ends on Sept. 23.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

Surface Go Is Now 59 Off If You Act Fast

first_img Microsoft Surface Go ImpressionsVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0011:1611:16Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display01:25How to Freeze Rows in Excel关闭  Since its debut earlier this month, Microsoft’s Surface Go hasn’t seen much in terms of price cuts. Sure, we saw a few pre-order promos that bundled a free $50 gift card, but shoppers still had to pay full price for Microsoft’s tablet.Buy on Best Buy via eBayToday, however, we’re seeing the first significant price drop on Microsoft’s newly minted tablet.Best Buy via eBay is offering the Surface Go 64GB Tablet for $339.15 via coupon code “PREGAME15”. That’s $60 off and the best price we’ve seen for Microsoft’s tablet. Alternatively, you can get the 128GB model for $466.65 via the same coupon ($83 off).The Surface Go feels and looks like a premium tablet. It features a 10-inch 1800 x 1200 PixelSense display, 1.6GHz Pentium Gold 4415Y CPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, 8MP rear camera, and a 5MP front camera.AdvertisementIts screen delivered excellent performance in our lab tests, averaging 415 nits of brightness. That’s lower than the 2018 iPad’s 489 nits of brightness, but miles above the average budget laptop’s score of 245 nits.When it comes to color reproduction, the Surface Go surpasses the iPad registering 129.2 percent of the sRGB color gamut compared to the iPad’s 119 percent. Performance-wise, it does an admirable job with everyday work. It juggled 15 open tabs in Chrome while running the Stride messaging app and streaming music from Spotify.. Battery life could be better, however, as it only lasted 6 hours and 6 minutes in our battery test, which is 4 hours less than the average tablet.If you want the full 2-in-1 experience, the Signature Type Cover adds an extra $99 to the tablet’s price or you can opt for the Alcantara Type Cover for $129, which comes in Platinum, Burgundy, and Cobalt Blue.eBay’s coupon expires August 29 at 1am ET and can be used sitewide.Best Laptop Deals of Today 5 Reasons the Surface Go Beats the iPadBest and Worst USB Type-C Hubs by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoKelley Blue Book2019’s Honda Clarity Will Make You Love Plug-In Hybrid CarsKelley Blue BookUndoKelley Blue BookSee Our New Favorite Compact Luxury SUV—Kelley Blue BookKelley Blue BookUndoKelley Blue Book25 Best-Selling Cars of 2019…So FarKelley Blue BookUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Good These Pick-Up Trucks AreKelley Blue BookUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

Varian Offers New PaxScan Wireless Detectors

first_img Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Image courtesy of Varian Medical SystemsSeptember 25, 2015 — Varian offers two wireless detector models: the PaxScan 4336W and PaxScan 2530W.  The lightweight, cassette-sized, portable 43cm x 36cm detector is optimized for dose efficiency and very low electronic noise.  Even while the panel is inside a cassette tray, or below the X-ray table, the wireless transmission rates stay consistently high. The space-efficient 25cm x 30cm portable radiographic panel is designed with special imaging modes for use in imaging extremities and is compatible for neonatal procedures as well as mid-size radiographic applications such as dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and ear, nose and throat (ENT) procedures. The 2530W panel has extended battery life and is interchangeable with the 4336W detector battery.  Both panels offer high digital image quality along with higher throughput, significant workflow efficiencies, and the potential to enhance patient care and comfort for an improved experience.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. 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 Technology | X-Ray | September 25, 2015 Varian Offers New PaxScan Wireless Detectors Pair of wireless digital radiography panels focus on dose efficiency and extremity imaging News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… 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 center_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Related Content Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… 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 morelast_img read more

Barrio Amón plans Earth Day celebration to benefit Isla Chira

first_imgOn April 22, we will celebrate International Earth Day in Costa Rica witha special festival in Barrio Amón.This unique event includes workshops and exhibitions, yoga and dance classes, live music and soundscapes, a local farmer and artisan market, food trucks and lots of good vibes.Earth Day is a worldwide activity to raise consciousness about the planet’s diversity and threats, it is orchestrated through the Earth Day Network. The Costa Rican chapter is organized by A 01 in collaboration with Amón Solar. All profits from this event will go to the Chira Project, a multistakeholder approach for rural development in Costa Rica.As a first physical intervention of the Chira Project, the Recycling and Community Center of Chira will be built. The RCCC is a long-term project, considering both the required construction of infrastructure (or “hardware” as we tend to refer to it), as well as a sensibilization of the local culture (or “software”) to use the built interventions in the best way possible.Although Costa Rica is globally known for its achievements in sustainable development, the country is poorly organized in terms of its waste management. Rural areas in particular suffer from this situation, which can hinder economic development and threatens the environment.Chira is located in the Gulf of Nicoya; the island has no garbage collection whatsoever. The inhabitants burn or bury their waste or simply throw it into the sea, thus endangering their own livelihood: the population of approximately 3,000 people traditionally lives from fishing.The framework of the RCCC and the Chira Project intends to tackle the waste management issue and at the same time create resilience through a diversified economy including community based tourism and the artisan production of upcycled goods.The RCCC will be run by the Association of Women Working for the Environment (ADATA, according to its Spanish abbreviation). The members of ADATA were involved in all stages of the participatory project design. Moreover, they will be trained to organize waste management on the island and to apply the gained knowledge for the sake of the socio-economic and environmental development of the island.Through a series of courses for environmental education, ADATA will educate their fellow islanders on how to manage and, above all, avoid waste for the wellbeing of the community and the environment. In order to enable this process, a series of actors is involved in the overall development plan, including national and international universities and institutions, the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, the Costa Rican Fab Lab and private investors, as well as the United Nations Development Programme.The bioclimatic design of the RCCC, which was exhibited at the renowned Architecture Biennale of Venice in 2016, is composed from a toolbox that has been developed by A 01 for different types of recycling centers in Costa Rica. Based on the local requirements, Chira serves as a first case study site.Due to its educational mandate, the project goes beyond the typical spatial requirements of a recycling center. Apart from the obligatory work areas, social spaces are accounted for in order to house the educational activities and local cultural expressions. In daytime, a series of diversified activities unfold around the central service core of the building. At night, the core can be closed to secure all machinery and valuables.The multifunctional RCCC combines traditional ways of living with modern building techniques, including the use of recyclables, renewable energies, and rainwater recollection. Local woods are used to contribute to the island’s economy, wastewater is biologically treated on site, an edible garden provides food for the managing staff and their families. The Recycling and Community Center blends with its natural surrounding; it intends to set a good example for the island and the country at large.After laying the foundations of the project in 2014, the construction was paused for some time in order to raise more funding and to optimize certain aspects of the design. In the meantime, a small laboratory for digital fabrication (Fab Lab) was included in the overall building layout and operations to support the making of upcycled goods as well as the process of environmental education. Also, a series of additional academic partnerships have been created with Veritas University from Costa Rica, the Prairie View Texas A&M University and their Community Development Studio, as well as the HafenCity University in Hamburg and their master programme in Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning (REAP). These partnerships add on to the quality and educational value of the long-term Chira Project.In the long run, the Chira Project proposes to implement different types of small-scale projects or “rural acupunctures” all over the island in order to stimulate an integral sustainable development with a focus on local economic development, social cohesion and environmental education.For more information on A 01’s Earth Day celebration, visit the event’s Facebook page. Facebook Comments Related posts:Tico Times: Letters to the Editor (Jan. 4, 2019) Tico Times: Letters to the Editor (Jan. 18, 2019) Letter to the Editor: Costa Rica reflections ‘School of second chances’ opens in Costa Ricalast_img read more

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first_img 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Associated PressSYDNEY (AP) – A six-story office building that collapsed and killed 115 people in New Zealand’s devastating earthquake last year was poorly designed by an inexperienced engineer, inadequately constructed and should never have been issued a building permit, a government report said Monday.The Canterbury Television (CTV) building crumbled to the ground during the 6.1-magnitude earthquake that rocked Christchurch on Feb. 22, 2011. The building’s collapse was responsible for nearly two-thirds of the 185 deaths from the quake. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories The report said the structural design was completed by engineer David Harding, who had no experience designing multistory buildings like the CTV and was “working beyond his competence.” Yet Harding never sought assistance from his boss, Alan Reay. The report blamed Reay for leaving Harding to work unsupervised, despite knowing that Harding lacked experience.The report also found that Reay pressured city officials to approve the building despite them having some reservations about it.Harding’s lawyer, Michael Kirkland, said neither he nor his client had read through the report so they couldn’t comment. Reay also declined to comment.Mary-Anne Jackson, who fled the building seconds before it collapsed with a deafening boom, said she and other CTV workers had long felt unsafe in the building. She said it shook when trucks drove by and there were cracks in the walls. Jackson hopes Reay and others involved in the building’s design and construction will face criminal charges.“I want justice and accountability,” Jackson told The Associated Press. “It’s just devastating and it just never goes away. It’s always there and I’ll take it to the grave with me.” Monday’s report was the final release from the New Zealand government-ordered commission that spent months investigating the buildings damaged in the quake. Findings the commission released in February concluded that the CTV building was made of weak columns and concrete and did not meet standards when it was built in 1986. The building’s designer contested those findings.New Zealand’s prime minister, John Key, said building failures were responsible for 175 of the 185 deaths from the quake.“We owed it to them, their loved ones left behind, and those people badly injured in the earthquake, to find answers as to why some buildings failed so severely,” Key said in a statement.The report found several deficiencies in the CTV building’s engineering design and said the city council should never have issued the building a permit because the design did not comply with the standards at the time. The commission also concluded that there were problems with the building’s construction.The commission blamed the engineers from Alan Reay Consultants Ltd. for developing an inadequate and noncompliant design and city officials for not noticing the problems. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “Now we know that there were many design deficiencies in the CTV building and we know who was responsible for these design deficiencies and why,” Alkaisi told the AP. “I don’t want to see this happening again, so we have to make sure that the recommendation made by the royal commission is adopted, that much better building standard is adopted and much better engineering practice is also adopted.”Brian Kennedy, whose wife Faye died when the building fell, said the report had brought him a measure of closure and that he was not interested in punishing the engineers or construction team involved.“I think (I’m) trying to look forward a little more positively now,” Kennedy told the AP. “Time heals a wee bit _ not everything, but it makes it a little easier.”___Associated Press writer Nick Perry in Bangkok contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   The commission noted that the building had been issued a “green sticker” following a magnitude-7.0 earthquake in September 2010, signaling authorities had given it the thumbs-up for people to continue using it.An investigation by the AP last year found that inspection checks routinely used across the world to verify the safety of buildings following earthquakes fail to account for how well those buildings will withstand future quakes. The AP found that building occupants and public officials in Christchurch did not understand that a “green sticker” doesn’t mean the building has undergone a thorough analysis of its structural health, nor that it will stay intact during future quakes.The commission’s report found that the CTV building was given a green sticker after being inspected by just three building officials, none of whom was an engineer. The commission recommended that in the future, only trained building safety evaluators be authorized to inspect buildings after earthquakes, and that government agencies should research how to account for aftershocks.Maan Alkaisi, whose wife Maysoon Abbas died in the building’s collapse, praised the commission for its thorough investigation. Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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first_imgSummer is officially over and, with it, holiday travels. For the next few months we’re all formally island-bound. But just because we’re stuck here in Cyprus doesn’t mean we can’t spend a little time off the beaten track… and it turns out you don’t have to head to Mauritius/India/Watford for a nice change of pace. All you need to do to feed your inner explorer is sign up to one of the island’s most out-and-about clubs, the Cyprus Trail Runners.In existence for almost a decade now, the Cyprus Trail Runners spend their time taking off into the great outdoors and, in the words of their founder, Bryan Peazon, “getting lost in it! We’re a group of happy runners who love exploring the wonderful trails of this magical island,” he adds. “We love to run way off the beaten track and explore – from the Troodos mountains to the Five Fingers and beyond. We love it when like-minded runners join us in bounding across undiscovered landscapes… In short, if you love running and the great outdoors – the Trail Runners will help you get lost in it!”Well, not lost exactly. Because if there’s one thing the club goes in for in a big way, it’s planning: while the group try to run as many different routes as possible in the course of each season, these are trails that have always been carefully reconnoitred by experienced members of the club who know just what they’re doing. “It can take hours, weeks and months to investigate a potential trail,” Bryan reveals. “We’ll look at the map, try different regions and, if there isn’t already a trail, we’ll make one – it’s part to the fun of exploring and adventuring!”The Runners also help out with a number of more fixed events throughout the year: the group tend to aim for one “longgggg wild run” once a month, with “shorter, tamer outings for the less crazy on other weekends. We’ve covered almost the whole of the Troodos mountains at one time or another, as well as most of Akamas,” says Bryan. “Cape Greco also has some great trails, and Stavrouvouni is a perennial favourite. On October 26 we’ll be running the Papoutsa Mountain route in the Agros region – it’s fairly remote, but the views are spectacular!”The Runners also help to host a number of more fixed events throughout the year: La Sportiva Mountain Running Series in the spring and autumn, and a Friday afternoon kids’ run in Athalassa Park, to name just two. But perhaps the biggest event of the year is the upcoming Troodos Ultra: a race that sees participants both local and foreign flock to the island’s biggest mountain range to test their skills on terrain known in certain circles as extremely hard going!Last year’s event“Cyprus is ideal for trail running,” Bryan reveals. “Our trails are very hard: straight up straight down; steep valleys and high peaks and the number of trail running groups that have sprung up on the island attest to the sports’ growing popularity. The terrain is considerably more hard and rocky than the majority of European trails. We often find that people coming out from central Europe – Germany in particular, where trail running is a big thing – are quite shocked by the difficulty levels; they tend to be used to softer, mossier trails and often comment on the ruggedness of our local terrain. Running over rocks and the like is far more demanding on the legs than running along smooth mountain trails but, generally, our foreign visitors love it. It’s a real challenge for them!”Of course, it’s not just the terrain that’s a test for the Ultra runners: the distance is a bit of a shocker too! “An Ultra is any race that’s longer than a marathon; longer than 42km,” Bryan explains. “It’s a race which can be run on any sort of surface, from tarmac to sand; there are actually a number of competitions which traverse the Alps, with runners almost wading through snow and using ropes to haul themselves along! That’s not what we have here but, nevertheless, our terrain is remarkably difficult and the Ultra always draws a lot of serious competitors from abroad.”Last year, over 200 runners entered the competition, and in 2017 organisers are expecting the same number. “We’ve already had 200 people sign up,” says Bryan, “with participants flying in from Greece, Britain, Israel, Russia, Estonia and the Ukraine. The Ultra counts towards international competitions,” he explains. “Professional competitors can earn points for international races by completing the Ultra and that’s always a big draw for foreign runners.”Organised by outdoor specialists One Step Further, the race is more formally known as the Buff Troodos Mountain Ultra for its sportswear sponsors, and was born “from a desire to introduce runners from around the world to Cyprus, the undiscovered trail running paradise in the Mediterranean,” says One Step marketing director, Louisa Kyriakides. Working with the Cyprus Trail Runners over the last few years, the outdoor pursuits centre has helped turn the Ultra into the success it is today: an official, professional, international race that is also, Louisa adds, “a great platform for the promotion of the island.”“The Trail Runners are actually in charge of the routes, because we really know the local trails and how to give people a good run,” Bryan explains. “We walk the routes, mark them out, and on the day we’re responsible for what happens in all of the races…” Because, while the Ultra is the big draw, another four races are set to take place on the same day and in the same area: the Buff Troodos Mountain Ultra 50km, described as “a challenging 50km chase up and down four separate valleys”; the Buff Troodos Watercourse Whopper 25km, “a 25km steep down, steep up roller coaster ride”; the Buff Troodos Mountain 10km Troodos Trot, billed as “an enjoyable out and back race along a picturesque mountain trail”; and, lastly, the 2km Kids Mountain Run…“On the day, we get all ages running the routes,” says Bryan. “We’ve had kids as young as nine charging up and down the trails and skipping over the rocks – it really makes my heart happy to see all these young people getting out there and enjoying themselves. And with so many competitors in total, it makes for a wonderful spectator event.”“The entire competition is really big for Cyprus, and we always get a lot of people turning out to watch,” Louisa agrees. “The best place to watch is the Troodos Square – not only is it one of the checkpoints, it’s also the finish line, and it’s great to have so many people show up to support the participants…” Which means that even those who haven’t signed up for a races can still get their travel on and head up to the mountains on an exciting jaunt. Perhaps it might inspire you to become a trail runner yourself… That Christmas journey you’ve been planning is still a long way off and, in the meantime, there’s a whole island out there to explore…For more information on the Cyprus Trail Runners, email, visit the Facebook page ‘Cyprus Trail Runners’ or www.cyprustrailrunners.comFor more information on the Buff Troodos Mountain Ultra call 22 311012 or visit www.troodosultra.comYou May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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depreciated by 20 percent and investors are fleeing the countryBut beyond declines in the ruble and Russian indexes the impact has been modest Most of those on the US and EU sanctions list are not known to have extensive business interestsOne of those who does is billionaire oil and gas trader Gennady Timchenko He told Russian television on Saturday his inclusion on the US sanctions list had caused minor problems mainly because some European banks had become wary of carrying out transactions with any entities linked to himBut he said for him personally being on the list was "quite an honorA new round of US sanctions against Russia is likely to target influential people or firms in its business sectors such as energy engineering and financial services as spelled out in President Barack Obama’s executive order last month The US goal to put more pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest business allies When sanctions were announced in March the US Treasury said it would largely focus on sanctioning people and their personal assets not any businesses they operateBut US officials speaking on condition of anonymity said there was no certainty European nations would be on board with sanctions that would cause real pain and be felt not only in Russia’s economy but by US and European interests tooBroader sanctions could cause collateral damage to companies that would be forced to sever ties with blacklisted firmsIt was also unclear whether a Geneva meeting involving the United States Russia and Ukraine would happen now the US officials said as the Russians had begun setting preconditions including that Ukraine could not use force to quell unrest in the east and that all of Ukraine’s regions including pro-Russian areas would have to be included in the delegationDESIGNS ON EASTERN UKRAINEUkraine now faces a rash of rebellions in the east it says are inspired and directed by the KremlinAsked on ABC if Putin wants to seize eastern Ukraine Power said his actions "give credence to the idea"Though Russians are insisting that is not what Moscow wants she said "Everything they’re doing suggests the opposite"NATO described the appearance in eastern Ukraine of men with specialized Russian weapons and identical uniforms without insignia as previously worn by Moscow’s troops when they seized Crimea as a "grave development"Power said the rebellion has "all the telltale signs of what we saw in Crimea: It’s professional it’s coordinated there’s nothing grassroots-seeming about it The forces are doing in each of the six or seven cities that they’ve been active in exactly the same thing"However the US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said Russia’s recent moves appeared to be less about grabbing territory than about destabilizing what Russia sees as an increasingly Western-centric government in KievRepublican Senator John McCain a frequent critic of US policy on Ukraine said on CBS the Obama administration’s failure to punish Russia over Crimea has only emboldened Putin"The question is now What do we do and what does he do" McCain said on "Face the Nation" "It’s obvious that he is encouraged by the fact that we sanctioned a few people and suspended – didn’t even throw him out – of the G8"McCain repeated his calls for tougher sanctions and for giving Ukrainians light weapons so they can defend themselves"They didn’t fight in Crimea" he said "But if he starts moving in further encroachment in this way into eastern Ukraine they will fight"The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a Crimea-based gas company Chernomorneftegaz effectively putting it off limits to Russia’s state-controlled Gazprom which was expected to bid for a stake in the companyThe move along with penalties on six Crimean separatists and a former Ukrainian official is the third round of US sanctions since the Ukraine crisis eruptedElectricity Distribution Companies Discos have described as false most of the statements made last week Monday by the Minister of Power Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola about the power sector According to them the comments made by the Minister on metering power generation and transmission capacities and stranded electricity among others were significantly distorted Fashola while briefing journalists on the status of Nigeria’s power sector at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing in Abuja last week identified a lot of lapses on the part of the Discos But in a 28-page document released in Abuja on Tuesday the Discos responded directly to about 14 issues raised by the Minister They said Fashola’s ministry had consistently promoted policies that had resulted in sector-wide confusion infringed on the responsibilities of the various sector players The 11 Discos’ joint response to the minister was issued by the Executive Director Research and Advocacy Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors Sunday Oduntan They said “It is with much regret that we feel compelled to respond to the significantly distorted picture that has been painted of the electricity distribution companies by the minister in his press briefing “This is a contradiction of his convenient assertion now that customers with no meters should turn to the Discos The metering gap a major concern for our customers and us unfortunately has become a politicised issue “As a means of tracking and accounting for our revenues there is no greater interested party in comprehensive metering than the Discos “With the farming out of the responsibility of metering to third party vendors under the Meter Asset Provider regulation enacted by NERC it is our hope that the challenges of estimated billing will be minimised for our customers over time” “To continue to prevent the Discos from receiving the allowable revenue needed to run the sector effectively and turn around and accuse them of not investing in the sector is disingenuous “This is principally the reason the Discos can’t contract directly with the Gencos “The minister ’s position is inconsistent with the facts Indeed the various interferences in the past four years have simply created a continuous shifting of the goal post “We are also left wondering whether such demonising of the Discos is a camouflage for the absence of the effective policy leadership that is desired for implementing the enabling environment that is necessary for the viability and sustainability of the NESI “We recognise that we are on the crux of a political season in which all manner of advantage is being sought by political contenders and we however do not want to be used as the whipping dog to advance other people’s agenda “We do not understand the constant references to the increase of generation capacity to 7 000 MW from 4 000MW for the period of 2015 to 2018 that has been used as the basis of defining the Discos as incapable of taking on more power – the stranded 2 000MW “A review of NERC’s ‘Daily Energy Watch ’ for January 28 2015 would indicate a generation availability of 6 421 MW (divided into peak of 4 230 MW and constrained energy of 2 191MW) “In other words it is misleading to state that available generation has grown from 4000MW in 2015 as a measure of progress given that a volume of generation slightly under 7 000MW already or previously existed prior to the beginning of this administration “Furthermore there is no stranded 2 000MW While there is an available capacity of 7 000MW the best that can be generated at this time is 5 000 MW “This is because there is insufficient gas to power the thermal plants due to gas line limitations (for instance the non -completion of the Oben pipeline) and the absence of a commercial framework that would encourage gas exploration Generation that is constrained by gas amounts to an average 1 500MW daily” The Discos further faulted claims that the Transmission Company of Nigeria currently had capacity to wheel over 5 000MW stressing that in spite of the TCN’s tested wheeling capacity of 5 500 MW with 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