Roberto Cavalli is proud to announce the opening o

first_imgRoberto Cavalli is proud to announce the opening of the world’s first Cavalli Club in Dubai.Roberto Cavalli continues to surprise his public as he launches a new “entertainment & night-life” concept called Cavalli Club. The first Cavalli Club is scheduled to open in November 2008 in Dubai and is located within the Fairmont Hotel on Sheikh Zaved Road, one of the city’s most elegant streets. The club will consist of two floors, spanning a total of 2500 square meters and has its own private entrance separate from the hotel.Roberto Cavalli partnered with the Pragma Group for this important undertaking. Founded in 2003, the Pragma Group is the leading investment, outsourcing and business incubator holding, based in the UAE. With an expansive portfolio of international companies, the Pragma Group has opened in many key markets, such as technology and telecommunications, marketing, hospitality, entertainment and venture capital.Roberto Cavalli declared: “Dubai is a city of the future and the Cavalli Club is a futuristic space created with a global perspective. Dubai reflects the third millennium that has just started, and that will continue by proposing new expressions that can change the habits of the world. Living against monotony, with the enjoyment of music, of good food, of pleasant company is the Cavalli Club philosophy, and Dubai is opening the windows of tomorrow onto this project.”Cavalli Club is designed so that the architecture, furnishings, and the interiors selected effuse luxury and exclusivity; each area in the space creates an atmosphere rich with exciting shapes, structures, and precious materials. Black quartz floors shine with crystal dust reflecting light and shape throughout the space while six-meter high walls dripping with Swarovski crystals illuminate the room.On the ground floor, the entrance hall leads to a large room showcasing jewelry, watches and the most exclusive accessories from the Cavalli Maison. This, together with a selection of refined food products chosen specially by Roberto Cavalli to express the best of “Made in Italy”, offers to the public a complete Roberto Cavalli lifestyle experience and a new way of shopping at a non-conventional time of day.On the top floor, guests are offered multiple culinary and sensorial experiences. A refined and elegant Italian restaurant is at center of the hall, offering unforgettable, authentic Italian “cuisine”. On either side of the Italian restaurant, are two large atolls in gold-colored glass and fur, suspended from the floor, which host a sushi bar and a wine bar.For those opting for Japanese, the sushi bar offers a relaxed atmosphere for dining where guests can recline on sofas in front of low tables. The wine bar offers high quality selection of drinks from the prestigious Cavalli Selection red wine to the uniquely-designed bottle of the Roberto Cavalli Vodka. Guests can also sample Cavalli-signed chocolates, have a coffee or sip cognac within the smoking area.Parallel to the restaurant is a lounge bar that offers a chic and sensual environment for those wanting to try some exotic light food such as sushi and caviar. In this area, music plays until the early hours of the morning and guests can dance to hypnotic rhythms mixed by the best international DJs. A suspended platform will host the DJ and the dancers, as well as other entertainments and shows.With meticulous attention to detail, every element is thought out and executed perfectly to create a unique and ideal place for relaxation and enjoyment. The Cavalli Club’s innovative schedule offers light lunch, lunch, aperitif, pre-dinner, dinner and disco set; truly catering to the guests and allowing the experience of a luxury Club from day to night, in true Cavalli style.The Cavalli Club Dubai will open in November 2008, with Florence to follow by the end of the year. Openings in other major cities worldwide are expected within the next few years.last_img read more

Ziggos main shareholders private equity firms Ci

first_imgZiggo’s main shareholders, private equity firms Cinven and Warren Pincus, are due to sell a 20% stake in the Dutch cable operator business. The sale will see the pair sell 40 million shares, at an estimated price of some €1 billion, and will leave them with a combined 17.1% of the business.The move comes a day after Ziggo said that it had received loan commitments from a number of banks to raise €800m, to partially refinance its existing debt. It said at the time it was also looking at additional refinancing options including a capital markets transaction.Ziggo said the price per share and the final number of shares sold in the new offering will be decided after determining investor demand.last_img read more

The Mobile Video Alliance MVA an organisation s

first_imgThe Mobile Video Alliance (MVA), an organisation set up set up last year to tackle issues like video quality over mobile networks, has officially launched today with support from UK industry body the Digital TV Group (DTG).UK culture minister Ed Vaizey launched the MVA at the DTG summit in London at what the alliance’s backers said was “a critical time for both the broadcast and mobile industries.”The MVA was established last year by interconnection and data centre firm Equinix and mobile operator EE to tackle technical issues such as the evolution of caching and adaptive bitrates and value chain fragmentation.It also comes at a time of rising mobile data traffic and increasing demand for video content from consumers, thanks to next generation WiFi and 4G mobile data networks.With the formal launch of the MVA, Equinix said it will make its recently launched solution validation centre available to MVA members to test new standards and configurations.“This makes us a vital interconnection platform for mobile video delivery and we are committed to encouraging and enabling the mobile video ecosystem,” said Michael Winterson, vice president of sales and marketing, Equinix EMEA.last_img read more

Soumya Sriraman BritBox the forthcoming US subscr

first_imgSoumya SriramanBritBox, the forthcoming US subscription VOD service from BBC Worldwide and ITV, has appointed Soumya Sriraman as president, North America.Sriraman, who was most recently executive vice-president of franchise and digital enterprises at BBC Worldwide North America, takes up her new role effective immediately.She will be responsible for the overall strategy and operation of BritBox, which is due to launch later this quarter, and will focus on bringing “the best British content to the service” through acquisitions, licensing, co-productions, and partnerships.“Soumya has an outstanding historical knowledge and familiarity with British content. This, coupled with her creativity and excellent business acumen makes her the ideal executive to fill this role,” said Ann Sarnoff, president, BBC Worldwide North America.”“I am confident that Soumya is going to make this service a success, as she has done in all her endeavors for the last five years at BBC Worldwide North America.”Sriraman brings more than 20 years of entertainment experience to the role. Prior to working at the BBC’s commercial arm she was CEO of Anglo-American film distribution company, Palisades Tartan. She has also held senior executive positions at Universal, Warner, and Vivendi.Simon Pitts, ITV managing director of online, pay TV and interactive said: “BritBox is a very exciting development for fans of British TV and a natural next step in ITV’s growth as a global production and distribution business. I’m delighted that we have someone with Soumya’s knowledge, experience, and passion for British content spearheading the service as we prepare for the US launch.”BBC Worldwide and ITV announced their BritBox venture in December. The commercial arm of the UK public caster, and UK commercial broadcaster ITV will share a majority stake in the new venture, which they plan to roll out to other international markets after the US.BBC Worldwide North America is the main commercial arm of the BBC operating in the US and Canada. It also owns a 50.1% share in cable channel BBC America through a joint venture with AMC Networks.last_img read more

Viacom has acquired VidCon a conference focused o

first_imgViacom has acquired VidCon, a conference focused on YouTube content creators and their fans, in a move designed to boost its live event and digital businesses.The channel group, which owns youth brands MTV and Nickelodeon, said that VidCon will remain a stand-alone entity, retain its senior leadership team, but will be able to “expand its global reach”.Viacom said the deal will accelerate its participation and investment in next-generation platforms, following its establishment of Viacom Digital Studios in November and its acquisition of influence marketing firm WHOSAY last month.The agreement also plays into Viacom CEO Bob Bakish’s long-term strategy to “considerably increase” the number, reach and impact of live events in the company’s portfolio.“VidCon has become the foremost gathering place for the passionate online video community, and the access to talent, experts and education that VidCon provides for attendees is unparalleled,” said Jason Jordan, Viacom executive vice president of multiplatform strategy and operations.VidCon CEO Jim Louderback and co-founder Hank Green will continue to lead the event from its offices in Missoula, Montana. Viacom said it will “simply provide more resources and a bigger microphone” to allow VidCon to continue nurturing the online video community.“We’re huge fans of the VidCon team, and we share the same enthusiasm for the power of connecting talented creators with their incredible fan communities,” said Kelly Day, president of Viacom Digital Studios.“This team has built an unprecedented live experience that brings together the global online video community in celebration of the people and platforms shaping the future of content, and we’re excited to join forces as we look to expand our slate of original digital programming and partnerships.”VidCon’s Louderback said: Viacom’s expansive reach across all of our key constituents will give us the opportunity to expand our global footprint more rapidly.“We’re also looking forward to their expertise in pioneering and executing live fan-first events – from the Video Music Awards and BET Experience to Comedy Central’s ClusterFest – as we continue to make VidCon a life-changing experience for those that create and love online video.”Last year, Viacom launched Comedy Central’s first comedy and pop culture event ClusterFest, while Paramount Network’s Bellator MMA (mixed martial arts event) visited New York’s Madison Square Garden for the first time.The first VidCon event took place in Los Angeles in 2010 and the online video conference now takes place three times a year in Anaheim California, Amsterdam and Melbourne.Louderback was appointed VidCon CEO last year. He was previously CEO of Revision3, a multichannel network that was acquired by Discovery in 2012.last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet “We are out of sync with health services in places such as Scotland with people locally having to go private if they need more than one cycle at a cost of thousands of pounds per cycle.“Sinn Féin support the case for equal access to 3 cycles in line with NICE guidelines and a review of emotional support as recently outlined in our policy document ‘A Vision for Women’s Healthcare’.“I want to commend the Fairness in Fertility campaign, for raising these very important issues and for facilitating the difficult conversations to highlight the plight of many people who are struggling to access fertility services,” she added.Mullan commends Fairness in Fertility campaign was last modified: October 31st, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Fairness in FertilityFOYLE MLAKAREN MULLANMullan commends Fairness in Fertility campaignSinn Feinstormontcenter_img SINN Féin MLA Karen Mullan has commended the Fairness in Fertility campaign who presented senior health officials with 10,000 petition signatures calling for equal access to 3 cycles. Speaking after hosting the group at Stormont, the Foyle MLA said: “Many people face a very difficult and often hidden journey to access fertility services. “Today is another step forward on that journey through the presenting of 10,000 petition signatures to the Permanent Secretary in the Department of Health. last_img read more

Chinese authorities say they are investigating a b

first_imgChinese authorities say they are investigating a batch of medication that is suspected to be tainted with HIV. According to local media, the batch contains more than 12,000 doses of human immunoglobulin — intravenous treatments used to boost weakened immune systems. China’s National Health Commission said in a statement that on Tuesday it asked medical institutions to stop using the suspect medicine, seal it and monitor any patients who might be impacted. It launched a recall of the product, which it says was produced by Shanghai Xinxing Pharmaceutical Company.”A group of experts sent by the National Medical Products Administration has arrived in Shanghai for site inspection at the company,” the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. “All the related production and inspection records have been sealed.”The South China Morning Post describes the company as a “biotech company specialising in the production and sale of blood-based medical products,” and says it is controlled by a state-owned company. It’s not yet clear whether any patients contracted HIV from the medication. The National Health Commission said “experts believe that the risk of HIV infection in patients using the drug is very low.”Tainted medical products aren’t a new issue in China. Historically, blood transfusions are a common way that HIV has spread in the country. And there has been a pattern of rural residents contracting HIV as they sold blood, as NPR’s Anthony Kuhn reported nearly a decade ago. Avert, an HIV and AIDS organization, said that in the 1990s “negligent blood donation activities” cause a “dramatic increase in the spread of HIV across China.” China has taken steps to tackle the issue, the organization added, and “in 2010 the government announced that all collected blood products were screened for HIV.”Last year, according to the BBC, Chinese authorities announced that the “number of people contracting HIV [through transfusions] has been reduced to almost zero.” Instead, most of the new cases were contracted sexually. Still, the number of people in China known to be living with HIV is rising. The Economist recently reported that Chinese authorities say about 850,000 people are HIV positive – “almost three times the number in 2010.” However, that’s likely due to better detection and more testing options, the publication says. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Teen Apparel Chain Aeropostale Files for Bankruptcy Protection

first_img May 4, 2016 Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters Reuters 256shares Add to Queue Struggling teen apparel retailer Aeropostale Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, succumbing to years of losses as shoppers moved on to fast-fashion retailers and online competitors.Aeropostale said it plans to finance its operations during its bankruptcy through a $160 million loan from Crystal Financial LLC combined with operating cash flow, according to a court filing.The company said it expects to emerge out of bankruptcy within six months with a resolution of its disputes with former shareholder Sycamore Partners, which had thrown a lifeline of $150 million to the retailer in 2014.”Aeropostale will likely emerge from Chapter 11 as a leaner entity with a smaller, but largely profitable, store base…but it does not solve the issue of relevance to the market,” said Neil Saunders, chief executive of research firm Conlumino.The mall-based retailer said it would close 113 U.S. stores and all 41 stores in Canada.”Rethinking the brand proposition is key to improving prospects. Chapter 11 buys Aero time and space to undertake this rethink. In itself does not provide a long-term solution,” Saunders said.The difficult market for teen apparel has triggered bankruptcy filings by high-profile retailers such as American Apparel Inc., Quiksilver Inc. and Sports Authority Inc. in the past year.Online retailers and fast-fashion retailers such as H&M, Forever 21 and Inditex’s Zara have posed a threat to traditional apparel retailers, but American Eagle Outfitters Inc.and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. have managed to turn around their businesses by controlling inventories and responding faster to changing fashion trends.Aeropostale said in March it was exploring strategic alternatives, including a sale, citing a dispute with a vendor, MGF Sourcing US, an affiliate of Sycamore Partners.Established by R.H. Macy’s & Co in the early 1980s, Aeropostale made its stock market debut in 2002 but the New York Stock Exchange delisted the shares in April.The company operated 739 Aeropostale stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico and 25 P.S. from Aeropostale stores in 12 states, as of May 1.The company listed assets in the range of $100 million to $500 million, and liabilities of $100 million to $500 millionThe case is in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New York, Case No: 16-11275.(Reporting By Aurindom Mukherjee and Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair and Don Sebastian) Aeropostalecenter_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Roberto Machado Noa | Getty Images 2 min read Teen Apparel Chain Aeropostale Files for Bankruptcy Protection Register Now »last_img read more

Scientists use hairthin fiber endoscope to gain insights into hardlyaccessible brain structures

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 28 2018It is the first time, scientists are able to achieve high-resolution observations of neuronal structures inside deep brain areas of living mice – by the use of the most minimally invasive endoscopic probe reported thus far. Using a hair-thin optical fiber, the researchers can look into deep brain areas of a living mouse as if through a keyhole. Recently introduced methods for holographic control of light propagation in complex media enable the use of a multimode fiber as an imaging tool. Based on this new approach, the scientists designed a compact system for fluorescence imaging at the tip of a fiber, offering a much smaller footprint as well as enhanced resolution compared to conventional endoscopes based on fiber bundles or graded-index lenses.”We are very excited to see our technology making its first steps towards practical applications in neuroscience,” says Dr Sergey Turtaev from Leibniz-IPHT, lead author of the paper. “For the first time, we have shown that it is possible to examine deep brain regions of a living animal model in a minimally invasive way and to achieve high-resolution images at the same time,” adds IPHT scientist Dr Ivo T. Leite. Sergey and Ivo work in the research group for Holographic Endoscopy led by IPHT scientist Prof. Tomáš Čižmár, who developed the holographic method for imaging through a single fiber. Using this approach, the research team succeeded in obtaining images of brain cells and neuronal processes in the visual cortex and hippocampus of living mice with resolution approaching one micrometer (i.e. one thousand times smaller than a millimeter). Detailed observations within these areas are crucial for research into sensory perception, memory formation, and severe neuronal diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Current investigation methods are strongly invasive, such that it is not possible to observe neuronal networks in these inner regions at work without massive destruction of the surrounding tissue – usual endoscopes comprised of hundreds of optical fibers are too large to penetrate such sensitive brain regions, while the neuronal structures are too tiny to be visualized by non-invasive imaging methods such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia risk“This minimally invasive approach will enable neuroscientists to investigate functions of neurons in deep structures of the brain of behaving animals: without perturbing the neuronal circuits in action, it will be possible to reveal the activity of these neuronal circuits while the animal is exploring an environment or learning a new task,” explains project partner Dr Nathalie Rochefort from the University of Edinburgh.Building up on this work, the research team now wants to address the current challenges of neuroscience, which will entail the delivery of advanced microscopy techniques through single fibre endoscopes. “Under the “Photonics for Life” flag of the Leibniz-IPHT and in the scope of the European Research Council funded project LIFEGATE, we will strive hard to prepare more significant advancements on this result, essentially funneling the most advanced methods of modern microscopy deep inside the tissues of living and functioning organisms,” concludes Prof. Tomáš Čižmár.last_img read more

Childrens air pollution exposure at school could be linked to higher overweight

first_img Source: Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 31 2019Exposure to air pollution, particularly at school, could be associated with a higher risk of overweight and obesity during childhood. This is the conclusion of a study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by “la Caixa”, performed with 2,660 children between 7 and 10 years of age from 39 schools in Barcelona.A few studies have associated exposure to air pollution with a higher risk of child obesity and overweight. However, these studies focused mainly on exposure at home, without considering the school environment.The study, published in Environment International and performed under the BREATHE project, assessed for the first time the relation between obesity and overweight risk and air pollution levels at school and home, the two microenvironments where schoolchildren spend most of their time.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeOn one hand, the research team collected data on the children’s weight and height and calculated their body mass index and obesity and overweight status. On the other hand, they used sensors in the schoolyard to measure the levels of outdoor pollution – nitrogen dioxide (NO2), elemental carbon (EC), particle matter (PM2.5) and ultrafine particles -during one week in summer and another week in winter. They also estimated exposure levels to NO2, NOx, PM2.5, PM10 and PMcoarse at the home address.”We observed that children exposed to medium or high levels of air pollution at school -ultrafine particles, NO2, PM2.5 and EC- had a higher risk of obesity and overweight as compared to those exposed to lower levels”, concludes first author Jeroen de Bont, researcher at ISGlobal and IDIAP Jordi Gol. Exposure to high levels of PM10 at home was also associated with higher risk of obesity or overweight during childhood, although in this case the analysis was done with estimates of exposure levels.”The study has however some limitations, which means that the results are to be cautiously interpreted”, says Martine Vrijheid, ISGlobal researcher and study coordinator. “Being a cross-sectional study, we only have data at one time-point, and we do not have enough data to establish the nature of the association. To draw more solid conclusions, we need new longitudinal studies that follow the study participants over time”, she adds.Regarding the mechanisms linking air pollution and overweight, some animal studies suggest that pollution can induce oxidative stress, insulin resistance and systemic inflammation, factors that are known to contribute to obesity”, explains de Bont.Most children were exposed to air pollution levels above those recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), both at school and home. Specifically, over 75% were exposed to PM2.5 levels above those recommended (10μg/m3) and more than 50% breathed NO2 levels above those considered as safe (40μg/m3).last_img read more

KAIST research team finds cause of sepsisinduced lung injury

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 7 2019A KAIST research team succeeded in visualizing pulmonary microcirculation and circulating cells in vivo with a custom-built 3D intravital lung microscopic imaging system. They found a type of leukocyte called neutrophils aggregate inside the capillaries during sepsis-induced acute lung injury (ALI), leading to disturbances and dead space in blood microcirculation.According to the researchers, this phenomenon is responsible for tissue hypoxia causing lung damage in the sepsis model, and mitigating neutrophils improves microcirculation as well as hypoxia.The lungs are responsible for exchanging oxygen with carbon dioxide gases during the breathing process, providing an essential function for sustaining life. This gas exchange occurs in the alveoli, each surrounded by many capillaries containing the circulating red blood cells.Researchers have been making efforts to observe microcirculation in alveoli, but it has been technically challenging to capture high-resolution images of capillaries and red blood cells inside the lungs that are in constant breathing motion.Professor Pilhan Kim from the Graduate School of Medical Science and Engineering and his team developed an ultra-fast laser scanning confocal microscope and an imaging chamber that could minimize the movement of a lung while preserving its respiratory state. They used this technology to successfully capture red blood cell circulation inside the capillaries of animal models with sepsis.During the process, they found that hypoxia was induced by the increase of dead space inside the lungs of a sepsis model, a space where red blood cells do not circulate. This phenomenon is due to the neutrophils aggregating and trapping inside the capillaries and the arterioles. It was also shown that trapped neutrophils damage the lung tissue in the sepsis model by inhibiting microcirculation as well as releasing reactive oxygen species.Related StoriesAPPG report highlights need to improve identification and treatment of sepsisStudy explains why several clinical trials of treatments for sepsis have been failedScientists identify mechanism that makes babies more likely than adults to die from sepsisFurther studies showed that the aggregated neutrophils inside pulmonary vessels exhibit a higher expression of the Mac-1 receptor (CD11b/CD18), which is a receptor involved in intercellular adhesion, compared to the neutrophils that normally circulate. Additionally, they confirmed that Mac-1 inhibitors can improve inhibited microcirculation, ameliorate hypoxia, while reducing pulmonary edema in the sepsis model.Their high-resolution 3D intravital microscope technology allows the real-time imaging of living cells inside the lungs. This work is expected to be used in research on various lung diseases, including sepsis.The research team’s pulmonary circulation imaging and precise analytical techniques will be used as the base technology for developing new diagnostic technologies, evaluating new therapeutic agents for various diseases related to microcirculation.Professor Kim said, “In the ALI model, the inhibition of pulmonary microcirculation occurs due to neutrophils. By controlling this effect and improving microcirculation, it is possible to eliminate hypoxia and pulmonary edema – a new, effective strategy for treating patients with sepsis.”Their 3D intravital microscope technology was commercialized through IVIM Technology, Inc., which is a faculty startup at KAIST. They released an all-in-one intravital microscope model called ‘IVM-CM’ and ‘IVM-C’. This next-generation imaging equipment for basic biomedical research on the complex pathophysiology of various human diseases will play a crucial role in the future global bio-health market. Source: read more

Engineers are developing a small cooled turbine to make drones more efficient

first_img Citation: Engineers are developing a small cooled turbine to make drones more efficient (2018, September 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Southwest Research Institute engineers are developing a cooled, radial gas turbine for a small generator that provides thousands of hours of electricity to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a significant improvement to current UAV turbines that only operate a few hundred hours before wearing out. 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. Turbines are rotary mechanical devices that, when combined with a generator, produce electrical power.”This turbine is part of a generator that’s similar to what the average person might use to generate electricity in their home when the power goes out,” said David Ransom of SwRI’s Mechanical Engineering Division. “The version we’re creating is more compact and efficient, tailored to the needs of a small, unmanned aircraft.”The problem with current small turbine models is that during the generator’s combustion process, the turbine is constantly bathed in high temperature gas that ultimately damages or destroys it.”The hotter the turbine gets, the better its performance,” Ransom said. “But these smaller turbines can’t survive the temperature, so we’ve designed one that has tiny airflow passages that cool the turbine without sacrificing the power of its performance. Normally with small turbines you have to make a choice between performance or reliability, but we’re making it possible to have both.”SwRI has worked with internal passages of high temperature turbines on large version used in power plants and passenger airplanes. To create the small, intricate design with internal air passages, engineers are using a new selective laser melting (SLM) machine, which builds metal parts layer by layer. The new SLM machine, which arrived at SwRI in December 2017, sets itself apart from other 3-D printers in that it’s built to craft layered and highly detailed metal parts rather than plastic ones.To leverage the capability of the new SLM machine, the SwRI Advisory Committee for Research launched the Metals Additive Kickoff Emphasizing Research Synergies (MAKERS) program, an internal research and development effort. MAKERS is designed to encourage collaboration between SwRI researchers on projects utilizing the revolutionary new technology. The new turbine is one of the first products to result from the MAKERS program. MAKERS and other internal research programs invest in innovative technologies that ultimately benefit client-sponsored programs.”Generators that provide power to us and to big aircraft already have cooled turbines, whereas a generator of this size for a small craft does not,” Ransom said. “It’s an exciting engineering challenge, and having the ability to print parts with the SLM machine is a real advantage.” Explore further Provided by Southwest Research Institute New blades and generators for more efficient small wind turbineslast_img read more

Bodybags rats waste Disaster response turns to VR for grim training

first_imgA Thai policewoman trudges through waste and ruined buildings looking for bodies—but she needs only a joystick and a virtual reality headset for the grim task, as technology comes to the aid of disaster management training. Counter-terrorism police are now training with virtual terrorists Virtual reality is increasingly sought after for skills training, from hospitals to industry. Disaster zone rescue is the latest in a series of VR simulations from the Red Cross.Trainees can already visit overcrowded prison cells to check on conditions—one of the group’s global mandates—or plunge into the chaotic world of a refugee camp to assess needs of those displaced by conflict.Some are even intended for mainstream use, such as an immersive first aid game created at the request of the British Red Cross. Another game looking at earthquake response is currently in production.A decade ago the ICRC produced research on gamers committing war crimes in the virtual world, which sparked ridicule. But the uproar led to the agency working with the creators of war video game “Arma 3” to create a new iteration that included a more humanitarian perspective, from the workers on the ground to the complex rules of engagement in conflict.Countries like Thailand, which lack big budgets for quick relief response, are keen to take advantage of VR’s cost-saving measures.The head of Thailand’s disaster victim identification department Nithi Bundhuwong attended the training in Chonburi and was enthusiastic about a virtual crime scene immersion program he showed off on his smartphone. “In the past, training was based on repeating (the same exercise) again and again, and it was a waste of time and money,” he tells AFP.”Thanks to virtual reality, we can simulate different scenarios” from crime scenes to the chaos of a natural disaster, he added. Police in Thailand are trialling a new VR game as part of disaster response training As around 40 police officers watch her progress on a large screen, officer Chanika Sookreang’s digital double goes from body to body in the ruined city, photographing tattoos, faces—anything that can later be used to establish who the victim was.”VR is good as it allows us to be trained before we go to the actual scene,” says Chanika, who has firsthand experience in relief work from the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami.The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) developed the new “game” and is testing it out for the first time on teams in Thailand’s Chonburi province in a bid to recreate the daunting challenge of identifying bodies, which can help in repatriating them to families.Dozens of forensic experts from the Red Cross are stationed around the world to help countries respond to tsunamis, earthquakes and other disasters.Training for refugee camps and high-risk disaster hotspots like Indonesia have long relied on heavy mannequin models. But a former Swiss army officer turned video gaming enthusiast has recruited graphic designers from the gaming industry to help create the ICRC’s first Virtual Reality unit in Bangkok, which will allow teams to reach a wider audience. “If you do training in a classroom, like how to put a body into a bodybag, it is excellent because you can have the weight,” says Christian Rouffaer, head of the VR team.By contrast, the new simulation is “weightless, but what you will have is all the risk factors” complicating search-and-rescue missions such as the presence of animals and dangling electrical cables, he tells AFP. In one sequence a rat scurries across the ground as the rescuer tries to retrieve the corpse of a woman, whose arm comes detached when the body is flipped over.’Lost Forever’To make the training more realistic, the ICRC team worked with forensics specialist Ivett Kovari. A Swiss army officer turned video gaming enthusiast has recruited graphic designers from the gaming industry to help create the first International Committee of the Red Cross ‘Virtual Reality unit’ in Bangkok Citation: Bodybags, rats, waste: Disaster response turns to VR for grim training (2019, March 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from 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. She explains that she came up with the idea for the rat “because that’s what happens in reality”. In the field, responders have to search for remains, take notes and photographs, and transport bodies. A diligent inventory of the victim’s belongings from phones and jewellery to family photos and ID cards is also crucial, Kovari tells participants in Thailand, warning that otherwise “this information is going to be lost forever”. Explore further © 2019 AFPlast_img read more

German Consulate extends support for microproject schemes to assist weaker sections

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL February 25, 2019 Published on As part of its micro-project scheme, the German Consulate-General in Bengaluru is offering support to disadvantaged groups of society with a view to “improving their social and economic situation”.Preference is being given to projects in the fields of education, vocational training, income generation and protection of the environment, said Syed Ibrahim, Honorary-Consul of the Federal Republic, in Thiruvananthapuram.Projects promoting gender equality would receive particular consideration. The target group benefitting from the micro-project should be actively involved in the project.Proposals for up to EUR 10,000 are accepted for each project. Its duration should not exceed six months, and has to be concluded before the end of the year.The list of costs that cannot be financed include staff or administrative and running costs (overhead costs); unskilled labour; vehicles; computers; printers; television sets; and travel expenses. In order to avoid conflict of interest, the Consulate-General does not support projects co-sponsored by other organisations (the European Union or the UN) that receive contributions from the German federal budget. The list of documents to be provided are: application form; financing plan; copy of the registration certificate under the Societies Act; project summary and photographs; two competitive quotations/estimates (in rupees) for each item for which the grant is requested. After the decision in favour of a project has been made, an allocation agreement would be signed between the Consulate-General and the institution. The institution is further required to submit a final report on the employment of funds, as well as a breakdown of expenses, immediately after conclusion of the project.The last date of submission of the applications is March 15. For further information and assistance, the office of the Consulate-General may be contacted at SHAREcenter_img Germany COMMENTS COMMENTlast_img read more

Riskier male sex pushes Europes syphilis rates up 70 since 2010

first_img Nation 11 Jul 2019 Birth control injections given to protect Orang Asli women from unsafe pregnancies, says Health Minister Left untreated, syphilis can have severe complications in men and women, including causing stillbirths and newborn deaths and increasing the risk of HIV. Syphilis was one of the leading causes of baby loss globally in 2016.The Stockholm-based ECDC, which monitors health and disease in Europe, said that overall, more than 260,000 syphilis cases were reported from 30 countries from 2007 to 2017. In 2017, syphilis rates reached an all-time high with more than 33,000 reported cases, the ECDC said. This meant that for the first time since the early 2000s, the region reported more cases of syphilis than new cases of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS.But the problem varied significantly by country, with rates more than doubling in five countries – Britain, Germany, Ireland, Iceland and Malta – but dropping by 50% or more in Estonia and Romania.Close to two-thirds of the cases reported between 2007 and 2017 where sexual orientation was known were in men who have sex with men, the ECDC report said, while heterosexual men contributed 23% of cases and women 15%. The proportion of cases diagnosed among men who have sex with men ranged from less than 20% in Latvia, Lithuania and Romania to more than 80% in France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Britain.Amato-Gauci said complacency among men who have gay sex and seem unconcerned about HIV risks appeared to be fuelling the problem. “To reverse this trend, we need to encourage people to use condoms consistently with new and casual partners,” he said. (Reporting by Kate Kelland; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne) Related News Nation 11 Jul 2019 Health Ministry: Back up allegations of forced birth control with evidence LONDON (Reuters) – Syphilis cases have soared in Europe over the last decade and become, for the first time since the early 2000s, more common in some countries than new cases of HIV, health experts said on Friday.Reported cases of the sexually transmitted disease are up by 70% since 2010, a report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) showed – with the rise driven by more unprotected sex and riskier sexual behaviour among gay men.”The increases in syphilis infections that we see across Europe … are a result of several factors, such as people having sex without condoms and multiple sexual partners, combined with a reduced fear of acquiring HIV,” said Andrew Amato-Gauci, an ECDC expert on sexually transmitted infections.The European report comes after the World Health Organization said last month that around a million people each day worldwide catch a sexually transmitted infection.center_img World 08 Jul 2019 Man wakes up at own funeral after doctors declared him dead Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

De Paula tries to keep KL afloat as jaws of relegation loom

first_img“The boys will have to try their best, and against JDT, we can’t afford to make a mistake. Concentration and focus from the boys have to be impeccable.“We put ourselves in this spot, but the management never lost hope. Even the fans and our families are still hopeful. I want to repay their faith. In my life, I’ve faced many battles but this is one war that I want to win.”De Paula said mental fortitude is needed to be successful and has urged everyone to have that attitude to overcome the challenge.“Even if we concede one goal against JDT today, we must have the mental strength to come back. We must fight for every ball, every challenge.“Also, tomorrow Indra (Putra Mahayuddin) would be accorded recognition for his record of being the first player to score 100 goals in the Super League. Let’s make it sweeter for him by beating JDT.“JDT have many good players. We have to be on our toes and shore up our defence,” said De Paula. Champions-elect JDT are definitely going all out to maintain their unbeaten streak in the league. After today’s game against KL, they wrap up their fixtures against Petaling Jaya City and Terengganu at the Larkin Stadium on July 16 and July 19 respectively. Related News Football 07 Jul 2019 Super League: Selangor beat Felda United 2-1 PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur’s talismanic striker Guilherme de Paula (pic) said it is time the players repay the faith the management have in the team by beating high-riding Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) at the Cheras Football Stadium in Kuala Lumpur today.De Paula has urged his teammates to give more than 100% against the Southern Tigers and also in their last match against Perak at the Ipoh Stadium on July 21.KL are the basement team in the standings with 14 points and defeat today would reduce their hopes of surviving the drop next season. PKNP and Felda United are 10th and 11th with 15 points each.“We’re in an awful situation. We have to win our next two games to beat relegation,” said the 33-year-old Brazilian. Football 10 Jul 2019 Flu floors JDT players, game postponedcenter_img Football 15 Jun 2019 Selangor defender well-equipped to shackle KL hitman de Paula {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related Newslast_img read more

Parrikar had promised but he is not among us Goa BJP chief

first_img Next Parrikar had promised but he is not among us: Goa BJP chief Vinay TendulkarGoa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar was responding to a claim by GFP chief Vijai Sardesai that his party supported the BJP after 2017 elections because Parrikar, who became chief minister, promised full five-year tenure to GFP ministers.advertisement Press Trust of India Panaji (Goa)July 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 23:45 IST After Parrikar, Pramod Sawant was made CM and he has taken the decision (to drop GFP ministers) as per the directions of the Central leadership, Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar said.Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar said Saturday that even if late Manohar Parrikar had promised a full tenure to ministers of the ally Goa Forward Party (GFP), he is no more.He was responding to a claim by GFP chief Vijai Sardesai that his party supported the BJP after 2017 elections because Parrikar, who became chief minister, promised full five-year tenure to GFP ministers.Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Friday dropped all three GFP ministers alongwith independent Rohan Khaunte from his cabinet after ten Congress MLAs joined the BJP.Asked about Sardesai’s claim, Tendulkar said, “Parrikar had promised, but unfortunately, he is not amongst us. After him, Pramod Sawant was made chief minister and he has taken the decision (to drop GFP ministers) as per the directions of the Central leadership.”Sardesai had also said that he supported Sawant government because Parrikar, before his death, had taken such an assurance from him.ALSO READ | Induction of Congress MLAs into BJP is death of Parrikar’s legacy: Vijai SardesaiALSO WATCH | JP Nadda welcomes 10 rebel Goa Congress MLAs into BJPFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhurylast_img read more

BJP to relaunch Kashmiri Pandit rehabilitation plan after JK polls

first_img Next Reuters New Delhi/SrinagarJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 15:48 IST Ram Madhav said that a previous BJP-backed government in Jammu and Kashmir state had considered building either separate or mixed resettlement townships, but had been unable to make headway. (Photo: Reutrs)The Bharatiya Janata Party will revive a plan to build secured camps to resettle scores of Hindus in the Muslim-dominated Kashmir Valley, senior leader Ram Madhav said, a proposal that would almost certainly heighten tensions in the restive region.Ram Madhav, who is the BJP national general secretary responsible for Kashmir, said his party was committed to helping bring back some of the estimated 200,000-300,000 Hindus who fled the Kashmir Valley in the aftermath of an armed revolt that began in 1989.The scenic mountain region is divided between India, which rules the populous Kashmir Valley and the Hindu-dominated Jammu region, and territory in the west that is controlled by Pakistan. The rival nations both claim the region in full.Their fundamental rights of returning to the valley have to be respected. At the same time, we have to provide them proper security, Ram Madhav said in an interview, referring to the Kashmiri Hindus, also known as Pandits.Nearly 7 million people live in the Kashmir Valley, 97 per cent of them Muslim, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Indian troops and armed police deployed to quell an uprising against New Delhi’s rule. About 50,000 people have been killed in the conflict in the last three decades, according to official figures.Ram Madhav said that a previous BJP-backed government in Jammu and Kashmir state had considered building either separate or mixed resettlement townships, but had been unable to make headway. No consensus could be built around any one view, he said.The construction of segregated enclaves has little or no support from the region’s local political parties, Muslim leadership and groups representing the Hindus who fled.India’s federal home ministry, which would be involved in any such building activity in the Kashmir Valley, did not respond to a request for comment.A blueprint unveiled by the state government in 2015 had proposed self-contained, heavily guarded colonies for returning Pandits, complete with schools, shopping malls, hospitals and playgrounds.Separatist groups in the region had opposed the project, with some likening it to Israeli settlements within Palestinian territories.The plan eventually stalled, particularly after the BJP’s alliance with a major regional party collapsed in June 2018, leading to the state coming under New Delhi’s direct rule. New state elections are likely before the end of the year.AFTER STATE POLLThe BJP is confident that it will win the upcoming state poll, Ram Madhav said, adding that the resettlement plan would be back in play.I am sure when we come back to power, we will again take it up and try and see if a solution can be found, he said.Unlike the last time, the BJP isn’t looking to come to power through alliances, Ram Madhav said, freeing itself of major regional parties that represent the region’s Muslims.The issue of Hindu resettlement in Kashmir has long been on the agenda of the BJP, but appears to have received fresh impetus after the party’s second successive general election victory in May.The BJP won 303 out of 542 seats on offer, handing Prime Minister Narendra Modi another five-year term in the Hindu majority nation.After living side-by-side with Kashmiri Muslims for centuries, Pandits fled for safety after a sharp rise in killings and attacks by Muslim militants when the insurgency flared in 1989.One of the largest migrations since India’s independence from Britain in 1947, many Pandits settled in refugee camps around Jammu. Only around 800 Pandit families now remain in the Kashmir Valley, according to some estimates.CAGED ZONEBut there is widespread opposition to any push for separate townships for returning Hindus in the Kashmir Valley, ranging from separatists to Kashmiri Pandit leaders.Sanjay Tickoo, a Pandit community leader who has continued to live in Kashmir, said the idea of building exclusive settlements with enhanced security was an unrealistic solution that would invite a backlash.Is it possible to live in a caged manner, in a caged zone, with security? he said. I have to move out of that township, I have to work, I have to earn. I cannot get everything in that township.The All Parties Hurriyat Conference, the unified separatist movement in Kashmir, met some Kashmiri Pandits last month and found that there was a consensus against separate settlements, its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said.If you put them in separate colonies, in settlements and under barbed wire, that kills the whole purpose of trying to build, again, a community, which is based on mutual trust and respect, Farooq, also considered the region’s spiritual leader by many Kashmiri Muslims, said in an interview in Srinagar.Leaders from the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party, the two main regional parties in Kashmir, said they supported the return of Hindus but were opposed to separate townships.READ | Separatists, Kashmiri Pandits form committee to find ways for return of Pandits to ValleyREAD | Kashmiri Pandits welcome Home Minister Amit Shah’s ‘Article 370 is temporary’ standWATCH | Kashmiri Pandits in pursuit of homelandFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNishtha Gupta BJP to relaunch Kashmiri Pandit rehabilitation plan after J&K pollsRam Madhav, who is the BJP national general secretary responsible for Kashmir, said his party was committed to helping bring back some of the estimated 200,000-300,000 Hindus who fled the Kashmir Valley in the aftermath of an armed revolt that began in 1989.advertisementlast_img read more