Khar cops surprise senior citizen with a birthday cake

first_imgIn a heart-warming gesture, cops from the Khar police station ensured that a senior citizen in their area was not alone on her birthday. On Saturday, four constables surprised Kumud Joshi, a retired professor, with a cake to ring in her 77th birthday.“I was pleasantly surprised to find the police officials with a birthday cake at my doorstep,” Ms. Joshi told The Hindu. “At this age, we don’t really get many visitors or people to talk to. People like us require a support system as it increases the confidence in living,” she said.The Mumbai Police’s official Twitter handle tweeted about the surprise to Ms. Joshi which led to a flood of birthday wishes for her on the social media, with many people praising the cops for their thoughtfulness. On Sunday, Ms. Joshi was presented with a collage of birthday wishes that came for her on Twitter.The surprise was planned by SI Khalil Shaikh who often visits Ms. Joshi and is constantly in touch with her. “We exchange greetings every morning on the phone. When I realised that it was her birthday, I decided to plan a surprise for her,” said Mr. Shaikh adding that the Khar police had been lending an ear to lonely seniors citizens for a long time. “At times, they want someone to have a conversation with them, so we do share our personal numbers. When we visit them, they feel really ecstatic as if a family member has come to visit them,” he said.When it comes to crime, senior citizens have always been vulnerable targets. Thus, being in touch with the local police is often helpful for them. “The cops have even gone to the extent of fetching medicines for me. During elections, they helped me get to the polling station and even dropped me back home after I cast my vote,” said Ms. Joshi.With increasing number of senior citizens living alone, many of them treat the policemen as their family members. “We always have varied experiences with the citizens. While some feel guarded and secured, many are apprehensive to our visits as they do not like their neighbours wondering why the police are paying a visit. We need to make these visits to ensure that the people living around them or working in their houses are aware that we are in constant contact with them. It helps us in preventing crimes,” Mr. Shaikh said.last_img read more

Arthur and Roberto Firmino in line for Brazil starts?

first_imgBrazil coach Tite offered few hints at his starting line-up for this week’s Brasil Global Tour clash with Uruguay when his side took to the training field on Wednesday.However, it appears that Wallace, Arthur and Roberto Firmino could all be in line for starts on Friday at the Emirates Stadium.Tite allowed only 15 minutes of access to the press, which saw only a small warm-up at Arsenal’s training complex in St Albans.  Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Wallace, though, was working with the back four on Tuesday and appears set for a start in place of the injured Casemiro.It also looks possible that Barcelona’s Arthur will retain his starting role in the midfield next to Renato Augusto, who replaced the injured Coutinho this week and was out for his first training session of the week after a long trip from China.Paulinho is another China-based player returning to the squad and he will hope to edge Renato in the fight for a place in the XI that will meet Uruguay.Gabriel Jesus scored against Saudi Arabia last month but was moved wide right in the following game against Argentina and may yet drop to the bench, while Douglas Costa is fighting for a starting role after sealing a return to the squad.Possible Brazil XI vs Uruguay: Alisson, Danilo, Marquinhos, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Walace, Arthur, Renato Augusto (or Paulinho); Douglas Costa, Neymar, Firmino (or Jesus).Follow Brazil’s week in England by joining Brasil Global Tour on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.last_img read more

Lokesh Rahul joins Rahul Dravid, Gundappa Viswanath in elite list with 6 successive Test fifties

first_imgLokesh Rahul became the third Indian and 25th overall to score six successive half-centuries in Test cricket during India’s second match against Sri Lanka in Colombo.Rahul had to sit out of the opening Test in Galle with a flu but replaced Abhinav Mukund on Thursday and made an immediate impact with a quick 57 before being run out after lunch.The 25-year-old Rahul has been India’s most reliable opener along with Murali Vijay but injuries have often kept him out of action.The Karnataka batsman suffered a major heartbreak late last year when he fell for 199 against England in the Chennai Test in December. Since then, he endured an ordinary time against Bangladesh in the one-off Test but came back strongly in the four-Test series against Australia, smashing six fifties in seven innings — five of which were scored one after another.When KL Rahul made 199 against England at Chennai in Dec 2016, he then had 4 100s & 1 fifty in Tests.Now he has 4 100s, 8 fifties!#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 3, 2017In Colombo, Rahul continued his good form and joined his Karnataka teammates Dravid and Viswanath in an elite list.last_img read more

Seroja Investments’ Vessel Served with Arrest Warrant

first_imgSeroja Investments Limited informed that its vessel under joint venture company Seroja Zhushui 5 Shipping Limited (SZ5SL) was served on 21 October 2014 with an arrest warrant by Conirma Marine S.A. (CMSA).Seroja Zhushui 5 Shipping Limited entered on 25 July 2014 into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the sale of its panamax vessel, Zhushui 5, to CMSA.“CMSA did not take delivery as obliged under the terms of the  MOA and further alleged that the vessel had deficiencies deemed unfit for delivery,” Seroja Investments Limited said in a release.According to Seroja, SZ5SL has requested for surveyor from Lloyd’s Register to inspect the vessel and was issued a clean report by the surveyor which is contrary to the allegations by CMSA that the vessel is unfit for delivery.“SZ5SL is currently seeking legal advice and intends to take steps to void the arrest warrant and defend any claims that CMSA may subsequently filed,” the release read.The company stressed that the arrest warrant is not expected to have a material impact on its financial position and that of its subsidiaries for the current financial year ending 31 December 2014.Press Releaselast_img read more

Puget Sound Alliance Handles More Boxes in 2015

first_imgzoom Container volumes through The Northwest Seaport Alliance, a marine cargo operating partnership of the U.S. ports of Seattle and Tacoma, improved 5 percent through the third quarter of 2015.Import volumes increased nearly 5 percent year to date to 1,088,615 TEUs, and exports jumped nearly 9 percent to 982,206 TEUs. Domestic volumes remained flat, up 1 percent on the year.Full export containers suffered in September, down 4 percent compared to the September 2014. A stronger U.S. dollar, decreasing demand from China and weaker economies overseas continue to impact the export market, the Alliance says.Through September, the alliance has handled nearly 2.8 million TEUs and is on pace to top last year’s 3.4 million TEUs.Auto imports also continued to post gains—a trend that is expected to continue as next year’s models begin to arrive. Nearly 140,000 auto units crossed the docks in Seattle and Tacoma through September, a nearly 4 percent increase.Breakbulk cargo—items too big or bulky to fit in a container—were up half a percent to 196,923 metric tons year to date. Grain, log, petroleum and molasses exports continue to be impacted by the weaker export market.last_img read more

Samsung Heavy Industries Bags LNGFSRU Gig

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co. (SHI) has won an order to build an LNG Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) for about KRW 250 billion ( approximately USD 221 million).SHI revealed that the newbuild order for a 170,000 cbm LNG-FSRU was received from a consortium of Marubeni, Sojitz, and Pertamina.LNG-FSRU is a specialized vessel-like facility that regasifies LNG offshore and supplies it directly to onshore demand.The latest FSRU from SHI will be equipped with Samsung’s newly developed in-house regasification system, the S-Regas(GI).As described by Samsung, S-Regas(GI) reduces the chance of corrosion from the traditional method of heating LNG directly with seawater and saves energy by 5%.SHI earlier showcased the system in September to 19 shipowner companies. “Successful showcase of the in-house regasification system led to an actual application in the new LNG-FSRU in just a month,” a Samsung representative said.The spokesperson further added that“cost savings and improvement in quality and schedule management from the in-house regasification system led to a competitive edge.”last_img read more

Centre in past 5years didnt form MLAled thana level panels in Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: Launching a fresh attack at the Centre run by the BJP government, Delhi’s ruling party AAP on Tuesday observed that in the light of deteriorating law and order condition in the past five years the Centre did not take initiative to form MLA-led “Thana Level” committees in Delhi. “The BJP since it has come to power has put an end to MLA led thana-level committees to keep police accountable,” said AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj.AAP’s chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said the seven BJP MPs need to step out of their homes and comfort zones and take responsibility. “Delhi has elected BJP MPs for the second time this year. In the last five years, how many times have any of them raised the issue of security in Parliament? Not even once,” he said. Bharadwaj said each time the people of Delhi or the elected government raised questions on the functioning of the police, Vijender Gupta has come out to defend the police. “Even when the Chief Minister was attacked, the LoP found no fault with the police and openly defended its role. Once in three days, Gupta meets the Lt. Governor on some or the other issue. But not once has he ever raised the issue of law and order in the city. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkAAP national spokesperson Atishi said even the family of the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta is not safe. “The wife of the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, Shobha Gupta, who has been a councillor in the MCD in the past, became a victim of daylight robbery at a market in Mandi House.” “Her car was stopped and when she stepped out of the car, her bag was stolen from her. This has happened in the centre of the city. If the wife of a sitting MLA and Leader of Opposition is not safe in Delhi, how will ordinary people feel secure?” she questioned. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”I hope that at least now the BJP will realise what a common man goes through in Delhi because of the lack of action by Delhi Police.” Atishi said that the Centre’s only responsibility in Delhi is to ensure security. “The Central government today has just one responsibility when it comes to Delhi – ensuring security for the residents of the city. The BJP should explain to the people why they’re not able to fulfil the one responsibility they have towards the people of Delhi,” she added.last_img read more

UN crucial in multilateral world SouthEast Asian officials tell General Assembly

“The UN remains the only truly universal and international organization. There is no alternative to the UN,” Singapore’s Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam told the General Assembly on the closing day of its annual general debate, citing a host of immediate crises such as the global economic crisis, the risk of a double-dip recession and food security, and long-term issues such as sustainable development, climate change and water security. “These are issues that require urgent joint action by the global community… The UN must play an important role in dealing with these challenges,” he said, warning against protectionism. “As the preeminent multilateral institution in the world, the UN should take a strong stand, make a united pledge against trade restrictive measures and continue to push for free trade.”The philosophy of common enrichment imbuing the UN Charter must replace short-sighted strategies of survival, he stressed, also highlighting the part economic groups such as the so-called G-20 and G-8 have to play. “There is scope for the UN to play a meaningful role by ensuring that all groupings take into account and promote the greater interest,” he said. “The UN must also act together with these groupings as complementary parts of the international system, not as mutually exclusive competitors.”Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaiku of ThailandThai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul called the UN an important cornerstone of his country’s foreign policy in relation to all three pillars of the world Organization – peace and security, development, and human rights.“In order for sustainable development to be realized, cooperation from all sectors of society and partnership with the international community are of the essence,” he told the Assembly.Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh of Viet NamViet Nam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh cited the UN’s crucial role over the past year in ending conflicts, mobilizing resources for development, facilitating multilateral negotiations on climate change, disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, providing solutions to desertification, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and nuclear safety and security, and responding to the global financial and economic crisis. “As rightly pointed out by the Secretary General, never has the UN been so relevant, so urgently needed by so many people around the world, and it must deliver concrete results that make a real difference in the daily lives of the world’s people,” he said. “It is without any doubt that with its universal membership, the Organization enjoys a unique legitimacy to be at the forefront of global governance and multilateral cooperation.”Foreign Minister Marty M. Natalegawa of IndonesiaIndonesian Foreign Minister Marty M. Natalegawa also stressed the UN’s central role but called for reform to address new and emerging challenges, such as strengthening the Assembly, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Human Rights Council, the Peacebuilding Commission and an enlarged Security Council.“That is the only way the United Nations can remain relevant, the only way to ensure thatmultilateralism will flourish,” he told the Assembly at an earlier session. “Through reform, we must ensure that the United Nations and its decision-making processes are more effective, efficient, transparent and inclusive.”Foreign Minister Dato Sri Anifah Aman of MalaysiaMalaysian Foreign Minister Dato Sri Anifah Aman cited his country’s call for the creation of a “Global Movement of the Moderates,” to counter Islamophobia and the divide between the broader Muslim world and the West.“The real issue is not between Muslims and non-Muslims but between the moderates and extremists in all religions, be it Islam, Christianity or Judaism,” he said.He also called for comprehensive reform of the Security Council to make it more legitimate, representative, democratic and transparent, and no longer beholden to the veto of five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.Prime Minister Peter O’Neill of Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill noted that his country provided uniformed UN military observers and cited Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s “heartfelt comments” at a recent Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ summit in Auckland, New Zealand, where he described his experiences on witnessing the effects of climate change on low-lying atolls in Kiribati and the developmental challenges faced by many small island developing States (SIDS) in the region.Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão of Timor-LesteTimor-Leste, which was shepherded to independence by the UN in 2002 after voting to secede from Indonesia, noted the benefits of multilateralism.Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão said his country continued to build on its relationships with its friends in Asia and the Pacific, including China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand, as well as enhancing its membership of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) and its ties with the European Union, which provides significant assistance.Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah of BruneiBrunei’s Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah voiced concern that the dynamics of the 21st century could exclude many from the common ground that is necessary for successful mediation of conflicts, the theme of this year’s general debate.“It could become the exclusive territory of great unseen globalized forces, whether in the market, the workplace or in the world of great decision-making forums,” he said. “These have the potential to be so divisive as to destroy any common ground.”Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan of the PhilippinesAmbassador Libran N. Cabactulan of the Philippines cited his country’s participation in UN peacekeeping, with 800 men and women stationed in various missions around the world. “As we look to strengthen the ramparts of peace, we recognize the important role and contributions of peacekeeping and peacebuilding at the United Nations,” he said. “The Philippines stands ready to do its part to ensure that the lines of peace are fortified and continuously expanded.” 27 September 2011South-East Asian officials today stressed the crucial need for multilateralism in solving the world’s crises, from peace and security to sustainable development and climate change mitigation, with the United Nations providing the essential cornerstone. read more

Sierra Leone UN mission urges people in Kono to cooperate with police

The call came in a statement by the Deputy chief of UNAMSIL, Alan Doss, who visited Koidu, in Kono District, yesterday to assess progress of the Government’s efforts to bring back civil administration and to follow up on the 15 October deployment of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP). Addressing some of the police officers already deployed in Koidu, Mr. Doss said that, if successful, the police’s presence there would be a major boost to the peace process. Some 70 officers of the first group of about 180 have already been deployed in the diamond-rich district. The people of Kono “will be watching to see how you conduct yourselves,” Mr. Doss told the officers, “therefore so much depends on you.”Speaking later that day at a disarmament centre in the northern district of Koinadugu, where more than 60 Civil Defence Force ex-combatants were attending a workshop on reintegration packages, Mr. Doss urged them to forget the past and forgive their former opponents. He encouraged them to take advantage of the opportunities being offered by the National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration. According to UNAMSIL, Mr. Doss received “thunderous applause” when he called on the ex-combatants to give up their shotguns during the weapons collection programme to be launched by the Government at the end of the disarmament exercise.The UN official then visited Kabala’s district administrative office, where he told the gathering that after the completion of disarmament process, his office’s major task would be the restoration of civil authority throughout the country. He appealed to people to set up district recovery committees that would champion the economic revival of their communities. read more

UN mission expresses shock that Eritrea alleges old and new offences

The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) has expressed grave concern that new and old accusations of infractions levelled by an Eritrean panel has made the mission part of the problem in the Horn of Africa and could turn the Eritrean public against the three-year-old peacekeeping mission.The latest press release issued by the Eritrean Commission for Coordination with the Peacekeeping Mission contains the new allegation that on 1 May, an UNMEE helicopter transported a “fugitive wanted for security reasons” from Senafe, Eritrea, in the Temporary Security Zone, to Adigrat in Ethiopia, the Mission said Friday.An UNMEE Board of Inquiry was urgently investigating the allegation and the results would be shared with the governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia, it said.UNMEE said some of the allegations repeated by Eritrean Brig. Gen. Abrahaley Kifle last month already had been dealt with.The Mission said it was shocked by an allegation that because it has taken no action to “clean up its activities” it had become a danger to the peace and stability of the people and Government of Eritrea.”Since its inception, the Mission has worked hard to contribute to a lasting solution to the conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia, and we are shocked to learn that we are now part of the problem,” UNMEE said.”We of course acknowledge that we are guests in Eritrea. When a guest is no longer welcome in a house, it is the prerogative of the host to decide what to do next.”The UN Security Council has called on Eritrea and Ethiopia to cooperate with UN emissaries and with one another in demarcating a boundary between the two countries, over which they fought a devastating war in the last 1990s, and it extended the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in the frontier area until 15 September. read more

Annan deploring fighting appeals for calm along IsraelLebanon Blue Line

The hostilities, which resulted in the reported deaths of several Hizbollah fighters and an unconfirmed number of wounded on both sides, were initiated from the Lebanese side and quickly spread along the entire Blue Line with Israeli civilian areas reportedly being targeted, according to a UN spokesman.The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has brokered a ceasefire to prevent further escalation, he added.”The Secretary-General appeals to all parties to respect the Blue Line in its entirety,” the spokesman said. “He also calls on the Government of Lebanon to extend its authority over all of its territory in accordance with Security Council resolutions.”In his latest report to the Security Council on the activities of UNIFIL, Mr. Annan recommended continuing the mission’s mandate because the occasional exchange of fire between the Hizbollah militia and Israel in the Shab’a farms area demonstrates that the situation remains volatile and fragile with a potential for deteriorating at any time. read more

Small Business Bureau disbursed US13M in loans for 2017 Fund Manager

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFormer Business Minister, Girls + Tech founder among Small Business Council appointeesAugust 26, 2019In “Business”Small Business Bureau approved US$1M in loans for budding entrepreneurs in 2016December 22, 2016In “Business”$100M Revolving Fund now available to small businessesJanuary 15, 2018In “Business” The Small Business Bureau (SBB) disbursed loans to the value of US$1.3M during 2017 and was only required to pay out US$6,000 in bad loans to partner banks.“That is actually way less than the total fund we have, so, that speaks to the fact that we have done generally good loans,” Gillian Edwards, the Credit Guarantee Fund Manager posited on Tuesday during a radio interview, a release from the Department of Public Information (DPI) has said.Additionally, the SBB has disbursed $70M in grants to date Edwards pointed out. “Of all the businesses we have disbursed loans to, we have been able to show, from those we visited, in excess of 60 per cent success in terms of them still in operation, we’ve seen growth in revenue and in terms of assets and things like that,” she said.The SBB’s grant programme provides $300,000 to start-ups and other qualifying applicants. “We have up to October this year to disburse the rest of monies we have in grants,” Edwards said.According to the CEO of the SBB, Dr Lowell Porter, the Bureau ’s database has more than 9,500 registered clients. In 2018, the SBB will be enhancing its impact evaluation “to measure what we have done to date.”Meanwhile, it was also noted that the SBB also plans to continue programmes that were successful like the in-school programme. The SBB, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, provided grants to 15 secondary schools for 100 business students.“It was an effort to give them (the students) the familiarity with becoming entrepreneurs so that when they leave school once they so desire they already have that information, the knowledge and the experience of starting and managing a business,” Research and Marketing Officer, Sharmayne Hedley said.The SBB says it will also be seeking to introduce more programmes in 2018 that promotes entrepreneurship in Guyana and developing the full capacity of small businesses. read more

Wear parts giant ESCO finalises buyout of Hydra Mining Tools

first_imgLeading mining wear parts major ESCO has announced the completion of its strategic acquisition of Hydra Mining Tools International. Headquartered in the UK, Hydra is a preferred provider of underground mining cutting systems for the global coal mining market. In recent years, the company has been very successful in expanding its business in China, the world’s largest producer of coal.The acquisition of Hydra Mining Tools supports ESCO’s global expansion and, at the same time, provides a new range of products for underground mining markets. The statement said: “Hydra is an innovative designer, manufacturer and supplier of advanced technology underground mining cutting systems, specialising in shearer drums and cutting tools with carbide inserts, conveyor belts, and other related components. Hydra’s focus on underground consumable parts and related capital equipment is well aligned with ESCO’s position in consumables and equipment for surface mining.Hydra’s operations include sales and manufacturing in the UK and China, and a sales office in the US. “We are excited about ESCO’s acquisition of Hydra Mining Tools and the synergies and global opportunities that it will bring to ESCO,” said Cal Collins, ESCO’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “This acquisition opens the door for ESCO into the fast growing Chinese underground coal mining markets and positions ESCO for continued expansion into the established underground coal market in the US and Australia. We will leverage the ESCO brand and our expertise in mining wear parts and solutions to better service our customers.” With the formal closing of the deal, ESCO welcomes approximately 130 new employees to its workforce of approximately 5,200 globally.last_img read more

The 12 Best Cats In SciFi History

first_imgThey say there are two types of people in this world: cat people and dog people. Dog people are loyal, friendly and kind of dumb, while cat people are independent, intelligent and can be dicks.So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that after I wrote a piece on the best dogs in science fiction, the cat people got a little pissed at me. What have dogs done to deserve an article that cats haven’t, they asked? And I had no answer.Well, now I do. I went back to the Space Pound and rounded up a cool dozen of the greatest cats to ever appear in science fiction books, movies, TV shows, video games, and comics. Have you ever tried to round up a dozen cats at once? It’s not easy.JonesySpace travel can be a lonely experience, so it should come as no surprise that the crew of the Nostromo brought a cat along to keep them company. And while we remember Ellen Ripley as the sole survivor of the events of Alien, Jonesy the feline also made it through. The cat even made a brief appearance at the beginning of the sequel when Ripley was roused from cryosleep. The fact that a simple housecat managed to avoid one of the universe’s greatest predators should give the Weyland-Yutani corporation pause.Cait SithThe Final Fantasy series has long prided itself on giving you a wide variety of characters to join your party, but Cait Sith might be the oddest. He’s a cat, riding atop a giant Moogle. But he’s not actually a cat, he’s a robot being controlled by an executive of the evil Shinra corporation to spy on the party. Eventually his handler has a change of heart, but Cait remains one of the most perplexing yet enduring characters from the game.SpotLt. Commander Data’s android quest to understand the human mind brought him into contact with a number of life forms on Star Trek: The Next Generation, but few touched him as deeply as his cat Spot. The fickle feline figured into a number of storylines, but possibly the most entertaining was when her newborn kittens saved the crew from a de-evolutionary plague. When Spot survived the destruction of the Enterprise-D, Data’s new emotion chip got quite a workout.JakeIf you’re of a certain age, you probably have a soft spot for the bizarre live-action Disney movies of the late 70s and early 80s like Escape From Witch Mountain and The Cat From Outer Space. Jake, the titular cat of the latter flick, was an Abyssinian from beyond the stars named Zunar-J-5/9 Doric-4-7. Because that’s kind of a mouthful, he went by “Jake.” Blessed with massive telepathic and telekinetic powers, he mostly uses them to fix horse races and pool games, because this is a Disney movie and the stakes are low.Dex-StarrFor a cat that’s much less friendly, we turn to the DC Universe. The power rings wielded by the various Lantern Corps typically seek out hosts that are attuned to their values, so when a Red Ring of Rage needed a new master, it’s not surprising that an alley cat from Brooklyn fit the bill. After watching his owner murdered by a home invasion, Dex-Starr was rescued from death by the arrival of his ring and embarked on a bloody campaign of vengeance against all who wronged him.JeaneThe No More Heroes games are relentlessly cynical tales of an otaku assassin climbing his way up the rankings by slaughtering his superiors with an energy sword, but they also contain a little bit of surprising sweetness. When Travis Touchdown returns to his crappy motel room to save the game and change his clothes, he can also spend some quality time with his cat Jeane. You can even learn new combat techniques by playing with her.DoraemonOne of the most beloved Japanese cartoon characters of all time, Doraemon is a blue robotic cat from the 22nd century who comes back in time to help a tween boy get his act together so his descendents won’t be total losers. Originally a manga series by Fujiko F. Fujio, Doraemon has appeared across tons of different media since his creation in 1969. Who wouldn’t want a personal cat bodyguard with a magic pocket full of future gadgets and a time machine?Mort(e)After the bombs drop, it’s highly possible that the ruins of our civilization will be populated by lesser creatures making their way through. Robert Repino’s novel Mort(e) takes as its premise a global event that elevates the intelligence of domesticated animals suddenly and irreversibly, causing them to rise up against their former masters and slaughter humanity wholesale. In the new world, former pets need to come to terms with their independence, and the titular cat doesn’t have an easy time of it.TinkerBandit, the dog from Grant Morrison’s We3, earned a spot on that other list, so it’s only fair that his cat counterpart in the triad of cyborg animals shows up here. Tinker is more pragmatic and less friendly to humans than her counterparts, but when the chips are down she helps take down a similarly enhanced pit bull and eventually gets her mechanical implants removed to live a normal feline life again. James Gunn recently expressed interest in helming the film adaptation, so we’ll see if that happens.RaulHoward Chaykin’s American Flagg is one of the most fondly remembered independent comics of the 1980s, a cutting satire of a vacant, corporation controlled Earth in the year 2031 with a dazzling supporting cast. For our money, the most interesting was Raul, a talking cat equipped with a pair of cyborg human hands who was protagonist Reuben Flagg’s confidante and information source. It’s never explained in the book how Raul got his unique abilities, and we never meet another animal with them. But if there’s one thing cats are good at, it’s keeping secrets.MaoThe Shadow Hearts series is one of the weirdest role-playing franchises in existence, blending steampunk and horror in an alternate universe during the Great Depression. Its characters are utterly bizarre as well, featuring vampires, detectives and flamenco guitarists. In the third game, you can also recruit Mao, a massive human-sized cat who drinks alcohol to improve her combat ability. Her sidequest sees Mao battling through a pagoda of other cats in an homage to classic martial arts flick Game Of Death.CatWhen is a cat no longer a cat? On classic British sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf, one of the inhabitants of the derelict ship is the result of three million years of evolution starting from a standard housecat. So, sure, he looks mostly human and walks on two legs, but he still identifies as a cat and we have to respect that. Cat is the freewheeling id of the ship, an endlessly vain and preening creature obsessed with mating and marking territory.last_img read more

Retailers sink as Amazon raises hourly pay Dow at a record

first_imgNEW YORK — Retailers sank Tuesday after Amazon said it will raise hourly wages for U.S. employees, and smaller companies continued to stumble. Several big industrial companies rose, pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a record high.Amazon, one of the largest private employers in the U.S., said it will raise the minimum wage for its U.S. workers to $15 an hour in November. Amazon also said it will advocate for an increase in the federal minimum wage, which has been $7.25 an hour since July 2009. Its stock fell, but other retailers suffered bigger losses.“The question is, do other companies have to follow suit?” said Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial. “This is the argument that what’s good for Main Street is not necessarily good for Wall Street.”The bad news for retailers didn’t end there. Stitch Fix, an online clothing company, plunged 35.2 percent $28.94. Stitch Fix had almost tripled since its IPO in November.Pepsi fell after it said the strong dollar will take a bigger chunk out of its annual profit. General Motors and Ford both fell after they reported their sales.last_img read more

Mothers Day Is A Week Away And You Know What That Means

first_imgJust about every year for a week before and after Mother’s Day you can expect to see more exterminators out putting up tents over buildings, trying to fight termites. Swarms of the wood-eating bugs have nothing to do with the annual celebration of maternal figures, but the holiday is tied to part of the year when multiple ecological factors line up in a way that facilitates termite reproduction.One particular kind of termite, an invasive species to southeast Texas, has shown up in videos, swarming outdoor lights at night — Formosan termites.“They can build a nest,” said Robert Puckett, an urban entomologist at Texas A&M University, “and they can actually do this inside a structure and that presents some unique problems for pest management.”Puckett said because Formosan termites can remain hidden inside a building for a long time, they can cause much more damage than native termites, which typically live underground and come up inside a structure just to eat, rather than live.“We know a great deal about their biology and behavior,” Puckett said, but researchers and exterminators are still learning the best ways to fight Formosan termites. Homeowners can mail in termites preserved in alcohol to his lab for testing. The lab is currently running a trial to find new ways of dealing with the bugs. Sharelast_img read more

New Crop of Robots to Vie for Space in the Operating Room

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Even though many doctors see need for improvement, surgical robots are poised for big gains in operating rooms around the world.Within five years, one in three U.S. surgeries — more than double current levels — is expected to be performed with robotic systems, with surgeons sitting at computer consoles guiding mechanical arms. Companies developing new robots also plan to expand their use in India, China and other emerging markets.Robotic surgery has been long dominated by pioneer Intuitive Surgical Inc., which has more than 3,600 of its da Vinci machines in hospitals worldwide and said last week the number of procedures that used them jumped by 16 percent in the second quarter compared to a year earlier.The anticipated future growth — and perceived weaknesses of the current generation of robots — is attracting deep-pocketed rivals, including Medtronic Inc. and a startup backed by Johnson & Johnson and Google. Developers of the next wave aim to make the robots less expensive, more nimble and capable of performing more types of procedures, company executives and surgeons told Reuters.Although surgical robots run an average of $1.5 million and entail ongoing maintenance expenses, insurers pay no more for surgeries that utilize the systems than for other types of minimally-invasive procedures, such as laparoscopy.Still, most top U.S. hospitals for cancer treatment, urology, gynecology and gastroenterology have made the investment. The robots are featured prominently in hospital marketing campaigns aimed at attracting patients, and new doctors are routinely trained in their use.Surgical robots are used in hernia repair, bariatric surgery, hysterectomies and the vast majority of prostate removals in the United States, according to Intuitive Surgical data.Doctors say they reduce fatigue and give them greater precision.But robot-assisted surgery can take more of the surgeon’s time than traditional procedures, reducing the number of operations doctors can perform. That’s turned off some like Dr. Helmuth Billy.Billy was an early adopter of Intuitive’s da Vinci system 15 years ago. But equipping its arms with instruments slowed him down. He rarely uses it now.”I like to do five operations a day,” Billy said. “If I have to constantly dock and undock da Vinci, it becomes cumbersome.”Surgeons’ wish listTo gain an edge, new robots will need to outperform laparoscopic surgery, said Dr. Dmitry Oleynikov, who heads a robotics task force for the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.Surgeons told Reuters they want robots to provide a way to feel the body’s tissue remotely, called haptic sensing, and better camera image quality.New systems also will need to be priced low enough to entice hospitals and outpatient surgical centers that have not yet invested in a da Vinci, as well as convince those with established robotic programs to consider a second vendor or switching suppliers altogether.”That is where competitors can differentiate,” said Vik Srinivasan of the Advisory Board Co., a research and consulting firm that advises hospitals.Developers say they are paying attention. Verb Surgical, the J&J-Google venture that is investing about $250 million in its project, said creating a faster and easier-to-use system is a priority.Verb also envisions a system that is “always there, always on,” enabling the surgeon to use the robot for parts of a procedure as needed, said Chief Executive Scott Huennekens.Intuitive said it too is looking to improve technology at a reasonable cost, but newcomers will face the same challenges.”As competitors come in, they are going to have to work within that same framework,” CEO Gary Guthart said in an interview.Device maker Medtronic has said it expects to launch its surgical robot before mid-2018 and will start in India. Others developing surgical robots include TransEnterix Inc. and Canada’s Titan Medical Inc.An RBC Capital Markets survey found that U.S. surgeons expect about 35 percent of operations will involve robots in five years, up from 15 percent today.J&J, which hopes to be second to market with a product from Verb, has said it sees robotics as a multibillion-dollar market opportunity. Huennekens said Verb’s surgical robot will differ from another Google robotics effort, the driverless car, in one important aspect.”There will always be a surgeon there,” he said.(Reporting by Susan Kelly; Editing by Michele Gershberg and Lisa Girion) This story originally appeared on Reuters July 28, 2016 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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The study also determined that the medication might be associated with a higher risk of diarrhea than placebo.The multi-institutional phase III trial was conducted through the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (NCCTG/CALGB/ACOSOG) to evaluate the effectiveness of sulfasalazine versus placebo in the treatment of enteritis (inflammation of the intestinal tract) during pelvic RT (> 45 Gy). A total of 87 patients, with 78 patients evaluable for the primary endpoint and with evenly distributed baseline factors, were enrolled in the study at 24 institutions in the United States from 2011 until 2013. The patients received 1,000 mg sulfasalazine or placebo orally, twice each day during RT and for four weeks after RT. The primary endpoint was maximal severity of diarrhea during and up to six weeks after RT. On a weekly basis, a health care provider graded the maximum severity and the duration of maximum severity of diarrhea, rectal bleeding, abdominal cramping, tenesmus (a sensation of incomplete defecation) and constipation. Patients completed bowel function questionnaires weekly during RT treatment, afterwards for six weeks and at 12 and 24 months post-RT. A two-sided Wilcoxon rank-sum test was used to test the equality of the distributions of maximum diarrhea severity grades.An interim analysis of the study revealed a statistically significant excess of grade ? 3 diarrhea (passing seven or more stools per day) in patients receiving sulfasalazine versus placebo (29 percent versus 11 percent, p=0.037). The study was halted in May 2013 when it was determined that it was unlikely for the sulfasalazine to indicate beneficial results.“Although 2001 research had suggested a benefit for sulfasalazine, we were very surprised to find that patients receiving sulfasalazine experienced worse diarrhea than those receiving placebo,” said Robert C. Miller, M.D., M.S., lead author of the study, a professor of radiation oncology at the Mayo Medical School and vice chairman of research in the department of radiation oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “For the prevention of radiotherapy-related diarrhea, we now know that sulfasalazine will not benefit patients. This trial clearly illustrates the necessity for large, phase III, randomized controlled trials to understand which drugs and therapies will relieve the more negative side effects for patients receiving radiation therapy.”For more information:  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systemscenter_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Feature | October 01, 2013 Sulfasalazine Does Not Reduce Diarrhea for Patients Receiving Pelvic Radiation Therapy The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. 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