Health 2.0 Conference: Big Data Making A Big Impact

first_imgAt the end of the Health 2.0 Conference earlier this month, I sat down with the event’s co-founders Matthew Holt and Indu Subaiya to discuss the big trends. I’d been impressed and excited by the innovation demonstrated at Health 2.0. It turns out much of it was driven by Big Data.Healthcare is a huge, important industry and it’s being transformed by technology all across the board: from the personal health apps that many of us use on our smartphones, to the electronic health records in doctor practices and hospitals, to the emerging revolution of digitized genomic data.What all of those things have in common is digital data, much of it on the Internet. Indeed there’s so much digital health data now that the term “Big Data” is commonly used to describe it. Another trend is that healthcare is moving beyond the doctor’s office and into the daily lives of consumers, via smartphone apps and new platforms that host health data.SurprisesI began by asking Matthew and Indu what, if anything, surprised them over the few days of the conference.Matthew noted the evolution of natural language processing tools, which combined with Big Data are leading to surprising innovations. An example is a startup called Treato, an impressive search engine for health data that I got an inside look at during the event. Treato effectively scans millions of pieces of unstructured health data on the Web and orders it – for example creating user reviews of medication.Matthew also noted the rise of “small data making vital connections.” He pointed to one of two winners of the DCtoVC Startup Showcase, Beyond Lucid Technologies. This company offers an electronic health record (EHR) for emergency response agencies (such as ambulances). It’s an example of a health solution that delivers the right piece of information at the right time and place, enabling better on-the-spot decision making. This service potentially saves lives.Indu commented that big data is also enabling a “new level of personalization and targeting.” She pointed to the winner of Health 2.0 Developers’ World Cup, New York City-based MedTurner. The service uses natural language processing to monitor tweets for health-related information. It then analyzes those tweets and “offers relevant advice and resources.” Use cases include monitoring for signs of depression or suicide, tracking CDC travelers’ health, rare disease clinical trial matching and Medline Plus drug safety and side effects alerting.Personalized MedicineOne of the most exciting areas of health technology currently is what’s been termed ‘personalized medicine.’ MedTurner is one example, but the most interest is in consumer genomics companies like 23AndMe. The hope is that genomic data will lead to hyper-personalization of disease prevention and treatment.As Indu remarked, the current era of personalized medicine is “the oppositie of patient social network PatientsLikeMe. There’s no one like me.”Once again, Big Data is a key ingredient. Indu explained that “in order to have hyper-personalization, you need to tap the crowd and look for the pattern. It’s a kind of closed loop.”If there is one major concern though, it’s that doctors aren’t adequately trained to use genomic data. Indu called this a “massive gap” in healthcare. However she mentioned there are a couple of apps that help physicians navigate genomics.The Danger Of Information OverloadOne of the challenges of Big Data is that it may lead to information overload for doctors. Particularly when genomics takes off (it’s still early in that era). I asked Indu and Matthew how doctors will cope.Indu agreed that it’s “a massive problem [and] there is a firehose coming.” But she sees a lot of potential in dashboard tools that help doctors interpret and manage the data inflow. An example for the consumer audience is TicTrac, the winner of the startup Launch! segment during the Health 2.0 conference. TicTrac, currently in private beta, lets you track a variety of health data in one place.What’s needed is a kind of advanced TicTrac for doctors. “The hope is in some of the organizational tools that are not going to make single dumps of data, but are going to send a pattern,” said Indu. “Or they’re going to allow somebody very quickly to look at millions of data points and visualize [that] this patient needs an intervention.”Dashboard tools that do this kind of pattern visualization will become “the doctor’s best friend,” according to Indu.Matthew agreed, adding that post-operative apps that enable healthcare organizations to monitor a patient’s condition after they leave the hospital will also help.Technology Down The StackWhich leads us to another trend in health technology: spreading the workload around. Indu noted that “putting technology all the way down the stack,” so that patients or nurses can actively monitor health data, allows doctors to “just deal with things that need [their] expertise.”In particular, “the prevention part [of healthcare] is moving more to self-management tools” for consumers.Matthew remarked that this will allow doctors to see fewer patients for longer time periods, because they will be focusing on the patients that need them the most. So for example, instead of a doctor seeing a lot of patients for 7 minutes each (which is the norm these days) they will be able to spend 45 minutes on 7–8 patients per day.In summary, the Health 2.0 Conference showcased a lot of innovative health technology that will soon be not only in your physician’s hands – but yours too. Big Data is driving much of this innovation. The more health data we have and the better it is analyzed and structured using technology, the more effective our healthcare system will be.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#health last_img read more

New Cruise Terminal to Make Mumbai Like Miami, Says Port Trust

first_imgThe new cruise terminal that is being planned in Mumbai will make the city at par with Miami in the United States, a beach town known as a party destination, the Mumbai Port Trust said. The Indian city is set to have floating restaurants, a marina and an international cruise terminal, according to the port authority.The new terminal will be 10 times bigger than the current one. “Our aim is to make this place in Mumbai comparable with Miami,” Sanjay Bhatia, the chairman of the Mumbai Port Trust, said, according to NDTV.The terminal will have the capacity to host large cruise ships that ferry up to 5,000 passengers and will have a total capacity of 700,000 passengers per year. It will be spread over 4.15 lakh sq. ft. and is expected to cost about Rs 300 crore.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Minister for Shipping and Ports Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for the upcoming international cruise terminal on Jan. 11. The ministers said that the port would lead to growth in jobs and tourism.“Spread across 2 hectares, Mumbai’s New International Cruise Terminal (ICT) is being constructed to the best global benchmarks to berth super-liner cruise ships; Will have facilities like shopping malls, duty free shops, restaurants, hotels, etc,” the Ministry of Shipping tweeted.A Mumbai to Goa cruise for domestic travelers will be launched as well.The initiative is being taken under the government’s ambitious Sagar Mala project, a nationwide attempt towards port modernization and development of coastal zones.The Mumbai port project will be undertaken in two phases, with the first phase, which aims to cater to 200,000 passengers, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018. The new terminal will be fully ready to host more than 700,000 passengers by the end of 2019.Live Now: Foundation stone laying ceremony of International Cruise Terminal at Mumbai Port @nitin_gadkari @Dev_Fadnavis @MumbaiPortTrust @pibmumbai @PIB_India— Ministry of Shipping (@shipmin_india) January 11, 2018Currently, the cruise port in Mumbai has check-in baggage handling facilities, a lounge, duty free shop, curios and handicraft stalls and toilets, foreign exchange facilities, etc. The terminal area in use is only 2,500 of 6,000 sq. mt.According to official data, 27,827 total passengers came through the port, including international passengers, in 2012-13. The highest number of passengers, at 36,803, was in 2011-12. Related ItemsMumbaiTourismlast_img read more

Aim for top in Tests too

first_imgIndia are a whitewash away, so to speak, from becoming the top-ranked team in ODIs. This implies, of course, that they have to reverse the trend of recent whitewashes involving India and start winning!A 5-0 result against Sri Lanka in the series that starts today would make Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team top of the pops in ODIs – the first time since 2009. That is not an inconsiderable achievement and in that sense, Dhoni is being unduly modest when he says that this is an opportunity to assess how good his team is.But in a broader perspective, I would dearly hope that this is not the extent of the ambition of the captain, his team, the BCCI and even Indian fans – that is if all these stakeholders still believe Test cricket to be the most challenging and important format in the sport.The limited overs formats are exciting, make no mistake, and India winning the 50-over World Cup last year was a big deal. But it is too well established that the shorter the game, the lesser nuanced it gets; indeed, it becomes more and more of a lottery.T20, therefore, is sometimes exhilarating, but mainly maddeningly topsy-turvy. The 50-over format is far more settled, but it is in the Tests that skills, temperament, tactics and character are put to the sternest examination.Almost every cricketer worth his salt accepts this, but recent trends – where players have forgone Tests for the T20 circuit – also suggest the peril that lies ahead. This is where emphasising and promoting Test cricket becomes so crucial.advertisementI would be happier, therefore, if there was greater talk in Indian cricket circles – and this includes in interviews given by captains, players and BCCI officials – of the need to regain the No.1 Test spot. Alas, too little has been heard on this.If it needs reminding, India was at the top spot in Test cricket last year, but in a little over a year, the team has slumped to the number 5 position. The decline has been rapid and massive enough to invite deep scrutiny – if not drastic action. Sadly, this does not appear to be high on the agenda of Indian cricket.Over the past year, as the team got whitewashed in both England and Australia, there have been more excuses than remedial action. True, Indian cricket is in a transitory phase as BCCI officials are quick to remind us, but that does not mean effort should be lacking to hold on to the top ranking.With Rahul Dravid now retired and some stalwarts either at the end of their careers or coming back after an extended lean trot, the pressure will be on India’s cricketers to show greater determination and ability. What we saw in England and Australia when the going got tough was that the players became soft.I do hope that my perception is wrong. The season ahead is long and daunting. India are to play some of the best teams in the world in Tests – Australia, England, South Africa – not to mention the home series against New Zealand.There can’t be a better opportunity to regain the top spot. But this entails both intent and deep desire among cricketers and the administration. If you ask me, Dhoni’s real task begins after the current series against Sri Lanka – even if India return as the no.1 ODI side.Yuvraj’s comebackYuvraj Singh’s inclusion in the list of 30 probables for the World T20 Championships to be played in Sri Lanka in September has whetted the appetite of cricket fans; I dare say all over the world. Is the dashing allrounder set for an early return to international cricket?Exciting as his return would be and heroic as his battle has been against cancer, I would err on the side of caution where Yuvraj’s comeback is concerned. Medical clearance apart, there is also the issue of match fitness and form on which a player bases his confidence.Yuvraj is still a young man with several years of cricket ahead of him so he need not be rushed back into a situation where he is found wanting, either physically or psychologically. It is important that he gets enough practice, both in the nets and in competitions, to regain the form that made him arguably the best limited overs cricketer in the world.That said, the BCCI has done well to include him the list of probable; that shows faith and is also an incentive.advertisementBut thereshould be no deadline. If his return takes a while longer, it does not matter. What does is that a fighting fit Yuvraj wears the India colours again. What a story that would be!(The writer is a seasoned journalist)last_img read more

Mourinho sets new mark for home futility

first_imgFor the first time in his managerial career, Jose Mourinho has gone four consecutive home games in all competitions without a win.The Manchester United boss saw his side draw Valencia 0-0 on Tuesday in the Champions League, sealing a fourth successive home fixture without victory.United have now gone four home games without a win for the first time since December 2015, when Louis van Gaal was in charge.  Article continues below 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! It was also a fourth straight game in all competitions without a win for United, who are off to their worst start in league play since 1989-90.Mourinho and his team have endured a trying campaign in 2018-19 thus far, with the manager engaged in a series of high-profile spats with his players and the club’s hierarchy.The manager’s behaviour has led club legend Paul Scholes to say that the Portuguese is “embarrassing the club.”The Red Devils have not secured a win at home since a 3-1 victory over Leicester City on the Premier League’s opening day.Since then at Old Trafford, United have fallen 3-0 to Tottenham, drawn Wolves 1-1 and were defeated on penalties by Championship side Derby County in the Carabao Cup. Mourinho will look to avoid a fifth successive home match without victory when United host Newcastle in Premier League action on Saturday.last_img read more

MUA Turns Down Patrick’s EA Proposal Deadline

first_imgzoom The Maritime Union of Australia said today that it has rejected the arbitrary deadline put in place by the management of Patrick Stevedores for its final offer on a new enterprise agreement for four stevedore Patrick’s terminals.The dockworkers at port of Botany’s Patrick container terminal halted all operations on Wednesday launching a 48-hour strike as 260 people voiced their protest against the failure to reach a deal on a new wage agreement after a year of talks.The company and the union tried to agree on extended working hours, as the company requested the dockworkers provide more labor on midnights and weekends. In turn, the dockworkers wanted the company to provide more job security, as almost 200 people lost their jobs as a direct result of automation.Meanwhile, the company’s management is said to have prepared a new offer for the workers, giving them 36 hours to give a reply.Local media said that the proposed deal provides a pay rise of 1% in the first year, 2.5% in the second year and 2.75% in each of the last two years, among other things.“In correspondence to the company today, MUA Deputy National Secretary Will Tracey said it was absurd to expect a response in 36 hours to an 18 page document that cross references several other detailed documents as well as various ongoing discussions at four different terminals,” MUA added.According to Tracey, a response on the proposal could not be given before next Friday, April 22nd, as the union needed time to discuss the proposal with all of the relevant stakeholders.“The actions across the various terminals are because of both national and local claims and the company seeks to shift the goal posts each time we reach the position they state they seek,” he added.“Both Fremantle and Port Botany have outstanding local issues around the roster that applies to permanents and we are seeking some certainty for workers over hours of work within a framework of the flexibility required to service a modern stevedoring company.“All four terminals have issues with Patrick reneging on its initial salary offer in the space of a week – something we haven’t encountered in negotiations with this company since we first began the process of enterprise agreement negotiations in the early 1990s,” he said.“Issues around job security, a transparent and accountable allocation of labour, safety clauses and officers, the certainty of the productivity bonus system, redundancies, process of change in the terminals and management of company policies also remain outstanding within national discussions.”last_img read more

Clash of titans on cards in fifth phase polling in UP

first_imgLucknow: The fifth phase of polling in 14 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh on Monday will see a clash of titans including Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.The BJP had bagged 12 of these seats in 2014 with the Congress winning Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli and Rahul Gandhi’s Amethi — the only two constituencies where the Congress succeeded out of the 80 in the entire state. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghAround 2.47 crore people are eligible to vote in Dhaurahra, Sitapur, Mohanlalganj (SC), Lucknow, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi (SC), Barabanki (SC), Faizabad, Bahraich (SC), Kaiserganj and Gonda constituencies where 182 candidates are in the contest. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is contesting on five seats – Dhaurahra, Sitapur, Mohanlalganj, Fatehpur and Kaisarganj. Its ally Samajwadi Party (SP) is fighting for seven seats -Lucknow, Banda, Kaushambi, Barabanki, Faizabad, Bahraich and Gonda. In Amethi and Rae Bareli, the SP-BSP alliance has not put up any candidate, leaving the two constituencies for the Congress. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh is seeking re-election from Lucknow, while his colleague at the Centre Smriti Irani is again taking on Rahul Gandhi in Amethi. In the Faizabad parliamentary constituency, under which the temple town of Ayodhya falls, sitting BJP MP Lallu Singh is taking on Nirmal Khatri of the Congress. Khatri is a former Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief. Former Union minister and Congress candidate Jitin Prasad is contesting from Dhaurahra against former Chambal brigand Malkhan Singh. Malkhan Singh, 76, has been fielded by Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia, floated by SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s brother Shivpal Yadav. On Friday, the final day of campaigning for the fifth phase, BJP chief Amit Shah along with a host of party leaders held a roadshow in Amethi, seeking support for Smriti Irani. On Friday, Bollywood actor Sonakshi Sinha, the daughter of SP candidate from Lucknow Poonam Sinha, took part in a roadshow in the state capital. Poonam Sinha’s husband, actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who is the Congress candidate from Patna Sahib, had joined her last month when she filed her nomination papers as the Samajwadi Party candidate. Polling will be held in the state in the next two phases as well.last_img read more

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Thursday as the benchmark S&P 500 index posted its best monthly gain since 2015.A series of strong earnings helped power January’s monthlong rally, which followed a dismal December that nearly brought the benchmark index into a bear market.On Thursday:The S&P 500 index rose 23.05 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 2,704.10.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 15.19 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 24,999.67.The Nasdaq composite climbed 98.66 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 7,281.74.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 12.48 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,499.42.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 39.34 points, or 1.5 per cent.The Dow is up 262.47 points, or 1.1 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 116.87 points, or 1.6 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 16.56 points, or 1.1 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 197.25 points, or 7.9 per cent.The Dow is up 1,672.21 points, or 7.2 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 646.46 points, or 9.7 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 150.86 points, or 11.2 per cent.The Associated Press read more

Global minerals arms smuggling networks fuel DR Congo conflict – UN report

Minerals and arms smuggling worth millions of dollars persists in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) despite international sanctions, fuelling rebel strength despite national army operations, and army and rebel soldiers continue to kill civilians, according to a new United Nations report that calls on the Security Council to take action to plug the gaps.The independent Group of Experts monitoring UN sanctions on the DRC reports that the mainly Rwandan Hutu rebels of the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR) continue to exploit gold and cassiterite in North and South Kivu provinces with the help of trading networks in Uganda, Burundi and the United Arab Emirates, while irregular arms deliveries have come from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Sudan.End buyers for cassiterite include the Malaysia Smelting Corporation and the Thailand Smelting and Refining Company, which is held by United Kingdom-based Amalgamated Metals Corporation, the experts add. The rebels also get weapons leaked to them from the army itself while the rebel diaspora abroad, particularly in Europe, coordinates fundraising and operations. “The increasing rate of FDLR combatant defections and FDLR temporary removal from many of its bases are only a partial success, considering that the armed group has regrouped in a number of locations in the Kivus, and continues to recruit new fighters,” they write of the army’s offensive, noting that the rebels continue to benefit from residual but significant support from top army commanders and external support networks in Burundi and Tanzania.“FDLR has a far-reaching international diaspora network involved in the day-to-day running of the movement, the coordination of military and arms trafficking activities and the management of financial activities.”The report calls on the Security Council to ask Member States to share data on active FDLR diaspora members, prosecute sanctions violations by nationals or leaders of armed groups residing in their territories and take steps to prevent companies from supporting such groups by trade in natural resources.The Council should also call on all States in the Great Lakes region to immediately publish their full import and export statistics for gold, cassiterite, coltan and wolframite and centralize them in a body chaired by an independent auditor mandated to verify any statistical anomalies.“The focus of the report is the international, regional and local networks that are fuelling the crisis in eastern Congo,” Group Coordinator Dinesh Mahtani told a news conference.The experts call on the Council to strengthen the authority of the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) in monitoring the arms embargo, and to reiterate its request to Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, the Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia to provide full data on all flights to or from the DRC. On human rights abuses, they call on the Council to mandate MONUC to set up a vetting mechanism to screen the records of national army officers and impose disciplinary and judicial sanctions on gross human rights abusers. “FARDC (the national army) and FDLR have been involved in significant killings of civilians and other abuses from March to October 2009, causing additional waves of displacement of several hundred thousand civilians,” they write. Turning to the efforts to reintegrate former rebels into the army, the experts report that the officer class of another group, the Congrès national pour la défense du peuple (CNDP), in particular General Bosco Ntaganda, has continued to retain heavy weapons from its period of rebellion and still controls revenue-generating activities and parallel local administrations. They call on the Council to urge the DRC authorities to remove General Ntaganda from the position of Deputy Commander of Kimia II operations (the offensive against FDLR) and implement an assets freeze and travel ban against him, since his name is included in the list of individuals under sanctions.“CNDP military officers deployed as part of FARDC Kimia II operations have profited from their deployment in mineral-rich areas, notably at the Bisie mine in Walikale, North Kivu, and in the territory of Kalehe, in South Kivu,” they write.“In both these areas, the FARDC commanding officers on the ground are former CNDP officers,” they add, citing evidence showing direct involvement of CNDP military officials in the supply of minerals to a number of exporting houses which supply the international companies mentioned above. 7 December 2009Minerals and arms smuggling worth millions of dollars persists in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) despite international sanctions, fuelling rebel strength despite national army operations, and army and rebel soldiers continue to kill civilians, according to a new United Nations report that calls on the Security Council to take action to plug the gaps. read more

Pizza Hut accuses Oxford council of putting gown before town

first_imgPizza Hut has accused Oxford council of putting “gown before town” after it rejected proposals for a new, neon lit frontage in order to protect its heritage.The popular food chain wanted to redevelop the signage on its outlet in the city’s High Street to make it more modern and vibrant.It said the new front would provide “colour and interest” to an otherwise rather dull area.But Oxford City Council accused Pizza Hut of trying to “push boundaries” and said it was “absolutely crucial” to protect the heritage of areas such as the busy thoroughfare. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Pizza Hut in Oxford wanted to redevelop its sign, adding bright lightingCredit:WESSEX NEWS AGENCY Pizza Hut responded by arguing that the city should not be defined solely by the university.A spokesman said “The conservation area overview reminds that while Oxford  is exceptional in its colleges and general architectural quality, it is also a major regional commercial centre.”It confirms High Street belongs to town rather than gown and that it is central to a vigorous commercial shopping centre.”The company said the street and its businesses need advertising to be varied in design, colour, materials and shapes.”We wanted to update our signage in line with the rest of our estate to ensure we have a modern and vibrant brand image that continues to appeal to customers,” it added.”We’re disappointed that the application has been denied.”Pizza Hut has put forward a fresh proposal with the lighting removed.center_img Council leader Bob Price said: “Part of Pizza Hut is also part of the Covered Market, it’s a very important part of the city’s heritage, and a sign could make a huge difference.”The High Street in Oxford  in one of the jewels in the crown of Britain’s shopping offering and everybody along it knows by and large what is required.”Pizza Hut were trying to push the boundaries a bit too far.”The restaurant chain appealed the decision but a Government inspector backed the council, agreeing that the shop front “was not up to the highest standards needed for the sensitive location.” Pizza Hut wanted to redevelop its sign, adding bright lightinglast_img read more

Equinox becoming a very accepted part of the Zambian scene

first_imgEquinox Minerals has secured the long-term land title to some 35,000 ha (350 km2) of township and mine operating areas at its Large Scale Mining License located in the Northwestern province of Zambia where Equinox is currently commissioning the Lumwana copper mine and progressing its Lumwana uranium project through permitting. Land title, or ‘surface rights’, whilst not required to conduct mine development and production operations (which are covered by the Lumwana Large Scale Mining License), had been sought so as to provide the company with long-term flexibility and benefits. This grant will permit the company to manage and administer the Lumwana surface rights, in particular the planned sub-division to deliver employee home ownership and other commercial developments within the Lumwana Township.The provision of such land title is a testament to the confidence both the traditional leaders and the national government have in the company in the way it manages its investments in Zambia, as well as its relationship with all stakeholders.The company has also been pleased to announce that it’s Lusaka based Corporate Relations Manager Nathan Chishimba has been elected as the new President of the Zambian Chamber of Mines for 2008/2009. Chishimba replaces Passmore Hamukoma. The Chamber was first established in 1942 and is a well known voice of the Zambian mining industry. It functions to assist the industry and its initiatives to encourage, protect and foster mining through consultation with government. The Chamber serves to shape future policy in all relevant matters affecting investment and the continued development of a vibrant and successful mining industry.Commenting, Harry Michael, Equinox COO said: “We are extremely proud to see Nathan elected as Chamber President. This is a strategically important position and is the interface between industry and both government and non-government institutions.”last_img read more

AIMEX Productivity Day to round off show

first_imgPresentations on a range of innovative products, solutions and services which will deliver increased productivity and efficiency for the mining industry will be a highlight of the final day of AIMEX 2013, on Friday, August 23 in Sydney. One of three “theme days” during the exhibition, the AIMEX Productivity Day will focus on ways to increase mining productivity and profitability to ensure that operations are running at optimum efficiency. Topics to be covered will include case studies on successful process and asset optimisation, how to get increased production on existing sites, using automation to get more from equipment, increasing efficiency through fleet optimisation, and optimising production of hydraulic excavators and shovels. Attendance at these presentations is free of charge but will be strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.Presentations include Success stories in process and asset optimisation in the mining industry,  to be presented by Ian Larsen, Intelligent Solutions Leader – Australia, GE Intelligent Platforms at GE Mining. This will discuss how a number of mining companies have successfully been using process and asset optimisation techniques to increase throughput and reliability, while simultaneously minimising energy costs and optimising maintenance activities. Increasing brownfield production will be presented by Andrew Crose, Sales and Marketing Manager, Modular Mining. Uncertainty in commodity prices means that getting the most from existing resources is more important than ever. Crose will discuss how operational changes can ensure miners are getting the most tonnage each and every operating hour from their existing workforce and equipment. Using your existing automation system to ‘sweat your assets’ is to be presented by Geoff Irvine, Industry Manager – Mining, Rockwell Automation. Irvine will look at ways of using existing automation systems on mining plant to drive greater throughput, lower costs, and better manage the asset base.Increasing efficiency through fleet optimisation will be presented by Demetre Harris, Global Product Manager, Leica Geosystems Mining. Harris will look at how Leica Geosystems Mining’s Jigsaw fleet management system incorporates proven optimisation algorithms to optimise truck allocations for more efficient mine operation – including demonstrated increases in efficiency from the system in use at a working mine. Finally, Optimising hydraulic diggers is to be presented by Bruce Leslie, Engineering Manager, LC Engineering. Leslie will present on LC’s Titan production monitor, which uses sophisticated electronics and transducers to weigh each shovel bucket before it is dumped in the truck, and immediately forecasts how many remaining bucketloads are recommended to achieve the most efficient filling for the truck. The other theme days during the exhibition are the AIMEX Women in Mining Day on Wednesday August 21, and the AIMEX Safety Day on Thursday August 22. Full details of all events on during AIMEX can be found at read more

The Pope as a Superhero Pic of the Day

first_imgHE’S TAKEN A selfie, been named Time’s Person of the Year, appeared on the front cover of Rolling Stone magazine AND had a nun’s baby named after him.What next for Francis?A stint as a real world Superman?Graffiti depicting Pope Francis as Superman and holding a bag of ‘Values’ is seen on a wall of the Borgo Pio district near St. Peter’s Square in Rome. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)The white-caped crusader appeared Tuesday on a wall just off Borgo Pio, a tiny cobble-stoned street near St. Peter’s Square.The artist is identified only as Maupal.The Vatican obviously approves of the depiction, tweeting a picture of it Peace doves released by the Pope are immediately attacked by a seagull and crowThanks, God: Pope Francis says the internet is a gift from GodElsewhere: Nun who didn’t know she was pregnant gives birth, names baby Francislast_img read more

The Evening Fix now with added astronaut swimming pool

first_imgOne month-old endangered Bornean Orang Utan clings on to his mother named Miri in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)HERE ARE ALL the things we learned, loved and shared today.THINGS WE LEARNED#SHOOTING A man was shot dead outside The Huntsman pub in Gormanston, county Meath this afternoon. It is understood the victim had links to dissident Republican activity. Gardaí are investigating.#IRISH EXAMINER The Irish Examiner and a number of regional papers have been sold as part of a complex internal restructuring after Thomas Crosbie Holdings went into receivership. The Sunday Business Post, which is also published by TCH, is to apply to the High Court to enter examinership, while Thomas Crosbie Printers Ltd is to apply to be put into liquidation.#HORSEMEAT Wiener sausages that were withdrawn from sale in IKEA while tests for horsemeat DNA were carried out are now back on sale. The company said that DNA analysis didn’t show any indications of horse meat.#ROAD DEATHS A woman (39) has died after being struck by a van in Bunnahowen, Glencastle, Co Mayo this morning. This brings to eight the number of pedestrians who sadly lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year.#RECOVERY Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore held a press conference this afternoon to mark the coalition’s second anniversary. They said the government is making “serious progress” but more work is needed in some areas. Kenny said that exiting the IMF/EU bailout programme is the “main goal” looking ahead.THINGS WE LOVEDPoor Lola, a cross-breed puppy, was thrown over the wall of a back garden last night. But luckily she was rescued by the DSPCA, and is on the road to recovery from mange and being underweight:Pic: DSPCA/FacebookHow do astronauts train for spacewalks? In this amazing pool.Heard of the Steadicam? Well, it’s a camera invented in 1976 that is responsible for some of the most incredible shots in modern movies. Here’s more on Buzzfeed. (PROVINZ2010/YouTube)A fascinating look at the lives of black servants in Kenya, through the eyes of photographer Guillaume Bonn. (Refocused Media/Vimeo)THINGS WE SHAREDWhat happens when a top food critic goes from omnivore to vegetarian? The Washington Posts’s Joe Yonan comes clean.Woah now. We really want to visit this mirrored room in Denmark.last_img read more

Several F16 jet engines stolen in Israel

first_imgThe engine of an F-16 fighter jet weighs around 3,700 pounds. Moving one is no small task, so to find out several have been stolen from an Israel Defense Force base is sure to have a few people scratching their heads, especially as no one seems to know what happened to them.Although an inside job is suspected, the Israeli government doesn’t seem too fussed about the theft. The engines are old and no longer in use, and they believe they were stolen to be sold for their value as scrap metal.That may be the case, but US defense industry research groups and think tanks have been quick to point out the theft may actually be quite serious. Designing and manufacturing a jet engine remains a very complex process, and the F-16 engines are thought to be more advanced than anything either China or Iran currently has.The worry is that even if the engines were stolen for their scrap value, the group who stole them may get a better offer from a government interested in taking the engines apart and learning how to make them. That could knock years off research and development of new fighter jets for certain countries keen to increase their military power as quickly as possible.Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time this has happened. Last year eight F-15 and F-16 engines were stolen from a base in Tel Nof. It could even be the same people carrying out this new theft, meaning they are organized and capable of transporting the engines quietly to whoever chooses to buy them.For the moment, the response seems quite muted. Israel just thinks they are being broken apart for scrap. The Pentagon believes all questions regarding the theft should be referred to officials in the Israeli government.More at DefenseTechlast_img read more

South Florida sisters search for guardian angels who saved them at Vegas

first_imgWELLINGTON, Fla. (WSVN) — Two South Florida sisters scared to death during the Las Vegas shooting are searching for the men they’re calling lifesavers.Because of the help from these strangers, they made it out alive. Now they want to find the strangers who became their heroes.Lauren Farina pulled out her phone moments after the first shots were fired. She had no idea what was going on but knew she wanted to record it. “If something happens to me and I’m not able to tell what I saw, maybe the police could use this video,” said Lauren in a Facebook live video.Lauren and her sister Lulu took the picture below at the concert that night. They’re wedding planners from Wellington that were in Vegas for a convention and figured they’d catch a show while they were there.Lauren and Lulu Farinas“It’s OK. It’s OK. Relax, relax, relax, relax,” could be heard on the sisters Facebook video.But even as they tried to stay calm, panic set in with the sound of gunfire.“It sounded like everything was so close,” said Lulu in a phone interview with 7News, “so we thought that there was a shooter like on the ground, or multiple shooters is what it sounded like because there were so many gunshots.” The only thing linking the Farinas sisters to the men who helped save their lives is a pair of sandals.If you have any information and think you can help them reunite, please contact 7News.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Lauren had lost her shoes and one of the men gave her his. Then came guardian angel number three, driving a truck, taking the Farinas sisters in.“They just flung the door open and shoved her in there and said ‘Yes, yes’ and they threw her in there,” said Lulu. “They threw me in the bed of the truck.”That truck driver is Taylor Winston. Lauren saw him giving an interview on TV.“We went back towards the gunfire and just started looking for priority victims,” said Winston.“I just lost it,” said Lauren. “I started crying. My hands started shaking. I just couldn’t believe that one of the three guardian angels I was given that day was found.”Still, Lauren has no idea who the other two men are, or even if they survived, but she plans to find out.“I’m going to do everything I can possibly do to try to find this man,” said Lauren, “because I just need to give him a hug and say, ‘Thank you.’” center_img The Farinas wanted to run, but Lauren has a knee injury — she’s been in a wheelchair since March.“I was just dragging her out as fast as we could,” said Lulu, “just trying to get out and run away as far as we could.”But as fast as they could wasn’t fast enough. Lulu was losing strength and a woman next to them screamed as she was shot.That’s when a man Lauren calls her “guardian angel” came along.“He went underneath her arm and just picked her up and helped me drag her, continuing on passed, across the street,” said Lulu.A second man — guardian angel number two — helped carry Lauren to safety.“Honestly, without these two men, I would be laying there in plain view of this person,” said Lauren. “I honestly don’t even think I would be on the phone with you today.” last_img read more

Unnao gang rape CBI gets time till September 9 to finish probe

first_imgNew Delhi: A court here on Monday granted the CBI time till September 9 to complete its investigation and file a status report in the 2017 Unnao gangrape case, one of the four related cases transferred by the Supreme Court from Uttar Pradesh. District Judge Dharmesh Sharma approved the investigative agency’s request seeking more time to further investigate the case in which Shubham Singh, Naresh Tiwari and Brajesh Singh Yadav are the accused. All the three are out on bail. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us The woman was allegedly raped by expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and the three men in two different incidents in 2017 when she was a minor. A separate rape case has been registered against Sengar in which the trial commenced on Friday. The CBI had earlier told the court that the matter was at the final stage of investigation and had sought one week’s time to complete its probe. The court had granted time till August 26 to the probe agency. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us The apex court had transferred four criminal cases– the 2017 rape case; an alleged fake matter under the Arms Act against the father of the rape survivor; his death in police custody, and the gangrape of the woman. The court had earlier declined the plea of CBI seeking 30 days to complete the investigation and directed it to file a status report by August 17. Advertise With Us The woman, who was a minor then, was allegedly raped by Sengar on June 4, 2017 and the three persons on June 11, 2017. The woman is battling for life at AIIMS here after a truck rammed into the car in which she was travelling along with some family members and her lawyer on July 28. Two of her aunts died in the accident. Sengar, a four-time legislator who represents Bangermau in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, is lodged in jail since April 2018.last_img read more

Youths body recovered

first_imgPolice recovered the body of an unidentified young man from a water body in Kaliganj, Jhenaidah on Monday night, reports UNB.The age of the deceased was around 25 years.Locals spotted the body at Nolbeel of Maliat union in the upazila around 7:00pm and informed police, said sub-inspector Emdadul Haque of Totipur police camp.Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Jhenidah Sadar Hospital morgue for an autopsy.last_img

Battling odds 6 tribal girls crack Madhyamik examination with flying colours

first_imgKolkata: What does Preeti and Kichku, Sefali Desra, Seema Marandi and Kakkhimoni and Purnima Tudu have in common?These tribal girls are the first generation learners and they have all successfully passed the Madhyamik examination whose result was announced on Wednesday.Madarpur village under Rajnagar block in Birbhum district is around 40 km from Suri and is a tribal-dominated village. Along with poverty, the illiteracy rate is also very high.Festivities began early in the village when news of the girls clearing the Madhyamik examination poured in on Wednesday afternoon. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe girls were given coaching by Bulaki and Sushmita Chakraborty, two members of Shreeja India.Taparada Mardy, a local youth and a WBCS aspirant gave them coaching in Mathematics. Chakraborty taught them other subjects like English, History, Geography and Physical Science too. Chanda Marandi, a local of the village, gave two rooms of her house for their coaching classes. Chakraborty stayed in the village for four days to coach the girls. Shreeja got immense cooperation from local teachers who allowed the girls to attend the coaching classes on Mondays and Tuesdays without attending school on these two days. When Tapan Roy, Shreeja coordinator, approached the school authorities with the request to send the girls to coaching on school days, the teachers accepted it as all wanted them to clear the first public examination. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedShreeja India has been set up by Shib Shankar Dasgupta, an engineer from Jadavpur University now settled in the United States. Shreeja’s purpose is to make girls self-reliant and encourage them to devote their spare time in playing games like football. In Birbhum, a football coaching centre was set up in 2017.The girls come and play football and within a few months, the game became very popular among the girls in the villages.”The game helps them to improve their physical fitness and at the same time their sense of cooperation went up fast,” Dasgupta said.It may be mentioned that the Kolkata Police in collaboration with Shreeja have introduced Damini, a project where football coaching is provided to the girls with a view to make them self-reliant.Two football coaching centres have been set up in Park Circus and the other one in North Kolkata. The girls who come to play football will be given coaching in studies later.last_img read more

Rescue loans for Spains banks buy Europe time

first_imgSpain has already agreed to government belt-tightening. More austerity likely would have pushed Spain, already suffering from near-25 percent unemployment, deeper into recession.“You don’t want an economy of that magnitude going down the tubes,” says Daniel Drezner, a professor of international politics at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. Spain has the world’s 13th-biggest economy, more than four times the size of Greece’s. It is the fourth-largest economy in the Eurozone.In recent weeks, jittery investors had demanded higher interest rates on Spanish bonds. If Spain had tried to borrow money in the bond market to rescue its banks, investors would have demanded a much higher interest rate than the favorable deal the banks are getting from their euro neighbors.The rising fears come at a time when nearly half the countries that use the euro are in recession. At 11 percent, unemployment in the euro zone is at the highest level since the single currency was introduced in 1999.Europe’s weakest countries aren’t all alike.Spain and Ireland, like the United States, were crushed by a collapse in the housing market, which left their banks with huge losses on housing loans. The Irish government was forced to slash government spending to pay for a bank rescue. The austerity has pinched the economy; Irish unemployment exceeds 14 percent. AP Business WritersWASHINGTON (AP) – A $125 billion plan to rescue Spain’s banks won’t solve Europe’s debt crisis or ease the pain of double-digit unemployment across the continent.But it is likely to calm financial markets and buy time for European policymakers to work with other weak economies threatening the stability of the 17 countries that use the euro.Europe still has plenty of troubles to address in the three other countries that have already received financial help â(EURO)” Greece, Portugal and Ireland. In Greece, voters could elect a government next week that will refuse to live up to the terms of the country’s $170 billion rescue package. Portugal is combating a toxic combination of high debt and 15 percent unemployment. Ireland is cleaning up a banking mess a lot like Spain’s. Then there’s Italy, the eurozone’s third-largest economy, where government debt is piling up as the economy stagnates. Greece ran up vast budget deficits it couldn’t sustain and smothered its economy in regulations designed to protect favored industries.Italy and Portugal are desperately in need of economic growth that will provide the tax revenues they need to pay their bills. But deep spending cuts in both countries are threatening their economies.The troubles in Europe also are causing economic problems for the United States and developing countries such as China and Brazil, which rely on Europeans to buy their exports. So the plan unveiled Saturday eases pressure on the United States and the rest of the world economy as well.European economic troubles pinch U.S. businesses. U.S. companies send 22 percent of the goods they export to Europe and have more than $2 trillion invested in factories, offices and businesses there.A bigger fear is that Europe’s financial troubles could cross the Atlantic. When banks lose confidence in each other, they refuse to lend each other money. Credit dries up, depriving economies of the fuel they need to grow. A financial crunch can wreck the economies on both sides of the ocean as it did in 2008.“Anything that calms European markets is good for the United States,” says Tufts’ Drezner. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Worse, a Greek exit from the euro would raise fears that another European country such Portugal or Italy might be next.“A significant part of this (bailout for Spanish banks) has to do with ring-fencing Greece,” says Jacob Kirkegaard, a research fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington. “This is enough to prevent added market contagion.”But analysts said even bolder action may be needed from some key European governments and institutions that have been leery of committing too much to the effort.Germany, worried that it will get stuck with the bill for any ambitious schemes, has rejected several ideas for easing the crisis. It has been reluctant to ease the terms of previous bailouts to reduce the pain of government spending cuts on Greece, Portugal and Ireland. And it has resisted calls for the creation of joint “eurobonds” that would raise money and spread responsibility for repayment across the euro countries.Likewise, the European Central Bank has been reluctant to intervene to jolt the eurozone economy. Last week, it passed up an opportunity to reduce interest rates. And it has been reluctant to flood the economy with money to push down interest rates the way the U.S. Federal Reserve has. The Spanish deal also gives European policymakers more time to strengthen the euro. They are already planning to create a “banking union” with a centralized regulator, a bailout fund and deposit insurance that covers savers across Europe.Europe still needs to find a way to stimulate economic growth across the continent so that European countries can begin to grow their way out of their debt problems.Despite the bank deal, Spain’s grinding economic misery will get worse this year, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Sunday. The conservative prime minister said the economy will shrink by 1.7 percent this year and more Spaniards will lose their jobs, even with the help.“This year is going to be a bad one,” Rajoy said.___________________________________________________Svensson contributed from New York and AP Business Writer Sarah DiLorenzo contributed to this report from Paris.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “We still have some pretty fundamental problems to solve,” says Nicolas Veron, senior fellow at the Bruegel think tank in Brusssels. “We need more radical solutions than this one.”Spain on Saturday asked finance ministers for the 17 countries that use the euro for money to rescue its banks, which have been crushed under the weight of bad real estate loans. The finance ministers responded by offering up to $125 billion in loans that the Spanish government could funnel to banks.The plan eases an immediate crisis in the euro’s fourth-largest economy. The deterioration of Spain’s banks and the pressing need for a rescue was threatening to bankrupt its government. That would likely cause far more pain for Europe than the financial messes in Greece, Portugal and Ireland.“This move brings into sharp relief the enormous amount of money that will be needed to cordon off the rest of the euro zone periphery in the event of a Greek meltdown,” says Eswar Prasad, professor of trade policy at Cornell University.Investors are worried about what will happen when Greek voters go to the polls June 17.If Greece reneges on the strict austerity measures that come with its rescue package, it could be forced to abandon the euro. Greece’s departure from the Eurozone would likely cause financial chaos across Europe: Greek debts would go from being denominated in sturdy euros to being denominated in Greek drachmas of dubious value. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Quick workouts for men Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of The rescue money for Spain will come from pools set up by other euro countries. Spain’s government will distribute it to the banks. The banks will pay it back with interest, and the money will go back to the rescue pools. Interest rates and other details had not been revealed as of Sunday.Spain had been resisting pressure to seek outside help for its banks, which have been overwhelmed by bad real estate loans. But leaders became increasingly concerned that any fallout from Greece’s upcoming elections would rock markets, further hurting Spain’s financial sector. The exact amount Spain needs won’t be clear until outside accountants complete an audit of its banks by June 21.Unlike the three other European countries that have received financial help â(EURO)” Ireland, Portugal and Greece â(EURO)” Spain did not have to agree to deeper cuts in its government budget to secure the help.Working in Spain’s favor is the fact that its public debts aren’t especially high. They amounted to less than 69 percent of its gross domestic product at the end of 2011. Even Germany, an economic powerhouse, has public debt that amounts to 82 percent of annual economic output. Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more