Piezoelectric film used for new remote that twists and bends

first_img Touch pressure pad using piezoelectric film (sample) (PhysOrg.com) — Murata Manufacturing Co. is using high-transparency organic piezoelectric film for its two new devices, a remote control that works by bending and twisting, and a touch-pressure pad that connects to PCs. Murata will ship samples of both devices next year. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Murata says the film they are using has a high piezoelectric output constant; high transparency (light beam transmittance of 98% or higher according to the internal haze measurement) and most notably it is free from the “pyroelectric effect.” Murata, in its press release announcing the devices, stresses what is special about its film. Conventional piezoelectric films are usually subject to a pyroelectric effect. The company says this is a drawback because they cannot detect bending and twisting vibrations separately from changes in temperature. Murata instead has developed a high-transparency piezoelectric film that is free from the pyroelectric effect. Murata developed the film through a joint research effort with Kansai University and Mitsui Chemicals. Explore further That bending and twisting movement is the key feature of its new remote control device for TVs. The device is called the Leaf Grip Remote Controller, and it can convey the tv user’s commands by using a bending and twisting motion. The control device uses two piezoelectric films: one for detecting bends and the other for detecting twists. Murata further describes the remote as using pigments to discharge electrons when it receives light, and is assembled with a photovoltaic cell that converts light into electricity to provide it with a “battery-less feature.” Citation: Piezoelectric film used for new remote that twists and bends (2011, September 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-piezoelectric-remote.html The second device that Murata announced is a Touch Pressure Pad, which is a panel that can be connected to a PC. The touch panel can detect vertical and horizontal finger movements and can measure the user’s pressure strength. For example, the user can enlarge an image at high speed by pressing the panel firmly and at low speed by pressing the panel lightly.Murata will exhibit and demonstrate their devices at CEATEC Japan 2011, which will take place from Oct 4, 2011 in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. CEATEC is Japsn’s IT and electronics trade show. Murata will start to ship samples of the sensor and touch panel in the spring and fall of 2012. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Leaf Grip Remote Controller using piezoelectric film (sample) More information: Press release Touch pressure pad using piezoelectric film (sample) Japanese company develops world’s first ultra-thin piezoelectric waterproof speakerlast_img read more

Shark Wheel on a roll to reinvent skateboarder experience

first_img Explore further More information: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1 … arding-wheel-that-sh (Phys.org) —A California-based company has a new kind of wheel for skateboards that delivers a novel shape and claims a special ride experience. This is the Shark Wheel, not circular, not square, but something more interesting. The wheels appear as square when in motion from a side view but the wheel geometry is more than that. The wheels feel circular to the rider, and viewing them along with more details may help to clear the mystique. The wheels are made of three strips each; these create a helical shape when they roll, and they form a sine wave pattern. When the wheels make contact with the ground, good things happen, say the team behind the wheels—the user gets speed, better grip, and a smoother ride. As the wheel inventor, David Patrick tells the story, the wheel began when fashioning a cube made of different parts, and he accidentally dropped the object on to the ground, That is when he got his inspiration to reinvent the wheel. He had figured out how to take six simple shapes and assemble them in such a way to form a cube. When by accident he dropped the cube to the ground it rolled and it kept on going and going no matter what the terrain.He and the team got to work modeling the design, testing the wheel performance in different conditions and with focus groups of experienced riders, and molding a final design in industry-standard urethane. They now want to do a full production run, and for that phase they have launched a Kickstarter campaign. They have surpassed their goal of $10,000, having raised $21,823 at the time of this writing. Estimated delivery of the 70mm skateboard longboard wheel is September 2013. For $55 and up you get four of these wheels and more depending on the size of the pledge. Based on the success and speed of response, it appears that the stated benefits of the Shark Wheel are appealing enough to those who skateboard. For example, less friction points on the ground allow the wheel to roll faster than a traditional skateboard wheel. The sine wave pattern is said to support better lateral grip. The team says the wheels perform well in rain and gravel. The alternating pattern of grooves reduces hydroplaning by channeling liquid, sand or gravel out and away from the surface of the wheel. Rounded edges allow liquid and gravel to pass around the wheel. Another advantage is its self-centering design, where at high speeds the Shark Wheel does not suffer from “Speed Wobble.” Skateboarders are not the only end users that Patrick and his team have in mind. Their first products for sale are for the skateboard industry but they would like to see a day when their wheels enter other markets as well. Citation: Shark Wheel on a roll to reinvent skateboarder experience (2013, June 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-shark-wheel-reinvent-skateboarder.html © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Quality control in the manufacturing cyclelast_img read more

EV racing car named Lola breaks world speed record

first_img(Phys.org) —EVs might be parked in people’s minds as second cars of convenience, suitable for around-town errands and small-distance commutes. Forward thinkers are hoping to see EVs do their thing on long-distance travel while enthusiasts like the idea of exploring EVs in motorsports, to see what kinds of designs, materials and techniques can achieve better performance and speed. A car named Lola sits in the motorsports camp, and it has just set an electric land speed record for a lightweight electric car, achieving over 200 mph. Drayson Racing Technologies, the company behind the Lola B12 69/EV vehicle, made history this week at a racetrack at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire, England. More information: www.draysonracingtechnologies.com/ © 2013 Phys.org Explore further Citation: EV racing car named Lola breaks world speed record (2013, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-ev-car-lola-world.htmlcenter_img The team behind this lightweight electric powered car achieved a speed of 204.185 mph, a new world record for such a vehicle. Before that, the record was 175 mph, won by Battery Box General Electric in 1974. (Roger Hedlund won that record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in the US.) The Kidlington, Oxfordshire company’s chief executive, Lord Drayson, a former government Minister for Science and Innovation,.was behind the wheel of the Drayson vehicle. The company was founded in 2007. Its mission is to work with others to developer more sustainable automotive technologies. The company uses motorsport competitions as a way to focus its efforts. “We bridge the gap between research lab and commercial application- using the crucible of motorsport competition to promote and develop sustainable technologies,” according to the company.Their problem-solving skills were put to the test for a vehicle that could qualify to try for the electric land speed record. They had to deliver a car that weighed less than 2,204 pounds without the driver. They answered the weight problem by modifying a Le Mans Series car. They replaced a bioethanol fuel engine and they used a lightweight battery pack that offered 850 horsepower. The chassis was made with recycled carbon fiber to minimize air friction. “Motorsport has always been the test bed for major automotive innovation,” according to the company. “Nowhere else are components and new technologies tried, tested and proven under such extreme conditions as on the race track.” But an auto analyst told the BBC there is another way to measure real human strides in making electronic cars more plausible. He said as far as making an EV faster, that was relatively straightforward. What’s difficult is making EVs practical—-confronting the physics of how batteries store and release energy. Electric-car Nemesis at top speeds is record-breaker This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Observed cosmic rays may have come from twomillionyearold supernova

first_img Cosmic mystery deepens with discovery of new ultra-high-energy neutrino © 2015 Phys.org The existence of such a supernova is also intriguing because, in unrelated work, a supernova of the same age and distance has been proposed as the source of rare iron isotopes buried in the Earth’s ocean crusts. The two different sets of data—cosmic rays and iron isotopes—both seem to point to the same exploding star as their source.The scientists, Michael Kachelrieß, et al., have published a paper on the signatures of supernova in cosmic ray spectra in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.As the researchers explain, it’s difficult to extract information about the sources of cosmic rays from observations. This is partly because the galactic magnetic field that permeates empty space interferes with the cosmic ray trajectories, which makes the cosmic ray energy intensity nearly uniform. In addition, there are likely multiple sources of cosmic rays, and the signals from all of these sources overlap in the cosmic ray spectrum, which makes it difficult to extract signatures of individual sources.Despite these challenges, the researchers explain that the cosmic ray energy spectrum may still have some “memory” of individual sources, which could be encoded in small features. The researchers specifically focused on some of the puzzling features, such as why there are more than expected positrons (antielectrons) above a certain energy level. While these features appear puzzling from the standard perspective of cosmic rays and are often ignored, accounting for them is key for identifying the supernova as a cosmic ray source.”Traditionally in cosmic ray physics, one uses the approximation that the sources of cosmic rays are smoothly distributed in time and space,” Kachelrieß, a physics professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, told Phys.org. “Our paper and the related work show that this approximation should be abandoned. For the understanding of many physical phenomena, it is important to take into account that cosmic rays are accelerated in events which happen only about once per century in our galaxy.”The data also provide a way to constrain the parameters of this source: a source that was older or younger than about two million years, or a source that was nearer or further away than 100 trillion miles, would be inconsistent with the observed spectra. One possibility that the data rules out, for example, is that these high-energy cosmic rays originated from a “superbubble,” which is a region of space that is “blown” by massive star formation and large numbers of supernovae. The only plausible model of the cosmic ray source, according to the data, is an individual supernova.”We are continuing to refine our model for the cosmic ray propagation, extending it, for example, to lower energies,” Kachelrieß said. “This may have also an impact on the predictions of antimatter fluxed from dark matter annihilations or decays. Moreover, we will try with collaborators to calculate the effect of cosmic rays from this local supernova on the Earth’s atmosphere.” Journal information: Physical Review Letters (Phys.org)—High-energy protons, nuclei, and other particles are constantly showering down on Earth’s atmosphere from space, but the origins of these cosmic rays is unknown. One possibility is that the cosmic rays come from supernovae, although the evidence for this claim is limited. Now by analyzing the cosmic ray energy spectrum, scientists have been able to deduce that some high-energy cosmic rays may have originated from a two-million-year-old supernova located roughly 100 trillion miles away. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Citation: Observed cosmic rays may have come from two-million-year-old supernova (2015, November 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-cosmic-rays-two-million-year-old-supernova.html More information: M. Kachelrieß, et al. “Signatures of a Two Million Year Old Supernova in the Spectra of Cosmic Ray Protons, Antiprotons, and Positrons.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.181103 This illustration of the region surrounding our Solar System shows the estimated location of the two-million-year-old supernova, lying close to the galactic magnetic field, that may have been the source for some high-energy cosmic rays observed today. Credit: Michael Kachelrieß, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Explore furtherlast_img read more

Mineral in lunar meteorite suggests water was once on the moon

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Water on the moon, some have suggested, would be valuable, because it could support a colony—or perhaps be used for other purposes, such as powering spacecraft. But thus far, efforts to find any below the surface in the more temperate regions have come up empty-handed. In this new effort, the researchers were studying one of the lunar meteorites found on the surface of the Earth. Such meteorites are pieces of the moon blasted into space by an impact. The fragment studied by the team in Japan turned out to be unique—it held some amount of moganite, a mineral that only forms in the presence of water.Prior research had shown that the meteorite, named NWA 272, crashed into a northern part of Africa approximately 17,000 years ago. Comparison with other moon surface material confirmed it came from the lunar surface, as well. After finding it contained moganite, the team ran more tests to show that it had not formed after landing on Earth. © 2018 Phys.org Study suggests Earth’s water was present before impact that caused creation of the moon (A) Lunar moganite, (B) red and blue denote the high and low relative abundances. Credit: Masahiro Kayama and M. Sasaoka (SASAMI-GEO-SCIENCE) Schematic of the history of precipitation of moganite and subsurface H2O ice in the Moon. Credit: Masahiro Kayama and M. Sasaoka (SASAMI-GEO-SCIENCE) Journal information: Science Advances To explain the presence of the mineral, the team suggests the moon was struck by a comet or other water-bearing object. Some of the water likely evaporated, but some would also have seeped into the lunar surface. As the water sat below the surface, moganite eventually formed. Sometime thereafter, the same area was once again impacted—this time by an object that flung bits of the lunar surface containing the moganite into space. After that, it made its way to Earth.The researchers suggest their finding is exciting because logic suggests if water were under the surface at one time, more could be there now. It would just be a matter of making the effort to find it. More information: Masahiro Kayama et al. Discovery of moganite in a lunar meteorite as a trace of H 2 O ice in the Moon’s regolith, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar4378AbstractMoganite, a monoclinic SiO2 phase, has been discovered in a lunar meteorite. Silica micrograins occur as nanocrystalline aggregates of mostly moganite and occasionally coesite and stishovite in the KREEP (high potassium, rare-earth element, and phosphorus)–like gabbroic-basaltic breccia NWA 2727, although these grains are seemingly absent in other lunar meteorites. We interpret the origin of these grains as follows: alkaline water delivery to the Moon via carbonaceous chondrite collisions, fluid capture during impact-induced brecciation, moganite precipitation from the captured H2O at pH 9.5 to 10.5 and 363 to 399 K on the sunlit surface, and meteorite launch from the Moon caused by an impact at 8 to 22 GPa and >673 K. On the subsurface, this captured H2O may still remain as ice at estimated bulk content of >0.6 weight %. This indicates the possibility of the presence of abundant available water resources underneath local sites of the host bodies within the Procellarum KREEP and South Pole Aitken terranes. Photograph of lunar meteorite NWA 2727. Credit: Masahiro Kayama and M. Sasaoka (SASAMI-GEO-SCIENCE) Explore further A team of researchers led by Masahiro Kayama of Tohoku University has found evidence in a lunar meteorite that water once existed on the moon. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the team describes their study of the meteorite and why they believe it offers evidence of water on the moon. Citation: Mineral in lunar meteorite suggests water was once on the moon (2018, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-mineral-lunar-meteorite-moon.htmllast_img read more

Painting for a cause

first_imgThe alarming rise in the number of rape cases, abuse and trafficking faced by the fairer sex has prompted many individuals and organisations to step up and make an effort to stop these dastardly acts. The Apne Aap Women Worldwide, which works at the grassroots level, is one such initiative taken.And in order to make the world a better place, it is best to start changing mentalities right from the budding stage. So with the intention of changing the thought process of younger generation, the group recently organised a poster making competition in Delhi. Young artists produced some really wonderful and thought-provoking works. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘The focus is how sensitively these issues can be presented and the competition was an attempt in making young people participate and acknowledge these aspects of our social life,’ said Abhilasha Kumari, director, Apne Aap. ‘The roar may have died down, the issue hasn’t. The response of people, is very reassuring,’ said Manisha Parekh.Apurva Shroff, one of the winners, feels that it is only men who can make women feel safe. Describing her poster, she says: ‘It signifies that we live in a male-dominated society and the cufflinks signify a man’s hand. The different shades of hand — black, grey, white — represent the different type of men around us. It’s high time men should rise against rape because it’s only men who can make women feel secure. My poster says ‘Help her feel safe and rise against rape’’.We agree.last_img read more

Modi visits Australian varsity gets update on agriculture

first_imgIn his first engagement at Brisbane, where he landed earlier in the day on the second leg of his three-nation visit, Modi visited the QUT. There was palpable excitement among the student community, which also includes a large number of those of Indian origin.Modi was asked to write a message on the agricultural robot, and he wrote in Hindi “research is the mother of development”, according to a tweet by the ministry of external affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJICurious students gathered around the robot to read what the Indian prime minister had written.A translation of the entire message was posted by the university.It read: “Research is key to development. There is ongoing relationship between development journey of humankind and research. Increasing dominance of science and technology in the field of agriculture will surely prove to be beneficial to farmers and to the field of agriculture as a whole. It is an important endeavour for the welfare of mankind. Best wishes for your effort.” Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindThe Agro Robot is a lightweight machine that performs the functions of a large tractor, including weeding.Modi took a walk around the university to learn more about the agricultural research going on there, including how to enhance the bio-technological processes to fortify bananas with more iron content.The prime minster also wished the children on Children’s Day, celebrated on the birth anniversary of India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. “I am fortunate to be among children on Chacha Nehru’s birthday,” an MEA tweet cited Modi as saying.Many researchers of the Indian origin community were seen taking selfies with the prime minister.Modi met researchers, the student community and got an update on projects focused on bio-fuels, bio-fortification and agro-robotics.Modi arrived earlier in the day from Myanmar to attend the G20 summit.He is the first Indian prime minister to visit Australia since Rajiv Gandhi in 1986.Modi was received at the airport by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.Indian High Commissioner in Australia Biren Nanda was present.In Australia, Modi will attend the G20 summit in Brisbane Nov 15-16 and also hold talks with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Canberra during his five-day stay here.Among his other engagements here Friday is a reported bilateral meeting scheduled with British Prime Minister David Cameron.last_img read more

Collecting laurels

first_imgThis award was received by Sudhir Sobti, Chief Manager (PR and Publicity) on behalf of Delhi Tourism, from Lalit Panwar, Secretary (Tourism), Ministry of Tourism, in an elaborate and ornamented award ceremony on 25 November, at JW Marriot Hotel, in the Capital.Now thrice in the row, this endowment recognizes the fact that Delhi offers the most comprehensive and satisfactory stay to tourists from around the globe.Delhi is aggressively coming out as a tourist friendly destination, with its increasing cultural hangouts and improved infrastructure. Delhi, a city with numerous heritage delights, is a unique destination for the modern day explorer. Delhi Tourism has been making consistent efforts to make Delhi as one of the most lively cities in the world for tourism. Cultural initiatives taken by Delhi Tourism have persistently been driving local as well as international tourists in the city.Reader’s Travel Awards by Conde Nast Traveller India has been recognizing the best of travel experiences to deliver the most prestigious award in travel industry. The worthy of this accolade is decided by the readers of Conde Nast’s publication, who vote based on their own personal experiences with the contestants.last_img read more

Spiritual connection

first_imgFrom devotional traditions of South India to Meera bhajans and ‘Nirgun’ bhakti songs, the second day of the Bhakti Sangeet festival captivated the audience with its diversity of spiritual and devotional renditions.As the evening opened, Meeta Pandit introduced the Delhi audience to the beautiful devotional traditions of South India; while Iqbal Ahmad Khan’s Meera bhajans reminded the audience of saint Meera’s selfless love and devotion to Lord Krishna.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Popular singer Shubha Mudgal of Abke Saawan fame ended the mesmerizing evening with chantings of devotion to the ‘Nirgun’ or formless Creator.Delhi’s much-loved annual Bhakti Sangeet festival is presented by Sahitya Kala Parishad and Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Govt of Delhi. This year it has nine individual and group performances of Bhakti and Sufiana renditions over three days at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri. No matter what language we speak or which culture we adhere to, there are certain elements of human consciousness that transcend all tangible differences. Devotion to the Ultimate Being is one of those universal sentiments that find expressions in multiple forms. Be it in the form of bhajans or qawwalis or Gospel music, devotional music is one form of expression that does not fail to strike the chords of believers. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Every individual soul finds its own way to connect with the eternal reality. Some perceive the Creator as a formless transcendent reality; others conceptualize Him in a human form. In different cultures and languages, people develop and nurture their own devotional traditions. Each region borrows from the saints that roamed in their lands. Music is a form that resonates with people across the world by aligning the mystic frequencies of a mind to verbal expression of love,” said Shubha Mudgal.  The annual Bhakti Sangeet Festival serves the purpose of unifying and bringing together the multiple traditions of Indian devotional music at one stage. From Kabir bhajans, to the distinct bhakti music from South India, to Sufiana kalams from Punjab! The stupendous diversity and variety of multiple traditions of devotional music of India is on full display at the Bhakti Sangeet Festival.Anup Jalota, who performed on the first day of the festival said, “We are a country known globally for its spirituality and we have multifarious ways of professing our love to God. The Bhakti Sangeet festival is a unique platform that brings together people from different genres of music and unites them by their love for the devotional music.” The last day of the festival will see four performances including one by Kabir Café, a band dedicated to Kabir bhajans. Others who will perform on the last day include Arshad Ali Khan (Krishna bhakti); Sumitra Guha (Ram Bhakti) and Master Saleem (Punjabi Sufiana Kalaam).Sahitya Kala Parishad, the cultural wing of the Government of NCT of Delhi was setup in 1968 for the promotion and propagation of Art and Culture in Delhi. As one of the most interactive department of the Delhi Government, Sahitya Kala Parishad for the past three decades and more has been carrying out its mandate with full vigor and dedication. Its projects and programmes concentrate more on youth, women and weaker sections of  society.last_img read more

S Bengal districts likely to receive heavy rainfall over weekend

first_imgKolkata: Some of the South Bengal districts may witness heavy rainfall later this week as another low pressure trough will form over north-west Bay of Bengal. The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore on Wednesday predicted districts like East Burdwan, West Burdwan, East and West Midnapore, Birbhum and Nadia will receive heavy rainfall along with lightning in some parts later this week. The other South Bengal districts may also witness moderate rainfall. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the weather office, a low pressure trough is likely to form over north-west Bay-of-Bengal resulting in more rain. There is also prediction of thundershowers in some parts. It may also rain in some of the North Bengal districts from Saturday. Due to the impact of heavy rain, the temperature may drop by a few notches in the city and some South Bengal districts.A senior official of the weather office said that the situation will remain complicated until August 25 due to the formation of a low pressure trough. The condition may improve from the next week, as predicted by the MeT office.It may be mentioned here that heavy rains lashed some of the coastal districts in the state a few days ago. The city and its adjoining areas have been witnessing scattered rainfall for the past few days. A senior weather official said the influence of the low pressure zone, which is likely to become more marked from next Saturday, may bring moderate rainfall in the neighbouring states like Odisha and Jharkhand.last_img read more

N Bengal districts to witness heavy rainfall in next 48 hours

first_imgKolkata: The Regional Meteorological Center at Alipore predicted heavy rainfall in some of the North Bengal districts in the next 48 hours whereas South Bengal districts may receive light to moderate rainfall.The city is expected to witness scattered rainfall in the next two days. According to a senior official at MeT office, a low pressure trough has formed over the Gangetic plains that will be further intensify from Saturday. This will bring heavy rainfall in North Bengal. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe districts that will receive maximum rainfall in North Bengal are Alipurduar, Darjeeling and Kalimpong. The other districts may also receive heavy rainfall, weather office predicted. The situation will improve in North Bengal from Monday.People in South Bengal may experience sultry and discomfort weather as the humidity level is predicted to go up in the next few days.Though some parts of the city and adjoining districts may receive scattered rainfall on Saturday and Sunday, it will fail to bring the discomfort level down. The city’s air will be filled with water vapour resulting in the rise of humidity, a senior weather official said on Friday.It may be mentioned that some parts of North 24-Parganas, Nadia, South 24-Parganas and several parts of the city received moderate rainfall on Friday afternoon.Rain lasted for nearly half an hour in North 24-Parganas and Nadia accompanied by lightning. The traffic movement was slow on some stretches in the afternoon after rainfall.last_img read more

Now pay fine up to Rs 1 lakh for littering in public

first_imgKolkata: Citizens will now have to pay a minimum fine of Rs 5,000 and a maximum fine of Rs 1 lakh for littering in public places. The amendment was passed in the form of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill in the state Assembly on Thursday.In the existing Kolkata Municipal Corporation Act, the fine ranged from Rs 50 to Rs 5,000. The amended Section 338 of the Act reads: “Whoever deposits or throws or causes or permits to be deposited or thrown any solid waste on any place in contravention of the provisions of this Act shall… be punishable with fine which shall not be less than five thousand rupees and more than one lakh rupees.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources in Kolkata Municipal Corporation said littering any place that is not designated as a waste dumping site or a vat by the civic body can activate penalty. “As the formalities regarding the appointment of Mayor is still in the process, no decision can be taken at this juncture on the aspect of implementation,” said Debabrata Majumder, Member Mayor-in-Council (Solid Waste Management) of the previous Board under Sovan Chatterjee. A source in the state Municipal Affairs department said a notice will be issued and the matter will be forwarded to the municipal court, which will decide on the quantum of the fine. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that the Mamata Banerjee government has already formed a high-level 11 member committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay De to strengthen the state’s anti-spitting drive. It is also trying to bring about changes in the 2003 anti-spitting law in the state. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who chaired a meeting on the subject at Nabanna, recently had stressed on the practice to curb spitting and littering public places. “Massive infrastructure development including projects like setting up of skywalk and floating market is taking place in the city. But there is a section of people who spit at and litter in public places. We have to keep in mind that it is our state and it is our duty to keep it clean,” a senior official of the Municipal Affairs department said. Banerjee had expressed anguish that many people had spat betel juice on Dakshineswar skywalk within 24 hours of its inauguration. The amended Bill that was passed in the assembly will also allow the KMC assessment department to offer 10 percent exemption on property ax to those citizens who have attained 60 years of age. Earlier only those in the age group of 65 years and above were eligible for the exemption.last_img read more

All the Patriots inevitability talk reminds Colin of USCTexas

first_imgColin has been listening to the media debate about if Roger Goodell will be forced to hand the Lombardi Trophy on the Super Bowl podium. The media conversation has centered more around legacy and dynasties and places in history. No one is talking about the Falcons. Colin has heard this before, and the last time, it didn’t turn out so good for the favorite.The lead up to this Super Bowl is starting to remind him of the lead up to the USC/Texas national championship game, where the debate wasn’t if the Trojans would win, but what it would mean once they did. Colin thinks the after two weeks of hearing about the Patriots’ inevitability, Atlanta is going to play with an edge. If they can pull a Texas upset remains to be seen.“This reminds me of USC/Texas, when everybody loved the Trojans and Pete Carroll.”A long-standing debate has raged over the New England Patriots, and whether Belichick or Brady is more responsible for their ridiculous track record of success. Colin doesn’t understand why he should have to choose. In Hollywood, no one ever asks fans to pick either Scorsese or De Niro after a great movie, or to pick Tarantino or Samuel L. Jackson.Colin likes Brady and Belichick together, and doesn’t want to see them apart. Why make average movies apart when you can they can keep making Taxi Driver together in New England. “I don’t want to see Brady without Bill. I like them together.”The Charles Barkley/LeBron James feud has dragged on in the media for several rounds of back and forth, and despite the blowback, Barkley hasn’t backed down from his comments that LeBron James was ‘whiny’ for complaining about the Cavs roster and front office to the press.Colin thinks Barkley’s criticisms of James are fair, and his willingness to stand behind his opinion in the face of blowback is a valuable lesson for people in the talking head opinion business.  Media personalities that give try to play the middle in fear of being wrong are boring.Colin doesn’t believe he owes it to his audience to always be right, he thinks he owes them honesty and conviction of his opinions. That’s what Barkley is doing now, and it’s why he’s the best in his profession. Colin is a huge fan of James, but he’s with Sir Charles on this one. Nobody likes ‘Captain Safe Take.’“Charles Barkley, this morning, is saying he has no intention of smoothing things over with LeBron. Charles Barkley should not back down. There are two NBA networks. We talk about the one Charles Barkley is on.Even though I’m Pro-Lebron, he was right. LeBron has become increasingly whiny.”Guests:Drew Brees – Saints quarterback is on set to talk about facing the Falcons defense; how he thinks Brady will attack it; what the Falcons need to do to have shot against Brady; if he can envision the end of his career; and what he still wants to accomplish on the field.Michael Strahan – NFL Hall of Famer, Giants great, and co-host of Good Morning America on how Tom Coughlin changed his approach in New York; how their relationship grew; and if he thinks his personality would have worked with Belichick.Brandon Marshall – Jets wide receiver is on set to take on Colin’s wide receiver bashing; explain why having a bonified #1 changes entire defenses; why he’s been willing to speak his mind during his career; if it’s had any negative side effects; and why he loves New England’s receivers.Dan Marino – NFL Hall of Famer and Dolphins great is on-set to tell Colin if he would trade his Hall of Fame ring for a Super Bowl ring; what he thinks the Hall of Fame represents beyond just stats; what he’s proudest of in his career; and which attribute he looks for in college quarterbacks.Greg Cosell – Senior Producer for NFL Matchup and NFL Films is on-set for his first live appearance on the show to break down the film ahead of the Super Bowl. He looks at how Kyle Shanahan will attack the Patriots defense, and what the Falcons need to do defensively to slow down Tom Brady; and how the Atlanta running backs can exploit favorable matchups.Terry Bradshaw – NFL Hall of Famer, Pittsburgh Steelers great, and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday is in set to discuss if he ever worries about the pushback from having a strong opinion; why there’s a difference between having authentic opinions and just trying to get a reaction; and his favorite memories from his Super Bowls.last_img read more

Ellen DeGeneres on the heartbreaking tragedy she suffered age 20

first_imgEllen DeGeneres | Photo: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Ellen DeGeneres has talked about the tragic loss she suffered as a young woman before starting her career in showbiz. Ellen DeGeneres was ‘hurt’ by Elton John’s comments when she came outEllen DeGeneres returns to the world of stand-up after 15 yearsEllen DeGeneres opens up about wanting a baby and reveals reason she didn’tRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ellen-degeneres-heartbreaking-tragedy-suffered-age-20/ ‘So I started writing. It just unfolded. I wrote the entire thing. When I finished I read it and thought “Oh my god, that’s hilarious.”‘The star was referring to her first stand up routine ‘Phone Call to God’. She went on to perform it on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1986, kickstarting her career.Ellen is of course now married to actress and TV star Portia De Rossi [below].Instagram/theellenshow Ellen DeGeneres came out as gay 20 years ago todaycenter_img The TV star has explained that when she was 20 she had a girlfriend who died in a car accident.Ellen told the story on the Armchair Expert podcast, also saying how the grief process went on to inspire her first ever stand up routine.‘Why is this beautiful, 21-year-old girl gone and fleas are here?’‘When she was killed, I couldn’t afford to live where we were living together. I moved into this tiny little basement apartment,’ said the star.‘I was sleeping on a mattress on the floor that was infested with fleas [and] thought: “Why is this beautiful, 21-year-old girl gone and fleas are here?”‘She furthermore added: ‘I just thought it would be amazing if we could pick up the phone and call up God and ask questions and actually get an answer.’ GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Another municipal police officer shot in Cancun

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A Cancun policeman who was shot outside his home Tuesday evening arriving from work, was rushed to hospital in serious condition.The officer of the Cancun Municipal Police was shot and hit twice after completing his shift and returning home. The officer was shot at by individuals, witnesses say was on board a red car.Upon hearing the gun fire, the policeman ran for cover, but not before receiving two bullet wounds to his arm.The incident took place at approximately 6:30 p.m. in SM 251 of Cancun.Nearby on-duty Municipal Police arrived at the scene and met with the injured man who quickly identified himself as an fellow officer.Police did not wait for the ambulance, but instead, drove him to the General Hospital aboard a patrol unit.The elements of the Ministerial Police arrived to interview the witnesses, while criminal experts were in charge of processing the scene.The injured officer has been identified only as Lester, who was a member of the Tourist Police of the Cancun Hotel Zone as well as Municipal Officer of the city.This was the third shooting against a Cancun police officer this month.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tourist in Cancun falls to death from hotel

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A tourist of Mexican nationality has been found deceased at a hotel in the Cancun Hotel Zone after police say the man fell to his death.According to the preliminary report, the 25-year-old male was vacationing at the Melody Marker Cancun Hotel located at Kilometer 12 of Boulevard Kukulkán with his 24-year-old girlfriend.According to the woman, the couple were at the hotel’s bar the night before. She retired to the room before her boyfriend, leaving him at the bar with other hotel guests.On Wednesday around six in the morning, she noticed he had not returned. She called hotel staff to help located her boyfriend, who eventually located the man’s body in a construction area of the hotel.He was found in a new construction area of the hotel where more rooms were being developed. The body was allegedly found where an elevator was planned.Police and medical personnel arrived at the hotel at 9:40 a.m. to investigate and remove the body. The name of the victim has not been released.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sick dog removed from owners and put down

first_imgA dog was removed from its owners and put to sleep after Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) workers noticed people walking with a dog that was in a terrible condition along Helpmekaar Road recently.Annamarie Koen of the AACL stopped and asked the people where they was taking the dog. The reply was that they were trying to arrange for money to buy food for the animal and take it to the vet.A saddened Annamarie removed the dog and immediately took it to the vet.The dog refused to eat.Unfortunately, the poor animal had to be put down due to the poor state of health it was in. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

King Goodwill Zwelithinis daughters defend virgin bursaries

first_imgTwo major institutions – the Commission for Gender Equality and the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities – are battling it out on the issue pertaining to the ‘maiden bursaries’ that uThukela District Municipality awarded to 16 girls for being virgins and maintaining their status. The district municipality introduced this category of bursaries during its Mayoral Matric Excellence Awards on January 11 this year, sparking a national outcry.Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities chairperson Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xavula lashed out at the Gender Commission for indirectly attacking ‘virginity testing’, stating that her commission was against people describing virginity testing as a harmful traditional practice. Meanwhile, the chairman of the Commission for Gender Equality argued that awarding these bursaries violated regional and international commitments to promote gender equality and eradicate harmful traditional practices. Mkhwanazi-Xavula stated that they wrote to the Gender Commission, asking for a meeting to mediate. The commission said it would only respond when it had issued a final report.The final report, however, lashed out at the awarding of the bursaries and indirectly the process of virginity testing known as “ukuhlolwa”.In a statement issued by daughters of Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini, several Zulu princesses berated the findings of the Commission for Gender Equality, who stated that the awarding of the bursaries was unconstitutional. They warned they would defend the rights of Zulu maidens. They also question how the Commission for Gender Equality could describe virginity testing as a harmful traditional practice.The removal by the ANC of “failed” uThukela District Municipality Mayor Dudu Mazibuko as a mayoral candidate in the local government elections scheduled for August appears to be directly linked to her support for only choosing 16 virgin girls from the ANC. “The mayor should stick to politics and not mix traditional culture with politics,” said IFP councillor Abbas Warasally. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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first_imgNews | July 01, 2008 ACR Grants Accreditation for Mobile Digital Mammography Related Content July 2, 2008 – DMS Imaging, a member of DMS Health Group located in Fargo, ND, was awarded a three-year term of accreditation in digital mammography mobile services as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology.DMS currently provides digital mammography mobile services to women in northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, with services scheduled expand to other portions of these states as well as into South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.DMS Imaging provides mobile, portable, interim and fixed-site diagnostic imaging services across the U.S. DMS Health Technologies sells and services diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring equipment.The ACR, headquartered in Reston, VA, awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the service. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of the facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists and nuclear medicine and medical physicists, with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.For more information: www.dmshg.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more center_img Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read morelast_img read more

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first_img News | Colonoscopy Systems | July 12, 2017 Insurance Coverage for CT Colonography Increases Likelihood of Screening People with insurance policies that cover computed tomography (CT) colonography for colorectal cancer screening are… read more September 18, 2008 – The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) said today that the results of the National CT Colonography Trial, published in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrate the vast benefits of virtual colonoscopy (VC) as an important tool for colon cancer screening.“Access to proper diagnostic equipment such as virtual colonoscopy is imperative to the detection and treatment of colon cancer,” said Maureen Zilly, director, Government Relations, MITA. “MITA applauds the work of Dr. Johnson and his team, whose definitive study reminds us of how critical it is that patients and their doctors have access to life-saving, noninvasive medical imaging technology, enabling them to benefit from the right scan at the right time in fighting serious disease such as colon cancer.”The study, which was led by C. Daniel Johnson, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), analyzed data from 2,531 asymptomatic participants in 15 centers across the country, making it the largest and most comprehensive VC trial to date. The purpose of the study was to measure VC sensitivity for detecting adenoma growths one centimeter or larger in diameter, with standard colonoscopy serving as a reference point. The results were impressive, with VC demonstrating a 90 percent per-patient sensitivity rate – comparable to that of standard optical colonoscopy. In addition, because only 8.3 percent of patients would have required an additional, same-day optical colonoscopy for removal of polyps 6mm or larger, VC was shown to be highly effective. “Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in America, yet recent statistics show that only a third of Americans eligible for screening ever get tested,” said Tim Turnham, CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance. “We hope this research, which shows virtual colonoscopy screening to be equally as effective as other traditional, more invasive procedures, will encourage more individuals to go out and get screened.”For more information: www.medicalimaging.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 31, 2017 Infrared Colitis Screening Blood Test Could Reduce Dependence on Colonoscopy August 31, 2017 — A fast, simple blood test for ulcerative colitis using infrared spectroscopy could provide a cheape read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | February 08, 2018 FDA Approves Updated Design for Recalled Pentax Duodenoscope February 8, 2018 – The U.S. read more News | September 17, 2008 Study in NEJM Shows Value of Virtual Colonoscopy Related Content Technology | Colonoscopy Systems | March 27, 2017 Bracco Diagnostics Inc. Launches PROTOCO2L TOUCH Colon Insufflator for CT Colonography March 27, 2017 — Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced the launch of its PROTOCO2L TOUCH Colon Insufflator. read morecenter_img News | Colonoscopy Systems | September 27, 2018 Patient Groups and Doctors Tell Congress to Pass Medicare Virtual Colonoscopy Coverage … read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | September 04, 2018 Check-Cap Announces Interim Results of European Study of C-Scan System Version 3 Check-Cap Ltd. announced the interim results for its post-CE approval study of the C-Scan system Version 3, an… read more CT colonography (CTC) allows visualization of the entire colon in one image. Photo courtesy of Judy Yee, M.D. Feature | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 05, 2017 | By Jeff Zagoudis The Future of CT Colonography Screening Computed tomography colonography (CTC), also known as virtual colonoscopy, offers a noninvasive alternative to… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | April 15, 2019 Check-Cap Initiates U.S. Pilot Study of C-Scan for Colorectal Cancer Screening Check-Cap Ltd. has initiated its U.S. pilot study of the C-Scan system for prevention of colorectal cancer through… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | May 30, 2018 American Cancer Society Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Guideline An updated American Cancer Society guideline says colorectal cancer screening should begin at age 45 for people at… read more last_img read more