Here are Paolo Van Erp and David Tollas putting th

first_imgHere are Paolo Van Erp and David Tollas putting the form in place for the second planter. This will be the first concrete pour for the new workshop. Report follows. September 15, 2014This continues the report of an upgrade in the East Crescent Keystone area. You can see an elevation and a plan of this project in our report from August 15. and the beginning of the work is reported on 8/20/2014. Continuing reports were posted on 9/1, 9/3, and on 9/10 and 9/12/2014.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Concrete on the first planter box has set and the form has been removed.last_img read more

Francis Keeling Discovery Communications has appoi

first_imgFrancis KeelingDiscovery Communications has appointed former Spotify executive Francis Keeling to lead its digital strategy.Keeling becomes senior vice-president of international digital, based in London. He will develop new digital products and his appointment marks one of a number of new digital hires by Discovery.Jay Trinidad, who is currently running Discovery Northern Asia, takes on the additional role of managing director, digital ventures, running Discovery’s newly formed international digital ventures group.Meanwhile, former American Express exec Eugene Huang comes on board as senior vice president, product and technology, with a remit to build new digital products across multiple screens.All three digital hires will report directly to Discovery’s president of international development and digital, Michael Lang.Commenting on Keeling’s appointment, Lang said: “Francis is an outstanding digital executive who helped transform the music industry when its business model was disrupted by technological change. He also comes to us from Spotify, a company we respect tremendously, with a proven track record of serving digital consumer needs.”“Being able to attract world-class digital executives like Francis, Jay and Eugene into our business says a lot about our ambition as well as the opportunity they see for Discovery’s content and brands across the world as digital product offerings.”Keeling will be tasked with creating new partnerships and business opportunities for Discovery to bring its content to consumers “across every screen and service”.He will help develop and launch new digital products across various content genres and also play an active role in Discovery’s OTT initiatives – including its recently announced digital video joint venture in Germany with ProSieben.Keeling worked for a year as vice-president, global head of licensing at Spotify, prior to which he spent ten years at Universal Music Group, where he was the global head of digital and managed the transition from physical music sales to new digital formats.Trinidad will focus on expanding Discovery’s brands and entertainment business into “digital growth areas globally”. A former executive of Google, Square and McDonald’s Corporation, Trinidad joined Discovery last year as president of Japan and senior vice-president of Northern Asia.Huang most recently worked as vice-president of strategy and planning at American Express. At Discovery he will develop the company’s international products and services across multiple platforms.last_img read more

DERRY CITY AND STRABANE DISTRICT COUNCILELISHA MCC

first_img DERRY CITY AND STRABANE DISTRICT COUNCILELISHA MCCALLIONFleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to come back to DerryFoyle MPSinn Fein “And I hope to be able to update on progress within the coming months.“Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann was undoubtedly the stand-out event of a tremendous year in Derry as part of the City of Culture Celebrations.“More than 430,000 people attended the Fleadh making it the biggest and best Fleadh held in the long history of Comhaltas Ceolteoirí Éireann.“It celebrated our rich cultural and musical heritage in an inclusive way that showcased everything that is great about Derry. Thousands thronged Shipquay Street during the Fleadh in 2013SINN Féin’s Elisha McCallion says she convened a meeting in the city earlier this week to discuss ongoing work to try and secured the return of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to Derry.Said the Foyle MP: “I convened a useful meeting with representatives from Comhaltas, Maeve Walls – DfC, An Chulturlann representatives, DCSDC officers and party colleague Sandra Duffy to discuss ongoing work aimed at securing Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann for Derry. “There is no doubt that 2013 was the best Fleadh ever so we are all very determined in our efforts about bringing the Fleadh back to Derry.“This meeting is part of our ongoing efforts to secure the return of the Fleadh and I will continue to meet with key stakeholders to work towards that goal,” added the former Mayor of Derry.Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to come back to Derry was last modified: January 31st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetlast_img read more

Geriatrics explore what healthy aging really means

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 2 2018″Healthy aging” sounds like a priority we all can share, but for geriatrics healthcare professionals–the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physicians assistants, social workers, and many others dedicated to the care we need as we age–that term represents something specific, and something worth defining. Led by Paul Mulhausen, MD, MHS, FACP, AGSF, colleagues from the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) set about doing just that as part of an expert panel convened to look critically at what “healthy aging” really means. Their definition–published in a white paper today in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (DOI: 10.1111/jgs.15644)–explores the intersection between our personal care goals and innovations in science, education, and public policy as the place where healthy aging may be understood best.”Longer life is a priority for individuals and society because it provides opportunities for personal fulfillment and contributions to our communities. But as we learn more about concrete ways to increase longevity,” Dr. Mulhausen observed, “we need to work on ways to improve the quality of that time as well.”As the AGS expert panel reports, older adults often live with an array of health concerns, which means that “healthy aging” for a contemporary audience must embrace a broader, person-centered notion of health as something more than the absence of disease or infirmity. Healthy aging involves pivoting to age’s influence on our physical, mental, and social needs and expectations, ultimately embracing a “lifespan approach” to care that helps each aging person live the healthiest life possible. This new focal point necessitates replacing our current cultural emphasis on staying young “with age-friendly concepts of engagement, participation, contribution, interconnectedness, activity, and optimal function,” as the AGS white paper explains.Healthy aging also extends beyond clinical services, embracing a complex and interconnected ecosystem that both impacts and is impacted by how we grow older. In this respect, AGS experts highlight several priority areas where communities, health systems, and clinicians can work together to integrate services that foster engagement and independence for us all as we age. These include: Greater advocacy supporting policy solutions for older people. Healthy aging requires a coordinated response not only to care but also to community priorities that can promote health, safety, and independence in age-friendly environments. For the AGS expert panel, this means collaborating as advocates across society and professions to align our health systems with the needs of older people while also promoting healthy aging when we are younger. “We can and should position healthy aging as an untapped resource with the capacity to provide inventive solutions as we live longer, healthier lives,” the AGS expert report concludes. Better public and professional education to make healthy aging an actionable priority. Care that can promote healthy aging rests on ensuring future generations of health professionals and older adults understand and embrace best practices focused on keeping us healthy and independent. This can become even more of a reality today by working early and often to combat ageism (discrimination against older people due to negative and inaccurate stereotypes about age), particularly when it comes to older adults’ self-perceptions. “We need to educate individuals and the public to have appropriate expectations about aging…[and w]e must train our health professions students in ways that promote respect, compassion, and dignity,” AGS experts observed. A deeper commitment to the geriatrics expertise we need as we age. Embracing biology, psychology, and socio-cultural considerations to optimize functional status–the medical term for ensuring we can make the most of our ability to remain mobile, active, and engaged even as our physical condition changes–must remain a top “healthy-aging” priority. “We should work to replace the current cultural emphasis on staying young…with age-friendly concepts of engagement, participation, contribution, interconnectedness, activity, and optimal function,” the AGS report notes. Renewed attention to social and scientific research that can build our understanding of what healthy aging really means. According to AGS experts, research on aging at the cellular, individual, and community levels represents one of our best opportunities for advancing healthy aging. “We also need better evidence to inform our understanding of the biomedical and psychosocial determinants of healthy aging. We must bridge the gap between promising basic research and its clinical application,” the AGS experts conclude. Related StoriesSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchNew solution makes fall recovery safer and easierApplication of machine learning methods to healthcare outcomes researchAs for why geriatrics health professionals are uniquely qualified to stake a claim on defining healthy aging and putting it into practice, Susan Friedman, MD, MPH, a member of the panel responsible for the AGS white paper, observes that many principles at the heart of the AGS’s definition have been part of geriatrics from the start.”Geriatrics is a collaborative profession built by clinicians, educators, health system experts, older adults, and caregivers,” Dr. Friedman said. “We understand complexity. We are experts in culturally competent, person-centered care. We are skilled in assessing preferences and values, and translating them into prevention, intervention, and advance care planning. Regardless of how society chooses to define ‘healthy aging,’ these are the practices that make it something we can see–and ideally experience, especially through geriatrics-led insights.” center_img Source:https://www.americangeriatrics.org/media-center/news/we-all-want-healthy-aging-what-it-how-do-we-promote-it-new-ags-report-lookslast_img read more

Solar power—largest study to date discovers 25 percent power loss across UK

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. Explore further Solar Panels. Credit: University of Huddersfield Provided by University of Huddersfield Citation: Solar power—largest study to date discovers 25 percent power loss across UK (2018, November 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-solar-powerlargest-date-percent-power.html More hotspots in the North Credit: University of Huddersfield Solar power – largest study to date discovers 25% power loss across UK Solar panel performance disparityDr. Dhimish says this confirms results from previous research, which concludes when affected cells are partially shaded, it increases the likelihood of hot spots.But he said what was surprising, was the lesser amount seen around coastal regions, which leads him to believe cooler winds coming in from the ocean are keeping the overall temperature of the PV panels down and are preventing hot spots occurring.In order to increase the reliability and durability of future residential photovoltaics installations, Dr. Dhimish has made three recommendations.”PV panels, or defective bypass diodes, affected by multiple hot spotted PV Cells have to be replaced since they significantly reduce the reliability and yield energy of the PV installation,” he said.”Secondly, it is recommended to install the solar panels in coastal locations because they are less likely to be affected by the hot spotting phenomenon and finally, the solar energy industry must start investigating the impact of PV hot spotting on the accuracy of existing maximum power point tracking (MPPT) units available in the market.”The research article, including all of the data collected, is to be published by the peer-reviewed journal IEEE Transaction on Electron Devices, co-authored by Dr Dhimish, Dr Violeta Holmes and Dr Peter Mather, entitled Evaluating Power Loss and Performance Ratio of Hot spotted Photovoltaic Modules. Dr. Mahmoud Dhimish, a lecturer in Electronics and Control Engineering and co-director of the Photovoltaics Laboratory at the University, analysed 2,580 polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) panels distributed across the UK. The UK has been fossil-free for two years and demand is constantly increasing for renewable energy.After quantifying the data, Dr. Dhimish discovered that the panels found to have hot spots generated a power output notably less than those that didn’t. He also discovered that location was a primary contributor in the distribution of hot spots.Photovoltaics hot spots are areas of elevated temperature which can affect only part of the solar panel. They are a result of a localised decrease in efficiency and the main cause of accelerated PV ageing, often causing permanent damage to the solar panel’s lifetime performance.According to Dr. Dhimish, this is the first time an investigation into how hot spots impact the performance of PV panels has been conducted from such a large scale dataset and says the project uncovered results which demonstrate the preferred location of UK hot spots.”This research showed the unprecedented density of hot spots in the North of England,” said Dr. Dhimish. “Over 90% of the hot spots are located in the north and most of these are inland, with considerably less seen on the coast.” Researchers at the University of Huddersfield have undertaken the largest study to date into the effectiveness of solar panels across the UK and discovered that parts of the country are suffering an overall power loss of up to 25% because of the issue of regional ‘hot spots’. Hot spots were also found to be more prevalent in the North of England than in the south. More information: Mahmoud Dhimish et al, Evaluating Power Loss and Performance Ratio of Hot-Spotted Photovoltaic Modules, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (2018). DOI: 10.1109/TED.2018.2877806last_img read more

Congress leader Gurudas Kamat dies

first_imgGurudas Kamat, former Union minister and senior Congress leader, passed away today. (file photo)   –  Vijay Soneji COMMENT Published on SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Gurudas Kamat died here after suffering a heart attack early today, family sources said. He was 63.Kamat was taken to Primus Hospital in Chanakyapuri around 7 AM, after he complained of breathlessness, but he died on the way.The sources said he was given tea by his staff in the morning when he complained of sudden breathlessness and was immediately rushed to the hospital by his driver, they said. He was alone at his Vasant Enclave private residence at the time. His family rushed from Mumbai to take the body back.Kamat wished people “Eid Mubarak” on Twitter last night. His last tweet was at 11.44 PM wishing happiness on the occasion of Eid-Al-Adha.UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi visited the hospital and paid her last respects to the departed leader. His sudden death sent shock waves in the Congress, with former president Pranab Mukherjee expressing shock over his untimely demise.“Shocked and pained at the sudden and untimely demise of Shri Gurudas Kamat. A colleague in the government and the party for many years, his passing away at such young age is tragic,” Mukherjee said in a tweet.Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressed sadness over Kamath’s death, saying it was a blow to the party. “The sudden passing away of senior leader Gurudas Kamat ji, is a massive blow to the Congress family,” he tweeted. “Gurudas ji helped build the Congress in Mumbai and was greatly respected and admired by all. My condolences to his family in their time of grief. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.In his condolence message, former prime minister Manmohan Singh said, “I am shocked and saddened to learn about the sudden and untimely demise of Shri Gurudas Kamat. My deepest condolences to all members of his family. I pray God for the departed soul.”Home minister Rajnath Singh also expressed his anguish. “Anguished by the sudden demise of former Union minister and senior Congress leader Shri Gurudas Kamat. He was a seasoned leader who had also served the nation as the MoS in the MHA. My thoughts are with his family and supporters,” he said on Twitter.Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “Shocked and deeply anguished to learn about the sudden demise of Congress Leader Sh Gurudas Kamat ji. No words are enough to describe the sense of loss. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and followers. I pray for the departed soul.”Kamat was a five-time member of Parliament from Mumbai and was also the President of the NSUI from 1976 to 1980. He was the Union minister of state for home affairs with the additional charge of communications and information technology from 2009 to 2011. In July 2011, he resigned as the minister. He was also a former president of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee.An advocate by profession, Kamat was a commerce graduate from the R A Podar College in Mumbai. He had a law degree from the Government Law College here.center_img August 22, 2018 Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Rajnath Singh pay tributes death COMMENTSlast_img read more

Gujarat on full alert as Cyclone Vayu closes in

first_img COMMENT Gujarat Gujarat: 1.6 lakh people evacuated as Cyclone Vayu inches closer The Gujarat government in coordination with Central agencies and private businesses has swung into action ahead of the landfall of the ‘Very Severe Cyclonic Storm – Vayu’ on Thursday. The government has so far evacuated over 2.5 lakh people from 10 districts along the Arabian sea coast and moved them to safer places. As a precautionary measure, people living within 10 kms of area from the seashore across Saurashtra have been asked to move to higher grounds. Also read: Cyclone Vayu : After the 1998 ‘super cyclone’, Gujarat is now better preparedAs per the IMD update on Wednesday evening, ‘Vayu’ is about 280-km nearly south of Veraval (Gujarat). It is likely to move northwards and cross the Gujarat coast between Dwarka and Veraval as a ‘Very Severe Cyclonic Storm’ in Thursday afternoon, it added. Cyclone Vayu is considered the worst cyclone to hit the State since 1998. Its impact is already being felt, with several districts in South Gujarat and Saurashtra reporting rains and strong wind.Red alertFor ‘Vayu’, the IMD has upgraded its alert to the highest level – red – pushing the administration to act swiftly for evacuation relief measures.“It is expected at present that the impact of cyclone will start being felt from the midnight Wednesday. The intensity of the cyclone is seen increasing. As a precaution, the government is shifting the citizens so that we can achieve our aim of zero casualty. Food packets and medical aid are being provided,” Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said addressing media. A total of 47 NDRF teams have been deployed across the districts where the cyclone impact is feared to be severe. The NDRF teams were mobilsed from Vijaywada, INS Rajali, Tamil Nadu and Patna (Bihar).For the prone areas, the Western Railways has short-terminated or cancelled trains till Friday morning, while special trains are kept in a ready condition at nearest safe location to be moved in case of emergency. The government has ordered closure of all educational institutions and tourist places on the Gujarat coast till June 14 and tourists have been advised to move out at the earliest.The airports in Saurashtra, Kutch have been shut down and State transport operations from the prone districts have been restricted.The region houses many large industries and the cyclone will also bring businesses to a temporary halt. The government also vacated 153 salt pans and shifted workers there to safety.Port operationsSpeaking to BusinessLine, Sunaina Tomar, Principal Secretary, Ports and Transport Department, Government of Gujarat, informed that cargo operations at all ports in the Gulf of Khambat (Cambay) have been temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure. “We have withdrawn all workers from the ports. Ports, including the upcoming port at Chhara, Pipavav, Swan Energy’s Floating LNG units, Reliance Sikka Jetties, Salaya port, Okha, Porbandar and many other small and medium ports have been asked to suspend operations.”Tomar also added that vessels docked at the ports have been sailed off to safer places. “All FSRUs, SPM jetties have been closed. And vessels are being sailed off.”Operations at Deen Dayal Port at Kandla were temporarily suspended. Adani Group, which operates country’s largest port at Mundra and other locations in the State said, “The disaster management plan has been put into action and all the necessary precautions are being put in place including evacuation of staff if the need arises.”Reliance Industries’ largest petroleum refinery complex at Jamnagar has implemented precautionary measures for safety.  Published on RELATED Fishermen shift their fishing boats as they brace for the impact of Cyclone Vayu.   –  The Hindu/Vijay Soneji SHARE Cyclone ‘Vayu’: Amit Shah reviews safety preparationscenter_img cyclones June 12, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL disaster management State prepares to face worst cyclone since 1998 Cyclone Vayu: Western Railway cancels trains to coastal Gujarat COMMENTSlast_img read more

Parangwielding motorcyclist kills two elderly men in Segamat

first_img Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 22h ago Man charged with molesting music teacher Related News SEGAMAT (Bernama): Two elderly men were killed by a machete-wielding motorcyclist in an incident at 6pm on Friday (July 12).Segamat Police chief DSP Noor Ariffin Mohamad Nasir said the 33-year-old suspect had stopped in front of a restaurant and slashed the first victim to death.”The first victim, in his 70s, was having a drink when it happened. He died at the scene,” he told Bernama when contacted.Nor Ariffin said the suspect then walked to a durian stall 200m from the restaurant and stabbed the durian seller, in his 60s, using the same weapon. Crime , Killed , Machete , Motorcyclist , Elderly men , Johor , Segamatcenter_img “The second man died while receiving treatment at the Buloh Kasap health clinic,” he said, adding that police had arrested the suspect at the scene and seized the machete.Further investigation into the scene is ongoing. – Bernama Metro News 22h ago Two activity centres for elderly to be built in outskirts of city Tags / Keywords: Nation 22h ago RM925mil of 1MDB funds recovered, says Limlast_img read more