Apex court refuses to direct BCCI to e-auction IPL media rights

first_imgjudiciary (system of justice) Online players outnumber TV broadcasters for IPL media rights Supreme Court warns BCCI officials over draft constitution null RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL The Supreme Court today refused to direct the BCCI to conduct e-auctioning for awarding media rights relating to the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chadrachud did not consider the plea of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy that the ongoing tendering process for awarding media rights for the IPL events be stayed and e-auctioning directed.The IPL matches are scheduled to start in April next year.Senior advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for the Committee of Administrators (COA), said that the ongoing tender process was a better option as all the bidders put their best bid in a sealed envelope to get the media rights.Swamy, however, said he wanted to file an interim application highlighting alleged collusion and conflict of interest on behalf of a BCCI functionary who also runs a news channel. This plea was allowed by the top court.The apex court had earlier asked COA chief Vinod Rai to file an affidavit specifying how the ongoing tender process was better than the e-auction.The Supreme Court had on July 28 sought the response of BCCI on Swamy’s plea that e-auction of the media rights should be done to ensure transparency as the rights are to be given for the next five years. The apex court had last month told the BJP leader that it would think over his plea to accord urgent hearing in the case after Swamy referred to the apex court verdicts to buttress his point that it has been held that auctioning was the best method of awarding contracts.He had said that the amount involved in the award of IPL media rights was to the tune of Rs 30,000 crore and the issue should not be decided in an “opaque” manner. “This petition prays that the distribution of IPL rights, which is scheduled on July 17, 2017 should be done in the most transparent mode available, that is via e-auction,” his petition had said.It had alleged that all the activities of Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) were undertaken with “tacit concurrence” of the state governments and the Centre “who are not only fully aware but supportive of the activities of the Board.”“It is a requirement that non-discriminatory and transparent method with the best international practices must be adopted for distribution of the valuable media rights so as to ensure the maximum revenue in the larger national interest,” Swamy’s plea had said.He had alleged that there was a consistent attempt by vested interests to try and build a monopoly by getting the valuable rights in a non-transparent manner. “Huge money is involved amounting to Rs 25,000-30,000 crore in the valuable rights associated with the game of cricket in India which makes it mandatory to have the auction process robust, completely transparent, in order to maximise revenue and prevent vested interests from making undue gains,” Swamy had claimed. court Had earlier asked COA chief Vinod Rai to file an affidavit specifying how the ongoing tender process was better than the e-auction. SHARE August 28, 2017 court COMMENT cricket × COMMENTS Published onlast_img read more

Yuvraj Singh wants to play 2019 World Cup

first_imgNobody denies his talent. He is a treat to watch at his best. But the flamboyant Yuvraj Singh is yet again in a position of having to make another comeback. His return to the Indian T20 team after two years in early 2016 was seen as a mark of his revival, especially on the back of strong domestic performances. But after a lukewarm World T20 show at home, he was left out of the Indian T20 team for the USA matches vs West Indies. (No score is safe anymore in limited-overs cricket: Yuvraj to India Today)Currently playing in the pink-ball version of the Duleep Trophy, Yuvraj says he is committed to making yet another comeback. Speaking to India Today, he said, “I have been training pretty hard in the off-season for whatever opportunities I get going forward. Obviously international cricket is why I am still playing. I want to come back and represent my country. Hopefully if that happens, whenever I want to hang my boots, if I can sustain for another 2-3 years I will be proud of myself. My target is to play the 2019 50-overs World Cup.”He knows though that is not going to be easy. Talent is never an issue for the Indian cricket team, especially in the shorter formats in which Yuvraj excels more. But then, he says competition has always been tough.”If you have to be in the mix you have to perform to your best potential. If I can do that, I’m sure I’ll have chances,” he said.advertisement’PINK-BALL CRICKET EXCITING’Speaking on the experience of playing under lights with the pink ball, Yuvraj said, “Definitely it has been exciting. Something to look forward to in Test cricket. The shine of the ball doesn’t go off, so it stays pretty much new. The pink ball is still to be tested in turning conditions, the wicket we are playing on right now has a lot of grass. And then let’s see the outcome. But it is exciting to play under lights.””T20 is what people love watching now. This is one way to engage people in Tests and to make it more enjoyable. If the format is enjoyable for the players and the fans, that could spell good days.”last_img read more

I wanted to get away from cricket, Harmanpreet Kaur on World T20 controversy

first_imgIndia captain Harmanpreet Kaur has revealed that she wanted to take an indefinite break from the game because of the controversy that followed the World T20 in the West Indies.The team management and Harmanpreet took a collective call to drop senior player Mithali Raj for the semifinal against eventual runners-up England, triggering a massive controversy that led to divisions in the team and ouster of coach Ramesh Powar.Harmanpreet played the Women’s Big Bash League right after the World T20 in November but back home the talk of unrest in the team and her strained relationship with ODI captain Mithali gathered more steam.She was fed up with it before the New Zealand tour began under new coach W V Raman. And then came the ankle injury that gave her a “much needed” break from the Indian dressing room.”It (the injury) gave me a much needed break from international cricket and the Indian dressing room. I had almost made up my mind to let my parents know that I wanted to take a break. I don’t want to hold on to a spot in the Indian team just because I am a senior player,” she told ESPNCricinfo.”I wanted to get away from cricket. Whatever happened around the team before that was immensely draining for me. Some of the things said were so far from reality that I felt, ‘I need to step away from this madness for a while’. I’m here to play cricket. If people want to drag me into unnecessary things, drag the team into unnecessary things, I have to stop trying to reason with them,” said the 30-year-old.advertisementShe twisted her ankle ahead of the first T20 International in New Zealand, following the team’s triumph in the preceding ODI series.”I twisted my left foot while playing football during a warm-up ahead of the first T20I in New Zealand (in early February). I somehow managed to play all three T20Is despite being in some discomfort because to call up a replacement at such short notice may not have been possible. Besides, all through my career, I’ve played with fevers, shoulder, ankle and wrist injuries, so I didn’t feel like this was going to be anything significant.”The taping and painkillers had been working fine in the warm-ups, so I thought I could deal with it. But during the matches, my movement was severely affected. Scans later revealed that there were some Level 1 and 2 ligament tears near the back of my ankle. I was at the National Cricket Academy from February 22 to April 9, and that break was a blessing in disguise for me,” she said.Harmanpreet said the negative talk around the team after the World T20 affected her mindset adversely.”Look, I was to play in the WBBL after the World T20, and for a while, after coming from the West Indies, I was even considering only playing in the overseas leagues and then making my way back into the Indian team. I spent hours alone, asking myself, ‘Why do I play sport?’ Because I enjoy it, because playing cricket is the only thing I’ve ever done in life.”Agar khelke mazaa nahi aa raha hai (If I’m not enjoying the game) then I don’t want to block a place in the side, because money is not everything. Yes, we’ve only just started making some money from playing cricket, but if cricket is not giving me joy, I am happy to walk away rather than hold on to that spot just because I have a Grade A contract.”So all of these thoughts were bothering me a lot. Mentally I was unwell, unfit, but that injury bailed me out of that terrible head space,” she added.Also Read | Ross Taylor looks to outshine Kane Williamson in possibly his last World CupAlso Read | Such losses are irreparable: Sachin Tendulkar condoles Asif Ali daughter’s demiseAlso Seelast_img read more

Rutgers’ Team Captain Considering 8 Major Programs In Transfer

first_imgTexas State football players ahead of 2018 game at Rutgers.PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 01: Members of the Texas State Bobcats run off the field before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Rutgers’ team captain Jonah Jackson, a graduate transfer at the offensive line position, is reportedly considering several major programs.247Sports is reporting that Jackson, a 6-foot-4, 305-pound offensive guard, will be visiting Ohio State this week.Jackson is also considering: Oklahoma, Penn State, Virginia, Texas, Pitt, Iowa and Maryland.Bobby Deren of 247Sports is reporting the news.#Rutgers Grad Transfer @Jackson77Jonah picks up #OhioState offer today and will visit this week. Also being pursued by #Oklahoma, #PennState, #Virginia, #Texas, #Pitt, #Iowa and #Maryland— Bobby Deren (@BobbyDeren) January 28, 2019Jackson was a junior captain for Rutgers in 2018.The offensive lineman started at both center and right guard for the Scarlet Knights during the 2017 season and played exclusively at RG in 2018.Eleven Warriors believes Ohio State could be a natural fit:Considering Ohio State lost both starting guards – Demetrius Knox and Malcolm Pridgeon – to graduation and starting center Michael Jordan to the NFL, Jackson would be a natural fit.Josh Myers is slated to get the first crack at center, and Wyatt Davis will start at one of the guard spots. But at the other guard position, there aren’t an abundance of options. Branden Bowen, Gavin Cupp and Matthew Jones are the most likely to step into the starting role, though Jackson could step in and start if the Buckeyes land him.Rutgers is coming off a 1-11 season. Jackson would be one of dozens of major college football players who have explored big transfers this offseason. Stay tuned.last_img read more

Point Michaud Beach in Richmond County Closed to Swimmers

first_imgThe Department of Health and Wellness has closed Point Michaud Beach in Richmond County to swimming because of high levels of bacteria. The beach will reopen when water testing shows it is safe. To check on the status of the beach, call the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service Beach Information Line at 902-477-6168 or visit www.nsls.ns.ca. -30-last_img

Prince Andrew arrives in Halifax for brief private working visit

first_imgHALIFAX — Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, arrived in Halifax on Thursday for a brief, low-key visit.As the colonel-in-chief of the Princess Louise Fusiliers, a Halifax-based reserve unit, Andrew took part in a military ceremony outside Government House, the official residence of Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc.The formal honours included a royal salute and inspection of the guard of honour.Provincial officials say Andrew’s “private working visit” is aimed at commemorating the 150th anniversary of the infantry regiment’s creation.Andrew took part in similar ceremonies in Halifax in 2007 and 2009.The regiment traces its roots to 1749 when British Gen. Edward Cornwallis, the founder of Halifax and governor of Nova Scotia, ordered 10 companies to be formed in the port city.The Princess Louise Fusiliers were formally authorized as part of the Canadian militia on June 18, 1869.“We are proud of our lineage as one of the oldest regiments in Atlantic Canada,” said Maj. Peter Dawson, the unit’s regimental major.“We were the original volunteer militia recruited from the original settlers in the city of Halifax.”Dawson said Andrew is expected to unveil a commemorative Canada Post stamp celebrating the anniversary during a private ceremony on Friday.Eighth in the line of succession to the throne, Andrew is the second-youngest of the Queen’s four children.He was bumped down the line of succession on May 6 when Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, announced the birth of their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Nawazuddin Siddiqui to star in Glen Barretto’s ‘Dusty to meet Rusty’

first_imgMumbai: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will star in filmmaker Glen Barretto’s road trip film, “Dusty to meet Rusty”. The film choices the journey of a girl who takes a road trip from Mumbai to Dharamshala in search of her childhood sweetheart but finds love on her way. “Dusty to meet Rusty” will mark his third collaboration with producer Rajesh Bhatia and Kiran Bhatia’s Woodpecker Movies after his upcoming films “Motichoor Chaknachoor” and “Bole Chudiyan”. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “When Nawaz heard the narration, he loved the script instantly. Its an honour to work with talent like him who brings great value to the script with his nuances and outstanding performances,” Kiran said in a statement. The preparation for the film has begun and another hero as a parallel male lead and a female actor are on the verge of being finalised. The shooting is scheduled to start in August this year with a start to finish schedule.last_img read more

Sweden to head UN Peacebuilding Commission group on Burundi

Sweden has been chosen as the new chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission group tasked with helping the impoverished African nation of Burundi recover from recent conflict and avoid sliding back into chaos or misrule. The commission’s organization committee unanimously elected Sweden yesterday to succeed Norway as chair of the Burundi country-specific configuration. Burundi has been the victim of violent coups and political instability since gaining independence in 1962, but in late May the Government and a rebel group involved in recent fighting signed a cessation of hostilities declaration, raising hopes about the country’s peace process. Welcoming Sweden’s election, Ambassador Yukio Takasu of Japan, who is also Chairperson of the Peacebuilding Commission, and Burundi’s Ambassador, Augustin Nsanze, commended the Scandinavian country for its commitment to both the Commission and Burundi. They also thanked Norway for its efforts as chair since 2006. Sweden’s Ambassador, Anders Liden, noted that his country has recently joined the Commission and is keen on being an active member and supporter of its goals and objectives. Aside from Burundi, the Peacebuilding Commission – which was set up in December 2005 – also has country-specific configurations for the Central African Republic (CAR), Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone. 18 July 2008Sweden has been chosen as the new chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission group tasked with helping the impoverished African nation of Burundi recover from recent conflict and avoid sliding back into chaos or misrule. read more

Tim Duncan Moved The Spurs Up The RetiredJersey Rankings

Mavericks37234.132.7 Cavaliers477139.099.2 Lakers6714672.8471.7 Nets507163.874.9 Grizzlies2200.00.0 While he was playing, Tim Duncan lifted the San Antonio Spurs up the list of the most successful teams in NBA history. Now that he has retired, Duncan — thanks to his recently retired jersey — has also made the AT&T Center rafters among the most talent-filled in the league.To rank every team’s group of retired numbers, I grabbed data from Basketball-Reference.com’s franchise pages and then filtered out honored non-players — like longtime Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn (who has a microphone-themed banner hanging alongside the jerseys of Magic Johnson and company) or the No. 6 in Orlando, which is retired “in honor of the fans.” (Because they’re the “sixth man.” Get it?) For each team, I added up the total amount of value above replacement (VAR)1A cumulative value statistic based on a combination of Player Efficiency Rating and Win Shares per 48 minutes. generated by those players, both over their entire pro careers (across all franchises)2For my purposes, ABA statistics were given the same weight as NBA ones, because most former ABA teams that joined the NBA have retired the numbers of their ABA-era stars. and during their time with the specific franchise in question. Here’s the list, ranked by the latter category, to avoid ridiculous situations like the Miami Heat’s getting credit for Michael Jordan, whose jersey the team retired even though he never played for it. 76ers6710502.2295.2 Jazz437277.6232.0 Kings679229.6173.4 Clippers4700.00.0 Before Duncan’s number was retired, the Spurs’ retired-jersey crew ranked ninth all-time; now it’s in fourth place, behind the Boston Celtics and the Lakers — no shock there — as well as the Philadelphia 76ers, who’ve had a surprising number of truly great players contribute for them over the years. But if San Antonio eventually retires the numbers of current Spurs Manu Ginobili (38.1 VAR with the club) and Tony Parker (37.0), the Spurs could pass the 76ers for third, particularly because the closest Philadelphia has to a jersey-retirement candidate is ex-Sixer (and current Warrior) Andre Iguodala (17.5) — and because Iggy was no fan favorite, I doubt he’ll even be considered for the honor.Duncan also gives the Spurs an average of 31.3 VAR per honored player, which ranks fourth among all franchises — and is higher than that of both Boston (24.6) and Philly (29.5). The gold standard in this department belongs to the Chicago Bulls (36.0), who’ve retired only four players’ numbers — Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and multi-time All-Stars Bob Love and Jerry Sloan. (Artis Gilmore and Chet Walker must be wondering what they have to do for their numbers to be taken out of circulation.) But the Spurs’ retired-jersey strategy has struck a nice balance between upholding quality and not being overly picky; San Antonio has discontinued a player’s number every 6.3 years, more than twice as frequently as Chicago’s 12.8-years-per-player ratio. (Duncan’s No. 21 became the eighth number the Spurs have retired.3At least, according to Basketball-Reference.com. Technically, Bruce Bowen allowed San Antonio to unretire his No. 12 for LaMarcus Aldridge to wear, although I still included Bowen in the Spurs’ VAR total.)Other teams have less lofty standards of inclusion. As part of their apparent plan to commemorate every single member of their Bill Russell-era teams, the Celtics honored “Jungle” Jim Loscutoff despite his career average of 6.2 points per game, to go with a miniscule 8.3 lifetime Player Efficiency Rating (15.0 is league-average) and .017 Win Shares per 48 minutes (average is around .100). (In fairness, Loscutoff’s number was later kept active for Dave Cowens, a much better player.) Utah enshrined Darrell Griffith, whose nickname (“Dr. Dunkenstein”) was far superior to his stats (14.6 PER, .049 WS/48), and Portland honored Lionel Hollins (13.0 PER, .059 WS/48) even without a cool moniker to point to. Nate Thurmond became a Hall of Famer because of his performance as a Warrior, but his number was retired by Cleveland even though he played fewer than 12 percent of his career games as a Cav.Of course, winning titles like the Spurs have (five since 1999) is a surefire way to grease the wheels of jersey-retirement. It’s no coincidence that the bottom seven teams in the list above have won zero combined championships, and they’ve only retired three jerseys in total: One for a beloved local legend who played for a different franchise in the same city, and two for players who died during their careers. (Meanwhile, take the Knicks as a counterexample: They’ve won only two titles, and seven of their nine retired jerseys honor a player or coach4Yes, 12 coaches have had their “jerseys” retired, with the number often taking the form of their coaching victory total with the franchise (i.e., the number 832 is “retired” for Phoenix in honor of Cotton Fitzsimmons’s 832 career coaching wins). from those championship squads.)San Antonio wasn’t scrounging for numbers to retire before Duncan came along — it had already raised George Gervin’s iconic No. 44, and David Robinson’s No. 50 was well on its way, to go with some of their less-heralded teammates. But like he did for the Spurs as a franchise, Duncan has now elevated their honorees to the upper echelon of the NBA.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Spurs508254.4250.7 Thunder506145.8100.8 Knicks678198.5162.9 Nuggets505165.8111.5 With Duncan, the Spurs have elite laundry hanging in the rafters COMBINED VALUE ABOVE REPLACEMENT OF RETIRED JERSEY PLAYERS Timberwolves2812.21.4 Wizards564103.379.4 Pacers504126.3111.0 Magic2800.00.0 1951 to present. Includes franchise lineages as defined by Basketball-Reference.com (e.g., the Oklahoma City Thunder entry also includes players whose numbers were retired by the Seattle SuperSonics)Source: Basketball-Reference.com Hawks675157.3131.8 Celtics6720521.8491.7 Heat293149.139.4 Raptors2200.00.0 Warriors676210.4133.7 Suns499266.1173.5 FRANCHISESEASONSPLAYERS W/ RET. JERSEYSCAREERWITH FRANCHISE Hornets1315.81.4 Trail Blazers4710181.0135.5 Bulls514153.2143.8 Bucks498313.6150.7 Pelicans29113.34.9 Rockets505224.7144.8 Pistons679252.2206.6 read more

Super secure USB stick looks like a Da Vinci Code puzzle

first_imgBefore you write this off as yet another USB stick that looks like it was made in Cupertino, trust us when we say that this is a really cool way to securely store your files and carry them around. Called the Crypteks, it’s a secure memory stick that uses both a mechanical lock and on board encryption to work to keep your data safe. Think of it as a makeshift two-factor authentication protocol that you set for yourself.Pictured above is the mechanical lock mechanism. Using the gear-like rings, a user sets an alpha password that will release the actual memory stick stored inside. If you have seen The DaVinci Code, it works much like the cryptex that was shown in the film, minus the destruction of the information if you get the password wrong.As far as encryption goes, the Crypteks uses a 256-bit AES hardware based algorithm to keep the data electronically secure as well.Launched as a Kickstarter project with a $12,000 funding goal, the Crypteks quickly reached and surpassed the full-funding level as sponsors fell in love with the design. There is no word on final pricing as of yet, but there is still time to get your name in for one if you donate to the project. Hopefully the cost will be reasonable (pledging $130 gets you an 8GB Crypteks at the moment), but we imagine that the first runs of the unit will be more expensive.Check out the concept video below, and just make sure your wallet is out of reach if you’re tight on funds.Read more at Kickstarterlast_img read more

Samaras faces reshuffle choice

first_imgPrime Minister Antonis Samaras is set to decide in the coming days on whether to reshuffle the Cabinet after PASOK leader and coalition partner Evangelos Venizelos, fresh from the party’s congress over the weekend, declared that he was ready to put active Socialist politicians in the government.When the tripartite coalition was formed after the June elections, Venizelos avoided putting front-line PASOK politicians in the Cabinet, choosing instead figures that were associated with the Socialists. On Monday night, though, he indicated that his party was ready to put front-line MPs into the government.“Of course political figures should participate in the government if we agree on policies,” Venizelos said in an interview on Mega TV.There have been rumors of an imminent reshuffle for the past few weeks but Venizelos’s latest comments, which came after he emerged strengthened from PASOK’s congress, suggest that Samaras will be forced to either proceed with changes or put the speculation to rest with a firm denial.Kathimerini understands that not all of the prime minister’s advisers are convinced that a reshuffle would be a good idea, especially given that personnel from key ministries cannot be changed as that would risk upsetting the implementation of Greece’s fiscal adjustment program. Other aides see the reshuffle as an opportunity to replace ministers and deputy ministers that are considered to be performing below par.One of the scenarios that has been suggested is that Venizelos will become part of the government, taking up the post of deputy prime minister and possible foreign minister.The PASOK leader has already identified lawmakers within his party that would be suitable for cabinet roles. These include Yiannis Maniatis, Evi Christofilopoulou and Paris Koukoulopoulos, who have previous cabinet experience, as well as several deputies who have not served in government before.PASOK is due to pick the general secretaries of its central political committee and political council this weekend.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Cashstrapped Bahamasair looking at more Intl routes

first_img BahamasAir back to normal, arrived in TCI today Bahamasair’s unfair advantage exposed by Aviation Minister Related Items:#magneticmedianews, bahamasair, budget communication, fnm Govt taking on the tab to get people out of Abaco via Bahamasair Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp“There is more than Nassau to Miami, Nassau to Orlando and Nassau to Fort Lauderdale. We have been beating ourselves up with the Nassau to Florida route for so long, when there are so many other carriers that run that route,” said Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar during the Budget Communication.D’Aguilar made the statements as he shared that Bahamasair may possibly cut back its domestic service. “There are other routes that we can take, other routes that we can make where we can earn something. We want to explore international routes which we can offer as non-stop direct because those are routes that are less competitive,” he added. According to D’Aguilar, competing with private companies for domestic service routes should not be the Government’s priority especially as the airline is “cash-strapped.” However, he said, private companies should be allowed to flourish. “So, as capacity increases, I think we will slowly exit and use our aircraft and resources to try and establish more international routes to bring people here on more non-stop direct flights,” he said.#MagneticMediaNews#Bahamasair#FNMBudgetCommunicationlast_img read more

San Diego County confirms fourth E Coli case among child fairgoers

first_img July 2, 2019 Posted: July 2, 2019 Updated: 5:35 PM San Diego County confirms fourth E. Coli case among child fairgoers KUSI Newsroom, center_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County health officials Tuesday confirmed a new case of E. coli in a 6-year-old boy who recently visited the San Diego County Fair and whose contraction of the bacteria is believed related to visiting the animal exhibits and not washing his hands afterward.The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported that the boy attended the fair and visited its animal exhibits on June 22. He started showing symptoms of an E. coli infection four days later, but did not require hospitalization and is currently recovering.Last week, 2-year-old Jedidiah Cabezuela died after visiting the fair and contracting E. coli, at which point the fair indefinitely closed its animal exhibits.Health officials also confirmed E.coli in two other children who attended the fair — a 9-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl.The county also received reports last week of a fifth unconfirmed but probable case of the bacteria in an 11-year-old girl.People can avoid contracting the bacteria by thoroughly washing their hands after making contact with animals at places like farms, petting zoos and fair exhibits. Young children, older adults and people with weak immune systems are at particular risk, according to health officials.The HHSA and the California Department of Food and Agriculture have collected environmental samples at the fair in recent days to confirm the bacteria’s origin. However, results of the collected samples are not expected until after the fair closes July 4.“As we continue our investigation, more cases are likely to be reported,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “This is typical of any public health investigation. Since we asked doctors to be on the lookout for (E. coli), they are more likely to test patients exhibiting symptoms.”While most people who contract E. coli do not develop severe complications, roughly 5 to 10% of those who contract the bacteria can develop a potentially life-threatening kidney infection. Symptoms do not appear for three to four days after contraction and can include severe abdominal cramps, watery or bloody diarrhea and vomiting.Residents should promptly call their doctor if they believe they have contracted E. coli, Wooten said, “especially if you have diarrhea that lasts for more than three days or diarrhea that is accompanied by a fever higher than 102 F, or blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down and you pass very little urine.” Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Bell said she taught herself others

first_imgAdvanced registered nurse practitioner Kelly Bell acknowledged in her July deposition that she was self-taught in pain management control.Pain management was part of the nursing curriculum, and the rest of Bell’s training came from reading, she said.Bell belonged to a couple of national pain groups, which required only a medical license, interest in pain management and fee payment to join. She also attended seminars, read literature and belonged to online pain groups.In addition to teaching herself, Bell taught others. In her deposition, Bell said she taught Penny Steers, also an advanced registered nurse practitioner, about opioid prescribing when Steers came to work at the Payette Clinic.Even without any specialized pain management training, nurse practitioners such as Bell, Steers and Scott Pecora meet the state requirements for prescribing controlled substances.The Washington Nursing Quality Care Assurance Commission requires only the college coursework for advanced registered nurse practitioners in order to prescribe controlled substances, said Mary Dale, the commission’s discipline manager.When an applicant is granted an advanced registered nurse practitioner license, he or she also is granted privileges to prescribe controlled substances, Dale said.last_img read more

KPBSD Receives Grant To Reinstate Petroleum Academy

first_imgKPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek announced that the school district was awarded a grant from the Alaska Community Foundation, in order to reinstate the Petroleum Academy program. Dusek: “Our students are able to earn industry level certifications, those types of things that are very pertinent to kids working in those particularly industries.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Students will once again have the opportunity to earn industry certifications in Kenai, from the Alaska Petroleum Academy. Dusek: “We talk a lot about our academic achievement, but we do focus quiet a bit on career and technical education.” Certifications offered include: 16 Hour Petroleum Health & Safety, 24 Hour CITS Certification, 40 Hour Hazwoper Certification, Confined Space Entry Certification, and numerous other courses. Classes are be held at the Workforce Development building on the Kenai Spur Highway. For information and class scheduling call 907-953-2255 or send an email to mikegallagher2@yahoo.com Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Petro-Academy-Grant.mp3VmJennifer-on-Petro-Academy-Grant.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Union Budget 2015 Black Money Law Violation to Attract Rigorous Imprisonment of

first_imgMincing no words on the black money issue, finance minister Arun Jaitley articulated the non-compromising position being held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.The following measures were tabled on the floor of the Parliament:Discussions with the Swiss authorities continue and the Narendra Modi government is committed to go after concealment of income and foreign asset ownership in violation of stated principles.A new comprehensive law is to be tabled with proposals that extend to rigorous imprisonment of various durations for income concealment and holding of funds in offshore accounts illegally.The law will also introduce non-compoundable imprisonment and non-settlement clauses, in its bid to persuade people to pay the rightful amount of tax.Even in the case of non-filling of returns over foreign ownership of property and funds, a rigorous imprisonment of 7 years would become the punishment mechanism.The Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) will be amended.Benami ownership risks confistication, especially in real estate.The Finance Bill will also be amended to cover land ownership transactions.last_img read more

Raininduced landslide wall collapse claim 3 lives

first_imgFire service men recover body of a person killed in Chattogram landslide. Photo: Sourav DasAt least three people including a woman and her daughter were killed and another woman missing in two separate incidents of landslide and wall collapse in Chattogram early Sunday following incessant rainfall for several days due to the influence of cyclonic storm Titli.The deceased are Nurjahan Begum, 43, wife of a certain Nur Mohammad from Firoz Shah Colony in Akbar Shaha thana of the port city and the couple’s 3-year-old daughter Fajr-un-Nesa and Nurun Nabi, 45, from Rahman Nagar area of Panchlaish thana.Fire service men conduct rescue work to recover the bodies. Photo: Sourav DasNurjahan Begum and her daughter Fajr-un-Nesa were killed and a woman, Zohra Bibi, remained missing after a section of a hill collapsed in Jhil area of Firoz Shah Colony around 2:30am, said Chattogram fire service and civil defence deputy assistant director Jasim Uddin.UNB reported that a rescue operation was underway in the area.Relative of a deceased killed in Chattogram landslide seen crying. Photo: Sourav DasIn an incident of wall collapse, Nurun Nabi was killed in Rahman Nagar area of Panchlaish around 1:30am, said Enamul Haque, in-charge of Bayezid fire station and civil defence station.On information, two fire fighting units rushed in and rescued three people including a child as critically injured.The injured were rushed to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where physicians declared Nurun Nabi dead around 2:40am, he added.last_img read more

Baltimore Cherry Hills Little Spelman Gang Member Sentenced to 12 Years on

first_imgOn June 30, Shaquan ‘Quanny’ Robinson was sentenced to 12 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and crack cocaine.  Robinson was a member of the Cherry Hill gang called “Little Spelman,” which has been associated with various crimes including robbery, non-fatal shootings, homicides and drug distribution in the “down the hill” section of the troubled Baltimore neighborhood.In May of 2013, the 26-year-old was caught on police cameras handling drug transactions on a school playground. The police uncovered 24 Ziploc bags of cocaine and two bags of marijuana near and on his person. In his plea agreement, Robinson also admitted to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug conspiracy related to his membership in Little Spelman. In July of 2012, Robinson ran away from the police with a loaded handgun, which he later dropped and which was recovered by the police.Along with a dozen years in the slammer, U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III sentenced Robinson to 10 years of supervised release after he leaves prison. The sentence was announced by the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Daniel L Board Jr., special agent in charge of Baltimore’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Commissioner Kevin Davis of the Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.last_img read more

Researchers suggest rate of evolution change can explain discrepancy between molecular clocks

first_img(Phys.org) —A pair of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Australia, believe they may have found a way to solve the discrepancy problem that exists between molecular biologists and paleontologists who disagree on the likely first appearance of placental mammals. They describe their new dating approach, which they call a “morphological clock” in their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Citation: Researchers suggest rate of evolution change can explain discrepancy between molecular clocks and fossil evidence (2014, August 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-evolution-discrepancy-molecular-clocks-fossil.html More information: Ancient dates or accelerated rates? Morphological clocks and the antiquity of placental mammals, Proc. R. Soc. B 22 October 2014 vol. 281 no. 1793 20141278. rspb.royalsocietypublishing.or … nt/281/1793/20141278AbstractAnalyses of a comprehensive morphological character matrix of mammals using ‘relaxed’ clock models (which simultaneously estimate topology, divergence dates and evolutionary rates), either alone or in combination with an 8.5 kb nuclear sequence dataset, retrieve implausibly ancient, Late Jurassic–Early Cretaceous estimates for the initial diversification of Placentalia (crown-group Eutheria). These dates are much older than all recent molecular and palaeontological estimates. They are recovered using two very different clock models, and regardless of whether the tree topology is freely estimated or constrained using scaffolds to match the current consensus placental phylogeny. This raises the possibility that divergence dates have been overestimated in previous analyses that have applied such clock models to morphological and total evidence datasets. Enforcing additional age constraints on selected internal divergences results in only a slight reduction of the age of Placentalia. Constraining Placentalia to less than 93.8 Ma, congruent with recent molecular estimates, does not require major changes in morphological or molecular evolutionary rates. Even constraining Placentalia to less than 66 Ma to match the ‘explosive’ palaeontological model results in only a 10- to 20-fold increase in maximum evolutionary rate for morphology, and fivefold for molecules. The large discrepancies between clock- and fossil-based estimates for divergence dates might therefore be attributable to relatively small changes in evolutionary rates through time, although other explanations (such as overly simplistic models of morphological evolution) need to be investigated. Conversely, dates inferred using relaxed clock models (especially with discrete morphological data and MRBAYES) should be treated cautiously, as relatively minor deviations in rate patterns can generate large effects on estimated divergence dates. Explore further Research team claims fossil-only study of placental mammalian evolution time frame is wrongcenter_img To date the first appearance of a something in the biological record, modern scientists have two main tools—dating fossils and using what’s known as a molecular clock, where DNA techniques are used to follow the evolution of species divergence. Problems come in when the two methods offer different results. That’s been the case with researchers attempting to date the first arrival of placental mammals. The earliest fossils suggest they showed up on the scene approximately 66 million years ago. The molecular clock approach, however, suggests it happened long before that, approximately 90 to 100 million years ago. In this new effort, the research pair suggest a way to resolve the difference (without claiming that the difference is because older fossils have just not been found.) They call their approach a morphological clock, which is based on the progression of anatomical differences that arise in a species, rather than DNA tracing. Using it, they suggest it’s possible that placental mammals first arrived as early as 160 million years ago. But they have a caveat, they suggest, that the speed at which evolutionary changes took place could have changed, which if taken into account, would bring the time frame closer to 66 million years ago. As for why a change in speed of evolution might have taken place, the team notes that it might have occurred soon after the dinosaurs went extinct—which would have opened up a whole new niche that could have been filled very quickly by the advent of placental mammals.If this new approach is to be taken seriously, it would cast doubts on the accuracy of molecular clocks in general—they’re based on the assumption that evolution occurs at a fixed rate. It could also help explain the “sudden” appearance of a wide variety of species 540 million years ago—the Cambrian explosion—which many believe led to the appearance of all modern animal groups. © 2014 Phys.org A four-day-old mouse. Credit: Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0 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

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first_imgPhysicists and radiologists must set up automatic exposure protocols, which vary doses based on tissue thickness. However, since manufacturers use different methods to control doses, transferring these settings between machines can be difficult and time-consuming. Feature | March 25, 2014 UC Davis Papers Advocate New CT Dose Management Strategies The special JACR issue is one piece of an ongoing effort to reduce CT risks. As part of the University of California Dose Optimization and Standardization Endeavor (UCDOSE), all five UC medical centers are collaborating to improve CT protocols and education. “It takes a lot of effort to optimize any given scanner,” said Boone. “Going through the procedures for every possible exam could take two years.” Related Content Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more CT is a powerful diagnostic technology that images organs and other internal structures. These scans can both detect life-threatening conditions and rule them out, giving clinicians precise information to develop a care plan. But there are risks. Ionizing radiation can damage cells and has been found to be a weak carcinogen. The challenge for radiologists and medical physicists is to find the optimal dosage for each CT exam. “I think SSDE is one step closer to a dose metric that will be more accurate in depicting the actual risk to patients,” said Seibert. To help prevent future problems, the team recommended a new metric, size-specific dose estimate (SSDE), which provides a better way to measure patient dose and can also help compare scanners from different companies. It also addresses the dire need to more accurately estimate doses from CT across a range of patient sizes, from newborn to NFL linebacker. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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CT is often used to guide these procedures, ensuring the needle is precisely located. In response to concerns about the radiation dose in CT, JACR devoted the entire issue to CT safety. The federal government estimates that more than 80 million CT scans are performed in the United States each year. UC Davis specialists contributed three studies to the special issue. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 March 25, 2014 – UC Davis clinicians and physicists have recommended new strategies to make computed tomography (CT) safer, including adoption of a new metric for dose measurement, ways to manage exposure protocols that differ by CT brand and specific approaches to reduce exposure during needle biopsies. The recommendations are detailed in papers published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR). Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more “In this case, the difference was the way the manufacturers handled the metrics,” said Seibert. “A large phantom tends to underestimate dose, while a small phantom tends to overestimate it. When we compensated for the different-sized phantoms, it turned out the patient received almost the same dose in both scans.” In the paper “Dose is Not Always What it Seems” Anthony Seibert, professor of radiology, and his colleagues discuss the need to improve dose calculations. They point to an actual case in which a pediatric patient who had scans before and after surgery appeared to receive an overdose on the second CT. Further investigation showed that the problem was a misleading metric — the volume CT dose index (CTDIvol), a standard measure of radiation output in CT. Manufacturers use phantoms along with instruments that measure radiation to assess CTDIvol. However, different companies use phantoms of different sizes. In addition, many dose estimates are based on adult sizes, making pediatric estimates more difficult. This is not the only area where differences between scanners can obscure dosage. In another paper, “Methods for CT Automatic Exposure,” Boone, Seibert and colleagues addressed the challenges of optimizing different machines. Video Player is loading.Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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For more information: http://cancer.ucdavis.edu The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. “The higher the dose, the better the images,” said John Boone, vice chair of research in the department of radiology. “But you also want the lowest possible doses. So you need to find that balance between acceptable image quality and acceptable dosage.” Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. “We’re trying to educate radiologists and medical physicists because the practice of CT is not consistent,” said Boone. “If someone is using higher doses to get results they could obtain with less radiation, we need to help them find the safer alternative.” Other researchers included Rebecca Smith-Bindman of UC San Francisco; Sarah E. McKenney, formerly of UC Davis; and Sandra L. Wootton-Gorges of UC Davis. UCDOSE is funded through a pilot grant from the University of California Office of the President. Ramit Lamba, director of CT, outlines a number of methods to reduce radiation doses for both patients and doctors performing the procedures. He recommends using ultrasound, instead of CT, to guide some biopsies. He also recommends reducing scan lengths, lowering the tube current using dose-efficient scanning modes and limiting the number of guidance scans. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read morelast_img read more