Outbreak of E coli infections persists in Europe – UN agency

6 June 2011The outbreak of E. coli infections in Germany and 11 other countries has continued to spread, with more than 2,260 cases in total, including 22 deaths, reported, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest update on the situation. Many of those infected with the enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) bacteria have developed haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), which can be fatal, WHO said yesterday.As of yesterday, Germany has reported 1,536 cases of EHEC infection (without HUS), including six deaths, an increase of 108 from the previous day. The number of HUS cases rose by 54 over the previous day to 627, including 15 fatalities, according to WHO.Eleven other European countries – Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom – reported a total of 31 HUS cases, including one death, and 71 cases of EHEC.In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had earlier reported two cases of HUS, both linked to the outbreak in outbreak in Europe through travel.WHO conformed last week that the current spread of E. coli infections in Europe is the result of a rare strain of the bacterium.EHEC is a severe strain of E. coli bacterium that is commonly found in the gut of animals, mainly ruminants. It produces toxins, known as Shigatoxins or verotoxins, which damage blood cells and the kidneys, according to WHO.Symptoms include abdominal cramps and diarrhoea, which may be bloody. Fever and vomiting may also occur.Most patients recover within 10 days, although in a few cases, especially among young children and the elderly, the infection may lead to a life-threatening disease, such as HUS, which can lead to acute kidney failure, haemolytic anaemia and a low platelet count. read more

North American markets plunge after oil copper fall on China fears

TORONTO — North American equity markets got hammered with triple-digit losses Tuesday as traders focused on global economic weakness, sending commodity prices lower.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index tumbled 288.35 points, or more than two per cent, to 13,491.09, with all sectors in negative territory.The capped metals and mining sector was the leading decliner, down 4.91 per cent as the December copper contract plunged nine cents to US$2.30 a pound.Elsewhere in commodities, the November crude oil contract closed 60 cents lower at US$46.36 a barrel, while October natural gas was unchanged at US$2.58 per thousand cubic feet and December gold fell $8 to US$1,124.80 an ounce. The commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar shed 0.07 of a U.S. cent to 75.43 cents US.In New York, indexes were also sharply lower, although well off their worst levels of the day. The Dow Jones industrial average finished the day down 179.72 points at 16,330.47, while the broader S&P 500 gave back 24.23 points to 1,942.74 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 72.23 points to 4,756.72.“What we are seeing reflected in stock prices today is continued macro uncertainty,” said Colum McKinley, vice-president, Canadian equities, CIBC Asset Management.“And I think until we get greater clarity around global growth and greater certainty around global growth and what that looks like . . . we’re going to continue to see more volatility and uncertainty being reflected in equity prices.”J.J. Kinahan, TD Ameritrade’s chief strategist, said lingering concern over the economic slowdown in China and the prospect of the Federal Reserve’s first interest rate hike in nearly a decade are making investors skittish.“I think it’s really just the fact that nobody knows what to do,” Kinahan told The Associated Press. “When things are this uncertain, the reaction is sell first and see what happens later.”On Wednesday, traders will get a look at the Caixin preliminary index on monthly manufacturing. The index, based on a survey of factory purchasing managers, will be closely watched after sinking to a six-year low in August. Fed officials cited China’s struggling economy as one factor in its decision last week to delay raising interest rates.McKinley said the message the Fed sent by not raising rates was that they were seeing signs that growth around the world “wasn’t as robust as they would like or hoped to see at this point in the recovery.”He said investors are waiting to see what stimulus measures or continued structural changes the Chinese government makes so they can determine what represents a “consistent and sustainable growth rate” for the world’s second-largest economy.“Right now investors don’t know what that number is,” he said.In corporate news, Volkswagen AG, the world’s top-selling carmaker, issued a profit warning after reporting that some 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with software used to cheat U.S. emissions tests. The company said it was setting aside around 6.5 billion euros ($7.3 billion) to cover the fallout from the scandal. read more

Up to opposition to make minority government work after throne speech Wynne

by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 15, 2013 4:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Up to opposition to make minority government work after throne speech: Wynne TORONTO – There will be something in next week’s throne speech for both opposition parties, but it’s up to them to decide if they want to work with the minority Liberals, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Friday.Her talks with Opposition Leader Tim Hudak and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath have been “positive” and “productive,” but that doesn’t mean it will be smooth sailing, she acknowledged.“I know that there will be issues that we’re going to have to deal with, and I know that there will be points of friction,” Wynne said.“But I also know that the people of Ontario want this government to work, and so I’m going to do everything in my power — we’re going to do everything in our power — to make that the reality.”Wynne needs one of the opposition parties to support the throne speech to avoid triggering an election. The next test will be the spring budget, which is also a confidence motion.She’s been labelled a more left-leaning successor to former premier Dalton McGuinty, but Wynne says she wants to balance social justice with fiscal accountability in the face of a $12-billion deficit.So she’s brushed up on her business credentials over the past few days, meeting with Bay Street bigwigs and the provincial chamber of commerce to discuss their ideas to improve productivity, competitiveness and Ontario’s economy.Wynne wouldn’t go into specifics Friday about the Feb. 19 throne speech, where the government traditionally outlines its agenda at the start of the legislative session.The New Democrats have given Wynne a list of ideas they want her to implement.They include a 15 per cent cut in auto insurance premiums and $30 million to eliminate home care waiting lists and institute a five-day guarantee for seniors who need health services at home.Horwath said she also wants Wynne to close $1.3 billion in corporate tax loopholes, spend $200 million to create jobs for youth and call a public inquiry into cancelled gas plants.The Tories have floated plenty of ideas in a series of so-called “white papers,” but haven’t given Wynne a shortlist.“We want to see fundamental change in Ontario,” said Progressive Conservative Monte McNaughton.“We don’t want to see more of the same from the Liberals. Their decisions over the last 10 years got us where we are today.”Conservative insiders say they’re looking for a more holistic approach to the province’s fiscal problems.The Liberals don’t necessarily have to adopt every one of their ideas, but if they don’t, the Tories want to see a plan that achieves the same goal: eliminating the deficit while doing more to create jobs.The Tories say they’re taking the same approach as economist Don Drummond, who’s part of Wynne’s transition team.He released a major report last year on how to reduce costs without raising taxes, which included some controversial recommendations, such as bigger class sizes.Drummond made it clear that all 362 recommendations must be implemented to eliminate the deficit by 2017-18 and avoid the same fate that befell debt-plagued Greece.If the government can’t implement his recommendations, it must do something to compensate by either cutting somewhere else or finding a new source of revenue, he said.Wynne said she’s optimistic that there will be something for everyone in the throne speech.“I believe that there is a lot of common ground with the Tories and with the NDP, but it will be up to them to look at what is there, to determine whether they can work with us going forward,” she said.“I really hope they can. I hope we’ll be able to find a way to work together.” read more

No problem with most Alberta resource dams except one coal mine regulator

by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 9, 2015 12:30 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 9, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email No problem with most Alberta resource dams except one coal mine: regulator EDMONTON – An investigation into the structural safety of energy industry dams and ponds in Alberta has no found serious problems except at one coal mine.The Alberta Energy Regulator says its review of 55 oilsands and 14 oil and gas structures did not identify any significant deficiencies.But its inspection of 31 coal mine structures found a significant problem at a Coal Valley Resources Inc. mine pond near Edson.“One structure, owned by Coal Valley Resources, was found to be significantly deficient,” Kirk Bailey, the regulator’s executive vice-president of operations, said.“Inspectors found erosion within the structure, which was causing a free flow of water from a partially reclaimed pit, which is a contravention of several Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act approval conditions.”The regulator said the Oct. 14, 2014, release of a substance from the pond is under investigation.“The AER is investigating this non-compliance and will release the results of its investigation when complete.”The mine is separate from Coal Valley’s Obed mine near Hinton, where about 670 million litres of waste water spilled on Oct. 31, 2013.At the time, Coal Valley operated the Obed mine as a subsidiary of Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S).Last month the Alberta Crown charged the two companies with offences under Alberta’s Environmental Protection Act, Public Lands Act and Water Act over the spill.The regulator ordered inspections of the structural integrity of energy industry dams last March after Alberta’s auditor general said the government was failing to properly regulate the province’s network of dams and tailings ponds.Auditor general Merwan Saher said most of the mines used by the coal industry had not been inspected since the 1980s or 1990s and there were no safety reviews on file for 22 of the structures.He also said the Obed mine site in 2013 was not registered as a dam even though it met the requirements.The regulator said that over the last six months it has inspected 100 of 111 dams and tailings ponds to ensure that they are built, operated, maintained and decommissioned safely. Of the 11 not inspected, some were just approved for construction and others are to be reviewed next year.“The AER has a proactive inspection program in place to ensure that dams and other containment structures related to energy resource development remain in compliance with safety and environmental requirements,” Bailey said.“Albertans should feel confident that the AER is committed to protecting what matters most — public safety and the environment.”On Dec. 24, 2013, Sherritt announced that it was selling its coal operations, including Coal Valley Resources, to U.S.-based Westmoreland Coal Co.The Obed mine’s website says operations were staged down in November 2012 because of low coal prices and there are currently no plans to resume active mining and processing. read more

Simon Stevens told to calm down NHS furore or risk his future

first_imgIn November a report by the Commons health select committee warned that A&E departments need at least  8,000 doctors – 50 per cent more than the 5,300 currently employed – to keep pace with the rise in emergency admissions in the last five years.Across the country, latest  figures show levels of bed-blocking have risen by more than 40 per cent  in a year, with more than 450 patients left to endure trolley waits of more than 12 hours in A&E. Health officials said the figures for November reflected “pressures in social care” with just 88.4 per cent of casualty patients seen within four hours, against a target of 95 per cent. The data from NHS England follows warnings from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Nursing that the NHS is now experiencing its worst ever winter crisis.The research for England highlights acute problems with delayed discharges – where patients are medically fit to leave hospital but are stuck in beds due to problems arranging care in the community. Most of the trusts needed around 10 to 12 “middle grade” doctors, but only had two or three. “They’re very reliant on locums,” he said. Such medics are junior doctors, who have  finished basic training but are still learning specialist skills and have yet to qualify as a consultant. Mr Foster, who was formerly Department of Health director of of human resources, said the plans could form part of a national recruitment exercise.”We are talking about the possibility of getting 200 [trainees] from India and the same number from Pakistan,” he said.  Hospitals report this affects their ability to quickly admit emergency A&E patients, so the NHS is working closely with local councils and community health services to enable older patients to get the support they need after a hospital stay, back at homeMatthew Swindells, NHS England NHS England has warned the health system is under strainCredit:Lynne Cameron/PA Wire The head of the NHS could risk his job unless he “calms” things down following his row about healthcare funding with Theresa May, senior Government sources say.The remarks will increase pressure on Simon Stevens, who technically does not have to report to ministers as chief executive of the NHS in England.Mr Stevens is at loggerheads with the Prime Minister amid a mounting crisis in Accident & Emergency units.On Wednesday the NHS chief executive said Mrs May was “stretching it” to say that the NHS had been given more money than it asked for and said the NHS had been given less than it needed. The source said the Government considered Mr Stevens was doing a good job running the NHS. But the source went on to say that Mr Stevens was only secure in the long term “as long as things calm down”.The Prime Minister’s official spokesman was forced to tell reporters in Westminster that Mrs May had full confidence in Mr Stevens for the second consecutive day.Nick MacPherson, the former Treasury permanent secretary, also stepped into the row, writing on Twitter:  “Simon Stevens [is] a good guy but he should not determine health spending. NHS bottomless pit. Money should be linked to reform.”Stephen Dorrell, the chairman of the NHS Confederation, backed Mr Stevens, telling The Telegraph: “He is obviously a Cameron appointee, he has widespread respect. We should be looking at the evidence of what is happening. Simon is not saying ‘it is all impossible’.  “What he is saying is that if we don’t invest particularly in social care but in a range of public services, and if the health service ends up as the only place where the light is on, then it won’t meet the demands being placed upon it.”As head of NHS England, an arms-length body, set up under the Coalition, Mr Stevens does not report directly to ministers, but to the organisation’s chairman, Sir Malcolm Grant. But any further withdrawal of Government support could make it difficult for him to continue in the role, which depends on close working with ministers. The tensions come amid a deepening crisis in A&E units. New figures show high rates of norovirus – which is 77 per cent higher than last year – and a sharp rise in flu.The official statistics show that last week there  were 18.8 cases of flu per 100,000 people, compared with 12 per 100,000 the week before.Health officials say hundreds of doctors may be drafted in from India and Pakistan to plug the spiralling crisis.The scheme will start in Greater Manchester, with 20 medics due to be flown from India this year for up to three years.The region’s eight Accident & Emergency departments have been under severe strain in recent weeks amid staffing shortages.Officials behind the plans said the scheme, backed by Health Education England, could be expanded in respond to widespread shortages of A&E doctors across the country.The project is being run by the Greater Manchester devolution team and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust.Andrew Foster, trust chief executive told Health Service Journal said the region’s A&E departments were now “very reliant on locums.” NHS England has warned the health system is under strain Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Rare earth metals market to grow at 14 with growth in permanent

first_imgThe global rare earth metal market is evincing intense interest from various market players because of its growth prospects with a rise in production capacities across the world as governments try to secure and leverage these scarce resources, according to ReportsnReports.com. This expansion in the supplier base will drastically change the supplier landscape and is expected to lead to a softening of prices going forward.The complete report on the rare earth metals market spread across 99 pages, analysing five major companies and providing 43 data exhibits.Market research analysts predict the rare earth metals market to grow at a rate of 14% during the forecast period. According to the Global Rare Earth Metals Market 2015-2019 report, increasing use of rare earth metals in the wind energy sector and NiMH batteries stand as the prominent ones. Rare earth elements are widely used in the manufacture of magnets for wind turbine generators and for the electrodes in metal hydride batteries.The rare earth metals are used in NiMH batteries where neodymium, praseodymium and lanthanum are used in combination with nickel, cobalt and aluminium. These batteries are powerful, light and occupy less space when compared to the conventional lead and lithium batteries.Recycling of rare earth metals from electronic wastes is gaining prominence and is expected to contribute to the market growth during the forecast period. The recycling process is being adopted by nations such as Germany, France and Japan that have limited reserves but high consumptions.Segmentation by application and analysis of permanent magnets, battery alloys, catalysts and ceramics. The technological advances being made in magnetic resonance imaging and superconductivity is expected to drive the growth of this segment until the end of 2019. The report offers an analysis of each of the following segments and discusses its impact on the overall market growth – Permanent magnets, catalysts, battery alloys, polishing powder, phosphors, glass additives and ceramics.Segmentation by element type and further analysis on: Light rare earth metals and heavy rare earth metals. The light rare earth metals segment comprises of lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, and praseodymium.Geographical segmentation and analysis of China, Rest of Asia, the US is covered in this report. China accounted for around 63% of the market share during 2014, in terms of consumption. The report predicts this region to maintain its leadership until the end of 2019. The increased demand for rare earth from the automotive and electronic industries in this region is driving the market.Competitive landscape and key vendors cover Alkane, Arafura, Avalon and Molycorp. Other prominent companies in the market are: China Rare Earth Holdings, Frontier Rare Earths, Greenland Minerals and Energy (see separate news on Kvanefjeld project), Indian Rare Earths, Jiangxi Copper, Lynas, Montero Mining and Exploration, Namibia Rare Earths, Quest Rare Minerals, Rare Element Resources, Showa Denko, and Ucore Rare Metals.Around 250 firms are involved globally, in the exploration and production of rare earth metal deposits. Most of the firms’ operating activities are based in China, followed by US, Australia and Canada. State-owned firms either directly or indirectly control about 60% of the global rare earth output.Further, the report states that one major challenge that stands is the supply demand gap. Despite a broad scope of application and a growing demand, the supply of these elements is geographically concentrated with the dominance of a few countries.The picture shows the location of Avalon Rare Metals’ Nechalacho deposit at Thor Lake in the Mackenzie Mining District of Canada’s Northwest Territories, approximately 100 km southeast of the city of Yellowknife. The property is comprised of five contiguous mining leases totalling 4,249 ha and three mineral claims totalling 1,860 ha.last_img read more

Plans to allow children aged 12 to use guns legally in NI

first_imgTHE NORTHERN IRELAND Justice Minister has announced plans to change the law to allow children as young as 12 to use airguns or shotguns in strictly supervised situations.At present, the lowest age limit is 16. It follows calls from the Northern Ireland Firearms Dealers and Shooters Association and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.The Minister’s decision was made following public consultation and discussions with PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott, the BBC is reporting.According to a spokesperson for the Department: “Following public consultation and having considered the view of the chief constable, Justice Minister David Ford has decided that the age at which a young person may have supervised access to air guns or shotguns will be reduced to 12 years of age.“This will require further consideration of the detail to ensure appropriate supervision by a suitably experienced adult.”Steward Dickson of the Alliance party, who is a member of the Stormont justice committee said that although he was “nervous” about the decision, he wouldn’t be opposing it, adding that use by 12-year-olds would be in “extremely supervised circumstances”.He said one of the factors was that in sport, young people hoping to compete in the Olympics or the Commonwealth Games weren’t getting an early enough start.The two shooting organisations had favoured lowering the age limit to 10.Read: Tributes paid to SDLP’s Eddie McGradyRead: Tánaiste: ‘There are people who know where those bodies were buried’last_img read more

Bus strike Students slam travel misery for tens of thousands of students

first_imgBus strike: Students slam ‘travel misery’ for tens of thousands of students Irish Rail services will not be affected by the strike action this week. Monday 27 Mar 2017, 6:05 AM Image: RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/3307599 17,383 Views 29 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Updated 8.50amAN ORGANISATION REPRESENTING students has condemned the failure of Bus Éireann management to resolve a dispute with their workers, resulting in what they call “travel misery for tens of thousands of students”.Members of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have said they support striking bus workers, and have asked that the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to intervene to seek a resolution.Speaking during the latest short-notice stoppage, USI President Annie Hoey said:“This dispute has gone beyond the dispute between management and workers – it has created a complete gridlock for students seeking to get home and to college.She said that “tens of thousands of students” rely on Bus Éireann and Irish Rail to travel around the country, and are unsure if they’ll be able to make critical classes in the lead up to exam season.The failure to negotiate isn’t just causing inconvenience – it’s causing enormous anxiety and stress for people at the most difficult time of the year. Yesterday, NBRU spokesperson Dermot O’Leary said that it was his understanding that Irish Rail workers would not strike in solidarity with their colleagues this week.This morning, it was confirmed that train services would operate as normal. Source: Iarnród Éireann/Twitter All train services operating on all routes today, no disruption anticipated arising from Bus Eireann dispute.— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) March 27, 2017 Short URL Image: RollingNews.ie Mar 27th 2017, 6:05 AM On RTÉ’s News at One, he called on Ministers John Halligan, Finian McGrath and Boxer Moran to support the bus strikes.He suggested that Coras Iompair Éireann (CIE) provide funding for the company to help it financially in the short-term, before a long-term resolution can be agreed.Minister for Transport Shane Ross is to appear before an Oireachtas Committee this week to explain the current situation at Bus Éireann.His last appearance before the committee was a feisty affair, with Ross refusing all calls to intervene in the industrial dispute.With reporting from Sean MurrayRead: Rail and Dublin Bus workers angry over treatment of Bus Éireann staff, says union boss Share37 Tweet Email By Gráinne Ní Aodha read more

Who is Euclid Tsakalotos

first_imgAfter being sworn in, Euclid Tsakalotos made no secret of his anxieties regarding his new position during this critical time in the country’s history.“I cannot hide from you that I am quite nervous. I am not taking on this job at the easiest point in Greek history,” he said with a degree of understatement.The 55-year-old received a private school education at London’s St Paul’s, after which he went on to study at Oxford University.There he pursued his undergraduate studies in politics, philosophy and economics, returning to the institution in 1989 to complete his PhD in economics. A member of SYRIZA for almost a decade, Tsakalotos has served as an MP in the Greek parliament since 2012. So far he has pushed the notion of debt relief and sustainable structural reforms as fiercely as Varoufakis, but avoided his predecessor’s predeliction for enraging other eurozone ministers.“We want to continue discussions, to take this mandate given to us by the Greek people for something better … for all these people who have been suffering so much,” he said. Source: The Telegraph, ABC News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Des milliards de planètes de taille terrestre dans notre galaxie

first_imgDes milliards de planètes de taille terrestre dans notre galaxie ?Une récente étude menée pour la Nasa par l’université de Californie révèle qu’environ 25% des étoiles similaires à notre Soleil pourraient avoir autour d’elles une planète de la taille de la Terre. Ces planètes pourraient ainsi se compter en milliards, et certaines d’entre elles être potentiellement habitables.Pendant cinq ans, des astronomes ont observé 166 étoiles aux caractéristiques proches de notre Soleil. Toutes sont situées dans un rayon de 80 années-lumière de la Terre, une année-lumière représentant quelque 9.460 milliards de kilomètres. Le but était de découvrir des planètes de différentes tailles, allant de trois à mille fois la masse de la Terre.L’étude a été réalisée grâce aux télescopes géants de l’observatoire Keck à Hawaï, et a permis de recenser bien plus de petites planètes que de grandes. Une découverte qui indique que les planètes de petite taille sont les plus fréquentes dans la Voie lactée. Parmi les 166 étoiles étudiées, 6,5% abriteraient des planètes de masse intermédiaire (soit dix à trente fois celle de la Terre), tandis que 11,8% auraient en orbite des super-Terres dont la masse est inférieure à dix fois celle de la Terre.”Si l’on extrapole jusqu’aux planètes proches de la Terre (entre 0,5 et 2 masses terrestres) nous prédisons que vous en trouverez environ 23 pour 100 étoiles” précise A.W. Howard, un astronome de l’université de Berkeley. Et son collègue Geoff Marcy d’ajouter : “Les données récoltées nous disent que notre galaxie, qui contient quelque 200 milliards d’étoiles, compte au moins 46 milliards de planètes de la même taille que la Terre, sans compter celles dont l’orbite est plus éloignée de leur astre dans la zone habitable”. Seules les planètes ayant une orbite très proche de leur étoile ont en effet été étudiées dans le cadre de cette recherche publiée par la revue Science.Le 7 novembre 2010 à 18:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Airlines in lowfare war Flyers body complains about bogus schemes

first_imgDomestic carriers such as SpiceJet, Indigo and Jet Airways offered new round of all-time-low discount fares on Wednesday. Following the announcement, the Air Passengers Association of India (APAI), a body representing air fliers, wrote a strong letter to the aviation regulator DGCA and civil aviation ministry seeking action.The passengers body alleged that the airlines were taking passengers “for a ride” by introducing such offers. The APAI called the scheme “bogus,” Press Trust of India reported.”This has reference to the advertisement released by SpiceJet in Wednesday’s newspaper. We started getting complaints from as early as 10:20 AM from many of our members stating that no such fare is available even for short distances of less than 500 kms,” D. Sudhakara Reddy, APAI founder and its national president, was quoted as saying by the agency.On Wednesday, SpiceJet offered monsoon sale offer wherein the airline claimed to provide airfare as low as Rs. 444 for non-stop flights on its domestic routes. The five-day sale period will extend until June 26 applicable for flying between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2016. Similarly, hours after SpiceJet announced the offer, its rival IndiGo also launched offer of fares starting from Rs. 789.In a bid to woo passengers, domestic carriers typically offer discounted airfares during the lean season (when the vacation season ends and schools, colleges reopen) on select routes.”Not only SpiceJet but all the airlines are indulging in similar activities from time to time. I am still not able to understand what purpose does it serve for the airlines to come up with screaming full page advertisement in national dailies but not offering the same to the fliers,” Reddy was quoted as saying by DNA.Terming the allegation as baseless, a SpiceJet spokesperson told the publication that the sale of tickets is under a limited inventory and is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.”SpiceJet is ready to share the names of the bona-fide customers with DGCA with complete booking details for further verification,” the spokesperson said.Share prices of airlines fallFollowing the news, SpiceJet stock traded at Rs. 63.90 at around 2.36 p.m. on Thursday, down 2.07 percent from its previous close. Similarly, shares of Jet Airways and InterGlobe Aviation were trading at Rs. 555.75 and Rs. 1,041.05, down 1.31 and 0.68 percent, respectively, from their previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Water for health

first_imgThis year marks the 10th anniversary of an event to increase public awareness of an important health problem in the community across the globe. The Departments of Nephrology of PGIMER, Dr R M L hospital and AIIMS are jointly organizing a two day event on March 12-13 at the auditorium of PGIMER, Dr R M L hospital. The theme this year Kidney Health for All reminds us that all of us are not equal with regards to risk for kidney disease and access to treatment. This two days event will have public lectures and panel discussions quiz, poster competition among school and nursing students and CME on Kidney for the Central Government Health Service doctors and Nurses. The Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will be the Chief Guest and Director General Health Service and Director; AIIMS will be the Guest of Honour in the inaugural function. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The pledge, ‘sharing a glass of water’ on March 12 is a good way to remind us that kidneys are vital organs and that they should be taken care of.Taking steps to live a healthy lifestyle clearly helps to reduce risk, and early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease.With 10% of the population worldwide having some form of kidney damage, there is a long road ahead to raise awareness about the dangers of kidney disease. Some communities in both higher and lower income countries are at greater risk than others because of their ethnic origin, socioeconomic status and/or where they live. India at present has the world’s largest population of diabetes and obesity; both have been recognized as an emerging epidemic. Every fifth person in India is hypertensive. All these are risk factors contributing to the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), which is predicted to increase by 17% over the next decade; and is now recognized by WHO and other organizations as a global public health issue.The Organising Chairperson, Prof Dipankar Bhowmik told there are several easy ways to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease. Keep fit and active, Keep regular control of your blood sugar level, Monitor your blood pressure, Eat healthy and keep your weight in check, Maintain a healthy fluid intake, do not smoke and do not take over-the-counter pills on a regular basis.last_img read more

Hypromellose Market Growth of CAGR with Focusing Key players like Players

first_imgXylanase Global Hypromellose Industry 2018 Market Research Report provides details about Industry Overview, Manufacturing Cost Structure, Capacity, Growth Rate, Gross Margin, Major Manufacturers, Development Trends and Forecast Analysis.Get an inclusive research report offering thorough market analysis and growth outlook of the global Hypromellose market in the latest research report added by Big Market Research.Request for a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2954308?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNThe study offers an extensive analysis of key drivers, opportunities, key segments, regions, and major manufacturers. Additionally, the competitive scenario in different geographies is outlined to assist new entrants, leading market players, and investors to determine emerging economies. Insights presented in the report would benefit market players to develop strategies for the future and gain a strong position in the global market.The report offers detailed segmentation of the global Hypromellose market based on North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South America and region. It evaluates these regions based on the prospect and status for the forecast period. Additionally, the research presents the current market condition and outlook of each region. Regions analyzed in the research include North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South America. Market dynamics are also revealed in the research based on risks, driving forces, and opportunities. A brief overview of each segment and sub-segment is provided.The research offers an in-depth analysis of major market players operating in the global Hypromellose industry.Key market players operating in the industry include Ashland Inc., Dow Chemical Company, Huzhou Zhanwang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Lotte Chemical Corporation, Shandong Head Co., Ltd., Shandong Yiteng New Material Co., Ltd., Yixing Hongbo Fine Chemical Co., Ltd., Zhejiang Haishen Chemical Co., Ltd.The research demonstrates the performance of each player active in the industry. Besides this, the report offers an overview and highlights of recent advancements of each player in the market. These insights help understand the competitive scenario and take important steps to gain major market share. Comprehensive analysis of consumption, market share, and growth rate of each application is offered for the historic period. The report also offers insights on suppliers, buyers, and merchants in the market.Get 10% Discount on Enterprise User License@ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2954308?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNThe research evaluates the manufacturing cost of the global Hypromellose market. It discusses key raw materials, dealers, and labor costs. In addition, it evaluates the manufacturing process of the industry. The research also provides insights into Porter’s Five Forces model, value chain analysis, and PEST analysis.The report clearly indicates that the Hypromellose industry has achieved extensive growth since 2023 with several significant advances related to the industry. This report is prepared based on a detailed evaluation of the industry by experts. To conclude, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals looking for unbiased data on supply, demand, and future estimates would find the report valuable.Access Full Summary @  https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/global-hypromellose-hydroxypropyl-methylcellulose-hpmc-market-outlook-2018-2023-market?utm_source=SHASHITable of ContentsPart 1. SummaryPart 2. Report Methodology2.1 Methodology2.2 Data SourcePart 3. IntroductionPart 4. Industry Value Chain4.1 Hypromellose Industry Value Chain Analysis4.2 Upstream4.3 End-uses4.4 DistributorsPart 5. Competitive Landscape5.1 Global Hypromellose Sales & Share by Company (2013-2018)5.2 Global Hypromellose Revenue & Share by Company (2013-2018)5.3 Pricing Trends5.4 Competitive TrendsPart 6. Segmentation by Type6.1 Global Hypromellose Sales Volume by Type (2013-2018)6.2 Global Hypromellose Revenue by Type (2013-2018)6.3 Global Hypromellose Price by Type (2013-2018)Part 7. Segmentation by Application7.1 Global Hypromellose Sales Volume by Application (2013-2018)7.2 Global Hypromellose Revenue by Application (2013-2018)7.3 Global Hypromellose Price by Application (2013-2018)About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesCall answer Direct: +1-971-202-1575Call answer Toll-Free:+1-800-910-6452Email help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

The New Surfaces Could Be Missing One Big Thing

first_img A devout gamer and tech enthusiast, Mike Andronico joined the Laptop team in July 2013. With a B.A. in Journalism from Purchase College and experience at GameNGuide, Examiner and 2D-X, Mike tackles everything from iPhone rumors to in-depth hardware reviews. Author Bio Michael Andronico, Managing Editor on Michael Andronico, Managing Editorcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisement Microsoft is about to take the wraps off of its latest Surface devices at its Oct. 2 event in New York, which will likely be more powerful than ever and tout a host of neat new features. But they could be missing one big thing.According to a report from German site WinFuture, Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6 could both launch without USB-C support. Last year’s Surface Laptop and Surface Pro both lacked USB-C ports as well, but it would be surprising to see Microsoft not adopting the trend considering how widespread the new connection standard has become. The port appeared on this year’s more affordable Surface Go, and Apple’s MacBooks rely solely on USB-C.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/surface-laptop-2-surface-pro-6-usb-c?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 MORE: 2018 Surface Rumor Roundup: What to Expect from Surface Pro, LaptopThe WinFuture report also hints at possible specs for Microsoft’s new machines. The Surface Laptop 2 is expected to start with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, with upgrade options that include a Core i7, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. As we’ve seen in previous leaks, the Surface Laptop 2 will also likely come in a new black color scheme alongside options such as silver and burgundy.Less is known about the new Surface Pro, though the 2-in-1 is expected to continue to start with a Core m processor and 4GB of RAM.We’ll know exactly what the next generation of Surface devices looks like at Microsoft’s Oct. 2 press event, where we expect to see both the new Surface Laptop and Pro up close. Stay tuned for news and impressions straight from the show.Laptops with the Longest Battery LifeWhich Laptop CPU is Right for You?Best 2-in-1s (Laptop/Tablet Hybrids)last_img read more

Firefox 53 Bookmark Syncing reliability improvements

first_imgFirefox 53: Bookmark Syncing reliability improvements by Martin Brinkmann on November 28, 2016 in Firefox – 7 commentsMozilla implemented changes in Firefox 53 Nightly recently that improve the reliability of the web browser’s bookmark syncing functionality.Firefox Sync is integrated in the web browser. It enables Firefox users to sync data — bookmarks, passwords or the browsing history for instance — to the cloud, and from there to other devices that run Firefox and are linked to the same account.This is useful for Firefox users who use the browser on multiple devices, or for backup purposes.If you use Firefox on a single device, you can still make use of Sync, for instance when you re-install the browser every now and then and don’t use other means of backing up data.Using Firefox Sync is not the only option to sync Firefox data, as other sync software may also be used.Firefox 53: Bookmark Syncing reliability improvementsThe new bookmarking synchronization method in Firefox 53 improves the reliability of the process.The previous method used to sync bookmarks used a listener that looked for notifications from Firefox’s bookmark’s storage Places. These were then recorded to memory, and flushed to disk occasionally.The method has its flaws, as Sync missed changes on browser start or during a sync process, or lost changes from interrupted sync processes.This led to all kinds of issues for Firefox users who used Firefox Sync to synchronize bookmarks.New MethodThe new method resolves these issues. It does away with the listener and moves the tracking logic into Places. This means that Sync will pull the information directly from Places instead of using the observer.Each bookmark gets a “change counter” bit that Sync will use to determine whether a bookmark has been modified. The bit is reset when the modified data is synced successfully to the server.The effect is that Firefox won’t lose bookmark information anymore during sync processes.The counter is updated in a transaction, ensuring we don’t lose changes at startup or shutdown. This design also avoids missing changes during a sync.We think these lost changes are responsible for a large portion of corrupt server bookmark trees.Mozilla plans to add a fix to Sync soon that will address corrupt bookmark data on the Sync server. This is currently in the works. (via Sören)Now Read: Use the about:sync Firefox add-on to troubleshoot Sync issuesSummaryArticle NameFirefox 53: Bookmark Syncing reliability improvementsDescriptionMozilla implemented changes in Firefox 53 Nightly recently that improve the reliability of the web browser’s bookmark syncing functionality.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

first_imgWindows 10 Pro for Workstations by Martin Brinkmann on August 11, 2017 in Windows – 18 commentsMicrosoft announced Windows 10 Pro for Workstations today, a new edition of the company’s Windows 10 operating system aimed at high-end tasks and applications.Windows 10 Pro for Workstations comes with a set of new features and expanded hardware support.The company plans to launch the new edition of Windows 10 alongside the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update which will be out in the coming months.Workstations are Windows PCs that come with hardware designed to push performance as far as possible — well beyond the home and even most of the professional market. These systems are often equipped with Terabytes of RAM and multiple CPUs, and used for demanding applications such as video editing, 3D modelling, or other demanding tasks.Windows 10 Pro for WorkstationsWindows 10 Pro for Workstations is Windows 10 Pro at its core. It can be distinguished by four improvements and changes that it ships with.Expanded hardware support — Windows 10 Pro for Workstations was designed by Microsoft for “high performance configurations”. Two of the most important changes are support for up to 4 CPUs and up to 6 Terabytes of RAM. Current Pro editions of Windows 10 support a maximum of 2 CPUs and 2 Terabytes of RAM.Resilient File System (ReFS) — The new edition of Windows 10 comes with support for the Resilient file system. The file system was designed specifically to be resilient against data corruption, and optimized for large data volumes. “ReFS provides cloud-grade resiliency for data on fault-tolerant storage spaces and manages very large volumes with ease”.Persistent memory — The operating system comes with support for persistent memory hardware configurations, and support for non-volatile memory modules (NVDIMM-N) hardware.Faster file sharing — Windows 10 Pro for Workstations supports SMB Direct. The feature enables “increased throughput”, “low latency” and “low cpu utilization”.Closing WordsThe reveal on the official Windows Business blog did not reveal the price point of the new edition.Additionally, it failed to showcase the core differences to existing Pro editions of Windows 10. Considering that Windows 10 Pro supports ReFS and SMB Direct, the sole selling point of Windows 10 Pro for Workstations appears to be the extended hardware support.This may be enough reason for some businesses to purchase the new Windows 10 for Workstations. As far as price is concerned, it is likely that the new edition will be more expensive than regular Windows 10 Pro editions but not as expensive as Windows Server editions.Now You: Why is Microsoft releasing a new version of Windows 10 Pro? What’s your take on this?SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 Pro for WorkstationsDescriptionMicrosoft announced Windows 10 Pro for Workstations today, a new edition of the company’s Windows 10 operating system aimed at high-end tasks and applications.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Secunia retires Personal Software Inspector PSI

first_imgSecunia retires Personal Software Inspector (PSI) by Martin Brinkmann on March 11, 2018 in Software – Last Update: March 11, 2018 – 46 commentsWhen Secunia launched Personal Software Inspector (PSI) almost a decade ago, it was welcome with open arms by users who wanted to run security scans on Windows systems to detect security issues and outdated applications.The company switched from an online tool to a software program and launched version 3.0 of the application back in 2012. Version 3.0 of the program featured a new streamlined interface and lacked some of the features that previous versions of the program supported.Today, Flexera announced that Personal Software Inspector will reach end of life on April 20, 2018. The official product website reveals that to interested users; download options are no longer available already.The company notes that existing installations of the program won’t work anymore come April 20, 2018 and that users should remove Personal Software Inspector from systems the program is installed on.PSI is Flexera’s free computer security solution that identifies missing security patches on user’s private PC, and automatically installs them when possible.This product is reaching End-of-life on April 20, 2018, and therefore, no longer available. On April 20, 2018, existing installations of PSI will no longer function and should be uninstalled.A forum thread provides further insight. Senior Product Manager Bob Kelly notes:Discontinuing PSI hasn’t been an easy decision. Consumer products are not part of Flexera’s Strategy to help businesses that develop software and business using software address the challenge of this very dysfunctional supply chain.Flexera withdraws the consumer product as it focuses on business products. As far as alternatives are concerned, Kelly suggests to keep the computer save by turning on automatic updates in all products that support the functionality, manually update all other programs, and to uninstall software that is no longer in use.Personal Software Inspector AlternativesPersonal Software Inspector checked for outdated applications and offered to download and install those on the Windows machine.The following programs may be suitable alternatives:Avira Free Software Updater reviewFileHippo App Manager: software update checkerKaspersky releases beta version of Software Update checkerPatch My PC Updater 4.0 reviewSumo 4 and new Pro version releasedUCheck: update checker and software installer by RogueKiller creatorClosing WordsPersonal Software Inspector lost much of its appeal with the release of version 3.0. While it was still useful to some degree to verify program installations on Windows PCs, other programs like SUMO offered better functionality and support for a larger set of programs.Now You: Do you use an update checker program?SummaryArticle NameSecunia retires Personal Software Inspector (PSI)DescriptionToday, Flexera announced that Personal Software Inspector will reach end of life on April 20, 2018. The official product website reveals that to interested users; download options are no longer available already.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

This holiday season come experience the Andamans

first_imgThis holiday season- come experience the AndamansThis holiday season- come experience the AndamansThis holiday season uncover the best kept secret of India- The Andamans. With its pristine white sand beaches and azure blue waters, it is a place right out of your fantasy.Barefoot Holidays is the top destination management company (DMC) offering end to end service in the Andamans. Started in 2002 when Andamans was just opening up to tourism, they have seen the Island grow to becoming one of the top destinations in the country. This experience helps them advise and design custom packages for all customers. From Island hopping, experiencing indigenous cultures, adventure activities, leisure trips to luxury, they have you covered. With a dedicated team on site, they ensure that all promises are delivered.Barefoot Holidays will now provide you a package unlike any other in the market. A holiday package including direct flights from Bangalore at a fixed and unbelievably low price. No longer will you have to choose between an economical trip or convenience. Earlier, saving money on a travel package would mean resorting to a group package where you may not enjoy the company of strangers and having to start and end your holiday on fixed dates dictated by the specific group departures operated by the travel agent. Now, you can have a truly relaxing and dream-like holiday without burning a hole in your pocket.Not just that, each package can be tailor made- a private and customizable itinerary that best suits your travel needs. It is your wish list that Barefoot Holidays wants to make come true. With packages ranging from 3 to 7 nights, and a variety of itinerary options, holiday planning has never been so simple. The dedicated team ensures that all your travel arrangements are taken care of before you leave and you get to experience the true magic of Andamans.Andamans will no longer be an exotic destination one dreams of, rather a getaway that is just one step away. Take your children snorkeling and let them find Nemo amidst the colourful coral or stroll along the beautiful Radhanagar beach watching the beautiful sunset with your partner. Go on an adrenaline pumping jet ski ride or leisurely kayak your way through the famous Mangrove forest. The Andamans has something for everyone and Barefoot Holidays is the partner that will make this the trip of a lifetime. Barefoot Holidaysbook here Source = Barefoot Holidayslast_img read more

Savour the best of Dubai with the ultimate luxury hospitality experiences

first_imgDubai is synonymous with luxury. Positioned as the luxury hub of Africa and the Middle East, Dubai is choc-a-block with high-end hotels, resorts, shopping malls, restaurants and much more. During a FAM trip organised by Dubai Business Events for a few of the top travel agents and trade media, with the aim of promoting Dubai as a MICE and business destination, all the delegates were given a tour of three luxury hotels and resorts in Dubai.In this issue, Travel News Digest will take you through Park Hyatt Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah Resort and Queen Elizabeth 2.Park Hyatt DubaiPart Hyatt in Dubai is beautifully designed in sync with the Arabic culture and tradition albeit with a modern twist.Ideally located on the banks of Dubai Creek, this luxury hotel neighbours Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. All the 225 rooms, including 35 suites are waterfront. Park Hyatt Dubai offers all kinds of facilities and amenities required for conventions, conferences, weddings, events, etc. Events can be curated and tailor-made as per the requirements and demands of the clients.Indian delegates were treated to a sumptuous lunch at the Park Hyatt Dubai and also toured the entire luxury property. Madinat Jumeirah ResortMadinat Jumeirah Resort is a recreation of ancient Arabia set across its own private beach. Divided into three grand hotels Jumeirah Al Qasr, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam and the newly opened Jumeirah Al Naseem, the grand luxury resort is ideally located within close proximity to Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City, the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Wild Wadi Waterpark and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. It houses seven Jumeirah Malakiya Villas and 29 summerhouses in Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf apart from 50 restaurants and bars, conference and banqueting facilities including two grand ballrooms, a 1000-seat amphitheatre and the region’s only dedicated entertainment centre and multi-purpose venue, Madinat Arena.Travel agents and media who were a part of the FAM trip took a tour of this high-end, luxury property and was served a great lunch and were spoilt for choice with numerous delicacies and dishes from across the globe.Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2)Often referred to as QE2, Queen Elizabeth 2 is a luxury liner converted into a floating luxury hotel. Docked permanently at Port Rashid in Dubai, QE2 houses fully-furnished rooms, 13 exclusive restaurants and bars, entertainment venues and shopping areas.Indian delegates got the opportunity to tour the entire cruise which has been renovated and revitalised with the latest amenities. After the tour of QE2, delegates were treated to a grand dinner in one of the restaurants. They were joined by Steen Jakobsen, Assistant Vice President, Dubai Business Events & City Operations for dinner.last_img read more

Australian cruise seasonPOPacific Dawn

first_imgAustralian cruise seasonP&OPacific Dawn When Pacific Dawn arrives in Brisbane on 16 March 2017, she’ll be showing off the results of a multi-million dollar makeover – currently underway in Singapore.The ‘new Dawn’ will feature two spectacular waterslides on her top decks and a state-of-the-art waterpark, The Pantry –an international market place of fresh food outlets that will replace the traditional ship buffet, a Mediterranean-inspired dining offering called Nic and Toni’s, and a new seafood restaurant, Shell & Bones.Several of Pacific Dawn’s public spaces – including the atrium, Charlie’s Cafe, The Orient and the Promenade Bar – will also be redesigned to mirror the striking contemporary look that has become a trademark of the P&O fleet in recent years.Fares on the refurbished ship include a seven-night Pacific Island Hopper departing Brisbane on 1 April 2017 starting from $749* per person quad share.*Subject to availability, conditions applyIMAGE: Pacific Dawn enters the dry dock in Singapore, February 2017last_img read more