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  • ExBlackwater contractor found guilty in 2007 Iraq shooting

    first_imgWASHINGTON — A former Blackwater security contractor has been convicted of murder at his third trial in the 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq.Nicholas Slatten, of Sparta, Tennessee, was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in Washington.Prosecutors say Slatten was the first to fire shots in the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians at a crowded traffic circle in Baghdad. The shooting strained relations with Iraq and drew intense scrutiny of the role of American contractors in the Iraq War.The defence had argued that Slatten opened fire because he thought a bomb-laden car was headed toward his convoy.An appeals court had overturned his 2014 conviction, saying he should have been tried separately from three other men. A jury couldn’t reach a verdict in his second trial last summer.Michael Balsamo, The Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Airbus open to a fighter plane assembly plant in Quebec ahead of

    first_imgMIRABEL, Que. — Airbus is not ruling out the possibility that Quebec will host a fighter plane assembly line and satellite construction plant if the European giant manages to win new contracts in Canada.Simon Jacques, head of Canadian operations for the multinational, mentioned the possibility Monday at a company event in Mirabel, an off-island Montreal suburb, where it manufactures A220 jetliners, previously known as the Bombardier C Series.Airbus is on the lookout for Ottawa’s call for tenders — expected before the start of the 2019 election campaign — for 88 fighter planes to replace the government’s aging CF-18s. Airbus makes the Eurofighter Typhoon.Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Saab are all in the running alongside Airbus for the federal contract.Jacques says the construction of a new assembly line, which would create numerous jobs, would not be a logistical challenge given there is space available in Mirabel.Since the call for tenders would impose local content requirements, he says he wants to propose a “Canadian solution.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Site C to start construction of fivekilometrelong conveyor belt

    first_imgB.C. Hydro says the conveyor belt is expected to come into service during the summer of 2019 and will be used to transport materials to the dam site until 2023.More information on project details can be found on Site C’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro is announcing that starting this week, construction activities will begin on the installation of a five-kilometre-long conveyor belt system that will be used to transport materials from the 85 Avenue Industrial Lands to the Site Cconstruction site.According to Hydro, the conveyor belt system will run adjacent to Shaman Industrial Way, cross under Old Fort Road, and 240 Road through culverts.The work will consist of excavation and pile driving, to install the brackets and supports for the conveyor, and will take approximately three months. In addition, road work associated with the culvert installations will take approximately two months to complete.last_img read more

  • More Students Walk Out in Protest of Time Change

    Rabat – Two weeks ago, Morocco announced that the country would be staying on GMT+1 time year-round instead of reverting back to GMT. The move, announced two days before the scheduled change, was widely criticized for not allowing citizens and companies enough time to adjust.In the decree, the government said the new rule was “to avoid many changes that occur many times during the year and repercussions at many levels.” It also indicated that the permanent DST will be adopted as “an experiment.” The Ministry of National Education said that protests against the new school hours were “isolated cases.” In Rabat, some protestors gathered in front of parliament; reports from Casablanca say students occupied the stairwells of the Twin Center.Last Friday, the Ministry of Education issued a memo to schools nationwide, encouraging them to adapt the new school hours. Normally, schools begin at 8 AM and end at 6 PM, allowing two hours for lunch. With the new hours, students in urban areas begin at 9 AM, end at 5 PM, and have a two hour lunch break, while schools in rural areas begin at 9 AM, end at 3 PM, and only allot 30 minutes for lunch. read more

  • Government sticks to local judicial process

    The Government has decided to stick to a local judicial process to investigate alleged human rights abuses related to the war.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told local media heads today that the Government had discussed this with the United States which had moved a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. A new law will also be introduced to give powers to the Special Counsel and foreign judges who look to assist the investigations process will need to operate under the Sri Lankan system.The Prime Minister said that in 2009 when the Sri Lankan issue was discussed at the UNHRC,  the then Government had agreed to uphold international humanitarian laws but did not have the right mechanisms in place. The Prime Minister said the Government will setup a Special Counsel to handle the operations of some of the investigations and foreign lawyers and judges can assist the special counsel if such assistance is required. He said that the failure by the then Government to keep to its commitments led the US to move two resolutions against Sri Lanka during the following years.The Prime Minister assured that the new Government is committed to uphold democracy and also ensure a political solution for the National issue.He said that among the mechanisms which will be established to address some of the human rights concerns is a Truth Commission. “In my view if President Rajapaksa had accepted the proposal from South Africa to setup a Truth Commission we would not be in this problem today,” he said. The resolution moved last week at the UNHRC has proposed that the Sri Lankan judicial mechanism obtains assistance from the Special Counsel’s office, of the Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers, and authorized prosecutors and investigators. He said that Sri Lanka will now establish a local Truth Commission which will also have a compassionate council with the participation of religious leaders.The Prime Minister said that Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will explain Sri Lanka’s position to the UNHRC this week when Sri Lanka is discussed at the ongoing 30th session of the UNHRC in Geneva. (Colombo Gazette) read more

  • UK represented at Our Future Mobility Now roundtable

    Today, two UK representatives will attend the European ‘Our Future Mobility Now’ roundtable event on skills and innovation at the Solvay Library in Brussels. The event features CEOs from Europe’s leading automobile manufacturers as well as senior EU policymakers. The event is supported by the European Commission’s ‘Youth on the Move’ initiative, which is helping young people gain skills, experience and build careers.The programme is packed with activities for both the young delegates, experts, the CEOs, European Commissioners and MEPs, divided over a whole day. From the UK, Jaguar Land Rover employees, Natalie Dowsett and Jo Schofield are set to meet a wealth of senior automotive executives that committed their attendance ahead of today’s meeting: Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FIAT S.p.A; Harrie Schippers, CEO of DAF Trucks N.V; Alfredo Altavilla, CEO of IVECO S.p.A; Didier Leroy, CEO of Toyota Motor Europe.Joining these industry leaders and the 40 chosen students, graduates and young professionals, a number of leading European policy makers have committed to joining the roundtable including; Commissioners Connie Hedegaard, DG Climate Action; AntonioTajani, DG Enterprise & Industry; Lazlo Andor, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, Janez Potočnik, DG Environment; plus MEP Pablo Zalba Bidegain and Jorge Chatzimarkakis MEP and Libor Rouček MEP.With an audience of 120 expected in the afternoon, the discussion looks set to build on the past successes of the ‘Our Future Mobility Now’ project.There is Live streaming of the event from 14:30.Our Future Mobility Now is an initiative managed by the automobile industry in Europe that was launched in June 2011, bringing together young people with industry leaders and policy makers. In keeping with the aims of the project, today’s roundtable on ‘Innovation for Europe, Skills for the Future’, discussions will focus particularly on young people’s attitudes on skills, innovation and mobility.For more information, visit www.futuremobilitynow.com. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

  • Volkswagen emissions scandal Britons dying due to toxic fumes travelling across North

    first_imgBritons are dying because of the Volkswagen emission scandal with dozens killed from fumes travelling across the North Sea from Germany and ‘many times’ more killed by pollution from cars on UK roads, a study suggests. Between 2008 and 2015 Volkswagen rigged diesel cars so they could pass stringent environmental tests while emitting dangerous levels of pollution.More than one million VW cars in Britain were fitted with ‘defeat devices’ which pumped deadly nitrogen dioxide into the atmosphere at banned quantities.Environmental researchers at MIT studied the impact of the scandal across Europe and found that based on the 2.6 million cars sold in Germany alone, 2,600 people will die up to 10 years early even if a complete recall is completed by the end of this year.Yet only 1,100 of the deaths will actually occur in Germany, with more than 60 per cent of the premature mortalities affecting neighbouring countries, including Britain, Poland, France and the Czech Republic because pollution spreads on the wind. The team estimates that 30 people will die in Britain from fumes which have travelled across the North Sea, but said the final death toll could be ‘many times’ greater. If the research was extrapolated to Britain’s 1.2 million VWs more than 450 people may die as a result, although pollution in the UK is mitigated to a certain extent because we are an island.“Pollution doesn’t care about political boundaries; it just goes straight past,” said study co-author Steven Barrett, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. The scandal could cost British taxpayers nearly £300 million in healthcare and social costs.The team found  If Volkswagen can recall and retrofit affected vehicles to meet European standards by the end of 2017, this would avert 2,600 additional premature deaths, or 29,000 life years lost,The research was published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. “Thus, a car in Germany can easily have significant impacts in neighboring countries, especially in densely populated areas such as the European continent.”We estimate that about 30 early deaths in the UK are attributable to the excess VW emissions in Germany. If the impact of UK emissions were added to this then the figure would be very significantly higher — possibly many times higher given the additional million affected vehicles in the UK.”Great Britain is an island so emissions from the UK will likely cause fewer deaths per tonne of Nitrogen Oxide than in Germany. But it’s remarkable that emissions as far away as Germany can contribute to UK air quality degradation.”  In addition to the increase in premature deaths, previous research has shown that the excess emissions are likely to contribute directly to more than 31 cases of chronic bronchitis and 34 hospital admissions involving respiratory and cardiac conditions.Individuals will also experience more than 120,000 minor restricted activity days, including work absences, and about 210,000 lower-respiratory symptom days. Paul Willis, the managing director of Volkswagen Group UK answering questions in front of Transport Select Committee The mortality rate was calculated on the basis that there is a one per cent extra risk of dying early in a given year per microgram per meter cubed of fine particles a person is exposed to.Prof Barrett added: “Typically that means that someone who dies early from air pollution ends up dying about a decade early.“It seems unlikely that Volkswagen is the only company with issues with excess emissions.“We don’t know if other manufacturers have these defeat devices, but there is already evidence that many other vehicles in practice emit more than the applicable test-stand limit value. So we’re trying to do this for all diesel vehicles.”In the wake of the scandal, the Department of Transport began a £1.1million retesting programme of 37 vehicles from 20 different carmakers to determine if others were also using similar defeat devices to pass emissions tests.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. VW Group claims to have fixed 470,000 cars in the UK and say they are now repairing cars at a rate of 20,000 a week although the company insists that vehicles in Britain never had defeat devices and were only being recalled to give drivers “peace of mind”.However last month MPs accused Volkswagen UK boss Paul Willis of telling “absolute blatant lies” when he repeated the stance at the Transport Select Committee. Researchers at MIT also warned that Europe was more severely affected by the scandal than the US, not only because far more cars were sold, but also because of higher population density and atmospheric conditions.Europe’s average population density is about three times higher than the US average, and historical data has shown that diesel cars are driven on average 20 per cent more, in terms of annual mileage, compared with the average American car. Paul Willis, the managing director of Volkswagen Group UK, answering questions in front of Transport Select Committee The atmosphere in Europe also contains more ammonia than in the US, so more deadly particulates may form the same amount of nitrogen dioxide.“It takes time for nitric oxides to get converted into particulates, at which point, they could be 100 to 200 kilometers or further away from their source,” added Prof Barrett.last_img read more

  • Cutbacks causing stress among parents of children with autism

    first_imgThis research included diaries, questionnaires, 24 hour blood pressure monitoring and also an analysis of the stress hormone cortisol. “We looked for the physical flags of stress, such as high blood pressure”, explained Dr Leader.She said that their findings were not necessarily a surprise, and told TheJournal.ie that she hoped the research would help to bring the subject to the attention of the rest of the country, as stress can have “serious impacts” on those who suffer from it.Perhaps none too surprisingly, parents of children of autism experience elevated levels of stress compared to parents of typically developing children. However, we were also able to show a correlation between increased stress among parents of children with autism who have less access to services and interventions.Services and sleepThe preliminary results demonstrate that unmet services needs were a significant factor in the stress. Having a child with a greater number of service needs that were not being met (such as speech and language therapy, respite services) was associated with higher maternal blood pressure and higher parental reports of depressive symptoms and parenting stress, said ICAN.The study also shows that sleep is an important factor. Child sleep problems and parental sleep quality were associated with maternal blood pressure, parenting stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms.A group of 140 mothers, fathers and a control group of caregivers of typically-developing children were included in the study. The research was conducted by PhD student Ciara Foody under the supervision of Dr Leader and Professor Jack James.It will be presented at the conference, Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Research to Practice, which will take place from 11-12 June. As well as keynote talks, it will also include a number of workshops where parents can get practical feedback on subjects such as mood, anxiety, DHS and the role medication; advocacy in Ireland; teaching key language skills; and managing challenging behaviour at home and in the classroom.The event is being organised by ICAN in collaboration with the US science and advocacy group Autism Speaks, and runs from 11-12 June. For more information visit www.conference.ieRead: Good news as autism help dog found alive and well>Read: New study finds no link between vaccines and autism> THE PARENTS OF children with autism have higher stress levels than parents of children without autism, or children who have other disabilities.That is according to preliminary data from a study by NUI Galway’s Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research (ICAN), which will be presented next week at a conference in the university city.The research indicates cutbacks in services are having a real and measurable effect on parents’ wellbeing, ICAN said, as well as highlighting stress levels among parents of children with autism.The Irish Society for Autism told TheJournal.ie:We welcome any research that can help families with children with autism. It is important to highlight the need for services to be provided for people with Autism.  Research can highlight the deficiencies in services and this can lead to an improvement which benefits people with Autism and their families.StressThe study shows that levels of stress among parents of children with autism are higher when those families have less access to services.Dr Geraldine Leader, Director of ICAN at NUI Galway, explained:Our research is highlighting the negative impacts that cutbacks and inadequate service provision may have, not only on child outcomes, but also on the health and wellbeing of the parents.last_img read more

  • A quoi ressemble la Terre vue du ciel en ce début 2012

    first_imgA quoi ressemble la Terre vue du ciel en ce début 2012 ?En orbite autour de notre planète, les satellites de l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) et de la NASA récoltent chaque jour une quantité importante d’images dont les plus surprenantes sont quelques fois dévoilées au public.”Le meilleur endroit pour comprendre notre planète ne se trouve pas sur Terre, mais au-dessus de celle-ci”, rapporte l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) sur son site. Le succès de l’envoi et la mise en orbite de satellites dans l’espace représente une véritable révolution non seulement dans la vie quotidienne mais également dans le domaine du suivi et de l’observation de notre planète. Landsat-1, lancé le 23 juillet 1972, est le premier satellite à être affecté spécifiquement à l’observation de la Terre. Les premières photographies de la Terre réalisées par l’appareil insufflent les prémices d’une conscience accrue sur la beauté de la nature et sa fragilité. Ces clichés s’inscrivent désormais parmi les symboles de l’ère spatiale.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreAujourd’hui, les images de la planète bleue capturée depuis son orbite sont acquises en continu notamment par les satellites de l’ESA ou de la NASA. Ces précieux outils scientifiques permettent une meilleure compréhension de la Terre dans le but d’en optimiser sa gestion et améliorer la qualité de son environnement. Catastrophes naturelles, propagation de la pollution, hausse du niveau de la mer, amincissement de la couche d’ozone… Rien n’échappe à l’objectif de ces caméras en orbite, ni à l’œil critique des experts en charge des analyses. Afin de sensibiliser chacun à l’importance de ce travail, les deux agences spatiales partagent régulièrement sur leurs sites les images les pus surprenantes de la Terre prises par leurs satellites.Alors à quoi ressemble la Terre vue du ciel en ce début d’année ? Les images capturées aux quatre coins du globe parlent d’elles-mêmes. On y voit les eaux bordant la baie de Floride remuées sous l’effet d’une tempête, l’ampleur du cyclone tropicale Funso, l’aridité des terres d’Algérie sous l’effet de l’expansion du Sahara, des lacs inondés artificiellement, la mer d’Okhotsk gelée, une spectaculaire vue de Londres la nuit et encore bien d’autres…Parcourez les images de la Terre vue du ciel qui ont marqué le début d’année sur MaxisciencesLe 9 février 2012 à 14:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • WWE attendance 26210 TV tapings live events

    first_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Twitter Reaction to Ronda Rousey story making the rounds, Note on RAW Women’s Championship Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Velvet Sky Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Pinterestcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Google+ WhatsApp WWE attendance figures from February 6 to February 10, 2015.* 2/6 live event in North Charleston, South Carolina: 7,000 fans.* 2/7 live event in Salt Lake CIty, Utah: 5,000 fans.* 2/7 live event in Jacksonville, Florida: 5,000 fans.* 2/8 live event in Huntington, West Virginia: 6,000 fans.* 2/8 live event in Canton, Ohio: 3,000 fans.* 2/9 RAW/Superstars TV Tapings in Columbus, Ohio: 10,800 fans.* 2/10 Smackdown/Main Event TV Tapings in Dayton, Ohio: 3,000 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook WWE tag team pulled from live events, Batista and RAW tonight, Former WWE star to retire Now Playing Up Next 7/27 NXT Live Results: Atlanta, GA (Two Championship matches, Karen Q injured) Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionslast_img read more

  • Cruise ships stay additional day at sea due to Matthew

    first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A number of cruise ships were forced to stay an additional day at sea due to Hurricane Matthew.Passengers disembarked their cruise liners at PortMiami, Friday, after their extended trips. However, most of them didn’t seem to mind.“All in all, it was a really wonderful trip,” said passenger Joanne Miller. “We got an extra day at sea. The cruise line, they were wonderful.”“It was really great, better than being at home and stressing the whole time,” said passenger Helen Evans.“It’s like a snow day, going to an extra port and getting an extra day. It’s like a snow day,” said Michelle Packer.PortMiami resumed all regular operations Friday — including ships set to depart.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

  • KoPT receives second cape size cargo vessel

    first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Port Trust on Sunday received the second cape size dry bulk cargo vessel at Sandheads, a senior KoPT official said.”This is the first time that the entire 1.65 lakh tonne cargo in this voyage is meant for Haldia. This vessel will offload it’s entire cargo here and not move to other east coast port,” Kolkata Port Trust chairman Vinit Kumar said. The M V Cape Mary, is carrying coal and will offload 1,00,000 tonne at sand heads and another 65,000 tonne at a new lighterage point opened by KoPT near Sagar island with help of floating cranes, he said. M V Cape Mary is carrying 1,65,173 metric tonne of steam coal in bulk on account Orissa Metaliks Pvt Ltd with an arrival draft of 17.84 metres. The first cape size vessel, MV Samjohn Solidarity, last year with similar cargo on account of Adani Enterprises Ltd, called upon KoPT but had discharged 1 lakh tonne of coal before making onward journey to another East coast port.last_img read more

  • Bionic Eye Shows Promise for People With AgeRelated Vision Loss

    first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The realities of aging can be hard to face. Muscles weaken, it can become difficult to remember things and the body loses some of its function — one being fading sight. Now, however, there’s hope to mitigate some of the damage done by a diminishing field of vision.The Argus II system, which has been referred to as a bionic eye — the same one used to help patients with the degenerative disease retinitis pigmentosa — has shown promise for people with advanced dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that affects 20 to 25 million people globally, according to UN estimates. Although the Argus II has helped more than 100 people with retinitis pigmentosa to regain some semblance of vision, Ryan Flynn is the first person to use the technology to mitigate the effects of AMD.Related: Imagine If Our Highways Were Paved in PlasticFlynn, an 80-year-old man from Manchester, England, was an avid gardener and enjoyed watching Manchester United play soccer (or football, as it’s called across the pond) before dry AMD took his central vision (wet AMD also exists). Though he can still see things peripherally, his sight has been deteriorating for nearly a decade.  He underwent a four-hour procedure at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital last month to place a receiver on his retina. When he wears glasses fit with a small video camera, the camera feeds images to the receiver. He’s now able to see outlines of people and objects, RTE reports. He told the BBC that he was “delighted” with the implant.As part of a clinical trial, the hospital will implant electrodes in four other individuals with dry AMD. The patients in the trial will receive the Argus II system for free, though it usually costs $145,000 — not including the cost of the operation or doctors’ fees.  The technology was invented by Dr. Robert Greenberg, CEO of Second Sight.To see how the Argus II works, check out the video below.Related: Samsung Wants to Measure Body Fat With a Smartphone SqueezeCorrection: An earlier version of this article misnamed the device. It is the Argus II.  July 22, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

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    first_imgMarch 12, 2014 — The Hospital for Special Surgery in collaboration with GE Healthcare developed an MRI that can show a detailed image following hip fracture repair. It does so without the distortion caused by metal surgical screws that are problematic in standard MRIs.Each year, more than 340,000 people suffer a broken hip in the United States. The femoral neck is the most common site of fracture, accounting for 45 to 53 percent of cases. People with this type of injury are at high risk of complications because the blood supply to the fractured portion of the bone is often disrupted. The concern is that the decreased blood supply will lead to osteonecrosis.Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery developed a specially sequenced, contrast-enhanced MRI to identify potential problems so doctors can intervene early and prevent further damage to the joint.”This new MRI greatly improves the visualization of bone and soft tissue when there is metal in a joint, such as the screws used to repair a hip fracture,” said Hollis G. Potter, M.D., chairman of the department of radiology and imaging at HSS.A study titled “Femoral Head Osteonecrosis Following Anatomic Stable Fixation of Femoral Neck Fractures: An in-vivo MRI Study” was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in New Orleans, March 11.Despite advances in surgical hardware and techniques, femoral neck fractures remain a significant clinical challenge. The primary complications arising from femoral neck fractures are non-union and osteonecrosis when the blood supply to the bone is disrupted. With respect to femoral neck hip fractures, this is the first MRI that can “see through” surgical screws to detect early signs of osteonecrosis, so that interventions can be initiated before there is further damage, such as collapse of the bone or osteoarthritis.In the study, patients had an MRI known as a “multi-acquisition variable-resonance image combination,” or MAVRIC MRI, three months and 12 months after surgery. “The MAVRIC MRI provided us with information that could not be ascertained from x-rays or a standard MRI,” Potter said. “A special 3-D fast spin echo technique minimized distortion caused by metal screws used to repair the fracture, facilitating assessment of the hip joint and any potential problems concerning osteonecrosis or non-union.”MRI revealed decreased blood flow to the injured area and osteonecrosis in 80 percent of patients in the superomedial quadrant of the femoral head. However, despite these findings, patients demonstrated excellent radiographic and functional outcomes. Researchers attributed this to a surgical technique that entailed stabilizing the broken bones with screws and restoring the fracture to the correct alignment and normal anatomical position.For more information: www.hss.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | March 12, 2014 MRI Sees Through Metal Screws last_img read more

  • A thumbs up for earthquake education and thrills in Cartago

    first_imgRelated posts:The ultimate guide to taxis in Costa Rica Legislative Assembly passes bill to jumpstart electric train system Low-cost airlines increase presence in Costa Rica Earthquake in Cartago damaged dozens of houses On a scale of one to ten, MAGMÁTICA rates a ten.As an educational tool, the facility, located just outside of the city of Cartago, teaches how earthquakes and volcanoes shaped the world and the continents. As a tourist attraction, it combines thrills and fright as you sit through a simulation of the tremendous earthquake that leveled Cartago in 1910. And it’s interactive from start to finish.MAGMÁTICA is a museum dedicated to the earthquakes and volcanoes that changed the shape of the earth and created the isthmus of Central America. Part of the facility is traditional museum fare, with plaques and displays attractively teaching history.  However, MAGMÁTICA also uses high-tech displays to put visitors right there in the jungle, petting sloths and playing with toucans, or on a boat in the ocean reaching out to leaping whales. Other displays are simple but creative: for example, you can make a model volcanic erupt by combining baking soda and vinegar.MAGMÁTICA opens with a cave-like entrance to a jungle where birds and butterflies dip through the trees while you learn about the biodiversity of the Western Hemisphere. We see how, where Costa Rica now stands, a broad river once connected the two oceans; the movements of the earth caused the land to build up until a land bridge connected North and South America and animals could pass from one land block to another.  Armadillos, as one example, were found only in South America, but began to move north after Central America was formed. English-language tour guide Maricruz Ortega. Mitzi Stark/The Tico TimesThe sensational part and the main attraction is a small house, like the simple houses found in Cartago in 1910: it has newspaper pasted to walls to keep out the drafts, tin cups hanging on hooks, and a kerosene lamp dangling from a nail. In this space, visitors relive the 6.4 earthquake that completely destroyed the city. There’s even a window facing an image of Cartago’s Cathedral. As the rumbling noise grows, the room shakes, cups rattle and fall on the floor, the lantern swings in circles and, out the window, the church crumbles into the famous ruins of Cartago.Visitors go on to survive two more earthquakes: Limón (1991) at 7.6 on the Richter scale, and Alajuela (1990) at 6.1. We learn how the location and depth of the epicenter determines how much of the quake you feel.MAGMÁTICA is the creation of Manrique Araya Arrieta, a businessman who was looking for a tourism project that would reflect the region around Cartago with its two volcanos, Irazú and Turrialba, and its earthquake-influenced history.“MAGMÁTICA is a different concept, and it teaches us how to react to an earthquake,” he explains. “The only other earthquake simulator [of this kind] is in Chile.”Following studies and consultations, MAGMÁTICA opened in October 2015. Along with its museum and simulator, it features a restaurant, Gallito Pinto, with 1910 decor and modern versions of Cartago cuisine at moderate prices. Package tours with lunch and the museum are available, as are meeting rooms for classes or companies. English-speaking guides can be arranged in advance.All in all, MAGMÁTICA is well worth the trip, and provides lessons – and excitement – that the visitor won’t soon forget.MAGMÁTICA is just one mile from the center of Cartago, on the road to Irazú, on the left hand side, convenient to reach by car, bus or train and taxi. Prices are ¢5,000 (about $10) for nationals and residents, ¢4,000 ($8) for children and seniors, and $15 for foreign tourists. Telephone for reservations at 2552-0304, write reservas@magmatica.cr, or visit the facility’s Facebook page. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

  • Mexican avocado exports to US surge 25 in Cinco

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  • Protest planned against building of Larnaca mall

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