first_imgFor Immediate Release Contact: Kathy Parry (802) 371-3205October 8, 2007NATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED SPEAKERS DESCRIBE TOOLS FOR TRANSFORMING HEALTH CARE AT FREE CONFERENCE WEDNESDAYBurlington — A free conference Wednesday featuring national and state authorities on health care will focus on the evolving impact of consumer choice and information technology on the delivery and cost of health care.The conference is the eighth in a highly-acclaimed series of health care symposiums sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont that are designed to advance the publics understanding of major issues facing the states health care system.The event is open to the public and will be held Wednesday, October 10, 2007 from 8:15 to 1:15PM at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. Interested members of the public may register at is external) or call BCBSVT for more information at (802)371-3205.Presenters include Dr. Regina Herzlinger, Harvard Business school professor and award-winning author of Who Killed Health Care? and other books on health care reform. Dr. Herzlinger will describe the role of consumer choice in health care.Dr. Scott Gottlieb is a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a former deputy commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Gottlieb will address national trends surrounding technology and health care reform.Greg Farnum, president of Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) will discuss VITLs vision for a health information exchange network to share real-time clinical information among health care providers across Vermont to improve patient outcomes while reducing service duplication and decreasing the rate of health care spending.Dr. Danielle Ofri, assistant professor of medicine at New York University and an attending physician at Bellevue Hospitals medical clinic and an award-winning author, will speak about maintaining focus on the patient as human being through the health care reform process.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more

Habitable Zones Constrained by Tides

first_img(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The idea of a circumstellar habitable zone – a radial range around a star where an earth-like planet could support life – may be too simplistic.  Science Daily reported that “Tides can render the so-called ‘habitable zone’ around low-mass stars uninhabitable.”  Astronomers at the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam studied the effects of tides on planets around low-mass stars (the most numerous stars in the galaxy) and found that the lack of seasons, the increased heat (and volcanism) and synchronous rotation make them uncomfortable at best, and perhaps uninhabitable.    “I think that the chances for life existing on exoplanets in the traditional habitable zone around low-mass stars are pretty bleak, when considering tidal effects,” lead researcher Rene Heller remarked.  “If you want to find a second Earth, it seems that you need to look for a second Sun.”So far we have narrowed the habitable zone to:Galactic Habitable Zone, where a star must be located (09/29/2009);Circumstellar Habitable Zone, the right radius from the star (10/08/2010);Continuously Habitable Zone, because too much variety can be lethal (07/21/2007);Temporal Habitable Zone, because habitable zones do not last forever (10/27/2008);Chemical and Thermodynamic Habitable Zone, where water can be liquid (12/30/2003);Ultraviolet Habitable Zone, free from deadly radiation (08/15/2006);Tidal Habitable Zone, which rules out most stars that are small (02/26/2011).Other constraints are bound to be realized from time to time, emphasizing the rarity of the sweet spot we inhabit.  This would be, of course, predicted from the Architect’s message that he formed the Earth to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18), but today’s scientists have a bad habit of ruling out Architects from their master plan.  Make a good habit of studying the Architect’s plans whenever starting life construction on our habitable Privileged Planet.last_img read more

MyBlackBerry: RIM Social Network Launches Tomorrow

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair steven walling Tomorrow, RIM will launch MyBlackBerry, community site for device owners to rate and review apps, as well as share tips and tricks. While indy sites like BlackBerry Forums and CrackBerry have long been active spaces for discussion, this will be the first officially-sanctioned online space for BlackBerry fanatics. In the best of all possible worlds (for RIM anyway), MyBlackBerry will serve as a space for customers to provide support for each other. In the worst, MyBlackBerry will languish, as the lack of a vibrant ecosystem around BlackBerry apps becomes more apparent than ever. By all appearances, MyBlackBerry will feature three basic social features:Individual ProfilesPersonal profiles for MyBlackBerry users will apparently center on the device you own, differentiating the experience for those who carry a Storm or a Bold from others who’ve signed up. Beyond that, what level of detail and user profiling is up in the air at this point, though it’s likely to include a record of your personal contributions to the site.App Ratings & ReviewsA key feature to MyBlackBerry will be ratings and reviews of applications, no doubt to try and bolster the excitement around RIM-specific apps, which has lagged behind significantly in comparison to the App Store. Once the site gets going, reviews should become an important outlet for BlackBerry apps developers. Community ForumsIf you watch the demo video, you can clearly see a forum-type function, whereby a threaded conversation can take place among BlackBerry owners for mutual support. In a success scenario for the community, this will become something like a more social version of the WordPress Codex. Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more


first_imgKumble was also happy with the way the team has handled Kumble was also happy with the way the team has handled the DRS situations, in vogue for the first time in a home bilateral series. “Its been a really good experiment which is happening in the series. Overall the players are satisfied with the outcome. I dont think it is a matter of scorekeeping – of saying which team has got it better. “What is important is whether at that point of time did we take the right call. I think we have done so in the last three Test matches. It has added balance that you would expect in international cricket.” He, however, did not totally agree with the view of former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar that the extra work put in by players in gymnasium led to injuries. “All I can say is that the fitness parameters of the current Indian team is the best that has ever been. I played in the 1990s when fitness and strength conditioning were personal and not team choices. Post 2000, the culture changed and you can see the difference now; its part and parcel of team. “Personally speaking, I probably I was my best fitness-wise after I came back from my shoulder injury in terms of what I could do on the field and recover. I am sure it is a personal opinion but as a coach, and also on behalf of the current Indian coaching staff, plus trainer and physio., we are more than happy to sit and clarify with Dilip (Vengsarkar), who is someone I respect and he also holds a responsible position as director of NCA. Since I am in Mumbai I dont mind sitting across and discussing,” he said. “Injuries are part and parcel and it has all been cricketing injuries. Its something you have to live with. The good thing is the Indian team has stood up and people who have come in have really contributed to the success,” he added. PTI SSR KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

SASAC Gives Nod to COSCO Shippings USD 19 Bn Share Plan

first_imgzoom China’s State‑owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) has approved COSCO Shipping Holdings’ CNY 12.9 billion (USD 1.9 billion) share issuance plan announced back in October.Under the plan, the company intends to offer over 2 billion of its series A shares through a private placement.The approval also relates to the subscription of 50 percent of the total number of A Shares by Cosco Shipping.The proposed share issuance needs also to be approved by the shareholders and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC).The transaction is planned to be completed within six months after obtaining CSRC’s approval.As informed earlier, the company plans to use to net proceeds to fund 20 boxships under construction, six of which would have a capacity of over 21,200 TEU.Four of the remaining vessels from the batch would have a capacity of over 14,500 TEU, five would be able to carry 13,800 TEU and the final five would have a capacity of over 20,100 TEU.“The delivery and completion of the construction of the container vessels would enable the company to further expand the scale of its business, further optimize the planning of its shipping capacity and strengthen supports for terminals of the group along the routes under “the Belt and Road” initiative, which would enhance the company’s operating efficiency and its competitiveness in the global shipping industry,” the company said earlier.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Province to undertake comprehensive review to keep mining safe

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province is undertaking a comprehensive review of British Columbia’s Health, Safety and Reclamation Code to ensure B.C. has strong protections for health, safety and environment at mine sites.According to the Government, following a recommendation from the Mining Jobs Task Force earlier this year, the Province has created a Standing Code Review Committee to ensure that mining continues to be one of the safest heavy industries in B.C. and that regulations remain current and respond to the rapid pace of change in the industry.Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, says the Government’s number one priority is safety and that they have invested $20 million over three years to hire more inspectors. “Our government’s number one priority for this foundational industry is safety – for workers, our environment and communities. We’ve invested $20 million over three years to hire more inspectors on the ground and create a new independent oversight unit. The Standing Code Review Committee will help ensure that provincial mining regulations remain effective, innovative and world-leading.”Recently, Mungall appointed 12 mining professionals to the Standing Code Review Committee, which will be chaired by Al Hoffman, executive director, code review.Each member is appointed to the committee for a three-year term.last_img read more

437 FIRs registered in Delhi under Excise Act

first_imgNEW DELHI: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has registered 437 FIRs and arrested 436 people under the Excise Act in the national capital till now from the date of announcement of Lok Sabha election schedule.As many as 29,855 people were booked under various Sections of the CrPC and THE Delhi Police Act. Moreover, 174 unlicensed arms and weapons along with 2,203 cartridges, explosives, and bombs have been seized from them. As many as 65 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries were registered for the violation of Model Code of Conduct. “As many as 2,15,906 hoardings, banners, and posters were removed in all over Delhi, said an official statement on Tuesday. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”For the violation of Model Code of Conduct, FIRs and DD entries have been registered against nine workers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), six of BJP, one Congress, and 40 from other parties,” said CEO Ranbir Singh. Till now, a huge quantity of liquor has been seized during the search operations. Of 437 FIRs registered under the Excise Act, 436 persons have been arrested, said Singh. As many as 144 FIRs have been registered under the Arms Act in which 175 persons have been arrested and 95.152 kg narcotics and drugs have been seized. Ten cases have been registered for other violations like misuse of vehicles, loudspeakers, and illegal meetings.last_img read more

Malaysia Open Sindhu advances Saina out

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Shuttlers Saina Nehwal and H S Prannoy crashed out of Malaysia Open 2019 on Wednesday, while P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the second round. Saina, playing her first match since withdrawing from Swiss Open due to acute gastroenteritis, didn’t show the stomach for fight and went down to Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong 22-20, 15-21, 10-21 in 54 minutes in the women’s single match. Saina has played Chochuwong five times in the BWF tour. But Wednesday’s win was the Thai’s first over the Indian. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIn another women’s singles match, Sindhu faced some challenge from Japan’s Aya Ohori in the first game, but dominated the second game and defeated her 22-20, 21-12 in 38 minutes. In the men’s singles, Srikanth registered 21-18, 21-16 win over Indonesia’s Ihsan Maulana Mustofa in 38 minutes. Prannoy, however, crashed out after suffering 21-12, 16-21, 14-21 defeat against Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin. The journey of men’s doubles pair Manu Attri-B Sumeeth Reddy also ended as they lost their first round match.last_img read more

Harkatul Mujahideen militant killed in encounter in JK

first_imgSrinagar: A militant belonging to the Harkatul Mujahideen (HuM) was killed Friday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said.Acting on a credible input about the presence of militants, security forces had launched a cordon and search operation at Ramnagri in Herpora area of the district, a police spokesman said. “During the operation, the hiding terrorists fired on the search party. It was retaliated leading to a brief exchange of fire,” the spokesman said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHe said one militant was killed who was identified as Ishfaq Ahmad Sofi alias Umar, a resident of Model Town-B in Sopore area of Baramulla district. “According to police records, Ishfaq had a long history of terror crime records and was initially affiliated with proscribed terror outfit HuM. He and other terrorist associates were involved in a series of terror crimes, including grenade attacks on CRPF bunker at Safa Kadal, Soura and Police Station Khanyar,” the spokesman said. Ishfaq, who was arrested earlier and released on bail, had joined the terror ranks again in 2018, he said, adding that incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, was seized from the scene of encounter.last_img read more

Darren Sharpers Rape Charges Extend to New Orleans

Could it be that Darren Sharper, the charismatic former NFL safety, was a serial rapist? As bizarre as that might seem, law enforcement officials around the country are painting an ugly picture of the former Pro Bowl player.NBC News reported that Sharper turned himself in to police late Thursday night in Los Angeles, after a warrant was issued for his arrest earlier in the day in New Orleans.An acquaintance of Sharper’s, Erik Nunez, also is facing two charges of aggravated rape in the incident, which police in Louisiana said occurred at an apartment on Sept. 23, 2013. Nunez was booked on two counts of rape Friday morning in New Orleans.Earlier this month, Sharper was charged with seven felonies in Los Angeles related to cases in which he is accused of drugging and raping two women he met at nightclubs. He pleaded not guilty to those charges.Sharper also is under investigation in sexual assault cases in Florida, Nevada and Arizona.If convicted in California, Sharper could face more than 30 years in state prison. If convicted of aggravated rape in Louisiana, both Sharper, 38, and Nunez, 26, would face life imprisonment.Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Green Bay Packers as a rookie and a second with the New Orleans Saints. He retired after the 2010 season, having played 14 years in the NFL, and is an analyst for NFL Network, which has suspended him indefinitely without pay. read more