Kolkata: Three buildings were severely damaged and around a dozen-odd suffered cracks in Bowbazar area, allegedly due to the ongoing work of tunnel boring undertaken by the authorities of East-West Metro.Mayor Firhad Hakim, who is also the state Urban Development minister, visited the spot and working in tandem with the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) officials, ensured that the affected residents got relocated in hotels situated in and around the area. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA portion of a building located at Durga Pithuri Lane collapsed in the wee hours of Sunday, while some others located at the same lane, Madan Dutta Lane and Sankhari Para Lane developed cracks. “Safety of the people residing in these buildings is our top priority. We will not allow anybody to stay in the buildings that have suffered damages. I have spoken with KMRC and they have already made arrangements for the fooding and lodging of the affected residents in nearby hotels,” Hakim said, after holding a meeting with officials of KMRC, Kolkata Police and Fire department in the afternoon. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe affected residents claimed that no prior notice about tunnel boring work and evacuation had been issued to them. They said that KMRC, which is executing the project, started boring work under Durga Pithuri Lane at around 7.00 pm. Within a few minutes, most of the buildings in the locality started shaking and it seemed like an earthquake. “A loud sound was heard and cracks started developing in the building walls. After a few minutes, the lights went off,” a resident alleged. “On Saturday, I reached my home (10 A, Durga Pithuri Lane) at 10 pm and saw that most of the buildings had been evacuated by the KMRC officials and police. We were keeping our fingers crossed hearing the sound of cracks and ultimately were shifted to a hotel at 5 am,” said Dr Pradip Laha, a local resident. Most of the buildings that have suffered damages are more than 150-years-old and engineers expressed their apprehension that with the extent of damage, a few of them may be beyond repair. “Initially we will charge cement in the cracks and try to mend them as much as possible. Then we will consult structural experts who will examine the building and will certify what needs to be done and accordingly, the repair work will be taken up,” Hakim said. MP Sudip Bondhopadhyay, who went to the spot earlier in the day, said: “People always wanted Metro here. They are not against Metro. They did not expect this will happen. It’s a human error.” Manas Sarkar, managing director of KMRC, who visited the spot, said that considering the safety of the residents, arrangements for lodging of 254 people have already been made. He assured that the KMRC will do necessary repair work and build the buildings afresh, if needed. It may be mentioned that KMRC is executing the 16.6 km long EW Metro corridor, which will connect Salt Lake Sector V with Howrah Maidan. The tunneling work from Sealdah to Esplanade area is going on at present.
The leadership change has been in the works since at least early November, giving both Griffey and Bakley ample time to prepare for the transition. “We are also looking at our Lifesciences group, which was our fastest growing group this year,” he says. “We’ve added in a new editor for MedicalDevices and we’re going daily with that publication, really looking to build out a new market segment for Fierce in the medical devices area. I’m seeing a lot of expansion and adjacencies that are big potentials for us moving forward. I also think because of our strength in email and digital media, we’ve got an opportunity to translate that into the real world, if you will.”Bakley says that FierceMarkets will look at new opportunities to expand face-to-face events, particularly in things like life sciences and healthcare.“It’s been a whirlwind,” says Bakley. “We’ve had to step back and ask ‘What do we need for the future?’” FierceMarkets, a division of Questex Media Group, has tapped a new president to lead the company—current COO Maurice Bakley will step into this new role beginning January 3. Current president Sean Griffey will leave the company to start a new B-To-B media company of his own, Industry Dive.“I’m really excited for FierceMarkets and Maurice, who has been a key part of the company for the last 5 plus years,” says Griffey. “FierceMarkets itself has had a great growth story and is primed to do more. It will be a great time for me and for them.”While Griffey wouldn’t disclose many details about his new company, the Web site for Industry Dive positions itself as a news dashboard for the construction, marketing, legal, K12 educational, utility and retail industries.“Industry Dive makes it easy to stay connected,” its Web site says. “News, Social, Jobs, and the Market—we provide dashboards for where and when you need it. Everyone’s got a smartphone, but not everyone uses it as a business weapon.” Additionally, FierceMarkets plans to raise the frequencies on a few publications, including FierceHealthIT and FierceHealthPayer. “In terms of Fierce, we’re coming off an awesome year here,” says Bakley. “We’ve had a new launch into a new vertical, being energy, and it has been successful and we’ve hired some great new talent.”The new president says the company hired an editor-in-chief for its healthcare group, a reflection of the need for senior leadership as the division has continued to grow. The group has also added a new vice president of audience development, Sabrina Ican, who Bakley says is an expert in leadgeneration and online marketing.
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets this Monday, September 9, 2019 at Town Hall (Room 9) at 7pm. An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:15pm.There are some noteworthy items on the agenda, including:Selectmen will consider the request of Rick Lowe, of Tremezzo Pizzeria, to obtain a Common Victualer License for 296 Shawsheen Avenue.Public Buildings Superintendent George Hooper will provide an update the recent lighting project at Palmer Park.Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello will provide an update on her department’s programs and offerings.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the high school gym floor replacement project.Town Manager Jeff Hull will share a letter from the Attorney General’s Office approving Articles 39-42 from this year’s Annual Town Meeting.Town Manager Jeff Hull will share a letter sent to the Executive Office of Elder Affairs regarding Senior Center funding.Selectmen will be invited to an upcoming Flagpole Dedication Ceremony at Silver Lake.Selectmen will consider ratifying the Town Manager’s appointments of Arianna Faro to the Commission on Disabilities and Christine Johnston to the Historical Commission.Selectmen will consider the request of the Recreation Department to conduct its 52nd Annual Horribles Parade on Sunday, October 27, 2019.Selectmen will consider the request of Wilmington Methodist Church (c/o John Arvanitis) and Boy Scouts Troop 56 (c/o John Mainini) to sell Christmas trees.Selectmen will consider the request of the Wilmington Sons of Italy and Wilmington Band Parents to reschedule their Flea Market from September 7 to October 19 in the Town Common Parking Lot.Selectmen will consider the request of Gigi Shenloogian to light the Town Common purple during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV — Channel 9 on Comcast and Channel 37 on Verizon. The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple will live-tweet the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Need For Fire Substation At Wednesday, August 7 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Public Buildings Dept. Outlines Projects This Summer, Including School ImprovementsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.TwitterBeating Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emerges as the ‘World’s Most Powerful Person 2019’ in the reader’s poll conducted by UK-based British Herald magazine.While PM Modi won with 30.9 percent votes, he was followed by Vladimir Putin (29.9 percent), Donald Trump (21.9 percent), and Xi Jinping with 18.1 percent votes.The website described him as a key figure in the Asian region who has played an active role in implementing his “act east policies”. It also complimented the global recognition PM Modi received regarding efforts towards climate change as it affects millions of rural Indians.Apart from welfare initiatives like Ayushman Bharat (National Health Protection Scheme), Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojna, Swatch Bharat (Clean India), his aggressive stances regarding national security as demonstrated during the Balakot airstrikes, were cited as elements that guaranteed him support in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, criticism such as the high unemployment rate, rising Non-Performing Assets (NPAs), high inflation rates as well as rates of fuel despite promises made in 2014 was also cited as ‘backlash’. Other major policies such as the demonetisation, revamping of goods and services tax (GST) were also stated as a major threat to the Indian economy.Despite the criticism, the website stated that it was because “the people of India have accepted his style of governance and politics” that the Modi achieved a landslide victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. PM Narendra Modi on the British Herald magazine’s July 2019 cover.British Herald websiteNarendra Modi will be featured on the front cover page of the British Herald magazine which will be released on July 2019. The magazine had featured New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in its May-June issue and Russian President Vladimir Putin in its March-April issue.But what is the British Herald?A recent investigation by Alt News revealed that while its official wesite, www.britishherald.com mention ‘via Reuters’ under its logo banner, it is owned by an Indian, Ansif Ashraf.Although the company is registered in the UK, Alt News reported that Ashraf is an Indian businessman from Kerala who is the editor-in-chief of the Cochin Herald and owner of British Herald with 85 percent shares. Ansif Ashraf’s Wikipedia page describes him as an Indian businessman from Kerala who is the editor-in-chief of the Cochin Herald and owns British Herald.
Core processesJaguar Land Rover: Virtual road load dataTata Motors and Tata Steel: Indigenous development of advanced high strength steelTitan Company: Smart fusion – in-house laser welding automation Awards in the other three categories were given as under:In the piloted technologies category, the award went to:Tata Consultancy Services: Microbiome-based diagnostics: Preterm birth and CRCIn the dare to try category, the award went to:Tata Steel (Europe): Superhydrophobic bacterial coatingsThe design honour category award went to:Jaguar Land Rover: Push lock-pull open door latch for interior paintTata Consultancy Services: Next gen customer experience in industrial serviceTata Steel: Dual discharge wagons – debottlenecking logistics. A name board is pictured at the entrance of Bombay House, headquarters of Tata Group, in Mumbai, India October 27, 2016.Reuters fileTata companies have showcased over 3,300 implemented innovations in its annual Innovista programme, representing a growth of 110 percent in two years. A significant number of these innovations incorporate digital technologies, particularly in the areas of industrial automation, customer experience enhancement and advanced engineering simulations, the Tata group said on Thursday.Commenting on the rate of innovation in Tata companies, Dr Gopichand Katragadda, group chief technology officer, Tata Sons, said, “Our industries are in in the midst of tectonic shifts driven by the democratisation of digital, automation of decisions, and a focus on the environment. The Tata group has continued to lead in intellectual property generation from artificial intelligence to microbiomics and from driver assist technologies to new 2D materials. I am happy to see the Tata group companies leverage digital extensively in their innovations, while also pushing the limits of adopting emerging science and materials.”The implemented innovations include new products, new services, core processes, support processes and design.Examples in industrial automation, incorporating digital, include TCS’s embedded security for internet of things (IoT) devices, Tata Steel’s smart desulphurisation utilising infrared thermal imaging camera and image processing algorithms, and Tata Motors tyre life extension that leveraged real-world road usage data to incorporate realistic wear patterns into the design process, utilising digital approaches.Indian Hotels showcased the Taj VR experience and Taj.Live, both of which employ digital tools to enhance customer service processes through immersive experiences and social listening. TCS demonstrated Access Infinity, incorporating digital workflow and functionality to enable accessible media for the print disabled.Digital innovations in the engineering simulation were well showcased by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which used 3D simulations of automotive components’ performance under virtual road conditions to significantly improve design timelines. JLR also presented pedestrian automatic braking system using a stereo camera and algorithms for driver assist.Companies also showcased advanced R&D at the intersection of biology, computing and materials. Superhydrophobic material coatings by Tata Steel Europe attempted a coating technology using proteins produced by bacteria to prevent corrosion for organic coated steel. TCS presented potentially revolutionary microbiome-based bio-markers to flag those at a high risk for preterm birth and those at high risk for colorectal cancer.These innovations were showcased through the multi-stage and multi-country Tata Innovista 2017, a group-wide programme held annually by the Tata Innovation Forum (TIF). The TIF is tasked with encouraging the culture of innovation in Tata companies, and Tata Innovista is the platform which recognises outstanding innovations by Tata companies under four broad categories: implemented innovations, piloted technologies, dare to try, and design honour.Implemented innovations are those that have been successfully implemented and have accrued benefits to the businesses. Piloted technologies are at various stages of development and promise to deliver significant benefits after implementation. The dare to try category comprises courageous attempts that did not achieve the desired results but have potential for success. The design honour category comprises innovations focusing on design thinking.Tata Innovista 2017 AwardsFrom 52 Tata companies from across 22 countries who submitted their projects in Tata Innovista 2017, 36 Tata companies reached the second round. The projects in the second round, held in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, London, Novi (USA), and Bangkok, were judged by eminent external experts, and 51 teams from 18 Tata companies were shortlisted for the final global round that took place in Mumbai.The awards for the implemented innovations category, including its sub-categories, were given to:New productsTata Chemicals: Low oil absorb besan: A simple path towards healthTata Global Beverages: Eight O’clock coffee infusionsTata Steel: Smart raking system for DS in steel making shop New servicesTata Consultancy Services: Access infinity – accessible content ecosystemTata Consultancy Services: Embedded secure element – digital transformation Support processesTata Power Delhi Distribution: Leaders from learners
Associated PressIn this April 10, 2017 file photo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks with a woman ahead of a G7 Energy meeting in Rome. Since becoming President Donald Trump’s energy secretary, Perry has kept a low profile and rarely has been seen publicly around Washington. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)Rick Perry twice ran for president and appeared as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”But since becoming President Donald Trump’s energy secretary, Perry has kept a low profile and rarely has been seen publicly around Washington. Comedian Hasan Minhaj joked at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner that Perry must be “sitting in a room full of plutonium waiting to become Spider-Man. That’s just my hunch.”In truth, Perry has been busy — but far away from the capital.He has toured Energy Department sites around the country, represented the Trump administration at a meeting in Italy and pledged to investigate a tunnel collapse at a radioactive waste storage site in Washington state.Perry has visited a shuttered nuclear waste dump at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain and cautiously began a yearslong process to revive it.On Thursday, Perry embarked on a nine-day trip to Asia, where he planned to check on the progress made since a 2011 nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, Japan, and reaffirm the U.S. commitment to help decontaminate and decommission damaged nuclear reactors. Perry also was to represent the United States at a clean energy meeting in Beijing.The former Texas governor says he’s having the time of his life running an agency he once pledged to eliminate. Perry has emerged as a strong defender of the department’s work, especially the 17 national labs that conduct cutting-edge research on everything from national security to renewable energy.“I’m telling you officially the coolest job I’ve ever had is being secretary of energy … and it’s because of these labs,” the 67-year-old Perry told an audience last month at Idaho National Laboratory, one of several he has visited since taking office in March.“If you work at a national lab … you are making a difference,” Perry said.The energy chief soon will have a chance to back up those words when he and other officials head to Capitol Hill to defend a budget proposal that slashes funding for science, renewables and energy efficiency.Perry probably will be asked to defend Trump’s decision to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord. Perry said Thursday that the U.S. remains committed to clean energy and is confident officials can “drive economic growth and protect the environment at the same time.”The administration has called for cutting the Office of Science, which includes 10 national labs, by 17 percent. The proposed budget would reduce spending for renewable and nuclear energy, eliminate the popular Energy Star program to enhance efficiency and gut an agency that promotes research and development of advanced energy technologies.Perry, who served 14 years as Texas governor, likened the spending plan to an opening offer that he expects to see significantly changed in Congress.“I will remind you this is not my first rodeo when it comes to budgeting,” he said during a recent tour of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.“Hopefully we will be able to make that argument to our friends in Congress that what DOE is involved with plays a vital role, not only in the security of America but the economic well-being of the country as we go forward,” he said.Energy lobbyist Frank Maisano said Perry’s actions show instincts honed in his tenure as Texas’s longest-serving governor.“He’s trying to find out what he needs to find out — hearing about these issues from the front lines,” Maisano said.While Perry will never match the scientific expertise of his most recent predecessors at the Energy Department, nuclear physicists Steven Chu and Ernest Moniz, his political skills may offset that knowledge gap, Maisano said.During his Oak Ridge visit, Perry pledged to be “a strong advocate” for Oak Ridge and other labs. He has spoken out in favor of renewable energy such as wind and solar power, noting that while he was governor, Texas maintained its traditional role as a top driller for oil and natural gas, and emerged as the leading producer of wind power in the United States and a top 10 provider of solar power.Abigail Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, said she had “a very positive conversation” with Perry at a meeting in April.“He was very interested in our technology and how it can be utilized,” she said in an interview.Perry also “knew exactly where Texas was in solar installation,” Hopper said — No. 9 in the nation, compared with its top ranking among wind-producing states.Hopper, a former Interior Department official under President Barack Obama, said she and Perry did not discuss her federal service — but did talk about how national labs can boost the solar industry.“It was good to make that connection between the research and how it translates into the marketplace,” she said. “He gets it.” Share
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 25, 2015 2 min read To offset the declining number of blood donors, the National Health Service has heavily invested in the production of lab-grown blood. (The U.K.’s health system found a 40 percent decrease in new blood donors in England and North Wales last year compared to a decade ago.)In a news release published today, the NHS predicts that the first artificial blood transfusions will take place a mere two years from now, in 2017. Made from stem cells taken from adult and umbilical cord blood, the lab-grown alternative will be tested in early phase clinical trials, in which 20 healthy volunteers receive five to 10 milliliters of the stuff. Their results will then be compared to a control group’s that receives normal blood donations.Related: Next Up in Health Tech: DNA HackingThe aim is to “compare manufactured cells with donated blood,” Dr .Nick Watkins, assistant director at the NHS Blood and Transplant unit, said in a statement. “The intention is not to replace blood donation but provide specialist treatment for specific patient groups.”For patients with complex blood types or blood conditions, such as sickle cell anemia and thalassemia, finding donors for regular transfusions can be difficult. The NHS, in partnership with a host of brands and retailers, started a campaign to remove the letters A, O and B from the names of British chains such as Waterstones and Odeon Cinemas to raise awareness of the constant need for new donors of all blood types. The hope is that by manufacturing blood in a lab, scientists can solve this supply-demand problem even if the number of new blood donors continues to decline.Related: As Wearables Get Hot, These 6 Industries Are Poised to Capitalize Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.