INDOT: Some mailboxes are at risk during snow clearing

first_imgSEYMOUR, Ind.  – INDOT plow trucks will be out in full force the next time heavy snow hits the area.State highway officials say they will make a conscious effort to avoid hitting mailboxes, as some may be at risk.“Unfortunately, most damage occurs when plowed snow pushed to the side of a roadway shoves against unstable mailbox assemblies,” said INDOT media relations director Harry Maginity.Officals ask residents to make a thoughtful effort to maintain and properly locate their mailboxes.Height should approximate 42 inches from bottom of the mailbox to the groundSet-back should normally be at least one foot from the edge of pavement (white line or edge of paved shoulder) to the front of the mailbox—the mailbox cannot overhang the roadwayFor approaches and pull-off locations, check with the local postmasterMailboxes should be in good condition, properly mounted on a securely fixed postlast_img read more

Fortune 500 head to Cape Town

first_imgPolitical and business loeaders will gatherat the Cape Town International ConventionCentre in June for the New GlobalOpportunity conference, hosted byTime Warner.(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS • Daniel KileFortune, public relations director+1 212 522 3640Janine ErasmusTop global leaders and businesspeople, including those on the Time 100 and Fortune 500 lists, will head for Cape Town in June for the New Global Opportunity Conference, hosted by the powerful Time Warner group.From 28 to 28 June, while the sporting world takes in the spectacle of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa, some of the most influential people on earth will gather at the Cape Town International Convention Centre for the first-ever Time/Fortune/CNN Global Forum.The conference is a sign that the city is growing in stature as a holiday and conference destination.City of Cape Town business tourism manager Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo said it has made 48 bids for meetings and conferences during 2010. “Cape Town as a business destination is on par with the likes of Europe. We are a major industry contender.”The Fortune 500 and Time 100 luminaries will mingle with distinguished South Africans and visitors from government, business, the arts and sciences, and civil society.Confirmed delegates already include Time Inc editor-in-chief John Huey, finance expert Suze Orman, former Irish president Mary Robinson, renowned pianist Lang Lang, Koos Bekker, CEO of media house Naspers, Rio Tinto CE Tom Albanese and AstraZeneca CEO David Brennan.The special guest speaker has yet to be announced, but past speakers include Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer, former French president Jacques Chirac, President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China, former US president Bill Clinton, and media mogul Rupert Murdoch.The Time Warner entertainment and communications group will co-host the three-day event with South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry. Editors of Fortune, Time and CNN will lead the sessions together with relevant experts.Fortune magazine has hosted the Global Forum since its launch in 1995, but 2010 will see the other two partners come on board for the first time. The event will receive broad coverage in a variety of media genres.Exchanging new ideasThe purpose of the gathering is to exchange new ideas, identify opportunities, and stimulate debate on issues that affect the global economy, and especially that of the developing world.This year Africa will be the main item on the agenda, as established companies look to emerging markets as a source of new approaches and business models. According to Time’s international editor Michael Elliot, the “old ways” won’t suffice if growth is to be inclusive and sustainable.“And the role and potential of those who have been marginalised in the past – the poor, especially women and girls – will only grow,” he added.Topics will range from sport as a driver of economic growth and the role of social media in the developing world, to a discussion of China’s operations in Africa, business strategies for emerging markets, and control of major diseases.A fitting settingTime managing editor Richard Stengel sees Cape Town as a fitting setting for the high-powered meeting, as it is a model for the new Africa: “diverse, entrepreneurial, forward-looking,” wrote Stengel in the latest edition of the magazine.Stengel was in South Africa recently to attend the handover of documents relating to former president Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and historical Rivonia Treason Trial documents to the National Archives.The Time editor is closely connected to South Africa, having collaborated extensively with Mandela over a period of nearly three years to write Long Walk to Freedom, which was published in 1995. Stengel is married to a South African and Mandela is the godfather of his eldest son.“We’re calling this conference the New Global Opportunity,” wrote Stengel. “This is the idea that global economic power is shifting to the developing world – to Africa and the Middle East, as well as to Asia.” He added that these young markets are not just frontiers of growth, but are the sources of new ideas and models that can be applied everywhere.Stengel also mentioned that the much-anticipated World Cup would receive special coverage from Time in an upcoming issue on global football.Movers and shakersThe annual Time 100 list names what the magazine considers to be the 100 most influential people of the year. Since the list’s inception in 1998 a number of South Africans have made it to the rankings. Former president Nelson Mandela is the only one to have appeared more than once – he was listed in 2004 and 2005, and appeared on the list of the 20th century’s most influential people.The Fortune 500 list, now in its 56th year, ranks the top 500 US public and private companies according to their gross revenue. No less than 17 South African companies are listed on the Fortune Global 2 000 list of the world’s top 2 000 public companies, based on sales, profit, assets and market value. Among them are the Standard Bank group (223), Sasol (305), the Bidvest group (1102), and Shoprite Holdings (1749).last_img read more

Teva and Intel using wearables to monitor Huntington’s disease

first_imgDavid Curry 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje…center_img Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Intel announced on Thursday a wearable partnership focused on Huntington’s disease patients.Huntington’s disease, which affects approximately 30,000 Americans, is an inherited condition that damages nerve cells in the brain. This causes a breakdown in motor skills, cognition, and behavior. Early signs include behavior change and fidgety movement.See Also: Intel to acquire computer vision startup MovidiusTeva and Intel want to analyze the disease in its mid-stage, when patients start to show more visible signs of Huntington’s. Patients will be asked to wear a smartwatch and connect it to a smartphone, which will send data back to Intel’s cloud platform.The cloud platform can analyze the data in real-time and give a grading of the patient’s motor skills. Unfortunately, it can’t provide much more to the patient, as there’s no cure for the disease.Can recommend drug therapies for patientsTeva may recommend drugs or therapy to the patient, if they start to become easily irritable or show more signs of erratic behavior, but this will only relax the patient for a few days or weeks, if that.Researchers are looking into various methods to try and remove Huntington’s disease, like switching off the faulty gene. Stem cell therapy might also be able to reverse the disease, although some worry about the after effects of such a reversal.That’s is still a few years, or decades, away from being widely available. In the meantime, Intel and Teva will try to use cloud computing and machine learning to monitor the disease and provide timely support. Tags:#health#Huntington’s disease#Intel#Internet of Things#IoT#Israel#smartwatch#Teva#wearable Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health…last_img read more

In Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer, daughters are born to die

first_imgThis is land where girls are killed every day, with the worst statistics of female infanticide in India. This is the land of honour and tradition. It is also the land of shame and horror. In Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer, where men prefer to keep their women behind veils, while their daughters are buried deep inside graves, silent slaughter has continued. According to unofficial estimates, nearly 2500 cases of female foeticide or female infanticide take place in the state of Rajasthan everyday and it does seem that an apathetic government is standing by and watching the story of this silent genocide.  According to the central scheme, the Janani Suraksha Yojana, a sum of Rs 1400 is given for every baby delivered in a government hospital. Introduced four years ago, this scheme has gone horribly wrong in this district, where women deliver daughters in hospitals, take their entitlements and go home. Within days the newborns disappear. Midwives say girls are being disposed off ruthlessly. The matter had been brought to the governments notice one year back. “Where I was posted earlier, they used to kill girls there, I protested, but I was posted to another place. I don’t know if it happens here,” says a midwife. Dheta social worker said, “One year back, we had sent them recommendations, but nothing happened.” When confronted by Headlines Today, the state government all but admitted to the veracity of the situation. Rajasthan Health Minister Aimuddin Khan assured to look into cases, “if they are brought to notice”. Registered under the Janani Suraksha Yojana, 14 cases of possible female infanticide in three months in a single village were investigated, recommendations were made and the report was sent to the state government. But a year later, probe in all the 14 cases have gone cold and the state government never reverted even as fresh infanticide cases come up every month. “One year back we had sent a report, but nobody got back to us. We have no tools to work with,” said government health co-ordinator Renu Kanwar.  Jaisalmer district has a sharply skewed sex ratio of 869 girls per 1000 boys. It is a belt notorious for killing its daughters. Yet in the history of the district, an FIR was only lodged for the first time in April this year, while the government continues to look the other way as this mass murder on a scale unseen in any other district in the country continues. Sarpanch of chaiyan village Hanuman Singh said, “They kill girls overnight by poisoning them with opium, crushing them with stones and starving them.” It’s been one full year since it was established that the government was unknowingly fixing a price for murder – one full year since recommendations, observations and findings were sent to the state government. However, the government has done nothing, but only play a silent participant in conceiving murder. Headlines Today travelled through the heart of this belt, where in village after village, a handful of girls amid thousands of boys mirror the morbid disdain of a gender-skewed society. Thirty-five villages in 200 km, yet no water and no civic amenities, one medical attendant per 6000 and an apathetic government aided by a gruesome tradition – it’s no wonder that the Bhatti Rajputs, the dominant community here, is issuing open threats. Shyam Kanwar, a villager, said: “If the government wants, we will keep the girls. Otherwise, not a single girl will survive in these villages.” In the history of this entire district, the first ever FIR was lodged in April this year. Inder Singh of Devda village has been charged for killing his granddaughter, a stark irony as he was the first man to save a girl in his village, his daughter. Inder Singh said: “I did not do it ?”. The claim was duly rubbished by district authorities. “The mother and daughter absconded at night. The girl was born healthy, but was dead in the morning,” said the chief medical officer. When Headlines Today looked around in this village, it knew there was something amiss. It can’t spot any young girls, and it’s not the blistering heat that is keeping them away, as in this village, there are only 18 girls in a population of 25000 men. Ironically, the village with the most skewed sex ratio has a lady sarpanch but no one can see her. She lives a life confined to four walls. However, the young educated men of Devda know better, but fail against an archaic custom and old wives tales. Nehpal Singh said, “Our fathers would tell us that the water from our wells only produces boys.” As Headlines Today walked the dusty bylanes bereft of women, it realized why since independence, India has the worst child sex ratio under six years of age, that to kill a girl child here is indeed child’s play and that crucifying the parents, who kill their daughters, will never change things here, because it was the society, which scripted their murder a long time back. Their parents are only just but signing their epitaph. Eighty km off Jaisalmer falls Devda village – the hotbed of female infanticide. At eight years, girls’ dowries are ready. Another five years, and they would be married. Once married, their life will be restricted to four walls like their mothers and every time, they step out, they would have to confine themselves to the harshest of parda traditions followed by their community. Fully veiled, they would also carry a sheet covering themselves from even a shadow of another man. “It’s a tradition we carry on. It’s suffocating but money, food and women are meant to be protected,” said Umed Singh Kanwar. Twenty km away in village Moda Ganesh, Headlines Today came across another aberration: 14-year-old Manoj Kanwar was clawed off from the hands of death. She knows she was lucky. In 14 years, she has seen enough to know the reason why. “I have seen girls getting killed every day here. It’s the dowry that makes them kill,” said Manoj Kanwar. Her mother Pappu Kanwar fought against family pressure to let Manoj live, but even she admits that in their community, there is no place for girls. “No woman wants to kill, but she does here?it’s with a heavy heart that she quitely suffocates her daughter or poisons her,” says a teary-eyed Pappu Kanwar. According to the custom, 14-year-old Manoj is well past marriageable age and she knows that her mother is doing all she can to find a suitable match and accumulate a sizable dowry. If a female camel is born in this district, then jaggery is distributed to the entire village. Ironically, if a girl child is born, an earthen pot is broken to signify doom befallen over the family. It’s an irony which mirrors an India that exists alongside the fastest growing economy in the world and till the gap between these two Indias is bridged, this is no country for young girls.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more