City streets to see coolheaded bikers thanks to special helmet from HIDCO

first_imgKolkata: Motorcycle riders in the city now have reason to rejoice as Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) is introducing a special type of helmet which will keep the rider’s head cool, as part of the Safe Drive Save Life programme.The helmet, the first of its kind in the country, has been manufactured by a Bengaluru-based company. The fully covered lightweight helmet has a temperature control system which is run by a battery. The batteries will have to be charged for eight hours in order to operate for a week. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be recalled that another firm had previously installed fans inside helmets to keep them cool but the solution did not last long after the fans developed snag. The firm had approached HIDCO and the helmet was given a trial for three months. Welcoming the move, Subrata Boral, a long-distance biker, said it will be a very effective solution for those who cover long distances on motorcycles, particularly in the sweltering summer heat. “If it cools the rider’s head in summer then it will be used on a large scale,” he said. The firm will give some helmets to HIDCO which will be distributed among bikers to get a proper feedback. Bikers said very few riders use proper helmets, which are essential for safe riding. They feel that more awareness is required about the utility of proper helmets.last_img read more

20 Coordination Committee members held for staging agitation

first_imgKolkata: Members of the State Coordination Committee were arrested from in front of the state Secretariat Nabanna, for staging an agitation. There were around 20 persons, including a woman, who had gathered all of a sudden in front of Nabanna and started shouting slogans on various demands. Taking immediate step, the police intervened and asked them not to agitate outside the state Secretariat. They were finally arrested to ensure normalcy in the area. It may be mentioned that the area in and around Nabanna is a high-security zone. So, the police always maintain a vigil in the area to ensure normalcy.last_img

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Borders Demise

first_imgOut of touch with trends. The world of books has changed radically in recent years. Shoppers aren’t just buying more online; they’re buying e-books, too. Yet Borders never developed a strong online presence. Like struggling Blockbuster, their industry shifted, but Borders didn’t. Lagging on technology. As books became digitized and were increasingly loaded onto e-readers, Borders did nothing. All the while, archrival Barnes & Noble was also struggling, but it at least attracted a buyout offer in large part by developing the Nook. min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Underutilization of assets. So they had these vast bookstores — but what happened in them? Borders could have made them a livelier place with book-group discussions, maybe issue-focused debates, or late-night bands playing in those coffee bars. Perhaps cooking demonstrations surrounding cookbook releases? They had all that room. But not enough was done to make Borders a must-visit destination that was entertaining rather than just a big cavern full of books. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global If you’re like me, you can remember when the first Borders bookstore opened in your town.I thought: what a big, luxurious-feeling bookstore…with a coffeehouse inside, too. By 2010, the company had more than 250 stores in the U.S., about 10,000 employees worldwide and sales had mushroomed to $2.3 billion.Independent bookstores feared the mega-bookstore chain. Wags said it was the beginning of the end of the independent bookstore. And Hollywood even made a movie out of it: Remember Meg Ryan’s Shop Around the Corner in the 1998 film You’ve Got Mail?My how the mighty have fallen.Now, Borders is history — its nearly 400 remaining stores are being liquidated. But the American Booksellers Association reports more than 1,200 independent bookstores are still open.How did it all go wrong for Borders? Here are four reasons why the once-colossal chain went bust:center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Why do you think Borders went under? Leave a comment and let us know.   Big stores = big rents = high risk. Megastores can only survive on huge traffic volumes. So when customers took to the Web with greater frequency, the giant bookstore business model began to erode. Independent bookstores mostly have much smaller rents to pay, so they can better withstand this migration. Even Best Buy is now renting out store space to small businesses to pay its rent. July 21, 2011 Register Now »last_img read more

Some West Alabama veterans who served in World War

first_imgSome West Alabama veterans who served in World War II, the Vietnam and Korean wars got the trip of a lifetime earlier this week: a trip to Washington, D.C., on the ninth annual Honor Flight offered by the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club.The Honor Flights offer a one-day trip to D.C. so veterans can see the monuments erected in their honor, along with more of our nation’s memorials in person.While in Washington, the men and women and their plus-ones got the full experience everywhere they went, with motorcades, constant thank-you’s and hugs.WVUA 23 Reporter Chelsea Barton and Photojournalist Keith Dobbins took the flight with those veterans, spending the day documenting their trip, along with just a few of those people who were invited to attend.Nearly 100 West Alabama veterans took the trip, with their spouses, siblings or friends, but a few paid tribute to one of the most precious relationships out there: their grandchildren.“It’s super meaningful to, you know, be able to do this with your grandchild,” said Vietnam veteran Bill Byrd.Several children who went on the trip with their grandparents said it will be a day they’ll never forget.last_img read more

Rice 360° in running for 100 million MacArthur grant

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareDavid [email protected] [email protected] 360° in running for $100 million MacArthur grantGlobal health program’s Africa project is 100&Change semifinalistHOUSTON — (Feb. 15, 2017) — At current rates of progress, it will take more than 150 years before a baby born in Africa has the same chance of survival as one born in the United States, but an international team of global health experts has mapped out a plan to do it in 10 years. All it needs to get started is $100 million.A premature baby (left) undergoes treatment with a low-cost neonatal continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, at Zomba District Hospital in Malawi. The machine, which was designed by Rice undergraduates, is today saving children in 24 countries. (Photo by Brandon Martin/Rice University)The Rice University-based team’s odds of getting the money increased to one-in-eight with today’s announcement that Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and its partners are among the semifinalists for the MacArthur Foundation’s innovative 100&Change competition. A $100 million grant will be awarded to a single proposal that promises to make measurable progress toward solving one of the world’s significant problems. The eight semifinalists announced today were selected from more than 1,900 applicants. The foundation plans to select the winner this fall.“A million African babies die each year, and we know that 85 percent of those deaths could be prevented with relatively simple technologies that keep babies warm, help them breathe and help doctors diagnose and manage infections and other conditions,” said Rice 360° Director Rebecca Richards-Kortum, who is leading a team that includes physicians, engineers and business and entrepreneurial experts from three continents.Rice 360°’s Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden (fourth and fifth from left) with doctors, nurses, collaborators and Rice University Provost Marie Lynn Miranda (second from right) and NEST collaborator and Malawi College of Medicine pediatrician Josephine Langton (right) at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. (Photo by Brandon Martin/Rice University)Dr. Queen Dube, a clinical pediatric specialist at Malawi’s largest hospital and faculty member at the University of Malawi College of Medicine, said, “We have the human workforce trained in all these interventions, but the technology is lacking. Every morning you go to work full of this knowledge, knowing what actually works, and then you come to work and you’re confronted with 50 or 60 babies. You don’t have the right technology. You cannot do that which you were trained to do, and a baby dies in front of you. It’s very frustrating.”Rice 360° began working with Dube and other African partners 10 years ago to design robust, inexpensive machines and technologies specifically for African hospitals. The group’s efforts have attracted national and international awards and set the stage for Rice 360°’s bold 100&Change plan to develop and implement a 17-piece Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST) package — an integrated group of life-saving neonatal technologies.Rice 360° has long collaborated with doctors and nurses at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, to create, refine and implement neonatal technologies specifically designed for African hospitals. (Photo by Brandon Martin/Rice University)Rice 360° co-director Maria Oden, an engineering educator who has trained hundreds of Rice students to solve global health problems, said, “Every hospital I’ve visited in sub-Saharan Africa has a room I call the equipment graveyard, which is filled with expensive, donated medical equipment that is broken beyond repair simply because it was not designed to work in Africa.”Oden said the idea for NEST grew from Rice 360°’s efforts to develop and implement appropriate technologies, like a breathing machine that’s now used in more than 20 countries, and from its increasingly global collaboration with experts in London, California, Illinois and countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa.The breathing machine, called the Pumani bCPAP, was licensed by NEST team member 3rd Stone Design of San Rafael, Calif., and is now on the market in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.The Rice 360°-developed Pumani bubble CPAP machine has more than doubled the survival rate of Malawian newborns with severe respiratory illness. (Image courtesy of Rice 360°/Rice University)“In working alongside Rice 360° to refine, produce and launch the Pumani, we’ve now been able to bring a much-needed product to clinicians around the world,” said Robert Miros, CEO of 3rd Stone Design. “It’s a huge step for low-cost medical technologies to actually make it to market, and with this proposal, we can pave the way for a suite of neonatal technologies to scale.”NEST collaborator Kara Palamountain, a faculty member at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, said, “The key to this project’s success does not lie with any one technology. To end preventable newborn deaths in Africa, we must provide access to comprehensive care. The NEST bundle of technologies will enable that holistic care, and there are clear efficiencies in developing and commercializing these technologies as a bundle of goods.”NEST collaborator Joy Lawn, professor and director of the MARCH (Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health) Centre at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said, “The 17 technologies, when paired with appropriate clinical care, could prevent most newborn deaths in Africa. Our team already has more than half of those products in the late stages of development.”A list of the 17 NEST technologies. (Image courtesy of Rice 360°/Rice University)The Rice 360°-led consortium enables each partner to contribute its unique expertise toward the goal. Lawn, a pediatrician with more than 25 years of clinical and research experience in Africa, will lead efforts to evaluate the impact of NEST technologies. Theresa Mkandawire, dean of engineering at the University of Malawi Polytechnic, and Oden will use existing twinned undergraduate design studios at Rice and Malawi Polytechnic to develop and refine prototypes for clinical study and evaluation. Dube and fellow pediatricians Elizabeth Molyneux and Josephine Langton will oversee clinical studies and evaluation at the University of Malawi College of Medicine. Palamountain will focus on determining user needs, obtaining feedback about prototypes and developing commercialization plans. Finally, 3rd Stone Design will lead efforts to manufacture and gain regulatory approval for NEST technologies.Oden said the group is committed to ending preventable newborn deaths in Africa and to creating a culture of biomedical innovation there. “There are key educational and entrepreneurial components that will ensure that NEST technologies can eventually be locally sourced, produced and repaired,” she said. “More importantly, they’ll also prepare a cadre of young entrepreneurs who are ready to lead the next generation of global health care innovation in Africa.”The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is one of the nation’s largest independent foundations. It supports creative people, effective institutions and influential networks building a more just, verdant and peaceful world.-30-VIDEOs about Rice 360°’s NEST:Improving Newborn Survival in Africa 100&Change: Rice 360º VIDEOs about Rice 360° in Malawi: IMAGES are available for download at:” alt=”last_img” /> read more