The Humane Society of the United States has named Universal Picture’s “Big Miracle,” Imax/Warner Bros.’ “To the Arctic” and Sony Pictures’ “Darling Companion” among the diverse selection of nominees in contention for its 2013 Genesis Awards, which honor the news and entertainment media for their role in raising awareness of animal issues.Humane Society Genesis Awards 2013Credit/Copyright: HSUSComedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and “Futurama,” and NBC’s “The New Normal” are in the running for the Genesis Sid Caesar Comedy Award, while ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” NBC’s “Harry’s Law and FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” are up for the dramatic series award.Winners in select categories will be presented at The HSUS’ Genesis Awards Benefit Gala, hosted by “Dancing with the Stars” Carrie Ann Inaba, on Saturday, March 23, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.In broadcast news, NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams” and “Nightly News,”ABC’s “20/20,”“Nightline” and “World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer,”and CBS’ “60 Minutes,” “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” and “CBS This Morning” are allin line for the hotly contested Genesis newsmagazine, national news and morning show awards.On the cable television front, HBO’s “One Nation Under Dog” takes on Discovery’s “Ivory Wars” and Animal Planet’s “Street Dog of South Central” for the Genesis TV Documentary award. And in reality programming, Nat Geo’s “Wild Justice” and “Philly Undercover” are nominated alongside Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell,” and MSNBC’s “Caught on Tape.”“For 27 years, the Genesis Awards have celebrated the power of the media to shed light onanimal protection issues,” said Beverly Kaskey, senior director of HSUS’ Hollywood Outreach and executive producer of The Genesis Awards Benefit Gala. “This yearone nominee, ‘Big Miracle,’reflects the Genesis credo with its true account of how one TV reporter’s story triggers a worldwide effort to save a family of imperiled whales, proving that the media can and does make a difference.”
Kolkata: State Labour minister Moloy Ghatak reiterated on Thursday that the one-day strike call of jute mills by Centre of India Trade Unions (CITU) will prove futile with labourers joining work the next day. “The Left Front government had not increased the wages of jute mill workers from 2002 to 2010, which was Rs 100 a day during that time. In 2010, it was hiked to Rs 157 a day. We had raised it to Rs 258 per day in 2015 and on Wednesday we signed a historic contract hiking the daily wages of the employees to Rs 370 per day. This will immensely benefit the labourers of the jute mills,” Ghatak said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersGhatak added that those who will work for 24 days a month will be getting an additional amount of Rs 15 per day. “A section of jute mill workers have often raised allegations against feeble attendance in jute mills. So the government has decided to pay those workers who are regular in their duties,” said Dola Sen, president of Indian National Trinamool Trade Union Congress. Terming the strike call by CITU as an attempt to create an atmosphere of disturbance in the state, Ghatak asserted that all 84 jute mills will remain open on Thursday and foil the strike called by CITU. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSixteen of the 22 unions existing in jute mills in the state assured the minister that the employees will join work. Ghatak asserted that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken significant steps to ensure that the workers’ interest and the work culture in the jute mills are upheld without resorting to any strikes. “The Left Front has not even paid dearness allowance (DA) for the workers for many years but we have been paying the DA to the workers along with Providend Fund and have almost fully cleared it. Ninety percent of the gratuities have also been cleared. So the strike call by the CITU union is nothing but ego satisfaction,” reiterated Sen. The state government has also constituted a three-member committee headed by a retired judge of High Court which will look into other issues of the jute mills and come out with a solution.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Thursday as the European Central Bank moved to deal with the threat of deflation and give some lift to a tepid economic recovery.TSX — 14,800.18+3.39 0.02%S&P 500 — 1,940.46+12.58 0.65%Dow — 16,836.11+98.58 0.59%Nasdaq — 4,296.23 +44.58 1.05%The S&P/TSX composite index edged 3.39 points higher to 14,800.18 as the ECB announced that it’s cutting its lending rate to 0.15% from 0.25%. It is also dropping its overnight deposit rate to minus 0.1% from zero. Charging banks for parking funds with the ECB is an unusual step aimed at pushing banks to lend that money rather than hoard it.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.08 of a cent to 91.5 cents US.It was a record-breaking day on Wall Street as ECB president Mario Draghi also said the bank will offer long-term loans to banks at cheap rates until 2018, which gives banks confidence they have cheap funding for the next few years. Draghi said the ECB’s policymakers unanimously agreed to consider more unconventional measures to boost inflation if it stays too low.Both the Dow Jones industrials and the S&P closed at record highs. The Dow gained 98.58 points to 16,836.11 while the S&P jumped 12.58 points to 1,940.46. While the Nasdaq did not hit a record, the index still ran up 44.59 points or about 1% to 4,296.23.It had been widely expected that the ECB would take action to save the eurozone region from falling into a deflationary spiral that would choke off growth. Worries about deflation increased earlier this week with the release of data showing that inflation in the eurozone came in at 0.5% in May, down from 0.7% in April.“I don’t know that it was a big surprise… what they’re doing certainly seems appropriate given the overall economic backdrop,” said Tim Caulfield, co-Lead manager of the Franklin Bissett Canadian Equity Fund in Calgary.“The focus now will be on the non-farm payrolls number tomorrow (Friday) to give us a sense for how things are progressing in the U.S.”Economists have forecast that about 219,000 jobs were created during May in the U.S., following a much stronger than expected 288,000 gain in April.Doubts about reaching that figure were raised Wednesday after payroll firm ADP reported that the U.S. private sector created 179,000 jobs during May, the fewest number in four months.Canadian job figures for May also come out Friday and economists expect about 21,000 jobs were created after the economy shed 29,000 the previous month.In commodities, the gold sector led advancers, up 1.5% as August bullion erased early losses following the ECB announcement to climb $9 to US$1,253.30 an ounce. Traders think that the ECB might launch its own version of quantitative easing to stimulate the economy, which involves buying assets such as bonds.The base metals group was down 0.24%, while July copper unchanged at US$3.08 a pound.The TSX energy sector dipped 0.09% while June crude in New York shed 16 cents to US$102.48 a barrel. In corporate news, Just Energy Group Inc. (TSX:JE) sold its water heater and HVAC home services business to Reliance Comfort Limited Partnership for $505 million. Just Energy says it’s also cutting its dividend and will repay about $400 million in debt. Its shares rose 40 cents to $6.55.Saputo (TSX:SAP), the country’s largest cheese and dairy processor, posted quarterly earnings ex-items of $151.9 million or 78 cents per diluted share, four cents better than analyst forecasts. The Canadian division’s pre-tax operating profits (EBITDA) decreased 8.6% to $108.9 million and its shares dipped 14 cents to $58.95.TOP STORIES‘We aren’t finished’: ECB boss unveils historic measures to rescue Europe from deflationGM CEO says 15 workers fired after probe into botched ignition recall reveals ‘pattern of incompetence’Central banks are about to awaken the markets they had hypnotized into a slumberBombardier CSeries could fly again in a few weeks, says engine maker executiveClimate Change? Whether you’re a believer or not, it’s going to massively move marketsWHAT’S ON DECK FRIDAYCANADA8:30 a.m.Employment Report (May): Economists expect gain of 25,000 jobs and jobless rate to remain unchanged at 6.9% Labour productivity (Q1): Economists expect no change UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Employment Report (May): Economists expect gain of 215,000 jobs and jobless rate to tick up to 6.4%
WASHINGTON — The United States trade czar is expressing frustration with Canada in the NAFTA negotiations.That’s according to a U.S. lawmaker who attended a meeting with him today.Congressman Ron Kind says U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is even talking about finishing NAFTA negotiations with Mexico first, then doing a separate negotiation with Canada later.Kind is a Democrat and one of numerous lawmakers who attended a rare briefing with the U.S. trade representative on Capitol Hill.Three other congressmen who participated in the meeting didn’t confirm or deny Lighthizer’s comments. Lighthizer himself also refused to comment afterward.But some say Lighthizer’s remarks might be tactical — to simply up the pressure on Canada. Some Democrats called it strange to say things are going smoother with Mexico — when key issues related to labour costs and outscourced jobs have yet to be sorted out.
The UNP said that a police complaint has been filed over the false document. The United National Party (UNP) has filed a Police complaint over a forged document claiming to be a deal reached between the UNP and Tamil National Alliance (TNA).In a media statement today, the UNP insisted that a written agreement had not been reached between the UNP and the TNA to obtain the support of the TNA for UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament. The UNP said that a false document is also being circulated with the forged signatures of Wickremesinghe and TNA leader R. Sampanthan. The UNP said that false claims are being made of a written agreement being reached between the TNA and the UNP.
It’s come down to the wire for public elementary teachers and school support staff.If the unions representing them don’t reach contract agreements by the end of the day on Sunday, school boards could dock members’ pay.Over a week ago, Premier Kathleen Wynne set November 1st as the deadline for the teachers to end their work to rule campaign or be penalized.According to the unions involved, there is a province-wide media blackout in effect Sunday as requested by the Ontario labour relations board mediator.A spokesperson for CUPE – the union representing education workers including custodians, early childhood educators and office staff, says “At the request of the mediator, the parties have agreed to suspend public communications regarding the substance and process of negotiations, while bargaining continues.”On october 23rd, Premier Wynne gave education unions still without contracts until Sunday to reach a deal with school boards and halt work to rule action which now includes teachers not participating in extra-curricular activities.
Video of press briefing [12mins] “I believe very sincerely that this is a success story,” Ibrahim Gambari, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said at a press briefing. “In specific terms, the mission was able to promote disarmament and weapons destruction and finally, of course, the mission facilitated international observation for the electoral process,” he added. The UN made an important contribution to the peace process through its involvement in negotiating, mediating and facilitating the resolution of the conflict through the United Nations Political Office in Bougainville (UNPOB) and its successor – the United Nations Observer Mission (UNOMB), as well as the UN Country Team. Mr. Gambari said that the regional partners Australia and the Asia-Pacific Forum were also very pleased with the outcome. In June Papua New Guinea implemented the peace agreement that ended long secessionist fighting and culminated with the swearing-in of the new autonomous provincial government of Bougainville Island. The agreement was reached after a decade of island combat against Papua New Guinea that ended in 1998. The UN efforts included supervision of the collection and destruction of some 2,000 weapons, pushing the parties involved to meet agreed upon pre-election deadlines and ultimately to facilitate the election itself, said Tor Stenbock, Head of the UN Observer Mission in Bougainville. The swearing in of Bougainville’s first autonomous provincial government in June ended the UNOMB mandate.
The first Constituent Assembly, elected in 2008, was unable to complete the drafting of a new constitution before it was dissolved in May 2012. Earlier this year, the country’s chief justice was appointed to head the Government that will oversee the holding of the elections, ending a political stalemate that began late last year.Nepal has been plagued by political disputes since a civil war between Government forces and Maoists formally ended in 2007 and the monarchy was abolished.“There is no alternative to elections to revitalize the democratic process and ensure political stability,” Khil Raj Regmi, Chairman of the Council of Ministers, said in his address to the General Assembly’s high-level general debate, adding that the preparations have been made to hold the polls on 19 November. “The election will provide the mandate of the people for writing a constitution, advance civil and political rights, ensure people’s sovereignty in decision-making in state affairs and institutionalize multi-party democracy, federalism and republicanism,” he said. “It will be instrumental in completing the remaining task of the peace process.”Mr. Regmi said the settlement of political issues through the democratic process will ensure political stability and eventually open up prospects for broad-based economic development, something to which the people of Nepal have long aspired. He thanked the international community for the “moral and material support” made available for the elections. “It is my hope and belief that, with the continuing understanding, support and assistance from all friends of Nepal, we will be able to go beyond the protracted political transition and focus on the consolidation of political accomplishments made so far, further democratization of the country, and economic development.”The UN has closely supported Nepal’s peace process, having had a political mission in the country from 2007 until 2011, following the signing of the peace accords that ended the decade-long armed conflict between the Government and the Maoist opposition.
More than 2,700 applications poured in for the chance to spend a month job shadowing the Canadian CEO of a massive HR company, but it was a Brock University student who stood out from the crowd.Olivia Poulin, a fourth-year Business Administration student in the Goodman School of Business, will spend the month of June working alongside Adecco Group Canada President Gilbert Boileau.She is one of 47 other CEO for One Month participants appointed across the world, and will have the opportunity to gain mentorship from Boileau and the rest of Adecco Canada’s leadership team, gaining a unique insight into the organization’s operations. After gaining experience in human resources, management, finance, marketing and public speaking, Poulin will then take part in a worldwide selection process to become the global CEO for One Month, working alongside Adecco Group CEO Alain Dehaze later this year.Adecco Group’s CEO for One Month is part of the company’s worldwide effort to help talent increase their employability and career prospects.“We are exceptionally proud of Olivia,” said Goodman School of Business Dean Andrew Gaudes. “This is an excellent opportunity for additional preparation and development as she positions herself for a life of personal and professional fulfilment.”Poulin, who is balancing her academics with running her own pet-care business, said she’s looking forward to the development that will come with a “once in a lifetime experience.”“I’m so grateful for this opportunity to learn from and contribute to the amazing team at Adecco,” she said. “I hope to use and demonstrate skills I’ve been honing for years, as well as everything I will learn from Gilbert, to successfully compete for Canada at the Global CEO for One Month competition.”This is the second major job-shadowing opportunity Poulin has had this year. In March, she spent the day working alongside Paypal Canada CEO Paul Parisi as part of the CEOx1Day program, which matched up 18 university students with Canadian CEOs.“Olivia embodies exactly what we want for our students to do through experiential learning — have engaged hands-on experiences that bridge learning to practice, build skills and use those meaningful experiences to achieve individual aspirations,” said Cara Krezek, Director, Co-op, Career and Experiential Education at Brock University. “Olivia has been involved in experiential opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. She has combined traditional co-op experiences with an innovative approach learned through running her own business, as well as competitions and involvement in clubs and organizations.”Boileau said Adecco is happy to offer students the chance to get “hands-on work experience to thrive in their careers and real-world training that cannot be gained in school.”“We not only hope to offer Olivia a life-changing experience, but we also hope to gain insight from her perspective, as well,” he said.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles past defenders in the second quarter against Michigan State on Jan. 27 at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes beat the Spartans 78-62. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorOn Jan. 15, the No. 18 Ohio State women’s basketball team sat atop the Big Ten with no conference losses and winning margins of at least seven points in every game. But a little more than two weeks later, the season’s outlook has drastically shifted. The Buckeyes dropped three games in a row — to Michigan, Maryland and Iowa — and fell to fourth in the conference. Ohio State (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) bounced back with a 78-62 home win against Michigan State on Saturday and will search for its second straight win when it plays Penn State (13-9, 4-5 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center.Projected StartersOhio State:G — Asia Doss — Senior, 5-foot-7, 9.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.4 apgG — Kelsey Mitchell — Senior, 5-foot-8, 24.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 apgG — Linnae Harper — Redshirt senior, 5-foot-8, 15.6 ppg, 9 rpg, 2.4 apgG — Sierra Calhoun — Redshirt junior, 6-foot, 12 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1 apgF — Stephanie Mavunga — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-3, 15.4 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 0.7 apgPenn State: G — Teniya Page — Junior, 5-foot-7, 18.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.8 apgG — Amari Carter — Redshirt sophomore, 5-foot-8, 14.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.6 apgG — Siyeh Frazier — Sophomore, 5-foot-9, 7.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.9 apgG — Jaida Travascio-Green — Sophomore, 6-foot-2, 12.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.7 apgF — De’Janae Boykin — Redshirt sophomore, 6-foot-2, 7 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.7 apgScouting Penn StateA middle-of-the-road Big Ten team, the Nittany Lions fell to Purdue 88-73 on the road Sunday afternoon, ending their three-game win streak. In that game, the Boilermakers took advantage of Penn State’s defense, one of its most glaring flaws. Purdue hit 73.5 percent of its shots and went 5-for-8 from 3-point range. This season, the Nittany Lions have allowed opponents to shoot 41.6 percent from the field, hird-worst in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes — who have the highest-scoring trio of players in the nation in forward Stephanie Mavunga (15.4 points per game) and guards Kelsey Mitchell (24.8 points per game) and Linnae Harper (15.6 points per game) — are primed to take advantage of Penn State’s lacking defense. They shoot 44.6 percent from the field, the fourth-best in the conference, despite taking more 3-pointers than any other team in the Big Ten.However, Penn State’s offense also has struggled, hitting 40.1 percent of its shots, the second-lowest average in the conference. It averages just 12.3 assists per game, which also ranks second-worst in the Big Ten.But the Nittany Lions have a prolific scorer in junior guard Teniya Page. She dropped 32 points in last season’s matchup between the two teams in what Ohio State redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman called a “career game.”“She’s incredibly quick,” said Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff. “Really crafty with the ball. She can shoot from the perimeter. Can also put the ball on the floor and drive it. Just all-around a great player.”Penn State needs her to repeat last year’s performance to have a chance in the game, since it does not have the advantage in many areas of the court. Page will needhelp from redshirt sophomore guard Amari Carter, who averages 14.8 points per game. Carter is tied for first in the Big Ten with 2.7 steals per game, but Ohio State ranks first in the conference in turnover margin.Redshirt sophomore forward De’Janae Boykin pulls down 8.9 rebounds per game, but Penn State holds the second-worst rebounding margin in the Big Ten (-2.2). Ohio State believes it still has a “target on our back”The Buckeyes entered the season with extremely high expectations. They were voted the top team in the Big Ten by both the media and coaches, earned a top-10 preseason spot in the Associated Press preseason poll, and Mitchell was named preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.Ohio State still ranks 18th in the nation — and will likely be a top-four seed in the Big Ten tournament with a chance to be a top-four seed in the NCAA tournament — but it has not fulfilled the sky-high expectations, especially recently. But despite the three-game skid, the Buckeyes still believe they have a “target” on their back.“I think so, just with the success we’ve had in recent years,” McGuff said. “I think we definitely have it. That’s part of the responsibility of being at Ohio State.”That success has placed Ohio State in the top three in the Big Ten the past two seasons. The Buckeyes currently sit fourth in the conference, but they play a group of middling teams the remainder of the season and have a chance to run the table.Waterman believes her team’s Big Ten success since McGuff was hired outweighs the recent struggles.“I think that just being at Ohio State, you have that [target],” Waterman said. “We’ve been pretty successful in the past, pretty successful this year. People want to do well against us, they want to beat us. When we hit that losing streaking streak and we feel like they’ve hit that target, we’ve just got to rebuild and just stay focused.”Penn State has played inconsistently against the conference’s best teams. It has not beaten a team with less than four losses in the Big Ten, though it nearly knocked off No. 11 Maryland Dec. 31, but lost 69-65. The Hawkeyes, Wolverines and Terrapins showed Ohio State’s target can be hit. But this season, the Nittany Lions have been unable to beat teams as well-regarded as the Buckeyes.
Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Deputy Commissioner of Police Ms Maxine Graham were among the large turnout during the Guyana Police Force (GPF) ‘D’ Division’s walk against “Crime and Traffic Lawlessness” which moved off from Den Amstel and concluded at Leonora on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD).According to Public Relations Officer of the GPF, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan, this event saw persons from various groups and organisations within the Division, such as; the churches, business community, different youth groups, schools, Community Policing Groups (CPG), among others, participating.Commander of the ‘D’ Division Senior Superintendent Edmond Cooper, Graham and Harmon addressed the gathering, whom they encouraged to continue to work together as “there is much work to be done within to the Division and the Police alone can not do it, hence there is a call for team work.”In the monthly crime statistics issued on Thursday, the Force disclosed that there was a 22 per cent increase in robberies, where no instruments were used (39 against 32 cases in the same period last year) and a four per cent increase in robbery with violence (114 against 110 cases).However, the other categories of serious crime recorded a declining trend. These include: robbery under arms where firearms were used, which saw a three per cent decline (464 against 477); robbery under arms where instruments other than firearms were used, recording a 20 per cent decrease (177 against 221 cases); a 36 per cent reduction (39 against 61 cases) in robbery with aggravation; and larceny from the person going down by 13 per cent (94 against 108 cases).Meanwhile, continued traffic enforcement efforts by the Police have resulted in a total of 66,865 cases being made against errant road users as of the end of September.Of this, a total of 21,910 cases were for speeding; 2928 for driving under the influence of alcohol; 4445 for failure to wear seat belt; 651 for using cellphones while driving; 2194 for tinted vehicles; 1985 for unlicenced driving; 497 for dangerous driving; and 440 for careless driving, among others.There was an additional 18,670 cases made out against errant road users for other traffic-related matters. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related36-Y-0 Deputy Superintendent named best Police Officer for 2015December 16, 2015In “Business”Top Cop promises disciplinary actions against corrupt officersJuly 3, 2019In “Crime”GPF awards $18M in prizes to outstanding ranksDecember 22, 2016In “Local News”
Wärtsilä, the global supplier of flexible and efficient power plant solutions and services, has signed a three year service agreement with Newcrest Mining Ltd for their power plants in Lihir gold mine in Papua New Guinea. The agreement, signed in February 2015, “ensures maximised lifetime, performance and reduced operational costs for Newcrest Mining’s power plants in a safe, reliable, and environmentally sustainable way.”The agreement covers the major engine services and spare parts for the three power plants – diesel power station, interim power station and oil cubes – located in Lihir gold mine. In total, these power plants have 22 Wärtsilä engines with a combined output of 172 MW.Newcrest Mining is one of the world’s largest mining companies. Their gold deposit in Lihir, located within the Luise Caldera, is one of the largest known gold deposits in the world. Wärtsilä provided the first diesel power station to Lihir in 1996 and gold production commenced in 1997. Lihir has one deposit, one open pit and multiple ore zones.“We are very happy to deepen our cooperation with Newcrest Mining in the Lihir gold mine. By working with the people in Newcrest Mining, we now have pre-negotiated rates for labour and parts for the major services on the engines. By drawing up the annual plans together and streamlining processes, we can ensure the timely completion of each major engine service, thereby increasing engine availability, improving operational efficiency and reducing costs,” says John Sydney, Service Unit Director Australasia from Wärtsilä.
SNC-Lavalin and ABB have announced the formation of Linxon, a new JV for the execution of turnkey electrical AC substation projects. The transaction was announced in December 2017 and Linxon is expected to commence operations from September 1, 2018, with SNC-Lavalin having a majority and controlling interest in the JV.Linxon will undertake turnkey electrical alternating current substation projects related to renewable and conventional power generation, power transmission and transportation solutions. Turnkey solutions will include project design, engineering, procurement, construction, management, commissioning and after-sales support. Linxon will have an opening order backlog of $340 million (C$440 million).“We are delighted to join forces with ABB and bring together our respective strengths to deliver sustainable energy solutions for substations, while providing value for customers through cost efficiencies and an enhanced delivery capability,” said Marie-Claude Dumas, Chair, Board of Directors, Linxon and President of Clean Power, SNC-Lavalin.Frédéric Tréfois, currently responsible for Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) solutions within ABB’s Grid Integration business has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Linxon.“Linxon will combine ABB’s technology leadership with SNC-Lavalin’s expertise in managing infrastructure projects to deliver enhanced customer value” said Claudio Facchin, President of ABB’s Power Grids division. ”This joint venture will help capture new business opportunities for both companies and reinforces our strategy of forging new alliances and business models, as part of the ABB Power Grids ‘Power Up’ transformation program.”
Now Playing Up Next Xavier Woods Google+ Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts WWE Smackdown Results – 9/10/19 (The Undertaker returns, Clash of Champions build) Now Playing Up Next Facebook Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter wins and loses WWE 24/7 Title before RAW started Roman Reigns is in Remission WWE 205 Live Results – 9/10/19 (Kushida debuts, 6-man tag team main event match) Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles The Miz Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Courtesy of WWE.com:WWE Superstars visit New York City firefighters and police officers during SummerSlam 2015 WeekNEW YORK – Before they take to the ring on Sunday for The Biggest Party of the Summer, WWE Superstars are taking time to give back to New York City. Roman Reigns, The Usos, The New Day and Summer Rae spent the Thursday of SummerSlam 2015 Week touring around The Big Apple in a double decker bus, stopping at several firehouses and police precincts to visit with New York City’s finest and bravest.“We’re taking the time to celebrate the real heroes of our world,” Reigns told WWE.com. “Some of the most courageous people in the biggest city in the world.”There were plenty of smiles all around as the Superstars chatted with officers and firefighters at the NYPD 19th Precinct and FDNY’s Engine 39/Ladder 60 on the Upper East Side, and Engine 219/Ladder 105 in Brooklyn, among others. The Superstars even got to try on what the firefighters wear when they combat a blaze.“It’s been a very humbling day,” Xavier Woods of The New Day said. “What we do is fun, good entertainment, but to meet people that are really out there doing things is awesome. They’re willing to give their lives to keep the rest of us safe. It’s very hard to put into words how much that really means to all of us.”The Superstars also heard stories of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11.“To actually hear specific stories and see the faces of the fallen, you see how proud their fellow firemen of them,” Summer Rae said. “They were extremely brave.”The visits are just part of how WWE is giving back to police officers, firefighters and their families during SummerSlam. WWE has joined forces with celebrities and pro athletes for a global online auction featuring one-of-a-kind experiences. The auction is benefitting Answer The Call, which supports the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children’s Fund. For more information on the auction, visit Charitybuzz.com/WWE.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 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 Videos Articles Roman Reigns: Leukemia Is In Remission Twitter Triple H
Now Playing Up Next Facebook Roman Reigns Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 In a new article by Darren Rovell of ESPN on Friday, the relaunch of the XFL football league in 2020 by WWE chairman Vince McMahon will reportedly see McMahon spending around $500 million for its relaunch, compared to the $100 million that McMahon initially stated a few months back during a press conference to announce the relaunch of the league that was put into his new company, Alpha Entertainment.New XFL commissioner Oliver Luck, who was announced as commissioner last month, had the following to say to ESPN about the increased expenditure in the relaunch of the league.“People were focused on the $100 million, but the truth is that doesn’t even get us to the 20-yard line. I’ve been at all levels of football, and the importance of a broad-based insurance program cannot be understated. There are very few participants who underwrite for this market anymore and it is obviously costly”The belief is that with the increased amount of spending into the XFL relaunch, it will attract big-name free-agent football players and coaches to join the XFL when it relaunches in 2020. The added cost includes the average salary for the players will be around $75,000 and addition of health insurance to cover injuries to the players.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer DiagnosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 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 Google+ Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Pinterest Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Videos Articles Twitter Riz Ahmed Videos Articles Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Vince Mcmahon WhatsApp XFL reveals the team names and logos for the inaugural season beginning in February 2020
They later got into a car that arrived to pick them up. Before they left, they said they got a U-Haul and a tow truck, and they were were able to remove the boat from the water and take it with them.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – U.S. Coast Guard crews came to the rescue of four men who ended up in the water after their boat began to sink near Miami Beach, Thursday afternoon.The Coast Guard Station Miami Beach received a call just after 12:30 p.m. reporting a 15-foot pleasure boat was taking on water in the area of Card Sound.Rescue crews arrived at the scene on at least two boats at around 1 p.m. They pulled four people from the water, who were all wearing life jackets.7Skyforce HD hovered above the boat as SeaTow Miami arrived on scene, took the vessel in tow and transferred the survivors to Watson Island.No injuries or medical concerns were reported as a result of this incident.7News cameras captured the boaters arriving on dry land. “We are all OK,” said one of the boaters. The boat’s OK, we are OK. There’s no problems here. That’s it.”The boaters declined to go into detail as to what may have caused the boat to start sinking.
Items Once Owned By Kurt Cobain Go Up For Auction kurt-cobains-handwritten-lyrics-mtv-vma-among-items-auction Nirvana fans have a variety of items to browse, as several of former frontman’s possession head out for auction next monthBrian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 16, 2017 – 6:12 pm A selection of possessions once owned by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain will go up for auction next month.The boundaries of what constitutes a piece of rock history undoubtedly vary from fan to fan, and there’s certainly a wide variety to choose from in the upcoming offering, hosted by Julien’s Live Auctions.For the traditionalists, there are sketches and working song lyrics handwritten on notebook paper, posters from notable gigs the band played early in their career, a studio receipt for “Here She Comes,” an unused track recorded for the band’s breakout sophomore album, Nevermind, and even the band’s MTV Video Music Award, won in 1992 for Best New Artist In A Video, for “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”However, there are also a few things to choose from for the super fans who feel the need to own anything and everything once touched by their musical hero – including a plastic wallet once owned by Cobain containing only the printed addresses of Nirvana’s management company, their accounting firm, and Cobain’s rental membership card to now-defunct Blockbuster Video.The full list of Cobain’s personal effects which will be available for auction can be found at Julien’s Live Auctions, under their “Icons And Idols – Rock ‘N’ Roll” category. The auction begins on Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. PDT.The War On Drugs: Adam Granduciel On New Album, Guitar & Tom PettyRead more Facebook News Twitter Kurt Cobain’s Handwritten Lyrics, MTV VMA Among Items Up For Auction Email
More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: See All 2020 Cadillac XT6: Caddy’s new three-row crossover is heavy on tech Tags Detroit Auto Show 2019 Cadillac 2020 Cadillac XT6 gets unwrapped before the Detroit Auto… 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend 2:38 Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 72 Photos Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago • 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous A 3.6-liter V6 with 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque, paired with a nine-speed automatic, power the XT6 allowing it to tow 4,000 pounds. Premium Luxury is standard with front-wheel drive and available with all-wheel drive. Sport models are exclusively all-wheel drive with yaw control and get adaptive dampers and quicker steering tuning for a sportier drive character.Cadillac dealers will begin taking orders for the 2020 XT6 this spring for summer deliveries. Pricing details won’t be available until we get closer to the start of production, but looking at the competition I’m guessing a base price in the mid- to high-$40K range is a good bet. reading • 2020 Cadillac XT6 revealed ahead of the Detroit Auto Show Share your voice Cadillac’s current crossover SUV lineup is pretty diverse. There’s the XT4 on the small end, the five-passenger XT5 in the middle and then the big Escalade at the top of the lineup. There is, however, a gaping hole between the XT5 and Escalade where a more manageably sized three-row crossover would slot in nicely. Come later this year, that void will be filled by the all-new 2020 Cadillac XT6, which will make its public debut at the Detroit Auto Show. The XT6 finally gives Caddy a three-row crossover that can compete with the likes of the Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60, Lexus RX 350L and Lincoln Aviator. It’ll be offered in two trim levels that include a more comfort-focused Premium Luxury model and a performance-minded Sport version. Comments It certainly looks like a Cadillac, with an upright front end and slim headlights complimented by long, vertical LED running lights. Distinguishing the Premium Luxury on the outside are bright grille, window and roof rail accents, red taillights and specific 20-inch wheels on the clean and inoffensive sheetmetal. The Sport wears a V-series-inspired grille, black accents, clear taillight lenses, exclusive 20-inch wheels and available 21-inchers. Enlarge ImageThe XT6 Sport comes standard with all-wheel drive and is available with 21-inch wheels. Cadillac Inside, Premium Luxury versions will be trimmed with wood, while Sport receives carbon fiber. Passenger space is generous in the first and second rows with the latter offering a bench seat or captain’s chairs configuration. Accessing the third row is made easier thanks to the one-touch tip-and-slide middle seats. Once back there, there’s adequate head- and legroom for a couple of average-sized adults.Cargo room is lacking with all seats deployed, with just 12.6 cubic feet at your disposal in the way back. Folding the standard power third row grows things to 43.1 cubic feet and then to 78.7 with the middle seats down. Optional interior features include premium leather seating, heated and vented front seats, heated second-row outboard seats and an air ionizer. Enlarge ImageThe latest version of CUE takes care of infotainment functions in the XT6. Steven Pham/Roadshow Handling infotainment is the latest CUE system with an 8-inch touchscreen and rotary controller with new jog functionality to quickly move across the screen and make selections. An eight-speaker Bose audio unit, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities will come on all XT6s. Navigation and a 14-speaker Bose Performance Series sound system are available. To charge smart devices, the front and middle row both have access to one USB-A and one USB-C port, while the back row gets two USB-Cs. A 15-watt wireless charging pad can also be equipped in front. Standard safety tech includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist with lane departure warning and rear cross traffic alert. Adaptive cruise, a 360-degree camera, night vision, rear camera mirror and head-up display are optional. Detroit Auto Show 2019 Cadillac Crossovers Luxury cars 3
When developing the new X-ray suitable, hematein-based stain, the commonly used Mayer’s hematoxylin and Wiegert’s iron hematoxylin were included in its constitution. The staining experiments were conducted on the tissue of mouse liver lobule, used for X-ray CT-imaging thereafter. The optimized staining protocol contained five steps starting with controlled acidification of soft-tissue samples during fixation. The soft-tissue was prepared on the molecular level to stain with the hematein lead (II) complex. In its mechanism of action, the scientists showed strengthened ionic interaction between the positively charged hematein lead (II) complex and the negatively charged phosphate backbone of the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The chemical reaction ensured higher accumulation of the staining agent within the cell nuclei by forming a hematein lead (II) DNA complex, as an X-ray suitable agent. Histology is used to identify structural details of tissue at the microscale in the pathology lab, but analyses remain two-dimensional (2D) as they are limited to the same plane. Nondestructive 3D technologies including X-ray micro and nano-computed tomography (nanoCT) have proven validity to understand anatomical structures, since they allow arbitrary viewing angles and 3D structural detail. However, low attenuation of soft tissue has hampered their application in the field of 3D virtual histology. In a recent study, now published on Scientific Reports, Mark Müller and colleagues at the Department of Physics and Bioengineering have developed a hematein-based X-ray staining method to specifically target cell nuclei, followed by demonstrations on a whole liver lobule of a mouse. Citation: Nucleus-specific X-ray stain for 3-D virtual histology (2018, December 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-nucleus-specific-x-ray-d-virtual-histology.html The scientists comparatively confirmed 3D data reconstruction accuracy in the study with previous investigations. When the hematein-based procedure was re-applied in conventional 2D histology investigations, the scientists also applied a standard counter-stain, eosin Y specific, to the cell cytoplasm on to the tissue. In the results, the cell nuclei remained purple while the cytoplasm took up the pink stain. In this way, the scientists authenticated the nuclei-specific hematein-based staining capacity with standard histology as well. Explore further The X-ray suitable, nucleus-specific staining agent protocol for 3D virtual histology. Staining protocol and interaction of the hematein-based X-ray stain with soft tissue. (A) The developed hematein-based staining procedure shows the individual steps involved including incubation and staining times. Staining step 1 was conducted using lead(II) acetate trihydrate as the heavy metal source. The lead(II) acetate trihydrate was dissolved in distilled water and is referred to as working solution (A) (WS (A)). The staining step 2 involved a hematein solution in absolute ethanol (WS (B), 10% (w/v); c = 333 mM), which was derived from hematoxylin and was added to WS (A). (B) The positively charged hematein lead(II) complex (purple), which is built in situ in the soft-tissue sample, is interacting with the negatively charged phosphate backbone of the DNA (orange) present in the nucleus of the cell. The selective interaction of the hematein lead(II) complex with the DNA is achieved by acidification of the soft tissue during fixation or before staining and allows for a higher accumulation of the hematein lead(II) complex within the cell nucleus. Credit: Scientific Reports, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-36067-y New staining method enables Nano-CT imaging of tissue samples Journal information: Scientific Reports NanoCT data (A–C) in comparison with the histological microscopic slide (D) derived from the same mouse liver lobule after application of the hematein-based X-ray staining protocol. Clear visualization of the larger hepatocyte cell nuclei and the smaller cell nuclei such as Kupffer cells and SECs in white (A–C) or dark purple (D) and the BC network displayed in black (A-C) or white (D) was achieved, respectively. (A) The volume of interest (VOI) highlighting the two nanoCT slices shown in (B, blue frame) and (C, orange frame). (B, C) Representative individual nanoCT slices as indicated in the VOI from (A). (B) and (C) are positioned orthogonal to each other. The orientation of the BC network, which is formed by the hepatocytes is seen, i.e. more horizontal arrangement is seen in (B) and a more vertical alignment in (C). The nanoCT slice thickness is 580 nm. (D) Representative histological microscopic slide with a thickness of 3 µm obtained from the same mouse liver lobule sample after applying the hematein-based stain and embedding it in a paraffin block. Credit: Scientific Reports, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-36067-y. During the first diagnosis in clinical pathology, the cell nuclei and cytoplasm are of significance. Almost every histological sample is therefore often stained via the standard hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) protocol to identify the nuclei and cytoplasm. But standards for the hematoxylin stain are not fixed and many variants to the protocol exist due to diverse tissue types and/or pre-treatment parameters involved. As a result, Müller et al. introduced a hematein-based staining protocol, specifically developed for CT, to allow for direct 3D visualization of cell nuclei in soft-tissue samples. The powerful potential of microCT or nanoCT combined with X-ray suitable stains will allow future insights into tissue organization to understand disease including osteoarthritis and cancer, at the cellular nanoarchitecture. © 2018 Science X Network To compare the staining efficacy, the mouse liver lobule tissue was imaged with microCT before staining, followed by imaging after hematein-protocol based staining. The staining process occurred in two steps and the desired contrast enhancement was achieved as expected after staining. The results were observed using the microCT overview to show distinct anatomical structures, including the vasculature. The staining was homogenous within the entire mouse liver lobule, unlike with previous examples in large liver tissue samples. The 3D imaging process allowed accessibility to a series of CT slices in arbitrary planes. Furthermore, unlike conventional 2D histology (with paraffin-embedded soft-tissue), the soft-tissue could be viewed from different angles.The tissue was next investigated at the sub-cellular level with smaller pieces of the same liver lobule, which were dissected and analyzed using nanoCT. The visualized results showed regions of the volume of interest (VOI), cell nuclei of the hepatocytes and nuclei of other cell types (Kupffer cells and sinusoidal endothelial cells). Black whole structures represented the bile canalicular (BC) network while the darker gray values indicated the cytoplasm of the liver tissue sample. The orientation of the BC network was also observed. The tissue was then investigated with conventional histology, using very thin microscopic slides with no other staining aside from the hematein-based stain applied. The conventional technique similarly confirmed the morphology of hepatocytes and of other cell types (nuclei stained in dark purple), while the BC network was stained in white. CT slices of the same whole mouse liver lobule before and after staining highlighting the contrast enhancement obtained after application of the hematein-based X-ray stain. Both data sets were acquired with the Xradia Versa 500 microCT using identical acquisition parameters. The voxel size in both data sets is 13.5 µm. (A, C and E) Overview images of the unstained mouse liver lobule representing the views along the Cartesian axes. (B, D and F) Overview images of the same mouse liver lobule sample in (A, C and E) after staining representing the views along the Cartesian axes. Anatomical structures such as the vasculature are visualized. Credit: Scientific Reports, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-36067-y. 3D nuclei and analysis of different cell nuclei present in the mouse liver volume of interest (VOI). Credit: Scientific Reports, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-36067-y. The hematein-based staining protocol aided high resolution CT visualization for cell nuclei in soft tissue at the sub-micron range, hitherto not possible with other staining methods that were combined with microCT technology. Future histopathological studies may be able to eliminate time-consuming preparation procedures and tissue sample loss (as seen with standard histology) to obtain individual tissue slices via 3D investigation of an entire VOI, as demonstrated in the present study. The ability to screen a larger sample for abnormal cell nuclei could assist pathologists to identify regions of inflammation to assess disease etiology and progression. The staining protocol is simple and reproducible, suited for whole-organ CT staining, coupled with 3D visualization and in-depth, non-destructive analysis of soft tissue samples. The staining agents listed in the protocol are easily accessible, while the CT combined X-ray suitable protocol allows greater sophistication for soft-tissue sample analyses. Steps in the staining protocol will require further optimization with different tissue types and in diverse applications, including 3D histology, developmental and structural biology studies in the lab. More information: 1. Mark Müller et al. Nucleus-specific X-ray stain for 3D virtual histology, Scientific Reports (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-36067-y2. Juliana Martins de S. e Silva et al. Three-dimensional non-destructive soft-tissue visualization with X-ray staining micro-tomography, Scientific Reports (2015). DOI: 10.1038/srep140883. X-ray microtomographic imaging of intact vertebrate embryos www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22135670 , Metscher B.D. et al. December 2011, Cold Spring Harbor Protocol.4. Three-dimensional virtual histology enabled through cytoplasm-specific X-ray stain for microscopic and nanoscopic computed tomography www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29463748?dopt=Abstract, Busse M. et al. March 2018, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Demonstration of the histological compatibility of the for X-ray microCT and nanoCT developed hematein-based staining method with conventional 2D histology. (A) Representative histological microscopic slide with a thickness of 3 µm obtained from the same mouse liver lobule sample after the applied hematein-based staining and embedding in a paraffin block. Clear visualization of the larger hepatocyte cell nuclei and the smaller cell nuclei such as Kupffer cells and SECs in dark purple and the BC network displayed in white. (B) The compatibility with the standard counter stain of eosin Y was shown on a subsequent microscopic slide seen in (A). The cell nuclei are shown in purple next to the cytoplasm in pink resulting in a typical H&E stained microscopic slide of a soft-tissue sample. Credit: Scientific Reports, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-36067-y. The novel staining protocol combined the recently developed, high resolution nanoCT system for 3D visualization of the tissue architecture at the nanometer scale. The results revealed the real 3D morphology alongside spatial distribution of cell nuclei. The technique was also compatible with conventional histology, as microscopic slides with soft tissue sample could be stained with the same protocol alongside additional counter-staining. The method demonstrated the possibility for future applications in histopathology accompanied with X-ray CT devices in the lab.Histology is the existing gold standard for an accurate microanatomical diagnosis in the pathology lab, however techniques and results are limited to 2D. For instance, a 3D biopsy is usually examined using very thin microscopic slides (containing 2-10 µm thick slices) via conventional and modern immunohistochemical and histological staining techniques. Micro- and nano-CT are powerful tools that can provide an accurate reconstruction of tissue in 3D. Developments on the technology have allowed comparatively high resolution to existing 2D conventional histology, using devices ranging from large particle accelerators to laboratory-based X-ray devices. Alongside the technical requirements, X-ray suitable staining agents (contrast agents) such as phototungstic acid (PTA), iodine potassium iodide (IKI), iodine in ethanol (12E), or iodine in methanol (12M) are also important. The available staining agents are however, currently limited in scope and efficacy. When developing next-generation medical diagnostics in histopathology, scientists aim to optimize the techniques and understand tissue architecture from the cellular level to the tissue scale. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Listen Now Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer June 12, 2015 4 min read Along with creating sci-fi eye glasses, beaming high-speed Internet from balloons, and building self-driving cars, Google now wants to help make life in the city better and more efficient.On Tuesday, Google unveiled a new independent startup called Sidewalk Labs with the goal of making technology that can fix difficult urban problems like making transportation run more smoothly, cutting energy use and lowering the cost of living.The company will be based in New York City and run by Dan Doctoroff, the former CEO of Bloomberg and former Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Rebuilding for New York City. The partnership is similar to how Google funded and incubated anti-aging startup Calico, and Google’s moonshot lab X, Google’s Larry Page told the New York Times.The population boom and increasing urbanization is one of the biggest global changes shaping the planet. The world is expected to have over 9 billion people by 2050, most of whom will live in cities.On a pure technology level, I’m surprised that Google would elevate these ideas to the level of its moonshot lab or a high-risk startup that’s trying to “cure aging.” These trends are solvable and are already happening today.I expect — and hope — that given Doctoroff’s background, much of the innovation would be focused on policy and urban planning. Whatever emerges would have a tech component rather than being pure tech products. Rapidly developing cities like San Francisco need much more policy and urban planning innovations than they do the latest technologies.There’s actually already many startups and big companies alike that are building technologies for cities, making them smarter, more connected, more data rich, and more efficient. Companies like IBM, General Electric, and Cisco Systems are using sensors, wireless networks and algorithms to make city infrastructure operate more efficiently. Silver Spring Networks already builds networked smarter city lighting systems.The push to make buildings more energy efficient is already being tackled by a variety of startups including FirstFuel, WegoWise, and Retroficiency. Meanwhile, homeowners can conserve energy by using systems sold by Google’s Nest, various telecom companies and cable service providers like Verizon and Comcast, and startups like Tado.More efficient public transportation is a hard problem to solve, but still startups are focused on it. Urban Engines launched last year to use data, algorithms and behavioral economics to make urban transportation operate more efficiently. The startup can take data from easily accessible, low cost sources — a bus card or a subway card — and use algorithms to infer how commuters are behaving. A city can then react to the traffic flows, like adding more buses at certain times of day.When it comes to alternative transportation, there’s really more options than ever before. You can grab an Uber, a Lyft, a Sidecar, a Scoot (electric scooter share), or book a Zipcar. But are all these options making cities operate better over all, or just more easily for those wealthy enough money to pay for them?At the end of the day, urban development needs much more than technology innovation. It needs new ideas for policy and planning that will make booming and crowded metropolises truly better and more efficient for everyone. What we don’t need are cities that are merely outfitted with sci-fi technology that only make life better for some of us.Google’s Sidewalk Labs has just gotten started, and it’s unclear exactly what they’ll be working on. But they should bring a lot more to the table than just technology.