UN agency boosts aid to livestock herders in Niger and Chad at

21 April 2010The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is boosting assistance to herders and pastoralists in Niger and Chad, where nearly 10 million people are vulnerable to severe hunger owing to poor rains last year which impacted food production. The lack of rainfall led to a steep decline in agricultural production and dried out livestock pastures, according to a news release issued by the Rome-based agency, which noted that thousands of people are also under threat in the north of Burkina Faso and north-east Mali. “The situation in the region is very worrying indeed,” said Fatouma Seid, FAO Coordinator for West Africa. “Poor livestock herders are being forced to sell their only assets and an important source of nutrition, their animals, at discount prices in order to buy enough food for their families while farmers have no seeds to plant,” she said. Surveys carried out by the UN and the governments concerned show a prevalence of global acute malnutrition higher than 16 per cent, which exceeds the World Health Organization (WHO) critical threshold. Poor farmers and pastoralists are also having difficulty buying food since food prices continue to be high. Ms. Seid said FAO’s priority is to get feed to animals and to supply farmers with the seeds for the June planting season. Almost 70 per cent of livestock are at risk if they do not receive food soon. To assist Niger, which already experienced a major food crisis in 2005, the agency is rolling out eight new projects worth $12.7 million that will benefit an estimated 2.6 million people, including purchasing and distributing animal feed, seeds and fertilizers for the upcoming planting season. In addition, FAO has also started a cash-for-work programme for vulnerable households to restore pasture land, and is implementing a $4.1 million European Union Food Facility Programme for rehabilitation of medium-term improvements to the country’s agricultural system.The situation in Chad, where food production was at its lowest since 2006, was compounded by the influx of refugees from Sudan’s Darfur region and the Central African Republic (CAR), which placed additional demand on already limited food supplies. FAO is planning to supply agricultural inputs, seeds, fertiliser and animal feed worth $4.5 million in time for the May planting season in Chad. It is also currently distributing animal feed and veterinary products to pastoralists in Mali and Burkina Faso. read more

Convention on environment and human rights crucial for ecological protection – Ban

1 July 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today lauded the world’s leading international convention on environment and human rights as a powerful tool for environmental protection and the promotion of civil rights, saying the instrument also helped to combat climate change and air and water pollution. “The Convention’s critical focus on involving the public is helping to keep governments accountable,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the fourth meeting of Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters – the so-called Aarhus Convention.“There have been many achievements over the past decade, including the entry into force of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers, the first global legally binding instrument of its kind,” Mr. Ban noted in the message, delivered on his behalf by Jan Kubiš, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).He said that the growing caseload of the Convention’s Compliance Committee, which offers members of the public the opportunity to trigger action, is a healthy sign of constructive engagement.Mr. Ban also pointed out that the convention is building synergies through cooperation with other international organizations, including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Collaboration with international organizations such as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is also yielding results, he added.The Secretary-General said he was pleased that this week’s meeting focuses on the role of the convention in promoting sustainable development, pointing out the as the world prepares for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil next year, it should be remembered that the convention is one of the major results of the Rio Declaration adopted at the first Earth Summit nearly 20 years ago.“As the convention enters its second decade, we applaud the accomplishments of the past while acknowledging the challenges ahead. I trust that the treaty’s spirit of openness, participation and justice will ensure that the public stays constructively engaged in order to achieve even greater progress in the future,” Mr. Ban added. read more

Security Council extends UN mission in Côte dIvoire for another year

27 July 2011The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire for another year to assist the country tackle the many challenges it faces following the recent post-election crisis. In unanimously adopting resolution 2000, the Council decided that the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) will remain in the country until 31 July 2012 at its current strength of nearly 9,800 troops, which includes the additional 2,000 troops deployed earlier this year amid the post-electoral violence. The West African nation is emerging from a crisis that ended in mid-April, when former president Laurent Gbagbo finally surrendered, ending months of violence in the wake of his refusal to step down after he lost last November’s UN-certified run-off election to Alassane Ouattara, who was sworn in as President in May. The country now faces a number of key post-crisis tasks, including the restoration of law and order, national reconciliation, the holding of legislative elections, and economic recovery.It is to assist with these and other tasks that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended in a recent report that the Council extend UNOCI’s mandate for one more year. “The crisis has taken a massive toll on Côte d’Ivoire and the country cannot be expected to bounce back swiftly to a level where it is able to contribute significant resources of its own towards addressing the immediate threats and priorities,” he wrote. “The country will need our help at this critical time to enable it to get back on its feet,” said the Secretary-General, who met with Mr. Ouattara today at UN Headquarters in New York. While at the UN, Mr. Ouattara also met with General Assembly President Joseph Deiss. They both underlined the importance of national reconciliation and stressed the need for the international community to continue to assist Côte d’Ivoire as it seeks to heal and rebuild. UNOCI was established in 2004 by the Council to facilitate the peace process in the country, which became split by civil war in 2002 into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south.Cote read more

Men charged with smuggling Lankans go on trial in Canada

In his opening statement, Crown counsel Peter LaPrairie told a 12-member jury that the migrants were charged a fee, generally a $5,000 down payment, to be on the boat, with an additional $25,000 owing when they arrived in Canada, for a total of $30,000. Once they had been transferred to the Lower Mainland, all of the passengers made refugee claims due to violence in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan civil war.The trial is expected to run eight weeks. (Colombo Gazette) “A Sri Lankan national who wishes to enter Canada must have a valid passport and a visa issued by the Canadian government to come to Canada,” LaPrairie said. “None of the 492 persons aboard MV Sun Sea had the required travel documents.” “When the boat set sail for Canada there were 493 persons on-board. One person became ill during the journey and died at sea. His body was buried at sea.”Emmanuel was the captain of the vessel, spending his time on the bridge operating the boat and staying in the crew’s quarters, LaPrairie said.Christhurajah rented apartments for the migrants in Bangkok and supervised the loading of the migrants into vans for the journey to the south of Thailand, LaPrairie said. LaPrairie said that the migrants will testify that after leaving Sri Lanka they ended up in Bangkok, arriving there in the spring of 2010. Some migrants were housed in apartments in the Thai capital after arrangements were made by “agents” they dealt with while awaiting for the journey on the boat, he said.When it was time to board MV Sun Sea, the migrants were transported to the south of Thailand and then put on a fishing vessel and taken out to the cargo ship. Some migrants spent several months on board before the vessel set sail for Canada on July 5, 2010, LaPrairie said. The Crown portrayed some bleak living conditions for the migrants, who included 380 men, 63 women and 49 children aboard the vessel.The vessel, which was intercepted by Canadian authorities on Aug. 12, 2010, was designed to accommodate a maximum of 13 crew and ply coastal waters instead of oceans. The small crew on MV Sun Sea had cabins, a washroom and a kitchen, but the hundreds of male migrants were forced to stay below deck in the cargo hold of the ship, LaPrairie said.“There were no beds. The men slept on the floor. Food was sent below decks and the men were only allowed on deck for certain periods of time. The women and children slept under tarps on the deck of the boat.” Rajaratnam and Mahendran were acting as agents for the migrants and were not aboard MV Sun Sea when it was intercepted by Canadian authorities off the B.C. coast and escorted to CFB Esquimalt, he said. Both Rajaratnam and Mahendran are Canadian citizens. More than six years after a rickety vessel with nearly 500 Sri Lankan Tamils aboard arrived off the coast of Vancouver Island, four men charged with human smuggling saw their trial open Wednesday in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, Times Colonist reported.Lesly Emmanuel, Kunarobinson Christhurajah, Nadarajah Mahendran and Thampeernayagam Rajaratnam have pleaded not guilty to the offence under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. read more

Abkhazia Georgia Security Council urges steps to break impasse extends UN mission

Acting unanimously, the Council adopted a resolution which blamed the deterioration on “ongoing violence, hostage-taking incidents, the rise in criminality and the activities of illegal armed groups in the conflict zone, which constitutes a constant threat to the peace process.”In renewing UNOMIG’s mandate, the Council expressed its intention to conduct a thorough review of the operation at the end of the extension, “in the light of steps taken by the parties to achieve a comprehensive settlement.” The Council expressed strong support for the efforts of Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his Special Representative, Dieter Boden, with the assistance of the Russian Federation, to stabilize the situation and achieve a comprehensive political settlement, including a settlement of the political status of Abkhazia within Georgia.The Council also recalled the Special Representative’s intention to submit a draft paper on the distribution of constitutional competences between Tbilisi and Sukhumi “as a basis for meaningful negotiations, and not as an attempt to impose or dictate any specific solution to the parties.” The Council expressed deep regret the Special Representative has not been in a position to submit the paper to the parties, stressing that it would serve as a starting point for negotiations on a comprehensive political settlement.The resolution also stressed the need to accelerate work on the draft protocol on the return of the refugees to the Gali region and measures for economic rehabilitation, as well as on the draft agreement on peace and guarantees for the prevention and for the non-resumption of hostilities.The parties, particularly the Abkhaz side, were called upon to move beyond the impasse and engage in negotiations on the core political questions of the conflict and all other outstanding issues in the UN-led peace process. The Council also urged the parties to work together in order to clarify recent kidnapping incidents, secure the release of the remaining hostages, and bring the perpetrators to justice.The Council also expressed concern at the “disturbing tendency” by the parties to restrict the freedom of movement of UNOMIG, and called upon both sides to ensure the security and freedom of movement of UN and other international personnel. read more

HIVAIDS spread iodine deficiency threaten young Ukrainians UNICEF says

“We are faced with an obscene situation where those who are the most vulnerable are also the least likely to have the support they need to prevent HIV infection,” Executive Director Carol Bellamy said during an official visit to Ukraine. One UNICEF poll found that fewer than 70 per cent of Ukrainian teenagers knew that condom use was a means of preventing HIV infection. Most were also unaware that such practices as sexual abstinence, having fewer sexual partners and not injecting drugs also eliminated or lowered the rate of infection. Parent-to-child transmission of HIV rose to 13 per cent of total infections in 2001 from just 2 per cent in 1997. Some 57 per cent of infections are among males, but young females are increasingly becoming infected, UNICEF said. More than 80 per cent of people living with HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe are under 30 years old, unlike Western Europe and the United States, where only 30 per cent of HIV cases are among people younger than 30, the UN agency said. “Far too many young people face poverty, high unemployment and lack of hope – the lifeblood of the drug trade – which in turn feeds the HIV epidemic,” Ms. Bellamy said. “National and local leaders, with full support from the international community, must take immediate, concrete action to address the extreme vulnerability of young people to HIV infection.” On the question of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), only 20 per cent of households eat enough iodized salt to prevent them, UNICEF said. The deficiency is particularly acute in the north and west of the country and could impair the mental development of children. “Iodine deficiency disorders can be eliminated,” Ms. Bellamy said. “One teaspoon of iodine over a lifetime is sufficient to protect a person from IDD.” The challenge for Ukraine, beset with thyroid cancer because of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, is to enact legislation so that all salt produced in the country will be iodized, UNICEF said. read more

EPIC MOMENTS How Egyptians celebrate first Olympic win after 16 years

← Previous Story ARGENTINA IN TEARS: Duvnjak match winner in last attack! Next Story → ONE OF THE WORST EVER VESZPREM’S DEALS: Christian Zeitz goes back to Kiel! Egypt handballEgyptian handballrio 2016 handball Egypt are again on the winning way after three Olympic tournaments on which the most succesful African handball nation was suffering only defeats! The Egyptian national team beat Sweden 27:26 in the second match of Group B at “Future Arena”.Celebration after the final whistle is tough to describe, so let’s see it…

Disabled prisoners to be freed early

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A bill allowing prisoners with serious disabilities to be released early is due to be submitted to Parliament this week despite objections from some opposition parties.The would-be legislation foresees prisoners characterised with a 67 per cent or more disability being released early unless they have been handed life sentences, in which case they will only be allowed out if they have at least 80 percent disability.The government says the draft law is needed because Greek jails are overcrowded and do not have adequate facilities to cater for disabled prisoners. Opposition parties have voiced objections to the proposal, especially as it would lead to November 17 terrorist Savvas Xeros, who has been in jail since 2011, being freed due to serious health problems.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

DR Community gather to organize search for missing 26 year old Sorineida

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Dominican Community gathered at a site which is usually for their joyous festivities, today though the mood was somber as those from the DR living in the Turks and Caicos aimed to organize to assist police in their search for 26 year old Sorineida Arias.  Magnetic Media was on the scene near the down town ball park, where Dominicans were visibly upset and understandably concerned as this is the second case of a missing woman from their community for the year.“I hope the evidence now comes for true.  The only thing I need is justice, for every Dominican they kill up here for nothing, like maybe some people believe the Dominican is dog or whatever, that’s not true.  Plenty Dominican come up here to work hard.” – member of DR Community“We are now planning how we’re going to conduct the search, where we are gonna go, and how we’re going to do it, that’s what we’re gonna do now.  That search will be based on assumptions that we may have, that we are trying to put together to see how it will go.” – Edwin HernandezSorineida Arias went missing on Sunday July 10  and was last seen around 4 a.m at her home in Five Cays.   The first young woman was found in bushes in North West Point Provo; also 26, it was Uneira Veras who was found dead on April 23rd at Pirate’s Cove; her murder remains unsolved. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

APD investigating officerinvolved shooting

first_imgAnchorage police responding to a disturbance at a home shot and killed a man Tuesday night.Police in an announcement say two officers responded to a call at an apartment in the 600 block of west 32nd Avenue.Multiple shots were fired. Police did not say whether more than one officer fired a weapon.Police say the man shot was armed with a knife and may have been drinking alcohol.The names of the dead man and the officers have not been released. Police department policy calls for names of officers involved in fatal shootings to be withheld for 72 hours.The Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals will determine if force was justified and the police department’s internal affairs section will investigate whether the officers’ actions were within policy.last_img

Valves new Steam Controllers will complete the SteamOS experience

first_imgThe last in a triad of Steam Living Room announcements has finally arrived, drawing the Steam Box conversation to a thrilling close. The Steam Controller is here, and Valve thinks it will help shape a new generation of gaming.Valve’s Gabe Newell has been quoted in the past lamenting the lack of innovation in the controller space. The gaming world is in an interesting place right now, as PC gamers, console gamers, and even mobile gamers search for common ground. Valve took their initial Steam Box concept and morphed it into Steam Machines, allowing their hardware partners the ability to make console-like SteamOS devices that suit the needs of the various kinds of users. In the end, Valve needed something to unify that experience, and with that comes the new Steam Controller.One quick look at this unique new controller and it’s clear there’s elements from every corner of the gaming ecosystem. The large touch zones in the controller are clearly there to create the joystick experience, with grooves to keep your thumbs in place as you slide from side to side while playing. The ergonomic design of the hand grips seems similar to the rest of the current generation controllers, but the touch zones of this design will reveal a very different experience when you grab one to play.What Valve calls super-precise haptic feedback areas can be found in the thumb sockets as well as the finger grips on the back of the controller and the trigger zones. This haptic feedback is powered by small electromagnets designed to deliver a wider range of force and vibration than the current rumble systems found in existing consoles and gamepads.In between these two thumb sockets is a touchscreen with buttons surrounding the glossy area for additional controls. This touchscreen is clickable, so the pad can be used for browsing and navigating more complex user interfaces. Being a high resolution display in your hand, you will also be able to use it to interact with Steam features during gameplay. The buttons surrounding the display are well placed in between the corners of the screen and the thumb sockets, so you’re likely to be be able to hit them with ease.Valve promises that the Steam Controller will work with any version of Steam, and they have shown off some key bindings for Portal to demonstrate how the button mapping could work. Valve claims the design is intentionally hackable and looks forward to seeing what Steam users do to improve the controller experience when given such an open accessory.If you’re ready to get your hands on one of these controllers, you’ll need to head to Steam and make sure you are signed up for the Steam Machines beta. Just like with the consoles, there’s no mention of when this new controller will be publicly available.last_img read more

First earlytype magnetic star in an eclipsing binary detected

first_img © 2018 Phys.org Astronomers report the discovery of the first known early-type magnetic star in an eclipsing binary system. The finding, detailed in a paper published April 27 on the arXiv pre-print server, could have important implications for our understanding of the evolutionary process of binary stars. Magnetic field topology of the primary component of HD 66051. Distribution of the radial magnetic field component (colour plot) and the field vector orientation (red and blue vectors) are shown at four rotation phases. The field strength is given in gauss. The star is shown at the inclination angle of 86 degrees. Credit: Kochukhov et al., 2018. Explore further Citation: First early-type magnetic star in an eclipsing binary detected (2018, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-early-type-magnetic-star-eclipsing-binary.html More information: HD66051: the first eclipsing binary hosting an early-type magnetic star, arXiv:1804.10537 [astro-ph.SR], arxiv.org/abs/1804.10537AbstractEarly-type magnetic stars are rarely found in close binary systems. No such objects were known in eclipsing binaries prior to this study. Here we investigated the eclipsing, spectroscopic double-lined binary HD66051, which exhibits out-of-eclipse photometric variations suggestive of surface brightness inhomogeneities typical of early-type magnetic stars. Using a new set of high-resolution spectropolarimetric observations, we discovered a weak magnetic field on the primary and found intrinsic, element-dependent variability in its spectral lines. The magnetic field structure of the primary is dominated by a nearly axisymmetric dipolar component with a polar field strength Bd≈600 G and an inclination with respect to the rotation axis of βd=13o. A weaker quadrupolar component is also likely to be present. We combined the radial velocity measurements derived from our spectra with archival optical photometry to determine fundamental masses (3.16 and 1.75 M⊙) and radii (2.78 and 1.39 R⊙) with a 1-3% precision. We also obtained a refined estimate of the effective temperatures (13000 and 9000 K) and studied chemical abundances for both components with the help of disentangled spectra. We demonstrate that the primary component of HD66051 is a typical late-B magnetic chemically peculiar star with a non-uniform surface chemical abundance distribution. It is not an HgMn-type star as suggested by recent studies. The secondary is a metallic-line star showing neither a strong, global magnetic field nor intrinsic spectral variability. Fundamental parameters provided by our work for this interesting system open unique possibilities for probing interior structure, studying atomic diffusion, and constraining binary star evolution. Early-type magnetic stars are almost absent in close binary systems, and no such star was found in an eclipsing binary by previous studies. Astronomers propose several theories that could explain this scarcity. For instance, some researchers assume that the presence of a strong global primordial magnetic field inhibits protostellar cloud fragmentation, what disfavors formation of multiple systems.A recent study conducted by a team of astronomers led by Oleg Kochukhov of the Uppsala University in Sweden, could be helpful in determining the most plausible hypothesis regarding the lack of binary systems containing early-type magnetic stars. As part of the research, they observed HD 66051, an eclipsing, spectroscopic double-lined binary, whose photometric variations suggested the presence of an early-type magnetic star. The observations were carried out in December 2016 and January 2017 using the ESPaDOnS spectropolarimeter at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) in Hawaii.”Using a new set of high-resolution spectropolarimetric observations, we discovered a weak magnetic field on the primary and found intrinsic, element-dependent variability in its spectral lines,” the researchers wrote in the paper.As noted in the study, Kochukov’s team found the presence of a global, predominantly dipolar magnetic field on the surface of the primary component of HD 66051. The observations show that HD 66051 A is a magnetic, chemically peculiar star of spectral type B with a non-uniform surface distribution of chemical abundances.The finding makes HD 66051 A the only early-type magnetic star in an eclipsing binary detected so far. Moreover, it is one 10 such stars in close double-lined binary systems.The researchers also found that the secondary component of HD 66051 is a metallic-line star exhibiting neither a strong, global magnetic field nor intrinsic spectral variability. They also calculated the size and mass of both objects in the system. According to the study, HD 66051 A is almost 2.8 times larger and nearly 3.2 times more massive than our sun, while HD 66051 B has a radius of about 1.39 solar radii and a mass of approximately 1.75 solar masses.The astronomers concluded that their findings regarding the HD 66051 system open unique possibilities for detailed stellar interior structure and evolution studies.”For example, one could exploit HD 66051 to test stellar structure models with radiatively driven chemical stratification and put firm limits on the radius modification due to interior non-force-free magnetic fields. One could also probe other poorly understood interior structure processes such as mixing in the radiative zone, convective core overshoot, etc.,” the authors concluded. Magnetic fields discovered in two hot evolved stars 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.last_img read more

Enchanted by Poetry

first_imgLiterary works, in which the expression of feelings and ideas are given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm, are collectively known as poems or as a genre of literature. ‘He felt a desire to investigate through poetry the subjects of pain and death she glanced at the papers and saw some lines of poetry he is chiefly famous for his love poetry’.Kolkata, the City of Joy, witnessed an evening of recitation on January 16, by Chhanda Roy at Rabindra Sadan. The audience remained glued to their seats till the end engrossed in the beautiful recitation of thirty poems. The evening started with the Saraswati Vandana and was followed by the poems by Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Satyendranath Dutta, Birendra Chattopadhyay, Shubho Dasgupta, Devesh Thakur, Mallika Sengupta and many others. She recited peoms like ‘Kishori’ by Bikash Das, Kazi Nazrul’s ‘Basanti’ in the presence of the Chief Guest Swami Suparnananda Maharaj. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the words of Lewis Carroll, “Children yet, the tale to hear, eager eye and willing ear, lovingly shall nestle near. In a wonderland they lie, dreaming as the days go by, dreaming as the summers die… Ever drifting down the stream…Lingering in the golden gleam…Life, what is it but a dream?Some poetry types are specific to particular cultures and genres and respond to characteristics of the language in which the poet writes. Readers accustomed to identifying poetry with Dante, Goethe, Mickiewicz and Rumi may think of it as written in lines based on rhyme and regular metre, there are, however, traditions, such as Biblical poetry, that use other means to create rhythm and euphony. Much modern poetry reflects a critique of poetic tradition, playing with and testing, among other things, the principle of euphony itself, sometimes altogether forgoing rhyme or set rhythm.In today’s increasingly globalised world, poets often adapt forms, styles and techniques from diverse cultures and languages.last_img read more

Elderly man from Andhra Pradesh reunites with family

first_imgKolkata: An elderly person from Srikulam in Andhra Pradesh was united with his family, all thanks West Port police station.The person was rescued by police after he was found wandering aimlessly at Humayun Avenue in Garden Reach a few days ago in a sickly state. Sometime around the first week of November a person called up the police station in the evening and informed that a man with a strange look was roaming about aimlessly. When police reached the spot as mentioned by the caller the man was sick with beard covering his entire face. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We understood clearly that he was hungry and was in need of medical attention,” an officer of West Port police station said. However, police found it difficult to converse with the man as he was unable to understand English, Bengali or Hindi. He was uttering something in the South Indian language which the police failed to comprehend. He was admitted to a hospital run by an NGO working in association with Kolkata Police. “After his health condition improved we took help of people who spoke and could understand his language. He identified himself as Bani Shankara Rao and said he hailed from Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh. He also provided the contact number of one of his family members,” a police officer said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHis family was contacted and police learnt that he was missing since September 29 after he suddenly left the house on his own following a dispute in the family. His family had also claimed to have lodged a missing diary at the local police station. According to police officer Shankara Rao, he had reached the city by a train and soon landed himself in trouble after the money that he carried with him got exhausted. He wandered aimlessly as he knew nobody in the city and people were unable to understand his language. The elderly however was not reluctant when his two sons and daughter came to Kolkata a few days back and took him home.last_img read more

Radiology Protocols Platform Coming to the GE Health Cloud

first_img Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Radiology Imaging | March 11, 2016 Radiology Protocols Platform Coming to the GE Health Cloud Protocol management tool increased productivity and better exams March 11, 2016 — Radiology Protocols announced that its platform will be added to the GE Health Cloud suite of applications when the Cloud goes live later this year. GE Health Cloud radiology department customers will be able to access and use Radiology Protocols’ sophisticated protocol management platform, providing increased productivity and improving quality of exams.The GE Health Cloud includes a suite of enterprise imaging applications and provides a robust platform for software vendors to deliver healthcare applications across the healthcare enterprise including large, complex integrated delivery networks (IDNs).Radiology Protocols provides a customizable, scalable, HIPAA-secure hosted solution to document, organize and tailor imaging protocols. Its platform also allows providers to share best practices across their systems, instantaneously and seamlessly, eliminating paper-based files for this critical information.Radiology Protocols’ platform is vendor-agnostic, allowing customers to utilize the system across different equipment modalities and vendor platforms.John Kalafut, imaging outcomes and solutions leader at GE Healthcare, commented, “The addition of Radiology Protocols to the GE Health Cloud adds significant value for our customers. Radiology Protocols delivers much-needed quality improvement tools that imaging customers around the world need; a method to define, organize and maintain imaging protocols, for all modality types, on a centralized, Web-based platform. As a vendor-agnostic system, it can be used to manage the protocol process by all of our customers which is a great advantage for everyone.”For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Zimbabwe man survives face to face lion attack

first_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches It pinned him down with its claws and continued staring at him “face to face,” he said. The lioness briefly moved away toward a lion cub then turned back on him.He regained consciousness, realizing “it just left me lying down and went away,” the paper further quoted him as saying.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – A Zimbabwean state-run newspaper reports a farmer is recovering after surviving a lion attack in the remote northwest of the country.The Chronicle reported Saturday that a lioness pounced on farmer Joel Ngwenya near the Hwange nature preserve, goring his arms and upper body and leaving him unconscious. Lions had been preying on livestock in the district.“The lioness looked straight into my eyes, staring and roaring,” Ngwenya told the paper from a hospital. Top Stories last_img read more

John C Williams Named President of New York Fed

first_img The Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced that John C. Williams has been named President and CEO. His appointment by the eligible members of the New York Fed’s Board of Directors was approved by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Williams will begin on June 18, 2018. Current President William C. Dudley’s last day will be June 17.Williams is currently the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, a role he has had since March 1, 2011, when he succeeded former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. The San Francisco Fed is responsible for the Twelfth Federal Reserve District, the largest by geography and population. Among the unique roles of the San Francisco Fed is oversight of the Federal Reserve System’s Cash Product Office, which is responsible for nationwide cash distribution processes. It also sponsors the Center for Pacific Basin Studies, which promotes cooperation among central banks in the Asia-Pacific region, and the Center for Community Development Investments, which serves as a national clearinghouse for Community Reinvestment Act investment opportunities across the country and promotes research and dialogue in the field.“After a thorough process, my fellow search committee members and I felt that John best fulfilled the criteria we’d identified as well as the feedback we’d received through our public outreach efforts,” said Sara Horowitz, Founder of the Freelancers Union, Chair of the New York Fed’s Board of Directors, and co-chair of the search committee. “John cares deeply and is committed to the dual mandate and has led extensive work on the U.S. labor markets and employment. He has meaningfully engaged with and supported the diverse communities that make up the San Francisco Fed’s district, and understands the different economic realities of its vast geographies and demographics, which have extensive parallels to the Second District, including Puerto Rico. And, John has always been willing to speak his mind and encourage the Fed to be forward-looking and reflective.”“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and to represent the diverse needs and economic challenges of all people living and working in the Federal Reserve’s Second District and as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee,” said Williams. “I look forward to joining the talented team of New York Fed colleagues and to carrying out the unique responsibilities entrusted to us to protect the economic prosperity and financial stability of the United States’ economy,” he added.Williams is widely seen as an influential voice on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and was a strong advocate for policies to stimulate the economy and get Americans back to work in the wake of the Great Recession. He has produced seminal research on such critical monetary policy issues as the Zero Lower Bound and the neutral rate of interest. As CEO of the San Francisco Fed, Williams has focused on the development of the next generation of Federal Reserve leaders and fostered a culture of innovation, continuous learning, collaboration and mutual respect. He has been a steadfast champion of creating a diverse workforce as well as an inclusive culture at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Under his leadership, the bank has made significant strides in achieving greater diversity at all levels, most notably among its senior leadership team.Glenn Hutchins, Co-Founder of North Island and co-chair of the search committee, said, “As we conclude this exhaustive and inclusive search process, we were fortunate to have had an exceptional slate of candidates and are confident that John has the right experience and expertise to lead the New York Fed. He has a decades-long track record of success in the Federal Reserve System—including in response to the financial crisis and recession—as well as many years of active participation on the FOMC, all buttressed by profound knowledge of monetary policy. John has successfully managed a highly complex organization and a diverse workforce in San Francisco, understands the plumbing of the financial system, and is well versed in the innovation economy.”“In addition to his technical expertise and intellect, John’s commitment to community development and outreach is something that I really do appreciate. Under his leadership, the San Francisco Fed is recognized as a center of excellence and innovation in building partnerships that help create economic opportunity for lower-income Americans. I’m confident he will bring his energy and passion for community development to the New York Fed and build on the great work already underway,” added Denise Scott, EVP of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and member of the search committee.“I welcome John Williams to his new role as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. John is a dedicated public servant, a distinguished thought-leader in monetary policymaking, and a proven executive and public communicator. I have valued his insight and wise counsel during my years at the Federal Reserve and look forward to continuing to work with him in the years ahead,” said Jerome H. Powell, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.Prior to becoming President, Williams was the EVP and Director of Research at the San Francisco Fed, which he joined in 2002. He began his career in 1994 as an economist at the Board of Governors. Additionally, he served as a Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and as a lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Williams has a PhD in economics from Stanford University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an A.B. from the University of California at Berkeley.Williams, 55, is a native of Sacramento, California. He is married with two sons. John C. Williams Named President of New York Fed Share in Government, Headlines, journal, Newscenter_img Company News Federal Reserve Bank of New York John Williams New York Fed New York Fed President 2018-04-04 David Wharton April 4, 2018 603 Views last_img read more

Producers option story of NS wrestler Rocky John

first_imgProducers option story of N.S. wrestler Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne Johnson Actor Dwayne Johnson attends the “Skyscraper” premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on in New York on July 10, 2018. The remarkable story of Rocky Johnson, the African Nova Scotia professional wrestler who fathered one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, may be coming to the big screen. Toronto-based producers say they have optioned the life rights for Johnson, born Wayde Douglas Bowles in Amherst, N.S., and father of actor Dwayne Johnson. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision – Evan Agostini The remarkable story of Rocky Johnson, the African Nova Scotian professional wrestler who fathered one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, may be coming to the big screen.Toronto-based producers say they have optioned the “life rights” for Johnson, born Wayde Douglas Bowles in Amherst, N.S., and father of actor Dwayne Johnson.Siblings Jonathan and Justin Gajewski are described in a news release as “emerging filmmakers” who will produce and write the biopic, titled “Ring King.”The movie will tell the story of Johnson, a descendant of Black Loyalists who immigrated to Nova Scotia after the American Revolution.He went on to be a WWE Hall of Famer with many wrestling titles.He moved to Toronto as a teenager, after a troubled childhood in Nova Scotia that his famous son discussed in a Christmas 2016 Instagram post.“My dad’s dad died when he was 13 yrs old. That Christmas, my dad’s mom had her new boyfriend over for Christmas dinner,” Dwayne Johnson, who himself wrestled as The Rock, wrote in his post.“Her boyfriend got drunk and pissed on the turkey. My dad went outside, got a shovel, drew a line in the snow and said if you cross that line I’ll kill you. The drunk crossed it and my dad laid him out cold as a block of ice.“Cops were called. They told my dad’s mom that when her boyfriend regains consciousness, he’s gonna kill your son so one of them has got to go. In front of the entire family, my dad’s mom looked at him and said get out.“He was 13 yrs old and now homeless. That (expletive)-up true story happened in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1954. He needed the bare minimum then, just like he does now.”The film will cover Rocky Johnson’s life from the 1950s to the late ’90s, tracing his rise in the ring amid the prejudices of the civil rights era.According to the news release, the Gajewski brothers have worked as assistant directors and in other roles on movies including “Suicide Squad,” “Room” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”“Rocky really lived the American Dream. With humble beginnings in a small town in Nova Scotia, Rocky grew up being fatherless and black during one of the most heavily oppressed times for people of colour,” the producer siblings say in a quote attributed to both of them in the news release.“Rocky experienced all the hatred one can imagine, but still ended up dominating the world stage thanks to his hard work, determination and values. In today’s racially charged times, we can all learn something vital from his story.”center_img by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 6, 2018 8:56 am PDT Last Updated Sep 6, 2018 at 11:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

State doctors claim not fully informed on content of health reform bills

first_imgGovernment doctors union Pasyki said on Sunday they were not fully informed on the contents of two bills approved by the cabinet last week on reforming public health.Speaking after a cabinet session on Friday, Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis said the bills relate to reforms rendering state hospitals administratively and financially autonomous, as well as provisions of the NHS.Pasyki said the approval opened the way for the submission of the draft legislation to the House and was a result of “time pressure exercised on the various actors”.The union said it had not been informed about the content of the bills, and “calls on the executive and legislative powers to ensure, through their actions and decisions, the sustainability of public hospitals and thus public health, for the benefit of Cypriot citizens”.“Pasyki, unlike like other statutory bodies or trade unions, did not receive relevant information about the content of the bills and many important chapters remain open for consultation,” the union said. “We find that the announced structured dialogue has remained a figure of speech, and unfortunately nothing more.”Many things were still not cleared up, the union added. “At the same time, we are concerned that the status of healthcare workers who will be employed by hospitals that are autonomous has not been agreed.”“The failure to specify the working status of autonomy conditions puts a brake on the development of a healthy working environment with an impact on the proper operation of public hospitals and the quality of health care to patients, and we believe that it would be important to agree on this before tabling bills in order to ensure the success of reforms,” the union said.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more