China Gets Control over Sri Lankas Hambantota Port

first_imgzoom Sri Lanka has handed over Hambantota Port for operation to China under a 99-year lease deal.On December 9, the joint venture of China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) started operations, according to China’s State Council.The development of the port, strategically located to connect the Middle East and East Asia, is expected to benefit China, Sri Lanka and other countries as well.The investment was unveiled on July 25 as part of the concession deal terms agreed between CMPort, SLPA, the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (GOSL), Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) and Hambantota International Port Services Company (HIPS).Under the deal, CMPort obliged to invest USD 1.12 million for an 85 percent stake in the port.By developing the port, the two parties intend to make it an international shipping hub linking South Asia with Africa. The port will also be connected with the Logistics and Industrial Zone in Hambantota.With its position between Africa and the Middle East on one side and Southeast Asia on the other, Hambantota is in the middle of important energy supply lines in the Indian Ocean. What is more, Hambantota is said to be of strategic importance to China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.“The agreement for Hambantota could be seen as an example for further cooperation with countries in South Asia,” Yi Xianliang, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, commented.“Hambantota Port will make a strong impact in South Asia and I think it will, beyond South Asia in the Middle East as well as the African continent,” Parakrama Dissanayake, President of Sri Lanka Ports Authority, said.last_img read more

Province Partners with New Brunswick for Vehicle Procurement

first_imgNova Scotia and New Brunswick are working together to find significant annual savings in fleet costs to ensure better value for taxpayer dollars. The two provinces will reduce costs of procuring light-duty vehicles by combining volumes and standardizing specifications. “Nova Scotians expect government to make smart, efficient purchases to save money while improving the quality of goods and services,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “This partnership shows how the Atlantic Procurement Agreement is working and to create sustainable opportunities for businesses in this region.” The Atlantic Procurement Agreement was established in 1993 to reduce interprovincial trade barriers to public procurement. Joint procurement helps leverage opportunities for creative service delivery, reach higher standards in areas such as transportation, health and education, achieve lower prices to ensure best value for public entities and increase opportunities for Atlantic suppliers. As part of this agreement, New Brunswick will lease over 100 vehicles for New Brunswick nurses. In Nova Scotia, most vehicles are purchased outright, however some departments lease a small number of vehicles. New Brunswick Premier David Alward noted the long history of smart partnerships among the Atlantic provinces and highlighted the tremendous potential for future savings. “Innovative regional partnerships are a key focus of government’s plan to rebuild New Brunswick’s economy and reinvest in communities,” said Premier Alward. “By working together, we can find new and better ways of delivering services and programs for citizens who expect no less.” The four Atlantic provinces are already purchasing school buses through joint procurement, which has saved $28 million over the past four years. They are continuing to look for more opportunities. This partnership and savings are identified through Nova Scotia’s Strategic Procurement Project, which should result in millions of dollars in savings across government, school boards, and the broader public sector when complete in February.last_img read more

Huge in France MoroccanFrench Comedian Gad Elmaleh Gets His Own Netflix

Rabat – Moroccan-French comedian Gad Elmaleh will lead the cast of his first original series, Huge in France, as well as an English language stand-up for the global web-streaming network Netflix.The half-hour comedy web-show is inspired by the comedian’s life career. The comic will follow Elmaleh’s move from France to the US at a boiling point. The comedian, who is renowned in France, will therefore leave everything behind him in France, “in an attempt to reconnect with his estranged, comedy hating, 16-year-old male model son in Los Angeles.”According to American magazine Deadline, Elmaleh is also the executive producer of Huge In France. Elmaleh had already worked with Netflix in January 2017 with his stand-up special Gad Gone Wild. Both his new eight-episode sitcom and stand-up show are scheduled to be released on 2018.“I am so happy and inspired by this opportunity and could not feel more proud to be part of the Netflix family,” said Elmaleh. “This project is incredibly personal to me but more importantly it has such a universal theme that I cannot wait to share with the world.”Cindy Holland, Vice-President of Original Content for Netflix, said that “[they] are thrilled to be working with the incredibly talented comedian and humorist Gad Elmaleh on his first English-language series.”“Gad is a renowned French comedy star, whose humor, charisma and talent will continue to cross borders and resonate with audiences around the world.Huge in France is co-created by showrunners Andy Mogel and Paul Jarrad.The Moroccan-born comedian is currently touring the US with his English-language stand-up show, reported Deadline.The stand-up comedian and actor has starred in several feature films, including Coco, Priceless, and La Doublure. He was voted the “funniest person” in France and was named Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by France’s Minister and Culture and Knight of the National Order of Quebec.In 2015, Elmaleh moved to New York City, embarking on an English-language tour across the US. He first appeared in in Joe’s Pub in December following multiple shows in the fall. read more

UN human rights office welcomes release of Iranian detainees in Iraq

9 October 2009United Nations human rights officials today welcomed the Iraqi Government’s decision to release 36 members of an Iranian dissident group who had been detained since July when security personnel used force to take control of the camp where they had been staying. Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told journalists in Geneva that the world body was grateful that the Government had responded to a request from High Commissioner Navi Pillay to release the detainees.The 36 people are part of around 3,400 members of the People’s Mojahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI), also known as Mujahedin-e Khalq, who have been living in Camp Ashraf in Iraq’s Diyala province.In a two-day operation in late July, Iraqi security personnel took control of Camp Ashraf. Eleven people were killed and dozens more were wounded in that operation, Mr. Colville said.“All detainees in Iraq, including members of PMOI, are entitled to proper judicial procedures and – if there is evidence they may have committed a crime – a fair trial,” he said. “They should be granted all the rights guaranteed to them under international and domestic laws.“The Iraqi court at al-Khalis, where the detainees were first held, twice ordered their release because of a lack of credible evidence, but for reasons which remain unclear they continued to be held in detention for a total of some two and a half months.”Mr. Colville stressed that OHCHR considers it “a matter of paramount importance that a long-term solution be found for the residents of Camp Ashraf, inside Iraq or elsewhere. We recognize that the past history of several members of this group is a complicating factor. But the status quo is not tenable.“In the meantime, the fundamental rights of the camp’s occupants should be respected, including the right not to be forcibly returned to their home country so long as there is a risk of torture.”Mr. Colville said OHCHR and the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) would continue to monitor the situation in Camp Ashraf. read more

Annan goes into third day of bilateral meetings with world leaders

Mr. Annan, who was due to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin later in the day, was expected to discuss a whole raft of issues ranging from the UN role in bringing peace to Iraq to the fundamental reforms he has called for in the world body’s institutions, including the Security Council, and the situation in the Middle East ahead of a high-level meeting on the issue tomorrow. With dozens of Heads of State and Government in town to address the Assembly during its two-week long general debate, Mr. Annan has already met with United States President George W. Bush, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, French President Jacques Chirac, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, current president of the European Union (EU) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, among many others. Other leaders he was scheduled to meet today included Argentine President Nestor Carlos Kirchner, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines and former President Alpha Oumar Konaré of Mali, Chairman of the Commission of the African Union (AU). The Secretary-General was also hosting a lunch for the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States. Tomorrow he is to participate in a high-level meeting of the so-called diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East – UN, EU, United States and Russia – in an effort to put the Road Map peace process back on track after weeks of attack and counter-attack by the Israeli and Palestinian sides. The Road Map peace plan calls for Israel and the Palestinians to take a series of parallel and reciprocal steps culminating in the achievement of two states living side by side in peace by 2005. read more

Police foil active terror plot as woman is shot and six are

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “She was injured, she had a wound on her right side and doctors were trying to help her. There was a bandage on the wound. She was lying in the street and there were about five or six police around her, some of them were carrying guns.” The raid took place at a Victorian property on Harlesden Road and locals reported hearing a number of shots as heavily armed officers from the Met’s Counter Terror Specialist Firearms command stormed the house. Harlesden Road terror raid Police outside the home in Harlesden Road on Thursday evening Police have arrested four people during the operation in Willesden and KentCredit:Eyevine Harlesden Rd still cordoned off by the police, forensic vans just left the area. Residents allowed in under police escort. pic.twitter.com/MngBSrf5j8— Jakub Krupa (@JakubKrupa) April 27, 2017 “An armed entry was necessary due to the nature of the intelligence that we were dealing with, and involved armed officers firing CS into the address. Police outside the home in Harlesden Road on Thursday eveningCredit:Jakub Krupa Six people were arrested during the operation and police said the woman remained in a serious but stable condition in hospital. The injured woman is in hospital and has not been arrested yet  Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Neil Basu, who is the senior national coordinator for Counter Terror Policing said the operation had foiled an “active plot” and he paid tribute to the officers involved.It is understood the police had been watching the property as part of an ongoing counter-terrorism operation, but decided to go in after receiving specific intelligence.center_img Police outside the terraced house in Willesden Counter Terrorism operation in #Willesden – Four arrested and woman shot #Brent https://t.co/B1BNBT4pZB pic.twitter.com/8VGLXMPOu9— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) 27 April 2017 “During the course of that operation one of the subjects of that operation – a woman – was shot by police – she remains in hospital.”Her condition is serious but stable. Because of her condition she has not yet been arrested. We are monitoring her condition closely.” He added: “In total six people have now been arrested in connection with that investigation – five at or near the address and one in Kent.”The two further arrests were made when a man and a woman – both aged 28 – returned to the address later last night.”Searches are ongoing at three London addresses – including Harlesden Road – as part of this investigation.”Due to these arrests that we have made, I believe that we have contained the threats that they posed.” The operation took place just a few hours after a man was arrested in Westminster on suspicion of terrorism offences after being stopped close to Downing Street carrying a rucksack packed with knives.But Scotland Yard said the two matters were unrelated.Mr Basu said: “Our highly trained firearms officers carried out a specialist entry into an address in Harlesden Road that we had under observation as part of a current Counter Terrorism investigation.  Locals described how they saw heavily armed officers wearing bulletproof vests stormed the address just after 7pm.They said the house was occupied by a family of three who were occasionally visited by a an older woman in her 40s.Neighbours said the injured woman was brought out of the house on a stretcher, wearing a burkha.One said she shouted “don’t touch my body” as paramedics tried to tend to her wounds. Another neighbour said: “It’s so scary, I don’t know the family but I heard the gunshots. I never expected something like this.”Police said six people had been arrested including a 16-year-old boy and a 20-year-old woman who were detained at the address. Ruth Haile, 40, who has lived in the area for nine years and who witnessed the raid said: “I heard a shot and I looked out my window and there were dozens of police.”The woman was being arrested, she was on the floor wearing an long dress and covered in a head scarf.  She was shouting, ‘Do not touch me, do not touch my body.’ A 20-year-old man was arrested near to the address and a 43-year-old woman was arrested in Kent a short while later.Two further people, a man and woman both aged 28, were arrested when they returned to the address last night.All four have been arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorist acts under section 41 of the terrorism act 2000.The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed of the incident, as is routine for police shootings. A police operation in north London during which a woman was shot, foiled an active terror plot, Scotland Yard has said.Armed officers raided a property in the Willesden area shortly after 7pm on Thursday evening and a woman in her 20s was shot by police.last_img read more

VIDEO Icelandic Viking Chant by Bergischers Lions

Bergischer HC German Bergischer HC began to play much better since legendary Austrian playmaker Viktor Szilagyi decided to come-back to the court after many injuries in the roster of the team in which he had to be only sports director. Bergischer won five points in three last matches to escape from the bottom of DKB Bundesliga after five defeats in a row at the start of the season.Atmosphere in the team and among the fans are on the high level nevermind who good or bad results are.Video in which players and fans enjoying with Icelandic Viking chant which was worldwide famous during football EHF EURO 2016 speaks a lot about that. ← Previous Story NEW START FOR SWEDEN: Andresson without “silver trio” to battle for Croatia 2018 Next Story → Momir Rnic linked with SC Magdeburg?

Parents fear son will miss hospital appointments as they cant afford to

first_img Finance Minister Michael Noonan Source: RollingNews.ieNoonan stated: “Between the Vehicle Registration Tax and VAT foregone, and the repayment of excise on fuel used by members of the scheme, the scheme represented a cost of €50.3 million to the Exchequer in 2015, an increase from €48.6 million in 2014. These figures do not include the revenue foregone to the Local Government Fund in the respect of the relief from Motor Tax provided to members of the scheme.I recognise the important role that the scheme plays in expanding the mobility of citizens with disabilities. I have managed to maintain the relief at current levels throughout the crisis despite the requirement for significant fiscal consolidation. From time to time I receive representations from individuals who feel they would benefit from the scheme but do not qualify under the six criteria.“While I have sympathy for these cases, given the scale and scope of the scheme, I have no plans to expand the medical criteria beyond the six currently provided for in the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Regulations 1994,” Noonan added.More details on the scheme can be read here.Speaking to the Oireachtas Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions in September 2015, Jim Breslin, the then Secretary General at the Department of Health, noted that the maximum motorised transport grant had been €5,020, payable once to an individual in any three-year period.In recent years, more than 300 people received the grant each year, at an estimated cost of €1.3 million per annum … The Government decided to close the motorised transport grant scheme in February 2013 and no further grants have been payable since that date.Michael says these grants were discontinued before his family needed them.Update: Alex’s family have now set up a GoFundMe page. To donate, click here. Read: ‘There’s no prospect of my brother improving, he can’t be moved into community living’Read: Mother fears son won’t get respite care until she dies By Órla Ryan MARGARET BUTLER AND Michael Power are dealing with a situation many carers in Ireland are facing: struggling to keep a vehicle on the road.Their five-year-old son Alex has severe cerebral palsy, epilepsy, sleep apnoea, cerebral visual impairment and is fed through a tube.Cerebral palsy is a term used to refer to a group of conditions that affect movement and posture because of damage to or failure in the development of the part of the brain that controls movement.Special Education Support Service notes that this can happens before birth, during birth or during early childhood before the brain’s growth has reached a certain level of maturity.The couple bought a wheelchair-accessible van two years ago, a 2008 Renault Trafic, at a cost of €15,000. They took out a credit union loan to buy it and are still making repayments.Between hospital appointments and school runs, they’ve clocked up over 170,000 miles (about 273,000 km) since 2014.Michael says the van is on “its last legs” and they can’t afford another one if it breaks down.The couple live with Alex and their four other children, aged five to 15, in Ballintogher, Killenaule, Co Tipperary. Alex goes to a special school in Clonmel and can have two to three hospital appointments each week, sometimes in Dublin.Full-time careMargaret is a full-time carer for Alex. A nurse comes to their house two nights a week but Margaret cares for him around-the-clock apart from this.She says the €5 increase in the carer’s allowance announced in the Budget was “an insult”, noting it “wouldn’t cover a car parking cost”.The couple say they get about €1,200 a year under the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers Scheme operated by the Revenue Commissioners. This goes towards petrol and motor tax. Source: Michael PowerMichael had work with a Community Employment scheme earlier this year, but is currently unemployed. He is having difficulty getting a job, saying there are not many options in the area.“I need to stay local to help mind the children, and need to have flexibility to be able to go to hospital appointments.“This is putting us under huge financial pressure and I know of lots of other families in the same situation. We still have another four years left to pay off on the car loan and if the car gives up in the meantime we simply won’t be able to replace it. http://jrnl.ie/3032640 Image: Michael Power Oct 23rd 2016, 8:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share181 Tweet Email4 Alex cannot travel in an ordinary car so this will mean huge difficulty getting him to and from hospital appointments, therapies and school. I really think the whole system needs to be looked at and that families in these situations should be given some form of financial assistance.Margaret says: “Add a special needs tag to anything and the price just goes up – it was €15,000 for the car and it’s a few years old. If it wasn’t adapted it would cost half of that.“The car is not in great shape. I’m praying it will keep going. There are so many miles on it. I honestly don’t know what we’ll do if anything happens to the car. I don’t want to think about it.”Despite this, Margaret says her family are lucky because they have a van in the first place, noting lots of families with a member with special needs can’t afford a car at all.Mobility allowance A spokesperson told TheJournal.ie the Department of Health doesn’t provide any financial support towards the purchase of wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Junior Minister Finian McGrath Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieIn a statement they noted that the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant schemes were closed in February 2013, in light of reports of the Ombudsman regarding their legal status in the context of the Equal Status Acts.However, the Department is aware of the continuing needs of people with a disability who rely on individual payments which support choice and independence. In that regard, monthly payments of €208.50 have continued to be made by the Health Service Executive to 4,700 people who were in receipt of the Mobility Allowance at the time the scheme closed.“Work is underway on the development of a new Transport Support Scheme and associated statutory provisions. The Programme for Partnership Government recognises the ongoing drafting of primary legislation for this scheme and work on policy proposals in this regard is at an advanced stage.”Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath echoed these comments when discussing the issue in the Seanad last month.Disabled passengers scheme Finance Minister Michael Noonan discussed Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers Scheme in the Dáil earlier this month, describing it as “a significant tax expenditure”.To qualify for the scheme an applicant must be in possession of a Primary Medical Certificate. To qualify for this, an applicant must be permanently and severely disabled and satisfy one of the following conditions:Be wholly or almost wholly without the use of both legsBe wholly without the use of one leg and almost wholly without the use of the other leg such that the applicant is severely restricted as to movement of the lower limbsBe without both hands or without both armsBe without one or both legsBe wholly or almost wholly without the use of both hands or arms and wholly or almost wholly without the use of one legHave the medical condition of dwarfism and have serious difficulties of movement of the lower limbscenter_img Sunday 23 Oct 2016, 8:30 PM 23,655 Views 40 Comments Alex Image: Michael Power Short URL Parents fear son will miss hospital appointments as they can’t afford to replace van Margaret Butler and Michael Power have called for more financial support to be given to carers. Alexlast_img read more

Microsoft Wants to Automatically Hide Your NSFW Browsing

first_imgYour browser’s private browsing mode is a very handy feature. The downside is that it only cleans up after you if you remember to turn it on while you’re skulking around the shadier side of the Web.Slip up like that and before you know it your roommate knows you’re a Never Nude or that you spend way too much time looking at pictures of cats in clothing on Pinterest. Or porn. Lots of people use private browsing to keep their porn viewing off-the-record, too. So I hear.What would be great is if your web browser made it impossible to forget to switch to private mode when you need it. And based on a new patent application from the folks at Microsoft, that very feature may be coming to Edge in the near future.Here’s how it would work. The document explains that Edge would be able to identify when you’re trying to access various kinds of “unsafe subject matter.” It could be a site like PornHub, but it could also be a more mainstream site that’s known to collect or display sensitive personal information. It could even be PayPal or wherever you do your online banking.So how will Edge know whether or not a site you’re loading up is sensitive in nature? By checking against a central database, the same way your employer (and most public WiFi providers) do to prevent you from accessing certain sites over their connections.The address gets checked and if Edge finds a match in a sensitive category, it would automatically flip to private mode. You’ll also be able to manually add sites that you always (or never) want to open in private mode.It’s important to remember that private browsing isn’t a foolproof way to keep your activities hush-hush — you’re still making DNS requests out in the open and every page you visit is being logged by someone somewhere.Still, it’s a decent way to minimize certain browsing traces and reduce tracking and it’s nice to see that Microsoft wants to do that automatically… even when we forget to flip the switch. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Vancouver man gets 3 years for pointing gun at neighbor

first_imgA 39-year-old Vancouver man was sentenced Wednesday to more than three years in prison for pointing a loaded shotgun at a neighbor whose moving truck blocked traffic at their apartment complex.A jury found Chris Sepelak guilty of second-degree assault on Feb. 27, about 2 1/2 years after the incident near Vancouver Mall.On Wednesday, Judge Scott Collier denied Sepelak’s motion for a new trial and imposed a sentence of 39 months, court records state. Sepelak, through attorney Jeff Staples, requested another trial after he learned jurors “apparently indicated” to Judge Collier and Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu following the trial that they were able to figure out Sepelak had post traumatic stress disorder, according to a motion.The court had ruled evidence of Sepelak having PTSD was not allowed in the trial.According to a probable cause affidavit, Sepelak got into an argument with Jason Worster, Steven Wold and others who were in the process of moving out and had blocked the parking lot at 4701 N.E. 72nd Ave.Sepelak said he confronted the group, at which point they agreed to move the truck soon. Sepelak then retrieved a loaded pump-action shotgun from his apartment and returned to the parking lot, the affidavit said.He pointed the shotgun at Worster and told the group that this was how the situation was going to be handled, court records state. People wrestled the shotgun away from Sepelak and called police.last_img read more

In the Pink

first_img Related Items:breast cancer awareness, in the pink, regent palms Grace Bay Beach #1 in Caribbean again at World Travel Awards In the Pink raises $40,000 for Breast Cancer Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Oct 2014 – In the Pink, arguably one of the biggest fundraisers of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is on tomorrow evening at the Regent Palms… it is a shopping bonanza to support the National Cancer Society. Another fundraiser launches tonight at the Provo Golf Club… the tournament culminates Sunday; the funds will go to the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College. Recommended for you Many Nominations for TCI Hotels in World Travel Awards Galalast_img

Man in video where officers appear to kick him while handcuffed bonds

first_img(WSVN) – The man in a video where Coral Springs officers appeared to kick him while handcuffed is now out of jail.7News cameras were there when 28-year-old Gabriel Narcisse-Beckford bonded out, Saturday morning.Related: Video appears to show Coral Springs officers kicking man in handcuffsCellphone video rolled when he was taken into custody Tuesday after he was accused of stealing candy.Following the tough takedown, the officers seen in the video were put on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Magazines Respond to Instagram Terms of Service Fiasco

first_img“The language we proposed also raised questions about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement. We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question,” the company’s co-founder, Kevin Systrom, said in the post. “It was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos to others without any compensation. This is not true and it is our mistake that this language is confusing. To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear.”NatGeo’s Instagram Account Goes DarkWhile Instagram responded quickly, so did some magazine publishers. As of this morning, National Geographic suspended its account by posting the image to the right, which was also sent out to the brand’s photographers.”Last night, we shared on our Instagram feed that we have concerns about the new terms of service,” said National Geographic in a statement provided to FOLIO:. “While we appreciate the sentiments in the Instagram blog post from Kevin Systrom, we still need a better understanding of the specific amendments to the proposed new terms of service before determining how best to proceed with our account.”A Conversation About IP Web RightsOther brands, like Condé Nast’s women’s title Self, alerted readers to the changes, who had strong reactions.“Instagram is part of Self‘s social DNA and it continues to play a major role not only as a means of visual storytelling but as vehicle for conversation with our readers,” Stephanie Miller, Self’s social media editor, tells FOLIO:. “Given the new terms, 90 of 100 Self Twitter followers told us that they will delete their accounts. When we tweeted ‘5 Things to Know About Instagram Changes,’ over 120 people retweeted the news within five minutes. It was an above average response that demonstrates how passionate and engaged Self readers are within the space. It’s unfortunate that we’ll potentially lose a robust user base on a quick and easy photo sharing platform—an app that has allowed us to evolve as a brand and spark popular trends such as encouraging readers to show us their #ArmParty and #NailArt.”While Miller did concede that it is necessary to monetize a social platform, and acknowledged Systrom’s response, she stopped short of saying Systrom’s statement would lead to a fix for Instagram and its users.“But I’ve seen it happen before,” she said. “Companies simply right-click on photos and sell them as generic images overseas. [This AdWeek article is] another example. I get it. It’s monetization. I know how the Internet works, and developments like this are necessary for social start-ups to make money.”Miller adds that while this does leave brands in a tough spot or sticky situation, this is nothing new—the social media editor pointed to another free social platform that gathers data and insight in order to turn a profit: Facebook. Facebook’s terms of service state the following: “For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.”“The whole Instagram uproar is more of a conversation about IP Web rights than it is about a popular photo sharing app,” adds Miller. “Privacy in the world of social media is an oxymoron. From the Self brand perspective, we’ll adhere to a ‘watch and see’ approach until we have further counsel from our legal team, but we won’t be deleting our account immediately. The sky is not falling. There have been many arguments, for and against the changes, but we still consider Instagram a valuable part of our social strategy.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! Yesterday was not a good day for Instagram. Users and brands slammed the social network for changing its privacy policy and terms of service to include the following language:“You agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.”Several hours after announcing these changes, the Facebook-owned company back peddled, saying in a blog post that it would not go through with that or other actions.last_img read more

Scientists stumble over active underwater volcano in Southeast

first_imgScientists have found another underwater volcano in Southeast Alaska waters. And this one is active.Download AudioA screen shot from a scientific sounding device shows the newly-discovered volcano and its plume of methane gas. The lower line is an echo, not another volcanic cone. (Image courtesy Canadian Geological Survey)About two years ago, geologists studying an ocean channel near Ketchikan spotted something unusual. It was a submerged volcano, about 150 feet below the surface.It was dormant. The experts estimated it hadn’t erupted for about 10,000 years.Now, scientists have discovered another underwater volcano, near Dixon Entrance, just north of Alaska’s maritime border with British Columbia.“Nothing like that had been mapped in the area before, so we knew then that we had discovered something new,” said Gary Greene, a marine geologist working with the Sitka Sound Science Center.He and a Canadian counterpart found the volcano Sept. 23 during a study of the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather Fault System. That’s been the epicenter of some recent earthquakes.Sea life typically found near ocean vents live on the volcano. (Photo courtesy Canadian Geological Survey)“We had just completed some survey work and we modified our line to go to another place to look. And as we were transiting, we came across this big plume and this big cone where the plume was coming out of,” he said.The plume, made up of methane gas, was being released by a volcanic vent about 3,000 feet below. It stretched up about two-thirds of the way to the ocean’s surface.But Greene said there was no fresh lava — or anything else to worry about.“We worked over the vent, right over the vent. And we’re still around to tell about it. So I think it’s probably OK for mariners,” he said.He said the discovery sheds light on the workings of the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather Fault System, which is offshore British Columbia and Southeast Alaska.It’s where a huge, moving chunk of the Earth’s crust, called the Pacific Plate, rubs up against the North American Plate.“It means that this fault acts as a conduit to deeper in the Earth to places where either magma or fluids that are heated by magma or geothermally heated at depth can migrate up through the fault to the surface,” he said.Tory O’Connell, research director for the Sitka Sound Science Center, said the research is providing “really important new information about earthquake hazards in our area.”“It’s also helping direct future research that will help define the significance of understanding the fluidity of that fault,” she said.Lava and other volcanic fluids lubricate faults, lessening the chance of sudden movement. But that can increase pressure on other areas along the fault, forcing them to jerk forward, causing earthquakes.Greene said the new volcano was found as scientists investigated another underwater hazard.“This is an area that had had indications that there were failures occurring on the slope here. And large failures, that is, large landslides that may general tsunamis,” he said.The new volcano is not alone. Greene said the study found others nearby, but none were active.Several other venting volcanos have been found along the fault in recent years off the shores of British Columbia.The Queen Charlotte-Fairweather Fault study took place Sept. 15-23 on board a Canadian Coast Guard ship, the John P. Tully. It included Greene, Vaughn Barrie of the Geological Survey of Canada and other scientists and technicians from the Geological Survey of Canada and the U.S. Geological Survey. Funding for Greene’s work came from the U.S. Geological Survey, through the Sitka Sound Science Center.last_img read more

2nd PUC Result 2019 in Karnataka When where and how to check

first_imgStudents of class 12 must be relieved after completing their examinations, but not completely as the results are yet to be announced. The mixed anticipation of feelings should be exhausting, but students will be relieved when the 2nd PUC results will be announced in Karnataka next week.The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) will declare 2nd Pre University Exam 2019 results on April 15. While the board exam results will be displayed in respective schools a day after, thanks to digitalisation, students can check their results online before the college publishes them.The KSEEB will declare the results on the official websites, including karresults.nic.in, kseeb.kar.nic.in and pue.kar.nic.in. The websites do not display any results right now, but they will be when the board declares them at noon on April 15. Students appear in ICSE class 10 exams in Kolkata on Feb 26, 2018 [Representational picture]IANSIn order to check Karnataka 2nd PUC results, students can follow these simple steps:Step 1: Open a browser on a PC, go to one of the KSEEB websites – karresults.nic.in, kseeb.kar.nic.in, pue.kar.nic.inStep 2: Click on “Karnataka PUC Result 2019″Step 3: Enter you registration/roll number and hit SubmitStep 4: The results will appear in a few momentsStep 5: Students can download the results and take a print out for future reference IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:28Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:27?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … UP police busts cheating racket in Allahabadcenter_img Closelast_img read more

Climatic history study suggests preColumbian Mesoamerican societys demise was more complex than

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from Mexico, the U.S. and Germany has found that the demise of the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican society centered around a city known as Cantona, was likely due to a combination of weather and politics. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their study where they compared lake sediments with archeological evidence to provide a clearer picture of life in the area back when the city was still active and what factors led to both its rise and fall. © 2015 Phys.org More information: Cultural implications of late Holocene climate change in the Cuenca Oriental, Mexico, Tripti Bhattacharya, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1405653112AbstractThere is currently no consensus on the importance of climate change in Mesoamerican prehistory. Some invoke drought as a causal factor in major cultural transitions, including the abandonment of many sites at 900 CE, while others conclude that cultural factors were more important. This lack of agreement reflects the fact that the history of climate change in many regions of Mesoamerica is poorly understood. We present paleolimnological evidence suggesting that climate change was important in the abandonment of Cantona between 900 CE and 1050 CE. At its peak, Cantona was one of the largest cities in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, with a population of 90,000 inhabitants. The site is located in the Cuenca Oriental, a semiarid basin east of Mexico City. We developed a subcentennial reconstruction of regional climate from a nearby maar lake, Aljojuca. The modern climatology of the region suggests that sediments record changes in summer monsoonal precipitation. Elemental geochemistry (X-ray fluorescence) and δ18O from authigenic calcite indicate a centennial-scale arid interval between 500 CE and 1150 CE, overlaid on a long-term drying trend. Comparison of this record to Cantona’s chronology suggests that both the city’s peak population and its abandonment occurred during this arid period. The human response to climate change most likely resulted from the interplay of environmental and political factors. During earlier periods of Cantona’s history, increasing aridity and political unrest may have actually increased the city’s importance. However, by 1050 CE, this extended arid period, possibly combined with regional political change, contributed to the city’s abandonment.Press release Explore further Intensive agriculture may have exacerbated drought in ancient Maya city Cantona was one of the largest cities in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, with a population of 90,000 inhabitants at its peak. Scientists believe climate change was part of the reason the city was eventually abandoned. The researchers note that little work has been done to gain an accurate portrayal of what the climate was like in Mesoamerica during the times when various early people lived there, creating civilizations that in many cases vanished leaving behind ruins for modern scientists to ponder. In the case of Cantona, a city whose remains now lie east of modern Mexico City, the assumption by many has been, as it has for other long gone societies in central and South America, that it died due to drought. In this new study, the researchers assumed there was likely more to the story and so sought to find out more about weather conditions during that time.They started by collecting and studying sediments in nearby Aljojuca lake, which provided an accurate picture of drought conditions, before, during and after the time of the people in the area, which is now known as Cuenca Oriental.Prior research has shown that Cantona was occupied from approximately 600 BCE to 1050 CE and that its population grew steadily over the course of its first six hundred years, then grew faster from 50 and 600 CE—but the team notes, the lake sediment suggests that during that time period, the area had entered a drying trend. More interesting perhaps, they found that the population in the city grew even faster from 600 – 900 CE, despite increasing aridity. After that, things changed, though it is not clear exactly why, the population dropped over the following century and a half and then the people disappeared altogether. The team notes that later development in the city showed increased fortifications, which could have either been to repel invading armies or to fend off migrants seeking refuge from a drier environment that left them with little ability to farm on their own. That would explain, the team notes, the continued increase in population during the initial phase of the drought trend. Locations of Cantona (red square) and other major sites in central highland Mexico (black circles), along with location of Aljojuca maar. Topography from 1,500 m above sea level (masl) to 4,500 masl, contoured by 500 m. Gray line shows outline of the Cuenca Oriental. (Inset) Map shows Google Earth satellite imagery of region around Cantona, with outline of the city shown in gray. Labels designate the southern, central, and northern architectural clusters within the city. Credit: Tripti Bhattacharya, PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1405653112 Citation: Climatic history study suggests pre-Columbian Mesoamerican society’s demise was more complex than just weather (2015, January 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-climatic-history-pre-columbian-mesoamerican-society.html 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

Multimodal Approach Improves Survival in Aggressive Prostate Cancer

first_img Amar Kishan, M.D.UCLA researchers have discovered that a combination of high doses of radiotherapy and hormonal therapy provides the best chance of decreasing the mortality rate in men with aggressive prostate cancer. The findings also suggest that such a multimodal treatment approach has the best chance of preventing metastatic disease and improving overall long-term survival.The study, led by UCLA researcher Dr. Amar Kishan in collaboration with researchers at 11 institutions across the United States, is the first of its kind to compare outcomes between extremely dose-escalated radiotherapy and traditional treatments, such as radiation and prostatectomy, in men with cancers that are Gleason score 9 or 10 (the highest score possible).”The type of aggressive form of prostate cancer that we focused on has sometimes been regarded as so high risk that some patients even forgo local treatments, like surgery or radiation, because they are worried that the cancer has already spread and is incurable,” said Kishan, who is an assistant professor in the departments of radiation oncology and urology, and a member of the Institute of Urologic Oncology at UCLA. “Our findings in fact show just the opposite — in this study, the patients with the best outcomes were those who received an aggressive therapy that included so-called ‘extremely-dose escalated radiotherapy’ along with hormonal therapy.” Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more BACKGROUNDThe study builds upon previous research led by Kishan and colleagues, which provided the first convincing evidence that surgery and standard radiation-based treatments offer equivalent outcomes for men with prostate cancer, and suggested a potential benefit over both to extremely dose-escalated radiation. The ideal therapeutic approach for these patients has long been controversial, in part because technologies and radiation-based treatments strategies have evolved significantly over time. The effectiveness of these approaches is of even greater importance for the most aggressive forms of prostate cancer, which are more likely to lead to metastatic disease and eventually death. Several studies have shown that increasing the dose of radiotherapy beyond standard doses (known as extreme dose-escalation) in combination with hormonal therapy has improved short-term outcomes, but no prior study has shown a difference in mortality rates or long-term survival in any group of patients with prostate cancer. Previous research comparing patients treated with radical prostatectomy to radiotherapy-based treatments have generally included patients treated over the span of multiple decades, many of whom were treated with lower doses of radiation and/or with insufficient hormonal therapy. Kishan’s team hypothesized that by using a large pool of patients with aggressive disease treated within a contemporary timeframe, they could better assess the effectiveness of modern treatments in these high-risk patients. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more METHOD In the three-year study, the UCLA-led team analyzed 1,809 men who were treated for Gleason score 9-10 prostate cancer from 2000 to 2013 at UCLA and other sites in the United States and Europe. The findings specifically included advanced prostate cancer patients who were treated since 2000 because the standard of care for these patients has significantly improved over time. The scientists used institutional databases to identify patients and obtained clinical follow up to assess long-term treatment outcomes. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more center_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Prostate Cancer | September 11, 2018 Multimodal Approach Improves Survival in Aggressive Prostate Cancer News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… 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.  The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more IMPACT Prostate cancer is the most common malignancy among men in the United States. About one man in nine will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and nearly 30,000 men will die from the disease annually. Identifying the optimal treatment strategies for this malignancy, and in particular highly aggressive forms of the disease, are of vital importance to the public.The treatments received by men included in the study are much more likely to be similar to those being offered to patients at various medical institutions across the world today, compared to the treatment methods assessed in prior research studies. The findings have the potential to help physicians better identify men with prostate cancer who will benefit from a multimodal therapeutic approach and advise patients of the effectiveness of different treatment options.”There are, of course, limitations to this study,” Kishan adds. “Most notably, it was a retrospective study, meaning patients received a certain type of treatment largely based on patient and physician preferences, rather than in the context of a trial. It is possible that outcomes in the standard radiation group were worse because the patients themselves were sicker and not good candidates for the boost of radiation. From the surgery standpoint, nearly 40 percent of patients did get postoperative radiation – which is much higher than in other studies–but some might argue that if postoperative radiation was used even more frequently, surgical outcomes would have been better. That is certainly possible.”For more information: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/ FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

OAS calls on Nicaragua to stop violence against demonstrators

first_imgRelated posts:35 years after Somoza’s overthrow, not much for Nicaragua to celebrate Fed up: Nicaragua’s uprising Once a symbol of Somoza-era torture, Nicaragua prison holds protesters Nicaraguan human rights group closes office after ‘alarming’ threats Nicaragua: one and a half months of a deadly crisis Facebook Commentscenter_img The head of the Organization of American States condemned killings in Nicaragua by “repressive forces and the armed forces,” and called on the government President Daniel Ortega to stop the violence.The appeal on Thursday by Luis Almagro, secretary general of the regional security organization, followed bloody clashes Wednesday in which 11 people were killed, according to a human rights group.“We condemn the killings carried out by the repressive forces and the armed forces and we express our solidarity with the families of the victims,” Almagro said. “We call on the state to stop the violence by these repressive factors.”last_img read more

Posttsunami Hawaii open for tourism

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Hawai’i Tourism Oceania has confirmed that Aussie and NZ travelers should not defer travel plans into Hawai’i after the recent Tsunami that swept over the islands left little damage. According to a statement from the tourism bureau, all airports are running operations as usual and the majority of damage was confined to a single area on Hawai’i Island. “There were no deaths or serious injuries reported as a result of Friday’s tsunami,” the statement read. “Nearly all roads, including Ali’i Drive in Kailua Village, are now open.” Kailua-Kona reopened its Beach Hotel this week but is still working on resuming its boat charter operations and clearing out minor flooding at the Hulihe`e Palace. The City of Refuge has also remained shut as officials carry out damage assessments. Meanwhile Kohala Coast has reported that its Four Seasons Resort Hualalai will reopen on 21 March, while its Kona Village Resort will remain temporary closed. Despite facing Tsunami waves, Hawai’i Tourism continues to send its support to the victims in Japan.“Hawaii Tourism send our aloha and heartfelt sympathy to the people of Japan, and to everyone who sustained losses due to the earthquake and tsunami.”last_img

Freddie Macs Portfolio Grows in September

first_imgFreddie Mac’s Portfolio Grows in September October 28, 2014 437 Views Delinquency Freddie Mac Mortgage-Backed Securities 2014-10-28 Tory Barringer Sharecenter_img Freddie Mac’s mortgage portfolio grew in September, marking the second month of positive growth in the year’s first nine months.According to the company’s volume summary, Freddie Mac’s total portfolio grew last month at an annualized rate of 2.2 percent, bringing the year-to-date average growth rate to -1.1 percent.The only other time the portfolio came up positive this year was in July, when it expanded at a rate of just 0.1 percent.As of September 30, the portfolio’s ending balance was just less than $1.9 trillion.The growth accompanied a slight decline in purchases and issuances to $29.7 billion throughout the month. That was offset by drops in both sales and liquidations, resulting in a $3.5 billion increase overall.Freddie Mac reported its single-family refinance loan purchase and guarantee volume was $12.0 billion in September, representing 45 percent of total single-family mortgage portfolio purchases and issuances. Relief refinances made up approximately 16 percent of that volume based on unpaid principal balance (UPB).On the multifamily side, new business activity came to $2.8 billion, adding up to $14.1 billion year-to-date through September. The total reflects the UPB of Freddie Mac’s multifamily new loan purchases, issuances of other guarantee commitments, and issuances of other structured securities during the month.As business picked up, delinquency improved. Freddie Mac’s single-family seriously delinquent rate ticked down for another month to 1.96 percent in September, the company reported. The multifamily delinquency rate dropped to 0.03 percent, its second lowest level this year.Freddie Mac reported completing 4,782 loan modifications in September. For the year’s first nine months, total loan modifications came to 52,138. in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Marketlast_img read more