General Assembly President holds talks with Korean officials in Seoul

Ali Treki and Lee Myung-bak talked about the high-level summit that will be convened at UN Headquarters in September aimed at boosting efforts to achieve the anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015, known as the Millennium Developments Goals (MDGs).In addition, they discussed the country’s chairmanship of the G20 group of developed and developing countries, whose summit will be held in Seoul later this year.“President Lee assured Dr. Treki that his country will ensure that the November 2010 Summit of the Group addresses the concerns of the developing world, in particular the impact of the global financial and economic crisis on their economies,” according to a statement issued by the spokesperson for the Assembly President. “Dr. Treki underlined the need to involve the entire membership of the General Assembly in this regard, highlighting the concerns of developing countries regarding the global economic and financial situation,” the statement added.During the meeting, the two men also underscored the need to strengthen multilateralism in particular in ensuring the success of the upcoming meeting in Mexico on climate change, as well as in reforming the UN to fortify the Organization in all areas.While in Seoul, Dr. Treki met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Yu Myung-hwan, to consult on a wide range of topics, including Security Council reform, the MDG Summit, disarmament and non-proliferation, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East. He also held talks with Speaker of the National Assembly Kim Hyung-oh. 12 March 2010The President of the General Assembly today met with the President of the Republic of Korea and other senior officials in Seoul to discuss pressing issues at the top of the United Nations agenda, including poverty, relief efforts in earthquake-stricken Haiti and Chile and climate change. read more

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Firefighter reflects on fourdecade career

A longtime firefighter in Norfolk County is hanging up his hat on April 24.John Verboom, the community safety officer, has been a firefighter for 44 years.Verboom started as a volunteer firefighter at Station 6 in Courtland, where he stayed for 36 years. He transferred to the station in Simcoe full-time on a contract in 2008. When that contract came to an end, he worked part-time for several months and, in December 2009, came back on as a full-time staff member.“I applied the day I turned 18 years old. I was on within three weeks,” Verboom said about the start of his career.By 1980, he was the instructor at Station 6.“As my time in fire went on, to me it was very obvious that I really had a desire to do fire prevention,” said Verboom.Verboom attended the Ontario Fire College to get his certificate in fire prevention, at which time the community safety officer position in Simcoe came open.He said the part of his job he will most miss is emergency management for Norfolk County. He said he enjoyed helping to prepare for special events, such as 2013’s Gentlemen of the Road concert featuring Mumford and Sons in Simcoe and Friday the 13th motorcycle rallies in Port Dover.He also remembers fighting a few large fires, including one in downtown Tillsonburg.“We managed to stop it about halfway down the block. That was a big night.”Verboom offers some advice for anyone considering firefighting as a career.“I think you have to be diligent,” he said.“Don’t be afraid to go get your college degree in fire prevention or fire suppression. It would really enhance your opportunities to get on full time somewhere,” he said.“Don’t expect to walk in off the street. You need to be thinking about it way ahead of time.”In his retirement, Verboom plans to continue with a home business.“I’m a carpenter and woodworker by trade. I’m going home to play with the wood.”astaylor@postmedia.com read more

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Annan Brahimi meet with US officials to consult on Afghanistan

Mr. Annan and Special Representative Brahimi held discussions at UN Headquarters with the US Ambassador to the UN, John D. Negroponte, and Richard Haass, the US Secretary of State’s Personal Representative for Afghanistan.Speaking to reporters following the meetings, Mr. Haass said discussions had covered a full range of issues involving Afghanistan, including what could be done to ease the humanitarian situation there. “Tomorrow, Ambassador Brahimi will be coming to Washington, D.C. for a full set of meetings, and we look forward to continuing the dialogue then, and more generally to continuing our conversation with the United Nations on this issue,” he said.Asked about potentially conflicting positions between the UN and the US, Mr. Haass said that while it was too early to present plans, “we did discuss various aspects of the evolving situation that would have to be addressed.””I don’t see differences between the United States and the United Nations,” he added. “This was and is a consultation in every sense of the word, where both sides are essentially sharing thoughts about a rapidly evolving situation, and what the two can do to usefully make the situation there better both now and down the road.” read more

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At UN debate African leaders say global sustainability agenda must reflect local

Manuel Domingos Vicente, Vice President of the Republic of Angola, addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia PakHe noted that the average growth on the continent is five per cent per year and that several countries have improved their human development indicators. The Vice-President urged the international community to also consider the negative impact of regional insecurity on development and people’s wellbeing in parts of the continent. Angola, which holds the rotating presidency of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, aims to attain “stability, political and institutional development, internal and border security, as well as good governance and human rights.” Among other issues, Mr. Vicente highlighted the need to reform the Security Council to make it more in line with the current international context and reflect “an equitable geographical representation.” In the Kingdom of Swaziland, food security remains a critical challenge. Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, in his address to the UN body, reiterated a call for the provision of adequate financial resources, transfer of environmentally-sound technologies and technical assistance to development countries. Foreign Minister Phandu Skelemani of Botswana addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Amanda VoisardIndeed, he continued, this has resulted in many developing countries failing to deliver tangible development to their citizens as cogently set out in the MDGs, despite their best efforts and intentions. “Whilst Botswana has made impressive gains in the implementation of the MDGs, it was not without enormous challenges, Chief amongst which were resource and capacity constraints,” he said.And while Botswana would continue to press ahead with efforts towards achievement of the MDGs by 2015, as the international community began to consider a successor sustainability agenda, his country would note the issues of “major strategic importance”, including, among others, climate change, the concerns of landlocked developing countries, as well as issues of peace and security and the advancement of human rights.Specifically on climate change, Mr. Slelemani said Botswana knows only too well the devastating effects of the phenomenon, which continue to cause extreme temperatures, changes to patterns of rainfall, land degradation, desertification and persistent droughts. In this regard, we believe addressing them should be a primary consideration in the current deliberations on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.”As a middle income, landlocked developing country with peculiar vulnerabilities, Botswana also strongly hopes for a comprehensive account of these issues in the post-2015 development agenda. Welcoming the 10 year review of the Almaty Programme of Action to be held in November in Vienna, Austria, he said he hopes that during that meeting, special attention will be given to countries with ever increasing elephant populations whose numbers do not only pose a serious animal-human conflict but also devastates the very environment the elephants depend on for survival. Botswana has the largest elephant population in Africa.Also taking the podium in the General Assembly, Domingos Simões Pereira, Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau, appealed to the international community for support to his country – which earlier this year held its first national elections since a military coup in 2012 – as it worked to strengthen its institutions, re-launch its economy, combat poverty and lay the foundations to “change course and become viable.” He called for “a robust and impactful intervention from our development partners” to “consolidate the success of our political transition” and to “lay the foundations for a transition toward development.” The Prime Minister of Sao Tome and Principe, Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira da Costa, as the first speakers of the high-level debate’s second week, outlined six pillars on which African has anchored its sustainable development. These pillars “emanate from the aspirations of our African nations, and all partners of the African continent must take them into account… in their affirmation of the dignity of our people,” he said. The pillars include structural economic transformation and inclusive growth; science, technology, and innovation; people-centred development; environmental sustainability, natural resource management and disaster management; peace and security; and finance and partnerships. In his address, Mr. Costa also highlighted Sao Tome and Principe’s location in the Gulf of Guinea, a region that is “strongly affected by piracy, terrorism, drug trafficking, and other illicit acts committed at sea.”As part of efforts to counter these phenomena, the Prime Minister welcomed the establishment of the Inter-regional Coordination Center (CIC) which will soon be operational.He urged the international community to “continue with us on this arduous path toward ensuring our collective security.”The Prime Minister is one of an expected 196 speakers to take the floor since last Wednesday to address the UN body on the theme of the debate, “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda” as well as urgent crises ranging from the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and South Sudan.Also today, the Vice-President of Angola, Manuel Vicente, told the General Assembly that “Africa has ceased to represent that image of desolation that it did in the beginning of the millennium.” Foreign Minister of the Seychelles Jean-Paul Adam addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Loey Felipe “The development challenges of SIDS (small island developing States) highlight the deficiencies of the development framework for all developing nations,” Mr. Adam said using the acronym for Small Island Developing States. Among his priorities, the Foreign Minister stressed the need to support a ‘blue economy’ approach to more efficiently realize the potential of the oceans.“We cannot apply the principles of a green economy – of sustainable development – without recognizing that we are applying them in a blue world,” he said, referring to the fact that over 70 per cent of the world is covered by water.Mr. Adam also called on Member States to fulfill their commitments and mobilize by 2020 the $100 billion for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). He also called for SIDS to have a permanent seat on the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for loss and damage associated with climate impacts in developing countries. Robert Dussey, Minister of State and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Togo, said the Millennium Development Goals are helpful for humankind, even if all targets would not be achieved. His Government is determined to continue and scale up the efforts within the framework of the post-2015 agenda, with a commitment to reducing poverty. “There is now a positive outlook for increased success of job-promotion programmes, mainly benefiting youths,” he said, adding that financial institutions are assisting members of society usually excluded from their benefits, particularly women. Foreign Minister Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa of Lesotho addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Loey Felipe Remarking on the theme for the General Debate, he noted that the road towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) had been “rough.” Although he admitted that some countries had had, in fact, success in achieving their stated goals, the challenges continued to remain “most daunting” in the least developed countries, land-locked developing countries, some small island developing states and countries in or emerging from conflict. Lesotho, had, for its part, made “some progress” in achieving at least two of the eight goals – universal primary education and promoting gender equality and empowering women. But, he confessed, his country still faced “a long and uphill journey to reach a life of dignity for all” and he acknowledged the lingering threat HIV/AIDS still posed to his compatriots. As he underlined the challenges facing developing countries amid the menace of climate change, the Minister of Foreign Affairs also urged the international community to render financing more accessible so that the developing world might make “impact on the ground.” Also addressing the Assembly, the Foreign Minister of the Seychelles, Jean-Paul Adam, called attention to his country’s vulnerability as a small island developing nation, and the risks posed by climate change. Foreign Minister Djibrill Ypènè Bassolé of Burkina Faso addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Kim Haughton He said that in the Sahel region, armed conflicts become more complex and are radicalized because of the emergence of violent extremism and terrorism, which are closely associated with organized crime, particularly in the areas drug trafficking, arms trafficking and human trafficking.”These plagues challenge us on our shared responsibility in the fight to eradicate them,” said Mr. Bassolé explaining the need to address the root causes of the emergence of criminal groups, citing poverty, youth unemployment and the denial of rights and justice.”With regard to the Central African Republic, he welcomed the Brazzaville Forum which concluded with an agreement on cessation of hostilities. My country supports the transitional government welcomed the effective implementation of the MINUSCA and reiterates its readiness to contribute to efforts to restore and maintain peace, “said Mr. Bassolé.Speaking to the gathered delegates, Lesotho’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa, similarly addressed the peace and security challenges facing today’s world and celebrated the UN Charter for doing “its part to prevent a third world war.” Nevertheless, he pointed to the scourge of terrorism smouldering across Africa – from the Sahel Region and Nigeria to the Republic of Kenya and Somalia – and reminded the Assembly that the use of military alone as a strategy to counter terrorism was “no longer a panacea for this menace” but instead required “a holistic approach that addresses the root causes of the scourge.” Robert Dussey, Minister of State and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Togo, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Loey FelipeTogo was all the more certain that the agenda for peace and new architecture for international security must take into account the trend of the regionalization of conflicts. Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab frequently carried out attacks that destabilized brother countries. “Togo knows too well the value of the efforts made by France to fight alongside African countries,” he said, adding that such efforts must continue and be strengthened, and the entire international community must spare no effort in their support.Continuing, Mr. Dussey said it is essential that countries further secure their maritime borders, as well as eradicate piracy. African coasts should be a space for international trade, free from organized predators. Further, the worsening of the situations in various conflict areas throughout the world — in Syria, Libya, Ukraine, Palestine and others — threaten to wipe out whatever development had been achieved. He reminded the Assembly of the great threat to the international community, especially in West Africa, posed by the Ebola virus. That was an international threat to peace and security, and greater attention should be paid to the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to prevent the spread of the disease. Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini of the Kingdom of Swaziland addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia PakHe said Africa had abundant resources, but needs to add value to products to maximize food production initiatives.Also addressing the Assembly, Phandu T. C. Skelemani, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Botswana, said that as the curtain was being drawn on the MDG era, it is important reflect on and draw lessons from the successes and failures in their implementation. “The global community, most notably in the developing world, has faced significant challenges in fully realising the MDGs.” Domingos Simões Pereira, Prime Minister of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak Citing climate change as a threat to his country’s development efforts, and to its very survival, the Prime Minister said Guinea-Bissau’s coastlines and archipelagos are already feeling the effects of rising sea levels which could compromise its efforts to fight poverty and achieve international development goals. Praising UN efforts for climate action, he said there seemed to have been sufficient consensus emerging from last week’s Climate Change Summit for establishing a global post-Kyoto climate regime “for the welfare of all.”Turning to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which the Security Council had recently declared a threat to peace and security, the Prime Minister appealed for the establishment of an international coalition to confront that threat. He also reaffirmed his country’s position, in line with that of the African Union, that the Security Council’s membership should be expanded “in order to enhance the legitimacy of its representation,” and called for the designation of two permanent seats, with the right to veto, in addition to permanent seats for Brazil, Japan, Germany and India, and for five non-permanent seats for the African continent, which currently shares five of the Council’s ten non-permanent seats with Asia.In his remarks, Djibril Bassolé Yipènè, Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso, welcomed progress made to restore peace and stability in Mali. “The ECOWAS mediation permits the restoration of constitutional order and the holding of free and fair elections throughout the national territory,” said Mr. Bassolé, stressing that his country supports the efforts Algeria for peace in Mali, according to preliminary Ouagadougou Agreement of 18 June 2013 to restore cohesion between Malian communities. read more

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High stakes for womens volleyball at DC Koehl Classic in Columbus

OSU then-junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (10) during a game against Purdue on Oct. 16 at St. John Area.. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team has a lot on the table at this weekend’s tournament – redemption against Wyoming, a shot at taking down a top-10 opponent and playing in the same venue where the NCAA Final Four will be held in December.Wyoming gave OSU its first loss in a 3-1 match to open the Buckeyes’ season in 2015. The Cowgirls have started off this fall 1-3, compared to OSU’s 3-0.OSU will face Wyoming in their second match of the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic in Columbus, following a bout with LIU Brooklyn (0-3).The Buckeye “tribe” is choosing not to worry too much about the past though and will be focusing on perfecting themselves in order to play its best game.“We’re a new team, they’re a new team. I think focusing on the Buckeyes and our side of the net, the things we can control … that’ll help us ease into this weekend,” said senior middle blocker, Taylor Sandbothe.Sandbothe already has a lot to show for this season – Big 10 Player of the Week and all-tournament team at the North Texas Challenge and a career-high 32 points last weekend against a No. 16 Texas A&M squad – but she attributes all of her success to her fellow Buckeyes.“Without the girls standing behind me, without our coaching staff, there is no Taylor Sandbothe,” she said. “I’m so blessed to be a part of that kind of stuff, but it just speaks volumes of what our team is and what our coaching staff instills in us.”No. 11 OSU will also take on No. 10 Brigham Young University in the final match of the tournament on Saturday, marking the second time already this season that OSU will face a top-25 opponent. BYU dominates the history between the two schools at 7-0.Despite the record books, the Buckeyes feel they are capable of taking on the tough competition. They look forward to using non-conference games to prepare for later in the season.“I think because these teams are a lot different than the Big 10 teams, it’s kind of like us building our resume, our tool box,” said junior outside hitter, Luisa Schirmer. “That will help us later down the road when we’re struggling against a Big 10 team.”Schirmer is hitting .259 on the season and accounts for 28 OSU kills. She was also named to the D.C. Koehl Classic all-tournament team during her freshman year.Schirmer’s face lit up when she was asked about the opportunity to play at Nationwide Arena. If the team were to make the Final Four, the team will be playing at the same location in December.“I’ve been in there for a Blue Jackets game, but the fact that we get to be down on that court is going to be crazy,” she said. “I really hope there will be a lot of people there to cheer us on.”OSU head coach Geoff Carlston echoed Schirmer, acknowledging the gravity the weekend holds for his team.“I think it’ll make it real that the Final Four is here as soon as we walk in and go to practice at Nationwide,” he said. “That vision of being there in the Final Four will become more crystallized.”Carlston added he hopes the tournament will draw fans from the first Buckeye football game, also on Saturday in Columbus.This weekend’s tournament carries with it a long-lasting legacy. The Sports ImportsClassic’s name was changed to the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic in 2012 to honor D.C. Koehl, a figurehead in the OSU athletic department for almost 40 years.Koehl had a deep passion for volleyball, serving as the sport’s communication director for three decades. He passed away in 2012, but his namesake and fervor will live on through the tournament – the first home match for his much-loved Buckeyes.OSU is set to play at noon on Friday against LIU Brooklyn at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus. read more

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Ohio State offense progressing behind young talent

OSU redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) runs the ball toward the end zone during a game against Kent State on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 66-0. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen the Ohio State football team took the field over the weekend, just three of the offensive starters were regulars in the lineup last season.But despite playing with little experience under their belts, OSU’s offense still managed to put 66 points on the board. While that can partially be attributed to the team’s game plan and what coach Urban Meyer called an advantage in the column against Kent State, the impact of some young players with natural ability is undeniable three weeks into a new season.In the shutout win against the Golden Flashes, 23 different freshmen and redshirt-freshmen took the field, with six of those players contributing either yards or points on offense.Meyer said the plan going into the game was to get the ball in the hands of some of the young skill position players on offense to give fans a taste of what they might see going forward.“I’m really excited about our young skill, and I was hoping to try to get Buckeye Nation and the stadium to see some of those guys out in open space,” Meyer said.He went on to single out freshman running back Curtis Samuel, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson and redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall as young players he’s “excited to get out in open space.”While Wilson played as a freshman in 2013 and scored three total touchdowns, Samuel and Marshall each found their way into the end zone for the first time in their collegiate careers against Kent State. Samuel led the team with 100 yards on the ground and pair of scores while Marshall caught a three-yard touchdown pass to go along with a 51-yard punt return.Marshall said despite some injury setbacks in his young career — which contributed to the decision to redshirt last season — the journey to being a contributor on the OSU offense was worth it.“This is a great university and crowd to play for,” Marshall said after the game. “I feel great being able to get in the end zone and help my team every week.”Samuel said the impact he and the freshman class have made so far this season doesn’t come as a surprise.“We’ve brought up a lot of good guys on the team, at practice everybody is competing,” Samuel said. “Young guys, we each try to go out there and just make plays wherever we can, and we’re doing it.”To get the ball in the hands of Samuel, Marshall, Wilson and others, the OSU offense has relied on the distribution skills of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett.Barrett, who was the third-string quarterback heading into the fall, has already showcased his talent three weeks into the season on his way to picking up three Big Ten weekly awards. He took over the starting job after senior Braxton Miller went down with an injury just days after Barrett had moved past redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones on the depth chart.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week after OSU’s Aug. 30 win against Navy. He picked up that same award and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor after the win against Kent State.“I feel like I’m progressing each week,” Barrett said after leading OSU against the Golden Flashes. “I’m just trying to get better each week. I definitely feel more comfortable every week as I get more reps. Things are starting to slow down for me in the game.”Things slowed down just enough against Kent State for Barrett to leave his mark on the school’s record book. He tied former OSU quarterback Kenny Guiton for the school record with six touchdowns passes and threw for 312 yards in the win. The performance made him the first Buckeye signal caller to throw for 300 yards in a game since Troy Smith did so in 2006 — the same season he won the Heisman Trophy.Outside of Barrett, Samuel and Marshall, a trio of other freshman contributed to the offensive success OSU had against Kent State.Freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon made his debut for the Scarlet and Gray and carried the ball four times for 20 yards. Redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh hauled in the first pass of his career in the second quarter, which went for a two-yard touchdown. Along with Baugh, Samuel, Barrett and Marshall, freshman kicker Sean Nuernberger put points on the board with a 41-yard field goal to start the second quarter.OSU is scheduled to have a bye week before taking on Cincinnati on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. read more

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Puruni miner found dead with wounds to his head back and

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Relatives shocked at death of Puruni minerOctober 2, 2018In “Crime”Miner stabbed to death during scuffle at Puruni LandingJuly 9, 2019In “Crime”Kitty man found dead in abandoned mining pitJuly 29, 2015In “Crime” The police are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a Puruni Landing, Cuyuni/Mazaruni miner whose body was discovered with wounds.Dead is 52-year-old Kelvin Royo called Bayley of Ann’s Grove Village, East Coast Demerara (ECD).INews understands that the man was killed sometime between September 30 and October 1.Details at this time remains sketchy however, the man’s body bore wounds to his head, back and throat.An investigation is currently in progress. read more

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SEHA derby time National wins for RK Vardar RK Celje PL and

8.Metalurg100124 : 250 7.Gorenje Velenje100126 : 270 ← Previous Story El Jaish and Swedish Lund to play for the trophy in Doha Next Story → Berlin VS PSG – Reigning champions in position of outsiders? seha gazprom league Four matches in SEHA GAZPROM League middle-week round ended with win of favorites. Three national derby matches have been played in last two days, and the most interesting has been seen in Skopje, were RK Vardar beat RK Metalurg 26:25. The tight match has been seen also in Velenje, where Slovenian “older brother”, reigning champions, RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko won points – 27:26 (16:13) with Blaz Janc in the main role with six goals, one less than Alem Toskic, who scored seven for domestic RK Gorenje.PPD Zagreb beat the biggest rival on the national level, RK Gorenje 28:22 (12:9). Horvat and Vori scored five goals each for the winners, while veteran Zrnic had the some score for defeated team.The easiest job had Meshkov Brest against Bosnian champions RK Izvidjac 40:29.STANDINGS: 5.Celje Piv. Laško210156 : 603 10.Izviđač CO100129 : 400 2.Vardar211059 : 584 1.Meshkov Brest211074 : 634 9.Nexe100122 : 280 3.PPD Zagreb110028 : 223 6.Tatran Prešov00000 : 00 4.Veszprem110034 : 293 read more

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Privacy matters Heres Edward Snowdens Alternative Christmas Message

first_imgSnowden exposed the US National Security Agency’s vast surveillance and phone and internet data collection methods six months ago, gaining worldwide notoriety before seeking asylum in Russia.“Great Britain’s George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information,” he said in yesterday’s message.“The types of collection in the book – microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us are nothing compared to what we have available today,” he says.“We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go. Think about what this means for the privacy of the average person. It was the 20th year of Channel 4′s alternative message which is seen as a counter to the more traditional annual message from Queen Elizabeth which was broadcast at 3pm on BBC 1 yesterday.Here’s a taster of what the monarch had to say:YouTube: AssociatedPressRead: Edward Snowden to deliver Channel 4′s Alternative Christmas Message YouTube: Channel 4/AssociatedPressFUGITIVE WHISTLEBLOWER EDWARD Snowden delivered Channel 4′s Alternative Christmas Message yesterday afternoon.The message, thought to be recorded in Moscow where has gained asylum, unsurprisingly focused on the issue of privacy with the computer analyst explaining why “privacy matters.”“Privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be,” he said.last_img read more

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How to play Bioshock Infinite right now

first_imgIf you’re anything like the staff at Geek.com, you’re sitting at your computer right now willing the clock to reach midnight as fast as possible so you can start playing Bioshock Infinite. If you’re really feeling the urge bad, there’s a way you could start playing the game right this minute.Steam may let you play some games before they are finished, but huge titles like Bioshock Infinite are going to make you wait right up to the final second. Like most games released through Steam, Bioshock Infinite allows you to preload the game before it is available. Basically, once you purchase the game, you install it through Steam and when the clock strikes midnight of the launch day you’re free to play. This isn’t totally uncommon, but what sets Steam apart from most other games is that midnight is entirely dependent on your location.Yes, that means that there are people in the world playing Bioshock Infinite right now, drooling all over the game hours before you are allows to hit the play button. Unless, of course, you take matters into your own hands.Like any web-connected service, Steam uses the information provided by your system and your ISP to determine things like time and geographic location. It’s why you can’t use the UK version of BBC iPlayer to watch Doctor Who and why at midnight tonight Steam will flip a switch and you’ll be able to play a night’s worth of SkyoShock. In order to usurp these location based limitations, all you need to do is use a VPN that will offer these applications a location that they will consider acceptable.Some users, currently playing the new game while you sit here reading this article, used a service called incloak to convince Steam that they were in New Zealand, where it is currently past midnight. If you use the trial code on their website, you can use their VPN service free for one day, and that happens to be exactly how long you need this little trick to work. Of course, it probably wouldn’t hurt if you bought a subscription from them, so you’ve got it all ready for the next big Steam release.We’ve not tested this ourselves — our Steam accounts are too sacred to us — so take every precaution if you decide to take an internet vacation to a land where it is already after midnight. It’s unlikely that Steam has anything setup to efficiently detect this sort of thing, but I would imagine there would be consequences. If you’ve just got to have the game right now, however, this method is clearly working for several people.last_img read more

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Update on Man Found Unconscious Near The Sands pronounced dead

first_img Further investigation warranted in death of Provo man Tourist man gone missing on dive, body found Saturday Recommended for you No medical report yet in Capron death Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Sept 2015 – An update on the death of the 85-year-old man found Thursday morning near The Sands. We’ve since been informed that man, named Weswold Dutikow, originally from Russia was an American citizen living in New York. Dutikow arrived in Providencials with his daughter on Sunday August 30 2015 and was scheduled to leave on Thursday September 10. 911 responders received the initial call for help at 9:25am, CPR was performed and Dutikow was then transported to Chershire Hall Medical where he was pronounced dead shortly after. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:dead, found, russian, the sands, Weswold Dutikowlast_img read more

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How An Infamous Telegram Spurred American Involvement In WWI

first_imgMichael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaThe restored home of the Mexican Telegraph Company’s Galveston transmission shack. The historic Zimmerman Telegram, which played some role in galvanizing support for U.S. involvement in World War I, was relayed through this facility (at its original location) in 1917. Listen 00:00 /12:53 X In 1917, while the United States was still on the fence about getting involved in World War I, a telegram was intercepted that changed some people’s minds.In the infamous Zimmerman Telegram, Germany tried to entice Mexico to join the war on its side. And, in exchange, Germany would return Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona to Mexican control if and when Germany won the war.The decoded version of the historic Zimmerman Telegram, in which German officials proposed an alliance with Mexico. In exchange, Mexico would reclaim possession of Texas and New Mexico when Germany was victorious.That, of course, never happened and might have been far fetched at best. But, when the story was leaked to the press, it garnered some outrage in the United States. And historians say it played some role in galvanizing U.S. support for the war in Europe.The telegram passed through Galveston, which was home to offices of The Mexican Telegraph Company. All telegraph communications from the United States to Mexico went through there, including the Zimmerman Telegram.Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaInside the restored home of the Mexican Telegraph Company’s Galveston transmission shack. The shack has been relocated from its original home near the Galveston seawall to the grounds of the historic Menard House on 33rd Street.The actual telegraph shack still exists. It was relocated from its original location near the Galveston seawall to the site of the historic Menard House on 33rd Street where a historical marker was dedicated in March.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talks with Dwayne Jones, executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation, to learn the whole story of the Zimmerman Telegram, Galveston’s role, and the event’s meaning.– / 7center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

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Texas Pediatricians Group Disagrees With Governor Concerning Child Car Safety Seats

first_img Under current Texas law, children under the age of eight have to ride in a safety seat that’s installed according to manufacturers’ instructions. But Gov. Greg Abbott has vetoed a bill that would have required kids under two to ride in a rear-facing seat.HB 448 was authored by Grand Prairie Democrat Chris Turner who said he wanted to strengthen current state law governing child safety seats.In explaining his veto of the bill, Abbott released a statement calling the measure “an unnecessary invasion of parental rights and an unfortunate example of over-criminalization.”Currently 14 states have laws addressing rear-facing seats. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends young children ride in a rear-facing seat for as long as possible and those recommendations are also included on the Texas Department of Public Safety website.Dr. Ben Raimer with the Texas Pediatric Society said his group is also working toward stronger regulations on the use of car seats.“That car seat acts as a shield and protection unit,” said Raimer. “As a pediatrician we all have our horror stories that we carry around with us and that’s what makes us stop a moment and talk to parents about proper use of a car seat. I just can’t tell you how important it is to follow those American Academy of Pediatrics standards.”Raimer said they’re willing to address Abbott’s concerns about creating new regulations.“Experience has shown us that sometimes the state government needs to pass laws to promote better buy-ins and facilitate the adoption of evidence-based practices as children progress toward their adulthood,” said Raimer. “We do want a way of collaborating with our government to introduce best safety practices into what we do in Texas.”Raimer said there are many resources around the state to help new parents install their safety seats correctly, including law enforcement agencies and children’s healthcare facilities.What else was vetoed?Abbott vetoed a total of 58 bills that lawmakers passed during this year’s legislative session. In addition to HB 448, here are some of the other bills that were vetoed:HB 3490 would have made harassment online, specifically on social media, a crime. The bill states that an offense is “repeated electronic communications in a manner reasonably likely to harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, embarrass, or offend another person.“ The act would have led to higher degrees of punishment if this harassment led to a minor engaging in self-injury to any degree. Abbott said the bill’s language was “overbroad.”HB 1771 sought to protect victims of human trafficking by insuring prostitutes under the age of 17 would not get prosecuted. However, Abbott was concerned that the bill could enable traffickers to “use underage prostitutes, knowing they cannot be arrested for engaging in prostitution.”HB 455 would have established policies for school recess. The bill required that recess would have to “encourage constructive, age-appropriate outdoor playtime.” Nancy Sims, a University of Houston lecturer and political analyst, and UH political science professor Brandon Rottinghaus spoke with Houston Matters about why some bills might not have made the cut. Listen to the full conversation in the audio below: Listen X 00:00 /00:46 00:00 /09:33center_img X Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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Profusion of bold colours

first_imgThe artist belong to various Indian state and the medium used are oil, acrylic, water, charcoal or mixed. Each one of them deal with subjects that are  close to their heart and imagination. Participating artists are Banoj Mohanty, Austin Konchira, Deepali Mangalik, Dinesh kumar panwar, Padmini Mehta, Rajeev Semwal, Rajni Kiran Jha, Sahil Jain, Surendran Karthyayan, Saru S, seshadri, Sunita Lamba from different states.The exhibition will be held from December 21- 27 at the Lalit Kala Bhawan, Ravindra Bhawan Tansen Marg. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The chief guest for the evening will be professor Sudharshan  Seneviratne(High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in India).Few of the work are like storytelling (narrative) in which the artist tell a lot without saying a word. It is through their imagination skill, they creates a whole cycle of image formation or any sensation in the mind of a viewer. Sunita Lamba the organiser is a well known artist who has won a won a gold medal for her sculpture at the Beijing Olympics. She has that acumen to delve into human consciousness. Austin Konchira artist trained under the instruction of artist Mahindra, a renowned painter in Kerala, bring richness to figuration and abstraction in bright colors and versatile contours. Banoj Mohant’s works depict social message and idealism in society which is rare and missing. Lots of creative thinking has gone in to get the right message conveyed. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDeepali Mangalik a nature enthusiast was raised in Dehra Dun and being surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna, her surroundings are her inspiration. Dinesh displays vivid cultural heritage in his work of art showcasing impressionistic rural scenes that focuses on one moment or gives a intelligent impression about a character, idea, setting, or object. Padmini from Varanasi (Banaras), grew up surrounded by holy images, grassy meadows and towering trees that bring out the richness of the city while Rajeev’s drawings help him in expressing his feelings. Black is his favorite color and it brings out his creativity with just one color. Rajni’s Matsya- Kanya series includes the Matsya- Kanya and Lotus. Fish is the symbol of good luck. Whereas lotus is symbolic of peace and prosperity. In the Hindu religion girl is considered as goddess Laxmi.S  Seshadri an engineer but has been wielding the brushes as a hobby while Sahil Jain is a contemporary artist who owns both theory and technique . A deep thinker who strives to peel off the layers from the different faces around him and has the potential to see the real behind the facades.last_img read more

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The Great Depression Slums Named After a President

first_imgBread-lines. Soup-lines. “Brother, can you spare a dime?” Street corner apple sellers. Stockbrokers jumping from Wall Street windows. Riding the rails. All of these things are emblematic of the Great Depression (1929-c.1941), the greatest economic disaster to befall the United States and the world in modern times. In the recession that began in 2007-8, the US unemployment rate reached ten percent in some states. During the Depression, the jobless rate at times hit thirty percent in some areas of the country. This, of course, led to homelessness on a massive scale.To find shelter, protection, and community, people all over the nation constructed “Hoovervilles” – essentially temporary slums named after the man that most people blamed for the Depression – President Herbert Hoover.President Herbert Hoover.The Depression lasted a little over two years before the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his “New Deal” which would see greater social programs and benefits for those affected by the Depression.Social Security, welfare and unemployment benefits were begun under Roosevelt, and like today, provided a bare minimum to “tide people by” until times got better. In the 1930s this bare minimum still did not allow many to regain any kind of permanent shelter, so they stayed in the Hoovervilles.Al Capone’s soup kitchen during the Great Depression, Chicago, 1931.Perhaps the largest Hooverville in the country was in St. Louis, then one of the ten biggest cities in the nation, and for many, a crossroads going both east/west and north/south on their way to other destinations hoping to find work. Like all Hoovervilles, the one in St. Louis was made up of make-shift buildings made from whatever people could get their hands on.1930s SlangThe most common sights were scrap-wood and tar-paper shacks. This at least kept out some of the cold in winter. Heat was provided by whatever would burn – usually in metal oil drums, but sometimes in wire garbage cans, both of which allowed sparks to escape. Tar-paper catches fire quickly, and this was an ever-present threat in the community.Hooverville of Bakersfield, California. A rapidly growing community of people living rent-free on the edge of the town dump in whatever kind of shelter available.The threats of fire and of crime led to the residents of the Hoovervilles to band together to create fire-watchers and unofficial police forces. The majority of the residents of the slums were single men, or married men separated from their families. Any social worker will tell you that crime goes up in a community without women and family present.Though men made up the majority of the residents, their were still plenty of women and children – the typical victims of crime. Within many of the Hoovervilles, some of the older and/or more responsible men formed vigilante groups responsible for keeping (or trying to keep) law and order. It is not hard to imagine that many cases of domestic and child abuse went unpunished, however.An impoverished American family living in a shanty, 1936.Another way people tried to cope with their situation was to have regular religious meetings. In St. Louis, their were no less than seven churches made from orange crates trying to furnish the spiritual needs of those living there.Schools were also opened for the children in the camp. Seven churches? That begs the question: how many people lived in the St. Louis Hooverville? Historians estimate anywhere from five to seven thousand – this number was constantly changing as times got worse or better.Hooverville, 1938.The other obvious problem for a community of this size, which was in almost every sense of the word a “refugee camp,” was health. In the summer, heat added to the misery. Water was limited, making clean drinking water a scarcity.The camp in St. Louis was right on the Mississippi River, and clean water was still scarce. Why? Think about it – in a time before any true regulation on pollution, many of a major cities’ factories dumped right into the river.Life in a shanty town, 1938.Same with much of the cities’ waste. Add to that the waste, food remains, and garbage of the camp itself. Though there were outbreaks of water-borne illnesses in the U.S. during the Depression, it’s amazing that there were not more.Health questions as well as questions of law and order, “civic pride” (which meant “appearances”) led many of the cities in the United States to closely monitor the Hoovervilles with the police. Though the Hooverville in St. Louis lasted for most of the Depression, many of those in other cities were broken up, sometimes very forcefully.Huts and unemployed.Another factor leading the authorities to watch and break-up the Hoovervilles, especially in the first years of the crisis, was the fear of communism. Ever since the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, the nations of Europe and North America feared that communist ideology would spread among the working class.To degree, it did, which resulted in the “Red Scare” of the 1920s, and the wide-spread fear of communist revolution during the Depression. Within most Hoovervilles, one did not have to look hard to find socialist and communists among the workers laid off from their jobs.Life in a shanty town, 1938.While most of those laid off were not communists by any stretch of the imagination, the powers that be in business and government were gripped by fear that labor unions (whom they already suspected) would soon be advocating violent revolution. At times, workers’ meetings in the Hoovervilles were both infiltrated and broken up by the police.Read another story from us: The reason why some Great Depression photos were punched full of holesWith the coming of WWII, and America’s role in helping to supply the British Empire and itself with the weapons and supplies of war, the Depression slowly came to an end, and with it, those Hoovervilles still standing were thankfully abandoned, but they live on in the poignant photographs.Matthew Gaskill holds an MA in European History and writes on a variety of topics from the Medieval World to WWII to genealogy and more. A former educator, he values curiosity and diligent research. He is the author of many best-selling Kindle works on Amazon.last_img read more

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Better Living Through Crispr Growing Human Organs in Pigs

first_imgA wiry 58-year-old, Belmonte has a dimpled smile, narrow eyes, and a gentle but energetic demeanor. Chimera research is, as it happens, only one major front that his lab is exploring with Crispr. He and his team have also performed a slew of experiments in epigenetic editing—a variation on Crispr that modulates gene expression rather than hack away at the DNA sequence itself. With it, they have reversed the symptoms of diabetes, kidney disease, and muscular dystrophy in mice. For good measure, they’re also trying to rewind the aging process itself.“He is pushing boundaries on the things we can do nowadays,” says Pablo Juan Ross, a professor in the department of animal science at UC Davis, who has been conducting chimera experiments with pigs and sheep in his own laboratory. Both scientists are keen on proving the value of gene editing and chimeras. With such a dire need for human organs, Ross asks, wouldn’t we rather have technology that can develop them on demand with animals, instead of waiting for the next teenager to die in a car accident?But while he is eager to show what might be possible, Belmonte is not particularly impatient to see his research leave the laboratory. He opted to destroy his fetal pig chimeras during their first trimester, before they could develop into anything more ethically confounding—despite the fact that in Spain, where they were grown, regulations would have allowed Belmonte to euthanize the animals after bringing them to term. And he is altogether wary of editing genes in people. “We need to know much more before we can use Crispr in a human being,” Belmonte says. “I wouldn’t dare to move it outside of the lab yet.”The science itself isn’t the only thing that needs to progress. There also has to be a thorough debate about gene editing, Belmonte says; scientists like him must have a strong voice in it, but so should physicians, the public, and the government. De Vos agrees. “Einstein did basic research in physics,” he says. “But it was at a country level that it was decided to apply these findings to bomb Hiroshima—not at the scientist level.”Still, the clock is ticking on that debate. Belmonte firmly believes that scientists today are on the cusp of curing diseases, reversing aging, and saving lives with homegrown organs. “What we are talking about is not like taking an aspirin,” he says. “It could change our own evolution, our own species.”A revolution in the culture at large—or at least a reckoning—will lag not far behind, whether we like it or not. “We change our values depending on the facts that are presented to us,” Belmonte adds. “That’s the way societies have evolved.” Given the pace of new developments in biology, we already have a lot of catching up to do.Erika Hayasaki (@ErikaHayasaki) wrote about a scientific effort to dial down human pain in issue 25.05.This article appears in the April issue. Subscribe now.Let us know what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor at mail@wired.com. To the ancient greeks, the chimera was a ferocious creature—part lion, part goat, and part snake. The first chimera that Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte ever created, in 1992, was considerably less intimidating: It consisted of an embryonic mouse limb grafted onto the wing of an embryonic chicken.Belmonte was a young scientist at the time, working in a lab in Heidelberg, Germany. He was transfixed by the mysteries of gene expression—the biological signals that govern how an animal develops—and the pure potential that lurked in embryonic cells. Take any vertebrate: a chicken, a pig, a human. At maturity, they are dramatically different organisms, but they start out nearly identical. Belmonte began to wonder: If a mouse limb could live on a chicken’s wing, what else might be possible? How else might scientists alter the signals that dictate what a creature becomes?Belmonte’s interest in the malleability of destiny was, on some level, personal. The child of poor, barely educated parents in rural southern Spain, he had been forced to drop out of school for a few years as a young boy to support his family with farmwork. Only as a teenager did he return to the classroom—at which point he promptly set off on a rapid trajectory from philosophy (Nietzsche and Schopenhauer were favorites) to pharmacology to genetics.By 2012, Belmonte was one of the world’s preeminent biologists, running his own lab at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, and another one in his native Spain. Like his colleagues all over the globe, he was pondering how to make use of a powerful new tool in the discipline’s arsenal—the Crispr-Cas9 gene-editing platform. After the first major Crispr papers appeared, Belmonte quickly set his sights on an audacious target. In the US alone, around 100,000 people are on a waiting list for an organ transplant at any given time, and some 8,000 of them die each year for lack of a donor. As Belmonte saw it, Crispr and chimeras could be a solution. He hoped to use the new gene-editing technique to fool the bodies of large livestock into becoming incubators for human hearts, kidneys, livers, and lungs.Belmonte’s exploratory research started in mice. Using Crispr, he and his team deleted the genes that allowed the animals to grow several organs, including eyes, a heart, or a pancreas. Rather than let these maimed mouse embryos develop on their own, the Salk researchers injected some rat stem cells into the mix. Lo and behold, the rat cells replaced the missing organs, and the animals lived a normal murine lifespan. By 2017, Belmonte and his colleagues had moved onto bigger test subjects. They injected human stem cells into 1,500 ordinary pig embryos, then implanted those embryos into sows. Within about 20 days, some had developed into people-­pig chimeras. It was a modest success. The embryos were far more pig than person, with approximately one human cell for every 100,000 porcine cells. But the experiment was nonetheless a major milestone: They were the first chimeric embryos ever created by merging two large, distantly related species.Much as he did with mice and rats, Belmonte plans to use Crispr to switch off a pig’s propensity to create its own organs, then fill the gap with human cells. But the second step—getting the human cells to take root in pigs at higher rates—has proved devilishly hard. “The mouse-rat efficiency is quite good,” Belmonte says. “Human-pig efficiency is not so high. So that is a problem.” Today, Belmonte’s lab is slogging through an arduous process of trial and error, testing how different animal and human cells interact when combined, in hopes that they can apply what they learn to pig-­human chimeras. But even that slog is, by the research standards of just a few years ago, proceeding at lightning speed. With conventional methods, Belmonte says, “it would take hundreds of years. But thanks to Crispr, we can move quickly to many, many genes and modify them.” Preparing to unleash Crispr on an unprepared worldBeyond Cas9: 4 ways to edit DNAMore humane livestock, brought to you by Crispr Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte’s very busy lab at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California—pictured here—has used Crispr to create human-animal chimeras; to reverse the symptoms of diabetes, kidney disease, and muscular dystrophy in mice; and, for good measure, to see if they can rewind the aging process itself.Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte’s very busy lab at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California—pictured here—has used Crispr to create human-animal chimeras; to reverse the symptoms of diabetes, kidney disease, and muscular dystrophy in mice; and, for good measure, to see if they can rewind the aging process itself.Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte’s very busy lab at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California—pictured here—has used Crispr to create human-animal chimeras; to reverse the symptoms of diabetes, kidney disease, and muscular dystrophy in mice; and, for good measure, to see if they can rewind the aging process itself.Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte’s very busy lab at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California—pictured here—has used Crispr to create human-animal chimeras; to reverse the symptoms of diabetes, kidney disease, and muscular dystrophy in mice; and, for good measure, to see if they can rewind the aging process itself.Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte’s very busy lab at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California—pictured here—has used Crispr to create human-animal chimeras; to reverse the symptoms of diabetes, kidney disease, and muscular dystrophy in mice; and, for good measure, to see if they can rewind the aging process itself.Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte’s very busy lab at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California—pictured here—has used Crispr to create human-animal chimeras; to reverse the symptoms of diabetes, kidney disease, and muscular dystrophy in mice; and, for good measure, to see if they can rewind the aging process itself. If Crispr has helped to supercharge the ambition of Belmonte’s work, it has also sent him careening into some of the thorniest ethical terrain in science. The ancients regarded chimeras as bad omens, and modern Americans have been similarly spooked by them—especially those that blur the line between human and animal. In his 2006 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush ranked the creation of such hybrids as among “the most egregious abuses of medical research.” In 2015, Belmonte learned that he was in the running for a Pioneer Award, one of the National Institutes of Health’s most prestigious and generous grants; then he found out that his application was on hold, he says, because of his chimera work. That same year, the NIH suspended federal funding for any studies that introduce human stem cells into animal embryos, saying it needed time to think through the ethical issues. A year later, the agency announced plans to lift the moratorium and opened the idea to public comment; 22,000 responses flooded in. So far, funding is still on pause. (Belmonte eventually won a Pioneer Award, but still carried out much of his pig research in Spain with private funds.)John De Vos, director of the Department of Cell and Tissue Engineering at Montpellier University Hospital and Medical School in France, has no trouble envisioning worst-case scenarios involving pig chimeras. If too many human cells make it into a pig’s brain, for instance, the animal could theoretically develop new kinds of awareness and intelligence. (In 2013, scientists in Rochester, New York, injected mice with human brain cells, and the mice turned out smarter than their peers.) “It would be horrible to imagine a form of human consciousness locked in the body of an animal,” De Vos says. What if scientists inadvertently created a pig able to intellectualize its own suffering, one with a sense of moral injustice? Even if you could accept killing a farm animal to harvest its organs—which many animal welfare activists don’t—surely it would be monstrous to kill one with humanlike intelligence to go along with its humanlike pancreas.Belmonte offers a straightforward solution to this problem: more Crispr. Using gene editing, he says, researchers can prevent a human cell from colonizing the brain of a pig. Similar interventions could keep human DNA from entering the porcine germ line—proliferating into future piglet-people for generations to come—another scenario that has made bioethicists especially squeamish. “In the laboratory,” Belmonte says, “we have technologies that could avoid those ethical concerns.”last_img read more

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Strategy Consulting Market New Innovation Including Key Players Like AT Kearney

first_imgStrategy consultants advise organizations on high-level decisions in an unbiased fashion, using deep industry knowledge to deliver the best results. It is a type of Management Consulting, which generally implies advising at the highest-level of a company. Strategy consultants work across every industry, with private and public sector bodies on a wide range of issues. Strategy consulting is one of the most competitive and lucrative destinations for bright graduates, but it is also often misunderstood. Luckily, we’ve compiled a guide to help you understand the ins and outs of this prestigious sector.The Strategy Consulting Market research report presents a comprehensive assessment of the market and contains thoughtful insights, facts, historical data and statistically-supported and industry-validated market data and projections with a suitable set of assumptions and methodology. It provides analysis and information by categories such as market segments, regions, and product type and distribution channels.Download Sample Copy @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3199811?utm_source=ANIL-HTNBy Market Players: A.T. Kearney, Bain & Company, McKinsey, Mercer, The Boston Consulting Group, Oliver Wyman, Accenture, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PwC, Roland Berger, DeloitteThe report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the Strategy Consulting industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentations such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for the Strategy Consulting industry, followed by industry news and policies.The report includes an analysis of the growth rate of every segment with the help of charts and tables. 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first_imgNews | April 08, 2009 Fuji Features ProSolv Version 4.0 at HIMSS09 Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more April 8, 2009 – FUJIFILM company featured at HIMSS 2009 its ProSolv CardioVascular 4.0, a Web-based application for full viewing and reporting capabilities using Web communication protocols, secured via SSL, in addition to a Web URL single-click application download and installation for easier deployment.Enhancements include new advanced clinical tools to further aid the diagnostic process, and the full integration to FUJIFILM Medical Systems’ Synapse PACS. The Web-based functionality delivered in ProSolv CardioVascular 4.0 will enable all cardiac modalities to be merged into a single system for a single point of access anywhere.A number of new clinical reporting features are included in ProSolv CardioVascular 4.0. An echocardiography, pediatric echo reporting and a Z-score module have been added so users can easily report more than 40 pediatric measurements and calculations against the normal ranges and Z-scores. For nuclear cardiology, Invia 4DM-spect version 5.2 is now supported, offering features like saved state. Other new features and enhancements introduced in ProSolv CardioVascular 4.0 include a new default echo measurement analysis package, improvements to ProSolv CardioVascular’s coronary tree functionality, and resting ECG management, including holter monitoring support delivered by ProSolv CardioVascular’s OpenECG Module, powered by Epiphany.Rounding out the new features in ProSolv CardioVascular 4.0 is the seamless integration of FUJIFILM’s Synapse PACS radiology application, enabling all ProSolv cardiology users to access a patient’s complete radiology data from one workstation, with a single sign-on and familiar user interface.For more information: www.prosolv.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more last_img read more

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French data regulator CNIL imposes a fine of 50M euros against Google

first_imgThe French data regulator, National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has imposed a financial penalty on Google for 50M euros for failing to comply with GDPR. After a thorough analysis, CNIL observed that information provided by Google is not easily accessible for users, neither is it always clear or comprehensive. CNIL started this investigation after receiving complaints from None Of Your Business and La Quadrature du Net. They complained about Google “not having a valid legal basis to process the personal data of the users of its services, particularly for ads personalization purposes.” Following its own investigation, after the complaints, CNIL also found Google guilty of not validly obtaining proper user consent for ad personalization purposes. Per the committee, Google makes it hard for people to understand how their data is being used by using broad and obscure wordings. For example, CNIL says, “in the section “Ads Personalization”, it is not possible to be aware of the plurality of services, websites and applications involved in these processing operations (Google search, Youtube, Google home, Google maps, Play store, Google pictures…) and therefore of the amount of data processed and combined.” Google is also violating GDPR rules when new Android users set up a new phone and follow Android’s onboarding process. The committee found that when an account is created, the user can modify some options associated with the account by clicking on the ‘More options’. However, the display of the ads personalization is pre-ticked. This violates GDPR’s rule of ‘consent being ambiguous’. Furthermore, GDPR states that the consent is “specific” only if it is given distinctly for each purpose. However Google violates it as before creating an account, the user is asked to tick the boxes « I agree to Google’s Terms of Service» and « I agree to the processing of my information as described above and further explained in the Privacy Policy» in order to create the account. Therefore, the user gives his or her consent in full, for all the processing operations purposes carried out by Google. Netizens feel that 50M euros are far too little to pay as a fine for a massive organization like Google. However, a hacker news user counter argued the statement saying that “Google or any other company does not get to just continue their practices, as usual, the fine is pure “punishment” for the bad behavior in the past. Google would gladly pay them if it meant they could continue their anti-competitive practices, it would just be a cost of doing business. But that’s not the point of them. The real teeth are in the changes they will be forced to make.” Twitteratis were also in support of CNIL. A Google spokesperson spoke to Techcrunch with the following statement, “People expect high standards of transparency and control from us. We’re deeply committed to meeting those expectations and the consent requirements of the GDPR. We’re studying the decision to determine our next steps.” Read Next Googlers launch industry-wide awareness campaign to fight against forced arbitration EU slaps Google with $5 billion fine for the Android antitrust case Google+ affected by another bug, 52M users compromised, shut down within 90 dayslast_img read more

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Vehicles collide on Colenso Pieters road

first_img3 vehicles collided on the Colenso / Pieters road this morning.Mass casualties were reported at the scene, and paramedics have transported the injured to hospital.Traffic is being delayed.We will update this story when we have more information. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

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