UN refugee chief in Middle East to strengthen ties with Gulf States

2 April 2007After wrapping up a weekend trip to Baghdad to find ways to bolster humanitarian support for the millions uprooted by the conflict in Iraq, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is in Bahrain today, as part of a mission to the Middle East to strengthen the agency’s partnerships with Gulf nations and the Muslim world in general. After wrapping up a weekend trip to Baghdad to find ways to bolster humanitarian support for the millions uprooted by the conflict in Iraq, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is in Bahrain today, as part of a mission to the Middle East to strengthen the agency’s partnerships with Gulf nations and the Muslim world in general.In Baghdad, Mr. Guterres held talks with top officials, stressing that the Iraqi Government must take control of the international effort to address the needs of the estimated 1.9 million people who are displaced within the country and an additional 2 million who have fled their homeland.“The clear engagement of the Iraqi Government in support of their own citizens living in the neighboring countries is a vital element not only in alleviating their plight, but as an instrument to reinforce the links of Iraqi refugees with their own country and preparing for their voluntary return when conditions allow,” Mr. Guterres said. “UNHCR is ready to cooperate with the Iraqi Government to facilitate the most effective forms of cooperation.”Among others, he met with Presidnet Jalal Talibani, Vice President Tarik al-Hashemi, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Interior Minister Jawad al-Bollani and Minister of Displacement and Migration Abdul-Samad Rahman Sultan.The High Commissioner also briefed the Iraqi officials on the upcoming UNHCR-backed international conference, scheduled to be held in Geneva on 17-18 April. Almost 200 Governments have been invited to the high-level meeting which aims to create a global effort to find a humanitarian solution for those uprooted by the conflict in Iraq.Following his meetings with Iraqi authorities, the High Commissioner announced that UNHCR would bolster its international presence in Iraq and also increase activities in the country.Currently, UNHCR has seven offices in Iraq to facilitate humanitarian programmes, and the agency’s work inside the country is primarily carried out by national staff members.Approximately 1.2 million Iraqis are residing in Syria while another 750,000 are in Jordan, putting a strain on the resources of host countries dealing with the influx of refugees.UNHCR has urged the international community to share the burden borne by the States sheltering Iraqi refugees through several avenues, including supporting the work of the agency and other humanitarian partners in the region, giving bilateral aid to governments and assisting in resettling the most vulnerable refugees.On Sunday, High Commissioner António Guterres stopped in Qatar, and he will be in Bahrain until tomorrow evening when he travels to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Mr. Guterres will then move on to Dubai on Thursday.The High Commissioner’s Middle East trip is a continuation of his last visit to the region in early February when he went to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. read more

UN chief urges men to champion the cause for gender equality

7 May 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today challenged men to champion the cause for the empowerment of women, saying they remained “second-class citizens”, often subjected to violence in many societies, despite the important gains made in improving their participation in social, economic and political affairs. “I believe that unless you change mentality and behaviour of men, it will be very difficult to change this situation,” said Mr. Ban in an address to the Global Summit of Women in Istanbul, Turkey, where he was honoured with the Women”s Leadership Award in recognition of his efforts to promote gender equality.He noted that he was the first man to receive the award in its 21-year history.“So, beginning from me as the first man to receive this, I sincerely hope that there will be many more men who will receive this award,” said the Secretary-General, recalling that he had in 2009 launched the Network of Men Leaders to combat the scourge of gender-based violence.The Network brings together current and former politicians, activists, religious and community figures – including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho – to combat the global pandemic.He said the UN has, during his tenure as Secretary-General, focused on health care, especially through a global strategy for women’s and children’s health to save at least 16 million lives by 2015, recognizing that access to health care remains inadequate or unavailable even though it is critical for building stable, peaceful and productive societies.On the empowerment of women within the UN system, Mr. Ban told the summit that the number of women in senior management positions had risen by 40 per cent over the past four years.“I am working hard to break down barriers for the advancement of women by tearing down this glass ceiling at the United Nations,” he said.On the latest developments in North Africa and the Middle East, the Secretary-General told the summit that he has been urging leaders there to listen to the voices of women and the youth when they engage in dialogue with those calling for political reform.“I never failed to mention women in the Arab world because I know that women in the Arab World must be emancipated, and they must be given equal rights. Women who have fought for gender equality know that the battle does not end there. The battle does not end until there is no discrimination, against any human being, on any grounds. The battle does not end until all people can enjoy a life of dignity,” said Mr. Ban.“I am counting on you, women leaders from around the world and from all walks of life, to work with me to realize this goal. I am asking world leaders, and I am asking business leaders, and I am asking women leaders to work together to achieve that goal where everybody, men and women, without any fear of violence, without any fear of discrimination can work in harmony and in dignity as human beings,” he added. read more

India cautions Sri Lanka on demining

He also touched on the assistance India was providing the people in the north following the war including the construction of houses for the war displaced. India today cautioned Sri Lanka on the demining in the north saying the authorities should make sure all the mines are removed and that nothing is missed in an attempt to meet a deadline.Major General G. S Shergill of the Indian army who is in Sri Lanka to attend the defence seminar, told the delegates in his speech today that it was good to see that most of the demining work was complete. However he had a word of caution and urged the authorities to make sure the work is complete before people are resettled in those areas. He said that in attempting to meet a deadline the authorities should not leave any mines behind which in turn could see civilians lose a limb. read more

NewsAlert CannTrust says Health Canada has suspended its licence

The Canadian Press VAUGHAN, Ont. — CannTrust Holdings Inc. says it received a notice of licence suspension from Health Canada, which has been investigating the cannabis company for allegedly cultivating pot in unlicensed rooms.The Vaughan, Ont.-based company says the notice it received from the regulator late this morning indicates that Health Canada has suspended its authority to produce cannabis, other than cultivating and harvesting, and to sell cannabis.More coming

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2015 3:06 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,077.36, up 75.99 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up four cents, or 2.25 per cent, to $1.82 on 8.9 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 16 cents, or 1.65 per cent, to $9.83 on 6.9 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down 50 cents, or 4.33 per cent, to $11.06 on 6.4 million shares.MBAC Fertilizer Corp. (TSX:MBC). Fertilizer producer. Down one cent, or 20 per cent, to four cents on 5.5 million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B). Miner. Up 63 cents, or 7.14 per cent, to $9.45 on 4.4 million shares.Bankers Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:BNK). Oil and gas. Up eight cents, or 3.59 per cent, to $2.31 on 4.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE). Oil and gas. Up 95 cents, or 4.21 per cent, to $23.52 on 1.5 million shares. Husky Energy reported a second-quarter profit of $120 million, down from a year ago, as it was hit by lower oil and natural gas prices and an increase in corporate taxes in Alberta. The company said the profit amounts to 10 cents per diluted share for the three months ended June 30 compared with a profit of $628 million or 63 cents per diluted share a year ago.WestJet (TSX:WJA). Airline. Down 84 cents, or 3.71 per cent, to $21.83 on 658,061 shares. WestJet reported record earnings Tuesday in its second quarter, propelled by falling fuel costs and a rising number of passengers. Gregg Saretsky, the CEO of the Calgary-based airline, said he expects the company’s discounted rates and updated WestJet Plus fares for its premium economy class to drive similarly strong results in the second half of the year, despite a stumbling Canadian economy. Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

FROM THE FIELD Hardy seeds bear fruit to protect Colombias environment

The Antioquia region, a key agricultural area, has experienced steadily rising temperatures and now dry seasons are lasting longer. Rains, when they arrive, are more intense and often lead to flooding.In response, local farmers have been working with the UN to identify crops which are more resistant to drought and flooding.Seeds, including cashew, loquat and tamarind have been collected using age-old indigenous knowledge and now the efforts of farmers are beginning to bear fruit.Read the full story here Photo: UNDP | In the community’s newly-built seed bank, bottles are catalogued with species’ names, so that locals can sow, distribute, and exchange them with other communities.

Ohio States Troy Montgomery a nightmare for opposing pitchers

OSU sophomore outfielder Troy Montgomery squares up to swing during a game against Louisville April 14 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Ryan Cooper / Lantern reporter“He’s a dynamic player on both sides of the ball. He can change the game with his speed, power and glove.”That’s what senior pitcher Trace Dempsey had to say about the Ohio State baseball team’s sophomore outfielder, Troy Montgomery.Montgomery has had a massive impact in the Buckeyes’ 24 wins and serves as a consistent player at bat with a .322 batting average. He has almost doubled his runs from last season with 31 on 39 hits and has more than quadrupled his 2014 stolen base total with 18 on 20 attempts this season.“Montgomery’s a nightmare on the base paths for pitchers,” Dempsey said. “He’s really come through for us in the leadoff spot while making a lot of fantastic plays in the outfield to save us some runs.”For the sophomore, the word “athlete” has always been a part of his life. But after beginning to play baseball at the age of three, his father encouraged him to pursue the sport more seriously at the age of eight.“He really wanted me to play baseball, so I did and I love it,” Montgomery said. “My dad has been my biggest supporter my whole career and he pushed me the entire way.”Starting in Fortville, Ind., as a young child in T-ball and working his way up through the Indiana Bandits and Indiana Bulls travel leagues, Montgomery said he didn’t become confident till late in his career.“I really didn’t find myself in baseball till my sophomore year of high school. I got a little bit bigger and things just started to click for me,” Montgomery said.Things have been consistently clicking for Montgomery since he went into his freshman year at OSU as the No. 11 prospect according to the Prep Baseball Report. He played in 49 of the Buckeyes’ 58 games that season. Now in his second year in Columbus, Montgomery has earned the position as leadoff batter and continues to flourish on the field.“He’s matured from last season. Troy Montgomery is a really talented kid,” coach Greg Beals said. “He’s got pop in his bat, he can run, he can play defense and he can throw. He may be the best professional prospect on our team. He’s a full package player, he has it all.”Regardless of future potential, Montgomery said he’s focused on doing his part to help the Buckeyes win games.“My job is to get on second base and steal bags,” he said. “My job is to be on second base and allow (Connor) Sabanosh, (Pat) Porter and (Ronnie) Dawson to score me at some point in the inning,” Montgomery said.Beals said Montgomery is confident in his ability, but added he’s not a finished product.“That’s a kid that’s learning the game, that’s understanding the game,” Beals said. “And that’s the difference between playing hard and competing and right now he’s competing. He’s starting to figure out the little things that make a difference in how good you can be.”Montgomery said success is all about “believing and trusting yourself, your hands and your swing to get the job done.”But the main goal of winning games comes from a confidence and belief throughout the entire Buckeye roster and staff, he said.“Our team chemistry is unreal right now. People aren’t selfish, they’re going to work their hardest to get the job done for the team, to win as a team,” Montgomery said.The 2015 Buckeyes set their goal this year at 40 wins, a Big Ten title and a shot in the NCAAs, and for Montgomery, the success of OSU comes from the Buckeyes’ preparation and teamwork.“Preparation, working day in and day out, that’s how you find success,” Montgomery said. “You can’t win the game by yourself, baseball will not allow you to do that. So when you have a good group of guys that can back you, it makes everyone’s job so much easier.”As the Buckeyes prepare for another Big Ten series this weekend against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Montgomery stressed the importance of focusing on the task at hand.“We just have to continue to take one game at a time and know our roles in the box and know our roles on the field,” Montgomery said. “And just continue to click on all cylinders and trust ourselves to get the job done and get these three wins.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Lincoln, Neb., with the three games set for Friday at 7:35 p.m., Saturday at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday at 2:05 p.m. read more

Chip Kellys Problem Wasnt The HurryUp — It Was Everything Else

Here at FiveThirtyEight, we’ve watched Chip Kelly’s 2015 campaign as Philadelphia Eagles head coach/general manager with a combination of fascination and horror. His offseason roster-shuffling was spellbinding; the season itself, not so much. And on Tuesday night, it all came to a screeching halt with the news that Kelly had been fired in the wake of Philly’s 38-24 loss to Washington, with one game left in the season.Although Kelly had two years left on his contract, the dismissal wasn’t exactly a surprise. According to Elo ratings, our pet metric for gauging team strength, the Eagles have been one of the league’s most underwhelming teams this season. It’s telling that Philly refused to even let Kelly play out the string in Week 17, as if to emphasize the magnitude of the disappointment — this is only the seventh time since 1970 that an NFL team has fired its coach with exactly one game left in the schedule.Despite the fanfare that accompanied Kelly’s transition to the NFL in 2013, Philly couldn’t sustain the flashes of offensive brilliance it showed during Kelly’s first season as coach. The team regressed each year under his watch, to the degree that — according to our expected points added (EPA) grades, which rate teams on a scale in which 100 is average and one standard deviation is worth 15 points — Kelly’s final edition of the Eagles was below average at running the ball and stopping the pass, and downright horrible when it came to passing and stopping the run. PER PLAY, HURRY-UPPER PLAY, NON-HURRY-UP Broncos20132425.7+1.3636.5-0.17 It bears mentioning that the league-average EPA on hurry-up plays is significantly worse than it is on other types of plays (shaded both ways by manic end-of-game scenarios), so we might have predicted that the Eagles would fare much worse while in blur mode, not better. Yet Philly managed to keep its hurry-up efficiency above league average and compounded that edge by running these up-tempo plays about four times as frequently as the typical team. This should have been a tremendous advantage.And if all Kelly did was run fast plays, we might not be discussing his firing right now. But aside from Kelly’s first season, Philly’s offense has been hugely ineffective when it isn’t pushing the tempo. A freakishly efficient showing on fast-paced plays last season helped temporarily mask that issue, but the Eagles offense cratered this year when its hurry-up efficiency dipped, even though it remained above league average. It’s hard to rely solely on your hurry-up when, even at its peak, hurry-up can account for only about a third of your plays.The irony, of course, is that Kelly’s failed Eagles tenure will probably be seen as a sort of referendum on his fast-paced style. And perhaps the types of players necessary to properly execute that formula are less suited to a conventional playing style, or the allocation of practice time required for their execution precludes a team from being sharp in a standard set. But Kelly’s fast-break offense itself turned out to be one of the Eagles’ greatest strengths. The problem, it turns out, was damn near everything else the team did. Eagles20143025.1+0.4434.2-0.17 Giants20151326.4+1.2737.3-0.17 Chargers20151325.1-1.0338.8+0.13 Texans20141425.9+2.0238.3-0.36 Source: TruMEDIA The NFL teams that hurried up the most, 2013-15 Eagles201536%25.1s+0.1033.0s-0.14 201311512195117 Source: TRUMEDIA Patriots20131525.5-0.4637.5+0.14 Bills20132226.9-0.0835.3-0.06 Browns20141525.0+0.6637.6-0.18 20141039897112 Eagles20132726.0-0.0135.0+0.13 201587979791 Packers20151326.1-0.6438.7+0.12 Jaguars20131626.0-2.2837.7+0.25 Patriots20141626.1+1.3837.2-0.17 OFFENSE RATINGDEFENSE RATING The decline of Kelly’s Eagles TEAMYEARHURRY-UP %TIMEEPA VS. AVGTIMEEPA VS. AVG Ravens20131227.0-0.7437.2-0.00 Texans20151225.4+1.2737.9-0.22 NFL Avg.825.7-0.1239.5+0.01 YEARPASSINGRUSHINGPASSINGRUSHING Now, maybe this season’s ignominy was a hiccup, albeit one largely attributable to the slew of personnel changes Kelly made over the offseason. Certainly, teams this bad at passing tend to bounce back the next season. But it’s rarely enough to get back to league average,1Since 1966, only 27 percent of teams with a passing index from 85 to 90 made it to 100 the next season. and even if the Eagles did, they’d still be left with a mediocre offense overall. That’s hardly the revolution Philly had in mind when it lured Kelly away from Oregon three years ago.But here’s the thing: The “blur” offense actually worked for the Eagles. In terms of using the fewest seconds of clock time per play, the 2015 Eagles were the fastest-paced NFL team since TruMedia began tracking the statistic in 2006. They kept pushing the proportion of their plays that used fewer than 30 real-time seconds between snaps — which I’ll define as “hurry-up” plays for our purposes — and those plays largely continued to be more effective (by per-play EPA) than the league average across all plays. read more

Womens basketball Ohio State selected as No 5 seed in Lexington region

Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell drives to the basket and attempts a layup against Purdue in the Big Ten tournament semifinal in Indianapolis on March 4. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team (26-6) has been selected to the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament as the No. 5 seed in the Lexington region and will play No. 12 seed Western Kentucky on Friday.The Big Ten regular-season champion Buckeyes will play the first two rounds in Lexington, Kentucky with a possible matchup against the No. 4 seed Kentucky Wildcats in the second round.This is OSU’s 24th appearance all-time in the NCAA tournament and the program’s third straight appearance. Last season, OSU lost as a No. 2 seed to No. 6 seed Tennessee in the Sweet 16.OSU finished at No. 11 in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll.The Buckeyes are coming off a Purdue upset in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament on March 4. The Boilermakers halted OSU’s momentum, ending their 12 game win streak. Big Ten Player of the Year Kelsey Mitchell leads the charge for OSU with 23 points per game, which ranks sixth nationally. Mitchell also averages 2.8 assists per game and is shooting 44 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3.Senior forward Shayla Cooper averages 10.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun is one of OSU’s top outside threats, splashing in 39 percent of her 3-point attempts this season.It’s still a question whether or not redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga will be available for the NCAA tournament. The Big Ten’s leading rebounder went down with a foot injury in the final month of the season and hasn’t played since Feb. 4 at Wisconsin. read more

Smithwick Tribunal reactions Finding of gardaí collusion is of deep concern

first_imgTHE SMITHWICK REPORT published today has found that collusion between members of An Garda Síochána and the Provisional IRA took place in the killing of two senior RUC officers.In a response to the findings, the son of one of the victims William Buchanan told RTE News that the findings were shocking to him and his family.The Justice Minister Alan Shatter has apologised “without reservation to the families of both men”, while Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore says he is “appalled” and “saddened” by the findings.Superintendents’ Association of Northern Ireland stated that their thoughts “are first and foremost with the families of Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan, stating that considerations towards the family “must remain paramount”.The statement continued:The brutal murders of Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan – two of the most senior officers of our Association to lose their lives during ‘The Troubles’ – are dark pages in the history of the Superintendents’ Association of Northern Ireland.The association added that the conclusions of this report “will make stark and challenging reading for many people and whilst we recognise this step towards bringing out the truth in relation to these tragic and horrendous murders, what is now important for us is to see how these findings are acted upon”.ProsecutionsFianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Niall Collins TD said the report “highlighted a sickening betrayal on the part of someone within Dundalk Garda Station”.He called on members of the Provisional IRA to come forward with the information needed to identify the individual involved in order to allow prosecutions to take place.He added: “… By passing such information to an organisation that was seeking to undermine the security of this country, this person betrayed and dishonoured the sacrifice and effort of An Garda Síochána in a profound and disgusting way”.Collins said:The clarity of the report vindicates the decision of the previous Government to establish the Tribunal.  It also throws into sharp relief the ongoing failure of the British Government to honour its commitments to hold a number of other inquiries agreed at the Weston Park talks.Amnesty InternationalColm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland said the report’s finding of collusion by members of the gardaí “is of deep concern”. IHe said “it reinforces Amnesty International’s call for the establishment of a single, comprehensive mechanism into 30 years of human rights abuse in Northern Ireland, and for Ireland to provide full cooperation with this inquiry”.Northern Ireland Programme Director of Amnesty International, Patrick Corrigan said there are now outstanding allegations of wrongdoing against “agents of the Irish state” that need to be addressed. Corrigan added that a new mechanism to investigate the past in Northern Ireland is needed with the full cooperation by the Irish authorities.“The victims of every killing, just like the families of officers Buchanan and Breen, have a right to hear truth and see justice. As the Smithwick report itself concludes, the culture of failure to address suggestions of wrongdoing has gone on for too long,” he said.Gerry AdamsSinn Fein’s Gerry Adams said tonight that people will make up their own minds when they read the report, adding that Sinn Féin supported these inquires “on the basis that families had the right to full disclosure of all relevant information”.Adams said it was important to note that while the “Irish government has kept its commitment under Weston Park the British government is in clear breach of its commitments having refused to establish an inquiry into the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane”.He said the Irish Government now needs to increase its pressure on the British government to honour its commitment and to set up the promised public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane.Read: Smithwick Tribunal finds gardaí colluded with IRA in murder of RUC officers>Read: Smithwick Tribunal: Former minister disputes evidence about Jack Lynch>last_img read more

World Cup final event as 6 billion km cometchaser nears its target

first_img‘Duck’ in space Before November’s landing, though, Rosetta’s operators have a mountain of work to do.The first few weeks will be a get-to-know-you exercise, as the spacecraft gingerly carries out elongated loops around the comet, scanning its surface.The probe will have to avoid ice crystals and dust particles that are stripped from the comet’s outer layers as it nears the Sun — a trail that is reflected in solar rays as its wake.And it will have to look for a suitable landing site for Philae.Last month, as Rosetta came ever closer to the comet, its cameras revealed that the target body, far from being shaped like a potato as many had expected, rather resembled a duck — two lobes, one big and the other small, connected by a “neck”.“That was a bit of a surprise,” said Philippe Lamy of the Astrophysics Laboratory of Marseille, southern France.“Several theories have already been aired to explain this shape, but the likeliest in my book is that it came from two bodies which fused while the Solar System was being formed.”The unexpected shape will limit the choice of a landing site, Lamy said. “You can reasonably argue that it will impose additional constraints.”© – AFP 2014 with reporting from Rónán DuffyOpinion: Ireland should be at forefront of modern science – Ireland should join CERN >Read: The most spectacular piece of rubbish you’re likely to see > Do you think I got #67P’s good side yesterday?! #CometWatch 3 August (NAVCAM) http://t.co/4cV9pNRZo8 pic.twitter.com/2XgBX1cWqq— ESA Rosetta Mission (@ESA_Rosetta) August 4, 2014 “It’s taken more than 10 years to get here,” said Sylvain Lodiot, spacecraft operations manager.“Now we have to learn how to dock with the comet, and stay with it for the months ahead.”World Cup final But the arrival of Rosetta at its celestial target hasn’t been without controversy. The ESA has only been releasing sample images of the comet taken by Rosetta six months after they were shot.Although the images have been released weekly, the six month embargo has meant that scientists throughout the world  have to wait for half a year for the latest images.Now that Rosetta comes head-to-head with the comet, they want to see the images immediately as space writer Daniel Fischer wrote in the New Scientist magazine:Imagine it’s the soccer World Cup final, but you can’t watch it live on TV. The sport’s governing body has decided that all but a few sample photos of it will be embargoed for half a year, and that all decisions by the referee will have to be reviewed by experts over the coming months before a winner can be announced. Sounds silly?This is pretty much how many space enthusiasts experienced the countdown to the final phase of Europe’s much-anticipated Rosetta mission.The ESA have been forced to backtrack though after French agency CNES leaked “sensational new images of the comet’s icy core” and whetted the appetite of of scientists who took to Twitter to vent their frustration. The comet’s icy core nicknamed ‘the Rubber Duck’ Source: ESA/Rosetta Could an astronaut onboard #Rosetta simply jump off & land on #67P? @rjallain provides answers http://t.co/Z3U3UC13JH pic.twitter.com/sjQj1L55n0— ESA Operations (@esaoperations) August 4, 2014 Source: ESA Rosetta Mission/Twittercenter_img Source: European Space Agency, ESA/YouTubeAFTER A DECADE-LONG chase quest spanning six billion kilometres, a European probe will come face to face on Wednesday with a comet, one of the Solar System’s enigmatic wanderers.The moment will mark a key phase of the most ambitious project ever undertaken by the European Space Agency (ESA) — a €1.3 billion euro bid to get to know these timeless space rovers.More than 400 million km from where it was launched in March 2004, the spacecraft Rosetta will finally meet up with its prey, Comet 67P or Churyumov-Gerasimenko to give it its proper title.To get there, Rosetta has had to make four flybys of Mars and Earth, using their gravitational force as a slingshot to build up speed, and then entering a 31-month hibernation as light from the distant Sun became too weak for its solar panels.The probe was awakened in January.After braking manoeuvres, the three-tonne craft should on Wednesday be about 100 km from the comet — a navigational feat that, if all goes well, will be followed by glittering scientific rewards. Source: ESA Operations/Twitter Comets  Blazing across the sky as they loop around the Sun, comets have long been considered portents of wonderful or terrible events — the birth and death of kings, bountiful harvests or famines, floods or earthquakes.Astrophysicists, though, see them rather differently.Comets, they believe, are clusters of the oldest dust and ice in the Solar System — the rubble left from the formation of the planets 4.6 billion years ago.These so-called dirty snowballs could be the key to understanding how the planets coalesced after the Sun flared into life, say some.Indeed, one theory — the “pan-spermia” hypothesis — is that comets, by bombarding the fledgling Earth, helped kickstart life here by bringing water and organic molecules.Until now, though, explorations of comets have been rare and mainly entailed flybys by probes on unrelated missions snatching pictures from thousands of kilometres away.Exceptions were the US probe Stardust, which brought home dust snatched from a comet’s wake, while Europe’s Giotto ventured to within 200 km of a comet’s surface.On 11 November, the plan is for Rosetta to inch to within a few kilometres of the comet to send down a 100 kg refrigerator-sized robot laboratory, Philae.Anchored to the surface, Philae will carry out experiments in cometary chemistry and texture for up to six months. After the lander expires, Rosetta will accompany “C-G” as it passes around the Sun and heads out towards the orbit of Jupiter.last_img read more

New Xbox due out before Christmas 2013

first_imgEvidence is mounting that Microsoft is entering the final stages of preparation for the next Xbox console. We’ve seen an increase in security at the Xbox buildings on the Microsoft campus, increased chatter from game developers about the next generation of consoles, and now comes a report that Microsoft’s next console will be hitting shelves before the 2013 holiday season. The report is complete with (some what sketchy) details about exactly how the company will actually unveil the new console.There’s been a lot of talk about Microsoft’s future plans when it comes to gaming. We’ve seen the rumors of an Xbox tablet, we’ve seen supposed names like “Xbox 720″, and we’ve hear talk of a lower cost Xbox that is used for casual gaming and streaming content. If you put all of that together, Microsoft’s Xbox division is pretty busy right now. A refresh to the popular console seems like a must at this point. Despite Microsoft’s talk of how proud they are that the industry has been able to change the rules regarding how long a console is supposed to last, a hardware refresh would open a lot of doors for the gaming industry as a whole.As Project Durango gets closer and closer to reality, and patents for augmented reality glasses start to appear, the rumors surrounding what could be get pretty intense. There’s a few things that make a lot of sense, like a a deeper integration with Kinect 2 and a focus on delivering way more than just games to the console. Speculating on hardware at this point doesn’t make a lot of sense, though it seems likely that the controller will be up for tweaking to fit more with a Kinect 2 focused design. We know that companies like Crytek and Rare are already hiring developers to take advantage of the new hardware as well.If Microsoft is to unveil new hardware this year, they are likely to make quite a show out of it. It’s possible that Microsoft would try to steal the show at E3, but it is just as likely that the company would assemble their own press event for the hardware. Microsoft had no problem using the Xbox 360 to stream their E3 announcement this year, delivering a massive captive audience to the news. Microsoft could easily take advantage of that same audience to announce their new hardware, whenever it actually arrives.via Bloomberglast_img read more

Theophanous calls it quits at next election

first_imgTheo Theophanous announced today that will retire from politics.In a press conference held at midday the veteran State Labor MP said that he will not contest next State election, although having recently nominated for his Upper House Northern Metropolitan seat. “After more than 20 years in public life, I have decided I will not seek preselection for another term,’’ he told reporters.‘‘I will remain a backbencher and serve the electorate at a local level for the remainder of this term. I will not contest the next election,’’ he added.On Friday, Mr Theophanous was officially discharged of a rape allegation in Melbourne Magistrates Court. Magistrate Peter Reardon had found little credibility in the case brought against Mr Theophanous by a woman alleging that she was raped by the Victorian MP in his Parliamentary office more than ten ago. Mr Theophanous was charged with one count of rape on Christmas Eve last year and was forced to resign from his cabinet position. In a short interview to Neos Kosmos English Edition last week Mr Theophanous said: “There’s no bigger test of a family than what we’ve gone through and I’m so proud of my family and of my wife and the way in which they handled themselves… the way in which they supported me through what has been a nightmare and I’m so pleased that the judge so through what was… the evidence showed a complete fabrication.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Judge rules on motions in FedEx samesex spouse pension case

first_imgA US District Court Judge has allowed a pension benefits claim brought by the same-sex widow of a FedEx employee to proceed while dismissing two other claims by the plaintiff.The plaintiff, Stacey Schuett, was in a committed relationship with Lesly Taboada-Hall for 27 years. They married in a civil ceremony on 19 June 2013, before licenses for marriages between same-sex couples were available in California.Taboada-Hall worked for FedEx for 26 years and was part of the organisation’s defined benefit pension plan. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and took medical leave of absence in 2012 before passing away on 20 June 2013.The FedEx pension plan defined spouse as a person of the opposite sex according to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This act was declared unconstitutional on 26 June 2013.In the case of Stacey Schuett v. FedEx Corporation et. al., the plaintiff brought three claims against FedEx. The first sought payment of surviving spouse benefits under the pension plan, a claim that has been dismissed by the court on the basis that the plaintiff did not allege facts sufficient to show that FedEx abused its discretion in interpreting the pension plan as barring the plaintiff’s eligibility for survivor benefits as of the date of Taboada-Hall’s death.The second claim, which seeks equitable relief including payment of surviving spouse benefits for breach of fiduciary duty, has been allowed to proceed.The third cause of action, in which the plaintiff seeks equitable remedy in the form of payment of non-spousal survivor benefits based on breach of fiduciary duty for failure to disclose information, has been denied.Amy Whelan, senior staff attorney at the National Centre for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), one of the bodies representing Schuett, said: “Organisations that claim to support diversity should be celebrating the downfall of DOMA, not trying to resurrect it for widows of FedEx employees who are fighting to receive the basic benefits their spouses earned during decades of service to the organisation.”A FedEx spokesperson added: “”The court has dismissed two of Ms Schuett’s three claims. We are reviewing the court’s ruling on the remaining claim and will consider our options on that portion of the decision.”last_img read more

House Passed Oil Tax Credit Bond Bill

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The House passed Governor Walker’s proposal to pay off nearly $1 billion in oil and gas tax credits, on Thursday, May 3. Last year lawmakers worked to end the system that paid tax credits to small companies that produced oil and looked for new fields. Alaska’s three largest oil and gas companies are not eligible to receive these credits. The bill passed in the House by a vote of 23 to 15, and will not we sent to the Senate for consideration. In exchange for getting paid now rather than waiting years, small companies that are owed credits will accept a discounted rate, saving the state a significant amount of money.center_img The measure was introduced by Governor Walker and enables issuance of up to $1 billion in bonds to pay small oil and gas exploration companies the tax credits they were promised by the State of Alaska by past legislatures. Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) is worried that the state is just trading one debt for another: “This really goes in the wrong direction, in my opinion. What this does is it says rather than trying to live within our means, and come up with a fiscal plan, that we will instead take out a loan, that we will instead take out a credit card.” last_img read more

WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON The Latest News From Moulton Markey  Warren

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is the latest news from the offices of Congressman Seth Moulton, Senator Ed Markey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.Congressman Seth MoultonRecent Press Releases and Statements from Congressman Moulton’s Office:Moulton to Mnuchin: Certify Sixth District Opportunity Zones Without DelayMoulton Announces Peabody Essex Museum Awarded $200,000 NEH GrantSenator Ed MarkeyRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Markey’s Office:Senator Markey Leads Colleagues in Defense of States That Have Adopted Ambitious Fuel Economy Emissions StandardsSenators Oppose Closure of Federal Labor Relations Authority Office in BostonSenators Call for Study on the Critically Endangered Right WhaleSenator Elizabeth WarrenRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Warren’s Office:Warren Joins Donnelly, Colleagues in Calling for Department of Education to Assist Students Harmed by Closure of ITT TechWarren, Sanders Urge Trump to Hire Homeland Security Advisor Who Recognizes Climate Change as National Security ThreatSenators to Congressional Leadership: Call on Trump Administration to Keep Congress Fully Informed about North Korea NegotiationsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest from Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”last_img read more

Expat minister says no more workers to be detained in Malaysia till

first_imgExpatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam said Malaysia authorities would not detain any Bangladeshi workers until December as Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur agreed in solving the illegal workers’ issue though discussions.“The Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur is maintaining close contact with the Malaysian government to find out a solution to undocumented Bangladeshi workers,” the minister said while addressing a seminar in the capital city today.Reports for Bangladeshi Migration (RBM) organised the seminar at the expatriate welfare and overseas employment building in Eskaton on finding the ways of solving the problem of the Bangladeshi workers who failed to obtain proper documents from Malaysia authorities within a stipulated time-frame.Malaysia authorities swooped down on thousands of illegal foreign workers and detained hundreds of them, including many Bangladeshis, hours after a deadline for registering them passed on 30 June.“I am maintaining a constant contact with the officials of High Commission in Kula Lumpur so we could solve the problem of the undocumented workers,” said the minister.Additional secretary at Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry Javed Ahmed told the seminar that the Malaysian authorities have already rehired 250,000 Bangladeshi workers providing them with proper documents.He said the problems of many other Bangladeshis working in Malaysia could also be solved with taking similar initiatives.“Kuala Lumpur is also considering hiring of 22,000 Bangladeshi workers through G2G (government to government) basis,” he said, adding that this would help to ease the workers’ problem in Malaysia.Director General of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) Selim Reza also spoke at the seminar.Member of the RBM Mohsin Ul Karim presented the keynote paper titled ‘Labour Market Situation in Malaysia and Middle East Countries: Present and Future Challenge’ at the seminar presided over by RBM President Firoj Manna.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more Related Content Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more The Septal Crossing workflow enables visualization of cardiac structures in a simulated angioview. In this simulated angioview, anatomic relations between the interatrial septum, left atrial appendage (LAA) ostium, mitral annulus and vena cava can be easily determined.For more information: www.piemedicalimaging.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 May 8, 2015 — Pie Medical Imaging announces its new release of 3mensio Structural Heart, dedicated to planning of structural heart interventions. This new release contains an optimized Mitral workflow and a new Septal Crossing workflow for planning of mitral valve procedures to determine the appropriate access route based on computed tomography (CT) images. These new innovations will be shown at the EuroPCR in Paris, May 19- 22.More insight on the size and shape of the mitral valve is vital for pre-procedural planning of mitral valve replacement and repair procedures. The Mitral workflow provides advanced visualization and sizing of the mitral annulus and its surrounding structures like the aortic valve and coronary arteries. Also the possible impact on the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) clearance of placing a valve can be simulated. News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Technology | May 08, 2015 Pie Medical Imaging Upgrades 3mensio Structural Heart Planning Platform New workflows enable advanced visualization for mitral valve replacement, other structural heart interventions Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read morelast_img read more

Coming in June Karismas ultraluxe Villa Casa Del Mar

first_img MIAMI — New luxury digs will soon debut on the shores of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, and by the looks of it, it promises to be a real showstopper.Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ brand new Villa Casa Del Mar, set to open in June, features nearly 12,000 square feet of luxury accommodations, all of which is situated on a white sand beach and surrounded by natural beauty. It is the fourth and latest offering within the Karisma Villas collection of Gourmet Inclusive properties, comprising Villa Esmerelda, Villa Carola and Villa Maroma and offered as part of Karisma’s esteemed Connoisseur Collection.Inside the six-bedroom, six-bathroom Villa Casa Del Mar, guests will find two common living areas, a formal dining room, a fully-equipped granite gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a robust wine cellar stocked with vintage selections, high-end modern furniture, a wellness gym, and a kids’ playhouse with areas allocated for crafts, storytelling and video games.Other luxe amenities include a private pool, Jacuzzi, a dedicated dining and entertaining space, a brick pizza oven and lush gardens. There are also private terraces, LCD flatscreen TVs with cable and satellite, DVD players, high-end bath and beauty amenities, aromatherapy and pillow menu. The master suite, spanning nearly 750 square feet, comprises an interior Jacuzzi for two, walk-in closet, double sofa, oversized balcony, private marble bathroom with rainforest shower and a four-car garage.TV RoomGuests are also treated to a dedicated staff and personal Majordomo, available 24 hours a day to assist with everything from unpacking and repacking, to grocery shopping, meals, event planning, child care, reservations, booking activities, excursions, car transfers, turndown service and more.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaVilla Casa Del Mar is immediately adjacent to Karisma’s family-friendly Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya by Karisma, a premier boutique hotel. Guests are invited to enjoy the resort’s amenities and grounds, which include six restaurants, swim-up bars (including the destination’s only frozen top tequila bar), multiple pools, the Vassa Spa, Azulitos Playhouse by Nickelodeon, as well as the Nickelodeon Experience, which gives kids the chance to interact with their favourite Nickelodeon characters.As part of the Connoisseur Collection, guests of the new Villa will have access to 24-hour room service, a daily restocked beverage fridge, personalized pre-arrival service, complimentary Wi-Fi, on-site non-motorized water sports, king-sized beach day beds and nightly entertainment. Additional premium amenities include a private chef, exclusive lobster candlelight dinner, private DJ lounge party, roundtrip limo service for airport transfers, monogrammed bathrobes and the option to take a five-hour private yacht trip for up to 20 adults or a deep sea fishing excursion for up to eight adults.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionBookings for Villa Casa Del Mar are now open for stays starting June 1. Rates start at US$4,337 per night for up to 12 guests. Share Tags: Karisma Hotels & Resorts, Luxury Travel, Mexico Travelweek Group Monday, May 1, 2017 center_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Coming in June: Karisma’s ultra-luxe Villa Casa Del Marlast_img read more