UN officials in China celebrate participants at Beijing Paralympics

15 September 2008The United Nations Country Team in China has teamed up with the country’s Disabled Persons’ Federation to host an event in honour of competitors at the current Paralympics being held in Beijing. The joint event celebrated both the sportsmen and women at the Games, as well as those around the world who promote the rights of people with disabilities, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters today.More than 4,000 athletes from 148 countries competed at the Paralympics, which conclude on Wednesday.“There are no people with disabilities, but people with different abilities,” said Khalid Malik, the UN Resident Coordinator in China. “Their rights shall by no means be ignored, disrespected or not fulfilled.”

Teachers facing deadline to reach deal

Today is the deadline set by the province to reach a deal with Elementary school teachers, custodians and other education support workers or face having their pay docked if they fail to reach a contract settlement.Last week, Premier Kathleen Wynne threatened to authorize local school boards to begin cutting wages, as of November 1st, for work not done.That would empower the boards to issue a five-day warning that their unionized employees will be penalized for not doing their jobs.Wynne said conditions inside some schools are becoming unsanitary and unsafe, and while workers have every right to demonstrate, learning conditions for Ontario students, must be the first priority.The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) have been at the bargaining table with representatives from the province this week.Premier Kathleen Wynne is in California today to meet with political and business leaders from the film and technology industries and to discuss climate change. read more

Syria Deploring hostilities spreading across Aleppo UN urges end to indiscriminate attacks

“The United Nations is deeply alarmed by the escalating violence in and around Aleppo city putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk of death and injury,” said a joint statement issued by Yacoub El Hillo, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, and Kevin Kennedy, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis.The UN further called on all parties to allow the delivery of humanitarian assistance, as required under relevant Security Council resolutions, and enable the rapid, safe and unhindered evacuation of civilians who wish to leave.Since 7 July, heavy clashes between the Government of Syria forces and non-state armed groups have rendered the Castello road, the last remaining access road in and out of eastern Aleppo city, impassable, according to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Government and Kurdish forces have since then reportedly gained control of the majority of Castello road, cutting off humanitarian, commercial and civilian movement in and out of eastern Aleppo city, and putting an estimated 200,000-300,000 people closer to the line of fire and at risk of besiegement.Even before the recent escalation of violence, 10,000 to 30,000 people fled the area between January and June due to increased insecurity.The statement went on to highlight the dangerous security situation, citing intensified airstrikes by Government forces in rural Aleppo, hundreds of mortars and projectiles targeting western Aleppo in the past week, and explosive anti-aircraft projectiles straying into several civilian neighbourhoods.From 8 to 11 July, 57 people were reportedly killed including 15 children and 497 were injured, the statement said.The UN and partners in east Aleppo have enough food supplies for 145,000 people for one month, but humanitarian needs must be immediately addressed, including through re-establishing medical evacuations from east Aleppo.“While it is difficult to collect information on eastern Aleppo due to access restrictions, it is among the areas hardest hit by conflict with most people heavily dependent on humanitarian assistance,” the statement said. read more

Countess apologises for calling NHS a disgrace after being charged £40 for

first_img@Baz_k 2/2 put it down to a silly knee-jerk reaction & being somewhat overtired & concerned about life in general. No offence meant.— Countess Bathurst (@CotswoldLadyB) October 26, 2016 “As the Queen’s representative for Gloucester I hope that she seriously considers her position, it is not acceptable to blatantly attack our fantastic local NHS services for doing their jobs.”If she was really concerned about NHS charges then perhaps speaking to her high profile friends would be a better a course of action instead of falling out with local doctors on Twitter.”In August Lady Bathurst paid tribute to the “extraordinary” medical staff who treated her husband Allen when he fell seriously ill. Lord and Lady Bathurst at their home on the Bathurst Estate, Cirencester @Baz_k You’re absolutely right. I of all people understand how wonderful our NHS is. My husband is seriously ill in hospital. Please 1/2— Countess Bathurst (@CotswoldLadyB) October 26, 2016 A countess has apologised after she called the NHS a “disgrace” for charging her £40 for a medical reference for a gun licence.Lady Sara Bathurst, the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, made the remarks on Twitter despite doctors saving her husband’s life earlier this year.The countess, an official representative of the Queen, posted a photo of a letter she received from her GP. The letter said she would need to pay £40 for a medical reference which stated she was suitable for a gun licence.But she then lambasted the health service as a “disgrace” for the charge and accused them of “blackmail”.The tweet, which has since been deleted, said:  The tweet He was admitted to Cheltenham General Hospital in late July suffering severe septic arthritis. He was placed in an induced coma and on a ventilator machine for more than a week in order to that life saving treatment could be carried out.The letter from her GP – which she also posted – said the work was “not covered by the NHS contract”.But she apologised on Wednesday, responding to accusations her tweet was “ridiculous”. Lady Sara Bathurst, who is High Sheriff of GloucestershireCredit:SWNS.com Lord and Lady Bathurst at their home on the Bathurst Estate, CirencesterCredit:SWNS.com The wife of Lord Bathurst later blamed her reaction on being “overtired” because her husband is currently in an NHS hospital.Labour county councillor Barry Kirby led calls for Lady Bathurst to “consider her position”.The Gloucestershire County Council member said: “This goes to show how out of touch Lady Bathurst is about real life.”It is unfortunately quite common that NHS services now have to charge for things like this, but I think in this case it is acceptable that the NHS charge her – a gun licence is not exactly commonplace. Lady Sara Bathurst, who is High Sheriff of Gloucestershire Lady Bathurst is a patron of Cirencester Hospital League of Friends. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Diamond gas well Site unsafe for human habitation GGMC should take

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMining industry has to do more to regulate itself – Minister TrotmanJuly 30, 2016In “Mining”Safe zone established, power restored to DiamondJune 16, 2018In “Crime”Labour Ministry deems GGMC strike illegal, unethicalJanuary 13, 2015In “Business” …Police to arrest driller of the ‘illegal’ wellAerial view of the well during the natural gas eruption at DiamondThe Civil Defence Commission (CDC) in collaboration with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) with support from the Ministry of Public Infrastructure have successfully completed re-capping the gas well at Sixth Street, Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara.This was disclosed in a report submitted on August 23, 2018, to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.According to the report, the methane gas from the well is now flowing freely and safely into the atmosphere, a release from the Department of Public Information (DPI) said.The report outlines a number of follow-up actions to be taken by various agencies which are critical to managing the natural environment and to deter future illegal practices of a similar nature.The property is deemed ‘unstable’ for human habitation and the Ministry of Communities along with the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) must now formally inform the owner that the property must not be used.According to the DPI, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), GWI and the Hydrometeorological Office are tasked with determining the suitable legal action to be taken against the owner of the property Soownauth Gokakh, who admitted to digging a domestic well which erupted causing massive damage, not only to his property but, to neighbouring houses.Moreover, it was outlined that a public awareness campaign is forthcoming to sensitise Guyanese on the dangers of drilling on the Coastland.This will be a joint undertaking by the CDC, DPI, Ministry of the Presidency Press and Publicity Unit, Hydrometeorological Office and the GGMC.The gases are expected to be trapped using a mud gas separator and put to productive uses.This responsibility has been designated to the GGMC, which will also conduct a quantitative assessment of the gas reservoir to determine the next steps in the use of the resource.The site, the report stated, should be handed over to the GGMC, the local experts in gas well management.The Guyana Police Force (GPF) is tasked with locating and arresting the driller of the well.According to the DPI, the report recommends amendments to the Water and Sewage Act so that governing practices reflect reasonable charges for defaulting citizens. The Ministry of Communities and Legal Affairs along with GWI are to address same.In addition, the owners of damaged and affected properties at Lot 1199, Gail Williams and Lot 1188, June Chase are advised to file civil proceedings in the courts against the owner of the property at Lot 1200.The aftermath of the first eruptionAt about 18:00h on June 15, construction workers were drilling a well at the Lot 1200 Section ‘A’ Block ‘X’, Great Diamond, residence (between Sixth and Fifth Avenue) when they hit a natural gas pocket causing an immediate explosion.Approximately two months after a cap had been placed on the gas pocket, a second eruption was experienced. read more

US government to privatise the Internets domain name system

first_imgTHE UNITED STATES plans to hand over control of the system for assigning website addresses to a non-government entity, an government official has said.The agency has asked the non-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to convene interested groups from around the world to develop a proposal to transition the system, said Lawrence Strickling, administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in a phone call with reporters today.“We will not accept a proposal that replaces the NTIA role with a government or intergovernmental organization,” Strickling said.BackboneThe move represents the final phase in the U.S. government’s effort to privatise the backbone of the Internet that provides websites with their unique identifiers, which are essential for users to find what they’re looking for online.U.S. control over Internet functions has come under attack from privacy advocates and foreign governments in the wake of revelations about National Security Agency spying.NTIA plans to allow its contract with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority to expire on Sept. 30, 2015, Strickland said.Unique codesIt isn’t clear yet what organization or groups will take over its responsibilities to maintain unique codes and numbering systems that are used in the technical standards that drive the Internet.The U.S. is fulfilling a pledge it made as far back as 1998 to relinquish control of the Internet’s domain name system, Fadi Chehade, president and chief executive officer of ICANN, told reporters on the conference call.“We thank the U.S. government for its stewardship, for its guidance over the years,” Chehade said.“And we thank them today for trusting the global community to replace their stewardship with appropriate oversight mechanisms.”-  © BloombergRead: The web’s founder celebrates its 25th birthday by calling for net neutrality >More: 25 years on from the invention of the web, this infographic shows some of us still aren’t convinced… >last_img read more

Les députés autorisent la recherche réglementée sur lembryon

first_imgLes députés autorisent la recherche réglementée sur l’embryonLes députés ont approuvé hier la décision des sénateurs concernant la recherche encadrée sur l’embryon et les cellules souches embryonnaires. Après de nombreuses péripéties, la législation bioéthique prend encore une fois un nouveau tournant. Les députés réunis hier en commission ont approuvé l’autorisation encadrée de la recherche sur l’embryon et les cellules souches. Une prise de position différente du régime d’interdiction avec dérogation qu’ils avaient pourtant adopté en février lors de la première lecture du projet de loi. Cette nouvelle opinion a été insufflée par le sénat le 8 avril, qui a ratifié en séance la proposition de modifier l’interdiction prévue par le texte en un régime d’autorisation réglementée.À lire aussiLe secret de fabrication de la toile des veuves noires enfin découvertLe nouveau visage du projet de loi semble avoir remporté l’enthousiasme des députés. Alain Claeys, président de la commission spéciale sur la révision des lois bioéthique, déclare à l’AFP : “C’est un pas important pour les chercheurs et pour la lisibilité de cette recherche au niveau international – car le système français était incompréhensible pour les étrangers – et c’est aussi important pour les malades, parce qu’on espère que cette recherche débouche demain sur des solutions thérapeutiques”.Toutefois, les modifications apportées par les sénateurs sur le projet de loi n’ont pas toutes réussies à séduire la commission. La mesure visant à ouvrir l’assistance médicale à la procréation aux couples de femmes homosexuelles a par exemple été retirée. Les auteurs de l’amendement UMP qui ont rétabli le texte initial ont estimé que son recours était “réservé au traitement d’une infertilité médicalement diagnostiquée et non pas sociale”. En outre, les mesures sur le transfert post-mortem d’embryon en cas de décès du père et le don gamètes pour un homme ou une femme sans enfants ont été également restauré.Le 12 mai 2011 à 10:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

1 dead after car slams into pole in Hialeah

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A driver was killed, Tuesday morning, after driving into a pole.According to Hialeah Fire Rescue, this was a single-vehicle accident where the male driver slammed into a pole near Southeast First Avenue and Okechobee Road.The driver was transported by ground to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Fire rescue crews and police have been on the scene and are continuing their investigation.As of about 9 a.m., officials have shutdown northbound Okechobee Road and Southeast First AvenuePlease check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing storyCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

All lanes of Florida Turnpike reopened after car fire cleared

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A car fire shut down all of the northbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike near Northwest 106th Avenue, during the Monday afternoon commute.The car caught fire at around 5 p.m., and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene, bringing traffic in the area to a complete halt.They quickly put the fire out, but it took about an hour before the scene was cleared and traffic returned to normal.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

MSD student returns to campus for 1st time after hospital release

first_imgPARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – A Marjory Stoneman Douglas student made a return to his high school for the first time in nearly two months.Fifteen-year-old Anthony Borges returned to the Parkland school on Thursday for the first time since the Feb. 14 shooting.Borges was shot multiple times while trying to shut and lock his classroom door. He is credit with saving the lives of 20 students during the massacre.Borges spent nearly two months in the hospital before he was released Wednesday. He was the final shooting survivor to be released from the hospital, and will now continue his recovery at home.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Free Legal Services Available To Those Affected By Nov 30 Quake

first_imgA volunteer lawyer is available to provide free legal advice Thursdays and Saturdays through March 30 at the disaster recovery center located at Spenard Community Recreation Center, 2020 West 48th Ave., Anchorage. Hours for legal advice are Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Earthquake-related legal assistance can also include:replacement of will and other important legal documents lost or destroyed in the disaster;assistance with consumer protection issues such as price gouging and avoiding contractor scams in the rebuilding process. Residents can also call 855-743-1001 to leave a message about legal issues arising from the November 30 Cook Inlet earthquake. Earthquake-related legal questions may also be submitted online to https://Alaska.FreeLegalAnswers.org/. There is no cost for the online service to individuals who meet minimum income requirements. It is not necessary to visit the Spenard center in Anchorage to receive assistance.center_img For more information on Alaska’s disaster recovery, visit FEMA.gov/disaster/4413, https://twitter.com/FEMARegion10 andFacebook.com/FEMA. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Free legal assistance is available to low-income Alaskans who need help with earthquake-related issues such as home repair contracts and contractors; life, medical and property claims; FEMA applications and appealing FEMA decisions following the November 30 earthquake.last_img read more

EC finalises RPO amendment move with use of EVMs in national polls

first_imgEC-ThThe election commission on Thursday finalised a proposal for amendment to a relevant law to pave the way for use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the national elections pending in December.Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda informed newsmen of the commission’s decision after a meeting at Nirbachan Bhaban, from where an election commissioner Mahbub Talukdar came out in protest against such a move.People Representative Order (RPO) needs to be amended to legalise use of EVMs and the amendment proposal must be enacted by parliament.Amid criticism and controversies surrounding the move to introduce EVMs before the next parliamentary polls, the election commission organised Thursday’s meeting to finalise this very proposal.However, election commissioner Mahbub Talukdar left the meeting giving a note of decent within half an hour of the beginning at 11:00am, sources there said.CEC Nurul Huda said the proposal to amend RPO would be sent to the law ministry for vetting. After the approval in the cabinet, the RPO amendment bill will be placed in parliament, he added.If the bill is passed, EVMs will be exhibited across the country, he said adding the matter of use of EVMs in the polls will be discussed among the political parties.Huda, a former bureaucrat, said, “It is not certain that EVMs will be used in the next parliament elections.”“We have got a positive result by using EVMs in the local government elections. We have proposed to amend RPO so that we can use EVMs in parliament elections in case of necessity,” Nurul Huda said.He said it is not decided that EVMs would be used in the elections. “But the EC has decided that EVMs would be used once the political parties agree,” the CEC explained.On commissioner Mahbub Talukdar’s note of decent, Nurul Huda said he has the right to have a different opinion.Speaking to newsmen, Mahbub Talukdar said, “I am against the use of EVMs in the next parliament elections.”“I do not want amendment of RPO for using EVMs in the parliament elections. After my note of decent, they will finalise the proposal of RPO amendment and I will sit idle. It does not look good.”The sudden move, less than two months before the announcement of the election schedule in October, has been questioned by the political parties.The opposition parties wonder if 150,000 EVMs will be procured just to serve vested quarters, especially when they do not have the capacity to make the best use of them. Some of the election commissioners also pointed out it is not the right time to plan the use of EVMs in the national elections. This would create controversy, they added.The BNP on Thursday termed the election commission’s plan to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) in next general elections as a collaborative scheme with Awami League to rig polls.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the ruling party is up to mischief, as it has lost all its confidence in the people.“Losing confidence in the people, the Awami League is now banking on machines (EVMs). The plan to use EVMs is an unholy partnership of the Awami League and the election commission,” the BNP leader said.He gave his reaction to the EC’s most recent initiative to use EVMs without consultating the people and the political parties, addressing a press conference at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.Mirza Fakhrul alleged that the AL and the EC have undertaken the scheme in order to manipulate the election process.Left Democratic Alliance of eight parties at a press conference on Wednesday said most of the political parties are against use of electronic voting machines (EVMs), a move taken unilaterally by the election commission.The election commission’s plan at the last moment to use EVMs in the next election raises serious doubts in the public mind, the left party leaders added.They also alleged that the people fear the use of EVMs will favour the ruling party to digitally rig votes.The ruling Awami League, however, said that it would accept the commission’s decision.At a programme in Gazipur on Thursday, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said the ruling party is in favour of using EVMs in the next parliament elections.He also said many countries in the world use EVMs in the elections to save time and money.The EC has already started a five-year Tk 38 billion project on procurement of 150,000 EVMs with Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) being tasked to supply the machines. The EC was to hold a meeting of the project evaluation committee on 19 August, but it was not eventually held.Despite the impasse, the Trust Bank got a special permission from the Bangladesh Bank to open a letter of credit (L/C) for procurement of the EVMs.Official documents say the BMTF would buy the machines and other machinaries from China, Hong Kong and other countries. Till date, L/Cs worth over Tk 7 billion have been opened. Around Tk 26.96 billion would be spent to buy the machines.last_img read more

Oikya Front suspects Zaman Tower fire sabotage

first_imgOikya Front suspects Zaman Tower fire ‘a sabotage’A fire broke out at Zaman Tower, a multi-storey building, which houses the office of Jatiya Oikya Front, in the city’s Bijoynagar on Friday, reports UNB.The fire erupted around 2:40pm on the eighth floor of the building but it is unclear what caused it, said Rasel Shikdar, duty officer at the fire service control room.Oikya Front’s office is on the third floor of the building.“We fear it is an act of sabotage to impede our works before the national election,” said Latiful Bari Hamim, Oikya Front’s media wing member.Eight firefighting units are trying to extinguish the fire, said Rasel Shikdar.The extent of damage could not be known immediately.last_img

Facts and figures of biggest polls in history

first_imgFactfile of the 7-phase Indian election which kicked off Thursday. Photo: AFPThe Indian election starting Thursday is an exercise in democracy the likes of which the world has never seen.One eighth of the world’s population — roughly 900 million people — are eligible to vote over April and May in the largest democracy on the planet.It is a logistical undertaking unrivalled in scale.Ballots will be cast at a million voting booths across the world’s second-most populous nation, from the Himalayas in the snowy north to the tropical coasts more than 3,000 kilometres (1,860 miles) away to the south.Here’s what you need to know about the biggest election in history:Who votes?All Indians over 18 years of age are eligible to vote.That is roughly 900 million of India’s 1.3 billion people, according to the Election Commission, the body tasked with overseeing the monumental endeavour.Eighty-four million first-time voters were added to the electoral roll since the last poll in 2014.A little less than half of the eligible voters are women, while 300 million are illiterate. Some 39,000 identify as transgender.Since 2010, Indian citizens abroad have also been allowed to vote.Who contests?Graphic on the Indian general election, showing its seven-day voting schedule. Photo: AFPThere are close to 2,300 political parties registered in India — but only seven are recognised at a national level and 59 at a state level.In the last election, several hundred parties fielded more than 8,000 candidates for the lower house of parliament, where 543 seats are up for grabs.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the opposition Congress party of his main rival Rahul Gandhi, dominate the political landscape.But minor parties play a critical role in the event of a hung parliament, as the major players seek coalitions to form government.Winners are decided by a first past the post system, so the candidate with the most votes in each seat is elected.Mammoth taskThe election stretches nearly six weeks, with voting held in seven different phases to ensure all polling booths are prepared and security is in place.Around 10 million officials will enforce the election rules, including that no voter has to travel more than two kilometres to cast their ballot.This creates some near absurd scenarios. This year, a nearly 20-strong team of election and police officials will trek into the jungle to set up a polling booth for a single voter in India’s remote Arunachal Pradesh state.How to vote?A graphic showing places where voting takes place on Day 1 of the Indian general election on 11April 2019. Photo: AFPVotes are cast via electronic voting machines, first trialled in India in 1982.This year millions of machines will be deployed — some taken by camel and helicopter — to hard-to-reach electorates.EVMs are battery powered and resemble a briefcase. Despite allegations of hacking, India’s Election Commission says there is no proof of tampering in the past.This year, a receipt will be printed every time a voter casts a ballot, and the slips collected in a sealed box.Each voter’s index finger on the left hand is then marked with an indelible blue ink — manufactured in a single Indian city in the country’s south — to ensure they don’t vote twice.Victory dayThe final day of voting is May 19, with the results declared four days later once counting for all 543 constituencies is complete.There could be a slight delay, as the Supreme Court has ordered a random inspection of EVM results against the paper receipts collected from some polling stations.In the case of a clear mandate, the results can be determined by noon. But if no one party gets a majority, it could take days for a new government to take shape.In 2014, the BJP won 282 seats, 10 above what is needed, to form the first majority government in three decades.last_img read more

Researchers predict painted turtles face extinction due to global warming

first_img Turtles alter nesting dates due to temperature change Painted turtle. Credit: US Bureau of Land Management Painted turtles are the most common species of turtle in North America, and thus are not currently listed as endangered. That will change soon, however, predicts the ISU team, because the gender of their offspring is determined by ambient air temperatures while the young are still growing inside their eggs. Team member Fredric Janzen has been studying the nesting habits of painted turtles for over 25 years—he’s found that painted turtle nesting, like that of many other reptiles, is impacted by how warm or cold it is outside. Warmer temperatures result in more females being born, while colder temperatures result in more males.Using data from Janzen’s research, the new effort entailed creating mathematical models that could predict the gender of painted turtles before they hatched. The team found a success rate of 40 out of 46. Their models show that an average increase in temperature of just 1.1 °C would be enough to cause the turtles to produce all female clutches. The general consensus among Earth scientists is that average temperatures in North America will increase by approximately 4 °C over the next century, which unless something changes, will spell almost certain extinction for the painted turtle.Painted turtles are able to adjust the timing of their egg laying, the team notes, by as much as 10 days. If it grows unnaturally warm in the spring, the females will begin laying eggs early. Similarly, if there is a late spring, the turtles can put off laying their eggs a few days in the hopes it will grow warmer. But that won’t be enough to prevent all-female clutches in the future, the team says—even if the turtles make simple adaptations, such as laying eggs in the shade—it won’t help because it will still be too warm. Painted turtles have long life spans and take a long time to mature and because of that, won’t be able to evolve at the pace of global warming, the team says. They will simply run out of time. Citation: Researchers predict painted turtles face extinction due to global warming (2013, May 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-turtles-extinction-due-global.html Journal information: American Naturalist More information: Modeling the Effects of Climate Change–Induced Shifts in Reproductive Phenology on Temperature-Dependent Traits, Rory S. Telemeco, Karen C. Abbott, and Fredric J. Janzen, The American Naturalist, Vol. 181, No. 5 (May 2013), pp. 637-648. www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/670051AbstractBy altering phenology, organisms have the potential to match life-history events with suitable environmental conditions. Because of this, phenological plasticity has been proposed as a mechanism whereby populations might buffer themselves from climate change. We examine the potential buffering power of advancing one aspect of phenology, nesting date, on sex ratio in painted turtles (Chrysemys picta), a species with temperature-dependent sex determination. We developed a modified constant temperature equivalent model that accounts for the effect of the interaction among climate change, oviposition date, and seasonal thermal pattern on temperature during sexual differentiation and thus on offspring sex ratio. Our results suggest that females will not be able to buffer their progeny from the negative consequences of climate change by adjusting nesting date alone. Not only are offspring sex ratios predicted to become 100% female, but our model suggests that many nests will fail. Because the seasonal thermal trends that we consider are experienced by most temperate species, our result that adjusting spring phenology alone will be insufficient to counter the effects of directional climate change may be broadly applicable.center_img Explore further © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —A trio of Iowa State University researchers has predicted, in a paper published in The American Naturalist, that the painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) faces extinction over the next century due to global warming. Research conducted by the team suggests that as the planet warms, painted turtles will begin to produce female-only offspring, leading to gradual extinction of the species.last_img read more

This is how the Cavs could parlay their Celtics assets into a

first_img Advertisement Would this be enough to compete with the Warriors next year if Cleveland could pull it off? Would it be enough to convince LeBron to stick around? Or, is this tin-foil hat, mayonnaise on the windows, crazy talk?Listen to Nick break down Boogie and Wade to Cleveland:A scenario where DeMarcus Cousins and Dwyane Wade join LeBron in Cleveland. @getnickwright explains. pic.twitter.com/toKaIdzhhu— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 24, 2017 The Celtics and Cavs pulled off the blockbuster trade of the Summer by swapping Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets 2018 first round pick.Colin doesn’t think the Cavs are done dealing and will attempt to package some of the trade assets to acquire another star, in a final push to keep LeBron in Cleveland.Nick Wright joined the show yesterday and laid out the details of a trade that could land Boogie Cousins with Cleveland, along with D-Wade, who seems destined to end up in Cleveland after a Bulls contract buyout. Nick proposed shipping Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and the Nets pick to New Orleans for Cousins, who will likely leave New Orleans in free agency at the end of the season.If they could pull it off, the Cleveland rotation would consist of: LeBron, Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, D-Wade, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Crowder, Tristan Thompson,  J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver.last_img read more

Seno Medicals Imagio OptoAcoustic Breast Imaging System Proves Strong Predictor of Malignancy

first_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Related Content News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | 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 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Breast Imaging | May 16, 2017 Seno Medical’s Imagio Opto-Acoustic Breast Imaging System Proves Strong Predictor of Malignancy Results presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society Annual Meeting May 16, 2017 — Seno Medical Instruments Inc. recently announced that is Imagio opto-acoustic (OA/US) breast imaging system results correlate with the histopathological findings of benign and malignant breast masses. These data were highlighted during an oral presentation at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRA) Annual Meeting, May 1-5 in New Orleans.The basis for this presentation is the institutional review board (IRB)-approved Phase III pilot study, which was designed to determine the histopathologic basis of OA/US breast imaging and investigate its ability to differentiate benign and malignant masses. A total of 92 patients with 94 solid or complex cystic and solid breast masses assessed as Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) 3, 4 or 5 on conventional diagnostic ultrasound (CDU) were imaged with OA/US. For each mass, five pre-determined OA features – three internal features and two external features – were evaluated. The three internal features (internal vessels, blush and hemoglobin) and two external features (boundary zone vessels and peripheral zone vessels) were scored and correlated with benign and malignant histopathology.Mean OA scores were higher for malignant masses compared to benign masses for all individual internal and external features, as well as for combined internal and external OA features. Statistical analysis showed that these differences were highly statistically significant. External features were more predictive of malignancy than internal features, with greater differences in their means and 99 percent confidence intervals between benign and malignant masses.”These data reinforce previous findings suggesting that opto-acoustic diagnostic imaging may improve our ability to differentiate between benign and malignant breast masses. This could help us decrease the number of unnecessary breast biopsies performed for benign findings, reducing patient anxiety, discomfort and healthcare cost,” said Reni Butler, M.D., principal study investigator and assistant professor of radiology and biomedical imaging at Yale University School of Medicine. “Unlike previously investigated functional modalities, opto-acoustic imaging provides real-time anatomic and functional information without ionizing radiation or the need for IV contrast injection, making it a potentially safer and more convenient option for patients.”The Imagio OA/US breast imaging system was designed and is being studied to identify two functional hallmarks of cancer: the presence of abnormal blood vessels (tumor angiogenesis) and the relative reduction in oxygen content of blood that occurs in cancer compared to benign masses and normal tissues. 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Canadian government updates Jamaica travel information

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Canadian government updates Jamaica travel information Friday, January 19, 2018 Posted bycenter_img Tags: Jamaica, Travel Alert Travelweek Group OTTAWA — The Canadian government has revised its travel advice for Jamaica in the wake of the State of Public Emergency declared yesterday by Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness for St. James Parish, which includes Montego Bay.The updated information for Canadian travellers is at travel.gc.ca/destinations/jamaica, under the ‘Safety & Security’ link. “On January 18, 2018, a state of emergency was declared by the Jamaican government for St James Parish, which includes Montego Bay, as a result of a significant increase in violent crime.”The alert advises Canadian travellers heading to a resort in the affected area to stay on-property. Visitors looking to travel off-property are advised to use transportation arranged or provided by the resort. The alert also advises travellers to use organized tour operators for excursions and travel to and from the airport.Jamaica’s Prime Minister, speaking at a press conference on Jan. 18, said he issued the State of Public Emergency in response to escalating crime and violence in the area.last_img read more

Armenian protesters still defying police after tense night

first_img Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation How do cataracts affect your vision? Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators continued flooding a central avenue in the Armenian capital Monday, refusing to end their protest against a hike in electricity prices even after the president suspended the measure.The most serious unrest the impoverished ex-Soviet nation has seen in years casts a tough challenge to the leadership of Armenia, a close ally of Russia. Moscow, which has a military base in Armenia, has watched the protests with concern. On Sunday, the protest organizers cast President Serzh Sargsyan’s pledge to freeze the price increase as their victory and urged the demonstrators to unblock the street.But several thousand protesters refused to move and vowed to stay until the government annuls the hike. Police then warned it would move to disperse the rally, but didn’t follow up on its threat.The crowds thinned to several hundred during daytime hours Monday as was the case in previous days, but swelled again to a few thousands in the evening. They refused a police request to remove a barricade of trash containers placed across the road.The leaders of the civil movement “No to Plunder,” who launched the demonstrations, have shunned political demands and described their action as a social protest. They said those who urge people to continue blocking the street may pursue political goals.Yerevan’s deputy police chief, Valery Osipyan, said Monday that police have no intention to break up the protest by force.Sargsyan said Saturday that an international company would conduct an audit of the Armenian power grid, a subsidiary of the Russian electricity company Inter RAO UES. Only if it finds the rate hikes were justified, they would be passed on to consumers, he said.center_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona A demonstrators gestures as he stands in front of police line during a protest rally against a hike in electricity prices in Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Police in Armenia’s capital on Sunday ordered thousands of demonstrators to disperse, moving to end a protest against higher electricity rates that has blocked a main avenue in Yerevan for nearly a week. (Karo Sahakyan/PAN Photo via AP) Comments   Share   last_img read more

Trepp One in Eight Banks Failed Stress Test

first_img One in eight banks wouldn’t be able to maintain adequate capital in a stressed economic environment, according to a “”Trepp””:http://www.trepp.com/ report.[IMAGE]The analytics firm released the results of its first Capital Adequacy Stress Test (T-CAST) of banks across the country, adapting the Federal Reserve’s Comprehensive Capital Analysis Review (CCAR) Stress Test used on the 19 largest banking institutions in March. The tests are designed to measure a bank’s ability to maintain regulator-defined capital ratios in adverse conditions across 12 variables, including unemployment, home prices, real GDP growth, and more.Using data from Q2, 784├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Ø12.7 percent├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Øof banks tested failed to meet capital adequacy requirements. For banks that failed the test, Trepp estimates an additional $25 to $27 billion of combined capital would be needed to achieve a passing grade.A test rendered using the increased capital ratio requirements under Basel III yielded more alarming results, with 23.5 percent of banks failing to keep adequate capital.””A significant number of banks are at risk of falling short of capital adequacy requirements unless they take some type of corrective action,”” said Matt Anderson, lead bank analyst for Trepp. “”The report shows that the industry still has a way to go before a full recovery.””Performance in the T-CAST appeared to depend largely on bank size. Out of all the banks that failed the test, the highest percentages of failure were for banks with less than $10 billion in assets. In fact, 12.1 percent of banks with assets between $1 and $10 billion failed, while 12.9 percent of banks with assets less than $1 billion failed.Geography was also a key concern, with banks located in states hit hard by the banking crisis faring worse than those in states that came through relatively unharmed. For example, 17.2 percent of banks failed the T-CAST in Illinois, a state that has reported seven bank failures so far in 2012.In Illinois, Georgia, Florida, and Minnesota-the four states that have seen nearly half of all reported bank failures since 2007-less than 84 percent of banks tested would be able to maintain adequate capital.Exposure to commercial real estate (CRE) also emerged as a “”significant driver,”” with 39.1 percent of loan losses coming from CRE for banks that failed the test. According to Trepp, the overexposure to CRE was the primary source of distress for most of banks that have closed since the credit crisis.Commercial and industrial lending was the secondary source of distressed for banks that failed the T-CAST, making up 24 percent of forecasted losses.In its analysis of the data, Trepp said the high fail rate stems from a skewed perception of what’s “”normal”” for the banking industry since the credit crisis.While some may point to an uncertain regulatory environment as the cause of the problem, Trepp says the responsibility is on banks to prepare.””Regulatory scrutiny will not fade quickly and banks will continue to be encouraged to increase capital levels. Improvement in the pass rate of future stress tests will come as a result of institutions taking the steps to achieve regulatory compliance, not as a result of deregulation,”” Trepp wrote. Trepp: One in Eight Banks Failed Stress Test in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing October 11, 2012 534 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank Failure Basel Accords Compliance Dodd-Frank Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Regulation Service Providers Trepp 2012-10-11 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more