Woman dies of dengue rigorous campaigns launched in N 24Pgns

first_imgKolkata: Renuka Mondal (40), a resident of Gaighata in North 24-Parganas died of dengue on Saturday.The victim had been suffering from fever for the past few days. She was taken to Habra State General Hospital. The family members later wanted to shift the patient to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital. On the way to the hospital the patient started vomiting blood and the patient was taken to a private hospital in Duttapukur. On last Friday night the patient was again shifted to another private hospital on VIP road where the patient died on Saturday. The death certificate confirmed that the patient died of acute hemmeorage with dengue shock. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFollowing some cases of dengue deaths in the districts, the North 24-Parganas administration has taken up massive anti-dengue drive as precautionary measures. All the municipalities and Panchayat functionaries have been instructed to undertake rigorous campaigns to combat dengue and other mosquitoes-borne diseases. Following the order of District Magistrate, the administrative officials have initiated the process of using drone to conduct surveillance in the affected areas of the district. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAwareness campaigns are being conducted throughout the district particularly in the affected areas of Habra and adjoining parts. People have been urged to ensure that there is no empty cups, broken furniture and other used materials are kept on the rooftop or in nearby areas. The schools authorities and other educational institutions, central and state government offices have been asked to clear the roofs regularly. The officer-in-charge of different police stations have been requested to ensure that there is no accumulation of water in the area. The district administrative officials are taking report from time to time on the implementation of anti larvae drive. All the Panchayat officials and municipalities have been asked to spread awareness among people through leaflets.last_img read more

DPCC amends directions to allow immersion of idols above 5ft in height

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has amended its directions to allow the immersion of idols taller than five feet in designated artificial ponds across the city during the festive season. The pollution control body had in July issued an order fixing the maximum height of idols at five feet. In a bid to reduce pollution load in the Yamuna, it had also asked puja organisers to immerse idols in artificial ponds created at 128 sites across Delhi’s 11 revenue districts. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn a corrigendum dated August 28, the DPCC said puja samitis (committees) have approached various forums to reconsider the size of idols which are to be immersed at the designated sites. A committee headed by the Director, Environment, examined the issue at a meeting on August 22. “Taking into consideration the submission of puja samitis that five-feet height would restrict the glimpse of Maa Durga during large gatherings, the panel recommended an increase in the size of idols for immersion, provided all other directions are complied with rigorously,” the DPCC said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”For the idol of size more than 5 feet, the puja samitis concerned have to ensure that all pollution norms are strictly adhered to and its immersion is done in designated artificial pond suitable for such size in consultation with and under overall supervision of the district magistrate concerned,” it said. Tests conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board showed that the concentration of metals such as lead, chromium, mercury and nickel had shot up by several times in the Yamuna, rendering the river unfit, even for bathing.last_img read more

Mark Rylance Makes Plea To Prevent Annihilation Of Tribal Peoples

first_imgOscar winning actor Mark Rylance has made a film for Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, urging the public to help prevent the annihilation of tribal peoples around the world.You can view the film here.Mark Rylance said: “Tribal peoples need to be respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected. Together we can prevent the annihilation of tribal peoples. That is why I am an Ambassador for Survival International and I urge people to join the movement today.”Mark Rylance became an Ambassador for Survival International in 2010 having been involved with the organization for many years. He recently narrated a film, “Last of the Kawahiva,” highlighting the plight of the Kawahiva tribe, a tiny group of uncontacted Indians in the Brazilian Amazon who teeter on the brink of extinction.The campaign saw a dramatic response from the Brazilian government, which agreed to map out and protect the Kawahiva’s land in April 2016.All uncontacted tribal peoples face catastrophe unless their land is protected. Whole populations are being wiped out by violence from outsiders who steal their land and resources, and by diseases like flu and measles to which they have no resistance. The success of Survival’s global campaign has given the Kawahiva the chance to determine their own futures.Rylance has also joined Survival’s tourism boycott of Botswana until the country’s government allows the Bushmen to return to their ancestral lands after they were illegally evicted.The Bushmen are accused of “poaching” because they hunt to feed their families. And they face arrest and beatings, torture and death, while big game trophy hunters are encouraged.As well as campaigning Rylance has helped raise much needed funds for Survival International, putting on several fundraising events including creating and directing “We Are One – a celebration of tribal peoples” at the Apollo Theatre (2010), and a play about Bartolomé de las Casas at Middle Temple Hall (2014).Survival International is the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights. Survival is the only organization that champions tribal peoples around the world, helping them defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their own futures.Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said: “We’re delighted that Mark Rylance, who’s supported Survival for so many years, has made a film which will inspire people to join the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights. We depend on supporters like Mark to help us fight one of the most urgent and horrific humanitarian crises of our time. We won’t give up until we all have a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected.”last_img read more

International Rescue Committee YouTube And YouTube Stars Team Up On World Refugee

first_imgAccording to the latest figures, more than 65.6 million people last year were forced to flee their homes because of crisis and disaster. This World Refugee Day, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and YouTube’s Creators for Change program have joined seven YouTube stars to help raise awareness of refugee stories through a series of new YouTube videos.These #MoreThanARefugee videos are designed to help put names, faces and real stories to the people behind the staggering statistics and to help people around the world understand who refugees are and why they are displaced from their home countries.Over the past weeks, seven YouTube Creators including Mama Bee from Eh Bee Family, Tyler Oakley, Jouelzy, Fly with Haifa, Francis Maxwell of The Young Turks, Suli Breaks, and Greg and Mitch from ASAPScience traveled to Jordan, Serbia, Uganda, Greece, and a couple of cities in the U.S. to meet refugees and film video collaborations to help share their personal stories. Combined, these YouTube stars have over 21 million subscribers who regularly tune in to watch their content, and their new videos are now available on YouTube here.Each video will have a donation card enabled on it, which will allow people watching to contribute funds to help support the IRC’s ongoing on-ground support work. As part of this collaboration, YouTube and Google.org have pledged up to match up to $500,000 of these donations.“When we see refugees as people first, we are able to replace fear with recognition and hope,” said David Miliband, IRC president and CEO. “Our YouTube partnership allows us to introduce refugees in a distinctly deeper and personal way while reaching millions of people who otherwise may have remained unengaged.”“We’re proud to partner with the International Rescue Committee to support their work and help raise awareness of refugee experiences around the world. We’re also humbled to be a platform where refugees and creators alike can share their personal stories through video, and in doing so, help create empathy for the brave people who are experiencing life as a refugee,” said Danielle Tiedt, Chief Marketing Officer, YouTube.
YouTube Creators for Change is a global YouTube program dedicated to amplifying the voices of YouTube creators who are tackling difficult social issues with their channels. From combating hate speech, to countering xenophobia and extremism, to simply making the case for greater tolerance and empathy toward others, these creators are helping generate positive social change with their global fan bases.last_img read more

Im not the Indian Prime Minister Atleo responds to secret education agreement

first_imgBy Cara McKennaAPTN National NewsFormer Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo responded Thursday to a secret education agreement he signed with Prime Minister Stephen Harper months before the controversial First Nation Control of First Nations Education Act was tabled in Parliament, igniting a firestorm of criticism that led to Atleo’s resignation in May.The document, filed in Federal Court in September, outlines the framework and name of the now-shelved First Nations Education Act.It was signed Feb. 3 by Harper, Atleo, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and former Clerk of the Privy Council Wayne Wouters.Atleo said in an interview Thursday that, at the time, he was pressing Harper about First Nations education, and understood the federal government would be responding positively to five educational priorities put forward by chiefs.“The details of which I was not a party to,” he said.Atleo said that only governments can forge deals with other governments, and that he wants to clarify his role was not legislative.“I always said over and over again, ‘I’m not the Indian Prime Minister,’ when I was in my former job as National Chief,” he said.“My work, as I followed the instructions by resolution, was to do exactly (what I did), and an important decision on my part. Recognizing the tasks that I felt the chiefs has sent me to Ottawa to do, I had accomplished.”APTN National News earlier reported that Atleo never told chiefs about the document. Two AFN regional chiefs also reportedly didn’t attend a Feb. 7 announcement at the Blood Tribe reserve where Harper and Atleo announced a “historic agreement” on education because of the lack of information.During the announcement, neither Harper nor Atleo mentioned that the draft proposal of the upcoming bill – “Bill C/S-X, First Nation Control of First Nations Education Act” – existed.In May, Atleo resigned suddenly after many chiefs outright rejected the legislation, which now sits in limbo with $1.9 billion in funding.He has since kept a low profile, but at a press conference at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo on Oct. 30, B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced Atleo is now taking on a new academic role working indirectly for the provincial government as Canada’s first “Speaker for Indigenous Dialogue.”The job will involve leading sessions between corporations, local governments and First Nations on various issues including resource development and land rights.Clark said Atleo has become “a great friend” and “a really outstanding example of how people of First Nations ancestry can bring both their traditional outlook … and at the same time grasp the opportunities for economic growth.”“We are very focused on trying to build partnerships in a respectful way,” Clark said.“We need to hear each other’s stories if we want to ensure those relationships work. The speaker’s role is to lead the development of dialogue sessions, research and public policy.”Atleo, who will be working through VIU’s newly formed Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation in Nanaimo, said his first role will be listening to what people have to say.He is also currently doing academic work out of the University of Toronto.“I’m honoured to continue this work on education in a different way,” Atleo said.“I’m so thankful for both the support I received as well as the sharp criticism at times, because you learn from both. And I’m thankful for all of that. I don’t think I would have done anything any differently, but of course in hindsight, you always learn a lot.”Atleo said he has been reflecting for the last few months on whether or not to return as a leader in the public eye, but started to feel a sense of responsibility and is now ready and willing to continue his work.“Life is messy, life is full of surprises,” he said.“When I came back from my last role I thought, ‘am I going to go home and be a fisher or an oyster farmer, or do something else unrelated?’ No. My heart is so full of a love for my people and my land.”When asked about a recent quote that he had “enough of Ottawa,” Atleo said his comment was misconstrued.“To be clear, I think others said that,” he said.“What I said was that I had enough of the winters in Ottawa. Six of them, if I’m counting. But I was tremendously honoured with that role, and it’s not about leaving the place. It’s about being finished with the work. It feels very good to be home.”-with files from Jorge Barreralast_img read more

Aboriginal children herded like cattle onto train of tears

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsDuring the Second World War Nazi Germany would herd Jewish people like cattle and load them into train cars heading to concentration camps with just the clothes on their backs.They didn’t know where the train was going and they didn’t have a choice.When they arrived they had identification numbers tattooed on them.At the same time, the Canadian government was doing something similar across the country with Aboriginal children.Large trucks would pull up on reserves and haul kids to residential schools.“The cattle trucks come on the reserve, and scoop up the kids to go, and seeing my cousins cry, and then, and they were put on these trucks, and hauled off, and we didn’t know where,” recalled Shirley Leon who attended a residential school in Kamloops, B.C. during the 1940s.Leon’s story is one of dozens chronicled in “The Survivors Speak” book released Tuesday by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Sam Ross fought like hell to stay off the cattle trucks when it arrived to take him and his brothers from their home in northern Manitoba to Prince Albert, Sask.“They took us out to the truck; all four of us. My other two brothers walked to the truck. But me and my late, younger brother, we fought all the way, right up, right to the station, train station,” said Ross.Benjamin Joseph Lafford remembers having no food and no clothes when the Indian agent or RCMP took him away.“So when the train came, they put us on … every station we stopped at, there was children, Native children,” said Lafford who was taken the Shubenacadie school in Nova Scotia.Larry Beardy described his first train trip that took him Churchill, Man. to the Anglican school in Dauphin, Man 1,200 km away.“There was a lot of crying on that train. At every stop … children will get on the train, and then there’d be more crying, and everybody started crying, all the way to Dauphin, and that’s how it was,” said Beardy. “That train I want to call that train of tears, and a lot anger and frustration.”For many, their trip to a residential school started with a letter delivered by a priest.One recalled being taken away without their parent’s knowing – ripped from a playground by the RCMP.If parents fought the RCMP or Indian agents the father was threatened with jail.Others said their parents enrolled them in the schools because the local priest convinced them the children would be better off with an education, clothes and food.On the first day of school for Lynda Pahpasay she was given an identification number.“We were taken upstairs, said Pahpasay of her Catholic school in Kenora, Ont. “They gave us some clothing and they put number on our clothes. I remember there’s little tags in the back, they put numbers, and they told us that was your number. Well, I can’t remember my number.”She was then washed and her hair was cut short. Her brother’s hair was cut completely off.Verna Kirkness said she stripped and had something poured on her head upon arrival at the Dauphin school.“It was coal oil, or some, some kind of oil, and they poured it on my head,” said Kirkness.School life became regimented for the children who say they were programmed.“We had to line up to go to the toilet, line up to go wash, line up to go take a shower, line up to go play, line up to go school, eat,” said John B. Custer.They also weren’t allowed to speak their own language.Survivor’s describe wanting to kill themselves and running away from the abuse they suffered – physical and sexual.Larry Beardy said the students, between eight and 10-years-old, at the Dauphin school finally rebelled.“We started to notice a lot of my colleagues running way, and, and every time somebody ran away, the whole dorm would get physically strapped by the principal of that school … we ransacked the whole dorm. We went violent,” said Beardy.The stories of sexual abuse are documented in the survivor’s book. One recalled being abused by staff and students at the Alberni school.“I was taken out night after night after night. And that went on until I was about twelve years old. And it was several of the male supervisors plus a female,” she said. “It was in the dorm; it was in their room; in was in the carport; it was in his car; it was in the gym; the back of the crummy that took us on road trips; the public school; the change room.”There’s been 45 successful prosecutions of physical and sexual abuse at the schools.– Five things to know about the TRC:1. The commission was established as part of the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, which also included money to pay for the commission’s work.2. The commission is led by Justice Murray Sinclair, Manitoba’s first Aboriginal justice. The other commissioners are Marie Wilson, a journalist, university lecturer and former senior manager at several Crown corporations; and Chief Wilton Littlechild, a lawyer and former Progressive Conservative MP.3. The group is charged with collecting testimony from residential school survivors and compiling their stories into a comprehensive historical record of the schools aimed at educating all Canadians about the residential schools and their legacy.4. The records of the commission, including recollections from 6,200 former students, many of whom spoke on video, with be kept and managed by the National Research Centre on Indian Residential Schools at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, where they will be publicly accessible.5. Residential schools operated for about 150 years, with an estimated 150,000 Aboriginal children spending time in them. At the height of the residential-school era, the federal government supported 130 such schools. There are an estimated 80,000 survivors of the schools who are still alive.– A look at the numbers:The 1840s – Church-run schools are established for aboriginal children.1883 – The year the federal government establishes three large residential schools in Western Canada to “kill the Indian in the child.”1920 – The year the Indian Act is amended to make it compulsory for status Indian children between seven and 15 to attend residential school.70 – The number of residential schools operating by the 1930s.130 – The total number of residential schools that received support from the federal government at the program’s peak.60 per cent – The proportion of residential schools run by the Catholic church.1996 – The year the last residential school closes outside Regina.At least 6,000 – The number of children who died in Canada’s residential schools. Provinces are still handing over death certificates for aboriginal children from the residential school era.60 per cent – The mortality rate reached at some residential schools, according to Truth and Reconciliation chairman Justice Murray Sinclair.$1.9 billion – The federal government’s compensation package offered to former residential school students.kjackson@aptn.ca– with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Communities in Saskatchewan frustrated over lack of information about oil spill

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National NewsCommunity members gathered to show their frustration with officials over the recent oil spill in the North Saskatchewan river.They wanted to be sure all information is being shared with all parties.tpimentel@aptn.calast_img

Tariq Ramadan Dismisses Latest Rape Accusation Promises to Expose Facts in

Rabat – In response to the latest rape allegation facing his already bruised reputation, Tariq Ramadan is categorical that the accusation is baseless and part of a further smear campaign.Months after being released on bail, facing multiple rape accusations, world renowned Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan is yet again grappling with a new rape allegation.The complainant, a journalist in her fifties, according to reports, has said that she has felt emboldened by the recent stories about Ramadan to break her silence about her experience with the scholar, French media reported yesterday, Sunday August 25. Ramadan was quick to reply, however.He suggested that the accusation was merely a ploy to further defame him, quelling the accusation and promising his social media followers that he will soon be telling a full account of the newest allegations. He aims to put to rest what he sees as yet another organized campaign to further tarnish his already suffering image.“Of course I have been told about the new elements of the investigation and the new complaint that has been abundantly covered by the press this Sunday August 25,” Ramadan wrote in a Facebook post.“Barely surprising,” he added, appearing to argue, as he has on multiple occasions in the past months, that both the ongoing investigations into the previous rape accusations and the latest complaint come from a place of resentment against his identity and his public visibility as a Muslim intellectual.“I will be speaking in the coming days to expose the facts with determination, clarity, and serenity—God willing,” concluded the short Facebook post.Ramadan’s latest alleged victim said that the incident happened on May 23, 2014 in a hotel room in the Sofitel Lyon. She had allegedly gone to the place for an interview with Ramadan, only to be reportedly raped by Ramadan and “one of his staff members.”“It happened very quickly and it was incredibly violent,” the woman was quoted in news stories as saying. She indicated that she wanted to come out and recount her “painful” experience.But, she explained, she was subsequently sent numerous threats from both Ramadan and his staff, telling her that going out with the story would be more ruinous to her than it would to Ramadan. “You do not know how powerful I am,” she recalled Ramadan as saying to her in the aftermath of the incident and in a bid to silence her.Previously, Ramadan was arrested on January 31 of last year after two women came out with rape accusations in late 2017 and filed complaints against him for sexual abuse and rape.He was then released on bail in November of last year after spending 10 months in detention. Ramadan has been adamant from the outset that all the allegations are politically, ideologically motivated. read more

US stocks fall on more evidence of slowdown in the economy

US stocks fall on more evidence of slowdown in the economy by The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2013 12:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market is lower at midday on more evidence of a slowing U.S. economy.The Dow Jones industrial average is down 57 points to 14,781 as of 11:51 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index is off six points at 1,591. The Nasdaq has fallen 13 points to 3,315.U.S. factory activity last month dropped to its slowest pace this year. Companies added the fewest jobs in seven months in April.Home security company ADT Corp. fell $2.34 to $41.31 after its quarterly profit didn’t live up to analysts’ hopes. That drop helped push down the S&P 500.Investors are waiting for news from the Federal Reserve, which will publish a statement later Wednesday. read more

Atlas Copco helps Meridian Drilling excel in harsh Ethiopian exploration environment

first_imgIn exploration drilling, equipment reliability is a top priority: production downtime is extremely costly and companies are constantly looking for ways to increase their efficiency and reduce costs. That is why when Meridian Drilling Ltd, a UK and Dubai-based company specialising in global mineral exploration, began an exploration project in northern Ethiopia it needed to source drilling equipment that could be guaranteed to operate in the harshest working environments. Meridian Drilling chose drill-rigs from Atlas Copco Construction and Mining.With a depth of experience operating in some of the world’s most challenging environments, Meridian Drilling was awarded a project to carry out exploration for potash at a site in northern Ethiopia. The site lies 100 m below sea level and in an area where daytime temperatures can reach in excess of 55°C, in a highly saline and corrosive environment. For this reason, Meridian Drilling chose to use Atlas Copco Christensen CS14 drill rigs, due to their ability to carry out efficient and reliable deep drilling operations.The CS14 diamond core drilling rigs are capable of reaching a drilling depth of 1,200 m with N wireline (diameter 47.6 mm). Meridian has been operating on this exploration site in Ethiopia for two years and has operated a 24 hour shift system for the duration of the contract. The availability of the drill rigs has been excellent during the contract and there have been very few incidents of serious breakdown in this period. The high availability of the drill rig has also enabled Meridian Drilling to save on labour costs, due to the minimal downtime of the rig.Commenting on the benefits of the equipment Managing Director of Meridian Drilling, Jeremy Moore, said: “The Atlas Copco drill rigs combine excellent reliability and capability and do exactly what they say. Despite working in one of the harshest working environments in the world, where drill rigs are put under extreme duress, we have very few problems with the machines whatsoever. The machines have dealt extremely well with the corrosive environment.” He continued: “Any lost production due to breakdown is extremely expensive both in terms of income and loss of reputation, so reliability is essential. That is why we have chosen Atlas Copco rigs this time and why we will definitely choose them again.”Part of the Atlas Copco range of flexible, robust and highly productive Christensen surface core drilling rigs, the CS14 is suitable for a variety of drilling environments. Christensen CS14 drill-rigs are specially designed for medium depth wire line drilling operations and feature a powerful feed system, main winch and powerful engine. The mast dump, four hydraulic levelling jacks and foldable mast also mean the CS14 is easy to set up, whilst including safety guards and emergency stop buttons to make the rig user-friendly and safe to operate.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #ADIOS: Officials from the Troika are beginning their twelfth and final review visit to Ireland today, two months before the country is due to exit the EU/IMF bailout programme. The focus of today’s discussions will be on whether Ireland will need a post-bailout emergency credit line.2. #SPYING: US President Barack Obama is considering a review of US spying operations as pressure increases on America to explains its covert surveillance programmes. A report in the Guardian says that at least 35 world leaders have been monitored by the National Security Agency in recent years.3. #ABUSE CHARGES: A former chauffeur at the BBC has been found dead at his home, hours after he failed to appear in court on child sex abuse charges. David Smith had been the first person charged under the investigation into Jimmy Savile and others as part of Operation Yewtree.4. #STORMS: At least twelve people – including an Irish man living in England – have died as a fierce storm with winds of up to 160kph has battered parts of northern Europe.5. #ABUSE: A report commissioned by a group of Catholic priests says the Murphy Commission which investigated the handling of child sexual abuse allegations in Dublin was flawed and too focused on ‘naming and shaming’ individual priests, the Irish Times reports.6. #COPYRIGHT: Ireland should set up a copyright council to provide the framework for fair use of online content, according to a report proposed to Government today by three copyright experts.7. #INVESTIGATION: Two people have been arrested in France after an underfed and dehydrated baby girl was found living in the boot of a car, AFP reports. The child’s mother – one of the two people arrested – said she had hidden the baby’s existence from everyone.8. #WITNESS PROTECTION: The cost of the State’s witness protection programme has almost doubled to €1.2 million in a year, The Herald reports – the highest amount since the scheme was introduced in 1998.9. #AWKWARD: A Celtic Tiger-era bridge across the Liffey has been unable to open to shipping for three years due to “lack of funding” – and the loss of the key needed to open the centre of the bridge. A spokesperson said that the Seán O’Casey footbridge should be able to open in the coming months.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgThe 9 at 9: Sunday Here’s all the news you need to know as you start your day. Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 8:50 AM By Sean Murray Mar 10th 2019, 8:50 AM Short URL 8,419 Views https://jrnl.ie/4532980 Share2 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/DronG EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #CLONDALKIN: There are calls to delay the closure of a Direct Provision centre in west Dublin, as it may mean dozens need to find a new place to live.2. #ASYLUM SEEKERS: People living in Direct Provision also spoke to TheJournal.ie about their experiences.3. #ISIS: Gardaí have contacted the Louth family of an Irish woman detained in Syria, whom gardaí have confirmed was radicalised, RTÉ reported.4. #BREXIT: Theresa May faces the fight of her political career this week as the Brexit endgame gets under way, and this explainer outlines what could happen in Westminster over the coming days.5. #SPINRAZA: The row over “exorbitant” medication Spinraza rumbles on, as parents of children with a rare genetic condition have called for negotiations between the HSE and a pharmaceutical company to be sped up.6. #PSNI: A 77-year-old man has been charged as part of a historical clerical sex abuse probe in Belfast.7. #GSOC: Around 80% of pepper spray discharges by gardaí from 2016 to 2018 weren’t reported to GSOC within the mandatory 48-hour period, figures show.8. #COURT: A man in his 50s is due to appear before Navan District Court today in relation to a significant drug seizure in Meath.9. #CAT-ASTROPHE: If you’re planning to travel to the UK with your pet after a no-deal Brexit, here’s what you’ll need. No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/DronGlast_img read more

Battle Ground officer receives highest award for role in standoff

first_img A sergeant at the Battle Ground Police Department has been awarded one of the agency’s highest recognitions for his role in a SWAT standoff that resulted in police fatally shooting one of Washington’s most wanted fugitives.Sgt. Jason Perdue, a member of the Southwest Washington regional SWAT team, received the department’s Distinguished Service Award for exemplary performance in a hazardous situation while protecting the community and his fellow officers.Perdue was called to a Ridgefield house, 19306 N.E. 29th Ave., on March 14 for a report of an armed and dangerous fugitive hiding in the house.Officers with the U.S. Marshals Service, who were searching for Derral Kenneth “Kenny” Mosby, discovered someone inside the house and called for help from the SWAT team.Mosby, who was one of “Washington’s Most Wanted,” had a history of violence and was wanted on multiple felony charges.After several hours of negotiation, Mosby exited the house, but ignored officers’ commands and threatened officers with his weapon, according to police. He was shot and killed.Perdue has been with the Battle Ground Police Department since 2002 and has been a member of the regional SWAT team since 2008. Sgt. Jason Perduelast_img read more

Ash From Alaska Volcano Prompts Aviation Warning

first_imgThe ash emissions prompted an aviation warning. Schneider says that level of emissions would affect mostly smaller aircraft. Ash above 20,000 feet (6,100 meters) could threaten jet airplanes. Alaska Volcano Observatory scientists said Wednesday that overnight ash emissions from Mount Veniaminof (VEN’-ee-ah-mean-off) generated an ash plume that drifted more than 150 miles (241 kilometers) to the southeast. Veniaminof is 480 miles (772 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage on the Alaska Peninsula. It became active again in early September. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An active Alaska volcano is ramping up, spewing ash emissions nearly 3 miles (5 kilometers) into the air. The community of Perryville is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of the volcano. Geophysicist Dave Schneider, who is based in Anchorage, says there have been no immediate reports of ash falling in Perryville.last_img read more

Toni Morrison The first African American woman to win Nobel Prize for

first_imgNobel Foundation ArchiveNobel Prize-winning US author Toni Morrison has died “following a short illness”, her family members said. She was 88.Morrison, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, died on Monday night.The author of 11 novels, she won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, having published her first novel, “The Bluest Eye”, in 1970, the BBC reported.Morrison “who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality”.Her book “Beloved” told the story of a female African-American slave and was made into a film starring Oprah Winfrey in 1998.Morrison, who died on Monday night, once said: “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.””The consummate writer who treasured the written word, whether her own, her students or others, she read voraciously and was most at home when writing,” the Morrison family statement read.(IANS)last_img read more

Educationalist Shivraj Motegaonkars turns Music Producer

first_imgThe music industry is growing in leaps and bounds. A new Marathi song composed by Shailesh Lokhande and produced by Shivraj Motegaonkar is going to release soon. Sung by the melodious Annu Chowdhary and soulful lyrics by Mahesh Yelgatte Motegaonkar, this peppy number inspires you to take decisive action for a better tomorrow.Shivraj Motegaonkar, the producer of this song has made a name for himself in the educational field. He is a son of Latur, running his own ‘Renukai Chemistry Classes’ since 2001. India has a rich heritage of Guru-Shishya custom. Our nation has contributed to the international calendar with ‘Teacher’s Day’. On this occasion of teacher’s day, let’s shed light upon a teacher who is literally living the role of Guru in this money-making era.It has been observed that educational institutes today have become business-oriented. Deserving candidates are unable to get the entry in educational avenues because of financially weak background. This results in several deserving students biting back on their dreams and aspirations. The country itself is adversely affected by this negative development.Imagine yourself being treated by a doctor who has passed on the basis of money! Imagine driving on a bridge that has been built by an inept engineer! It is a danger to the society as a whole.In these 18 years of tirelessly working in this field, Shivraj Motegaonkar has helped thousands of his students become successful doctors and engineers today.He has majorly contributed in the “Latur pattern.” Besides, he participates very actively in social work. From Sevalaya Hasegav, he has adopted 2 children. He takes care of expenses for the fulfilment of their needs, education and well being.Water scarcity is an alarming issue in Latur. For ‘Andhashram,’ he extended his hand for building a borewell for needy people with vision impairment considering the inconvenience caused due to water scarcity. He has also provided monetary support to cow shelters located in Latur.Shivraj Motegaonkar offers maximum concession on fees to the students who don’t have financial support. This year, he held exams for students aspiring to get admission to his class. This helped him decide which students are deserving of further education. He even provided free tuition to one thousand students who scored good marks.At ‘Renukai Chemistry classes,’ Shivraj Motegaonkar has put his efforts for bridging the distance between industry and academia. He has and is actively working to help poor children realize their dream of a good higher education.Regular Coaching for NEET along with the preparation of XI-XII board is provided in his classes with the routine practice of subject-related tests.While speaking about his compassion for social work, he says, though he makes a lot of money while working in the field of education, he feels it as a responsibility to build society and nation. Funding for education has become a necessity today. According to him, our nation will prosper only when people start looking for solutions rather than concentrating on the problems. The government can do only so much. The rest is in our hands. He is looking forward to providing better educational opportunities to his students.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

FDA Clears Philips CT Solutions for Lung Cancer Screening

first_img 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Related Content April 26, 2016 — Philips announced that any hospital or healthcare facility with one of its indicated computed tomography (CT) models can now become a lung cancer screening center. Philips’ suite of CT solutions has achieved 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for low-dose lung cancer screening (LCS).The suite includes 27 CT and positron emission tomography (PET)/CT models, as well as integrated software and services.Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States, and the source of one in four cancer deaths. Screenings are recommended by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to help identify the disease earlier in high-risk populations when treatment can be more successful. Early detection using this method has been shown to not only improve prognosis and treatment but decrease death rates up to 20 percent. In addition, if diagnosed in stage one, patients can have up to a 49 percent chance of surviving, compared to a diagnosis at stage three where the survival rate is as low as 5 percent.“Lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer in America, taking more American lives than colon, breast and prostate cancer combined, and early detection is key to fighting this terrible disease,” said Brady J. McKee, M.D., radiologist at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, which features the largest clinical lung cancer screening program in the country. “The work Philips has done to improve a provider’s screening capability not only benefits individual patients, but hospitals at each step of their Lung Cancer Screening program implementation and execution, which is often a very complicated process that includes community outreach, physician education, patient and data management, and reporting.”Philips’ low-dose CT solutions now give healthcare organizations of varying clinical and economic needs — from community hospitals to multi-facility health systems — the ability to build robust lung cancer screening programs. Through its integrated radiology solutions and services, Philips can work with healthcare executives to better assess availability of existing scanners and to establish an enterprise-wide lung cancer program that will deliver advanced patient care and access.Philips lung cancer screening solutions also provide several benefits for patients and referring physicians, including:Personalized management of radiation dose – The 27 models of Philips CT and PET/CT solutions qualified with the indications for use to perform CT lung cancer screening also utilize active dose management tools;Greater insights throughout the process – Referring physicians are better able to manage the process from end-to-end through “control center” software tools that enable digital access to patient tracking data that proves insight into scheduling, results and follow-up activities; andAdvanced image data sharing and analytics – Through its IntelliSpace Portal, Philips offers a comprehensive solution for detection, diagnostics and therapy follow-up. To address the increasing interest in pulmonary care, the latest version, IntelliSpace Portal 8.0, now includes the new CT Lung Nodule Assessment (LNA) application designed for a more efficient and longitudinal workflow to provide additional clinical decision support. For more information: www.medical.philips.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Technology | Lung Cancer | April 26, 2016 FDA Clears Philips CT Solutions for Lung Cancer Screening Company’s full suite of low-dose CT solutions now cleared for lung cancer screening to promote early detection Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Hoteliers optimistic occupancy will rise

first_imgAustralian property managers remain positive that bookings will pick up in the year ahead, despite occupancy rates averaging at 30 percent between April and June this year. According to a Stayz Group Accommodation Index unveiled earlier this month, hoteliers cited economic conditions and weather disruptions for the affected conditions.Despite low occupancy levels, Western Australia and Queensland saw the highest rates of 39 percent and 36 percent, while Victoria and New South Wales filled up 25 percent and 29 percent of their properties.The slow mid-year is expected to pass with up to 38 percent of accommodation owners predicting trading conditions to be slightly better or much better over the next 12 months.The average national occupancy rate is expected to pick up to 35 percent between July and September this year and a further 38 percent between April and June next year.“The Australian tourism market has been impacted by a number of factors recently, including destructive weather, a high Australian dollar and poor global economic conditions,” Stayz Group general manager Kirsty Shaw said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

IATA releases Airline Financial Monitor

first_imgThe International Air Transport Association has released the November and December results in the Airline Financial Monitor and worldwide airline share prices rose four per cent in December.For the year as a whole share prices were up 40 per cent which was helped by the decline in crude oil and jet fuel prices over recent months.Crude oil prices halved by the end of 2014 and have fallen a further 17 per cent in January, IATA have said this is reflecting the appreciation of the US dollar as well as continued growth in supply.Quarter three financial results showed improvements in the US being partially offset by weakness in other regions, however US passenger yields remain up on a year ago.Strong trade growth in Asia Pacific has boosted air freight volumes and the trend in air travel growth remains positive.For November there was growth in all available seats, but it was still below the pace of growth in demand, which should support aircraft utilization rates.Passenger load factors trended sideways in November, but air freight load factors continue to show steady improvement, this was supported by solid expansion in volumes.The report from IATA stated the year 2014 finished on a high, however it could have been better, for 2015 the international air transport body believes the growth will continue throughout. Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more