October 20

Concerted effort to force TMC workers to stay away from politics or

first_imgKolkata: The sole purpose behind the ‘Reign of Terror’ unleashed by the BJP in vast areas surrounding Bhatpara on Thursday is to scare the Trinamool Congress workers and force them to either join BJP or keep themselves away from politics in the entire Barrackpore sub-division.Bhatpara, which is otherwise a peaceful area in North 24-Parganas, became the epicentre of violence since Arjun Singh joined the BJP from TMC shortly before the general elections. Singh, who was nominated as a BJP candidate from Barrackpore, defeated the sitting Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi. Following Singh’s victory, Trinamool Congress MLAs from Bijpur and Noapara, Subhrangshu Roy and Sunil Singh joined the saffron party. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaPawan Singh, Arjun’s son, won the Bhatpara by-election by defeating Madan Mitra. Partha Bhowmick, Trinamool Congress MLA from Naihati, is putting up a lone battle. In Barrackpore sub-division, the TMC has control over Naihati, Jagatdal, Barrackpore, Panihati and Barranagore. Manas Mukherjee of the CPI(M) is the MLA from Kamarhati. BJP has taken control over Bhatpara, Kanchrapara and Halisahar municipalities while the state government has deputed an administrator in Naihati municipality. Locals alleged that the BJP has deployed a large number of Hindi-speaking outsiders to create trouble in the area. They are putting pressure on the Trinamool rank and file so that they stay aloof from politics. Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had recently visited Naihati to cheer up the party workers. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe outsiders are putting enormous pressure on the Muslims as well. They have allegedly told the Muslims that they will give them full protection if they join BJP. An uneasy calm prevails in vast areas surrounding Bhatpara like Jagatdal, Kankinara, Naihati where most of the shops have downed shutters. The slum dwellers have kept themselves indoors. Despite the Chief Minister’s instructions, the police have taken a softer stand against the outsiders. Jyotipriya Mallick, TMC president, North 24-Parganas demanded that the outsiders should be arrested immediately. “Bhatpara is a peaceful area but the BJP is turning it into a trouble-torn zone. The police have been instructed to arrest the criminals,” he said.last_img read more

October 16

Agnes Chan Named UNICEF Regional Ambassador For East Asia And Pacific Region

first_imgUNICEF has announced the appointment of Agnes Chan Miling as its newest Regional Ambassador for East Asia and the Pacific Region.A much respected entertainer and television personality, Ms. Chan has worked as a national advocate for the rights of children since her debut as a singer in Japan in 1972. She has served as a UNICEF National Ambassador for Japan for over 17 years.“We are very glad that Agnes Chan has accepted a regional role as a UNICEF Ambassador for children,” said Daniel Toole, UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific. “In her role as a UNICEF National Ambassador for Japan, she has been a strong advocate for children’s rights. As a regional Ambassador she will continue to use her voice to help UNICEF in Japan and beyond, to improve the lives of children.”Ms. Chan first teamed up with UNICEF in 1998 when she was appointed as the first UNICEF National Ambassador for Japan. Since then, she has undertaken media interviews, field visits and public outreach activities, with a special focus on children impacted by violence, conflict and emergencies.“I am honoured to become a Regional Ambassador, and to continue to help defend and uphold children’s rights,” said Chan. “Having visited children in 18 countries for UNICEF over the years, I have seen first-hand how children around the world are suffering from circumstances beyond their control. Children in The East Asia and Pacific region have huge potential but they need our support to develop and blossom. My dedication to reach out to the most vulnerable children in the region and beyond will only grow with this new appointment. Let’s speak up for the rights of all children. Let’s treat every child as our own.”Ms. Chan, who is a native of Hong Kong, China, has a long history of employing her celebrity and her energy to support children’s causes. In 2009, Ms. Chan helped launch UNICEF’s global Progress for Children report. She also travelled with the UNICEF Executive Director to areas affected by the 2011 Tsunami in Japan, promoting child-centered disaster risk reduction; an issue that was the focus of her address to the Third session of the Global Platform for disaster risk reduction in Geneva that same year. In 2014, Ms. Chan chaired an experts’ and children’s discussion at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.last_img read more

October 16

Stars Come Together For WE Day Canada

first_imgOn Sunday, tens of thousands of young people, families and community members from coast-to-coast came together on Parliament Hill for WE Day Canada to mark Canada 150 and celebrate as the nation turned their focus to building the country’s next 150 years.Shania Twain at WE Day CanadaCredit/Copyright: Patrick DoyleReady to build a stronger future together, exceptional Canadian youth paired with iconic national celebrities and thought leaders took to the WE Day Canada stage for an evening of epic performances, inspiring speeches and remarkable celebration.Alongside international activists and WE co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, WE Day Canada featured a cast of distinguished Canadians, innovators and trailblazers including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with Barenaked Ladies, National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Roméo Dallaire, Gord Downie, Marc Dupré, Nelly Furtado, Hedley, Tom Jackson, Governor General of Canada David Johnston, Maripier Morin, Alex Nevsky, Kardinal Offishall, Penny Oleksiak, Serena Ryder, Lilly Singh, P.K. Subban, Jacob Tremblay, Les Trois Accords, Margaret Trudeau, Shania Twain and more.“Performing on Parliament Hill for WE Day Canada was an extraordinary experience — as a WE ambassador and proud Canadian, there was nowhere else I’d rather have been this weekend,” said singer, songwriter, producer and WE ambassador, Nelly Furtado. “Having had the opportunity to meet warm and welcoming young people and leaders from across the country, my heart is filled with hope — I’m confident in the difference we can make as a collective good and in the future of our nation.”“As a global organization with our roots proudly planted in Canada more than 20 years ago, hosting WE Day on Parliament Hill was an incredible honour,” said international activist and co-founder of WE, Craig Kielburger. “Canadians across the country have shown us they care, that they’re dedicated, and that they will continue to build a stronger Canada — I’m certain that our country is in good hands and am excited about what we will accomplish together over the next 150 years.”Top show moments from WE Day Canada: • Gord Downie with Pearl and Daisy Wenjack sharing the story of Chanie Wenjack, followed by an emotional 100 person youth choir performance of “Stranger” from Gord Downie’s Secret Path Project • Shania Twain takes the stage to share what being Canadian is all “aboot” • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledges to build a stronger future for CanadaWE Day Canada is part of WE are Canada – WE’s national campaign marking Canada 150 – bringing millions of Canadians together with the collective goal of inspiring them to take action towards building a more caring and compassionate future nation. WE is engaging a generation of Canadians to make local, national and international impacts through the multi-faceted program. WE are Canada engages people coast to coast, challenging Canadians of all ages to raise $1 million for Canadian organizations and commit to one million hours of local volunteer service.The national program empowers Canadians to gain a deeper understanding of social issues, inspiring them to make a difference in their communities and across the country, helping to build the nation’s next 150 years. The first step that every Canadian can take is the WE are Canada Pledge. By taking the pledge, people across the country are joining a collective movement of active change-makers who are committed to building a strong future Canada. Learn more about how to get involved on Facebook.WE Day Canada was taped for a special television broadcast that will air on Saturday July 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. EDT on CTV and Friday July 14, 2017 at 9 p.m. EDT on MUCH.As a part of the Government of Canada’s weekend long celebrations in Canada’s capital region, WE Day Canada was made possible thanks to the support of senior advisor and executive producer Jeffrey Latimer and Honourary Co-Chair National Chief Perry Bellegarde.WE Day Canada was presented by RBC, TELUS, Seventh Generation, and Teck, along with partners including: Canada 150 Champion, The Jim Pattison Group; Canada 150 Champion Families, Paul & Leah Atkinson & Family, Kevin & Mandi Kimsa & Family, and Mark & Sarah Wellings & Family; In-Kind Partners, Cadillac Fairview, WestJet, Freshii, and Farmboy; and, Amplification Partners, Cineplex Entertainment, Facebook Canada, PATTISON Onestop, The Globe and Mail and LeDroit.last_img read more

October 13

Soaring unemployment fuels protests in southern Iraq

first_imgBAGHDAD – For more than three years after graduation, Karar Alaa Abdul-Wahid tried to get a stable job in the Iraqi government and in the private sector — to no avail.He once was offered a job with the Oil Ministry in his energy-rich hometown of Basra, but it came with a hefty price: he would have to pay a bribe of $5,000, which he couldn’t afford.“Every place has a copy of my resume attached with a request for job,” Abdul-Wahid, a graduate of the Basra Technical Institution, told The Associated Press by phone from the southern city.“If you are well-connected mainly among political parties and have money, you will get any job you dream of,” Abdul-Wahid said. “If not, you will get nothing.”Mismanagement since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein has increased joblessness nationwide. In more recent years, idle young men were lured into the ranks of militant extremists, and now unemployment is fueling violent protests in the capital of Baghdad and the Shiite heartland in the south.Demonstrations involving thousands of people broke out this month in Basra province, protesting the lack of jobs and poor public services, including frequent power outages.According to the World Bank, the overall unemployment rate in Iraq stands at 11.2 per cent and is nearly twice that, 21.6 per cent, in areas that once were under Islamic State control and endured heavy destruction from military operations that officially ended late last year.As of 2014, the poverty rate increased from 19.8 per cent in 2012 to an estimated 22.5 per cent, it added.In Basra, a city of more than 4 million, the unemployment rate shot up sharply to at least 30 per cent, according to deputy Gov. Dhirgham al-Ajwadi.Between 30,000 and 35,000 students graduate from the city’s private and government universities and institutions, and most of them end up without jobs, he said, blaming federal officials for not focusing on what the labour market needs.The Basra protests have spread to other cities and threatened to paralyze the oil industry, the lifeline of Iraq’s economy. They have derailed traffic at main ports on the Persian Gulf and neighbouring Iran and Kuwait.To contain the unrest, the federal government promised an urgent allocation of 3.5 trillion Iraqi dinars ($3 billion) for electricity and water projects, as well as 10,000 jobs.But the requests for jobs exceed that number, with more than 85,000 people applying so far, al-Ajwadi said. “Till now, there is no plan on how and when this will be implemented.”Unemployment has been one of the thorniest issues for the government, with 70 per cent of Iraqis under age 40 looking for work.The eldest of six children, the 26-year-old Abdul-Wahid has taken a series of unstable jobs since 2015 to help his family. But he recently got an idea he saw while surfing the internet: selling hot and iced drinks around the city from a vehicle.“I liked it because it’s something new and no one did it before in Basra,” he said.He borrowed money from relatives and friends to buy and modify a small car. Then approached a coffee-machine supplier, which helped him with a free machine and discounts on supplies.He now roams Basra’s streets, offering various types of coffee, tea and other hot and cold beverages. He makes around 900,000 Iraqi dinar (about $750) a month.Abdul-Wahid considers himself lucky, because his peers are forced to take menial jobs despite their education.“There are graduates who work as accountants in small business or construction workers or cleaners in hospitals or security guards in malls because they want feed their families,” he said. “The situation of youth in Basra is miserable.”He lamented that Basra is seen as “the mother of wealth” because it has about 70 per cent of Iraq’s proven oil reserves of 153.1 billion barrels, along with its ports.“When we think of all the wealth we have, we feel sad and upset. We deserve to live a better life, not only compared to other Iraqis but compared to the world,” he said.Iraq suffered a double shock in 2014, when militants from the Islamic State group swept through areas in the north and west and the price of oil plummeted on international markets. Oil revenues make up nearly 95 per cent of the federal budget.That forced the government to stop hiring and to divert much of its resources to the costly campaign to battle the militants, severely affecting job creation, the private sector and investor confidence. As a result, growth has been stunted, with poverty and unemployment on the rise.Among Iraq’s many unemployed is Ali Fadhil Kadhim, a 25-year-old graduate with a degree in science and physical education who has taken part in the Basra protests.Like others, he has applied for jobs but is not optimistic.“These promises are just anesthetization for the people and to keep them silent,” said Kadhim, who has worked as a security guard, construction worker and taxi driver. “We started a revolution and we will not give up.”___Follow Sinan Salaheddin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sinansm .last_img read more

October 11

Ban calls for start of relocation of Iranian exiles living in camp

15 February 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the start of the relocation of residents of the settlement in Iraq formerly known as Camp Ashraf, urging the Government and the camp dwellers to continue to cooperate so that the process can be carried out in a peaceful manner. “The Secretary-General reiterates that the Government of Iraq bears the primary responsibility for the security and the welfare of the residents of Camp Ashraf,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.“At the same time, the residents of Camp Ashraf also bear a responsibility to abide by the laws of Iraq. Any provocation or violence must be avoided and would be unacceptable.”The United Nations and the Iraqi Government on 25 December signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the voluntary relocation of several thousand Iranian exiles living in Camp New Iraq, previously known as Camp Ashraf, in the north-eastern part of the country.On 31 January, the UN High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) and the human rights office of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said they had confirmed that the infrastructure and facilities at the new relocation camp met international standards.In his statement today, Mr. Ban acknowledged the efforts of the Iraqi Government to prepare the temporary transit location to host the residents and allow UNHCR to undertake refugee status determination.He reiterated his call to Member States to contribute to a durable solution by demonstrating their readiness to accept eligible residents of Camp New Iraq who wish to resettle in third countries.The Secretary-General stressed that the UN “remains strongly committed to continue to do its utmost to facilitate a peaceful and durable solution.”Situated in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala, Camp New Iraq camp houses several thousand members of a group known as the People’s Mojahedeen of Iran. read more

October 7

October 1 – Save the Date

Goodman Golf TournamentThe Goodman School of Business’ ninth annual golf tournament to raise funds for student scholarships and activities will be held Oct. 1, 2013 at Lionhead Golf and Country Club in Brampton. To date, the golf tournament has raised over $160,000, which has helped establish a scholarship and assist student clubs with their competition costs. The 2013 tournament will also support the George Rasula Memorial Scholarship, an award that goes to a student in the Bachelor of Accounting Co-op program, who attains excellent grades. The alumni committee of Andrew Julie (MBA ’05), Bryceson Dodge (BBA ’08, MBA ’10), Tabish Gill (BAcc ’07) and James MacLellan (BAdmin ’87) has been hard at work putting together an outstanding event that will be one golf outing you don’t want to miss. For more information and to register, go to:brocku.ca/business/alumni/alumni-events/golftournament read more

October 7

Very scary Me Too Mining founder talks about threats harassment she faced

Susan Lomas was working on a remote mining site in northern Ontario in the early 2000s, when the most “ridiculous” incident she faced as a woman in the industry began with a knock at the door.A male colleague tried to force his way into the townhouse she was staying in and she rebuffed him.“He was saying how he really liked me and how he really wanted to come in and hang out with me,” recalled Lomas, a geologist and founder of the Me Too Mining advocacy group.“I was married. My husband was back at home… He seemingly wasn’t going to be taking no for an answer.”She spoke with a project manager and the man was told to “cut it out” and warned that he would be in “serious trouble” if the behaviour continued.“I was so used to it,” she said. “I was always thinking…this is what I have got to deal with.”In her first mining job, a handful of male colleagues started “wallpapering” her work area in pornography.She kept taking the images down, only to find them pinned back up again.“Then the guy came storming into my office and said: ‘if you ever touch these photos again, I am going to put your hands in the rock crusher’,” she said. “That was very scary.”Lomas believes companies have a responsibility to take action because they often set the tone for their industries.“I loved being a geologist for 30 years,” she said.“I have had incredible experiences and it is worthwhile to fight for.”Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press read more

October 7

Momentum builds for LNG Canada as pipeline workcamp contract awarded

CALGARY — Analysts say the awarding of a workforce accommodation contract to Houston-based Civeo Corp. is another sign that the $40-billion LNG Canada project is headed for a positive final investment decision later this year.Civeo says it has been awarded contracts to supply temporary work camps at four locations along the Coastal GasLink pipeline from Dawson Creek, B.C., to the west coast of B.C., on the condition that the liquefied natural gas export terminal is built.The proposed 670-kilometre pipeline is to be used to transport natural gas from northeastern B.C. to the facility near Kitimat, B.C., where it will be super-cooled and loaded on ships for transport to mainly Asian markets.Petronas buys 25% stake in LNG Canada, a year after scrapping its own projectShell’s $14-billion contract for Kitimat project a sign B.C. may catch the second LNG waveIn a note to investors, CIBC financial analysts say the contract award adds to evidence that partners in the Royal-Dutch Shell-led project will agree to proceed, noting that Civeo has already been awarded conditional contracts for a 440-bed permanent facility at Kitimat and a 4,500-bed temporary camp for the export terminal construction phase.Last month, pipeline owner TransCanada Corp. awarded the construction contract for the pipeline to a consortium, also on the condition of a positive investment decision on LNG Canada.Civeo, which operates several work camps in the oilsands region of northern Alberta, says it is to provide a total of over 2,000 rooms under the pipeline contract and revenue is expected to be about $100 million from 2019 to 2021.The company adds it will also partner with a First Nation for each facility.“The strength of our First Nation relationships was critical to these awards,” said Civeo CEO Bradley Dodson in a news release.In May, Malaysian state-owned energy company Petronas announced it had agreed to take a 25 per cent equity interest in LNG Canada. read more

October 4

Calgary man posing as realtor facing more fines

by News Staff Posted Aug 18, 2014 3:28 pm MDT Reputation may go a long way but Calgarians are being encouraged to check the credentials of potential realtors. It comes after a Calgary man was fined, once again, by the Real Estate Council of Alberta. Derek Johnson is facing the maximum fine of $25,000 for acting as a realtor and mortgage broker, without proper licensing or authorization. Charles Stevenson, director of professional standards at the Real Estate Council of Alberta, said Albertans can easily check credentials by going to their website and searching a realtors name in their database. http://www.reca.ca/consumers/consumers.htmHe said the reasoning behind finding someone with a licenced broker is about more than just following the rules. “This really is about consumer protection,” Stevenson said. “In Alberta, if you are going to represent someone else, in a trade in real estate, or if you are going to be an intermediary, or represent a lender or a borrower in dealing mortgages, you must be authorized to do so.”Johnson was first fined back in March 2013, and then again in July 2014 for failing to comply. Calgary man posing as realtor facing more fines AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

October 2

Proposal to rescind extension of UN benefits to all samesex couples rejected

The United Nations budget committee on Tuesday rejected a draft decision that would have had Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon withdraw a bulletin, issued last year, which established rules for the personal status of staff members in determining their benefits and entitlements. Eighty delegations voted against the draft decision, which revolved around such principles as the Secretary-General’s prerogatives in organizational matters, equality of UN employees, national sovereignty, and transparency. The text received 43 votes in favour, while 37 delegations abstained. In 2014 the UN changed how it categorizes staff members’ personal status, allowing more same-sex couples access to the same benefits enjoyed by their heterosexual counterparts.In a major policy change that took effect in June, the UN decided to honour the marriage of any same-sex couple wed in a country where same-sex marriages are legal. Previously, a staff member’s personal status was determined by the laws of the country whose passport he or she carried.Mr. Ban did not consult UN Member States about the policy change.Following today’s vote, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters that the Secretary-General appreciated the support of those who recognized his authority as Chief Administrative Officer as per the UN Charter. “I’d like to repeat in issuing his bulletin last year, the Secretary-General was acting under that authority in managing UN staff members,” said Mr. Haq. read more

October 2

Sudan unilateral sanctions hit innocent harder than political elites warns UN rights

“Sudan has been under unilateral coercive measures for two decades without any adaptation to the sustained evolution of the internal context,” said UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and international sanctions, Idriss Jazairy, adding that the evolution of the impact of the measures has only fluctuated subject to the whims of fate.In a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Mr. Jazairy called for the limitation in scope and time of such measures and their linking to achieving specific purposes, at the end of his first official visit to the country to assess their adverse impact on the enjoyment of human rights.With reference to the recent tightening of international financial transfers with Sudan after the record fines imposed on European banks for having done business with the country, Mr. Jazairy noted that the “signal given by compulsory measures is in contradiction with their proclaimed objectives.”Further, the expert welcomed the exemptions introduced for vital supplies but indicated that they remain to be activated by lifting constraints on financial transfers needed to make the exemptions effective.Additionally, Mr. Jazairy suggested the broadening of exemptions and the inclusion of other vital areas “that preserve the enjoyment of fundamental human rights, including full access to health, education and other basic services thus ensuring the right to development and to decent living,” as well as relaxing the restrictions on financial transfers between the Sudanese living in the country and those abroad. “Sanctions do not affect officials and elites. Their full impact is on innocent populations, and they contribute to social stratification, inter-regional disparities and to the broadening of the black market, as well as to the loss of control over financial transfers,” Mr. Jazairy explained, while noting that Sudan is one amongst few countries still under comprehensive unilateral coercive measures.He also noted that more studies and investigations are required to distinguish between “the relative impact of [such measures] and of endogenous shortcomings of human rights”, especially to understand situations such as the adverse impacts of unilateral sanctions on human rights within the health sector.Mr. Jazairy underlined that “the study of the dysfunctions in the economic, social and educational areas in the Sudan show that these have causes related to UCMs as well as to the internal situation.”Additionally, he deplored the absence of detailed surveys and studies to be undertaken by independent sources, and called for cooperation of a technical nature between OHCHR and relevant UN agencies operating in Sudan, to develop and design parameters to enable the assessment of the separate impact of UCMs on human rights violations.“A comprehensive assessment of the situation in Sudan is a two-track process that should take into account the domestic and the external factors affecting the overall human rights situation,” said Mr. Jazairy.The Special Rapporteur called for the “gradual removal of the restrictions imposed on the financial transfers relating to business deals,” and additionally, he suggested engaging international donors and creditors to restructure Sudan’s crippling external debt, in line with resolution No. 539 (2015) of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union calling for ‘comprehensive debt relief, the lifting of sanctions against Sudan and development support for South Sudan.’Mr. Jazairy met with the Vice-President of Sudan, as well as with Ministers and State officials of a number of Ministries concerned by sanctions, as well as with members of Parliament, business and civil society organizations, trade union and party leaders academics and other experts, on his eight-day visit, from 23-30 November.Lastly, he also interacted with representatives of UN agencies and regional organizations in addition to members of the diplomatic community from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas present in Sudan, in order to gather relevant information, in order to present a comprehensive report of his visit to the country to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2016.Special Rapporteurs, who are not UN staff and are independent from any government or organization, are appointed by and report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. read more

October 2

UN expo to highlight vital role of SouthSouth cooperation in achieving Global

The meeting, which will take place in Antalya from 27 to 30 November, will provide an opportunity to showcase share solutions, initiatives and success stories, as well as explore new avenues for collaboration and partnership. “It is about sharing with the spirit of solidarity and with the spirit of finding solutions to similar problems,” said Jorge Chediek, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on South-South Cooperation and Director of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).In an interview with UN News ahead of the Global South-South Development Expo 2017 (GSSD), Mr. Chediek added that South-South cooperation can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs through enhancing productive capacity, facilitating trade and investment, and sharing contextually-appropriate technologies. VIDEO:Jorge Chediek, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on South-South Cooperation, talks to UN News about the upcoming Global Expo that will take place in Antalya, Turkey, from 27 to 30 November.At the same time, he stressed that the SDGs require a global alliance with the engagement of all countries. “South-South should not be seen as a replacement but as a complement to North-South cooperation. It will be an important one because it can produce and it can generate more relevant experiences and more relevant practices for other developing countries.” More than 1,100 participants are expected at the Expo, which will feature over 50 exhibits highlighting cost-effective and replicable solutions to the challenges faced by developing countries. “We have representatives from over 120 countries that will participate in over 35 events and there will be the possibility of establishing lots of partnerships, as a demonstration of the importance South-South cooperation has in the context of the achievement of the Agenda 2030,” said Mr. Chediek. read more

September 1

SpaceX Wants Everyone on Earth to Have Cheap Fast Internet

first_imgStarting in 2019, SpaceX plans to launch thousands of satellites into low-Earth orbit. Together, the armada network hubs will blanket the planet in cheap, fast, low-latency satellite internet. At least that’s what SpaceX told the Senate Commerce Committee yesterday. It’s ambitious, to be sure, but if it works, we could see a dramatic shift in global high-speed internet access.If you’ve ever had satellite internet, you probably think this is bunk. Satellite internet is notoriously slow. SpaceX plans to solve the problem by making the network tighter and using custom-made machines.Patricia Cooper, the company’s VP of Government Affairs attended the hearing, stating that they will start testing their tech later this year.“Following successful demonstration of the technology,” Cooper said, “SpaceX intends to begin the operational satellite launch campaign in 2019. The remaining satellites in the constellation will be launched in phases through 2024 when the system will reach full capacity with the Ka- and Ku-Band satellites. SpaceX intends to launch the system onboard our Falcon 9 rocket, leveraging significant launch cost savings afforded by the first stage reusability now demonstrated with the vehicle.”Once complete, the satellites will all sit just a few hundred miles up — stunningly close given that most other communications satellites are more than 20,000 miles away. That really matters because even though light is stupid-fast, signals have to the hub, get processed and forwarded to another satellite and then go back down. That adds a few tenths of a second. Not much, but enough that anything requiring two-way communication, like a competitive game, will suffer as a result of the delay.Sounds great, right? So what’s the catch? Well… there’s a lot.For starters, this would quadruple the number of operational satellites orbiting our little blue ball. And if you’ve been keeping with space news, you know that’s a problem. There’s only so many places for satellites to be above Earth. It sounds silly, but it’s true.GPS, for example, has to be able to “see” you to be effective. And there’s only so many orbital positions where that works. Many are at geostationary orbits, meaning that they always face the same part of Earth. That’s great for consistent connections, but that adds even more, problems — there’s only a narrow shell of space where you can make a geostationary flight path work. Outside that band, and you have to start looking at all the other flight paths of all the other gadgets whizzing around us. Plus, you’ll have to make sure you’re not running into any of the space junk we’ve left out there from any of our previous launches.Humans are a messy bunch, and everywhere we go, we leave garbage. Early missions didn’t usually take this into consideration, and they just tossed crap out into space right above is. There’s now tons and tons of the stuff of the up there, and if you’ve seen Gravity, you know that even something the size of a grain of rice could rip right through just about anything we send up because it’ll be zipping by at tens of thousands of miles per hour.Cooper’s Senate hearing was, in part, a plea to loosen regulations on where satellites can go and for the company to be included in future government-led infrastructure plans.If the system ever goes live, it’ll basically operate like a turbo-charged mesh-based, wireless networks, like those you’d get with Plume or Google WiFi. The system will dynamically shift resources wherever they’re needed to keep everyone running smoothly. It should also offer latencies as low as 25 milliseconds — or roughly comparable to most high-end cable networks. SpaceX also claims it can push a gigabit or more downstream. And that would put it in the same tier as services like Google Fiber or Verizon’s FiOS network. Then again, we won’t be able to take full advantage of that until the 2020s. And who knows if any of us will still be here then, given the current political climate.last_img read more

September 1

Nintendo outlines its 2014 strategy no price cuts inbound

first_imgA big question on the mind of anyone interested in the survival of one of the most iconic game companies in the world is what’s next for Nintendo. The company spoke recently with a couple of details for their 2014 plans, which left a lot of people with more questions than answers.Despite several successful games and a fun, slim design, the Wii U has not seen a lot of success. Now that the Xbox One and the PS4 are here, Nintendo fans are hopeful that the company has something up its sleeve for the next year. Reports and leaks regarding the next console are fun to speculate about, but there’s plenty of things Nintendo could be doing right now and it looks like they are going to start off by reaching out to the mobile world.Nintendo plans to allow their developers to create concepts that allow content to be shared across their platforms through the Nintendo Network ID system. While their own DS portables are still fairly new to NNIDs, this will enable service oriented content to exist for multiple mobile platforms and help encourage users to make Nintendo part of their day-to-day digital experience. It’s not clear what is going to happen first for this platform, but it seem likely that the social network Miiverse is going to be high on that list. Outside of that, obviously we’d all like to see games that allow for cross-platform play at some point. Time will tell if Nintendo goes that far.There’s also more than a few cool things coming to the Wii U, starting off with the launch of Mario Kart 8 right around the corner. Our early hands-on with this game found that it was a lot of fun, and it’s a big part of Nintendo’s early push into 2014. On top of this, select DS games that haven’t yet been named will soon be available to purchase and play on the Wii U virtual console. The virtual console saw a huge boost in content recently, but the service is not quite yet as verbose as the original Wii’s Virtual Console offerrings. DS games in the virtual console will be great for adding fun diversions to the console, but seems like an ineffective stop gap against a lack of third party titles for now.Finally, Nintendo has more plans for Wii Fit and Wii Fit accessories. While the vitality sensor never really came to pass, Nintendo announced plans to add non-wearable technology to the console that will make fitness and quality of life apps more effective. A possible option may be something similar to the Kinect camera for the Xbox One, which uses its cameras to monitor your pulse through changes in your face. We can probably expect to see more on this in the second half of the year, but nothing concrete was established during the announcement.All of this adds up to some hard evidence that suggests Nintendo is actively trying to keep the Wii U afloat while they work on the next console. The efforts announced for 2014 seem to be all about encouraging prolonged use, as opposed to securing new users. This is a strange strategy overall, especially considering how several third party developers have responded to questions regarding Wii U support moving forward.Image credit: Chris Sewelllast_img read more

August 31

3D Display Offers Glimpse of Future Media

first_imgThe 3D display system, developed by researchers at the University of Southern California, uses a spinning mirror to reflect images in all directions. Image credit: Graphics Lab at USC. But the overall 3D display system, developed by researchers at the Graphics Lab at the University of Southern California, is real technology that could one day transform visual entertainment. The 3D display can project both virtual as well as real images from a recorded movie. The researchers, Professor Paul Debevec and his colleagues, hope that the display´s advantages will overcome many of the challenges faced by 3D technology. For instance, their 3D display is autosterescopic, meaning viewers don´t need to wear special viewing glasses to see the 3D effects. The display is also omnidirectional, so that multiple viewers can watch the display from all directions and heights. To achieve the high quality, the researchers modified a video projector to project images at more than 4,000 frames per second. Also, the display is interactive, as demonstrated in this video showing a user controlling the 3D human head with a remote control. It can update content at 200 Hz, or 200 times per second.The video projector projects high-speed video onto the rapidly spinning mirror, and the projector and mirror are synchronized so that, as the mirror turns, it reflects a different image to viewers in all directions.As the mirror rotates up to 20 times per second, a viewer´s vision creates the illusion of a floating object at the center of the mirror. The image is enclosed in a glass box, to protect anything (such as a hand) from touching the spinning mirrors.”While flat electronic displays represent a majority of user experiences, it is important to realize that flat surfaces represent only a small portion of our physical world,” the team explains on its Web site. “Our real world is made of objects, in all their three-dimensional glory. The next generation of displays will begin to represent the physical world around us, but this progression will not succeed unless it is completely invisible to the user: no special glasses, no fuzzy pictures, and no small viewing zones.”The Graphics Lab has also been involved with creating films, computer animations, and other graphics projects.More information: 3D Display Research Page © 2008 PhysOrg.com Citation: 3D Display Offers Glimpse of Future Media (2008, November 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-11-3d-glimpse-future-media.html Cadillac CT6 will get streaming video mirror (PhysOrg.com) — The 3D objects in the display box may at first look like a product of smoke-and-mirrors trickery. That impression would be about half right, as a rapidly spinning mirror is one important component of the display. 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. Explore furtherlast_img read more

August 27

Radiotherapy Patient System by gKteso Documents Reproducible Data

first_img Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more January 25, 2016 — gKteso introduces two models of the Radiotherapy Patient System (RPS) 6-D robotic couch for radiotherapy of cancer patients. The RPS base and RPS extended document fully automatically the process during the treatment with a linear accelerator. This is ensured by an integrated radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader, which reads in patient data and selected supporting aids (add-ons), providing those for further software and documentation of the treatment. In case the operating personnel select wrong add-ons, RPS will automatically detect this and send a signal accordingly.The automated documentation and control makes preparation for treatment not only reproducible but also documentable. It has an advantageous effect on the efficiency of administrative efforts, allowing more room for individual patient care. Aside from the time and duration of the treatment with a linear accelerator, the exact patient positioning during radiotherapy will be provided as a dataset.RPS base permits patient alignment without any unnecessary corrections, based on stored patient data. The patient platform offers flexible mobility by six degrees of freedom as well as a user-friendly, reliable alignment of the patient platform.RPS extended allows positioning and fixation of up to three patients for radiotherapy at the same time. The preliminary work takes place in separate anterooms. Via automated satellite arms, patients are gently moved to the system, where they are then conveyed to the linear accelerator. This is where the operating personnel can review fine settings on the patient. As soon as radio- therapy is completed, the patient will be transferred back to the cabin and may leave the patient platform.Both RPS base and RPS extended feature high rigidity and are designed for dynamic corrections. All add-ons for patient fixation, as well as positioning aids, may be attached to the patient platforms.The low entry-height ensures convenient ascension of the patient platform. The large procedural area from head to pelvis provides additional comfort.For more information: www.radiotherapy-patient-system.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | January 25, 2016 Radiotherapy Patient System by gKteso Documents Reproducible Data 6-D robotic couch automatically documents patient positioning data during radiation treatment with linear accelerator The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  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 Related Content Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more last_img read more

August 19

Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres murdered family says

first_imgRelated posts:Four arrested over murder of Honduras activist Berta Cáceres Daughters of slain Honduran activist want int’l commission to investigate mother’s death Environmental leader killed in Honduras Another activist killed in Honduras Updated at 7:30 p.m.TEGUCIGALPA — Honduran indigenous activist Berta Cáceres, an award-winning environmentalist, was killed in her home Thursday, her family said, labeling her death an assassination.Cáceres’ mother, Berta Flores, said police had indicated her daughter was killed in a robbery, “but we all know it was because of her struggle.”The 43-year-old activist, who had received death threats for her work, was shot dead in the early hours of Thursday at her home in the western town of La Esperanza, Flores told TV network Globo.Cáceres won the 2015 Goldman Prize, considered the world’s top award for grass-roots environmental activism, for leading the indigenous Lenca people in a struggle against a massive hydroelectric dam project that would flood large areas of native lands and cut off water supplies to hundreds.In awarding her the prize, the organization commended her for carrying on her campaign despite the threats, writing: “Her murder would not surprise her colleagues, who keep a eulogy — but hope to never have to use it. Despite these risks, she maintains a public presence in order to continue her work.”Recommended: Honduran indigenous leader wins prestigious environmental prizePresident Juan Orlando Hernandez called the killing “a crime against Honduras” and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice, while the secretary general of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, condemned the crime as “horrific.”U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson tweeted, “Deeply disturbed by murder of #BertaCáceres in #Honduras– thorough, professional investigation is vital.”Honduras, which has seen an explosion of gang violence in recent years, has one of the highest murder rates in the world.Security Minister Julián Pacheco said police arrested one person, a security guard at the complex where Cáceres lived, and that another person was wounded, but did not give further details on the investigation.He said police had measures in place to protect Cáceres, who recently won a ruling by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights granting her special security measures.Police formerly provided her an around-the-clock guard, but switched to an occasional security detail at the activist’s own request, he added.‘Deficient’ securityBut the Center for Justice and International Law, a rights group, denied Cáceres had turned down bodyguards and accused the government of providing her “deficient” security.The security minister said Cáceres had spent the night away from the home that was registered with the authorities. Fellow activists said she had moved to a safe house fearing for her life.Labor leader Carlos Reyes joined Cáceres’ mother in insisting that she was not just another victim of violent crime.Flores said her daughter had recently had a “very big altercation” with soldiers and representatives of a hydroelectric company during a visit to the Gualcarque river, where the company is at work on a dam project.Cáceres co-founded the Civic Council of Indigenous and People’s Organizations (Copinh) in 1993 with her then-husband Salvador Zúñiga, gaining fame for her fearless fight against environmental destruction by hydroelectric and mining companies.A diminutive woman with a round face, glowing eyes and bursts of curly black hair, she was active in a range of political and social causes.But she was best known for her battle to save the Gualcarque river, which earned her the Goldman Prize last year — dubbed by some the “Green Nobel.”On accepting the prize, Cáceres linked her environmentalism to her indigenous roots.“In our cosmic vision we are beings born of the Earth, the water and the maize plant. We are the ancestral custodians of the rivers,” she said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

August 18

Romanian president urges PM to resign over allegations

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The Romanian leu fell by 0.8 percent against the euro, the largest drop in a month, minutes after Ponta declared that he would not step down.The 42-year-old premier had met earlier with the anti-corruption prosecutor’s office and then told reporters he was suspected of making false statements, money laundering, conflict of interest and being an accomplice to tax evasion while serving in Parliament. He had not previously been identified as a suspect in the anti-corruption drive which scored more than a thousand convictions last year.In a posting on his Facebook page, Ponta vowed to fight.“I cannot accept that the anti-corruption prosecutor is above Parliament, the government and the citizens of this country!” he wrote. “That would mean a dictatorship and 25 years after the 1989 (revolution) would be a grave error for all of us!”A few hundred people protested later Friday outside the government offices, calling for Ponta’s resignation. Iohannis reiterated his call for the prime minister to resign in an interview late Friday with TVR, the state broadcaster, saying the allegations against the prime minister were damaging Romania’s image abroad. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Sponsored Stories Prosecutors say that between 2007 and 2008, Ponta, a former prosecutor, entered a contract with the law firm of political aide Dan Sova. Ponta allegedly made 17 expense claims worth 181,000 lei (41,000 euros, $45,000), accepted payments toward two luxury apartments and had the use of an SUV vehicle — all approved by Sova’s firm but not related to legal work.The contract expired when Ponta was appointed a government minister in 2008, and he took over lease payments for the vehicle the following year, prosecutors said.After he became prime minister in 2012, Ponta appointed Sova minister for parliamentary relations.Ponta, chairman of the ruling Social Democratic Party, ran for president in November 2014 but lost to Iohannis, who headed the rival Liberal Party.The prosecutors have asked Parliament to prosecute Ponta, whose party counts on the support of smaller parties for a slim majority in Parliament.Members of Parliament are immune from prosecution unless there is a vote to lift their immunity. Sova has beaten two attempts to lift his immunity. On Friday, anti-corruption prosecutors banned Sova from leaving Romania without permission and of communicating with people who are suspected of wrongdoing in cases involving him. Ponta is the most prominent suspect to be identified as Romania’s anti-corruption drive has intensified in recent months.In 2014, the anti-corruption office secured a record 1,051 convictions, including a former prime minister, seven former ministers, a former deputy prime minister, four lawmakers, one member of the European Parliament, 39 mayors, 25 magistrates and two tycoons.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s president on Friday urged Prime Minister Victor Ponta to resign over corruption allegations including tax evasion and money laundering. Ponta refused, saying that only Parliament could dismiss him.President Klaus Iohannis said after meeting Ponta that it was “an impossible situation for Romania for the prime minister to be accused of criminal acts.” Iohannis warned that Romania could be embroiled in a political crisis if he did not resign. Comments   Share   Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

February 28

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