Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) dismantled on Monday, June 3, a three-member terrorist cell in Morocco operating in Moroccan cities of Errachidia and Tinghir, in the region of Drâa-Tafilalet. According to the BCIJ statement, the three members had links to the terrorist organization of the Islamic State (ISIS). The “extremists,” according to the statement are aged between 26 and 28. They were planning to carry out terrorist attacks across the country, said the statement. Read also: Moroccan Police Seize 568,000 of Ecstasy Tablets in TangierPreliminary investigations show that the cell was propagating extremist rhetoric.The BCIJ added that they were involved in preaching activities, seeking to recruit new members, and mobilize them for potential future attacks.The suspects were placed in custody for further investigation. The latest raid was in last April, when Moroccan authorities arrested a suspect in the city of Dakhla for his connection to a six-member terrorist cell that operated in Salé, Rabat’s twin city, which police dismantled the same day.
Yesterday Mr. Ban transmitted a summary of the report prepared by the four-member Board to the Security Council, and is currently reviewing its recommendations.UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters that the Secretary-General and Mr. Peres also discussed Ghajar, a town that straddles across the Blue Line between Israel and Lebanon, as well as the anti-racism Durban Review Conference held last month in Geneva. In a related development, Mr. Ban today called for Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, as he pledged his sustained commitment to helping achieve a negotiated political settlement of their long-running conflict.“Israeli-Palestinian negotiations must be resumed on all core issues without exception,” he said in a message to the UN International Meeting in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace, held in Nicosia under the auspices of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.In the message, delivered by Special Representative in Cyprus Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, Mr. Ban stated that the parameters for peace remain unchanged: the establishment of two States living side by side in peace and security on the basis of the principle of land for peace and a just and comprehensive regional peace consistent with Security Council resolutions. The Secretary-General said he was “very disturbed” by the situation in Gaza, more than three months since the end of hostilities there. “Measures that increase hardship and suffering are unacceptable and must stop immediately,” he stressed. He called on Israel to provide adequate entry of fuel, cash and materials that were urgently needed to repair schools, clinics, sanitation networks and shelters. Much needs to be done to stabilize Gaza, he added, including a durable and fully respected cease fire, including open crossings; the prevention of illicit supply of weapons; and reunification of Gaza and the West Bank within the framework of the legitimate Palestinian authority.Voicing strong support for the continued efforts of Egypt to promote Palestinian reconciliation through dialogue, Mr. Ban urged participants in this process to redouble their efforts to overcome their differences.On the West Bank, he warned that the persistence of Israeli settlement activities would make it virtually impossible for peace talks to produce tangible results.Noting that the meeting was taking place as the international community strives to reinvigorate the political process towards Israeli-Palestinian peace, he expressed his strong support for a reinforced role for the Middle East Quartet – composed of the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States. He also commended President Barack Obama’s stated commitment to strengthening and deepening partnerships between the US, the parties and international partners to help achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians and between Israel and the Arab States. 6 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Israeli President Shimon Peres discussed the report of the United Nations Board of Inquiry into incidents affecting the world body’s personnel, premises and operations during the recent conflict in Gaza at a meeting today in New York.
TORONTO – Falling mining stocks helped push the Toronto stock market lower Tuesday, but the TSX found some lift from financials after Scotiabank posted earnings that beat forecasts.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 57.67 points to 14,658.02 as Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) boosted its second-quarter net profit by 14 per cent to $1.8 billion.Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $1.40, beating analysts’ estimates of $1.31 a share. However, the provision for credit losses was up $32 million to $375 million in the quarter, primarily due to higher provisions in its international banking segment. Scotiabank shares were up 77 cents to $68.77.The strong showing followed reports last week from Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and TD Bank (TSX:TD), which also beat expectations.“All three of them had really strong beats, so we’re batting 1,000 so far for banks,” said Ben Jang, portfolio manager at Nicola Wealth Management in Vancouver.After markets closed, National Bank (TSX:NA) said it would increase its quarterly dividend two cents to 48 cents per share despite reporting a decrease in second-quarter net income to $362 million or $1.01 per diluted share from $417 million or $1.20 per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.However, excluding certain items, the bank said profit would have been $375 million or $1.05 per share, up from $352 million or $1 per share a year earlier. That beat analyst expections of $1.04 per share in adjusted earnings, although revenue of $1.276 billion came in below estimates of $1.34 billion.Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) reports on Wednesday, while the last of the big banks, CIBC (TSX:CM), reports on Thursday.The Canadian dollar drifted 0.01 of a cent lower to 92.07 cents US.U.S. indexes were higher amid a mixed reading on U.S. durable goods orders as traders got back to work following the Memorial Day holiday weekend.The Dow Jones industrials was ahead 69.23 points to 16,675.5, the Nasdaq ran up 51.26 points to 4,237.07 and the S&P 500 index gained 11.38 points to a record-high close of 1,911.91.The U.S. Commerce Department reported Tuesday that orders for durable manufactured goods rose 0.8 per cent after a 3.6 per cent gain in March. But the April strength came from a big jump in demand for defence goods, including airplanes. Excluding defence, orders would have fallen 0.8 per cent in April.Orders for core capital goods, a category viewed as a good proxy for business investment plans, fell 1.2 per cent in April.Meanwhile, the Case-Shiller house price index showed that prices rose 0.9 per cent in March.And there has been a slight uptick in U.S. consumer confidence in May. The Conference Board’s measure of sentiment edged up marginally to 83 from a downwardly revised 81.7 in April.The gold sector was the biggest drag, down about four per cent as June bullion fell $26.20 to US$1,265.50 an ounce — its lowest close since Feb. 7 — as risk concerns about Ukraine abated somewhat after elections over the weekend yielded a clear winner.“We’re pretty much range-bound from here and, from the equities’ perspective, we still need to see higher sustained gold prices because the marginal cost of production of gold is very high relative to the price of gold today,” Jang said.Further, gold failed to find lift from news of increased violence as fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatist rebels reportedly killed dozens in the eastern city of Donetsk.An easing of Ukraine concerns also pushed July crude oil in New York down 24 cents to US$104.11 a barrel and the energy sector dropped 0.84 per cent.The base metals sector gave back some of last week’s 3.3 per cent run-up, down 0.49 per cent even as July copper was up a penny at US$3.18 a pound.There was also major buying activity in the food business as poultry producer Pilgrim’s Pride offered to acquire meat producer Hillshire Brands in a deal worth about US$5.58 billion. Pilgrim’s Pride says the deal is a better offer than Hillshire’s plan to buy Pinnacle Foods for $4.23 billion. Pinnacle makes Birds Eye frozen vegetables and Duncan Hines cake mixes. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 27, 2014 7:40 am MDT Gold stocks push TSX lower, financials rise as Scotiabank beats expectations
“Weaknesses in the education system, poverty, socioeconomic disparities, insecurity and violence all contribute to children’s vulnerability to multiple forms of economic and/or sexual exploitation,” said the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, Najat Maalla M’jid, in the wake of a ten-day visit to the Central American country. In a news release, Ms. Maalla M’jid warned that the rate of girls that are sexually exploited is “extremely worrying,” as is the large number of young women who are pregnant due to abuse by relatives. She noted that the lack of sex education does not allow children to be aware of the inherent risks of sexual relations and early pregnancies. “The scope of the sale and sexual exploitation continues to be difficult to determine due to the lack of systematic denunciation caused by fear of retaliation and stigmatization, as well as social tolerance for violence and the difficulty in accessing mechanisms to guarantee rapid protection and security of children,” the expert said. During her visit, which ended on Friday, Ms. Maalla M’jid met various Government officials as well as representatives of civil society and the private sector. She also visited centres dedicated to the protection of children who have been victims of violence and abuse, where she spoke to children and teenagers about their experiences. Ms. Maalla M’jid noted that reforms at a national and local level have not been effective due to a lack of coordination among institutions, limited resources, and slow judicial investigations, which do not ensure protection to victims and witnesses. The Special Rapporteur called on the Government to adopt a unified and integrated approach to address the issue, and to reinforce its police and justice mechanisms so they effectively sanction perpetrators as quickly as possible. She also stressed that progress will not be achieved without strong political will and support from UN agencies and the international community. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes.
13,562 Views May 11th 2019, 12:01 PM THE ICONIC DUBLIN landmark Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is undertaking its biggest building project since the 1860s.Taking two years to complete and at a cost of €9 million, the conservation project will see the entire roof of the over 700-year-old building replaced.We spoke to Dr William Morton, Dean of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral about the fund raising programme and the appeal to the public for support.Watch the video for full report. Subscribe for more videos 23 Comments Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Short URL Share5 Tweet Email By Andrew Roberts Dublin landmark Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is embarking on its biggest building project in 150 years The iconic building – which is over 700 years old – needs its entire roof replaced. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4628192 Saturday 11 May 2019, 12:00 PM
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Marykay Lamoureaux, 49, was hired as the first ever executive director for Ridgefield Main Street, a nonprofit focusing on downtown revitalization.First up on her plate is telling people what exactly Ridgefield Main Street is. (What it’s not is a street name; in Ridgefield, it’s Main Avenue.)“This is a private nonprofit organization,” Lamoureaux said. “We partner with the city. We partner with the school district and the port. I am not employed by the city.”The organization is also not a chamber of commerce for the city, Lamoureaux said.“The Ridgefield Business Association extends far beyond downtown and has a more business to business focus,” she said. “We focus on a 12-block by 12-block radius. We’re a community for downtown. We are focused on a thriving downtown, and why that’s good for the overall community, the downtown merchants and the downtown residents.”Lamoureaux said a focus of hers will be figuring out how to get people to stay in downtown Ridgefield, especially with a few projects coming up that could bring more people to the area.Construction is coming up on the Port of Ridgefield’s overpass above the railroad tracks connecting Pioneer Street to the port’s property. That will make it easier to get from downtown to the waterfront area, where the port owns about 43 acres of property it’s getting ready to develop.
Jim Frahm knows what it’s like to serve others with everything at stake. He’s a retired pharmacist.“Mistakes could be life-threatening,” he said. “Nobody’s perfect, but you needed to pay very close attention to detail.”Same goes for Frahm’s current pastime: volunteering to figure out other people’s taxes. Frahm is the Vancouver Community Library site supervisor for AARP Tax Aides, an all-volunteer army of beings who actually like doing taxes. (Maybe not paying them, but definitely doing them.) Yes, they do exist.“I myself have always done my own taxes and taxes for my friends and family. I enjoy it,” said volunteer and Tax Aide spokeswoman Terry Jones, a former business manager. “I enjoy the numbers side of things, and I enjoy the people side of things.”That’s what Frahm said you need, in addition to a mind for math: a “good personality.” That means enjoying helping people and showing patience with ethnic, economic and age diversity. Many of the people who turn up for tax help are low-income, elderly, and speak Russian or Spanish as their first language, he said.But not everyone, Jones said. “While we like to pay special attention to people over 60, we’ll serve anybody and everybody. There is no income limit or age limit,” she said.Frahm watches over the shoulders of seven other “returners,” he said, as they put in four-hour shifts at the Vancouver Community Library. It usually takes about one hour to do somebody’s taxes, he said.
Karimnagar: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is conducting membership drive to strengthen democracy in the State and at the Centre with involving the people in various developmental activities, said Kotte Murali Krishna, BJP State executive member. He launched the membership registration programme in Kothapalli village in Karimnagar district on Monday.Speaking on the occasion, K Murali Krishna said that the BJP with just 19 per cent polling percentage had won four Parliament seats in the recently held Lok Sabha elections. The increase of voting percentage to 19 is the clear indication that the saffron party is going to form government in 2024. With the target of joining as many as 20 lakh new members in the party, the membership programme is being conducted widely across the State. The people of all sections are eagerly waiting for the programme and are voluntarily taking membership of the BJP, he stated. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Murali Krishna appealed the party activists, along with conducting membership drive, to implement Swachh Bharat programme at every booth-level and to plant at least five saplings each to increase the green cover. They were also told to explain the people about the several welfare schemes that were introduced by the Central government for the wellbeing of all sections of people, he told. India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to emerge as a powerful economic country after America and China. Before BJP came to power, the economic status of India is 11th position among the world countries but under the leadership of Modi it occupied 6th position, he informed. BJP leaders Kanche Shekar, M Ramana Reddy, G Ramulu, Amarendar Reddy, M Harish, Pradeep Kumar, Ramachandram, Prashanth and Srikanth were present along with others.
Bengaluru: “Our heart was almost stopping”, was how ISRO Chairman K Sivan described the tense moments when team Chadrayaan-2 attempted to inject the spacecraft into the lunar orbit on Tuesday. As ISRO scientists started firing Chandrayaan-2’s onboard liquid engine to put the spacecraft in an orbit around the Moon, Sivan said, “our heartbeat increased”. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us “For 30 minutes, our heart was almost stopping,” he said after the Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre was completed successfully at 09:02 am as planned, using the onboard propulsion system.But Sivan said the proposed soft-landing on the Moon on September 7 would be a “terrifying” moment as it is something ISRO has not done before, whereas LOI manoeuvre had been carried out successfully during the Chandrayaan-1 mission also. “Now the tension has only increased, not reduced,” he said while addressing a press conference.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi talk through videoconferencing on Tuesday. Photo: UNBPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday described Bangladesh-India relations a crucial factor for common development challenges as she jointly opened with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi two railway projects and an oil pipeline scheme through a video conference.“We’ve to work collectively for the development and prosperity for the people of both countries in the new areas, including energy, power, road and rail communications,” she told the conference from her Ganabhaban official residence while Modi joined the event from his office in Delhi.The Bangladesh premier said Bangladesh-India bilateral cooperation has reached to a new height in the past few years while prospects for economic development would substantially be enhanced through such bilateral projects as “economic development is the biggest challenge for South Asian countries”.During the second such video conference between the two premiers, Modi said the two countries achieved tremendous success in several sectors through joint initiatives between the two countries so far and “I want to give credit to your able leadership”.“Geographically we are neighbouring countries. But from our way of thinking and values we share, we are family (and) helping each other is part of our family values,” the Indian premier said.The pipeline would carry petroleum from an oil refinery in India’s Siliguri to Bangladesh’s Parbatipur while the railway projects would yield the 3rd-4th Dual Gauge Line on Dhaka-Tongi section and Double line on Dhaka-Joydevpur section.Sheikh Hasina sought India’s continued support and cooperation for Bangladesh’s development pursuit after laying the foundation stone of the India-Bangladesh friendship pipeline and inaugurating the construction work of two rail projects in Bangladesh.The Indian premier said from today (Tuesday) the start of works for Bangladesh-India Friendship Pipeline “is going to add a new chapter in the friendship of the two countries”.“It would play a huge role in the mega project taken up by the Bangladesh government. This project would strengthen our relationship,” he said.The pipeline, Modi said, would specially contribute to fuel supply in a cheaper rate in Bangladesh’s northern part while after its construction with Indian financing, the infrastructure would be handed over to Bangladesh government.He said Dhaka-Tongi-Joydevpur Railway lines project would not only make the communication easier, but also generate revenues and “these projects would help meeting demand of 21st century”.“These projects are very important . . . I hope such cooperation between Bangladesh and India will continue,” Modi said.Sheikh Hasina, on the other hand, said the two countries were working in unity for development and prosperity and uplift of the people of both countries adding that an excellent environment of bilateral cooperation has been prevailing between us since her government assumed office in 2009.“We’ll continue it … I’m quite sure that we will get such many happy events in the days ahead for the welfare of the people of Bangladesh and India,” she added.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali joined the function from Dhaka, while Indian external affairs minister Sushama Swaraj and petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Prodhan joined it from New Delhi.Sheikh Hasina said the mutual cooperation between the two countries enhanced many folds during the last nine and a half years in the fields of security, power and energy, trade, communication, infrastructure development, environment, renewable energy, education, culture, people-to-people contact, health and so on.The Bangladesh premier said the supply of 500 megawatt electricity and two railway projects were inaugurated on 10 September and “just after a week, today we are going to inaugurate another few important joint projects between the two countries”.She said Bangladesh and Indian people were always been good neighbours and “I am recalling with gratitude the sincere cooperation of the government of India and its people during our war of liberation in 1971 led by our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman”.She said the railway projects would make faster Dhaka’s train communications with south and northwestern regions through Padma Bridge and Bangabandhu Jamuna Bridge and also would make easier railway links with northeastern and southeastern Sylhet and Chittagong regions.“A total of 96 kilometres of dual gauge tracks along with other necessary infrastructure will be constructed under the project that stretches from Kamlapur to Joydevpur railway station,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said the 130-kilometre India-Bangladesh friendship pipeline from Shiliguri of West Bengal to Parbatipur of Dinajpur in Bangladesh is a new milestone in the history of cooperation between the two countries.“This will be first such pipeline through which refined diesel will be nsupplied to Parbatipur Depot of Dinajpur of Bangladesh from Numaligarh of Assam in India,” she said.Initially, she said, Bangladesh will receive 250,000 tonnes of diesel per annum and it will gradually be increased to 400,000 metric tonnes.The premier said the first consignment of diesel from India reached Bangladesh in March 2016 through rail wagon.“I would like to express my gratitude to the Indian prime minister for his active role in implementing these projects. I also extend my thanks to all concerned associated with the projects in both Bangladesh and India,” she said.The prime minister greeted Narendra Modi on the occasion of his birthday that was celebrated yesterday (Monday).Finance minister AMA Muhith, railways minister Md Mazibul Haque, the PM’s adviser HT Imam, state minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam, Indian high commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla, parliament members, secretaries concerned and senior officials of the PMO were present at the function.Two short videos on the two projects were presented at the function.Officials familiar with the pipeline project said it was expected to strengthen Bangladesh’s energy security.Currently, they said, imported oil by ships is stored in Chattogram depot after unloading in the port there to be brought carried later to Khulna’s Doulatpur Depot through coastal tanks.“Again we have to use railway wagons to carry the oil to Parbatipur,” one official told BSS on the sidelines of the conference adding that this protracted process cost extra time and money alongside transport related hazards. Bangladesh and India signed an MoU here on 9 April last to set up the 130km oil pipeline aimed at pumping Indian oil to Bangladesh with a capacity of 1 million tonnes per annum.Earlier, Bangladesh inked a sale and purchase agreement with India on importing diesel through the pipeline on 22 Oct in 2017.Through the cross-border pipeline, India will supply fuel oil from its Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL), located at Golaghat in the north-eastern state of Assam, while Bangladesh will receive the oil at Parbatipur Depot of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) in north-western district of Dinajpur.The cost of the 30-month project is Tk 5.20 billion and of the amount India would provide Rupees 3.03 billion under the Grant in Aid Program, while the BPC will give Tk 1.50 billion.Of the 130-km pipeline, 125-km will be installed at Bangladesh part and the remaining five-km will be set up at India part.India will supply 250,000 tonnes of diesel for the first three years through the pipeline and the amount will be increased to 400,000 MT in the last five years.The import of fuel will be further raised in future through the pipeline as per the requirements of Bangladesh. The NRL will distribute diesel for 15 years through the pipeline and the time could be expanded following the consent of both sides, BPC officials said.The Parbatipur Depot formally received the first consignment of 2,268 MT diesels from the NRL through rail wagons on 19 March 2016.Through the rail wagons, Bangladesh so far imported 57,000 MT diesel from India till July 2018 and it is expected that 50,000 more diesel will be brought from India in August-December 2018 through the same way.Railway officials said over Tk 11.06 billion under Indian Line of Credit (LoC) would be spent for implementing the construction work of the two rail projects.Under the two schemes, the sources said, 48.80 kilometre two new dual gauge rail lines on Dhaka -Tongi route, while a 12.28-KM new dual gauge railway double line on Tongi-Joydevpur route would be constructed in parallel with the existing rail tracks.Joint venture company RV Engineers Associate Architectures Pvt Limited and Ayesha Engineering will work as consultant organisations for the projects.On completion of the schemes, rail communication of Gazipur, Tangail, Narsingdi, Bramhanbaria, Cumilla, Mymensingh and Jamalpur with Dhaka would be improved to a great extent.As a result, travel time would be reduced on these routes, while the trains could run maintaining schedule set by the Railway authority.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019Top afternoon stories:Alex Broussard/Houston Public MediaMayor Sylvester Turner (right) was interviewed by Houston Matters host Craig Cohen (left) on March 12, 2019.Turner Says Firefighter Layoffs Aren’t Punishment For Confrontation Over Pay RaisesHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner told Houston Matters on Tuesday that the hundreds of potential layoffs the City would execute in order to implement pay parity between the fire and police department is not a “punitive” or “vindictive” measure against the firefighters’ union. The city is expected to cut as many as 400 firefighters, and 100 municipal employees in the coming weeks.The pay raises, which Houstonians approved under Proposition B in last year’s election, would equate to a 29 percent pay raise for firefighters and will cost the city approximately $100 million a year.“I’m not against firefighters,” Turner told host Craig Cohen and added: “We have to operate within our means, we have to balance our books.”The mayor noted that Proposition B didn’t specify a revenue source to pay for the raises, and said that “it’s a matter of we have more obligations than we have revenue to pay for it and we’re trying to balance the two.” Turner said the firefighters will get the first raise in May, with retroactive pay to January 1, and the first six months of raises will cost around $31 million. That amount will be taken from the city’s Fund Balance, which increases the financial gap for next year. That’s why Turner’s administration says the layoffs are necessary.Al Ortiz/Houston Public MediaA Harris County election clerk works at the polling location at McNabb Elementary School, in Spring, on election day.Harris County Settles DOJ Lawsuit Over Polling LocationsHarris County has been facing a lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department over polling stations that don’t comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Now, the federal government is dropping the suit under a settlement with the county.The Justice Department investigated Harris County polling locations in both 2014 and 2016. In each case, it found multiple sites with architectural barriers violating the ADA, ranging from steep curb ramps to locked gates.“For a period of four years, there will be regular inspections made, and the Department of Justice will work with Harris County and Harris County will work with the Department of Justice to make sure that these goals are being met,” said First Assistant County Attorney Robert Soard.The settlement requires Harris County to re-survey all of its polling locations, in order to ensure the sites are accessible to voters with disabilities.156 Parole Violators Arrested In Houston Region This year’s operation was conducted from February 11 to February 24. “We have saved lives as a result of this effort. We’re going to save lives as a result of this effort,” said Acevedo during a news conference held at HPD’s headquarters.As part of the ongoing collaboration, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is sending more information about parole violators to HPD’s command center, particularly about those who are deemed the most dangerous and have cut their ankle monitors.Acevedo said the plan is to conduct these special operations every three months.Here is a breakdown of the arrests: The Houston Police Department and other law enforcement agencies from the region arrested 156 parole violators during a two-week special operation conducted in February. The operation is the second since HPD Chief Art Acevedo announced a multi-agency initiative to focus on felons who have violated the terms of their parole. Share
Stay on target Just when I finished my predictions for what to expect at E3 2019, Microsoft surprises us with a new gaming announcement that no one could’ve seen, or smelled, coming. Tired of decades-long stereotypes smearing nerds as gross people who need showers, finally here’s a way to maintain your personal hygiene while still announcing your #gamer identity. Finally, you can buy Xbox body wash.If the first place your mind wanders to when hearing about absurd body wash is “Axe” you’re right to do so because this Xbox body wash is actually a collaboration between Microsoft and that popular hardcore body spray according to GameSpot. It’s not quite meme-able enough for Old Spice. Exclusive for Australian and New Zealand markets, these products come courtesy of Axe’s regional brand Lynx.It’s actually three products: Xbox body spray, Xbox shower gel, and Xbox deodorant. This way you can get a complete cleansing with this neon green goo while committing yourself to Master Chief. And what on Earth does Xbox body wash smell like? We’ll let Lynx describe it for themselves, with surprisingly flowery language.“Lynx Xbox is a fresh scent of pulsing green citrus, featuring top notes of kaffir lime and winter lemon, aromatic herbal middle notes of mint and sage, and woody bottom notes of patchouli and clearwood. Containing a range of natural essential oils, the Xbox Lynx range comes with a sleek new look and features a body spray, deodorant, and shower gel.” Xbox body wash launches this July. A great place to test out its effectiveness would be at EVO 2019 in August, an entire arena of anxious top-tier fighting game players sweating in the Las Vegas heat. For more absurd gamer products check out this handheld game system with a crank on it and Razer’s upcoming gaming toaster. Hands-On: ‘New Super Lucky’s Tale’ Is Your Next Xbox Game on SwitchPlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Project Scarlett: Everything We Know
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 further (Left) Graphene-based transistor patterned on a PDMS substrate. (Center) Microscope images of the transistor undergoing stretching up to 5%. (Right) The transistor patterned on a balloon. Image credit: Lee, et al. ©2011 American Chemical Society (PhysOrg.com) — When it comes to fabricating stretchable, transparent electronics, finding a material to make transistors from has been a significant challenge for researchers. They’ve explored a variety of conventional semiconductor materials, including molecules, polymers, and metals, but these materials tend to have intrinsically poor optical and mechanical properties. These drawbacks make it difficult to realize a transistor that can maintain its optical and electrical performance under a high strain. In a new study, researchers have fabricated a stretchable, transparent graphene-based transistor and found that, due to graphene’s excellent optical, mechanical, and electrical properties, the transistor overcomes some of the problems faced by transistors made of conventional semiconductor materials. Citation: Stretchable graphene transistors overcome limitations of other materials (2011, October 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-stretchable-graphene-transistors-limitations-materials.html More information: Seoung-Ki Lee, et al. “Stretchable Graphene Transistors with Printed Dielectrics and Gate Electrodes.” Nano Letters ASAP, DOI:10.1021/nl202134z Engineers create polymer light-emitting devices that can be stretched like rubber Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. The researchers, led by Jeong Ho Cho from Soongsil University in Seoul, South Korea, and Jong-Hyun Ahn from Sungkyunkwan University in Suwon, South Korea, have published their study in a recent issue of Nano Letters. “Our work includes important results compared with stretchable and transparent devices reported in the previous literature,” Ahn told PhysOrg.com. “In fact, it is nearly impossible to fabricate transistors that offer both mechanical stretchability and high optical transparency on unusual substrates such as rubber slabs or balloons by using conventional materials. In particular, graphene devices have the advantage that they can be integrated using printing processes at room temperature without vacuum or high-temperature steps. The capabilities of these systems go far beyond conventional material-based systems.”To fabricate the transistor, the researchers synthesized single layers of graphene and then stacked them layer by layer on copper foil. Using photolithography and etching techniques, the researchers patterned some of the transistor’s essential elements, including the electrodes and semiconducting channel, onto the graphene. After transferring these components onto a stretchable rubber substrate, the researchers printed the remaining components – gate insulators and gate electrodes – onto the device using stretchable ion gel. The researchers found that the graphene-based transistors on rubber substrates had several attractive features. For instance, the low-temperature printing processes made the fabrication technique much simpler than techniques that require high-temperature processes. Also, transistors made of conventional inorganic semiconducting materials cannot be fabricated on rubber substrates due to their poor mechanical properties, which limits their stretchable range. The researchers’ experimental results confirmed the graphene transistors’ good performance. They showed that the devices could be stretched up to 5% for 1,000 times and still maintain their good electrical properties. In one experiment, the researchers fabricated the graphene transistors on a rubber balloon and measured its electrical properties as they inflated the balloon. When stretched more than 5%, the electrical properties began to degrade, due partly to microcracks and other defects in the graphene films.“We will make an effort to improve the range of stretchability and the electronic properties of the current graphene devices and apply them to various wearable electronics and sensory skins,” Ahn said.The researchers predict that the graphene transistors could serve as a valuable component in future transparent and stretchable electronic applications, offering a performance that would be difficult to achieve using conventional electronic materials. Applications could include rollable displays, conformal biosensors that shape themselves on an underlying surface, and others.“Stretchable electronics could be useful for various current and future applications, such as wearable displays and communication devices, conformal and stretchable biosensors (brain sensors, balloon catheters, etc.), sensory skin for robotics, and structural health monitors and eye-ball cameras,” Ahn said. “Stretchable interconnects and devices would create foldable, rollable and wearable displays. Stretchable sensors could be embedded into gloves and clothing without bulkiness. Surgeon gloves could constantly monitor blood pH and other chemical levels.”
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read This story appears in the May 2012 issue of . Subscribe » June 12, 2012 From throttling mobile customers who use too much bandwidth to jacking up the price of data plans, wireless networks have made it increasingly difficult–and expensive–for small-business owners to take full advantage of the mobile revolution.One solution: compression services from Onavo, a 2-year-old data management company based in Israel. Onavo’s free apps, available for iPhone and Android, allow users to gorge on image- and video-rich websites; stream music and video feeds; and download massive files by shrinking data streams to handheld devices by as much as 80 percent.The technology is straightforward: Customers load the app and set the compression rates as desired (international travelers would want maximum compression to reduce pricey roaming charges). As soon as a user clicks on a web page or piece of content, Onavo’s server fetches it, compresses it and sends the thinned-down version to the smartphone. And because there’s less data coming through the network, mobile browser and download speeds improve, according to Onavo CEO Guy Rosen, a former analyst and consultant in the cloud-computing industry.Rosen plans to start charging a nominal fee to handle roaming abroad–Onavo has to make money somehow–but domestic usage will likely stay free.For Embrase, a Montreal-based consulting firm, Onavo has made staying in touch with employees and clients around the world more affordable. “Without it, we’d probably end up restricting employees from using data abroad at all, which would be a problem,” says Embrase president Philippe Telio. “When people are offline, they can’t stay in constant contact with the office or clients.” Register Now »
read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Related Content IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Women who have breast cancer on their left side present a particular challenge to radiation oncologists. Studies have shown that the risk of heart disease is higher in this group of women after radiation treatment. This is because it can be difficult to ensure a sufficient dose of radiation is delivered to the left breast while adequately shielding the heart from exposure. New research shows a woman who holds her breath during radiation pulses can greatly reduce radiation exposure to the heart.“Radiation therapy is commonly prescribed to patients with breast cancer following surgery as a component of first-line therapy,” said first author Harriet Eldredge-Hindy, M.D., a chief resident and researcher in the department of radiation oncology at Thomas Jefferson University. “We wanted to determine how effective breath-hold could be in shielding the heart from extraneous radiation exposure during treatment of the left breast.”Recent studies have shown women with cancer in the left breast are at higher risk of heart disease, and that the risk increases proportionately with the dose of radiation the heart is exposed to during treatment. A number of techniques have been developed to reduce exposure to the heart including prone positioning, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and accelerated partial breast irradiation. The breath-hold technique allows doctors to monitor a patient’s breath for the position that shifts the heart out of the range of the radiation beam. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Feature | Radiation Therapy | September 10, 2015 Hold Your Breath to Protect Your Breast and Heart A simple technique may be most effective in preventing heart disease after radiation therapy for breast cancer. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Breath-hold StudiesIn the largest prospective study to date, following women for eight years post-treatment, 81 women were asked to hold their breath during radiation treatment for breast cancer — a process that was repeated until therapeutic dose was reached. The researchers found that patients capable of holding their breath over the course of treatment had a 90 percent disease-free survival, and a 96 percent overall survival, with a median reduction in radiation dose to the heart of 62 percent. The findings were published online in the journal Practical Radiation Oncology.“Given that this technique helps to shield the heart during radiation treatment for breast cancer, we routinely offer breast cancer treatment with the breath-hold technique at Jefferson,” said Rani Anne, M.D., associate professor of radiation oncology at Thomas Jefferson University and senior author on the study.Additional work presented at the 2014 American Society for Radiation Oncology in San Francisco carried the work further in order to determine whether protection from the additional radiation dose in fact translated to a reduction in ischemic heart disease. Anne, together with Eldredge-Hindy, showed that this same cohort of patients will likely have a reduced risk of ischemic heart disease after 10 years. The study showed that patients who held their breath during radiation therapy had only a1.4 percent rate of ischemic heart disease after eight years of follow up and an estimated rate of3.6 percent after 10 years.Editor’s note: This information was provided by Thomas Jefferson University. For more information, visit www.jefferson.edu. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systems Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more
Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 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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Combining a built-from-the-ground-up design along with the fast and advanced Ultra image processing software, the company said the system (name not yet revealed) offers unprecedented workflow, clinical, patient convenience and satisfaction benefits.The DR U-Arm system is a floor-mounted system that provides numerous benefits including faster exams, smoother positioning and improved stitching processes for advanced studies. The Ultra software uses a full console screen right at the point of patient contact for accepting or rejecting images so the technologist can remain with the patient without returning to the workstation. With the ability to view results at the tube stand, X-ray exams are quicker and more comfortable for patients, and enable increased throughput for the facility.In addition to the speed and efficiency benefits for the technologist and patient, the new weight-bearing stand that sits only 10 inches from the floor provides benefits as well. The low step-up height creates an easy-to-use imaging environment for patients challenged by mobility, be it athletes, diabetics or obese patients. The low-to-the-ground design also brings benefits for those in wheelchairs — who can remain seated in their wheelchair for image acquisition — and for pediatric populations who are often calmer and more comfortable when they are lower.Contributing further to patient comfort is the hardware design of the U-Arm, which enables AP and oblique imaging and then lateral positioning with one push of a button, allowing the patient to stay on the stand for the whole exam.The U-Arm also creates a level of efficiency that changes the way imaging patients flow through the health system, according to Konica Minolta. While hospitals are struggling to keep medical imaging exams within their walls, the company said it offers a technology that is versatile enough to serve patients not only in radiology but from urgent care to specialty areas like orthopedics, pediatrics and rheumatology. And with an aesthetic design that is compact, the system will fit in older facilities challenged with low, 8-foot ceilings.Konica Minolta rounded out its exhibit at AHRA by also highlighting its Exa software platform for enhanced image sharing, viewing and storage, along with its hand-carried ultrasound system, the SonImage HS1.Exa PACS – A Web-based platform that the company says was the first picture archiving and communication system (PACS) to enable zero footprint full-featured diagnostic viewing, Exa works on any consumer-grade PC with any operating system without plug-ins or installations. It boasts a configurable dashboard and custom workflow design, as well as advanced dictation and viewing tools.Exa Mammo Viewer – Available either as a standalone mammography viewer or as part of the Exa PACS platform, Exa Mammo leverages the benefits of the existing Exa platform to enable anywhere viewing for all breast imaging modalities including 2-D or 3-D mammography studies and digital breast tomosynthesis. With the benefit of server-side rendering, radiologists have fast access with a seamless DICOM-compliant PACS to breast images at any time from any location.SonImage HS1 – A hand-carried ultrasound system featuring a compact design that is particularly well-suited for musculoskeletal exams.For more information: www.konicaminolta.com/medicalusa FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more
Etihad Airways’ Top 10 Routes in 2013 Bangkok was the airline’s busiest route, carrying a total of 742,759 passengers to the Thai capital in 2013, followed by Manila (547,068), London (544,564), Jeddah (373,651) and Paris (338,969). Destination 2. Kuala Lumpur Frankfurt Source = ETB News: P.T. “Our record-breaking numbers in 2013 reflect the continued success of our strategic master plan, which focuses on three fundamental pillars; organic network growth, the forging of codeshare partnerships, and minority equity investments in other airlines,” Etihad Airways president and chief executive James Hogan said. Jeddah London Etihad Airways reported its highest ever passenger and cargo volumes in 2013, flying almost 12 million people last year, reflecting the ongoing success of the airline’s strategic master plan. The UAE carrier also boosted frequencies on 18 existing routes last year, established new codeshare agreements with a range of airlines and expanded its equity partnerships across the world. Closer to home, Etihad carried 73 percent of the 16+ million passengers who travelled through Abu Dhabi International Airport in 2013. Bangkok 10. Manila 4. Jakarta 3. Manchester Etihad’s annual passenger figures revealed an increase of 16 percent, up from 10.3 million in 2012. 5. 6. Sydney 7. Etihad added six new destinations to its global network in 2013; launching new services to Washington DC, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, Belgrade, Sana’a and Ho Chi Minh City. 1. Ranking 8. 9. Paris