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UN maritime force takes part in rescue after ship sinks off Lebanese

Members of the maritime task force of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) had rescued at least 35 survivors and recovered the bodies of eight others by 5 p.m. local time today, according to a press release issued by the peacekeeping operation. Three more people have been rescued by other ships in the area.The cargo ship, known as Danny F II and carrying livestock, sent out a distress signal last night after it capsized about 10 nautical miles from the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. Media reports say the ship had been sailing from Uruguay to Syria.UNIFIL dispatched three ships – the frigate Zeffiro, the mine hunter Laboe and the supply ship Mosel – to the scene last night and the mission said the rescue operation is ongoing, but is being hampered by difficult weather conditions.Survivors of the sinking are being provided with immediate medical care aboard the UNIFIL ships before they are transported ashore in Lebanon.“This is a very tragic incident and our UNIFIL maritime task force peacekeepers are doing their utmost to save the lives of the victims,” said Major-General Claudio Graziano, the Force Commander of the mission. “We hope that our joint efforts with the Lebanese navy will help minimize the number of casualties.”The maritime fleet has been deployed since 2006 in the wake of that year’s war between Israel and Hizbollah, and is tasked with helping the navy secure its territorial waters and prevent the unauthorized entry of arms or related material by sea into Lebanon.Last week the task force rescued a crew member from a merchant ship that had sunk off the southern Lebanese coast and in 2008 the force rescued 14 people from a disabled vessel. 18 December 2009The United Nations maritime task force serving off the Lebanese coast is taking part in a search-and-rescue operation today to try to save the lives of the crew of a cargo ship that sank last night in rough seas. read more

South Sudan UN officials Security Council condemn deadly attack on peacekeepers

“The Secretary-General is appalled by the attack,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “He condemns in the strongest terms the killing of five Indian peacekeepers and two UNMISS (UN Mission in South Sudan) national staff and five civilian staff contractors.”Mr. Ban “recalls that the killing of peacekeepers is a war crime that falls under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court,” the spokesperson said“He calls on the Government of South Sudan to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice,” the statement continued. In their separate statements, Mr. Ban and Ms. Johnson expressed their deepest condolences to the families of the peacekeepers, colleagues and civilians killed in the attack, as well as the Governments of India and South Sudan. “At least nine additional peacekeepers and accompanying civilians were injured, and some remain unaccounted for,” according to the latest information from UNMISS.The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in New York said about 30 peacekeepers were escorting a civilian convoy when they were ambushed by some 200 armed, unidentified men near the settlement of Gumuruk in Jonglei. A firefight erupted as the Indian peacekeepers tried to protect the civilians. The Indian peacekeepers “fought courageously,” DPKO said, adding that the attack was “a deliberate targeting of the United Nations.” Speaking from Juba, Ms. Johnson said the UN Mission remains resolute in assisting the people of South Sudan, “This attack will not deter UNMISS and its peacekeepers from working to protect vulnerable communities in South Sudan.” “UNMISS is determined to continue its work in supporting authorities ensure peace,” she added.In a press statement read out on behalf of the 15-member Security Council, Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana of Rwanda, which holds the rotating presidency of the UN body for the month of April, reiterated “full support to UNMISS and the troop contributing countries” in South Sudan.The UN has been increasingly vocal in recent weeks about the need for increased protection of civilians in Jonglei state. South Sudan faces considerable security challenges, in particular, in Jonglei state and the tri-state area of Lakes, Warrap and Unity.Last week, the UN mission released its findings into a probe of a cattle raid on an 8 February attack near Walgak in West Akobo in which at least at least 85 cattle herders, mostly women and children, were killed.According to a Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UNMISS investigation found that a group of armed men, allegedly members of the Murle community, attacked the Lou Nuer pastoralists as they were migrating to grazing areas. The OHCHR Spokesperson called on the South Sudanese authorities to immediately launch an investigation into this gruesome attack and bring the perpetrators to justice in order to end the cycle of violence and prevailing impunity. UNMISS said the attack represented the highest single loss of life since an increase in inter-communal violence began several months ago.Speaking to journalists yesterday in Juba, Ms. Johnson had urged the Government and the local communities to break the deadly cycle of violence spurred by inter-communal violence and attacks by armed groups, “The destabilization of Jonglei must stop.” read more

Test Your Scam Smarts With Online Fraud Quiz

first_imgStay on target Cyber scams have come a long way from the Nigerian princes of yore.Most people think they can spot a fraudulent text or email from a mile away. But as criminals become more sophisticated, stealing your money (or worse, your identity) is becoming as easy as taking candy from a baby.Think you’re too smart to get scammed? Test your detective skills in this online quiz, part of a UK-based campaign to tackle fraud.The eight-question exam is more stressful than I imagined; after all, I wanted a good score—confirmation that I can’t be easily fooled into handing over my life savings because I’m empathetic and a “friend” and their “family” were “mugged” on “vacation.”Carefully read over each prompt before making a decision; think of this as a real-life situation that could cost you more than 50 cents per text message sent. Take Five provides the correct answer and an explanation for each issue.Take an eight-question quiz to test your detective skills (via Financial Fraud Action UK)Take an eight-question quiz to test your detective skills (via Financial Fraud Action UK)Led by Financial Fraud Action (FFA) UK and the British government, Take Five To Stop Fraud Week (Jan. 22-26) aims to raise awareness about, well, financial fraud.“Many people may already know the dos and don’ts of financial fraud—that no one should ever contact them out of the blue or ask for their PIN or full password, or ever make them feel pressured into moving money to another account,” the Take Five website said. “The trouble is, in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget this.”So, next time you get an email from the plumber notifying you of changes to their bank details or a text from the bank asking you to call a certain number, take five and think about whether it is a genuine or deceitful request.If you’re unsure, don’t be afraid to call the person or organization directly to corroborate.“Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam,” the site said. “Only give out personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust, and that you are expecting to be contacted by.”For more, see FAA UK’s advice on phone, text, email, and online scams. Feds Bust Hundreds of Email Scammers WorldwideFall For the Viral Instagram Hoax? So Did Lots of Celebs center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Antiviolence summit slated

first_imgMichelle Bart is surprised at the low registration numbers for the upcoming No More National Anti-Violence Summit. The topics being addressed at the conference seem particularly relevant given the recent political climate, said Bart, who heads the Vancouver-based National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation.“We started 2017 with a terrorist attack. Violence is out there, and we can’t ignore it,” she said, referring to the Istanbul nightclub attack that killed 39 people during New Year’s celebrations. “We can definitely prevent violence in our own communities and families, but we’ve got to do it together.”The conference has been held annually since 2009 and is always on Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. The location, however, has alternated between Portland, Vancouver and Southern California.Last year, more than 200 people attended the conference — called the Southwest Conference Against Trafficking — in San Bernardino, Calif., three weeks after the Dec. 2 mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others. The 2 1/2 -day conference was swept by the FBI, Bart said.This year’s conference is at the Hilton Vancouver Washington on Jan. 12 and 13. The coalition against violence is partnering with YWCA Clark County and the No More Campaign to hold the conference. Speakers and workshops will cover topics such as human trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence and policing in America.last_img read more

Best Super Bowl 2019 commercials ranked Xbox Avengers Game of Thrones and

first_img Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailer Disclosure: The Super Bowl aired on CBS, the broadcast arm of CNET’s parent company.  This post first published on Jan. 25 and was updated as new ads debuted.  See All Yes, that was Tom Hanks’ measured, familiar voice getting all Ken Burns-ified in a Washington Post ad for that highlighted the role of journalism, and honored those who’d risked or given their life for it, such as slain Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The ad sparked some controversy — from Donald Trump Jr., for one, and Post journalists who say the paper could’ve found a better use for its money. But even though “Democracy Dies in Darkness” is still an eye-roller of alliteration, this is a well-done ad. 5. 2 Chainz won’t keep his receiptsDo rappers really have to photograph receipts for the bling they buy? Adam Scott tries to get 2 Chainz to save paper receipts for his seafood towers and sports car made of ice, but the rapper has Expensify for that. You can also watch the whole video, which features a gold toilet. They made a song for this. Super Bowl 2019 Now that the Super Bowl ads are out in the wild, it’s time to do what human beings do best: rank things in an orderly fashion. On Sunday night, the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII. You could watch highlights of the game, or you could join us in ranking the ads. Which is weird, pointless and perfectly representative of what it means to be a human being in the year 2019. But it’s also fun. And look — there were some good ones. Actually, one really, really good one that might have been the highlight of the whole Super Bowl.There was a pretty good crop of commercials this year. Here, in order of what we thought ruled, are some of the best Super Bowl ads, starting with that one with kids playing the Xbox. 1. Microsoft: ‘We all win’ Regular gaming controllers don’t always work for children with disabilities. That’s where Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller comes in. “I never thought it was unfair,” one young gamer says in the company’s ad. “I just thought, ‘Hey, this is the way it is and it’s not going to change.'” Ads aren’t supposed to make people cry. Comments 7. Alexa wants a Pringle Two guys are stacking different varieties of Pringles to make unusual flavor combinations, but their Alexa smart device wants in on the fun. Sometimes, it can be sad to be a robot.  We selected this, purely for the Funky Town bit. Inspired. When you play the @GameOfThrones, you either drink a @BudLight or end up like @TheBudKnight. #ForTheThrone #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/aCbIpLnZgQ— HBO (@HBO) February 4, 2019 Tags 19. Sprint taps double threat Bo Jackson Super-athlete Bo Jackson meets a mermaid and a horse with wings in Sprint’s Super Bowl 2019 ad titled “Best of Both Worlds.” Paul Marcarelli, the Sprint spokesman formerly known as the Verizon spokesman, also appears in the 30-second spot, as do a few cute robots.  This is at the bottom because I hate ads that make the celebrity read the bit that says, “why don’t you just tell them the company’s message” and that’s supposed to be the joke. Share your voice 16. Budweiser feels the wind Few companies have as many memorable Super Bowl ads as Budweiser. This year, the company is hyping its use of wind power, thanks to Bob Dylan’s Blowing in the Wind and a Dalmatian whose ears fly in the breeze as the famous Clydesdales trot past a field dotted with wind turbines. This ad has a dog in it. A good dog. 13. The Avengers get ready for the end gameMarvel gave us a quick glimpse of the devastating aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War — and the determination of the surviving superheroes to set things right. “Some people move on,” the voiceover intones, “but not us.” The teaser trailer ad leaves off with a reminder that Avengers: Endgame is coming in April. Rally the troops. 6. Amazon drafts astronauts, Harrison Ford Alexa, the voice of Amazon’s Echo, can do many things, but as seen in this ad, perhaps she shouldn’t allow Harrison Ford’s dog to order its own food, or connect podcasts to Forest Whitaker’s electric toothbrush. If an ad has Harrison Ford, you know it’s a big deal. 15. Tony Romo takes it easy in Skechers The former Dallas Cowboys QB demonstrates a number of lazy-man items that make his life easy. He’s selling slip-on Skechers shoes, but the funnier ones involve a golf hole so big a small car could fit in it, and an elaborate way of exercising his dog. 18. Sad Michelob robot In another Michelob ad, a buff robot shows how it can blow all the puny humans away in running, boxing and golf, then is sad when it realizes even all the workouts in the world won’t allow it to enjoy a beer. This is why Skynet is inevitable. 2. The Batmobile swings by Walmart  Classic movie cars like the Back to the Future DeLorean, the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters and Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine rush to Walmart to pick up groceries in the company’s commercial. Reads the tagline: “Order groceries online. Pickup for free. No matter what you drive.”  Best Super Bowl TV deals: Buying a new TV for the big game? These are your best choices. CES 2019: Take a look at all the cool new gadgets for 2019. 17. Mercedes-Benz aims high  In Mercedes-Benz’s ad for the A-Class, a random guy gets godlike powers that force the world, and its people and animals, to do his bidding. It’s a great commercial, but we have serious concerns about what happens to Free Willy and Ludacris. Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20center_img 3. The Mountain destroys the Bud Knight I cannot believe the marketing execs over at Budweiser allowed the CANON BUD KNIGHT to be destroyed by The Mountain from Game of Thrones. This is sacrilege. This will not stand. The NFL Experience opens in Times Square 11. Pepsi gets defensive Pepsi plays off the fact that people wanting a cola tend to ask for their rival, Coke, and are often asked by the servers if a Pepsi is OK. Overhearing this exchange, Steve Carell defends the drink, and gets a little help from Lil Jon and Cardi B. Really, Pepsi is missing out if they don’t find a way to sell that sequined can. Fun to watch absolutely everyone selling out hard. 9. Hyundai’s hellish elevatorHyundai’s commercial has actor Jason Bateman as the manager of a elevator to all kinds of horrible situations, including jury duty, car shopping and sitting in the middle seat of a plane next to a sick passenger. The latter highlights Hyundai’s Shopper Assurance program. One of those ads that’s just… actually funny? reading • Best Super Bowl 2019 commercials ranked: Xbox, Avengers, Game of Thrones and more Super Bowl 2019 Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar 20. The Dude returns for Stella Artois It seems like The Dude (Jeff Bridges) from The Big Lebowski, with his love for bowling and White Russians, would roll his eyes at rich Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) from Sex and the City. But in commercials, anything can happen. In an ad for Stella Artois beer, Parker decides to order a Stella instead of her traditional cosmo, and Bridges’ Dude rejects his beloved White Russian for a beer as well.  This ad is bad. It’s a bad idea. And I’m upset Jeff Bridges did this. 39 Photos 8. Bublé vs Bubly Singer Michael Bublé is apparently irritated that the flavored water Bubly almost, but not quite, has copied his name. In this clip, he’s caught in a convenience store marking up the cans. Sorry, I just can’t resist Bublé and his overwhelming charisma. • 31 4. Washington Post thanks journalists May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot 10. Backstreet Boys meet Chance the RapperIn two short teasers for a Doritos ad, 1990s boy-banders The Backstreet Boys seem to be auditioning Chance the Rapper for a role in their band, but he’s just not getting that patented Backstreet choreography down. Game of Thrones Amazon Microsoft Apple 14. Audi reconnects man with his grandpa Audi’s E-Tron commercial seems to reunite a man with his grandfather in an automobile-centered vision of heaven, before a swift Heimlich maneuver apparently saves the man’s life, sending him back to his office life. TV and Movies Sports 12. Buffy fights bad skin Olay created a mini horror movie, with Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Sarah Michelle Gellar and a creepy masked stalker. He doesn’t know what he’s up against, taking on the legendary Slayer. Neat idea. last_img read more

Partial lunar eclipse tonight to last three hours

first_imgNew Delhi: Sky enthusiasts in the country can witness a three-hour long partial lunar eclipse early Wednesday, when the Earth will move between the Sun and the Moon. The eclipse will begin around 1.31 am on Wednesday, the research and academic director of M P Birla Planetarium in the city, Debiprosad Duari, told PTI. The greatest partial eclipse when the Moon will look the darkest will be around 3 am. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “Skywatchers should not miss this chance since there will be no proper lunar eclipse till 2021,” he said. The celestial phenomenon will be visible entirely from all parts of the country, besides parts of South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, Duari said. The Moon will remain partially eclipsed till 4:29 am on Wednesday. So it is a golden opportunity for the sky enthusiasts in the country as the eclipse will be visible almost throughout the night, he said. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us On Tuesday night, only a part of the Moon will pass the Earth’s shadow. Around 3:01 am on Wednesday, 65 per cent of the Moon’s diameter will be under the shadow of the Earth, Duari said.Elaborating on the celestial phenomenon, he said it takes place only at full Moon night, when it, the Sun and the Earth are in a perfect straight line. As the Sun’s rays fall on the Earth, its shadow falls on to a patch of space. When the Moon enters the patch of shadow there is lunar eclipse. Advertise With Us The patch of shadow is actually composed of two cone-shaped parts – one nestled inside the other. The outer shadow or penumbra is a zone where the Earth shadow is partial and blocks some, but not all of the Sun’s rays. In contrast, the inner shadow or umbra is a region where the Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. When only a part of the Moon passes through the umbra, a partial lunar eclipse is seen. If the entire Moon passes through the umbral shadow, then a total eclipse of the Moon occurs, he said. India will witness the next lunar eclipse on May 26, 2021, when it will be a total one, he added. When asked, he said lunar eclipses are completely safe to view with the naked eye. One does not need a telescope to watch the lunar eclipse although a good pair of binoculars will enhance the experience, Duari said.last_img read more

Google Pixel 3a 3a XL specs leak Early launch on cards

first_imgIn the last one year, we have been hearing rumours about mysterious mid-range Pixel phone series, which Google is specifically making it for emerging markets like India. But, so far it never materialised. Now, for the first time, names and also the features of the alleged Pixel mobiles have surfaced online.Google is indeed working on the affordable proprietary phones dubbed as Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, a watered down versions of the original Pixel 3 and XL models launched in October 2018, 9to5Google reported citing reliable sources.If the tipsters are to be believed, Pixel 3a will come with a 5.6-inch OLED screen with a 2220x1080p resolution having 440 ppi (pixels per inch) display density. Inside, it is expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset with 4GB RAM and a 3,000mAh battery, which is good enough to keep the phone running for a whole day under mixed usage. Pixel 3 Lite aka Pixel 3a leakedRozetked.meAs far as the imaging hardware is concerned, the Pixel 3a is said to house a 12MP primary camera on the back and an 8MP shooter on the front. With Google photography software onboard, consumers assured of getting top-notch quality shots on par with flagship phones.On the other hand, the bigger sibling Pixel 3a XL will sport a 6.0-inch OLED display, but the rest of the hardware features are yet to be ascertained.However, both the Pixel 3a and the 3a XL are expected to come with Titan M embedded security chip to store sensitive information and protection, e-SIM support, Active Edge squeezable feature, which will trigger Google Assistant to perform any actionable function and fetch information from the Internet for that matter. Also, come with 18W fast charging capability via Type C port. Pixel 3 Lite leakedRozetked.meAlso, Google plans to offer the new Pixel 3a series in two colours—Clearly White & Just Black. If need be might release a third shade, which is yet to be ascertained but will come to the market so that the company can sell more units. Other rivals Apple, OnePlus too, offer multiple colours, which come several months after the launch of the original model.When will the new Google Pixel 3a series make its debut?Early last year, rumours are rife that mid-range Pixel phone would launch around July-August, but never happened, however, Pixel 3a series might break covers at same time-line might in 2019, a few months before the Google’s October hardware, which will witness the launch of new Pixel 4 series.It can be noted that Google is hosting I/O 2019 in May, so we might expect a big announcement of the Pixel 3a and release it to the global markets in the following month.Going by the recently leaked features of the Pixel 3a series, it is certain to do well in India and other emerging markets. It will definitely give a good fight to Motorola, Honor, Huawei, Xiaomi and even OnePlus, provided the prices are cost-effective. 10 Crazy Facts About Google Closelast_img read more

Tata Group files caveats against ousted Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry

first_imgThe ongoing corporate battle involving India’s biggest corporate house — Tata Group — kept rumour mills busy on Tuesday, with the latest being the Tata Group filing caveats against ousted Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry so that he does not get any ex-parte order by the courts against his removal.The caveats have been filed in the Supreme Court, the Bombay High Court and the National Company Law Tribunal, according to the BusinessLine.On the other hand, 48-year-old Mistry dismissed reports that he has filed similar caveats against Ratan Tata, Dorabji Tata Trust, Tata Sons and the Tata Group with the Tribunal.”A caveat is a notice filed by a party fearing legal action seeking notice before action. Tatas have filed caveats seeking notice from Cyrus Mistry fearing legal action. Cyrus has not filed any caveats,” his office said in a statement.The day saw Tata Group stocks largely falling, but not by a margin that was being speculated. The biggest drop among stocks that are part of the Sensex was in Tata Steel, which closed 2.51 percent at Rs 415.50, while TCS and Tata Motors ended with minor losses on the Bombay Stock Exchange.It is a Narayan Murthy moment for 78-year-old Ratan Tata, who handed over the leadership to Mistry in December 2012 after 21 years, only to return four years later. A similar episode was played out by Infosys when it recalled Narayan Murthy in June 2013.Ratan Tata, who has replaced Mistry as the interim chairman of Tata Sons, asked Group CEOs and Managing Directors to focus on work.”The companies must focus on their market position vis-à-vis competition, and not compare themselves to their own past. The drive must be on leadership rather than to follow,” he said in his communication to the executives.Seeking to allay misplaced fears over potential changes after the rejig at Tata Sons, he said, “We will evaluate and continue to undertake those that are required to. If there is any change, they will be discussed with you.”last_img read more

Adani Group partners with French oil major Total to enter petroleum retail

first_imgIndian billionaire Gautam Adani.ReutersThe Adani Group has tied up with Total SA of France to enter the petroleum retail business, which will see the opening of 1,500 stations to supply compressed natural gas (CNG) and development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. Developing re-gasification of terminals, including one at Dharma LNG, is also one of the targets of the joint venture.The two companies will build a retail network over a period of 10 years mainly on highways. Apart from CNG, the outlets will offer customers Total’s full line-up of fuels, lubricants and other products and services.The joint venture is aiming for a slice of the domestic fuel market which is growing at 4% annually aided by improving road infrastructure and higher purchasing power.Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani said the synergy between the two companies will bring benefits not only to the people but also the economy and enable Adani Group to contribute to India’s vision of adopting cleaner sources of energy.Total Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne said in a statement that Total was always looking for opportunities to invest in city gas distribution and fuel retail segment and tie-up with Adani Group will help diversify its energy mix and ensure that the customers get affordable, clean and reliable energy.India has around 1,424 CNG stations which cater to 30 lakh vehicles, which are projected to increase to 10,000 by 2030. Car manufacturers like Maruti, Hyundai and Ford already sell cars which run on CNG.Earlier in the month, the government reviewed guidelines to enable more private companies to enter the fuel retail business and one of the suggestions put forth was the removal barriers to make it easier to do business.According to the present policy, companies need to invest Rs 2,000 crore or submit an equivalent bank guarantee if they want to enter the petroleum retail business.last_img read more

Comicpalooza Helps To Put Houston First

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:05 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X – / 13To many, it is simply a gathering of boys and girls who will never grow up, people who love to play dress up and watch sci-fi. But to those in the know, Houston’s Comicpalooza is so much more.Started in 2008 at the Alamo Draft house in Katy, this now yearly convention has grown into Texas’ largest pop culture festival, focusing on animation, science fiction, and everything in between. And of course there are the folks who love to dress as their favorite characters, a practice referred to as “cosplay.”Along the way, these fans of fantasy create a major financial impact on the city. Michael Heckman, Sr. Vice President for Houston First explains:“It’s a big event every year, and so over the last 2 years, we’ve provided 30,000 room nights which equates to about $20 million a year.”Last year alone, nearly 44,000 people visited the convention, now held at the George R. Brown convention center, making Comicpalooza one of Houston’s largest consumer conventions.This year, fans are looking forward to robotics exhibits from NASA, an appearance by Chuck Norris, a film festival and dozens of workshops on everything from gaming to ice sculpting. Sharelast_img read more

Darren Aronofsky Astronauts Make One Strange Rock the Coolest Nature Doc

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. New Tarantula With Bizarre Horn on Its Back Discovered in AngolaThe Full Moon is Electric, Boogie Woogie Woogie Stay on targetcenter_img National Geographic’s newest documentary series isn’t like any you’ve seen before. Usually, when you tune into a nature doc, you’re there for cute animals, the sweeping vistas and high-resolution footage perfect for showing off your expensive new TV. One Strange Rock has those last two things, but you won’t find many animal babies in its 10-episode run. Instead, it tells the story of our planet. How it got this way, how it allows us to live and how its intricate, interconnected systems have formed our cultures and economies. It’s hosted by a particularly enthusiastic Will Smith, who does a fantastic job communicating just how amazing all of this is. It’s a jaw-dropping series, and its storytellers make it a must-watch.One Strange Rock is executive produced by Darren Aronofsky. You know, the guy who directed The Wrestler, Black Swan, and Mother!. You’d think a nature documentary would be an odd fit coming from a director like that. To hear him tell it, it’s not as strange as you’d think. His production company was approached by someone they’d worked with at Fox Searchlight on The Wrestler and Black Swan. Aronofsky has been interested for a while in the planet and science, and since NatGeo was looking for a filmmaker to help guide the series, he seemed a natural fit. Besides, Aronofsky told me at a press event, it’s not that much of a departure from his last film, Mother!.“Both projects have the same protagonist,” he said. “Mother Earth. One’s played by the Earth; the other’s played by Jen Lawrence. Their both kind of two different looks at me wrestling with the same issue about thinking about home. Thinking about the home that we all share. One is a cautionary tale, one is a celebration of the planet.”That really is the best way to describe One Strange Rock. It’s a love letter to our home. Its gorgeous shots are designed to make you fall in love with Earth. The producers say that’s where its light touch on environmentalism comes from. It’s pretty much impossible to make a documentary about Earth and ignore environmental issues. Unlike other series, One Strange Rock doesn’t make that its focus. A phrase that was repeated multiple times was “To save the Earth, you have to love it first.” It can be argued that a nature documentary has a responsibility to point out how we’re failing our home. If you take that view, and I agree with it to an extent, then One Strange Rock doesn’t entirely fulfill its responsibilities. But if you judge it purely by what it sets out to do, it accomplishes its goals like no other series can.Each episode instills in you an appreciation for how unique, special and, well, strange our planet is. All its systems are interconnected. They support each other. They have to, otherwise, life wouldn’t be possible. One Strange Rock frames each episode around the story of an astronaut who spent time aboard the International Space Station. Using their experience as a jumping off point, the episodes detail the macro systems that drive our climate, oxygen supply, and natural defenses as well as the tiny microscopic systems that make it all possible. And where its environmentalism comes into play is by showing you how fragile it all is. Every episode stretches the point that the odds are against us. For live to thrive on this planet, conditions have to be perfect. Those perfect conditions are delicate. It may not explicitly address many environmental issues, but its hard not to think about humanity’s impact on our planet when you see just how thin our atmosphere really is.Aronofsky wants to instill a respect and awe for the Earth with this series. He notes that as humans, we can appreciate a pocket watch handed down to us from our grandfather. We take care of that object, and make sure it’ll be preserved, but we don’t take nearly the same amount of care with our home. “We treat it with tremendous disrespect. We go into the garden, and we work with ‘dirt.’ The British, at least, call it earth, but we haven’t even picked up that, we call it dirt. When you play in the dirt, you get dirty… There’s such a disconnect from our home and all of these gifts that our mother has given us,” he said. “I think by appreciating it and showing all the beautiful clockwork inside… It’s a way to maybe understand that our ancestors have passed this down to us, and it’s our turn to take care of it and make sure it stays intact forever.”The multicolored mineral deposits and acidic pools at the Dallol volcano, viewed from a drone. (photo credit: National Geographic/Timothy Browning)Aronofsky wasn’t on the ground (or in space, obviously) directing these shots, but his fingerprints are all over this show. If you’re familiar with his movies, you’ll recognize how the camera moves with its subject and how each shot is framed. Aronofsky provided guidelines for every crew to make sure the final product had a unified look. He even trained ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli on how to direct a documentary so the show could have footage from the ISS.That’s really the biggest draw of this series. It shows you the deepest depths and smallest micro-organisms, and then lets you see how it all works together from the grandest possible point of view. And what makes that work is that Aronofsky was determined to tell that story from a human perspective. Particularly the perspective of astronauts. Nobody appreciates our home like the few people who’ve left it. And they’re hoping this series communicates at least a little bit of that feeling. (Aronofsky says he’s only left Earth chemically.)Nicole Stott, the first astronaut to paint in space, talked about needing to focus on something familiar when she first got up there. She developed a deep attachment to her home state of Florida, always racing to get a look at it whenever the state was in view of the ISS. (She also scared her mom half to death with a photo of her holding the station with only one hand during a spacewalk.) “I hope you feel reintroduced to Earth. I hope you leave watching this show with what I felt leaving space. Every day of my life, I consider myself as an Earthling, and I live on a planet. It’s a pretty compelling thing. It’ll change the way you make decisions. If it’s lingering there, it’ll poke at you to make different choices. Take action… Do what you need to do to protect Earth so it’ll save us,” she said.Kamchatka, Eastern Russia – Kurile lake is a protected wilderness in the south of Kamchatka that is the spawning ground for every species of Pacific Salmon and a nursery for their offspring. (photo credit: National Geographic)A common theme from all the astronauts I talked to was that going to space drives home the fact that the Earth is a planet. That simple fact is something we take for granted, but seeing Earth from that perspective really makes you consider what it means. “We’re all on it together,” said Jerry Linenger, who spent close to five months aboard the Russian spacecraft Mir. “It’s a rock. You get back far enough, and some of the visuals kinda got me thinking that, you know, I’m just a speck… Now on Earth, I can have that perspective that I’m just a speck in time, and I’m not that important, and on the other hand I have a perspective that I can affect things in a powerful way.”Mae Jemison, who 25 years ago became the first African American woman in space, said she had never felt more connected with the rest of the universe as when she was in space. “It got rid of that feeling of insignificance,” she said. “I was as much a part of this universe as any speck of stardust, I have as much right to be here. That was my connection, which was important for me because otherwise, from my abstraction of space, would be that sitting in this planet we’re insignificant and the universe moves on. But we have a right to be involved and we have a right to be here.”Astronaut Mae Jemison. (photo credit: National Geographic/Stewart Volland)Another commonality was what struck them when they looked at Earth from space. They didn’t see anything they didn’t already know about. In becoming an astronaut, you learn about Earth, you see photos and basically know what to expect once you get up there. But seeing it, the said, was another thing entirely. Academically, everyone knows the atmosphere is a thin blue line. But seeing it in real life, in three dimensions, being able to tell exactly how thin it is, that was striking.“As an astronomer, I knew the Earth was a planet,” said Jeff Hoffman, a professor at MIT who’s been to space five times. “I knew it was finite, I knew the atmosphere was very thin, but nevertheless when you actually experience something, you’ve all traveled, you can see pictures of great interesting places on the Earth, but when you actually go and experience it, it’s just a much stronger impact. So Earth as a planet carries with it the finiteness of the Earth. You see how thin the atmosphere is. So when you hear people denying that anything that we put in the atmosphere can ever have an impact in the long run, you realize that it just doesn’t work that way… Everything is finite. When you see changes on our planet—over my five space flights, I saw the clear-cutting of the Amazon jungle, that really got my attention. The Earth has a finite carrying capacity.”Astronaut Chris Hadfield. (photo credit: National Geographic/Stewart Volland)Chris Hadfield, who you might remember from his performance of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” aboard the ISS, said being in space gave him a sense of community with the rest of humankind. When he was on the space station, he would routinely take pictures of Earth and post them to Twitter. One day, he took a picture of Karachi, Afghanistan and wrote, “6 million of us in Karachi along the river.” The next morning, he realized he had written “us.” “I’ve never been to Karachi. I’d never been to that part of the world, and somewhere in those months of going around the world 16 times a day, what in all of my previous life had been a foreign ‘them’ part of the world was now just inevitably ‘us,’” he said. “If you can go around the whole thing in an hour and a half, it’s not very big. The recognition of the commonality of the human experience is a worthwhile perspective to have. It’s one that this (show) will help share as much as anything I’ve ever been involved with.”Each episode of One Strange Rock features a different astronaut telling their story of the time they were in space. They talk about what they saw, what they felt and the show then dives into how it all happened. It’s fascinating. Every episode has some mind-blowing fact about the Earth you’ve probably never heard before. Aronofsky says not a single episode when by where he wasn’t amazed by something he just learned. Like in the first episode, which was all about oxygen, when he learned that all the oxygen produced by the Amazon rainforest is consumed by the animals and organisms in that rainforest. “But there’s this tiny organism none of us ever knew about that gives us 40 to 50 percent of our oxygen. That’s episode one,” he said. “But every episode there’s something that you’ve never seen before or heard about. And how all the systems work together to make this incredibly fine-tuned planet function is really interesting.”Aurora viewed from the International Space Station. (credit: NASA)One Strange Rock is a beautiful, fascinating nature documentary that makes you appreciate how unique, fragile and finite Earth is. If you’re a space nut, it absolutely can’t be missed. One Strange Rock airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. on National Geographic.last_img read more

Reduction in wood burning by rural people in China results in less

first_img The when, where and what of air pollutant exposure Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2018 Science X Network Credit: CC0 Public Domain China is struggling to reduce the amount of atmospheric pollutants that the country emits—the various types, such as fine particulate matter, have been found to cause illness and death in people across the heavily populated nation. To combat the problem, the government has instituted new policies that force polluters (such as power plants, cars and other industrial entities) to clean up their operations. In this new effort, the researchers sought to find out if the government’s efforts to reduce air pollution have been working, and how such efforts affect the health of its people.To learn more about changes in emissions, the researchers carried out chemical transport simulations, conducted ambient household exposure evaluations and finished up with a health-impact assessment. Their assessment of changes in health related to pollutants was based on the amount of fine particulate matter that people were breathing. They report that rates of exposure to particulate matter smaller than 2.5 μm, weighted by population, decreased by 47 percent over the decade they studied.The researchers found that the biggest difference was due to rural residents burning less wood, grasses and other materials when they cook. In all, reductions in rural burning accounted for approximately 90 percent of the reductions in fine particulate matter emissions. Interestingly, rural citizens were one of the few groups in the study that did not face new emission reduction policies. The researchers suggest the reductions came about mainly due to large numbers of people moving from rural areas to urban areas and to reductions in the cost of alternative fuel sources for rural dwellers. A team of researchers from China, the U.S. and Norway has found that urging rural residents to switch from burning wood and grasses to cleaner fuels for cooking has resulted in less fine particulate matter being spewed into the air. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study of air quality for the period from 2005 to 2015 in China and its impact on the health of the people living there.center_img More information: Bin Zhao et al. Change in household fuels dominates the decrease in PM2.5 exposure and premature mortality in China in 2005–2015, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1812955115 Explore further Citation: Reduction in wood burning by rural people in China results in less fine particulate matter pollution (2018, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-reduction-wood-rural-people-china.html 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.last_img read more

Entrepreneurs Top 10 Crazy Tech Articles of 2014

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global It seems like every other day we read about some far out, new technology that makes us scratch our heads and say, “What the heck?” This year was chock full of all types of crazy-innovative gadgets, apps and other technologies.Here — for your reading pleasure — is a countdown of the year’s most-viewed stories about far-out technologies and the entrepreneurs who are dreaming them up.Go on. Enjoy.10. Self-Healing Phones? Try Roads That Fix Themselves.Wouldn’t it be great if roads could be made from some compound that can automatically fix and fill in those pesky cracks and holes? One Dutch civil engineer thinks he has the answer. 9. It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. No, It’s a Flying Car (Finally)!Fasten your seat belts and forget about tray tables. This driving-flying machine is ready for takeoff. 8. Want a New Smartwatch? Hold On. Why Not a Smart Ring Instead?We have smartwatches and smartphones … but what about a smart ring? Sure. Why not, right?7. A Smart Helmet That Gives Riders Eyes in the Backs of Their HeadsThis Android-powered cranium protector is driving motorcycle safety into the digital age.6. Faster Food: This Restaurant Delivers Burgers to Your Table at 90 MPHA cafe in New Zealand is using a tube system to deliver burgers to customers at astounding speed. Sounds weird, right? Check it out.5. This Smart Skin-Scanning App Could Save Your LifePinpoint possibly dangerous moles and other suspect skin blemishes with this far-out app.4. Swallow This ‘Password’ Pill to Unlock Your Digital DevicesIf you’re like the rest of us, then you’re probably tired of remembering so.many.darn.passwords. So why not open digital doors with a password-carrying pill instead?3. Hate Flying? This Dreamy (or Dorky) Virtual Reality Helmet Could Help You Escape the Experience.This virtual reality-powered helmet could someday come to the rescue with a much-needed and surprisingly immersive distraction.2. Say Hello to the Robotic Personal Assistant of Your DreamsBorn from MIT’s Media Lab, “Jibo” can take photos, remind you of important dates and events and, more importantly, interact with you and learn about you.1. Fade to ‘Vantablack’: Scientists Invent a Material So Black Your Eyes Can’t See ItYou’ll have to see it (or not see it?) to believe it. Register Now » 2 min readcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 16, 2014last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more The HITECH Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and its impact on radiology is foremost on the minds of everyone in healthcare.Critical questions surrounding the language of the Act remain unanswered. To gain better insight on the matter, Imaging Technology News spoke with healthcare IT research and development expert Don Woodlock, vice president and global GM of GE Healthcare Integrated IT Solutions. Imaging Technology News (ITN): Will PACS and RIS qualify for reimbursement under the ARRA?Don Woodlock (DW): The centerpiece of and the spirit of the HITECH Act is about adoption of general purpose EMR that go across the hospital or physician office EMRs for multi-specialty groups. The definition of meaningful use does mention images; all of the patient’s test results have to be in the EMR, including images and imaging reports. Images need to be part of the electronic health record; [there is] mention of RIS/PACS, but it’s not clearly spelled out that the stimulus will pay for RIS/PACS.I think the area where we need most clarity is in the outpatient- imaging environment. They are physicians, they see patients, and RIS and PACS is all they have, and they don’t have another electronic medical record in that environment. It’s my feeling that stimulus funds should be provided for physicians [who] use technology even though it isn’t a traditional EMR.ITN: On June 16th, the definition of “Meaningful use” was released and included reimbursement for imaging described as “multimedia (e.g. X-rays).” A public comment period followed to assist Congress in clarifying this definition. What is the industry doing to represent radiology and convince Congress to include radiology’s needs under the stimulus package?DW: We are part of several groups that will provide feedback on helping Congress clarify this definition. We are part of Access to Medical Imaging Coalition, which is a group of imaging vendors. I talked to the chair of SIIM, Dr. Erickson from the Mayo Clinic and SIIM was going to get involved in defining meaningful use.ITN: How will growing volumes of patient data impact radiology?DW: There will be a big indirect effect on radiology. Radiology has been well automated for many years with RIS and PACS installed over the last decade. But they are basically working with physicians that have not automated at all, and I think the main impact that this Act will have is that there will be EMRs everywhere – hospitals and referring physicians will have EMRs as well. The way radiology interoperates and the workflow of the community will be a lot better when everybody has an EMR.A couple of examples are the radiologists [who] need the complete patient record to do a good job reading the patient exam. That includes patient history, problems, information about the order; patient allergies will be accessible to the radiologists in the click of the button. The orders will come in, in a cleaner fashion; right now they come in on paper, and radiology can help provide decision support in the ordering process, so that the right test is ordered for the right patient and the report will come in with all of the information that the radiologist needs.Then, inside radiology they will still use RIS and PACS to read and report on the exam, but then on the way back, the images and the reports will be embedded in the EMR so they will be widely available to every ordering physician that should have access. So the work of the radiologist will be more widely available to physicians that need it and the communication between the radiologists and the rest of the care team will be more effective once everyone is well-automated with IT systems.ITN: Will the referring physicians be viewing all of the images on the EMR?DW: That’s right. [For] All the physicians outside of the radiology, their view of the world will be through the EMR. They will go through the EMR to see the full patient record including the imaging tests, the reports and will probably launch a browser to the images. So, we don’t see the EMR becoming a PACS; the images will still be in the PACS, but there will be links to those images and Web browsers embedded in the EMR, so it will be easy for physicians to have access to this information.ITN: Will the viewer in the EMR also have diagnostic capabilities?DW: Probably not. In terms of a 6 mega pixel workstation, that will still exist in radiology. But these other physicians will have Web based tools and they may have access to diagnostic workstations and Web viewers, but that’s not really what they are after. They want to see the images, and sometimes use 3D tools, but they are not using it for primary diagnosis. ITN: Will this impact radiation oncology in a similar fashion?DW: I think in a very similar fashion. Patients with cancer have a more longitudinal spectrum of care, with multiple visits overtime and multiple physicians involved, and an EMR is a collection point for all these encounters. ITN: Will there be a return-on-investment (ROI) through these image exchange networks?DW: Yes, [with the hassle with all these CDs] there are PACS administrators [burning/importing them], productivity drain on the radiologists, [etc]; so there is definitely going to be an ROI for radiology on image exchanges. There is also an ROI for the patients. One of the concerns for the industry is patient dose, especially in pediatric imaging. The best way to reduce dose is to avoid duplicating a test. So if a test has been done in another institution or in the ED or outpatient center, having those tests available helps the patient avoid exposure to that extra dose.ITN: How will interfacing radiology PACS and EMRs impact radiology workflow?DW: The workflow will be much more streamlined. So, on the inbound side with the orders and the EMR information, we can eliminate paper with electronic order, we can make sure the physician has ordered the right test according to institution policies, and [they] can see the full patient history without having to log into multiple systems. It all will be assembled together in an EMR. The workflow going out also will be much smoother.The images will be plugged into the EMR, the reports available on the outbound side. So referring physicians won’t be calling in to get the images or reports, it will be immediately available for all users with the EMR.The other thing is that there is a JCAHO requirement for critical test results. So the radiologist has to reach out the referring physician in a few hours, depending on the severity. Hopefully when the EMRs are correctly integrated with the PACS, that communication can be really facilitated by IT. You can notify them immediately, it pops up in their EMR, they can acknowledge they have seen this test result and you can track it electronically. So that whole process of phone calls and documentation and post-its will be a lot more automated when EMRs exist.ITN: Will radiology play a notable role in implementing EMRs?DW: I think it should [in] a couple of things. The importance of physician leadership and involvement and also making sure there is something in it for the physician. That is one of the reasons PACS got adopted so well; it made radiologists more productive, they have better tools and their workflow is better than in the film environment. And I think EMRs need to have that same focus when rolled out in a hospital or rolled out in a physician group. Radiology has a lot to teach the rest of the organization about healthcare IT.The other thing is images and radiology reports are a critical piece of the patient record. It’s debatable what percent, but I have heard that 20 percent of a patient record is really the reports and images from radiology. So radiology needs to be involved to plug in that part of the patient record in a logical way into the broader EMR system.Lastly, the workflow in and out of radiology, the orders, the data coming in, the reports and images going out, and the critical test results communications; that is all workflow between radiology and the EMR. So radiology needs to be very involved to make sure that workflow is designed well, spelled out well, or they may be the victims of a bad implementation. ITN: Could radiologists teach the rest of the enterprise about interoperability?DW: Absolutely. Radiology in imaging has been real leaders with great standards like DICOM and HL7. You do not worry about buying an MR or CT from one vendor and a PACS from another vendor and whether they can hook up together – they can hook up together just fine because of a great bed of standards. And collaboration in radiology with IHE and RSNA and other standards groups has been very effective. ITN: GE Healthcare announced its Stimulus Simplicity program, in which it is offers zero-interest, deferred payment, and bridge loans to qualified buyers who buy and install GE EMR products. How does this relate to GE’s strategy to expand its presence in the fragmented healthcare IT market?DW: I’ll tell you the problem we are trying to solve with this program. For physicians and hospitals, they really [need] to invest now to get full access to the funding, which starts in 2011. In the current economy, there is a shortage of capital so it is a little [bit] of a problem having the payments come in 2011 and the investments needing to be made now in 2009 and 2010. We wanted to simplify that process, take away some of the uncertainty in the marketplace by offering this finance program. Customers can buy our electronic medical records now, install those, make use of those, get ready for the stimulus funds to kick in, so when stimulus funds do kick-in in 2011, then that is when they have to pay us. So we are trying to align the government stimulus funds coming in the physician groups with the technology investments that physician groups and hospitals need to make.It is a fragmented marketplace, but we feel confident with our technology and wanted to use the strength of the financial arm of GE to overcome the significant barriers in adoption right now. ITN: What will be the “meaningful impact” of EMRs on the role of radiologists in the healthcare enterprise?DW: I think if you have these EMRs in the various locations, you really put the radiologists back on the care team. One of the problems we have had with radiology with this high-level of automation is you can be commoditized at times to just be an imaging reading expert. With more advanced use of EMRs you can become a complete part of the care team, see the full patient record, have the results of your work, like the image and reports available to every physician caring for that patient, and have much better communication and workflow with other physicians involved with the patient. Making a level playing field across healthcare IT really puts the radiologist and the rest of care team on the same page, using the same system and taking care of the patient as a team. So I think it’s really going to be positive for radiology as a profession and allows them to be a better plugged into the care process. ITN: How does GE Healthcare envision the future of PACS? Will it be an application on a SOA platform?DW: Absolutely. PACS has been a critical piece of technology over the last 10 years, and as we adopt more healthcare IT in other areas, I think PACS will be even more important. Right now it is mainly designed to run radiology. But the key now, as we have EMRs in these other locations, is to plug that PACS into those EMRs. We can still be great at storing images and displaying images, but we are not solely used in radiology anymore. We [need to plug into the EMRs, make these images accessible, and make the visualization tools accessible for neurologists or orthopedic surgeons or primary care physicians. So PACS becomes a tool for the whole organization instead of just a tool for radiology.The type of storage and type of tools mean PACS will be somewhat separate from EMRs because the technology is different and what you do with it is different, but they can’t be separate islands. PACS has to be plugged into the EMR world because that is the lens through which all of the other physicians throughout the community will be seeing the patient data. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Feature | July 22, 2009 How Will the HITECH Act Impact Radiology? News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more center_img Related Content 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.  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 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more last_img read more

Costa Rica to host worlds largest coffee research conference

first_imgNo related posts. The 24th conference of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee will be held in Costa Rica next November.The “Coffee Research Conference” is the world’s largest event of its kind and aims to provide a platform for reporting the results of the latest scientific research related to coffee, such as pests and debris, according to a press release.Ronald Peters, executive director of the Costa Rican Coffee Institute, said specialists from 30 countries will attend the conference, which will be held in a Central American country for the first time. He also confirmed Costa Rican experts will be presenting two studies, one on the “Ojo de Gallo” plague — a damaging fungus — and another on waste water in coffee mills.The conference will take place Nov. 11-16 at the Hotel Ramada Herradura in the capital San José. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The Latest on a Pennsylvania board’s recommendation that Bill Cosby be classified as a sexually violent predator (all times local):1 p.m.Bill Cosby’s representative says the 81-year-old plans to fight the recommendation from a Pennsylvania board that he be classified as a sexually violent predator.Andrew Wyatt said Tuesday that Cosby would see the prosecutor’s office in court. A judge will make the final determination if Cosby will receive the designation.Cosby was convicted of assault in April and is already required to register as a sex offender.The designation is defined in state law as a person who has “a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offences.” It would require Cosby to receive counselling for the rest of his life from an approved treatment provider.Cosby is due to be sentenced Sept. 24. He faces up to 10 years in prison.___11 a.m.Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offenders Assessment Board is recommending Bill Cosby be classified as a sexually violent predator.The Montgomery County District Attorney requested a hearing on the report Tuesday so a judge can decide if Cosby will be classified as a sexually violent predator. No date had been set for the hearing as of early Tuesday.The 81-year-old was convicted April 26 on sexual assault charges related to accusations he had drugged and assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004.The report, which looks at 14 different areas to determine the status, is not public. State law requires Cosby to register as a sex offender. The classification would require increased treatment in prison and increased notification of neighbours upon release.Cosby is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 24. A message was left with his lawyer. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2018 10:42 am PDT Last Updated Jul 24, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Bill Cosby to fight violent predator designationlast_img read more

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" he suggests. of course, But why is it strange to expect the Commander in Chief to invest a shred of thought and planning into the decision to launch a bunch of bombs?m. Johnson said He said deputies shot the bear a female estimated to be about 200 pounds within 100 yards of the scene where the carpenters were attacked“We had deputies out there and (conservation officers) and they got it pretty close to the scene” Provost said adding that DNR biologists will inspect the bear to find out why it was awake moving around and aggressive“We may send it to the University” of Minnesota for a necropsy “or have our bear experts do it here in Grand Rapids” he said “They may look at its fat reserves or for anything else that might be wrong with it . We really don’t know if this bear woke up mad or was maybe out on the prowl for a few days”Black bear attacks on humans are very rare anywhere in the world including Minnesota And because black bears usually enter hibernation in late October spending the winter in a mostly sleepy state and not venturing outside they are seldom seen during winter months Bears usually spend winter in some sort of den piles of leaves or under uprooted trees and live off their fat reserves until spring There have been few reports of black bear attacks in winter months anywhere but a few have occured in recent years in summer months in MinnesotaIn June 2013 a 72-year-old rural McGregor woman was bitten and clawed by a sow bear in the woman’s yard just outside her lake home The woman received non-life-threatening injuries and the bear was later killed when it charged at a state conservation officer about 200 yards from where the attack occurred The woman spent one night in the Aitkin hospital and was treated for bite and claw wounds to her left arm side right arm and right legIn July 2005 a bear attacked a Holyoke woman on her property south of Duluth She received several puncture wounds and had to be treated for possible rabiesIn September 2003 a Grand Marais-area woman was bitten by a black bear in the woman’s attached garage at her home on Devil Track LakeThe DNR estimates about 12000 to 15000 bears in the stateJohn Myers of the News Tribune staff contributed to this reportThe newly inaugurated Vice Chairman of Irepo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Oyo State Mr Adeyemo Ojedele is dead Ojedele was among the 68 Chairmen and Vice Chairmen elected at the local government election held across the 33 local government areas and 35 local council development areas in the state last Saturday The deceased DAILY POST reports was among the new Chairmen and Vice Chairmen inaugurated at the House of Chiefs Secretariat Ibadan the state capital by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state on Monday DAILY POST gathered Tuesday morning that Adeyemo while returning from the swearing-in ceremony in Ibadan had an accident along Ogbomoso-Igbeti road in the Oke Ogun Area of the State Ojedele died alongside one of his close aides identified as Adediwura Other occupants of the vehicle it was learnt are still receiving treatments as a result of various injuries they sustained However all efforts to get the reactions of the Chairman of the LCDA Mr Asifu Adediran have proved abortive as of the time of filling this report Margherita Boniver who made the offer,上海夜网Neli, as evidenced by multiple grave sites in virtually all compounds within the communities of the Middle Belt,Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is getting immortalized in wax told The Huffington Post the charges against Rudd came as a "big shock," Contact us at editors@time. Bisi Akande,Back in December.

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