The Queen has hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace to showcase forestry projects dedicated to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) conservation initiative.The Queen and David AttenboroughCredit/Copyright: Royal.UKThe reception was attended by Sir David Attenborough who gave a speech thanking Her Majesty for “showing great leadership” by putting her name to the project.“We are fortunate that you are still thinking about the future and how to make this a better world,” Sir David said.The QCC project was launched in 2015 when an appeal was made to all 52 Commonwealth nations to contribute areas of indigenous forest to be preserved in perpetuity to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.Since then, around 20 Commonwealth countries have dedicated forestry projects or are planting new forests, with another 10 countries in the process of finalising their submissions.The first country to offer a QCC dedication was Singapore, which was officially acknowledged on behalf of Her Majesty by The Princess Royal during a recent visit.Canada’s QCC commitment of the Great Bear Rainforest was recently unveiled by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry will visit a number of QCC dedications during his up-coming visit to The Caribbean.The Queen acknowledged those countries that have already dedicated projects by presenting High Commissioners with a certificate of QCC partnership.Displays also illustrated the variety of projects involved including from the Seychelles which is planting 20,000 new trees, to Australia which has dedicated a programme to plant 20 million trees.The project was conceived by charity Cool Earth, and led by the Royal Commonwealth Society in partnership with Cool Earth and the Commonwealth Forestry Association. It was unveiled at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2015 in Malta.The next CHGM will be held in the UK in 2018 and more nations are expected to have signed up to create a global network of indigenous forests to benefit communities and wildlife, now, and into the future.Source:Royal.UK
Acting unanimously, the Council extended the programme – which allows Baghdad to purchase relief supplies with a portion of its oil revenues – for six months, while setting up a new system to accelerate the approval of humanitarian contracts. Under the new system, States can more quickly process contracts on all goods that are not directly subject to the sanctions in place since Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, and are not referenced on a document adopted today, known as the Goods Review List. Instead of being subject to review by the Security Council committee set up to monitor the sanctions against Baghdad, these contracts will be processed directly through the UN Office of the Iraq Programme, which runs the oil-for-food scheme. Previously, the bulk of all contracts was processed through the sanctions committee. The resolution sets up a strict timetable and system for processing contracts. Applications will first go to the Office, which will forward them to experts from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to determine whether the contract in question contains any item covered by the sanctions or included on the List. All applications containing any military goods will be rejected, while experts will pay particular attention to so-called “dual-use” items, namely those which might have both civilian and military applications. If the application in question has an item on the List, the UNMOVIC and IAEA experts will provide the sanctions committee with an assessment of the humanitarian, economic and security implications of the approval or denial of the good in question, including the risk of diversion for military purposes. In another development, the Office today reported that on 9 May, Iraq ended its oil export suspension, which had been announced last month, and began loading crude at the Mina Al-Bakr terminal.
Data breach leaks details of half a billion Yahoo accounts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Yahoo says the personal information in 500 million accounts was stolen in a massive security breakdown.The breach, disclosed Thursday and dating back to late 2014, is the latest setback for the beleaguered internet company.The stolen data includes users’ names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and security questions for verifying an accountholder’s identity.Yahoo is blaming the hack on a “state-sponsored actor.”The stolen data includes users’ names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and security questions for verifying an account-holder’s identity.Yahoo is recommending that users change their passwords if they haven’t done so since 2014. by Tom Ross Posted Sep 22, 2016 1:06 pm MDT FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2014, file photo, Yahoo president and CEO Marissa Mayer speaks during the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
In the month of November, the mission, known as UNAMI, reported the number of civilians killed was 489 and the number of civilians injured was 869, with a further 399 members of the Iraqi Security Forces killed and 368 injured.Baghdad was again the worst affected Governorate with 1,110 civilian casualties (325 killed, 785 injured), Ninewa had 109 killed and 41 injured, while Kirkuk 14 killed and 23 injured, Salahadin 21 killed and 08 injured, and Diyala 16 killed and 11 injured.UNAMI said it has been hindered in effectively verifying casualties in conflict areas.For instance, the mission said, it could not obtain the casualty figures for the month of November from Anbar, where fighting for control of the province is raging and lack of access has left tens of thousands of people without humanitarian assistance for more than seven months.“The Iraqi people continue to suffer from this vicious circle of violence, which has affected all walks of life in this country,” said UN Special Representative for Iraq Ján Kubiš. “The United Nations deplores the continuing loss of life resulting from acts of terrorism and armed conflict in Iraq.”On a positive note, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced it had managed to have distributed urgently needed food assistance today, provided by the Government of Iraq, to nearly 70,000 people in two besieged cities of Haditha and Al Baghdadi in the central governorate of Anbar. Haditha and Al Baghdadi have been under siege since March 2015, severely impairing humanitarian access. More than 3 million Iraqis have been displaced by the conflict in Iraq since mid-June last year. In October, WFP reached over 1.1 million Iraqis who had fled their homes across all 18 governorates with food assistance.UNAMI also noted in its update issued Monday that it has also received, without being able to verify, reports of large numbers of casualties along with unknown numbers of persons who have died from secondary effects of violence after having fled their homes due to exposure to the elements, lack of water, food, medicines and health care.“For these reasons, the figures reported have to be considered as the absolute minimum,” the mission said.
Mr Gates will say in his speech that most of the things needed to protect against a naturally occurring pandemic are the same things needed to prepare for an intentional biological attack.Nations must amass an arsenal of new weapons to fight such a disease outbreak, including vaccines, drugs and diagnostic techniques.Being able to develop a vaccine as soon as possible against a new outbreak is particularly important and could save huge numbers of lives, scientists working at his foundation believe.It typically takes up to a decade to develop and license a new vaccine. To halt a deadly airborne disease outbreak, that would need to be cut to as little as 90 days. The increasingly common use of gene editing technology would make it difficult to spot any potential terrorist conspiracy. Technologies which have made it easy to read DNA sequences and tinker with them to rewrite or tweak genes have many legitimate uses.He said: “It’s not like when someone says, ‘Hey I’d like some Plutonium’ and you start saying ‘Hmmm.. I wonder why he wants Plutonium?’”Mr Gates said the potential death toll from a disease outbreak could be higher than other threats such as climate change or nuclear war.He said: “This is like earthquakes, you should think in order of magnitudes. If you can kill 10 people that’s a one, 100 people that’s a two… Bioterrorism is the thing that can give you not just sixes, but sevens, eights and nines. Bioterrorists could one day kill hundreds of millions of people in an attack more deadly than nuclear war, Bill Gates will warn world leaders.Rapid advances in genetic engineering have opened the door for small terrorism groups to tailor and easily turn biological viruses into weapons.A resulting disease pandemic is currently one of the most deadly threats faced by the world, he believes, yet governments are complacent about the scale of the risk.Speaking ahead of an address to the Munich Security Conference, the richest man in the world said that while governments are concerned with the proliferation of nuclear and chemical weapons, they are overlooking the threat of biological warfare. Because the population is naïve, there are no real preparationsBill Gates “With nuclear weapons, you’d think you would probably stop after killing 100million. Smallpox won’t stop. Because the population is naïve, and there are no real preparations. That, if it got out and spread, would be a larger number.”He said developments in genetic engineering were proceeding at a “mind-blowing rate”. Biological warfare ambitions once limited to a handful of nation states are now open to small groups with limited resources and skills.He said: “They make it much easier for a non-state person. It doesn’t take much biology expertise nowadays to assemble a smallpox virus. Biology is making it way easier to create these things.” He went on: “They do tend to say ‘How easy is it to get fissile material and how accurate are the plans out on the internet for dirty bombs, plutonium bombs and hydrogen bombs?’“They have some people that do that. What I am suggesting is that the number of people that look at bio-defence is worth increasing.”Whether naturally occurring, or deliberately started, it is almost certain that a highly lethal global pandemic will occur within our lifetimes, he believes.But the good news for those contemplating the potential damage is that the same biotechnology can prevent epidemics spreading out of control. The last time that happened naturally was the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic, which went on to kill more than 50 million people – or nearly three times the death toll from the First World War.By comparison, the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa which killed just over 11,000 was “a Richter Scale three, it’s a nothing,” he said.But despite the potential, the founder of Microsoft said that world leaders and their militaries could not see beyond the more recognised risks.He said: “Should the world be serious about this? It is somewhat serious about normal classic warfare and nuclear warfare, but today it is not very serious about bio-defence or natural epidemics.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “With nuclear war, once you have got a six, or a seven, or eight, you’d think it would probably stop. [With bioterrorism] it’s just unbounded if you are not there to stop the spread of it.”By tailoring the genes of a virus, it would be possible to manipulate its ability to spread and its ability to harm people. Mr Gates said one of the most potentially deadly outbreaks could involve the humble flu virus. It would be relatively easy to engineer a new flu strain combining qualities from varieties that spread like wildfire with varieties that were deadly. The need to stop a disease epidemic is so important that countries should prepare for it as they currently prepare for war, complete with large exercises and drills.He will tell his audience: “Getting ready for a global pandemic is every bit as important as nuclear deterrence and avoiding a climate catastrophe.” Mr Gates, whose charitable foundation is funding research into quickly spotting outbreaks and speeding up vaccine production, said the defence and security establishment “have not been following biology and I’m here to bring them a little bit of bad news”.Mr Gates will today (Saturday) tell an audience of international leaders and senior officers that the world’s next deadly pandemic “could originate on the computer screen of a terrorist”.He told the Telegraph: “Natural epidemics can be extremely large. Intentionally caused epidemics, bioterrorism, would be the largest of all. Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security
The Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project is SaskPower’s flagship CCS initiative. Through the development of the world’s first and largest commercial-scale CCS project of its kind, SaskPower is making a viable technical, environmental and economic case for the continued use of coal. Mike Monea, President, Carbon Capture and Storage Initiatives, SaskPower, notes: “Last October, I had the pleasure of inaugurating the Boundary Dam Carbon Capture and Storage project. I hosted industry, government and media representatives from more than 20 countries at our coal-fired power station in Estevan, Saskatchewan. I also welcomed Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford to celebrate the occasion and say a few words on what an important breakthrough this project truly is. This represents a major step forward for environmentally sustainable coal power and for the future of the power production and oil industries.“Following extensive analysis, feasibility studies, community outreach and regulatory evaluation, the Boundary Dam project was built over the course of three years. Construction required unprecedented co-ordination of resources and expertise; we used more than 60 contracted companies such as Shell-Cansolv, SNC-Lavalin, Hitachi-Mitsubishi, Babcock and Wilcox, Stantec and Graham Construction to bring engineering, chemical and design expertise to our project. A total of approximately 1,700 contractors and SaskPower employees worked around the clock for a total of nearly five million man-hours. I’m proud to say that tally came without a single time-lost injury. SaskPower is committed to public and employee safety first and foremost. Carbon capture and storage at Boundary Dam Power Station is now a proud part of SaskPower’s fleet and of Saskatchewan’s proven track record in technological innovation.“Now operational for several months, we are pleased to see that the process is working even better than expected. We’ve already captured more than 100,000 t of carbon dioxide at the facility, compressed it and sent it to nearby oilfields for enhanced oil recovery. This CO2 will be pumped into the oilfields, brought back up with hard-to-reach oil, and then re-injected continuously. When operations finish, it will all be permanently and safely stored underground.“We’ve been fine-tuning our carbon capture plant and things are progressing very well. We have been running at 80% efficiency and expect to reach the full 3,200 t/d capture in the near future. We are on-track to capture up to 1 Mt in 2015. That represents approximately 250,000 vehicles off our roads every year at a capture rate of 90%, that’s leaps and bounds beyond comparable projects around the world. At the same time, the BD3 power plant unit has performed better than expected. At this moment, Unit 3 of Boundary Dam Power Station is producing power for 100,000 homes and businesses, while running about four times lower CO2 emissions than a comparable natural gas plant. This project means being able to keep coal in our power generation mix by bringing emissions in compliance with new federal regulations. Coal is one of the affordable, reliable sources of power for us that will have a stable fuel price for decades to come. We have centuries of coal reserves under Saskatchewan and it’s an important part of our economy. In short, CCS is our way of bringing that fuel source into the 21st century.“Our own public opinion research shows awareness and support of carbon capture technologies in Saskatchewan, however some misconceptions still remain. Some still call this technology ‘unproven’; CCS has been around for decades and it now exists on a commercial scale right here in Saskatchewan.“Others comment on the price tag of implementing CCS technology. As with any first-of-a-kind, our project represents a sizeable investment (approximately C$1.467 billion), and it paves the way for economies of scale and efficiencies on future projects. Already, we’ve identified savings of up to 30% on any future project and as new projects learn from us, costs will continue to decrease.“Finally, some comment that Boundary Dam won’t make a dent compared to the emissions the US or China are releasing into the atmosphere. On the contrary, the US and China have both been here to see our project, the world’s first on this scale and on a coal plant. If we can influence policy and future power generation decisions in the world’s largest economies, SaskPower will have done its part. We are producing affordable coal power in our province, and we’re a world leader on this practical, long-term solution to global climate change.“As we continue to operate the Boundary Dam project and gain unique knowledge, we welcome governments, organisations and industries to learn about our experience. The future is here and now and coal will be a part of that.” Further information is available at: http://www.saskpowerccs.com
Patriot Coal Corp’s Samples surface mine in the Paint Creek complex has been presented the Valley Fill Construction – Southern Region award for exemplary construction of a valley fill while protecting the environment through innovative engineering and reclamation techniques that minimised sedimentation and quickly established vegetation. The award was presented by the West Virginia Coal Association in conjunction with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.“Restoring the land to provide long-lasting benefits to our neighboring communities is one of Patriot’s key goals,” stated Patriot Executive Vice President – Operations Michael D. Day. “We are honored to be recognised for this important reclamation project, and want to thank our employees for their dedication to preserving our environment for future generations.”Patriot Coal Corporation is a producer and marketer of coal in the eastern United States, with eight active mining complexes in North and Central Appalachia. Patriot ships to domestic and international electricity generators, industrial users and metallurgical coal customers, and controls some 1,400 Mt tons of proven and probable coal reserves.
handballOlympic Handball Tournamentrio 2016 handball Four days of the Olympic handball tournament are behind us. Some questions become more important than at the start of adventure at Future Arena in Rio. Here is what Handball-Planet.com thinks about….COULD BRAZILIAN MEDAL PROVIDE A HANDBALL BOOM IN SOUTH AMERICA?It’s very nice to see passion of Brazilian fans at „Future Arena“ for their team and handball in general. Our sport made a huge step in one of the biggest country on the Earth. Girls won the world’s gold in 2013 in the most visited female handball match in history – in front of 20.000 fans in Belgrade, but still the sucess on home soil would be a real boom for the future of handball in South America.Despite sometimes critics with the right point about the home teams and their „advantage“ in front of domestic fans and international officials, girls in yellow t-shirts are close to do that even without any kind of support. The men’s team, as we can see, it’s a little bit far away from it, but still competitive and „in the game“.ANYONE READY TO BEAT FRANCE?The French team is going slowly into the tournament with a win over Tunisia 25:23 which put doubt on their form, but the next match showed their real face. Karabatić and Co. gave against Qatar 35:20 the most impressive 30 minutes on the tournament so far. How many teams can play on that level? Germany, Denmark, maybe Croatia?„BLACK CONTINENT“ VS EUROPE 3:3„This is not old Angola. This is a new team“, concluded Montenegrian coach Dragan Adzic after defeat of his team against African girls. Angola’s girls beat Romania and Montenegro, medals’ holders and give an example to the other non-European teams in Rio.Last night, Sweden lost against Egypt. Three African wins over Europeans in four days. Are they ready to play this game until the end?ARE RUSSIAN GIRLS STRONG ENOUGH TO GET BACK ON THE THRONE?The finalists of the Olympic tournament 2008, Russian girls, are again TOP team. Charismatic Evgeny Trefilov, finally, has the roster ready to play against Norway or any other team who is fighting for the three-level podium. Where is the place for Vyakhireva and other Russian girls?HOW TO GET NEW HANDBALL MARKETS?On August 9, Handball-Planet.com has the most visits from Poland, and then, from Japan. Olympic tournament is the right place to attract new fans to handball. Do we know any official or hidden strategy of“ handball goverment“ to come into the „non-handball markets“ as USA, GB, Japan, Australia, etc? ← Previous Story Michal Jurecki about Polish problems: We have to win “3 of 3” Next Story → RIO 2016: Guerreras stop Brazil at Future Arena!
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Universities around Australia need to adopt a new model in order to survive states a new report by Ernst & Young, and Greek programs are set to suffer. According to the report, no university will survive on the current model by 2025. Ernst & Young said of the 39 universities in Australia, none of them will be around in ten to 15 years unless they change their current business model. Justin Bokor the author of the report University of the Future told the ABC that “today’s universities are too inefficient”. “Their teaching is done two semesters a year, 13 weeks, four days a week. That’s about 100 days a year. And it’s used the rest of the year but not that much. So they need to get much leaner to survive the next sort of ten, 15 years and beyond,” he said. The report proposes a number of solutions, but all of them appear to be a bad omen for Greek programs in Australia. The three models proposed in the report suggest universities have closer links with industry and form larger partnerships. They should adopt more online resources and should become more focused by running three, four or five programs only. Professor Michael Tsianikas of Flinders University told Neos Kosmos that although he agrees with what the report says, universities shouldn’t sit on their laurels and wait for reports – they should be proactive in searching for solutions to these problems that are fast becoming inevitable in tertiary education. As a program, he says that Greek units are facing the “anxiety of extinction…they face the fear of being shut down due to low enrolments, a low number of academics – many institutions have only one Greek lecturer to do everything”. Students are opting to study other more popular languages like French, Spanish and Asian languages. There is also little to no support from Greece, and with an ageing Greek-born population, interest is dwindling. Now, new migrant communities in Australia are demanding their languages be taught. Economically, Australia has more to gain by interacting with Asian counties in terms of international students as opposed to commercial exchanges with Greece. However, the professor adds that all is not lost. He agrees with the report and says that the Greek programs should develop online programs as a matter of urgency. He says as a community, we need to discuss and create a plan for Modern Greek to survive in Australia. “It is very urgent for the Greek communities to understand that university Greek programs are institutionally and symbolically extremely important and impossible to replace when eliminated.” He says the Greek community should embrace the remaining Greek programs as an integral part of their “assets and have to look them and invest in them financially,” Professor Tsianikas adds it’s “strategically and absolutely imperative” to create foundations to ensure the survival of the remaining Greek programs.
Mike AppelRepublicanOccupation: Purchasing agent for an insulation and exterior finishes distributor, Service Partner Supply.Age: 49Campaign finance: Raised $5,078; spent $3,016.Website: http://www.electmikeappel.com.Quote: “I will do everything I can to save money.”Doug LasherDemocratOccupation: Clark County treasurerAge: 61Campaign finance: Raised $18,306; spent $8,750.Website: http://www.votedouglasher.com.Quote: “I have a passion for treasury management.”Challenger Mike Appel started his campaign for Clark County treasurer with a complaint about government spending, and Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher said he’s had to explain to voters not only what he does as treasurer, but also what he can’t.The treasurer’s office collects property taxes, special assessments, excise taxes, gambling taxes and other miscellaneous receipts from county departments and taxing districts. It also accounts for more than 400 funds and revenues for the state, county, cities, schools, ports, and other agencies, including Clark Public Utilities.It manages the cash, and determines if there are sufficient funds for the issuance of warrants, the equivalent of checks, so those agencies can pay their bills. The office also administers short- and long-term debt financing for the county and taxing districts. The treasurer may be responsible for a lot of money, but he doesn’t get to decide how it gets spent.The treasurer manages an investment pool worth $480 million, has a two-year office budget of approximately $5 million and manages 25 employees.Appel has no financial management experience. In his current job as a purchasing agent, he manages inventory but does not supervise employees.When Appel filed to run against Lasher, he said he was frustrated with government spending and said if he lived in Commissioner Steve Stuart’s district, he would have run for county commissioner.The three county commissioners (Marc Boldt and Tom Mielke will not be up for re-election until 2012) set county policy and prioritize spending. “I’m at an administrative level,” said Lasher, who’s seeking his eighth term.The treasurer earns $93,313 annually, the same as the county auditor, assessor and clerk. Computer purchaseAppel said Friday he doesn’t like the fact the county is spending $7 million for a new computer system for the assessor’s and treasurer’s offices.
Where speakers have given approval, we have uploaded the slides for the keynote and conference sessions at Employee Benefits Connect 2016, which took place on 9 March at the Lancaster London.Thank you very much to all of the speakers for sharing their ideas, experiences and insights.Keynote speakers:K1: The evolution of our workforce and the implications for employee benefitsNigel Jeremy, chief learning officer at British AirwaysDownload slides.K2: What is the digital future of the workplace and how different will it be?Perry Timms, director of people and learning at Medio Zoo, adviser to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development on social media, and founder of People and Transformational HRDownload slides.Financial wellbeing conference stream:A1: Educating your workforce from hire to retireJeanette Makings, head of financial education at Close Brothers, and Alan Becken, UK retirement and leavers policy lead at ShellDownload slides.A2: Using auto-re-enrolment to future proof pensions provisionSarah Woodfield, senior policy advisor at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), presented by Amy Hennessy, policy adviser at the PLSADownload slides.A3: Could your benefits package be harming your employees’ financial wellbeing?Darren Laverty, partner at SecondsightSlides unavailable.A4: The past, the present and future of master trusts in DC pension provisionFiona Matthews, managing director, Lifesight, and Richard Veal, line of business leader (UK), reward, talent, communication and change management at Willis Towers WatsonDownload slides.Employee benefits strategy conference stream:B1: Mind the engagement gap – are reward and benefits relevant to engagement?Matt Macri-Waller, founder and chief executive officer at BenefexSlides available upon request.B2: Salary sacrifice for cars – evolving solutions and the truth about the riskClaire Evans, head of fleet consultancy at Zenith, and Sophie Martin, category specialist, supply chain management at NATSDownload slides.B3: Using data analytics to future proof your employee benefitsDr Eric Tyree, chief data scientist at Capita Employee Benefits, and Nigel Hopkins, resource director at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)Download slides.B4: Reward strategies – technology to capture the imagination of your talent poolJoanna Bean, head of reward, human resources, at Samsung UK and IrelandDownload slides.Global reward conference stream:C1: Bringing innovation into reward strategies and communicating with an international workforceDr Andreas Kornelakis, senior lecturer at Kings College LondonSlides unavailable.C2: Building an international benefits strategy for a multi-generational workforceJulia Hanna, director at Verditer ConsultingDownload slides.C3: Using technology to manage employees’ health and wealth in the global eco systemTobin Murphy-coles, commercial director at Aon, and Matthew Lawrence, head of health and risk propositions at AonSlides unavailable.C4: Building a global benefits strategy for the business of the futureSpencer Roach, total reward manager EMEA at Cisco InternationalSlides unavailable.Workplace wellbeing conference stream:D1: Eldercare – changing how we develop the benefits offeringAdam Brooke, international benefits manager at Standard Chartered BankDownload slides.D2: Stepping up the corporate fight against cancerPhil Austin, managing director at Cigna UK Healthcare Benefits, and Dr Pixie McKennaSlides available upon request.D3: Will employers be able to overcome the stigma of mental ill-health at work?Adrian Wakeling, senior policy analyst, strategy unit at ACASDownload slides.D4: Taking measures to protect businesses from sickness absence costs of the future – the benefits of early interventionBeth Rose Husted, vocational rehabilitation services manager at Unum UKDownload slides.
blockquote>Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Judge rules against road between King Cove, Cold BayLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.A federal judge in Anchorage has ruled against a group from King Cove seeking an emergency road to Cold Bay.More downsizing on the horizon for UADan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe process of downsizing the University of Alaska continues. Decreased state tax revenue because of low crude oil prices has resulted in less money for the university and there’s no sign of that changing.UAA’s College of Engineering moves into its new digsJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageAs autumn sets in, students and faculty shuffle back into the classrooms of the University of Alaska Anchorage for the fall semester. And members of the engineering department are settling into their new, state-of-the-art building.Shots fired in chase, stand-off with Troopers near FairbanksDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksAlaska State Troopers and Fairbanks Police exchanged fire with two men following a vehicle chase on the the south side of Fairbanks on Wednesday morning.State won’t back voter-backed school bonds in Bristol Bay, AnchorageHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThe state’s Department of Education won’t reimburse two school districts for voter-backed school bonds. It’s an uncommon move, with districts usually relying on the state to back a majority of the costs for bonds covering capital projects.‘What the pink?’ Has breast cancer activism veered off course?Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauKaruna Jaggar wants to provide a counter narrative to the pink ribbon culture, also known as the “tyranny of cheerfulness.” Jaggar is executive director of Breast Cancer Action, a national education and advocacy organization. She was part of a panel that toured Alaska this month called “What the Pink?!”In Hydaburg, sea otter pelt craft is a budding cottage industryRuth Eddy, KRBD – KetchikanSea otters have the thickest fur of any mammal, which makes it a valuable commodity. But there are strict regulations surrounding how to market that fur.Valdez ski advocate dies in ATV crashKristin Stewart, KHNS – HainesValdez residents are mourning the loss of an individual who not only helped put Valdez on the map as a top destination for backcountry skiers, but also continually gave to the community, making it a better place to live.Run, zipline, signal fires mark J’eet’s ChallengeJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauFor the first time last month, Hoonah hosted an 8.3-mile footrace called J’eet’s Challenge. The course begins near sea level, runs through town and then up a mountain to the finish line.
New Delhi: Several politicians including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Union minister Piyush Goyal, and Congress leaders Abhishek Singhvi and Jyotiraditya Scindia visited AIIMS here on Saturday to enquire about the health condition of former finance minister Arun Jaitley who has been put on life support system, sources said. Others who visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to enquire about his health are Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, BJP’s Satish Upadhyay and Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us The 66-year-old leader has been put on life support system and a multidisciplinary team of doctors is monitoring his condition, they said. BSP chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati also visited the hospital. “I visited AIIMS today to enquire about the health condition of former finance and defence minister, and senior BJP leader Shri Arun Jaitley. I met his family and consoled them and prayed to the almighty that he recovers soon,” Mayawati tweeted at 01.06 pm on Saturday. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us पूर्व केन्द्रीय वित्त व रक्षा मंत्री व बीजेपी के वरिष्ठ नेता श्री अरुण जेठली के स्वास्थ्य का हालचाल लेने आज नई दिल्ली के एम्स अस्पताल गई। वहाँ उनके परिवार के लोगों आदि से मिलकर उन्हें दिलासा दिलाने के साथ- साथ कुदरत से प्रार्थना भी है कि वह श्री जेठली को शीघ्र स्वास्थ्य लाभ दे।— Mayawati (@Mayawati) August 17, 2019 Vardhan had said on Friday, “Doctors at AIIMS are doing the best they can.” President Ram Nath Kovind, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had visited AIIMS on Friday to check on the leader’s health. Advertise With Us The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has not issued any bulletin on Jaitley’s health condition since August 10. Jaitley was admitted on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness. In May this year, he was admitted to AIIMS for treatment. Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, had been an important part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet in the BJP government’s first term. He held the finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the chief troubleshooter of the government. Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election presumably because of his ill-health. He had undergone a renal transplant on May 14 last year at AIIMS with Railways Minister Piyush Goyal filling in for him in the finance ministry at that time. Jaitley, who had stopped attending office since early April last year, was back in the finance ministry on August 23, 2018. In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition.
For representational purposesReuters/Leonhard FoegeGold remains weak on global cues; silver recovers. Gold eased by Rs 50 to Rs 31,200 per 10 gram at the bullion market Tuesday on subdued demand from local jewelers amid a weak overseas trend.However, silver rose by Rs 150 to Rs 37,850 per kg on scattered inquiries from industrial units and coin makers. Marketmen said gold fell in tandem with a weak global trend where the metal slipped Tuesday as the dollar hit a one-week high on the back of intensifying global trade tensions and economic worries in emerging markets.Globally, gold fell 0.57 percent to USD 1,194 an ounce and silver by 1.25 percent to USD 14.28 an ounce in Singapore. Furthermore, sluggish demand from local jewelers and retailers at the domestic spot market put pressure on gold prices. In the national capital, gold of 99.9 percent and 99.5 percent purity shed Rs 50 each to Rs 31,200 and Rs 31,050 per 10 gram, respectively.The precious metal had lost Rs 100 yesterday. Sovereign, however, remained steady at Rs 24,500 per piece of eight gram in limited deals. On the other hand, silver rose by Rs 150 to Rs 37,850 per kg and weekly-based delivery by Rs 75 to Rs 36,770 per kg.Silver coins, however, remained flat at Rs 72,000 for buying and Rs 73,000 for selling of 100 pieces.
Netflix is extending its brand into Hollywood in a new way: with a new program to verify post-production products and systems — and their vendors — meet its technical and delivery specs.The new Netflix Post Technology Alliance logo program, unveiled Thursday, certifies that a product has been vetted for delivery to Netflix and that the manufacturer is committed to ongoing support of the streamer’s technology.The program covers four different product categories: cameras; color grading; editorial (video editors); and IMF (Interoperable Master Format) and media encoding.Vendors with products already certified under the Netflix Post Technology Alliance include Adobe Systems, Arri, Avid, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Colorfront, Fraunhofer IIS, Filmlight, Marquise Technologies, MTI Film, Ownzones, Panasonic, Red Digital Cinema, Rohde & Schwarz, and Sony. Popular on Variety “At Netflix, empowering our creative partners is incredibly important, and the Post Technology Alliance will build a more seamless experience from production through post-production,” Chris Fetner, Netflix’s director of post partnerships and integrations, said in a prepared statement.According to Fetner, vendors certified under the program are those that are “committed to better interoperability and faster innovation cycles.”More info on the program is available at pta.netflixstudios.com, which includes details on how to submit products for inclusion.Participation in Netflix’s Post Technology Alliance is free, although the company noted in its FAQ on the program that vendors may be asked to pay a share of the costs “for certain events in which you participate.”According to Netflix, manufacturers OK’d under the program will have early access to the company’s technical road map including application programming interfaces (APIs) and the ability to collaborate with Netflix on technical support, training, and updates.The streaming giant said it plans to add more products in the current five categories, and also expects to expand the categories to include sound production, dubbing, and other post-production functions.In general, Netflix sees the program encompassing any product that generates or manages any kind of sound data, image data, or metadata from production through post-production. That said, Netflix doesn’t expect the program to cover every type of tool used throughout a production. (For example, it has no plans to certify camera lenses.)Among its other technical certification programs, Netflix also maintains the Netflix Post Partner Program (NP3), which collaborates with post-production partners to ensure quality control, focusing on areas including language dubbing, audio descriptive services, and master quality control. The company also has the Netflix Preferred Fulfillment Partner (NPFP) program that bestows a seal of approval on media fulfillment companies. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
China isn’t one for embracing the latest technology, and in particular games consoles. Typically the latest console hardware doesn’t launch there for many years after other territories have it, if at all. But Microsoft is working around any rules that block the use of such machines in China by developing an games console specifically for the country.There’s much more chance of success in China if you work with a Chinese company, and Microsoft has chosen to do exactly that for this new games console. A new company has been created called E-Home Entertainment Development that is only 49 percent owned by Microsoft. The other 51 percent is controlled by Chinese company BesTV New Media Co.No specific details about the new China-only Xbox have been released yet, but it is thought the console will be named the Bestpad and is based on Xbox tech. Its main functions will be to play games and stream media to millions of Chinese homes.Microsoft surely won’t mind losing the Xbox name and having to work with BesTV if it results in the billion-strong Chinese economy opening up for its games and services. BesTV is already a well established electronics manufacturer, counts 18 million subscribers to its existing streaming media services, and has Chinese TV licensing rights for a number of properties. That makes it a very useful partner to have for manufacturing the Bestpad and offering streaming media for it.Depending on how powerful the new console is, Microsoft will surely be quick to work out licensing deals with publishers for some of its most popular Xbox 360 games, and possibly even Xbox One games. At the same time, it offers an opportunity to create new relationships with game developers in China, which could result in new titles also heading west to the Xbox One.
GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Queen’s new gay footman makes first public appearanceMeet Michael Curry, the pro-gay US bishop at the Royal WeddingWe spent the royal wedding at a cruising spot celebrating sexual freedomRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/prince-harry-wedding-condom/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in 2017 (Photo: Department of Defense | CC-by-2.0) Prince Harry continues Diana’s workHarry has become something of a gay pin-up, but has also been applauded for his charity work. He helped to set up the Invictus Games for those injured during military service.Last October he took the stage at the Attitude Awards in London to accept an award on behalf of his late mother, Princess Diana. Accepting the magazine’s ‘Legacy Award’, he said he and brother William were ‘incredibly proud of what our mother achieved.’Continuing Diana’s work of promoting HIV awareness, he has also been filmed taking a HIV test. He and Markle made their first public engagement together after becoming engaged last year at a World AIDS Day event in Nottingham.See alsoPrince Harry and Meghan Markle attend World AIDS Day event The ceremony will take place at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England.The romance has sparked worldwide interest, and – as usual with Royal Weddings – plenty of unofficial merchandise.One of the more unusual are these Crown Jewels condoms. These ‘artisan-style sheaths’ are – according to their creators, ‘fit for a prince’.Musical condoms produced to mark the royal wedding (Photo: Crown Jewels Condoms)They come in a special souvenir box featuring a portrait of the couple. When opened, the box plays a special musical arrangement of God Save The Queen and The Star Spangled Banner.Hugh Pomfret, spokesman for Crown Jewels Heritage Condoms, said in a statement about the £10 prophylactics: ‘Like a royal wedding, our luxurious sheaths are a celebration of love. We proudly stand with our American cousins to toast the happy couple and say to lovers everywhere; your Prince will come.’ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The UK is gearing up for its next Royal Wedding. Prince Harry, younger brother of Prince William and the son of Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will marry American Meghan Markle on 19 May.
Cancun, Q.R. — Several tourist bodies in Cancun are requesting that bad tourism practices being allowed by the Cancun International Airport be regulated.The Hotel Association of Cancun and Puerto Morelos (AHCyPM) along with the Visitors and Conventions Office (OVC) and the Mexican Association of Travel Agencies (AMAV) have voiced their concern about irregularities in the new Terminal 4 of the Cancun airport.Concerned bodies are denouncing the harassment of arriving passengers saying they have received many complaints in regards to the irregularities in the AIC. They say these things create a bad image for visitors, such as the harassment of passengers for car rental services, taxis (those who have the concession for the air terminal), of pirate transporters and of timeshare vendors at the terminal exit.“We have received complaints from the tour operators about the arrival area of the T4. Passengers who head toward the exit door do not see representatives of their hotel or company so the independent transport companies deceive them by selling them transportation. This causes complaints and requests for reimbursements,” said Lizzie Cole Guerrero, director of OVC.“This damages not only the local tourism agencies, but also the tour operator, the travel agent who sold the package and in general, our destination,” she added.“We agreed that we must put order in the airport. We cannot be a world class destination with that reception to our tourists,” said Roberto Cintrón Gómez, president of the AHCyPM.The AHCyPM also agrees. The AMAV is absolutely right to raise its voice, order must be placed, compared to other international airports in Mexico and the world. The AIC is very “aggressive”, said Abelardo Vara Riviera, hotel entrepreneur.“The reality is that when you arrive at the terminals, it seems that you arrive at a place of savages, all shouting, offering you almost everything. Visitors are left with the desire to return to the plane. There are no words to describe the way they almost assault you offering services and things that sometimes you do not understand. You are arriving from a long flight and from the moment you step inside the terminal until you take your transport, it is an almost constant harassment,” he said.Marisol Vanegas Pérez, Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo says the timeshare sales practices at the Cancun International Airport (AIC) are not illegal, given that there is a contract with Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (Asur) and is part of its customer attraction strategies, but what is sought is to avoid deception and harassment, which becomes aggressive toward tourists.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | 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 | 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 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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Related Content News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more 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 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more June 7, 2013 — Blackford Analysis announced that recent studies on the use of low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans to screen for lung cancer present a strong case for the ability to accelerate comparative analysis of CT scans.Recently published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology , initial data from a free, high volume, low-dose CT lung cancer screening program at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center showed that free screening can be profitable for the healthcare provider.This study follows the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial , which showed in 2011 that participants at high risk of developing lung cancer screened with low-dose CT had a 20 percent lower risk of dying from the condition than those screened with chest X-rays. Analysis of the initial round of screening published this year in the New England Journal of Medicine  showed low-dose CT diagnosed more early-stage lung cancers than chest X-ray and a similar number of late-stage cancers, resulting in increased follow-up diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The American Cancer Society, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the American College of Chest Physicians all recently recommended low-dose CT for lung cancer screening.However, the challenge of comparative reading of serial chest CT scans for positive lung screening findings is not currently well supported by the picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) used by radiologists. Matching lung nodule locations, which are the most common positive screening finding in low-dose chest CT studies, consumes the majority of radiologist reading time. Comparative reading of a current chest CT with one or more priors takes around 10 minutes.“Matching lung nodule locations across studies is difficult due to different breath hold volumes in each exam,” said Ben Panter, CEO, Blackford Analysis. “The manual scrolling and synchronization of current and prior CTs in today’s PACS systems make it time-consuming for radiologists to detect changes in lung nodules in serial exams. If a national low-dose CT lung cancer screening program were implemented, this could significantly increase radiologist workload.”Designed to be integrated into any PACS system, the Blackford software suite enables near-instant registration of volumes in current and prior tomographic scans, including those from different modalities, such as CT, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET). The Blackford suite of navigational tools provide radiologists with an average time-saving of over 50 percent when matching lung nodule location across current and prior chest CT scans.“With the recent interest in lung cancer screening following publication of the National Lung Screening Trial in the New England Journal of Medicine, we have seen an increase in the numbers of patients requiring serial CT scans to monitor small lung nodules for potential growth,” said Matthew A. Barish M.D., FACR, clinical associate professor of radiology; director, Body Imaging; director, Body MRI; Stony Brook Medicine. “The process of manually matching each nodule across multiple studies normally requires considerable time and effort, and leaves uncertainty that each nodule has been accurately assessed. However, Blackford’s PACS integrated lung registration technology automatically matches nodule locations across studies with a single click, substantially reducing the time it takes to interpret these studies and improves reader confidence.”With Blackford, a PACS system automatically registers each new study volume with all relevant prior study volumes for the same patient. Results are instantly available to the radiologist, enabling comparative interpretation of cross-sectional studies, such as the ability to instantly see the same location in all compared studies with a single click, or to reformat a view of one exam for like-for-like, side-by-side comparison with another.“Using a PACS system that has been integrated with Blackford software, a radiologist has the ability to instantly match lung nodule locations across chest CTs,” said Panter. “Deformable registration is a complex process and presents a significant challenge for PACS vendors seeking to develop their own solution — Blackford solves this problem by providing a ready-made and cost-effective solution for any system.”For more information: www.blackfordanalysis.comReferences:1. McKee BJ, McKee AB, Flacke S, Lamb CR, Hesketh PJ, Wald C. Initial Experience With a Free, High-Volume, Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program. Journal of the American College of Radiology. Epub 26 April 2013. doi:10.1016/j.jacr.2013.02.0152. National Lung Screening Trial Team. Reduced lung-cancer mortality with low-dose computed tomographic screening. N Engl J Med 2011;365:395-409.3. National Lung Screening Trial Research Team. Results of Initial Low-Dose Computed Tomography Screening for Lung Cancer. N Engl J Med 2013;368:1980-91. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | June 07, 2013 Lung Cancer Screening Study Demonstrates Need for Acceleration of Chest CT Scan Comparison Current PACS systems not well-equipped to support radiologists for high-volume comparisons of deformable anatomy in chest CT scans Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more
D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke With any luck Wilson will get his wish by the beginning of next week. It seems as if football is just around the corner and with it — if we’re all lucky — will come the end of the Kolb to the Cardinals rumors.When the dust settles everyone, including Wilson, will find out who is actually wearing Cardinal red. Comments Share Top Stories Everyone need to stop with the DRC for KOLB trade rumors… Ridiculous!!!! Can we get to football first. Just stop it already.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet ReplyAdrian Wilsonadrian_wilson24 Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Commenting on the Kevin Kolb for Domnique Rodgers-Cromartie trade rumors isn’t reserved for media members anymore. One Arizona Cardinal Pro Bowler has decided to offer up his opinion on the subject as well.Adrian Wilson took to Twitter on Tuesday to share his thoughts on the speculation that has filled the Internet the last few days — and really the last few months. His take was reminiscent of his on field play, hard hitting.