India ups rates to beat inflation

first_img INDIA’S reserve bank raised the repo rate at which it lends to banks by 0.25 per cent to 6.5 per cent yesterday, in a bid to clamp down on resurgent inflation.The central bank also raised its inflation forecast for the end of the fiscal year in March to seven per cent from 5.5 per cent. Markets reacted to the inflation forecast, which could be read as a hint towards more interest rate hikes. The Bombay stock exchange’s Sensitive Index (Sensex) closed 0.95 per cent down at 18,969.45 points. The increase in key rates was the seventh since March. whatsapp More From Our Partners Texas governor said he plans to strip the Legislature’s paybusinessinsider.com whatsapp Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepedia Tuesday 25 January 2011 8:59 pmcenter_img KCS-content Share Show Comments ▼ India ups rates to beat inflation last_img read more

Dawn Properties Limited 2011 Annual Report

first_imgDawn Properties Limited (DAWN.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about Dawn Properties Limited (DAWN.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dawn Properties Limited (DAWN.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dawn Properties Limited (DAWN.zw)  2011 annual report.Company ProfileDawn Properties Limited offers professional real estate services to government, parastatals, corporates, institutional bodies, the financial services and private sector; including property sales and leasing, property management, real estate valuation and advisory services, and project and development management. Dawn Properties has three real estate businesses in Zimbabwe; property holding, property development and property consulting. It owns approximately 540 hectares of land in residential and commercial markets and manages over 340 000 square metres of lettable space across over 120 sites in Zimbabwe. The valuation division covers property, plant and machinery, and furniture and fittings valuations. Its property and timeshare portfolio include Caribbea Bay Sun Hotel, Monomotapa Hotel, Elephant Hills Resort and Conference Centre, Great Zimbabwe Hotel, Holiday Inn Mutare Hotel and Hwange Safari Lodge. Dawn Properties Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Liberia’s Cuttington University, diocese at epicenter of Ebola crisis

first_img Rector Washington, DC By ENS StaffPosted Aug 28, 2014 Rector Smithfield, NC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL August 28, 2014 at 4:15 pm “epicenter”???? Was there an earthquake? Health & Healthcare Rector Shreveport, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Members of the task force leading the Ebola response unload supplies in Bong County, Liberia. Photo: Courtesy of the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia[Episcopal News Service] Liberia’s Cuttington University, located near one of the epicenters of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, is reaching out to its surrounding communities while worrying about the epidemic’s impact on the now-closed school’s future, and mourning the loss of graduates and friends.Meanwhile, throughout Liberia and Sierra Leone, Episcopal Relief & Development is in regular contact with local church partners who “are leveraging their widespread presence and trusted reputation to alleviate suffering and contain the Ebola outbreak” that has killed at least 1,427 people in West Africa since March 2014, according to an Aug. 27 press release.Partners in both countries are mobilizing local volunteers to promote accurate information about Ebola and distribute hygiene and sanitation supplies, while the Episcopal Church of Liberia is supplying food parcels for households in quarantined communities and providing basic protective equipment for health workers at local hospitals, Episcopal Relief & Development reported.A staff member in Episcopal Relief & Development’s Africa Regional Office in Ghana models the facemasks, gloves, gowns and other protective supplies shipped to Liberia and given to three area hospitals – Phebe Hospital, Redemption Hospital and C.H. Rennie Hospital. Photo: Courtesy of the Episcopal Relief & DevelopmentAbiy Seifu, senior program officer for Episcopal Relief & Development, described the situation as “extremely dire,” due both to the severity of the disease and the difficulty in containing it. “People want to care for sick family members at home, they are afraid to go to the clinics because so many are dying and there is a great deal of misinformation about how Ebola is spread. Fear about the disease is making the outbreak worse, and we are aiming to combat this fear with accurate information and support for basic needs.”Development staff members of the Episcopal Church of Liberia are working with government health leaders in Bong County to distribute food items such as rice, cooking oil and canned meat in four quarantined rural communities, the agency reported.Cuttington University’s main campus in the interior of the central region of Liberia is about six miles from Gbarnga, the capital of Bong County. Cuttington, founded in 1889 in Liberia by the U.S.-based Episcopal Church, has two other campuses, one in the country’s capital, Monrovia, and another nearly 45 miles south of Monrovia.The university is home to the largest nursing school in the country and, because it offers the country’s only bachelor’s degree in nursing, many of its graduates work in critical care situations. Many aspiring doctors take the university’s bachelor’s in biology to use to make the pre-requisite of the country’s only medical school, A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine and Cuttington grads make up the largest portion of Dogliotti students.“This link between Cuttington and the medical community is real and is causing us great anguish,” Cuttington President Henrique Tokpa wrote in an Aug. 25 letter. “We know the people involved in this epidemic and we sympathize with their families.”The first medical worker in Liberia to die from Ebola was a 2012 graduate of Cuttington’s nursing school, Tokpa wrote in the letter to the Rev. Ranjit Matthews, the Episcopal Church’s network officer for global relations and networking. The nurse, whom Tokpa referred to as Mr. Daah, was working in the hospital in Foyah in northern Liberia.A practicing medical doctor at the Phebe Hospital – a Lutheran hospital located near Cuttington’s main campus and the nation’s largest public health institution – who also teaches part-time in the College of Allied Health Sciences at Cuttington unknowingly contracted the Ebola virus and at the same time interacted with the Cuttington University’s nursing students, the president said.“Along these lines, Cuttington University remains exposed to this deadly epidemic, Ebola, and its attendant effects,” Tokpa wrote.The president gave five examples of students, alumni and staff who have died, including “Kwee,” a former employee who died along with his wife and son.Henry Callendee, dean of Cuttington’s School of Education, has lost at least 12 of his family members who live in a now-quarantined town in Lofa County, according to Tokpa.At first, not much attention was paid to the outbreak when it was in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone “because we did not anticipate the violent nature of the Ebola virus,” Tokpa wrote in the letter.But by mid-July, with the university’s “vacation school” still operating, Tokpa said “we immediately began to sense that the situation was spiraling out of control so we took some immediate measures,” including placing around campus buckets of chlorinated water with spouts to encourage hand washing.The staff invited doctors and the head of a Bong County Ebola task force to campus gatherings to educate students, faculty, staff, and community members about the virus and how to protect themselves. Officials “began to strategize about school closure” and worked out ways to send students home with ways for them to finish the work of the term, Tokpa said.J. Kota Kesselly, dean of the Cuttington’s School of Allied Health Sciences, has joined the Bong County task force, which meets daily.And the university has donated more than 150 gallons of gas to help run vehicles for people assigned to bury the dead and respond to calls for aid from “live victims,” Tokpa wrote. Vegetables from the school’s garden have been donated as well as buckets for use as hand-washing stations in communities that cannot afford to buy their own.As school officials were planning how to shut down the vacation term, the Liberian government ordered all schools to close as part of an effort to stem the spread of Ebola. Cuttington had hoped to reopen in September or October, Tokpa said.The university is dependent on the tuition charged to students to pay its employees. Those employees have not been paid for June, July and August, and face the prospect of not being paid in the near future, the president said in another document he sent to Mathews.Plus the university will have to disinfect all of its buildings, according to Tokpa. With 3,000 students expected eventually to return, the university must remain on alert when the epidemic subsides and schools can re-open, he added.Cuttington’s partners at Rutgers University in New Jersey are supplying some basic support to the university and Phebe Hospital in Bong County, he said.“We have to remember that these communities in West Africa now struggling with Ebola have only emerged in recent years from more than a decade of civil strife,” the Rev. Canon James G. Callaway, general secretary of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion and treasurer of the American Friends of Cuttington, told ENS. “This is the second time that Cuttington University has reorganized itself to address its community’s needs. As the Liberian civil war was just ending Cuttington opened its campus to retraining former combatants for new livelihoods as they are now marshaling resources to overcome Ebola.  As educators they are showing that leadership starts with service.”As of Aug. 22 the United Nations’ World Health Organization said there have been 2,615 suspect and confirmed Ebola cases, including 1,528 laboratory-confirmed cases, and 1,427 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. WHO claims that the magnitude of the Ebola outbreak may have been underestimated, due in part to families hiding infected loved ones in their homes.The Ebola outbreak is unprecedented in many ways, according to the World Health Organization, including the number of health care workers who have died. More than 240 health care workers have developed the disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, and more than 120 have died, the organization said on Aug. 25.“Ebola has taken the lives of prominent doctors in Sierra Leone and Liberia, depriving these countries not only of experienced and dedicated medical care but also of inspiring national heroes,” the WHO statement said.The organization said many of the deaths occurred among workers who initially did not know that the person they were treating was infected with Ebola, in part because many health workers, especially in urban areas, have never seen the disease and its early symptoms are similar to other infectious diseases endemic in the region, like malaria, typhoid fever and Lassa fever.Factors contributing to the high number of deaths also include shortages of personal protective equipment or its improper use, far too few medical staff for such a large outbreak, and “the compassion that causes medical staff to work in isolation wards far beyond the number of hours recommended as safe,” the organization said.“Some documented infections have occurred when unprotected doctors rushed to aid a waiting patient who was visibly very ill,” the WHO statement said. “This is the first instinct of most doctors and nurses: aid the ailing.”WHO reported on Aug. 27 that Ebola had broken out in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The outbreak in Equateur Province has been traced to a pregnant woman from Ikanamongo Village who butchered a bush animal that had been killed and given to her by her husband. Eating bush meet is seen as a major way the virus moves from animals to humans.In Sierra Leone, the Anglican Diocese of Bo is actively participating in the government District Health and Development Team’s planning and implementation process for Ebola control, specifically on detection and case management, Episcopal Relief & Development reported.“Some of the biggest challenges in stopping Ebola come from hiding sick people and treating them at home rather than seeking isolation and medical assistance, patients escaping quarantine and burial practices that do not contain the disease,” said Episcopal Relief & Development’s Seifu. Culturally appropriate messaging and case management are essential in encouraging communities to adopt behaviors that will effectively combat Ebola,”The agency reported that it is currently in conversation with both the Episcopal Church of Liberia and the Anglican Diocese of Bo in Sierra Leone regarding expansion of activities to reach remote communities and longer-term engagement to address the growing food crisis.“Restrictions on transportation and commerce due to quarantine are already causing shortages, but there may be a longer-term impact on livelihoods and food supply due to lack of market access and missed planting seasons,” according to the agency’s Aug. 27 press release. “In addition, families whose main breadwinner has fallen ill or died are particularly vulnerable.”Seifu said that one of the key strengths of church partners is that “they can access areas that might be difficult for other organizations or even the government to reach. I am very glad that the local government agencies have recognized this strength and that they can pool resources and expertise to implement a unified strategy. This partnership is important now and will continue to be as the region recovers from this disaster.” Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY Joseph F Foster says: August 28, 2014 at 7:51 pm @JosephFFosterWhat is your level of education?Maybe I should be asking you for your highest level of education, ehn? Youth Minister Lorton, VA Press Release Service Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK August 30, 2014 at 11:08 am 1. There are no honorary “Ph D”s in the United States. I don’t think there are any in Canada either but I don’t know for sure. 2. Nope, mine is earned. It’s in Linguistics and Anthropology, and I had a considerable amount of Geology as an undergraduate. 3. I know what “figures of speech” are and I know what linguistic pretentiousness is. I know that it’s popular now to use “epicenter” to mean something like “very center”. 4. As to your last question, no I do not agree. My almae matres expect that people will know what they’re talking about. Babasola Olugasa says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing September 12, 2014 at 5:40 am Thank you Dr. Olugasa for your words of support. We welcome an initiatives that will provide long-term relief from this plague. From what we’ve heard from the experts they have fought it in Angola, Cameroon, Zaire and other parts. It keeps flaring up in various strands so no one has gotten a handle on it. An initiative such as you describe will really help. Let’s talk more. The Rev Charles H Hensel says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Comments are closed. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Bath, NC Liberia’s Cuttington University, diocese at epicenter of Ebola crisis Impacted communities find lifeline in church response Submit a Press Release The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Joseph F Foster says: Rector Collierville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Joseph F Foster says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Knoxville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Lovette Tucker says: Submit an Event Listingcenter_img Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Relief & Development, Curate Diocese of Nebraska This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Comments (8) Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY August 29, 2014 at 7:53 am Ph D. And I know what an epicenter is. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Africa, Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Anglican Communion, BiLL Cooper says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Events Associate Rector Columbus, GA August 28, 2014 at 10:51 pm My prayer goes with Dr. Topka, President of Cuttington University, Liberia at this time, the Chaplain, Epiphany Chapel, Rev. Fr. Tamba, the Cuttington University family and entire Episcopal Diocese of Liberia on the impact of Ebola Virus Disease. While expressing gratitude to God for all the helping hands that are on ground, I pray for strength and courage for you all. We feel very strongly moved by this report to call on all friends, faculty and students at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, who had worked in collaboration with Cuttington University over the years to come together to her assistance in this situation. It is my prayer that help shall continue to come to your University and this sad event shall soon be controlled by the grace of God. We are glad to say that your institution has contributed to leadership and excellence in Liberia in critical ways, and must be encouraged to continue to do so even in this situation. It is my desire to encourage a Centre for Control and Prevention of Zoonoses (CCPZ) to put up a work plan to support your institution in partnership with Episcopal Relief and Development, Liberia initiative. God bless Cuttington University, the Episcopal Diocese and the people of Liberia. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ October 28, 2014 at 5:23 pm It is reported in the American press that the Episcopal Church in Liberia has endorsed a claim that Ebola is God’s punishment on Liberia.Please elucidate.Fr Chuck HenselRetired, Dioces of Chicago, USA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Bill Cooper says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Music Morristown, NJ August 29, 2014 at 10:44 pm @JosephFFosterDid you earn Ph. D, or was it honorary?More importantly, I’m curious about your field of study.I just want to also suggest that you look up ‘figure of speech’ before you comment further. Your alma mater would be very disappointed in you; don’t you agree? Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MIlast_img read more

Community Foundation for Manchester won’t be using face-to-face fundraising

first_imgCommunity Foundation for Manchester won’t be using face-to-face fundraising About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Humour Individual giving  49 total views,  1 views today Advertisement The Community Foundation of Manchester is the latest charity to poke fun at face-to-face fundraising as it indicates that it would not use this method for its Forever Manchester campaign.Its humorous video presents Manchester’s Market Street as filled with irritating street fundraisers, mostly carrying out face-to-face fundraising, but there is also a traditional collector with a bucket.The full video then goes on to suggest that that the Foundation is different and relevant to Mancunians. Note however that the closing fundraising image is of a coin being put into a traditional collecting box.Its welcome email message says “we wanted to show you exactly what our charity is about . . . and also what it isn’t.”The Community Foundation is not alone. Quite a few charities and fundraising companies publicly criticise face-to-face fundraising. Some argue that it is not appropriate for them, while others suggest that charities are wrong to use this method of fundraising. Very few other fundraising methods are treated this way by charity sector organisations, even those that generate considerably higher numbers of complaints from the public. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 1 May 2012 | News  50 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

After James Foley, Islamic State beheads fellow US journalist Steven Sotloff

first_imgNews SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists to go further News RWB is appalled by this latest demented crime, shown in a newly-released video. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts September 3, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 After James Foley, Islamic State beheads fellow US journalist Steven Sotloff February 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Syria March 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News RSF_en News Help by sharing this information March 12, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by yesterday’s release of a video showing the jihadi militant group Islamic State beheading US journalist Steven Sotloff, using the same barbaric procedure as it did with fellow US journalist James Foley in a video released exactly two weeks before.A 31-year-old freelancer, Sotloff had been a hostage since August 2013, when he was kidnapped in northern Syria.Posted online and entitled “A second message to America,” the video showed a masked man condemning the US intervention in Syria and Iraq before beheading Sotloff. He also threatened a British hostage identified as David Haines and warned governments to back away from “this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State.”It is impossible to say with certainty at this point that it was the same masked man as in the video of Foley’s execution, but he had the same British accent and the execution was carried out in exactly the same manner against the same desert background, and with the same threats against the Obama administration.“I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State,” the masked man said.“This is an outrageous, disgusting and demented war crime that should be tried before an international court,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “Not content with developing a hostage industry, Islamic State is taking its horror even further by staging the beheading of journalists in series.”Sotloff grew up in Miami and majored in journalism at the University of Central Florida. He specialized in covering the Arab world and had reported for many US publications including Time, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy and World Affairs.His mother appealed last week to Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “You, the caliph, can grant amnesty,” she said in a video. Reporters Without Borders offers its heart-felt condolences to the Sotloff family. last_img read more

Congolese may be holding Deutsche Welle reporter from Burundi

first_img June 10, 2021 Find out more Democratic Republic of CongoBurundiAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisoned Antediteste Niragira has been planning to do a report on a refugee camp with many Burundian refugees at Lusenda, a locality about 60 km inside the DRC. His wife has received no word from him since he called her from the border. According to information obtained by RSF, he has been arrested by the DRC’s National Intelligence Agency (ANR) on the grounds that he did not have a visa. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reached an ANR official in Uvira, a Congolese town on the border, but he refused to answer any questions. “There is no reason for Antediteste Niragira to be in prison, said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. This journalist has broken no law. If the Congolese authorities don’t want to let him into the DRC, they should release him so that he can return home.” The DRC is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News News News Democratic Republic of CongoBurundiAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisoned Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeriacenter_img to go further Antediteste Niragira, Photo: SOS Media Burundi Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. Follow the news on Africa Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder May 22, 2017 Congolese may be holding Deutsche Welle reporter from Burundi Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about Antediteste Niragira, a Burundian reporter for German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle, who went missing after calling his wife two days ago to say he was crossing the land border between Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Caltech Collaboration Leads to Incredible Breakthrough: Intuitive Control of Robotic Arm Using Thought

first_imgcenter column 1 Caltech Collaboration Leads to Incredible Breakthrough: Intuitive Control of Robotic Arm Using Thought The next generation of brain-controlled robotics and machines: More natural, effortless, intuitive movements achieved By DEBORAH WILLIAMS-HEDGES and ALISON TRINIDAD Published on Thursday, May 21, 2015 | 12:39 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a gunshot wound when he was 21, Erik G. Sorto now can move a robotic arm just by thinking about it and using his imagination.Through a clinical collaboration between Caltech, Keck Medicine of USC and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, the now 34-year-old Sorto is the first person in the world to have a neural prosthetic device implanted in a region of the brain where intentions are made, giving him the ability to perform a fluid hand-shaking gesture, drink a beverage, and even play “rock, paper, scissors,” using a robotic arm. The findings are being published in the May 22 issue of Science.Neural prosthetic devices implanted in the brain’s movement center, the motor cortex, can allow patients with paralysis to control the movement of a robotic limb. However, current neuroprosthetics produce motion that is delayed and jerky—not the smooth and seemingly automatic gestures associated with natural movement. Now, by implanting neuroprosthetics in a part of the brain that controls not the movement directly but rather our intent to move, Caltech researchers have developed a way to produce more natural and fluid motions.Designed to test the safety and effectiveness of this new approach, the clinical trial was led by principal investigator Richard Andersen, the James G. Boswell Professor of Neuroscience at Caltech, neurosurgeon Charles Y. Liu, professor of neurological surgery, neurology, and biomedical engineering at USC, and neurologist Mindy Aisen, chief medical officer at Rancho Los Amigos.Andersen and his colleagues wanted to improve the versatility of movement that a neuroprosthetic can offer to patients by recording signals from a different brain region other than the motor cortex, i.e., the posterior parietal cortex (PPC), a high-level cognitive area. In earlier animal studies, the Andersen lab found that it is here, in the PPC, that the initial intent to make a movement is formed. These intentions are then transmitted to the motor cortex, through the spinal cord, and on to the arms and legs where the movement is executed.“The PPC is earlier in the pathway, so signals there are more related to movement planning—what you actually intend to do—rather than the details of the movement execution,” Andersen says. “When you move your arm, you really don’t think about which muscles to activate and the details of the movement—such as lift the arm, extend the arm, grasp the cup, close the hand around the cup, and so on. Instead, you think about the goal of the movement, for example, ‘I want to pick up that cup of water.’ So in this trial, we were successfully able to decode these actual intents, by asking the subject to simply imagine the movement as a whole, rather than breaking it down into a myriad of components. We expected that the signals from the PPC would be easier for patients to use, ultimately making the movement process more fluid.”The device was surgically implanted in Sorto’s brain at Keck Hospital of USC in April 2013, and he since has been training with Caltech researchers and staff at Rancho Los Amigos to control a computer cursor and a robotic arm with his mind. The researchers saw just what they were hoping for:intuitive movement of the robotic arm.Sorto, a single father of two who has been paralyzed for over 10 years, was thrilled with the quick results: “I was surprised at how easy it was [to control the robotic arm],” he says. “I remember just having this out-of-body experience, and I wanted to just run around and high-five everybody.”The SurgeryThe surgical team at Keck Medicine of USC performed the unprecedented neuroprosthetic implant in a five-hour surgery on April 17, 2013. Liu and his team implanted a pair of small electrode arrays in two parts of the posterior parietal cortex, one that controls reach and another that controls grasp. Each 4-by-4 millimeter array contains 96 active electrodes that, in turn, each record the activity of single neurons in the PPC. The arrays are connected by a cable to a system of computers that process the signals, to decode the brain’s intent and control output devices, such as a computer cursor and a robotic arm.“These arrays are very small so their placement has to be exceptionally precise, and it took a tremendous amount of planning, working with the Caltech team to make sure we got it right,” says Liu, who also is director of the USC Neurorestoration Center and associate chief medical officer at Rancho Los Amigos. “Because it was the first time anyone had implanted this part of the human brain, everything about the surgery was different: the location, the positioning and how you manage the hardware. Keep in mind that what we’re able to do—the ability to record the brain’s signals and decode them to eventually move the robotic arm—is critically dependent on the functionality of these arrays, which is determined largely at the time of surgery.”The USC Neurorestoration Center’s primary mission is to leverage partnerships to create unique opportunities to translate scientific discoveries into effective therapies.“We are at a point in human research where we are making huge strides in overcoming a lot of neurologic disease,” says neurologist Christianne Heck, associate professor of neurology at USC and co-director of the USC Neurorestoration Center. “These very important early clinical trials could provide hope for patients with all sorts of neurologic problems that involve paralysis such as stroke, brain injury, ALS and even multiple sclerosis.”The RehabilitationSixteen days after his implant surgery, Sorto began his training sessions at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, where a computer was attached directly to the ports extending from his skull, to communicate with his brain. The rehabilitation team of occupational therapists who specialize in helping patients adapt to loss of function in their upper limbs and “redesign” the way patients do tasks with the function they have left, worked with Sorto and the Caltech team daily to help Sorto visualize what it would be like to move his arm again.“It was a big surprise that the patient was able to control the limb on day one­­­—the very first day he tried,” Andersen says. “This attests to how intuitive the control is when using PPC activity.”Although he was able to immediately move the robot arm with his thoughts, after weeks of imagining, Sorto refined his control of the arm. Now, Sorto is able to execute advanced tasks with his mind, such as controlling a computer cursor; drinking a beverage; making a hand-shaking gesture; and performing various tasks with the robotic arm.Aisen, the chief medical officer at Rancho Los Amigos who led the study’s rehabilitation team, says that advancements in prosthetics like these hold promise for the future of patient rehabilitation.“We at Rancho are dedicated to advancing rehabilitation and to restoration of neurologic function through new technologies, which can be assistive or can promote recovery by capitalizing on the innate plasticity of the human nervous system,” says Aisen, also a clinical professor of neurology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “This research is relevant to the role of robotics and brain-machine interfaces as assistive devices, but also speaks to the ability of the brain to learn to function in new ways. We have created a unique environment that can seamlessly bring together rehabilitation, medicine, and science as exemplified in this study.”Sorto has signed on to continue working on the project for a third year. He says the study has inspired him to continue his education and pursue a master’s degree in social work.“This study has been very meaningful to me,” says Sorto. “As much as the project needed me, I needed the project. It gives me great pleasure to be part of the solution for improving paralyzed patients’ lives. I joke around with the guys that I want to be able to drink my own beer—to be able to take a drink at my own pace, when I want to take a sip out of my beer and to not have to ask somebody to give it to me. I really miss that independence. I think that if it were safe enough, I would really enjoy grooming myself—shaving, brushing my own teeth. That would be fantastic.”“The better understanding of the PPC will help the researchers improve the neuroprosthetic devices of the future,” Andersen says. “What we have here is a unique window into the workings of a complex high-level brain area, as we work collaboratively with our subjects to perfect their skill in controlling external devices.”The results of the trial were published in a paper titled “Decoding Motor Imagery from the Posterior Parietal Cortex of a Tetraplegic Human.” The implanted device and signal processors used in the Caltech-led clinical trial were the NeuroPort Array and NeuroPort Bio-potential Signal Processors developed by Blackrock Microsystems in Salt Lake City, Utah. The robotic arm used in the trial was the Modular Prosthetic Limb, developed at the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins. Sorto was recruited to the trial by collaborators at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and at Keck Medicine of USC. This trial was funded by the National Institutes of Health (grants EY013337, EY015545, P50MH942581A), the Boswell Foundation, the Department of Defense (contract N66001-10-4056), and the USC Neurorestoration Center.Caltech Andersen lab members include Tyson Aflalo, Spencer Kellis, Christian Klaes, Brian Lee, Ying Shi, and Kelsie Pejsa.Keck Medicine of USC team members include Brian Lee, Christianne Heck, Sandra Oviedo, Paul Kim, and Meng Law.Rancho Los Amigos rehabilitation team members include Kathleen Shanfield, Stephanie Hayes-Jackson, and Barbara Phillips.Excellent Videos, Animations, Images Available at https://mediaassets.caltech.edu/brainFor more information, contact Deborah Williams-Hedges,  [email protected], (626) 395-3227 or (626) 840-1565 or Alison Trinidad, [email protected], (323) 442-3941 or (213) 700-0322. 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Deputies arrest 6 juveniles after pursuit

first_img Pinterest Deputies arrest 6 juveniles after pursuit Previous articleOPD seeks assistance after hit-and-runNext articleUTPB identified as one of best online colleges admin WhatsApp Local NewsCrime WhatsApp Facebook Bryan Mackay talks about Young Professionals of Odessa. Ector County deputies arrested six juveniles Tuesday following a 10-minute pursuit.Deputies were called about shots fired around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday near 57th Street and Flamingo Avenue, an Ector County Sheriff’s Office news release stated.The suspected vehicle, a blue Tahoe, was found near a Family Dollar store, 2703 Moss Ave., in the area, the release detailed. A deputy reportedly saw the six juveniles run from the store with merchandise in their hands and leave at a high speed in the vehicle.Officers pursued the vehicle for about 10 minutes before the pursuit ended near 25th Street and Tripp Avenue, the release stated. A pistol, live and spent rounds and less than two ounces of marijuana were found inside the vehicle.The release said the suspect vehicle also matched the description of two shooting calls reported in the city earlier that day. Odessa Police Department Spokesman Steve LeSueur said the juveniles are suspects in one of their ongoing investigations as well.LeSueur said OPD received one call about shots fired around 10:09 a.m. in the 1600 block of Petroleum Drive, and another call about shots fired at 11:15 a.m. in the 300 block of East 44th Street. No injuries were reported in either case.The juveniles ranged in ages from 15 to 16, and were all charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon, evading in a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana less than two ounces, and engaging in organized crime, shoplifting.All six juveniles were taken to the Ector County Youth Center, the release detailed. Twitter By admin – March 20, 2018 Facebook Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

Nash family will not accept Bloody Sunday compensation

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Wanted men who had been in Donegal are assaulted in Armagh

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Homepage BannerNews Google+ Facebook Wanted men who had been in Donegal are assaulted in Armagh Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDerry need away win against Limerick – Nicky LowNext articleThe Nine ’til Noon Show – Cervical Check Scheme Audit News Highland Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – April 30, 2018 Two men who were wanted by the PSNI have been attacked in County Armagh over the weekend.A vigilante group set upon James White and Jason Lydiard, also known as Alexis Guesto, who were wanted for a number of offences by both the Gardai and the PSNI. Both had previously served time for child sex offences.The pair were cornered in the Mullaghbawn area and beaten with iron bars before being tied up and covered with blue paint on Saturday night.The two men were taken to hospital for treatment where one remains this morning, the other has been arrested.The PSNI says “there can never be an excuse for people to take the law into their own hands”.The two men had spent some time in Donegal earlier this month before crossing back into Northern Ireland. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more