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Geneva – Morocco has attracted 3.36 billion dollars of foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2013, a significant increase of 23 percent compared to the previous year, according to a UN report on “World Investment.”According to the report of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Kingdom is reinforcing its positioning as a hot destination for foreign investment, thanks to an industry with a strong potential.It is the manufacturing sector that attracts most foreign investors, followed by the real estate sector, agribusiness and infrastructure, said experts from the Geneva-based UN agency. The UNCTAD notes that Morocco has benefited from a strong growth in its FDI in 2013, despite investment slow-down in North Africa, because of the political and social unrest.As for outward investment flows from Morocco, they were down 18 pc in 2013 to reach 331 million against 406 in 2012. read more

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In a communiqué adopted after its ninth meeting, held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, the Commission said the withdrawal and transfer in the land boundary will take place between 15 June and 15 July. The same process will occur in the Bakassi Peninsula between 15 July and 15 September.Cameroon and Nigeria have already agreed to withdraw forces and transfer authority in the Lake Chad area. For many years the two countries have disputed sovereignty over their land boundary, stretching from Lake Chad to the sea, their maritime boundary, and the Bakassi Peninsula in the Gulf of Guinea.The Commission also thanked the United Kingdom for agreeing to contribute 1 million pounds sterling to the UN Trust Fund for Demarcation. Last month Commission officials travelled to London, Paris, New York and Washington to seek financial support for its work.Secretary-General Kofi Annan set up the Commission in late 2002 at the request of Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Paul Biya of Cameroon. Its aim is to help peacefully implement an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on the border quarrel.The Commission, which is chaired by Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, holds meetings every two months, rotating the venue between the two countries. The next summit is scheduled to start in Abuja, Nigeria, on 1 June. read more

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by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2014 5:54 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market racked up a solid, triple-digit advance for a third day Thursday as investors continued to pick over stocks crushed during the course of a severe sell-off sparked by falling oil prices.But traders hoping to see a bottom to falling stocks and crude prices remain cautious. After an initial surge of more than 200 points, the S&P/TSX settled back to a still strong but more modest gain, up 132.87 points at 14,346.75.The Canadian dollar was up 0.31 of a cent at 86.23 cents US.Gains were much more impressive in New York, where markets roared ahead as traders felt more confident about the pace of future interest rate hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve. The central bank said Wednesday that it will be “patient” in deciding when to hike rates, with chairwoman Janet Yellen adding that she foresee no increase in the first quarter of 2015.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 421.28 points to 17,778.15, the Nasdaq gained 104.09 points to 4,748.4 and the S&P 500 index rose 48.34 points to 2,061.23.The latest word from the Fed on rate hikes helped persuade bargain hunters to continue to snap up stocks beaten down in a recent sell-off that, at its worst earlier this week, had left the TSX less than 100 points away from where it started at the beginning of the year.Some analysts suggested the more positive tone on markets this week is partly due to investors realizing that lower oil prices are a big positive for a largely depressed global economy.“Six months from now, you should start to see the benefits of lower oil prices and you‘ll start to see growth pick up globally,” said Norman Raschkowan, senior partner at Sage Road Advisers.“It‘s going to be very positive for Europe, which had been skirting with deflation and concerns about falling back into recession. This should put an end to that speculation.”The energy sector was up 1.22 per cent Thursday on top of a rise of about 15 per cent over the previous two sessions as oil and gas stocks recovered from a major decline tied to a big drop in the price of crude. On Thursday, the January crude contract in New York closed down $2.36 to US$54.11 a barrel after having edged higher the previous two days. Canadian Oil Sands (TSX:COS) was ahead $1.01 or 10.37 per cent at C$10.75.Gains also spread to other areas, such as financials, which added 0.35 per cent following an advance of about 2.5 per cent Tuesday and Wednesday. The sector had sold off on concerns about the impact of falling oil prices on the Canadian economy and the exposure of banks to high-cost producers that took on debt to finance expansion.The gold sector climbed about 4.25 per cent Thursday as February bullion inched up 30 cents to US$1,194.80 an ounce.March copper was off two cents at US$2.85 a pound and the base metals sector was 0.63 per cent higher.The telecom sector was only decliner, down 0.27 per cent.Major acquisition activity in the consumer staples space also helped lift the TSX.Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B) has a friendly deal to buy The Pantry Inc., which will add more than 1,500 locations to the Quebec-based company’s U.S. network of convenience stores and fuel stops. The deal values The Pantry at US$1.7 billion, with Couche-Tard paying US$36.75 cash per share. Couche-Tard stock rose $3.67 or 8.6 per cent to C$46.21. TSX racks up another triple-digit gain; Dow jumps 421 points on rate reassurance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Brock University and the union representing 16 stage support staff reached a tentative agreement Thursday night Feb. 16, shortly before midnight when the union would have been in a legal strike position.The University and IATSE, Local 461 arrived at the deal with the help of a provincially-appointed mediator. Details will not be releaseduntil the deal has been ratified by the parties.The staff work in Brock’s Centre for the Arts and the School of Fine and Performing Arts.

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Junior midfielder Jesse King (19) looks to move the ball upfield during a game against Penn State at Ohio Stadium March 1. OSU lost, 11-7.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternSearching for its second victory of the season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team travels west to take on the No. 9 Denver Pioneers (6-3) Saturday.Coming off a road loss to Hofstra in Long Island last weekend, the Buckeyes fell to 1-4, their worst start to a season since 2006.However, despite the 7-5 loss to Hofstra, the Buckeyes were able to control faceoffs — which had been a recurring problem in the early stages of the season — with the help of freshman midfielder Jake Withers.Withers won 10-15 draws in the loss to Hofstra, and junior midfielder Turner Evans had two goals and an assist to lead the Buckeyes offensively.On the year, junior midfielder Jesse King leads OSU in scoring with 21 points (14 goals, seven assists), while Evans is second with 16 points, (six goals, 10 assists).Denver, who is led by 2002 Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductee coach Bill Tierney, is coming off victories against then-No. 11 Notre Dame and then-No. 5 Penn State Saturday and Monday.In the 15-11 win against the Nittany Lions, eight different players registered a goal for the Pioneers, with junior midfielder Erik Adamson leading the way with four to increase his total to 17 on the year, one behind leading scorer, sophomore attackman Jack Bobzien.Last season, OSU and Denver met twice and split the contests as Denver won the first matchup in Columbus, with OSU getting revenge in the ECAC Tournament championship game.This year, the game will be a non-conference matchup after Denver left the ECAC to join the Big East.Game time is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. read more

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OSU sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team’s season might have ended Friday in the Sweet 16, but its star player was honored as one of the nation’s sweet five on Monday.Sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell, finishing off a very successful follow-up to her AP second-team All-American rookie season, was named to its first team for the 2015-16 campaign.The first-team honor makes Mitchell the third Buckeye to receive the award, joining former OSU standouts Jessica Davenport in 2005 and Jantel Lavender in 2010 and 2011.Notable for her long-range shooting touch and quick crossover, Mitchell broke several program records during the season and is on pace to eclipse many more. Perhaps the most noteworthy among the top spots Mitchell claimed in the OSU record books this season is the mark for points in a game (48 versus Michigan State on Feb. 27). She also broke her own single-season scoring record with 889 points.The Cincinnati native is fourth in the nation with 26.1 points per game and tied for first with 126 3-pointers, finishing one shy of the NCAA single-season record she set as a freshman.Joining Mitchell on the first team are four players who OSU squared off against this season: Connecticut’s Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson, A’ja Wilson of South Carolina and Big Ten foe Rachel Banham from Minnesota.OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston received honorable mention honors after averaging 18.3 points per contest.While more awards almost assuredly sit in the future of Mitchell’s time at OSU, a few of those could still come this season. Mitchell is a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman award for the nation’s top point guard, Dawn Staley award for the top guard and Wooden Award for the top player in the country. read more

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first_imgAt the international mining exhibition Exposibram 2017, which takes place from 18 to 21 September in Belo Horizonte, Brasil, BEUMER Group will present their system solutions in conveying and loading technology. The portfolio includes the complete engineering and the construction of curved troughed belt conveyors and pipe conveyors, blending beds, circular stockpiles, as well as transshipment terminals.BEUMER Group offers curved belt conveyors, used for the transportation of various raw materials like coal or ores over long distances and through rough terrain. These conveyors are designed as open troughed belt conveyors or closed pipe conveyors. Material transport with belt conveyors is generally faster, more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly than trucking.BEUMER also offers stackers and bridge scrapers for warehouses with blending bed systems for homogenising large quantities of different types of bulk material efficiently, which ensures the regularity of the raw materials used. Coarse, highly abrasive material can be conveyed to silos by the heavy-duty belt bucket elevators of BEUMER Group.BEUMER bulk loading heads, which can load large quantities of bulk material fast and virtually dust-free into bulk transporter vehicles, will also be featured. If bags are to be loaded in ships or wagons, various telescoping loading systems are available. The loading system BEUMER autopac stacks filled bags automatically on trucks, without using pallets.last_img read more

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first_imgTHE BRITISH BIOLOGIST who oversaw the birth of Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal, has died at the age of 58.The University of Nottingham announced the death of Campbell, its Professor of Animal Development, in a statement this morning. It did not disclose the cause of death, though he had suffered from arthritis and lung ailments.Campbell rose to worldwide fame in 1997 when it was disclosed that, the previous year, he had overseen the birth of the first mammal cloned from an adult cell.The sheep – named ‘Dolly’, after Dolly Parton, because the cell from which it was cloned was taken from a mammary gland – made headlines across the globe, and prompted a flurry of debate about the ethics of artificially creating creatures using the genetic materials of others.The debate did not stop his career, however: in later years he successfully bred pigs and lambs using similar techniques, though always arguing that his accomplishments were not achievements in themselves.The Guardian summarises that his research specialised in the medical application of embryonic stem cells, and recalls that he was one of the early proponents of such research and its ability to help humans grow new tissues and organs for use themselves.It was through this logic that the Dolly achievement was so remarkable: the adult cell from a sheep’s udder was ‘starved’ of nutrients in a laboratory, the New York Times recalls, and that cell then regressed back into a juvenile state from which it could be transformed into other states.About 300 of the juvenile cells were created and introduced into donor eggs; only a handful developed to the point where they could be implanted into surrogate ewes, and only one – Dolly herself – made it to birth.In 2008 Campbell was awarded the Shaw Prize for medicine and life sciences – occasionally dubbed the ‘Nobel of the east’ – for his work in this field, now known as ‘cell differentiation’, alongside Ian Wilmut, the Edinburgh embryologist who had worked alongside him on the Dolly project.The duo was joined by a third winner, Shinya Yamanaka – who furthered the work on turning adult organ cells back into stem cells, and who only this week was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for that work.Campbell is survived by a wife and two adult daughters. Dolly, the sheep that made him famous, predeceased him in 2003 when she was put down after developing a chronic lung disease.Read: Pioneering stem cell work wins Nobel Prize for researcherslast_img read more

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first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.1. #BOSTON MARATHON: The FBI have released details linking pressure cooker bombs hidden in dark backpacks to the Boston Marathon blasts. Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama will travel to Boston tomorrow to take part in an interfaith service in memory of the victims.2. #BOSTON VICTIMS: Details have emerged of those killed in the bombings, including 8-year-old Martin Richard. Martin’s sister Jane, 6, lost one of her legs, while their mother Denise underwent surgery for a brain injury. Another victim, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell was killed while watching the race with a friend, while the third person, a Chinese graduate student, has not yet been named.3. #CROKE PARK II: The Government must now come up with a new way of to save €1 billion from the State payroll after Croke Park II was rejected yesterday by two of the country’s biggest unions. SIPTU president Jack O’Connor said the vote reflected the sense of grievance among public service workers.4. #THATCHER FUNERAL: Former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher’s funeral is taking place in London today with world leaders from 170 countries expected to attend. Security has been stepped up for the ceremony with military and police figures outnumbering mourners by two-to-one.5. #SAVITA: The inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar, who died on October 28 at Galway University Hospital, resumes today. The 31-year-old dentist’s husband, Praveen, is expected to attend proceedings today but will leave when evidence is presented about the post-mortem on his wife and daughter.6. #TESCO: For the first time in almost 20 years, Tesco has announced a drop in its profits. Irish sales were down by 0.3 per cent, which the supermarket blames on austerity measures. The supermarket giant also announced that it was closing its stores in the US.7. #BAN HOODIES: An independent town councillor in Castlebar, Co Mayo has called for a debate on the issue of wearing hoodies. Michael Kilcoyne said criminals are using them to avoid identification.8. #FRTC: A 30-year-old motorcyclist was fatally injured when a car collided with his motorcycle at Dagwelds Cross at Blackwood in Naas, Co Kildare. He was taken to Naas General Hospital but was pronounced dead last night.9.#BATMAN: A man who handed over a friend to police in the UK in February while dressed as Batman has been charged with burglary. Police said  Stan Worby, 39, has been charged after police stopped a vehicle on Sunday, according to BBC News.last_img read more

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first_imgAmazon’s best-selling product of all time, the Kindle, is now offering its best-selling games for only 99 cents from now until March 27.There are 12 games available in this promotion. The “customer favorite” picks include Scrabble, Chess, Sudoku Unbound, Solitaire, Mahjong Solitaire, Texas Hold ‘Em, New York Times Crossword Puzzles (two sets of “easy” and two sets of “challenging” puzzles), Hangman for Kids, and Triple Town. You’re not going to be playing Angry Birds on your Kindle (yet?). Most of the games are pretty dumbed down due to the Kindle’s monochrome E Ink display.It’s been less than a year since Amazon launched Kindle games. Shortly after releasing the Kindle Development Kit, Amazon launched Kindle games in August 2010. The first premium app was Scrabble, which was released in late September 2010.According to PCMag.com, software developers receive 70 percent of the revenues. That means they get a whole 69.3 cents out of this deal.You should jump on this price now though, because according to the Wall Street Journal, big-box retailers, like Walmart and Target, are joining a campaign to get Amazon to charge sales tax in hopes that it could help the budget crisis that’s largely effecting the U.S. The stores are backing a coalition — Alliance for Mainstreet Fairness — that asks politicians to change sales-tax laws in more than a dozen states, including Texas and California. Until recently, the group has been mostly associated with mom-and-pop shops who think its an unfair advantage for Internet retailers to not be required to collect sales tax. Best Buy and Home Depot are also said to be joining the fight.The law says that only companies that have a physical presence in a state must charge sales taxes. But, because Seattle-based Amazon.com is an online retailer, it doesn’t have to collect sales tax in most states. Right now, Amazon only charges sales tax fees in Kansas, Kentucky, North Dakota, Washington, and New York.Read more at Amazon, the Wall Street Journal, and PCMag.comlast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian developer Con Nikiforides passed away last week, following a long battle with cancer. The 56-year-old was surrounded by those closest to him at his passing on the evening of Tuesday 14 March. Family and colleagues took to social media to pay their tributes, among them Sunland boss Soheil Abedian who wrote a heartfelt message on Twitter.“My heartfelt condolences to all the family of Con Nikiforides,” Mr Abedian wrote. “You all are in our thoughts and prayers. He will be lovingly remembered.”Mr Nikiforides arrived on the Gold Coast in 1978 together with his father Bill who was also a developer. A gemologist by training, after his father fell ill in the 1980s, he stepped up to take over the family’s company and would subsequently play a key role in the redevelopment of Broadbeach. It was during that decade that he went on develop Niecon Plaza, along with several other projects across the Coast over the coming years, including Aqua, Nirvana and Reflections.However Oracle Towers, an $850 million development and one of the most striking buildings in the city, would be remembered as his greatest project.In 2012, Broadbeach Soccer Oval was renamed Nikiforides Family Park by the Gold Coast City Council in recognition of the family’s long contribution to the city over the years.Having taken a step back from the company following his diagnosis, his sons have ensured that their father’s legacy continues, with promising developments of their own including luxury 59-unit tower The Park at Mermaid Beach.Mr Nikiforides is survived by his wife, three sons, mother and brother.last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greeks in Melbourne are getting ready for the annual celebration of the Revolution of Independence, which is to take place at the Shrine of Rememberence on Sunday 25 March. This year’s celebration is particularly special, as it will be marked by the presence of the Hellenic Presidential Guard. The iconic ceremonial infantry unit bears a significant value for Greek people all over the world, who regard the ‘Evzones’ as symbols of the highest Greek values: democracy, freedom and bravery. The 13-person unit will open and close the parade, which is set to begin at 12.30 pm sharp (all participants are expected to be ready by 11.30 am for assembly at Tom’s Block, on the service road of St Kilda Road).The Evzones will lead the parade, following after the flag-bearers, carrying the 1821 revolutionary banner, and the Australian, Greek, and Cypriot flags. They will be followed by Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police, the Greek Australian Ex-Servicemen Association of Melbourne, the Federation of Greek Elderly Associations, Fronditha Care, the Pan Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria, Alpha Children’s Centre and Kalimera Kids Kindergarten.The next section of the parade will be comprised by the Schools of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria, followed by the Federation of Greek Communities and the Schools of the Association of Greek Orthodox Parishes and Communities.They will be followed by the Education Committee Greek Language Schools (Zenon, Mavraganis, Platon, Nestoras, Pedia, Panhellenic College, Protypo, Ariston, Alpha and Ahepa Greek School), the Independent Schools (Omiros, Pythagoras, Lexi and Pegasus Dance Academy) and the state schools (Victorian School of Languages, Clarinda Primary School, South Oakleigh Secondary College, Northcote High School). The final sections will be comprised of various federations and organisations, with the Hellenic Presidential Guard marking the departure.At the completion of the parade, all flag-bearers will be directed to turn right at the steps of the Shrine and assemble at the eternal flame for the official ceremony. The organising committee’s notes from the trustees of the Shrine have advised that no weapons or replicas of any weapons, including guns, swords, or knives will be permitted in the area.All participants are expected to show respect to the Shrine and the surrounding area, which Greeks have been honoured to be using to celebrate the anniversary of the Independence and be mindful of their conduct, as well as their appearance.Participation is expected to be higher this year, particularly since the announcement of the Hellenic Presidential Guard visit has sparked the curiosity of many in the community, who will want to come and see the iconic unit from up close. This year marks the third time that the unit visits Melbourne: the first time being in 1980 and the second in 1992. Since then, anyone wishing to see the guard would have to visit Athens, where the Evzones are a living landmark of the city, standing still in front of the Presidential Residence and the Unknown Soldier monument, and hourly demonstrating their trademark synchronised gait, while changing guard.Their uniform has been admired by millions of visitors, but very few of them are aware of its historical nod to the Homeric-time warriors, as well as the revolutionaries of the 1821-1829 war of independence.The foustanella part of the uniform is made of a 30-metre-long white cloth, forming 400 pleats (one for every year of Ottoman rule), while the whole uniform is hand-woven.But there’s a lot more in the Evzones’ history than a symbolic value. The unit was founded on 12 December 1868, mere decades after the modern independent Greek state was founded. The combattant force comprised of a series of light batallions, engaging in every war Greece has fought up until WWII. Post-war, only one battalion remained active, stationed in front of the Presidential Residence.It is still considered a great honour among army officers to be chosen to serve in the Presidential Guard. The Evzones must be taller than 1.87m and be in excellent physical state, able to go through long, strenuous training that allows them to stay perfectly still for an entire hour.During their stay in Melbourne, the Hellenic Presidential guard will take part in a series of events, functions, and official visits. Their visit to Melbourne was made possible with the financial support of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, along with a series of community organisations and it is deemed as a symbolic acknowledgement of the strong ties that bind Greece and Australia, galvanised by the history of 170 years of Greek migration to Australia and the 119-year-strong Greek and Australian alliance.last_img read more

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first_imgConcours Lépine : un inventeur récompensé pour la seconde foisPour la première fois en 110 ans, le concours Lépine vient d’être remporté pour la deuxième fois par un inventeur, André Boniface, un ingénieur retraité qui avait déjà été récompensé en 1999.En 1999, André Boniface remportait le concours Lépine en présentant une foreuse (terrestre) à marteau oscillant. Pour la deuxième fois, cet ingénieur à la retraite de 77 ans vient de remporter la plus haute récompense du concours, le prix du président de la République.   À lire aussiCette invention imaginée par un enfant de 10 ans pourrait sauver de nombreuses viesCette fois, c’est grâce à son dispositif de pompage des hydrocarbures en milieu marin profond qu’il a gagné ce titre. Conçue après la marée noire de l’an dernier dans le Golfe du Mexique, cette invention avait germé dans son esprit il y a plusieurs années déjà, a-t-il expliqué à l’AFP. La catastrophe de la plateforme DeepWater Horizon l’avait poussé à poursuivre son idée jusqu’au bout.  Concrètement, le mécanisme consiste, à partir d’une plateforme pétrolière en mer surmontée d’une structure métallique, “à capter à la source” le pétrole grâce à un tuyau relié à un compresseur, à la différence des pompes utilisées aujourd’hui. Au bout du tube, double, se trouvent des capteurs qui règlent la propulsion de l’air envoyé. Cet air va propulser vers la surface le mélange eau-pétrole dans la seconde colonne du tube.  Selon André Boniface, son invention permet “d’extraire de gros débits de mélange eau-hydrocarbures quelle que soit la profondeur de captage”. De plus, il s’agirait “d’une installation facile rapide et peu coûteuse en énergie”, a-t-il confié.Le 9 mai 2011 à 15:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgABERDEEN, S.D. — A Battle Ground man and his 6-month-old daughter were among three people who died Friday as the result of a traffic crash in South Dakota.Michael A. Muonio, 24, of Battle Ground died on the scene, said Rick Olauson, a trooper with the South Dakota Highway Patrol. He said Muonio was the driver of an eastbound Honda Civic that crossed into the westbound lane and crashed into an oncoming pickup. Muonio’s infant daughter, Rula L. Muonio, and Lorissa Bellikka, 19, of Aberdeen, S.D., both survived the crash, but died later at hospitals, Olauson said. The child’s mother, RyAnn L. Muonio, 21, of Battle Ground suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries, Olauson said. She was reported in serious condition Saturday at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.Kasper Unser, 66, of Ipswich, S.D., was driving the other vehicle, a Ford F-150 pickup. He sustained serious, non-life-threatening injuries, Olauson said. He was traveling alone.last_img read more

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first_imgRichard McCluskey A Vancouver man whose goal is to bolster the middle class and create jobs in Southwest Washington said he believes he has what it takes to oust state Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver. Democratic candidate Richard McCluskey, 63, might be taking his first stab at running for elected office, but he said the 17th District would be better served with him in Olympia. “The incumbent is all about no government,” McCluskey said. “He’s so proud of pushing the ‘no’ button. There is vital work that needs to be done to benefit Clark County, Washington state, my neighbors, friends and family.” McCluskey is a field service technician who repairs gas station equipment. He’s recently widowed and said he has grown frustrated with watching his community drive across the Columbia River for work. “Tens of thousands every day have to cross the river to make a decent living,” McCluskey said. “People should have the opportunity to work close to home. It’s so much better to spend that time with their families.”last_img read more

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first_imgNewly elected lawmaker and former Chief Minister of Kashmir Farooq Abdullah talks to the media after a meeting with Congress Party chief Sonia Gandhi outside her residence in New Delhi May 19, 2009.REUTERS/Arko DattaFormer Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have threatened that the state will no longer remain a part of India if attempts are made to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution. The statements from the senior politicians, who have always toed the pro-India line in J&K, came after the BJP released its manifesto on Monday promising deletion of Article 370 which grants special status to the state.Farooq Abdullah, the president of National Conference, said that he will not shy away from leading anti-India protests and call for Aazad Kashmir if any attempt is made at deleting Article 370.”I swear by Allah, the Almighty that if they try to abrogate Article 370, Kashmir will get freedom from them. We will no longer remain a part of India. Nobody will hoist the Indian national flag on the soil of Kashmir,” said Farooq Abdullah, who is also contesting Lok Sabha elections from Srinagar constituency.”I think it is God’s will that they are repeatedly trying to fiddle with Article 370. This will naturally pave the way for Aazadi of Kashmir,” he added.He also told the people that Article 370 was a necessary pre-condition on the basis of which J&K aceded to India and the violation of this guideline will lead to separation. “We will not remain quiet. We will fight you,” Abdullah said.Mehbooba Mufti, the president of Peoples Democratic Party, said that repeated attempts to snatch away the special rights of the people of J&K will prove costly to India. She used Urdu poetry to drive home her opinion that India’s fate, peace and harmony will be destroyed if Article 370 is deleted.   IANSA Public Interest Litigation was earlier filed at the Delhi High Court seeking a ban on the candidature of Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah in the Lok Sabha polls.Why waste time in court. Wait for BJP to scrap Article 370. It will automatically debar us from fighting elections since Indian constitution won’t be applicable to J&K anymore. Na samjho gay tou mit jaouge aye Hindustan walo. Tumhari dastaan tak bhi na hogi dastaano main. https://t.co/3mvp2lndv2— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) April 8, 2019last_img read more

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first_imgGambia’s Yahya Jammeh faced a “last chance saloon” deadline to step down as troops from five African nations stood by for action and key regional leaders flew in to make a final plea.Mauritania’s Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Guinea’s Alpha Conde told reporters hope remained for a political resolution to the country’s handover crisis as they left for Banjul from Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital.“We still have every chance for a peaceful solution,” Aziz said. “We have every interest in achieving that, we have enough conflicts in Africa going on without adding another.”Conde said a political solution “must be found” before boarding their flight.The pair were due in Banjul as troops already inside The Gambia postponed military intervention to give Jammeh, who was defeated in elections last month, a final chance to leave the presidency and the country quietly.A previously announced noon (1200 GMT) deadline was expected to be extended to give the two leaders, who took off for Banjul after 1100 GMT, enough time to meet Jammeh.The pair are long-term allies of the Gambian strongman, who has had more prickly relations with other west African leaders during the post-election crisis these last weeks.Diplomats in Banjul had confirmed the last-ditch peace push, with one describing a “last chance saloon” moment before foreign troops led by Senegal remove Jammeh by force.Jammeh has rejected President Adama Barrow’s December 1 election win, despite significant pressure from regional powers and the UN, sparking a major crisis and sending tourists—vital for the tiny country’s economy—fleeing.In Conakry, minister and Conde advisor Kiridi Bangoura said Jammeh would be offered asylum in the country of his choice.‘An ultimatum’Barrow, who was sworn in at The Gambia’s embassy in Dakar on Thursday, remained in Senegal awaiting the outcome of the talks, with hopes of taking over the reins of state from Jammeh as soon as his safety could be guaranteed.He hailed a “victory of the Gambian nation” and demanded loyalty from his armed forces at his inauguration.An imminent military operation was suspended late Thursday to allow a final diplomatic push to convince Jammeh, who has ruled the former British colony since seizing power in a 1994 coup, to leave the country.“We have suspended operations and given him an ultimatum,” said Marcel Alain de Souza, head of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).“If by midday, he doesn’t agree to leave The Gambia… we really will intervene militarily,” he added, but this looked likely to lapse with Aziz and Conde’s late arrival.Shifting loyaltiesAs white flags reportedly flew from Gambian army posts in the countryside, tectonic shifts were said to be underway among the military elite, pointing to a gradual acceptance of Barrow, even among units known for loyalty to Jammeh.A diplomatic source said a faction had “switched sides” among the elite Republican Guards who assure Jammeh’s personal protection, following meetings among themselves at their Bakau barracks close to Banjul.Gambian army chief Ousman Badjie was seen celebrating Barrow’s inauguration late Thursday and had already declared he would not order his men to fight for Jammeh.Soldiers were told by Barrow in his inauguration speech they would be considered rebel elements if they remained armed on the streets, and the few that remained on Thursday did not attempt to stop the spontaneous celebrations that broke out in Barrow’s stronghold districts.Vultures circled the deserted streets of Banjul on Friday morning, with the usual heavy military presence near absent.“If they (foreign troops) come we will just stay in our homes and let them take him. If I had the chance I would apprehend him myself. He’s messed up our lives,” one Banjul resident told AFP under condition of anonymity.Humanitarian crisisOn the ground, troops including “land, air and sea” forces crossed into The Gambia, a Senegalese army officer told AFP, indicating that Nigeria, Ghana, Togo and Mali were also involved.A Senegalese army spokesman confirmed his country’s troops had crossed the border, after Nigerian jets earlier flew over The Gambia.The uncertainty continued to push Gambians to flee the country and shelter with relatives in neighbouring states, while others living close to the capital returned to villages upcountry.The United Nations refugee agency said around 45,000 had fled The Gambia so far, with more than 75 percent of those being sent out children, largely accompanied by women.“They are staying with family members, host families or in hotels. Some families are hosting up to 40 to 50 people and will soon need support as they may quickly run out of resources,” a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) report said.last_img read more

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first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Magnetic shell provides unprecedented control of magnetic fields (2013, January 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-magnetic-shell-unprecedented-fields.html Magnetic shells can be used to increase the magnetic energy of multiple magnets: The four magnetic dipoles in (a) interact very weakly, even when they are moved closer together in (b). However, when all four dipoles are surrounded by a shell as in (c), their exterior fields become enhanced, yielding a stronger magnetic field in the center region. Credit: Carles Navau, et al. ©2012 American Physical Society Explore further The newly designed magnetic shell can either expel or concentrate magnetic energy. In the left panels, a small dipole magnet in (a) is surrounded by a magnetic shell in (b), which expels its magnetic energy further outward. In (c), a second shell harvests the energy and concentrates it into its center hole; in this way, magnetic energy is transferred through empty space. In the right panels, two dipole magnets in (d) are surrounded by shells in (e) that expel their magnetic energy. As shown in (f), the result is magnetic coupling between the two dipoles. Credit: Carles Navau, et al. ©2012 American Physical Society The physicists, Carles Navau, Jordi Prat-Camps, and Alvaro Sanchez at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain, have published their results on their new method of magnetic energy distribution and concentration in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”We have tried with this work to open new ways of shaping magnetic fields in space,” Sanchez told Phys.org. “Since magnetic fields are so crucial for so many technologies (e.g., almost 100% of the energy generated uses magnetic fields), finding these new possibilities may bring benefits.”The basis of the technique lies in transformation optics, a field that deals with the control of electromagnetic waves and involves metamaterials and invisibility cloaks. While researchers have usually focused on using transformation optics ideas to control light, here the researchers applied the same ideas to control magnetic fields by designing a magnetic shell with specific electromagnetic properties. The shell can be used to control magnetic fields in two ways, depending on its location relative to a magnetic source. When a magnetic source is placed inside the shell, the shell expels the magnetic energy outside. When the shell is placed near a magnetic source located outside the shell, the shell harvests and concentrates the magnetic energy from the source into a hole in the shell’s center. For practical purposes, this approximation is sufficient to work for a variety of potential applications, in which the magnetic shell’s two functions (transferring and concentrating) can be used together or independently. For instance, by surrounding two magnetic dipoles with their own shells, the magnetic coupling between them can be enhanced, which could be used to improve the efficiency of wireless power transmission between a source and a receiver.With its ability to concentrate nearby magnetic fields, a single magnetic shell could also be used to increase the sensitivity of magnetic sensors. The scientists demonstrated that a magnetic sensor placed inside the shell can detect a much larger magnetic flux from an external magnetic source than it would when using a typical concentration strategy involving superconductors. Magnetic sensors are often used in consumer electronics, factory automation, navigation, and many other areas. The magnetic shell could also have medical applications, such as for biosensors that measure the brain’s response in magnetoencephalography, a technique used for mapping brain activity. The physicists also showed that the shells can be used to surround multiple magnetic sources arranged in a circle, allowing them to concentrate magnetic energy in the center of the circle. This arrangement could be used in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a technique used to treat psychiatric disorders. While TMS generally targets regions near the brain’s surface, the magnetic shells could help extend the reach of magnetic fields to deeper targets.Magnetic energy also plays a vital role in power applications, such as in power plants, magnetic memories, and motors. All of these applications require magnetic energy to be spatially distributed or concentrated in a certain way. By enabling the control of magnetic energy in new ways, the magnetic shells could improve these applications and others due to their many possible configurations.”We are presently working on extending these ideas of applying transformation optics to the magnetic case into different directions, and see how future designs can be implemented in practice (in the present case, we suggested superconductors and ferromagnetic materials as a practical implementation of the magnetic shell),” Sanchez said. Complexity in core-shell nanomagnets This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Carles Navau, et al. “Magnetic Energy Harvesting and Concentration at a Distance by Transformation Optics.” PRL 109, 263903 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.263903 Copyright 2013 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. In both cases, the shell works by dividing the space into an exterior and interior zone and then transferring the magnetic energy completely into one domain or the other. This method differs from the way that superconductors and ferromagnets distribute magnetic energy, where the energy always returns to the domain where the magnetic sources are.Although no material exists that can perfectly meet the requirements for the magnetic shell’s properties, the physicists showed that they could closely approximate these properties by using wedges of alternating superconducting and ferromagnetic materials. (Phys.org)—A general property of magnetic fields is that they decay with the distance from their magnetic source. But in a new study, physicists have shown that surrounding a magnetic source with a magnetic shell can enhance the magnetic field as it moves away from the source, allowing magnetic energy to be transferred to a distant location through empty space. By reversing this technique, the scientists showed that the transferred magnetic energy can be captured by a second magnetic shell located some distance away from the first shell. The second shell can then concentrate the captured magnetic energy into a small interior region. The achievement represents an unprecedented ability to transport and concentrate magnetic energy, and could have applications in the wireless transmission of energy, medical techniques, and other areas.last_img read more

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first_imgBlooming Tree school, Janakpuri celebrated its fifth Annual Day with great fervour on December 21 at Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan Auditorium, Delhi Cantonment. The function commenced with Ganesh Vandana and lighting of the lamp by the chief guest and eminent educationist, Lata Vaidyanathan, Former Principal, Modern School, Barakhamba Road, Member, Governing Body of CBSE and Director of Teri Prakriti School, Gurgaon.250 students aged between 2 to 4 years performed at the event, which was a colourful extravaganza of music, dance and drama with foot tapping music and enthralling dance sequences. The children looked resplendent in their colourful costumes. The musical production titled Joy Ride was a story about a boy who never stopped dreaming and whose dream was finally fulfilled. The play concluded with the words of Walt Disney that ‘Dreams do come true for those who have the courage to pursue them’. The chief guest and parents were overwhelmed by the mesmerizing performances of the children. The children were given a standing ovation by the audience. Parents and grandparents lauded the efforts of the staff and students.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | September 08, 2009 Narrow-Band Imaging Increases Specificity of Early Lung Cancer Detection September 8, 2009 – Narrow-band imaging bronchoscopy increases the specificity of bronchoscopic early lung cancer detection and can serve as an alternative detection device, according to research published in the September 2009 issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.Past research has shown detection of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) while still localized to the surface of the lung can improve cure rates. Bronchoscopic technologies that utilize white light (WLB), auto-fluorescence imaging (AFI) and narrow-band imaging (NBI) have been developed to enhance the ability for physicians to diagnoses NSCLC at a pre-invasive stage. NBI is the newest of these technologies.To confirm the efficiency of these new technologies, Felix J.F. Herth, M.D. of the Department of Pneumology and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and his team of researchers conducted a 10-month review of patients in need of airway screening and surveillance. Patients were randomized into groups receiving WFB, AFI or NBI bronchoscopies and any observed abnormal airway mucosa was biopsied.Out of 57 patients, 30 percent were diagnosed with intraepithelial neoplasia. Researchers found that those observed with NBI and AFI bronchoscopies experienced significantly superior sensitivities compared to WLB alone. NBI also proved to provide high levels of specificity compared to AFI.“This research shows that when diagnosing early stage lung cancer, using NBI may be a better option than AFI because it increases specificity without compromising sensitivity,” said Dr. Herth. “Continued research on these detection methods is necessary to further understand the best, most accurate ways to increase early diagnosis in lung cancer.”Reference: Journal of Thoracic Oncology (JTO), the official monthly journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC.org).For more information: www.IASLC.org and www.mayoresearch.mayo.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. 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