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13 January 2012The head of the United Nations agency defending press freedom today condemned the recent killing in Syria of French television reporter Gilles Jacquier and called on authorities to ensure the safety of journalists working in the country. Mr. Jacquier, a reporter for French public television France 2, was killed on Wednesday by unidentified gunfire while on a press visit to the troubled city of Homs. Six Syrian nationals were also killed in the incident, and a Dutch photographer was severely injured.The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, urged the Syrian authorities to investigate the killing and ensure safer working conditions for journalists in the country, which has been beset by bloody unrest since early last year.“It is essential that the authorities investigate this serious attack on freedom of expression and freedom of information,” she stated.“The number of people, journalists and non-journalists, killed in Syria is deeply troubling,” added Ms. Bokova. “I call on the authorities to do all in their power to ensure the full exercise of the universally recognized basic human right of freedom of expression and citizens’ access to information.”More than 5,000 people have lost their lives across Syria since a popular uprising began in March last year, part of the Arab Spring movement that has engulfed the Middle East and North Africa and toppled several long-standing regimes. read more

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Between 2 and 4 August 2014, a total of 108 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 45 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, according to the latest update released today by the UN World Health Organization (WHO).The breakdown from the four countries was reported as follows: Guinea, 10 new cases and 5 deaths; Liberia, 48 new cases and 27 deaths; Nigeria, 5 new cases and 0 deaths; and Sierra Leone, 45 new cases and 13 deaths.As of 4 August 2014, the cumulative number of cases attributed to Ebola in the four countries stands at 1, 711, including 932 deaths.Speaking earlier to UN Radio, WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaïb, said more cases were being discovered every day and thus far, the chain of transmission has not been broken.“If we don’t put all our weight [behind this] and mobilize all our resources – human, logistic and financial ¬– to help West Africa deal with this disease that was [heretofore unknown in the region] it will be difficult for the affected countries, their economics and populations to fight alone,” she added.WHO has said that early next week, it will convene a panel of medical ethicists to explore the use of experimental treatment in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Currently, there is no registered medicine or vaccine against the virus, but there are several experimental options under development.Meanwhile in Geneva, members of the Emergency Committee of International Experts reviewing the outbreak, will receive an epidemiological briefing and advise WHO Director-General Margaret Chan whether the Ebola outbreak is a so-called Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).“If it does,” according to a WHO spokesperson, “then the committee would recommend to the Director-General of WHO to declare it a public health emergency of international concern and recommend appropriate temporary measures to reduce international spread” of the virus.A summary of the two-day meeting will be made public and WHO has scheduled a press conference with Dr. Keiji Fukuda, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Security at 9 a.m. Geneva time on Friday, 8 August, on its outcome.WHO reported today that in a briefing with representatives from member States on Tuesday it outlined the essential components for control, including the need for national leadership, improved care and case management, identifying transmission chains and stopping disease spread, and preventing further outbreaks.Among the critical issues are: cross-border infections and travellers; partners reaching the limits of their capacity and ability to respond rapidly, safely, and effectively; and concerns about the socio-economic impact of continued transmission.Director-General Chan also shared information from her August 1 meeting in Guinea with West African leaders and the common strategies to eradicate Ebola from the sub-region. The response would focus on the treatment of Guéckédou, Kenema, and Foya as a unified sector, which will include public health measures meant to reduce movement in and out of the area; intensifying current measures; and taking steps to reduce international spread to other countries in Africa.While in Guinea, Dr. Chan also launched a $100 million Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak Response Plan in West Africa.Meanwhile, in Guinea, exit screening is currently being tested, in partnership with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).In Liberia, security issues continue to be of concern, as community resistance remains high.In Nigeria, the Government is focused on following up the contacts from the first patient.And in Sierra Leone, efforts are underway to map where treatment centres and laboratories are most needed and getting those set up.Sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat are typical signs and symptoms of Ebola. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.WHO says the incubation period, or the time interval from infection to onset of symptoms, is from 2 to 21 days. The patients become contagious once they begin to show symptoms. They are not contagious during the incubation period. read more

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Senior Kevin Metka prepares for a forehand hit during a match against South Florida on Feb. 8 in Columbus. OSU won, 4-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAs his team gets set to defend its ITA Indoor National Indoor Championship title this weekend, Ohio State men’s tennis coach Ty Tucker said his players plan to show the other schools the discipline and mental toughness it takes to play like a Buckeye.“You’re at Ohio State, they expect to win matches,” Tucker said. “You’re at a major place … It’s a major athletic department. You want to win to be able to hold your head up high.”Going in as the defending champs might give the Buckeyes a slight advantage but they are dealing with a different lineup this time around,” redshirt-senior Kevin Metka said.“This year we have a little less experience in some positions … So everyone’s got to focus on all the courts to get the job done,” Metka said.Metka said he believes it will be just as hard, if not harder than last year for the Buckeyes to take home the tournament title. OSU is heading to Chicago as the No. 8 seed and is set to kick off the tournament Friday against No. 9 Texas. The winner will then play the winner a match between No. 1 University of Southern California and No. 16 Penn State on Saturday.Metka said the Buckeyes have to take the tournament one match at a time in order to earn a repeat of last season’s triumph.“I’d say mostly just getting through that first match and then hopefully getting a shot at USC,” he said. “That would be the next match but we’re trying not to look at it … We just want to take care of business in that first match.”One of the most important things for the Buckeyes is to get off to a fast start in these matches and capture the doubles point, Tucker said.“If we get the doubles point, we’re a tough team to beat,” he said.With doubles only being one set, Tucker said the Buckeyes won’t have a chance to have a bad game or be moody and get off to a slow start.Defending their first and only Indoor Championship isn’t something Tucker puts too much emphasis on, though, he said.“Tennis courts (are) the same size everywhere we go, whether we’re at the nationals, whether we’re at Iowa,” Tucker said.Although the court is the same size, Metka said it is not the same feel.“The courts, it may not look like it but there’s actually some big difference in where you play,” he said. “Ball bounces a little but it can really throw off your strokes.”For that reason, the Buckeyes left Columbus on Wednesday to get an extra day of practice on Thursday.OSU is coming off its 200th consecutive home win, a record Tucker is happy to leave in the rearview mirror.“It’s nice not having to answer questions about the streak … The guys can just concentrate on tennis,” Tucker said. read more

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first_imgIf you pick up an RPG for your console of choice, chances are the play time to complete the games is going to fall somewhere between 40-120 hours. That varies and can be higher depending on how much of a completist you are.There is one gamer in Japan who would laugh at anyone boasting about a 120 hour game playthrough, though. This gamer is a fan of the Level 5 RPG White Knight Chronicles II on PS3, and his time logged so far playing it: 8,701 hours. It sounds unbelievable, but it is actually possible. Barely possible, but still in the realms of reality.The game has been available for 519 days in Japan having launched on July 8, 2010. 8,701 hours translates to 362.5 days if you don’t sleep. However, if you average the play time out over the whole 519 days he could have been playing it, then he’s had the game running for 17 hours every single day.That amount of time spent playing the game has certainly paid off as he has a Level 85 character (that’s the maximum level you can achieve), and the highest rank you can achieve for a guild too.I doubt he has spent 17 hours sat in front of his console, though, unless he is someone who doesn’t venture out at all. Instead, he could have just left the game running and returned to it when he was ready to play again. Maybe he played before work or school, left the game running, and then picked it up again when he got home?For anyone planning to pick up White Knight Chronicles II, don’t be concerned, it doesn’t take that many hours to finish the game. This guy is certainly an over achiever in that regard and must really love the game or be really lazy when it comes to turning off his PS3.More at Siliconera and jin115.com (Japanese)last_img read more

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first_imgValve has been working on a port of Steam for Linux for quite a while, but didn’t go public with the project until April this year. Since then we’ve learned that Valve intends to release Steam on Linux before 2012 is over. However, it will initially only be supported on Ubuntu 12.04. The first Valve game to run on Linux will be Left 4 Dead 2.Now it seems Valve is getting ready to let actual Linux gamers get their hands on the software. An internal beta is being carried out at Valve next week, but then before October is over an external 1,000 user beta will be made live.The reason for the external beta is because Valve want to test Steam on a wide variety of hardware configurations to work out the bugs. They also want to keep access to the external beta as fair as possible. You won’t get preference for owning any Valve games or for already using Steam. Instead, a sign-up page will appear in the coming days or weeks where you can make your interest in participating known. Valve will then choose 1,000 people based on some unknown criteria.The beta won’t include the recently launched Big Picture mode or support any Valve games beyond L4D2. You’ll no doubt have to run Ubuntu 12.04 for it to work properly, but owning L4D2 seems unlikely. Valve will probably just make it available to beta testers for the duration of the external beta.There will be no shortage of Ubuntu users eager to take part in the testing of Steam on Linux. So the server running the sign-up page is going to be hammered. As soon as it goes up we’ll let you know.Read more at Valve Linux Team bloglast_img read more

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first_imgA Washougal man who was driving drunk when he crashed and rolled his car, critically injuring his passenger, was sentenced Thursday to 30 days on a work crew.Jesse Q. Gower, 25, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to third-degree assault and driving while under the influence in connection with the Aug. 9, 2015 crash on Northeast Padden Parkway. He initially faced vehicular assault-DUI, but that charge was amended as part of a plea deal.Gower was driving his 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX at about 7:40 p.m. west on Padden Parkway and approaching Northeast 78th Street when he struck the back of a Ford Explorer. The Explorer was stopped at a red light, according to a probable cause affidavit.Gower was traveling 45 to 50 mph when he hit the other vehicle. There was no evidence he attempted to brake, the affidavit said.He reportedly told officers he had “passed out” before the crash, court records state.Moses Morales, then 26, was asleep in the backseat of the Subaru at the time of the crash and was not wearing a seat belt. He suffered multiple facial fractures, brain bleeding and a broken vertebra, according to court documents. Morales also had several teeth knocked out and sustained cuts to his face.Gower admitted to drinking alcohol hours before the crash, and a blood test later found he had a 0.072 blood alcohol level, court records show. However, it was estimated he actually had a blood-alcohol level of approximately 0.113 at the time of the crash, the affidavit states. In Washington, a level of 0.08 is considered evidence of drunken driving.Gower was additionally sentenced to 12 months’ community custody. He was given credit for one day in custody.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 15, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Permanent Secretary of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Chrystal Glinton updated the public from the NEMA office on Wednesday afternoon, September 13, 2017 on the circumstances of Hurricane Irma evacuees from Acklins, Crooked Island, Mayaguana Ragged Island, Inagua, and Bimini.She said some of those persons from Salina Point, Acklins, returned yesterday to help with post-hurricane clean-up.   Today, persons returned to Crooked Island and Mayaguana.   Tomorrow, they will return to Mayaguana and Acklins, and on Friday, persons will return to Acklins and Bimini.Ms. Glinton remarked that it is difficult for evacuees to mentally process the rapidly changing circumstances of a sudden evacuation and so the Psychology Association will assist them by through Disaster Mental Health sessions.In addition, she noted, the Prime Minister has initiated an exigency order so that persons from affected islands may purchase items duty/VAT free locally and abroad.   The order will last for 90 days for some islands, and 100 days for others.The public may contact NEMA at 242-300-0144 or 242-322-6081/5.  NEMA is available for calls until 11 p.m. daily.   Residents may also contact the respective island administrators.Press Release: BISBy: Sydnei Isaacslast_img read more

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first_img #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 29, 2017 – Grand Turk – British support and intervention in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria is being cited as a ‘game changing’ factor at Her Majesty’s Prison.   One observer of conditions at the facility noted overall improvements despite some prickly times between the UK prison officers, inmates and TCI prison guards.It is explained to #MagneticMedia that “the presence of the new UK prison officers working at the prison in recent months is working.”It is also shared that, “for the first time in nearly two decades… the prison population has reached its lowest count to only about 85 inmates in total including the six or seven female prisoners.  Normally at Christmas and the New years the prison is over crowded…”Hurricane Irma on September 7, 2017 ripped up the facility including a roof.  Severe damage was confirmed.   Inmates had escaped briefly during the storm and chaos erupted, forcing Police Tactical Unit officers to be called in with firm, even frightening orders –  reportedly to have come from the Governor.The addition of 20 UK prison officers in October evoked a mix of apprehension and confidence.  The troop from the United Kingdom conducted trainings and bolstered manpower at HMP.   Our source shares that “early next month, joining the prison staff will be up to seven Jamaican prison officers for 2-3 years and some permanent UK officers.”The #HMPrison, like other Government-run sites around the country is still damaged with no rebuilding work yet started since the catastrophic storms of September. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flames T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Related Items:#HMPrison, magneticmedia Recommended for youlast_img read more

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first_imgAbout 12:58 a.m. today Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to the report of two armed robberies at Northeast 26th Avenue and Alberta Street. Officers arrived in the area and contacted both victims. The first victim told police that he was walking on Alberta when he was approached by three suspects who demanded his backpack, shoes and wallet. One of the suspects was armed with a knife.The victim dropped his property and ran away to call 911.Within a minute, the suspects approached a second victim, who was riding his bicycle on Alberta, and demanded his cell phone and bike. The suspect with the knife stabbed the victim, and the suspects left the area with the victim’s bicycle.The second victim was transported to a Portland hospital with a non-life-threatening stab wound.The first victim’s backpack and shoes were found nearby by officers searching the neighborhood for the suspects. The missing bicycle is described as a tan bike with a green seat.The suspect with the knife is described as a white male in his mid-to-late 20s, 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, with blonde hair and wearing a dark hoodie and pants.last_img read more

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first_imgKamal Haasan.PR Handout [Representational Image]The 2019 Lok Sabha elections are not in favour of Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM). It is now being reported that none of the above (NOTA) ballot option has received more votes than MNM in the Tamil Nadu by-polls. MNM has reportedly failed in Pappireddipatti, Vilathikulam and Thiruvarur.In the initial vote counting, TTV Dhinakaran’s Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) along with Kamla Haasan’s MNM had shown zero impact. However, MNM pulled 12.5 per cent, 13 per cent and 12 per cent votes in Chennai South, Central and North Lok Sabha constituencies, respectively.The ‘torch bearer’ party was launched by the actor on February 21, 2018, with its main focus on the fight against corruption and development of rural Tamil Nadu.last_img read more

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first_imgRohingya refugee. Photo: Syful-IslamBangladesh Friday handed over a list of more than 8,000 Rohingya to Myanmar as it moves to kick-start their repatriation weeks after the process was halted due to lack of preparation.Dhaka’s home minister Asaduzzaman Khan formally gave the list to his Myanmar counterpart Lieutenant General Kyaw Swe after officials of the two nations held a meeting in the Bangladeshi capital.“We’ve today handed over a list of 8,032 people from 1,673 families to them. The (Myanmar) delegation received it very cordially and told us they would start processing their repatriation,” Khan told reporters.Bangladesh reached a deal with Myanmar late last year to repatriate nearly 700,000 Rohingya who have fled across the border since August to escape a brutal military crackdown.That was meant to start last month, but was delayed by a lack of preparation and protests by Rohingya refugees, most of whom say they do not wish to return without guarantees of safety.Khan said more than one million Rohingya now live in squalid camps in Bangladesh’s southeast and Dhaka hoped all of them would be repatriated to Myanmar.“We discussed how would they repatriate these people. The Myanmar delegation was very cordial about it and said they will take them back gradually,” he said.Bangladesh’s refugee commissioner Abul Kalam told AFP Dhaka had already started construction of a transit camp and would start building another next week to facilitate the return of the Rohingya.This week Bangladesh’s junior foreign minister said they had signed a deal to involve the United Nations in the process of returning Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.He said the government was involving the UN refugee agency so that it could not be accused of sending anyone from the stateless Muslim minority back against their will.He gave few details, but said refugees would be asked to fill out repatriation forms in the presence of UN officials.But Rohingya refugees are still entering Bangladesh with claims of rights abuses by Buddhist mobs and the military in their native Rakhine state.Home minister Khan acknowledged people were still crossing the border.“The (Myanmar) delegation has admitted it and told us they will try their best to stop it as soon as possible,” he saidMany Rohingya have lost their homes to arson attacks in their villages, where witnesses and rights groups say entire Rohingya settlements have been burned to the ground.New arrivals have brought harrowing tales of rape, murder and torture.The Rohingya also want guarantees of citizenship before returning to Myanmar, which views them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh even though many have been there for generations.Khan said there was no specific timeframe to start the repatriation but he hoped it would start soon.“No specific date came for repatriation but they showed sincerity and are taking preparations to take their nationals back,” he saidHe urged Myanmar to ensure the refugees’ return was “sustainable”, adding the Rohingya “may face difficulties in resettling back into their land”.The two sides also discussed the fate of some 6,000 Rohingya refugees who have been stranded in no man’s land on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border since September.“They said they have started processing repatriation of those refugees living on the (border’s) zero line,” Khan said, adding Myanmar has “requested” a joint meeting on their repatriation on February 20.Last week a Myanmar government minister told refugees stranded on the border that they should take up a government offer to return, warning they will face “consequences” if they stay where they are.A video circulated on social media apparently shows Myanmar’s Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Aung Soe addressing a group of refugees through a barbed wire fence last Friday.last_img read more

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first_img Journal information: Biology Letters 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. Mourning cuttlefish are not actually fish, they are more closely related to squid and octopus, and like them they can not only shoot ink into the water to make a hasty escape from predators, but can change the coloring of their skin at will. Up until now, researchers had assumed the coloring changes were used only to help the cuttlefish hide from predators passing by. After witnessing one specimen change his coloring on just one side of his body to mask his presence from a rival male while simultaneously displaying different coloring on the other, the team looked a little deeper, studying pictures and video of the cuttlefish taken over time of cuttlefish that lived in Sydney Harbor and discovered something that had been missed before; males displaying split-down-the-middle coloring when trying to mate with a female while at the same time, hiding that fact from other males in the area. This video shows tactical deception employed in the mesocosm. Rival males are to the right of screen. This research was published in the journal Biology Letters in the paper: It pays to cheat: tactical deception in a cephalopod social signalling system by Culum Brown, Martin P. Garwood and Jane E. Williamson. It doesn’t work every time of course as sometimes the rivals catch on, which generally results in a fight; something cuttlefish want to avoid because sometimes another rival can sneak in while two others are otherwise engaged and make the whole bout moot.The researchers say the deceptive ploy by the male cuttlefish is yet another instance of intelligence and that the males are smart enough to employ the technique only when it has a fair chance of working. Thus, if more than two males (or multiple females) are around, they don’t even bother. The fact that the behavior is so directed indicates the cuttlefish are aware of what they are doing, which shows that some sort of thinking is going on. Being cephalopods, cuttlefish are members of one the smartest groups of creatures that live under the sea, with bigger brains relative to body size than any other invertebrate. They’re also very social. Some have been seen to bond with schools of fish when separated from their own kind. © 2012 Phys.org Image: Macquarie University (Phys.org) — Researchers in Australia have discovered that mourning cuttlefish (Sepia plangon) have the unique property of being able to change the coloring on one side of their body to mimic the coloring of a female to fool rivals, while displaying typically male coloring on the side that a nearby female sees; all at the same time. The team, led by Culum Brown at Macquarie University first noticed the sly behavior in a large test tank. Subsequent research showed that the ploy was prevalent in the wild as well. The team has had their paper describing their findings published in the journal Biology Letters. More information: It pays to cheat: tactical deception in a cephalopod social signalling system, Biology Letters, Published online before print July 4, 2012, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0435AbstractSignals in intraspecific communication should be inherently honest; otherwise the system is prone to collapse. Theory predicts, however, that honest signalling systems are susceptible to invasion by cheats, the extent of which is largely mediated by fear of reprisal. Cuttlefish facultatively change their shape and colour, an ability that evolved to avoid predators and capture prey. Here, we show that this ability is tactically employed by male mourning cuttlefish (Sepia plangon) to mislead conspecifics during courtship in a specific social context amenable to cheating 39 per cent of the time, while it was never employed in other social contexts. Males deceive rival males by displaying male courtship patterns to receptive females on one side of the body, and simultaneously displaying female patterns to a single rival male on the other, thus preventing the rival from disrupting courtship. The use of tactical deception in such a complex communication network indicates that sociality has played a key role in the cognitive evolution of cephalopods. Citation: Researchers discover cuttlefish able to mimic female on half its body (w/ Video) (2012, July 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-cuttlefish-mimic-female-body-video.html Cuttlefish have high definition polarization vision, researchers discover Explore furtherlast_img read more

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first_imgThe inaugural function of the 9th Asia-Pacific Bureau Meet being hosted by the National School of Drama (NSD) was held at the Abhimanch auditorium in the national Capital recently. Students, teachers and directors from 14 participating schools across 10 countries along with the NSD students, faculty, staff and artists graced the occasion to inaugurate the week long exchange program.The event began with a serene performance by the legendary flautist Pt Rajendra Prasanna in Raag Bhairavi. Following this, the directors of the guest schools including Ratan Thiyam, Chairperson, NSD Society, and Waman Kendre, Director NSD, lit the lamp for an auspicious opening of the meet. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRatan Thiyam, Chairperson, NSD Society said in his welcome address, “I welcome the students, teachers and directors of the participating schools. It is a matter of great joy that the present ABP meet of schools is taking place in National School of Drama. We live in a changing world where technology has intervened in all spheres of our lives. In this culture, art becomes an inevitable part of refined understand of philosophy of life. Therefore, theatre is a serious and responsible creative act.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveGong Baorong, Director of UNESCO-ITI sent a message congratulating NSD for hosting event. He said, “NSD has always shared with us its great achievements on student training. We believe that by participating in the activities organized by NSD, we will learn much about Indian culture and its contemporary theatre.” The first year students of NSD performed a contemporary dance piece, ‘An unfit’, symbolizing an individual’s struggle for acceptance in a programmed society. Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama said, “In India we have a guru-shishya parmpara, ie teacher-disciple relationship whereby we not only teach the skills of an art to students but also handover the values of life. With our different and varied culture, I believe Asia Pacific region has a lot to give to the world and which is why we need to come together.”“Today, the goal of the arts is not just teaching, but much more than that. The society is in fragments and the threat of war is looming large in parts of the world. It is our responsibility to lead by the example of ‘Hume Yuddh Nahi Buddh Chahiye’ (We don’t want war, we want wisdom). That is why it is important that we don’t just create artists, but we also have to create responsible global citizens who’ll spread the message of peace,” he added. The directors representing the guest schools across the Asia Pacific region on stage included- Mohammad Israfil (Bangladesh), AS Hardy Bin Safi (Malaysia), Amanda Morris (Singapore), KO Hessun (South Korea), Ricardo Abad (Philippines), Masako Ito (Japan), and Farindokht Zahedi (Iran).last_img read more

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first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Despite shifts in market dynamics, government has blocked multiple attempts to establish bandwidth caps and usage-pricing models for broadband Internet services. While flat-rate access may be appealing to many, it jeopardizes competition and may put some ISPs out of business.To implement usage-based pricing or not to implement usage-based pricing? That is the question that many Internet service providers (ISPs) are now asking themselves. With bandwidth requirements growing and the way that businesses deploy applications changing, many carriers are trying to craft new business models that make sense going forward. However, their examinations are falling prey to political pressure, which could end up hurting rather than helping small and midsize businesses.Time Warner Cable was the latest carrier to falter as it tried to put a bandwidth cap plan in place. The company had been tinkering with various options and running trials in New York, North Carolina, and Texas. After a public backlash, the carrier decided to shelve its plans, but that decision doesn’t mean that such plans have been buried for good.While Time Warner shelved its plan, the company — as well as many industry observers — still believes that “consumption-based billing” may be the best pricing plan in the future. The carrier now plans to conduct an educational campaign designed to make it clearer to customers how much bandwidth they use and how they could be impacted by such a change in the future.Bandwidth caps have been a controversial issue since the summer of 2007. As it watched peer-to-peer (P2P) application providers such as BitTorrent chew up oodles of bandwidth, Comcast began limiting bandwidth hogs’ consumption and later tried to alter its pricing policies, so such companies would pay for their gluttony.The change came after the ISP had determined that its old business model no longer made sense. Many carriers put flat-rate plans in place, an “all you can eat approach” where customers paid a set fee and could use as much bandwidth as they desired each month. However, that approach may no longer be viable for several reasons. First, flat-rate plans were popular when customers were mainly transmitting small amounts of textual data. That is no longer the case. Video transmissions haves become common, so many companies now transmit large files — some even regularly send multi-megabits-per-second high-definition files.New businesses that are based on the notion of unlimited usage have emerged. In addition to P2P suppliers, cloud computing services have become quite popular. Here, applications are divvied up between customers’ and vendors’ computers, and the Internet becomes the corporate network connecting the two. These applications also use large amounts of bandwidth.In response to the changes, AT&T, Comcast, and Time Warner have been dabbling with usage-based pricing. The problem is that carriers that have tried to implement such plans have encountered tremendous resistance. Special-interest groups have emerged with the goal of trying shape the future of the Internet according to their own images. For some reason, these groups view flat-rate pricing as a model that carriers must maintain in perpetuity.These groups have garnered some political support. U.S. Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y., has talked about introducing a bill to prohibit usage-based pricing, and a fellow New York Democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer, issued a press release patting himself on the back for helping to thwart Time Warner’s plans.Critics claim that the usage-based pricing plans are ploys designed to raise more revenue for the carriers at the expense of customers. They think that many customers will exceed the minimum usage boundaries and pay more for Internet access.On the flip side, the new model is fairer than the current one: Heavy users should pay more than the cursory customers. Can you think of any other market where heavy users pay the same rate as occasional customers? The higher prices could also possibly enable carriers to lower their rates and expand broadband access to a wider group of companies and consumers.One irony is that tiered pricing models are already commonly used with broadband services. Many carriers have broadband pricing for businesses that’s higher than the prices paid by consumers. The business customers receive some perks, such as better customer service or a higher likelihood of network availability. So the critics have been inconsistent; not all Internet users pay the same rate. Yet for some reason, they have developed an affinity for flat-rate pricing programs and want to force carriers to support them, even when market dynamics have shifted and such business models are no longer viable.Why anyone supports the government forcing carriers to support nonviable business is hard to understand. It seems like critics are ignoring basic business principles: Markets change and business plans need to as well in order to remain viable. Such thinking could dramatically impact small and midsize businesses’ networks by eventually driving ISPs out of business.Paul Korzeniowski is a Sudbury, Mass.-based freelance writer who has been writing about networking issues for two decades. 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How Success Happens Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. March 25, 2015 1 min read Google was awarded a patent yesterday for airbag-like bumpers that might deploy on the outside of its forthcoming driverless cars in order to protect oncoming pedestrians.And these aren’t just any airbags. The patent states that the bumpers could theoretically be comprised of either a “plurality of air sacs” that burst upon impact or a “visco-elastic material” frequently used to make memory foam mattresses.While traditional bumpers help to protect vehicles in the event of a collision, the patent reads, “they are generally much too hard to provide cushioning to a pedestrian involved in a collision with a vehicle.”If the idea of exterior airbags sounds a little curious, the patent was granted as automobile industry sage Elon Musk continues to affirm the safety of self-driving vehicles. “In the distant future,” Musk said at a recent tech conference, “legislators may outlaw driven cars because they’re too dangerous.”Related: Mercedes’ Self-Driving Car Says Hello to San Francisco read more

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first_img News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more December 29, 2011 — Merge Healthcare announced the launch of Merge Honeycomb, a new cloud-based platform, at RSNA 2011. In addition, the company announced its first application in the cloud – free image sharing. Users can upload, download, view, and share medical images anywhere, anytime.No additional software is needed to use the application in Merge Honeycomb; it can be used from any device with a web browser including PCs, Macs, tablets and mobile devices.Merge Honeycomb will be launched in the first quarter of 2012“Moving images to the cloud provides a number of operational benefits, including increased storage capacity and availability,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “Plus, it reduces costs and IT complexities as images are shared safely and securely over the Internet.”For more information: www.merge.com/honeycomb.aspx FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more Technology | December 29, 2011 Merge Unveils Honeycomb Cloud Platform News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more last_img read more

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first_imgA 151-room hotel with restaurants, bar and lounge, infinity pool, spa and convention center is the latest tourism development planned for the Pacific province of Guanacaste. It’s a project of Desarrollos Hoteleros Guanacaste, a subsidiary of local corporation Florida Ice and Farm (FIFCO).The group announced this week that the new W hotel complex Reserva Conchal Costa Rica has a projected opening date for the second quarter of 2019. The project will be operated by the U.S. company Starwood Hotels & Resorts, FIFCO reported in a press release.The resort will be located in Cabo Velas, Santa Cruz, some 45 minutes from the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia.The project includes the construction of a desalination plant to supply the new hotel with fresh water.Businesses and residents in Guanacaste have faced drought conditions in recent years, causing losses in the agriculture and livestock industry.Despite water supply problems, the tourism industry in Guanacaste has seen a boom. FIFCO currently owns another hotel at Reserva Conchal, the Westin Golf Resort & Spa Playa Conchal, also operated by Starwood since 2011.International hotel chains plan to open a number of new hotels in the area in the coming years, including Paradisus Papagayo Bay Resort, Marriott Papagayo and the Wyndham Papagayo YU Resort. Facebook Comments Related posts:New Hilton hotel opens west of downtown San José; group also will renovate Grand Hotel Costa Rica Costa Rica’s capital wins ‘Travel Oscar’ Beach, mountain hotels report 88 percent occupancy for the holidays Construction of Discovery Costa Rica set to begin in 2018last_img read more

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first_imgA top tip when travelling with kids is trying to get flights at the usual time your little one tends to sleep. Planes can be uncomfortable and the bright lights and upright seat will hopefully be unnoticeable if your child is tired. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Special thanks to Lewis Gourlay, Abby Warrilow (& Mateo). Family travel channel @teo_travels Want more top tips? Check these out for size…Flying with children: 25 top tips for keeping kids happy on boardEverything you need to know about travelling with kids from people who have done it first hand.What liquids can you carry in your hand luggage?No-nonsense guide to what liquids you can carry in your hand luggage when flying to and from UK airports9 luggage accessories for the most organised packing everOrganise your bags like a pro and pack light with these smart, space-saving luggage accessories.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. RelatedBaby on board: Airline luggage allowances and charges for flying with babiesBooking your first family holiday or planning your baby’s first flight? There’s a lot to consider and it can be quite stressful. Different carriers have different rules, and a lot can depend on your chosen route. Let us help you organise your trip and answer some important questions, including: -…Flying with children: 25 top tips for keeping kids happy on boardIt’s summer, and time for the big annual summer holiday! If you’re flying with kids you might be worried about arriving in one piece. What if they act up, or spend the whole flight screaming? What if you land more frazzled than ready for fun? We could say “stuff ’em”…10 tips for flying with kids: secrets of travelling with toddlersHow to keep your kids happy at 30,000 feet: a frequent-flying mum reveals her top tips. The BedBox, in our experience, is worth every penny. If you are travelling long-haul with a toddler it’s a going to work out a lot cheaper than upgrading to business class, for the same comfort (at least for them). center_img Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: Aer LingusBrussels AirlinesKLM But, we know this can be tricky, especially if that flight ‘at the right time’ is a lot more expensive. So how can you make sure your child is as comfortable as possible? Whap out the BedBox by JetKids of course! Built with a maximum weight of up to 35 kg (that’s up to about the age of 11!) and universal fit to most economy seats, it’s the must have travel gadget for kids. When the flight is in cruise mode, remove the lid and reach from the end of the seat to the seat in front, add the (machine washable) mattress that comfortably fits inside and let the little troublemaker relax. We tucked him in with a blanket. We could see him getting tired and before long he had drifted off. 5 hours later he was still asleep.Another great tip when you’re taking the kids travelling is to pack a plane bag. We’re talking toys, colouring books, crayons (you know the drill). Guess what? The BedBox has 20 litre capacity meaning everything you need to take with you can fit inside the portable napping contraption easily, perfect to allow you time to relax. If the BedBox wasn’t making your life easier as it was – it’s on wheels! Yep that’s right, not only can you use it for storage, your kids can hop on it and be wheeled around like the prince and princesses they are (also perfect if you’re carrying about 5 bags already let alone a small human). In the past we had always taken our buggy (stroller) to the gate so hadn’t felt the need for a ‘Trunki’ style ride on suitcase, although had seen many in use. It was a relief to check the buggy in with our baggage and made the security line much more manageable.last_img read more

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first_imgJane Fonda honoured at Michigan film festival amid protest TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Jane Fonda has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award at a northern Michigan film festival founded by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore.The actress, author and political activist accepted the award Wednesday at the 14th annual Traverse City Film Festival, where she screened her HBO documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.” Fonda also held a panel discussion with Moore in which she discussed gender equality, her concerns about President Donald Trump’s administration and her activism.“If Trump hadn’t been elected, I could have been gardening,” said Fonda, who campaigned in Michigan last week with her “Grace and Frankie” co-star Lily Tomlin to call for raising the minimum wage for tipped employees. “I’m going to spend my 80s at the barricades again. It’s not what I expected.”Dozens of Vietnam War veterans protested the festival over Fonda’s anti-war activism in the 1970s. The actress drew heavy criticism after she was photographed atop an anti-aircraft gun during a controversial 1972 visit to North Vietnam.Traverse City veteran John Milks served with the Marine Corps in Vietnam from 1968-1969. He said during the protest Wednesday that he thinks Fonda’s visit to Vietnam “raised the enemy’s morale and lowered ours.”“She defected to the enemy side,” Milks said. “We felt pretty hurt by that.”Fonda acknowledged making a “terrible mistake” by posing for the photo and has expressed regret over the message it sent to soldiers and their families.Veteran Calvin Murphy said protestors wanted Fonda to know that they haven’t “forgotten what she did.”Not all veterans feel that way about Fonda.“If I could, what I would do right now is I would come up to you and I would drape the Congressional Medal of Honor around you,” said Tim Keenan, a Vietnam War veteran. “I’m so proud of you for all the work you’ve done and all that you have endured, the adversity and your courage.” by The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2018 10:56 am PDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_imgThe UN Security Council has concluded their informal consultations and agreed on the draft resolution regarding the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). The text is expected to be adopted during an open session on January 30.According to CNA sources, the text will be considered “finalised” on Monday morning if by then no issues are raised by any of the members. The delay in finalising the text is said to be attributed to the American side, which was looking for the wording on UNFICYP’s strategic review to be more concrete. Eventually, they accepted the British version, the same sources note.The draft resolution takes into account the UN Secretary General’s report on his Good Offices mission in Cyprus, issued last September, his report on the Strategic Review of UNFICYP from last December and the January report on UNFICYP. It renews the mandate for six more months, until July 31.Moreover, the Security Council calls on the Secretary General to submit his report on his Good Offices by June 15 and on UNFICYP by July 10, 2018.With regard to developments in Cyprus, the draft resolution welcomes the progress of the leaders-led process since February 11, 2014, and the efforts of the leaders and their negotiators to reach a comprehensive and durable settlement, notes the outcome of the Conference on Cyprus and urges the sides and all involved participants to renew their political will and commitment to a settlement under United Nations auspices.The text recalls Security Council resolution 2369 (2017), and calls upon the two leaders to:(a)     Put their efforts behind further work on reaching convergences on the core issues.(b)     Intensify work with the Technical Committees with the objective of enhancing intercommunal contacts and improving the daily lives of the Cypriots.(c)      Improve the public atmosphere for negotiation to secure a settlement, including by focusing public messages on convergences and the way ahead, and delivering more constructive and harmonised messages. Moreover, they call the leaders to refrain from rhetoric that could make a successful process more difficult to achieve and to increase the participation of civil society in the process as appropriate.The Security Council welcomes the Secretary-General’s willingness, and expresses its full support, for his Good Offices to remain available to assist the sides, should they jointly decide to re-engage in negotiations with the necessary political will, as stated in his report of 28 September 2017.It requests the Secretary-General to maintain transition planning in relation to a settlement, guided by progress in negotiations, and encourages the sides to engage with each other, as well as with UNFICYP and the United Nations Good Offices mission in this regard.The draft resolution notes that Security Council members recall the importance attached by the international community to all parties engaging fully, flexibly and constructively in negotiations to secure a settlement. They also say that last year’s Conference on Cyprus did not result in an enduring, comprehensive and just settlement based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as set out in relevant Security Council resolutions, and urge the sides to renew their commitment to such a settlement, and stressing that the status quo is unsustainable.It welcomes the report of the Secretary-General on the Strategic Review of UNFICYP (S/2017/1008), and endorses implementation of its recommendations within existing resources.Furthermore, the draft resolution supports the need to improve the mission’s capacity for liaison and engagement with the sides across all components, including people to people contacts, to keep stability and calm, and thereby contribute effectively to conditions conducive to progress in a settlement process.Finally, it calls on both sides to continue to engage, as a matter of urgency and while respecting the mandate of UNFICYP, in consultations with UNFICYP on the demarcation of the buffer zone, and on the United Nations 1989 aide-memoire, with a view to reaching early agreement on outstanding issues.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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