Bengals institutions bat for greener future on World Environment Day

first_imgKolkata: World Environment Day was observed by various institutions and organisations across the state on Wednesday.Eastern Railway (ER) organised a number of activities on the occasion throughout its zone, including an awareness campaign, a tree plantation drive, seminars etc. for reducing environmental pollution and fulfilling the commitment of Eastern Railway towards environmental sustainability. S S Gehlot, additional general manager, Eastern Railway, planted saplings at ER’s Sports Academy compound in Majerhat, where many other ER officials also participated in the tree plantation drive. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAwareness campaign and tree plantation programmes were also organised at different places by the Howrah and Sealdah divisions, as well as in three workshops at Jamalpur, Kanchrapara and Liluah. In ER’s Asansol division, a rally was organised from the DRM’s office building to Asansol station to create awareness among the people and commuters towards the protection of environment. Public Awareness campaign, shramadan for cleaning, technical seminar on combating air pollution and a tree plantation programme were organised by the officers and staff members at Malda division. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe ER also made its pledge towards a green environment through its sustained and ongoing activities which include maintenance and beautification of gardens inside workshops and at various railway stations. An emphasis has been given on the use of solar energy, rain water harvesting, creation of green zones inside workshops, provision of waste converter and water recycling plants, provision of bio-toilets in train coaches and afforestation. Meanwhile, the Kolkata Port in association with PUBLIC (People United for Better Living in Calcutta) took up an ‘Urban Forestry Drive’. An area of about 1,700 sq. metres at Dhobitalao is being developed as a mini forest. Vinit Kumar, chairman, Kolkata Port Trust, inaugurated a plantation programme. It has been learnt that the barren area is now being used for storing empty containers. KoPT expects that pollution levels will go down and birds will find resting place in the forest, which will be set up being surrounded by a waterbody. Another area of around 2,000 sq. metres in Taratala Labour Colony will also be developed as a landscaped forest. State Bank of India has joined hands with KoPT this year by taking up tree plantation at Millennium Park as a part of its year-long plantation programme. Kolkata Port has also provided land to a fishermen’s cooperative for maintenance of 10 large waterbodies with surrounding lush green vegetation and trees where migratory birds flock in winter. Kaushik Bhattacharjee, airport director, Kolkata Airport and other senior officials from AAI and airlines presented saplings to the passengers arriving at Kolkata Airport on the occasion. Medical Bank also organised an awareness event against the use of plastic. Free bags made of clothes were distributed among the people by the organisation.last_img read more

Deepa Malik basks in Khel Ratna glory Bajrang misses ceremony

first_imgNew Delhi: Paralympic silver-medallist Deepa Malik on Thursday became the first Indian woman para-athlete and the oldest to be conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award but training commitments kept co-awardee Bajrang Punia away from the ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here. Malik, who won a silver medal in the shot put F53 category in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, was joint winner of the top honour with Asian and Commonwealth Games champion Punia, who is in Russia to prepare for the upcoming World Championships in Kazakhstan. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhMalik became only the second para-athlete after double Paralympic gold-medallist javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, who received the recognition in 2017, to have won the prestigious award. At 49, she also became the oldest athlete ever to have claimed the honour. World Championships bronze-medallist shuttler B Sai Praneeth, woman cricketer Poonam Yadav, Asian Games gold-winner heptathlete Swapna Barman, footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, two-time world silver-medallist boxer Sonia Lather, Asian Games silver-medallist equestrian Fouaad Mirza, motorsports ace Gaurav Gill and Kabaddi captain Ajay Thakur were among the 19 sportspersons who received the Arjuna Award from President Ram Nath Kovind here. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterMalik became fourth-time lucky as she was ignored for the award for the past three years, leading her to question and criticise the decision. Prominent absentees from the event apart from Punia, were cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, Asian Games gold-medallist shot-putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, and silver-winner quartermiler Mohammed Anas, all of who were picked for the Arjuna award this year. Jadeja is currently on national duty with the Indian Test team in the Caribbean, while Toor and Anas are competing in the national inter-state athletics meet in Lucknow right now. The National Sports Awards are given on August 29 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand. “I am very happy. This whole journey has been more about changing the attitude of people towards disability and the hidden potential in people with disability,” Malik said. “I think the award is going to be a huge inspiration to women athletes in disability. It took 70 years for independent India to win medal in Paralympic,” she added. While the Khel Ratna award carries a prize purse of Rs 7.5 lakh, the Arjuna awardees are given Rs 5 lakh each along with citations. Besides the Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards, the President also gave away Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awards to coaches, the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure awards, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar. List of Awardees: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: Deepa Malik (para-athletics), Bajrang Punia (wrestling) Arjuna Awards: Ravindra Jadeja (cricket), Mohammed Anas Yahiya (athletics), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football), Sonia Lather (boxing), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (hockey), S Bhaskaran (bodybuilding), Ajay Thakur (kabaddi), Anjum Moudgil (shooting), B Sai Praneeth (badminton), Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (athletics), Pramod Bhagat (para sports-badminton), Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis), Pooja Dhanda (wrestling), Fouaad Mirza (equestrian), Simran Singh Shergill (polo), Poonam Yadav (cricket), Swapna Burman (athletics), Sundar Singh Gurjar (para sports-athletics) and Gaurav Singh Gill (motorsports). Dronacharya Award (regular category): Mohinder Singh Dhillon (athletics), Sandeep Gupta (table tennis) and Vimal Kumar (badminton). Dronacharya Award (lifetime category): Sanjay Bhardwaj (cricket), Rambir Singh Khokar (kabaddi) and Mezban Patel (hockey). Dhyan Chand Award: Manoj Kumar (wrestling), C Lalremsanga (archery), Arup Basak (table tennis), Nitten Kirrtane (tennis) and Manuel Fredricks (hockey).last_img read more

Modi urges supporters to take main bhi chowkidar pledge draws flak from

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday urged his supporters to take the ‘main bhi chowkidar’ (I too am watchman) pledge and said he was not alone in the fight against graft and social evils, drawing ridicule from Congress president Rahul Gandhi. “Your Chowkidar is standing firm & serving the nation. But, I am not alone. Everyone who is fighting corruption, dirt, social evils is a Chowkidar. Everyone working hard for the progress of India is a Chowkidar. Today, every Indian is saying-#MainBhiChowkidar,” the prime minister wrote on Twitter. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day He also posted a short video to drive home his message. Soon after, Gandhi mocked Modi and tweeted, “Defensive tweet Mr Modi! You feeling a little guilty today” while a tagging a picture of Modi along with businessmen such as Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, Anil Ambani and Gautam Adani. The Congress president earlier alleged that Modi only served the interests of his industrialist-friends. Modi has often described himself as a “chowkidar” who would neither allow corruption nor get corrupted himself. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: Bhagwat Gandhi has been repeatedly hurling the “chowkidar chor hai” (watchman is the thief) jibe at Modi to claim irregularities and favouritism in the Rafale fighter jet deal, a charge the BJP-led government has rejected. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala hit back at Modi accusing him of being the “only chowkidar who is a thief”. “One who wears a suit worth Rs 10 lakh and who helps Bank fraudsters Modi-Mehul-Mallya, one who wasts public money to the tune of Rs 52,000 crore for his own propaganda, one who spends Rs 2,010 crore to travel to 84 countries on people’s money and one who helped in theft of Rs 30,000 crore in rafale jet deal, only one Chowkidar is a thief,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.last_img read more

Daimler suffers from drop in car sales in China

LONDON — German carmaker Daimler endured a weak start to the year, echoing troubles at other major manufacturers, as sales in the big Chinese market stuttered.The company said Friday that its net income fell to 2.1 billion euros ($2.3 billion) in the first quarter from 2.3 billion euros during the same period a year earlier, while revenue dipped to 39.7 billion euros from 39.8 billion euros.Vehicle sales fell 4% to 773,800 units, with a double-digit percentage drop in China offsetting gains in other markets like the U.S. and Europe.The company said there were also problems with high inventories and bottlenecks in the supply chain.Chairman Dieter Zetsche said that “we cannot and will not be satisfied with this — as expected — moderate start to the year.”The Associated Press read more

UN aviation agency develops measures to prevent SARS spread at airports

The Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said yesterday that the measures consist of specific procedures for screening passengers, as well as airport workers, at departure and on arrival. They also provide all passengers with guidance on handling of suspected cases on board.“I am particularly pleased with the speed in which these anti-SARS protective measures were developed, through exemplary cooperation among all key players and with the critical start-up support of Singapore,” said the President of the ICAO Council, Assad Kotaite. “These measures can become a valuable model for dealing effectively with other contagious diseases that may emerge in the future.”Based on guidelines issued by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the set of measures and the evaluation criteria were finalized during a meeting held in Singapore from 2 to 4 June.Singapore contributed to the establishment of the programme designed primarily for international airports in affected areas. Although Singapore was lifted from the WHO list of SARS-affected areas at the end of last month, the country’s Changi Airport will be the first airport to be evaluated under the programme.ICAO said it would, upon request, make available a team of experts to evaluate the implementation by airports of the recommended measures. If the evaluation confirms that an airport has taken all necessary steps to protect against SARS, a “Statement of Evaluation” will be issued, certifying that the airport fully complies with the recommended SARS protective measures. read more

UN agency completes repatriation of Eritreans from the Sudan before rainy season

UNHCR repatriated the last group of 240 refugees before the rainy season, expected to start this month. In the last two and a half weeks, the agency has helped more than 1,400 Eritreans to return to their country. Some of the refugees born in exile since the 1960s will see their homeland for the very first time. The agency said it reached an agreement with the governments of Eritrea and the Sudan to open a humanitarian corridor and enable return convoys to pass, after the border had been closed following several months of tension. read more

Clothing retailer Laura files for creditor protection plans to restructure

Clothing retailer Laura files for creditor protection, plans to restructure by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 4, 2015 4:17 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Canadian retailer Laura’s Shoppe Inc. has filed for creditor protection as part of an effort to ensure its survival.The owner of 150 women’s clothing stores, under various Laura banners and Melanie Lyne, says it faced large losses in both 2012 and 2013 as it made changes to its merchandise lines that didn’t resonate with its customers.“Sales have since rebounded, but additional initiatives need to be put into place to complete the restructuring of the retailer’s operations,” the company said Tuesday in a statement.“Filing is one of the steps that has been taken to achieve this objective.”Laura is considering the steps of its restructuring process, which will include closing underperforming stores, it said.Representatives for the company did not answer requests for comment or additional details.Laura, which was founded in 1930, is just the latest in a number of Canadian retailers who have been slammed with financial problems in recent months.Other popular clothing names like Jacob, Bikini Village, Mexx Canada, Smart Set and the owner of Nine West shoe stores in Canada have all faced severe financial problems or bankruptcy. read more

Diamond natural gas explosion Deadline for capping crater extended

The three-week time line which was set for capping the makeshift well, that led to a natural gas explosion, in Diamond, East Bank Demerara has been shifted further after officials responsible have encountered several obstacles.Workers preparing to pump out the slush from the area surrounding the craterSenior Petroleum Technologist attached to Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) Mitchell Prince told this media group on Wednesday that “We started the clean-up exercise and in the process, we realised that a portion of the [collapsed] water trestle had fallen into the crater, as well the derelict from the driller is down there. So for us to run the pipes, we have to remove those obstacles. At the moment, we have an excavator, which is waiting there to try to extract that.”However, he explained that before they can go ahead with installing the materials to cap the crater, they will now have to clear the area of the remaining slush. At the site on Wednesday, workers assembled several pipelines, which they will use to pump out the slush from the area surrounding the crater onto a nearby empty lot.Moreover, Prince added that there were also delays in sourcing the appropriate equipment to carry out the work.Initially, there were plans to construct a contraption apparatus similar to the one that was installed a short distance away over the Grove section of the scheme where there was also an eruption about a decade ago.A metal tank was constructed to trap the gas, which the family now uses for domestic purposes. At this most recent incident, authorities have also detected traces of methane gas.However, Prince could not say whether the same will be done here. “At this point in time, I cannot answer that question; it is left to my superiors… We are gonna be putting in the pipe there and a valve system. It will be similar [to the existing on in Grove] to some extent, however, we have not planned putting a tank,” he stated.At about 18:00h on June 14, construction workers were drilling a well at the Lot 1200 Section ‘A’ Block ‘X’, Great Diamond, residence (between Sixth and Fifth Avenue) when they hit a natural gas pocket causing an immediate explosion, with fluctuating eruptions as high as 30 feet which lasted the entire night.Local stakeholder agencies have since come together to monitor the situation. According to officials, the gas emanating does not pose any threat to surrounding neighbours and as such, a safe zone was established in the area. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDiamond gas well: Site unsafe for human habitation, GGMC should take over- ReportAugust 28, 2018In “Business”Safe zone established, power restored to DiamondJune 16, 2018In “Crime”Diamond gas eruption: Possible sanctions for homeowner who dug well- CDCAugust 16, 2018In “Business” read more

US teen pleads guilty to killing three at school

first_imgAN OHIO TEENAGER pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing three students and injuring three others in a shooting at a high school near Cleveland.TJ Lane, 18, had previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but changed his plea a day before the one-year anniversary.He did not explain his actions and showed no emotion as he answered the judge’s questions about his decision, a video of the proceedings posted on the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s website showed.Lane bolted from the school after firing 10 shots from a .22 caliber gun he took from a relative’s home.He was chased by a teacher before giving himself up to bystanders who alerted police.A sheriff’s deputy found him sitting in a ditch about a mile from the school in wet and muddied clothes, including a t-shirt with the words “killer” in large letters across the front, the newspaper reported.Lane admitted to what he’d done and when the deputy asked why, he said “I don’t know.” He later said he opened fire in the cafeteria completely at random and did not know the students he shot.As in previous school shootings, the gunman’s demons, the missed warning signs and lax US gun laws leapt quickly to the fore.Some students described Lane as an “outcast” who had been bullied and said he had posted warnings on Twitter and left disturbing messages on Facebook.A picture emerged of Lane as a troubled boy who lived with his grandfather after his father, who had a history of domestic violence and served time in prison, was warned by police to stay away.A psychiatrist testified last year that he suffered from serious mental problems, including depression, hallucinations and psychosis.A sentencing hearing was set for March 19, at which point a judge will determine if Lane should be allowed to be eligible for parole in 26 years or if he should spend the rest of his life behind bars.- © AFP, 2013Read: 17-year-old charged with killing classmates in Ohio school shootinglast_img read more

Take What You Need Leave What You Can

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Students at Soldotna Montessori Charter School remind community members this holiday season that acts of kindness can sometimes can be the best gifts of all. The sixth grade Students drafted a plan to help those who are in need of nutritional assistance by building a mini food pantry located between the risk management building and the pump building in Soldotna. If you would like to donate to the pantry, feel free to contact the school or just drop your food in the pantry. Story as aired: http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Jennifer-on-MIni-food-pantry-in-Soldotna-1.mp3 The students; Tori Verba, Malaina Maal, Selena Payment, and Emma Updike took turns presenting to the Soldotna City Council and detailing their plan back in March: “As you can see in our presentation that we are dedicated to our community, and we want them know we are there for them when they need it.”  The students worked with a teacher at the school to develop the food pantry for those in need. The pantry opened earlier this year and is still maintained by the students on a regular basis. The students saw a need in the community and instead of waiting around for someone else to figure it out they solved it themselves.last_img read more

NWA Are Straight Outta Compton For The Record

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Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ For The Record: Cole’s “The Christmas Song” For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ For The Record: Michael Jackson For The Record: Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’: For The Record For The Record: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ For The Record: Carlos Santana For The Record: B.B. King’s “Auld Lang Syne” For The Record: Adele, ’25’ Pearl Jam: ‘Ten’ | For The Record Prev Next For The Record: Michael Jackson For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Although it sold well initially, its landmark status rested on the controversies surrounding its gangsta lifestyle themes and attitudes. Its provocative tracks described the world N.W.A knew through their own eyes, including the title track, which elevated the group’s hometown of Compton, Calif., “Express Yourself” and “Gangsta Gangsta.” The album also included “F*** Tha Police,” which resulted in the FBI and U.S. Secret Service sending threatening letters to Ruthless Records and the group’s banishment from many venues.Credited as one of the most influential hip-hop records of all time, in 2015, Straight Outta Compton the film appeared, dramatizing the 1988 impact of the album, with Ice Cube portrayed by his son O’Shea Jackson Jr. Confrontations with law enforcement and antagonism based on “F*** Tha Police” form a core element of both the 2015 drama as well as the drama on the streets that has never stopped.Among the album’s many aftermaths, Eazy-E died in 1995, Ice Cube went on to produce and star in his extensive filmography and the adventures of Dr. Dre touch on many other histories, including those of Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. Meanwhile, in recognition of its critical importance to music history, Straight Outta Compton was inducted into the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Hall Of Fame as well as the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. For The Record: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ For The Record: Adele, ’25’ For The Record: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ News For The Record: Little Big Town’s ‘The Road …” For The Record: Calle 13 Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Exodus’: For The Record Dave Chappelle For The Record: ‘The Age Of Spin …’ Revisit The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ For The Record: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ For The Record: ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ What started as an attitude that helped put Compton on the map grew into a worldwide music revolution celebrating the streetsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 26, 2018 – 12:05 pm A debut album that landed like a sledgehammer, 1988’s Straight Outta Compton has become a legend in its own right. The featured N.W.A lineup was Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and MC Ren. 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King’s “Auld Lang Syne” For The Record: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ For The Record: Michael Jackson Alanis Morissette: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’ Twitter For The Record: Calle 13 Madonna: ‘Ray Of Light’ | For The Record Pearl Jam: ‘Ten’ | For The Record For The Record: Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ For The Record: Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Pearl Jam: ‘Ten’ | For The Record For The Record: Shakira For The Record: Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ For The Record: Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’last_img read more

Diabetes cases reach 422 million as poorer countries see steep rises

first_imgThere are four times more people living with diabetes today than there was in 1980. On the eve of World Health Day, which focuses this year on how to beat diabetes, the World Health Organization (WHO) says the number of patients with the condition has reached an all-time high of 422 million compared to 108 million in 1980.In its Global Report On Diabetes, the WHO also emphasises that priority should be put on prevention and research for treatments. Diabetes directly caused 1.5 million deaths in 2012, and led to 2.2 million further related deaths mainly due to a raised cardiovascular risk. However, the reports authors say many of these deaths could have been avoided by promoting healthier habits and improving care and treatments of the disease. Promoting healthy lifestylesThe report points out that the diabetes epidemic is fuelled by unhealthy lifestyles, and by rising obesity. It is indeed a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. In 2014, over a third of adults worldwide were overweight and more than 1 in 10 were obese.The WHO advocates population-based prevention strategies. For example, smoking is a risk factor for diabetes and the report highlights that it can be reduced by a combination of legislative, regulatory, fiscal and educational measures. These include graphic warnings on cigarette packs, bans on advertising and increased tobacco taxes. More importantly, the organisation says that healthy eating and exercising should be even more promoted than it already is. An adequate diet includes replacing saturated fatty acids with polyunsaturated fatty acids and eating enough dietary fibre (present in lentils, beans, peas and other fruits and vegetables). The WHO has published a complete set of guidelines that can be checked on its website. If we are to make any headway in halting the rise in diabetes, we need to rethink our daily lives: to eat healthily, be physically active and avoid excessive weight gain, Dr Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, said in a statement.Increasing access to different medicinesThe Sustainable Development Goals, signed in 2015, introduced the so-called target 3.4, which strives to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 30% by 2030. In order for this to be achieved, more needs to be done to increase availability and affordability of life-saving medicines. In the case of diabetes, access to insulin is crucial, but there are huge inequalities worldwide with regards to accessing it.Around 100 years after the insulin hormone was discovered, the Global Report On Diabetes shows that essential diabetes medicines and technologies, including insulin, needed for treatment are generally available in only one in three of the worlds poorest countries, points out Dr Etienne Krug, director of WHOs Department For The Management of NCDs, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention.To beat diabetes and make the World Health Days slogan become a reality, countries still have a long way to go.last_img read more

Worker killed in Magura road crash

first_imgA worker was killed and two others injured in a road accident at Belnagar on Magura-Kamarkhali road on Wednesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Afsar Uddin, 60, a resident of Talkhori in Salikha upazila in Magura.Magura police station officer-in-charge Ilius Hossain said the accident took place when a sand-laden mini truck hit a roadside tree as its driver lost control over the steering, leaving one worker on board dead on the spot and two others injured.The injured were taken to Magura Sadar Hospital. A case was filed.last_img read more

US urges Myanmar to help implement Annan Commission recommendations

first_imgUS State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert. Photo: ReutersThe USA has urged the Myanmar government to fulfil its commitment to work with UNHCR and UNDP to implement the recommendations of the Kofi Annan-led Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.”We welcome the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by UNHCR, UNDP, and the Myanmar government to support the creation of conditions conducive to the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees to Burma, whether to their places of origin or of their choosing,” US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Thursday.Nauert said this is a positive step and they see this MoU as a confidence-building measure that, if effectively implemented, could allow much-needed humanitarian assistance to reach all the affected communities and assist Myanmar in creating the necessary conditions for voluntary return and to support recovery and resilience-based development for the benefit of all communities living in Rakhine State.last_img read more

Trump Gets His Man At The State Department

first_img Share Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer Exxon Mobil executive Rex Tillerson testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Jan. 11 during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state.President Trump has gotten his man at the State Department.Rex Tillerson was approved by a 56-43 vote Wednesday in the Senate. Four senators who caucus with the Democrats crossed the aisle and joined all of the Republicans in voting for Tillerson. They were Democrats Mark Warner of Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, as well as independent Angus King of Maine.Tillerson, the former head of Exxon Mobil — the world’s largest and most powerful oil company — will now guide American foreign policy and be tasked with enacting Trump’s world view.That worldview, however, isn’t entirely clear. Trump has expressed nationalistic and protectionist views and even isolationist tendencies, but he has also said the U.S. needs to do more about ISIS. He has promised to “bomb the s*** out of them” and suggested it could potentially take 30,000 troops to defeat them.In addition to his controversial travel ban instituted in the first days of his presidency, Trump has ordered the U.S. out of trade deals, threatened import tariffs with America’s adversaries (China) and allies (Mexico), questioned the importance of NATO, praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, said he thinks torture works and, during the campaign, floated the idea (that he later seemed to walk back) that perhaps more countries should have nuclear weapons to defend themselves without the U.S.’s help.Tillerson will be tasked with defending the United States under Trump around the globe, while walking the line when he disagrees. Tillerson faced tough questioning from Republicans and was almost derailed because of his relationship with Putin. But Tillerson talked tough in those hearings about Russia and, unlike Trump, said he fully believes Russia was responsible for the hacks and leaks of the Democratic emails during the presidential campaign.Tillerson, who has no diplomatic experience aside from his myriad international business ties as Exxon Mobil’s chief, will be tasked with overseeing the State Department bureaucracy. He is not well-known in the State Department, but those who have briefed him are sounding fairly upbeat about his management style. As CEO of Exxon Mobil, he oversaw a vast company with employees working in dozens of countries.The difference is that Exxon Mobil has one goal: drilling for oil and making money for shareholders.His job at the State Department may be especially complicated by apparent unrest in the ranks. NPR has reported that some 900 State Department officials signed a letter that went viral within the agency decrying Trump’s visa and refugee ban as not making America safer.And the White House isn’t making the task of internal diplomacy any easier for Tillerson. White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Tuesday urged American diplomats to “get with the program” or go.But dissent is ingrained in State Department culture. In fact, the American Foreign Service Association, the professional association, gives awards every year for it.The State Department’s manual says there can be no retribution for employees who use the dissent channel, and some in Congress concerned about Spicer’s comments are now looking into ways to codify those protections.Trump, though, doesn’t exactly welcome dissent. While the new president is known for surrounding himself with differing factions — and even appeared to encourage his Cabinet nominees to have different points of view in their confirmation hearings — he also fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an Obama holdover at the Justice Department, for speaking out against and refusing to defend the travel ban, and he said he has a “running war with the media.”“So much of the media seems to be the opposition party,” Trump said Wednesday, echoing his chief strategist Steve Bannon. He added, “They’re very dishonest people.”At the State Department, Tillerson will be hearing from diplomats who are worried about where the Trump administration is heading and whether he and Trump will overlook human rights abuses in countries where Americans want to do business.So, the mood in the State Department is uneasy. The Trump administration nudged out several professional diplomats even before naming anyone to replace them.One example is Tom Countryman, a career foreign service officer who was acting undersecretary for arms control. He was on NPR’s Morning Edition Wednesday, where he echoed a very powerful retirement speech he gave Tuesday to the State Department. He noted that State employees proudly serve in both Republican and Democratic administrations and implied they are feeling sidelined now.“We still have a duty,” he told the State employees. “You have a duty — to stay and give your best professional guidance, with loyalty, to the new administration, because a foreign policy without professionals is — by definition — an amateur foreign policy. You will help to frame and make the choices. Because that is what we do. Our work is little understood by our fellow Americans, a fact that is sometimes exploited for political purpose. When I have the opportunity to speak to audiences across this amazing land, I explain, ‘We do not have a Department of State, we do not have a foreign policy — because we love foreigners. We do it because we love Americans.”He also said something that directly relates to Trump (and perhaps even Tillerson). Countryman drew a distinction between business and diplomacy, and he seemed to dispute Trump’s foundational view of America.“Business made America great, as it always has been,” Countryman said, “and business leaders are among our most important partners. But let’s be clear: Despite the similarities — a dog is not a cat; baseball is not football; and diplomacy is not a business. Human rights are not a business. And democracy is, most assuredly, not a business.”He added, “We want Americans to prosper, to sell the world’s best food and the world’s best products everywhere in the world. We want Americans to be protected and safe when they are abroad, whether they are missionaries, tourists, students, businessmen or (for those of you who have done consular work) the occasional false Messiah.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

EXHIBITING MEXICAN TRADITION

first_imgIndia International Centre (IIC) in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico will be organising an exhibition of the Mexican Master Engraver – Joel Rendón. To be inaugurated on June 25, at 6:30 pm, the art show will go on until July 2, at Annexe Art Gallery, IIC. The work of Rendón combines the long standing Mexican tradition of relief print, contemporary techniques and motives linked to the cultural heritage of the country. Considered one of the most outstanding engravers in Mexico, the artist has devoted his life to generate a movement to revalue engraving in Mexico and abroad.last_img read more

The MCSA SQL Server Certification Training Bundle Is Available For Just 19

first_imgDo you wish to enhance your resume or start a career in Microsoft server management? If you answered in the positive, then we have some great news for you. Wccftech is offering a great discount for a few days on the MCSA SQL Server Certification Training Bundle. In just a few hours of extensive training, you will be able to call yourself an expert and will be able to stand out from your peers.MCSA SQL Server Certification Training Bundle featuresThe MCSA SQL Server Certification Training Bundle contains two very comprehensive courses that are designed to benefit people willing to learn a new skill. Here are highlights of what each course has to offer:Microsoft 70-764 SQL Server 2016 – Learn How to Administer A SQL Database Infrastructure Access 105 lectures & 30.5 hours of content 24/7Learn how to administer a Microsoft SQL Server 2016 server Configure data access, permissions & auditing Perform encryption on server data Develop a backup strategy Restore databases & manage database integrityMicrosoft 70-765 SQL Server 2016 and Azure – Discuss Provisioning SQL Databases Access 102 lectures & 22.5 hours of content 24/7Deploy a Microsoft Azure SQL database Plan for a SQL Server installation Deploy SQL Server instances Deploy SQL Server databases to Azure Virtual Machines Configure secure access to Microsoft Azure SQL databasesThe courses have been designed by iCollege and you must have heard about this company. They are an international provider of e-learning courses, learning technologies and development services. This company is basically a venture between XpertSkills and XpertEase Software. The synergy between these two has been very successful and they have been able to provide people with sophisticated, innovative, relevant, flexible and cost-effective learning opportunities. They have set a very high standard and people rely heavily on the learning courses being provided by iCollege.Original Price MCSA SQL Server Certification Training Bundle: $598Wccftech Discount Price MCSA SQL Server Certification Training Bundle: $19 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Reduced Radiation Boost Volume Recommended for Primary Tumor Site in AverageRisk Pediatric

first_img October 13, 2016 — In the largest trial conducted for average risk (A-R) medulloblastoma, survival rates following reduced radiation therapy (RT) boost volumes were comparable to standard treatment volumes for the primary tumor site. However, lower doses of craniospinal axis irradiation were associated with higher event rates and worse survival, according to research presented at the 58th annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), Sept. 25-28 in Boston.Findings from this phase III randomized trial indicate that physicians can adopt smaller boost volumes for posterior fossa RT but should maintain the standard RT dose for craniospinal irradiation (CSI).The most common type of brain malignancy in children, medulloblastoma is an aggressive tumor that originates in the lower, rear area of the brain but has a propensity to spread to the upper brain and spine. As a result, the standard of care following surgical resection for these children has included systemic chemotherapy and irradiation to both the posterior fossa (i.e., the primary site) and the craniospinal axis. Complications of craniospinal irradiation, however, include considerable negative effects on patients’ neurocognitive abilities, endocrinologic function and hearing.Researchers from the National Cancer Institute-supported Children’s Oncology Group conducted this phase III trial to assess outcomes from a reduced radiation boost volume to the posterior fossa among pediatric A-R medulloblastoma patients and a lower CSI dose specifically in younger children. While several single-institution trials have found limited posterior fossa boost to be comparable to whole posterior fossa boost, this is the first trial that was sufficiently powered to state definitively that there is no survival difference between the two approaches.Findings are based on data from 464 patients ages three to 21 with A-R medulloblastoma. Eligible patients had complete or near-complete resection of their primary tumors and no evidence of anaplasia or spread of the cancer beyond the posterior fossa. Patients were randomized to receive either a standard radiation boost volume to the posterior fossa (PFRT group, n = 237) or a reduced dose of involved field RT (IFRT group, n = 227). The 226 patients who were ages three to seven were also randomized to receive either a standard irradiation dose of 23.4 Gy to the craniospinal axis (SD-CSI group, n = 110) or a reduced dose of 18 Gy (LD-CSI group, n = 116). Following maximum surgery and within 31 days following resection, patients began six weeks of RT. After a one-month break, patients began to receive alternating cycles of Cisplatin- and Cytoxan-based chemotherapy.Primary outcomes included the amount of time from study entry to disease progression, disease recurrence, death from any cause or second malignant neoplasm. Researchers compared rates of overall survival (OS), event-free survival (EFS), local failure and distant failure by computing Hazard Ratios (HR) and performing intent-to-treat analysis.With a median follow-up of more than six and a half years, reduction in the volume of RT boost to the posterior fossa did not compromise overall or event-free or survival in pediatric patients with A-R medulloblastoma. Overall survival at five years was 84.1 ± 2.8 percent for patients who received the reduced volume with IFRT and 85.2 ± 2.6 percent for patients who received the standard volume with PFRT. EFS at five years was 82.2 ± 2.9 percent for IFRT and 80.8 ± 3 percent for PFRT. Rates of local failure also did not vary significantly between treatment arms. Local failure at five years was 1.9 ± 0.1 percent for IFRT and 3.7 ± 1.3 percent for PFRT (p = 0.178).“This trial — the largest of its kind to date — indicates that it is safe to adopt a limited posterior fossa boost for patients receiving radiation therapy for average risk medulloblastoma, and that these children can have similar positive outcomes with lower chances of radiation affecting surrounding brain tissue” said Jeff M. Michalski, M.D., MBA, FASTRO, professor of radiation oncology at Washington University in St. Louis and lead author of the study. “Additional data are needed, however, to address the appropriate volume for patients with higher risk disease or those who have metastasis at the time of diagnosis.”While reduced RT volume to the posterior fossa did not impact survival rates, a low dose of craniospinal irradiation was associated with lower rates of event-free and overall survival for the youngest pediatric patients. Overall survival at five years was 78.1 ± 4.4 percent for patients ages three to seven who received low-dose irradiation therapy to the CSI versus 85.9 ± 3.8 percent for the standard CSI dose. EFS at five years was 72.1 ± 4.8 percent for the LD-CSI group, compared to 82.6 ± 4.2 percent for SD-CSI. Rates of distant failure did not vary significantly between treatment groups. Isolated distant failure at five years was 12.8 ± 3.2 percent for LD-CSI and 8.2 ± 2.8 percent for SD-CSI (p = 0.115).“Unfortunately, we were disappointed to find that a lower dose of irradiation therapy was associated with increased rate of failure in the younger children,” said Michalski. “Reducing the treatment by just three fractions from 23.4 Gy to 18 Gy was associated with a higher rate of events and diminished overall survival. Patients with average-risk medulloblastoma should continue to receive a standard dose of 23.4 Gy to the craniospinal axis, unless they are enrolled in a clinical trial.”For more information: www.astro.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | October 13, 2016 Reduced Radiation Boost Volume Recommended for Primary Tumor Site in Average-Risk Pediatric Medulloblastoma Children’s Oncology Group trial finds survival not compromised from smaller radiation volume to posterior fossa but upholds standard doses for craniospinal irradiation Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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January 2 2013photo by Tomiaki TamuraThe Planning

first_imgJanuary 2, 2013photo by Tomiaki TamuraThe Planning department has finished the year with an office full of young and enthusiastic women from 4 different countries; interns Eleanor McIntyre from England since October, Mandy Shen from China since September, Samantha Rose from USA since June, and Planning Coordinator Nadia Begin from Canada.[Photos by TT and text by Nadia Begin]photo by Tomiaki TamuraThe interns’ work in the Planning department has been to assist in planning and construction of the greenhouse(Energy Apron) project, exploring several alternative designs for the remainder of East Crescent Complex, researching rainwater collection system, working on the Bakery renovation designs, and developing site utility plans that include an overall site utility layout and chase/tunnel designs.last_img read more

Anger over norths refusal to allow Ayios Mamas service Update 4

first_imgChurch, government and politicians on Wednesday condemned the authorities in the north for declining permission for the annual church service at Ayios Mamas in Morphou on September 1, 2 and 3.Shortly after the Bishopric of Morphou issued a statement, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides weighed in when asked about the move during a joint press conference with his Danish counterpart Anders Samuelsen at the foreign ministry.Kasoulides said: “It is regrettable that after a number of years [of allowing the church service], that the occupying regime is taking this decision which does little to help the climate in today’s times where pilgrimages of this kind are reciprocal.”“And I hope the explanation that will be given will not prove to be something that might allow the prohibition of such pilgrimages in the future,” he said.Political parties also issued statements, all condemning the move. Ruling Disy said it was unacceptable when festivals of different religions coincide that anyone can just decide “without any discussion” to abolish or even transfer the date for the celebrations of one of the two, especially after 14 years.“We call on the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci to show the necessary will and determination to avoid such decisions, which only achieve is the consolidation the distance between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots,” it said. The Morphou Bishopric called the move “unacceptable”.“Although our request has been submitted to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force since the beginning of July 2017, the occupation authorities notified us through the UN on August 22, 2017 of their negative response,” the Bishopric said. “They used religious reasons as an excuse, namely that the liturgy celebrations of Ayios Mamas coincide with the beginning of Kurban Bayram on September 1.”It added: “In our view, there is nothing that prevents Christians and Muslims in this country from holding parallel celebrations.”The Bishopric’s statement said it condemned “this unacceptable act of the occupation authorities as contrary to international law” and also Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, on the basis of which every person has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, as well as freedom, alone or with others, public or private, to manifest his religion or religious beliefs.It also alluded to the fact that freedom of religion did not belong only to one party.Bayram or Eid al-Adha as it is also known is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar and the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar. This is the first instance where Bayram has coincided with the feast day of Ayios Mamas since pilgrimages to the Morphou church were allowed to resume some 14 years ago.Last year, Bayram began on September 12 and next year it will begin on August 23.A statement on Wednesday from Turkish Cypriot authorities, reported in the media in the north, cited security reasons for declining permission for the church service. It could take place after September 5 however, when Bayram ends, the reports said.Muslims from the north are expected to cross to the Hala Sultan Tekke that day to mark the end of their religious celebrations.But the Morphou Bishopric said it believes “that such moves add further obstacles to the road that would lead to the reunification of the island, since a solution to the Cyprus problem cannot be manifest by restricting basic human rights, especially freedom of religion”.The Bishopric said that the celebrations for Ayios Mamas would now be held on September 1 at 6.30pm at the church of Ayios Mamas in  Xyliatos in the Nicosia district, and on the saint’s feast day, September 2 in the same church at 7am.“Unfortunately, for the first time since 2003, our municipality is obliged to inform its citizens that this year they will not be able to honour the patron saint of our city in occupied Morphou,” it said.“It is with sadness we observe that the decision of the occupation authorities is further aggravating the already tense climate that prevails due to the recent collapse of the talks, and unfortunately puts another brick on the wall that the conqueror is attempting to build to keep the two communities apart”.It added that the mere invocation of the argument that Christians and Muslims are unable to hold parallel religious celebrations “is an indirect confession from the Turkish side that their intention was never the reunification of our homeland” and shows no goodwill on the part of the representatives of the Turkish Cypriot community to resolve the Cyprus problem.The Turkish Cypriot Republican Party (Ctp) condemned the decision as unacceptable.Holding liturgy in the north shows that Turkish Cypriots believe in multiculturalism, Ctp said, adding that the excuse given was irrelevant.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more