New Delhi: The government on Sunday said it will soon address issues affecting the real estate sector after industry bodies and homebuyers met Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to flag their concerns regarding liquidity crunch, demand slowdown and stalled projects. The finance minister on Sunday held two separate meetings — the first with the two apex realtors’ industry bodies CREDAI and NAREDCO, and the second with homebuyer associations, to discuss the issues concerning the real estate sector and steps to be taken to strengthen the industry. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHousing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur and top officials from the departments of economic affairs, revenue, housing, CBDT, corporate affairs and RERA were also present in the meetings. According to sources, representatives of CREDAI and NAREDCO said that there is “unrest” in the sector because of liquidity crunch and poor sales, and demanded that banks and NBFCs should be encouraged to fund projects. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThey also expressed concern that the situation could worsen during the coming festive season when generally demand is higher. There would be a separate high level meeting, under the chairmanship of the cabinet secretary, in next few weeks to discuss setting up of a stress fund to deal with stalled projects and bail out lakhs of stuck homebuyers, sources added. Briefing the media after the meeting, Puri said: “Lot of useful discussions happened at the meeting with the real estate industry. We looked at a number of issues, clarified a number of issues and the government will be addressing these issues in the days to come.” With these discussions, he said, the process of finding solutions to some of the problems that have affected the real estate industry has started. The finance ministry also tweeted about the two meetings — one with the representatives of the real estate sector and the other with homebuyers. The ministry had last week held meetings with the financial market representatives, foreign portfolio investors and industry chambers, amid concerns over economic slowdown and the latest Union Budget proposals. “Whatever problems are there of the homebuyers, stalled projects etc we are exploring ways to move forward on this. Many homebuyers have moved the Supreme Court and there are judgements too. So it’s a very complicated arena. But given the goodwill within the government, amongst the homebuyers and industry, so whatever problems are there we will find solutions for them,” Puri asserted. When asked about creation of a stress fund, he said a number of issues were discussed, but declined to give details. CREDAI Chairman Jaxay Shah said, “We had a great positive, patient hearing from finance minister. Government is cognisant about the matter affecting real estate industry including the liquidity crunch and taxation issues. We are very hopeful to have some good and tangible results in coming weeks.” CREDAI President Satish Magar said the government wanted to know about all the issues affecting the industry. NAREDCO President Niranjan Hiranandani said: “As you know, the real estate industry is going through a crisis, as is rest of the whole economy. So we are very glad that the finance minister and housing minister met us on a Sunday morning to understand the situation.” “The positive part is that the government understood that we need to take this thing forward and we need to do it quickly,” he said. Asked about the government’s response, Hiranandani said, “No response in terms of what actions the government wants to take, we are not aware and nor was anything committed on behalf of the government.” NAREDCO Vice Chairman Parveen Jain said the issue of stalled projects in the NCR region was also discussed. To boost demand and address liquidity issues, the industry bodies suggested various measures, including reduction of interest rates on home loans to 7 per cent and withdrawal of the recent NHB circular prohibiting subvention scheme (where the interest is paid by the developer for certain fixed time). They also said the real estate regulators established under RERA should be the first point of grievance redressal for homebuyers. Meanwhile, homebuyers body Forum for Peoples’ Collective Efforts (FPCE) President Abhay Upadhyay said 5 lakh customers are stuck across the country due to delayed projects. He demanded creation of a Rs 10,000 crore stress fund to complete such projects and provide relief to these homebuyers. Homebuyers of Jaypee Group told the finance minister that projects are not getting completed despite promoters having huge land bank and other assets like the Yamuna Expressway project.
Charleston/Marsh Harbour (US): North Carolina braced for a “long night” of strong winds and driving rain as Hurricane Dorian closed in on the coast Thursday after devastating the northern Bahamas, where it left at least 30 people dead and thousands homeless.Authorities in the state of Florida — which was largely spared by the storm — blamed six more deaths on the hurricane, US media reported, though they occurred as the victims were preparing for the storm’s arrival or were evacuation-related. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USUS weather forecasters warned that some areas of the Carolina coast could see dangerous storm surge of up to seven feet (2.1 metres) and between six and 12 inches of rain.”We know we’re in for a long night and we’ll be eager to see the sunshine in the morning,” North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper told CNN.The slow-moving monster storm also spawned several tornadoes but there were no immediate reports of casualties.Many residents of coastal Carolina heeded evacuation orders while others battened down their homes with plywood and prepared to ride out the tempest. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAt 8:00 pm (0000 GMT), the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said Dorian was a Category 2 storm packing winds of 100 miles per hour (160 km per hour).It was located about 30 miles (50 km) south of Cape Fear in North Carolina, and moving up the coast in a northeast direction at 10 miles per hour (17 km per hour).US President Donald Trump tweeted that he had spoken to the governors of North and South Carolina, telling them he is “ready to assist”. Dorian was a Category 5 hurricane — the highest on the five-level wind scale — when it slammed into the northern Bahamas on Sunday, leaving a trail of unimaginable destruction.An AFP team in the town of Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco on Thursday saw scenes of catastrophic damage with homes reduced to matchsticks, overturned cars, fields of jumbled debris, widespread flooding and beached boats.Teams of men in masks and white protective suits were seen loading corpses encased in green body bags onto a flatbed truck.Storm-dazed residents were out on the streets dragging suitcases containing their most precious possessions.The full extent of the damage in the northern Bahamas was becoming known on Thursday as rescue teams fanned out searching for survivors and bringing relief to victims.Prime Minister Hubert Minnis told CNN that at least 30 people were killed in the storm, which caused what he called “generational devastation.” The death toll is expected to rise.The United Nations said 70,000 people in the Bahamas were in immediate need of aid.”It’s hell everywhere,” said Brian Harvey, a Canadian from Montreal, told AFP in Great Abaco.”I was on my sailboat,” Harvey said. “I lost everything.” “We need to get out of here,” he added. “It’s been four or five days. It’s time to move and get out of here.” Steven Turnquest, who arrived in Nassau from Marsh Harbour with his four- and seven-year-old sons after weathering the storm, told AFP he was grateful to be alive.Speaking of his sons, Turnquest said he prayed to God to “take me and let them live.” “I survived the hurricane holding on to a door,” he added.Amid fears of lawlessness in the ravaged storm zone, Minnis warned that any looters will be prosecuted “to the fullest extent of the law,” and additional police and defense force officers deployed.US and British helicopters were conducting medical evacuations, aerial assessments to help coordinate relief efforts, and reconnaissance flights to assess the damage.The US Coast Guard said it had rescued 201 people in the Bahamas as of Thursday using multiple helicopters and Coast Guard cutters.The UN’s World Food Program said it had eight tons of ready-to-eat meals poised to arrive in the Bahamas.The WFP is organizing an airlift from the UN hub in Panama of storage units, generators, and prefab offices for two logistics hubs to be established on the main islands, it said.
By Christopher BrodskyRabat – Donald Trump’s unexpected victory this past week has put the prospect of a meaningful climate change agenda in peril. During the campaign season, Trump was roundly criticized for calling climate change a “hoax” concocted by the Chinese for economic gain. Trump recently appointed Myron Ebell, an outspoken skeptic of climate change, to his transitional team. Ebell’s appointment could derail the United States’ commitments to the Paris Agreement signed last year.An article published early Friday by Reuters noted a Trump presidency could allow China to take the reins of leadership on this issue from the United States. China currently emits the most carbon emissions among all nations, followed closely by the United States. China, however, worked closely with the Obama administration on making the Paris Agreement a success. Chinese officials believe taking the lead on a major issue recognized by the international community could elevate their moral standing on the world stage. Reuter’s noted Zou Ji, director of the National Center for Climate Change Strategy, as stating “China’s influence and voice are likely to increase in global climate governance, which will then spill over into other areas of global governance and increase China’s global standing, power and leadership.”Some in Washington and the scientific community have argued that, with China’s rising economic and political clout, it might pay dividends for the Trump presidency to continue the Obama administration’s cooperation with China on climate policy.
Rabat – Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch’s latest film, ‘Razzia‘, has been chosen to compete as Morocco’s entry in the pre-selections for Best Foreign Film at the 2018 Oscars, according to the Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM).A selection committee chaired by the writer and painter Mahi Binebine chose ‘Razzia’ to represent Morocco, as it meets the established criteria of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the CCM said in a statement on Friday.‘Razzia’ is set in Ouarzazate, the Atlas Mountains, and Casablanca. It is composed of five separate stories, one of which takes place in the 1980s in the Atlas Mountains. The remaining four storylines play out in present-day Casablanca. In an interview with weekly American entertainment magazine Variety, Ayouch explained that ‘Razzia’ tackles social issues like the differences between the upper and lower classes, as well as freedom of speech, an issue that he said concerns all Moroccans regardless of their socio-economic status. The film also deals with the intolerance between social groups and “the increasing tendency that lead them to [hold] contempt [for] each other.”“These are dangerous times throughout the world,” Ayouch said. “We have seen this with the election of Donald Trump in the US and the rise of the far right in Hungary, Austria, and France. Demagogy is leading in a new way, and there’s a new form of cultural hegemony – we’re seeing similar trends in the Arab world.
26 October 2009The international community must more actively and systematically support the African Union’s (AU) peacekeeping role with enhanced funding and training to bring stability and development to the continent, the United Nations peacekeeping chief said today. “If the international community requests that the AU bear the brunt of its initial response to a crisis, it has an obligation to support the AU in ensuring that that response is credible,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy told the Security Council at the start of a debate on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the issue.“There is a need to provide resources for peacekeeping in a sustainable and predictable manner without undermining the flexibility required to respond to a crisis quickly. Currently, AU peacekeeping is entirely dependent on the same small pool of donors.”Citing UN support for AU missions in Sudan and Somalia, he said the international community must ensure that the most effective mechanism is made available to the AU when the Council authorizes it to undertake peacekeeping operations. “Building a resilient and responsive African Union is vital for the establishment of an effective complementary system for global peacekeeping,” he added.The 15-member Council welcomed the AU’s “continuing important efforts and enhanced peacekeeping role” and recognized the need to “enhance increase the predictability, sustainability and flexibility” of financing regional organizations when they undertake peacekeeping under UN authorization.“The Security Council reiterates the importance of establishing a more effective strategic relationship between the United Nations Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council and between the United Nations Secretariat and the African Union Commission,” it said in a presidential statement read by Ambassador Le Luong Minh of Viet Nam, which holds the presidency for October.“The Security Council recognizes that in deploying peacekeeping operations authorized by the Security Council, the African Union is contributing towards maintenance of international peace and security,” it added, noting that the AU needs to enhance its institutional capacity to effectively plan, manage, and deploy peacekeeping operations. Mr. Le Roy noted that Mr. Ban’s report laid out a number of areas for immediate action, including streamlining the UN presence in Addis Ababa, the AU headquarters, and providing additional capacity-building, calling it a further step in a long-term process of UN support to AU peacekeeping.“Our partnership is strong and recognizes that security and the means of providing it is a prerequisite for long-term sustainable development,” he said. “This is particularly true in Africa, where instability and conflict continue to undermine the aspirations of the people in a number of countries.”He cited cases where the AU has taken on responsibilities in complex situations with the Council’s authorization when conditions have not been conducive to a UN peacekeeping role, and stressed the joint efforts of the two in Darfur (with the force known as UNAMID) and UN support for the AU peacekeeping force in Somalia (known as AMISOM) as examples of the kind of partnerships that can be achieved.“Serious capacity and resource constraints have, however, hampered the ability to fully realize the potential of this partnership,” he warned.Mr. Ban’s report outlined steps to boost AU capacity in UN-authorized peacekeeping and assessed the recommendations of an AU-UN panel which issued its own report last December, advocating concrete steps to strengthen the mutual relationship. Twenty-two speakers are scheduled to take part in today’s debate.Mr. Le Roy will travel to Abuja, Nigeria, tomorrow to attend a high-level meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council. He is also scheduled to visit peacekeeping missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he will assess security in the strife-torn east and discuss the extension of state authority and institution building, and Burundi, where he will see first-hand how the UN integrated mission is working.
LONDON — Christian Eriksen kept Tottenham’s Champions League campaign alive by coming off the bench to clinch a 1-0 win over Inter Milan on Wednesday, leaving the progress of both teams uncertain heading into the final round in Group B.Until Eriksen’s 70th-minute entry at Wembley Stadium, Tottenham was being thwarted by an ultra-defensive Inter side that only needed a draw to advance to the Round of 16 and eliminate the London club.But Eriksen made an immediate contribution by setting Jan Vertonghen up for a close-range header that drifted wide and then finding the target himself in the 80th minute. The hard work was done by Moussa Sissoko, driving down the right flank and cutting past Inter players before squaring to Dele Alli. The ball was quickly laid off to Eriksen who lifted it over goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.The victory lifted Tottenham over Inter into the second qualification place behind Barcelona due to its away goal scored in the 2-1 loss in Italy in September. Tottenham completes Group B next month at Barcelona, which can rest players at the Camp Nou given its unassailable six-point lead.The Spanish champions beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 on Wednesday, ensuring the Dutch side will remain last and miss out on even the consolation of dropping into the Europa League from a third-place finish.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsRob Harris, The Associated Press
The most desired smartphone operating system amongst US consumers? It’s still the iPhone, apparently. According to new numbers from Neilsen, 35 percent of people in the US who plan to get a new smartphone prefer the iPhone. Android is number two on the list at 28 percent. RIM’s Blackberry is in third with 13 percent, followed by Windows Mobile’s six percent. According to Nielsen’s numbers, Apple’s iOS currently dominates the US smartphone market at 27.9 percent, followed closely by RIM’s 27.4 percent. Android, the newest of the three, isn’t too far behind at 22.7 percent, thanks no doubt to the sheer number of companies producing handsets for the OS. Windows currently has 14 percent of the market–a number that will perhaps jump in the next year, given the fact that Microsoft has finally introduced another viable mobile operating system for the first time in a while. Symbian, Linux, and Palm all trail those numbers, at 3.4-, 3.3-, and 1.3-percent of the total market, respectively.At present, smartphones are still in the minority, comprising 29.7 percent of the total US market.
Both Microsoft and Sony have unveiled their respective next generation consoles and we’ve got a fairly good idea of what the hardware is capable of. There’s speculation that the PS4 has a performance advantage due to its use of a more powerful GPU and faster GDDR5 RAM. But we won’t know if that turns out to be a real-world advantage until both machines are available to purchase.Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry team has decided they can’t wait to find out, though, and have come up with a best guess test. What they did was to create two PCs using AMD components that best match the internals of the Xbox One and PS4 hardware in terms of the performance difference. Then they loaded up a number of games, but focused in particular on Crysis 3 on both machines to carry out some comparisons.It’s important to note that Digital Foundry setup the hardware to focus on testing the graphics performance and didn’t want a CPU or memory bottleneck. So they opted to use a Core i7 3770K overclocked to 4.3GHz and 16GB DDR3 RAM running at 1375MHz. As for the GPU, the best equivalent to the Xbox One was found to be the Radeon HD 7850, for the PS4 it’s the Radeon HD 7870 XT, both with 2GB of dedicated RAM and running at 600MHz.While the GPUs chosen may in fact be more powerful than those in the consoles, the important thing to get right was the difference between the two, which is 50 percent more raw performance in the PS4. Check out the videos above and below to see the difference that actually makes for gaming:The performance advantage just on compute power from a better GPU isn’t as great as you’d expect. Comparing several games the performance gain varies between 17-22 percent in favor of the PS4. The PS4 does have another ace up its sleeve, though: memory bandwidth, which Digital Foundry admits could be a huge performance advantage. However, it’s hard to decide how big because we simply don’t know how fast the Xbox One’s SRAM is and how easy it will be for developers to take advantage of.Ultimately, it seems that any games initially released as multiplatform titles will end up playing equally well on both next-gen consoles. It’s only when we get to 3rd and 4th generation game releases, when developers understand the hardware platforms much better, that we may see one console start to show a real advantage. On paper that looks likely to be the PS4.Of course, Microsoft may have actually turned around Sony’s performance advantage before either console has launched if the rumors that the Xbox One GPU clock speed having been increased turns out to be true.
Un vaccin contre la bilharziose testé avec succèsUne équipe de chercheurs brésiliens a annoncé avoir obtenu des résultats prometteurs avec le premier vaccin dirigé contre la bilharziose, une maladie qui constitue la seconde endémie parasitaire après le paludisme. Touchant plus de 200 millions de personnes à travers le monde, la bilharziose est une maladie redoutable due à un ver parasite connu sous le nom de schisostome. Profitant de mollusque d’eau douce pour se développer, ce ver pénètre chez l’homme en traversant la peau lors de baignades en eau douce et stagnante. Une fois dans le corps humain, le parasite continue son cycle de maturation en se rendant dans les vaisseaux lymphatiques ou sanguins puis en gagnant le coeur et les poumons. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les manifestations de la maladie ne démarrent en revanche que lorsque la femelle parasite se met à pondre des oeufs dont une partie se retrouve piégée dans les tissus et une autre dans les intestins. Libérés par l’intermédiaire des selles et de l’urine, les oeufs peuvent alors éclore en eau douce et commencer un nouveau cycle. Chez les personnes parasitées, la maladie se manifeste par une éruption cutanée avec des démangeaisons, suivie de fièvre, toux, douleurs musculaires et abdominales, diarrhée. Au bout de plusieurs années, si elle n’est pas décelée et traitée, les organes internes peuvent être durement touchés et dans certains cas conduire à la mort.Connue depuis le XIXe siècle, la maladie est présente en Afrique, en Amérique du Sud comme en Asie et est responsable de pas moins de 280.000 décès chaque année. S’il existe des traitements efficaces, le mode d’infection du parasite lui permet de se disséminer largement. Cela fait donc plusieurs années que les spécialistes travaillent sur la mise au point d’un vaccin capable de protéger les personnes et donc de contrôler la dispersion de la maladie. Un vaccin qui semble enfin se concrétiser. En effet, des chercheurs brésiliens ont annoncé avoir testé avec succès le premier vaccin contre la bilharziose. Un vaccin distribué dans les trois ans Testé chez des humains, la vaccin a été conçu à partir de la reconstruction d’une protéine dans un ver. “C’est une avancée médicale sans précédent, fruit de 30 ans de travaux scientifiques”, a déclaré à l’AFP le docteur Tania Araujo-Jorge, directrice de l’Institut Oswaldo Cruz de Rio de Janeiro. “Nous devrions être en mesure dans les trois ans de distribuer le premier vaccin antiparasitaire, et contribuer ainsi à l’éradication de la bilharziose, un mal qui frappe les plus démunis, vivant dans des conditions insalubres”, a t-elle encore ajouté.Le 15 juin 2012 à 18:59 • Maxime Lambert
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 19, 2017 – Providenciales – It is ten days since Hurricane Irma devastated parts of the Turks and Caicos Islands. We thank God that no lives were lost but we are all too conscious of the damage done to people’s homes – not least to the homes of the most disadvantaged members of our communities – as well as to core infrastructure.Since Irma’s passage across the islands we have been wholly engaged on the provision of help to those most in need and upon the process of gradual recovery from Irma’s worst effects, especially in our family Islands. To this end the TCIG has been and remains totally dedicated through all relevant agencies led by DDME but including government ministries and also non-governmental bodies and organisations, not least the commercial sector to direct help and assistance where most needed.But assistance and recovery from such a disaster cannot be achieved by TCI alone, resilient as the people of these Islands are and as they have proved once again. We have therefore welcomed the very considerable level of advice and direct help provided by the UK, Canada, Cayman Islands, Bermuda and other governments and by regional and other international bodies and organisations. Such assistance is ongoing, but we wish here to highlight the following contributions – which in the case of military forces are not about boots and policing but about vital aid to local communities which is being warmly welcomed – to assist immediately and directly the recovery of the most challenged parts of these Islands:– UK military have been helping to clear debris and repair buildings in order to restore services. For example they have cleared out several Government buildings including the Treasury to allow reconstruction to commence.– In South Caicos, the UK military have made repairs to the clinic, decontaminated water storage tanks and have cleaned up primary and high schools anticipating their reopening.– The UK military are working closely with the Bermudan military, who have sent 30 of their rank to assist in Grand Turk, and the Canadian military who have a frigate ship based off South Caicos from which they to are assisting the local community, not least with provision of water.– The UK’s Department for International Development has delivered 400 shelter kits and 655 litres of bottled water to South Caicos.– Yesterday in Provo, UK Aid delivered 276 shelter kits which include two 7×5 tarpaulin sheets and 24m of rope each, these are vital for repairing roofs.– UK Aid will shortly be delivering a health kit to South Caicos which contains enough vaccines for 10,000 people for three months.We remain grateful for the additional show of support from the UK Government evidenced by the visit of Lord Ahmad, Minister of State at the FCO with responsibility for the UK Overseas Territories. We are equally grateful for the visits of regional leaders and the visit of the Chairman of Caricom, Prime Minister of Grenada, Hon Dr Keith Mitchell who led a high level Caribbean delegation in a show of regional support.Hurricane MariaOur responsibility for disaster management does not of course end with Irma and we must state clearly now that the recently formed Hurricane Maria may also pose a threat to the TCI later this week. Once again we must make ourselves ready as a community and as individuals to face down that new Hurricane should it, as currently seems highly possible, threaten and risk further damage to these Islands and people.We in government will again prepare shelters and take other measures; but this must involve us all as individuals and families and we encourage you now to prepare as best you are able to take steps to ensure adequate water and food provision both during as well as after the possible passage of Maria which is forecast currently to be possible on Thursday and Friday of this week.Press Statement: TCIG Related Items:
ARLINGTON, Va. (WSVN)- A woman in hospice care got to have one last sweet treat from her hometown hundreds of miles away, thanks to a good friend and her favorite restaurant.After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, 50-year-old Ohio native Emily Pomeranz spent her final days in a Virginia hospital surrounded by her loved ones.Pomeranz’s friend Sam Klein went above and beyond to honor her final wish to have one last mocha milkshake from Tommy’s in Cleveland, according to Fox 5.Since Pomeranz couldn’t travel, Klein emailed the restaurant in the hopes of having them send a mocha milkshake to her location.A few days later, Klein said he received a call from the owner, Tommy Fello, saying, “We will figure out a way to do this.”Two trips to the UPS office later, a carefully-packaged Tommy’s mocha shake traveled 375 miles to Pomeranz’s room. “She was thrilled. She shared it with her family. She talked about it for days and days. She shared the story with her friends back in Cleveland and here in the D.C. area. It was something that made everyone smile,” wrote Klein.Pomeranz passed away about a week later.To honor her memory, Klein has one special request for future diners of Tommy’s: “Order one of those incredible milkshakes and ask for Tommy (he is the one cooking in the middle of the restaurant) and say, ‘This one is for Emily. Thank you for sending one to her.’”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Anchorage School District Superintendent Ed Graff speaks with reporters. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)The Anchorage School Board will not renew the district superintendent’s contract next year. Ed Graff will stay on until the end of June 2016, and the search for a new superintendent will start immediately.Download AudioSchool Board President Kameron Perez-Verdia said the board has been discussing Graff’s contract renewal for about five months. It was originally set to expire in March of next year.“The board’s reason for seeking new leadership is primarily centered around moving forward. And in order to achieve those goals we need to identify a new leader,” Perez-Verdia said during a press conference.Perez-Verdia would not provide any specifics as to why the board is replacing Graff. He said the board’s decision making process is confidential.Graff said he knew his contract would end after three years and that it was up to the Board to decide if they wanted to renew it.“For me, it’s been more important to see the success of students than it is to have the title of superintendent. I remain committed to students. I remain committed to our staff, and public education. And if I can do that in any capacity in our district then I will do that.”Graff would not provide specific plans for his future, but says he intends to stay with ASD. He began with the district as a teacher 25 years ago.Alison Arians, with the advocacy group Great Alaska Schools, sees some positive aspects to the change.“I feel that Superintendent Graff has always been very positive about what’s going on in the district. And he has been a cheerleader for the teachers and the students and the whole district. But, I think we need someone who might be able to help us understand some of the challenges a little better in a more transparent way.”Perez-Verdia says the Board is working with the Council of the Great City Schools to find a new superintendent. They are still determining what qualities they are looking for, but Perez-Verdia says they want someone who can help the district reach “aggressive goals” like improving graduation and attendance rates and communicate well with the legislature about the district’s needs. The search will include public input.
Prothom alo illustrationThe police headquarters have asked all the unit chiefs across the country to take steps to stop deaths in mob beating.In this regard, Sayeed Tariqul Hasan, assistant inspector general of police (operation) at Police Headquarters in Dhaka, sent letters to all units of police across the country on Monday.Police think a quarter is trying to destabilise the situation by killing people in mob beating after spreading rumours of abducting boys at different parts of the country.Police HQ have also given instructions to keep vigil on social media including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs to rein in rumours about abducting boys.It said strict measures will be taken against those who will circulate confusing posts on social media about abducting boys.According to the letter, police units have been asked to inform Police HQ within three days about the steps taken.All of a sudden mob beating has increased in the country. Seven people have been killed at different places in the last four days.
Get ready to dust off your save file and inflate its total hours played, because Dragonborn, Skyrim’s next add-on, will be releasing tomorrow for Xbox Live.Dragonborn looks to be a significant piece of content. Bethesda is calling it one of their “most ambitious add-ons ever,” which if taken to heart, would mean a great deal considering the enormous size of Oblivion’s Shivering Isles DLC. Dragonborn will bring a boatload of new content to Skyrim, including new spells and enchantments, weapons, armor, creatures and enemies, shouts, locations, and achievements. The main quest does not have to be completed in order to play Dragonborn, but small bits of story and characters are altered if the main quest has been completed. Leaked details from someone claiming to be a beta tester said that, so far, the player is about 30 hours into the DLC and hasn’t yet finished, though the main quest could be completed in about 10.Not just content with a release, Bethesda has announced that the DLC will be made available for PC and PS3 in early 2013. Interestingly, previous Skyrim DLC has not yet been made available for Sony’s platform. So, either the PS3 release of Dragonborn will herald the release of the previous Skyrim DLC for the PS3, or Dragonborn will release without it, which would point toward the PS3 perhaps not receiving Dawnguard and Hearthfire.Meanwhile, PS3 owners have been patiently awaiting their Skyrim DLC. Dawnguard released for the Xbox 360 on June 26 2012, then later for PC on August 2. The following piece of DLC, Hearthfire, released for the Xbox 360 on September 4, and for PC on October 4. Release dates for the PS3 versions are still unknown. However, with the announcement of a vague release date for Dragonborn for the PS3, owners of Sony’s console have reason to hope.via Bethesda Blog
Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. 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Image courtesy of Radiology. Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, Universi read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more November 25, 2015 — Two studies in the November 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) examine the change in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening and prostate cancer incidence before and after the 2012 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) screening recommendations.Ahmedin Jemal, D.V.M., Ph.D., of the American Cancer Society, Atlanta, and colleagues examined trends in stage-specific prostate cancer incidence and PSA-based screening for men 50 years and older subsequent to the 2008 and 2012 USPSTF recommendations using the most recent population-based incidence and nationally representative screening data. Prostate cancer incidence in men 75 years and older substantially decreased following the 2008 USPSTF recommendation against PSA-based screening for this age group. It has been unknown whether incidence has changed since the USPSTF recommendation against screening for all men in May 2012.The researchers determined prostate cancer incidence (newly diagnosed cases/100,000 men 50 years of age and older) by stage from 2005 through 2012 using data from 18 population-based Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) registries. The PSA screening rate was determined for men 50 years and older without a history of prostate cancer who responded to the 2005 (n = 4,580), 2008 (n = 3,476), 2010 (n = 4,157), and 2013 (n = 6,172) National Health Interview Survey.The researchers found that prostate cancer incidence per 100,000 in men 50 years and older (n = 446,009 in SEER areas) was 535 in 2005, 541 in 2008, 505 in 2010, and 416 in 2012; rates began decreasing in 2008 and the largest decrease occurred between 2011 and 2012, from 498 to 416. The number of men 50 years and older diagnosed with prostate cancer nationwide declined by 33,519, from 213,562 in 2011 to 180,043 in 2012. The decreases in incidence were evident in both non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black individuals and across regions.The percentage of men 50 years and older reporting PSA screening in the past 12 months was 37 percent in 2005, 41 percent in 2008, 38 percent in 2010, and 31 percent in 2013. In relative terms, screening rates increased by 10 percent between 2005 and 2008 and then decreased by 18 percent between 2010 and 2013. Similar screening patterns were found in age subgroups 50 to 74 years and 75 years and older.“Using the most recent population-based incidence and nationally representative self-reported PSA screening data, we report reductions in early-stage prostate cancer incidence and PSA-based screening rates in men 50 years and older, coinciding with the 2012 USPSTF recommendation against PSA-based screening,” the authors write. “Longer follow-up is needed to see whether these decreases are associated with trends in mortality.”This project was supported by the Intramural Research Department of the American Cancer Society. All authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and none were reported.In another study, Jesse D. Sammon, D.O., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and colleagues examined PSA screening data from the 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2013 National Health Interview Survey to determine the prevalence and determinants of screening before and after the 2012 USPSTF recommendations (draft released October 2011), as well as the association between the new USPSTF recommendations and the prevalence of screening.The final study population included 20,757 men. The prevalence of PSA screening was 34 percent in 2000 and 2005. Between 2010 and 2013, the prevalence decreased from 36 to 31 percent overall. In a pooled analysis, survey year 2013 (vs. 2010) was associated with lower odds of PSA screening. However, declines were seen only in men younger than 75 years vs men 75 and older. The largest declines were seen among men age 50-54 years (from 23 percent to 18 percent) and among men 60-64 years of age (from 45 to 35 percent). After adjusting for patient factors, there were significant reductions in PSA screening associated with the 2012 USPSTF recommendations.“The 2008 USPSTF recommendations against PSA screening in men aged 75 years or older have not been associated with changes in screening practices. However, we found a decrease in the prevalence of PSA screening following the 2012 recommendations, particularly in men younger than 75 years,” the authors write.“These findings using nationally representative data suggest that younger men may be altering health care behavior at a higher rate than older men following the new USPSTF recommendations, changes in clinician PSA screening practices have occurred in response to the policy change, or both. Alternatively, the findings may reflect the broad effects of the economic recession on health care use or a delayed response to the 2008 guidelines.” News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Prostate Cancer | November 25, 2015 Studies Find Decline in Rates of PSA Screening, Early-Stage Prostate Cancer Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more
MANAGUA, Nicaragua – The Nicaraguan government of President Daniel Ortega deported a Chilean Agence France-Presse photojournalist to Costa Rica on Saturday after detaining him without charges for four days.“I am happy to be free,” Héctor Retamal said upon his arrival at the airport in San José, the Costa Rican capital.The 37-year-old was arrested Tuesday night near the presidential residence in Managua, police said. He was headed there to cover the meeting of Ortega and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki.“I do not understand why I had so many days in solitary confinement for trying to take pictures of a meeting of the president,” Retamal said. “These were very difficult, anxious days, not knowing what would happen to me.”Retamal was deported on a TACA flight to Costa Rica, Chilean consul Diego Rivera said earlier, adding that the charge against him was “violating immigration law.”His deportation followed an appeal by AFP for his release.“We are worried about our colleague and we demand his immediate release,” AFP’s Central America Director Marcelo Brusa said. “We don’t know what he is accused of.”Since Tuesday, Retamal was held incommunicado in the offices of a police unit that handles cases of terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime.He had no access to a lawyer and, over the course of four days, could only receive two visits from Rivera. The last was on Thursday evening.“The detention is illegal,” said lawyer Raúl Arévalo, who filed an appeal for Retamal’s release. “The police have 48 hours to gather the information they need but he remains in custody and no charges have been filed.”The French Embassy also took steps to secure his release.Sonia González, president of Nicaragua’s foreign correspondent’s association, ACEN, asked the presidential spokeswoman and first lady, Rosario Murillo, to help to “promptly resolve” the situation.“Our job is to cover journalistic events in Nicaragua and that is what Mr. Retamal was doing Tuesday night,” she said in a letter. There has not been a response. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Envision FestivalHow do you describe Envision? Just picture all-day yoga, tattooed artists, tribal outfits, performance art, and myriad workshops on shamanic healing, then multiply this image by thousands of earth-loving spirit-travelers, and that’ll give you some idea how mind-expandingly awesome this festival can be. Like Burning Man in the U.S., Envision is a gargantuan stone soup of hyper-creative people. Unlike Burning Man, there’s a lush rain forest setting near the beach.The Envision Festival takes place Feb. 20-23 at Rancho La Merced, Uvita de Osa. $265 (international), $125 (with valid cédula, or Costa Rican ID). Info: Envision website.Carrera ChirripóThis race up Costa Rica’s highest peak (and back) is one of the toughest in the world. It’s back for the 26th time this year, and will attract thousands to San Gerardo de Rivas to watch the brutal competition and partake in the accompanying festivities.Carrera Chirripó takes place Saturday, Feb. 22, beginning at 7 a.m. at the soccer field in San Gerardo de Rivas. The race filled up months ago, but for more info, check out the event website. Puntarenas CarnivalDon’t overlook Puntarenas: This humble shipping town comes alive with wild costumes, electric parades and tons of live music. Like a Brazilian metropolis in miniature, the entire city turns into one giant party. Accessible, inexpensive, and replete with “Churchill” frozen drinks, the Carnavales de Puntarenas is one authentic Tico party.The carnival takes place Feb. 21-23 throughout Puntarenas. Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m.-12 a.m. Info: Carnival Facebook page.National Film WeekVeritas University kicks off the semester with a film festival, screening one Costa Rican film each day. The New School of Film and Television hosts diverse filmmakers, who will present and discuss their work.National Film Week takes place Feb. 25-28 at Veritas University, Barrio Mangos. All films start at 7 p.m. Free. Info: New School website.“Rey Lear” RevivalThe Shakespeare classic returns for an encore performance at the Teatro de la Aduana. The National Theater Company presents this acclaimed Spanish-language production starring Óscar Castillo.“El Rey Lear” continues through March 9. Teatro de la Aduana, Barrio Carmen. Thu.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. ₡4,000 ($8). Info & Tickets: 2257-8305.Screening of “THX 1138”Club de Cine deleFOCO continues its Stanley Kubrick/George Lucas film series with “THX 1138,” Lucas’ early feature film about an emotional human in a world overcrowded with drones.“THX 1138” screens Feb. 27 at Casa Batsú, Barrio Escalante, San José. 7 p.m. Free. Info: Event Facebook page.Summer SymphonyThe National Symphony Orchestra teams up with trio Editus, Gandhi and Marfil for an accelerated tour of Costa Rica. This weekend they perform in Curridabat and Ciudad Colón.The Summer Symphony performances takes place Feb. 21, 7 p.m., in the Multiplaza Curridabat shopping complex, and Feb. 23 in the central park of Ciudad Colón, 5 p.m. Free. Info: Tour Facebook page.Music: SaxforteSaxforte combines a wide range of traditional musical forms, from calypso to waltzes. Catch their act in the National Theater’s foyer.Saxforte plays Feb. 27 in the National Theater, downtown San José, 5:10 p.m. Free. Info: National Theater website.Music: American VoicesGet spiritual with the American Voices gospel choir. They join gospel group Oscar Williams and the Band of the Life on their tour of Costa Rica. Brought to you by the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica.Concerts take place Feb. 21-24 at the following venues: Fri., 7 p.m., at the Eugene O’Neill Theater near San Pedro; Sat., 7 p.m., on the Black Star Line in Limón; Mon., 9:30 a.m. at the Limón Public Library and 4 p.m. at the Center for the Arts in Cartago. All shows are free and open to the public.Theater: “The Glass Menagerie”The Little Theatre Group presents its final weekend of the Tennessee Williams classic.“The Glass Menagerie” performs through Feb. 23 at Verdeza, Barrio Trejos Montealegre, Escazú. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 2:30 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10). Info: The Little Theatre Group website.In the WoodsThe Museum of Costa Rican art presents this haunting and beautiful series of landscapes by Gerardo González. See his unique vision of the rain forest.“Bosque Adentro” continues through April 6 at the Museum of Costa Rican Art, La Sabana Park. Tue.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info: Museum website.Fall in Love With Your CityYes, you can get gaga for San José – especially when the Culture Ministry is sponsoring “Fall in Love With Your City,” a year-long celebration of art, culture and urban parks. Starting this week and continuing every Saturday through November, Enamorate de tu Ciudad kicks off with the Lubín Barahona Orchestra. Check back for games, workshops, presentations and surprise performances.Fall in Love with Your City takes place Sat., Feb. 22, in various parks in downtown San José. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. Info: Enamorate de tu Ciudad website.Theater: “The House of the Spirits”Teatro Espressivo presents a theatrical adaptation of Isabel Allende’s classic novel, “The House of the Spirits.” This epic magic-realist story receives an inventive adaptation by Caridad Svich.“The House of the Spirits” continues through April 13 at Teatro Espressivo, Curridabat. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡8,000-15,000 ($16-30). Info: Performance website.Historical Cartoon ExhibitionHow better for kids to understand history than through comic strips? Eighteen works illustrate the history of Costa Rica, thanks to a comics workshop hosted by the Juan Santamaría Historical Museum.Exhibit continues through Feb. 27 at the Juan Santamaría Historical Museum, Alajuela. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. Info: Museum Facebook page. Facebook Comments Related posts:Overheard at Envision 2014 6 things you need to know about Envision Festival 2015 Art fair, Renaissance artist, and other happenings around Costa Rica 12 days, 13 plays at National Theater Event
Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories ROME (AP) – Part of an early 19th-century wall near a panoramic terrace overlooking an ancient square in Rome has collapsed.No one was injured when about 9 meters (30 feet) of the Pincio wall fell over above Piazza del Popolo before dawn on Wednesday. Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno inspected the damage and promised the wall would be repaired in two weeks.City culture officials blamed a winter of heavy rains and rare snowfall, followed by this summer’s hot, dry weather for causing an outer layer of brickwork to detach. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Alemanno said the collapse could have been avoided with regular maintenance but that heavy budget cuts prevented that.Pincio terrace near Villa Borghese park has long been a popular strolling place for Romans and tourists to admire the cityscape.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project
InterContinental reveals insight into the globes most exquisite seasonal dishesIHG today announces that InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has created a new global Culinary Calendar, designed to be a snapshot of five-star seasonal dishes for food and travel enthusiasts around the world.The new seasonal map showcases world-class dining experiences available to guests throughout the year, in every corner of the globe. From unique dining destinations to signature dishes created by an enviable roster of renowned chefs, the Culinary Calendar illustrates the brand’s unwavering commitment to offering the best seasonal and local cuisines; a practice which over seven decades, has seen InterContinental Hotels & Resorts establish itself as the ideal getaway for luxury leisure and business travellers with a discerning palate.Plating up 81 million meals annually, it takes a team of highly skilled and dedicated chefs to maintain InterContinental Hotels & Resorts’ luxury dining legacy. With several Michelin-starred restaurants across the portfolio and a team of internationally acclaimed chefs, including Gordon Ramsay, Theo Randall, Jason Atherton,Alain Ducasse, and Martha Ortiz, who is soon to join the team, the brand remains at the forefront of luxury travel and dining.Featured in the new Culinary Calendar and leading the growing food trend to offer versatile and innovative seafood-inspired menus, InterContinental Santiago’s signature Seafood Ceviche served in Autumn, perfectly demonstrates the ‘ocean-to-plate concept’ with its octopus, shrimp and squid, caught and served on the same day. Adding to the culturally authentic dining experience, the ceviche is paired with a traditional Pisco Sourcocktail, a recipe that originated in the region.Across the Pacific Ocean to Japan, the Winter menu at InterContinental-ANA Tokyo offers guests Tokyo’s highest grade Blowfish Sashimi, one of the country’s most exclusive seafood delicacies sourced from the famed Tsukiji Market. For lovers of lobster, InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam is the place to visit in Spring, with the famous and locally sourced, Blue Lobster served alongside InterContinental’s classic Old Fashioned Worldly Classic Cocktail.Ginger Taggart, Vice President Global Brand Strategy, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts said: “As leaders in international luxury travel for more than 70 years, we are continually innovating to meet the changing tastes of the world’s most discerning travellers. Along with the InterContinental brand’s rich heritage and expertise, our community of great chefs and Restaurant & Bar teams across over 180 properties worldwide, means we are uniquely placed to deliver unrivalled and truly authentic dining experiences year-round, in every corner of the globe.”Also featured in the Culinary Calendar is InterContinental Bali Resort, located in one of the world’s most desirable travel destinations. The hotel’s renowned Summer signature dish, Marinated Duck in Pepes Tahu served with sautéed chilli vegetables, is the resort’s most sought-after menu item and is perfectly complemented by a White Two Island Sangria, made with Balinese white wine and local tropical fruits.For guests travelling to North-America, InterContinental Los Angeles Century City offers mouth-watering Seared Diver Scallops with carrot-lime purée and local purple cauliflower during the Autumn months. Using succulent scallops caught in the nearby Gulf of California, the speciality dish is full of vibrant colours and textures to reflect the changing colours of the season and is complemented by a Mexicali Garden cocktail, flavoured with herbs and fruit grown in California.With a seven-decade heritage in restaurant and bar excellence, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has catered for some of the world’s most illustrious people, from Princess Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Martin Luther King, to The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Queen Elizabeth II. Embarking on a new era in luxury travel, the brand continues to grow and evolve its culinary expertise to offer guests the very best five-star local cuisine in every corner of the globe.Source = InterContinental Hotels & Resorts