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Global leaders show will for climate change breakthrough – SecretaryGeneral

24 September 2007World leaders have demonstrated the political will necessary to make a breakthrough on climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he wrapped up the largest-ever meeting of heads of State or government on the issue. “This has been a groundbreaking, historical event,” he told reporters following the conclusion of the gathering at United Nations Headquarters in New York, which he also characterized as a “sea-change in the response to climate change.”Mr. Ban convened the event in an effort to forge a coalition to accelerate a global response to climate change and build international momentum for the major summit to be held in Bali, Indonesia, in December.That meeting seeks to determine future action on mitigation, adaptation, the global carbon market and financing responses to climate change for the period after the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol – the current global framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions – in 2012.“Today I heard a clear call from world leaders for a breakthrough on climate change in Bali,” Mr. Ban said in his closing remarks at the day-long event, which drew top officials from over 150 nations, including 80 heads of State or government. “And I now believe we have a major political commitment to achieving that.”Stressing that a post-Kyoto agreement must be in force by the end of 2012, he called for “comprehensive and inclusive” negotiations to take place in Bali.“We have come a long way in building understanding and a new consensus this year. More remains to be done, but this event has sent a powerful political signal to the world, and to the Bali conference, that there is the will, and the determination, at the highest level, to break with the past and act decisively.”Four plenary sessions on the themes of adaptation, mitigation, technology and financing were held simultaneously at the event, entitled “The Future in our Hands: Addressing the Leadership Challenge of Climate Change.”In summarizing the adaptation session, Mr. Ban said that participants voiced solidarity with the most vulnerable nations – in particular, the so-called small island developing states and least developed countries – to the consequences of climate change. Such nations have contributed least to the state of the planet, and yet are most impacted by it.Those who attended this session also agreed on the need to reduce disaster risk and bolster community resilience to extreme weather events through planning and capacity-building, he said.Speakers at the mitigation plenary noted the need for long-term plans of action, with many participants calling for legally binding emission targets.“There is a broad recognition of the need to tackle the root causes of the problem and reverse its effects through decisive action,” the Secretary-General noted. “The current level of effort will not suffice.”On technology, Mr. Ban said that many participants pointed out that technological solutions for pushing forward the goals of adaptation and mitigation already exist. “Effective policy frameworks and cooperation mechanisms can greatly accelerate the deployment of these solutions between and within the North and the South,” he said.Global collaboration must be urgently increased to help developing countries to move towards low carbon and renewable energy, which can in turn spur economic growth, he noted.Additionally, since fossil fuels will be ongoing sources of energy for the foreseeable future, energy efficiency must be improved and new technologies – such as carbon capture and storage – must be sought out.Finally, regarding financing, many participants suggested that tackling climate change need not curtail economic development, the Secretary-General said. Developing countries should be provided with resources for investment and for cultivating their ability to identify and implement the necessary policies to promote sustainable growth.Several speakers called for an enhanced carbon market in developed nations that offers flexibility, allows for a cost-effective transition to low-emissions economies and ultimately provides incentives to developing countries.Mr. Ban also said that the attendees noted that the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the only forum to devise solutions to the challenges posed by climate change. “All other processes or initiatives should be compatible with the UNFCCC process and should feed into it, facilitating its successful conclusion.”Also speaking at the event’s closing, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, which is hosting the upcoming summit, noted that the plenary sessions were “marked by a strong sense of commitment and urgency.”Regarding the upcoming Bali meeting, Mr. Yudhoyono said “there is a public demand for concrete and bold action. Thus, we are looking forward to their principal outcome: a bold global decisions addressing climate change without significantly jeopardizing development efforts.” read more

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US says Sri Lanka has made progress on human rights

“Indeed, Sri Lanka is showing the world how reconciliation and economic growth can go hand-in-hand,” he said. The Ambassador said that the US and Sri Lanka have a mutual goal to strengthen the economic relationship between the two countries and also help improve Sri Lanka’s trade, investment, and labor rules in order to encourage foreign direct investment and provide economic benefits and jobs to the Sri Lankan people. Assistant US Trade Representative Michael Delaney, who also spoke, said that the US has been Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner and Sri Lanka’s trade with the US is an important bedrock of the economy, accounting for many thousands of jobs across the island.” I do firmly believe that the task of national reconciliation will be made much easier in an environment characterized by rapid economic growth and job creation. Conversely, the task of national reconciliation will be all the more challenging in the environment of stagnant or even declining growth and employment prospects,” he said. The United States says Sri Lanka has made progress on democratic rights, reconciliation, rule of law, and freedom of expression.The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Atul Keshap, speaking at the Trade and Investment Facilitation Agreement (TIFA) Inter-sessional discussions in Colombo today, said that the changes in Sri Lanka have created new trade and investment opportunities between Sri Lanka and the rest of the world, laying the foundation for new markets, new industries, and new jobs. Michael Delaney said the US aims to grow the role of external trade and investment and in the process create jobs and prosperity for the people of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey tells 60 Minutes he wants to run for

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey tells ’60 Minutes’ he wants to run for mayor of NYC someday AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – There may be another billionaire interested in New York City’s top job.Jack Dorsey, co-founder of the popular social media service Twitter and the mobile payments startup Square, reportedly says he wants to be mayor of New York one day.In an interview aired Sunday on “60 Minutes,” CBS’ Lara Logan said Dorsey is serious about moving to the Big Apple someday and running for mayor.Dorsey tells Logan that what he loves about New York is the electricity he feels when he’s in the city.In Forbes latest ranking of the 400 wealthiest Americans, a list which requires $1.2 billion in net worth for entry, newcomer Dorsey was listed at No. 392. Current mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is listed at No. 10 with an estimated net worth of $25 billion. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 18, 2013 2:56 am MDT read more

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Teen sentenced to community service for climbing 1 World Trade Center tower

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2014 12:56 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – A thrill-seeking teenager who made a daring climb up the World Trade Center’s centerpiece tower was sentenced Wednesday to community service for a stunt that raised questions about how well one of the nation’s most security-conscious sites really was protected.Justin Casquejo was sentenced to 23 days of service, a penalty set in a plea agreement this summer. He already completed the service — plus six extra days — and two sessions of youth counselling.The 16-year-old admitted in July to breaking a city misdemeanour law against scaling tall buildings without permission.He and his attorney declined to speak at the sentencing, but the judge said Casquejo had submitted a 1,200-word essay explaining what he had learned from the episode.“The court is impressed by your sincerity, remorsefulness and willingness to accept responsibility for your conduct,” Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Felicia Menin said.Casquejo sneaked through a construction-fence gap, past an inattentive security guard and up a ladder, scaffolding, elevators and stairs to the top of the unfinished 1 World Trade Center skyscraper around 4 a.m. on March 16, authorities said. After spending about two hours atop the symbolic 1,776-foot-tall tower — the nation’s tallest building — Casquejo encountered a security guard as he descended and was arrested.Growing up in Weehawken, New Jersey, Casquejo developed a yen for scaling precarious structures and for parkour, an extreme sport that combines elements from martial arts, gymnastics and rock climbing, a friend has said.About a week after his trade centre climb, three extreme-skydiving fans were arrested for a September leap off the tower.The cases prompted concern from the mayor and other officials and spurred security changes at the trade centre site.The building’s private head of security resigned, and the guard Casquejo got past was fired. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the government agency that owns the trade centre site, brought in a company that guards its airports to handle security at trade centre entrances and monitor security systems there.Port Authority and private security agents protect the inside of the 16-acre World Trade Center site. The New York Police Department guards the perimeter, deploying more than 200 officers, surveillance cameras and other technology.Ultimately, the lower Manhattan site is to be ensconced in a $40 million system of barriers and checkpoints.The skydivers and someone accused of helping them on the ground have pleaded not guilty to various charges.___Reach Jennifer Peltz on Twitter @jennpeltz Teen sentenced to community service for climbing 1 World Trade Center tower, US’s tallest read more

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Ohio State students not surprised by Terrelle Pryors departure

Terrelle Pryor’s time at Ohio State has come to an end. OSU students aren’t surprised. Larry James, Pryor’s attorney, said Pryor will forgo his senior season. Through James, Pryor released a statement on Tuesday to The Lantern. “In the best interest of my teammates, I’ve made the decision to forgo my senior year of football at the Ohio State University,” Pryor said. Pryor’s decision comes in the wake of former head coach Jim Tressel’s resignation and multiple reports saying that the NCAA launched an independent investigation of the star athlete for allegedly receiving discounts on vehicles throughout his tenure at OSU. OSU students weren’t surprised by the news of Pryor’s departure. “I’m not surprised,” said Andrew Leggett, a first-year in pharmaceutical sciences. “I’ve felt like it was going to happen for awhile.” Pryor has long been a polarizing figure in the Buckeye community and his departure is no different. “I feel like it would be better if he stayed,” said Aaron Wendel, a first-year in health sciences, “because he’s not ready for the NFL I don’t think.” Not everyone agreed. “I don’t think he was going to be able to play next season anyway,” said Paul Warren, a first-year in Biology. “It’s probably in his best interest (to leave).” Pryor’s 31-4 record as a starter makes him the second-winningest quarterback in OSU history, trailing only former Buckeye quarterback Art Schlichter. Pryor threw for 6,177 yards and 57 touchdowns while rushing for 2,164 yards and 17 touchdowns. James said Pryor hasn’t decided what the next step in his career will be. Some have suggested Pryor could enter the NFL’s supplemental draft. Many question whether Pryor’s skills can translate to the next level. “I don’t think he’s going to do anything (in the NFL),” Leggett said. “I don’t think he’s ready. I don’t think he has the ability to read defenses or make throws. I think he’s done.” Others think Pryor’s raw athletic ability is too good for NFL teams to turn down. “I think he can make (the NFL),” Warren said. “I think he’s athletically gifted. If he wants to, he’ll be able to.” OSU’s next step at quarterback is just as uncertain Pryor’s. Joe Bauserman, Kenny Guiton, and Braxton Miller spent spring practice vying to replace Pryor, who was facing a five-game suspension for selling memorabilia and accepting improper benefits. Now, in wake of Pryor’s absence, the trio of inexperienced quarterbacks will have to lead the Buckeyes for the entire season. “I don’t know who the next quarterback will be so it will be interesting to see what happens next year,” said Amy Hoffmeister, a third-year in human development and family science. read more

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New technology enables sustainable expansion of lithium production in Chile

first_imgAlbemarle Corp, a leader in the production of lithium and lithium derivatives, has developed an innovative technology that could enable Albemarle to sustainably increase total lithium production in Chile to as much as 125,000 t/y of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE), without the need for additional brine pumping at the Salar de Atacama. As a result of this development, Albemarle has requested that Chile’s Economic Development Agency (Corfo) increase Albemarle’s lithium quota.“Our efforts to improve efficiencies and sustainability in our Atacama operations are consistent with the spirit of our agreement with Corfo and the way we operate globally,” commented John Mitchell, Albemarle President of Lithium and Advanced Materials. “We are focused on adding value to our Chilean operations while supporting the creation of a downstream industry in the country.”Assuming the technology proves commercially viable, Albemarle plans to build and start-up additional lithium carbonate capacity in Chile in the early 2020s, once current expansion projects are completed and producing at capacity. Projects already underway should increase Albemarle’s total annual production capacity in Chile to greater than 80,000 t/y of LCE by 2020.Albemarle is a global specialty chemicals company with leading positions in lithium, bromine and refining catalysts.last_img read more

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Letter to the Editor Calls for Dr Rosie to be Named Natl

first_img Recommendation for National Hero, Dr. Rosita named as ideal Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Making of a HeroIt has been about two months since the late Hon. Dr. Rosita B. Butterfield was laid to rest on the 5th February, 2015 following a State Funeral, and it is with great humility that I write this article after a long layoff, not as her Grandson, but an engaged Turks and Caicos Islander. I write to make the case, or should I say state the obvious, that Dr. Butterfield should be the Turks and Caicos Islands next National Hero. Many have had the thought but few have voiced it publicly, save for Dr. Lillian Boyce in her closing remarks at the memorial service held in Dr. Butterfield’s honor.Looking at this case, neither emotionally nor politically biased, but critically, there is no doubt that she is worthy of such an honor. By any measure, real, imagined or even yet to be imagined, she passes the litmus test. In my view the following are some of the qualities which should be displayed by a National Hero: Leadership; Integrity; Courage; Honor; Longevity; Service to country; and lastly he/she should be someone whom most people would themselves aspire to be like or have as a role model for their children. Dr. Butterfield possessed all of these qualities.As speaker of the House of Assembly, she ruled with integrity and impartiality, to the point where some of the more junior members of her very own party treated her with disdain at house sittings. She would end her tenure as speaker early rather than compromise her moral standing because of others. Also, under her leadership as chairman of the select committee on the Employment Bill from 1987 to 1988, she and her team would shape positive employment trends still having its impact today.Both locally and internationally, Dr. Butterfield represented the spirit of her country on numerous occasions, be it in Bermuda where she presented on “Migration and Immigration in the Turks and Caicos Islands” or in the House of Lords or the Isle of Man as a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Her Leadership qualities were well recognized and unquestionable.Want someone who illustrated their belief in education? She maximized all education opportunities afforded her and won numerous nursing awards such as the Surgeons’ Prize for the most efficient operating theatre surgical student nurse. She would not only use her time to develop education within the TCI but also to put her money where her mouth was by sponsoring our National Spelling Bee for many many years plus giving financial help to numerous families. Besides, Dr. Butterfield and her husband’s role in the development of Providenciales and wider TCI by extension, has been far reaching and can easily be verified.So much has already been written about Dr. Butterfield’s tremendous contribution in service to our country that I need not repeat it here. Click: for more documentation. To emphasize my point about how special and rare this lady was, not even her husband, Dr. A. V. Butterfield, will be afforded a State Funeral which is reserved Heads of Government or a Speakers of the House, despite his equally devoted service in the development of our country. So I conclude with one question to all the members of the National Awards Committee: if not the Hon. Dr. Rosita Beatrice Missick-Butterfield, then whom?By: Jamell R. Robinson Recommended for you JAGS remembered again, 35-years after his tragic death Related Items:Dr. Rosita Butterfield, national hero Humble beginnings remember for Hon. Dr Rosita Butterfieldlast_img read more

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Money mismanaged in TCI Sports Commission scandal

first_imgThe erratic financial management decisions at the TCI Sports Commission were exposed in an audit and includes findings where staff was loaned money, but there was no reporting on the loans; where reimbursements were made for claims without receipts and other reasonable evidence that personal money was spent and needed to be paid back and missing documents including no budgets, no bank reconciliation statements and no register of fixed assets.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 26, 2016 – The now defunct Sports Commission was horribly managed and this forced its shut down.  During recent Public Accounts Committee meetings at Parliament, it was exposed in an audit report that hardly any record was kept of monies going out of the coffers of the entity which was set up as a statutory body, with Alvin Parker as its Director. Parker has already been found culpable by a special tribunal, Magnetic Media has learned, but he has appealed the case which charges him with mismanaging public funds to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Alvin Parker is on administrative leave during this situation and though the Commission has been dismantled, he continues to receive a salary from TCIG and others have been absorbed in a new entity managing sports, back under the Ministry of Education.   Related Items: The recommendations exposed that while the TCI Sports Commission was certainly operating way out of the bounds of a responsible organization; no one was watching or noticing which allowed the risky practices to continue for at least three years. Blank cheques were left signed, almost $50,000 reimbursed to the suspended Director, conflicts of interest where Parker’s business partner allegedly also got money from the Commission, where payment was made for things the Sports Commission did not receive; disorder when it comes to security staff logging hours, without a system the audit exposed that anyone could claim any amount of hours and inflate time actually worked and scrutiny was sorely lacking for this publicly funded body.    In 2009-2010, there were 662 transactions but 312 totaling over $123,000 were without proper documentation; by the next year, 2010-2011 the same continued and there were 228 of 605 transactions undocumented adding up to over $234,000; and in 2011 to 2012 again, more of the same as the transactions not documented were 28 and they totaled, over $173,000.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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2013 saw its share of extreme weather

first_imgAnother year of extreme weather brought the Philippines a super typhoon and the United States the widest tornado ever observed, deadly wildfires, severe drought and killer floods. President Barack Obama released his plan to battle climate change and its impact on people and wildlife, but the warming planet passed another troubling milestone as heat-trapping greenhouse gases continued to accumulate. Here is a look back at some of the most significant events to affect the environment in 2013.• Carbon dioxide: Recorded carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached the unsettling milestone of 400 parts per million on May 10, a level of the heat-trapping gas unseen for 3 million to 5 million years. The burning of fossil fuels is primarily responsible for the increase. In 1958, when scientists began monitoring the carbon dioxide level in the air atop Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii, it was at 316 parts per million. Other scientists reported, however, that the rate of increase in emissions slowed.• Tornadoes: A rare EF-5 tornado in Moore, Okla., on May 20 killed 25 people, injured hundreds and obliterated more than 1,000 homes along a 17-mile path of destruction. The storm reached speeds of more than 200 miles per hour, killing seven third-graders in an elementary school when a wall collapsed on them. A few weeks later, the deadly El Reno, Okla., tornado was measured as the widest ever.• Chimpanzees: A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal in June to protect both captive and wild chimpanzees under the Endangered Species Act threatened to end their online trade and use as medical lab specimens. But the National Institutes of Health took the added step of retiring all but 50 chimps in its stable of 400 as subjects of biomedical research, a practice that started early in the past century. NIH said new technologies made their use unnecessary, but the decision followed years of denunciation and action from animal rights activists.• Oil pipeline: President Obama unveiled his long-awaited climate action plan on June 25, ordering the Environmental Protection Agency to propose limits on carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal- and gas-fired power plants. He also said he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry crude from Canadian oil sands fields to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico, only if it did not “significantly exacerbate” climate change. The State Department is still reviewing comments it received on a draft environmental analysis of the Keystone pipeline that it issued in March.last_img read more

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STATE REP RACE Pina Prinzivalli To Hold Campaign Fundraiser With Rep Shaunna

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — State Representative candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury) is holding a campaign fundraiser this Thursday, June 7, 2018, from 7pm to 9pm, at the Tewksbury Knights of Columbus Hall (2068 Main Street).State Representative Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton) will serve as the evening’s special guest speaker.Learn more about the Prinzivalli by visiting her campaign website.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Billerica State Rep. Marc Lombardo Endorses PrinzivalliIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”last_img read more

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Samsung Electronics profit beats expectations as hopes rise for smartphone recovery

first_imgTech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said Thursday its first-quarter operating profit likely rose 10.4 percent from a year earlier, beating expectations and pointing to strong sales of its new Galaxy S7 smart phones.The outlook will raise hopes the South Korean firm’s struggling mobile business is on track to post its first annual profit gain in three years after a healthy start for new premium products and improved mid-to-low tier devices.The world’s top smart phone maker said in a regulatory filing its January-March operating profit was likely 6.6 trillion won ($5.72 billion), well above the 5.6 trillion won profit tipped by a Thomson Reuters StarMine SmartEstimate derived from a survey of 23 analysts.The operating profit guidance was also higher than any individual forecast in the survey. Samsung’s shares opened 1.2 percent higher following the guidance and were last up 0.7 percent, outperforming a 0.4 percent gain for the broader market.The firm will not disclose full earnings details until late April, and provided no comment in the filing on the performance of its business divisions.More than a dozen analysts have upgraded forecasts for Samsung earnings since late March amid reports of better-than-expected sales of the flagship Galaxy S7 models, which boast an improved camera, waterproofing and microSD storage support.The won’s average exchange rate also fell 8.4 percent against the dollar during the first quarter, which investors and analysts said would further boost the bottom line.As a result, several brokerages now expect Samsung’s mobile business to have been the top earner for the first time in seven quarters.Samsung also expects its first-quarter revenue to have risen 4 percent from a year earlier to 49 trillion won.last_img read more

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Nation celebrates 48th Victory Day

first_imgPeople from all walks of life pay their respect to the martyrs of liberation war placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: Dipu MalakarThe 48th Victory Day of Bangladesh is being celebrated across the country on Sunday.The day begun with the paying of profound homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the country.On this day in 1971, Pakistani occupation forces surrendered after a nine-month war resulting in a free, independent and sovereign Bangladesh.President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the liberation war by placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, with the rise of the sun on Sunday.The president and the prime minister laid wreaths at 6:42am and stood in solemn silence there for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs of the great war of liberation in 1971.Sheikh Hasina also paid rich tributes to father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the capital on the occasion.After placing the wreath, the prime minister stood in solemn silence there for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the great leader and the architect of the country’s independence.Later, flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, the president of ruling Bangladesh Awami League, placed another wreath at the portrait of the Sheikh Mujib as the party chief.However, there will be no parade at the National Parade Ground in the capital this year due to the national election to be held on 30 December.Different socio-cultural and professional bodies and institutions, including Bangla Academy, Shilpakala Academy, National Museum, Muktujoddha Jadughar and Bangladesh Shishu Academy are observing the day with elaborate programmes.The day is a public holiday.The national flag will be hoisted atop government, semi-government and private offices as well as offices of autonomous bodies across the country.Important buildings and establishments will be illuminated at night. Important roads and road islands will be decorated with miniature national flags and colourful festoons.National dailies brought out special supplements.The state-owned and private televisions and radios are airing month-long special programmes highlighting the liberation war.Receptions will be hosted to freedom fighters and family members of the martyrs at city, district and upazila levels.Special prayers will be offered in mosques and other places of worship, seeking salvation of the souls of martyrs of the liberation war and peace, progress and prosperity of the country.Improved diets will be served in jails, hospitals, orphanages and vagrant homes across the country.Destitute children will be allowed to visit children’s parks and other recreational centres across the country free-of-cost.Bangladesh missions abroad will also celebrate the day through different programmes.last_img read more

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ITBP jawan opens fire in Mussoorie IAS Academy kills officer

first_imgAn ITBP jawan on Friday went on a shooting spree killing his officer and injuring another personnel inside the prestigious IAS academy here, a day after he was punished by the senior. The misery for the force did not stop here as the accused constable, Chandra Shekar, ran away with an assault rifle and 70 rounds of bullets from Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration.The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force guards the premier institute located on this hill station in Uttarakhand. The story of the gory incident is said to have begun on Thursday when sub- inspector Surendra sentenced Shekar for a day’s punishment over disciplinary issue. Apparently peeved over the decision of his superior, the constable opened fire with an LMG killing Surendra and injuring constable Mohammed Alam at around 6 pm. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIITBP Director General Krishna Chaudhary  said that he has ordered a court of inquiry into the incident and directed for the “immediate” replacement of the unit from the task. Officials said the incident was reported around evening when it is suspected that an altercation broke out between the two men and subsequently Shekhar grabbed an LMG and pumped at least three bullets into the SI and also shot at few others standing nearby.They said the firing of the bullets led to some panic inside the Academy, however, senior officials soon announced that the situation was under control. Senior ITBP commanders of the force and those from local police and administration rushed from state capital Dehradun to the Academy. Officials said a search has been launched to nab the accused who joined the force in 2012.last_img read more

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Elton John tells Facebook Fight AIDS rather than turn a quick buck

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Elton John slams Russia for ‘discrimination against gays’Malaysia has started blocking access to HIV and LGBTI websitesPrince Harry arrives in Amsterdam to launch HIV coalition with Elton JohnRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Elton John: “Ireland abortion vote shows people can change their mind” Just weeks later, on 6 September 1997, Elton performed Candle in the Wind, in honor of Diana, at her own funeral.Elton continued his friendship with Diana’s sons. He attended both William and Harry’s weddings, alongside his husband David Furnish.Princess Diana broke royal protocol to fight HIVFamously, Diana was the first British royal figure to contact AIDS patients.Diana said: ‘HIV does not make people dangerous to know. You can shake their hands and give them a hug. Heaven knows they need it. What’s more, you can share their homes, their workplaces, and their playgrounds and toys.’Her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, now continue her work, championing HIV good causes.In particular, Prince Harry made headlines when he was filmed taking an HIV test at a sexual health clinic.A lecture to remember Princess Diana and her HIV workSir Elton’s lecture was organised by National AIDS Trust and held in London this afternoon. Politicians, health workers, journalists, civil society leaders, celebrities and people living with HIV were in the invited audience.Celebrity attendees at the event included British TV personality Clive Anderson, Olympic swimmer Mark Foster and BBC presenter Kirsty Wark.Princess Diana was patron of the National AIDS Trust (NAT) until her death in 1997. NAT created The Diana, Princess of Wales Lecture on HIV in 1999 as a living tribute to ‘The People’s Princess’.And Elton is not the first high-profile speaker. Former US President Bill Clinton delivered the lecture in 2001, and the then UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan did it in 1999.NAT stopped organising the lecture in the early 2000s. But now the charity has revived it to celebrate their 30th anniversary.Elton himself has been a leading fundraiser for HIV. He founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992. Since then the EJAF has raised over $200million (€170million) to support HIV related programs in 55 countries.Introducing Elton, his husband, David Furnish, recalled the early days of EJAF.He said: ‘He was determined to start his charity in a small hands-on way. He even personally delivered meals to the doors of people living with AIDS.’Elton John has previously said that he took risks with unprotected sex during the 1980s. Indeed, he considers himself lucky to have avoided the AIDS epidemic.But HIV still touched his life. Sir Elton lost several friends to AIDS, including Queen singer Freddie Mercury.Speaking about delivering the lecture, Sir Elton praised the work of Princess Diana: ‘I am delighted to be able to deliver this lecture and to remember the enormous contribution Diana, Princess of Wales made to this cause.‘In the quarter century since the Elton John AIDS Foundation was established, the global AIDS fight has changed beyond recognition. Yet tolerance and courage has never been more important in the fight to create an AIDS-free generation and make the world a more accepting place for those living with HIV.’‘Crucial time in the global HIV epidemic’Deborah Gold, chief executive of NAT welcomed Elton’s speech. She said it came at a vital time in the fight against HIV:‘It’s an honor to have Sir Elton John deliver our Diana, Princess of Wales Lecture on HIV. In our 30th year, it is particularly timely to focus on the challenges ahead in the fight against HIV, as well as paying tribute to the lasting impact of Princess Diana’s work.‘2018 is a critical time in the global HIV epidemic. We have all the tools we need to beat HIV, yet we lack the level of investment or political priority necessary to use them fully.’Also on Gay Star NewsPrince Harry and Meghan will be the most pro-LGBTI royal couple ever Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) He also said his tours include stops in Russia because he believes meeting people face-to-face is the best way to tackle homophobia.Elton John’s call to social media giantsSir Elton said:‘Companies like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have a public role and a public responsibility. The pressure now needs to be applied to the tech giants, not because I think they are bad, but because they have so much power to do good.‘In so many countries homosexuality gets wrapped up in subjects like pedophilia, even though there’s no basis in fact for this association.‘Homophobia fuels shame, isolation and cruelty, and death from HIV.‘What if Facebook nudged their users in the digital world into acts of positivity and decency? Which of tech’s customers would embrace this most passionately? I believe it is tech’s biggest customers, the young.‘AIDS is still the second largest killer of 10 to 19 year olds on the planet. This is only set to get worse unless something dramatic is done. So let’s do something dramatic. At a stroke, we can reach 2billion people in a single moment on Facebook.‘Imagine instead of all that ingenuity and data being used to turn elections or turn a quick buck, it was used to turn around lives.’Sir Elton remembers Princess Diana’s HIV and AIDS workElton John paid tribute to his late friend, Princess Diana:‘It is especially moving for me to deliver this lecture in honor of my friend Diana. I want to pay tribute to her compassion, her humility and her sense of duty.’In particular, he recalled when she visited a hospice and held the hand of a gay man with AIDS.He said: ‘We knew and she knew that the disease could not be communicated by hand. Yet there was a stigma and the stigma said otherwise. Diana acted at a time when an HIV diagnosis meant a death sentence. For so many, that gesture changed the debate.‘Diana had a power and she chose to use it for the good of others.’He went on to say that stigma was one of the biggest problems in ending HIV.He said: ‘There is still too much to do. And much of it is in our hearts and minds.‘When there is stigma, when it is them, rather than us, who suffer, then it easier to pass cruel laws. It is easy to fund us so we can be prevented from catching the infection, it is harder to fund them.’Why Elton John goes to RussiaElton also used the lecture to defend his decision to visit Russia, despite its homophobia.During the lecture, he noted: ‘In Russia, 2million people are infected [with HIV], but less than 10% are on treatment.’He went on to say: ‘The great force of Diana’s handshake was that it was a personal connection. It isn’t possible to shake someone’s hands online.‘That is why my tours include stops in Russia. I could boycott it because of the homophobic legislation. I could share my views from the comfort and safety of my computer at home.‘But it is better to go and talk to people on both sides of the argument – to build bridges and not walls. ‘Bringing people together is still the way you make real change.’Diana, Elton and the RoyalsThe Royal Family have been among Elton John’s fans since the 1970s. Reportedly, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, both loved his songs.Elton and Diana met in 1981 at Prince Andrew’s birthday party at Windsor Castle. That night, they danced the Charleston alone for 20 minutes.But the pair fell out in the 1990s when Elton John published a coffee table book – called Rock and Royalty. The singer produced it in association with his friend, the designer Gianni Versace. It included pictures of members of the Royal Family, including one of the Princess and her sons. But they shared the pages with photos of semi-nude models.However, the feud ended six weeks before Diana’s death. The pair renewed their friendship when Versace was shot dead outside his Miami Beach home in July 1997. Diana was pictured comforting Elton at Versace’s funeral. Elton John has called on social media giants, including Facebook, to fight AIDS rather than twist elections.The musician was delivering a lecture today on HIV in memory of the Princess of Wales.last_img read more

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Woman taken to hospital after accident at busy crossroads

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive. Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA woman was taken to hospital following an accident at a busy Staffordshire Moorlands crossroads this morning. Police, paramedics and firefighters were called to the collision at Bottomhouse Crossroads on the A523 Ashbourne Road at around 7.30am this morning (Wednesday March 6). The accident involved three vehicles, with one of them ending up on its side as a result of the collision. Police directed traffic at the scene, with emergency crews also dealing with a fuel spillage. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:  “We were called just after 7.30am to reports of an RTC with one vehicle overturned. “We sent one ambulance and a community first responder.  There were also an off duty nurse and two medics on scene who were passing and stopped to help. Read MoreConcerns that CCG’s proposals ‘will pit towns against each other’   “We treated and conveyed one woman who was given treatment before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.” Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said two fire engines, one from Leek and one from Hanley, had attended after they were called at 7.42am. A spokeswoman said:  “We were called to a road traffic collision.  There was one female casualty who was left in the care of the ambulance service. “All occupants were out of the vehicles on arrival.  There was a large fuel spillage of approximately 15 litres.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowlast_img read more

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Increased Awareness Teamed With Advanced Technology Saves Lives

first_img 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 Blog | Melinda Taschetta-Millane, Editorial Director | Breast Imaging| October 03, 2018 Increased Awareness Teamed With Advanced Technology Saves Lives Augmented ContentWe continue our enhanced coverage of the industry through Blippar content. It’s an innovative way for you to view expanded content in several of our features in each issue. This issue, our augmented print campaign begins on page 17, where you can watch the VIDEO “Examples of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging Diagnostics.” For additional breast imaging information, watch the VIDEO roundtable discussion, “Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Procedures: A Roundtable Discussion With the Cleveland Clinic.” And for more information on women’s health issues and breast density, watch the VIDEOS: “Breast Imaging and Risk Assessment at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage,” “The Impact of Breast Density Technology and Legislation” and “Developments in Breast Density Legislation and Screening Guidelines.” Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Related Content Melinda Taschetta-Millane, Editorial Director 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. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more 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 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. read more 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 Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more According to, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2018, along with 63,960 new cases of in situ breast cancer. About 1 in 8 U.S. women — around 12.4 percent — will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. About 40,920 women in the U.S. are expected to die from breast cancer this year, although death rates have been decreasing since 1989, with women under 50 experiencing larger decreases. Undoubtedly the stressed importance of early detection, increased awareness of breast density, and both treatment and technology advancements have played a large role in this slow but steady decline.Breast imaging technologies have evolved fairly rapidly over the past two decades to help physicians detect breast cancers at an earlier stage. Clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of newer technologies such as automated breast ultrasound (ABUS), digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) and breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in finding more cancers that traditional mammograms might miss, as well as interval cancers that develop between screenings.While the benefits of these and other supplemental screening methods have been demonstrated, a multimodality approach is not necessarily the best one for every woman. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all, it never has been in a lot of ways,” said Karen Hou, M.D., diagnostic radiologist at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) in Winfield, Ill., in the itnTV video “Breast Imaging and Risk Assessment at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage.” To ensure that every woman gets the appropriate level of care she deserves, Hou and her colleagues at the CDH Breast Health Center opened the CDH High-Risk Breast Clinic in 2017.In the video, Hou discusses ways to best implement the various breast screening technologies to serve your patient base. “You have to look at how you want it to fit your workflow, and make a decision on what you are going to use as a screening tool and what you are going to use to make a diagnostic decision. You want to be applying the technology in the most appropriate way so that patients will benefit the most,” she stated. “What we’ve done is try to use some kind of logic of what is accessible for people and what we could do to best serve them. It’s not a one-size-fits-all, it never has been in a lot of ways. It’s a lot of personalized customization of what is best for each individual’s care.”Northwestern Medicine’s high-risk program entails its team trying to identify the high-risk individuals based on family and personal risk factors. “There are individuals who should not just have a mammogram once a year or every other year, and there are certain individuals who really should have more intense screening, and most importantly education and counseling,” Hou explained. “We have a high-risk clinic where people can get assessed, and they can sit down with somebody to really just discuss their personal level of risk and what they should be doing — it’s lifestyle, it’s having an understanding of what the reality is. We have identified early cancers in individuals who have been screened and would have otherwise been unsuspected. Here, we wanted to make it an established part of our program that is easily accessible.”You can watch the video featuring Hou at To read more about advanced breast imaging technologies in this issue, see “The Evolution of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis” on page 28, and “Practicing Patient-Centered Mammography” on page 30. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 last_img read more

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