The federal government says a Canadian has been killed in Peru.Global Affairs Canada says the death was related to the reported assassination of Indigenous elder Olivia Arevalo Lomas.Arevalo Lomas was a human rights activist of the Shipibo-Konibo people in the Ucayali region.The federal government says it is providing consular assistance to the family of the Canadian, whom they did not identify.A Peruvian news agency identified the Canadian as Sebastian Paul Woodroffe.The government extended its condolences following Arevalo Lomas’s death.
EDMONTON – A judge wants more education and oversight to come with prescription opioids following the suicide of an Edmonton soldier six years ago.A fatality inquiry heard that Lt. Shawna Rogers became dependent on opioids, and later street drugs, after injuring her back during basic training.Doctors, family in Ontario and a military supervisor all suggested she go into a paid-for residential treatment program, but she refused.The 27-year-old was found dead in her apartment in October 2012.Provincial court Judge Susan Richardson says the Alberta College of Pharmacists has since made changes to the way opioids are prescribed, and their use is monitored as well.But she recommends prescriptions for opioids treating anything but cancer come with mandatory addictions education and regular psychological reviews.She further suggests pharmacists encourage patients to return unused medications and require all medical information to go through a “patient navigator,” who can offer family and social supports.“There is no ability to force someone into treatment,” Richardson wrote in her report released Tuesday.“Although family and medical professionals were suggesting that Shawna could benefit from residential treatment, and the Canadian Forces would make that option available to her, Shawna saw drug treatment as imperilling her career.”The judge said Rogers initially sought various forms of help for her back. She went to physiotherapy and occupational therapy, attended a pain clinic and went to the United States for surgery. She also regularly saw her military doctor.In 2010, she was assigned work that accommodated her chronic pain. She was also being prescribed increasingly more potent painkillers.Months before she died, she saw a psychologist and a psychiatrist for depression.“Shawna did not want to be using narcotics. She tried to wean herself off them more than once, and was unsuccessful,” said Richardson.The judge described Rogers as intelligent, strong and ambitious — qualities that made it difficult for her to seek treatment for her addiction. She wanted to manage it on her own.Richardson noted that she has no jurisdiction to make recommendations aimed at the Canadian Forces.The military has already conducted a board of inquiry and quality of care review into the death.
OTTAWA – During the CFL regular season, Conrad Brock and Mike Hassel are bitter rivals.Brock, a Saskatchewan native who lives in New Brunswick, bleeds Roughrider green. His long-time friend Hassel carries a small plastic horse wherever he goes in honour of his beloved Calgary Stampeders.At Sunday’s Grey Cup, however, they will be on the same side.With Brock’s Roughriders not in the big game, he’ll support his friend’s club when they face off against the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL showcase.“I think it’s a bit of a love-hate relationship,” Brock said of his friendship with Hassel.The two pals take verbal jabs at each other when it’s game time, but tone down the taunts when the footballs are put away, said Brock’s wife Sally, a convert to CFL fandom after she met her husband in Moncton.“Part of the friendship is being able to trash talk each other’s team during the season and then (other times) they still do that, but it’s good natured,” she said.While the Brocks are favouring Calgary, the same can’t be said of another Roughriders fan.Moose Jaw’s Elaine Johnson arrived in Ottawa on Thursday, just in time to celebrate her 70th birthday. And since she can’t see her beloved Roughriders play, she’ll cheer for the Argonauts instead.“I was hoping that Saskatchewan was in it, but now I’m a Toronto fan all of a sudden,” said Johnson, who laughed as her young grandson David piped in to predict a Calgary win.“Once it comes to Grey Cup time, it’s just a great opportunity to meet fans from all across the country, really,” she said as members of a Roughriders pep band pursed their lips to trumpets and other cold brass instruments outside Ottawa’s TD Place Stadium.Some Calgary fans, including Hassel, see this year’s championship as a rematch of the 2012 finale that saw Toronto defeat Calgary 35-22.“It is payback time,” said Hassel, who was there five years ago and at last year’s championship, where Calgary was defeated by the Ottawa Redblacks.“They know better now,” he said of this year’s Stampeders. “They’ve learned their lessons twice. Third time’s the charm.”The Grey Cup is just one of many big ticket events Ottawa is hosting this year, including celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation and the NHL’s 100th anniversary. But that doesn’t mean football has taken a back seat.“It’s a big deal for us from a celebratory point of view, but also from a tourism and economic development point of view,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.“This is big dollars that are coming into the local economy.”Since the arrival of the trophy Tuesday, there have been a number of activities leading up to game day, including a four-day-long street party at the city’s Lansdowne Park and concerts until Sunday.Canadian pop-country star Shania Twain will perform at halftime Sunday and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with his family, is expected to be among the VIPs in attendance.It will be the first Grey Cup for Julie Payette since being sworn in as governor general. She’ll kick off the game with the traditional coin toss.The weather forecast for game day calls for a few flurries and temperatures reaching -2 C.
Rabat – The airplane of Saudi Arabia’s football team caught fire in mid-air as the team was traveling to Rostov, where they will play their 2018 World Cup game against Uruguay on Wednesday.The fire was seen from the engine of the Russian Airlines AirbusA statement from the Saudi Football Federation reassured everyone about the team’s safety. The plane caught fire due to a “minor technical malfunction in an engine.” The statement further explained that the “plane landed at Rostov on Don Airport, adding that the team is “now safely heading to their residence.”No injuries were sustained during the incident, which occurred at Russian Airlines Airbus 1319-100.Saudi Arabia lost to Russia 5-0 during their 2018 World Cup opener on June 14.
He made the call ahead of a major gathering next summer that will bring together business leaders, government ministers and heads of civil society groups committed to United Nations principles. “We face market breakdowns, environmental degradation, hunger, climate change and many other crises,” Mr. Ban said in a message for the website for the Global Compact Leaders Summit, to be held in June 2010 in at UN Headquarters in New York. The event can “project a vision of the kind of corporate leadership we need to defeat poverty, protect the planet and achieve other vital goals,” he said, underscoring the importance of collaboration in achieving these targets. The June gathering will mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. 18 December 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the private sector to take the helm in the “urgent task” of building markets that are more sustainable and inclusive.
“if you were to go to the front of a school in the morning, you could witness children holding on to the hands of their parents, smiling. But, among this sea of smiles you can see some children alone, with no hand to cling on to. That’s because the parents of these children made the supreme sacrifice, and are already buried on Sri Lankan soil, soil that’s finally peaceful, after nearly three decades of terrorism,” he said. Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York Major General Shavendra Silva says freedom came to Sri Lanka at a very high price.He told a gathering at an event in New York to commemorate four years since the end of the war in Sri Lanka that one should never forget or stop being grateful for the freedom. “If it weren’t for the incomparable sacrifices of these brave men and women, we would not have anything to celebrate today”. (Colombo Gazette) Also addressing the gathering, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Palitha Kohona said that not everyone is aware that over 21,000 service personnel laid down their lives, and double that number were maimed in the struggle to defend the integrity of the country.
“We are at a stage today where we all share a common vision. The two parties – Israel and the Palestinians – have indicated that they are prepared to accept two States,” the Secretary-General said in response to a reporter’s question as he entered UN Headquarters in New York.”What we need to do is to find a way to get there – as we need an operational pathway to get there in three years, which everybody seems to have agreed upon and this has been the issue that is occupying the Quartet and all those that want to see movement on this issue,” he added.Although the United States has a position on some issues “not entirely shared by the Quartet,” the Secretary-General said, “there is a broad area of agreement that we want to work on and bring this issue to closure.”Meanwhile the Security Council held a brief discussion Tuesday on a draft resolution on the situation in the Middle East proposed last week by the Arab Group of States.The Council President, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, told reporters that the 15 members were not able to reach consensus on that text; however, discussions would continue in informal consultations and the draft “remains on the table.”
Minimum downtime and the optimum use of staff and resources are key to sustainable success in the minerals and mining industries. To achieve this, the Mintal Group Ferrochrome Science and Technology Co Ltd in China is closing the often-significant information gap regarding production planning, quality, production execution and material logistics that can exist between customer Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software and plant automation systems. For this, Siemens will design, engineer and commission a new production management system (PMS), based on the Siemens Minerals Operation Management Solution. “With technology-based services throughout the lifecycle of an industrial plant, Siemens provides the basis for greater productivity, flexibility, and efficiency – reliably, globally and around-the-clock.”This project for the leading supplier of ferrochrome to major stainless-steel producers in China, enables a more unified planning and business-level insights based on integrated, current and actionable data drawn from the customer’s information system from Mintal ERP software and that of other business functions, and its plant automation, which is based on Siemens Simatic PCS 7.“The new PMS will provide a fast and powerful tool for improving the product manufacturing experience and production management. Featuring the framework and functionality of Minerals MES, it will be optimised to the production-process characteristics of chrome ore pellets and high carbon ferrochrome. The collaborative management of equipment, personnel, materials and other resources will enable the Mintal Group to achieve a complete picture of production scheduling and control, equipment operation and maintenance cycle management, material and production quality control.”Mintal Group Ferrochrome Science and Technology Co Ltd is a new metallurgical Sino-foreign joint venture with investors including China Minerals Corporation and Goldman Sachs. Mintal Group Chromium Industry Technology Co Ltd is located in Jiuyuan District Industrial Park, Baotou City, Inner Mongolia, and is the largest chrome alloy manufacturer in China.
RUSSIA’S MOST FAMOUS prisoner and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky reportedly walked free from jail today after spending more than 10 years behind bars, following a surprise pardon by President Vladimir Putin.Putin pardoned Russia’s former richest man on Friday, a day after stunning the country by saying the ex-tycoon asked for clemency on humanitarian grounds as his mother was ill.“Guided by humanitarian principles, I decree that Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky… should be pardoned and freed from any further punishment in the form of imprisonment,” said the decree signed by Putin and published by the Kremlin.Less than a half hour later, Khodorkovsky, 50, walked out of his prison colony in the town of Segezha in the Karelia region of northwestern Russia, the Interfax news agency reported citing a local security source.But Khodorkovsky’s lead lawyer Vadim Klyuvgant said he could neither confirm nor deny this information and prison officials declined immediate comment.The Federal Service for the Execution of Punishment (FSIN) which runs Russia’s prisons issued a statement confirming that Khodorkovsky’s sentence had been terminated but not explicitly confirming he had walked free from the camp.In line with Putin’s decree, Khodorkovsky “has been freed from the further serving of his punishment in the form of imprisonment,” it said in a statement on its website.What role Khodorkovsky will play in Russia after his release is unclear, but it is appears certain that Putin would never had allowed his freedom if he was seen as a threat.AP Photo/Ivan SekretarevKhodorkovsky’s 79-year-old mother Marina, who was caught off guard by Putin’s announcement, said she was still trying to fathom what was happening.“It has not sunk in yet,” Marina Khodorkovskaya said in remarks broadcast on state television. Speaking in a shaky voice, she said she was taking sedatives to calm her nerves.“God, he had mercy,” exclaimed mass-circulation newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets in a banner headline.Secret servicesKhodorkovsky had been due to be released in August 2014 but Russian prosecutors earlier this month raised the threat of a third trial for the former tycoon on money-laundering charges.Putin told reporters on Thursday that he saw no prospects for the third case.The circumstances of the pardon also remained murky.The former chief of the Yukos oil company had repeatedly said he would not ask Putin for a pardon because it would be tantamount to admitting guilt.The Kommersant broadsheet, citing unnamed sources, said today Khodorkovsky had decided to seek a pardon after a recent meeting with representatives of Russia’s security services, who had raised the menace of a third trial against him. AP Photo/Ivan SekretarevMembers of the security services met with Khodorkovsky told him the health of his cancer-striken mother was worsening and warned him about a possible third criminal case against him.“It would be interesting to understand what he feels right now,” Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said on his blog, hailing how he had carried “himself with such astonishing dignity all these 10 years.”‘Putin’s trump card’Economists and political analysts put the release down to Kremlin’s bid to improve its dismal rights record and international image ahead of the Winter Olympic Games that Russia is hosting in Sochi in February.While Khodorkovsky’s release was a watershed moment, it would not dramatically change Russia’s battered investment climate or international image, they added.The Eurasia Group consultancy said the former tycoon’s release was a “charm offensive” ahead of the Sochi Olympics amid reports that heads of major states like Barack Obama of the United States and France’s Francois Hollande will not be in attendance.Vedomosti business daily compared the announcement to “a trump card” Putin pulled out of his sleeve at a critical moment.“Khodorkovsky personally no longer presents a threat to the system,” it said, noting that his release would not “heal the wounds inflicted on the economy and society 10 years ago.”Supporters have said that Khodorkovsky had been thrown into jail and found guilty in two separate trials for daring to finance opposition to the Russian strongman.He was snatched off his corporate plane in 2003 soon after Putin warned oligarchs against meddling in politics. He has been held in detention ever since.He and his business partner Platon Lebedev were convicted of fraud and tax evasion in 2005. Khodorkovsky was convicted of embezzlement in a second trial in 2010 and had been due for release in August.- © AFP, 2013Read: Medvedev orders conviction review for Russian tycoon > Read: Moscow court upholds conviction of oil magnate and Putin opponent >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two Greek Australian professors have been named in the Thomson Reuters World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2014. Melbourne University’s Professor Christos Pantelis, for his work in psychiatry, and Monash University’s Professor Arthur Christopoulos, for his work in pharmacology, were named among 3,200 researchers from around the globe.The list is determined by the number of times the scientists have been published and how frequently they’ve been cited by fellow researchers over the span of ten years. They have to have been in the top one per cent of their field for a decade before they can make it to the list. The list is so prestigious that universities collect these scientists, because being included in the list raises the rankings of their respective universities.It’s no wonder Professor Pantelis and Professor Christopoulos were recognised, with ground-breaking research being discovered under the two. Professor Christopoulos was noted for developing a new drug that has the potential to stop heart attacks in their tracks, without any harmful side-effects.The drug activates a special protein in the heart that acts as a protective barrier against the threat of heart attacks and could be used to treat other conditions such as diabetes, obesity and schizophrenia.He says while he’s honoured to be included in the list, the biggest achievement is showing that his research is making an impact in the scientific world. “It’s a huge honour and a validation that the work we’ve been doing over the last number of years is actually having an impact,” he tells Neos Kosmos.Continuing on his heart disease work, he’s finding that the drug is showing even more promising signs on heart disease treatment.“We have some more exciting data now that it seems to work on more elaborate models of heart disease,” he says. Professor Pantelis has been a leading mind on mental disorders in children, specifically on schizophrenia, and has just been given $182,383 for next year by the federal government to continue his work.His research group was the first in the world to map how the brain changes when it goes through psychosis. “We are showing that there are a number of key brain areas that are changing and we’re trying to figure out what could be causing this,” he tells Neos Kosmos.“We’ve looked at stress, and it seems to be important, we’ve also looked at the effect of cannabis and drugs like that because they can bring on schizophrenia.”He’s been able to track patients since 1997, and has seen the effects of newer medications in treating those with psychosis. Professor Pantelis is also starting to track children who struggle to disengage with their imaginary worlds.“Some young children kind of live in their fantasy worlds, and that’s not normally a problem unless it interferes when they’re at school or they’re preoccupied by internal ideas,” he says.He will be looking at children who have unusual ways of thinking and ways in which they perceive imaginary worlds to try and understand them better while looking to see if those children have any connection to autism.
Study: Teen Tech Time Not to Blame For Poor Mental HealthRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter Samsung is celebrating the 2018 Winter Olympics with a themed smartphone.More than 4,000 PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games Limited Edition Galaxy Note 8 handsets will be delivered to athletes and staff.The special edition devices includes “bold new features” (bezel-less 6.3-inch Infinity Display, enhanced S Pen, dual camera). But more importantly, it boasts a white back “to celebrate the winter theme” and gold Olympic rings, inspired by the commemorative flame.“Throughout our 20-year legacy as an Olympic partner, Samsung has showcased our support of the Olympic Movement by helping spread the Olympic Spirit and enhance connections through our latest technological innovations and immersive experiences,” Younghee Lee, chief marketing officer and executive vice president of Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.The white glass back celebrates the Games’ winter theme (via Samsung Electronics)“We’re proud to provide the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games Limited Edition to all athletes in an effort to help them to stay connected, capture, and share one of the most memorable moments of their lives,” he added.It is unclear exactly when Olympians can expect to receive their new phone; perhaps Samsung will hand them out upon entrance to the Olympic Village next month.Owners can set themed wallpapers and access “useful apps” pre-installed “to help cultivate the utmost Olympic Games experience,” according to a company press release.As part of a collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOG) and the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG), all staff members will also be gifted the limited-edition device.More than 4,000 themed Galaxy Note 8 handsets will be delivered to athletes and staff (via Samsung Electronics)“Samsung’s creation of an Olympic Games Limited Edition device reinforces Samsung and IOC’s shared desire to spread the Olympic spirit,” IOC President Thomas Back said. “It’s because of dedicated partners like Samsung that we’re in the position to provide unforgettable experiences at the Olympic Games time after time.”The 2018 Winter Olympics are scheduled from Feb. 9-25 in PyeongChang, South Korea. This marks the country’s second Olympic Games; Seoul hosted the Summer Games in 1988.With only 22 days until this year’s opening ceremony, event organizers are already looking to the future, preparing for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, where facial recognition software may be put to use. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCVoltron Confirmed Gay AF ComiXology has always been the number one source for all digital content for comics. This year, they’ve done something a bit different that shoots the digital service into the atmosphere. With their ComiXology Unlimited service, comic readers can binge their favorite comic series whenever they like. The company is taking this one step further. They’re now offering more content in the way of a new line of original comics readily available by incredibly talented top-notch creators.Chip Mosher, Comixology’s Head of Content brought together a strong line up of comics already after launching for only a month. At San Diego Comic-Con, more big names and titles are going to be gracing this line-up, and they’re already available at your fingertips.There’s a ton of comics. Let’s take this step by step. Goliath Girls by Sam Humphries (W) and Alti Firmansyah (A) is what Humphries called “Pitch Perfect meets Pacific Rim.” It tells the story of the best friends who adopt a baby Goliath and raised within the Kaiju Generation. The three girls have a mission to find the King of All Goliaths and save the world. However, there’s someone who’s looking for him as well. The series will be told through a five issue mini-series. Joining Humphries and Firmansyah on team Goliath Girls are Jessica Kholinne (C), Jodi Wynne (L), Dylan Todd (D) and Sara Talmadge (CA).Grave Danger has got to be one of the coolest and most bonkers originals. Written by Tim Seeley with art by Mike Norton, Allen Passalaqua on Colors and CRANK! on letters, Grave Danger is an agent of HEADSTONE, an organization that handles Unspeakable Crime. What’s unspeakable crime? “Illegal acts committed by paranormal entities such as vampires, witches, demons, and Frankensteins.” Grave Danger must confront a whole bunch of stuff without getting her sneakers dirty, climbing heights and revisiting her past. They call Grave Danger a “James Bond vs. The Universal Monsters” mash of horror and super spy.GRAVE DANGER via ComiXologyHit Reblog, written and drawn by Megan Kearney and edited by Hope Nicholson is the next up telling the stories behind those viral comics that we love so much. “Follow the ups and downs of internet fame, from IP theft to book deals, and all the trials of becoming an overnight sensation after gaining 10,000 reblogs in a single night.” We learn about some massive viral hits like “This Is Fine,” “One Fear,” “No Take, Only Throw” and many more. The webcomic stars themselves take sentence focus including KC Green, Adam Ellis, Nick Franco, Kris Straub, Katie Shanahan and more.Next, Teenage Wasteland is brought to you by Magdalene Visaggio (W), Jen Vaughn (A), Stellaadia (C) and Zakk Saam (L). Teenage Wasteland follows the story of Ellie Tweed, the new girl in school. As with most kids, Ellie picks the wrong type of kids to mess with. Everyone thinks they’re just growing pain teenagers with foul moods and just jerkoffs, but they have a big secret. They’re Earth’s secret defenders. There’s a question behind that though. Why them?The last three are not available on ComiXology right now but will be in the near future.The Dark by Mark Sable (W), Kristian Donaldson (A) and Thomas Mauer (L) is set in the future where a cyber attack ends technology and a team of former soldiers team up with biopunk to fight in a war that involved “biologically based internet.” Okay, I can’t lie, this sounds REALLY cool guys. The Dark will be a ComiXology original graphic novel.THE DARK via ComiXologyDelver, co-written by C. Spike Trotman and MK Reed with art by Tish Doolin tells the story of Temerity Aster. A door to dungeon opens in her small settlement, she gathers up two choices that she faces. 1) “abandon the only home she’s ever known to carpetbaggers and sellswords” or 2) “carve out a place for herself and her family in the new and dangerous world of delving.”Last but most certainly not list is The Stone King which has got to be my favorite one on this list. The Stone King is written by Kel McDonald with art by Tyler Crook. The Stone King is a fantasy adventure. It tells the story of a teen girl thief as she tries so hard to start a life. Things don’t work out perfectly because she rumbles a giant instead. The premise softly reminds me of I Kill Giants. It’ll be exciting to get this series in hand to read what it’s truly about.These books will be joining books in progress such as, Ask For Mercy by Richard Starkings (W) and artist Abigail Jill Harding, Savage Game by Ryan Kalil (C), Shawn Kittelsen (W), and Chris B. Murray (A). They also have Superfreaks, written by Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet with Margaux Saltel (A). Superfreaks hands down one of the dopest titles that came within the first wave of ComiXology Originals. Last in the first waves is Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty from Richard Starkings (W), and artists Axel Medellin and Boo Cook.It’s an exciting time for ComiXology Originals. If they keep this up, comic readers will be begging for more of more of these and other creators into the future. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Mobile Share your voice Tags Post a comment FCC CES 2019 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (left) and FCC commissioner Brendan Carr (right) were scheduled to appear at the CES trade show next week. But due to the partial government shutdown Pai’s office confirmed he will not be going to Las Vegas. Bill Clark FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will not be attending the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas for the second year in a row.Pai was scheduled to be interviewed by CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, Gary Shapiro at the annual show next week. But a spokeswoman for Pai confirmed Thursday that the chairman will not make it to Las Vegas due to the partial government shutdown. “The chairman will be unable to attend CES due to the partial funding lapse and the FCC suspending most operations starting today,” she said in a statement emailed to CNET.The FCC said Wednesday that without funding it would cease most activities as of midday Jan. 3, “other than those immediately necessary for the protection of life or property, performing other excepted activities, or those funded through a source other than lapsed appropriations.”This has meant that most of the agency’s employees have been furloughed. While the chairman and the four FCC commissioners will still be showing up to work, funding is limited, which means travel is restricted. It’s still unclear if Commissioner Brendan Carr, who was also scheduled to attend CES, will still show up. His office did not respond to a request for comment.Representatives from CTA did not respond to a request for comment.The partial shutdown began on Dec. 22 after the House of Representatives and Senate failed to come to agreement on President Trump’s demand for $5 billion to fund work on a border wall. The shutdown is expected to continue indefinitely even after Democrats officially took control of the House of Representatives today, when the new Congress convened in Washington.Pai also canceled his CES appearance last year. His cancellation last year came weeks after the FCC repealed the agency’s popular net neutrality rules. The FCC never provided a reason for the cancellation. But reports at the time suggested Pai had received death threats after the net neutrality repeal in December of 2017. In June, the FBI arrested a 33-year-old California man, who had sent emails to Pai threatening to kill members of his family in December 2017.Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility. Special Reports: CNET’s in-depth features in one place. 0
Lucknow: In what can be termed as a near-total revamp of the Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh, 23 new ministers were sworn in on Wednesday at the Raj Bhawan by Governor Anandiben Patel. The newly-inducted ministers include six cabinet ministers, six ministers of state with independent charge and 11 ministers of state. The cabinet reshuffle has been done with an eye on the upcoming assembly by-polls and the 2022 assembly elections. Also Read – BJP launches anti-AAP campaign to save Delhi Advertise With Us The BJP has made a conscious effort to consolidate its base among the Dalits and the OBCs. Among those who have been sworn in as ministers are six Brahmins, two Kshatriyas, two Jats, one Gujjar, three Dalits, two Kurmis, one Rajbhar, one from Pal community, three from Vaishya community, one Shakya and one Mallah. The party has focused on small caste groups like Rajbhar, Shakya and Mallah — all non-Yadavs. An effort has been made to give representation to communities that till now did not find a foothold in the state government. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us The Yogi government, in this expansion, has also given due representation to western Uttar Pradesh. Five legislators from western UP have been made ministers while one from Mainpuri, which is Samajwadi Party’s bastion, has also been included in the council of ministers. This is an obvious attempt to marginalise the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which had made maximum gains from western UP in the recent Lok Sabha elections. Advertise With Us The Yogi government has also included legislators from eastern and central UP in the ministry, making it a very balanced representation of the state. Meanwhile, four ministers of state, who held independent charge, have also been promoted as cabinet ministers. The cabinet ministers who have been sworn in are Mahendra Singh, Bhupendra Chaudhary, Anil Rajbhar, Suresh Rana, Kamal Rani and Ram Naresh Agnihotri. Except for Kamal Rani and Ram Naresh Agnihotri, the remaining four have been elevated from the ministers of state position. Those sworn in as ministers of state with independent charge include Kapil Dev, Ashok Katehria, Neelkanth Tiwari, Ravindra Jaiswal, Shri Ram Chauhan and Satish Dwiwedi — the latter had defeated former Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey in 2017. Neelkanth Tiwari, who has been given independent charge, and Ravindra Jaiswal belong to Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 11 ministers of state are Anil Sharma, Mahesh Gupta, Anand Swarup Shukla, Vijay Kashyap, Giriraj Singh Dharmesh, Lakhan Singh Rajput, Nilima Katiyar, Chaudhary Udaybhan Singh, Chandrika Prasad Upadhyaya, Rama Shankar Singh Patel and Ajit Singh Pal. The most significant aspect of Wednesday’s reshuffle is that majority of the newly inducted ministers are first timers with almost no administrative experience. Yogi Adityanath will face an uphill task in making these ministers perform. In a surprise development, the names of Pankaj Singh, son of Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak and Ashish Patel of Apna Dal were dropped at the last minute. The dropping of ministers including Chetan Chauhan, Swati Singh and Mukut Bihari Varma was also deferred, following a late night meeting between Yogi Adityanath, BJP state President Swatantra Dev Singh and Sangh leaders. Yogi Adityanath’s council of minister had more than 20 vacancies after some ministers were asked to resign on Tuesday. These include Rajesh Agarwal, who was the Finance Minister, Dharampal Singh (irrigation), Anupama Jaiswal (basic education) and Archana Pandey (mining). Earlier on Monday, Swatantra Dev Singh (transport) had quit the ministry after being appointed state BJP President. Three ministers who were elected to the Lok Sabha — Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Satyadev Pachauri and S.P. Singh Baghel — had resigned in June while Om Prakash Rajbhar, who heads the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, was sacked for causing embarrassment to the BJP-led government with his outbursts against the saffron party. Interestingly, the media was kept out of the swearing-in ceremony. Only 60 of the 1,250 accreditated journalists — almost all of them from the electronic media — were allowed entry while the print media was kept out. Officials cited ‘lack of space’ as the reason for this.
BJP Manifesto – 2019; Key Promises Close Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it to the cover of the Asian edition of Time magazine again but this time with quite a bemusing caption – ‘Divider-in-Chief’. PM Modi was named in the list of Time’s most influential people in 2014, 2015 and 2017 but failed this year.The magazine is scheduled to roll out on May 20 and the article’s author, Aatish Taseer, writes about PM Modi and his party’s Hindutva politics in India which led to the shift in the electoral balance. The story is titled “Can the World’s Largest Democracy Endure another Five Years of a Modi Government?”The article began with the sentence – “Of the great democracies to fall to populism, India was the first.” Twitter/ @TIMETaseer compared PM Modi with Jawaharlal Nehru whose secularism strived to bring unity in the country. He goes on to explain that under Modi’s governance, the country and the Prime Minister has “demonstrated no desire to foster brotherly feelings between Hindus and Muslims.”Calling Modi a “friend of the mob”, Taseer questioned the PM for his silence during the 2002 Gujarat riots which was a catalyst to tear apart the Hindus and Muslims in the country. Taseer, citing American historian Anne Applebaum, wrote that PM Modi’s politics created “unresolvable divisions between people who had previously not known that they disagreed with one another.”IANS reports that this is the first time that PM Modi has come under the glare of criticism in the history of him being featured in the magazine. When PM Modi was featured in the 2012 edition, he was described as a shrewd politician but 2019 is the time he has been called out for his divisive politics on the basis of religion, caste and class and the impact it has on the Lok Sabha elections. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:38Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:37?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
Archer now has an opportunity to shine in the longest formatTwitter/Cricket World CupWith the double blow of losing the first Test as well as their premium bowler James Anderson, England are struggling to keep their spirits high in the ongoing Ashes series. Now, the fans and some of the experts have pinned their hopes on Jofra Archer for turning the campaign around for the hosts. Archer is an immensely exciting bowler and on top of the world right now after his heroics in the World Cup. But will he prove to be an equally good performer in the longest format?The answer to this question isn’t going to satisfy too many English fans as it is simply: We don’t know! He was always likely to prove very effective in the ODI format as he had performed extremely well in T20 leagues around the world. The set of skills that made him a superstar of the shortest format were bound to prove very useful in the 50-over version as well. But there is no guarantee that those skills would be of great value in Test matches.Yes, he has pace which is always a big asset for teams, especially those who struggle to get rid of tailenders easily. It was this inability to get rid of tailenders that cost England badly in the first Test. However, just pace isn’t going to be enough against a team like Australia as they are not completely unfamiliar with high-class bowling at good speeds. Archer gets an opportunity due to Anderson suffering an injuryHis yorkers and slower balls are very effective in ODIs, especially death overs, but in a Test match, where there is no pressure of scoring quickly, they will be merely occasional variations. Getting a wicket in this format requires bowling a consistent line and length and developing good plans. Whether Archer has those traits in his bowling also, we are yet to see.What would work in his favour is the fact that he has experienced the most high-pressure and tense situation that any player can come across. This experience of holding his nerve in the World Cup final would prevent him from feeling any giddiness when taking the field for his first Ashes Test.He also seems to be a mature bowler who remains calm. But wickets in Tests won’t come as easy as in the shorter formats. Will he be able to sustain his focus, speed and precision throughout a long day to see his side home? That’s the big question and the answer to which may decide whether England are able to fight back or not. For the moment, to regard him as England’s greatest hope would be premature.
© 2012 Phys.org Distributed Credential Protection: Trying to beat the hackers and protect our passwords (Phys.org)—In what has become an annual tradition, SplashData, a company that makes productivity applications for smartphones, has released a list of passwords it claims are the most commonly used to access online applications. The list is compiled by the company using passwords that hackers have posted on various web sites to illustrate the ease with which online accounts can be cracked. SplashData refers to the top 25 passwords as the “worst passwords of the year.” Explore further The top three haven’t changed from last year: “password,” “123456” and “12345678.” SplashData indicates that many people fear forgetting their password more than they fear hackers breaching their account. Others, perhaps responding to reports of multiple recent website hacking incidents, have resorted to trying easy-to-remember (but still easy-to-hack) passwords such as “Jesus,” “mustang,” “welcome” and “ninja.” In response to the posting by SplashData, several computer security companies have posted tips to users aimed at encouraging protection of accounts with stronger passwords. Most companies persist with the tried-and-true standard of suggesting users choose passwords that mix numbers and letters, are at least eight characters long, and include punctuation characters. Experts also suggest users choose different passwords for different sites to prevent hackers from accessing all of their accounts if they happen to gain access to their single-use password. A third option is for users to choose difficult-to-remember passwords and then use a password manager application (such as SplashID Safe made by SplashData), which tracks all passwords and then enters them automatically when users log into to registered sites.SplashData encourages people—especially those who use the same password for access to online entertainment sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and those sites that hold important bank and credit card information—to take the task of choosing a password more seriously. The company also suggests that people who are currently using one of the “listed” passwords change it immediately, or risk having their account compromised. Citation: SplashData’s annual list shows people still using easy-to-guess passwords (2012, October 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-splashdata-annual-people-easy-to-guess-passwords.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Explore further (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with the Paris School of Economics in France has conducted an analysis of competitive exam results that are used as a basis for hiring teachers in that country and has found that there exists a bias toward grading women higher in traditionally male-dominated fields. In their paper published in the journal Science, Thomas Breda and Mélina Hillion describe their study and results, and suggest that policies that target female students at an early age be modified to reflect the reality that young women face when considering a career in one of the sciences. New study explores gender bias in academic hiring There has been a lot of discussion in the education and employment fields over the past few years regarding the disproportionate number of males in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) positions in many countries around the world. Some have suggested that the imbalance is a problem that needs to be addressed because it limits opportunities for women. Some have also suggested that the imbalance occurs because of male based biases in hiring practices. In this new effort, the research pair sought to discover whether this holds true for educational institutions.In France, those seeking teaching positions from grade school through college must take competitive exams—the exams have two parts, written and oral. The researchers obtained exam results from 10,000 applicants covering 11 different fields—some STEM, and some not STEM. For the study, the written parts of exams were graded with names hidden to prevent gender identification. Gender identification with oral grading was, of course, identifiable by graders. The implication was that the proportional numbers of people of a given gender passing the exams would be an accurate measure of the proportion of people of a given gender that would land a job as a teacher in their chosen field.Analyzing their data, the researchers were surprised to find that the gender bias that existed was actually in favor of the female students taking tests in STEM fields—they ranked it in the 10th percentile, which suggests women would have a leg up in being hired in their chosen fields. Interestingly, they also found a small gender bias for males taking exams in traditionally female-dominated fields.The researchers conclude by suggesting that their results indicate that policies aimed at encouraging young women to enter STEM fields should focus on the girls who are still too young to have made any career plans. © 2016 Phys.org Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: Study of accreditation exams reveals biases actually favor women in STEM positions (2016, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-accreditation-exams-reveals-biases-favor.html Journal information: Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
2 min read RIP Lily: Makers of the “world’s first throw-and-shoot camera” are closing their business and refunding customers who pre-ordered one.Unable to secure financing to manufacture and ship its drone, the startup today announced plans to “wind down the company.””We have been delighted by the steady advancements in the quality of our product and have received great feedback from our beta program,” founders Antoine Balaresque and Henry Bradlow wrote in a blog post. “At the same time, we have been racing against a clock of ever-diminishing funds.”Bradlow and Balaresque built their first prototype in September 2013 in the basement of a U.C. Berkeley robotics lab, but Lily didn’t make her debut until May 2015.Users simply place a tracking device in a pocket or the waterproof wrist case, throw Lily in the air, and watch as she flies herself, using GPS and computer vision to follow you while shooting video and stills. A lithium-ion battery promised 20 minutes of flight time on a two-hour charge; the drone also has an IP67 waterproof rating.Early-bird buyers pre-ordered the Lily Camera for $899 — $100 off the expected U.S. retail price. As of January 2016, the firm had collected $34 million in pre-sales.”Our community was the drive that kept us going even as circumstances became more and more difficult,” the blog said. “Your encouraging words through our forums and in your emails gave us hope and the energy we needed to keep fighting.”Now, the company is focused on handling refunds, which will happen over the next 60 days.”After so much hard work, we are sad to see this adventure come to an end,” Balaresque and Bradlow wrote. “We are very sorry and disappointed that we will not be able to deliver your flying camera, and are incredibly grateful for your support as a pre-order customer.””Thank you for believing in our vision and giving us the opportunity to get this far,” they added. “We hope our contribution will help pave the way for the exciting future of our industry.” This story originally appeared on PCMag This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. January 12, 2017 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now
Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more Related Content Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Technology | Angiography | May 22, 2018 FAST Study Demonstrates High Diagnostic Accuracy of CAAS vFFR Software for non-invasively assessing vessel fractional flow reserve achieves FDA 510(k) market clearance Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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It shows a severe restriction of the left main artery which requires a stent to revacularize. The image on the right is a comparison with the invasive angiogram from the cath lab prior to stenting. May 22 2018 — Pie Medical Imaging announced that clinical data on its CAAS vFFR (Cardiovascular Angiographic Analysis Systems for vessel Fractional Flow Reserve) software will be presented during EuroPCR 2018, May 22-25 in Paris, France. This software, which has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance, can calculate the pressure drop and vFFR value in the coronary artery non-invasively, which means there is no need for a pressure wire and hyperemic agent.FFR is an established technique used in interventional cardiology to measure pressure differences across a coronary stenosis. Based on this, cardiologists may take a decision on whether a coronary stenosis has to be treated with angioplasty or not. This examination is done during a catheterization procedure with the support of costly pressure wires and hyperemic agents.CAAS vFFR allows clinicians to use two standard angiograms taken during a catheterization procedure as input to get access to coronary physiology assessment. For percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), within one easy workflow, CAAS vFFR offers a combination of functional and anatomical lesion assessment (such as percentage stenosis) to support the interventional cardiologist in the clinical decision making process.The FAST study — led by Ken Masdjedi, M.D., and Joost Daemen M.D., Ph.D., from Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands — shows that vFFR as calculated using CAAS vFFR has a high linear correlation to invasively measured FFR.”In the FAST study, we demonstrated that vFFR as calculated using CAAS vFFR has a high linear correlation to invasively measured FFR and high diagnostic accuracy to detect FFR less than or equal to 0.80. vFFR is a promising, fast and easy to use tool to assess coronary physiology without the need for a costly pressure wire or hyperemic agent,” said Daemen, principal investigator.CAAS vFFR is CE marked in Europe and PMDA-cleared in Japan.For more information: www.piemedicalimaging.com Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more