3000 Moroccans in Italian Prisons

Rabat – Moroccans make up 0.05 percent of the Italian prison population, numbering to nearly 3,000 detainees in prisons across the country, Italian judicial sources have announced.Out of 520,000 individuals constituting the Moroccan community in Italy, nearly 3,000 Moroccans and holders of Moroccan and Italian citizenships are currently locked up in Italy prisons. These prisoners are serving sentences related to various crimes such as theft, rape, sexual harassment, drug trafficking, illegal immigration, assaults and terrorism. As of March 2017, the total Italian prison population was 56,289. The latest Moroccan detainee in Italy was arrested in 2015 for an alleged theft operation that targeted a massive canvas of the Italian painter Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino, from a church in the country.Three of the detainee’s partners in crime were arrested in Casablanca and placed in pre-trial detention. The Criminal Chamber at the Court of Appeal has not yet set the date of their trial.The Moroccan community in Italy amounts to 520,000 according to official statistics. The number of undocumented Moroccan immigrants in the country is not known. read more

UN reports worsening humanitarian conditions in Ethiopias Somali region

Fighting between the Ethiopian National Defence Forces and the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) has led to the doubling of food prices, inadequate access to clean drinking water and shortages of drugs and other medical supplies, according to a press release from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The team observed that household food reserves are nearly exhausted among the communities it visited and food aid operations in the areas affected by fighting have been “seriously delayed.” In addition, Government restrictions on commercial and livestock trade have aggravated an already fragile food security and livelihood situation. “Given the clear suffering of the families in these zones, and the probable deterioration in their lot, I hope that the Government of Ethiopia and the ONLF will do everything in their power to ensure immediate, safe and full access for humanitarian organizations into the region,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said. In its report, the team urged that emergency food aid be provided immediately for some 600,000 people for three months. It also called for the creation of conditions to allow a substantial increase in commercial food deliveries throughout the region as well as increased livestock trade. Drugs for health facilities and support to establish mobile health teams were also needed.The team recommended that reports of a “worrying human rights and protection situation for the civilian population” be investigated and action taken to protect civilians, including women and children.The report has been shared with the Ethiopian authorities and the UN stands ready to assist the Government in increasing the delivery of humanitarian assistance and in following up on the team’s recommendations.The inter-agency team included staff from OCHA, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP), World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Department of Safety and Security and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 19 September 2007The humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s Somali regional state – one of the country’s poorest areas and home to some 4.5 million people – has deteriorated substantially over the past several months due to ongoing security operations, according to a United Nations assessment team that recently visited the region. read more

Small levels of radiation in fish

He said that while the radiation levels detected in the fish consignment recently was not at a dangerous level the authorities need to be vigilant as some fish may have even higher levels of radiation. As a result the AEA is to meet fish importers later this month to educate them on the need to carry out the radiation tests in the best interest of the public. (Colombo Gazette) “We began the tests in collaboration with the health ministry and imported fish is not released to the importer until we issue a certification after we carry out the tests at our lab,” Wijeywardena said.Asked for how long such radiation tests will have to be carried out Dr. Wijeywardena said that it’s hard to specify a time period as there are some radioactive material which can remain a threat for several years after it is released in the environment.“There were short term and long term threats from the Fukushima nuclear disaster and we have already dealt with the short term threat. But the long term concern is still there and that is what we are still looking at,” Wijeywardena said. The Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Agency (AEA) says it had found small levels of radiation in fish imported to Sri Lanka following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.Chairman of the AEA Dr. Ranjith Wijeyawardena said that tests are being carried out on all types of fish imported to the country. “During our tests we had even detected small levels of radiation in one consignment of imported fish so this shows we need to carry out these tests,” Wijeyawardena told the Colombo Gazette. He said local fish importers have been up in arms over the tests being carried out on the imported fish as it delays the release of the consignment at the port. Wijeywardena said that the tests were initially carried out last year following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan which had damaged a nuclear power plant.Contaminated water was released into the sea following the disaster and this raised fears that fish in a wide area may have been affected by radioactive material. read more

Refugee from Lanka files case over daughters death

An inmate of a refugee camp for Sri Lankan Tamils at Tiruvadavur near Madurai has approached the Madras High Court Bench seeking a direction to the State to pay his family a compensation of Rs.10 lakh for the death of his 11-year-old daughter when the asbestos sheets laid on the roof of their dilapidated house in the camp caved in on May 12 last year.When the matter came up for admission before Justice R. Mahadevan, he directed a government counsel to take notice on behalf of the Health and Family Welfare Secretary, Commissioner of Refugee Rehabilitation and the Collector, The Hindu newspaper reported. The writ petition had been filed by S. Athipathi who claimed to be residing in the refugee camp for more than 12 years. The petitioner, father of four children including the girl who died, said that the State Government had established the refugee camp in Tiruvadavur in 2002 by building about 400 houses measuring around 100 square feet each. The camp was filled up by shifting the inmates of another camp at Avaniapuram near here and his family was part of the migration. The occupants of Tiruvadavur camp faced several problems such as poor quality construction of their houses and absence of safe drinking water. Though several representations were made to the officials concerned to improve the infrastructural facilities, their pleas went unheeded, the petitioner said and claimed that the State was liable to pay adequate compensation for his daughter’s death. read more

Train rams into car in Jaffna 1 killed 3 injured

One person in the car was killed at the location while the other three were admitted to hospital for treatment. (Colombo Gazette) A train crashed into a car at an unprotected railway crossing in Jaffna this afternoon killing one person and injuring three others.Reporters in Jaffna said that the car had attempted to cross the unprotected railway crossing when the train heading to Jaffna from Colombo crashed into the vehicle.

Maldives boosts border security after Sri Lanka attacks

He told RaajjeMV that they are monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka following a series of bomb blasts last week, including closely examining the visas of those entering the Maldives. It is working with both local and international agencies.Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) said that the attacks in the neighboring country posed no threat to Maldives, and that enhancing border control “is a preventive measure.” Last week, the Immigration denied reports that the individual that orchestrated Lanka’s terror attack had traveled to Maldives recently. Noting that this is “unsubstantiated and incorrect,” Immigration urged all to verify before circulating information that could lead to public confusion and disruption. Following the terror attack that killed over 250 people in Sri Lanka on April 21, Immigration announced the decision to strengthen Maldives’ border security measures. The Maldives has increased its border security following the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka.Maldives Immigration’s top priority right now is the country’s security, says Controller Mohamed Ahmed Hussain. read more

Two men plead guilty to break and enter

Two Simcoe men who were involved in stealing a plasma cutter and generator from a Redbud Crescent garage were sentenced recently in Simcoe’s Ontario Court.Jason Shaunne Everets and Jean Pierre Auclair were part of a trio involved in the Sept. 17 Simcoe break-in last year along with crimes from other dates.Everets, 43, pleaded guilty in January to unlawful entry and breaking probation orders in the case while at least six other charges from that day were withdrawn.He was ordered by Justice David Carr to make restitution of $1,314.Auclair, 35, was sentenced earlier, in November, and ordered to pay the same amount in restitution by Justice Robert Gee after he pleaded guilty to break and enter and charges of possession of break-in instruments and unlawful entry from another incident two weeks later.Gee gave Auclair credit for time served of 87 days and ordered that he return to jail for 33 more days and get counselling for substance abuse.Everets went on to plead guilty to several other 2018 crimes.From May 14, Everets pleaded guilty to two counts of uttering a forged document and breaking his probation orders.The following day he was found in possession of stolen property and pleaded guilty to that and to uttering a forged document.Four other charges from different dates in May were withdrawn but on May 24, Everets was again charged with uttering a forged document and pleaded guilty to that.He pleaded guilty to breaking court conditions on another date in September.Justice Carr gave him credit for time served of 159 days and sent him back to jail for three more weeks. read more

Terrorisms various forms discussed at UN General Assembly

Nepal’s Foreign Minister, Jung Bahadur Singh, said his country, itself a victim of terrorism, firmly supported the war against that scourge. “The so-called Maoist terrorists in Nepal have been taking innocent lives, abducting children to work as child soldiers, and destroying private homes, schools, and vital infrastructure.” In response, the Government had launched a campaign to protect the country’s people and property. Discussing international security concerns, he called UN regional centres for peace and disarmament “an important tool for building confidence,” and welcomed the fact that Nepal had been chosen to host one such centre. “It is however deeply troubling that the Centre is yet to move to Kathmandu, despite our full commitment to meet all those obligations that other hosts have done,” he said, urging the UN to relocate the Centre immediately.Rwanda’s Foreign Minister, André Bumaya, said the Armée de Libération du Rwanda (ALIR), comprised of elements of the former armed forces and Interahamwe militia, remained a threat. Members of that terrorist group attempted to organize themselves in political groups under various labels. The UN and its Members must take measures to crack down on all those responsible for the Rwanda genocide and bring them to justice. The UN should also condemn countries that provided support for ALIR. He appealed for efforts to make the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda more effective. He also called for support to the Lusaka and Pretoria accords which were designed to promote peace in the Great Lakes region of Africa. For its part, Rwanda had begun withdrawing its troops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in accordance with the provision of the Pretoria accord.Royal Highness Prince Saud Al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia condemned unequivocally those who committed the 11 September attacks, and said it had been “overwhelmingly painful” for Saudi Arabia to see a number of its young people commit a grave offence. Saudi Arabia was working unstintingly to combat terrorism. The fight against terrorism must be waged without bias, he said, and must target State-supported terrorism. It would also be necessary to pay attention to the political, economic and social conditions which formed the breeding ground for extremism. The cycle of violence in the Middle East would not end unless the Palestinian people were able to realize their inalienable rights. Israel had ignored its obligations under international agreements, and the Palestinians were now facing a human catastrophe. The world must work to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people and chart a course for peace. On the issue of Iraq, he welcomed Baghdad’s intention to allow the return of weapons inspectors. Now those pledges must be implemented, while the Security Council must work to help the suffering Iraqi people.The Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan, Abdulaziz Kamilov, welcomed the UN’s response to terrorism, especially the establishment of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee. As early as 1999, Uzbekistan had urged the creation of such a panel, and the country was a party to all 12 international anti-terrorism treaties. The 11 September attacks had served to call attention to the situation in Afghanistan, which had vastly improved in the intervening year, he said, while cautioning that there could be no room for complacency, as certain factions retained “huge masses of weapons” which must be confiscated. The lack of resources to promote recovery in Afghanistan could serve to foster unrest, which could be exploited by those seeking a return to war. Compounding the problem, drug trafficking persisted in Afghanistan. Central Asian countries had to block huge amounts of drugs from Afghanistan at their borders, he said, calling for a broad and concrete solution to the problem through the UN.María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila, the Foreign Minister of El Salvador, said her country was marking the tenth anniversary of the peace agreements which ended the armed conflict and paved the way for a new future. The democratic process was being strengthened and advanced thanks to the strong desire of the country’s people to build a freer society. In the economic and social realm, El Salvador had achieved much progress because the Government had promoted economic freedom as the basis for development. Investments had been made in education, housing, health and basic services in order to improve the quality of life of the country’s people. Voicing gratitude to the international community, especially the UN, she said El Salvador was now enjoying the benefits of peace. She also pledged to work for regional economic integration across the Americas.The Assembly was also addressed by Lassana Traore, Foreign Minister of Mali, Fathulla Jameel, Foreign Minister of the Maldives and Irakli Menagarishvili, Foreign Minister of Georgia. Ali Abdi Farah, Foreign Minister of Djibouti, Youssouf Ouédraogo, Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso, Agba Otikpo Mezode, Foreign Minister of the Central African Republic, also spoke in the Assembly’s debate. read more

Ducks vs Bucks When Oregon has the ball

Oregon redshirt-junior quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) carries the ball during the Pac-12 Championship Game against Arizona in Santa Clara, Calif., on Dec. 5. Oregon won, 51-13.Credit: Courtesy of TNSDALLAS — When the Oregon Ducks have the ball during the College Football Playoff National Championship, it’s no secret where Ohio State’s focus will be aimed.“Our No. 1 concern is their quarterback,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said during a Sunday press conference.He was referring to Oregon redshirt-junior signal caller Marcus Mariota, who led the Ducks to an 11-1 regular season record before winning the Heisman Trophy and the Pac-12 Championship Game. His dominance — combined with the work of a plethora of playmakers — helped Oregon average 47.2 points per game this season, along with 552.9 total yards.Mariota alone accounted for 4,121 passing yards, 731 rushing yards and 56 total touchdowns — including one as a receiver — while throwing just three interceptions.OSU sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa said Mariota’s success in all aspects of the offense means the Buckeyes have to be ready for anything and everything Monday night.“He’s such a dual threat with his legs and his arms,” Bosa said. “It’s really not one more than the other, we’ll have to limit both to beat them.”Beyond keeping on eye on Mariota’s appendages, OSU will be tasked with finding a way to keep up with the tempo of Oregon’s offense. The Ducks have run nearly three plays per minute of possession this season, and outgained their opponents 1,833 yards despite holding the ball for just 27:07 per game.Senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett noted that Oregon isn’t always pushing its offense at full speed, but added the Buckeye defense has to make sure it gets set before each play in order to have success.“The biggest thing is getting lined up,” Bennett said Saturday. “No matter what the situation, you get lined up and you get the call and you put your hand in the ground.”He added that the pace of the Ducks will be in stark contrast to that of the Alabama Crimson Tide, whom the Buckeyes beat in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day to earn a trip to the title game.“Against Alabama, they kind of took their time and had a lot more opportunities to scheme against them or gather yourself and get ready for the next play,” Bennett said. “While with Oregon, whether you are ready or not, you need to focus on the next play and put your hand in the ground.”In order to make their high-flying offense run like a well-oiled machine, the Ducks have relied on more than just Mariota. Freshman running back Royce Freeman led the team with 1,343 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground, while junior running back Byron Marshall added 834 receiving yards and five scores through the air.But the Ducks will also be without at least two key playmakers in redshirt-freshmen wide receivers Darren Carrington and Devon Allen. Carrington was ruled ineligible for the game after reportedly failing a drug test, while Allen is out with an injury.With the wide range of weapons and athletes Oregon has on offense, Bosa said his team is still focused largely on stopping Mariota first in order to slow down the attack.“We’ve just got to limit what Marcus Mariota can do, try to keep him in the pocket, but they’re obviously going to spread the ball out all game and they’re going to try to hurry it up,” Bosa said. “We’re just going to try and keep up with the pace and try to keep him in the pocket.”Bosa — who needs just one sack to break the OSU single-season record — said the Buckeye coaching staff has employed a different approach in practice to prepare for a fast-paced matchup.“We’ve been running a lot more and hurrying in practice, so that’s definitely helped us get in shape,” he said. “These last four practices, we’ve been having hurry-up periods. It’s definitely been tough, but it’s been working.”Meyer agreed that practice has been slightly different than normal, and said it’ll be important for his team to suppress the exhaustion, especially on the defensive side of the ball.“We have the shot clocks up, we have a lot of emphasis about defeating the demon, the demon that takes place when fatigue takes over, and that’s real,” Meyer said. “And that’s something that we’ve addressed really hard, but ultimately it comes down to those young guys out there playing tomorrow night.”Bosa said it won’t be easy to keep up with Oregon’s athleticism, including along the Ducks’ offensive line, but stressed that winning individual battles early and often will be key for the Buckeyes to have success, and ultimately win the game.“It’s going to be tough … we’re going to have to win first down, try to get them to second and long or third and longs,” Bosa said. “That’s a really big goal for us, because if we slow them down on first down, they really won’t go to the hurry up and they’ll take it slow and that’s the whole goal.”The Buckeyes defense is set to go head-go-head with the fast-paced Ducks on Monday at 8:30 p.m. EST in Arlington, Texas. read more

25 flurelated deaths reported in San Diego last week

first_img25 flu-related deaths reported in San Diego last week KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 7, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — There were 25 influenza-related deaths reported last week in San Diego County, bringing this flu season’s total fatalities in the region to 231, the county Health and Human Services Agency said Wednesday.Last week also brought the end of a weeks-long downward trend in the total number of lab-confirmed flu cases, which officials say was caused by a spike in influenza B cases. That strain accounted for 335 of the 835 cases confirmed last week and represents double the percentage of influenza B cases for the whole season, according to the county.“A high number of deaths can typically be associated with severe seasons when the influenza A/H3 virus causes most of the illnesses,” said county public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten. “The flu is still going strong and we’re seeing an increase in influenza B cases which typically occur later in the flu season. That is why it’s important that people continue getting vaccinated and taking other preventive measures.”The vaccine protects against influenza A H3N2, pandemic H1N1-like and two influenza B strains.Wooten said the use of detailed reporting systems also contributes to high numbers compared to prior years and in other parts of the country.This continues to be one of the region’s worst flu seasons on record.There were just 39 deaths at this time last year and 2,777 total confirmed cases, compared to 231 deaths and 15,135 cases this season.Vaccines are available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. Those without insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, visit www.sdiz.org or call 211. Posted: February 7, 2018last_img read more

National Students Union of India thanks JNTU VC

first_imgKukatpally: The Telangana unit of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) on Thursday thanked the JNTU vice-chancellor for accepting its representation on regulation of R-15 and considering all theory subjects for securing credits/exemptions by students.A delegation of NSUI leaders, comprising D Ajay Kumar, the Hyderabad in-charge, the Osmania University in-charge and the State secretary, called on the VC here to convey the NSUI’s ‘gratitude’ for allowing the students to receive their provisional certificates, while availing themselves of permission for two subjects and for credits exemptions.last_img

Latest Aadhaar made mandatory for PPF post office deposits Kisan Vikas Patra

first_imgAadhaar cardIANSAadhaar is not going to stop making news any time soon, it seems. Despite controversies over the unique identity card and the apprehensions over privacy, the government of India has made Aadhaar mandatory for all post office deposits, Public Provident Funds (PPF), the National Savings Certificate scheme and Kisan Vikas Patra.In four different Gazette notifications, the ministry of finance said that Aadhaar is mandatory for opening all post office deposit accounts, PPF, National Savings Certificate scheme and Kisan Vikas Patra deposits, new agency PTI reported on Friday.In the notifications the government has mandated that existing depositors will be given time till December 31, 2017 to verify accounts with 12-digit unique verification number.”Existing depositors who have not provided Aadhaar number at the time of application for such deposit shall submit his Aadhaar number to the post office savings bank or deposit office concerned, on or before December 31, 2017,” the notification added.However depositors who are yet to get the Aadhaar number shall submit proof of application for enrolment for Aadhaar, the government directed in the notification.The government of India had earlier notified that it was mandatory to link Aadhaar card with Permanent Account Number (PAN) latest by December 31, 2017 in order to file income tax returns (ITR). The government earlier made it compulsory for all taxpayers to link Aadhaar and PAN and brought in necessary amendments in the income tax laws in the last Union budget.Likewise, it is mandatory to verify Aadhaar with know-your-customer (KYC). The banks, financial institutions were directed by the Centre to make sure their customers are KYC compliant. Every individual must submit Aadhaar and PAN details to the bank to be KYC-compliant. The deadline for verifying Aadhaar with the KYC is December 31, 2017. The bank account will be barred if one fails to submit the details in KYC forms before the deadline.Following a Supreme Court judgment in February 2017, the department of telecommunications (DoT) directed telecom operators to verify all the existing mobile subscribers (both pre-paid and post-paid) with the Aadhaar. The government has made it mandatory to provide Aadhaar details while applying for new mobile connections or while buying SIMs. Aadhaar details are compulsary to avail benefits of social welfare schemes. Beneficiaries need to link Aadhaar to get the benefit of as many as 135 schemes (of 35 ministries) including the free cooking gas (LPG) to poor women, kerosene and fertiliser subsidy, targeted public distribution system (PDS) and the MGNREGA.last_img read more

AL govt once again pledges Jamaats trial

first_imgAnisul Huq. File photoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League government will amend a relevant law to try Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party for crimes against humanity during the 1971 liberation war, law minister Anisul Huq said on Wednesday.The AL government, in its earlier tenure, pledged time and again to try Jamaat as a political party which opposed creation of Bangladesh by supprting the Pakistan military regime in 1971.A number of top leaders of Jamaat were convicted for crimes against humanity under the International Crimes Tribunal Act and executed earlier and the tribunal recommended trial of the Jamaat as a party.Law minister Anisul Huq, who also held the same portfo between 2014 and 2018, told the media on Wednesday that the the International Crimes Tribunal Act would be amended to make it suitable for trying the Jamaat as a political party.Jamaat, a key component of the BNP-led 29-party alliance, is a party which is de-registered from the election commission’s list.The AL’s archrival Bangladesh Nationalist Party, complained many times that the AL camp has been doing politics by not banning the Jamaat to attain political gain despite the former’s criticism of it.However, the new law minister said the current administratrion of premier Sheikh Hasina would make all the necessary arrangements to ensure that Jamaat is banned.”As per the directive of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, the draft of the amended law will be sent to the cabinet division for placing it before the cabinet meeting,” Anisul said while talking to reporters at the secretariat.The AL government reportedly took initiative to amend the law to ban Jamaat four and half years ago and Anisul too said on several occasions that the revised law will be placed in the cabinet meeting.Jamaat’s registration with the election commission was declared illegal by the High Court on 1 August 2013 following a writ petition filed in 2009 by Bangladesh Tariqat Federation’s secretary general Rezaul Haque Chandpuri and 24 others.Still the verdict was not enough to bar the party from carrying out its politics. A total of 22 Jamaat leaders participated in recently held 11th parliamentary elections, but under the umbrella of the BNP.Jamaat, considered a major Islamist political organisation in the South Asian sub-continent, started its journey in 1941 under the leadership of Syed Abul A’la Moududi with the name Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.The party was banned in Pakistan in 1964 during General Ayub Khan’s regime.Jamaat which opposed Bangladesh’s liberation in 1971, was banned again after independence.The BNP’s founder Ziaur Rahman allowed Jamaat along with some other banned political parties to allow them to carry out politics and since then the party participated in most of the general elections, except the ones held in March 1988, February 1996 and January 2014.last_img read more

African Americans Named to Head Three Morehouse Medical School Departments

first_imgThe Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta.The Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta recently appointed three African American faculty members to department chairs related to their field of study, effective July 1.Dr. Janice Herbert-Carter, an associate professor at the school, was appointed chairperson of the department of medical education at MSM. In her new role, she is charged with working to advance the department’s academic courses as well as expanding interdisciplinary education in the M.D. program by collaborating with other MSM educational initiatives.According to a MSM press release, Herbert-Carter will continue her roles as the associate professor of medical education and also an associate professor of family medicine.  She is a graduate of Princeton University in biochemistry and Afro-American Studies. Herbert-Carter earned her medical degree from Howard University College of medicine, where she also completed her internship and residency in internal medicine.Dr. Winston E. Thompson was named chairperson of MSM’s department of physiology. In his role, according to the press release, he will be the spokesperson for the department faculty, staff, and students.  Thompson received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from Rutgers University.The Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in AtlantaDr. Yasmin Tyler-Hill will serve as chairperson of the department of pediatrics. Tyler-Hill is responsible for advocating MSM’s mission to increase the number of primary pediatricians in Georgia through expansion of the community residency program. She is also charged with collaborating and seeking partners to build the department of developmental and behavioral pediatrics and enhance programs in community and general pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and the care and transition of care of children with hemoglobinopathies.Tyler-Hill graduated from Princeton University with a degree in biology. She went on to receive her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed her internship and residency at Boston City Hospital, now Boston University Medical Center.She joined MSM faculty as the assistant professor of clinical pediatrics in 2001 and later stepped into the associate professor position in 2009.last_img read more

The Legend of Korra Turf Wars Expands Love in the World of

first_imgStay on target We’re big fans of all things Avatar here, from The Last Airbender to the sequel series The Legend of Korra to the characters who hop between both cartoons. The Asian-inspired fantasy universe Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino dreamed up for Nickelodeon in 2005 has world-building strong and compelling enough to thrive in any medium (except live-action M. Night Shyamalan movies).The first Avatar series has already gotten a handful of cool graphic novel trilogies continuing the adventures of Aang and friends after ending the war and saving the world. The Legend of Korra aired its final episode in 2014, but now we can see what comes next in Turf Wars, the first part of a new graphic novel trilogy from Dark Horse.The Avatar comics were great and answered some burning mythology questions, but at times they felt more like fun yet unnecessary side stories. However, already Turf Wars feels more like an official Korra continuation in comparison, and not just because it’s being written by series co-creator DiMartino. The story opens literally moments after the end of the series, with new couple Avatar Korra and Asami Sato beginning their vacation in the Spirit World after winning Anime World War II in the series finale.This opening section is the best stuff in the book. Like on the show, the art for the Spirit World is vibrant and lush and weird. But having a cartoon to compare this with also highlights intriguing differences between the two mediums. Cartoons typically have to somewhat simplify their designs to make animation feasible. Graphic novels don’t have that problem, and artist Irene Koh has free reign to make her compositions as dynamic as the action on the show but far more detailed.But beyond the art, the opening also celebrates the main draw of the book for fans: a canonical look at Korra and Asami’s now-explicitly queer romantic relationship. One of the things always holding Korra (the show and the character) back were the limitations of ultimately being a cartoon for kids. The Last Airbender had some mature themes but was pretty good at happily staying in its lane. Korra had many more truths it wanted to say out loud but could not.One of those truths was that it’s totally cool and great for two women to love each other. The show tried to hint at this as much as it was able to, before the creators just straight-up confirmed the “Korrasami” coupling after the show was over, but the forced subtlety I think ended up hurting the believability of the relationship. It was an unfortunate story consequence of the content restrictions.Fortunately, Turf Wars wastes no times making up for lost ground. Korra and Asami profess their love for each other, and kiss, and come out to friends and family, and react in ways that make complete sense for their characters. Korra is a stubborn and passionate demigod while Asami is a cool and even-keeled industrialist.Obviously these story developments are valuable just as LGBT representation in children’s media, but they’re also cool because they represent a new mythology avenue to explore in the world of Avatar. One of the strengths of Avatar is that it is one of the few mythical worlds where explaining all the magic, from elemental bending martial arts to how spirits work, actually makes them more captivating. It’s the opposite of Star Wars. And in Turf Wars, we now get to learn the history of homosexuality in the Avatar world. I won’t spoil any revelations, but it all makes for satisfyingly fresh and fascinating fantasy.That said, once the actual plot of Turf Wars kicks in, things don’t stay quite as fresh. I love Korra, but once it was over I wasn’t dying for a new series the same way I was after The Last Airbender, and this reminded me why. The tale features sights and concepts that should be familiar to Avatar fans like hook swords, chi-blocking, triad gangsters, spirit possession, corrupt early 20th century types, and a Princess Mononoke-esque “modernity meets nature” vibe.The problem, so far at least, is that the main conflict seems mired in the same spirits vs humans political squabbling that the show was already starting to go back to a little too often. Korra once again finding herself torn between both changing worlds because of a spirit portal she opened is just something we’ve already seen before. It feels like treading water, definitely not a leap forward on par with a new season. Give me a new extremist ideology to interrogate. That said, the villain they’ve set up has a lot of potential, and there are still two books to go.My issues aside, Turf Wars is still a worthy must-read for Avatar and Legend of Korra fans, as well as anyone who wants to see what a progressive story can do once it breaks free from the chains of basic cable.View as: One Page Slides1/51. Turf Wars is a new graphic novel trilogy continuing the events of hit Nickelodeon cartoon The Legend of Korra.2. Turf Wars is written by series co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino and illustrated by Irene Koh.3. The comic can finally show the romantic queer relationship between Avatar Korra and Asami Sato only hinted at in the final episode.4. However, the typical “humans vs spirits” political squabbling that was already starting to get old in the cartoon makes up much of the plot here, too.5. Hopefully the Turf Wars trilogy can introduce some new ideas, and pay off its potentially interesting villain, in its upcoming installments.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. James Cameron Congratulates Marvel on Beating ‘Avatar’ Box Office SpotFacebook Introduces Customizable Avatar Stickers last_img read more

WizFile 20 file finder released

first_imgWizFile 2.0 file finder released by Martin Brinkmann on June 08, 2018 in Software – 14 commentsWhen Antibody Software released WizFile back in April 2018, it was already one of the best file search and management tools for the Windows operating system. Now with the release of WizFile 2.0 just months after the initial release, it is even better as the new version adds a ton of new features and improvements to the application.WizFile is available as a portable version and setup version. You can run the portable version right after you have downloaded the archive and extracted it. From there, it is just a matter of typing the search term to get the list of matching file types.That’s WizFile’s core functionality and it has not changed in the new version. The program is still very fast, requires no indexing, and is very responsive even if you search for a term that returns thousands of matches.Tip: if you have not already, check out the author’s other programs Bulk Image Downloader and WizTree.WizFile 2.0One of the biggest changes in WizFile 2.0 is support for non-NTFS drives and individual network shares and folders. These need to be enabled by the user as they are not selected by default. For non-Ntfs drives, you simply select Options > Select Drives to include them when you run searches for files.To add network shares, use the same menu but select the “add folders” option in the interface. There you may add shares, e.g. //Server/Name,  to have it included in searches as well.Another big change is support for file type filters. While you could run searches for certain file names or types using the search field already, e.g. jackson *.mp3, filters make the whole process permanent and more user friendly.WizFile 2.0 comes with a set of default filters to only display certain types of files. You may switch from the default “all” view to display only audio, video, image, document, executable, or compressed files.The filters match several file types and you may edit them or create new filters using Options > Filters.You could use the interface to create a development filter to only display programming language file types, or one that displays only backup files.Creation is super simple: open the filters menu and hit the add button when it opens. Type a name for the new filter and enter strings that you want it to match. Use * to add wildcards, e.g. *.php to include all php files, and separate different file types with the pipe “|” character.WizFile 2.0 supports new quick actions besides all that. You can double-click on the path of any file listed in the interface to open it in Explorer, and hold down the Alt-key before you click on the path to launch a command prompt window at the file’s location. A double-click on any other value opens the file instead.You can use shortcuts, e.g Ctrl-P to open the command prompt at the location, or the right-click menu as well to run these.Another useful feature is the ability to monitor folder changes. The feature is disabled by default as it causes higher CPU usage when the system is under load. The folder size that WizFile displays in the interface is updated automatically when you enable the feature. Searches are updated automatically just like before, but you may disable this under options if you don’t want the list of results to be updated automatically when new matching files are discovered.What else is new?Windows 10 users benefit from full high DPI support, and some operations have been optimized. Searches that include folder names, full or partial, are much faster in the new version, and CPU usage has been reduced when results are updated.Closing WordsWizFile 2.0 is a big update that introduces several new features and options that make the program even better than before. It supports network shares and non-NTFS drives now, and comes with filters support to improve the finding of specific file and content types more comfortable.Now You: Which search program do you use?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 10 votes Software Name WizFile 2.0Operating System WindowsSoftware Category ProductivityLanding Page http://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wizfile-finds-your-files-fast/ Advertisementlast_img read more

State Population Council says Playa del Carmen fastest growing

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — According to government estimates, the state of Quintana Roo will see a population increase of 13 percent over the next five years.The estimate came from the State Population Council (Coespo) in the framework of World Population Day which was held July 11. Coespo says that now, they estimate the state has a population of 1,704,748 people and expect that figure to rise to 1,925,200 over the next five years.According to their statistics, the municipality of Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen) will grow the most with an anticipated 22.29 percent population increase by 2023, bringing the total to 308,287 approximately 56,200 more than the current 2018 population count of 252,087.They say that Tulum is also expanding and will be the second fastest growing municipality in the state with an expected population growth of 16.31 percent by 2023. Coespo says that by then, Tulum will have a head count of 44,490, an increase of 6,241 more than they current have now, which is 38,249.By 2023, the municipality of Isla Mujeres is projected to have 24,770 residents which will represent an increase of 15.38 percent, adding 3,303 more to the current 21,467 count in 2018.The municipality of Benito Juárez (Cancun) is forecast for a 14.83 increase, which will see another 118,605 added to the current population count of 799,410, bringing the municipality total to 918,015 by 2023.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minimum wage could increase to 101 peso per day with new government

first_imgMexico City, Mexico — The proposed undersecretary for the upcoming Andrés Manuel López Obrador government says there is a possibility of a minimum wage hike for 2019.Gerardo Esquivel, proposed for the Undersecretary of Expenditures for the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador says there is a possibility that the minimum wage could increase to 101 peso per day as of January 1, 2019.“It is going to be announced, possibly, and this is being talked about with the different economic agents about the very real possibility of increasing the minimum wage for the first time in a long time, above the extreme poverty line, from the line of minimum welfare, as defined by Coneval, which is 100 to 101 peso.“It will be the first thing that will be announced, possibly from the first day of December, and will go into effect on the first day of 2019,” he detailed.“The minimum wage is nearly at 89 peso and already that fear that had been generated by the inflationary issue, which we discussed for a long time, we managed to give that increase in real terms for the first time in a long time and it did not generate inflationary pressures, it did not generate wage pressures on other types of workers, but instead, it did benefit the quality of life of many workers,” he added.He explained that although a wage increase to 101 peso would bring many full time workers above the poverty line, he said that despite this increase, the salary would remain low since minimum wage should be close to double what it is today.The monthly minimum wage, which is 2,650.80 peso, is still below the urban welfare line which combines food and non-food expenses, which according to El Consejo Nacional de Evaluacion de la Politica de Desarrollo Social (The National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy) is 2,975.27 peso per person, per month.The current minimum wage is 88.36 peso per day for an 8-hour shift.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Drone makes it easier to see at Ingula

first_imgIt will make monitoring of species much easier and it will be interesting to see what the results are over the next few months.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there The Ingula Partnership (BirdLife South Africa, Eskom and Middelpunt Wetland Trust) recently acquired a drone to be used in the Ingula Nature Reserve. The drone was used for the first time last week at Ingula’s upper site. The drone will make it easier to see in areas that are difficult to reach, such as in the wetlands or on the cliffs of the escarpment. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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first_imgArthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.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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Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more An inverted whole-body diffusion composed image showing Wilms tumor and lung metastasis. Thanks to Tim 4G, these images have a high SNR. Software improvements and Tim and Dot technology help yield excellent image quality. Signal-to-noise is an issue in pediatric* MRIMagnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations are especially challenging when applied to the pediatric population. The unique technical challenges are related to signal-to-noise (SNR), as pediatric protocols tend to require a small field of view (FoV), high resolution and fast acquisition times. Each of these individually will reduce SNR.  MAGNETOM Aera and MAGNETOM Skyra have successfully addressed these challenges — thanks to Tim + Dot technologiesAs the innovator of 70 cm open bore design, Siemens Healthcare delivers systems that allow you to take maximum advantage of the 70 cm bore. Patient comfort is important, and the 70 cm open bore systems help children relax. Siemens has the broadest portfolio of open bore systems. (www.usa.siemens.com/openmri)Tim 4G technology provides improved SNR. The standard system configuration of 48 RF channels and 204 coil elements creates an imaging matrix that allows maximum use of coil elements at full FoV without ever running out of RF channels. Tim 4G combines ultra-high density coils — for example, the Body 18 with Spine 32 combine to make a 30-channel abdominal coil that supports parallel imaging capabilities.Direct RF — fully digital RF transmit and receiveThe MAGNETOM Aera and MAGNETOM Skyra offer Direct RF, a fully digital radiofrequency (RF) chain that both transmits and receives digitally. “All digital-in, digital-out” design eliminates noise influences, which further helps to increase SNR.Highest standard RF receive chainThe RF chain is a fundamental building block for all MRI exams. Knowing your RF chain specifications can put the power of your system into perspective. Siemens offers the highest basic RF configuration [elements x RF channels]:• [204 x 48] standard• [204 x 64] option• [204 x 128] option(Note: for MAGNETOM Skyra only)Tim 4G coils: A generation aheadWith minimum electronics, Tim 4G features lighter, trimmer coils that take up less space inside the magnet. This higher coil element density delivers a high SNR and higher iPAT factors, and is compatible with both GRAPPA- and SENSE-based iPAT techniques.Siemens’ unique Tim coils allow more flexible scanning positions. Not all patients, such as those with compromised breathing, kyphosis or Paget’s disease, can lie flat on their backs during an MRI exam. With Tim coils, you have the freedom and flexibility to use unique scanning positions (e.g., on a patient’s side) and still obtain the image quality you need for high clinical confidence. In addition, Tim allows full use of parameters (iPAT, Fat Sat, diffusion, etc.) in these positions for high-quality images that provide referring physicians with the information they need to manage their cases.The Dot (day optimizing throughput) engine helps provide improved diagnostic confidence and image consistency through new features like auto align, auto FoV and auto bolus detection. The introduction of strategies and guidance can help improve productivity by up to 50%* (data on file).  www.usa.siemens.com/dotValue that goes beyond the open bore Not every 70 cm open bore MRI offers the clinical flexibility available with the MAGNETOM Aera and Skyra. Many advanced standard sequences, such as 3D SPACE for T1W, T2W and PD 3D imaging, BLADE for reducing motion artifacts and REVEAL for diffusion imaging outside the brain, can be used throughout the body with all coils and in combination with iPAT (Parallel Acquisition Techniques) for robust clinical utility.Body diffusion (syngo REVEAL)Siemens’ standard syngo REVEAL is an echo planar imaging (EPI)-based technique for acquiring diffusion images throughout the body. Siemens’ standard REVEAL offers several benefits. First, it is compatible with iPAT during acquisition. syngo REVEAL also allows extrapolation of images with additional b values without extending acquisition time through the standard user-interface. Higher b values provide increased sensitivity and specificity of lesions. syngo REVEAL is recommended for use as a complementary sequence to your standard protocols, only adding a couple of minutes to the entire examination, but improving your diagnostic confidence. syngo REVEAL is useful in liver, pancreas, pelvis, breast, lymph node assessment, whole-body metastases evaluation and in many more applications.Thanks to Tim technology, multi-step whole-body diffusion can be done easily without repositioning the patient or the coils. View a case study about how MAGNETOM Aera supported tumor staging for the treatment decision in a case of Wilm’s Tumor.* MR scanning has not been established as safe for imaging fetuses and infants under two years of age. The responsible physician must evaluate the benefit of the MRI examination in comparison to other imaging procedures. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 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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Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Case Study | February 09, 2012 Transforming Pediatric Imaging with MAGNETOM Aera and MAGNETOM Skyra MRI Systems News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more An inverted whole-body diffusion composed image showing Wilms tumor and lung metastasis. Thanks to Tim 4G, these images have a high SNR. Software improvements and Tim and Dot technology help yield excellent image quality. Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabaylast_img read more