Nun expelled from congregation for her lifestyle

first_imgKochi: A Kerala nun who took part in a protest against former bishop of Jalandhar diocese in connection with a rape case has been expelled by the Franciscan Clarist Congregation for ‘failing to give a satisfactory explanation’ for her lifestyle “in violation of the proper law of the FCC.” Sister Lucy Kalappura had also published poems, purchased a car and taken part in a protest against a rape accused former bishop of Jalandhar dioecese. The congregation, under the Roman Catholic Church, said the nun was issued “proper canonical warnings”, but did not show the needed remorse. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In its August 5 letter to her, head of the Aluva based congregation, Ann Joseph said “you are hereby dismissed from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation as you failed to give a satisfactory explanation for your lifestyle in violation of the proper law of the FCC”. The “unanimous decision” to dismiss the nun was taken at the congregation’s General Council on May 11 this year. This was sent to the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in the Vatican through the Nuntiature in New Delhi. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday On August 5 the congregation received the communication from the “Apostolic See” that the dismissal decree had got the needed confirmation. The letter by the Vatican said the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, by virtue of the faculty given to it by Pope Francis, had considered everything seriously. The Congregation, however, said she was entitled to make “recourse against the decree” within 10 days from the day on which she receives the communication, in which case the decree of dismissal would have suspensive effect. Sister Lucy Kalappura termed as “100 per cent wrong” the decision taken by the congregation. Talking to reporters at Mananthavady in Wayanad district, she sought help from all who love her to come together and think of the steps to be taken. Indicating that she would fight the issue legally, she hoped legal experts would help her overcome the situation. In its notice to the nun early in January,the congregation had termed as “grave violations”, Sister Lucy having a driving licence, buying a car, taking a loan for it and publishing a book and spending money without the permission and knowledge of her superiors. The provincial superior had denied permission to Sister Lucy to publish her collection of poems. She was issued a second notice later to give an explanation in writing for allegedly violating its discipline. The second notice was issued by the Franciscan Clarist Congregation as she did not turn up before her congregation head after being summoned to give the explanation. Sister Lucy Kalappura had dismissed some 14 charges levelled against her by the congregation, saying many of them were a “deliberate attempt” to paint her in “bad light”. “I am deeply hurt by such baseless allegations against me. It is a kind of a threat, aiming to put me under mental stress,” sister Lucy Kalapura, belonging to FCC’s St Mary’s province at Mananthavady, had said. “I feel alienated,” she had said when asked about her thoughts after receiving such notices, In its notices, the congregation had alleged that the nun violated FCC’s dress code in public without any permission” and “caused grave external scandal and harm to the Church” by participating in the protest by ‘Save Our Sisters Action Council’ on September 20 2018 at Kochi, seeking the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun in Kerala. It had described her actions as “improper behaviour in religious life and violations of religious discipline.” She had also allegedly published her book ‘Snehamazhayil’ without seeking permission from her superiors. The congregation had also termed as a “grave scandal”, the nun’s participation in discussions on TV news channels and writing articles for non-Christian newspapers, “making false charges against the Catholic leadership and belittling it.” The sister had invited the wrath of the Church by participating in a street protest in Kochi by five nuns of the Catholic religious order Missionaries of Jesus, who were demanding the arrest of Bishop Mulakkal.last_img read more

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first_imgKochi: A Kerala nun who took part in a protest against former bishop of Jalandhar diocese in connection with a rape case has been expelled by the Franciscan Clarist Congregation for ‘failing to give a satisfactory explanation’ for her lifestyle “in violation of the proper law of the FCC.” Sister Lucy Kalappura had also published poems, purchased a car and taken part in a protest against a rape accused former bishop of Jalandhar dioecese. The congregation, under the Roman Catholic Church, said the nun was issued “proper canonical warnings”, but did not show the needed remorse. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In its August 5 letter to her, head of the Aluva based congregation, Ann Joseph said “you are hereby dismissed from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation as you failed to give a satisfactory explanation for your lifestyle in violation of the proper law of the FCC”. The “unanimous decision” to dismiss the nun was taken at the congregation’s General Council on May 11 this year. This was sent to the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in the Vatican through the Nuntiature in New Delhi. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday On August 5 the congregation received the communication from the “Apostolic See” that the dismissal decree had got the needed confirmation. The letter by the Vatican said the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, by virtue of the faculty given to it by Pope Francis, had considered everything seriously. The Congregation, however, said she was entitled to make “recourse against the decree” within 10 days from the day on which she receives the communication, in which case the decree of dismissal would have suspensive effect. Sister Lucy Kalappura termed as “100 per cent wrong” the decision taken by the congregation. Talking to reporters at Mananthavady in Wayanad district, she sought help from all who love her to come together and think of the steps to be taken. Indicating that she would fight the issue legally, she hoped legal experts would help her overcome the situation. In its notice to the nun early in January,the congregation had termed as “grave violations”, Sister Lucy having a driving licence, buying a car, taking a loan for it and publishing a book and spending money without the permission and knowledge of her superiors. The provincial superior had denied permission to Sister Lucy to publish her collection of poems. She was issued a second notice later to give an explanation in writing for allegedly violating its discipline. The second notice was issued by the Franciscan Clarist Congregation as she did not turn up before her congregation head after being summoned to give the explanation. Sister Lucy Kalappura had dismissed some 14 charges levelled against her by the congregation, saying many of them were a “deliberate attempt” to paint her in “bad light”. “I am deeply hurt by such baseless allegations against me. It is a kind of a threat, aiming to put me under mental stress,” sister Lucy Kalapura, belonging to FCC’s St Mary’s province at Mananthavady, had said. “I feel alienated,” she had said when asked about her thoughts after receiving such notices, In its notices, the congregation had alleged that the nun violated FCC’s dress code in public without any permission” and “caused grave external scandal and harm to the Church” by participating in the protest by ‘Save Our Sisters Action Council’ on September 20 2018 at Kochi, seeking the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun in Kerala. It had described her actions as “improper behaviour in religious life and violations of religious discipline.” She had also allegedly published her book ‘Snehamazhayil’ without seeking permission from her superiors. The congregation had also termed as a “grave scandal”, the nun’s participation in discussions on TV news channels and writing articles for non-Christian newspapers, “making false charges against the Catholic leadership and belittling it.” The sister had invited the wrath of the Church by participating in a street protest in Kochi by five nuns of the Catholic religious order Missionaries of Jesus, who were demanding the arrest of Bishop Mulakkal.last_img read more

BCs 2017 home sales below 2016 record but far above average says

first_imgVANCOUVER – The British Columbia Real Estate Association says fewer homes were sold across the province in 2017 compared with the year earlier, but it says prices were up and sales remained above 100,000 for the third straight year.The association’s snapshot of 2017 residential sales shows 103,763 properties changed hands, down 7.5 per cent from the 2016 record of 112,211.The total dollar value of all sales also slipped 5.1 per cent to $73.63 billion but the association says the average price of a home nudged up 2.7 per cent to $709,579.December was also a strong month for sales, as seasonally adjusted purchases jumped four per cent from November, although the association says year-end results may reflect buyers hurrying to avoid tougher mortgage qualification rules in January.A total of 5,738 sales were recorded across B.C. in December, an increase of 21.5 per cent over the same period last year, with the average residential price province-wide set at $734,108, a leap of 12.1 per cent from December 2016.Association chief economist Cameron Muir says B.C.’s strong economy, employment growth and rising wages supported the healthy demand for housing in 2017.“Above trend migration, both international and interprovincial, also bolstered housing demand,” he says.Condominium sales in urban centres and sales of all types of properties in retirement-oriented communities were also fuelled by B.C.’s changing and aging population, the association says.last_img read more

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first_imgVANCOUVER – The British Columbia Real Estate Association says fewer homes were sold across the province in 2017 compared with the year earlier, but it says prices were up and sales remained above 100,000 for the third straight year.The association’s snapshot of 2017 residential sales shows 103,763 properties changed hands, down 7.5 per cent from the 2016 record of 112,211.The total dollar value of all sales also slipped 5.1 per cent to $73.63 billion but the association says the average price of a home nudged up 2.7 per cent to $709,579.December was also a strong month for sales, as seasonally adjusted purchases jumped four per cent from November, although the association says year-end results may reflect buyers hurrying to avoid tougher mortgage qualification rules in January.A total of 5,738 sales were recorded across B.C. in December, an increase of 21.5 per cent over the same period last year, with the average residential price province-wide set at $734,108, a leap of 12.1 per cent from December 2016.Association chief economist Cameron Muir says B.C.’s strong economy, employment growth and rising wages supported the healthy demand for housing in 2017.“Above trend migration, both international and interprovincial, also bolstered housing demand,” he says.Condominium sales in urban centres and sales of all types of properties in retirement-oriented communities were also fuelled by B.C.’s changing and aging population, the association says.last_img read more

North Dakota police in standoff with demonstrators at private ranch near DAPL

first_img(A line of North Dakota police are trying to stop anti-pipeline demonstrators from gaining access to a nearby construction site. Photo: Tamara Pimentel/APTN)APTN National NewsDemonstrators in North Dakota are in a stand-off with local police at a private ranch near where a section of the Dakota Access LLC pipeline is being built. APTN reporter Tamara Pimentel says medics are on hand and police are threatening to use tear gas.According to a statement from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, the stand-off is taking place on the banks of the Cantapeta Creek. Police say demonstrators are trying to gain access to the Cannon Ball Ranch. The ranch was sold to Dakota Access Pipeline LLC (DAPL) in September.Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe say the ranch contains hundreds of burials and artifacts.“Early this morning, law enforcement witnessed a group of protesters building a hand-made, wooden pedestrian bridge across the Cantapeta Creek,” said the Sheriff’s Department statement. “Officers responded and ordered protesters to remove themselves from the bridge and notified them that if they cross the bridge they would be arrested.”The statement goes on to say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) gave the Sherriff’s department orders to have the bridge removed and arrest anyone who enters federal land in the area near the ranch. The USACE is currently studying the possibility of rerouting the controversial pipeline.Police say demonstrators continue to gain access by swimming and using other boats to get across the river after authorities destroyed the bridge.More to come.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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first_img(A line of North Dakota police are trying to stop anti-pipeline demonstrators from gaining access to a nearby construction site. Photo: Tamara Pimentel/APTN)APTN National NewsDemonstrators in North Dakota are in a stand-off with local police at a private ranch near where a section of the Dakota Access LLC pipeline is being built. APTN reporter Tamara Pimentel says medics are on hand and police are threatening to use tear gas.According to a statement from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, the stand-off is taking place on the banks of the Cantapeta Creek. Police say demonstrators are trying to gain access to the Cannon Ball Ranch. The ranch was sold to Dakota Access Pipeline LLC (DAPL) in September.Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe say the ranch contains hundreds of burials and artifacts.“Early this morning, law enforcement witnessed a group of protesters building a hand-made, wooden pedestrian bridge across the Cantapeta Creek,” said the Sheriff’s Department statement. “Officers responded and ordered protesters to remove themselves from the bridge and notified them that if they cross the bridge they would be arrested.”The statement goes on to say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) gave the Sherriff’s department orders to have the bridge removed and arrest anyone who enters federal land in the area near the ranch. The USACE is currently studying the possibility of rerouting the controversial pipeline.Police say demonstrators continue to gain access by swimming and using other boats to get across the river after authorities destroyed the bridge.More to come.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Nova Scotia judge briefly extends creditor protection for Quadriga exchange

HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia judge has temporarily extended QuadrigaCX’s reprieve from its creditors, as the cryptocurrency exchange continues its transition into bankruptcy.The Vancouver-based exchange officially entered bankruptcy proceedings this month, after a restructuring bid failed.Quadriga Fintech Solutions Corp. and its related companies had been granted protection from their creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) on Feb. 5, but it quickly became clear the company had no real assets – and that the process of recovering the missing funds would be difficult.In the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on Thursday, Justice Michael Wood extended an existing stay of proceedings until June 28, unless the CCAA proceedings are terminated before then.Once one of Canada’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, QuadrigaCX shut down in January amid of swirl of controversy after its lone director — 30-year-old Gerald Cotten of Fall River, N.S. — died suddenly while travelling in Jaipur, India. Soon after his death was announced, court documents revealed he was the only QuadrigaCX employee who knew the encrypted pass codes needed to get at $190 million in cryptocurrency locked in offline digital wallets.Few of those digital assets have been recovered.About 115,000 users are owed more than $260 million in cash and cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin and Ethereum.If there is a need for future hearings in the provincial Supreme Court, it will have to be in front of a different judge. Wood was named on Wednesday as chief judge of the Appeal Court of Nova Scotia.The Canadian Press read more

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HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia judge has temporarily extended QuadrigaCX’s reprieve from its creditors, as the cryptocurrency exchange continues its transition into bankruptcy.The Vancouver-based exchange officially entered bankruptcy proceedings this month, after a restructuring bid failed.Quadriga Fintech Solutions Corp. and its related companies had been granted protection from their creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) on Feb. 5, but it quickly became clear the company had no real assets – and that the process of recovering the missing funds would be difficult.In the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on Thursday, Justice Michael Wood extended an existing stay of proceedings until June 28, unless the CCAA proceedings are terminated before then.Once one of Canada’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, QuadrigaCX shut down in January amid of swirl of controversy after its lone director — 30-year-old Gerald Cotten of Fall River, N.S. — died suddenly while travelling in Jaipur, India. Soon after his death was announced, court documents revealed he was the only QuadrigaCX employee who knew the encrypted pass codes needed to get at $190 million in cryptocurrency locked in offline digital wallets.Few of those digital assets have been recovered.About 115,000 users are owed more than $260 million in cash and cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin and Ethereum.If there is a need for future hearings in the provincial Supreme Court, it will have to be in front of a different judge. Wood was named on Wednesday as chief judge of the Appeal Court of Nova Scotia.The Canadian Press read more

Ban Kimoon calls for scaling up resources for mental health services

10 October 2007More than 60 per cent of people globally who suffer from mental disorders are not receiving treatment, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging an increase in resources devoted to mental health care. “We have a pressing obligation to scale up care and services for mental disorders, especially among the disadvantaged, while stepping up efforts to protect the human rights of those affected,” Mr. Ban said in his message for World Mental Health Day, observed each year on 10 October. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most middle and low-income countries devote less than 1 per cent of their health expenditure to mental health. The agency defines mental health as a state of well-being in which individuals can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and is able to contribute to the community. Mental disorders comprise a wide range of problems with different symptoms but are generally characterized by some combination of abnormal thoughts, emotions, behaviour and relationships with others, says WHO. Touching on this year’s theme for the Day which focuses on the impact of culture and diversity on mental health, Mr. Ban noted that in today’s culturally interconnected world, people are competing for the same resources as they struggle to maintain their own cultures or fit into new ones. “Dislocation from native communities, rejection by the host community and difficulties in adapting to the cultural norms of the host society are intensely stressful, and can contribute to mental illness in those who are vulnerable,” he stated. This makes it all the more important to develop “culturally competent mental health care services.” The challenges in this regard include the fact that resources for mental health are “scarce,” Mr. Ban said, adding that the treatment gap – the proportion of those who need but do not receive care – is more than 60 per cent. In addition, the rate of mental disorders and the need for care is highest among disadvantaged people, who are also the groups with the lowest access to appropriate services. The fear of stigma leads many to avoid seeking care, he added. As to how culture and diversity influence many aspects of mental health, he observed that culture not only determines what is seen as “normal” and “abnormal” within a given society, but it also affects how individuals manifest and communicate symptoms, styles of coping, family and community support and willingness to seek treatment. To overcome these barriers, he advocated approaches that incorporate cultural backgrounds and beliefs, address language barriers and create culturally sensitive forms of dialogue, as well as incorporating cultural sensitivity in training, social policy and service provision. read more

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10 October 2007More than 60 per cent of people globally who suffer from mental disorders are not receiving treatment, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging an increase in resources devoted to mental health care. “We have a pressing obligation to scale up care and services for mental disorders, especially among the disadvantaged, while stepping up efforts to protect the human rights of those affected,” Mr. Ban said in his message for World Mental Health Day, observed each year on 10 October. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most middle and low-income countries devote less than 1 per cent of their health expenditure to mental health. The agency defines mental health as a state of well-being in which individuals can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and is able to contribute to the community. Mental disorders comprise a wide range of problems with different symptoms but are generally characterized by some combination of abnormal thoughts, emotions, behaviour and relationships with others, says WHO. Touching on this year’s theme for the Day which focuses on the impact of culture and diversity on mental health, Mr. Ban noted that in today’s culturally interconnected world, people are competing for the same resources as they struggle to maintain their own cultures or fit into new ones. “Dislocation from native communities, rejection by the host community and difficulties in adapting to the cultural norms of the host society are intensely stressful, and can contribute to mental illness in those who are vulnerable,” he stated. This makes it all the more important to develop “culturally competent mental health care services.” The challenges in this regard include the fact that resources for mental health are “scarce,” Mr. Ban said, adding that the treatment gap – the proportion of those who need but do not receive care – is more than 60 per cent. In addition, the rate of mental disorders and the need for care is highest among disadvantaged people, who are also the groups with the lowest access to appropriate services. The fear of stigma leads many to avoid seeking care, he added. As to how culture and diversity influence many aspects of mental health, he observed that culture not only determines what is seen as “normal” and “abnormal” within a given society, but it also affects how individuals manifest and communicate symptoms, styles of coping, family and community support and willingness to seek treatment. To overcome these barriers, he advocated approaches that incorporate cultural backgrounds and beliefs, address language barriers and create culturally sensitive forms of dialogue, as well as incorporating cultural sensitivity in training, social policy and service provision. read more

Ban arrives in Geneva ahead of talks on Georgia

14 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Geneva today for talks on the role of the United Nations mission in Georgia after the August conflict with Russia in the Caucasus country. Mr. Ban was attending a working dinner on the issue, a day in advance of technical level meetings with representatives of the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) at which he will be represented by his Special Representative for Georgia, Johan Verbeke.Earlier today he met with EU Special Representative for Georgia Pierre Morel and OSCE Secretary-General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut. Mr. Ban reported to the Security Council earlier this month that dramatic changes due to the Russian-Georgian conflict in South Ossetia had cast a veil of uncertainty over the future function of the 14-year-old UN mission entrusted with overseeing the ceasefire accord between the Government and Abkhaz separatists in north-western Georgia.The UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) has no jurisdiction in the nearby South Ossetia region.But Mr. Ban noted in the report that in view of official statements and decisions by Georgia and Russia it seemed unlikely that the Russian-led Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) peacekeeping force in the Abkhazia region would have any role in the separation of forces between the two sides. It was still unclear what arrangement, if any, would fulfil that function, he said. Also today, Mr. Ban had a working lunch with the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Supachai Panitchpakdi, and visited the headquarters of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), where he underlined the “critical importance to the UN as a whole” of UNHCR leadership in hot-spots worldwide.The Secretary-General underscored priority commitments for the UN and UNHCR, including the impact of climate change, the food crisis and the financial crisis on refugees and displaced persons. He also met with Djibril Bassolé, the joint African Union-UN Chief Mediator for Darfur.Later today, he was to meet with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and with Javier Solana, the EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy. read more

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14 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Geneva today for talks on the role of the United Nations mission in Georgia after the August conflict with Russia in the Caucasus country. Mr. Ban was attending a working dinner on the issue, a day in advance of technical level meetings with representatives of the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) at which he will be represented by his Special Representative for Georgia, Johan Verbeke.Earlier today he met with EU Special Representative for Georgia Pierre Morel and OSCE Secretary-General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut. Mr. Ban reported to the Security Council earlier this month that dramatic changes due to the Russian-Georgian conflict in South Ossetia had cast a veil of uncertainty over the future function of the 14-year-old UN mission entrusted with overseeing the ceasefire accord between the Government and Abkhaz separatists in north-western Georgia.The UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) has no jurisdiction in the nearby South Ossetia region.But Mr. Ban noted in the report that in view of official statements and decisions by Georgia and Russia it seemed unlikely that the Russian-led Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) peacekeeping force in the Abkhazia region would have any role in the separation of forces between the two sides. It was still unclear what arrangement, if any, would fulfil that function, he said. Also today, Mr. Ban had a working lunch with the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Supachai Panitchpakdi, and visited the headquarters of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), where he underlined the “critical importance to the UN as a whole” of UNHCR leadership in hot-spots worldwide.The Secretary-General underscored priority commitments for the UN and UNHCR, including the impact of climate change, the food crisis and the financial crisis on refugees and displaced persons. He also met with Djibril Bassolé, the joint African Union-UN Chief Mediator for Darfur.Later today, he was to meet with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and with Javier Solana, the EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy. read more

Woman remanded for keeping dad in cage

The man was admitted to hospital while his 42 year old daughter was produced before the Kandy Magistrate and remanded. (Colombo Gazette) A woman from Balangoda has been remanded over allegations she kept her 73 year old father in a cage.The police said that the woman was arrested today after her father was found caged near her house.

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The man was admitted to hospital while his 42 year old daughter was produced before the Kandy Magistrate and remanded. (Colombo Gazette) A woman from Balangoda has been remanded over allegations she kept her 73 year old father in a cage.The police said that the woman was arrested today after her father was found caged near her house.

Senior UN official urges attention to least developed landlocked and small island

The Programme of Action for the LDCs adopted at a conference in Brussels in May 2001 “provides a real opportunity” for promoting economic growth and sustainable development, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, UN Under-Secretary General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, told the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Trade and Development Board in Geneva on Friday. “It is time now for the LDCs and [their] development partners, including UN system organizations,” to gear up for full and effective implementation, he said.Pointing to the urgent need for action, Mr. Chowdhury cited an UNCTAD report warning that the number of people living on less than $1 a day in the least developed countries will reach 420 million by 2015 if the current trends continue. “These figures show the enormous challenge ahead,” he said. The High Representative pledged to respond in a number of key areas, including focusing on country-level implementation, working with all the relevant entities of the UN family and multilateral organizations, and collaborating with civil society and the private sector “so that they contribute as full development partners.” Pointing out that LDCs have restricted access to trade, he called for helping those countries “with capacity building and technical cooperation in order for them to succeed in regional and global integration.” He also noted the special concerns of landlocked developing countries and urged support for measures to alleviate their plight, including efforts to promote effective inter-State transportation systems and expand transport infrastructure.Small island developing States, he noted, are increasingly constrained by such factors as sea level rise caused by global warming. “It is important to build genuine partnership among small island developing States and their development partners at global and regional levels” to implement international commitments aimed at helping “these particularly disadvantaged countries,” he said. read more

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The Programme of Action for the LDCs adopted at a conference in Brussels in May 2001 “provides a real opportunity” for promoting economic growth and sustainable development, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, UN Under-Secretary General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, told the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Trade and Development Board in Geneva on Friday. “It is time now for the LDCs and [their] development partners, including UN system organizations,” to gear up for full and effective implementation, he said.Pointing to the urgent need for action, Mr. Chowdhury cited an UNCTAD report warning that the number of people living on less than $1 a day in the least developed countries will reach 420 million by 2015 if the current trends continue. “These figures show the enormous challenge ahead,” he said. The High Representative pledged to respond in a number of key areas, including focusing on country-level implementation, working with all the relevant entities of the UN family and multilateral organizations, and collaborating with civil society and the private sector “so that they contribute as full development partners.” Pointing out that LDCs have restricted access to trade, he called for helping those countries “with capacity building and technical cooperation in order for them to succeed in regional and global integration.” He also noted the special concerns of landlocked developing countries and urged support for measures to alleviate their plight, including efforts to promote effective inter-State transportation systems and expand transport infrastructure.Small island developing States, he noted, are increasingly constrained by such factors as sea level rise caused by global warming. “It is important to build genuine partnership among small island developing States and their development partners at global and regional levels” to implement international commitments aimed at helping “these particularly disadvantaged countries,” he said. read more

Stock markets sell off amid further dose of glum German economic data

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 9, 2014 6:35 am MDT TORONTO – Concerns that stock markets are getting too far ahead of themselves dragged both New York and Toronto markets lower on Thursday, motivated further by disappointing German economic data.The S&P/TSX composite index plunged 205.87 points to 14,460.60, pressured by oil prices that fell to the lowest level since December 2012. The Canadian dollar dropped 0.56 of a cent lower to 89.50 cents US.The Dow Jones industrials tumbled 334.97 points to 16,659.25, erasing gains made Wednesday from indications the Federal Reserve is in no hurry to hike interest rates.The Nasdaq dropped 90.25 points to 4,378.34 and the S&P 500 index gave back 40.68 points to 1,928.21 after the latest data showed German exports in August dropped 5.8 per cent over July as increasing uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine helped to produce the largest drop in five years.The data prompted ING economist Carsten Brzeski to say that “the economy seems to need a small miracle in September to avoid a recession.”The figures came out a day after minutes from the latest U.S. Federal Reserve meeting showed that Fed officials are becoming increasingly concerned about weak overseas growth.A faltering global economy is one reason that Fed officials have moved away from linking any increase in interest rates to any specific period, meaning rates will rise only when measures of the economy’s health and inflation signalled the time was right.The TSX has had a tough time since hitting 2014 highs in late August, having fallen more than 1,100 points from a year-to-date gain of over 14 per cent on economic concerns and a surging U.S. dollar.New York markets are also off the best levels of the year and some analysts think seasonality is also a culprit.“People come back from vacation, see (the market) at all-time highs and say, they’re due for a pullback, let’s pull some money off the table,” said Allan Small, a senior adviser at HollisWealth.Small doesn’t think investors are in for a major correction in the 15 per cent range, but thinks markets will stay choppy until after late in October.At that point, “you will see strong fundamentals out of the companies that are reporting earnings over the next few weeks and I am hoping that will be enough to calm the markets, regardless of what economic data is coming out of Europe,” he said.Activist investor Carl Icahn is more alarmed at the market shifts, and told CNBC in an interview that he believes a market correction is “definitely coming.”The latest batch of negative data pushed oil prices lower after falling $3 over the last two sessions on signs of lower demand and a sharp rise in U.S. inventories last week. The November contract in New York settled down $1.54, near a 22-month low at US$85.77 a barrel with the energy sector losing 2.8 per cent.The base metals component lost 3.4 per cent even as December copper gained three cents to US$3.03 a pound.The gold sector declined as December gold jumped $19.30 to US$1,225.30 an ounce.On the corporate front, Canadian Tire Corp. (TSX:CTC.A) plans to invest an average of $575 million annually over the next three years on business improvements while buying back an additional $400 million of its class A non-voting shares by the end of 2015. Its shares rose $3.42 to $120.50 after hitting a 52-week high of C$120.53 earlier in the session. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stock markets sell off amid further dose of glum German economic data read more

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by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 9, 2014 6:35 am MDT TORONTO – Concerns that stock markets are getting too far ahead of themselves dragged both New York and Toronto markets lower on Thursday, motivated further by disappointing German economic data.The S&P/TSX composite index plunged 205.87 points to 14,460.60, pressured by oil prices that fell to the lowest level since December 2012. The Canadian dollar dropped 0.56 of a cent lower to 89.50 cents US.The Dow Jones industrials tumbled 334.97 points to 16,659.25, erasing gains made Wednesday from indications the Federal Reserve is in no hurry to hike interest rates.The Nasdaq dropped 90.25 points to 4,378.34 and the S&P 500 index gave back 40.68 points to 1,928.21 after the latest data showed German exports in August dropped 5.8 per cent over July as increasing uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine helped to produce the largest drop in five years.The data prompted ING economist Carsten Brzeski to say that “the economy seems to need a small miracle in September to avoid a recession.”The figures came out a day after minutes from the latest U.S. Federal Reserve meeting showed that Fed officials are becoming increasingly concerned about weak overseas growth.A faltering global economy is one reason that Fed officials have moved away from linking any increase in interest rates to any specific period, meaning rates will rise only when measures of the economy’s health and inflation signalled the time was right.The TSX has had a tough time since hitting 2014 highs in late August, having fallen more than 1,100 points from a year-to-date gain of over 14 per cent on economic concerns and a surging U.S. dollar.New York markets are also off the best levels of the year and some analysts think seasonality is also a culprit.“People come back from vacation, see (the market) at all-time highs and say, they’re due for a pullback, let’s pull some money off the table,” said Allan Small, a senior adviser at HollisWealth.Small doesn’t think investors are in for a major correction in the 15 per cent range, but thinks markets will stay choppy until after late in October.At that point, “you will see strong fundamentals out of the companies that are reporting earnings over the next few weeks and I am hoping that will be enough to calm the markets, regardless of what economic data is coming out of Europe,” he said.Activist investor Carl Icahn is more alarmed at the market shifts, and told CNBC in an interview that he believes a market correction is “definitely coming.”The latest batch of negative data pushed oil prices lower after falling $3 over the last two sessions on signs of lower demand and a sharp rise in U.S. inventories last week. The November contract in New York settled down $1.54, near a 22-month low at US$85.77 a barrel with the energy sector losing 2.8 per cent.The base metals component lost 3.4 per cent even as December copper gained three cents to US$3.03 a pound.The gold sector declined as December gold jumped $19.30 to US$1,225.30 an ounce.On the corporate front, Canadian Tire Corp. (TSX:CTC.A) plans to invest an average of $575 million annually over the next three years on business improvements while buying back an additional $400 million of its class A non-voting shares by the end of 2015. Its shares rose $3.42 to $120.50 after hitting a 52-week high of C$120.53 earlier in the session. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stock markets sell off amid further dose of glum German economic data read more

Formula One teams race to help beat Alzheimers

Formula One teams will mentor new research fellowsCredit: Charles Coates/ Getty Images Europe Scientists researching ways to beat dementia are to receive help from Formula One racing teams in an attempt to accelerate the number of breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of the disease.Sir Jackie Stewart, the three times F1 world champion, has launched a £2 million project to see how the high-tech motor racing industry can help academics process data, promote rapid innovation and use artificial intelligence to boost research.The scheme, which sees Sir Jackie’s Race Against Dementia and Alzheimer’s Research UK join forces, will create a series of academic fellowships to promote the work of young scientist eager to help the 850,000 people in the UK living with the condition.Formula One teams from McLaren and Red Bull Racing will act as mentors to the scientists and show how their research techniques can be applied to the laboratory. It is hoped the teams behind a racing driver’s success will be able to also promote a collaborative and dynamic culture to speed up the pace of discoveries.The move follows Sir Jackie and his family’s experiences of seeing his wife, Lady Helen Stewart, suffer from the condition.She was diagnosed with the condition four years ago which resulted in Sir Jacke’s family’s world being “turned upside down”.He said: “The Race Against Dementia is the greatest challenge of my life, but with the right people and the right approach we can encourage and accelerate a new way of thinking and cross the finish line with success.“With these new research fellowships, we want to attract the best new talent from every corner of the world and not only catalyse their research with funding, but to throw open the door to a whole range of opportunities that will support a can-do mindset and accelerate a new generation of scientists to beat this horrendous illness.”Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity said: “These new fellowships are targeted at up-and-coming scientific global talent and will stimulate the careers of researchers with the drive and ambition to make breakthroughs possible that will transform lives.”Three years ago, McLaren Applied Technologies teamed up with the University of Oxford to try to use pitstop technology and their efficient trackside teamwork to improve treatment in emergency departments.The latest research investment comes on top of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s support for research projects worth more than £27 million in leading British universities.In a moving account, Sir Jackie Stewart explains the impact Alzheimer’s has had on his wifeIt’s been a little over four years since my wife Helen was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. It’s been heart breaking for the family to witness her decline. When people think of dementia, they most commonly think of memory decline, of losing moments and faces and the confusion and upset that ensues. Helen does have severe problems with her short term memory, which makes everyday life difficult, but the condition has also taken a profound physical toll on her. She has become frail to the point that she cannot now walk unaided. It hurts us both when she falls.Helen was uniquely talented as a timekeeper; she had razor-sharp abilities and was revered in F1 circles. Today she has no recall of even the simplest things, like where she is. It is a deeply cruel illness, not just for the person affected, but for the whole family.We are fortunate that we can provide Helen home care, but I know this is not an option for many, and there are millions of families around the world who struggle to cope when dementia arrives in their lives. My heart goes out to them and the situations they find themselves in.Over the past two years I’ve met specialists and scientists around the world who worked to diagnose Helen and help us make sense of what’s happening in her brain. We learned, with dismay, that there is no cure for dementia. The horrendous reality is that it’s been 16 years since the last dementia drug, and while that treatment can help some with their symptoms for a time, it can’t stop the destruction of the disease in their brain. It will slowly take its ultimate toll.In 2002, when Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer, we were able to access the best medical help, and through treatment she was completely cured.  It was astonishing to us to find that progress in relation to dementia has not kept pace. Of course, the brain is an incredibly complex organ, but dementia has also sadly received a small fraction of the attention, and funding, compared with diseases like cancer and heart disease, where progress has transformed lives.In my career on the track, I saw staggering technological progress. Innovation was implemented at phenomenal pace. And while lap times were shaved, we also drove dramatic advancements in safety that saved lives. At times, the resistance to change was incredible, but we simply had to rise to the challenge of halting the record of deaths.  When problems arose, we didn’t accept defeat, and answers were found. This gave me a trust in determination, and a belief now that it can, and will, be brought to bear in dementia research. I’m committed to making this possible.I established Race Against Dementia, a charity dedicated to the relentless pursuit of a dementia cure, imbued with the spirit of F1 pace and innovation. Today we are launching a £2m search for a new ambitious generation of brilliant scientists, supported by world-leading institutions, that we’ll commit to a new way of working. As well as giving these men and women the resources they need to bring their goals to reality, we’ll also inspire them with Formula 1 acumen, which will see them mentored by leading teams from F1. I believe the sparks these collaborations create will drive faster progress and even bigger thinking to create life-changing breakthroughs.Our Race Against Dementia Fellowships will get underway in earnest next year, with the support of Alzheimer’s Research UK, our partner. I eagerly anticipate their progress in identifying new ways to prevent or treat the diseases behind dementia before it becomes a devastating and overwhelming crisis for families and societies around the world. Our goal is to inject new pace into research and unlock a breakthrough to help Helen and the millions like her.We are striving to find answers that will avoid the heartache that we are experiencing, for millions in the future. In my career in motorsports, the innovations that I made possible, drove a safety revolution where many thought nothing could be done. I didn’t accept the barriers to change then, and I don’t accept them now. There are no problems, there are only solutions. The diseases behind dementia are complex and the challenge is high, but our ambition and ingenuity are higher, and the race against dementia is one we intend to win. Formula One teams will mentor new research fellows Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Formula One teams will mentor new research fellowsCredit: Charles Coates/ Getty Images Europe Scientists researching ways to beat dementia are to receive help from Formula One racing teams in an attempt to accelerate the number of breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of the disease.Sir Jackie Stewart, the three times F1 world champion, has launched a £2 million project to see how the high-tech motor racing industry can help academics process data, promote rapid innovation and use artificial intelligence to boost research.The scheme, which sees Sir Jackie’s Race Against Dementia and Alzheimer’s Research UK join forces, will create a series of academic fellowships to promote the work of young scientist eager to help the 850,000 people in the UK living with the condition.Formula One teams from McLaren and Red Bull Racing will act as mentors to the scientists and show how their research techniques can be applied to the laboratory. It is hoped the teams behind a racing driver’s success will be able to also promote a collaborative and dynamic culture to speed up the pace of discoveries.The move follows Sir Jackie and his family’s experiences of seeing his wife, Lady Helen Stewart, suffer from the condition.She was diagnosed with the condition four years ago which resulted in Sir Jacke’s family’s world being “turned upside down”.He said: “The Race Against Dementia is the greatest challenge of my life, but with the right people and the right approach we can encourage and accelerate a new way of thinking and cross the finish line with success.“With these new research fellowships, we want to attract the best new talent from every corner of the world and not only catalyse their research with funding, but to throw open the door to a whole range of opportunities that will support a can-do mindset and accelerate a new generation of scientists to beat this horrendous illness.”Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity said: “These new fellowships are targeted at up-and-coming scientific global talent and will stimulate the careers of researchers with the drive and ambition to make breakthroughs possible that will transform lives.”Three years ago, McLaren Applied Technologies teamed up with the University of Oxford to try to use pitstop technology and their efficient trackside teamwork to improve treatment in emergency departments.The latest research investment comes on top of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s support for research projects worth more than £27 million in leading British universities.In a moving account, Sir Jackie Stewart explains the impact Alzheimer’s has had on his wifeIt’s been a little over four years since my wife Helen was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. It’s been heart breaking for the family to witness her decline. When people think of dementia, they most commonly think of memory decline, of losing moments and faces and the confusion and upset that ensues. Helen does have severe problems with her short term memory, which makes everyday life difficult, but the condition has also taken a profound physical toll on her. She has become frail to the point that she cannot now walk unaided. It hurts us both when she falls.Helen was uniquely talented as a timekeeper; she had razor-sharp abilities and was revered in F1 circles. Today she has no recall of even the simplest things, like where she is. It is a deeply cruel illness, not just for the person affected, but for the whole family.We are fortunate that we can provide Helen home care, but I know this is not an option for many, and there are millions of families around the world who struggle to cope when dementia arrives in their lives. My heart goes out to them and the situations they find themselves in.Over the past two years I’ve met specialists and scientists around the world who worked to diagnose Helen and help us make sense of what’s happening in her brain. We learned, with dismay, that there is no cure for dementia. The horrendous reality is that it’s been 16 years since the last dementia drug, and while that treatment can help some with their symptoms for a time, it can’t stop the destruction of the disease in their brain. It will slowly take its ultimate toll.In 2002, when Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer, we were able to access the best medical help, and through treatment she was completely cured.  It was astonishing to us to find that progress in relation to dementia has not kept pace. Of course, the brain is an incredibly complex organ, but dementia has also sadly received a small fraction of the attention, and funding, compared with diseases like cancer and heart disease, where progress has transformed lives.In my career on the track, I saw staggering technological progress. Innovation was implemented at phenomenal pace. And while lap times were shaved, we also drove dramatic advancements in safety that saved lives. At times, the resistance to change was incredible, but we simply had to rise to the challenge of halting the record of deaths.  When problems arose, we didn’t accept defeat, and answers were found. This gave me a trust in determination, and a belief now that it can, and will, be brought to bear in dementia research. I’m committed to making this possible.I established Race Against Dementia, a charity dedicated to the relentless pursuit of a dementia cure, imbued with the spirit of F1 pace and innovation. Today we are launching a £2m search for a new ambitious generation of brilliant scientists, supported by world-leading institutions, that we’ll commit to a new way of working. As well as giving these men and women the resources they need to bring their goals to reality, we’ll also inspire them with Formula 1 acumen, which will see them mentored by leading teams from F1. I believe the sparks these collaborations create will drive faster progress and even bigger thinking to create life-changing breakthroughs.Our Race Against Dementia Fellowships will get underway in earnest next year, with the support of Alzheimer’s Research UK, our partner. I eagerly anticipate their progress in identifying new ways to prevent or treat the diseases behind dementia before it becomes a devastating and overwhelming crisis for families and societies around the world. Our goal is to inject new pace into research and unlock a breakthrough to help Helen and the millions like her.We are striving to find answers that will avoid the heartache that we are experiencing, for millions in the future. In my career in motorsports, the innovations that I made possible, drove a safety revolution where many thought nothing could be done. I didn’t accept the barriers to change then, and I don’t accept them now. There are no problems, there are only solutions. The diseases behind dementia are complex and the challenge is high, but our ambition and ingenuity are higher, and the race against dementia is one we intend to win. Formula One teams will mentor new research fellows Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

PIC Is this the worst newspaper headline ever

first_imgCan’t see the photo? Try reloading this post (Imgur/Reddit)THIS IS WHY using a grapefruit segment instead of a letter isn’t always a good idea.The headline appeared in Tuesday’s Mankato Free Press, a newspaper in south-central Minnesota, over an article about grapefruit recipes.The paper has since issued an embarrassed admission, noting: “The headline was intended to read “Grapefruit” […] Instead, many readers interpreted the headline as “Rapefruit.”Free Press publisher Jim Santori said: “Obviously, in hindsight, we would have done this differently.”VIDEO: WHAT did this newsreader just mime on air?>VIDEO: Is this the worst New Year’s Eve live broadcast of all time?>last_img read more

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first_imgCan’t see the photo? Try reloading this post (Imgur/Reddit)THIS IS WHY using a grapefruit segment instead of a letter isn’t always a good idea.The headline appeared in Tuesday’s Mankato Free Press, a newspaper in south-central Minnesota, over an article about grapefruit recipes.The paper has since issued an embarrassed admission, noting: “The headline was intended to read “Grapefruit” […] Instead, many readers interpreted the headline as “Rapefruit.”Free Press publisher Jim Santori said: “Obviously, in hindsight, we would have done this differently.”VIDEO: WHAT did this newsreader just mime on air?>VIDEO: Is this the worst New Year’s Eve live broadcast of all time?>last_img read more

Récifs coralliens en danger une nouvelle étude au secours des littoraux

first_imgRécifs coralliens en danger : une nouvelle étude au secours des littorauxUne récente étude parue dans la revue Current Biology met en relief le lent déclin des récifs de coraux qui, s’il est déjà entamé, n’est pas pour autant inévitable. Des solutions sont possibles à condition de s’y mettre rapidement et avec le plus grand sérieux, selon les experts. Le récif corallien est une des merveilles de la nature. Coloré, divers et riche, il présente une biodiversité incomparable. Structure naturelle bioconstruite par un minéral durable (carbonate de calcium), il est aujourd’hui un écosystème qu’il convient de préserver. De nombreux scientifiques se sont ainsi donnés la mission de mener à bien cette préservation, mais également de sensibiliser les populations. Bien qu’en danger, le récif n’est pas une victime, mieux encore, il peut continuer à se développer à condition que tout le monde se mobilise. C’est ce que propose l’analyse parue le 9 mai dans la revue Current Biology qui met en avant les dispositifs à mettre en place pour sauver les barrières de coraux.Pour ces travaux, chercheurs et climatologues en tout genre ont mis au point un modèle informatique qui simule l’activité du récif et montre de ce fait comment celui-ci fonctionne. Le projet a vu le jour après 2 ans de recherches et se base sur une centaine d’études collectées sur 40 ans. Combinant modèles de récifs ainsi que modèles climatiques, le programme est désormais capable de faire des prédictions sur l’équilibre des forces qui permettront au récif de continuer à se développer mais également celles qui pourraient le réduire comme les ouragans, l’érosion, l’acidification de l’eau de mer, les engrais chimiques ou encore la pression démographique.Une préservation localeD’après cette recherche, ces résultats sont sans appel. Si nous désirons préserver les récifs coralliens, une prise en charge locale est nécessaire. Peter Mumby des Universités de Queensland et Exeter explique qu’il faudrait un budget en carbonate et une protection locale, utile et active ainsi qu’une limitation accrue des gaz à effet de serre. L’analyse met également l’accent sur les diverses fonctions des récifs. Celles-ci incluent un apport non négligeable à l’économie ou encore l’activité de brise-lame qu’il réalise, empêchant les tsunamis ou encore les grosses vagues de s’échouer sur le rivage. Il est également un fantastique habitat pour toutes les espèces marines qui dépendent de lui en tant que refuge et abris. “La bonne nouvelle est qu’il semble possible de préserver le récif, nous avons juste à être sérieux sur les actions à mener. Cela veut également dire que la gestion local du récif – comme le contrôle de la pollution et de la pêche intensive- se légitime” rapporte Mumby. “De nombreuses personnes ont dit que les changements climatiques étaient trop importants pour que la gestion locale soit utile, nous montrons justement qu’il n’en est rien”. De plus, des centaines de millions de personnes dépendraient directement du récif pour se nourrir, gagner leur vie ou dans la construction des littoraux. “S’il devient difficile pour les gens des tropiques de vivre près des récifs de coraux, cela pourrait augmenter la pauvreté” détaille Emma Kennedy, auteur de l’étude.Un constat alarmantIl est ainsi dans l’intérêt de tous de conserver et protéger les récifs. Un des plus connus, la Grande Barrière de Corail long de plus de 2.000 kilomètres compterait environ 1.500 espèces de poissons, une trentaine de baleines, dauphins ou marsouins. Les récifs coralliens sont de vrais niches écologiques et l’on enregistre 600.000 kilomètres de récifs dans plus de 100 pays partout dans le monde. Seulement, beaucoup sont en passe de disparaître. En 2008, 19% des récifs coralliens ont disparu et 54% demeurent menacés.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Aujourd’hui, les spécialistes estiment qu’une action globale sur le climat ainsi qu’une préservation locale permettraient de ralentir le déclin de cette merveille écologique. Mais ceci peine à être mis en place. 1997 fut l’année internationale des récifs coralliens et plusieurs initiatives sont nées entre 1999 et 2000. Les récifs de Nouvelle Calédonie ont ainsi été classé dans le Patrimoine Mondial de l’Humanité et des aires protégées ont été mises en place. Reste que les constats inquiétants demeurent. Désormais, les experts suggèrent donc de mettre un coup d’accélérateur dans les actions entreprises afin d’inverser la tendance. Le 11 mai 2013 à 16:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgRécifs coralliens en danger : une nouvelle étude au secours des littorauxUne récente étude parue dans la revue Current Biology met en relief le lent déclin des récifs de coraux qui, s’il est déjà entamé, n’est pas pour autant inévitable. Des solutions sont possibles à condition de s’y mettre rapidement et avec le plus grand sérieux, selon les experts. Le récif corallien est une des merveilles de la nature. Coloré, divers et riche, il présente une biodiversité incomparable. Structure naturelle bioconstruite par un minéral durable (carbonate de calcium), il est aujourd’hui un écosystème qu’il convient de préserver. De nombreux scientifiques se sont ainsi donnés la mission de mener à bien cette préservation, mais également de sensibiliser les populations. Bien qu’en danger, le récif n’est pas une victime, mieux encore, il peut continuer à se développer à condition que tout le monde se mobilise. C’est ce que propose l’analyse parue le 9 mai dans la revue Current Biology qui met en avant les dispositifs à mettre en place pour sauver les barrières de coraux.Pour ces travaux, chercheurs et climatologues en tout genre ont mis au point un modèle informatique qui simule l’activité du récif et montre de ce fait comment celui-ci fonctionne. Le projet a vu le jour après 2 ans de recherches et se base sur une centaine d’études collectées sur 40 ans. Combinant modèles de récifs ainsi que modèles climatiques, le programme est désormais capable de faire des prédictions sur l’équilibre des forces qui permettront au récif de continuer à se développer mais également celles qui pourraient le réduire comme les ouragans, l’érosion, l’acidification de l’eau de mer, les engrais chimiques ou encore la pression démographique.Une préservation localeD’après cette recherche, ces résultats sont sans appel. Si nous désirons préserver les récifs coralliens, une prise en charge locale est nécessaire. Peter Mumby des Universités de Queensland et Exeter explique qu’il faudrait un budget en carbonate et une protection locale, utile et active ainsi qu’une limitation accrue des gaz à effet de serre. L’analyse met également l’accent sur les diverses fonctions des récifs. Celles-ci incluent un apport non négligeable à l’économie ou encore l’activité de brise-lame qu’il réalise, empêchant les tsunamis ou encore les grosses vagues de s’échouer sur le rivage. Il est également un fantastique habitat pour toutes les espèces marines qui dépendent de lui en tant que refuge et abris. “La bonne nouvelle est qu’il semble possible de préserver le récif, nous avons juste à être sérieux sur les actions à mener. Cela veut également dire que la gestion local du récif – comme le contrôle de la pollution et de la pêche intensive- se légitime” rapporte Mumby. “De nombreuses personnes ont dit que les changements climatiques étaient trop importants pour que la gestion locale soit utile, nous montrons justement qu’il n’en est rien”. De plus, des centaines de millions de personnes dépendraient directement du récif pour se nourrir, gagner leur vie ou dans la construction des littoraux. “S’il devient difficile pour les gens des tropiques de vivre près des récifs de coraux, cela pourrait augmenter la pauvreté” détaille Emma Kennedy, auteur de l’étude.Un constat alarmantIl est ainsi dans l’intérêt de tous de conserver et protéger les récifs. Un des plus connus, la Grande Barrière de Corail long de plus de 2.000 kilomètres compterait environ 1.500 espèces de poissons, une trentaine de baleines, dauphins ou marsouins. Les récifs coralliens sont de vrais niches écologiques et l’on enregistre 600.000 kilomètres de récifs dans plus de 100 pays partout dans le monde. Seulement, beaucoup sont en passe de disparaître. En 2008, 19% des récifs coralliens ont disparu et 54% demeurent menacés.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Aujourd’hui, les spécialistes estiment qu’une action globale sur le climat ainsi qu’une préservation locale permettraient de ralentir le déclin de cette merveille écologique. Mais ceci peine à être mis en place. 1997 fut l’année internationale des récifs coralliens et plusieurs initiatives sont nées entre 1999 et 2000. Les récifs de Nouvelle Calédonie ont ainsi été classé dans le Patrimoine Mondial de l’Humanité et des aires protégées ont été mises en place. Reste que les constats inquiétants demeurent. Désormais, les experts suggèrent donc de mettre un coup d’accélérateur dans les actions entreprises afin d’inverser la tendance. Le 11 mai 2013 à 16:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

CBS strikes deal with Altice as DirecTV ATT blackout continues

first_imgCBS logo at the CBS Television City Studio in Los Angeles. Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images CBS and cable provider Altice USA have reached a multi-year carriage deal, the two companies said Monday. Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but the renewed deal covers retransmission of CBS-owned stations and allows for the offering of Showtime, CBS Sports Network, Pop TV and Smithsonian Channel on Altice’s Optimum and Suddenlink cable systems. (Editors’ note: CNET is owned by CBS.)Altice, which has nearly 5 million customers across 21 states, said it’s pleased to extend its “longstanding partnership with CBS.” The agreement also lets Altice continue to offer the Showtime digital streaming service to its broadband customers. The agreement comes during a blackout of CBS television stations for customers of DirecTV, DirecTV Now and AT&T U-Verse in 17 cities, as well as more than 100 CBS stations and affiliates on DirecTV Now. The blackout stems from the expiration earlier this month of a CBS-DirecTV deal signed in 2012, after the broadcaster and DirecTV owner AT&T failed to come to terms on a new carriage contract. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice 7 Read DJI Osmo Action preview $59 at eBay TV and Movies The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. The Cheapskate TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Now playing: Watch this: Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sprint DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) CBS,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See it Tags Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy See at Turo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See It $6 at Tidal Read Google Home Hub review $999 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $299 at Amazon Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Rylo Angela Lang/CNET $155 at Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. 2:38 See It Boost Mobile $999 Apple iPhone XS $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 10 best free movie and TV streaming services Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Turo 16 Tags Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP See It Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read the AirPods review Read the Rylo camera preview Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Comments See at Amazon Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20)last_img read more

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first_imgCBS logo at the CBS Television City Studio in Los Angeles. Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images CBS and cable provider Altice USA have reached a multi-year carriage deal, the two companies said Monday. Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but the renewed deal covers retransmission of CBS-owned stations and allows for the offering of Showtime, CBS Sports Network, Pop TV and Smithsonian Channel on Altice’s Optimum and Suddenlink cable systems. (Editors’ note: CNET is owned by CBS.)Altice, which has nearly 5 million customers across 21 states, said it’s pleased to extend its “longstanding partnership with CBS.” The agreement also lets Altice continue to offer the Showtime digital streaming service to its broadband customers. The agreement comes during a blackout of CBS television stations for customers of DirecTV, DirecTV Now and AT&T U-Verse in 17 cities, as well as more than 100 CBS stations and affiliates on DirecTV Now. The blackout stems from the expiration earlier this month of a CBS-DirecTV deal signed in 2012, after the broadcaster and DirecTV owner AT&T failed to come to terms on a new carriage contract. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice 7 Read DJI Osmo Action preview $59 at eBay TV and Movies The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. The Cheapskate TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Now playing: Watch this: Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sprint DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) CBS,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See it Tags Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy See at Turo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See It $6 at Tidal Read Google Home Hub review $999 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $299 at Amazon Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Rylo Angela Lang/CNET $155 at Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. 2:38 See It Boost Mobile $999 Apple iPhone XS $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 10 best free movie and TV streaming services Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Turo 16 Tags Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP See It Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read the AirPods review Read the Rylo camera preview Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Comments See at Amazon Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20)last_img read more

Washington man pleads not guilty to murder theft in Ketchikan doctors death

first_imgJordan Joplin leaves the courtroom in the Ketchikan State Building after he pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree murder. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)A 32-year-old Washington state man pleaded not guilty Monday to first- and second-degree murder charges related to the March 16 death of Ketchikan surgeon Dr. Eric Garcia.Listen nowJordan Joplin arrived at the Ketchikan courthouse in handcuffs, ankle chains and a yellow jumpsuit, accompanied by an Alaska State Trooper.Friends of Garcia along with local police and media observed the short hearing, which Juneau Superior Court Judge Phillip Pallenberg conducted by phone.The case has been assigned to Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens, but Stephens is out of town.Joplin was indicted on Friday on the murder charges. He already had been indicted on related charges of first-degree theft, and has been in custody since late March on those earlier charges.A trial already has been scheduled in the case, starting Aug. 14, but as Pallenberg noted Monday afternoon, the new charges likely will delay that trial.“It’s not my case, but it certainly does not appear likely that a case of this magnitude could be prepared for trial in the weeks that remain before that August trial date on the new charges,” Pallenburg said. “I would tend to view that as essentially a placeholder trial date and I wouldn’t think that counsel should be anticipating that it is at all likely that the case will proceed to trial in August. But, that’s a matter I think you’ll have to discuss with Judge Stephens.”A scheduling hearing with Stephens has been set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 2.Joplin remains in custody on $200,000 bail.Prosecutors have so far not revealed the cause of Garcia’s death.Police said in March that there were no obvious causes after a routine autopsy, so a toxicology screening was ordered.The results of that screening have not been announced.last_img read more

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first_imgJordan Joplin leaves the courtroom in the Ketchikan State Building after he pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree murder. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)A 32-year-old Washington state man pleaded not guilty Monday to first- and second-degree murder charges related to the March 16 death of Ketchikan surgeon Dr. Eric Garcia.Listen nowJordan Joplin arrived at the Ketchikan courthouse in handcuffs, ankle chains and a yellow jumpsuit, accompanied by an Alaska State Trooper.Friends of Garcia along with local police and media observed the short hearing, which Juneau Superior Court Judge Phillip Pallenberg conducted by phone.The case has been assigned to Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens, but Stephens is out of town.Joplin was indicted on Friday on the murder charges. He already had been indicted on related charges of first-degree theft, and has been in custody since late March on those earlier charges.A trial already has been scheduled in the case, starting Aug. 14, but as Pallenberg noted Monday afternoon, the new charges likely will delay that trial.“It’s not my case, but it certainly does not appear likely that a case of this magnitude could be prepared for trial in the weeks that remain before that August trial date on the new charges,” Pallenburg said. “I would tend to view that as essentially a placeholder trial date and I wouldn’t think that counsel should be anticipating that it is at all likely that the case will proceed to trial in August. But, that’s a matter I think you’ll have to discuss with Judge Stephens.”A scheduling hearing with Stephens has been set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 2.Joplin remains in custody on $200,000 bail.Prosecutors have so far not revealed the cause of Garcia’s death.Police said in March that there were no obvious causes after a routine autopsy, so a toxicology screening was ordered.The results of that screening have not been announced.last_img read more

Dengue outbreak continues 981 more admitted to Dhaka hospitals

first_imgDengueOver the past 24 hours, 981 dengue patients have been admitted to hospitals in Dhaka city. The virus has spread to other districts too, with 1353 new patients being admitted to hospitals all over the country.The health directorate’s health emergency operation centre and control room on Friday afternoon released an update on the dengue situation. It stated that till 8:00am Sunday morning, 8,754 dengue patients were admitted in hospitals all over the country, of which 2,334 were new patients.The government’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) on Sunday confirmed that another 11 persons died of dengue, bringing the official dengue death toll up to 40. According to Prothom Alo investigations, 124 patients have died while undergoing treatment in hospital.When dengue patients were identified outside of Dhaka last month, the government stated that these patients had either come from Dhaka or had been travelling to and from Dhaka. However, it has been confirmed that many of the patients contacted the virus locally and had never been in Dhaka.Entomologists have said there are Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in several of the country’s larger cities. These mosquitoes carry the dengue virus.IEDCR bases its report on information from 10 government hospitals, 30 private hospitals and the offices of civil surgeons in various districts. There are no records of dengue patients undergoing treatment in many other private hospitals, outdoor departments of government hospitals and physicians’ private chambers. Official records show this year 41,178 patients were admitted to hospital, with 22,717 admitted in the first 11 days of August.Outside of Dhaka, the highest incident of dengue is in Chittagong. The lowest incidence dengue is in Sylhet division.last_img read more

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first_imgDengueOver the past 24 hours, 981 dengue patients have been admitted to hospitals in Dhaka city. The virus has spread to other districts too, with 1353 new patients being admitted to hospitals all over the country.The health directorate’s health emergency operation centre and control room on Friday afternoon released an update on the dengue situation. It stated that till 8:00am Sunday morning, 8,754 dengue patients were admitted in hospitals all over the country, of which 2,334 were new patients.The government’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) on Sunday confirmed that another 11 persons died of dengue, bringing the official dengue death toll up to 40. According to Prothom Alo investigations, 124 patients have died while undergoing treatment in hospital.When dengue patients were identified outside of Dhaka last month, the government stated that these patients had either come from Dhaka or had been travelling to and from Dhaka. However, it has been confirmed that many of the patients contacted the virus locally and had never been in Dhaka.Entomologists have said there are Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in several of the country’s larger cities. These mosquitoes carry the dengue virus.IEDCR bases its report on information from 10 government hospitals, 30 private hospitals and the offices of civil surgeons in various districts. There are no records of dengue patients undergoing treatment in many other private hospitals, outdoor departments of government hospitals and physicians’ private chambers. Official records show this year 41,178 patients were admitted to hospital, with 22,717 admitted in the first 11 days of August.Outside of Dhaka, the highest incident of dengue is in Chittagong. The lowest incidence dengue is in Sylhet division.last_img read more

Trump to Hold Rally at Houstons NRG Arena on October 22

first_img 00:00 /00:44 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Timothy D. Easley/APPresident Donald Trump speaks to a crowd at Eastern Kentucky University, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Richmond, Ky.President Donald Trump will hold a rally at Houston’s NRG Arena next Monday, October 22, the first day of early voting in Texas. In addition to Trump, the rally will also feature Senator Ted Cruz and local Republican candidates.“People like Ted Cruz and many other Republicans need people who are Trump supporters but perhaps not die-hard Republicans to turn out and vote, and Donald Trump’s presence here in Houston will help drive them to the polls,” says Mark Jones, who teaches political science at Rice University. Cruz is locked in a tight reelection contest against Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke.But Trump’s visit may prove a double-edged sword, according to University of Houston political scientist Elizabeth Simas.“It may energize and mobilize Republicans and conservatives,” Simas says, “but it could also have a counter-mobilizing effect among Democrats and liberals as well.” That could wind up hurting Republican candidates in close races. X Listenlast_img read more

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first_img 00:00 /00:44 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Timothy D. Easley/APPresident Donald Trump speaks to a crowd at Eastern Kentucky University, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Richmond, Ky.President Donald Trump will hold a rally at Houston’s NRG Arena next Monday, October 22, the first day of early voting in Texas. In addition to Trump, the rally will also feature Senator Ted Cruz and local Republican candidates.“People like Ted Cruz and many other Republicans need people who are Trump supporters but perhaps not die-hard Republicans to turn out and vote, and Donald Trump’s presence here in Houston will help drive them to the polls,” says Mark Jones, who teaches political science at Rice University. Cruz is locked in a tight reelection contest against Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke.But Trump’s visit may prove a double-edged sword, according to University of Houston political scientist Elizabeth Simas.“It may energize and mobilize Republicans and conservatives,” Simas says, “but it could also have a counter-mobilizing effect among Democrats and liberals as well.” That could wind up hurting Republican candidates in close races. X Listenlast_img read more

AMD Releases Two New HD4800 Series 40nm Mobile GPUs

first_img Citation: AMD Releases Two New HD4800 Series 40nm Mobile GPU’s (2009, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-amd-hd4800-series-40nm-mobile.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 ATI PowerExpress and ATI Switchable Graphics Technology are used to power down the GPU when it’s not in use. Advanced clock gating, which exist in three modes, and GPU activity monitor extend the power saving features by the ability to utilize a separate, built-in graphics processor of much lower power consumption and processing ability. Switching between the integrated graphics processor and ATI Radeon HD can be done without rebooting but is not initiated automatically.The GDDR3 would target mainstream applications, while the GDDR5 would target the high end due to its increase in memory bandwidth from the standard GDDR3 and 64 GB/s. Memory bandwidth is somewhat crippled as compared to the chip’s potential. This is due to a 128 bit bus which is down from 256 in Mobility 4800-series; however faster core clock slightly compensates for this while providing additional power savings.There are several 40nm ATI Mobility Radeon HD win updates for the 4860 and 4830 that include the ASUS N81Vp, N51Tp and W90. MSI’s GT727 will upgrade from 4850 and Toshiba’s Satellite 300 upgrade 4650. AMD will be announcing additional partners at the CeBIT.© 2009 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Rooftop solar panels get boost from tool that previews a year on grid in minutes (PhysOrg.com) — AMD announced today, two new ATI Mobility Radeon HD4800 series mobile GPU’s. The HD4830 and HD4860 are both built on ATI’s 40nm process technology and both support DDR3, GDDR3 and GDDR5 memory, with the GDDR5’s memory doubled over the GDDR3. GPU’s performance is nearly doubled from 432 Gflops in the 4600 series to 832 Gflops for the 4800 series GPU’s.last_img read more

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first_img Citation: AMD Releases Two New HD4800 Series 40nm Mobile GPU’s (2009, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-amd-hd4800-series-40nm-mobile.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 ATI PowerExpress and ATI Switchable Graphics Technology are used to power down the GPU when it’s not in use. Advanced clock gating, which exist in three modes, and GPU activity monitor extend the power saving features by the ability to utilize a separate, built-in graphics processor of much lower power consumption and processing ability. Switching between the integrated graphics processor and ATI Radeon HD can be done without rebooting but is not initiated automatically.The GDDR3 would target mainstream applications, while the GDDR5 would target the high end due to its increase in memory bandwidth from the standard GDDR3 and 64 GB/s. Memory bandwidth is somewhat crippled as compared to the chip’s potential. This is due to a 128 bit bus which is down from 256 in Mobility 4800-series; however faster core clock slightly compensates for this while providing additional power savings.There are several 40nm ATI Mobility Radeon HD win updates for the 4860 and 4830 that include the ASUS N81Vp, N51Tp and W90. MSI’s GT727 will upgrade from 4850 and Toshiba’s Satellite 300 upgrade 4650. AMD will be announcing additional partners at the CeBIT.© 2009 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Rooftop solar panels get boost from tool that previews a year on grid in minutes (PhysOrg.com) — AMD announced today, two new ATI Mobility Radeon HD4800 series mobile GPU’s. The HD4830 and HD4860 are both built on ATI’s 40nm process technology and both support DDR3, GDDR3 and GDDR5 memory, with the GDDR5’s memory doubled over the GDDR3. GPU’s performance is nearly doubled from 432 Gflops in the 4600 series to 832 Gflops for the 4800 series GPU’s.last_img read more

Discussing vast tourism potential in Assam

first_imgNo doubt Assam could be the best place for tourism, thanks to the green mountain ranges, tea gardens, rich culture, and the gigantic Brahmaputra. In order to make the state’s presence felt on a global level, the ongoing Rongali carnival in Guwahati hosted a seminar on ‘Assam as Tourist Destination’ recently, emphasising how rich heritage of the state could be used to woo the tourists.The seminar was attended by the various dignitaries from the tourism including PP Khanna, President ADTOI; Ranjit Das, President TOAA; Dipak Jalan, President HRAA among others. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShyamkanu Mahanta, Chief Organiser of Rongali, said that the idea of conducting Rongali is to make Bihu a tourism festival of the state. “Like West Bengal, has become a destination for Durga Puja, similarly our dream is to make Assam destination for Bihu.” It was also mentioned that the tourism ministry of NE is also thinking about making Assam and North East as tea tourism and adventure sports destination. Ranjit Das, however, feels that Assam can focus on the adventurous side of it to cash in on the young footfall, who are much into trekking and adventure sports. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”There is a renewed interest among the domestic and international visitors. Now, tourism here is not only restricted to wildlife. Rather, culture and cuisine are also high points. Recently, we had the opportunity of attending a workshop on eco-tourism policy, envisaged by the Forest Ministry, Government of Assam. If the policy is put in right perspective then many nature-based activities will open up for the tourists,” he added. PP Khanna believes that Assam has everything to make it one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Rajesh Prasad in his keynote, addressed to Prime Minister’s effort in promoting the rich craft of Assam. Bhaskar Phukan, MD, ATC emphasised on various ways which have been taken to promote Assam tourism. Now, it should also focus on cultural tourism, golf amidst tea garden and more.last_img read more

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first_imgNo doubt Assam could be the best place for tourism, thanks to the green mountain ranges, tea gardens, rich culture, and the gigantic Brahmaputra. In order to make the state’s presence felt on a global level, the ongoing Rongali carnival in Guwahati hosted a seminar on ‘Assam as Tourist Destination’ recently, emphasising how rich heritage of the state could be used to woo the tourists.The seminar was attended by the various dignitaries from the tourism including PP Khanna, President ADTOI; Ranjit Das, President TOAA; Dipak Jalan, President HRAA among others. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShyamkanu Mahanta, Chief Organiser of Rongali, said that the idea of conducting Rongali is to make Bihu a tourism festival of the state. “Like West Bengal, has become a destination for Durga Puja, similarly our dream is to make Assam destination for Bihu.” It was also mentioned that the tourism ministry of NE is also thinking about making Assam and North East as tea tourism and adventure sports destination. Ranjit Das, however, feels that Assam can focus on the adventurous side of it to cash in on the young footfall, who are much into trekking and adventure sports. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”There is a renewed interest among the domestic and international visitors. Now, tourism here is not only restricted to wildlife. Rather, culture and cuisine are also high points. Recently, we had the opportunity of attending a workshop on eco-tourism policy, envisaged by the Forest Ministry, Government of Assam. If the policy is put in right perspective then many nature-based activities will open up for the tourists,” he added. PP Khanna believes that Assam has everything to make it one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Rajesh Prasad in his keynote, addressed to Prime Minister’s effort in promoting the rich craft of Assam. Bhaskar Phukan, MD, ATC emphasised on various ways which have been taken to promote Assam tourism. Now, it should also focus on cultural tourism, golf amidst tea garden and more.last_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | March 19, 2018 Exa PACS Helps Teleradiology Provider Increase Productivity 400 Percent Nine months after the implementation of Exa PACS (picture archiving and communication system) from Konica Minolta… read more News | July 27, 2011 Turnkey National Tele-Echocardiography Program Offered for Mobile Ultrasound Companies, Hospitals News | Teleradiology | May 06, 2019 Chipmunk Health Chooses Philips HealthSuite for Telehealth Services Philips announced that telehealth service provider Chipmunk Health, with locations in the Netherlands and Canada, is… read more Related Content News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 30, 2018 Philips Integrates Reacts Tele-Ultrasound Platform on Lumify Portable Systems Philips in partnership with Innovative Imaging Technologies (IIT) announced an industry-first integrated tele-… read more News | Teleradiology | May 10, 2018 DocPanel Partners With University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Teleradiology company DocPanel announced a partnership with the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of… read more Technology | Ultrasound Imaging | May 15, 2019 Clarius Releases Clarius Live Ultrasound Telemedicine Solution Clarius Mobile Health released a telemedicine solution called Clarius Live. The simple-to-use feature allows any… read more Technology | Teleradiology | June 28, 2018 Dictum Health Launches Advanced Telestroke Module for Virtual Exam Room Platform Dictum Health Inc., creators of the Virtual Exam Room (VER) telehealth technology, announced the release of their Care… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare July 27, 2011 – A new echocardiography remote reading program was introduced to provide expert exam interpretation in all 50 states. The new program, created by USARAD.com, a Joint Commission accredited provider of imaging services, is intended to address the longstanding need for fast, reliable interpretation of echocardiograms for mobile ultrasound companies and other imaging facilities across the nation.“Echocardiography is a complex imaging technique that relies on the experience and training of the physician to a greater extent than do other ultrasound exams,” said Michael Yuz, M.D., MBA, founder and CEO of USARAD.com. “Most remote reading companies are not able to provide echocardiology expertise in addition to other professional radiological services such as CT, MRI and general/vascular ultrasound. We are committed to working with only carefully selected subspecialists to offer the highest quality reads.”Yuz points out that the outsourcing echocardiography exam reading is made particularly complicated by the nature of the data-intensive files involved. These files may contain as much as 100 times more information than routine ultrasounds, do not follow DICOM standards and are not optimized for viewing on a standard radiology PACS. Therefore, they demand specialized, often costly digital communications technologies.“USARAD.com’s new turnkey solution addresses all of the issues that complicate outsourcing echocardiography exams. In particular, our team includes both board-certified cardiologists and radiologists, and we are able to offer the same fast and reliable interpretation service for echocardiograms as for other sonographic exams and all radiology modalities – conveniently under one roof,” Yuz said.   USARAD.com relies on a unique human and IT infrastructure to deliver all its services efficiently, cost-effectively and on a national scale. Ensuring timely, reliable data communication, the USARAD.com National Echocardiography Remote Reading Program utilizes the latest proprietary cloud-based image management software, which enables anywhere, anytime access to medical images, powerful automated tools for expert exam interpretation and efficient communications of test results to clients. Clients also enjoy long-term image storage on the cloud, as part of its services.Commenting on the new program, F. Dmitry Gorelik, M.D., one of USARAD.com’s interpreting cardiologists who is an echocardiography expert and triple-board-certified in cardiology, nuclear cardiology and internal medicine, said, “Echo is the most utilized, non-invasive cardiovascular imaging modality, and arguably the safest and most cost-effective. Cardiac structure and blood flow information provided by echocardiographic testing is useful in the detection and management of many types of heart disease. This noninvasive test has become one of the standard diagnostic tools in cardiology with over 10 million echocardiograms performed annually in the United States.“ “USARAD.com’s affordable, high-quality services enable hospitals, imaging centers and mobile companies across the country to expand their expertise with expert cardiologists to cover echocardiogram interpretation, along with USARAD.com’s other advanced exams,“ Gorelik added.For more information: www.usarad.com News | Teleradiology | November 25, 2018 Siemens Healthineers Showcases syngo Virtual Cockpit for More Flexible Workforce Management During the 104th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 25-30… read more News | Breast Density | February 14, 2019 Densitas Enters Partnership Agreement With TeleMammography Specialists Breast imaging analytics company Densitas Inc. announced a new collaboration partnership with TeleMammography… read more News | Orthopedic Imaging | November 09, 2017 Sectra to Provide Orthopedic Post-Operative Follow-Up for Teleradiology Company International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra recently signed an agreement with the global… read morelast_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | March 19, 2018 Exa PACS Helps Teleradiology Provider Increase Productivity 400 Percent Nine months after the implementation of Exa PACS (picture archiving and communication system) from Konica Minolta… read more News | July 27, 2011 Turnkey National Tele-Echocardiography Program Offered for Mobile Ultrasound Companies, Hospitals News | Teleradiology | May 06, 2019 Chipmunk Health Chooses Philips HealthSuite for Telehealth Services Philips announced that telehealth service provider Chipmunk Health, with locations in the Netherlands and Canada, is… read more Related Content News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 30, 2018 Philips Integrates Reacts Tele-Ultrasound Platform on Lumify Portable Systems Philips in partnership with Innovative Imaging Technologies (IIT) announced an industry-first integrated tele-… read more News | Teleradiology | May 10, 2018 DocPanel Partners With University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Teleradiology company DocPanel announced a partnership with the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of… read more Technology | Ultrasound Imaging | May 15, 2019 Clarius Releases Clarius Live Ultrasound Telemedicine Solution Clarius Mobile Health released a telemedicine solution called Clarius Live. The simple-to-use feature allows any… read more Technology | Teleradiology | June 28, 2018 Dictum Health Launches Advanced Telestroke Module for Virtual Exam Room Platform Dictum Health Inc., creators of the Virtual Exam Room (VER) telehealth technology, announced the release of their Care… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare July 27, 2011 – A new echocardiography remote reading program was introduced to provide expert exam interpretation in all 50 states. The new program, created by USARAD.com, a Joint Commission accredited provider of imaging services, is intended to address the longstanding need for fast, reliable interpretation of echocardiograms for mobile ultrasound companies and other imaging facilities across the nation.“Echocardiography is a complex imaging technique that relies on the experience and training of the physician to a greater extent than do other ultrasound exams,” said Michael Yuz, M.D., MBA, founder and CEO of USARAD.com. “Most remote reading companies are not able to provide echocardiology expertise in addition to other professional radiological services such as CT, MRI and general/vascular ultrasound. We are committed to working with only carefully selected subspecialists to offer the highest quality reads.”Yuz points out that the outsourcing echocardiography exam reading is made particularly complicated by the nature of the data-intensive files involved. These files may contain as much as 100 times more information than routine ultrasounds, do not follow DICOM standards and are not optimized for viewing on a standard radiology PACS. Therefore, they demand specialized, often costly digital communications technologies.“USARAD.com’s new turnkey solution addresses all of the issues that complicate outsourcing echocardiography exams. In particular, our team includes both board-certified cardiologists and radiologists, and we are able to offer the same fast and reliable interpretation service for echocardiograms as for other sonographic exams and all radiology modalities – conveniently under one roof,” Yuz said.   USARAD.com relies on a unique human and IT infrastructure to deliver all its services efficiently, cost-effectively and on a national scale. Ensuring timely, reliable data communication, the USARAD.com National Echocardiography Remote Reading Program utilizes the latest proprietary cloud-based image management software, which enables anywhere, anytime access to medical images, powerful automated tools for expert exam interpretation and efficient communications of test results to clients. Clients also enjoy long-term image storage on the cloud, as part of its services.Commenting on the new program, F. Dmitry Gorelik, M.D., one of USARAD.com’s interpreting cardiologists who is an echocardiography expert and triple-board-certified in cardiology, nuclear cardiology and internal medicine, said, “Echo is the most utilized, non-invasive cardiovascular imaging modality, and arguably the safest and most cost-effective. Cardiac structure and blood flow information provided by echocardiographic testing is useful in the detection and management of many types of heart disease. This noninvasive test has become one of the standard diagnostic tools in cardiology with over 10 million echocardiograms performed annually in the United States.“ “USARAD.com’s affordable, high-quality services enable hospitals, imaging centers and mobile companies across the country to expand their expertise with expert cardiologists to cover echocardiogram interpretation, along with USARAD.com’s other advanced exams,“ Gorelik added.For more information: www.usarad.com News | Teleradiology | November 25, 2018 Siemens Healthineers Showcases syngo Virtual Cockpit for More Flexible Workforce Management During the 104th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 25-30… read more News | Breast Density | February 14, 2019 Densitas Enters Partnership Agreement With TeleMammography Specialists Breast imaging analytics company Densitas Inc. announced a new collaboration partnership with TeleMammography… read more News | Orthopedic Imaging | November 09, 2017 Sectra to Provide Orthopedic Post-Operative Follow-Up for Teleradiology Company International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra recently signed an agreement with the global… read morelast_img read more