Morocco Made Considerable Progress in Understanding Critical Risks OECD

Rabat – Morocco has, over the past 20 years, made considerable progress in understanding critical risks, mainly via a legislative and regulatory body, and the implementation of specific financial mechanisms.This came in a review of risk management policies in Morocco, by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), whose main findings and recommendations were presented in Rabat on Wednesday. The review has five main outlines related to the amelioration of resilience to natural disasters, namely governance, assessment and risk prevention, emergency management, recovery and reconstruction. Regarding governance of critical risks, the review wrote that Morocco made considerable progress in understanding critical risks, but these efforts have not yet led to the adoption of an integrated response.It said that “deficiencies in governance still remain, such as policies that are too sector-based, or focused on a single risk, or not sufficiently inclusive, or using a top-down method.” OECD gave a series of recommendations, as building a long-term vision at the service of an integrated critical risk management strategy, implementing an institutional framework adapted to national governance with clear lines of responsibility, and modernizing the regulatory framework in order to adapt it to current and future challenges.With MAP read more

Environmental disaster looms in Ukraine unless urgent steps are taken – UN

30 April 2010Immediate action is needed to avert an environmental disaster in western Ukraine where toxic materials from former mines could spread into the area and threaten the health of local communities, according to the report of a joint United Nations-European Union mission of experts. The final report of the UN-EU mission to the Kalush area of Ukraine describes the situation there as “critical,” according to a press release issued this week by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which manages a joint environment unit with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“A window of opportunity exists to prevent the existing situation from deteriorating into a disaster,” the press release notes, citing the mission’s report. “Immediate action should be taken to address and remedy the identified problems.”The mission, conducted last month at the request of Ukrainian authorities, found there was a high probability that an open-cast mine could break through into the Sivka River and thus spread the dangerous organic pollutant hexachlorobenzene (HBC) into the local environment.Mining in the Kalush area has left the ground unstable and prone to subsidence, with mine tailings dams at risk of bursting as a result of snowmelt and spring floods. Ground and surface water has become highly salinized and contaminated.The mission members, accompanied by national experts, assessed the stability of the dams and the risks posed by subsidence, and it also conducted sampling at a nearby hazardous waste site to screen for threats to potential local communities.In addition they assisted emergency management organizations in the region to identify risk reduction measures and other steps to minimize the impact of any environmental disaster on the local population.The nine-member mission team included experts in emergency management, environmental issues, risk reduction, hydrogeology and tailings dams, and was conducted through the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) system and the European Commission’s Monitoring and Information Centre. read more

FiveThirtyEights College Football Playoff Forecast

Which teams are most likely to make college football’s first-ever four-team playoff? And which have the best chance of coming away with the national title?The quick answer is the obvious one: The Alabama Crimson Tide lead the way on both counts. They’re No. 1 in the playoff selection committee’s current rankings and No. 1 according to most computer systems, including ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). Alabama is no stranger to postseason success, having won the national title in 2009, 2011 and 2012.But it won’t be easy for Alabama, or anyone else. To win the national title, the Crimson Tide may need to prevail in four very challenging football games — against arch-rival Auburn on Nov. 29, in the SEC Championship on Dec. 6, and then in the national semifinal and championship games. Alabama is more likely than any other team to win the title, but its chances are still only about 28 percent.That number comes from a new model we’ve developed that simulates the rest of the college football season and considers how subsequent games might affect the playoff committee’s rankings. The model is speculative: Statistical models are grounded in history and there’s zero history to go by when it comes to the college football playoff. But we hope to have some fun with it over the next few weeks and use this season as a guide for how to improve it in future years.The key characteristics of the model are that it’s iterative and probabilistic.1In contrast to our usual 10,000-word manifesto when launching a new forecasting model, I’m only going to provide a brief description of it for now. We’ll circle back later on with more detail. By iterative, I mean that it simulates the rest of the college season one game and one week at a time instead of jumping directly from the current playoff committee standings to national championship chances. By probabilistic, I mean that it hopes to account for the considerable uncertainty in the playoff picture, both in terms of how the games will turn out and in how the humans on the selection committee might react to them.Games are simulated using ESPN’s Football Power Index. To take one example, FPI has USC with about a 40 percent chance of upsetting UCLA in the game they’ll play Saturday in Pasadena, California.The next question is how the teams’ standings in the playoff rankings might change given the possible outcomes on the field. We’ve principally used the historic record of the Coaches Poll for guidance. The simulations account for the fact that some wins and losses matter more than others.Let’s say that USC wins. It’s currently ranked No. 19 in the playoff committee’s rankings. On average in the Coaches Poll, teams ranked in that position have moved up to only No. 17 or No. 16 after a win.Our model sees more upside potential for USC, however. A victory for the Trojans would come in what is technically a road game for them (a few freeways away from their campus in Los Angeles). More importantly, it would come against a higher-ranked opponent in UCLA. Historically — and quite reasonably — human raters have given more credit to wins like those, so our simulation would have USC moving up to No. 15 or No. 14 on average if it wins instead. But there’s considerable uncertainty in the outcome. We have USC moving as high as No. 10, or even into the high single digits, in some simulations; in other cases, a number of other teams ranked near it in the standings might have impressive wins also, and USC would barely move up at all.The simulations also account for the potential margin of victory in each game. Voters in the coaches and media polls have mostly looked at wins and losses, but our research suggests they give a little bit more credit to especially lopsided victories or especially close ones.USC, although an interesting case for the model, is almost no threat to win the national championship no matter the scoreline in Pasadena. Even if it beats UCLA this week and Notre Dame next week — and wins the tiebreaker for the Pac-12 title and then wins that game against Oregon as well, it will be coming from too far behind. Our simulation gives the Trojans only a 0.2 percent chance of making the playoff.Other teams have a more credible chance of contending. Take Mississippi State. On the positive side for the Bulldogs, four teams will get into the playoff and they’re currently ranked No. 4. But Mississippi State has more downside than upside scenarios. It will almost certainly be out if it loses against No. 8 Mississippi — a game in which FPI has the Rebels favored. And even if Mississippi State wins that game, it won’t advance to the SEC Championship unless Alabama loses to Auburn. If Alabama wins, the Bulldogs would be denied another chance to impress the committee. Thus, our simulation has Mississippi State with just a 27 percent chance of making the playoff.These permutations can get complicated, which is why it helps to take things one week at a time. What might the playoff committee standings look like after this Saturday’s games, for instance? The heat map you see below reflects our model’s effort to account for all the possibilities:The top four probably won’t look much different when the playoff committee releases its new standings on Tuesday. They all have fairly easy marks: Alabama will play a Division I-AA opponent, Western Carolina. No. 2 Oregon is at home against 2-8 Colorado. No. 3 Florida State is heavily favored at home against Boston College. And Mississippi State is also at home, playing Vanderbilt, the worst team in the SEC.There’s more action outside the top four. I already mentioned the high-leverage game in Pasadena. If you look carefully at the chart, you’ll see that USC’s probability distribution is bimodal. In other words, it probably won’t stay at No. 19, where it is now. If it beats UCLA, it could gain several positions in the rankings; if it loses, it will have taken its fourth loss and might be knocked out of the top 25 entirely.USC’s opponent, UCLA, also has a lot on the line. UCLA would need a lot of help, but it still has an outside chance — our model puts it at 8 percent — of making the playoff. Beating both USC and Stanford would give UCLA an entry into the Pac-12 championship game. If it beat Oregon then, and a team or two ahead of it endures a loss, it could get in.We might compare the Trojans against their Hellenic-themed rivals, the Michigan State Spartans. Not that MSU, already having lost twice, had much chance to begin with (it pains me to say that as an East Lansing High School alum). But the Spartans are a good example of a team that just doesn’t have enough opportunities to impress committee voters even under its best-case outcomes. MSU’s only remaining scheduled games are against unranked Rutgers and Penn State — and it will only make the Big Ten Championship game if it wins twice and Ohio State loses twice.The Georgia Bulldogs, by comparison, despite being just one position ahead of Michigan State in the rankings, have a better hand to play. They’ll make the SEC Championship if Missouri loses either of its remaining games. If Georgia makes the conference title game and beats Alabama, it would give committee members a lot to think about.Here’s how our model sees the potential lay of the land on Dec. 7, when the selection committee will release its final rankings:As you can see, playing out three weeks’ worth of games increases the uncertainty a great deal as compared to just this coming weekend’s outcomes. No team is more than 75 percent certain to make the playoff.Florida State, despite being undefeated and No. 1 in the Coaches Poll, is not all that well positioned. The selection committee has it at No. 3, which implies that a loss would probably knock it out of contention. FPI, along with other computer systems, is not high on the Seminoles, who have won by middling margins against a so-so schedule.Oregon’s position is better. The Ducks will probably have to win out also, but they’ve already survived the tougher parts of their schedule. Oregon has been good enough, in fact, to make duck-hunting an appealing proposition; UCLA’s outside shot of making the playoff relies upon the possibility of beating it in the Pac-12 Championship.Our simulation also accounts for what might happen beyond Dec. 7. Here are the teams most likely to win the national championship, according to our model:A few teams might be overlooked in the title hunt. Although none of its teams ranks in the top four now, the Big 12 is more likely than not to advance one team (TCU or Baylor) into the playoff. Ohio State’s position as a potential one-loss winner of a major conference will start to look better if any teams ahead of it slip. Ole Miss is a longshot to make the playoff — it will have to beat Mississippi State and perhaps hope that Alabama loses also so that it can get into the SEC Championship — but it’s at the top of the pecking order as far as two-loss teams go.There’s still a lot that these simulations aren’t accounting for. There’s no mechanism in the model to account for head-to-head results even though the committee has said it will consider them if the standings are otherwise close. That potentially works to the benefit of Alabama, which might finish close to Mississippi State in the standings if it loses to Auburn or in the SEC Championship, but which beat the Bulldogs in Tuscaloosa last week.The selection committee may also place more emphasis on conference championships than the simulations do. But we have no evidence yet for how that might play out — nor for how resistant the committee might be to choosing two or more teams from the same conference. We hope you’ll join us as we sort through the scenarios.CORRECTION (Nov. 22, 3:20 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the division in which Western Carolina plays. It is not Division II, but the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA. read more

GNIC to charge 20000 for any container scanned at Lombard St

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGNIC wharf gets new container scanner facilityJuly 17, 2018In “Business”Container scanning site being prepared at GNIC says GRADecember 22, 2017In “Business”Cabinet green lights new container scanner for GRAJanuary 7, 2017In “Business” The scanner at the new GNIC facilityA fee of GYD $20,000 will be charged by the Guyana National Industrial Company (GNIC) for any container scanned at the Lombard Street facility.The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) outlined in a statement that the fee is in keeping with the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Authority and GNIC.“The administration of this fee takes effect on August 27, 2018 and is necessary to recoup the GNIC’s administration costs and allow for a return on its capital investment. Importers and Exporters are also advised that the GRA will waive the fees associated with manual inspections for containers scanned” said the GRA.Moreover, the Revenue Authority posited that Guyana is now in a position to adequately scan containers on a continual basis thereby facilitating reduced trade transaction costs and time of both imports and exports while simultaneously improving revenue collection.Universal scanning of outbound containers is mandatory in keeping with international maritime conventions on trade facilitation.The GRA also noted that in partnership with its sister agencies, relief measures will be implemented to ease traffic congestion and facilitate faster scanning of containers.Completed via a Public Private Partnership between the GRA and the GNIC, and with a scanner being presented by the People’s Republic of China, the facility was commissioned in July of this year. read more

2021 set for systematic ban of singleuse plastics

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident calls on Guyanese to curtail use of single-use plastics on World Environment DayJune 5, 2018In “Environment”Cabinet to examine proposal to ban single-use plastics- HarmonApril 23, 2018In “Business”Ansa McAl launches over 50 new productsApril 9, 2019In “Business” State Minister, Joseph HarmonThe year 2021 has been designated for the systematic ban of single-use plastics. This was announced by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, under whose purview the Department of Environment falls, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported.Addressing the World Wildlife Day Youth Forum hosted at the Sophia Exhibition Centre, the minister said: “The work has already begun on sensitising our population to the fact that 2021 is the date we have identified for a ban on single-use plastic.”As much as 40 per cent of the oceans is tremendously affected by pollution with an estimated eight million metric tons of plastic waste entering the world’s ocean annually.Minister Harmon noted that this “provides a good opportunity to raise awareness about the vast diversity of marine life globally, its crucial importance to human development and the importance of prudent management of marine resources for future generations.”This year’s World Wildlife Day theme ‘Life below Water: for People and Planet’ aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 which speaks to the conservation of the oceans. This includes the expansion of protected areas for marine biodiversity, intensification of research capacity and increases in ocean science funding which remain critically important to preserve marine resources.Minister Harmon highlighted that in addition to aligning with SDG 14, the theme also aligns with Objective 3 of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS), DPI reported. read more

Explore Our Changing Planet On the Go With Google Earth Timelapse

first_img The planet’s surface is changing right before our eyes, and there’s no better way to watch its progress (or regression) than via Google Earth Timelapse.Last updated three years ago, the global-zoomable time-lapse video now features two additional years of imagery (spanning from 1984 to 2018), as well as mobile support and visual upgrades.Through a partnership with NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Google initially released its interactive experience in 2013—enabling armchair explorers to watch the sprouting of Dubai’s artificial Palm Islands, the retreat of Alaska’s Columbia Glacier, and the urban expansion of Las Vegas.After sifting through roughly 10 quadrillion pixels from more than 15 million satellite photos, the team built 35 global cloud-free images of the entire planet—one for each year.Those images were then encoded into more than 25 million overlapping multi-resolution video titles, creating zoomable and pannable timelapses.“Scientists, documentarians, and journalists have used this dataset to help us better understand the complex dynamics at work on our planet,” Google Earth Outreach geo data engineer Chris Herwig wrote in a blog post.From coverage of the floods in Houston, Texas, to population monitoring, news outlets have brought their reporting to life with Timelapse imagery. Researchers at the University of Ottawa even published a journal article based on the Timelapse dataset.UK residents, meanwhile, can see Timelapse content features in the new BBC series Earth From Space, “about the incredible discoveries and perspectives captured from above,” Herwig said.This week’s update also adds mobile and tablet support, making it easy to explore, research, or just get lost in the beauty from wherever you are—the dentist’s waiting room, the daily commute, or the comfort of your sofa.“Up until recently, mobile browsers disabled the ability to autoplay videos, which is crucial for Timelapse (since it’s made up of tens of millions of multi-resolution, overlapping videos),” according to Herwig.But since Chrome and Firefox reinstated support for the feature (with sound muted), Google Earth could finally expand its service to on-the-go adventurers.Using Material Design, the team also introduced cleaner lines and clearer focal areas for navigating the immense dataset.“We’re committed to creating products like Timelapse with the planet in mind, and hope that making this data easily accessible will ground debates, encourage discovery, and inform the global community’s thinking about how we live on our planet,” Herwig wrote.To view the new Timelapse, visit the Earth Engine website or take a tour through YouTube.More on Earth Takes You On ‘Voyage Through Black History’Watch: This is the Longest Continuous Time-Lapse Shot From SpaceGoogle Earth Brings Beatlemania To a Computer Near YouWeird Sh*t Discovered With Google Maps Stay on target Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego?Google Earth Takes You On ‘Voyage Through Black History’ last_img read more

Clark County school districts not amused by reports of clowns

first_imgWhen asked about the unsubstantiated rumors of clown sightings, Battle Ground Public Schools spokeswoman Rita Sanders sighs.She isn’t alone in her exasperation.The nationwide reports of creepy clown sightings have reached Clark County, and local school districts are trying to quell social media-fueled anxiety among parents and students. So far, no local school districts have received any credible threats of skulking clowns on their campuses.“We have not received any confirmed reports of clowns on any of our campuses,” Sanders said. “It’s just rumors.”Even so, districts are responding to the claims, reminding parents that they have security on campus and school resource officers helping keep students safe.Evergreen Public Schools posted on Facebook, saying the district has not had any confirmed clown sightings or legitimate threats to schools. Much of the chatter has come from the sharing and reposting of social media posts, or fake posts intended to spook people.“If you come across posts such as these, or hear people saying the threats are meant for one or more of our schools in Evergreen, please do not be alarmed as they are most likely not truthful,” the district said.Vancouver Public Schools sent a letter and issued an emergency phone call to parents, urging them that local reports of clowns are likely not credible.last_img read more

Port of Vancouver holds steady on tax levy for sixth year

first_imgTaxpayers won’t see a hike in their tax bills from the Port of Vancouver this year.The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the port’s 2018 tax levy and budget Tuesday.For the sixth consecutive year, the commission voted not to change the port levy.Assessed property values in the port’s district went up about 10 percent from 2016 to 2017.The port’s 2018 certified levy is expected to remain the same, and thus the millage rate will drop next year.Yearly taxes on a home valued at $324,000 will be roughly $98 next year, according to a news release from the port.In the budget’s introductory brief, port officials struck a cautiously optimistic tone.“While the port’s current financial outlook remains positive,” the statement reads, “the potential financial impacts of economic uncertainty and volatility in national and global economics, growth and shifts in markets and trade patterns, considerable capital requirements for rail infrastructure, terminal developments and continued regulatory requirements and environmental risks remain challenging.”Next year’s $68.5 million budget is $16.7 million less than the 2017 budget.Port officials attribute the decrease to the upcoming completion of the port’s West Vancouver Freight Access project, a multiyear rail project that should be finished in the second quarter of next year, and the Centennial Industrial Building, which should be nearly complete around the end of this year.The 2018 final budget includes operating revenues of $38.22 million, a 3 percent increase from the 2017 estimate.Property taxes make up about $10 million of nonoperating revenues.The 2018 budget anticipates $30.32 million in operating expenses, which is a 10 percent increase over the 2017 estimate.Marine, terminal and rail operations make up 70 percent of 2018 operating revenue. The remaining 30 percent is from industrial property leases, rail and facilities.In order to complete the West Vancouver Freight Access project, the port is allocating 22 percent of its capital budget. Another 36 percent will pay for maintenance to the port’s infrastructure and information technology system.The remaining capital budget will fund several waterfront, facility and terminal improvement projects.The final budget forecasts the port will handle 8.4 million tons of goods next year.Wind commodities are expected to increase over 2017’s volumes.The port also expects an increase of grain and auto volumes beyond 2017 expectations.The budget also anticipates bulk mineral exports to grow based on its customers’ expectations and renewed export volumes.The port’s debt service on limited tax general obligation bonds will be $5.7 million. Revenue bond debt service is $3.9 million.Next year, the port expects to issue long-term financing of roughly $20 million in revenue bonds, which will support some 2018 capital projects. That money will go to projects related to the West Vancouver Freight Access project, industrial development and facilities maintenance, and perhaps some components related to the waterfront, among other projects, said Scott Goodrich, who is the port’s director of finance and accounting as well as its treasurer and auditor.“The story for next year is that we’re still seeing steady growth for operational performance of our port,” Goodrich said.last_img read more

Federal policy in Alaska

first_imgHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS: U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air). U.S. Senator, R- Alaska, Dan Sullivan, delivers his annual address to the Alaska Legislature, Feb. 21, 2019. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North) Federal military policy will increasingly focus on the arctic region. How will U.S. tensions with Russia, North Korea and China affect national security and the state’s economy? And what about ANWR? There’s lots to discuss when Alaska U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan joins us for the next Talk of Alaska. PARTICIPATE: Send an email to (comments may be read on air) Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Dengue burns hole in patients pockets

first_imgHyderabad: A simple mosquito bite is not only leaving patients in pain but also is burning a hole in the pocket and leaving patients poorer by Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh depending on the hospital they get treatment from.M Dayanand, whose grandson Nithin Sai, 13-year-old who was admitted for six days in Abhaya Hospital, Vidhya Nagar with dengue, says, “The facilities at the government hospitals are not that swift and satisfactory so we were left with no other option than to go to a private facility for the sake of my grandson we couldn’t risk his life. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us It cost us around Rs 40,000 including all medicines and tests but now he is fine and out of danger.” Dr A Kamlesh, Gen Physician, Yashodha Hospital, says, “The lack of equipment, drugs and staff in government hospitals makes people look towards private hospitals.” Ujwal Rao who was admitted for four days at Yashodha Hospital, Secunderabad says, “It cost us around Rs 50,000 inclusive of all medicines and tests.” In some corporate hospitals, people are paying up close to a lakh and even more. A senior doctor said, “Depending on the severity of the problem, one would have to stay for longer duration and the cost goes up.”last_img read more

Naypyidaw assures Dhaka of maintaining peace along border

first_imgMyanmar assure Bangladesh of maintaining peace along border. Photo: UNBThe border conference between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) ended on Thursday where delegations from both sides agreed to prevent transnational crimes, enhance border security and ensure better border management, reports UNB.Both sides have agreed to curb drug smuggling, illegal arms trading, women and child trafficking as well as all other crimes by initiating joint-border patrol, increasing surveillance in bordering areas and continuous communication among field-level commanders of the two countries.Additional director general (operation and training) of BGB Brig Gen Mujibur Rahman briefed journalists about the outcome of the 4-day border conference at Pilkhana BGB headquarters here in the morning.The two sides also agreed to exchange information relating to border crimes immediately, Brig Gen Mujibur Rahman said after signing a Joint Record of Discussion (JRD).The delegations discussed pre-fixed agenda elaborately in a friendly environment, BGB official told journalists.They expressed deep concern and anxieties over the drug smuggling, especially yaba pills, he said.Mentioning the ill-effects of yaba on the young generation of the two countries, the meeting agreed to cooperate with each other in preventing drug smuggling.Saying that the same drug-related problem was prevailing among their young generation, the Myanmar side agreed to continue their efforts to prevent yaba smuggling.“Both sides have agreed to continue joint-patrolling along the border,” said the BGB official while briefing.The Bangladesh side expressed deep concern over the issues of border trespassing, firing on the border and also requested the Myanmar side to maintain peace and stability along the border and also take necessary steps to stop those.In reply, the Myanmar side assured Bangladesh that necessary steps have been taken to stop the occurrences, said Brig Gen Mujibur Rahman.BGB additional director general Brig Gen Md Anisur Rahman led the 15-member Bangladesh delegation, while 11-member Myanmar delegation was led by its chief of police general staff police Brig Gen Myo Than.Border security issues, including prevention of smuggling of illegal drugs, especially, yaba pills, firing at frontiers by BGP and Myanmar Army, trespass into Bangladesh territory by Myanmar nationals, operating Myanmar military helicopter and drone at bordering areas, removing landmine or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from zero line of the border, setting up of Border Liaison Office, implementation of development activities in frontiers and steps for increasing mutual cooperation as well as confidence were in the agenda of the border talks.last_img read more

Myanmar plays diplomatic card to avert UN condemnation

first_imgNewly arrived Rohingya refugees make a meal at a temporary shelter after fleeing to Bangladesh from Myanmar in Ukhiya on September 6, 2017. AFPMyanmar said on Wednesday it is negotiating with China and Russia to ensure they block any UN Security Council censure over the violence that has forced an exodus of nearly 150,000 Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh in less than two weeks.Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi blamed ‘terrorists’ for ‘a huge iceberg of misinformation’ on the strife in the northwestern state of Rakhine but, in a statement, she made no mention of the Rohingya who have fled.She has come under increasing pressure from countries with Muslim populations, including Indonesia, where thousands led by Islamist groups held a rally in Jakarta on Wednesday, to demand that diplomatic ties with Buddhist-majority Myanmar be cut.In a rare letter to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, secretary general Antonio Guterres expressed concern that the violence could spiral into a ‘humanitarian catastrophe’.He warned there was a risk of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar that could destabilise the region.Myanmar National Security Adviser Thaung Tun told a news conference in the capital, Naypyitaw, that Myanmar was counting on China and Russia, both permanent members of the Security Council, to block a UN resolution on the crisis.“We are negotiating with some friendly countries not to take it to the Security Council,” he said. “China is our friend and we have a similar friendly relationship with Russia so it will not be possible for that issue to go forward.”Reuters reporters in the Cox’s Bazar region of neighbouring Bangladesh have witnessed boatloads of exhausted Rohingya arriving near the border village of Shamlapur.According to the latest estimates issued by UN workers operating there, arrivals in just 12 days stood at 146,000. This brought to 233,000 the total number of Rohingya who have sought refuge in Bangladesh since last October.Newly arrived Rohingyas told authorities that three boats carrying in all more than 100 people capsized in the early hours of Wednesday. Coastguard Commander M.S. Kabir said six bodies, including three children, had washed ashore.‘FAKE INFORMATION’The surge of refugees – many sick or wounded – has strained the resources of aid agencies and communities already helping hundreds of thousands from previous spasms of violence in Myanmar. Many have no shelter, and aid agencies are racing to provide clean water, sanitation and food.“People have come with virtually nothing so there has to be food,” a UN source working there said. “So this is now a huge concern – where is this food coming from for at least the elderly, the children, the women who have come over without their husbands?”Suu Kyi spoke by telephone on Tuesday with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who has pressed world leaders to do more to help a population of roughly 1.1 million he says are facing genocide.In a statement issued by her office on Facebook, Suu Kyi said the government had “already started defending all the people in Rakhine in the best way possible” and warned against misinformation that could mar relations with other countries.She referred to images on Twitter of killings posted by Turkey’s deputy prime minister that he later deleted because they were not from Myanmar.“She said that kind of fake information which was inflicted on the deputy prime minister was simply the tip of a huge iceberg of misinformation calculated to create a lot of problems between different countries and with the aim of promoting the interests of the terrorists,” her office said in the statement.Suu Kyi on Wednesday met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said he shared Myanmar’s concern about “extremist violence” in Rakhine state. Modi’s government has taken a strong stance on an influx into India of some 40,000 Rohingya from Myanmar over the years, vowing last month to deport them all.LANDMINESThe latest violence began when Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base. The ensuing clashes and a military counter-offensive killed at least 400 people and triggered the exodus of villagers to Bangladesh.Suu Kyi has been accused by Western critics of not speaking out for the minority that has long complained of persecution, and some have called for the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991 as a champion of democracy to be revoked.Myanmar says its security forces are fighting a legitimate campaign against “terrorists” responsible for a string of attacks on police posts and the army since last October.Myanmar officials blame Rohingya militants for the burning of homes and civilian deaths. The government said 26,747 non-Muslim residents had been displaced.However, rights monitors and Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh say the Myanmar army is trying to force them out with a campaign of arson and killings.Myanmar has been laying landmines across a section of its border with Bangladesh for the past three days, two government sources in Dhaka said, adding that the purpose may have been to prevent the return of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence.Bangladesh will formally lodge a protest on Wednesday against the laying of land mines so close to the border, said the sources who had direct knowledge of the situation but asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.A Myanmar military source said landmines were laid along the border in the 1990s to prevent trespassing and the military had since tried to remove them, but none had been planted recently.last_img read more

2 killed as bridge collapses in Thakurgaon

first_imgTwo workers were killed and four others injured after an old bridge collapsed during dismantling in Thakurgaon’s Haripur upazila on Thursday, reports UNB.Local union parishad chairman Pavel Talukder named the dead workers as Torikul, 20, son of Sahabul Islam, and Tozibur, 45, son of Abdur Rauf of Haripur’s Moshaldangi village.Two other workers – Ziabur, 40, and Gulbahar, 35, from the same village – were admitted to the Upazila Health Complex. Two more workers, injured in the same accident, were given first aid.Haripur police station officer-in-charge Amiruzzaman said the old bridge had been put up for an auction after a new one was constructed in its place in Bokua union.A local contractor bought it for Tk 126,000 and employed the workers to dismantle it. A part of it caved in when it was being torn down, killing two workers on the spot, the OC said.No case was filed over the incident.last_img read more

Dragon Ball Super Broly Introduces Super Saiyan God Vegetas New Forms

first_imgVegeta is always perpetually hanging behind Goku, but that’s kind of how things are for the prince of all Saiyans. He’s still perfectly capable of kicking some serious butt though, even if he’s got to be just a bit behind Goku when it comes to the “most powerful” charts. That’s why it’s such good news for Vegeta fans that the popular character is getting his own time to shine.Vegeta will finally achieve the coveted status of Super Saiyan God in the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Broly film, as Toei Animation showed off on the film’s official website. Vegeta’s lookin’ large and in charge as always, and you can see his Super Saiyan God form in the new promotional image. It’s finally time for Vegeta to get a fair shake at moving into the spotlight again, and we can’t wait to see it happen. It took a while for Vegeta to reach the form in the manga, but he was finally able to. This will be the first time we’ve seen him utilize it in the anime.With that in mind, the movie is focused more on Goku and Broly, who’s being made canon for some reason. Yes, that Broly, the one that people loved to recolor sprites of back when we were kids and pretend were their own Dragon Ball Z original characters. The film is scheduled to hit Japanese theaters on December 14, 2018, so we don’t have much longer to wait until it makes its debut in America, which Funimation had announced would take place in January 2019.Until then, feast your eyes on Vegeta’s ravishing new forms, but back off. He’s been mine ever since that one time I got in trouble in middle school for printing out too many pictures of him. I was barred and never had a chance to use the computers in the library again.While we wait for the new Dragon Ball movie pass the time with Fighter Z.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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first_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | February 24, 2009 Neuroradiology, Prostate Lead Radiology, Radiation Oncology Subspecializations News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more February 25, 2009 – The most frequently cited subspecialty for radiology was neuroradiology at 17.1 percent and for radiation oncology, 18.9 percent of procedures involve the prostate, according to an article, Subspecialization in Radiology and Radiation Oncology, by Geoffrey G. Smith, M.D., et al, published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.The article is the result of a study commissioned in 2008 by past Chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors Arl Van Moore Jr., M.D. Responses were gathered from 1,095 professionally-active radiologist ACR members and 308 radiation oncologists. While few radiologists reported their main subspecialty as general radiology (1.5 percent), it accounted for 18.5 percent of radiologists’ work time. The most frequently cited subspecialties were neuroradiology (17.1 percent), breast imaging or mammography (15.8 percent), interventional/vascular radiology (15.8 percent), and body imaging (11 percent). In radiation oncologists, 70 percent reported their main subspecialties as being in body parts or organ systems. Prostate (18.9 percent), breast (17.7 percent), and head and neck (17.1 percent) were the most frequently cited subspecialties. Among therapeutic modalities, 12 percent named radiosurgery as their main subspecialty.Source: The Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR)For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterEmirates’ specially emblazoned football club aircraft recently took to the skies in seven carefully coordinated take-offs over the course of a few hours in one day, showing the airline’s unwavering support for its football club partners with the season drawing to a close. The club-themed aircraft celebrated Emirates’ football partnerships that touch over 1.5 billion people around the world, the combined fan base of all six iconic clubs.The bespoke decals were installed on both A380s and Boeing 777s, and include club crests and first team players from Arsenal, Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain, HSV, Benfica and AC Milan in action. Since the decals were first placed on the seven Emirates aircraft in 2015, over 1800 flights, clocking in almost 12,000 hours have been made.  The different aircraft offered the opportunity for football fans in more than 150 Emirates destinations to see and travel aboard aircraft adorned with their favourite clubs.Emirates has been a steadfast supporter of globally recognised football clubs for more than a decade. This year marks a number of partnership highlights, including the airline’s 10-year milestone sponsorship of Arsenal, AC Milan, HSV and Paris Saint Germain.Emirates has been a staunch partner of Real Madrid since 2012, and since its landmark jersey sponsorship in 2013, the global football powerhouse has clinched the UEFA Champion’s League title twice. Benfica, Portugal’s most successful football club recently celebrated their 35th Portuguese League title, their third consecutive winning of the championship and first since their jersey partnership with Emirates. Paris Saint Germain recently won the Ligue 1 title for a fourth successive season and also secured their 10th Coupe de France, Trophee des Champions and Coupe de la Ligue.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Nurses strike for second day

first_imgMembers of nurses union PASYNO are staging a 12-hour strike for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, affecting the smooth operation of hospitals.They are protesting against hospital understaffing, lack of information over government’s plans to make hospitals autonomous, and the government’s delay in starting discussions with the union over upgrading nursing school qualifications.The nurses are asking for a freeze on promotions to be lifted, the introduction of a hazardous occupation allowance, and the opening of 200 more nursing jobs.Due to the strike, which started at 7.30am, all scheduled surgeries at the Paphos, Limassol and Paralimni state hospitals were cancelled, since the majority of their nursing staff are PASYNO members, while a number of surgeries were also cancelled at the Nicosia and Larnaca state hospitals.Skeleton staff was handling any emergencies.PASYNO spokesman Theodoros Petelis said the union will convene during the week to review the situation and make decisions.Petelis said they hoped that the state would provide some answers regarding their demands. You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Most Cypriots consider themselves to be healthy

first_imgIN CYPRUS, 82.7 per cent of all persons aged between 25 and 64 perceive their health as good, 14 per cent consider it fair and a mere 3.3 per cent perceives it as bad or very bad, according to data released by Eurostat on Wednesday.The data was published on the occasion of World Health Day on April 7.This places Cyprus in fourth place of all EU member states after Greece (84.6 per cent), Ireland (84.2 per cent) and Sweden. On the other end of the scale are Lithuania and Latvia, where only 52.1 and 52.2 per cent of persons aged 25 to 64 perceived their health status as good or very good in 2014.The highest share of people in this age group who believe their health to be bad or very bad was recorded in Croatia with 13.4 per cent, followed by Hungary and Portugal. Of all EU countries, Malta and Cyprus have the lowest share of people who believe they are in bad health.Around three-quarters of persons aged 25-64 in the EU regard their health status as very good or good, slightly fewer than 20 per cent as fair and below 7 per cent as bad or very bad.“A clear link can be established between educational attainment and self-perceived health,” the report stated. “In general in the EU Member States, the higher the education level is, the higher the share of people feeling healthy is.”In Cyprus 67.4 per cent of persons of low education consider themselves healthy, 83 per cent of mid level education and 92 per cent of those who have received higher education, counting for a gap of 24.6 between the levels. This gap between the high and low education level is close to the EU average.At EU level, the difference between the share of people aged 25 to 64 with low education level feeling healthy (61.3 per cent) and that of people with high education level (85 per cent) stood at 23.7 in 2014.The educational levels in the report are grouped according to the International Standard Classification of Education, where the low level refers to lower secondary education, medium means upper secondary education and the high level is defined as tertiary education.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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