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Jordan becomes first country to answer Bans call for more UN police

10 November 2008Jordan has become the first country to pledge an additional unit to United Nations police in Liberia, answering Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for extra forces to support their Liberian counterparts as the West African State continues its recovery from a disastrous decade-long civil war. Welcoming the decision to send the unit, which is due to arrive next month, Mr. Ban’s Special Representative Ellen Margrethe Løj today praised Jordanian police officers for supporting the Liberian national police in various ways, particularly in dealing with “mob violence.”Urging the Jordanian police officers to demonstrate the “patience and reserve” that was necessary to support their Liberian colleagues, Ms. Løj noted that there was a lot of peace building and development work to be done to ensure that Liberia did not slide back into conflict and chaos.“Development is crucial for sustainable peace and security; and to achieve development, Liberians must be empowered to control their circumstances,” she said at a ceremony where she awarded UN peacekeeping medals to 120 Jordanian officers already in the country.The strengthened police component will enhance the provision of strategic advice and expertise to Liberian officers in the rule of law and operational support to the police and corrections sector as well as react to urgent security incidents.Ms. Løj said September’s Security Council extension of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for another year “represents the continued commitment of the UN to be unwavering and vigilant in maintaining peace and security in Liberia.“We are working with Liberian security forces, as well as with those from neighbouring countries, to ensure that security is maintained at all times,” she added.UNMIL was set up in 2003 to bolster a ceasefire agreement ending a war that killed almost 150,000 Liberians, mostly civilians, and sent 850,000 others fleeing to neighbouring countries. As of the end of September this year it comprised over 12,700 uniformed personnel, including 11,465 troops and 1,037 police. read more

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Darfur UNAU mission concerned over Sudans military attack on armed group

10 December 2010The head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today voiced concern over an attack reportedly carried out by the Sudanese armed forces against fighters of one of the armed opposition groups in the strife-torn region. The attack on Khor Abeche village in South Darfur against the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA-Minni Minawi) sent some 500 civilians fleeing to the UNAMID camp in the area for protection.The Joint Special Representative, Ibrahim Gambari, “calls on all parties to refrain from hostilities and respect their obligations under international humanitarian law to safeguard innocent civilians,” UNAMID said in a statement.The mission said it is investigating the incident and will continue to provide security to civilians in the area.UNAMID was set up to protect civilians and quell the violence in Darfur, where nearly seven years of fighting has killed at least 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million others from their homes. read more

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UN welcomes 1 million from Kuwait to help feed Iraq

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a $1 million donation by Kuwait to its emergency operations in Iraq, the first by a Persian Gulf country.”We are particularly encouraged by this contribution,” the WFP Regional Director for the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Central Asia, Khaled Adly, said in Kuwait. “It comes at a time when WFP is re-establishing the food distribution system for the entire Iraqi population.”The funds provided by the Kuwaiti Government will be used to purchase lentils, a very important source of protein, WFP said.WFP’s efforts to get aid into Iraq are picking up, with more than 92,000 tons of food shipped there since the beginning of April. Although the agency has not received any reports so far of extreme food shortages in Iraq, WFP said it expects that the most vulnerable Iraqis will run out of food in May. read more

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Calgary gets first archery tag arena

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgary gets first archery tag arena Imagine shooting a bow and arrow like Katniss Everdeen or Robin Hood.Calgary’s first indoor archery tag arena opens Friday on 32 Avenue NE.Kyle Fitzgerald is the co-founder of Archery Games Calgary.“You can kind of think of it as a dodgeball game, but with bows and arrows. We use foam-tipped arrows, it’s basically one team against the other — you can think of some inflatables on the field, astro-turf, (and it’s) a 2,000 square foot field,” he explained.Each session is 75 minutes for up to 20 players, which includes instruction time. Archery Games Calgary by audreywhelan Posted Apr 13, 2017 6:48 am MDT read more

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In call to new President Ban pledges commitment to stability on Korean

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his strong commitment to promoting peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, during his discussion with the new President of the Republic of Korea (ROK), Park Geun-hye.In a telephone call with Ms. Park, the Secretary-General expressed serious concerns about Pyongyang’s recent provocations, particularly its recent nuclear test, according to information provided by his spokesperson.The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) conducted its third, long-threatened nuclear test on 12 February, a move that was in violation of Security Council sanctions and that drew widespread condemnation, including from Mr. Ban.Mr. Ban, during the call, voiced his support for the “Korean Peninsula Peace Process” envisioned by Ms. Park. He also expressed his strong commitment to work with the new ROK Government in promoting peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, including through addressing nuclear, humanitarian and other concerns regarding the DPRK. The two also discussed ways to further deepen cooperation between the UN and the ROK, with the Secretary-General stating that he looked forward to Seoul’s continued support for the world body and its active role in the areas of peacekeeping, addressing the climate change challenge, sustainable development and promoting global education. Mr. Ban also voiced appreciation for the ROK’s constructive role in dealing with a number of regional conflicts as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. read more

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Moped gang who acted as 21st century highwaymen killed charity worker in

first_imgThe court heard how the spate of robberies began at 10.30pm in Maida Vale when they approached Nazmul Chowdhury and demanded he handed over his belongings. A few minutes later they tried to rob Joseph Denby on Golborne Road, and when he showed his phone was an old Nokia, they demanded his wallet but he escaped.Two other victims were robbed of their belongings before the pair returned to Maida Vale to offload their stolen goods – including Mr Samad’s iPhone and some foreign currency – to a man in a high-rise.About 20 minutes later, at 1.30am, they tried to rob Graipich Vudto in Porchester Road, and Gilmaney stabbed him in the stomach after he refused to let go of his phone, before speeding off. After spotting a knife he fled, but they chased him and mounted the pavement, and as he tried to board a bus to escape Gilmaney stabbed him in the back.An hour later in Paddington the pair attacked Venezuelan Ehimer Fierro-Berbesi and his elderly aunt Ana Fierro-Berbesi who were sat outside their home, it was said.They threatened them with knives and stole jewellery and money, and allegedly stabbed Mr Fierro-Berbesi in the stomach.Seconds later, they confronted Mr Samad. At first the pair rode off but turned around and shouted at him, jurors heard.Mr Glasgow told jurors that Mr Samad had been confronted by the teenagers in St Mary’s Terrace, in Paddington, and handed them something from his pocket.He gave them something else but Gilmaney allegedly got off the moped and stabbed him in the chest.Mr Glasgow said: “Mr Samad managed to stagger the short distance back to where his family lived but he collapsed at the door. His parents, who heard his cries, found him bleeding to death outside their home.”He died later in hospital having suffered a devastating wound to the heart.As the emergency services rushed to help and “tried to comfort his traumatised family”, the moped muggers “completely unmoved by what they had just done, prowled the streets looking for another target”, the court heard. A moped gang acting like highwaymen of the 21st century stabbed a charity worker to death in a violent crime spree in west London, a court has heard.Abdul Samad, 28, was killed for his iPhone and little more than “aggression and blood lust” as two teenagers swept across the capital on the evening of October 16 last year.Jurors at the Old Bailey were told Nathan Gilmaney, 18, and his 17-year-old friend allegedly wanted to rob as many people as possible, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC said they were “highwaymen of the 21st Century who thought they had the right to threaten and rob whoever they found, who attacked their targets in a brazen and shocking manner and who stabbed their victims often for no reason other than simple aggression and blood lust”.He said the pair had both armed themselves with a knife and set out on Gilmaney’s moped to steal wallets, phones and valuables to sell on.Mr Glasgow added: “By the end of their four-hour spree of violence they had committed nine knifepoint robberies, they had gratuitously stabbed four of their defenceless victims and they had killed Abdul Samad, a 28-year-old man whose job as a charity youth worker had seen him devote his time to helping the very sort of young men who took his life.” As the number of casualties mounted, police were alerted and scoured the area for the culprits.Mr Glasgow said the defendants tried to escape but were arrested after a police chase.center_img Their pockets were stuffed with stolen valuables and CCTV captured them in the act of riding around and attacking helpless strangers, the Old Bailey heard.Mr Samad’s mobile phone was among stolen items sold on the same night but recovered during a police search of the man’s flat off Harrow Road, the court heard.Gilmaney, of Maida Vale, west London, admits manslaughter, three counts of attempted robbery, six counts of robbery, four counts of wounding with intent, and one count of theft.The teenager admits theft, three counts of attempted robbery and six counts of robbery, but denies four counts of wounding with intent.Both defendants deny murder and the trial continues.  Minutes later, Gilmaney stabbed Silverio Pina in the arm on Princess Square, and at 1.50am, they snatched a phone out of the hand of Natevan Casinova at the junction of Portobello Road and Pembridge Road.Just after 2am, the court heard how they approached two other people on Cricklewood Lane.One handed over their bag, but Gilmaney punched them in the face and just five minutes later they demanded Nelson Aparicio hand over his phone and wallet, only to be stabbed in the stomach. 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.last_img read more

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Commissioner of Information matter sent to President – Harmon

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related The Commissioner of Information matter has been sent to President David Granger.Briefing the media today, on the deliberations of Cabinet, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said that the matter which was previously engaging the attention of Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, was handed over to the President due to concerns from the Prime Minister.Charles Ramson SCHarmon said that the Prime Minister is responsible for the laying of constitutional reports in the National Assembly and receives reports from constitutional entities.According to Harmon, the  Prime Minister has reported  that the matter is no longer under his control because under the Act, the contract of employment for the commissioner falls under the presidency.“The concern which had been raised by the Prime Minister is that the Commissioner has not presented reports for a number of years,” Harmon indicated.Prior to the President taking over the matter, Prime Minister Nagamootoo had taken an interest in the issue. But after 20 months, he had still been unaware of what was done by Ramson since he took the position.Commissioner of Information Charles Ramson SC, was quoted in the media recently as saying he strongly believes that efforts are being made to frustrate his work even as he has vowed that he will continue to function and will resist any attempt to force him out of office.Despite the lack of staff, stationery, equipment and a proper office, Ramson says he is still engaging members of the public and organizations. Ramson, a three-time Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, has also accused Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo of putting a “spin” on what is contained in the Access to Information Act to conceal his own dereliction of duty.Ramson, during a recent interview with  the Stabroek news at his temporary office located at his East Street property, insists that the Act states that it is Nagamootoo, as the Minister of Information, who has to prepare an end-of-year report and submit same to the National Assembly, not him.According to a GINA report, Harmon pointed out that “the Commissioner of Information is a person who the public must have access to and he should be the person who gives information…but the Commissioner of Information is locked away from the public and could not have been performing his duties.”Minister Harmon said the matter remains under consideration. read more

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Chilling effect What could the Kerins case change about Dáil committees

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4515884 No Comments Payments made by the HSE to Rehab under section 39 of the Health Act, 2004The operation of the Charitable Lotteries Scheme and payments made to Rehab from the Vote of the Department of Justice and EqualityPayments made by Solas to Rehab for the provision of Specialist Vocational Training.During the seven hours where Kerins appeared before the committee, Kerins was “accused of adopting double standards” and was told that she needed “to get a grip on herself”.“It was described as ‘incredible’ that her solicitors should correspond with the PAC in advance to advise it of the extent of its remit,” the judgement quotes.‘Chilling effect’David Kenny, an Assistant Professor in Law at Trinity College Dublin told TheJournal.ie that he believes two things could happen as a result of this ruling: either there are more cases like the one taken by Kerins, and/or Dáil committees will become more cautious and conservative in how they conduct their business. Related Read Feb 27th 2019, 5:45 PM The reason this judgement is so significant is because Oireachtas privilege is “extraordinarily well-defended”, Kenny says, adding that judicial oversight into how a Dáil committee conducts itself “goes to the heart of its legislative power”.The High Court gave a judgement that there would be no oversight, and now the Supreme Court has given a more nuanced judgement, saying that it won’t intervene very often or very readily.It’s more likely that we’ll see more cases of this nature, which will clarify how exactly it will intervene.“There’s concern that despite the court’s effort to balance their respect for the powers and privileges of the Oireachtas, there are problems drawing lines.“The courts say that if you stay within your powers, there will probably be no intervention. But the fear is that if committees do get bogged down in litigation, it would restrict parliamentary speech… and could have a chilling effect in some respect.”“We can’t yet tell what effect it will have,” he adds.The case is due back in court in April. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article WHAT WILL TODAY’S Supreme Court ruling mean for one of the Dáil’s most powerful committees, the Public Accounts Committee?The Supreme Court ruled in favour of the former CEO of Rehab Angela Kerins when it said that the courts did have the power to intervene in issues related to Dáil hearings.Kerins had sought damages from the State for distress, public humiliation and the loss of her career following her appearance before the Public Accounts Committee in February 2014. She resigned as CEO of Rehab on 2 April 2014. The case raises questions about the constitutional separation of powers that exists between the Dáil and the courts, and committees’ roles to hold figures to account.It also deals with similar constitutional issues as O’Brien v Clerk of Dáil Éireann, where businessman Denis O’Brien is challenging Dáil privilege (a power that allows politicians to make comments in the Dáil that otherwise could be challenged as defamatory, for the benefit of the public’s interest).What is the PAC?The Public Accounts Committee, or PAC, focuses on “ensuring public services are run efficiently and achieve value for money”, according to the Oireachtas website.The “powerful” Dáil committee is defined in Section 2 of the Houses of the Oireachtas as “the committee of Dáil Éireann established under the rules and standing orders of Dáil Éireann to examine and report to Dáil Éireann on the appropriation accounts and reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General”.But in recent times, it’s come under examination itself: it’s been accused of straying “significantly” from its remit, repeating the work of other Oireachtas committees and being used as a microphone for members to voice opinions on a particular topic.In a recent interview, former HSE director general Tony O’Brien accused the PAC of “corroding public life with their antics” and not adding “any value”.“What it does, is it chases every passing controversy, and pay no respect to individuals,” he told RTÉ’s Marian Finucane Show.In 2011, 53% of the electorate voted in a referendum against increasing the powers of Oireachtas committees that would have given them the power to conduct more meaningful investigations. It had been argued that this could set up a second, separate justice system.Within or outside its remitNow, both the Oireachtas Committee on Procedures and Privileges and the Chief Justice Frank Clarke have come to the conclusion that the PAC had strayed from its remit in the Kerins case.The judge also said that it might be possible to find that the PAC invited Kerins to attend the hearing on one basis, but questioned her on a different basis when she did attend.The Rehab charity (which is going to be rebranded) receives funding from a number of sources – including the HSE, state agency Solas, and the Department of Justice and Equality under the Charitable Lotteries Scheme.But it remains an independent entity operating in the private sector; Rehab was also not under the remit of the Comptroller and Auditor General, and was never audited by him.In February 2014, Kerins was asked by the PAC to appear before it to ask her about: ‘Chilling effect’: What could the Kerins case change about Dáil committees? A significant judgement was handed down today against the “extraordinarily well-defended” privileges of the Oireachtas. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share1 Tweet Email1 “The court will say it shouldn’t affect the PAC very much, that it’s simply holding it to the limits and the terms of reference it’s already under. So on that level it’s not a direct effect on PAC members’ conduct.”But in practice there might be an effect, he adds.“If a committee becomes open to judicial oversight… that committee might not try to call certain witnesses, tone down the questions they ask, request legal advice all the time – it could have a chilling effect that is slightly different from the direct legal effect.”center_img 13,468 Views Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 5:45 PM 27.02.19 Supreme Court finds PAC acted ‘significantly’ outside remit in questioning of former Rehab CEO Angela Kerins Source: David Kenny/Twitter Finished Supreme Courts Kerins judgment. It’s very balanced carefully written but I would have concerns about it. The Court is keen to stress, over and over, that the Oireachtas and its prerogatives will be protected and respected and courts will be slow to intervene. (Thread)— David Kenny (@davidkenny311) February 27, 2019 Short URL Former CEO of the Rehab group, Angela Kerins, arrives at the Four Courts (March 2018). Image: Leah Farrell Image: Leah Farrell Former CEO of the Rehab group, Angela Kerins, arrives at the Four Courts (March 2018).last_img read more

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Lesvos migrant centre shut down

first_imgAt an international conference on migration near Athens last week, the government said that an overcrowded and much-criticised reception centre for illegal immigrants Lesvos would be replaced by a military unit on the eastern Aegean island. According to sources close to Greek daily, Kathimerini,  the military unit to start operating on Lesvos will be one of several that Deputy Public Safety Minister Spyros Vougias and Defense Minister Evangelos Venizelos are to agree on. Addressing the Global Forum on Migration and Development, which concluded on Tuesday in the coastal Ahenian suburb of Vouliagmeni, Vougias said that the rights of migrants would be respected, heralding the creation of Muslim cemeteries and prayer sites. He added that the ministry would set up committees of experts to examine migrants’ claims for asylum. As for some 900 migrants released from the centre on Lesvos, some were reportedly given ferry tickets to Piraeus while others are expected to be transferred to reception centres on other islands, many of which are also overcrowded. The UN refugee agency UNHCR, one of several nongovernmental organisations that had lobbied for the centre’s closure, welcomed the decision but said that new centres had to be built to accommodate a surging influx of immigrants that continue to enter Greece from Turkey. In a related development in the central Athens district of Aghios Panteleimonas yesterday, riot police clashed with local residents and suspected members of far-right organisations who had gathered to protest against a scheduled rally in the area by members of anti-racist and human rights groups. There were no reports of any injuries in the area which has seen a spike in tensions over the past few months as residents protested the burgeoning presence of destitute illegal immigrants in their neighbourhood. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Disparition des abeilles un virus et un champignon mortels identifiés outreAtlantique

first_imgDisparition des abeilles : un virus et un champignon mortels identifiés outre-AtlantiqueÉtats-Unis – 20 à 40% des abeilles ont disparu outre-Atlantique et les scientifiques américains ne connaissaient pas l’origine de cette disparition. Une étude vient de révéler qu’un champignon et un virus seraient à l’origine de l’effondrement des colonies d’abeilles.Depuis plusieurs années maintenant, les chercheurs américains cherchent les raisons de la disparition des abeilles, particulièrement dans le sud du pays. Une étude publiée le 6 octobre dernier a identifié les coupables, qui se trouvent être un virus et un champignon.Cette nouvelle étude, dirigée par l’université du Montana, se distingue des précédentes par les méthodes utilisées par les chercheurs. Les militaires américains ont en effet mis à leur disposition une base de données contenant les données génétiques de plusieurs milliers d’organismes qui ont permis d’identifier le virus et le champignon coupables.Le virus, de la famille des Iridoviridae et le champignon Nosema cerenae ont été inocculés à des abeilles vivantes. 100% des abeilles contaminées sont mortes. “C’est un peu comme l’œuf et la poule, indique le Docteur Bromenshenk, on ne sait pas lequel des deux arrive le premier, et nous ne savons pas non plus si l’un affaiblit les abeilles avant que l’autre ne les achève ou si c’est leur association qui leur est fatale.”À lire aussiPourquoi est-il presque impossible d’attraper une mouche avec la main ?Cependant, le virus et le champignon ne sont certainement pas les seules causes de cette disparition. “D’une part, cette pathologie n’est à l’origine que d’un tiers des mortalités constatées chez les abeilles américaines. D’autre part, on ne sait pas pourquoi les abeilles ont attrapé ces deux parasites. C’est peut-être un pesticide qui a déclenché une baisse d’immunité…”, a déclaré Yves Le Conte, de l’Inra (Institut national de la recherche agronomique).D’un point de vue écologique, la disparition des abeilles met en péril la pollinisation naturelle de plusieurs milliers d’espèces végétales dont 30% représentent des aliments pour l’Homme.Le 16 octobre 2010 à 18:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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USDA Allows Extra Time to Comply with Redefinition of Actively Engaged Rule

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week announced that farmers have an extra 30 days–until July 1–to restructure in order to comply with the definition of “actively engaged” in farming.The rule, which doesn’t apply to the approximately 97 percent of the farming operations comprised entirely of family members, is designed to ensure subsidies are only paid to active managers. The 2014 Farm Bill directed USDA to redefine what it means to be “actively engaged,” and USDA finalized the redefinition in December, allowing one manager to receive payments while some large and complex operations can request up to two additional managers under specific conditions.The American Soybean Association (ASA) requested more time for farmers to come into compliance.For more information on this issue, please see click here, or contact the ASA DC office.last_img read more

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Deaths from firearms top carcrash fatalities in Washington

first_imgFirearm deaths have exceeded car-crash fatalities in Washington for the first time since 1934, according to a report by the state Office of Financial Management released last week.Despite headlines about murders and mass shootings, however, victims most often die by their own hands.Between 2008 and 2010, 572 Washington residents died in car crashes, while 582 died by firearm. About 80 percent of firearm deaths are suicides. Males 65 and older are at the highest risk.Among Clark County firearm deaths during the same time period, one was an accidental shooting, 15 were homicides and 82 were suicides.The southwestern and northeastern parts of the state have higher than expected numbers of firearm suicides, according to the report authored by Joe Campo of OFM’s Healthcare Research Group. Areas around Pacific County and Stevenson had especially high rates, Campo said.High suicide rates corresponded with high unemployment, Campo said.“I don’t want to overplay that Clark County is at risk, but the southwest (region of the state) has higher than expected rates in a number of risk factors,” Campo said. He pointed to high smoking rates and hospitalizations due to complications from smoking, as well as poverty.Washington’s firearm suicide rate was four times the rate in British Columbia, and higher than the rate for the United States as a whole. Firearm homicide rates were twice those in B.C., but only half of those for the U.S. as a whole, according to the report.last_img read more

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Facebook could hand over identity data for users suspected of hate speech

first_imgHate speech has been a nasty problem on social media. Graphic by Pixabay; illustration by CNET Facebook has struck a deal with France to turn over identity information on users suspected of posting hate speech on the platform, Reuters reported Tuesday. Digital Affairs Minister Cédric O said he reached an agreement with the social media site, according to the report. Facebook has also been using artificial intelligence technology to combat the increasing problems of fake accounts, fake news and hate speech. Between October 2018 and March 2019, Facebook took down more than 3 billion fake accounts, estimating that around 5% of monthly active accounts are fake. The deal with France came after talks between French President Emmanuel Macron and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Reuters said, adding that Facebook already hands over identity data like IP addresses to French authorities for users suspected of terrorist activity. The hate speech deal was made last week in a meeting between O and Nick Clegg, Facebook head of global affairs, the report said. “It means that the judicial process will be able to run normally,” O told Reuters. “It’s really very important, they’re only doing it for France.” A Facebook spokesperson told CNET that the company will “scrutinize every order” it receives from French authorities “and push back if is overbroad, inconsistent with human rights or legally defective.” “As a matter of course, we will no longer refer French law enforcement authorities to the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty process to request basic information in criminal hate speech cases,” the spokesperson added in an emailed statement Tuesday afternoon. Mobile Mobile Apps Politics Online Inside Facebook’s election war room Facebook: New AI tech spots hate speech faster Twitter, Facebook ban far-right figures for fake accounts, hate speech Facebook takes down more than 3 billion fake accounts Share your voice Facebook combats hate speech 13:29 Now playing: Watch this: 41 What Facebook and Google say they’re doing to combat… 9 Photos Comments Tags The AI being used by the social media giant’s engineers is called self-supervised learning and enables the tech behind the site to adapt faster to spotting new forms of hate speech. “It’s really easy to lose hope, to pack up and go home,” Mike Schroepfer, Facebook chief technology officer, said in May. “But we can’t do that. We’re here to bring a better future to people, with technology.” Originally published June 25, 11:25 a.m. PT.   Update, 4:09 p.m.: Adds comment from Facebook. Facebooklast_img read more

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TikTok returns to Play Store and App Store with more safety features

first_imgTikTok, which allows users to create and share short videos with special effects, has become hugely popular in India.ReutersTikTok, short-video application, has returned to App store and Play Store with more security features after getting a ban in India over obscene content. Madras High Court has lifted a stay on downloads of the popular Chinese app which is owned by the Chinese tech giant, Byte Dance Technology Co.This time, the social media app is more focused on online safety and the safety of the user in general. The app has also announced that it will launch a second in-app quiz in India to provide account safety tips to users. First safety quiz was launched on 5 February while celebrating Safer Internet Day and the company started a #SafeHumSafeInternet campaign. TikTok claims that the campaign was successful and almost 5 million ​users were interested in knowing about their safety IQ.TikTok has also added some new features like a revamped notification tab, new notification controls, and a device management tool to get rid of hackers. In March, ​TikTok also ​launched the localized Safety Center ​in India, which helps users to make their account safe and over a range of topics.TikTok has released a press note and said to the audience, “TikTok is committed to helping make its millions of users feel safe and comfortable within the community, which is why it is continuously enhancing and updating its policies, tools, and resources to promote a positive and safe app environment.”As per the report published by Reuters, Byte Dance was facing a loss of $500,000 per day due to the ban of TikTok in India and had put more than 250 jobs at risk. According to Sensor Tower, TikTok has been downloaded by nearly 300 million users so far in India, while it more than 1 billion downloads globally and it is available in 150 markets across the globe through the App Store and Google Play.Earlier this month, a court in Tamil Nadu had asked the government to ban TikTok over the issue of encouraging pornography and made child users vulnerable to sexual predators. After that, the government has sent a letter to Apple and Google for removal of the short-video application.last_img read more

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3rd phase polls to 117 upazilas Sunday

first_imgElections to 117 upazila parishads will be held on Sunday in the third phase of the local body polls.Some 11,887,751 voters will be able to exercise their voting rights under 9,298 polling stations in the balloting that is set to begin at 8am and continue till 4pm without any break.In the 117 upazilas, some 340 chairman, 584 vice-chairman and 399 woman vice-chairman candidates are contesting the elections.Besides, 33 chairman, nine vice-chairman and 13 woman vice-chairman contestants have already been elected uncontested in the absence of any valid candidate to oppose them.Though the election commission earlier announced the election schedule for 127 upazilas of 25 districts, the balloting will not be held in 10 upazilas in the third phase on various grounds.”Six upazilas where all candidates have already been elected unopposed don’t require the balloting, while polls to two other upazilas were postponed following a court order and the election to the remaining two upazilas shifted to the fourth phase,” said EC secretaryHelaluddin Ahmed said this at a pre-election briefing at the media centre of the Nirbachan Bhaban in the city on Saturday afternoon.The election to four upazilas will be held based on electronic voting machines completely, he said adding the upazilas are Meherpur Sadar, Gopalganj Sadar, Manikganj Sadar and Rangpur Sadar.He said the election materials including translucent ballot boxes and ballot papers have already been handed over to the presiding officers.”All the necessary preparations have been taken to hold the third phase election in a peaceful manner like the first phase and second phase elections,” EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said.The EC has withdrawn three Upazila Nirbahi Officers and nine officers-in-charge (OCs) of police stations from the duty of the third phase polls, he said.Besides, the commission served warning notices to several MPs over violation of the election code, he added.A large number of security members, including police, RAB, BGB and Coast Guard, have been deployed in the election areas since Friday. They are slated to remain so till Tuesday.Additional BGB members were deployed in some upazilas amid the risk of irregularities and deterioration of the law and order in this phase, Helaluddin said.Besides, at least one judicial magistrate was deployed in each upazila and an executive magistrate for every three union parishads for five days to punish any violations of the polls code.A security team comprising of 14-16 members drawn from police, Ansar and VDP will guard each polling station on the day.The Public Administration announced a public holiday in the 117 upazilas for Sunday.The 5th upazila election will be completed in five phases holding polls to some 480 upazilas out of the country’s 492 ones. The EC has so far announced the election schedule for the first four phases.The first phase and second phase elections were held on 10 and 18 March respectively, while the fourth phase polls are scheduled to be held on 31 March.The first upazila election was held in 1985, while the following three were held in 1990, 2009 and 2014.last_img read more

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UPDATE New York City Truck Attack Suspects Defense Seeks Fair Treatment

first_img– / 16 In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017 THE LATEST on the truck attack on a bike path near the World Trade Center in New York City (all times local):7:45 p.m.A public defender representing a man accused of driving a truck down a bike path near the World Trade Center and killing eight people says it’s important to let the judicial process play out.Federal defender David Patton is representing Uzbek immigrant and terrorism suspect Sayfullo Saipov. He says, “How we as a society treat Mr. Saipov will say more about us than it will about him.”Saipov is accused of driving a rented truck down the bike path and mowing down pedestrians and bicyclists.He appeared in court Wednesday in a wheelchair while handcuffed and with his legs shackled. He’s charged with providing material support to the Islamic State group and violence and destruction of motor vehicles.He was ordered detained and did not enter a plea or seek bail.___7:30 p.m.Federal prosecutors say the decision on whether to declare the New York bike path attack suspect an enemy combatant is made at a higher level.Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said Wednesday federal prosecutors have charged Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Saipov with two terrorism-related crimes in the Tuesday rampage, which killed eight people.The White House earlier said President Donald Trump’s administration considers the truck attack suspect to be an enemy combatant, a designation meaning someone could face a military tribunal and not have the same rights as someone in a U.S. court. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump is open to sending the attacker to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but isn’t calling on him to be moved there.Saipov appeared in court Wednesday but didn’t enter a plea or seek bail.___Federal prosecutors brought terrorism charges Wednesday against the Uzbek immigrant accused in the truck rampage that left eight people dead, saying he was spurred to attack by the Islamic State group’s online calls to action and picked Halloween because he knew more people would be out on the streets.Even as he lay wounded in the hospital from police gunfire, Sayfullo Saipov asked to display the Islamic State group’s flag in his room and said “he felt good about what he had done,” prosecutors said in court papers. Saipov was brought to court in a wheelchair to face the charges, which could bring the death penalty.___6:55 p.m.A law enforcement official says a man the FBI was seeking is a friend of the New York bike path rampage suspect but may not have a role in the case at all.The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. The official says investigators became suspicious when they could not find the man to speak with him because he was one of the few friends the suspect had.The friend was found and was being questioned Wednesday. The FBI earlier sent out a bulletin seeking information on the man, who was born in Uzbekistan.Attack suspect Sayfullo Saipov also is from Uzbekistan. He’s charged with providing material support to a terrorist group and violence and destruction of motor vehicles. He appeared in court Wednesday and was ordered detained. His lawyers did not seek bail.___6:45 p.m.A public defender representing a man accused of driving a truck down a bike path near the World Trade Center and killing eight people says the man is in “a significant amount” of physical pain.Police say an officer shot attack suspect Sayfullo Saipov on Tuesday to stop his rampage.Federal defender David Patton on Wednesday asked a judge to make sure his client receives “a daily change of dressing to avoid infection.” He wouldn’t discuss the seriousness of the wound.Saipov appeared in court in a wheelchair while handcuffed and with his legs shackled. He is charged with providing material support to the Islamic State terrorist group and violence and destruction of motor vehicles.He was ordered detained. His lawyers did not seek bail.___6:25 p.m.The FBI says it’s no longer looking for a second man in connection with a deadly truck attack on a bike path near the World Trade Center.The bureau on Wednesday issued a poster seeking the public’s help with information about the man. But at a news conference later FBI Assistant Director in Charge Bill Sweeney said, “We’ve found him, and we’ll leave it at that.”He didn’t elaborate on why authorities were seeking the man, who was born in Uzbekistan.Attack suspect Sayfullo Saipov also is from Uzbekistan. He’s charged with providing material support to a terrorist group and violence and destruction of motor vehicles. Authorities say he drove the truck down the path intentionally, killing eight people, before police shot him.He appeared in court in a wheelchair and was ordered detained. He didn’t enter a plea. His lawyers didn’t seek bail.___6:15 p.m.A man accused of driving a truck down a bike path near the World Trade Center and killing eight people has appeared in court in a wheelchair and has been ordered detained.Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Saipov appeared in the New York federal courthouse Wednesday handcuffed and with his feet shackled.His lawyers said Wednesday they were not seeking bail. He did not enter a plea to terrorism charges. A judge set his next court date for Nov. 15.Federal prosecutors say the man was “consumed by hate and a twisted ideology” when he attacked people on the bike path on Tuesday.He is charged with providing material support to the Islamic State terrorist group and violence and destruction of motor vehicles.Prosecutors say he was stopped by a “brave” police officer, who shot and wounded him Tuesday. They say he had been planning the attack for months.___6:05 p.m.A man accused of driving a truck down a bike path near the World Trade Center and killing eight people has been taken into court in a wheelchair.Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Saipov appeared in the New York federal courthouse Wednesday handcuffed and with his feet shackled.Federal prosecutors say he was “consumed by hate and a twisted ideology” when he attacked people on the bike path on Tuesday.He is charged with providing material support to the Islamic State terrorist group and violence and destruction of motor vehicles. His attorneys haven’t responded to calls seeking comment.Prosecutors say he was stopped a “brave” police officer, who shot and wounded him Tuesday. They say he had been planning the attack for months.___5:55 p.m.Federal prosecutors say a man who drove a truck down a bike path near the World Trade Center and killed eight people was “consumed by hate and a twisted ideology.”Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Saipov was charged Wednesday with providing material support to the Islamic State terrorist group and violence and destruction of motor vehicles. His attorneys haven’t responded to calls seeking comment.Prosecutors say he was stopped a “brave” police officer, who shot and wounded him Tuesday. They say he had been planning the attack for months.___5:45 p.m.A federal complaint says an Uzbek man suspected of killing eight people in a truck attack on a bike path near the World Trade Center used his own name to rent the truck and said he wanted the rental for 75 minutes.Sayfullo Saipov has been charged with terrorism-related crimes and was awaiting a court appearance Wednesday. His attorneys haven’t responded to calls seeking comment.Federal prosecutors say he waived his Miranda rights and spoke with them on how he planned the Tuesday attack. They say he was inspired by Islamic State group videos he watched online.The FBI is looking for information on a second man in connection with the truck attack.___5:25 p.m.The FBI is looking for information on a second man in connection with a deadly truck attack on a bike path near the World Trade Center.The bureau on Wednesday issued a poster saying it is seeking the public’s help with information about 32-year-old Mukhammadzoir Kadirov. The poster doesn’t say why investigators want to know more about the man.The poster says he was born in Uzbekistan. So was 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, who was charged Wednesday with providing material support to a terrorist group and violence and destruction of motor vehicles. Authorities say he drove the truck down the path intentionally, killing eight people. Investigators recovered a cellphone that had Islamic State group propaganda.Saipov’s lawyers haven’t returned a message seeking comment.Officials seeking information on second suspect, ID’d as Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, in NYC terror attack, FBI says https://t.co/gWZ9vbJjWY pic.twitter.com/iDaCj5AGJO— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 1, 2017___5:20 p.m.Court documents say an Uzbek terror suspect accused of killing eight people on a bike path near the World Trade Center told officials he was inspired to carry out the truck attack by Islamic State group videos he watched on his cellphone.Sayfullo Saipov was charged Wednesday with terrorism crimes. Calls to his attorneys haven’t been returned.A federal complaint says he told authorities he started planning the attack about a year ago. It says he rented a truck about a week before the attack to practice turns and chose Halloween for the attack because he thought there would be more civilians nearby.The man is awaiting a court appearance. He was shot and wounded by police on Tuesday and remains hospitalized.___5:15 p.m.An Uzbek immigrant accused of a deadly truck attack on a New York bike path has been charged with providing material support to a terrorist group and violence and destruction of motor vehicles.Suspect Sayfullo Saipov was charged Wednesday in a criminal complaint in the Tuesday afternoon attack that killed eight people near the World Trade Center.The complaint says he drove the truck down the bike lane intentionally. Investigators say they recovered a cellphone that had Islamic State group propaganda.A court proceeding is scheduled in federal court. It’s unclear whether the man will appear. He was shot by police and hospitalized.The man’s lawyers haven’t returned a message seeking comment..@PressSec offers thoughts and prayers with the people of New York City in the wake of yesterday’s cowardly #NYCterroristattack. #NYCStrong pic.twitter.com/prDgCB5v9F— Department of State (@StateDept) November 1, 2017___5:05 p.m.Federal prosecutors have charged a Uzbek immigrant with a terrorism charge related to the deadly truck attack on a New York bike path.Suspect Sayfullo Saipov was charged Wednesday in a criminal complaint in the Tuesday afternoon attack that killed eight people near the World Trade Center.The complaint says he drove the truck down the bike lane intentionally. Investigators say they recovered a cellphone that had Islamic State group propaganda.A court proceeding is scheduled in federal court. It’s unclear whether the man will appear. He was shot by police and hospitalized.A family friend with whom the man stayed in Ohio has told The Cincinnati Enquirer he was “really calm” and worked hard.___4:05 p.m.The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken with the New York City mayor and the New York governor following the deadly truck attack on a bike path near the World Trade Center.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders also says Trump’s calls for increasing extreme vetting of immigrants are “something that frankly the president has been talking about for a long time.” The man arrested following Tuesday’s attack is from Uzbekistan.Sanders was asked on Wednesday about Trump’s critical tweets about New York Sen. Chuck Schumer. Sanders says the Republican president “has not blamed” the New York Democrat and “doesn’t feel that the senator is responsible for the attack.”Police say eight people died in the attack. They say the truck driver mowed people down on the bike path and crashed into a school bus and then an officer shot and wounded him.___3:50 p.m.The White House says President Donald Trump’s administration considers a truck driver who mowed down and killed people on a New York bike path to be an “enemy combatant.”Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump is open to sending the attacker to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Sanders says the actions of the attacker justify the enemy combatant label. She says Trump isn’t calling on the attacker to be moved to Guantanamo Bay but “certainly would support it if he felt like that was the best move.”Tuesday’s truck attack happened near the World Trade Center and killed eight people. Officials say the attacker was shot and wounded by police and has yet to be charged.Sanders says the determination hasn’t been made whether to move him out of the civilian justice system.___Some saw him as disagreeable and argumentative, others as quiet and prayerful. He was said to be hard-working but also seemed to simmer with disillusionment over financial and career setbacks.As Sayfullo Saipov lay in a hospital bed Wednesday, police tried to piece together the life of the 29-year-old man they say drove a truck onto a New York bike path, killing eight people. A portrait began to emerge of the suspect who was described by the president as an animal and by the mayor as a coward.Saipov legally immigrated to the U.S. from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 2010, and acquaintances said he made his first home in Ohio.Two other Uzbek immigrants, Akhmadjon Kholberdiyev and Mirrakhmat Muminov, came to know Saipov and said they were most struck by how provocative he was.Sometimes, he would stir quarrels over weighty topics such as politics or the Mideast peace process, they said, but he could also grow angry over something as simple as a picnic.“He had the habit of disagreeing with everybody,” said Muminov, a 38-year-old from Stow, Ohio, who just as Saipov once did, works as a truck driver.Muminov said Saipov was “aggressive” and suspected he held radical views, though Muminov never heard him speak of the Islamic State group.“He was not happy with his life,” Muminov said.Kholberdiyev, a groundskeeper at a local mosque, called Saipov quiet and said he came to the mosque to pray every two or three weeks.___1:25 p.m.A bell that London gave to New York City after 9/11 has tolled in honor of those killed in the Manhattan truck attack.St. Paul’s Chapel, part of the Parish of Trinity Church Wall Street, rang the Bell of Hope on Wednesday.It’s located near the lower Manhattan neighborhood where a truck driver plowed into people on a bike path Tuesday, killing eight.The historic church is offering prayers for those killed, injured and traumatized, and for their loved ones.Worshippers also are praying for emergency responders, medical workers and worldwide peace. The church served rescue and recovery workers after the World Trade Center attack.___1:15 p.m.Court records show a man accused of killing eight people with a truck in New York City was cited several times in Nebraska and Iowa for trucking violations.Online court records in Nebraska show Sayfullo Saipov was most recently ticketed by the Nebraska State Patrol on Feb. 4 for having an overweight truck in Cass County and paid the $75 fine.In March 2014, he pleaded guilty and was fined $50 in Lincoln County for failing to stop and have his truck weighed.In October 2011, Saipov pleaded guilty to driving more than 11 hours in a 14-hour period in Cass County and paid a $50 fine. Six weeks later, he was ticketed for driving an overweight truck through Nebraska and fined $150.In Iowa, Saipov paid $127.50 in court costs and fines for not keeping his driving log current in December 2011.He is accused of taking a deadly drive down a crowded bike path in New York City on Tuesday.___1:00 p.m.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the suspect in the New York City truck attack entered the United States in 2010 under the diversity visa program.Homeland Security officials are confirming that the immigrant from Uzbekistan arrived in the U.S. that way.It’s a program for those from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S.President Donald Trump is calling on Congress to eliminate the program “as soon as possible.” The president said Wednesday the program is “not good,” and says the U.S. needs to “get much tougher.”The suspect in the attack, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, is accused of driving a rental truck down a crowded bike path in New York City on Tuesday and killing eight people.I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017___12:30 p.m.President Donald Trump says he will consider sending the suspected New York City truck attacker to the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Responding to a shouted question from a reporter at a Cabinet meeting, Trump says, “I would certainly consider that. Send him to Gitmo.”Trump’s comments come after Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called on the president to treat the alleged attacker as an enemy combatant. The suspect is currently in custody in New York City, but according to officials has not yet been formally charged.Eight people died and at least 11 were seriously injured in the Tuesday attack.__12:30 p.m.A New York Police Department official says beefed-up security at the New York City marathon will include sniper teams, sand truck barricades, and counterterrorism officers.Chief of Department Carlos Gomez vows that the marathon on Sunday will be a “very safe event.”Gomez said Wednesday that there also will be an abundance of plainclothes officers, bomb dogs and helicopter surveillance.Deputy Police Commissioner John Miller says the driver in Tuesday’s deadly bike path attack had been planning the carnage for weeks and did it “in the name of ISIS.”Watch live as @NYPDONeill, @NYCMayor, @NYGovCuomo & @NewYorkFBI update New Yorkers on yesterday’s terrorist act https://t.co/XHx8ISafFo— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 1, 2017___UBER DriverThe ride-hailing company Uber said Saipov passed its background check and drove for the service for six months, making more than 1,400 trips.The company said it was in touch with the FBI and offered its assistance and that it was reviewing Saipov’s driving history but found no related safety reports.___12:20 p.m.President Donald Trump is calling the suspect in the New York City deadly truck attack an “animal.”Trump says he will ask Congress to “immediately” begin work to terminate the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which he says was used by the alleged attacker to enter the United States.Officials have not yet said that was the case.Trump says “we will take all necessary steps to protect our people.”Speaking before a Cabinet meeting at the White House, Trump said “all of America is praying and grieving” with the victims.He says: “Our hearts break for them.”My thoughts, condolences and prayers to the victims and families of the New York City terrorist attack. God and your country are with you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017 Today equality wins over bigotry. Valor knows no race, no creed, no gender identity. https://t.co/Sne00qyEEd— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) October 30, 2017___12:15 p.m.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that President Donald Trump’s attack against Sen. Chuck Schumer “plays right into the hands of the terrorists.”The Democratic governor pointedly condemned Trump’s Wednesday tweets, which criticized Schumer’s immigration policy less than 24 hours after the deadliest terrorist attack in New York City since Sept. 11, 2001.Cuomo said the president’s tweets “were not helpful.” He added, “You play into the hands of the terrorists to the extent you disrupt and divide … The tone now should be the exact opposite.”Both Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Trump had yet to reach out personally.Trump tweeted that Schumer is “helping to import Europe’s problems.”He called the visa lottery program that allowed the suspect to enter the country “a Chuck Schumer beauty.”The program became law under President George W. Bush.___NoonNew York City’s police commissioner says the officer who shot the man responsible for a deadly rampage on a Manhattan bike path is too modest to admit he’s a hero.Officer Ryan Nash was on a routine call at a nearby school when he and his partner were told there had been an accident outside.The pair raced outside and encountered Sayfullo Saipov in the street, waving two firearms that were later revealed to be a paintball gun and a pellet gun.Nash fired a shot that hit Saipov.Commissioner James O’Neill said of Nash, “I don’t think we could find a more humble human being.”He said Nash has been on the force for five years and is 28 years old, “and this is what he did for the city, this is what he did for the country.”___11:50 a.m.A New York police department official says it appears the driver in the deadly bike path attack has links to people who have been investigated.However, Deputy Commissioner John Miller says the driver himself was never a previous subject of investigation by the FBI or police.Miller said Wednesday that the man had been planning the attack for weeks and did it “in the name of ISIS.”He says there were “multiple knives” in addition to imitation guns displayed by the attacker, who was wounded by a police officer. Miller said the driver had handwritten notes that essentially said the Islamic State will “endure forever.”Eight people were killed and a number of others injured in Tuesday’s attack near the World Trade Center.___11:40 a.m.A New York Police Department official says the driver in the deadly bike path attack had handwritten notes that essentially said the Islamic State will “endure forever.”Deputy Commissioner John Miller says the attacker had been planning it for weeks, and had “multiple knives” in addition to imitation guns.___11:30 a.m.A New York police department official says the driver in the deadly truck bombing had been planning it for weeks and did it “in the name of ISIS.”Deputy Commissioner John Miller made the remarks at a briefing Wednesday by city, state and federal officials.He says there were “multiple knives” in addition to imitation guns displayed by the attacker, who was wounded by a police officer.Hundreds of detectives worked through the night following the Tuesday attack. Among other things, they’ve been “meticulously” collecting security video along the highway that the suspect used before mowing down people on a bike path next to the World Trade Center, killing eight people.___11:15 a.m.New York City Fire Commissioner Joseph Nigro (NY’-groh) says four people remain in critical but stable condition following the Manhattan truck attack that claimed eight lives.Nigro and other officials spoke Wednesday at a briefing, one day after an attack along a bike path near the World Trade Center.Police Chief of Department Carlos Gomez says security enhancements include heavy weapons teams throughout the city.Mayor Bill de Blasio says victims from other countries will forever be considered New Yorkers.___10:50 a.m.An Ohio truck driver says the man accused of killing eight people with a truck in New York City was argumentative, seemed to harbor radical views and saw his work life spiraling down.Mirrakhmat Muminov says Sayfullo Saipov lived in Stow, Ohio, for a few years. He says he knew Saipov because they were both Uzbek truck drivers.Muminov says Saipov lost his insurance on his truck because of a few traffic tickets. He says companies stopped hiring Saipov, so he left for New Jersey.Muminov said he heard from Saipov’s friends that Saipov’s truck engine blew up a few months ago in New Jersey. He says that “probably hurt him more than anything.”Muminov also says Saipov was “not happy with his life” and would get into arguments with his friends and family.Officials say Saipov left a handwritten note referring to the Islamic State group. Muminov says Saipov never spoke about the group, but he could tell Saipov held more radical views.___10:40 a.m.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Belgian counterpart are vowing to step up counterterrorism cooperation after the New York truck attack that killed eight people, including a young Belgian.Meeting Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, Tillerson said Wednesday “we have seen the evil face of terror in our borders.”Reynders noted previous attacks in Belgium and voiced solidarity with the U.S.He said “homegrown terrorism” is as real in Europe as the United States. Together, he says, they can combat the global challenge.___10:20 a.m.FBI agents investigating the Manhattan truck attack have emerged from a Paterson, New Jersey, apartment building with a black plastic bag.They put the bag in a vehicle on Wednesday, then went back into the cordoned off area where the truck driver lives.On Tuesday, a man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path in lower Manhattan, near the World Trade Center, killing eight people.The Uzbek immigrant who was the truck driver was wounded by police.___9:55 a.m.Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says the rented pickup that mowed down pedestrians and bicyclists in New York, killing eight and injuring 11 others resembles “very much” the “coward attack” in Stockholm earlier this year.In April, an Uzbek man, Rakhmat Akilov, drove a stolen beer truck into a crowd of afternoon shoppers outside the upmarket Ahlens store in Stockholm, killing four and injuring 15 others.Lofven said Wednesday “how a person can take a vehicle and use it to kill innocent fellow human beings is beyond my understanding.”Lofven told Swedish radio that the world community “must be stronger than terrorism.”___9:40 a.m.One of the people injured in an attack on a New York City bike path is a native of Argentina who lives just outside Boston.The Argentine foreign ministry says Martin Marro is recovering from his injuries at a Manhattan hospital.Several of Marro’s high school classmates from Argentina came to the U.S. to visit him and celebrate the 30th anniversary of their graduation. Five of them died in the attack.Marro works as a biomedical researcher and lives in Newton. Last week, he hosted a fundraiser for a local Republican candidate that was attended by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. Photos of Marro and his wife posing with Baker were posted to Facebook.Marro’s friend, Tom Mountain, calls him “one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet.”___9:30 a.m.A school next to the New York City bike path where a deadly truck attack occurred is open amid tight security measures.Stuyvesant (STY’-veh-sehnt) High School says on its website that it’s making crisis counselors available for its students and staff on Wednesday.It says students must remain in the building during free periods and lunch.The truck fatally mowed down eight people Tuesday afternoon on a bike path near the school and the World Trade Center site.Gov. Andrew Cuomo says law enforcers have a note referencing the Islamic State. But he stresses that the investigation is ongoing.___9:20 a.m.The head of the Arab League has condemned the deadly truck attack on a New York City bike path that killed eight people and injured 11 others.In a statement Wednesday, Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit expressed his condolences to the U.S. government and the victims’ families.He also said such incidents place more responsibility on the international community to cooperate in the fight against terrorism.On Tuesday, a man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path in lower Manhattan, near the World Trade Center.___9 a.m.A law enforcement official says investigators are trying to talk to the 29-year-old suspect accused of killing eight people in a truck attack in a bike lane near the World Trade Center and hoping to glean information from him.The official was not authorized to speak publicly on the ongoing probe and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Law enforcement officials identified the suspect as Sayfullo Saipov. They say he came to the U.S. legally from Uzbekistan in 2010.He was shot once in the abdomen by an officer after he crashed the rented truck into a school bus during the rampage Tuesday afternoon. He underwent surgery and remained hospitalized.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a note found at the scene referenced the Islamic State and that the suspect had been radicalized in the U.S. He says the contents of the note were under investigation.Cuomo calls the driver a “depraved coward,” and says the attack “did not instill terror” among hardy New Yorkers.— Associated Press writer Colleen Long contributed.___8:55 a.m.The Senate’s top Democrat is hitting back after President Donald Trump faulted him for an immigration program that Trump says allowed the man in the deadly New York City bike path attack to enter the United States.Chuck Schumer says in a statement that “I have always believed and continue to believe that immigration is good for America.”The New York lawmaker says Trump is “politicizing and dividing America, which he always seems to do at times of national tragedy.” Schumer says the president should focus “on the real solution — anti-terrorism funding” — an area that Schumer says Trump has proposed cutting in his most recent budget.Tuesday’s attack killed eight people and injured at least 11.Trump says on Twitter that the driver “came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty.”Officials have said the driver — a native of Uzbekistan — came into the country legally in 2010.___8:40 a.m.Israel’s prime minister says his country stands with the United States following the deadly truck attack on a New York City bike path.Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH’-hoo) issued a statement Wednesday addressed to President Donald Trump, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.Netanyahu decried “yet another horrible Islamist terror attack” and says Israel prayed for the victims and their families. He says: “Together we will defeat this scourge.”Israel is one of the United States’ closest allies.Eight people were killed and at least 11 seriously injured in Tuesday’s truck attack by an Uzbek immigrant near the World Trade Center.___8:10 a.m.President Donald Trump is calling for “Merit Based immigration” following the deadly truck attack in New York City that killed eight people and injured 11.Trump says on Twitter on Wednesday that the driver in Tuesday’s attack “came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty.”Officials said the attacker is an immigrant from Uzbekistan who came to the U.S. legally in 2010. They haven’t said whether he came in through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which covers immigrants from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S.Trump tweeted, “We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter).”___7:55 a.m.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says investigators probing the deadly truck attack along a popular bike path near the World Trade Center have a note referencing the Islamic State.Cuomo stressed Wednesday on “CBS This Morning” that the investigation is ongoing.Law enforcers are working to determine what led the pickup truck driver to plow down people on the bike path on Tuesday afternoon. The driver is in critical condition after police shot him in the abdomen.Cuomo calls the driver a “depraved coward,” and says the attack “did not instill terror” among hardy New Yorkers.___7:15 a.m.France’s prime minister says the deadly truck attack on a New York bike path is a reminder that the threat is high everywhere, and that authorities must remain “as humble as we are determined” to fight extremism.After checking security measures at the Eiffel Tower on Wednesday, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the Manhattan attack shows that “the means used by those who want to hurt us can be of formidable effectiveness, and formidable simplicity.”Philippe said ordinary people should remain vigilant and not forget “that the threat level is high, and it is high everywhere in the world.” He said authorities should give “credible responses” and focus on intelligence as well as security barriers like those installed around France after multiple deadly attacks.Eight people were killed in Tuesday’s truck attack by an Uzbek immigrant near the World Trade Center.___7 a.m.FBI agents and police are searching for evidence in the Paterson, New Jersey, neighborhood where the man suspected of plowing down people on a New York City riverfront bike path lived.Law enforcement cordoned off an apartment building early Wednesday. Officers also searched a garage.The building’s manager told The Record that Sayfullo Saipov lived with his wife and two children in a two-bedroom apartment.The man, who identified himself only as Ali, says he rented the apartment to the 29-year-old several months ago.A man who identified himself as Saipov’s neighbor told NJ Advance Media he often saw Saipov standing on the corner talking to friends.The city is home to a large Muslim population and a mosque is near the apartment.___6:55 a.m.An eerie emptiness hovers over a major New York City traffic artery, one day after a deadly truck attack along a popular bike path near the World Trade Center.Morning rush-hour traffic has been banned Wednesday along a stretch of the highway in Lower Manhattan. Police helicopters circled overhead.Some runners and bicycle riders did their best to maintain their normal routines. But police blocked off the bike path north of where the rampage began.Truck drivers steered clear of the frozen zone to make their morning deliveries.Investigators worked to determine what led the pickup truck driver to plow down people on the riverfront bike path, killing eight on Tuesday. The driver is in critical condition after police shot him in the abdomen.___6:25 a.m.Iran’s Foreign Ministry has condemned the truck attack in New York City that killed eight people and seriously injured at least 11, referring to it as a “terrorist” assault.That’s according to a report Wednesday by the semi-official Fars news agency. It quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi.Ghasemi said in a statement that “a serious approach coinciding with honesty and transparency of all nations” is the only way to “uproot” terrorism.Ghasemi also expressed sympathy with the relatives of the “innocent” victims of the attack.Tensions are high between Iran and the U.S. as President Donald Trump recently refused to re-certify the nuclear deal Tehran struck with world powers.___6:15 a.m.The German government says a German citizen is among the injured in the truck attack on a bike path in New York City.The Foreign Ministry didn’t identify the female German citizen or give any details about the severity of her injuries in a note on its website Wednesday.Eight people were killed and at least 11 seriously injured in Tuesday’s attack.Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, wrote on Twitter: “Horrified at the evil terrorist #ManhattanAttack. Our hearts go out to the victims + families. From Berlin to NYC: We stand with you.”___5:45 a.m.Saudi Arabia says it strongly condemns the deadly truck attack in New York City that killed eight people and seriously injured 11.The kingdom on Wednesday offered its condolences to the families of the victims and reiterated its “rejection and condemnation of such terrorist acts.”Other Gulf allies have also issued similar statements.Kuwait’s ruling emir sent a cable to President Donald Trump expressing his condolences.The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, meanwhile, issued statements supporting efforts and measures taken by the U.S. to combat terrorism and enhance security.Earlier, Qatar said it, too, offers its “full solidarity with the U.S. government and its support for all measures taken to maintain security.”___5 a.m.The president of Uzbekistan has sent his condolences to U.S. President Donald Trump and offered his country’s assistance in investigating Tuesday’s attack in New York by an Uzbek national.Eight people were killed when a truck plowed down a riverfront bike path near the World Trade Center.Officials who weren’t authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity identified 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov as the attacker. They say he came to the U.S. legally from Uzbekistan in 2010.President Shavkat Mirziyoyev also offered condolences to families of the victims in a statement Wednesday.Uzbekistan borders Afghanistan and is one of the most closed off post-Soviet republics. Previously, Uzbek officially never commented or acknowledged any security incidents abroad involving Uzbek nationals.___4 a.m.The Argentine foreign ministry has identified its citizens killed in the bike path attack near the World Trade Center.They are Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij, and Hernan Ferruchi.The ministry also says one of its citizens, Martin Ludovico Marro, is recovering from injuries at Manhattan’s Presbyterian Hospital.The victims were part of a group of friends celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation from the Polytechnic School of Rosario, Argentina.The government gave its condolences and said that all Argentines are sharing in this terrible moment of profound sadness.___12:05 a.m.Investigators are working to determine what led a pickup truck driver to plow down people on a riverfront bike path near the World Trade Center, killing eight.New York’s mayor called Tuesday’s attack “a particularly cowardly act of terror.”The driver is in critical condition after police shot him in the abdomen.Authorities said after crashing the truck, he brandished air guns and yelled what witnesses said was “Allahu Akbar,” which is Arabic for “God is great.”Officials who weren’t authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity identified the attacker as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov. They say he came to the U.S. legally from Uzbekistan in 2010.One of the dead is from Belgium and five others were from Argentina.center_img Share We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017last_img read more

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Dreams could be key to memory formation

first_imgPoor sleep quality is increasingly associated with the onset of various brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.Results from this study, published in the journal Science, suggest that disruption in this important phase of sleep may contribute directly to memory impairment observed in Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers said.“We were able to prove for the first time that REM sleep is indeed critical for normal spatial memory formation in mice,” said study co-author Sylvain Williams, professor at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This phase of sleep is understood to be a critical component of sleep in all mammals, including humans.For the study, the researchers used optogenetics, a recently developed technology that enables scientists to target precisely a number of neurons and control their activity by light.“We chose to target neurons that regulate the activity of the hippocampus, a structure that is critical for memory formation during wakefulness and is known as the ‘GPS system’ of the brain,” Williams said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTo test the long-term spatial memory of mice, the scientists  trained  the rodents to spot a new object placed in a controlled environment where two objects of similar shape and volume stand. Mice spend more time exploring a novel object than a familiar one, showing their use of learning and recall. When these mice were in REM sleep, however, the researchers used light pulses to turn off their memory-associated neurons to determine if it affects their memory consolidation.  The next day, the same rodents did not succeed the memory task learned on the previous day. Compared to the control group, their memory seemed erased, or at least impaired.“Silencing the same neurons for similar durations outside REM episodes had no effect on memory. This indicates that neuronal activity specifically during REM sleep is required for normal memory consolidation,” study’s lead author Richard Boyce from McGill University noted.last_img read more

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Review EditMe for Custom Collaboration Online

first_img Register Now » December 28, 2010 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Plenty of software tools can help you and your employees collaborate online. But Maynard, Mass.-based EditMe LLC has a fresh approach: It lets you decide which features you want to use for your business and then serves them up on a customized website.Collaboration software, also known as groupware, help people work together and to access and modify common files. Online collaboration tools, such as interactive word processing, spreadsheets and presentation tools, now come standard in several popular Web-based office products, including Google Inc.’s Google Apps and Microsoft Inc.’s Office 2011. And more sophisticated project-management and accounting tools like Salesforce.com Inc. and Intuit’s QuickBooks Online offer small businesses an array of options, including tools to help small groups sell and ways to manage company books online.That’s more revolutionary than it sounds. Many entry-level collaboration tools, like Chicago-based 37signals LLC’s Basecamp, offer easy-to-use file sharing and task management, but organizing company content like tasks and events within its system where others in your team can find it can be a challenge. More sophisticated options, like Bellevue, Wash.-based LiquidPlanner Inc., let teams share documents and intricately track their progress on projects, but can be so complicated that some in your shop just may not use them.Meanwhile, EditMe — which has 600 customers and hosts about 1,000 sites — aims to shed the cookie-cutter approach and give companies the power to create a highly efficient, Web-based collaboration tool that meets their particular needs. It does require the user to do some serious tinkering to make it work, though. It also isn’t much to look at. The interface is primitive by modern standards. But once you get the recipe right, there’s real power in taking the do-it-yourself route to online business collaboration.What’s GoodA range of business collaboration tools.Want to share files? Need a tool for sales planning and task management? Want to compare schedules? EditMe hosts user-friend tools for those tasks and others. It can take some effort to get it all to work for your business — more on that momentarily – but, overall, EditMe offers an array of functions that can be quickly customized for many small-business uses.The price.It’s hard to beat these prices: Plans range from just $5 to $79 a month. Most small businesses may want to opt for the $20-a-month plan, which allows for unlimited users, 1,000 megabytes of storage, 1,000 web pages and support. That is a fraction of the $12-per-month, per-user fee that most Web-based sales and collaboration tools charge. The savings can add up quickly.Customization.EditMe is like a giant whiteboard. You sketch in what you need it to do on different Web pages and then fill in functions as you need them. You may want to gather your team to share ideas for how you need to communicate and collaborate. Then you lay out your choices on the EditMe site as you see fit. It’s powerful, simple and effective.What’s Bad Visual appeal.EditMe’s online design and layout are simplistic — similar to the original shared Internet documents from the late 1990s. Users of higher-end tools like Salesforce.com, NetSuite Inc., or the even more basic Basecamp, may find EditMe looks like an entry-level tool. If an attractive user interface is critical to your business, EditMe is not the tool for you.Sparce guidance.Creating your own business-process tools is a major cultural step in the life of a company. If you’ve battled it out with some of those aforementioned collaboration tools, EditMe may be an ideal choice. You already know what has worked for you in Salesforce.com or what didn’t work when trying to share a Google Apps document. But if you’re new to the world of online collaboration, be warned that daunting decisions may await.Even basic issues like how to name files and where those files are to be placed eat up time and require patience. And there is little in EditMe to guide you. There aren’t many forms, and there are no relationship tags or pointers on how groups should work together on the Web. You are building your own interactive work interface from scratch, so plan on investing plenty of time and effort to figure it out.The Bottom LineEditMe has a basic interface, comes with limited features and may require a great deal of effort to get it to function properly for your business. But it can be something of a silver bullet once you get it working properly. The software lets you take what you love and leave what you hate in business-process software, and creates an environment that’s just right for your business. It does all of this at a very low cost.Once deployed, EditMe could be that simple, durable solution that helps your firm get work done — which is supposed to be what Web-based work software is all about.Related: Review: Capsule, CRM for Small Business Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img 5 min read EditMe Dashboard: Click the image to view the large screenshot. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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M42 closed between Junction 9 and Junction 10 following serious collision as

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTwo women have died following an accident on the M42 this morning. A busy motorway linking Staffordshire and Warwickshire remains closed following a serious collision in the early hours of the morning today (Friday January 5 2018). The M42 is closed northbound between Junction 9 and Junction 10 – near Tamworth in South Staffordshire. The Southbound carriageway was also closed but has now reopened – although there are severe delays in the area. The accident involved a car and a van – with the women, who were both passengers in the car, pronounced dead at the scene. The road is expected to remain closed for several more hours while Warwickshire Police continue their investigation into the incident. A Warwickshire Police spokesman said: “Please be aware we are currently dealing with a collision on the M42, this is closed northbound between J9 and J10 Tamworth. “The road will remain closed whilst we undertake on-going investigations.” A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a serious collision involving a car and a van. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save two passengers in the car, two women, and they were confirmed dead on scene. “The driver and third passenger from the car, two men, were assessed by ambulance staff and were found to have sustained minor injuries but didn’t require hospital treatment. “The van driver, a man, sustained back pain and a hand injury. He was given treatment on scene before being taken to Heartlands hospital for further treatment.” A spokesman for Highways England said: “Please be aware the M42 is closed Northbound between Junction 9 and Junction 10 (Tamworth) due to a serious collision. “Warwickshire Police are undertaking investigations and the road will remain closed for several hours. UPDATE: Two women have died after the accident on the M42 A diversion is currently in place – with motorists advised to exit at Junction 9 and take the A446 Lichfield Road Northbound. At Bassetts Pole take the A453 northbound – before taking the A5 Eastbound at Bonehill Road Roundabout to rejoin the M42 at Junction 10. Read MoreFamilies slam council’s rubbish collection service – as authority admits 45,000 bins have not been collected on time Highways England have also advised motorists to factor in extra time for their journeys this morning – with traffic also moving slowly on the southbound carriageway. The spokesman added: “The M42 southbound is now open at J9. The last of the closure is being removed from lane 2 so please pass with care, however the carriageway is now open. “Long delays remain on the approach from J10 so continue to plan ahead.” Birmingham Airport are advising anyone travelling to or from the airport to factor extra time into their journey due to the accident. A spokesman said: “Traffic on the M42 north and southbound near J9. Please allow more time for your journey if travelling to the Airport.” We will bring you an update on this story when we get one – for more live traffic and travel information from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit our live news service here.last_img read more

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Clinical Review Explores Role of Radiotherapy in BRCA Mutation Breast Cancer Treatment

first_img 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | 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 | Radiation Therapy | March 08, 2016 Clinical Review Explores Role of Radiotherapy in BRCA Mutation Breast Cancer Treatment Results could help radiation oncologists better target treatment March 8, 2016 — In light of conflicting and inconclusive clinical data on the benefit of radiation therapy (RT) in cancer patients with the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation, a clinical review examined the current status of data regarding BRCA1 and BRCA2 deficiency and radiation therapy sensitivity. The authors also reviewed a potential strategy to intensify the effects of RT by poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitors (PARPi), the pharmacologic drugs under investigation as monotherapy for the treatment of breast cancer in patients with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. Authors Junran Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., and Charlene Kan, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Radiation Oncology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, Cleveland, found mixed results from clinical and laboratory research into the sensitivity of cancer cells with the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation in their clinical review, “BCRA1 Mutation: A Predictive Marker for Radiation Therapy?”The review was published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (Red Journal), the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).“Although there has been concern that treating patients with BRCA 1 and BRCA2 mutation with radiation could cause more toxicity and possibly increase the risk of secondary malignancies, retrospective clinical studies have not proven this,” Zhang said.Available data provides no real evidence that a genetic alteration in BRCA1 and BRCA2 has a significant role in RT-induced toxicity and secondary cancer risk, Zhang and Kan said. However, an increase in the risk of contralateral breast cancers in BRCA mutation carriers is significant.Zhang and Kan cited numerous studies on the topic, including a multinational study by Pierce et al (77), which compared women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation treated with either breast-conserving therapy and RT or mastectomy alone. In that study, Pierce and colleagues found that the local recurrence rates were higher in those treated with both breast-conserving therapy and RT (30.2 percent) at 20 years than in those treated with mastectomy (5.5 percent) at 20 years (77). No difference was noted in overall survival or regional or systemic recurrence. The risk of contralateral breast cancer was high regardless of whether adjuvant RT was given, exceeding 40 percent, suggesting that low-dose scatter from RT does not seem to increase the risk of developing breast cancer.Zhang and Kan explained that DNA repair, including the vital double-strand break repair, is key for normal and cancer cell survival. Double-strand breaks (DSBs) are the most cytotoxic forms of DNA damage, they said. DSBs can be caused by replication stress or a principle cytotoxic lesion from ionizing radiation (IR) and radiomimetric chemicals.BRCA1 and BRCA2 are two of the most important proteins required for homologous recombination (HR)-mediated DSBs repair, they said. Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) syndrome, which is related to a high risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, is due to the mutation in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 proteins.“BRCA1 mutations lead to the sensitivity to IR. We and others have reported that BRCA1 promotes HR and non-homologous end joining (NHEJ), which are two major pathways required for repair of DSBs induced by IR. However, which DSB repair pathways controlled by BRCA1 play a more important role in the regulation of the response to IR remains unknown,” Zhang said.The concept that RT might be particularly effective in BRCA1-deficient tumors is still theoretical, she said.“Some studies suggest these BRCA1 and BRCA2 cancers are more sensitive, which would indicate better outcomes when treated with radiation; however, others do not,” she said. “The most recent studies indicate that these women benefit from radiation to the same degree as those with sporadic breast cancers.”Zhang and Kan also discussed the potential for PARP inhibition (PARPi) treatment, a hot topic in the field of DNA repair in recent years. BRCA1 cells are deficient in DSB repair, making them sensitive to DNA damaging agents. This discovery opened up the possibility of the BRCA1- and BRCA2-controlled pathways being used for more effective cancer treatment through PARP inhibition and other novel therapeutic approaches, Zhang and Kan wrote.“As our understanding of the mechanisms and biochemical details of the role of BRCA1 in DNA damage response increases, the potential methods to target treatment for patients with BRCA1 deficiency will emerge and will have an enormous effect on future RT and chemotherapy protocols,” they said.“Success requires the in-depth characterization of the pathways controlled by BRCA1. It will be of great interest to observe how PARPi and other novel therapeutic approaches based on the molecular pathways controlled by BRCA1 and BRCA2 affects the clinical outcomes of RT, in particular, in breast cancer treatment.”Well-funded clinical trials are needed to determine if PARPi is feasible and safe, Zhang said. Further research may also identify combinations of chemotherapy with or without radiation that may be more effective in those with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.For more information: www.redjournal.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 center_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 | 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 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more last_img read more

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