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Syrian Refugee Appeals to King Mohammed VI to Grant Him Visa

Rabat – 10-year-old Syrian refugee Haider Jalabi has appealed to King Mohammed VI to allow him join his father in Morocco after he was declined a visa for a third time. According to the Middle East Eye, the Syrian refugee has been trying to join his father, 38-year-old Bashar Jalabi, a former soldier in the ranks of the Assad military, in Morocco since June.The father has legal residency in Morocco and is married to a Moroccan woman who had been living with him in Syria before the start of the revolution. Bashar travelled to Turkey to bring Haider, who had been living in the country, to Morocco. When they arrived at the Casablanca airport from Turkey they were told they could not enter the country because Jabali’s son does not have a Moroccan residency permit.After spending two days sleeping on the floor of Casablanca Airport, they were eventually deported back to Turkey. Bashar has since returned to Morocco to join his wife and three-year-old son, but Haider has been living in Istanbul while supporters try to get him a Moroccan visa.A hashtag on Twitter #MoroccoLetHaiderEnter has also been created to raise awareness about the campaign and help the Syrian child get a Moroccan visa so he can rejoin his father.Boutaina Azzabi, a Dutch-Moroccan journalist, has been looking after the boy in Istanbul since his father returned to Morocco in mid-July.“It’s not the easiest thing to take care of a child who has been through so much – moving from place to place like that is a lot for a 10-year-old,” Azzabi told Middle East Eye on Thursday.“He has nightmares in the evenings, and sometimes when we go out and have fun he cries and says he wishes he could do these things with his father.“I spend all my time with him because I don’t want him to feel lonely. He has no relatives in Turkey now, and I have been supporting him financially.“He isn’t going to school, so I’ve bought him books so at least he can learn new things. He’s a bright kid, and very well-behaved, but he needs his family.”Bashar had already tried to obtain his son a residency permit from the Moroccan embassy in Beirut, but was denied both times.In a letter dated 27 July, the office of the Turkish Prime Minister called on Moroccan authorities to grant Haider a visa as soon as possible owing to his “special” circumstances.According to the Middle East Eye, despite the letter, his visa application was refused on 11 August, and no reason was given.Morocco is home to around 3,000 refugees, according to UN figures. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Over 1000 charged for drunk driving

The most number of drunk drivers were nabbed from Kandy, Nugegoda and Kuliyapitiya, the police media unit said.According to the police, 68 were nabbed in Kandy, 63 in Kuliyapitiya and 62 in Nugegoda during this period. According to police statistics 1056 drunk drivers were charged since September 11 and this included 912 three wheel drivers and motorbike riders. The police had decided to begin special operations to nab drunk drivers after several accidents were reported involving drunk driving. The police had filed action against 9 bus drivers during this period for driving under the influence of liquor. Over 1000 people have been charged with drunk driving since September 11 this year, the police media unit said today.The police said that legal action had been filed against the drunk drivers after the police began special operations to curb drunk driving. read more

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UN health agency issues global alert on atypical pneumonia

“WHO is working with national authorities to ensure appropriate investigation, reporting and containment of these outbreaks,” the agency said in a statement in Geneva.The outbreak in Viet Nam began with a patient hospitalized for acute respiratory syndrome shortly after arriving in Hanoi from Shanghai and Hong Kong. After his admission some 20 hospital staff became sick with similar symptoms – flu-like illness with rapid onset of high fever followed by muscle aches, headache and sore throat.In Hong Kong, the hospital authority increased infection control measures today after an outbreak of respiratory illness in a public hospital. As of yesterday, 50 health care workers had been screened, 23 were found to have fever and admitted for observation, and eight developed early chest X-ray signs of pneumonia. Three other health care workers were found to have fever, two with chest X-ray signs of pneumonia.So far, no link has been found between these cases and the outbreak in Hanoi or with last month’s outbreak of “bird flu” in Hong Kong, WHO said. The outbreaks appear to be confined to hospitals and those at highest risk appear to be staff caring for the patients. In mid February, the Government of China also reported 305 cases of atypical pneumonia, with five deaths in Guangdong province.“Until more is known about the cause of these outbreaks, WHO recommends patients with atypical pneumonia who may be related to these outbreaks be isolated with barrier nursing techniques,” the UN agency said. “At the same time, WHO recommends that any suspect cases be reported to national health authorities.” read more

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In Central African Republic UN peacekeeping chief underscores political solution to end

“The security dimension is important but it is only part of the solution,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix said at a press conference in Bangui, stressing the importance of the political process in the country. During his 48-hour visit, Mr. Lacroix met with President Faustin Touadéra, the Prime Minister, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and engaged with the President of the National Assembly. He also met with representatives of religious groups and civil society, as well as the diplomatic corps.“We need Central African leadership so that these processes can continue and progress,” he said, stressing the importance of national ownership.According to the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the country, known by its French acronym MINUSCA, he also urged prioritizing implementation of the ceasefire that was agreed upon in Rome on 20 June.Speaking to the press, he warned against messages of hatred and division that advocate polarization on ethnic or religious grounds within Central African society: “It is a poison and it is a duty to condemn these messages and stress that those who sow hatred will answer for their actions.” During the visit, Mr. Lacroix also met with the staff of the UN Mission and paid tribute to the three peacekeepers killed during attacks by alleged anti-Balaka fighters in Bangassou last week. He also met with new troops from Tanzania and Zambia who recently joined MINUSCA. Their arrival provides “more force and greater flexibility” for redeployment, and will make it possible to more effectively protect the population, the senior UN official said. “UNMISCA is implementing its robust mandate and is reorganizing to implement it further,” he said.Mr. Lacroix is expected to leave the CAR today and proceed next to South Sudan. read more

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Ohio State mens basketball trying to turn improvements into wins at Wisconsin

OSU junior forward Marc Loving (2) goes up for a shot during a game against Maryland on Jan. 31 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 61-66. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorAlthough the Ohio State men’s basketball team put forth a much better effort against Maryland on Sunday, it still lost.Sure, it was only by five points, 30 fewer than when the two teams met in mid-January, but OSU coach Thad Matta wouldn’t call it a moral victory.He’s “never been a big fan” of them, he said after the 66-61 loss. But, as the Buckeyes get set for a road game against Wisconsin on Thursday at 7 p.m., Matta acknowledged that his team gained some confidence from taking the now-No. 4 Terrapins down to the wire.“I told the guys what a drastic improvement from two and a half weeks ago,” Matta said on Wednesday. “There is some good things happening.” Players reinforced the team’s overall disdain for so-called moral victories, but they did say they feel like the 30-point improvement against one of the nation’s top teams serves them well heading into the Badgers’ hostile environment.“It just shows that if we play the right way, we can play with, and potentially beat, anybody,” sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop said.Freshman forward Mickey Mitchell added that despite coming up short, they “did a lot of things better.”One area, though, that the Buckeyes still need to improve upon is finishing out the first and second halves on the right note. For such a young team, having just two 20-minute periods can be a change of pace. With that comes the potential for focus and intensity to wane as play progresses. Fixing that has been a focal point in practice.“We kind of have mental lapse, lose our minds a little bit,” Bates-Diop said. “Take a deep breath, one possession at time … and just execute.”If OSU cannot manufacture that consistent focus and avoid costly mistakes down the stretch, it will continue to cost it against the Badgers and beyond, Matta said. Parallels on paper Based on what the stat sheet indicates, there are a lot of similarities between the Badgers and Buckeyes.The team’s averages are within two points of each other offensively, while opponents are averaging just a one-point difference. OSU sits at seventh in the Big Ten standings. Wisconsin is No. 8.Even with all the similarities, both statistically and in regards to the game’s impact on conference seeding, the Buckeyes’ approach is the same.“Every game for our team has significant importance,” Matta said. “I just want us to go out there and play our best basketball.”For that to happen, OSU will have to take care of what Bates-Diop calls Wisconsin’s “three-headed monster.”The Badgers’ troika consists of juniors Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig and redshirt freshman forward Ethan Happ. Combined, the trio scores 61.7 percent of Wisconsin’s points and collects close to half its rebounds.Bates-Diop said the whole team needs to “key in on those guys” to have a chance to win. Matta shared his player’s assessment, but he warned that too much attention on three players could lead to an unsung hero stepping up.“You can’t let another guy get going,” he said.Beyond the Badgers After Thursday night’s showdown at the Kohl Center, OSU will have a few days off before preparing for a rematch against Northwestern. OSU won the first meeting 65-56 on Jan. 6.The Buckeyes and Wildcats are set to play on Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

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Baronet joins stately homes pledging oaks to NotreDame saying he feels guilty

A spokesman for the aristocrat added: ”When once asked by an American visitor to Maunsel House, what his families’ main line of business over the centuries consisted of, he replied ‘mainly killing the French’.”He has now has announced that he is donating a 50 ancient oak trees to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral.” Sir Benjamin recently made headlines after publicising his search to find a wife who can provide him with two sons.His eyebrow-raising list of requirements for the perfect “breeder” stated she should be no taller than 5ft6ins, aged between 30 and 40, possess a gun licence and be “castle trained”.The aristocrat, who made his fortune as a shipping magnate, also made headlines in 2012 after police staged a dramatic raid on his home, which saw him charged with possessing a firearm without a certificate and breaching a shotgun certificate by leaving a weapon unsecured.He said he used the shotgun to shoot at foxes from his bedroom window. The descendant of King George IV said he wanted a “lady of the house” who is happy with £50,000 a month “pocket money”.British oaks from some of the UK’s most famous estates could contribute towards the rebuilding of Notre Dame cathedral, following an offer from members of Historic Houses, the association for independently owned historic houses and gardens.So far more than one hundred donor estates, including Belvoir Castle, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Scone Palace, Castle Howard, Holkham Hall and Powderham Castle have volunteered valuable trees, planted for timber centuries ago, as a gift from the UK to France for the restoration of the iconic landmark’s roof, destroyed by fire last week. An eccentric aristocrat is joining a legion of British stately homes pledging to help rebuild Notre Dame, saying he feels guilty for his ancestor’s role in beating Napoleon.Sir Benjamin Slade, 72, says he feels compelled to help rebuild the stricken cathedral to ‘make amends” after years of his ancestors battling nobility in France and ”killing French people”.He said he will now ship 50 oak trees from his 2,000-acre estate at Maunsel House in Somerset to Notre Dame.One of his ancestors, Sir Thomas Slade, used English oak to design Nelson’s ship HMS Victory which beat Napoleon’s forces at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.Sir Benjamin said: “l was shocked at the news about Notre Dame and I feel a bit guilty about how my family has treated the French over the centuries, especially as one of my ancestors designed Nelson’s ship the Victory and built it out of English oak, so I thought this gesture might help to make amends.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Voith expands TurboBelt TPXL conveyor coupling range

first_imgVoith says it has expanded its TurboBelt TPXL range of fill-controlled couplings for conveyors, with the addition of 500 kW, 800 kW and 1,250 kW versions.These couplings combine hydrodynamics with intelligent control technology to optimise performance, according to Voith.The integrated controller matches the output torque exactly to the start-up parameters of the belt conveyor system, thus reducing wear and increasing service life, according to Voith. Its high power density means the TurboBelt TPXL range requires only half the volume of conventional couplings and therefore can be easily integrated into drivetrains, the company said.Voith said: “With its proven hydrodynamic drive principle, the Voith TurboBelt TPXL range of couplings has been a staple of the mining industry for years. Delivering a nominal torque from 1,600 Nm to 7,960 Nm, respectively, the new sizes – TurboBelt 800 TPXL and TurboBelt 1250 TPXL – open up an expanded range of applications. Its rugged construction makes it ideal for use in demanding environments and tasks, such as open-pit mining.”The TurboBelt TPXL’s plug-and-play design allows for easy integration into established systems and drivetrains and serves to significantly shorten commissioning times, according to Voith. The coupling concept consists of an integrated controller, an integrated oil pump and an oil supply unit, all of which are designed to work in tandem with each other.“This lays the groundwork for accurate predictive maintenance to effectively keep the total cost of ownership low,” Voith said. “The TurboBelt TPXL’s hydrodynamic operating principle enables wear-free power transmission without the need for a mechanical connection. In this way, the system’s lifespan is expanded and maintenance costs are decreased significantly.”TurboBelt DriveControl, Voith’s digital control system, was designed to work in conjunction with the TurboBelt TPXL’s integrated controller to meet even the most demanding requirements in belt conveyance, Voith said. “It allows seamless connection of drives, belt conveyors and components throughout the entire extraction process.”In this way, TurboBelt DriveControl can handle lengths of up to 20 km as well as vertical curves and tonnages of more than 12,000 t/h, according to the company.Votih said: “The intelligent system features autonomous belt conveyor startup and stopping procedure, even for regenerative conveyors. In addition, it extends the belt’s service life by reducing mechanical stress and dynamic impact.“To maintain reliable conveyor performance at all times, TurboBelt DriveControl also features active load sharing, one-drive off and hot stand-by declutching function.”The system logs all operational data, according to Voith, allowing the coupling to adjust its control behaviour in accordance with previous empirical values to accommodate a specific load situation, for example.“Based on the required torque for the belt and the basic start-up parameters, the coupling automatically calculates the optimum fill level and fills or drains the working circuit accordingly. The stored information can be utilised for self-diagnosis and remote maintenance. In addition, the controller monitors the coupling’s entire sensor system to ensure flawless operation at all times,” Voith said.last_img read more

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Taxe poids lourds les écologistes déçus par son report

first_imgTaxe poids lourds : les écologistes déçus par son reportFrance – Après le report sine die de la taxe carbone, c’est au tour de l’éco-redevance poids lourds de voir son entrée en vigueur retardée. Cette mesure phare du Grenelle Environnement ne sera finalement pas appliquée avant fin 2012. Une nouvelle et lourde déception pour les écologistes.Décidée lors du Grenelle Environnement, la redevance qui vise à taxer les poids lourds de 3,5 tonnes ou plus lorsqu’ils circuleront sur le réseau routier national non concédé (hors autoroutes) et certaines routes départementales, n’entrera pas en vigueur avant fin 2012, et ce pour des raisons techniques. Cette mesure doit concerner quelque 600.000 camions français et 200.000 poids lourds étrangers.À lire aussiEolien : les industriels craignent de ne pas tenir le rythme du GrenelleLa taxe, qui devait être instaurée en 2010, avant d’être reportée à 2011, fera l’objet d’une expérimentation de plusieurs mois en Alsace, a précisé le ministère dans un communiqué. Elle sera ensuite déployée dans le reste du pays. La redevance doit rapporter 1,2 milliard d’euros, qui alimenteront les caisses de l’Agence de financement des infrastructures de transports de France (Afitf). Cette annonce déçoit encore une fois les écologistes qui ont manifesté, aux côtés de la CFDT, leur mécontentement dans un communiqué. “Après l’abandon de la contribution carbone, le Grenelle passe de bien mauvais moments” déplorent France nature environnement et le syndicat. Et d’ajouter : “On est donc loin de la prise en compte des dégâts environnementaux et aussi sociaux de la course aux plus bas coûts”.Le 20 avril 2010 à 17:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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VIDEO Watch The Hospital Bed Race From Fun On The Fourth

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Community Television recorded this year’s Fun on the Fourth’s Hospital Bed Race on Friday, July 5, 2019 on the Town Common. Congrats to the Wilmington High School Cheerleaders (Kaitlyn Gillespie, Rachel Nally, Emersyn Foresyth, Tori Sanborn, and Keave Shiller-Lau) for defeating Wilmington Pop Warner (John Helbert, Yvonne Helbert, Dana Calumby, Jared Winston, & Danielle O’Connell)!Watch the action below:—Video Playerhttps://s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wilmington.castus-vod/vod/video/ce2564b4-8ac6-4159-931b-d158a3c4ef35/video.original.mp400:0000:0003:25Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFUN ON THE FOURTH: Winners Announced For Sporting EventsIn “Community”VIDEO: Wilmington Fun On The Fourth HighlightsIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch The Doll Carriage & Bike Parade From Fun On The FourthIn “Videos”last_img read more

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Pixel 4 XL leaked photo reveals two back cameras and holepunch screen

first_img Tags Comments Preview • Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled: Google’s post-Nexus phones come out swinging (hands-on) Mentioned Above Google Pixel (32GB, Quite Black) How To • How to transfer your data from an iPhone to Android phone Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice $219 Compare these Pixel 3 and iPhone XS photos News • Google Pixel 3A: Where is AT&T? Google Pixel 6:39 iPhone XR vs. Pixel 3 camera comparison CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Every version of the Pixel to date has had a single rear camera. However, it is rumored that the next Pixel XL model will get two. Angela Lang/CNET The next Google Pixel might be getting more cameras and a sleek design overhaul. According to a leaked photo posted on the site SlashLeaks on Wednesday, the Pixel 4 XL will have two cameras on the back instead of the single one found on the Pixel 2 XL and 3 XL. Famously Google has had only a single rear camera on every Pixel model large and small. The company embraced using AI and machine learning to create photos that rival phones with two rear cameras like the iPhone XS or three back cameras like the Huawei P20 Pro. A second camera could be used for something other than photography like perhaps AR.pixel-4-xl-drawing-from-slashleaksThis drawing posted on SlashLeaks purportedly shows the Pixel 4 XL with dual rear and front facing cameras. SlashLeaks The drawings of the unreleased 4 XL also show an oval hole-punch display for two selfie cameras like on the new Galaxy S10 Plus. Famously, the Pixel 3 lacks a notch while the Pixel 3 XL has one of the largest found on any phone.Curious enough the drawing doesn’t show a fingerprint reader on the back. This omission could indicate that the next Pixel phone will have an in-screen fingerprint reader like the OnePlus 6T and Galaxy S10.Of course, the drawing hasn’t been verified so it should be taken with a grain of salt. That said, it’s still fun to think about.Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. See it 21 24 Photos Review • Our Google Pixel review: Pure Android at its absolute best Phones Google Huawei OnePluslast_img read more

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JK no longer a state To be Union Territories of JK Ladakh

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 5: The government has proposed to reorganize Jammu and Kashmir, carving out two separate Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced on Monday. The Union Territory for Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislature but there will be no Assembly in Ladakh, Shah said in a statement. He said this had been done in view of constant threats of cross border terrorism. The UT of Ladakh was a long pending demand of the people of the region and the decision was aimed at fulfilling the aspiration of the local population, the Minister said.last_img read more

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Cancel license of docs Rape survivors

first_imgNew Delhi : As many as 1,500 survivors of rape and their families submitted a letter to the apex court on Friday demanding cancellation of licenses of medical practitioners who still conduct the “humiliating two-finger test” despite a Supreme Court ban. The letter was submitted by Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan (RGA), a survivor-centric forum with more than 12,000 survivors of sexual violence and their families. The two-finger test, to ascertain rape, was banned by the Supreme Court in 2013. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us “The test was banned because not only does it violate a survivor’s right to privacy, but also because it is unscientific and tends to be used as evidence in court to shame the survivor of previous sexual history. The forum has documented over 57 cases of such violations by medical practitioners,” the letter stated and demanded cancellation of licenses of all medical practitioners conducting it. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us The RGA, in the letter, thanked the supreme court for the suo motu public interest litigation initiated by the court on the rise in cases of child rape, “corresponding lack of infrastructure and delay in probe and trial of these cases”. Cases of commercial sexual exploitation of children and sex trafficking are actually cases of serial rape of children, according to the letter. Advertise With Us “However, data tracked in six states show that the police are registering these cases only under trafficking related laws and not under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act, 2012, which has more stringent and adequate procedures for speedy trial and rehabilitation,” the letter said. RGA latter also said that minors, who became pregnant after rape, struggle to receive permission from the court for abortion. The forum requested the court to have in place due procedures to ensure examination and treatment for at least three months and separate proforma to be developed for the cases of child rape. According to the campaign, over in 202 cases it has dealt with, the survivors have neither received any interim nor final compensation even after conviction of the accused in the case. The letter also recommended that the court direct the centre to release funds to enable the appointment of professionally trained and experienced counsellors for dealing with such cases in all districts of India, within three months. Ashif Shaikh, co-convener of the Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan said, “According to the official data from January to June 2019, of the 24,212 cases lodged, only 911 have completed the trial process.last_img read more

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Firsttime home buyers to get additional tax benefit from April 2016

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his third budget Monday, said first-time home buyers will be eligible for an additional income tax deduction of Rs. 50,000 on the interest paid on home loans.The additional tax deduction will be applicable on housing loans sanctioned in the next financial year. To avail the tax benefit, the buyer’s loan amount should be less than Rs 35 lakh and the value of the property purchased not above Rs 50 lakh.”For the ‘first – home buyers’, I propose to give deduction for additional interest of Rs. 50,000 per annum for loans up to Rs. 35 lakh sanctioned during the next financial year, provided the value of the house does not exceed Rs. 50 lakh,” the finance minister said in a press statement.At present, an income tax deduction of Rs. 2 lakh per year is given on the interest amount paid for home loan in case of self-occupied property. The deduction will rise to Rs. 2.5 lakh for first-time home buyers starting April 2016, when the new announcement becomes effective.Taxpayers and industry experts were looking for an increase in tax deduction limit for housing loans to Rs 3 lakh, The Economic Times reported.According to experts, first-time home buyers in non-metro cities will gain most from the tax benefit.”This announcement will mostly benefit first-time home buyers in tier-III and tier-II cities,” Anuj Puri, chairman & country head, JLL India, told NDTV Profit.last_img read more

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Civil aviation officials off to Nepal to assist probe body

first_imgWreckage of a Bangladeshi airplane is pictured as rescue workers operate at Kathmandu airport, Nepal 12 March 2018. Photo: ReutersThe Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) has sent two of its officials to Nepal to assist the Nepalese probe body looking into the US-Bangla Airlines aircraft crash at the Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of Himalayan country Nepal on Monday, reports UNB.CAAB public relations officer Mahbubur Rahman disclosed this while talking to reporters on Monday night.Earlier, CAAB chairman air vice marshal M Naim Hassan said the probe body members would soon flight to Kathmandu to start their work.Describing the incident as a tragic one, civil aviation and tourism minister AKM Shajahan Kamal said the reason behind the crash will be unearthed through investigation.He also said the injured Bangladeshis and the bodies of those killed in the incident will be brought home as soon as possible.Meanwhile, Md Kamrul Islam, general manager, marketing support and PR of US-Bangla Airlines, said traffic control miss communication might be the reason behind the crash but nothing can be said certainly before proper investigation.He also said a special flight of their airlines carrying the victims’ relatives will fly to Kathmandu by 8:00am and 9:00am on Tuesday.Mentioning that the airplane had insurance coverage, disaster management and relief minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya urged the civil aviation minister to take steps to bring home the injured and the bodies of the Bangladeshi nationals.At least 50 people died as the aircraft, which was carrying 67 passengers – 32 from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives, crashed in Nepal.There were four crewmembers on board.last_img read more

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Public Health Labs Hope Federal Funds Will Speed Zika Test Results

first_img Share JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGESFlorida Department of Health workers at a temporary clinic set up in Miami Beach in September package up a urine sample to be tested for the Zika virus. Pregnant women in Texas and Florida have complained it can take as long as a month or more to get their Zika test results.Houston-based Legacy Community Health Services, a federally qualified health center, is trying hard to fight the Zika virus. It’s screening pregnant women and following federal guidelines to test people at risk.But despite best efforts, there’s a problem, says Legacy’s chief medical officer, Dr. Ann Barnes. Pregnant women (and, often, their sexual partners) who get tested for Zika frequently have to wait as long as a month to know if they are indeed infected, and the pregnancy is at risk. That’s the turnaround time from the state public health lab, where blood samples are sent for testing.“In that situation, the anxiety a pregnant woman has to live with is great,” Barnes says. “Ideally, we’d be able to speed up the process.”It’s not just an issue in Houston. Florida radio reporter Sammy Mack, of WLRN, got tested for the Zika virus in August after realizing she had been in the suspected transmission zone in Miami while pregnant. The testing was free, she explained, in a recent Shots post, but more than four weeks later, she was still waiting to learn the results.In all areas where Zika poses a threat, public health departments are struggling to meet the need to test patients for the mosquito-borne virus — even if the government has classified the patient as being “at risk” of facing serious complications, particularly with regard to pregnancy.Doctors and infectious disease specialists say last month’s approval by the U.S. Congress of $1.1 billion in emergency funding to fight the virus could help these women, by giving local labs the resources to efficiently determine if people have been infected.Federal health officials this week gave a rough outline of how this funding will be distributed.Specifically, Congress directed $394 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The bulk of that funding will go to supporting state and local Zika response efforts — such as mosquito control and emergency response teams and public education campaigns — as well as to efforts to improve diagnostic tests, and research to track how the virus affects children long-term. The federal funds also include money for expanding lab capacity, though it is still unclear exactly how much.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the CDC, has until the end of October to craft a spending plan.“These funds will hopefully allow the infrastructure for testing to be expanded,” says Andrew Pekosz, a professor of microbiology at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.Zika is already spreading in Florida. The CDC has recommended that pregnant women in particular get tested, since the virus can cause birth defects and other complications. About 80 percent of infected people don’t show symptoms, so a test is the only way to know if they have contracted Zika.“Especially for a pregnant woman, getting an answer quickly is a big deal,” says Dr. Jesse Goodman, a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. “You’re going to be very concerned. If that concern can be reduced, that’s going to be good for you.”But the additional federal funding will not be an immediate fix.Given how long processing and budgeting can take, public health labs aren’t expecting the cash infusion until early 2017, said Peter Kyriacopoulos, senior director of public policy at the Association of Public Health Laboratories.While the congressional funding is a promising start, more investment is necessary, said Chris Gould, senior director for federal government relations at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Local health departments have been shrinking over the past six years, he says, and many don’t have staffs large enough to operate laboratories at the level needed, given the volume of samples coming in.These local health departments need to expand manpower, Gould says, especially since testing for Zika isn’t their only responsibility.Kyriacopoulos estimates that labs would need about $39 million to adequately meet the challenges. And public health officials expect the virus to return next summer, he points out, which could create a need for further funding down the line.Meanwhile, the CDC has already tried to alleviate some of the strain on these laboratories. Last month, it purchased $2.5 million worth of diagnostic supplies for states that offer Zika testing. And laboratories have been working on their own to try to expand capacity — especially labs that serve regions such as Florida, Texas and California, where the warmer, mosquito-friendly climate heightens the risk that Zika could spread.Still, local health departments offering Zika testing remain “understaffed and overwhelmed,” says Dr. Martha Rac, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women and at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston.The burden doesn’t fall evenly, Rac notes. In urban centers such as Houston, women who may have been infected are more likely to get a Zika test than are women from a poorer, rural town in south Texas. Public health clinics or lab systems in rural areas may not be as well-resourced, so women have fewer options.Predicting future need is also tricky. States have been encouraging pregnant women to get tested, along with men who may have been exposed and are showing the virus’ flu-like symptoms. But that leaves out other groups — such as asymptomatic men who may have contracted Zika and could pass it on to female partners. If states start to push for that testing as well, it could exacerbate the strain on the labs.Plus, it’s difficult to gauge whether demand will dip in the coming months. Technically, mosquito season peaks in the summer. But in high-risk states like Florida or Texas, the insects carrying Zika can persist into December and even January, says Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of the public health department in Texas’ Harris County, which encompasses Houston.Beyond expanding the nation’s capacity to test for Zika, HHS is also planning to invest some of its new funding into developing better tests to detect the virus. Currently, labs use one test that can find the virus within two weeks of exposure, and another that can detect it for up to three months. But the second test — which is more commonly used — is less precise and can, for instance, turn up false positives if someone’s been exposed to other, similar diseases.The investment in improving and then testing some better diagnostics is crucial, Rac says, especially given the magnitude of threat Zika still poses.“There’s still a lot we need to know we need to figure out,” she says. “And who knows what’s going to happen? … This mosquito’s pretty resilient to destruction. This is something we’re going to see for some time.”Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.Copyright 2016 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

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Upcoming horror movie The Woods was actually a Blair Witch Project seque

first_imgSurprise! There’s a new sequel to the 1999 found footage horror movie The Blair Witch Project coming out this September. Lionsgate, who is distributing the movie and has the Blair Witch rights after purchasing Artisan, managed to keep this a secret until the movie premiered at San Diego Comic-Con late Friday night. In a world where we have drones taking set photos from Star Wars movies a full year before they are due to be released, it’s quite an accomplishment that the filmmakers managed to keep Blair Witch a secret.Up until the film was finished, the movie that is now called Blair Witch was in production in Vancouver last year under the title “The Woods.” In May of this year, Lionsgate even released a trailer for The Woods without revealing the subject matter of the movie.As far as anyone knew, The Woods was just the next movie from director by Adam Wingard and writer by Simon Barrett, who had previously collaborated on other films You’re Next and The Guest. What the production managed to keep secret was that they were rebooting the Blair Witch Project franchise.“The Woods was our working title,” Wingard told Entertainment Weekly. “When we signed on to it, we knew that it was eventually going to be changed. To us, it wasn’t even going to be part of the marketing. But I think Lionsgate made a really smart decision, using that.” This happened during our screening in the lobby. pic.twitter.com/XJO45I2bAL— Simon Barrett (@Simon_Barrett) July 23, 2016Then, the movie unleashed the first trailer for the newly titled Blair Witch, revealing it starred James Allen McCune (Shameless) as the brother of the Heather Donahue character from the first film (the actors in the first film used their own names as character names). Heather’s body was never found, so he sets off into the woods where she disappeared to find out the truth about what happened to her.Early buzz about Blair Witch indicates that it doesn’t reference the ill-reviewed sequel, Blair Witch Project 2: Book of Shadows, but is more of a direct continuation of the first film in a way that could recontextualize the ending. If that sounds vague, it’s because it is vague, but it indicates the mythology of the original movie is still relevant to whatever is going to happen this year.Good thing the old Blair Witch Project mythology site is still up! It’s official. The Woods booth is now The Blair Witch booth at #SDCC. #SDCC2016 pic.twitter.com/YgmjA3m2Hw— Johnny Zaccari (@JohnnyZaccari) July 23, 2016There was a screening of The Woods on Friday in San Diego and as the movie unspooled for fans and critics, the advertising all changed. The Woods ads around San Diego were replaced with Blair Witch ads, the Lionsgate booth on the convention floor changed to a Blair Witch booth, the Twitter account abandoned The Woods for @BlairWitchMovie while the screening was in progress.last_img read more

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Rishi Kapoor Abhishek sing really well Lata

first_imgMelody queen Lata Mangeshkar is all praise for the singing skills of veteran actor Rishi Kapoor and his All Is Well co-star Abhishek Bachchan after seeing them croon on a reality show.The two actors were the guests on a singing talent hunt, where they came to promote their upcoming drama All Is Well. They took to stage to sing popular songs from their films.While Rishi, 62, sang Mai shayar toh nahin from his debut movie Bobby, Abhishek, 39, crooned his hit number Right here right now from Bluffmaster!. He was also the voice behind the song in the film. Also Read – A fresh blend of fameThe 85-year-old singing legend took to Twitter to heap praise on the stars.“Few days ago, I watched the Indian Idol Junior episode that featured Rishi Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan. They were enjoying the performance of every contestant. “When Rishi ji was called to sing on stage and he sang ‘Main shayar toh nahi’, I was surprised. I did not know he has such a melodious voice.“Abhishek sang after him and he also sang really well. I give them my best wishes,” Lata wrote.last_img read more

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How to zoom YouTube Videos

first_imgHow to zoom YouTube Videos by Martin Brinkmann on November 22, 2017 in Companies, Music and Video – Last Update: June 03, 2019 – 3 commentsMost video players that you run on desktop PCs and even many mobile media players support zooming. You can zoom any video that you play in these players using built-in controls, no plugins required.In VLC Media Player for instance, a popular cross-platform media player, you can zoom using the Z-key, and reverse zoom with Shift-Z on the keyboard.YouTube, and most online video services, don’t support zooming at all. While you can zoom the pages, doing so leaves the video untouched usually.Zooming can be useful in certain situations, for instance when you want to take a closer look at something that is displayed in a video or want to focus on a specific part of the video.YouTube users have two main options when it comes to the zooming of videos on YouTube. Use a web browser extension to add zooming capabilities, or use a third-party video player with zooming functionality to play YouTube videos.Check out the following browser extensions that add zooming options to YouTube:OwlZoom for YouTube Videos for Firefox — The WebExtension adds a zoom entry to the YouTube settings button. Click on it to activate it, and display the different zoom levels the extension supports (between 100% and 200%). The new zoom level is applied automatically. Note that this will show only part of the video on the screen. Once done, click on the new zoom icon in the main player toolbar to activate the selector to display a certain zoomed in part of the screen in the player. You can go back to normal by selecting 100%, or using the shortcut Shift-B.Zoom for Chrome — Designed primarily to zoom entire web pages, the extension will zoom videos on YouTube as well by enlarging the player area.Other extensions, Magic Actions for YouTube for instance, may enlarge the player area up to the full size of the browser window. While that is not zooming, it may be sufficient for some users who want to see more details on the screen.The second option is to use a local video player that supports YouTube videos and zooming. You can use SMPlayer’s SMTube for that for instance. It is an add-on for SMPlayer that you need to install separately.Once installed, you may use it to browse and search YouTube using it. Any video that you want to play is sent to SMPlayer’s main player interface where it starts to play.You can then use the program’s zoom options, accessible via Video > Zoom and shortcuts, to zoom the video that plays.Now You: Use another option to zoom videos? Let us know in the comments below!SummaryArticle NameHow to zoom YouTube VideosDescriptionFind out how to zoom YouTube videos using easy to use and install browser extensions, or third-party media players that can play YouTube videos.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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WEBINAR MultiModality 3D Quantitative Imaging in Cancer Care Clinical Value and Future

first_imgFacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Register to watch the archive version of this webinar Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Learning ObjectivesUpon completion of this activity, particpants will be able to:• Summarize the principles and applications of image-guided minimally invasive tumor therapy.• Describe the role of cancer imaging and multi-modality tumor tracking for local therapies of liver cancer.• Review novel software-assisted 3-D quantitative tools to evaluate surrogate endpoints of therapeutic efficacy.• Explain the growing role of machine learning in the automation and standardization of image analysis. Statement of PurposeLiver cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related death worldwide and most cases are diagnosed at intermediate to advanced stages of the disease, making most patients no longer amenable to surgical therapies. Minimally invasive, loco-regional image guided therapies, such as chemoembolization, have become the mainstay therapy for such patients. These image-guided interventions also gave birth to the new field of interventional oncology, a subspecialty of interventional radiology which is increasingly considered as the new and fourth pillar of cancer care (next to medical, surgical and radiation oncology). The explosive growth of such therapies requires new and more efficient intra- and post-procedural imaging solutions. This webinar will focus on the role of image analysis and artificial intelligence for image-guided, minimally invasive cancer therapies and introduce the audience to the mechanisms of action, principles of image analysis and the growing role of machine learning for the therapeutic algorithm and decision making in interventional oncology. Intended Audience:This activity is intended for oncologists, radiologist, nurse practitioners, biomedical engineers, and other clinicians interested in the management of liver cancer. PresenterJulius Chapiro, M.D., Ph.D.Research Scientist and Resident PhysicianYale School of MedicineDr. Chapiro is a research scientist at the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Yale University School of Medicine. After graduating from the University of Leipzig and upon completion of his research thesis at the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, he served as a postdoctoral fellow in interventional oncology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and then as radiology resident at the Department of Radiology, Charité University Hospital in Berlin.Dr. Chapiro works on the development of novel imaging biomarkers, tumor response criteria, staging systems and molecular imaging techniques for image-guided liver cancer therapies. His translational research portfolio includes the development of novel embolic agents as well as the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions for the assessment of liver cancer. His basic research interest mainly focuses on tumor metabolism and immuno-oncology. With over 50 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and news articles, Dr. Chapiro advocates the element of personalized medicine in interventional oncology, which is the most rapidly growing field in interventional radiology practice. Creating innovative and clinically practicable solutions and translating them from concept to practice has been his central mission for the past five years.  He is the co-director of the Yale Radiology Research laboratory. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. The webinar “Multi-Modality 3D Quantitative Imaging in Cancer Care: Clinical Value and Future Perspectives” focuses on the role of image analysis and artificial intelligence for image-guided, minimally invasive cancer therapies. It introduces the audience to the mechanisms and principles of image analysis, outlines the growing role of machine learning for the therapeutic algorithm and the decision making processes in interventional oncology.The webinar took place Oct. 3, 2017. 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The multi-year… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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 News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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