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Security Council lifts number of shortterm judges on Rwanda tribunal

The Council agreed to a resolution backing a request from the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for more judges so that it can complete its trial workload more quickly.The Tribunal can now have up to nine short-term judges serve at any time, instead of the previous maximum of four, bringing the Rwanda court into line with the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.The Tribunal’s President, Judge Erik Møse, stated last month that in its current capacity the court would not finish all of its trials until 2011. He said the extra judges should allow the Tribunal to come close, if not actually achieve, the target date of the end of 2008 – the date imposed by the Security Council earlier this year.Following today’s vote, Ambassador James Cunningham of the United States, which currently holds the Council’s rotating Presidency, read a statement confirming that the Rwanda Tribunal has the power to fund the renovation of prison facilities in countries that have agreed to house prisoners convicted by the Tribunal.The statement was in response to a General Assembly resolution last December seeking clarification on whether the Tribunal does have that power. read more

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Rebels release abducted UN staff and aid workers in Darfur Sudan

The aid workers were freed today after negotiations between a UN security team conducting a search for them and the rebel Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), which had abducted the six workers in North Darfur on Saturday.The three WFP staff and the three workers for the Sudanese Red Crescent – not five as previously reported – were then flown by helicopter to El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur.WFP Senior Deputy Executive Director Jean-Jacques Graisse said the agency was delighted that the six people were released unharmed.But he warned that “any continuation or escalation of incidents such as the one just resolved is likely to have far-reaching consequences for the relief operation.”Radhia Achouri, a spokesperson for Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, told reporters today that international humanitarian law demands that aid workers have safety and security and that they also have unimpeded access to those in need.Earlier this week a separate Darfur rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), detained 22 Sudanese health workers for several hours near Nyala, the capital of South Darfur.In June the SLA detained a large group of aid workers from UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in North Darfur before eventually releasing them unharmed.SLA and JEM have been in conflict with Khartoum in Darfur, a remote, impoverished region in Sudan’s west, since early last year. Notorious militias known as the Janjaweed, who have been linked to the Sudanese Government, also stand accused of committing deadly and brutal atrocities against civilians. More than 1.2 million people are internally displaced and another 200,000 live as refugees in neighbouring Chad. read more

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Ohio State womens hockey swept by No 2 Minnesota

The OSU women’s hockey team faces off against conference opponent and No. 2-ranked Minnesota on Nov. 15 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 5-3. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s hockey team improved after a 4-2 loss to Minnesota, but still found itself on the losing end of a weekend sweep.The Buckeyes fell by a score of 5-3 to the Golden Gophers in Saturday afternoon’s game, completing Minnesota’s road sweep. Although the game didn’t go the way OSU hoped, senior forward Taylor Kuehl said she was happy with the team’s fight in Saturday’s matchup.“I think we came out with a lot more energy today, I think we knew we had to,” Kuehl said. “We didn’t want to play to them, we wanted to play our own game, which I think we did a lot better job of today and I don’t think the score shows exactly how the game went.”Kuehl was a major asset to the Buckeyes this weekend, scoring a total of three goals in the series.OSU (7-6-0, 5-5-0) tied the game twice and didn’t back down from the No. 2 Golden Gophers.In the first period of play, Minnesota took the lead with a power-play goal almost nine minutes into the period. Gopher senior forward Meghan Lorence scored the first goal to put Minnesota on the board. She later scored two more goals to complete her first career hat trick.OSU struck back early in the second with a goal from senior defenseman Sara Schmitt, her third goal of the season. Minnesota pushed ahead less than two minutes later. Another goal from Lorence allowed the Gophers to take a 2-1 lead.The Buckeyes again tied the game when Kuehl scored a power-play goal at 12:33. But with only 14.9 seconds left in the period, Minnesota scored once again to send the Buckeyes to the locker room down 3-2.Kuehl said that goal was the turning point of the game.“We had just tied it up. We had momentum. I think that could’ve completely changed the game going into the third period with a tied game, anything could happen,” she said. “It’s anyone’s game at that point. Last two minutes coach is always saying ‘don’t give anything up’ and we fell short and it completely changed the outcome of the game.”Minnesota came back out for the third and pulled ahead to a 5-2 lead. Sophomore forward Claudia Kepler closed the gap with a goal with a little over five minutes remaining, but that capped the scoring in OSU’s loss.Senior forward Kayla Sullivan said a few mistakes were what kept the Buckeyes from walking away with a win.“We needed to get in front of them and do better blocking shots and forcing them to turn the puck over,” Sullivan said.Buckeye freshman goaltender Kassidy Sauve, was credited with 30 saves, while Gopher junior goalie Amanda Leveille had 18 saves.Minnesota coach Brad Frost also said his team’s goal late in the second was the game’s key moment.“Going into the third period being up one because of that late goal in the second was great,” he said. “And then to continue to extend the lead created a lot of momentum for us into the third and we were able to come away with the win.”Even though Buckeye coach Nate Handrahan wasn’t thrilled with the outcome, he said he was happier with OSU’s Saturday performance than the night before.“We played a different game today than (Friday), we really attacked the net today,” he said.On Friday, the Golden Gophers tried to get on the board with an early scoring opportunity that was later called off by the referees. But that didn’t deter them as they finally took the lead with just 27 second left in the first period.In a physical and high-scoring second period, the Gophers pushed ahead to a 3-0 lead. The Buckeyes quickly answered, scoring back-to-back goals. Kuehl scored both goals for OSU only 14 seconds apart from one another.A goal from Minnesota at the 11:44 mark of the second period sealed the win for the Gophers, 4-2.“We’ve sometimes played timid against them, but we can keep up. The game was closer than it looked,” Kuehl said. “We played the No. 2 team and it wasn’t anything we couldn’t handle. I think we can use this going into next weekend and help fuel the fire.”OSU is scheduled to travel to Grand Forks, N.D., for a weekend series against North Dakota. The two teams are set to meet at the center ice at 8:07 p.m. Friday and 5:07 p.m. Saturday. read more

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Ezekiel Elliott staying engaged in spring practice despite wrist surgery

Rising-junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) has been held out of spring practice while he recovers from offseason wrist surgery.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State running back Ezekiel Elliott finished his sophomore campaign with arguably the greatest three-game run in school history.The St. Louis native rattled off 696 yards rushing in the Buckeyes’ three postseason games en route to a national title.Now, Elliott is facing a new challenge that isn’t a Badger, a Duck or the Crimson Tide.Elliott has sat out the majority of spring practice after undergoing offseason surgery on his left wrist and, as of Thursday, he said he was out for six more weeks.Running backs coach Tony Alford said even though Elliott is not participating in contact drills, being engaged in practice is still important.“He is still doing a lot of work. The mental reps are big. Just because you had some success in the past, there’s still opportunities to grow and learn and see things,” Alford said Thursday. “The more mental reps can be very vital just as game repetition.”As for how he feels, Elliott said the pain in the wrist is still noticeable, but is progressing.“I get my cast off Monday and now it’s just a process of getting that mobility back, and after six weeks, I’ll be full go,” Elliott said. “I can feel it getting better, but right now it’s a little small, weak and I got a little bit of pain here and there.”While it’s been almost three months since he walked off the field at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, after the College Football Playoff National Championship, Elliott is still in the running for an athletic award. The Buckeyes’ leading rusher is a finalist for the 85th Amateur Athletic Union Sullivan Award, which “honors the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States,” according to its website.The rising-junior back said he is “blessed and thankful” for being named a finalist and added that he is set to fly to the New York Athletic Club on April 19 for the announcement of the winner.“At first, I didn’t really know what the Sullivan Award was,” Elliott said. “But after researching it, it’s a very honorable award. There’s a lot of big names on it.”Past winners include the likes of Bill Walton, Michael Phelps and Tim Tebow, who was the last American football player to win the award in 2007.Elliott’s competition for the award include Duke basketball player Jahlil Okafor and Olympic gold medalist swimmer Katie Ledecky among others.As far as being a Buckeye, Alford said he has known Elliott since recruiting him while a coach at Notre Dame and added he is encouraged by Elliott’s intensity at practice.“The one thing you love about Zeke is he is hungry. He wants to play. It’s killing him not to play now. He is a high-energy guy,” Alford said. “For me, it’s cool because I got the opportunity to recruit him out of high school so I have known him and his family for a long time.”With Elliott not in the huddle throughout spring practice, Elliott said he has made it a point of emphasis to not let the younger players earning reps get too comfortable.“We got a lot of great team leaders and one thing you won’t see at Ohio State is complacency,” Elliott said. “What spring basically has been is a grind. A time for the younger guys and inexperienced guys to get their reps so they can go out there and play on Saturdays next year.”The Buckeyes are set to play the annual Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 18 before opening the 2015 season on the road against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 7. read more

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Social tools are to thank for 10Kpersonyear in lost productivity on average

first_imgA new study sponsored by harmon.ie, which offers enterprise collaboration solutions, found that 57% of workers reported work interruptions due in part to collaboration and social tools like email, social networks, text messaging and instant messaging. The study, which included surveys from 515 IT users, also found that 45% of employees could only work for 15 minutes or less before they are interrupted.Even more disturbing for employers is that 53% of workers reported wasting an hour a day due to distractions. Assuming an average salary of $30 an hour, that adds up to a loss in productivity of $10,375 per person per year. If you applied that number to a business with 1,000 employees the interruptions would add up to $10 million per year. That probably explains why two-thirds of organizations and companies are pursuing tools and strategies to minimize digital distractions.AdChoices广告Companies are looking for ways to fight a growing trend caused by an increasing number of employees who are suffering from online compulsive disorder. Online compulsive disorder prevents a person from disengaging with others digitally. Symptoms related to this disorder were reported in the survey which found that two out of three people will disengage from face-to-face meetings in favor of communicating with others online. Online activities employees have engaged in during meetings include answering email (48%), answering a mobile phone (35%), IM chat (28%), updating status on a social network (12%) and tweeting (9%). The same seems to be happening when an employee leaves the office as well. That is because a majority in all age groups surveyed reported staying connected in the evenings, during vacations and in bed.So when do people typically disconnect from their online activities? 85% said when their boss asks them to. 63% will do so during 1-on-1 meetings and 36% will turn off during meetings. Amazingly, only 32% will do so to focus on a task.via harmon.ie.last_img read more

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Dish Network aims to be a whole new animal starting with Hopper

first_imgCompanies change little bits of themselves all the time, but it’s rare to see a company completely re-imagine itself from the ground up. At CES this year, Dish Network sought to show the world that they were doing exactly that. Their press conference was geared towards proving that they had refreshed every outward facing part of their company for the better. In fact, they even went so far as to call themselves “a whole new animal”. An impressive new hardware platformDish Network has been trying for a couple of years now to make their set top boxes a selling point, much in the way that an iPhone or a Galaxy Nexus is for a mobile carrier. Last year they even tried partnering with Logitech to release the Revue to their customers. Now, as Dish, the company has decided to release a unique hardware platform that is exclusive to them. In a Dish-powered home, you would have a primary device called the Hopper in your main viewing room. The Hopper is a 750MHz set top box with 2TB of internal storage and expansion slots for more. The Hopper can record up to six HD shows at once. At the moment, Dish representatives wouldn’t allow us to navigate the whole device, but what UI parts we did have access to were very quick. For every other room in a Dish-powered home, you would have the companion box to the Hopper setup, the Joey. This device is about a third of the the size of the Hopper, and designed to be hidden from view. The box even has mounting holes so you can stick it to the back of your television, allowing it to occupy as little space as possible. The Joey works in union with the Hopper, being able to both request that the Hopper record shows and pull already recorded shows from the Hopper to watch. If you are watching a show on any of the Joey or Hopper devices and move to another device, the show will pick up where it left off. The Joey is sporting the same 750MHz chip as the Hopper, and is just as fast in navigating your home content. Dish also plans to offer a Sling adapter accessory for the Hopper, allowing your access to your recorded content from anywhere. Offing an impressive hardware platform like this is a significant push for Dish. It creates a unified hardware platform, and bragging rights for any users who have these boxes. The big push on this platform will be how quickly Dish dissolves their existing conglomeration of set top boxes in exchange for the Hopper and Joey for their existing customers. As impressive as this new hardware platform is, the delivery of this platform will be critical.Refreshed and very competitive servicesThe newfound power in their hardware platform allows Dish to offer some unique services in exchange for some of their existing offerings. With their partnership with XM Satellite radio, Dish is working very hard to make XM channels and XM music services a very centralized feature. Alongside the series of channels with genres of music, similar to how XM is setup now, Dish users will have the ability to listen to specific artists and albums. Every song that is played will display the album art and allow for deeper navigation. Dish will also be unveiling Primetime Anytime, which allows a user to go back and watch any of the shows that were aired during the primetime slots on the four major networks for the last 8 days. Instead of needing to remember to program the DVR to record a specific show, PrimeTime Anytime just automatically records all of it in HD and allows you to browse and watch anything you might have missed. This is an interesting jab at services like Hulu, whose ability to offer a streaming version of a show you might have missed was a critical feature of the service when it started.Dish is also expanding their library of streaming content with Blockbuster online, granting access to the full inventory of streaming content from the online service. Blockbuster’s partnership with Dish is also allowing them to add new content in the coming months which will further expand the offering. Final ThoughtsI’m not sure that a set top box, even ones as impressive as the Hopper and Joey, would give me cause to switch my service provider. The strategy here to offer an impressive hardware platform to make people want to switch to Dish is a great idea, and has clearly worked in the mobile industry for years, so the potential for this to be a very successful campaign for Dish is there. Dish Network walked on stage with a new hardware platform, new services, a new mascot, and walked back off the stage as Dish. I’m not sure that this is a whole new animal, but it is an impressive approach to the market.last_img read more

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Man up in court in connection with fatal crash on the M50

first_img File picture of the M50/N7 interchange. Image: Rollingnews.ie Short URL Friday 25 Nov 2016, 10:22 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A MAN IS up before court today charged in connection with a collision on the M50 which claimed a woman’s life.The man, in his 30s, will appear before a sitting of Blanchardstown District Court charged following a Garda investigation into a serious traffic collision on the M50 Dublin over a year ago.Martina Loughlin, from Edenderry, Co Offaly, died after being seriously injured in a collision on in a collision on the orbital motorway a year ago.The 47-year-old Loughlin was taken to Tallaght Hospital, where she later died.The incident occurred when two trucks and a car collided on the M50′s southbound carriageway near junction 7, Lucan at 5.30am on Wednesday 11 November 2015.Two male truck drivers, aged 33 and 47, were uninjured in the incident.A Garda spokesman could not confirm to TheJournal.ie what the man in his 30s has been charged with.Comments have been closed for legal reasons.Read: Woman in critical condition in hospital after M50 crashRead: Woman dies of injuries sustained in M50 crash Image: Rollingnews.ie File picture of the M50/N7 interchange. Share16 Tweet Email1 center_img 23,993 Views http://jrnl.ie/3101888 Nov 25th 2016, 10:22 AM By Darragh Peter Murphy No Comments Man up in court in connection with fatal crash on the M50 A man in his 30s will appear before a sitting of Blanchardstown District Court today.last_img read more

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State may fund Athens mosque

first_imgThe construction of what will be Athens’ first official mosque in modern times may be legally funded by the state, the country’s highest administrative court announced this week. In a ruling, the Council of State rejected attempts to block the mosque’s construction by the Orthodox metropolitan bishop of Piraeus, a nature association called Athena, two navy officers and five residents of Votanikos and the Attica area. The court found that the legislation for the mosque’s construction does not violate the principles of equality and free expression of religious beliefs, but that it offers Muslims of the Attica region the constitutionally supported freedom of expression of their religious beliefs. The ruling referred several times to a law published in 2006 that cites the need to construct a mosque in Votanikos, Greece’s commitments to international agreements, and the constitution, which says that “all known religions shall be free and their rites of worship shall be performed unhindered and under the protection of the law to the unobstructed exercise of religious obligations”. The mosque, to be located on Iera Odos near Eleonas metro station, in the western Athens district of Votanikos, will be built at a cost of cost €1.1 million on a 1.7-hectare site in a former repair yard belonging to the Hellenic Navy. The structure will not have a minaret. It will cover religious needs of Muslims living in the greater Athens area. An intervention in support of the mosque’s construction filed by the mufti of the northeastern city of Komotini was rejected because he had failed to give power of attorney to his lawyer in time. Athens is the only capital city among the 15 “older” European Union member states that does not have an official mosque. The city’s Muslims – an estimated 120,000, mostly immigrants and refugees – pray at these makeshift mosques, many of them located in basement and ground floor apartments. Estimates say there are about 120 unofficial mosques in the capital. A number of former mosques remain from the time of Ottoman rule but are no longer used for religious purposes. Source: enetenglish, ana-mpa Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Inslee and Bryant prepare for 3rd gubernatorial debate

first_imgPASCO — Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant are priming for their third debate.The debate is Wednesday evening at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.In earlier debates, Bryant has criticized Inslee, saying he had mismanaged state departments. He also contends Inslee has failed to come up with a plan to fund K-12 education, as mandated by the state Supreme Court.Inslee countered that the state has invested billions in public education, that significant strides have been made to increase pay for teachers and increase access to kindergarten.Inslee says he’s helped create 250,000 jobs.Bryant is a former Seattle port commissioner.last_img read more

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In parting shot Kerry tears into Israel over settlements

first_imgWASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry tore into Israel on Wednesday for settlement-building, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of dragging Israel away from democracy and forcefully rejecting the notion that America had abandoned Israel with a controversial U.N. vote. Netanyahu accused the Obama administration of a biased bid to blame Israel for failure to reach a peace deal.In a farewell speech, Kerry laid out a two-state vision for peace that he won’t be in office to implement, but that the U.S. hoped might be heeded even after President Barack Obama’s term ends. He defended Obama’s move last week to allow the U.N. Security Council to declare Israeli settlements illegal, the spark that set off an extraordinary and deepening diplomatic spat between the U.S. and its closest Mideast ally.“If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic, it cannot be both, and it won’t ever really be at peace,” Kerry said in a speech that ran more than an hour, a comprehensive airing of grievances that have built up in the Obama administration over eight years but were rarely, until this month, discussed publicly.Netanyahu pushed back in a hastily arranged televised statement in which he suggested he was done with the Obama administration and ready to deal with President-elect Donald Trump, who has sided squarely with Israel. The Israeli leader faulted Kerry for obsessing over settlements while paying mere “lip service” to Palestinian attacks and incitement of violence.“Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders,” Netanyahu said from Jerusalem.The dueling recriminations marked a low point for U.S.-Israel relations, and a bitter end to eight years of frustrated ties between Obama and Netanyahu, who quarreled repeatedly over settlements, the peace process and Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.last_img read more

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Metro area fared worse than others during recession

first_imgThe Portland metropolitan area, including Clark County, fared worse during the Great Recession than the average for U.S. metropolitan areas, according to a recent report from the Portland Business Alliance. The region’s per capita employment dropped by 8 percent, leaving 81,200 fewer people employed, a worse drop than the U.S. metro average. And only 17,900 new workers have been added since early 2010.The region performs below what’s expected of a metro area its size in income and employment, while peer regions such as Denver, Seattle and Minneapolis have exceeded per capita income expectations, says the report, written by ECONorthwest. The Portland-metro economy ranks 23rd in population size, 136th in per capita employment and 73rd in per capita income.last_img read more

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Weather Eye Northwest bears brunt of soggy weather jokes

first_imgI had a chuckle about a cartoon, an old one for sure, that I came upon Sunday. The just of it shows two characters, and one comes up to the other and asks for a good sunblock. His buddy hands him a piece of paper, and he replies, “What is this?” The other says, “Directions to Seattle.” And so it goes, the Northwest always gets the brunt of the wet and cloudy jokes.You certainly won’t need any sunblock this week, and you don’t have to drive to Seattle either. Unfortunately, the weather outlook for the next week or so contains quite a bit of clouds, fog, drizzle and light rain. This all makes for some gloomy weather, so if you require some sunshine, head elsewhere, or turn on a sunlamp or invest in a light box.There are no big storms on the horizon, just more of the same. We struggled to get any sunshine Sunday. Despite the forecast of sunshine, the clouds certainly defied us.Signs of spring are waking, with new bud growth emerging on many area trees and shrubs, and many of the spring flowering bulbs are poking well up through the earth.Speaking of Seattle jokes and weather, here are a few more chuckles. They could apply here, as well.• What do you call two straight days of rain in Seattle? A weekend.• It only rains twice a year in Seattle: August through April, and May through July.• What does daylight saving time mean in Seattle? An extra hour of rain.• What’s the definition of a Seattle optimist? A guy with a sun visor on his rain hat.• What did the Seattle native say to the Pillsbury Doughboy? “Nice tan.”• And last but not least: A newcomer arrives on a rainy day. He gets up, and the next day, it is raining. It also rains the day after and the day after that. He heads outside and sees a young child, and asks out of despair, “Hey kid, does it ever stop raining around here?” The kid says, “How should I know I’m only 6 years old.”last_img read more

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Tom Ward to host Employee Benefits Awards 2018

first_imgStand-up comedian Tom Ward will host the Employee Benefits Awards 2018 on Friday 8 June.Ward has performed two solo shows in Edinburgh, appeared on Live At The Comedy Store and Live at the BBC, and supported fellow comedians Hal Cruttenden and Gary Delaney on tour. He has also reached the finals of numerous acclaimed comedy competitions.In addition, Ward works as a voice-over artist, featuring on adverts and videos for organisations such as Channel 5, Unicef, Mazda and Marvel.The winners of the Employee Benefits Awards will be announced during a lunchtime ceremony and summer party at The Pavilion at The Tower of London on Friday 8 June 2018.View the shortlist.For more information or to book your table.Follow the action on Twitter via @EmployeeBenefit and join in the conversation using #EBAwards18.last_img read more

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Governors Revised Budget Restores Some Funding For Sexual Assault Prevention

first_img  Earlier in the legislative session, a Senate subcommittee slashed all of the state funding for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention programs. It would have impacted projects like Girls on the Run and Choose Respect. Now, with the governor’s revised budget, some of that money has been put back. Alaska tops a lot of lists, like best whale watching and cleanest air quality. But the state also ranks highly in something else.“Child sexual abuse, infant rape, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking,” says Peggy Brown, the executive director at the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.Download Audio Brown says when the network heard their 2016 state budget for prevention programs was being eliminated, it felt like being kicked in the rib.“Not to use violent language. They got the breath knocked out of them a little bit,” she says.In the five years the prevention programs existed in Alaska, there have already been signs of success. One program called the Fourth R was able to identify students who experienced sexual violence and role-play healthy relationships.“And I think people really liked these programs. I think it gave people a certain amount of hope with these horrible numbers that maybe there were some normal simple things that normal simple folks could do rather than breaking up a fight or calling 911,” Brown says.Now some of that lost funding might be reinstated. Gov. Bill Walker’s revised budget allocates $1.5 million for sexual assault prevention programs, about half of last year’s. Lauree Morton, the executive director of the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, says she understands.“The state’s in a difficult spot right now but that 1.5 is critical for projects moving forward,” she says.Morton says 10 communities in Alaska currently have readiness prevention programs that help jump-start the bigger ones.“If we have the $1.5 million restored, the number of those communities will be reduced to five,” she says.Morton couldn’t say which locations would be cut. Projects like Green Dot, which teaches violence intervention skills, won’t be able to spread to other communities as quickly as the network hoped.But most sexual and domestic violence prevention programs will still be able to function. Peggy Brown says for prevention work to actually be effective, it has to saturate an area for at least five years.“And we were just at the five year mark and we were just getting data on a lot of these programs,” says Brown.In 2011, the Alaska Victimization Survey in Juneau showed 55 out out every 100 women suffered from domestic violence or sexual assault. The network hopes that number is decreasing. A 2016 version of the survey could confirm that, but that’s contingent on the $1.5 million in the governor’s revised budget.last_img read more

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Yukon Territory says the US is on the hook for Alaska Highway

first_imgThere’s a long-standing international agreement between the United States and Canada to maintain Shakwak. The U.S. built it after the bombing of Pearl Harbor as a strategic link between Alaska and the contiguous United States. Canada took over maintenance of the sections that run through their territory after WWII.Experts estimate U.S citizens make up 85% of the traffic. In the late 1970s, the road needed work. The United States agreed to pay to upgrade in the Shakwak agreement.“The 1977 Shakwak Agreement obligated the United States to reconstruct the highway and for Canada to maintain it,” explained Alaska Department of Transportation’s Aurah Landau. “So most of the United States obligations are completed.”But the United States didn’t completely finish the upgrade. There are about 100 miles between Beaver Creek in the Yukon and the Alaska border that are problematic.“The area has permafrost and back in the 70s through the 80s we thought that the area would be stabilizing, but due to thawing conditions the ground has become even more unstable. So that’s an area that has not been able to be paved yet and if it were to be paved the paving wouldn’t last very long,” Landau said.Unstable conditions due to permafrost delayed the work and now the climate is warmer and more dynamic than ever. Federal funding for the project ended in 2009. So the money’s gone, the time is up, and the project to upgrade the link between Alaska and the Lower 48 is unfinished.“We’ve done as much as we can to this stage,” said Yukon Territory Transportation Minister Richard Mostyn. The Shakwak stretch of highway is mostly in Canada, specifically the Yukon Territory. “In 2016-17, we spent $10.8 million on the Shakwak stretch of road, in 2017-18 it was down to $6.3 [million], in 18-19 it was down to $2.3 [million]. And now, it’s done.”Mostyn says that the United States hasn’t fulfilled its obligation under the Shakwak Agreement.“The pledge was to upgrade the highway to a certain grade from stem to stern. The U.S federal government was going to upgrade the road service to a certain standard. And it remains unfinished. And the language to complete that is not in the transportation bill,” he said.Mostyn says the Yukon Territory has a tax base of about 40,000 people. He estimates the cost to complete the work is $340 million Canadian. Maintaining that section of road is a big responsibility falling on the shoulders of a small population.“We’re a rather a geographically large jurisdiction with very few people living here. We have, just by luck of our location, inherited a very important strategic asset to the continent,” Mostyn said.The Federal Highway Administration or FHWA was in charge of paying Canada for Shakwak with money allocated by Congress. Representatives from FHWA don’t know why Congress stopped funding before the project was complete. The State Department did not respond to KHNS’ requests for comment.This is a federal issue, but Alaskans rely on this road. So Alaska DOT helped the Yukon apply for a federal grant in 2018. They didn’t get the grant money.In the Yukon, the road is still degrading. Minister Mostyn says the road bounces like a roller coaster and they’ve even entertained the idea of reverting parts to gravel. He says he will do what he can.“We have an obligation to keep the road open; we’ll do that. We have an obligation to keep the road safe; we’ll do that as well. But it will come to a lower standard, unless we get more funding from the government that uses the road most and that government is the American government,” he said.There will be a new federal transportation bill for FY2020. It is uncertain if Shakwak funding will be on it. The stretch of the Alaska Highway that connects the Interior to the panhandle is called Shakwak, or the Shakwak Highway. (Wikimedia image)The stretch of the Alaska Highway that connects the Interior to the panhandle is called Shakwak, or the Shakwak Highway. That’s Tlingit for “between the mountains.” It starts in Haines and goes north through the Yukon Territory. Parts of this vital link are degrading and the Yukon government says the United States should foot the bill.last_img read more

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Rare species of North Pacific right whale carries a tune across the

first_imgCrance says the songs recorded are in many ways similar to the common gunshot calls. Federal researchers in the Bering Sea have released recordings of songs by some of the rarest whales in the world. While this is exciting news for marine science, it could point to heartache for North Pacific right whales. This isn’t to say North Pacific right whales don’t make sounds. “We know that they are in the southeastern Bering Sea in the summer,” she said, “but where do they go when they leave or if they leave the Bering Sea is still unknown.” First, it’s important to understand that North Pacific right whales are critically endangered. The name “right” whale is a vestige from the commercial whaling era,  when they were considered the “right” species to hunt. Slow moving and buoyant, right whales remained afloat after being killed. That’s the working theory for now and the one put forward this month in an article published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. They were nearly wiped out in the early 20th century. “It’s difficult for us to know for certain why they’re singing,” Crance said. “But our best guess and our current hypothesis is that it appears to be some kind of a reproductive display.” “This behavior has not been documented yet in any of the other right whale species or populations,” said Jessica Crance, a NOAA marine biologist at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle. In 2009, researchers in the Bering Sea first noticed these sounds during summer surveys. Long-term data from acoustic recorders over eight years showed evidence of right whale songs — something heretofore unknown for the species. “But they’re producing it in a very regular rhythmically pattern consistent manner. So the same number of gunshots, the same timing in between, and those patterns are repeated over and over for hours,” she said.center_img But Crance told CoastAlaska there’s so much about these whales that’s not understood. Now, with an eastern population of just 30 animals — they could be lonely. All of the confirmed recordings were from males possibly seeking female companionship. NOAA Fisheries marine biologist Jessica Crance deploys a sonobuoy in the northern Gulf of Alaska in 2015 to acoustically monitor for North Pacific right whale calls. (Photo by Brenda Rone/NOAA Fisheries) So what does it all mean? For the first time, researchers have recorded and studied songs from North Pacific right whales. So far it seems limited to the Bering Sea. “Within our population the most common call type is what’s called the gunshot sound,” she said. Even their migration routes and their breeding grounds remain a mystery. An eastern North Pacific right whale, the world’s most endangered great whale, spotted in the southeastern Bering Sea in 2004. (Photo by John Durban/NOAA Fisheries) Hunting right whales in Alaska has been banned since 1949. But contemporary threats persist — mostly vessel strikes and entanglement in fishing gear.last_img read more

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Time ripe to merge staterun banks says Banks Board Bureau chief

first_imgThe Banks Board Bureau, which has been set up with the purpose of developing business strategies, assisting banks in raising capital and appointing heads of state-run banks, has proposed merger of strong banks and acquisition of weaker ones after recapitalisation, as reported by Reuters. The consolidation exercise will rev up lending and thereby facilitate growth in India.Banks Board Bureau chairman Vinod Rai said the time was ripe for the public sector banks (PSBs) to merge into half a dozen banks with healthy balance sheets, thereby allowing for funding the country’s economic growth.On May 17, India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) announced absorption of five of its subsidiaries and women-focused Bharatiya Mahila Bank.Currently there are 27 PSBs in India that account for approximately 70 percent of the country’s lending. They also hold most of the $120 billion of India’s bad loans. In the budget of 2016-17, the government has also allotted Rs. 25,000 crore for the current fiscal to recapitalise these ailing banks. In the last quarter of 2015-16 alone, the cumulative loss of 20 state-run lenders stood at Rs. 14,000 crore, reported the Business Standard. The gross bad loans of PSBs shot up to seven percent plus in December 2015 from 5.43 percent seen in March 2015.The daily, however, said on May 21 that the consolidation plan is not of immediate concern as much as filling vacancies and the streamlining of lending processes, which could be the Banks Board Bureau’s first task at hand. Rai told Reuters that the consolidation exercise should ideally follow a pattern wherein stronger banks should first decide which of their bad loans need to shift off their balance sheets, while weaker banks decide on their need for fresh capital.PSBs, however, have been reluctant to write off debts, especially those owned by high profile individuals such as Vijay Mallya of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines and others. Their willingness to transfer stressed assets will decide the future of a dozen asset reconstruction companies (ARCs) in India, Rai told.The government, in order to ease lenders’ debt-heavy balance sheets and the resultant loss due to provisioning of excess bad loans, has let the promoters to take full control and removed the caps of foreign direct investments in ARCs.Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan too has asked banks to clean their balance sheets by March 2017.Streamlining Lending ProcessThe Banks Board Bureau has set a deadline of June 15 to unveil an interim mechanism to resolve the bad loans issue. It said the proposed mechanism will help analyse a few existing banking processes to help get the best of the bad loans.However, the mechanism would only focus on the processes undertaken in the resolution and not on the pricing decisions involved, the Economic Times reported. “There are two kinds of issues, one is process of resolution and the other is the pricing at which the resolution takes place. Pricing is the commercial judgement of the institution, I don’t think it would be fair to have an outside agency to take that decision,” he noted.last_img read more

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Buy Sell Hold What stocks are analysts tracking on Feb 14

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesSGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a strong start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex jumped 294 points to close at 34,300 on Monday.Indian financial markets were shut on Tuesday for a public holiday.Here are some of the stock recommendations by analysts for Wednesday:1. Phillips Carbon BlackSKP Securities recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 1,547Current stock price: Rs 1,1032. Mahanagar GasHDFC Securities recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 1,097 and Rs 1,188Current stock price: Rs 9733. Cadila HealthcareReliance Securities recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 540Current stock price: Rs 4234. Bharti Airtel (Cash)Way2Wealth recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 480 and Rs 510Current stock price: Rs 4245. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (Cash)Way2Wealth recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 2,560Current stock price: Rs 2,2006. Jubilant FoodworksSanctum Wealth Management recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 2,300Stop loss: Rs 1,950Current stock price: Rs 2,027Disclaimer: The recommendations provided by the research analysts are their own, and not that of the website or its management.last_img read more

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Report Cycling And Walking Can Be Good For Business

first_img Share 00:00 /03:58 Listen X Gail DelaughterResearcher Ed McMahon discusses the Urban Land Institute study on active transportation.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: A recent study says real estate developers can see big returns by including more facilities for walkers and cyclists. The study by the Urban Land Institute focuses on “active transportation” and how it’s affecting new apartment and retail developments.  News 88.7 Transportation Reporter Gail Delaughter recently talked with researcher Ed McMahon, who was one of the authors of the study.Says McMahon: “If you go into a community and somebody says, well, no one in our community will ever ride a bicycle, usually it’s because there’s nowhere to ride the bicycle. And when a city like Houston and so many others start actually investing even small amounts of money in alternative ways to get around, people love to have more options and choices.”Click the audio play button above to hear our full interview. last_img read more

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first_img 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 | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Image courtesy of Imago Systems IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more The Mammomat Inspiration with Tomosynthesis Option has been commercially available and used clinically for diagnosis since 2009 in Europe, Asia, and South America. The4 new breast tomosynthesis option is available on the company’s Mammomat Inspiration and Mammomat Inspiration Prime Edition digital mammography systems. April 23, 2015 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Siemens Healthcare’s 3-D mammography, breast tomosynthesis imaging system. This marks the 3-D mammography vendor to enter the U.S. market. Siemens’ Mammomat Inspiration with Tomosynthesis Option is a breast tomosynthesis add-on option for Siemens Mammomat Inspiration digital mammography platform. Siemens’ breast tomosynthesis algorithm reconstructs multiple 2-D images of the breast into an approximation of a 3-D image to enable detection of tumors that are hidden by overlapping breast tissue, enabling more accurate diagnosis than standard 2-D digital mammography and reducing the number of false-positive findings. In a recent study involving 22 readers with a broad range of reading experience, Siemens demonstrated that all readers improved their accuracy in detecting and diagnosing cancers when reading digital breast tomosynthesis as an adjunct to full-field digital mammography.In tomosynthesis mode, the X-ray tube of the Mammomat Inspiration digital mammography system rotates in a circular motion around the breast to acquire an image every two degrees while moving through an angular range of 50 degrees. The resulting 25 projections are reconstructed as three-dimensional  digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) images. News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… 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 Conventional analog mammography and full-field digital mammography display only the 3-D structure of the breast on a 2-D level, hampering physicians’ efforts to identify certain types of tumors since anatomical structures in the breast can overlap and obscure lesions. Tomosynthesis acquires several breast projections from different angles and uses raw data to generate a 3-D volume dataset. Using this data set, clinicians can better analyze the type and size of breast lesions as well as microcalcifications compared to other forms of mammography. Breast tomosynthesis increases mammography’s sensitivity and specificity, in addition to improving efforts to differentiate and classify breast tumors. 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 “Our clinical data has demonstrated that the addition of Siemens’ digital breast tomosynthesis to a patient’s traditional 2-D digital mammogram increases detection of breast tumors. We know that in clinical practice, this increased diagnostic accuracy also means fewer diagnostic biopsy procedures and fewer anxiety-inducing recalls, which typically contributes to both improved patient outcomes and reduced cost,” said Gregory Sorensen, M.D., president and CEO of Siemens Healthcare North America. “With the FDA approval of the Mammomat Inspiration with Tomosynthesis Option, Siemens Healthcare reaffirms its longstanding commitment to cutting-edge innovation in women’s health.” Related Content Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more For more information: www.siemens.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | April 23, 2015 FDA Clears Siemens Breast Tomosynthesis Mammography System Tomosynthesis option shown to increase diagnostic accuracy in screening mammography; boasts wide-angle tomosynthesis of up to 50 degrees Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more read morelast_img read more

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