UN Security Council Gives Tacit Approval to Moroccos Action in Guerguerat

Rabat – The UN Security Council meeting on Friday ended without any major decision on the status of Guerguerat giving Morocco tacit approval to continue with the construction on a road leading to Mauritania.Morocco has taken a police action on August 14th by sending in its security forces to stop drug smuggling and small arm dealers from continuing their business. It is also building a road to provide more security for the region.UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said last week that the construction has been met with resistance by Polisario Front fighters, who are separated from Moroccan troops by only around 120 metres. The Guerguerat regionThe Polisario Front protested the building of the road and had gone as far as to send 32 armed combatants with a purpose of stopping Morocco from building the road.  It also accused Morocco of breaking the 1991 ceasefire agreement.The UN is “actively engaging with the parties and key member states to urge restraint and identify options for an acceptable solution to the current crisis”, Dujarric said.The UN has also acknowledged that there was no violation of the ceasefire agreement from 1991 on the part of Morocco.“Morocco told the UN General Secretariat and the council that the work that leads to where to go or are eminently civil and limited in time, until the finalization of the construction of the road,” said the permanent representative of the Kingdom to the U.N. Omar Hilale.“This objective is strategically safe and Morocco is resolutely determined to achieve, said Hilale  in an interview with MAP.Morocco maintains that the Guergurat region was rife with nefarious trade and smuggling.Last week, Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces seized 500 kilos of cannavis at the 280-meter security wall near Boujdour.  Among those arrested was Majidi Hamim Ida Hamim, son of Ibrahim Ida Hamim, former wali of camp Es-Smara in Tindouf and present “Development Minister” in the “SADR.”“The cleansing of the area is eminently imperative for security reasons,” emphasized Hilale. read more

Baseless fear of economic hardship hampers efforts to curb climate change –

“Industrialized countries fear unwillingness on the part of their developing country competitors to act and are therefore reluctant to take the first step themselves,” the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Yvo de Boer, told this year’s Delhi Sustainable Development Summit in the Indian capital.“Developing countries fear that a new round of climate negotiations would impose on them obligations that would hurt their economic goals,” he added, stressing that the key to the problem is to provide incentives for economies to grow along a greener path, and to put in place mechanisms to ensure that the needed resources are available.He pointed to India as an example of a country which is already successfully making use of such incentives. “India is showing that economic growth and climate protection are far from being mutually exclusive. The country already has 155 registered CDM projects, with another 400 projects in the pipeline,” he noted, referring to the Kyoto Protocol treaty’s Clean Development Mechanism.This aims at enhancing sustainable development by allowing industrialized countries to generate emission credits or allowances through investment in emission reduction projects in developing countries.India’s CDM projects range from a biomass plant in Rajasthan state to a wind power plant in Karnataka state and are expected to generate some 300 million certified emissions reductions (CERs) by the end of 2012. Each CER represents a ton of carbon dioxide equivalent that can be traded on the international carbon market.Since 2005, the estimated potential of emission reductions to be delivered by the CDM pipeline has grown twelve-fold to more than 1.5 billion tonnes – equivalent to the combined emissions of Australia, Canada and the Netherlands.“Whilst it is clear that the CDM is working in India, it is also clear that more of these incentives are needed to have a significant impact on protecting the world’s climate,” Mr. de Boer said.Recent scientific findings suggest that much deeper emission cuts are required than the average of 5 per cent below the 1990 emissions of industrialized countries agreed under the Kyoto Protocol, with the European Commission calling for reductions in the order of 60 to 80 per cent by mid century.Under the UNFCCC, talks and negotiations are under way that need to result in a “global compact” to fight climate change by channelling green investment into the rapidly growing economies of the developing world, several of which, like India, are set to overtake developed countries within the next decades, Mr. de Boer said.Meanwhile, the business community is calling for assurances of continuity for the existing carbon market beyond 2012, the year the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires. “A post 2012 agreement is needed as soon as possible” Mr. de Boer added.“There would be a significant risk for the value of carbon beyond 2012 without a long term provision for the carbon market. Industrialized countries need to take the lead on this,” he said. 22 January 2007A lack of global leadership on climate change, stemming from an unwarranted fear of economic hardship, is seriously hampering efforts to combat global warming, the top United Nations official dealing with the issue has warned. read more

Myanmar UN human rights chief urges release of Daw Aung San Suu

“The release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners would demonstrate a willingness to abide by universally accepted human rights standards,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said in a statement released in Geneva. “It would also, I believe, facilitate national dialogue and free the Government and the people to focus on the need to unite the country and to allow the emergence of democratic structures to decide on the way forward.” The current detention term of Ms. Suu Kyi, the General-Secretary of the National League for Democracy, ends on 27 May. She has been held for 11 years without charge or trial since her party and its allies won the 1990 election with over 80 percent of the Parliamentary seats. She has been under house arrest for four years, and has spent 11 of the past 17 years in detention. Ms. Suu Kyi is one of over 1,000 known political prisoners held in prisons and labour camps across Myanmar. The High Commissioner also offered her Office’s support for the Government of Myanmar “in any efforts towards democratization by addressing the complex human rights crisis faced by the country, including the situation of political prisoners.” Earlier this month, over one dozen UN human rights experts joined their voices to urge Myanmar’s authorities to free Ms. Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners. “As of one of the world’s most acclaimed human rights defenders, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is a major political and spiritual leader of Myanmar,” the experts said. “Her tireless commitment to non-violence, truth and human rights has made her a worthy symbol through whom the plight of all people in Myanmar may be recognized.” The stability of Myanmar, they said, “is not well served by the arrest and detention of several political leaders or by the severe and sustained restrictions on the exercise of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights.” 21 May 2007As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s term of detention nears its end, the top United Nations human rights official today called on the Government of Myanmar to unconditionally release the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and other political prisoners in the South-East Asian country. read more

Haiti Ban appeals for more funds to fight cholera sets up panel

At the same time, he announced the creation of an independent scientific panel to investigate the source of the outbreak amid widespread media reports that Nepalese peacekeepers from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) are the likely source, with infected water spreading from their base into a nearby tributary of the Artibonite River.“We need more funding,” Mr. Ban told a news conference in New York, noting that a $164 million appeal is only 21 per cent funded. “Haiti needs more doctors, nurses, medical supplies, and it needs them urgently… Our first priority continues to be saving lives.” He said it was crucial to get the message “out, far and wide” that the disease can be managed through early treatment and some clear and simple steps, including washing hands with soap. Cholera is spread by contaminated food and water. Turning to the controversial issue of the origins of the outbreak, Mr. Ban noted there were several theories, and not all reports reached the same conclusion. MINUSTAH and the Government have conducted a number of tests, but all so far have been negative. “But there remain fair questions and legitimate concerns that demand the best answer that science can provide,” he added. “That is why, pursuant to close consultation with Dr. Margaret Chan of WHO [UN World Health Organization], I am announcing today the creation of an international scientific panel to investigate the source of the cholera epidemic.”The panel will be completely independent and have full access to all UN premises and personnel, he stressed, adding that further details will be provided when it is finalized. “We want to make the best effort to get to the bottom of this and find answers that the people of Haiti deserve,” he said.Earlier this week UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake visited a cholera treatment centre in an impoverished area of Port-au-Prince, the capital, where he pledged continued UN support and stressed that the most important partners in defeating cholera are Haitians themselves, who need to understand that the disease is preventable and treatable through proper hygienic measures.“As always, and without exception, children are the most adversely impacted by crises such as this cholera epidemic and the January earthquake. The responsibility we all share is to ensure that children and families are protected from these emergencies as well as from the recent political tensions,” he said, referring to last month’s disputed presidential and legislative elections He stressed that the current environment of uncertainty and insecurity in Haiti places children and families at even greater physical risk and also inhibits the efforts of humanitarian agencies such as UNICEF. 17 December 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to the world for more funds to fight the cholera epidemic in Haiti that has already killed more than 2,400 people and infected nearly 110,000 others, 55,000 of whom had to be hospitalized. read more

TSX Dow suffer tripledigit drops as markets stumble on Chinese uncertainty Fed

TORONTO — North American markets were lower Wednesday amid persistent uncertainty over the health of the Chinese economy.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 157.24 points at 14,036.63, its sixth decline in the last seven sessions.Events in China continued to roil global markets amid fears the value of the yuan will continue to erode. Those fears prompted a wild ride on China’s Shanghai Composite Index, which plunged as much as five per cent before eventually closing up 1.2 per cent. The ripple effect was felt across several key commodities as oil prices plumbed multi-year lows, following an unexpected increase in U.S. crude inventories.October crude, which is now the heaviest traded contract, was down $1.85 at US$41.27 a barrel, while the September crude contract was down $1.82 at US$40.80 a barrel.Energy stocks were by far the biggest drag on the TSX, falling 4.3 per cent.In other commodities, natural gas edged up half a cent to US$2.71 per thousand cubic feet while copper lost a penny to US$2.28 a pound.Gold marched ahead $11 to US$1,127.90 an ounce, marking its biggest single-session rally in a week as the TSX gold sector rose 3.7 per cent.The Canadian dollar, which is sensitive to movements in key commodities, was down 0.31 of a U.S. cent at 76.28 cents US after having fallen below the 76-cent mark earlier in the session.In New York, markets were also off earlier lows as traders took in minutes from the latest policy meeting of the Federal Reserve Board for clues as to when the U.S. central bank may start to hike interest rates from current historically low levels.Minutes from the July meeting of the Fed showed a move closer to raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, but there were concerns that a significant economic slowdown in China could pose risks to the U.S. economy.Policy-makers also expressed concerns that inflation remains too low to justify an interest rate increase.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 162.61 points at 17,348.73, while the Nasdaq dropped 40.30 points to 5,019.05 and the S&P 500 lost 17.31 points to 2,079.61.After the Fed minutes were released, the probability of a rate hike in September dropped to 36 per cent from earlier estimates of roughly 50 per cent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.“Conditions were not quite ready at this stage for Fed liftoff,” said Todd Mattina, chief economist and strategist at Mackenzie Investments.He said rate hikes would indirectly boost the U.S. dollar as interest rate differentials widened, along with the possibility other countries may try to follow China’s lead by devaluing their currencies.“All of these tightening financial conditions in the U.S. would be negative for U.S. inflation and potentially U.S. growth,” Mattina added. read more

Women hold key to eradicating poverty UN officials tell commission

Addressing the Commission on the Status of Women, José Antonio Ocampo, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, stressed the need to ensure gender equality in order to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by a UN summit in 2000 to tackle global ills. “In order to reduce extreme poverty, enhance social integration and achieve gender equality, we must be able to reconcile economic growth, employment generation and social and gender equality policies,” he said. He noted that men must play an active role in this endeavour. “It is important to identify the positive efforts already made by men and boys in many contexts and to find ways to encourage and support other men to understand the value of gender equality and to become active in its promotion,” he said. Assistant Secretary General Angela E.V. King, the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, cautioned that despite growing awareness of the need for gender equality, in many countries women’s rights are still under threat. She cited a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicating that “depending on the country and the environment, between 10 and 69 per cent women around the world reported being subjected to some form of violence in their lives.” WHO research has also demonstrated that every day, 1,600 women die due to complications related to pregnancy or childbirth, she said. Ninety-nine per cent of these deaths, most of them preventable, occur in developing countries. “If we are to meet the related MDGs of reversing HIV/AIDS and reducing the rate of maternal mortality by three-quarters by 2015, concerted action is needed to fully finance women’s health programmes, incorporate a gender perspective into health care and ensure quality of care in childbirth,” she declared. She called on the Commission to tackle these and other pressing issues. “Our vision is a world where girls and boys have equal opportunities for education, where mothers and children have equal access to better health care and medicines, where women and men share decision-making and household chores equally, equally enjoy fundamental human rights and strive equally to achieve peace, democracy, good governance, and sustainable development for their families and nations.” read more

Unable to accept its decline West subverts international law to suit its

Sergei Lavrov was of the view that the reason for the world’s current state lies “first and foremost”, in the unwillingness of the self-proclaimed winners of the Cold War to reckon with “the legitimate interests of other States”.“It is hard for the West to put up with its weakening centuries-long dominance in world affairs”, even though new economic centres and political influences have emerged, he said.Mr. Lavrov maintained that “leading Western countries are trying to impede the development of the polycentric world, to recover their privileged positions” and impose their standards of conduct on others.Speaking now at the #UNGA General Debate: Tajikistan, Albania: @ediramaal, Hellenic Republic: @kmitsotakis, The Bahamas: @minnis_dr, Saint Kitts and Nevis: @pmharriskn, China, Russia, Algeria, Solomon Islands & Tunisia. https://t.co/WdhsaIZtek— United Nations (@UN) September 27, 2019 Moreover, he said that the West has been increasingly loathe to recall international law, saying that instead it “dwells on” a rules-based order aimed to position itself as the only “indisputable source of legitimacy”. Instead of working collectively, formats “outside of legitimate multilateral frameworks” are decided behind closed doors and declared multilateral agreements, he continued.“Attacks on international law are looming large”, the Foreign Minister stated, pointing the United States withdrawal from the UN-endorsed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal. And the US has “set a hard line” towards eroding UN resolutions on the international legal framework of the Middle East peace process.“It suggests waiting for some ‘deal of the century’, meanwhile it has taken unilateral decisions on Jerusalem and the Golan Heights”, endangering the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, he spelled out. Mr. Lavrov flagged, “the West also has its own ‘rules’ regarding the Balkans”, where it is pursuing “an open course” for undermining Security Council decisions on Kosovo and Bosnia.Russia’s Foreign Minister underscored that universal conventions together with the UN Security Council resolutions “are an integral part of international law”, and yet the West would like to substitute them for its own rules.“We’re seeing continued games played with conventions that commit countries to upholding linguistic, educational, religious and other rights of national minorities”, he argued. “Even here our Western colleagues are guided by their own rules – they turn a blind eye to the open denial of national minorities’ rights and abet the retaining of an ignominious phenomenon of statelessness in Europe”.Citing the UN Charter’s principle of non-interference in internal affairs, Mr. Lavrov said attempts are underway to add Venezuela “to the list of countries whose Statehood was destroyed before our eyes through aggression or coups inspired from abroad”.Other global issuesAccording to Russia’s Foreign Minister, the regulation of cyber space is “among the most critical tasks of the world community”.He recalled that last year, the Assembly endorsed the beginning of substantive work on discussing the responsible conduct of States in information space, noting that a resolution on Combating Cybercrime was adopted at Russia’s initiative. “It is important to work for achieving legally binding agreements on all aspects of international information security”, Mr. Lavrov underscored.He also saw a need to “step up efforts” to help settle crises globally, advocating as “the main point” to seek compliance with already existing-agreements and not to allow invented pretexts to refuse implementing already negotiated obligations. “This also concerns conflicts on the post-Soviet territory, including the need to strictly follow the provisions of the Minsk Package of Measures to settle the crisis in the East of the Ukraine”. read more

New Lash Program Offered at USU Eastern Cosmetology

Aajah Breinholt is in the first lash class taught at USU Eastern. USU Eastern Press ReleaseA popular indulgence among women is eyelash extensions. The process of applying extensions just got easier as the Utah State University Eastern cosmetology department already filled a class spring semester and another summer semester.“This is the first school to be certified by Borboleta to teach lash extensions outside of its Salt Lake City headquarters,” Debbie Prichard, associate professor, said. “The Eastern instructors believed the Borboleta education stands out in the industry with a reputation for outstanding work and professionalism. They are the top-lash-education provider in the world and that’s why Eastern instructor Jessie Lobato trained and certified in its program.  Lobato brought back the theory and fundamentals of lash artistry and techniques to use in the USU Eastern program.”With hands-on mentorship experience and the salon environment, Prichard is ecstatic to bring the classes to Price. The lash industry is growing rapidly and creating an education course on the campus adds more learning experiences to the cosmetology program.The financial assistance of Assistant Vice Chancellor Jamie Cano and Vice Provost Gary Straquadine helped bring the program to the Price campus. It will be housed in a state-of-the-art facility at the McDonald Career Center and taught every other Friday from 6-9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The limited classroom size allows six students per class.A student must have a valid cosmetology or aesthetician license to apply for the program. Its foundation focuses on classic lashing techniques designed to help artists understand the fundamentals of becoming a lash artist. The program is structured around hands-on technical practice with a live model.The volume lashing focuses on the art of the fan including: the lonely fan, fan and grab, Borby Bubble and the pinch methods. Again, extensive hands-on experience practice and demonstration are included in the program.The final technique is the lash lifting, which looks like a “perm on the eyelashes.”Lobato will not only offer the well-rounded foundation courses in lashing, she will help student’s market, troubleshoot and navigate social media with their business. She wants the program’s graduates to have the necessary experience to be salon ready. “We have provided our students with appropriate time to develop and perfect their skills of lashing,” Prichard said.Borboleta raises the bar of quality and professionalism within the lashing industry and that’s what Lobato brought to the Eastern campus. The company is world-wide and provides an education experience designed for students to refine and perfect their artistry of lashing.The course takes 90 hours to complete during a 15-week period. Contact Kim Mortensen in Eastern’s One-Stop Service Building to register for the program, call 435-613-5462 or email at kim.mortensen@usu.edu. A $300 non-refundable deposit is required to secure a spot in the program.“Lashing is an expensive addiction that a lot of women want,” Prichard said. “And we are proud to offer it at USU Eastern.” read more

Former OSU football player honored with Gee award

As the 2009 football season rolls on, each player continues to learn his role on and off the field. Whether they are current athletes or former Buckeyes in the NFL, each finds a way to make an impact on the game.One Buckeye who has made a unique impression on the lives of his teammates won’t be returning to the roster this year, but his spirit and drive will be passed from those who know him to the first-year players who may only know of him.Former Buck’s receiver and 2009 graduate Tyson Gentry is being honored with the E. Gordon Gee Spirit of Ohio State Award on Friday at the annual Alumni Awards for this legacy of inspiration.“I am extremely honored for this,” Gentry said. “Knowing how respected Gee is within the university makes it even more special.”The award is considered for outstanding OSU alumni who make an effort to honor the university and its history with devotion and integrity.Previous winners of the Spirit Award include Gee, Jim Tressel, John T. Mount and the Student-Alumni Council, according to an Ohio State Buckeyes press release.“Tyson has shown exceptional perseverance and dedication in earning his college degree,” said Archie Griffin, president and CEO of Ohio State University Alumni Association. “He clearly has the ability to overcome significant obstacles in pursuit of the things that are important to him. He truly represents the best of the Buckeye spirit.”Gentry came to OSU in 2004 as a punter. In April 2006, he moved to receiver for spring practice. During one play, Gentry went up for the pass and after what would have been a routine tackle he remained motionless on the field. The tackle broke a vertebra in his neck, leaving him partially paralyzed. Though the setback was clearly not part of his plan, Gentry said the experience has allowed him to think of his life in a different perspective.“It has really helped me learn about myself and who I want to be,” he said.Despite not being able to play the game anymore, Gentry remained on the Buckeye roster until his senior season last year. His teammates made sure they honored his strength in more ways than one.Each player wore his number, 24, along with their own on their helmets. And he was always seen next to coach Jim Tressel during “Carmen Ohio.” In addition, he was honorary captain for OSU against Texas at the Fiesta Bowl in January 2009.In his book, “The Winner’s Manual: For the Game of Life,” Tressel writes about Gentry, saying “Tyson has shown us that it’s not what happens to you in life that counts. It’s how you handle it … There is no question in my mind that Tyson Gentry is a hero.”Gentry says his teammates and coaches played a vital role in getting him where he is today and any way he can motivate them in return is significant to him.While many were skeptical he would ever be able to feel anything below the neck, he has regained movement in his arm and has some feeling through all of his body, including his legs. This gives him and those close to him hope that he will one day walk again.Gentry graduated from OSU in June with a B.A. in speech and hearing sciences. He remains a part of the Buckeye community as a graduate student in speech and hearing. Though he has an ultimate goal in mind, he says he wants to focus on the present and make the best of what he can.“I am always going to be working on getting out of my chair,” Gentry said. “This experience has taught me to accept everything as it comes and I’m just going to worry about today and my short term goals and hope that everything else will follow as it is supposed to.”The 2009 Alumni Awards ceremony will take place at the Hyatt Regency Columbus on 350 N. High Street. read more

Barminco gets five year contract extension at AGA Sunrise Dam

first_imgLeading global hard-rock underground mining services provider Barminco announces it has been awarded a five-year contract extension at Sunrise Dam by AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd which, based on the current mining schedule, is worth approximately A$700 million.Barminco has partnered with AngloGold Ashanti at Sunrise Dam since the commencement of underground operations in 2003, when the first portal was cut, and plans are now in place to increase annual production well beyond the current rate of approximately 3 Mt/y.Barminco Chief Executive Officer Paul Muller said the Company had worked hard to fully optimise productivity and efficiency, and deliver industry-leading safety and operational performance at the Sunrise Dam mine.“This contract extension speaks volumes about our commitment to AngloGold, the relationship we have built with them and the results that have been delivered at Sunrise Dam over the past 15 years,” Muller said.“We are very pleased to extend our relationship and continue work to achieve our shared vision with AngloGold to further increase annual production using our latest equipment and cutting-edge technologies.”AngloGold Ashanti’s Senior Vice President Australia, Michael Erickson, said: “A culture of operational excellence drives the mining strategy at Sunrise Dam where we are targeting world- leading productivity to deliver a long-life operation with consistent cash returns.“This contract extension demonstrates the commitment and strong working relationship that AngloGold Ashanti and Barminco have built over many years of mining challenges while continuing to significantly improve safety and productivity.”last_img read more

Shiitake mushrooms may hold cure for pneumonia and sepsis

first_img 17 Comments Shiitake mushrooms may hold cure for pneumonia and sepsis Researchers at Athlone IT discovered they can exploit the immune stimulation properties of shiitake mushrooms. Tuesday 14 May 2019, 6:59 PM https://jrnl.ie/4634591 Share176 Tweet Email8 By Adam Daly May 14th 2019, 6:59 PM Short URL In less than 30 years, antimicrobial resistance could cause even more deaths than cancer. The findings from this research, which exploits the immune stimulation properties of exotic medicinal mushrooms, could be the key to addressing this increasingly global problem.It is hoped that future research may be extended to exploring the potential of this new therapeutic intervention to help patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and for people living with Cystic Fibrosis – a chronic lung condition that causes the overproduction of mucus in the lungs. Shiitake mushrooms SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS MAY hold the cure to tackling bacterial infections, such as pneumonia and sepsis, according to researchers in Athlone IT.Following a five-year joint research effort between AIT’s bioscience research institute and NUI Galway, scientists discovered they can exploit the immune stimulation properties of shiitake mushrooms to address the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains.“We’ve managed to successfully harness the immune-priming properties of medicinal mushrooms to treat lower respiratory tract infections caused by bacteria, such as Klebsiella pneumoniae, that possess multiple resistances to antibiotics,” said Professor Neil J Rowan, Director of the Bioscience Research Institute at AIT. Reachers were investigating the use of beta-1-3, 1-6-D-glucan – a naturally occurring sugar found in the cell walls of fungi – to combat chronic bacterial infections, such as sepsis and pneumonia, which led to the development of a new therapeutic innovation.“Pneumonia is one of the most common causes of acute lung injury and respiratory distress syndrome and accounts for 5% of deaths in Ireland – yet no specific therapy exists. Meanwhile, seven people are dying of ‘silent killer’ sepsis every day. Our findings have the capacity to radically transform our approach to dealing with antimicrobial resistance and human illness more generally,” Rowan said.  Professor Neil J Rowan and Emma Murphy, a doctoral candidate undertaking research at Athlone Institute of Technology,Emma Murphy, a doctoral candidate undertaking research at AIT has developed the world’s first biotechnology process capable of producing high purity quantities of this fungal compound, suitable for intravenous usage.The research team is now in the process of exploring commercial development of the process for scale-up.Rowan hopes this discovery will also tackle the overuse of antibiotics which he says has contributed to the “dramatic spread of sophisticated multiple drug-resistant bacterial pathogens that, if left unchecked, could cause a global disaster”. 19,937 Views Shiitake mushrooms Image: Shutterstock/Emily Li Image: Shutterstock/Emily Li Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

BAHAMAS PHA Press Statement – Passing of Dr Cecil W M Bethel

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 21, 2018 – Nassau – The Public Hospitals Authority extends deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the late Dr. Cecil W.M. Bethel on the passing of the veteran physician and fierce advocate for healthcare development and delivery.Dr. Bethel’s legacy in the field of Medicine will long remain among those who pioneer a spirit of excellence in the delivery and practice of Medicine in our country.  His thirty (30) years in the Government Service found him providing care at the Princess Margaret Hospital as Senior Registrar in Medicine, Consultant Physician, Department Head, and as the first Medical Chief of Staff in 1968 – a position he held for four years.Dr. Bethel served as a member of the Board of the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) from 1999 to 2001, where his commitment to quality care helped to guide its policies.  The Authority honours Dr. Cecil Bethel for his tremendous professional achievements and his significant contributions to improving the practice of Medicine in the Bahamas.  His will be a legacy undaunted by time.Release: Public Hospitals Authority Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Union says dont fence me out

first_imgSurely it’s not easy to stand outside your place of work, holding a picket sign and walking back and forth as someone else does your job on the other side of the fence.But members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are doing just that, pacing beyond the gate of the massive United Grain Corp. grain export terminal at the Port of Vancouver. They’ve been there since Feb. 27, the day that they were locked out based on the company’s allegation that a union member had vandalized United Grain property, a charge the union denies and that the Vancouver Police Department is investigating.The men stand vigil 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They spend five-hour stints holding signs and pacing in front of the terminal gate, waving to sympathetic truckers who toot air horns as they pass.The stare-down won’t continue forever. Before the lockout, union members worked for about two months under a contract that they’d voted overwhelmingly to reject, and stories of work slowdowns — denied by the union — were common. It’s unlikely that either side wants to return to such a volatile workplace.Exporters and other waterfront employers using longshore workers want more flexibility in staffing, work hours and working conditions. And they want to be able to adopt new technologies that can eliminate jobs. Unions, naturally, want to protect jobs.last_img read more

Threequarters find it difficult to balance family and work commitments

first_imgThree-quarters (75%) of respondents find it difficult to balance their work and family commitments, according to research by health insurer Benenden Health.Its Supporting employees with family and caring commitments report, which surveyed 1,084 employees aged between 25 and 50 who have caring responsibilities for children, elderly or sick relatives, or who have multiple care commitments, also found that of the employees who struggle to balance their family and work commitments, only 4% do not experience stress, financial problems, mental health issues or relationship breakdowns as a result. In particular, 77% of respondents aged between 36 and 40 find it difficult to juggle work and family successfully.Helen Smith (pictured), chief commercial officer and business sponsor for wellbeing strategy at Benenden Health, said: “Our in-depth research across multiple industries showed great concern for working families in the UK. Three-quarters of people we surveyed shared that they found it difficult to balance modern day family life with their work commitments.“Sadly, this is due to a lack of proper support in the workplace. To ensure the right level of support is given, this has to change; attitudes and approaches to flexible working across industries need to be open to a new way of working.”A fifth (20%) of respondents have had a request to work from home or to work flexible hours refused, while 14% have been unable to take time off for healthcare appointments or to access mental health support.Furthermore, 86% of respondents who are trying to balance their family commitments with work suffer with stress, while 55% state that it has led to financial problems.Smith added: “It’s important we understand the unique needs of this group and the benefits of creating a more compassionate working environment for them across all business industries, to ensure we gain loyal, less stressed and likely more productive employees.“After all, over three million people in the UK now juggle caring commitments for elderly or sick loved ones with work and almost three-quarters of mothers in the UK work part-time or full-time. Times have changed and businesses need to adapt urgently to meet this cultural need.”last_img read more

Kenai Man Arrested For Vehicle Theft And Attempting To Evade Arrest

first_imgFollowing a foot pursuit and search of the area resulted in the apprehension of Carroll. Cason was arrested and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial on charges of Hindering Prosecution in the 1st Degree, Misconduct Involving Controlled Substances in the 4th Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the 5th Degree. The vehicle initially failed to yield, then upon coming to a stop the driver, Jeremy Carroll, 29, of Kenai fled on foot. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a black Toyota 4 Runner for moving violations in Nikiski on December 9. Carroll was arrested and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial on charges of Vehicle Theft in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree, Removal of Identification Marks, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Fail to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer in the 1st Degree, and Improper Use of Evidence of Registration. There  was a passenger in the vehicle was Dionne Cason, 42, of Nikiski. According to Troopers, Cason initially claimed she had no knowledge of who the driver was or the status of the vehicle. According to the Trooper dispatch, investigation showed the vehicle was stolen, had a VIN removed, and had a license plate from a different vehicle.last_img read more

Indian Army moving tanks to Pakistan border Will IndoPak tensions escalate

first_imgArjun main-battle tankWikimedia CommonsUPDATE: Highly placed sources in the Indian Army have unofficially confirmed that no such movement has taken place.ORIGINAL STORY: Nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan were almost on the brink of war after the Pulwama attack. Even as the world became wary of the worst, the safe repatriation of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and international pressure de-escalated the tension between the two nations. However, pictures shared by well-placed sources in the Indian Armed Forces have a different story to tell. The pictures, whose authenticity we are yet to fully ascertain, depict the heavy movement of Indian army’s T-90 tanks from the Babina cantonment in the Jhansi district of Uttar Pradesh for possible India-Pakistan border outpost deployment.The pictures show Indian Army tanks queued up and being loaded on to trains for further possible forward-post deployment. Sources also suggest that there is a possibility of some significant troop movement to the border and LoC in the next few days.However, a few other sources suggested that this could well be part of a regular exercise and some 16-odd tanks of the Indian Army were being moved to the Jabalpur Ordinance Factory. Keeping in view the upcoming general elections in India, if confirmed, his move could alter one too many equations in the sub-continent.Meanwhile, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said he feared another security incident with India, after the two nuclear-armed countries engaged in a dangerous escalation that fuelled “war hysteria” in New Delhi ahead of elections next month. In an interview with the Financial Times on Tuesday, Khan said tensions were still high even after the crisis over a militant attack in Kashmir had eased with the release of Indian Air Force pilot captured by Pakistani forces.last_img read more

How to Move Your Business Data into the Cloud Safely

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Gregory Potter, data analyst at market research firm In-Stat.Photo© Jeff NewtonQ: Which business apps should I put in the cloud, and which should I keep in-house to avoid a security breach?Cloud services are rapidly becoming a more efficient, more scalable and less costly way for small businesses to manage data, applications and websites. Both public and private cloud services let businesses keep IT overhead low while encouraging flexibility for users to access corporate data from just about anywhere on any device.But some high-profile outages and mishaps within the last year serve as a reminder that outsourcing IT to the cloud does not come without risk. Last April, a cloud data center outage affected Amazon Web Services clients. A Google Gmail outage two months earlier resulted in some business clients losing e-mails.Companies like Microsoft and Dropbox also have had problems, and though overall such occurrences may be rare, businesses should pause before migrating their IT assets en masse to the cloud, says Gregory Potter, data analyst at market research firm In-Stat. “Small businesses can make great use of cloud services, but nothing is 100 percent reliable,” he says. “You just have to be smart about these things and plan for the possibility of disaster.”Start by looking at how you want to use the cloud, and what type (public or private) best fits your needs and budget, Potter says. Some small businesses use cloud services primarily for productivity applications–services like Salesforce.com, Google Apps and Microsoft’s Office 365. Services from Mozy, Dropbox and Apple also can be used to store content and archived files now clogging desktops and office servers. In addition, small businesses can use the cloud for web hosting from providers like Rackspace, Amazon and Verizon.”The great advantage to using cloud hosting is that it is immediately scalable, so that if your website suddenly gets a large number of hits, you can be confident that it won’t crash or slow down to a crawl,” Potter says.Public cloud services have the advantage of being inexpensive–as cheap as $5 per user, per month–but they are also the services that have grabbed headlines for their disruptions. A private cloud service, involving rental servers from a company like VMware, is a more secure option, Potter says.”A private cloud is definitely more secure than a public cloud, but you are buying servers and software, and it could be cost-prohibitive,” he says.Ultimately, employ common sense. “Maybe start by doing e-mail and some productivity stuff through the cloud, but maybe not mission-critical functions and sensitive business data,” Potter says. “You may also want to have your own local IT backup to the cloud service … just until you find your comfort level.”  This story appears in the September 2011 issue of . Subscribe » September 1, 2011 3 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Twitter Is Testing New Features Still Wont Add An Edit Button

first_imgClose At a press conference, Twitter execs discussed new features that will be added to the popular social media app. However, a feature that users have requested for years is unlikely to be introduced any time soon.   ( Photo Mix | Pixabay ) Twitter is giving an update to its timeline. The social media platform has reportedly begun testing a new feature that will let users follow a hashtag or topic.Twitter To Allow Users To Follow TopicsThe new feature will insert relevant tweets chosen by machine learning into the user’s main timeline. Before the addition of the new feature, users had to click the app’s “Explore” tab to view what other people have been saying about a specific topic.So far, the new feature is only available on Android and is open to sports-related topics. However, the new feature will soon be expanded to include other topics, including fandoms. (4) Mastering Social Media Mining with Python $29.98$39.99 Mining the Social Web: Data Mining Facebook, Twitter, Li… $25.97$49.99 Python Social Media Analytics: Analyze and visualize data… DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Bestseller Related Products $41.97$59.95 ENDS IN AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches (3) DEAL OF THE DAY Social Network Analysis with Twitter and Python: Learn data mining for one of the most popular social media platforms – Twitter Mining the Social Web: Data Mining Facebook, Twitter, … ENDS IN All $23.99$44.99 $22.50$45.00 (67) Ads by Amazon ENDS IN Bestseller ENDS IN Wow facts 4Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementFor example, fans of BTS would not have to manually type a keyword in the search box to find other fans. They can subscribe to the topic and see tweets from other fans of the popular boy band on their timelines.Twitter also said that machine learning will pull tweets related to the topic even if it does not mention a certain hashtag. This means that users would not have to search a hashtag one by one to read other people’s tweets.However, to curb the disinformation campaign, the company will curate and whitelist topics that users will be able to follow upon wider rollout.Users will also be given the option to mute certain topics from appearing on their timelines.”Just as over the last 13 years you’ve been able to follow accounts or mute accounts, we want to allow our customers to follow topics and mute topics,” said Kayvon Beykpour, the product lead at Twitter, at a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 13. “You may decide to turn off politics for the day and only look at puppy Twitter.”Twitter also recently began testing a way for users to follow individual tweets and read replies from other people.Twitter Still Has No Plans To Add Edit ButtonAt the press conference held at Twitter HQ in San Francisco, Beykpour was also asked about the one feature that users have been requesting for years: the edit button. While he is positive that an edit button will eventually be introduced to the social media platform, he stated that it will not be implemented any time soon.”Honestly, it’s a feature that I think we should build at some point, but it’s not anywhere near the top of our priorities,” he told the press. “That’s the honest answer.” TAG Twitter, Social Media, Machine learning (30) Introduction to Social Media Investigation: A Hands-on App… ENDS IN (1) DEAL OF THE DAY Social Media Data Mining and Analytics $44.99$44.99 DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller Bestseller Bestseller Bestseller (8) ENDS IN Ads by Amazon Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY Mining the Social Web: Analyzing Data from Facebook, Twitter… ENDS IN Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY $49.99$49.99 ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.last_img read more

Dominican Republic teams up with Explor VR to launch 360degree VR experiences

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — The Dominican Republic has taken a big leap forward into the realm of experiential marketing with the launch of six new virtual reality experiences that showcase the country’s breathtaking beauty.Currently available to travel agents via the Explor VR platform, the new campaign includes six unique island experiences: an overview of the entire island; the culture of Santo Domingo; the Cascade el Limon waterfall in Samana; the beach of Las Terrenas; golfing in Punta Cana; and kitesurfing in Cabarete. All six experiences have been captured in full 360-degree video and are available to use with virtual reality headsets.“Virtual reality is a totally essential new tool to promote our destination and we consider it to be the brochure of the future!” says Abdalah Castillo, Chairman, Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic. “It is a great addition to our campaign because you can be fully immersed in our destination, giving you a vivid experience of the island, even without actually being there.”More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upVirtual reality has gained traction in the travel industry as an exciting new way for suppliers to showcase their products and destinations, and for travel agents to sell to their clients. As a more engaging and immersive alternative to traditional brochures, VR has been well received across the board, something that has not gone unnoticed by the Ministry.“In today’s world, it is essential to be following the latest technological trends, especially those that can help increase sales,” adds Castillo. “We will continue to invest in the technology, push new boundaries and do whatever it takes to be on the cutting edge of marketing.”The Dominican Republic virtual reality experiences are available to agents to showcase the destination to their clients through the Explor VR website and app. For the full VR experience, download the app at Google Play or the App Store and purchase a headset (available at xplrvr.com/headsets). Alternatively, agents can visit the Explor VR website to view the tours in 360 degrees on their computers, tablets or mobile screens.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaThe website also has all the training agents need to get up and running with the technology, as well as marketing directives about the Dominican Republic that agents can highlight on social media, through email and website channels.For more information visit explorvr.com/. Share Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Posted bycenter_img Dominican Republic teams up with Explor VR to launch 360-degree VR experiences Travelweek Group Tags: Dominican Republic, Explor VR, Xplr VRlast_img read more