UN officials stress Security Councils role in protecting civilians during armed conflict

10 May 2011The recent unrest in North Africa and the Middle East and the post-electoral crisis in Cote d’Ivoire highlight the need to protect civilians during armed conflicts, top United Nations officials said today as they stressed the key role of the Security Council on the issue. “The events of the last few months have provided a compelling reminder of the fundamental and enduring importance of the Council’s protection of civilians agenda,” the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, told Council members.“Moreover, they have underscored the need to ensure that the commitments therein… translate into concerted Council action in response to violations of the law, as we have seen in Côte d’Ivoire and Libya, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Somalia.”Ms. Amos made her remarks during an open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. Other UN officials addressing the meeting were the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Alain Le Roy, and the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic, who spoke on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.On 17 March, the Council adopted a resolution authorizing Member States to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians in Libya, and since then several countries have carried out air strikes as part of their efforts to implement the resolution.Also earlier this year, the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) undertook all necessary measures, as directed by unanimous Security Council resolutions, to protect its assets and fulfil its mandate, particularly with regards to protection of civilians during the West African country’s recent political upheaval.These actions came in the wake of a presidential statement adopted last November, when the Council renewed its call on parties to conflict to take steps to protect civilians affected by hostilities, demanding they put an end to practices such as sexual violence, forced recruitment and other violations of international humanitarian law. In her remarks to the meeting, Ms. Amos focused on the need to ensure more effective protection for civilians. She cited violence in Bahrain, Yemen and Syria, as well as the situations in Côte d’Ivoire and Libya.“The deliberate targeting of civilians or other flagrant disregard for well-being in violation of international humanitarian law during hostilities results in hundreds killed, injured, maimed and traumatized every week,” Ms. Amos said. “This initial failure to respect the law is almost always the precursor to further violence, suffering and trauma inflicted upon civilians, including massive displacement within and across borders.”Ms. Amos also highlighted the plight of civilians in other conflicts who continue to be killed or injured as parties fail to comply with their obligations in the conduct of hostilities. Listing cases such as Somalia, the DRC, Sudan, Colombia, Gaza and southern Israel, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, Ms. Amos said the Security Council has a responsibility to promote compliance. “First, by using all available opportunities to condemn violations and to remind parties of, and demand compliance with, their obligations,” Ms. Amos said. “Second, by applying targeted sanctions against the leadership of parties that routinely violate their obligations to respect civilians. “And third, by promoting accountability, including by mandating commissions of inquiry to examine situations where concerns exist regarding serious violations, with a view to identifying the perpetrators and ensuring their prosecution at the national level, or referring the situation to the International Criminal Court.” In his remarks to the Council, Mr. Le Roy said that UN peacekeeping operations have been working closely with those countries which provide troops to serve as peacekeepers to improve the blue helmets’ understanding and implementation of protection of civilian mandates. This includes through measures such as providing guidance to missions on developing comprehensive protection strategies and training scenarios. However, noting that the protection of civilians in UN peacekeeping operations is often carried out in extremely challenging environments, and in many cases with tremendous political complexities, Mr. Le Roy said such efforts must be complemented by the Council’s sustained political support.“Ultimately, protection of civilians is assured by stable political outcomes, and the Security Council’s role in ensuring that parties stay on the path to peace is always critical,” Mr. Le Roy said. “The Council’s unflagging support in these situations is a sine qua non if we are to take forward our mandated tasks and improve the lives of civilians whom we are deployed to support.”In her statement to the Council’s meeting, delivered by Mr. Šimonovic, Ms. Pillay said recent events illustrated that the denial of human rights – including civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights – is a root cause of discord, unrest, violence and ultimately armed conflict. “Protecting human rights prevents conflicts, and accountability for violations of human rights breaks the cycle of violence,” she said. “In recent years, almost every integrated peace mission has included a human rights component, appropriately reflecting our shared conviction that the maintenance of peace and security depends upon respect for human rights – this positive development must continue.”Ms. Pillay also commended the Council for its “swift and decisive” actions to promote the protection of civilians and noted her office’s readiness to assist the Council with information on the human rights situation in places where the Council establishes or renews the mandate of a peace mission. read more

A late rise leaves US stocks mostly higher BofA error sinks its

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 28, 2014 2:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A late rise leaves US stocks mostly higher; BofA error sinks its stock, other banks fall NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are ending a choppy day mostly higher as investors balanced enthusiasm over a possible merger in the health care industry with bad news from Bank of America.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 87 points, or 0.5 per cent, to close at 16,448 Monday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose six points, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,869. The Nasdaq composite edged down a point to 4,074. The index erased most of a 61-point loss.Pfizer rose 4 per cent after renewing its push to buy rival drugmaker AstraZeneca.Bank of America slid 6 per cent after a financial error forced the bank to suspend plans to increase its dividend and buy back more of its stock.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.70 per cent. Specialist Wingszi Chiang, left, and trader Fred DeMarco work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, April 28, 2014. Stocks are mostly higher in early trading as traders hope for another blockbuster merger in the health-care industry. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) read more

Quinn scrambling to find fixes to stop Falcons 4game skid

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — A four-game losing streak has taken the Atlanta Falcons out of the playoff picture, leaving coach Dan Quinn with what he described as the biggest challenge of his four seasons with the team.Falcons owner Arthur Blank reaffirmed his support for Quinn following Sunday’s 26-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.The Falcons (4-8) already have matched the most losses in any of Quinn’s first three seasons as they prepare to visit Green Bay on Sunday. Jobs could be on the line for players and assistant coaches in the final four games, but Quinn said that’s nothing new.“What I can say the focus right now is how hard we can grind to get our football over this last quarter exactly right,” Quinn said, referring to the final four games. “Then, post-season we will look at everything together from personnel, players, coaches, everything just like we do all the time. That starts with me first.”Offensive co-ordinator Steve Sarkasian is under pressure to find fixes for an offence that has failed to reach 20 points in the four straight losses. Defensive co-ordinator Marquand Manuel’s unit ranks near the bottom against the run and pass.Quinn’s 2015 team finished 8-8, one year before Atlanta made a surprising run to the Super Bowl and then returned to the playoff last season.Quinn said he has challenged his team to improve its turnover ratio and stagnant running game. He also said he’s looking for better effort from players.“What I’d like to see is strong, relentless effort, both on and off the field,” he said. “What do I mean when I say off the field? That’s staying even tighter, connected, preparation, mindset heading into the game. All of those things I’d like to see tick up.”Blank was at the Falcons’ practice facility and in the locker room on Monday. On Sunday, after attending Quinn’s postgame news conference, Blank said “I haven’t lost any faith” in the coach and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.Quinn said he appreciates Blank’s support “during this time of year, especially.”“I know there are 32 teams … and I’m aware not everyone has that type of support,” Quinn said Monday. “So I appreciate having a boss like that. I know what he stands for and I love having that connection. It’s very important.”Quinn’s 2015 team suffered a six-game losing streak before winning two of its last three to finish .500 and establish momentum for the Super Bowl run in 2016.This year’s team has lost seven players, including some prominent leaders, to the injured reserve. The list includes running back Devonta Freeman, starting offensive guards Andy Levitre and Brandon Fusco and starting safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen. Linebacker Deion Jones returned Sunday and led the team with 15 tackles and a sack after missing 10 games with a foot injury.Quinn has not used injuries as an excuse for the losing streak. The four straight losses, and especially the sudden decline in scoring , are signs the drain on the team’s talent pool finally is too much to overcome.Matt Ryan’s 131 yards passing on Sunday set a career low for a full game.Ryan said the team’s effort was good but lack of execution was the problem.“We need to play well,” Ryan said. “At the end of the day, I think that’s the most important thing is to play well, and we haven’t done that.”Quinn said the missing players “have had a significant impact” in the Falcons’ “style and attitude.”“We’re always bummed when we don’t have those players here,” he said. “That is part of it, we recognize, in the game. Some years you have more than others. This happens to be one of the years we have more.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLCharles Odum, The Associated Press read more

Update CPG officer dies from poison exwife discharged

The 52-year-old Community Policing Group Officer who ingested poison after chopping his ex-wife and her lover last night, passed away hours ago at the New Amsterdam Hospital. Narine Parmaloo Inews had previously reported that the CPG officer, Narine Parmaloo of Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne was imbibing with this ex-wife, Nesha Parmaloo and her lover, identified only as “Mahendra, last evening.However, an argument ensued between the CPG Officer and his ex-wife’s lover, Mahendra. Parmaloo reportedly grabbed a cutlass from inside of the home and dealt multiple chops to his ex-wife and her lover, while threatening to chop anyone who tried to protect the duo.The house where the incident occurred (Javed Khan Image )The Parmaloos’ son told Inews that his father would usually visit his mother and they would often consume alcohol without there being a problem. He was unable to say what may have triggered his father’s sudden rage.This online publication understands that the Parmaloo’s separated late last year, and the CPG Officer had reportedly threatened on numerous occasions to kill his ex-wife, especially after she moved in with her lover, Mahendra.Reports suggests that Narine Parmaloo, on Wednesday last, attempted to take his own life, and was hospitalized. He was only just discharged from the hospital on Saturday.Meanwhile, Parmaloo’s ex-wife was discharged from the hospital today, while her lover is said to be clinging to his life. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPG officer goes berserk, hacks ex-wife, her lover then ingests poisonous substanceFebruary 6, 2017In “Crime”Berbice CPG rank, son arrested for stabbing estate workerSeptember 3, 2017In “Crime”Parika man succumbs to poison after chopping ex-partner, mother-in-lawAugust 6, 2016In “latest news” read more

3 illegal mining operations shut down in Regions 8 9 GGMC

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMiners in Marudi told to get act togetherMarch 27, 2017In “latest news”Brazilian killed in Micobie mining accidentApril 1, 2017In “latest news”Operation El Dorado intercepts several illegal mining campsOctober 17, 2013In “Local News” -They were reportedly responsible for water pollution in the areas outlinedA visit to the Region 9 communities of Karasabai and Yurong Paru, and Monkey Mountain in Region 8  by a tripartite team comprising the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) resulted in the shutting down of three illegal mining operations.The visit between Monday February 20 to Wednesday 22, 2017, resulted from a directive issued by the Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman M.P., following  a letter written to him by Bryan Allicock, Regional Chairman of Region 9 (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) in early February, which raised the issue of alleged illegal mining activities which were reportedly responsible  for water pollution in the outlined areas.The team, which was led by the Compliance Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and included environmental officers from the GGMC and the EPA, found that the turbidity levels (the degree to which the water loses its transparency due to the presence of particulates) in the Echilibar River exceeded 30 ntu (Nephelometric Turbidity Unit), the recommended limit in the mining regulations. It was also determined by the officers on the ground that the turbidity levels were as a result of illegal mining operations.It was found that those operations were ongoing without the requisite permission from the GGMC.It was also determined that the persons working the operations were doing so after receiving verbal permission from a ranger employed by the claimholder – a violation of the GGMC’s regulations.As a result, the GGMC said it issued Cease Work Orders to two operations in one location on the left bank of the Echilibar River and to one other operation farther inland. The mining activities were all taking place in the drainage basin of the Echilibar River, which discharges into the Ireng River that borders Brazil.The Ministry of Natural Resources and the GGMC say are in receipt of information which suggests that many claim-holders are granting small miners verbal permission to work their claims without seeking the prior approval of the GGMC.According to the Ministry and the GGMC, they will be taking strong action against such persons “many of whom are prominent miners”. read more

BlueStacks makes the Surface Pro feel like the Surface RT

first_imgOne of the interesting results of the rise of mobile apps are situations where a certain app is more useful that its web-based counterpart. Bluestacks has done a fantastic job bringing Android apps to Windows and Mac, but their latest push, which claims to be optimized for Windows 8 and the Surface Pro, is nothing short of false advertising.It’s not news that Windows 8 is lacking Metro apps — Windows RT is a graveyard compared to iOS, Android, or even the recently released BlackBerry 10. BlueStacks offers Android apps on traditional Windows and OS X systems, and BlueStacks noted that users have been clamoring for their service to make its way to Windows 8 and the Surface Pro. BlueStacks went all out, setting up the domain GetYourAppsBack.com and releasing a statement about how their service was optimized for the new experience.Android apps run through BlueStacks are all touch-enabled, full-screen ready, and they play nicely with the Windows 8 multitasking system in many cases. The BlueStacks UI even looks good on Windows 8, fitting in well with the Modern UI. Unfortunately, when you go to use it, something goes wrong…BlueStacks is miserably slow on the Surface Pro. The UI doesn’t respond to touch elements very well, and it handled scrolling through a list of apps even worse. Once you finally find an app to install, opening the app is slow enough to make you think that BlueStacks just didn’t pick up your input the first time.Once the app finally does load, the experience is not great. When compared to apps that already exist on Windows 8, like Fruit Ninja and IM+, it felt more like a bogged down Surface RT than the tablet PC capable of running Diablo 3. When you decide to uninstall an app, you are met with oddly stretched menus that are pretty clearly not optimized for the hardware it is currently running on.Nothing about the BlueStacks experience on the Surface Pro is acceptable, and it’s the furthest possible thing from “optimized” that you could expect from a firm whose goal is to make apps multi-platform. For a company that claims that their goal is to “get people more value out of their Surface Pro and Win8 devices” there’s a lot of room for improvement.last_img read more

Roy Webster broke down and told gardaí he beat woman to death

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,524 Views Friday 10 Mar 2017, 6:12 PM http://jrnl.ie/3281693 Roy Webster leaving court. Mar 10th 2017, 6:12 PM Short URL Roy Webster leaving court. Image: Rónán Duffy.center_img By eoin Share Tweet Email1 No Comments WHEN THE MAN accused of murdering Anne Shortall was confronted by his wife about her disappearance he broke down and told gardaí he beat her to death with a hammer and stashed her body in his workshop, his trial heard today.Roy Webster (40) from Ashbree, Ashford, Co Wicklow has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Anne Shortall (47) on Good Friday April 3, 2015 at the Murrough, Co Wicklow. His plea was not accepted by the State.Detective Garda Owen Martin told prosecuting counsel Paul Greene SC that Webster first gave a formal statement to gardaí on Monday 6 April. Anne Shortall went missing the previous Friday and Webster was linked to her by text messages on her mobile phone.Detective Garda Martin said Webster gave a voluntary statement at Wicklow garda station in which he said he had known Anne Shortall for two years.The previous Christmas he said he was out with a few lads for drinks, met Shortall and ended up kissing her. Some time later he received a phone call from her in the early hours. She said: “Check your Facebook page” and hung up.When he tried to call her the following morning he got no response but they soon started exchanging text messages.In one text she told him: “I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I’m pregnant.” Webster told Detective Garda Martin that he didn’t believe her because he had so much alcohol on the night that he didn’t ejaculate. He asked if he could see the pregnancy test but she refused.MeetingWebster told gardaí that he arranged to meet Anne Shortall the previous Friday, Good Friday, between 3 and 4pm at the Leitrim Pub in Wicklow. She got into his van and they drove a little distance. He told her he wanted proof that he was the father. She told him she was going to England for an abortion. He said the last time he saw her was when he let her out of his van and she walked back towards Wicklow Town.Later that same day Webster spoke to Detective Sergeant Fergus O’Brien of Wicklow Garda Station and gave a more detailed statement in which he said he had a “fling” with Anne Shortall at Christmas. He volunteered to let gardaí have his van and his phone.The following day Detective Sergeant O’Brien received a call from Roy Webster in which Webster said he had told his wife about the “fling” with Anne Shortall. He asked the sergeant about the investigation into Anne Shortall’s disappearance. He wanted to know when they would be finished with his van and whether they had checked CCTV in the area.He then confirmed that he had sex with Anne Shortall on December 20 and revealed that she asked him for e6,500 for an abortion. He said his wife calculated that she would be about 15 weeks pregnant and that an abortion at that stage would cost €700 plus the cost of flights.Garda callThe following day, 7 April, Detective Sergeantt O’Brien called out to Webster’s home because he wanted him to explain exactly where he had let Anne Shortall out of his van the previous Friday.When he arrived Webster’s wife Sinead invited him inside and asked him why her husband had been linked to Anne Shortall’s disappearance on social media. There was also a picture of him in a newspaper. She was annoyed about this and Detective Sergeant O’Brien told her not to be upsetting herself by reading newspapers.Mrs Webster then confronted her husband saying: “Have you anything to say that you are not saying?”. “No,” he replied. She went on: “If you have something to say, speak now.”When she asked: “Did you hurt her, Roy?” his head went down and he started to cry. “He said he had hurt her,” Detective Sergeant O’Brien told the court.Detective Sergeant O’Brien immediately cautioned Webster before Mrs Webster continued to question her husband, this time more directly, saying: “Did you hit her Roy?”Detective Sergeantt O’Brien said:His head went down and he started to cry and he said: “I did. I hit her with a hammer”.He revealed that her body was in the workshop. “Our workshop?” Mrs Webster asked. “Yes,” he replied.O’Brien said: “At that stage we went quiet and Sinead fell on her knees and she may have let out a sound like a gasp.”‘Emotional scene’Webster began sobbing heavily, “in gulps of crying” and then started talking profusely. His wife made some phone calls and family members started arriving. It was an “emotional” scene, the sergeant said.When Webster calmed down he gave a full statement in which he revealed that he met Anne Shortall and she got into his van. “She had me under so much pressure,” he said.“She was just threatening and threatening.” He said she had him against the wall. He said he got out of the van, opened the side door and grabbed the first thing he could find, a hammer, and hit her.He described it as a “mistake that is after ruining so many lives”. He kept her body in the van that Friday and then moved it to the workshop the following day.Webster was crying and talking about his future and his children. His parents arrived and he apologised to them. His sister arrived “crying and distraught”.Webster then took gardaí to the workshop and opened the door to where the body had lain since Saturday. Detective Sergeant O’Brien went in and saw some boards against a wall.Inside he saw a pair of hands wrapped in silver duct tape. He walked out and called for crime scene investigators to take over. At 2.31pm he arrested Roy Webster on suspicion of the murder of Anne Shortall.The trial continues on Monday in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven men and four women.Comments are closed as this case is before the courts.Read: Roy Webster makes ‘no reply’ when charged with murder of Anne Shortall> Image: Rónán Duffy. Roy Webster ‘broke down and told gardaí he beat woman to death with a hammer’, court hears Roy Webster has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Anne Shortall.last_img read more

Two men arrested and handgun seized in Dublin city centre

first_img Short URL By Cianan Brennan 16,506 Views Share15 Tweet Email Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 10:58 AM Source: Shutterstock/Lane V. EricksonTWO MEN HAVE been arrested and a handgun seized following an incident in Dublin city centre last night.The two men, both aged in their 20s, were arrested at about 10pm following a routine traffic stop at North Strand. A car was also seized during the operation.While carrying out the checkpoint, gardaí became suspicious of car in the area which was subsequently stopped and searched.This led to the search of another car nearby from which a handgun was recovered.The two men are currently being detained at Mountjoy Garda Station.Investigations are continuing.Read: 30-year-old man seriously injured after being struck by car in GalwayRead: Dog owners warned to keep pets on a leash after ‘savage’ sheep attacks Two men arrested and handgun seized in Dublin city centre The men were arrested following a routine traffic stop in the north inner city last at about 10pm last night. Jun 17th 2017, 10:58 AM http://jrnl.ie/3449616 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 2 Comments last_img read more

Greece last in overthecounter drug consumption

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Among EU countries, Greece ranks last in non-prescription drug consumption, statistics show. According to the global index of pharmaceutical consumption, published in the daily newspaper Naftemporiki per capita expenditure over the past few years remains at €21.5, amounting to €230 million in total. This reluctance of the Greek consumer to trust over-the-counter medicines is an after-effect of the ongoing recession, which has taken its toll on the overall consumption index, dragging down expenditure. In what concerns pharmaceuticals, in particular, Greece has retreated from one of the top spots of consumption to near the bottom among the EU member states. Greece has been infamous for excessive use of prescription drugs, something which came to an abrupt end, after the crisis erupted. Apart from that, the Greek public is reluctant to use over-the-counter medication to treat minor health issues, such as the common cold, due to a lack of experience and knowledge.last_img read more

Family offers £50000 salary for livein nanny at haunted house

first_imgSomething for the weekend: When looking for a new job, an attractive salary can certainly be a deciding factor to help narrow down what roles to apply for. One family is offering a stand-out salary of £50,000 a year for a live-in nanny. Not only will the successful candidate have to care for two small children, but they may also have to cope with supernatural occurrences in the family’s haunted house.The family, who live in a small village in the Scottish Borders, placed an advert on Childcare.co.uk for a live-in nanny to care for two children, aged five and seven years old. The advert describes the family home as “a lovely, spacious, historic property in a remote spot with spectacular views”, while the remuneration package includes a £50,000 per annum salary and 28 days’ holiday plus bank holidays. The chosen nanny will also have their own bedroom, en-suite, and private kitchen to retreat to after fulfilling duties such as preparing breakfast, doing the school runs, and helping with homework.However, alongside these perks of the job, the live-in nanny may also have to contend with regular supernatural incidents, which have been cited as the reason why five previous nannies have left the lucrative role over the past year. The mysterious incidents include strange noises, broken glass, and moving furniture. With both parents away on business for up to four nights of the week, responsibility to fend off unruly spirits would fall to the next nanny.In the advert, the parents write: “This has obviously been a period of great upheaval for our children. We haven’t personally experienced any supernatural happenings, as they have been reported only while we’ve been out of the house, but we’re happy to pay above the asking rate, and feel it’s important to be as up-front as possible to find the right person.”Here at Employee Benefits, we are not sure how we would react to a haunted office or ghostly colleagues. The stapler moves around enough as it is without any supernatural assistance…last_img read more

Unacceptable Lawmakers Question Decision Not To Monitor Harvey Pollution With NASA Jet

first_img Share 00:00 /05:02 Katie Hayes Luke for NPRAfter Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast in August 2017, the storm stalled over Houston and dumped as much as 60 inches of rain on some parts of the region.Lawmakers on the U.S. House science committee have questions for federal and Texas officials about a decision not to fly a NASA jet that would have provided more comprehensive data on air pollution after Hurricane Harvey.Committee members Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) have requested documents relating to the decision from the Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and NASA.The request comes after an L.A. Times article revealed NASA officials offered up a high-tech air-sampling jet to help with pollution monitoring after Hurricane Harvey. The EPA and TCEQ reportedly pushed back on the offer, saying data from the state-of-the-art airplane would not be helpful. Their response informed NASA officials’ decision not to fly.“This is deeply troubling,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to officials. “If this is true, it is not only an embarrassment, it is unacceptable.”Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, whose home district in Houston was hit particularly hard by Harvey, told Houston Matters the decision concerned her because the NASA plane had more capabilities than EPA or TCEQ equipment.“I think that’s a disservice to the public and I think it puts us potentially at greater risk,” Fletcher said.In a statement to News 88.7, TCEQ said the offer was made two weeks after the storm and the mission would not have flown until an even later date. The agency said it had started ground-level sampling a week prior and reiterated its position that data from NASA’s flying altitude would not have been useful in determining impacts to public health.  In a separate statement, the EPA disputed parts of the L.A. Times article, saying the agency did not decline NASA’s offer.The committee members have asked the agencies to deliver documents by March 20.Listen to Fletcher’s full conversation with Houston Matters in the audio below: Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

New Statue At US Open Honors African America

first_img by NPR News Richard Gonzales 8.26.19 11:10pm In a long overdue tribute to the first African American to break international tennis’ color barrier, a new statue of Althea Gibson was unveiled at the opening day of the U.S. Open.The statue is comprised of five granite blocks and created by American sculptor Eric Goulder. It sits outside Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.In 1947, Gibson broke into the elite ranks of the tennis world winning the first 10 consecutive American Tennis Association women’s titles. (The ATA was the tennis equivalent of baseball’s Negro Leagues.) At the age of 23, Gibson became the first African American player to compete in the U.S. Nationals, the precursor to the U.S. Open, in 1950.Between 1956 to 1958, Gibson made her mark. She won 11 majors, and was the first black player to win the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals. When she retired in 1958, she was the top-ranked woman in tennis having won more than 50 singles and doubles championships.Perhaps because she was a star during a period when tennis champs made no real money and because she was a woman, more than a few people believe Gibson did not get all of the respect she earned as a trailblazer.”Recognizing for me as an African American woman and recognizing what Althea stood for and understanding that she truly broke the color barrier for tennis – a lot of people think it’s Arthur [Ashe], but it was Althea 11 years before him,” said Katrina Adams, former president and CEO of the U.S. Tennis Association.Adams, along with Billy Jean King, helped lead the campaign for the Gibson statue.”I said, ‘She’s our Jackie Robinson of tennis and she needs to be appreciated for it, and she’s not,’ ” King told the Undefeated in 2018. “I wanted something there that was permanent. I didn’t want just a one-day highlight.””It’s about bloody time,” said Angela Buxton of Britain, who won the 1956 French and Wimbledon doubles championships with Gibson, referring to the statue as quoted by the Associated Press.Buxton, who is Jewish, shared more than doubles titles with Gibson. She knew first hand what Gibson endured as a black competitor in a sport dominated then by white players.”Althea, with her two ticker-tape parades, still wasn’t allowed into a hotel where the whites sleep or a water fountain to drink where whites drink, but she helped to break that down,” Buxton said.After leaving the tennis world, Gibson had a brief career as a golfer, becoming the first African American woman to join the Ladies Professional Golf Association.Etched on one of the granite blocks of the Gibson statue is a quote from her: “I hope that I have accomplished just one thing: that I have been a credit to tennis and my country.”Gibson died in 2003 at the age of 76.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Frank Franklin II New Statue At U.S. Open Honors African American Tennis… last_img read more

Google Home Smart Speaker Down to Just 9399 for Limited Time Original

first_img Share Tweet Submit You can pick up a Google Home smart speaker straight from eBay for a price of just $93.99. The official list price is $129.Get the Goodness of Google Assistant by Grabbing a Google Home at a DiscountFor an extremely limited period of time, you can get the Google Assistant-powered smart speaker from the Mountain View company for a price of just $93.99. The original price of the Google Home speaker is set at $129 by Google itself, so yes, that is a decent amount of savings there.What can you do with the Google Home?Even if you don’t have a smart home setup, the Google Home serves as a great hub to automate things from the get-go. For example, you can ask Google Assistant a wide variety of questions or even ask for weather and traffic updates.That’s not all, you can even ask it to play something on your Chromecast if you like. Have smart home products at home that support Google Assistant? Well, then simply control them using the power of your voice. The possibilities are endless once you start exploring them.Hit the link below to pick up a Google Home for yourself or that special someone who just can’t get enough of Google Assistant.Buy Google Home for $93.99 [eBay link]last_img read more

1M Digital Mammography Challenge Aims to Improve Accuracy of Mammograms

first_img 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 | 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 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 more 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 September 15, 2016 — A coalition of oncology and technology partners led by Sage Bionetworks and DREAM Challenges last week announced the opening of the training phase for the Digital Mammography DREAM Challenge. The challenge is an open-science data competition designed to improve the accuracy of mammography screening.With funding from Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), the challenge will award up to $1.2 million to data scientists, researchers and coding experts who develop predictive algorithms that achieve milestone goals related to reducing the recall rate of mammography screening.The coalition supporting the challenge as organizers, sponsors, partners and advisors from the health, tech, regulatory and for-profit competition sectors includes: Amazon Web Services (AWS), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Group Health Cooperative, IBM, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Innocentive, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Radish Medical and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.Each year, more than 40 million women in the United States undergo routine mammogram testing to screen for breast cancer. Mammograms are widely considered to be the most accessible and cost-effective breast cancer screening method. However, the United States Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society recently issued changes to recommendations regarding start age and frequency of screening. These changes are due, in part, to the large number of false-positive mammograms. One in 10 women undergoing screening mammography are recalled for diagnostic workup, of which fewer than 5 percent will eventually be found to have cancer. Recalled patients often experience stress and additional medical costs, and some require interventions including unnecessary biopsies.The Digital Mammography DREAM Challenge, running from June 2016 through mid-2017, will seek to attract data experts from both inside and outside the medical field to develop predictive algorithms that will reduce false-positive mammograms while maintaining or improving cancer detection. Participants will be asked to create algorithms that will help doctors determine whether a patient’s mammogram has a high or low likelihood of harboring a breast cancer, and whether or not a patient should undergo additional testing. New algorithms may allow doctors to customize screening regimens for patients and identify women who would benefit from more or less frequent screening.“Our goal is for the challenge to demonstrate that we can extract more information from mammograms than what meets the eye. Now that we are in an age where machines can train and learn how to recognize images, there is the possibility that machines can learn to recognize cancer-specific pixelated patterns in a digital mammogram that humans cannot detect. If highly accurate algorithms can help provide women with more clinically relevant and accurate information, then we can dramatically change the field of breast cancer screening,” explained Christoph Lee, M.D., of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and clinical advisor to the challenge.To create the algorithms, participants will use anonymous patient data including nearly 650,000 digitized mammograms provided by the Group Health Cooperative through the NCI-funded Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium and by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Solvers’ algorithms will be evaluated against corresponding data on known patient outcomes, and scores will be assigned based on measures of accuracy. Algorithms that identify the fewest false positives while maintaining high rates of cancer detection will receive the highest ranking on the publicly accessible Challenge leaderboard. These medical images will be securely stored in the Amazon and IBM clouds.“This Challenge holds great promise to improve breast cancer screening,” Group Health Cooperative Senior Investigator Diana Buist, Ph.D., said. “It is only possible through the long-term investment the National Cancer Institute has made in the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium, which provides real clinical data harmonized with gold standard cancer ascertainment.”Challenge organizers are working to maximize the level of solver participation through a targeted marketing campaign and by directly engaging the combined solver communities of DREAM and Innocentive that together include more than 370,000 registered individuals from over 200 countries.The challenge is also part of the Coding4Cancer initiative that was featured at Vice President Biden’s June 2016 National Cancer Moonshot Summit. Coding4Cancer seeks to drive improvements in cancer detection methods through the development of better algorithms for imaging tools.Coding4Cancer will hold a second Challenge in 2017 to improve lung cancer screening techniques.“The Digital Mammography DREAM Challenge is the start of a larger movement focused on using prizes and challenges to improve early cancer diagnosis,” LJAF Vice President of Science and Technology Michael Stebbins explained. “We are eager to hear more exciting ideas that will help to improve the use of medical imaging techniques to support early diagnosis.”Due to the massive volume of data (more than 10 terabytes) and sensitivity of the challenge’s digitized mammograms, solvers will not have direct access to the data. Rather than the usual approach of bringing the data to the algorithm, in this challenge, organizers will bring solvers’ algorithms to the data for training and scoring. Generous sponsorships from both AWS and IBM are providing cloud computing for data hosting as well as the computational firepower needed to support solvers’ deep learning approaches for model training.For more information: www.synapse.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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). News | Mammography | September 15, 2016 $1M Digital Mammography Challenge Aims to Improve Accuracy of Mammograms Contest aims to crowd-source machine learning algorithms to help reduce the false positive mammography rate 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 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 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 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 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 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. Related Contentlast_img read more

Bill creating undersecretariat for tourism going to plenum next month

first_imgThe bill creating an under-secretariat for tourism will head to the plenum next month, almost two years after it was approved by the cabinet.The bill provides for most of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation’s (CTO) responsibilities to be gradually transformed to an under-secretariat for tourism in a bid to boost competitiveness.The sub-ministry would be headed by an under-secretary for tourism, and without a board of directors, to avoid overlap with the CTO.It is thought the CTO will be stripped of most of its responsibilities, focusing only on the promotion of tourism.Approved by the cabinet in October 2016, it has since been at the House finance committee where discussions were repeatedly postponed.`Chairman of the House finance committee, Disy leader Averof Neophytou said there was one political party which believed the CTO and under-secretariat for tourism could co-exist.He was referring to Akel and said it was a matter of two different political approaches.Akel MP Stefanos Stefanou said his party was in favour of creating the under-secretariat for tourism however it had a different view to the government on how it will be structured.“We don’t agree that the CTO should be dissolved… but that is should remain autonomous under the umbrella of the sub ministry with specific responsibilities and powers it will have.”  You May LikeCrutchfield.comBest Gaming Headsets To Help You Win and Have FunCrutchfield.comUndoHealthZapBurdened With Doubts; Man Got Down The LadderHealthZapUndoPuppyLoverNews.com11 Tricks to Make Your Dog The HappiestPuppyLoverNews.comUndo Property owners price themselves out of the marketUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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