first_imgA new Medical Act introduced today, May 4, will open the door for doctors to more efficiently regulate their profession through the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The college protects Nova Scotians and their families. The new act will support this by establishing clear requirements for registration and renewal of registration, clarifying investigative processes, and ensuring all regulatory processes are designed with the public in mind. “The purpose of the Medical Act is to guarantee that all Nova Scotians receive the best possible care from highly qualified and trained doctors,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “By having a current and up-to-date act, physicians can continue to provide better health care for Nova Scotian families.” This is the first significant update to the Medical Act since it was introduced in 1996. The College of Physicians and Surgeons consulted with stakeholders ensure the new act was in the best interest of Nova Scotians. The act allows the college to regulate the profession to protect and serve the best interests of the public. “Implementation of the new Medical Act will be good for all Nova Scotians,” said Dr. Cameron Little, registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. “The new act will ensure that regulation of the medical profession will continue to meet the high standards expected by the public and the medical profession.” The proposed changes fall into three categories: administrative, professional practice and disciplinary. Key changes include:– Reducing registration barriers for physicians licensed to practice in other provinces, in accordance with the Agreement on Internal Trade– Facilitating registration for doctors trained in other countries, in compliance with the provincial Fair Registration Practices Act– Harmonizing registration and complaints processes with those of other jurisdictions– Clarifying what falls within the scope of practice of medicine and allowing for process development to permit other health care providers to engage in designated aspects of the practice of medicine — Ensuring processes for filing complaints are clear and fair for all involved– Streamlining processes to allow the college to operate more efficiently. The proposed changes are intended to ensure that Nova Scotians continue to receive the best quality care from their physicians.last_img read more

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said the state had not seen a single riot after the BJP came to power and his two-year government had shown zero tolerance towards crime and criminals. Presenting a report card of his government, which completes two years in office, he said the BJP-led state government had been able to change the perception about the state. According to the chief minister, the secure atmosphere in the country had become an example for the rest of the country. The UP Sthaapnaa Diwas (Foundation Day) was celebrated for first time after 68 years in 2018, he said.last_img

Rabat – Opportunity Network (ON), an online global matchmaking business for networking, business development, internationalization, partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions,  has opened an office in Morocco with the aim of “contributing to African development.”The Morocco office will expand ON’s network in Africa, adding to its branches in Nigeria and South Africa.The newly inaugurated office will be headed by Najwa El Iraki, former director of business development at Casablanca Finance City Authority (CFCA) and patroness of Africa Dev Consulting, an investor support structure on the African continent based between London and Casablanca. In 2015, the founder and CEO of ON, Brian Pallas, met with Moroccan officials, including Mamoune Bouhdoud, Deputy Minister for small and medium enterprises and the informal sector. to discuss the possibility of initiating a ON branch in Morocco.The two officials agreed that the establishment of ON in Africa and more particularly in Morocco is an important business opportunity.“In the time of digitization and financial technology, we intend to work closely with the United Nations to contribute to African development,” said Pallas “It is natural that we have chosen Morocco to develop our activities in the region and thus to support the growth of industrial and commercial activities of companies in Africa.”Founded in 2014, Opportunity Network is a business matchmaking platform that partners with financial institutions to allow their corporate and private clients to find their next business partner for deals above USD 1 million around the world. read more

The International Conference on Afghanistan, also known as the Kabul Conference, will be co-chaired by Mr. Ban and President Hamid Karzai. It is the first international conference on Afghanistan to be held in the country and organized by the Afghan Government.Mr. Ban “will appeal to the Afghan people to come together to achieve peace through reconciliation and build a future based on economic development and mutual cooperation, with full respect for their nation’s sovereignty,” the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told reporters today.While in Kabul, the Secretary-General will also meet with Mr. Karzai and some of the senior officials from the over 70 countries expected to attend the conference, during which the Government will present an Afghan-led plan for improving development, governance and security, including priority programmes to enhance service delivery.Tomorrow’s meeting follows the London Conference held in January, during which the Government and its international partners jointly endorsed a strategy of transition to greater Afghan responsibility for the affairs of the country.While it will not be a pledging conference, it is expected that donors at tomorrow’s meeting will align their programmes behind the plans and commit to the principles of aid effectiveness. 19 July 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is headed to Kabul for a major international gathering on Tuesday at which he will call on Afghans to unite in the interest of peace and development in their country. read more

The United Nations Security Council today called on the States organizing the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region to finalize preparations for their second summit, postponed from last month, to show their will to maintain their momentum towards establishing peace and stability.The call came in a resolution unanimously adopted by the Council after an all-day meeting addressed by 45 representatives, including 14 cabinet ministers and deputy ministers. By its terms, the Council encouraged leaders “to finalize the preparations for the second Summit, including a clear focus on peace and security issues, with a view to adopting a Security, Stability and Development Pact for the countries of the Great Lakes region.”Following on from the first summit in November 2004 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, the countries of the region should continue their collective efforts to develop a sub-regional approach for promoting good relations, peaceful coexistence and peaceful resolution of disputes as envisaged in the Dar-es-Salaam Declaration, the Council said. Tanzania also holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month.The core countries of the conference are Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The Group of Friends of the Great Lakes Region comprises 28 countries, mainly from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), plus Gabon, Nigeria and South Africa and 10 international organizations.The second summit, scheduled for last 15 and 16 December, was delayed at the DRC’s request. The Kinshasa Government said that the referendum on its draft Constitution was scheduled for 18 and 19 December and that it preferred to hold the International Conference after the scheduled conclusion of its transitional political process in June of this year.Addressing the Council today, Tanzania’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Asha-Rose Mtengeti Migiro, recalled the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and stressed the need to work together to avoid the repetition of such catastrophes.The countries of the region were working at the national and international levels to create mechanisms to strengthen mutual confidence and trust as a basis for peace and stability and the UN Security Council was their key partner as they faced both residual and new challenges, she said.According to a concept paper from Tanzanian Ambassador Augustine Mahiga, the discussion should propose ways to promote and protect human rights and reconciliation, as well as the participation of civil society, including women, in issues of peace and security and the strengthening of a coordinated response from the core countries and the international community on needed humanitarian assistance.In a recent report to the Council Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for a new summit date to be set as soon as possible. New and negative events in the region could render the Conference process more fragile, he warned, adding that some might interpret postponement as a sign of a lack of commitment.“Every effort should be made by the countries of the region to ensure the convening of the Nairobi Summit as early as possible, both to maintain momentum and to build on the gains and achievements made thus far,” sending a strong and much-needed signal that the process is still on track, he said.“It would be regrettable to allow, at this late stage, loss of momentum after so many resources have been devoted to successfully bringing so many conflicting parties together,” Mr. Annan said.Also addressing the Council today was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region, Ibrahima Fall, whose office in Nairobi, Kenya, is administering conference preparations. He said the areas under discussion fell into four categories: peace and security; democracy and good governance; economic development and regional integration; and humanitarian and social questions. read more

Globally, around one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted each year, amounting to 1.3 billion tonnes – enough food to feed 2 billion people – according to a joint news release by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).The three-year project by the agencies is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and focuses on food losses in developing countries, which can occur during harvesting, processing, transportation and storage as a result of inadequate infrastructure or lack of skills and technology. It will focus in particular on reducing losses of grains and pulses such as maize, rice, beans and cow peas – staple foods that play a significant role in global food security and have a major impact on the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers. Grain losses in sub-Saharan Africa alone are worth potentially $4 billion a year and could meet the minimum annual food requirements of at least 48 million people, according to a 2011 report by the World Bank, FAO and the United Kingdom’s Natural Resources Institute.The project will, among other things, identify critical points for losses in pulse and grain supply chains in Burkina Faso, DRC and Uganda, and identify and test potential solutions to issues such as ineffective harvesting and handling, storage moisture levels, attacks by rats, birds and other pests, and insect damage. “When some 840 million people are going hungry every day, we have an ethical responsibility to ensure that food produced is in fact consumed and not lost or wasted,” said Jong Jin Kim, Director of FAO’s Programme Support Division, speaking on behalf of the three agencies.“Reducing food loss and waste will make significant amounts of additional food available, and at lower environmental costs, which is also critical in view of the need to produce 60 per cent more food by 2050 to meet the demands of a growing population.” In total, food losses and waste account for about 30 per cent of cereals, 40-50 per cent of root crops, fruit and vegetables, 20 per cent of oilseeds, meat and dairy, and 30 per cent of fish produced each year, according to FAO. read more

“Togo, pilot country for the objectives of sustainable development, volunteered during the political High-Level Political Forum under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council in July, to take part in the Progress Report of the integration of the Agenda in national strategies and programs for development,” saidMr. Kpayedo, noting that at that time, his delegations had demonstrated an advanced implementation roadmap, and also shared the significant progress made in the implementation of key actions. The SDGs should help transform the world by giving priority to the most vulnerable groups such as women, youth, children, populations affected by conflict and disasters, migrants and refugees, he continued, adding: “No development program can succeed and remain sustainable if the national context in which it must be implemented is not peaceful and stable.” As such, Togo is working to eradicate poverty and hunger, which he considered “the roots of insecurity and terrorism.”An effective fight against terrorism requires States to continue to work together and further strengthening of cooperation between their competent technical and information-sharing services. “It also requires that the most affluent countries agree to support [small] States such as Togo, which do not have the resources to develop mechanisms and appropriate means of countering terrorism,” he added, noting that his country will host the special Summit of the African Union on the security and maritime safety and development in Africa.“The goal is to agree on a joint statement to better prevent and cope with insecurity at sea and promoting sustainable and inclusive development of the blue economy, in line with [the 2030 Agenda] and the Paris Agreement,” he said. read more

first_imgIt might be painful to go through 100 marathons, but it is not as painful as cancer treatmentRyan Holmes An endurance runner inspired by his friend’s battle with blood cancer has become the youngest ever person to complete 100 marathons.Ryan Holmes, aged 21 years and 172 days, broke the previous record set in 2010 by Adam Holland, who was 23 years and 220 days old when he finished his hundredth race.The runner, from Whitstable, Kent, has raised thousands of pounds for charity Bloodwise over the course of his races, which add up to more than 2,600 miles – approximately equivalent to the distance between London and Newfoundland, Canada. Mr Holmes, who works as a control systems engineer on the London Underground, completed his hundredth marathon on New Year’s Eve at Betteshanger Park in Deal, Kent, with a time of four-and-a-half hours.He completed the milestone over the course of just over two-and-a-half years, often running two marathons every week and several 100-mile ultra marathons.He said: “It’s pretty amazing, to be honest. I cannot believe I have actually done it.”Mr Holmes’s various challenges have allowed him to raise more than £2,000 for Bloodwise in honour of family friend Paul Denton, 48, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2014. Engineer Ryan Holmes during one his runs Credit:Tony Flashman/Solent Engineer Ryan Holmes during one his runs  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The disease sees cancerous cells divide and expand within the bone marrow, which damages the body’s ability to produce healthy blood cells.There is currently no cure for multiple myeloma, although there are treatments that can minimise the symptoms.Mr Holmes said: “Paul is very proud of me. He is definitely a big part of my inspiration. It might be painful to go through 100 marathons, but it is not as painful as cancer treatment.”It was quite emotional today at the finish line. It felt good that I know I have made a little bit of a difference.”He said that he plans to take on more ultra marathons in 2017 and has his personal best marathon time of three hours and 33 minutes in his sights.last_img read more

first_imgAustralian engineering company WorleyParsons has entered a 50:50 joint venture with Aurora Labs aimed at furthering the development of 3D printing in the mining, oil & gas and major infrastructure sectors.The JV, to be named AdditiveNow, will seek to provide a “complete additive manufacturing based engineering service” for those industries, according to Aurora.AdditiveNow will focus on developing a service offering envisaged to include:Consultation – assisting clients with additive manufacturing plans and conducting optimisation studies to improve efficiency, operability and manufacturability;Engineering – providing clients with additive manufacturing related engineering services, such as parts design, bespoke metal 3D printing, parts optimisation and parts certification services;Agile manufacturing (short run productions) – providing clients with parts design/analysis services through to final production and deployment of those parts, allowing for optimal part design to reduce costs and improve overall performance.Aurora said these service offerings and the timetable for deployment will, in part, be dependent on the continued development of Aurora’s products, systems and technology.Up until this point, Aurora has specialised in the development of 3D metal printers, powders, digital parts and their associated intellectual property.last_img read more

first_imgIT’S FRIDAY, AND for many, the final slog before the Christmas holidays. It’s the ULTIMATE Friday.If you work in an office you’ve probably had that festive feeling for a few weeks now, but today, the countdown is on.1. No one can concentrateDespite the fact that you’ve loads to be doing before you finish up, anything is a distraction. A mild sense of hysteria hangs in the air and you’ll volunteer to do menial tasks such as writing the client Christmas cards just so you can turn it into a bit of craic. All hierarchy is broken and everyone’s in a good mood. Basically, this is your boss at 3pm. Source: Shutterstock2. Irrational decisions are made“Ah sure it’s Christmas” is the excuse to beat all excuses. Fast food for lunch? It’s Christmas. All those boxes of chocolates in the kitchen? Ah have a fistful, it’s Christmas. You’ll go back to normal officey structures after Christmas. This mythical middle-ground doesn’t count. Source: superrabbit3. Everyone is listening to Christmas songsChristmas FM is your soundtrack to jotting down things you need to buy in the ‘big shop’ later, which is clearly much more urgent than those spreadsheets.Humming along isn’t even frowned upon.4. Nobody can stop talking about the Christmas party laterIf you’ve already had it, it’ll be a few drinks to celebrate the break for the holidays. You look on as the girlos having tea in the kitchen slowly transform into a Boots ad.“What are you wearing? What time does it start? Did you pick the chicken or the fish?”5. Email is suspiciously quietEither people have clocked off earlier or are avoiding involving themselves in any potential issue that could arise and delay that sweet, sweet exit. Source: Videojug6. There’s a break in the day for Kris Kindle or other festive cheerGood luck trying to go back to work for the last few hours when you’ve just received a mini table-tennis set for your desk or have had your computer screen wrapped up by the resident gas ticket in a Santa hat. Source: AussieGold7. Every phone conversation is finished with ‘Happy Christmas’!You spend your time resenting those who don’t respond to your chirpy wishes, you know, instead of doing actual work. Source: Shutterstock8. Everyone’s talking about their plansEveryone is planning on it being ‘quiet’ and are either going to their mam’s or having their mam. Basically, you’re gonna learn exactly where their mam is going to be on Christmas day. Source: BromfordGroup9. Others are moaning at you that they have to work next weekBut YOU DON’T.J.K. Rowling to produce Harry Potter play in London’s West End>This man saves up his State pension every year for the most heartwarming gesture>last_img read more

first_imgTHE SEARCH FOR the fisherman that went missing yesterday after a boat capsized has been stood down this evening.Three other men went into the water in the boating accident that happened on Lough Ree.The other two men were rescued from the water, however, one man in his 20s died just hours after his rescue, with the other man in critical condition in hospital.Hodson BayThe accident happened when the men were travelling to Carnagh from Hodson Bay in Athlone on Thursday evening.The alarm was raised by a member of the public who was in the area and saw the conditions the boat was facing.The crew had found one of the three men in the water at around 4pm, while a second was found at 5.15pm.At sunrise today, search teams made up of the RNLI, volunteers and fishermen were out searching for the third man.However, the RNLI confirmed this evening that the search was stood down at 6pm today. The search will resume tomorrow morning where dive teams are expected to join the search.Members of the Civil Defence and a local sub aqua team return to shore as the continuing search of Lough Ree. (Brian Lawless/PA Wire/Press Association Images)Related: Man rescued after boat capsized in Lough Ree has died>Read: Man missing after boat capsizes on Lough Ree>last_img read more

first_img 23,680 Views Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 10:54 AM 60 Comments By Saurya Cherfi Oct 27th 2016, 10:54 AM Tara Street station where the fall occurred. Image: Sam Boal/ Share118 Tweet Email2 Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.iecenter_img IRISH RAIL HAS an “absolute requirement” to warn its customers to mind gaps between trains and platforms when getting on and off trains, a Circuit Civil Court has said.Circuit Court President Justice Raymond Groarke made the remark after hearing a legal action by fisherman John Mooney against Irish Rail for a triple fracture he suffered on his right shoulder when he fell though the gap between the train entrance and the platform at Tara Street Station in Dublin.Mooney told the court that on 2 August, 2012, he was travelling on a commuter train from Dun Laoghaire with the intention to get off at Connolly Station in Dublin.He said he dismounted at Tara Street by mistake and when he realised his error, he tried to re-board the train. He had slipped and fallen through the gap, on the train tracks.Conor Bowman SC, counsel for Mooney, said his client suffered a triple fracture in the accident but managed to haul himself out of the gap and re-board the train. He had reported the incident to Irish Rail staff when he got off at Connolly Station.Irish Rail denied liability and claimed Mooney had been distracted and had failed to look where he was going. It alleged that the CCTV footage of the incident had been destroyed because it “showed nothing.”Mooney, of St Michael’s Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, said he had needed to return home that day due to pain in his shoulder.He had attended St Michael’s Hospital, George Street Lower in Dun Laoghaire the next day where X-rays revealed the fractures. He said he had ongoing pain in his shoulder.11 accidentsBowman said Irish Rail accident reports showed that 11 accidents involving people falling through a gap had happened during the five years before Mooney’s accident.He said it was extraordinary that despite the fact that Mooney had reported the incident and despite the fact that there are “probably more CCTV cameras at Tara Street Station than there are at Pinewood Studios,” no CCTV footage of the incident was available.Counsel said that once Mooney had bought his ticket, he was entitled to travel safely and that obligation had not been met by Irish Rail.Judge Groarke, hearing that train drivers were responsible for delivering an audio warning to ‘mind the gap,’ said he was satisfied that there had been no evidence that in this case the driver did so.The judge said there was a serious danger that if someone fell through the gap, the train driver might not be able to see them:I recognise that Mr Mooney, having got off the train at the wrong station, may have been distracted, but that is why it is all the more important that there should be a warning to remind people to be careful of the gap.He said he was satisfied Irish Rail was negligent. Initially awarding Mooney €50,000 damages, Judge Groarke said he should have been more careful and was therefore 50% liable for the accident, and reduced his award to €25,000.Read: Journeys with ‘In the country, there are people who don’t go beyond the local shop’ >Read: 15 gorgeous places to visit around Ireland this autumn > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tara Street station where the fall occurred. Short URL Man gets €25,000 damages after falling through the gap at Dart station The judge ruled that Irish Rail has to warn passengers about the gap. last_img read more

first_img Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Broadway musical “Hamilton” continues to strike a chord with audiences everywhere it goes, even with audiences who aren’t that knowledgeable about the founding of the American Republic.On Thursday, nearly 3,000 high school students in San Diego County saw a performance of the hit musical for free at the Civic Center theater, as part of an education program inspired by the Tony award-winning musical.The program, which is also known as “EduHAM” is the brainchild of an educational non-profit in New York, in collaboration with “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.In addition to studying the people and events that led to the creation of the new republic, students were encouraged to compose their own songs, poetry, rap and dramatic scenes about the period.That creative work was showcased on the Civic Center stage by student performers from 16 area high schools.Some work paid tribute to historical figures such as Crispus Attucks, Thomas Paine and Paul Revere. One student group upended the term, “Founding Fathers” with a homage to the women of the American Revolution.The education program was developed for high school history students attending Title I schools, which are schools with a large number of students who come from low income families. Posted: January 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Community, Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda FacebookTwittercenter_img Taking history from the classroom to the stage: High school students perform work inspired by ‘Hamilton’ Updated: 10:55 PM January 11, 2018last_img read more

first_imgColumbia Riverkeeper on Wednesday filed a set of lawsuits targeting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for what it calls illegal discharges of oil and pollutants from eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers.In complaints filed in U.S. District Courts in Portland, Tacoma and Eastern Washington, the Oregon-based advocacy group described a series of leaks and discharges it argues are in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. The facilities under scrutiny are Bonneville Dam, The Dalles Dam, John Day Dam and McNary Dam on the Columbia, and Ice Harbor Dam, Lower Monumental Dam, Little Goose Dam and Lower Granite Dam on the Snake. Each complaint focuses on different dams, depending on each court’s jurisdiction.The complaints list the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the facilities, and Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick as defendants.It wasn’t any one incident that prompted Columbia Riverkeeper to file a lawsuit against the Army Corps over dam pollution, said executive director Brett VandenHeuvel. It was an accumulation of incidents showing a persistent problem that must be addressed, he said.“We’ve been investigating dam oil spills for several years,” VandenHeuvel said. “It continues to be a problem, and now is the time to take action.”The Army Corps is reviewing the complaints, said spokeswoman Amy Echols. The agency doesn’t comment on ongoing litigation, she said.Oil leaks aren’t uncommon in the Columbia and Snake river system, home to numerous aging federal dams. The complicated, decades-old structures include many components that require oil to keep them running.last_img read more

first_imgLawmakers are considering alternatives to their expensive and controversial office space in Anchorage.Download AudioWhen the state renewed its lease on the Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage last year, it paid about $7.5 million for renovations — and saw its annual rent spike from under $700,000 to more than $4 million per year.The deal was negotiated by Rep. Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, and approved by the Legislative Council, which handles the legislature’s administrative business.But with a budget crisis prompting cuts across the state, the high rent has become an embarrassment for lawmakers.The question now is whether the state can get out of the deal and find anything cheaper.On Friday, the Council heard a range of options prepared by its chair, Republican Sen. Gary Stevens of Kodiak. Stevens’ report found the cheapest option — by far — would be to move into the state-owned Atwood Building, a few blocks away.Moving into the Atwood Building would cost about $10 million over 10 years.Keeping the existing lease, by comparison, would cost an estimated $40 million over 10 years, Stevens found, while buying the current building outright would cost at least $43 million.But lawmakers expressed concern that breaking the existing lease could prompt expensive litigation. A decision on the building was postponed Dec. 19.last_img read more

first_imgFactfile on North Korea’s suspected missile arsenal. Pyongyang has claimed that Sunday’s launch was of a “newly-developed mid/long-range strategic ballistic rocket”. AFPNorth Korea’s latest missile launch was a successful test of a new type of rocket, Pyongyang’s state media reported Monday.Sunday’s launch was of a “newly-developed mid/long-range strategic ballistic rocket, Hwasong-12”, the official KCNA news agency said, adding that leader Kim Jong-Un “personally oversaw the test-launch of the new type of rocket”.The isolated North is under multiple sets of United Nations sanctions over its nuclear and missile programmes, which have set alarm bells ringing around the region and in Washington.The North says it needs atomic weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion and is widely believed to be making progress in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States-something President Donald Trump has vowed “won’t happen”.Tensions between the two reached new heights in recent weeks, with Washington saying military action was an option being considered and Pyongyang issuing threats of its own, sending fears of conflict spiralling.Trump later appeared to hold open the door to negotiations, saying he would be “honoured” to meet Kim and called him a “smart cookie”.Last week the South also elected a new president, Moon Jae-In, who advocates reconciliation with Pyongyang and said at his inauguration that he was willing “in the right circumstances” to visit the North to ease tensions.But he slammed the missile test as a “reckless provocation” after holding an emergency meeting with national security advisers.Dialogue would be possible “only if the North changes its attitude”, he said according to his spokesman.KCNA said Sunday’s test was intended to examine the “technical details and characteristics” of a new type of rocket “capable of carrying a powerful and big nuclear warhead”, and also confirmed “the reliability of the newly-developed rocket engine”.The missile followed its preset flight path to reach an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometres and travelled 787 kilometres, coming down at the “precise location intended”, it added.‘Flagrant menace’Since the beginning of last year the North has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches as it seeks to refine its weapons.In April it put dozens of missiles on show at a giant military parade through the streets of Pyongyang.The United States called for tougher sanctions against the North after Sunday’s missile test, with the White House saying: “Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea.”The North “has been a flagrant menace for far too long”, it added in a statement.The missile came down in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), with Washington saying it impacted “so close to Russian soil … the president cannot imagine that Russia is pleased”.Russia’s defence ministry later said the missile landed about 500 kilometres from its territory and posed no threat.The United States and Japan called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, and a meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, according to the UN mission of Uruguay, which currently holds the council’s presidency.China, Pyongyang’s sole major ally and main trading partner, which has been under growing US pressure to help rein in its wayward neighbour, urged restraint.“All relevant parties should exercise restraint and refrain from further aggravating tensions in the region,” said Beijing’s foreign ministry.But KCNA reported Monday that Kim “told the rocket scientists and technicians not to be complacent… and continue to build more… nuclear weapons and methods of delivery” until the US made the “right choice”.The leader also “warned that the US will not be able to avoid the worst-ever catastrophe if it recklessly provokes our republic”, it said, using standard language, and claimed that “all US mainland and US-Pacific regions are within the range of our attacks”.Analysts believe that the North does not yet have this capability. But it described another launch earlier this year as a drill for an attack on US bases in Japan.last_img read more

first_imgUS Ambassador Nikki Haley. Photo: WikipediaUS Ambassador Nikki Haley expressed regret on Thursday to African ambassadors who were outraged by President Donald Trump’s alleged description of African countries as “shithole” nations, the head of the African Group said.Haley asked to meet the African ambassadors at the United Nations after they released a joint statement on Friday demanding an apology from Trump for his “outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks.”Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba of Equatorial Guinea, who chairs the Africa Group, said the US ambassador did not offer an apology during the closed-door meeting, but she did express regret.Haley told the meeting that “she was not there at the White House, she is not sure what was said, but she regretted this entire situation that has been created,” the ambassador said.The US mission declined to say whether Haley had addressed the furor over Trump’s remarks allegedly made a week ago at a White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform.Ndong Mba said the Africa Group “made a recommendation” to Haley to defuse tensions, which she promised to pass on to Trump.Diplomats, who declined to be named, said they had suggested that Trump send a friendly message to African leaders at their upcoming summit in Addis Ababa as a gesture of goodwill.”We appreciate the fact that she came and she talked about all the cooperation between the United States with Africa,” said Ndong Mba, who described the meeting as “very friendly.”The US mission posted photos of the meeting on Twitter and said: “Thank you to the Africa Group for meeting today.””We discussed our long relationship and history of combatting HIV, fighting terrorism, and committing to peace throughout the region,” it said in the post retweeted by Haley.Trump’s remarks were condemned by the 55-nation African Union while some African governments summoned the US ambassador in their capitals to demand an explanation.Trump reportedly demanded to know why the United States should accept immigrants from “shithole countries,” after lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador.However he later tweeted: “this was not the language used.”Earlier this week, 78 former US ambassadors to Africa wrote a letter to Trump expressing “deep concern” over his comments and urging him to “reassess” his views on Africa.The United Nations slammed the reported remarks as “shocking and shameful” as well as “racist.””You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’ whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome,” Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN human rights office, told reporters in Geneva.last_img read more

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News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more December 20, 2010 – A new digital radiography (DR) system and lightweight DR panel features a rotating Bucky. The Kalare X-ray system, by Toshiba, provides advanced productivity and efficiency while increasing patient comfort with its extended table weight limit, tableside controls and dose reduction technology. The lightweight DR panel detector is designed to enhance clinician productivity for work outside the Bucky. The eight-pound, 14-inch by 17-inch panel can be easily positioned, accommodating numerous types of exams. This makes it ideal for imaging ambulatory, wheelchair and stretcher patients. Furthermore, a new rotating Bucky tray allows technologists to easily rotate the detector from portrait to landscape without having to take the detector out of the Bucky tray. The light weight of the panel combined with the rotating Bucky tray enables quicker and more efficient exams. The system combines a superior user interface and capability set with all-digital imaging for fluoroscopic and radiographic examinations. With its high-resolution, removable, lightweight flat panel detector, all digital images can be captured and displayed virtually instantaneously on digital workstations. The all-digital image acquisition completely eliminates costs associated with conventional film. Also, the rapid-processing and instant access to images increases productivity by shortening exam times and reducing the need for retakes. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 | January 15, 2013 Advanced Radiation Therapy Acquires AccuBoost Assets From Elekta News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more January 14, 2013 — Advanced Radiation Therapy (ART), manufacturer of the AccuBoost System for radiation therapy of partial breast and Elekta a global leader in cancer management systems and software, announced today that they have executed an agreement whereby ART acquires the assets of all AccuBoost installations held by Elekta, its worldwide distribution partner. As part of the transaction, ART has purchased the assets and the operating agreements for more than 20 installations in the U.S. The transaction is designed to enable both companies to focus on their core competencies, and serves AccuBoost user groups by allowing ART to increase its support to these installations.Piran Sioshansi, Ph.D., President and CEO of ART, stated: “The support of Nucletron/Elekta has been helpful for the growth of the AccuBoost product to become an established treatment option for partial breast radiation therapy in the United States. With this agreement, AccuBoost will resume its lead position in support of the treatment centers and concentrate on future growth of the technology and accelerate the introduction of new treatment options.” “AccuBoost is well positioned to enter into a stage of substantial growth,” Dr. Sioshansi continued, “and plans to hire additional staff and work independently with all of the providers in the radiation oncology marketplace.” Bill Dowd, Vice President, Brachytherapy, North America with Nucletron, an Elekta Company, stated: “We believe this is the best way forward for the development of AccuBoost and for customers using this solution.” The AccuBoost procedure is designed for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer who pursue Breast Conserving Therapy (BCT). AccuBoost is a new brachytherapy modality that uses real time image guidance to target the radiation dose for patients who choose BCT. The mammography image-guided AccuBoost partial breast irradiation procedure is offered either for breast boost therapy, as part of the course of whole breast irradiation regimen or as a non-invasive monotherapy option for Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI).For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Related Content Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read morelast_img read more

first_imgAustralian flag carrier said to belooking to sell off some of its leases. Qantas is reportedly looking to sell its long-term leases on passenger terminals at four Australian airports including; Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.According to reports, the airline told analysts it is hoping to make a decision on selling the long-term leases within 12 months and expects the sale to raise as much as AU$1 billion on leases due to expire in 2018 and 2019, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.Although Qantas is yet to comment, Sydney Airport confirmed to media that there were talks about the “early reversion of leases” and an analyst said the airline has indicated it will sell its leases.”From Qantas’ point of view, selling the terminals makes perfect sense,” Macquarie Equities analyst Ian Myles said.”The issue is at what price. Whatever the price they sell it for, they will pay in rent. You could sell it for nothing and your access fees would be very, very low.”Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img read more