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Desert birds fly more than 2000 kilometers to find ephemeral lakes

first_imgA species of Australian shorebird can detect and then quickly fly to short-lived lakes that form in the middle of the desert after a significant rainfall, new research suggests. The bird, known as the banded stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus), is slightly bigger than the largest sandpipers and typically lives along Australia’s southern coast. But it occasionally flocks inland to breed and raise chicks around the waters that accumulate on salt flats after rains that sometimes occur only once every 2 or 3 years. In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists strapped tracking devices to 21 birds and monitored their movements, in some cases for up to 13 months. The gadgets—about half the size of a matchbox (shown on bird in image above) and powered by solar cells the size of a postage stamp—were programmed to record data for 10 hours and then save energy by shutting down during the 16 hours that followed. The results were surprising: In some instances, birds left two widely separated locations and crossed deserts along very different routes to converge on the same remote inland lake, the researchers report online today in Biology Letters. One of these migrations covered more than 2200 kilometers in 2.5 days, a movement nearly twice as long and twice as rapid as those previously known for other desert waterbirds, the researchers say. Just as surprising was the timing of some of these trips: Whereas some migrations commenced just after the distant rainfalls occurred, several others didn’t begin until weeks after the lake-generating rains had come and gone. Therefore, it isn’t clear what cues the straggling birds used to discern and then home in on the lakes: It’s not likely to have been the long-gone weather patterns associated with the storms that dumped the rainfall, but it could have been smells emanating from the flooded salt lakes or their newly revived bounty of brine shrimp, the team suggests.last_img read more

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The Dirty Video

first_imgIt’s not just the weather that’s hotting up in India. It’s also the season of salacious video-watching and angry high-decibel television debates over the people’s right to satiate their eye-balls with such stuff.Late April, the cable channel Sony TV scheduled the telecast of the award-winning Vidya Balan-starrer The Dirty Picture, Bollywood’s self-consciously sexy take on the real-life story of South Indian actress Silk Smitha whose death in 1996 left behind an archive of sultry dance cameos and a longer trail of bedroom gossip. Then, in a classic example of bureaucratic bungling, the federal ministry for Information & Broadcasting notified the channel a day prior to the telecast that an “advice” from the government’s Censor Board (which had earlier cleared the movie for unrestricted viewing) would permit only a late-night telecast of the film. Probably having promised its high-paying advertisers a prime-time audience, Sony opted to scrap the program.But viewers who might have felt let down were somewhat compensated by an alleged real-life video replacement. Viewers on YouTube were greeted the morning after by a four-part, 22-minute-long “uncut” video of a middle-aged man looking remarkably like Congress Party spokesperson and Supreme Court lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi — complete with bald pate, protruding upper lip and those trademark rimless glasses — indulging in a lot of talk and what could be reasonably construed as a rather insipid bout of oral and vaginal sexual intercourse with a woman who had earlier entered the video clipping dressed in lawyer robes. The episode has severely dented — if not fatally bruised — Singhvi’s career in politics as well as his professional and personal reputation.Let’s begin with the bare, largely undisputed facts. A disgruntled former employee of Singhvi — chauffeur Mukesh Kumar Lal — approached a media house (which owns and runs the cable TV channel Aaj Tak, Headlines Today and the India Today group of publications) with a CD purportedly containing the audio-visual representation of Singhvi having sex in his chambers with a woman. On learning of this development — either through other sources or because of threatening calls or SMSes from Lal himself — Singhvi moved court for an ex-parte injunction against the dissemination of the seedy information contained in the CD. This was accompanied by an affidavit from Lal as well as an oral statement to the court admitting that his actions were motivated by animus against his former employer. In return, Singhvi seems to have agreed to not pursue criminal charges or investigations against Lal. The media house appears to have deferred readily to the court order.The matter did not end there. While no mainstream television channel aired the actual contents of the CD, the court order could not stop the media frenzy that followed. Many Indian newspapers front-paged the Singhvi CD story and television talk-shows dissected its fallout with breathless urgency and in hair-splitting detail.But the final straw was the video’s “uncut” appearance on YouTube. Within hours of the video going viral, Singhvi relinquished two of his public-office assignments — as Congress Party spokesperson and as Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice. He continues however as a parliamentarian — a Rajya Sabha MP representing his native Rajasthan state. For a high-profile and articulate public speaker, Singhvi’s exit was uncharacteristically tame: eschewing a personal appearance, he had his resignation statement released quietly to the media. It is available verbatim on the Net.The statement, a masterpiece of lawyer-speak, hides more than it reveals. It reflects the kind of phraseology that would have got Singhvi, a graduate of Cambridge University and Harvard University, the very jobs he has now quit. His powers of persuasive obfuscation stood the Congress Party in good stead when it came to deflecting attention from its numerous scams. And when it needed to blunt the sharp impact of Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement with a party loyalist who could be trusted to steer the Lokpal Bill into a legislative logjam that would render it toothless, the services of a legal-eagle — particularly someone with an aggressive and argumentative bent of mind like Singhvi — as committee chairperson were seen as invaluable.Paradoxical though it may seem, these same traits have now come to haunt Singhvi as his resignation statement undergoes public scrutiny. In his statement, Singhvi complained: “It is lamentable such canards are being spread about a CD which has, in fact, been accepted thrice over to be fabricated and morphed. The driver’s disclosure statement to the police, his detailed written statement (i.e. written pleading) in the High Court and his oral statement recorded on oath physically in the presence of the judge, all explain how and why he created this fabrication.”As one blogger wrote: “This is infinitely richer than what I might have come out with: ‘It’s sad that such lies are spread about a photoshopped CD. The driver has told the police why he lied.’ Thank you, Mr.Singhvi, for bringing a bit of sunshine into a dull existence.”Among the more debatable parts of the resignation statement are Singhvi’s claim that as “a disciplined soldier of the party” he’s quitting to spare Congress “any inconvenience on this account,” as well as this concluding paragraph: “Either the CD is morphed or it is not. In either event it raises no public interest issue, yet evokes salacious private and prurient interest and contumacious internet violation of a flagrant kind. As a political or a professional class, instead of gleefully watching, promoting or participating in a person’s natural and understandable discomfiture, we must respect privacy issues.”To put it mildly, Singhvi’s willingness to fall on his sword is tantamount to making a colorable virtue out of a dire necessity. Of course, the party wanted him out soonest, wanting no more odorous drafts of bad publicity over sexual impropriety, so close on the heels of a sex scandal involving another worthy from Rajasthan, state minister Mahipal Maderna whose explicit romp video with his married lover Bhanwari Devi featured on Youtube, and who is now being questioned over her disappearance and possible murder.But an innocent and forthright Singhvi could well have held his ground and refused to quit. A resignation is not in and of itself a pointer to guilt or even a confession of any wrongdoing. The circumstances however are oftentimes quite telling. And it was open to Singhvi — in fact, even imperative in the light of the unfolding events — to bring the CD under a forensic lens and come clean. What better way to prove his innocence, and thus truly spare his party any “inconvenience” in the long term?Which brings us to the concluding part of his statement, which bears the seeds of at least three controversial facets of the Singhvi CD episode whose ends remain intriguingly loose: the alleged morphing of the CD, the debate over a litmus test for determining public or national interest, and the issue of privacy as a legal right in these days of rampant sting operations and social media networks. Together, they highlight other ancillary areas of deliberation: such as the roles and responsibilities of the media and the judiciary in framing and adjudicating on these issues.The paragraph begins with an amazing sentence: “Either the CD is morphed or it is not.” Why this either/or uncertainty over the so-called morphed CD? And more pertinently, who gains from this smokescreen of uncertainty?Let’s bring in the experts. There is a general consensus of opinion among them that while morphing of faces and body parts between still photographs is a relatively easy and inexpensive task accomplished even by computer-graphics amateurs, a similar morphing job for a movie or video clipping calls for extremely hi-end technical skills available only among a few professionals working with state-of-the-art equipment. It can therefore be prohibitively expensive. The billing is done on a per-second basis and could, without an exaggeration, run into several million rupees for a 22-minute clip.Realistically therefore, could Singhvi’s chauffeur — smarting, as he was, for being underpaid, among other things — have afforded this steep cost? And, if Singhvi would like us to believe that the chauffeur’s dirty tricks may have been underwritten by Singhvi’s political enemies and/or professional rivals, what stops Singhvi from ordering a hi-tech computer facility to ascertain the CD’s authenticity in order to expose and shut up his rivals and enemies for good? Certainly not the cost involved, given that this job costs far less than the actual morphing and given Singhvi’s lucrative legal practice.What Singhvi — or anybody else in his place — would of course find unacceptably high is the price of a dreaded eventuality: the CD turning out to be genuine and authentic. It would taint him not just as a two-timing cheat, but as an outright liar as well. Such a report would, at the very least, cast a long enduring shadow on Singhvi’s public life — if not terminate it — not to speak of the havoc it would wreak on his family relationships and the ignominy of being rendered liable for “taking gratification to influence a public servant” under Sections 8 and 9 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and for the offence of “adultery” under Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code.Whereas Singhvi’s contention about the morphed CD may well have a straightforward, binary answer in technology, his other assertion on the question of public interest associated with the sexual act is less simple. In plain English, Singhvi is saying: ‘It’s not me in that video clipping, and even if it’s me (which it’s not), there is no other favor being traded for the sex.’That’s precisely where the red flag of public interest raises itself. People at one end of the debate spectrum argue that Singhvi’s status as a public figure and the location of his chambers in the Supreme Court annexe (so, going strictly by the book, a public building) would prima facie make him culpable in this matter, regardless of whether or not any deal was made by way of promising his partner a public office in consideration for the sexual favour. At the other corner are those among Singhvi’s lawyer buddies and Congress party men who dismiss the whole episode as his “private affair” into which nobody else need pry.The truth, as usual, probably lies somewhere between these two extremes. It is a long-established truism that a private affair of sexual intimacy even between two consenting adults cannot — and should not — stay under wraps if it’s linked to or conceals transgressions of public or national interest. And curiously, it may again fall on a technological expert to decipher what was said by the lovers before, during and after the act — assuming, of course, that the CD is not a fabricated one.As it runs on YouTube today, the video clipping, apart being visually grainy and awkwardly angled, is hamstrung by an almost indecipherable — if barely audible — sound track. That, however, has not prevented speculations and even assertions about who said what to whom. For instance, Meenakshi Lekhi, a Supreme Court lawyer and a high-ranking functionary of the women’s wing of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, claimed on national television that the audio track began with this question from the lady lawyer to Singhvi: “Judge kab bana rahe ho?” (When will you make [me] a judge?) Other lawyers, preferring anonymity, say they have heard the words “Attorney General,” “Rajasthan” and “U.P. Cadre” at various points in the noisy clipping.Knowledgeable observers are wary of rejecting Lekhi’s claim in particular. Not necessarily on account of any reputation for credibility, but because of some peculiar events and circumstances surrounding the appointment of Delhi High Court judges in the recent past. In 2010, a collegium (panel) of judges from that court sent a list to the chief justice of India recommending the names of five lawyers to be appointed as judges. The chief justice returned the list, asking that it should be reconsidered by a newly constituted collegium of the same court. The matter reportedly has not moved since then, and the name of the lady lawyer depicted in the CD — easily identified by colleagues — figures in the 2010 list.In which case, the obvious question: Was Singhvi sealing a quid pro quo pact with the lady lawyer during his long conversation with her in the prelude (or should we say, build-up) to the act, promising to use his considerable clout to further her chances for judgeship in return for a romp in his chambers? To unravel this mystery, a Right-to-Information query addressed to the Supreme Court registrar was filed by an SC litigant on April 23, seeking information “in the larger public interest concerning certain scandalous statements and obscene videos being circulated in the online media concerning appointment of Judges…” Till the court responds to the RTI query, we would do well to ponder the conflicting imperatives of individual rights to privacy on the one hand and freedom of expression on the other. The debate is old, but the newest fly in the ointment is the proliferation of electronic and digital media. The Singhvi video going viral despite a court order demonstrated the utter futility of injunctions in restricting the spread of sensational material on the internet. But even if such a restriction were technologically feasible, the court would need to apply its mind to the desirability of an injunction when other remedies in the form of a civil suit or criminal prosecution against libel and slander are available. And although the Indian Constitution cites “defamation” or the threat to personal reputation among the reasons for restricting the fundamental right to speech and expression, personal reputation — as BJP parliamentarian and SC lawyer Arun Jaitley correctly pointed out in a recent opinion-piece on the Singhvi injunction — is a matter of private, not public, interest. It is therefore reasonable to argue that there should be a presumption in favor of free speech and against granting such injunctions. The unfettered exchange of ideas is the bulwark of democracy, even at the occasional risk of potential injury to personal reputation.Until media houses face the courts and their orders with greater spine and gumption and until the selection and appointment of judges in our courts becomes a more rational and transparent process, the public may be forgiven for suspecting that the casting couch syndrome is not restricted to Bollywood.Obscenity OnlineOnline activity in India is governed by the Information Technology Act, 2000. It was enacted primarily to facilitate e-commerce transactions, but was amended in 2008 to enlarge its scope to include Information Security and Data Protection, as well as to counter Cyber Terrorism.Under the law, watching the Singhvi CD on YouTube is not illegal. However, you fall afoul of the law — and invite a five-year prison term — if you share the CD’s contents directly. In other words, distributing “obscene” material electronically — and that includes uploading or embedding it — amounts to an offence under this Act.But what if you simply forwarded a link to the video to a like-minded friend or associate? Experts interpret the relevant provisions to mean that the mere forwarding of a link does not constitute “distributing” the actual material because the text you forward is not per se obscene. Delhi High Court Order Censoring Singhvi Sex VideoIN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHICS(OS) 978/2012ABHIMANYU BHANDARI and ANR. ….. PlaintiffsThrough: Mr. Parag P. Tripathi, Sr. Advocate withMrs. Sangeeta Sharma, Ms. Swati Sharma and Mr. A. Ganguli, AdvocatesversusMUKESH KUMAR LAL and ORS. ….. DefendantsThrough: Nemo.CORAM:HON’BLE MS. JUSTICE REVA KHETRAPAL….Having heard the learned senior counsel for the plaintiffs and scrutinized the plaint, the application and the complaint filed along with the plaint, the Court is of the opinion that the plaintiffs have made out a prima facie case for the grant of an ex parte ad interim injunction in their favour. The balance of convenience is also tilted in favour of the plaintiffs and against the defendants. Irreparable injury is likely to be caused to the reputation and goodwill of the plaintiff No.2 in case the defendants are not restrained from disseminating the information allegedly in their possession in the form of a CD. Accordingly, issue notice of this application to the defendants No.1 to 4, returnable for the date fixed.Till the next date, the defendants, their agents and all others acting for and/or on their behalf are restrained from publishing, broadcasting, disseminating or distributing in any form or manner the contents of any alleged CD or any other material as described in the plaint in relation to the plaintiff No.2.The provisions of Order XXXIX Rule 3 of the Code of Civil Procedure shall be complied with by the plaintiffs within three days from today.A copy of this order be given dasti to the counsel for the plaintiffs under the signatures of the Court Master, as prayed…..REVA KHETRAPAL, J.APRIL 13, 2012skThe Singhvi Sex Video Related Itemslast_img read more

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SPORT-GOPICHAND 2 LAST

first_imgKashyap was retired hurt from the German Open prequarters Kashyap was retired hurt from the German Open prequarters due to a calf muscle injury. On the performance of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, Gopichand said that new coach Kim Tan Her is “taking care of them”. The two players crashed out of the China Masters Grand Prix Gold tournament yesterday. “We have a coach who is in place who is travelling with them all the time,” he said. Gopichand said the performance of junior players raises hope of a bright future for the game in the country. “There are a couple of players coming up in junior ranks. We had gold medal in Asian Junior Championships for first time, won by Satwik and Krishna Prasad. We had three junior medals so they are coming up though it will take time,” he said. On the changing scenario for badminton players in the country, he said while facilities have improved, challenges have also grown. “Challenges are different, and there is lot more support (than it was during my time), but competition has also grown. Government support, their interest in game, and general interest of people in sports has improved, though there is a long way to go before we call ourselves a sporting nation,” he said. PTI KA PD ARS PM PMlast_img read more

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Ajax, AEK in control of Champions League play-off ties

first_imgAjax and AEK Athens are on the brink of qualifying for the Champions League group stages after the first legs of their play-off ties.The Dutch side beat Dynamo Kiev 3-1 at home, while AEK triumphed 2-1 at Videoton in a game that saw both sides reduced to 10 men.Donny van de Beek gave Ajax the lead after just 74 seconds at the Johan Cruyff Arena, his tame shot somehow squirming through the grasp of goalkeeper Denys Boyko. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Dynamo levelled when Tomasz Kedziora slammed in the rebound after a Tamas Kadar header was parried by Andre Onana, but Ajax established a two-goal lead before the break.Hakim Ziyech collected a loose ball on the edge of the box, worked some space on his left foot and found Boyko’s left corner via a deflection off Kadar’s head.Dusan Tadic then turned in a low cross from Nicolas Tagliafico in the 43rd minute to put the Eredivisie giants in a commanding position in the tie, with Dynamo unable to find a second away goal.AEK assumed a dominant position after their first leg in Hungary, goals from Viktor Klonaridis and Anastasios Bakasetas capitalising on a 22nd-minute red card shown to Szabolcs Huszti.Bakasetas was dismissed himself early in the second half and Danko Lazovic gave Videoton hope of a fightback, but AEK have a cushion to take into next week’s return in Athens.In Wednesday’s final tie, Young Boys could not hold on to a second-minute lead earned by Kevin Mbabu’s strike, with Mislav Orsic giving Dinamo Zagreb an away goal in a 1-1 draw at the Stade de Suisse.last_img read more

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Sudirman Cup: Denmark beat Indonesia, both advance to last 8

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service Nanning | ChinaMay 23, 2019UPDATED: May 23, 2019 10:23 IST Mia Blichfeldt led Denmark to a 3-2 win against Indonesia in Sudirman Cup 2019 (Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSDenmark defeated Indonesia 3-2 at the Sudirman Cup as both the teams move to quartersDenmark’s Mia Blichfeldt defeated Indonesia’s Fitriani Fitriani 21-13, 21-19 in the women’s singleIndonesia won their men’s and women’s doubles match to remain group topperDenmark and Indonesia both advanced to the last eight despite the former beating the latter 3-2 in Sudirman Cup 2019, here on Wednesday. And with this, England journey in the tournament came to an end.With the win Denmark that lost to England 3-2 on Monday became the runner-up in Group 1B, while Indonesia topped the group due to its 4-1 win over England on Sunday.In the fourth women’s singles, world’s 22nd ranked Mia Blichfeldt defeated the 30th ranked Fitriani Fitriani 21-13, 21-19 giving Denmark an unbeatable 3-1 lead, which also dampened England’s hopes to sail further in the tournament, reports Xinhua news agency.Denmark took the first two points as Mathias Christiansen and Sara Thygesen shocked the 6th ranked Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja 21-17, 21-11 in the opening mixed doubles, and 2017 world champion Viktor Axelsen beat the 7th ranked Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 21-9, 21-16 in the men’s singles.Then Indonesia won the men’s doubles to ensure its quarterfinal berth when the 4th ranked Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan defeated Kim Astrup and Mathias Boe 22-20, 21-14.After losing the women’s singles, Indonesia won the women’s doubles to be the group winner, as India Open 2019 champions Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu defeated Maiken Fruergaard and Sara Thygesen 21-18, 21-13.Also Read | India knocked out of Sudirman Cup after 0-5 loss to ChinaAlso Read | Sudirman Cup: PV Sindhu’s heroics in vain as Malaysia beat India 3-2Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Sudirman CupFollow DenmarkFollow Indonesia Sudirman Cup: Denmark beat Indonesia, both advance to last 8Sudirman Cup: Denmark defeated Indonesia 3-2 in the pre-quarters, however, the latter remained the group topper despite the loss as both the teams advanced to the last 8 of the tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

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Apex court threatens Maha of contempt for overriding order

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday threatened contempt proceedings against Maharashtra government officials for “virtually overriding” its order staying 10 per cent quota to students of economically weaker sections (EWS) in admissions to post graduate medical and dental courses in the 2019-20 academic year.A vacation bench comprising Justices M R Shah and A S Bopanna also extended till June 4 the deadline for concluding the admission process asking the Maharashtra government to refresh the merit list after excluding the EWS category students. The top court took strong note of a clause of the notice issued by the state government’s Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell on Thursday after it had passed the earlier order. The clause reads: “The admissions of all the candidates (except those admitted under EWS Category) from the previous admission process are not disturbed.” Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCAs per the May 30 order of the apex court, the admissions of the EWS category students had to be cancelled and the merit list was required to be “reshuffled” so that rankings of the general category students get changed accordingly, the bench said. “We will issue contempt proceedings against Commissioner and Competent Authority of the state CET Cell and other officers. You (state) are virtually overriding the interim order passed by this court (on May 30),” said the irked bench. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsA student, who was earlier allotted a seat in a particular stream of medical science, can now get a better course if the merit list is reshuffled, it said, adding that now “you are saying that it could not be done due to paucity of time. You are the person who has created all the problems”. It said that when this court specifically directed that the notifications “extending the benefit of reservation to the extent of 10 per cent to EWS, inter alia, in PG medical courses shall not be applicable for admission for the academic year 2019-20 unless the MCI increases the number of seats (which has not taken place) and once the admission of all candidates allotted seats during the previous rounds under EWS category are cancelled and the category of all EWS candidates are converted into open category, necessary consequences of reshuffling must follow”. The top court stayed the clause ‘C’ of the May 30 notice of the CET Cell and said that it “can be said to be in the teeth of the interim order of this court” and it “virtually tantamount” to not giving full effect to its order. Advocate Nishant R Katneshwarkar, appearing for the state, said there was little time left as the last date of counselling for admissions was ending on May 31 and therefore, it was not possible for the government to reshuffle the entire admission list. He however submitted that there was no other “mala fide intention” on the part of the government and sought some more time for re-drawing the merit list. The apex court said: “The authorities are hereby directed to complete the process of admission including reshuffling on implementation of Notice…and considering the interim order passed by this Court on May 30… “In the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case, we extend the time to complete the counselling and to complete the admission process in PG medical and dental courses for the Academic Year 2019-20 as directed above up to June 4, failing which a very serious view shall be taken for not complying the interim order passed by this Court in its true spirit.”last_img read more

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1200 Farmers Refuse to Pay Royalties on Water Used for Irrigation

By Alexandra KrauskaRabat – A report exposed 1,200 farmers from the Souss-Massa-Drâa region who refused to pay royalties on the water they used to irrigate their land. Charafat Afailal, the Minister delegate for the Minister of Energy, Mines, and Environment in charge of water, announced the discrepancies at a meeting on Tuesday. Some of the suspected agriculturalists are members of parliament.The current royalty rate is two cents for every cubic meter of water consumed. This is in place to protect the groundwater in the region and to conserve resources. By refusing to pay these royalties, the farmers deprive the state of a significant amount of money. The funds would have been used for investment in the region.The Minister Delegate of Water also announced that they would abandon the dam construction project “Boukhmiss,” because the dam is no longer needed. read more

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Threat of space objects demands international coordination UN team says

“If the proposed coordination mechanism was in place, then at minimum it would have allowed for more observation and better understanding and education of the population on what to expect rather than having a surprise effect with people not knowing what was happening,” Sergio Camacho, Chairman of the Action Team on Near-Earth Objects of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), said at a press conference in Vienna.Mr. Camacho’s team, also known as Action Team 14, recommended the formation of an International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN), which would pool together the expertise of the world’s many existing scientific agencies and organizations to discover and track objects and generate early warnings of potential impacts.It also recommended forming advisory groups for disaster mitigation and for combining the technological resources of all space-faring nations to develop protocols that may include collision-prevention missions. The group emphasized the value of finding hazardous near-earth objects, or NEOs, as soon as possible in order to better understand their orbits. This would help to avoid unnecessary NEO “threat mitigation missions” should it be deemed necessary, it said.Near-Earth objects made headlines last Friday, with not only the meteor impact in the Russian region of Chelyabinsk, but also given the fly-by – on the same day – of an asteroid, widely described as being the size of an office building, that passed within 17,200 miles (27,000 kilometres) of Earth.However, UNOOSA has long been preoccupied with the issue, given the potential devastation of an object that size hitting the Earth and the enormous resources required to prevent a collision if the need arises. “Already in 1995, UNOOSA organized the United Nations International Conference on Near-Earth Objects in New York to sensitize Member States about the potential threat of near-Earth objects, given the global consequences of their impact,” Mazlan Othman, Director of UNOOSA, said at today’s press conference.Action Team 14 was established in 2001 by the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), in response to recommendation 14 of the Third UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) that was held in Vienna in 1999.The team has been mandated to review ongoing efforts in the field of NEOs, identify gaps that could be filled by coordination and propose steps for such coordination in collaboration with specialized bodies.The team is currently discussing their recommendations in the framework of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. The recommendations are expected to be adopted during the Subcommittee’s current session, which ends Friday, and then endorsed by the Committee itself during its session in June.According to the team, an agreement by that date should still prove valuable. “No object larger than a kilometre is expected to pose a threat to Earth in the next few hundred years,” according to one of today’s briefers, Lindley Johnson, Executive of the Near Earth Object Observation Program of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). read more

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John Swinney finally scraps SNPs state guardian scheme but refuses to apologise

John Swinney has refused to apologise to parents and teachers as he finally scrapped the SNP’s Named Persons scheme to assign every child a ‘state guardian’. But he refused an invitation to apologise to parents and teachers, whom the Tories said have endured six years of “endless bureaucracy” as the SNP tried to introduce the policy. In a statement to MSPs, he said the authorities would instead use “existing voluntary schemes” to identify vulnerable children in need of support, along with further training and guidance. The Scottish Education Minister said he would repeal the legislation after an expert panel he appointed to try and salvage the plan concluded it was unworkable. Mr Swinney’s statement… read more

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24B in severance payments approved Wales sugar workers also included

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSupplementary provision of $1.931B approved in National AssemblyJanuary 19, 2018In “latest news”Confusion surrounds Govt meet with sugar workersMarch 18, 2017In “Business”High Court rules that ex-Wales sugar workers be paid their severance with interestDecember 6, 2018In “Business” …Opposition calls for immediate disbursements as date for payments unclearFile photo: Former Wales workers during a protest marchAfter two long years of waiting for their severance, some 460 retrenched workers attached to the Wales Estate will finally receive their payments before the end of this year as the National Assembly on Wednesday evening approved $2.4 billion in severance payments for over 4000, Wales, Berbice and East Demerara sugar workers who were sacked when Government closed several sugar factories.The monies were approved when all 62 Members of the Parliament on Wednesday evening voted in favour of $3 billion in supplementary funds under the Agriculture Ministry’s current expenditures.Government requested and received approval for a total of $7.5 billion in supplementary funds. This includes $4 billion in current estimates and $3.4 million in capital.Of the entire supplementary funds, the Agriculture Ministry requested $3,051,000,000 of which $2.451 billion is to meet final severance payments to some 4733 former workers of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).In responding to questions from Opposition Parliamentarian Gillian Burton, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder disclosed that the monies being requested include funds to also pay the retrenched Wales workers.Wales ended operations in December 2016 and some 375 workers who refused to take up employment at Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara, remained without severance payments, putting hundreds of families on the breadline and causing economic crisis to surrounding communities.The workers have been taking to the streets, protesting for their severance to be paid.According to Minister Holder, a total of 460 workers from Wales are to get their severance monies.However, despite being asked repeatedly by Opposition MPs, Burton, Komal Chand and Gail Teixeira, about when these payments will be made, the Agriculture Minister could only assure that the payments will be made before the end of the year.“[They] certainly will get it before the end of the year,” Holder posited, while adding that as soon as the money is available after approval by the House, efforts will be made to disburse same to the dismissed sugar workers.When the supplementary request was put up for voting, the Opposition members were silent when Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland asked if any oppose the additional monies. However, the Government’s side called for a division, which was allowed, the People’s Progressive Party MPs having to voting “yes”’ to the Government’s requests.On Wednesday the opposition called for immediate disbursement of payments. However, despite asking the Government several times about date for payments none was forthcoming.Only last month, President David Granger assured a gathering at Rose Hall, Corentyne, that those dismissed sugar workers will receive the balance of their severance payment when Parliament comes out of recess. The announcement came after months of protest by the workers, who are facing difficulties as a result of the closure of sugar estates.As part of its plans to bring the heavily indebted and cash strap GuySuCo back into profitability and efficiency, Government fired thousands of workers in an effort to downsize the sector leaving a mere three-estates – Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt – in operation.The Skeldon, Rose Hall and East Demerara (Enmore) estates were closed in December 2017 with no severance payments made to the workers. However, back in January, Government secured $.93 billion from the National Assembly to pay some of the ex-sugar workers from those three estates.Those dismissed workers whose severance packages are $500,000 or less were paid in full by January 31, 2018, while those entitled more than that amount were only paid 50 per cent, with the remaining half to be paid in the second half of the year.As such, since July, these workers and their families have been looking forward to the second tranche of the severance money from Government.(Vahnu Manikchand) read more

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This will cause problems EU warns Switzerland after immigration result

first_imgTHE EUROPEAN UNION has warned it will review ties with Switzerland after the non-member Alpine country voted yesterday to restrict EU immigration in a closely-fought referendum.Final results of the plebiscite showed 50.3 per cent of voters backed the Stop Mass Immigration plan pushed by Swiss right-wing populists.The fall-out from the result could sink a raft of deals with the EU, including on the economic front.Switzerland is ringed by EU member countries and does the bulk of its trade with the 28-nation bloc, but has remained steadfast about not becoming a member.The European Commission said it would assess EU ties with Switzerland, raising the prospect of restricted trade or other retaliatory steps.“The EU will examine the implications of this initiative on EU-Swiss relations as a whole,” it said a statement.EU foreign ministers are due to meet today in Brussels but it was not clear whether the Swiss vote would be added to the agenda.ProblemsWolfgang Schaeuble, finance minister of Germany, Switzerland’s top trade partner, said the result “is going to create plenty of problems for Switzerland in a host of areas”. But he said it was also a warning sign of European globalisation fears.Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter said he planned to tour European capitals to explain the vote and seek a solution, starting with Berlin.“The people are sovereign, and a healthy system doesn’t force the public to follow political authorities with outsized powers,” Burkhalter said.The Swiss government and a broad swathe of economic lobby groups fearing the EU fall-out had battled the immigration curb plan.But under Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, voters have the last word on a huge range of issues.‘We are ashamed’The French-language newspaper Le Temps noted how French-speaking areas and larger cities voted against the immigration curbs, while German-speaking and rural areas generally voted for them.Hundreds of people came out to demonstrate against the referendum result in the capital Bern and in the city of Lucerne. “We are ashamed,” shouted protesters in Bern.The Swiss government said it would examine over coming weeks how to “recast relations” with the EU, but stressed that current immigration rules would remain in place until the new ones were drawn up.The Swiss People’s Party (SVP), which piloted the referendum, claimed the country has been swamped by migrants in its campaign.“The people have taken back their destiny over immigration,” said party ideologue Christoph Blocher, while leader Toni Brunner hailed “a turning point in our immigration policy”.The SVP says that with 80,000 EU citizens arriving per year — more than the 8,000 predicted before the rules were liberalised — the nation of eight million people needs to apply the brakes.ImmigrationIt claims that EU migrants undercut Swiss workers’ salaries, and that overpopulation has driven up rents, stretched the health and education systems, and overloaded the road and rail networks.Immigration and national identity are traditional political themes in a country with a long history of drawing foreign workers and yet some of Europe’s toughest rules for obtaining citizenship.But over recent years, the proportion of foreigners has risen from around one-fifth of the population to roughly a quarter.There are around a million EU citizens in Switzerland, while some 430,000 Swiss live in EU member states.The majority of recent immigrants are from neighbouring Germany, Italy and France, as well as Portugal.The new measure will leave it up to authorities to set quotas for foreigners’ work permits per sector.- © AFP, 2014Read: How Switzerland became the quiet rebel of Europe > Read: Switzerland votes to cap EU immigration by tiny margin >last_img read more

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Scientists Looking to Synthesize Salvia for Medicine

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Salvia is a decently well-known hallucinogen that’s gained some popularity in recent years, mostly because it’s one of the few drugs the US hasn’t made significant efforts to regulate. That lack of regulation, though, has some scientists eager to see what kinds of research they can do with the plant.The past few years have seen a tremendous uptick in the number of researchers turning to some older drugs like shrooms and molly for treating various kinds of psychological problems, namely post-traumatic stress and fear of impending death for terminally ill patients. While salvia has certainly been looked at for a few of these (as well as treating drug addiction), now it’s also in testing for use as an opiate-adjacent painkiller without the deadly overdose potential.Opiate overdoses are now one of the leading causes of death among younger Americans. Abuse of prescription painkillers has led a generation of youth down a dark and lethal path.In a new paper, a team of researchers from Scripps Research Institute details their synthesis of a slightly different version of Salvinorin A — the psycho-active chemical found in the salvia plant. The paper states that, until now, the “modification of SalA has been complicated by its instability and… complex architecture.” With a new 10-step process, detailed in the paper, though, the team was able to synthesize large quantities of SalA that was stable and could still act on the opioid receptors in the nervous system, with relatively low potential for abuse and addiction. More importantly, the new process allows scientists greater flexibility to modify the molecule even further, “[opening] up the SalA scaffold to deep-seated property modification.”If these results hold up, this could be a major development in the fight against opiate abuse. Other drugs like weed, though, have shown some incredible potential for opiate addiction treatment on their own. And, given how easy and readily available it is and how simple it would be to legalize the drug — without waiting years and years for research and development of new substances — it may be a moot point. Regardless, I gotta say, it’s weird to think that the hippies I saw around the neighborhood growing up may have been right about using hallucinogens and weed to treat complex medical problems. Something about that just feels weird. Whatever works, I guess.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Three displaced after house fire in Hudsons Bay neighborhood

first_imgOne person was treated for smoke inhalation and a cat was killed in a house fire Saturday night in Vancouver’s Hudson’s Bay neighborhood.Vancouver firefighters were called at 8:48 p.m. to 2120 E. Eighth St., after the homeowner called 911 to report a fire had started inside the kitchen of his home, according to a news release from the Vancouver Fire Department.Arriving crews found heavy fire and smoke coming from the two-story house. They pulled a hose line to keep the rapidly growing fire from spreading, the news release states.Once additional fire crews arrived, they stopped the aggressive interior fire from progressing and had it under control in less than 20 minutes. A cat was unable to escape the fire and died, and a resident was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation but was not transported, according to the news release.A total of five engines, a ladder truck and three battalion chiefs responded. Clark County Fire District 6 assisted.The fire displaced three people, who are being assisted by the Red Cross.The Vancouver Fire Department reminds people to use caution when cooking, have a fire extinguisher available and never re-enter a burning structure for pets or personal belongings.last_img read more

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Senate OKs jobless bill House prospects slimmer

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well.Steps are needed “to restore unemployment benefits to struggling Americans,” seven House Republicans wrote Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. They released their letter as the Senate was bestowing its widely expected approval on the legislation.Despite the appeal, the bill’s prospects are cloudy at best, given widespread opposition among conservative lawmakers and outside groups and Boehner’s unwillingness to allow it to the floor without changes that Republicans say would enhance job creation.The Senate vote itself, seven months before congressional elections, capped a bruising three-month struggle. Fifty-one Democrats, two independents and six Republicans voted for approval.The bill was the first major piece of legislation that Democrats sent to the floor of the Senate when Congress convened early in the year, the linchpin of a broader campaign-season agenda meant to showcase concern for men and women who are doing poorly in an era of economic disparity between rich and poor.last_img read more

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JLR car sales fall in April due to poor show by Land

first_imgJaguar F-Pace SUV launched in Mumbai on Oct 20, 2016.IANSJaguar Land Rover (JLR) opened financial year 2016-17 on a lukewarm note, with volume sales falling 2.3 percent for April. The company sold 40,385 cars during the month, the decline being steep for Land Rover, of 15.8 percent. The numbers triggered a fall in Tata Motors share prices on Friday, leading to the BSE Sensex trading about 200 points lower at around 12.45 pm.Land Rover sales dropped to 28,075 while Jaguar sales rose 54 percent to 12,310 units, year-on-year, Tata Motors said in a regulatory filing on Friday.”A small decrease in sales was seen due to two factors. In the UK, customers purchased vehicles before the increase in vehicle tax on 1st April. In addition, the run-out of the previous Discovery model accounted for a year-on-year decrease in Land Rover sales,” Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director said.”Sales will increase from this month as the all-new Discovery model continues to go on sale across the world, particularly in China and North America, two of Jaguar Land Rover’s biggest markets,” he added.From a geographical viewpoint, sales grew 32.5 percent in North America and 10.1 percent in China but fell 34.6 percent in the UK. Tata Motors shares were down 3.37 percent to Rs 422 while the Sensex was trading at 29,904.Other Sensex losers were ONGC, Tata Steel and Mahindra & Mahindra. Customers look at a Range Rover Evoque car outside a dealership in Beijing, China, February 17, 2012.Reuters filelast_img read more

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Lynda Carter Struggled Against All Odds to Become the Classic Wonder Woman

first_imgLynda Carter, famous for her role as Wonder Woman, didn’t have it easy all the time. She indeed had to struggle to earn her place as one of the most iconic female roles in recent history. As Direct Expose writes: “She was right when she stated that you either ‘wanted to be her, or be her best friend,’ and that is still true to this day. Wonder Woman started 41 years ago but we are still paying homage to it, because Gal Gadot may be great but, there will never be another heroine like Lynda Carter!”Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, 1976.She started her career early, at the age of 5, when she participated in the Lew King Ranger Show. Even though her performance was not particularly remarkable, she managed to get some exposure from it.However, she was always a stand-out from her peers, and not always in a good way. Curiously enough, she was not known to be beautiful and talented, as we know her now, but for being tall and thin.Carter at Larry King’s birthday party in 1993. Photo by Kingkongphoto & www.celebrity-photos.com from Laurel, Maryland, USA © copyright John Mathew Smith 2001 CC BY-SA 2.0Her peers mockingly called her “Olive Oyl” — the girl that Popeye loved so much — for her tall frame and having dark hair. Carter so much taller than her peers that she was even rejected as a cheerleader in school. According to Groovy History: “Lynda Carter has been quoted as saying, ‘I was taller than all the boys except the tackles on the football team.’”She had studied classical dance and drama throughout her youth, but Carter chose music as her path. She started singing in a local pizza joint that paid her $25 a week, barely enough to survive. Her cousin, Gary Burghoff, asked her to start a band with him, after a brief stint with her previous band.Lynda Carter and Lyle WaggonerThe band was tellingly called The Relatives. After playing some gigs in Las Vegas, life on the road became too much for Carter so she decided to quit her music career and she returned back home, where she entered a local beauty pageant. In 1973, Lynda Carter was crowned Miss U.S.A.This was crucial for her career as it gave her confidence in her looks. She finally realized that she was not only Olive Oyl, but that other people see her as beautiful. Carter enrolled in acting classes, and we are lucky that this happened, else we would not have the feminist heroine, Wonder Woman.Lynda Carter. Photo by JS² Communications CC BY-SA 3.0She moved to L.A. in search of the role that would bring her well-deserved fame. As many aspiring actors and actresses pursuing a Hollywood career, she struggled financially.Her parents were generous enough to scrape together some money for her before she managed to get the career she wanted so much.She auditioned for the role of Wonder Woman in 1974 but lost out to Cathy Lee Crosby. A year later she tried again, but never hoped to score the part.She thought about giving up and going back home to Arizona as money was so low. As she said in the 2004 documentary: “I had $25 left in my bank account when I got the call from my agent that I got Wonder Woman.”Read another story from us: Al Pacino Descends from the Little ‘Godfather’ Town of Corleone in SicilyShe bet against all odds and won against 2,000 other women who were participating in the audition. As the first filming was scheduled weeks later, Carter had to borrow money for her rent as the $25 she had couldn’t cut it. It is good that she did, otherwise we wouldn’t have had the first iconic Wonder Woman if it weren’t for her perseverance.last_img read more

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first_img Feature | Cardiac Imaging | May 03, 2018 | By Jeff Zagoudis Will Cardiac MRI Expand? Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for cardiac assessment provides a radiation-free alternative to other commonly used… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Feature | Nuclear Imaging | November 05, 2018 | By Sabyasachi Ghosh State of the Industry: Medical Hybrid Imaging Market “Experimental validation implemented in real-life situations and not theoretical claims exaggerating small advantages read more Videos | Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology Prem Soman, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and p read more Technology | Nuclear Imaging | July 16, 2018 Siemens Healthineers Announces FDA Clearance of syngo.via VB30 Molecular Imaging Software At the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), June 23-26 in Philadelphia… read more Technology | October 27, 2008 New SPECT/CT Applications Boost Image Clarity, Confidence Related Content News | SPECT Imaging | December 06, 2018 Spectrum Dynamics Sues GE for Theft, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) cardiac imaging company Spectrum Dynamics filed a lawsuit Dec. 6,… read more Videos | SPECT-CT | December 12, 2018 VIDEO: Walk Around of the Veriton SPECT-CT System This is a walk around of the new Spectrum Dynamics Veriton SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system introduced at the 2018 … read more Feature | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | February 08, 2018 | Dave Fornell FDA Clears Path for First Domestic Supply of Tc-99m Isotope February 8, 2018 — The U.S. read more Cardiac MRI being performed at the DeBakey Heart Hospital. Technetium-99m is primarily used for the detection of cancer and to assess perfusion defects in the heart caused by heart attacks or other conditions. The Chalk River nuclear isotope reactor license has been renewed, but will be decommissioned by 2028. The reactor supplies about 50 percent of the world’s supply of Tc99m. Feature | Nuclear Imaging | April 02, 2018 | Dave Fornell Chalk River Isotope Reactor Decommissioning Date Set April 2, 2018 – The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced March 29 that it renewed Canadian Nuclear Lab read more A PET/CT head and neck cancer scan. The new Volumetrix Suite on GE’s 4-slice SPECT/CT, the Infinia Hawkeye 4, consists of two applications that deliver image clarity and diagnostic confidence with precise detection and localization of disease, the Volumetrix 3D and Volumetrix IR. Volumetrix 3D is said to bring together the convenience of advanced 3D visualization with the productivity and ease of traditional 2D image analysis. 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first_img Related Content News | December 03, 2008 Barco Empowers Image Processing with New Engine, Technology at RSNA Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more December 4, 2008 – At RSNA 2008, Barco will demonstrate its latest technology in powerful yet budget-friendly processing solutions for the large volume images created by today’s imaging devices, with prototypes in the area of FPGA, CPU and GPU technology.After winning the 2008 Frost & Sullivan European Product Innovation Award for its GPU-based ‘TDRS-7101’ engine, Barco has extended the application to suit a broad range of custom-built modality subsystems. One is a high-performance 4D CT rendering platform. The solution is capable of generating high-quality representations of multi-slice CT data in near real-time (4D CT). According to Barco, the system anticipates the rise of 4D imaging in cardiac or endoscopy applications.Other innovations include a “three-in-one” General Purpose GPU-platform for medical imaging applications. This powerful engine can perform image reconstruction, as well as processing and visualization with unparalleled speed and quality. The platform offers imaging equipment manufacturers the flexibility to reduce costs, while enhancing the flexibility of their CT, MR, X-ray or any other modality system.Finally, Barco is also presenting the latest version of its MICB-1340 Image Compression Board. This PCIe board is specifically designed for network-based medical imaging applications. Installed in a server, it will reduce CPU load, reduce bandwidth, and improve image quality, leading to world-class medical applications even on light client devices over narrow bandwidth. The MICB board is currently being rolled out in hospitals across the globe as part of advanced, network-based EMR/PACS viewers from Agfa HealthCare and Medical Insight. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… 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 News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

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Perry Chen Kickstarter CEO steps down from his role in the middle

first_imgIt was just yesterday when the employees of Kickstarter, an American crowd-funding platform for creative projects, announced that they are forming a labor union called Kickstarter United, to secure more rights for the firm’s employees. Kickstarter could be the first major tech company comprising a union representation in the US. Today, Perry Chen, CEO, Kickstarter announced that he is stepping down from his role as a CEO at Kickstarter. Chen stated in an open letter on Kickstarter’s blog that he’s going to focus more on the high-level and long-term goals within the company in his role as Chairman of the board. Chen notes that Kickstarter has managed to accomplish a lot in just ten years. For instance, the firm has successfully funded nearly 160,000 projects from all over the world and have pledged to over $4.2 billion projects. Aziz Hasan, head of Kickstarter’s Design & Product teams, will be now handling the daily responsibilities as an ‘Interim CEO’. The Kickstarter PBC board will be working with Aziz over the next weeks and months to make his role as an Interim CEO permanent. BuzzFeed had reported earlier last year in April that after Chen returned back to the role of CEO in 2017, about 50 out of 120 Kickstarter employees had left the company. Out of these, seven of the eight members were a part of the firm’s executive team. “Chen strongly exerted his will on the company — making sudden changes to planned-out Kickstarter features, scrapping project timelines at the last minute, forcing out highly respected employees, and trying to shake up office culture in ways that struck the rank and file as simply bizarre”, mentioned BuzzFeed. Also, As first reported by the Verge, Kickstarter Union states that the firm overall has failed at manifesting its values within the workplace. The Union hopes to encourage “solidarity, transparency, and accountability; a seat at the table.” “It’s been a true honor to serve as CEO for the first five years of this company and again for the last two…10 is just the beginning. And I cannot wait to see what the next 10 years of Kickstarter will bring”, states Chen. You can check out Chen’s official letter here. Read Next Dr. Fei Fei Li, Google’s AI Cloud head steps down amidst speculations; Dr. Andrew Moore to take her place Linus Torvalds is sorry for his ‘hurtful behavior’, is taking ‘a break (from the Linux Community) to get help’ Vim-go creator, Faith Arslan, takes an “indefinite sabbatical” from all his open source projects as he’s burnt outlast_img read more

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