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Tourism industry has key role in tackling climate change – UN official

The global tourism industry has a key role to play in confronting the challenges of climate change, the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said as an international seminar on the subject wrapped up in the United Kingdom today. “Indeed, there is now a clear understanding that the industry can be part of the solution to climate change, by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions as well as by helping the communities where tourism represents a major economic source to prepare for and adapt to the changing climate,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. The number of international tourists continues to climb, with 898 million arrivals registered last year and further increases expected as traditionally poor countries emerge as more popular tourist destinations, according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The Oxford seminar brought together some 30 high-level tourism and environment officials to examine, among other things, practical ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change in the tourism sector. The effects of climate change have already been felt in the tourism sector, particularly in certain destinations such as mountain regions and coastal hotspots. At the same ?time, the tourism industry contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, especially through the transport of tourists.? ?“With its close connections to the environment and climate itself, tourism is considered to be a vulnerable and highly climate-sensitive economic sector, similar to agriculture, insurance, energy, and transportation,” said Dr. Murray Simpson, a Senior Research Associate at Oxford’s University Centre for the Environment and scientific coordinator of the seminar. At the same time, he noted that in 2005 tourism’s contribution to CO2 emissions – including from transport, accommodation and activities – was estimated to be approximately 5 per cent. “Measured as warming effect these emissions could represent up to 14 per cent of global warming effect,” he said. The seminar was organised and coordinated by UNEP and Oxford University’s Centre for the Environment jointly with the UNWTO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). 11 April 2008The global tourism industry has a key role to play in confronting the challenges of climate change, the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said as an international seminar on the subject wrapped up in the United Kingdom today. read more

Manmohan to decide on CHOGM

India’s Union Minister V Narayanasamy says Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to decide on calls by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and DMK President M Karunanidhi for India to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Sri Lanka this November, the Press Trust of India reported today.India was one of the 25 countries that voted in favour of US-sponsored resolution at UNHRC against Sri Lanka where New Delhi pushed for an independent and credible probe into human rights violation charges and loss of civilian lives in the war in Lanka as demanded by political parties in Tamil Nadu, he told reporters at the airport in Chennai. Terming as “ill-founded” and “motivated” charges against Congress and the UPA Government on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Narayanasamy alleged students were being instigated by some persons to stage agitations on the issue. To a question on the controversy over the reported remarks by Sri Lankan High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam in the context of the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Narayansamy said that he has to “work within the parameters and guidelines given to an Ambassador or High Commissioner.”The government has got a feedback on the matter and “we will take a call at the appropriate time,” he added. To a question, he said the UPA Government was stable as it had the majority with the backing of SP and BSP and pointed out to Mulayam Singh Yadav’s remarks that his party had no plans as of now to withdraw its outside support to the UPA Government. “That resolution has been passed by the UNHRC. As for India, it is one of the 25 countries (that voted in favour). India cannot ask for any resolution on its own as it has to seek support of others,” the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office said. State political parties’ criticism of his party and the government led by it were “ill-founded, politically motivated and (done to) sidetrack the issue as they want to keep the issue alive,” he said alleging students were being instigated (into taking up various forms of protests).Students have been staging protests and demonstrations across Tamil Nadu on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue. read more

Cervus Equipment increases stake in Australian farm equipment dealer

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2013 7:17 am MDT Cervus Equipment increases stake in Australian farm equipment dealer CALGARY – Cervus Equipment Corp. (TSX: CVL), which invests in dealerships that handle a variety of brands such as John Deer, Bobcat, Clark and Nissan, has raised its ownership stake in an Australian agriculture dealership to 53.3 per cent.The Calgary-based equipment dealer said Tuesday it paid about $500,000 to buy an additional 18.6 per cent of Windmill AG Pty Ltd., which has five John Deer locations in the state of Victoria in Australia.Cervus acquires and manages authorized agricultural, commercial, industrial and transportation equipment dealerships. It has interests in 55 dealership locations in Western Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.“Cervus established operations in Australia nearly a year ago as part of our strategy to pursue opportunities in new markets,” Graham Drake, Cervus president and chief executive said in a statement.“Cervus’ acquisition of an additional interest in Windmill follows our successful integration of the business and reflects our growth strategy of consolidating dealerships in Australia, where we see further opportunities for growth.” read more

Marking SouthSouth cooperation UN officials call for more equitable opportunities

In a message marking the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, Mr. Ban celebrated South-South cooperation for having the potential to balance growth and equity on a global scale despite the economic strains of the global financial crisis. “The countries of the South are building new models of development cooperation that emphasize mutual benefit and solidarity as well as cost-effectiveness,” Mr. Ban said, adding that the rapid spread of information technology throughout the South, and the resulting increase in connectivity and networking, had allowed for greater sharing of experience and knowledge and the boosting of development.“This is helping to provide people with improved access to affordable medicines, technology and credit,” he added. In the past, the bulk of South-South cooperation involved the sharing of technical developments, including the improvement of livestock breeds, health, food processing and efficient water use. Today’s cooperation has added government policy coordination to the list in what is seen as crucial progress towards the achievement of the anti-poverty goals known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).In one recent instance of successful South-South cooperation in Madagascar, Chinese experts helped establish a hybrid rice development and demonstration centre where 34 strains of Chinese hybrid rice were grown. The average yield per hectare was two to three times higher than the average output of local rice.Nevertheless, the Secretary-General noted that although more children in countries of the South are in school, more mothers survive pregnancy and childbirth, and more infants and toddlers live to adulthood, swathes of poverty and underdevelopment were still prevalent. “Despite the strong performance of many developing countries, there remain large pockets of poverty in the global South, even in fast-growing emerging economies,” he said. “This is a stark reminder that even as countries reap higher economic gains, we must work to ensure that the opportunities for prosperity are distributed more equitably.” Pointing to the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in June, at which the need for social, economic and environmental equity was underscored, Mr. Ban urged the international community to put the issue of fairness at the top of the global development agenda.“As we mark the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, I pledge to further strengthen support for this fruitful collaboration, which can improve conditions in the global South that reverberate around the world.” Addressing the General Assembly’s commemoration of the Day, the Assembly’s President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser similarly spotlighted the importance of international collaboration in the global South’s development. “The challenges of a globalized world are proving too daunting for any nation to tackle them alone. And they affect countries of the South disproportionately,” Mr. Al-Nasser told the gathered delegates. “They require collective and concerted efforts at all levels by all development partners.” Mr. Al-Nasser also announced the upgrade of the institutional structure within the UN that supports South-South cooperation. He noted that the new UN Office for South-South Cooperation would be the focal point of Organizational efforts to make South-South cooperation central to the international development agenda. “Today we have the opportunity to advance a paradigm of development partnership that promotes mutual learning and mutual benefit, national ownership and leadership and the transfer of appropriate technologies, skills and local knowledge,” he said. In December 2011, the General Assembly, decided that, beginning in 2012, the observance of the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation would be changed from 19 December to 12 September, to mark the day in 1978 when the UN Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries adopted the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries. read more

UNESCO marks Literacy Day with anniversary event on literacys power to realise

“Literacy is essential for the success of the new global agenda. It provides men and women with skills to shape the world according to their dreams and aspirations,” UNESCO’s Director-General Irena Bokova told the two-day anniversary event, titled Reading the Past, Writing the Future, which is also this year’s theme for the Day.“In a world under pressure, literacy is a source of dignity and rights. In a world changing quickly, literacy is the foundation for inclusive and resilient societies,” she said. “Literacy is a transformational force, to combat poverty, to advance gender equality, to improve family health, to protect the environment, to promote democratic participation.”Worldwide there are 758 million adults who cannot read or write a simple sentence, two thirds of them women and with the greatest bottlenecks to progress in Africa, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.The event will review achievements and lessons learned over the last half century and identify challenges and fresh solutions.She said that considerable efforts countries made with partners had raised the global adult literacy rate from 61 per cent in 1960 to 85 per cent in 2015 and that global youth literacy had reached an encouraging 90 per cent in 2014. But, she added, much work remained to be done.UNESCO proclaimed 8 September as International Literacy Day in 1966 in order to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies. read more

Robert Griffin III Does It All In Exemplary Fashion

The Washington Redskins knew they had drafted a versatile football performer when they selected Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall pick this spring.They envisioned the former Heisman Trophy winner as their franchise quarterback, making plays with both his powerful right arm and nimble feet in lifting the once-proud organization from the NFL scrapheap.But Griffin’s talents are clearly vast, as evidenced by the slew of numerous television commercials he did this summer or even the virtuoso singing performance he delivered during the annual rookie talent show in training camp.But RGIII showcased yet another, previously unknown skill on Wednesday night after taking to the field at FedEx Field prior to the Redskins’ preseason finale against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Washington’s starting quarterback sat out the game as a precaution to injury, but was happy to do his part prior to its start by warming up his team’s receivers.Once he was done, Griffin walked over to the 10-yard line where long-snapper Nick Sundberg, holder Sav Rocca and newly-acquired kicker Billy Cundiff were warming up.Griffin stepped in and attempted a 20-yard field goal, splitting the uprights like somebody who’d been doing it his entire life.He then grinned before raising his arms in triumph and jogging off the field to the cheers of the fans seated nearby.Cundiff, the recently acquired former Pro Bowler who became persona non-grata in Baltimore last season after missing a chip shot that could have helped send the Ravens to the Super Bowl, may want to start looking over his shoulder.Griffin is no stranger to setting goals and accomplishing them in stunning fashion. He was an excellent student in high school who served as his class president while graduating seventh academically. He needed just three years to graduate from Baylor with a political science degree and a 3.67 GPA, including two appearances on the Dean’s List.In addition to starring in football for the Bears, RGIII was also a standout track star who earned All-American honors in that sport as well after placing third in the 400-meter dash at the 2008 NCAA meet and participating in the Olympic Trials.Nothing, it seems, is beyond his reach. read more

Older women enjoy reading racy novels because they are not getting enough

first_imgSpeaking at the Henley Literary Festival, Ms Leith, who also writes cookery books, said: “If [some people] know there is going to be a sex scene in a novel, they won’t buy it because they think it will be toe-curlingly gynaecological.“I often say to people… this novel is racier than this one and let me tell you, most older women go for the racy ones.”When asked why, she suggested, “because they are not getting enough?” before adding: “I think it is because they are grown up and relaxed and confident, so fine about it.”Ms Leith, 76, who will soon get married to her partner, retired clothes designer John Playfair, also spoke about her former husband’s concerns that she included sex scenes in her novels, including liaisons in a potting shed and the back of a taxi. Older women enjoy reading racy novels because they are “not getting enough”, author Prue Leith has suggested.Women who grew up reading Jilly Cooper’s “bonkbusters” are not as easily shocked because they are used to it, she also joked. Women who grew up reading Jilly Cooper’s “bonkbusters” are not as easily shocked because they are used to it 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. Women who grew up reading Jilly Cooper’s “bonkbusters” are not as easily shocked because they are used to itCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Let me tell you, most older women go for the racy onesPrue Leith “Halfway through me writing [one novel], having not shown him a single page, he suddenly said: ‘There won’t be any sex in it will there?’ she told the audience.“And I said, ‘darling, of course there will be, it is a love story’. He said: ‘Oh you can’t do that, the children will be so embarrassed.’ I said: ‘The children will be 27′.”Ms Leith’s latest book, The Prodigal Daughter, promises a “heart-wrenching” love story as it tells of heroine Angelica, who goes to Paris to learn French cuisine.last_img read more

Kia ordered to change ad which showed man jumping off cliff while

first_img 17,073 Views By Garreth MacNamee Image: YouTube Jun 26th 2018, 11:00 AM Share21 Tweet Email1 A screengrab from the advertisement. Kia ordered to change ad which showed man jumping off cliff while screaming The complainant said it could be construed the man was trying to take his own life. 23 Comments Pieta House 1800 247 247 or email (suicide, self-harm)Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.orgAware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s) A screengrab from the advertisement. Image: YouTube THE ADVERTISING STANDARDS Authority of Ireland (ASAI) has ruled that car brand Kia must change an advert which depicts a man jumping off a cliff while screaming.The ad, according to the firm, was intended to show a man completing his own personal bucket list which included a cliff jump. They said this was evident by another portion of it which portrayed the man, following the jump, placing a tick beside the words Scotland – Cliff Jump.The person who made the complaint said he found the advertising to be extremely disturbing as, before he noted what it was for, he considered that the man was attempting to take his own life.In the ad, he is shown entering the water and swimming to the surface, then climbing up the edge of the cliff. He is then shown walking and then sitting in his car.According to the upheld complaint to the ASAI: “The complainant, who participated actively in water sports, considered that if the advertisement was purporting to promote adventure, then it should have shown the man wearing a wetsuit and using safety gear when jumping from the cliff as this was normally the case for coasteering.“The complainant also said that it appeared that the man was jumping alone which was irresponsible as it could potentially encourage others to swim alone or to participate in similar unsafe behaviour around cliffs and water which was actively discouraged by water safety organisations.”The advertisers said that whilst they took on board the complainant’s opinion, they did not agree that this it was in any way encouraging dangerous behaviour or suicide.The ASAI found that it did not consider it was best practice to portray anyone, particularly a person fully clothed, jumping from a cliff feet first into the water below.The body also noted that the man had run at speed towards the cliffs and was not wearing any safety gear and that he appeared to have jumped alone into the water without taking note of rocks or any other dangerous items that may have been present.It ordered that the advert be amended.If you need to talk, contact: Short URL Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 11:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Elektroniki Athinon declares bankruptcy

first_imgGreece’s leading electronic appliances chain Elektroniki Athinon announced last Wednesday that it has filed for bankruptcy following a court decision.The chain’s remaining 45 outlets officially closed on Thursday, leaving 450 employees jobless. According to Elektroniki, they not owed unpaid wages and are set to receive full compensation in 8 months.However, a reconciliation meeting between employer and employees at the request of the Federation of Greek Private Sector Employees that was scheduled for Thursday at the Ministry of Labor, has been cancelled.In an official statement, the Electroniki Athinon’s management said:“Despite the company’s continuous efforts, the state of the economy, further weakening of the purchasing power of consumers, capital controls, among other things, made foreign suppliers suspicious of Greek companies, and in conjunction with banks refusing to give loans, it was impossible to continue the operation of the company. The business plan, which was co-decided by the banks, suppliers and shareholders in April 2015, had created reasonable prospects for the recovery of the company. The events, from June 2015 onwards, undermined and then canceled practically any plan. The result was a tight liquidity problem, lost market share and increase of losses. Therefore, Electroniki, having exhausted all possible options, was led to today’s painful decision.”Electroniki Athinon was originally founded in 1950 and during its 66 years of operation, offered employment to thousands of Greeks. In 1989, it was acquired by current owner Yannis Stroutsis and was listed on the Athens Stock Exchange in 1999. As of 1 October 2012 it had suspended share trading due to outstanding debts to banks, suppliers, and the landlords of the stores. Once an insolvency administrator is appointed by the court, the liquidation of company assets will commence; estimated to last about eight years. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped About

first_img You Can Finally Buy A Terabyte SD Card Thanks to LexarThe World’s First Foldable Smartphone Transforms Into a Tablet Hot on the heels of CES 2019, we’ve just seen what tech companies hope will be the major shakers for this year. But, which of these trends are just that, and what is worth investing in? Remember when tech companies reaaaaally thought this was the time that 3D would take hold? Yeah, it sucks to dump cash into stuff that doesn’t pan out. So what new tech is worth the cost?Definitely Not 8KTCL QLED 8K televisions on display during CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 8, 2019. (photo Credit: David McNew/AFP/Getty Images)Well, for starters, this was ostensibly going to be the year of the 8K television. And, true, there’s loads of exceptional TVs to be found, they’re still on the far side of a mainstream purchase — a solid 8K TV will run north of $4,500, eating up almost 10 percent of the average American’s income. And that’s before we even touch the dearth of content. The reality is that 4K is only now gaining major adoption — with half of households likely to have a 4K display by the end of this year. Higher-res screens are definitely available, but it’ll be a couple years yet. When we begin seeing major adoption from content providers and console manufacturers, there’ll be cause and support for this kind of purchase.Flexible Screens This is still on the edge of what consumers can afford, but this trend is likely to evolve and gain prominence very, very quickly. Because let’s face it, this really is one of the holy grails of tech. Flexible screens will be far more resistant, if not completely immune to traditional breaking. Portability, modification, and plasticity in a variety of use cases, not to mention the potential return of phone-mounted keyboards make this one a feature to watch for.So far, there’s just one major phone offering from Chinese manufacturer Royole. The developer model is a hefty $1300, but given that the latest iPhones now weigh in at around $1000, this isn’t actually too bad — and bodes well for near-term adoption from other companies.LG’s foldable, rollable OLED, too, was a stunner. But that one’s likely to come in much, much higher on the price front. Much like 8K screens, don’t expect these to hit consumer hands any time soon. But even these basic applications are incredible teases at the world to come. 5G Is (Almost) Here!Samsung 5G prototype smartphone on display at CES 2019 on Jan. 10, 2019. (Photo Credit: Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images)The next big wireless standard is, of course, 5G. These shifts are comparatively infrequent, with the iPhone’s entire 11-year lifespan just barely covering the last three major wireless generations. That said, 4G LTE has been the primary high-speed mobile network used by telecoms for just shy of ten years. So there’s a good chance that this next step will last a bit longer. Especially because the potential maximum throughput is more than twenty times that of 4G.It’s also coming down the pike really quickly. AT&T and other mobile operators are expecting dozens of U.S. cities by the end of the year, with at least Samsung known to be planning the rollout of their next line of phones and 5G integration later this year. Increasing Smart Home IntegrationKohel unveiled its Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet, with voice control technology, at CES 2019 (Photo Credit: Kohler)In the same way that the bee’s knees of the early 2010s was the 2-in-1 laptop-tablet combo, now all eyes are smart home integration. Alexa, Google Now, etc. have made massive inroads into creating massive categories for recognized commands, much stronger and more complex integration with apps and software. That’s not to mention the bevy of spendy but attainable tech like smart locks, doorbells, and lighting that middle class families may want to splurge on to help streamline one bit of their life. The fully automated home of yesteryear’s speculative fiction is still a ways off for all but the hyper-wealthy or supremely dedicated, but the cost of these systems is right for some people to start seriously begin adopting at least some smart IoT devices in their homes.Legit Flying (and Walking) Cars… We HopeFuturistic means of transportation are some of the easiest things to get excited about. I mean, for the love of all that is silicon, how long has humanity been waiting for flying cars? So, it’s easy to get pumped about the new offering from Uber partner-in-transit Bell. The fact that it has some big backing helps believability a bit. Allegedly, they’ll be rolling out by 2020, but it’s hard to say and harder to believe after decades upon decades of let-downs thus far. So time will tell.Also on the horizon, though, is the Hyundai Elevate, a walking car intended for use as a versatile rescue and support vehicle. It’s only a concept for now, but if it works as intended, it could herald a totally new way to move humans around. Modulating the size of the core tech — four legs with six functional joints as well as a similarly flexible power train — either up or down could mark a transportation revolution. Maximally accessible public transit could navigate end some dense urban environments as well as electric wheelchairs that can easily climb stairs. But again… how many times have we all been hyped for that big next step in transportation. It won’t be here until it’s here, and when it is, it’ll probably be amazing. But, as with the 8K displays, the rollout of revolutionary tech is often slow. So there’ll likely be a wait yet. But, our sincere hope is that some major player in the automotive/tech space has a fully functional consumer-class model ready to spring on us in the next year. We’ve waited long enough for flying cars, dammit. Read more coverage from CES 2019.More on Can Finally Buy a Terabyte SD Card Thanks to LexarLearn From Others’ “Mythtakes,” Don’t Microwave Your PhoneThis Smart Mirror Gives You More Time to Admire Yourself Stay on targetlast_img read more

Sebastien Haller aiming for a France callup

first_imgEintracht Frankfurt forward Sebastien Haller hopes his fine form this season will lead to a maiden call-up to the France squadThe 24-year-old has had a standout campaign in the Bundesliga with nine goals and eight assists in 17 appearances to help Frankfurt to sixth in the standings.Now Haller has his fingers crossed that France coach Didier Deschamps will take notice of his progress in Germany.Although he insists that failing to get a Les Bleus call-up will not affect his performances for Frankfurt this season.“If someday I’m nominated [for France], perfect. If not, then I’ll continue as usual,” Haller told Goal and DAZN.“I can only do my job, keep working, keep scoring. Everything else is out of my hands, because I’m not the coach. But I feel no pressure.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The Frenchman also compared new Frankfurt manager Adolf Hütter to his predecessor Niko Kovac, who now coaches Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.“Niko likes to control everything,” Haller said.“He is a fighter who attaches great importance to the physique of his team. You can see that in every training and in every game.“It’s different with Adi. He is more relaxed than Niko. He speaks more with the players and prefers to make the difference with the ball instead of the physical fitness. Both are outstanding coaches who analyze their opponents very well.”Frankfurt are in the USA for the Florida Cup where they will take on Sao Paulo this Friday before wrapping things up on Sunday against Flamengo.last_img read more

Minnesota Growers at Send Off for Soybeans to WISHH Project in Afghanistan

first_imgMinnesota Soybean farmer-leaders and staff met at the Albert Lea Seed House on Feb. 1 to witness the final preparations of soybean seeds that will make a 7000-plus-mile journey to Afghanistan. U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) transport planes will fly the 2,517 bushels of seeds to the ASA/World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) project.Albert Lea Seed House readied the more than 467 million early -maturing seeds for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-supported Soybeans for Agricultural Renewal in Afghanistan (SARAI) Project. WISHH and Shelter for Life International will distribute the seeds to 5,000 subsistence Afghan farmers, including approximately 500 women.”Most of these farmers have less than two acres of land. They will plant their seeds with their finger or a stick following their wheat harvest this spring,” said Minnesota soybean grower Barb Overlie, who has served on the WISHH Program Committee. “WISHH’s USDA project has started a soybean value chain that includes farmers as well as a new processing plant that uses Afghan and U.S. soybeans.”Minnesota soybean farmers met at Albert Lea Seed House to witness the final preparations of soybean seeds bound for Afghanistan and the WISHH SARAI project. (Minnesota Soybean photos by Dan Lemke)last_img read more

Legacy Salmon Creek named among most beautiful hospitals

first_imgLegacy Salmon Creek Medical Center has been named one of the 25 most beautiful hospitals in the world by, a leading source of health care management news.The Vancouver hospital was No. 15 on the list, which included hospitals from 11 countries including Austria, Thailand, Panama, Switzerland and China. Legacy was the only hospital from Washington or Oregon that made the list.The list emphasizes the connection between a pleasing environment and faster recovery times for patients.Legacy’s six-story, 468,000-square-foot building was designed by Portland-based Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects. The campus includes the main hospital, an adjacent medical office building and a seven-story parking structure.Here is the complete Most Beautiful Hospitals in the World list.last_img read more

Jubo League leader arrested after being snatched from cops

first_imgJubo League leader Ohidul Alam Chowdhury. Photo: UNBPolice arrested a local Jubo League leader, who was snatched by his followers from police custody, from Baro Aulia area in Sitakundu upazila of Chattogram on Friday night for his alleged involvement in drug trading.The arrestee is Ohidul Alam Chowdhury, organising secretary of upazila unit Jubo League, the youth wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League, reports UNB.Moshiuddoula Reza, additional superintendent (South) Chattogram police, said that the law enforcement in a drive arrested Ohidul from Fultola Bazar around 8:30pm.As the news spread, his followers gathered and attacked police, leading to a chase and counter-chase between police and the Jubo League activists.At one stage, the attackers snatched Ohidul from police custody and took him to Baro Aulia Bazar.Later, more police took position at Baro Aulia Bazar to arrest Ohidul.As his supporters obstructed police, they opened fire to disperse them and arrested Ohidul from the area, he added.last_img read more

Apple Sneaks out Support App in the App Store

first_img Apple Brings Contactless Student IDs to More UniversitiesCelebrate World Emoji Day With Diverse New Characters Stay on target Apple has always offered support for devices in its many retail locations, which is one of the ways it got the iPhone into so many hands early on. Now, it’s maybe looking for a slightly more hands-off approach. The company has quietly released a support app in the App Store on election day. So hey, maybe you can try to solve the problem yourself before you bother a genius in real life?The app includes help articles and tips for your device, I assume in hopes that people won’t come into an Apple Store every time something goes wrong. It’s not only for your iDevice, either. All Apple hardware registered on your account is accessible and eligible for support.The help articles are just the first step. The app also has a live chat feature, allowing you to get 1-on-1 help from an Apple rep. That’s probably good enough to figure out many software issues, and it’s still cheaper for Apple than in-store support. If the chat option fails, there’s the option to schedule a phone call with a support rep. And yes, if you don’t want to use the app’s built-in support services, you can schedule an appointment in the nearest Apple Store. The app is thus far only available in English, but it’s popped up in a few App Store catalogs around the world.I’d be on the lookout for this app to be a pre-load in a future version of iOS. Hopefully, you’ll have the option of removing it, though.last_img read more

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Xrays Capture Unprecedented Images of Photosynthesis in Action

first_img Postdoctoral researcher Louise Lassalle (from left), research scientist Jan Kern and research assistant Lacey Douthit work on growing cyanobacteria to isolate photosystem II proteins in a Berkeley Lab bioreactor. (Credit: Marilyn Chung/Berkeley Lab) A femtosecond X-ray pulse from an X-ray free electron laser intersecting a droplet that contains photosystem II crystals, the protein extracted and crystallized from cyanobacteria. (Credit: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory) Structure of the oxygen evolving complex in photosystem II in a light-activated state. Water molecules are shown as blue spheres, the four manganese atoms in purple, the calcium in green and the bridging oxygen atoms in red. The blue mesh is the experimental electron density, and the blue solid lines are the protein side chains that provide a scaffold for the catalytic complex. (Credit: Jan Kern/Berkeley Lab) Structure of the oxygen evolving complex in photosystem II in a light-activated state. Water molecules are shown as blue spheres, the four manganese atoms in purple, the calcium in green and the bridging oxygen atoms in red. The blue mesh is the experimental electron density, and the blue solid lines are the protein side chains that provide a scaffold for the catalytic complex. 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(Credit: Marilyn Chung/Berkeley Lab)Never mind the story of Moses parting the Red Sea. How exactly do plants split water?An international team of scientists is getting closer to the answer thanks to unprecedented, atomic-scale images of a protein complex found in plants, algae, and cyanobacteria captured by ultrafast X-ray lasers.The experiments, led by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), are helping researchers narrow down the process by which the protein, called photosystem II, uses light energy to split water and create oxygen. Nearly all the oxygen in the atmosphere is produced in this system. Just as importantly, this reaction also yields protons and electrons that are used to reduce carbon dioxide to carbohydrates later in the photosynthesis cycle.The images, published in the Nov. 21 issue of the journal Nature, provide the first high-resolution 3-D view of photosystem II in action, a feat accomplished by using unimaginably fast X-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) pulses from the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a DOE Office of Science User Facility.Photosystem II is found in the thylakoid, a compartment in chloroplasts and cyanobacteria surrounded by a membrane. The thylakoid is where the light-dependent reactions in photosynthesis occur, yet the exact nature of those reactions have, paradoxically, been in the dark for scientists.”There have been cryo-images taken when the protein was in a dark or resting state,” said study principal investigator Junko Yano, senior scientist at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division. “But the stages of photosystem II do not proceed at freezing temperatures. What we have been able to do for the first time using X-ray lasers is study this process at room temperature so we can tell what is actually happening in nature.”Yano worked with co-principal investigator Vittal Yachandra, and senior authors Nicholas Sauter and Jan Kern, all members of Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division.”We have been trying for decades to understand how plants split water into oxygen, protons, and electrons,” said Yachandra. “Understanding how nature accomplishes this difficult reaction so easily is important for developing a cost-effective method for solar-based water-splitting, which is essential for artificial photosynthesis and renewable energy.”They were especially interested in the protein’s small metal catalyst, an oxygen-evolving complex in which oxygen atoms bridge four manganese atoms with one calcium atom. How this catalyst stores the energy from photons and oxidizes two water molecules has been a key question in photosynthesis.”To our surprise, we found that the two leading theories explaining the mechanisms for how the reaction proceeds are probably not correct,” said Yachandra. “If the theories were correct, we would have seen water binding to specific sites and other predicted features in the protein. This means that something else is going on, so now we’re homing in on the right answer by process of elimination.”Capturing Data Before DestructionThe ability to peek into the process of splitting water at room temperature has been hindered by the fact that most imaging or crystallography technology using X-ray lasers blasts the samples to bits before meaningful data can be collected. Recent advances made possible by the LCLS changed that.”The beauty of the LCLS is that the laser pulses are so short–only 40 femtoseconds in duration, but very intense–that you can collect the data before the sample is destroyed,” said Kern. “It’s very new, and there are only two places in the world where that can be done at present.”A femtosecond is one quadrillionth of a second. To get a sense of the scale, it can be compared to what one second would be in a span of about 30 million years.Getting higher-resolution details that show molecular bonds also requires higher-quality crystal samples grown in precisely controlled conditions.”The spatial resolution of the structure we’re reporting is 2.25 angstroms,” said Kern. “We’re trying to see the process at extremely tiny length scales, and this is the first time we’re getting a spatial resolution that even approaches that. We’re only beginning to understand the story.”At LCLS, the researchers first illuminated their crystal samples with green photons to trigger the photosynthetic reactions in photosystem II. They then shot the X-ray pulses at the crystals, yielding diffraction data that was quickly collected before the crystal was destroyed. The researchers used ammonia as a marker to help determine the location of water molecules throughout the structure. If ammonia was present at a binding site, then the researchers knew that water was not there.Putting the Pieces TogetherSoftware algorithms developed by Sauter, Paul Adams (also of the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division at Berkeley Lab), and their respective groups were then used to translate the diffraction readings into the 3-D rendering of photosystem II.Since each crystal sample can only survive one shot of the X-ray laser before being blasted to smithereens, the researchers had to grow hundreds of thousands of them to obtain enough data to cover the intermediate stages in the reaction.”At LCLS, you only get a tiny sliver of data at a time, so you have to piece them all together,” said Sauter in describing the role of the software used to create the images. “It’s like taking a puzzle, dumping all the pieces on the floor, and then putting them back together.”For more information: Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 12, 2019 Utah Valley Hospital Purchases Nine Carestream Imaging Systems Utah Valley Hospital (Provo, Utah) has installed nine Carestream imaging systems that equip its radiology staff to… 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 | 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 12PreviousNext News | X-Ray | December 23, 2016 X-rays Capture Unprecedented Images of Photosynthesis in Action Berkeley Lab-led scientists illuminate protein as it splits water to create oxygen FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read morelast_img read more

Costa Rican lawmakers approve dog fighting ban

first_img Facebook Comments In their penultimate session before leaving office, outgoing lawmakers in Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly passed a bill that if signed into law would ban dog fighting.“We are very pleased that this slipped right under the wire,” Cynthia Dent, the regional director for the Humane Society International-Latin America, told The Tico Times.The Humane Society began work on a draft bill two years ago in hopes of easing the enforcement of dog fighting in court. While dog fighting is already illegal, it relies on animal cruelty legislation to pursue a lawsuit in court.Under the current laws, dog fight organizers usually have their dogs confiscated if caught, but recieve no other punishment. Just last month, a court imposed a $200 fine on a man found guilty of hosting dog fights on his property. This was the first-ever fine levied against a defendant in a criminal case for dog fighting in Costa Rica.The new bill would not only clarify dog fighting as a criminal offense, but also impose stricter fines and penalties of up to three years in prison for people caught in the act of fighting dogs.Along with banning dog fighting outright, the bill would ban any event that could cause aggression, abuse or injury to dogs. Another proponent of the bill, Costa Rica’s American Stafford Association, helped introduce wording that specifically bans competitions where dogs pull heavy weights, and “pole jumping,” where canines are encouraged to leap and hang on to a piece of meat dangling from a pole for several minutes.“It’s a sport that is utilized to train dogs to fight,” said Héctor Valverde with the American Stafford Association. “It entices dogs and makes them nervous and jumpy. It can cause joint problems.”Though not many of these competitions have been known to happen in Costa Rica, a large public event that featured both weight pulling and pole jumping was held last year in Sabana Park.Along with beefing up dog fighting legislation, the bill would also create an offenders list of dog fight organizers. These offenders would be required to register with Costa Rica’s Animal Health Service (SENASA), making it more difficult for them to buy aggressive dogs.The bill could be signed into law by current president Laura Chinchilla at any time, but if she fails to sign it before she leaves office on May 8, it will pass to her succesor, Luís Guillermo Solís.Solís was an avid supporter of animal welfare during his campaign, including ending animal cruelty as part of his platform and mentioning it in his acceptance speech. His party, the Citizen Action Party, sponsored the bill.“We are definitely expecting improvements [with Solís],” Dent said. “We are very excited and hope we can continue working as closely as we have with the government.” Related posts:Costa Rica to crack down on puppy mills Costa Rican man gets $200 fine for organizing dogfights President Solís urges lawmakers to pass animal cruelty bill following ‘barbarous’ attacks Costa Rica’s Solís tables Animal Welfare Bill in favor of highway construction projectlast_img read more

Family defends Malaysian held over Facebook insult

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – The family of a Malaysian man detained for allegedly insulting a state sultan on Facebook is defending his right to free speech and calling for his release.Police arrested 27-year-old Ahmad Abdul Jalil in Kuala Lumpur and took him to southern Johor state late Friday.His sister Anisa Abdul Jalil says the family was told he was being investigated for seditious remarks against the Johor sultan. But she said the family did not know what the offensive postings were. She said Monday the family was worried as Ahmad has been kept incommunicado since his arrest. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Police couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.Under Malaysian law, acts that provoke hatred against royal rulers are considered seditious.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Patients with chronic pain give advicelast_img read more