Former Polisario Member Ould Souilem Be Potentially Morocco’s Ambassador to AU

Rabat – Morocco’s former ambassador to Spain, and one of the founders of the self-proclaimed Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in 1976, Ahmedou Ould Souilem, could be appointed as theHead of the Permanent Mission of Morocco to the African Union (AU), reported Akhbar AlYaoum on Saturday.Following its re-admission to the pan-African organization as a full-fledged member, after a 33 year-long absence, Morocco will have to send a permanent delegation consisting of experts and diplomats to Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa.Based on a well-informed source, Akhbar AlYaoum reported that Ould Souilem could be appointed to be Morocco’s ambassador to the AU. The source added that there are also African experts and professors nominated for the position. The Choice of Ould SouilemAkhbar AlYaoum reported that the potential appointment of Ould Souilem is justified for multiple reasons.Born in 1951 in Dakhla, Ould Souilem from the Oulad Delim tribe. Before returning from Tindouf to settle in Morocco in 2009, the Sahrawi-born leader held several of SADR’s diplomatic positions. Ould Souilem was the representative  of the Polisario Front in several African countries, such as Angola and Guinea-Bissau. He was also Polisario’ Ambassador to Panama.Upon his return to his homeland, which coincided with Morocco’s celebration of the 10thanniversary of the accession of King Mohammed VI to the throne of his ancestors, Ould Souilem was received by King Mohammed VI. One year later, the King appointed Ould Souilem Rabat‘s ambassador to Madrid. read more

King Mohammed VI Congratulates Award Recipient Adnane Remmal

Casablanca – Moroccan Monarch, King Mohammed VI, has sent a telegram of congratulations to Adnane Remmal, the Moroccan biologist who won the European Inventor of the Year Award. King Mohammed VI has sent a congratulatory telegram to the Moroccan biologist who received the European Inventor of the Year Award, Adnane Remmal. The Moroccan Monarch expressed his sincere congratulations to Remmal and stated that this international award would represent a strong incentive for him to continue his efforts in the fields of biology.The telegram also pointed out that the award would incentivize “the emerging generations of Moroccan researchers to make every effort to represent their country and to promote scientific research, and to contribute to the promotion of the comprehensible and sustainable development that we are leading.” The award was presented to Remmal by the European Patent Office (EPO) on June 15 during an official ceremony in Venice, for his achievement in developing new methods to improve the effectiveness of antibiotics using herbal oils and medicinal plants. read more

Security Council members welcome newfound unity and UN role in Iraq

In statements following the 14-0 vote in favour of the resolution sponsored by the United States, United Kingdom and Spain – Syria did not participate – the Council members stressed the urgent need now to rebuild the country and answer the population’s humanitarian needs.Ambassador John Negroponte of the United States said the resolution allowed for the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to have a robust role in rebuilding Iraq, and guaranteed UN participation in monitoring the sale of Iraqi oil. Now that the resolution had been adopted, it had to be implemented since there were urgent humanitarian, reconstruction, and political tasks at hand, he added.Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sablière of France said the resolution was not perfect but improvements introduced during negotiations provided a credible framework in which the international community could lend support to the Iraqi people. The strong, independent UN involvement would condition the success of the process, namely, the degree of its ownership by the Iraqi people, he added. For his part, British Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock hoped the vote would mark the return to sustained consensus on one of the most difficult foreign policy issues faced today. He noted that it gave the UN a vital and independent post-conflict role. In that context, he hoped that the Secretary-General would rapidly deploy a Special Representative.Germany’s Ambassador, Gunter Pleuger, noting that the resolution – a compromise reached after difficult negotiations – showed substantial improvements compared to the initial draft and had strengthened the role of the UN. The adoption of the resolution had left behind the divisions of the past, he said.Ambassador Inocencio Arias of Spain acknowledged that some parties felt that the resolution was not perfect, but no one could deny that it provided an important tool to deal with a difficult issue. It gave the UN an important role, he said, and he hoped that it would help the world body to tackle other challenges, such as terrorism, in the future.Noting that the text was a compromise, Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser of Mexico said the UN’s challenge would be to assure respect for the fundamental principles of the Organization and to become energetically involved in the reconstruction process. Iraq’s future was a great challenge for the UN, and to confront it squarely, the Organization itself had to be strengthened, he added. Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation also noted that the resolution was the result of a major compromise, but said it was commendable that all parties had truly made an effort to make concessions, in spite of diverging positions. With the description of the functions of the Secretary General’s Special Representative, the resolution assigned a vital and important role to the UN.Bulgarian Ambassador Stefan Tafrov said the UN was to play a vital, independent and possibly a central role in Iraq in the post-conflict period. Difficulties would be resolved through a genuine partnership between the UN and the coalition forces. In a time of globalization, the UN had become an indispensable organization, he stressed.For his part, Ambassador Mamady Traore of Guinea declared that the adoption of the resolution represented a success for the UN and for the Council, which had gone back to the “golden rule” of consensus. He was pleased with the important role given to the UN in rebuilding Iraq and hoped the Special Representative would fully play his rightful role during that crucial stage for Iraq’s future.China’s Ambassador, Wang Yingfan, said the resolution would contribute to maintaining the authority and validity of the UN. Having participated in the negotiations on amendments, he said, his Government’s specific concerns had not been properly addressed but he voted in favour because of the urgent humanitarian needs in Iraq. The Ambassador of Cameroon, Martin Belinga-Eboutou, said the resolution represented a great moment for the Security Council, sending a message of confidence in the Iraqi people, who would soon be able to take charge of their own affairs. From the outset, he had believed that the UN should play an important role in rebuilding Iraq.Ambassador Christian Maquieira of Chile said the adopted resolution contained important provisions concerning the political process in Iraq, the role of the UN and the Council’s role 12 months from now. Its adoption had made it possible to restore the Council’s capacity to agree on a process for the reconstruction of Iraq.Angolan Ambassador Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins declared that the resolution’s adoption would contribute to restoring the necessary unity of purpose of the Council – a unity that had been bruised by divisions over Iraq during the past months. It had reinstated the spirit of multilateralism in the Council, enabling it to better play its mandated role in maintaining international peace and security.Wrapping up members’ statements, the Council President for May, Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, speaking in his national capacity, said the resolution accorded an independent and vital role to the UN, the Secretary-General, and his Special Representative. He expected that the role of the Secretary-General would become even more central in the coming months. read more

Security Council welcomes meeting of Burundian opponents in the Netherlands

The talks place earlier this week in Oisterwijk brought together Burundi’s President and a delegation of the Forces nationales de libération (Palipehutu-FNL).In a press statement, the Council President for January, Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz of Chile, encouraged the parties to continue their discussions “with a view to a complete cessation of hostilities, and to Palipehutu-FNL entering the transitional institutions.” He also urged the parties to exercise restraint.The conflict between Burundi’s Government and Palipehutu-FNL is the last remaining obstacle to ending a decade of civil war that has left between 250,000 and 300,000 people dead. read more

Eritrea UN peacekeepers face land restrictions

The UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), which has been monitoring the Temporary Security Zone between the two countries, reported an increase in restrictions to the freedom of movement of its patrols at the local level during the past two weeks, especially after dusk.”In some areas patrols have indeed been warned ‘to confine their land vehicle movements to the main roads’ in the 25-kilometre (16-mile) wide demilitarized buffer zone,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the daily noon briefing in New York.”The issue has been taken up at the Sector level and with the Eritrean Commissioner for Coordination with the Peacekeeping Mission. In both instances, officials have denied issuing any official orders to this effect. These restrictions, however, continue,” he added.In a letter last week calling on Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki him to lift the helicopter ban, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said it severely inhibited the UN mission in carrying out its five-year-old mandate to monitor the cessation of hostilities and the deployment of forces on both sides, which fought a two-year border war from 1998-2000. read more

Older Hitters Are Declining But Its Not Because They Cant Stand The

Although Major League Baseball’s audience is old enough to give golf a run for its erectile-dysfunction ad dollars, its player pool is skewing younger each year. Research suggests that players are peaking — and declining — more quickly, placing them in their primes ever earlier. It’s no coincidence that young stars such as Bryce Harper and Carlos Correa seem emboldened this spring, openly advocating a more demonstrative style of play. This is their game; modern MLB is no sport for old men.As the game has gotten younger, it has also picked up the pace — and not just between pitches. The average (four-seam) fastball has sped up by about two miles per hour over the last decade, incinerating countless chyrons along the way. In the eight full seasons for which we have complete PITCHf/x data, the proportion of MLB fastballs topping 93 mph has increased by almost 50 percent, with the percentage breaking 95 mph nearly doubling and the share above 97 mph nearly quadrupling.In a recent edition of his newsletter, Sports Illustrated contributor and Baseball Prospectus co-founder Joe Sheehan drew a connection between these two trends, speculating that faster pitches are forcing older hitters into early retirement.“Which players are best equipped to see and hit velocity?” Sheehan asked. “The youngest ones with the sharpest eyes and quickest reflexes. It’s not the hitter pool that is changing, whether through substance usage or otherwise. It’s that the skills of pitchers have changed in a way that hurts older players more than younger ones.”Sheehan’s proposal sounds plausible. Reaction time is known to decrease from a peak at approximately age 24. Faster pitches leave hitters less time to react. It seems intuitive, then, that older hitters would have a tougher time adjusting to baseball’s current hard-throwing conditions.Sheehan did, however, acknowledge that this is only a theory. “To prove it, what we need is a look at whether young players do better at hitting high-velocity pitches than older ones do,” he wrote. “On servers somewhere there’s enough information to see what players of every age do against pitches of every velocity. That’s where the answer lies.”That’s where we come in. We’ve accessed that server, but it looks as if the data — unlike the latest radar-gun readings — is saying “not so fast.”The chart below displays the average offensive performance — as measured by run expectancy added per pitch — against four-seam fastballs1Pitch classifications and data come from Pitch Info. above and below 93 mph, broken down by batter age:The green “against high velocity” line is consistently lower than its orange counterpart, which tells us that faster pitches are generally harder to hit, regardless of the batter’s age. (No surprise there.) But the gap between the two lines stays constant as a batter gets older, suggesting that age doesn’t necessarily make it harder to catch up to fast pitches. If old hitters are at a greater disadvantage against gas, it’s not showing up here.Of course, there are other ways to test Sheehan’s hypothesis. We can also create an aging curve using the delta method, which measures the typical change in a player’s performance over time by grouping players of each age and isolating their performances in consecutive seasons. If rising pitch speeds are responsible for hitters’ declining earlier, we would expect to see the performance gap against faster and slower heaters grow as players get further from their physical peaks. (In this case, a negative number on the y-axis indicates that players got worse at hitting harder fastballs, relative to softer fastballs.)Instead of a widening gap, we again see essentially no change as a player passes out of his prime. Although we know that, on the whole, hitters get worse as they age, their declines don’t seem to be steeper against eliteheat.2The aging curves against fastballs above 95 and 97 mph, respectively, do show slight drop-offs, but they don’t come until a hitter’s late 30s, long after most bats begin to fade. The same is true of the 95-mph trend line even with sinkers and cutters included.We can even try to corroborate the theory in indirect ways. If aging batters were “cheating” against good fastballs, for instance, starting their swings early to mask delayed reactions, we would expect them to be more vulnerable to pitchers who are adept at changing speeds — yet hitters don’t decline any more quickly against pitchers with especially large speed separations between their fastballs and nonfastballs. Similarly, if veterans couldn’t catch up to good fastballs, we would expect pitchers to exploit that weakness by throwing more of them to older hitters than younger ones — but batters barely experience an uptick in the percentage of 93+ mph pitches they see over time.More anecdotally, many of baseball’s best fastball hitters aren’t exactly spring chickens. Last year’s 10 best hitters against fastballs topping 95 mph3Among players who saw at least 1,000 fastballs of any speed. had an average age of 31.2 and included Mark Teixeira (age 35), Jose Bautista (34) and Carlos Beltran (38); only 24-year-old Nolan Arenado checked in at or under the aforementioned peak age for response time.So why wouldn’t older hitters be burned most severely as pitchers turn up the temperature? Although slowing response speed probably contributes to age-related hitting declines, it likely affects performance against all pitches. (It’s not as if any major league offerings were easy to hit.) In addition, the same study that pegged peak response time at 24 noted that older competitors can compensate for a loss in response speed with strategies born of experience. For instance, older hitters could be better at anticipating fastballs, which would help them offset slowing bat speed. And while decrepitude eventually comes for all players, the ability to catch up to good fastballs may not be the first (or the worst) thing to go. Declines in durability, stamina and muscle mass may combine to claim careers before hard-throwing pitchers start to take a higher toll.Admittedly, we may also be missing something. It’s almost impossible to eliminate selection bias from aging studies in sports, because players who decline quickly disappear from the sample. In this case, though, we believe that bias would be slight, in part because we’re focusing not on overall performance against fastballs — which does a lot to determine whether a hitter’s career continues — but on the difference in performance against fastballs of certain speeds.It’s indisputable that hitters are aging less gracefully than they did two decades ago, so if we can’t blame better fastballs, we need another culprit. It could be that baseball’s anti-PED policies have (mostly) removed an unnatural advantage that was propping up older players, although that presumes the unprovable — that veterans were disproportionately using (and benefiting from) steroids and/or amphetamines before the bans. It could be that teams have gotten smarter about evaluating defense, which tends to decline quickly, or that year-round amateur play and improvements in professional player development have better prepared young players to displace their predecessors. (Or even that skyrocketing salaries have made it more common for players — cough, Adam LaRoche — to walk away before they’re forced out.)Or maybe our perspective is skewed by one anomalous era. Although the current percentage of wins above replacement4As calculated by Baseball-Reference. produced by hitters over 30 looks extremely low compared with its 1998 peak, it’s roughly in line with the same proportion from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, when the typical fastball was far slower:So, sorry, Joe: for better or worse, access to servers can’t confirm this appealing hypothesis. Some sports mysteries still resist the neat narrative, no matter how many stats we have on our side. read more

Supply and demand balance crucial to longterm profitability of the TiO2 industry

first_imgGlobal titanium dioxide (TiO2) demand is estimated to grow at a consolidated annual growth rate of 3.5%, reaching 6.79 Mt by 2016. However, potential production expansions anticipated during this period could create an oversupply situation of over 1 Mt by 2016, creating downward pressure on TiO2 prices, according to a major new study by IntertechPira. The Future of Titanium Dioxide provides analyses of the TiO2 market by end use and geographic region. It provides detailed forecasts of TiO2 pigment supply, demand, and sales growth by volume and value, as well as addresses the development and commercialisation of new feedstock and pigment production technologies. The report is based on interviews with executives in a cross-section of companies that supply titanium mineral feedstocks and manufacture TiO2 pigment. It is also based on extensive analyses of in-house data built up from years of gathering information and conducting executive-level conferences and webinars on the TiO2 industry. The study provides consumption forecasts for TiO2 in its major end-use markets: coatings, plastics and paper. A key focus of the study is the affect of both the global economy and potential new capacity on TiO2 supply and demand.“As most of its markets are mature, TiO2 demand depends largely on construction activity and consumption of durable goods, which are strongly tied to a region’s GDP and therefore economic health,” explains Publisher Adam Page. “Eastern Europe and Asia are the regions with a GDP per capita well below the world average and so have the potential for strong growth,” predicts Page. “Over the past few years, about 80% of the world’s growth in TiO2 demand has been in Asia-Pacific, and over half of this in China.”The Future of Titanium Dioxide provides in-depth quantitative data and analyses of the TiO2 industry, including feedstock and pigment processing developments and pigment growth forecasts to 2016 broken down by end-use market and region. The report is designed to help those operating in the titanium minerals industry meet today’s challenges as well as target opportunities in key sectors.For further information please contact Stephen Hill on +44 (0)1372 802025 or via e-mail stephen.hill@pira-international.comlast_img read more

SNOW HANDBALL in Argentina is the handball story of October

← Previous Story ASOBAL: Perfect Barca – 10 games 10 victories! Next Story → Swiss Wacker Thun sign playmaker Nikola Dokic “SNOW HANDBALL” IN ARGENTINA (35%, 155 Votes)SKOPJE’S FORTRESS (21%, 93 Votes)HUNGARIAN OCTOBER (19%, 84 Votes)HOLLYWOOD IN KIELCE (14%, 64 Votes)UWE SAID “NO” TO KIEL AND BARCA (6%, 29 Votes)WCH 2019 TO DENMARK AND GERMANY (4%, 19 Votes)STARS TO MISS EHF EURO 2014 (1%, 4 Votes)Total Voters: 448 Handbal-Planet.com visitors voted for the “SNOW HANDBALL” in Argentina as the HANDBALL STORY of October. New discipline of handball invented in South America, hopefully, will get a lot of fans across the world in the upcoming years…HANDBALL STORY of October 2013? Argentina handballsnow handball read more

Theyre back Here are 8 questions were asking ahead of the new

first_imgBE HONEST, YOU’VE missed the politicians over the summer haven’t you? What? No? Well tough because the Dáil and Seanad return this week and it’s promising to be a bumper term.Predicting what’s going to happen isn’t easy. There are known unknowns as one prominent US politician once said.This time last year who could have predicted that the case of Savita Halappanavar would lead to Ireland legislating for abortion for the first time?That’s why we’re certain there will be stories that break in the coming months that will reshape the government and the Dáil’s agenda but here are a few things we can expect and a few questions we’re asking ahead of the return of TDs and Senators on Wednesday.1. Will the Seanad be abolished?An early test for the government is of course the Seanad referendum on 4 October. Opinion polls indicate it could be a tight vote which is why Fianna Fáil is sure to hammering its message home while Sinn Féin forms an unusual and awkward alliance with the government.Of course expect the Seanad itself to spend a lot of time talking about its future during the free-f0r-all Order of Business where Senators will be making statements they hope can land them a few seconds on Oireachtas Report.It’s also worth remembering the other referendum, the one to establish a Court of Appeal. Given there is currently no vocal opposition to it it is inconceivable that the referendum won’t pass, but as the children’s referendum shows these things are often close-run affairs.Defeat on this would be disastrous for the government as would defeat in the Seanad referendum particularly given the resources Fine Gael in particular is ploughing into its campaign.2. What will Budget 2014 bring?Right after we decide the fate the Seanad we’ll be examining what pain the latest austerity budget is going to inflict. By the end of this month we should know the scale of the Budget adjustment but it seems likely it will now be less than the €3.1 billion that the Troika wants.Labour and Fine Gael are likely to be at odds over whether its closer to €2 billion or closer to €3 billion with various ministers scrapping over how much money they must take of their departments.There will be leaks, there will be calls from the opposition to stop the leaks, the government will say that nothing is decided until everything is decided and then come 15 October all will become clear.Don’t underestimate the possibility of a cut, hidden in the documentation, being so unpalatable that it is reversed.3. How will Labour cope with growing unease within the party?Divisions between Eamon Gilmore and Joan Burton were made clear in Pat Leahy’s new book ‘The Price of Power’ but with local elections looming Labour as a whole is clearly trying to distance itself from austerity. One must only look at the comments from the Tánaiste about “austerity hawks” last week.Though unlikely the possibility that the party might pull out of government cannot be ruled out entirely if it can’t agree on the Budget. Though that is not likely it is more realistic to think that the junior coalition partner, having lost TDs in each of the last two budgets, will lose more.It will also be interesting to observe how the party tries to distinguish itself from Fine Gael in the hope of avoiding a wipeout in the local and European elections next year.4. What impact will the Dáil reforms have?The government is hoping that by the first week of October the Dáil will be starting its business earlier and will be sitting for longer. Earlier starts on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays will come in addition to other changes in the way legislation is considered.All going well, we could have our first Europe Week in November and members of the public will be giving their input to committees on proposed legislation. But the opposition is still likely to be complaining about the government’s control over the Dáil’s agenda.5. How vocal will the Reform Alliance be?The grouping of TDs and Senators expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party will have it tough just trying to have their voices heard in the Dáil chamber with no automatic speaking rights.Expect the Reform Alliance, as they’re calling themselves, to be more vocal outside of the Dáil than inside it.But it will be interesting to see generally how much of a problem they will pose to Fine Gael and the government. And with Brian Walsh already excluding himself from the group how allied will the alliance be by the end of the year?6. Will Leaders’ Questions be the same old, same old?While Leaders’ Questions mostly involves Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin having a go at the government while the government brings up Gerry Adams’s past and Fianna Fáil’s time in government in response, questions posed by Technical Group deputies have usually elicited the best responses from the Taoiseach and Tánaiste in recent months.With Wicklow independent Stephen Donnelly being one of the two to pose questions this term it will be interesting to see if he gets up the noses of government as much as he has done at finance questions.And what impact will the big clock have on curtailing TDs who go overtime?7. Will we exit the bailout and will there be another one?The State is on course to exit the bailout programme at the end of this year but there is still another Troika review where the same old problems of health overspending, high unemployment, and failure to implement reforms will probably come up.There’s no doubt that there has been progress made on a number of fronts by the government but will it be enough to satisfy our EU/IMF overlords?The likelihood is that Ireland will exit the bailout programme but enter some sort of agreement whereby it has access to a line of funding that would act as a safety net or overdraft in the event that we run into more economic difficulties.Expect Michael Noonan to inform the Dáil of the intricacies of all this and expect the opposition to complain about the lack of detail and/or not being informed earlier.8. Will a solution be found to the Priory Hall issue?The tragic suicide of Fiachra Daly has put the issue of Priory Hall firmly back on the agenda and with the Taoiseach promising to do something about it the families will hope that a solution comes in the next few months.We can be sure that the opposition parties will seek to make political hay out of the issue and raise it as much as possible in the Dáil.Pics: Photocall Ireland and Press AssociationLike politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie Politics on Facebook to keep up to date with all that’s happening in and outside of Leinster House.Read: Here’s how the Dáil will pass legislation if the Seanad is abolishedRead: Government pledges that TDs will sit earlier and for longerAgainst the clock: Large screens to show TDs how long they can speak forlast_img read more

Viruses are 10x better at infecting humans in the morning

first_imgGetting ill sucks regardless of when it happens, although I’d argue around the holidays is the worst time to be sick. There’s lots of precautions you can take to avoid illness, and most of them are simple such as regularly washing your hands. But a recent study out of the University of Cambridge has discovered a new and interesting fact about viral infections: they are much more successful in the mornings.A virus takes hold by entering your body and then replicating inside living cells using the body’s own machinery against it to spread. Depending on how well it replicates, you get ill as your body fights to rid itself of the invader. What the Cambridge research team found is that a virus entering the human body in the morning is 10-times more successful at infection.The reason for this has been put down to our internal body clock (circadian rhythm) and how the work our cells do changes throughout the day. A virus requires the body to be working at full capacity to have the best chance of success, which is the case in the mornings. So a virus finds it much easier to enter the cells, infect them, and spread using the available resources in the AM. However, later in the day the body’s work slows, the cells aren’t as active, and it’s harder for a virus to take hold and thrive, and therefore can be a much less severe infection. If you disrupt the body clock, infection rate is always high (that’s bad news for shift workers).This discovery is important as Professor Akhilesh Reddy, who headed up the study, believes it can be used to help control disease outbreaks in the future. It also means different people can be prioritized for treatment based on what they do. For example, shift workers with disrupted body clocks should get the flu vaccine as a priority every year as they are highly susceptible.As individuals, we can take this new information on board and protect ourselves from getting ill more effectively. Take more precautions in the mornings, avoid contact with people who are ill more readily before lunch, and you may just avoid a bout of illness.last_img read more

LowLight Camera Captures Rare Glimpse of DeepSea Jellyfish

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ center_img Scientists have finally captured one of the ocean’s most mysterious jellyfish on film.Easily mistaken for a plastic bag floating under the sea, the tentacle-less Deepstaria enigmatica remains a mystery.The invertebrate has managed to elude humans all but a handful of times in the 45-plus years since its discovery, ensuring questions of biology, distribution, diet, environmental tolerances, and behavior remain unanswered.Until now.Thanks to an ultra-sensitive camera, scientists are getting a closer look at D. enigmatica.In November, a group of analysts set off in pursuit of the soft-bodied organisms off the west coast of Mexico. Led by my marine biologist David Gruber, the team brought a super-sensitive Canon ME20F-SH camera, encased in a 13-inch polished glass sphere for protection.Once they reached open sea, the contraption was mounted to a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and lowered nearly 3,200 feet below the surface of the water.“This animal just drifted by the ROV Hercules. We didn’t collect this,” Gruber, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, said in a statement. “It’s barely ever been seen because it’s so fragile and it just floats in the midwater.”After their first glimpse, the researchers followed the specimen for almost 10 minutes, watching the jelly undulate like a translucent sheet discarded into the ocean.At one point, it bumped into the protective glass, giving the scientists a more precise view of the digestive canals covering its body.The team’s luck continued when it filmed what is likely the first evidence of a D. enigmatica corpse, inviting lithodid crabs and caridean shrimp to feast on the plunging cadaver.One crab feeds on the carcass of a Deepstaria enigmatica jellyfish (via David Gruber/American Museum Novitates)“These observations provide direct evidence of singular Deepstaria carcasses acting as jelly falls, which only recently have been reported to be a significant food source in the deep sea,” according to a paper published last week in the journal American Museum Novitates.All evidence collected was made possible by their low-light camera, which allows scientists to observe animals in “as natural a state as possible,” National Geographic reported.“It’s almost like we’re diving with a little penlight on,” Gruber said.This technology can also be applied to future documentation of other elusive species.last_img read more

Burn Suspension In Effect For Kenai Peninsula Borough

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on June 26th, 2019 at 06:46 amDue to current and forecasted weather conditions, open burning has been suspended by the Alaska Division of Forestry until further notice on the Kenai Peninsula. Howie Kent with the Division of Forestry: “We are putting one in place to prevent other fires from occuring when we are pretty busy with other fire activity.” Warming and camp fires under three feet in diameter are still allowed but use extreme caution with any kind of fire or activity that could spark a wildfire. All open debris burning and the use of burn barrels is prohibited during a burn suspension. This suspension will remain in place until further notice. CONTACT: Andy Alexandrou, Division of Forestry, Kenai-Kodiak Area, 907-260-4262last_img read more

Montana Jurisdictions Begin Process to Carry out JLUS Recommendations for Ft Harrison

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Officials in Helena, Mont., and two neighboring counties are beginning a 14-month effort to address land use and other compatibility issues that could interfere with operations at 6,730-acre Fort Harrison, a Montana National Guard training facility.A Helena-based planning firm will focus on eight concerns identified in a joint land use study, including light pollution and tall structures. The study identified issues associated with 18 of 23 compatibility factors, including land use, safety, noise, vibration, light and glare, land and air space, and interagency coordination and communication, reported the Independent Record.The firm will review Helena’s policy on outdoor lights and look for ways to adjust lighting standards to support night vision training at the post.To help avoid conflicts with routes flown by helicopters and interfering with military radio frequencies, the consultant plans to map areas where structures — such as buildings, transmission lines and wind turbines — should not exceed a mutually agreed upon height.The study will consider the use of Lewis and Clark County’s open space bond fund to protect tracts from development that could provide a buffer between Fort Harrison and new development. It also will explore the possibility of property acquisition to protect the post from encroachment.Military planners have grown concerned about the growth over the past decade in Lewis and Clark and Broadwater counties.“When Fort Harrison was built, the city of Helena was quite a distance away. There were mostly ranches next to the fort and very little potential for conflicts,” Laura Erikson, Lewis and Clark County’s grants coordinator, told the county commission before it selected which firm to hire.last_img read more

Google Facebook and others pressed to stop spread of antivax information

first_img Share your voice Tags Joe Raedle/Getty Images The American Medical Association is urging big social media and tech companies, including Amazon, Facebook and Google, to help combat the spread of misinformation about vaccinations on their platforms.Read more: How to track the 2019 measles outbreakThe nation’s largest physicians group sent a letter Wednesday to the chief executives of Amazon, Facebook, Google, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube, saying it’s troubled by reports of anti-vaccine messages and advertisements targeting parents in search of vaccine information. The AMA said this was especially troubling at a time when vaccine-preventable diseases like measles are on the rise in the US, posing a threat to public health.The AMA said it’s concerned that health-related misinformation found online could undermine science and persuade parents to avoid vaccinating their children, sparking the spread of preventable diseases.”With public health on the line and with social media serving as a leading source of information for the American people, we urge you to do your part to ensure that users have access to scientifically valid information on vaccinations, so they can make informed decisions about their families’ health,” AMA CEO Dr. James Madara wrote in the letter.”We also urge you to make public your plans to ensure that users have access to accurate, timely, scientifically sound information on vaccines,” he wrote.The letter comes as companies face mounting pressure from lawmakers, activists and health experts to prevent anti-vax misinformation from going viral. The misinformation may have contributed to an outbreak of measles in the US.Facebook said last week it’s stepping up its efforts to curb the spread of misinformation about vaccines, saying it would demote the ranking of groups or pages that spread misinformation about vaccines on its News Feed and in search results.Other tech companies have also beefed up their efforts to combat misinformation about vaccines. Pinterest blocked anti-vaccination searches and has tried to pull down anti-vax content. In February, YouTube said it would remove ads from videos that feature anti-vaccination content. None of the companies addressed in the letter immediately responded to requests for comment on the AMA’s letter.CNET’s Queenie Wong contributed to this report. 0 Sci-Tech Wellness Post a comment Amazon Facebook Google Pinterest Twitter YouTubelast_img read more

Officials ban trailers for carrying dogs in Iditarod

first_imgCiting safety concerns, the Iditarod Board of Directors have ruled that Iditarod mushers will no longer be able to carry dogs in trailers behind their sleds. Aaron Burmeister is treasurer for the Iditarod’s Board of Directors, and said the change came during a meeting on October 28.Listen Now“Mainly it clarifies that dogs will be hauled in the front sled if they’re being hauled during the race,” Burmeister said. “It’s clarifying we’re not hauling dogs in trailers for safety reasons.”Though used by a minority of Iditarod mushers, trailers fixed behind the primary sled have grown in popularity as a way to cycle dogs through rest, particularly among the sports top performers. Burmeister said as their use becomes more common, mushers risk losing or injuring animals if a trailer detaches.“This is a rule that didn’t just come up yesterday or at the last board meeting, this is a rule that’s been in discussion for several years,” Burmeister said. “We’re not saying that you can’t haul a dog or anything else, we’re saying you can’t haul dogs in trailers, that way the dogs will be hauled in front of you in the main sled, where they can be supervised and managed if anything should happen.”Some mushers have been critical of the rule, along with another controversial change passed by the board that allows for two-way communications devices like cell-phones to be carried on the trail.The new rules will be in effect for the upcoming Iditarod in March.last_img read more

Researchers Say Texas Needs Standards For Maternal Death Investigations

first_imgMIGUEL GUTIERREZ JR.A bill before the Senate asks the Department of State Health Services to promote best practices to improve the quality of maternal death reporting, investigations and death certificate data.A statewide task force ran into some issues getting good information last year when it was asked to write a report on why so many women in Texas were dying during pregnancy or shortly after.In fact, these issues were a big part of the report it finally released to lawmakers. Now, state lawmakers are looking at ways to fix the problems.LISTEN: KUT’s Ashley Lopez reportsIn a two-year period starting in 2010, the state saw its maternal mortality rate double, according to a study in a national medical journal published last year.Shortly after that report was published, a state task force released similar findings, but neither study was able to explain exactly what happened.Dr. Lisa Hollier, the lead researcher of that task force, had said there were issues with the investigations into some of the deaths.“There was an inconsistency in the quality of the investigations,” she said.She also said the problems stemmed from the spotty nature of death investigation procedures in the state. Protocol varies from county to county – and remember, there are 254 of those in Texas.Hollier told state lawmakers during a hearing in the Texas Senate on Wednesday that some deaths should have been investigated by a medical examiner, but they weren’t.She asked state lawmakers to consider creating some standards.“The use of a standardized protocol for reporting and investigation of deaths could reduce these inconsistences and improve the ability to identify a cause of death,” Hollier said.State Sen. Borris Miles, D-Houston, introduced a bill that would mandate the state to come up with clear protocols.Specifically, the bill asks the Department of State Health Services to promote best practices to improve the quality of maternal death reporting, investigations and death certificate data.Evelyn Delgado, who works at the state agency, told lawmakers the bill would also direct her agency to come up with a standard comprehensive toxicology screening. This would give the state a better idea of how many of these deaths involved controlled substances.“This would allow us to go look for that information, find the best practices and then post those to our website,” she said, “so that going forward we would have a consistent way to look at all of these things.”Women’s health advocates have argued the timing of the spike in maternal deaths coincides with cuts to the state’s family-planning program. State officials had also cut Planned Parenthood out of the program at the time.But during Wednesday’s hearing, state Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, said the cuts were unrelated and called those claims “misinformation.”Sen. Miles’ bill is now pending in committee.Copyright 2017 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM. Sharelast_img read more

4 Vital Cyber Security Measures Every SafetyConscious Entrepreneur Needs to Take

first_img Throughout history, whenever technology has advanced, there has always been a concurrent change in the way we live our lives and go about our business. For the most part, this co-evolution has been welcomed and embraced. These advancements have made work simpler, and communication and collaboration across networks seamless.Related: Got Effective Cybersecurity Practices? Be Aware: The FTC Is Watching You.However, this transition to increased connectivity and quick, seamless, one-click solutions has also given rise to security issues when it comes to the private information held by the institutions leveraging those innovative solutions that optimize business operations.In their bid to be more connected, businesses have increased the touch points of their organizations across networks, increasing the opportunities cyber criminals have to penetrate: Every time any of us visit Angie’s List, BestAdvisor (U.K.), Yelp or any other review site to decide on what to purchase, then proceed to Amazon, Walmart or other ecommerce store, whipping out our credit cards and making a purchase, we’re releasing vital pieces of personal information.Things only get worse when we fill out a  detailed form online. This is fodder for the plethora of hackers seeking ways to penetrate personal and corporate firewalls ,to get to the private information they protect. No wonder so many organizations spend so much on security. No wonder we can’t ignore the vital role cyber security plays for businesses and individuals.While businesses are safeguarding their sensitive data (including customer personal information), you, as a smaller-scale entrepreneur, need to take steps to ensure that you don’t become a part of the cyber attack statistics. Here are several of those steps to take:1. Back up everything offline.Set up a regular schedule for backing up all your information, whether it’s your personal data or company files. This practice should be performed as frequently as possible so that, in the event of a breach, the information loss will be minimal.Related: 4 Reasons You Need Developers With Cybersecurity Skills in All Tech TeamsIf you use a cloud computing service, make sure to set up real-time backup. And then, nothing beats offline backup if you really want solid protection. Move a copy of all the information you hold dear onto a trusty thumb drive or backup drive. In this world of increasing personal digital espionage, offline means “safe.”2. Keep your eyes peeled for unusual financial activity.Little things like checking your card statement once every few days or once a week may be the only thing that will save you from financial damage if you are hacked. This checking frequency means that you will be able to take action against suspicious account activity within seven days, at the latest. A monthly check leaves fully 30 days between checks — not a good strategy for stemming damage from a hack.Also consider setting up a transaction limit on your card and/or bank account. Most banks, credit card companies and other financial institutions understand the implication, and willingly provide real-time alerts whenever activity occurs that contravenes your settings. This helps ensure the authenticity of transactions on your account while decreasing the probability of a successful hack.3. Develop a degree of security paranoia.Effective cyber security measures require a bit of paranoia. This means that you double-check whether you logged out your account from a friend’s laptop, or whether your password combination is strong enough. Such an attitude toward the security of your information causes you to be proactive.You should, for instance, make sure that all your passwords are strong enough to give any hacker a tough time. To stay on the safe side, install a reputable internet security software on your devices to protect all your online passwords. Maximize as many internet security solutions as you can, and set up your internet security software to check for the authenticity of those that lack that security protocol.Also, never give out your personal data to anyone, no matter how convincing that person sounds. Obviously, you shouldn’t incorporate any of your personal information into the password, such as your birthday or first name. Instead, your password should be a mixture of multiple elements: small letters and caps, symbols and digits sufficient to dissuade or demotivate intruders.As much as is possible, ensure that the websites you visit have “https” URLs, since that final “s” denotes security  protocols. Finally, keep your operating system, antivirus, network intrusion detection tools and other software updated to take advantage of the most recent security features available.4. Seek out a cyber-security expert.You shouldn’t wait till all else fails before you hire a security expert, especially if you run a business. You need someone who can analyze your systems, identify any security risks and develop and implement strategies for dealing with them.In the event of a data breach or compromise, a security expert can be the difference between comprehensive systems breakdown and minimal damage. The benefit of an expert becomes increasingly obvious when your business begins to expand operations and grow your network, leading to a greater number of potential breachable contact points.Related: 7 Cybersecurity Layers Every Entrepreneur Needs to UnderstandIt’s a no-brainer that it’s more cost effective to hire an expert than to recover from the damage a data breach may cause. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free 5 min read September 19, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Guerbet to Participate in French Interventional Radiology Conference

first_img Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Contrast Media | October 10, 2017 Guerbet to Participate in French Interventional Radiology Conference Company will organize pair of symposiums and present mixing and injection system for conventional trans-arterial chemoembolization Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Related Content Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more October 10, 2017 — Guerbet announced it will be taking part in the 65th edition of the Journées Francophones de Radiologie (JFR) that will be held in Paris, France, Oct. 13-16, 2017.The JFR, a major international gathering for medical imaging players, annually brings together more than 17,000 diagnostic and interventional radiology experts from France and abroad. This year, the JFR, a place for discussion and debate focusing on innovation, research and development, will place emphasis on the theme “Patients and their Radiologists.”Guerbet will present its integrated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and scanner offers as well as its digital solutions. For the sixth consecutive year, Guerbet will also be an exhibitor and partner of the “Interventional Radiology Village” where, for the first time, it will present Vectorio, its conventional trans-arterial chemo-embolization (cTACE) mixing and injection device that obtained the CE mark in September 2017. Vectorio encompasses a set of medical devices that are resistant to Lipiodol Ultra Fluide, used for cTACEGuerbet will also organize two symposiums during the JFR:”Gadolinium deposits in the brain: what is the current situation?” Friday, Oct. 13 — Prof. Fabrice Bonneville (Toulouse University Hospital) will be the moderator and findings will be presented by Prof. Douraied Ben Salem (Brest University Hospital), Dr. Nicolas Menjot De Champfleur (Montpellier University Hospital), Prof. François Cotton (Lyon Public Hospital) and Prof. Isabelle Thomassin (Tenon Public Hospital, Paris).”Guerbet, the present and future in interventional radiology” Saturday, Oct. 14 — Prof. Afshin Gangi (Strasbourg University Hospital) will be the moderator and Prof. Jean-Pierre Pelage (Caen University Hospital), Prof. Patrick Chevallier (Nice University Hospital) and Prof. Romaric Loffroy (Dijon University hospital) will all present their work.For more information: www.guerbet.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read morelast_img read more

Grainger comes to Costa Rica

first_imgNo related posts. From the print editionGrainger, a U.S.-based industrial supply giant, opened its first Costa Rica location on Tuesday in the northwestern San José district of La Uruca.“Our clients in Costa Rica have said they want an inventory available locally and we’ve responded,” said Eduardo Sauma, general manager of Grainger Costa Rica. “Local businesses are looking for products and solutions that help them be more efficient, reduce operating costs and keep their employees safe at work. We are obliged to help them accomplish these goals.”The new location is a 1,000 square meter warehouse stocked with everything from drive belts to fluid cleanup kits, and work boots to tool bags. The warehouse will be staffed by area residents and will employ about 15 people by the end of the year, said Mauricio Ganem, general manager of Central America and the Caribbean for Grainger.In 2011, Grainger racked up some $8.1 billion in sales. The company serves approximately two million countries worldwide in 157 countries, and employs more than 21,500 individuals.“Costa Rica is part of an international expansion that Grainger is doing in Central America and the Caribbean,” Ganem said at the inauguration of the new store. “Costa Rica is the fourth opening we’ve had in the region. We’ve opened stores in Puerto Rico, Panama, the Dominican Republic and now Costa Rica.”Grainger has had clients in the country for about 30 years, Ganem and Sauma explained, but always through its export business from North America. The La Uruca store will be the first here, but both men acknowledged that other stores could open if the market demands it.“By opening a location here we’re not only doing it to have local inventory to distribute, but apart from that, we are putting in place infrastructure starting with the sellers up to customer service,” Ganem said.Delivery time on orders will be reduced by having that local inventory, but Ganem added that product orders from the new location will be delivered in 24 hours or less. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Forever in Our Hearts Art Exhibition

first_img“Forever in Our Hearts” Art Exhibition Sky Lobby, Centara Grand at CentralWorld“Forever in Our Hearts” Art Exhibition Sky Lobby, Centara Grand at CentralWorldCentara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld would like to cordially invite you to “Forever in our hearts art exhibition” by Mana Kwangsue, Dinhin Rakpong-asoke, Gulached Kaochaimaha and Sahashanat Tagoenggorn at Sky Lobby, 23rd floor of the hotel from 27th September 2017 to 3rd January 2018, 10.00 hrs. – 20.00 hrs. Every day. A part of the total revenue received will be donated to “Siriraj Hospital” to provide medical equipments at Navamindrapobitr 84th Anniversary Building, Siriraj Hospital.“Forever in our hearts” art exhibition presents stories by 4 talented artists;Mana Kwangsue – Impressionism style, Oil painting on CanvasPresents Thailand beauty of nature that the King Rama IX visited even in upcountry sideDinhin Rakpong-asoke – Charcoal on paperInspired from the simple living life of HM King Bhumibol AdulyadejGulached Kaochaimaha – Clutch pencil 4B on paperShown the hardworking of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej for Thai peopleSahashanat Tagoenggorn – Watercolor painting on paperTo commemorate the reign of King Rama IX Source = Centara Grand at CentralWorldlast_img read more