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first_imgThe report advises NIH to follow an Institute of Medicine report this past June recommending changes to the design and leadership of the troubled National Children’s Study (NCS), a plan to track the health of 100,000 babies to adulthood. But the bill also says that $165 million allocated this year for the study could also be spent on “research related to the Study’s goals and mission” at NIH institutes.The fate of the NCS will likely be decided later this week at a meeting of the NIH director’s advisory committee, where a working group will recommend whether to launch the full study.To see all of our stories on the 2015 budget, click here.*Update, 11 December, 10:42 a.m.: The $25 million increase in the BRAIN Initiative has been added to this item. Although the massive 2015 spending agreement reached by Congress last night gives the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a flat budget, it contains modest increases for a few programs within the agency. An accompanying report also contains several directives that biomedical research advocates are eyeing warily.The $150 million increase, a mere 0.5% boost over the $29.9 billion it received last year, still leaves NIH below its budget level in 2012 before sequestration took a 5% bite, note biomedical research advocates. It falls short of the $606 million increase that a Senate spending subcommittee had approved and is less than the White House’s request of $211 million. “We appreciate any increase, but it’s not getting the job done. We’re going backwards,” says Jennifer Zeitzer, deputy director of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology’s Office of Public Affairs in Bethesda, Maryland.The bill singles out a few areas for larger increases. The National Institute on Aging gets a $28.6 million increase, or a 2.4% raise to $1.2 billion. “[A] significant portion” of the new money should go to Alzheimer’s disease depending on the quality of grant proposals, says a report accompanying the bill. 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The program is supposed to be funded through a checkoff box on tax returns that funds political conventions. But apparently Congress decided to get it started by including money in NIH’s budget, says David Moore, senior director for government relations at the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C.Separately, the bill gives NIH $238 million for Ebola research and vaccine development as part of a government-wide $5.2 billion emergency bill for Ebola.One recent concern about NIH’s budget—that each year some money is skimmed off for other Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies—is remedied in the bill. It says that the $700 million that NIH is set to contribute to the “tap” this year will come back as $715 million for the agency. (After this accounting maneuver, NIH still receives only a total of $150 million more than last year, however.) Other HHS agencies that previously received part of their budgets from this tap will instead get direct appropriations, Moore notes.The report also directs NIH to pay more attention to the age at which new NIH investigators receive their first research grant, now 42 on average. NIH “is directed to develop a new approach with actionable steps to reduce” that age. The language echoes a controversial proposal from Representative Andy Harris (R–MD), a member of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, that would require NIH to lower the age of first R01 by 4 years within a decade, but lacks that specific target.Lawmakers also address a perennial concern: that the amount NIH spends on specific diseases doesn’t take into account the burden that disease creates or death rates. The report “urges NIH to ensure research dollars are invested in areas in which American lives may be improved.” It also tells NIH “to prioritize Federal funds for medical research over outreach and education,” apparently a reference to a grant for making a nutrition video game that Harris has criticized as less important than disease research.Biomedical advocates generally feel NIH should set research priorities based on the quality of research proposals, not disease burden or other criteria laid out by Congress. And although they worry about the aging of new investigators, they have reservations about Harris’s solutions. “What we’re seeing here is the committee expressing some concerns and setting some expectations,” Moore says. “It’s not certain what the next steps will be, but it’s something we will be watching very closely.”Other details:NIH’s complementary medicine institute will get a new name. Now called the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the bill replaces those last two words with “Integrative Health.” The report says this is because interventions such as dietary supplements and spinal manipulation therapy are now so widely used, they are no longer alternatives but instead are part of medical care.last_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ginebra has lightweight Mahindra as a final elimination round foe on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, and a win—regardless of how Star and San Miguel Beer fare in their last games—will give the Kings top ranking after having beaten both sister teams.Tenorio and Justin Brownlee scored 22 points each to pace the Kings, while Meralco got 21 points from Baser Amer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAt 7-4 the Bolts are still assured of playing in a best-of-three series in the quarterfinals.Earlier, TNT KaTropa found it hard shaking off a determined Rain or Shine side, needing some big buckets inside from huge import Joshua Smith in eking out a 105-102 decision. Alaska and Star will clash on Wednesday, and if the Hotshots defeat the depleted Aces, there’s a strong chance the Painters could avoid the seventh or eighth positions.GlobalPort, which battles San Miguel Beer at the end of the elimination round on June 2, would also need another win to make it to the next round without a hitch, in case Alaska loses.“I don’t know if we still have a chance [at a top two finish],” TNT coach Nash Racela said. “All I know right now is that we are not at a twice-to-win disadvantage.” Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Throwing his weight around inside the paint with the Elasto Painters losing import Duke Crews at the halfway mark of the third quarter, Smith hit two critical lay-ins before Ranidel de Ocampo canned two free throws with 3.6 seconds left for what turned out to be the final count.The Texters thus closed out with an 8-3 record and qualified safely in the upper half of the quarterfinal draw.And with two more playdates remaining, TNT still has a chance at making the top two if some of the leaders lose their remaining games.Rain or Shine, which won this tournament last season, ended its elimination round stint with a 5-6 record after a second consecutive defeat.The Painters are assured of at least a playoff for the last quarterfinal slot and could even get a free ride to qualify in the middle of the pack depending on the results of the last two game days.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Read Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO CITY—Fan-favorite Barangay Ginebra crept closer to the No. 1 ranking in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs after pulling out the stops on both ends in a gripping endgame and surviving Meralco on Sunday night, 90-89, before a boisterous crowd at Ynares Center here.Joe Devance and LA Tenorio scored the Gin Kings’ final four points inside the last 38.9 seconds before Meralco sealed its fate with a blown fastbreak play which could have turned things around as Ginebra claimed a piece of the elimination round lead with idle Star at 8-2.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa lifts Creamline Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgPercepio has announced a major update of Tracealyzer, its tool for visual software tracing of RTOS-based embedded systems and IoT devices. Tracealyzer version 4 has been redesigned from the bottom up, spanning from much faster data processing to a fresh modern user interface with live visualization. It also sports a host of new features aimed at empowering embedded developers and enabling them to get their products to market faster with fewer bugs.New features are:Unlimited tracing – Monitor your application over long test runs, spanning hours, days or even weeks, and see analysis results, such as task execution times, immediately. Find interesting spots in the new trace preview and drill down into the details using the full power of Tracealyzer.Advanced live visualization – View the trace live while recording. Pause individual views to zoom in and inspect details while recording continues in the background. This way you can spot issues in the trace directly as they occur.Tracealyzer 4 provides better support for tracing Internet-of-Things devices and other connected applications with new awareness of network and I/O events. This allows for visualizing communication data rates over time, as well as the runtime interactions between tasks and communication interfaces like TCP sockets.Adapt Tracealyzer to your specific use case and see what really matters to you. Tracealyzer 4 allows you to define custom intervals that highlight and report the time between selected software events. Moreover, with user-defined state machines you can visualize any state information in the trace, from software state variables or logged hardware states, either as state transition graphs or shown on a time line, much like in a logic analyzer.Tracealyzer version 4 will be on display in Percepio’s booth at Embedded World in Nuremberg next week. It will then be generally available in early March for Keil RTX5, FreeRTOS and Amazon FreeRTOS. Support for other RTOSs will be added during the first half of 2018.In the UK, Tracealyzer is available from high reliability and safety-critical tools specialist, Phaedrus Systems.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Red Pitaya: ‘Swiss Army PenKnife for engineers’ company to exhibit at embedded worldNext Microsemi: third-party IP offerings for PolarFire FPGAs at embedded worldlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson is considering tweaking provisions in business deals to avoid situations like those it is facing with Reliance Communications. The company sued RCom and its promoter Anil Ambani to recover dues of about Rs 1,500 crore, of which it managed to receive only Rs 550 crore. “We think fairness sort of came true in the end. But of course, as we sell new deals…we try to avoid those things. But it is hard to tell because who could have seen that coming. That was a tough period,” Peter Laurin, senior vice president and head of business area managed services at Ericsson said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsHe was responding to a question whether the company is planning to bring any change in business provisions following the RCom issue. Ericsson signed managed services contract with RCom after Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei stopped services to the debt-ridden telecom operator because of payment issues. However, experts feel that Ericsson may have to deposit the amount back in trust and retentionship account. The NCLAT on April 30 allowed insolvency proceedings against RCom after the Anil Ambani-led firm withdrew a challenge to such a move. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief”The immediate fallout of IBC proceedings would be that the payment of Rs 550 crore made by RCom to Ericsson would be questioned by the financial creditors. “Under IBC (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code), no payment can be made to any creditor, much less an operational creditor during CIRP (Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process),” Punit Dutt Tyagi, Partner, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan said. He said the payment to Ericsson has been made during CIRP, and that too pursuant to the proceedings under IBC, it is quite likely that Committee of Creditors/NCLT may ask Ericsson to deposit the amount with the resolution professional. The Swedish firm posted decline in sales contribution from India in the first quarter of 2019 to 4 per cent compared to 6 per cent recorded in the same period a year ago. Laurin said India is very important for managed services business of Ericsson but at the same time it is complex and a demanding market too. India is super important. It is important for two reasons. It is important because we have some of our largest customers here. We are doing a lot of managed services for both Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea. With lot of operations, it is very complex and very demanding market too, he said. With around 25,000 employees, Ericsson has the largest employee base in India and largest offshore site for managed services. Laurin said Ericsson is now placing a lot of trust on Indian engineers because of their competency. We are putting a lot of trust in Indian engineers who are operating these networks on behalf of our customers worldwide. We have four centres worldwide with India being the biggest, the others being Romania, Mexico and China.last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – The sweet smell of NHL playoff success isn’t the only aroma that’s exciting people in Edmonton.While fans of the Edmonton Oilers celebrated their team taking a 2-0 lead in their second-round series against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night, a corpse flower known as “Putrella” bloomed at the city’s Muttart Conservatory.The two-metre-tall plant produces an odour similar to rotting meat during the bloom, which is anticipated to last just 48 hours.The conservatory says it will stay open late Saturday and Sunday to accommodate all of the people who are expected to line up for a whiff of the flower’s stench.Nearly 9,000 people visited when Putrella became the first corpse flower to bloom in western Canada in April 2013.In its native Indonesia, the corpse flower’s smell attracts carrion beetles, which become covered in pollen that they carry to nearby corpse flowers for reproduction.The conservatory says that due to its enormous size, a massive amount of time and energy is needed for a corpse flower to bloom.Because of this, it goes through years of growth and dormancy stages.Putrella’s last bloom was in 2015.last_img read more

FREDERICTON — A New Brunswick maple syrup processor has won an appeal court victory in his dispute with the marketing federation that controls syrup production in Quebec.The New Brunswick Court of Appeal says in a written decision released last week that Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers’ limits on the amount of sap and syrup Etienne St-Pierre can buy don’t apply in the East Coast province.The appeal decision upholds an earlier decision by the Court of Queen’s Bench in Fredericton, which said the attempt to apply the quotas to St-Pierre’s company in Kedgwick, N.B., didn’t apply.The Quebec injunction was originally issued by the Quebec Agricultural Marketing Board after the federation filed a complaint against St-Pierre in 2007.But the New Brunswick courts have refused to accept the board’s decision and its ratification by a Quebec court as having jurisdiction in the province.Justice Alexandre Deschenes wrote the Court of Appeal agreed with earlier rulings that the federation was trying to extend Quebec regulations into a separate jurisdiction.He also agreed that since the injunction against St-Pierre was a temporary order and since the Quebec board was still reviewing its own jurisdiction it wasn’t logical to enforce an injunction that might not last.The Canadian PressMinister moves to rescue Quebec maple syrup industryHow a maple syrup rebellion is growing in Quebec read more

“The murder of Alexei Sidorov marks yet another attack on democracy and transparency in Russia and must be condemned as such,” Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said. “It is alarming to note that Mr. Sidorov’s predecessor, Valery Ivanov, the founder of the Togliatti Review, was also murdered and that both journalists died in the line of duty.”Mr. Sidorov, editor-in-chief of the Togliatti Review daily newspaper, or the Togliattinskoe Obozrenie, was killed last Thursday.According to Reporters without Borders, an international organization that defends the rights of journalists, Mr. Ivanov, who was also managing director of independent Lada Television, was shot to death in front of his house in Togliatti in April 2002. Two senior journalists with Lada were killed in 2000 and 2001, it said.Mr. Matsuura said he welcomed the Russian Interior Minister’s determination to solve the crime and prosecute the perpetrators, “giving a strong signal to those who seek to use violence to restrict freedom of the press, an essential component of democracy.” read more

first_imgIn February the company announced that Goodyear would retire by the end of the year and that a search was underway for a new CEO. Chairman Don Argus said the Board was confident that Kloppers would bring to the CEO role the skills needed to take the company to the next stage of its development. “We are in a time of considerable change in our industry with the emergence of new markets and sources of supply. Marius’ vast experience in the resources sector and his demonstrated strategic capabilities provide the skills we need in the next leader of our great company”, he said.Kloppers is currently Group President Non-Ferrous Materials and an Executive Director of BHP Billiton. Since the formation of the BHP Billiton Group in 2001 he has also held the positions of Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Commercial Officer.Goodyear said Kloppers had extensive experience in the operating, marketing and strategic aspects of the natural resources industry, gained through 14 years with BHP Billiton and its predecessor companies. “Marius has an excellent strategic mind and delivers on his commitments. He has a very value focused leadership style and will make an excellent CEO,” he said.Kloppers said he was humbled by the trust placed in him by the Board. “This is an extraordinary opportunity to lead an outstanding company with talented people and I am committed to continuing the great work of Chip and his team,” he said. Kloppers will be based at the Group’s headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.Goodyear will retire as CEO on September 30 and from the Group at the end of the 2007 calendar year.last_img read more

first_imgThis issue of International Mining Project News presents another expansive look at current developments in global mining projects – well over 40 pages. In this edition several New Players appear poised to appear with the biggest news being Severstal’s reported intention to list its gold division, valued at around $4 or $5 billion, sometime this year. Puget Ventures and Imperial Investment Holdings are combining forces to create a wholly new company with Russian cobalt assets while Batavia Mining, focussed on the Roper River iron ore project, has a name change. In Australia TNG has received good news from the latest scoping study performed on its Mount Peake project encouraging the company to bring the project, which contains a JORC Inferred resource of 139 Mt, to a commercial conclusion. In the meantime the world’s second largest iron ore producer, Rio Tinto, and its JV partner Hancock Prospecting have awarded an EPCM contract for the Hope Downs 4 mine. Range River Gold are now thinking of expansion as it confirms a significant upgrade of its open pit resource potential at Mt Morgans.Sundance has enlisted China Harbour Engineering with a MoU to help the Australian company advance its 35 Mt/y African iron ore project. JSC Polymetal has also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding – agreeing to acquire two Russian companies, for a consideration of shares, to gain expansive exploration licences. Elsewhere Arafura Resources has secured a “gateway to global rare earths markets”, for both the company and Australia, with the signing of an exclusivity deal – as well as securing the blessing of the South Australian Government.Always on the look-out for a good investment Vale is exercising its right to purchase a controlling stake in a Mozambican rail company that will help Vale with the development of its 1,087 Mt Moatize coal project. Overcoming its financial obstacles American Manganese has reported good progress at its manganese project in Arizona and the company is almost ready to begin a PFS.Mountain Province and De Beers Canada have received the final draft of an independent feasibility study on Gahcho Kué which confirms that the project, possibly the largest diamond project under development in the world, will soon be ready to move on to the next phase. With the completion of a BFS Republic Gold is able to start negotiations to find development finance for its Bolivian gold project and has already scoped out its next exploration targets.Silvermex Resources is merging its business in an all share transaction to possess, as part of the combined company, a fully operational mine along with substantial silver reserves. Further south Hochschild Mining has received positive results from an independent PEA on its 30% owned Peruvian gold-silver project.Dragon Mining will be delving underground at its Finnish gold mine with a local contractor and has already released the first results from trial underground RC drilling. Silver Standard is staying on surface with a NI 43-101 compliant preliminary assessment for an open pit mine predicting a mine life spanning decades.US Gold has received positive drill results from its projects in the US and Mexico, including 4.56 g/t Au over 27.4 m, releasing its early findings from the Los Mautos prospect. Arian Silver has announced that its wholly owned silver mine is moving into production – opening a path to explore the remaining 90% of the mine. In Chile Exeter Resource has provided an updated mineral resource estimate for its 1,316 Mt (Measured and Indicated) gold-silver-copper project and revealed plans to investigate the project’s potential further. Struggling Bor have been thrown a European lifeline to save the company for the local environment’s sake as much as the economy’s.Kangaroo Resources has attained the services of an experienced Australian mining consultant to help guide the young company to becoming a major Indonesian coal producer. IronClad Mining has ensured Wilcherry Hill’s iron ore sales with a comprehensive sales and marketing agreement that will see a steady flow of traffic between the Australian miner and Chinese steel mills. Murchison Metals is also finding success at the Jack Hills iron ore project with exploration revealing a substantial increase to its mineral resource estimate, including an increase to the project’s DSO.All this and much, much more in International Mining’s Project News….To receive the full 30+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact for a free trial copy.last_img read more

← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 17): Flensburg with an easy win in Lubbecke, Neuhausen’s win puts Gummersbach in relegation problems Next Story → Evgeny Trefilov steps down as Lada Togliatti coach due to health reasons Many speculations arose over Olivier Krumbholz‘s future on the post France coach after the French finished as 9th at the European Championship in Serbia. However, latest reports coming from France say that Olivier Krumbholz will be definitely staying to lead France in the next few years, among which the most important is to qualify for the upcoming World Championship in which France is to play Croatia in the playoffs. francefrance feminineFrance handballkrumbholzmendy read more

first_imgThe annual summer sales period opened in Greece on Wednesday, and will last to end-August. In a bid to rekindle movement on the market, following a slump in turnover in the last two months, retail shop-owners are offering discounts of up to 70 percent. Merchant and consumer organisations said the sales period was an opportunity for purchasing top-rate items at bargain prices, but advised shoppers to buy wisely, focusing on their real needs and comparing quality and prices, and to not be carried away by flashy advertisements. The Development ministry’s general secretary for consumers, Yiannis Economou, warned shoppers to buy carefully, keeping their family budget in mind and without excessive use of credit cards. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Americans to send their thoughts and prayers to Washington state as search operations continue following a devastating mudslide.Obama says part of the tight-knit community of Oso has been lost. He says first responders have acted bravely and people have come forward to help fellow citizens.Obama says he’s spoken with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and signed an emergency declaration for the state. He says his administration is in ongoing contact with state officials.Obama says, quote, “We hope for the best, but we recognize this is a tough situation.”Obama spoke at a news conference in the Netherlands with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.ARLINGTON — A scientist working for the government had warned 15 years ago about the potential for a catastrophic landslide in the community where the collapse of a rain-soaked hillside over the weekend killed at least 14 people and left scores missing.As rescue workers slogged through the muck and rain in search of victims Tuesday, word of the 1999 report raised questions about why residents were allowed to build homes on the hill and whether officials had taken proper precautions.last_img read more

first_img South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Jeju gaming decline sees Landing International fall into loss in 1H19 Much like the second half of 2018, which saw revenue fall 2% year-on-year due to a 47% decline in the domestic market, Australia has provided a “lower than expected” contribution.However, while delays in game approvals will impact results for the current period, Ainsworth said the approvals are now being progressively secured and are expected to translate into improved performance in 2020.The company added that it was looking at additional opportunities to collaborate with major shareholder Novomatic, which acquired a 52% stake in Ainsworth in January 2018. Load More Australian slot machine developer Ainsworth Game Technology Ltd says it expects its trading performance for the six months to 30 June 2019 to come in below initial expectations, with profit before tax estimated to be around AU$4 million.In an ASX announcement, Ainsworth attributed its revision to “intense competitive market pressures and delays encountered in new product approvals which were not achieved in the expected timeframes.” RGB expecting strong 2019 despite second quarter revenue, profit decline RelatedPostslast_img read more

first_imgMap of Iraq locating bombings on Monday and Tuesday. AFPThree suicide bombings in Baghdad and a city to the west have killed at least 42 people, targeting Iraqis breaking their fast and elderly people collecting their pensions, officials said Tuesday.The strikes came as forces fought to retake the last areas held by the Islamic State group in their former stronghold of Mosul.The first IS-claimed car bombing struck a Baghdad ice cream shop during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when Iraqis often stay out late shopping or socialising after breaking their daily fast.A second attack claimed by the group targeted the country’s main pension office, while a third bombing was carried out at an army checkpoint in Hit, some 120 miles (200 km) west of Baghdad.Haidar Hussein, 22, had been sitting with friends at a coffee shop near the Al-Faqma ice cream parlour in the capital’s central Karrada district.A police captain tried to prevent a small white pickup truck from approaching the area, but the driver kept going forward and then the truck exploded, he said.The blast sent rubble flying, sparked a fire and threw Hussein to the ground, injuring his arm and leg. At least 16 people were killed and 75 injured in the attack.After checking himself for wounds, Hussein began to look for his friends.“Many people were on the ground, including women and children, and the screams of the women and children got louder,” he said.Among the dead was Hussein’s 22-year-old friend Karar, who left behind two wives and three children.Images posted on social media showed the devastating impact of the attack, which left ice cream cups scattered on the blood-stained ground.In the second strike, a suicide bomber blew up a vehicle near Iraq’s main pension office, which is close to one of the principal bridges over the River Tigris, said the Baghdad Operations Command.The blast killed at least 11 people and wounded at least 40, officials said.The bombing at the Hit checkpoint killed 15 people, including four soldiers and a journalist, while 23 others were injured, Anas al-Ani, spokesman for the department of health in Anbar province told AFP.The Iraqi chain Asiasat TV said its journalist Souhaib al-Hiti had died in the attack, for which no group has yet claimed responsibility.‘Wanton savagery’The US State Department said in a statement that it condemned the Baghdad bombings in “the strongest possible terms”.“These brutal attacks, whose victims included innocent children breaking the Ramadan fast and elderly Iraqis collecting their pensions, demonstrate once again the wanton savagery of the enemy we face,” spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.The UN called the bombings an “outrage” while Paris turned off the lights of the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday night in tribute to the victims.The bombings in Baghdad come as Iraqi forces fight to retake the last IS-held areas of Mosul, a city that was the jihadist group’s emblematic stronghold.Iraqi forces are more than seven months into a massive operation to recapture the city, and have already taken back its whole eastern side and much of the west.Three neighbourhoods north of Mosul’s Old City-Al-Shifaa, Al-Saha and Al-Zinjili-are now the target of a broad assault by Iraqi soldiers, police and special forces that was launched last week.IS is mainly relying on “snipers and suicide bombers” to target Iraqi forces, as it is running low on mortar rounds and explosives after losing sites it previously used to produce them, Iraqi Brigadier General Shakir Kadhim Mohsen told AFP.The United Nations has warned that up to 200,000 civilians who are believed to remain in IS-held areas of the city are in grave danger and that large numbers could flee.“We are deeply concerned that right now, in the last final stages of the campaign to retake Mosul, that the civilians… in (IS) areas are probably at graver risk now than at any other stage of the campaign,” Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, told AFP.The World Food Programme said Tuesday that it “has identified worrying signs of an increase in the rate of malnutrition among newly displaced children from western Mosul.”last_img read more

first_imgNoor Hossain. File PhotoShaheed Noor Hossain Day, commemorating the martyrdom of a young pro-democracy activist during the movement against autocractic Ershad regime in the late 1980s, is being observed in the country on Saturday.Different socio-cultural and professional organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner, reports UNB.Leaders and activists of different political parties, including ruling Bangladesh Awami League and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, their associate bodies, paid tributes to the martyr by placing wreaths at Noor Hossain Square, in the morning.Capital’s ‘Zero Point’ in Gulistan area was renamed as ‘Noor Hossain Chattar’ (square) after the young man was gunned down in the area by police on 10 November 1987.President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day.President Abdul Hamid, in his message, said 10 November is an important day in the history of movement for democracy in the country.In her message, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said the country’s democracy was restored through the sacrifice of the lives of many. She prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls of all martyrs, including Noor Hossain, and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.On 10 November 1987 Noor Hossain, an activist of Awami Juba League, was killed in police firing during staging protest against the autocratic rule of then lieutenant general HM Ershad at the capital’s zero point, painting the historic slogan ‘Gonotantra Mukti Pak, Swairachar Nipat Jak’ (Let democracy be freed, down with autocracy) on his back and chest.last_img read more

first_imgWomen wait with their children under a shed for food rations at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria on 6 June 2017. Reuters File PhotoPersistent conflicts and extreme weather are currently driving high levels of severe food insecurity, particularly in Southern African and Near East countries, which continue to require humanitarian assistance, said a report issued on Thursday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.Some 39 countries, 31 of which are in Africa, seven in Asia and one in the Caribbean (Haiti), are in need of external food assistance—unchanged from three months ago, according to the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.FAO stresses that protracted conflicts, extreme weather events and displacement continue hampering food access for millions of vulnerable people.Civil conflicts and population displacement remain the key drivers of food insecurity in East Africa and the Near East, whereas dry-weather conditions reduced cereal outputs in Southern Africa, according to the report.FAO’s latest forecast for global cereal production in 2018 is pegged at 2587 million tonnes, a three-year low and 2.4 per cent below last year’s record high level.Cereal production in the 52 Low-Income Food-Deficit Countries (LIFDCs) is projected this year at around 490 million tonnes, about 19 million above the past five-year average. The unchanged aggregate output reflects weather-reduced outputs in Southern Africa, Central Asia and the Near East that are foreseen to be offset by production gains in Far East Asia and East Africa, said the report.Civil conflicts, often coupled with climate-related extreme events, have taken their toll on food security of vulnerable populations in Central African Republic, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen among others, the report underlined.In Yemen, due to the ongoing civil war, an estimated 17.8 million people are food insecure and require urgent humanitarian assistance, a five percent increase from 2017, the report said.In the Central African Republic, about 2 million people, or 43 per cent of the total population, are estimated to be in need of urgent assistance for food due to the civil conflicts, several consecutive years of reduced agricultural production and poorly functioning markets, especially for displaced populations, host families and returnees, fuelled by violent clashes and inter-communal tensions.Poor rains in Southern Africa at key cropping stages curbed this year’s cereal production, with the largest reductions reported in Malawi and Zimbabwe. In Malawi, with this year’s cereal output estimated to be below average, the number of food insecure people in 2018 could more than double from last year to reach 3.3 million people.In Zimbabwe, 2.4 million people are estimated to be food insecure in 2018 as a result of a reduced cereal output and food access constraints stemming from low incomes and liquidity problems of vulnerable households.The Near East region has also suffered from insufficient rains that have reduced cereal output particularly in Afghanistan and Syria. In Syria, around 6.5 million people are estimated to be short of food and another 4 million people are at risk of food insecurity, according to the report.Dry weather conditions in South America have lowered cereal output in 2018 from last year’s record, particularly for maize. In Central America and the Caribbean, unfavourable rains also curtailed this year’s maize production, except in Mexico, the report noted.In Far East Asia, cereal production in 2018 is forecast to rise, primarily reflecting gains in Bangladesh and India, with the latter seeing a record wheat output this year due to favourable weather conditions.Similarly, in Bangladesh, beneficial weather supported by prospects of remunerative prices triggered an expansion in paddy plantings that drove up cereal production in 2018, following reduced outputs last year.And as a result of beneficial weather, cereal harvests in East Africa are also forecast to rebound from the reduced levels of 2017; however, torrential rains earlier this year and more recently in August resulted in floods causing localised crop losses.The 39 countries currently in need of external food assistance are: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini (former Swaziland), Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zimbabwe.last_img read more

first_img​The role of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the modern world and the need of time have laid the emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which has subsequently rechristened it as Conscious Social Responsibility and the environment pertaining with it, said Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena.While addressing a capacity crowd of entrepreneurs, designers, weavers, policymakers and other stakeholders in a grand National Trade Conclave named ‘Khadi : From Local to Global’, held under the joint auspices of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), the KVIC Chairman said that without including consciousness in CSR, it is a mere contemplation to think about the welfare of the last man left in the society. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event was held at the FICCI auditorium on July 19. Citing the example of CSR funds utilized in restarting of an old Khadi institution at Sewapuri Gandhi Ashram in Varanasi, Saxena said: “We received CSR funds from Rural Electrification Corporation (REC). But, instead of providing a one-time benefit to the people, we revived the glory of the 71-year-old 12-acre Sewapuri Khadi Ashram in Varanasi started under the guidance of Mahatma Gandhi to promote Khadi and provide employment to the spinners and weavers working on the same mission, 26 years after it shut shop. We roped in REC to use its CSR funds in renovating this Khadi unit at the ashram premises, which has given direct employment to now more than 800 people of this area. Not only that, as many as 250 solar charkhas and 80 solar looms – provided by REC has provided direct employment to 400 people. Roping in worker co-operatives to be a part of the initiative, Mumbai-based Lijjat Papad has established a papad-making unit in the center in which 200 local women have been enrolled for the work,” he said, adding, “If the CSR is aimed to maintain the core consciousness of social responsibility, only then it is CSR in the true sense,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveImpressed with KVIC Chairman’s new derivatives about the CSR, the Corporate honchos from Majors – including TCS and other noted companies vowed to utilize its CSR funds on the similar lines, suggested by Saxena. On the other hand, the Commerce and Industries minister Suresh Prabhu, in his video message, also said that the government is committed to promoting Khadi as a global fabric as it has the potential to boost economic growth and to achieve this aim, new designs and styles in Khadi are essential. “There is a huge opportunity for Indian fashion industry in the textile sector, and Khadi needs to create demand,” he said. Corroborating similar views, Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board, said there is a need to make Khadi a symbol of national pride. “The railways on a daily basis require four lakh bedrolls and would be willing to partner KVIC in developing a strategy to provide disposable Khadi bedrolls and towels at economical rates,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: Police on Wednesday raided a house in Baghajatin Park area in Siliguri from where an illegal call centre was being allegedly run. Thirty-one women and five men were arrested in connection with this incident.Police are of the belief that illegal activities were taking place in the guise of the call centre. The police seized many mobile phones, sim cards and documents from the house. There are reports that numerous call centres that operate as friendship clubs and dating agencies have mushroomed in different parts of Siliguri. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPolice have initiated an investigation. The house belongs to a lawyer. Around one year ago a person in the name of Prashanta Chowdhury had taken the house on rent. Chowdhury is a resident of Dabgram. They had claimed that they were using the premises for travel agency business. Mostly women used to work in the travel agency. However police on a tip off raided the premises. Prima facie police are suspecting that a flesh trade racket was being run along with telephonic dating service. Online the customers used to strike a deal and then the women would be taken to fixed locations including hotels and apartments. Police have seized computers, laptops from the premises. Interrogation is on. The owner stated that he had kept a copy of pan card, epic card and Adhar card of his tenant along with a copy of the trade license. He has handed all these documents to the police.last_img read more

first_imgParenting is an art and all of us would like to be the best parents we can be for our children. Quality of parental engagement in a child’s life virtually makes up for his/her outlook on life and a good parent is one who makes decisions in best interest of child. However, in a rapidly changing world where times have changed so drastically parenthood should also be no exception to transformation. So here are a few takeaways that can enable your flower like child to blossom. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNo one is perfect Being mindful of the fact that no one is perfect – neither the parent nor the child – will help both in fine tuning their great expectations as the times roll on. But that doesn’t mean we shall not work towards that goal. Since children are very potent observers and learn most from their parents, they should become the person they want their child to be. Even some studies suggest that children who hit usually have a role model for aggression at home. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSo, if we want our child to exhibit traits like friendliness, kindness, compassion, respect, honesty then all these soulful things must arise in our beings in the first place. Interestingly, apart from modelling a role for children, one should perhaps also inculcate a subtle sense in them to neither look up to anyone nor look down on anyone as it can transform a child and allow him/her to find his own rhythm in life. Flexing discipline Discipline pervades every household no doubt. Now, as parents we would also want to regulate our children’s behaviour or say assist them in their own regulation of it. But when it is about discipline, being positive about it has always seemed hard. However, incorporating innovative measures like creating a situation where a child has to earn privileges such as TV time only by good attitude or after completing homework rather than lose them as a penalty can help practice positive discipline. Physical discipline like spanking which relatively creates negative experiences in a child should be avoided as it can result in aggressive, unnatural behaviour which may escalate later on in life and hamper individuality. The overall disciplinary message should be that you do love the child but you don’t like the behaviour. Don’t love, become loving Loving someone unconditionally is one of most profound experiences ever and children must be adorned with love as much as possible. Just as food nurtures our body, love is the nourishment for soul. Even science reveals that simple acts love like giving hugs, spending time and listening to their issues seriously, riding together through high and low tides of emotions and so on enables release of feel-good hormones such as as oxytocin, opioids and prolactin which instills a deep sense of serenity, emotional warmth, contentment in them and above all an intimate relation with you is woven. And too much loving isn’t going to spoil the child as long as things like unaware leniency, over-protection, over-parenting, conditionings, material indulgence are swapped for true love and that’s actually when the child is spoiled. Become a safe haven for him, support and accept child as an individual. Love is about freedom. Earning education Being a parent comes with its own perks and hardships and in this socio-economic world there also exist other essential things which indeed play an important role in shaping the child and one of them is education. It is as crucial in shaping one’s perspective towards life as earning and sustaining his/her livelihood, if nothing else. The quality of education child imbibes over time in his life is of immense importance and mustn’t be overlooked by parents. Quality education exudes real learning– it gives insight into things. Undoubtedly, schools and institutions have their place in modern times but unfortunately the kind of education we are familiar with these days has down the years morphed into a ‘discipline-centric’ thing; seems outdated and tends to box the child’s numerous potentialties hidden within which otherwise should flourish. Interdisciplinary learning and the innate experimenting can go a long way in qualitising the education and give it real meaning.last_img read more

first_imgNews | Radiation Therapy | August 28, 2015 ASTRO Awards $675,000 in Grants for Radiation Oncology Research Grants help to advance radiation oncology research News | Radiation Oncology | July 17, 2019 CMS Proposes New Alternative Payment Model for Radiation Oncology The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal for an advanced alternative payment model (APM)… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has selected seven leading physician-researchers to receive a total of $675,000 in awards and grants to advance radiation oncology research. Together, the seven funding grants, including ASTRO Junior Faculty Career Research Training Award, the ASTRO Residents/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Research Seed Award and the ASTRO/Radiation Oncology Institute (ROI) Comparative Effectiveness Research Award, will support studies in radiation and cancer biology, radiation physics, translational research, outcomes/health services research and comparative effectiveness research within radiation oncology. Recipients will be recognized at ASTRO’s 57th Annual Meeting, October 18-21, 2015, at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.“ASTRO proudly supports these seven exceptional researchers in their efforts to help us continue to advance radiation oncology care,” said ASTRO Chair Bruce G. Haffty, M.D., FASTRO. “ASTRO is committed to engaging and funding recent medical graduates in their critical research efforts that will strengthen their radiation oncology careers and the specialty as a whole.”All awardees must submit a report to ASTRO at the midterm and the conclusion of their research, and they are strongly encouraged to submit their study as an abstract in a subsequent ASTRO Annual Meeting. The grant winners are selected by ASTRO’s Research Grants Evaluation Committee within the Science Council and approved by the ASTRO Board of Directors.The ASTRO Junior Faculty Career Research Training Award provides $100,000 annually for two years to two winners ($200,000 to each recipient) to support the careers of promising junior faculty by offering them the opportunity for dedicated time to work on research projects in radiation oncology, biology, physics or outcomes/health services. Recipients are board-eligible physicians, physicists in radiation oncology or radiobiologists within the first three years of their junior faculty appointment. The two 2015 ASTRO Junior Faculty Career Research Training Award recipients are:• Kent William Mouw, M.D., Ph.D., of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Mouw will be investigating the genomic determinants of chemoradiotherapy responses in anal carcinoma. His focus is to map the genetic landscape of a large number of anal tumors to understand their biology, which could help identify appropriate therapeutic targets. • Robert Mutter, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Mutter will study comprehensively characterized chemoresistant triple negative breast cancer xenograft models established from patients with high-risk breast cancer in a preoperative chemotherapy clinical trial. He will investigate if chemoresistance predicts radioresistance and test new DNA repair strategies aimed at overcoming resistance.The ASTRO Residents/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Research Seed Grant awards $25,000 for one-year projects to residents and fellows who are planning to pursue careers focusing on basic science or clinical research in radiation oncology services. The three 2015 grant recipients are:• Ariel Marciscano, M.D., of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Marciscano will be researching Immuno-PET as a non-invasive biomarker to characterize the tumor microenvironment and the implications for combining stereotactic radiotherapy with immune checkpoint blockades. • David Mayhew, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Ala. Mayhew will evaluate the role of a non canonical form of mRNA translation, termed internal ribosome entry site (IRES) translation, in the cellular stress response of tumors and its subsequent impact on treatment resistance in multiple breast cancer cell lines in vitro, as well as tumor xenograft in vivo.• Jennifer Shah, M.D., of Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. Shah will investigate the feasibility of performing serial perfusion CT scans in patients undergoing lung tumor stereotactic ablation body radiation therapy (SABR) with the goal of characterizing the post-SABR vascular changes and how they correlate to tumor response.The ASTRO/ROI Comparative Effectiveness Research Award provides $50,000 annually for two years to two researchers ($100,000 to each recipient) who will conduct comparative effectiveness research examining radiation oncology treatment. Awardees are board-certified or board-eligible physicians in radiation oncology at the time the award begins and are focused on academic radiation oncology. The two 2015 recipients are:• Timothy Zagar, M.D., of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. Zagar will be researching the comparative effectiveness of endocrine therapy and radiation therapy regimens for elderly women (>70 years of age) with early stage, estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer.• Mark Mishra, M.D., of the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Mishra will compare patient reported outcomes to determine if the use of IMRT compared to 3-D CRT can result in a reduction in patient-relevant side effects after prostate irradiation. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | July 17, 2019 Shorter Courses of Proton Therapy Equally Effective in Treating Prostate Cancer July 17, 2019 — Treating prostate cancer read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Technology | Oncology Information Management Systems (OIMS) | July 15, 2019 RaySearch Releases Version 3A of RayCare Oncology Information System RaySearch has released RayCare 3A, a new version of the next-generation oncology information system (OIS). 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