New Report Supports Atlantic Gateway

first_imgA study by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council supports Nova Scotia’s Atlantic Gateway plan as a means to strengthen Canada’s competitive advantage in the global economy. “The Atlantic Gateway is one of those once-in-a-generation opportunities to create a lasting and profound impact on the economic future of our region,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “It means faster delivery of goods and many new jobs here in the Atlantic provinces, and it confirms that Canada has two main ports for Asian trade: one on each coast.” The report confirms that the Atlantic Gateway has the potential to increase international trade and economic development opportunities. The development of the gateway represents the next strategic improvement of eastern Canada’s transportation system that will benefit the country. “No one should regard this as simply a local, provincial or regional project,” said Premier MacDonald. “It is a national project that will have impressive impacts on the economic future of our region and the rest of Canada.” Nova Scotia’s established and growing port, airport, road and rail links, coupled with being the closest mainland link to Asia and India via the Suez Canal, make the province the ideal location for developing the Atlantic Gateway. The report confirms that Halifax is currently the best positioned port in Eastern Canada to take advantage of Asian traffic. The report also states that Halifax’s port and transportation infrastructure are not at full capacity, however, it is suggested to expand ahead of demand to take advantage of the rapidly changing global economy that demands first-class transportation routes. According to the report, a port that does not accommodate such shifts will miss out. The APEC report, entitled The Changing Global Economy: The Implications and Opportunities for Transportation in Atlantic Canada is available at .last_img read more

International Conference on Small Business

first_imgPREMIER’S OFFICE/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–International Conference on Small Business Comes to Halifax Nearly 1,000 international researchers, policy makers, business service providers and educators from around the world will gather in Halifax in June for the 53rd annual International Council for Small Business (ICSB) world conference. “It is a great honour that Halifax was chosen as the host for this prestigious international conference, which will bring global knowledge to our doorstep,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald, of the conference titled Advancing Small Business and Entrepreneurship: From Research to Results. “Nova Scotians have a tremendous sense of pride in our business and entrepreneurial success, and our province offers winning business conditions through a competitive business climate, a highly skilled workforce, and excellent global connections.” More than 98 per cent of businesses in Atlantic Canada are classified as “small,” that is having fewer than 100 employees. Networks of people throughout the region offer essential support and development services to entrepreneurs and small-business owners. “Small businesses have a lot to gain from practitioners attending this conference,” said Peter MacKay, Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “We are proud to support the 2008 ICSB world conference; it will further the skill set of our regional practitioners and contribute to the quality and longevity of our small businesses.” Halifax joins a roster of prominent past hosts, including Turku (Finland), Melbourne (Australia), Washington, D.C. (U.S.A.) and Johannesburg (South Africa). The first international location for the annual conference was Quebec City in 1979. This year’s world conference is co-hosted by ICSB affiliate Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and is organized by the Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship, Dalhousie University Faculty of Management and Saint Mary’s University Business Development Centre. The conference takes place at the World Trade and Convention Centre from June 22 to June 25. For conference details and to register before Wednesday, April 30 for discount rates, visit .last_img read more

UN and Oxford University unveil new index to measure poverty

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Oxford University today launched a new index to measure poverty levels which they said give a “multidimensional” picture of people living in hardship, and could help target development resources more effectively.The new measure, the Multidimensional Poverty Index, or MPI, was developed and applied by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) with UNDP support, the two institutions said in a joint press release.It will be featured in the forthcoming 20th anniversary edition of the UNDP Human Development Report, and replaces the Human Poverty Index, which had been included in these reports since 1997.This year’s Human Development Report will be published in late October, but research findings from the MPI were made available today at a policy forum in London and on line on the websites of OPHI and the UNDP Human Development Report.The MPI assesses a range of critical factors or “deprivations” at the household level: from education to health outcomes to assets and services. Taken together, these factors provide a fuller portrait of acute poverty than simple income measures, according to OPHI and UNDP.The measure reveals the nature and extent of poverty at different levels: from household up to regional, national and international levels. The multidimensional approach to assessing poverty has been adapted for national use in Mexico, and is now being considered by Chile and Colombia.“The MPI is like a high resolution lens which reveals a vivid spectrum of challenges facing the poorest households,” said OPHI Director Sabina Alkire, who created the MPI with James Foster of George Washington University.The UNDP Human Development Report Office is joining forces with OPHI to promote international discussions on the practical applicability of this multidimensional approach to measuring poverty.“We are featuring the Multidimensional Poverty Index in the 20th anniversary edition of the Human Development Report this year because we consider it a highly innovative approach to quantifying acute poverty,” Jeni Klugman, Director of the UNDP Human Development Report Office and the principal author of this year’s report, said.“The MPI provides a fuller measure of poverty than the traditional dollar-a-day formulas. It is a valuable addition to the family of instruments we use to examine broader aspects of well-being, including UNDP’s Human Development Index and other measures of inequality across the population and between genders,” she added.OPHI researchers analysed data from 104 countries with a combined population of 5.2 billion or 78 per cent of the world’s total. About 1.7 billion people in the countries covered – a third of their entire population – live in multidimensional poverty, according to the MPI. This exceeds the 1.3 billion people, in those same countries, estimated to live on $1.25 a day or less, the more commonly accepted measure of “extreme poverty.”The MPI also captures distinct and broader aspects of poverty. For example, in Ethiopia 90 per cent of people are “MPI poor” compared to the 39 per cent who are classified as living in “extreme poverty” under income terms alone.Conversely, 89 per cent of Tanzanians are extreme income-poor, compared to 65 per cent who are MPI poor. The MPI captures deprivations directly – in health and educational outcomes and key services, such as water, sanitation and electricity. In some countries these resources are provided free or at low cost; in others they are out of reach even for many working people with an income.Half of the world’s poor as measured by the MPI live in South Asia (51 per cent or 844 million people) and one quarter in Africa (28 per cent or 458 million).Niger has the greatest intensity and incidence of poverty in any country, with 93 per cent of the population classified as poor in MPI terms.Even in countries with strong economic growth in recent years, the MPI analysis reveals the persistence of acute poverty.India is a major case in point. There are more MPI poor people in eight Indian states alone (421 million in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal) than in the 26 poorest African countries combined (410 million).The MPI also reveals great variations within countries: Nairobi has the same level of MPI poverty as the Dominican Republic, whereas Kenya’s rural northeast is poorer in MPI terms than Niger.The recently released 2010 UN Millennium Development Goals Report stressed that the MDGs – the eight poverty eradication and social development targets which countries have committed to try to achieve by 2015 – will be fully realized only by addressing the needs of those most disadvantaged by geography, age, gender or ethnicity, OPHI researchers point out.“Our measure identifies the most vulnerable households and groups and enables us to understand exactly which deprivations afflict their lives,” said Ms. Alkire. “The new measure can help governments and development agencies wishing to target aid more effectively to those specific communities,” she added. 14 July 2010The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Oxford University today launched a new index to measure poverty levels which they said give a “multidimensional” picture of people living in hardship, and could help target development resources more effectively. read more

UN special envoy joins demands for release of child soldiers by all

“The recruitment and use of child soldiers continues to be a major challenge in South Sudan, despite commitments by the Government and the opposition led by former Vice-President Riek Machar, to protect children from the impact of conflict,” said Ms. Zerrougui in a statement issued later yesterday by her Office. Ms. Zerrougui was quoted as saying that “No children have been released from the SPLA or Riek Machar’s opposition.”“Instead, we are receiving reports of hundreds of new recruitments of child soldiers by militias and groups aligned with the Government or the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Opposition,” according to the Special Representative.Scores of children, some as young 13, were seized by armed men in South Sudan last month and remain in captivity, despite intensive efforts to locate them.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has repeatedly demanded their immediate release, with its representative is Sudan saying the agency fears the children are being sent to the frontlines.“The children abducted are reportedly receiving training and could be on their way to the frontlines,” echoed Ms. Zerrougui, adding: “I am very concerned and I call on the Government of South Sudan to take action to prevent this from happening.”The Special Representative’s Office reports that South Sudan is one of seven countries involved in the campaign “Children not Soldiers,” which aims to end the recruitment and use of children in Government armed forces in conflict by 2016.Led by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and UNICEF, the campaign mobilizes global support and financial resources so the seven government armed forces listed in the UN Secretary General’s annual report on ‘Children and Armed Conflict’ become and remain child-free.As the leaders of the Government and opposition meet once again to negotiate peace, Ms. Zerrougui urges them to act on their commitments to protect children and include, as a priority, the release of all children recruited and used by the parties to the conflict.A militia led by Johnson Oloni, a commander integrated into the SPLA, is reportedly responsible for the abduction of the children, but the SPLA has stated it has no control over Oloni’s militia.“There will be no lasting peace if we exclude children, who are the majority of the population. They need to be released, and there needs to be accountability for child recruiters and those who commit grave violations against children,” Ms. Zerrougui said. read more

In Vancouver UN peacekeeping chief outlines very serious challenge facing Mali operation

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations made this assessment Tuesday as he addressed a packed Working Meeting for Member States, on the sidelines of the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference, which is taking place from 14-15 November, in the Canadian coastal city of Vancouver.Top military personnel and leading defence ministers – together with organizations and groups from more than 80 countries involved in peacekeeping – have joined UN officials to discuss the increasing challenges faced in the field, and how to address crucial funding gaps in equipment and expertise. Of the 170 peacekeepers killed while serving in UN missions since the beginning of 2013 up to the end of September this year, 86 were with MINUSMA. A June 2015 Peace Agreement was signed between the Government and various armed groups which it was hoped would bring a lasting ceasefire to the country, whose northern region was over-run by militant extremists in 2012. Mr. Lacroix told the meeting of mostly uniformed men and women, looking out onto Vancouver’s picturesque waterfront, that there were key gaps in equipment such as helicopters and robust armed personnel carriers. He appealed for other troop contributing countries (TCCs) to come forward to help staff one the UN’s most dangerous peacekeeping missions. “We need to do more in terms of training, how the force is organized, and modalities of how we protect ourselves and better-protect the population as well, against the threats they are facing,” said the Under-Secretary-General. UN Field Support chief Atul Khare told the meeting that while challenges remained, MINUSMA has made “significant achievements in terms of protection and training,” and was fulfilling its mandate. RELATED: MINUSMA Facts & FiguresMINUSMA Force Commander, Major General Jean-Paul Deconinck of Belgium, gave the meeting a frank assessment of the operational difficulties and deficiencies that he faced with deploying blue helmets and equipment, but in an interview with UN News after the 90-minute session, he said he was “confident but realistic” and if given the tools he needs, the mission “will succeed.” AUDIO: “We will succeed”, pledges force commander of deadly Mali missionOvercoming the threats of continuing extremist violence against civilians was not only about MINUSMA he stressed, but about durable partnerships with the Malian army and international missions deployed in and around Mali, such as the regional counter-terrorism force knows as the ‘G5 Sahel,’ which comprises Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad, and Mauritania, along with Mali. The full plenary meeting of the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial takes place Wednesday afternoon, with sessions on “smart pledges” and pledge announcements; innovation in training and capacity building; protection; early warning and rapid deployment; and the Women, Peace and Security Chiefs of Defence Network. read more

OSU mens hockey looking for 1st win against defending national champion Providence

Correction 10/21: An earlier version of the story said OSU’s first-ever trip to Providence came in 2003, when in fact it played two games against Brown in 1974. Sophomore forward Christian Lampasso (11) handles the puck during an exhibition match against Brock University on Oct. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 4-0. Credit: Kaley Rentz / Asst. Sports DirectorAnybody can beat anybody in college hockey.That message, which is echoed annually by coaches around the country, was proven true by Ohio State (0-4) to the college hockey sphere in the first game of last season when it took down the then-No. 3 ranked Providence Friars 5-4 in overtime at the Schottenstein Center.In this season’s matchup, a few things are the same, and a few things are different.The Friars (2-0-1) are once again ranked third in the latest United States College Hockey Online poll and return a lot of key players.But this year’s series takes place in Rhode Island at Schneider Arena, the Buckeyes are a very different looking team and a lot of those aforementioned key Friar players now have shiny rings on their fingers after winning the program’s first national title in April.“They’re a top-five team in the country, but that doesn’t really mean much to us,” senior captain Craig Dalrymple said. “It’s going to be a tough two games up there. We know they’re going to be a pretty gritty team. I’m sure they’re going to be quick. We just have to make sure we’re ready for that.”OSU is off to its worst start since 1974-75 when the Scarlet and Gray finished with a record of 7-22-1.Finding the back of the netOSU’s offense, which has contributed just three goals in the last three games, will need to step up against a talented Friar defense.“We’ve had a lot of chances,” junior captain Nick Schilkey said. “Personally, I’ve had a lot of chances, and it gets frustrating but we have to stick with it. The chances that we have been getting, they’re going to go in. We can’t get too frustrated with that. Going forward, we have to be confident.”Special teams, as always, will be a factor. Three of the five Buckeye goals in OSU’s upset win last season came with the man-advantage. But so far this season, OSU has only scored on one of its 16 power-play attempts. “We’ve got to be able to chip one in on the power play,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “We haven’t been able to do that lately. Instead of not quite two goals a game, you’re getting maybe three goals a game. If we could’ve done that in the last few games, all of sudden you’re right there.”Rohlik, now in his third season at the helm of the Buckeyes, has tried a variety of combinations personnel-wise with the extra man. But his search for the proper one persists.“We’re just trying to find the right combinations.” Rohlik said. “We’ll continue to tweak until we find the right recipe.”Matchup nuggetsOSU leads the all-time series against Providence 4-1Friday marks the first time the Buckeyes and Friars face off in Rhode Island. The last time OSU has played in Providence was in the 2003 NCAA tournament, where the Buckeyes fell to Boston College 1-0 in the regional semifinal. Their first trip to Rhode Island’s capital city was in November 1974, when they were swept by Brown in two games.The building process continuesFor the young team, this weekend represents another opportunity to face off with a top-20 opponent, as well as another opportunity to build and get better.“I think we’re making some strides,” Rohlik said. “Nobody wants to be 0-4 at this point. We knew it was going to be a tough schedule. In our minds, we can go out and beat anyone. We’ve just got to stay with that confidence.”Puck drop between the Buckeyes and the Friars is set for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. read more

Ohio State baseball wins 2nd straight beats Toledo 72

OSU coach Greg Beals and Toledo coach Cory Mee go over the ground rules with the umpires before the game at Bill Davis Stadium April 2. OSU won against Toledo, 7-2. Credit: Elliot Schall / Lantern photographerOne day after belting out 19 hits and 11 runs, the Ohio State baseball team picked up right where it left off against Toledo.With a light drizzle of rain coming down to start the game Wednesday, the Buckeyes (18-10, 2-4) quickly pushed across four runs in the first and never looked back against the Rockets (10-15, 2-4), going on to win 7-2.Toledo sophomore pitcher Ross Achter was thrown off his game early, giving up two hits, walking three batters and throwing a wild pitch in the opening inning.With the bases full and no outs, Achter walked sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic to force in the first run for OSU. Sophomore infielder Zach Ratcliff followed with an RBI groundout and two batters later, junior catcher Connor Sabanosh smacked a single to plate two more and put the Rockets in a four-run hole.Sabanosh has been splitting time at catcher with fellow junior Aaron Gretz throughout the season but he said after the win, he’s been able to stay consistent despite not always playing.“We both get two or three games a week,” Sabanosh said. “When you get a five-day period off, your timing can be off your first few at-bats. Other than, that I felt fine.”Achter calmed down after the first, but was still pulled after finishing the second inning.Meanwhile, Buckeye freshman pitcher Zach Farmer pitched efficiently, tossing four scoreless innings and showing solid command of the ball from the start.“I thought I did pretty good. Feeling for my pitches, getting in the strike zone finally,” Farmer said after the win. “Limited my walks. It felt real good. It was a good day.”OSU coach Greg Beals said he didn’t want Farmer playing a long portion of the game so the pitcher could be available for the upcoming weekend series at Nebraska.“He should be available by Saturday,” Beals said. “That’s why the four innings.”The Rockets finally got on the board in the fifth off OSU sophomore reliever Jake Post. With men on second and third, Toledo sophomore outfielder Ryan Callahan hit a single to score both.The Buckeyes still found themselves up four, though, after RBIs from freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson and Bosiokovic in the previous inning.The Rockets only threatened once more in the sixth.OSU brought in freshman reliever Yianni Pavlopoulos for his first collegiate appearance in the seventh and eighth, and he allowed one hit while striking out two.The Buckeyes added an insurance run in the eighth from another RBI from Bosiokovic and freshman reliever Travis Lakins retired the Rockets in the ninth to secure the win.Beals said the midweek games helped the team bounce back after getting swept by Indiana last weekend.“Obviously they’re very important to our goal of putting ourselves, from an RPI standpoint, worthy of an at-large bid (to the NCAA tournament),” Beals said.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to take on Nebraska in a three-game weekend series in Lincoln, Neb. First pitch Friday is set for 7:35 p.m. read more

SME and Colorado Mining Association support International Mining Technology Hall of Fame

first_imgThe SME Board of Director’s has agreed to support the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame awards dinner on Monday, February 16, 2015 at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. The event will be an official part of SME week in Denver, with registration for the SME Annual Meeting opening on February 14. In fact both SME and CMA (Colorado Mining Association) are supporting this event. To be held in the Colorado Convention Complex, SME week starts Sunday February 15 and ends Wednesday February 18, 2015.Nominations for the 2014 awards are being accepted ( and will be sent out to the international panel of judges in early September. Send in your nominations as soon as possible.This event is unique – the only global Hall of Fame recognising the technology innovators and facilitators of our great industry.last_img read more

Snow problem for Dundalk as they end goalless league start by firing

first_img By Caoimhín Reilly 22,653 Views Feb 27th 2018, 9:50 PM Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 9:50 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Dundalk 8 (eight)Limerick 0Caoimhín Reilly reports from Oriel ParkDUNDALK BRAVED THE Beast from the East as their western contingent ran riot against Limerick at Oriel Park tonight.Patrick Hoban marked his first home start since returning to the club with a brace – ending his 1,229-day wait since last scoring for the Lilywhites – as Limerick’s unbeaten start was brought to an emphatic end. The scene in Oriel Park before kick-off tonight Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOFellow Connacht men Stephen Folan and Ronan Murray played huge roles in the victory, with defender Folan netting his first league goal for the club.Dundalk were unable to find the net in either of their previous two matches, but Hoban ended the drought on seven minutes when stabbing home Murray’s cross.Robbie Benson added the goal of the night just three minutes later by firing to the corner from the edge of the area.Dundalk added an inevitable third as Hoban picked out the bottom corner, and Folan then nodded Michael Duffy’s delivery home to send Stephen Kenny’s men to the break 4-0 in front. A Garda with a snow-covered hat during the game Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOThe relentless siege continued after the break as substitute Karolis Chvedukas opened his Dundalk account past the hour-mark shortly before the impressive Duffy found the bottom corner to put the hosts further clear.Dylan Connolly added a seventh after rounding Limerick ‘keeper Brendan Clarke, while Duffy turned up goal number eight in injury time to ensure maximum damage as the Lilywhites picked up their first league win of the new season.Dundalk FC: Gary Rogers; Seán Gannon, Daniel Cleary, Stephen Folan, Dane Massey; Chris Shields (Karolis Chvedukas 60), Robbie Benson (Krisztián Adorján 75); Dylan Connolly, Ronan Murray, Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (Marco Tagbajumi 67)Limerick FC: Brendan Clarke; Shaun Kelly, Kilian Cantwell, Darren Dennehy, Shane Tracy; Eoin Wearen (Tony Whitehead 61), Shane Duggan; William Fitzgerald, Colm Walsh-O’Loghlen, Billy Dennehy; Connor Ellis (Mark O’Sullivan 61)Referee: Paul Tuite (Dublin) Short URL Snow problem for Dundalk as they end goalless league start by firing eight past Limerick Dundalk ended their goal drought in some style at Oriel Park tonight. Share38 Tweet Email 37 Comments last_img read more

National competition encourages kids to celebrate language

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The new initiative aims to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia at a time when nearly one in five Australians speak a language other than English at home, yet rates of language learning are on the decline. “As the world’s most multicultural and multilingual broadcaster, SBS Radio is proud to launch this fantastic initiative to contribute to the social inclusion and cross-cultural understanding of young Australians – linguistically, sociologically and culturally,” SBS director of audio and language content Mandi Wicks said.“It comes from the heart of SBS and speaks to our purpose of inspiring Australians to explore and celebrate diversity.”With more than 300 languages spoken, the competition hopes to inspire young Australians to explore and embrace what it is to be an Australian in all our diversity and contribute to the retention and continuing development of language learning.CLA students aged four to seven are encouraged to draw a picture that illustrates what learning another language means to them, while the secondary primary and senior categories are to write their responses in language.“CLA is excited to partner with SBS to reinforce the importance of language education, cultural maintenance and social harmony,” executive director Stefan Romaniw OAM said.“The initiative encourages students, parents and the community to focus on the importance of learning a language. Community language schools are one of the many tools used to consolidate Australia’s identity as a truly multicultural society – a society concerned with embracing and celebrating an infinite spectrum of diversity in backgrounds, histories and heritages amongst our citizens, and in allowing the possibilities that they bring from across the ocean to thrive and flourish in an atmosphere that values tolerance and acceptance.”The top 72 entries from across the country will be presented on the SBS National Languages Competition website and 24 of those will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award voted by the public from 30 August to 9 September. Six lucky winners will be flown to the SBS National Languages Competition Presentation Ceremony in Sydney on Saturday 8 October to accept their award.The competition is open to all CLA students in Australia aged four to 18. CLA is an umbrella body that unites over 1,000 community language schools, providing language maintenance in 69 languages to in excess of 100,000 school age children.For more information, go to read more

AI Accurately Predicts Heart Attacks More Often Than Humans

first_img Aside from the almost-instantaneous warning signs—chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea—heart attacks are notoriously hard to predict.Scientists at the University of Nottingham, however, may have a new way of anticipating heart failure among patients.According to Stephen Weng, an epidemiologist at the UK university, established risk assessment techniques—those recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC)—no longer cut it.Standard models, he explained, tend to “oversimplify” cardiovascular disease (CVD); eight core baseline variables—gender, age, smoking status, systolic blood pressure, blood pressure treatment, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, diabetes—don’t automatically foretell a heart attack.“There remain a large number of individuals at risk of CVD who fail to be identified” by current tools, “while some individuals not at risk are given preventive treatment unnecessarily,” Weng and his colleagues explained in a recent research paper.“Approaches that better incorporate multiple risk factors, and determine more nuanced relationships between risk factors and outcomes, need to be explored,” the study said.Machine learning offers that alternative approach, exploiting big data to minimize human error.Using four computer-learning algorithms, Weng and his team input data for 378,256 CVD-free patients, aged 30 to 84, from nationwide medical practices. More than 295,000 served to train the machines, while the remaining 82,989 subjects provided validation.Nearly 25,000 fatal or non-fatal cardiovascular events were documented over the study’s 10-year period (Jan. 1, 2005 to Jan. 1, 2015)—about 75 percent of which were accurately predicted by Weng’s algorithms.The neural network formula tested highest, beating existing guidelines by 7.6 percent. In fact, the MVP algorithm correctly identified 355 more patients than human doctors, proving its ability to help save lives.“Unlike established approaches to risk prediction, the machine learning methods used were not limited to a small set of risk factors, and incorporated more pre-existing medical conditions,” the research paper said.“Machine learning approaches offer the exciting prospect of achieving improved and more individualized CVD risk assessment,” the team continued. “This may assist the drive towards personalized medicine, by better tailoring risk management to individual patients.” Stay on target McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

NASA astronaut Anne McClain speaks out about allfemale spacewalk change

first_img 23 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Anne McClain during a spacewalk on the ISS on March 22. NASA Excitement turned to disappointment this week when NASA announced it had to shuffle astronaut assignments, scrubbing what would have been the first all-female spacewalk in history. The reason: There wouldn’t be enough medium-sized spacesuit torsos available in time for the Friday event.NASA astronaut Anne McClain, who just completed her first spacewalk at the International Space Station on March 22, spoke out in defense of the decision on Wednesday, saying it was based on her recommendation. “Leaders must make tough calls, and I am fortunate to work with a team who trusts my judgement. We must never accept a risk that can instead be mitigated,” McClain tweeted. “Safety of the crew and execution of the mission come first.” This decision was based on my recommendation. Leaders must make tough calls, and I am fortunate to work with a team who trusts my judgement. We must never accept a risk that can instead be mitigated. Safety of the crew and execution of the mission come first.— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 27, 2019 NASA Space NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyond SpaceX: Watch Crew Dragon capsule dock at ISS for the… Commentcenter_img Tags 1 NASA astronaut Christina Koch and McClain were originally slated to head out into the vacuum of space together to continue work on a project to upgrade the batteries for the station’s solar power system. Now Koch and NASA’s Nick Hague are set to share work duties outside the ISS on Friday.McClain made the call after her first spacewalk when she decided she would be more comfortable in a medium suit rather than a large. It takes time to properly prep a spacesuit and only one medium suit was ready to go, so Koch will wear it on Friday. A third spacewalk scheduled for April 8 is tentatively set for McClain and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. McClain had one more tweeted message for people who are bummed about the spacewalk adjustments: “Tune in — history is made every day up here!” 1:50 Sci-Tech Share your voicelast_img read more

Kerala unit upset over Shashi Taroor for praising PM Modi

first_imgTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In Kerala, the Congress party has decided to ask for an explanation from its MP Shashi Tharoor for praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, of the rival party BJP. Mr Tharoor last week had said that, “As you know, I have argued for six years now that Narendra Modi should be praised whenever he says or does the right thing, which would add credibility to our criticisms whenever he errs. I welcome others in opposition coming around to a view for which I was excoriated at the time.” Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Mullapally Ramachandran, said the Congress will not “accept” the remarks of Mr Tharoor. Mullally Ramachandran, the party chief in Kerala said, “We have decided to seek an explanation from Shashi Tharoor and the course of action will be taken based on his explanation. No one should be praising Modi at the expense of the Congress; the party will not accept that.” Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us On August 24 Mr Tharoor had tweeted on the social networking site of Twitter, “Kerala media agog over my tweet ydy on the importance of enhancing our credibility by tempering our justified criticism of NaMi w/ merited praise. Made it clear I want @incIndia back in government for that we need to win over those fair-minded voters who supported BJP in’19.” Advertise With Us Kerala media agog over my tweet ydy on the importance of enhancing our credibility by tempering our justified criticism of NaMi w/ merited praise. Made it clear I want @incIndia back in government &for that we need to win over those fair-minded voters who supported ⁦BJP in’19.— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 24, 2019last_img read more

Court takes charges into cognizance over assaulting woman by policemen

first_imgA Jhenaidah court on Tuesday took cognizance of the charges against eight police personnel over assaulting woman, demanding extortion and giving threat to evict a family from their land, reports UNB.The court also ordered Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to investigate the incident and submit its report within 30 days.Golam Sheikh of Hamdampur village of Shailkupa upazila filed a complaint petition with the court of Shailkupa judicial magistrate Kazi Ashrafuzzaman against sub-inspector Ilias Mollah of Kochua investigation centre and seven others police personnel.Later, the court took the cognizance of the charges and ordered PBI to look into the matter.The court also ordered the authorities concern to ensure the security to the defendants.According to the court statement, the accused police personnel went to the ancestral home of Golam Sheikh and tried to evict them.The accused also assaulted the wife of Golam Sheikh while she was trying to protest the cops.The police personnel also carried out vandalism at the home and demanded extortion of Tk 100,000 from them.last_img read more

WBSEDCL receives Central Board of Irrigation and Power award

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has received the Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP) Award for ‘Best Performing Power Distribution Utility’ during the celebration of CBIP Day on January 4.Rajesh Pandey, CMD, WBSEDCL received the award from RK Singh, minister of state, Independent Charge Power and New & Renewable Energy at a programme held in New Delhi. The award has been conferred on WBSEDCL in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the nation by providing reliable and cost-effective electricity to its customers for industrial and overall economic development through optimisation of available resources in the distribution sector. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalA press statement issued by the CPRO WBSEDCL, Biswarup Mukherjee said: “This is yet another jewel in WBSEDCL’s crown, an appreciation of endeavour to reach quality power and better service to consumers across the state. It may be mentioned that WBSEDCL earlier in December last year received an award for ‘one of the best innovations’ for ‘Energy storage through Hydro’ at IPPAI Power Awards, organised by the Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI) at Belgaum in Karnataka. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe award was conferred on WBSEDCL for it’s innovation and sustainability at the 900 MW Purulia Pumped Storage Project (PPSP) and its futuristic approach for the upcoming 1,000MW Turga Pumped Storage Project and proposed 900MW Bandu Pumped Storage Project. Both Turga and Bandu projects are coming up in Purulia, adjacent to the site of the pumped storage project. WBSEDCL also bagged the prestigious SKOCH Award Energy Silver in December last year for Purulia Pumped Storage Hydel Project. The awards are in recognition of the pioneering projects undertaken by WSEDCL to provide 24×7 quality and uninterrupted power supply to over 1.85 crore valued consumers. This is yet another achievement of West Bengal power sector.last_img read more

The Limbless Irish Aristocrat who Traveled the World Without Arms or Legs

first_imgArthur MacMurrough Kavanagh is one of Irish history’s most remarkable characters. Born into an ancient Irish aristocratic line, he traveled the world, crossing Central Asia and working for the East India Company across the Indian subcontinent. He earned a scandalous reputation as a notorious charmer, and is rumored to have fathered many illegitimate children. On returning to Ireland he became an important 19th century landholder, politician, and a staunch Unionist.Kavanagh achieved a remarkable amount during his life. However, his story is all the more notable given that he was born without any arms or legs.Arthur MacMurrough KavanaghKavanagh was born in 1831 in County Carlow, to a family with an ancient Irish Catholic pedigree. His father was descended from the Kings of Leinster, yet had converted to Protestantism in order to allow him to become an MP. The family therefore formed part of the wealthy landholding class that ruled over (largely) Catholic tenant farmers.According to the BBC, Kavanagh was born without any hands or feet, and his arms and legs were little more than stumps. Given the lack of opportunity for disabled people at the time, had he not been born into a high-ranking family, it is likely that he would have ended his life destitute, begging for alms on the streets of Dublin. However, Kavanagh’s mother was determined that his disability should not prevent him from leading a full and active life.Dubh Linn Gardens, Dublin Castle. Photo by J.H. Janßen – Own work CC BY-SA 3.0,With the help of his mother and governess, Anne Fleming, Kavanagh learned to use his body from a young age. He was able to use his stumps to handle objects, and could even read and write, turning pages with his teeth and using his stumps to hold a pen.Perhaps most significantly, however, he learned to ride horses. With the aid of a specially designed saddle and harness, he became a skilled horseman, and had a natural affinity for animals. Riding gave him his independence, which he soon exploited to full advantage.Cairo, Egypt.Eager to see the world, Kavanagh travelled from a young age, accompanying his family on trips to Egypt and the Middle East. According to the BBC, in 1849, he and his brother embarked on an epic journey, passing through Scandinavia, Russia, Central Asia, Iran, and Pakistan, before finally arriving in India. This overland trip was exceptionally arduous, even for able-bodied travellers, but Kavanagh relished his time on the open road.According to the Times, however, Kavanagh hit a hurdle in India. Having learned that her son had spent time frequenting a brothel, Kavanagh’s mother withdrew her letter of credit, leaving him without access to funds. In order to pay his way, Kavanagh got a job with the East India Company as a dispatch rider, putting his skills in horsemanship to good use.Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.In 1851 Kavanagh was recalled to Ireland. His older brother had died, leaving him as sole heir to the family estate in Borris, County Carlow. Like all his other activities, Kavanagh threw himself into his new life as a landlord with gusto. Drawing on the techniques and strategies he had learned in India, he set about transforming the economic fortunes of the estate.Inspired by what he had learned on his travels he invested in a sawmill and the Irish railways, boosting the local economy and ensuring that his tenant farmers had the means to earn a living and feed their families. The Great Famine of the 1840s had decimated the Irish farming community, and Kavanagh was adamant that his own tenants should not go hungry.The Great Famine in Skibbereen, West Cork. From a series of illustrations by Cork artist James Mahony (1810-1879), commissioned by Illustrated London News, 1847.Kavanagh had a deeply paternalistic approach to Irish politics. He believed that the landholding class were divinely sanctioned leaders of society, but that this meant that they had certain responsibilities to their tenant farmers.He deplored the lack of respect demonstrated by many Irish landlords towards their tenants, and was devastated by the senseless loss of life that had occurred during the Famine.Kavanagh’s deep convictions saw him become increasingly involved in politics. He served as a Member of Parliament between 1866 and 1880, where he was closely involved with efforts to reform the Irish system of land tenure. When he died of pneumonia in 1889, he was widely loved and respected, both at home and in London.Read another story from us: The Woman who got the World’s Most Reclusive Tribe to Put their Arrows DownKavanagh was a staunch Unionist and landlord who defended the rights of tenant farmers, a committed Christian who deplored the divisions between Catholics and Protestants, and a legendary lothario who settled into a happy and loving marriage. He never conformed to stereotypes, and certainly never allowed his disability to place limits on what he could achieve.last_img read more

See Jude Law as a young Dumbledore in first Fantastic Beasts trailer

first_imgWarner Bros. unveiled the first trailer for the next Harry Potter film. Titled Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the movie is a sequel to the 2016 prequel. GAYSTARNEWS- Jude Law as a young Dumbledore. | Photo: YouTube/Warner Bros. Pictures However, Depp is also a source of contention for fans, because of his alleged abuse of ex-wife Amber Heard and playing a possible queer character.For some, Depp’s casting dampens their excitement.Unless the new #fantasticbeasts trailer features Johnny Depp regenerating into someone who isn’t an abusive piece of scum the first 10 seconds I don’t care.— Rachel Charlton-Dailey (@RachelCDailey) March 12, 2018 The movie includes the same four protagonist as the first film. There’s Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, and Dan Fogler as muggle Jacob Kowalski.Newcomers include Zoe Kravitz as a member of the infamous Lestrange family and, of course, Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore.[embedded content]Law looks fantastic. Harry Potter fans all over are excited to see such an iconic character in a new light.Unfortunately, the film won’t explore Dumbledore’s sexuality to the extent many hoped for — although there are three movies left in the franchise.A conflicted group of fansTake one look at Twitter and you’ll immediately see a breadth of reactions to the trailer.The excitement is palpable — especially with that shot of Hogwarts. Other tweets show eagerness for the likes of Redmayne and Law teaming up, as well as Johnny Depp as the titular Gellert Grindelwald.No doubt. Johnny Depp IS Grindelwald. DEFINITELY ! #FantasticBeasts #LesAnimauxFantastiques #JohnnyDeppIsMyGrindelwald— Tam (@TamTheDarkness) March 13, 2018 I wish I could figure out a way to enjoy #FantasticBeasts I really do and maybe I will! But Johnny Depp’s face, which seems largely unavoidable, really complicates that.— Anna Menta (@annalikestweets) March 13, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img low-key pissed they still kept johnny depp #FantasticBeasts— sarah (@cherrisari) March 13, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… #FantasticBeasts if yall delete johnny depp’s face from the film then i might watch it— cal (@tomothyholland) March 13, 2018Especially when they had Colin Farrell in the first film.When you watch the #FantasticBeasts trailer, remember that WB choose Johnny Depp over giving Colin Farrell the movie franchise he deserves.— Bill Kuchman (@billkuchman) March 13, 2018The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters in the US and UK on 16 November.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Hogwarts and Johnny Depp in a trailer.. what else could be better? #FantasticBeasts #JohnnyDepp #hogwarts #JohnnyDeppIsMyGrindelwald— Kevin (@kevin_la44) March 13, 2018 Jude Law addresses Dumbledore’s sexuality: ‘We’re not going to reveal everything all at once’New Fantastic Beasts trailer hints at Dumbledore’s past gay romanceThe final Fantastic Beasts 2 trailer is out and people have some questionsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

ATF Philippines 2016 Travex program starts strong

first_imgATF Philippines 2016 Travex program starts strongThe 2016 Travex program at the ASEAN Tourism Forum kicked off yesterday amidst a lovely atmosphere in Manila.Hundreds of delegates from all over the world arrived at the SMX Conference Centre in the morning, ready for a full day of meetings.The Department of Tourism Philippines Secretary Ramon R Jimenez began proceedings, stating that he and his team are extremely excited that the Philippines are hosting the event.“The department of Philippines Tourism is delighted to be hosting this event, it will promote the region as a single tourism destination, which will help push economic growth in the region,” Mr Jimenez said.In 2015 the Philippines had over five million inbound tourists in total and interestingly Australia was the fifth highest provider of inbound tourists to the country.Tourism is a huge part of the Philippines economy and employment, providing 4.99 million jobs. One in every 10 jobs is a job in the tourism industry.For the event, the Department of Tourism has brought on a large workforce of over a thousand staff members.The first day had a good night program as well with the ATF 2016 Opening Ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Centre, at which the President of the Republic of the Philippines, H.E. Benigno S. Aquino was in attendance.After the opening ceremony the Philippines Department of Tourism hosted the first dinner and also put a fantastic show, highlighting the different nations of ASEAN.To finish off the day, TTG Asia Media hosted a late night function at Chaos, City of Dreams, here delegates were able to dance the night away. Learn more here!Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

EIB President to visit Cyprus

first_imgEuropean Investment Bank President (EIB) Werner Hoyer will pay a one-day official visit to Cyprus on Thursday.During the visit he will sign an agreement with the Cooperative Central Bank for a loan amounting to €25 million aiming at financing small and medium size enterprises.The ministry of finance said Hoyer, would visit April 3.During his visit, he will hold meetings with the minister of finance, the minister of foreign affairs, the minister of energy, commerce, industry and tourism and other state officials.The signing of the loan and guarantee agreements will follow.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchBack Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Search For Back Pain TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

EU looking towards East Med gas reserves

first_imgEastern Mediterranean gas reserves, including Cyprus’, could play a significant part in addressing the European Union’s drive for energy diversification, the European Commission reiterated on Monday.During a press briefing in Brussels, Jakub Adamowicz, European Commission Spokesperson for Transport and Regional Policy, was asked how the gas fields located between Israel and Cyprus fit into the wider EU Energy Union scheme.“The East Mediterranean gas findings could play a very important role helping both producing and neighbouring countries to address their energy security problems. They could also have a growing role in the EU diversification strategy,” Adamowicz said.He added however that it was too early to assess the impact of those gas finds on the EU gas market.“The Commission has acknowledged on many occasions the potential of the eastern Mediterranean region, in the context of the recent gas discoveries and follows with great interest the development plans for the Cyprus gas field and the other gas sources in the area of the eastern Mediterranean,” said Adamowicz.“Of course the ending of energy islands and diversification of EU gas supplies is an important objective of this Juncker Commission as laid down in the Energy Union Strategy.“Bringing new gas to the EU, and in particular to the vulnerable region of southeastern Europe is also of key importance in this respect.”In 2015 the East Med Pipeline, designated as a Project of Common Interest, received €2 million in funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).The East Med Pipeline is a proposed gas pipeline to link Cyprus to Crete and then Greece or Italy.Some experts question the technical feasibility of the project, as well as its high price tag, which would impact the market price on the European consumer end, rendering it uncompetitive to imported Russian gas.The only confirmed gas field in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, dubbed Aphrodite, holds an estimated 4.5 trillion cubic feet of gas.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more