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UN health agency extends partnership for the eradication of leprosy

The agreement provides multi-drug therapy (MDT), donated by Novartis AG and made available by the World Health Organization (WHO), to all leprosy endemic countries and is worth between $14.5 and $24.5 million over the next five years depending on the number of cases detected. The first phase of the programme from 2000 to 2005 was worth US$ 40 million, The lower amount of drugs supplied under the new agreement is due, said WHO, to the impressive progress being made in the struggle to eliminate the potentially devastating but easily curable disease through the success of MDT and the integration of leprosy treatment into general health systems. “The excellent news is that millions of people have been cured of leprosy and saved from a life of disability and stigma through the use of this simple, effective treatment,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Lee Jong-wook. “This success story demonstrates once again the value of integrating leprosy services into the public health system, and making MDT treatment truly available to everyone. WHO will work closely with all member states to sustain this process of integration, and maintain the crucial political commitment required, in the face of a rapidly disappearing disease.”More than 14 million patients have been cured of leprosy since 1985, WHO said. As of the beginning of 2005, the number of cases of leprosy worldwide was 286,000, a drop of 38 per cent from the beginning of 2004. The number of new cases detected during 2004 was also substantially lower (down 21 per cent) than in the previous year, providing further evidence that the backlog of previously undetected cases has finally been reached and treated.Much of the credit for the progress rests with committed governments, and the staff of international and national programmes, said Dr. Daniel Vasella, Chairman and CEO of Novartis. “The progress made to date in this partnership is evidence of the benefits of this public-private partnership, and gives us motivation in our fight against other endemic diseases in the developing world.” In a WHO statement release today, Mr Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation and WHO Goodwill Ambassador for the Elimination of Leprosy, called for renewed cooperation between all concerned stakeholders.“The elimination of leprosy as a public health problem is a milestone along the way to fundamentally eradicating both the disease and the social stigma that for so long has accompanied it,” he said.Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by a bacterium, Mycobacterium leprae. It is not highly infectious but can cause severe and permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs and eyes if untreated. Treatment is simple, effective and free in all countries. It remains a public health problem in nine countries: six in Africa (Angola, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique, and the United Republic of Tanzania); two in South-East Asia (India, Nepal), and one in the Americas (Brazil). read more

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Sudan Annan calls for highlevel meeting on Darfur as militia attacks kill

The announcement came as the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reported nearly 40 civilian deaths in the last few days in attacks in Darfur by Arab militiamen – some of whom were backed by Sudanese military vehicles.Along with the five permanent members of the Security Council and the European Union, Mr. Annan and the Chairman of the African Union also invited representatives from Congo, Gabon, Egypt, and the League of Arab States to the meeting in Addis Ababa that starts on Thursday, spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York.Mr. Annan will attend the meeting as will representatives of the Sudanese Government, Mr. Dujarric said, adding that its purpose will be to “discuss ways in which to address the situation and move forward the peace process decisively.”Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Heidi Annabi, is currently in Addis Ababa after visiting Sudan where he held weekend meetings with President Omar Hassan Al Bashir and with the defence and foreign ministers. UNMIS said his discussions focused on Darfur, including the UN’s support package for the African Union Mission in Darfur (AMIS).The security situation continues to be volatile in all of Darfur’s three states, with a number of reported deadly militia attacks on civilians, violent acts of banditry and clashes between Government and rebel forces in the past few days, UNMIS has reported.In North Darfur on Friday, UNMIS said Arab militias attacked three villages, killing six civilians including four children, while in West Darfur, 300 armed militiamen backed by 18 military vehicles attacked camps for the internally displaced in the village of Sirba, killing 31 people and injuring 18 others, including women and children.The Mission also said the attackers burned down almost 100 houses and, following this incident, 10 international non-governmental organization (NGO) staff members were relocated to El Geneina.In a related development, Mr. Annan’s latest report to the Security Council on Darfur, covering the month of September, deplores the increasing violence and repeats calls on all sides to negotiate, adding that UN efforts to strengthen the African Union force on the ground will not solve the underlying problem.“Even as efforts to strengthen AMIS continue, it is important to reiterate that a comprehensive and lasting resolution to the crisis will come only through a broadbased political settlement, which will require the complete commitment of the Government and the rebel movements.” “This settlement will be achievable only if discussion and dialogue replace the bombings, attacks and counter-attacks of the last two months… The suffering of the Darfurian population has lasted far too long.”Some 200,000 people are estimated to have died in Darfur as a result of the conflict between Government forces, allied militias and rebels seeking greater autonomy, and more than 2 million others have been displaced. However the Government has rejected the expansion of UNMIS to Darfur and at present the UN assists AMIS.Mr. Dujarric said today that the UN was continuing to strengthen the African Union mission with a $21 million package that has the support of the African Union and the Sudanese Government. read more

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BBC to chronicle the life and loves of Princess Margaret in new

The programme will include interviews with Basil Charles, former owner of Basil’s Bar on Mustique, where the princess had a holiday home. There will also be contributions from Lady Anne Glenconner, a childhood friend and later lady-in-waiting, and Craig Brown, who catalogued the princess’s celebrated rudeness in a recent biography…. The BBC is to explore the private life of Princess Margaret in a new documentary series, after Vanessa Kirby’s sympathetic portrayal in The Crown led to a reappraisal of the Queen’s troubled younger sister. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “She was a trailblazer, she was a little bit of a rebel. She wanted to have the [royal] life but she also wanted to have a normal life,” Charles tells the programme. read more

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Poor us Ireland is less wealthy than the EU average

first_imgIRISH PEOPLE ARE slightly poorer than the European Union average, new data from the continent’s statistics office released this week shows.The research measures Actual Individual Consumption, which is an indication of the material welfare of households.Ireland comes in three points below the EU average level, leading a trio of fellow bailout countries in Italy, Cyprus and Spain.The richest country in Europe is Luxembourg, which comes in 38 points above average. This, however, may be slightly skewed by the fact that a large number of those who work in Luxembourg commute there from neighbouring countries. Source: Eurostat/screengrabThe second highest level of consumption was in Germany, 25 points above average. Austria, Sweden and Denmark round out the top five, while our near neighbours in the UK beat us by two places.AIC measures goods and services consumed by individuals, irrespective of whether they are paid for by people themselves, the Government or by non-profit organisations.The poorest country in the EU is Bulgaria, with a consumption rate of less than half the EU average. No country in the bottom three, which was rounded out by Romania and Croatia, came within 50% of Germany’s wealth.Poll: Should Ireland bring in a tax on wealth?>Read: World’s wealthiest 85 people own same amount as half the global population>last_img read more

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AOL reboots email with Project Phoenix

first_imgAOL will always be remembered by those of us of a certain age as the company that achieved CD spam. But the AOL of 2010 is a company attempting to establish itself through masses of online content and services.Having an AOL e-mail address is seen as a joke by many, and to be honest I don’t know anyone who has one anymore. But for AOL, webmail accounts for 45% of its page views which equates to a significant chunk of its revenue. In order to protect and try to build on that AOL’s e-mail service is getting a reboot.Yesterday Project Phoenix by AOL Mail was launched as a limited beta. It’s a brand new e-mail service that tries to simplify the whole communication experience while offering everything other popular e-mail services have. It also looks a lot like Gmail.The headline features include a Quickbar at the top of the page that allows you to send short, quick messages as an e-mail, instant message, or text message. And those text messages are free by the way.There’s also a sidebar on the right of the screen called Smart View which is used to display the rich content contained in a message. So you’ll see thumbnails of images there, links to past conversations with the person who sent the mail, and a map if directions are being given.In a clear attempt to get users from rival services using AOL Mail there’s easy integration for accounts such as Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo! Mail as well as for messaging services such as that offered by Facebook. And don’t think you’ll be stuck using an aol.com e-mail address as AOL is offering love.com, wow.com, ygm.com, and games.com as alternatives.Finally, the company is trying to improve on search by automatically limiting a search based on what message you have open. So a search while viewing your inbox will return results for your entire account. Open a mail from a friend and searches will be limited to content associated with them.If you want to try Project Phoenix then you need to sign-up and tell AOL you’re interested. AOL may choose to give you access to the beta after that. If you’d rather wait and see what happens then the Phoenix is expected to go public next year at some point.Read more at Mashable and CNETMatthew’s OpinionI know a lot of people who will look at what AOL is doing here and just say “no way!”. There’s a lot of bad memories of using the original AOL service so who could blame them?Times change, though. There’s a generation of young kids and adults who’ve never experienced AOL Mail before and it’s these users AOL wants to get hooked on Project Phoenix. Making it look like Gmail is no accident, and 3rd-party account integration should make transferring a doddle. But you have to wonder why anyone would switch.The Quickbar and Smart View sound like intelligent additions, but as Gmail has shown, simplicity and speed coupled with the ability to add features you like while ignoring others is what makes for a great e-mail service. If Project Phoenix is lightning fast and has a great search experience then it may see some success, but I think this will be limited to new e-mail users finding it first rather than those of us already using Gmail or Yahoo! Mail making the switch.last_img read more

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Samaras warns euro exit would be a nightmare

first_imgNew Democracy leader Antonis Samaras told President Prokopis Pavlopoulos Thursday during an hour-long meeting that Greece would experience a “nightmare” if it leaves the euro.Samaras met Pavlopoulos as part of an effort to increase pressure on the government to clinch a deal with lenders before the end of the month and to make New Democracy’s position on the issue absolutely clear.“It would be a nightmare for the Greek people, for the country’s trustworthiness, for the future of our children and for Greece’s security given that our region is going through such a difficult time at the moment,” said Samaras, who encouraged Pavlopoulos to do all he could from his position to create the conditions for an agreement. The president, whose role is semi-ceremonial, spoke to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker Thursday but has also been in touch with his German counterpart Joachim Gauck and other foreign officials.Samaras said that his party considers Greece’s membership of the eurozone non-negotiable. “Greece’s position in Europe and in the euro is a non-negotiable, national red line that is supported not just by New Democracy but by the overwhelming majority of Greek people and as such no government has the right to put this in doubt,” he said.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Cecile Israel 23 mourned as latest traffic death for Turks and Caicos

first_img Related Items:#23yearoldwomankilledinaccident, #CecileShemaraIsrael, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 16, 2017 – Providenciales – Police say they do not know what caused the young woman, alone in her silver Nissan Murano to crash into a wall on South Dock road on Tuesday night; but they do confirm that she is just 23 years old.Images of the wreck and the woman have been circulating on social media since the night of the fatal traffic accident and Magnetic Media has confirmed her identity as Cecile Shemara Israel.#MagneticMediaNews#CecileShemaraIsrael#23yearoldwomankilledinaccident Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

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San Diego FireRescue Department increasing staffing in anticipation of heightened fire activity

first_img Posted: October 6, 2017 , San Diego Fire-Rescue Department increasing staffing in anticipation of heightened fire activity October 6, 2017center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is increasing staffing levels in anticipation of increased risk of fire activity, officials said Sunday.A Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service for most of the county will go into effect 8 a.m. Monday and remain in effect through 10 a.m. Tuesday, as strong and gusty 20 to 30 mile per hour northeast winds were expected Monday morning through Tuesday morning. Combined with low humidity levels, the conditions were expected to create critical fire weather conditions for throughout San Diego County, according to the NWS and San Diego Fire- Rescue.”Several years of drought coupled with heavy rains this past winter created significant fuel in the form of underbrush and grass,” department spokeswoman Monica Munoz said. “This fuel, combined with hot temperatures and low humidity, create conditions which are conducive to easily ignited and fast burning wildfires.”The danger is particularly acute in October, when California has experienced many of its deadliest and most dangerous fires, according to officials.”SDFRD recommends vigilance on the part of the community all year round, but the risk has proven to be higher during October,” Munoz said.Fire Chief Brian Fennessy urged San Diego residents to prepare for the danger by creating and practicing an emergency plan.”Having two safe ways to exit your home and also mapping out and practicing a safe evacuation route in advance can save lives and serious injury,” Fennessy said.The department will closely monitor weather conditions throughout the weekend and may extend the increased staffing depending on weather changes, officials said.Brush engines, like the five extra the department will have on standby this weekend, are large, off-road-capable vehicles with a water capacity of 600- 1,500 gallons. The department’s water tenders carry up to 3,000 gallons of water and provide water supply to engines at vegetation fires.San Diego has hundreds of miles of wildland-urban interface, officials noted, making the risk of fire to homes and businesses especially severe. Strong winds can also increase fire danger, with breezy conditions possible this weekend.Santa Ana winds — the most dangerous for spreading late-season wildfires — are expected to affect the Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange County areas this weekend, but not San Diego County.The department said some fire-related deaths occur because people wait too long to leave their homes. Officials urged residents not to wait to be told by authorities to evacuate if a severe fire is nearby, and not to hesitate if they are told to leave.last_img read more

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MRI Magazine Readership Remains Stable

first_imgThe biggest gainer year-over-year is Future’s Official Xbox Magazine, which jumped 42 percent over spring 2009. PC World (39 percent) and Life & Style Weekly (31 percent) round out the top three.Dropping the most was Handy magazine, the publication of the Handyman Club of America, which lost 24 percent of its readership from spring 2009 to spring 2010.Newsweek, which the Washington Post Company is hoping to sell, dropped 14 percent for the year, while Time also dropped slightly by 5 percent. The Economist remained flat with a 1 percent gain. According to measurement service Mediamark Research & Intelligence, which rebranded itself GfK MRI this week, readership among consumer magazines has remained stable. Results of its spring survey indicate that between spring 2009 and spring 2010 readership clicked almost a full percentage point higher. GfK MRI releases its readership report twice a year in the spring and fall. Compared to last fall, spring 2010 was flat at +.45 percent.Among categories, men’s health and fashion was inconsistent between spring 2009 and 2010, but with no alarming trends. Esquire was down (-6 percent) while GQ was up (11 percent). Men’s Fitness was up (8 percent) while Men’s Health and Men’s Journal were down (-4 percent and -8 percent, respectively).Business magazines were generally flat-to-down. Bloomberg Businessweek dropped almost 6 percent. Forbes lost one percent of its readership while Fortune gained 3 percent. Money dropped 3.5 percent.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli is money BCCI uses rich man tactics to strong arm

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:32Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:30?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The Australian summer will not have any one day international matches in its calendar for the first time in over 40 years as the Aussies will be touring India instead in January 2020, says a report on Australian daily, The Age. The Aussies are set to tour India for a three-match ODI series in January next year which is the peak of the Australian summer and that in itself is a rare occurrence. The report states that India’s chief cricket governing body, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has exercised its financial and political muscle to strong-arm Cricket Australia (CA) into this commitment. “CA faced the threat of millions of dollars of financial recompense had the Indian series been postponed and, ultimately, agreed to the BCCI’s request,” the report states. Kohli could be leading India in Australia again very soon.Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesThe report states that CA had requested BCCI to postpone the three-match series as it would otherwise put their Trans-Tasman ODI series against New Zealand in jeopardy. But BCCI has reportedly refused to do so which means that Australia will be travelling to India immediately after their Test series against New Zealand which concludes with the New Year’s Test match in Sydney.The three ODIs against New Zealand was the sole ODI assignment scheduled in the Australian summer and with this development, Australia will not be playing any 50-over cricket in summer on their home soil for the first time since 1977. But the Australian summer will no be bereft of limited overs action as Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be touring to play three T20Is each. “We have been working hard to rejig the schedule to fit a change in dates for the two ODI series, at home with New Zealand and away with India, on the back end of the Sydney Test but there are necessary trade-offs,” The Age reported a CA spokesperson as saying. Virat Kohli with the Aussies after losing the T20 series in Bangalore.Robert Cianflone/Getty Images”As a sport, we are fortunate that we have three formats, a compelling international and domestic offering for both men and women. Complexities are bound to and often arise. What we are working through is a solution that sees us honouring our commitments to overseas boards, being flexible to their changing needs, balanced with the need to schedule a summer of cricket that works for the fans. We are confident we will find a way to deliver, with some trade-offs.”CA’s decision to agree with BCCI could also be with an eye towards the future as India is reportedly scheduled to visit the Australian shores late in 2020 to play four Test matches and three ODIs. Any tour of India is a source of immense financial benefit given the massive fan following of the game in both countries. Over the years, India’s rivalry with Australia has thrown up some fascinating tales which make for great television and storytelling.  Pant and Lyon in an unlikely embrace.Michael Dodge/Getty ImagesThe charm of Virat Kohli’s passionate theatrics and Rishabh Pant’s stump mic banter with the fiery Australians in a day-night Test match is too attractive a prospect for anyone to put in jeopardy. Thus, it makes sense from a financial point of view and also from a cricketing angle for CA to set aside other plans and give preference to BCCI’s reported demands.center_img Virat Kolhi smashes bowlers in the nets on match evelast_img read more

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All eyes on Infosys Q2 results after company declared robust earnings in

first_imgInvestors keenly await the second quarter results of India’s second largest IT firm, Infosys, after the company robust earnings for the June quarter.  The Bengaluru-based IT major is scheduled to announce its financial results for the July-September quarter on 12 October.Analysts expect the company’s results in the quarter to outperform its peers due to “healthy client mining and absence of client specific issues.”Infosys is expected to post 7% sequential growth in net profit to Rs 3,244 crore for the second quarter, according to a poll by CNBC-TV18.Infosys has recorded a profit growth of 5% in the first quarter of the current fiscal year, showing signs of revival under its chief executive Vishal Sikka.The dollar revenue of the company is estimated to increase 3.6% to $2,337 million sequentially, while in rupee terms it is seen growing by 5.9% to Rs 15,210 crore in the quarter ending 30 September.The company posted a profit of Rs 3,030 crore in the April-June quarter, while revenues were up 12.4% to Rs 14,354 crore. Analysts also expect Infosys to maintain its guidance of 10-12% growth in constant currency terms.Last month, Accenture gave a much lower revenue guidance of 5 to 8% for its financial year ending August 2016 compared to its revenue growth of 11% recorded in the previous year.A muted guidance by the global software giant has raised doubts over Indian IT companies posting a double-digit growth in the coming quarters.”The guidance is a sentiment negative for Indian IT,” Religare had said.However, analysts see domestic IT companies posting robust earnings for the second quarter, as it is a seasonally strong quarter.”Q2FY16 earnings season is likely to be a net favourable event for large-cap Indian IT stocks on the back of status-quo on demand outlook vs the previous quarter and tailwind to margin or earnings expectations from favourable forex movement,” said Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, reports The Financial Express.last_img read more

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Lizards found unable to distinguish between groups with different numbers of individual

first_img Multiple studies have been conducted over the years to determine if animals have numerical cognition—the ability to see and understand that one group contains more or fewer objects than another—until now, every vertebrate tested has been able to determine whether a plate of food contains a larger number of items than another. In this new effort, the researchers found that ruin lizards are the lone exception.To learn more about ruin lizard abilities (also known as the Italian wall lizard, native to many parts of Europe and the United States), the researchers obtained several specimens and conducted experiments designed to test for numerical awareness. They constructed an apparatus consisting of a Y-shaped structure that held a single lizard in a position in which it could see two different plates of food set to the left or right. The lizard was then allowed to advance to the plate it saw as most desirable. The researchers ran multiple trials of the experiment varying both the number of food items on a given plate and the size of the food items, recording the result of each trial run as they went.The researchers found that the lizards were able to differentiate between plates of food based on size, but not on numerical numbers. They would go for bigger sized fly larvae, for example, but showed no preference when looking at plates containing different numbers of same size fly larvae. The researchers conclude that while the lizards appear to have similar size discrimination abilities compared to other animals that have been tested, they are unique in that they have no numerical discrimination abilities. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from the University of Padova and the University of Ferrara, both in Italy, has found that unlike most other animals studied to date, ruin lizards (Podarcis sicula) are unable to understand numerical differences in groups of objects. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the team describes how they conducted experiments with the lizards and what they found. Goldteju Tupinambis teguixin. Credit: Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0 More information: Maria Elena Miletto Petrazzini et al. Quantitative abilities in a reptile (), Biology Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0899AbstractThe ability to identify the largest amount of prey available is fundamental for optimizing foraging behaviour in several species. To date, this cognitive skill has been observed in all vertebrate groups except reptiles. In this study we investigated the spontaneous ability of ruin lizards to select the larger amount of food items. In Experiment 1, lizards proved able to select the larger food item when presented with two alternatives differing in size (0.25, 0.50, 0.67 and 0.75 ratio). In Experiment 2 lizards presented with two groups of food items (1 versus 4, 2 versus 4, 2 versus 3 and 3 versus 4 items) were unable to select the larger group in any contrast. The lack of discrimination in the presence of multiple items represents an exception in numerical cognition studies, raising the question as to whether reptiles’ quantitative abilities are different from those of other vertebrate groups. Computer games help explain lizard stripes Explore furthercenter_img Journal information: Biology Letters © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Lizards found unable to distinguish between groups with different numbers of individual components (2017, April 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-lizards-unable-distinguish-groups-individual.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Eric Schmidt Talks Motorola Microsoft Immigration and NSA

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story originally appeared on CNBC Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is all fired up about Motorola’s launch of the Moto X smartphone, which he enthusiastically showed off during an interview at Sun Valley by using it to snap pictures of our camera set-up.”The new products are state-of-the-art on a level that’s indescribably good,” Schmidt told CNBC. “I really like them personally. The company uses them internally. Much faster and better integrated. We’ve very excited about this. Watch this space.”Schmidt was joined at Sun Valley by two newcomers to the event, Nikesh Arora, Google’s senior vice president and chief business officer, and Salar Kamangar, CEO of YouTube and senior vice president of video at Google. CEO Larry Page, who recently disclosed a chronic illness that affects his vocal cords and breathing, was absent.Despite Schmidt’s enthusiasm, Motorola is fighting an uphill battle against Samsung and Apple. But Schmidt smiled and said “winners in one generation may not be in another generation.””If you told me five years ago Samsung would be the number one smartphone vendor in Android and beaten Apple, I’d say probably not possible, and yet it’s true today,” he said. “It shows you that innovation is very much alive and well.”Schmidt also spoke about the innovation happening around the power of the cloud. “It’s not just the cloud. It’s the cloud and these devices, that are personal, very powerful, a new set of apps that make life better, help you, give you guidance — all with your permission of course.”While Schmidt was wary of commenting directly on Microsoft’s reorganization, announced Thursday, he said the changes reflect and industry-wide shift.”Every company is responding to the new architecture of cloud computing. We’re having great success with Google apps and docs in enterprise and Microsoft must be responding to that in some way,” Schmidt said.Related: Major Microsoft Shakeup Seeks to Revive Struggling Tech GiantAs to rising competition from Facebook, Yahoo and Twitter, as they improve their ad options, Schmidt said: “The funny thing about advertising is that it’s not a zero-sum game. … Historically, in the digital ad world, pie has gotten larger and it’s possible for everyone to win, and it’s perfectly possible that will continue to be true for quite some time.”Schmidt was eager to vent his frustrations about the immigration bill stalling on Capitol Hill. “The policy of America to deny visas to technically trained people in the U.S. and shipped to other countries, where they create companies that compete with America, has to be the stupidest policy of all the U.S. government policies,” Schmidt said. “It’s being held hostage by all these other issues.”The other topic Schmidt vented about was the National Security Agency’s Prism controversy.”We were upset because there was a statement made that somehow the NSA had special access inside Google, which was false,” Schmidt said. “We clearly stated that’s not the case.””We’ve also been upset as a company that we’re not allowed to talk in details about the nature of such requests (because of the Patriot Act),” he said. “If allowed to do that, people would have a much better understanding if that’s appropriate or not.”Related: Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook Deny Involvement in Government Spying Program 4 min read July 12, 2013last_img read more

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Hundreds turn out for Scotlands first ever Transgender Pride

first_imgThe first ever Transgender Pride Scotland. | Photo: LGBTI Youth Scotland / Twitter Edinburgh just hosted Scotland’s first ever Transgender Pride today (31 March). Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-center_img ‘There’s been such a buzz’Transgender Pride Scotland showcased speakers like trans rights campaigner Mridul Wadhwa and Adam Kashmiry from the National Theatre of Scotland.It also held workshops for all ages, where participants were invited to make their own comics and zines, as well as creative writing workshops.There were talks on the history of trans activism and the Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) hosting screenings all afternoon. There was even an inclusive barber for trans men and trans masculine people.Amazing day despite weather! @ScottishTrans @TransPrideScot Thankyou sheboom!! @SheBoomDrums pic.twitter.com/4FqqCuXbdW— sharon cowan (@sharoncowan22) 31 March 2018On the future of the Transgender Pride Scotland, Oceana said: ‘We are committed to putting on a Trans Pride event every year. This is the only one in the foreseeable future that will happen in Edinburgh though.‘Our mission is to go to a different Scottish city every year on Trans Day of Visibility,’ they said.Their hope is to take the event out of the Central Belt in Scotland. This is because Oceana says ‘the further you get away from the Central Belt, the less there is for LGBTI people.’Oceana excitedly said: ‘This is the first but hopefully the first of many!’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . These beautiful people share their best moments being transIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsPhiladelphia has officially announced its support of Transgender Visibility DayRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/scotland-just-first-transgender-pride-ever/ Today is also the 10th annual Trans Day of Visibility – a day dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of the discrimination they face.Transgender Pride Scotland is open to trans and non-binary people as well as their allies.The parade marched down the Royal Mile and ended at the Scottish Parliament, with various events held at the Conference Centre.Absolutely loving the first ever Trans Pride event in Scotland! #TransgenderDayofVisibility @TransPrideScot pic.twitter.com/qPgCpo2WiA— Jordan McGhee (@JoeJustRocks) 31 March 2018Oceana Maund is originally from England but has lived on the outskirts of Glasgow for the last 10 years. They’re the Co-Convenor at the Scottish Transgender Alliance and told Gay Star News: ‘Trans Pride was absolutely fantastic today!’Even though it started snowing at the end of the march, Oceana said: ‘Nearly 500 people turned up. But the venue was only booked for 150 so this was massively beyond our expectations.’Oceana added: ‘The march was a super positive thing and we had a really good reception from the public.’last_img read more

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Fujifilm SonoSite Unveils SonoSite Synchronicity Ultrasound Workflow Solution

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more October 4, 2018 — Fujifilm SonoSite Inc. announced its entry into the medical informatics space with the launch of a robust point-of-care workflow solution, SonoSite Synchronicity. The software is designed specifically for point-of-care ultrasound to streamline and standardize clinical workflow while delivering administrative efficiencies with flexible credentialing tools.SonoSite Synchronicity workflow software is designed to help healthcare organizations optimize workflows, maximize financial return, improve quality assurance efficiency, and streamline credentialing processes.Optimize workflows: The SonoSite Synchronicity solution will integrate with existing data management systems, enabling the use of current user login credentials, and it can be implemented across multiple departments organization-wide to help enhance standardization;Maximize financial return: A simplified reporting process ensures all exams are compliant with billing requirements, helping to maximize an organizations’ bottom line;Improve quality assurance efficiency: Interfacing all point-of-care ultrasound devices with one, vendor-neutral, software solution helps  maintain organization-wide standardization and compliance; andStreamline credentialing processes: SonoSite Synchronicity software helps to manage the credentialing process by providing easy access to documentation required for physicians to apply for additional ultrasound privileges.Adhering to Protected Health Information (PHI) guidelines, the SonoSite Synchronicity solution helps organizations achieve higher security confidence through multi-factor login and Active Directory authentication. It permits the granting or denying of access based on specialty, department and user profile, and it also allows users to gain access from any network connected device and export data to other media – all while maintaining HIPAA compliance.For more information: www.sonosite.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Related Content Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more center_img Technology | Ultrasound Imaging | October 04, 2018 Fujifilm SonoSite Unveils SonoSite Synchronicity Ultrasound Workflow Solution Software streamlines clinical workflow and delivers administrative efficiencies for point-of-care ultrasound News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more last_img read more

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The Housing Low Down on the Oil Crisis

first_imgThe Housing Low Down on the Oil Crisis January 26, 2016 573 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News As oil prices continue to decline in the U.S., many in the mortgage industry are expressing concern about how America’s new crisis will affect the housing sector.ProTeck Valuation Services released its Home Value Forecast Tuesday, which explains how U.S. oil prices will affect the housing market, particularly home values.“Many of us are enjoying the benefits of oil at its lowest price in over 12 years, in the $30 a barrel range as of this release,” said Tom O’Grady, CEO of Pro Teck Valuation Services. “The impact on the U.S. oil industry, however, has been alarming.”To provide a clearer picture of the oil crisis, ProTeck explained that at the end of December 2014, there were 1,882 active oil rigs in the U.S.  Just a year later, that number has fallen to 714. In the state of Texas alone, the rig count dropped by more than 62 percent in 2015.A report from Capital Economics found that there are two ways that lower oil prices can affect the economy, but ultimately feels that the decline in oil prices will boost economic growth.“In principle, a lower oil price should be positive for the world economy. The transfer of income from producers to consumers, who are more likely to spend on other goods and services, should boost global demand,” Capital Economics stated. “At worst, the impact might be expected to be neutral, with the winners offsetting the losers. In practice, though, the net impact of the recent slump in oil prices appears to have been negative or at least perceived as such in financial markets.”The report continued, “On balance, then we continue to expect an extended period of lower oil prices to boost global growth over the next few years, even if this process may take longer than we had anticipated.”Perhaps the most interesting connection between oil prices and housing was recently made by Bloomberg Business writer Tracy Alloway and Bank of America analysts.Alloway reports that one year ago, Bank of America connected the subprime mortgage crash with low oil prices. So could this oil crisis be the first sign of a subprime mortgage crash?Bloomberg reports that Bank of America analysts recently said this about the oil prices and subprime crisis relationship:The pattern of the decline in the price of oil that began in mid-2014 is remarkably similar to the 2007-2009 pattern of the price decline of ABX, the credit derivative index that referenced subprime mortgages and, ultimately, the U.S. housing market. Given that both housing and oil prices were fueled to spectacular heights in the two periods by massive credit expansion, it’s probably more than just coincidence that the respective “bubble” bursting patterns are so similar.Consider how things tend to work. Denial on what constitutes fair value is a big component of bubbles, on the part of both market participants and policymakers. When perceived “bubbles” burst, markets take their time in steadily shredding views of the perception of fundamental value, as prices move lower and lower. Along the way, many will cite “technical factors” as the cause of the decline, which in some way suggests the price decline may not be real when in fact it is all too real. In the end, the technicals drive the fundamentals, as credit flees and borrowers go bust, and a feedback loop lower kicks in. Lower prices beget accelerated selling, as asset owners need to raise cash. It could be margin calls or it could be producer selling needs, it doesn’t really matter: the selling becomes inevitable and turns into forced selling.center_img Share HOUSING Mortgage Industry Oil Prices 2016-01-26 Staff Writerlast_img read more

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Disy prepares for election post mortem

first_imgThe political office of ruling Disy is convening on Monday evening to discuss the future of the party following the disappointing results of last month’s European elections.Around 150 Disy members are expected to attend.The meeting was convened by leader Averof Neophytou after the party won the largest share of the votes (29.02 per cent) but still dropped almost nine points compared to its showing in the 2014 European Parliament elections.Its leadership faces criticism for steering the party toward a ‘nationalistic’ direction and rhetoric.Monday’s meeting is seen as a showdown of sorts between the two trends inside the party: the moderates and those who are taking a more nationalistic tone.The party has been under criticism even by many of its own members over Neophytou’s stance during the election campaign but also the government and some of its candidate MEPs.The party leader drew the ire of many after his warning a few days before the elections that if Greek Cypriots were to abstain from the ballot, Turkish Cypriots could determine the outcome.President Nicos Anastasiades and government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou too had made comments appearing to disparage Turkish Cypriot voters through references to the “borrowed votes” Akel was seeking from Turkish Cypriots.Disy’s super-nationalist member and MEP candidate, Eleni Stavrou, did not help the situation after writing a post on Facebook essentially calling Akel’s Turkish Cypriot candidate Niyazi Kizilyurek, an agent for Turkey.According to reports, the ministers of finance and foreign affairs, Harris Georgiades and Nikos Christodoulides will attend the meeting and plan on making interventions.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 AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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