UN partners gear up to help quakestricken Haiti hold elections

11 May 2010The United Nations and its international partners have pledged full “technical, logistical and material” support to help Haiti hold timely elections, viewed as a crucial step in renewing the State after the huge human and material losses suffered in January’s devastating earthquake. Presidential elections are due next February, and legislative polls before that. A task force, comprising representatives of the UN, Haiti, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organization of American States (OAS), the European Union (EU), Brazil, Canada and the United States, held its first meeting yesterday in Port-au-Prince, the capital, as part of an effort to provide coordinated international support for the forthcoming polls.“The Task Force took stock of the considerable challenges posed by the effects of the 12 January earthquake on electoral preparations, including in particular on the registration of voters and the update of electoral lists, which it was agreed would begin as soon as possible,” the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said in a news release.The meeting was co-chaired by Haitian President René Préval and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Edmond Mulet.“Under the leadership of the Government of Haiti, Task Force members offered to provide all necessary technical, logistical and material assistance to the electoral process, with a view to supporting the Government’s efforts to ensure participatory, legitimate and timely elections,” the release said.In March, dozens of nations and organizations pledged some $9.9 billion in immediate and long-term aid to help Haiti recover and rebuild after the quake, which killed more than 200,000 people, left 1.3 million more homeless and destroyed countless buildings, including Government facilities, hospitals and schools. In his most recent report to the Security Council in April, Mr. Ban said the elections in early 2011 were central to the Government’s vision for a renewed State, a vision he appealed to the international community to support. read more

Yukon mine is mothballed as soft copper markets derail planned sale

VANCOUVER — A Vancouver-based mining company says soft copper and equity markets have combined to undermine the sale of its property in central Yukon, so it plans to shut the Minto Mine until a better opportunity is found.Capstone Mining Corp. says in a release that Pembridge Resources has been unable to arrange financing to purchase the copper mine, and the two companies have terminated the agreement announced in February.About 200 employees and contractors will be affected as mining operations are expected to stop almost immediately and milling operations will wrap up as soon as the current ore stockpile is processed.Capstone says only a core team of workers will stay to oversee the site and meet environmental monitoring and legal obligations while the mine is put into temporary care and maintenance.Capstone initially agreed to sell Minto to Pembridge for US$37.5 million, plus working capital adjustments and common shares representing 9.9 per cent of the issued and outstanding shares.Capstone had planned to use the net proceeds primarily to reduce its own outstanding borrowings but president Darren Pylot says keeping Minto in a holding pattern is an option until markets pick up.“The decision to put Minto on care and maintenance while we seek alternatives is to preserve and maximize its value,” Pylot says in the statement Thursday.“The team will ensure Minto can be restarted efficiently and safely once the copper and equity markets improve.”Costs to place the mine on care and maintenance are estimated to be approximately US$5 million in each of 2018 and 2019, with ongoing costs expected to be under US$4 million annually in 2020 and later, the Capstone statement says.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:CS) read more

Thesis defences — July 15 to 19

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19.All are open for the University community to attend.PhD thesis defencesMatthew Mallette, a PhD candidate in Applied Health Sciences, will defend his thesis, titled “Effects of local muscle temperature manipulations on neuromuscular function,” on Monday, July 15 at 1 p.m. in South Block 361.The examination committee includes Stephen Cheung, Supervisor; David Gabriel, Michael Holmes and Joffre Mercier, Advisory Committee; Christopher McNeil, External Examiner (Faculty of Health and Exercise Development, University of British Columbia); Stephen Emrich, Internal Examiner; and Heather Gordon, Chair. —Kevin McGuiness, a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Humanities, will defend his thesis, titled “The Boogeyman in the Cultural Imaginary: From the Fairytale to the Slasher Film,” on Tuesday, July 16 at 1 p.m. in Welch Hall 147.The examination committee members are Cristina Santos, Supervisor; Barry K. Grant and Leah Bradshaw, Advisory Committee; William Indick, External Examiner (Associate Professor of Psychology, William Paterson University); Christie Milliken, Internal Examiner; Heather Gordon, Chair.Master of Science thesis defenceHeather Marie VanVolkenburg, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will present her thesis defence on Tuesday, July 16 at 10 a.m. in MCH 313. Her thesis is titled “Exploring Diversified Vineyard Ecological Soil Management Strategies: Impacts of cover cropping, Spanish River Carbonatite, and smooth pigweed (Amaranthus hybridus) interactions on an agroecosystem.”The examination committee includes: Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Kevin Stevens, External Examiner (Wilfrid Laurier University); Liette Vasseur, Supervisor; and Fiona Hunter and Frederique Guinel, Committee Members.Master of Arts thesis defenceXiaoyang (Nick) Xia, a Master of Arts candidate in the Department of Psychology, will defend his thesis, titled “An Alternative Measure for Attitudes towards Bisexual People,” on Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes: Dawn Zinga, Chair; Michael Ashton, Supervisor; Christine Tardif-Williams, External Examiner (Associate Professor, Child and Youth Studies, Brock University); Michael Busseri, Graduate Program Director; and Andrew Dane and Gordon Hodson, Committee Members. read more

This Green Tea CatShaped Bread is The Stuff of CarbLovers Daydreams

first_imgLook, green tea flavored anything is delicious. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. It’s especially delicious when shaped like cats, as you can probably surmise from the picture atop this article. Doesn’t it look scrumptious? No? Okay, hear me out there. It’s absolutely adorable, is it not?Source: RocketNews24It’s a creation from Japan’s Blue Jin bakery called Ironeko Bread, a creation that was spawned after the bakery realized how cool every kind of bread could be in the future if only it were also shaped like cats, just like this particular loaf. It’s part of the Japanese attitude toward food that delicacies like this should be appealing not only to the taste buds and stomach, but to the eyes as well. With the Ironeko Bread popular as it is, there’s a whole lot of new flavors coming down the line!The matcha green tea flavor is one, which also includes sweet red beans and chestnuts. If you snag some of the bread, Blue Jin recommends toasting it and even adding some butter for a delicious, carb-tastic treat. If you’re looking for something even weirder and harder to get down because of its color, then you might want to see if you’re brave enough to try Ironeko Bread Black, which is made with bamboo charcoal. It also has a special white chocolate nose, eyes, whiskers, and little kitty grin peeping up at you.Source: RocketNews24The cat breads are going on sale at the bakery on December 1, and no doubt will be insanely popular. If you live in Japan anywhere near Blue Jin, you’ll just have to get in line and wait however long it takes to get you some of this cutie cat-shaped bread. It no doubt tastes better with the cat ears. Bet you anything. Now can we just get someone who sells it here in the west?last_img read more

Suarez likely to start after impressing Emery

first_imgDenis Suarez is bracing up for his first full debut in an Arsenal shirt this weekend after impressing Unai Emery.Suarez agreed on a loan move to Arsenal from Barcelona after falling down the pecking order under Ernesto Valverde.The 25-year-old made his Arsenal debut from the bench against former club Manchester City in the 3-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium.Today I returned to Manchester to make my debut in the @premierleague and I was eager and happy to start this great challenge.. The score wasn’t good but this has just started. Let’s go for it, C’mon Gunners! #ArsenalFC pic.twitter.com/B5OF0i20JK— Denis Suarez (@DenisSuarez6) February 3, 2019Emery has tipped Suarez to become an integral part of the squad going forward, according to FourFourTwo.“The first day last week was an adaptation to us and also with 25 minutes against Manchester City,” he told a media conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield Town.“But already from the first day with us, he was already [giving a] good performance.“This week he worked Monday with our coaches and also yesterday. Today he is working with different adaptation and better than last week.“I hope he will continue, he is improving every day with us. Then I hope he can show in the next matches how he can help us better than in the first match against Manchester City.”The Gunners travel to West Yorkshire with a poor away run having failed to win any of their last six away games.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…And Emery understands they need to turn that form around as they look to stay in contention for Champions League qualification place at the end of the season.“Yes [we have to win],” he added. “We have the possibility and opportunity to take the top four but we know it’s not easy.“One month ago we were in the same situation. We are strong at home, but I think we need to do better away. We started very well away, changing our mentality to get more points away.▪️ Who could feature in #HUDARS?▪️ Latest on @HenrikhMkh▪️ @DenisSuarez6’s availability@UnaiEmery_’s thoughts on all that and much, much more 👇— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 7, 2019“But now we need to recover this confidence, this performance. The next opportunity is Saturday against Huddersfield.“We know that defensively we need to do better. We’ve tried playing with three and two centre-backs. We’ve won with three and we’ve won with two.“We have to continue in our way with passion and also stay calm, but above all, we must work hard and take a good feeling in training and then show it in the match.“This week, for example, we’ve had good days of training because the feeling of the players and their wish to work every day is good. I want to do the same on Saturday against Huddersfield.“After that, we know we can win but if we cannot win it’s different. We need to be confident and take more confidence and continue working.”last_img read more

The Jamaica Tourist Board was doing big things in Times Square New

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWith a giant stress ball to capture attention, the Jamaica Tourist Board was doing big things in Times Square New York to draw the attention of who are likely some of the most stressed out people on the planet…big and yellow and rolling out was that stress ball and it did the job to launch the new advertising campaign of the Caribbean destination. No longer playing on Bob Marley’s One Love phrase… the JTB has moved on to giving advice… that advice, still from Bob’s song… get all right. New TV commercials are already being seen on big name networks like CNN. Related Items:last_img

Over 35 pounds of marijuana seized last month in SDPD raids

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom February 9, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Narcotics officers from the San Diego Police Department seized more than 35 pounds of marijuana, nearly $3,000 and three firearms during a pair of operations this month targeting illegal marijuana businesses, police said Friday.The larger of the two raids focused on a North Park dispensary and the owner’s El Cajon residence, where officers served a pair of warrants Thursday morning, SDPD narcotics unit Lt. Matt Novak said.Between the two locations — Patient First Choice dispensary in the 2500 block of University Avenue and Hisham Hanna’s home near Greenfield Drive –officers seized 28 pounds of high-grade marijuana and more than 600 marijuana edibles and concentrates, Novak said. They also seized $1,600 in cash and two firearms.Hanna, 55, was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and operating a business without a permit, Novak said.Jail records today no longer showed Hanna as an inmate.On Feb. 1, narcotics unit officers raided the Sacred Source Sanctuary dispensary at 3434 Midway Drive, seizing seven pounds of high-grade marijuana,$1,200 in cash and a .45-caliber handgun, Novak said. That operation resulted in five employees being arrested and cited for possession of marijuana for sale and operating a business without a permit.Despite recreational marijuana becoming legal on Jan. 1, similar raids like the ones this month will continue at illegal dispensaries, delivery services and other marijuana businesses, Novak said.“All owners and employees found operating these illegal businesses will be arrested and prosecuted,” the lieutenant warned. Over 35 pounds of marijuana seized last month in SDPD raids Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 9, 2018last_img read more

Skagit River bridge reopens Wednesday

first_imgMOUNT VERNON — A temporary bridge over the Skagit River will reopen today, restoring Interstate 5 traffic less than a month after the old bridge collapsed.After the bridge collapsed on May 23, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee set a goal of restoring it by mid-June. He went to Mount Vernon on Tuesday to inspect the span and praised workers for completing in days what normally would have taken months. The temporary span will carry 99 percent of I-5 traffic, said Washington Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson. Oversized and overweight loads will still be detoured.At 24-feet wide, the 160-foot temporary section is narrower than the old bridge and traffic will have to slow to 40 mph. Still, staying on I-5 should be a relief to drivers who have lined up to detour through Mount Vernon and Burlington on the main highway for trade and tourism between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. That section of freeway is used by 71,000 vehicles a day.The temporary bridge pieces were supplied by Acrow Bridge through an emergency contract the Washington State Department of Transportation signed with Atkinson Construction. The temporary span and a permanent replacement due this fall will cost nearly $18 million. The federal Transportation Department is paying for all but about $1 million of the work.The Max Kuney construction company of Spokane was selected Tuesday for the permanent replacement, Peterson said.The 58-year-old bridge is being restored, not replaced. It will still be rated as “functionally obsolete” because it was not designed to handle today’s traffic volume and big trucks. It’s also “fracture critical,” meaning that if a single, vital component is compromised, the bridge can crumple again.last_img read more

Atlantic Medias Quartz Hits 840k Uniques in First Month

first_imgJust over a month after it launched, Atlantic Media’s international business news site Quartz is reporting it attracted just over 800,000 unique visitors in October. Other audience metrics are already tracking similarly to established digital brands in Atlantic Media’s portfolio, a factor that’s hitting an encouraging note for the startup. Traffic expectations for the early days of the site’s performance were based partly on internal analogs like Atlantic Wire (launched in 2009) and Atlantic Cities (launched in 2011) and partly on gut instinct, but publisher Jay Lauf says results handily beat their 500,000 unique visitor benchmark for month one. “There’s some gut guesswork involved,” says Lauf, “but I think in this case we looked at a combination of our understanding of traffic growth on Atlantic Wire and Atlantic Cities and then the kind of market place Quartz is going after—a defined market of global business leaders. And the fact that we are in a new climate where digital brands can grow quickly if they take advantage of the digital jet stream. Plus, we thought social could really push us to faster growth.” Side-door traffic has so far worked in the site’s favor. Social referrals accounted for 40 percent of Quartz’s traffic in October. By comparison, TheAtlantic.com‘s social referral traffic is in the 30 percent range, a factor that Lauf says bodes well for the so-far less established Quartz. Lauf also believes that high social percentage is what helped drive international traffic—40 percent of October’s uniques were from outside the U.S. That metric was predicted accurately, he says. Launch sponsors were given a 60/40 ratio between domestic and international traffic during the site’s roll-out phase.Thirty percent of Quartz’s traffic came from mobile devices, which again is in line with or higher than other established media properties. Twenty-five percent of The Atlantic’s traffic arrives there via mobile, for example. Despite being built as a mobile-first destination, Lauf says it’s harder to gauge traffic expectations for the platform—”There’s not a huge raft of information on that.”Going forward, Lauf says expectations are to hit 2.5 million to 3 million monthly uniques by the end of next year.last_img read more

Folk Music Promoter And Patron Izzy Young Has Died

first_imgIn addition to Dylan, Mitchell and Peter, Paul and Mary, other Folklore Center alumni assisted by Young were Tim Buckley, the Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian and an up-and-coming young poet named Patti Smith. In 1973, Young closed the Center, moved to Stockholm, Sweden, and opened the Folkore Centrum mingling America’s folk heritage with Sweden’s own deep history of folk music. He operated the store and venue in several locations, hosting daily concerts until Nov. 2018 when the Centrum was closed due to his declining health.”He had opened his heart to so many people, so many poets who came to his shop,” said Young’s daughter Philomene Grandin, “and he was a fantastic father.” In addition to Grandin, Young is survived by his son and three grandchildren. His funeral will be held in Stockholm. Once Neglected Metropolitan Opera House To Open With Bob DylanRead more Folk Music Promoter Izzy Young Has Died folk-music-promoter-and-patron-izzy-young-has-died Email https://twitter.com/GrnVillageNYC/status/1093166197389082624 Twitter Young’s Folklore Center in Greenwich Village was an incubator for the ’60s folk music revival and Bob DylanPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 7, 2019 – 11:41 am A proprietor of Greenwich Village’s Folklore Center from 1957 to 1973, Izzy Young helped bring the ’60s folk music revival to life, fostering the careers of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, the trio Peter, Paul and Mary, and many more. Young died on Feb. 4 of natural causes in his 90th year, at his home in Stockholm.An “ancient chapel, like a shoebox sized institute,” was how Dylan described the Folklore Center, which sold records, books and sheet music and hosted concerts. Unwilling to leave folk music trapped in coffee houses, Young arranged for regular folk concerts at the Italian restaurant Gerde’s, where Dylan made his New York City professional debut in 1960. The following year, Young helped folk music spread beyond the confines of the Village, organizing Dylan’s first major performance at Carnegie Chapter Hall, a side venue adjoining Carnegie Hall. Folk Music Promoter And Patron Izzy Young Has Died Facebook News last_img read more

LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington Week of April 29 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are a few opportunities to catch live music in Wilmington this week:Larry GilbertTuesday, May 1, 6pmThursday, May 3, 6pmRocco’s Restaurant & Bar193 Main Street, WilmingtonPianist Ricky LauriaThursday, May 3, 8pmTremezzo2 Lowell Street, WilmingtonKaraoke with Winnell EntertainmentFriday, May 4, 8pmPacific Grove211 Lowell Street, WilmingtonLori & Richard Ruggerio (Husband & Wife Vocalist Duo)Saturday, May 5, 2:30pmWindsor Place of Wilmington92 West Street, WilmingtonNOTE: Know of any other musical performances happening in town this week or in the coming weeks? Let me know at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of May 13, 2018)In “Business”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of May 27, 2018)In “Business”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of March 25, 2018)In “Business”last_img read more

European fellowship for IIIT Nuzvid student

first_imgVijayawada: Shaik Nazma Sultana, IIIT student of Nuzvid, has been selected for the European fellowship award. She will get Rs 20 lakh for further education. Shaik Nazma Sultana completed the course with 90 per cent marks and been one of the two students selected from India. European countries select only two students from each country for the fellowship to pursue education in Europe. IIIT Director D Suryachandra Rao told media on Saturday that the girl student would study in two reputed universities in Europe with the fellowship award. He said the IIIT faculty and students were delighted with the achievement made by their student Nazma Sultana and he congratulated her and her parents.last_img

Toyota FCV Hydrogen Car Set to Become Reality Will FuelCell Car Gain

first_imgToyota Motor Corp’s Executive Vice President Mitsuhisa Kato speaks in front of the company’s fuel cell vehicle (FCV) concept car at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo November 20, 2013. Toyota and Honda are taking the lead in this largely untested market.Toyota’s FCV Concept is inching closer to reality and the car which has been the talk of the town is all set to dazzle at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on 6 January. The latest FCV which made its first appearance at the recently concluded 2013 Tokyo Motor Show is expected to go into production in 2015.The FCV; a hydrogen fuel-cell passenger vehicle from the renowned auto maker Toyota, will draw power from its fuel-cell stack and two 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen tanks beneath the specially-crafted body. It will run on the compressed hydrogen power, which is a clear alternative to the usual gasoline-powered and plug-in cars, but the success of the hydrogen fuel-cell concept is still debated. In a world where the fossil fuel is running out, fuel-cell cars seem to be the only way. Toyota Motor Corp’s FCV concept car is seen at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo November 20, 2013. Toyota wants this on the road by 2015.(Reuters)Although Hydrogen vehicles have been in news for a while now and many companies have been considering the idea, the concept has been tantalizing because of the many hurdles. Now companies like Toyota, Hyundai and Honda could clear the stumbling blocks and introduce the all-new hydrogen cars into the auto world.When Toyota FCV becomes a reality, the car will rival the Honda FCEV concept, which is also expected to mark its entry in 2015. But road to success is not straight and problems like supply of hydrogen still need to be addressed more seriously. The vehicle is also likely to boast a high price tag.Toyota Motor Corp’s FCV concept car is seen at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo November 20, 2013. Toyota wants this on the road by 2015 (Reuters)last_img read more

Accused stabbed dead by another in courtroom

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationAn accused in a murder case stabbed another accused to death in front of the judge in a courtroom in Cumilla during hearing on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased was Faruk, son of Ohid Ullah of Monoharganj in the district.The incident took place in front of judge Begum Fatema Ferdous of Cumilla Sessions Judge (third) court in the courtroom.The deceased and the attacker happen to be cousins.Cumilla police superintendent Syed Nurul Islam said accused Hasan started stabbing Farukh with a knife indiscriminately while the hearing in the murder case was going on in the court, leaving him critically injured.Faruk was taken to Cumilla Medical College where the physicians declared him dead.Security was tightened on the court premises after the incident, the SP added.Hasan was arrested after the incident, he said.last_img read more

Looney Tunes Battle Game on Deck From Warner Bros Scopely

first_img“The Looney Tunes are literally timeless, and the originators of over-the-top, animated slapstick comedy,” said Tim O’Brien, Scopely’s chief revenue officer. “‘World of Mayhem’ perfectly integrates that trademark contemporary humor into a mobile experience that gamers of all levels can pick up and play, while offering the deep multiplayer RPG combat and builder gameplay that will engage them for months and years.”For Warner Bros., the deal represents a new avenue to monetize the Looney Tunes intellectual property, and it’s banking on the game having appeal among adults who grew up watching the antics of Bugs Bunny and the rest of the crew.“Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem” is available for pre-registration on Google Play, and will be available as a free download on both iOS and Android this fall. The free-to-play game will include in-app purchases, which is a typical industry model.L.A.-based Scopely is now valued at more than $700 million, after it closed a $160 million Series C round. Investors include Revolution Growth, Greycroft Partners, Evolution Media, Greenspring Associates and Horizons Ventures. Hollywood execs who have invested in Scopely include Peter Chernin, Tom Staggs (former COO of Disney) and Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos.The company, founded in 2011, has produced several top-grossing games, including “The Walking Dead: Road to Survival,” an RPG based on AMC’s hit TV show; “WWE: Champions,” a puzzle-matching role-playing game; “Wheel of Fortune Free Play”; and “Yahtzee! With Buddies.” Get ready to do battle with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Yosemite Sam, Tweety Bird and other Looney Tunes characters — complete with plummeting ACME anvils, exploding presents, and giant space lasers.Mobile game “Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem,” slated to be released this fall, will bring together more 70 characters from WB’s Looney Tunes franchise to wage prank-combat and cause other mischief. In the role-playing game, users collect and battle with characters that have ridiculous, unique abilities to fight against each other in different game modes. Players also can build personalized “Toon Towns” in the app.The game is being published by Scopely under a pact with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and it’s developed in partnership with Brazil’s Aquiris Game Studio. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Tribal craftsmanship at its best

first_imgNational Tribal Crafts Mela Aadishilp, organised by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd. (TRIFED), was inaugurated by Jual Oram, Union Tribal Affairs Minister at Dilli Haat on November 5. On this occasion, Union Tribal Affairs Minister, Jual Oram said, “These kinds of exhibitions provide our tribal artisans an important platform to showcase their talents through their products to urban India. TRIFED, through its 44 sales counter all over the country, is providing much needed marketing system for tribal products.”The main objective of organising Aadishilp is to give tribal artisans an opportunity to showcase and sell their traditional art and craft works directly to the customers and get their feedback which would help them in having valuable design related and other inputs. It also provides them a platform for direct interface with art and craft lovers, share their talent with the urban elite and know the customers’ taste and preferences for adapting their product designs and creations accordingly. Commenting on the importance of encouraging tribal artisans of the country, he said, “Ministry of Tribal Affairs will provide more and more such platforms for tribal artisans so that they can sell their products directly to the consumer without middlemen”. He also urged media, NGOs and particularly urban youth to come forward to popularise the tribal products and bring the tribals into the main stream of the society. TRIFED, which focuses on training for skill upgradation and capacity building of tribal artisans and minor forest produce gatherers, has been taking a number of promotional initiatives for marketing of tribal products. From a single sales outlet of TRIBES India in 1999 at 9, Mahadev Road, Delhi, it has established 34 outlets of its own and 10 Consignment outlets across the country. TRIFED has also initiated the concept of sourcing tribal products by organising Tribal Artisan Melas (TAMs) to identify new artisans and products from different regions/ states where tribal artisans are invited to display their products for selection and inclusion in the range of products marketed by TRIFED.The exhibition, which will be open till November 11, will have hand crafted items, handloom products, dry flowers, cane and bamboo products, tribal jewellery, Dhokra craft, tribal weaves, embroidery, tribal paintings etc, showcased at the venue.last_img read more

Robert Capa – Life and Work of The Greatest War Photographer in

first_imgAs a photojournalist and war photographer, Robert Capa provided visual evidence of the wars that raged around the world in the first half of the 20th century. Risking his life, Capa covered World War II across Europe; on Omaha Beach, he was the only photographer who landed on D-Day. He also covered the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and in 1954, the First Indochina War. He was born in 1913 named Endre Friedmann into a Jewish family in Budapest, then part of Austro-Hungary. While barely 18 years old, Capa left Hungary due to accusations of Communist sympathies, and after settling in Vienna and later Prague, he finally moved to Berlin. In the new city, he started studying journalism at Berlin University. To support himself, he took a part-time job as a darkroom assistant and later found employment as a staff photographer at Dephot, the German photographic agency.Although he initially wanted to become a journalist, working as a photographer made him see he must switch paths. In 1932, he captured his first published photo of Leon Trotsky while the exiled Communist revolutionary was making a speech in Copenhagen. His career as a photographer was just starting to blossom when he was caught up in the rise of the Nazi Party, which instituted restrictions on Jews, prohibiting them from attending universities and colleges.In 1934, Capa moved to Paris, where he changed his birth name to avoid religious discrimination, something that was common in France at that time. The same year, he met Gerda Pohorylle, also a photographer who had fled Germany for the same reasons. She adopted the name of Gerda Taro, under which she became famous in her own right. The couple lived together in Paris, and in 1936, they both traveled to Spain with the intention of documenting the civil war there.Gerda Taro.In 1937, while Capa was on a brief trip to Paris, Gerda was working in Madrid, covering the Battle of Brunete. As she was returning from the assignment, her car was crushed by an out-of-control tank and Gerda was killed. Capa was deeply traumatized by her death. He never married.During the Spanish Civil War, Capa took one of his most famous photographs, “The Falling Soldier,” in which he captured the death of a Republican soldier. The photo was at first published in French magazines, but soon it reached Life magazine and the British photojournalism magazine Picture Post, which regarded the 25-year-old author as “the greatest war photographer in the world.”Armed woman of the Republican army during armament training. Image by Gerda Taro.While in Spain, Capa befriended Ernest Hemingway and accompanied him, photographing the war as they went, which the writer later described in his 1940 novel For Whom the Bell Tolls. Hemingway’s article about his time in Spain was published in Life magazine, along with many photos taken by Capa.In 2007, three boxes with film rolls that contained 4,500 35mm negatives of the civil war, taken by Capa, Chim (David Seymour), and Taro and which had been considered lost since 1939, were discovered in Mexico. A movie about those photographs, The Mexican Suitcase, directed by Trisha Ziff, was made in 2011.In 1938, Capa traveled to the city of Hankou, in China, where he documented the resistance to the Japanese invasion, and the photos were also published in Life. The following year, again escaping Nazi persecution, Capa left Paris and moved to New York City to search for work. He was working for Collier’s Weekly when World War II was declared, but he was fired soon after and started shooting regularly for Life. He traveled to various European destinations, taking photos of the war, and was known as the only “enemy alien” photographer for the Allies.In July and August 1943, Capa was with American troops in Sicily, in the village of Sperlinga, which was heavily defended by the Nazis. The photographer captured the sufferings of the people during the bombing and their happiness at the arrival of the American soldiers. He shot one of the most world-famous photos in the village, of a Sicilian peasant indicating the direction of the German troops. On the 7th of October, 1943, while he was accompanying the Life reporter Will Lang Jr. in Naples, Capa captured photos of the Naples post-office bombing.On D-Day, Capa landed on Omaha Beach alongside the American troops, where they confronted one of the heaviest resistances from the German forces. Capa took 106 pictures while under constant fire. Almost all of his photos–11 survived–were destroyed in an accident in a photo lab in London. That surviving group, again published in Life magazine, in June 1944, became known as “The Magnificent Eleven,” and are considered the most significant photos taken by Capa.In 1943 he became romantically involved with Elaine Justin, who was still married to the actor John Justin at the time. Their relationship lasted until 1945, when Elaine left Capa and married Chuck Romine. After a few months, Capa became Ingrid Bergman’s lover and followed her to Hollywood, where for a brief spell he worked for American International Pictures. However, the relationship ended the next summer when Capa went to Turkey.On the April 18, 1945, Capa took another photo that became known as one of the world’s most famous. He was in Leipzig, Germany, and photographed a fight for a bridge. One of these photos captured the death of the American infantryman Raymond J. Bowman by sniper fire and was published in Life with the title “The picture of the last man to die.”Before the invasion of Italy in 1943, Capa shared a room in a hotel in Algiers with the American writer John Steinbeck, and the two became close friends, reconnecting later in New York. In 1947 they traveled together to the Soviet Union, where Capa was photographing a nation torn by war, and Steinbeck was working on his book A Russian Journal. Capa took photos in Moscow, Tbilisi, Kiev, Batumi, and also among the ruins of Stalingrad. Their friendship lasted until Capa’s death, which Steinbeck took very hard.John Steinbeck.While he was living in Paris, Capa had shared a darkroom with the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. In 1947, the two established Magnum Photos, the first photographic cooperative agency, to manage the work for and by freelance photographers. Other members of Magnum Photos included David Seymour, William Vandivert, and George Rodger. That same year, Capa was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, for recording World War II in photographs.Henri Cartier-Bresson (left) and a young intern at the Rencontres internationales de la photographie in Arles 1974. Author: Rolph31000. CC BY-SA 4.0In 1948, Capa traveled to Israel and documented the people and places there during the formation of the country and while it was being constantly attacked by neighboring states. His photos accompanied Report on Israel, a book by Irwin Shaw, another friend of Capa’s.In 1952, Capa became the president of Magnum Photos. The next year, along with Truman Capote and John Huston, he went to Italy, where he photographed the making of the film Beat the Devil. In their free time, the photographer, the screenwriter, the director, and the actor Humphrey Bogart enjoyed playing poker.After he had finished his work in Italy, the president of Magnum Photos went to Japan for an exhibition associated with the cooperative. During his stay there he got a proposition from Life magazine to take an assignment in Southeast Asia, to record the ongoing war there, the First Indochina War in which the French had been fighting for eight years. Even though, only a few years back, Capa had said that he was done with war, he took the assignment and joined the French forces, along with Jim Lucas and John Macklin, journalists from Life and Time.Hungarian commemorative stamp issued in 2013.The group was traveling through a dangerous area that was constantly under fire when Capa decided to leave the vehicle to record the advance. Soon after leaving the jeep, he stepped on a mine and died. He was 40 years old.Read another story from us: Roger Fenton, the very first war photographer, captured the grim reality of the Crimean WarRobert Capa coined the term Generation X which he used as a title for his photo essay dedicated to the young people who were reaching adulthood right after World War II. Regarding his essay, Capa said, “We named this unknown generation, The Generation X, and even in our first enthusiasm we realized that we had something far bigger than our talents and pockets could cope with.”His approach to work redefined wartime photojournalism.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | October 30, 2008 New LymphExpertT CAD Designed for Faster Diagnostic Analysis October 30, 2008 – Definiens is developing computer-aided detection (CAD) applications for the 3D and 4D medical imaging field, Definiens LymphExpertT, designed to help radiologists rapidly and accurately identify and track lesions of interest, facilitating earlier detection and personalized treatments. Definiens will introduce Definiens LymphExpertT at RSNA 2008. The new application is designed to help radiologists analyze lymph nodes, providing volumetric insight and time modeling functions.According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the world and accounted for 7.6 million deaths worldwide in 2005. Advancements in medical imaging systems (e.g., CT, MRI, PET) promise earlier detection and treatment, promoting survival rates. However, prevalent use of medical imaging has led to a dramatic increase in the volume of images to be analyzed, resulting in higher workloads and logistical bottlenecks for clinical radiologists. Definiens CAD applications will support radiologists in the collection of diagnostic data, reducing human error due to fatigue or data overload. The applications utilize contextual information to compare images from different modalities and over time in a consistent and reproducible manner. Definiens’ applications can be implemented in standard medical imaging systems to provide automated volumetric measurements of almost all structures, including organs and lesions.Current measurement criteria, such as RECIST for tumors, employ only one-dimensional measurements. Definiens’ CAD applications are specifically designed to measure and track tumors volumetrically and over time, producing highly accurate assessments of tumor size and growth. This will allow radiologists to make earlier, more informed judgements on the efficacy of treatments and whether to continue or alter treatment options.The company says its new applications will enable radiologists to analyze and track lymph nodes of interest in an accurate and consistent manner. For more information: www.definiens.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Computer Program Beats Physicians at Brain Cancer Diagnoses

first_img Related Content Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more MRI scans of patients with radiation necrosis (above) and cancer recurrence (below) are shown in the left column. Close-ups in the center column show the regions are indistinguishable on routine scans. Radiomic descriptors unearth subtle differences showing radiation necrosis, in the upper right panel, has less heterogeneity, shown in blue, compared to cancer recurrence, in the lower right, which has a much higher degree of heterogeneity, shown in red. Credit: Pallavi TiwariOctober 25, 2016 — Computer programs have defeated humans in Jeopardy!, chess and Go. Now a program developed at Case Western Reserve University has outperformed physicians on a more serious matter.The program was nearly twice as accurate as two neuroradiologists in determining whether abnormal tissue seen on magnetic resonance images (MRI) were dead brain cells caused by radiation, called radiation necrosis, or if brain cancer had returned.The direct comparison is part of a feasibility study published in the American Journal of Neuroradiology.“One of the biggest challenges with the evaluation of brain tumor treatment is distinguishing between the confounding effects of radiation and cancer recurrence,” said Pallavi Tiwari, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve and leader of the study. “On an MRI, they look very similar.”But treatments for radiation necrosis and cancer recurrence are far different. Quick identification can help speed prognosis, therapy and improve patient outcomes, the researchers say.With further confirmation of its accuracy, radiologists using their expertise and the program may eliminate unnecessary and costly biopsies, Tiwari said. Brain biopsies are currently the only definitive test but are highly invasive and risky, causing considerable morbidity and mortality.To develop the program, the researchers employed machine learning algorithms in conjunction with radiomics, the term used for features extracted from images using computer algorithms. The engineers, scientists and physicians trained the computer to identify radiomic features that discriminate between brain cancer and radiation necrosis, using routine follow-up MRI scans from 43 patients. The images were all from University Hospitals Case Medical Center.The team then developed algorithms to find the most discriminating radiomic features — in this case, textures that can’t be seen by simply eyeballing the images.“What the algorithms see that the radiologists don’t are the subtle differences in quantitative measurements of tumor heterogeneity and breakdown in microarchitecture on MRI, which are higher for tumor recurrence,” said Tiwari, who was appointed to the Department of Biomedical Engineering by the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.More specifically, while the physicians use the intensity of pixels on MRI scans as a guide, the computer looks at the edges of each pixel, explained Anant Madabhushi, F. Alex Nason professor II of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve, and study co-author.“If the edges all point to the same direction, the architecture is preserved,” said Madabhushi, who also directs the Center of Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics at CWRU. “If they point in different directions, the architecture is disrupted — the entropy, or disorder, and heterogeneity are higher. “In the direct comparison, two physicians and the computer program analyzed MRI scans from 15 patients from University of Texas Southwest Medical Center. One neuroradiologist diagnosed seven patients correctly, and the second physician correctly diagnosed eight patients. The computer program was correct on 12 of the 15.Tiwari and Madabhushi do not expect the computer program would be used alone, but as a decision support to assist neuroradiologists in improving their confidence in identifying a suspicious lesion as radiation necrosis or cancer recurrence.Next, the researchers are seeking to validate the algorithms’ accuracy using a much larger collection of images from across different sites.For more information: www.ajnr.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. 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Hong Kong Airlines celebrates inaugural flight to Kumamoto Japan

first_imgMonday (14 December 2015) marked the inauguration of Hong Kong Airlines’ twice-weekly direct flight service between Hong Kong and Kumamoto, Japan.To commemorate the official launch of this new route, Hong Kong Airlines and the Kumamoto Prefecture has held grand celebration events at both the Hong Kong International Airport and Aso Kumamoto Airport.KUMAMON, Kumamoto Prefecture Sales Manager, was also one of the officiating guests celebrating the events with gorgeous dance performances.Before departure, every passenger was presented with a bag of souvenirs, including the inaugural flight certificate and Hong Kong Airlines X Kumamoto Prefecture KUMAMON mug, table calendar and paper hat. A KUMAMON standee was also placed at the check-in counter for passengers to take photos in gratitude for their support to the new direct flight to Kumamoto.All passengers and flight crew of the inaugural flight received a warm welcome after the plane touched down at Kumamoto. They were greeted by the Airlines’ local staff, while representatives from Kumamoto Prefectural Government and Tourism Organization gave out memorable Kumamoto souvenirs to mark a fantastic start of their Kyushu journey.At the Aso Kumamoto Airport, a simple yet special inaugural ceremony of ribbon cutting and commemorative souvenirs exchange was officiated by Mr. Ikuo Kabashima, Governor of Kumamoto Prefecture and Mr. Stanley Kan to celebrate the arrival of the inaugural flight to Kumamoto.In the evening, the Kumamoto Prefectural Government and Hong Kong Airlines held a grand inaugural celebration dinner together. Both parties held a fruitful discussion on further strengthening ties between the two cities to foster growth in tourism and economic development.Mr. Stanley Kan, Director of Service Delivery of Hong Kong Airlines, said, “The Kumamoto route has received overwhelming response from the public and widespread popularity among travellers since its tickets were opened for sale.“With increasing demand for travelling to Japan, we believe the new route will provide in-depth travellers with more flexible and diversified travel options in the Kyushu region through our “triangular service” between Hong Kong and Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto.”Hong Kong Airlines’ route network currently covers almost 30 cities across the Asia-Pacific region. With the launch of Kumamoto service, complemented by the existing two daily flights to Okinawa, five-time weekly service to Sapporo, thrice-weekly service to Kagoshima and twice-weekly flights to Miyazaki, Hong Kong Airlines operates a total of 26 weekly flights between Hong Kong and Japan starting from December this year, further strengthening its route network in Japan. Fly Hong Kong AirlinesSource = Hong Kong Airlineslast_img read more