Take action against those with nonbailable warrants Deputy EC

first_imgKolkata: Senior officials of the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday instructed the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents from various districts to ensure speedy execution of all non-bailable warrants which are still pending.Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain held a marathon meeting with various district election officials and police personnel on Saturday afternoon to review the poll preparedness in the state. The ECI officials have asked the district administrative officials to ensure that no criminals, who are potential trouble-mongers, should remain free during the seven phases of the Lok Sabha elections in the state. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersElection Commission officials instructed the district election officers to review all the sensitive booths in their respective areas at regular intervals and submit a detailed report to the Commission regarding the same. The deputy Election Commissioner has expressed dissatisfaction as the District Magistrate of Cooch Behar did not participate in the video conference. The Commission officials held a video conference with all the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents in North Bengal districts which will go to the polls in the first and second phases. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt was learnt from sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) that the deputy Election Commissioner asked the election officers from North Dinajpur, Birbhum, Murshidabad and North 24-Parganas to be extra cautious. All the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents who were present in the meeting in the city were asked by the Commission not to engage those officers who are accused of being ‘partial’. The DMs and SPs will be liable to take responsibilities if any such officers are engaged in the poll process under their respective jurisdiction. The Commission categorically mentioned that the officers accused of taking side of any political party must be kept out of the poll process. The deputy Commissioner also took a stock of the overall law order situation in various districts. He also asked the DMs to monitor the route march and area domination by the central forces in the districts. The deputy Election Commissioner also asked the district election officials to prepare and submit the list of subordinate officers if they fail to comply with the instructions. The District Magistrates have been asked to submit the list of sensitive booths under their jurisdiction. The Commission may issue necessary instructions after going through the list submitted by them. The Commission also asked all the election officials to ensure that all the banners with photographs of the Chief Minister and the Prime Minister are removed from both government and private premises. It was also learnt from the sources in the CEO office that the deputy Election Commissioner rebuked the four Districts Magistrates and two Police Superintendents. The deputy Election Commissioner also met Chief Secretary of the state Malay De and Home secretary Atri Bhattacharya in the evening. Various political parties met the deputy Election Commissioner to place their respective demands. A section of intellectuals including painter Suvaprasanna, economist Abhirup Sarkar, writer Subodh Sarkar also met the deputy Election Commissioner and said that some political parties are insulting the people of Bengal by demanding that all booths be declared as ‘super sensitive’.last_img read more

Indias Bollywood stars join UNbacked antihuman trafficking efforts

18 December 2007Some of Bollywood’s biggest stars are joining the efforts of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to curb human trafficking in India. Some of Bollywood’s biggest stars are joining the efforts of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to curb human trafficking in India.Millions of moviegoers will see a two-minute video called One Life, No Price – aiming to raise awareness of this form of modern-day slavery and spur action to prevent and combat this practice – to be shown before the new film, Welcome.The video features the movie’s stars, including Feroz Khan, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Paresh Rawal and Mallika Sherawat.To be released throughout India on Friday, Welcome will be shown in 1,100 theatres.Mr. Khan, Mr. Kapoor, Mr. Patekar, Mr. Kumar and Ms. Kaif are also recording separate messages in support of the cause.UNODC’s partnership with the Indian film industry is part of a broader programme called UN.GIFT, which was launched this March to bring governments, the private sector, academia, civil society and the media together to combat the scourge of human trafficking.Other Bollywood stars such as Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta and John Abraham have also been enlisted by UNODC to make public service announcements to fight trafficking. read more

US Chinese trade envoys in 1st contact after TrumpXi truce

BEIJING — The top U.S. and Chinese trade envoys have spoken by phone in their first contact since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to resume stalled talks on ending a tariff war.The Commerce Ministry said Beijing’s envoy, Vice Premier Liu He, talked Tuesday with Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. It gave no details or timeline for more contacts.Economists say the trade truce might be fragile because the two sides still face the same disagreements that caused talks to stall in May.Both sides have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods in the dispute over U.S. complaints about Beijing’s technology ambitions and trade surplus.The Associated Press

UN fund for women announces 1 million in grants to support antiviolence

Through its Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women, UNIFEM will back efforts to help rape survivors in Rwanda and Burundi, promote a gender-sensitive media code for journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and train teachers in Bolivia to advocate for the inclusion of domestic violence in school curricula, among other initiatives.”We are learning how to stop the violence,” said UNIFEM chief Noeleen Heyzer. “These projects reflect the increasing commitment that exists worldwide to protect women’s rights, provide services for victims, and punish crimes of violence against women and girls.”While the funding will support projects in 22 different countries, requirements still far outpace resources. The Trust Fund this year received applications for close to 270 projects with funding requests for more than $15.5 million.”There is an obvious and growing need for greater funding in the area of violence prevention,” Ms. Heyzer observed. “Our biggest obstacle is not a lack of ideas – it is a lack of resources.”Established in 1996, the Trust Fund has awarded, in previous cycles, over $5 million to projects in more than 70 countries. read more

UN agency fears for the safety of Uzbek refugees after Kyrgyzstan sends

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had already found resettlement places for the four who had fled to Kyrgyzstan immediately after violence in the Uzbek city of Andijan in May 2005 and were part of a group of some 500 asylum seekers, all of whom were later recognized as refugees. Uzbekistan had been seeking their extradition.“We fear for their safety. This refoulement [forced return] is an extremely serious violation of the 1951 Refugee Convention – which Kyrgyzstan has ratified – under which no refugees should be forcibly returned to their country of origin,” said Commissioner António Guterres.“What is even more disturbing is that we had secured resettlement places in different countries for the four refugees months ago and had been asking the Kyrgyz authorities to allow us to transfer them.” The Uzbeks were deported by Kyrgyz authorities, through the Dostuk border crossing, to neighbouring Uzbekistan on Wednesday morning.In mid-June, the Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan upheld a department of migration service decision not to grant refugee status to the four while the fifth Uzbek, who was arrested in October 2005 after a request from Uzbekistan, still had his asylum appeal claim pending.“Since the beginning of these proceedings over the four refugees we have repeatedly asked the Kyrgyz authorities to maintain their commitment to their international obligations. This grave breach is a huge disappointment as the deportees’ lives may be at stake. Kyrgyzstan has failed to protect these refugees,” said Mr. Guterres.“This is an even greater disappointment given everything Kyrgyzstan has done for Uzbek refugees in the past,” he added. UNHCR left Uzbekistan in mid-April after a government request in March asked the agency to end its work in the country within one month.Shortly after last year’s violence in Andijan, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour expressed fears that asylum-seekers and refugees forced to return to Uzbekistan “may face an imminent risk of grave human rights violations, including torture and extra-judicial and summary executions.” read more

Myanmar UN recommends measures to address ongoing food insecurity in cyclonehit areas

In particular, people in the hardest-hit areas of Chin and Rakhine states – already vulnerable to begin with – are still suffering, with paddy production set to fall by up to 15 per cent, constraining food access and pushing consumer prices up, according to the report, compiled jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).For immediate assistance, the report recommends the distribution of seeds for the forthcoming monsoon planting seasons, provision of water and pest-resistant storage containers to protect farmer’s seeds, along with drying nets and post-harvest equipment, as well as urgent restocking of livestock, such as chickens, ducks, goats and pigs, to avoid a fall in protein intake. The affected communities also must secure fishing equipment, rebuild fishing gear and boats, and rehabilitate fish ponds. They also need more smaller farm machinery for hire.Longer-term interventionsIn addition to those measures, “we are also ensuring a focus on longer term interventions which enable farmers and communities to better cope with future emergencies,” Bui Thi Lan, FAO Representative in Myanmar, said in a press release.The report also provides a set of recommendations for long-term recovery, resilience building and disaster risk reduction. These include: developing grain banks at communal and regional levels to reduce post-harvest losses; constructing micro-dams in suitable areas and establishing a National Information and Early Warning Unit on Food and Nutrition Security.Resilience-building initiatives will include rehabilitation and/or rebuilding of household and community assets, mapping of disaster risk reduction systems and training farmers in disaster risk reduction skills to enable them to recover quicker and make best use of emergency recovery inputs provided.Given the availability of rice and generally well-functioning markets within Myanmar, the report recommends that assistance be provided in the form of cash or vouchers to assist vulnerable people to purchase food at a time of severe food shortages that may hit in the coming months.“As affected households have faced difficulties in obtaining credit, cash assistance is necessary to resume their livelihoods,” said Domenico Scalpelli, WFP Resident Representative and Country Director.Since October 2015, WFP has employed cash transfers in relief activities, following its prompt life-saving food assistance within 48 hours of the devastation of national disaster. In addition, WFP has been implementing cash or food for asset activities from November to provide income generation opportunities for affected people primarily relying on day labour. Above all, reconstruction of safer community infrastructure will reinvigorate communities’ resilience, he said.Funding shortfallsBy the end of 2015, WFP had reached half a million people affected by the floods and massive landslides, mostly in Ayeyarwaddy, Bago, Chin, Kachin, Kayin, Magway, Mon, Rakhine and Sagaing States and Regions.WFP intends to continue its flood response for 104,000 people until mid-2016 to prevent further deterioration of food security and nutrition situation in Myanmar, but faces a funding shortfall of $47 million to meet all food assistance needs there till the end of 2016.FAO is aiming to meet the immediate agricultural needs of 332,750 individuals still recovering from the 2015 floods. To date, FAO’s resilience program in Myanmar has secured financial resources and will provide assistance to around 150,000 farmers and fisher people in the worst-affected areas of Rakhine, Chin and Sagaing. In order to meet all targeted beneficiaries, FAO requires an additional funding of $7.1 million.The report is based on a Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) conducted in Myanmar in November-December 2015 by the two UN agencies. read more

Brilliant Ioane on the double as All Blacks move into series lead

first_img By Murray Kinsella 81 Comments New Zealand 30Lions 15Murray Kinsella reports from Eden Park, AucklandTHE LIONS HAD promised us they would play and Warren Gatland’s men stayed true to their word at Eden Park, but even one of the truly great tries – a length-of-the-pitch effort finished by Sean O’Brien – couldn’t fire them to victory. Ioane scored two tries on his first Test start. Source: Photosport/Andrew Cornaga/INPHOThe tourists had the All Blacks worried for long periods of the game but they ultimately never managed to nudge their way in front on the scoreboard and push Steve Hansen’s side into panic mode.Instead, the Kiwis were clinical in taking their chances, scoring tries through hooker Codie Taylor and brilliant 20-year-old left wing Rieko Ioane, who dotted down two on his first Test start.While the Lions played attractive attacking rugby, with fullback Liam Williams and centre Jonathan Davies particularly outstanding, the All Blacks had the kind of tough edge that champion sides possess and they were good for the win that puts them in pole position to claim the series over the next two weekends.There were positive points for the Lions to rally around ahead of the second Test in Wellington in a week’s time, but the All Blacks always looked like they had enough quality to score tries when they most needed to.The Lions’ attacking game was at a new level with Gatland having backed Williams to start alongside the pacy Elliot Daly and Anthony Watson, while Ben Te’o delivered a muscular defensive performance in the midfield.The controversial decision to back Alun Wyn Jones in the second row ahead of Maro Itoje proved a disappointment, with the powerful England lock offering far more when he came off the bench in the second half. Ben Te’o was superb in defence for the Lions. Source: Photosport/Marty Melville/INPHOWilliams sparked some stunning passages of counter-attacking rugby for the Lions, including the sensational O’Brien try before half-time, which also involved Davies and Daly.That try was taken wonderfully, but the Lions failed to capitalise in a clinical manner after other linebreaks – they had six in total – with Te’o’s failure to pass wide to the right early in the second half proving particularly costly.The All Blacks – though unafraid to play directly – were the more clinical team and all three of their finishes were a lesson for the Lions, as the Kiwis’ skills came up good under the defensive pressure.Nonetheless, Gatland will be urging his players to focus on the positives and he will also feel that the All Blacks benefited from the performance of referee Jaco Peyper – with replacement out-half Johnny Sexton berating the match official at full time.Even in that department the All Blacks deserve credit. They tested the limits of the laws with their kick escorting, ruck work, and release before turnovers, but it was simply a team playing the referee and it meant they came out on the right end of an 11-6 penalty count. One of a few work-ons for the Lions in the next week.The first half saw the script flipped on its head as the All Blacks played confrontationally with aggressive ball-carrying and built long periods of pressure on the Lions, who kept themselves in the game with that sensational O’Brien try. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThe Lions almost had the perfect start to the game as Daly went close to scoring in the left corner following a superb Davies break in the second minute. The outside centre scorched through and passed back inside to Conor Murray, who would have scored but for a desperate tap tackle from Aaron Smith.The Lions recycled and Daly had a glimmer of space in the left corner, but Israel Dagg pulled off a brilliant tackle to deny him, TMO George Ayoub confirming Daly had been dragged into touch.Suitably awakened, the All Blacks took control of the game thereafter and Beauden Barrett got them off the mark with a 13th-minute penalty after Taulupe Faletau was caught offside during a multi-phase passage of high-tempo Kiwi attack in the Lions’ 22.Their first try arrived three minutes later, stemming from a Brodie Retallick turnover near the half way line, which sparked another extended period of All Blacks’ possession, the likes of Jerome Kaino and Kieran Read hammering into their carries.The Lions failed to roll away and it appeared that the hosts would shoot at goal with the penalty, only for Aaron Smith to quick-tap and find Barrett in midfield. The out-half fired a long skip pass to Dagg, who flung the ball wide right, where hooker Codie Taylor – having held his width with great discipline – picked the ball off his bootlaces wonderfully to finish past Daly. Codie Taylor celebrates for the All Blacks. Source: Photosport/Marty Melville/INPHOBarrett converted and it looked deeply ominous for the Lions as they trailed 10-0, but Murray’s excellent box kicking was one source of optimism.Owen Franks stupidly took out the Lions halfback at a ruck to allow the tourists to finally get on the scoreboard with half an hour gone, Owen Farrell converting the penalty just after the All Blacks had lost Ben Smith to concussion.Centre Ryan Crotty followed him soon after, and the All Blacks looked unsettled with the changes in their backline, Barrett moving to fullback to accommodate the introduction of Aaron Cruden.The replacement playmaker kicked deep into the Lions’ 22 in the 37th minute, and suddenly the Lions struck.Williams stepped past the fast-advancing Kieran Read and then arced in between Cruden and Sonny Bill Williams to burst out of the Lions’ 22 in stunning fashion.The Lions fullback was halted on the halfway line by Dagg but his offload found Davies, who hit Daly on the left wing to scorch past replacement Anton Lienert-Brown, before passing back inside to Davies. O’Brien dots down one of the all-time great Lions tries. Source: James Crombie/INPHONow just metres from the Kiwi tryline, Davies was tackled by Barrett but again the Lions player freed his hands and there he found O’Brien thundering up on his right shoulder to take the ball and smash through the tackle attempt of Smith to finish a sensational try.Farrell couldn’t convert, but the Lions were well and truly in the contest at 13-8 heading into the interval.And Gatland’s men continued to live up their promise to play with flair early in the second half, with Williams sparking another counter attack from a Kiwi knock-on, sending Davies scampering through and into the All Blacks’ half, where he combined with Watson.Sam Whitelock was pinged for offside after Hansen’s men had scrambled to prevent another stunning try – and after Te’o had spurned an overlap on the right to carry in midfield – and the Lions opted to kick into the corner rather than take a shot at goal.But twice they were turned over – first in the five-metre maul and then again after O’Brien had wrestled the ball back for them – and the Kiwis breathed a sigh of relief.Watson made another searing linebreak on a kick return initiated by Williams just a minute later, but the offload attempt to Murray went forward and the Kiwis again were let off the hook. William was sensational. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOWith the rain returning as we headed towards the 50-minute mark, Gatland sent in impact sub Itoje for the underperforming Jones, with tour captain Sam Warburton soon following – replacing captain Peter O’Mahony and taking on the leadership as he entered.But it was a pair of Kiwi subs that made the more immediate impact, Wyatt Crockett and Charlie Faumuina massacring the Lions scrum, drawing a penalty advantage that they played off to devastating effect.Read picked the ball and offloaded sublimely around Murray to Smith, who hit the hard-running Dagg to break the previously excellent Te’o’s tackle and find Cruden, who in turn fired a skip pass to Ioane on the left touchline, the wing finishing one-handed on the dive.Peyper went to the TMO to check Read had not knocked the ball on and though it initially appeared he had, Ayoub stated that the ball had come off his foot before moving forward and the try stood, with Barrett converting expertly.Trailing 20-8 heading into the final quarter, Gatland sent Sexton on to combine with Farrell, the Englishman shifting out one to inside centre.However, Sexton’s first major contribution was to stray offside as the All Blacks built more pressure five metres from the Lions’ tryline and Barrett punished him to the tune of three points, adding to the scale of the task for the Lions. Aaron Smith celebrates Ioane’s brilliant try. Source: Photosport/Marty Melville/INPHOThe Lions were beginning to creak and the All Blacks went to the corner in the 65th minute – opting against going for the posts – as the visitors’ penalty count continued to tick upwards, but then Itoje delivered.The dynamic lock rose explosively in front of Retallick to steal Taylor’s throw, and the Kiwi hooker then threw crooked at the very next lineout – his last action of the game – after the Lions had exited from their 22.Gatland’s men eked out a five-metre lineout of their own heading towards the final 10 minutes and with it came their final chance to claw back into the contest, but there was a collective malfunction as the All Blacks came away with the ball.And that proved to be the last despairing effort, as Ioane bagged his second in the 71st minute, gathering the bouncing ball near the halfway line after Williams had dropped a Perenara kick under little pressure.The freakish Blues wing showed his pace to scorch to the outside of the retreating Daly, skipping out of the English wing’s diving tackle attempt.Barrett converted again to keep his 100% record off the tee intact, and though replacement scrum-half Rhys Webb sniped over for a clever try in the final minute, the Lions must focus on rescuing this series in Wellington.The worrying thing for Gatland is that the All Blacks will only get better. Jun 24th 2017, 10:31 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share21 Tweet Email1 https://the42.ie/3461580 Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 10:31 AM New Zealand scorers:Tries: Codie Taylor, Rieko Ioane [2]Conversions: Beauden Barrett [3 from 3]Penalties: Beauden Barrett [3 from 3]Lions scorers:Tries: Sean O’Brien, Rhys WebbConversions: Owen Farrell [1 from 2]Penalties: Owen Farrell [1 from 1] 23,667 Views NEW ZEALAND: Ben Smith (HIA – Aaron Cruden ’27); Israel Dagg, Ryan Crotty (Anton Lienert-Brown ’33), Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith (TJ Perenara ’55); Joe Moody (Wyatt Crockett ’54), Codie Taylor (Nathan Harris ’66), Owen Franks (Charlie Faumuina ’54); Brodie Retallick, Samuel Whitelock; Jerome Kaino (Ardie Savea ’47), Sam Cane, Kieran Read (captain) (Scott Barrett ’78).LIONS: Liam Williams (Leigh Halfpenny ’72); Anthony Watson, Jonathan Davies, Ben Te’o (Johnny Sexton ’57), Elliot Daly; Owen Farrell, Conor Murray (Rhys Webb ’58); Mako Vunipola (Jack McGrath ’52), Jamie George (Ken Owens ’58), Tadhg Furlong (Kyle Sinckler ’60); Alun Wyn Jones (Maro Itoje ’48), George Kruis; Peter O’Mahony (captain) (Sam Warburton ’54), Sean O’Brien, Taulupe Faletau.Referee: Jaco Peyper [SARU].The42 is on Instagram! 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Varvara Ioannous push for progress on gender equality

first_imgIt was early in her career that Varvara Ioannou, founder of the women’s Food For Thought Network, had the opportunity to work for an organisation that employed the largest number of Indigenous women. The experience is one she cherishes, and since then says she has wanted to do something to help raise the profile of Indigenous women and awareness of the challenges they face, while also bringing attention to their many achievements. With the release of the Australian government’s Closing the Gap 2018 Report this month, she says the timing couldn’t be more right, and has decided to give Indigenous women a platform at this year’s annual International Women’s Day dinner on 8 March. “Our focus was always to raise awareness of what helps and prevents women to succeed. When we say women, it’s not just Greek women, it’s women in general and when you look at the research you find that Indigenous women encounter the greater levels of disadvantage and adversity across the most social and economic indicators,” Ioannou tells Neos Kosmos.“But the research also says that when Indigenous women have been able to organise, consult and direct attention to the areas in their community, they have been able to improve outcomes. So we hope this International Women’s Day will raise awareness of our Indigenous sisters and support their development.”Guest speaking at the FFTN’s event will be Nova Peris AM. A fitting choice, Ms Peris has achieved many firsts among the Indigenous community, paving the way for others, among them becoming Australia’s first Indigenous woman elected to Federal Parliament, the first Aboriginal Australian and Northern Territorian to win an Olympic gold medal – and one of very few athletes to have represented their country in two different sports, hockey and athletics at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. MC for the evening will be one of Australia’s leading media personalities, Jo Pearson.This year the women’s network’s theme is #Pressforprogress. While women in the Western world have long been pushing for gender equality and parity, Ioannou says that it is important to recognise that progress has different meanings for women depending on their circumstances. “The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survey in 2009 found that 21.2 per cent of Indigenous people reported family violence as a problem within their community, 8.1 per cent reported sexual assault in their community, 18.3 per cent of Indigenous women experienced physical or threatened abuse in the past 12 months compared with 7 per cent of non-Indigenous women. So due to this disadvantage, these women are underrepresented in the work force as almost half are unemployed,” says Ioannou.“#Pressforprogress means different things for different women depending on their circumstances. For women like our Aboriginal sisters, getting a foot in the door and getting a job, and getting out of their domestic violence scenarios is a priority. You have women in war-stricken countries like Syria, Afghanistan and asylum seekers; for those women #Pressforprogress is to survive. I think we need to be mindful of that.”Each year the FFTN selects an ambitious woman to sponsor as part of the event, and for 2018 has selected Christiana Aloneftis. The talented Greek Australian aims to make an international career as a soprano, and the financial support she will receive will be invaluable in advancing her career as an opera singer. Soprano, Christiana Aloneftis. Ioannou has been helping to raise awareness about gender equality for close to two decades. While she acknowledges that women are in a much better position now than they were over 100 years ago, she says we still have a way to go.“The women’s movement has achieved a lot together; women didn’t have the vote, we’ve had women prime ministers, we’ve had women CEOs, recently we had same-sex marriage – they’re some of the things we have achieved. Have we progressed far enough? Of course not,” she says.“The important thing is, on International Women’s Day we need to celebrate all women in all their diversity and we need to embrace the many facets and identities and intersections of faith, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual identity, and disability. We need to celebrate those that came before us, those than stand beside us, and those that will come after.”She encourages members of the Greek and other CALD communities to attend the event and open themselves up to understanding the various plights of women, of those that are Indigenous in particular, and to offer a helping hand.“We can all become mentors to these women, and also learn from them; about their culture and their resilience that they have displayed all these years.”Hosted together with the Manningham City Council, the FFTN’s International Women’s Day event will take place on Thursday 8 March from 7.00 – 10.00 pm at Manningham Function Centre (699 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster, VIC). Tickets include a two-course meal; on sale until Thursday 1 March at eventbrite.com.au/e/international-womens-day-tickets-42188421705 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sony veut analyser les cellules humaines

first_imgSony veut analyser les cellules humainesLe fabricant d’appareils électroniques Sony a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’il mettrait bientôt sur le marché un instrument d’analyse de cellules humaines. C’est la technologie Blu-ray qui équipera ces nouveaux outils.Sony veut se lancer dans le domaine médical, cela n’est pas nouveau. Mais depuis peu, les choses s’accélèrent. Avec le rachat, en 2010, de la société américaine de cytométrie iCyt, le géant japonais avait déjà fait un pas supplémentaire dans cette direction. Maintenant, les choses se concrétisent encore puisque le groupe vient tout juste d’annoncer qu’il mettrait bientôt sur le marché un instrument d’analyse de cellules humaines.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Grâce à cet appareil équipé de la technologie Blu-ray (jusqu’ici utilisée pour lire des CD) et d’une puce électronique, il serait possible d’améliorer considérablement les tâches et le temps d’analyse, selon Sony. Il pourrait être employé dans les recherches sur le cancer et autres maladies affectant les cellules, ainsi que dans le domaine à fort enjeu de la recherche cellulaire, notamment sur l’utilisation des cellules souches embryonnaires. Concrètement, cet instrument compte les cellules d’un prélèvement, mesure leurs dimensions, les différencie par groupe et précise la surface et la constitution interne de chacune d’entre elles, le tout à très grande vitesse.En passant sous le faisceau laser, les cellules renvoient en fait une lumière qui est analysée et qui permet de les classifier en collectant toutes leurs caractéristiques. Mais ce n’est pas tout puisque Sony envisage également de proposer au corps médical des techniques de capture et analyse d’images au départ conçues pour ses caméras, appareils photo, téléviseurs ou ordinateurs. Le nouveau patron de l’entreprise, Kazuo Hirai, ne cache d’ailleurs pas vouloir faire de cette activité l’un des piliers du groupe.Le 12 juin 2012 à 14:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ultrasons examen grossesse déroulement et risques

first_imgUltrasons : examen, grossesse, déroulement et risquesLes ondes ultrasonores ont une fréquence comprise entre 20 kHz et 1GHz. Elles sont couramment utilisées en imagerie médicale pour visualiser l’intérieur du corps, lors d’une échographie ou d’un Doppler. Qu’est-ce que l’examen d’ultrasons ?L’échographie et le Doppler sont deux examens d’imagerie médicale basés sur la diffusion d’ondes ultrasons dans le corps et sur l’analyse de leur écho, renvoyé par les composants organiques.Lors d’une échographie “standard” (échographie pelvienne, échographie abdominale), l’écho est traduit en images, s’affichant directement sur un écran. Cet examen permet de visualiser divers organes, notamment ceux de l’appareil urogénital et digestif (reins, utérus, ovaires, pancréas, vessie, prostate, rate…). Le Doppler, quant à lui, sert à analyser le flux sanguin dans diverses veines et artères, celles des jambes par exemple : l’écho peut être traduit en signal sonore, en graphique ou encore en images colorées.Ces deux techniques d’imagerie médicale par ultrasons, souvent couplées, peuvent être utilisées pour poser un diagnostic, contrôler l’évolution d’une maladie, vérifier l’efficacité d’un traitement ou encore être employées lors d’une intervention, pour guider le geste du chirurgien. De plus, elles servent aussi à contrôler la santé du fœtus durant la grossesse.Ultrasons : comment se passe un examen ?Selon l’organe à contrôler et la nature exacte de l’examen, certaines consignes doivent être respectées : avoir la vessie pleine, se présenter à jeun… Mais le plus souvent, il faut surtout éviter de mettre des cosmétiques sur la peau avant l’examen.La plupart des échographies et des Dopplers se déroulent en position allongée sur le dos : le radiologue étale sur la peau un gel favorisant la propagation des ultrasons, avant le passage de la sonde. Parfois, les ultrasons doivent être diffusés au plus près des organes pour avoir des images précises : la sonde à ultrasons, couverte de gel et d’un préservatif, est introduite dans le vagin (échographie endovaginale pour contrôler l’appareil génital interne, par exemple) ou le rectum (échographie endorectale, surtout utilisée chez l’homme, pour vérifier l’état de la prostate). La durée de l’examen peut varier de 10 à 40 minutes en moyenne, selon les cas.Ultrasons : quels sont les risques pour la santé ?À lire aussiLes dauphins utilisent un double sonar biologiqueEmployées dans le respect des consignes de sécurité, les techniques d’imagerie médicale par ultrasons sont considérées comme sûres : une courte exposition aux ultrasons est ainsi sans danger pour l’organisme. On évite toutefois d’y avoir trop souvent recours sur le fœtus, par précaution, car les effets d’une exposition fréquente sont méconnus.Ces examens peuvent aider à diagnostiquer de nombreux troubles, bénins ou sévères, allant des kystes et des varices sans gravité, en passant par le cancer du col de l’utérus et l’endométriose.Le 7 août 2017 à 11:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Floodwaters drop in Houston as Harvey takes a second swipe

first_imgHOUSTON — Harvey’s floodwaters started dropping across much of the Houston area and the storm weakened slightly Wednesday but major dangers remained for the U.S. Gulf Coast area, including the threat of an explosion at a stricken Texas chemical plant and major flooding further east near the Texas-Louisiana line.The scope of the devastation caused by the hurricane came into sharper focus, meanwhile, and the murky green floodwaters from the record-breaking, 4-foot deluge of rain began yielding up more bodies as predicted.The confirmed death toll climbed to at least 31, including six family members — four of them children — whose bodies were pulled Wednesday from a van that had been swept off a Houston bridge into a bayou.“Unfortunately, it seems that our worst thoughts are being realized,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said after the van that disappeared over the weekend was found in 10 feet of muddy water.As the water receded, Houston’s fire department said it would begin a block-by-block search Thursday of thousands of flooded homes. Assistant Fire Chief Richard Mann said the searches were to ensure “no people were left behind.”last_img read more

Historic preservation commission honored for its outreach

first_imgA Clark County commission is among a dozen winners of the state’s 2018 historic preservation awards.The Clark County Historic Preservation Commission will be honored in the Preservation Education category for its successful outreach to the public.The news release from Allyson Brooks, state historic preservation officer, cited the commission’s innovative ways to engage the public in heritage and preservation. They include panel discussions on a local television station; developing a mobile app highlighting historic places across the county; direct involvement in special events; and its work with organizations and local decision-makers.Some prominent properties that have been part of is discussions in the last year include the 78th Street Heritage Farm, once the site of the Clark County Poor Farm, and Providence Academy.The commission members are chairman Robert Hinds, vice chairwoman Sarah Fox, Sean Denniston, Alex Gall, Rob Heaney, Roch Manley and Mark Pelletier. The commission maintains the Clark County Historic Register and reviews proposed design changes to properties on the register.Members are appointed by the Clark County Council, based on demonstrated special interest, experience or knowledge in history, historic preservation, architecture or related disciplines.Other winners in nine categories range from a 16-year-old Boy Scout who led an effort to restore a Centralia cemetery all the way up to the U.S. Department of Energy.last_img read more

States New Attorney General To Review Gay Marriage Case Guard Issues

first_imgAlaska’s new attorney general says he will view litigation over same-sex marriage in the state strictly along constitutional lines.Download AudioCraig Richards also says he will review issues related to the Alaska National Guard, including ensuring that proper prosecutions were brought for wrongful behavior and the release of public records by former Gov. Sean Parnell’s administration was done diligently.Richards is the former law partner of Gov. Bill Walker, who defeated Parnell and took office Monday. Walker announced Richards as his pick for attorney general last week.Richards says that as a “law nerd,” there could not be a more fun job. He said it’s a great opportunity.The appointment must be approved by lawmakers.Richards’ legal experience includes areas of oil and gas and taxation.last_img read more

GHMC staff blind to heaps of garbage

first_imgOld Alwal: The garbage on the sides of the roads of Road No. 3 of Citizen Colony in Old Alwal is not being removed by the GHMC workers and heaps are just piling up here. The staff come to the area on a regular basis but do not clean the garbage from the roads. Speaking to The Hans India here on Wednesday, R Prateek , a 29 year old resident of the area said, “These heaps of garbage has been left here for several weeks now and nobody cleared them. This is causing foul smell for us locals on this road. We have asked the GHMC workers to remove the garbage but they said that a GHMC van will be coming to collect the garbage, but it never came and the garbage remained here as it is.”last_img

PM reaches Nepal to attend BIMSTEC Summit

first_imgA VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Kathmandu at 8:05am, reports UNB.The flight landed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at 9:05 am local time (9:20am Bangladesh time).Sheikh Hasina was escorted to Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza at Tahachal Marg in Kathmandu by a ceremonial motorcade where she will be staying during her visit.Later in the day, the permier will meet Nepalese president Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Nibash, the Presidential Palace, in the capital city.She will also attend a luncheon there to be hosted by the Nepalese president.In the afternoon, the Bangladesh prime minister along with other leaders will attend the opening session of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit at Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza.In the evening, she will hold a meeting with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.Hasina and other leaders will also join a gala dinner to be hosted by Nepalese prime minister KP Sharma Oli in the city’s Hyatt Regency Hotel in the evening.The prime minister is expected to return home on Friday noon. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina reached Kathmandu on a two-day official visit to Nepal to attend the 4th BIMSTEC Summit.The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) having seven member states — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand — came into being on 6 June 1997 through the Bangkok Declaration.last_img read more

From Bae To Submarining The Lingo Of Online Dating

first_img Share Hanna Barczyk for NPRIn the lingo of online dating, submarining begins when someone with whom you have romantic involvement ghosts — or disappears from your life without notice — only to resurface with no apology.When it comes to meeting that special someone, we’ve gone from IRL to swiping right. Online dating has changed the way people meet and communicate — and as that old saying goes, when you’re trying to find bae, communication is key.With new ways to flirt, date and find love come new lingo to describe the adventures — or misadventures — of online dating.As part of Morning Edition‘s series, What Makes Us Click, here are some words and terms in the online dating lexicon.BaeTo call someone “bae” is to refer to them as your significant other. But bae can be used in other forms, often to say you like something. For example, to say “I love cats,” say “cats are bae.” Most likely bae is the shortened form of babe or baby, Dictionary.com says.But really, it can be used for anything, and the Internet has run wild with bae; like the bae says come over memes, Salt Bae or Woke Bae.BreadcrumbingSending flirty texts to keep someone around or string them along with little to no intention to seriously date them. It’s like ghosting but with some extra stab wounds.BotA “robot” or fictitious account made to look like a real person on a dating app. Easily identifiable by their way-too-perfect photos. CatfishingWhen an online profile assumes a false identity, and the user misrepresents himself or herself to other users. Sometimes catfishing is done as part of a con or a larger purpose. Generally, these users will only communicate online, never in person, in order to maintain the facade.In 2013, former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’ was at the center of what Deadspin reported as a “hoax,” in which the story of his girlfriend, and her death, was fabricated. Merriam-Webster officially added the term in 2014.Cuffing seasonThink “handcuffs.” It’s a loosely defined period of the year of mostly colder-weather months, during which users, who would otherwise want to be single, seek out a mate to snuggle and settle down with until the weather warms up.Deep likeWhen you scroll through your crush’s (or potential date’s) social media profiles and like very, very old photos, either intentionally or accidentally. A deep like risks letting someone know that you’re not only interested in them but that you also spent time researching them.DTRAn acronym for “define the relationship,” a reference to that important talk when two people decide how to label what’s going on between them. GhostingWhen someone you’ve been dating abruptly cuts off communication without explanation, thus turning into a ghost. You may text them but they will never text you back. Hello?HatfishingA specific form of catfishing in which a user, in an effort to hide their hair — or lack thereof — wears a hat in every picture on their online profile.IRLAn acronym for “in real life.” Often used in chats with matches on dating apps to signal you would like to hang out. For example, “I like your hat photo. Let’s meet up IRL.”MeetcuteThe unexpected, funny, adorable or otherwise charming backstory of how a couple met for the first time.Swipe rightThis phrase is associated with an action on many dating apps. To swipe right means to indicate interest or attraction in a person. On some dating apps, users are shown a photo and given two basic options; swipe right to like a user, swipe left to move on. While not all dating apps use the swipe function, most have a similar function allowing users to immediately say yes or no to a potential match.Sliding into DMsSliding into DMs has become a subtle way to flirt online. DM is the abbreviation for direct message — a way to privately reach someone you follow on social media. The phrase can be modified to match its use: Sliding into his DMs, into her DMs or sliding into the DMs.And then there’s “sliding into DMs like” which is the meme form of the term.SubmariningSubmarining, a newly named trend, begins when someone with whom you have romantic involvement, ghosts — or disappears from your life without notice — only to resurface, with no apology and acts as if no time had passed.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

WATCH Friendswood Dentist That Drove Over Husband Released From Prison

first_imgClara Harris, a Friendswood dentist who served 15 years in prison for killing her husband, is has been released from prison on Friday.Harris was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2003 for running over her husband three times with her car; after having discovered her husband, David Harris, at a hotel with his mistress. The act was caught on camera by private investigators Clara Harris hired to follow her husband.Photo via My life of cime blogDavid Lynn HarrisHarris will reportedly wear an ankle bracelet and be under parole supervision until 2023.She was granted parole last year, after being denied in 2013 and 2016. Sharelast_img

A Small Town In Texas Is Home To One Of The Last

first_img Share Bill Zeeble/KERAThe Nokona baseball glove factory in the small town of Nocona, Texas, is one of the only remaining baseball glove factories in the U.S.About 100 miles northwest of Dallas-Fort Worth, past pastures of crops and cattle, sits Nocona, Texas, population 3,000, home to the Nokona baseball glove factory, one of the only baseball glove factories left in the United States.Inside, there are stacks of tanned and dyed kangaroo, buffalo and calfskins piled at one end of the 20,000-square-foot one-story shop. “We literally bring leather in through one door and magically, ball gloves come out the door at the very end,” says Rob Storey, Nokona’s executive vice president.“That, and about 45 labor operations, and you’ve got a ball glove.”Storey should know — this is the family business. To survive the depression, his grandfather, Bob Storey, added baseball gloves to the family’s line of leather goods in 1934. Since then, just about every U.S. competitor has moved production overseas.Grandfather Bob, who died in 1980, said he’d rather quit and go fishing than import Nokonas.Rob Storey says, these days, being the nation’s only baseball glove maker in continuous operation for 85 years gives Nokona a competitive advantage: “Because we have people that understand the game of baseball. Our competitors are making them in factories. [In] a lot of those factories, people have never even seen a baseball game or know what it is. Sure, it would be easy to go over there and do something. But that’s not who we are. We’re not about easy.”Nokona and its seventy-five employees make, market and sell their mostly handmade gloves in the town with same name. The brand honors Comanche chief Peta Nocona. The company couldn’t legally use the city’s spelling, so Storey’s grandfather changed the “c” to a “k,” and it’s been spelled that way ever since.At about the midway spot on the factory floor, Martin Gomez is busy turning gloves, something he’s done for 19 years. It’s a big deal because every glove is first sewn inside-out, and Gomez is considered a master.Bill Zeeble/KERAMartin Gomez has worked at Nokona for 19 years. He is considered a master at making these baseball gloves.“It’s not that hard,” says Gomez. “It takes time to learn, to get used to. Like the first time you start to work, it gave me a blister all over my hands, but you get used to it.”Storey says Gomez is modest. If he’s not careful, he can tear the leather and hand-stitching. Fast, practiced, yet efficient, Gomez slides a rod in each inside-out finger, pushes it hard against a wooden dowel and turns each leather finger back the right way.First, he sprays leather softener on the inside-out glove. Then, says Storey, he heats it on a 250-degree metal form.“It’s very critical to do that,” says Storey, “so that you don’t rip out any of the seams while we’re going through this process, because this process in some ways is more difficult on the glove than the game of baseball.”The game of baseball, after all, is what Nokonas are all about, even if the brand is not nearly as well-known as sporting goods giants like Rawlings or Wilson. In the youth market though, it’s big.“I grew up using a Nokona glove,” recalls major league pitcher Robby Scott. “My first glove that I ever really remember was a first baseman’s mitt that was a Nokona.”We first talked to Arizona relief pitcher Scott when he was with the Red Sox between World Series games — the Sox would go on to win the series. Scott says there’s just something special about Nokona: “I will never wear a different glove,” he says. “It’s a special bond I have with them. They could have 200 players wearing their gloves. But to me it seems special because they make it seem like I’m the only one.”And, says Rob Storey, Nokona is the only maker he knows of that will refurbish its old, tattered mitts.He says that doesn’t happen with gloves made overseas.Copyright 2019 KERA. To see more, visit KERA.last_img read more

Young Aussie travellers make food first stop Contiki report

first_imgFarewell golden arches, hello local cuisine, so say young Aussie travellers in Contiki’s annual Travel Trends Research Report, ‘Style Miles’.According to the report, 97 percent  of young people feel that food is the most important element of travel – Junior Masterchef, eat your heart out.“Young Australians are seeking integrative and immersive experiences when they travel,” said Contiki managing director Fiona Hunt, who, in the lamp light of The Ivy’s Penthouse last night, felt “very cool”.Travel is an extension of lifestyle and youth are BYO-ing (and taking away) key lifestyle pillars, the report revealed.Art, fashion and music were just as important when away from home, with 77 percent of those surveyed agreeing that experiencing local music is important when travelling. And that locally designed t-shirt gives great ‘street-cred’, Ms Hunt added.As New Zealand’s Avalanche City played songs from their album, ‘Our new life above the ground’, Ms Hunt told e-Travel Blackboard she was excited by the findings.“We’ve got some great plans leveraging from these results,” she told e-Travel Blackboard.While Ms Hunt was keeping mum on the plans ahead, the Contiki crew’s smiles were big.“Watch this space,” Ms Hunt said. And watch this space for more news from Contiki. Contiki’s Fiona with ‘Mr Avalanche City’, David Geoff (Tourism Industry Council NSW), Fiona (Contiki), Jayson (AFTA)center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

TEMPE Ariz — The Arizona Cardinals had a spy in

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals had a spy in their midst all along.Well, sort of.Ryan Lindley has spent his entire NFL career with the Cardinals, giving him an up-close view of the team’s operation. He learned the team’s offense and the coaches’ tendencies while picking up on the strengths and weaknesses of his teammates.Lindley was released by the Cardinals on Aug. 25, but less than a week later found a home in San Diego with the Chargers’ practice squad. The Chargers, as you are probably well aware, will be Arizona’s Week 1 opponent on Monday Night Football. Think Lindley might spill a few secrets? The Cardinals do.“We’ll always change things anytime there’s a known thing when somebody has something or somebody coached with somebody before, then you change some things,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. Player movement is very much a part of the league, and often times someone ends up facing their former team shortly after being a member of it. However, it is rare to have timing work out the way it has with the Cardinals and Chargers, and even more uncommon to have the player who moved on be a quarterback. “He’s been in the system for two years, and that’s part of the game, that’s part of the league,” Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said. “You have code words and you change them up depending on your opponent, depending on in-division games, whether a guy goes to another team, whatever it may be.“I’m sure they’ll be well-prepared for us and we’ll be well-prepared to counter some of the things we’ve done in the past.”There is little doubt that Lindley could offer some inside information on the Cardinals, and some could in turn view Arizona’s acquisition of linebacker Thomas Keiser, who was recently released by San Diego, as their way of trying to take advantage of the same idea. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories “You’ve still got to go out there and see it and throw it and read it and make the plays,” he said.That right there is the trick. While the Cardinals understand Lindley’s knowledge of their team could help the Chargers, they’re all happy to see him land with an NFL team. Maybe they wish it wasn’t their Week 1 opponent, but jobs are scarce in the NFL and they’re glad their former teammate still has one.“He’s one of my favorite teammates I’ve ever had playing,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “Very high football IQ, high character, and for him to have a job I’m grateful for that. But it’s definitely going to put a little wrinkle in our operation I will say because he’s a quarterback; he knows everything that’s going on.“But it’s one thing to know it and another thing to stop it and to know when it’s coming, so I don’t think we’re going to deviate from the plan much.”center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I think Ryan probably knows a lot more about both sides of the ball than Tom does,” Arians quipped. “He knows how to rush the passer; I don’t know what he’s going to tell me about Philip (Rivers’) offense, but Ryan does know a lot about both sides of the ball. But no, I think that’s both teams making themselves better.”In a way, it’s unfair and insulting to Lindley to insinuate the Chargers only signed him because of his knowledge of the Cardinals. Though the former San Diego State QB has had his struggles, he has good size for the position at 6-foot-3 and 229 pounds, and at 25 years old is young enough to believe there may be some improvement left in him.The Chargers brought him in as a developmental prospect, not as someone to help Rivers beat a good defense.“I think there’s probably more made of it than there is,” the Chargers starting QB said of the Lindley-Cardinals connection. “Obviously he’s a guy that’s been there. I think it’s more he has a feel for the guys maybe a little more than anything.”Rivers went on to say Lindley could give information on what routes certain cornerbacks like to jump or what pass rushers to watch out for, but in terms of scheme and such, there probably isn’t much to be gleaned.last_img read more