Sebi issues guidelines for business continuity plan for market infra institutions

first_imgDubai: Ride-hailing giant Uber on Tuesday said it is acquiring the Dubai-based rival Careem for $3.1 billion, which will comprise $1.7 billion in convertible notes and $1.4 billion in cash. The acquisition, expected to complete in the first quarter of 2020, will allow Uber to run Careem’s mobility, delivery, and payments businesses across the greater Middle East region, ranging from Morocco to Pakistan. Uber said it would allow Careem to maintain an independent brand and operate separately even after the transaction closes. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement, “After careful consideration, we decided that this framework has the advantage of letting us build new products and try new ideas across not one, but two, strong brands, with strong operators within each.” Careem will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Uber, preserving its brand, Uber said. The two companies will continue to operate their respective regional services and independent brands. Careem co-founder and CEO Mudassir Sheikha will lead the Careem business and will report to its own board, made up of three representatives from Uber and two from Careem. “This is an important moment for Uber as we continue to expand the strength of our platform around the world,” Khosrowshahi said. Uber is expected to go for initial public offering (IPO) in April.last_img read more

UN finds pace of global economic recovery too weak to spur job

The updated 2010 World Economic Situation and Prospects, released by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), finds that world gross product started to grow again in the early months of this year after it contracted by 2 per cent last year amid the most severe international recession since World War Two.The report predicts that the global economy will grow by 3 per cent this year and then by another 3.1 per cent next year, thanks in part to fiscal stimulus packages and expansionary monetary policies introduced by governments worldwide.Household consumption and business investment are both showing tentative signs of revival and international trade is also on the increase again, although still below its pre-crisis peak.But the pace of the recovery remains subdued and “far from sufficient to recuperate the job losses and close the output gap created” during the recession, according to the report’s authors.“There’s good news and there’s bad news,” Rob Vos, Director of Development Policy Analysis in DESA, told reporters as he presented the report. “The good news is that the crisis in the real economy has abated and we see continued recovery, but at the same time it’s weak and uneven.“The bad news is that there’s continued downside risks to this outlook which may lead us to mediocre growth prospects for the coming years,” he added.The report notes that the global economy still contains important weaknesses, with credit flows to non-financial sectors remaining relatively weak, especially in some wealthier industrialized nations. The public finances of some developed countries, such as Greece, Portugal, Spain and Ireland, have also deteriorated.“Facing elevated unemployment rates, soaring public debt, and limited credit flows, growth prospects for most developed economies remain lacklustre, unable to provide sufficient impetus to the global economy,” the report states.The world’s developed economies are expected to collectively grow by only 1.9 per cent this year and 2.1 per cent in 2011, with countries in the so-called Euro zone struggling most of all.The report adds that “while developing Asia, particularly China and India, is leading the way among developing countries, the recovery is much more subdued in many economies in Africa and Latin America.”China and India are forecast to grow this year by 9.2 per cent and 7.9 per cent respectively, for example, whereas the economy of sub-Saharan Africa is expected to enlarge by 4.7 per cent and the Caribbean region by only 2.1 per cent.Unemployment rates, already at historic highs in many countries, are unlikely to budge. The number of jobless people worldwide rose by at least 34 million last year, and the number of working poor soared by 215 million as many people took lower-paid jobs“At the present rate of recovery, it is expected to take at least four or five years to bring unemployment rates down to pre-crisis levels in most developed countries,” according to the report.“In many developing economies informal sectors may continue to expand as firms postpone hiring.”The report’s authors warn that “the risk of a protracted period of mediocre growth” remains high, and they urge policymakers to strengthen support for job-generation schemes.“A robust recovery in jobs is crucial to a recovery in effective demand, which in turn will help reduce budget deficits.”The report also stresses the need for greater international policy coordination to ensure that some countries and sectors are not disadvantaged and can all contribute to a more sustained global economic recovery. 26 May 2010The global economy is slowly rebounding from the worst of the recession but the recovery remains too anaemic to create enough jobs to replace those lost so far, a new United Nations report says today. read more

Police warn against inciting hatred via sms

The statement said that the police will strictly enforce the law on anyone attempting to create tensions among the various communities.However, it was notable that the statement did not warn of taking action on groups or individuals who attempt to create religious tensions through public gatherings or in any other manner other than through sms. The police said that a Buddhist man and a Muslim man have already been arrested for sending out sms messages which could incite racial or religious hatred. The police today warned that action will be taken against anyone attempting to incite racial or religious hatred via sms.A statement by the police headquarters said that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has already launched investigations in this regard. The police headquarters said that special technology is being used to check for sms messages being sent out which could create tensions in the country. The Bodu Bala Sena and the Sinhala Ravaya have been in the news in recent times for openly campaigning against some Muslim beliefs.At a recent rally in Panadura Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, the venerable Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara thera said that the country should be ready to rally against Christian and Muslim extremist groups operating in the country.He insisted that the Bodu Bala Sena does not have issues with Muslims and Tamils as a whole. However he said that Muslim women should not be allowed to wear the Niqab in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Earth Science prof to deliver Chancellors Chair lecture on mass extinction

What can ancient oceans and seas tell us about climate change?Department of Earth Sciences Prof. Uwe Brand will explore this topic on Wednesday, Jan. 29 in his Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence lecture entitled “Geochemistry of biogenic carbonates: Proxy of geologic events.”The focus of Brand’s talk is on the end Permian mass extinction, the most severe extinction event ever recorded in Earth’s history. He’ll also look at climate change in modern subarctic Canada (Hudson Bay) during the last century.Brand’s research uses biogenic carbonates and their chemistry to reconstruct ancient oceans and seas, and unravel the causes and circumstances surrounding climatic changes throughout the Earth’s past.The lecture will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Pond Inlet. A light lunch will be served at the event. Please RSVP for lunch by e-mailing or calling x5332.The Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence, awarded for a three-year term, was created to encourage and sustain high levels of scholarly performance.Brand held the chair from 2008 to 2011. read more

Security Council urges warring parties in DR of Congo to cease hostilities

In a statement to the press by Council President Richard Ryan of Ireland, the security body called on all countries in the region, in particular the Kinshasa Government, to cease all forms of support to the armed groups in eastern DRC. They also urged all foreign forces to begin their withdrawal from Congolese territory, in accordance with the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement and Council resolutions. The statement also called on all foreign forces, in particular Rwanda, not to reinforce their military contingence in the DRC, and on the rebel group Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) to demilitarize Kisangani. In this regard, it asked the Government of Rwanda to exert its influence on the RCD.Welcoming the opening of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue on 15 October, the Council reaffirmed its support for the Facilitator, Sir Ketumile Masire, and his team. The members called on all Congolese parties to make every effort, with the participation of representatives of civil society, to ensure the success of the Dialogue in a spirit of consensus, and stressed that the Dialogue’s most important stage lay ahead. They also encouraged donors to continue to support the Facilitator and to expedite the disbursement of funding.On the humanitarian front, members of the Council voiced serious concern at the worsening relief and human rights situation in the DRC, in particular in the eastern regions. They also expressed concern at the illegal exploitation of the country’s natural resources, pledging their support for the work of the expert panel tasked by Secretary General Kofi Annan with examining the issue.The statement also called on the Lusaka signatories, in particular the Governments of the DRC and Rwanda, to reach agreement on a political framework for the disarmament process so that it can move forward. Council members were encouraged by the decision of the DRC Government to start the process with those cantoned in Kamina, in cooperation with the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC). “MONUC must have access to Kamina,” the members said.The Council recalled their readiness to support the peace process, but noted that it was up to the parties themselves to put the necessary conditions in place, in particular respect for the provisions of the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement and the relevant resolutions of the Security Council. read more

Silver Wheaton Q3 profit falls below US120 million as revenue drops 13

Silver Wheaton Q3 profit falls below US$120 million as revenue drops 13 per cent by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 5, 2012 5:07 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Silver Wheaton Corp. (TSX:SLW), hit by lower silver prices and a delay in sales, announced lower third-quarter profits and a 30 per cent drop in its quarterly dividend Monday.The company, which pays a dividend equal to 20 per cent of the cash generated by operating activities, said it would pay a fourth-quarter dividend of seven cents per share, down from 10 cents in the third quarter.“While overall production was strong, payable silver equivalent ounces produced but not shipped during the quarter increased by two million ounces due to the timing of concentrate shipments, negatively affecting silver equivalent sales volume,” Silver Wheaton president and chief executive Randy Smallwood said.“It is very important to remember that these ounces will inevitably be sold, it is simply a matter of timing.”The Vancouver-based company, which reports in U.S. currency, said Monday it earned a net profit of US$119.7 million or 34 cents per share compared with US$135 million or 38 cents per share in the third quarter of 2011.The drop for the three months ended Sept. 30, came as revenue totalled US$161.3 million, down from US$185.2 million a year earlier and down from $201.4 million in the second quarter of 2012.Cash flow from operations in the third quarter was US$128.7 million or 36 cents per share, down from US$172.9 million or 49 cents per share in the second quarter this year and down 23 per cent from a year earlier in the third quarter of 2011.Production in the quarter amounted to 7.7 million silver equivalent ounces, up from 6.1 million ounces a year ago, while due to the timing of deliveries sales totalled 5.1 million about the same as a year ago.However, the average realized silver price fell 13 per cent to $31.36 per silver equivalent ounce for the quarter, down from $36.23 in the third quarter of 2011.Silver Wheaton’s expenses also went up, with the average cash cost rising four cents an ounce to US$4.16.BMO Capital Markets analyst Andrew Kaip called the results mixed, but noted that the deferred silver sales could set the company up for a strong fourth quarter.“While production was broadly in line with BMO Research’s expectations, sales were markedly lower, highlighting quarter-over-quarter volatility in Silver Wheaton earnings that are dependent on the timing of metal sales,” Kaip wrote in a report.RBC Capital Markets analyst Dan Rollins said the results were weak, but did not raise long-term concerns.“With over $1 billion in available funding expected to be on hand at year end, Silver Wheaton remains well positioned to pursue additional accretive acquisitions,” Rollins wrote in a note to clients.Silver Wheaton’s stock fell by as much as C$1.18 per share on Monday but regained much of the loss later in the session. The shares closed down 57 cents at C$38.88. read more

Heartburn drugs taken by millions may increase risk of early death study

first_imgDoctors are handing these drugs out like sweets.Prof Tim Spector, King’s College London, author of The Diet Myth The drugs may shorten telomeres, which sit on the end of chromosomes and perform a role similar to the plastic tips on the end of shoelaces, say researchers  Both PPIs and H2 blockers are prescribed for serious medical conditions such as upper gastrointestinal tract bleeding, gastroesophageal reflux disease and esophageal cancer.Over-the-counter PPIs are most often used for heartburn and indigestion.The researchers found a 25 per cent increased risk of death in the PPI group compared with the H2 blocker group.They calculated that, for every 500 people taking PPIs for a year, there is one extra death that would not have otherwise occurred. “No matter how we sliced and diced the data from this large data set, we saw the same thing: there’s an increased risk of death among PPI users,” said study senior author Doctor Ziyad Al-Aly, an assistant professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in the United States.”People have the idea that PPIs are very safe because they are readily available, but there are real risks to taking these drugs, particularly for long periods of time. Heartburn drugs taken by millions could raise the risk of dying early, a large study suggests.The drugs which are known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs – have previously been linked to a variety of health problems, including serious kidney damage, bone fractures and dementia.The NHS issues more than 50 million prescriptions each year for the medication which is used to treat heartburn, ulcers and other gastrointestinal problems, but researchers say it may be time to restrict the use of the tablets.The drugs also are available over the counter under brand names including Prilosec, Prevacid and Zegerid .Researchers examined medical records of more than 275,000 PPI users and nearly 75,000 people who took another class of drugs – known as H2 blockers – to reduce stomach acid. The drugs may shorten telomeres, which sit on the end of chromosomes and perform a role similar to the plastic tips on the end of shoelaces, say researchers  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Researchers say people often stay on the pills for too long because they are available over-the-counter “There needs to be periodic re-assessments as to whether people need to be on these. Most of the time, people aren’t going to need to be on PPIs for a year or two or three.”Dr Al-Aly said over-the-counter PPIs contain the same chemical compounds as in prescription PPIs, just at lower doses, and there is no way to know how long people stay on them.Previous studies have found that the drugs raise the risk of hip fractures by 35 per cent and a heart attack by 20 per cent. Last year German scientists found the drugs increase the risk of dementia by 44 per cent.Prof Tim Spector of King’s College London, author of The Diet Myth, who recently showed that people taking PPIs had abnormal gut microbe communities that predisposed them to infections said: “Doctors are handing these drugs out like sweets. I would say around 50 per cent of people don’t actually need to be on them.“This is an observational study and on it’s own maybe doesn’t mean a lot but when you start adding it to all the other research it starts to add up.“These drugs were developed before people even thought about what was happening in your gut.” Given the millions of people take PPIs regularly, Dr Al-aly said this could translate into thousands of excess deaths every year.Dr Al-Aly said that although the recommended treatment regimen for most PPIs is short – for example, two to eight weeks for ulcers – many people end up taking the drugs for months or years.”A lot of times people get prescribed PPIs for a good medical reason, but then doctors don’t stop it and patients just keep getting refill after refill after refill,” he added. Researchers say people often stay on the pills for too long because they are available over-the-counterCredit:Jessica & Paul Jones  “If I needed a PPI, I absolutely would take it. But I wouldn’t take it willy-nilly if I didn’t need it. And I would want my doctor to be monitoring me carefully and take me off it the moment it was no longer needed.” The study, published in the journal BMJ Open, concluded: “Emerging evidence suggests that PPIs may boost the risk of tissue damage arising from normal cellular processes, known as oxidative stress, as well as the shortening of telomeres, which sit on the end of chromosomes and perform a role similar to the plastic tips on the end of shoelaces.”However the Proprietary Association of Great Britain, which represents firms making over-the-counter drugs, said: “All over-the-counter medicines have been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and are rigorously assessed for safety and efficacy.”Once on the market, their safety is continually monitored in light of any emerging evidence. Those who may be concerned should speak to their GP or pharmacist before taking any medicine.”last_img read more

Free Mobile la vente des téléphones enfin opérationnelle

first_imgFree Mobile : la vente des téléphones enfin opérationnelleInitialement prévue pour le 24 janvier, la boutique des téléphones Free  (lien non disponible)a finalement ouvert le 31. Les abonnés peuvent désormais acheter un des cinq téléphones disponibles pour l’instant, entre 49 et 220 euros.Chez Free, les téléphones s’achètent «nus», c’est-à-dire sans abonnement et à prix coutant. Les cinq  machines disponibles sont ainsi trois chinoises : le ZTE F160 à 49 euros, le Huawei U8350 à 120,76 euros et le ZTE Blade S à 44,76 euros, et deux Samsung, le Galaxy Y à 144,76 euros et le Galaxy Ace à 220,76 euros.  Il s’agit de téléphones entrée et milieu de gamme. Le haut de gamme sera représenté prochainement par le Samsung Galaxy S2 (541 euros), le BlackBerry Curve, de même que l’iPhone 4S. Initialement également prévus pour le 27 janvier, leur dates d’arrivées sont désormais inconnues. Les tarifs semblent toutefois légèrement supérieurs à ce qui se fait ailleurs, d’une vingtaine d’euros environ.Pour l’instant seul le paiement comptant est possible, mais dans les semaines qui viennent, il deviendra possible de payer à crédit sur 12, 24 ou 36 mois. Petit point noir, les délais de livraison peuvent atteindre 15 jours.Les délais de l’ouverture étaient dus aux embouteillages postaux générés par les problèmes de portabilité et de livraisons de cartes SIM, histoire de ne pas accumuler les envois postaux massifs, qui auraient interférés avec les envois de mobiles.Le 2 février 2012 à 11:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This Clever YouTuber Made a Kitchen Knife Out of Pasta

first_img Cooking utensils are a dime a dozen, and you can buy some of the very best to prepare fresh meals for you and your family. You can spend a lot of money on them, especially a great set of knives, which are integral to a well-stocked kitchen. But so often, they’re made out of boring things like stainless steel or some other kind of metal, even ceramic. How lame is that? Wouldn’t you rather have a knife that’s made out of something better, maybe even something edible…like pasta?That’s what Japanese YouTuber Attoteki Fushinsha no Kiwami has done, having crafted a pair of pasta knives, which are literally knives made out of delicious pasta. In the video below, you can see his methods, where he take dried pasta, places it into a blender, uses the powder to place into a bowl, and then adds more flour and water. The next step is to roll up the mixture in a flat sheet, vacuum seal it, then form it into a knife shape. The microwave bakes it nicely next, and then it must dry for an entire week.There’s another method to make a similar knife too, which Attoteki Fushinsha no Kiwami also tries out by making a silicon mold shaped like a regular knife and then pour the pasta mixture into the mold. The vacuum sealing, microwaving, and drying is done from there, and it turns out a gorgeous-looking pasta knife.It can cut through a ton of different things, which is pretty crazy when you think about both how it was made and how simple its origins are. When you’re done cutting things with it, you can even eat it, as this YouTube does after slicing up a tomato and stabbing a box.It’s pretty crazy to see a creation like this come to fruition from start to finish, but it’s totally awesome. You could potentially make an entire set of kitchen utensils using this same method! Time to get creative. Stay on target Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Abelardo Alaves are having an extraordinary season

first_imgDeportivo Alaves boss Abelardo Fernandez believes nothing can take away what they’ve already achieved, despite missing out on top spot in La Liga on FridayAlaves suffered a 1-0 defeat to Leganes with Youssef En-Nesyri’s goal just before the break proving to be the difference in the end.Despite their best efforts at Butarque, Alaves were unable to find an equaliser and missed out on the chance of leapfrogging Barcelona at the top of La Liga.But Abelardo admits, in a league as competitive as La Liga, you can’t win every time.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We have to give the boys credit, it’s very hard for a team like Alaves to win in the top flight,” said Abelardo, according to La Vanguardia.“It’s a very tough competition, the best league in the world. Our team is having an extraordinary season.“This was an equal game, we knew Leganes would be physical and direct.”Barcelona will travel to third-placed Atletico Madrid today.last_img read more

KFC Pizza Hut Taco Bell and Yum Brands enhance parental leave for

first_imgFast food restaurant organisation Yum! Brands, which includes KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, has expanded its paid parental leave policy for US-based staff.The organisation has extended its parental leave policy for birth mothers to 18 weeks at full pay, including six weeks of ‘baby bonding’ time. The enhanced policy allows birth fathers, partners, adoptive parents and foster parents to take six weeks of ‘baby bonding’ leave at full pay.US employees at Yum! Brands, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell head offices and restaurant staff directly employed by the organisation are eligible for the enhanced parental leave policy, which is effective immediately.The enhanced paid parental leave policy will run alongside Yum! Brands’ current benefit offering, which is designed to demonstrate a people-first culture. This includes 24/7 year-round access to a doctor, half-days on Fridays, a minimum of four weeks’ paid holiday leave, plus an additional two bonus weeks for employees celebrating 10, 20 or 30 years of service, financial support for adoption services and infertility treatments, autism support services, daycare facilities and wellness programmes.Tracy Skeans, chief transformation and people officer at Yum! Brands, said: “As we transform Yum! Brands into a more growth-focused brand builder and global franchisor, investing in our unrivaled culture while engaging and attracting talent is a top priority.“This expanded parental time off and baby bonding benefit builds on our strong legacy of investing in our people and culture to fuel great results and continuously providing meaningful ways to help our employees be and contribute their best at work and at home.”last_img read more

Crews battle Northwest MiamiDade house fire

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue were on the scene of a house fire in Northwest Miami-Dade.Crews responded to the home, located near Northwest 83th Street and Ninth Avenue, sometime before 6 a.m., Thursday.7SKyforce HD flew over the scene, where heavy smoke could be seen billowing from the home.Neighbors said the residents managed to get out safely and that an unattended candle may be to blame. “It started, from what I can understand, with a curtain from a candle,” said Jerry Taylor, who lives nearby. “I don’t know all the details, but she tried to put it out with water and it just engulfed that much more.”The home sustained major damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Prominent Music Industry Women Convene Offer Valuable Career Advice At GRAMMY Museum

first_img Twitter Prominent Music Industry Women Convene, Offer Valuable Career Advice At GRAMMY Museum Panels News Email Women In Music Share Insight At The GRAMMY Museum prominent-music-industry-women-convene-offer-valuable-career-advice-grammy-museum Facebook “You are the future, you are the next generation. You deserve equality. You demand equality,” said Recording Academy Vice Chair of Board Of Trustees Ruby Marchand Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 4, 2019 – 6:09 pm Women from different areas of the music industry came together for A Celebration Of Women In Music at the GRAMMY Museum on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, where they discussed how music has shaped them, mentorship, their experiences in the industry, and how they got their foot in the door. A collaboration between the GRAMMY Museum Foundation and the GRAMMY Museum Education Coalition, Exploring the Building Blocks of a Music Industry Career aimed to inform the audience, which was made up of a predominantly diverse group of students from middle school to college, how women have successfully navigated the various sides of the industry from the creative side to business and beyond. “You are the future, you are the next generation. You deserve equality. You demand equality,” Recording Academy Vice Chair of Board Of Trustees Ruby Marchand and panel moderator said speaking to the young crowd. “You … are our future, and we are here to help you in every single way we can.”While the music industry may be vast in size and made of several different career areas, there are gender equality gaps throughout. According to the Women In Music organization, there is roughly a 70 to 30 male to female gender divide across all regions around the world. In the U.S. and Canada, 15 percent of label members are primarily owned by women. In 2018, Professor Stacy L. Smith and the University Of California Annenberg Inclusion Initiative released a study that said that just 22.4 percent of the performers across the 600 most popular songs from 2012 to 2017 were female; only 12.3 percent of songwriters of the 600 most popular songs of the last six years were women, and a devastatingly low two percent of producers across 300 songs were female.Panelists also offered insight on music education, feeling validated in their careers, mentorship and how they found the right job for them. When asked about what role music education played in their lives, Susan Nesbitt from the Member Engagement Lead, World Economic Forum said being in bands taught her how to let others shine. “I played in bands my whole life—I learned how to compromise, I learned how to give up the stage, I learned how to make way and support other people. You need to do that for the rest of your life, so find yourself and help others,” she said.Nesbitt also touched on the importance of finding your voice. “That is important for the rest of your life, to find the authenticity that makes every single one of you very different—hang on to it at all costs always,” she said. Before the panel came to a close, Tina Fasbender in business management and President at Fasbender & Associates had some last words for students regardless of what side of the industry they were interested in:” Approach every opportunity with an open heart and an open mind, and just get comfortable with yourself. Don’t become someone else in order to fill into a role … be a life-long learner … and absorb information, take what people have to offer you and don’t set any limits for yourself … and go for what you want,” she said. Other panelists included Adina Friedman (Artist Manager/Partner, Friends At Work), Anjali Southward (Head of Music Publishing and Business Development, International at Facebook), Brenda Robinson (Director of Business Development, Greenberg and Glusker), Jenny Reader, (President/Chief Creative Officer, Fearless Records), Monika Tashman (Partner/Lawyer, Entertainment, Media & Technology Practice, Fox Rothschild LLP), Neeta Ragoowansi (Board Officer and Former President, Women in Music and SVP, Biz Development & Legal Affairs/Co-Founder, NPREX),  and Brenda Robinson (Entertainment Attorney).Another panel called How To Create A Collaborative Community To Help Mentor Young Female Artists featured advice and insight from the Airborne Toxic Event’s Anna Bulbrook, Linda Perry, Angel Haze, Beatie Wolfe, Willa Amai and Macy Gray. Gray spoke about the importance of respect in the industry. “The next day the intern is running the company that you need a favor from, so just when you’re out there as much as we tell you to be real and be awesome and be honest, just make sure you always respect your opportunities and the people around you that’s really, really important,” she said.The panel also featured a performance by Amai.2019 GRAMMY Awards To Air Feb. 10, 2019, From Los AngelesRead morelast_img read more

Wilmington Methodist Church To Hold Cornhole Tournament Classic Car Rally On October 20

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street) is holding a Cornhole Tournament and Classic Car Rally on Saturday, October 20, 2018.The Cornhole Tournament begins at 1pm. There is a $20 team registration fee. Register your team by calling 978-658-4519.The Classic Car Rally runs from noon to 4pm. No registration fee. Free admission. Snacks and beverages will be available.The church’s Pumpkin Patch will also be open during the event. There is a large selection and variety of pumpkins on the church’s front lawn.Proceeds from this event will benefit the church’s youth mission projects. Cash or check only.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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPick Your Pumpkin At Wilmington Methodist Church’s Pumpkin PatchIn “Community”SAVE THE DATE: Wilmington Methodist Church’s Annual Harvest & Holly Fair Set For October 26In “Community”Wilmington Farmers Market To Hold Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser On September 29In “Community”last_img read more

Venezuela struggles with blackout as government claims sabotage

first_imgPeople queue at a gas station in Caracas on 8 March during the worst power outage in Venezuela`s history. Photo: AFPVenezuela’s government struggled to cope Friday with a massive electricity blackout that paralyzed much of the country as president Nicolas Maduro blamed the chaos on US sabotage.Even by the standards of crisis-weary Venezuelans, the power cut — which began late Thursday — was one of the longest and most widespread in memory, heightening tensions in Maduro’s power struggle with his US-backed rival, opposition leader Juan Guaido.Maduro shut down offices and schools “in order to facilitate efforts for the recovery of electricity service in the country,” vice president Delcy Rodriguez tweeted.Power supply was gradually being restored to large areas of Caracas on Friday afternoon, as well as parts of Miranda state and Vargas, which contains the country’s international airport and main port.However, it was short-lived as the lights went off again, extending the blackout beyond 24 hours.As night fell, people banging saucepans could be heard around the capital: a form of popular protest often seen in South America.Large lines formed at the few gas stations open as people fetched fuel for generators. Some took gas from their cars.The power “came for one moment and went away again,” Antonio Belisario, who had been waiting around an hour for petrol, told AFP.Total madnessThe outage had left most of the country in chaos, crippling day-to-day functioning of hospitals and other public services, according to local press reports.Witnesses described scenes of chaos at several hospitals as people tried to move sick relatives in the dark to clinics with better emergency power facilities.Marielsi Aray, a patient at the University Hospital in Caracas, died after her respirator stopped working.”The doctors tried to help her by pumping manually, they did everything they could, but with no electricity, what were they to do?” asked Jose Lugo, her distraught uncle.Generators at the JM de Rios children’s hospital in downtown Caracas failed to kick-in when the blackout hit, said Gilbert Altuvez, whose eight-year old boy is among the patients.”The night was terrible. Without light. Total madness,” he said.Emilse Arellano said urgent dialysis for her child had to be canceled Friday, after a night where staff worked in the light of cell phones.”The children were very scared,” she told AFP.The putrid odor of rotting flesh hung around the entrance to Caracas’ main Bello Monte morgue on Friday where refrigerators had stopped working and worried relatives gathered outside, waiting to be allowed to bury their dead.Electrical warThe blackout hit Thursday at 4.50 pm (2050 GMT) — just before nightfall.Traffic lights went out and the subway system ground to a halt, triggering gridlock in the streets and huge streams of angry people trekking long distances to get home from work.Thousands of homes in Caracas — a crime-ridden city of two million people — were without water.Telephone services and access to the internet were also knocked out.The capital’s Simon Bolivar international airport was hit, as were others across the country.Following Maduro’s decision to close the borders to keep out humanitarian aid for his people, the country was completely isolated Friday.”The electrical war announced and directed by US imperialism against our people will be defeated,” Maduro tweeted.Later, his communications minister, Jorge Rodriguez, announced on state television that Venezuela would make a complaint about the US’s alleged role in the blackout before the UN Commission on Human Rights.But US national security advisor John Bolton blamed the blackout on “years of Maduro’s corruption, under-investment, and neglected maintenance.”Guaido meanwhile reiterated his call for mass protests on Saturday.”All Venezuela, now with more force than ever, returns to the streets of the whole country, we return to the streets and we won’t leave until we achieve our goal,” he said.Tired, exhaustedVenezuelans are wearily accustomed to blackouts. They have been common in the west of the oil-rich country for years, but have eventually spread to Caracas and other areas.The state power company Corpoelec said there had been sabotage at the Guri hydroelectric plant in Bolivar state, one of the largest in Latin America. It gave no details.Maduro is struggling in the confrontation with Guaido, who has declared himself interim president and is now backed by some 50 countries led by the United States.Guaido says Maduro’s rule is illegitimate, arguing that his re-election win last year was fraudulent. He wants Maduro to resign from the Miraflores Palace and make way for new elections.last_img

Darjeeling gets new weather observatory

first_imgDarjeeling: Darjeeling town has got a new weather observatory. The part-time observatory has been set up on the campus of St. Joseph’sCollege, North Point, Darjeeling, by the Indian Meteorological Department, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India. “Climate change is a worldwide phenomenon. Darjeeling Hills being an ecological hotspot, climate change has affected both the flora and fauna. The climate that we used to experience a decade ago is not the same as today. However, we do not have the data to substantiate this. We wanted to set up a weather station Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifefor this,” stated Father Dr. Donatus Kujur, Principal of the College. The college has Botany, Zoology and Geography departments. “The data collected from this weather station will benefit these departments. Collection of data using different instruments is also part of the syllabus. The weather station is looked after by students of these departments. They collect the data,” added Father Donatus. Data including temperature, rainfall and wind speed is collected twice a day and sent to IMD, Kolkata. The data is collected at 7 am and 5 pm daily. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The IMD department installed the part time observatory at St. Joseph’s College in Darjeeling on December 1. We mainly need the temperature and rainfall data from this observatory,” stated Dr. G K Das, director, IMD, Kolkata. Darjeeling has dubbed the setting up of the weather station as a very positive and praiseworthy endeavor. “The students are getting hands-on experience in data collection and interpretation. In future it can be taken to the next level by making real time data available in public domains,” stated Wing Commander (Retd) Praful Rao of Save the Hills, an NGO working in disaster management, especially the landslide arena. St. Joseph’s College is a Catholic minority coeducational degree and post-graduate college, managed by the Darjeeling Jesuits of North Bengal through St. Joseph’s North Point College Educational Trust. The college section began as a part of St. Joseph’s School, which started its journey in 1888. In 1927, the college section (offering basically the intermediate course) was affiliated to Calcutta University. Later, with the establishment of the University of North Bengal in 1962, the college was affiliated to it.last_img read more

Digital Reconstruction Reveals the Kind Face of Woman Condemned as a Witch

first_imgIn recent years, some striking portrayals of famous historical figures, from Dante Alighieri to Queen Nefertiti, have been presented as 3D facial reconstructions. But perhaps even more interesting is the facial reconstruction of a Scottish woman, accused of witchcraft some 313 years ago. Her name was Lilias Adie, a woman probably in her sixties and a resident of the Scottish village of Torryburn. As the local legends have it, in 1704 one of her neighbors accused Lilias of plotting something wicked and harmful, and as you might have guessed, it was a time when witch hunting was at its peak. After the elderly woman was accused, she was imprisoned, interrogated, and tortured into admitting that she had been “intimate” with the devil.Shortly after the confession, Lilias passed away while still imprisoned, and so locals couldn’t “properly” burn her, as was the fate of most alleged witches for their wrongdoings. One theory suggests that she may have even taken her life, to avoid that fiery fate.Lilias Adie. Credit: Christopher Rynn/University of DundeeFast-forward three centuries: the face of Lilias Adie underwent digital reconstruction, and the final version was presented on BBC Radio Scotland’s Time Travel program, for a special edition airing on Halloween day, 2017.Lilias Adie. Credit: Christopher Rynn/University of DundeeAccording to representatives of the University of Dundee, the forensic experts used photographic material depicting her skull to reconstruct the face. The photographic material had previously been safely stored at the St. Andrews University Museum in Scotland, but the skull was reportedly lost at some point during the 20th century.This way, the reconstruction, as experts commented, is based on the resemblance of what a Scottish face might have looked like back then and so can only be as accurate as what we assume that to be. Because most witches met their fates at the stake, there’s little hope of a more objective reconstruction based on a real skull could ever be accomplished.“It was a truly eerie moment when the face of Lilias suddenly appeared. Here was the face of a woman you could have a chat with, though knowing her story it was a wee bit difficult to look her in the eye,” stated Susan Morrison as she presented the authentic digital reconstruction.Lilias Adie. Credit: Christopher Rynn/University of DundeeDr. Christopher Rynn, who conducted the process of 3D virtual sculpturing, remarked,“There was nothing in Lilias’ story that suggested to me that nowadays she would be considered as anything other than a victim of horrible circumstances, so I saw no reason to pull the face into an unpleasant or mean expression and she ended up having quite a kind face, quite naturally.”After she died, Lilias’ body was buried on a beach and a large stone was placed to guard her grave. Burying her this way suggests that the local people had fears that she might return–that the devil had powers to resurrect the dead.Lilias Adie. Credit: Christopher Rynn/University of DundeeHowever, the beach didn’t make for a place where Ms. Aide could rest in peace forever. During the 19th century, her remains were dug up for scientific purposes, after which her skull was sent to St. Andrews University Museum. There, it was photographed before mysteriously going missing, and it was these photos which have made possible the recent digital reconstruction. The skull is indeed gone, but luckily the photographs have remained, having been archived at the National Library of Scotland.What is known about the elderly lady is that she might have been fragile and sick in the final years of her life. She had entered her seventh decade and naturally, her eyesight was diminishing. More records tell that she didn’t reveal any names of other “witches,” something that was certainly demanded of her while she was undergoing interrogation and torture, as was the purpose of such sessions.Lilias Adie. Credit: Christopher Rynn/University of DundeeOr as program historian Louise Yoeman has commented, “Lilias said that she couldn’t give the names of other women at the witches’ gatherings as they were masked like gentlewomen.” Instead, she had only mentioned names of women who were already associated with witchcraft, so she was creative in protecting any other possible innocent victims who might have followed the same ghastly fate as she did.Related story from us: Thanks to the Dark Web, a 17th century letter from Satan to a nun is decipheredIt is believed that up to 60,000 people, a vast majority of whom were women who had been accused of witchcraft were burned or otherwise executed around Europe and the American colonies from the 15th up to the 18th century. Lilias Adie is the name of only one of whose life was lost for all the wrong reasons.last_img read more

Six cartel members taken down in Playa del Carmen

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — Six cartel members have been taken down in Playa del Carmen in a joint operation between state police and la Secretaría de Marina – Armada de México. During the two arrestes, police found numerous drugs, weapons, ammunition and five portable communication devices along with cell phones. Those arrested have been identified as 27-year-old Sergio Iván A.L. from Sinaloa, Iván A.M., 42 of Chihuahua, Antonio Israel L.C., 45 from Mexico City, Modesto V.M., 38 of Mexico City and Hector S.C., 37 and from Michoacán. In a public statement, the Chief of Police of Quintana Roo, Alberto Capella, said “Military forces that are part of the #QuintanaRoo coordination in conjunction with the #QuintanaRoo Police made the arrest of 6 likely members of organized crime, which are presumed to have participated in the documentary made by a Canadian television station.” The six were arrested in two separate operations around the city with the first being on Avenue 20 near the 12th Street bus station in central Playa del Carmen. There, police arrested five people from a Yucatan-plated vehicle. All have been made available to the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The second arrest was made near the same timing but in the residential area of Lol-Ka-Tun in the city’s north end. There, police arrested 37-year-old Amid N, an alleged Sinalo Cartel boss in Quintana Roo. He is also alleged to have given the controversial interview to a Canadian CTV journalist earlier this year. last_img read more

Radiation Boost Reduces Local Tumor Recurrence for DCIS Patients Following WBRT

first_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | October 10, 2016 Radiation Boost Reduces Local Tumor Recurrence for DCIS Patients Following WBRT Pooled data from ten universities finds added benefit from radiation boost among patients with negative margins following breast-conserving surgery News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Image courtesy of Imago Systems The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec.center_img October 10, 2016 — A supplemental “boost” of radiation improves local control and provides an incremental benefit in decreasing breast cancer recurrence for patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) who receive whole breast radiation therapy radiation (WBRT) following lumpectomy, according to new research. Researchers concluded that use of a radiation boost should be considered in DCIS patients who have life expectancies of 10 or more years following breast-conserving surgery and WBRT.The research was presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), Sept. 25-28 in Boston.DCIS patients undergoing breast conservation therapy typically receive a lumpectomy to remove the tumor, followed by WBRT to eliminate any residual cancerous cells within the breast. Following WBRT, many patient receive an additional boost of radiation of four-to-eight fractions to the surgical bed, which is the region at the highest risk for recurrence. While multiple clinical trials have demonstrated a modest but statistically significant reduction in ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence (IBTR) from a radiation boost after WBRT for invasive breast cancer, there are, to date, no published phase III studies examining radiation boost for DCIS.Ten academic institutions from the United States, Canada and France provided de-identified patient-level data for 4,131 cases of DCIS, collaborating to analyze the benefit of the DCIS boost by assembling the largest cohort of patients with DCIS treated with or without boost to date. Eligible patients included those with pure DCIS (i.e., no micro-invasion) who received WBRT with or without radiation boost and reached a minimum of five years follow-up. Eligible patients received either electron or photo radiation boost, and the median boost dose was 14 Gy. Records documenting patients receiving a brachytherapy boost, those having an unknown boost status or those receiving partial breast radiation were not included in the analyses. Among the 4,131 cases included in this analysis, 2,661 patients received a radiation boost, and 1,470 did not. Use of radiation boost was more common for patients with positive margins following breast-conserving surgery, those with unknown estrogen receptor (ER) status and individuals with the presence of necrosis documented on their pathology report. Median follow-up for all study participants was nine years.DCIS patients who received a radiation boost following WBRT experienced a reduction in local recurrence. The IBTR-free survival for boost versus no boost, respectively, was 97.1 percent versus 96.3 percent at five years, 94.1 versus 92.5 percent at ten years, and 91.6 vs. 88 percent at 15 years following treatment, with these differences achieving statistical significance (p = 0.013).“Many radiation oncologists routinely deliver a boost after WBRT for DCIS, anticipating a similar benefit to our experience with invasive cancers. But we haven’t had consistent data to demonstrate this benefit in DCIS. Our study has demonstrated that the use of a radiation boost provides an albeit small but significant long-term benefit in reducing breast tumor recurrence for DCIS patients and supports the consideration of a DCIS boost in patients undergoing WBRT who have life expectancies of 10 or more years,” said Meena Savur Moran, M.D., lead study author, professor of therapeutic radiology at Yale School of Medicine and director of the Radiation Oncology Breast Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven.The benefit in reducing in-breast recurrence was demonstrated across all DCIS age subgroups. Furthermore, treatment with the DCIS boost was an independent predictor for decreasing IBTR on multivariate analyses controlling for other patient and disease characteristics (i.e., grade, necrosis, margin status, patient age, tumor size and use of tamoxifen). On subset analysis, though the boost did not convey a statistically significant benefit in the subset of patients with positive margins (p = 0.99), it did independently predict for reducing IBTR in all DCIS age groups with negative margins (all p < 0.02). Moran explained, however, that only 4 percent of study participants comprised the subset of patients with positive margins, so it is highly likely the positive margin subset was underpowered to show a statistically significant benefit.“Our findings suggest that adding several additional fractions of radiation directed to the lumpectomy cavity after whole breast radiation for DCIS provides an incremental benefit in decreasing local relapse, similar in magnitude to the four percent at 20 years benefit of the boost for invasive cancers,” said Moran. “While these small numbers may not seem substantial, the invasive boost data have highlighted to us the clinical importance that small decreases in local relapse provide for patients. Ultimately, these small decreases in IBTR reduced the number of mastectomies for recurrence by approximately 40 percent in patients who had received a boost, compared with no-boost.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray's Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year... read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and... read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that... read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a... read morelast_img read more