The United States (US) has called for meaningful transitional justice processes in Sri Lanka.Janel Balch speaking on behalf of the US at the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva said that the transitional justice process must have the confidence of the Sri Lankan people. “In Sri Lanka, we urge the government to continue efforts to establish meaningful transitional justice processes that have the confidence of the Sri Lankan people as well as the international community and that will be credible to all the affected communities in Sri Lanka,” she said. (Colombo Gazette)
Suriname officers engage Guyanese counterparts over pirate attacksSuriname officers engage Guyanese counterparts over pirate attacks
September 25, 2019September 25, 2019
September 24, 2019September 24, 2019
Nemaska Lithium Inc announced the results of its initial production of spodumene concentrate from the Whabouchi mine, using a mine representative bulk sample. The plant is running continuously at half its capacity, 12 h/d since March 7, 2017. Operation is steadily ramping up and should reach a throughput of around 150 t/d.Recent results from concentrate composite samples, produced on a 6-hour basis, yielded the following results: March 7 (AM) – 2.89% Li = 6.22% Li2O March 8 (AM) – 3.05% Li = 6.56% Li2O March 8 (PM) – 3.09% Li = 6.65% Li2O“Generally speaking, the hard rock lithium industry requires a 6% concentrate or higher to efficiently produce battery grade lithium salts,” said Guy Bourassa, President and CEO of Nemaska Lithium. “We have seen other hard rock producers struggle to achieve this quality concentrate, making it more technically challenging and costly to produce battery grade lithium salts. With this concentrate production we have met another important milestone as we continue to de-risk our project.”It is expected that Nemaska Lithium will process sufficient raw ore minerals in the DMS plant to provide 650 t of spodumene concentrate with a view to producing lithium hydroxide samples in the Phase 1 Plant in Shawinigan, for qualification by potential customers.“The operations team at Whabouchi is working diligently to ramp up the DMS mill to full run rate over the next few weeks per our schedule,” said Francois Godin, Vice President Operations. “We have been working closely with DMS experts from around the world to ensure the plant start-up is smooth and high quality concentrate is produced. We’ve learned a tremendous amount that will be directly applicable to the start-up of the commercial concentrator. I look forward to updating you further as we log more hours on the DMS mill.” Nemaska Lithium intends to become a vertically integrated lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate supplier to the emerging lithium battery market that is largely driven by electric vehicles, cell phones, tablets and other consumer products. It is developing in Quebec one of the most important spodumene lithium hard rock deposits in the world, both in volume and grade. The spodumene concentrate produced at Nemaska Lithium’s Whabouchi mine will be shipped to the corporation’s lithium compounds processing plant to be built in Shawinigan, Quebec. This plant will transform spodumene concentrate into high purity lithium hydroxide and carbonate using the proprietary methods developed by the corporation, and for which it holds four granted patents and several patent applications that are pending in different countries, covering different aspects and improvements of its proprietary technology for preparing high purity lithium hydroxide and carbonate.
More than 40 Intreo Centres to be active by February 2014More than 40 Intreo Centres to be active by February 2014
September 22, 2019September 22, 2019
READ: An Post wins new contract to keep delivering social welfare paymentsMORE: FÁS is no more… say hello to SOLAS THE DEPARTMENT OF Social Protection has said there will be 43 Intreo centres open and active by the end of next month.The one-stop shops for jobseekers will provide both social welfare payments and employment supports in the one place.“There are a number of new features in the Intreo service which were not a part of the old social welfare local office model,” explained Minister Joan Burton.Services will include client profiling, one-to-one meetings and progress monitoring.According to the department, integrated decision-making processes will lead to quicker turnaround times on applications.Of the 43 centres already open or due to be open by 1 Febuary 2014, ten are in Dublin. The remaining 33 are spread across the country. TODAY: Man arrested after driving car into social welfare office
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
If you are looking to step up from a point-and-shoot without getting a camera that is significantly larger or more expensive than the one you are currently using, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 is an excellent option. It offers better controls than the typical point-and-shoot and a larger sensor, but remains easy to use and reasonably priced, plus there are multiple lens options for the Micro Four Thirds format. The camera is a follow-up to the PEN E-PL1, which ended up being one of the most affordable Micro Four Thirds (MFT) and a good all-around options for people that wanted a better camera without the size, price, and hassle of some DSLRs.The E-PL2 has a number of changes from the E-PL1, which we’ve outlined here (and in our preview). Basically the sensor is unchanged so in many ways this is a minor upgrade, but a number of nice tweaks were made. The newer model did get a recessed power button, a dedicated video button, improved grips, and upgraded accessory port, some new art filters, an updated 14-42mm kit lens, and a larger LCD so the changes are numerous if not dramatic.AdChoices广告The E-PL2 sells for $499 for the body alone, $599 for the 14-42mm kit, and $699 for the double zoom kit (tested), which also includes the 40-150mm f4-5.6 ED lens.For more background on the camera check out the video below:The E-PL2 feels a lot like the E-PL1. That’s to say that it’s a nicely sized, easy to use MFT camera. It feels more consumer-y than higher end models, like the Panasonic GF1 or GH1, but it uses the same lenses and sensor size so in some ways it have an advantage over the competition. The changes aren’t huge from the old consumer PEN to the new one, but the improved grip is nice to see and dedicated video button is convenient. The single biggest usability change is the addition of an adjustment dial to the back of the E-PL2, which immediately makes it feel like a more powerful camera than the E-PL1. The LCD is a nice step up too–it’s not just larger but it’s sharper and brighter.On the software side the E-PL2 has some changes like an improved Live Guide (this is Olympus’ easy mode where the camera helps beginners do use advanced functions) as well as more art filters. These changes are nice to see but ultimately aren’t that significant. There is improved facial recognition too, but at the end of the day the biggest software change for me was the Dramatic Tone filter, which gives shots a fun faux HDR look. See the gallery below for sample shots.I didn’t get to test out any accessories, but E-PL2 still has an optional electronic viewfinder, an adjustable macro light accessory, and the PENpal, which will send images to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This last one is the most interesting but from what I understand it has some serious limitations so I’m not sure it will be a better option than the Eye-Fi (though it is different in some ways).The two lenses included are perfectly capable but unextraordinary kit lenses. The 14-42mm is collapsible and has a nice range so it’s great for day-to-day use, plus now it’s optimized for video which marks a big improvement over the original. The 40-150mm is larger but offers a significant amount of zoom for such a small camera so while I didn’t like it as much it will come in handy. The better complement to the kit would be the 20mm “pancake” lens which really cuts down on the size of the camera. The lenses are rather plastic-y but they are very reasonably priced ($100 each with the kit) and offer good sharpness for what you are paying. They are both variable aperture, which means you often looking for more light if you want the to use the zoom in less than full brightness.As far as the actual shooting goes, I found the E-PL2 to be both intuitive and fun to use. It’s reasonably powerful but the easy to wrap your brain around, making it a nice option for people who are new to photography to as well as some enthusiasts. Noise is minimal below ISO 1600, colors are reproduced nicely and the sharpness is very good given the size of the camera. The smallish sensor won’t blow you away with shots the way a nice full-frame will, but it’s a noticeable step up from the point-and-shoot that most people will be coming from. I’d say it’s more of a step up from point-and-shooters than it is a step down from entry level DSLRs.The new 14-42mm steals the show as it’s a very nice size and it’s both quicker and quieter than the original. And while the improved Live Guide wasn’t something I used much if you know the shot you want it will help you get it.Overall, the PEN E-PL2 is a really nice camera for the money. It’s probably not the best Micro Four Thirds camera out there, but it’s versatile and a pleasure to use, with no major flaws. If anything was lacking it would be that the camera doesn’t mark a huge change from the E-PL1, it’s seems like it’s more about Olympus fixing what they got wrong with the previous camera (not that it was bad at all, aside from the slow auto-focus, which was addressed).So, while the E-PL2 is focused at consumers and beginners it is still a very good MFT camera. It won’t be the top choice for enthusiasts’ (either as a primary or secondary camera) but it lands in a very nice spot in the overall scheme of price vs. performance vs. size.oly_epl2_test-78982oly_epl2_test-78982oly_epl2_test-788542oly_epl2_test-782oly_epl2_test-22oly_epl2_test-2e_pl2_07e_pl2_05e_pl2_04e_pl2_03e_pl2_02e_pl2_01The E-PL2 kit was loaned to us by Olympus.
Nokia N900 app performs brain scan in the comfort of your homeNokia N900 app performs brain scan in the comfort of your home
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
An electroencephalogram, otherwise known as an EEG, is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain by using sensors attached to your head and hooked up by wires to a computer. The computer then records your brain’s electrical activity on a PC screen. Normally, to take EEG measurements the patient would have to visit a lab with a big, expensive scanner set-up. However, researcher Jakob Eg Larsen and his colleagues at the Technical University of Denmark in Kongens Lyngby, have come up with a way to make this system much more portable using an app specially designed for the Nokia N900.Larsen found that by hooking up a standard EEG headset to the phone, you could monitor your neural signals from anywhere. This is incredibly useful because it means patients don’t have to make a special trip to a lab in order to have tests run. “White Coat Syndrome” can effect the test results of patients who are particularly anxious when surrounded by doctors and expensive medical equipment. Instead of having to deal with waiting rooms, doctors, and beeping machines, patients could measure their brain activity in the comfort of their own homes where they feel completely relaxed.The headset Larsen uses would normally connect to a PC wirelessly via a USB receiver. Instead, the patient can view a simplified 3D model on the N900’s screen. The model lights up when brainwaves are detected and can be rotated by simply swiping the screen. To get even more intensive results, the app can connect to a remote server, crunch some numbers, and then send the results back to the phone. The smartphone EEG would also allow researchers to monitor groups of people as they work on a task together. Additionally, the phone could be used to obtain certain brain responses by showing photos or video on the screen.For people with conditions like epilepsy, who have to take time out of their day-to-day lives to go to the lab and sit there for an hour during the EEG, this will definitely make life easier. The goal is to make an EEG a regular thing that you have at home, like a home-based heart monitor.via New Scientist
Geek deals 532 off Alienware M18x dual GPU gaming laptop Crysis 3Geek deals 532 off Alienware M18x dual GPU gaming laptop Crysis 3
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
Our other top deals:Samsung 40″ 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV + $350 Gift Card for $649.99 + free shipping (reg. $779.99)Crysis 3 (Xbox 360 or PS3) for $24.99 + free shipping (reg. $59.99)Netgear Push2TV HD 1080p Wireless Display PC to TV Adapter (PTV2000) for $29.99 + free shipping (reg. $99.99 | use $50 instant savings + $20 mail-in rebate) There are gaming laptops and then there are gaming laptops; this is the latter. Alienware’s M18x is their top-tier flagship model and with good reason. It is built around a class-leading 18.4-inch 1080p screen, powered by top of the line Core i7 processors, and has more features than a luxury car.Putting the spacious 18.4-inch chassis to good use, Dell manages to stuff in things you wouldn’t expect to see in a laptop: a built-in subwoofer, dual hard drive slots, triple video outputs, an HDMI video input, four memory slots, and of course the option for dual graphics cards. If that weren’t enough, you’ve even got four USB 3.0 ports, a special low-latency Killer Wireless-N 3×3 WiFi card, 2 2MP webcam, and a giant 96Whr 12-cell battery.But the real star of the show here is the graphics cards, of course. Today’s deal is for a model equipped with the blistering fast Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M 2GB GPUs in SLI form. These beasts combined with a top-tier Core i7-3840QM (up to 3.8GHz), 16GB DDR3 RAM, and 1 terabyte HDD + 256GB SSD mean you will be able to churn through any workload in no-time flat, including playing the latest games with all the settings turned up to max.If you’ve followed our deal writings, you know that Alienware products are rarely discounted. This goes doubly true for the flagship M18x. However, we managed to find a $100 coupon code that stacks on top of some hefty $432 instant savings. This lets you grab this dual-GPU, dual HDD, quad core beast of a laptop for $2,972 with free shipping.Alienware M18x Core i7 dual GTX 675M 1080p Gaming Laptop for $2,972 + free shipping (reg. $3,504 | use coupon NLZ5145HLZF?FL)
Free dévoile sa nouvelle box la Freebox RevolutionFree dévoile sa nouvelle box la Freebox Revolution
September 20, 2019September 20, 2019
Free dévoile sa nouvelle box : la Freebox RevolutionLors d’une conférence de presse à Paris ce matin, l’opérateur a frappé fort en dévoilant la version 6 de sa Freebox. La Freebox Revolution sera fibre optique et ADSL, et dotée d’un lecteur Blu-ray.Le mystère a enfin été levé aujourd’hui, même s’il s’agissait d’un secret de polichinelle. Free a présenté sa future box : la Freebox Revolution, qui se décline en deux éléments distincts, le Freebox Server et le Freebox Player pour la télé. Le nouveau bébé de Free a été designé par Philippe Starck. À lire aussi”Choc Climatique” : les propositions du Sénat pour que la France agisseLe Freebox Server fait déjà des émules sur Internet : doté d’un CPU Intel X86 et d’un disque dur intégré de 250 Go avec fonction NAS (stockage en réseau), il est fibre optique et ADSL. Il sera même possible de télécharger des fichiers automatiquement sur le NAS sans allumer le PC.Cette box pourra également faire réveil, fournir un mini clavier tactile et sera également dotée de haut-parleurs. Le clavier virtuel permettra, par ailleurs, un accès à Internet, par navigateur.L’interface a également été revue : informations Allociné, guide des programmes directement accessible avec effet de transparence pour pouvoir continuer à suivre son film.Du côté du Freebox Player, un lecteur Blu-ray a été intégré au boîtier. Et la Freebox “Revolution” semble bien porter son nom, puisqu’elle possédera son propre “store” afin de pouvoir permettre l’installation des applications sur la TV (gratuites ou payantes). Gameloft doit proposer plusieurs jeux, souvent jouables pour la première fois sur un écran de télé. Deux jeux seront offerts, ainsi qu’un gamepad.A la surprise générale, Free annonce que son tarif est maintenu à 29,99 euros par mois avec en plus appels vers les mobiles illimités pour tous les opérateurs et 24/7. Seule l’option dégroupage total change pour passer à 5,99 euros.Le 14 décembre 2010 à 10:59 • Emmanuel Perrin
Poll 31 believe SMEs should train first aiders to support employee mentalPoll 31 believe SMEs should train first aiders to support employee mental
September 15, 2019September 15, 2019
Employee Benefits poll: Three in 10 (31%) respondents believe that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can support employees’ mental health by training mental health first aiders.A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 49 responses, also found that 24% feel that SMEs should improve office environments in order to better support mental wellbeing, while 20% think they should consider providing counselling services.Around 14% of respondents cite access to digital tools and apps as an approach SMEs could use to address employee mental health, while a further 10% believe wellbeing seminars would be effective.Research published in February 2019 by small business platform Xero, which polled 500 SME owners, found that 28% are too busy to think about supporting mental health in the workplace, with 48% agreeing that they could be doing more in this field.More than a third (37%) of respondents to Xero’s survey allow pets in the office in order to support employee wellbeing, while 35% provide support in terms of workload management and 33% give access to digital wellbeing tools and apps.Around one third (34%) are adding plants to their workspaces and 29% are working to ensure there is enough natural light in the office in order to impact employee wellbeing and mental health.Anne Allen, director of people experience at Xero, said: “Running a small business effectively in testing times is about doing the small things well; streamlining administration and tax compliance and using technology to simplify business management.“Our study shows [SMEs] do feel the pressure of changing times, but work environments with the right technical, emotional and personal support can ease the strain.”What do you think are the main barriers when looking to introduce flexible working? Let us know your opinion in our latest poll…
Maren Morris Brandi Carlile Talk Empowering Women In Music Collaborating TogetherMaren Morris Brandi Carlile Talk Empowering Women In Music Collaborating Together
September 12, 2019September 12, 2019
The two GRAMMY-winning musicians discuss their experiences at the 2019 GRAMMYs and the importance of women being more supportive of each other in music Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 8, 2019 – 4:26 pm Today, GRAMMY winners Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile dove deep during an hour-long conversation on Apple Music’s Beats 1 “Visionary Women” series. Their inspirational discussion included Morris sharing her lingering awe over Carlile’s stunning performance of “The Joke” at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, sharing in their love of Janelle Monáe and encouraging more collaboration and support among women in music.They also talked about their duet on Morris’ latest album, GIRL, and on their new project Highwomen, a female-led country supergroup aimed at creating the gender equality and positive change they hope to see in music. Twitter Maren Morris & Brandi Carlile Talk Empowering Women In Music & Collaborating Together News Maren Morris & Brandi Carlile On Empowering Women maren-morris-brandi-carlile-talk-empowering-women-music-collaborating-together Facebook Email The pair talked in depth about collaboration; on their work together, in their work with other artists and in the larger scope of the industry. Carlile touched on what she sees as a “really quiet movement of women” in the country and Americana space that finally joining together as they realize they can’t—and don’t need to—keep competing with each other.”There’s a wave of this unity coming, and it’s coming from the women that are your age, actually, they’re kind of leading the way on it. I see it coming, I see it happening and I find it really exciting. And I notice you have the spirit of collaboration in you,” Carlile said to Morris. “You’re not worried to stand next to somebody that looks different than you, or is more famous than you, or less famous than you…You don’t see other women as competition and I’ve always had that same tendency.”Morris released her sophomore album GIRL today, which includes two featured artists, one of whom is Carlile, on the soulful girl power track, “Common.” She shares how she was so touched when, after returning to Nashville from a songwriting session for the album in L.A., she came home to a vinyl copy of Carlile’s By The Way I Forgive You on her doorstep.They also spoke about their latest project together, dubbed Highwomen, where the pair plus country singer/songwriter Amanda Shires, who Carlile explains first inspired the project, will work with a rotating crew of fellow powerhouse country-leaning artists.Carlile described the story behind the project, explaining how a conversation with Shires about activism gave her a brilliant idea. She thought; “Maybe we should start a musical movement, like a Trojan horse of love, where we get inside the mechanism and fix it from inside.”Highwomen will include women in country and folk, and, as Carlile put it, “our men, our adjacent feminists,” with songs in the vein of “really classic country.” She added:”It’s turning into a movement in Nashville to very kindly, but insistently, say, ‘Women need to be included.’ Women need to experience representation in country and Western music and Americana and that starts in Nashville. It starts with us.”Morris’ and Carlile’s conversation aired this morning on Beats 1 as the second episode for their month long “Visionary Women” series to celebrate women in music and is available to stream on demand for Apple Music subscribers.Maren Morris Cooks Up New Flavors On ‘Girl’Read more
September 10, 2019September 10, 2019
Review • HTC First review: Humdrum phone big on Facebook but not much else 0 See it HTC First CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • HTC First to run new Facebook Home (eyes-on) TikTok parent ByteDance may be expanding from making apps into developing an actual phone. César Salza/CNET TikTok’s parent company is expanding from software and into hardware. ByteDance says it was working with Chinese device manufacturer Smartisan on a phone — but it isn’t a “TikTok phone.””Reports of our smartphone development strictly refer to a continuation of plans that were in place before ByteDance began working with Smartisan,” said a ByteDance spokesperson on Monday. “The product has no connection with TikTok and the focus is on meeting the needs of Smartisan’s existing customer base in China.”Additional details about the device, which was rumored to be in the works earlier this year, aren’t known. Reuters earlier reported on ByteDance’s plans to develop a phone. Beyond TikTok, which has surged in global popularity on both iOS and Android in recent years, ByteDance produces a number of apps for the Chinese market including Toutiao, a content discovery platform, and Duoshan, a messaging app similar to Snapchat that rivals WeChat. The various software the company produces could provide a foundation for building a phone.Originally published July 29, 9:12 a.m. PT.Update, 9:59 a.m.: Adds comment from ByteDance. $184 Post a comment Mentioned Above HTC First (black) Share your voice Tags Phones
Ishq Mein Marjawan actress Nia Sharma flaunts her assets in white braletteIshq Mein Marjawan actress Nia Sharma flaunts her assets in white bralette
September 5, 2019September 5, 2019
Nia SharmaNia Sharma/InstagramNia Sharma never fails to raise the temperature with her hotness quotient and her Instagram pictures are proof of it. The third sexiest Asia women 2018, who is currently seen in Ishq Mein Marjawan, loves to experiment with her looks and never shies away from flaunting her sexy curves or toned legs.And in her latest Instagram post, the bold diva is seen flaunting her assets in a white bralette, which she paired with white trousers and a pink jacket. Undoubtedly, Nia looked sexy and glamorous in the picture, as always.The diva was recently in the news when she publicly locked lips with Ishqbaaaz actress Reyhna Pandit. The duo had attended a Holi party and while interacting with the media they kissed each other. The video of Nia and Reyhna’s liplock went viral on the internet.This is not the first time Nia and Reyhna have locked lips. The two ladies had created a stir when they kissed each other on the set of Jamai Raja in 2015. Reyhna had posted a picture of their kiss on Instagram but had to take it down after the two were mercilessly trolled by netizens.Back then, Reyhna had said in an interview, “Why so much hype about it? When a girl can kiss on cheeks, why not on lips? Nia and I are very different kind of people. We like each other’s positive attitude and fashion sense. We have become very good friends and we enjoy each other’s company. I want to make it clear that we both are not lesbians and are very much straight. People kiss because they like that person. Nia and I share a very cute bond.”
Zee Entertainment DCM Shriram spurt on BSE after upbeat Marchquarter resultsZee Entertainment DCM Shriram spurt on BSE after upbeat Marchquarter results
September 5, 2019September 5, 2019
Zee Entertainment and DCM Shriram shares were trading with gains of 7 percent and 10 percent, respectively, on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Wednesday after announcing upbeat March-quarter results on Tuesday.The Sensex was trading in the red as the overall market sentiment was subdued due to the amendment in the double taxation avoidance agreement with Mauritius signed on Tuesday that provides for gradually phasing out capital gains tax benefits on investments routed through the country into India.The S&P BSE Sensex was down 183 points, or 0.71 percent. Top Sensex losers were State Bank of India, BHEL, Tata Motors, Bharti Airtel, Infosys and ITC.DCM Shriram was trading at Rs. 182, up Rs. 15.90, or 9.57 percent, at around 2:15 p.m. on the BSE. The company had reported a turnaround in its performance for the fourth quarter ended March 2016.Net profit was Rs. 51 crore for the quarter, as against a net loss of Rs. 40 crore in the corresponding period last year.Revenues rose marginally to Rs. 1,333 crore from Rs. 1,309 crore in the year-ago period. Earnings before interest and tax increased sharply to Rs. 107 crore from Rs. 7 crore in the March 2015 quarter, the company said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday.Zee Entertainment was trading with gains of 6.73 percent at Rs. 445.80 at around 2:25 p.m.The entertainment solutions company reported a 29 percent growth in advertisement revenues to Rs. 864 crore for the March 2016 quarter, lifting its net profit to Rs. 260 crore, up 13 percent from Rs. 230 crore in the corresponding period last year, according to the company’s regulatory filing. Subscription revenues stood at Rs. 594 crore, up 16 percent from Rs. 510 crore in the March 2015 quarter.Total income was up 13 percent at Rs. 1,531 crore. The company declared a dividend of Rs. 2.25 per share, or 225 percent, for the financial year 2015-16. The company broadcasts popular television shows such as “Kumkum Bhagya,” “Vishkanya,” “Ek Tha Raja Ek Tha Rani” and “Yeh Vaada Raha.”
August 31, 2019August 31, 2019
Rather than acknowledge the political motivations of the El Paso shooter or the line of radicalization that led him toward reactionary white supremacy, a number of politicians are returning to a popular scapegoat: video games. Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and President Donald Trump all cited violent video games as a factor in these shootings and other acts of violence in the US. … These complaints are a decades-old distraction and continue to be unsubstantiated. There is no significant evidence that video games are a contributing factor to mass shootings. A 2017 study from Frontiers in Psychology found no evidence that violent video games, even when played to excess, desensitize players to actual violence. Another paper published in Perspectives on Psychological Science this year found that violent video games increase aggressiveness, but only to a very small extent. Read the whole story: PC Mag
CM urges peoples representatives to keep areas under their jurisdiction cleanCM urges peoples representatives to keep areas under their jurisdiction clean
August 31, 2019August 31, 2019
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged the people’s representatives to keep the areas under their jurisdiction clean.Inaugurating the Puja at Sribhumi, she said the development of an area depends on the efficiency and foresight of the local people’s representative, like councillor, MLA or MP. She congratulated party MLA Sujit Basu for taking up projects to develop vast areas surrounding Lake Town. There used to be massive waterlogging in the area and the infrastructure was also poor. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHowever, over the years, the menace of waterlogging has been eliminated thanks to proper planning. “When one enters the city via VIP Road or New Town, he or she acknowledges the development that has come up in the area. The roads are smooth and brightly illuminated. The bank along Kestopur canal has been cleaned and beautified. We all feel proud when people from other states appreciate and praise our city,” Banerjee said. She said: “When I pass through Sribhumi, Lake Town and their neighbourhoods, I tell everybody to see what Sujit has done to these areas.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee added that though the state government is spending so much money to carry out development projects, the sense to maintain them has not yet been developed. “After you paint a wall or a bridge in bright colours, there will be people who will spit on them. It is unfortunate that the sense to maintain them has not yet been developed,” she said. She urged people to maintain peace and harmony during Puja. “The celebration is for all and we in Bengal welcome the people from other states and communities who come to see Durga Puja,” she said.
New MRI Technique Shows Effectiveness of Cystic Fibrosis DrugNew MRI Technique Shows Effectiveness of Cystic Fibrosis Drug
August 27, 2019August 27, 2019
News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | April 14, 2017 New MRI Technique Shows Effectiveness of Cystic Fibrosis Drug Hyperpolarized helium MRI could aid in development of improved therapies for lung diseases Image courtesy of Toshiba Medical.April 14, 2017 ― Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have developed an imaging technique using a specific form of helium to measure the effectiveness of a new drug for cystic fibrosis. They hope the finding could lead to improved therapies for cystic fibrosis and other lung conditions.According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, more than 30,000 Americans are living with the disorder. It currently has no cure, though the new drug, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), treats the underlying cause of the disease. However, the drug’s effectiveness for each individual is unknown.“People with cystic fibrosis have an imbalance of salt in their bodies caused by the defective CFTR protein,” said Talissa Altes, M.D., chair of the Department of Radiology at the MU School of Medicine and lead author of the study. “The drug ivacaftor targets this defective protein, but to what extent it is successful is not well understood. Our study sought to use a new way of imaging the lung to understand how well the drug is working in patients with a specific gene mutation known as G551D-CFTR.”Cystic fibrosis causes the buildup of thick mucus that can clog airways and lead to dangerous infections. Although advances in the understanding and treatment of cystic fibrosis have allowed many people with the condition to live into their early 40s, many patients with cystic fibrosis die of respiratory failure.Currently, lung function is measured using a test known as spirometry, in which patients blow through a tube; their progress is tracked over time. However, this method is not well suited for pediatric patients because it requires concentration, controlled breathing and cooperation with the spirometry technician. Computed tomography (CT) scans can be used, but they provide structural images of the lungs and do not show gas or airflow.Altes and her team decided to use a specific form of helium, helium-3, as a harmless contrast agent in conjunction with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to visualize lung function. The study was conducted in two parts. In part one, eight patients were given either ivacaftor or a placebo for four weeks to measure short-term effectiveness. In part two, nine patients received ivacaftor for 48 weeks to determine long-term effectiveness. After each phase, patients performed a spirometry test and underwent MRI imaging using hyperpolarized helium.“We found that after using ivacaftor, patients experienced a dramatic increase in lung improvement in both the short and long term,” Altes said. “On an MRI, a healthy lung should look completely white when helium-3 is used as a contrast agent. Conversely, areas that are not white indicate poor ventilation. That’s the beauty of this technique — it’s very obvious if the drug is working or not.”With more study, Altes hopes to apply helium-3 MRI to younger children or babies with impaired lung function or other respiratory diseases.“More drugs are under development to treat cystic fibrosis and other lung conditions, and improved imaging techniques are needed to test their effectiveness,” Altes said. “The importance of this technique is that it may well be a cost-effective tool to aid in the development of these drugs. However, it also can help patients know which medications may work best for their unique conditions.”The study, “Use of Hyperpolarized Helium-3 MRI to Assess Response to Ivacaftor Treatment in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis,” recently was published in the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. Research reported in this publication was supported by Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc., the manufacturer of ivacaftor, the Hartwell Foundation and Siemens Healthcare.For more information: www.cysticfibrosisjournal.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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. 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On Wednesday, Facebook posted that during the last quarter, its content moderators had removed 8.7 million user images of child nudity from their platform with the help of a software that automatically flags such photos. This software was previously undisclosed. In 2016, Joaquin Candela, the company’s director of applied machine learning, told Reuters that Facebook was using artificial intelligence to find offensive material. It is “an algorithm that detects nudity, violence, or any of the things that are not according to our policies,” he added. The machine learning tool rolled out last year identifies images that contain both nudity and a child, allowing the increased enforcement of Facebook’s ban on photos that show minors in a sexualized context.The software which was disclosed yesterday, is similar to the one released last year. However, this time it catches the users engaged in “grooming,” or befriending minors for sexual exploitation. Facebook’s Global Head of Safety, Antigone Davis told Reuters in an interview that the “machine helps us prioritize” and “more efficiently queue” problematic content for the company’s trained team of reviewers. Due to pressure from regulators and lawmakers, Facebook has promised to speed up the process of removing extremist and illicit material. Machine learning programs that sift through billions of pieces of content that its users post each day play a crucial role in this plan. Though Facebook has not disclosed data on child nudity removals before. This year, news agencies and advertisers have been among those that complained about Facebook’s automated systems wrongly blocking their posts. Facebook’s rules have banned even family photos of lightly clothed children uploaded with “good intentions”, considering how others might abuse such images. Davis said, “the child safety systems would make mistakes but users could appeal. We’d rather err on the side of caution with children.” Previously, Facebook relied on users or its adult nudity filters to report abusive posts. Facebook said that the program, which learned from its collection of nude adult photos and clothed children photos, has led to more removals. It makes exceptions for art and history, such as the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a naked girl fleeing a Vietnam War napalm attack. Davis said, “The child grooming system evaluates factors such as how many people have blocked a particular user and whether that user quickly attempts to contact many children.” Michelle DeLaune, Chief Operating Officer at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), said, “the organization expects to receive about 16 million child porn tips worldwide this year from Facebook and other tech companies, up from 10 million last year.” Michelle acknowledged that a crucial blind spot is encrypted chat apps and secretive “dark web” sites where much of new child pornography originates. For example, message encryption on Facebook-owned WhatsApp, prevents machine learning from analyzing them. Read Next “Facebook is the new Cigarettes”, says Marc Benioff, Salesforce Co-CEO Facebook releases Skiplang, a general purpose programming language Facebook’s largest security breach in its history leaves 50M user accounts compromised
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Dravidian parties were in power at any given time Police personnel tackles agitators in Tuticorin PTI In her final term as Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha (also spelled as Jayalalithaa) was particularly keen to attract large private investments to Tamil Nadu The state fourth largest in the country and ranked second in industrialisation in some rankings has been able to maintain a GDP growth of around 8 percent in recent years higher than the national average But over the years the political dispensation in Tamil Nadu has more often than not been unfriendly to labourers Both the main Dravidian parties do have their labour wings yet strikes have been rare unless there were some specific political gains to be had by one or the other Some years back a strike by Hyundai workers was quickly quashed by the ruling party In the latest incident the police now ruthlessly fired on protestors in Thoothukudi a major port and agriculture area dominated by the ruling AIADMK — the only MP and four of the six MLAs from the area belong to the AIADMK While politicians of all hues from the state and the Centre have been vocal in criticising the state government for its action the AIADMK administration has refused to admit any culpability and hasn’t said a word against the police despite the videos circulating showing armed policemen in mufti firing at the protestors Neither has any major industry body state or national openly condemned the killings The Sterlite copper smelting unit is nearly 20 years old and is today one of the country’s largest copper smelting plants Jayalalitha got it going during her earlier regime Subsequently the company got environmental clearance from DMK under Karunanidhi and in 2007 its expansion plans were approved by the Manmohan Singh government In 2009 the Singh government of which the DMK was a part also gave the company the environment clearance In 2013 the Supreme Court ordered the company blamed for gas leakage leading to health issues among the people to pay a fine of Rs 100 crore The current protests were triggered by the company wanting to double the plant’s capacity Neither the protestors nor the company hasproduced any scientific facts to bolster their respective claims And despite the protests going on for quite some time now the government too gave no information on the steps it had taken as demanded by DMK leader MK Stalin The severity of the AIADMK govt response when protestors turned violent is surprising especially given the potential of the actionto be taken advantage of by the TTV Dinakaran faction within the AIADMK whose Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam launched a signature campaign against Sterlite Some media reports have also questioned the bona fides and political motives of little-known organisations like Pudhiya Podhu Udamai Iyakkam and Puratchikarar Ilaignar Munnani who were part of the protests Inevitably accusations have started flying about the RSS role in the firing and counter-accusations about a Congress leader’s connections with Sterlite Unlike elsewhere where protests against environmental degradation from industrial activity have led to thestoppage of operations as happened with the bauxite mining plans in Niyamgiri hills in Odisha rarely have such protests in Tamil Nadu been effective In pre-internet times protests against a multinational in Kodaikanal over thedumping of mercury in open areas and the resultant mercury poisoning of water sources created no major impact though the company shut down its operations there Recent protests however gained some attention due to social and digital media and the presence of NGOs among the protestors The last major people’s agitation was against the Koodankulam nuclear power plant But after the initial enthusiasm of protestors the plant is now up and running peacefully In today’s time neither the government nor the industry can be indifferent to the environment Big industries particularly multinationals cannot afford it either In fact 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