UN rights expert urges immediate release of Italian journalist held in Afghanistan

“Mr. Mastrogiacomo, who works for the daily ‘La Repubblica,’ is a distinguished journalist known for his reports from different areas torn by fighting, in which he has chronicled the tragedy of war, its root causes and dire consequences with impartiality, compassion and a great sense of professional responsibility,” said Ambeyi Ligabo, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, in a statement.“I call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Mastrogiacomo and his aides, as well as the release of all media professionals unlawfully detained around the world,” he said.The Special Rapporteur, who serves in an individual, unpaid capacity, said the kidnapping underscores the importance of intensifying efforts to ensure the safety of journalists, especially in conflict areas.“The role of the media in exposing abuses of human rights and disregard for the rule of law is beyond question. Attacks on journalists prevent them from fulfilling that function. They also undermine the enjoyment of the right to freedom of expression, and of all the rights that flow from it, of whole societies,” he said. 12 March 2007A United Nations human rights expert today issued a strong appeal for the release of Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo and his aides, who are reportedly being held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan. read more

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Bartering community Bunz launches digital currency in move some say goes against

TORONTO — Bunz, the Canadian online bartering community known for promoting a cash-free economy, is not abandoning its ethos with plans to launch its own cryptocurrency, company CEO Sascha Mojtahedi said Monday in the wake of some user revolt.Founded in Toronto in 2013 by Emily Bitze, Bunz began as a Facebook group that encouraged users to trade their unwanted goods rather than seeking cash. Because users’ wish lists didn’t always align neatly, booze, transit tokens and — somewhat controversially — gift cards became commonly requested in trades.On Monday, Bunz announced it was launching BTZ, a digital currency for the community that can also be used at participating retailers. Mojtahedi said BTZ is not yet an actual cryptocurrency but the plan is to eventually convert it into one. New and existing users of the Bunz app will get 1,000 units of BTZ, which the company says has a current value of about three coffees.Online shopping isn’t the only thing killing Canadian malls — it’s millennials, tooGold casts of Nelson Mandela’s hands sell to Ontario cryptocurrency company for $10 million in Bitcoin“Because it’s a bartering community we’ve had a number of issues around value disparity … the divisibility of goods and all these problems can be solved by a cryptocurrency,” Mojtahedi said.“I think this just gives our community more flexibilty.”The initial reaction to the announcement on social media leaned negative, with Facebook user Melissa Neill writing “So much for subverting capitalism” and Ray Wilkes posting “RIP Bunz spirit & integrity.”“Develop something to help poor people get around the financial constraints of capitalism. Capitalize the hell out of it. Develop your own currency for it (but don’t call it money lol). Stand back and watch something that was once beautiful die a protracted, awkward death,” Wilkes added.Mojtahedi said the launch of BTZ should not be seen as Bunz heading in a new corporate direction, even though the company has secured funding from institutional investors.“I actually see it as doubling down rather than diverging from the ethos Bunz represents,” he said.Khatereh Vesal, a self-professed “crypto nerd and Bunz nerd,” said she has no issues with the use of cryptocurrencies on Bunz, but objected to the fact that the company’s announcement claimed BTZ was an actual cryptocurrency.“It’s like they just kind of decided this was a neat idea — and it might be, as a loyalty points program kind of thing — but we have to be very careful what we’re calling it because it’s not technically on a blockchain yet and it’s not really even an initial coin offering yet,” Vesal said, adding she wished the company had more information for users lined up before making its announcement.Mojtahedi said Bunz wanted “to create something that people could interact with” and “learn from the data and the information and the (user) behaviours” before converting BTZ into a cryptocurrency. He added that it’s not yet determined whether there would be a mining element to the cryptocurrency as is the case with Bitcoin.“I think we’re looking at a number of different solutions around mining that are pretty different than the way the market approaches it currently,” Mojtahedi said. While the local businesses that are now accepting BTZ have essentially set a baseline value for the currency — one Toronto cafe is charging 300 BTZ for a latte while a bar is asking 600 BTZ for a pint of beer or order of fries — Mojtahedi said he doesn’t want to interfere in setting its value. He also wants to avoid speculation in the currency.“We’re not offering any inference of the foreign exchange value because we don’t know, we’re really just starting. We’ve established a value with our shops and we think it’s an opportunity to learn from the community themselves rather than trying to peg some value to this currency,” he said.Jean-Paul Lam, an associate professor of economics at the University of Waterloo, has used Bunz as an example when teaching students about concepts around money as a medium of exchange and bartering.“Any type of barter system creates problems with finding partners and you have to spend a huge amount of time to find the right partner and find an exchange that would be satisfying to both parties. So I can understand why they are trying to introduce that medium of exchange that is standardized,” Lam said.“But at the same time, it completely defeats the purpose of what it was in the first place, which was a cashless society that would exchange goods for goods.” read more

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With clock ticking down Annan steps up efforts to secure Summit document

“There’s clearly a sense of urgency, the clock continues to tick, the negotiators, I think, have left things perilously late in light of the date of the summit which was announced well in advance and he’s concerned that the work might not be done,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said when asked how serious the situation was.”But he’s definitely not given up, and as I said he’s continuing to consult with Member States at various levels,” both at UN Headquarters in New York and with phone calls to national capitals, he told the regular noon briefing. Despite some progress, differences still persist over producing an agreed outcome document on issues ranging from enacting UN reform to promoting development to battling terrorism.Mr. Dujarric said “intensive negotiations” were held in the General Assembly over the weekend and were still continuing in an effort to produce the document ahead of the 2005 World Summit from 14 to 16 September, expected to be attended by some 180 heads of State or government. Meanwhile Mr. Annan put off his pre-Summit news conference until tomorrow.Progress was made in the areas of development, terrorism and management reform, Mr. Dujarric said, but differences still exist in other areas, especially the section on disarmament and non-proliferation.”Obviously the hard decisions are going to have to be made by the Member States but the Secretary-General has been meeting daily, if not twice daily, with both presidents (outgoing and incoming) of the General Assembly,” he added.”He’s also meeting today with the chairs of the regional groups. He’s been in phone contact with Member States, both at the ambassador level here and higher level in capitals, and he’s trying to encourage them to make the necessary give and take that will enable us to have an outcome document for the Summit.”A General Assembly Core Group, set up by outgoing Assembly President Jean Ping of Gabon, has engaged in marathon sessions over the past two weeks, and Mr. Ping is to present Member States with yet another revised version later today.The document is intended to cover a host of proposals contained in Mr. Annan’s report in March “In Larger Freedom: towards development, security and human rights for all.” He has repeatedly spoken of the unique opportunity offered by the Summit in this 60th anniversary year of the UN to rise up to the challenges of the 21st century.The report contained key recommendations on poverty, security and human rights, including increasing official development assistance by developed countries to 0.7 per cent of their gross domestic product (GDP). It urged tackling climate change, noting that the Kyoto Protocol containing binding targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions only extends until 2012, and called for a comprehensive anti-terrorism treaty, defining terrorism as any act intended to cause death or serious bodily harm to civilians or non-combatants and intimidate a population or coerce a government or international organization.It also proposed the creation of two new bodies, a UN Peacebuilding Council to help countries emerging from conflict, and a more powerful Human Rights Council elected by the General Assembly to replace the current Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights, which critics says is politicized.Other recommendations included establishing a democracy fund, expanding the Security Council from its current 15 members to 24 and streamlining the UN Secretariat.If acted on, the proposals would mark the most dramatic change in the UN’s functioning ever achieved at once. read more

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Rubens painting written off by Met Museum and valued at £22000 now

A visitor looks at the self-portrait of Flemish painter Rubens during the press presentation at the Ruben House in Antwerp after the painting was restored in London. Henry Pettifer, head of Old Master Painting at Christie’s London, said that since its restoration it has been shown as a Rubens original three times in public, including at Rubenhuis, the Antwerp museum and studio of the Flemish Old Master, and at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh.“Through a process of restoration and the removal of layers of dirty varnish and overpainting people became convinced that it was a Rubens,” he said.“The picture is unusual in its highly personal and highly intimate character. It speaks of a bolder and freer character compared to his formal commissions for his wealthy clients.”Mr Grosvenor added: “The Met should question their judgement about that sale, but I suspect they will be a little defensive about it today,” Mr Grosvenor continued. “It was odd that they decided to sell it based on a judgement made decades earlier.“Julius Held may not have been aware it was overpainted. But, in art history, people writing a book, which Held was doing at the time, seem to be granted a godlike status. It can then become difficult to shift that consensus.“Really, the Met should have rung up other Rubens scholars to see what they thought. Then, they should have looked into the overpainting on the girl’s dress. It looks like they did neither.” A visitor looks at the self-portrait of Flemish painter Rubens at the Ruben House in Antwerp Credit:KRISTOF VAN ACCOM/AFP When New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art decided to sell off a portrait of Rubens’s daughter, Clara Serena, they were convinced it was the work of a mere “follower” of the Old Master.So, in 2013, the painting was given the modest auction estimate of between £14,500 to £22,000 ($20,000 to $30,000). But, a British collector who bought it for £457,500 ($626,500) appeared to know something the Met’s scholars did not.Now the painting has been accepted as a Rubens original, exhibiting a uniquely intimate and spontaneous style, and is going up for auction at Christie’s in July with an estimate of between £3 million and £5 million.The family portrait of Clara Serena, Sir Peter Paul Rubens’s only daughter, was painted around 1623 about the time she died from the plague, aged just 12.In the 1940’s the art historian Julius Held declared that it was not a Rubens original and so the painting fell out of favour. In 2013 it was sold off to pay for new acquisitions at the world famous American museum.“There’s always a flicker of excitement when you see a picture is being sold by a major museum,” said Bendor Grosvenor, an art historian, collector and BBC presenter. “There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s a Rubens. The piece is painted clearly in his idiosyncratic style. It’s a beautiful depiction of his daughter.” 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. “The attribution of the picture has been debated in the past and we believe it will continue to be debated,” she said. “Given the strength of our holdings in this area, we stand by the decision to deaccession the work.”In 2016, Rubens ‘The Lot and his Daughters’ sold for £44.8 million at Christie’s, a record for an Old Master work, beaten the following year by Leonardo da Vinci’s  ‘Salvator Mundi’.It is anticipated that Clara Serena will generate international interest of art collectors.The identification of this portrait stems from her likeness to Rubens’s drawing of her mother at the British Museum, as well as a painting of Clara Serena at a younger age, which is held at the Liechtenstein Collection.The portrait is currently on display in New York, and will later this month go on display in Hong Kong. Auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen takes bids at the auction of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" during the Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale at Christie's in November 2017 in New York City A spokeswoman for the Met said they stood by their decision to sell the painting in 2013 as part of the deaccession of art works removed from their collection to fund new purchases. Mr Grosvenor believes a costly mistake was made by staff at the Met. The then buyer, who is anonymous but is believed to live in London, had experts clean off layers of dirt and green overpainting. Now, scholars are convinced it was by Rubens. Unlike his famous and more extravagant works commissioned by wealthy patrons, it is thought this portrait painting was not intended for public view. Christie’s auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen takes bids at the auction of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ in 2017Credit:Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images read more

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AMMGs environmentally friendly alumina process

first_imgAustralia Minerals and Mining Group’s (AMMG) unique aluminous clay to alumina process technology is in its final stages of laboratory development. AMMG’s chemical consultants, TSW Analytical, progressed towards achieving the fourth and final milestone, which involved determining variables such as leach conditions, solid to liquid ratios and filtration. The acid-based processing technology aims at producing high purity alumina (HPA) (99.99%). AMMG’s processing technology poses a number of benefits in the production of alumina, such as minimal environmental footprint; reduced waste; recyclability; and low iron levels. AMMG now plans to test the technology process using a number of different aluminous clay samples in order to confirm the veracity of the unique process. The HPA projects’ focus currently extends across three project areas – Meckering, Kerrigan, Bobalong and Kellerberrin in Western Australia. The total project area covers approximately 2,934 km2. The project carries a combined resource of 150 Mt of aluminous clay with grades of up to 38% alumina; approximately 83-85% brightness. The resource matches the standards for a high brightness paper filler product, estimating an ISO brightness of 85.1%.AMMG’s Meckering tenement E70/3923 covers the historical Kelly and Jacobs Well aluminous clay projects, which was previously held by Swan River Kaolin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Minerals Corp (now in administration).Aluminous clay was discovered in this project area by CRA (Rio Tinto), after the company had surveyed the local area in 1990. SRK’s extensive exploration work found that the aluminous clay was bright and the Meckering clays found was a potentially marketable product. Based on the previous historical work, AMMG recognises that although its resource is suited to the paper, ceramics and industrial fillers markets, it is also highly suited to number of other non-paper filler applications.last_img read more

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Gesan becomes dedicated Atlas Copco generator product line

first_imgIn order to become what they describe as “First in Mind – First in Choice” in power generation, Atlas Copco and industrial generator brand Gesan are joining forces. As a result, Atlas Copco says it can now provide Predictable Power solutions to a wider range of industries that includes mining but also a range of others, from oil and gas to manufacturing and transportation. The company will offer industry-specific products through a network of expert dealers.“Atlas Copco is a strong, global brand and Gesan has a reputation for delivering quality industrial power solutions. With the addition of the Gesan product line, Atlas Copco provides Predictable Power for customers in a wider range of industries than ever before,” explains Ben van Hove, Vice President Marketing Portable Power with Atlas Copco Portable Energy. “Product development to optimise cost-efficiency, performance and operation is our primary focus.”A brand within the Atlas Copco Group since 2011, Gesan becomes a dedicated Atlas Copco product line. “Gesan has an outstanding reputation with our industrial customers. That is why we are proud to continue to use the Gesan name within our Atlas Copco product portfolio,” says van Hove. The Gesan line generators will have their own design in line with the Atlas Copco product branding. Unit names will follow the Atlas Copco naming standards, with all existing Gesan products to be renamed by the end of 2014.Atlas Copco will operate a dual market approach. Atlas Copco generators for industries such as mining will continue to be sold through the Atlas Copco customer centres. Atlas Copco Gesan solutions will be distributed via a dealer network that will cover other segments such as healthcare, data centres, telecomms, manufacturing, government, and transportation. “Our goal is to get the right products to the right people using the right channels. That is why our dealers will continue to offer installation, project management, maintenance and service. What is more, we’re actively looking to expand our dealer network,” explains Jose Antonio Gomez, Atlas Copco Gesan Line Business Development Manager.“Since the organisational changes were first announced internally two months ago, everyone at Atlas Copco and Gesan has been working hard to prepare. We’re motivated and ready,” concludes van Hove. “Sharing our knowledge and expertise will improve our future product portfolio, producing new, productive and efficient solutions for our customers.”last_img read more

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14 BIG STARS All the stars you can see in Struga

This Wednesday is the date for the traditional and one of the most quality in this area tournaments, the Struga 2014 Handball tournament. It will be the 42nd one of its kind, and apart from the top teams that will participate and of which we wrote, we now present some of the stars that can be seen at this tournament.From Wednesday to Saturday, the crowd will be able to watch live Olympic and World champions such as Arpad Sterbik and Blazenko Lackovic, top goalkeepers such as Darko Stanic, Borko Ristovski and Vadim Bogdanov, and many terrific players in the names of Pavel Atman, Timur Dibirov, Filip Mirkulovski, Naumce Mojsovski, Renato Vugrinec, Igor Karacic, Muhamed Toromanovic… A lot of quality handball is ahead of us, and all the information can be found at balkan-handball.com which will be present live at the place of happening. Arpad SterbikBlazenko LackovicDarko Stanichandball tournament strugarukometstruga 2014Struga handballstruga rakomet ← Previous Story NEW WORLD RECORD: RNL-HSV to be seen live by 37,000 people Next Story → Barcelona again training in “Zumba” rhythm! read more

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New photos point to possible NFC in iPhone 5

first_imgBack in the days when everyone was referring to the iPhone 4’s successor as the “iPhone 5,” rumors popped up that Apple was planning to integrate near field communication (NFC) into its next mobile device. That product ended up being the marginally upgraded iPhone 4S, but now that the true iPhone 5 is almost here, those rumors are beginning to resurface.AppleInsider.com has found pictures on a Taiwanese Apple fan site displaying a previously unleaked new part within the new iPhone model. Because NFC chips don’t exactly have giant lettering printed on them, it isn’t perfectly clear what this new trinket is. However, an increasing consensus is that it is indeed the addition that nerdy iPhone fans have been hoping for.It could be the giant rest button that the NFC community desperately needs. Since first entering the mobile consumer market about a year ago with Google Wallet, the concept of contactless technology built directly into smartphones for mobile payments and more has been relegated to the background.Google Wallet was never destined to be the catalyst for NFC adoption, though. Its highly limited partnerships with Sprint and Citi made it nearly impossible for the platform to spread its wings and fly. Then, however, there was Isis, a joint venture between Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T. That showed promise, but it still hasn’t been rolled out to any significant scale.Samsung has taken a different NFC approach, using the technology to promote features like phone-to-phone photo-sharing instead of mobile payments with the Galaxy S III. So if the iPhone 5 does indeed incorporate this nascent mobile innovation, the real question will be what its main focus is. Will Apple try to foster a brand new mobile payment platform or will its intentions be more about sharing content between iPhones? All should hopefully be revealed in a couple weeks when Apple is expected to officially unveil the new device.Applepro (in Chinese) via Apple Insiderlast_img read more

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Opinion Is the Catholic Church still covering up child sex abuse on

first_img 27,621 Views We know that a vast portion of the church’s wealth in Ireland was earned off the back of women held against their will and forced to work as slaves, not to mention the trafficking of children out of the country to wealthy families abroad for vast sums of money in illegal adoptions.I propose we hand the matter over to the Criminal Assets Bureau. They can freeze all church accounts, seize their assets and use the resultant funds to make appropriate recompense to the many, many people whose lives have been ruined through their callous and abusive treatment.I do not believe this is an excessive stance. The argument that, as a society, we colluded with the church and therefore should share the blame holds no water.We used to burn village midwives as witches – that doesn’t mean we should shrug and turn a blind eye if someone were to do so today.As a culture and a community, we have moved on, while the institutional church has remained solidly entrenched.The revelation that they are still covering up child sex abuse on the grounds that it is a pontifical secret should be the final straw. That the Catholic Church continues to hold itself up as a moral guardian really beggars belief.Shane Dunphy is a child protection expert, author and broadcaster. He is Head of the Social Studies Department at Waterford College of Further Education. 53 Comments And not just in the dim and distant past – it is still happening today.A good example of this absurdity was witnessed in last week’s Vatican Summit on Clerical Abuse.That it was the first gathering of its kind for an organisation that has been plagued by this most heinous of criminal actions for hundreds of years, (there is a piece of Brehon Law dating back to the 12th century which outlines how priests who have sex with pre-adolescent boys should be dealt with) is mind-boggling, but better late than never.During the summit, we heard some remarkable things.It was admitted that files relating to clerics who were known to be abusing children were either not created at all, or were destroyed to prevent them from falling into the hands of the public.There was mention that the canon law protection of ‘pontifical secret’ had been applied to numerous clerical abuse cases, meaning it was considered a mortal sin to reveal these facts under any circumstances – the breaching of this would result in automatic excommunication.Bizarrely, it was suggested that this practice should not continue, indicating that it is ongoing. Share429 Tweet Email12 Mar 3rd 2019, 8:31 PM Opinion: Is the Catholic Church still covering up child sex abuse on the grounds that it is a ‘pontifical secret’? The summit heard that the canon law protection of ‘pontifical secret’ had been applied to numerous clerical abuse cases. Bizarrely, it was suggested that this practice should not continue – indicating that it is ongoing. writes Shane Dunphy. It is an organisation that has proven, beyond any shadow of a doubt, to be utterly corrupt, institutionally and irrepressibly criminal. Shane Dunphy Short URL By Shane Dunphy It has caused the kind of misery one could only equate with a political dictatorship or maybe more accurately a highly organised and successful international criminal gang. https://jrnl.ie/4518968 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article FOR A WHILE, I thought Pope Francis was a good man.I was quite moved when he comforted a child who had been told one of his parents was going to hell due to his atheism, telling him a loving God would never do such a thing.He spoke openly about reforming the monolith the Roman Church has become, and I was delighted. Here, I thought, was the kind of leader the church needed in the 21st century.But alas, the mask quickly began to slip.During his visit to Ireland, be claimed to be hearing about the Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Baby Homes for the first time.He asserted that the physical punishment of children is acceptable “as long as it is done with love”. As someone who was beaten regularly by priests during my education, I deeply question what kind of love was involved, and he has stated that people who continuously criticise the church are “friends of the devil”.Pope Francis apologised for that final comment, protesting that he was simply referencing a passage in the Bible but how often have the religious used biblical interpretation to support their worst offences?I grew up in an intensely religious family. My mother went to Mass daily, and we said prayers every evening after dinner. I loved the ritual and the colour and the majesty of the church, and I revelled in the stories. I still use John’s Gospel as an example of one of the best opening lines ever written: “In the beginning was the Word.” As a writer, there is something enchanting in that idea.Despite all this, I have come to believe wholeheartedly that the machine that is the Roman Catholic Church has had its day and must be shut down.I want to be clear about what I am saying here: I have no argument with the religion itself – one of my core beliefs is that people should be free to follow whichever creed they feel helps them get through the day, so long as it does not impose on anyone else’s rights or freedoms.What I want to see demolished is the human, financial and political mechanism which has, for centuries, been the institutional embodiment of Roman Catholicism, enforcing its will and influence on the world, often to the detriment and oppression of huge swathes of the populations it professes to serve. Sunday 3 Mar 2019, 8:30 PM The main proposal coming out of the summit was that a handbook is to be drawn up for bishops to aid them in their handling of clerical sexual abuse – meaning that such guidance currently does not exist.Nowhere was there a mention of zero tolerance, or the handing over to the police of bishops and Vatican hierarchy who have been instrumental in the sheltering and protection of serial predators for years.Activist groups the world over declared the summit to be all sound and no action.Francis Rocca, the Wall Street Journal’s Vatican correspondent, went so far as to tell RTE’s Drivetime programme that in his experience the Catholic Church globally does not see clerical abuse in the same way we do in Ireland, deeming it to be something that is “certainly a bad thing, but forgivable, even given a second chance”.This was brought home to me in the wake of the summit when I was contacted by a member of a support group for survivors of clerical abuse.He mentioned a convicted clerical abuser whose name I was aware of and informed me that this individual, though now defrocked, is still working for the church, he is now a community worker and continues to live rent-free in a house owned by the diocese.He also told me that this particular person currently has seven different charges of abuse – some historical and some much more recent – pending against him.Yet the church is still financially supporting him and has facilitated his remaining in a position where he has ready access to children and vulnerable adults.I did my research, and discovered that every word of this was was true.The police, when I called about it, told me they were well aware of this particular person’s presence in the area where he works and resides, and that he is being carefully watched.I’m not sure how much of a comfort that is.In light of everything I have just written, I have a proposal. It’s a simple one but I think it might be very effective.The Church has admitted to institutional levels of criminality, so why then don’t we treat it as a criminal organisation?last_img read more

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Offerings remain bountiful as Vancouver Farmers Market caps successful season

first_img• What: Final weekend for 2012 Vancouver Farmers Market.• When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.• Where: Sixth and Esther streets, downtown Vancouver.• On the Web: Vancouver Farmers MarketThe Vancouver Farmers Market will wrap up its regular 2012 season this weekend, but the harvest is far from over.Local farmers are still growing all sorts of crops such as potatoes, yams, carrots, tomatoes, onions, Brussels sprouts, lettuces, herbs and apples, said Jordan Boldt, the market’s executive director.“A lot of people don’t realize that even though it’s fall, there’s still a lot of produce in the ground,” Boldt said. “People who stop by this weekend may find some great end-of-the-season deals from our vendors.”A mild, sunny past few months have helped the market, in its 23rd year, to thrive, he added.“It’s been a very good season,” Boldt said. “The weather has been exceptional. All the vendors have reported a profitable season, so we’re all very happy.”The final market weekend runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.Looking to ThanksgivingOne vendor, Little Farms, is even selling turkeys in advance for Thanksgiving, although she’ll only be at the market Saturday.The Klickitat County farm will care for the birds until they’re ready, slaughter and clean them and deliver them on Nov. 17 to the Vancouver Harvest Market, which is at the same location as the regular market at Sixth and Esther streets, said Renee Cote-Kreinbring, co-owner.last_img read more

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New PRISM Specs Address Multimedia Usage Rights

first_imgFormer co-chairman of the PRISM working group, Lee Vetten, a publishing technologies specialist at McGraw-Hill, thinks that this updated set of guidelines “expands on the existing PRISM XML specification and allows for greater agility of complex rights metadata pertaining to various types of content.” PRISM XML also includes elements that allow publishers to manage and exchange print and Web content.Major publishers, content rights holders and developers, among others, are in support of this standard, said Kennedy. U.S. News plans to implement PRISM 2.1 in Q4 of this year.The full PRISM 2.1 specifications can be downloaded here. As online and print content creation teams become increasingly intertwined, PRISM (“Publishing Requirements for Industry Standard Metadata”), an IDEAlliance group, recently updated its specifications to address usage rights within multimedia.The update, PRISM 2.1, “tackles the daunting task of describing usage rights in today’s complex multimedia, multi-channel digital distribution environment,” said IDEAlliance vice president of information and media technologies, Dianne Kennedy, in a release. Since 1999, PRISM has worked to introduce industry metadata standards, updating these guidelines as the media landscape has become increasingly multi-channeled. While an earlier iteration, PRISM 2.0, evolved past a print-centric model, the latest version “addresses the complicated area of rights management,” said Stephanie Salmon, PRISM working group member and director of information services for U.S. News. “It allows publishers to closely track rights and distribution information for both internal and external use,” Salmon added. In addition to tracking info, it also lets publishers define issues like adult content warnings, references to contracted agreements, copyrights and credits.last_img read more

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Burned female student in critical condition

first_imgRelatives of burned female student are crying at the guest room of Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit at Dhaka Medical College. Photo: Prothom AloThe Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital formed a nine-member medical board to treat the burned female madrasa student of Sonagazi upazila in Feni.The board was formed on Sunday morning.”The condition of the student is critical. It may deteriorate further,” assistant professor at Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit Nasir Uddin told Prothom Alo.He said the treatment of the student started as per the advice of the medical board. She is being fed through pipe, he added.The student went to the rooftop of the madrasa’s administrative building being informed that her friend was being beaten up. As soon as she reached there, four to five students clad in burkha encircled her and asked why she had sued the principal of the madrasa.The student said the allegation she brought against the principal is true and she will protest till her death. Soon after, they poured keronsene on her body and set her on fire.On Saturday, physicians said around 75 per cent of her body were burnt. And 40 to 45 per cent of the burn is severe. An operation was conducted on her after she had been shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital from Sonagazi. She is now in the ICU.Family members at the hospital said madrasa principal Maulana Siraj Ud Daula called her to his room and sexually abused her. Her mother sued the principal and he is now in jail in a case.Feni district Jamaat Ameer AKM Shamsuddin said principal Siraj Ud Daula was rokon of Jamaat once. He was expelled from the party on various allegations in 2016.He was also accused in three cases with Feni Sadar and Sonagazi Model police stations on charges of sabotage and carrying out attacks on police. He was jailed and then released.last_img read more

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Hitman Absolution gameplay video leaked

first_imgIf you’ve been wondering what the upcoming Hitman sequel Hitman: Absolution will look like, your wish has been granted. Someone, during a closed-door briefing at E3, managed to get their hands on the gameplay footage shown and shared it with a Danish news agency, who promptly posted it to YouTube. It’s difficult to get a feel for the story or what you’re in for when the game is closer to launch, but you do get to see what it’ll look like and some of the mechanics of the gameplay, which works for us.Even though you only see snippets of the gameplay (and some of it is repeated over in slow-motion,) you know ahead of time you’ll ne stealthily sneaking around corridors, ambushing people, using objects in your surroundings as weapons, and use cover to protect yourself, even use someone as a human shield. It’s all good old fashioned Hitman-style fun. Even so, the gameplay trailer does look a bit far from polished, but that could just be the video.The gameplay footage was supposed to be private, and the highlight from the game from E3 was supposed to be a CGI teaser trailer made to get you excited about Agent 47’s triumphant return. The footage shown is spliced with clips from the other trailers, so it’s not terribly tantalizing, nor does it give away story points or the plot from the game, but it is our first look at actual gameplay, unlike the entirely pre-rendered CGI trailer.Hitman: Absolution is scheduled for a 2012 release for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. It’ll be the first Hitman game on the PS3. IO Interactive, working with Square Enix, has said that the game will get deeper into the personal life of the mysterious Agent 47. That’s about all we know about the finer story elements and plot, nothing else has been tipped. Still, enjoy the gameplay video while it lasts: it’s sure to be taken down soon.via 1uplast_img read more

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first_img Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | October 26, 2010 Mobile DR Solution Features Motorized X-Ray Unit Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more 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 Video Player is loading.Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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For more information: www.agfahealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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AirAsia X double daily flights down under

first_img“AirAsia X has been lobbying both governments for some time for the increased capacity, and we are delighted to be able to further expand our reach across these dynamic cities,” Mr Osman-Rani said. Source = ETB News: P.T. “They will also provide guests with a greater choice of travel times and enable us to offer improved flight connections across our network and further encourage the growth of tourism and trade.” AirAsia X currently operate 12 weekly flights from Sydney and Melbourne and 9 weekly flights from Perth. The increased schedule will boost services to 14 flights per week from each of the three ports. “The Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to Kuala Lumpur routes have performed extremely well and the new double daily services will help meet increasing demand,” AirAsia X chief executive Azran Osman-Rani said. 14 flights each per week from Sydney, Perth and Melbourne. AirAsia X is aiming to double their fly-thru arrivals into Australia. AirAsia X will increase operations in Australia, announcing the introduction of double daily services from Melbourne, Sydney and Perth to Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian low-cost carrier will commence twice daily flights between its Malaysian hub and Melbourne from 1 October 2013, while Sydney and Perth services will begin 25 November 2013. AirAsia X recently announced its entry into the South Australian market, with four weekly flights from Adelaide to Kuala Lumpur set to begin 31 October 2013.last_img read more

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How Student Loans are Holding Back Homebuying

first_img September 21, 2018 707 Views in Daily Dose, News, Origination Debt Homebuying Loans Student Loans 2018-09-21 Seth Welborn How Student Loans are Holding Back Homebuyingcenter_img Student loan debt is holding back buyers, and according to the the sixth annual NeighborWorks America at Home survey, many who are weighed down by debt are worried about their college debt most or all of the time.Student loan debt makes up 42 percent of all consumer debt, surpassing $1.5 trillion as of Q2 2018. Millennials are shouldering most of the ballooning student loan debt, which has risen 130 percent since 2008.”It’s important for people to have the tools and resources they need to be informed consumers from the moment they consider owning a home,” says Karen Hoskins, acting VP of homeownership programs and lending at NeighborWorks America. “A housing counselor can guide them through what often seems a daunting, confusing process. They also will benefit by thinking about nonprofits as helpful sources of services and information. Down-payment assistance is especially helpful for homebuyers who struggle because of student loan debt.”According to NeighborWorks, 57 percent are burdened with student debt, and 59 percent say either they or someone they know has delayed purchasing a home due to student loan debt.Additionally, around 73 percent of potential homebuyers are holding out on purchasing due to a perceived complexity of the homebuying process, despite historically low mortgage rates.For those that feel that their student loan debt is holding them back from homeownership, education about what other options are available may be key. NeighborWorks also notes that 46 percent of millennials are not aware that local nonprofits offer student loan debt counseling for free or at a low cost, which may be the boost some need to gain homeownership. The report notes that by expanding homebuyer education, student loan debt counseling and marketing of down payment assistance, nonprofits can clear up confusion and increase use of tools that improve access to affordable options.Find the NeighborWorks report here. Sharelast_img read more

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Health ministry to tackle problem of lack of midwives

first_imgThe health ministry has given reassurances that it will address the issue of a number of private maternity clinics facing closure due to a lack of midwives.According to media reports, the health ministry sent a notice to a number of obstetrics and gynaecology clinics that their operations were suspended as they have been working illegally since the beginning of the year after the expiration of a decree granting them more time to employ the minimum number of midwives provided by law.The clinics, however, argue that there is a shortage of midwives.The head of the state medical services, Elisavet Constantinou, told Active radio that there is great upset among owners of obstetrics and gynaecology clinics over the development.The law states the minimum number of health professionals each practice ought to have – five per private hospital – including obstetrics and gynaecology clinics. But due to the lack of midwives, the law has been on hold since 2003. The latest extension given by parliament expired at the end of last December.Constantinou said that 17 maternity clinics do not fulfil criteria as regards the number of their staff. There are in total 28 gynaecology clinics in all districts.During the last few days, she said, seven of those clinics have made the necessary arrangements to secure the necessary number of staff, eight have removed from their operation licence the role of obstetrics clinics, and only two still do not meet the criteria.She added that the health ministry is collecting data on the number of midwives employed by private obstetrics clinics and is also investigating whether understaffing is due to owners being unable to find or refusing to hire more staff.Constantinou said that only parliament can give another extension as regards the implementation of the law, but that the health ministry is aiming to provide solutions so that no clinic is forced to close down.Private doctors say they would like to hire midwives but cannot find any, while the Cyprus Nurses and Midwives Association (Pasynm) argues that they could bring in staff from other European countries.Head of Pasynm, Ioannis Leondiou, said that they did not give their consent for the extension given to private hospitals as a midwives’ job cannot be carried out by other health professionals, citing legal and safety issues.The law, he said, provides for the duties and qualifications of each health professional, including midwives.“If parliament decides to give another extension, it will have to ask for the opinion of the attorney-general, as, according to the law the duties of a midwife cannot be carried out by anyone else,” Leondiou told the Cyprus Mail.He added that private clinics could bring in midwives from other European counties, but that would mean they would be forced to pay higher wages.Leondiou wondered what measures authorities have taken to encourage young people to become midwives.Gynaecologist Dr Marios Liasides, also former head of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society, said that this measure is absurd as the law allows a newly qualified midwife to perform a delivery in a house, but does not allow much more experienced health professionals to do the same in a hospital.He said that the state ought to first help find the around 80 to 100 midwives necessary to adequately staff the private clinics before deciding to ask them to close down.Liasides said that the minimum requirement is five midwives per private hospital depending on the number of hospital beds. At the moment, reportedly, around 30 newly qualified nurses are expected to enter the work force.It is a fact, he said, that gynaecology clinics have been looking to employ midwives but can not find any, but many have very experienced nurses to assist doctors with deliveries.In clinics, Liasides said, it is the doctor who delivers babies, the nurses examine the women.  In state hospitals, he said, it is the midwives who do this and call the doctor if they need help.For a person to become a midwife, he or she must follow a two-year course after graduating from a nursing study programme.According to the head of the midwives committee of the nursing and midwives’ association, Stella Leondiou, difficulty lies in that, according to the law, a midwife can only qualify after completing 3,000 hours of training during those two years, half of them practical training and after delivering 40 babies.“This can be done only in state hospitals, as in private ones doctors won’t allow trainees to do it, and because there has been an increase in caesarean sections, there are not enough deliveries as in the past for a midwife in training, so that she can meet the criteria within those two years” she said.You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Leonard House honor first responders during annual 911 ceremony

first_img11Sep Leonard, House honor first responders during annual 9/11 ceremony State Rep. Tom Leonard attends the fourth annual 9/11 ceremony held by the Michigan House of Representatives along with Clinton County Undersheriff Larry Jerue. The Michigan House of Representatives today conducted its annual 9/11 memorial service, honoring the four first responders from Michigan who lost their lives in the line of duty in the past year.State Rep. Tom Leonard was joined in the House chambers by Clinton County Undersheriff Larry Jerue to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.“We hold this memorial service each year as a solemn reminder of the sacrifices so many brave women and men make in our local communities and on behalf of our nation,” said Leonard, R-DeWitt Township. “It was an honor to have Undersheriff Jerue with me here today, and I thank all our local first responders for their commitment to keep us safe.”Lawmakers also paid tribute to Department of Corrections Deputy Corrections Keeper George Haight, who gave his life in the line of duty at Jackson Prison in 1893. Haight’s name was recently inscribed in the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall.The event featured the ringing of a fire bell following the reading of the names of each first responder who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2013. Special music was provided by a fire department bagpiper and “Taps” was played by two members of the Grand Ledge Marching Band.###center_img Categories: Leonard News,Leonard Photoslast_img read more

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House committee approves plan to care for medically frail prisoners

first_img#####The legislation: House Bills 4101-3. Categories: News,Pagel News 28Feb House committee approves plan to care for medically frail prisonerscenter_img The Michigan House Appropriations Committee today approved legislation allowing certain medically frail prisoners to be relocated to medical facilities, a move that will provide quality care while saving taxpayer money.The legislative plan – led by state Rep. Dave Pagel – does not allow early release of inmates, but permits some inmates with severe and chronic physical or mental disabilities to complete their sentences at a medical facility rather than inside a prison if approved by a parole board. Only inmates classified by professionals as not posing a risk to public safety would be allowed to relocate. Inmates convicted of murder or first-degree criminal sexual conduct would not be eligible for the program.“Inmates who are physically or mentally incapacitated require a lot of resources in our prisons, including a higher level of medical attention and more time dedicated from our staff,” said Pagel, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections. “We must uphold our ethical obligation to care for these inmates while also being responsible to taxpayers about the cost. We can do both with the changes outlined in this legislation.”Chronically ill prisoners often have health care costs that are several times higher than the average inmate. Aging inmates also have substantially higher than average health care costs, and they are far more likely to become medically frail.That’s a growing concern in Michigan, where nearly one in four inmates is 50 or older with the average age continuing to rise. Health care already takes up 15 percent of the prison system budget.“It would be far more cost effective to take care of medically frail inmates – those who can no longer accomplish the basic functions of daily living, such as feeding themselves or bathing — through Medicaid at a facility specializing in patient care,” said Pagel, of Oronoko Township in Berrien County. “This plan includes precautions to protect public safety and victims’ rights while allowing for more compassionate, more efficient treatment.”last_img read more

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Rep Lucido dedicated to making Michigan safer for all

first_img24May Rep. Lucido dedicated to making Michigan safer for all Landmark bipartisan plan approved by state House Categories: Lucido News,Newscenter_img State Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, today issued the following statement after the state House approved bipartisan plan to strengthen Michigan’s response to criminal sexual conduct by penalizing sexual predators, helping survivors and protecting Michigan’s residents:“What Larry Nassar did to hundreds of girls and young women is despicable, but the crime of sexual assault goes beyond one individual’s actions. That was the challenge today’s House votes addressed. Not only will it protect us in the doctor’s office, but in our schools, our communities and our homes. Michigan will be safer the day this legislation is signed into law, there is no doubt in my mind.“The reason I can say that is, as vice-chair of the House Law and Justice Committee, we had nearly 20 hours of testimony over the course of 12 hearings. We heard from Nassar survivors, their parents, college administrators, retired judges, subject experts and nonprofit organizations as they stated their case for making our families safe from this behavior. I didn’t just listen, I asked direct questions because as the father of three children, I want my family to be safe. This entire process was thorough and exacting just like the legislation we overwhelmingly approved.”#####last_img read more

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