Obama Nominates Dartmouth President to Head World Bank

first_img President Barack Obama this morning surprised many people with his nomination of Dartmouth College president and global health expert Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank. “It’s time for a development professional to lead the world’s largest development agency,” said Obama in a speech at the White House’s Rose Garden. Kim, a physician and anthropologist who co-founded Partners in Health with Paul Farmer and later headed the HIV/AIDS program at the World Health Organization (WHO), spoke with Science 3 years ago about his decision to move from focusing on global health to the Dartmouth president’s office. At the time, Kim headed the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, and was widely expected to take a job within the Obama Administration. Kim, who was born in South Korea, moved to the United States when he was 5 years old and grew up in Iowa. His work with Partners in Health included launching a pioneering program for treating multidrug resistant tuberculosis in Peru. At WHO, he led a program called “3×5” that pushed for the goal of having 3 million HIV-infected people on antiretroviral drugs by 2005. The project did not hit its target, but more than 6 million people now have access to those life-saving drugs. 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The United States traditionally has selected presidents for the bank, but there has been an increasing call for transparency, and Kim’s nomination does not guarantee him the job. Immediately after the Rose Garden ceremony, the White House issued a press release with quotes from supporters of Kim’s nomination. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner said Kim was “exceptionally well qualified” for the new job as he was “an innovative leader whose groundbreaking work to fight disease and combat poverty has saved lives around the globe.” Former President Bill Clinton called Kim an “inspired and outstanding” choice, and Rwandan President Paul Kagame said he was “delighted” by the nomination. Below are excerpts from Science’s 20 March 2009 interview with Kim, who discussed his decision to take the Dartmouth job rather than pursue the possibility of working in the Obama Administration: Q: A lot of people expected that you’d go work for the Obama Administration. Why didn’t you? Were you offered anything? Did you want that? Is that what you expected would happen? J.Y.K.: There were a lot of conversations. I can’t talk about any details because nothing ultimately happened. It goes back to the same issue: Do I continue to throw my own body at a particular problem and take these problems on directly myself or do I go in a little bit of a different direction and take a really major, and in this case, interestingly, historic leadership position and try to train the next generation? At the end of the day, I’m going to have to travel as president of Dartmouth, but they’re hiring me to spend a lot of time on campus, influencing teaching and people. Whereas if I were to take on a job like working in the Obama Administration in global health, it would have been extremely difficult, probably more than 50%, probably closer 70% to 80% of your time on the road with a travel schedule that wouldn’t be under your control. And I’ve done that, reacting to all the different political problems that come up. It would have been an unbelievable honor and the most exciting, wonderful thing-it would have been working for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Frankly, in my view, it doesn’t get much better than that. But the question for us as a family, we have got a new baby, do I continue to throw my body at a problem, on the road 70% to 80% of the time, dealing with political crisis after political crisis, or take on this leadership position? The say the joke is that Woodrow Wilson left Princeton and went to the U.S government to get away from politics. I don’t think that’s the case. The politics in a university versus the politics in WHO are totally different. I found that the politics at a university are more influenced by rational discourse than politics in global health, especially in a major bureaucracy. A lot of people say, ‘Well, why did you do that, you shouldn’t have done that, you’re not going to have an impact on global health.’ I’m not sure about that. I’ve said to quite a few people who’ve said, ‘Jim, you’re not going to have the impact,” I’ve said to them, alright, let’s make a bet. Let’s look 10 years down the line and let’s see what kind of impact I’ve had from Dartmouth on global health issues. … Q: Were you facing two offers, one from the Obama Administration and one from Dartmouth? J.Y.K.: I can’t tell you that. Let me put it this way: I had to make a lot of really, really tough choices. For me the great excitement I feel around the Dartmouth job is while there’s no question that I’m president of Dartmouth first and foremost, Dartmouth has a long history of having presidents engaged in problems of the world. Jim Yong Kim WHO/P.Virot, Courtesy of Dartmouth College last_img read more

Pakistan T20 Super League cricket in Doha next year

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board says it will organize the inaugural Twenty20 Pakistan Super League in Doha, Qatar, next year.Five teams will compete in 24 T20 matches from Feb. 4-24 for a total prize pot of $1 million (880,000 euros). The PCB says 40 foreign players from all Test playing countries, except India, have agreed to play.Also read: Hopeful of Indo-Pak series in December, says Pak Cricket Board Chairman of the PSL governing council Najam Sethi said Wednesday that top foreign coaches will lead teams in the first edition of the event.Sethi says that rights for broadcast, sponsorship and franchise ownership will be sold over the next three months. The tournament will be formally launched in Lahore in late September.last_img

Amnesty: don’t let Azerbaijan hide human rights abuses behind football

first_imgnews Share on Twitter Read more Share on Facebook According to Azerbaijani human rights defenders, more than 150 people are in prison in the country on politically motivated charges, while mass arrests are used to silence the media and crack down on non-governmental organisations. The country, which has been run by the president, Ilham Aliyev, since 2003, is ranked 166th on the Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index, the lowest ranking in Europe.So far, however, most of the criticism of Uefa’s choice of Baku for the final has focused on how difficult and expensive it is for Arsenal and Chelsea fans to get there, as well as the large proportion of tickets that have been allocated to local fans and sponsors.Uefa has pointed out it has an obligation to grow the game throughout the continent and there was no way of knowing that two London-based sides would reach the final when the decision was made in 2017. It has also said the ticket allocation was based on how many travelling fans it believed Baku’s airport could handle. The Azerbaijan Football Association has said it regrets Mkhitaryan’s “unwarranted” decision to stay away. Share on Messenger Amnesty International Amnesty International has increased the pressure on European football’s governing body, Uefa, by saying Azerbaijan must not be allowed to “sportswash its appalling human rights record” by staging high-profile football matches.Baku’s Olympic Stadium is hosting the Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea next Wednesday and is also the venue for four games in next year’s European Championship. Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Share on LinkedIn Was this helpful? Paul MacInnes Show Europa Leaguecenter_img Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Thank you for your feedback. Baku farce is a reminder football should use its influence for the better Share on Pinterest Share via Email Azerbaijan Hide Topics Share on WhatsApp But the decision to stage the Europa League showpiece in the former Soviet republic has been strongly criticised by fans and human rights groups and, on Tuesday, the Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan said he would not travel to the game amid fears for his safety in a country that is locked in a simmering conflict with his native Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.“We must ensure that Azerbaijan isn’t allowed to sportswash its appalling human rights record as a result of the football fanfare,” Amnesty International’s UK director, Kate Allen, said. “Azerbaijan is in the grip of a sinister human rights crackdown, with journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders being ruthlessly targeted. Unfair trials and smear campaigns remain commonplace.“LGBTI people have been arrested, and even people fleeing the country have been harassed and pressured to return. Fans, players and backroom staff can help prevent Azerbaijan’s likely attempt to sportswash its image by informing themselves about the human rights situation behind the glitzy facade of Wednesday’s match.“All too often, governments are using high-profile sporting competitions to distract attention from repressive policies and human rights violations, to instead project an image of openness. This couldn’t be further from the truth with the current administration, and the Arsenal-Chelsea clash is just the latest reminder of this.” Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Yaya Toure confirms Celtic talks

first_imgYaya Toure has confirmed interest from Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic, though he says he must speak with Brendan Rodgers before any decision is made.The midfielder completed an eight-year spell with Manchester City last summer, leaving the club at the end of the season.Toure won three Premier League titles, three League Cups, an FA Cup and a Community Shield as a player on the blue side of Manchester. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? His next stop was a short one, as Toure rejoined Olympiakos, the team he had spent the 2005-06 season with. Despite only signing in September, Toure’s contract was terminated three months later via mutual consent.Reports have linked him with a move to Celtic, who are tied with Rangers atop the Scottish Premiership in points, where his brother Kolo is an assistant under Rodgers.And speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Toure admitted there is interest from the Scottish club, but will require further discussions with the manager before any agreement is reached.“Celtic are a great team, but I will speak to Brendan Rodgers there and we will see what happens,” Toure said.Manchester City remain competitive on all fronts this season, and the quadruple, winning in the Premier League, Champions League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup, still remains a possibility.Going hard in all four of the competitions could end up being a detriment for City as they not only aim to secure Champions League glory for the first time, but also overtake Liverpool in the Premier League.But Toure believes Pep Guardiola is intent on not sacrificing any competition, and hopes to win them all.“I think now the big question is if City are going to go for the Premier League or the Champions League or the League Cup or the FA Cup?” Toure said. “I don’t think so, I think he’s going to go for all of them.“I think the Champions League is the big, big one. To be honest, the cups – the League Cup and the FA Cup – can become a distraction.“Why? Because the Champions League and the Premier League is the big, big target for Man City.”Asked about whether it was a different situation in Spain with the top clubs there compared to England, Toure said he thinks it is, noting how difficult the English top flight is.“Yes, to be honest it is different,” Toure said. “Different, different, different type of football.“The Premier League is one of the top leagues in the world. In Spain, these teams – Real Madrid and Barcelona – have been recently winning Champions League but the Premier League is the competition. The physicality is so, so high.“And I hope he will do it. It’ll be good for the fans and good for the football club.”Let’s believe it. I know it’s not going to be easy but I hope City will try to do it.”last_img read more

The Alabama-Clemson National Title Game Field Has Been Revealed

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)There have been some questions about the playing field at Levi’s Stadium leading up to the College Football Playoff national title game.The stadium has had some playing surface issues in the past and there was a decent amount of rain in the area heading into game day.A new field has been installed at the stadium, though, and it appears to be in good shape.Clemson’s football program tweeted out a photo of the field this afternoon.It’s looking solid.“The stage is set,” Clemson tweeted.The stage is set.#NationalChampionship | #ALLIN pic.twitter.com/tlRAJbgimD— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) January 7, 2019Alabama and Clemson are set to play at 8 p.m. E.T.The game will be televised on ESPN.Who are you picking?last_img read more

Chester Precautionary Boil Water Advisory Lifted

first_imgA precautionary boil water advisory issued for parts of Chester has now been lifted. The Department of Environment issued the advisory on Feb. 3 after bacteria was found through testing of a dug well on Pleasant Street. The issue was the result of a break in a privately owned sewer line that has since been repaired. Private well owners are responsible for ensuring that their wells are constructed to provincial standards and the water is safe to drink. Wells should be tested for bacteria every six months. Learn more at: https://www.novascotia.ca/nse/water/privatewells.asp -30-last_img

Glenda Jackson to return to TV after 25 years with Elizabeth is

first_imgLondon: Veteran actor Glenda Jackson is set to return to television after a gap of 25 years with BBC One’s “Elizabeth is Missing”. The show is adapted from Emma Healey’s bestselling novel of the same name, reported BBC. The one-off featuring length episode will see Jackson star as Maud, an elderly woman suffering from dementia who is trying to find her best friend Elizabeth. “Emma’s novel and Andrea’s screenplay paint the most striking portrait of a woman in the grip of a devastating condition. I am delighted to be making my return to television to play Maud, a character it’s impossible not to be charmed and moved by,” Jackson said in a statement. Healey also expressed her excitement over Jackson’s casting in the project. “Absolutely thrilled. Amazing actress, amazing script, can’t wait to see the adaptation. Honoured that it’s Maud who will bring Glenda Jackson back onto our TVs,” she posted on Twitter. The one-off feature length drama is adapted by writer Andrea Gibb and will soon begin filming in Scotland.last_img read more

Fouryearold police dog wins top UK award for finding missing woman in

first_imgFour-year-old police dog wins top UK award for finding missing woman in below freezing conditions This is the first time that a PSNI handler and his police dog have won the UK award. This is the first time that a PSNI handler and his police dog have won the ‘Police Dog Team Humanitarian Action of the Year Award 2016’.Dunwoody added, “This is an award that has been well earned and is well deserved.Using their training and Jake’s skills, the dog was able to establish a track which eventually helped find the missing person.“The officer displayed his expertise not only in dog handling but also in his management of the female casualty. The medical opinion is that if the team had not located her when they did, there could have been tragic consequences.”The pair were presented with the award by Deputy Chief Constable Rod Hansen, Gloucestershire Constabulary, who is the National Policing Lead for Police Dogs.Read: A cute and well-behaved dog is needed to star in an opera in the National Concert Hall this month> By Cliodhna Russell Share397 Tweet Email3 Apr 6th 2017, 6:20 AM http://jrnl.ie/3325035 At the time, temperatures had dropped to -3 degrees centigrade and there was thick, freezing fog. Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 6:20 AM A POLICE DOG in Northern Ireland has won a top award after finding a missing woman who was close to death in below freezing conditions.Four-year old police dog Jake, who is a Dutch Herder, was led to a general location by means of the missing woman’s mobile phone.Describing the conditions on the night, Chief Superintendent Kevin Dunwoody, from the PSNI’s Operational Support Department, said: 4 Comments 10,884 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Solar Impulse un premier vol réussi pour lavion solaire

first_imgSolar Impulse : un premier vol réussi pour l’avion solaire Suisse – L’avion solaire Solar Impulse a décollé ce mercredi 7 avril de l’aérodrome militaire de Payerne, dans l’ouest de la Suisse. Son premier vol, qui a duré environ une heure et demie, a été effectué sans qu’aucun problème ne vienne le perturber. “Jamais un avion de ce type, aussi grand, léger et utilisant si peu d’énergie, n’a volé dans le passé” s’est félicité Bertrand Piccard, qui a développé son projet en collaboration avec l’École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne.Les ailes de l’avion propulsé à l’énergie solaire sont recouvertes de quelque 12.000 cellules photovoltaïques qui alimentent les quatre moteurs électriques bénéficiant chacun d’une puissance maximale de dix chevaux. Le premier vol de Solar Impulse, qui ne pèse que 1.600 kilos pour 64 mètres de long, a été effectué par le pilote allemand Markus Scherdel. Suivi d’un hélicoptère, l’avion a décollé à 10h28 ce mercredi matin de l’aérodrome de Payerne pour atterrir à 11h54 après qu’une série de tests ont été réalisés pour évaluer son comportement en vol.Ce projet, mis en route il y a sept ans, a pour visée première de montrer “ce que l’on peut faire dans les énergies renouvelables” a souligné Bertrand Piccard. D’ici deux ans, le but est de réussir un vol autour du monde en cinq étapes, grâce au seul rayonnement du Soleil. De nombreux autres essais seront réalisés d’ici là, et notamment un voyage de trente-six heures sans interruption, afin de s’assurer que Solar Impulse est capable de voler de jour comme de nuit.Le 7 avril 2010 à 18:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Photographer defends A Christmas Story themed photo of newborn with fake BB

first_img“Adorable picture! Sorry people are hating on something that is so cute!” another user commented.Haehl defended the photo in a statement on her Facebook page.“This photo is not about a baby posed with a ‘gun’… it is about love, tradition, family, and happiness,” she wrote. “This movie has encouraged smiles, laughter, and happiness for 35 years. It also happened to be filmed right here in the midwest where I was born and raised.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – A newborn’s photoshoot inspired by “A Christmas Story” is igniting debate online because the baby is posed with a fake gun.Coffee Creek Studio in Indiana shared the picture on Facebook, showing the sleeping infant wearing the famous pink bunny suit from the 1983 holiday movie — complete with a miniature BB gun in his arms.“Only 49 days until Christmas!! Ralphie loved his pink bunny suit I had made for him!” photographer Amy Haehl wrote in the caption. “Disclaimer – the BB gun is made of wood to ensure that he did NOT shoot his eye out during the creation of this photo.”Despite her disclaimer, some on social media found the photo in poor taste.“Unfollowing and unliking you. Extremely distasteful,” one user wrote in a now-deleted comment. “Guns are never ‘cute’, not even as a prop or movie reference. Disgusting. The gun culture in this country is a disgrace.”Others, however, found the photo endearing, and encouraged Haehl to ignore the detractors. last_img read more

Euro Paper Supplier Says There is Definite Need to Increase Prices

first_imgEuropean paper supplier M-Real reported today that first half 2008 operating results, including non-recurring items, were $119.1 million, down about 7 percent over the same period in 2007. Operating results excluding non-recurring items were about -$28.6 million, down from $28.6 million last year.Sales for the half reached about $3.4 billion, down from about $3.6 billion last year. First half EBITDA, including non-recurring items, was about $362.3 million, down from about $409.9 million last year.”We have found new profit improvements mainly through simplifying business concepts, which made it possible to raise the target of the profit improvement program in May,” M-Real CEO Mikko Helander said in a statement. “We will still launch new profit improvement actions later in the year to cover as much of the heavy cost inflation as possible.”Earlier this year, M-Real announced price increases for its magazine papers in the American and European markets. The price for its U.K. coated magazine papers increased by $80 per ton and $3 per 100 pounds—or about $60 per ton—in the U.S. The company attributed the increases to improving profitability in its magazine segment, which has faced pressures from increasing cost and strong market demand. “There is a definite need to increase the prices for all paper and paperboard products, and we will do everything we can to achieve the necessary increases,” Helander said.last_img read more

Pivotal Game of Thrones scene even better with Titanic music

first_img $98 Someone put titanic music over that Arya scene #GoT— Jason (@i_Like_ceral_) April 29, 2019 Post a comment See it Amazon Digital content manager Shahbaz Khan stepped up and delivered the devastating mashup. “Everything’s better with Titanic music,” Khan wrote. Why yes, it is. If that short clip isn’t enough for you, then check out an extended version from social media manger and video producer Riley Winn. Now playing: Watch this: How Game of Thrones language High Valyrian comes to life See It 0 8:25 Mentioned Above Zmodo Pivot 187 Photos Zmodo Pivot The Night King goes great with Titanic music. HBO Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones season 8.First, a lilting flute sings. Then, power drums activate. Finally, Celine Dion belts out, “You’re here, there’s noooooothing to fear!” But there’s no Leonardo DiCaprio in sight. This is a fan-made tribute to Arya Stark’s best stabby-stabby moment in all of Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones viewers took to Twitter to demand someone match up My Heart Will Go On from the epic 1997 James Cameron movie Titanic with the scene from episode 3 where Maisie Williams guts the Night King with a Valyrian steel dagger. See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $97 I would like to point out some similarities between Celine Dion and the Night King. Dion was born in the north in Charlemagne, Canada, a place that’s known for getting plenty cold. The Night King comes from the frigid north of Westeros.celinedionEnlarge ImageCeline Dion raises the dead in the My Heart Will Go On video. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET The Night King raises his arms to raise the dead. In the video for My Heart Will Go On, Dion raises up her arms in a very similar fashion, though she doesn’t create any zombies (that we know of). In conclusion, Arya’s attack on the Night King mixed with the Titanic theme song could not be any more perfect. Also, Celine Dion would probably win the game of thrones if she wasn’t so busy touring. TV and Movies Share your voice Arya pulling the mid-air hand switch set to the Titanic music. #GOT #RoadtoVerification pic.twitter.com/DsXhTlCRyC— Riley Winn (@allRidoisWinn) April 29, 2019 Review • Zmodo Pivot review: This Zmodo security camera Pivots to see more Tags Everything’s better with Titanic music. I had to. #GameofThrones #DemThrones pic.twitter.com/Wd3C4WXfgT— Shahbaz Khan (@ShahbazMKhan) April 29, 2019 Game of Throneslast_img read more

What DSK Knew

first_imgWhat DSK Knew1.3K viewsWhat DSK Knew1.3K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00What DSK Knew1.3K viewsBusinessOutside the courthouse, topless women protest as Dominique Strauss-Kahn heads into court. Inside the courthouse the former IMF chief faces pimping charges. The 65- year old is accused of instigatingVentuno Web Player 4.50Outside the courthouse, topless women protest as Dominique Strauss-Kahn heads into court. Inside the courthouse the former IMF chief faces pimping charges. The 65- year old is accused of instigatinglast_img

Urban India to be 100pc Open Defecation Free by 2 Oct

first_imgIndia prime minister Narendra Modi launches Swachh Bharat (Clean India) campaign. Photo: flickr.comUrban India will be totally Open Defecation Free by 2 October 2019, exactly five years after prime minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat campaign, state minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Tuesday.Puri stated this while launching the Swachh Sarvekshan 2020, the fifth edition of the annual cleanliness survey to rate the cities on cleanliness.”There has been a significant transformation in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan from just being a government project to a people’s movement in the last five years,” said the housing and urban affairs minister.He said when the Swachh Sarvekshan was started in 2016, only 70 odd cities were included. This rose to 4,000 in 2018.”The defining feature of what we are doing now is the 100 per cent geographical coverage throughout the country,” the minister said.”Instead of making the ‘sarvekshan’ of the cities just an annual process, we decided to take the process a step further. Earlier, we were using Google to map the toilets, now we are using Artificial Intelligence to ensure that there is complete transparency and there is no misdirection of the resources,” he said.Puri launched the Swachh Survekshan 2020 toolkit that contains a detailed survey methodology and component indicators with scores to help cities to prepare themselves for the survey.He emphasised that the country would achieve 100 per cent ODF status in urban areas by 2 October, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.”I want to encourage all those 4,284 urban cities that have got the ODF status to maintain that status. I am aware of the cases where once you achieve the ODF status, a certain degree of complacency seeps in and the slippage takes place.”He added: “There is heightened awareness today and the systems are in place to deal with the interlinked issues of garbage collection, restoration of water bodies, de-silting.”Today’s event for launching the Swachh Survekshan 2020, with field survey to be conducted in January 2020, is particularly significant since it gives us the opportunity to reaffirm once again our promise for a Clean, Garbage Free and Sanitary New India.” Durga Shanker Mishra, secretary, ministry of housing and urban affairs, said every year the Swachh Survekshan was redesigned innovatively to ensure that the process becomes more and more robust, with focus on sustaining the changed behaviour.last_img read more

These Tags Convert Just About Anything Into a Smart Device

first_imgThe revolution of smart devices marches on as researchers have made printable tags that mirror some functionality of standard smart gadgets.While that might sound like a major leap at first, it obviously comes with some important caveats. You can’t just slap these on a TV and get Hulu, but they do allow you to use them for some basic home programming.The tags work by reflecting WiFi signals to a device that’s configured to look for them. By slapping the reflectors on whatever, you can turn them and your phone into a WiFi radar system. When it moves, then, you can trigger other devices on your network to respond accordingly. They can also be configured as keyboards for home speakers systems or other devices that you might have configured to brew your coffee or rub your back or whatever.“Our vision is to expand the Internet of Things to go beyond just connecting smartphones, smartwatches and other high-end devices,” senior author Xinyu Zhang said. Zhang, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the UC San Diego and a member of the Center for Wireless Communications was excited about the possibilities. “We’re developing low-cost, battery-free, chip-less, printable sensors that can include everyday objects as part of the Internet of Things.”Indeed, while their functionality may be pretty limited, their utility comes with ease of manufacture. By printing different patterns, researchers have made all kinds of tags that can reflect everything from WiFi to LTE signals. They also use zero power and need virtually nothing for upkeep.As one of the more practical applications, Zhang imagined using these systems to help track the recovery of stroke victims.“When patients return home, they could use this technology to provide data on their motor activity based on how they interact with everyday objects at home—whether they are opening or closing doors in a normal way, or if they are able to pick up bottles of water, for example. The amount, intensity and frequency of their activities could be logged and sent to their doctors to evaluate their recovery,” Zhang Said.Standard motor activity testing takes one of two forms currently — extensive monitoring in a facility or in the home. And both can be pretty intrusive and time-consuming. This would be a natural, simple, easy way to make steps in that direction saving patients time and money.Unlike most of the things we write about, this doesn’t actually have a long way to go to finish development and could be implemented soon.Nanotech is a weird and fascinating subsect of tech, even if Elon Musk thinks it’s BS. But you can deny advancements for good have been made like figuring out how to kill harmful bacteria. Be sure to follow all the latest in nanotechnology here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

New Data Examines Potential Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction in Prostate Cancer Patients

first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Prostate Cancer | December 19, 2017 New Data Examines Potential Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction in Prostate Cancer Patients BIO 300 from Humanetics Corp. under development as adjunct therapy in combination with radiation therapy for prevention of radiation-induced erectile dysfunction in prostate cancer patients News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Related Content Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more December 19, 2017 — Humanetics Corp. presented data at the annual meetings of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the Radiation Research Society (RRS), on the company’s new drug candidate, BIO 300, which is being evaluated as a potential treatment to prevent erectile dysfunction in patients undergoing radiotherapy for prostate cancer. The annual ASTRO meeting was held Sept. 24-27 in San Diego, and the annual RRS meeting was held Oct. 15-18 in Cancun, Mexico; Zeljko Vujaskovic, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of radiation oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and director of the school’s Division of Translational Radiation Sciences, and Michael Kaytor, Ph.D., vice president of research and development at Humanetics, presented data at the respective meetings.Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer affecting men in the U.S. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), nearly 162,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the U.S. in 2017, representing approximately 20 percent of all new cancers in men. While survival rates are high, radiation-induced erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common and lingering side effect associated with prostate radiotherapy. Nearly half of all men undergoing radiation treatment for prostate cancer will experience some level of ED.Data presented included the results of nonclinical studies that were conducted at UMSOM. These studies demonstrated the potential of BIO 300 to both mitigate radiation-induced ED and also to improve the effectiveness of radiation therapy to kill tumors. “These compelling results show the promise of BIO 300 to enhance a prostate cancer patient’s quality of life, while also directly impacting the ability of radiation therapy to kill the tumor,” said Vujaskovic. “If this result can be translated to the clinical treatment of prostate cancer, it would represent a breakthrough in prostate cancer treatment outcomes.”At present, there are no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs to mitigate radiation-induced ED. “BIO 300’s potential to enhance radiation’s killing effect on the tumor while reducing treatment-related side effects is unparalleled,” said Kaytor. “These findings support the advancement of BIO 300 into a human efficacy study, which is anticipated to begin in 2018.”BIO 300 is in development for prevention and mitigation of toxicities associated with radiation exposure for the treatment of multiple cancers and is currently in a Phase Ib/IIa clinical trial in patients with non-small cell lung cancer who are receiving chemoradiotherapy.For more information: www.humaneticscorp.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read morelast_img read more

Rose lands in the US with new Jamaica Tourist Board post

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Share Tags: Jamaica, JTB, Promotionscenter_img TORONTO — Philip Rose is now Regional Director of Tourism, Northeast USA, for the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB).The appointment, just announced but effective Jan. 1, will see Rose to bring his expertise and business acumen to further grow arrivals from the northeast U.S.Rose is well-known to the Canadian travel industry, serving as the Jamaica Tourist Board’s Canadian Regional Director for the past seven years, until December 2018. Prior to that Rose was District Sales Manager for the Western and South Western USA. In total he brings more than 20 years of experience to his new post.“We wish to thank Philip for his role in helping to grow the Canadian market and look forward to leveraging his skills to build on our U.S. success,“ said Donnie Dawson, Deputy Director of Tourism, The Americas.  “Given the Board’s focus on furthering growth in its primary source market the United States, and in particular the Northeast, we believe his appointment to this new post is key to enabling us to achieve those goals. We congratulate him on this appointment and are confident that he will continue to be a great ambassador for destination Jamaica.” With a proven track record at growing markets even during economically challenging times, Rose will seek to bring his expertise and business acumen to further grow arrivals from the Northeast USA, he added.Rose’s career in the travel industry began in 1995 as a destination marketing consultant to several small tourism entities. He joined the Jamaica Tourist Board in 1998 as a sales representative for the mid-west region and was promoted to the post of district sales manager in 2007. Rose lands in the U.S. with new Jamaica Tourist Board post Travelweek Group last_img read more

Tunneling through the Andes to speed global trade

first_imgAssociated PressBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – South American engineers are trying to tackle one of the continent’s greatest natural challenges: the towering Andes mountain chain that creates a costly physical barrier for nations ever-more-dependent on trade with Asia.Instead of pushing cargo over a 10,500-foot (3,200-meter) pass that is often blocked by snow for weeks, they plan to build the longest tunnels in the Americas right through the mountains. That would make billions of dollars worth of Chinese electronics, Chilean wine, Argentine food and Brazilian cars cheaper and more competitive. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The proposed $3.5 billion private railway known as the Aconcagua Bi-Oceanic Corridor would link train and trucking hubs on both sides with a 127-mile-long (205-kilometer) railway, including twin 32-mile (52-kilometer) tunnels. Construction would take 10 years, but once completed, it could save millions of dollars and carve days off shipping times.As it stands, the only major Andean pass in the southern half of the continent is snowed in each winter, stranding hundreds of cargo trucks in temperatures that can fall to minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 25 degrees Celsius). And Pacific ports remain inaccessible to the Atlantic nation of Brazil, whose trans-Amazonian highway becomes a boggy mess even before reaching the mountains.“There is a gigantic network of infrastructure on both sides of the mountain range with a bottleneck we must free up,” said engineer Nicolas Posse, who is directing the project for Corporacion America.The Argentine company leads a consortium that proposed the project, and both governments have committed to it as a matter of “national interest,” creating a binational commission that is inviting bids. Initial feasibility studies have already been submitted. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The project takes its name from nearby Aconcagua mountain, which dominates the border and is the highest peak in the Americas at 22,822 feet (6,981 meters) above sea level.The train engines, which would be powered by electricity rather than coal or diesel to reduce the environmental impact, are to link a transportation hub in Lujan de Cuyo on the Argentine side with Los Andes, Chile. The tunnels will descend from Punta de Vacas, Argentina, at 7,851 feet (2,393 meters) above sea level, to Saladillo, Chile, at 5,039 feet (1,536 meters), both below the steeper slopes and higher altitudes that get paralyzing snow each winter.The initial phase would open a single tunnel and cost $3.5 billion with a capacity of 24 million tons of cargo a year. Depending on demand, the capacity could grow to 77 million tons and the total price tag to $5.9 billion by adding a second tunnel and additional rail lines on either side. As many as four mechanical excavators will be used to carve through the mountains.“It’s a multimodal system: It works like a ferry. Each train, about 750 meters long, can transport containers of merchandise and trucks with their drivers as well as other train formations, which would switch locomotives to make the crossing,” Posse said. The idea is to enable cargo to make the entire journey between Atlantic and Pacific ports without having to be transferred along the way. Any megaproject faces difficulties in a region as politically and economically unstable as Latin America. To start with, there’s no guarantee that the consortium will win the bid, although Corporation America and Empresas Navieras are corporate leaders in Argentina and Chile, and Mitsubishi is one of the world’s largest trading companies.Posse said there’s nothing particularly challenging about the Andes that engineers aren’t already resolving in the Alps.“An enormous amount of understanding has developed in the last 20 years and this is a huge advantage,” he said. “What has been learned digging long tunnels is that the most important thing is to be obsessively prepared for what might happen in the field.”And promoters say it will pay for itself and more through cargo fees that companies the world over will gladly pay to speed their products to market.“We’re betting on reducing the travel time to a third of what it is now, and this bringing more profits all around. We’re talking about cargo fees that will make the shipments cheaper and Argentine and Chilean exports more competitive,” Posse said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “The economic part of this project is important, but also the human aspect, because having a truck driver stuck in the snow for three or four days isn’t very pleasant,” he said.The world’s longest tunnel now in operation links Japan’s two largest islands, Honshu and Hokkaido. That will be surpassed in 2017 by the Gotthard Base Tunnel, which will run for 35 miles (57 kilometers) under the Swiss Alps.The Andean consortium also includes Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp., Chile’s Empresas Navieras SA, Contreras Hermanos SA of Argentina and Italy’s Geodata SpA, which helped design other proposed tunnels linking Turin, Italy, and Lyon, France, as well as Europe and Africa through the Straits of Gibraltar.All those efforts had government funding. What makes the Andean project unique is that it will be paid for privately by the consortium and through usage fees. The binational commission will provide loan guarantees, but put up no taxpayer money.Chile’s mining wealth and Argentina’s agricultural bounty have sustained their economies, delivering positive trade balances year after year, but both countries need to produce and move those exports more efficiently to maintain growth. Chile imported $75 billion worth of goods and exported $81 billion last year, while Argentine imported $74 billion and exported $84 billion, the U.N.’s regional economics commission reported Tuesday. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Currently, much of the processed soy oils, wine and meat Argentina sends to China, as well as Asian electronics destined for Brazil, must first sail around the tip of South America, adding nearly 3,000 nautical miles and another week to the trip. Shipping by rail between Atlantic and Pacific ports would unite the most productive regions of Chile and its South American neighbors, making trade more competitive for all involved.The shipping cost would drop from $210 to $177 a ton for cargo that now moves between Cordoba, Argentina, and Manzanillo, Mexico, the closest major port with direct rail links to the eastern United States.“This project is just what’s needed,” said Mauricio Claveri, an economist with the Abeceb.com consulting firm in Buenos Aires. He called it a strategic necessity for the Mercosur nations of Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Venezuela to develop more efficient trade links with China, Japan and Southeast Asia.Trucking company owner Ivan Caccia’s eyes light up when he calculates his potential savings from the tunnel, which promises to reduce the Andean passage from 12 hours to just 2 1/2 hours.Each trip Caccia & Sons trucks make carrying wine and fruit between Argentina’s Mendoza province and Chile’s capital of Santiago costs $1,400 and takes two days. With the tunnel, it would cost just $840 and his trucks could make it there and back in the same day. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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