Uthayan newspapers burnt

The delivery man has been admitted to hospital. (Colombo Gazette) He was then assaulted using poles and the motorbike as well as the newspapers were set on fire,  Sarawanabawan said. The delivery man suffered injuries to his head and arms. He was later thrown towards a drain. A man delivering Uthayan newspapers in Jaffna was attacked this morning and his motorbike as well as a stack of newspapers were set on fire, Uthayan Managing Director E. Sarawanabawan told the Colombo Gazette.The delivery man had gone to the Uthayan office and collected the newspapers and was heading towards his delivery point when he was surrounded by men on two motorbikes. read more

An hour with OSU athletic director Gene Smith

Lantern sports editor Zack Meisel sat down for an exclusive interview with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith last week to discuss a number of topics, including Big Ten expansion and compliance issues in college athletics. The following is an excerpt from the interview. Check back with The Lantern all quarter for more from Meisel’s interview with Smith. The Lantern: Are you sick of the word ‘expansion’ yet? Smith: No, not really. It’s funny, because I’m watching everybody else. We’re basically done for now. I don’t know if we’ll expand any more, I really don’t. It’s a possibility, but what’s interesting is watching the rest of the landscape with the WAC and the Mountain West, and there’s rumors about the SEC. TL: When you see the turmoil at programs like USC and North Carolina, what goes through your mind? GS: I feel for them. I’ve been there, as an athletic director, when I first came to Ohio State and actually had it at Arizona State. I was on the NCAA infractions committee, so I heard cases, Michigan’s case, Utah’s case, a whole bunch of them. So I feel for them, because at the end of the day, everyone’s trying to do what’s right. And there’s some things you can’t control. I don’t know their particular situations. But do we have some bad people in the business? No doubt. But 99 percent of our people are trying to do it the right way, and outside influences take them to where they are. TL: In the case of Georgia receiver A.J. Green the report was that he sold his own jersey. Can you at least see where he’s coming from, maybe feel for the kid? He knew he was wrong, but some of these kids — maybe it’s the situation they’re in? GS: See, I don’t. My thing is, if one of our kids really needs money and they’re in dire straits, they should have a relationship with their coach where they can share that. Then we find a way to help them. … I could give you countless stories where our kids have come to us and said, ‘I’ve got this problem.’ And so then we find a way to solve it. And there are ways to solve it. Philosophically, going to your point, should we be able to allow kids to sell jerseys or their likenesses and make money? I believe that, but I believe that money should be saved in an account for them for when they graduate. If you open that door and you allow every kid to monetize their persona, holy smokes. So I’m good with it if we said, ‘Whatever a kid’s jersey value is, you sell it, but you take a portion of that money because you have expenditures, you take the profit from it and put it in an account, if the kid graduates.’ I wouldn’t give it to them unless they graduate, they get the money. I’ve always said that that’s the way to go. TL: What was it like being named athletic director of the year by the Sports Business Journal? GS: It was funny, I was supposed to go on a vacation with my wife and we had three other couples we were going with. We were leaving on a Wednesday night, and I remember getting a call and they saw that I wasn’t coming. They invite six ADs to come and one of the six wins, it’s kind of like the Oscars. So I wasn’t going to go because I didn’t think I was going to win. I told the guy, ‘Look, I’m going on vacation with my wife.’ And he said, ‘Mr. Smith, I can’t tell you that you should be here, but I want to tell you that Sean McManus from CBS is going to provide the award and it’s probably to your advantage to be here.’ And I said, ‘OK, I think I get what you’re saying, but here’s my deal: If I tell my wife I’m going to be a day late to this vacation spot, you’ve got my back, right?’ And he said, ‘No problem, she’ll be happy that you did this.’ That’s exactly how it went. One, I was moved in that moment. I was there in front of those people and I felt great that I was able to represent the department and get that award because I’m just standing on the shoulders of a whole lot of people who do a whole lot of work. TL: And it made the vacation even better. GS: It made the vacation a whole lot better because I was able to take the trophy with me. And I had my buddies down there, helping me, protecting my back. TL: What, if any, major flaws does the Ohio State athletic department still have that you’re working on? GS: A lot of our stuff is in facilities. My predecessor, Andy (Geiger), did an unbelievable job with the ‘Shoe, the Schott, Bill Davis Stadium, Jesse Owens. Now, we have to take all of those other sports and get their facilities up to par. We just finished field hockey. I remember our first game here in ’05, I was standing on the practice field with Tressel one evening, it was getting dark, and we didn’t have lights out there. So, that’s always been on my to-do list, is to get what we just completed done. So it’s a lot of little projects that are highly important. We’ve got the boathouse that’ll be done in December, tennis we have one of the top three tennis programs in the country, which most people are surprised at, and they have cracks on their court with water coming up the cracks. I hope to have all this done in a short period of time. Of all of those sports with facilities where we want our kids safe and they’re representative of the quality of that team, field hockey just got done and field hockey was playing on a compacted, 10-year-old artificial turf that I know was killing their knees. Anyway, that’s our biggest challenge is getting those facilities done. And then the other piece is staying on the cutting edge, that allows us to continue to communicate with our fans and recruit. This past year, we had 422,000 Facebook views, largest in the country, 51 million hits on our website. We’re setting up a training session for our coaches and some of our staff on Twitter on how to properly use Twitter and maximize our opportunities. That type of stuff is not a flaw as much as it is staying — keeping that focus — staying on the cutting edge. Our core leadership is in our coaching staff, and we have great coaches, so I don’t see many flaws. read more

Students think freshers week is a waste of time and money say

first_imgSometimes freshers’ week is so far off the scale the wrong way that it is a big problem for themWilliam Richardson, general secretary of HMC 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. But the National Student Union (NUS) said their members were “rising to the challenge” and providing “different opportunities” to students.There has been some concern among leading heads that students aren’t prepared to the hands-off approach at universities where the number of contact hours drop dramatically.Speaking at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), headmasters said that their sixth formers are demanding “more actual university stuff to happen” at the start of university life. Peter Hamilton, principal at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boy’s School, said students are very eager to get on with studying early on at university because they often come from a highly-pressurised environment at school.He said: “It is the move from the highly structured to the less well structured and for many people that is a cause of great anxiety as well. Students think freshers’ week is a waste of time and money and would prefer to start courses straight away than spend the first days drinking, leading independent school head teachers have said.Their worries emerged as rising fees have meant students are increasingly more concerned about getting “value for money” at university.Head teachers have argued “teetotal” teenagers are increasingly aware they can’t enjoy freshers’ week in venues “where you can’t say no to drinking”.Last month there were scenes of chaos on the streets of Birmingham and Bristol as students marked the start of freshers’ week. Addressing reporters, William Richardson, the general secretary of HMC, said: “They say we want to start studies in the first week – I think we’ve heard that everywhere. “There is concern about freshers’ week being culturally very clunky. So the teetotal, faith-based female student, who wants to enjoy freshers’ week at a venue where you can’t say no to drinking – that’s definitely an issue.”He added: “[Student unions] want all students to feel included in the induction and sometimes freshers’ week is so far off the scale the wrong way that it is a big problem for them. 
”They want it reformed. Freshers’ week did definitely get out of control ten years ago, and [they] are reining it back in.” 
”For many people, you will remember the school day, almost every second is mapped out. They go to university and find that is not the case. 
”Added onto that that they’re paying £9,000 a year for it and the fact they’ve just come from a highly pressured sixth form where it’s been work-work-results-results and you can kind of see why they’re so serious. “They want to get on with this.”Richard Brooks, NUS vice president for union development, said: “Students are asking more and more for different opportunities to meet other students in a variety of spaces. 
”Students’ unions are rising to the challenge and providing a range of events that reflect this and finding ways to welcome new and returning students. 
”NUS research has previously shown students are becoming more interested in all sorts of activities.”last_img read more

We must make CARICOM work – Chair of COTED

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana hosts 44th COTED meetingMay 12, 2017In “latest news”COTED meeting urges partnerships with private sector to support region’s economic growthNovember 18, 2016In “Regional”COTED must position itself to address rapidly changing trade environment – ChairMay 17, 2018In “Regional” Chair of COTED, the Hon. Sandra Husbands, Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Barbados.The Chair of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has underscored the necessity of unity if the small islands that comprised the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) were to develop.Sandra Husbands, Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Barbados, urged delegates at the two-day Meeting at the Georgetown Marriott in Guyana to make the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) work and gave notice that Barbados was pursuing the “prosper thy neighbour approach”.The Minister made the remarks at the opening session of the Forty-Seventh Meeting of COTED on Thursday morning, accordign to a CARICOM report.“The Government of Barbados has come here to get it right.  The stakes are high and we have not come here to fail.  We are here with a prosper thy neighbour approach. If one succeeds, all will succeed.  We will all share in each other’s success”, Minister Husbands said.She added: “We are in a world where the special circumstances of small states are being overlooked and undervalued. This puts us at great risk if we do nothing, and presents us with great opportunity to deconstruct what no longer adds value and reconstruct what will enrich our future, if we act swiftly and effectively. None but ourselves will ensure that we do not fail in our pursuits aimed at further integration, cooperation and harmonisation. Our efforts need to be focused on changing the dynamic at the extra-regional and the intra-regional level. We must make CARICOM work.  This includes ensuring that our institutions work as well-oiled machinery”, the COTED Chair added.Given that the Community was in competition with the rest of the world, the COTED Chair pointed out that the very survival of Member States of CARICOM depended on “our identifying our common interest, and acting as one in common cause to achieve our objectives.”“We are not fifteen members haggling and negotiating to create individual benefit for our countries. Rather we are sister territories striving to manage our resources and opportunities to generate accelerated value and benefit which we share for mutual benefit”, she said. read more

THE BIGGEST EURO SCALP Brazil beat Germany

2GERGermany4 1SLOSlovenia4 6SWESweden0 Olympic handballrio 2016 handball 3BRABrazil4 4POLPoland2 The European champions have lost third match at Olympic tournament in Rio! The host team, Brazil, beat Germany 33:30 (17:16) after tough battle in which Dagur Sigurdsson stayed without Uwe Gensheimer who was sent off after kicking in head Brazilian goalie Mark Santos (12 saves).The Brazilian lefthander Chiuffa netted eight goals. That made of him man of the match.STANDINGS: 5EGYEgypt2 ← Previous Story Strong Croatia outplay Denmark Next Story → Slovenia book quarter-final in Rio! read more

What is the Most Useless Gadget of 2010

first_imgAll said, Microsoft’s plucky little Kin wasn’t a terrible product, so much as one that no one really wanted. It was priced like a smartphone, but offered up the functionality of a feature phone, and was eventually crippled out of existence by its carriers.iPod nano (6G)A rare misfire on Apple’s part, the latest version of the nano robbed the device of functionality, rather than adding it. The music player lost a camera and video playback, in favor of a tiny screen and a small form factor that made it all the easier to lose the thing between couch cushions.Google BuzzOkay, it’s not technically a gadget, but this half-hearted attempt at social networking wasn’t quite the Facebook killer people were hoping for–and those early Gmail security concerns certainly didn’t help matters much. We also considered the not-so-dearly-departed Google Wave, a product that was killed by a combination of overhype and utter confusion, but unlike Wave, people understood Buzz–they just didn’t like it.JooJooBorn in a storm of TechCrunch-fueled controversy, this “iPad-killer” beat Apple to the punch in terms of an announcement date, but failed on every other front. The device was buggy, had no built-in memory, was heavy, had no multitouch support, and was crazily overpriced, starting at $499.TV HatCombining the forward thinking fashion sense of an apiarist with the viewing habits of aggressively anti-social shut-ins, this was arguably the only product pointless enough to make people forget about the Snuggie. <a href=”http://bheater.wufoo.com/forms/z7x4a3/” title=”Untitled Form” rel=”nofollow”>Fill out my Wufoo form!</a>Microsoft Kin It’s nearly the end of the year. There are two ways to go about this. We can either present you with a list of the year’s best gadgets, highlighting all of the wonderful innovations that have come out in the past year–or we can go the other way with it. I ask you this: which route sounds more fun?With that in mind, we present to you the finalists for Gearlog’s first annual “Most Useless Gadget of the Year.” I did a quick informal tally and gathered together some candidates for the list, four in all. If you don’t see your (least) favorite on there, don’t worry, you can always fill it in on the poll or send me your candidate via Twitter (@bheater).After the jump, a poll–and a little bit about each candidate. last_img read more

Apple releasing the iPad HD the MacBook Pro of iPads

first_imgBe it the iPhone 4S or the iPhone 5, the rumors of the next iPhone are incessant. Everyday there’s something new. We even heard rumors today about the iPhone 6 and the potentil for Apple to drop the dock connector port. But what about the other extremely popular Apple iOS device: the iPad? Don’t worry, the rumor mill hasn’t left this trendy tablet out of the buzz. News of a new iPad hit today, which may mean the iPad 2 is getting a companion.Apparently the iPad wouldn’t be a replacement for the iPad 2, but instead, would be a higher-end (and more expensive) model called the iPad HD. Similar to how the MacBook has a MacBook Pro option, both devices are quality, but the MacBook Pro is used more for high-end photo and video editing purposes, and the MacBook is more of a general-purpose laptop. The iPad 2 would be the MacBook in this case and would be suited for the Average Joe. The iPad HD, however, would be for the serious iPad user and is said to feature a 2,048×1,536 resolution screen.AdChoices广告One area in which the device will be marketed to is video and photo production. The iPad HD may be introduced with an iPad version of Aperture or Final Cut, although we hope the Final Cut version for iPad is received better than the company’s latest Final Cut Pro release.As far as we can tell, the only upgrade is a higher-resolution screen. Unless Apple offers some sort of trade-in program for the second-gen tablet, iPad 2 owners will most likely be hesitant to purchase the HD version.Assuming you would purchase the iPad HD for photo or video purposes, it’s likely that you’d probably go for a higher-capacity iPad as well. The current price of the highest capacity iPad 2, the 64GB tablet with Wi-Fi and 3G, is $829. That’s already a good chunk of change to spend on a tablet. How much more would you be willing to pay for the HD version?via This is My Nextlast_img read more

Trespassers able to buy real estate

first_imgAccording to a draft law that was up for public consultation, the price for the buyout of a trespassed property will come to the minimum objective value where the property is located. This concerns urban properties up to 5,000 square metres and farms up to 10,000 sq.m.Two key conditions for the activation of the terms are that the property must have been held for at least 20 years without interruption through December 31, 2013, and that an application is submitted within a year of the ratification of the bill.For trespassers to become rightful owners, they must pay the amount due in a lump sum or in instalments of at least 800 euros per payment. Lump-sum payments will be granted a 5 per cent discount. A single individual can buy out more than one property as long as their total surface does not exceed 20,000 sq.m. Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

WWE quietly drops Submission Sorority name this week

first_img WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Now Playing Up Next WWEs Becky Lynch Invited To RAW Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Videos Articles Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Google+ Pinterest WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Facebook WWE has quitely dropped the name “Submission Sorority” for Paige, Charlotte and Becky Lynch and changed it to PCB. A quick search on WWE.com reveals that all videos from RAW and Smackdown this week have been renamed to PCB.TMZ reported earlier this week that a porn website produced by BangBros carried the same name and received a 56% increase in traffic overnight and 35% increase in subscriptions after the name was first revealed on RAW earlier this week.Source: WWE.com, TMZ.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Charlotte Flair Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey WhatsApp WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Twitterlast_img

Clark College receives math grant

first_imgClark College hopes subtracting remedial math courses and adding real-world context will equal student success.The school recently received a two-year, $150,000 grant from College Spark Washington, which funds programs across the state to support low-income students. Students in remedial math classes currently have to take up to four classes to catch up. The new program will replace that with a two-course program, featuring changes to curriculum that make math more hands-on and applicable to their planned major.“We have a pretty convoluted precollege math pathway here at Clark,” said Joan Zoellner, a math professor at Clark College. “It’s pretty confusing for students.”And confusing isn’t the only problem. Those math classes can be a barrier to students completing their degrees. This quarter, 1,007 of the school’s 2,553 students enrolled in math classes are taking remedial courses. That’s low, because it’s the last quarter of the school year, Zoellner said. Typically, about 75 of the college’s students place into remedial math, she said.On average, only about 24 percent of students who place in remedial math courses place into college-level math within one year. And only 14 percent who place into precollege math end up placing in a college-level math course within two years, “which is appalling,” Zoellner said.“It’s unfortunately a trend throughout the country,” she said. “The more classes there are, the more opportunities there are for students to not succeed.”last_img read more

United pays £15 million compensation package to Mourinho

first_imgThe former Manchester United coach is now free to sign with any club he wants, as he was paid already by the English Premier League giants.Manchester United has paid up a £15 million compensation package to Jose Mourinho after he was sacked by the English Premier League club.And now the manager can sign with any other team he wants, as his business with the Red Devils is done.“There are no issues over Jose’s contract with Manchester United,” a source close to the coach told The Daily Mail.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Everything has been sorted.”“Jose is able to take on another job right now, but is in no rush.”“He is very relaxed about it and would be happy to wait until the end of the season if he needs to,” the source added.“There has been no contact, but they did get in touch with Jose after Lopetegui was dismissed, but he told them he was the manager of Manchester United and totally committed to the club.”last_img read more

New version of Boeing 787 gets regulatory OK

first_imgEVERETT — Boeing Co. said Monday that U.S. and European regulators have approved its newest and larger version of the 787 passenger jet for commercial flying.The company says that the first Boeing 787-9 is undergoing final preparation before being delivered to Air New Zealand.The new plane is 20 feet longer and able to carry more passengers than the original 787-8. Boeing says the planes, which it calls the Dreamliner, use 20 percent less fuel and produce 20 percent less emissions than other planes of the same size. Boeing reduces weight and fuel burn by using composite materials for about half of the plane, according to the company website.Boeing says 26 customers around the world have ordered 413 787-9 jets.The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency certified the 787-9 for commercial service. Boeing said the certification process involved ground and laboratory tests on five planes and more than 1,500 hours of flight testing.Dreamliners were grounded worldwide last year after batteries on two of the planes overheated. The planes were allowed to fly again after regulators approved a fix by Boeing that included encasing the battery cells in steel to contain any fires.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Employee Benefits Live 2018 partners with Mind

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Employee Benefits Live, Europe’s largest two-day event for benefits and reward professionals, is partnering with mental health charity Mind for its 2018 event at ExCeL London on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 October 2018.The charity will host the event’s first Mental Health Hub, where Mind will offer delegates advice on mental health in the workplace and showcase its new Mental Health at Work Gateway, which is being launched in partnership with The Royal Foundation.Mind currently operates a Workplace Wellbeing programme that aims to help individuals understand and start talking about the costs of neglecting mental wellbeing in the workplace. This includes offering free resources for employers around how to improve both mental wellbeing and employee engagement.Linked to this, Mind also runs its Workplace Wellbeing Index, which is a benchmark of best practice and policies around mental wellbeing at work. This enables employers to celebrate and gain recognition for the good work they are doing in this area.Mind additionally participates in the Time to Change campaign, which it runs alongside the charity Rethink Mental Illness. This aims to change public attitudes and perceptions towards mental health and, to date, more than 800 organisations have signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge.Faye McGuinness, head of workplace wellbeing programmes at Mind, said: “We are really excited to be working in partnership with Employee Benefits Live, and hosting the first ever Mental Health Hub.“With 300,000 people leaving work every year with a mental health condition and the cost of poor mental health at work costing employers £33 billion to £43 billion per year, it is vital that employers understand what measures need to be in place to support the mental health of their staff.“Across the two-day event, delegates will have the opportunity to learn more about what good practice looks like, find out what Mind can offer to support employers and explore our new Mental Health at Work Gateway that is being launched in partnership with The Royal Foundation.”Employee Benefits Live is a two-day event for HR, reward and benefits professionals, featuring an extensive exhibition and a comprehensive multi-stream conference programme. Delegates will be able to gain insight from leading industry experts and specialists as well as network with their peers, colleagues, industry providers and consultants.Employee Benefits Live 2018 will take place on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 October 2018 at ExCeL London.For more information or to register for the show…last_img read more

After scathing audit Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority says fixes are underway

first_imgHe took over leadership of the trust as auditors working for the state Legislature were finishing up a scathing report of the trust. It was released last year and flagged years of investment and meeting practices that were likely illegal and concluded the trust was exposed to lawsuits on multiple fronts it would likely lose. Thursday, Abbott was updating state lawmakers on how he’s fixing it.The auditors found the trust had overreached its investment authority by buying and managing commercial real estate it wasn’t supposed to. Then it mishandled earnings from those properties. And the auditors found that some board members were deliberately obscuring trust business that should have been public.Abbott said they’ve rewritten bylaws and have held trainings on transparency obligations. They hired a firm to examine their investment policies to comply with state law. The trust will have the firm’s recommendations in February.“We expect to be completed, substantially complete, with the policy decisions to fully address these issues by June of this year,” Abbott said. “The trustees and myself have agreed that we’re going to use this to improve both our practice and the public’s confidence in our practice, and our work, ultimately, for beneficiaries.”The trust is also working with the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, which is supposed to handle the trust’s investments, on what to do with the handful of commercial real estate properties it still owns. The trust expects that process to be complete by June as well.Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, co-chairs the committee Abbott was speaking to. Stedman said he thinks the trust is on track to smooth things out and avoid lawsuits.“But we just need to keep an eye on them, so we get this situation put to bed,” Stedman said. “I think we’ve got in front of it enough to take care of that, there doesn’t appear to be any loss to the trust beneficiaries.”The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is mandated to manage about 1 million acres of state land and a portfolio worth about $560 million to benefit Alaskans’ mental health needs. Its earnings turn into tens of millions of dollars in annual grants for programs like alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment, supportive housing and health care workforce development. Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority CEO Mike Abbott described being audited as a lot like an invasive medical screening.“You won’t be surprised to hear me say that audit processes are not always enjoyable in the moment, but even if they aren’t enjoyable as you’re experiencing them, (they) can significantly improve the performance of an operating entity like the trust,” Abbott said from the hot seat at a Senate Finance Committee meeting on Thursday.last_img read more

8687 Bangladeshis cross Mediterranean to reach Italy in 2017

first_imgSome 8,687 Bangladeshi migrants reached Italy through the Mediterranean Sea, according to reliefweb, a humanitarian information portal.Italian authorities this week released the latest roster of top-ten nationalities to arrive as migrants travelling by sea from Africa through the end of July.Bangladesh takes the second position in the roaster with 8,687 arrivals in Italy while Nigeria continues to be the year’s top sender nation with 15,317 migrants followed by third Guinea 8,631, Cote d’Ivoire 7,905 and Mali 5,526.Bangladesh, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco continue to show sharp increases over levels of arrivals at this time last year.IOM, the UN migration agency, reports that 115,109 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 2 August, with almost 83 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 261,228 arrivals across the region through 2 August 2016.IOM Rome reports that according to official figures of the Italian MOI, 95,215 migrants arrived in Italy by sea this year, which is slightly (2.73 per cent) fewer than last year during the same period, when 97,892 arrived, highlighting a trend that IOM has observed of slower traffic to Italy during mid-summer, and fewer deaths (approximately half of those recorded in July 2015 and 2016).Those countries that now are sending fewer migrants include Eritrea – down more than 50 per cent from 2016 – with slighter decreases as well for Nigeria, Sudan and the Gambia.IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo further noted total arrivals by sea to Italy during the month of July came to 11,461, a decrease of more than 50 per cent compared with the total registered in July 2016: 23,552.IOM Athens reported Thursday that 73 migrants and refugees arrived at various Greek locations (Lesvos, Rhodes, Megisti) between 31 July and 2 August. The total number of arrivals by sea to Greece as of 2 August is 11,353. This compares with 160,515 at this time last year.The latest fatalities in the region were reported on Tuesday (1 August) when eight corpses were recovered on a dinghy off the Libyan coast – it is likely the migrants died from asphyxiation on board. They are expected to be brought to land in Italy on Friday.These deaths bring the total of fatalities in the Mediterranean in 2017 to 2,397. Although this figure trails the number of deaths (3,193) recorded at this time last year, it nonetheless marks the fourth consecutive year migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea have exceeded 2,350.Worldwide, the IOM Missing Migrants Project (MMP) reports that there have been 3,408 fatalities in 2017 through 2 August (see chart below) with the Mediterranean region accounting for the largest proportion of deaths – over two-thirds of the global total.Among the newly confirmed fatalities from MMP are: 8 deaths at the US/Mexico border (1 drowning in Rio Bravo and 7 bodies found in Pima County, Arizona), 9 deaths in the Mediterranean (8 bodies found in a dinghy off the coast of Libya and one body recovered south of Tarifa, Spain), and 6 deaths in Central America (one train accident in Oaxaca, one violent incident in Chiapas, and a shipwreck off the coast of Diriamba, Nicaragua: one body has been found and at least 3 other migrants are missing).last_img read more

Strict monitoring on commodity prices in Ramadan Minister

first_imgTipu MunshiCommerce minister Tipu Munshi on Thursday said the government will strictly monitor market across the country to control prices of commodities during Ramadan, reports UNB.”There is sufficient stock of essentials, so, there is no possibility of crisis. If anyone tries to create crisis, action will be taken,” said the minister while talking to reporters at the secretariat after a meeting with rice mill owners and businessmen.He said that letters will be sent to the deputy commissioners and the superintendents of police with strict directives to stop extortion during carrying of goods on the roads and highways.Rice mill owners informed the minister that there are huge production and stock of rice in the country and urged the government to export rice.”Rice mill owners and businessmen told me that if we do not export rice this time, the prices of rice will drop further and the farmers will be affected,” said Tipu Munshi.”We have assured them that we will discuss the matter with the food ministry. If there is enough rice, then initiatives will be taken to export those for the interest of the farmers,” he said.last_img read more

Intense exercise can lead to sleep disturbance

first_imgIntensive bouts of exercise can lead to significant and progressive decline in sleep quality, says a new study. The researchers also found that a high carbohydrate regime reduces some, but not all, of the effects of hard training. For the study, the scientists from Loughborough University in England studied the effects of two nine-day periods of heavy training on 13 highly trained cyclists. The researchers monitored the athletes’ moods, sleep patterns and performance before, during and after exercise. To determine whether diets could counter the effects of any sleep deprivation, the athletes were also given high or moderate amounts of carbohydrate throughout the study, though none of them knew which. The researchers discovered that even as little as nine days of intense training can cause ‘significant and progressive decline in sleep quality’.“Sleep efficiency was significantly reduced during the intensified training period,” the researchers observed, with the number of times the athletes woke, throughout the night, significantly increased. The study appeared in the Journal of Sports Sciences.last_img read more

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first_img IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | October 07, 2009 Math May Connect the Dots in Diffuse Optical Tomography News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… 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 Diffuse optical tomography (DOT) to use for breast cancer screening. Image by Clemson University. October 7, 2009 – Mathematical solutions to enhance the image quality of diffuse optical tomography (DOT) to use for breast cancer screening is in development at Clemson University in collaboration with researchers at the University of Bremen, Germany.The challenge with DOT is to create high-resolution images from a scattering of infrared and visible light for the early detection of breast cancer. Mathematical sciences professors Taufiquar Khan of Clemson and Peter Maass of the University of Bremen are developing mathematical models to improve resolution.While the method is less expensive, safer and more comfortable than X-rays used in mammograms, the problem is it not generating a strong enough resolution to detect smaller breast cancers.DOT may eliminate harmful radiation to the body as well as false positives and negatives caused by mammography X-rays. Researchers hope that the discomfort of mammograms will become a thing of the past and that DOT will enable diagnostic imaging eventually to be done in a home setting. It could also possibly be used as an adjunct to diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound.For more information: www.clemson.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Related Contentlast_img read more

Costa Rican exports up 78 percent

first_imgCosta Rican exports of goods increased by 7.8 percent between January and October this year compared to the same period in 2011, the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer) reported.During the period, the country sold products worth $9.4 billion, which represents $678 million more than in 2011.Exports from the Free Trade Zone sector increased 11.7 percent, while companies outside the regime increased sales 3 percent, according to Procomer.Sales from companies in free zones increased from $4.5 billion in the first 10 months of 2011 to nearly $5 billion in the same period this year.Among the most important products are: pineapple, with increased exports of 9.7 percent, from $594 million to $651 million; electric wires, with an increase of 33 percent; coffee, up 17 percent; and medical supplies, which registered a whopping 130 percent increase, according to the report. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Vindication for secretary reprimanded for sexy dressing

first_imgA female secretary in the Customs Department who was reprimanded by her supervisor’s wife for dressing too sexily has been vindicated by the ombudswoman who ruled that she was the victim of sexist stereotypes against women, it was reported on Wednesday.According to the report, published by the daily Phileleftheros, the secretary filed a complaint to the ombudsman’s office after she was constantly criticised by her supervisor and singled out at her workplace for the way she dressed.The final straw came last November when her boss’ wife went to the office and lambasted her for her fashion choices which led to a vicious argument. The secretary reported the incident to the police. Following the incident, she was transferred to another office.On the day of the fracas, the report said, the wife had rushed to her husband’s workplace after receiving an anonymous call urging her to be vigilant as her spouse’s secretary was going to work dressed indecently.The secretary, according to the report, said in her complaint that she had been reprimanded by her supervisor over the way she dressed since last May. The supervisor repeatedly told her that she was dressing provocatively and that she should change her style to one more fitting for a secretary.Following the first reprimand, the report said, the woman rushed to the toilets in tears.“I felt deeply insulted as that was the first time I had received this type of reprimand, especially in my workplace,” the woman was quoted as saying. She added that it made her constantly worry over her fashion choices and that she was going to work “under stress and terrified”. The woman added that she had discussed this with her husband and that he had reassured her that there was nothing wrong with her attire.“But every morning, before leaving for work, I wanted to show him what I was wearing just to get his opinion,” she said.The reprimands continued until the final showdown with her supervisor’s wife, which had happened in his presence but he did nothing to stop it.The supervisor’s wife told the woman that it wasn’t becoming for a wife and mother to wear miniskirts.The supervisor told the ombudswoman’s office that he felt that his secretary dressed inappropriately.“Specifically, she was coming to work in very short skirts/dresses, sexy strapless – backless – and generally dresses with bare shoulders and plunging necklines,” he was quoted as saying in the report.He added that he was receiving remarks and was being teased by his colleagues and the public.  “I had advised her to dress decently and urged her to look up online how secretaries dress,” he said.The report said that his treatment of his secretary was based on his subjective perceptions on how a secretary should be dressed “charged by sexist stereotypes to the detriment of the female gender in general”.As regards the incident with his wife, the supervisor, it said, “not only did he not prevent, but sought to justify the equally sexist and insulting intervention of his wife, as a third person in the complainant’s workplace”.The result of this sexist behaviour, led to the creation of an “intensely negative work environment, humiliating and offensive” to the complainant, the report said, who was also “punished through her transfer to another office”.“The complainant suffered harassment by her supervisor in her work place which constitutes prohibited sex discrimination,” it said.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoAll Pro SaverCalifornia: All Existing Homeowners in 2019 Should Read ThisAll Pro SaverUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more