Nova Scotians will be going to polls for a general provincial election on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Premier Darrell Dexter visited Lt-Gov. J. J. Grant today, Sept. 7, to ask that he dissolve the government and call a general election. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to exercise their democratic right to vote, so they have a voice in the legislature,” said Premier Dexter. By law, the campaign must be a minimum of 30 days and the election held on a Tuesday. -30-
New Delhi: Admiral Karambir Singh on Friday took charge as the 24th Navy chief replacing incumbent Sunil Lanba. “Admiral Karambir Singh PVSM AVSM ADC assumes charge as the 24th Chief of the Naval Staff,” the Navy spokesperson tweeted. Admiral Lanba passed on the baton to Admiral Singh at a ceremony in the South Block on Friday.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Memorial University is calling in an outside investigator amid allegations of sexual harassment at its medical school.“There have been several concerns raised about the faculty of medicine’s learning environment that are extremely troubling to me as dean,” Margaret Steele, the dean of medicine, said in a letter to faculty.“These concerns have included allegations of bullying, intimidation, harassment and sexual harassment.”A spokesman for the St. John’s, N.L., school, wouldn’t elaborate on the nature of the allegations Wednesday, but said the university’s president had agreed to Steele’s request for an outside investigator.“Dr. Steele learned of the allegations earlier this month and immediately and proactively contacted the Sexual Harassment Office,” said spokesman David Sorensen. “As per the provisions of the sexual harassment and sexual assault policy, a request was made for a unit assessment of the faculty of medicine.”Steele’s letter, sent last week, outlined concerns that had “come to my attention.”“I contacted the sexual harassment advisor, Rhonda Shortall, indicating the incidents and concerns raised may be of a sexual nature and may constitute sexual harassment under the sexual harassment and sexual assault policy.”In her letter, Steele said the unit assessment would focus on the faculty of medicine’s policies so that they are in alignment with the university’s harassment and sexual assault policy, and also on the culture and learning environment in relation to reporting incidents.“I am committed to a learning environment free of bullying, intimidation, harassment, sexual harassment and sexual assault,” said Steele.Steele’s revelations come as the faculty faces scrutiny by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.The college issued a notice of intent last spring to withdraw accreditation over allegations of intimidation involving faculty and students, giving the faculty two years to fix its problems.Sorensen said the latest concerns aren’t related to those raised by the college.He said the university intends to announce the name of the independent assessor within the next two weeks, along with the terms of reference for the investigation.“We won’t be making any comment about the nature of the complaint or complainants until the review is completed,” Sorensen said.— By Keith Doucette in Halifax
7 August 2008The top United Nations humanitarian official today expressed his growing alarm at the continuing abuses and civilian casualties in the conflict in Somalia, as well as the challenges faced by humanitarian workers who are increasingly the target of violence. The top United Nations humanitarian official today expressed his growing alarm at the continuing abuses and civilian casualties in the conflict in Somalia, as well as the challenges faced by humanitarian workers who are increasingly the target of violence.“All parties to this conflict have an obligation under international law to protect civilians and to refrain from indiscriminate attacks,” John Holmes, the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs, said. “Yet it seems at every turn, the death toll of ordinary Somalis is growing. Far too many of them are women, children or aid workers who have no part in this conflict.”The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that dozens of civilians have died in bomb and mortar attacks in Mogadishu in the past week. The deaths, along with the current massive displacement of civilians by fighting in Belet Weyne and the latest killing of an aid worker, underline the toll conflict is taking on civilian populations and the relief operation.On Sunday, 20 women participating in a food-for-work street-cleaning programme were killed when a roadside bomb was detonated. Forty other civilian bystanders were injured. The following day, at least 10 civilians were killed when a mortar shell landed on a residence in Mogadishu.Outside Mogadishu, recent fighting between Ethiopian forces and insurgents in the townof Belet Weyne, 300 kilometres north of the capital, has displaced at least 70,000 civilians. The displaced are scattered in villages and rural areas along the Shabelle River where they are reported to be living in dire conditions and in urgent need of food, water, medical care and shelter.This military confrontation also resulted in significant civilian casualties and destruction of property, including the office of an international non-governmental organization (NGO) which was hit by artillery shells. OCHA says that international humanitarian and human rights norms appeared to have been disregarded by all sides to the conflict during the fighting, with at least 20 civilians killed and more than a dozen injured. Reports indicate that civilians were also subject to arbitrary arrest, detention and even execution.OCHA stresses that aid workers, who have been subjected to attacks in increasing numbers, are more and more challenged to reach people with the assistance they require. Yesterday, the manager of an orphanage in the Afgooye corridor, where more than 300,000 displaced people have fled, was shot and murdered by unknown gunmen. Twenty-one aid-related workers have been killed in Somalia since January.“The humanitarian situation has deteriorated steadily in the 18 months that I have beenEmergency Relief Coordinator,” Mr. Holmes added, “and has now reachedunprecedented desperate levels, even in the context of Somalia over the last 18 years.”Mr. Holmes urged all parties to allow unhindered humanitarian access whereverassistance is required by populations in need and to respect the neutrality and safety ofhumanitarian workers. Nearly 2.6 million people in Somalia need humanitarian assistance, a 40 per cent increase in the number of vulnerable people since January 2008. Some 3.5 million Somalis, or almost 50 per cent of the total population, could require help by the end of the year, according to OCHA.
29 June 2009Officials from the joint United Nations-African Union mission have visited areas of North Darfur to verify reports of the spontaneous return of refugees and displaced persons to their villages, and to assess their living conditions. Residents in the village of Masri told the team, led by Head-of-Office Miguel Martin, that some 2,300 families have effectively returned to the area, according to the mission, known as UNAMID.Before the conflict in Darfur began in 2003, Masri’s population was more than 2,500 households, while others were displaced to places such as Kabkabiya, Nyala and Kutum town. People have been returning to Masri since mid-2007, and more displaced have expressed the willingness to return, the team was told. However, lack of transportation is the main impediment preventing the displaced from returning.Villagers also told the team that the returnees are receiving food and other aid from the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). They requested additional assistance for water, health facilities, plastic sheeting, food and education.The team also made a similar visit to El Manara following its visit to Masri on 27 June. UNAMID was established by the Security Council in 2007 to protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million forced from their homes since violence erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and their allied Janjaweed militiamen.
The Office of the Iraq Programme reported today that only 4.4 million barrels were sold in the week ending 9 August, down from 8.4 million during the previous seven-day period.With an average price of approximately €24 (euros) or $23.35 per barrel, last week’s exports generated an estimated €104 million, or $101 million, in revenue.Lowered exports are exacerbating the budget shortfall faced by the oil-for-food programme. Currently, over 1,000 humanitarian supply contracts, worth about $2.4 billion, while approved by the UN, are lacking in available funds, the Office of the Iraq Programme said.
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Announced in 2015 the Cancer Strategy was accompanied by a commitment to spend more than £200 million as part of the cancer transformation fund.But Macmillan last night called on the Department of Health to provide an up-to-date figure for the total amount of money it had actually spent on cancer care in England.“Ahead of the budget, we are hoping the Government continues to show its commitment to investing in improving cancer services,” said Dr Woodward.“But we also need to know what is being spent on cancer services right now so we know if there will be enough money in the pot to deal with the increasing demand.”An NHS spokesperson said: “For cancer patients, it’s successful treatment that matters most, so Macmillan might also mention that NHS cancer survival rates are now at their highest ever. That means another 2400 people will be alive this year to celebrate their birthday who last year would not have been.Meanwhile a Department of Health spokesperson said: “We want to lead the world in the fight against cancer and have already announced up to £300 million a year by 2020 to meet our new target for patients to be given a definitive diagnosis, or the all clear, within 28 days of a GP referral.” “The extra admissions is not only a crisis for A&E,” she said.“It’s very simple that starting treatment at an early stage gives people a better chance of survival.“This dismal anniversary of breached cancer waiting times is yet another sign of pressure on the NHS – everyone is suffering.”2016 alone saw a 23 per cent year-on-year rise in the number of people missing the target, according to the Macmillan report. It’s very simple that starting treatment at an early stage gives people a better chance of survivalDr Fran Woodward, Macmillan Cancer Support The number of NHS cancer patients waiting longer than the crucial two-month target window has nearly doubled in the last five years, a new report reveals.Macmillan Cancer support have warned that patients are dying because overrun A&E departments are draining the hospital resources needed to give them the prompt treatment they need.One in six people diagnosed with the disease began treatment after the aimed-for 62 days in 2016, according to the charity, making it the third consecutive year in which the health service failed to keep pace with rising demand. 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. NHS England’s Cancer Strategy is supposed to ensure fast access to treatment, however priority for appointments for blood tests and other checks needed before surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy is increasingly being given to A&E patients.The charity also said that the crisis in social care is hampering speedy treatment for cancer patients because operations frequently have to be cancelled due to surgical beds being taken up by older patients for whom spaces cannot be found in care homes.Following an urgent referral, usually by a GP, NHS patients are supposed to begin substantive treatment within two months, having seen a cancer specialist and undergone advanced diagnostic procedures in the meantime.However, the new Macmillan analysis shows that more than 100,000 patients have had to wait longer than this in the past five years.Departments providing diagnostic services such as x-rays, CT scans, biopsies and blood tests are used by all types of patients, but emergency patients “always take priority in these slots,” according to Dr Fran Woodward, Macmillan’s Executive Director of Policy and Impact.
WE’RE IN THE peak of wedding season — and the heatwave the country experienced last July appears to have convinced some couples to consider planning their ceremony outdoors this summer.However, concerns have been raised over what’s been criticised as an ‘overly narrow’ interpretation of legislation by the General Registrar which has prevented some al fresco ceremonies from going ahead.The Humanist Association, which solemnises hundreds of weddings a year, is planning to take legal action over the situation. It confirmed last month that it had suspended all outdoor ceremonies until further notice:This is in response to a requirement, imposed on us by the General Register Office and by some local registrars, that all solemnisation ceremonies must take place indoors, in a building.It follows a number of cases where couples were told they would have to get married inside a hotel, rather than in a marquee outside. The recent confusion as to whether marquees or other outdoor venues were suitable locations apparently arose after the Registrar General sent out a guidance letter on the issue.The issue was raised in the Dáil by Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer yesterday, who complained that decisions on where people can get married or enter civil partnerships were being left to the general registrar’s interpretation of the “vague” Civil Registration Act, “rather than being made by the elected representatives of the people”.“The effect of the legislation, as currently interpreted and applied, is that civil marriages and partnerships must take place in a fixed structure – a place with four walls and a roof – that is open to the public,” Buttimer said.“Given that no guidance is provided by the Act or by supporting regulations, it is easy to understand how someone can reach this interpretation.“The idea behind this interpretation is that it ensures the venue can be easily identified and accessed in the event that there is an objection to the union.”But Buttimer said the “overly restrictive” interpretation was having a major impact on what should be “life-altering and memorable life events”.Responding, junior minister Fergus O’Dowd (standing in for Social Protection Minister Joan Burton) noted that the guidance letter had been sent by the Registrar General after “it came to his attention that it was intended to have a number of marriages at private houses and at places where the exact locations were uncertain”.He went on to stress the independence of the office:“Section 8 of the Civil Registration Act 2004 outlines the functions of an tArd-Chláraitheoir. Section 8 (4) states provides that “An tArd-Chláraitheoir shall be independent in the performance of his or her functions”.Section 8 (5) provides that “An tArd-Chláraitheoir may do all such acts or things as are necessary or expedient for the purpose of the performance of his or her functions”.However, O’Dowd confirmed that “the Minister for Social Protection is seeking clarification from the Attorney General on the question of where marriages can be legally executed under the provisions of the Civil Registration Act 2004″.The advice should be received shortly, he said “and the next steps will be determined on that basis”.Read: You can’t just put ‘The Phoenix Park’ on your wedding invite… Here’s why.Read: Nomadic beasts, hackneyed clichés and mild-mannered TDs: A not very productive day’s work in the Dáil
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#DominicanRepublic, March 13, 2018 – Santo Domingo – The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship PGA TOUR will be held from March 19 to 25 on Los Corales golf course, the main North American professional golf circuit for men.Around 132 players from around the world will be competing to share a 3 million dollar purse and accumulate points in the FEDEX cup and world ranking. This event will be seen by more than 8 million people nationally and internationally through their televisions.PGA TOUR arrives for the first time in the country after replacing the “Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship” of the Web.com Tour played in 2016 and 2017 in the same field, which positions Corales among the best courses in the world.The CEO of Grupo Puntacana, Frank Rainieri said: “the tournament places the Dominican Republic among the most important professional golf destinations in the Caribbean and that “its celebration is part of the strategies we have been developing to benefit golf tourism in the country.”Hiram Silfa, Director of Golf at Puntacana Resort & Club said “this is a contribution so that the whole country can enjoy a world class event where renowned players such as Jim Furyk, Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer, among others will participate”.“Los Corales golf course is positioned among the elite courses of the entire Caribbean because it has all the necessary characteristics to host a PGA TOUR stop” adds Silfa.VIP areaWithin the VIP area in the Club House Los Corals we will have recreational activities for the enjoyment of all present, such as live music, toasts and tastings, comedy show, among others.Some of the playersThe participation of one of the most recognized professional players in the United States, Jim Furyk, is confirmed; Luke Donald from the UK, with five wins of PGA TOUR and eight international; the German Martin Kaymer, who has achieved 21 professional titles; and the winner of the 2017 Web.com Tour, Nate Lashley; among others.Tony Romo, former NFL player and now a commentator for CBS Sports, in the United States, is one of the great figures of the sport that will participate in the PGA event.CourseLos Corales Golf Course designed by Tom Fazio, located in Puntacana Resort & Club, is next to the cliffs, bays, natural ocean inlets, inland lakes and coral shoreline of the Caribbean Sea. It has six holes facing the sea and culminates with three holes, known as the “Elbow of the Devil,” the most challenging of this links, and that tests the skills of the golfer. Elbow of the Devil is positioned between the most spectacular and difficult final holes in the world.Los Corales has been listed as the best in the country and second in the Caribbean for 10 Best US Today Reader’s Choice 2017.SponsorsAirport Team Solution, Seguro Universal, City Group, Claro, Texaco GB Energy, Magna Motors, Domicem, Consorcio Energético Punta Cana – Macao (CEPM), ARS Palic, Brugal, Cocacola, la Compañía Implementos y Maquinarias S.A (INCA), K.G Constructora, Banreservas, Centro Médico Punta Cana, Club Car, Duty Free Américas, PizzaHut, Caribbean Catering Services (CCS), Multimedios del Caribe, Best Day Travel- Grayline, Caribbean Turf, Diana Dalmasy & Asociados, Grupo DUPLA, Constructora Llodrá, CODELPA, Epsa Labco, Consorcio Remix Coolekos, MP Service Group, Hartemania, United Petrolium, Shekina Sound, Estudio Español. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
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Japan foreign minister Taro Kono (R). Photo: UNBJapan foreign minister Taro Kono arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday on a brief visit to further promote the Bangladesh-Japan comprehensive partnership and discuss other issues of mutual interest, including Rohingya crisis.Foreign secretary Mahbub Uz Zaman (bilateral issues) received the Japanese minister at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 12:20pm.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Japanese counterpart Kono will have a bilateral meeting at state guesthouse Meghna on Tuesday evening, a senior official at the foreign ministry told UNB.A joint briefing will take place after the meeting, said the official.Minister Kono will meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her office at 5:30pm on Tuesday.The Japanese foreign minister visited Myanmar on Monday before visiting Bangladesh as the Japanese foreign ministry in a one-sentence message mentioned about Kono’s attendance at ASEAN-related foreign ministers’ meetings and visits to Russia, Myanmar and Bangladesh from 30 July-8 August.Minister Kono and state counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi discussed on Monday how to resolve ongoing Rohingya crisis, international media reported.Japan, according to Japanese foreign ministry, will continue to fully support Bangladesh’s development on all fronts so that the country can attain “newly industrialized economy” status by 2021, through the 39th Yen Loan Package (total 200.4 billion yen).On 14 May, minister Kono held a Japan-Bangladesh meeting and working dinner at Iikura Guest House with foreign minister Ali.Minister Kono, during the meeting, stated that Japan will further promote the Japan-Bangladesh comprehensive partnership and continue to fully support Bangladesh’s development on all fronts.In addition, Kono explained that Japan will further strengthen the bilateral relations towards the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2022 and requested the government of Bangladesh to continue to secure the safety of Japanese people.Diplomatic sources say Japan highly commended the efforts made by the government of Bangladesh in accepting Rohingyas from the Rakhaine State of Myanmar and the ongoing dialogue with the government of Myanmar.
Share Getty Images/iStockphotoThe brain has evolved over evolutionary time scales of millions of years. So, what is the likelihood that the relatively recent advent of reading and writing, or motorized transport, or the Internet, could have changed our brains?On the other hand, we know that modernity, which we can think of as the emergence of psychologically modern human beings some 50,000 years ago or more, is the history of ever-evolving ways of doing things, ever-changing technologies and systems for coping — from pictures to systems of writing to instruments for building to practices of exchange and cooperation among groups. And with all these changes and development, we acquire not only new things to think about, but new styles of thinking.How could this not change our brains?A study out of India, still undergoing peer review, in which scientists look at EEG measures in diverse populations across India may shed some light on the question.It has long been known that awake subjects with eyes closed show a pattern of neural oscillation in the so-called alpha band (8-15 Hz) and this has been taken to be a fundamental cerebral rhythm that may be tied to attention, learning ability, and working memory. Understanding the meaning and mechanisms of this dominant rhythm of the human brain has been of interest to science since the discovery of alpha-band oscillation in the early 20th century.For the study, Indian scholars Dhanya Parameshwaran and Tara Thiagarajan performed EEG measurements on 402 subjects from 38 different settlements across India — ranging from remote hamlets to large cities. Participants in the study had incomes ranging from $300 a year to $150,000 a year, and they had wildly divergent levels of formal education and access to technology.The findings of the study are dramatic. The existence of alpha-band activity was basically undetectable in people who lack wealth, education and knowledge of modern technology.In the words of the scientists, the upshot: “Here we have shown that alpha oscillation, thought to be a fundamentally ubiquitous feature of brain activity, widely diverges across humanity in its presence in the EEG.”Moreover, they find no basis for making claims about “normal” or average when it comes to alpha oscillation and consider the possibility that it may not exist. Unlike the heart, say, the brain can only be understood in relation to the “specific context of human experience.”But the most important finding, they argue, is that in those populations that do exhibit the alpha dynamics, it appears that this is due to exposure to “modern experience” — that is, to education and technology (and, by association, wealth). Alpha oscillation, which is not present in children, is an experience-dependent phenomenon.All this has serious policy implications, they mention in conclusion.Can the world afford to confine alpha rhythms to the 15-20 percent who, by the criteria of this study, enjoy the income, education and technology conducive to cognitive and neurological development?There is also a fascinating methodological upshot. The vast majority of cognitive science has been done on WEIRD subjects — that is, subjects sampled from Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic societies. But recent scholarship suggests that this fact may conceal real variation across human communities. For decades it’s been jokingly acknowledged that so many studies coming out of psychology laboratories around the world use the readily available population of undergraduates as a subject pool.Could it be that our understanding of what it is to be human will be transformed when we widen our test pool? How could it not be?Special thanks to Evan Thompson for alerting me to the work of Parameshwaran and Thiagarajan — and for helpful discussion.Alva Noë is a philosopher at the University of California, Berkeley, where he writes and teaches about perception, consciousness and art. He is the author of several books, including his latest, Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015). You can keep up with more of what Alva is thinking on Facebook and on Twitter: @alvanoeCopyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Share Mark Humphrey/APThe U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control says that Exxon Mobil must pay a $2 million penalty for allegedly violating sanctions on Russia.Exxon Mobil says it has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control, after the office said the oil and gas giant must pay a $2 million penalty for allegedly violating sanctions on Russia.The alleged violations took place in May 2014, when Exxon Mobil signed a series of deals with Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russian oil company Rosneft.That March, the Obama administration had placed Sechin on a Treasury blacklist — but OFAC says that Exxon Mobil executives still did business with him. The U.S. imposed sanctions in response to Russia’s seizure of Crimea in 2014.OFAC and Exxon Mobil are disagreeing over the scope of the sanctions — specifically, whether the sanctions pertain to Sechin exclusively in his personal capacity, or whether they also extend to his professional interests at Rosneft. Rosneft is not sanctioned.OFAC said in a statement that the language of the sanctions is clear and does not include a “‘personal’ versus ‘professional’ distinction.” It said that “ExxonMobil demonstrated reckless disregard for U.S. sanctions” and added that the company’s top executives were aware of Sechin’s sanctioned status when they did business with him.Additionally, it said that guidance on the OFAC website pertaining to a separate sanctions regime against Myanmar specifically said that individuals and companies should avoid entering into contracts with people on the blacklist.However, Exxon Mobil is accusing OFAC of trying to retroactively enforce a new interpretation of the sanctions. It said that at the time, the “White House and Treasury Department officials repeatedly said sanctions involving Sechin applied only to his personal affairs and not to companies that he managed or represented.”Exxon Mobil’s lawsuit also names U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and OFAC Director John E. Smith.“You’ve got to wonder why Exxon Mobil simply didn’t sign the contract with someone other than Sechin” at the Rosneft company, Atlantic Council fellow Daniel Fried, a former State Department official and one of the architects of the sanctions, told The Two-Way. “What were they thinking?”Fried stressed that while he wasn’t in a position to give a legal opinion, “my view is that OFAC’s probably right.” He added: “In my experience, OFAC is careful before they take this step. They don’t lose a lot of cases.”When the deals in question were signed, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was CEO of Exxon Mobil. NPR’s Michele Kelemen reports that Tillerson’s “spokesman had no comment about the Treasury Department’s action.”According to The Associated Press, Tillerson is quoted as saying in May 2014 that “the company generally opposes sanctions and finds them ‘ineffective.’ “Michele points out that the $2 million fine “amounts to about 10 percent of one day’s earnings from Exxon Mobil.”NPR’s Jackie Northam reported in 2014 that the inclusion of Sechin’s name on the Treasury blacklist created significant uncertainty for U.S. oil and gas companies.“Igor Sechin was often the man that interacted with Western oil executives,” Jackie reported. She added that “Exxon Mobil has deep connections with Rosneft and has signed several major contracts over the past few years, including this one for oil and gas exploration in the Arctic.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
The second man was able to flag down municipal police, explaining that the man had just left armed in a grey vehicle. State police reported that the officers began their search operation, visually locating his vehicle on 30th Avenue with Juarez. Reports say the man, identified only as Jamie N, attempted to collect an outstanding debt of 4,500 peso from another person. When the second man arrived at their agreed meeting point, he saw the collector was carrying a gun. He started to phone police when the aggressor took it away and fled in a grey vehicle. He was taken into custody. His vehicle was seized. Jamie N will be presented before the state attorney. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A police chase has led to the arrest of a man after he attempted to collect a year-old debt with a gun in hand. When attempting to stop him, officers were assaulted with gunfire by the subject, initiating a pursuit. The capture of Jamie N took place on Avenue 20 near Constituyentes.
News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | January 28, 2019 RadiologyInfo.org Launches RadInfo 4 Kids Webpage presents information and activities designed for kids by kids to explain radiological exams 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 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more January 28, 2019 – RadiologyInfo.org recently launched RadInfo 4 Kids, a new section of the website with videos, stories, games and activities to help children prepare for radiology exams.RadiologyInfo.org is a radiology information resource for patients, jointly developed and sponsored by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR).Children have unique perspectives on life experiences and creative ways of expressing themselves. Who better to help children learn about what to expect during a radiologic exam than other children who have been through the exam themselves? RadInfo 4 Kids offers a variety of resources that were created by kids for kids to help make them more comfortable undergoing radiologic exams.The RSNA-ACR Public Information Website Committee and the RadiologyInfo.org Patient Advocate Advisory Network saw a lack of information about radiology geared toward children on the Internet and created RadInfo 4 Kids to address that need.“We thought it would be unique to let children who have had imaging exams speak for themselves about what they experienced,” said Cynthia Rigsby, M.D., co-chair of the RSNA-ACR Public Information Website Committee. “When children hear other children talking about medical procedures, it can alleviate some of their fear.”Megan Worrell, certified child life specialist in the emergency department (ED) at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago agrees.“Children speaking to children in an age-appropriate way helps reduce anxiety about the unknown and clears up the confusion that children have about medical procedures,” Worrell said. “For example, when a radiologist talks about the noise that an MRI [magnetic resonance imaging] machine makes, a child may imagine all kinds of scary sounds, but if another child describes the sound like a loud washing machine, a child can relate to that sound. A washing machine sound isn’t scary so, therefore, the sound the MRI makes — and vicariously — the MRI, is not scary.”Ananya Ramji submitted a video called “The Basketball Game: An MRI Story,” with a picture book, illustrated and read by her, that walks through the MRI she had on her hip after a bad fall during a basketball game.In another video, Raymond Cohen describes his experience with head MRI. Ray and his mother, Lisa Cohen, were excited to submit their video, which features Ray answering questions from his mom about his MRI exam, including what it looked like, how it sounded and how Ray felt during the procedure. “Ray is the first person to help someone who is hurt,” Cohen said, “so the idea that he could make a video and help other kids was very appealing to him.”Additional videos on the site were provided by Rigsby, a pediatric radiologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and professor of radiology and pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, who shared the videos that her hospital has used during pediatric radiologic exams over the years.While the videos are helpful for reducing anxiety in children, they can also help parents reduce their anxiety as well.“Parents inadvertently pass along anxiety to their children in many situations and never more so than in an emergency medical situation,” said Arun Krishnaraj, M.D., co-chair of the RSNA-ACR Public Information Website Committee and associate professor of radiology and medical imaging, University of Virginia Health Systems, Charlottesville. “These children’s stories can help parents feel less alone when they realize that the videos would not have been created unless the parents felt strongly enough about the experience to share it to help other children.”RadInfo 4 Kids also includes “Rad Games and Activities,” such as word searches, word scrambles, mazes and coloring sheets featuring some of the most commonly used radiologic equipment and diagnostic tools. All of the projects featured on the page are short and designed to be viewed or read quickly, which is extremely helpful during stressful emergency situations.Plus, Rigsby noted, children have shorter attention spans so snippets of information are more easily understood, and give children time to process the details and then ask additional questions. This helps them to work through any fears they might have.“An important benefit of RadInfo 4 Kids is that by calming a child, radiologic exams can be done quickly and efficiently, which can have a marked impact on improving a child’s health,” Krishnaraj said.RadInfo 4 Kids will continue to add child-friendly content. 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The Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma held a meeting with the Minister of Tourism and Culture of Chhattisgarh, Dayal Das Baghel in New Delhi. The meeting was a follow up meeting for inclusion of tourist circuits from Chhattisgarh into the Swadesh Darshan Scheme of the Union Ministry of Tourism.Baghel requested Dr Mahesh Sharma to include the important tourist route of Jashour – Sanna – Tatapani – Mainpat – Chaiturgarh – Kurdar – Kabir Chabutra – Sarodha Dadar – Kanker – Kondagaon – Jagdalpur – Chitrakote – Dantewada circuit under the Tribal Circuit of Swadesh Darshan Scheme. Baghel also urged Dr Sharma to make Rajmergarh – Kabir Chabutra – Achanakmer Tiger Reserve – Kurdar – Sirpur – Kodar Dam – Gangrel Dam – Kanger Valley National Park as part of the Eco Circuit of Swadesh Darshan.Dr Mahesh Sharma assured that the Ministry will assist development of the Tribal Circuit of Chhattisgarh under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme. As regards the Eco-Circuit, he assured that the Government will consider the proposal.Baghel also requested the Minister to include the important historical site of Sirpur in the Buddhist circuit. The Union Tourism and Culture Minister promised that the Centre will look into the demand to include Sirpur in its ambitious Buddhist Circuit project.
By Bejay BrowneON Monday evening Paphos town hall, the castle at the harbour in Kato Paphos, archaeological sites the court house and some other buildings will be lit up with blue lights in support of Autism Awareness day.All over the world thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes, businesses and communities emit blue lights on April 2nd, in recognition of people living with autism. Autism-friendly events and educational activities also take place all month long to increase understanding and acceptance and gather worldwide support.Marina Fylaktou, manager of the Cyprus Autism Association centre in Paphos told the Cyprus Mail that marking the day provides a chance to raise awareness and start conversations about autism.“The purpose is to inform people about autism and the steps taken to smoothly integrate autistic people into society.”On Monday evening a parade of supporters, wearing blue and carrying blue balloons and placards, will set off from the Paphos centre at 7pm and walk to Paphos municipality in the centre of the town, where the building will then be bathed in blue light.Flyaktou said that members of the public are invited to participate and blue t-shirts will be provided for those without blue clothes to wear.The Paphos centre manager said that far more needs to be done and more funds raised to ensure that the centre can expand and offer more help to children with autism.“We currently provide programmes to help adults enjoy better life and have fun. They also go on trips around Paphos to help them to socialise more,” she said.The centre offers help to adults with autism five days a week from 7.30am to 3pm, but Flyaktou said that there are a huge number of enquiries from parents of children with autism and the association would like to relocate to a larger place in future, in order to increase the help offered and implement suitable programmes for children as well.“Parents contact us for help and advice and many contact us after their child has been diagnosed to find out what they can do next.”The association can offer help to parents often daunted by a diagnosis on what to do and who to speak to, as well as give support, she saidIn 2007 the United Nations designated April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day April and ‘light it up blue’ soon followed, which sees supporters wear blue and buildings lit in blue to highlight awareness.World Autism Awareness Day kicks off a month of autism awareness with all sorts of events taking place worldwide.Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions which present challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. There are many types of autism, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.In Cyprus, there are more than 15,000 children and adults in the autism spectrum, and it is more common in boys than girls.The Autism Association was founded in Cyprus in 1990 and is a charitable non-profit organisation and the main purpose of the body is to work to secure the rights of Autistic people, in order to ensure a better quality of life.In May 2004 in Limassol, the charity opened their first specialised intervention centre for rehabilitation, training, treatment, protection and employment for children and adults with Autism Syndrome.In January 2009, a similar facility centre opened in Paphos and in January 2010 a further one in Nicosia.The facilities operate as day-care centres, and in Limassol and Nicosia there is also an afternoon programme for children, including music, speech and occupational therapy as well as special education.“We are always looking for volunteers and people to help us raise funds, so please get in touch if you would like to help,” she saidOn Monday, similar events will take place at other municipalities across the island in support of Autism Awareness Day.Autism Centre Paphos: Evrou Street 2B, 8028, (close to the Technical School roundabout).Contact: 26221346You May LikePairscousinTop 11 Universities On This PlanetPairscousinUndoLuxury African SafariAfrican Safari Has Come a Long Way without Losing Its Romance and AdventureLuxury African SafariUndoKiwiReportThe Most Hilarious Movie Flops Of All TimeKiwiReportUndo Companies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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