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Racism toxic to human health

first_imgPeople who face racism may be at an increased risk of inflammation and chronic illness, a study has found. Inflammation serves to protect an organism from a health threat. However, if someone feels under threat for long periods of time, their health may suffer significantly with chronic inflammation. “If those genes remain active for an extended period of time, that can promote heart attacks, neurodegenerative diseases, and metastatic cancer,” said Steve Cole of the University of California, Los Angeles in the US. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThe research, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, shows that racist experiences increase inflammation in African American individuals, raising their risk of chronic illness. “We know discrimination is linked to health outcomes, but no one was sure exactly how it harmed health,” said April Thames, an associate professor at University of Southern California in the US. The survival of all living things depends on their ability to respond to infections, stresses and injuries. Such threats trigger an immune system response to fend off pathogens and repair damaged tissues. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painA select group of genes are key to this defense mechanism, and inflammation is a sign that those genes are working to counter the threat or repair the damage. “We’ve seen this before in chronic loneliness, poverty, PTSD, and other types of adversity. But until now, nobody had looked at the effects of discrimination,” said Cole. For the study, researchers focused on a group of 71 subjects: two-thirds of them were African Americans; the others were white. In addition, 38 of the participants were positive for HIV. Their participation gave scientists a chance to study the effects of racism independently from the effects of the disease. The scientists extracted RNA from the participants’ cells and measured molecules that trigger inflammation, as well as those involved in antiviral responses. The team found higher levels of the inflammatory molecules in African American participants. The results found in the study also indicate that racism may account for as much as 50 per cent of the heightened inflammation among African Americans, including those who were positive for HIV. The scientists made sure that all the participants had similar socioeconomic background to account for financial stressors, which eliminated poverty as a potential factor for chronic inflammation among the people in the study. Individuals’ lifestyles can reduce the ill effects of some stressors, but racial discrimination is a chronic stressor that people have no control over.last_img read more

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China will not sit by if HK crisis worsens Chinese envoy

first_imgLondon: China will not “sit by and watch” and is ready to “quell the unrest swiftly” if the crisis in Hong Kong becomes “uncontrollable”, China’s ambassador to London Liu Xiaoming said on Thursday. “If the situation deteriorates further into unrest uncontrollable by the SAR (Special Administrative Region) government, then the central government will not sit by and watch. We have enough solutions and enough power to quell the unrest swiftly,” he said. (last_img read more

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Shelter Me Film Proceeds To Go To Charity

first_imgEvery year, 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States. But groups across the country are working with their local shelters to get more people involved to help these homeless animals. Their stories are told in the inspiring film, SHELTER ME, which premieres at Redbox kiosks this week.All proceeds from SHELTER ME rentals between April 23rd through April 29th will benefit Ellen DeGeneres’ Halo Pet Foundation, whose mission is to enhance the well-being of pets and the people who love them. This unprecedented partnership will help to raise funds to help shelter pets and educate people about rescue.SHELTER ME can be found at Redbox here.“I believe that by working together, we can find good homes for the millions of homeless and abandoned pets out there,” says Ellen DeGeneres.“We’re honored to support the Halo Pet Foundation and everything they do to promote the well-being of pets and their owners,” said Anne Saunders, president of Redbox. “We hope all pet lovers take the opportunity to watch ‘SHELTER ME’ this week, and in the process, help us contribute to this important cause.”SHELTER ME is hosted by Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy, Knocked Up) and sponsored by talk-show host Ellen’s natural pet food company Halo, Purely for Pets. The film celebrates shelter pets with positive and uplifting stories and shows how people’s lives are improved when they adopt these animals.SHELTER ME, which is distributed by Virgil Films, focuses on how shelter pets are helping war veterans cope with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Filmmakers also go inside a women’s prison, where inmates train shelter dogs to become service animals for people with disabilities. And we see the journey of two stray dogs, from the day they are picked up on the streets and brought to a shelter until the day they become beloved family pets.SHELTER ME, which was produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Steven Latham (NOVA: Saved by the Sun, TED: The Future We Will Create), is about second chances, hope, helping others and making a difference – and about how dogs are truly man’s best friend.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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LIVE Webcast of UNHRC 19th session

Live webcast of the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Security Council expresses concern about GuineaBissaus political developments

The parties should refrain “from inspiring or promoting any sort of ethnic or religious hostilities, particularly with a view to obtaining political gains,” it said in a statement read by the Council President for March, Brazilian Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg. The Council expressed concern at recent political developments, especially the Partido da Renovação Social’s (PRS) nomination of ex-President Koumba Yala as its presidential candidate. The decision challenged the Transitional Charter and could jeopardize the process leading up to presidential elections scheduled for June, it said. In a report to the Security Council at the end of 2003, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the removal that September of democratically elected President Yala, “however reprehensible,” took place after “constitutional norms were repeatedly violated.” Just over a year later the military mutinied briefly. Peace efforts have not yielded enough social and economic dividends to benefit the population and discourage the use of force, the Council said. With regard to security sector reform, the Council re-affirmed the role of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS) in supporting the effort and welcomed initial measures taken by the Chief of General Staff in promoting reconciliation within the military. The Council encouraged “full inclusiveness and renewed commitment to reconciliation in the armed forces and development of constructive civilian-military relations based on the armed forces as an institution subordinated to the elected civilian authorities.” read more

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Foreign buyers tax could boost Calgary real estate

by Tahirih Foroozan Posted Apr 20, 2017 12:55 pm MDT Calgary|YYC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto is the latest Canadian city to announce a foreign buyers tax, following in Vancouver’s footsteps.The move is an effort to cool down the real estate markets in Canada’s two major cities and it also means foreign buyers are looking elsewhere.Managing Principal at Urban Analytics, Michael Ferreira, found that when Vancouver implemented their foreign buyers tax there was a spike in interest in Calgary, but it didn’t translate the actual numbers.Now that the tax has been announced in Toronto, he said that could change.“I think they’ll look at Calgary and look at the potential for economic growth, combined with the value they get for purchasing there and really, strongly consider it now,” said Ferreira.He does have some words of wisdom for Calgary, so we don’t repeat the mistakes of Canada’s two major cities.“Start encouraging a little bit more supply in the market. That’s the issue that both Vancouver and Toronto experienced when you get a sudden increase in interest.”Ferreira added foreign investment in Calgary could be good news for the short term and that the city hasn’t seen a major highrise project in the past 18 months. Foreign buyers tax could boost Calgary real estate The park near the Peace Bridge is one of many projects to help prevent flooding like we saw in Calgary in 2013. (Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 NEWS) read more

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UN food relief agency needs 48 million for school meals programme in

“Children from the very countries and regions where needs are most acute are missing out on this vital assistance. We urge our supporters not to forget the value the school meals programme brings – a key vehicle to reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition – and not let more than a million children slip deeper or back into in poverty and hunger,” the World Food Programme’s Regional Director for West Africa, Abdou Dieng, said in a news release.“We urgently need US$48 million to start or continue our school meals assistance,” he added.In the news release, WFP note that dwindling resources, shifting donor priorities and changed financing mechanisms in some countries have conspired to create a funding gap and jeopardize programmes. However, unless vital funding comes through in the next month, more than half a million children across Cameroon, Mali, Mauritania and Niger could start the school year without the meals they have come to rely upon and, by the end of 2016, assistance will run out for a further 700,000 children in 11 other countries.School meals have been a lifeline for childrenWFP is the top sponsor of such initiatives in West and Central Africa. While in some countries the government and other agencies lead or complement the UN agency’s programme, in most of the region WFP is the sole or main provider of school meals, targeting areas where hunger and malnutrition levels are highest. Year after year, the agency noted, it has been forced by financial constraints to shrink its areas of coverage. As schools reopen across Guinea, WFP is resuming its school meals programme in all four regions of the country. Photo: WFP/Sanoussy Barry “In most countries in West and Central Africa – in the grip of chronic hunger and malnutrition, and increasingly affected by conflict – school meals have been a lifeline for children, as they are often the only regular and nutritious meals they receive,” said Mr. Dieng.In Chad – where, in some regions, as many as four-fifths of the population do not get enough food for a healthy life – WFP’s school meals programme has shrunk by more than 90 per cent in the past three years due to funding shortages, from more than 200,000 children assisted in 2013 to just 15,000 in 2016. In Senegal, current resources will cover school meals for less than a fifth of the children targeted by the programme. In Mauritania and Cameroon, funds ran out during the 2015-2016 school year, forcing WFP to halt assistance in January and May respectively. In Guinea, WFP will halve its assistance this school year.WFP also flagged that during or after conflict in the Central African Republic, Mali and Niger, or in the aftermath of a major health crisis such as the Ebola outbreak, school meals have played an important role in providing children in need with nutritious meals; encouraging families to send their children to school; and, more broadly, helping children regain their childhood.Key donors to WFP’s school meals programme in West and Central Africa for the 2015-2016 school year are Canada, the European Union, Japan, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia and the United States. read more

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Senior British Army officer with PTSD broke girlfriends arm in selfdefence court

first_img Credit: EAST NEWS PRESS AGENCY Simon Winkworth leaving The Military Court Martial Centre in Colchester, Essex Simon Winkworth leaving The Military Court Martial Centre in Colchester, Essex Col Simon Winkworth said he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder after tours of Afghanistan and believed he was “in immediate danger” during the altercation with Christie Hudson. The Royal Engineers officer, who played a leading role in building Britain’s Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, was described as being in a “high anxiety state” during the September 2014 incident. A British Army officer posted as defence attaché to Indonesia broke his girlfriend’s arm in “self-defence” after she “lost control” and began attacking him, a court martial has heard. Colchester Military Court heard that Winkworth put his partner, a major in the Australian army, in a restraint hold after she ran…last_img read more

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Jailed rapist offered the chance to see his victims child

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. A family court judge last year heard the child’s case. The council was seeking a case order with the support of his mother, who was unable to cope with the troubled boy’s complex needs and agreed that he would receive greater protection in a residential placement. By law the local authority is obliged to contact all “respondents” when such an application is made. Baroness Newlove, the victims’ commissioner for England and Wales, described it as a “perverse situation” adding: “This appears to be a case in which a victim of the worst sexual violence faced the prospect of continuing to be abused by her perpetrator, this time via the family courts.”Louise Haigh, the shadow police and crime minister, said that the council’s decision to offer the serial rapist a role in the proceedings was “appallingly insensitive”.The Ministry of Justice said it was investigating whether the incident was the result of a social worker’s error or systemic failings.  A council offered a jailed sex offender the chance to play a part in the future of the child of a woman he raped, it has emerged. The rapist, who was part of a grooming gang in the North of the country and has no parental responsibility for his son, was contacted by the local authority to give him a chance to see the boy, a Times investigation has uncovered. To protect the child the names of the parents and of the local authority have been withheld. The man featured in a criminal trial which saw several men of Pakistani origin found guilty of sex offences against numerous vulnerable women, including the boy’s mother. Upon hearing the news the woman said she was “extremely distressed” that he had been contacted, despite giving evidence against him in court for raping her when she was 15. “I was gobsmacked” she told the paper. “The council knew what he did to me and to other vulnerable girls. They knew he was behind bars and a risk to my son, who wanted nothing to do with him, but they bent over backwards to include him in the case. I felt angry and scared for my son.”  read more

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In African countries with less developed mining sectors there remains huge potential

first_imgThis is the opinion of Roskill, which reports that “in Mozambique, for example, the extractive sector currently represents less than 4% of economic activity but has scope to grow considerably. The recent discovery of huge reserves of mineral resources, combined with ongoing reforms and subsequent improvement of the business climate in Mozambique, provide good opportunities for the transformation of the country into a middle-income nation.  The country is host to mineral sands, gold, copper, nickel, iron ore, bauxite, graphite, rare earth minerals, lithium, bismuth and antimony, as well as world-class coal deposits and both onshore and offshore natural gas deposits.“After decades of under investment, geographic challenges and outdated legislation, neighbouring Malawi’s mining industries remain underdeveloped.   However, this may all be about to change. Following the country’s fifth successive democratic elections in 2014, the new government has set its sights on expanding the nascent sector, and with the completion of a World Bank sponsored geological survey in 2015 and the anticipated release of the new liberalised mining code, the development of Malawi’s extractive industries may be about to accelerate.“Compared to Mozambique and Malawi, Namibia has a long-established mining sector, which has been developed as a consequence of three key factors:   an endowment of a wide array of natural resources, a stable pro-business government and an impressive transport infrastructure.  As of 2016, the country had active mines extracting diamonds, uranium, gold, lead, zinc, manganese, iron ore, silver and copper.  There is also a diverse pipeline of projects being developed.  The launch of offshore diamond mining has reinvigorated diamond production levels, and output is forecast to increase in the coming years.  What’s more, reliance on diamond mining is likely to fall as several large uranium projects come online.  The country has the recognised potential to produce over 10% of the world’s uranium output and, should demand and prices recover, the supply capacity will be in place to exploit higher margins.”last_img read more

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Les lions dAfrique de plus en plus vulnérables face à la diminution

first_imgLes lions d’Afrique de plus en plus vulnérables face à la diminution de la savaneAu cours des cinq dernières décennies, deux tiers des lions d’Afrique ont disparu. L’urbanisation et l’exploitation agricole a entrainé une diminution de 75% de leur habitat. Aujourd’hui, seule une dizaine de zones sont favorables à leur survie. Une équipe de chercheurs de l’Université Duke, en Caroline du Nord tire la sonnette d’alarme  sur l’avenir des lions africains. Leurs travaux de recherche, visant à recenser les populations au cours des cinq dernières décennies, ont abouti sur des conclusions extrêmement inquiétantes. En 50 ans, deux tiers de ces félins ont disparu entre autres, sous la pression infligée par la réduction de leur habitat. L’augmentation de plus en plus importante de la démographie, oblige les locaux à urbaniser et exploiter la savane comme terrain agricole.L’étude parue mardi dans la revue internationale Biodiversity and Conservation, estiment qu’il existe actuellement en Afrique entre 32.000 à 35.000 lions. En 1960, ils étaient près de 100.000. Une réalité particulièrement marquée en Afrique de l’Ouest où les populations ne dépassent pas les 500 spécimens. Le déclin est accentué par la disparition progressive des trois quart de la savane sur le demi siècle dernier. En cause : la croissance des populations humaines, qui nécessite l’exploitation de nouveaux territoires. A l’Ouest, la démographie a doublé dans de nombreux pays en seulement une trentaine d’année.Seules dix zones présentent les conditions nécessaires à la survie des félinsStuart Pimm, écologiste et principal auteur de l’étude explique dans un communiqué : “La savane évoque de vastes plaines ouvertes, mais en réalité, aujourd’hui, le défrichement et l’exploitation intensive des sols pour l’agriculture résultant de la rapide croissance démographique ont fragmenté ces espaces ou les ont dégradés”. Il souligne : “Aujourd’hui, il ne reste plus que 25% de la surface initiale de la savane africaine, un écosystème qui était il y a 50 ans 30% plus étendu que les Etats-Unis”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Face au sinistre constat, les chercheurs ont tenté d’identifier les régions du continent africain encore propices à la survie de ces félins. Pour ce faire, ils ont procédé à l’analyse d’images satellites provenant de Google Earth, de données sur la densité démographique et d’estimations locales des populations. Au totale, 67 zones de la savane ont été identifiées, caractérisées par une faible densité de population humaine. Malheureusement, seules dix d’entre elles présentent toutes les conditions nécessaires au bon développement des félins et la plupart se trouvent dans des réserves nationales.Des lions africains bientôt protégés par la loi ? “Cette étude, l’estimation la plus complète à ce jour du nombre de lions en Afrique, est une étape majeure pour élaborer des stratégies visant à sauver ces félins” indique Luke Dollar, un des coauteurs de l’étude. Un programme de mobilisation de fonds, “Big Cats Initiative”, est actuellement mis en place par la National Geographic Society pour tenter de sauver les lions. “La réduction de 75% de la savane africaine est choquante et déprimante, ce qui souligne qu’il est urgent d’agir pour la conservation de cet habitat et des espèces magnifiques qui y vivent, comme les lions” explique le président du comité de l’initiative, Thomas Lovejoy. La semaine dernière, le Bureau américain de la pêche et de la vie sauvage a annoncé qu’il examinerait une demande déposée par des organisations en charge de la conservation des espèces. La requête réclame une considération législative des lions africains, à l’instar de leurs semblables asiatiques protégées depuis 1970 par la loi sur les espèces en danger et menacées. Une mesure qui permettrait d’interdire aux Américains la chasse au lion et la quête aux trophées. Une pratique jusqu’à présent très répandue et autorisée sur les populations relativement abondantes.Le 8 décembre 2012 à 09:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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ASAWISHH Participates in Strategic Planning Meeting in St Louis

first_imgThis week, the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program staff participated in a strategic planning meeting in St. Louis, led by agriculture and development consultant Gretchen Flanley, owner and consultant at Sherpa 360°. This is the third meeting led by Gretchen as a part of the WISHH strategic planning process, with the first two involving ASA/WISHH staff and consultants, and the WISHH Committee.The strategic planning process for ASA/WISHH will culminate in December at the WISHH Committee meeting with discussion and possible approval of the new strategic plan.last_img read more

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Keeping a pulse on volcanoes near far

first_imgo May is Volcano Awareness Month in Washington. The state has five volcanic cones that are considered active:Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker and Glacier Peak.The Cascades Volcano Observatory’s name suggests an entirely Northwest focus. The file cabinets in John Ewert’s office suggest otherwise.A handwritten label on one drawer simply reads “Colombia.” Another points to the southwest Pacific. Ecuador. Peru. Each refers to a far-away place the observatory’s scientists have watched over the years, often traveling to support local authorities when a potentially dangerous volcano starts acting up.Of course, Cascades Volcano Observatory scientists also keep a constant, close eye on the mountains in their own backyard. To walk the halls of the observatory’s Vancouver headquarters is to be surrounded by a visual history of each volcano, particularly the Northwest’s most famous, Mount St. Helens. This month, Washington marks Volcano Awareness Month as the anniversary of the mountain’s catastrophic May 18, 1980, eruption approaches.“It really started modern volcanology,” said Ewert, the observatory’s scientist-in-charge.When the Cascades are relatively quiet — as they are now — volcanoes generally don’t land high on people’s list of day-to-day concerns, said John Pallister, chief of the observatory’s Volcano Disaster Assistance Program. But that doesn’t mean communities shouldn’t be ready, he said. An active volcano may only give a few days’ warning before waking up.“It’s important to have established monitoring systems before a crisis,” Pallister said. “That can be a tough sell if there hasn’t been a crisis in a while.”The Cascades Volcano Observatory is one of only five volcanic observatories operated by the U.S. Geological Survey. It and other facilities combine a variety of disciplines to keep a finger on the pulse of mountains near and far, and advance ongoing research to better understand them. Among the Vancouver office’s 55 or so staff are geologists, seismologists, hydrologists, petrologists and others.last_img read more

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Police activity at TD bank in Pembroke Pines

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Several officers are investigating an incident at a TD Bank in Pembroke Pines.7SKyForce HD flew over the scene, located near North University Drive and Pines Boulevard just after 9:30 a.m., Friday.Authorities could be seen standing next to a car with a blanket draped over a portion of it.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Who released the bulk of greenhouse gases into Alaskas air

first_imgAn oil rig contracting for BP looms on the horizon at Prudhoe Bay. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk)According to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, between 1990 and 2015, the industrial sector contributed most of it. That includes the oil and gas industry.Listen nowDEC commissioner Larry Hartig said in a press release Tuesday that the findings weren’t “unexpected.” Oil and gas development on the North Slope represents “the largest industrial complex” in the state.In October, Gov. Bill Walker signed an administrative order to jump start a strategic climate change plan for Alaska.So, even though the agency has released carbon emissions reports before, this latest one has the potential to shape climate policy.last_img read more

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Microsoft Sues BangaloreBased Software Firm for Running Tech Support Scam

first_imgMicrosoft has filed a lawsuit against companies and agencies that allegedly falsely claimed to be the software giant’s technical support affiliates and defrauded people to the tune of $1.5bn.Bangalore-based C-Cubed Solutions Private Limited is one of the companies being sued. The company operates a mail server which routes “fraudulent technical support businesses communicate with customers,” Microsoft said in the lawsuit filed in a federal court in the central district of California.Recent years have seen scammers approach consumers, offering tech support facilities faking association with a reputed label, and stealing their private and financial data, later used for money siphoning purposes. Satya Nadella, CEO, MicrosoftReutersC-Cubed Solutions’ website lists it as a subsidiary of Customer Focus Services (CFS), a Nevada Limited Liability Corporation headquartered in Los Angeles, California.The listed phone number in the company’s Indian website was found to not exist.A message sent to the US website was yet to be reverted.Microsoft put the number of Americans falling prey to technical support scams at 3.3mn.The modus operandi involved scammers claiming to find non-existent bugs and viruses, offering tech support, stealing personal and financial details, and/or malicious programmes being introduced into the computer.Almost 65,000 complaints involving such scams have been registered since May, Microsoft said in a company blog post.Another of the methods involved scammers calling people on their phone lines, with many instances registering an Indian accent and name, purportedly representing Microsoft or a related organisation, saying a problem being discovered with the user’s system.Many computer users fall victim by accessing websites or allow programme downloads, which is subsequently used to steal personal and financial logins and passwords.The scammers project an impression in their alleged association with one of the world’s most widely known companies. Doing so, they divert the user’s attention and ability to reach out to a legitimate technical service provider of Microsoft.last_img read more

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Experience luxury at this Barrel House

first_imgLord of the Drinks Barrel House is all set to electrify people, with its upbeat music and extensive bar menu which is fortified with an array of classic cocktails, a large wine menu combined with contemporary favourites such as frozen cocktails and a wide range of liqueur for every palate. It is the sixth in the series of LOTD outlets and has just opened up in Gurgaon. This one is a spectacular 10,000 sq. ft lounge, located in the heart of Gurgaon, the plush sector 29 market, and is spread across two levels each with a unique bar setup which gives you a perfect ambience for a stunning evening with your loved ones. The interiors are done extremely tastefully with imported vintage chandeliers and woodwork that gives off a warm vibe. One gets a view of the state-of-the-art micro-brewery, the biggest in the entire Sector 29 market, as soon as one enters through the front door. The brewery produces some of the best butter beer you will ever taste. The walls are decorated with abstract mirrors on one side and skull-plates on the other. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe interiors are based on a play of contrasting themes – conventional and contemporary at once. And the theme is a balance between ‘luxury’ and ‘tribal’. Lord of The Drinks, being a high-end and youth-centric brand, demanded innovative design and planning. The entire wall on the left is decorated with mirrors of abstract shapes to give the bar a high-end vibe while skull plates are placed on the right hand side of the wall to make the interiors more youthful. The ceiling is also decorated with vintage chandeliers, giving it a luxurious aura. ‘Tribal’ elements are added to the interiors with special sofas and lounge chairs which have Aztec styled hand woven rugs. These two elements combined together, definitely makes Lord of The Drinks Barrel House a favourite among the customers.last_img read more

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Accuray Radixact System Receives Shonin Approval in Japan

first_img 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 more 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 | Radiation Therapy | February 13, 2017 Accuray Radixact System Receives Shonin Approval in Japan Next-generation “smart” TomoTherapy system offers enhanced treatment speed, ease of use and adaptive therapy capabilities 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 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.  Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 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 News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more 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 Related Content February 13, 2017 — Accuray Inc. announced that it has received Shonin approval from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) to market its Radixact Treatment Delivery System, Accuray Precision Treatment Planning System and iDMS Data Management System. Together, the treatment delivery system and software solutions enable clinicians to provide efficient, highly precise treatment for a wider range of cancer patients, including those undergoing retreatment. This new Radixact platform is now available in Japan, in certain markets in the European Union, and in the U.S. market.The Radixact System was designed to be an easy-to-operate, highly reliable, advanced radiation therapy device. The system features a more powerful linear accelerator, low-dose fan beam megavoltage computed tomography (MVCT) imaging and unique helical treatment mode, so that clinicians can deliver highly accurate, individualized dose distributions to any tumor. The fully-integrated, simplified adaptive treatment planning solution enables clinicians to routinely adjust treatment plans during the course of treatment to account for changes in tumor size, shape and location – thereby increasing treatment precision.For more information: www.accuray.com/radixact FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 last_img read more

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Sea Shepherds Watson posts message to followers from undisclosed location

first_imgNo related posts. Embattled marine conservationist and Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson on Monday issued his first public message since disappearing from Germany on July 22. Watson had been held under house arrest pending an extradition request from Costa Rica on 2002 charges of endangering a ship’s crew.In a post on Sea Shepherd’s website, the silver-haired captain said his May 13 arrest in Frankfurt was the result of a conspiracy between Costa Rica, Germany and Japan to force Watson, 61, to face criminal charges over a 2010 incident at high seas involving the Japanese ship Shonan Maru #2 and Sea Shepherd’s Ady Gil. In that incident, Watson said the Japanese ship rammed the Ady Gil, “nearly killing six people.”Watson said the former captain of Ady Gil, Peter Bethune, provided Japanese authorities “false evidence” implicating Watson in the incident.“The German politicians had made up their minds politically before the German court had made a decision [on Costa Rica’s extradition request], and during the time I was held in Germany, the Japanese negotiated with Germany to file for an extradition order to Japan on fabricated evidence provided by former Sea Shepherd Crewmember, Peter Bethune,” Watson wrote from an undisclosed location.“I am presently in a place on this planet where I feel comfortable, a safe place far away from the scheming nations who have turned a blind eye to the exploitation of our oceans,” Watson wrote.Watson said that on July 22 he learned of a decision by German authorities to approve a Japanese extradition request on July 23.Earlier this year, Costa Rica filed an extradition request on charges stemming from a high-seas confrontation between a Sea Shepherd ship and a Costa Rican vessel over alleged shark finning in 2002.“With Costa Rica, I had the evidence on film and with two dozen witnesses I was confident that I could win the case against the allegations of the shark finners. My only concern was that Costa Rica would then hand me over to Japan. For with Japan, there is the absolute certainty that once in Japanese custody, I will never be released,” Watson posted.“That certainty meant that there could only be one option: I made the decision to depart Germany immediately,” he added.On July 25, Germany reissued an arrest warrant based on Costa Rica’s extradition request, following Watson’s disappearance. A German court had ordered the Sea Shepherd captain to check in with authorities twice daily after he was released on €250,000 ($303,500) bail.“For me it is obvious that the German government conspired with Japan and Costa Rica to detain me so that I could be handed over to the Japanese,” the marine conservationist wrote.Watson noted that he and his crew had battled Japanese whalers for eight campaigns in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, costing Japanese fleets millions of dollars. He also announced plans for a ninth effort, beginning in December.“This is not about justice; it is about revenge,” he said, referring to the Japanese and Costa Rican court cases. “I can serve my clients better at sea than in a Japanese prison cell and I intend to do just that.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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French government gets antisexism lessons

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Earlier this month, in an interview with L’Express magazine, French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll sparked controversy by saying: “I’ve tried to promote women as much as possible, even though some of our dossiers are very technical.”Though Le Foll said his words were taken out of context _ given that the interview was on the subject of gender equality _ they nevertheless caused outrage and went viral on Twitter.As far as the public is concerned, sounds like some ministers need instruction.“I’m not proud, but it’s good (the lessons are) happening,” said Nicolette Kost, 33, in central Paris. “After all, at such a high level in French government non-sexist attitudes should just come naturally.”The lessons are “positive… since France is so far behind other European countries,” said Edwige Bernard, 57.Some ministers have already taken the training, which includes a slide show, such as Labor Minister Michel Sapin and Justice Minister Christiane Taubira. Taubira’s office declined to comment about the minister’s training.It includes statistics about gender inequality in France, and points out how gender stereotypes are inscribed in French children from an early age. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology One example de Haas noted: In stores, clothes for 18-month-old children are marked “pretty” and “cute” for girls, but “brave” and “cunning” for boys.The anti-sexism training initiative comes rather unsurprisingly from Sweden, a country that tops the Global Gender Gap report list on male-female equality. In Sweden, toys are often unisex, and one Swedish kindergarten _ in order to discourage gender stereotypes _ has even forbidden or discouraged children to use the words “he” or “she.”France sees itself as the cradle of human rights and is progressive on some fronts, but has lagged behind on gender equality.Under Prime Minister Alain Juppe in 1995, no one blinked an eye when French media named his 12 female ministers patronizingly the “Jupettes.”In July, French Housing Minister Cecile Duflot was the victim of hooting and catcalls in France’s National Assembly, all for wearing a blue and white flowered dress.The whistles did not cease for the entire time she spoke. The heckling didn’t come from an unruly crowd, but from male legislators who later said they were merely showing their appreciation on a warm summer’s day. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressPARIS (AP) – First there was Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who allegedly referred to women as “material,” then catcalls in the French Parliament just because a female government minister wore a floral dress.But when this month the French agriculture minister _ in an interview about promoting gender equality _ suggested that women couldn’t get their heads around technical jobs, that was too much. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn reinforced the stereotype and tarnished the image of French male politicians after he admitted conducting orgies and reportedly referred to women as “material” when planning for them.French President Francois Hollande _ whose partner is one of the only working French first ladies in recent times _ has made equal gender representation in government a key part of his election manifesto. Half of his Cabinet members are women. And this summer the Socialist-led Parliament pushed through legislation that made anti-harassment laws in France more robust.The lessons are “a good PR stunt by the Socialists,” said Victoire Monnoyer, a 20-year-old student in Paris. “To know if it works, we’ll just have to wait and see.”____Thomas Adamson can be followed at http:/ /Twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAP(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The prime minister of France _ a country which produced feminist icons such as Joan of Arc and Simone de Beauvoir _ has decided that his ministers need to go back to school for anti-sexism classes.On Jean-Marc Ayrault’s orders, the Equality Ministry has set up a series of 45-minute gender equality “sensitization sessions,” during which ministers are being trained to identify sexism in daily life and taught how to avoid sexist stereotypes in political communication.Organizers told The Associated Press that it’s a full class, with all 38 ministers signed up or in the process of registering. In the interest of gender equality, the female ministers are going, too.The goal, said organizer Caroline de Haas, is that ministers take time to think about sexism. “If you’re not vigilant, de facto inequalities are created,” she said.De Haas said 80 percent of politicians interviewed on French TV and radio broadcasts are men. She said she wants to fight against the “illusion” that France “has almost achieved equality” between men and women. France is now trailing in an unimpressive 48th place on the Global Gender Gap equality list. 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

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