Students teachers schools face deliberate attacks in conflict areas – UNESCO

The study by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) catalogues a range of assaults on education: pupils taken hostage, targeted by bombs or abducted to work as child soldiers; teachers assassinated in school; the blasting of schools with shells and rockets or their use as military bases; and teacher trade unionists unaccountably disappearing. Principal author Brendan O’Malley, briefing reporters in New York, offered stark statistics on the problem, saying that 280 academics have been killed in Iraq between the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 and April this year “in a campaign of liquidation.” Iraq finds its education system “virtually on the point of collapse” with only 30 per cent of pupils attending school last year compared with 75 per cent the previous academic year. He said there have been 190 bombing and missile attacks on educational facilities in Afghanistan in 2005-2006. In 2006, attacks prevented 100,000 Afghan children who had been in school the year before from attending. In Colombia, 310 teachers have been murdered since 2000, while in Nepal, between 2002 and 2006, over 10,000 teachers and 22,000 students were abducted, and 734 teachers and 1,730 students arrested or tortured. Myanmar, which Mr. O’Malley called the “child soldier capital of the world,” had 70,000 minors enlisted in 2002. The study, which is based on available statistics, finds that 40 per cent of the 77 million students not in school live in conflict-affected areas. Mr. O’Malley noted that the problem, which is difficult to document, could well be more widespread, and called for the establishment of a global system to monitor the situation. Pointing out that “attacks on educational institutions are a war crime,” the study charts the extent and nature of the violence and suggests actions to address it. Among other measures, it calls for campaigns to end impunity and steps to designate schools as sanctuaries in conflict zones. “One suggestion is that we create a symbol rather like the Red Cross to denote recognition of this status” protecting educational facilities, said Mr. O’Malley. He called for international pressure to combat impunity for attacks. “We need urgent, collective action, including human rights campaigns, to set up a global database on education attacks, to end impunity for attacks, and to work towards acceptance of schools as zones of peace and safe sanctuaries.” The report also says that the UN Security Council should “recognize the role that education can play in both contributing to tension and in promoting peace, and should offer support for strategies to remove education as a factor in conflicts.” In an interview published on UNESCO’s website, the author suggests that the International Criminal Court (ICC) should be given more resources to bring education-related cases to trial. “This would widen its deterrent effect,” he said. Mr. O’Malley also discusses the reason the report does not deal with random acts of violence such as the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech University in the United States in April. “This study doesn’t include attacks like the one in Virginia, because it was not politically motivated,” he said. But he adds that “there is one link,” namely the easy availability of guns. “The likelihood of attacks in conflict-affected countries most likely increases partly because more people with grievances have the weapons and therefore the means to carry out a violent attack.” The report is dedicated to the memory of Safia Ama Jan, who worked throughout her life to get Afghan girls into school before she was shot and killed outside her home in Kandahar in September 2006. 8 November 2007A major United Nations study on the impact of conflict on education finds students, teachers and schools under concerted and deliberate attack and calls for urgent measures to protect the academic future of children living in war zones. read more

US vetoes Security Council draft resolution condemning recent Israeli acts

Twelve countries voted in favour of the Syria-sponsored draft, with Bulgaria and Cameroon abstaining. In addition to decrying Israel’s recent killing of UN employees, the text noted that one had been an international staff member working in the Jenin refugee camp.The draft also cited Israel’s “deliberate destruction of a UN World Food Programme (WFP) warehouse in Beit Lahiya in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in which 537 metric tons of donated food supplies intended for distribution to needy Palestinians had been stored.”The draft would have demanded that Israel comply fully with its obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilians in Time of War, and “refrain from the excessive and disproportionate use of force in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”Explaining his country’s position, US Ambassador John D. Negroponte said the recent incidents referred to in the text were serious and must be investigated. The draft, however, did not urge action by all concerned to minimize the threat to UN personnel and facilities. “The proponents of this resolution seem more intent on condemning Israeli occupation than on ensuring the safety of United Nations personnel,” he said. “Mixing these two issues is inappropriate.” Adoption of the resolution would not contribute to an environment in which both sides would move towards a roadmap leading to two States – Israel and Palestine – living side-by-side in peace and security, he said, and for that reason, the US opposed it. read more

Annan strongly condemns killing of Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza

“The killing of peaceful demonstrators, many of them women and children, has distressed the Secretary-General, who sends his deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims,” his spokesman, Fred Eckhard, said in a statement.Mr. Eckhard noted that the Secretary-General has repeatedly warned Israel, including yesterday via his Middle East envoy, Terje Roed-Larsen, “that it must abide by its obligations as an occupying power, which include protecting the civilian population and eschewing the disproportionate or indiscriminate use of force.”Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it was deeply concerned about the effect of the ongoing military operation in the Gaza Strip on children, particularly a missile strike Wednesday that claimed the lives of at least 10 Palestinians, many of them youngsters.”Palestinian children have a right to be protected against all acts of violence in the midst of the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said David S. Bassiouni, UNICEF Special Representative in Jerusalem. “They have a right to a safe shelter, safe access to their schools and to health services.”With the recent military actions in Rafah – and today’s missile strike – at least 10 children have already lost their lives, including a 16-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy shot in their home Tuesday morning. Many additional children have been injured and all are facing psychosocial distress, UNICEF said.Since the start of the conflict, Israeli and Palestinian children have paid a very heavy price, UNICEF said. Over 660 children under 18 have been killed, of which 560 were Palestinian and 104 were Israeli – including four Israeli sisters killed by militants in an attack in the Gaza Strip on 2 May.”UNICEF calls on the State of Israel to abide by its obligations to the Convention on the Rights of the Child by protecting children from direct exposure to violence, and providing those who have lost their homes with alternative housing,” Mr. Bassiouni said. “The injudicious use of force where children are present can only bring about the deaths of innocent youngsters. We urge the Israeli authorities to reconsider the impact these incursions are having on Palestinian children.” read more

UN and African Union condemn ambush on peacekeepers in Darfur

In a joint statement issued today by their spokespeople, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma also expressed their sincere condolences to the family of the fallen peacekeeper and to the Government of South Africa, wishing the wounded a full and speedy recovery.“The Chairperson and the Secretary-General call on the parties to the conflict in Darfur to respect the integrity of the peacekeeping force. They urge the Sudanese authorities to investigate the attack promptly and bring the perpetrators to justice,” the statement added. The attack took place 40 kilometres southwest of Kutum, North Darfur, while the peacekeepers from the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) were travelling from Kutum to Djarido.In a statement issued to the press, the UN Security Council condemned the attack “in the strongest terms,” and called on the Sudanese Government to swiftly conduct a full investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice.It also underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law. read more

Fire safety drills planned for Fire Prevention Week

Safety preparation is a top priority during Brock’s annual recognition of Fire Prevention Week.In compliance with the Ontario Fire Code, several fire safety drills will take place across campus from Tuesday, Oct. 9 to Friday, Oct. 12. During drills, the alarm system will be activated and Brock officials will observe and compile reports. Members of the St. Catharines Fire Prevention division may be on site to assess efficiencies and address concerns.The fire drill locations and times will be intentionally withheld, however, they will not interfere with a public citizenship ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 9 or Convocation ceremonies on Friday, Oct. 12.All occupants should adhere to standard fire evacuation procedures, be familiar with procedures for persons requiring assistance, follow directions provided by emergency wardens and supervisors, and vacate areas as quickly as possible. Additional resources are available on SharePoint.“Drills are a great opportunity for departments to review their meeting points, practise their egress routes and address any concerns,” said Rick Fraser, Manager of Emergency Management and Life Safety. “Safely and efficiently evacuating can be critical in the event of an actual emergency.”It’s best practice for all departments across campus to review their areas and walk escape routes a few times annually.Emergency wardens are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the fire safety plan applicable to their areas and complete the emergency warden training module on Sakai, found under the Health and Safety heading within the ‘Tests & Quizzes’ area. The training is available to all staff and faculty.The National Fire Protection Association’s campaign for this year’s Fire Prevention Week focuses on three basic but essential steps that can reduce the probability of a fire: ‘Look. Listen. Learn. Beware. Fire can happen anywhere.’For more information on the planned fire drills or Fire Prevention Week, contact Fraser at x3130 or or Brian Dzurban, Occupational Health and Safety Specialist at x3284 or read more

Catching up on Ohio States fall sports teams

Women’s volleyball (12-1, 0-0) With only one loss, to then-No. 16-ranked Kentucky, the Buckeyes prepare for their Big Ten weekend opener against Wisconsin on Friday and Illinois on Saturday. Anna Szerszen earned most valuable player honors at the Owl Invitational for defeating Presbyterian (3-0), Coastal Carolina (3-1) and Kennesaw State (3-0). Men’s cross country  The Buckeyes took a first-place finish after five runners placed in the Top 10 at the 6.4K Appalachian State Mountaineer Open. No. 1 runner Taylor Williams sat out, but the team ran in a pack to take the season opener. Top 10 finishers included Chad Balyo, Adam Green, Donny Roys, Julian Meyer and Cory Leslie. “Overall, we’re off to a good start,” coach Robert Gary said. “More importantly, we are way ahead of where we were last season from a conditioning standpoint.” Women’s cross country After 10 days of training in the mountains, Ohio State took the top four spots at the 5K Mountaineer Open in the State Farm Fields of Boone, N.C., and placed five runners in the Top 10. Jordan Jennewine did not compete but is expected to return to full health at the All-Ohio Championships Friday, Oct. 1. Field hockey (6-2, 0-0) The No. 10 Buckeyes set a program record by defeating the No. 9 Duke Blue Devils in back-to-back seasons following a 3-1 victory. Junior Aisling Coyle leads the team with 17 points and has scored in all eight games this season. Men’s golf The season-opening Marshall Invitational proved to be no obstacle for the men’s golf team. Earning a first-place finish, the Buckeyes set a tournament record for lowest 18-hole team score with an 11-under 273 after the first round and set the team 54-hole record 820, 32 under par. “Any time you win, it’s something to build on,” coach Donnie Darr said. “We are building momentum and really starting to believe in ourselves.” Women’s golf The women’s golf team took home a second-place trophy at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational. Sophomore Rachel Rohanna finished 7-under 212, one stroke behind first place finisher Erica Omlid of the Oregon Ducks. Rohanna set two career records, lowest round (69) and lowest 54-hole score (212). Men’s soccer (4-2-0, 0-0-0) The Buckeyes have four wins under their belt after defeating College of Charleston, Buffalo, Binghamton and Bucknell. Falling to USF and Florida Gulf Coast, the Buckeyes look to knock off Big Ten foe Michigan in the first Big Ten matchup on Saturday. Senior midfielder Konrad Warzycha earned national accolades early in the season for leading the Buckeyes to four consecutive wins. named Warzycha to the national team of the week following the 2-1 Bucknell win. Women’s soccer (6-2-1, 0-0-0) The Buckeyes suffered a 1-0 loss to No. 19 Arizona State after giving up the game’s lone goal in the first half. Junior Caitlyn Martin earned Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week for scoring both goals in the 2-0 win over Cleveland State on Sept. 8. read more

Reliability methods in the design of underground structures

first_imgThe Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) is presenting a two day short course (December 4 and 5) on this subject with Dr Mark Diederichs, Professor, Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Queen’s University and Dr Connor Langford, Consultant, Rocscience Inc. Venue: The Holiday Inn, 1696 Regent Street, Sudbury, Ontario. Understanding uncertainty in geomaterials is a key issue in mining  projects. In addition to the inherent uncertainty due to natural variability of geomaterials, knowledge based uncertainty involving testing, transformation and modelling errors also plays a critical role in design.In underground excavations such as mines, this uncertainty poses a significant challenge to obtain reliable support design or hazard prediction calculations, leading to a residual risk during construction. Despite this, present design methods have yet to adopt a logical basis for describing this uncertainty and assessing its impact on performance. This is particularly true for problems involving feedback between ground response and support capacity, such as bolting and lining systems.While several approaches are available to incorporate uncertainty into design, most deal with it subjectively and qualitatively – examples of these methodologies will be discussed with consideration of their utility and limitations. Reliability methods on the other hand, incorporate the uncertainty in material properties and in situ stress conditions directly into the design process. This allows for an assessment of system performance and risk by determining the probability of failure for a given design option. Examples of quantitative reliability analysis will be worked through in an interactive manner to demonstrate the potential of this method.This workshop provides an overview of sources of uncertainty in geotechnical projects as well as a series of simple reliability-based tools that can help deal with uncertainty in design. A number of project examples from both the geotechnical and mining fields will then be presented to show the usefulness of these tools. Participants will also have an opportunity to use geotechnical modelling software (courtesy of Rocscience) to analyse a case study as a group and assess the performance for a series of design options. Finally, a panel discussion will be held to discuss how risk sharing can better be incorporated into the design process and contracts.To register and inquire about this short course, please contact Courtney Folz at or 705.673.6568 x72.last_img read more

Klara Woltering to stay in Podgorica one more year

← Previous Story Daniela Piedada to Krim! Next Story → Alexandra Do Nascimento in Hypo until 2014! Klara Woltering seems to be feeling great in Podgorica, as she agreed to sign a one-year extension of her contract with Buducnost. This years success in the Champions League might have had its part in Klara agreeing to stay one more year in this very ambitious club, which will finally have opportunity to win the Champions League this year, where they meet Gyori ETO in the final.

Weve come from nowhere and now were on the verge of qualifying

first_img Nov 23rd 2016, 4:11 PM Follow us: THE 2016 LEAGUE of Ireland season may have drawn to a close but Dundalk are preparing for the first of two hugely-significant Europa League matches.Stephen Kenny’s men came through a gruelling few months of fixtures to wrap up a third consecutive Premier Division title before losing out to rivals Cork City in the FAI Cup final after an extra-time winner from Sean Maguire.With the domestic matters put to one side, the Lilywhites’ full focus is now on getting the players right for Europe, where qualification to the knockout stages looks a real possibility.Zenit St Petersburg are running away with Group D thanks to four wins from four, leaving Dundalk in a three-way battle with Maccabi Tel-Aviv — level on four points — and tomorrow’s opponents AZ Alkmaar, who are two points back.The Dutch side are in Dublin ahead of the penultimate group match at Tallaght Stadium (8.05pm) and they will be smarting after the previous meeting back in September, which saw Ciaran Kilduff come off the bench to score an 89th-minute equaliser.Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Kenny predicted an electric 90 minutes of football.“I think it’s going to be an epic game tomorrow night,” he said. “AZ have a lot of physical strength and they are a really tall team with a lot of power and pace. They always play with four forwards and they’re very powerful.“We’ll have a big test but I believe in the players that we have got and there is tremendous spirit as well as a fair degree of technical ability.” The Dundalk players training at Tallaght Stadium today. Source: Gary Carr/INPHOLast week marked four years since Kenny took over at the Louth club, who had narrowly avoided relegation to the First Division after seeing off Waterford United in a two-legged play-off.It’s a far cry from their current situation and this team has already entered the history books on a couple of occasions this year, but a place in the last-32 would undoubtedly be the finest-ever achievement from an Irish club in European competition.“This is a journey where we have come from nowhere, and we understand where we have come from,” Kenny added. Stephen Kenny speaking at Tallaght Stadium this afternoon. 19,266 Views Image: PA Wire/PA Images By Ben Blake We had nothing and we have come from the bottom of our own league to win three-in-a-row and we’re now on the verge of qualifying for the last 32.“We’re very determined to try achieve that, but AZ are standing in the way of our progress tomorrow. They would consider themselves much stronger opponents judging by the fact that they have been to the quarter-finals of the Europa League in their recent history.“They will expect to beat us tomorrow night, but from our point of view we see them as our main opponents and if we get a victory we are in a great position so our motivation is huge.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share36 Tweet Email Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 4:11 PM Stephen Kenny speaking at Tallaght Stadium this afternoon. Image: PA Wire/PA Images ‘We’ve come from nowhere and now we’re on the verge of qualifying for the last-32’ Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny is expecting an ‘epic’ game with AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League tomorrow night. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 3 Comments Bleedin’ Rapid! Kevin Doyle scored a crucial away goal for Colorado last nightNorthern Ireland and Wales to face disciplinary action over poppy displayslast_img read more

Sir Alex Ferguson thanks medical staff after brain surgery

first_imgFormer Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson is recovering from a brain surgery that happened in May.He has publicly thanked all the medical staff that helped him during his sick days in his first public statement since he went through the emergency brain surgery.The 76-year-old added that he intends to be back at Old Trafford to watch United in the coming season.Ferguson said: “Hello. Just a quick message, first of all, to thank the medical staff at Macclesfield, Salford Royal and Alexandra hospitals. Believe me, without those people who gave me such great care I would not be sitting here today. So, thank you from me and my family. Thank you very much.“It has made me feel so humble, as have all the messages I have had from all over the world, wishing me the best, and the good wishes do resonate very, very strongly with me. So thank you for that support you have given me.“And lastly, I will be back later in the season to watch the team. In the meantime, all the best to José [Mourinho] and the players. Thank you very much.” harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…On Saturday 5 May, the football world was rocked by the news that Sir Alex Ferguson had undergone surgery for a brain haemorrhage.Since then, the most successful manager in English football history has battled in a way only he knows how.Today, we bring you a special message.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 26, 2018last_img read more

Krsticic Napoli should brace up for a hostile atmosphere

first_imgNenad Krsticic has warned Napoli to brace up for a hostile atmosphere when they face Red Star at a sold-out Marakana.The former European Champions are making a return to the Champions League for the first time since 1991.Reports are rife that there will be a red-hot atmosphere in Belgrade.“I’m one of the few who has had the honour to play against Napoli,” Krsticic, a former Sampdoria player, pointed out in the pre-match Press conference.“We’ll be ready, we’re very proud to be in this group. We want to play in Europe and have no intention of stopping.“The stadium will help, there’s huge anticipation, and we always know they’ll be our 12th man on the pitch.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I know all about the atmosphere at the San Paolo, but it’ll be difficult for them here. I’ve had a lot of requests for tickets, but I couldn’t fulfill them all.“It’ll be difficult because they have no weaknesses. We’ll analyse everything and try to take advantage where we can.“The most dangerous player? Marek Hamsik, I’ll need to stick to him.”Krsticic also shared his thoughts about the collapsed bridge in Genoa during his playing days in Sampdoria.“I immediately heard my friends from Genoa. I was on that bridge all the time; it was a huge tragedy.”last_img read more

UAF project seeks to provide air quality data for rural remote Alaska

first_imgJulia Hnilicka installs an air-quality sensor on the Venetie Village Council building in the village northwest of Fort Yukon.(Phoot courtesy of Venetie Village Council) A graduate student with the University of Alaska Fairbanks is installing air-quality sensors in rural and remote areas around the state to monitor wildfire smoke and other types of air pollution. A UAF professor heading up the project says the sensors will for the first time provide data on air quality outside of cities – data that could help rural residents protect themselves from the harmful effects of wildfire smoke. That’s important information, because the smoke is harmful. But air-quality monitoring has never been done outside of the state’s urban areas. And the sensors Hnilicka is installing are the first step toward monitoring the smoke in real-time. “I ran that company for him,” Hnilicka said in an interview Monday. “And so that’s how I became very involved in rural communities and developed a real love and passion for the community members up and down the Yukon River.” Mao says the sensors he got from an online company called PurpleAir cost about $200 each, and can be quickly and easily installed anywhere there’s electricity and a wi-fi connection. He hopes the low cost and ease of installation will convince people to get one for their homes, so they can contribute to the project as citizen-scientists. And to get more installed in schools, so they can also be used for teaching students about air quality and its health impacts. “Once we hit a critical mass, and people start seeing the value of this data, they might be willing to jump on it,” Mao said. Hnilicka says she went to the villages first, because that’s what she proposed in the grant application to the Arizona-based Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals. A supplemental grant from UAF paid for more trips to other communities, both native and non-native, including some in the Upper Yukon and central Interior that she accessed by riverboat. The project was conceived and is directed by Jingqui Mao, a UAF researcher and assistant professor of atmospheric chemistry in UAF’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Mao says remote communities often are blanketed by wildfire smoke, especially in hyperactive fire seasons like this year’s. He says the sensors will help let people who live in those communities know whether the smoke is heavy enough to pose a serious health threat, and whether they need to take precautions like staying indoors. That’s why Hnilicka is working on a graduate degree in rural development through UAF’s Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development. And it’s why she jumped at the chance to work on a pilot project to monitor air quality in rural communities that are often afflicted with wildfire smoke. Julia Hnilicka says she’s installed 14 sensors over the past few weeks, starting with five Native villages in the Eastern Interior: Tanacross, Northway, Eagle Village, Mentasta Lake and Gakona. It’s a mode of travel she’s accustomed to after growing up in Nenana, where her dad operated a river-barge business.center_img “Honestly, “Hnilicka said, “I have grown up in a very dusty part of Nenana. I have have breathed wildfire smoke many, many years. And I had no idea about the health implications of it, until doing this project. And I am terribly shocked.” “We knew we had a lot of wildfires,” he said. “We want to know how that impacts air quality. This provides a means to do that.” “And,” Mao added, “then they can educate their parents!” A screenshot of PurpleAir’s map shows good air quality in much of Alaska except communities in the Yukon Flats, where large wildfires continue to burn. The map shows Fort Yukon’s reading of 188 and advises residents to take precautions, especially vulnerable people like infants and the elderly. Mao says he hopes to get more communities interested in the sensors, enough to reach what he calls a “critical mass” that will generate enough data to help him and other researchers understand more about wildfires and their smoky byproduct. Mao says the sensors also will monitor other pollutants, like dust that’s kicked up by wind from riverbeds or unpaved roads or trails. Hnilicka says she’s familiar with both road dust and wildfire smoke, and that’s helped her talk to people in communities she’s visited about the importance of monitoring those airborne irritants so they can protect their health. “So that we are able to at least get some baseline data about what’s happening with the air quality for communities that are affected by wildfire,” she said. Mao encourages anyone interested in checking out the data being generated by the sensors to go to He says he hopes to get a UAF website up within the next couple of weeks to provide the public with more information about the project and how to join in. Meanwhile, Hnilicka plans to head south next week to install more sensors in communities around the Kenai Peninsula. To check PurpleAir’s air-quality map, click here and zoom in on Alaska to enlarge that part of the map big enough to discern each site around the state where Hnilicka has installed sensors.last_img read more

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first_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Related Content News | March 23, 2015 Liver MRI Superior to Biopsy for Measuring Total Body Iron Balance Using MRI eliminates sampling errors in patients receiving ongoing blood transfusion therapy 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 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more John Wood, M.D., Ph.D. Image courtesy of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.March 23, 2015 — Investigators at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have demonstrated that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the liver is more accurate than liver biopsy in determining total body iron balance in patients with disorders requiring blood transfusion therapy. This discovery follows the researchers earlier work in pioneering techniques to use MRI to noninvasively measure liver iron. Their study has been published online in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.”Measuring total body iron using MRI is safer and less painful than biopsy,” said John Wood, M.D., Ph.D., cardiologist and biomedical engineer at CHLA. “In this study we’ve demonstrated that it is also more accurate. MRI should be recognized as the new ‘gold standard’ for determining iron accumulation in the body.” Wood is also a professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.Thalassemia and sickle cell disease are two inherited blood disorders characterized by too few healthy red blood cells with adequate hemoglobin. Treatment of these diseases typically requires a blood transfusion every three weeks. However, each transfusion introduces excess iron, which can result in organ damage and even death, making it essential to treat patients with medications called chelating agents to remove excess iron and to monitor total body iron balance. Prior to 2002, children with thalassemia and sickle cell disease required painful liver biopsies every one to two years to monitor iron levels. Liver biopsy can also cause dangerous bleeding and has high sampling variability.In this study of 49 patients undergoing treatment with an experimental chelating agent, the investigators first closely monitored the amount of iron the patients were receiving by transfusion and the amount of chelating agent they consumed, providing insights into the expected changes in iron levels. MRI estimates of iron concentration were made from the whole liver, eliminating the analytical error and significant sampling variability involved with a biopsy. (Depending upon which part of the liver is sampled, liver biopsy has a reported sampling error of 9 to 44 percent.)Liver iron was measured at the time of initial treatment in these 49 patients by MRI, and then after 3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 24 months of blood transfusion therapy. Using mathematical simulations, the investigators found that MRI liver iron measurements were more accurate, even when compared to the “best possible” liver biopsy. In practice, the accuracy of MRI compared to physical biopsy is likely even greater than estimated, according to Wood.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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. 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This release… 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 | 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 News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read morelast_img read more

Western Australia promotes itself as an allround destination for the Indian market

first_imgPeople from India are flocking to Western Australia (WA) with the State’s attracting more visitors from the market than ever before. The destination has seen a 38% growth in Indian visitors from 2015-17. More than 27,000 Indians have visited Western Australia in 2017, 56% of those visiting Western Australia in 2017 were repeated visitors to Australia.Speaking exclusively to Travel News Digest, Paul Papalia, Minister of Tourism, Western Australia talked about the new initiatives WA is undertaking to lure the potential Indian travel market.Papalia said, “India is one of the important markets in the world, it’s the fastest growing aviation market. We are closest to India and we have a lot of shared heritage, we have a lot of reason for deeper engagement for Western Australia and India.” “We have appointed a trade representative in our Mumbai office and we will also engage in various promotional activities to raise awareness in India, one of the parts of the campaign will be promotion of first ever test cricket match between India and Australia at our new Optus Stadium in Perth and it a good opportunity to tell people in India about other tourism products Western Australia has to offer,” averred Papalia.The Minister is also holding key meetings with and delivering business cases to six Indian airlines in a bid to attract a direct service between India and Perth. He said, “We have met various travel trade in Mumbai to promote the destination, we have met various airlines to discuss direct flight services from Mumbai to Perth. Apart from that, we are talking to India education sector as well for the students who are looking for higher studies opportunity in Western Australia.” Papalia confirmed that activities to do and see around Perth, Fremantle and Rottnest Island will also be showcased in India through visiting sports media, social media influencers and media content partnerships during the historic Perth test. Speaking about the Indian travellers, Papalia said, “Indian market is maturing and Indian travellers know what they exactly want from a destination. If people are looking for access to night stay, a good hiking destination, excellent culinary experience and safe environment, Western Australia offers everything travellers are looking for.”“Our extraordinary State has much to offer Indian travellers, whether they’re visiting for business, education or leisure,” he said. WA is also targeting the potential India wedding market, he quipped, “We are also targeting the Indian wedding market, we have quality hotels to serve the Indian wedding market. Western Australia is a perfect place to host weddings and for the people who are looking for a unique wedding experience Western Australia is the place.”last_img read more

Group Dont Blame Appraisers for Housing Conditions

first_img in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share Group: Don’t Blame Appraisers for Housing Conditions January 17, 2012 460 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Appraisals Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Existing-Home Sales Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Home Sales Housing Affordability Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers 2012-01-17 Ryan Schuette Enough is enough, the “”Appraisal Institute””: said Tuesday, defending the role of appraisers in a statement and two separate guidelines.[IMAGE]The trade group came out swinging on behalf of appraisers and appraisal management companies, arguing their independence and professionalism in a down market that consistently sees analysts, Realtors, and bankers on the offensive.””The fact is that appraisers are undertaking the same thorough research and thoughtful analysis that they always have in order to continue producing reliable, credible opinions of value,”” “”Sara Stephens””:, president of the Appraisal Institute, said in the statement. Her message for Realtors, homebuilders, and anyone reading: “”Don’t shoot the messenger.””The statements and guidelines pointed to appraisers as independent observers hard at work for lenders, not buyers or [COLUMN_BREAK]sellers, reaffirming their sense of judgment, market analysis, and roles in the housing industry.””Qualified, competent appraisers are capable of using their experience and education to determine when ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô and how ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô to use distressed sales as comparables,”” she added.One of the guidelines took pains to clarify that lenders, buyers, and sellers should not assign bad grades to appraisals with values that fail to meet expectations or assume that higher-than-expected values assure “”correctness”” or quality.The Appraisal Institute stood up for appraisers at a time when many continue to publicly criticize their roles in scuttled home sales, purchases, and mortgage applications.In past interviews, Walter Molony, a spokesperson for the “”National Association of Realtors””:, attributed declines in existing-home sales ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô those sales that still need closing ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô to low-balling appraisals.He said last fall that existing-home sales could push anywhere from 15 percent to 20 percent higher, if not for the appraisals.GSEs “”Fannie Mae””: and “”Freddie Mac””: reopened the debate in early September when the two jointly “”released””: new appraisal standards to streamline the process, replacing sometimes discretionary appraisal criteria with alpha-numeric and abbreviations.For its part, the “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””: recently “”published””: mortgage origination examination procedures that task regulators with making sure that appraisers stay independent of originators.Stephens cited a “”firewall”” that exists between the two professional fields in a supporting document.last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineOn January 13, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park hosted a magnificent soirée in the hotel’s sumptuous Ritz-Carlton Suite. For only the second time in luxury cruise line Cunard’s 171-year history, the company’s three grand ships: Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth gathered by the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Spectacular Grucci fireworks lit up the sky, and The Ritz-Carlton’s top suite offered unmatched views of the rare rendezvous.Located in New York’s downtown financial district, the luxurious Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park attracts industry leaders during the work week, while its proximity to some of the city’s iconic landmarks and monuments, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, draws leisure travelers as well. Guests who opt for accommodations with unobstructed views of Lady Liberty get an in-room telescope, and The Ritz-Carlton Suite boasts wraparound windows to boot, which allowed guests on January 13 a stunning glimpse of the majestic liners.While the July 4-worthy fireworks display, designed by the fifth-generation, family-owned and world-renowned Grucci operation, was the highlight of the evening, Ritz-Carlton pastry chef Laurent Richard’s delectable cocktail-sized desserts took center stage after the sparkling grand finale. From feather-light cheesecake and pastry puffs to rich fruit and lemon-meringue tartlets, it’s no surprise Richard ranks as one of Pastry Art & Design’s ten best pastry chefs in read more

Limassol court sentences murderer to life

first_imgThe Limassol criminal court sentenced on Friday 33-year-old Valentinos Stylianou to life imprisonment for the murder of Andreas Stylianou, 39, in December 2016.Stylianou was found guilty of the premeditated murder of the 39-year-old, also known as Americanos, after hitting with his car the motorcycle the victim was riding in Limassol. The accused had pleaded not guilty to the charge.The murder took place on December 2016. According to the facts presented in court, on the night of December 7 to 8, the 33-year-old deliberately drove his car over the motorcycle of the 39-year-old victim, killing him. Moments earlier, Americanos had fired five rounds at the accused’s house with a handgun.On the night of the killing, police found Americanos’ dead body lying on the street next to his high powered, large capacity motorcycle. A handgun and five cartridges were also found on the road.Stylianou at the time told police that the victim, who was his friend, had called him earlier in the night, threatening him and his family, as he held him responsible for a search carried out by the drug squad on his car, where drugs were found.He told police he heard the sound of a gun being loaded as he received the threats, so he left his house, got in the car and began patrolling the area.Americanos, he said, then turned up on his motorcycle, stopping in front of his home and firing shots at it with a pistol.A traffic police report pointed to the car having collided with the motorcycle and dragging it some ten metres, noting that the nature of the road, the path of the two vehicles and the speed which with they were travelling did not justify the severity of the collision. Therefore, police did not rule out the possibility of intentional action by the driver.Both men were known to police for drugs-related cases.You May Likehealthyandpretty20 Foods That Are Killing You SlowlyhealthyandprettyUndoYes InsuredCalifornia Drivers With No DUI’s Are In For A Big SurpriseYes InsuredUndoVacations | Search AdsDiscover All-Inclusive Vacations For Under $2,000Vacations | Search AdsUndo Clear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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