Joint UNAfrican team finds North Darfur villages deserted after earlier clashes

28 March 2011A joint United Nations-African Union fact-finding mission to several villages in North Darfur that saw fighting earlier this month between Sudanese Government forces and rebels has found them almost entirely deserted. At least two of the five villages, which lie within 15 to 30 kilometres of Shangil Tobaya, had been completely abandoned, according to an update issued by the joint UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID).The mission said the residents of the five villages were among the 70,000 people displaced by fighting between Government and rebel forces earlier this month.The fact-finding team, led by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), UNAMID and the North Darfur Humanitarian Aid Commission, also observed numerous remnants of explosions. It plans to return to the area for further investigations in the coming days.UNAMID has repeatedly urged both Government forces and rebel movements to ensure safe access for humanitarian groups to displaced persons in Shangil Tobaya, as well as Khor Abeche and Shaeria, where thousands have fled to the mission’s nearby team sites after fighting in January.The mission was set up three years ago to quell the violence in Darfur, where at least 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million others driven from their homes as a result of fighting. read more

Violence grips Nuwara Eliya Audio

The Minister said that a complaint was lodged with the police over the incident.The Kotagala organizer of NWU, identified as Kumar, was also stabbed in the Hatton Town while he was leaving home after lodging a complaint with the police. He has been admitted to the Glendon hospital, in Hatton.(Colombo Gazette) CWC leader Minister Arumugam Thondaman however denied the claims. He said that his supporters were attacked. Nuwara Eliya was tense this evening with the Kotagala organiser of the National Workers Union (NWU) being stabbed just minutes after supporters of the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and NWU, both constituent parties of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) clashed in what the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) termed as the most serious pre-election related violence in the area so far.CaFFE said that 14 vehicles had been damaged and several individuals were injured in the clashes this evening. MPs P Digambaram and P Rajadurei (NWU) were traveling to Hatton from Nuwara Eliya in a convoy of vehicles when supporters of Minister Arumugam Thondaman attacked them, CaFFE claimed. Rajadurei, who recently resigned from the CWC, joined the NWU yesterday. MP P Digambaram Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DEGA-VOISE-CUT-HATTON-RANJITH.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Minister Arumugam Thondaman Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/thondaman-voise-cut-3-hatton-ranjith.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

Report coming Friday shows most Ontario schools failing students who have an

Many students who have an intellectual disability continue to face academic and social barriers in Ontario’s public school system, as well as instances of exclusion, conflicts with other students, staff and boards, poor planning and communication, and a lack of leadership at every level of the system.These are the findings of in-depth surveys and interviews with students’ parents as part of a research project titled, “If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?”Details of the research will be released Friday, May 4 in Toronto by the authors of the report, including Brock University Professor of Education Sheila Bennett, Jacqueline Specht, Director of the Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education at Western University, and Luke Reid, Staff Lawyer with ARCH Disability Law Centre. Also working on the project from Brock along with Bennett were Faculty of Education colleagues Monique Somma and Xioabin Li.The research project was a joint partnership between Community Living Ontario, Brock University, Western University, ARCH Disability Law Centre, Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement and Inclusive Education Canada.A panel discussion between the report’s authors and students from Ryerson University’s Disability Studies program will follow.What: Release of “If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?” reportWho: Sheila Bennett, Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University; Jacqueline Specht, Director of the Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education and Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University; Luke Reid, Staff Lawyer with ARCH Disability Law Centre.When: Friday, May 4, 10:30 a.m.Where: Room SHE 560, Community Health Building, Ryerson University read more

Ohio State mens basketball announces nonconference schedule

Nov. 14NC Central Nov. 25Marshall Dec. 22UNC-Asheville Dec. 20Youngstown State Nov. 21Western Carolina OSU guard JaQuan Lyle (13) leads the offense in the Big Ten tournament against Penn State on March 10 in Indianapolis.Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s basketball team has been criticized in recent years for not scheduling high-major opponents in the nonconference season. Since the 2013-14 season when OSU did not play one ranked team until conference play, coach Thad Matta and the Buckeyes have shared the court with Louisville, North Carolina, Virginia, UCONN, Memphis and Kentucky. Only one of those games (Virginia) was played in Columbus.On Tuesday, OSU announced its 2016-17 nonconference schedule, which features two familiar high-major opponents, and two other prominent programs — at Virginia, versus UConn, versus Providence and in Las Vegas against UCLA.Providence will travel to Columbus for the first time in school history when the Friars and Buckeyes meet on Nov. 17, as a part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games between Big Ten and Big East schools. This is the first meeting between the two schools since the 1990 NCAA Tournament. The Friars lost their two leading scorers from last season to the NBA: guard Kris Dunn and forward Ben Bentil.Matta’s team lost last year at home to then-No. 6 Virginia 64-58 in a closely contested game, and OSU also suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the UConn Huskies in Storrs, Connecticut, 75-55. Matta and company has its chance at revenge next season.On Nov. 30, OSU will travel to Charlottesville, Virginia, to face coach Tony Bennett’s Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Virginia lost its two best players in ACC player of the year and defensive player of the year Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill. However, three-point mastermind Logan Perentes returns with Memphis’ former leading scorer Austin Nichols, who is now eligible after sitting out a year because of the NCAA transfer rule, and four recruits in ESPN’s top 100 for 2016. OSU hosts UConn on Dec. 10 at the Schottenstein Center, completing its home-and-home series with the Huskies. Coach Kevin Ollie’s team loses three of its top four scorers but owns the ninth-ranked 2016 recruiting class, according to ESPN.In the final year of the CBS Sports Classic, OSU tips off against UCLA on Dec. 17 in Las Vegas. UCLA owns the sixth-ranked 2016 recruiting class, according to ESPN, and the Bruins return four starters.Each pivotal nonconference opponent has a roster that will undergo some change whereas the Buckeyes return its six leading scorers from last season.A young OSU team in 2015-16 couldn’t capitalize on teams inside the RPI top 50. The Buckeyes were just 2-10 in those games, including 1-8 versus the RPI top 25.Despite a poor resume, a nonconference win in Brooklyn, New York, versus then-No. 4 Kentucky held OSU’s NCAA Tournament hopes from the unfathomable. In 2016-17, a strong nonconference showing could be the Buckeyes’ best friend come next March. Nov. 17Providence Nov. 11@ Navy Dec. 3Fairleigh Dickinson Dec. 17vs. UCLA (Las Vegas) Nov. 30@ Virginia Dec. 6Florida Atlantic Dec. 10Connecticut Nov. 23Jackson State read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…Flooding in Cork this evening. Pic: Richard Jacob/TwitterIRELANDThe PSNI said it was investigating a controversial ‘foreign nationals’ sign as a hate crime.Coastal cities were warned to brace themselves for flooding, while Cork city centre was flooded.Ireland was put on ‘Orange Alert’ due to the expected gale force winds and strong rain.The artistic director of the Limerick National City of Culture quit, along with two others. The prices of houses in Dublin are almost a third higher than in the rest of the country.Police appealed for witnesses after a man was stabbed in the neck last night in Belfast.Concerns were raised over staffing levels at the new Child and Family Agency.The mystery winner of €1 million in the Christmas Millionare Raffle draw has still not come forward.Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams urged all parties to accept the Haass agreement.A man assaulted in Tallaght on New Year’s day died in hospital today.Ireland is to send 40 tonnes of emergency aid to violence-stricken South Sudan. PARTING SHOTEver wanted to know the story behind your favourite gifs? This might help (and it’s a little more heartbreaking than you’d expect). [Buzzfeed] WORLDMichael Schumacher’s manager Sabine Khem, center, speaks to journalists. Pic: AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani#SCHUMACHER Michael Schumacher remains in hospital, but little new is known about the comatose sportsman’s condition.#ANTARCTIC The stranded Antarctic ship passengers have been rescued by helicopter.#CHINA Wal-Mart China stores recalled ‘five spice donkey meat’ as it was found to contain fox meat.#CAR At least two beheaded children were among 16 found dead in the Central African Republic, according to Unicef.#ISRAEL Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who is in a coma, is experiencing organ failure.#PRAGUE The Palestinian ambassador in Prague was killed by an exploding safe.INNOVATION(hankgames/YouTube)Would you post clips of yourself playing video games on YouTube? These people do, and it brings in big money. [The Guardian]These sharks alert Australian beachgoers of their presence… by tweeting about it. Here’s how.last_img read more

Out of 10 How we rated Irelands players against France

first_imgHis best game for Ireland. Box-kicked accurately to put French on the back foot in the first half and kept his foot on the pedal in the second half. Inexplicably replaced just after 60 minutes.Cian Healy – 7Carried extremely well in the loose throughout and got down good and low opposite Nicolas Mas to limit the power of the blue scrum.Rory Best – 8Banished some of the demons of missed throws inside the attacking 22 with some pin-point darts in the first quarter. Central to a fine forward effort throughout. Ultimate tribute to him is the reluctance to use Sean Cronin.Mike Ross -6Endured a predictably tough time in the first half, but as Ireland grew in confidence he was at the forefront of the effort.Mike McCarthy – 8Played a massive role in the opening try, making his presence felt and clearing space for Heaslip to go through. A terrific performance against what is supposed to be a superior French pack.Donnacha Ryan – 8Like his second row partner, headed Ireland’s most potent weapon. Tremendous effort in every aspect. Just as Kearney is primed to fill big shoes behind the scrum, Ryan is visibly growing with every game in the engine room.Peter O’Mahony – 6A solid, if unspectacular day, but worked tirelessly at the breakdown and forced some crucial turnovers.Sean O’Brien – 8Showed almost all of his skills in one excellent 80 minutes. He carried, he rucked, he mauled, he caught line-outs and even kicked. At one stage he was actually dragging Yannick Nyanga along.Jamie Heaslip – 7Getting his name on the score-sheet was not only important for the team, but also for his own mind-set. After profiting off that early maul he was able to carry on with his own game and gave Ireland a hard edge in the tight exchanges.Replacements:Eoin Reddan – 5Ordinarily comes on to speed up games, but prime duty here seemed to be wheeling off the ruck and grubbering behind the blue wall. Hopefully the injury suffered late on was not overly serious.Luke Fitzgerald – 4Huge welcome on his first possession from the crowd. Still looks a little short on confidence, but you sense it will return the more time he has ball in hand.Not on long enough to be rated: Sean Cronin, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Donncha O’Callaghan, Iain Henderson, Ian Madigan.Champions: Italy loss seals 6 Nations crown for Ireland women6 Nations: Halfpenny boot shines through messy Welsh win Rob Kearney – 7Showed a glimpse or two of his 2012 form, but mostly used his brain and cultured left boot to influence the game.Ready, willing and able to take over the mantle of back-line leader.Fergus McFadden – 6Dropped a ball on the hour, but worked like a man unwilling to be taken out of the green shirt lightly. Powered into as many physical encounters as he could – including a superb chase of Paddy Jackson’s restart in the second half to force an error and keep Ireland playing in the right territory.Brian O’Driscoll – 8Sopping wet conditions meant he had to revert to his secondary function as a flanker. His efforts typified the character displayed over a distinguished career. Took a standing ovation as he looked unable to carry on, but typically re-emerged. A glutton for punishment.Luke Marshall – 7Pre-match, we asked him to show off his big boot a little more and his main contribution in Ireland’s 10-point half time lead was a big booming touch-finder which pinned the visitors back onto their five metre line.Conditions meant he was forced to show his skills without the ball and, paired off with the finest centre in Europe, he barely put a foot wrong. A big pat on the back from O’Driscoll after winning a ruck penalty felt like a changing of the guard… until they both left the arena on shaky legs.Keith Earls – 6Not a day for hard-track wingers and an early dropped Garryowen signalled the beginning of a quiet day for the utility back. However, his fitness stood to him and his pace almost gifted Ireland a win just after France had clawed back to 13-13.Paddy Jackson – 7Three out of four successful kicks in the first half and not one of them could be marked in the ‘easy’ category. Badly passed on a drop-goal chance after the break, but it was a call which should not have been made.Conor Murray – 8last_img read more

Mozambique le choléra provoque des émeutes contre le personnel de santé

first_imgMozambique : le choléra provoque des émeutes contre le personnel de santéMozambique – Le choléra sévit de nouveau au Mozambique. Les habitants ne font plus confiance au personnel de santé et l’accusent d’être responsable de la propagation de la maladie. Cette méfiance a provoqué une révolte qui a tué une personne.Le personnel de santé est souvent accusé de la propagation du choléra, une maladie qui se propage par les aliments et les eaux souillées. Chargés de nettoyer les puits pour éviter les infections dans les zones rurales, infirmiers et aides-soignants sont parfois eux-mêmes contaminés. Ainsi, ils propagent la maladie aux patients alors même qu’ils ont la volonté de les soigner.À lire aussiCholéra en Haïti : l’épidémie est bien venue des casques bleus népalaisLors de l’émeute qui a eu lieu ce mardi 16 février, au centre de santé de Macoroja situé au nord du Mozambique, plusieurs centaines de révoltés “munis de bâtons, de machettes et autres armes tranchantes” ont attaqué le personnel de santé, selon le quotidien officiel Noticias. Une personne a été tuée et trois autres ont été blessées. Selon Noticias : “La personne tuée est le meneur supposé du groupe. Il a été tué lorsqu’il essayait de s’emparer du fusil d’un policier”.En pleine saison des pluies, le bacille virgule responsable du choléra se propage d’autant plus facilement, la population victime cherche donc un bouc émissaire à ce mal. L’an dernier, ce genre d’émeutes avait causé la mort de dix personnes et la maladie a tué 317 Mozambicains rien que dans le premier trimestre de 2009.Le 19 février 2010 à 15:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Matthew McConaughey Plus Spring Breakers Equals Film of the Century

first_img At this point it’s hard to remember a time when Matthew McConaughey wasn’t a good actor. The McConaissance is now so strong and enduring that travesties like Failure to Launch and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past seem more like bad dreams than things that actually happened. Where do you go after Oscar and Emmy award-nominated turns in Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective? You star in the new Harmony Korine film of course. McConaughey is set to star in Korine’s The Beach Bum, and it already sounds like the movie of the century.In The Beach Bum McConaughey stars as a funny, larger-than-life stoner named Moondog. That doesn’t sound like too much of a stretch for the dude from Dazed and Confused. We don’t know any other details besides producers and other behind-the-scenes talent. We don’t even know when the film is coming out. So why are we so excited? Well like we said earlier McConaughey is a great actor now. But more importantly, famous maniac Harmony Korine is directing this movie.If you’re unfamiliar with Harmony Korine’s work that’s understandable. For years his excellent but utterly unwatchable movies have been lurid exercises in bad taste only fit for students of exploitation film. Go try and watch Gummo or Trash Humpers and tell me I’m wrong. He wrote Kids for crying out loud.But in 2013 an interesting shift happened. Korine took all of his fascination with gutter societies and young people and the shiny, loud emptiness of modern life and actually turned it into a film a person could sit through. Spring Breakers is real movie with real stars and everything, but it’s also undoubtedly a Harmony Korine joint.I love Spring Breakers. I love its subtle but sharp Gucci Mane racial politics, its accurate depiction of uncomfortable but alluring substance-fueled college party chaos, its violent subversion of its cast of Disney ingénues like Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens (and Korine’s wife), its unbelievable use of neon music video colors and Britney Spears songs and Skrillex remixes, and how it gives James Franco the role of a lifetime as delusional white Florida rapper Alien (aka Riff-Raff). If Moondog is even half as good as Alien cinema will never be the same.Spring Breakers is the wonderful, terrifying, uplifting, upsetting, beautiful, deeply ugly, profound, and hilarious movie that summarizes a generation’s culture by simultaneously chastising and getting off to it. It proves that moving a tiny bit toward the mainstream can actually improve the work of an underground filmmaker by forcing them to open up their themes to a larger, more impressionable new audience.So of course I’m excited for The Beach Bum, Korine’s first film since Spring Breakers, unless one of his other gestating projects takes shape before then. Matthew McConaughey is just a bonus. Tenn. Police Warn of ‘Meth-Gators,’ Urge Users Not to Flush DrugsChild Finds $40,000 Worth of Meth Inside Lego Box Stay on targetlast_img read more

Watch Kayakers Are Pelted By Ice After Glacial Bridge Collapses

first_img Incredible Images From Space Capture the Death of a GlacierNASA Images Show New Lake Formed by Surging Glacier in Pakistan Stay on target Two kayakers on a peaceful exploration trip experienced a bone-chilling sight when a nearby glacial bridge collapsed and sent a massive “shower” of ice and water in their direction.Josh Bastyr and Andrew Hooper went on a kayaking trip near Spencer Glacier in Alaska on Saturday, For The Win reported. While they were paddling in the water, they suddenly heard calving noises and decided to go investigate. Then, a massive chunk of ice dropped into the water and generated a gunshot-like sound, and soon after, the bridge fell down, causing chunks of ice and a big wave to move toward the duo.“We survived but that was insane. We’re soaking wet and we were obviously way too close,” Bastyr said in the video above, which showed the scary event. “We knew that going into this. Our wives told us not to get close, but that was probably the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”center_img Fortunately, both kayakers were okay after the incident, which left them shaken up for a couple of minutes.“What started as a peaceful glacier exploration at Spencer Glacier quickly turned into the biggest adrenaline rush of our lives,” Hooper wrote on Facebook. “We are so grateful to be alive and in total awe of the power of nature and that we got to witness this massive calving from Spencer Glacier.”More on Geek.com:Incredible Images From Space Capture the Death of a GlacierNASA Images Show New Lake Formed By Surging Glacier in PakistanGlaciers Have Lost More Than 9 Trillion Tons of Ice Since 1961last_img read more

Soy Growers Support Reauthorization of the Grain Standards Act

first_imgSoy growers showed support on Thursday for legislation to reauthorize the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA) set to expire at the end of September.USGSA sets the framework for the functioning of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS), requiring official inspections for all export shipments.The Senate Ag Committee will mark up a reauthorization bill on Thursday, which includes renewal of the USGSA. The American Soybean Association (ASA), along with the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), and several other ag groups, sent a letter to Sens. Pat Roberts (KS) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) this week urging a conclusion the reauthorization process.“We believe the bill you are considering this morning includes several important provisions that will enable uninterrupted trade in agricultural products and maintain trust in our inspection system,” the letter states. “Specifically, we support the inclusion of the provisions requiring that in instances where a delegated state agency decides to discontinue inspection services, that agency must provide 72-hour notice, as well as the requirement that FGIS immediately take such actions as are necessary to maintain inspections.”ASA has been active in the development of legislation to reauthorize the USGSA, including testimony by ASA Director Bill Gordon (MN) earlier this year before the Senate Agriculture Committee. At that hearing, Gordon called on Congress to ensure that grain inspections under USGSA remain both mandatory and continuous, in response to several high-profile work stoppages that disrupted the flow of grain through the supply chain last year.Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more

Government leadership brings mental health support to the top of the agenda

first_imgOn 9 January 2017, prime minister Theresa May announced a package of measures that aim to improve mental health support in the UK at each stage of a person’s life, including in workplaces, schools, and the community.As part of this wider reform, Lord Dennis Stevenson, a mental health campaigner, and Paul Farmer CBE, chief executive officer at charity Mind and chair of the NHS Mental Health Taskforce, will lead a review into mental health practices in the workplace, examining how best to support employees with mental health problems so that they can thrive and excel at work.This will include the provision of tools to help employers of all sizes support employee wellbeing, and a review of recommendations around workplace discrimination on the grounds of mental health.A key aspect of the review will be to share best-practice examples of mental health support for employees, with trailblazing organisations highlighting initiatives they have in place.Learning from the experience of others will be particularly valuable for smaller organisations, said Louise Ward, policy and standards director at the British Safety Council. While larger organisations may have more resources to acquire expert advice and invest in training, smaller businesses may not always have this opportunity. “If [a small organisation] can get information from something that is working well somewhere else and employ that in [its] own organisation, it’s got a chance to make a real difference,” Ward added.These mental health reforms are also an opportunity to tackle the stigma associated with mental health, said Poppy Jaman, chief executive officer at Mental Health First Aid England and programme director at the City Mental Health Alliance.Sharing mental health best practice may have been frowned upon in the past because employers may have been concerned about damaging their organisation’s reputation by being seen as a stressful or mentally unhealthy workplace. However, the increasing normalisation of mental health conversations is slowly shifting attitudes and workplace culture, to show best practice in this area as an asset rather than something to hide, added Jaman.Yet challenges remain. Louise Aston, wellbeing director at Business in the Community (BITC), said: “My concern is that the reforms as they stand don’t go far enough […] There is a growing movement of employers which are committed to this agenda and that are demonstrating leadership in this area, but there is also a massive group of unengaged employers that are [not]. So, in spite of the compelling business case and moral case and some real kind of proven good practice, the question is how do we engage those challenged sectors and individual [organisations]?”The journey to fully embedding mental health into the organisational culture can take time. “The key here is about really strong leadership, making a commitment to putting mental and physical health on a parity, and providing relevant training to all employees,” added Aston.last_img read more

Was Wig Wag as Influential as Spy

first_imgWig Wag‘s 1988 launch came within a month of Spy’s, but the latter is better remembered. Spy is memorialized in books and on Web sites, it’s editors have gone on to successful publishing careers, and you still hear its name mentioned in magazine and design circles. Wig Wag has (arguably been)nearly as influential, but it lives on (as far as I can tell) only as a brief Wikipedia entry and a few other scattered web references.There are lots of reasons for this. Spy was the louder and brasher magazine—it cheerfully went about making enemies among New York’s rich and powerful. Spy’s editorial and design influences were more varied and harder to pin down than Wig Wag’s (which was clearly directly influenced by the New Yorker where the editor and many of the staff had worked). And, Wig Wag’s post-modern pages have not aged nearly so well as Spy’s. The specific visual language Spy pioneered live on in dozens of magazines including New York, Vanity Fair and Radar. Wig Wag’s impact is not seen in a few easily identified tropes such as Spy’s disembodied floating heads. But, Wig Wag was equally ahead of its time. It took the New Yorker’s sophisticated news and and literary approach and used it to create a visual magazine in the contemporary sense-it used infographic conventions for literary storytelling, achieving an integration of imagery and text that was rare for its day, but has since become expected. Wig Wag’s methods are now visible in most large newsstand magazines—Wired, New York (again) Maxim and lots more.Editor Lex Kaplen and Art Director Paul Davis saw graphic possibilities for a literary magazine that are still unequaled by the graphically fumbling New Yorker—which has successfully updated its art direction and writing but now seems awkwardly stuck between its storied typographical tradition and current fashion—publishing a design that is neither classic nor engaging to a contemporary reader.Check out images of the interior sections—including the T.O.C. and fiction layouts—here.[Editor’s note: For more intelligent design talk, buy Jandos’ new book.]last_img read more

South Africans still battling for land reform

first_imgSouth African president Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to “accelerate” land reform to fix the “grave historical injustices” suffered by the black majority during apartheid and colonialism ahead of elections expected next year.Here are the key facts of the hugely contentious land issue:Historical backgroundBlack South Africans were dispossessed of their land during three centuries of colonialism and apartheid which officially ended in 1994.”The extent to which black people were dispossessed of lands in South Africa was greater than in any other African country,” said Ruth Hall, a land expert at the Plaas Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies.The indigenous land act passed in 1913 awarded the black majority just 13 percent of land — described by Ramaphosa as the “original sin”.When the ruling African National Congress (ANC) came to power in 1994 on the back of the victorious anti-apartheid struggle, the government pledged to redistribute 30 percent of South Africa’s 60,000 commercial farms to black ownership. Twenty-four years later and only eight percent are in black hands.Poor progress since 1994A recent report into the issue led by former president Kgalema Motlanthe painted a picture of the “slow and ineffective pace of land reform”.The failure was framed as being down to the state’s lack of resources — the issue of land reform accounts for only 0.4 percent of national expenditure.Even more serious obstacles to land reform are “corruption by officials… lack of political will, and lack of training and capacity”, according to Motlanthe’s report.Following 1994, two land restitution programmes were launched and received a total of 223,000 requests for redistribution — but only 25 percent of those have been handled.At that rate, it would take 188 years to process all the applications, according to Hall, the academic.- Urban-rural divide -A goal of land reform is to end the disparities in both rural areas and urban locations which are home to 62 percent of South Africans.In 2018, most towns were still organised along apartheid lines — non-white townships characterised by limited infrastructure and high unemployment isolated from the leafy, largely white suburbs where economic opportunities are abundant.”This is the remnant of the apartheid social setting for us as black and coloured that we have to travel” hours to work, said Nkosikhona Swaartbooi of the Ndifuna Ukwazi organisation which fights for equal access to land in South Africa’s cities.Ramaphosa appears fully aware of the battle that lays ahead.”We are working to ensure that the urban poor can own and occupy land close to places of work, social services and education,” he said recently.Expropriation without compensationThe issue of whether to take land without compensating its current owners is by far the most divisive and emotive issue facing modern South Africa.Until now the government has pursued a policy of willing buyer, willing seller to allow land transfers.But in February lawmakers voted to establish a commission charged with re-writing the constitution to allow for forcible land transfers without compensation.Since then AfriForum, a group that advocates for its largely white membership, has reacted with fury.”Property rights are the cornerstones of economic development,” said the group.The war of words between AfriForum and the government even drew the attention of Australia whose interior minister appealed for South Africa’s “persecuted” white minority to move down-under.It is also debated whether the government needs to change the constitution with players like Motlanthe insisting it should simply make greater use of its existing powers.Observers have suggested constitutional reform is an electoral ploy by the ANC to win votes, which has faced political pressure from the radical leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party in recent years.Another Zimbabwe?Some white South African farmers fear the new policies puts the country at risk of emulating Zimbabwe where their counterparts were ejected from their land wholesale from the year 2000 by Robert Mugabe.Those land seizures plunged Zimbabwe into a deep economic crisis from which the country has yet to recover.But in South Africa, the EFF has already begun orchestrating illegal land grabs, stepping up its campaign in recent months and leading to clashes between police and squatters.”We will not make the mistakes (of) others,” Ramaphosa vowed recently. “We will not allow smash-and-grab interventions,” he added, promising the policies would not hurt the economy.last_img read more

What Is Happening In The United States Why Foreign Student Enrollment Is

first_img Share KZENON / SHUTTERSTOCKRecent headlines, like the Trump administration’s efforts to ban travelers from certain countries, have raised questions in education circles about whether U.S. politics are having an impact on foreign student enrollment at American universities. I spoke with KERA’s managing editor Eric Aasen about a recent international enrollment report and what local university officials are saying.The enrollment studyIn a new report called “Open Doors” by the Institute of International Education, the overall number of international students grew 3.4 percent during the 2016-17 school year over the previous academic year.That brought the total number of international students to nearly 1.08 million – or 35,000 more students – than the year before.The number of new international students enrolled in fall 2016 declined by 3 percent – or 10,000 students – from the previous year. This is the first time in 12 years the number of new international students has declined.The report cites a number of reasons for the drop, including global and local economic conditions and higher education opportunities in a student’s home country. Enrollment in North TexasSome schools have seen a decline in their enrollment of international students.“We did notice and we’re told by colleagues abroad and even faculty here that there is quite a bit of talk about ‘What is happening in the United States?’”At the University of Texas at Arlington, the total enrollment number is up, but the number of foreign students is down by more than 400.UTA has the highest enrollment of undergraduate international students this year, but the number of graduate international students is down 14 percent.Troy Johnson, vice-president for enrollment management at UTA, said:“We did notice and we’re told by colleagues abroad and even faculty here that there is quite a bit of talk about ‘What is happening in the United States?’ and ‘What will happen in terms of the future opportunities for students that study there or students that even finish degrees? Will jobs and all be available?’”At the University of North Texas, foreign student enrollment was down 9 percent this fall versus last fall, according to university officials.Lauren Jacobsen, interim director for international students and scholar services at UNT, said:“We’ve seen an increase in global competition for international students, so students have more options now than they have in the past in terms of going to education in Canada or in the UK or Australia. They’ve all increased their recruitment efforts.”How local universities are respondingUTA has hosted town hall meetings with help of the university’s Office of International Education and the Division of Student Affairs. UTA’s president visited China this fall to promote the school and develop the relationship with education officials there.At UNT, President Neal Smatresk wrote a letter to students and faculty that said the school was “deeply concerned about the well-being” of those on campus. The letter welcomed students and said diversity is the school’s strength. It included a list of resources, such as counseling and legal services.last_img read more

Turner Sports Names Hania Poole GM of Bleacher Report Live Senior VP

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety As GM of B/R Live, Poole is responsible for product development, business strategy and operations, content acquisition and marketing efforts for the new over-the-top sports platform. In the newly created role, she will work with Bleacher Report founder and CEO Dave Finocchio and senior B/R execs.“Hania has consistently demonstrated strong business and product acumen and exemplary leadership abilities throughout her career at Turner,” Turner Sports COO Matt Hong said in announcing her promotion.Poole previously held leadership positions at Turner, including director of business operations for Turner Sports and director of business operations for PGA.com, the official site for the PGA of America. Before joining the Turner Sports division, Poole was a senior product manager in Turner’s new product development group, in which she helped launch PlayOn Sports, a low-cost, live streaming platform for high school and college sports. She also launched TVinContext, a premium advertising offering.Poole received a bachelor’s degree in public policy and French from Duke University and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.center_img Turner Sports has expanded the duties of Hania Poole, promoting the exec to the position of senior VP of NCAA Digital and general manager of Bleacher Report (B/R) Live.Most recently, Poole was VP of business operations and GM of NCAA Digital. In her expanded role, she will continue to oversee all aspects of NCAA Digital, including NCAA March Madness Live, as well as the recently launched B/R Live, Turner’s premium live sports streaming service. Poole’s responsibilities also include oversight of the day-to-day relationship with the NCAA. She will continue to report to Mark Johnson, SVP and GM of digital at Turner Sports.Turners’ B/R Live service, soft-launched this spring in a beta test, is designed to provide pay-per-view access and subscription pricing to sporting events. Those include UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League soccer matches, NBA League Pass games, NCAA championship events, and the PGA Championship.last_img read more

Invincible Truly is The Best Superhero Book in the Universe

first_img Adobe’s New AI Tool Can Identify Photoshopped FacesNASA Invites You to #PictureEarth For Earth Day Robert Kirkman’s Invincible boasts that it is “The best superhero comic in the universe.” Certainly a bold statement, but it isn’t unwarranted. Invincible has consistently been one of the very best comics since 2003. It is a comic book fans’ comic in every way imaginable. Invincible is an unabashed love letter to superhero stories, but it isn’t afraid of bucking genre tropes whenever possible. Robert Kirkman’s imaginative scripts, along with Ryan Ottley and Corey Walker’s dynamic drawings, elevate this book above many others in the genre.As the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Next month, Invincible will begin its last story arc: The End of All Things. This epic 12-part finale will wrap up all of the storylines from the series’ thirteen-year history. It will no doubt be a spectacular send off for this amazing book.Because Invincible is coming to a close, we thought this would be a perfect time to look back at some of the series’ most memorable moments.Mark Grayson gets his powersMark Grayson (Invincible) is the son of Earth’s greatest hero: Omni-Man. Since childhood, Mark has eagerly anticipated the day his powers would awaken. He discovers his abilities when he accidentally tosses a garbage bag into orbit.What made this moment great was its simplicity. Mark tosses the garbage bag into the stratosphere, silently stares at it, and then says “It’s about time.” He tells both of his parents what happened during dinner. Both nonchalantly reply with “that’s nice.” This is a small event when compared to everything else in the series. Even still, it had a great impact on those who read the book for the first time.Omni-Man’s betrayalThis is the moment that defined not only Mark Grayson as a character, but the entire Invincible book. We learn that Nolan Grayson (Mark’s father) was sent by his race, the Viltrumites, to conquer Earth. After this revelation, Mark and Nolan engage in an epic battle that takes place all across the world. Thousands of innocent people are killed during the struggle.Before Nolan murders the Guardians of the Globe (Invincible’s version of the Justice League), Invincible was relatively lighthearted. The grisly murder and subsequent brutal fight between Invincible and Omni-Man demonstrated that this comic wasn’t messing around. The physical pain Mark endured is nothing compared to the emotional anguish of knowing his father betrayed him, his mother, and all of Earth. This event would haunt Mark for many issues afterward.Facing to face with the ViltrumitesWe saw the might a Viltrumite possesses when Omni-Man killed the Guardians of the Globe single-handedly. This was also seen when Omni-Man utterly defeated Invincible. However, this was just a small sample of what these aliens are capable of. The power and ferocity of the Viltrumites were on full display when Mark and his father faced off against three members of the warrior race.Though Mark trained as hard as he could after fighting his father, it wasn’t enough. After nearly losing his life in battle against them, Invincible fully comprehends the threat Viltrumites pose. He begins to prepare for the day he would inevitably face them again — only now with the aid of his father, who he managed to reconcile with.The Sequid threatInvincible became the most powerful hero on Earth by default after his father left the planet. As such, the Pentagon recruited him to take on tasks previously assigned to Omni-Man. At first, this involved fighting random super villains like the Mauler Twins. Eventually, he was asked to escort a team of scientists to Mars. What was supposed to be a routine mission went array when the scientists were attacked by an alien race known as the Sequids.The Sequids would go on to become one of the series’ recurring enemies. The squid-like aliens became a bigger threat with each subsequent appearance. Even now, it is unclear whether the Sequids have truly been defeated or not.Angstrom LevyLike most superheroes, Invincible has a no-kill policy. Or rather, he had one until he faced Angstrom Levy. Levy isn’t a physical threat by any means. However, his vast intellect made him a formidable opponent. Levy discovers that Invincible is Mark Grayson and goes after his family. That’s when things became personal.Levy trapped Invincible in a dimension that was a deserted wasteland. Invincible can pull Levy into this dimension and threatens to kill him. Levy mocks Invincible because he believes the hero won’t cross that line. After Levy threatens Mark’s family again, Invisible pummels his head mercilessly. All that’s left is a gory, pulpy mess.Levy managed to survive Invincible’s onslaught, but our hero was unaware of this fact for a long time. Killing an enemy, even one as deplorable as Levy, made Invincible hold back during some major fights. He didn’t want to risk killing again, even accidentally.Levy would return several more times to torment Invincible.Invincible WarAfter surviving Invincible’s ruthless attack, Angstrom Levy fixed himself and began to plot his revenge. He traveled to various dimensions and recruited an army of evil versions of Invincible to attack the hero’s Earth. All of Earth’s champions (including the entire Image roster) are called into action. This fight would be known as the Invincible War.This was the book’s first massive war. As such, it was appropriately epic in scale. Levy had the alternate Invincibles attack Earth to stain Mark’s reputation. He was successful on that front. After the Invincible army had been defeated, the populace lost confidence in the hero. After all, if evil versions of Invincible exist, what is to stop the good one from eventually becoming evil?ConquestConquest is arguably Invincible’s greatest foe. Like Angstrom Levy, Conquest threatened the hero’s loved ones. Unlike the physically weak mad scientist, Conquest was a battle-hardened Viltrumite warrior who was more than a match for Mark Grayson.Invincible was utterly defeated during his first encounter with the Viltrumites. Though Conquest was considerably stronger than any foe he had previously faced, Mark’s rigorous training allowed him to hold his own. After seeing the villain kill his beloved, Eve, Invincible summoned the strength to soundly defeat the blood-thirsty warrior.It wouldn’t be long before Conquest and Invincible engaged in one last decisive battle.Viltrumite WarThe Invincible War was merely a prelude to the bigger event known as the Viltrumite War. Up until this point, the Coalition of Planets were on the defensive against the Viltrum Empire. Now that they had Invincible, Invincible’s brother, Oliver (Kid Omni-Man), Nolan, and a host of other warriors (including the fearsome Battle Beast), it was time to take the fight to the Viltrumites directly. As you would expect, things didn’t go well.Invincible missed much of the war after sustaining a life-threatening injury early on. Nolan and Oliver spent months with Invincible on an alien planet while he recuperated. During that time, the two trained and bonded. Just as the Coalition of Planets was on the verge of defeat, Invincible healed and returned to the fight.During the last days of the war, Invincible would face off against Conquest for a final time. By this point, he held no reservations about killing his foes. Invincible ended Conquest’s life by choking him to death. The war ended with the destruction of the Viltrumite homeworld. The remaining members relocated to Earth where they promised to live peacefully among humans.Destruction of Las VegasDinosaurus was one of the series’ more interesting antagonists. This giant, the humanoid dinosaur wasn’t actually evil at all. He genuinely wanted to save the planet. Unfortunately, his methods often resulted in a large number of casualties. There is no greater example of this than the time he destroyed Las Vegas with nuclear bombs.This was a tragic loss of life to be sure. However, it ended up helping the planet. Because Las Vegas was now glass, the government built massive solar panels to collect the excess energy. This required hiring workers, which in turn helped boost the economy. And because Las Vegas didn’t exist, it was no longer a drain on natural resources.Invincible reluctantly teamed up with Dinosaurus to help him on his eco-crusade. He believed in the mission, but his real goal was to ensure Dinosaurus didn’t kill any more people. This made Invincible a terrorist in the eyes of the government, despite the fact he was helping the planet on a macro-level.Robot takes over EarthVillains are almost always thwarted whenever they attempt to conquer the world. This has happened on many occasions within the pages of Invincible. This time, however, the world was successfully conquered, and the heroes defeated. Not by an evil maniac, but by a former hero who had the best of intentions.While attempting to stop another Flaxan invasion, Robot and Monster Girl crossed over into their dimension. Though only a matter of months passed on Earth, Robot and Monster Girl spent thousands of years in that other dimension. During their time there, Robot overthrew the ruling monarchy and became Emperor. His society would become prosperous and peaceful. Things would eventually fall apart, but for a time, he was a good ruler.When he returned to Earth, Robot was dismayed. Nothing had changed during his absence, save for his perspective on how a world should function. He carefully planned a take over of the planet and managed to pull it off after a bloody war with Earth’s heroes.Robot’s rule on Earth was no different than it was on Flaxan. War, disease, and inequality were eradicated virtually overnight. Humanity entered into a golden age it hadn’t experienced before. Ironically, the heroes who opposed Robot after the war were seen as little more than terrorists.Mark Grayson had been away from Earth during Robot’s takeover. When he saw what happened in his absence, his first instinct was to fight. However, none of his former allies were willing to help. Earth’s populace was finally at peace, after all. Even Mark’s dad — who at this point was the King of the remaining Viltrumites — didn’t side with him. Invincible eventually left the planet along with Eve. He was unable to forgive Robot for what he had done.Mark is sexually assaultedInvincible has been subjected to all manner of horrible physical and mental torture. However, our hero suffered the worst assault imaginable when he was raped by the powerful Viltrumite, Anissa.After the Viltrumites relocated to Earth, Thragg ordered them to breed with humans in order to repopulate the race. Anissa refused, feeling that human men were too weak to produce strong offspring. She sought out Invincible and forced herself on him. Though Invincible is one of the strongest warriors in the universe, he was unable to stop the overwhelmingly powerful Anissa.Mark eventually tells Eve what happened and she reassures him that it wasn’t his fault. However, he continues to feel guilt and shame. This moment showed that men, even ones with super powers, can also be the victims of sexual abuse.Thragg vs. Battle BeastInvincible is a book that has a great deal of brutal, one-on-one battles. The greatest of these was the one between Thragg and Battle Beast.These mighty warriors fought for an astonishing five issues. By the end, both had beaten each other into gory heaps of meat. Despite sustaining serious injuries, it was Thragg who emerged victorious. Afterward, Thragg wore the pelt of Battle Beast as his royal cape. Thragg was always an intimidating villain, but seeing him wearing the pelt of one of the universe’s most powerful warriors made him even more terrifying.Time JumpWhen most comics jump forward in time, little changes. Invincible‘s time jump was different. It not only significantly changed the status quo but was also profoundly heartbreaking.Invincible entered a strange dimension that allowed him to go back in time and change key moments from his past. He prevented some of the horrible events that befell him, his loved ones, and planet Earth. However, there was a catch. Because of the alterations made, he and Atom Eve would never get together. This, in turn, meant that their baby daughter wouldn’t be born.Invincible rejected this new timeline and went back to the life he knew. He returned only to discover that years, not weeks, had passed. Shortly afterward, he reunites with his wife and (now four-year-old) daughter. Mark was overcome by feelings of guilt and regret upon seeing his family.This bittersweet family reunion was as powerful as any of the series’ superhero battles. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Eight new repeating radio signals detected from deep space

first_imgFast radio bursts (FRBs) are one of the most intriguing mysteries of modern astronomy. Picked up from all corners of the cosmos, these perplexing radio signals usually only last milliseconds before fading forever, but some particularly strange ones repeat on an irregular basis. Now the catalog of repeaters has grown substantially, as astronomers have detected a whopping eight new repeating signals.Since the first fast radio bursts were discovered in 2007 in old data, dozens of signals have been detected. Most are one-off events, but in 2015 a burst was found coming from a location where another burst had been detected in 2012. Since then this source, known as FRB 121102, has given off well over a hundred signals, sometimes lying dormant for months, sometimes flashing dozens of times in the space of a few hours.For years FRB 121102 was the only known repeater, but back in January this year a second was discovered, followed by a third in June. And now, it looks like the ranks are swelling with a ridiculous bumper crop of eight new repeating sources.The incredible discovery comes courtesy of a team of astronomers led by McGill University, using the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) radio telescope. The astronomers observed two bursts from six of the sources, while another gave off three bursts. But one in particular really stole the show, giving off 10 bursts within four months of observations.One of the main mysteries of FRBs is how closely related repeating and non-repeating signals are, and whether they come from the same types of objects or environments. The discovery of eight new repeaters gives astronomers a much wider toolset to work with, to help solve this problem.Comparing the new signals to previously-known ones, the team noticed a few similarities and differences. The dispersion measures – which is how “stretched” the signal becomes as it travels across the cosmos – appear to be roughly within the same range for both types of FRB sources. That said, bursts from repeaters tend to last longer than those from non-repeaters. And finally, some of the new signals were also found to give off weaker sub-bursts after the main show.Altogether, the team concludes that the phenomena may be coming from different sources, or at least similar sources under different conditions. After all, FRB 121102 signals have been found to be extremely twisted, meaning the source object may be very close to a black hole, nebula or supernova remnant. Not all repeaters may live in these extreme conditions, which could change their signals.With more and more telescopes pointing skyward, the mystery of fast radio bursts feels like one that may be solved in the relatively near future.The research has been submitted to the Astrophysical Journal Letters for potential publication.Source: arXiv (PDF) I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more AllMedX AllMedX AllMedX AllMedX Google Analytics settings Powered by Privacy policy Can lozenges help dry mouth? Check the data on Allmedx.com. AllMedX Clinical trials for dry mouth: Review recent research on AllMedx.com. Do anticholinergics make dry mouth worse? Visit Allmedx.com for answers. AllMedX What diseases can cause xerostomia? Learn which ones on Allmedx.com. Yes No This mouthwash relieves dry mouth symptoms. Learn how on Allmedx.com. Does wearing dentures make dry mouth worse? Visit Allmedx.com to learn how to get relief. We recommendlast_img read more

Viztek Now a Konica Minolta Company to Showcase Complete DR and Healthcare

first_imgNews | Women’s Health | November 02, 2015 Viztek, Now a Konica Minolta Company, to Showcase Complete DR and Healthcare IT Portfolio at RSNA Imaging departments to further benefit from access to both the Viztek and Konica Minolta portfolio of solutions 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… 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 | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more 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 Viztek, a leading provider of comprehensive, end to end digital software and hardware diagnostic imaging solutions, announces its product line-up for the upcoming Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) scientific assembly and annual meeting, Nov. 29- Dece. 3, 2015. On the heels of the recently announced acquisition by Konica Minolta, Viztek will be showcasing an expanded portfolio that now includes ultrasound and added DR offerings in addition to PACS, RIS and Exa Mammo.Exa Software Suite– Innovation for Healthcare ITLeading the RSNA line-up for Viztek is the Exa portfolio, completely Web-based PACS/RIS, available on any browser with Diagnostic Zero Footprint viewing and the speed of Server Side Rendering.Exa PACS: Completely Web-based and compatible with all devices and operating systems, the Exa PACS delivers significant efficiency and productivity benefits to hospitals, imaging centers and teleradiology groups via unprecedented PACS accessibility and utility for end-users.Exa RIS: Viztek’s Exa RIS solution is also a completely Web-based software application, designed to streamline workflow while enhancing patient and referring physician accessibility with an integrated PACS database.Exa Mammo: Debuted earlier this year, the system is the first to provide the benefits of a quality single workstation viewing and anywhere remote access for any breast imaging study including digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). Radiologists benefit from the ability to read and compare breast images from any location within the department or offsite, regardless of the PACS they are using. The system is built on the Viztek Exa platform which offers two unique advantages – true Zero Footprint (ZFP) viewing and Server Side Rendering (SSR).“We are ready for RSNA to show the market the great differentiators of the Viztek software suite, and now this year we have an even bigger audience thanks to our acquisition by Konica Minolta,” said Steve Deaton, vice president, Viztek. “Since the debut of the Exa platform last year we have established a footprint in hospital, imaging center and radiology practices, and look to grow that significantly in the coming year.”Expanded DRAlso showcased at RSNA 2015 will be Viztek’s complete DR portfolio including:ViZion + Wireless DR PanelIntroduced earlier this year, Viztek’s popular ViZion + Wireless DR panel produced record sales with over 300 systems sold in three months. The versatile system can be used in new imaging environments as well as retrofitted to existing rooms, allowing for an immediate improvement to workflow and productivity. Unlike most wireless panels, the Viztek ViZion + Wireless DR panel is equipped with a built-in router to enable wireless connectivity, eliminating the need for outside routers to allow Wi-Fi accessibility.Viztek Overhead Tube Crane (OTC)The OTC combines the benefits of Viztek’s existing chest and table systems into one unit for those facilities that are seeking a complete room replacement. Also beneficial to the technologists, the system’s features provide significant versatility and ease-of-use to enable faster processes. Key features include a remote controlled table, upright and Overhead Tube Crane that also be adjusted manually to ensure the best possible automatic positioning. It also comes with the advanced Ultra DR acquisition software for improved efficiency.Viztek U-ArmIntroduced last year and designed with the technologist in mind, the Viztek Ultra U-Arm enables exams to be completed quickly and with the most accuracy. Advanced features enable the overall exam time to be shortened, while simultaneously helping assure that the time with the patient is more focused and productive.Viztek Basic U-ArmA sister to the Viztek U-Arm, the Viztek’s Basic U-Arm is ideal for urgent care and orthopedic settings, among others, and providing the ability to do a broader range of exams than a standard straight arm including a true cross table lateral, standing hip and table hip exams with the system, and offered at an affordable entry point. In addition to the solutions listed above, Viztek will also be offering ultrasound from Konica Minolta and a full line of DR and state-of-the-art Primary Imaging Solutions. For more information: www.viztek.net. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more last_img read more

The Prague Ballet an international blues festival and other happenings around Costa

first_imgMusic: International Blues FestivalChicago blues legend Steve Arvey plays acoustic blues at El Sótano, along with special guest David Scott. Other acts include MG and the Blues Burners, JR Blues Band, Navil Garcia, and others.Festival takes place Aug. 21 & 22 at El Sótano, Barrio Amón. 7:30 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10). Info: El Sótano Facebook page.Dance: The Prague BalletDirect from the Czech Republic, the famed Prague Ballet presents classical choreography for two nights at the National Theater.The Prague Ballet performs Aug. 17 & 18 at the National Theater, downtown San José. Sun., 5 p.m.; Mon., 8 p.m. ₡16,500-46,000 ($33-92). Info: National Theater website.Music: Limón Roots Festival of African CultureJazz, piano, and the Trinidad and Tobago Dance Company – this festival and awards ceremony celebrates the African diaspora at the National Theater. Produced by “Limón Roots,” the magazine of the Greater Caribbean.“Festival Afro Cultural Limón Roots” takes place Aug. 20 at the National Theater, downtown San José. 7 p.m. ₡8,000-25,000 ($16-50). Info: Event Facebook page.Sports: NCCWMA 2014 ChampionshipSeasoned athletes from around the world converge on San José to compete in the 2014 North, Central American and Caribbean World Masters Athletics Championship. None of these track-and-field stars is younger than 30, and the majority are older – but they still sprint like champions.The NCCWMA Championship takes place Aug. 21-24 at the National Stadium, La Sabana. Info: Offical website.Dance: Mediterranean CelebrationSeveral dance shows explore the unique culture and movement of Mediterranean peoples, from Greece to the Levant. The show is a collaboration between The National Dance Company, the group Luna del Desierto, and others.“Fiestas del Mediterraneo” presents Aug. 17 at the Teatro de la Danza, CENAC building, downtown San José. 7 p.m. ₡6,500 ($13). Info:Teatro de la Danza Facebook page.Film: “Ten Days Without Love”Miguel is having the worst time of his life, and not just because his wife is having an affair and his wallet’s been stolen. Catch this free screening of the 2001 comedy by Miguel Albaladejo at the Spanish Cultural Center.“El Cielo Abierto” screens Aug. 21 at the Spanish Cultural Center, Barrio Escalante. 7 p.m. Free. Info: Cultural Center website. Related posts:Dinosaurs, The Elephants, and other happenings around Costa Rica 30 Seconds to Mars concert, short film festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Final World Cup showdown, viral theater, and other happenings around Costa Rica Guitar Festival, French cinema, and other happenings around Costa Rica Tribute to José JoséThe Philharmonic Orchestra and singer Manuel José pays homage to José José, the beloved Mexican crooner and musician.Concert takes place Aug. 16 at the Melico Salazar Theater, downtown San José. ₡15,000-29,000 ($30-60). Info: Philharmonic Facebook page.Art: “Dirty Game”Costa Rican artist José Miguel Rojas González explores the nature of winning and losing in this subversive series. Read our review here.“Juego Sucio” continues through Oct. 11 at the Central Bank Museum, Plaza de la Cultura, San José. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: Museos Banco Central website.Theater: “Amadeus”Peter Schaffer’s masterpiece about the life of Mozart (and his bitter rival, Salieri) receives an epic production at Teatro Espressivo.“Amadeus” plays Aug. 7 – Oct. 12 at Teatro Espressivo, Curridabat. Info: Teatro Espressivo website.Theater: “Virus”What is the nature of sickness? Costa Rican playwright Ana Istarú explores this theme in “Virus,” her new drama at the Vargas Calvo Theater. Read our review here.“Virus” plays through Aug. 31 at the Vargas Calvo Theater, downtown San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: National Theater website.Art: “The Day We Became Contemporary”The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design celebrates 20 years of cutting-edge arts with a comprehensive, retrospective showcase.“El Día Que Nos Hicimos Contemporáneos” continues through Sept. 5 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Downtown San José. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Residents ₡1,000 ($2), foreigners ₡1,500 ($3), students ₡500 ($1). Info: MADC website.Enamorate de tu ciudadYes, you can go gaga for San José – especially when the Culture Ministry is sponsoring Enamorate de tu ciudad, or Fall in Love With Your City, a year-round celebration of art, culture and urban parks. Check out the event site for news on games, workshops, presentations and surprise performances.Fall in Love with Your City takes place on Saturdays in various parks in downtown San José. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info: Enamorate de tu Ciudad website and Facebook page.Art: Paintings by Fabio RojasThe artist presents a series of landscapes at the University College of Cartago.The exhibition will display Aug. 8-29 at the University College of Cartago. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Free. Info: University website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more