The province will donate $400,000 to the Salvation Army’s Good Neighbour Program to help some families to heat their homes this winter. “We know that even with home heating help through the Your Energy Rebate and the Heating Assistance Rebate programs, some people are still finding it hard to manage,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “This is another way that government is helping to make life more affordable for Nova Scotia families across the province.” In 2008-09, the province donated $800,000 to the program. About $400,000 was still available this year, however, that is almost depleted. Thanks to donations from the province and others, the Salvation Army, through its Good Neighbour Program, has been able to help more people this year than any other. To date, about 1,500 families received $400 to help them heat their homes. Ms. Jennex applauded the great community work by the Salvation Army and thanked it for its caring and concern for Nova Scotians in need. “Today we celebrate knowing that more Nova Scotian households have been assisted in a very practical manner this winter than ever before,” said Diane Van der Horden, public relations & development director with the Maritime Salvation Army. “We applaud the government’s announcement to stand with us in meeting the needs of those struggling the most to heat their homes. The Good Neighbour Program will now be able to operate for its full period.” The Good Neighbour Program was established in 1997 by employees of Nova Scotia Power. The program assists with all forms of home heating including firewood, coal, oil, propane and electricity. The Your Energy Rebate and the Heating Assistance Rebate programs offer home heating help to make life better for Nova Scotia families.
Rabat – The Secretary General of the Justice and Development Party, Abdelilah Benkirane, has revealed that the King’s decision to dismiss him has had “some effects” on some other members of the PJD.In a press conference held By Benkirane on Tuesday, following the partisan meeting convened to discuss the King’s decision to dismiss him as the head of the government, Benkirane said that some other party members have been affected by the decision.“Of course, this issue had some effects on some brothers and sisters, but luckily, they were proud of the path of the party,” said Benkirane. He refrained from revealing the nature or extent of the effects. During the press conference, Benkirane was expected to disclose the outcome of the partisan meeting that was convened to discuss the King’s decision to dismiss Benkirane, which came in a communiqué from the Royal Cabinet on Wednesday. Benkirane, however, said that the party would issue “a detailed statement” few hours later.The Secretary General of the PJD added that the party’s meeting was “calm, clear, honest” and that, despite the seriousness of the matter at hand, it was characterized by “jubilation.”Following five months of negotiations with different political parties, Abdelilah Benkirane was unable to break the coalition deadlock and form a government. Following his return to Morocco after his tour of African countries, the King was briefed on the current situation regarding the impasse. It was at that point that the King made the decision to dismiss Abdelilah Benkirane from his position, according to the communiqué from the Royal Cabinet.In his place, the King has decided to appoint another member from the Party of Justice and Development to form the new coalition government, according to the same source.
30 March 2009The hybrid United Nations-African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Darfur, known as UNAMID, received a boost today from the arrival of 100 personnel from the second Egyptian Infantry Battalion. The hybrid United Nations-African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Darfur, known as UNAMID, received a boost today from the arrival of 100 personnel from the second Egyptian Infantry Battalion. Another 100 troops from the battalion are slated to arrive tomorrow in the strife-torn western flank of Sudan as a meeting of the Tripartite Committee – comprising the Government of Sudan, the AU and the UN – is scheduled to take place for the first time in Darfur.Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Susana Malcorra is expected to attend the meeting in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, which will examine ways to facilitate and expedite deployment of the AU-UN peacekeeping operation in the region.The hybrid force was set up by the Security Council to protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million have been forced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. More than one year on from transferring the task of suppressing the violence to UNAMID from the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS), well over 12,000 of the 19,555 military personnel authorized by the Security Council are now in place across Darfur.In related news, UNAMID reported that an investigation team was dispatched to a fire that broke out last night at the Al Riyad camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), near El Geneina in West Darfur. As well as leaving a large number of people homeless, the blaze caused heavy damage to about 35 shelters and the loss of many animals. This follows last week’s arson attack in the West Darfur Abu Zar camp for IDPs in which two people were killed and three were rushed to hospital in El Geneina with serious injuries. Meanwhile, the hybrid peacekeeping force characterized the security situation in Darfur for the past 72 hours as relatively calm apart from a few incidents of banditry and carjacking in both North and West Darfur. In the past few weeks, UNAMID has reported a rise in attacks on peacekeeping staff and harassment of civilians in the region. There has also been concern recently over the safety of humanitarian workers, many of whom have been ordered to leave the region following the indictment earlier this month of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur.
“Following requests from the Monitoring Committee, as well as President Laurent Gbagbo and Prime Minister Seydou Diarra, urging the United Nations to institute an international commission of inquiry to investigate the tragic events that occurred in Abidjan on 25 March 2004, the Secretary-General has asked the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to take the lead in the establishment of such a Commission, which will commence its work as soon as possible,” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters.The Monitoring Committee was set up in January 2003 under the agreement reached in Linas-Marcoussis, France, ending fierce civil fighting in Côte d’Ivoire and setting up a government of national unity. Violent attacks broke out at the March demonstrations in the main commercial centre of Abidjan, where sporadic shooting was heard, according to the UN Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (MINUCI). MINUCI staff members reported later that they have had great difficulty in conducting their investigation of the events.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the number of deaths in Abidjan ranged from a government report of 37 to an opposition estimate of 300. One person was also killed and 25 wounded during demonstrations in the capital, Yamoussoukro, OCHA said.Referring to the investigation, Ms. Okabe said: “The Secretary-General expects all Ivorian authorities and political forces to extend all the necessary cooperation to this Commission.” He also called on all Ivorians to exercise restraint and avoid any steps that could cause further deterioration in the situation in the country.
“This will require programmes that ensure the participation of Afghans in the development of the country, while meeting the needs of vulnerable groups and poor regions,” Tom Koenigs, Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), told the Security Council this morning.“It will also challenge Afghanistan’s Government to make functioning institutions of justice and the rule of law more and more a reality in the communities in which most Afghans live” and will require actors in security, development, civil society and private sector to be more present in areas not yet touched by recovery, he added.The envoy’s briefing came two days after a bomb attack in Kabul against Sebghatullah Mojadeddi, a former president of Afghanistan who currently leads the Meshrano Jirga. While the politician escaped largely unharmed, Mr. Koenigs said the incident was “emblematic of national trends with regard to security which continue to be a serious concern.”Recent months have witnessed a rise in insurgent and terrorist attacks employing more sophisticated tactics. “There has been marked increase in the incidence of larger and more deadly explosive devices, including suicide bombings,” Mr. Koenigs noted. “The perpetrators of these attacks have shown a growing intent to target civilians, government officials and reconstruction workers such as road-builders.”Despite this violence, the international community has been working on the next phase in Afghanistan’s progress, which was heralded by an international agreement in London at the end of January on a five-year agenda, known as the Afghan Compact, to help consolidate democratic institutions, curb insecurity, control the illegal drug trade, stimulate the economy, enforce the law, provide basic services to the Afghan people and protect their human rights. Introducing the Secretary-General’s latest report on Afghanistan, Mr. Koenigs said that in order to help the Afghan Government to achieve those goals and extend its reach to underserved areas of the country, an extension of UNAMA’s mandate along with a modest expansion of its field presence is being proposed.He reminded the Council that the Compact had time-bound requirements and the clock has started ticking, with its first goal – the establishment of a clear and transparent appointments mechanism for senior level civil service positions – required to be met in six months.In a discussion after Mr. Koenig’s briefing, numerous Council Members welcomed the Afghan Compact, agreeing that the international community should maintain its engagement with the country and renew UNAMA’s mandate.
The amount covers needs until the end of the year and has been revised to reflect the influx into Uganda’s Bundibugyo district of tens of thousands of refugees from the Kamango area of DRC’s North Kivu province since July, said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).It is part of the total $43.7 million UNHCR is seeking to help Congolese refugees who have arrived in Uganda to escape violence in North Kivu province since early 2012. The larger appeal is only 28 per cent funded so far.According to the agency, the recent influx from North Kivu to Bundibugyo began in July when a little-known Ugandan rebel group active in the DRC, the Allied Democratic Forces, attacked the town of Kamango and fought with Congolese Government troops, triggering waves of displacement.“The situation is currently more or less stabilized, but about 100 people a day are still crossing the border into this mountainous, harsh but densely populated region,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva.Further south, near Goma, continuing clashes between armed groups and the Congolese army, backed by the UN intervention brigade, as well as fighting among the different militias and general lawlessness also continues to push people into Uganda.The funds are vital for, among other priorities, providing health, water, sanitation and education services, as well as shelter materials, farming packs and household items. There are currently an estimated 2.6 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in DRC, while more than 290,000 refugees have fled the country since the start of last year, UNHCR said. In Uganda, more than 170,000 have been assisted in three districts.
A public tour will lead French-speaking art enthusiasts through the exhibitions of Rodman Hall Art Centre on Saturday, Nov. 17.Catherine Parayre, Associate Professor in Brock’s Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Director of the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture, will lead the French-language tour and related discussion while moving through the historic St. Catharines building.The event, Maisons de l’art: Conversations en français et visite des expositions, begins at 2 p.m.Current Rodman Hall exhibitions include Up Close and In Motion: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection, curated by Emma German, and Northern Oracle by artist Heather Hart.Northern Oracle features a rooftop installation rising from the gallery floor and mixed media drawings. The work considers ideas of Black history, access to home ownership and the significance of having a place to call home. Gallery visitors are invited to interact with the installation by accessing the rooftop and its floor-level attic space.
Gold Fields has received a directive from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Ghana to stop discharging water from its heap leach facilities at the Tarkwa gold mine. To comply with this directive, the operation of all heap leach facilities at Tarkwa has been suspended since July 16. Despite this, there has been no material impact on production to date. The EPA directive further requires that all water discharges from the mine’s heap leach facilities should be treated through a water treatment plant to reduce conductivity levels. Conductivity is a measure of the amount of dissolved salts in discharged water and is classified internationally as a non-toxic pollutant. Gold Fields believes that Tarkwa was complying with the prescribed conductivity levels in its water discharges, but is nonetheless conducting further investigations to validate this. However, in pursuit of environmental best practice and world class environmental stewardship, and to comply with the directive, Gold Fields has commissioned the construction of two water treatment plants at Tarkwa’s North and South heap leach facilities. The plants are expected to be operational before the end of 2012.In the interim, Tarkwa is engaging with the EPA with a view to reopen and operate the facilities while the water treatment plants are being built. Gold Fields is hopeful that a mutually acceptable solution can be found in the near term.The CIL plant at Tarkwa, which produces about 75% of the gold at this mine, has not been affected by the closure of the heap leach facilities and continues to operate normally and without interruptions.
By Rónán Duffy An Irish director wants to capture the Armenian genocide the way Schindler’s List did the Holocaust Terry George says telling a historical stories through film is vital. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3363537 16,779 Views IN A DECADE marked by a succession of historic centenaries, one of the most shameful episodes of the previous century has received relatively little remembrance.The Armenian genocide by Ottoman forces which began during the First World War saw an estimated 1.5 million people systematically slaughtered.Historians have pointed to evidence which suggests that the Armenian population of nearly 2 million people in the Ottoman Empire was almost wiped out.A century on, international recognition of this as a genocide has been painfully slow.Now, a Hollywood film by an Irish director is attempting to tell the story in a way that makes it impossible to deny the scale of what happened.Terry George, who made his name making films about The Troubles before receiving further acclaim for Hotel Rwanda, says motion pictures have a unique way of telling historical stories.“People’s understanding of the Holocaust is I think defined by Schindler’s List, the TV series caused the Holocaust originally. The Killing Fields also defines the Cambodian genocide and I suppose Hotel Rwanda for the Rwandan genocide,” he adds.“The popular culture wants to take on board the information through this medium.” Apr 29th 2017, 9:30 PM The promise stars Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale. 53 Comments Image: Twitter/thepromisefilm The promise stars Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale. Image: Twitter/thepromisefilm Source: Open Road Films/YouTubeThe film boasts an impressive cast with Oscar Isaac playing an Armenian in Constantinople who is sent to a labour camp .Christian Bale plays an Associated Press reporter covering the war.The pair are two-thirds of a love triangle with female lead Charlotte Le Bon.The love story is set against the backdrop of this huge event and the film was bankrolled by Armenian-Americans who have long sought to see the genocide get international attention.The film is timely as it comes in the week on which the genocide is remembered on 24 April. That date is significant as it marks the day in 1915 when close to 300 Armenian intellectuals were deported from Constantinople (now Istanbul).George told TheJournal.ie that sticking close to historical accounts was important to him in writing the film. He points to his previous films in arguing that this decision is usually vindicated:I was sort of driven that the veracity of the film in terms of events couldn’t be challenged. In the past we had complaints about In The Name of the Father that it was biased, and then lo and behold Tony Blair apologises to the families and stuff. So you know automatically that the veracity of the film is going to be challenged. So you’ve got to get this right. Share Tweet Email2 Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 9:30 PM Source: Facebook/ThePrimseRecognisedInternational recognition of the mass slaughter as a genocide has been patchy.The UN has not used the term ‘genocide’ in referring to what happened while the European Parliament has done so.The three devolved legislatures of the UK have formally recognised it as a genocide while the UK government has not.The United States and Ireland are among the other countries who don’t formally recognise the genocide.In total, 29 countries have recognised it as such. The outdoor scenes in the film were shot primarily in Spain. Source: YoutubeGeorge describes the differentiating positions as “cowardice” and points to Turkey’s geographical position and its influence as the reason why the global community can’t unite.President Obama promised before he was elected that he would recognise the genocide and said it was beyond denial. Then when he gets into power he couldn’t say the ‘g word’.Because Iraq was ongoing and an Afghanistan, everyone had to bow down to President Erdogan. And that’s the position we’re in today. And look what’s happened, Erdogan’s basically turned into a dictator because no one is prepared to challenge him on any level.When Donald Trump’s White House released its statement earlier this week on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day it also omitted the word genocide.“Donald Trump has a big hotel in the middle of Istanbul, he ain’t saying the g word that’s for sure,” George said.The Promise is on general release from 28 April.Read: President Higgins to join William and Kate at Battle of the Somme memorial >Read: Check out this fascinating World War I recruitment poster targeting Irish men > I think it’s a very powerful way that you can have your audience empathise with characters and then have those characters walk the audience through the event from the inside. Short URL
No matter how insignificant you think it is, call us and we will investigate. It could be key to catching the criminals responsible 49 Comments POLICE IN THE North have appealed for witnesses to the latest ATM theft – the 8th so far this year.The latest incident happened in the early hours of the morning outside Dungiven in Derry.The robbers used a digger that was taken from a site a short distance away to rip the machine from the wall, causing substantial damage to the building.The PSNI said it’s doing all it can to apprehend the people responsible for the recent spate of ATM thefts, but added that the key to preventing these crimes is information from the public.Detective inspector Richard Thornton said: “Unfortunately, the public and the business community are today waking to the news that another ATM machine has been stolen; that another business has been targeted by these brazen thieves.”While this is the 8th such cases in Northern Ireland this year, gardaí are also investigating recent ATM thefts in Monaghan and Cavan. Thornton said: “As in all of these ATM thefts, the actions of these criminals have not only caused immediate financial harm to the business targeted, but they have understandably caused fear in the community and impacted upon a vital service many local people rely on. Share16 Tweet Email We need people to report anything suspicious, including seeing any unusual activity or people in areas close to ATMs. For example, if you hear machinery late at night or in the early hours please let us know. If you see any cars being driven in a suspicious manner close to where ATMs are located, please let us know. 8th time this year: ATM stolen by ‘brazen thieves’ in Derry The latest ATM theft in Northern Ireland happened outside Dungiven in the early hours this morning. https://jrnl.ie/4580728 Apr 7th 2019, 12:11 PM 21,954 Views Sunday 7 Apr 2019, 12:10 PM By Sean Murray Image: David Young/PA Images Image: David Young/PA Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Stay on target The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far Attack on Titan is a ridiculously popular show if you’re not already aware, and there’s plenty to love about it. There’s a new smartphone game collaboration coming through for Japanese gamers, and it’s called Attack on Titan: Chain Puzzle Fever. Pre-registrations will be opening later this month for an eventual winter release that will be on smartphones, but no word on whetherFor the uninitiated, Attack on Titan follows the last bastion of humanity as they eke out an existence within the walls that protect them from enormous, lumbering Titans outside. The Titans devour humans one by one, and the only way they can be stopped is by a swift strike to the neck. You can now pull this off thanks to their “Omni-directional Mobility Gear,” which gives the tiny humans the ability to zip around their towns and forests with the ease of Spider-Man.Unfortunately, sometimes that just doesn’t work thanks to the Titans’ extreme speed and strength. The game follows the main storyline of the anime’s first season, which features friends Eren, Mikasa, and Armin, all who’ve lost friends and family and many other important things. They’ve been trained for combat with the Titans and set out to fight them off and push them away and out of humanity’s last stronghold.This puzzle game probably won’t be that serious, but it should be simple, good fun for Attack on Titan fans. It’s also not the only game fans will get to try out soon: the Castle & Dragon smartphone game will have a special collaboration event with Attack on Titan that begins on February 16 and runs through March 2. It will feature the characters Eren and Mikasa with their outfits available for use, a Survey Corps-themed egg, and the Colossal Titan as a boss.There’s a lot to enjoy about both things if you’re an Attack on Titan fan, so look forward to these new games!
Top-earning female financial managers and directors are paid 40% less than their male counterparts, according to analysis by recruitment consultancy Michael Page.Its analysis, which is based on the Office of National Statistics’ November 2014 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, also revealed a gender pay gap of 51% for health professionals in the top 20% salary bracket (80th percentile).Further findings include:Top-earning female medical practitioners make an average of £83,697 a year, 31% less than the £121,470 received by men.Female book-keepers and payroll managers earn 23% less than men in the same occupation.Male office managers receive an average salary 24% higher than female office managers. A 28% pay gap exists between male and female sales and marketing professionals.A gender pay gap was also identified in traditionally female-dominated industries where women hold 70% or more of jobs. This includes administrators (23%) nursery and primary school teachers (15%), and nurses (14%).
Share your voice Tags Mobile Culture Digital Media Earnings Google YouTube Alphabet Inc. Comments YouTube has been more vigilant about harmful content on its platform. James Martin/CNET YouTube has been on a crusade to remove harmful content from its platform. Fewer videos, however, haven’t resulted in lower revenue. That’s according to Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat, who spoke on a conference call with analysts following the company’s release of its second-quarter earnings results. YouTube, the video arm of Google, which itself is owned by Alphabet, is under intense scrutiny for hosting videos that feature offensive content or misleading information. The company has vowed to be more vigilant in clamping down on that material, conscious of the fact that there are roughly 2 billion users on YouTube each month. It appears that the tactic to remove the videos hasn’t hurt its revenue, Porat said, noting that YouTube is the second largest driver of revenue growth. 2
Fishing communities across Bristol Bay are pulsing with action these days as armies of fisherman work to ready their vessels for the extra-large return of salmon this year.Still sitting on stilts in the boat yard, the Homeward rumbles to life for the first time this season. The Lummy yard is a beehive of activity with people making all the final preparation before they put their boats in the water.Carl Spielman is the Skipper of the Vantage Point. He’s hoping to get his boat started up and in the water in a day or two.“Get the boat up and running, sort of wake it up like a bear coming out of hibernation,” Spielman said.The same thing could be said about the town of Naknek itself. There is traffic on the road and there is an energy in the air as people are anxious for the season to start.Spielman looks forward to that feeling each year. He’s been fishing out of Naknek for almost 4 decades.“Like deer camp, when you go out hunting or something, we come out and see each other for the first time, and we share tools and it’s really fun,” he said.Lummi’s marine shop’s nonstop roll of customers had the store owners too busy for even a short interview but Sam Yoder who fishes on the F/V Thumper was at the store looking for parts.“I’m trying to plum in a refrigeration system but unfortunately there pretty slim pickings for parts this time of year when everybody is trying to do the same thing,” Yoder said. “It’s a bit of a struggle. You got to get creative when it comes to putting things together.”Even though he was a little stressed about finding the right piece he needed the prospect of a large return and the warm sunny weather had him ready to fish, and the slogan on his tank top was a clear sign of that.“That’s it man, suns out guns out, you know it,” he said.Yoder has been fishing for 20 years and he wouldn’t think of doing anything else.“You know, honestly, I don’t know what I would do if I had a summer off,” Yoder said. “I hear the 4th of July is fun but I wouldn’t know.”All the fishermen in town seemed to have one goal in mind, to get their boats in the water. One boat even had a robotic fish singing the crews theme song for the week.
Visakhapatnam: There is a need to revamp the existing syllabus and transform the youth into human resources through skill development, Andhra University Vice-Chancellor G Nageswara Rao has said on Friday. Addressing a gathering who participated in the Board of Studies meeting held here at Dr.YVS Murthi Auditorium, AU College of Engineering, he said that in order to keep pace with the emerging trends, syllabus will keep changing every three years once. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Further, the V-C added that the international standards should be kept in view while revamping the curriculum. He underlined the need to bring out the academic calendar. AU Rector M Prasada Rao stressed on the importance of updated curriculum. Registrar T Byragi Reddy said that environmental sciences should become a part of every course. Academic Dean MVR Raju also spoke.
Kadapa: Yerra balli police arrested two persons on the charges of illegally transporting red sander logs at Reddy cheruvu forest area in Yerraballi mandal on Tuesday. Police ignored to disclose the name of accused by saying as it will hit the investigation procedure. It is reportedly known that the accused who belongs to Reddy cheruvu village are allegedly transporting red sander smuggling for several months. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Speaking to media persons on Tuesday Rayachoti circle inspector A. Srinivasulu Reddy said following tip of Yerraballi SI M.Varaprasad along with his men conducted raids in the forest and caught the accused while indulging in the crime. Meanwhile it is known smuggling activities were intensified in the villages like Divedu, Gadikota, veeraballi, Sani bayee villages where the locals developed contacts with the red sander smuggling as they are extending support to them for illegal transpiration of precious wood.
The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far Attack on Titan fans in Japan looking forward to a stage play based on the ridiculously popular anime series are dealing with a rather hard blow dealt to the fandom. Unfortunately, the live theater show has been canceled after the death of a crew member has transpired. The live-action adaptation of the anime series is canceled indefinitely, since moving on after the passing of a beloved crew member is understandably hard to take for the rest of the cast.NHK Japan reports that Kazutaka Yoshino the deceased was part of the play in a role that utilized wire suspension devices. He was a 38-year-old acrobat who was suspended up in the air before falling to his death. He was taken straight to the hospital after his fall from Tokyo Disneyland, but he was unfortunately pronounced dead after arriving shortly after.Police investigated the death, and it appeared that Yoshino had fallen about 10 meters off of the stage, and there is research underway at present to see if there were issues with safety that could have prevented Yoshino’s fall and the crew members’ loss. It doesn’t appear at this time that there’s any correlation between the stage play and the incident other than the fact that the crew member was employed there.AdChoices广告Unfortunately, and understandably, the show will not be performed as it had previously been planned in Tokyo Disneyland. The staff has explained that there simply isn’t a way to move forward in the process without Yoshino and released a press release apologizing to eager fans for the inconvenience. Our condolences go out to the Attack on Titan live action crew family, and hopefully, we’ll see another stage play in the future going forward, as it would certainly be an interesting twist on the series thus far. Stay on target
History of boundary changes and downgrades in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador. Credit: Rachel Golden Kroner Citation: Conservationists find protected areas worldwide are shrinking (2019, May 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-conservationists-areas-worldwide.html Grand-Staircase Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments, before and after downsize. Credit: Rachel Golden Kroner Explore further For much of modern history, governments and national leaders have set aside land under their jurisdiction to prevent it from destruction by human activities. But as the researchers note, governments are also free to remove such restrictions if they so desire. In this new effort, the researchers studied the history of land protection and protected area downgrading, downsizing and degazettement, or PADDD, over the past two centuries.The researchers report that they found that approximately 2 million square feet of land around the world has been PADDDed, since 1892. Furthermore, they found that approximately 78 percent of that land downgrading has occurred over just the past 20 years. In their report, they focused most strongly on PADDDing in the U.S. and Amazonia. They found that approximately 90 percent of the land downgraded in the U.S. over the past two centuries happened over just the past 20 years. And sadly, approximately 99 percent of such land was downgraded so that it could be used for industrial purposes. More information: Rachel E. Golden Kroner et al. The uncertain future of protected lands and waters, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aau5525 Protected areas downsized in Brazil to authorize the construction of the Tapajos hydropower dam (before and after). Credit: Rachel Golden Kroner Iguacu National Park, Brazil. Credit: Haroldo Castro/Conservation International A large international team of researchers reports that the amount of land designated as protected around the globe is shrinking. In their paper published in the journal Science, the researchers describe their study of protected lands over the past 200 years, and what they found. Lisa Naughton-Treves and Margaret Buck Holland with the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland, respectively, have published a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. They also note that not all downgrades are a threat to biodiversity. Grand-Staircase Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments, before and after downsize. Credit: Rachel Golden Kroner Journal information: Science Downgrading, downsizing, and degazettement events in Rondônia, Brazilian Amazon. Most events were enacted to authorize the construction of the Jirau hydropower dam. Credit: Rachel Golden Kroner A call to protect much more land and sea from human encroachment © 2019 Science X Network Protected areas before and after downgrading, downsizing, and degazettement events in Rondônia, Brazilian Amazon. Most events were enacted to authorize the construction of the Jirau hydropower dam. Credit: Rachel Golden Kroner The researchers suggest that the trend of removing restrictions from protected lands could have an impact on other countries looking to shore up their economies, leading to removal of restrictions in other countries.More optimistically, Naughton-Treves and Buck Holland suggest that rather than look at downgraded land totals, environmentalists need to look at how land is being used. They note that while there is generally more biodiversity inside of protected areas than out, there are other factors at play as well. One such factor, they point out, is the impact that protecting wildlands has on people living in the area—especially poor people. In many areas, the result is great hardship. They also note that the degree of harm brought to downgraded areas depends very much on the types of industries that come in. Some, they note, such as extractive industries, are particularly damaging. They suggest that local entities should be the ones making land protection decisions rather than remote entities, allowing more thoughtful management of valuable land. History of boundary changes and downgrades in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador. Credit: Rachel Golden Kroner This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
GAYSTARNEWS- She dropped the clip yesterday, but fans didn’t immediately recognize the icon reciting a Bible passage towards the end.Material Girl singer Madonna puts a spin on Ezekiel 25:17 – the same passage famously read by Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction.[embedded content]Switching the word ‘brothers’ for ‘sisters’, Madonna says: ‘And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger, those who attempt to poison and destroy my sisters, and you will know my name is the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon you…’Madonna has a history of using religion themes in her work, most famously in the iconic video for her single Like A Prayer. She also appeared on a crucifix during her 2006 Confessions Tour. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘Thank you @madonna … u know why’Madonna’s vocal cameo follows a teasing tweet posted by Ariana three days ago, reading: ‘Thank you @madonna … u know why ♡.thank you @madonna … u know why♡ pic.twitter.com/ZLZnCmJ2xw— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 11, 2018Ariana’s new album Sweetener is out 17 August. Meanwhile Madonna’s new album, rumored to be called Beautiful Game, is out later this year.Madonna’s new album: what do we know so far? It’s her 14th (!) studio album Is Ariana Grande’s Carpool Karaoke the most amazing yet?Ariana Grande drops new song God Is A Woman and the gays go wildPhotographer recreates iconic Madonna looks – with his dogRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/this-gay-icon-is-the-voice-of-god-in-ariana-grandes-new-video/ Ariana Grande’s video for new single God is a Woman features the voice of Madonna as god. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Ariana Grande in the God is a Woman video | Photo: Instagram/arianagrande Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .
X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. June 4, 2012 — Eli Lilly and Co. and Avid Radiopharmaceuticals Inc. announced Amyvid is available to imaging centers in markets surrounding 16 manufacturing sites located in Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Colton, Calif.; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Hartford, Conn.; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; North Wales, Pa.; Orlando, Fla.; Palo Alto, Calif.; Phoenix; Seattle; and St. Louis.Because Amyvid loses more than half of its radioactivity every two hours, it must be distributed directly to imaging centers from the specialized radiopharmacies where it is produced. Patients should speak to their healthcare provider to determine if Amyvid is an appropriate option for them and to determine if it is available in their area. “In the roughly two months since the approval of Amyvid, we have been working closely with imaging centers to ensure they are prepared to provide Amyvid to their customers,” said Daniel Skovronsky, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of Avid, and global brand development leader for Amyvid at Lilly. “We are committed to providing Amyvid to physicians, patients and their families in as many areas as possible as quickly as we can.”To coincide with the availability of Amyvid, Lilly is also announcing the launch of their its training program. An online training program, developed by Lilly and Avid, is now available at AmyvidTraining.com. The companies also collaborated with the American College of Radiology to present a live, in-person training program, which will be launched on June 11, 2012, in Miami. These reader training programs were developed to provide training for radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians who will be responsible for reading Amyvid scans. Amyvid images should be interpreted only by readers who have successfully completed the Amyvid reader training. Errors may occur in the estimation of plaque density during image interpretation.Amyvid is the first-and-only radioactive diagnostic agent approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for PET imaging of the brain to estimate beta-amyloid neuritic plaque density in adult patients with cognitive impairment who are being evaluated for Alzheimer’s Disease and other causes of cognitive decline.(1)Amyvid works by binding to amyloid plaques, one of the necessary pathological features of Alzheimer’s disease,(2, 3, 4) and is detected using PET scan images of the brain.(1) A negative Amyvid scan indicates sparse to no amyloid plaques are currently present, which is inconsistent with a neuropathological diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and reduces the likelihood that a patient’s cognitive impairment is due to Alzheimer’s disease.(2, 5) A positive Amyvid scan indicates moderate to frequent amyloid plaques are present; this amount of amyloid plaque is present in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease, but may also be present in patients with other types of neurologic conditions and in older people with normal cognition.(1, 4, 6)It’s important to note that Amyvid is an adjunct to other diagnostic evaluations. A positive Amyvid scan does not establish a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or other cognitive disorder. Additionally, the safety and effectiveness of Amyvid have not been established for predicting development of dementia or other neurologic condition, or monitoring responses to therapies.(1)About AmyvidAmyvid is a radioactive diagnostic agent, tagged with a radioisotope called fluorine-18 (F18). Once Amyvid is injected into a vein, it travels through the bloodstream and into the brain, binding to amyloid plaques. Amyvid produces a positron signal, which is detected by a PET scanner and used to create a brain image. A radiologist, who should have successfully completed Amyvid reader training, then interprets the image to evaluate for the presence or absence of significant amyloid plaques (i.e., moderate to frequent levels of neuritic plaques) in the brain. This information is reported back to the referring physician, who then determines the next steps in the evaluation and management of the patient.Indications and UsageAmyvid is indicated for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of the brain to estimate beta-amyloid neuritic plaque density in adult patients with cognitive impairment who are being evaluated for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other causes of cognitive decline.A negative Amyvid scan indicates sparse to no neuritic plaques and is inconsistent with a neuropathological diagnosis of AD at the time of image acquisition; a negative scan result reduces the likelihood that a patient’s cognitive impairment is due to AD. A positive Amyvid scan indicates moderate to frequent amyloid neuritic plaques; neuropathological examination has shown this amount of amyloid neuritic plaque is present in patients with AD, but may also be present in patients with other types of neurologic conditions as well as older people with normal cognition. Amyvid is an adjunct to other diagnostic evaluations.Limitations of Use:A positive Amyvid scan does not establish a diagnosis of AD or other cognitive disorder. Additionally, the safety and effectiveness of Amyvid have not been established for predicting development of dementia or other neurologic condition, or monitoring responses to therapies.(1)Amyvid for intravenous use is supplied in 10, 30 or 50 mL multidose vials containing 500-1,900 MBq/mL florbetapir F18.Risk for Image Misinterpretation and Other ErrorsErrors may occur in the Amyvid estimation of brain neuritic plaque density during image interpretation.Image interpretation should be performed independently of the patient’s clinical information. The use of clinical information in the interpretation of Amyvid images has not been evaluated and may lead to errors. Other errors may be due to extensive brain atrophy that limits the ability to distinguish gray and white matter on the Amyvid scan as well as motion artifacts that distort the image.Amyvid scan results are indicative of the brain neuritic amyloid plaque content only at the time of image acquisition and a negative scan result does not preclude the development of brain amyloid in the future.Radiation RiskAmyvid, similar to other radiopharmaceuticals, contributes to a patient’s overall long-term cumulative radiation exposure. Long-term cumulative radiation exposure is associated with an increased risk of cancer. Ensure safe handling to protect patients and healthcare workers from unintentional radiation exposure.Most Common Adverse ReactionsThe most common adverse reactions reported in clinical trials were headache (1.8%), musculoskeletal pain (0.8%), fatigue (0.6%), nausea (0.6%), anxiety (0.4%), back pain (0.4%), blood pressure increased (0.4%), claustrophobia (0.4%), feeling cold (0.4%), insomnia (0.4%), neck pain (0.4%).(1) Amyvid Prescribing Information. April 6, 2012.(2) Hyman BT, Phelps CH, Beach TG, et al. “National Institute on Aging–Alzheimer’s Association guidelines for the neuropathologic assessment of Alzheimer’s disease.” Alzheimers Dement. 2012;8:1–13.(3) Mirra SS, Heyman A, McKeel D, et al; and participating CERAD neuropathologists. “The Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer’s Disease (CERAD): part II. standardization of the neuropathologic assessment of Alzheimer’s disease.” Neurology. 1991;41(4):479–486.(4) Thies W, Bleiler L; Alzheimer’s Association. “Alzheimer’s Association report: 2012 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures.” Alzheimers Dement. 2012;8:131–168. (5) McKhann GM, Knopman DS, Chertkow H, et al. “The diagnosis of dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease: recommendations from the National Institute on Aging-Alzheimer’s Association workgroups on diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s Disease.” Alzheimers Dement. 2011;7:263–269.(6) Sperling RA, Aisen PS, Beckett LA, et al. “Toward defining the preclinical stages of Alzheimer’s disease: recommendations from the National Institute on Aging-Alzheimer’s Association workgroups on diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s Disease.” Alzheimers Dement. 2011;7(3):280–292.For more information: www.lilly.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | June 04, 2012 Amyvid F18 Alzheimer’s Imaging Agent Now Available in U.S. Markets News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. 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