From Lascars to Skilled Migrants: Indian Diaspora in New Zealand and Australia

first_imgMore than half a million people of Indian descent live in Australia and New Zealand. The history of the Indian diaspora in these countries is older than many might imagine, going back 250 years.Indians are today widely acknowledged as a successful ethnic community that makes significant contributions to their host societies and economies. Yet, although Indian migration to North America and the United Kingdom has been studied extensively, the Australian and New Zealand stories have rarely been told.Read it at The Conversation Related Itemslast_img read more

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Apple set to launch new Macbook Pro, MacBook Air at WWDC in June: Report

first_imgIt seems that the wait is soon going to be over for the Mac users who are hoping to see an updated MacBook Air. Although earlier the indications were that Apple was going to kill the MacBook Air line, a report now suggests that the company will launch an updated version of the Air at WWDC in June. Along with the new MacBook Air, Apple will also reportedly launch new 12-inch MacBook and an updated MacBook Pro, which will have a faster Intel processor.The repair about the new MacBooks come through Bloomberg , although India Today Tech had also earlier learnt that Apple was planning to introduce new Mac hardware at WWDC. Along with the new hardware, Apple is also expected to announce new version of iOS – iOS 11 – for the iPad and the iPhones, and updated macOS for its laptops and desktops.Also Read: MacBook Air, and not MB Pro, was best laptop Apple made and now it’s deadIf Apple indeed introduces a new MacBook Air at WWDC, this will come as a relief to the Air fans, and there are many of them. For the last three years, the Air has not been updated leading to speculations that it is destined for retirement. Interestingly the lack of update for Air means that it is now the only computer in Apple’s product lineup that lacks a Retina display. All other laptops, and even iPads, come with high-resolution IPS screens while Air still sports the older TN technology and low resolution 900P screen.advertisementBut despite its lack of a good screen, the MacBook Air continues to be popular among buyers. It is still remarkably superior to other laptops in its class and at a selling price of around Rs 55,000 is one of the best value for money computers in the market. In comparison, both the MacBook and the MacBook look somewhat over-priced.Also Read: iPad 2017 quick review: More affordable, less futuristic In fact, it is not just Air. The Mac has done well in the last two years even though Apple’s bigger focus has been iPhone and iPad. In the latest quarterly results, Apple’s balance sheet showed that Mac sales grew compared to the corresponding quarter last year even as the iPhone and the iPad sales show a dip. It seems that impressive Mac performance in the last few quarters has forced Apple to rethink its Mac strategy.In March Apple CEO Tim Cook had said that the company was investing heavily in Mac. “Revenue grew 14 per cent to a new March quarter record and gained market share thanks to strong demand for our new MacBook Pros,” he had said after the company declared the latest quarterly results. “Our Mac business has generated over $25 billion in revenue over the past four quarters. We’re investing aggressively in its future and we are very excited about the innovation we can bring to the platform.”last_img read more

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What Really Matters

first_imgPhoto Attribution: Icon SMII’m on a mission over the next two or three days to convince you that OSU’s defense isn’t as bad as everyone thinks it is. It’ll be like the debate last night: it doesn’t really matter what I believe or what you believe for that matter. The only thing that matters is what I can convince you to believe that I believe. Get all that?! Let’s go.The question about OSU’s defense is not (or shouldn’t be) “does OSU have the best defense in the country?” They don’t and only a fool would tell you otherwise, even though it is better than you think (more on that coming in tomorrow’s post).The correct consideration is this: “is OSU’s defense, when teamed with its offense, good enough to win a national title?” The answer is yes, and let me show you why.People act like there’s some unwritten rule that for a team to be a national championship contender, it must beat other teams by scores of 21-0 or 35-3. It’s true that defense wins championships but to say only defense wins championships would be a bit short-sighted.I think the formula is more like: timely defense + solid offense + good special teams + not very many penalties + solid coaching with strong clock management equals championships. Or something along those lines.Let’s take a look at the total defensive scoring rank, turnover margin, and point differential of the last four title game teams and see if we can’t find a doppelganger for this year’s OSU squad.2007tOSU scoring D: 1sttOSU turnover margin: -0.23tOSU point differential: 18.6 pointsLSU scoring D: 17thLSU turnover margin: 1.43LSU point differential: 18.7 points2008Florida scoring D: 4thFlorida turnover margin: 1.57Florida point differential: 30.7 pointsOU scoring D: 58thOU turnover margin: 1.64OU point differential: 26.6 points2009Alabama scoring D: 2ndAlabama turnover margin: 1.31Alabama point differential: 20.4Texas scoring D: 12thTexas turnover margin: 0.69Texas point differential: 22.62010Auburn scoring D: 63rdAuburn turnover margin: .36Auburn point differential: 17.1Oregon scoring D: 12thOregon turnover margin: 1.0Oregon point differential: 29.32011Oklahoma State scoring D: 68thOklahoma State turnover margin: 2.0Oklahoma State point differential: 21.9I think that 2008 OU team proves my point perfectly (the teams from last year do too but let’s stick with OU for now). They gave up almost four touchdowns a game but it didn’t matter because they scored 51.5 points a game. They also led the country in turnover margin that year  at +1.64/game. Average scoring D + opportunistic turnover ability + world-class offense = very good things. Even if it did end with Nic Harris getting Gator-chomped in Miami. And while we’re here, how freaking sick was that ’08 Florida team? They outscored their opponents 43.6 to 12.9 and had over +1.5 takeaways a game. Kind of makes their loss at home to Ole Miss even more unbelievable.It sounds cliche for a defensive player to wax poetic about his side’s ability to make plays but Jamie Blatnick is kind of right when he said this after the Kansas game:(We tell the offense), ‘Just relax’.“We’re going to get turnovers and give you the ball back, I promise. We’re going to do it every time. It’s what we do.He’s right. They’re currently tied for second in the country with that 2.0/game differential. If you believe a turnover is worth 4 points like Football Outsiders do then that number is nothing to sneeze at. It’s a built-in touchdown advantage every game and, if it holds, would be the highest mark in the last five years by a full .3 margin.Should OSU continue to bank on turnovers keeping their defense above water? Well that’s probably another argument for another time, but the point (for now) is that it’s working.And this formula is working beautifully, just like it did for OU in ’08 and Auburn and Oregon last year. Score and score often, get the ball back and score some more. And tomorrow I’ll show you why that #68 scoring defense ranking for OSU is a complete farce anyway.I should note the people who helped knock some sense into me regarding defensive stats and what really matters: CowboysRFF and OKC Dave.Oh and let me know what you like/don’t like about this post in the comments, but take it easy, this is one of my first forays deep into the dark world of statistical analysis.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Virat Kohli overtakes Suresh Raina to become India’s highest run-scorer in T20 cricket

first_img commentary No data available! view more view less graphs advertisementcenter_img scorecard Virat Kohli overtakes Suresh Raina to become India’s highest run-scorer in T20 cricketVirat Kohli on Sunday achieved another feat as he became the highest Indian run scorer in the T20 cricket. Suresh Raina is the second highest scorer, followed by Rohit Sharma. India Today Web Desk LauderhillAugust 4, 2019UPDATED: August 4, 2019 22:37 IST Virat Kohli was out bowled for 28 in the second T20I against West Indies. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli became India’s highest run scorer in the T20 cricketKohli scored 28 runs in the 2nd T20I against West Indies to surpass Suresh Raina’s recordIndia are in 1-0 lead in the 3-match T20I series against West IndiesIndia captain Virat Kohli on Sunday added another feather to his cap by becoming the highest run scoring Indian batsman in the shortest format of the game during the ongoing 2nd match between India and West Indies at Lauderhill in Florida.Virat Kohli surpassed Suresh Raina to set the new record in his name. India vice-captain Rohit Sharma (8291) and opener Shikhar Dhawan (6953) are the other two top Indian scorers in the T20 format.Kohli scored 28 runs in the 2nd T20I against West Indies before being out bowled by Sheldon Cottrell to amass 8416 runs in his T20 career and overtake Raina’s tally of 8392 runs.The swashbuckling batsman is also the second highest half-centuries in the shortest format of the game. Kohli is only behind his deputy Rohit Sharma, who has 21 fifties to his name. However, Kohli has played just 62 innings as compared to Rohit’s 86.Virat Kohli has had an average show with the bat in the first two T20Is against the West Indies. He scored 24 runs in the first game while 28 in the following match.India is currently playing West Indies in a 3-match T20I series. The Men in Blue are leading the series 1-0 after winning the opening game by 4 wickets against the Caribbean.The T20I series against the West Indies will be followed by 3 ODI games and two Test matches.Also See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Virat Kohlilast_img read more

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Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Push US to Waive Jones Act

first_imgzoom In recognition of the severity of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the US Department of Homeland Security approved a waiver of the federal Jones Act on September 8.The waiver will be in effect for seven days after signature and is specifically tailored to transportation of refined products in hurricane-affected areas.It will ensure that during the period, all options are available to distribute fuel to states and territories impacted by historic Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.“This is a precautionary measure to ensure we have enough fuel to support lifesaving efforts, respond to the storm, and restore critical services and critical infrastructure operations in the wake of this potentially devastating storm,” Elaine Duke, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary, said.“Hurricane Harvey significantly disrupted the distribution of fuel across the Southeastern states, and those states will soon experience one of the largest mass evacuations in American history while at the same time we’ll see historic movements through those states of restoration and response crews, followed by goods and commodities back into the devastated areas,” Duke added.The Jones Act prohibits the transportation of cargo between points in the US, either directly or via a foreign port, or for any part of the transportation, in any vessel other than a vessel that has a coastwise endorsement.The last Jones Act waiver was issued in December 2012, for petroleum products to be delivered for relief assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.last_img read more

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Everything is fair in BJP brand of politics Mayawati takes dig at

first_imgLucknow: BSP supremo Mayawati Friday ridiculed the BJP for “engineering defection” of four TDP MPs in the Rajya Sabha, saying “everything is fair in BJP brand of politics”. “Yesterday when the President was giving assurances to the country on the behalf of the government, the BJP on the same day engineered defection of four TDP MPs,” she tweeted. In a boost to the BJP, four of the six TDP MPs in the Rajya Sabha joined the party on Thursday and sought merger of the TDP Legislature Party with it in the Upper House. Mayawati said the BJP had earlier dubbed two of these MPs as “corrupt”, but now after joining their party, the lawmakers have become “doodh ka dhula” (pure). “It is clear that everything is fair in BJP brand of politics and nothing is wrong,” she remarked. The breakaway Telugu Desam Party (TDP) faction includes Y S Chowdary, C M Ramesh, Garikapati Mohan Rao and T G Venkatesh.last_img read more

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Time has come for national bigdata strategy tech leaders tell governments

first_imgOTTAWA – Tech leaders are challenging the federal Liberal government to get serious about reaping the rewards of one of the next big frontiers in the information revolution: big data.Canadian CEOs and academics have been pushing Ottawa for months to develop a national strategy for harnessing data’s burgeoning power — an approach advocates say will pay dividends on everything from boosting economic growth to improving health care.And the pitch — in meetings with both the Ontario government and with senior federal officials, including at a recent roundtable in Ottawa — is starting to gain traction, said Benjamin Bergen, executive director of the Council of Canadian Innovators.“We’ve begun to see fruitful conversations with the governments,” said Bergen, whose group is chaired by former Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie.“I think government is beginning to wake up to really some of the concerns that the CEOs are laying out in terms of needing to build a national data framework.”Rapidly expanding technologies like artificial intelligence depend on vast amounts of high-quality data and the expertise to properly analyze it and use it. The potential benefits cut across sectors — from optimizing industrial processes, to improving the detection and treatment of disease, to exporting the resulting expertise abroad.But the big-data prize lies on the other side of some privacy and sovereignty minefields, demanding a thoughtful and careful approach: just last month, French President Emmanuel Macron called for a European-wide data strategy.Canada — despite being a small country relative to the EU, the U.S. and China — is well positioned to be a legitimate global data player, especially in industries where the country already has an advantage, such as agriculture, mining, infrastructure and health care.Experts also believe Canada has an edge because of its expertise in AI.Sachin Aggarwal, the CEO of Think Research, has been among those promoting the idea of a national data strategy with the government.Aggarwal, whose company uses data to help doctors, nurses and pharmacists make decisions on how best to treat patients, said there’s a huge amount of data generated as a result of billions in public spending in areas like health care.“The public is not capturing the benefit of the data that’s generated,” he said. “We consider it as something almost as a necessary evil to be stored, as opposed to a valuable input — the single most-valuable input to the next generation of health technology.”In last year’s federal budget, Ottawa committed to developing a national IP strategy, which is still in the works. Bergen said he’d be very pleased if the upcoming budget includes a similar promise to create a national data strategy.“There is a role for the federal government to help Canada become a global leader in data — just like we’re doing for innovation and (intellectual property),” officials for Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains said in a statement.“As we determine the Canadian response to the question of data, our government will continue to have discussions with Canadians on the opportunities and challenges we face when it comes to data, new technology and a rapidly changing economy.”It’s important to have a plan to enable companies to gather, share and analyze data as a way to optimize their operations and cut costs, said Ian MacGregor, president, chairman and CEO of North West Refining Inc.“We should be doing that at the speed of light because this world is moving — it’s not like you get to wait around and think about it,” MacGregor said in an interview.“I wish I was 48 instead of 68. This is like the opportunity of a lifetime and I’ve never seen a chance for Canada to be as dominant in anything that’s as important as this.”Care must be taken to navigate privacy and consent concerns, particularly when it comes to areas such as health data, he acknowledged. But the country can move faster when it comes to industrial data, which could be as basic as the readings on a temperature gauge, he said.Canada isn’t in a position to compete with the big players in the consumer-data space, like Google and Facebook, said MacGregor. Instead, he recommends focusing on primary industries “where we fight above our weight,” such as power generation, power transmission, farming, oil refining, energy, mining and water.MacGregor’s company is constructing a $25-billion refinery in Alberta — one of the biggest industrial projects in the world — and he says the plant will have 25,000 sensors that will each collect new types of data.The sensors, he added, will provide new domestic opportunities for Canadian data experts and he’s planning to establish an open-source data library.Even experts not part of the CCI pitch are arguing for data frameworks.Alan Bernstein, president and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, supports the idea of an approach that zeros in on the specific needs of different data sets.Bernstein’s institute is overseeing a $125-million federal strategy, announced in last year’s budget, to develop talent and research in AI and deep learning.He agrees that there’s potential for major economic payoffs from big data, particularly when it comes to health data.“The technology is there, the computer memory is there and now with AI, which was a made-in-Canada invention, the way of analyzing that data is here,” said Bernstein, who believes private and public sectors can work together.“We need the political will to harmonize how we collect, store and access data.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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Genoa announces 220M project to replace collapsed bridge

first_imgMILAN — Genoa’s mayor has announced that a 200 million euro ($220 million) project by hometown architect Renzo Piano inspired by a naval ship has been chosen to replace the Morandi Bridge that collapsed last summer, killing 43 people.Mayor Marco Bucci announced Tuesday that the project will be carried out by three Italian firms, construction company Salini-Impregilo, state-run shipbuilder Fincantieri and the Italferr state railway subsidiary, charged with engineering.The mayor said construction will take 12 months and should be completed, although not yet accessible, by the end of 2019.Piano’s project incorporates weight-bearing columns that resemble the bow of a ship, and will be illuminated by 43 lamps casting a light shaped like ships’ sails and representing each of the victims. Piano will also be the project’s technical supervisor.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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UNICEF warns of looming drought danger in Eritrea and Ethiopia

Speaking from Addis Ababa, Carol Bellamy indicated that UNICEF-supported feeding programmes in Ethiopia and Eritrea were already seeing hundreds of severely malnourished children, warning that as people migrated from drought-affected areas those numbers would increase. “These are the first signs of a creeping disaster,” Ms. Bellamy said. “We can expect to see a lot more malnutrition if the situation doesn’t change, and if more assistance for food, heath and water supplies doesn’t arrive.””There’s a struggle for survival as we speak,” she added.UNICEF air shipments have already begun to arrive, with some 45 tons of emergency aid supplies deployed to the region last month. read more

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Paul Hollywood Prue Leith reminds me of my motherinlaw in a fantastic

first_imgLoose Women star Ruth Langsford asked Hollywood how he felt about the backlash last year over his decision to remain on the show while Berry, Giedroyc and Perkins stepped down.He said: “They were loyal in their own little arenas of what they wanted to do, I was in a different stage of my career.”And it’s my job, and I love doing the Bake Off. And when it moved channels – I’m with the production company, I don’t work for a channel, I work for a production company – and my job was always there. “I didn’t want to lose it. They gave me a shot seven years ago, and I grasped it with both hands – why would I want to let it go?”Hollywood said he and Berry – who judged the popular programme together for seven series during its run on the BBC – spoke about his decision to stay with the show, which was sold by Love Productions to Channel 4.He said: “We did talk during it, and I’ve said before, Mary said ‘if I was in your shoes I would have done exactly the same thing’.”I’m a different stage to Mary, and I just couldn’t let go of that job.” He said he was not consulted about the line-up before it was announced, adding: “I did know about Prue, but I didn’t know about the others at all.”Asked if they had convened as a group, Hollywood said: “We’re about to, it’s got to be kept so quiet – it’ll be on the moon somewhere!” Prue Leith who is to replace Mary Berry as a judge on The Great British Bake OffCredit:Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire Hollywood told ITV’s Loose Women he thinks the new Bake Off “dynamic” will be a success, but confirmed they have not yet met as a foursome.He said: “I’m really excited. Obviously it’s a big thing for the country, the Bake Off, and when I heard the names read out, I was really excited.””I think the whole dynamics of it, when I sat down and thought about it, because I’m a big fan of Noel, and Sandi actually, and Prue, because – Prue, she’s got this huge professional background, working in London for years and I’ve got nothing but respect for Prue, so I’m really looking forward to it. Prue Leith who is to replace Mary Berry as a judge on The Great British Bake Off Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We’ve actually met and had a chat, there was something there.”In fact, she reminds me so much of my mother-in-law. In a fantastic way! I think we’re going to get on like a house on fire.” Paul Hollywood said his new Great British Bake Off co-star Prue Leith reminds him of his mother-in-law, and he is sure they will get on “like a house on fire”.The TV baker also defended his decision to remain on the cookery competition programme when it moved from the BBC to Channel 4, saying that he works for a production company, “not a channel”.The new line-up of the Bake Off was confirmed last week after months of speculation, with veteran chef Leith as a new judge replacing Mary Berry, and Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding stepping into the shoes of departed hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.last_img read more

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New faceageing algorithm shows how police may have got image of older

first_imgThe technique involved taking careful measurements from photographs of 500 people when they were aged 21 months, six years old, 14 and 22. However when they tested the programme on a photograph of missing youngster Ben Needham, they found it bore no resemblance to… Artists’ impressions of what missing people such as Madeleine McCann and Ben Needham look like years after they vanished may be completely unreliable, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Bradford have developed a method of ageing facial images which they say could enhance the search for people across the world. They then used the results to create an algorithm which accurately predicts how a face changes over time.last_img read more

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Police destroy 1 acre of cannabis farm in Lethem 2 in

Police in the “F” Division conducted a drug bust during the wee hours of Tuesday morning in the Moco Moco Mountains, Lethem area.According to the Divisional Commander, the bust took place at approximately 03:00hrs  as ranks were in patrol in the said area. He said that the law enforcement officials came across approximately 1 acre of cultivated cannabis (1000 plants) ranging in height from six inches to nine feet. Police in a statement said that two males have been arrested and a camp house with harvested cannabis, along with the prohibited plants were photographed and destroyed by fire. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice destroy ganja farm at Suribana, 1 in custodyAugust 3, 2017In “Crime”8,500 ganja plants destroyed during Police swoop down in Upper Demerara RiverJanuary 13, 2019In “Crime”Police destroy Ebini ganja farm, 25-year-old in custodyApril 19, 2018In “Crime” read more

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Windows phone 7 phantom data mystery solved

first_imgThe issue of privacy is being featured heavily this year with large companies like Facebook already being dragged over the coals regarding their privacy policies. Recently Microsoft was also scrutinized as people were finding that their Windows 7 mobile phones were using a lot of extra data and nobody could explain why.Well it seems that Microsoft has confirmed that some – but necessarily all – of its Windows 7 phones were sending and receiving phantom data. The issue was caused by a 3rd party service which leads to the question what data was the 3rd party actually sending and receiving?According to the BBC, most of the complaints were based on devices running on the AT&T network. However, Microsoft also believe that there could be another issue causing the problem, but remarkably they do know who the initial third party is and are looking to help them with any necessary fixes.Hmmm, sounds a little iffy to me, but as the third party is also working on fixes it could just well be a one-off, after all most new phones have problems when they first start, but with all the hype over privacy these days it does sound a little too convenient to blame it on some third party bug.Read more at the BBClast_img read more

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Revenue warns of new scam that claims taxpayers are due a tax

first_img Share687 Tweet Email98 33 Comments Apr 7th 2017, 6:52 PM “Anyone who receives an email or text message purporting to be from Revenue and suspects it to be fraudulent or a scam should simply delete it. Anyone who is actually awaiting a tax refund should contact their local Revenue Office to check its status.”The message tells people that they have a certain amount of time to access credit they are entitled to.It may also detail an amount of cash that it claims is due to be refunded.Revenue added that anyone who provided personal information in response to these fraudulent emails or text messages should contact their bank or credit card company immediately. THE REVENUE COMMISSIONERS are warning people about fraudulent emails and text messages claiming that people are due a tax refund and asking for bank details.The message is purporting to come from Revenue seeks personal information from taxpayers in connection with a tax refund including bank card details.In a statement, Revenue said, “These emails and text messages did not issue from Revenue.The Revenue Commissioners never send emails or text messages requiring customers to send personal information via email, text or pop-up windows. Short URL Friday 7 Apr 2017, 6:52 PMcenter_img By Cliodhna Russell Revenue warns of new scam that claims taxpayers are due a tax refund The message tells people that they have a certain amount of time to access credit they are entitled to. http://jrnl.ie/3329664 28,738 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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A Gala Debate on 2020

first_imgThe Wheeler Centre is fast approaching its fifth birthday, and as part of the celebrations, will be presenting a debate about the future – your future. Hosted by writer and broadcaster Annabel Crabb, the audience will be subject to a debate with one panel of five prominent thinkers presenting a well thought out and balanced argument of two sides.The central question that they will be tackling is: ‘Where will we be as a society in five years’ time? Should we feel hopeful, or should we feel despair?’After hearing the public debate, the audience will be called upon to vote whether they feel positive or negative about the future, and a final tally will be announced. Speakers taking part in the night’s events come from diverse backgrounds and include the likes of feminist author Eva Cox, Robogals founder and former Young Australian of the Year Marita Cheng, political journalist and author George Megalogenis, Tasmanian Department of Justice secretary Simon Overland and medical anthropologist Gregory Phillips. Tickets are $20 and bookings can be made via this website: www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=117316 When: Monday 9 February 2015 from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm Where: Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Le Guatemala identifie 5 survivants des expériences médicales américaines

first_imgLe Guatemala identifie 5 survivants des expériences médicales américaines Mardi, le Guatemala a annoncé avoir identifié 5 personnes qui auraient survécu aux expériences médicales conduites dans les années 1940 par des scientifiques américains. Celles-ci consistaient à inoculer des maladies sexuellement transmissibles aux sujets afin de tester l’efficacité de la pénicilline.C’est une affaire méconnue du grand public que le Guatemala vient de faire ressurgir. Mardi, le pays a annoncé avoir localisé cinq survivants des expériences médicales que des scientifiques américains ont réalisées dans les années 1940. Des recherches qualifiées de “crime contre l’humanité” par la présidence du Guatemala et qui, selon une commission américaine, aurait causé la mort de près de 83 personnes. En effet, dans ses conclusions préliminaires, la commission explique que ces expériences ont eu lieu entre 1946 et 1948 et ont impliqué plus de 5.500 personnes choisies pour leur vulnérabilité, parmi lesquelles de nombreux malades mentaux. Des cobayes à qui les chercheurs américains ont inoculé à leur insu des maladies sexuellement transmissibles telles que la syphilis ou la blennoragie. Ils ne les ont alors informés ni de l’objet de leur recherche, ni ce qui allait leur arriver. Ils les ont également encouragés afin qu’ils transmettent ces maladies, sans pour autant leur parler des risques. Le but de ces recherches financées par les Instituts nationaux américains de la santé (NIH) était en fait de déterminer si la pénicilline, dont on commençait à se servir, pouvait prévenir ces maladies. Mais sur les 1.300 personnes infectées par la syphilis et la blennoragie, seuls 700 ont bénéficié d’un quelconque traitement. Alors que la molécule s’est effectivement révélée efficace contre la syphilis, ceci n’a donc fait qu’aggraver l’atrocité de ces expériences et les conséquences qu’elles ont eues.Des enquêtes et des excuses À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageAinsi, en octobre dernier, le président Alvàro Colom avait annoncé qu’il allait diriger une commission spéciale d’enquête sur ces recherches destinée à honorer les victimes et à “s’assurer que cela ne se reproduirait plus”. C’est dans ce cadre-ci qu’il est parvenu à identifier les cinq survivants aujourd’hui âgés de 84 et 85 ans. “Jusqu’à présent, nous avons localisé cinq hommes vivant dans l’ouest du pays qui vont être transférés vers la capitale pour y subir des tests médicaux”, a annoncé à des journalistes le vice-président guatémaltèque Rafael Espada cité par l’AFP. Ces analyses qui seront également effectuées sur les proches des victimes, viseront notamment à déterminer quelles conséquences ont eues les expériences sur leur état de santé. De son côté, le président Barack Obama a également mis en place en novembre dernier une commission qui étudie actuellement plus de 125.000 documents liés à ces recherches et qui doit rendre ses conclusions finales en septembre. Le mois dernier, les Etats-Unis ont néanmoins présenté leurs excuses à des centaines de Guatémaltèques infectés délibérément. Mardi, le ministre des Affaires étrangères du Guatemala Haroldo Rodas a tenu à assurer que ces faits regrettables n’auraient pas d’impact sur les relations futures entre les deux pays Le 31 août 2011 à 19:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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8 dead 20 injured after passenger bus rams into truck at Yamuna

first_imgA car accident for representation purposes onlyPexelsAt least 8 people have been reported to be dead and 20 injured in another fatal accident at the Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on Friday morning.The accident happened around 5 am after a passenger bus en route Noida from Agra rammed into a truck on the six-lane express highway under Rabupura police station limits near Delhi which connects the national capital with Vrindavan and Mathura.The injured were rushed to Kailash hospital in Jewar for emergency treatment. Many of the injured are reported to be in critical condition.An official spokesperson in Lucknow said, “The chief minister has taken cognisance of the bus accident in Greater Noida where eight passengers have died”, reports The Indian Express.”He has directed the district administration and the police to provide all assistance. The district magistrate and the senior superintendent of police are reaching the accident site,” the official said, added the report.This is the second accident on the Yamuna Expressway this week. On Monday, a woman was killed in another accident on the killer highway.(This is a developing story, awaiting further updates)last_img read more

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Latest On Fire At Deer Park Petrochemical Facility Two More Measles Cases

first_imgThursday, March 21, 2019Top afternoon stories:Texas Commission on Environmental QualityTCEQ Ambient Monitoring staff are using air monitoring vans to conduct monitoring in the area of the ITC fire site.Latest On Fire At Deer Park Petrochemical FacilityThe cities of Deer Park and Galena Park have lifted the shelter in place orders they had issued on Thursday morning due to increased levels of benzene caused by the massive fire at a petrochemical storage facility located in Deer Park. Robert Hemminger, Emergency Services Director with the City of Deer Park, said the order had been lifted because of a “sustained period of improved readings.”Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) owns the facility. Spokeswoman Alice Richardson said the company believes the increased emissions of benzene could have been caused by a leak in one of the tanks that was compromised in the fire and lost its roof.The fire was extinguished on Wednesday around 3 a.m., but a flare occurred on Wednesday afternoon. It was put out by firefighting crews.Emergency responders continue to monitor air quality as ITC coordinates its response with the Environmental Protection Agency, the TCEQ, Harris County, and other federal, state and local agencies.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)This illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped measles virus particle.Two More Measles Cases Confirmed In TexasTwo more cases of measles have been confirmed in Texas, bringing the total to 14 as of March 21, 2019. In 2018 there were nine confirmed cases, and Texas had just one case of measles in 2017.The two most recent cases are in Bexar County and Tarrant County.The Bexar County case is associated with another measles case from Guadalupe County, according to the City of San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District. The last recorded case of measles in Bexar County occurred in 2007.The Tarrant County Public Health Department said its measles case isn’t linked to any other case in North Texas. The patient had traveled out of the United States to an area that’s experiencing an increase in measles cases. The last recorded case of measles in Tarrant County was in 2015.Harris County has the most measles cases in the state, with four reported by health officials. The other counties with confirmed cases are: Bell, Bexar, Collin, Denton, Galveston, Guadalupe, Jefferson, Montgomery and Tarrant.Images from cinepoems of the 2019 REELpoetry Festival.Houston’s First International Poetry Film FestivalCinepoetry is a genre that blends poetry and film, with a myriad of approaches. It’s often a film that features a poem, as well as collaborations with musicians and artists — but it doesn’t have to.“One of the cinepoems [in the festival] is actually silent. But you get to see the poetic expression, if you will. It has its own rhythm and meter even though it lacks words,” said Fran Sanders, founder and director of REELpoetry, a poetry film festival sponsored by her organization, Public Poetry.The three-day event will screen about 40 cinepoems from over a dozen countries, plus documentaries and videos. The festival opens with a showcase of local poets, at times reading live on-stage, alongside videos of their past performances in a “4-D” experience.Sanders said that, as a genre, cinepoetry is not usually shown by itself, but with Houston’s active poetry and film scene, she decided to focus on it and create the city’s first international festival of this kind. Sharelast_img read more

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Elektas Monaco 511 Treatment Planning System Took Center Stage at AAPM 2016

first_img The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 04, 2016 Elekta’s Monaco 5.11 Treatment Planning System Took Center Stage at AAPM 2016 Latest version of software enables gold standard accuracy combined with speed and performance  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. 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News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Elekta showcased the latest version of its treatment planning software, Monaco version 5.11 at the 58th American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting in July. Monaco 5.11, which enables users to attain calculation speeds up to four times faster than previous versions, is cloud capable and is currently installed at several customer sites. Monaco continues to utilize multicriteria optimization and Monte Carlo dose calculations for high-quality dependable treatment planning results.Monaco templates further increase efficiency by allowing users to easily import and export treatment plans, facilitating best practice sharing across departments and organizations. The ability to create multiple prescription plans simultaneously reduces overall planning time as well. Improved data sharing creates opportunities to optimize individual treatment plans.“Elekta’s Versa HD linear accelerator and Monaco treatment planning system combine unrivalled dose delivery and intelligent dose planning,” said Elekta’s David Mellenberg, Ph.D., DABR. “The efficiency and precision of Versa HD are enhanced when combined with the Multicriteria Optimization and Gold Standard Monte Carlo calculations in Monaco 5.11. Together, they make dynamic and stereotactic techniques not only possible, but routine practice.”“We successfully installed Monaco 5.11 at our large center, which treats more than 250 patients daily across two campuses,” said Miller MacPherson, Ph.D., FCCPM, head of physics at The Ottawa Hospital. “VMAT planning is fast and our physics team was able to generate really solid beam models. As a result, we are seeing improvements in IMRT and VMAT QA. We are very pleased with the support we received from Elekta and proud of our physics and planning teams’ accomplishments and hard work transitioning from XiO® to Monaco.”In addition to Monaco 5.11, the following solutions weree highlighted: The latest version of Mosaiq, which provides numerous workflow enhancements including IQ Scripts Plan of the Day, ePrescribing for controlled substances and many other time saving features; Leksell Gamma Knife Icon, a brain radiosurgery system offering novel technology including true stereotactic CBCT and online adaptive planning capability; iView Dose software, Elekta’s EPID-based in vivo dosimetry solution, which offers an essential safety check during radiation therap ; AQUA, a quality management system which offers a full suite of workflow-oriented machine QA tasks; and Mosaiq Oncology Analytics, which aggregates data to bring clinical, operational and financial insights to the surface.For more information: www.elekta.com/AAPM FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). 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Myanmars Aung San Suu Kyi to visit China next week

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will visit Communist Party-ruled China for five days next week.Suu Kyi, who is an international symbol of democracy for her yearslong defiance of an authoritarian military regime in Myanmar, now has ambitions for her country’s presidency, which would involve the need for smooth relations with Beijing.Suu Kyi will visit from June 10 to 14 as chairwoman of her National League for Democracy party at the invitation of China’s Communist Party for an inter-party exchange between the two countries, China’s Foreign Ministry announced Friday. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories “China has maintained long-term friendship with Myanmar’s various parties including the National League for Democracy,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a news briefing.“We hope to further enhance bilateral communication and understanding through this visit to push ahead with the friendship development between China and Myanmar in various areas.”During her 15 years under house arrest, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate won admiration for her fiery speeches and scathing criticism of the military regime that ruled Myanmar, or Burma, at the time. Her critics note that she now carefully chooses her battles because of her presidential ambitions.Fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo remains in prison in China, serving an 11-year sentence after being convicted in 2009 of subversion for penning an appeal for democracy.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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