New 20182022 State Suicide Prevention Plan Released

first_imgAlaskans accept responsibility for preventing suicide.Alaskans prevent and mitigate the impact of trauma, substance abuse, and other risk factors contributing to suicide.Alaskans communicate, cooperate, and coordinate suicide prevention efforts.Alaskans have immediate access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services they need.Alaskans support survivors in healing.Quality data and research is available and used for planning, implementation, and evaluation of suicide prevention efforts. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Statewide Suicide Prevention Council released an updated five-year State Suicide Prevention Plan for the state of Alaska. The action plan stresses that all Alaskans  play a role in building resilient individuals and resilient communities. Council Chairperson Sharon Fishel: “We’ve seen tremendous progress in public understanding that people can support mental health like they can physical health, and mental illnesses such as depression and substance misuse disorder are chronic conditions that should be managed like heart disease and diabetes.” The plan referred to as “Recasting the Net” builds on the 2012-2017 state plan, with updated information and resources and broken down to six main goals. Fishel: “We’re excited to build on the progress we’ve made with help from community partners like You Are Not Alone clubs in high schools.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-suicide-prevention-plan.mp3VmJennifer-on-suicide-prevention-plan.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

POLICE LOG for July 24 Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit Run Billerica

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, July 24, 2019:A Lowell Street resident was concerned about the well-being of a bird in their yard. Animal Control Office responded and retrieved bird. (8:36am)A caller reported a tractor trailer unit rear-ended his vehicle and pushed it 30 feet before continuing north on Ballardvale Street. Caller refused ambulance for himself and passenger. No airbag deployment. Police located tractor trailer unit and operator at Interra Innovation on Junction Road in Andover. Police filled out crash report and assisted with paperwork exchange. (9:30am)A 2-vehicle crash occurred on Lowell Street at 93 North ramp. One driver transported to hospital with back pain. (1:30pm)A caller wished the police log that at some time in February, he was verbally assaulted by an RMV employee. Caller had minimal information. Caller will come to station tomorrow to provide additional information. (2:07pm)Shelton J. Oliver (61, Billerica) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License and Motor Vehicle Not Meeting RMV Safety Standards. Oliver was pulled over on Shawsheen Avenue. (5:18pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 26: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Tractor Trailer Takes Out Wall, Signs & HydrantIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 12: 2 Juveniles Laying On Train Tracks; Motorcycle Crash; Tractor Trailer vs. PoleIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Labgrown meat Tastetesting chicken of the future

first_img Now playing: Watch this: So what does it actually taste like? The crunch from the breading and the smell from the fry was exactly what I expected from a good chicken nugget. But I was pleasantly surprised at how similar the cultured chicken itself tasted compared to the real deal, even if it didn’t look like your typical KFC or McDonald’s nugget. You can watch the video to find out more.Just’s next cultured meat product will be wagyu beef. Several other companies are also developing clean meat derived from animal cells, like Memphis Meats (chicken and duck) and SuperMeat (also chicken).If you’re hankering to try your own cultured chicken nugget, you’ll have to hold tight a little longer. The nugget needs to get USDA and FDA approval in the US, but Just says it’ll first be available in selected high-end restaurants in Asia later this year once it gets regulatory approval. The video on this page is an episode of Beta Test, the show that puts you in the front seat with me as I test out crazy tech products and experiences. Check back each month for a new show! You can also find the series on YouTube. Chicken nuggets usually get a pretty bad rap. Whether they’re filled with mystery meat or come with a mouthful of additives, they also involve slaughtering an animal. But the nugget I’m about to eat from San Francisco-based Just was grown in a lab, using cells taken from a living chicken. It’s cultured meat (and cruelty-free).Carnivores, breathe a sigh of relief.  Tags Unlike entirely plant-based products such as the Impossible Burger, the Just chicken nugget is actual meat.Cultured meat, also called lab-grown or clean meat, starts with the collection of cells, usually done through a biopsy so the animals aren’t harmed. Just says it has also been able to get cells from a chicken feather. The most viable cells are chosen and then given the right nutrients they need to grow in a bioreactor. In the case of this chicken nugget, those nutrients are plant-based.Not only does cultured meat avoid sacrificing animals, it could take fewer resources to produce than traditional livestock. Around 14.5 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are from livestock, according to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. But one study questions how environmentally friendly clean meat products could be if the process is energy-intensive.The chicken nugget once plated with Just’s plant-based mayo as a dipping sauce. CNET Just’s cultured chicken product takes around two weeks to grow in a bioreactor. The team of chefs plays a major part in creating the product once the scientists have developed the biology. “They are really the ones that can assemble everything and come up with the ideal ratios of cell types,” says Vitor Santo, director of cellular agriculture. Beta Test Share your voicecenter_img 7:58 Comments Sci-Tech Healthy eating 6 Trying a lab-grown chicken nuggetlast_img read more

General Electric sells Japan lending unit for 48 billion to Sumitomo Mitsui

first_imgGE Capital is exiting from Japan by selling its commercial lending business to Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing for approximately $4.8 billion, General Electric Co said on Tuesday.The deal will be concluded by April 2016. GE Capital will sell Capital Finance, Fleet Service and Vendor Finance, including employees of the business.Sumitomo Mitsui, a leading Japanese leasing company, is on  an expansion spree entering China, Southeast Asia and the US.A spokesman for GE Capital said in Tokyo that the company will be left with a small joint venture in Japan after the conclusion of the deal.  The deal is in line with the Fairfield-based conglomerate’s strategy to focus on industrial businesses and reduce its lending-related activities, according to AP.The largest change involves selling most of GE Capital’s assets, including $ 26.5 billion in real estate assets.”We continue to make quick progress on the sale of our international assets and are pleased to sell this business to a company that is committed to growth for our customers and employees,” said Keith Sherin, chairman and CEO, GE Capital.The sale will be subject to approval by regulatory authorities, the AP report added.The announcement comes a day before the annual review of GE’s performance and business outlook to be hosted by Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE.On Monday, shares of General Electric Co traded at their highest valuation in more than 10 years, marking a significant change, besides putting pressure on the firm to “show it can drive profits in line with its newfound market premium.”GE shares were trading at 20 times forward 12-months earnings projections, their highest level since 2005, according to Thomson Reuters data.”There is an expectation that GE, after years of not growing well, will now grow better than many of its peers,” said Scott Lawson, vice president of investment management firm Westwood Holdings Group.last_img read more

Tata companies showcase 3300 implemented innovations at Innovista programme

first_imgCore processesJaguar Land Rover: Virtual road load dataTata Motors and Tata Steel: Indigenous development of advanced high strength steelTitan Company: Smart fusion – in-house laser welding automation Awards in the other three categories were given as under:In the piloted technologies category, the award went to:Tata Consultancy Services: Microbiome-based diagnostics: Preterm birth and CRCIn the dare to try category, the award went to:Tata Steel (Europe): Superhydrophobic bacterial coatingsThe design honour category award went to:Jaguar Land Rover: Push lock-pull open door latch for interior paintTata Consultancy Services: Next gen customer experience in industrial serviceTata Steel: Dual discharge wagons – debottlenecking logistics. A name board is pictured at the entrance of Bombay House, headquarters of Tata Group, in Mumbai, India October 27, 2016.Reuters fileTata companies have showcased over 3,300 implemented innovations in its annual Innovista programme, representing a growth of 110 percent in two years. A significant number of these innovations incorporate digital technologies, particularly in the areas of industrial automation, customer experience enhancement and advanced engineering simulations, the Tata group said on Thursday.Commenting on the rate of innovation in Tata companies, Dr Gopichand Katragadda, group chief technology officer, Tata Sons, said, “Our industries are in in the midst of tectonic shifts driven by the democratisation of digital, automation of decisions, and a focus on the environment. The Tata group has continued to lead in intellectual property generation from artificial intelligence to microbiomics and from driver assist technologies to new 2D materials. I am happy to see the Tata group companies leverage digital extensively in their innovations, while also pushing the limits of adopting emerging science and materials.”The implemented innovations include new products, new services, core processes, support processes and design.Examples in industrial automation, incorporating digital, include TCS’s embedded security for internet of things (IoT) devices, Tata Steel’s smart desulphurisation utilising infrared thermal imaging camera and image processing algorithms, and Tata Motors tyre life extension that leveraged real-world road usage data to incorporate realistic wear patterns into the design process, utilising digital approaches.Indian Hotels showcased the Taj VR experience and Taj.Live, both of which employ digital tools to enhance customer service processes through immersive experiences and social listening. TCS demonstrated Access Infinity, incorporating digital workflow and functionality to enable accessible media for the print disabled.Digital innovations in the engineering simulation were well showcased by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which used 3D simulations of automotive components’ performance under virtual road conditions to significantly improve design timelines. JLR also presented pedestrian automatic braking system using a stereo camera and algorithms for driver assist.Companies also showcased advanced R&D at the intersection of biology, computing and materials. Superhydrophobic material coatings by Tata Steel Europe attempted a coating technology using proteins produced by bacteria to prevent corrosion for organic coated steel. TCS presented potentially revolutionary microbiome-based bio-markers to flag those at a high risk for preterm birth and those at high risk for colorectal cancer.These innovations were showcased through the multi-stage and multi-country Tata Innovista 2017, a group-wide programme held annually by the Tata Innovation Forum (TIF). The TIF is tasked with encouraging the culture of innovation in Tata companies, and Tata Innovista is the platform which recognises outstanding innovations by Tata companies under four broad categories: implemented innovations, piloted technologies, dare to try, and design honour.Implemented innovations are those that have been successfully implemented and have accrued benefits to the businesses. Piloted technologies are at various stages of development and promise to deliver significant benefits after implementation. The dare to try category comprises courageous attempts that did not achieve the desired results but have potential for success. The design honour category comprises innovations focusing on design thinking.Tata Innovista 2017 AwardsFrom 52 Tata companies from across 22 countries who submitted their projects in Tata Innovista 2017, 36 Tata companies reached the second round. The projects in the second round, held in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, London, Novi (USA), and Bangkok, were judged by eminent external experts, and 51 teams from 18 Tata companies were shortlisted for the final global round that took place in Mumbai.The awards for the implemented innovations category, including its sub-categories, were given to:New productsTata Chemicals: Low oil absorb besan: A simple path towards healthTata Global Beverages: Eight O’clock coffee infusionsTata Steel: Smart raking system for DS in steel making shop New servicesTata Consultancy Services: Access infinity – accessible content ecosystemTata Consultancy Services: Embedded secure element – digital transformation Support processesTata Power Delhi Distribution: Leaders from learnerslast_img read more

Meet Future Super Star Deepanshu Goyal who will rock BTown with his

first_imgBollywood is a mix of looks and acting very few becomes Shahrukh, Amir, and Hritik who justifies every role given to them. But what about the next generation? We need some excellent actors who can make part memorable with his/her Acting. No doubt India is blessed with lots of talent, but very few can adjust in all the characters.T.V, Theatres are stepping stone for all the actors, which makes them more mature in acting. Deepanshu Goyal and a new star in the making. He is known for character roles in T.V show and every role which he got, he has justified with his sheer Acting. He is blessed with robust Physiques, looks and most important is acting. He is undoubtedly the next big thing coming out from a small screen which is going to make it big in the future in B-town. Looking at his talent, he can be next SRK or an actor who can genuinely act like a Pro and give justice to the role assigned to him.Deepanshu has worked with top production houses on a small screen; he has done lots of famous roles in a short period. Deepanshu does not have a godfather in this industry, whatever he has achieved, are all thanks to his talent. He has worked under many big channels like Zee, Sony max and many more in just a few years.It is essential to come in channels which are trending else no matter how good actor you are it’s not going to work for you.you might be a good actor but if you are not seen worldwide than you might be wasting time in Acting. Luckily Deepanshu has got the roles which come in top channels of India.With changing trending in B-town, its right time for actors like Deepanshu to enter in B-town and grab a useful role. Looking to his talent, he will surely be a good pick for top production houses in B-Town.Here’s wishing new emerging talent from small screen Deepanshu Goyal all the best for the bright future and we hope he makes it significant even in Silver screen and all his dreams come true because this lad deserves every bit of it.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Rare talks between two rival political leaders

first_img.Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader and BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir met each other at Saiddpur Airport in Nilphamari on Sunday and exchanged pleasantries.Fakhrul was waiting at the domestic lounge of the airport to catch a Dhaka-bound Novoair flight in the evening when Quader, who went to the airport to fly for the capital by a US-Bangla Airlines flight, approached him.They exchanged pleasantries for around two minutes, said sources at both Awami League and BNP.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, went to Rangpur to visit the victims of the recent arson attack while the BNP secretary general went to Lamonirhat to attend a party programme.last_img

IndiaMyanmar hold first ever joint military drill

first_imgIndia and Myanmar army hold first ever joint drill from Monday. Photo: Defence Ministry of IndiaThe first ever joint military drill of India and Myanmar started at the Joint Training Node in Umroi of Meghalaya on Monday.Fifteen officers from the Myanmar army and 16 from the Indian army are taking part in the five-day drill.India’s defence spokesperson lieutenant colonel Suneet Newton told newsmen that the aim of this joint exercise was to exchange expertise and tactics of the armed forces as well as strengthening the friendship between the two forces.Tactics and use of superior technology to fight militancy will be emphasised in the drill, which will help army officials of both the countries, the spokesperson claimed.The joint exercise has reportedly been organised to train the Myanmar army officials for participation in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations under the UN flag.Indian army organised the joint drill with its Myanmarese counterpart at a time when the latter drew huge global flak for persecuting country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.About 700,000 Rohingyas fled the persecution in the northern Rakhine state, which the United Nations calls a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, since 25 August this year and took refuge in Bangladesh.last_img read more

12 jobs offlimits for expats in Saudi

first_imgThe Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has imposed a restriction on the expatriates from working in 12 sectors from the next Hijri, according to Jeddah-based newspaper Saudi Gazette. Saudi labour and social development minister Ali Al-Ghafees on Monday issued a ministerial decision in this regard in an attempt to create more job opportunities for Saudi citizens.The 12 work areas banned for expats are: watch shops, optical stores, medical equipment stores, electrical and electronics shops, outlets selling car spare part, building material shops, outlets selling all types of carpets, automobile and mobike shops, shops selling home furniture and ready-made office material, sale outlets of ready-made garments, children clothes and men’s supplies, household utensils shops and pastry shops.last_img

BGBBSF exchange sweets on Independence Day

first_imgBGB and BSF exchange sweets to mark the Independence Day of Bangladesh along Dinajpur border. Photo: ASM AlamgirThe Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF) – the neighbouring frontier forces of Bangladesh and India – exchanged sweets to celebrate the Independence Day of Bangladesh on no-man’s-land along Bangladesh-India border near the Hili border outpost. Before exchanging sweets, BGB company commander of its Hili camp, Abu Nasir, and assistant captain of BSF, Hashuni Kape, exchanged salutes around 10:00am Monday, according to the BGB officials.Afterwards, the BGB commander handed a packet of sweets to his Indian counterpart marking our Independence Day and the BSF official reciprocated with another packet of sweets. They also hugged each other.Female members of the forces were present there. Locals from both countries witnessed the programme. BGB’s Abu Nasir and his Indian counterpart expressed hope that the relations between the two countries and its border security forces would be strengthened in the days to come through such programme.last_img read more

Mass funeral held for Myanmar plane crash victims

first_imgHeartbroken relatives gathered Friday for the funeral rites of the first victims of a military plane crash off Myanmar’s southern coast, as search teams battled heavy rains and churning waves to find scores more people presumed lost at sea.Most of the 31 dead retrieved from the Andaman Sea so far have been women and children after a fraught search by navy ships, planes and helicopters hampered by sweeping rains.A total of 122 people were on board the Chinese-made Shaanxi Y8 military aircraft when it crashed on Wednesday during a routine flight from the southern city of Myeik to Myanmar’s commercial hub of Yangon.Hundreds gathered in a cemetery outside Dawei town on Friday afternoon to bid goodbye to loved ones whose bodies had been pulled from the water the previous day on San Hlan beach, a two hour drive away.Chanting from Buddhist monks filled a hall used for the ceremonies as 10 flimsy wooden coffins were laid out.One woman fainted and had to be carried out and many others broke down wailing as the service went on.Mourners then moved outside and watched as black smoke from the cremated coffins poured out of nearby towers, drifting across the sky.“My husband identified my nephew’s body. I’m so sorry,” said a tearful Khine Zar Win, who lost her youngest brother, his wife and two-year-old nephew in the plane crash.Another mourner, Aye Aye, said five members of her friend’s family were killed in the crash.“I couldn’t sleep when I heard about them,” she said. “We lived together like a family for 15 years in the military before my husband retired.”“I have no words,” added one woman, whose daughter and grandson were on the plane. “We are so sad.”More than half of the passengers on the aircraft were from military families, including 15 children, according to the army. The rest were soldiers and flight crew.The military said on Friday it had identified 16 of the dead so far.There has been no official explanation for the cause of the crash, one of several deadly incidents involving Myanmar military aircraft in recent years.Monsoon season brings heavy rains and strong winds every year, but there were no reports of major storms along the plane’s flight route when it went missing.Storms hamper search -Fishing boats helped navy vessels and military aircraft as they continued to hunt for the wreckage on Friday, despite tides reaching over 2.5 metres, the military said in a statement.But by the afternoon officials had not announced the retrieval of any more bodies.“We are having difficulty because of the strong winds and tide,” Major Aung Win, police chief of Launglon township, told AFP.The military said the aircraft was flying above 18,000 feet (5,486 metres) when it lost contact with air traffic control at 1:35 pm (07:05 GMT) on Wednesday.The military has described the captain as a “seasoned” pilot with more than 3,000 hours flying experience.Gerry Soejatman, an independent aviation expert based in Jakarta, said initial information indicated something went wrong “not long after or just before reaching cruising altitude”.Myanmar’s former junta bought several Y8s-four-engine turboprop jets used for medium range flights-during their 50 years of isolated rule, when they were squeezed by Western sanctions.The plane’s maker, China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation, has pledged to assist with investigations into the crash.Several pieces of debris that appeared to be from the wreckage, including tyres, life jackets and some luggage, have also been salvaged.last_img read more

Full text of HC verdict on Nganj 7murder likely Sunday

first_imgNarayanganj seven-murder fact file. Prothom AloThe full text of the High Court verdict in the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder cases is likely to be released on Sunday as the judges concerned signed the judgment copy on Thursday, reports UNB.Justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and justice Mustafa Zaman Islam signed the copy of the judgment upholding the death sentence of 15 convicts, including Nur Hossain and three RAB officials, and commuting the penalty of 11 others to life in prison.On 22 August 2017, the High Court upheld the death sentence of 15 convicts, including Nur Hossain and 3 RAB officials, and commuted the penalty of 11 others to life term jail in two cases filed over the seven murders.The court also upheld various jail terms of nine others in the cases.Those awarded the death penalty were former Awami League leader Nur Hossain, commanding officer of RAB-11 in Narayanganj lieutenant colonel Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, then company commander of RAB-11 major Arif Hossain and lieutenant commander Masud Rana, habildars Enamul Haque, AB Md Arif Hossain, lance naik Hira Mia, Belal Hossain, soldiers Abu Tayeb Ali, Abdul Alim, Alamin, constable Md Shihab Uddin, SI Purnendu Bala, Mohiuddin Munshi and Tazul Islam.The lifers were soldiers Asaduzzaman Nur, Ali Mohammad, Mizanur Rahman Dipu, Raham Ali, Abul Basar, Mortuza Jaman Charchil, Selim, Sanaullah Sana, Sah Jahan, Jamal Sardar and Enamul Kabir.Also, lance naik Ruhul Amin, soldier Nuruzzaman, constable Babul Hasan, ASI Abul Kalam Azad, ASI Kamal Hossain, Moklesur Rahman, constable Habibur Rahamn were sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment each and ASI Bazlu Rahman and soldier Nasir Uddingot seven years each .A court of Narayanganj on 16 January 2017 sentenced 26 people, including three sacked Rab officials and ex-city councillor Nur Hossain, to death and nine others to different jail terms in the two cases filed over the murder incident.On 27 April 2014, Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam, his three associates and driver were abducted from Fatullah area of Narayanganj.At the same time, senior lawyer at the district judge court Chandan Kumar Sarkar and his driver were abducted on their way to the capital.Three days after their abduction, the bodies of six of them, including Nazrul and Chandan, were recovered from the Shitalakhya river.The following day, the body of Nazrul’s car driver Jahangir was recovered from the river.Later, Selina Islam Beauty, the widow of Nazrul Islam, filed a case against six people while lawyer Chandan Sarkar’s son-in-law filed the other case.last_img read more

Kim ends China visit as Trump summit looms

first_imgA limousine in the motorcade believed to be carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un travels to an entrance to Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, China on 9 January 2019. Photo: ReutersKim Jong Un’s train left Beijing on Wednesday after the North Korean leader visited his key ally on a trip seen as a strategy session ahead of his expected summit with Donald Trump.Kim arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for his fourth visit to Pyongyang’s sole major diplomatic friend, meeting president Xi Jinping and reportedly visiting a factory.The North Korean leader’s motorcade was spotted entering the Beijing central railway station on Wednesday afternoon, and the train departed shortly after on a day-long ride back to the northeast border, according to AFP journalists.The unannounced trip was largely shrouded in secrecy. Beyond confirming his presence in Beijing, no details have been provided by either North Korea or China on his schedule, with no coverage in state media even in the nightly news broadcast hours after the train’s departure.Kim met for one hour with Chinese president Xi Jinping on Tuesday — believed to be the North Korean leader’s birthday — and the two later dined with their wives at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.”Chairman Kim Jong Un’s visit to China was at the invitation of president Xi Jinping, of course president Xi would hold meetings and talks with him,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular press briefing, adding that more details would be released later.Tuesday’s meeting focused on Kim’s expected meeting with Trump, according to Yonhap.In a New Year speech, Kim warned that Pyongyang may change its approach to nuclear talks if Washington persists with sanctions.Relations between China and North Korea had deteriorated in recent years over Pyongyang’s nuclear activities, but Kim has made sure to keep Xi informed about his dealings with the United States and South Korea as ties appear to have warmed.”In order to resist the high pressure of the US, he must communicate with Xi in advance to see what steps he can take to deal with Trump,” Beijing-based independent political commentator Hua Po told AFP.”Kim needs the support of Xi so as to ask the US to make substantial steps, such as providing assistance to North Korea and normalising relations with North Korea.”Kim chose China for his maiden official trip abroad last year before holding meetings with South Korean president Moon Jae-in and Trump.The American leader said Sunday that the United States and North Korea are negotiating the location of their next summit.Discussions between the US and North Korea over Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal have stalled since Kim and Trump’s high-profile summit in Singapore in June where they issued a vaguely worded declaration about denuclearisation.The US insists that UN sanctions must remain in place until North Korea gives up its weapons, while Pyongyang wants them immediately eased. China also wants the sanctions to be relaxed.’Turning point’But Chinese officials also likely want to impress on Kim — who has so far pursued only limited reforms to his statist economy — the benefits the giant Communist country has enjoyed in its transformation from impoverished nation to economic powerhouse.Yonhap, citing unidentified sources, reported that Kim toured a factory operated by medicine firm Tongrentang for about half an hour in an economic zone in the Chinese capital.He then went to the Beijing Hotel, where he was expected to have lunch with Xi before his departure.”For North Korea itself, 2019 is his strategic turning point. If he wants to shift his focus to the development of the economy, he needs China’s cooperation,” said Lu Chao, a North Korea expert at China’s Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences.In the New Year speech, Kim focused on North Korea’s moribund economy, saying that improving people’s lives was his top priority and tackling energy shortages was an urgent task.Beijing-based analyst Hua said changes in the economic model will affect politics, “which poses new challenges to his control over the country.””For this point, he must ask for advice from China.”The visit coincided with negotiations between US and Chinese officials in Beijing to resolve a bruising trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.Some analysts say China could use its cooperation on the North Korean issue as a bargaining chip in the US trade talks.But Hua said Kim’s visit would have a “limited” effect on the trade negotiations.”The Sino-US trade negotiations are a matter between China and the US,” he said. “The weight of North Korea is limited and cannot play a decisive role.”last_img read more

Ban the Box Legislation Signed into Law in Baltimore Headed to Council

first_imgJob seekers in the Baltimore-Washington region with a criminal history could find one obstacle to employment –a prison record—swept aside by legislation, commonly known as ‘Ban the Box’ legislation, that prevents would-be employers from inquiring about their past. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake May 28 signed a bill passed by the Baltimore City Council at the end of April that prohibits some employers from questioning job applicants about their criminal background. It had been argued that such questions often throw cold water on otherwise bright job prospects. “This bill is about tearing down those barriers, breaking the barriers to employment,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake as she signed the legislation that the Baltimore City Council had been debating for weeks. “This is about making sure that we put Baltimore back to work,” she said. “At the end of the day, we have to figure out innovative ways of growing our city,” said Councilman Nicholas Mosby, sponsor of the bill. Legislation similar to that signed into law in Baltimore, is advancing through the D.C. Council. D.C. Council member Tommy Wells’ (D-Ward 6) attempt to reduce the unemployment rate in D.C. by making the hiring process less biased to ex-offenders was unanimously approved by the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety May 28. The D.C. ‘Ban the Box’ legislation, entitled the Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014, would remove questions about an applicant’s criminal history from private employer’s job applications, prohibit any inquiry into an applicant’s arrest record and delay inquiry into an applicant’s criminal convictions until after the first interview.“Gaining employment is one of the biggest barriers facing returning citizens,” Wells said in a press release May 29. The legislation is expected to be included on the D.C. Council’s June 3 meeting agenda, Kouri C. Marshall, senior advisor and director of external affairs for Wells’ office told the AFRO in an email. The council will have to vote on the bill twice. According to a 2012 report from the National Institute of Justice, African Americans account for 28 percent of all arrests even though they make up less than 14 percent of the U.S. population. The report said penalties are more likely to be enforced on ex-offenders with African American or Latino backgrounds as opposed to their White counterparts. “This bill is a crucial step in addressing that challenge. The passage of ‘Ban the Box’ represents another important victory for social justice in the District of Columbia,” Wells said. In addition to Baltimore, thirteen other jurisdictions have adopted “Ban the Box” legislation including Rochester and Buffalo, N.Y., according to Mondaq, a news and regulatory information web site.last_img read more

UofL Basketball Names Trio of Captains for 201920

first_imgWilliams started the last 20 games of the season while producing four double-doubles.  He was third on the team in rebounding and 19th in the ACC, averaging 6.1 rebounds and 7.7 points for the season.  The 6-11 junior from Fort Wayne, Ind., blocked a shot in 26 of 34 games as a sophomore and ranked 11th in the ACC in blocked shots (41 total, 1.2 average).  He grabbed a career-best 13 boards against both North Carolina and Notre Dame.  He averaged 9.8 points and 8.4 rebounds over the last five games of the season.  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville redshirt senior guard Ryan McMahon, redshirt senior forward Dwayne Sutton and junior forward/center Malik Williams have been selected as team captains for the 2019-20 men’s basketball season by a vote of their teammates. “Dwayne, Malik and Ryan have earned the vote of their teammates to be elected captains,” said UofL Head Coach Chris Mack.  “It’s clear that their efforts and actions in the offseason have gained the respect of their teammates.  Leadership on any team is highly important and it’s especially key with so many new faces on our roster this season.  I think each of them understands what it means to be a captain and are honored that their peers have chosen them.” Story Links The trio of captains helped Louisville achieve a 20-14 record in 2018-19 and participate in the Cardinals’ 39th NCAA Tournament.  Picked in the preseason to finish 11th in the ACC, UofL attained a 10-8 conference record and earned a tie for sixth in the final regular season standings.  The Cardinals return six of their top seven scorers from last year and welcome a top 10 recruiting class.   The Cardinals have been ranked among the nation’s top teams in multiple early rankings by national outlets, including the following:  No. 2 by Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports; No. 3 by Jeff Goodman, Stadium; No. 4 by Gary Parrish, CBSSports.com; No. 4 by Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated; No. 5 by Jeff Borzello, ESPN.com; No. 5 by Seth Davis, The Athletic; No. 6 by Rob Dauster, NBCSports.com; No. 6 by Mike Rutherford, SB Nation; No. 6 by Kyle Kensing, Athlon Sports; No. 8 by David Kenyon, Bleacher Report; and No. 11 by Mike DeCourcy, The Sporting News.Louisville has received an NCAA Public Recognition Award six of the last seven years for ranking among the top 10 percent in men’s basketball in the Academic Progress Rate (APR), which measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation for student-athletes. Louisville is one of just nine Division I schools in the nation, including only two from Power Five conferences (Louisville and Stanford), which have earned the APR recognition in at least six of the last seven years. McMahon, who earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing in the spring, hit a three-pointer in 24 of 34 games last season.  Fifty-three of McMahon’s 68 field goals last year came from three-point range. The 6-0 sharpshooter from Sarasota, Fla., has 15 career double-figure scoring efforts, including when he scored a career-high 24 points against Michigan State last season.  He led the Cardinals in free throw percentage last year (.950, 57-of-60) and was third on the team with 60 assists.  UofL is 23-5 when McMahon scores eight or more points over the last three years.    Print Friendly Version Sutton, who graduated in the spring with a bachelor’s degree in sport administration, started all 34 games for the Cardinals last season while averaging 10.0 points (third on the team) and 6.9 rebounds (second on the team, 16th in the ACC).  He was noted as one of the nation’s top ten “Glue Guys” last season by College Insider Jon Rothstein.  The 6-5 wing from Louisville who played his freshman year at UNC Asheville enters his final season with 901 collegiate points (493 at UofL) and 639 rebounds (377 at UofL).  He was 25th in the ACC in minutes played, averaging 31.4 per game.last_img read more

Live A53 blocked by fallen tree

first_imgTwo major North Staffordshire roads have been blocked this morning. The A53 also blocked due to a fallen tree in Newcastle Borough this morning. Whitmore Road is reportedly shut from Seabridge Lane to Sutherland Drive. Inrix says police are at the scene and local diversions are in place – with the closure first reported at 9am. The A34 Stone Road Southbound was blocked just before the Monkey Forest Roundabout in Tittensor but has now cleared. Read MoreBike stolen after victim posted it for sale online and gave away his location We’ll bring you live updates on both these stories as we get them on the live feed below.13:50A53 still reported shutThe A53 is still reported shut.12:21A34 reopensThe A34 has reopened but the A53 remains closed11:21Inrix still reporting closuresInrix have updated their informaton and are still reporting both closures are continuing.10:27Both closures still in placeInrix is still reporting both closures are in place.09:57Location on A53 (Image: Inrix)09:57Location on A34Location of the reported closure on the A3409:53A34 Southbound blockedThe southbound carriageway of the A34 is shut.last_img read more

Google expands its machine learning hardware portfolio with Cloud TPU Pods alpha

first_imgToday, Google cloud announced the alpha availability of ‘Cloud TPU Pods’  that are tightly-coupled supercomputers built with hundreds of Google’s custom Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) chips and dozens of host machines, linked via an ultrafast custom interconnect. Google states that these pods make it easier, faster, and more cost-effective to develop and deploy cutting-edge machine learning workloads on Google Cloud. Developers can iterate over the training data in minutes and train huge production models in hours or days instead of weeks. The Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), is an ASIC that powers several of Google’s major products, including Translate, Photos, Search, Assistant, and Gmail. It provides up to 11.5 petaflops of performance in a single pod. Features of Cloud TPU Pods #1 Proven Reference Models Customers can take advantage of  Google-qualified reference models that are optimized for performance, accuracy, and quality for many real-world use cases. These include object detection, language modeling, sentiment analysis, translation, image classification, and more. #2 Connect Cloud TPUs to Custom Machine Types Users can connect to Cloud TPUs from custom VM types. This will them optimally balance processor speeds, memory, and high-performance storage resources for their individual workloads. #3 Preemptible Cloud TPU Preemptible Cloud TPUs are 70% cheaper than on-demand instances. Long training runs with checkpointing or batch prediction on large datasets can now be done at an optimal rate using Cloud TPU’s. #4 Integrated with GCP Cloud TPUs and Google Cloud’s Data and Analytics services are fully integrated with other GCP offerings. This provides developers unified access across the entire service line. Developers can run machine learning workloads on Cloud TPUs and benefit from Google Cloud Platform’s storage, networking, and data analytics technologies. #5 Additional features Cloud TPUs perform really well at synchronous training. The Cloud TPU software stack transparently distributes ML models across multiple TPU devices in a Cloud TPU Pod to help customers achieve scalability. All Cloud TPUs are integrated with Google Cloud’s high-speed storage systems, ensuring that data input pipelines can keep up with the TPUs. Users do not have to manage parameter servers, deal with complicated custom networking configurations, or set up exotic storage systems to achieve unparalleled training performance in the cloud. Performance and Cost benchmarking of Cloud TPU Google compared the Cloud TPU Pods and Google Cloud VMs with NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs attached- using one of the MLPerf models called TensorFlow 1.12 implementations of ResNet-50 v1.5 (GPU version, TPU version). They trained ResNet-50 on the ImageNet image classification dataset. The results of the test show that Cloud TPU Pods deliver near-linear speedups for large-scale training task; the largest Cloud TPU Pod configuration tested (256 chips) delivers a 200X speedup over an individual V100 GPU. Check out their methodology page for further details on this test. Training ResNet-50 on a full Cloud TPU v2 Pod costs almost 40% less than training the same model to the same accuracy on an n1-standard-64 Google Cloud VM with eight V100 GPUs attached. The full Cloud TPU Pod completes the training task 27 times faster. Head over to Google Cloud’s official page to know more about Cloud TPU Pods. Alternatively, check out Cloud TPU’s documentation for more insights on the same. Read Next Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory available first on Google CloudGoogle Cloud Storage Security gets an upgrade with Bucket Lock, Cloud KMS keys and moreOracle’s Thomas Kurian to replace Diane Greene as Google Cloud CEO; is this Google’s big enterprise Cloud market move?last_img read more

TICO says Bill 166 gaining momentum passes third reading

first_img Travelweek Group Share Thursday, December 14, 2017 TORONTO — TICO is advising Ontario travel industry stakeholders that Bill 166, also known as the Strengthening Protection for Ontario Consumers Act, 2017, has passed third reading in the Ontario legislature.The amendments to the Travel Industry Act, 2002, will strengthen the consumer protection in Ontario for consumers purchasing travel services and reduce burden for the approximately 2,400 Ontario registered travel agents and travel wholesalers, says TICO.The changes include: Enabling the creation of new rules for representations, such as advertising, by out-of-province travel sellers who target Ontarians. Creating a registration requirement for individual travel salespersons.Lessening the burden on travel agents and travel wholesalers by creating a registration class of travel seller so that the businesses would no longer need to register as both a travel agent and travel wholesaler. Improving compliance with the rules by providing new enforcement tools, such as administrative penalties and compliance orders, including a new appeal mechanism to the License Appeal Tribunal for these new enforcement measures.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionTICO says further consultation by the Ontario government with all stakeholders will be required for the development of changes to the supporting Regulation before the changes to the Travel Industry Act, 2002 take effect.The consultation on proposed Regulation changes will include strengthening consumer protection by:Requiring registered travel sellers to disclose additional information to consumers so they can make informed choices; andRequiring continuing education for travel salespersons.Lessening the burden on travel sellers, the majority of whom are small businesses, by updating requirements, such as financial reporting and security deposits.In a statement to the industry, TICO President and CEO Richard Smart says TICO commends the Ontario government for this initiative and welcomes the opportunity to continue to work collaboratively on the proposed changes to the Regulation.In the coming months, TICO will proactively communicate and seek out opportunities to engage all stakeholders to contribute and provide feedback on proposed regulatory changes towards modernizing the consumer protection legislation in Ontario, he added. Posted bycenter_img Tags: TICO TICO says Bill 166 gaining momentum, passes third reading << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Synspiras abstracts accepted for presentation at the 32nd Annual NACFC

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 12 2018Synspira, a privately held company developing a new class of inhaled glycopolymer-based therapeutics for the treatment of pulmonary disease, today announced that three abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the 32nd Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC), occurring October 18-20 in Denver, CO. The three presentations detail the results of research undertaken with polycationic glycopolymer poly (acetyl, arginyl) glucosamine (PAAG) that is being developed by Synspira as SNSP113, an inhaled treatment designed to improve lung function in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF).Related StoriesScientists highlight advances and uses of organoids in gastroenterology and hepatologyPlastic surgeons and scientists develop synthetic soft tissue substitute with fewer side effectsFDA expands approval of cystic fibrosis treatment to include pediatric patients as young as 6 years oldResults of all three studies will be presented at Poster Session I.Presenter: Courtney Fernandez Petty, Ph.D.Title: PAAG Improves Mucociliary Transport in CF RatsDate: Thursday, October 18, 2018Time: 11:15 – 1:45 PM MTDr. Fernandez Petty’s presentation will highlight the work led by collaborators Steven Rowe, M.D. and his team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Guillermo Tearney, M.D., Ph.D. at the Tearney Lab in the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. The presentation will focus on the beneficial mucoactive effects of PAAG on mucociliary transport in the trachea and lungs of CF rats.Presenter: Dixon Johns, B.S.Title: Novel Disruption of an Alginate Biofilm Infection Model of CF Respiratory DiseaseDate: Thursday, October 18, 2018Time: 11:15 – 1:45 PM MTDixon Johns’s presentation will highlight the work led by collaborator Dr. Rowe and his team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham investigating the ability of PAAG to reduce respiratory biofilm integrity.Presenter: Bryan Garcia, M.D.Title: Poly Acetyl-Arginyl Glucosamine Has Anti-Biofilm and Anti-Pseudomonal Effect In-VitroDate: Thursday, October 18, 2018Time: 11:15 – 1:45 PM MTDr. Garcia’s presentation will highlight work led by collaborators Drs. Rowe and Swords, both at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The presentation will focus on the anti-biofilm and anti-pseudomonal properties of PAAG. Source:https://www.synspira.com/news/synspira-announces-abstracts-evaluating-new-treatment-options-for-cystic-fibrosis-complications-accepted-for-presentation-at-the-32nd-annual-north-american-cystic-fibrosis-conference/last_img read more

UK guidelines for tests drastically differ from those in the US reports

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 8 2019Dr. Sunita Sah practiced general medicine for several years in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. When she came to the United States, she noticed something strange.The U.K. guidelines for tests such as mammograms and colon cancer screenings drastically differed from those in the U.S. – even though they were based on the same medical evidence.”Having colonoscopy at the age of 50 – that struck me as rather odd when I moved to the U.S., because you don’t really hear about people having colonoscopies as a screening procedure in the U.K.,” said Sah. “It’s much less invasive to test for blood in the stool. It’s also less costly and doesn’t have the risks of undertaking a colonoscopy.”Now an assistant professor of management and organizations at Cornell, Sah and Ismail Jatoi of the University of Texas Health, San Antonio, say the treatment guidelines recommended by medical specialist organizations are more likely to call for greater use of health care services and exacerbate overdiagnosis, overtreatment and spiraling health care costs. Their commentary, “Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Overuse of Health Care Services: Need for Reform,” appeared March 18 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.The implications are significant, she said, because guidelines are supposed to provide standard evidence-based treatment practices for all doctors.”The recommendations put out by specialty organizations – like the American College of Cardiology or the American College of Radiology – show specialty bias in recommending more aggressive and/or more frequent screening procedures,” said Sah, an expert on conflict of interest. “In the U.S. in particular, where the fee-for-service compensation model dominates medicine, which is different from countries like the U.K., you see even more recommendations for greater use of health care services.”Specialty bias refers to the tendency of physicians to recommend the treatments in which they are trained to deliver. For example, localized prostate cancer can be treated with either surgery or radiation.”If you go to a surgeon, chances are that they are more likely to recommend that you have surgery; if you go to a radiation oncologist, they are more likely to recommend that you have radiation,” she said. “They each often believe that the treatment that they’re trained in is the better one.”Related StoriesCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsIn the case of screening for colorectal cancer, the American College of Gastroenterology’s panel – all of whom were gastroenterologists – recommended colonoscopy as the best strategy.But the United States Preventive Task Force, with no gastroenterologists or gastrointestinal surgeons, recommended testing the stool, sigmoidoscopy (an exam of only the lower part of the colon) or colonoscopy as a last resort. Stool testing was also recommended by the European Society of Medical Oncology panel, which consisted of six medical oncologists, no gastroenterologists and one gastrointestinal surgeon. The panel said there was limited evidence that screening colonoscopy is effective.”Colonoscopies are more invasive than stool testing and come with potentially greater risks and costs for patients – but increased clinical volume and profits for gastroenterologists,” Sah said.Specialty guidelines are also subject to fee-for-service bias, according to the commentary. Doctors who receive a payment for each treatment may tend to recommend that treatment more often, because they have a financial interest in it.”The bias is not necessarily malicious or intentional,” Sah said. “In a fee-for-service environment, they may be biased to do more rather than less, so it becomes a habit.”But more is not necessarily better, she said. “Sometimes the risks of those procedures are just not worth the benefits.”The authors call for a reduction in conflicts of interest in the fee-for-service model, and more professional diversity in the makeup of the guideline committees. “You need a variety of different voices on those committees,” Sah said.And patients could ask their doctors which guidelines they follow and why. “Ask them questions,” she said. “Ask your doctor to explain their thought process in recommending the particular guideline and the advantages or disadvantages of one guideline versus another.”Cornell University has dedicated television and audio studios available for media interviews supporting full HD, ISDN and web-based platforms. Source:http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/03/sah-medical-guidelines-may-be-biased-overly-aggressivelast_img read more