MTV acquires SnowGlobe Music Festival

first_imgNEW YORK — MTV is expanding its live events business in the U.S. by acquiring the SnowGlobe Music Festival.The three-day New Year’s Eve festival takes place in South Lake Tahoe, California. This year’s lineup includes Above & Beyond, Diplo, Eric Prydz, Rezz and RL Grime headlining among more than 40 artists. SnowGlobe will also showcase extreme winter sports demonstrations.Terms were not disclosed in Monday’s announcement. MTV says it’s taking the next step in “its resurgence by expanding deeper into live events.”MTV plans to reinvent its New Year’s Eve coverage, connecting SnowGlobe with MTV’s Times Square studio in New York. The cable network also plans to expand SnowGlobe to additional dates and locations worldwide and leverage its team to launch other new events.MTV launched MTV Studios in June.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Spanish Queens Alleged Visit to Ceuta May Anger Morocco

Rabat – Queen Sofia of Spain may visit Ceuta on September 9, according to the local news site El Pueblo de Ceuta.The outlet cited unofficial sources stating that the Queen might make the trip to the city and that there are efforts to get the Minister of Defense, María Dolores de Cospedal, to come as well.The source said nothing is confirmed yet, but affirmed that preparations are underway “in total discretion.” The visit, if confirmed, is likely to anger Morocco as the kingdom still sees Ceuta and Melilla, as well the Chafarinas Islands along the Mediterranean coast, as part of its national territories.Despite a significant improvement in relations between Rabat and Madrid in recent years, the issue of the two enclaves remains a source of contention.Queen Sofia’s last visit to the city was in November 2007 with her husband, former King Juan Carlos. The royal couple paid a visit to both Ceuta and Melilla amid criticism of the Moroccan government.The then-Moroccan prime minister, Abbas El Fassi, said that the kingdom will work “to recover the two occupied cities and the neighboring islands,” asserting that Morocco has “inalienable, legitimate” rights to the territories. read more

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As Wall Street spasmed with fear 401k savers held steady

NEW YORK — While professional traders on Wall Street scrambled to sell stocks amid a fear-fueled, nearly 20 per cent drop for the S&P 500 late last year, most people at home remained relatively calm when it came to their own retirement savings.So say numbers from Fidelity Investments, which show that the vast majority of 401(k) participants continued to sock savings away in their accounts and refrained from the perhaps-tempting choice to abandon stocks and hide out in the safety of cash.Investors held the steadfast approach even as the average 401(k) balance dropped to $95,600 by the end of the year, down 10 per cent from three months earlier. The chief culprit was a fear about a possible recession, which sent the S&P 500 down 19.8 per cent between setting its latest record high on Sept. 20 and hitting a bottom on Christmas Eve.It’s an encouraging sign because stocks have historically provided the best returns over the long term. So, as long as someone is willing to stomach such bouts of volatility and hold on for years, owning stocks is one of the best ways an investor can have a bigger pot to pay for retirement.“The most encouraging thing is that most people didn’t have a knee-jerk reaction, and they continued to save or increased their savings rates” said Jeanne Thompson, senior vice-president at Fidelity. “This is the proof that the messaging has gone through. We’ve come a long way in the last 10 years.”Much of the credit goes to one of the most powerful forces in investing: inertia. People often lean toward making no changes, particularly when it involves something as big and complicated as saving for retirement. Employers and the investment industry have tried to harness that for good by automatically enrolling workers into 401(k) plans, automatically setting them up to increase their contributions each year and automatically placing their savings into target-date retirement funds.That way, if workers take no action with their 401(k) accounts, they’re still saving a portion of each paycheque and putting their money into investments that are appropriate for their age. Last quarter, 99.1 per cent of all 401(k) participants at Fidelity continued to regularly contribute, the highest percentage since early 2011.Target-date funds take care of how to divvy up an investor’s nest egg, and they keep a lot of money in stocks when retirement is decades away and shift to more bonds as time goes on. That allows savers to put the investment decisions on auto-pilot, and only 5.6 per cent of Fidelity’s 401(k) investors changed how their assets were divvied up during the fourth quarter.“The market went down,” Thompson said, “but in terms of employees’ behaviour, it continues to remain incredibly positive.”Stan Choe, The Associated Press read more

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UN official visits South Asia in bid to drum up more peacekeeping

Jean-Marie Guéhenno’s trip comes as demand for soldiers to serve in the world body’s operations outstrips supply. “He’s trying to drum up troop contributions for anticipated peacekeeping missions this year,” explained UN spokesman Fred Eckhard in New York.Mr. Guéhenno flew to Bangladesh today after spending a few days in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, where he met with President Pervez Musharraf, Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Jamali and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mahmoud Kasuri.The two South Asian countries are the UN’s top contributors to peacekeeping. Pakistan had 5,343 military observers, civilian police and troops on UN duty and Bangladesh 4,274 as of the end of last November.

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From General Assembly podium Albanian President calls for UN reform

“Notwithstanding an unprecedented global awareness, climate change remains a major source of preoccupation,” President Nishani told the 67th Assembly on the third day of its annual General debate, at UN Headquarters in New York. “The continued deteriorating global economic climate continues to be a permanent disturbing source of anxiety everywhere.“Threats to peace and security in different parts of the world show how far we still are from achieving the desired global security,” he added. “It is therefore only just that we expect the United Nations, the organization we have placed at the centre of international architecture, to be more responsive, efficient, effective and transparent.”President Nishani noted that Albania, in June, hosted the 5th High Level Conference on Delivering as One, the initiative aimed at enabling the United Nations and its various agencies and programmes to strengthen their collective capacity to support countries’ efforts to overcome poverty, hunger, inequity and achieve other development priorities.“A growing number of countries are looking more clearly and closely to the benefits of having the UN work and implement assistance program with more coherence and efficiency,” he said.“Delivering as One has convincingly shown in practice how the operational activities of the United Nations could be delivered with higher efficiency and how the UN system can do better and more with less, in reaching the national and internationally agreed development goals,” he added.Other topics covered in his statement to the gathering included the Middle East peace process, Iran’s nuclear programme, the crisis in Syria and the status of Kosovo. The Albanian President is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

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On International Day UN forecasts 14 million people made homeless each year

“This is an important baseline against which we can measure progress in reducing disaster risk. The findings underline the challenge we have, to reduce the numbers of people affected by disasters,” said Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction. “Apart from death or severe injury in a disaster event, there is no more crushing blow than the loss of the family home which is often a place of work in many of the countries worst affected,” he added. The numbers of internally displaced people, refugees and migrants are at an all-time high. Besides conflict, disasters trigger a significant percentage of such movements. Unless disaster risk is managed better, homelessness among people in the world’s most disaster-prone countries is predicted to continue rising. The study, covering 204 countries and territories, shows that eight of the 10 countries with the highest risk of future displacement and loss of housing are in South and Southeast Asia. In India, 2.3 million people face such risk, followed by China at 1.3 million; Bangladesh at 1.2 million; Vietnam at 1 million; the Philippines at 720,000; Myanmar at 570,000; Pakistan at 460,000; Indonesia at 380,000; Russia at 250,000; and the United States at 230,000. INTERVIEW: Few global issues as urgent as tackling climate and disaster risks – Robert GlasserThe study was conducted by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre of the Norwegian Refugee Council and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), using probabilistic risk models for disasters, developed by UNISDR, which have been used to calculate estimates of future economic losses from a range of natural hazards. This is the first time that these techniques have been applied to forecast potential average numbers of people made homeless over long periods of time. Slow on-set disasters attributed to drought and sea-level rise are not included. “The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted by UN Member States two years ago has a key target for a substantial reduction in the numbers of people affected by disasters by 2030 and these findings should spur efforts to improve land zoning and the quality of buildings especially in seismic zones and on land exposed to storms and floods.” Mr. Glasser said. read more

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Government gives green light to new competitiveness and productivity initiative for automotive

Innovative NMCL package will boost the performance of the UK’s advanced manufacturing supply chain as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy commitment to the UK’s automotive supply chains.The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced its selection of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) programme as the mechanism to deliver the government’s national supplier competitiveness and productivity improvement initiative, as outlined in its Industrial Strategy, and Automotive and Aerospace Sector Deals. NMCL is designed to improve competitiveness, raise workforce capacity and increase productivity of UK manufacturers, thereby boosting the nation’s exports and economic growth.Led and match-funded by industry, and with the backing of 25 of the UK’s largest manufacturers, NMCL has been jointly developed by the automotive and aerospace sectors for application across all areas of manufacturing.NMCL Automotive, delivered by SMMT, is the programme for the automotive sector and will make use of the £16m of government funding to develop sustainable and internationally competitive UK supply chains. The new NMCL approach has already been successfully piloted by companies in the North West of England.NMCL is designed to help manufacturers of all sizes and stages of development understand how competitive they currently are and develop the specific business capabilities they need to boost their performance. The programme includes an in-depth competitiveness assessment based on company capabilities and the views of key customers. This data is then applied to investment decisions across six areas of competitiveness; quality, cost, delivery, flexibility, products/technology and customer experience. Projects are tailor-made for each manufacturer and focus on boosting competitiveness, increasing ‘value-add’ and winning more orders.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,This announcement is a shot in the arm for the UK’s automotive industry in general and the supply chain in particular. NMCL is a central part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and the sector deal for the industry, offering a proven way for business to achieve competitiveness. Coming at a time of considerable upheaval, it is important that all manufacturers are alert to the technological, market and trading changes that are occurring and take the right steps to ensure they are not just viable but globally successful in the future.NMCL projects will typically last from six months for smaller initiatives to up to three years for entire business transformations. NMCL’s approach is also ideally suited to other manufacturing sectors such as rail and defence. Companies are invited to declare an initial expression of interest in participating in NMCL by completing a short form on the NMCL website.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Math and Science thesis defence

Chemistry student Robin Taylor’s master of science thesis defence is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29 at 9:30 a.m. in MCC206. His thesis is titled Synthesis and Coordination of the Arylazo Ligands 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-phenanthrol And 1-(8-quinolynazo)-2 phenanthrol. His examination committee members are: Dr. Alan Castle, Chair; Dr. M’hamed Chahma (Laurentian University), External Examiner; Dr. Martin Lemaire, Supervisor; Dr. Georgii Nikonov and Dr. Art van der Est, Committee Members.

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SME focus Everything you need to know about trading on tourism

first_imgThe big idea was to change the face of bus operation in Ireland from being the local fella in the village with a bus, to being a branded system of tourism in Ireland, where young people could come. Source: PaddywagonTV/YouTube#How to Guide – Just a few years ago, travel agents looked surplus to requirements for many as online booking options expanded for consumers – we spoke to one Irish agency that has innovated and specialised to win customer loyalty.#What I Learned – Setting up a hotel in one of the most remote regions in Ireland in the middle of the worst recession in living memory – good idea, yeah? Well, yes, says this man who learned that the only way to make your hospitality business work is to map your business plan in detail before sinking the cash – and have confidence in your idea. There’s Clare island on the horizon. Yup, a remote place to do business. Source: Roberto Strauss via Flickr/CreativeCommons#Business Poll – More Irish people are opting to stay home on holidays but does that translate into a real win for the domestic market over abroad? We crunched some stats and also asked readers’ sentiment on holidaying home versus abroad when cold, hard cash comes into play:#SME Book Club – Tourism is an incredible growth sector – but how can you make your sustainable for the future? We looked at Overbooked’s insights here.#Business Chart of the Month – While domestic tourism spend is up in the capital, how are other regions faring? We focused on the traditionally popular sunny SouthEast and plotted the much harder mountain the sector has to climb there:[image alt=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2014/07/domestictourismspend.png” src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2014/07/domestictourismspend.png” width=”630″ height=”367″ credit-url=”” credit-source=”” credit-via=”” credit-via-url=”” class=”alignnone” /end] SME focus: Everything you need to know about starting a business>For all the breaking news, features and analysis vital for the sector, keep up to date with TheJournal.ie’s dedicated SME channel> EVERY MONTH, TheJournal.ie focuses on a different sector or aspect of life for small and medium enterprises.SMEs provide around 77% of the jobs in the Irish economy, and the issues they face are crucial to employment and economic growth.For our third month, we’ve been looking at the opportunities and challenges posed by the tourism and services sector.#The Big Idea this month focused on one of the strongest brands in Irish tourism who took the sector “by the scruff of the neck” to go from upstart to market dominance. Find out more about how Paddywagon Tours founder Cathal O’Connell took a broom to the bus tour circuit here.last_img read more

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Allergies le froid offre une pause aux plus sensibles

first_imgAllergies : le froid offre une pause aux plus sensiblesFrance – Le risque allergique aurait été moins élevé la semaine dernière en raison de la baisse des températures qui s’est établie en France. Une tendance qui devrait persister durant les prochains jours.La météo fait aussi des heureux. En effet, les températures plutôt fraîches de ce début de mois de mai ont pour conséquence un risque allergique moins élevé que d’habitude à cette période de l’année.  Seuls les allergiques au pollen de chêne, de bouleau et de platane continueront à être gênés, surtout en ville. Le risque est, pour ces trois essences, moyen à élevé en fonction de la météo.  Les graminées seront elles encore très présentes au sud d’une ligne Rennes-Lyon où le niveau est déjà élevé le long des vallées de la Garonne et du Rhône. Les pollens de pariétaires, qui réapparaissent avec l’arrivée du soleil et de la chaleur, s’abattront eux sur la région Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur. Veillez donc à rester vigilants, notamment si vous habitez le sud de la France.Le 10 mai 2010 à 18:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Duck hunting season to be delayed at Ridgefield refuge

first_imgRIDGEFIELD — Waterfowl hunting at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge will not open as scheduled on Saturday due to the federal government shutdown.Chris Lapp, complex manager for the federal refuges in Southwest Washington, said hunting on Tuesday also appears lost. If the government reopens soon, the first day of hunting likely would be Oct. 19.Hunting on the River S unit of the refuge is open Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hunting is by reservation, with some walk-in hunters allowed.Lapp said he needs to have his staff available for two days to prepare the River S unit for hunting.Certain wetlands still need flooding, hunting blinds and the new check station need to be readied, and the trails to the blinds could use another mowing, Lapp said.To open for hunting on Saturday, the shutdown needs to end by Wednesday, he said.Monday is a federal holiday, so refuge staff would not be available that day. Duck hunting is closed Oct. 16-17 statewide, then reopens Oct. 19 through Jan. 26.Lapp called the situation “extremely frustrating” and will be at the main gate on Saturday morning to inform hunters who show up.last_img read more

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Managing During a Time of Upheaval

first_imgDuring his keynote, Rossi pointed to two overriding trends, one negative and one that holds out hope: The negative trend is the massive decline in magazine advertising over the last decade. The less troubling trend is that print magazine circulation, according to MPA and other sources, appears to have remained flat throughout the Internet revolution.For Rossi, the biggest item on agendas now is e-readers, which he described as a “substitution” product for print magazines. “There is a real challenge here for all of us,” he said. In the case of The Economist, Rossi said, e-readers are actually bringing people to the brand. “The vast majority of people buying [Economist-related] Kindle products are either lapsed Economist readers or new customers,” he said.Key TakeawaysMeanwhile, on day two of the conference, IdeAlliance had what amounted to a five-hour intervention session for attendees entitled, “Managing in a Time of Upheaval.” The point, association CEO David Steinhardt said, was to initiate a “reengagement, a new conversation, with the industry. There is a great deal of fear.” The brainstorming session was intended to force a new look at the dynamics of the supply chain. “The supply chain is changing, and the structure has not kept up,” he said. “We wanted to pause and reflect on what the key directions are that we want to move the supply chain.”Steinhardt said there were five key takeaways, which the association will take back and work on, with plans to issue a report at next year’s conference:•    The need in the market for an improved image campaign around the value of print media.•    The need to redefine the print supply chain as the media supply chain.•    The need to continue to drive costs and inefficiencies out of the chain.•    Training. Downsizing has resulted in a massive amount of expertise leaving the system. This has to be corrected.•    Development of multichannel workflows.The session, Steinhardt said, did its job. “It was phenomenal,” he said. “We also asked this group to look at association improvement—and encourage associations to make some choices about what they do.”One participant, Ed Sheehan, executive vice president of sales for World Color, approved of the session. “It was useful,” he said. “There is a sense of panic in the industry, but people have gotten to the point where they’re okay being candid with each other. There is also a sense of trust. This kind of got it out into the open.” CLEARWATER BEACH, FLORIDA—The 2010 Primex Conference, which serves the print-media supply chain, began Monday in what some attendees were describing as a wave of pervasive fear in the industry.The supply chain—which includes publishers, printers, paper companies, mailers, ad agencies and technology companies—is facing its toughest period ever, as audiences and advertisers migrate to digital media and the media industry is buckling from the effects of a deep recession. The meeting convened as two of the industry’s largest players, World Color Press and Quad Graphics, were gearing up to merge sometime this year in an acquisition of World Color by Quad. Kicking off the event—which is sponsored by the leading association for the print-publishingmanufacturing industry, IDEAlliance—was a keynote address from Paul Rossi, managing director of The Economist Group. The Economist has generally bucked the trend in print magazines, expanding its circulation dramatically in the last few years and maintaining a relatively high subscription price. last_img read more

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CRISPR geneediting used in US patients for the first time

first_img Tags 0 CRISPR gene editing explained: What is it and how does it work? The CRISPR machines that can wipe out entire species How CRISPR could save 6 billion chickens from the meat grinder It’s been a wild six months for CRISPR in humans. After the revelations in November 2018 that Chinese scientist He Jiankui used CRISPR to edit the embryos of human babies, the scientific community called for a moratorium on human embryo editing (“germline editing”) last March. The critical difference in He’s work and the studies currently taking place in the US is when CRISPR makes the edit. In He’s case, CRISPR was introduced into the genes of an embryo, which will carry the genes throughout life. The clinical studies described here make edits to a set of cells that will eventually die, taking their CRISPR edits with them. He’s work was highly controversial and resulted in termination of his employment, with a Chinese investigation labeling his actions unethical and unlawful. Time magazine recently listed He as a pioneer in its list of 2019’s 100 most influential people. He’s profile was penned by CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna, who said his work “shattered scientific, medical and ethical norms” and “will likely be remembered as one of the most shocking misapplications of any scientific tool in our history.” Post a comment The Art of Science draws beauty from medical research Share your voice CRISPR is a revolutionary gene-editing tool. ZEPHYR/Getty The first clinical trials using CRISPR-edited cells have begun in the US, with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania treating cancer patients with an experimental therapy, according to a report by NPR. CRISPR is a revolutionary gene-editing tool that can cut DNA with great precision, allowing genes to be turned off, new genes added or their functions changed. The gene editing technology is so powerful it could be used to wipe out entire species or solve long-standing agricultural problems, such as the annual culling of male chicks. Two patients, one with multiple myeloma and one with sarcoma, have received the treatment which uses an edited version of the patient’s white blood cells. It involves the US-first example of using CRISPR to edit a specific type of immune cell “ex-vivo” — outside the body. The trial was first greenlit in 2016 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and aims to recruit at least 18 participants to test how effective the CRISPR therapy is against three specific cancers. The human immune system is a remarkable evolutionary adaptation that fights off all manner of invaders. In the battle against cancer, it doesn’t always fare so well — and one of the reasons is cancer is particularly good at evading destruction and slamming on the immune system’s “brakes”. In the trial, the immune cells are removed from a patient and three edits are made to the DNA by CRISPR. The edits allow for the cells to more readily attack a tumor, inhibiting the brakes and allowing the cells to fight off the cancer. Once the edits are made in the lab, the patient’s cells are infused back into their body. This is not the first time CRISPR has been used to edit human immune cells. A team of researchers from Sichuan University in China have also been working with CRISPR-edited immune cells to treat patients with non-small cell lung cancer. Preliminary results from that study suggest the therapy is safe, but further study and larger sample sizes will be necessary to explore its effectiveness. “This is just the beginning of the use of CRISPR for somatic editing,” says Gaétan Burgio, a geneticist at Australian National University not associated with the trial. “We need sometime to assess the safety and efficiency of the CRISPR editing versus other available options.” 13 Photos CRISPRs are doing it for themselves Sci-Techlast_img read more

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AL team to visit India Sunday

first_imgObaidul Quader. File PhotoA 19-member delegation of the ruling Awami League, led by its general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, leaves Dhaka for New Delhi on Sunday at the invitation of the Indian ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), reports UNB.During the three-day visit, the Awami League delegation will have a meeting with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday.The delegation will also meet BJP president Amit Shah and Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan, said a party press release on Saturday.BJP general secretary Ram Madhav will host dinner for the AL delegation members.Bangladesh high commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali will also host dinner party for the Awami League leaders on Sunday.The visit is viewed as an important one as the two countries are heading towards their next national elections, said a political source.Obaidul Quader briefed the media at a press conference at the party president Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office about the visit on Saturday.He hoped the relations between Bangladesh and India will further be strengthened through the visit.The delegation members will also pay respect to Memorials to Mahatma Gandhi.Awami League leaders Pijush Kanti Bhattacharya, Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Abdur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Ahmad Hossain, Misbah Uddin Siraj, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury Nowfel, Abdus Sobhan Golap, Shammi Ahmed, Mrinal Kanti Das, Abdus Sobur, Rokeya Sultana, Sujit Roynandi, Aminul Islam Amin and Golam Kabir Rabbani Chinu will accompany the AL general secretary.The delegation is scheduled return home on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Louvre attacker suspected to be Egyptian

first_imgA placard reading “the Louvre museum will not be open today” is displayed at the entrance of the Louvre museum in Paris. Photo: AFPFrench investigators believe the man who launched a machete attack outside the Louvre in Paris, before being shot and wounded by a soldier, is a 29-year-old Egyptian who entered the country on a tourist visa.The incident has thrust security and the terror threat back into the limelight three months before elections in France, with authorities saying it was a “terrorist” assault.The attacker, in a black t-shirt bearing a skull design and armed with two 40-centimetre (16-inch) machetes, lunged at four patrolling French soldiers while shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”), Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told a press conference.One of the troops was struck on the head and another fell to the ground outside the famous Paris museum after the assailant attacked. The second soldier managed to open fire and hit the machete-wielder in the stomach.“The attacker fell to the ground, seriously wounded. He has been taken to hospital and is fighting for his life,” the prosecutor said.A source later said that the suspect’s condition had stabilised. Security forces said one soldier had suffered a minor head wound.Police held hundreds of tourists in secure areas of the world famous attraction after the assailant was shot five times around 10:00 am (0900 GMT) in a public area near one of the museum’s entrances.‘Terrorist nature’The attacker who is thought to live in the United Arab Emirates, is believed to have entered France legally on a flight from Dubai on January 26, a source said.An Egyptian passport, thought to be the suspect’s, was found during a search of an apartment in an expensive district of Paris near the Champs-Elysees.The UAE government condemned the “hateful crime” and assured France of its “full solidarity”.As French authorities probed the attacker’s background, President Francois Hollande said that “there is little doubt as to the terrorist nature of this act,” an assessment echoed by Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.France was already still reeling from a string of terror attacks over the last two years and the country has been under a state of emergency since November 2015.The economy, immigration and security are major issues for voters ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections forecast to confirm the country’s shift right after five years of Socialist rule.US President Donald Trump tweeted that a “new radical Islamic terrorist has just attacked in Louvre Museum in Paris. Tourists were locked down. France on edge again. GET SMART US.”Witnesses described scenes of panic as people fled the Louvre complex following the incident.“We heard gunshots. We didn’t know what it was about. Then we evacuated the employees and we left,” one man who works in a nearby restaurant told AFP.A woman colleague said: “We saw death coming for us, with everything that’s happening at the moment. We were very, very scared.”String of attacksThe Louvre closed following the attack—but will re-open on Saturday.Paris’ lucrative tourism industry has been a major casualty of the terror attacks, with visitors cancelling or shortening their stays.The Louvre, a former royal palace in the heart of the city, has seen annual visitor numbers fall by some two million since 2015 to 7.3 million after the spate of recent attacks across France hit its claim to be the world’s most visited museum.The series of terror attacks in France began in January 2015 when jihadist gunmen rampaged through the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper and a Jewish supermarket, leaving 17 people dead in three days of bloodshed.Ten months later, gunmen and suicide bombers from the Islamic State jihadist group attacked bars, restaurants, a concert hall and the national stadium in Paris, killing 130 people.And last July, a Tunisian extremist rammed a lorry through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice on France’s south coast, crushing 86 people to death.Security has been a key campaign theme ahead of the presidential election in April and May, which a parliamentary election will follow in June.Rightwing candidate Francois Fillon, whose tough line on immigration and Islam made him an early poll favourite, has been ensnared in a damaging parliamentary expenses scandal in recent days.Anti-immigrant far-right leader Marine Le Pen is hoping for a boost from the furore and Trump’s election, while 39-year-old centrist independent Emmanuel Macron is also climbing in the polls.Friday’s incident came on the very day that Paris submitted its formal bid dossier to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.last_img read more

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US must cut 755 diplomatic staff says Putin

first_imgRussian and the US flags running up as the US Secretary of State arrives at Moscow Vnukovo Airport. AFP file photoPresident Vladimir Putin said the United States would have to cut its diplomatic staff in Russia by 755 people and that Moscow could consider additional measures against Washington as a response to new US sanctions approved by Congress.Moscow ordered the United States on Friday to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff and said it would seize two US diplomatic properties after the US House of Representatives and the Senate overwhelmingly approved new sanctions on Russia. The White House said on Friday that US President Donald Trump would sign the sanctions bill.Putin said in an interview with Vesti TV released on Sunday that the United States would have to cut its diplomatic and technical staff by 755 people by Sept. 1.“Because more than 1,000 workers – diplomats and support staff – were working and are still working in Russia, 755 must stop their activity in the Russian Federation,” he said.The new US sanctions were partly a response to conclusions by US intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, and to punish Russia further for its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.Russia’s response suggested it had set aside initial hopes of better ties with Washington under Trump, something the Republican president, before he was elected, had said he wanted to achieve.A federal law enforcement investigation and multiple US congressional probes looking into the possibility that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia have made it harder for Trump to open a new chapter with Putin. Russia denies it interfered in the election and Trump has said there was no collusion.Moscow said on Friday that the United States had until Sept. 1 to reduce its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people, matching the number of Russian diplomats left in the United States after Washington expelled 35 Russians in December.On Friday, an official at the US Embassy, who did not wish to be identified, said the embassy employed about 1,100 diplomatic and support staff in Russia, including Russian and US citizens.‘UNCALLED-FOR ACT’The State Department declined to comment on the exact number of embassy and consular staff in Russia.But a State Department official called Russia’s action “a regrettable and uncalled-for act.”“We are assessing the impact of such a limitation and how we will respond to it,” the official said on condition of anonymity.As of 2013, the US mission in Russia, including the Moscow embassy and consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok, employed 1,279 staff, according to a State Department Inspector General’s report that year. That included 934 “locally employed” staff and 301 US “direct-hire” staff, from 35 US government agencies, the report said.That breakdown suggested the actual number of Americans forced to leave Russia would be far less than 755.“We dont (sic) have 755 American diplomats in Russia,” said Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador to Russia, in a post on Twitter on Sunday.The cuts would likely affect how quickly the United States is able to process Russian applications for US visas, McFaul said.“If these cuts are real, Russians should expect to wait weeks if not months to get visas to come to US,” he said.Putin said Russia could take more measures against the United States, but not at the moment.“I am against it as of today,” Putin said in the interview with Vesti TV.He repeated that the US sanctions were a step to worsening relations between the two countries.“We were waiting for quite a long time that maybe something would change for the better, were holding out hope that the situation would change somehow. But it appears that even if it changes someday it will not change soon,” Putin said.He said Moscow and Washington were achieving results on cooperation, however, even “in this quite difficult situation.” The creation of the southern de-escalation zone in Syria showed a concrete result of the joint work between the two countries, Putin said.last_img read more

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Trump criticizes war hero for not capturing bin Laden

first_imgIn this 21 August, 2014, file photo, Navy Adm. William McRaven addresses the Texas Board of Regents in Austin, Texas. President Donald Trump is drawing heavy critic. Photo: APUS president Donald Trump has ignited a firestorm of criticism and charges that he is politicizing the military by faulting a war hero for not capturing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner.Trump took shots at retired Adm. William McRaven in a weekend Fox News interview in which he also asserted that the former Navy SEAL and former commander of US Special Operations Command was a “backer” of Trump’s 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, and supporter of president Barack Obama.”Disgusting,” the George W Bush administration’s White House counterterrorism adviser, Fran Townsend, wrote Monday on Twitter.Leon Panetta, who was CIA director during the bin Laden raid and later served as secretary of defence, said Trump owed an apology to McRaven and to all of those in the military and intelligence agencies who played a role in tracking down bin Laden and carrying out the risky raid into Pakistan. He called Trump’s remark “patently ridiculous.””It demonstrates a profound lack of understanding of how our military and intelligence agencies operate and undermines the president’s own standing as commander-in-chief,” Panetta said in a statement.The controversy follows a pattern of concerns raised by former senior military officers about Trump’s grasp of the military’s role. Some assert that his decision to send thousands of active-duty troops to the US-Mexico border shortly before the 6 November midterm elections was a political stunt.Trump also drew criticism for his decision not to visit Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day last week, following his trip to Europe. He said later he “should have” visited the cemetery but was too busy with official business.McRaven told CNN he is a fan both of George W Bush and Barack Obama, having served under them. “I admire all presidents, regardless of their political party, who uphold the dignity of the office and who use that office to bring the nation together in challenging times,” he said pointedly.McRaven previously had drawn widespread attention for lambasting Trump for repeatedly calling the news media the “enemy of the people.” McRaven had said the president’s words were “the greatest threat to democracy” in his lifetime. When this was raised in the Fox News interview, Trump lashed out at McRaven, who organized and executed the bin Laden raid in Pakistan in May 2011 as head of the secretive Joint Special Operation Command.”Wouldn’t it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that, wouldn’t it have been nice?” Trump said.Asked whether military leaders were not due credit for having killed the al-Qaida leader, Trump said, “They took him down but – look, look, there’s news right there, he lived in Pakistan, we’re supporting Pakistan, we’re giving them $1.3 billion a year, which we don’t give them anymore, by the way, I ended it because they don’t do anything for us, they don’t do a damn thing for us.”last_img read more

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No ink required paper can be printed with light

first_img Various samples of the light-printable paper. Credit: Wang et al. ©2017 American Chemical Society Rewritable material could help reduce paper waste The researchers, Wenshou Wang and coauthors at Shandong University in China; the University of California, Riverside; and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, have published a paper on the light-printable rewritable paper in a recent issue of Nano Letters.”The greatest significance of our work is the development of a new class of solid-state photoreversible color-switching system to produce an ink-free light-printable rewritable paper that has the same feel and appearance as conventional paper, but can be printed and erased repeatedly without the need for additional ink,” Yadong Yin, Chemistry Professor at the University of California, Riverside, told Phys.org. “Our work is believed to have enormous economic and environmental merits to modern society.”Currently, paper production and disposal have a large negative impact on the environment: paper production is a leading source of industrial pollution, discarded paper is a major component (approximately 40%) of landfills, and even recycling paper contributes to pollution due to the process of ink removal. There is also the issue of deforestation: in the US, about one-third of all harvested trees are used for paper and cardboard production.Working to address these problems, researchers have been investigating alternatives to disposable paper. One possibility is to take advantage of the color-switching ability of certain chemicals when exposed to light, although in the past this approach has faced challenges in terms of stability, limited reversibility, high cost, toxicity, and difficulty in applying the coating to ordinary porous paper.The light-printable paper developed in the new study improves in all of these areas, bringing the technology closer to applications, which could include any medium on which information is printed and needed for only a short time.”We believe the rewritable paper has many practical applications involving temporary information recording and reading, such as newspapers, magazines, posters, notepads, writing easels, product life indicators, oxygen sensors, and rewritable labels for various applications,” Yin said. When the Prussian blue and TiO2 nanoparticles are evenly mixed and coated onto paper, the plain unprinted paper appears solid blue. To print text or images, the paper is exposed to UV light, which photoexcites the TiO2 nanoparticles. These nanoparticles then release electrons that are picked up by the adjacent Prussian blue nanoparticles, which turn from blue to colorless. Since it’s easier to read blue text on a colorless background than colorless text on a blue background, it’s the background rather than the text that is typically printed by light, turning colorless (although the paper can also be “reverse-printed” to show colorless text on a blue background). Different colors besides blue can also be achieved by using Prussian blue analogues of various colors.Once printed, the paper retains its configuration for at least five days with high (5-µm) resolution, and then slowly fades back to solid blue through oxidation under ambient conditions. To erase the paper more quickly, the paper can be heated for about 10 minutes to return it to its solid blue state. The researchers predict that light-printable paper will be inexpensive when produced on a commercial scale.”The light-printable paper is indeed cost-competitive with conventional paper,” Yin said. “The coating materials are inexpensive, and the production cost is also expected to be low as the coating can be applied to the surface of conventional paper by simple processes such as soaking or spraying. The printing process is also more cost-effective than the conventional one as no inks are needed. Most importantly, the light-printable paper can be reused over 80 times, which significantly reduces the overall cost.”Future plans focus on bringing the technology closer to practical use.”Our immediate next step is to construct a laser printer to work with this rewritable paper to enable fast printing,” Yin said. “We will also look into effective methods for realizing full-color printing.” Citation: No ink required: paper can be printed with light (2017, February 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-ink-required-paper.html Journal information: Nano Letters Explore further (Phys.org)—In an effort to curb the adverse environmental impacts of paper production, researchers in a new study have developed a light-printable paper—paper that can be printed with UV light, erased by heating to 120 °C (250 °F), and rewritten more than 80 times. The secret to printing with light lies in the color-changing chemistry of nanoparticles, a thin coating of which can be easily applied to conventional paper to transform it into the light-printable version. © 2017 Phys.org Light-printable rewritable paper showing a quote by Richard Feynman. Credit: Wang et al. ©2017 American Chemical Society The new coating consists of two types of nanoparticles: those made of Prussian blue, which is a common inexpensive, nontoxic blue pigment that turns colorless when it gains electrons; and titanium dioxide (TiO2), a photocatalytic material that accelerates chemical reactions upon UV light exposure. More information: Wenshou Wang et al. “Photocatalytic Color Switching of Transition Metal Hexacyanometalate Nanoparticles for High-Performance Light-Printable Rewritable Paper.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b03909 This document is subject to copyright. 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first_imgNovember 18, 2009 – The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) recently announced it will increase the reimbursement for positron emission tomography (PET) cardiac procedures in 2010. The final published rule maintains the assignment of all cardiac PET CPT codes to APC 0307 – PET myocardial perfusion imaging, with an increase in the payment for APC 0307 from $1,156.87 in 2009 to $1,432.87 in 2010 – a 24 percent increase from 2009. CMS’s Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) and the 2010 payment rates for procedures continue to package payment for PET radiopharmaceuticals with payment for the imaging procedure (i.e. the nuclear medicine procedure ambulatory payment classifications (APC) payment rate).The increased reimbursement makes it more economically feasible for groups to adopt cardiac PET, said officials at Bracco Diagnostics Inc., which supplies PET radiotracers. The company said the increase, combined with the current worldwide shortage of the Mo-99 isotope used in SPECT imaging, have created more compelling reasons for physicians and hospitals to implement PET for myocardial perfusion imaging.PET also offers unique advantages that can be especially beneficial for difficult-to-image patients, including females, those who are obese or require pharmacologic stress testing, and patients with multivessel disease or who have had an equivocal SPECT MPI study.The final rule established by CMS will be effective for services on or after Jan. 1, 2010. For more information: www.braccoimaging.com, www.cms.hhs.gov/HospitalOutpatientPPS/HORD/list.asp#TopOfPage FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | November 18, 2009 PET Perfusion Reimbursement to Increase in 2010 News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019 RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,… read more Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more last_img read more

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first_imgLos Cabos, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineDel Mar Development announced today a new partnership that will create the ultimate residential community and the finest lifestyle experience available in all of Los Cabos and Mexico. The premier luxury communities of Villas Del Mar, Espiritu Del Mar and Oasis Palmilla will be joined by the neighboring Querencia Los Cabos golf community combining amenities, marketing and sales under the Del Mar Development banner.“This relationship provides an complete package that significantly adds to the lifestyle, value and enjoyment of being a Del Mar Development homeowner. The Querencia Golf Club is consistently ranked the number one golf courses in Mexico and memberships are available only to Del Mar Development and Querencia homeowners, ensuring exclusivity,” said Ron Hatfield, Del Mar Development President and Founder.Neighboring the legendary One&Only Palmilla Hotel, Del Mar Development’s communities are the most prized real estate in Los Cabos, offering a collection of beachfront and ocean-view residences and home sites overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Worry-free homeownership and relaxing vacation experiences are the top priority of Del Mar’s superlative property management team. Del Mar Development’s uncompromising commitment to excellence has made it the premier luxury residential resort community in Los Cabos.With this alliance, Del Mar Development homeowners and guests can enjoy a portfolio of unrivaled amenities: Private golf club, private beach club, private ocean-view fitness club, miles of secluded white sand beach, private sailing catamaran, community park with a tennis court, half basketball court and splash garden, acres of green space and miles of walking and hiking paths. In addition, Del Mar homeowners have access to the restaurants and spa at the One&Only Palmilla Hotel, 27-holes of golf at Palmilla Golf Club and the Palmilla Tennis Club.www.delmarloscabos.comlast_img read more

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