By Jonathan WalshRabat – Catherine Zeta-Jones has lauded Moroccan Argan oil, calling it her “beauty secret.”The Welsh actress, famed for her roles in films such as Zorro, Chicago and High Fidelity claimed that a diet of Argan oil and water is saving her skin. Often referred to as ‘Liquid Gold’, the oil is produced using extracts from kernels found on Argan trees, which are endemic especially to the semi-desert Sous Valley found in the south west of Morocco. The oil was initially used by the Amazigh people in the region to treat joint pains and dry skin.Rich in Vitamin E, as well as a whole host of other anti-oxidizing properties, Argan oil is now famous worldwide as it helps to replenish hair, moisturize skin, treat acne and works as an anti-aging treatment.Catherine Zeta Jones is not alone in her admiration for the Moroccan Argan oil. Stars such as Katy Perry, Eva Mendes, Salma Hayek, Taylor Swift, Madonna, and Scarlet Johansson have all praised Argan oil as an essential element of their beauty routine.Kim Kardashian’s approval of the already fashionable oil in 2014 saw its popularity sharply increase. This lead to a huge surge in demand, prompting a government spokesperson to announce that regeneration of argan forest land was under way and the production was to increase from 4,000 tons 10,000 tons every single day.Argan’s benefits are not simply cosmetic. A report by the Daily Mail found that Amazigh women gain financial independence from the work that the high level of demand creates “helping women earn a living in a remote desert where work is hard to find.”
Prior to her appointment as the High commissioner of Sri Lanka to India, she served as the Foreign Secretary of Sri Lanka. After joining the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1981, Mrs Wagiswara has served as High Commissioner to Singapore, Ambassador to France and Permanent Representative to UNESCO in Paris and as High Commissioner to Canada.Mrs Wagiswara is a graduate from Sri Janawardenapura University and completed her postgraduate studies at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies in Colombo and the Graduate Institute of International Relations in Geneva. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka’s new High Commissioner to India Chitranganee Wagiswara presented her credentials to the President of India Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi.Meeting the President of India after presenting the Credentials, Mrs. Wagiswara conveyed the greetings of the President and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka to the President of India. She said that she is honoured to take up the post as the High Commissioner and extended her services of her Office to enhance the important relationship between India and Sri Lanka, which dates back to many centuries.
Sri Lankan Airlines has been placed under the Transport Ministry. (Colombo Gazette) The subjects for some key Ministries have been changed in a Gazette notice issued today.Accordingly Law and Order will now be under the Ministry of Defence headed by the President while the Central Bank goes under the Ministry of Finance headed by the Prime Minister.
by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2017 at 5:07 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A pedestrian is reflected in a Suncor Energy sign in Calgary, Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh CALGARY – When last year’s ferocious Alberta wildfire threatened Suncor Energy’s oilsands upgrader near Fort McMurray, the rush to safely remove hundreds from the area provided a rare large-scale test of technology that can let companies know the location of every single worker.The evacuation highlighted how radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology — long used to track products in warehouses, equipment in mines and even cattle in feedlots — is increasingly being used to monitor workers on big Canadian industrial sites.Everyone at the Suncor (TSX:SU) site last May was wearing an RFID fob, which identifies who and where they were and includes a “panic button” that can be pushed to summon help, said Doreen Cole, the company’s senior vice-president of oilsands maintenance and reliability.“Over 1,000 workers were confirmed as safely evacuated in about 30 minutes,” she said, adding that most were not Suncor staff but contractors performing maintenance during a planned shutdown.Safety is not the only reason for their use. Suncor CEO Steve Williams said on a recent conference call that the technology — piloted since the fall of 2015 — had been so beneficial in terms of productivity that the fobs will be expanded to the Syncrude Canada oilsands upgrader during future maintenance shutdowns.An Illinois-based company called Zebra Technologies has also put the devices in the shoulder pads of NFL players to allow coaches to track their movements on the field. And some cruise lines have installed them in passengers’ wristbands to figure out who is on and off the ship.Ed Nabrotzky, chief solutions officer for Omni-ID, a Rochester, N.Y., company that makes RFID fobs, said applications that track people at industrial work sites are a small but growing market for RFID devices.“I know of maybe 20 to 25 companies that are providing this kind of industrial tracking device,” he said. “You might have a $25-million or $30-million global market.”Suncor’s RFID system was purchased through technology consulting firm Accenture.Geoff Hill, Accenture’s Calgary office manager, said the personnel tracking systems are attracting a lot of attention in Canada given their many uses. The data they provide can improve efficiency by identifying choke points in worker flows. They also monitor how many contractors are on site and for how long, which can help reconcile billing.Installing a system requires integrating dozens or hundreds of wireless transponders to gather data and transmit it to a central website for analysis. Hill said for companies to change the way work is done, engaging with staff, their unions and contractors is key.“When all of that happens, it’s very positive,” he said.The prospect of an employer tracking a worker’s every move does raise privacy issues. But so far at Suncor, the safety offered by the technology has trumped privacy concerns, said Ken Smith, president of Unifor 707-A. The union represents about 3,450 Suncor workers, including about 500 who regularly wear the trackers.“‘Big Brother is watching’ is becoming more a part of the workplace,” he said. “But so far they haven’t had one disciplinary hearing where it was indicated those wearing tracking devices were out of the workplace area or wasting time or anything like that.”A second type of RFID fob is worn by Suncor employees on site when the upgrader is running. It identifies people and has a panic button but also detects harmful gases and raises an alarm if there’s no movement for a period of time, possibly indicating someone is ill or injured.Suncor says it looks at aggregate data from five or more workers when analyzing its tracking data to avoid invading the privacy of individuals.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. Alberta wildfire evacuation highlights growing use of tracking workers using RFID
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Georgina Herrmann OBE, an eminent archaeologist, was a Randall-MacIver fellow in the 1960s Oxford has ended its women-only fellowship after the university’s administrators said it breached equality law.The Joanna Randall-MacIver junior research fellowship, established in the 1930s for women studying fine arts, music or literature, was deemed to be “discriminatory on the grounds of gender” by Oxford’s Council.This is the first time that the university has opened up a historically female-only fellowship to male applicants, and the move has prompted a backlash from previous recipients.The decision means that other research fellowships could be under threat, including those run by Cambridge’s female-only college Newnham. The College say that its women-only appointments comply with the Equality Act.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Professor Elizabeth Cullingford, a Randall-MacIver fellow in the 1970s who is now chair of English at Texas University, said: “I feel pretty strongly that having one or two things that are special to woman aren’t going to threaten any great power structure at Oxford.“The history there is totally male – for years women couldn’t even be in the university and couldn’t be fellow of a college.”She said that women do still have some “catching up” to do with men, adding: “We may have parity in numbers but do we have parity on power? I doubt that. I am the first female chair of the English department and Texas University has been around since the 19th century.” Dr Xiaofan Amy Li, lecturer in Comparative Literature Kent University was the 2013 recipient of the Oxford fellowship The fellowship is funded by the estate of British-born archaeologist and Oxford graduate David Randall-MacIver, who set it up in his wife Joanna’s name after her death in 1932 and stipulated that it should only be awarded to female academics.Former recipients include Jennifer Mundy, The Tate’s head of Art Historical Research, and Georgina Herrmann OBE, an eminent archaeologist and the first woman to discover the Afghanistan’s Lapis Lazuli mines in the 1960s. Alexandra Wilson, a professor of music and cultural history at Oxford Brookes, said that her Randall-MacIver fellowship in 2004 transformed her career in academia. “These posts are like gold dust, they are highly competitive. When I was applying it was very common to find music departments that were entirely male. Things have improved, but possibly not to full equality,” she told The Daily Telegraph.“I do think it’s a rather regrettable consequence of a well-intended law that this opportunity for women should be removed.” David Randall-MacIver set up the fellowship in his wife Joanna’s name after her death in 1932 Catherine Casserley, a barrister at Cloisters Chambers and one of the country’s leading experts in discrimination law, said that any institutions which have women-only fellowships will now have to reconsider.She said: “What universities are going to have to do is look at their scholarships and fellowships see whether legally, in light of the Equality Act, they can offer them to only one gender and see whether exceptions or positive action provisions applies.”A spokesman for Oxford University said: “As a consequence of the [Employment Equality] Act, Oxford University has changed the terms of a number of historically-created trusts so they are no longer gender-specific. The Randall-MacIver Fellowship is the most recent example.“The University is very much aware of the lack of women in academic roles at many levels and is working to end the imbalance as a priority.“Several initiatives to promote equality, including strengthened recruitment processes and professional development programmes for female academics, are now well-established and beginning to show an impact at all levels, including professorial posts.” Additional reporting: Christina Ramsay, Jem Bartholomew, Greg Ritchie Previous Joanna Randall-MacIver fellowsDr Xiaofan Amy Li, lecturer in comparative literature at Kent University (2013-14)Dr Julie Taylor, senior lecturer in American Studies at Northumbria University (2010-12)Professor Alexandra Wilson, specialist in music and cultural history at Oxford Brookes University (2004-5)Professor Maria Loh, art history expert at City University of New York (2003-4)Professor Elizabeth Cullingford, chair of English at Texas University (1971-73)Georgina Herrmann OBE: eminent archaeologist and the first woman to reach Afghanistan’s Lapis Lazuli mines in the 1960s (1966-68) Another former recipient, now in her 80s, said: “I would like to see it continuing as women only because I think it is sometimes quite tough for women – less tough than it used to be, but it’s nice to have one or two things that are women only. “On the other hand I am not sure it has swung rather far the other way. I don’t really like positive discrimination, I think that’s insulting. We can stand on our own feet and fight our corner.”Under the Employment Equality Act 2010, employers are not permitted to advertise or recruit to posts open to one gender only.There are exceptions to this which allow for “positive action” to be taken in favour of a particular group if they are underrepresented in the relevant field of work.
LG just couldn’t contain its excitement and has spilled the beans on the Optimus G ahead of IFA 2012, which kicks off on Friday. It’s understandable that LG had a hard time keeping its finger off the publish button — the Optimus G is an absolute beast of a smartphone, and it could do wonders for elevating LG’s stature in the Android arena.The Optimus G gets the ball rolling in a hurry with Qualcomm’s APQ8064 processor, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5GHz — and the generous 2GB of RAM will provide plenty of operational elbow room. The SoC also features an Adreno 320 GPU, and that combination should put its benchmark scores right up there with the big boys. Previous tests from Qualcomm show the chip comfortably besting the HTC One X and Galaxy S3, and its Sunscript score undercut the competition by nearly 25%.Its big performance will go nicely with its big screen: the Optimus G features a 4.7-inch, 1280 x 768 LG G2 Touch Hybrid gapless display. LG has also equipped the Optimus G for external viewing for those times when five inches isn’t nearly big enough, with Dual Screen Dual Play mirroring and “live zoom” for videos. Power will be provided by a 2100mAh battery — also produced by LG — which is reportedly good for a whopping 800 charge cycles.Rounding out the Optimus G’s spec sheet are 1.3MP front- and 13MP rear-facing cameras (no hump necessary on this one), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, an MHL port, and 32GB of internal storage. The Optimus G will also be the first quad core smartphone to feature LTE support. And while the Optimus LG is big and bad in some respects, it’s not in others: it’s just 8.45mm thin and it weighs just 30 grams more than the iPhone 4S %displayPrice% at %seller% .NTT Docomo customers will get first crack at the Optimus G, and they’ll have their choice of white and red in the coming months. We’ll have to wait for the official word on a global rollout, but it’s hard to imagine LG not wanting to get this smartphone on retail shelves in as many countries as possible.More at Engadget and LG
Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 8:05 PM A MEMBER OF An Garda Síochána is facing dismissal from the force, following an instruction issued by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris after a disciplinary hearing.The garda in question faced allegations of appearing in a video of a sexual nature which was posted online.A man in an official garda uniform appears in the footage, and engages in sexual activity with a woman, who is not a garda. A garda car is also visible in the video.An investigation was conducted to try to identify the garda involved.Following a disciplinary hearing, it was recommended that the garda be fined two weeks’ wages. However, Commissioner Harris has refused to accept the findings of the disciplinary tribunal.Sources have told TheJournal.ie that the commissioner has instructed the garda be dismissed from An Garda Síochána.It is understood that the garda in question has 10 days to respond to a letter from the commissioner informing him of these instructions. It is also open to him to appeal this matter. A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said they cannot comment on individual cases.With reporting from Garreth MacNamee File photo. Image: Shutterstock/Lloyd Carr 44,708 Views Share31 Tweet Email No Comments https://jrnl.ie/4575820 File photo. Image: Shutterstock/Lloyd Carr Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sean Murray Apr 3rd 2019, 8:05 PM Garda facing dismissal over alleged involvement in video of sexual nature that was posted online In the video that was shared widely, a man in a garda uniform can be seen engaging in sexual activity with a woman.
Alzheimer : un vaccin prometteur pour combattre la maladieAutriche – La société de biotechnologie autrichienne Affiris a annoncé le 23 avril la poursuite en phase II de son candidat vaccin contre la maladie d’Alzheimer. Une nouvelle étape attendue, après le succès des essais cliniques en phase I.D’après Affiris, la phase I achevée il y a cinq mois a permis de vérifier la “sûreté et la tolérabilité” du vaccin par l’organisme. “AD02”, comme il est appelé, va désormais être testé sur 420 patients d’Autriche, d’Allemagne, de France, de République tchèque, de Slovaquie et de Croatie. À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?Il entraînerait la production d’anticorps qui lutteraient contre la formation de plaques dans le cerveau. Ce sont ces plaques, provoquées par la protéine bêta-amyloïde, qui bloqueraient les signaux nerveux et seraient ainsi à l’origine de la maladie d’Alzheimer.L’objectif du vaccin à l’étude sera de traiter les personnes déjà touchées par la maladie dégénérative. La société Affiris a cependant annoncé qu’en cas de résultats positifs, un vaccin préventif pourrait ensuite voir le jour. A l’heure actuelle, aucun traitement curatif ne permet de traiter les malades d’Alzheimer. Dix-huit millions de personnes sont aujourd’hui atteintes de la maladie dans le monde, et on prévoit 34 millions de malades pour 2025.Le 26 avril 2010 à 15:18 • Emmanuel Perrin
Liverpool’s boss Jurgen Klopp has issued a warning to Paris St-Germain in his recent press conference saying: “You are good, but you have not played anyone like us yet.”The Parisians boast a deadly trio of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, but Klopp claims he can’t swap his trio for any other in football.Furthermore, the Reds boss reminded his compatriot Tuchel that Anfield on a European night is a challenge incomparable to the yearly procession to the French title.“I can’t prepare a team to face Paris St-Germain without showing them the strengths of Paris,” said Klopp.“But, on the other side, it’s quite difficult to prepare because they have never played against us. Us playing against them will look different to what they have faced so far this season – that’s the truth.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I watched Paris. I watched them last year, and I watched them this year, and it is impressive.“They are good, really good, not only for Paris, but Kylian Mbappe, come on, what a World Cup he played. And Neymar we all know about his quality. [Angel] Di Maria, maybe he didn’t have the best time at Man United, but all the rest of his career was outstanding. Cavani, a proper goal-getter.“In the preparation, I have to make sure we know about it. I know we are quite good, and respecting them without getting afraid of them – but respecting them, we have to.“Do I have to compare them? I love my players, all of them, so I don’t want to change anything. I wouldn’t change them.”
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos believes Luka Modric is the worthy winner of the FIFA Best Men’s Player award.Modric, 33, ended the Ronaldo- Messi dominance after beating Mo Salah and Ronaldo to the top prize.The Croatian midfielder was pivotal in helping Madrid reach the Champions League title and leading Croatia to the World Cup final.Real Madrid teammate Ramos said the 33-year-old midfielder, who has starred since arriving at Madrid in 2012, was a worthy winner of the award.“I am as happy as if I had won it,” the defender said.Zidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“He deserves it, he is an excellent player and has marked an important era in the history of Real Madrid.”However, Ronaldo and Barcelona star Lionel Messi were criticised for skipping the awards ceremony on Monday.Ramos said the superstar duo should have been in attendance.“It would have been good for Cris and Leo to be here,” he said.
[Representational Image]Johannes Simon/Getty ImagesA businessman was found dead at his residence at Rajajinagar near Bengaluru’s Yeshwantpura on Saturday, August 17. The 41-year-old Rajasthan-based apparel businessman, Jai Kumar, was stabbed and then burnt inside the bathroom on the second floor of his three-floor residence at Rajajinagar 5th block. The police initially suspected he died due to an accidental fire. The incident came into light after his neighbours noticed smoke coming out of the building and alerted the fire control room. The fire brigade rushed to the spot, doused the flames and found Kumar’s body severely burnt.The police found blood splattered inside Kumar’s bedroom and suspected foul play as his daughter, 15, and her male friend, a B.com student, also sustained burn injuries.The police said that Kumar’s daughter kept changing her statement. The girl and Kumar had dropped her mother and brother at the railway station on Saturday night as they were leaving for Tamil Nadu to attend a function.In one version, the girl claimed that on Sunday morning she went to a relative’s house and after returning she noticed smoke rising from the bathroom and called her friend to douse the fire. She later changed her story and said that she noticed the fire as she was returning home after morning walk.Reports said the police suspects that Kumar was first stabbed to death and then dragged into the bathroom, where he was set ablaze.Traces of a party held at Kumar’s house on Saturday were also found. The police have recovered a few bottles of chemicals from the house. The police found that the murderers also tried to destroy the evidence and made it look like an accident. But the forensic experts have confirmed murder.”We are questioning the youth about his proximity to the family, and another man,” N Shashikumar, deputy commissioner of police (north) told Times of India. “We are also questioning Kumar’s daughter to know more details about the incident. We will share the information on Monday,” he added.
When most entrepreneurs raise venture capital funding, they’re focused on getting the best valuation and deal terms for their company. And that makes sense: Reducing the cost of capital is urgently important for growing a business efficiently and preserving as much founder equity as possible.Related: Getting the Most From Your Startup’s Board of DirectorsBut you might also want to pay attention to the other side of the aisle: Because while you, as the business owner, need to understand any investment you accept, in terms of efficiency and equity, it’s equally important that you understand it from a lead investor’s perspective.This need is particularly acute if the investment is tied to the creation of an outside board seat, which typically occurs in institutional funding rounds.According to a variety of studies including one by MSCI/GMI Ratings, a well-constructed board, over time, leads to increased shareholder value. And this positive effect undoubtedly spills over into private companies, since these boards arguably have even more influence given their smaller average size.So, in setting up your own board of directors, think what expectations you, the entrepreneur, should have. Below are five meaningful ways in which the “right” board directors can positively impact your business’s value.DisciplineThere are many operating goals that startups pursue at any given point: These may be related to product development, marketing and sales, operations or finance. The result is that management gets distracted with the day-to-day vagaries of running the business. This is where a productive board can help: It not only helps the executive team prioritize goals but also serves a role in ensuring that there is follow-through.Also for a productive board: Agendas flagging the most important topics are established and tracked during, and in the time between, board meetings.Related: 5 Best Practices When Bringing on and Working With AdvisorsIn this context, it would be reasonable to assume that the agenda for, say, Uber, focused on different priorities at different times of the company’s growth: These might have included geographic expansion, inside and outside the United States; regulatory strategies; and, more recently, company culture and how best to deal with change in its executive ranks.Access to capitalEstablished investors, whether they’re funds or individuals, tend to have existing relationships with counterparts they have previously invested with. This network allows them to access relationships that represent additional funds and facilitate “syndicating” a deal.For an entrepreneur, this can not only help accelerate the closing of a current round, but also make it easier to tap into dollars in future rounds. It is common for angels and seed funds to work with a short list of trusted co-investors. When I was a board director at SeatGeek, the company relied heavily on its network investors, including Founder Collective, to set itself up for subsequent round of financings, attracting such investors as Accel Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures.Strategy While startups have certain things under their control, external market forces can impact the initial assumptions being made about these startups’ industry or business. New technologies, changes in customer behavior, regulatory changes and competitive pressures are among the meteors that can strike at any time.That’s why a healthy board contributes by providing a channel for entrepreneurs to brainstorm strategic issues, such as a discussion on business lines, business models, pricing and funding strategies. Of course, the expectation should be that the board provides a conversational framework rather than outright makes company decisions. An extreme example of this is the proverbial “pivot.”Many folks do not know that YouTube started out as a video dating site or that Twitter early on was a podcasting network. In most cases, these 90-degree turns are done with investor input.Business developmentA company can never have enough relevant customers or commercial partners, especially in the early days as it’s getting its sea legs. Funds in particular can open doors to prospects that help drive revenue. Many times, these contacts are at the highest levels of an organization, which helps draw immediate attention and establishes credibility to begin a serious dialogue.The more investments an investor has made, and the bigger his or her portfolio is around a particular industry, the wider this person’s commercial Rolodex is likely to be. A particular benefit here can be a corporate venture fund that supplements the investment with access, for the startup, to its customer base or internal organization.It’s not unusual, in fact, for funds like Comcast Ventures or Time Warner Investments to become customers of, or partners to, startups in which they invest.Access to talentIn the end, startup success is a direct function of the people inside a company who execute an ambitious vision. Not surprisingly, finding and retaining high-performing personnel across all functional departments is difficult and can be a limiting factor. Board members understand this and can be valuable sources of leads to help fill particular roles, especially at the executive level.Being able to recruit a qualified candidate endorsed by an investor can reduce your interview cycles and snag talent that might otherwise be unattainable. In fact, VC funds like FirstRound Capital and FF Ventures have recruiters on staff to help their portfolio companies identify candidates, to fill their open slots across multiple departments, including sales, marketing, technology and operations.Related: 3 Ways VCs Can Add Value to Your Startup Beyond the CashThe message here? When scouting for lead investors, consider more than just the economics of that deal . Take into account the potential board impact to come after the transaction. That’s when the real fun begins. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals August 1, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A local rights group has added to calls for Singapore to repeal anti-gay law, Section 377A. The rights group, Maruah, said repealing the law would create more secular common space. Attendees at this year’s Pink Dot in Singapore | Photo: Calum Stuart ‘By accepting homosexual acts as a social norm, the dreadful consequences for the stability of our families, the well-being of our children, and the risks to the common good will be long-term and irreversible,’ he argued.Local and international rights groups hit back at the support.Leow Yangfa of Singapore LGBTI organization, Oogachaga, warned this was a dangerous mix of politics and religion. He also said the Archbishop did not speak for all religious people in Singapore, or all Singaporeans.Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch said it was ‘ludicrous’ of the Archbishop to suggest that he and the church are not discriminating against homosexuals.Society decidesMaruah also said the government should not rely on polls to establish its policy. This month, a survey found more than half of Singapore’s residents supported keeping the law.Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam, Minister for Law and Home Affairs, said Singapore was ‘deeply split’ on the issue. ‘The majority are opposed to any change to Section 377A. They are opposed to removing it’.‘I think society has got to decide which direction it wants to go. And the laws will have to keep pace with changes in society and how society sees these issues’, he said.Last year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, also said he would wait until society changed before altering the law.‘My personal view is that if I don’t have a problem — this is an uneasy compromise — I’m prepared to live with it until social attitudes change,’ Lee told the BBC.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . President of Maruah, Braema Mathi, said Monday (24 September) that many Singaporeans who support Section 377A are ‘motivated by genuine religious belief’.Debate over Section 377A of Singapore’s Penal Code, which punishes homosexual sex acts with up to two years in prison, has raged in Singapore since India dismantled similar colonial-era legislation.‘Maruah is of the view that repealing Section 377A will affirm and uphold the secular common space in society’, Mathi said.Right to religion ‘should not be exercised in a way that infringes on the human rights of others, and denies the rightful equal status before the law that every person ought to enjoy’ she added.Religious supportBoth Christian and Islamic organizations have urged Singapore to keep Section 377A.The Singapore Islamic Scholars and Religious Teachers Association (PERGAS) warned repealing the law threatened ‘the traditional family unit as the foundation of society’.Archbishop William Goh appealed to all Catholics to reject repeal efforts ‘for the future of our families, humanity and society’. GAYSTARNEWS- Islamic association in Singapore joins calls to keep Section 377AVeteran Singapore diplomat Tommy Koh backs petition to repeal anti-gay lawSingapore petition urges government to repeal anti-gay Section 377ARead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/repeal-section-anti-gay-law-for-a-more-secular-singapore-urges-rights-group/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…
News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems June 6, 2011 — A study presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine’s (SNM) annual meeting outlines a positron emission tomography (PET) imaging method that reduces “motion artifacts” or image blurring arising from respiratory motion. Non-gated PET imaging with 4-D computed tomography (CT) may be useful for imaging patients who do not benefit from the use of respiratory gating, most notably patients with erratic breathing.“Breathing irregularities can lead to significantly underestimated lesion activity in respiratory-gated PET imaging,” said Boon-Keng Teo, Ph.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa. “Non-gated PET imaging corrected with 4-D computed tomography may be more effective for imaging patients with irregular breathing. This could potentially lead to a more robust and quantitatively accurate reading of active tumors.”Respiratory gating technologies have dramatically improved the diagnostic quality of PET imaging, which provides functional images of physiological processes occurring in the body. Sensors in respiratory gating systems placed on or around the patient monitor the phase of the breathing cycle. They then transmit information about the patient’s breathing to the scanning technology for image processing. Instead of creating one fluid image that shows so-called motion artifacts, respiratory-gated PET imaging is much like a series of photos taken during different phases of the respiratory cycle that are grouped together to create a series of images corresponding to each phase. The problem is that patients with respiratory disease, heart conditions or other serious diseases are likely to be breathing unevenly. Respiratory gating systems are designed to work with normal breathing patterns, but not with irregular respiratory cycles.Researchers conducted phantom studies to compare respiratory-gated PET imaging with non-gated PET imaging corrected with 4-D computed tomography. CT uses X-ray technology and complex data processing to produce very high-resolution images of structural anatomy. Phantom studies were performed with inanimate objects and specialized motion devices that move in a controlled manner in order to simulate tumors in respiratory motion. The 4-D PET and CT studies were conducted in succession with a hybrid PET/CT system. Various degrees of motion irregularities were simulated to study their impact on the accuracy of 4-D PET for suppressing motion artifacts. Results of the study show that non-gated PET with 4-D CT imaging can be an alternative to respiratory-gated PET imaging for determining tumor activity in patients with highly irregular breathing. 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No related posts. Agriculture ministers from Central America and the Caribbean will meet on Tuesday in Costa Rica to search for a solution to a damaging coffee fungus known as “roya” that has decimated crops.The rust fungus (Hemileia vastratrix) dries coffee leaves and causes fruit to prematurely fall off the plant. The fungus is spread by contact from one leaf to another, and farmers must completely prune affected plants to restore their ability to produce.Roya has already caused the loss of 35 percent of the coffee harvest in Costa Rica, 40 percent in Nicaragua and 60 percent in Guatemala.Costa Rica declared last month a state of emergency, and the Agriculture Ministry is expected to grant $2 billion to farmers to buy chemicals to fight the fungus.Members of the Central American Organization of Coffee Exporters estimate that losses in the region could reach 4 million quintales (sacks of 46 kilos).The meeting brings together ministers from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic.Mexican Agriculture Vice Minister Jesús Aguilar also will attend the meeting as an observer. Aguilar is accompanying Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto during his visit to Costa Rica for the summit of the Central American Integration System. Facebook Comments
April 15 , 2019 A star-studded lineup of speakers and panelists including retailers, exporters, marketers and breeders from around the world has been announced for the first-ever edition of the Global Grape Summit, which takes place in London on June 5, 2019. Numerous educational sessions have also been scheduled to provide attendees with insights they need to be successful in a fast-moving industry.The commercially-focused, one-day conference, which is co-organized by Produce Business magazine and Yentzen Group, will be held at the luxurious JW Marriott Grosvenor House in Mayfair as part of The London Produce Show and Conference, the largest event in the UK — the 5th largest economy in the world — for the fresh fruit and vegetable sector. The Global Grape Summit will take place one day before the London Produce Show’s one-day trade exhibition. (Clockwise from top left) Jim Prevor, Produce Business; Tania van der Merwe, Freshmark; George Liu, FrutaCloud; Rupert Maude, El Ciruelo; Manuel Jose Alcaino, Decofrut; Ricardo Koch, Rio Blanco; Don Goodwin, Golden Sun Marketing; Josep Estiarte, SNFLKicking off the day, Manuel José Alcaíno, President of Decofrut (Chile), will present “The Global Table Grape Panorama”, providing insights into every prominent supply country, from their current plantings to the evolution of their latest advances.Then, during the session titled, “Consumer Response to New Varieties”, Joe Shaw Roberts of Kantar Worldpanel will present research on the topic, following which Jim Prevor, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Produce Business magazine, will moderate a panel that includes Phil Macy, Category Buyer for Grapes and Stonefruit at Sam’s Club (U.S.); George Liu, CEO of e-commerce platform Frutacloud (China); Josep Estiarte, Director of Special New Fruit Licensing, SNFL (Spain); Tania van der Merwe, Senior Buyer for Freshmark (South Africa); and John Pandol, Director of Special Projects at Pandol Bros. Inc. (U.S.).A session called “Fast-Forward to 2029” will delve into what the next decade holds for the global table grape industry, looking at where the industry is headed as well as the critical opportunities and challenges, from over-production to new varieties and emerging markets. Presentations by Oscar Salgado of SanLucar (Spain) on “New Production Areas Around the World”, and by Garth Swinburn, Vice President of Licensing at Sun World Innovations (U.S.) on “The Breeder’s Paradox”, will be followed by a panel including Gary York, Vice President of Global Sales at C.H. Robinson (U.S.); Ricardo Koch, General Manager for Chile-based exporter Río Blanco (Chile); Rupert Maude, Commercial Director at El Ciruelo (Spain); and Nitin Agrawal, Managing Director of EuroFruits (India). There will then be presentations by Don Goodwin, President & Owner, Golden Sun Marketing (US) on “Marketing Grapes for Success”; by George Liu, CEO of Frutacloud (China) on “Maximising Online Retailing in China”; and by Alejandro Fuentes, General Manager, Agrícola Don Ricardo (Perú) “Supplier Spotlight on Peru”.Rounding off the day will be a session called “Retail Opportunities in the UK”, which will help attendees come to grips with one of the leading global import markets for table grapes. A panel made up of Louisa Read of Marks and Spencer (UK) and Paul Farmer of Sainsbury’s (UK) — moderated by Carlo Berardi of Agrimessina (Italy/UK) — will provide in-depth analysis of grape category trends and opportunities in the UK where grapes are one of the most frequently purchased fruits.“The Global Grape Summit promises to quickly become the single most important event on the table grape industry’s calendar,” said Jim Prevor. “An incredible day of top-quality educational sessions will provide attendees with the insights and knowledge they need to ensure success in this dynamic and exciting industry.” “We have an absolutely fantastic lineup of expert speakers and panelists for the inaugural Global Grape Summit,” said Gustavo Yentzen, General Manager of Yentzen Group. “This event will be a unique meeting point for the table grape industry to come together and analyze the biggest challenges and opportunities they are facing.” The Global Grape Summit will conclude with The London Produce Show and Conference’s Opening Cocktail Reception, which all delegates will be able to attend. The next day will include the Thought Leader Breakfast Panel session, a full-day trade exhibition, and optional seminars, sold at an additional fee. On the final day, there will be a series of optional industry tours.For more information about the Global Grape Summit, including tickets, booths and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.globalgrapesummit.com or contact email@example.com. Global Grape Summit wrap-up part three: What is ne … You might also be interested in ‘What does it take to win with new grape varieties … Inaugural Global Grape Summit draws large internat … Opinion: Inaugural Global Grape Summit gathers the …
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