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October 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

A highly contagious viral infection, measles kills more children than any other vaccine-preventable disease, particularly those in developing countries who do not have access to adequate health care services. Those that survive can have permanent disabilities, including brain damage, blindness and deafness.The Iranian campaign targets 33 million people between 5 and 25 years of age, all of whom it hopes will be immunized before the new year, while Turkey plans to reach 20 million children aged 9 months to 15 years over the next 12 months.”There is absolutely no reason that children should die or be disabled from measles or rubella when we have simple, effective and inexpensive vaccines,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said in a statement. “The Governments of Iran and Turkey have shown commendable leadership in their efforts to eliminate these deadly diseases.”In Iran, the Ministry of Health is leading the campaign, in close collaboration with other ministries and with the support of UNICEF, the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.The Turkish campaign will start this month with 10 million school children, expanding to 10 million more infants and out-of-school children next year.The campaigns in both countries are being financed and implemented by their governments, and will enlist support from the media, health professionals, schools, local communities and parents. read more

October 4, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Spying allegations could cast cloud over Brazil-Canada business relationship by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 7, 2013 2:28 pm MDT OTTAWA – Allegations Canadian spies targeted Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry could cast a cloud over tens of billions of annual trade and investment between the two countries.Brazil President Dilma Rousseff recently cancelled a scheduled state visit to the United States over similar allegations, Maxwell Cameron, a political science professor at the University of British Columbia, said Monday.“She is now demanding an explanation from the Canadian government,” he said.“I think we’re in hot water here and this is a major set back for the whole policy with respect to Latin America that this government has been pursuing.”The report on Brazil’s Globo television on Sunday night said the metadata of phone calls and emails from and to the Brazilian ministry were targeted by the Communications Security Establishment Canada.The Canadian government has declined to comment. But the Brazilian president said Monday it appeared to be an act of industrial espionage and summoned the Canadian ambassador to explain.Foreign direct investment by Brazil in Canada totalled $15.8 billion last year, while Canadian direct investment in Brazil was $9.8 billion.Canadian exports to Brazil amounted to nearly $2.6 billion, while imports from Brazil were nearly $4 billion.That trade relationship remains strong, Raul Papaleo, president of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce, said Monday.“The diplomats in service here, they’re saying to the Brazilian government that Canada is one of the best, if not the best place to have bilateral business,” Papaleo said.However, Cameron suggested the allegations, based on documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, will make it more difficult for Canada to improve its relationship.He said the countries fought a long running battle between Bombardier and Embraer over subsidies for the South American regional jet builder.“The effort to put behind us commercial competition and establish firmer and broader relationships with Brazil are drastically set back by these revelations,” Cameron said.Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Brazil in August 2011 when he announced an air transport agreement as well as a Canada-Brazil CEO forum, co-chaired by Scotiabank chief executive Rick Waugh and Vale chief executive Murilo Ferreira.Canada’s history of investment in Brazil dates back more than a century.What would become Brascan, and then Brookfield Asset Management, first invested in a tramway system in Sao Paulo in 1899 before it became a major player in power generation and utilities in the South American country.But in recent years, more Brazilian reals have headed north than Canadian loonies flying south.The largest investment by a Brazilian company in Canada was the purchase of Inco by Vale in 2006 that helped make it one of the world’s largest nickel producers.The deal for the Canadian miner was one of the biggest takeovers of a Canadian corporate household name and prompted much hand wringing about foreign ownership.Brazilian brewer Ambev also owns Labatt, Brazilian industrial conglomerate Votorantim Group owns St. Marys Cement and Brazilian steelmaker Gerdau owns mills in Ontario and Manitoba.Meanwhile, some 500 Canadian companies are active in Brazil including more than 50 in the mining sector.Brookfield Asset Management manages some $16 billion in assets in Brazil including real estate, infrastructure, private equity, agriculture and timberland assets in addition to financial services.Yamana Gold also has the Jacobina, Fazenda Brasileiro and Chapada gold mines in the country as well as several other projects under development.Earlier this year, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board signed a US$480-million deal to acquire a 27.6 interest in Brazil’s Aliansce Shopping Centers S.A.The deal built on a real estate portfolio in Brazil valued at more than C$900 million. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

September 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Ohio State freshman guard Luther Muhammad (1) dribbles the ball during the first half of the game against Northwestern on Feb. 20. Ohio State won 63-49. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorTuesday will begin a closing stretch of games head coach Chris Holtmann views as one of the toughest of the season for Ohio State. The Buckeyes will face three Big Ten teams currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 in the final four games of the regular season: No. 22 Iowa, No. 14 Purdue and No. 19 Wisconsin. With an Ohio State team on the bubble for a spot in the NCAA Tournament, and with this stretch of games heading into the Big Ten tournament, Holtmann said his team is in a position not many teams have the opportunity to be in. “We all know what was said about this group earlier in the year, before the season got started, and we’ve got an opportunity here to see how we can finish,” Holtmann said. “We get what we earn.” Projected StartersOhio State (17-10, 7-9 Big Ten)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 12.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.4 apgG — Luther Muhammad — Freshman, 8.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apgF — Justin Ahrens — Freshman, 2.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.2 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 8.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.7 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 14.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.7 apgNo. 22 Iowa (21-6, 10-6 Big Ten)G — Jordan Bohannon — Junior, 11.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.5 apgG — Joe Wieskamp — Freshman, 11.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.0 apgG — Isaiah Moss — Redshirt junior, 9.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.9 apgF — Tyler Cook — Junior, 16.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.5 apgF — Luka Garza — Sophomore, 13.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.9 apgAs the No. 6 team in the Big Ten, the Hawkeyes have won five of their past six games, taking a 76-70 overtime win against Indiana Friday. Iowa will bring the No. 1 scoring offense in the conference to Columbus Tuesday, averaging 80.4 points per game and shooting 46.6 percent from the field, which is second-best behind Michigan State. Ohio State already has an idea of what the Iowa offense looks like, having lost to the Hawkeyes 72-62 Jan. 12. Despite the Buckeyes leading 26-24 at halftime, Iowa exploded to make 15-of-27 from the field in the second half.“We thought that it was a win,” sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson said. “I feel like going into the second half, we didn’t have the same intensity and came out with the same toughness that we had the first time in the first half.” Much of the Hawkeyes’ success was due to the play of its two starting forwards: junior Tyler Cook and sophomore Luka Garza. Against Ohio State, they combined for 31 points, converting on 11-of-17 attempts from the field with 12 rebounds. Wesson said that both Iowa forwards do a good job of sealing, getting them multiple touches in the paint. Holtmann said the reason why both forwards have put up the numbers they have is because of the shooting ability of the rest of the starting lineup. The Hawkeyes are No. 3 in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage. In his first year with the Buckeyes, Holtmann knew of Cook, the player who leads Iowa this season with 16 points per game. But Garza was the one who made the lasting impact. “I was so impressed with Garza last year when we played them,” Holtmann said. “And he has proven to be as good of a player as he is.” Garza made 6-of-7 shot attempts against the Buckeyes Jan. 12, leading the team with 16 points. On the outside, Holtmann said senior guard C.J. Jackson will return to the starting lineup after being sidelined with a shoulder injury Saturday against Maryland. After earning his first career start against the Terrapins Saturday, freshman forward Justin Ahrens will continue to have opportunities in an increased role, Holtmann said. He added that the starting spot is still “fluid,” though. In five games against ranked opponents this season, Ohio State is winless. Its past two losses to ranked teams have been by double digits. However, Holtmann said he senses a level of urgency heading into Tuesday’s matchup with the Hawkeyes, saying, “You’ve got to be living in a cave if you don’t have that feeling.” But the number attached to Iowa does not change the mentality of Wesson ahead of Tuesday’s game. “Every game from now [on] is the biggest game of the season,” Wesson said. “We have to go into practice and think our biggest game is Tuesday.” Ohio State will take on No. 22 Iowa at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday. read more

September 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSouth Africa has gone on the offensive, saying it is making substantial ground on reverting the country’s investment decline in mining and global concerns about mine infrastructure failures earlier this year. Addressing the first day in Perth today of Paydirt 2008 Africa Downunder Resources Conference, the Director General of South Africa’s Minerals and Energy Department, Adv Nogxina, said significant measures were now in place to address issues identified as the cause for declining mining investment in Africa’s former mining powerhouse.“A task force charged with identifying the cause for the investment decline in recent years found a range of contributing factors, ahead of the power failures this year,” Nogxina said. “These included lack of infrastructure capacity, a paucity of skills, currency fluctuations and uncertainty among prospective mining investors from new mining legislation. In the wake of those findings, we have committed R60 billion to strengthen infrastructure with particular focus on rail, port and pipelines.“We have better explained the new mining laws and are now meeting our promised turnaround times on issuing licences and permits and have programs in place to expedite the acquisition of priority skills. As a result, the Department has received in just four years, more than 17,000 applications for various types of rights covering a range of mineral commodities – a number unprecedented in South Africa’s mining history.”Nogxina also discussed the country’s drive to beneficiate its mined resources, as a way to counter the country’s loss to China last year, of the crown of world’s largest gold producer.  “Beneficiating our commodities will enable South Africa to extend the scope of its mining industry beyond its natural life and ensure ongoing investment and job creation. We, last year, reached our highest ever growth in processed minerals – worth R54.8 billion – up 26.3% from the previous year.”Nogxina lastly discussed how the country is tackling its power generation system – something that has been condemned by global miners operating there due to high levels of outages in the opening quarter of this year. “Since these load shedding incidents, the National Electricity Response Plan (NERP) has led to the commissioning of a further 600 MW of generation capacity by Eskom and an additional 200 MW capacity made available at Cahora Basa”. He continued by saying that energy intensive industries like ferroalloys were being urged to establish cogeneration power plants. “The total impact of the combination of these factors is, we expect, a return to this year and next to higher investment levels in South Africa’s mining sector”.last_img read more

September 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBy Suwaibou Touray & MUHAMMED S BAHIn an extraordinary session of the Gambia National Assembly yesterday afternoon January 16th 2017, the Gambia National Assembly adopted a resolution commending and appreciating the good efforts of the Authority of Heads of States and Government of ECOWAS, to peacefully settle the post –election impasse in the country.The Resolution is moved by Mr Fabakary Tombong Jatta, the majority leader of the Gambia National Assembly.The Resolution is to be transmitted through the usual diplomatic channels to the President of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government, Secretary General of the United Nations, President of the UN Security Council, President of the AU Commission, Speaker of the Pan African Parliament, Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Co-Presidents of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Speakers of the National Assembly of the Republic of Senegal, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia.Mr Fabakary Tombong Jatta, the majority leader in moving the motion agreed that the Independent Electoral Commission of the Gambia, (IEC) is the statutory body mandated to announce the results and declare the winner of Presidential election.He however said they must allow the courts to determine the validity or otherwise of the results since there is a petition from one contestant.“We recognise and uphold the Constitutional rights of the ruling APRC party to contest the December 1st Presidential results within 10 days after the election and we commend the armed Forces for their commitment and neutrality and professionalism in this situation,” emphasised Majority leader Fabakary Jatta.Mr Jatta in moving the motion also called on ECOWAS to refrain from any action that would jeopardize the situation and facilitate the sending of judges to expedite the matter, while stressing the non aggression and interference in the affairs of member states.Jatta also condemns the government of Senegal for the role displayed at the UN against what he called the sovereignty, Independence and good neighbourliness of the two countries.“I call on all members to adopt the resolution,” said  Fabakary Jatta, Majority leader.In seconding the Motion, Hon Abdoulie Saine, also reiterated the need for ECOWAS to facilitate the provision of Judges for the Supreme Court to resolve the matter through the court.Hon. Saine also pointed out that IEC is the supreme cause of the political turmoil currently ongoing.Hon. Neti Baldeh member of Tumana on his part called on Gambians to peacefully and patiently wait for the decision of the Supreme Court to ensure peace and stability of the country.Similar comments were made by other National Assembly membersMinority leader Samba Jallow also commended the ECOWAS efforts but opined that ECOWAS alone cannot solve the impasse; that ECOWAS leaders came twice but the impasse is still not resolved. ”There must be dialogue between the Outgoing President and the Incoming one,” said Jallow.He asked whether we should plunge the Gambia into a crisis only because of a human error; that it is an irony that they could not solve the problem but to resort to ECOWAS. “If we take a stance it will be solved but if we as representatives keep silent it will not be solved and we will not be representing our people, argued Minority leader Jallow.The Minority leader who said he hates seeing Gambia children becoming refugees in neighbouring countries proposed the setting up of a Parliamentary Committee that would talk to both sides and mediate to resolve the matter.Hon. Jallow however warned that the Incoming President is preparing for inauguration and no one can stop them. He blamed the sitting government for the lack of judges at the Supreme court.“I blame the sitting government for the cause of this internal conflict for wanting to use power and forcing your people to go to exile,” said Minority leader Samba Baldeh,.While noting that, there is need to resolve this problem before on the 19th January to avoid conflict and problems, he said that People are showing readiness and commitment to go for the inauguration.In his intervention Hon. Modou Bamba Gaye member for Lower Saloum, said the National Assembly members should call for a peaceful transfer of power from the Outgoing President to the incoming President.Hon. Bamba recalled that in 2011 elections, when the UDP and GMC filed a petition in court about the irregularities in the elections that did not stop the inauguration of President Jammeh.“I think is the same petition filed by the APRC to the Supreme Court, so why should that stop the inauguration of Adama Barrow” He asked.As the debate unfolded, members eventually resolved to adopt the Resolution to send to ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government, Secretary General of the United Nations, President of the UN Security Council, President of the AU Commission, etc.last_img read more

September 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Email News In 2018, Ultra Worldwide acquired Winter Music Conference, Miami’s longtime electronic music industry event and the place where the first Ultra Music Fest began in 1999, originally as a supplemental party to the event that has brought big-name DJ/producers to Miami for decades. The housing of WMC under the Ultra umbrella was envisioned to realign the two major electronic music events, with 2019 once again seeing the conference lead into the festival weekend. It is unclear how the festival’s new home will affect the timing of these two big events.Splash House: Justice, Armand Van Helden, Jai Wolf & TroyBoi Headlining June Poolside FestRead more Ultra Music Festival Will No Longer Be Held In Miami Twitter Ultra Music Festival Will No Longer Be In Miami ultra-music-festival-will-no-longer-be-held-miamicenter_img “We are now finalizing a new South Florida location that will serve as an incredible and permanent home,” reads a statement from the festivalAna YglesiasGRAMMYs May 9, 2019 – 1:18 pm Yesterday, March 8, Ultra Music Festival announced via an official statement that they will no longer be holding their flagship event in Miami and are “finalizing a new South Florida location.”The now-global electronic music company wrapped up its 21st annual fest in Miami on March 31, this time at a new location in Virginia Key, a small island a few miles from Miami proper, accessible by causeway. Following the event, as reported by the Miami Herald, the contract allowing Ultra Music Fest to take place at Virginia Key would be automatically renewed for 2020 unless either Ultra or the City of Miami revoked it within 60 days after the event had ended. The Herald says that on Wednesday, Ultra delivered a letter to the city stating they would be withdrawing from their partnership, a day before City of Miami commissioners were scheduled to vote on the matter.Ultra’s public statement explains they came to the decision after listening to feedback from the most recent event, writing; “the festival experience on Virginia Key was simply not good enough.” The event suffered from transportation issues when the majority of attendees tried to leave the island at the same time.Related: “On Location: Miami”: Meet Sweat Records Owner Lolo ReskinThe letter to fans explains the organizers are working on finding a new home for the 2020 fest, taking it out of Miami County for the first time, but keeping it in Southern Florida.”We are now finalizing a new South Florida location that will serve as an incredible and permanent home for Ultra Music Festival,” the statement continues. “We are in the process of putting the finishing touches on the final details that will ensure that this new location allows us to deliver the incredible experience that our loyal fans expect and deserve.” Facebook h May 6, 2019 – 12:29 pm Paavo Siljamäki At Miami Winter Music Conferencelast_img read more

September 10, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA smaller version of the Nintendo Switch may come out later this year.  Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET A lite version of the Nintendo Switch is in the works, says a Thursday report. Nintendo is planning to offer a smaller version of the Switch hybrid console to make the gaming device more portable, according to a report from Japanese publication Nikkei. Nintendo told manufacturing partners and game developers about the plan, the publication said.The new model will be easier to carry around, though its functionality will be limited, according to Neowin’s translation of the Nikkei report. The smaller Switch device may appear in mid-2019. This comes after October rumors that Nintendo may release an updated version of the Switch as soon as the summer of 2019. In September, the gaming giant launched Nintendo Switch Online, a subscription service that costs $20 a year and lets users play games in multiplayer mode and gives them a library of classic titles. Nintendo reportedly may also launch another subscription service this year. The rumored service will reportedly target users who don’t mind spending a lot of money on in-app purchases. Nintendo didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Nikkei is the largest Japanese business newspaper and has accurately predicted the arrival of new Nintendo products before. Best Super Bowl TV deals: Buying a new TV for the big game? These are your best choices.How to watch the Super Bowl: Watch the game in the US for free, on TV or online. How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) See it $299 Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details See It Comments Amazon Best Buy $299 News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? Gaming Gadgets Mobile See It Nintendo Switch $309 Walmart See It Nintendo Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go $289 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice 4 Tagslast_img read more

September 5, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgL&T Infotech, a subsidiary of engineering company Larsen & Toubro, has pulled off a Flipkart-esque act. The company withdrew offer letters given to 1,500 students from various Tamil Nadu colleges, according to a report on News18.The angry students are now on a fast in protest against the company’s decision since it is a double whammy for them. “If you take the rules and regulations of all the colleges in and around Tamil Nadu into consideration, once you have got a placement in one company, you cannot apply or sit for another placement. So we got only one chance. The mail we have got now says our performance is not up to the mark, so our offer will be cancelled,” the channel quoted a student as saying. “The struggle is much more and it is unexplainable. We took loans to study in that particular college just to get placed. We are now in a position that we cannot answer the banks and they are sending us letter on a daily basis. They (L&T) kept us engaged in doing some work or the other and kept telling us not to panic, we will be giving you the joining date and that increased our hopes, [sic]” another student told the channel.The news comes within days of e-commerce company Flipkart deferring joining dates for Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad graduates by six month to December 2016 citing “business restructuring.” As a consolation, the company has offered a joining bonus of Rs. 1.5 lakh to the 18 students of IIM-A.The trend of companies either withdrawing offer letters or deferring joining date has prompted the Indian Institues of Technology to consider a “safety net” for students, meaning they can re-apply for placement if an offer given earlier is not honoured by a recruiter.last_img read more

August 31, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA British MP has been suspended by the Opposition Labour party after allegations that he sent explicit text messages to a teenager. Simon Danczuk, who represents Rochdale in north west England, allegedly exchanged explicit text messages with the 17-year-old girl.The pair contacted each other over a period of months after the girl, now 18, contacted the 49-year-old lawmaker about a job in his constituency office.Danczuk then sent the student a number of flirty messages. Detectives from Greater Manchester Police investigated the case to ensure that the student was not being ‘harassed’.“On 29 December, Greater Manchester Police received a report from a member of the public that a man from the Rochdale area had been communicating inappropriately with a teenage girl. The matter was looked into and it has been determined that no offences have been committed,” a spokesperson said.last_img read more

August 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Traxtal’s PercuNav 2.0 software for the PercuNav system is reportedly the only computer assisted, image-guided diagnostic and interventional system cleared by the FDA and is the only such system that features a broad range of flexible and rigid “tip-tracked” instruments. It is also reportedly the only commercially available soft tissue navigation system with tracked instrumentation that provides the option of navigation with multimodal image fusion with any single modality, such as CT or ultrasound imaging. The PercuNav system consists of the Traxtal Tx mobile system cart, PercuNav software, and a wide range of instruments including flexible needles, biopsy devices and RFA introducers. Using minute electro-magnetic sensors embedded in the tips of these instruments, the software superimposes the precise, real-time location and orientation of the instruments on pre-operative and live images of the patient. The system also incorporates advanced techniques for compensating for patient motion and respiration. It acts like a GPS system for medical instruments, and is the only such product available that allows accurate tracking of flexible instrument tips inside a patient’s anatomy. The PercuNav system is also designed to deliver powerful solutions for diagnostic imaging. Physicians can identify and mark areas of interest on CT or MR scans which can then be overlaid with live ultrasound for diagnostic scanning. This allows areas of interest to be quickly located and compared under both imaging modalities, while compensating for patient motion and respiration. It provides interventional radiologists and sonographers with the broadest image fusion capabilities available for soft tissue navigation. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | November 27, 2008 Traxtal’s PecruNav2.0 Image-Guided System Designed for Diagnostic, Interventional Use last_img read more