Entire system needs to change Indigenous women encounter unique issues regarding reproductive

first_imgCALGARY – Access to appropriate healthcare, specifically surrounding a woman’s reproductive choices, varies drastically between communities.Indigenous women in Canada have faced unique problems throughout history when it comes to reproductive healthcare.“When we go into a doctor’s office, we are not often asked the usual [pregnancy] questions, like, ‘What are you planning?’ It’s often questions like, ‘How are you raising your child? Are you working? Do you have an education? Where are you living? Are you a drug addict?’”RELATED: A rally to protect women’s reproductive rightsNicole Eshkakogan, Scientific Director of Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society, explained she, along with countless other Indigenous women, has experienced frustrating and degrading doctors appointments where she believes the conversations between patients and primary care providers are neither healthy nor productive.“[We need to] make sure Indigenous women have access and control over their reproductive health. But, also, if they choose to have children, having the right to mother those children and care for those children.”Birth alerts and coerced sterilizationEshkakogan points to something known as a birth alert, where Children’s Services is notified when an Indigenous woman is pregnant. Mothers are then monitored very closely through their pregnancy.“[Women] give birth in fear knowing that their baby may be apprehended before they can even breastfeed their baby for the first time,” said Eshkakogan.More stories of moments-old newborns being seized are popping up, two recent cases garnering attention occurring in Kamloops and Winnipeg. In Kamloops, APTN reported an Indigenous couple had their first-ever baby and were elated. An hour and a half later, officers turned up at the hospital and took the newborn baby.READ MORE: ‘Traumatic to witness a lack of empathy’ says mother of apprehended newbornIn a case out of Winnipeg, a woman had signed notarized papers authorizing her aunt to adopt the baby. Hours after the woman gave birth, Manitoba’s department of Child and Family Services arrived at the hospital to remove the newborn.In this instance, the family went to court and the baby was eventually returned to the mother and her aunt.WATCH: Outrage over seizure of newborn by CFS Another issue Eshkakogan brings up is coerced sterilization which is still happening in Canada. Class-action lawsuits have been proposed in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and the Senate’s human rights committee has launched a study into coerced sterilization.It was also flagged in the recently-released final report on the inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).READ MORE:Missing, murdered Indigenous women inquiry flags coerced sterilization ‘The door has widened’: senator hears of mounting sterilization concerns Feds reject push to amend Criminal Code to outlaw forced sterilization Indigenous women coerced into sterilization, claim says … What happens next?Indigenous artist Wendy Walker says access to appropriate healthcare isn’t something that’s limited to reproductive health. She says when a family member suffered a heart attack at a surprisingly young age, nurses and doctors immediately assumed the patient was a drug addict.“The nurses at the hospital were convinced that because of her age she had to be a hardcore drug user. She was told that she was a hardcore drug user. This woman has never used drugs in her life,” she explained.“Assumptions are made about our women. If something doesn’t fit within their normal, then you must be this or that… We do face challenges within the system that are not the same as non-Indigenous women. We want that equality.”What needs to change? Walker says, “The entire system.”Both Walker and Eshkakogan say voices of Indigenous women need to be included and taken seriously.“You need to take our voices into it–that’s the ‘what’ and that’s the ‘how’… They need to put policies in place with us at the table,” said Walker.For more on reproductive rights in Canada, check out the page for the special series ‘Elephant in the Womb’.last_img read more

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Council approves 235k from next years budget for 100th St greenway planning

first_imgAmong the ideas proposed for the greenway include reducing 100th St. from four lanes to three with dedicated lanes for turning, switching to angled parking to increase access to traditional street fronting business, and wider pedestrian/bike paths with green areas and increased tree coverage.The report proposed that the City hold a “charrette,” which is an intense time-specific planning event that involves multiple stakeholders.“The purpose of the charrette would be to develop a concept that is acceptable to most of the participating stakeholders, which would include City Council, affected businesses, local community groups, and the general public,” stated Shopland in the report.The budget for the 7-day charrette, which would likely occur during the first three months of next year, is approximately $450,000.That budget includes all of the project’s development costs including blueprints, consulting fees, and staff wages.The City had already set aside $215,000 from this year’s capital budget for the charrette, and on Monday, Council voted in favour of allocating an additional $235,000 from next year’s capital budget for the rest of the planning session’s funding. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council has voted in favour of the City hosting planning sessions with residents regarding the development of a pedestrian and bicycle greenway along 100th St. through the downtown area.Victor Shopland, the City’s General Manager of Integrated Services, said in a report that the greenway is part of the City’s downtown action plan to help increase foot traffic in the area near 100th St. and 100th Ave. to bolster livability for residents and businesses.Shopland said in his report that the greenway as proposed would run along 100th St., connecting to the existing greenway north of 110th Ave. and running south to 96th Ave.last_img read more

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Scientific and financial backing essential to fight droughts and famine – UN

During the two-week session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), taking place in Changwon, representatives of Member States will discuss ways to measure the impact of desertification and mechanisms for assessing and reversing the phenomenon.According to UNCCD, more than 12 million hectares of productive land are lost to desertification every year, the equivalent of losing an area the size of South Africa every decade.The loss of productive land is compounded with the need to provide food for the estimated global population of nine billion by 2050, which would require a 70 per cent increase in global food production.UNCCD stressed that the rapid loss of this natural resource calls for the creation of agreed global scientific measures, and an increase in funding to combat desertification, which is currently limited.“This convention has now reached a stage where quantifiable medium- and long-term targets should be set, to foster implementation and equip decision makers with adequate tools to effectively monitor the action programmes process,” UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja said.During the conference’s second week, business leaders from more than 100 companies will participate in a forum to raise awareness about desertification and stimulate investment. The participating companies include Cargill, LG International, Nestle and Unilever. A meeting of government ministers will also take place to discuss critical policy questions.As part of the conference, UNCCD and the Republic of Korea will propose the Changwon initiative, a series of action plans to foster reforestation efforts in drylands. This is a high priority in Asia as it has more people affected by land degradation and drought than any other continent.Key messages from the conference, particularly those related to combating desertification to boost green economies, will be shared for inclusion at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in Brazil next June. 10 October 2011Scientific and financial resources are needed to counter the growing risks of droughts that all too frequently lead to famine and poverty, the United Nations said today as a conference opened in the Republic of Korea on desertification. read more

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Flaherty dismisses worries over housing market amid healthy correction

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is dismissing fears about Canada’s housing market, saying the current slowdown is welcome news and that there is no need for further government intervention.While some observers are expressing fears that a steep correction is underway that will bring down housing values and possibly affect bank credit ratings, Flaherty said Tuesday that he believes government mortgage tightening last July actually helped avert what could have turned into a housing bubble.[np_storybar title=”Housing ‘crisis’ is nothing to worry about — so as long as we leave the dollar alone” link=”http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/05/13/andrew-coyne-housing-crisis-is-nothing-to-worry-about-as-long-the-government-needs-to-keep-its-dirty-mitts-off-the-loonie/”%5DAndrew Coyne: If there is one sure way to turn the household debt problem into a raging crisis, it would be to abandon our inflation targets in pursuit of exchange rate “stability.” Let’s not, shall we? Read more. [/np_storybar]“I’m comfortable about where we are,” he said in a telephone interview from France where he announced new government financing for the construction of a visitor’s centre at the Vimy Ridge war memorial.“I’m pleased in particular that the condo market in big cities has fallen back. I’m also pleased with some other moderation in new house construction and in demand for mortgages. I think these are healthy developments because I think we were beginning to see some indications of the beginning of a bubble.”These are healthy developments because I think we were beginning to see some indications of the beginning of a bubbleHe called the recent slowdown “healthy” and at least in part a consequence of his decision to tighten mortgage rules last July.A new Teranet house price report released Tuesday showed home price increases slipped to two per cent in April from 2.6% in March. Analysts noted that was the weakest performance since the recession for April, traditionally a good month for sales and prices.While home sales have fallen nationally, and starts are now in the 180,000 a year range, well down from over 200,000 last year, home prices have stubbornly resisted that trend in most markets.However, analysts note that prices are often the last indicator to kick in when a residential market falls, and some have speculated that prices could plunge by as much as 25%, even further in the overheated Vancouver market.The Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions has told banks it is looking at their holdings of non-insured mortgages — those with at least 20 per cent equity — to determine the systemic risk should values plunge.But Flaherty said he has no plans to further tighten government-backed mortgages for homebuyers with as little as a five per cent down payment. After tightening rules four times in the past four years, Flaherty said he has done enough.“I’m not going to intervene in the mortgage market, I don’t need to,” he said.Over the weekend, Flaherty participated in a Group of Seven meeting in England, where he warned about waning resolve to reduce deficits and debt among southern European countries.Flaherty said he had not changed his mind even though austerity is being blamed for depressing growth and in some cases exacerbating governmental deficits, since lower growth usually means lower tax revenues and higher costs.Northern European countries agree with his position, he said, describing the U.S. stance on fiscal restraint as “ambiguous.”“If you don’t get your fiscal situation correct in government, then you can forget about getting education, health-care, research and development and other important initiatives …. because you won’t have the fiscal means to do it.”As well, governments risk not having the means to respond to the next economic crisis, he warned.The minister said that governments can still stimulate economic activity while controlling spending.“As I said to my G7 colleagues, it isn’t an all or nothing game, it’s about trying to get the right balance,” he explained, pointing out that his March budget retained previously-introduced austerity measures while committing funds to infrastructure projects and job training.From Canada’s perspective, he says the government remains committed to balancing the budget in 2015.Going forward, Flaherty said next month’s G8 (including Russia) meeting in Northern Ireland will again seek to tackle the issue of country hopping by multinational corporations seeking the best tax advantage.“We’re all agreed we have to make sure that large corporations that operate globally pay their fair share of tax and that they don’t try to use one or the other of our jurisdictions not to pay their fair share. We are firmly resolved on that,” he said. read more

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GM to add 700 technical jobs in Ontario Canada

DETROIT – General Motors will add at least 700 engineering, software development and urban mobility jobs at three sites in Canada.The expansion will take place at a technical centre in Oshawa (OSH-ah-wah), Ontario, a new Urban Mobility Center in Toronto and a new Software Development Center in Markham, Ontario.The company made the announcement Friday along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other officials.The new employees will focus on autonomous vehicle software and controls development, safety, infotainment and connected vehicles. GM says hiring already has started.Trudeau says the investments will create good-paying jobs and help grow Canada’s middle class.GM also says it will sink $10 million into a Canadian cold-weather testing facility to double the length of its test track. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2016 9:05 am MDT Last Updated Jun 10, 2016 at 9:46 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email GM to add 700 technical jobs in Ontario, Canada read more

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Knowledge focus needed to transform Niagaras economy says new Brock policy brief

Niagara needs to develop a “knowledge” economy that would build on the region’s strengths, says a new policy brief from the Niagara Community Observatory.In it’s brief, titled “Moving Niagara Towards a Knowledge Economy,” the Brock University research group says that while Niagara has strengths in agriculture, tourism and as a border community, manufacturing enterprises have been the traditional source of jobs in the area.With the decline of the manufacturing sector, large and small communities in Canada are now positioning themselves to function as “vibrant economic hubs.” Core to these hubs is a knowledge economy, which “places a premium on creativity and creation of new knowledge and innovation as drivers of economic revitalization,” says the brief.Included within innovation would be new inventions in fields such as genetics or biotechnology, reconfiguration of existing goods produced or revolutionizing the way that these goods are produced, including advanced manufacturing.“This environment leads to new products and stimulates new economic activity around the manufacturing of these goods,” says the brief, co-authored by Charles Conteh, associate professor of political science at Brock University and Wendy Dueck, development officer at Niagara College.The brief outlines ways in which smaller cities and regions such as Niagara, that have been hit with the manufacturing downturn, can transform their economies into innovative economies.Needed for this transformation are: a critical mass of skilled people; post-secondary research institutions; innovation centres; commercial and cultural facilities; good infrastructure and civic leadership.“Niagara is in a strong position to leverage its current assets in an army of freshly trained post-secondary graduates, state-of-the-art research facilities, a strategic position as a border region located between Toronto and Buffalo, connected together by a robust network of transportation infrastructure; and an emergent culture of entrepreneurship and knowledge commercialization,” says Conteh.“However, actually mobilizing these assets as pieces of a holistic puzzle is the next step – and this requires strategic leadership and collaborative governance,” he says.As a companion to the brief, the Niagara Community Observatory partnered with the Niagara Workforce Planning Board to release a second paper, titled “Niagara’s Changing Economic Structure,” which contains statistics documenting trends in the region’s economy over the past five years.Highlights include:Niagara has lost 21.2 per cent of its manufacturing jobs in the past 10 years while Canada has lost 25.5 per cent and Ontario 32.3 per centduring this same time frame, Niagara has seen a steady gain in jobs in construction and the service sector such as health care, social assistance, food services and accommodation; and public administrationNiagara has also seen a steady decline in employers of more than 200 people since the recession. Meanwhile, owner-operated businesses and micro-businesses have been growing. In 2013, for the first time, the number of owner-operated businesses in Niagara was greater than the sum of all other-sized businessesBoth briefs will be distributed at this Friday’s Niagara Economic Summit, but can be viewed below:NCO Brief: Moving Niagara Towards a Knowledge EconomyNCO Brief: Economic Structure read more

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Scientists find way to predict older peoples falls three weeks before they happen

first_imgThe system has already been trialled on 23 elderly people (stock picture) Credit:ALAMY Falls could be predicted in older people three weeks before they happen using sensors in the home which monitor gait.The ground-breaking system devised by US scientists is designed to alert medics to changes so they can intervene before a potentially lethal stumble.Early tests have shown that it can help people stay in their own homes for years longer.It is made up of several wall-based movement sensors which measure walking speed and length of stride as older people are moving around their homes.  Experts from the University of Missouri, found even small changes can predict if an elderly person is about to suffer a dangerous fall. Risk goes up more than four times if their walking speed slows. For example when walking speed decreases by 5.1cm per second, pensioners have an 86 per cent chance of toppling within three weeks, compared to just a 20 per cent chance with no change.They also found a drop in stride length of 7.6cm predicted a 51 per cent chance of OAPs tripping within three weeks.The scientists developed the technology to help elderly residents live independently for longer.Falls are one of the main causes of broken hips in the UK and can reveal undiagnosed health problems. One in three pensioners has had at least one in the past year at a cost of £2.3 billion a year to the NHS.Elderly patients are three times as likely to die following a ground-level fall compared to their under-70 counterparts. 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.center_img Lead researcher Professor Marjorie Skubic, from the University of Missouri, invented the system after her mother-in-law suffered a bad fall and damaged her shoulder.She recently fitted the system into her parents’ home in South Dakota for her mother’s 93rd birthday in the hope it will allow them to stay their until their death.”You can make a big difference to how someone is going to age,” she said. “There was this assumed curve that there had to be a decline, but what we are showing is there doesn’t have to be a decline, that you can in fact keep people up at a high level until they die.”I pray that my parents die in their sleep, in their own beds, in their home. If they can die in their own home where they’ve been completely independent all this time that is a complete win. That is really squaring the life curve.”Falls in elderly people can often be caused by underlying infections, weakness or clashes with medication, so the system picks up problems early enough so that changes can be made, or rehabilitation given before a potentially fatal tumble happens.The system has already been trialled on 23 elderly people with an average age of 85. It helped them remain independent for twice as long as those living in other settings.Those monitored by the technology stayed in their own home for an average of 4.3 years, compared to 1.8 years for those who did not have it. Elsewhere scientists have begun a project to fit thousands of digital sensors to elderly people in the hope it could help detect the very first signs of Alzheimer’s disease.The high-tech wristbands which have been given 2,200 older people in Boston, in the US, measure everything from sleep, to balance and fall risk, to heart rate. Scientists hope the three-year project will reveal subtle physical changes that develop during the first stages of the disease and provide an alternative test for picking up the illness.Currently it is difficult to diagnose Alzheimer’s and requires a number of tests.Speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston, lead author Rhoda Au said the devices could make the process more simple.”It’s really labour-intensive to bring people into the lab for conventional dementia tests,”  she said.Although there are currently no treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, it is hoped that within the next decade, drugs to help stave off dementia will be available. And it is likely that they will work better if the disease is caught in its earliest stages.Fellow researcher David Knopman, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, said: “The idea of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease is that, for people who are destined to develop dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease, in the years before they become overtly cognitively impaired, there might be subtle things that change in their daily behaviour that, if we knew what to look for, would disclose who might be at risk.” The system has already been trialled on 23 elderly people (stock picture) last_img read more

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Google offers schools 99 Chromebooks for the holidays

first_imgGoogle has just announced a rather killer holiday promotion, provided you’re a teacher at a school in the United States. The company is partnering with DonorsChoose.org to offer $99 Samsung Series 5 Chromebooks to cash-strapped school boards across the nation.There are a few catches. First, the promotion only lasts until December 21st — a short window to be sure, but these are $99 laptops we’re talking about. Second, interested teachers need to register at DonorsChoose, fill out a three-question survey, and then create a new project to ask donors for help.Teachers are allowed to ask for up to 30 of the $99 systems, then it’s up to the general public to come through with the goods. Based on how bake sales go over in my son’s school district, it wouldn’t take a ton of work to bring in enough cash to purchase a couple dozen Chromebooks before the holiday break.There’s no limitation placed on districts, either. Based on a quick read of the rules, any teacher who’s interested can sign up. If an entire building full of teachers wants to make individual requests, that’s just fine. Sure, the district IT staff might shudder at the thought of having to integrate one more device, but there’s just no denying that any brand new, name-brand computer for $100 is a smoking hot deal for technology-starved schools.Chromebooks haven’t really taken off yet, but this kind of promotional push will help. As these bargain-priced systems make their way into classroom around the U.S., students and educators will see that the functionality of a laptop running a browser-based OS isn’t quite as limited as they thought. And with two Chromebook models really priced to move, Google, Samsung, and Acer will definitely see a modest bump in sales.via Googlelast_img read more

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Greens demand resignations over Greece fires

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s Green party on Wednesday called for government officials to resign over their much-criticized handling of wildfires near Athens, while experts urged swift reforestation. The government has defended its handling of the area’s worst blaze in decades, promising compensation for destroyed homes and to replant forests wiped out in 200 square kilometers near the capital. The Greens said the government had failed in its duty to protect the country’s environment. “The time has come for the resignation of those who had the responsibility of protecting forests and failed,” the Greens said in a statement. Greek bloggers have called for a protest of the government in central Athens on Friday, echoing a similar gathering in 2007 after massive summer fires killed 76 people. No one was killed in this week’s fire, but the environmental damage was immense. The Greek branch of the WWF environmental said the government’s response to the blazes was “uncoordinated and insufficient.” “There is no doubt that … the fires will have severe repercussions on the environment and on humans,” a WWF Greece statement said. Another expert said unchecked development could cause the temperature to “go berserk,” rising up by 7 degrees Celsius in parts of the city near the burnt areas. “These areas have to be reforested,” added Mike Petrakis, director of the Institute of Environmental Research at the National Observatory of Athens. He warned that the process would take decades.last_img read more

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Police clash with protesters rallying against FYROM deal in Thessaloniki

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Thessaloniki on Saturday to protest over the deal with neighbouring Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) that will see it renamed as ‘North Macedonia’.The rally was organised to coincide with the arrival of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the International Trade Fair.Riot Police fired teargas at a group of individuals who broke away from a main group of demonstrators and hurled stones close to barriers erected around the heavily guarded commercial park where the Prime Minister would be later delivering his annual policy address.last_img read more

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22 millions dabonnés au haut et très haut débit en France

first_img22 millions d’abonnés au haut et très haut débit en FranceSelon l’Autorité de régulation des télécoms, la France compte aujourd’hui 22 millions d’abonnés à l’Internet haut et très haut débit. En un an, 1,5 million de nouveaux foyers ont été raccordés. Alors que le nombre d’internautes augmente de plus en plus à travers le monde, les Français sont loin de rester insensible à l’Internet haut et très haut débit. C’est ce que vient tout juste de révéler l’Autorité de régulation des télécoms, l’Arcep qui a recensé pas moins de 22 millions d’abonnés. Selon les chiffres révélés, la France enregistre même une hausse de 8%. En effet, en un an, environ 1,5 million de clients supplémentaires ont été raccordés, dont 260.000 au cours du deuxième trimestre 2011. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Plus précisément, la quasi-totalité de ces abonnés (21,5 millions) bénéficie du haut débit via l’ADSL. Par ailleurs, les internautes sont aujourd’hui 8,3 millions à avoir renoncé à l’abonnement téléphonique à France Télécom pour opter pour le dégroupage total, soit 1,2 million de plus qu’il y a un an. Du côté du très haut débit, la hausse est en revanche plus faible avec 40.000 nouveaux foyers raccordés via la fibre optique, soit au total 555.000 abonnés. Et pour 155.000 d’entre eux, la fibre arrive directement à leur domicile, tandis que pour les 400.000 autres, elle s’arrête au pied de leur immeuble, avec une terminaison en câble coaxial, rapporte l’AFP. L’Arcep précise également que les opérateurs alternatifs qui ont le droit d’utiliser les fourreaux de France Télécom, ont déployé 4.560 kilomètres de fibres dans ces tubes sous-terrains, soit une augmentation de 345% en un an. Ainsi, selon les prévisions, environ 1,2 million de foyers supplémentaires pourraient se connecter à la fibre déployée jusqu’au domicile. D’autant plus que 336.000 logements sont désormais raccordés à la fibre par au moins deux opérateurs.  Le 3 septembre 2011 à 18:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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A quoi ressemble le Soleil vu depuis Pluton

first_imgA quoi ressemble le Soleil vu depuis PlutonEn se basant sur des données recueillies par l’ESO (European Southern Observatory), les scientifiques ont réussi à donner une idée (et même une image) de ce à quoi ressemble une belle matinée ensoleillée sur Pluton.Pluton est situé 40 fois plus loin du Soleil que la Terre. Du coup, depuis cette planète naine qui ne représente qu’un cinquième de la Terre, la lumière solaire paraît 1.000 fois plus faible. De plus, cette planète naine est couverte de plaques de méthane gelé et d’une atmosphère brumeuse dans laquelle flotte le méthane gazeux. Soit des conditions qui diffèrent largement de celles que l’on peut connaitre sur Terre. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreMais en tenant compte de ces différentes données, un ordinateur a généré une image donnant une petite idée de ce à quoi ressemble la surface ensoleillée de Pluton, composée essentiellement de pierres et de glace. Bien que la surface de la planète naine soit à -220 °C, certaines zones sont plus chaudes de 50°C, dans l’atmosphère. Un phénomène qui est dû au méthane, explique Emmanuel Lellouch, auteur principal de la publication qui vient de paraître.Co-auteur, Hans-Ulrich Käufl indique ainsi, à propos des instruments de mesure utilisés, qu’il est “fascinant de penser qu’avec CRIRES nous sommes capables de mesurer précisément la quantité de gaz qui se trouve sur un objet cinq fois plus petit que notre propre planète et situé aux confins du système solaire”.Découvrez ce à quoi ressemble une journée ensoleillée sur Pluton en vidéo sur Maxisciences Le 17 février 2012 à 11:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Trial of Darboe Others Adjourned for Bail Ruling

first_imgBy Kebba JeffangThe Banjul High Court on the 5thMay will decide on the bail submission for Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, party leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP), and 18 other militants, who are jointly charged for staging a peaceful protest on the 16th April, 2016.Mr. Hadi Saleh Barkum, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), and team appeared for the state whilst Lawyer Antouman Gaye and other defence lawyers represented the accused persons before Justice O. Ottaba.DPP informed the court that the matter is at the stage of adoption of briefs. However, he indicated that they are constrained because they were only served yesterday. He said they did not have adequate time to go over the document and for that reason; they are for a stand down.“I am only asking for a 30 minutes stand down of the matter,” DPP asked from the court.Mr. Gaye, in response, argued that regarding the application and service, they (the defence) were reliably informed that DPP was served on Tuesday and not yesterday (Wednesday).“Therefore, he (the DPP) was supposed to have filed yesterday and not today,” he said.At this juncture, the DPP received a file while the defence counsel was addressing the court. He then informed the court that there will be no need for a stand down as they will be filing on the very day. He therefore filed his brief.“I urge your lordship with the greatest respect to grant all the prayers in the application. I further urge the court since the accused persons are 19 in number, let each of the 19 applications that are filed be granted bail,” submitted Mr. Gaye.When responding, the DPP also pleaded to the court to deny the accused persons bail and that they will be relying on the prayers in their brief.“I urge the court to look into the argument and I also urge that let the accused persons not be granted bail,” submitted DPP.The trial judge therefore granted the adopted briefs of the applicant and the opposition from the prosecution. He therefore adjourned the case to 5th May, 2016 for ruling on the bail application for the 19 UDP members at 10am.last_img read more

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Court Orders Diligent Prosecution of 5Agric Officers Case

first_imgBy Rohey JadamaJustice Eunice O. Dada of the Banjul High Court yesterday 12 October, 2016 ordered the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to prosecute 5 top officials of Agriculture diligently.The accused persons namely Mr. Fafanding Fatajo, the Project Coordinator of Food and Agriculture, Foday Jadama, Deputy Director of the Soil and Water Management Services under the Ministry of Agriculture Sector Development Project (FASDEP),  Mr. Omar Jammeh, the Financial Controller of FASDEP, Kalilou Gaye and Baboucarr Kujabi.They are being tried on charges of ‘Conspiracy to Commit felony and Negligence of official duties’, to which they all denied.Lawyer Ade and Mansour Jobe appeared for the state, while Lawyer E. Sanneh announced his representation for the 1st and 5th accused persons, Lawyer Moses Richards appeared for the 2nd accused and Lawyer E.M Sissohor appeared for the 3rd and 4th accused persons.When the case was called, state counsel Ade informed the court that the matter is slated for hearing.  He further said their witness who is a police officer is ill and receiving treatment at the village and could not make it to court. He applied for a short adjournment.Reacting to the application of the prosecution, lawyer Richard said it’s been 1 year since the commencement of the case and the prosecution has called only two witnesses. He argued that the accused persons even though they are on bail, they are not free and their liberties are at stake.“All adjournments since the beginning of the trial is at the instance of the prosecution. There is no application before the court for a formal adjournment. We have no choice but to accept the application for an adjournment but the state should be warned to proceed with this case diligently so that the accused person’s right to a speedy trial is ensured”, submitted Lawyer Richard.Lawyer Sanneh also argued that at the last adjourned date his learned senior submitted that if the case didn’t proceed because of the prosecution, the accused persons should be discharged. He added that he is associating himself with that submissionHe continued “There is no sufficient reason as to why the prosecution should be granted an adjournment. They have delayed this case with no cogent reasons. We apply that all the defendants in this case be discharged in the name of fairness”.In her ruling Justice Dada said from record this case suffered series of setbacks at the instance of the prosecution. She ordered the office of the Director of Public prosecutions(DPP) to proceed with this case diligently  and further warned that no further delay in the case will be taken lightly again. She however, over ruled the application for the accused persons to be discharged.The case is subsequently adjourned till the 9th and 10th November, 2016 at 1-2pm respectively for continuation of hearing.last_img read more

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India puts US charity Ford Foundation on security watchlist

first_imgIndia has put the U.S.-based Ford Foundation, one of the world’s largest charitable funds, onto a security watchlist as it probes its funding of a local organisation run by a prominent activist and critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.India’s home affairs ministry said it would “keep watch on all the activities” funded by the Ford Foundation and instructed the central bank to check with the government before passing any money from the New York-based group to local organisations.All funds distributed by the foundation should be “utilized for bonafide welfare activities without compromising on concerns for national interest and security”, the ministry said in a letter to the Reserve Bank of India published online.The Ford Foundation, which has worked in India since 1952, said the Indian government was “reviewing information related to their ongoing investigation of Sabrang Communications and Publishing” and highlighted its work in India.”We are confident in our work and compliance with the law and look forward to the outcome of this inquiry,” the foundation said in a statement on Friday.”We have been and continue to be deeply respectful of the laws of the land … If the Government suggests methods by which we can strengthen and improve our grant-making processes, we will take appropriate steps to incorporate them.”No one from the Indian government was immediately available to comment further.Sabrang, which is run by activist Teesta Setalvad with a mission to strengthen conflict resolution and peace building in Gujarat and Maharashtra, was given $250,000 by the Ford Foundation in 2009, the foundation’s website said.Last week Sabrang was accused by a state minister from Gujarat of misusing funds to create “communal disharmony”, local media reported.Setalvad and her husband are fighting accusations covered in the India media of embezzling funds meant for a museum to honour victims of the 2002 riots in Gujarat which led to the deaths of almost 1,000 people, mostly Muslims.Setalvad is a long-time critic of Modi who was chief minister of Gujarat during the riots.Human rights groups and political rivals have long alleged that Modi, a Hindu, allowed or even actively encouraged the 2002 violence but he has always vehemently denied the charge, and a Supreme Court inquiry found no evidence to prosecute him.The Ford Foundation had almost $12 billion in assets at the end of 2013, and provides grants to groups in the United States, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, focusing on education, democracy promotion and poverty reduction.This is not the first time the Indian government has blocked foreign money to a local non-government organisation this year with funding to the local branch of Greenpeace blocked.The move came after several months of Greenpeace activists accusing Modi’s government of watering down environmental rules after it let industries operate closer to protected green zones.last_img read more

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Trucker killed in Magura road crash

first_imgMap of MaguraAn assistant of a truck driver was killed as a bus ran him over at Ramakantapur in Shalikha upazila on Magura-Jessore road in Magura on Friday.Shalikha police station officer-in-charge Rabiul Islam said trucker Ismail Hossain, 35, was killed on the spot when a Khulna-bound bus of ‘HR Paribahan’ from Dhaka hit him while repairing their stationary truck around 9:00am.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Magura Sadar hospital morgue.last_img

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The Nawab of schools

Nawab Ali with students of Danishnagar High School. Photo: Prothom AloIt was back in 1968. Nawab Ali was shocked when his mother Khadeja Begum told him that when people in their village were afflicted with cholera and smallpox, the others fled in fear, rather than staying back to help them. It was just a matter of ignorance.Khadeja Begum and her son Nawab Ali tended to the villagers with food and medicine. They also asked others to help the ailing villagers instead of fleeing. But they were mocked.Khadeja said to her son, “Only education can dispel this ignorance.”Nawab pondered on this for long. Then one day he decided to set up schools so the local children could study grow up as educated persons with sound principles.Nawab Ali is from the village Hajipur in Chaitrakol of Pirganj upazila, Rangpur. He has established four schools and a madrasa in the area and helped directly in establishing three more educational institutions. He has donated land for these institutions, and helped students. He has deliberately avoided giving jobs to any of his relations in these institutions. Local people know him to be an ‘education-crazy’ man.Nawab Ali struggled to studyThe 82-year-old Nawab Ali’s village is some 30 kms away from Pirganj. He uses a walking stick and sleeps in a mud house, though he has a brick one. Despite his old age, he visits at least one educational institution every day.On 7 September, two correspondents of Prothom Alo went to Hajipur village to talk to him. Nawab Ali informed them he had to stop his studies twice since there were no schools within three to four miles in those days. There were only jungles all around. “We had to walk on foot to go anywhere.”“I studied up to class V at Bhendabari Government Primary School. The school was five miles away. Later, I passed my matriculation exam in 1954 from Balua High School in the neighbouring Mithapukur upazila.”Establishing schoolsNawab Ali, along with the villagers, founded a primary school in 1974. He donated 33 decimals of land to the school.“Teachers started working hard for the school. Villagers also helped me construct the school building. The education officer also helped us. Students got books and a brick building. We named it Hajipur Government Primary School.”Assistant teacher of the school Amjad said, “Nawab Ali is a unique person. Even at this age, he inspects our activities twice a week. His enthusiasm for education revitalizes us. He hasn’t even taken paan to appoint me.”Danishnagar High School was founded in 1994. Nawab Ali donated Tk 50,000 by selling 20 decimals of his land and gave 1.50 acres of land for the school.Teachers of Danishnagar High School said that due lack of funds they could not hire a cleaner for the school before it was included in the MPO (Monthly Pay Order) list of the government. Nawab Ali himself took the responsibility.Head teacher of the high school, Moksedur Rahman, said, “Nawab Ali has been the president of the school committee for the last 22 years. The guardians always elect him.”The people of Shalti village, some three kilometers from Hajipur, were not being able to set up a school for the lack of land. It was Nawab Ali, who donated 51 decimals land adjacent to the road. Following his example, other villagers donated corrugated iron sheets, bamboo, wood and money. The school was established in 1995 and named Shalti Shamsdighi High School.First president of the managing committee of the school, Afsar Ali, said, “I couldn’t imagine Nawab Ali would donate his land for the school. He asked me to be the president of the school committee. Such sacrifice is rare among the people of this level of our society in these days.”Besides, he founded Danishnagar Primary School in 1992 and Hajipur Dakhil Madarasa in 1998. He donated money and land for these two institutions and encouraged local people to give donations. He also contributed directly for the establishment of Pirerhat Rahman Fajil Madarasa, Anantarampur Girls High School and Jharbishla Hayatul Ulum Alim Madrasa, informed the teachers.Children’s HavenPirerhat Rahman Fajil Madarasa governing body president and former chairman of Chaitrakol union parishad, Deldar Hossain, said to Prothom Alo that Nawab Ali not only has founded the educational institutions, he built roads for the students also.A class IX student of Hajipur Dakhil Madrasa, Asia Khatun, said, “Nawab Dadu (grandfather) has given me this school bag. He also has organised free private tuition for me.”Danishnagar Government Primary School’s head teacher, Abdul Matin said, “Nawab Ali chacha (uncle) is a haven for children. He comes to school, talks to them, buys books and notebooks for them. Sometimes he cleans the classrooms in himself.”Students said their Nawab Ali Dadu goes to their houses if they skip school for one day.Benevolent and modest Nawab AliNawab Ali’s son Manzurul Haq said people of the area elected his father six times as their representative as he remains busy for others and with educational institutions.However, Nawab Ali, who inherited 33 acres of land, said he could not do much for people. “I would have tried more to do something if I were a bit healthier.”Chaitrakol UP member, Mofazzal Hossain, said they are proud of Nawab Ali.Upazila teachers’ association president Anwarul Islam said a person like Nawab Ali is rare in the society.*This piece, originally published in the Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza read more

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Bengal moving rapidly towards a more conducive business environment

first_imgKolkata: In Ease of Doing Business (EODB), Bengal ranks high because it is rapidly moving towards achieving a positive change in the business environment. Entrepreneurs are trusted to get their certifications in order, instead of authorities asserting a set of compulsions, said Sanjeev Chopra, additional chief secretary, department of Industry Commerce and Enterprises and director general, Administrative Training Institute.He was addressing the second edition of the National Leadership Conference on First Generation Entrepreneurs, organised by the CII-Suresh Neotia Centre of Excellence on Thursday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe further said that the state government is proactively engaging in dialogues with the industry and industry bodies like CII on a regular basis, enabling things to move faster. “Bengal is the 4th largest economy in the country and 4th largest contributor in services GDP. The entrepreneurial spirit of Bengal is undermined. We have the West Bengal MSME Venture Capital Fund, which envisages support to investors looking to reach the MSME space. This is for both Manufacturing and Services,” said Vandana Yadav, managing director, West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation Limited. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhile lauding the Bengal Government, Sanjay Budhia, managing director, Patton Group, said: “The government is surely moving fast on mobilising optimum assistance to entrepreneurs. Not only does the government offer assistance but also aims at providing guidance”. “The new decade going ahead will be an era of entrepreneurship. The reality is that traditional jobs are getting fewer and in order to provide meaningful economic opportunities to the teeming millions of this country, one needs to consider various avenues concerning micro, small and medium enterprises. And entrepreneurship will play a key role,” said Harshavardhan Neotia, chairman, CII-Suresh Neotia Centre of Excellence for Leadership and chairman, Ambuja-Neotia Group. Over the course of the next two days, the conference will feature over 40 eminent speakers, and will showcase expert perspectives across ten sessions, covering a wide array of critical issues and opportunities faced by nascent entrepreneurs.last_img read more

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Carestream Exhibits OnSight 3D Extremity System at 2017 American Academy of Orthopaedic

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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more April 14, 2017 — Carestream Health will demonstrate the potential for gains in both productivity and profitability offered by its Carestream OnSight 3-D Extremity System at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Executives annual meeting being held April 22-25 in Indianapolis.The OnSight 3D Extremity System performs high-quality, low-dose 3-D extremity exams using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) technology. In addition to being compact and easy to install, it captures high-quality 3-D images including weight-bearing exams of lower extremities under normal load conditions.Carestream commissioned DevicePharm, an independent consulting organization, to work with four U.S. orthopedic practices to create baseline models to assess the potential profitability of the OnSight system. The models included: utilization data from the practices; regional reimbursement, staffing and operational models; and equipment expenses including purchase and service agreements. The models represented moderate, low-to-mid range, mid-to-high range and high imaging volumes for practices with either five or 10 orthopaedic surgeons.“Point-of-care cone beam CT imaging will change the practice of orthopedics in terms of diagnostic specificity, accuracy of diagnosis and a better patient experience,” said Brian Polsky, M.D., of Baltimore, who participated in the study that assessed the operational and financial potential for users of the OnSight system. “It also will deliver practice improvements in operational efficiency and financial performance.”Unlike traditional CT systems, the CBCT system has a large-area detector that can capture a 3-D image of the patient in a single rotation, which takes only 25 seconds. The compact OnSight system can be plugged into an electrical outlet in an exam room. It also offers a door that opens to allow patients to step into the system’s imaging area and performs weight-bearing exams that are not possible with conventional CT systems.For more information: www.carestream.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | April 14, 2017 Carestream Exhibits OnSight 3-D Extremity System at 2017 American Academy of Orthopaedic Executives Meeting Study conducted by independent consultant assesses staffing, operational and expense models for OnSight System Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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