China US poised to resume trade talks

BEIJING — China says U.S. trade negotiators will arrive in Beijing late Thursday afternoon and start the new round of talks with a working dinner.Chinese commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng said the discussions are expected to last for a full day Friday.The talks are aimed at ending a tariff war over Beijing’s technology ambitions amid official suggestions they might be making progress.Thursday’s meeting is the latest in a rapid-fire series of exchanges seeking to end a conflict that is disrupting trade in goods from soybeans to medical equipment.President Donald Trump expressed optimism last week, saying, “we’re getting very close.”The dispute erupted after Trump raised duties last year on Chinese imports in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology.The Associated Press read more

Resolution presented after talks US

After consultation with partners including those who will join us as co-sponsors, we tabled a draft resolution on Sri Lanka for consideration by the Human Rights Council (HRC) at its 19th Session. We have taken this step upon careful reflection and after extensive dialogue and bilateral engagement at the highest levels of the U.S. government. Three years since the end of the conflict, it is our belief that the government of Sri Lanka must take concerted actions on the ground to foster national reconciliation and accountability. The U.S. Government has provided humanitarian and development assistance to facilitate post-war reconciliation, and we believe that HRC action can further assist in this aim.After consulting broadly with delegations from all regions and incorporating many helpful suggestions to the initial draft, we have introduced a moderate, reasonable, and balanced resolution text as a basis for further discussion and collaboration with our many partners in the Human Rights Council. In this regard, we reiterate our long-expressed willingness to work in partnership with the government of Sri Lanka on this resolution, and on the broader issues of reconciliation and accountability. Full statement: The United States (US) says the draft resolution on Sri Lanka which was presented to the UN Human Rights Council this week, was done so after consulting other countries including those who will co-sponsor the resolution.The US Ambassador to Geneva, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, told the Council that the US firmly believes that action now in the Council reflects the international community’s ongoing interest in and support for action on the ground in Sri Lanka. This resolution is not intended to condemn; indeed, it acknowledges the contributions of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), which has made many constructive recommendations to the Sri Lankan government. However, many international and domestic observers share our conclusion that the government has not yet promulgated a credible action plan for implementation of those recommendations, nor has it taken the additional needed steps since the war to foster national reconciliation.Our intention is clear: we want the countries of the world to join in encouraging the government of Sri Lanka to take the steps needed to ensure meaningful and lasting national reconciliation after a long conflict, to reach out sincerely to the Tamil population and bring them back in to the national life of Sri Lanka, and to ensure accountability for actions taken during the war.Time is slipping by for the people of Sri Lanka. Together with the international community we want to work with Sri Lanka in order to bring lasting peace to the island. We firmly believe that action now in this Council reflects the international community’s ongoing interest in and support for action on the ground in Sri Lanka. Numerous international and domestic observers have echoed our concern that the government of Sri Lanka must now establish domestic processes that will sow the seeds of lasting peace on the ground. With this resolution, the countries of the world can extend their hand of cooperation to help all the people of Sri Lanka achieve that goal. read more

Suspension notices sent to UN officials linked to Iraq OilforFood programme

Two United Nations staff members – including the former head of the Iraq Oil-for-Food programme – have been sent formal notification of the administrative charges against them arising from a recent preliminary report by an independent panel probing allegations of corruption and mismanagement in multi-billion dollar relief effort.Benon Sevan, who formerly headed the Office of the Iraq Programme, and Joseph Stephanides, who at the time served as Chief of the Sanctions Branch and Deputy Director of the Security Council Affairs Division, will have two weeks to respond, spokesperson Marie Okabe told the daily briefing in New York Headquarters today.The UN announced plans earlier this week to suspend the two officials with pay – which in the case of Mr. Sevan amounts to the token $1 per year he is receiving in order to stay on past a planned retirement to cooperate with the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) headed by former United States Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker.According to the IIC report, Mr. Sevan repeatedly solicited allocations of oil under the programme and by so doing “created a grave and continuing conflict of interest.” The report did not rule on whether the UN official had personally profited. Through his lawyers, Mr. Sevan has denied any wrongdoing.The findings about Mr. Stephanides, considered far less grave than those concerning Mr. Sevan, concern a UN Steering Committee which “prejudiced and pre-empted the competitive process in a manner that rejected the lowest qualified bidder” with the “active participation” of Mr. Stephanides, the IIC report said.After receiving the responses of the two officials, Secretary-General Kofi Annan will decide on what action to take, Ms. Okabe said. His options range across a variety of disciplinary measures, including summary dismissal.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s new Chef de Cabinet, Mark Malloch Brown, was in Washington, DC, today to meet with Congressional lawmakers. Ms. Okabe said Mr. Malloch Brown would be “in listening mode” while in the US capital. read more

Poll suggests twothirds support for Energy East but big regional divides

Poll suggests two-thirds support for Energy East, but big regional divides by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 3, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 3, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – A new online poll by the Angus Reid Institute suggests 64 per cent of Canadians support the Energy East pipeline, but there are stark differences when the numbers are broken out by region.The proposal to ship Alberta crude to Atlantic Canada had the strongest backing in Alberta and Saskatchewan — 87 per cent and 78 per cent, respectively.Both are oil-producing provinces keen to get their crude to international markets — something Energy East would enable with a proposed export terminal in Saint John, N.B.In Quebec, however, the poll suggests support for Energy East is only at 48 per cent.Angus Reid also asked respondents whether they support the Montreal-area mayors who raised environmental concerns about Energy East in January.On that question, too, there were stark regional divides, with 11 per cent of Albertans and 58 per cent of Quebecers surveyed showing support.Regional tensions over the $15.7-billion plan flared up this week, when Quebec announced it intends to seek an injunction to force TransCanada, the company behind the project, to follow provincial environmental rules.When asked whether the federal government should have final say over pipelines, or if local governments should have the power to stop them, a slim majority — 54 per cent — said it should be Ottawa’s call.Again, the divide between provinces was dramatic: 72 per cent of respondents in Alberta and 79 per cent in Saskatchewan said the federal government should have the ultimate say.British Columbia and Quebec were the only regions where the majority of respondents had the opposite view — 61 per cent and 59 per cent, respectively, supported local governments being able to stop pipelines from being built through their jurisdictions.Nationally, most respondents — 59 per cent — believed the pipeline will eventually be built, even if local objections slow it down.The survey’s more than 1,500 respondents were surveyed on Feb. 2 to Feb. 5, and on Feb. 26, on a wide variety of climate and energy questions.The respondents are part of the Angus Reid Forum, a 130,000-member panel of Canadians who participate in surveys and discussions. The Angus Reid Institute says the forum comprises of people in each major demographic group, and respondents receive a small monetary incentive — from $1 to $5 — for completing each survey.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.———Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter read more

On International Day UN rights expert urges greater inclusion for Roma

“It is a positive development that the fate of Europe’s largest and most marginalized minority group, the Roma, is more and more on the international human rights agenda,” Rita Izsák, the UN expert on minority rights, said in a news release marking International Roma Day. “However, political and legislative commitments must be implemented in reality to bring the so much needed changes into the lives of Roma,” she added. In many cases, she said, serious abuses were suffered by Roma, whom the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has estimated number some 12 million Roma throughout Europe, with other sizeable populations residing in Latin America, often on the margins of society. Ms. Izsák cited the example of a Roma woman named Elena who reported that she, along with 87 other women, had been subjected to a forced sterilization campaign by authorities. Others, such as 30 year old Sorina, are exposed to discrimination in the work place and face limited opportunities for employment. “We must not forget the millions of other Roma who need our attention, commitment and efforts today so that they can enjoy all their basic human rights,” the UN expert continued, urging the international community to “go beyond words and take action.”She acknowledged that a number of Governments have stepped up their efforts in addressing the pervasive human rights abuses and reached out to local Romani communities in an effort to provide them with better access to social benefits.In Moldova, for instance, the Romani settlement of Schinoasa, housing almost 300 people, lacked access to drinking water, requiring the population to walk to a distant well providing water of poor quality. In 2012, however, a pump station started providing a centralized water supply for villagers from Schinoasa in the framework of a joint project led by two UN programmes and the local administration, according to OHCHR. “Every one of us can play a part and reach out to seek the views and visions of Roma people on how and what they want to see as a change in their societies,” Ms. Izsák stressed. “And then work together for that change, so that we can all live together in peace, dignity and truly achieve unity in diversity.” read more

Womans risk of dying from pregnancyrelated causes nearly halved over 25 years

Deaths due complications Reaching that goal will require more than tripling the pace of progress, according to the report. Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund, said “many countries with high maternal death rates will make little progress, or will even fall behind, over the next 15 years if we don’t improve the current number of available midwives and other health workers with midwifery skills.” By the end of this year, about 99 per cent of the world’s maternal deaths will have occurred in developing regions, with Sub-Saharan Africa alone accounting for 2 in 3 (66 per cent) deaths. But that represents a major improvement: Sub-Saharan Africa saw nearly 45 per cent decrease in maternal mortality rates, from 987 to 546 per 100, 000 live births between 1990 and 2015. The greatest improvement of any region was recorded in Eastern Asia, where the maternal mortality ratio fell from approximately 95 to 27 per 100, 000 live births, or a reduction of 72 per cent, according to the report. “The SDG goal of ending maternal deaths by 2030 is ambitious and achievable provided we redouble our efforts,” said Dr. Tim Evans, Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group. Ensuring access to high-quality health services during pregnancy and child birth is helping to save lives, the report said. “Essential health interventions include: practicing good hygiene to reduce the risk of infection; injecting oxytocin immediately after childbirth to reduce the risk of severe bleeding; identifying and addressing potentially fatal conditions like pregnancy-induced hypertension; and ensuring access to sexual and reproductive health services and family planning for women,” it said. New global target What is needed? “Maternal deaths around the world dropped from about 532,000 in 1990 to some 303,000 this year, according to the report by the World Health Organization, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Population Fund, the World Bank Group and the UN Population Division, which is part of the UN Secretariat. The analyses contained in Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2015 – Estimates by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division, are being published simultaneously in the medical journal The Lancet. Maternal mortality is defined as the death of a woman during pregnancy, childbirth or within six weeks after birth, according to the report. “Over the past 25 years, a woman’s risk of dying from pregnancy-related causes has nearly halved,” said Dr. Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General, Family, Women’s and Children’s Health. “That’s real progress, although it is not enough. We know that we can virtually end these deaths by 2030 and this is what we are committing to work towards.” A new Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September 2015, aims to help achieve the ambitious target of reducing maternal deaths to fewer than 70 per 100,000 live births globally, as included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). read more

Brock prof demystifies longterm health damage of backpacks

It’s that time of year again. Store shelves are stocked full of back-to-school items and parents are making decisions about what to buy.At the top of many shopping lists is a new school bag, but parents often struggle over finding the safest option for their child.“Every September, we start to hear controversy about whether backpacks are to blame for back and neck pain in children,” says Brock University Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Michael Holmes. “To put parents’ minds at rest, recent literature suggests there is little evidence to support links between backpack use and pain.”As a Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Mechanics and Ergonomics, Holmes asserts while several systematic reviews have been done, it has been difficult to link usage of backpacks to poor biomechanics and ultimately back pain or damage.“My philosophy is that, for the most part, as a parent you don’t have to worry too much about it,” Holmes says. “If a backpack has a reasonable amount of weight in it and fits correctly, children are not wearing it long enough for long-term damage to occur.”To assist with the myth busting, Holmes offers a scenario to help put parents’ concerns into context.“For a nurse, who lifts hundreds of patients a day over a long career, there is a cumulative loading effect on the spine that will eventually cause damage to the spine. It’s a main reason why back pain in nurses or caregivers is so prevalent,” Holmes explains. “By comparison, kids are strong and resilient. In the event that fatigue does occur, they recover fast.”However, when given the choice, Holmes does recommend backpacks over shoulder bags, messenger bags or purses, as they keep the body balanced.“Bags worn on one shoulder create an asymmetry of what muscles are being used, which can load the spine in undesirable ways,” Holmes explains.While he wants to alleviate concerns, there are still best practices from an ergonomics stand point which can be beneficial for long-term spinal health.“There are a lot of good ergonomic principles in modern packs today, so if there is one item to invest in, it’s a good backpack,” Holmes says. “Simply purchasing a good pack is only half the battle; it needs to be worn properly. We are all guilty of just throwing a bag over one shoulder and going, so even the best-designed pack and interventions are not going to prevent human nature.”Holmes and Associate Professor of Kinesiology Gail Frost have compiled a list of tips and considerations for parents and students.Good backpacks will have:A waist strap to distribute the load more to the hips, as well as keep it closer to the body to improve balance and reduce demands on muscles.Wide, padded shoulder straps, which are more comfortable on the shoulders and neck and prevents the weight from being concentrated on one area, which could impair circulation and nerve function.A padded back.Compartments so weight can be evenly distributed.Other considerations:The pack should be light when it’s empty, not loaded down with fancy hardware that adds weight before anything is even put into it.It should have a reflective strip so the child can be seen in car headlights.For sizing, the pack should be proportional to the size of the person. Smaller children should have smaller packs and parents should avoid over packing.The bottom of the pack should sit at waist level.Parents should encourage children to:Wear the backpack appropriately, with both shoulder straps on to encourage balance across two strong muscle groups — the back and abdominal muscles.Be mindful of what’s carried daily. Encourage children to use desks and lockers effectively.Be active, movement is good. Regular physical activity helps to prevent injury. read more

Girls schools could admit trans boys under proposals being considered by equalities

Meanwhile trans rights and childrens charities say it is paramount that transgender children can “ live their life freely” and that all schools take steps to create “inclusive environments” for vulnerable students. “A pupil who has transitioned, or wants to, must be allowed to continue to attend the school; to remove them would amount to direct gender reassignment discrimination.”The document also says: “An admission policy of only admitting pupils in accordance with their sex recorded at birth would particularly disadvantage trans pupils, and would be indirectly discriminatory against trans pupils, unless it could be demonstrated to be a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.”The guidance also urges schools to install gender-neutral toilets, changing and shower rooms wherever possible, a contentious area among feminists who say female-only spaces should be protected. The document says if not, “trans boys and trans girls can use the single-sex facilities that align with their gender identity if they wish to do so.”On the controversial area of sex categories in sports, the leaked EHRC document encourages schools to “consider ways of enabling all pupils to participate in sports, including competitive events that align with their gender identity.”The leaked document has prompted controversy among the feminist academic and women’s rights campaigners, with critics claiming that it will have controversial implications for single-sex schools and “shows what a mess we create when we conflate sex and gender”. Girls schools would have to admit transgender pupils under proposals being considered by the equalities watchdog.The confidential Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) draft guidance, leaked to The Telegraph, reveals that schools could be set to consider admissions of trans students to single-sex schools on a “case-by-case approach”.Schools were supposed to be issued with the first official national guidelines on transgender children in March 2018. The change to guidelines were set to tackle issues such as what pronouns teachers should use for trans pupils, as well as guidance on changing rooms, uniforms and bullying.However, following repeated delays, it has never been published. The EHRC claims to have sought views from teachers, education experts, women’s groups and trans groups and it is understood that this is the cause of the delay.It is unclear at what stage this guidance was drafted. However The Telegraph can now reveal details of the draft guidance  – entitled Trans pupils: guidance for schools in Scotland on the Equality Act 2010 – Confidential DRAFT – which has never before been made public. “Moreover it’s a feeling that we know most will grow out of. Assuming that there are good reasons to retain single sex provision in certain schools, it’s incomprehensible that these reasons should be overidden in favour of a usually transitory feeling.”However, Mermaids, the charity which supports transgender youth in the UK, said it was important that transgender children’s rights “to live their life freely” is respected and supported.A spokesman for the charity said: “We haven’t played any part in forming the Scottish Guidance, so we’re unable to comment on the contents of this document. We’re sorry to see it’s been leaked because organisations have been working on this guidance for several years and we would be disappointed to see any further delay to its publishing. “As ever, we believe in every transgender child’s right to live their life freely and with support and understanding.” It says that: “A refusal to admit a trans pupil to a single-sex school which is the same as the trans pupil’s sex recorded at birth would be direct sex discrimination. Admitting such a pupil will not affect the school’s single-sex status.  The EHRC, which acts as the nation’s human rights watchdog, said that the leaked guidance was only a draft and that finalised guidance to help schools understand their obligations under the Equalities Act 2010 would be shared with schools across England, Scotland and Wales “in due course”.Kiri Tunks, co-founder of Woman’s Place UK, a women’s campaign group, said: “This guidance shows what a mess we create when we conflate sex and gender. The EHRC seems very confused about the difference and this advice will just muddy the waters further. “The EHRC is right that publicly funded schools are obliged by the Public Sector Equality Duty to foster good relations between protected characteristics but they also have a responsibility to assess the impact of any changes they make which could affect other protected groups. We are losing confidence in the EHRC’s ability to issue robust, practical advice on this question.”Kathleen Stock, professor of philosophy at the University of Sussex, said that educational guidance should not be based on a “usually transitory feeling”. She said: “We have to remember that literally the only criterion of telling who is a trans child and who isn’t is that they say so. It’s based on a feeling.  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. A spokeswoman for the charity said: “Trans young people need supportive environments now more than ever, as we know from our research that nearly two-thirds of trans pupils (64 per cent) have experienced bullying. It’s vital all schools take active steps to create inclusive environments for trans pupils, or those who may be questioning their gender.”An EHRC spokeswoman said: “This document is a draft. We have been speaking to teachers and education experts, women’s groups and trans groups for their views. This will be an important document for schools to help them support all children and meet their legal duties under the equality act.” According to the latest research by Stonewall, the LGBT charity, almost half of all LGBT pupils still face bullying at school, and more than two in five trans young people have tried to take their own lifeTheir report, entitled School report 2017, surveyed more than 3,700 LGBT pupils in British schools and was carried out in conjunction with the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Family Research. read more

A viable alternative to cyanide in gold recovery

first_imgZhichang Liu a postdoctoral fellow at Illinois’ Northwestern University, and colleagues, have discovered of a new gold recovery process that’s based on a non-toxic component of corn starch. This could mean an end to the need to use cyanide in many gold recovery operations. More details will be published in the magazine’s July issue report on mineral processing advances. The paper Selective isolation of gold facilitated by second-sphere coordination with α-cyclodextrin has just been published – http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v4/n5/full/ncomms2891.htmlThe abstract notes: “Gold recovery using environmentally benign chemistry is imperative from an environmental perspective. Here we report the spontaneous assembly of a one-dimensional supramolecular complex with an extended {[K(OH2)6][AuBr4] (α-cyclodextrin)2}n chain superstructure formed during the rapid co-precipitation of α-cyclodextrin and KAuBr4 in water. This phase change is selective for this gold salt, even in the presence of other square-planar palladium and platinum complexes. From single-crystal X-ray analyses of six inclusion complexes between α-, β- and γ-cyclodextrins with KAuBr4 and KAuCl4, we hypothesise that a perfect match in molecular recognition between α-cyclodextrin and [AuBr4]− leads to a near-axial orientation of the ion with respect to the α-cyclodextrin channel, which facilitates a highly specific second-sphere coordination involving [AuBr4]− and [K(OH2)6]+ and drives the co-precipitation of the 1:2 adduct. This discovery heralds a green host–guest procedure for gold recovery from gold-bearing raw materials making use of α-cyclodextrin—an inexpensive and environmentally benign carbohydrate.last_img read more

Bell ADTs benefitting from EU Stage V MTU Engines from RollsRoyce

first_imgBell Equipment, the articulated dump truck (ADT) specialist, recently received the first six Series 1000 – 1500 MTU engines from Rolls-Royce that meet the new EU Stage V emission standard, the engine specialist said.The engines cover a power range from 170-430 kW.The order had been preceded by a test phase of several years under the most adverse operating conditions in order to ensure the trucks would be guaranteed a reliable, cost-effective upgrade, according to Rolls-Royce. To this end, MTU’s off-road engine series were optimised to comply with the emission standard and a new exhaust aftertreatment system introduced.In preparation for the more stringent emission requirements, Rolls-Royce had made two Stage V prototypes available to Bell for field trials in 2016 – a 260 kW MTU 6R 1000 engine and a 430 kW 6R 1500 were successfully tested in the hot, dusty climate of South Africa and for the tough conditions encountered at extreme altitudes of up to 3,000 m.Bell and Rolls-Royce with the MTU brand have been working together closely since the 1990s, with Rolls-Royce not only the supplier of more than 1,000 MTU engines a year, but also the technology partner in all emission-related design and construction decisions – including the upgrading of the ADTs.Stefan Rudert, Head of Sales and Application Engineering for Construction & Agriculture at MTU, said: “During the field trials, we accumulated an enormous amount of experience that goes way beyond any simulation on a test bench, since the real-life interplay between the engine and the vehicle affects the behaviour. Data obtained during the field tests, which we collected from sensors mounted on the engines was subsequently used in the configuration of the components.”The new Stage V engines, which Bell will successively upgrade to, besides MTU’s current SCR exhaust technology, also include a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and a diesel particulate filter (DPF), with all components installed in a compact one-box solution behind the driver’s cab, according to the company.“Another positive aspect of the new emissions technology is that it reduces fuel consumption,” the company said. “To prepare for the upgrade to the new emission regulation, Rolls-Royce had around 100 MTU engines undergoing trials with various vehicle manufacturers.“In total, over 110,000 operating hours were accumulated as a result, with individual engines running non-stop for more than 4,000 hours. Since the trials had started at an early stage, the MTU engines were certified in accordance with the EU Stage V regulations by mid-2018, marketable and ready for series production.”last_img read more

Une étude pour mieux comprendre le diabète de type 2

first_imgUne étude pour mieux comprendre le diabète de type 2Une étude française destinée à mettre en place des actions de prévention plus ciblées contre le diabète a débuté hier. 500 familles “tests” seront recrutées pour mieux cerner les critères de prédisposition au diabète de type 2.Environ 2,5 millions de personnes (4% de la population adulte française) souffrent de diabète de type 2. Il s’agit de la forme la plus courante de cette maladie qui progresse de façon constante. Selon les estimations,  il y aura ainsi une augmentation de 26% du nombre de diabétiques en France d’ici à 2020. Afin de mieux cerner les critères de prédisposition à cette maladie et mettre en place des actions de prévention plus ciblées, l’étude Descendance a débuté hier dans l’Hexagone. Il s’agit d’un “programme unique au monde de collecte d’informations génétiques au sein des familles”, focalisé sur le diabète sucré de type 2. Cette version du diabète présente la particularité d’être une “maladie avant tout familiale”, selon le Dr Guillaume Charpentier qui préside le CERITD (Centre d’études et de recherches pour l’intensification du traitement du diabète) et dirige le programme Descendance. Néanmoins, si la plupart des spécialistes s’accordent pour dire que “60 % du risque de diabète est d’origine génétique”, comme l’indique le diabétologue et généticien Philippe Froguel, seuls 5% des cas sont des diabètes “monogénétique”, avec un seul gène concerné.Inversement, dans la forme “polygénétique” du diabète, les gènes ont un effet cumulatif dans le déclenchement de la maladie. Le risque pour un enfant, dont un seul des parents est diabétique, de développer la maladie est estimé à 30% tandis que ce risque s’élève à 60 % si les deux parents le sont, selon le Pr Froguel cité par l’AFP. L’étude Descendance vise donc à comprendre pourquoi dans une famille avec un ou même deux parents diabétiques, l’un des enfants développera la maladie et l’autre non, explique le Dr Charpentier, chef du service de diabétologie du Centre hospitalier sud-francilien.Pour une prévention plus précoce À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’ici à deux ans et demi, ce programme devrait aboutir à la mise au point d’un “diagnostic génétique de prédisposition au diabète de type 2”, permettant de détecter rapidement les enfants qui présentent de grandes chances de développer un diabète plus tard. Ces personnes à risque bénéficieront ainsi de mesures préventives ciblées et sur le long terme, surtout en matière d’habitudes alimentaires et d’hygiène de vie, parfois avec l’apport de médicaments pour prévenir la survenue de la maladie. En effet, plus l’intervention préventive est précoce, plus elle est efficace.Au total, le programme Descendance prévoit de recruter 500 familles de diabétiques avec, parmi les critères, au moins un enfant non diabétique et âgé de plus de 35 ans et un enfant diabétique quel que soit son âge. Il est possible d’y participer en appelant le numéro vert 0 800 300 341.Le 11 mai 2012 à 19:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends To Air On PBS Oct 5

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 12, 2018 – 3:21 pm “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” On PBS Oct. 5 News “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” To Air On PBS Oct. 5 “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” On PBS Oct. 5 grammy-salute-music-legends-air-pbs-oct-5 The tribute concert will honor the Academy’s 2018 Special Merit Awards that include Tina Turner, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, The Meters, Queen, Seymour Stein, Tony Agnello and Richard Factor, Hal Blaine, and John Williams.GRAMMY-winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams will be the master of ceremonies as never-before-seen performances take center stage including a performance by GRAMMY nominee Micky Dolenz alongside Diamond, GRAMMY winner and night honoree. Herb Alpert, eight-time GRAMMY winner, will honor legendary drummer Blaine, GRAMMY winner Sammy Hagar will pay tribute to Graham and Queen, GRAMMY nominee Ledisi will pay tribute to Jordan and three-time GRAMMY winner Trisha Yearwood will perform alongside Harris.The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement recognizes musical artists that have made significant contributions to the recording field. The Trustees Award honors areas outside of performance. The Technical GRAMMY Award recognizes people and companies who have made outstanding contributions of technical significance to the recording field.This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Hal Blaine, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, the Meters, Queen, and Tina Turner. This year’s Trustees Award honorees are Bill Graham, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, and Academy Award-winning film composer John Williams. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are Tony Agnello and Richard Factor. Melissa Salguero is this year’s recipient of the Music Educator Award.The concert will air at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 (check your local listings) and will be available to stream the following day via pbs.org/gperf.READ: We Are Music: Honoring Craft & Community With H.E.R., Swizz Beatz & More Facebook Email The tribute concert will honor the Academy’s 2018 Special Merit Awards recipients, which include Tina Turner and Neil Diamond. The all-star concert will feature rare performances by honorees and special renditions by the artists they’ve inspiredJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Sep 12, 2018 – 3:22 pm Watch the third annual “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” in collaboration with PBS’ “Great Performances” series on Oct.5. The all-star concert will feature rare performances by honorees and special renditions by the artists they’ve inspired. Twitter last_img read more

ABC to Start Publishing Digital Media Audience Numbers

first_imgIn what could be a big fillip to the digital media industry, the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) has said that it has decided to start computing digital audiences. Currently, ABC is involved only in measuring and auditing newspaper and magazine circulation in the country.Shashi Sinha, the chief executive officer of media agency IPG Mediabrands and the new chairman of the ABC, is expected to oversee the implementation of the project aimed at measuring the audience for digital media.”It’s a big shift for ABC, which has been a body for print media. Now, it is getting into digital audience measurement with research and information firm Nielsen,” Livemint quoted Sinha as saying.The new services offered by the ABC can be accessed by all digital media agencies that want to measure their audience in a transparent way, according to ABC’s secretary general H.B. Masani.Sinha also spoke of making the service broad-based and affordable. “We are open to all digital products and not just newspaper publishers’ online businesses. The plan is to keep the pricing of the service low so that more and more people can access it,” Sinha said.”We have been working on it for a year. Although there are some private measurement services available, this will be the first by an industry body,” he added. Sinha said that the publishers will get the actual count of page views as well as the profiles of their audience.A digital daily has welcomed the development with a caveat.”Digital will benefit from more measures and spotlight. After all, Indians with Internet spend more than half their time online, but advertisers spend less than 10% on the medium. Whether this new system is more useful than the battery of existing analytics remains to be seen,” said Samir Patil, founder and chief executive officer of Scroll.last_img read more

Researchers take first steps toward Xray superfluorescence

first_img More information: Mitsuru Nagasono, et al. “Observation of Free-Electron-Laser-Induced Collective Spontaneous Emission (Superfluorescence).” Physical Review Letters 107, 193603 (2011). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.193603 (PhysOrg.com) — While physicist Robert Dicke is probably most famous for his work on the cosmic microwave background (CMB) – and being “scooped” while attempting to be the first to detect it – he also performed important work in optics. In 1954, Dicke was the first to describe the phenomenon of “superradiance,” the coherent radiation that is so intense and emitted so rapidly that he described it as an “optical bomb.” Although he originally thought the phenomenon involved only microwave radiation, it was later found to occur at much shorter wavelengths, and so has been renamed “superfluorescence.” More than 50 years later, scientists are still developing new techniques for producing superfluorescence. In a recent study, a team of scientists based in Japan has observed superfluorescence by collectively exciting helium atoms with a laser operating in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) region. This photograph shows a flash of the 501.6 nm superfluorescence that the researchers observed. Image credit: Nagasono, et al. This cartoon description of superfluorescence was created by the Japanese science manga artist Hayanon. Explore further While the researchers here used FEL pulses in the EUV region to generate superfluorescence in the visible region, they predict that it should be straightforward to extend the technique to generate superfluorescence in the EUV and X-ray regions by choosing appropriate pulse wavelengths and atomic systems. While neutral gas atoms were used as the system in this study, positive ions, nanoparticles, clusters, or solid targets could prove suitable for extension to shorter wavelengths.As Nagasono explained, superfluorescence at short wavelengths could lead to a route for solving some of the problems of the SASE (self-amplification by spontaneous emission) process used by FELs. The pulses from SASE FELs have profiles that are “spiky” in wavelength and time, vary shot by shot, and are not fully temporally coherent.“As well as the interest in observing (for the first time) superfluorescence at shorter and shorter wavelengths, superfluorescence is potentially a fully coherent light source in its own right,” Nagasono said. “Laser-like light sources in the X-ray wavelength region are a ‘holy grail’ of modern science. All current and under-construction FELs rely on the SASE process, offering high spatial coherence, but only partial temporal coherence. In contrast, superfluorescence is fully coherent, and we envision potentially using it to provide fully coherent pulses at particular X-ray wavelengths.”He added that superfluorescence in the EUV and X-ray regions could have several research applications.“Potential applications could include determining element-specific atomic densities in, for example, X-ray coherent imaging,” Nagasono said. “Also, since superfluorescence is strongly directional, it may offer a way of increasing sensitivity in X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy analyses. In standard techniques, the X-ray fluorescence is emitted over a large range of angles, and only a small fraction of it can be detected. With superfluorescence, the emission is concentrated into the forward (and possibly backward) directions and can potentially be fully detected – increasing the sensitivity by orders of magnitude.” In the new study, the researchers demonstrated that an FEL operating in the EUV region can be used to irradiate and excite helium atoms, causing them to collectively decay and emit superfluorescence in the visible region. In their experiments, the researchers pumped helium gas through a pulsed nozzle into a cell within a vacuum chamber. The nozzle’s pulses were synchronized with FEL pulses that entered the cell through one aperture and exited through a second aperture along the same axis that ran through the center of the cell. Looking through a viewport in the vacuum chamber containing the cell, the researchers could observe visible radiation emitted in the direction of the FEL pulses. Using a fiber-optic spectrometer, the researchers measured the wavelength of the radiation to be 501.6 nm (in the bluish-green part of the visible spectrum). Their measurements also showed the superfluorescence to have a high intensity (up to 1011 photons per pulse) and short pulse duration (on the order of picoseconds). Citation: Researchers take first steps toward X-ray superfluorescence (2011, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-x-ray-superfluorescence.html Proposed gamma-ray laser could emit ‘nuclear light’ Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. The scientists, led by Mitsuru Nagasono from RIKEN/SPring-8 in Sayo, Hyogo, Japan, have published their study in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.“Our work represents the first step towards generating X-ray superfluorescence using an X-ray free-electron laser (FEL),” Nagasono told PhysOrg.com. “This is one of the first demonstrations of a quantum optics effect at wavelengths outside (shorter than) the visible wavelength region. Effects in quantum optics have revolutionized science and applications in the visible region, and have potential to do so again as they are extended first to the EUV region and eventually to X-rays.”Superfluorescence is a quantum phenomenon that occurs after incoming light irradiates an ensemble of atoms. After the atoms become excited, they collectively decay and collectively emit superfluorescent light. (In normal fluorescence, the incoming light also irradiates an ensemble of atoms [or ions or molecules], but their decay results in individual emission, rather than collective emission, of light.) As a result, superfluorescent light is much more intense than fluorescent light, particularly when a large number of atoms decays at once. Journal information: Physical Review Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers claim reexamination of rock samples confirms meteoritic origin of Tunguska cosmic

first_imgSEM images of the Tunguska diamond-lonsdaleite-graphite intergrowths with natural rounded surface. Credit: Planetary and Space Science, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2013.05.003 Explore further (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from the U.S., Germany and Ukraine is claiming in a paper they’ve had published in the journal Planetary and Space Science, that they have found evidence to prove the Tunguska event was caused by a meteor that exploded in the atmosphere above the Russian plain. Citation: Researchers claim reexamination of rock samples confirms meteoritic origin of Tunguska cosmic body (2013, June 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-reexamination-samples-meteoritic-tunguska-cosmic.html Journal information: Planetary and Space Science © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img Russian researcher claims to have found rocks from object that caused Tunguska explosion The Tunguska event was, of course, an explosion that occurred in a remote part of Siberia in 1908. Most scientists agree that it was caused by either a meteor or comet strike, and as such, was the largest to ever strike our planet in recorded history. The blast flattened thousands of acres of forestland and led to numerous research efforts to determine its cause. Due to the immense power of the blast however, no physical evidence of the source of the blast has ever been found. Now, however, the researchers in this new effort claim they have found proof that some rocks found by a Ukrainian scientist back in 1978 are remnants of the meteor that caused the massive explosion.The rock samples were found in a bog by Mykola Kovalyukh near the epicenter of the explosion—he claimed at the time that his samples offered proof that the explosion was caused by a meteor. Critics dismissed his claims however, because the rock samples contained too little iridium.Picking up where Kovalyukh left off, the new team working in the Ukraine used more modern tools to reexamine the stone samples. They claim that transmission electron microscopy has revealed finely veined iron-based minerals that include schreibersite, troilite and taenite, an iron–nickel alloy. They say the patterns and amounts of the materials in the rock samples are very similar to other known meteorite samples and thus, it is a near certainty that the samples found in the bog came from a meteor as well.Despite the team’s claims that they have identified the cosmic body that caused the Tunguska explosion, there is still one big problem—though they may have proved the rock samples they examined are in fact remnants of a meteor, they have no proof that the sample rocks came from the same meteor that caused the massive explosion. Because Kovalyukh didn’t collect peat samples from the bog where the rocks were found (to provide a means of dating) there is no way to prove that the sample rocks—meteor remnants—didn’t land in the bog sometime after the explosion. More information: New evidence of meteoritic origin of the Tunguska cosmic body, Planetary and Space Science, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2013.05.003via Nature News This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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The multi-year… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | November 05, 2014 Neuroimaging Study Holds Promise for Early Detection, Treatment of Cardiovascular, Cerebrovascular Disease Brain imaging could reveal disruptive brain changes from vascular disease prior to symptoms Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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They looked at studies that used every available brain imaging modality in patients with vascular disease risk factors but no symptoms that would lead to a diagnosis of diseased blood vessels (vascular disease) in the heart or brain, or periphery.The review demonstrates that patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, smoking, or metabolic syndrome, but no symptoms, still had visible signs on their neuroimaging scans of structural and functional brain changes long before the development of any events related to vascular diseases of the heart or brain.“This is the first time we have been able to disentangle the brain effects of vascular disease risk factors from the brain effects of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease and/or events after they develop,” said the article’s lead author, Joseph I. Friedman, M.D., associate professor in the departments of psychiatry and neuroscience at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Moreover, subtle cognitive impairment is an important clinical manifestation of these vascular disease risk factor-related brain imaging changes in these otherwise healthy persons.”Friedman added that, because diminished cognitive capacity adversely impacts a person’s ability to benefit from treatment for these medical conditions, early identification of these brain changes may “present a new window of opportunity” for doctors to intervene early and improve prevention of advancement from vascular disease risk factors to established cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. His team is currently testing these hypotheses in ongoing studies at Mount Sinai.“Patients need to start today to control their vascular risk factors, otherwise their brains may forever harbor physical changes leading to devastating heart and vascular conditions impacting their future overall health and even cognitive decline causing diseases like dementia or when it exists it can accelerate Alzheimer’s,” said study author Valentin Fuster, M.D., Ph.D., director of Mount Sinai Heart, physician-in-chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital, and chief of the division of cardiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Our publication raises the possibility that these early brain changes are major warning signs of what the future may hold for these asymptomatic patients. These high risk patients, along with their doctors, hold the power to modify their daily vascular risk factors to help halt the future course of the manifestation of their potentially looming cardiovascular diseases.”“We hope our publication serves as a primer for cardiologists and other doctors interpreting the early neuroimaging data of their patients who may be high risk for vascular disease,” says senior article author Jagat Narula, M.D., Ph.D., director of cardiovascular imaging, professor of medicine and Philip J. and Harriet L. Goodhart chair in cardiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “These subtle brain changes are clues to us physicians that our patients need to start to lower their vascular risk factors always and way before symptoms or a cardiac or brain event happens. This simple step to lower vascular risk factors can have huge impacts on global prevention efforts of cardiovascular diseases.” Researchers identified the following impact of key vascular risk factors on the structural and functional brain health of asymptomatic patients:Hypertension is associated with globally appreciable brain volume reductions, connecting brain fiber abnormalities, reduced brain blood flow, and alterations in the normal pattern of synchronized brain activity between different regions.Diabetes is associated with connecting brain fiber abnormalities, reduced brain blood flow, and alterations in the normal pattern of synchronized brain activity between different regions.Obesity is associated with brain volume reductions, reduced brain blood flow and metabolism.High total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol are associated with brain volume reductions, and connecting brain fiber abnormalities. In addition, high triglycerides are associated with reduced brain blood flow, and high total cholesterol is associated with reduced brain metabolism.Smoking is associated with brain volume reductions, and alterations of the normal pattern of blood flow. In addition, it causes reduced MAO B (monoamine oxidase B), which metabolizes dopamine, the neurotransmitter chemical that controls the brain’s reward and pleasure zones.Metabolic Syndrome is associated with a greater burden of silent brain infarcts (SBIs), visible only on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which represents subclinical cerebrovascular disease. 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Philippines focuses on growth

first_imgThe Philippine Department of Tourism are on a fast track to double tourism to the country by 2016, with more air capacity, hotels and investments to infrastructure pegged for 2011-12.Already on target with a 17 per cent increase to 3.52 million in 2010, also up from pre-GFC 2008 levels, tourism officials are hoping to reach 6 million visitors by 2016.The country announced it generated more than US$5 billion in investments to increase room capacity in the country over the next few years, which will also grow employment in the accommodations sector to an additional 17,782 workers.Focus is also been highlighted in the MICE sector, with the tourism board earmarking projects in the industry as a top priority.”We are going to be more structured, go back to basics,” Department of Tourism, Secretary, Alberto Aldaba Lim said at AIME yesterday.Mr Lim said it was the right time for MICE organisers and planners to consider Philippines as a viable option, with new products, exciting destinations and upgraded tourism facilities available throughout the country.Top tourism destinations include Manila, Boracay and Cebu for Australian travellers, with easier access also now available from Darwin serviced by Jetstar. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.Mlast_img read more

Custom Home Building Remains Stagnant

first_img Share May 22, 2019 328 Views A new report from the The National Association of Home Builders states that custom home building has been flat over recent quarters, with just 29,000 custom starts in Q1 2019.The data, which was provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, shows this was down slightly compared to 31,000 custom starts in Q1 2018. There have been 170,000 custom housing starts over the last four quarters, which is a 1.2% decline compared to the prior four quarters. Custom building for single-family housing totaled 19%, down from the high of 31.5% during Q2 2009.The market share for custom built single-family homes hasn’t been this low since 2005-2006, when it dropped below 18%.The housing crisis and recession more than a decade ago interrupted a 15-trend away from homes built on the eventual owner’s land. The NAHB reports that housing production slowed in 2006 and 2007, and the market share for the not-for-sale new housing increased as the number of single-family starts declined.“Recent declines in market share are due to an acceleration in overall single-family construction, especially in spec home building. As this part of the market cools due to declining affordability, the market share for custom homes will continue to level off,” the report states.A report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Census stated that residential real estate permits increased month-over-month, but fell slightly in April when compared to 2018.Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,296,000, 0.6% above the revised March rate of 1.2 million, but is 5% below the April 2018 rate of 1,3 million. Additionally, single‐family authorizations in April were at a rate of 782,000, 4.2% below the revised March figure of 816,000.While custom home building has been flat, housing starts overall rose month-over-month, but like April, saw an annual decline, sitting at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.2 million in April. This is 5.7% above the revised March estimate of 1.1 million, but is 2.5% below the April 2018 rate of approximately 1.26 million. 2019 Housing Market Custom Homes National Association of Home Builders 2019-05-22 Mike Albanesecenter_img Custom Home Building Remains Stagnant in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

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