first_imgNEW DELHI: The Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), a premier think-tank which advises the Delhi government on key policy issues, has set-up a 17-member high-level committee on reforming higher education in the national Capital. The panel, to be chaired by DDC vice-chairperson Jasmine Shah, will recommend goals, metrics, policies, and actionable plans for reforming Delhi’s higher education system within a year. “Nalanda 2.0, a non-profit policy think tank with a mission to make India’s higher education system world class, is the knowledge partner of DDC on this initiative,” a government official said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe other members of the committee are Pramod Bhasin, founder Genpact and co-founder Ashoka University; Arindam Bhattacharya, senior partner and Director, BCG; Abhishek Gupta, skill development expert; Pankaj Jalote, Founding Director, IIIT Delhi; Devesh Kapur, Director of Asia Programs and Professor, Johns Hopkins University; Gaurav Khanna, Assistant Professor of Economics, UC San Diego; Sandeep Kumar, Secretary (Higher Education), Delhi government; among others. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy CM Manish Sisodia said this initiative furthers the government’s commitment to transform the education system in the national capital. “Over the last few years, Delhi came to be known all over the world for the innovations in its government schools – be it the happiness curriculum, infrastructure overhaul, teacher training initiatives or more recently entrepreneurship curriculum. We also wish to make Delhi a knowledge and innovation centre where some of the best talent in the world would want to live, study, and work as faculty members, students, and professionals,” Sisodia said.last_img read more

Highlighting the role of regional organizations in preventing conflict, peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the United Nations is committed to building up their capacity to meet global challenges. Addressing a Security Council debate on the role of regional and sub-regional organizations in maintaining international peace and security, Mr. Ban said the UN’s partnerships with such groups are “stronger and more active than ever.” In the past year, the UN has demonstrated its commitment to cooperating with regional organizations, he pointed out. The world body has established a joint peacekeeping force and held political mediations for the war-ravaged Darfur region of Sudan with the African Union (AU), while it has worked closely with the European Union (EU) to protect civilians in neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR). Also this year, the UN has also worked with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regarding Myanmar; collaborated with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to support elections in that region; partnered with the Organization of American States (OAS) to provide assistance to Haiti during its elections; and regularly consulted with the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and League of Arab States. This kind of cooperation, Mr. Ban said at the debate, which also heard from dozens of speakers including representatives of regional organizations, is “delivering results on the ground as well as lessons for the future,” and also provides “a better understanding of our respective strengths and advantages.” Additionally, working with regional and sub-regional organizations allows for a more prompt response at the start of a crisis and for more effective post-conflict peacebuilding efforts, he said. “We need to build on these strengths together, find better and more efficient ways of tackling global challenges,” the Secretary-General said, pledging the UN’s support to bolster the organizations’ capacities to achieve sustainable peace in their respective regions. The need for further collaboration between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations was reiterated in a presidential statement read out by Hassan Wirajuda, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month. Recognizing the “growing contribution” made by these organizations, the statement said that they are “well positioned to understand the root causes of many conflicts and other security challenges close to home and to influence their prevention or resolution, owing to their knowledge of the region.” The Council also encouraged regional and sub-regional organizations to bolster cooperation among them, and emphasized the role they could play in curbing illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, as well as counter-terrorism efforts. 6 November 2007Highlighting the role of regional organizations in preventing conflict, peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the United Nations is committed to building up their capacity to meet global challenges. read more

Ganesan said that the manner in which Deepti Bogollagama behaved was harmful to national coexistence. It was reported that Deepthi Bogollagama had desecrated the temple of village deities Kaa’li, Murukan and Vairavar worshipped by Tamils at the hill-top of Maththa’la-malai in Kooniththeevu, a traditional Tamil village located near Champoor in the Moothoor division of Trincomalee.According to reports, while even police constables, accompanying the couple on an official visit, had removed their footwear before walking into the temple premises, the wife of the Governor behaved in a desecrating manner. “Eastern Province Governor Bogollagama’s wife Deepti Bogollagama behaves as if she is wife of a Colonial Governor! Harmful to National Coexistence,” Minister Mano Ganesan tweeted. Minister Mano Ganesan accused Eastern Province Governor Rohitha Bogollagama’s wife Deepti Bogollagama of behaving like the wife of a colonial Governor.Ganesan made the comment after Deepti Bogollagama was shown on a video verbally abusing some Tamil devotees in Trincomalee last week. After being reminded by the Tamil female devotees, she started to verbally attack the devotees and was seen taking photos of them with her mobile phone. (Colombo Gazette) read more

At the commencement of the session, the participants called on Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, who welcomed them and wished them a productive and enjoyable stay in Sri Lanka. Diplomats from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam, are attending these sessions. (Colombo Gazette) State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake who inaugurated the Dialogue, said Sri Lanka has always been a melting pot of diverse cultures and ethnicities as well as different religions, and its strategic geographical location has made it a unique international player since ancient times.Outlining the trajectory of Sri Lanka’s foreign relations and the challenges the country has faced through history, he said Sri Lanka was well positioned to be a knowledge center for international relations. In their interactions with each other and their Sri Lankan counterparts, he encouraged the visiting diplomats to be forward looking and to collectively seek to anticipate future trends and how to deal with them, in the region and the world. The two week long programme is held as part of the Economic Diplomacy Programme (EDP) of the Foreign Ministry and will primarily focus on Sri Lanka’s Economy with special emphasis on its emergence as a ‘Hub of the Indian Ocean’ and as a trade, investment, and tourist destination, while showcasing Sri Lanka’s international brands, entrepreneurship, as well as important strides in research and innovation. It will also explore Sri Lanka’s rich history and culture, aspects of foreign policy including positions on international politics, and thematic issues – good governance, sustainable development, and right to information, social media and cyber security. Sri Lanka’s key government officials, academics, scientists, and business leaders will participate in the discussions, and a 3- day field visit will follow. Acting Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha addressing the diplomats said their presence was a reflection of the importance their respective Governments placed on relations with Sri Lanka. He expressed confidence that through this Dialogue Sri Lanka will not only be informing them about how Sri Lanka is straddling the many politico- economic and social challenges of our times, but that in turn would also be informed of the perspectives their respective countries and regions have on each of these subjects. He said their remaining engaged with Sri Lanka – both professionally and personally, would be a tremendous support to the efforts by our respective Missions in or accredited to their capitals, as they seek to strengthen bilateral relations between the countries.The Foreign Ministry said that under the EDP, having analyzed patterns of recent economic flows and the potential within each target market, the Foreign Ministry has set specific performance targets to be accomplished on exports, investment, tourism and foreign employment for each Mission. Also in collaboration with the relevant line Ministries and the private sector, 10 Sri Lanka Missions abroad in emerging markets are being supported in carrying out targeted campaigns that would enhance Sri Lanka’s global footprint and bring tangible economic benefits to Sri Lanka. Programmes are being initiated to promote ICT products and services and also organic food products in Sweden, apparel, textile & footwear in South Africa, fresh and processed food in Bahrain, Gems and Jewellery in Turkey, spices and apparel in Brazil, wellness tourism in the UAE, inward investment from the Republic of Korea and Japan, and outward investment in Myanmar and Nepal. Ten Sri Lanka Missions abroad in emerging markets are being supported in carrying out targeted campaigns that would enhance Sri Lanka’s global footprint and bring tangible economic benefits to Sri Lanka, the Foreign Ministry said today.The Sri Lanka Foreign Policy and Economic Diplomacy Dialogue, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commenced on Monday ( 15 October) with the participation of mid-career diplomats from 23 countries from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Australasia. read more

Congratulating the Palestinian people for their recent election, the Council President for February, Ambassador John Bolton of the United States, read out a statement on behalf of the members welcoming President Abbas’ affirmation that the Palestinian Authority remains committed to the Road Map outline peace plan, previous agreements and obligations between the parties, and a negotiated two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Noting the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people, the statement reaffirmed the Council’s continuing interest in the fiscal stability of the caretaker government, “consistent with clear reform and austerity benchmarks,” Mr. Bolton said.“The Security Council notes that major donors have indicated that they will review future assistance to a new Palestinian Authority government against that government’s commitment to the principles of non-violence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations,” he added.Both parties were reminded of their obligations “including on movement and access.” The Council called on them to avoid unilateral actions which prejudice final status issues.“The Security Council underlines the need for the Palestinian Authority to prevent terrorist attacks and dismantle the infrastructure of terror,” Mr. Bolton said, reiterating the Council’s view that “settlement activity must stop” and its concern about the route of the separation barrier.“The Security Council reaffirms its profound attachment to the vision of two democratic States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security,” he said. read more

“In the coming days we hope to reach more people, not only in Aden but throughout Yemen,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Meanwhile, in the latest report on the toll the fighting is taking, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported that at least 165 civilians, including 53 children and 23 women, were killed between 3 and 15 July, and another 210 were injured during this period. “The majority of the casualties are reported to have been caused by air strikes, but civilians are also regularly being injured and killed by mortar fire and in street fighting,” OHCHR Spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland.“The total death toll since 26 March is now at least 1,693 civilians, with another 3,829 injured,” Mr. Colville said.Reports suggest that Houthi-affiliated Popular Committees have actively been recruiting fighters, including children, who have been posted across the towns.Ground clashes, shelling, sniping and detonation of Improvised Explosive Devices also continued between the Houthi-affiliated Popular Committees and armed groups loyal to former President Saleh on one side and the Local Popular Committees on the other side, the spokesman said.As humanitarian needs mounted and intense fighting continued in Yemen, WFP announced that the MV Han Zhi, with 3,000 metric tonnes of food – enough to feed 180,000 people for one month – docked at Aden’s oil port of Al-Buraiqa. Although the ship had arrived off Aden on 26 June, it had been forced to wait over three weeks for a safe window to berth, according to the agency. “This is a major breakthrough for our humanitarian response in Yemen. While we have been able to reach several southern areas by land, docking at the port of Aden allows us to accelerate our response to meet urgent needs in southern Yemen,” said WFP’s Mr. Hadi.WFP said it had made repeated attempts to send ships to Aden, all of which until today were blocked due to severe fighting in the port area. Despite insecurity and extreme difficulties reaching Aden by road, WFP said it had delivered food to displaced families in the governorate. Through its local partner, WFP last reached Aden on 14 July with emergency food assistance for more than 27,000 people.“More WFP-chartered ships are on stand-by near Aden carrying fuel and more food,” the agency said.The number of food-insecure people in Yemen is close to 13 million, including more than 6 million people who cannot survive without external assistance, it said.The human rights spokesman said “the conflict continues to take a serious toll on civilians, both in terms of direct violence and in terms of the effect on many economic, social and cultural rights.” read more

Artist’s rendering of the Sir Isaac Brock sculptureIn life, Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock defended a nation from invasion. In his heroic death, he helped etch a path leading to the birth of Canada, a country that 200 years later is still identified as one of the best places on earth to live.Today, Brock University honoured its namesake by commissioning renowned Canadian artist Danek Mozdzenski to create a bronze sculpture of The Saviour of Canada. It will stand on the University’s St. Catharines campus in the heart of the Niagara region, 16 kilometres from where Brock fell while leading his soldiers in the Battle of Queenston Heights.The ambitious project is proceeding because its $1-million cost is being paid by a generous donation from local businessman David S. Howes, a longtime supporter of the University and a past chair of its Board of Trustees.Mozdzenski, famous for his statue of Lester B. Pearson on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, will begin work immediately on the Brock sculpture, which is expected to be unveiled in autumn 2014 as a major part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Rising more than 15 feet from the ground, it will have a prominent position on the North Mall of the campus, in front of the Arthur Schmon Tower.For Howes, the striking double life-sized commemoration will fulfill many important roles: an inspiring sense of identity for students, a treasured landmark for Niagara residents, and a destination for all Canadians who cherish their country’s history.“This piece speaks to the character of Isaac Brock, his courage and leadership,” said Howes, “and it reflects the spirit of the students, staff and faculty of Brock University. It was my absolute pleasure to provide the necessary financial support for the University to move forward with this historic commemoration to its namesake.”University President Jack Lightstone said the iconic sculpture will exude a sense of strength and tradition, reflecting Sir Isaac Brock’s values and inspiration in a way that builds on the Niagara region’s rich history and geography.“The University has always been very proud to bear the name of Sir Isaac Brock,” said Lightstone, “and this exciting project will forever celebrate the milestone of our 50th anniversary. We are extremely grateful to Dave Howes for his vision and generosity, and we are also grateful to others whose dedication helped a dream come to fruition.”The artist and his design were selected from among 27 bids received after a request for proposals earlier this year. They were reviewed by a selection committee, who assessed how well the submissions reflected criteria set out in the RFP.The RFP and commissioning process have been managed by Cultural Asset Management Group, a Markham-based company with extensive experience in the private and public sectors of the art world.View the artist’s drawing of the Brock sculpture online read more

first_img(Elise Amendola/AP/Press Association Images)Stephen Colbert pays tribute to the Boston Marathon victims http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbHMRpdk3_4SPORT RETURNED TO TD Gardens on Wednesday night, two days after the Boston Marathon bombings which killed three and left at least 170 more injured.Emotions ran high as a moving tribute to the victims of Monday’s attacks was shown on the big screens ahead of the Boston Bruins’ NHL match against the Buffalo Sabres.That was followed by a hair-raising rendition of the US national anthem, started by singer Rene Rancourt but taken up almost immediately by what sounded like every single one of the 17,565 fans in attendance.It would give you chills.last_img read more

first_imgA “PROFOUNDLY TROUBLED” United States condemned reports Saturday that an American teenager detained in Israel was “severely beaten” while in police custody, amid heightened tensions with Palestinians.The parents of Tariq Abu Khder, a 15-year-old cousin of a Palestinian youth murdered earlier this week, have told AFP that their son was arrested in Shuafat after being beaten by police on Thursday during his holiday stay in the area.State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States “strongly condemn(s) any excessive use of force,” referring to the alleged beating. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesClashes have erupted in recent days, sparked by the abduction and murder of Tariq’s cousin Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, as autopsy reports showed he was burned alive.Palestinians said Jewish extremists killed him in revenge for the kidnapping and murder in the West Bank last month of three Israeli teenagers.Tariq was still in Israeli custody, Psaki confirmed, adding that a US consulate official had visited him Saturday.“We are profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten while in police custody,” Psaki said in a statement.“We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force.”Rocket fire targeting Israel from Gaza has also increased, raising fears of an escalation with the Islamist movement Hamas, which controls the Palestinian enclave.“We reiterate our grave concern about the increasing violent incidents, and call on all sides to take steps to restore calm and prevent harm to innocents,” Psaki said.Video of the incidentA video circulating on social media shows what appears to be Israeli border police beating and kicking a handcuffed semi-conscious figure — believed to be Tariq — before dragging him away.The parents, who saw their son in an Israeli hospital, said they were told Tariq had been arrested for being masked.Police spokeswoman Luba Samri could not confirm it was Tariq in the video, but said the footage was from the arrest of a group of six Palestinians, including Tariq.The justice ministry, meanwhile, said it was investigating the video.Samri said police found a sling on Tariq, who had attacked police and resisted arrest, while others were throwing stones and Molotov cocktails, wounding six police.Tariq is due to appear before a Jerusalem court on Sunday.- © AFP, 2014Read: US: Sickening that Palestinian teen’s life has been stolen>Read: Palestinian teen ‘burned alive’, post-mortem suggests>last_img read more

first_img Inquiry into Melco Resorts acquisition to determine whether Crown Resorts still suitable to hold NSW gaming license Melco Resorts defers acquisition of second tranche of Crown shares until conclusion of regulatory inquiry Hong Kong Jockey Club cites “serious integrity concerns” in complaint over Crown Resorts-owned betting exchange Load More RelatedPosts Australian casino operator Crown Resorts has scored a major win for its AU$2.2 billion development at Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct after the Supreme Court of NSW found that the Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA) had breached an agreement between the two regarding lines of sight.The ruling comes four months after Crown commenced legal proceedings against the BDA in relation to a proposed development within the same area that threatens the expansive views of Sydney Harbour that Crown Sydney is set to enjoy once complete in 2021. Crown and its development partner Lendlease had previously signed a Crown Development Agreement with the BDA based on the original concept plan for the area which, among other stipulations, required the BDA to “negotiate in good faith” with both companies on any proposed developments that differed from the concept plan.In a judgement delivered on Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that the BDA, “has breached the development agreements between it, Crown Sydney Property and two Lendlease parties.“This was because the Authority had considered various bids to develop Central Barangaroo without first discussing and negotiating, with Crown and Lendlease, ways to retain the sight lines that the Crown and Lendlease buildings would otherwise enjoy to the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.”The court described the views as being “of great value to Crown and Lendlease respectively.”Justice Robert MacDougall is set make his orders in the case on Monday.When complete, Crown Sydney will stand 271-meters tall and boast a six-star hotel, Sydney’s most expensive residential apartments and a casino designated exclusively for VIPs.Barangaroo will also make Crown the only company operating casinos in each of Australia’s two biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne.last_img read more

first_img 26 Share your voice Tags Commentscenter_img If you need the whir of a fan to fall asleep, you’re not alone. Many people use white noise-like sounds to drown out unwanted noises. Emily Keegin/Getty Images If you’ve used a fan, air conditioner or even the sound of clothes tumbling in a dryer to help you fall asleep, you’re far from alone. Many people need a comforting, familiar and consistent sound to doze off at night.That’s because it’s typically not sound itself that wakes us up or keeps us from falling asleep in the first place. Rather, it’s the harsh changes in sound that wake us up — think a slamming door, a barking dog, a crack of lightning.That’s where sleep sounds come in. By filling our bedrooms with a constant sound, we can muffle those outside sounds and create a more soothing environment.However, the sounds we typically associate with white noise, such as the whirl of a fan or static on TV, often are not white noise at all. You may in fact be listening to something closer to pink noise, blue noise or brown noise.colors-of-noiseAll the different “colors” of noise resonate with different amplitudes at different frequencies. They can all help you sleep, but it’s worth experimenting with the different sounds. Wikipedia What’s a sound wave, anyway?OK, let’s dig in to a bit of science. You can deconstruct sound waves into two components:Frequency, which refers to how quickly the wave vibrates per second and is measured in Hertz units (distant memories of high school science coming back yet?). One Hertz means one vibration per second.Amplitude, also called power, which refers to the size of the waves. This is usually measured in decibels, a measure of the volume or intensity of sound.All the different colors of sound vibrate at different frequencies, and their names are loosely analogous to the colors of light. For example, white noise emits all of the frequencies audible to human ears, just like white light contains all of the colors of light visible to the human eye.Don’t confuse the colors of sound with ambient noise, which refers to the background noise present in any given setting; for instance, the rumble of a train mixed with passenger chatter, or the rustle of leaves in the wind mixed with the chirping of birds.The colors of sound are continuous, unchanging signals at a particular frequency and amplitude.This article goes over four colors of sound commonly used for sleep, what they sound like and how to try them out.marpac-dohm-classic-white-noiseThe self-proclaimed original white noise machine, Marpac has manufactured versions of its Dohm Classic since 1962. Marpac White noiseThe legacy of sleep sounds, white noise has lulled people to sleep for ages. Because white noise encompasses all of the frequencies any person can possibly hear (about 20 Hertz to 20 thousand Hertz), it holds the potential to block out any outside sound.The consistency of white noise creates a tried-and-true masking effect, which can help people fall asleep faster. White noise sounds like the static you hear when you accidentally tune cable TV to an unused channel.Try it: Because it’s the most popular of all the colors, virtually every sleep sound app includes it. You can also find tons of products that use white noise, such as this Marpac white noise machine with more than 10,000 five-star reviews.Pink noisePink noise has recently become the darling of all the sleep sounds, presumably due to the fact that recent research has shown pink noise to increase time spent in deep sleep and improve memory. Pink noise is a mix of high and low frequencies, like the sound of failing rain or gentle ocean waves, making it soft and calming. It also has more power in the lower frequency bands than white noise does, and those strong bass tones make it sound less harsh to the human ear.Because it comprises both high and low frequencies, it also has sound blocking benefits that can help to drown out distracting noises that keep you from falling asleep. For example, if you live in an apartment complex where people come and go all night, pink noise may help you drown out the sounds of revving engines or footsteps.Try it: Check out Honeywell’s DreamWeaver Sleep Fan, a small bedside fan that emits pink noise along with the oscillation and cooling of a fan.honeywell-dream-weaverThe Dreamweaver is a new product from Honeywell that combines an oscillating fan and pink noise for ultimate snoozing. Honeywell Brown noiseThink of brown noise like a deeper version of pink noise, with even more bass tones and low-frequency concentrated energy. It sounds dampened compared to white noise, but somehow stronger, comparable to hard ocean surf during a storm or the rumble of a brass instrument humming a low note.Unlike the other sounds, brown noise isn’t named after the actual color brown. Instead, brown noise gets its name from its similarity to the Brownian motion, the random and speedy movement of particles in liquid.Try it: The LectroFan Classic has 10 variations of noise, encompassing white, pink and brown. You can also find brown noise on most sleep sound apps. lectrofan-classicLectrofan makes a small bedside noise machine that emits a variety of different “colors” to help you sleep. Lectrofan Blue noiseThe energy of blue noise is mostly concentrated at the high-frequency end, with very few deep tones to balance it out. As such, blue noise sounds similar to the hiss of a kinked water hose. If you’re not sensitive to high-pitched sounds, blue noise does a great job of heavily masking outside noises.It’s harsh at loud volumes, but audio engineers often use blue noise for dithering, a process where they intentionally add noise to a production, such as a song remix, in order to smooth out the sound.Try it: Because blue noise is harsher than the other colors, not many manufacturers include it in basic sleep sound machines. If you really like blue noise, you’ll probably have to fork out more change for a higher-end device that allows you to mix and customize sounds at different frequencies, like the Sound Oasis S-5000 Deluxe Sleep Sound Therapy System. There is, however, an Android app that claims to be the only app dedicated to just blue noise and White Noise for iOS has a blue noise track.Which color of noise is best for sleep?The truth is, we don’t know. No one knows for sure, because no scientists have conducted research that explicitly compares different colors of sound in a controlled setting. To find out which type of noise helps you sleep best, test them all out with an app.I like White Noise Lite for iOS. I’ve had the lite version on my phone for years, using it whenever I need a little assistance dozing off. It has all the different colors of sound explained in this article, plus some other familiar sounds, such as air conditioner, oscillating fan, light rainfall and thunderstorm. You can even mix tracks to create the perfect sleep sound cocktail for you.Once you find a sound you like and that has consistently helped you fall asleep, consider purchasing a sleep sound machine, such as the LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine, which has 20 sounds to choose from. Machines often offer higher definition sound and can reach louder volumes than a phone can. Sleeplast_img read more

first_imgA man walks past a TV broadcasting a news report on the dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site, in Seoul, South Korea, 24 May, 2018. Photo: ReutersNorth Korea followed through on a pledge to blow up tunnels used for nuclear testing on Thursday, media reported, as part of steps that have reduced tension on the Korean peninsula and raised the possibility of a summit with the United States.North Korea has conducted all six of its nuclear tests at the Punggye-ri site, which consists of tunnels dug beneath Mount Mantap in the northeast of the country.A small group of international media selected by North Korea was on hand to witness the demolition, which Pyongyang says is proof of its commitment to end nuclear testing.The destruction of the site began at about 11am with the blowing up and collapsing of a tunnel and an observation post.After some time, it destroyed another tunnel and other facilities, then a third tunnel and another observation post.About five hours after beginning the operation, it destroyed two military barracks, South Korean media said in pool reports.The North Korean offer to scrap the test site has been seen as a major concession in months of easing tension between it, on the one hand, and South Korea and the United States on the other.But the progress appears to have been checked this month with North Korea raising doubts about an unprecedented June 12 summit in Singapore between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and US president Donald Trump.The North objects to US demands that it unilaterally give up its arsenal of nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles.Last week, Trump sought to placate North Korea after it threatened to call off the summit, saying Kim’s security would be guaranteed in any deal and his country would not suffer the fate of Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya, unless that could not be reached.But the reference to the case of Libya has angered North Korea.’DUMMY’In a statement released by North Korean media on Thursday, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui called US vice president Mike Pence a “political dummy” for comparing North Korea – a “nuclear weapons state” – to Libya, where Gaddafi gave up his unfinished nuclear development programme, only to be later killed by NATO-backed fighters.”It is to be underlined, however, that in order not to follow in Libya’s footstep, we paid a heavy price to build up our powerful and reliable strength that can defend ourselves and safeguard peace and security in the Korean peninsula and the region,” Choe said.Choe said the fate of the summit was “entirely” up to the United States.”We will neither beg the US for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us,” said Choe.She said she could suggest to leader Kim that North Korea reconsider the summit if the United States offended the North’s goodwill.China, North Korea’s sole main ally, said it hoped the summit between Kim and Trump could proceed smoothly, after Trump cast further doubt over whether it would go ahead.Both countries should cherish the opportunity and all parties should ensure that dialogue leads to a positive outcome, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular briefing.Trump said on Wednesday he would know next week whether the summit would take place as scheduled.White House aides are preparing to travel to Singapore this weekend for a crucial meeting with North Korean officials to discuss the agenda and logistics for the summit, said US officials in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity.last_img read more

first_imgC-MIMI brings together informatics and machine learning experts to discuss state-of-the-art methods, best practices and tools for research, as well as regulatory and business considerations.”The SIIM C-MIMI conference has become the must-attend event for medical imaging researchers in machine intelligence. The research presented here will advance the state of the science in our field. We are thrilled to host it in Baltimore this year at Johns Hopkins,” said Paul Nagy, Ph.D., SIIM chair, deputy director, JHM Technology Innovation Center, associate professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.In addition to the Google Cloud and FDA keynote addresses, the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute and over 30 scientific abstract presentations will highlight this conference.Related ContentVIDEO: Examples of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging DiagnosticsVIDEO: Development of Artificial Intelligence to Aid RadiologyHow Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical ImagingVIDEO: The Future of Imaging InformaticsFor more information: www.siim.org/2017cmimi FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative 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 September 21, 2017 — The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) recently announced several corporate and government experts as the keynote speakers for the 2nd SIIM Scientific Conference on Machine Intelligence in Medical Imaging (C-MIMI). The conference will be held Sept. 26-27 in Baltimore, Md., at the Johns Hopkins University.Presentations will feature:Gregory J. Moore, M.D., Ph.D., VP Healthcare, Google Cloud. Moore, who will discuss “Intelligent Medical Imaging at Scale: Insights from Applying Deep Learning,” is an engineer (MIT Ph.D.), practicing neuroradiologist, informaticist and innovator. As Google’s senior global healthcare leader, Moore leads the healthcare vertical for Google Cloud and partners closely with various Google teams (i.e. Brain) and the Alphabet companies (i.e. DeepMind), to guide and develop innovative healthcare products and solutions leveraging machine learning/artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics at scale;Berkman Sahiner, Ph.D., leader, DIDSR Image Analysis Laboratory, U.S. Food and Drug Administration. As the leader at the Division of Imaging, Diagnostics and Software Reliability at the FDA, Sahiner performs research related to evaluation of medical imaging and computer-assisted diagnosis devices. In his talk, “FDA Perspectives on Machine Learning and Software Development for Medical Image Interpretation”, Sahiner will discuss some of the recent developments, such as a newly-approved DeNovo device, as well as the new PDA Pre-Cert pilot for software devices. The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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first_imgAssociated PressFORT MEADE, Md. (AP) – A military judge on Thursday accepted the terms under which an Army private would plead guilty to seven charges for sending classified documents to Wikileaks.Col. Denise Lind ruled during the third day of a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade for Pfc. Bradley Manning.The ruling doesn’t mean the pleas have been formally accepted. That could happen in December.But Lind approved the language of the offenses to which Manning would admit. Quick workouts for men Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix She said those offenses carry a total maximum prison term of 16 years.Manning made the offer as a way of accepting responsibility for the leak. Government officials have not said whether they would continue prosecuting him for the other 15 counts he faces, including aiding the enemy. That offense carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.Under the proposal, Manning would admit to willfully sending the following material: a battlefield video file, some classified memos, more than 20 Iraq war logs, more than 20 Afghanistan war logs and other classified materials. He would also plead guilty to wrongfully storing classified information.Meanwhile, Manning’s lawyers are arguing that the charges against the soldier should be dismissed because of what they call needlessly harsh treatment during Manning’s nine months of confinement in a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va.Manning remains on the list of prospective witnesses. Others include a military psychiatrist who examined Manning at Quantico, and the former commander of the confinement facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to which Manning was later moved.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

first_imgDr Mahesh Sharma, India’s Minister of Tourism, Culture & Civil Aviation, recently held a workshop with several leading industry stakeholders, in an effort to devise the policy. The new national tourism policy include infrastructure, including the need for connectivity in remote areas, e-ticketing, visas, safety and security, and tax incentives for the hotel and transport sectors.It was also agreed that the new national tourism policy should be measurable, with deliverable timeframes on each issue and specific people assigned to each task. The 2015 plan will continue to concentrate on the ‘seven Ss’ used in previous policy – swagat (welcome), soochna (information), suvidha (facilitation), suraksha (security), sahyog (cooperation), samrachana (infrastructure development) and safai (cleanliness).“It will also give a serious thought to the causes of non-implementation of various schemes under 2002 policy,” mentioned Dr Sharma.In terms of tourism sectors, India is planning to develop the soft adventure, wildlife, desert, nature and wellness tourism industries. The development of the new national tourism policy forms part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s increased focus on the tourism industry.last_img read more

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