Train bus collision in Beruwala

He said that the bus was heading back to Kandy with a group of people after a function when the accident took place. The police said that four of those injured were in serious condition and were transferred to the ICU. SSP Jayakody said that the injured people were admitted to the Nagoda hospital for treatment. (Colombo Gazette) A train rammed into a bus at Rockland junction in Beruwala late this evening injuring at least 23 people.Acting police media spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody said that the accident had taken place at an unprotected level crossing. The train was heading to Galle from Colombo when it crashed into the bus at the level crossing. read more

Chronic illnesses UN stands up to stop 41 million avoidable deaths per

That was the scene on Thursday, at UN Headquarters in New York, when around 500 people gathered to talk about the prevention and control of chronic illnesses – officially called non-communicable diseases, or NCDs.Every year, 41 million people are killed prematurely by preventable chronic illnesses, which Dr. Ghebreyesus declared a “needless suffering, expense and death.” The figure represents 70 per cent of all deaths globally.What’s more, NCDs affect mostly the poor. Of that 41 million total, 85 per cent are in developing countries. “With an increasingly globalized world, longer life expectancy, a rapidly changing climate and increasing levels of urbanization, we are witnessing shifts – demographic and otherwise – that see the burden of NCDs rising in all nations,” said Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, who was speaking on behalf of UN chief António Guterres.In addition to explaining the importance of tackling climate change and pollution given their effects on public health, the Deputy Secretary-General insisted on the importance of tackling mental health disorders, including through suicide prevention; the harmful use of alcohol and drugs; as well as issues of under- and over-nutrition.The issue has gained such importance that – while overlooked in the Millenium Development Goals adopted in 2000 – it is now a major target of the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with Target 3.4, to “reduce by one-third pre-mature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment, and promote mental health and wellbeing,” by 2030.“I am here to tell you that we are dangerously off course,” warned WHO’s chief. “At the current pace, less than half of the world’s countries will meet that target.”“But we can change course,” he added. “We could prevent 10 million of these deaths by 2025,” he explained, referring to WHO’s “Best Buys”, a set of 16 practical interventions that are “cost-effective and feasible for all countries including low- and middle-income countries”. The list includes tobacco control measures, vaccination campaigns, and the production of food that contains less sugar, salt and fat.   Stressing that the “benefits go beyond health,” Dr. Ghebreyesus noted that “every dollar invested in the Best Buys, will yield a return of at least seven dollars”.He proposed the creation of a “coalition of champions” that would spearhead a three- to five-year commitment for the quick and intense implementation of the WHO interventions, and showcase their potential impact.Closing his remarks, the head of WHO said that three key things are needed in every country to “win the fight against NCDs” and achieve SDG Target 3.4: political commitment, domestic investment and universal health coverage so everyone can benefit from health care “without worrying about whether they can afford them.”To help advocate for the prevention and control of chronic illnesses worldwide, WHO also announced on Thursday that it had renewed the appointment of billionaire philanthropist and former New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, as WHO Global Ambassador for NCDs and injuries, for another two years. read more

Archbishop of York ordains his wife in first ceremony of its kind

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has ordained his wife in the first service of its kind in Britain. Mrs Sentamu was ordained alongside 11 others in York Minster on Sunday and said it felt right to explore her calling, ahead of her husband’s retirement next yearIt is the first time an Archbishop has ordained his wife, although the ceremony has been performed in the past by Bishops.Speaking to the Telegraph, a clearly overjoyed Mrs Sentamu said her path to ordination had been a 20-year journey.“It’s about connecting the church and society and executing a public role in my own right, not just through the person I’m married to!” she said.“With my husband retiring next summer, it felt right to explore a calling. She delighted in the varied backgrounds of those joining her in Sunday’s service: “It’s the tapestry of life,” she said. “God calls from all walks.“I know it’s not going to be all plain sailing – Jesus said life wasn’t going to be easy – but I know what I’m stepping into”. The new deacons will serve in the Diocese of York, a grouping of 607 churches, and will assist in leading worship as well as working in the local community. They will also serve as assistant curates in one of the 470 parishes in the diocese.The Sentamus’ roots are in Uganda, although they have lived and ministered in the UK for most of their adult lives.Dr Sentamu, who was born in Kampala, is the most senior black and minority ethnic cleric in the church.The sixth of thirteen children, he was educated by English missionaries and teachers in Uganda and practised Law in the country before being briefly imprisoned for speaking out against Idi Amin’s regime. He fled to the UK in 1974 with Margaret, whom he had met at university in Kampala.Mrs Sentamu worked for a number of years in the private, public and third sectors which included a period as Senior Selection Secretary, overseeing the team responsible for the recruitment of future clergy for the Church of England.She has also acted as a Non-executive director of the Leeds & York Mental Health Trust and  Lay Adjudicator for the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. She is currently a curate at St Chad’s in York.She is trustee and patron of a number of charities mainly to do with education, health and poverty and domestic abuse. From 1997 to 1999, Dr Sentamu was Adviser to the Stephen Lawrence Judicial Inquiry. He also chaired a review of the police investigation into the death of Damilola Taylor, a 10-year-old schoolboy who was stabbed to death in south London in 2000.In 2007, he removed his clerical collar and cut it into pieces during an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show in protest at Robert Mugabe, saying he would not replace it until the Zimbabwean president was gone. Ten years later he put a new collar round his neck in another appearance on the show, days after Mugabe was forced out.Dr Sentamu has been Archbishop of York and a member of the House of Lords for 14 years. His departure from the number two position in the Church of England next year will leave a vacancy some have hoped would one day be filled by a woman.When he announced his retirement last year, Dr Sentamu said: “I am deeply grateful to Her Majesty the Queen for graciously allowing me to continue as archbishop of York until June 2020 in order to enable me to complete the work to which I have been called.” 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. read more

Delo products performance highlighted in PTNNT mine case study

first_imgChevron Products Company, a division of Chevron and the maker of Delo brand technologically advanced engine oils. lubricants and coolants has released a new case study highlighting the performance of Delo 400 Multigrade SAE 15W-40 and Delo Extended Life Coolant at PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (PTNNT) copper mines, located on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa.PTNNT operates a fleet of 111 Caterpillar 793 Haul Trucks, which run 24 hours a day, seven days a wekk, under harsh mining conditions. The trucks are powered by Cat 3516 engines and typically experience 500 hours oil drains and 12,000 coolant service cycles. PTNNT uses Delo 400 Multigrade SAE 15W-40 and Delo Extended Life Coolant to protect its engines. After a complete engine teardown and inspection of one of the Cat 3516 engines following 18,600+ hours of operation, PTNNT found the engine components to be in “pristine condition” with minimal wear.last_img read more

Slants Redskins get boost from trademark ruling

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks, ruling in favor of an Asian-American rock band called the Slants and giving a major boost to the Washington Redskins in their separate legal fight over the team name.The justices were unanimous in saying that the 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes free speech rights guaranteed in the Constitution’s First Amendment.“It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend,” Justice Samuel Alito said in his opinion for the court.Slants founder Simon Tam tried to trademark the band name in 2011, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the request on the ground that it disparages Asians. A federal appeals court in Washington later said the law barring offensive trademarks is unconstitutional and the Supreme Court agreed.The Redskins made similar arguments after the trademark office ruled in 2014 that the name offends American Indians and canceled the team’s trademark. That case, before a federal appeals court in Richmond, had been on hold while the Supreme Court considered the Slants case.last_img read more

Tcig Strengthen Ability To Respond Through Mass Casualty Training

first_img First Responders to get CDEMA training Hospital to take on nine to spurn interest in Healthcare Careers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, The Ministry of Health and Human Services through its National Health Emergency Management Unit hosted a training exercise on proper procedure in handling a mass casualty on Monday, March 9 through Saturday, March 14 2015 in Grand Turk at the Turks and Caicos Community College. The Facilitators were Mrs Mary Forbes, Health Disaster Coordinator and Ms Charlene Higgs, Health Educator; our own locally trained Mass Casualty Instructors who successively completed the “Train the Trainer Course” with Pan American Health Organization under the direction of Mr Delvin Ferguson who is currently the Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).Ms. Higgs stated “The Mass Casualty management Course is a didactic, multisectoral training course consisting of five days of lectures, field exercise and roleplaying, designed to sharpen the response skills of mass casualty responders, to effectively manage events in Human and/or other resources-challenged areas. It will culminate in a series of practical field exercises held at night to underscore nocturnal challenges.“The Turks and Caicos Islands must be in readiness for adequate response as we are not only in the hurricane path, but also have significant air traffic locally and internationally. Further TCI is in the flight path for many Trans-Atlantic and Caribbean flights.”The Objectives of the Course were as follows:To strengthen the capacity of the Turks and Caicos to respond to natural and man-made disasters.To ensure health sector procedures, roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and understood within the current public/private health care systemTo enhance Intersectoral co-operation and collaboration. “It was a great benefit to be a part of this exercise, particularly for Department of Disaster Management & Emergencies (DDME) where this level of preparation benefits the whole country” stated Rikardia Pardo, Hazard Mitigation Officer, DDME. “I am glad to see a continued investment in ensuring that TCIG is prepared in the event of any kind of substantial emergency”Participants were drawn from amongst the various response agencies in the TCI that would be front line responders in any mass casualty situation. On successful completion participants received a certificate in Mass Casualty Management through the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Pan American Health Organization. Recommended for you Related Items:ational Health Emergency Management Unit, Charlene Higgs, Health Disaster Coordinator, Mary Forbes, training Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp RBDF Commando Squadron Infantry Traininglast_img read more

Tropical Depression in Five Days Bahamas TCI on Alert

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 16, 2016 – The National Hurricane Center is saying that in five days, the region could again be looking at a Tropical Depression due to a large area of cloudiness and showers in the southwestern Caribbean Sea.Development will be slow for this low pressure system which will move either north or northeast.  We will keep an eye on it and keep you posted; the DDME issued notice yesterday morning of the weather system and a reminder that we are not yet out of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.   It ends on November 30th… at least officially. Related Items:last_img read more

Exclusive John Prine On The Tree Of Forgiveness Protest Music More

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 29, 2018 – 10:42 am John Prine On ‘The Tree Of Forgiveness’ Twitter Riding high on the widespread success of his latest album, the folk icon reveals a songwriting secret or two backstage at Newport Folk FestivalNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 28, 2018 – 7:20 am John Prine may not be a household name – unless you’re a songwriter. Since Prine released his groundbreaking self-titled debut album in 1971, he’s written some of the most heartfelt, clever, quirky, and enduring songs of his generation. In April of this year, the 71-year-old unleashed his first new batch of original tunes in 13 years with The Tree Of Forgiveness. The songs feel as natural and essential as Prine’s classics, and to no one’s surprise — except maybe his own — the folk and country music communities have taken quite a shine to his new material. Facebook News Prine stopped by backstage at the Newport Folk Festival to talk with us about how the album came together, the importance of imagery in lyrics, folk music’s power of protest, and a few of his songwriting secrets.The new music video for “Knockin’ On My Screen Door” features tons of all-star cameos, [including Margo Price, Sturgill Simpson, Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell, Dan Auerbach, and more]. How did the video collaboration with all of those folks come together?I’d worked with everybody in the video, and some of them were really good buddies of mine. It just felt like a normal day for me because I go to lunch with half of those people, and I co-own a studio with Fergie [David Ferguson] and that’s where Sturgill cut his record, and we cut Tyler Childers over there, felt like old home week. The fact that we got a video out at the end of the day, I thought that was pretty good.Your latest album, The Tree Of Forgiveness, felt like a gift to your fans; to get all-new music from you was a real treat. How did it feel to write and record a new collection of songs for the first time in quite a while?It was actually one of the easiest records I’ve ever made. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe in all the songs, I just I thought I was going to the studio to get maybe four songs that I liked, get them recorded, then take a break and write some more. But things were going so good. I kept remembering songs I hadn’t done … and that would turn out great, one after another. But the big surprise for me is that my records usually get received by my audience really good, but this record is something that’s crazy. It’s got stardust on it or something. It just keeps [going]. It’s got legs and it keeps on running around, and we do all 10 songs every night in our show. … It’s just a great feeling.I’ve noticed a lot of younger songwriters are using tools out of your toolbox, and you can hear it in the songs of Kasey Musgraves and Margo Price, who both name you as an influence. What does it feel like to influence this next generation of songwriters?Both these people that you’re talking about are so good anyway, and then when they tell me that they took certain things from the way I wrote, it’s such a huge compliment. It takes me awhile to hear what it is that they think is like John Prine that they put in their song, but after a while, I can tell. And it’s just a big compliment really.One of those devices I’ve always loved about your writing is your incredible use of imagery.Thank you. I try to include stuff that everybody can relate to. If you’re talking about a subject or an emotion that’s hard to put your finger on while you’re talking about it. If you mention there’s a chair and an ashtray in the song, then everybody starts relating to the ashtray and the chair, and pretty soon they get caught up in the emotion, and boom you got them.We’re learning all the secrets here today.That’s it. That’s my one secret. [laughs]It’s a good one. When we were driving to the festival today here in Newport, we saw a billboard with you and some lyrics from “Summer’s End.” Can you talk a little bit about writing that song?I wrote it with my good buddy Pat McLaughlin. Pat and I have been buddies for going on 35 years, and we didn’t write together maybe the first five years we knew each other, we were just buddies. And then, with The Missing Years, we started writing together. By the time we got around to just writing “Summer’s End,” when we go to write, we almost finish each other’s sentences. So, it’s hard to tell even after you sing the song where my mind left off and Pat’s came in or vice versa. … On that particular thing, we were throwing images back and forth and we both liked them so much. The only thing we had to stop for was to see if they phrased or occasionally rhymed. We went for this general mood. We didn’t talk about what we were going for, we just kept throwing images back and forth at each other to see if we were on the same plain, and it just worked out to be a really beautiful song.Folk music has always had a mainline into the protest sentiment. What does the song “Caravan Of Fools” mean to you?I wrote it with Pat McLaughlin, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, and our good friend David Ferguson that has the studio that I was talking about. We wrote six songs in two days. We were just hanging out. … They could have said, ‘Come on over, we’re gonna play cards.’ Instead, they said, ‘Come on over we’re gonna write songs.’ … I knew Dan Auerbach was getting ready to do his first solo record, and so I thought that the songs were supposed to be for Dan. And we wrote, like I say, six songs in nothing. I made everybody break for an hour to go get White Castle hamburgers, and then we went back to writing.The reason that I’m saying that about “Caravan Of Fools” being taken as a political song is to me when I sing it. But I never asked any of those guys if they were writing about anything [in particular] or what their politics were or anything. It’s just that the song to me has a connotation I would say of what’s going on. And it’s got more verses then there are original members of Trump’s cabinet too. … When I’m singing it, it’s a protest song.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email Exclusive: John Prine On ‘The Tree Of Forgiveness,’ Protest Music & More Exclusive: John Prine On ‘The Tree Of Forgiveness’ exclusive-john-prine-tree-forgiveness-protest-music-morelast_img read more

Arctic Subsea Fiber Optic Cable Project Begins Summer Marine Surveys

first_imgThe proposed network map for the the fiber optic cable. (Image via Arctic Fibre)A Canadian telecommunications company is implementing plans to lay a fiber optic cable from London to Tokyo by way of the U.S. and Canadian arctic, and is readying summer marine surveys to map exactly where it will lay the cable.When complete, several spurs off the main fiber line could mean high-speed broadband internet for many communities in northwest Alaska.Arctic Fibre is the company building the fiber backbone. Anchorage-based Quintillion Networks is the “middle mile” provider in Alaska who will link the fiber optic pipeline to local telecommunications providers in Nome, Kotzebue, and other communities in the Bering Strait and along the North Slope.Despite international complexity and an approximate $650 million price tag, Quintillion CEO Elizabeth Pierce said during a visit to Nome this week that the project is far enough along for marine surveys to start this summer, “which is actually ships in the water using sonar and video to map the whole route of the cable,” she said.“The cable will be built this winter to exactly match that route,” she added, with a timeline of laying the fiber in the arctic by summer 2015.Pierce’s presentation highlighted the sonar equipment Quintillion and Arctic Fibre intend to use in its surveying this summer. The company’s presentation showed the equipment to be similar to what some oil companies use in their undersea mapping process. While the risks mentioned in Quintillion’s presentation in Nome discussed issues that could negatively impact the fiber project, the company did not note what, if any, impact the sonar surveys and eventual subsea construction work could have on arctic ecosystems. The report also made no mention of potential impact on subsistence species.last_img read more

Brazils Bolsonaro open to hosting US military base

first_imgBrazil`s president Jair Bolsonaro is greeted by Augusto Heleno, Minister of Institutional Security, before meeting at the Secretariat of Security and Coordination presidential Cabinet in Brasilia, Brazil on 3 January 2019. Photo: ReutersBrazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that he would be open to the possibility of the United States operating a military base on his country’s soil, a move that would form a sharp shift in direction for Brazilian foreign policy.Bolsonaro, who took power on Tuesday, said that Russia’s support of president Nicolas Maduro’s “dictatorship” in neighbouring Venezuela had significantly ramped up tensions in the region and was a worrying development.Asked by the SBT TV network in an interview taped on Thursday if that meant he would allow US military presence in Brazil, Bolsonaro responded that he would certainly be willing to negotiate that possibility.”Depending on what happens in the world, who knows if we would not need to discuss that question in the future,” Bolsonaro said.He emphasised that what Brazil seeks is to have “supremacy here in South America.”The far-right leader is upending foreign policy dating back over a decade, which saw the leftist Workers Party emphasising South-South relations and sometimes tussling on the international stage with the United States.Bolsonaro, a 63-year-old former Army captain and admirer of both Brazil’s 1964 to 1985 military dictatorship and US president Donald Trump, has quickly deepened ties with the Unites States and Israel.Bolsonaro’s national security adviser, retired Army General Augusto Heleno, confirmed earlier on Thursday that the president wants to move Brazil’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, but that logistical considerations were standing in the way.Heleno did not elaborate. But the country’s powerful agriculture sector is opposed to moving the embassy from Tel Aviv and angering Arab nations that buy billions of dollars worth of Brazilian halal or “permissible” meat each year.Benjamin Netanyahu became the first Israeli prime minister to visit Brazil this week when he attended Bolsonaro’s inauguration. After a private meeting, Netanyahu said that Bolsonaro told him that moving the embassy was a matter of “when, not if.”Heleno said on Thursday, “there is a clear desire that this happens, but there has been no decision on a date.”He said he did not think exports would be threatened, arguing that Brazilian diplomats would work with Middle Eastern trading partners to ease concerns.Bolsonaro and some state governors in Brazil are looking to purchase drones and lean on the United States and Israel for other technology and know-how as they seek to dismantle powerful and heavily armed drug cartels.Separately, Bolsonaro met with the head of the World Trade Organisation, Roberto Azevedo, who said the government’s sharp rebukes of globalism were shared by many other countries and that the trade body was making changes.On Wednesday, Brazil’s new foreign minister Ernesto Araujo said that under his watch the country would fight for change at multilateral institutions like the WTO.Araujo’s words were not a threat, Azevedo said.”To the contrary, I think it was very propitious and compatible with what is happening,” he said after meeting Bolsonaro. “The World Trade Organisation itself is beginning the process of reforms.”Pension PendingOn the domestic front, Onyx Lorenzoni, Bolsonaro’s chief of staff, said after a first full meeting of the cabinet that the new administration was committed to an ambitious pension overhaul, and that a privatisation programme was still under evaluation.By early next week each minister should announce their top priority, Lorenzoni said.Bolsonaro’s economic team has promised to liberalise Brazil’s hidebound economy, rid the country of “socialism,” and enact conservative social measures in areas like education.On Wednesday, Bolsonaro unveiled plans to step up privatisations, toughen prison sentencing guidelines and hand control over indigenous land claims to the powerful agriculture ministry. Brazilian markets soared on promises to shrink government.Bolsonaro’s administration is made up of free market economists, statist former military generals, and religious ideologues, and it remains to be seen just how committed he is to liberalising the economy.Nonetheless, Bolsonaro tweeted on Thursday morning that privatisation of 12 Brazilian airports and four ports should attract 7 billion reais ($1.85 billion) in initial investment. He did not give further details.last_img

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wed August 16

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: of the nation is watching Baltimore after the city’s four Confederate monuments were removed overnight. We’ll discuss the implications with Ben Jealous, former president of the NAACP and Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, former Baltimore Chapter president of the NAACP and CEO of the Matthew Henson Community Development Corporation and community activist Owen Andrews. Plus, we’ll discuss tonight’s DOJ monitor candidates hearing at Morgan State University, with Lawrence Grandpre and Adam Jackson of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, as well as The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.…last_img read more

Ants in space find it tougher going than those on Earth

first_img Explore further Where ants go when nature calls The Ants In Space CSI-06 investigation looks at how an ant colony responds to the extreme environment of microgravity aboard the International Space Station to solve their collective need for resources. Data gathered from this study may help with algorithms for robotics on Earth. Credit: NASA Last summer, a team of researchers in the U.S. affiliated with several institutions across the country described experiments they were planning to conduct with ants by sending some to the International Space Station—they wanted to know how the ants would change their searching activities to compensate for the lack of gravity. Those experiments have been carried out and the team now reports that the ants showed a remarkable degree of adaptability and tenacity in carrying out their searching activities.Scientists still do not understand how ants band together as a unit to get work done—there is no central leader yet different ants fill different roles and all the things that need to happen to build and maintain a colony happen, most particularly, foraging, where ants check out new territory and then bring back food. Scientists know that the ants communicate by smelling antennae, or chemicals left on trails, but other than that, are baffled. The researchers on this new project were hoping watching ants deal with space conditions might help in understanding how they do what they do.The experiments consisted of having a group of ants start off in a box that served as a nest. At some point, a door would be opened allowing the ants access to new territory—they were filmed as they moved into the new territory and began searching. In watching the video, the researchers noted that the ants were far less efficient than ants in the exact same conditions back on Earth, they spent much more time simply trying to cling to walls, and quite often found themselves slipping and hanging in the air—oftentimes for several seconds, until they found something they could grab onto to bring them back to their task area—the end result was less territory searched or re-searched and more time taken to find resources.Thus far, it does not appear the ants in space experiment has yielded much else in the way of explaining how the ants know what to do and when, but, the team suggests, their ability to adapt to new surroundings and to continue searching might help other scientists looking to develop better computer algorithms for programming robots to do the same sorts of things. © 2015 More information: Collective search by ants in microgravity, Front. Ecol. Evol., 30 March 2015. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00025AbstractThe problem of collective search is a tradeoff between searching thoroughly and covering as much area as possible. This tradeoff depends on the density of searchers. Solutions to the problem of collective search are currently of much interest in robotics and in the study of distributed algorithms, for example to design ways that without central control robots can use local information to perform search and rescue operations. Ant colonies operate without central control. Because they can perceive only local, mostly chemical and tactile cues, they must search collectively to find resources and to monitor the colony’s environment. Examining how ants in diverse environments solve the problem of collective search can elucidate how evolution has led to diverse forms of collective behavior. An experiment on the International Space Station in January 2014 examined how ants (Tetramorium caespitum) perform collective search in microgravity. In the ISS experiment, the ants explored a small arena in which a barrier was lowered to increase the area and thus lower ant density. In microgravity, relative to ground controls, ants explored the area less thoroughly and took more convoluted paths. It appears that the difficulty of holding on to the surface interfered with the ants’ ability to search collectively. Ants frequently lost contact with the surface, but showed a remarkable ability to regain contact with the surface. Citation: Ants in space find it tougher going than those on Earth (2015, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. (—The results of a study conducted to see how well ants carry out their search activities in space are in, and the team that sent them there has written and published the results in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. They found that while the ants demonstrated a remarkable capacity to adapt to the weightlessness of space, they still found it much more difficult than ants performing the same sorts of activities back here on Earth.last_img read more

MRI May Predict Brain Bleeding Risk PostStroke Treatment

first_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Related Content News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School 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. Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more center_img 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 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. This release… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more This image combines pre- and post-treatment scans from the same patient. Analysis of the two scans revealed that the area and size of post-treatment bleeding corresponded to blood-brain barrier disruption (shown in green, yellow and red) prior to therapy. Image courtesy of Richard Leigh, NINDS.June 29, 2016 — In a study of stroke patients, investigators confirmed through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans an association between the extent of disruption to the brain’s protective blood-brain barrier and the severity of bleeding following invasive stroke therapy. The results of the National Institutes of Health-funded study were published in Neurology.These findings are part of the Diffusion and Perfusion Imaging Evaluation for Understanding Stroke Evolution (DEFUSE)-2 Study. The study was designed to see how MRIs can help determine which patients undergo endovascular therapy following ischemic stroke caused by a clot blocking blood flow to the brain. Endovascular treatment targets the ischemic clot itself, either removing it or breaking it up with a stent.The blood-brain barrier is a layer of cells that protects the brain from harmful molecules passing through the bloodstream. After stroke, the barrier is disrupted, becoming permeable and losing control over what gets into the brain.“The biggest impact of this research is that information from MRI scans routinely collected at a number of research hospitals and stroke centers can inform treating physicians on the risk of bleeding,” said Richard Leigh, M.D., a scientist at NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and an author on the study.In this study, brain scans were collected from more than 100 patients before they underwent endovascular therapy, within 12 hours of stroke onset. Leigh and his team obtained the images from DEFUSE-2 investigators.Using a new method of image processing, Leigh’s group was able to get detailed measurements on the extent to which the blood-brain barrier is disrupted following a stroke. Combining that data with findings from the DEFUSE-2 study revealed that large degrees of blood-brain barrier disruption were associated with severe bleeding following endovascular therapy. Extensive breakdown of the blood-brain barrier was associated with parenchymal hematoma, a form of bleeding in the brain that carries the greatest risk for the patient. In addition, the results showed a link between the location of blood-brain barrier damage and post-treatment brain bleeding.  Ischemic stroke patients are increasingly receiving combination therapy, endovascular treatment along with an intravenous drug known as tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA), to effectively break up clots in the brain. However, bleeding into the damaged brain tissue is a serious complication of both acute stroke therapies. t-PA has been shown to be most effective when given within a few hours of stroke onset, but the treatment window for endovascular therapy is unknown.“With the growing precision of brain imaging technology, researchers are able to get a detailed look at what is going on in the brain during a stroke. Innovative studies, such as DEFUSE-2, can help patients and their doctors make more informed decisions about medical care,” said Walter Koroshetz, M.D., director of NINDS.According to the authors, examining blood-brain barrier disruption on brain images may potentially help doctors identify patients not likely to benefit from endovascular therapy. “It is too early to say how these images will be able to help guide clinical decisions, but they can expand how we think about stroke, especially as we try to broaden treatment options for this disease that can have devastating consequences,” said Leigh.The DEFUSE-3 trial is currently underway, in which researchers will use imaging data to select patients for endovascular therapy up to 16 hours after stroke onset. The patients’ recovery will be closely monitored for three months following the treatment.  This study was supported by the NIH (NS039325, NS051372, NIH Intramural Program).For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Advanced Visualization | June 29, 2016 MRI May Predict Brain Bleeding Risk Post-Stroke Treatment NIH scientists develop technique that provides new insight into stroke Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more last_img read more

Offshore World Championship begins with 764 billfish releases

first_imgQUEPOS, Puntarenas – A fleet of 64 international teams from 24 countries paraded out of Marina Pez Vela and into the sailfish-rich Costa Rican waters this week for the start of the 15th annual Offshore World Championship sport fishing tournament. By the end of the first day, anglers had released an impressive 761 sailfish, three blue marlin and 27 dorado by the time the “lines in” call was made.The historic bite was on all day, with many teams scoring multiple releases. Team Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge, which represents Malaysia, caught-and-released 27 sailfish and two dorado to take the lead on day one, with 5459.20 points. The Championship Anglers are mainly targeting sailfish worth 200 points per release, but should they encounter and best a blue, black or striped marlin, they will earn 500 points per release. Game fish, which include tuna, wahoo and dorado, also score points and count for individual prizes.Following each day of fishing, the anglers enjoy themselves at the daily Dockside Socials at Marina Pez Vela with complimentary Flor de Caña rum, local Costa Rican beer, food provided by Runaway Bay Restaurant and live entertainment while the competitors check-in their release videos.The tournament’s primary sponsors are the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) and Marina Pez Vela. The Parador Resort and Spa, the host hotel for the championship anglers, sits high on the Pacific coastline within minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park. The tournament has grown within itself, but also within the local Quepos community.“The main impact is not only for the hotel, but also the local community,” says Jorge Rodriguez, resident manager of Parador Resort and Spa. “The tournament drives business to restaurants, attractions and transportation services. The community is 100 percent focused on this tournament.”The tournament fishing will continue throughout the week, ending on Thursday. The Awards Gala at Marina Pez Vela will honor the top teams, boats and anglers this Friday.Follow all the action live on the official online scorekeeper site: Facebook Comments Related posts:Here are photos of a rare white marlin caught off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast Future uncertain for shrimp trawling in Costa Rica Tuna company, fishermen and environmental groups squabble over unpublished fishing decree The Foxi Lady is on fire! 5 US boaters rescued at sea after onboard fire sinks shiplast_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A. As Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo landed after its first solo glide flight on Sunday, Virgin boss Richard Branson was enthusiastic about the programme’s progress.Sir Branson, who intends the SpaceShipTwo for tourists taking suborbital trips, hopes to bring his family on board the first flight into space, expecting this will be possible within 18 months to two years.“I would be surprised if twelve months from now we haven’t done our first test flight into space,” Mr Branson told reporters.“It’s a very big deal,” he said after Sunday’s glide flight.“There are a number of quite big deals on the way to getting commercial space travel to become a reality and this was a very big step.“We now know that the space ship glides. We know that it can be dropped safely from the mother ship and that it can land safely.”The next test for the spacecraft will involve the firing of its rocket motor, expecting to occur in the next few months according to Mr Branson.”Now, our challenge going forward will be to complete our experimental program, obtain our FAA license and safely bring the system into service at Spaceport America, New Mexico,” Virgin Galactic chief executive George Whitesides said in a statement.Virgin Galactic claim to have 370 seats booked, collecting USD50 million in deposits, each ticket costing USD200,000, reported.SpaceShipTwo can carry six passengers as it travels to outer space for a few minutes before returning to Earth. Passengers will experience weightlessness and get a view of the earth from the darkness of space, the news source said. last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Kolb finished his initial injury-plagued season in thedesert completing 57.7 percent of his passes for 1,955yards and 9 touchdowns against 8 interceptions and 7fumbles. He started just nine games — finishing eight —and did nothing to cement himself as the team’s QB of thefuture. That’s not to say Kolb will never be a starting QB in theNFL — for the Cardinals or anyone else — because he’sstill young and has shown flashes. And, according to Jamison Hensley of, theCleveland Browns would likely have interest should theCards cut ties with the former Eagle in the coming days.Adding Kolb makes sense for the Browns, even though hedoesn’t provide the playmaking ability of RG3 or the samebuzz as Flynn. According to Jason LaCanfora, the Cardinals are not ready to give the keysback to the 27-year-old QB just yet.The reality is Arizona is willing to walk away from him atthis point and isn’t committed to him long-term, andanything short of a huge 2012 breakthrough won’t changethat. If he does begin next season as the starter, hewon’t be on a long leash, given how the team closed underJohn Skelton. The Arizona Cardinals might sign Peyton Manning in thenext week, giving the team the elite starting QB it haslacked since Kurt Warner retired three years ago. Or, of course, they might not sign Manning, leaving themwith the same signal callers they finished last seasonwith.And while the Cards would undoubtedly talk about how muchfaith they have in both Kevin Kolb and John Skelton goingforward, reports are circulating that the team is ready topart with last year’s big investment after just oneseason. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke So, at least Kolb wouldn’t be unemployed for long. Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ But, the Cardinals did make a significant investment inthe player last summer, and may be hesitant to partwith him unless they can get a guy like Manning. last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterUltra-luxury cruise line, Seabourn, has signed a Letter of Intent for the construction of two ultra-luxury expedition ships with a new partnership between shipbuilders T.Mariotti and Damen, who will collaborate on the construction of the vessels under a common name MARIOTTI DAMEN Cruise.The ships will be a brand new innovative design, created specifically for the ultra-luxury expedition traveller. The vessels will include many signature features of Seabourn ships as well as a host of unique features designed to enhance the expedition experience. The first delivery is expected in June 2021 and the second ship is anticipated in May 2022.The 170-metre, 23,000-gross-ton vessels will add new capacity for Seabourn in Antarctica, the Arctic, and other exotic destinations around the world while meeting PC6 Polar Class standards.Each will feature 132 oceanfront veranda suites, which will be home for up to 264 guests.“This is a groundbreaking moment for Seabourn and for luxury travellers, who will now find a new standard of authentic yet luxurious expedition adventures in new and amazing destinations few people will ever see,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn.“The combination of immersive experience, fine accommodations, and sumptuous amenities offered by these new ships builds on the success of our current product lineup and further demonstrates our leadership as innovators as we continue offering the finest ultra-luxury cruises available.” Seabourn President, Richard MeadowsThe ships will offer amenities that will deliver an unparalleled guest experience in some of the most remote areas in the world. A new and exciting offering will be two submarines carried on-board, providing an unforgettable view of the world beneath the ocean’s surface. The ships will also be designed to carry a complement of kayaks and 24 Zodiac inflatable boats, which have operated as a part of the highly successful Ventures by Seabourn program offered in select destinations around the world.Robin West, Vice President of Expedition Operations and Planning for Seabourn said, “It’s been amazing to watch the growth of our expedition-style experiences since our first sailing to Antarctica in 2013 through today, where we now offer the Ventures by Seabourn program in a number of desirable destinations around the world.“A year ago we started developing the concept for this next chapter of our expedition story with dedicated ships built to take luxury travellers to the most coveted places on the planet and they will be thrilled to see these remote destinations in Seabourn style.”Seabourn will announce design and service details for the new ships beginning later this year. Specific details about itineraries and booking availability will be released in early 2019. The first ship is currently planned to sail in the Arctic in late summer 2021, with a full winter season in Antarctica to follow.Visit www.seabourn.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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