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Sri Lankan Prez warns against birth of a Muslim Prabhakaran

Sri Lankan Prez warns against birth of a Muslim Prabhakaran

first_imgColombo: Warning against the emergence of a “Muslim Prabhakaran”, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has called for unity among all communities in the country which saw the worst terror attack on Easter Sunday. Acknowledging that the country has now been divided, Sirisena, who spoke in Mullaitivu, a former bastion of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), said on Saturday that religious leaders and politicians in the country were divided today. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The President urged the public “not to leave room for a Muslim Prabhakaran to be born,” Colombo Gazette reported . Velupillai Prabhakaran was the founder and leader of the LTTE or the Tamil Tigers, a militant organisation that sought to create an independent Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka. The civil war in Sri Lanka that has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people ended with the killing of Prabhakaran by Sri Lankan army in 2009. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China”If we divide and fall apart the whole country will stand to lose. Another war will break out,” he warned. Following the Easter Sunday terror attacks on three Catholic churches and three luxury hotels by a local Islamist outfit with possible links to the Islamic State terror group, there were widespread attacks on the Muslim community. Sirisena lamented that most politicians are focused on the elections later this year and not the country. He said that the division is preventing the country from moving forward. The President said that he understands the issues faced by the Tamils and will address some of them, the report said. However, he said the past must be set aside and the country must unite to take the country forward. He said that there should not be room for extremism to prosper.last_img read more

JAYNE EASTWOOD TO RECEIVE ACTRA TORONTOS 2019 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

JAYNE EASTWOOD TO RECEIVE ACTRA TORONTOS 2019 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

first_imgTORONTO, Dec. 10, 2018 – On February 23, 2019, ACTRA Toronto will present its 2019 Award of Excellence to Jayne Eastwood, a Canadian character actor with 50 years’ experience acting in film, TV, stage and voicing animation.Eastwood’s film career started memorably in 1970 with Don Shebib’s Canadian film classic Goin’ Down the Road. She reprised the role of Betty in Down the Road Again in 2011. She has hundreds of screen titles to her credit in films such as Chicago, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Hairspray. Her TV work is extensive with recurring roles in SCTV, two of George Walker’s series: This is Wonderland and Living in Your Car, King of Kensington, Bizarre, Billable Hours, Train 48, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Riverdale, Annedroids, Material World, Haven and in Sinking Ship’s Dino Dan and Dino Dana. In 1998 she won a Gemini award for her work in Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore Story. Jayne is also a busy voice actor, her distinctive voice easily recognizable in titles such as The Care Bears Movie, Scaredy Squirrel, For Better or Worse, Bob and Margaret, Jo Jo’s Circus, among others too numerous to mention. She won a Gemini award for voicing Aunt Agatha in Noddy and Friends in 1999. She won an ACTRA Award for Best Actress in 1976, the Earle Grey Award for lifetime achievement in 1999 and the Dave Broadfoot Canadian Comedy Award in 2011. She has teamed up with Kathryn Greenwood, Robin Duke and Teresa Pavlinek in Women Fully Clothed which received a 2005 nomination for a Canadian Comedy Award for best sketch troupe. She is an inspiration to her fellow Canadian performers for having crafted a successful and well-rounded career while remaining in Canada. She continues to call Ontario home saying in an interview in ACTRA Toronto’s Performers magazine (Fall 2011), “I love this damn country.”“This is such a beautiful award because it comes from my union, my fellow actors, who I can honestly say I love,” says Jayne Eastwood. “I want to thank ACTRA for having worked so hard over many years to create a film and television industry that is a great place for us Canadian actors to work.” Advertisement Jayne Eastwood (CNW Group/ACTRA Toronto) Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ACTRA Toronto President Theresa Tova says, “Throughout her stellar career Jayne has moved effortlessly from comedy to drama, but comedy remains her magnetic north. We are grateful to Jayne for lending us her star power to lobby politicians at Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill for more Canadian content on our screens, a cause dear to Jayne’s heart. Jayne is not only an actor’s actor but also a crowd favourite who’s routinely recognized by members of the public and politicians alike. We are so proud to honour Jayne Eastwood this year.”The ACTRA Awards in Toronto celebrates outstanding performances by its members on screen. Four juried awards for outstanding male, female, male voice and female voice will be presented this year in addition to the Award of Excellence, the ACTRA Toronto Stunt Award and the members’ choice Series Ensemble Award.ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing more than 15,000 of Canada’s 23,000 professional performers working in recorded media. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers.center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

GoFundMe Fundraiser for Nicole Reid

GoFundMe Fundraiser for Nicole Reid

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local resident Nicole Reid was found unresponsive in her home, due to heart failure and since has been transferred to Vancouver ICU.On the morning of January 13th, Nicole’s husband Bruce found her unresponsive in their home. Her heart had failed and a team of paramedics had to revive her.With both Bruce and Nicole away, their two young sons are staying with an older sister in FSJ. Bruce is with Nicole in Vancouver and neither are able to work. A GoFundMe account was set up to help alleviate the pressure of bills, mortgage, and the costs associated with Bruce being out of town.The campaign has reached $6,105 of its $10,000 goal.To view the GoFundMe Account CLICK HERElast_img

UKbuilt Mars rover named after scientist Rosalind Franklin

UKbuilt Mars rover named after scientist Rosalind Franklin

LONDON — The British-built Mars rover that is scheduled to be launched in 2020 has been named after scientist Rosalind Franklin.The ExoMars mission is designed to search for evidence of life on Mars.The name was revealed Thursday by astronaut Tim Peake and science minister Chris Skidmore after more than 36,000 people submitted ideas, which were narrowed down by a panel of experts.Franklin was an English scientist best known for groundbreaking work on the molecular structure of DNA.Peake called her “one of the great British scientists who unlocked the secrets of human life in terms of understanding DNA.”The mission is a joint project between the European and Russian space agencies.The Associated Press

UN agencies commit to put rural women at centre stage of development

UN agencies commit to put rural women at centre stage of development

18 October 2011Two United Nations agency chiefs today committed to work together to empower rural women through investment in education, economic integration and security initiatives. At a meeting in Rome, Michele Bachelet, Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), discussed ways in which their agencies can collaborate to enhance the livelihoods, assets and decision-making power of rural women as a way out of poverty.“I firmly believe that an investment in women is an investment in our future,” Mr. Nwanze said during his meeting with Ms. Bachelet. “Empowerment benefits not only the women themselves, but also their families and communities. Malnutrition and mortality rates drop when girls have better access to education. And more importantly, women re-invest in their communities and in their future,” he said. Ms. Bachelet, who is also a former president of Chile, has been vocal about investing in rural women since she took office last year, and said the inter-agency partnership should focus in particular on increasing women’s production capabilities. “Available data suggests that if women had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20 to 30 per cent, lifting 100 to 150 million out of hunger,” she said.“It is encouraging to know that we can count on strong partners like IFAD and work together to improve the situation of rural women,” she added.For his part, Mr. Nwanze highlighted IFAD’s increasing investment in rural women as part of its strategy to eradicate poverty, noting that “almost 50 per cent of IFAD’s funding now goes directly to women, reaching an estimated 16.8 million poor rural women.”The two agencies have already started a joint project developing a $3 million initiative to support rural businesses owned by women in Latin America. The ‘Latin America Broadening Economic Opportunities for Rural Entrepreneurial Women Programme’ will specifically target women of African and indigenous descent in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.Investing in rural women has become increasingly important to policy-makers as evidence mounts on their potential to spur development and economic growth in societies. Last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the international community to give them the same access to productive resources as men, noting that the benefits would ‘reverberate’ even further into other areas such as education, health and nutrition. read more

Sri Lanka successfully launches a platform to define the future of the

Sri Lanka successfully launches a platform to define the future of the

Representatives of 40 countries were in Sri Lanka from 11-12 October 2018 to discuss the future of the Indian Ocean, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement today.“The Indian Ocean: Defining Our Future” , Track 1.5 dialogue  brought together senior representatives from the Indian Ocean littoral states and major maritime users to Colombo on an initiative by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to increase focus on an Ocean that has the potential to become a growth pole in the world economy in the future. It was indicated that there would be a report of the Conference that contains elements forming the building blocks for a possible statement, which could be agreed to by Indian Ocean littoral states and major maritime users at a Ministerial Conference in Sri Lanka next year on the future of the Indian Ocean.“The Indian Ocean: Defining Our Future” Conference was organised by the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Global Maritime Crime Programme of the UNODC and the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI). Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, delivering the keynote address of the Conference highlighted the need to maintain Freedom of Navigation and Freedom of Digital Connectivity for the region to grow and prosper and the need for a shared understanding in order to maintain peace and security. This Conference provided an inclusive space for discussion and consensus building for littorals and users of the Indian Ocean.It explored four particular areas including the Indian Ocean’s future as the new global growth pole, safety and security at sea, sustainable and low-pollution development, and stability of the Indian Ocean within a rules-based approach.At the conclusion of this Track 1.5 dialogue, State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva, Chairman of the Task Force that organized this Conference, summarized the general view that emerged from the Conference: The Indian Ocean economy is rapidly becoming a global growth pole in an uncertain world beset by economic risks; The region’s economic expansion needs to be inclusive, broad- based and environmentally sustainable so that we leave a meaningful legacy for future generations;  Strategic mistrust and non-traditional security threats (such as maritime crime, over-fishing, pollution and protection of undersea cables for the digital economy) are significant challenges to achieving regional peace and prosperity; and the rules-based international maritime order centred on UNCLOS needs strengthening and reinforcing for the benefit of the Indian Ocean littoral states and maritime users. Representatives included, among others, key senior officials from India, South Africa, USA, China, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, Indonesia and Japan together with key think tank representatives from the region and beyond. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean Ambassador Peter Thomson was also in Colombo for the Conference. President Maithripala Sirisena graced the occasion with his presence. read more

Some progress in food crisis in Niger but UN raises alarm over

Some progress in food crisis in Niger but UN raises alarm over

Video of press briefing [45mins] Although food assistance is finally coming into Niger after an initially slow response, the United Nations emergency relief coordinator today raised the alarm over a looming crisis in the southern African country of Malawi where some 4.2 million to 4.6 million people will be facing food insecurity by the end of the year.“We are trying also now to bring out early warnings for Malawi…we already see that 45 per cent of children under five are stunted due to malnutrition, diarrhoea and other diseases. Twenty-two per cent are clearly underweight,” Jan Egeland, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, told a news briefing today in UN headquarters in New York.And even in Niger, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) expressed concerns today about signs of a slowdown in support as world attention waned.Mr. Egeland said that the international donor community and the United Nations were now making significant progress with efforts to get assistance to the needy in drought-stricken Niger where the food crisis has put nearly 3 million people are at risk.He said the UN system has thus far received $40.4 million of a total donor appeal of $80.9 million and to date UN agencies have delivered some 6,000 tons of food to Niger, which has been racked by drought and, more recently, locust infestations which have led to an estimated third of its more than 11 million people suffering severe food shortages.In addition, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is supporting 10 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which are operating 156 nutritional centres, he said.“We wish we’d had this programme before, but we see great strides ahead now and the Secretary-General’s visit has helped to focus international attention on the need for long-term assistance for full security in Niger,” Mr. Egeland said. In Niger, World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Executive Director Jean-Jaques Graisse said that food distributions continued to move across the worst affected parts of the country. But he urged the international community not to turn its back on the continuing suffering even as financial support for its emergency operations showed worrying signs of trailing off. Despite the surge of support following international television broadcasts chronicling the desperate plight of many young children in Niger, WFP has received only two donations in the past two weeks, and its emergency operations remain less than 50 per cent funded, with $29.6 million still needed, Mr. Graisse told a press conference in the Nigerien capital Niamey. “We need to keep Niger on the map,” Mr. Graisse said. He said WFP was working with NGOs and a coalition of donors to reach nearly 2.7 million people – many of them children – in urgent need of food aid as the annual “hunger season” peaks.Lukewarm response to the country’s plight led Secretary-General Kofi Annan earlier this week to make a trip to the country where he met with its President Mamadou Tandja, visited a hospital and a feeding centre and met the UN country team.Before departing, he issued a call to the international community to provide both immediate help and assistance in formulating a long-term strategy, taking into account neighbouring countries in the sub-Saharan Sahel region which are also suffering from the consequences of drought and the worst locust invasion in 15 years. read more

Premiers Cup returns after four year hiatus

Premiers Cup returns after four year hiatus

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Sept 2015 – A quarter of a million dollars in prizes has been shared out to various TCI charities thanks to the Premier’s Cup Golf Tournament in the past; and this weekend, it returns to the Provo Golf Club.The Premier’s Cup Golf Tournament ends a four-year hiatus and this year’s event is scheduled for this coming Saturday and Sunday with a cocktail reception as the kick of. Funds raised from this tourney will go to the Turks and Caicos Cadet Corps and the Drug Prevention Foundation. The Premier’s Cup Golf tournament was originally established in 2003 as a charitable organization. Related Items:golf tournament, PREMIER’S CUP, provo golf club Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cheque to support TCI Red Cross from Scotiabanklast_img read more

Jet Airways pay cut Pilots livid over 15 dip in salary airline

Jet Airways pay cut Pilots livid over 15 dip in salary airline

first_imgAn aircraft of India’s Jet Airways lands during rain showers in Mumbai on September 20, 2017PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty ImagesAfter Jet Airways informed its staffers that they would have to take a pay cut of up to 25 percent August 2018 onwards, most of the pilots will now see a dip of about 15 percent in their salary. The pilots are said to be livid about the move and have blamed the management for the losses the airline has incurred and said that it was their inefficiency that caused the trouble.The pilots explained that employees should not be the ones to suffer and also questioned the decisions of the management. Some pilots also asked how the airline was expanding, starting new routes and ordering new aircraft if there was a financial crunch.”The airline can not unilaterally impose a salary cut as it will violate agreement signed with pilots,” the Business Standard quoted a commander as saying.Jet Airways, which is India’s second largest carrier, has a debt of about Rs 84 billion, due to which it has been trying to cut costs. Chairman Naresh Goyal and a few top executives are said to have met around 100 pilots on Wednesday, August 1, in a bid to explain the challenges faced by the airline.The management is reportedly planning another similar meeting in Delhi soon.The staffers were earlier told that the percentage of the pay cut would range from 5 percent for those who earn about Rs 12 lakh per annum to 25 percent for those who earn Rs 1 crore and more a year. They are also informed that the senior management of the company too had already taken a pay cut.”As part of its cost rationalisation measures, the airline continues to evaluate all initiatives to achieve greater business efficiencies. Payroll is one of the important components of cost structure and the senior leadership has undertaken a reduction in salary to lead by example,” the Economic Times quoted Jet Airways as saying in a statement.Speaking of the cost-cutting an airline source told ET that the move could save about Rs 500 crore for the company, whose salary bill per year is said to stand at about Rs 3,000 crore. In July 2017, Jet Airways had asked its junior pilots, who joined the brand in 2016, to take a 30 percent pay cut or leaveReutersApart from pay cuts, the full-service carrier is also said to have laid off 15-20 senior executives in the last few weeks.Stake sale back on the table Meanwhile, the rising costs seem to have hit Jet Airways quite hard as the carrier has reportedly approached investment bankers again and plans to sell a stake. Sources told LiveMint that the airline has been facing financial woes due to rising competition, adverse effect of foreign exchange, and high fuel prices and is in need of immediate funds.”Jet Airways is looking to raise immediate cash and the transaction may include Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal offloading a part of the promoter’s stake in the company,” the source revealed on condition of anonymity.Goyal owns a 51 percent stake in Jet Airways, and 24 percent is owned by Etihad Airways PJSC.However, Etihad’s stake is facing an uncertainty after Jet Airways signed an agreement with Air France-KLM in November 2017 to expand operations between India and Europe.last_img read more

470000 Rohingyas in need of shelter UN

470000 Rohingyas in need of shelter UN

first_imgAt least 470,000 Rohingyas are in need of shelter in refugee camps in Bangladesh, the UN office in the south Asian country said on Sunday.According to a report by the UN’s Inter Sector Coordination Group, the total number of refugees who have arrived since 25 August has climbed to 436,000, although it said that movement across the border had reportedly slowed down in the last two days. “An estimated 470,000 people are in need of shelter assistance. This includes people who arrived prior to and after 25 August,” the UN report was cited by Efe news agency. On Thursday, the UN put the number of refugees at around 429,000. The report also said that only small groups of refugees have been seen arriving in Cox’s Bazar, the southeastern district of Bangladesh to which most of the Rohingyas have fled. According to the document, the refugees living in makeshift settlements number around 200,000, while around 148,000 have taken shelter in pre-existing refugee camps and 88,000 are living with host communities. The UN said that the settlements have been stretched to the limit by the massive number of refugees who have arrived in less than a month and the refugees are living in extremely difficult conditions, in addition to carrying severe trauma after escaping the violence in Myanmar. “In some of the sites that have spontaneously emerged, there is no access to water and sanitation facilities, raising the risks of an outbreak of disease,” the UN said in the report. Bangladesh’s government has deployed the army to distribute aid in the camps and build roads to the settlements. The exodus of the Muslim minority Rohingyas began on August 25, when the Myanmar army launched an offensive in the region, following an attack by Rohingya rebels on multiple government posts. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said that ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas could be taking place in Myanmar. Nonprofits have denounced human rights violations and the international community has increased pressure on the Myanmar government over the military operation.last_img read more

How Vulnerable Is Houstons Oil And Gas Industry To Cyber Attacks

How Vulnerable Is Houstons Oil And Gas Industry To Cyber Attacks

first_imgpexels.com Listen Share A year-long campaign of cyber-attacks called “Operation Sharpshooter” has been linked to North Korea. The targets include companies and government agencies, including some targets in Houston.The security firm McAfee told The New York Times that our oil and gas infrastructure was among some of the prime targets of the attacks. So what are those targets in Houston? How vulnerable are they? What’s being done to protect them?A national conference called Cyber Security for Critical Assets, which addresses this and other cyber security topics, is taking place this week (March 26-27) in Houston.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talks with Eddie Habibi, president of the Houston-based cyber security firm PAS Global, about what the oil and gas industry can do to be better prepared for such attacks.Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaEddie Habibi, president of the Houston-based cyber security firm PAS Global.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /13:03last_img read more

Free Workshop to Prevent Dating Abuse

Free Workshop to Prevent Dating Abuse

first_imgTools for Talking to Teens and Young Adults: A Training for Parents & Adults who Work with Youth and Young Adults on December 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Baltimore-Washington Conference United Methodist Church Mission Center,11711 E Market Place, Fulton, MD 20759. Occurrences of Intimate Partner Violence (a.k.a. Domestic Violence) can begin at an early age.  This important workshop addresses the dynamics of middle school, high school, and college dating abuse and provides usable strategies for parents and other adults to have realistic and successful conversations with young people. The goal of the program is to equip adults – as parents, coaches, teachers, relatives and neighbors – with the right information and strategies to help the teens and young adults in their lives thrive in safe and healthy romantic relationships.  The workshop is free, but registration is required. For more information go to: wearehopeworks.org/event/dating-abuse-tools-for-talking-to-teens/last_img read more

Robots may receive urinepowered artificial hearts

Robots may receive urinepowered artificial hearts

first_img Journal information: Bioinspiration and Biomimetics Citation: Robots may receive urine-powered artificial ‘hearts’ (2013, November 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-robots-urine-powered-artificial-hearts.html Illustration and photo of the artificial heartbeat actuator. The compressible region is made from silicone cast in 3D printed molds. Credit: Walters, et al. Centre for Fine Print Research and Bristol Robotics Laboratory ©2013 IOP Publishing Ltd In the new paper, the researchers’ goal was to investigate the potential to replace the motor-driven pump with a biologically inspired pump made of “smart” materials that move more like muscles than like motors. To do this, they modeled their pump on the human heart and built it with compressible materials, NiTi fibers as artificial muscles, rubber balls as artificial heart valves, and silicone tubes as artificial arteries. The rigid parts of the body of the pump were fabricated by a 3D printer, while the soft compressible section was cast in silicone using 3D printed moulds. © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. (Phys.org) —It’s a first: researchers have built the first artificial-heart-like pump that is powered by microbial fuel cells fed on human urine. But instead of being used as a prosthetic device for human patients suffering from cardiac failure, the pump is intended to be used in “EcoBots” that extract energy from organic waste and turn it into electricity. Explore further The pump operates very similarly to a human heart. Before starting, the hollow body of the actuator is manually filled with fluid—in this case, the researchers used water or urine. Then an electric current is applied to the NiTi artificial muscle fibers. The current heats the fibers and causes them to contract, which compresses the hollow body of the actuator and pushes the fluid out through an outlet tube. When the electric current is removed, the artificial muscles cool and relax, causing the body to expand again. As this cycle repeats, it simulates the rhythmic contractions of a biological heart. During each contraction, or actuation, fluid is pumped out of the actuator at a height that would be sufficient to deliver fuel to an EcoBot’s fuel cells. The researchers calculated the efficiency of the heart-like pump to be 0.11%, which is significantly lower than the 0.79% efficiency of an electric motor-driven pump. However, as the researchers noted, motor-driven pumps have been developed and refined over several decades, while this actuator is the first proof-of-concept prototype of its kind. In the short term, the researchers expect that further improvements can be made in a few ways, such as by minimizing hydrodynamic losses due to friction, creating a smoother transition between the pump body and outlet port, and decreasing the weight of the hollow body by reducing the wall thickness. In the longer term, it is expected that the efficiency of artificial muscle materials may improve. The researchers also demonstrated the potential for this heart-like pump to be used to circulate fluid for the MFCs on a future MFC-powered EcoBot. In such a system, a stack of 24 MFCs would charge a capacitor which powers the pump which is then used to pump fluid through the MFCs. After an initial charging period of 12 hours, the capacitor provides enough energy for the pump to transfer 27 ml of fluid, and can then be recharged in about 2.5 hours. Even though it is the first prototype, this system meets the current EcoBot’s daily fluid pumping requirements. And because the internal orifices of the heart-like pump are larger than in the conventional electric-motor driven pumps employed previously on the EcoBot, the researchers hope that it will be less likely to become blocked. The researchers envision a future urine-powered EcoBot that harvests energy from waste collected from urinals at public lavatories, and then uses the harvested energy for environmental sensing. A number of EcoBots could form a distributed sensor network within an urban area.The heart-like pump also has the potential to be used for a variety of industrial, scientific and medical applications, such as coolant circulation or wearable drug delivery. The soft pump has the advantage of operating with much less noise than a motor-driven pump, which could give it certain niche applications.And because the EcoBot’s ability to turn waste into electricity is such a captivating concept, the researchers think that the artificial heart-like pump could help increase public awareness of research in biologically inspired robots. They imagine, for instance, that a cyborg-like machine with an artificial heartbeat would attract the interest of a new generation of scientists, artists, and engineers. The researchers are also working on improving the efficiency of the device, with the aim of incorporating it into the next generation of MFC-powered robots. More information: Peter Walters, et al. “Artificial heartbeat: design and fabrication of a biologically inspired pump.” Bioinspir. Biomim. 8 (2013) 046012 (14pp). DOI: 10.1088/1748-3182/8/4/046012 Artificial heart to pump human waste into future robots The artificial heartbeat actuator pumping urine. Credit: Walters, et al. Centre for Fine Print Research and Bristol Robotics Laboratory ©2013 IOP Publishing Ltd The researchers, from the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol, both in Bristol, UK, have published their paper on the biologically inspired, urine-powered pump in a recent issue of Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. The group’s research into microbial fuel cells fed on urine is one of the many diverse projects receiving funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The researchers have already designed and fabricated several varieties of EcoBots. These robots are energetically autonomous, meaning they generate their own energy, in this case using onboard microbial fuel cells (MFCs). In the MFCs, live microbes digest organic feedstock and then produce electrons that are transferred to an electrode, causing a chemical reaction that generates electrical energy. The EcoBots have demonstrated that they can successfully use a variety of organic feedstocks such as rotten fruits and vegetables, dead flies, waste water, sewage sludge, and human urine. The energy produced by the EcoBots from this waste could then be used for low-energy environmental sensing tasks, such as monitoring air quality and pollution levels. A vital component of the EcoBot design is a pump that delivers the liquid organic feedstock to the chambers in the MFCs containing the microbes and electrodes. The pump also supplies fresh water to hydrate the electrodes. In the EcoBots built so far, electric motor-driven pumps have been used for fluid circulation. However, electric motor-driven pumps are complex and prone to mechanical failure. 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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first_img Feature | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | October 23, 2018 | By Greg Freiherr WEB EXCLUSIVE: SBRT As Safe And Effective As Conventional RT For Some Prostate Cancer Patients With its shorter course of treatment,… read more News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | January 31, 2019 Stereotactic Radiotherapy Improves Long-Term Survival in Stage-IV Cancers The first report from a phase II, multi-center clinical trial indicates stereotactic radiation can extend long-term… read more News | Radiation Therapy | July 05, 2019 Aktina Medical Partners With Elekta for Global Distribution of Interlocking SRS Cones Aktina Medical announced that Elekta Instrument AB, based in Sweden, will offer and distribute the Aktina line of… read more Amar U. Kishan, M.D., presents data about stereotactic body radiation therapy at ASTRO 2018. News | Radiation Oncology | October 30, 2018 High-dose Radiotherapy Greatly Improves Survival in Patients Once Thought Incurable October 30, 2018 — In the first randomized, phase II clinical trial of its kind, researchers have shown that an aggre read more News | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 08, 2019 PTW to Feature New Dosimetry Technology at AAPM 2019 At this year’s American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) show, July 14-18 in San Antonio, Texas, PTW will… read more The Beamscan 3-D water phantom with the Varian Halcyon radiotherapy system. Image courtesy of PTW. News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | November 01, 2018 SBRT Considered Safe Treatment Option for Patients With Multiple Metastases The NRG Oncology clinical trial BR001 tested the hypothesis that stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) could be used… read more September 23, 2008 – A multicenter trial testing intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for patients with early stage oropharyngeal cancer showed a reduction in long-term salivary toxicity while achieving good tumor control according to new research from the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) presented at ASTRO 2008.RTOG launched its phase I/II trial, RTOG 0022, to determine whether standardized dose and target definitions for IMRT could be accomplished in a multicenter setting. A total of 69 patients were entered on study from February 2001 through January 2005 from 14 academic and community institutions in the U.S. and Canada. A two-year local-regional control rate of 91 percent and a 49 percent rate of acute salivary gland toxicity (Grade 2) was reported by investigators compared with 80 and 84 percent in the same patient population from the RTOG database. The rate of salivary gland toxicity dropped to 23 percent at one year and 13 percent at two years. Evaluable patients who, at central review of their treatment plan, where found to have a major variation in their radiotherapy treatment plan had a significantly higher rate of local-regional failure than patients who were treated according to protocol (50 vs. 6 percent). All institutions participating in the trial were pre-approved for IMRT by the Image-guided Therapy QA Center (ITC) at Washington University in St. Louis.For more information: www.astro.orgSource: American Society For Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img News | Lung Cancer | April 23, 2019 New Study Redefines Therapeutic Dose Guidelines for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Non-small cell lung cancer is a common cancer for both men and women. Many people who are diagnosed with this type of… read more News | September 22, 2008 Oropharyngeal Cancer Patients Show Less Salivary Gland Toxicity Related Content News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Feature | ASTRO | October 30, 2018 Late-breaking Radiation Therapy Clinical Trials at ASTRO 2018 October 30, 2018 — The American Society for Radioth… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | May 28, 2019 Improved Imaging for Prostate Cancer Could Lead to More Effective Treatment Engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are working to improve imaging methods in order to make medicine more… read more The picture shows that time series signal is extracted from a series of ultrasound frames for classification. Each patch across a number of frames inside the prostate is classified into either cancerous or normal tissue. The image at the lower right corner shows the overall result for those frames. Image courtesy of Pingkun Yan and researchers from NIH, University of British Columbia and Queens University.last_img read more

SSudan asks govt officials to return stolen money

SSudan asks govt officials to return stolen money

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories According to the statement, Kiir has reached out to heads of state in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the United States to ask for help fighting South Sudan’s corruption.Benjamin said that Kenya, South Sudan’s southern neighbor, is playing an active role in South Sudan’s fight against corruption. South Sudan has opened a bank account in Kenya where anyone who has taken government funds can return them.“If anybody again is found taking government funds in an inappropriate manner, there will be laws in place that will definitely punish such individuals,” he said.”Earlier this year Kiir issued a decree ordering all public officials to declare their assets to the South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission. The call was supported by Vice President Riak Machar, who declared his assets to the commission in February. But the decree was initially ignored by many other officials.The office of the president now says around 5,000 former and current public officials have declared their assets to the commission.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 4 must play golf courses in Arizona More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home “We fought for freedom, justice and equality,” the president’s letter reads. “Yet, once we got to power, we forgot what we fought for and began to enrich ourselves at the expense of our people.”The letter was dated May 3 and was obtained by The Associated Press over the weekend. Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin confirmed its authenticity on Monday.The president wrote that South Sudan’s citizens and the international community were “alarmed” by the levels of corruption and that “the credibility of our government is on the line.” He promised amnesty for officials who return stolen funds and to keep the identities of those officials confidential.Despite South Sudan’s peaceful vote last year to break away from Sudan, tensions between the two sides remain, especially over what was once their shared oil industry. South Sudan this year shut down its oil industry after accusing Sudan of stealing its oil.That decision has resulted in the loss of tens of millions of dollars for the government. Oil revenue last year accounted for about 98 percent of the government budget before the shutdown.Kiir has stepped up efforts to fight corruption this year, and his office on Friday released a statement detailing the country’s anti-corruption efforts since the beginning of the year. The release says South Sudan has already recovered an estimated $60 million in stolen government money. Associated PressJUBA, South Sudan (AP) – Dear government officials: South Sudan wants its stolen money back.In a letter that reveals a shocking level of government corruption, South Sudan President Salva Kiir is asking more than 75 former and current senior government officials to return an estimated $4 billion in stolen funds to the country.Corruption has plagued South Sudan’s government since the 2005 peace deal that ended more than 20 years of civil war with Sudan. In January, South Sudan’s Auditor General reported that nearly $1.5 billion in government funds were unaccounted for from the 2005-06 fiscal year. Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories last_img read more

First responders military personnel who died over last year honored in somber

First responders military personnel who died over last year honored in somber

first_imgState Rep. Margaret O’Brien today reads the name of Brittany Morgan Despinsduring the House’s annual ceremony honoring first responders who were killedin the line of duty during the last year. 11Sep First responders, military personnel who died over last year honored in somber Michigan House ceremony Categories: Newscenter_img The state House today commemorated the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and honored Michigan first responders and U.S. service members who lost their lives over the last year.Calhoun County Undersheriff Timothy Hurtt of Portage sat with state Rep. Margaret O’Brien on the House floor during the commemoration, which included a presentation of the colors by first responders. Lawmakers also stood up to read the names of Michigan first responders and military personnel who lost their lives during the last year.“The Sept. 11 anniversary is a fitting time to honor all Michigan first responders and military personnel, who do such a tremendous job protecting us every day,” said O’Brien, R-Portage. “Paying tribute to those Michiganders who gave the ultimate sacrifice also is a stark reminder of how dangerous their jobs are and how important it is to express our deepest gratitude.”Hurtt was a guest of Speaker Jase Bolger, who helped lead the ceremony from the rostrum. O’Brien also read the name of Brittany Morgan Despins, a paramedic from Marshall who lost her life in the line of duty. Despins was helping treat a car accident victim when she was struck by another vehicle.The Michigan House holds an annual event to honor first responders and the victims of 9/11, as well as the first responders and service members from Michigan who were killed during the last year.last_img read more

House clears Rep Bellinos government cleaning plans

House clears Rep Bellinos government cleaning plans

first_img16May House clears Rep. Bellino’s government cleaning plans Categories: Bellino News The Michigan House this week voted to overwhelmingly approve plans sponsored by state Rep. Joe Bellino removing unnecessary laws from the books. House Bills 5761 and 5887 would both remove outdated sections of law in diverse areas.HB 5761 repeals the Michigan Penal Code referencing the criminality of making a false protest. A false protest is covered under current insurance fraud statutes, therefore any law referencing a false protest is obsolete.HB 5887 is part of a multi-bill package that removes references to tuberculosis sanitariums, which is how tuberculosis was treated before antibiotics. At this time, Michigan does not have any tuberculosis sanatorium facilities in operation.“As many Michiganders are busy with spring cleaning, the Legislature is doing a bit of its own,” Bellino said. “Every now and then you need to look back at outdated laws that are no longer necessary and wipe them from the books to clean up the government.”The bills advance to the Senate for further consideration.last_img read more

Rep Sheppard continues Sit Down with Sheppard in July

Rep Sheppard continues Sit Down with Sheppard in July

first_img State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance invites residents of the 56th District to meet with him during his July in-district office hours.The times and locations are as follows:Tuesday, July 17 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at DaCapo Coffee, 7370 Lewis Ave. B in Temperance;Monday, July 23 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Social House 103, 103 Cabelas Blvd. E in Dundee;Wednesday, July 25 from 8 to 9 a.m. at Erie Restaurant, 9788 S Dixie Hwy. in Erie.No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Sheppard’s office at (517) 373-2617 or JasonSheppard@house.mi.gov.##### 25Jul Rep. Sheppard continues ‘Sit Down with Sheppard’ in July Categories: Sheppard Newslast_img

Rep Hernandez welcomes Sandusky Police Chief for Sept 11 Memorial

Rep Hernandez welcomes Sandusky Police Chief for Sept 11 Memorial

first_imgPHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Shane Hernandez, of Port Huron, this week welcomed Sandusky Police Chief Brett Lester as his guest for the Michigan House of Representatives annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol.  The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.##### Categories: Hernandez News,News 07Sep Rep. Hernandez welcomes Sandusky Police Chief for Sept. 11 Memoriallast_img