RollsRoyce ESA to Work on Shippings Digital Future

first_imgzoom UK-based engineering company Rolls-Royce and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a cooperation agreement aimed at pursuing space activities in support of autonomous, remote controlled shipping and promoting innovation in European digital logistics.As explained, the two parties aim to develop and validate new solutions for communication between vessel systems and shore-based systems in addition to ship-to-ship communication. This will enable the operation of commercial remote and autonomous shipping, innovative cargo logistics, smart ports and future commercial marine vessels.“The space industry has been operating assets remotely for many decades. The information, software and satellite-based technologies the sector has developed are wholly relevant to the work Rolls-Royce is doing to make the remote and autonomous ship a reality,” Karno Tenovuo, Rolls-Royce, SVP Ship Intelligence, said.“This agreement is another demonstration of the positive application of Space 4.0 and the desire for a United Space in Europe; maximising the integration of space into our economy and society,” Jan Wörner, ESA’s Director General, commented.The next generation of 5G communications will rely on integration of telecom networks and services, and ESA’s Satellite for 5G Initiative exists to support the technical and supply chain progress required, and follow through to support the development of the commercial services that this enables.“The current wireless carriers like satellite and associated infrastructure need to be developed to facilitate the development of remote & autonomous ships, as existing configurations were not designed for this purpose,” Tenovuo added.Furthermore, “Rolls-Royce and the ESA will look at developing satellite-based positioning for ‘smart’ ships which will be based on its ‘earth observation platform’. This could create greater spatial and situational awareness for those operating the vessel remotely. It will also allow satellites to capture and share the data from a number of vessels simultaneously.”Image Courtesy: DNV GLESA already serves the maritime community with many satellite capabilities. Satellite Automatic Identification System (SAT-AIS) permits identification and global tracking of ships using space and ground technology, using low Earth orbiting satellites to act as information relays to serve the whole globe. This results in the more efficient use of existing infrastructures, a tangible reduction in cost and a decrease in the environmental impact.The ESA developed Sentinel-1 satellite as part of the European Union’s Copernicus program. Last August, Sentinel-1 Earth observation data helped the US Coast Guard vessel Maple navigate through the Northwest Passage, showcasing the enormous potential that satellite earth observation can have across the industry, particularly in ship-to-ship data transmission.Rolls-Royce and ESA also plan to cooperate in harnessing the power of big data. Data analytics, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) can improve operational efficiency, reliability and safety, according to Rolls-Royce. Sensor data will inform augmented and virtual realities, or “digital twins”. A digital twin is an AI copy of a ship, including its systems, that synthesizes the information available about the ship in a hologram.“It allows any aspect of an asset to be explored through a digital interface, creating a virtual test bench to assess the safety and performance of a vessel and its systems, both before its construction and through its lifecycle. By creating ships and ship technology in a virtual environment, new ideas and technology can be realised and tested in a shorter time frame,” Tenovuo explained.“Space 4.0 and ESA’s Satellite for 5G Initiative enable, support and foster developments, validations and trials of products and applications in diverse areas of the maritime industry, and this partnership between the European Space Agency and Rolls-Royce will enable satellites to serve ship intelligence, marine operations, navigation, cargo logistics, maritime safety, healthcare, passenger and crew communications,” Wörner concluded.last_img read more

Cérémonie des drapeaux en lhonneur de la naissance de la démocratie

first_imgLe tir des canons et le rythme des tambours feront vibrer la Citadelle le lundi 4 août alors que 250 cadets procéderont à la cérémonie historique des drapeaux. L’événement, présenté par Démocratie 250 afin de célébrer la naissance de la démocratie au Canada, est ouvert au public et débutera à 19 h. « La cérémonie des drapeaux est une occasion pour nous tous de prendre le temps de s’arrêter et de rendre hommage aux nombreuses libertés dont nous jouissons aujourd’hui dans cette société démocratique, et de faire l’expérience de l’apparat d’un groupe de jeunes Canadiens de communautés à l’échelle du pays, » a dit John Hamm, co-président de Démocratie 250. « J’invite tout le monde à se joindre à nous pour une soirée qui sera très certainement mémorable et touchante. » Dave Kopperson, vice-président de la région du Canada atlantique d’EnCana Corporation, qui est commanditaire de l’événement, affirme que la démocratie vaut la peine d’être célébrée. « Alors que nous réfléchissons aux valeurs de base qui font de la Nouvelle-Écosse et du Canada des endroits où il fait si bon vivre, nous sommes fiers de commanditer cette célébration, » a dit M. Kopperson. « Il s’agit vraiment d’une merveilleuse façon de célébrer le 250e anniversaire de la naissance de la démocratie parlementaire au Canada. » Avec l’appui des Organisations des cadets du Canada et du lieu historique national de la Citadelle-d’Halifax, l’événement inclura la cérémonie des drapeaux exécutée par les cadets du centre de formation d’été des cadets de la marine du NCSM Acadia, de la musique militaire, des animateurs historiques et un tir de canon. Il se terminera par l’abaissement du drapeau canadien au coucher du soleil. La tradition de la cérémonie des drapeaux remonte de plusieurs siècles à une époque où les habitants de la ville avaient des cultures et du bétail à l’extérieur des murs de la ville. Chaque jour au coucher du soleil, un cor ou une trompette retentissait pour avertir les gens de retourner dans l’environnement sécuritaire de la ville et pour signaler le rassemblement et l’affectation des gardes pour la nuit. Les gardes de nuit tiraient et rechargeaient leurs fusils pour s’assurer que la poudre était fraîche et que les armes étaient prêtes. Il est pertinent d’avoir 250 cadets exécuter la cérémonie des drapeaux, un pour chaque année depuis la naissance de la démocratie en Nouvelle-Écosse. Le NCSM Acadia, situé à Cornwallis Park dans le comté d’Annapolis, est le plus grand centre de formation d’été des cadets de la marine au Canada. Cet été, des cadets de partout au pays participent à des programmes de musique, de voile, d’aventures en plein air et de matelotage au centre de formation. Par leur participation au programme, les jeunes peuvent acquérir des aptitudes à la vie quotidienne en matière de travail d’équipe, de participation citoyenne, de leadership et de condition physique tout en s’amusant et en rencontrant de nouveaux amis. Nancy Chisholm, commandante du NCSM Acadia, dit que les jeunes constituent un aspect important des événements de Démocratie 250. « Nous sommes heureux d’appuyer Démocratie 250 et toutes ses célébrations, » a dit Mme Chisholm. « En incluant les jeunes, nous contribuons à un avenir réussi pour tous les Canadiens, tout en assurant que notre fière histoire ne sera pas oubliée. » L’événement est gratuit, mais les dons à Feed Nova Scotia sont acceptés. On suggère aux gens d’apporter une chaise. Pour en savoir davantage au sujet de la naissance de la démocratie au Canada et des célébrations commémorant cette première néo-écossaise, consultez le www.democratie250.ca. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les cadets du NCSM Acadia et sur la signification historique de la cérémonie des drapeaux, consultez le site www.cadets.net/atl/acadia/intro_f.asp . EnCana est une société pétrolière intégrée qui est chef de file en matière de développement non conventionnel du gaz naturel en Amérique du Nord. En Nouvelle-Écosse, EnCana est responsable du projet de gaz naturel Deep Panuke. Pour plus d’information, consultez le www.encana.com .last_img read more

Men must pass the baton to achieve gender parity female leaders say

first_imgHALIFAX – Women make up fewer than a fifth of Canadian mayors, and a group of female leaders say men in power need to pass the baton if such inequities are to change.Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of Toronto’s non-partisan CivicAction alliance, told a Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference that the World Economic Forum estimates it will take over 200 years to achieve global gender parity.She said it’s unlikely to happen any sooner unless women — and other underrepresented groups — are offered a seat at the table.“I don’t think we’re going to be able to see huge change on this until certain people pass the baton of power to someone else,” she said Friday.“It’s not popular to have to acknowledge that you have to tap out and let someone else get that spot.”Palvetzian was one of four women on a panel about gender equality, women in leadership and overcoming barriers at the conference in Halifax.FCM president Jenny Gerbasi, a Winnipeg city councillor, said talented and dedicated women are kept out of leadership roles by a number of barriers, including weak parental leave policies and fears of harassment.According to the federation, women in Canada represent 28 per cent of city councillors and just 18 per cent of mayors — though the UN says women should make up at least 30 per cent of decision-making positions in order to reflect women’s concerns.“Without balanced representation, we miss out. And good government needs diverse voices,” Gerbasi told the conference. “The playing field is uneven now, so to ensure we’re getting the best people for the job, we need to level it.”She added that the FCM established a standing policy committee on increasing women’s participation in municipal government over a decade ago.Catherine Clark, a broadcaster and daughter of former prime minister Joe Clark and prominent lawyer Maureen McTeer, said men may feel excluded from conversations about gender parity, and need to be part of the solution.“This is a symbiotic relationship. It is essential that we have the support of our male colleagues as well as we go about making real and significant change,” said Clark, who moderated the panel.Said Palvetzian: “Anything that is going to be a priority for society needs to have focused attention and shared belief in action by both genders.”Pamela Palmater, the chair in Indigenous governance at Ryerson University, brought up concerns about female employees being seen as “the token woman,” especially in male-dominated fields.She said women in such roles may be held to a higher standard or given less responsibility than their male counterparts.“Their fear, or their insecurities, or their lack of understanding, shouldn’t put us on a path where we’re on this endless treadmill to overachieve, and overachieve, and really forget about what it is that we’re doing,” she said.She also said municipalities can help support reconciliation by taking action to transfer power, wealth and land to Indigenous groups instead of continuing to hold consultations.last_img read more

Jack Johnson Named UN Environment Programme Ambassador

first_imgSinger/songwriter/environmentalist Jack Johnson has been appointed United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador during a ceremony on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera.The designation was one of the highlights of the 2015 World Environment Day (WED) – the United Nations’ principal vehicle for raising worldwide awareness and encouraging action for the environment, celebrated in more than 100 countries.This year’s WED – held under the slogan ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care’ – focuses on the theme of sustainable consumption as a means to achieve equitable and inclusive development while minimizing the overexploitation of natural resources and adverse environmental impacts.Through WED, UNEP encourages everyone to rethink their consumption habits and invites people to share their dreams for a future they want and to pledge individual actions to make those dreams reality.UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner, said, “Jack Johnson is an inspirational artist and committed environmentalist. His millions of fans around the world form part of a unique network that engages with environmental non-profits at each of his tour stops; encouraging communities to work together to address environmental issues from promoting the consumption of sustainably produced local food to plastic free initiatives. His efforts to green the music industry are unprecedented, and ones we wholeheartedly endorse.”“I am grateful and excited to welcome Mr. Johnson as UNEP’s Goodwill Ambassador, confident that he will inspire positive action on the environment at this important juncture as the world prepares to embrace a new set of sustainable development goals and reach an agreement on climate change by the year’s end,” he added.“Becoming a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador is an honor for me,” said Johnson, speaking of his new role. “In Hawaii, when we work together we say Laulima, which means “many hands.” It is always impressive to see what can be accomplished when you build the right team and get all those hands working together. I see this relationship with UNEP as a way to reach and inspire more people to be active in their local communities, as well as a way for me to learn more about environmental issues around the world,” he added.Since 2001, Jack Johnson has released 6 studio albums and 2 live albums that have sold over 20 million copies worldwide. His Brushfire Records label and touring crew have been leaders in the greening of the music industry and his All At Once Campaign has mobilized millions of young people to become active in environmental protection. Mr. Johnson, with his wife Kim, founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation to support environmental education in Hawaii’s schools and communities, as well as the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation to support environmental, art and music education worldwide. Mr. Johnson’s donations of tour and album profits, along with his personal charitable activities, have resulted in over $30 million US directed to charity since 2001.In his role as UNEP’s Goodwill Ambassador Jack Johnson will help to generate interest and mobilize positive action for environmental causes in support of UNEP’s work. He will focus particularly on issues such as marine litter and promoting sustainable food systems and plastic free initiatives.Among other activities, he will support the Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint initiative. Launched in 2013 by UNEP, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners from public and private sectors, the campaign draws attention both to the issue and the absurdity of high volumes of perfectly edible produce never making it from the farm to the fork. According to a 2013 FAO study, at least a third of all food produced on the planet is lost or wasted, representing an ethical, economic and environmental issue. Think.Eat.Save increases awareness of this contemptible waste and catalyses action to prevent it among all sectors of the society, including through exchange of inspiring ideas and projects.Marine litter will be another focus of Mr. Johnson’s activities on behalf of UNEP. In 2014 UNEP and partners launched a major report , which estimated that each year as much as 20 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans, costing at least US$13 billion annually in environmental damage to marine ecosystems. The report valued the overall natural capital cost of plastic use in the consumer goods industry at US$75 billion and made recommendations for better management and disclosure of plastic use in the sector. Through the Global Partnership on Marine Litter and other relevant initiatives, UNEP works to reduce the influx of waste into the ocean and to prevent plastic from getting into the environment in general.Jack Johnson’s designation took place during the 5 Gyres SEA Change Youth Summit, jointly organized by 5 Gyres, The Island School, Cape Eleuthra Institute, Jack Johnson and All At Once, with opening day activities slated for World Environment Day 2015. The Summit brings together activists, artists, filmmakers, scientists, educators and youth to explore how island nations will deal with plastic pollution in the 21st century and to develop community action projects to raise awareness about local plastic free solutions. It also serves as a kick off for Leg 2 of the 5 Gyres SEA Change sailing expedition, which Mr. Johnson is joining, and which will conduct and build on the global research on plastic pollution in the North Atlantic Subtropical Gyre.Immediately following the designation ceremony, and in celebration of World Environment Day, Johnson joined UNEP Director Naysán Sahba, and students from the Youth Summit in removing plastics and marine debris from a local beach. The plastic trash collected on the beach, will be transformed into recycled artwork by the students.Source:UNEPlast_img read more

Hot Docs To Open With Bee Nation About A Sask First Nations

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement A film about Saskatchewan students competing in the first province-wide First Nations Spelling Bee will help kick off this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.Organizers said “Bee Nation” will be the opening-night film for the Toronto fest, which runs April 27 to May 7.Guests expected to attend the festival include famed scientist Bill Nye, who’s the subject of the doc “Bill Nye: Science Guy”. Facebook A total of 230 titles from 58 countries will screen at the 24th edition of Hot Docs.Other highlights include “Becoming Bond”, about the only man to play the role of James Bond just once, and “House of Z”, about fashion designer Zac Posen.Canadian-focused docs include “My Enemy, My Brother”, about two former enemies from the Iran-Iraq War who meet in Vancouver 25 years later.“The Road Forward” is a genre-bending musical documentary that looks at developments in the 1930s that led to First Nations activism today.In “A Better Man”, co-director Attiya Khan meets with her ex-boyfriend who abused her on a daily basis 22 years ago to see if he’s willing to take responsibility for his actions.Syria is featured in several titles, including “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS”, “69 Minutes Of 86 Days” and “A Memory in Khaki”.Oscar-nominated Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan will also host an onstage discussion with acclaimed director Joe Berlinger, who will present the international premiere of “Intent to Destroy”, about the Armenian genocide.The fest will also feature a 25th anniversary screening of his doc “Brother’s Keeper”.Earlier this month, organizers announced the festival has added a $50,000 Rogers Audience Award for best Canadian feature-length film.The director of the winning doc will receive the prize on the final night of the festival before a special encore screening. Twitterlast_img read more

WestJet shares hit twoyear high on record quarterly load numbers

MONTREAL — Shares of WestJet Airlines hit a more than two-year high after the Calgary-based airline reported the highest quarterly load factor in its 21-year history.The shares peaked at $27.77, the highest level since June, 2015. They closed at $27.64, up 1.1 per cent in Thursday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.WestJet (TSX:WJA) said its planes were 85.7 per cent full in the July to September months. For September, the load factor was 80.4 per cent as traffic increased 5.9 per cent from a year ago on a 5.3 per cent growth in available seats.In the third quarter, the airline flew a record 6.5 million guests, up 10.7 per cent or 630,000 passengers from a year ago.Several industry analysts raised their target price for WestJet shares on anticipation of strong results when the airline reports its results Oct. 31.“The September traffic numbers again confirm the improving fundamentals in the air travel market, though the quarter is impacted by hurricanes and increased competition south of the border,” said Doug Taylor of Canaccord Genuity.Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said he expects strong earnings to continue into the fourth-quarter and next year but has longer-term concerns for the airline.He said the airline could struggle juggling next year’s planned launch of a new ultra low cost carrier to be called Swoop, major international expansion using large aircraft and ongoing growth of its core operations.“We are concerned the airline has too many new strategic initiatives underway simultaneously, which could impair successful execution,” he wrote in a report.Cash flows will be constrained in the coming years as it takes deliveries of new Boeing 737 Max and wide-body 787s.And Doerksen said he’s skeptical that Swoop, which will start next summer with six planes, will cannibalize some of WestJet’s existing customers.“We are also not convinced Swoop will have a cost structure that is as low as potential new ULCC entrants,” he added.The analyst also said unionization efforts by pilots could result in higher labour costs. read more

Maithripala and Trump meet in New York for the first time

“Very glad that Jayanthi and I could meet @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS @MELANIATRUMP in New York today,” President Sirisena tweeted following the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena and US President Donald Trump met in New York today, the first meeting between the two leaders.The meeting took place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly underway in the US.

Democrats win brief delay on treasury nominee

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats have succeeded in delaying for one day a scheduled committee vote on President Donald Trump’s nomination of Steven Mnuchin to be treasury secretary.The Senate Finance Committee said Monday that the meeting to vote on the nomination, which had been scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, will now take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Democrats said they requested the delay to allow lawmakers to attend a candlelight vigil protesting Trump’s travel ban aimed at seven Muslim-majority countries.Mnuchin clashed with Democrats during a lengthy confirmation hearing on Jan. 19. He was accused of failing to protect thousands of homeowners from unnecessary foreclosures when he headed OneWest bank and for failing to disclose nearly $100 million in assets on forms he filed with the committee.Mnuchin called his failure to disclose assets an oversight. He said he was proud of his tenure at OneWest, saying he had worked to protect as many homeowners as possible from losing their homes to foreclosure.Opponents of Mnuchin’s nomination have been running ads in states which were hit hard by foreclosures during the housing crisis in an effort to bring pressure on Republicans to join Democrats in opposing Mnuchin’s nomination.On Monday, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia and a member of the Finance Committee, announced his opposition to Mnuchin.“Throughout the confirmation process, Mr. Mnuchin has failed to adequately demonstrate that he will be a forceful advocate for innovative policies that will make the U.S. economy work better for the majority of Americans,” Warner said in a statement. Democrats win brief delay on treasury nominee by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2017 3:29 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 30, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Syria UN agency voices horror at reported bomb raid that killed up

“Recent assessments show that almost half the population inside Syria is food insecure and close to 6.3 million people need urgent, life-saving, food aid, victims of the nearly three-year-old conflict that has pitched forces loyal to President Bashar al–Assad against groups seeking to oust him. So far more than 100,000 people have been killed and 8 million driven from their homes.“This is the worst humanitarian crisis that we have seen in decades, with every day more vulnerable Syrians pushed into hunger,” WFP’s Syria Emergency Coordinator Muhannad Hadi said in announcing the plans for 2014 to feed 4.25 million displaced Syrians inside their country and around 2.9 million others who fled to neighbouring States.“One way of slowing the influx of refugees into neighbouring countries is by providing essential and urgently needed humanitarian assistance to conflict-affected Syrians inside their country.”WFP plans to increase the size of its food basket to provide more calories per person per day as other sources of food are increasingly scarce for the most vulnerable. Given the importance and urgency of preventing and reducing malnutrition among children in the first 1,000 days of life, WFP will focus its resources on nutritional food supplements for 240,000 children aged 6-23 months.A new school feeding programme will also start in Syria’s most critical governorates, mainly Aleppo, Al Hassakeh, and Rural Damascus where access to education has been worst affected by the crisis. WFP will provide cash and voucher assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers so Syria’s new generation is not scarred by the legacy of hunger and micronutrient deficiencies. The vouchers will initially benefit 15,000 vulnerable and displaced mothers in areas where food markets are functioning but food is out of the reach of people because incomes have fallen.In neighbouring countries, WFP will expand its voucher project to provide food to more than 2.9 million people in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt. The vouchers can be redeemed against a list of items like fresh produce that are not normally included in food rations. WFP uses vouchers when food is available in the market but people do not have money to buy it. Vouchers also boost the local economy and have pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into the economies of host countries.The raid in Aleppo, northern Syria, was reported to have occurred yesterday when improvised bombs were dropped from helicopters and between 14 and 28 children were killed. “UNICEF is horrified by reports of a bombing raid in Aleppo that may have killed as many as 28 children,” said the agency’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Maria Calivis.“It is absolutely unacceptable for children to be targeted in this manner, whether through the use of indiscriminate weapons resulting in mass casualties, or by any other means. UNICEF has repeatedly called upon all parties to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect all civilians, including children, from the conflict and we strongly reiterate that call again today.” read more

UN health agency Antibiotic resistance forces updates to recommended treatment for sexually

In the news release, WHO noted that resistance of these STIs to the effect of antibiotics has increased rapidly in recent years and has reduced treatment options. Of the three STIs, gonorrhoea has developed the strongest resistance to antibiotics. Strains of multidrug-resistant gonorrhoea that do not respond to any available antibiotics have already been detected. Antibiotic resistance in chlamydia and syphilis, though less common, also exists, making prevention and prompt treatment critical.In the news release, WHO said that when left undiagnosed and untreated, the three STIs can result in serious complications and long-term health problems for women, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and miscarriage, and untreated gonorrhoea and chlamydia can cause infertility in both men and women. Infection with chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis can also increase a person’s risk of being infected with HIV two- to three-fold. Also, an untreated STI in a pregnant woman increases the chances of stillbirth and newborn death. “Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are major public health problems worldwide, affecting millions of peoples’ quality of life, causing serious illness and sometimes death,” the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director of Reproductive Health and Research, Ian Askew, said in a news release.“The new WHO guidelines reinforce the need to treat these STIs with the right antibiotic, at the right dose, and the right time to reduce their spread and improve sexual and reproductive health,” he added. “To do that, national health services need to monitor the patterns of antibiotic resistance in these infections within their countries.”Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are all caused by bacteria and are generally curable with antibiotics, according to WHO. However, these STIs often go undiagnosed and are becoming more difficult to treat, with some antibiotics now failing as a result of misuse and overuse. It is estimated that, each year, 131 million people are infected with chlamydia, 78 million with gonorrhoea, and 5.6 million with syphilis.WHO’s new recommendations are: Chlamydia Syphilis Syphilis is spread by contact with a sore on the genitals, anus, rectum, lips or mouth, or from mother to child during pregnancy. If a pregnant woman has untreated syphilis and the infection is transmitted to the fetus, this often causes it to die. In 2012, mother-to-child transmission of syphilis resulted in an estimated 143 000 early fetal deaths or stillbirths, 62 000 neonatal deaths, and 44 000 babies being born preterm or with low-birth-weight. WHO guidelines for the treatment of Treponema pallidum (syphilis):To cure syphilis, the new WHO guidelines strongly recommend a single dose of benzathine penicillin – a form of the antibiotic that is injected by a doctor or nurse into the infected patient’s buttock or thigh muscle. This is the most effective treatment for syphilis, as it is more effective and cheaper than oral antibiotics. Benzathine penicillin was recognized by the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly in May 2016 as an essential medicine which has been in short supply for several years. Reports of stock outs have been received by WHO from antenatal care representatives and providers in countries with high burdens of syphilis from 3 WHO Regions. WHO is working with partners to identify countries with shortages and help monitor global availability of benzathine penicillin to close the gap between national needs and supply of the antibiotic. Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STI and people with this infection are frequently co-infected with gonorrhoea. Symptoms of chlamydia include discharge and a burning feeling when urinating, but most people who are infected have no symptoms. Even when chlamydia is asymptomatic, it can damage the reproductive system. WHO guidelines for the treatment of Chlamydia trachomatis:WHO is calling on countries to start using the updated guidelines immediately, as recommended in the “Global Health Sector Strategy for Sexually Transmitted Infections (2016-2021)” endorsed by governments at the World Health Assembly in May 2016. The new guidelines are also in-line with the “Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance”, adopted by governments at the World Health Assembly in May 2015. Gonorrhoea is a common STI that can cause infection in the genitals, rectum, and throat. Antimicrobial resistance has appeared and expanded with every release of new classes of antibiotics for the treatment of gonorrhoea. Because of widespread resistance, older and cheaper antibiotics have lost their effectiveness in treatment of the infection. WHO guidelines for the treatment of Neisseria gonorrhoeae: WHO urges countries to update their national gonorrhoea treatment guidelines in response to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. National health authorities should track the prevalence of resistance to different antibiotics in the strains of gonorrhoea circulating among their population. The new guideline calls on health authorities to advise doctors to prescribe whichever antibiotic would be most effective, based on local resistance patterns. The new WHO guidelines do not recommend quinolones (a class of antibiotic) for the treatment of gonorrhoea due to widespread high levels of resistance. Gonorrhoea read more

Autoimmune disease may raise risk of dementia Oxford study shows

first_imgTen million people in Britain with autoimmune disease may be at greater risk of developing dementia, the biggest ever study has shown.Researchers at Oxford University looked at the records of 1.8 million people suffering from conditions like coeliac disease, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis (MS) and rheumatoid arthritis between 1998 and 2012.Compared with people admitted to hospital for other causes, those with an autoimmune disorder were 20 per cent more likely to be later admitted to hospital with dementia. This research reinforces earlier evidence that shows the immune system plays an important role in developing dementiaDr Clare Walton, Research Manager at Alzheimer’s Society 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. Around 850,000 people in Britain have dementia, with Alzheimer’s the most common form, although currently there is no cure and the cause is still unknown.The new findings suggest that dementia may be linked to a fault in the immune system, which leads to a build-up of plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. The plaques associated with Alzheimer’s are present in healthy brains and perform important functions, but a misfiring immune system may allow them to grow out of control.Autoimmune diseases or their treatment might also boost the risk of circulatory disease generally, of which vascular disease is a component, in some people.People with autoimmune disease were 53 per cent more likely to be admitted subsequently for coronary heart disease and 46 per cent more likely to be admitted with a stroke. Dr Rosa Sancho, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We are becoming increasingly aware of the important role the immune system plays in dementia, and this new study provides evidence to support this link.“Targeting immune and inflammatory responses is a promising approach for researchers working on new dementia treatments. Alzheimer’s Research UK is supporting projects that are designing new drugs that target different aspects of inflammation as a way to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.” Anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin may help prevent Alzheimer's disease  Anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease Credit:Alamy  However in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, despite raising the vascular dementia by 16 per cent, the condition lowered the chance of developing Alzheimer’s by 11 per cent, which the authors believe could be linked to anti-inflammatory drugs taken to alleviate symptoms.The Alzheimer’s Society is currently funding a study to test whether a rheumatoid arthritis treatment can also work for people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Charities say the best way to reduce the risk of dementia is by not smoking, eating a healthy balanced diet, keeping physically active, drinking in moderation, keeping cholesterol and blood pressure in check, and maintaining a healthy weight.The research was published in the BMJ’s Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Dr Clare Walton, Research Manager at Alzheimer’s Society said : “The causes of dementia are complex and we are increasingly learning about links between dementia and other health conditions.”This research reinforces earlier evidence that shows the immune system plays an important role in developing dementia, opening up new avenues to find effective treatments.” Of the 25 autoimmune diseases included in the analysis, 18 were significantly associated with dementia. People with MS had nearly double the risk, while those with psoriasis had a 29 per cent increased chance, and people with coeliac, an eight per cent increase.“Overall, people admitted to hospital with an autoimmune disease were 20 per cent more likely to have a subsequent admission for dementia than those without an admission,” said Professor Michael Goldacre, Unit of Healthcare Epidemiology, at Oxford University.“If our findings are confirmed in other studies, clinicians and epidemiologists will wish to know that some people with some autoimmune diseases have an elevated risk of dementia.”last_img read more

Oxford provost at centre of poison pen campaign is to step down

In the book, which was Byrne’s first work of fiction, the headmaster of a minor public school is sent an anonymous letter filled with spiteful complaints about his wife, the novel’s heroine.  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. “I feel that it is now time for me to take a back seat, and give her support, as she takes forward her important work for mental health and wellbeing, especially among young people, through her ReLit Foundation.”Worcester College, which was founded in 1714, counts the supermarket chain founder John Sainsbury, the media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and more recently, the actress Emma Watson among its alumni.A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said that the issue had been reported  to officers, “but the victim has decided to proceed with the matter via the civil process”.Sir Jonathan, who was  knighted in 2015 for services to literary scholarship and higher education, told The Daily Telegraph that there is “no connection” between his decision to step down as Provost and the letter campaign.   The letters sent to Sir Jonathan and Byrne purported to be from a range of different characters, including a colleague, a prospective student, a group of undergraduates, a mother whose daughter died of anorexia and a doctor. One letter even claimed to have been penned by Byrne herself, and included some Shakespearean spellings.Announcing his departure this week, Sir Jonathan explained he will step down in September as provost but will maintain ties to the College as a senior research fellow. He said that his priority for the next decade is to return to his scholarly work, adding that the role of Provost has “greatly slowed my academic productivity and diminished my opportunities to teach”.He went on to say that it has “proved to be a demanding job for both me and my family”, and praised the “unstinting support” of his wife.“Paula has offered me unstinting support in the role of Provost, co-hosting numerous events for students and alumni, working quietly behind the scenes with donors, staff and others, even as she has raised our three children in the Lodgings, whilst also maintaining her own career as an author and a scholar,” he said.    The provost of an Oxford college, who was the victim of a “poison pen” campaign attacking him and his wife, has announced he is stepping down.Sir Jonathan Bate wrote to Worcester College alumni this week to explain that his role as provost has “taken a toll” on his family life and he wants to pursue his academic interests. His eight year tenure as Provost – the shortest in the history of the College – was dogged by a protracted campaign of harassment against him and his wife, the bestselling author Paula Byrne.The series of spiteful anonymous letters prompted Sir Jonathan, who is a professor in English Literature and expert in Shakespeare, to report the issue to the police.The first letter reportedly arrived three years after Sir Jonathan took up the post as head of Worcester College, and more than a dozen letters followed over the years. Many of the letters made baseless accusations against Byrne, an acclaimed biographer whose subjects have included Jane Austen and Evelyn Waugh.Byrne has previously said the letters are “very hurtful, at times vicious, though also cleverly done”. The saga inspired her to write a novel called Look To Your Wife, which was published last year. Paula Byrne is an acclaimed biographer whose subjects have included Jane Austen and Evelyn Waugh Paula Byrne is an acclaimed biographer whose subjects have included Jane Austen and Evelyn Waugh read more

GVK Hancock opts for innovative dragline and bucketwheel system for overburden removal

first_imgAustralian coal producer, GVK Hancock, says it has been “searching the world” to investigate the most efficent and cost effective overburden mining methods available for its projects. The company states: “GVK Hancock set itself a goal to be the world leader in adopting proven global best practice and has been looking outside of the box regarding what methods it will adopt globally, not just in Australia. As a result, a combination of draglines and bucket wheel excavators (BWE) has been selected.” This development represents effectively a form of in-pit crushing and conveying (IPCC) solution, and the planned set-up is one option that has been discussed at length at IM Events IPCC conferences in recent years.Dragline machines weighing up to 7,000 t each will be used along a 24 km strike-length at the Alpha coal project. Each step taken by the machines GVK Hancock plans to use is approximately 2.3 m and it can travel approximately 1.2 km in 12 hours on a flat surface. The company added: “Draglines have a high capital cost but in the right conditions provide the cheapest method of overburden removal as it can amount to less than half the cost of using trucks and shovels. GVK Hancock will also utilise BWEs to shift soft overburden material ahead of the draglines. This will involve approximately 30 km of conveyor belts to move material directly to the overburden dump.” As with draglines, BWEs are high capital cost machinery with low operating costs. A direct benefit of using BWEs is that it reduces GVK Hancock’s reliance on diesel powered machinery used in truck and shovel operations. “Our focus has been on reducing reliance on high cost inputs such as diesel and tyres. In Australia, BWEs are currently used in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley and are commonly used for mining in suitable conditions overseas.”Surface miners will be used to mine all open-cut coal and will also be used to separate the thin waste bands between the coal seams. Surface miners were selected because they can complete this task most efficiently, allowing GVK Hancock to maximise the coal recovery and minimise waste dilution into the coal. By mining the coal seams cleanly, the company will minimise rejects handling which is both cost and time effective. In terms of suppliers, GVK Hancock at this stage only states that it has “engaged international experts to assist with equipment specification for these technologies, that will ensure our global competitiveness.”last_img read more

Ivano Balic joining HC Metalurg Skopje

← Previous Story Mattias Andersson to stay in Flensburg until 2015 Next Story → Biegler and Cieślikowski candidates for Polish National Team headcoach Ivano Balic has been without a club for some time now as his contract with the Croatian champion RK Zagreb expired. Now the speculations come, where Balic could possibly go. One of them speaks of the Croatian joining Metalurg, the Macedonian champion. The amount is 200.000 Euro that would satisfy Balic to join Cervar’s club. Lino Cervar himself expressed desire to see Balic in the squad, and also noted that the player was ready to “die” for the national team at the Olympics, and should have been given bigger role by Goluza.source: 24sata.hr baliccervargoluzametalurg

More flooding expected in the Balkans as rivers reach new peaks

first_imgTHE BALKANS ARE braced for swollen rivers to reach new peaks today, raising fears of more damage after the worst floods in a century.The death toll now stands at 45 people, with tens of thousands having fled the region.Muddy waters from the Sava River have submerged houses, churches, mosques and roads in Bosnia and Serbia after record rainfall wreaked havoc across the central European region and the waterway was expected to swell to new highs on Monday.Some 50,000 people have been evacuated in Bosnia and Serbia, with an additional 15,000 in Croatia.With some towns completely cut off by the torrents, fear rose that the death toll could rise significantly once rescue teams were able to move in.“What happened to us happens once in a thousand years,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Sunday.Rescuers told of wrenching scenes as they finally reached cut-off villages, with dozens of people huddling at the highest houses with no water or food.Besides the flooding, the worst rainfall since records began in the late 19th century, also caused landslides that brought more destruction, prompted landmine warnings and closed numerous border crossings.The dikes built by thousands of volunteers along the Sava River and around the Nikola Tesla power plant managed to hold overnight, Serbian state-run RTS television reported.The plant, which produces some 50 percent of Serbian electricity, was surrounded by water.Humanitarian aid, technical equipment and teams from Russia, the European Union, the United States and neighbouring Montenegro and Macedonia were pouring in, authorities said. © – AFP, 2014Read: Belgrade braced for massive “flooding wave” as disaster death toll tops 44 >More: Bosnian Serb ex-army chief’s defence case opens against charges of genocide >last_img read more

Man charged after gardaí caught him outside prison in possession of drone

first_imgMan charged after gardaí caught him outside prison in possession of drone, mobiles, and 440 pills A woman in her 40s has been released without charge. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 12 Apr 2019, 4:39 PM Share2 Tweet Email By Adam Daly https://jrnl.ie/4589485 Image: Shutterstock 8,878 Views GARDAÍ HAVE CHARGED a man in his 40s after he was found to be in possession of a drone, controlled drugs, mobile phones and pills near a prison in Roscommon yesterday. At 11am yesterday, gardaí stopped and searched a car at Harristown, Castlerea which is beside Castlerea Prison.Two mobile phones, a watch phone, approximately 440 tablets and cannabis were recovered together with a drone which was in the process of being set up.Gardaí arrested a man and woman at the scene. The woman aged in her 40s has since been released without charge. A garda spokesperson said a file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.The governor of Castlerea Prison issued a statement yesterday following the arrests: “The Prison works closely with An Garda Siochana and we welcome their intervention and continued support in assisting the prevention of contraband entering our facility.”The man is due to appear before Castlrea District Court on 25 May. With reporting by Garreth MacNamee  Short URL Image: Shutterstock Apr 12th 2019, 4:39 PM No Comments last_img read more

Facebook Timeline est disponible

first_imgFacebook : Timeline est disponibleAprès un peu d’attente, la nouvelle timeline fait enfin son apparition sur Facebook. Mais cette fois-ci, la transition se fait en douceur, avec une période de transition de 7 jours. Le réseau social Facebook dispose désormais de sa nouvelle timeline. Celle-ci va apporter de nombreux changements au fonctionnement du site. Facebook a donc décidé de procéder en douceur et de donner un délai de 7 jours aux utilisateurs du réseau social afin que ces derniers prennent peu à peu la mesure des nouveautés. Durant cette période de transition, les personnes possédant un compte sur le réseau social pourront observer les changements d’affichage qui prendront effet automatiquement dans les 7 jours. L’arrivée d’une fonction “custom sharing” permettra notamment de simplifier les recherches d’anciennes informations partagées (jusqu’ici fastidieuses). Cet ajout vient simplifier cette requête.Ce sont également des informations enrichies qui pourront être communiquées à vos amis, directement depuis le flux d’actualités, avec des ajouts d’actions du type “a regardé”, “a cuisiné”, “a acheté” sur le même modèle que l’outil “a écouté” par exemple.Le 15 décembre 2011 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Et si nous devenions capables de renouveler nos dents comme lalligator

first_imgEt si nous devenions capables de renouveler nos dents comme l’alligator ?Des chercheurs de l’Université de Californie du Sud cherchent actuellement à comprendre le processus permettant à certains animaux de renouveler leurs dents, en étudiant plus en détail la dentition des alligators. Ces travaux pourraient servir dans de nombreux traitements dentaires chez l’homme… Voici une découverte qui pourrait mettre les dentistes sur la paille. Au cours d’une étude récemment publiée, des chercheurs de l’Université de Californie du Sud ont réussi à percer quelques uns des secrets du processus qui permet aux alligators de renouveler leurs dents. Une trouvaille qui pourrait servir dans les traitements dentaires humains, afin de remplacer des dents tombées ou encore en surnombre. L’alligator a été choisi pour son impressionnante capacité à renouveler sa denture. En effet, le reptile collectionne 2.000 à 3.000 dents tout au long de sa vie, pouvant les renouveler une cinquantaine de fois chacune. Mais il n’est pas le seul : plusieurs autres reptiles et mammifères peuvent également faire de même lorsque l’Homme lui, ne renouvelle ses dents qu’une fois.Mieux comprendre le mécanisme de renouvellementDurant leurs travaux, les chercheurs ont utilisé un scanner et réalisé plusieurs analyses moléculaires la mâchoire et la dentition des alligators. Ceci leur a permis de mettre en évidence le tissu où se trouve la lame dentaire, cruciale au développement de la dent chez l’alligator. Puis en étudiant la mitose aux différentes étapes ainsi que la formation répétitive des dents, les Américains ont commencé à mieux comprendre le mécanisme de renouvellement. Au premier stade de développement, la dentine, matériau qui constitue en majorité la dent, forme une sorte de gonflement à l’extrémité. D’après les chercheurs, ceci serait en fait des cellules souches dormantes. Puis lorsque l’alligator perd une dent, certaines protéines seraient libérées pour activer ces cellules. Entrant rapidement en action, ces dernières déclencheraient alors le développement d’une nouvelle dent. Un processus que les chercheurs ont pu observer et qui s’est produit même quand la dent était volontairement enlevée. Or, la dentition de l’animal présente la même organisation que celle des mammifères à savoir un double palais et des os dentaires creux. Les scientifiques suggèrent donc qu’un tel processus pourrait peut-être avoir lieu chez l’homme, à condition d’avoir les acteurs nécessaires pour qu’il se déclenche.Un processus possible chez l’homme ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Au vu de notre étude, “il est peut-être possible d’identifier le réseau régulateur du cycles des dents”, autrement dit, les protéines et les cellules qui interviennent dans le renouvellement des dents, expliquent le professeur Cheng-Ming Chuong et ses collègues dont l’étude est publiée dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Ce savoir pourrait alors permettre “de réveiller les cellules souches latentes dans les restes de lame dentaire humaine afin de redémarrer un processus normal de renouvellement chez les adultes qui ont perdu une dent de stopper le développement incontrôlé de dent chez les patients possédant des dents surnuméraires”, ajoutent-il encore cités par News.discovery. D’ailleurs, des essais sur l’humain seraient déjà en cours après que des expériences de repousse de dents ont fonctionné chez la souris et le singe. Mais au risque de décevoir, bien que cette découverte constitue une remarquable avancée dans le domaine, il faudra encore de nombreuses années de recherche avant de pouvoir un jour, envisager de remplacer le dentiste.Le 16 mai 2013 à 13:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

State House passes bill limiting contributions in port campaigns

first_imgA bill that would limit campaign contributions in port commission elections is moving to the state Senate after passing the House with near-unanimous approval.“It’s about fairness, transparency and accountability,” Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, the sponsor of House Bill 2647, said in a news release. “This legislation makes sure that our port districts follow the same laws as everybody else. Like the Legislature, ports are public entities, accountable to the public, so we need to ensure that port districts are responding to constituents and not special interest groups.”There are 75 public ports in Washington, but only ports with more than 200,000 people in their district — the ports of Seattle and Tacoma — currently are subject to campaign finance law.Those laws say state and caucus political parties are allowed to contribute a total of up to $1 per registered voter to any particular candidate in a port district. County central committees and legislative district committees can give a combined 50 cents per registered voter. Individuals, unions, business, or political action committees are limited to an aggregate of $2,000 per election per candidate.The legislation comes just months after the million-dollar race for a seat on the Port of Vancouver commission between Don Orange and Kris Greene.last_img read more

Clean Up Weekend is just the Beginning

first_img Recommended for you Fiery explosion kills Blue Hills man Traffic relief coming for Blue Hills says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jul 2015 – Three impressive campaigns for clean up on the weekend were held and as Magnetic Media issued the mobile reports on the happenings, the kudos came in; islanders are happy to see the work to rid highways and residential communities of unsightly trash. By far, the most monumental of the projects was the Kew Town area where up to 6pm on Saturday, roughly 12 hours after they had started, Environmental Health reported that there had been 18 loads of garbage hauled out by truck, that there had been nearly a dozen vehicles removed and a reminder that this was just the beginning for the newly formed Haitian Organization. One Bahamas Association took on the Millennium Highway with significant progress and member for Blue Hills, Goldray Ewing led a community group to tidy up front road of his district. During the week, Wheeland member Delroy Williams funded a clean up the length of Millennium Highway and last weekend, Leeward Palms came together with Ezra Taylor to pick up trash. While much work has been done; there is more to do… in addition to those photographs of progress with bagged garbage, there were photos coming to Magnetic Media showing areas still suffering from indiscriminate dumping. Related Items:blue hills, clean up, delroy williams, ezra taylor, one bahamas association Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Administration announces plan to ease Blue Hills traffic congestionlast_img read more