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Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman: I was abused by doctorOlympic gymnast Aly Raisman: I was abused by doctor

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, United States’ Aly Raisman rests between apparatus’ during the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Raisman says she is among the young women abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor. Raisman tells “60 Minutes” she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent more than two decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics. He’s now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is among the young women sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor.Raisman tells “60 Minutes” she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent more than two decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics. He’s now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Krizziah Tabora wins 53rd Bowling World Cup championships Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim USA Gymnastics announced Tuesday it hired Kerry Perry as the organization’s new president and CEO. Perry starts Dec. 1. NVGRELATED STORIES:US gymnastics gold medalist reveals abuse by team doctorUS Olympic gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to child porn chargesSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malditas save PH from shutout “I think that, you just want, you want to trust people and that he was just a disgusting person, he took advantage of so many people’s trust,” Raisman said. “And I think, it just disgusts me he was a doctor. It’s crazy. Because when a doctor says something you want to believe him and it’s just awful.”Jamie Dantzscher, a bronze medalist on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, filed a lawsuit against Nassar in California in September 2016. She says Nassar touched her inappropriately while disguising the abuse as treatment. Dantzscher initially filed as “Jane Doe” but came forward publicly to “60 Minutes” in February.USA Gymnastics adopts SafeSport PolicyUSA Gymnastics launched an independent review of its policies in the wake of the allegations against Nassar and reporting by the Indianapolis Star in August 2016 that highlighted chronic mishandling of sexual abuse allegations against coaches and staff at some of its more than 3,500 clubs across the country.In June, the gymnastics board adopted the new USA Gymnastics SafeSport Policy that replaced the previous policy. Key updates include mandatory reporting, defining six types of misconduct, setting standards to prohibit grooming behavior, preventing inappropriate interaction and establishing accountability.In July, the organization hired Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport. Part of Stark’s mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting. The federation also adopted several recommendations by Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw the review. USA Gymnastics now has the power to withhold membership from clubs that decline to report claims of abuse.Clubs are now “required to report child abuse or neglect, including sexual misconduct, to proper authorities, including the U.S. Center for SafeSport and law enforcement authorities.”The organization has taken some steps to provide more oversight and safety to its national team gymnasts.Team members who fly into Houston for training camps must be escorted to the camp with at least two other people to avoid any one-on-one interaction. Underage female gymnasts with male coaches who are picked to compete internationally must now travel with a credentialed female chaperone. One-on-one visits by medical staff are prohibited at cabins the athletes use during overnight stays at the national training center. MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘He took advantage of so many people’s trust’The 23-year-old Raisman has been highly critical of USA Gymnastics in recent months, calling for leadership change at the top of the organization while advocating for athlete’s rights.Nassar began working with USA Gymnastics as an athletic trainer in 1986 and became the national team doctor in 1996. He stepped down in 2014 but remained on staff before being fired in 2015.“These girls, they should be comfortable going to USA Gymnastics and saying ‘I need help, I want therapy. I need this,’” Raisman said in an interview with The Associated Press and USA Today in August during the 2017 national championships.Raisman declined to get into specifics at that time about whether she was abused by Nassar but painted a vivid picture of how Nassar’s behavior went unchecked.ADVERTISEMENT MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Raisman, the captain of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning teams, details the abuse in her book “Fierce,” which will be released on Tuesday. Raisman’s interview with “60 Minutes” will air Sunday night.Raisman is the latest gymnast to claim she was sexually abused by Nassar. McKayla Maroney, who won two medals at the 2012 Games as Raisman’s teammate, said last month she was molested for years by Nassar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNassar also is awaiting trial on separate criminal sexual conduct charges and has been sued by more than 125 women alleging sexual abuse. Nassar has pleaded not guilty to the assault charges, and the dozens of civil suits filed in Michigan are currently in mediation.USA Gymnastics said in a statement Friday that Raisman sharing her personal experience took “great courage” and it is “appalled by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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4th ODI: New Zealand beat India by 8 wickets4th ODI: New Zealand beat India by 8 wickets

first_imgNew Zealand’s Trent Boult (file photo)   –  Reuters COMMENTS Published on × 0 India seemed shorn of their aura in the absence of talismanic skipper Virat Kohli as New Zealand pulled off a stunning eight-wicket win in the fourth cricket one-dayer to halt the visiting side’s domination here on Thursday.With run-machine Kohli rested after the side claimed an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, India’s much-vaunted batting was dismissed for its seventh lowest ODI total — 92 in 30.5 overs here — after Trent Boult (5/21) dished out a deadly opening spell. It was also the lowest total posted by any side on this venue, the previous lowest of 122 also against India’s name.With the series already out of their grasp after India won the first three games, Boult wreaked havoc with the new ball and in Colin de Grandhomme’s (3/26) company utilised the swinging conditions at the Seddon Park. “Never expected this to happen. (But) games like this happen…We’ve got ourselves to blame for this,” said India’s stand-in captain Rohit Sharma.In the absence of Kohli and an injured Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian batting unit found the going tough against the Kiwi bowling attack.India’s lowest ODI total is 54 against Sri Lanka at Sharjah in 2000. It was also India’s second lowest total in ODIs against New Zealand, having somehow managed to surpass the 88 scored at Dambulla.Bowling his 10 overs at a stretch, Boult troubled the Indian batsmen with both ways movement to return with impressive figures of 5 for 21, while Grandhomme gave him perfect support from the other end after New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl. While chasing, even though New Zealand lost Martin Guptill (14) and skipper Kane Williamson (11) early to Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/25), the hosts completed the formalities in 14.4 overs with eight wickets in hand.Henry Nicholls (30 not out) and Ross Taylor (37 not out) then completed the easy task for the Kiwis without any further damage.Earlier, the pitch didn’t seem unplayable but the Indian batsmen failed to apply themselves against the swing bowling of Boult and Grandhomme.Only four Indian batsnmen — Shikhar Dhawan (13), Hardik Pandya (16), Kuldeep Yadav (15) and Yuzvendra Chahal (18 not out) — posted double digit scores.Dhawan’s search for big runs continued and he was the first to depart, caught plumb in front of the wicket by Boult in the sixth over.Rohit, who is leading India in the last two matches of the series in the absence of Kohli, didn’t have a happy outing on his 200th ODI and was caught by Boult off his own bowling an over later.Grandhomme then joined the party and dismissed both Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik for ducks in a span of four balls in the 11th over.A lot was expected from debutant Shubman Gill (9) but pressure got the better of him as he got out like Rohit, caught by Boult off his own bowling.Reeling at 33 for 5, India desperately needed the experience of Kohli or Dhoni to bail the team out but in the duo’s absence, the onus was on Pandya and Kedar Jadhav to do the repair job.But it was not to be as wickets kept tumbling with Boult ripping apart India’s line-up, dismissing both Jadhav and Pandya in quick succession.Struggling at 55 for 8, Chahal and Kuldeep shared 25 runs for the ninth wicket to take India close to the 100-run mark before being shot out in 30.5 overs. The mast match of the series is on Sunday in Wellington. SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED New Zealand’s Trent Boult (file photo)   –  Reuters India beat New Zealand by 7-wickets in 3rd ODI to seal series SHARE India beat New Zealand by 90 runs to take 2-0 lead New Zealand cricket January 31, 2019 COMMENT India crush NZ by 8 wickets in first ODI after sun-induced stoppage last_img read more

Indian Open Badminton 2019: Viktor Axelson humbles Kidambi Srikanth to clinch the Men’s Singles…Indian Open Badminton 2019: Viktor Axelson humbles Kidambi Srikanth to clinch the Men’s Singles…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe 2019 Indian Open Badminton Super Series 500 tournament came to an end on Sunday with none of the Indians finishing in the pole position. Kidambi Srikanth was the lone Indian to reach the finals but Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen humbled him 21-7, 22-20 to clinch the Men’s Singles title within 49 minutes.Viktor Axelsen proved to be too good for Kidambi Srikanth in the finals of the 2019 Indian Open Badminton (Image Credits- Sportskeeda)The game was nip and tuck until the scoreline read 7-7. After that, Viktor Axelsen won consecutive 14 points to wrap up the first set in just 11 minutes. Although Kidambi Srikanth lost the set via a heavy margin, it didn’t affect his confidence level as he brought his A-game in the second set.The Indian levelled down the initial 5-1 lead to 11-all and tried to surge forward post that. However, the Danish World No. 4 ensured that the lead remained wafer thin, with Srikanth leading till 19-17. Axelsen neutralized the lead at 20-all when Srikanth failed to win the set point. A poor judgement from Srikanth’s behalf and a powerful smash meant the game never went to the decider.Saina Nehwal had pulled out from the tournament even before it began as she failed to recover from an acute gastroenteritis problem. PV Sindhu reached the semi-finals in the Women’s Singles but lost to China’s He Bingjao 23-21, 21-18. Parupalli Kashyap, too, fell prey to Viktor Axelsen in the semi-finals as he lost 21-11, 21-17 in straight sets.In doubles competition, the duo of B. Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri reached the semi-finals of the competition but lost to the Indonesian pair of Ricky Karanda Suwardi and Angga Pratama 21-12, 21-17. Other doubles shuttlers bowed out in the earlier stages of the competition.The next task for the Indian shuttlers will be to come up with a respectable campaign in the Malaysia Open which starts from Monday. The good news for the Indian fans is that Saina Nehwal has recovered successfully and will be raring to go. This is a Super 750 event, meaning the stakes and ranking points will be higher.last_img read more

The Resume/Profile/CV Tsunami – Hit by the Talent WaveThe Resume/Profile/CV Tsunami – Hit by the Talent Wave

first_imgI am consulting with global companies designing talent sourcing, assessment and delivery flow efficiencies to fill specific executive corporate positions around the world. And because of our current economic backdrop and the shared – aggregated dispersal of a position posted, tweeted or discussed the flow of talent qualified and unqualified is overwhelming.I have written practiced and made passionate speeches on the value of treating talent with graciousness and am frankly finding my personal tenets difficult to live up to. This concerns me for the sake of the talent and the perception of the recruitment brand.How does talent overcome getting lost in the flow?Submit through the appropriate channelsImmediately network to someone within the organization to get them to recommend you directly to the hiring authorityIf you do not know anyone in the organization use Linkedin or other social networks to meet them and get their networking assistanceLeave VM or email for the company contact early in the am using calm optimistic gracious languageBe persistent but try not to interfere with daily work activities – the company is juggling a number of balls primarily dealing with the talent flowWe would like to hear what is working for you. How do you differentiate yourself from the crowd in the recruiting supply chain?Personally I am frustrated with the flow from job boards and aggregators – they appear, to me, to cause more unqualified talent to submit for opportunities they can’t do but hope by some miracle to obtain. Next week we’ll deal with how companies can better manage or stem the tide. For now if you’re talent ‘in the job search flow’, stay focused and optimistic.Note: A few have asked about the profile picture here…primarily why and what. Simple, name is Stringer…I fish.last_img read more

Valencia still ‘p****d off’ over controversial Fellaini goalValencia still ‘p****d off’ over controversial Fellaini goal

first_imgValencia’s Carlos Soler acknowledged that the club were “p****d off” after Marouane Fellaini’s controversial winner in Manchester United’s 1-0 victory over Young Boys. Los Che looked set for a lifeline in pursuit of the last-16 with United heading for a draw heading into the closing stages against the Swiss minnows.But Fellaini struck late on to confirm United’s progression to the knockout stages at the expense of Valencia, the goal being allowed to stand despite the Belgian appearing to handle the ball.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! United head to Valencia on Wednesday with no pressure having already made sure of qualification, and though the hosts will be eager for some form of retribution, Soler is not shying away from the fact he and his team-mates were extremely irritated by Fellaini’s goal.”I don’t think it [the Fellaini goal] alone was what deprived us of having a chance [of progression], but the hand is there,” Soler told reporters. “They are things that do not depend on us. “Obviously we are a bit p****d off with the situation, but we cannot change it so we will have to look forward.”2 years ago, a  year old @Carlos10Soler debuted with Valencia CF in official competition. 2 years later he’s become one of the pillars of our team. The truth is that the best for him is yet to come— Valencia CF English  (@valenciacf_en) December 10, 2018Wednesday’s game will see Juan Mata return to Mestalla and Soler – who looked up to the United player during his time at the Spanish club – is excited about playing against him in Valencia’s famous stadium. “When I played in the academy as a kid, Juan was here and played in the same position, so I looked up to him a lot,” he said. “In the first leg, I swapped shirts with him and it will always be a memory. I’ve seen him a lot in Mestalla and facing him there will be nice.” Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral will also be going up against a familiar face in Eric Bailly, the pair having worked at Villarreal. Despite having spells of inconsistency and bad injuries, Marcelino is convinced the defender will be a success at Old Trafford in the long run. “I was lucky to have him as a footballer,” Marcelino said of Bailly. “He is a great player and an extraordinary person. “I sympathise with the injuries he is going through because it is difficult to increase performance, but I wish him well and for him to find a great condition. “With his professionalism, his way of being and his youth, he will surely succeed in Manchester. He has played great games, but because of the injuries he is not having the necessary continuity.”last_img read more

We need to focus more on Olympic sports to make India sporting powerhouse: Sports Minister Kiren RijijuWe need to focus more on Olympic sports to make India sporting powerhouse: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

first_imgSports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday said for India to become a sporting powerhouse, the country’s athletes will have to win more medals in mega-events and inspire youth to take up Olympic sports.”We are a big country, we shouldn’t lag behind in any discipline in Olympics. We need to be at the top and not at the back. A developing nation like India must focus on Olympic sports,” Rijiju told reporters while he received the torch of the Special Olympics International Football Championship (SOIFC) 2019, to be held in Chennai from August 3 to 6.Rijiju said that as Sports Minister his main focus is to ensure maximum participation and medals from the Indian athletes in next year’s Tokyo Olympics.”I have mentioned in the Parliament that our preparation for Tokyo Olympics is going well. I am monitoring it myself. We are coordinating with each and every federation. I am also talking to all the TOPS athletes to ensure maximum number of Indian athletes qualify for the Olympics,” he said.”And once we qualify, our target will be to win medals. In Rio Olympics we got just a silver and a bronze. After that the Hon’ble Prime Minister has formed a task force, whose recommendations we have got,” Rijiju added.Also See:last_img read more

Barry J. Sanders Transfers to Oklahoma StateBarry J. Sanders Transfers to Oklahoma State

first_imgI will be joining the Oklahoma State football program following my graduation from Stanford in June #GoPokes??— Barry J. Sanders (@BarryJSanders26) February 11, 2016Because Sanders will graduate this summer, he will be eligible to play in the fall. That’s a good thing for Mike Gundy’s depleted backfield too. Sanders didn’t play much behind Christian McCaffrey, but when he did, he was pretty good. He’s coming home!Barry J. Sanders is transferring from Stanford to Oklahoma State. Sanders told the Oklahoman on Thursday of his plans.“They’ve got my full commitment and I’m looking forward to being there come late June,” said Sanders. “Just being a part of the program and being able to get a chance to officially say I’m a Poke will be something special for me personally.”The rest of the interview is also excellent. You should go read it. Sanders averaged exactly 6 yards per touch from the line of scrimmage and 6.2 on the ground per carry last season. Oklahoma State’s 2015 averaged 3.6 yards on the ground per touch. Needless to say, I’m excited. By the way, while I wrote this post all I could think about was this video.center_img If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Why Mourinho hasn’t won CL with a super clubWhy Mourinho hasn’t won CL with a super club

first_imgManchester United Why Mourinho has never won the Champions League with a super club Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) Jose Mourinho UCL graphic Getty composite Manchester United UEFA Champions League Manchester United v Basel Basel Real Madrid Chelsea José Mourinho Opinion The Portuguese has two European titles to his name but has yet to lift the crown with one of the favourites After 644 days away from Europe’s brightest of spotlights, Manchester United return to the Champions League on Tuesday with expectations as high as ever. And after 643 days out of the competition himself, Jose Mourinho also has something to prove, having yet to lead one of the continent’s bigger clubs to the modern game’s most coveted title.Within 24 hours of United’s December 2015 exit at the hands of Wolfsburg, Mourinho was overseeing Chelsea in a European fixture for the last time as they dispensed with Porto 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to qualify for the round of 16. His side’s form in the Champions League had not been enough to placate the board in light of their brush with the Premier League relegation zone and within little more than a week he would be gone.It was the latest chapter in a curious European story for the Portuguese. He became the self-anointed ‘Special One’ in 2004 by leading Porto to an unlikely Champions League win and six years later would lead Inter to the same title at a time when few outside of the blue-and-black half of Milan gave them much hope of going deep in the competition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing And yet despite those two triumphs at the helm of unfancied outfits, Mourinho has been unable to add to his successes with Chelsea and Real Madrid in a combined eight full campaigns.Those spells would be littered with near-misses which the man himself would largely put down to bad luck. From ghost goals to refereeing conspiracies, there were countless mitigating factors proffered by Mourinho but the sum total was largely the same. There were three semi-final exits in five seasons with Chelsea; three in three at Madrid.Jose Mourinho in Champions League“Mourinho didn’t win the Champions League with Real Madrid, but the Portuguese did raise the bar at the Santiago Bernabeu and steered the Spanish side to three straight semi-finals after a period of six years in which the club failed to make it beyond the last 16,” says Goal ’s Spanish football correspondent, Ben Hayward.”By 2013, there were wounds in the dressing room and Mourinho’s spell in charge was nearing its end. But while he never won the Champions League with Real, he did make Madrid much more competitive and it is hard to imagine the club’s three recent European Cup successes without the groundwork he laid between 2010 and 2013.”It was a similar story to an extent at Stamford Bridge, according to Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella.”Mourinho lived up to his reputation in Europe in his first season at Chelsea as he got them to the Champions League semi-final as well as winning the league, getting past Barcelona and Bayern Munich in two exciting knockout games before being eliminated by Luis Garcia’s ‘ghost goal’ for Liverpool.”Even in his final knockout game as Chelsea manager, when they were upset by 10-man Paris Saint-Germain, they suffered injustices of their own over the 120 minutes but still went on to win the league with no more European football to distract them.”Clearly, Mourinho was no flop at either club despite his exits coming in various shades of despondency. Yet he always managed to come up just short in the Champions League. While with Madrid he had his issues with various players in the changing room, it was generally in the boardroom — or with referees — that he had his struggles at Chelsea until his curtailed final campaign at the Bridge.It seems that where clubs are big enough that there can be a sense of power in other areas than the manager’s office, Mourinho hasn’t been able to have quite the sense of control that he enjoyed during his successful spells in Portugal and Italy.Jose Mourinho in Champions LeagueNow back in the competition with a United side looking to regain their place as a perennial guest at the top table, Mourinho is looking to play down their billing as joint-fifth favourites to lift the trophy in Kiev in May as they prepare to face Basel at Old Trafford in their first game back.”To go back to the Champions League is just to go back to the natural habitat of Manchester United season after season,” Mourinho said on Monday. “We look forward to the match and I hope Old Trafford feels it in the same way we are feeling it.”We will go into this match thinking we can win, we will go to Moscow for the second match thinking we can win, we will go to Lisbon for the third match thinking we can win. We can. But to say in this moment we are candidates for this, candidates for that… at this moment we are just candidates to win the match against Basel.”It perhaps favours Mourinho to play down expectations since that appears to be when his teams thrive the most. There are countless factors to suggest that they are outsiders in the Champions League this season.They are the team finishing lowest in their national league to be entered into the competition following their victory in the Europa League last term, and will on Tuesday be playing only their seventh Champions League game in three-and-a-half years since David Moyes oversaw an aggregate loss to Bayern Munich in April 2014.But Mourinho should also realise by now that Manchester United are Manchester United, and they will always be among the favourites for any competition they enter. They also will always be packed full of powerful presences whom Mourinho might have to jostle along the way. And that is something he has yet to translate into a Champions League title in his otherwise illustrious coaching career.last_img read more

Man dies in hospital after avalanche in Yoho National Park SaturdayMan dies in hospital after avalanche in Yoho National Park Saturday

first_imgParks Canada says the slide was not connected to an avalanche that happened Tuesday on Howse Peak in Banff National Park that is believed to have claimed the lives of three professional climbers.Efforts to find those men – American Jess Roskelley and Austrians David Lama and Hansjorg Auer – have been hampered by poor weather and dangerous conditions.Parks Canada says the avalanche danger rating for Saturday was variable, noting that spring avalanche conditions can range from high to low and are dependent on weather and location, among other factors.The Canadian Press LAKE LOUISE, Alta. – Parks Canada says a person who was airlifted to hospital in Calgary following an avalanche in Yoho National Park has died.The agency says a male who was among a party of three was involved in an avalanche Saturday afternoon on Des Poilus Glacier, which is on the Wapta Icefield, approximately 180 kilometres northwest of Calgary.STARS Air Ambulance said the person was in critical condition at the time, and Parks Canada says in an update that he did not survive.The other two people in the party were not injured.last_img read more

Canada OK with EU plan to help WTO deal with Trump disruptionCanada OK with EU plan to help WTO deal with Trump disruption

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s trade minister is endorsing a European Union plan to prevent the Trump administration from paralyzing the World Trade Organization’s dispute-settlement body later this year.Jim Carr tells The Canadian Press that the EU’s plan to set up a proxy version of the WTO’s Appellate Body has merit and deserves further examination.The United States is blocking appointments to fill vacancies at the Appellate Body, which acts as an appeal court of sorts for the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body.President Donald Trump, along with other members of his administration, has disparaged the Geneva-based WTO as a disaster for the U.S. — part of his broader wrecking-ball approach towards the international trading order.If no approvals for new vacancies are forthcoming by December, the body could effectively shut down.Canada has convened about a dozen like-minded countries — minus the U.S. and China — to try to reform the WTO, and Carr says the EU’s proposal to keep the Appellate Body functioning has been discussed there.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Moroccan Court Hands Unprecedented Sentence to Harassment ConvictMoroccan Court Hands Unprecedented Sentence to Harassment Convict

Rabat – In an unprecedented trial, the Oujda Court of First Instance sentenced a man to a two-month suspended jail term and a fine of MAD 500 ($50) for harassing a minor. The prison term is provided for in Article 5 of LAW 103-13, which states that a person convicted for a crime of harassment, assault, sexual abuse, mistreatment, or violence against women or minors, faces a prison sentence of one to six months and a fine of MAD 2,000 to MAD 10,000.The father of the girl lodged a complaint to the king’s general attorney accusing the defendant, who’s 28 years old her senior, of disturbing her route home after she finished school, to express his “love” for her. Read also: Marrakech’s Airport Police Arrest French Suspect with International Arrest WarrantThe defendant denied the accusations, which were confirmed by the testimony of a person who had been sent to meddle between him and the girl, what the government considered an act of “incitement” against the victim.Incitement, the court noted, results in the victim being exploited for sexual purposes if the victim consented. However, the court took absence of any criminal record as a mitigating factor, ruling instead under law 103.13, which prohibits contacting the victim by any means. Article 5 of Law 103-13 stipulates that the convict is to be prohibited from contacting or approaching the whereabouts of the victim for a period of five years. read more

New Democrats promise to fix Insurance Corp of BC amid spectre ofNew Democrats promise to fix Insurance Corp of BC amid spectre of

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s attorney general is reassuring drivers they will not be on the hook for a hike in auto-insurance rates, despite a report released Monday forecasting prices could soar as much as 30 per cent without immediate and drastic action.David Eby said such a rate increase would not happen under his watch, as he lambasted the former Liberal administration for leaving the Insurance Corp. of British Columbia in a financial mess.“This is a very serious and a very grave concern,” Eby said during a news conference in Vancouver after the report was made public.“We will take the steps necessary to fix what is happening at ICBC, to make British Columbia’s roads safer for British Columbians and to ensure that rates are affordable for British Columbians, because clearly that is not where we are tracking right now,” said Eby, who is also the minister responsible for ICBC.The report by Ernst & Young was commissioned under the previous government and says a massive overhaul to the corporation must happen immediately in order to avoid steep rate hikes.“B.C.’s auto insurance system is facing unprecedented challenges,” says the report. “The average driver in B.C. may need to pay almost $2,000 in annual total premiums for auto insurance by 2019.”The report points to a spike in the number of car crashes and a jump in the cost of vehicle repairs and injury claims as some of the main reasons for growing financial pressure at the Crown corporation. The government has also sheltered B.C. drivers for years from necessary rate increases, it says.“This rate protection has eroded ICBC’s financial situation to a point where such efforts are not sustainable.”The previous Liberal government directed the board of ICBC to commission the report last year, months before the May election.The report suggests changes that include capping payments for pain and suffering, making high-risk drivers pay more, charging higher rates for luxury vehicles and bringing back speed cameras, commonly referred to as photo radar.Eby dismissed some of the report’s proposals as non-starters, including photo radar and no-fault insurance, which directs a person involved in an incident to deal with their own insurance company regardless of who is at fault.He also criticized the previous government for treating the Crown corporation as a “bank machine,” withdrawing money when it was convenient in order to distort the province’s overall finances to show them as healthier than they really were.“ICBC has been careening toward a crisis over at least the last couple of years. This should have been an election issue,” Eby said.“Our goal is to make roads as safe as possible and to make sure that rates stay affordable for British Columbians, and that’s what we’ll be doing. It was not a priority of the previous government, obviously.”Liberal MLA Andrew Wilkinson, who served briefly as attorney general, criticized Eby for failing to outline a concrete plan to help ICBC.“It’s time for the NDP to show some competence in office and tell us what they’re going to do,” he said of the government that was sworn in last week.Wilkinson did not respond when asked about what responsibility the Liberal government accepted for its role in ICBC’s financial circumstances.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter read more

Baseball Three former Buckeyes one recruit sign contracts to play professionally LonswayBaseball Three former Buckeyes one recruit sign contracts to play professionally Lonsway

Then-junior outfielder Tre’ Gantt is greeted by teammates outside the dugout after scoring a run over the weekend in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Surprise, Arizona. Credit: Courtesy of Press Pros MagazineWith the MLB draft signing deadline ending at 5 p.m. Friday, three former Ohio State players — outfielder Tre’ Gantt, catcher Jalen Washington and pitcher Shea Murray — have signed contracts with their respective teams, as has pitcher Xavier Moore, a former Buckeye commit. Though incoming freshman Seth Lonsway was selected in the draft, the pitcher will not sign with his team and instead will come to pitch for the Buckeyes.The first Buckeye selected in the draft was the potential recruit Moore, who was selected in the 16th round (494th overall) by the Texas Rangers. He signed with the ball club with a bonus of $125,000, according to the MLB Draft Tracker.Murray was the first former Buckeye selected. The pitcher-turned-outfielder was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a pitcher in the 18th round with the 538th overall pick in the draft. He received a signing bonus of $12,500.The second Ohio State alumnus drafted was Washington, who was picked up by the San Diego Padres as a catcher with the 858th overall pick in the draft in the 29th round of the draft. The MLB Draft Tracker reported his signing bonus to be $1,000.The final Buckeye to sign in the draft was Gantt, who will head north to Cleveland after the Indians selected him in the 29th round with the 882nd overall pick. Since he still had a year of eligibility remaining, his bonus was the highest of the former players as he received $100,000 for signing with the professional team.After the signing deadline had past, the only drafted player to head to Columbus for the 2018 season was Lonsway. The 6-foot-1 southpaw was selected in the 19th round by the Cincinnati Reds with the 557th overall pick, but did not sign with the club after it used the remainder of its allotted bonus pool to lock up second-overall selection to Hunter Greene, who signed for a bonus of $7.23 million.Lonsway was ranked as the 148th-best draft prospect by MLB Pipeline. The Celina, Ohio, product was originally expected to be selected in the third round of the draft, his description on the site says, but dropped 16 more rounds before being selected by a big-league ball club. read more

Santa Claus gets dementia in saddest Christmas advert of the yearSanta Claus gets dementia in saddest Christmas advert of the year

first_imgFreya learns about Father Christmas's plight as her quilt comes to life Freya tells the elves that if a broken mechanism could be mended, then so can Father Christmas “The film shows that dementia doesn’t discriminate: it affects people from so many different backgrounds, from nurses and teachers to world leaders and eloquent writers.“I hope it gives people two minutes to think about the impact of dementia this Christmas, and be inspired by how we can change the future with research.”Santa Forgot will be shown for the first time on ITV at 9.15pm on Nov 16. However, Stephen Fry, who narrated the cartoon, titled ‘Santa Forgot’ said the message was important and was wholly in keeping with the spirit of Christmas.”From the moment I was told about Santa Forgot I wanted to lend my support – it is an inspiring and beautiful take on a Christmas tale.“I urge people up and down the country to get behind the campaign so we can fuel the fight against dementia and take a step forward to making it history.” Freya tells the elves that if a broken mechanism could be mended, then so can Father Christmas 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. Freya learns about Father Christmas’s plight as her quilt comes to life  Liz Ayre, who lost her husband, Mike, to early-onset Alzhiemer’s in 2013 aged 51, and whose daughter voices Freya in the animation, said it was important to be confrontational and challenge people’s misconceptions about dementia.“The advert is beautiful, sad and hopeful all at once and stirred so many different emotions when we watched it. If you were left feeling gloomy by last year’s John Lewis Christmas advertisement – which featured a lonely old man on the moon – then you might want to look away now.Alzheimers Research UK is launching one of its most hard-hitting advertisements ever, in which Father Christmas develops dementia and can no longer deliver presents.Although the advertisement is a cartoon, made by Aardman,  the Wallace and Gromit animators, it is being premeiered after the 9pm watershed, amid concerns it could upset children. Last year John Lewis teamed up with Age UK for its Christmas advertisement which aimed to highlight the plight of the numerous elderly people who spend the festive period alone.But the reaction from the public was muted and this year the company has reverted back to a more cheery tale of Buster the Boxer.  The advert reminds us to believe in the power of researchHilary Evans, Alzheimer’s Research UK “We have to be provocative about dementia, to help fight misconceptions and fatalism around the condition and to demonstrate that pioneering research holds the answers.“We have made enormous strides against diseases like cancer and Aids, and with the right research we can do the same for dementia. The advert reminds us to believe in the power of research.”More than 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, and the condition has an economic impact in the UK of over £24bn a year, more than cancer and heart disease combined. As of this week, it is also now the leading cause of death in Britain. I hope it gives people two minutes to think about the impact of dementia this ChristmasLiz Ayre But she remobilises the redundant elves as scientists, telling them ‘if Santa has a disease, research can find a way to fix it’.“Santa is an important cultural figure, but the idea that he too could be affected drives home the point that dementia can strike those most special in our lives,” said Hilary Evans, the chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK. The advertisement centres on a young girl called Freya who has grown-up in a world where Father Christmas has stopped visiting youngsters on Christmas Eve because he is suffering from the effects of dementia.Freya journeys to the North Pole to find a despondent Father Christmas staring blankly into the fire, his bright red suit turned to grey after forgetting which gift should go to which child.last_img read more

President Bush asks for massive fossil fuel budget increasePresident Bush asks for massive fossil fuel budget increase

first_imgPresident Bush’s FY2008 budget seeks a 33% increase for the Office of Fossil Energy over last year’s request to support improved energy security and rapid development of climate-oriented technology.  It totals $863 million and completes a promise to invest $2 billion in coal technologies three years early. One of the President’s largest Fossil Energy budgets, the new proposal emphasizes early initiation of an expansion of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve; accelerating the development of technologies to manage and virtually eliminate emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from fossil fuel use in power generation and other industrial activity; and moving forward with the design and early work on the FutureGen project to combine in one plant the production of electric power and hydrogen fuel from coal with near-zero atmospheric emissions.   Fossil Energy’s programs support the President’s top initiatives for energy security, clean air, climate change and coal research. Fossil Energy also supports the Department of Energy’s strategic goal of protecting national and economic security by promoting a diverse supply and delivery of reliable, affordable, and environmentally-sound energy.Specifically, FY 2008 Fossil Energy programs are to:Manage and perform energy-related research that reduces market barriers to the reliable, efficient, and environmentally sound use of fossil fuels for power generation and conversion to other fuels such as hydrogenPartner with industry and others to advance clean and efficient fossil energy technologies toward commercializationDouble the current capacity of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to 1.5 billion barrels by 2027 – an insurance policy in the event of a severe supply disruption.The goal of the President’s Coal Research Initiative is to research, develop and demonstrate technologies that will improve the competitiveness and utility of domestic coal in future energy markets. Coal represents more than 90% of US fossil energy reserves, and the Administration strongly supports it as an important component of a balanced national energy portfolio. As a candidate in 2000, the President pledged to invest $2 billion over 10 years in developing technologies for its expanded, environmentally responsible use. The current request fulfills the promise.   Because of its importance, the President’s FY 2008 Budget requests $426 million for the Clean Coal Technology Program distributed over the program’s various components to get the maximum benefit in the most cost-effective way.  Clean Coal is a major component of the National Energy Policy. It is seen as essential to meeting the rising demand for clean, reliable and affordable electricity for the foreseeable future. Clean coal R&D is a co-operative, cost-shared program between the government and industry to rapidly demonstrate emerging technologies in coal-based power generation to help accelerate their commercialization.The Clean Coal Power Initiative’s proposed budget of $73 million will fund the continuation of projects selected in two prior, competitive solicitations for promising technologies. A third round is planned in FY 2008.Within the President’s Coal Research Initiative, the FutureGen project will receive a two-fold funding increase in the FY 2008 budget from FY 2007 — six times the amount from FY 2006. FutureGen will establish the capability and feasibility of co-producing electricity and hydrogen from coal and includes carbon sequestration as a key component of the project. The project is now in the site selection phase and will employ a public/private partnership to demonstrate technology ultimately leading to near-zero atmospheric emission plants (including carbon) that are fuel-flexible and capable of multi-product output and electrical efficiencies of over 60%.Fossil Energy’s most far-reaching and visionary clean coal project has a proposed FY 2008 Budget of $108 million. Those funds will be used to support detailed plant design and procurement, as well as ongoing permitting, preliminary design and site characterization work.The project will help retain the strategic value of coal. The clean coal R&D effort will focus research efforts on all the key ingredients necessary for FutureGen – carbon sequestration, membrane technologies for oxygen and hydrogen separation, advanced turbines, fuel cells, coal-to-hydrogen conversion gasifier related technologies, and other technologies.  Some Clean Coal Power Initiative activities complement FutureGen and will decrease the costs of Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle systems and other technologies for near-zero atmospheric emission plants.The Fuels and Power Systems proposed FY08 Budget is $245 million and covers R&D for several technologies important to FutureGen. One of those critical technology areas – and a core Fossil Energy program receiving heavy emphasis – is carbon sequestration.  It is one of the key ingredients of the Fuel and Power Systems program and receives an increase in budget dollars to $79 million in FY 2008. The FY08 request will allow continued R&D into CO2 capture and storage, as well as measurement, monitoring and verification technologies and processes. The program will focus primarily on developing capture and separation technologies that dramatically lower the costs and energy requirements for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from fossil based (especially coal) energy plants. Technology developments within the carbon sequestration program are expected to contribute substantially to the President’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas intensity by 18% by 2012. The national network of regional partnerships will continue its important work in FY 2008. This Secretarial partnership initiative has brought together the federal government, state agencies, universities and private industry to determine which options for capturing and storing greenhouse gases are most practicable for specific areas of the country.  The international, ministerial-level Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum will continue to gather data, exchange information and participate in joint projects to advance carbon sequestration technology.The Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) program will continue to concentrate efforts on gas stream purification to meet quality requirements for use with fuel cells and conversion processes, on impurity tolerant hydrogen separation, on elevating process efficiency, and on reducing the costs and energy requirements for oxygen production through development of advanced technologies such as membranes. The Advanced Turbines program is centered on creating a turbine-technology base that will permit the design of near-zero atmospheric emission IGCC plants and a class of FutureGen-descended plants with carbon capture and sequestration. This research emphasizes technology for high-efficiency hydrogen and syngas turbines and builds on prior successes in the Natural Gas-based Advanced Turbine Systems Program.  The Carbon Sequestration program is developing a portfolio of technologies with great potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Primary concentration is on dramatically lowering the cost and energy requirements of pre- and post-combustion carbon dioxide capture.  The goal is to have by 2012 a technology portfolio enabling safe, cost-effective and long-term carbon mitigation, management and storage which will lead to substantial market penetration after 2012.  The program is expected to contribute significantly to the President’s goal of developing technologies to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the long term and to fill a critical need in efforts ultimately to stabilize U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The Fuels program conducts the research necessary to promote the transition to a hydrogen economy.  Research targets cost reduction and increased efficiency of hydrogen production from coal feedstocks as part of the President’s Hydrogen Fuel Initiative and in support of the FutureGen project.Advanced Research projects seek a greater understanding of the physical, chemical, biological, and thermodynamic barriers that limit the use of coal and other fossil fuels.  The program funds two categories of activity. The first includes applied research programs to develop the technology base needed for the development of super-clean, very high efficiency coal-based power and coal-based fuel systems. The second is a set of crosscutting studies and assessment activities in environmental, technical and economic analyses, coal technology export, and integrated program support.  Objectives of Fuel Cells activity are to provide the technology-based development of low-cost, scalable, and fuel flexible fuel cell systems that can operate in central coal-based power systems and have applications in other electric utility (both central and distributed), industrial, and commercial/residential markets (Not included in the President’s Coal Research Initiative).Petroleum – Oil Technology and Natural Gas Technologies research and development programs will be terminated in FY 2008, consistent with the FY 2007 Budget request. The Oil and Gas group will manage the Ultra-Deep and Unconventional Natural Gas Research Program mandated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. However, the Administration will propose legislation to terminate this program, which is funded from federal oil and gas lease revenues. The President is requesting $354 million for operating the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves and to increase the capacity of the reserves to 1.5 billion barrels by 2027. Created to insure against supply disruptions that could harm our economy, the FY 2008 Strategic Petroleum Reserve budget proposes $163 million for facilities development and adds $168 million to begin expansion of the Reserve to 1.5 billion barrels. The process begins immediately with filling to the current capacity of 727 million barrels, and would increase the expansion capacity further at existing and new sites in FY 2008.For the Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves, the FY 2008 budget request is $17 million. The mission of the Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserve is to complete environmental remediation activities and to determine the equity finalization of Naval Petroleum Reserve (NPR) 1. It also serves to operate NPR-3 until its economic limit is reached, while maintaining the Rocky Mountain Oil Field Test Center as a field demonstration facility.last_img read more

MineARC chambers used in Newmont Waihi rescueMineARC chambers used in Newmont Waihi rescue

first_imgMineARC has confirmed that the successful recent rescue of all 28 trapped miners at Newmont’s Waihi gold mine in New Zealand involved both MineARC and Shairzal refuge chambers. MineARC acquired the Shairzal brand, product range and client base in February 2010.MineARC General Manager Mike Lincoln comments: “Based on everything we’ve seen, it appears Waihi management and emergency rescue teams delivered a textbook run of a well thought out and well executed emergency response plan (ERP), of which refuge chambers clearly form a vital component. MineARC commends Waihi for their commitment to emergency response preparedness and training, with emergency crews conducting regular safety drills. MineARC is satisfied, pending site evaluation, that our chambers performed as required; maintaining a secure environment for the miners, safe from exposure to fire, smoke, CO and CO2.”The company continued in its statement: “The Waihi fire incident again highlights the importance of adhering to all sections listed under the Australian refuge chamber guideline for hard rock mines considered as world’s ‘best practice’ particularly the provision of both CO and CO2 scrubbing in refuge chambers – both prevalent in fire situations.” Full details and a copy of the guideline are available from the MineARC website, read more

Carrick spoke about the best player he has played withCarrick spoke about the best player he has played with

first_imgMichael Carrick’s career is coming to an end and he has played with many great players throughout the years he has spent at Manchester United – and he believes that Paul Scholes was the best one.The former England international played for example with Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo or Wayne Rooney – but Paul Scholes was even a better player than these three according to Carrick’s statement.The experienced midfielder spoke about his former teammate as he said, according to 101 Great Goals:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I still think I’m just fortunate to have seen him train every day and having the best seat in the house, stood next to him passing the ball and seeing what he could do with it.”“It was just outrageous how good he was. I could pick 10-15 players that I played with over the years, Ronaldo, Wazza [Rooney], Rio [Ferdinand], Giggsy, Gaz Nev, he was an unbelievable full-back, unbelievable captain. But Scholesy just nicks it.”last_img read more

Researchers design more reliable invisibility cloakResearchers design more reliable invisibility cloak

first_img More information: Elena Semouchkina, et al. “An infrared invisibility cloak composed of glass.” Applied Physics Letters 96, 233503 (2010). DOI:10.1063/1.3447794 Citation: Researchers design more reliable invisibility cloak (2010, June 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from In the study, Elena Semouchkina from Michigan Technological University and Pennsylvania State University and her coauthors designed an invisibility cloak made of glass for the infrared range. Currently, most metamaterial cloak designs require that the metamaterial response be homogeneous. However, the new design relies on simulations of a true multi-element cloak structure and takes into account the inhomogeneity of a real metamaterial response.“This is one of the first designs of an optical cloak, in particular, of a cylindrical shell,” Semouchkina told “This is a non-metallic low-loss all-dielectric cloak. … In contrast to the previous designs, the design of our cloak has been developed at a careful control of interactions between resonators, since a true multi-resonator structure has been simulated. It makes the design essentially more reliable.”The structure of the proposed cloak consists of identical nanosized chalcogenide glass resonators arranged in a concentric pattern. In simulations, the researchers found that glass resonators in the shape of a cylinder with a diameter of 300 nm and a height of 150 nm provided the best results for the light wavelength of 1 micron. “The design employs identical resonators in all layers of the cloak, which, from the point of view of fabrication tolerance, presents a tremendous advantage versus fabricating nano-sized elements of different prescribed dimensions,” Semouchkina said. The spoke-like configuration of the resonators forms radial magnetic moments despite different incidence angles of incoming light. As Semouchkina explained, the magnetic resonance response creates the desired effective parameters of the medium.“Our cloak is based on the magnetic resonance in dielectric resonators,” Semouchkina said. “This resonance is used to obtain the desired values of the effective permeability of the medium. The simulations of real 3D resonators, and not of effective medium layers, allowed us to find optimal resonator shapes and their arrangement to assure the magnetic moment formation in resonators illuminated under different incidence angles.”The researchers simulated cloaked cylindrical objects of infinite lengths and of diameters ranging from 5 to 15 wavelengths. Simulations also showed that objects could be cloaked over a wide range of infrared frequencies at the manipulation of inter-resonator distances.Overall, the new design is one more example of the progress made in invisibility cloaks since they were first designed in 2006. Since then, researchers have been working on different design approaches in an attempt to expand the cloaking spectrum, simplify fabrication, and make other improvements.“We are currently performing detailed investigations of the interactions between the resonators in metamaterials and their role in controlling the wave propagation, as well as working on the experimental demonstration of an all-dielectric cloak operation at microwaves,” Semouchkina said. The design of the invisibility cloak consists of a spoke-like configuration of glass resonators, which form a magnetic resonance that is used to obtain the desired parameters of the medium. The illustration shows the glass cloak designed to hide a metal cylinder of 15 micrometers in diameter. Image credit: Semouchkina, et al. 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. ( — Researchers have proposed a new design for an invisibility cloak – a device that could make objects invisible by guiding light around anything placed inside the cloak. Explore further New invisibility cloak allows object to ‘see’ out through the cloak Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of read more

Study charts changes in island biodiversity as oceans rose over past 20000Study charts changes in island biodiversity as oceans rose over past 20000

first_img Many of the unique species that formed on islands over hundreds of thousands of years are threatened by extinction today. Only few individuals of Lotus maculatus remain in its natural habitat on Tenerife. Credit: Manuel Steinbauer (—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Germany has conducted a study of island biodiversity over the past 20,000 years, a timeframe where sea levels have risen approximately 100 meters due to warmer temperatures and melting ice. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they went about their study, their findings and their hopes that their efforts will help predict changes to come as the planet continues to heat up. José María Fernández-Palacios with Universidad de La Laguna in the Canary Islands, has provided a News & Views piece on the efforts by done by the team in the same journal issue and also gives an overview of current research regarding island biodiversity. In Hawai’i, the islands of the so-called Maui-Nui complex were merged during the last ice age (beige areas were above sea-level during the last ice age and are below sea-level today). Credit: Patrick Weigelt For many years, the main themes regarding island biodiversity fell into two categories, degree of isolation and island size—it was believed that both contributed significantly to the degree of diversity for any given island as well as to the numbers of endemic species. In this new effort, the researchers have found another factor that appears to be just as important—how big an island was before the seas began to rise. Changes in overall island size when sea levels rise depends, of course, on how much slope there is—thus volcanic-type islands lose land area very slowly, whereas islands that became islands only because some past event caused them to be cleaved from a continent, tend to “shrink” much faster.To learn more about how sea level rise related to diversity, the researchers looked at 184 oceanic islands across the globe over the course of the past 21,000 years—which covered the time from the last glacial maximum, till the present day—focusing most specifically on data regarding land area, degree of isolation, elevation, the number of islands in any given chain, and of course temperature and precipitation levels. Their study also looked at the diversity of flowering plants including those that are believed to be endemic to an island or chain. In looking at patterns that emerged, the researchers found that the degree of endemic species is higher today for islands that had a lot more land mass back then. Interestingly, they also found that changes in temperature and precipitation didn’t appear to have much of an impact on changes in diversity, nor did the degree of isolation. This last point, they note, was not a surprise—a rise in sea levels does not tend to cause an island to become more remote. How have changing sea-levels influenced evolution on the Galapagos Islands? Explore further More information: Patrick Weigelt et al. Late Quaternary climate change shapes island biodiversity, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature17443AbstractIsland biogeographical models consider islands either as geologically static with biodiversity resulting from ecologically neutral immigration–extinction dynamics, or as geologically dynamic with biodiversity resulting from immigration–speciation–extinction dynamics influenced by changes in island characteristics over millions of years. Present climate and spatial arrangement of islands, however, are rather exceptional compared to most of the Late Quaternary, which is characterized by recurrent cooler and drier glacial periods. These climatic oscillations over short geological timescales strongly affected sea levels and caused massive changes in island area, isolation and connectivity, orders of magnitude faster than the geological processes of island formation, subsidence and erosion considered in island theory. Consequences of these oscillations for present biodiversity remain unassessed. Here we analyse the effects of present and Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) island area, isolation, elevation and climate on key components of angiosperm diversity on islands worldwide. We find that post-LGM changes in island characteristics, especially in area, have left a strong imprint on present diversity of endemic species. Specifically, the number and proportion of endemic species today is significantly higher on islands that were larger during the LGM. Native species richness, in turn, is mostly determined by present island characteristics. We conclude that an appreciation of Late Quaternary environmental change is essential to understand patterns of island endemism and its underlying evolutionary dynamics. Journal information: Nature © 2016 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. Citation: Study charts changes in island biodiversity as oceans rose over past 20,000 years (2016, March 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Understanding True Patientcentered Care in RadiologyUnderstanding True Patientcentered Care in Radiology

first_img Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Related Content Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more What is the true meaning of “patient-centered care”? It’s the latest buzzword in healthcare, but how many of us fully understand the concept? Everything Rad explores the topic in depth in a special three-part blog series. Read part one today! FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read morecenter_img Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Sponsored Content | Whitepapers | Radiology Imaging | September 18, 2017 Understanding True Patient-centered Care in Radiology The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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