Ingredients Milk1l Sugar200 g Cream500 g Panna base100 g Dextrose Sugar20 g Milk Powder20 g Egg Yolk9 Vanilla5 g Fresh Blueberry300 g Sugar60 gPreparation Place the fruits in a large bowl and add sugar. Mix to coat the fruits thoroughly. Let rest at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes. Transfer the macerated blueberries to a saucepan. Place over medium-high heat and bring to boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the blueberries have broken down and the syrup has thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSAIn a medium saucepan, mix milk and cream. Warm at 40°C until foam forms around the edges. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until frothy. Gradually pour the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Return mixture to saucepan; cook over medium heat at 85°C for 2 minutes, stirring until the mixture gels slightly and coats the back of the spoon. If small egg lumps begin to show, remove from heat immediately. Pour the mixture through a sieve or fine strainer into a bowl. Chill on ice bath and keep in the refrigerator. Whisk the blueberry puree into the prepared gelato base. Pour into the bowl of an ice cream maker and churn. Stop the machine when it is icy yet soft. Transfer the gelato to an airtight container and freeze until firm, about two hours. (Courtesy: Shangri-la, New Delhi) read more
OTTAWA – A quick look at July employment (previous month in brackets):Unemployment rate: 6.3 per cent (6.5)Employment rate: 61.6 per cent (61.6)Labour force participation rate: 65.7 per cent (65.9)Number unemployed: 1,246,800 (1,270,300)Number working: 18,421,900 (18,411,000)Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 11.1 per cent (12.0)Men (25-plus) unemployment rate: 5.6 per cent (5.8)Women (25-plus) unemployment rate: 5.5 per cent (5.3)u?
Rabat- In an unprecedented shift in the Moroccan-Egyptian relations, Morocco’s state-owned channels 2m and Alaoula broadcasted a report that harshly criticized Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.While Rabat’s support of Sisi has been clear during the last six months of 2014 that may all be going in smoke after this report.In June 2014, King Mohammed VI sent a congratulatory message to Abdel Fattah El Sisi on the occasion of his election as president of the Arab Republic of Egypt. However, today Morocco’s official channels seemed to attack El Sisi’s regime. On Thursday, the two Moroccan state-owned channels 2m and Alaoula aired a special report on Egypt. The reports questioned the legitimacy of El Sisi’s regime, as Sisi was introduced as “the leader of the military coup,” rather than president of Egypt.Alaoula added to its report analysis that slammed Sisi, saying that he led a military coup against a legitimate president. This issue has already provoked a heated debate among Moroccan social media users, who were surprised by what appear to be a shift in the relations between the two countries.This reversal is due to the last series of attacks from the Egyptian media against Morocco.An Egyptian anchor made a comment this week describing Morocco as a land of sorcery. It is the latest in an Egyptian campaign of misinformation and insults targeting the Kingdom.Before this incident, an Egyptian female television presenter flew into a rage, stating that Morocco ranks among the highest countries with HIV infections. She went on to say that the Kingdom has “an economy based on prostitution revenues”.More recently, Secretary General of the Fatwa at Al-Azhar Mosque, the highest religious authority in Egypt, nullified King Mohammed’s celebration of the Eid Al Adha. Earlier, an Egyptian actor made racist remarks about Moroccans, targeting the Moroccan Jewish community in particular.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more
BEIJING — China’s ruling Communist Party is taking a newly aggressive approach in how it portrays the worsening trade dispute with the United States — projecting stability and stirring up nationalistic sentiment in the process.The harder line comes after days of muted official responses to President Donald Trump’s decision to hike tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. Escalating the antagonism, China retaliated Monday with higher tariffs on $60 billion worth of American goods, raising duties of 5% to 25%.Chinese President Xi Jinping, China’s most powerful leader in decades, has shepherded the country’s rise to prominence and nurtured the growth of a red-blooded but tightly controlled nationalism.The approach shows a new willingness to allow a shift in domestic public opinion where the trade war is concerned, experts say.The Associated Press read more
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street following big gains in Europe after the head of the European Central Bank said it was ready to cut interest rates and provide more economic stimulus if necessary.Technology and communications companies were among the biggest winners in early trading Tuesday. Apple rose 1.5% and Fox rose 1.6%.The S&P 500 index rose 17 points, or 0.6%, to 2,908.The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 182 points, or 0.7%, to 26,298. The Nasdaq rose 77 points, or 1%, to 7,923.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.03%.The Associated Press read more
7 August 2008The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste today welcomed a recent report on human rights abuses that took place during the country’s bloody struggle for independence in 1999. The mission, known as UNMIT, also urged the Governments of Timor-Leste and Indonesia to follow up on the recommendations in the report put out last month by the Commission of Truth and Friendship (CTF), established by the two countries in 2005.“But a Truth and Friendship Commission is only one mechanism for addressing past atrocities,” UNMIT spokesperson Allison Cooper told reporters today in Dili.She expressed the UN’s support of the Serious Crime Unit (SCU) and the Prosecutor-General’s efforts, as well as steps taken to address crimes committed in the past.In the popular consultation held in August 1999, virtually the entire electorate voted overwhelmingly for a transition towards independence.Following the announcement of the result, pro-integration militias, at times with the support of elements of the Indonesian security forces, launched a campaign of violence, looting and arson throughout the entire territory.Despite their obligations, the Indonesian authorities did not effectively respond, and many East Timorese were killed – including nine local UN personnel – and up to half a million displaced from their homes.The Organization boycotted the Commission since its terms of reference into the 1999 violence did not preclude it from recommending amnesty for gross abuses.Last month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced hope that the CTF report “will be the first step towards achieving justice and reconciliation,” and encouraged both Governments to take concrete steps to ensure full accountability, to end impunity and to provide reparations to victims, adding that the UN stands ready to extend its technical assistance in that regard. read more
Initial coalition government talks in Greece fail, new election looms by News Staff Posted May 7, 2012 4:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATHENS, Greece – Greece sank deeper into a political and financial morass on Monday as initial efforts to form a new coalition government failed a day after angry voters punished parties backing the country’s international bailout.The result of Sunday’s parliamentary election raised troubling new questions about Greece’s ability to stay solvent and in the euro currency bloc. And the political impasse means Greece could face another round of elections next month.Voters furious over years of painful budget cuts and higher taxes hammered the conservative New Democracy and socialist PASOK, the two parties who have dominated politics for the last four decades and who had signed up to the country’s multibillion dollar bailouts.The result was a clear anti-austerity message. Smaller parties that had rejected the draconian terms of Greece’s rescue packages made significant gains, raising the possibility that they might push the country out of the euro.They included the extremist Golden Dawn party, which rejects the neo-Nazi label but has been blamed for violent attacks against immigrants. The party won 21 seats in the 300-member parliament, and nearly 7 per cent of the vote.No party won nearly enough votes to form a government, leaving a coalition government or new elections as the only options.New Democracy’s Antonis Samaras, who came in first with a meagre 18.8 per cent of the vote and 108 seats, failed to build a coalition and handed back the mandate to the president.“We did everything possible,” Samaras said in a televised address. “We directed our proposal to all the parties that could have participated in such an effort, but their either directly rejected their participation, or they set as a condition the participation of others who however did not accept.”The uncertainty caused huge volatility in financial markets across Europe. The Athens exchange closed 6.7 per cent down.And Greece’s bailout creditors appeared alarmed, stressing Athens must stick to its commitments.“Of course the most important thing is that the programs we agreed with Greece are continued,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.Her remarks were echoed by a European Commission spokesman, Amadeu Altafaj Tardio, who stressed the need for “full and timely implementation” of Greece’s agreement with its international creditors and underlined that “solidarity is a two-way street.”Now that Samaras has failed to create a government, the mandate goes to Alexis Tsipras, the 38-year-old head of the Radical Left Coalition, or Syriza, who came in second place with 16.78 per cent and 52 seats.Tsipras will officially be tasked to seek coalition partners Tuesday and will have three days to clinch a deal before the mandate then passes to former finance minister and PASOK head Evangelos Venizelos.If no agreement can be found new elections will be called, probably for June.The timing is critical. Greece has to introduce new drastic austerity measures worth â‚¬14.5 billion ($19 billion) for 2013-14 in June, while the country is also due to receive a â‚¬30 billion ($39.4 billion) installment of its rescue loans from the other countries in the 17-strong eurozone and the International Monetary Fund.If rescue loan funding is cut off, the country will find itself unable to pay salaries and pensions, and would face defaulting on its debts and potentially leaving the euro.“I still don’t think they’re quite to the stage where they will say this is the red line, if you can’t meet it we won’t give you more support,” said Raoul Ruparel, an analyst at the Open Europe think-tank in London.In that case, Greece could get “a trickle of funding,” enough to give them a chance to form a stable government.Still, Ruparel said patience among other European leaders is wearing thin and a new Greek government could â€” depending on who forms it â€” become intent on renegotiation.“You could very well see an increasingly hard line taking place on both sides,” he said.That is a distinct possibility, considering the views of formerly small parties that won a large slice of the seats in parliament.Tsipras insists the country should reject the international loan agreement outright, and has very little common ground with Samaras.“The campaign positions of Mr. Samaras are at the opposite end of the alternative proposals of a left-wing government,” he said.He noted he would not back a coalition with the conservatives, as Samaras’ support for the bailout agreement constitutes “a tragedy for the people and the country.”PASOK, which came a humiliating third two and a half years after a landslide election victory, expressed willingness to join in a coalition and said it would not demand government positions. Venizelos, who as finance minister negotiated Greece’s second bailout and a massive debt relief deal, said Syriza and the smaller Democratic Left party of Fotis Kouvelis should be involved in any new government.“It is necessary for the government of national unity to include all the forces that have a pro-European outlook,” Venizelos said after meeting Samaras. “The minimum level of agreement is that Greece remains in the euro.”For his part, Kouvelis â€” a pro-European leftist critical of the bailout â€” indicated he was open to participating in a coalition government. Kouvelis, who strongly favours Greece remaining within the euro, won 6.1 per cent of the vote, and his 19 parliamentary seats make him a potential king-maker for any future government.“For the Democratic left the conditions are two-fold for a government to have popular legitimacy: It must safeguard the country’s position in the euro and must proceed to disentangle it from the conditions of the loan agreements,” he said.“We await clear and specific proposals, and we will respond with our position accordingly.”___Derek Gatopoulos and Nicholas Paphitis in Athens, and David McHugh in Frankfurt contributed read more
“Energy demand is growing and the global thermostat continues to rise,” he told the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) meeting in New Delhi in a video message. “More than 1.2 billion people need access to electricity — for dignity and health, for opportunity and prosperity. But we cannot ask future generations to pay the price.”CEM, a high-level global forum that seeks to share best practices and promote policies and programmes that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy, is a natural ally for the UN in its efforts to advance sustainable energy, Mr. Ban said. He cited the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative that he launched in 2011 with the aim of achieving three inter-linked global targets by 2030: universal access to modern energy services, the doubling of energy efficiency, and the doubling of the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy mix. “Sustainable Energy for All and the Clean Energy Ministerial have important synergies,” he said. “Both promote public-private collaboration. Both focus on energy efficiency and clean energy. Both call for urgent action. Let us work together to bypass outmoded systems and build the clean energy economies of the future.“Together we can overcome obstacles, generate investments and develop and spread clean technologies. Together we can support developing countries as they define their own paths toward sustainable energy,” he added, stressing that when everybody has access to sustainable energy, everybody wins. “It can power economic growth, lift people from poverty, strengthen social equity, protect the environment and help in the fight against climate change. Together we can realize this dream.” read more
“A ‘New Urban Agenda’ is required to effectively address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities offered by urbanization,” said Mr. Clos. As the urban population increases, the land area occupied by cities is increasing at a higher rate. It is projected that by 2030, the urban population of developing countries will double, while the area covered by cites could triple.Such urban expansion is wasteful in terms of land and energy consumption and increases greenhouse gas emissions. The urban centre of gravity— at least for megacities, has shifted to the developing regions. In 1995, there were 22 large cities and 14 megacities globally; by 2015, both categories of cities had doubled, with 22, or 79 per cent of the megacities located in Latin America, Asia and Africa. The fastest growing urban centres are the medium and small cities with less than one million inhabitants, which account for 59 per cent of the world’s urban population.Noting that urbanization provides a great opportunity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the report warns that while in some cities, for some people, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “urban renaissance” is occurring, for most of the world this is absolutely not the case. “Urban policy failure has been spectacular in its visibility and devastating in its impacts on men, women and children in many cities,” says the report, stressing that there are too many people living in poor quality housing without adequate infrastructure services such as water, sanitation, and electricity, without stable employment, reliable sources of income, social services, or prospects for upward social mobility. “Prosperity was once described as a tide that raised all boats, but the impression today is that prosperity only raises all yachts,” the report underscores, setting out the key elements of a comprehensive approach to a ‘New Urban Agenda’ which must be bold, forward looking, and tightly focused on problem-solving with clear means of implementation. Daily life in Conakry, Guinea. Photo: World Bank/Dominic Chavez City view of Beirut, Lebanon. Photo: World Bank/Dominic Chavez For the new Agenda to take hold, governments, international organizations, bilateral aid and civil society must recognize the transformative power of cities and their unique capacity to generate new forms of economy, with greater sensitivity to the environment, culture, and social life. Moreover, the report argues that for governments, “adopting urban policies means that they accept that the world consists not just of national macro-economies, but also of urban areas, with many different sizes, forms and characters.” “This is why today we stand at a Galilean moment. The Earth is not flat. It is urban. If we do not recognize that the settlement down the road is related to where we live, we shall all suffer, and unnecessarily so,” warns the report’s final chapter, urging global political leaders to recognize that the world is very different than it was 30 years ago – that the challenges facing our cities “are footprints of our future, warning us of the world to come and imploring us to do better. “It is for the Habitat III conference to steer the ‘emerging futures’ of our cities on to a sustainable, prosperous path,” the report concludes. The dramatic shift towards urban life has profound implications for energy consumption, politics, food security and human progress, says the inaugural edition of the World Cities Report, compiled by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), which stresses that although some of this change is positive, poorly planned urbanization can potentially generate economic disorder, congestion, pollution and civil unrest.On the theme, ‘Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures,’ the report presents an analysis of urban development of the past 20 years and reveals, with compelling evidence, that there are new forms of collaboration and cooperation, planning, governance, finance and learning that can sustain positive change. While noting that two-thirds of the global population is expected to live in cities by 2030 and produce as much as 80 per cent of the global gross domestic product (GDP), the report unequivocally demonstrates that the current urbanization model is unsustainable in many respects. In the run up to HABITAT III – shorthand for the major global summit formally known as the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, set to be held in Quito, Ecuador, on 17-20 October 2016 – the report conveys a clear message that the pattern of urbanization needs to change to better respond to the challenges of our time, to address issues such as inequality, climate change, informality, insecurity, and unsustainable forms of urban expansion.UN-Habitat Executive Director, Dr Joan Clos, said: “In the twenty years since the Habitat II conference, the world has seen a gathering of its population in urban areas. This has been accompanied by socioeconomic growth in many instances. But the urban landscape is changing and with it, the pressing need for a cohesive and realistic approach to urbanization. read more
Redshirt-freshman right guard Pat Elflein (65) celebrates with junior defensive lineman Joel Hale (51) and sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker (68) after The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorANN ARBOR, Mich. — Redshirt-senior right guard Marcus Hall might steal the headlines for his two-fingered salute to the Michigan fans as he departed from Saturday’s game after being ejected for his involvement in a fight, but it was redshirt-freshman Pat Elflein who stole the show.“I was just watching it, I knew flags were being thrown,” Elflein said about watching the fight from the sidelines. “I’m always ready no matter what the situation is because you never know what’s going to happen, so this happened so fast and I was ready.”Elflein, a right guard from Pickerington, Ohio, was inserted into No. 2 OSU’s (12-0, 8-0) 42-41 win against Michigan (7-5, 3-5) midway through the second quarter, and played for the remainder of the game for the Buckeyes.Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said seeing Elflein perform well wasn’t a surprise, because of how Elflein prepares for games.“Pat did a tremendous job, I think that speaks a lot to the way he works during the week and he just prepared to go in there and win the game for us. That’s something he did and he embraced it,” Mewhort said. “He’s not a kid anymore after playing in an environment like that. You kind of grow up a little bit and I think that was a really good learning experience for him. He thrived and I think he played really well.”Mewhort added that Elflein handled a tough situation well for an inexperienced player.“I’m very proud of him. He went in there under a lot of pressure, and really probably one of the tougher environments we play in, and thrived,” Mewhort said. “Obviously you’re playing against (redshirt-senior center) Corey Linsley who knows everything that’s going on out there and it’s doing a very good job of communicating calls … If those guys weren’t out there, I think he would have been fine.”In 2013, OSU has started the same five players on the offensive line for every game, with four of those five being seniors or redshirt-seniors.Having that experience around him in the game to help him was important for his performance, Elflein said.“They all had my back. Those guys are seniors … They kind of took me in this whole year knowing I was the next guy in,” Elflein said. “But right when I walked out there Corey Linsley, the center, said ‘Calm down, you’re good enough to be out here, I’ve got your back.’ He was giving me tips and I was real calm and we played real well together.”Although Ohio Stadium draws large crowds week in and week out, Elflein had never played in front of a crowd as large as the one in Michigan Stadium Saturday, with 113,511 fans in attendance.But despite receiving his first playing time with the first string, Elflein said he wasn’t nervous when his number was called.“We prepare so well during practice, I wasn’t really that nervous going out there because we’ve worked so hard and prepared so well that I was ready for the moment,” Elflein said. “We’ve got to keep our unit strong, and we’ve got good depth, so I’m always ready.”Elflein was hesitant to evaluate his performance, but said the line as a whole stepped up well.“I played all right, I think,” Elflein said. “Our (offensive line), we played really well. The older guys really set the tempo. We’ve got a good culture in that room and I think we performed well today.”Linsley was impressed with Elflein’s play, going as far as to call it “un-freaking-believable.”“Let me tell you something: Pat Elflein, that’s a guy right there. He’s going to be a heck of a player,” Linsley said. “When Marcus got thrown out, I can’t tell you, I’ve never felt like that in my life … I was in total and utter shock and awe. Pat came in and Pat did one. I can’t wait for him to grade champion, go up there (and) we’ll all clap him up and just see the smile on his face and it’s going to be amazing.”Linsley added that everyone should be ready because Elflein is going to develop into a great offensive lineman.“All year I’ve said to him, I’ve said ‘Man. One day you’re going to be a hell of a player. You’re going to get drafted real high,’” Linsley said. “He’s going to get all these accolades and stuff because he’s a heck of a player.”There is a chance that Elflein will play against No. 10 Michigan State (11-1, 8-0) next Saturday in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium at 8 p.m. because Hall’s antics as he left the field might get him suspended, although Meyer said on Sunday that he would not suspend Hall for the game.Elflein said he will treat next week like any other and will prepare like he is going to play.“I’m always ready, if my number’s called I’m ready. If not, I’m still ready,” Elflein said. read more
One of the internet’s longest running gags is to trump up any unusual or mysterious event into a confirmation of Half-Life 3. Gamers have been waiting years for Valve to announce, or at least acknowledge the next chapter in the iconic first-person shooter. At long last there is a hint that something may finally be happening behind the scenes — Valve has quietly filed for a trademark on the name “Half-Life 3.”Valve’s new trademark for “computer game software” was filed in Europe with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) on September 29th. There is not yet any trademark publically listed at the US Patent and Trademark Office.Half-Life 2 was released way back in 2004 as a launch title on Valve’s Steam game service. The title garnered widespread praise for its effective storytelling and enjoyable combat. It was also a remarkable technical achievement — the game’s Source engine was incredibly advanced for the time, and has since been updated and deployed in many other games. Rather than follow up this success with Half Life 3, Valve released smaller “postscript” titles known as Half-Life 2: Episode One and Episode Two. Since EP2 in 2007, there has been no news on the fate of Gordon Freeman.There are gamers out there getting in on the Half-Life 3 jokes who were too young to play the last installment when it came out. The fact that it has remained so prominent in the collective consciousness of the extremely fickle internet is a testament to the power these games have. Go ahead and say it with me now: “Half Life 3 confirmed!” read more
Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) staged a 7-hour token hunger strike in the capital on Monday, in protest against the Supreme Court order upholding its stay order on bail granted by the High Court to Khaleda Zia in a murder case filed in Cumilla. Photo: Prothom AloMain opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior leaders on Monday said their party would not join the next general elections keeping their chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia in jail, reports UNB.Speaking at a token hunger strike programme, they also urged the political parties and the people of all walks of life to get united to ‘restore’ democracy and force the government to hold the next polls under a non-partisan neutral administration.As part of its countrywide programmes, the party observed a seven-hour token hunger strike at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the city protesting at the Supreme Court order upholding a stay order on bail granted by the High Court to Khaleda Zia in a murder case filed in Cumilla.Leaders, activists of BNP and its associate bodies and 20-party alliance and some pro-BNP professionals joined the programme that began at 9:00am.Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury ended the hunger strike by feeding senior BNP leaders juice around 4:10pm.On 2 July, the Supreme Court upheld its previous order staying the High Court order that had granted bail to Khaleda in a murder case filed over the arson attack in Cumilla on 3 February 2015.Addressing the programme, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “Through their speeches over the long time at the programme, our party leaders clearly said no election will be allowed to be held in the country keeping Khaleda Zia in jail.”He further said, “So, we demand the government release our leader from jail and ensure her better treatment.”The BNP leader also demanded the government reconstitute the Election Commission, dissolve parliament, deploy army before the national election to create a level-playing field and proper polls atmosphere. Or else, he warned, the election will not be allowed to be held in the country.Fakhrul alleged that the government put Khaleda behind bars to keep her and BNP way from politics and the national election.The BNP leader called upon all the political parties and professionals to come forward to forge a national unity to free the country from the current ‘autocratic government’s’ rule’ restore democracy and people’s rights.BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Nazrul Islam Khan, Dhaka University former VC Prof Emajuddin Ahmed, Dr Zafrullah and leaders of the 20-party alliance and BNP, among others, spoke at the programme.Khandaker Mosharraf said the government is conspiring to hold another farcical election without BNP and people. “We would like to say people won’t allow the government to implement it such conspiracy.”He said there is no alternative for them to waging a street movement to free people from the autocratic rule of the government and free Khaleda Zia from jail. “We won’t allow the government to hold the national election without releasing Khaleda Zia from jail.”Moudud Ahmed said the government is trying to prolong Khaleda’s stay in jail by controlling the judiciary and resorting to various tricks.He hoped that the BNP chairperson will be freed very soon foiling the government’s all ‘evil plans’.The BNP leader urged his party colleagues to get ready for launching a movement in due time.Mirza Abbas alleged that the government is trying to kill Khaleda in jail with its repressive acts and by depriving her of treatment.He called upon the BNP leaders and activists to prepare for taking to the streets to have Khaleda freed from jail and force the government to hold the next polls under a non-party government.Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami nayeb-e-ameer Mujibur Rahman and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna joined the programme to expressed their solidarity with the BNP’s demands. read more
Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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The multi-year… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more In order to sing or speak, around one hundred different muscles in our chest, neck, jaw, tongue, and lips must work together to produce sound. Beckman researchers investigate how all these mechanisms effortlessly work together–and how they change over time.”The fact that we can produce all sorts of sounds and we can sing is just amazing to me,” said Aaron Johnson, affiliate faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group at the Beckman Institute and assistant professor in speech and hearing science at Illinois. “Sounds are produced by the vibrations of just two little pieces of tissue. That’s why I’ve devoted my whole life to studying it: I think it’s just incredible.”The sound of the voice is created in the larynx, located in the neck. When we sing or speak, the vocal folds–the two small pieces of tissue–come together and, as air passes over them, they vibrate, which produces sound.After 10 years of working as a professional singer in Chicago choruses, Johnson’s passion for vocal performance stemmed into research to understand the voice and its neuromuscular system, with a particular interest in the aging voice.”The neuromuscular system and larynx change and atrophy as we age, and this contributes to a lot of the deficits that we associate with the older voice, such as a weak, strained, or breathy voice,” Johnson said. “I’m interested in understanding how these changes occur, and if interventions, like vocal training, can reverse these effects. In order to do this, I need to look at how the muscles of the larynx move in real time.”Thanks to the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) capabilities in Beckman’s Biomedical Imaging Center (BIC), Johnson can view dynamic images of vocal movement at 100 frames per second–a speed that is far more advanced than any other MRI technique in the world.”Typically, MRI is able to acquire maybe 10 frames per second or so, but we are able to scan 100 frames per second, without sacrificing the quality of the images,” said Brad Sutton, technical director of the BIC and associate professor in bioengineering at Illinois.The researchers published their technique in the journal Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.The dynamic imaging is especially useful in studying how rapidly the tongue is moving, along with other muscles in the head and neck used during speech and singing.”In order to capture the articulation movements, 100 frames per second is necessary, and that is what makes this technique incredible,” Johnson said.With a recent K23 Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Johnson is investigating whether group singing training with older adults in residential retirement communities will improve the structure of the larynx, giving the adults stronger, more powerful voices. This research relies on pre- and post-data of laryngeal movement collected with the MRI technique.The basis for the technique was developed by electrical and computer engineering professor Zhi-Pei Liang’s group at the Beckman Institute. Sutton and his team further developed and implemented the technique to make high-speed speech imaging possible.”The technique excels at high spatial and temporal resolution of speech–it’s both very detailed and very fast. Often you can have only one these in MR imaging,” said Sutton. “We have designed a specialized acquisition method that gathers the necessary data for both space and time in two parts and then combines them to achieve high-quality, high-spatial resolution, and high-speed imaging.”To combine the dynamic imaging with the audio, the researchers use a noise-cancelling fiber-optic microphone to pull out the voice, and then align the audio track with the imaging.”We have a very dynamic community at the Beckman Institute and Illinois working on this, from engineers to linguists, and we’re able to measure things with MRI in ways we couldn’t have just a couple of years ago,” Sutton said. “But what makes it worthwhile is having people like Aaron who ask the scientific questions that drive our research forward.”To view the video: http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2015/04/new-super-fast-mri-techniqueFor more information: http://beckman.illinois.edu/ FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more read more
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Rolling Stone posted an Oct. 2 picture showing the Oscar-winning actor shaking hands with the mustachioed drug cartel leader.Penn writes that Guzmán gave him a “compadre” hug when they met. He said they had a seven-hour sitdown followed by phone and video interviews.“I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world,” Guzmán said over sips of tequila. “I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.”The White House said Guzmán’s boast about his trafficking exploits “is maddening.”Rolling Stone also posted a video showing Guzmán without a mustache, saying he decided to go into drug trafficking after the age of 15 because there were “no job opportunities” and “no other way to survive.”Asked if he felt some responsibility for the high level of addictions in the world, he said: “It’s false. The day that I don’t exist, it won’t reduce drug trafficking.”In a text message exchange after their meeting, Guzmán discussed a marine helicopter raid in which authorities almost captured him on Oct. 6. He played down injuries to his face and leg reported by the authorities, saying: “Not like they said. I only hurt my leg a little bit.”Authorities said the marines did not shoot Guzmán during the raid because he was accompanied by two women and a girl, but that he hurt himself in a fall.Extradition bidThe Rolling Stone interview emerged after Mexican prosecutors announced that they would start proceedings to extradite Guzmán to the United States, a reversal from President Enrique Peña Nieto’s earlier refusal to send him across the border.But Guzmán lawyer Juan Pablo Badillo vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court if necessary.Guzmán is now back in the same prison that he escaped from on July 11, when he snuck down a hole in his prison cell’s shower that led to a 1.5-kilometer (one-mile) tunnel outside the prison.The world’s most wanted drug baron was arrested after a military raid on a house in Los Mochis in which five suspects died and one marine was wounded. Six people were detained in the operation.Guzmán and his security chief fled through the city’s drainage system, but they were caught later after they stole a car. Facebook Comments MEXICO CITY – Sean Penn’s interview with drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán caused a cross-border uproar on Sunday, with Mexican authorities seeking to question him while U.S. critics lashed out at the U.S. actor.A federal official told AFP that the attorney general’s office wanted to talk with Penn and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo about their secretive meeting with Guzmán in October, three months before his capture.“That is correct, of course, it’s to determine responsibilities,” the official said on condition of anonymity, declining to provide more details, including a possible date for an interview with the stars.A second federal official said it was unclear whether Penn and del Castillo, who brokered the meeting, had violated any Mexican law.While a reporter could interview a drug cartel suspect, “they’re not journalists,” the official said.White House chief of staff Denis McDonough told CNN that Penn’s meeting with Guzmán “poses a lot of interesting questions for him and others involved in this so-called interview. We’ll see what happens.” This combination of file photos shows, from left to right, U.S. actor Sean Penn, drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo. AFPThe U.S. rock magazine Rolling Stone on Saturday published the interview that Guzmán gave to the actors in an undisclosed jungle clearing in Mexico.Despite Penn’s cloak-and-dagger efforts to keep the gathering secret, a Mexican official told AFP that authorities found out about the meeting, which eventually helped them track down the Sinaloa drug cartel chief.Guzmán, 58, was arrested on Friday in a deadly military raid in the seaside city of Los Mochis, in his northwestern home state of Sinaloa.Attorney General Arely Gómez said on Friday that Guzmán had met with unnamed actors and producers to discuss making a biopic about himself and that it was part of a “new line of investigation.”Some legal experts, however, doubt that Penn could face charges in the United States or Mexico.“I seriously doubt that charges will be brought against them even though Sean Penn took extraordinary steps to prevent authorities from using his phone to track the whereabouts of Chapo,” said Mike Vigil, a former senior official at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.Floyd Abrams, a New York attorney known for his defense of journalists, said Penn did not violate any U.S. laws.‘Grotesque’ interviewThe meeting sparked criticism in the United States, with Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio told ABC television that the interview was “grotesque.”Journalists questioned the ethical merits of the interview.Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron tweeted a link to a December story about the dangers and death faced by Mexican journalists, commenting: “Good moment to remember what happens to real journalists who cover Mexican drug traffickers.” Related posts:Sinaloa drug cartel lives on despite ‘CEO’ El Chapo’s capture Actor Sean Penn secretly interviewed ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán in hideout before capture Alleged Mexican drug lord pleads not guilty in US court VIDEO: The glamorous wife of ‘El Chapo’ explains why you should feel sorry for the drug lord Good moment to remember what happens to real journalists who cover Mexican drug traffickers https://t.co/xb7OASMTNe— Marty Baron (@PostBaron) January 10, 2016 read more
Source = The Dorchester On Friday 7 November, Roland Fasel, General Manager of The Dorchester and Regional Director UK, was awarded ‘Hotelier of the Year’ at the annual European Hospitality Awards. In association with Hotel Management International, these awards recognise excellence in hotel development and management and celebrate the extraordinary and exceptional hotels throughout Europe. Roland Fasel oversees Dorchester Collection’s three UK properties with overall responsibility for The Dorchester and the renovation, pre-opening and openings of two new Dorchester Collection properties in the UK, Coworth Park in Ascot and 45 Park Lane. Swiss-born, Roland’s career has 23 years of 5-star hotel management experience across three continents. He was part of leading hotels such as Four Seasons, Regent Hotels and Managing Director of the famous Badrutt’s Palace in St Moritz with Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, prior to joining The Dorchester in 2008. He is known within the industry for his energy, drive and his foresight to always remain ahead of the game.Following his win, Roland Fasel commented, ‘It is an absolute pleasure to receive such recognition from within the industry. It has been a very exciting time for us with the opening of the two new Dorchester Collection properties in the UK and celebrating The Dorchester’s 80th Anniversary this year. It gives me a great sense of achievement to be a part of the successful and inspiring team that we have at our three properties and we are committed to creating the world’s finest hotels.’ Within this year, Dorchester Collection’s UK properties have also been awarded:The DorchesterCondé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2011 – The Dorchester included within the ‘World’s Top 100’ and in the lead for service/staff within ‘UK Business Hotels’.Best Employers in Hospitality Awards 2011 – The Dorchester ranked in the Top 30 Best Employers in Hospitality 2011 England & Wales.Catey Awards 2011 – The Dorchester shortlisted for Hotel of the Year (Group).The British Travel Awards 2010 – Best UK Boutique (or individual) Hotel.Zagat 2012 – Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester number 16 in Most Popular.Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards 2011 – Newcomer to the list, The Grill at The Dorchester’s wine list awarded an ‘Award of Excellence’.Tea Guild’s Top London Afternoon Tea – The Dorchester recognised with an Award of Excellence 2011.Coworth ParkEuropean Hospitality Awards 2011 – Coworth Park wins ‘Green Hotel of the Year’.Condé Nast Johansens – 2012 Awards for Excellence – The Spa at Coworth Park wins ‘Most Excellent Hotel Spa’.Conde Nast Traveller – Readers’ Travel Awards 2011 – Coworth Park included within ‘UK Leisure Hotels’.Travel + Leisure – It List: The Best New Hotels of 2011 – Coworth Park included.Conde Nast Traveller – The Hot List 2011 – Coworth Park included within the Hot List.Condé Nast Traveller – Readers’ Travel Awards 2011 – The Spa at Coworth Park included within ‘Spas in UK Hotels’.Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2011 – The Bar at Coworth Park awarded best design within the ‘Hotel Restaurant / Bar’ category.Catey Awards 2011 – The launch of Coworth Park shortlisted for ‘Best Group Marketing Campaign’. read more
Police on Sunday lashed out at drunk drivers after two incidents in the early hours they said showed the “complete lack of road safety awareness and lack of respect for other road users” by some drivers.An announcement said that a 30-year old in Nicosia caused an accident in the early hours after which a breathalyser test returned a reading of 78mg when the legal limit is 22mg. A subsequent blood test showed 80mg.He was charged and released but returned a few hours later at 4am to the police station to demand his car back, which had been confiscated by officers and was not even insured. He was still drunk and caused a scene, and was re-arrested, charged and released.In Paphos, police said, a 37-year-old who was nabbed during a routine check at around 5am was found to have an alcohol level of 104mg, almost five times the limit. He initially refused a breathalyser test and was arrested.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola read more
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