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Talks with King Mohammed VI Very Comprehensive John Kerry

Marrakech – U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, described as “very comprehensive” and “very positive” his talks with King Mohammed VI, on Wednesday at the Royal reception room of the Palais des Congrès in Marrakech.“With HM the King we had a very comprehensive and very positive discussion,” the U.S. official told the press, stressing that “President Barack Obama and I are grateful for the quality of relations we have with HM the King, Morocco and the government.”In this context, Kerry praised the “great cooperation” between Rabat and Washington in terms of the fight against violent extremism and in the field of climate change. “Morocco has made extraordinary efforts in hosting the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,” Kerry said, expressing confidence that this global meeting will be marked by “a strong declaration that reaffirms the Paris Climate Agreement.” read more

Jobs caste and giveaways Indian voters go to the polls

NEW DELHI — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014 promising big-ticket economic reforms. But with unemployment rising and signature policies getting panned, Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party has adopted a nationalist pitch ahead of a general election that begins this week.The last time the BJP sought a second term was 2004, when it spent millions on an ad blitz projecting India as an economic powerhouse.The voters didn’t buy it. Election results showed that people voted according to their caste, an ancient hierarchy in India that is outlawed by the constitution but still vital in Indian politics.Hindus comprise about 80% of India’s 1.3 billion people, so the BJP is invoking its Hindu nationalist roots, with Modi at the forefront against the threat of Pakistan, India’s Muslim-majority archrival.Voting will take place in seven phases over six weeks beginning Thursday. Nearly 900 million people, including 15.9 million first-time voters, are eligible to cast ballots in the world’s largest democratic exercise. Around a million polling stations will be set up, and voters will choose 543 members of the Lower House of Parliament.A look at some of the key election issues and factors:___JOBSEven though India continues to be one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, the Modi-led government’s performance on the economy has come under criticism.A November 2016 demonetization program aimed to curb black market money by taking some rupee notes out of circulation. But it ultimately hurt the poor, and India’s central bank said later that most of the illicit funds had re-entered the banking system.According to the Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy, employment contracted in the year following demonetization by 3.5 million jobs. The think-tank said unemployment reached 7.4% in December 2018, its highest rate in more than two years.Public subsidies to farmers have failed to steady India’s agricultural sector.The first item in the opposition Congress party’s election manifesto describes a plan for creating jobs. It also promises an income subsidy program for the poorest families and for farmers.___KASHMIRAmid growing scrutiny of Modi’s economic record, a suicide attack in Kashmir killed 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers in February, helping the BJP hone its nationalist pitch.Analysts say Indian airstrikes inside Pakistan in response to the attack gave Modi a pre-election boost. BJP leaders quickly made national security a central plank of their campaign.In northern parts of the country bordering Pakistan, anti-Pakistan sentiment has always been strong because of the bloodshed during the countries’ partition in 1947 and three wars since then.But anti-Muslim sentiment in India has become more common and more violent since the BJP came to power in 2014. At least three dozen Muslims have been lynched by self-styled Hindu vigilante groups or mobs on suspicion of illegally moving cows, sacred to Hindus, or eating beef, according to Human Rights Watch.___CASTEThe BJP is mainly supported by upper-caste Hindus, while struggling to make headway with lower-caste voters and non-Hindus.Successive governments have sought to redress discrimination against those on the lower rungs by setting up quotas for government jobs and university spots.Currently, just under half of all government jobs and places in state-funded schools are allocated to the lower castes.With an eye toward elections, Modi’s government last year passed a law carving out 10% quotas for lower-income Indians belonging to higher castes.___POLITICAL PUZZLEModi has been on an electoral blitzkrieg across this vast country, promoting government development projects while blasting the alleged corruption within the opposition Congress party, a dynasty that began with India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.Nehru, his daughter Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv Gandhi ruled the country for about a half a century after India won independence from Britain in 1947. Rajiv Gandhi’s son, Rahul Gandhi, is now the Congress party leader and a potential candidate for prime minister if the opposition can stitch an alliance to stop the Modi juggernaut.That’s easier said than done. Despite Congress victories in three key state elections in December, bucking a string of losses to the BJP since 2014, Gandhi has struggled to marshal widespread support for his beleaguered party, even after bringing his popular sister, Priyanka Gandhi, into the fold.The Gandhis would have to unite the opposition in order to take on BJP candidates in the vote-rich states of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi. A split in opposition votes would likely benefit the BJP.___GIVEAWAYSGiveaways are essential in Indian politics.Some 270 million people — roughly 22% of the country’s population — live in poverty, making giveaways particularly attractive to voters.In the past, farmworkers were offered cows and goats.In its interim budget in January, the Modi-led government announced that farmers would be paid 6,000 rupees ($85) annually, benefiting as many as 120 million households.The Congress party waived farmers’ bank loans in the three states it won in December. It promised in its election manifesto to waive outstanding farmer loans elsewhere, and to decriminalize farmer loan defaults.___SYMBOLSA ladder, hand pump, bicycle, bow and arrow, bungalow, book, mango and banana are just some of the many objects voters will see on their electronic ballots, symbols of the dozens of political parties and independent candidates in the fray.Since only about a fifth of India’s population could read or write at the time of the country’s first election in 1951, the symbols were introduced on ballot papers to help the unlettered cast their votes.Nearly three-quarters of Indians can now read, but the icons remain evocative political symbols.Among the best-known symbols are the lotus flower for the governing BJP, and the outstretched palm-facing hand for Congress.The Aam Aadmi Party, or the Common Man’s Party, which rules the state of Delhi, chose a broom as its election symbol, reflecting its pledge to sweep the political system clean of corruption.Ashok Sharma, The Associated Press read more

UN human rights experts call on States to ratify treaty on enforced

The International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, which was adopted by the General Assembly in 2006, has been signed by 83 countries and ratified by 18 so far.The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance wrapped up its latest session today, which took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina, by calling on “all other States to ratify the convention and accept the State and individual complaint process under the convention.”The treaty defines an enforced disappearance as the arrest, detention, abduction or other form of deprivation of liberty by the State followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or the concealment of the whereabouts of the disappeared person.The working group also called on the UN to proclaim 30 August as the International Day of the Disappeared.During its current session, which began on Tuesday, the working group examined 10 cases reported under its urgent action procedure, as well as 170 newly submitted cases of enforced disappearances and information on previously accepted cases.“Enforced disappearances remain a global problem,” said Jeremy Sarkin, the group’s Chairman and Rapporteur. “Cases continue to be reported from all corners of the world. The fact that so many cases are reported under our urgent action procedure, that allows cases to be dealt with swiftly where they have occurred within 90 days of being reported, indicates that more needs to be done by all stakeholders to prevent and eradicate the practice.”Since its creation in 1980, the working group – which aims to assist families in determining the fate and whereabouts of disappeared relatives – has dealt with more than 50,000 cases in 80 countries. By opening channels of communication between the families and governments concerned, it seeks to ensure that individual cases are investigated and to clarify the whereabouts of persons who having disappearedThe working group continues to address cases of disappearances until they are resolved. Its five expert members serve in their individual capacities, and not as representatives of their governments.This week the experts reviewed cases dealing with Bahrain, Bangladesh, Chile, China, Colombia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, India, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Myanmar, Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda, Sudan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela and Yemen.The current members of the working group are: Mr. Sarkin, of South Africa; Santiago Corcuera, of Mexico; Jasminka Dzumhur, of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Olivier de Frouville, of France; and Osman El-Hajjé, of Lebanon. 25 June 2010A United Nations human rights working group today urged Member States to back a global pact aimed at protecting people from enforced disappearances that is just two ratifications shy of the number needed to bring it into force. read more

Suspect in remand custody commits suicide

The Police said the 22 year old prisoner was admitted to the Ratnapura Hospital where he was pronounced dead. A suspect who was in Police custody committed suicide at the Kuruwita Prison, the Police said.The suspect had been in custody over a drug related offense.

Nearrecord global production of rice still falls below need UN says

Global paddy production reached an estimated 611 million tons, 27 tons higher than 2003, with most of the increases taking place in Asia, especially China and Indonesia, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says in its “Rice Market Monitor – December 2004.”The United States was expecting a record-breaking harvest, while recovery was expected to push output over 2003 in Australia and the European Union, it says.Production was set to rise in Africa, with particularly large crops expected in Egypt, Madagascar and Guinea-Bissau, and in Latin America, with excellent crops in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.Rice inventories would rise to only 99 million tons, 4 million tons less than in 2003, and consumption would have to be supplemented from stockpiles, it says.Bad weather was expected to result in smaller harvests in eight Asian countries, including India and Thailand, and in the hurricane-battered Caribbean, it says.Export prices have slid since September and the forecast for exports have dropped by 400,000 tons to 26.1 million tons in 2004 and was forecast to slump by 900,000 tons to 25.2 million tons in 2005, FAO says. read more

Latest Vulcan and Eureka global software release from Maptek

first_imgMining technology developer Maptek has delivered Vulcan version 10.1, together with Eureka version 4.0, to customers globally. Vulcan and Eureka are both accessed and operated through the Maptek Workbench, offering users the first instalment of a continuum of integrated technical software applications, data and workflows dedicated to mine planning, measurement and operations.Vulcan has led the field of geological modelling and mine planning for almost 40 years. Vulcan 10.1 features new functionality to streamline design and planning, optimise drill & blast and improve reporting and analysis. Maptek continues to develop Eureka as a dedicated exploration, drilling and geophysical analysis package for visualising and interrogating 3D spatial data associated with mining and exploration projects. The core functionality and drillhole tools in Eureka 4 are free to use for Vulcan customers on a timed trial until the end of June 2017.“Maptek solutions bring together the huge amount of technical and geological data around orebody evaluation, mine planning and design, mining process and performance measurement and monitoring. Delivering reliable information across the entire mining value chain allows planning and operational decisions to be made with confidence.”“A mining operation is a complex environment with many processes, equipment and plans needing to work together for objectives to be met,” said General Manager Peter Johnson. “Considering a single technical process or discipline in isolation is missing the point. Integrating our solutions through the Maptek Workbench enables us to develop a holistic mining technical ecosystem that will revolutionise the way mines are planned, operated and measured. Maptek has the advantage of domain knowledge, technical expertise and engineering resources to leverage development of integrated solutions across the spectrum of data that needs to be considered when planning and executing mining operations.”He adds: “This release marks one more step in our development plan to help operations better manage integrated technical data analysis across their mines. Disparate data is rapidly transformed into relevant knowledge which can be applied in a targeted manner for immediate impact on productivity. We’ve concentrated on automated workflows and optimised algorithms to keep the right information circulating within the mining cycle, and close the loop between planning, production and results. The Maptek Technology Roadmap outlines key steps in our technology development plan for the next 5 years. Customers can be confident that Maptek will embrace emerging technologies and platforms, and explore new ways to enhance the success of our customers’ business.”The release of Eureka as a Maptek Workbench application allows closer data sharing with Vulcan design and modelling applications. I-Site Studio and BlastLogic will join the suite of Maptek applications on the Workbench during 2017, with Evolution to follow. Users will, in future, be able to select the most appropriate tool from any Maptek solution on the Workbench. The result will be a single platform hosting all of the capability and tools that mining technical professionals need for carrying out mine planning, measurement and operations.last_img read more

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Update on the Vista Little League snack bar burglary

first_img July 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsVISTA (KUSI) – Monday, KUSI’s Dani Ruberti reported the Vista Little League snack bar was vandalized and burglarized over the weekend. It looked like a complete mess and was going to cost volunteers a couple thousand dollars to fix.EARLIER STORY: Vista Little League snack bar burglarizedDani Ruberti says she was told that volunteers worked for hours on Monday to get it cleaned up.In just one day, something really special happened. A local delivery service called, “Eat Clean Meal Prep” offered to restock the entire snack bar and the volunteers with the league say they are so thankful.KUSI will continue to monitor this story and update you as we gather more information. FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, , center_img Posted: July 17, 2018 Update on the Vista Little League snack bar burglary Categories: Local San Diego News last_img read more

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Paper Round gains living wage accreditation

first_imgWaste management organisation Paper Round has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.The organisation has committed to paying all of its UK-based staff the voluntary living wage, including direct employees and third-party contract staff.Paper Round will pay its 145 employees at least £8.45 an hour across the UK, and a minimum of £9.75 an hour in London.The organisation has implemented the voluntary living wage to guarantee fairness, and to ensure that all employees are paid according to the true cost of living.The living wage, which is paid by employers on a voluntary basis, is an independently set, hourly rate of pay that is calculated to reflect the basic cost of living. It is updated on an annual basis.It is distinct from the national living wage, which is the statutory rate for staff aged 25 and over. The national living wage currently stands at £7.50 an hour.Bill Swan, managing director at Paper Round, said: “Paper Round has always had a very strong social and ethical side to our business. We have historically paid staff above the statutory minimum wage and we are delighted to formalise this and give a commitment to pay all our staff the living wage.“We believe that this is not only the right thing to do, but will lead to better service for our clients. It will be easier to recruit and retain staff, giving us a passionate and loyal workforce committed to excellent customer service.”last_img read more

Former Seafood Processors Accept Plea Deal in Homicide Case

first_imgTwo former seafood processors have pleaded guilty to fatally beating their co-worker in Unalaska.Instead of going through another trial, Denison Soria and Leonardo Bongolto, Jr., will serve 40 to 70 months in prison for the death of Jonathan Adams. He passed away after a fight at the Bering Fisheries bunkhouse in 2012.Defense attorneys painted Adams’ death as an accident during a trial in Unalaska last fall. The jury acquitted Soria, 43, and Bongolto, 37, of second-degree murder, but they couldn’t reach a verdict on lesser charges of assault, manslaughter, and negligent homicide. A new trial was set for this month.But on Friday, Soria and Bongolto pleaded guilty to aggravated, criminally negligent homicide. That’s a B felony, which usually carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.The defendants could also face probation and suspended jail time under the conditions of their plea agreement.Superior Court Judge Patricia Douglass said the deal ”sends a message to the community of Unalaska that the court is paying attention to crimes that might occur down there as a result of alcohol.”Soria and Bongolto were allegedly drinking the night of the fight three years ago. They’ve been incarcerated ever since.Both men will be brought to Unalaska for formal sentencing on July 9.last_img read more

Bristol Bay communities working on processing plants

first_imgFor decades, many of the processors in Bristol Bay have been large companies, with offices in Washington and parent companies in foreign countries. But two small communities are developing locally-owned processing plants.Download AudioLevelock is shown in this June 2015 photo. The community on the Kvichak River is working to build a fish processing plant, which it hopes will open next year.(Photo by Molly Dischner, KDLG – Dillingham)Bristol Bay’s fishing communities have long been dependent on the companies that turn raw fish into a sell-able product and get it shipped out of the bay. The communities of Port Heiden and Levelock want to take on that role themselves and – hopefully – keep more of the decisions, and the benefits, local.Native Village of Port Heiden Business Development Director Adrianne Christensen said the Meshik Processing Center should be up and running this summer.“We wanted to start a locally tribally owned processing plant so that we could create a longer season for our fishermen, also to have our fishermen fish closer to home so they don’t have to go all the way up to Ugashik to fish, and to provide them with a higher price for their fish because we’ll be doing direct marketing and have a higher quality product,” she said. “That will mean more jobs and more pay for the fishermen.”Right now, Port Heiden is waiting on some freezer equipment ordered from Anchorage. Once it arrives, and the fish are hitting, they’ll buy up to 10,000 pounds per day – hopefully from local fishermen. There are about half a dozen Bristol Bay fishery permit holders living there.Meshik will start off by selling fish primarily in-state.“So selling to the school districts, selling to Anchorage markets, and selling to local stores first,” she said.Once it gets going, Christensen says the processing center wants to buy during a longer season than typical processors, starting with kings, and staying open through to silvers.Eventually, they also want to expand and purchase a Japanese freezer system.“We are working on getting that technology but because it’s very expensive we are getting the funding together to be able to purchase it,” she said. “The one small freezer system that we want to purchase is over a million dollars.”To the northeast, Levelock Packing is probably a year out from operations. Village Council President Alexander Tallekpalek said they’re waiting on final approval for a $2 million dollar infrastructure grant from Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation. In the meantime, they’ve been building the plant piece by piece using community block grants for the past five years, and planning it for more than two decades.“Right now we have about $1.8 million into the project,” Tallekpalek said. “Every year we purchase materials and equipment and build the processing plant with local hire for the past five years. And all the projects were small projects, but at the end of the day, we’re going to have a fully equipped processing plant.”Last winter, the community went to the state Board of Fisheries, and asked for more commercial fishing opportunity on the Alagnak River. After BBEDC agreed to help fund management for the project, the board agreed to create a new plan there, about eight miles from the village.Levelock Packing wants to buy fish from the five local permit holders, as well as others from the region who want to fish the new area. Tallekpalek said he’s heard interest from set-netters from Dillingham, Iliamana Lake communities and elsewhere the Naknek-Kvichak District who are interested in fishing the new section.Like Port Heiden, the plant wants to provide a market during the shoulder seasons.“We plan to fish before the regular commercial sockeye season, and then we plan to do some fall fishing after the commercial sockeye season,” he said. “So we plan to harvest more than just regular sockeye. We’d like to do silvers and chums and that’ll keep our fish plant open longer.”The longer season would be good for fishermen, and for employees. Tallekpalek said the plant will employ about 30 people, and he’s hoping most will come from the Bristol Bay region. Like most processors, the village is also working on housing for the employees.Despite plans for a building and a fishery, Levelock doesn’t know where it’ll sell its fish. Tallekpalek said a roundtable is planned this fall to work on marketing plans and figure out what sort of product the plant will produce – whether frozen fillets or otherwise.For both communities, the plants are part of a larger effort to develop more robust local communities.“Right now, our community is about 70-some people, and the majority of us adults here, we all have jobs with the fish plant, with our barge, and with the high tunnel and some of the small grant projects that we’ve got here,” Tallekpalek said. “So we’re all getting a lot of work and a lot of excitement with the fish processing plant.”last_img read more

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CMs words on need for united stand against BJP have been misconstrued

first_imgKolkata: State Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said in the Assembly on Thursday that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s statement has been misconstrued by a section of media and also took a dig at the Opposition leaders for issuing their statement on media without understanding the message the Chief Minister had wanted to convey.Chatterjee also proposed a privilege motion against CPI(M) MLA Sujan Chakraborty, who rushed up to the Speaker’s chair along with other Opposition MLAs and created pandemonium, disrupting the normal proceedings of the House for a brief period of time. The Parliamentary Affairs minister descended to the well of the Assembly as soon as the matter was brought to the notice of the House by Tapas Roy, the minister for Planning, Statistics & Programme monitoring (Independent Charge). Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataRoy told the House that Opposition leaders have issued media statements, completely misreading the Chief Minister’s message. He also told the Assembly that a section of media has misinterpreted the statement issued by the Chief Minister in the House on Wednesday. Immediately after the matter was raised by Roy, Chakraborty along with other Opposition MLAs descended to the well and staged a demonstration in front of the Speaker. The Opposition MLAs later staged a walkout. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateClarifying Mamata Banerjee’s statement, Chatterjee said on Thursday that she has urged the Opposition parties to stand united as the BJP has been triggering a reign of terror not only in the state, but in the national level as well. The saffron party has been creating communal tension in the state which she had tried to encapsulate in her speech, he added. Incidentally, it may be mentioned that Opposition leader Abdul Mannan and Chakraborty had jumped to a hasty conclusion in this connection. Chatterjee on Thursday proposed a privilege motion in the House against the Opposition MLAs for misinterpreting Banerjee’s statement and staging protest in front of the Speaker. “It has not only disgraced the House but also maligned the Constitution,” alleged Chatterjee. Speaker Biman Bandopadhyay said that he would look into the matter. On Wednesday, the Chief Minister had come down heavily on BJP for running a ‘parallel government’ for the last five years and also urged CPI (M) and Congress to join hands with Trinamool Congress for fighting the saffron brigade, calling on the need for a united stand in this regard.last_img read more

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Jesus Lookalike Forced to Explain Hes Not the Messiah

first_imgWhen Daniel Christos decided to head to Kenya, continuing his itinerant traveling lifestyle, he didn’t expect to cause a religious sensation. However, the 29-year-old Australian backpacker has been mistaken for Jesus so many times he has now has a huge online following and was even forced to explain his story on Kenyan television.Christos (who, ironically, shares a surname with the Messiah) bears a striking resemblance to the conventional depiction of Jesus in popular culture and religious iconography.Jesus in artHe has a long brown beard, long hair and brown eyes, dresses in flowing robes, and walks barefoot, with a wooden stick.According to the Daily Mail, his simple, distinctive clothing, and open, peaceful character have led many people in Kenya and other parts of Africa to associate him with Jesus.Christ Exorcising a Mute by Gustav Dore, 1865.Describing his experience as “intense,” Christos explained that he is mistaken for Jesus on a daily basis, and is constantly photographed and questioned by Christian believers who are convinced he represents the second coming of Christ.According to Christian doctrine, Jesus was born as the Son of God, was crucified, and three days later rose again from the dead. Around 40 days later, he ascended to heaven, leaving behind a series of teachings and a group of followers that would go on to establish the early Church.However, there is a core belief in Christian doctrine that Christ will come to earth once again. According to some beliefs, this second coming will herald the start of the apocalypse, the end of the world and the last judgment day.As a result, many Christians today are patiently waiting for Jesus to come once again, to complete the final process of our salvation.Christos shares a close resemblance with many popular depictions of Jesus, and as a result, many of the people he meets on his travels believe that he may be the second incarnation of Christ.He has become an internet sensation and now has a significant online following.Those he meets on the streets of Nairobi and elsewhere in Kenya often stop to take pictures of him, and them post them to social media sites.According to the Mirror, this has even spawned a hashtag – #JesusinNairobi – which allows his supporters to track his whereabouts and follow his progress. People have invited him into their homes, and even taken pictures of themselves washing his feet, just as Jesus’ own followers did in many of the stories of the New Testament.Although this could be laughed off as an amusing travel anecdote, Christos is having increasing difficulty persuading his followers that he is, in fact, not the Messiah. He has been forced to conduct public interviews in Kenya in order to convince people that he is actually just a software engineer from Australia.He explained to TV audiences that he had decided to grow his hair and beard and to travel in Africa as an antidote to his high-pressured and stressful job.He had resolved to embrace a simpler lifestyle, abandoning his career and material possessions. Even then, however, many of his followers didn’t believe him, arguing that this type of humble behavior would be typical of the “real” Jesus.According to anthropologists, belief in the second coming of Jesus is often linked to periods of crisis, with Messianic and apocalyptic beliefs emerging in response to natural disasters, wars and other catastrophes.It’s perhaps no surprise that today, as natural and man-made disasters have profound implications for societies across the world, people are more predisposed to the idea of Jesus appearing on the streets of Nairobi.Unfortunately for Christos, these beliefs can stir up strong religious feelings, and even cause conflict between communities. Although he has mainly received warm hospitality and friendship, some commentators have been more hostile, with one follower even suggesting that he should be crucified.Read another story from us: Lost at Sea: The Incredible (and Gruesome) Way a Man Survived for 14 MonthsChristos is adamant that he is simply an open, honest and “natural” person, living his life in the best way he knows how. However, unless he’s prepared to shave his beard and don a pair of shoes, he’s likely to continue attracting attention wherever he goes.last_img read more

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Why Babies in Medieval Art Look Like Ugly Old Men

first_imgMajority of us will agree with the statement “babies are cute.” We are surrounded by millions of pictures and photos featuring these chubby-cheeked, big-eyed piles of cuteness and not many of us could say “they are outright ugly.” There are scientific reasons behind their beauty and Oxford University proved their cuteness to be an evolutionary survival mechanism. Essentially, their looks ignite the wish in adults to take care of them.However much of our understanding of babies and their depictions, especially in art, has to do with culture. Distinct epochs conditioned diverse depictions of infants.Madonna di Castelfiorentino, 1280sThe medieval era witnessed some pretty unattractive babies. It is enough if you look at one painting from medieval Europe to question your understanding of babies as universally pretty.Albrecht Altdorfer – Mary with the Child (Detail)The contrast to the cherubic Renaissance babies and the ones we are surrounded by today is startling. Calling them man-babies Vox describes them as “horrifying tiny men.” They indeed look like shrunken adults, often already bald and wise-looking.Madonna and Child by Duccio di Buoninsegna (Italian, active by 1278–died 1318 Siena) – Google Art ProjectHowever, these depictions were intentional; historian Matthew Averett and author of The Early Modern Child in Art and History shared for Vox, “If we’re thinking about children in a fundamentally different light, the painting will reflect the attitudes.” As the art style is always deliberate there are two significant reasons for the choices medieval artists made.Giotto di Bondone – Ognissanti MadonnaThe portraits of children were usually requested by the church. Jesus was the most frequently depicted baby alongside a couple of other biblical children. The depiction of Jesus was influenced by the idea of homunculus — the creation of an infant in a fully adult form.Madonna and Child by Bernardino di MariottoThe term is literally translated to little man. Averett explained, “There’s the idea that Jesus was perfectly formed and unchanged, and if you combine that with Byzantine painting, it became a standard way to depict Jesus. In some of these images, it looks like he had male pattern baldness.” So, the baby Jesus set the standards for how babies were depicted in general.Virgin and Child by Joos van CleveThe second reason is of genuine stylistic nature. Medieval artists approached art on very different terms than their Renaissance counterparts. They were simply uninterested in realism or elevating human form to an idealized, aesthetically pleasing level.Related Video: Medieval Joan of Arc Ring Returned after 600 YearsThe medieval paintings may seem strange to us, but they were only closer to the expressionistic artistic ideals than to the naturalism of the Renaissance era. The people portrayed in medieval paintings all look similar because the idea of artistic freedom of expression did not hold much worth for them.Giovanni Bellini, Madonna with ChildThey followed the established conventions, as generally is true for any era or school of art. That is why the medieval person was not weirded out by adult-looking infants. To them, it was just the way the things were done.Mariotto di Nardo, Madonna of Humility (detail)The Renaissance period, on the other hand, is described as a rebirth of artistic creativity, the time when the humanist ideal started to overpower religion and the Church. With time the change of ideals started to affect the ways in which the human body was portrayed in art.Babies became cuter, reaching the adorable cherubic form as Renaissance artists started to veer towards idealism. As the middle class strengthened, people had the means to commission their personal art.Naturally, parents wanted their babies painted and wanted them to be beautiful. Most importantly the attitudes towards babies changed. This does not mean medieval parents did not take care of or love their children, but they did not put so much emphasis on their innocence.Madonna and Child by Paolo VenezianoThe biggest change was in understanding children as sinless. If they indeed were born free of sin they could not be depicted as wise-looking adult humans. As the attitudes towards infants changed so their depictions changed.Read another story from us: Massive Oil Painting by Old Master Unexpectedly Found Behind a Wall in ParisThese paintings, therefore, teach us that the portrayal of babies — whether ugly or beautiful — reflect the ways in which adults think about them, their role as parents, and about the goals of art itself.last_img read more

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The OnePlus 5 Smartphone Giveaway Is The Deal You Want To Get

first_imgIn these crazy digital times, everyone wants to own a smartphone.. When a new smartphone enters the market, the world goes wild. We research on it, write about it, read about it and we just can’t wait to get our hands on it. The two giants in the smartphone industry are Apple and Samsung and usually when most people think about a great phone; these two companies come in mind. We all know that there are many other good ones as well but trends are trends and we want to follow them. Another great phone that no one ever thinks about is the OnePlus 5. It’s a great phone and here is something to make things even more tempting. This is the best OnePlus 5 Smartphone Giveaway out there and you must utilize it.OnePlus5 GiveawayOnePlus5 is an extremely powerful phone and has a lot of great features. It runs on the unique OxygenOS, comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Amazing right? This is comparable to your brand new laptop! Impressed yet or shall I go on? Well you might say that you have a laptop so why do you need this phone. You had to pay for your laptop; you will get the phone for free just by entering this giveaway. Admit it guys, it’s a great deal and it’s something you wouldn’t want to miss. Even if you think that you don’t know the phone or the brand so well, you don’t have to worry about that. The phone is extremely powerful, comes with a dual camera and an intelligent Smart Capture like the iPhone. It even has a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 processor that helps it perform like the Samsung Galaxy.So my next question is that if you are getting a phone that performs like Samsung and has features like the iPhone and it is absolutely free, then why wouldn’t you want to get your hands on it? If you want this deal, then visit this site and take advantage of this opportunity at hand. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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first_img 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 April 1, 2015 — vRad (Virtual Radiologic) and Xifin Inc. announced the companies intend to create an online collaborative clinical workflow to facilitate consolidated diagnostic reports (CDR) of radiology, pathology and clinical laboratory results. The online solution will initially be designed to support referring oncologists and their patients.Radiology and pathology images and reports are essential to facilitate accurate diagnoses for appropriate diagnostic management and treatment decisions for cancer patients. By integrating all testing results and digital images from both diagnostic specialties, the CDR will provide a more efficient, collaborative tool for physicians, breaking down current diagnostic silos. The CDR will allow pathologists and radiologists to provide the full picture of patient diagnostics, highlight and reduce clinical discordance, and enable faster and more precise diagnoses.While pathology and radiology workflows have traditionally been independent of each other, the accelerated adoption of digital pathology, similar to the digital transformation radiology experienced in the 2000s, has opened the opportunity for both companies to develop the CDR using their existing technology platforms: Xifin’s ProNet, a comprehensive online information and digital consultation forum for global pathology; and vRad’s patented clinical and imaging global platform.For more information: www.vrad.com; www.xifin.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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 | April 01, 2015 Xifin, vRad Partner to Integrate Pathology, Radiology Diagnostic Reports Online platform will facilitate physician collaboration and improve diagnostic accuracy for referring clinicians and their patients News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more last_img read more

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San José Mayor Johnny Araya returns to his former party

first_imgSan José Mayor and former presidential candidateJohnny Araya Monge announced his official return to the National Liberation Party (PLN) during an event at the party’s headquarters in San José Wednesday night.Araya resigned from the party in 2015 after the PLN banned him for four years for dropping out of the 2014 presidential race one month before the run-off election.One year later, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, declared this prohibition against Araya to be illegal, but Araya still left his party and won the mayoral race representing the Alliance for San José Party, a canton-specific political group.He has now decided to return to Liberation to support presidential candidate Antonio Álvarez Desanti, who was Araya’s campaign manager in 2014.Álvarez supports returnÁlvarez welcomed Araya back and said he will be an important part of his presidential campaign.“Don Johnny’s return is positive for Liberation. Our main challenge now is to unite the party, and I think we are already doing it,” Álvarez said.He ruled out, however, that former president José María Figueres Olsen, whom he faced in the Liberation primaries, will be part of his campaign.“I’ve said it from the very beginning: I don’t think he’ll be part of the campaign, and I haven’t changed my mind,” Álvarez told reporters.The other candidates who took part in PLN’s primaries, Rolando González and Sigifredo Aiza, hav already joined the Álvarez campaign.Araya: “I apologize”Araya said in his speech that he is returning to the party “with humility and respect, and to contribute to the resurgence of this political cause,” referring to the Álvarez presidential bid.He recalled his decision to drop from the 2014 presidential runoff, which contributed to a landslide victory for Araya’s opponent, the Citizen Action Party (PAC) candidate and future President Luis Guillermo Solís.Araya acknowledged dropping out was the wrong decision, and that it had upset most PLN leaders and members.“I apologize to all liberacionistas for making that decision, which at the time I thought it was the best for many reasons,” he said.The capital’s mayor said the results of the first round vote in 2014, as well as polls conducted before the runoff election, showed “the Costa Rican people’s absolute will for a change after two consecutive PLN administrations.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Who’s who on the PLN ballot: forecasts for tomorrow’s presidential primary UPDATE: Álvarez Desanti maintains in Liberation primary; late-night vote-counting drama Presidential nominee Antonio Álvarez Desanti to step down as legislator Former Costa Rica President Luis Alberto Monge Álvarez dies at 90last_img read more

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Travelport Smartpoint App preferred by more than 100 airlines

first_imgMore than 100 airlines have signed up for the Travelport Smartpoint Application (App) by Travelport Galileo. While speaking at the second edition of the ‘Student of the Year’ contest in New Delhi recently, Anil Parashar, President and CEO, InterGlobe Technology Quotient (ITQ) said that the product is a game changer in assisting airlines in driving additional revenue and the competition is still far away.“The response to the Smartpoint App has been phenomenal so far and we are in the continuous process of updating it. The travel trade is actively adopting it and more airlines are also coming forward to take it up,” Parashar stated.Parashar also informed that they intend to work with SKAL and CAPA in improving the skills of the youngsters. “We are committed to fill in the gap and churn out trained and quality staff. With the ‘Student of the Year’ contest we wish to create a platform for the students wherein they can showcase their mettle. We would like to expand this for travel industry by creating a talent pool which can benefit all. The travel industry is growing. Therefore the need of the hour is to have well qualified professionals serving them,” added Parashar.last_img read more

ITV BBC in concluding phase for talks on streamin

first_imgITV, BBC in concluding phase for talks on streaming service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2019 1:05 am PDTcenter_img LONDON — ITV says it is in the final phase of discussions with the BBC to create a new on-demand video platform to rival the likes of Netflix.Chief Executive Carolyn McCall says the service, to be called BritBox, will provide a home for British-made video, offering an unrivaled collection of television box sets and original series in one place. She says ITV and the BBC have a “joint vision” for the service and are working on a formal agreement.McCall says she anticipates “that other partners will be added to BritBox, and we will both speak to regulators and the wider industry about our proposals.”ITV, a free-to-air British network, plans to invest up to 25 million pounds ($33 million) in BritBox this year and about 40 million pounds in 2020.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Cyprus among issues discussed in MayErdogan meeting

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Theresa May held talks with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, which included Cyprus.Other issues were Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria and the security situation in Somalia, Downing Street said.May “underlined the importance of our strong security partnership” and expressed her desire to “deepen co-operation on a range of issues” during the phone call.A Number 10 spokesman said: “The Prime Minister and President Erdogan discussed the ongoing Cyprus settlement talks and the Prime Minister reiterated that while there remains an opportunity for an historic agreement to be reached, all parties need to be prepared to take bold steps.“She added that the UK stands ready to play a role in seeking a solution.”You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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CMP thanks Germany for €100000 donation

first_imgThe Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) expressed on Monday its sincere thanks to Germany for its donation of €100,000.The donation brings Germany’s financial assistance to the CMP to a total of €600,000 since 2006 and makes it the fifth largest single donor country, a written statement by the CMP said.“This contribution to the CMP project on the exhumation, identification and return of remains of missing persons in Cyprus will support the committee’s goal of identifying and returning as many remains of missing individuals as possible to bring an end to the uncertainty which has affected so many families for so many years.”So far, 896 missing persons from both communities have been identified and returned to their families for dignified burials. The CMP relies on donor support to alleviate the suffering of the concerned families.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more