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Chicago-area Doctors Charged With Fraud

first_imgA Chicago cardiologist is charged with bilking more than $13 million in improper reimbursements from Medicare and other insurers According to prosecutors, between January 2002 and July 2007, Sushil Sheth, 49, of Burr Ridge, Ill., secured private healthcare information on scores of patients and submitted fraudulent claims totaling $8.3 million to Medicare and $5.1 millionto other insurers for costly cardiac treatment he never performed.Prosecutors are seeking to reclaim $13.4 million and properties in Arizona and Illinois from Sheth and his wife, plus two properties each in Arizona and Illinois  Related Itemslast_img

Articles used by Kalam to be placed for public view in Delhi

first_imgRameswaram (TN), Apr 5 (PTI) Various articles used by former president Dr Abdul Kalam, including 1,000 books, would be collected from his house here by Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra and taken to the national capital to be placed for public view from July 21, his grandson Salim said today.”Kapil Mishra, Delhi Tourism Minister will collect the things used by Kalam from his house here and these will be placed at Sarojini Nagar in New Delhi for public view from July 21″ he said.Salim told PTIthat Mishra would tomorrow morning visit Paikarumbu, where Kalam is buried, from where he would go to Kalams house at around 9.30 AM to collect the items, including 1,000 books and various clothes worn by him. PTI COR APR ANPlast_img

NEWSALERT-SHAH 3

first_imgBJP has enough votes for victory in Rajya Sabha biennialBJP has enough votes for victory in Rajya Sabha biennial elections, no question of indulging in horse-trading: Shah. PTI AVA SMI ZMNlast_img

Vedanta squash meet to be held in Mumbai next month

first_imgMumbai, Jan 9 (PTI) Thirty players from ten countries, including India, are to take part in the inaugural edition of the USD 35,000 Vedanta Indian Squash Open 2018, a Professional Squash Association event to be held here from February 6-11.The event, to be held at the NSCI courts in Worli, has attracted participants from ten countries. Besides the hosts India, other participating countries include Egypt, France, Switzerland, Australia, the UK, Malaysia and Kuwait, said a media release here today.The tournament, promoted by 5 Sports, is supported by the PSA, the governing body for professional squash in the world, and the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI).India no. 1 Sourav Ghosal and other top Indian players including Harinder Pal Sandhu and Mahesh Mangaonkar are set to take part in the PSA event, the release added. PTI SSR RSY BASlast_img read more

The democratization of the voice interface

first_img markgrogan says: Log in to Reply “While I think it will be interesting to have everything controlled by voice alone, am I the only who foresees that there may be a problem? People are always saying that a lot of nuance is lost when you speak over the phone or in text, and things done in Continue Reading Previous Mouser: fixed-frequency step-down power module with overcurrent protectionNext Advantech B+B SmartWorx launches range of LoRaWAN wireless solutions January 31, 2019 at 1:54 am January 26, 2019 at 5:11 am Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, IoT 2 thoughts on “The democratization of the voice interface” History books may well view voice control as the most important advance made in the Human Machine Interface. No more typing, no more pointing, we just say what we want. Initial progress in this area limped along until the advent of smart speakers, when we started to realize what might be possible. Now the race is on with improvements in recognition, features and applications in phones, headsets, hearables and the smart home. The most widely known solutions today depend on platforms and services controlled by a small number of providers, but that is changing. Voice activation can be embedded anywhere, with customization, improved noise immunity, lower power, longer range and yet be just as effective as the big platforms in speech recognition.(Source: CEVA/Shutterstock) The consumer audio market, where this capability plays an important part, has an interesting history. FutureSource shows that from 2008 to 2012, dollar volume declined as audio experiences consolidated primarily on smartphones. From 2012 to 2014, the market remained essentially flat. Then from 2015 through 2018, it grew again at a CAGR of 15%, driven primarily by voice activation. Looking forward, Yole Développement anticipates a minimum of 30% CAGR through 2023, driven predominantly by speech recognition . The bulk of this growth will continue to be in smartphones, followed by headsets and hearables, personal assistants and smart home features (TVs, appliances, etc.). The same report concludes that we are now entering a second phase in smart audio, where voice control will become much more pervasive, as consumers become more comfortable with this method of control.Wherever they are deployed, the goal is to enhance differentiation. In a smartphone or any other battery-operated device, an obvious advantage is to support always-on listening; no need to push a button before you give a command. This requires ultra-low power trigger-word detection, which as we know means hardware with closely matched software so as to minimize standby power. Naturally, you want to personalize trigger words or phrases for your brand, and in multiple languages, in order to get strong penetration in your region and perhaps in the international market as well. You might still pass subsequent commands to one of the main voice recognition providers to unpack the request. Or perhaps not. If your appliance only needs support for a limited vocabulary, you might not need help from a third party, if your speech recognition engine can be stretched to that goal.Another critical need is recognition and perhaps authentication, in a noisy environment. Voice recognition presents different challenges than exist in object recognition. In a living room or a car for example, there can be multiple sound sources:  people talking, TV and independent music/radio sources, interior and exterior noise and echoes of all these from surfaces in a room or a car’s interior. Isolating the source of a command, cancelling echoes and reducing background noise requires some sophisticated technology depending on multiple microphones, beamforming and echo cancellation, along with noise suppression.Those are the needs and naturally, available solutions such as CEVA’s are ready to address those needs. Solutions such as the recently introduced CEVA WhisPro™ phrase recognition product use neural-net-based software running on CEVA DSP platforms. WhisPro already supports “Alexa” and “OK Google” as voice triggers and it can be customized in training to support any customer-requested triggers. It supports multi languages and can handle multiple voice triggers. Training is performed with multiple noise backgrounds, so recognition has built-in noise immunity, delivering >95% recognition, and false acceptance of less than 1 per hour, without the need for cloud verification.By adding a specialized voice-pickup solution, CEVA ClearVox™, developers can achieve multi-microphone support and beamforming for improved far-field voice pickup, along with echo cancellation and further noise reduction. Pairing WhisPro together with ClearVox delivers competitive trigger recognition at better distance (up to 7 meters), especially in noisy environments.Youval Nachum serves as CEVA’s Senior Product Marketing Manager for audio and voice product line. Youval brings over 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience, spanning marketing, system architecture, ASIC, and software domains at leading technology companies. He is passionate about anticipating long term trends and leading technical programs to their successful completion. Highly proficient in combining market requirements, product definitions, industry standards and design innovations into breakthrough products. Youval holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. “If I am able to recall clearly, I just saw a recent ad that illustrated how terrific voice control is for modern living. However, a twist of events made the entire smarthome hellish to live in after the owner had a dental surgery that caused his mouth to DavidHamilton says: Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Sweden evacuate team hotel after false fire alarm

first_imgSweden players had the worst start to their day ahead of their World Cup quarter-final clash with England as a false fire alarm forced them to leave their hotel rooms in Samara.The Swedish players were roused from their slumbers and moved out of their rooms at 8:30 local time, but luckily it turned out to be a false alarm and they could go back to recharging their batteries ahead of their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994.”It was just after half past eight this morning, a false alarm. All the players are feeling fine,” Sweden press officer Staffan Stjernholm told website Fotbollskanalen (www.fotbollskanalen.se).World Cup 2018: Sweden stand in the way as England aim to reach semisAccording to the hotel management, the alarm went off due someone smoking in their room or someone hitting a fire alarm switch.The Swedes had plenty of time for a nap before they take on England at 1700 local time (19:30 IST).Sweden have endured quite a successful campaign so far and would want to repeat it against England.The highlight of Sweden’s campaign so far was beating Mexico 3-0 to top its group, and Janne Andersson’s side then won a tight contest with Switzerland in the last 16.World Cup 2018: Southgate wants England to make most of golden opportunitySweden have, of course, enjoyed some memorable World Cup campaigns in the past — reaching the final on home soil in 1958 where they lost to Brazil and then the semi-finals in 1994 where again the South Americans ended their dreams.advertisementSwedish captain Andreas Granqvist isn’t worried about England enjoying the greater possession and expects his team to stick to their tried and tested approach.”If you look at the games we have played, the opponent has had more ball possession than we have, but we have created more chances, more dangerous chances,” Granqvist said.”This is how we play, this is what we need to do, this is our strength, and we also need to see our quality against other strong teams. This is the way for us to have success, and we’re going to continue this way”.`The last time the Sweden and England met in a competitive fixture was at the European Championship in 2012, when Roy Hodgson’s England won 3-2 thanks to a Danny Welbeck winner.Overall from 24 meetings, England have won eight to Sweden’s seven, with nine games ending in a draw.last_img

‘Next time you get out on 37, I will catch hold of your neck like this again’

first_imgYuvraj Singh has given a friendly warning to Rohit Sharma to perform to his potential in Test cricket while replying to a birthday wish by India’s limited-overs vice captain.Yuvraj is celebrating his 37th birthday today and India’s World Cup superstar was flooded with wishes from one and all on social media. Yuvraj replied to many of them time to time but his reply to Rohit Sharma particularly caught the eye.Rohit posted a picture of him with Yuvraj holding his neck and wrote, “Happy birthday to the eternal superstar @YUVSTRONG12”.Yuvraj took this opportunity to really catch Rohit’s neck and replied, “And next time u get out on 37 il catch hold of your neck like this again”.And next time u get out on 37 il catch hold of your neck like this again !yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) December 12, 2018Yuvraj then thanked Rohit for his wish with a kiss emoticon.Thanks brothaman yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) December 12, 2018Experts have always maintained that Rohit has a lot of potential to succeed even in Test cricket, considering the way he starts slowly in limited overs cricket as well and accelerates dramatically after 50-60 runs.However, Rohit, who has scored a record three double hundreds in ODIs, has been largely unsuccessful in replicating that lethal form in the whites.Rohit has played 26 Test matches and has scored only 1517 runs at an average of 38.89. He has three hundreds and nine fifties to his name.Rohit Sharma, who played the first two Tests in South Africa and failed, was picked again for Australia tour after being dropped for England tour and home series against the Windies.advertisementRohit was even drafted in the playing XI in the Adelaide Test but scored 37 and 1 in the two innings. The 37 he scored in the first innings, he looked in solid form but a rash shot led to his downfall.Rohit had been handed a lifeline by debutant Marcus Harris on just the previous delivery, that went for a six but the Indian batsman went for the same shot in the very next delivery and paid the price for it.Sunil Gavaskar also blasted the Indian batsmen for their shot selection in the first innings and slammed their overly-aggressive batting plan.”That [poor outside the off-stump] is an understatement. They [India batsmen] were just reaching out for deliveries which they could have very well left alone. The only exception may be KL Rahul but all the others played shots that they could have avoided,” Gavaskar told Sony Six during Lunch on Day 1.”It was the first session of a five-day Test match, a five-day Test match and you had all the time in the world to build a good total.”You know that the Kookaburra ball swings around only for maybe a dozen overs or so. You can then cash in, capitalise and score plenty of runs. But everybody was like ‘I have to get my runs in this session’.”And if these players had been newcomers, understandable but these are all experienced players who played those shots outside the off-stump.”If that’s been the discussion in the dressing room – let’s be aggressive, let us go after the bowlers, then it’s the wrong approach. At the start of the series of the series, that’s definitely a wrong approach.”Also Read | Yuvraj Singh, one of India’s greatest sporting heroes, turns 37Also Read | MS Dhoni reveals CSK connection behind his 2011 World Cup final masterstrokelast_img read more

Spurs & Liverpool trade late goals in dramatic draw

first_imgLiverpool 2 Tottenham 2: Kane’s penalty redemption cancels out Salah stunner Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 02:33 2/5/18 Harry Kane Getty Images Harry Kane missed and scored from the spot in the late stages as Tottenham and Liverpool shared the spoils in a thrilling 2-2 draw. Harry Kane’s 100th Premier League goal earned Tottenham a 2-2 draw at Liverpool in a contender for the game of the season, the striker stepping up to snatch a point from the spot in a hugely dramatic match at Anfield.Kane had been denied by Loris Karius from 12 yards shortly after Victor Wanyama’s long-range blockbuster cancelled out Mohamed Salah’s opener, and Liverpool looked to have snuck a win thanks to the Egyptian’s wonderful solo effort in the first minute of stoppage time.But referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot again when Virgil van Dijk challenged Erik Lamela and Kane stepped up to send Karius the wrong way and give a thrilling contest a fitting climax. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Salah had given Liverpool the lead in the third minute, becoming the quickest Reds player to reach 20 Premier League goals, beating club icons including Michael Owen, Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres to the landmark.But the drama came at the very end, with three goals and a missed penalty all coming in the final 10 minutes.The draw leaves Liverpool in third, two points clear of Spurs, with the race for Champions League qualification heating up over the second half of the campaign.100 – Harry Kane has scored 100 goals in the Premier League in just 142 appearances – only Alan Shearer (124) reached the 100 goals in the competition in fewer games. Ton. pic.twitter.com/Y5MopxdAV3 — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 4, 2018 A breathless end followed a suitably fast start as Liverpool took the lead in just the third minute. Sadio Mane pressed Eric Dier into making a dreadful pass and Salah took advantage to race through on goal and calmly beat Hugo Lloris for another landmark goal in a special season.Van Dijk, on his first Anfield start in the Premier League, made a fine block to deny Son Heung-min, before two delightful Trent Alexander-Arnold passes did not receive the finishes they deserved.Spurs finally worked Karius five minutes before the break, a rifled Mousa Dembele 20-yard drive forcing a decent save down to the goalkeeper’s right.Karius raced off his line to deny Son after 55 minutes, with Dele Alli sending the rebound wide of the post. The England midfielder was soon after shown a yellow card for simulation in the Reds box, but later penalty decisions would go Spurs’ way.Mauricio Pochettino introduced Lamela and Wanyama as Spurs hunted an equaliser and the Kenya international immediately came up with a memorable strike.Karius’ firm punch ran to Wanyama 25 yards from goal and he strode on to the loose ball, thumping a powerful drive out of the goalkeeper’s reach.Four minutes later, Kane went down under Karius’ challenge, only to hit his penalty straight at the goalkeeper as a frantic finale hit overdrive.Salah had wasted a number of counter-attacking chances in the second half, but he showed another glimpse of his genius with a sensational solo effort to put Liverpool back in front.Quickest to @premierleague goals for #LFC :Salah 25 gamesTorres 27 gamesSturridge 27 gamesFowler 37 gamesOwen 39 games pic.twitter.com/359m6kINGx — Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 4, 2018 The winger danced inside a series of half-hearted challenges to clip a brilliant finish past Lloris, a goal that deserved to win the game, although it was not to be.Moss pointed to the spot again – both decisions following a lengthy delay – after Van Dijk’s clumsy tackle sent Lamela crashing to the ground.Kane this time made no mistake, finding the corner to bring up a century of Premier League goals, but more importantly keep Spurs in the race for a top-four place. KEY OPTA STATS- Only Alan Shearer (124) reached 100 Premier League goals in fewer games than Harry Kane’s 141.- Spurs have only won two of their 26 games at Anfield in the Premier League (8%) – among sides they’ve played away from home at least five times, only at Stamford Bridge do they have a worse win percentage away from home (0 wins in 25 games). – Mauricio Pochettino’s side are winless in their last 11 away games against ‘top six’ opponents in the Premier League (D5 L6), and have won just one of their 19 such games under the Argentine (D7 L11).- The Egyptian is just the second Liverpool player to score 20 or more goals for the club in his debut Premier League campaign, after Fernando Torres in 2007/08 (24). – Salah’s opener after two minutes and 16 seconds was Liverpool’s quickest goal in the Premier League since April 2016, when Daniel Sturridge scored inside two minutes against Newcastle United (1:07). read morelast_img read more

Balanced Budget Strengthens Services and Supports for Nova Scotians

first_imgGovernment tabled today, March 20, its third consecutive balanced budget making investments in health care, education, early years, communities and the economy. “With Budget 2018-19, we will recruit more doctors and improve access to health care, invest in classrooms and pre-primary, and support more Nova Scotians to participate fully in their communities and in the economy,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board. “We want all Nova Scotians to have opportunities to grow and succeed. This budget supports that goal.” Budget 2018-19 estimates a surplus of $29.4 million with revenue of $10.81 billion and expenses of $10.78 billion. Budget investments in health care include: $19.6 million in additional funding, as part of government’s multi-year plan to recruit, retain and train more doctors $8 million more for new and expanded collaborative care teams across the province $8.8 million to provide 350 more hip and knee surgeries, create a central booking process and hire more surgeons $2.9 million more for mental health care, including more support for youth mental health $1 million for youth health centres $1.2 million increase in the Take Home Cancer Therapies program to help pay for medications $5.5 million more to help seniors stay in their homes longer, including more home care support and expanding the caregiver benefit upgraded health-care facilities in Halifax, Dartmouth and Hants County to support the QEII redevelopment project Budget investments in inclusive economic growth include: Budget investments in education and early years include: $17.6 million to add about 130 new pre-primary classes as part of a plan to have the program available across the province $15.5 million to add new child-care spaces and to offer more subsidies to make child care more accessible and affordable $10 million increase to implement new recommendations from the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions $15 million to begin implementing recommendations of the Commission on Inclusive Education $1.6 million more to expand SchoolsPlus into 54 more schools $3.3 million increase to expand Reading Recovery to cover 96 per cent of schools, with every school having programming in 2019 opening four skilled trades centres this year at Amherst High School, Sir John A. Macdonald High School (Upper Tantallon), Richmond Academy (Louisdale, Richmond Co.) and Central Kings Rural High School (Cambridge, King’s Co.) continue work on school construction, including schools in Sheet Harbour, Eastern Passage, Halifax, Spryfield and Yarmouth Budget investments in safe and connected communities include: $16.2 million increase in Disability Support Program to help more people move out of institutions, to improve respite care and to fund more complex client cases $2.1 million to help create eight small options homes and two community options homes $3 million to double the poverty reduction credit to $500 $4 million for initiatives under the Blueprint to End Poverty as part of a four-year, $20-million commitment $3.4 million to fully exempt child-support payments from income assistance calculations $2 million to help prevent domestic violence, the first year of a four-year commitment $12.4 million more to improve public housing buildings $3 million to offer 400 more rent supplements to low income Nova Scotians $60 million more for a total of $285 million in capital spending on highways, bridges and roads, which includes $10 million more to improve gravel roads for a total of $20 million work on three significant twinning projects and four new interchanges on 100-series highways as part of a multi-year plan $2.4 million more to expand and support community transportation under SHIFT for older Nova Scotians $1.7 million to further expand the Graduate to Opportunity program to connect new graduates to employers, with added incentives for hiring diverse graduates and women in non-traditional careers $500,000 more for incubators and accelerators, which support startup companies $356,000 to help an additional 89 student interns through the Mitacs Accelerate program for a total of 250 placements $1.5 million more to enhance work incentives for people receiving income assistance $460,000 increase to the Office of Immigration to help international marketing and recruitment efforts $485,000 to create a market readiness program for startup companies $2.5 million more for the Innovation Rebate program to encourage private sector investment in capital projects $3 million for the Centre for Ocean Ventures Entrepreneurship (COVE) project to foster innovation in the ocean sector $3 million for the new Building Tomorrow Fund to support innovation in agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture sectors $5.8 million added to the Atlantic Fisheries Fund, in partnership with the federal government and the other Atlantic Canadian provinces Budget 2018-19 also includes the Capital Plan, which invests $605 million in roads, schools, health-care facilities and other public infrastructure. The budget also contains the final forecast for 2017-18, which updates the positive net position to $23.2 million. Additional appropriations related to the forecast, totalling $227.1 million, for nine departments and assistance for universities. For more information see www.novascotia.ca/budget .last_img read more

Malda station gets cleanest and best maintained tag

first_imgKolkata: Eastern Railway’s (ER) Malda station has been adjudged the cleanest best maintained and clean station.The Malda Town railway station or Malda railway station is situated at A B A Ghani Khan Choudhury Sarani, English Bazar, West Bengal. It is controlled by ER and is amongst the top hundred stations of Indian Railway. The Malda railway station has bagged the cleanest best maintained and clean station tag after qualifying the different criteria such as beatification, maintenance and passenger amenities. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTo maintain ecological balance and create a green environment, a garden is being developed outside the station building. The outside station building is also illuminated in a grand way with dazzling LED lights. Ensuring clean environment, a garbage disposal system has been developed to remove accumulated garbage from nominated vats which is around 2.83 cubic metre per day. To mitigate passengers’ complaints regarding shortage of water in train coaches, high pressure coach watering system has been developed at Malda Town and Bhagalpur stations so that a 24-coach train can be filled up with water in just six minutes and multiple trains can also be filled with water simultaneously.This apart, 20 wooden vintage type chairs as additional sitting arrangement and plastic bottle crushing machine have also been installed at Malda station.last_img read more

Vehicle just avoided collision with plane in Trail BC transportation board

first_imgRICHMOND, B.C. — The Transportation Safety Board is investigating a close call between a passenger plane and a vehicle at the Trail airport in southeastern British Columbia.The board says in a statement that the Pacific Coastal Airlines Beechcraft 1900C was coming in for a landing on Dec. 12.It says the plane was approaching Runway 16 while a crew in an airport vehicle was performing an inspection on the same runway.The board says a collision was avoided because the vehicle was able to get into the main apron of the tarmac just before the aircraft reached the taxiway intersection.There were 19 passengers and two crew aboard the aircraft that was arriving from Vancouver.No injuries were reported on the plane or on the ground.The Canadian Presslast_img

38 Million Raised At StarStudded Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Gala

first_imgLast week, Hollywood’s A-list came to support the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Gala which supports educational, social, cultural, and economic services for Israel’s soldiers and the families of fallen soldiers.A record $38 Million was raised.The sold out 1200 person fete was held at the Beverly Hilton and icons, business moguls and Hollywood’s elite the likes of Robert De Niro, Gerard Butler, Julie Bowen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Larry King, Joanna Krupa, Rosanna Arquette, Jordan Smith (The Voice), Moran Atias (Tyrant, Gala MC), Haim & Cheryl Saban (Gala Co-Chairs), Robert Kraft (New England Patriots Owner) and Maurice and Paul Marciano (GUESS Founders)This marks the 10th year that Haim and Cheryl Saban have chaired a very successful FIDF Gala. Over the past three years this event has turned into one of Hollywood’s hottest fundraising events filled with celebrities, a wait-list for guests and Hollywood proudly showing their support for Israel!Additionally the evening was filled with numerous impromptu musical performances by David Foster and Friends – TV-stars Laura Bretan, season nine Voice winner Jordan Smith, and Jason McGee and The Choir.last_img read more

Morocco saw more tourists less money in 2013

first_imgRABAT – Morocco welcomed 10.5 million tourists last year, a gain of seven percent, but the money they spent in a country whose cash-strapped government relies on them actually dipped.“The number of tourists who went to Morocco in 2013 reached 10,046,000,” Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad told the official MAP news agency Friday.But ministry figures showed that revenues from non-resident tourists eased 0.5 percent to 57.5 billion dirhams (5.1 billion euros/$6.9 billion). The North African kingdom was badly affected by the financial crisis in Europe, its top trade partner, aggravating the economic challenges facing the government of Islamist premier Abdelilah Benkirane.The rise in arrivals last year was due, notably, to an influx of tourists from Italy, Germany and England, with the number of holidaymakers from those countries rising by between 12 and 15 percent.By contrast, tourist arrivals from France and Spain grew by just four percent.Marrakesh and the coastal city of Agadir were the most popular destinations, receiving two-thirds of the visitors.Tourism is the second-largest economic sector in Morocco. It accounts for around eight percent of GDP, employing some 500,000 people, and the government hopes to see the number of visitors rise to 20 million by 2022.Haddad said in November that the government planned to levy a small tax on all flights out of the country, which he said would be used to promote it as a holiday destination.last_img read more

French President to Award Moroccos Intelligence Chief Legion of Honor

Rabat – French President François Hollande will honor Head of Morocco’s Domestic Intelligence Agency DGST Abdellatif Hammouchi with the country’s highest award, the Légion d’honneur (Legion of Honor), in a ceremony this September.Le360 quoted diplomatic sources as saying that François Hollande will award Morocco’s spy chief Abdellatif Hammouchi Les Insignes d’Officier de la Légion d’honneur as part of Hollande’s upcoming visit to Morocco, scheduled between late September and early October 2015.Hamouchi will receive France’s highest distinction for a foreign personality after being the victim of a judicial mishap on French soil in February 2014. Last year, French judicial authorities questioned Hammouchi about the allegations of torture while he was visiting Paris, prompting Morocco to suspend corporation agreements with France in protest.Relations between Morocco and France have been tense since then.In February 2015, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazaneuve said France would  show its respect for Hammouchi by awarding him Les Insignes d’Officier de la Légion d’honneur.The two countries resumed corporation in February following fruitful discussions at the Elysee Palace between President Francois Hollande and King Mohamed VI.President Holland is due to hold new talks with King Mohamed VI next September in Morocco, regarding a set of issues of common interest, such as enhancing security coordination and economic cooperation between the two countries.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Political solution the only answer to Middle East conflict Ban Kimoon stresses

5 June 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked today’s 40th anniversary of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War with a reminder to all sides that Palestinian statehood, security for Israelis and peace in the region cannot be achieved by force. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said “an end to the occupation and a political solution to the conflict is the only way forward – for Israelis, Palestinians, Syrians, Lebanese and the wider region.“This will only be achieved through negotiations to bring about an end to the occupation, on the basis of the principle of land for peace, as envisaged in Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973).”The statement stressed that the UN remains committed to working tirelessly “for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the region” in line with those Council resolutions and international law.“The Secretary-General remembers the men, women and children who have been killed or had their lives shattered by the tragedies of conflict in the Middle East, particularly the Palestinians who continue to live under an occupation that has lasted 40 years.”UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour also issued a statement to mark the anniversary, calling for human rights to be given a more prominent role in the search for a solution to the Middle East conflict.Ms. Arbour said the Israeli occupation since 1967 was “a regime which has led to wide-ranging and serious violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people, first and foremost among them the right to self-determination.”She said “the occupation must give way to a lasting political solution allowing both the Palestinian and Israeli peoples to live in peace within secure and internationally recognized borders.”Saying “human rights have for too long taken a back seat” in the search for a solution, Ms. Arbour said both crises that flare up and the longer-term resolution of the conflict should be dealt with according to international human rights and humanitarian law.“This includes the relevant obligations as reaffirmed in July 2004 in the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”The High Commissioner observed that the right to life “continues to be violated within a general climate of impunity in the region,” whether through the Israeli Defence Forces’ (IDF) extrajudicial executions or artillery attacks, internal Palestinian violence or Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.Greater efforts should be made to counter the growing sense of disempowerment that so many Palestinians feel in the occupied territory, she said, calling for immediate steps towards removing settlements and lifting obstacles to Palestinians’ freedom of movement.The right of Palestinians to travel, particularly between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, “is seriously compromised and has severely curtailed Palestinians’ exercise of a wide range of other human rights, including health, education, work and family life.” read more

Roulstons to build new medical centre in Port Dover

Roulston’s Pharmacy has announced plans to build a new medical centre in Port Dover.Roulston’s owners Blair Snow, Mark Stephens, and Steve Flexman said this week they have received approvals for the renovation and expansion of their current location at 414 Main Street. The project is expected to break ground this spring and be completed in October.“We at Roulston’s Pharmacy are committed to meeting the need for a new medical centre in Port Dover,” Flexman said in a news release. “For several years, the residents and physicians of Port Dover have expressed that they would like to see a health centre that is well equipped, and centrally located. Blair, Mark and I feel that we can make this happen.”Roulston’s has three other locations in Norfolk County – one in Delhi and two in Simcoe, including the Wellness Centre on Donly Drive that includes a pharmacy and medical offices.The expanded Port Dover location will house the office of Dr. Harold Hynscht and also provide space for up to six physicians and other health care services.Physicians now practising as the Port Dover Family Health Organization Association will move to the Roulston’s Health Centre, said the release. They are currently housed in the Norfolk County Medical Centre on St. George Street.Association members are “excited to make a move to a modern office, which will improve accessibility and comfort for patients visiting their health professional,” Dr. Alison Malo said in the release.The building will not be at full capacity when it first opens but the leaders of the project don’t anticipate that will be the case for long.“Our experience with the Roulston’s Wellness Centre shows that physicians are willing to relocate to Norfolk County if provided with contemporary facilities, and a collaborative environment,” Stephens said.The new health centre’s expanded parking lot will occupy the southeast side of the Roulston’s property and the vacant lots of 400 and 404 Main St. – formerly Burchams’ Service station.“We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Burcham family,” said Snow. “Being aware of parking shortfalls in Port Dover, we felt it was important to ensure our development increased the number of parking spaces available on site.”The current pharmacy and Hynscht’s medical office are expected to remain open during the construction. read more

Binding UNbacked treaty against doping in sport to come into force on

The International Convention Against Doping in Sport, which promotes no-advance- notice, out-of-competition and in-competition testing, was adopted unanimously by the General Conference of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in October 2005.“No other international standard-setting instrument elaborated by UNESCO has been ratified so rapidly,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said yesterday after the treaty’s ratification by Luxembourg.“This much awaited Convention will enter into force in little over a month. This is good news for all and a clear signal to youth and the sporting world, both amateur and professional, that we take this question very seriously,” he added.“The struggle against doping is a choice of education, an ethical combat for human rights, and a wager on life. Thanks to this Convention, the anti-doping struggle is brought for the first time into the realm of international law. Governments, sporting federations, the Olympic movement and civil society now have a veritable, legally-binding international instrument.” Mr. Matsuura will convene the first session of the Conference of States Parties from 5-7 February at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. States Parties will elect a Bureau, adopt rules of procedure and create a Voluntary Contribution Fund for the elimination of doping in sport. The treaty commits States Parties to adopt steps in line with the principles stated in the World Anti-Doping Code of the World Anti-Doping Agency, adopted during the World Conference on Doping in Sport held in Copenhagen in 2003. But because the Agency is a Swiss private law foundation, the Code is not legally binding according to public law. read more

FROM THE FIELD Survival in Yemen against all odds

After almost four years of brutal conflict, the health care system in the country has been decimated: doctors struggle to get paid, medicines are extremely rare, inflation has rendered the most basic commodities prohibitively expensive.For Fawaz and his parents who were watching him waste away helplessly, this could have meant the end, but against all odds, he was able to access the right treatment.Here’s his extraordinary story, from our colleagues at the UN humanitarian coordination office (OCHA), and the camera lens of photographer, Giles Clarke.

Is a ghost ship full of cannibal rats REALLY headed for Ireland

first_imgThe Lyubov Orlova, before becoming a ghost ship crewed by cannibal rats Source: WikipediaYESTERDAY, SOCIAL MEDIA lost its collective head at the story of a ghost ship full of cannibal rats headed for Ireland.Understandable enough, really.It was all started by this headline in the Irish Mirror:So is this actually true? Here’s everything you need to know:What is this ship and where did it come from?The Lyubov Orlova was a cruise ship designed to take tourists around the Canadian Arctic. It’s about 100m long and weighs just over 4,000 tonnes.It sat idle moored in St John’s harbour, Canada, for two years because of a row over unpaid bills. Finally it was decided to tow it away for scrap early last year.However, the tow line broke in bad conditions. Canadian authorities decided it would be too dangerous to try and reattach the line, so they installed a tracking device and let it go. Since then, the tracking device has failed and the ship is assumed to have been drifting unmanned around the North Atlantic – a ‘ghost ship’.Is it really infested with rats?Well, very possibly. It’s assumed that during its period of dereliction, rats around the port would have colonised the ship as they would any other left unmanned in a harbour. “That’s not unusual,” Ireland’s head Coast Guard Chris Reynolds told Today FM’s Ray D’Arcy show.Are the rats really cannibals?Well, very possibly. Chris Reynolds dismissed this as an urban myth: that ‘rats left without food eat each other and then the last one eats itself’. However, there is evidence that some rats turn to cannibalism when food is lacking.In this 1968 paper given to the Royal Society of Medicine, Dr W Lane-Petter observes that malnutrition in laboratory rats and mice can lead grown rats “to devour carcasses, and even to attack and kill the young in order to eat them.”Cannibalism can even develop as a “vice”, he writes:Whisker eating in mice is not uncommon; it can go on to ear or toe chewing, and from there to total cannibalism.In 2008, the New Scientist noted that rats in cleaner cages are more likely to cannibalise their young. The Lyubov Orlova, derelict in St John’s harbour Source: WikipediaIs the ship really headed for Ireland?Nobody actually knows. Since the tracking beacon went out, there have been concerted efforts to find the Lyubov Orlova – its 4,000 tonnes are worth an estimated €1million in scrap. Even the Irish Coast Guard spent two months looking for it, Chris Reynolds told Today FM, but were unsuccessful.Reynolds believes the probability is that, unmanned, the ship has sunk in one of the serious storms to hit the Atlantic over the last year. “She probably didn’t survive,” he said, but added: “We can’t prove that.”Are we actually in any danger?On land, almost certainly not. Reynolds has previously told the Daily Mail: “We don’t want rats from foreign ships coming onto Irish soil.” However, he says the rat issue is “a little bit overstated.” Asked what would *actually* happen if the Lyubov Orlova ran aground on the Irish coast, he said:It’ll go on the rocks and lie there.Grand. However, there may be issues for fishermen and other sailors, as well as those on oil rigs or any offshore installations. If the Lyubov Orlova IS still afloat, it’s a 100-metre-long piece of metal just waiting to hit something.Our issue is that it’s a blacked-out piece of metal. That’s our main concern, that it’s a hazard to navigation.So there you go: you probably don’t need to worry about the ghost ship crewed by rats hitting Ireland. BUT rats are potentially cannibals. Ew. Source: Jeff Moore/EMPICS Entertainmentlast_img read more