Australia vows to deepen defence ties with India increase engagement in Indian

first_imgMelbourne: Australia has said that it will work towards forging deeper defence ties with India and focus on the strategic Indian Ocean, where China is “rapidly” expanding its footprints. Addressing the Western Australian Indo-Pacific Conference in Perth on Monday, Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said, “The Indian Ocean has not always received the same level of attention in our strategic thinking as the Pacific Ocean. Australia has tended to see itself as a Pacific Ocean state.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USLike the Pacific, the Indian Ocean was increasingly characterised by “rising strategic competition” and “intensifying great power rivalries”, she said. The minister said there is a proliferation of naval activity and a race to secure access to strategic ports right across the Indian Ocean rim, which afford both economic and strategic advantage. “India has emerged as an economic powerhouse and is demonstrating leadership in a way that reflects its size and democratic values. China has rapidly expanded its Indian Ocean footprint establishing its first overseas military base in Djibouti in 2017,” Reynolds said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”So amid this back drop of rising opportunity and increasing risk, what are Australia’s defence interests in the Indian Ocean?” she questioned. Reynolds said Australia was “committed to work more closely in the Indian Ocean by cooperating with key regional partners, including India and Indonesia”. She said Australia’s relationship with India has “flourished” over the past 10 years. “In 2014, we conducted 11 defence activities together. By 2018 this had more than tripled to 38 bilateral activities,” she said. “There is scope to further increase the depth and complexity of our (defence) co-operation on land, at sea and in the air domain,” the minister said, adding that she has extended an invitation to her Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh to visit Australia later this year to “advance these discussions”. Pointing to the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 to signify how little is known about the Indian Ocean, Reynolds said, “We cannot moderate behaviour in our region, without being able to monitor and track what is occurring above and below its surface.” Australia, she said, cannot do it alone. “We particularly welcome India’s recent leadership in this regard. The establishment of an Information Fusion Centre for the Indian Ocean Region will help shed light on areas currently unseen,” she said.last_img read more

Companies tout renewable energy projects for Massachusetts

first_imgMONTPELIER, Vt. – Some entrepreneurs hoping to provide renewable energy to Massachusetts electricity customers are touting their projects in the run-up to the decision, expected in late January, about which company could be chosen to help provide clean power to the Bay State.The stakes are potentially huge for the dozens of companies that have submitted proposals, some of which are proposing major infrastructure projects that would carry Canadian electricity produced by wind or hydro power across Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine to reach Massachusetts.While there are a variety of projects vying to be chosen by Massachusetts in the current round, even if they’re not selected, it’s likely there will other calls in the future for projects to provide more renewable power to southern New England.Last week, the backers of New Hampshire’s Northern Pass project, which would run a 192-mile transmission line from Pittsburg on the Canadian border to Deerfield, carrying enough hydropower to about a million homes, were optimistic.Despite a vow of continued pressure from people who object to the Northern Pass project, the backer of the project Eversource expects to receive final regulatory approval in both the United States and Canada, allowing it to begin construction in April. Northern Pass claims it will be ready to transmit power by 2020.“We feel we have submitted the most mature project,” said Eversource spokeswoman Kaitlyn Woods. “We are confident it will be selected.”National Grid, the backer of the project known as the Granite State Power Link, is running online advertisements promoting its project. The company announced last week it had filed for a presidential permit, the first regulatory step needed for it to bring 1,200 megawatts of power to southern New England.The project would be built alongside an existing line that enters the United States at Norton, Vermont, and connect with an upgraded power line at Monroe, New Hampshire. It’s unclear when that project could be ready for construction.“I think we’re well positioned to win because ultimately we are the best options for customers,” said National Grid’s Joe Rossignoli. In addition to the Granite State Power Link, National Grid is backing a smaller project that would bring power from new wind and solar projects from upstate New York to Massachusetts.Another proposed project, the New England Clean Power Link, would carry power 154 miles down Lake Champlain from the Canadian border and into Vermont, where it would connect to the grid and feed Massachusetts’ demand for clean power. The project is backed by TDI-New England.“In addition to meeting all the Commonwealth’s requirements, TDI-NE believes the New England Clean Power Link is the right turn-key project for Massachusetts,” said Donald Jessome, president of TDI-New England. “Our project is fully permitted, enjoys wide spread support up and down the line and offers a fixed price bid.”In 2016, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law requiring the state to solicit contracts for 1,200 megawatts of renewable energy, including hydropower, onshore wind and solar power, along with at least 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind energy.Last summer, dozens of companies filed proposals — large and small — to meet that goal for the onshore supply of power. The timeline calls for the “selection of projects for negotiation” on Jan. 25 with the contracts being approved by late April.In Maine, the utility Central Maine Power has proposed working with two Canadian energy suppliers to move Canadian electricity along more than 90 miles of existing CMP corridors and 51 miles of newly purchased rights of way in western Maine.“We think these are the two best ideas,” CMP President Sara Burns said last summer when the proposals were released.last_img read more

Love and death in child welfare Kanina Sue Turtles last days

first_imgJolynn Winter, left, with Kanina Sue Turtle days before Kanina’s death in October 2016. Jolynn would also die by suicide about two months later. Facebook photo.Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsJust over a year after Kanina Sue Turtle died by suicide in a Sioux Lookout foster home, the regional coroner said in his final report on her death that it didn’t appear anything could have stopped it from happening.“In this case, the final stress does appear to have been an interpersonal conflict. It is not clear what interventions would have made a difference,” wrote Dr. Michael Wilson Nov. 27, 2017.Wilson wrote this about 21 days after he requested that Kanina’s crisis intervention counsellor in Sioux Lookout send him all of her records.APTN News has those records and they make up a large part of this story, one that APTN has been investigating since February.Kanina died on Oct. 29, 2016 inside a foster home owned and operated by Tikinagan Child and Family Services.The records show missed appointments with Kanina’s counsellor before she died and how the counsellor struggled to talk to people at Tikinagan to find out why.APTN has already reported that Kanina was “chronically suicidal”, had hundreds of new self-inflicted cuts all over her body, made multiple hospital visits before her death and had the bruised outline of a noose around her neck that was clearly visible in a Facebook live video posted on her account.She also filmed her death on her iPod.That video showed Kanina was left alone for 45 minutes before anyone came to check on her. She had already been motionless for 40 minutes.But the records from Kanina’s counsellor at the Nodin Child and Family Intervention Services, detail portions of the child’s last days alive that have gone unreported until now – much like the coroner’s report into her death that family just received in August despite multiple meetings with the coroner’s office.And still, after all this time, her parents, Barbara and Clarence Suggashie, don’t know why she was left alone the day she died.They didn’t get answers from a report released this week into Kanina’s death and 11 other children that perished in child welfare. That report, organized the by Ontario’s chief coroner, Dirk Huyer, found no one person was to blame for any of the deaths but the system as a whole had failed each and every one of the kids. Eight of them were Indigenous.As APTN reported Thursday, Kanina’s parents are suing Tikinagan for $5.9 million alleging her death was preventable. They also hope it will finally give them the answers they have been looking for.‘They don’t give a lot of information about the place she stays’Violet Tuesday was Kanina’s counsellor but had difficulty reaching her in the days before she died.Tuesday’s case notes show missed appointments and unreturned calls by Tikinagan when she tried to find out why.Information pulled from the records for this story are published exactly how they were written by Violet Tuesday, including the misspelling of Kanina’s name.“I called Intake of Tik to let her know that Kenina never called or her escort (house sitter) they were to call me today for her apt.,” wrote Tuesday Oct. 24, 2017, five days before Kanina died. “The Intake was going to find out where she is/also her worker is Ashley.No one from Tikinagan called back.The next day Kanina was a no show, again.“Intake never called today or the sitter of the place where Kenina stays. They don’t give a lot of information about the place she stays. Waiting for them to call,” wrote Tuesday Oct. 25, 2017, four days before Kanina died.The next day Tuesday spoke to a Tikinagan worker at the hospital but didn’t recognize the girl sitting with the worker.It was Kanina.Kanina with her mother Barbara in April 2016 during a visit home. Facebook photo.“I saw her sitting in the waiting room with a girl (Tik worker) but I didn’t know it was her because she had her long hair down with red streaks,” wrote Tuesday Oct. 26, 2017, three days before Kanina died.“I saw her briefly. She has been cutting again. I asked her if shew as suicidal/stated no. I told her I was sorry for not recognizing her. The last time I saw her she really want to go home/her father wanted her to come home. I think she was frustrated/lonely.”They made an appointment for the following day.Again, Kanina didn’t show up.Tuesday called Tikinagan twice before Kanina’s worker called her back.“I called Tik Intake to ask about Kenina. I was told to call Ashley. I told her she doesn’t pick up her phone. Intake called Ashley. Ashley did call back,” Tuesday wrote Oct. 27, 2017, two days before Kanina died.Ashley explained that Kanina was not doing well and that she had taken off with a friend.The friend was Jolynn Winter, Kanina’s girlfriend.“Her friend was only 12 years old/suicidal together,” wrote Tuesday. “They got caught kissing each other. She stated she told Kenina she could get charged doing this to 12 year old.”In a video posted on Kanina’s Facebook both of the girls are giggling that day behind a building and kiss a couple times. APTN has reviewed that video and at one point a bruised outline of a noose is clearly visible across Kanina’s neck.Tuesday asked why Kanina didn’t show up for her appointment.“She is very angry/upset at everyone. She doesn’t want to come Nodin,” wrote Tuesday. “Ashley stated they are going to send her into treatment.”Tuesday said to bring Kanina for a counselling session the next day at 10 a.m.At 1:15 p.m. Tuesday called Tikinagan to see where Kanina was.Tikinagan told Tuesday they were taking Kanina to Dryden, about an hour from Sioux Lookout.“I asked her how she was doing now. She described Kenina as calmed down/talking now. She was going to bring her in for a few mins to see me but I told her to bring her Monday at 10 am for counseling,” wrote Tuesday on Oct. 28, 2017, one day before Kanina died.That same day Kanina tried to kill herself in a wooded area.She appears panicked and looks over her shoulder as though she thinks someone is looking for her.“I don’t know what to do anymore,” Turtle says in the short video. “I’m sorry for what … umm… I’m going to do.”Kanina was found dead the next day.After her death, Nodin’s files were reviewed.“The assigned counselor had considerable difficulty contacting the client as indicated on 4 case notes. One of those notes explains how the (Tikinagan) home staff took her to Dryden rather than come in for her session,” the review states.Love and DeathAPTN reported earlier this year that Kanina and Jolynn Winter were close but left out details of their relationship.They had met while in a Tikinagan treatment centre in Cat Lake several weeks before Kanina died.APTN reported that Tikinagan suspected both were suicidal and had separated them in the days before Kanina’s death. That included turning off the Wifi at the home Kanina was being kept at.This infuriated her. The day she died she ran away from the home and the Ontario Provincial Police apprehended Kanina and returned her to the home according the coroner’s records.Jolynn was hospitalized after Kanina’s death for over two weeks. Her grandmother told APTN she had tried to kill herself.In January 2017, Jolynn did die by suicide.Kanina Turtle, in the small screen, with Jolynn on Facetime a couple days before Turtle’s death.Both of their deaths were part of a so-called expert panel review of 12 deaths of kids in child protective services.But the panel didn’t dig into individual cases looking to hold any person or agency accountable, rather it reviewed files looking for systemic problems.Overall, it found the child welfare system was failing children.The panel highlighted the relationship between Jolynn and Kanina.“In the weeks and days prior to (Kanina’s) death, the two were together on a number of occasions. Although this relationship is referred to in various documents, there was no evidence of supportive discussions around Kanina’s sexual identity,” the panel wrote. “Additionally, it appears that staff indicated to her that she could be arrested for engaging in a sexual relationship with Jolynn, as a result of Jolynn’s age.“While this is accurate from a legal perspective, this position does not demonstrate responsiveness or recognition of the needs Kanina was endeavouring to meet.”When Jolynn was hospitalized after Kanina’s death she spoke to staff about their relationship.“There were no records suggesting that Jolynn’s sexual identity was ever discussed with her while in hospital or by staff of other organizations including (Tikinagan),” the panel wrote.There were no mental health treatment beds available when the hospital discharged Jolynn. So, Tikinagan sent her home to her father on an “extended visit” in Wapekaka First Nation. Her grandmother previously told APTN it was the first time she had ever been home.“A safety plan was agreed to by the hospital, (Tikinagan,, the family and Jolynn. There was, however, no evidence of active therapeutic intervention during the seven weeks she was in her father’s home,” the panel wrote.“At the age of 12, Jolynn died by suicide in her father’s home. Kanina’s death by suicide is felt to have been an influencing factor in Jolynn’s suicide.”The panel said Kanina left a note for Jolynn and her various members of her family but Kanina’s mother said they have never seen any letters.Suicide PactAfter the deaths of Kanina and Jolynn another person close to them was struggling.Her name was Amy Owen, who was also from Poplar Hill but living in groups homes in the Ottawa area.She was transferred to Prescott, Ont. just a few days before Kanina died.The owner of the home told APTN Tikinagan said she was in a suicide pact. The panel also found that Amy was in a suicide pact with two other youths but didn’t name them.APTN previously connected Amy’s death to Jolynn and Kanina.Amy Owen’s death was mourned by many people who knew her. Some of them made this collage of her.Amy was transferred to an Ottawa group home after an altercation with staff at the Prescott home. The owner also thought she would be safer in Ottawa as Amy kept trying to run to nearby railway tracks.It was during that transfer that she learned of Jolynn’s death.After repeated visits to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Amy died by suicide in the Ottawa group home.She was supposed to be placed under 24-hour supervision but, according to the coroner’s report into her death, a specialized home for that type of care was at capacity.All three girls were under the care of Tikinagan and each one was suspected of being suicidal before they died.In the Suggashie lawsuit against Tikinagan, it alleges that the Indigenous child welfare agency is incapable of caring for Indigenous kids.“(Tikinagan) failed to adequately monitor Kanina,” the claim alleges. “Its employees or agents had no or improper training, qualifications, education and experience to supervise and/or assist Indigenous children suffering from mental health issues, including Kanina.”Tikinagan has not responded to requests from APTN to address the lawsuit.APTN asked Ontario’s chief coroner if he agreed with the conclusion reached by his regional coroner that it didn’t appear anything could have prevented Kanina’s death.“The Expert Panel has provided their perspective about the system of care available to the 12 youth who were subject to their review.  They have identified many concerns about the system and provided a number of recommendations to inform change,” wrote Huyer in an email.APTN also asked if his office should have been subjected to the panel review.“We do not provide care to youth–unfortunately we are only involved after a death has occurred,” he said.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

UK police free 2 drone suspects in Gatwick travel chaos

first_imgLONDON – British police say they have released a man and a woman who had been arrested in connection with the drone incursions at London’s Gatwick Airport that had disrupted holiday plans for tens of thousands of travellers.Sussex police said Sunday the two had co-operated with police and were no longer considered suspects. They had been arrested late Friday in a town not far from the airport.There have been no reported drone sightings at Britain’s second-busiest airport since Friday evening and flights are operating normally.The drones first appeared on Wednesday night, causing chaos at the airport that handles 43-million passengers a year.last_img

AltaGas to purchase half of Black Swan Aitken Creek processing facility

first_imgAltaGas is pursuing, total propane supply from it’s North Pine C3+ facility of 40,000 bbl/d, up from the current 10,000.  The propane supply will then feed the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal.“Over the next few years our gas business will continue to be a large driver of growth and an area of significant investment,” continued Mr. Cornhill.  “We continue to see strong interest in our integrated gas processing and energy export solution and look forward to partnering with other Northeast B.C. producers in the liquids-rich Montney region,” concluded Mr. Cornhill.The long-term processing agreement for use by Black Swan of AltaGas’ processing capacity at the Aitken Creek Processing Facilities will be underpinned by a reserve dedication and area of mutual interest encompassing approximately 30% of the Black Swan Montney lands as well as a priority of fill arrangement for AltaGas capacity ownership in the facilities. Black Swan will continue to operate the North Aitken Creek Processing Facilities.The transaction is anticipated to close in early October 2018, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.Raw gas processingUnder the terms of the commercial arrangements, AltaGas will acquire 50% ownership in the existing 110 MMcf/d North Aitken Creek Gas Plant and in Black Swan’s 100 MMcf/d Aitken Creek Gas Plant which is currently under construction. AltaGas will have the option to participate in two additional plant phases including the potential for enhanced liquids recoveries which could more than double the NGL output of the Aitken Creek Processing Facilities.The investment in the Aitken Creek Processing Facilities includes $136 million in 2018 and an estimated $50 million in Q4/2019. The Aitken Creek Processing Facilities will have an estimated 210 MMcf/d (gross) operational capacity with the potential for future expansions to increase processing capacity up to 360 MMcf/d (gross). Liquids handling and field fractionationBlack Swan will enter into an arrangement that includes existing, and new AltaGas owned and operated infrastructure.  The existing infrastructure that will be utilized by Black Swan includes AltaGas’ liquids pipelines from Townsend to North Pine and fractionation and terminalling at North Pine. The new infrastructure will include liquids pipelines from North Aitken Creek to Townsend and liquids handling at Townsend that will require a capital investment of $40 million in 2019.Energy exportsBlack Swan will also enter into marketing arrangements with AltaGas pursuant to which more than 50% of Black Swan’s propane produced at North Pine will be exported through RIPET and will receive premium Far East Index pricing under a long-term arrangement. The marketing arrangements also include optionality for Black Swan to increase the term and/or volume of its RIPET commitment throughout the term of the upstream processing arrangements. CALGARY, A.B. – AltaGas will purchase 50 percent ownership of Black Swan’s Aitken Creek processing facility.AltaGas will spend $230 million on the acquisition and new infrastructure for the project.  Once the purchase is complete, AltaGas and Black Swan will enter into long-term processing, transportation and marketing agreements that also include new AltaGas Liquids handling infrastructure.“This joint venture with Black Swan further strengthens our position and capture area in one of the most prolific natural gas basins in North America and showcases our competitive position in gas processing and export,” said David Cornhill, Chairman and interim co-Chief Executive Officer of AltaGas. “It expands our liquids handling capabilities in Northeast B.C. and reflects the strong demand we are seeing for our integrated gas strategy and propane export solution.”last_img read more

The Latest US adds just 130K jobs boosted by Census hiring

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the August jobs report (all times local):8:30 a.m.U.S. employers added a modest 130,000 jobs in August, a sign that global economic weakness and President Donald Trump’s trade war with China may have begun to slow hiring.The job gains were lifted by the temporary hiring of 25,000 government workers for the 2020 Census. Excluding all government hiring, businesses added 96,000 jobs, the fewest since May.The Labor Department says the unemployment rate remained 3.7%, near the lowest level in five decades, for the third straight month. The rate was flat for a positive reason: Americans surged into the workforce, lifting the proportion of adults working or looking for work to its highest level since February.Job gains have averaged 150,000 a month for the past six months, down from 223,000 for all of last year.___12:01 a.m.U.S. employers are expected to have hired at another healthy pace in August, a trend that could power the economy through a rough patch stemming from a global slowdown and the Trump administration’s trade war with China.Economists have forecast that businesses and governments added 160,000 jobs last month, nearly the same as July’s 164,000 gain. That pace is more than enough to keep up with population growth and over time could reduce the unemployment rate, now near a 50-year low of 3.7%, even further.The rate of job creation is significant because at a time when the economy is slowing, additional steady hiring — and higher pay — would fuel consumer spending, the primary driver of growth. Unlike consumers, many businesses have slowed their spending and delayed expansion.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more

Kosovo Serb sides differ in UNsponsored talks on decentralization

The fourth round of direct talks between the two sides, held in Vienna under the auspices of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for the future status of Kosovo, Martti Ahtisaari, centred on the creation of new municipalities, particularly those with a Kosovo-Serb majority, and their boundaries. “I am an optimist by nature; it doesn’t mean that I am naïve,” Mr. Ahtisaari’s deputy Albert Rohan, who chaired the talks, told a news briefing when asked how he felt the negotiations were progressing. “I think we have to be optimistic. We don’t only believe in the intelligence of people but also in the wisdom of people and therefore I am realistically optimistic.” Decentralization is only one of many issues in the talks. Independence and autonomy are among options that have been mentioned for the province, where Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1. Serbia rejects independence and Kosovo’s Serbs have been boycotting the province’s provisional institutions.Mr. Rohan said the delegations found “some range of agreement” on the issue of municipalities, but while the Kosovo side proposed three new municipalities and the extension of an existing one, the Serbians wanted 14 new ones and the extension of five existing municipalities. “We have to continue to work with the two sides on these two proposals,” Mr. Rohan said, noting that the issue would no longer be discussed at the Vienna talks. “There are many open questions and we are going to resume the work directly with each side separately and try to get compromise solutions.”To that purpose he will lead a delegation to Belgrade, the Serbian capital, on 16 May, and then go on to the Kosovo capital of Pristina on 18 May. The next direct talks in Vienna scheduled 23 May will focus on the protection of cultural and religious sites. One of the complicating factors on decentralization is how to include possible return of scores of thousands of Serbian who fled earlier violence but have not yet come back. “On the one hand nobody wants to create ‘ghost municipalities’ in the hope that somebody may come,” Mr. Rohan said. “On the other hand, there is a very real possibility – and it is the hope of the international community – that the maximum of people will indeed return.” read more

Measure of signed contracts to buy US homes rises to highest in

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Measure of signed contracts to buy US homes rises to highest in 3 years in April WASHINGTON – The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes ticked up in April to the highest level in three years. The increase points to growth in home sales in the coming months.The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales rose 0.3 per cent to 106. That’s the highest since April 2010, when a homebuyer tax credit inflated sales.Signed contracts have jumped 10.3 per cent in the past 12 months. There is generally a one- to two-month lag between a signed contract and a completed sale.Home sales and prices began to recover last year and have been buoyed by steady job gains and low mortgage rates.Sales of previously occupied homes rose in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.97 million, a 3 1/2-year high. Sales of newly homes also rose in April, to nearly a five-year high.Still, the supply of homes on the market remains low and that could keep sales from accelerating later this year. The number of available homes for sale rose in April, the Realtors’ group said last week, but was still down 14 per cent from a year earlier.Fewer homes for sale may be holding back sales in tight markets out West, such as Las Vegas and Phoenix. In those cities, many homeowners still owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth.The trend showed up in the April pending home sales report. Signed contracts to buy homes soared 11.5 per cent last month in the Northeast and 3.2 per cent in the Midwest. But they fell 7.6 per cent in the West and 1.1 per cent in the South.Still, the tighter supply is also pushing up home prices. That could encourage more people to put their houses on the market. The Standard & Poor’s/Case Shiller 20-city home price index this week said prices rose in March nearly 11 per cent over the past 12 months. That’s the fastest pace in seven years.And a limited supply of homes has made builders more willing to ramp up construction. Applications for building permits rose in April to the highest level in nearly five years.Mortgage rates, meanwhile, jumped this week to their highest levels in a year. That means potential homebuyers are facing higher costs.Still rates remain relatively low by historical standards. The average rate for a 30-year mortgage rose to 3.81 per cent, up from 3.59 per cent last week, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. The record low of 3.31 per cent rate was reached in November.___Follow Chris Rugaber on Twitter at . by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 30, 2013 10:08 am MDT read more

Where BillsJets Ranks Among The NFLs Worst Division Rivalries

RIVALRYPRIMARY DIVISIONTOTALSHARE WITH ABOVE-AVG. ELOSAVG. ELO Cleveland v. CincinnatiAFC Central8514.1%1470 Chicago v. Green BayNFC Central9122.01504 Chicago v. DetroitNFC Central9111.01474 GAMES PLAYED New Orleans v. AtlantaNFC West9214.11474 And perish the thought that both would be good at the same time — only two Bills-Jets matchups have ever seen each team come in with an Elo of 1550 or better (think a solid 9- to 10-win team).All that said, Thursday night’s game does fall into the category of better-than-average Bills-Jets matchups, somehow. Although Buffalo and New York each dropped their Week 1 games, Elo still thinks they’re both decent teams, with ratings propped up by a pair of nonlosing seasons last year. In fact, 2015’s regular-season finale (which Buffalo won to spoil the Jets’ playoff hopes) also saw both teams enter the game with above-average Elo ratings, making Thursday’s matchup only the fifth time in the rivalry — and the first time since 2000 — that each was above the 1500 Elo mark in back-to-back games.So if you find yourself watching a couple of teams dressed in kitschy uniforms fight over Rex Ryan’s pride Thursday night, remember that things could be so much worse. In the grand scheme of the Jets-Bills rivalry, this is just about as good as it gets. Includes all games through Week 2 of the 2016 NFL season.Source: Kansas City v. San DiegoAFC West9329.01506 After kicking off the NFL season with a Super Bowl rematch, Thursday Night Football is a little less exciting in Week 2. First of all, it’s one of those annoying “color rush” games, the NFL’s excuse to sell a few extra jerseys by dressing teams up in garish monochrome duds. (But hey, at least people with red-green color blindness will actually be able to follow the action this year.) More importantly, it’s also Jets vs. Bills — the NFL’s fourth-worst division rivalry of the post-merger era.At least, that’s according to our Elo ratings, which gauge the strength of each NFL team at any given moment in time. Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, 29 pairs of teams have played at least 85 games against each other while belonging to the same division,1Why use 85 games as the cutoff? Because after those 29 pairs, the list of most frequent post-merger division rivals drops sharply from 85 matchups to 66, as we start to delve into pairings that haven’t happened since the NFL re-aligned in 2002. and the Jets and Bills are among the most frequent of those pairings, having played as division rivals in every season but one since the merger. (They didn’t face off in the strike-shortened 1982 campaign.) Unfortunately, they’re also both among the NFL’s losingest teams over that span; the Jets have the league’s sixth-worst winning percentage since 1970, and Buffalo has its 10th-worst.Even when the Bills and Jets have actually been good, it’s seldom come at the same time. Neither team did especially well in the 1970s, and although the Jets had their moments in the early 1980s — they made the playoffs four times between 1981 and 1986 — they’d already faded by the time the Bills assembled their great AFC dynasty of the 1990s. Both teams made the playoffs in 1998, but the Bills started wandering through the wilderness shortly afterwards, while the Jets have been about a .500 ballclub in the 21st century.So if we average together New York and Buffalo’s Elo ratings at the time of each matchup, they come out to 1475.7, the fourth-lowest average out of the 29 pairs of division rivals I mentioned above. (Only the Bears and Lions, Bengals and Browns,2Treating the old Browns (before they became the Ravens) and the new Browns as one entity. and Saints and Falcons were worse.) They’ve also simultaneously boasted pregame Elo ratings above 1500 — the mark of an average team — only 15.2 percent of the time, also fourth-worst since the merger. Buffalo v. New EnglandAFC East9116.51505 Detroit v. MinnesotaNFC Central9122.01496 NY Giants v. PhiladelphiaNFC East9636.51506 The NFL’s worst division rivalries (1970-2016) Detroit v. Green BayNFC Central9416.01488 Buffalo v. NY JetsAFC East9215.21476 read more

Mens OG 2012 Round 3 Scandi derby Croatia VS Hungary…

← Previous Story Women’s OG 2012: All quarter-finalists are known from Group B! Next Story → Sesum replaces Markovic in Serbian squad! Six matches of the Men’s Olympic Tournament Round 3 in London are on the way:SPAIN – KOREA (9.30)FRANCE – TUNISIA (11.15)CROATIA – HUNGARY (14.30)GREAT BRITAIN – ARGENTINA (16.15)SERBIA – DENMARK (19.30)SWEDEN – ICELAND (21.15) Handball in Londonlondon 2012Olympic handball

Rudds stand on Greek issues

first_imgThe Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd is no stranger to the Greek Australian community or to Greece. In November 2008 as Prime Minister he welcomed a delegation of Greek Australian community leaders, where he confirmed Australia’s continued support on the Macedonian and Cyprus issues. In February 2011, as Foreign Minister he visited Greece and he held discussions with the Greek government aiming amongst others at improving the bilateral relationship. During his state visit to Greece Kevin Rudd supported publicly the economic reform program of the then Prime Minister George Papandreou, and referred to the Cyprus issue saying that: “We believe there are great opportunities for new agreements to be reached… we would encourage both Greek and Turkish Cypriots to seize the opportunities which now present themselves to them.” He also acknowledged the strong historical bonds between the two countries stating: “The relationship between Australia and Greece has always been close and it will be close into the future.” Furthermore, he referred to the importance of the Battle of Crete and other battles on the Greek mainland “where many Australian troops fought and died” as “one of the ties that bind our two great democracies”. During that visit he also thanked Greece and the Greek people for their willingness to help Australia face various natural disasters, he was received by the President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias and he addressed the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research in Athens where he talked about Australia’s foreign policy in relation to the Arab spring. Last month, as it was reported in Neos Kosmos, he took part at the 37th Paniyiri of the Greek Community in Brisbane at Musgrave Park. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Obésité infantile les dessins animés montrés du doigt

first_imgObésité infantile : les dessins animés montrés du doigtUSA – Une étude de l’American Academy of Pediatrics met en évidence l’influence des héros de dessins animés sur les habitudes alimentaires des jeunes enfants. En Mai 2008, une étude française accusait la télévision d’être partiellement responsable des problèmes de surpoids constatés chez les enfants. La publicité et certains dessins animés étaient tout particulièrement dénoncés. Ainsi, si Popeye encourage à la consommation d’épinards, Scoubidou popularise plutôt celle des hamburgers. Les chercheurs appelaient donc à une responsabilisation des producteurs de dessins animés, d’autant qu’en France la création dans ce domaine est importante. Néanmoins, ils soulignaient également la difficulté d’une telle démarche : la production étant financée par les annonceurs publicitaires, majoritairement alimentaires.En Juin 2010, par des procédés différents, les chercheurs de l’American Academy of Pediatrics arrivent à la même conclusion et aux mêmes critiques. L’expérience est la suivante : des enfants entre 4 et 6 ans sont amenés à déguster les mêmes produits, certains sans emballage particulier, d’autres bénéficiant de l’image d’un héros populaire. Les résultats sont significatifs : les enfants trouvent que le goût de leur goûter est meilleur lorsque l’emballage est amélioré d’un sticker. On notera que l’effet est néanmoins moins important lorsqu’il s’agit de carottes. Par conséquent, là encore, les chercheurs estiment qu’il faut responsabiliser les producteurs de dessins animés, notamment en leur demandant de prêter leur image à des aliments sains et non à de la junk-food.      Le 6 juillet 2010 à 13:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Lonavalas famous Maganlal Chikki goes off shelves after failing FDA drug test

first_imgFDA [Representational image]Reuters fileA small hill station around 60km away from Pune is extremely famous for its Chikki that no trip to Lonavala is complete without buying Maganlal Chikki.Earlier this week, the Maganlal Chikki, a Lonavala landmark was forced to pull off its products from the market after a team from Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) found it had no quality control measures in place to prove its products were fit for human consumption. It is to be noted that Maganlal Chikki dominates the sweet manufacturers’ segment all across Maharashtra.A raid was carried out at the manufacturing and packaging unit of Maganlal Food Products by food officers from FDA’s Pune branch on December 11 and found out that the manufacturer was involved in violating several rules of the Food Standards and Safety Act, 2006.Hindustan Times reported that the unit lacked quality-check system, its food safety standards lacked national accreditation, and there were hygiene lapses in the manufacturing process.The report filed by Food Safety Officer of the Pune region, RR Kakade, revealed that there is no assurance on the product being manufactured by the company that it is fit for consumption. The company has never carried out a food quality test in any laboratory approved by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India or accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).One of the owners of the company, Mangesh Agarwal argued that the allegation made by the FDA was entire “documentary in nature”. He further said that “The fact is, there is no food adulteration or spurious substance. There were small packaging and technical errors against which the FDA took action.”One of the co-owners Ashok Agarwal said all the compliances would be done at the earliest. He added that “We have completed the process of sending products to a NABL accredited laboratory. We have also started hiring a technical person to supervise the products. two days, our factory will start functioning again.”last_img read more

Road crashes kill 425 in Jan NCPSRR

first_imgAt least 14 people were killed and 31 injured on an average 13 road crashes a day across the country in January this year, reports UNB.At least 425 people, including 54 women and 30 children, died and 950 others injured in 403 road crashes in the last month between 1 January and 31 January.A regular monthly survey and observation report of National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR), a non-government organisation, revealed it on Friday.The report was prepared on the basis of 22 English and Bangla national dailies, 10 regional newspapers and eight online news portals and news agencies.Some 28 people, including four children, were killed and 11 others injured in 32 train accidents and six people were killed and five others injured in waterway accidents during the same period.The fatal accidents took place on the several roads, highways, national roads, inter-district and regional roads across the country in January.The NCPSRR said that lack of proper supervision of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, Department of Shipping, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority and Bangladesh Railway are mainly liable for these situations in three transport sectors.The authorities concerned should take some steps urgently to lessen the accidents and casualties. Those are: taking strict steps against movement of faulty vehicles and vessels, creating public awareness, including vehicles and vessels workers, imposing existing laws strictly on all roads and waterways and lastly increasing supervisions on all railway crossings.last_img read more

9 protesting students freed on bail

first_imgStudents, who have been released on bail, are with their family and relatives on 19 August, 2018. Photo: Iqbal Hossain, KeraniganjNine students, arrested on charges of vandalism and attack on police during their recent demonstrations for safe roads, have been released from jail on bail.Dhaka Central Jails additional jailer, Zahidul Alam, told Prothom Alo that nine students got out of jail gate around 7:30pm on Sunday.Another 13 students will walk out of jail tomorrow, Monday, he added.Following criticism and demand from various civil rights groups, some 25 students were granted bail in cases filed for obstructing duties of police and vandalism during the recent demonstrations for safe road in the capital and elsewhere in the country.Separate courts in Dhaka on Sunday granted the bail upon hearing petitions.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate AKM Moinuddin Siddiqi granted bail to 15 students while chief metropolitan magistrate Saifuzzaman Hero granted bail to ten students after hearing their separate bail petitions.The bail petitions were filed with the court today, Sunday. The hearing was held between around 11:00am and 12:00pm.The lawyers in favour of the bail petitions said there were no specific charges against the arrested students. Their names are not mentioned in the case statement.The lawyers also argued that the students were detained on suspicion.According to the court officials and police, a total of 99 people have so far been arrested in 51 cases filed for obstructing duties of police and vandalism during the demonstrations demanding safe roads. Among the detainees, 52 are students.Of 14 detainees, 10 students were granted bail in the case filed with Badda police station.They are: Noor Mohammad, Zahidul Haque, Iftekhar Ahmed, Mohammad Hasan, Redwan Ahmed, Tariqul Islam, AHM Khalid Reza, Reza Rifat Akhlaq, Rashedul Islam and Mushfiqur Rahman.Nine students got bail in the case filed with Dhanmondi police station.The students are Sohad Khan, Masriqul Alam, Tamal Samad, Omar Siam, Mahmudur Rahman, Mahbubur Rahman, Iqbal Hasan, Minhaj Rahman and Naimur Rahman.Those, who got bail in the case filed with Bhatara police station, are Mashad Mortuza Bin Ahad, Sakhawat Hossain, Shihab Shahriar, Azizul Karim Antor, Mahedi Hasan and Foyez Ahmed Adnan.Some 14 students were detained for vandalism in Aftabnagar, and 8 others for vandalism at Basundhara.On 7 August, the court put 22 students on a two-day remand for each.Akhtar Hossain, the lawyer for Zahidul Haque and Nur Mohammad, said he was very happy securing the bail of his clients.Family of the detained students expressed their satisfactions over the bail. Many of them crowded the court area since morning.“It’s a happy day for me. None will understand the pains I’ve undergone since my son was arrested,” Mehedi Hasan’s father MA Masud Khan said.“I’m very happy as we would observe the Eid festival together,” said Mabia, Nur Mohammad’s sister.Several court officials said the court may hold hearing on bail petitions for others on Monday.The students of different schools, colleges and universities took to the street across the country demanding safe roads after two of their fellows were killed in a road crash on Airport Road on 29 July.last_img read more

Imitation is Sincerest Form of Flattery in 9th Doctor Comic

first_img It’s been 12 years since Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor graced our television screens.The leather-clad Northerner, however, remains a constant in the Whoniverse—thanks in part to Titan Comics, which this week published Vol. 2 of the Time Lord’s adventures, featuring the Doctor and his companions Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness.When Team TARDIS uncover a new clue to Jack’s missing memories, they follow the trail through space and time, meeting some familiar foes and modern mates along the way.First stop: Gharusa, where the Doctor is an A-list celebrity and star of his own show—Doctor Who?This case of stolen identity is begging for a turn on the telly; I’d love to see a live-action episode where our favorite Time Lord is a dashing leading man—but actually a vengeful Slitheen hiding in a body suit. (Chris Chibnall, I’m looking at you.)Volume 2 (via Titan Comics)Something far more sinister is going on, though: The trio are plunged into a shape-shifting civil war, which shows Rose’s true kick-ass-feminist colors as she repeatedly protects the very creature threatening her life. Because that’s just the kind of person she is. (The kind who wants to keep a stolen Clixian Spineback as a pet.)The excitement never ends when you travel with the Doctor. Still, on the hunt for Jack’s mysterious transmission, the TARDIS lands back on Earth, in present-day San Francisco, where the Doctor runs into an old friend, Rose acquires superpowers, and Jack, well … Jack stands around looking pretty.All three parts of Cavan Scott’s Doctormania are available now in comic stores for $16.99; the compilation hits bookshop shelves on July 25.Each copy includes a cover gallery featuring more than 20 variants for Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor issues 1-5, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at illustrations by artist Adriana Melo and colorist Matheus Lopes.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more

With over 250 felonies in a week NYC subway in the 1970s

first_imgNew York City’s subway in the late 1970s and 1980s looked like it came straight out of the Walter Hill cult classic, Warriors. Graffiti-laced train carts, poverty-stricken beggars and drug addicts, side by side with colorfully dressed gang members harassing the passengers who gladly give up valuable possessions in exchange for their lives were a normal sight back then. Crime rates skyrocketed during the 1970s as the NYC subway proved to be the most dangerous transit system in the world. In September 1979, there were 250 felonies reported per week – all going down in the dark hallways of the subway system.Together with the drug epidemic which forced its users into the underground, it was truly a sad sight to look upon. Gangs such as Black Spades, The Satan Souls, The Devil Rebels, Imperial Survivors to name a few, kept their turf strict, partitioning the underground sections as well.Graffiti became a notable symbol of declining service during the 1970s.Due to the high mortality rates among gang members of the time, Luis Garden Acosta, a community leader and the founder of a grassroots environmental justice coalition El Puento, called the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, “killing fields.” Rightfully so, for many teenagers were injured or killed due to violent turf wars which raged all over New York’s poorest neighborhoods.An officer checks a suspect at Liberty Avenue Station; subway crime was high in the area. July 30, 1974. (Photo by Vernon Shibla/New York Post Archives /(c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)As a response to such violence, the police had to develop new tactics, strung between the necessity to control the rampant crime rates and the forever-shrinking budget.Even though their presence was on a high level since the 1960s, when around 3,100 officers patrolled the subway as part of the Transit Police force, various reports from the late 1970s challenged their effectiveness.NYC Subway, 1970s.For one, the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) used different radio frequencies, causing unnecessary confusion. Secondly, the Transport Police patrol patterns quickly became predictable, enabling the felons to effectively avoid them and thus be one step ahead.New York Subway, c. 1970.In July 1974, another surge of violence in the subway led the MTA to shut down the rearmost cars of trains at night. Over the course of a decade, the MTA would lose an estimated 300 million subway riders because of its bad reputation for being a hotbed of criminal activity.Subway passengers aboard NYC subway, 1970s.54 Seconds from Studio 54Lexitington Avenue line.Two hundred potential felons were arrested in December 1977 during a police operation titled Subway Sweep. However, the arrests failed to show positive results, for in 1979, in the first two months alone, six murders were reported on the subway. Compared to nine murders committed in the whole of the previous year, this was a significant increase.New York City Subway car. Photo by Sweet Child of mine FLickr CC By Sa 2.0Around the same time, a vigilante group called Guardian Angels rose up in order to tackle crime in the subway system and protect its passengers. The organization specialized in unarmed combat and committing citizen arrests against muggers riding the subway.Passengers boarding a subway car on Lexington Avenue line. New York 1973.Quickly gaining popular support, their numbers swelled. By February 1980, around 220 members wore the colors of Guardian Angels, cooperating tightly with the police in an attempt to suppress crime within the NYC subway.Graffiti on subway train, 1973.However, it was the system itself that needed fixing – malfunctions were common and many of the cars were poorly lit. Due to budget cutbacks, the trains were shortened, causing outrage among passengers. On top of that, windows were frequently smashed by hooligans.In 1980 there was $2 million dollars worth of damage from broken windows alone, not counting the repairs concerning infrastructure.Subway train, 1973.In a desperate attempt to regain popularity, the MTA launched a new transit line in 1978, called Train to the Plane, which provided benefits such as a 24/7 police escort. The line was intended to transfer passengers along Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, leading them to a shuttle bus on Howard Beach that linked directly to JFK Airport.Despite its best efforts, the MTA failed to attract enough passengers and was shut down in the 1990s, as rider rates continued to drop.Taken near Castle Hill Avenue Bronx, NY, on the 6 Line. Photo by Alfred Gonzalez CC BY 2.5Parallel to this, a growing graffiti subculture was on the rise in the 1970s. This would lead to the city’s Mayor John Lindsay to declare the first war on graffiti in 1972. Due to lack of funding, no significant activity was taken to tackle the numerous graffiti artists in their mission to cover every inch of the subway cars with various stencils, tags or turf markings.Taken on 6 Line train near 86th Street, NYC.The authorities seemed to be losing control over the subway, with murders and robberies becoming a common sight. That was until they decided to use a different approach. In the early 1980s, a new doctrine was instigated.Broadway Local subway car, 1973.Dubbed as the “Broken Window” theory, the policy’s aim was to focus more on the environment in which crime flourished than on the felons. It was the brainchild of two social scientists − James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling – who first published their theory in March 1982 in an article for The Atlantic Monthly magazine.Subway Station, New York, 1973.The duo suggested that if a broken window isn’t fixed immediately, it encourages vandals to take further action, breaking more windows and eventually occupying the whole building. What this parable proposed was that in order to reduce serious crime within the subway system, the authorities had to battle the minor offenses, such as petty theft, graffiti, fare evasion, or in this case, an act of breaking a window.A man sits on a seat on a subway car which has been extensively marked with graffiti, 1973.Wilson and Kelling believed that in order to eradicate crime, one must first create an environment that discourages it. This meant that the broken window was to be repaired immediately, graffiti was to be covered with paint as soon as possible, and minor offenders should be apprehended. It also meant the introduction of strict measures, together with the use of “stop, question, and frisk” by the NYC Police Department, who were given higher authority.The theory proved to be highly controversial, and the scientists behind it were accused of being advocates of a zero-tolerance approach.Woman in a subway, New York, 1973.Even though it took more than a decade for their theory to be effectively put to practice, in the 1990s police commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Rudy Giuliani began introducing measures suggested by Wilson and Kelling.New York City Subway car. Photo by Sweet Child of mine FLickr CC By Sa 2.0Accusations of zealotry conducted by the Police Department once again surged, causing the authors of the theory to make an official statement in 2014, insisting on the difference between the broken window effect and zero tolerance:“Critics use the term “zero tolerance” in a pejorative sense to suggest that Broken Windows policing is a form of zealotry—the imposition of rigid, moralistic standards of behavior on diverse populations. It is not. Broken Windows is a highly discretionary police activity that requires careful training, guidelines, and supervision, as well as an ongoing dialogue with neighborhoods and communities to ensure that it is properly conducted.”Read another story from us: A radical feminist shot Andy Warhol claiming that “he controlled her life”Whether the theory is justified or not remains a subject of heated debate among social scientists. However, from the mid-1990s to this day, crime rates in the New York City subway system are at a record low. While the deteriorating trend continues, more and more subway users are reported every year, breathing new life into the old underground transport system.Nikola Budanovic is a freelance journalist who has worked for various media outlets such as Vice, War History Online, The Vintage News, and Taste of Cinema. His main areas of interest are history, particularly military history, literature and film.last_img read more

Study Examines Characteristics of Mobile Mammography Patients

first_img October 18, 2017 — Significant differences were found among women receiving mammography at a cancer center versus those visiting a mobile mammography van, according to an article published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR). The print version is scheduled to be published in the December 2017 issue of AJR.Mobile mammography units have increasingly been used to address women’s healthcare disparities, the article stated, but to date there are limited data comparing mobile units to stationary sites. The authors found that the cancer centers’ population is older and more adherent to guidelines, while the mobile mammography population exhibited greater racial and marital diversity, higher recall rate and lack of adherence to follow-up recommendations.”By identifying these characteristics, we can develop programs and materials that meet these populations’ needs and behaviors, ultimately increasing mammography screening and follow-up rates among underserved populations,” said the researchers, led by Elizabeth Stanley of the Department of Radiology at the Medical University of South Carolina.Titled “Effectiveness of a Mobile Mammography Program,” the article notes that the significantly lower adherence to recall recommendations in patients using the mammography unit may be because of difficulties in access to the breast imaging center because patients must go to the cancer center for follow-up. Patients using the mobile unit were more likely to be uninsured and also showed a greater racial and marital diversity, thereby meeting the unit’s mission of providing resources to adults living in target areas who have difficulty accessing healthcare, the authors stated.The results could be used to develop specific educational programs and targeted interventions to increase mammography screening rates among underserved populations, the authors said. For example, a text-messaging reminder system could be adopted to increase mammography adherence among the mobile unit patient population.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins 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 | Mammography | October 18, 2017 Study Examines Characteristics of Mobile Mammography Patients Patrons of the mobile unit were less more diverse, less likely to be insured and less likely to adhere to follow-up recommendations than cancer center visitors News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more last_img read more

Cebu Pacific ramps up collection efforts to reach four million malnour

first_imgCebu Pacific ramps up collection efforts to reach four million malnourished childrenCebu Pacific ramps up collection efforts to reach four million malnourished childrenThe Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), strengthens its partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to reach millions of undernourished children in the country. The endeavor is part of the global organization’s Change for Good program which accepts contributions from passengers on board flights of partner airlines. Proceeds contribute to the UN children’s agency’s First 1,000 Days campaign which provides optimal nutrition, from a mother’s pregnancy to a child’s second year of life.Since July 1, 2016, CEB began accepting contributions of all currencies from passengers. The contributions are being used to fund nutritional supplements distributed to poor households with pregnant mothers or malnourished children. A portion of the funds also support barangay-level information drives on nutrition in UNICEF’s focus areas in Northern Samar, Zamboanga, and Maguindanao.“We are very pleased with how warmly our passengers are receiving the Change for Good Program. Thank you for sharing in our vision of a better future for our children and in UNICEF’s advocacy of uplifting lives through the First 1,000 Days campaign,” says Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific President and CEO.“Children have the right to survive and thrive. It is important for all of us to pitch in and lift each other up, so that every Filipino child grows up happy and healthy. Your continued support to UNICEF will help make this happen,” says Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Philippines Representative.Sylwander explains the transformative impact of these small acts of generosity. “The nutrition received by children from the womb to their second birthday is crucial for their physical and intellectual development. If these children are able to grow to their full extent, they perform better in school and eventually get better jobs as adults.” A healthy and productive workforce, Sylwander says, is key to nation-building.Battling poverty with proper nutritionIn the Philippines, around four million Filipino children are “stunted.” These children are undernourished, causing irreversible damage to their health, physical growth and brain development.The global program Change for Good targets these children by cashing in donations for life-saving materials and services for vulnerable children in more than 150 countries.Its partner, CEB, has piloted the program in the East Asia and the Pacific region and focuses its collection efforts exclusively to UNICEF Philippines’ First 1000 Days program.You can do your share in helping fight malnutrition among Filipino infants and children. Donate to UNICEF’s Change for Good First 1,000 Days program on your Cebu Pacific flights.For more information on how to help the cause, visit and 1000days.unicef.phSource = Cebu Pacificlast_img read more

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