Green Party candidates oppose a nuclear waste dump near the Ottawa River

first_img(Correction: The Green Party candidate said that Chalk River was accepting nuclear waste from the United States. In fact, the waste from the U.S. is from Canada and was sent south for processing.)Todd LamirandeAPTN NewsChanting “no nuclear waste dump,” a small flotilla of canoes and kayaks provided the backdrop to a campaign-style press conference by three Green Party candidates in Ottawa.Canadian Nuclear Laboratories plans to build what is called a near surface disposal facility for non-fuel nuclear waste.The problem say the Greens is that it’s only a kilometre from the Ottawa River, the source of drinking water for about two million people.“There’s no liability insurance in the world that would cover the type of disaster we would face if nuclear waste contaminated the Ottawa River,” said Lorraine Rekmans, Green Party candidate for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.The facility would be near Chalk River, a community 180 kilometres northwest of Ottawa.“This mound as they call it will cover the area of 70 NHL hockey rinks and be seven stories high,” said Angela Keller-Herzog, Green Party candidate for Ottawa Centre. “It would a hold a million cubic metres of radioactive waste.“It will be a giant nuclear landfill.”The facility will deal with waste already at Chalk River.Rekmans agrees that waste should be dealt with on site, but with neutral, scientific oversite rather than a corporate one.“Nuclear industry is usually a cut and run. It’s the quickest, cheapest solution to get it done and get out,” she said.Rekmans admits the technology still needs to be developed for a long-term solution for nuclear waste.“It’s not the end of the story. I think we can’t treat it like the end of the story, like wrap it up in a big bow and walk away,” she said. “That’s never going to happen.“So as we go forward in the future, we’ll have solutions.”In the meantime, protesters and candidates opposed making the problem even bigger by accepting waste from across North America.“They are already transporting truckloads of that nuclear waste from Manitoba, from Quebec, from Ontario and even from the United States to Chalk River,” said Keller-Herzog.According to the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, the waste coming from the United States is from Canada and was sent south of the border for processing to reduce its size.Chalk River is run by a consortium of companies, headed by the one at the centre of the scandal involving Prime Minister Trudeau and former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, SNC Lavalin.The proposed facility will take waste for 50 years. Canadian Nuclear Laboratories says it should last for 550 years.tlamirande@aptn.ca@toddlamirandelast_img read more

Several Deaths Reported After Three Buildings Collapsed in Casablanca

Fez – Three Buildings collapsed early on Friday morning in Borgogne neighborhood in Casablanca.The accident has reportedly claimed the life of several people, at time when members of the fire department (Protection Civile) are battling to save more lives from under the rubble.More than 70 people are reportedly under the rubble. The accident, which took everybody by surprise, happened an hour before dawn while people were sleeping. Two of the buildings were completely flattened. Dozens of police cars and fire trucks were dispatched to the scene of the accident to rescue the victims and determine the cause of the collapse. read more

Moroccan Army Steps Up Activity Along Algerian and Mauritanian Borders Media

Rabat – Starting November 1, the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR) have begun “strongly reinforcing their presence” along land border crossings with Mauritania and Algeria, “following supreme orders,” reported the daily Al Massae quoting anonymous sources.According to the newspaper, FAR received instructions to bolster its surveillance of the Algerian and Mauritanian borders, which actively serve as smuggling points of people, goods, and weapons.The action reportedly follows higher instructions to put an end to the growing activities of extremist organizations along these borders. Morocco has recently adopted a plan to install “modern monitoring technology” on the Moroccan-Mauritanian border to control the smuggling of weapons and the flow of terrorists from Sahel countries to Morocco, added the daily. At the Algerian border, the military will increase its patrols and start using modern radar and infrared surveillance methods, especially in the Jaradah province.King Mohammed VI, the Supreme Commander of the Royal Armed Forces, appointed more than 15 high ranking officers, joining the ranks of generals and colonels who will take part in “important duties and responsibilities” in the southern region of the country, said the daily.News of the instruction has not been reported by official news agency MAP and is still unconfirmed.Nonetheless, the reported moves come after previous initiatives to better secure Morocco perimeter. Inflows of smuggled goods to Morocco declined in 2016, against a backdrop of increased law enforcement activity and border security, especially on the Algeria-Morocco border. read more

Iraq UN provides food and cash to families affected by bridge disaster

Working closely with the Iraqi Government and the Iraqi Red Crescent Society, the UN is distributing emergency grant packages which have already reached some 200 affected families. Each recipient receives staple food items and cash aimed at helping to cover incidental expenses such as transport, medical fees and lodging. Funds for these packages have been secured through financial support from donors to the UN Development Group Iraq Trust Fund, now chaired by Canada. The Fund has contributed $300,000, which complements a substantial bilateral contribution from Italy to be channeled through the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The International Organization for Migration (IOM) also contributed $50,000. Other relief efforts by the UN include the provision of emergency oxygen supplies to various hospitals in Baghdad that received victims of the tragedy; 100 emergency health kits to meet the needs of 100,000 people for three months; and emergency drugs and medical supplies and numerous mobile cold storage vans for transporting and storing human remains.Fifty large tents to be used as temporary shelter at the hospitals treating the injured were also made available. Additionally, the UN is coordinating with the Iraqi National Council on Mental Health to provide emotional counseling for bereaved and traumatized families. In a statement released at the weekend, the UN noted that this assistance could not make up for the tragic loss of life, and conveyed its deepest condolences to the Iraqi people and Government while reaffirming its commitments to supporting them in the period ahead. read more

Security Council members condemn spate of suicide bombings in Afghanistan

“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms recent suicide bombings in Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan, including the one on 10 September that killed Abdul Hakim Tanaiwal, the Governor of Paktia province,” Security Council President Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece said in a press statement issued on Monday. Council members reiterated their concern at the increasing threat to the local population, national security forces, international military and international assistance efforts. “The members of the Security Council stressed that no terrorist act can reverse the path toward peace and reconstruction in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and Government of Afghanistan and the international community,” the Council President said.On Sunday, the senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan condemned the recent attacks, particularly the assassination of the Governor of Paktia province. “The murder of Mr. Tanaiwal is entirely beyond my understanding,” said Tom Koenigs. “I condemn it.”Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Friday evening reacted to the increasing number of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan over recent months. “The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest possible terms these acts, which reflect an inexcusable disregard for the value of human life and only serve to undermine the country’s transition,” his spokesman said in a statement. read more

At UN debate President of Mozambique urges international support for hotspots

In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly’s high-level debate today, the President of Mozambique, Armando Emílio Guebuza, called for international support to some of the hotspots in Africa, noting that development can only occur in a climate of peace and security.In his statement, President Guebuza told world leaders who gathered for the debate, which started today, that “in seeking solutions for the conflicts in different parts of the world, the multilateral approach based on the principles of the UN Charter must prevail.”Mr. Guebuza urged international support for Madagascar, which established the dates for the presidential and legislative elections, creating an “opportunity for the conclusion of the political transition process” in the country.Turning to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mr. Guebuza said stability in the country remains a challenge for the entire region.He appealed to the Congolese actors to conclude the Kampala talks led by Uganda, and reiterated to all signatories of the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region to “honour the tenets of this agreement.” Mr. Guebuza also called for steadfast commitment to the stability of Guinea-Bissau within the framework of the Chairmanship of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), of which Mozambique is a member.“We would like to reiterate our appeal to the international community to continue to mobilize needed resources to carry out elections, and above all, to strengthen state institutions,” he said.The President of Mozambique, whose country last August concluded its mandate as Chair of the South African Development Community (SADC), also called for a lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe following “successful elections” validated by State institutions and endorsed by the SADC and the African Union.Turning to the theme of this year’s debate, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 sustainable agenda for the years once their deadline is reached, Mr. Guebuza urged the establishment of an agenda based on principles of inclusion, national ownership and shared responsibility. “In carrying out this agenda, it is important that we extirpate from our vocabulary and from our attitude the dichotomy that attempts to group the members of the United Nations family to which we all belong in two categories: the generous and the deprived people,” Mr. Guebuza urged.He noted that as the General Assembly continues along its 1,000 days of accelerated action to meet the MDGs, “the inability of a State to meet its development targets conceived and agreed upon in this Magnificent House represents a collective failure of the entire international community.”Mozambique had participated in the discussion process about priorities for a post-2015 agenda by hosting national consultations with civil society representatives. In May, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated at one of the roundtable events in Maputo, pledging UN support to assist Mozambique in progressing towards the targets. The nation has made progress in getting most children early schooling, providing its population with access to water and sanitation, and boosting women’s participation in the Government, where 40 per cent of parliamentarians are women.However, more than half the population is below the national poverty line, more than 40 per cent of children are stunted or undernourished, and HIV/AIDS is still a major challenge, among other issues.In his statement, Mr. Guebuza also highlighted the country’s commitment to furthering democracy, particularly ahead of the 20 November municipal elections.In reference to disarmament, Mozambique will host next June the Third International Conference to Review the Convention on the Elimination of Anti-Personal Mines, Mr. Guebuza said, inviting participants to the Conference. Among other topics noted in his speech, Mr. Guebuza reiterated his country’s support for a two-State solution the Middle East, and urged the lifting of the economic, trade and financial embargo against Cuba. read more

Web shoppers duped by misleading car prices

On 23 April 2001 the Control of Misleading Advertisement Regulations came into force. These prohibit the use of comparative advertising that misleads consumers. The Regulations follow the DTI’s Code of Practice for Traders on Price Indications which states that price comparisons should only be made if they are ‘accurate and valid’. The list price for a vehicle is intended as a guide and is similar to recommended retail prices used for white goods. Franchised dealers are free to offer discounts. The price the consumer pays at the showroom is the retail price which reflects a true comparison with web retailers prices. In the first five months of this year new car sales to private buyers have risen by more than 18 per cent, the result of competitive pricing, better specifications and longer warranties. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The Alliance and Leicester New Car Price Index first started reporting pricing trends on a monthly basis in July 1999. Since then the average retail price of a new car has fallen every month. The largest month on month drop was reported in December 2000 when the average price of a new car fell by 10.4 per cent. SMMT today added its support to a trading standards report calling for better protection for Internet shoppers. Called Surfing the Big Wave, the report highlights problems in policing the web and calls for a properly trained body to ensure that consumer protection rules are enforced on the net as well as in the high street. The report comes following the collapse of several motor web sites, leaving many who have paid deposits high and dry. Media reports have also focussed on delays and episodes of poor customer service from car e-tailers. The misuse of illegal price comparisons in particular concerns the industry. Many web sites imply that the manufacturers’ list price is what consumers must pay if they choose to buy from a UK dealer, breaking laws on advertising. While the list price is used as a guide, many consumers negotiate significant discounts through local franchised dealers. SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘We believe that the law on advertising is clear but that many web sites choose to deliberately flout the rules. Price comparisons must be based on like for like, so to suggest that a list price is not open to negotiation and that savings can only be made through a web site is wrong. It ignores the savings consumers can make through UK franchised dealers and we welcome trading standards’ call to tighten the net on all aspects of web retailing.’ Notes to editors read more

Stop brushing your pets teeth with toothpaste RSPCA tells dog owners

Small doses of fluoride can give dogs diarrhoea and induce vomitingCredit:Joerg Huettenhoelscher/Alamy Stock Photo “Some specialist toothpastes for human-use contain ingredients which are unsafe for pets, for example xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is very poisonous to dogs.”Chewable treats and bespoke dental diets aimed at preventing plaque hardening were also recommended as alternatives. More than half of the dog owners surveyed by OnePoll said they thought bad breath was normal, rather than a symptom of poor dental health. Some admitted giving their dog chewing gum when bad breath struck, while others thought a haircut would purify the scent. There were also respondents who thought their dog’s unsavoury habits might be the root cause – and sought to keep toilet lids firmly shut to stop them drinking the water. Dog owners have been warned not to brush their pet’s teeth with human toothpaste after research suggested it was being seen as a solution to bad breath. The RSPCA said the presence of fluoride in high-street toothpaste brands, along with the occasional use of the artificial sweetener xylitol, could prove toxic to dogs if swallowed.It came as a survey of 2,000 owners showed nearly 8 per cent had tried to offset their hound’s halitosis by scrubbing their teeth with a human toothbrush and toothpaste.Small doses of fluoride can give dogs diarrhoea and induce vomiting as it reduces the calcium in the blood and increases potassium levels, Dr Nicola Robinson, head of the Veterinary Poisons Information Service, said.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The presence of xylitol in certain types of toothpaste could prove even more serious – potentially leading to death if left untreated.Caroline Allen, London veterinary director at the RSPCA, said: “Not only will pets be less likely to tolerate the foaming and the minty flavour of human toothpaste but there is also a risk to their health from swallowing human toothpaste.“While there is a potential risk to pets from the ongoing swallowing of fluoride…the inclusion of the artificial sweetener xylitol in toothpastes is a more serious concern as this is much more toxic and products containing this ingredient should not be given to dogs.” The noxious pant of a pet dog is far from an uncommon scene, with dental disease the second most commonly diagnosed health issue for canines, according to the Kennel Club.But the survey, commissioned by pet food company Lily’s Kitchen, found dogs were even being fed mints in an effort to improve their breath.A spokeswoman for the charity advised long-suffering owners to instead brush their pet’s teeth daily with specialist toothpaste.“While we applaud owners who take responsibility for caring for their dogs teeth, we would also stress that only toothpaste formulated for dogs should ever be used,” the Kennel Club spokeswoman said.  Only a fifth of dog owners worried about bad dog breath being a sign of a serious health problem, the survey found. Rodney Zasman, a leading London veterinary surgeon, said: “A lot of dog owners aren’t aware of how important it is to look after their dog’s dental health.”Poor care of dogs’ dental hygiene can result in (complications) such as dental plaque, gum disease, tooth abscesses and difficulty eating.”Bacteria can spread from the teeth and gums causing damage to the kidneys, liver and the heart. Painful and extensive dental surgery and treatment may be needed to cure this.” Small doses of fluoride can give dogs diarrhoea and induce vomiting Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Victims of crime to be given dogs to stroke to help keep

During the study, Oliver will be used to comfort victims during police interviews. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dr Liz Spruin, an investigative psychologist and Oliver's primary handler Dr Spruin added: “Usually, [in North America] they’re used for the most serious crimes and witnesses who are considered vulnerable.”These dogs have been used for more than 20 years in North America and there’s been no empirical evidence, just case evidence.”They have been shown to cut police interviews in half, sometimes to even 30 or 40 minutes.”Kent Police Detective Superintendent Susie saidadded: “This project will enable us to find out more about how facility dogs can support victims and witnesses by providing comfort whilst decreasing anxiety and longer term recovery from trauma so that better mental health and well-being is achieved.”The pilot with Kent Police will continue until the end of the year, but Dr Spruin is hoping to conduct further research into the help Oliver can provide over the next seven years. Dr Liz Spruin, an investigative psychologist and Oliver’s primary handlerCredit:KMG /SWNS.COM Emotional support dogs are to be given to victims of crime to keep them calm while giving evidence to police in the first trial of its kind in Britain.Kent Police are using two-year-old Oliver, a Labrador-retriever cross, as part of a study into the effect the animals can have on witnesses during investigations and trials, by allowing victims to stroke him.The project, which is being led by Canterbury Christ Church University, has taken inspiration from the USA and Canada.There are now 200 of these dogs in both countries, helping children, victims of sexual assaults and witnesses with mental illnesses, but Oliver is the first in the UK. Universities already use them to help with student’s mental health.The friendly faced Lab has been chosen to help Kent Police comfort vulnerable victims of crime after 18 months of professional training as a justice facility dog.Dr Liz Spruin, an investigative psychologist and Oliver’s primary handler, said: “It will build the evidence needed to show criminal justice agencies just how beneficial these dogs can be for vulnerable people.”We’re hoping this will convince assistance dog organisations to start training these types of dogs. We want to get them in the legal system.” Dr Spruin says the dogs have been shown to have helped young victims of serious sexual assaults recall events more accurately to authorities. read more

The IMF never asked for additional spending cuts in Greece says Lagarde

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Despite deep cuts having been made in state spending in Greece, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde has revealed that it wasn’t on account of the Fund.Speaking to reporters on Thursday in Washington DC, where she is taking part in meetings between the IMF and WB Group, she said the IMF never asked Greece to make additional cuts in recent times, rather stating that the country had exceeded their expectations.She did restate the IMF’s continued recommendation to Greece however, to continue with structural reform.When asked about whether the Fund would be active in Greece’s post-bailout phase, Ms Lagarde didn’t comment.Meanwhile, Eurogroup chief Mario Centeno, who is also in Washington, quashed any rumours of Greece extending its bailout program by two months, clarifying that Greek authorities are focused on exiting the program.last_img read more

Steven Spielberg Is Writing a New Super Scary Horror Series

first_imgStay on target Watch: Bill Gates Reveals His Worst Fear in Netflix Docuseries TrailerPlex Enters The Streaming Service Wars With Cable-Style Bundle Steven Spielberg is reportedly writing a “creepy” and “super scary” horror series for the mobile-focused streaming service Quibi — and users will only be able to watch it when their phone knows it’s dark outside.The news was revealed by Quibi (short for “quick bites”) founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, who discussed plans for his digital platform at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada, Variety reported.“Steven Spielberg came in, and said, ‘I have a super scary story I want to do,’” Katzenberg said. “He’s writing it himself. He hasn’t [written anything in a while] so getting him to write something is fantastic.”According to Katzenberg, Spielberg has already “written five or six episodes (which Quibi calls “chapters,” like a novel) of a 10- or 12-chapter story.”The program is being developed under the title “Spielberg’s After Dark,” — and it will have one unique time slot and format.Spielberg wanted viewers to only be able to watch the program after midnight. So Katzenberg and business partner and former HP CEO Meg Whitman asked Quibi engineers to come up with an idea for how to view the show when it’s spooky out — and only for a limited time.The result is a clock that appears on phones, ticking down until sun sets in wherever that user is, until it’s completely gone. Then the clock starts ticking again to when the sun comes back up — and the show will disappear until the next night.Quibi has already raised $1 billion from investors for an April 6, 2020 launch in North America, according to Variety.“What Quibi is doing, it’s not really short form,” Katzenberg said. “We’re putting those sciences together. Chapters or act breaks that are 7 to 10 minutes long. They are specifically shot to be watched on the go. If you’re 25-35 years old, you get up and you’re on [a smartphone] for over five hours.”The service will reportedly cost $4.99 per month with ads, and $7.99 without ads.Quibi has already unveiled a number of high-profile content, including #Freerayshawn starring Stephen James and Laurence Fishburne. The $15 million Sony TV project tells the story of a young, black Iraq War veteran named Rayshawn (James) who is set up by New Orleans police on a drug deal, runs for his life, and takes refuge inside his apartment building with his girlfriend and child. The project will be two-and-a-half hours long and broken into 15 chapters ranging from seven to 10 minutes.According to Variety, Quibi also has an untitled Steven Soderbergh project, a non-scripted series from James Corden’s Fulwell 73 featuring Israeli mentalist Lior Suchard, Punk’d and Singled Out reboots from MTV Studios, and the Anna Kendrick-fronted comedy Dummy.Watch: Steven Spielberg Is Facing Criticism After His Netflix ProposalMore on Geek.com:Here’s What It Would Really Take for People to Leave Netflix11 Marvel Characters That Deserve Their Own Streaming ShowsWerner Herzog: ‘The Mandalorian’ Is a ‘Phenomenal Achievement’last_img read more

Lawmakers to weigh OHSUs 200 million bond request

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — Executives at Oregon Health & Science University are asking state lawmakers to take on $200 million in debt to help secure a massive donation from Nike founder Phil Knight and his wife.The Knights committed to giving OHSU $500 million for cancer research if the university can raise an equal amount within two years, bringing in a total investment of $1 billion. OHSU wants to use the money to lure high-profile scientists to conduct groundbreaking research into early detection of cancer.“Oregon will be known as the state where premier cancer research is done,” said Dr. Joe Robertson, president of OHSU. “We’re known for the best pinot, and we’ll be known for the best cancer research.”Robertson said the money would be sufficient to move 20 researchers and their labs to OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute, which was named for the Nike founder and his wife following a $100 million gift in 2008. An influx of cash that large would free researchers from many of the onerous grant applications they spend time writing. Most of the money would be spent over about a decade, he said, but about $250 million would go into an endowment.Dr. Brian Druker, director of the OHSU cancer center, developed the cancer drug Gleevec, which significantly improved cancer treatment by specifically targeting cancer cells.last_img read more

Democrats say Murkowski sinks bill with riders

first_imgFile photo: Liz Ruskin/APRNU.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, through her  assignment on the Appropriations Committee, is charged with writing a bill that funds the Interior Department and a wide swath of the federal government. It is a major opportunity to direct money to agencies important to Alaska. The committee passed her bill today, but a Democratic leader says it’s unlikely to see the full Senate.Download AudioMurkowski, in a phone call with reporters, ticked off the agencies her bill funds: “BLM, Forest Service, EPA, Fish and Wildlife, IHS, BIA, Park Service.”So it’s important for Alaska. Murkowski says she wrote it to fully fund programs like “payment inlieu of taxes,” which sends money to local governments in Alaska, and contract support costs for Native organizations that perform government services. Her bill also adds money for earthquake monitoring, high-tech mapping and cleaning up old wells the government drilled in the Arctic. Murkowski says she intends for the bill to provide stability to to Alaska during the state’s fiscal crisis.“What we’re trying to do is direct federal resources where they’re needed,” she said.But a funding bill is also an opportunity to add policy riders that have little to do with appropriating money. Murkowski included a dozen riders. One directs the Forest Service to keep offering timber sales as it has in the Tongass National Forest. Another orders a land trade to build a road for King Cove. The most sweeping of her riders would block a controversial EPA rule redefining which waters are subject to federal regulation.Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Senate’s second-highest ranking Democrat, says Murkowski went too far.“I think you may have reached a tipping point here with these 12 riders that you put in here,” he told her in the Appropriations Committee. “I believe that it’s quite likely your bill will never be considered on the floor, because of these riders.”Murkowski says half of the 12 riders Democrats are calling “poison pills” were actually requested by Democrats, and she says she took plenty of heat from Republicans for including them.The Appropriations Committee passed her bill, but it was 16-14, with all the Democrats voting no. There are enough Democrats in the full Senate to kill just about any important bill. Murkowski told reporters after the vote she’s not giving up“It’s fully my intention to keep working with individuals, the concerns that were raised,” she said.Hers is one of a dozen appropriations bills Congress is supposed to pass each year. Usually, though, some or all of them get rolled into a giant spending package called an omnibus that lawmakers have to pass to avoid a government shutdown.last_img read more

Urban Alliance Class of 2016

first_imgUrban Alliance is year-long employment program for underresourced high school seniors in Washington, D.C. This year’s group is composed of seniors from McKinley Technology and Ballou high schools. According to its website, the program empowers youth to aspire, work, and succeed through paid internships, formal training, case management, and mentoring.  AT&T contributed $500, 000 to the program.last_img

Know why employees dont give their 100

first_imgIf you think that your team is not performing to their best, rather that howling or blaming them, check if they are avoiding good work because of your bossy or Hitler-like attitude.According to researchers from the University College London and colleagues, when someone gives us an order, we actually feel less responsible for our actions.“Many good people get convinced to do something bad that they are unwilling to do because they actually feel less responsible for their own actions and painful consequences,” the study noted. To reach this conclusion, the team sought to answer this question by measuring a phenomenon called “sense of agency”.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’They measured “sense of agency” to explore changes in perception when someone delivered a mild electric shock to another person, either on orders or by their own choice. When the participants chose freely, they were encouraged along with the promise of a small financial gain. They also knew exactly what kind of harm they were inflicting because pairs of participants traded places with each other. Coercion led to a small but significant increase in the perceived time interval between action and outcome in comparison to situations in which participants freely chose to inflict the same harms, the study found. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixInterestingly, coercion also reduced the neural processing of the outcomes of one’s own action. The study claims of reduced responsibility under coercion that could indeed correspond to a change in basic feelings of responsibility, not just attempts to avoid social punishment.“Maybe some basic feeling of responsibility really is reduced when we are coerced into doing something,” said Patrick Haggard from University College London. People often claim reduced responsibility because they were “only obeying orders”. “But are they just saying that to avoid punishment or do orders really change the basic experience of responsibility?” Haggard stated in the paper published in the Cell Press journal Current Biology.When you feel a sense of agency, you feel responsible for an outcome, you get changes in experience of time where and what you do and the outcome you produce seem closer together.last_img read more

The Dark Age AngloSaxon Princess Rediscovered Over 1000 Years Later

first_imgIn 946, the body of a woman was buried in a monastery and later relocated to Magdeburg Cathedral. It was essentially forgotten until 2008 when archaeologists doing work on the building opened the lead-lined stone sarcophagus. Tests performed in Germany and the UK revealed that the bones, gently wrapped in silk, were indeed those of the person named on the sarcophagus: Eadgyth (or Edith), an Anglo-Saxon princess, and later Queen of the Germans.Eadgyth was about as royal as they come in British history. Born in Wessex in 910, her father was Edward the Elder, her brother was the first king of a united England – Athelstan – and her grandfather was Alfred the Great.Detail from a Gothic statue in Magdeburg Cathedral assumed to represent Edith. Photo by Acoma CC BY 3.0When it came time for her to marry, Aethelstan, now king, sought a political union (as was common only up until recent years in royal marriages) and sent both Eadgyth and her younger sister Eadgifu to Germany to the court of King Henry the Fowler.His eldest son, Otto, was instructed to choose between the girls – at the time, Eadgyth would have been in her late teens. Otto and Eadgyth married in 930, and he became Otto I, also known as Otto the Great when Henry died in 936. (He also became Holy Roman Emperor in 962.)12th century stained glass depiction of Otto I, Strasbourg CathedralHer husband was devoted to her, and they had two children, Liudolf, born in 930, and Liutgarde, born a year later. Descendants of Otto and Eadgyth ruled Germany until 1254 and can be linked to many of the royal families in Europe.According to the 10th century German canoness and poet Hrotsvit (Hrotsvitha) of Gandersheim, Eadgyth was a woman “of pure noble countenance, graceful character and truly royal appearance.” She was known to be brave, stubborn and capable, and, also according to Hrotsvit, “was so highly regarded in her own country that public opinion unanimously rated her the best woman who existed at that time in England.”Eadgyth died unexpectedly in 946 at the age of 35. When she died, “the whole of the German nation mourned her with intense grief … a foreign race that she had come to cherish with kindness.”She was buried initially in the St. Maurice monastery, and then her remains were moved several times before being interred in 1510 in a decorative stone tomb in Magdeburg Cathedral.Cathedral of MagdeburgAs time passed, Eadgyth’s burial site was largely forgotten – it was assumed that the bones had vanished and the tomb bearing her name was empty. However, when German archaeologists opened it in 2008, they were somewhat surprised to find the incomplete remains of a woman, wrapped in a silk cloth.The worry was that since the remains had been moved at least once, the bones could be of someone other than Eadgyth. Several parts were missing, including hands, feet, and parts of the skull. However, many teeth were still preserved in the upper jaw, and these would prove critical.View inside the lead sarcophagusThe remains were first sent to the University of Mainz, where it was confirmed that they belonged to a female who died between the ages of 30 and 40 years old. One of the femur bones suggested that the woman rode horses regularly, which indicated she was likely noble. The bones also showed that she had a high-protein diet, rich in fish – another clue that she was an aristocrat.Some of the bones, including the teeth, were also sent to the University of Bristol for analysis. By measuring the strontium and mineralized oxygen isotopes in the recovered teeth, as well as tiny samples of enamel, researchers were able to prove that the individual in question had spent a lot of time in the chalky uplands of Wessex.Mark Horton, an archaeology professor from the University of Bristol, said that it was possible to almost map out month-by-month where the woman had lived as a child. This was cross-referenced against Eadgyth’s own life.Otto I and his wife Edith arrive near Magdeburg (Hugo Vogel 1898, Ständehaus Merseburg)As Horton stated, “Eadgyth seems to have spent the first eight years of her life in southern England, but changed her domicile frequently, matching quite variable strontium ratios in her teeth. Only from the age of nine, the isotope values remain constant … Eadgyth must have moved around the kingdom following her father, King Edward the Elder during his reign. When her mother was divorced in 919 – Eadgyth was between nine and ten at that point – both were banished to a monastery, maybe Winchester or Wilton in Salisbury.”Changes in her skeletal remains indicate that she would also have had a drastic dietary change at this time, perhaps linked to some condition she had.Magdeburg, Germany – June 9, 2018: Night view into the cathedral of Magdeburg, Germany.It can be concluded with a large degree of certainty that the remains found in Magdeburg Cathedral are indeed those of Eadgyth, Anglo-Saxon princess. As Horton also stated, finding remains like these and confirming who they once were is “incredibly exciting … this period was when England was formed. We don’t know much about these Dark Age queens and princesses. This has created a connection with one of them.”The bones are also the oldest found to date of a member of English royalty.Read another story from us: Last of her Tribe – The Woman Who Spent 18 Years Alone on a Deserted IslandOnce the research had been completed, Eadgyth was reburied once again — this time in a titanium-lined coffin — in Magdeburg Cathedral in October 2010. Her husband, Otto I, is buried in the same cathedral and a sculpture called The Royal Couple from around 1250 is said to represent them both.last_img read more

Radiology Student Enrollments Up Slightly in Education Programs

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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But they will not be easy. read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more January 5, 2016 — The number of students enrolling in radiography and radiation therapy programs increased slightly in 2015, while nuclear medicine program enrollments saw noticeable gains during the same period.Entering-class enrollments, student accommodation availability and future enrollment levels are among the findings in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists’ Enrollment Snapshot of Radiography, Radiation Therapy and Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs 2015.Survey results showed an average of 20.7 students per class for radiography programs in 2015, which is statistically the same as the 20.6 average reported in 2014. Radiation therapy program enrollments averaged 13.9 students per class, a marginal increase from 13.2 students in 2014. Overall, there were an estimated 15,228 students enrolled in radiography programs and 1,572 students in radiation therapy programs in 2015.  Nuclear medicine programs experienced a marked increase in new students in 2015. An estimated 1,276 students enrolled in programs, up from 1,061 in 2014. In addition to enrollment figures, the survey highlights the number of students who were not admitted to programs in 2015. Radiography programs that were not at full enrollment turned away an average of 27.7 qualified applicants per class, an average of 14.8 qualified students were not admitted to radiation therapy programs and an average of 4.5 nuclear medicine applicants were turned away. Cross-referenced with the number of students programs could actually accommodate, the survey indicates that many program directors are not filling their classes to capacity as radiography programs could accommodate 8.7 additional students, radiation therapy 7.1 students and nuclear medicine 6.0 students.Future enrollment levels also point to program directors monitoring class sizes as 83.8 percent of radiography program directors plan to maintain their current enrollment levels, 87.5 percent of radiation therapy and 81.7 percent of nuclear medicine programs plan to keep their enrollments the same.“Our last three enrollment surveys have shown that program directors are turning away some students, even though they might be able to fit them in the classroom,” said ASRT Chief Learning and Membership Officer Myke Kudlas, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(QM), CIIP. “This demonstrates good stewardship of the profession by program directors. It shows they are paying attention to the data when making decisions that affect the quality of the whole field.”Results from the survey came from directors of radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine programs listed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. ASRT sent the survey by e-mail to 971 program directors in September 2015, and 521 participants responded, resulting in a 53.7 percent response rate.For more information: www.asrt.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more center_img Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Tempo Holidays and Switzerland Tourism announce early bird deals

first_imgTempo Holidays and Switzerland Tourism announce early bird dealsTempo Holidays and Switzerland Tourism announce early bird dealsStunning mountain scenery, fairy-tale villages, buzzing cities and the world’s best cheese and chocolate are just a few of the reasons to view this charming, compact nation. We’re talking about Switzerland of course!Switzerland is blessed with great beauty, from its snow-capped alpine ranges to stunning lakes, and a unique mix of cultures. Imagine relaxing on the Glacier Express, one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring train journeys, and making your way through petite, picturesque villages into the iconic Alps!Tempo Holidays and Switzerland Tourism are offering agents early bird discounts on a range of Switzerland rail packages until 31 Oct 2017.Travellers can save up to A$400 // NZ$427 with Tempo’s free upgrade to first class, on the 8 day package Ultimate Swiss rail adventure. This package also includes a bonus Gornegrat excursion as well as seven breakfasts and a paddle steamer cruise. Prices for this package start from A$2030 // NZ$2168 per person.Or save up to A$265 // NZ$283 on Tempo’s 3 day Glacier Express package. This package includes two breakfasts, accommodation in standard hotels and includes lunch onboard the train. Prices start from A$850 // NZ$907 per person.Conditions apply. Valid for travel Apr, May or Jun 2018.Visit www.tempoholidays.com/destination/europe-uk/switzerland/ for more information or call 1300 362 844.New Zealand visit www.tempoholidays.co.nz/destination/europe-uk/switzerland/ for more information or call 0800 836 764.Source = Tempo Holidayslast_img read more

March 01 2019

first_imgMarch 01 , 2019 Heavy rain in the wine growing regions of Northern California over recent days has caused massive flooding, with up to 10 inches falling over a 48-hour period.The Russian River, which runs through the valley of the same name on Friday was 14 inches above flood stage, flooding out vineyards and small towns surrounding the city of Santa Rosa, said agricultural weather forecasting company Weathermelon. You might also be interested in California citrus: “A lot of unusual dynamics” in … California: Heatwave to hit several major growing … center_img U.S.: More rain coming to California … The Napa River which runs through Napa Valley was also above flood stage. “Although this a terrible disaster for the residents of the area, this type of water should not affect grape vines which are currently dormant,” Weathermelon said.The coastal growing regions of Santa Maria and Oxnard are set to receive more rain on Saturday and then get hit by a larger storm on Tuesday and Wednesday, which could affect strawberry harvests.Norm Groot, the executive director of the Monterey County Farm Bureau, reportedly says the rain has not been an issue up to now for plantings of lettuce and other vegetables, which aren’t due to begin until mid-March. But they could become a factor in planting schedules if this moisture pattern continues going into March. U.S. ag secretary tours California avocado grove, …last_img read more

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