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Liberians say ‘no’ to big hugs and handshakes to keep Ebola…

By Franck  Kuwonu and Lisa White*At the entrances to private and public buildings in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, a new custom has emerged since the outbreak of the Ebola virus: visitors wash their hands upon entering and exiting. Tap buckets conveniently placed in hallways dispense a mixture of water and chlorine or bleach from which people wash their hands.Gone are some of Liberians’ endearing social rituals such as a kiss on the cheek, friendly hugs or handshakes, or warm embraces between parents and children. Since the Ebola outbreak, authorities have been advising the public to be more hygienic, including frequent washing of hands and avoiding physical contact with bodily fluids from the sick or dead bodies.Traditional family care practices and burial rituals that involve close contact with an infected body have contributed to the rapid spread of the disease. Customarily, Liberians wash, clean and dress the remains of their loved ones before interment. People have also been warned against eating game meat, what Liberians call bush meat. In rural areas, bush meat is an important source of protein and income for hunters. Communities are being compelled to change their diets. Experts believe fruit bats are the carriers of the virus.Ebola has changed the way people relate to each other at home and at work.*Lisa White works for the UN Mission in Liberia.Various strains of  Ebola virusBy Yemisi Akin bobolaThe first case of Ebola was reported inAugust 1976 in the Yambuku District of Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), by Dr. Peter Piot, a Belgian microbiologist, who currently heads the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a team of infectious disease experts. The outbreak occurred near the Ebola River, earning the virus its name.A second outbreak, called Sudan ebolavirus occurred in Sudan between June and November 1976. While the spread of the earlier virus was contained within a 70km radius of Yambuku, the Sudan ebolavirus spread acrossfour towns – Nzara and Maridi, which saw the most cases, and Tembura and Juba.A 1978 report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) states that the 1976 Zaire ebola virus, in which 318 people were infected and 280 died, began at the Yakubu Mission Hospital after a patient was treated for what was then thought to be malaria. Elevenout of the 17 hospital staff died in that outbreak.Though the Ebola virus strains in the DRC and Sudan are the most common, the reare three others: Reston virus (which is notinfectious to humans), Taï Forest virus and Bundibugyo virus. The Zaire strain, which hasup to 90% fatality rate, is the one currently ravaging Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where more than 6,000 people have died, as of  December 2014.In November, there was another unrelated Ebola outbreak in the DRC, where a pregnant woman was infected after eating bush meat.About 67 cases and 49 deaths were reported in the DRC as of November 2014. The deathtoll in the DRC from all prior outbreaks combined stands at more than 1,590SARS: Lessons from anotherdeadly virusBy Bo LiThe first case of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome was reported inmid-December 2002 in Foshan, Guangdong Province. At the time, the World Health Organization described it as the first severe transmissible disease of the 21st centuryand its origin, symptoms, effects and treatment were hardly understood. Withina short period, SARS spread rapidly todensely populated areas in mainland China,Hong Kong, Hanoi in Vietnam, Singapore and Toronto, Canada.Initially, there was a perception that China was unprepared to cope with aserious public health threat such as SARS.The virus was being spread from person toperson, primarily from respiratory dropletsproduced when an infected person coughsor sneezes. As a result, schools, shops,restaurants and other public places were closed.China’s handling of the SARS outbreakholds lessons for the Ebola epidemicin Africa. After some initial problemsin handling the disease, China’s healthministry later made fighting  SARS apriority.The government instituted acentralized emergency response systemled by the Beijing municipal government. The unified system significantly improvedefficiency of data collection and communicationamong hospitals.Provincial governmentswere requested to ensure accuracyof information reported and timely implementationof detection, isolation, contacttracing and surveillance measures.Some hospitals were designate dexclusive centres for treating SARS patients. Other hospitals had isolatedareas for suspected patients. Once a casewas detected, quarantine and contacttracing were immediately instituted. Hospitals were directed not to turn awayany SARS patients. Top Chinese scientists,epidemiologists and clinicians were recruited to study and treat the diseaseand to design educational materials forthe general public.The public had unrestricted access to SARS-related information, which helped reduce panic. SARS was categorized as areportable disease, meaning that all provinces were obligated to report new infections and deaths with “no delay, cover-upor missing cases.” Health officials released timely and accurate information during televised press conferences. The government, medical experts and the media joined forces to educate the public on the symptoms of SARS, its preventive method sand reporting channels. Eventually, the battle against SARS was won.From Africa renewal read more

12 Athletes Who Honored Morocco in IAAF World Championships

Rabat – Since 1983, Morocco has won 27 medals in The World Championships in Athletics organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).On the occasion of 15th biannual global track and field championship that is being held in China, MWN remembers 12 athletes who have brought honor to Morocco through their achievements in the IAAF over the past 32 years.Said Aouita (1 Gold and 1 Bronze) The former Moroccan track and field athlete who lives now in Orlando, Florida, was the first Moroccan to win a medal in the World Championships in Athletics.At the 1983 World Championships in Athletics: Saïd Aouita won a bronze medal in the 5000 meter race in Helsinki, bestowing on Morocco its very first medal in the IAAF World Championships.Fouryears later in 1987, Aouita won the title for the 5000 meters at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics in Rome. Thanks to the Aouita’s gold medal, Morocco ranked in 9th place that year.Said Aouita is a former world record holder in the1500 meters (3:29.45 minutes), 2000 meters (4:50.80), 3000 meters (7:29.46), and (twice)in the 5000 meters (13:00.40 and 12:58.39).Hicham El Guerrouj (5 gold 1 silver)Often dubbed as the “king of the mile,” Hicham El Guerrouj won his first medal, a silver medal, at the IAAF World Championships in 1995 in Gothenburg, Sweden.Two years later, he won a gold medal in the 1,500 meters at the 1997 the IAAF World Championships in Athens, Greece.In 1999, Hicham El Guerrouj won his second gold medal for the 1500 meters at the IAAF World Championships, winning a world record score (3:27.65).The Berkane native who is considered by many to be “the greatest middle distance runner of all time,” also won another gold medal in 1500 meters at the 8th World Championships in Athletics, held in Edmonton, Canada, in 2001.At the 2003 World Championships in Paris, Hicham El Guerrouj won two other gold medals for both the 1500 meters and 5000 meters.Last year, Moroccan athlete Hicham El Guerrouj became the youngest man to be inducted in the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) hall of fame.Nezha Bidouane (2 gold and 1 silver)Nezha Bidouane who specialized in the 400 meter hurdles, became the first Moroccan woman to win a gold medal at the World Championships in Athens in 1997 when she defeated the then Olympic champion Deon Hemmings and the world record holder Kim Batten in a superb final race.Two years later, she won a silver medal in the 400 meter hurdles at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics in Seville.Nezha Bidouane won her second gold medal in the 400 meter hurdles at the 8th World Championships in Athletics held in 2001 in Edmonton, Canada.The 400 meter Hurdles World champion donated her 2001 World Championships winning competition kit to the IAAF’s Athletics “For a Better World” humanitarian project.Jaouad Gharib (2 Gold)Jaouad Gharib is one of the most successful Moroccan long-distance runners. He won the gold medal for his performance in Marathon at the 2003 World Championships in Paris.At the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Gharib launched his final attack just before the 30 km mark, bypassing Italian Olympic champion Stefano Baldini and winning his second gold medal in Marathon.Gharib has an easily recognizable running style; he looks around and behind him frequently and constantly fidgets with his shirt and shorts, tucking and untucking his shirt almost every minute.Salah Hissou (1 Gold and 1 Bronze)Born in 1972 in Kasba Tadla, Salah Hissou became one of the most famous Arab long-distance runners.Salah Hissou won his first medal in the IAAF World Championships in 1997, when he gained a bronze medal at the World Championships in Athletics held in Athens.Two years later, Salah Hissou won the gold medal in the 5000 meters race at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics in Seville.Hasna Benhassi (2 Silver)Hasna Benhassi, the famous Moroccan middle distance runner participated for the first time in the world athletics championships in 1997, held in Athens, where she reached the semi-finals.The second time she participated was in 2005 in the Helsinki World Athletics Championship on, where she won a silver medal.At the 2007 World Championships in Athletics in Osaka she cemented her position with another silver medal.Khalid Boulami (2 silver)Born in 1969 in Safe, Khalid Boulami is a former long-distance runner from Morocco. He won two silver medals in the world athletics championships.He won his first medal at the 1995 IAAF World Championships held in Gothenburg, Sweden, and won his second silver medal two years later in the 5000 meters at the 1997 Championships in Athletics in Athens.Khlid Skah (1 Silver and 1 Bronze) Born in 1967 in Midelt, Morocco’s Khalid Skah established himself first as a good cross country runner by winning two medals in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.At the 1991World Championships in Athletics held in Tokyo, Khlid Skah won a bronze medal in the 10,000 meters.Four years later, he won a silver medal at the 1995 IAAF World Championships held in Gothenburg.In 1995, Skah was granted Norwegian citizenship, prompting the Moroccan Athletics Association to ban him from international competitions.Zahra Ouaziz (1 Silver and 1 Bronze)Born 1969 in Khémisset Province, near Rabat, Zahra Ouaziz was inspired by former Moroccan hurdler, Nawal El Moutawakel who won the inaugural women’s 400 meters hurdles event at the 1984 Summer Olympics.In 1995, Ouaziz won a bronze medal in the 5000 meters race at the IAAF World Championships held in Gothenburg.Four years later, Zahra Ouaziz won a silver medal in the 5000 meters at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics in Seville.Ouaziz broke the 5000 meters African record in 1998, clocking in at14:40.19. The record was beaten in September 2000 by Leah Malot of Kenya, who beat her by less than a second at 14:39.83.Adil Kaouch (1 silver)Adil Kaouch is a Moroccan middle distance runner who was born in 1979. He won his only medal in the IAAF World Championships in 2005 in Helsinki.Earlier in 1998, Kaouch won the World Junior Championships in1500 meters. One year later he won the gold in a 5000 meters at the 1999 Pan Arab Games.Adil Kaouch was suspended in 2007 for failing a doping test.Ali Ezzine (2 Bronze)Born in Ain Taoujdate, Meknès in 1978, Ali Ezzine is a Moroccan athlete who specializes in the 3000 meters steeplechase.He won a bronze medal in the 3000 meters steeplechase at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics in Seville.Two years later, he won his second bronze medal at the 2001 World Championships held in Edmonton.In 1999 he achieved the fastest ever time in the steeplechase for a non-Kenyan athlete (8:03.57).Moulay Ibrahim Bouteyab (1 Bronze) Moulay Ibrahim Bouteyab is a long distance runner from Morocco. He was born in 1967.At the 1991World Championships in Athletics held in Tokyo, Bouteyab won a bronze medal in the 5000 meters race.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

UN and AU envoys press forward with landmark Darfur peace talks

29 October 2007The United Nations and African Union (AU) envoys chairing historic talks aimed at resolving the crisis in Sudan’s war-ravaged Darfur region today continued their substantive preparations in Sirte, Libya, in pressing ahead with the peace process. The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy Jan Eliasson and his AU counterpart Salim Ahmed Salim today met with representatives from the Sudanese Government, civil society, international partners and rebel groups, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York. The topics addressed in their discussions included security and the sharing of wealth and power. Preparations are also being made for a senior-level team to travel to Sudan to hold talks with those groups who are not attending the Sirte event. Addressing the press yesterday, Mr. Eliasson stressed that despite the absence of several parties in Sirte, “I refuse to state that the peace process is interrupted. The train has left the station for the road to peace. The question is how many passengers will get on the train.” Despite all sides not being in attendance at the talks, Mr. Salim stated that these sides “have made it clear to us their commitment to the process, that they would want to take part in the process so it is a question of how we make sure that they take part in the process.” Since 2003, over 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others forced to flee their homes in the violence-wracked Darfur region because of fighting among rebels, Government forces and allied militia known as the Janjaweed.On the humanitarian front, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes today voiced strong concern over alleged forced relocations taking place in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Darfur. “I am alarmed about the reports of forced relocation last night from Otash camp in Nyala, South Darfur, both about the manner in which the relocations were apparently carried out and the possibility that such action could contribute to more violence,” he said. Otash camp shelters over 60,000 IDPs, and during the incident, the new IDPs from Kalma camp, the largest in Darfur, were surrounded by the police. A team comprising personnel from the UN, the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) was denied access to the camp by the representative of the Humanitarian Aid Commission. The team managed to enter the camp, and witnessed 10 vehicles with heavy machine guns surrounding a group of IDPs while eight large commercial trucks were being loaded with the belongings of IDP women and children. The police told the team that the people were being moved to Amakassara. “While the United Nations notes the Government’s concern about the security situation in the camps, it is imperative that any relocation be wholly voluntary, in agreement with the internally displaced,” said Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Emergency Relief Coordinator. “We have had many meetings with the Government of Sudan, stressing that any relocation should be voluntary and should adhere to the guiding principles of internal displacement,” he added. “Given that security forces where threatening the displaced with sticks and rubber hoses at Otash camp, the involuntary nature of this relocation is clear, and is contrary to agreements with the Government.” Relocation is covered by the 2004 Memorandum of Understanding signed by the UN, IOM and the Sudanese Government. IOM is concerned by the reported force relocation of IDPs from Otash camp and is preparing a formal statement following an investigation, expressing particular concern that they and other members of the international community were denied access to the IDPs during the relocation. Meanwhile in Sudan, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Ashraf Qazi, met with the country’s President, Omar al-Bashir. Mr. Qazi reiterated the UN’s commitment to assist the parties in implementing the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which ended a 21-year civil war between North and South Sudan. He emphasized that the CPA is the basis for sustainable peace and stability in the country, as well as a significant achievement for the Sudanese people. Agreeing to the significance of the CPA, President Bashir voiced hope that the relationship between his Government and the UN would continue to be characterized by dialogue and direct consultations. The Special Representative also noted that he plans to visit Juba in the coming days to meet with Salva Kiir, First-Vice President of Sudan and President of the Government of Southern Sudan. In another development, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Sudan told a General Assembly committee that Darfur “remains a region where gross violations of human rights are perpetrated by all parties,” including arbitrary arrest, torture, illegal taxation, extortion, forced displacement, killing and sexual violence. “The conflict in Darfur has no military solution,” Sima Samar told the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural (Third) Committee. “Political solutions are urgently needed.” Also addressing the Committee, the Secretary-General’s Representative on the human rights of IDPs, Walter Kälin, said he would visit Darfur in the Spring of 2008 at the invitation of the Government. “The situation of roughly 2 million IDPs in Darfur remains one of the most serious in the world,” he said, calling on all concerned to “take full advantage” of the peace talks, as well as the deployment of a hybrid AU-UN force, to create conditions to end violence against the displaced, to allow unimpeded humanitarian access, and to facilitate sustainable return. read more

Martial arts actor takes on role of Goodwill Ambassador for UN health

Martial arts expert and international film star Jet Li was named today as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), which has lauded his efforts on global disaster relief and support for the well-being of young people.Mr. Li, born in Beijing, is expected to use his worldwide celebrity to raise attention on key health issues including public health responses to emergencies and mental health. “I am very pleased to appoint Jet Li as a Goodwill Ambassador for WHO,” said the agency’s Director-General, Margaret Chan, speaking from Sichuan, China, where she is attending an international conference on health response to natural disasters. Ms. Chan highlighted the actor’s commitment to promoting community involvement and young people’s participation in social and health issues as an asset to WHO’s work. After experiencing the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Mr. Li took a break from acting and set up a charitable foundation supporting international disaster relief efforts, which has been involved in the emergency response to earthquakes in China. He also set up programmes to help young people to cope with psycho-social challenges. “He has been personally involved in providing emergency response following natural disasters and has promoted mental health amongst youth. We are grateful that he is willing to use his energy and fame to promote health and well-being,” said Ms. Chan. In his first official function for WHO, Mr. Li will attend the 7 April launch of World Health Day in Beijing, where he will help spread this year’s message of making hospitals safe during emergencies. 3 April 2009Martial arts expert and international film star Jet Li was named today as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), which has lauded his efforts on global disaster relief and support for the well-being of young people. read more

UN confirms reported gang rape of women by rebels in DRC Congo

23 August 2010A United Nations human rights team has confirmed that members of two armed groups in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) raped more than 150 women during an attack on a village in North Kivu province last month, a UN spokesperson said today. Victims of the attack, which occurred on 30 July in the village of Bunangiri, which situated in the Banamukira area of North Kivu, are receiving medical treatment and have also been provided psycho-social care, the spokesperson of the Secretary-General told reporters in New York.Perpetrators of the attack are said to be insurgents loyal to the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a group of ethnic Hutu fighters linked to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and their accomplices believed to be members of a local militia known as the Mai-Mai Cheka.The UN mission in the DRC, MONUSCO, has a military company based at Kibua, some 30 kilometres east of the scene of the attack, but the assailants blocked the road and prevented villagers from reaching the nearest communication point at the time the crimes were committed.According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), more than 8,000 women were raped by warring factions last year in the provinces of North Kivu and South Kivu.Although members of the FDLR, which who have been active in eastern DRC since 1994, are thought to be responsible for most of the rapes, soldiers serving in the national army have also been implicated in sexual abuse in North and South Kivu provinces, according to UN experts.In many cases, women are raped when they leave their villages or camps to collect firewood, water and other essentials. read more

Grape and wine lecture series back for sixth year

CCOVI’s annual grape and wine lecture series returns this week. A host of Canada’s grape and wine experts are set to share their knowledge as the 2013 CCOVI Lecture Series launches a new season on Jan. 30 at Brock University.Taking timely research out of lab and into the classroom is once again the goal as the nine-week series covers a range of subjects for grape growers and wine makers.Topics include: addressing best practices for vine health; the opportunities and risks of climate change and understanding wine language from a taster’s perspective.All lectures take place at 2:30 p.m. in room H313 of the Mackenzie Chown complex at Brock University, and are free for anyone to attend.Again this year the lectures will be available via live webcast, and will be archived. The success of last year’s series didn’t end with the final lecture. Archived online videos of the 2012 lectures have been viewed more than 1,500 times in more than 30 countries around the world.“Being able to archive the presentations online has allowed CCOVI to expand our outreach activities from our own backyard to a truly global audience,” said CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis.To watch the live webcasts or archived videos, go to is available in Lot E at a rate of $2.50 per hour.Lineup and dates for the 2013 CCOVI Lecture Series:* January 30: Kevin Ker, CCOVI Professional Affiliate, Industry Consultant in vineyard management, KCMS Applied Research and Consulting. “Vine Nutrition 101: Healthy Vines Make Hardy Vines!”* February 13: George van der Merwe,CCOVI Fellow, Associate Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph. “Getting Started in Wine Fermentations: Challenges the Yeast has to Overcome.”* February 27: Daniel O’Gorman, CCOVI Professional Affiliate, Research Biologist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre (PARC), Summerland, B.C. “Development of a DNA Macro-array for Detection of Young Vine Decline Pathogens.”* March 6: Tony Shaw, CCOVI Fellow, Professor of Geography, Brock University. “Climate Change: Opportunities and Risks for Ontario’s Established and Emerging Wine Regions.”* March 13: Ronald Jackson, CCOVI Fellow, wine writer and author. “Wine Language: Insight into the Mind of the Taster.”* March 20: Maxim Voronov, CCOVI Fellow, Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Brock University. “Legitimizing Ontario Fine Wine: Encountering Globalization, Managing History.”* March 27: Debbie Inglis, CCOVI Director and Researcher, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University. “Appassimento Wines: Developing a Signature Style for Ontario.”* April 3: Jeffrey Stuart, CCOVI Fellow, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University. “Bioactive Polyphenols from Wine Grapes.”* April 10: Jim Willwerth, CCOVI Staff Scientist, Brock University.”Getting Through the Winter: Updates on Freeze Protection and Cold  Hardiness Research.” read more

We could end up in a Dublin without a Dublin Bus says

first_imgDUBLIN BUS HAS endorsed an independent report into Dublin Bus’ future which warns against future strike action.The 22-page report was carried out by former union official Noel Dowling and management consultant Ultan Courtney.ReccomendationsThe Irish Congress of Trade Unions and employers body Ibec asked them to look at the Labour Court recommendations about cost-saving proposals for Dublin Bus, which have been rejected by bus workers.Dublin Bus has backed the new plan to cut costs and it will be voted on next week.Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland programme today Noel Dowling said that the report to investigate the Labour Court’s recommendations is “trying to prevent the destruction of a good company that employs 3,000 people,” adding that they want to preserve the livelihood of bus drivers.We are “trying to see if we can make the Labour Court recommendations more palatable to the drivers in terms of how they are operated… “.The report also finds that there is a lot of mistrust in the company between management and drivers, as, in the past, when cuts have been agreed on by drivers, often times management makes further cuts.Company in troubleDowling said he could not hammer home the seriousness of the situation with Dublin Bus, stating: … over three or four years the company has accumulated a deficit of €52 million. It is burning off its cash reserves and is at the end of its banking facility… I couldn’t overestimate the critical nature of this …He said that the situation with Dublin Bus was “extremely worrying” adding that the situation “is so bad that we could end up in a Dublin without a Dublin bus”.Read: Plans to reduce services in Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann contracts>Read: Some Dublin Bus workers accept Labour Court proposals…>last_img read more

BAI upholds complaint about abortion coverage on RTÉs Morning Edition

first_imgWhile all current affairs programming must meet the statutory requirement for fairness, objectivity and impartiality, additional care is required on the part of broadcasters where the topic of discussion is a matter of current public debate and public controversy, including an issue such as abortion. THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY of Ireland has judged that a segment on RTÉ’s Morning Edition about the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill lacked the required fairness.The decision relates to a complaint made about  the 12 June edition of the show which discussed an Irish Times poll on the bill.The complainant, Anne Marie Stack, made a number of submissions about the show, including that criticisms of both the poll and the bill were not represented in studio.The complainant alleged that, in their absence, the presenter of the show had a duty to “represent their arguments and to challenge the prevailing and uniform view that was emerging from the three contributors”.The BAI upheld this portion of the complaint saying that: The discussion of the poll included an interview with Michael O’Regan from the Irish Times. During the course of this discussion, the presenter put to O’Regan that a representative of the pro-life campaign had suggested that the questions in the poll were “leading”.This viewpoint was then dismissed by O’Regan as ‘nonsense’, ‘absurd’ and ‘regrettable’. The BAI felt that not enough was done thereafter by the presenter to ensure that there was an adequate alternate viewpoint to the one being put forward.Other complaintsA number of other complaints were made by Stack which were rejected. These complaints related to a subsequent discussion on the content of the day’s newspapers when it was alleged that the tone, language and demeanour of the presenter had given the impression that she supported the legislation being debated.It was also claimed that the presenter used the sentence “we must get this through” in reference to the bill.These complaints were rejected with the BAI stating that they found “no evidence” that the contribution of the presenter or panelists lacked fairness.In relation to the sentence complained about, the BAI took the the view that the presenter had misspoken and then corrected her comment, something that did not indicate bias.The full BAI decision can be read here>Read: BAI reject complaint by Direct Democracy Ireland alleging unfair treatment >Read: ‘Racist and prejudicial’ comments went unchallenged on 4FM show – BAI >last_img read more

Accomplice in Oct 15 robbery gets 366 days

first_imgA Vancouver woman was sentenced Friday to 366 days in prison for her role in an October assault and robbery of three people in the city’s Central Park neighborhood.Tyffanie M. Kuykendall, 34, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree robbery for helping Nicholas M. Loredo steal items from the victims’ bags. Deputy Prosecutor Anna Klein dismissed charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree assault and first-degree robbery in exchange for Kuykendall’s guilty plea.“It’s a fair resolution given the level of your involvement and lack of criminal history,” said Judge Suzan Clark.“This is a very severe consequence for someone who is a mother,” her attorney, Steven Rucker, said of his client’s sentence.Kuykendall is the mother of seven children, said Rucker. Her mother will care for the children during Kuykendall’s incarceration, he said.Kuykendall told Vancouver police that she thought that Loredo just wanted to talk to the three victims about some property stolen from a woman named Leslie, according to a court affidavit.The victims, two men and a woman, said they drove together early Oct. 15 to Kuykendall’s home at 1211 V St. and parked in her driveway. A truck pulled up behind them and Loredo climbed out. Armed with a handgun, Loredo opened one of the car’s back doors and ordered the three out of the car and into the house, the affidavit says. Once inside, Loredo told them to sit on the couch, remove their shoes, empty their pockets and surrender their backpacks.At Friday’s court hearing, Kuykendall admitted to helping Loredo take items out of their backpacks.Loredo, 35, pleaded guilty Dec. 12 to reduced charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 30.The female victim said she was taken to another location and beaten by Leslie D. LaRue, 37, of Vancouver, the affidavit says. LaRue is accused of helping Loredo plan the crimes.last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Judy OConnell Discusses Taxes Being Responsive To Constituents

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Judy O’Connell (D-Wilmington).#11a) Do you feel Massachusetts residents are over-taxed?Yes.#11b) How will you balance the need to provide government services to the taxpayers & fund the government with most taxpayers’ desire for no tax increases?There is no easy or short answer to this question as the Massachusetts state budget approaches a total of $41 billion dollars a year. In January 2018, the Baker-Polito administration submitted a FY19 budget proposal that attempted to keep state spending in line with revenue growth, to minimize reliance on non-recurring revenues, and to avoid tax or fee increases to balance the budget, while investing in key areas such as local aid, education, workforce development, substance misuse, mental health, housing, and transportation. Massachusetts has started the next fiscal year without a permanent budget in place after lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement in time. The 2019 fiscal year began July 1 and the Legislature passed an interim budget which will fund the state through the end of July. With the passing of this interim budget, there will be no disruption of any services in Massachusetts. As State Representative and member of the House of Representatives, I would be an active participant in this process and I would be advocating for the 19th Middlesex District with the taxpayers in mind while ensuring Wilmington and Tewksbury receive their fair share and any possible increases if possible in Chapter 70 funding and Unrestricted General Government Aid. These funds are critical to both communities in helping assist local government with providing the suite of services that people and families have come to expect and deserve. I would advocate for any available state grant money for any projects or initiatives that pertain to either community within the District on an annual basis.As a prior elected official on the School Committee and Board of Selectmen for the Town of Wilmington, I have always been fiscally conservative and have attempted to strike a balance in meeting collective bargaining agreements, supporting capital improvement projects, continuing the highest level of municipal services possible, supporting smart economic development within the community, maintaining a strong free cash position as recommended by the town’s financial advisors and supporting the Board of Selectmen annual vote of the maximum tax shift classification to help lessen the tax burden on the resident population. I intend to take this same balanced approach to Beacon Hill while recognizing we need to look at strategic ways to fund current and future services not always on the backs of taxpayers.#11c) Can you point to anywhere in the state budget where you believe there is waste, fraud or abuse? What will you do about it?As State Representative, I would become a scholar of the state budget and would always keep a watchful eye in looking for areas of improvement regarding waste, fraud and abuse. There are documented cases of abuse such as overtime costs, employee benefit cases, etc. for example and one could analyze areas of wasteful spending in every budget which I intend to do on a regular basis. Regarding fraud, I will be reviewing consistently the work done annually by the Office of the Inspector General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which is an independent agency charged with preventing and detecting fraud, waste and abuse in the use of public funds and public property. This Office investigates allegations in these areas at all levels of government; reviews programs and practices in state and local agencies to identify system-wide vulnerabilities and opportunities for improvement; and assists the public and private sectors to help prevent fraud, waste and abuse in government spending. There have been various reports released from the State Auditor’s office. For example, in April 2018, State Auditor Suzanne Bump released the annual report for her office’s Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI), which identified a record $16.9 million in public assistance benefit fraud in FY 2017, a 9% increase over the previous year. This marks the seventh straight year of increased findings according to the report which is not an indication of more fraud in these programs, but rather a reflection of the growing effectiveness of the agency and the expanded use of data analytics to identify fraudulent activities. According to this report, Bump’s office identified over $16 million in fraud, spread over 1,150 completed investigations. The majority of the fraud which was approximately $10.3 million or 61 percent was identified in the Mass Health program. There are other reported areas of fraud and as State Representative, I would do my part in helping to ensure these public benefit programs continue to be designed to provide the needed assistance to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged residents who truly need the help as many of the beneficiaries of these programs are children, disabled adults, veterans and seniors.#12) Former State Representative Jim Miceli was known through the district for his extraordinary constituent services. Do you pledge to provide a similar level of constituent services if elected? How will you be responsive to requests for help from residents of Wilmington and Tewksbury?Yes, if elected, I do pledge to provide the same extraordinary level of constituent services that State Representative Miceli provided that the people of the Wilmington and Tewksbury are accustomed to while looking for ways to enhance and improve these services provided in any manner possible. State Representative Miceli should be applauded for his hard work, commitment and dedication to constituent services on behalf of the 19th Middlesex District for decades and I would be honored to carry on his legacy in this regard if elected as the next State Representative.As State Representative, there are many ways to be responsive to the communities within the 19th Middlesex District. First, I will hold regular offices hours in both Wilmington and Tewksbury to be available to the public. I would make sure my contact information is widely publicized and my commitment is to be accessible and responsive to anyone within the District at all times. Some constituent service matters are highly sensitive and confidential and must be treated with the proper care and compassion they need and deserve. Sometimes in addition to taking care of the business at hand, people need a leader who listens and one who is trustworthy and provides a level of human service that goes beyond just being an elected official. I am committed to providing this kind of constituent service as I believe it is the right thing to do in taking care of the people and families that make up the fabric of our district that I have been entrusted to serve. Additionally, I intend to be very visible in both Wilmington and Tewksbury by attending as many events, community activities and town meetings as possible. I will be an active listener, a strong voice for the people and I will be willing to assist the residents of the 19th Middlesex District relative to any matter or need that they have. Constituent services can span across many areas and I would use the full weight of the office to be a supporter and advocate for the entire District including residents, local businesses and municipal town government. Providing the highest quality of constituent services as the next State Representative is of critical importance to me and I will work tirelessly on behalf of the 19th Middlesex District every day I am in office.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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first_imgKolkata: To commemorate the occasion of International Women’s Day, Chief Minister and Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee led a rally on Friday, organised by her party’s Mahila wing.The rally, which began at Shraddhananda Park at around 12 pm, continued with much fanfare as it traversed through the streets of North Kolkata, before it finally concluded at Dharamtala where she addressed the crowd. The procession which witnessed a footfall of thousands, was also attended by various women party leaders and ministers of the state including Chandrima Bhattacharya, Shashi Panja, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Dola Sen, Smita Bakshi, Nayana Banerjee, Ashima Patra and others who walked along with the Chief Minister to mark the occasion. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseApart from a strong message on women empowerment, there were cultural programmes on the same theme that were performed by various women groups who also took part in the procession. Numerous placards highlighting the various state government projects such as Kanyashree, and Rupashree among others were also displayed at the march. While addressing the crowd at Dharamtala where the rally finally concluded in the afternoon after a long walk, the Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataChief Minister reminded people of the Women’s Reservation Bill for parliamentarians and said that her party is the only one in the country which has 35 percent elected women members in the 16th Lok Sabha. “While the Women’s Reservation Bill has not yet been passed in #Parliament, I am proud that our party @AITCofficial has 35% women MPs in the 16th Lok Sabha. We have also reserved 50% seats in local bodies for women candidates #IWD2019,” she tweeted on the occasion. “The party will ensure this happens and this is our commitment,” the Chief Minister said. Further contending that women of Bengal are the “backbone of the state”, she added: “Our state has done exceptionally well in all regards and it ranks number one in terms of women empowerment. “Bengal has 50 percent reservation for women in the Panchayats and municipalities. “We have increased child care leave for women to almost 730 days and have also instituted scholarships like Kanyashree and Sikshashree for students all across the state.” While speaking about the launch of the recent health scheme ‘Swasthya Sathi’, Banerjee said the smart cards which are being issued under the scheme are being given to a woman member of the family, recognising her as its head. Banerjee also added that a record 48 percent women have participated in the 100 days’ work scheme under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. The International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year as people unite to champion the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality.last_img read more

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Over a 16-year period, air conditioning, high maintenance and frequent cell replacements of batteries can cost 3.5 times as much as a flywheel power system on a life cycle basis.Whether it is a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) or other type of imaging system, reliable power protection is critical for the proper operation and uptime of imaging applications. But what happens if a healthcare facility suffers a power brownout, surge or outage? How do these events affect imaging equipment?Without clean electrical power supplied to imaging equipment, costly problems can occur. In the case of MRI equipment, when there is a power interruption the MRI’s cryogen can begin to boil off. Depending on the design of the cryogen vent and the rate the cryogen is boiling off, the cryogenic gas discharge may freeze any accumulated water in the cryogen vent, blocking the pipe and increasing the odds for a cryogen vent breach in the event of a quench. Quenching refers to the events that occur when the liquid cryogens that cool the magnet coils boil off rapidly, which results in helium escaping very rapidly from the cryogen bath. Because a quench results in rapid loss of cryogens from the magnet, recommissioning the magnet is expensive and time consuming.  If power is not restored to the vacuum pump, at some point the magnet will quench, discharging most of its remaining cryogenic gases.Reliable Power ProtectionAs mentioned, when a power event occurs, the magnetic resonance required for imaging equipment can be compromised, causing serious damage. Accuracy can also be affected, resulting in frustrated patients who have to reschedule their appointments resulting in a potential decrease in referrals. To mitigate the effects of power interruptions, healthcare facilities have traditionally relied on the lead-acid batteries of uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) to provide backup power. However, batteries are notorious for their reliability issues, large footprint and frequent maintenance and replacement.More and more, facility managers are looking to not only increase power protection reliability, but also incorporate green technology to safeguard mission-critical applications. At the forefront of these types of technologies is the flywheel energy storage system. A flywheel is an environmentally friendly option for power protection, unlike traditional batteries that contain toxic lead- acid and require installation of safety spill containment.Flywheel Energy StorageA flywheel energy storage system is a mechanical battery that stores energy kinetically in the form of a rotating mass, replacing traditional backup batteries and performing in applications where batteries and other storage devices fall short. When needed during a utility outage, the energy stored by the rotating mass is converted to electrical energy through the flywheel’s integrated electric generator. The system then provides the direct current (DC) energy to the UPS until a stand-by diesel generator can be started. Once either the power from the utility is restored or the facility’s generator provides power to the input of the UPS, the flywheel system will recharge by taking some current from the DC bus of the UPS until it is restored to full charge speed.How Flywheels WorkIf there is a power outage or if the power coming in from the utility is “dirty,” the UPS can generate smooth, high-quality power from the flywheels. Many UPS systems depend on valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries as their energy storage solution. However, lead-acid batteries degrade every time they are cycled (used), and one bad cell in the battery string can take out the others, rendering the battery bank useless. Due to their chemical nature, batteries generate heat and heat reduces battery life. Batteries can also release explosive gases that must be ventilated away. In addition, hazmat permitting, acid-leak containment, floor-loading issues, slow recharge times, lead disposal compliance and transport are important issues that have to be considered.During a power event, flywheels can supply backup power seamlessly and instantaneously, providing instant power to the connected load exactly as it would do with a battery string. According to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), 80 percent of all utility power anomalies/disturbances last less than two seconds, and 98 percent last less than 10 seconds. Additionally, the NFPA 99 regulation for healthcare facilities regarding emergency power systems stipulates that stand-by generators must be able to assume the power load within 10 seconds in the event of an outage.Advantages of FlywheelsWhen compared to the traditional batteries in UPS systems, flywheels provide a number of advantages. One of the most important is dependability, providing up to 20 times higher reliability than lead-acid batteries. Predictable availability is a key component of this reliability – facility managers are continuously kept aware of the flywheel’s availability and status through built in monitoring and reporting, unlike a battery system which requires an add-on monitoring system. Even then, the state of availability is only really known once the battery is called upon to be used.Another advantage of flywheels is the significant footprint savings. Flywheels can free up 50 to 75 percent of space that would otherwise be taken up by an equivalent power rated battery bank, thus lowering construction costs and allowing freed space to be used more productively.Reduced cooling needs are another benefit of flywheel energy storage systems. Batteries require a firmly regulated environment for optimum performance and life. Flywheels on the other hand, do not require cooling, so not only do they take up less floor space, hospitals and imaging labs have much more flexibility on where to place the system.  Flywheel energy storage systems also provide cost savings to users by offering a longer life span.For example, Vycon’s VDC-XE flywheel energy storage systems have an expected 20-year life and a run time performance that never degrades within that time period. Flywheels can perform thousands of discharges and still the run time on the last discharge will be the same as the run time on the first. Batteries, on the other hand, typically require replacement every four years and run time performance degrades with age and usage. A longer life span results in a lower life cycle cost. Return on investment is typically within three to four years, and over a 15 to 20 year operation, flywheel total lifecycle cost is a fraction in comparison to batteries.Finally, flywheel energy storage systems require minimal maintenance, relieving many headaches for facility managers. Because the flywheel utilizes a full levitation system with no mechanical bearings, there is very little in the flywheel module that needs to be maintained. Batteries, on the other hand, must be checked on a quarterly basis for leakage, cracks, capacity and corrosion. Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 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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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Over a 16-year period, air conditioning, high maintenance and frequent cell replacements of batteries can cost 3.5 times as much as a flywheel power system on a life cycle basis. 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 Over a 16-year period, air conditioning, high maintenance and frequent cell replacements of batteries can cost 3.5 times as much as a flywheel power system on a life cycle basis. Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Editor’s note: Frank DeLattre is president of Vycon Inc. The Vycon  VDC-XE power backup system uses a flywheel hub that is formed from aerospace-grade steel, a high speed permanent magnet motor/generator, contact-free magnetic bearings that levitate and sustain the rotor during operation and a touch-screen control system that provides information on system performance. For more information visit  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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