Nova Scotia has among the highest incidence of skin cancer in Canada and in 2008, about 2,400 Nova Scotians will be diagnosed with some form of the disease. To raise awareness about the importance of skin cancer as a significant health issue and how to protect against it, the Canadian Dermatology Association has organized National Sun Awareness Week from Sunday, May 25 to Sunday, June 1. This year’s theme is sun safety during outdoor physical activity. Dermatologists in Halifax will mark the week by providing skin cancer screenings for golfers at Granite Springs Golf Course, 4441 Prospect Rd., Bayside on Wednesday, May 28 between the hours of 10 a.m to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. “The screenings will remind golfers about the importance of practicing sun safe behaviours to reduce the risk of skin cancer,” said Brian Smart, manager of Granite Springs Golf Course. “It will also help raise awareness about how common skin cancer is and the actions individuals need to take to reduce their risk for the disease, both on and off the golf course.” Sun Safe Nova Scotia, a coalition of organizations led by Cancer Care Nova Scotia, works year-long to encourage the development and implementation of policies that support sun safe behaviors. Their efforts focus on creating settings, which encourage Nova Scotian’s to take steps that will reduce over-exposure to the sun and artificial sources of ultraviolet radiation, to prevent skin cancer. Research shows that 30 per cent of Atlantic Canadians and 68 per cent of children aged 6 to 12 spend at least two hours in the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on a typical summer day. It also indicates that 78 per cent of 16 to 24 year olds, and 46 per cent of 25 to 44 year olds spend unprotected time in the sun. “In Atlantic Canada our weather is such that, when the sun is shining, we want to get out there and enjoy it because we’re never sure how long it’s going to last,” said dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Klotz, chair of Sun Safe Nova Scotia. “Our approach to sun safety is a realistic one. We want people to enjoy being outdoors and being active, but we want to provide them with the right supports and information so that they can do so without placing themselves at unnecessary risk for skin cancer.” This year, Sun Safe Nova Scotia is building on last year’s launch of Summer Sun Safety, a guide that explains why and how to develop, implement and evaluate a sun safety program in a sport and recreation setting. A summer project co-ordinator is now in place to work with municipal recreation programs and sport associations to adopt sun safety policies for their program staff and participants. “The lifeguards, camp counselors, program instructors and other recreation staff spend the majority of their time outdoors, and don’t have the luxury to stay out of the sun between the peak hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.,” said Dawn Stegen, executive director of Recreation Nova Scotia. “We are delighted to have someone dedicated to helping us work toward policies to protect staff and participants from over-exposure to the sun.” In addition to policies, which support sun safety behaviours on a population level, individuals need to take action by: Cancer Care Nova Scotia started Sun Safe Nova Scotia in Spring 2004 to address skin cancer prevention. The coalition, chaired by Dr. Klotz, and supported by Judy Purcell, prevention co-ordinator from Cancer Care Nova Scotia, works collaboratively to reduce skin cancer incidence and mortality in Nova Scotia. reducing sun exposure, when possible, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., when ultraviolet rays are the strongest wearing protective clothing such as a wide-brimmed hat planning outdoor activities in shaded areas wearing sun glasses with UV protection using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has UVA and UVB protection with an SPF of 15 or greater avoiding the use of tanning beds
Bengaluru: In a key event of India’s second moon mission Chandrayaan-2, lander ‘Vikram’ was separated from the orbiter on Monday, five days ahead of its planned lunar touchdown, space agency ISRO announced.The separation of Vikram, which is set for soft landing on September 7 on the lunar surface along with rover ‘Pragyan’, was carried out at 1.15 pm and all systems of Chandrayaan-2 orbiter and the lander were healthy, it said. The separation was carried out successfully, an official of the city-headquartered Indian Space Research Organisation told PTI. The event came 42 days after the mission was launched onboard India’s most powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the spacesport of Sriharikota on July 22 and after a series of earth and lunar orbit manoeuvres, that took the spacecraft closer to the moon gradually. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The fifth and final lunar orbit manoeuvre was carried out on Sunday. In a statement, ISRO on Monday said the lander, after the separation, was located in an orbit of 119 km perigee (closest point from moon) and 127 km apogee of the moons orbit. The Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter, which has a mission life of one year, continues to go around the Moon in its existing orbit. All the systems of Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter and Lander were healthy, ISRO said adding the health of the Orbiter and Lander was being monitored from the Mission Operations Complex at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) here with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at nearby Bylalu. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAfter the separation, two deorbit manoeuvres of Vikram Lander, to bring it further down, will be carried out on September 3 and September 4 to prepare for its landing in the south polar region of the moon, where no country has gone so far. The first of the manoeuvres was scheduled on Tuesday, between 08.45 am and 09.45 am Indian Standard Time,ISRO said. Vikram, named after the father of Indias space research programme Vikram A Sarabhai, is scheduled to land on the lunar surface near its south pole on September 7 at about 1.55 am. The exact landing site free of hazards would be decided based on pictures of the area captured and sent back by Vikram’s onboard camera. Rover Pragyaan, a six-wheeled robotic vehicle, will then roll out from the lander to carry out various tests on the lunar soil, especially detecting the presence of water and other mineral there, during its mission life of one Lunar day, equal to 14 Earth days. ISRO Chairman K Sivan has said the soft-landing on the Moon would be a “terrifying” moment as it is something the has not done before, whereas the Lunar Orbit Insertion manoeuvre was successfully carried out during the Chandrayaan-1 mission. The orbiter carries eight scientific payloads for mapping the lunar surface and study the exosphere (outer atmosphere) of the Moon while the lander carries three scientific payloads to conduct surface and subsurface science experiments. The rover carries two payloads to enhance the understanding of the lunar surface. ISRO has said the objective of the Rs 978-crore Chandrayaan-2 mission is to develop and demonstrate the key technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and roving on the lunar surface. The mission aims at further expanding knowledge about the moon through a detailed study, leading to a better understanding of its origin and evolution. On successful completion, it will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to pull off a soft landing on the moon.
Dusko Sikirica was given a sentence of 15 years, Damir Dosen was sentenced to 5 years in prison and Dragan Kolundzija was sentenced to 3 years’ confinement.The three men were charged with crimes committed against the non-Serb population in the municipality of Prijedor in northwestern Bosnia and Herzegovina, and, in particular, while they were guards at the Keraterm detention facility, over a period of three months in the summer of 1992.In a summary of its judgement, the Tribunal said there was enough evidence to prove the conditions at the camp included insufficient food and water; inadequate medical care and treatment; overcrowding and lack of opportunities for fresh air and exercise; and lack of proper hygiene arrangements. In August, Mr. Kolundzija pleaded guilty to charges of persecution and a month later, the other two defendants admitted their guilt to the same crime. All other charges against the three were later dropped.
The Ohio Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Counsel accused Columbus attorney Christopher Cicero of misconduct and filed a complaint Monday. The accusation relates to emails Cicero sent to Jim Tressel about Ohio State football players’ involvement with tattoo parlor owner Eddie Rife. The potential misconduct occurred when Cicero relayed confidential information from Rife, a prospective client, who met with Cicero on April 2, 2010, according to the documents released by the Disciplinary Counsel. This was the day after federal officials raided Rife’s residence as part of a criminal drug trafficking investigation and obtained several pieces of OSU football memorabilia. “During the meeting, Rife expressed his concern that their conversation would remain confidential,” the documents said. “(Cicero) assured Rife that everything Rife told (him) would remain confidential.” It was shortly after this meeting that Cicero notified Tressel about the players’ ventures with Rife, “divulging much of the information that Rife had told (Cicero) in confidence.” According to the documents, a second meeting between Rife and Cicero took place on April 15, 2010, where “Rife disclosed more information regarding his criminal case, the OSU memorabilia and his relationship to several OSU football players.” Without notifying Rife, Cicero sent two more emails to Tressel the following morning revealing much of what Rife had told him the day before, the documents said. Rife did not end up hiring Cicero to represent him in his criminal case, but according to the complaint, that does not exempt Cicero from being charged with misconduct. “Even when no client-lawyer relationship ensues, a lawyer who has had discussions with a prospective client shall not use or reveal any information learned in the consultation,” the documents said. Cicero did not immediately respond a request for comment.
Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) and Rutgers redshirt senior Shaquille Doorson (2) reach for the jump ball in the first half of the Ohio State-Rutgers game on Feb. 2. Ohio State won 76-62. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor The Ohio State Men’s Basketball team beat Rutgers 76-62 at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 2. Photos by Casey Cascaldo
Aggreko, the global provider of temporary power and temperature control services, has together with Sibanye Gold, delivered an innovative and environmentally friendly alternative source of power to Sibanye Gold’s Beatrix gold mining operations in South Africa that utilises naturally occurring methane gas intersected during underground mining operations. The 2 MW installation generates additional power for Beatrix from fuel which was previously being flared.Aggreko South Africa began discussions with engineers at Sibanye Gold when they were considering how to produce energy from the methane gas being intersected during underground mining. Until that point, the gas had to be flared on surface to ensure that it was safely removed from the environment. As this was a completely new initiative, an accurate understanding of the reliability of the gas supply was unclear.Sibanye Gold opted for an Aggreko rental solution as the flexibility of rental meant that the precise amount of generation capacity could be easily tailored to fit the amount of gas supply as it became clearer. It would also allow for any increases or decreases in supply to be quickly adjusted for, ensuring gas wasn’t wasted if supply increased or excess generation capacity remained unused should the gas supply decrease.“We knew that we wanted to generate electricity from the gas as it was a precious resource that was being completely unutilised through flaring,” commented Dirk van Greuning, Environmental Engineering Manager, Sibanye Gold, “Due to the precise characteristics of the gas supply being uncertain, the flexibility offered by the Aggreko solution was very attractive compared to the option of buying a fleet of generators. The Aggreko team worked tirelessly to adjust and fine tune the installation and manage the gas supply so that now we have an additional 2 MW of power that runs completely on free fuel, which is released naturally underground.”As the Environmental Engineering managers at Sibanye Gold predicted, the methane supply was shown to vary in terms of the flow, quality and quantity. To address this Aggreko developed an innovative system incorporating a gas accumulator and a methane sensor at its power generators. The gas accumulator acts a reservoir balancing out peaks and troughs in gas supply, while the sensor alerts the system to changes in gas consistency to allow the generators to intuitively adapt to any changes in gas quality.“The Beatrix project is an outstanding example of successful innovation and value being achieved through the close cooperation and trust between customer and supplier,” commented Martin Foster, General Manager, Aggreko Southern Africa. “Getting the installation just right took both significant effort and investment from Sibanye Gold and Aggreko, but the result is an extremely satisfying vindication for all the hard work.”“Sibanye Gold constantly addresses how we can improve our operations including a strong focus on reducing our environmental impact and reducing cost. This project successfully does both and we are delighted with the outcome,” commented Karel Opperman, Vice President Engineering, Sibanye Gold.
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THE RUBIK’S CUBE turned 40 today – that’s 40 years of staring at the colourful little cube, twisting it this way and that, getting one wall of perfect colour, then cheating by peeling off the stickers.OK, so the Rubik’s Cube isn’t unsolvable, but it’s just one of the many, many things we’re still trying to figure out. Here are some more.1) How to identify/explain ironyWe’re blaming Alanis Morissette for this. So rain on your wedding day ISN’T irony, but what is?It’s when something happens to someone and it’s funny because it’s the opposite of what should happen and… Ah, forget it.2) How long “donkey’s years” isThis has never been pinned down. We’re just going to say “a very long time” and leave it at that. Source: Tumblr3) What all the other buttons on the microwave are forSO. MANY. Source: One Peg Genius4) How they get the fig into the Fig RollsA mystery that has confounded the Irish nation since the dawn of time. Probably. Source: Wikimedia Commons5) What a tracker mortgage isStill, to this day. Source: onestep24/YouTube6) How to successfully pull off a sheet of cling filmEasy does it now…easy…and then just tear it… Ah look, it’s sticking to itself again. Now I have this. Great. Source: Aussie In France7) Who’s taking the horse to FranceWe’ve watched this ad hundreds of times and we still don’t know the answer. Will we ever? Source: Michcaos/YouTubeToday’s Rubik’s Cube doodle is a productivity vacuum>13 extremely satisfying acts of revenge>
In two weeks, you’ll finally be able to do something with those external charging pins on your Nexus 7 Best Price at Amazon . Asus is expected to finally start selling its official dock accessory for the popular tablet before the month is over. Asus has also slapped a suggested retail price of $39.99 on the Nexus 7 dock.So what can this thing do? Not much, really. Apart from being a chunk of plastic that’s molded to fit snugly around the Nexus 7, the only connections the dock contains are a micro USB port and 1/8″ audio output. It’ll charge your tablet and let you plug in a set of speakers for more aural oomph, but that’s it. A video output of some sort or USB OTG would have been nice, but the Asus dock has been designed and built to turn the Nexus 7 into a bedside or deskside companion, not a home theater component. You’ll also have to take off your official Nexus 7 cover if you purchased one, as it covers the the pogo connector.$40 seems like a bit much for what Asus is offering, but manufacturers always turn to accessories when they’re looking to pad their profits. It’s always possible that retailers will choose to undercut Asus’ $39.99 SRP, and let’s hope that they do.Even if you agree that the price is a little steep, at least it’s better than what UK residents are going to be charged. Some UK retailers have the dock listed for £79, that’s $126! It’s also half the price of the Nexus 7 itself in the UK.More at The Verge
The year 2015 was full of exciting announcements and milestones for Oakleigh Grammar. International Baccalaureate accreditation, exceeding standards in the Early Learning Centre and the implementation of the Arrowsmith Program are among the proudest achievements of the school.On Wednesday 29 July 2015, Oakleigh Grammar was officially accredited as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering the Middle Years Programme (MYP). As an IB World School, now the school has access to the best educational resources internationally to further enhance and support our student learning. The IBO has a focus on the ‘learner’ and the development of ‘learning skills’. This, coupled with high international assessment standards, encourages students to reflect on their learning and performance, and provides great preparation for VCE.Authorisation as an IB World School ensures strong accountability to best practice teaching and learning within this framework. Students learn best when their lessons have context and are connected to their lives and experience of the world.The IB MYP encourages both personal and academic achievement. This challenges students to excel in both their studies and personal development. In June, Oakleigh Grammar had the privilege of hosting the inaugural Leader in Me Symposium. Each year educators from across the world have the unique opportunity to gather at The Leader in Me Symposium Series to connect as a community of innovators, celebrate the advancements schools are making using The Leader in Me, and create new paths that will bring leadership and 21st-century life skills to the classroom. “We are so privileged and grateful to have been a part of the Australian Symposium, where our students hosted more than 170 guests and performed for them,” says Zoe Taylor on behalf of the school. Oakleigh Grammar also received news that the Early Learning Centre achieved an overall rating of the highest level of ‘Exceeding’ after being formally assessed. This is a rating that was awarded after two years of hard work and dedication.Oakleigh Grammar also announced the attainment of a CRICOS registration, allowing the school to enrol international students. “This achievement complements our dedication to diversity and inclusivity, and will further increase our school’s multiculturalism. Our first international students will commence schooling in Term 1 this year,” adds Ms Taylor.Ending 2015 on a high note, Oakleigh Grammar announced that it would be introducing the Arrowsmith Program in 2016, with the aim of helping students strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning dysfunctions and to enable them to become effective, confident and self-directed learners for life.The three to four year program is available to students in years three to 10 who are having difficulty with reading, writing and mathematics, comprehension, logical reasoning, problem solving, visual and auditory memory, non-verbal learning, attention, processing speed and dyslexia. For the third year in a row, our Year 12 Class of 2015 produced a strong median standard of results, and the dux Dimitrios Gotsis received an ATAR of 95.8. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, November 10, 2016 – Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sandals Resorts International, Adam Stewart has been conferred with the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) for outstanding contribution to Jamaica’s tourism and the hotel industry.The Order of Distinction is a national honour conferred by the Government of Jamaica upon citizens who render outstanding and important services to the country. The motto of the Order is “Distinction through Service”. Stewart was officially presented with the insignia yesterday, National Heroes’ Day, at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony held at King’s House, the official residence of the Governor-General.Stewart was among several Jamaicans to receive national honours in recognition of their contributions to various sectors, ranging from education, health, agriculture and of course tourism. Stewart, who has been at the helm of Sandals Resorts International for the last 10 years and has filled multiple leadership roles within the sector, including First Vice-President for the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, said he was humbled to receive such a prestigious award.“I am humbled and honoured to be bestowed the Order of Distinction, Commander Class by the Government of Jamaica”, he said. “I am very proud to be Jamaican and having the opportunity to contribute to my country’s development and to the development of the region through tourism is something I’m very thankful for and something I take very seriously. I want to say thank you Jamaica, thank you to all my amazing teams across our group of companies and across the region and thanks to my amazing family.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-NY) speaks with reporters outside the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on 3 January. Photo: AFPDemocrats wasted no time flexing their new power in the US House of Representatives on Thursday by approving legislation backed by new speaker Nancy Pelosi that would end a 13-day partial government shutdown, ignoring President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion for a border wall.The White House on Thursday issued a veto threat against both parts of the Democratic legislation. But that did not deter House Democrats.Thursday marked the first day of divided government in Washington since Trump took office in January 2017, as Democrats took control in the House from his fellow Republicans, who remain in charge of the Senate.The 2019-2020 Congress convened with roughly a quarter of the federal government closed, affecting 800,000 employees, in a shutdown triggered by Trump’s demand last month for the money for a US-Mexican border wall – opposed by Democrats – as part of any legislation funding government agencies.The House earlier on Thursday had formally picked Pelosi, a veteran Democratic lawmaker and liberal from San Francisco, as its speaker, beginning her second stint in one of Washington’s most powerful jobs. She is the only woman ever to serve as speaker and will preside over the most diverse US House in history, including a record number of women and Latinos.The two-part Democratic package includes a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through 8 February, providing $1.3 billion for border fencing and $300 million for other border security items including technology and cameras.The second part would fund the other federal agencies that are now unfunded including the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, Commerce and Justice, through 30 September, the end of the current fiscal year.”We’re not doing a wall. It has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with a wall is an immorality between countries. It’s an old way of thinking. It isn’t cost effective,” Pelosi told reporters late on Thursday.As speaker, Pelosi now is situated to lead Democratic opposition to Trump’s agenda and carry out investigations of his administration following two years during which congressional Republicans largely acquiesced to the president.Trump on Thursday made an unannounced appearance in the White House briefing room to make the case for the border wall, accompanied by members of a union that represents border patrol agents that endorsed him for president in 2016. He congratulated Pelosi on her selection as speaker and said: “Hopefully we’re going to work together.””The wall – you can call it a barrier, you can call it whatever you want – but essentially we need protection in our country,” Trump told reporters, without taking questions.’The Wrong Foot’Republican senate majority leader Mitch McConnell signaled that the Democratic legislation had no future in the Senate, calling it “political theater, not productive lawmaking.””Let’s not waste the time,” he said on the Senate floor. “Let’s not get off on the wrong foot with House Democrats using their platform to produce political statements rather than serious solutions.”McConnell said the Senate would not take up any proposal that did not have a real chance of getting Trump’s signature.Top senate democrat Chuck Schumer urged McConnell to allow the Democratic legislation to come to a vote in the chamber and said there was no reason to keep parts of the government unrelated to the border security issue shut down because of the wall standoff.”If Leader McConnell tonight would put the bill that’s passing the House on the floor, it would pass,” Schumer said, noting that the measures previously had been backed by Senate Republicans.Congressional leaders from both parties held unproductive talks with Trump at the White House on Wednesday and are to return for another round on Friday, a sign the shutdown is likely to continue at least for the rest of the week.After the November congressional elections, Republicans have a 53-47 majority in the Senate and Democrats have a 235-199 margin in the House, with one seat undecided.Trump made the wall – a project estimated to cost about $23 billion – a key campaign promise in 2016, saying Mexico would pay for it and arguing it is needed to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking. Democrats have called the wall immoral, ineffective and medieval.Credit rating agency Moody’s said the shutdown would cause minimal US economic and credit market disruption but there could be a more severe impact on financial markets and the broad economy if the closure is protracted.
A picture shows the North Korean embassy in Madrid on 28 March. AFP File PhotoNorth Korea on Sunday described the February raid on its embassy in Madrid by a dissident group as a “grave terrorist attack” and urged an investigation into the perpetrators.A group of armed men burst into Pyongyang’s Spanish embassy last month and roughed up employees before fleeing with documents and computers.The incident came just days before a high-stakes nuclear summit in Hanoi between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump that ultimately failed to reach an accord.In its first official comment on the raid, North Korea suggested the possible involvement of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and called on Spanish authorities to bring the “terrorists and their wire-pullers to justice”.”A grave terrorist attack occurred on 22 February, where an armed group assaulted the DPRK Embassy in Spain,” a spokesman for the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency, using the acronym for the North’s official name.”We are following the rumours of all hues now in the air that FBI of the United States and the small fry of anti-DPRK ‘body’ were involved in the terror incident,” it added.”We expect that the authorities concerned in Spain… carry out an investigation into the incident to the last in a responsible manner.”An investigation into the raid is already underway in Madrid.On Wednesday, a Spanish court named Mexican national Adrian Hong Chang as leader of the group who contacted “the FBI in New York five days after the assault” with information related to the incident in the embassy.According to investigating judge Jose de la Mata, two of the assailants took the embassy’s commercial attaché to an underground room and urged him to defect, which he refused to do.Dissident groupSpeculation over the identity and motive of the assailants has swirled in the media since the murky raid, with some suggesting links to the US Central Intelligence Agency and FBI.Hours after the court statement, the Cheollima Civil Defense (CCD) — a dissident group believed to include high-profile North Korean defectors — claimed responsibility for the raid.It said the raid had no links to the Hanoi summit — which ended abruptly with no agreement — and that no other governments were involved until after the event.”The organization shared certain information of enormous potential value with the FBI in the United States, under mutually agreed terms of confidentiality,” the CCD said in a statement posted on its website last week.Reports of the alleged ties between the intruders and the FBI appeared to have prompted Pyongyang to break its silence after more than a month, said Thae Yong Ho, a former North Korean diplomat who defected in 2016.”The fact that North Korea’s reaction comes 37 days after the incident shows it put a lot of consideration into the official statement,” Thae wrote on his website.He added that the North was pressuring Spanish authorities to confirm the identity of the group responsible for the raid.The CCD — which offers to assist people attempting to defect from North Korea — emerged in 2017 when it posted an online video of the son of the North Korean leader’s assassinated brother, saying it had guaranteed his safety.Last month the group declared itself a government-in-exile for the North called “Free Joseon”, using an old name for Korea.The CCD has identified itself as a group of defectors around the world but it is still unclear who is behind the shadowy organisation — although some speculate it has links to South Korea’s spy agency.
Shortly after flames were out, two men were arrested for allegedly intentionally setting the fire. Photo: Protección Civil A passerby stopped to try and dose flames with the two small bottles of water he had on hand, but to no avail. The dry grass burned quickly as two police arrived on a quad followed by members of Protección Civil. Tulum, Q.R. — Police were called to the scene of a burning rest stop palapa fire that was spotted along the Tulum-Boca Paila highway. Photo: Municipal Police The fire was reported at 4:25 p.m. when Lucio Salvador, director of Protección Civil, arrived with a crew to try and control the flames until firemen arrived. The small palapa was eventually extinguished, but not before burning completely. Municipal police have arrested 47-year-old Sergio C.E. and 26-year-old José E.G., both from the state of Chiapas, for possible arson in the fire and complete destruction of the palapa. The pair are being held for the Attorney General of the State. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) An employee with a private security firm told police that he had seen two men set the fire. One of the men was carrying a jug of fuel that he used to spray the palapa before setting it on fire.
Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | 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 Related Content Image courtesy of Imago Systems Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more December 14, 2017 — iCAD Inc. recently announced that customer adoption of its PowerLook Tomo Detection is gaining momentum. Driven by its ability to leverage artificial intelligence (AI), the solution optimizes digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) reading efficiency and improves confidence of radiologists. This efficiency enables users to streamline workflow and supports faster, more confident detection of breast cancer. PowerLook Tomo Detection is the first and only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved concurrent-read cancer detection solution for DBT, according to the company. During the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Chicago, Senthil Periaswamy, Ph.D, vice president of research at iCAD, presented on AI with breast tomosynthesis in the meeting’s Machine Learning Theater. The company also showcased the complete PowerLook Breast Health Solutions suite in its booth.iCAD CEO Ken Ferry said the mammography AI solution is clinically proven to optimize radiologists’ image reading and interpretation by reducing DBT read-time by an average of 29.2 percent. He added that since its FDA approval in March, PowerLook Tomo Detection has been implemented by a number of leading breast health provider organizations throughout the United States.“PowerLook Tomo Detection is an important addition. When you’re confronted with a lot of breast tomosynthesis exams to read daily, you can get fatigued. Now, depending on the size of the breast, I am able to cut down my reading time anywhere from 25-50 percent,” said Katherine Hall, M.D., diagnostic radiologist and co-director of mammography, East Division, at Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center.Recently named 2017 Product of the Year by the New Hampshire High Technology Council, PowerLook Tomo Detection utilizes a trained algorithm developed through deep learning that automatically analyzes each tomosynthesis plane. Suspicious areas identified are then blended into a 2-D synthetic image to provide radiologists with a single, highly sensitive, enhanced image that is used to easily navigate the tomosynthesis datasets. 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Bat featuresCosta Rica’s bat diversity has offered research opportunities for biologists for decades. The overwhelming majority of bats in the United States, for example, live on a diet of only insects. In Central America, researchers can witness bats interacting with their environments in roles traditionally occupied by bees or hummingbirds.One pioneering researcher, Merlin Tuttle, has an almost legendary status among bat researchers, driven by his wizardry in photographing bats in action.Tuttle cited the example of one bat’s relationship with the sea bean, a tree often used by Costa Ricans to craft jewelry. The flower of the tree opens one night per year and produces a sweet nectar that attracts pollinator bats. It also produces a specifically designed part of the flower that reflects bat echolocation in a peculiar fashion. This plant feature only exists on the night when the plant is ready for pollination.“It’s guiding him like airport landing lights at night for a pilot,” Tuttle told The Tico Times.As the bat drinks the nectar, using an extended tongue, a lower part of the flower shoots pollen on the bat’s body, just above its feet.“This all happens in a fraction of a second,” Tuttle said.Tuttle said other flowers have similar structures, with their own specific territory on the bats’ bodies, shooting pollen on their faces, throats or wings.Tuttle said he had been doing research and photography on bats for over 50 years, first coming to Costa Rica in 1987. He said he uses a studio for his photographs, capturing bats in the wild and then creating an artificial ecosystem. Tuttle said he can train the bats in as little as two hours to come to his hand and consider him a source of food.“I don’t know if I can think of any animal in the wild that I can catch and train to come to me in two hours,” Tuttle said.At the conference, Tuttle was excited to see some of the latest research on bat intelligence, a test of their long-term memory. One researcher played cellphone ringtones in an experiment with captured bats, giving them food if they responded to the tone. They bats were then released into the wild in Panama. After being recaptured, some gone for more than 800 days, they demonstrated an ability to remember associating the ringtone with food, in a laboratory.Researchers hypothesized that the diverse diets of some bats, especially those that eat all manner of insects, coupled with their lifespans, upwards of 20 years, explains their need to have a sophisticated long-term memory. A wrinkle-face bat, a species of fruit-eating bat. Researchers hypothesize that the bizarre features on its face help in quickly detecting edible fruit. Courtesy of Merlin Tuttle and Bat Conservation International Richard Laval, center-right, and Bernal Rodríguez, far right, are two top bat researchers in Central America. They are seen here at the Bat Jungle in Monteverde in 2009. Rodríguez is one of the organizers of a bat conference held last week in San José. Laval has studied bats in Costa Rica since 1968. Courtesy of The Bat Jungle Those interested in tourism involving bats can visit The Bat Jungle in Monteverde or the reserve in Tirimbina. Those sites also provide educational outreach for their local communities. Bat Conservation International is the leading organization in helping preserve the animals around the world. They have databases of information on their site and encourage donations of time or money.For Latin America, the “Red Latinoamericana para la Conservación de los Murciélagos” also seeks support. Facebook Comments An image of the great-fruit eating bat, which ranges from Mexico to Bolivia. Researchers consider fruit-eating bats one of the best dispersers of seeds, helping in reforestation. Courtesy of Merlin Tuttle and Bat Conservation International Opportunities for Central American scientistsJonathan Hernández is a researcher from Honduras and came with another Central American, Arnuflo Medina from Nicaragua. The two said the conference presented a tremendous advantage.“It’s the biggest opportunity,” Hernández said, adding, “We don’t have the opportunity to travel to Africa or the U.S.”For Hernández and Medina, the conference isn’t just an opportunity to meet famous bat researchers, it is the only opportunity to meet specialists.Medina said Nicaragua has no established bat biologists to turn to for guidance. While researchers come to Nicaragua, few stay to disseminate their findings to the local population. Due to this, Medina said, myth such as all bats being vampires persist among many Nicaraguans.“We don’t have any people that study bats; my point was to bring back knowledge and share it with the people,” Medina said.The two said they run workshops in their home countries with small groups of children, and have shown that in a short time they can transform false perceptions.José Cajas and Luis Trujillo came down from Guatemala under similar circumstances.“The great scientists of the world are here, studying bats,” Cajas said. “We don’t normally have the opportunity to speak with them.”The two were presenting research on artificial roosts they created in Guatemala for bats, to see if the fruit-eating bats help accelerate forest regeneration.ThreatsOn the final morning of the conference, bat scientists received a dire lecture from an outsider.Dan Janzen, from the U.S., has been working in the northwestern Costa Rica province of Guanacaste studying plant and animal interactions since 1968. On Thursday, he warned that a failure to involve local residents in the protection of wildlife reserves would result in them ceasing to exist.“The entire system is decaying. If it keeps on like it is, in 50 years there won’t be a national park system,” he told The Tico Times.During his presentation, Janzen stressed the need for biological reserves to provide benefit to local economies, otherwise they would be exploited in other, less environmentally friendly ways. He showed a slide of the book “A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica,” by Gary Stiles, saying it has drawn many tourists to the country.“Birds of Costa Rica has done more for the Costa Rican economy than has any other book published,” Janzen said.Though Costa Rica has many large national parks and reserves, Janzen said many of them are not large enough.“They’re just as dead as if you went today and cut them down with a chainsaw,” Janzen said.The reserve where Janzen works is on Guanacaste’s Pacific coast, in a region biologists consider dry tropical forest. The interior forests are wetter. Janzen explained that species such as the local bats rely on both regions. In the dry season, the bats migrate to the wetter forests where insect populations remain high. However, the reserve where Janzen works has no wet forest reserved, and the bats have to travel across agricultural land to reach such terrain.Researchers at the conference widely cited habitat loss as the No. 1 threat to bat populations.On the issue of climate change Janzen was blunt.“Go to the top of Rincón mountains and take your pictures now,” Janzen said. “All that will be gone.”Janzen explained that as temperatures rise, he has observed wildlife migrating from the hottest lower altitudes up. However, those at the top have nowhere to go, and will get crowded out by invaders from below.Janzen did have some optimism, saying that if wildlife biologists can show governments and the local population that wild areas can be profitable, they will survive. Janzen estimated Costa Rica generated $2 billion a year due to wildlife tourism and study. Richard Laval has been studying bats since he first took a course at La Selva biological station in 1968. La Selva sits in the Braulio Carrillo National Park, in the northern Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Laval has since run the Bat Jungle, an ecological park in the cloud forest paradise of Monteverde, in north-central Costa Rica.He said the park’s bats are one of the primary attractions in Monteverde, bringing tourist and research dollars alike.“I doubt any Latin American country has as many bat biologists as Costa Rica,” Laval said.Laval said that many of the misperceptions remain, even in Costa Rica, which results in local populations directly attacking bats.A newly discovered threat to bats came from one of the most seemingly benign sources — wind energy.Frank Bonaccorso, a bat researcher since 1971, said the effect of windmills on bats is a relatively new field of study.“It’s true that it’s relatively benign compared to coal, but we’re killing eagles, birds, bats,” Bonaccorso said.Bonaccorso said that while windmills may appear to be moving slowly at first glance, the tips of the blades can be moving as fast as 200 miles an hour. Bonaccorso said that in Europe and North America researchers have estimated 800,000 bats have been killed since 2003.Bats die from direct strikes from the blades or from the low air pressure created by their motion, which results in their lungs collapsing. Bonaccorso conceded that wind energy will continue to expand and hoped that further research would lead to bats coexisting with the technology.White-nose syndrome was a popular topic at the conference. Though not a threat to tropical bats, researchers said the new disease has killed millions in North America, and may result in some species going extinct.Mylea Bayless, with Bat Conservation International, said her organization has seen an 88 percent decline in bat numbers in the northeastern U.S. since its discovery in 2006.She explained that the disease, a fungus that loves the cool, dark cave environment, preys upon bats that hibernate over the winter. The disease does not directly kill the bats, but rather awakens them before winter’s end. During hibernation, a bat’s system shuts down to the lowest levels, including the immune system.“Essentially they burn through their fat before the end of the winter and they die,” Bayless said.Normally, bats’ immune systems would combat the fungus.The disease was later discovered in caves in Europe, but was not killing the bats there.“It appears to have been in Europe for a really long time,” Bayless said. “Now it is following that classic pattern of an invasive species.”Bayless said scientists believe the disease first existed in Europe in the mid-2000s, and then spread to North America by cavers or scientists working in both areas.The disease has spread as far west as Oklahoma, according to Bayless. She said her organization suspected the disease would have a hard time finding purchase among tropical bats, who do not have the same life cycle as bats that need to hibernate through a long winter. However, she said it is not impossible for the fungus to arrive.Due to a wide range of diets, many researchers at the conference stressed how important bats are, especially in environments in Central America.Bats play a role in combating insects – not only agriculture pests, but disease carriers, such as mosquitoes. Bats serve as pollinators, seed dispersers and as a form of population control for other animals such as frogs, rats and birds. A face shot of the Honduran white bat. Researchers believe the leaf-nose shape helps in directing the bat’s echolocation. The bat feeds on insects in tropical forests from Honduras to Panamá. Courtesy of Merlin Tuttle and Bat Conservation International A famous peculiarity of bats is their echolocation. Bats emit high-pitched noises from their mouths or sometimes noses, such as the Honduran white bat, then listen for the sound’s reflection to get a sense of their surroundings.Cori Lausen, from Canada, teaches an acoustics course on bats and has been working with them since 1993. Because people are unable to hear the high-frequency sound of most bat echolocation, researchers have developed gadgets that modify their noises, Lausen explained.“It sounds like a series of clicks,” Lausen said in an interview.In their nighttime hunts, bats can detect insects, trees and other hunting bats with their sonar. However, some of the latest research shows that some bat prey have developed their own sonar in response.Certain moths, one of the juiciest meals an insectivorous bat can find, have their own ability to detect ultrasonic sound waves.“You can jingle keys and create ultrasound and they will drop right out of the air,” Lausen said.Even more, other moths can project their own ultrasound back at the bat, creating what Lausen called a “sonar jamming” that confuses the predators.One of the conference sponsors was a company making the latest gadgets in bat detection, Wildlife Acoustics. Their newest product, premiering at the conference was a small box that could attach to a smartphone or tablet. The box picks up the ultrasonic bat emissions and shows a graphical display of the sound waves on the computer. Users can then look up the call on an Internet database that can identify the bat species by its call.“The idea is to get people excited about backyard batting,” Ian Agranat said in an interview about their products.Gary Kwiecinski, a researcher from Pennsylvania, said he was focusing his latest studies on the intricate and bizarre faces of bats, especially the fruit-eating kind. The strange noses and wrinkles on some bats’ faces are not an accident, Kwiecinski said.“The unusual structure of faces is for determining if food is edible or not,” Kwiecinski said in an interview.Kwiecinski hypothesized that in those folds are receptors for touch and smell. Kwiecinski said their echolocation can also determine texture and softness of fruit.“Bats are in flight so they can’t sit and ponder food,” Kwiecinski said.Making one of the longest journeys to San José, New Zealand researcher Chris O’Donnell said he was also taking advantage of his time in Costa Rica. He said he had done snorkeling, saw humpback whales off the Pacific coast and saw tapirs in Corcovado National Park on southern Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula.“I definitely know that I’m in Costa Rica now,” O’Donnell said.At the conference, O’Donnell spoke about bats’ sophisticated behavior.“Some bats spend all day together,” O’Donnell said. “I’ve got bats that have been living together for 10 years.”Because most bat species sleep in groups, sometimes in caves with thousands, they develop complex social interactions, according to researchers.“If you go into a cave at night with 1,000 bats, the mom will fly straight to her child,” O’Donnell said.O’Donnell noted that some bats will assign a female to act as the nurse to the young bats in a colony, while others go outside to hunt. O’Donnell said bats have impressive memory, recalling feeding sites that are 10 kilometers away from their homes.Other researchers, such as Tuttle, noted that bats’ social complexity resembles that of stereotypically intelligent mammals such as dolphins, elephants and humans. Scientists from 50 countries gathered in San José, Costa Rica, this past week for the largest bat conference ever. They discussed cutting-edge research and conservation regarding one of Latin America’s most ecologically important animals.An estimated 650 researchers, professors and community educators gathered at the Wyndham Hotel to hear presentations on new bat species, research on behavior, dire warnings about threats and to learn how to communicate the importance of bats to the public.One of the conference’s key organizers, University of Costa Rica biology professor Bernal Rodríguez, said the conference location was a unique chance to showcase bat diversity and offer opportunities to researchers from Latin America.“Costa Rica has a very high diversity,” Rodríguez said in an interview with The Tico Times. “The most genera in the world.”Genera refers to the scientific classification of organisms, one level above species — the lowest level of classification. This diversity is not merely academic. Bats in Central America have the most diverse diet of any region, feeding on nectar, fruit, insects, fish, birds, mammals and blood. Because of this, bats serve a broad role in maintaining the natural environments of the region.Rodríguez said the diversity is geographic, with Central America serving as an intersection of North and South American bats.This marked the first time Central America had hosted an international bat conference, and it was the largest such conference to date, according to organizers.Rodríguez noted that for up-and-coming researchers from Latin America, the conference marked a unique opening, because those researchers were unable to afford to travel to past conferences in relatively expensive places such as the United States or Europe.“This is the best opportunity to communicate with the top researchers in the world,” Rodríguez said.One such researcher was Eugenia Cordero, who also educates children living near the Tirimbina Biological Reserve in La Virgen de Sarapiquí, Heredia, in the interior north of Costa Rica. Cordero presented her education program, reaching out to schoolchildren living near the reserve, with a focus on the Honduran white bat.She said the program uses the thumb-sized, leaf-dwelling bat to eradicate widely-held misconceptions.“People don’t know that bats are mammals — either they [think bats] are birds or creatures that aren’t even considered animals,” Cordero said.She said students can find the bats roosting in the leaves of heliconia plants within a two-minute walk from the station’s entrance. The bats chew through leaves, causing them to droop and make a tent-like structure. They roost in small groups of one male with a harem of females, according to researchers. The bats do not flee from a light disturbance, or from children coming to see them.Cordero said she takes 500 students a year to see the bats.“Scientists normally work in the field, but for conservation you have to work with the public,” Cordero said.One of the stars of bat biology that many came to meet was Rodrigo Medellín, a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, who has spent about 40 years studying bats and their environments.Medellín said that every year scientists are getting a better understanding of the role bats play in their environment, which can have direct benefits for humans. Massive colonies of cave-dwelling bats, with numbers into the millions, are responsible for destroying 10 tons of insects every night, according to Medellín. This has profound effect on agriculture. Medellín said current research estimated $1 million in savings for every 10,000 acres of a crop such as cotton, due to the bats acting as a natural pesticide.Medellín said that the agriculture industry will continue to owe a debt to bats, even as cutting-edge pesticides and genetically modified crops are developed. Currently companies like Monsanto have produced genetically-modified plants that produce their own insecticides. However, research presented at the conference showed that insects, with their vast numbers and short life-cycles, can produce rapid resistance.The bats, however, are a fail-safe tool for agribusiness. Most insect pests on plants are problematic in their young or larval stages. Those that survive the pesticides into adulthood will fail to reproduce in great quantities if colonies of airborne insect-hungry mammals are nearby. Thus, the insects will fail to pass on their resistant genes in great quantities, according to Medellín. “In 10, 20 years time, Monsanto even is going to be thanking the bats,” Medellín said.The vampire bat, a blood-feeding bat that lives in Mexico and Central America, has been a problem for the image of bat conservation. Medellín lamented that the public retains the misconception that all bats feed on blood, especially when only three of the more than 100 species in the area are vampiric.Medellín said his passion for bats started when he was a 12-year-old contestant on a Mexican television game show called “The 64,000 Peso Challenge.” The show resembles “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” but with the caveat that the contestant chooses the trivia topic. Medellín said he chose mammals and had a streak of success lasting six weeks. This drew the attention of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, which invited the young Medellín to their field research on bats.“I never looked back really,” Medellín said of his long career. A Linnaeus’ false vampire bat holding a bird. The bat ranges from Mexico to Brazil and Ecuador. It is one of the larger bats, weighing up to 190 grams. Courtesy of Merlin Tuttle and Bat Conservation International No related posts.
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