10th anniversary for Verna Kirkness education program that encourages youth to stay

first_imgStudents participate in a physics experiment. Photo: Ashley Brandson/APTNAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsFor the past ten years the University of Manitoba has played host to high school students from around the province and Saskatchewan as they take part in the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program.The program addresses the under-representation of First Nations, Metis and Inuit students at Canadian Universities.The foundation offers all expense paid scholarships to Indigenous high school students to spend a week at a Canadian university meeting role models and learning about support systems that are available to them.Throughout the month of May, the program visited nine universities across the country.This year, 39 Indigenous students are spending a week at the University of Manitoba, learning about different science and engineering departments.“I’ve learned some stuff about the function of muscles, the science behind activity and how that helps athletes become better in sport,” says grade student Lochlan Lubinski.He spent that last 4 days exploring the department of kinesiology, the study of the mechanics of body movements.“It’s cool, I get to visit people working in different areas in the kinesiology department,” he says.(Lochlan Lubinski is showing off what he learned in the Kinesiology department. Photo: Ashley Brandson/APTN)Emillee Fronda got the opportunity to learn more about physics.“We did some work with radiation which I thought was going to be scary, but then we did some training and they explained how it should be scary, it’s a natural thing,” she says.Fronda says she’s interested in engineering and this week has been a great experience to get a small glimpse of what university life will be like.“I’ve been learning a lot and this is helping me become a lot more comfortable.”Ron Woznow is the executive director and founder of the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program.Since he founded the program in 2009, more than 500 students have participated in the foundation.“I’m not Indigenous myself, but I was raised by a single mother who thought every child deserved an education, and I guess she passed that on to me,” says Woznow.(Verna Kirkness. Facebook)He says he named the foundation after Kirkness  to honour her accomplishments as an educator.“She’s 83 this year, started at 17 as a teaching assistant – ended up as a professor at the University of British Colombia.”Woznow says statistics show there’s a significant drop out rate between grade 10 and grade 12.One of the goals of this program is to excite young Indigenous students who hope to further their education after high school.He hopes by bringing students to post secondary institutions and allowing them to be mentored by a professor and their colleagues, it shows them that there are resources available for them.(The program takes place at the University of Manitoba. Photo: Ashley Brandson/APTN)Another important goal of the foundation is to increase the number of First Nations, Metis and Inuit students enrolling in science and engineering programs in Canada, and one day graduating.“We do see a lot of students returning,” says Ruth Shead, Co-ordinator of Indigenous Achievement.“I don’t have the exact numbers, but we have a few who have gone on to medical school and some have returned to our engineering program.”Woznow says he hopes the students leave this program excited about their future in post secondary education and that it motivates them to graduate high school.“We hope they understand if they have a dream of what they want to do, they’ll more confidence in themselves on how to achieve it.”abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

FEATURE Away from the frontlines UN staff give a helping hand

But critical humanitarian work of a different kind is also carried out far away from the “frontlines”, in cities such as New York and Geneva, where vital policy decisions come together in meeting rooms and corridors, or in an office on the end of a telephone. Few know this better than Ivan Lupis. Until earlier this year, he served simultaneously as the desk officer for Myanmar and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Each country was, and still is, on the receiving end of international sanctions, and thus at odds with other UN Member States, which meant Ivan and his colleagues faced additional challenges in ensuring that humanitarian assistance reaches those in need. “It’s about walking a tightrope between all these competing interests,” Ivan says, explaining that Member States, advocacy groups and the UN itself often have different expectations about what the UN can or should do in providing aid to such nations. This was especially true in May last year, when Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar with such catastrophic effect that the death toll from the disaster is today estimated at nearly 150,000. In the immediate aftermath, as it became clear that the magnitude of the disaster exceeded the capacity of the Government to respond, some countries, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and pressure groups said that the authorities were not doing enough to facilitate relief efforts, and criticized the way that the UN was initially handling its response. But Ivan notes that for many pressure groups, their focus is almost exclusively on political issues; at OCHA, the primary concern must always be humanitarian. “We’ve always tried very hard – especially in Myanmar – to keep the political and the humanitarian efforts of the UN separate… Politicizing a humanitarian response in such a complex environment such as Myanmar doesn’t help the situation.” As with any other major emergency, OCHA’s response mechanisms had swiftly swung into place after the cyclone struck, with logisticians and other staff coordinating the overall relief efforts of the UN and its partners. But this time, with international tensions on the rise amid suggestions that the outside world should intervene and take over the relief response, Ivan and his colleagues in New York and Geneva had to call on their negotiating and consensus-building skills as well as they hit the phones and held meeting after meeting. “I think the majority of my time was spent on doing the behind-the-scenes advocacy and policy-shaping work and negotiating with key advocacy groups, Member States and other UN agencies,” he recalls, noting the delicacy of much of the discussions. John Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and then Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Myanmar to negotiate immediate access for international aid. One of the other results of those trips was the formation of the Tripartite Core Group, which brought together the UN, the Government of Myanmar and the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) to spearhead the coordination of relief efforts in Myanmar’s delta region. “This is probably too early to tell, but it worked very well, and there are hopes in the region and within the UN that it could become a prototype or model for other disasters,” Ivan says, praising Myanmar’s neighbours for the bridging role they played. Ivan says he enjoys the political aspects of his work as he can draw from his own experiences in the field in the Balkans and elsewhere, working for the UN as well as Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). “Having a wide breadth of experience in politically sensitive emergencies has really helped me shape my thinking… Myanmar is perhaps the most fascinating portfolio I’ve ever had in my career, with many levels of political complexities and nuances impacting your work and decision-making.” As the technical side of the humanitarian response to emergencies and crises becomes ever more systematized, Ivan says there will be an even greater need for humanitarian workers who have experience or knowledge in other fields, such as human rights and political affairs, to bring to policy-making. “We need people with good political radar, who know how to frame certain strategies, how to frame certain messages, how to feel the political temperature at Headquarters, and in the field, and have a good barometric reading of when to say the right thing, and when to press the right buttons.” 19 August 2009Humanitarian work typically takes place in conflict zones, or following natural disasters, or in remote areas where food is scarce and the need for immediate assistance is high. Grain sacks are hauled and distributed, life-saving vaccinations are given, and temporary shelters are found. read more

Thesis defences — March 8

Master of Arts — Jarold ChinnickJarold Chinnick (MA Leisure Studies) will defend his thesis on Wednesday, March 9 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in WH147. Title: A Case Study of the Implementation of Experiential Education in Yukon Schools. Supervisor: Mary Breunig; committee members: Erin Sharpe and Bob Jickling; external examiner: Bob Henderson, McMaster University; chair: Tim O’Connell.Master of Education — Paul WhitePaul White will present his thesis defence on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Introduction to Engineering: A Case Study of an Interdisciplinary Course in Mathematics, Science, and Technology.” External examiner: Ronald Hansen, University of Western Ontario; supervisor: Xavier Fazio; committee members: Joe Engemann and Louis Volante; chair of the examining committee: Tiffany Gallagher. All are welcome to attend.Master of Education — Jennifer BrantJennifer Brant will present her thesis defence on Wednesday, April 20 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Aboriginal Women in Education: Honouring Our Experiences – A Vision of Access and Success to and within the University.” External examiner: Carmen Robertson, University of Regina; supervisor: Michael Manley-Casimir; committee members: Michelle McGinn, Mary-Louise Vanderlee, and John Hodson; chair of the examining committee: Jonathan Neufeld. All are welcome to attend. read more

Liberia Security Council reviews sanctions discusses draft text for Mondays vote

After meeting in closed-door consultations to review the sanctions imposed on Liberia for its support for the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) of Sierra Leone and other armed groups in the region, the United Nations Security Council today said it had also discussed a draft resolution that it intended to vote on next Monday.During the consultations, the Council heard a briefing by a senior UN official on the latest report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Liberia’s compliance with the measures imposed by the Council in March 2001 by resolution 1343, Council President Kishore Mahbubani said in a statement to the press after the meeting. In the report, the Secretary-General, in part, says that while the Mano River Union countries have been holding a series of meetings to find a permanent solution to the region’s crisis, greater efforts are still needed to restore lasting peace in Liberia,Mr. Annan reports that starting with a summit in February of the leaders of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, which was hosted by Morocco, several other meetings at the technical and ministerial levels have also been convened and that a second Rabat summit meeting has reportedly been scheduled for this month.Moreover, efforts are being made to find a solution to the current fighting within Liberia with a view to achieving national reconciliation and, ultimately, lasting peace in the country, Mr. Annan says. He notes that a pre-reconciliation conference was held in March, under the auspices of ECOWAS, between Government representatives and members of opposition political parties, civil society and religious and community leaders, in preparation for a full-fledged national reconciliation conference in Monrovia in July.”Much remains to be done to restore sustainable peace in Liberia, whose stability is essential for the stability of the wider Mano River Union,” the Secretary-General writes. “I have no doubt that the Council, as it considers the appropriate follow-up to resolution 1343, will take stock of developments and strive towards consolidating the momentum that the Rabat summit, in particular, seems to have generated.” read more

Syria humanitarian efforts falling short UN relief chief warns calling for end

“This is a conflict that is affecting every Syrian,” said Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, in a briefing to the Security Council this afternoon on the humanitarian situation in Syria.“We have lamented the possibility of a lost generation of Syria’s children: it is now a reality,” she added.Specifically, Ms. Amos said Syria’s economy has contracted some 40 per cent since 2011, with unemployment now exceeding 54 per cent. In addition, three quarters of the population live in poverty, and school attendance has dropped by more than 50 per cent.She noted that Council resolution 2165 – which was adopted in July and aims at increasing access to people most in need – has helped the UN to overcome some of the challenges faced, by permitting direct delivery to hundreds of thousands of people, complementing the considerable cross-border deliveries conducted by non-governmental organizations. Since the adoption of the resolution and primarily through cross-border deliveries, supplies had been distributed in nearly all the hard-to-reach locations in the four governorates, leading to a more effective response, she noted. However, no more than two besieged locations have been reached in any month since the adoption of the resolution, and only one location has been reached in each of the past two months.“Despite the progress we have made, it is still not enough,” Ms. Amos stressed. “We have faced considerable challenges in implementing resolutions 2139 and 2165 and continue to fall short of meeting the humanitarian needs of all the people we aim to reach in Syria,” she added.Council resolution 2139, from February 2014, demands that all parties, in particular the Syrian authorities, allow humanitarian access in Syria across conflict lines, in besieged areas and across borders.At the passing of resolution 2139 in February, there were 220,000 people besieged by either Government or opposition forces; of those, 212,000 remain besieged today, she noted.Ms. Amos also emphasized that the Council should continue to call for an end to the “bureaucratic steps” that hinder the delivery of assistance, as well as push for the inclusion of medical supplies in convoys and call for the lifting of sieges. Noting that some 12.2 million people – more than 5 million of them children – are now in urgent need of humanitarian assistance throughout the country, Ms. Amos said that continuing violence has forced nearly half of Syrians from their homes, many of them multiple times.Consequently, there are now some 7.6 million people displaced inside Syria. In addition, more than 3.2 million people have fled the country, with countries in the region and communities hosting refugees bearing an “enormous burden,” Ms. Amos stressed. Moreover, Ms. Amos said that despite repeated calls from the Council for the fighting to stop and “hard-hitting” reports from the Independent Commission of Inquiry of ongoing abuses of human rights, civilians continue to be killed and injured every day in Syria. “As the situation on the ground becomes more dangerous and difficult it is even more important that humanitarian actors are able to use all tools at their disposal to reach people in need, from within the country and across borders,” Ms. Amos said. In addition, Ms. Amos emphasized that humanitarian appeals for Syria and the region remain critically underfunded, with the appeal less than half funded.“Every day that passes more Syrian children, women and men die,” Ms. Amos said. “More look to the international community for help and support. We on the humanitarian side will continue to do all we can,” she added.The conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, has led to well over 150,000 deaths, and more than 680,000 people have been injured. It has also spawned a refugee crisis in which some 2.5 million people are being sheltered in neighbouring countries. At least 10.8 million people are in need of assistance inside Syria, including at least 6.5 million who are internally displaced. read more

Wrestling Tom Ryan eyes more dual meet emphasis in NCAA

Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan addresses his team after the Buckeyes’ practice on Oct. 20. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Lantern ReporterThe television outside of Tom Ryan’s office is often set to ESPN. Inevitably, he walks by a lot of College Football Playoff talk on the sports network. And every time he hears it, he can only think of one thing — a college wrestling playoff. This idea has been more than a thought in the mind of Ohio State’s wrestling coach. Ryan has pushed for a stand-alone, dual-meet championship tournament in the NCAA, among other things. He’s even a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force committee, which is dedicated to developing a long-term plan for NCAA wrestling. The Blue Ribbon Task Force includes members such as North Carolina State Athletic Director Debbie Yow, NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs Oliver Luck and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. The task force was formed by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. “We’ve got some big dogs involved,” Ryan said. “And they all like the sport and they all see the value in wanting to move in this direction. And because they’re involved now, things can happen.”There is currently a proposal, unanimously approved by the committee, in the works that would change college wrestling to a one-semester sport that starts during December and would end about six weeks later than usual with a dual-meet tournament. The current individual championships would stay in March. The NCAA has yet to sign off on the proposal. Ryan’s reasoning for the change stems from the idea that dual meets are more fan-friendly than longer individual tournaments. He wants to attract more interest in his sport. “I think it’s spectator-friendly,” Ryan said. “An hour and a half, an hour and 45 minutes is way better than three days in a gym, or tournaments two days in a gym. I think it’s substantially more team-oriented. I think team sports are sports that our culture follows. I think it’s important for the sport of wrestling that we value the team aspect as much as the superstar aspect.”Ohio State has experience balancing individual success with team success. The Buckeyes won a team national championship in 2015 and their current roster is home to former individual national champions and an Olympic champion in heavyweight Kyle Snyder. Ryan said the proposed changes would place importance on more wrestlers in his program, due to the fact that dual-meet wins and losses would count more in preparation for a dual-meet tournament. “I think it would add more value to more people,” Ryan said. “Because, right now if you lose a dual meet, it doesn’t hurt your chance to win the national tournament. And because of that, you’re hesitant to put all your guys in when they may be banged up or not. So, because of that, it brings less value to your guys in the room.”Ryan said most of the opposition that the proposal faces involves the timing and scheduling of the hypothetical events. He said there also are differing viewpoints on how teams would be chosen for a dual-meet tournament and how many teams would be involved. The ability of wrestlers to maintain their peak performance for an entire season is also up for discussion. Redshirt senior Nathan Tomasello seemed to be all for the proposed changes. He placed value on the ability of dual meets to attract new, casual fans to the sport. “I think it’s important to make it more of a team sport and easier to follow,” Tomasello said. “If you don’t really know wrestling that well, it’s tough to follow how people get points at national tournaments.” Ryan said wrestling is one of the few collegiate sports that actually succeeds as a business model with ticket sales, and that gives the NCAA incentive to retool the sport and maximize profit. A dual meet at the Schottenstein Center between Ohio State and Penn State drew an attendance of 15,338 just last season. Ryan drew a comparison to Ohio State football fans tuning in to Saturday’s game between Penn State and Michigan because of a vested interest in the sport and the outcome of the game. That type of heightened interest is what he desires for the sport of wrestling. “We don’t have that in wrestling,” Ryan said. “And we need it. And until we get it, we’ll continue to be a sport that’s kind of status quo instead of one that’s thriving.” read more

Womens Basketball Kelsey Mitchells Ohio State career wasnt supposed to end like

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell backs a defender down during the Big Ten tournament championship game against Maryland on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis. Credit: Alyssia Graves: Assistant Sports DirectorKelsey Mitchell always deserved a standing ovation from an Ohio State crowd when her illustrious career came to a close. The three-time Big Ten Player of the Year entered college a year after the Buckeyes went 17-18 and proceeded to lead them to four straight 24-plus win seasons. The greatest scorer in Ohio State history, Mitchell has made more field goals than anyone in program history and more 3-pointers than anyone in NCAA history. She has earned countless ovations for her dozens of accomplishments.So it was no surprise when the crowd at St. John Arena rose to its feet Monday night to send off one of the most accomplished players to ever don a scarlet and gray jersey. However, she wanted anything but the standing ovation St. John Arena gave her with 41 seconds remaining in her team’s game against Central Michigan Monday night. This time, it meant only one thing: Her career was over. When she was asked what passing former Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles and becoming the second all-time leading scorer in NCAA history with 3,402 career points, with tears in her eyes, Mitchell only had one thought.“We lost,” she said. “That’s all I can say.”It wasn’t supposed to end like this.The Buckeyes got blitzed from the beginning of the second quarter to the end of the game, eventually falling 95-78. They allowed Central Michigan to bounce back from a six-point first-quarter deficit with a dominant 25-6 second quarter. The Chippewas hit 14-of-27 3-pointers and 25-of-27 free throws during the game. The reverberations of St. John Arena made the several-hundred-person Central Michigan fan section sound like the Chippewas brought the whole university to the stands. The typically lethal offense that usually buoys the Buckeyes was nowhere to be found. Mitchell began the game 4-for-15 and finished with more shot attempts (29) than points (28). In the third quarter, Ohio State finally started to look like it was putting it together offensively, but was no match for the Chippewas’ 7-for-8 third-quarter 3-point performance.Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell waits for an inbound pass in the NCAA tournament game against Central Michigan on Mar. 19 in St. John Arena. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorTry as she might, Mitchell could not pull her team back in the game.“We knew that they can shoot the ball, but we didn’t know that they wouldn’t miss,” she said. “You got it within 15, 14, then they said no, we’re going back up 21. And then we missed shots, so it didn’t make it any better.”As Mitchell stood in the corner of the locker room about 50 minutes after subbing out to congratulatory cheers and applause, she began to confront what had happened.“I’m letting it hit me right now,” she said. “We’ve been through so much. It just hurts you. The way you go out and that sensation I had about two weeks ago. So you think you can not only stay on that high horse, but play with the much confidence and play with that much focus.”Just two weeks ago in the locker room at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Mitchell was all smiles. The Buckeyes had just knocked off Maryland in the Big Ten title game. Mitchell was leaning back in a chair with big bags of ice on her knees, resting after playing her third game in three days. In her view, just 10 feet away, sat the conference championship trophy, which her team raised at center court just an hour prior.That is the kind of celebration expected of the second-leading scorer in NCAA history, not one signaling the end of a career after a Round of 32 matchup against a No. 11 seed. Kelsey Plum, Stiles and Brittney Griner, the trio of players who accompany Mitchell in the top-four career scoring ranks, each made the Final Four once.This season was supposed to be Mitchell’s shot.With the Final Four being held in Columbus in a couple weeks, the storybook was sitting on the table, just waiting to be written. Mitchell and the Buckeyes had been bounced in the Sweet 16 the past two seasons, but a veteran-laden squad hoped to march through the Spokane Regional and make the program’s second-ever Final Four with a likely matchup against top-ranked Connecticut.“I think in the back of everybody’s mind, if you’re a part of our program, sees that moment and want to be back here for the Final Four,” Mitchell said. “I don’t think you’re a competitor if you’re not at least thinking about it in the back of your mind.”Instead of the fairy-tale ending, Mitchell’s career abruptly concluded. She quickly had to come to grips with the end of her career, something she always knew would come, but never wanted. Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell takes a shot during the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against Penn State on Jan. 31. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorThat meant considering how her 139 games, 4,996 minutes, 1,120 made shots, 497 made 3s, 665 made free throws, 545 assists, 463 rebounds, 214 steals and 3,402 points will be viewed for years to come.Rather than as one of the all-time greatest scorers, Mitchell said she hopes people think of her as someone who built Ohio State into a prolific program.“I want to be remembered for making this program for younger kids that want to come here one of the best in the nation,” Mitchell said. “It’s not only South Carolina, it’s not only UConn. Ohio State is a part of that conversation too. I think we’ve showed people that [there’s] value here.”Just as she had earlier in the night when she refused to consider the accomplishment of becoming the second-leading scorer, Mitchell refused to focus on her individual accolades. Instead, all she said she wants to be remembered for is being a program building block. That has defined Mitchell. Unfortunately for her, so too has her team’s NCAA tournament struggles. This year was supposed to be different. It wasn’t.It will take time for Mitchell, who is notoriously hard on herself, to get over the disappointing season-ending loss. But as one of the greatest scorers in college basketball history who helped put Ohio State on the map and helped win two regular-season Big Ten titles and one conference tournament championship, she has much to be proud of.Every time she attends an Ohio State basketball game again, she will get another standing ovation. But those will not be in response to a historic career coming to a surprising end.They will simply be celebrating the greatest scorer — and arguably the greatest player — to ever lace up sneakers and take the court in Columbus. read more

Farmer killed in Kerry tractor crash

first_imgA 50-YEAR-OLD farmer has died in a road traffic accident in Kerry.The incident occurred at Behenagh, Kielduff in Tralee at approximately midday. No other vehicles were involved.The victim was the sole occupant of his tractor, which struck a ditch.An Garda Síochána has confirmed that the man was pronounced dead at the scene and was taken to Tralee General Hospital where a post-mortem has taken place.The road was initially closed to facilitate Garda forensic collision investigators but has since reopened.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses, or anyone who was in the Kielduff area between 11.45am and 12.15pm today, to contact them at Tralee Garda Station (066 7102300), The Garda Confidential Line (1800 666 111) or any Garda Station.last_img read more

Republic of Ireland player and model granted legal recognition of humanist wedding

first_img Jun 19th 2017, 8:20 PM Share92 Tweet Email1 Lacole, who is also vice-chair of Atheist NI, claims she is being discriminated against under the European Convention on Human Rights.The couple have yet to decide on a bid to overturn a ruling that the celebrity couple faced discrimination based on their belief.Appeals by Attorney General John Larkin QC and a Stormont Department were adjourned till September.Lacole added, “Eunan and I are hopeful that after September, the right to a legal humanist ceremony that we will have enjoyed will be extended to other couples in Northern Ireland.”Humanist weddings have been legally recognised as marriages in Scotland since 2005 and in Ireland since 2012.Around 6% of legal marriages were humanist in Ireland in 2015, more than three times as many as there were Protestant marriages.However, to date couples in Northern Ireland, England, and Wales have been required to have an additional register office ceremony to make their humanist wedding legally binding.Read: Republic of Ireland player and model take battle for humanist wedding to the High Court> By Cliodhna Russell Short URL Monday 19 Jun 2017, 8:20 PM http://jrnl.ie/3452917 49,656 Views AN IRISH INTERNATIONAL footballer and model have been given the go ahead with their humanist marriage by the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland.Laura Lacole and Eunan O’Kane can now have a legally recognised wedding conducted by a humanist celebrant.Their wedding will be the first legal humanist ceremony in Northern Ireland and the first in the UK outside of Scotland.Lacole, a model and public speaker, and O’Kane, a Leeds United and Republic of Ireland midfielder, plan to get married on Thursday.Lacole said, “Eunan and I are relieved to now have legal recognition for our humanist ceremony on Thursday. 73 Comments Republic of Ireland player and model granted legal recognition of humanist wedding The couple are due to get married on Thursday. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article All we’ve been asking for is to be able to get married in a form that reflects our deepest-held beliefs and values. Knowing that this can now happen is an amazing feeling. I’m so happy that we’ve taken such an important step forward.last_img read more

Le CNNum suspend son action en réaction à la décision du gouvernement

first_imgLe CNNum suspend son action en réaction à la décision du gouvernementLes membres du Conseil National du Numérique ont annoncé dans un communiqué qu’ils ont remis “leur mandat à la disposition du Président de la République et du gouvernement”, en réaction à la nomination de Jean-Baptiste Soufron à la tête de l’institution.Les membres du Conseil National du Numérique (CNNum) ont vivement réagi hier, après la nomination de Jean-baptiste Soufron au poste de secrétaire général. Ce dernier est en effet issu du cabinet de Fleur Pellerin la ministre déléguée chargée des PME, de l’innovation et de l’économie numérique. Il sera chargé de “mener une réflexion” sur la gouvernance du numérique et “notamment sur le rôle” du CNNum. L’institution avait été mise en place en avril 2011 par Nicolas Sarkozy. Composé de dix-huit conseillers, tous entrepreneurs, représentants d’opérateurs télécoms ou encore dirigeants de sociétés Internet, cet organe a pour mission d’éclairer le gouvernement sur les questions numériques et d’améliorer le dialogue entre les acteurs du secteur et les autorités publiques.”Soucieux de faciliter cette réflexion sur la gouvernance du numérique, les membres du CNMum ont décidé de remettre leur mandat à la disposition du Président de la République et du gouvernement”, ont alors indiqué les membres de cet organisme dans un communiqué.Démission en bloc ?  Cette décision engage tous les conseillers, à l’exception de Gilles Badinet, “dont la mission « Digital Champion » auprès de la Commission européenne doit être préservé dans l’intérêt du numérique”.Doit-on alors lire “démissions” entre les lignes ? Pas si sûr. Contacté par la rédaction de Maxisciences, Laurent Guérin le rapporteur général du CNNum a précisé “qu’il n’y a pas eu de démission en bloc. Cette action ne s’est pas faite, car ce n’est pas dans ce genre d’ambiance que veut évoluer le CNNum”. Selon lui, les membres de l’institution n’ont pas quitté leur fonction, “afin que le gouvernement puisse poursuivre sa mission” de développement du numérique français. Et de préciser : “l’action du Conseil est juste en suspend”.À lire aussiLe Conseil national du numérique ouvre enfin son site web Ses membres s’avèrent soucieux de l’avenir de l’organisme depuis la nomination de Jean-baptiste Soufron. “Si le gouvernement à encore besoin de nous, je répondrai présent. Néanmoins, s’il souhaite faire évoluer le CNNum et que sa nouvelle forme n’est pas efficace, je me consacrerai alors entièrement à ma boîte”, a réagi un membre du conseil contacté par Maxisciences.Pour l’heure, il n’y a pas encore eu de réaction officielle du gouvernement. Cependant, la ministre déléguée Fleur Pellerin prévoit déjà d’élargir les profils des membres du collège en nommant des économistes et des universitaires.Le 6 juillet 2012 à 13:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

GST bill FO expiry hold key to Sensex next week

first_imgThe positive mood seen in the markets this week after a gap of three weeks of continued selling will be replaced by hopes of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill being passed during the winter session of the Parliament, and expiry of contracts in Futures & Options (F&O) segment next week.Overall, the benchmark indices rebounded over 1% in the week tracking a rally in global markets after US Federal Reserve hinted at raising interest rates in December but would remain cautious on further monetary tightening.The S&P BSE Sensex gained 257.96 points or 1.01% to close at 25,868 points in the week ending 20 November, while the 50-share Nifty rose 94.30 points or 1.21% to end the week at 7,856 points.”Nifty rebounded sharply this week to regain control above 7,800 taking cues from gains in global markets. Thursday’s move has led to a breakout from a downward sloping trendline on the short-term charts. Only a move above 7,890 would confirm a breakout from a base which could push the rally higher towards 8,000 in the near term. In the process, Nifty managed to regain control above its 100-WMA,” said IIFL in a note.The gains were also driven by reforms announced by the Modi government including the stake sale in Coal India and reviving struck road projects. “After a debacle in Bihar state elections, BJP government attempted to catch up lost time as a spate of policy changes were announced this week,” said IIFL.”As a result, key indices after being on a constant downtrend, rose from the ashes and rallied by 1%,” it said.Markets were also supported by the salary hike recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission for government employees. Overall, it proposed a 23.55% increase in salaries, raising hopes of a boost to domestic consumption.However, the markets saw some pressure from a sell-off in global markets following the terrorist attacks in France last week.But going into next week, investors will closely watch the developments ahead of the winter session of the Parliament, which starts on 26 November.The BJP-led government’s defeat in the Bihar assembly elections has raised concerns over its ability to get key economic legislations passed during the winter session.The markets will remain closed on 25 November on account of Guru Nanak Jayanti and the global events are likely to dictate the direction in the absence of any major domestic economic data release next week.The F&O expiry for the month of November will also influence market direction next week.last_img read more

6 health workers transferred over Sitakunda childrens death

first_imgBesides, a temporary health clinic will be operated in the hilly area where immunization programme will begin on Wednesday, said Azizur Rahman. The decision was taken following the directives of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), he said. Those transferred are heath inspector Khaled Md Humayun Kabir, assistant health inspector Reba Mahajan, and four health assistants Nilufa Akhter, Badrunnesa Bgum, Tafura Begum and Nurul Karim. Recently, nine children died of ‘unknown’ disease and 50 others fell ill in hilly Tripurapara of Situakunda. Six health workers of Sitakunda Health Complex in Chittagong have been transferred to Sandwip Upazila Health Complex for their negligence of duty as nine children at Tripurapara in Sitakkunda upazila ‘died of measles’.center_img On Monday, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) said the children were suffering from measles. Civil surgeon Azizur Rahman Siddique disclosed this while speaking at a press briefing at Fouzdarhat Infectious Diseases Hospital here on Tuesday, reports UNB. Director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad at a press conference at the IEDCR auditorium on Monday said the children of about 85 ethnic communities of Tripurara were not brought under the coverage of immunisation since they kept themselves away from modern faculties due to their customs.last_img read more

3 quota protesters picked up

first_imgNurullah Noor, Rashed Khan and Faruk HossainThree leading students who organised the recent demonstration demanding quota reforms were allegedly picked up by law enforcers.However, the police claimed that they were called in for discussion.The three are Dhaka University students Nurullah Noor of English department, Rashed Khan of MBA and Faruk Hossain of Disaster Management department — all joint convenors of Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Songrokkhon Parishad (General Students’ Rights Protection Council).Witnesses and the quota protesters said the three were stopped in front of Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 12:45pm when they were going by rickshaw after addressing a press conference. Thet were picked up and taken in a microbus.Additional commissioner of Dhaka metropolitan police (detectives) Debdas Bhattacharja said the three were called in for discussion and they might have left already.”We were picked up,” Rashed said over phone at around 2:45pm after they were released. He also alleged that his father was taken to the police station.Salahuddin, a worker at a roadshide food stall, who witnessed the incident, said 7-8 people got down from a microbus and motorcycle, stopped the rickshaw and there was squabble before three rickshaw passengers were pushed into the microbus.At the press conference they held earlier, the council leaders demanded withdrawal of cases against the demonstrators.Rashed Khan then said they would file general diary with Shahbagh police station sinice they are scared of their security.Hundreds of students and young jobseekers led by the parishad demonstrated last week demanding reforms in quota system in public services.They suspended their demonstration when the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, announced in parliament on Wednesday that there would be no quota from now on.last_img read more

The Tunnel Vengeance Headed To PBS In 2018

first_img Share The brilliant third and final series of perhaps one of the most underrated series on television will transmit later this year on PBS following its successful Sky Atlantic broadcast in the UK back in December. The Tunnel will return with The Tunnel: Vengeance where we’ll see the Commander Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy) and DCI Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) band get back together for one final time beginning when their discovery of a burning fishing boat found on the English Channel in the 6-part final third series.Written by Tunnel showrunner, Emilia di Girolamo (Law and Order U.K.), the third series of the Anglo-French version of the Scandinavian series, The Bridge, will also see the return of Angel Coulby as Laura Roebuck, William Ash as Detective Constable ‘BB’ Borowski, Thibault de Montalembert as Commander Oliver Pujol and Cédric Vieira as Lieutenant Phillipe Viot alongside Dillane and Poésy.last_img read more

Mamata congratulates Hasina for landslide victory in Bangladesh

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday congratulated Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on winning a new term with a landslide victory in the country’s general elections. “Heartiest congratulations to Sheikh Hasina on the victory in the Bangladesh general election,” Banerjee said in a tweet. Hasina’s ruling Awami League (AL) party won a landslide of 288 out of 300 parliamentary seats contested in the Sunday election, surpassing its previous election wins and making her the Prime Minister for an unprecedented fourth term. The Opposition alliance led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of jailed former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia took just seven seats and condemned the vote as “farcical” marred by violence, intimidation and vote rigging claims, bdnews24.com reported.last_img read more

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first_img 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | July 13, 2012 Chemo Plus Radiation Significantly Improves Survival in Some Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor Patients News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more July 13, 2012 — The long-term results of RTOG 9402, a randomized phase III trial evaluating the overall survival of patients with oligodendroglioma brain tumors who received either chemotherapy plus radiation therapy (Arm 1) or radiation therapy alone (Arm 2), was reported at the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, held June 1-5 in Chicago. At a median follow-up of 11.3 years, the study results reveal that patients whose tumor lacked both the 1p and 19q chromosomes (co-deleted tumors) lived twice as long when treated with chemotherapy immediately followed by radiation therapy, than when treated with radiation therapy alone.“The association between improved outcome for patients who lack the 1p and 19q chromosomes and were treated with PCV chemotherapy [procarbazine, lumustine (CCNU) and vincristine] and radiation therapy has significant implication for patients with anaplastic oligodendrogliomas. We now have evidence that the chromosomal structure of 1p and 19q co-deletion can be used as a marker to determine which patients will benefit from combined chemotherapy and radiation therapy,” said J. Gregory Cairncross, M.D., principal investigator of the trial, professor and head of the department of clinical neurosciences at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.The RTOG 9402 trial was one of the first to determine that the genetic makeup of a brain tumor determines the magnitude of treatment effectiveness. “The results of this trial are a testament to the importance of the genetic makeup of a brain tumor in predicting how it will respond to treatment, regardless of microscopic appearance,” said Cairncross. The trial’s long-term results were substantiated by the similar results of a European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer-conducted trial (EORTC 26081-22086) that was also presented at the ASCO meeting.” Conducted with four other National Cancer Institute (NCI)-supported cooperative groups between 1994 and 2002, the study enrolled 291 study participants. No significant difference in median survival time (MST) was found between the two treatment arms in participants whose tumors contained only one deletion (1p or 19q) or had no deletions. Among participants with 1p/19q co-deletion, however, MST was doubled in participants in the chemotherapy and radiation treatment arm as opposed to the radiation-only arm (14.7 years MST vs. 7.3 MST).“These are exciting and practice-changing results,” said Walter J. Curran, Jr., M.D., RTOG group chair and executive director of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta. “The announcement of the RTOG 9402 long-term results provided important information that prompted the closure of a trial led by North Central Clinical Trials Group (RTOG 1071). Better understanding of the molecular characteristics of this co-deleted tumor type provided background knowledge for the development of clinical trials evaluating new treatment regimens for patients with the 1p and 19q chromosome co-deletion, including one led by the EORTC (RTOG 0834).”For more information: www.rtog.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

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