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Data Analytics Streamlined by Xeon E7: 4 Use Cases

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first_imgBy Mike Pearce, Ph.D. HPC Developer EvangelistData analytics is one of the fastest growing areas in technology. Experts predict that global big data and business analytics revenue will grow by more than 50 percent over the next five years. At Intel, we know how important it is to keep up with the pace of industry and technology trends. We strive to continually innovate and improve the capabilities of our flagship Xeon processors; at the same time, through close partnerships, we team with a robust ecosystem of software providers across the world to expand platform features and optimize their applications to deliver cutting-edge business analytics services.Below, we’ll dive into four use cases showcasing how data analytics providers use the new Xeon E7 v4 processors to handle complex analyses, make a big difference in enterprise analytics speed, and improve the bottom line.Brunel University optimizes for CaterpillarCaterpillar transports enormous amounts of goods every day. Brunel University research used GEMSTONE Ant Colony Optimization running on Intel Xeon E7 v4 processors to determine the most cost-effective method of getting things from point A to point B.Brunel tested the Intel E5-2670 v2 and the Intel E7-8890 v4, and in the process, throughput time improved 3.66 times with E7 v4. Brunel has shown a sustainable processor solution that delivers distributed memory management and the option to scale as much as they need. View the GEMSTONE project details.Software AG’s performance boostIntel Xeon E7 v4 processors improved the performance of Software AG’s analytics platform, enabling more robust, real-time analytics for customers with their Terracotta and Apama platforms.They tested their platform on E7-4870 and E7-8890 v4 processors, and saw 3.2X faster performance with E7 v4. In addition, the application — Terracotta BigMemory — also benefitted with memory scaling from 1TB to 6TB. This was possible due to the Xeon E7’s expanded memory footprint, which enables complex enterprise analytics with lower latency, giving Software AG improved performance and translating to competitive advantages for their customers. View the Software AG analytics upgrade. SAS: Lightspeed business analyticsBusinesses rely on SAS applications for predictive and descriptive data modeling, data mining, and analytics. All of this requires some serious horsepower, which Xeon E7 v4 provides in spades.Comparing Xeon E7-8890 v3 to E7-8890 v4, the additional cores, threads, and larger cache in the latest generation, along with Intel SSDs, drove 26 percent faster processing for SAS. Now, SAS customers have complex analyses in record time. View the SAS workload testing results. Actian Corporation hits terminal velocityActian Vector columnar RDBMS database uses vector-based processing to accelerate queries and data throughput.When testing the E7-8890 v3 compared to E7-8890 v4 a 20 percent performance advantage. Expanded CPU core density and a larger cache accelerated vector processing queries. In addition, Actian utilized AVX2, a platform software feature, which contributed to performance growth. The end result? Reduced development time for data scientists, real-time insights for business users, and dynamic price setting for executives. View the Actian Corporation database improvements.The Intel Xeon E7 v4 family empowers many different industries, bringing them all closer to their analytics goals. These four companies are just a few examples of what Xeon E7 can do.View more use cases and find out how Xeon can supercharge software for business analytics. You can also continue the conversation on Twitter, at @mikeapmap and @IntelITCenter.last_img read more

Rigid vegetarian diet may have done in ancient cave bears

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first_imgAncient cave bears, which roamed from the United Kingdom to Russia for hundreds of thousands of years, made a strong impression on Stone Age artists, who included them in a 30,000-year-old gallery of animals lining the walls of Chauvet cave in modern France. But the cave bear mysteriously went extinct about 24,000 years ago—and new research is offering some tantalizing clues as to why. Climate change, specialized diets, and unique hibernation strategies are among the many hypotheses for why the cave bears died off, whereas their close cousin—the brown bear—survives to this day. To narrow the list of possibilities, one group of scientists looked to a well-known marker of diet: teeth. Once they come in, teeth don’t grow and they don’t shrink, except in response to wear and tear. Using a portable scanner popular with dentists, the scientists created 3D scans of molars from the lower jaws of cave bears and other Northern Hemisphere bears, including polar bears and black Asiatic bears. They then calculated the “complexity” of the different molar crowns by looking at their arrangement of ridges and cross-ridges. The cave bears had the most complex molars out of all the bears, suggesting that they may have had a highly specialized vegetarian diet, the researchers reported in Washington, D.C., today at the International Conference of Vertebrate Morphology. This could have contributed to their vulnerability to extinction. But an even more tantalizing clue lies in the the shape of the cave bears’ second molars. From bear to bear they were highly variable, suggesting the animal was under a lot of environmental stress.last_img read more

Supreme Court rejects Modi’s petitions

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first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday dismissed petitions by former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Kumar Modi, who has questioned his suspension and the composition of the cricket board’s disciplinary committee, inquiring into corruption and other charges against him, on the grounds of bias.Rejecting the request for reconstitution of the committee comprising Chirayu Amin, Arun Jaitley and Jyotiraditya Scindia, a bench comprising Justice JM Panchal and Justice HL Gokhale said there should be “a real danger of bias” as mere apprehension of bias could not be a ground for interference.Interestingly, Modi has not alleged personal bias or malice against Jaitley and Scindia. He had questioned their place in the committee on the ground of institutional bias as they had participated in the Board’s discussions concerning allegations against him.”Merely because all the members of a society have participated in the discussion concerning such allegation, the society can’t be expected to appoint an outsider to hold the disciplinary proceeding,” the court said.The court noted that every member was bound by the rules under which the committee was constituted. ” This rule is being canvassed as a term of the contract of membership. A member of the society, having accepted the rules, agrees to the disciplinary authority of the three- member committee which is to be constituted under these rules,” it said.”The petitioner may have an apprehension, but it is not possible to say from the material on record that he was facing a real danger of bias. We cannot presume that the three-member committee will not afford the petitioner a fair hearing, or that it will not render unbiased findings.” Modi approached the apex court after the Bombay High Court dismissed his claims.advertisementThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which had made Modi in-charge of the IPL governing council, had issued showcause notices and suspended him last year.In one of the first complaints, a bidder seeking telecast rights alleged breach of confidentiality by Modi. The BCCI in March last year issued a showcause notice to him for allegedly accepting kickbacks while assigning the telecast rights for IPL, attempting to rig the bids for the two new IPL teams auctioned in February 2010, having proxy stakes in IPL teams, entering into transactions with strangers against the mandate of the IPL council and helping family members to benefit from contracts.Initially, the disciplinary committee comprised then BCCI president Shashank Manohar, Amin and Jaitley. Later, Manohar quit after Modi sought his recusal in the interest of “fairness”. Scindia replaced Manohar.last_img read more

Jobs at East Central Railway: Apply by December 8

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first_imgEast Central Railway has invited applications for recruitment to the several posts. The eligible candidates  should send their application on or before December 8.Vacancy details:Total posts: 56Name of the post: Sports QuotaEligibility criteria:Educational qualification:The candidates should have completed class 12 from a recognised university or institute.Age limit:Age as on January 1, 2016. the age of the candidates should be 18 to 25 years.Selection procedure:The candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in the interview.Examination fee: The candidates are required to pay Rs 100 through demand draft drawn in favour of FA & CAO, East Central Railway payable at Hajipur. SC/ ST/Minority/Female/Economically Backward Class candidates are exempted from paying the application fee.How to apply:The eligible candidates can send in their application in the prescribed format along with the essential documents to the address given below:HQ/ECR, Hajipur: General Manager(P), Recruitment Section,Headquarter Office, East Central Railway,Hajipur (Bihar) PIN-844101Dhanbad Division: The Divisional Railway Manager (Personnel)Office of the Divisional Railway Manager,East Central Railway, Dhanbad, Distt.-Dhanbad(Jharkhand) PIN-826001Mughalsarai Division: The Divisional Railway Manager (Personnel)Office of the Divisional Railway Manager,East Central Railway, Mugalsarai, Distt.-Chandauli,(Uttar Pradesh) PIN-232101Danapur Division: The Divisional RailwayManager (Personnel)Office of the Divisional Railway Manager,East Central Railway, Danapur, Khagaul, Distt.-Patna,(Bihar). PIN-801105Sonpur Division: The Divisional Railway Manager (Personnel)Office of the Divisional Railway Manager,East CentralRailway, Sonpur, Distt.-Saran (Bihar)PIN-801105Samastipur Division: The Divisional Railway Manager (Personnel)Office of the Divisional Railway Manager,East Central Railway, Samastipur, Distt.-Samastipur(Bihar)  PIN-848101advertisementImportant dates:Last date to apply: December 8Last date to apply(Remote areas): December 22Get latest updates on exam notifications and scholarships across India and abroad here.Click here to get latest updates on government jobs in India.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.last_img read more

After Crown Jewel, Hulk Hogan vanishes off the face of the WWE Universe again

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first_imgAdvertisementHulk Hogan’s unexpected return at Crown Jewel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last week left the WWE Universe stunned as well as overwhelmed. The former six-time World Heavyweight Champion made his first appearance in over three years after he was found guilty of using the N-Word and consequently, it led to his suspension.Nevertheless, Hulkamania was running wild once again in the Middle East when he received a massive pop from the Saudi fans as he kicked off the event. But, Hogan’s comeback did not sit well among the rest of the WWE fanbase and it unsurprisingly caused a huge uproar on social media.Since the conclusion of Crown Jewel, the Hulkster’s appearance was overlooked on the succeeding episodes of RAW and SmackDown LIVE this past week. It has been reported that WWE has instructed their social media team not to mention Hulk Hogan again.Earlier this year, Hogan was reinstated by WWE into the Hall Of Fame after serving a three-year suspension. He was restored based on his numerous public apologies and was duly acknowledged for his volunteer work with young people that helped him to rectify his mistakes.Hulk Hogan’s arrival at Crown Jewel is possibly an indication that he may be a part of more such projects in the forthcoming future. However, his reception by the American crowd will be keenly anticipated when he returns to a WWE show or PPV that is staged in the US. Advertisementlast_img read more

ISL: Chennaiyin, Atletico de Kolkata share spoils in 1-1 draw

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first_imgTitle holders Chennaiyin FC and former champions Atletico de Kolkata’s (ATK) chances of semi-final qualification were left hanging in the balance after a 1-1 draw in an Indian Super League (ISL) football clash here on Sunday.Atletico de Kolkata enjoyed a first-half lead through marquee player Helder Postiga (39th minute) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. But Chennaiyin were stronger in the second session and got the equaliser through Davide Succi in the 77th minute.The draw left Chennaiyin in the sixth spot with 14 points from 11 matches. ATK moved to the third spot with 15 points from 11 matches, the same as FC Pune City and Kerala Blasters. ATK have a better goal difference than Pune and Kerala. (Also read: Diego Forlan scores hat-trick in Mumbai City’s big win over Kerala Blasters)ATK coach Jose Molina left Canadian striker and ISL’s highest goal scorer so far Iain Hume on the bench.Hume’s absence didn’t hurt ATK much as they were on the offensive right from the kick-off. The visitors should have been ahead in the third minute when a cross from Lalrindika Ralte towards the far post saw Postiga rise highest but his angled header hit the sidebar and bounced back into play.It was a lucky escape for Chennaiyin, who took time to settle down. Thy had a chance to surge ahead but Dutch midfielder Hans Mulder’s half-volley was parried away by ATK goalkeeper Debjit Majumder.Chennaiyin were disciplined defensively and looked like going into halftime goalless. But Postiga struck with six minutes to the breather. Defender Pritam Kotal sent an accurate cross inside the penalty box where Postiga headed past goalkeeper Karanjit Singh.advertisementChennaiyin were much improved in the second session while going forward. Italian striker Davide Succi was at the end of most chances created by the hosts but lacked sharpness.In the 56th minute, he was put clear by Zakeer Mundampara on the right but Succi’s first touch took the ball away, forcing him to miss the target.Succi had another chance in the 71st minute when all alone inside the box after being at the right end of a through ball. The Italian drew out the goalkeeper and cut past him but his final shot only ended up hitting the side netting.After two misses, Succi finally converted his third chance in the 77th minute, rising high to head a ball into the net.Chennaiyin should have got all three points from this game but for their wayward strikers who squandered plenty of chances.last_img read more

Annual New Years Levee

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first_imgLt.-Gov. Mayann Francis cordially invites members of the community to the annual New Year’s levee at Government House. “I’m looking forward to hosting this event in the newly renovated Government House for the first time,” said Lt.-Gov. Francis. “All are welcome, and I wish all Nova Scotians a happy new year, and best wishes for 2010.” The levee will be held Friday, Jan. 1, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Government House, 1451 Barrington St., Halifax.last_img read more

Alberta scientist mark Canadas birthday in a really really small way

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first_imgEDMONTON – Scientists at the University of Alberta are celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday on a nanoscale.They believe they have created the world’s smallest sculpture of a maple leaf, measuring just 10 nanometres across.That’s 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair and 100 times smaller than the world’s smallest national flag, created by researchers at the University of Waterloo last year.The leaf is only visible with a million-dollar piece of equipment called a scanning tunnelling microscope.The Alberta researchers describe the silicon crystal wafer on which the leaf is built as bubble wrap where the bubbles are hydrogen atoms that can be popped to create patterns.It’s a technique that’s being used to create and study circuitry to make smaller and faster computer components.“It’s super cool and super Canadian and demonstrates our strength and skill in this niche of nanotechnology,” PhD student Roshan Achal said in a news release. “Almost no one else in the world can do it this well.”For the record, the world’s largest maple leaf was found by a family in Richmond, B.C., in 2010, measuring 53 centimetres wide by 52.2 centimetres long. Others have claimed to have found bigger leaves, but those weren’t verified by Guinness.The leaf created at the University of Alberta is 53 million times smaller than that.Scientists at the Edmonton school have a history of creating really small things.During the Edmonton Oilers recent playoff run, they created what they said was the world’s smallest Oilers logo at 2.4 microns in diameter.That’s smaller than the width of a human hair and so teeny that 900 million of the logos could fit on the top of a puck.last_img read more

UCP member apologizes for unintentionally comparing pride flag to swastikas

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first_imgA member of Alberta’s United Conservative Party is apologizing for making what he says was an unintentional comparison between the rainbow LGBTQ pride flag and swastikas in a speech this weekend.John Carpay issued a statement Sunday evening, saying he wished to clarify the remarks he made at a conference organized by the conservative news outlet Rebel Media in Calgary the previous day.In the statement, Carpay says he was discussing the nature of totalitarianism when he “referred in the same sentence” to the rainbow flag and the flags bearing Nazi and communist symbols.In doing so, he says he “unintentionally drew a broad comparison” between them.He says he meant to stress the need to defend fundamental rights such as free speech, and that slogans touting diversity and inclusion have been abused in ways that undermine those freedoms.Carpay, a lawyer and president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, is behind a legal challenge to Alberta’s law on gay-straight alliances.The law bans schools from telling parents if their children join the peer groups meant to make LGBTQ kids feel welcome and to prevent bullying.A video of Carpay’s remarks, posted on YouTube by Rebel Media, shows him discussing the court case and suggesting the law on gay-straight alliances is “a type of law that they would have in Nazi Germany of Communist Russia.”He later says: “How do we defeat today’s totalitarianism? Again, you’ve got to think about the common characteristics. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a hammer and sickle for communism, or whether it’s the swastika for Nazi Germany or whether it’s a rainbow flag, the underlying thing is a hostility towards individual freedoms.”Rebel Media has come under fire for its coverage in the past, with several conservative politicians — including UCP Leader Jason Kenney — denouncing its editorial direction in the wake of last year’s protests in Charlottesville, Va.At the time, Kenney said on social media that he had “publicly condemned their alt-right editorial direction of recent months.”last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP looking for missing 14yearold

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first_imgCaucasianBrown HairGreen eyes5″2′115lbsTattoo on the left wrist with the word “Stay”Wearing green jeans, a pink sweater, and a black hatThere is a concern for Jordyn’s well-being. The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible. If you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700.If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com. UPDATE – Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise that Jordyn McCartney has been located.  She is safe and unharmed. RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.Grande Prairie, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Jordyn McCartney (14). She was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on Feb. 25, 2019.Jordyn is described as:last_img read more

International staff with UN health agency return to Baghdad on permanent basis

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17 July 2008The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today that it has restored a permanent international staff presence in Baghdad for the first time since a suicide bomb attack on the world body’s Iraq headquarters in 2003 left 22 dead and 150 wounded. The agency said that the recently improved security situation in the country, as well as the UN’s support of Iraq’s International Compact initiative for reconstruction and development, led to the move.“WHO is here to serve Iraq,” said the agency’s Country Representative, Dr. Naeema Al-Gasseer. “Our day-to-day dealings with the Government and other health partners will be vastly improved by having a permanent international presence here.” Since the 2003 withdrawal, WHO says that Iraqi personnel have kept working throughout the country, helping national and local authorities deliver vital public health programmes. These included immunization and disease monitoring, prevention and control. Key public health institutions have been rehabilitated and thousands of Ministry of Health staff trained.Meanwhile, international teams continued conducting missions into Iraq, using the WHO Country Office in neighbouring Jordan as a hub. They responded to public health emergencies, such as controlling avian influenza and cholera outbreaks, and advising on technical issues and health system reform. WHO says the basing of its international experts in Iraq will accelerate health sector reform.“WHO will intensify its recovery and relief assistance to Iraq and help its people obtain the healthcare they deserve,” said Dr. Eric Laroche, Assistant Director-General for WHO’s Health Action in Crises Cluster. “This will be done in close collaboration with the Iraqi public, private and civil society stakeholders.” In a separate development today, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) condemned the killing of Abbas Kadhim, a member of the Political Bureau of the Democratic Shabak Assemly, on 12 July in Bartallah.UNAMI urged the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to initiate a prompt and thorough investigation. read more

SecretaryGeneral calls for Green New Deal at UN climate change talks

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Addressing the opening of the high-level segment of the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Mr. Ban stressed the need to act now and avoid any backsliding on commitments to tackle these threats.“The world is watching us. The next generation is counting on us. We must not fail,” he told participants from nearly 200 nations, who have been meeting for nearly two weeks as part of UN-led negotiations aimed at reaching an ambitious global climate change deal next year.The Poznan conference marks the half-way point in efforts to reach agreement on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, the legally binding regime for reducing greenhouse gas emissions whose first commitment period ends in 2012.The Secretary-General noted that managing the global financial crisis requires massive global stimulus, adding that a big part of that spending should be investing in a green future. “An investment that fights climate change, creates millions of green jobs and spurs green growth.”What the world needs is a “Green New Deal” – one that works for all nations, rich and poor, he stated.“In short, our response to the economic crisis must advance climate goals, and our response to the climate crisis will advance economic and social goals,” said Mr. Ban.Looking ahead to next December’s climate change conference in Copenhagen, he called on the current meeting to sketch out the critical elements of a long-term vision, with ambitious goals and emission reduction targets for industrialized countries. At the same time, he said developing countries needed to limit the growth of their emission, with robust financial and technological support.Mr. Ban also called for a recommitment to the “urgency of our cause,” and asked countries to keep climate change at the top of national agendas.Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told delegates they should lay the cornerstone for strong action in Copenhagen by giving “new meaning” to the term leadership. Stressing that “action expresses priorities,” he urged participants “to send the world a clear signal from Poznan that you are ready to put in place finance structures to shift the global economy on to a low-emissions pathway.”At a news conference later, Mr. Ban said he was heartened to see the United States re-engage actively in global climate discussions. “I look forward to their leadership on the road to Copenhagen,” he declared. “The clock is ticking. Emissions are rising. We must harness the political will required to reach agreement next year.”Mr. Ban was asked whether climate change negotiations had been held back by the attitude of the US delegation under President George W. Bush. “The American administration under President Bush – in fact they have also [made] a very constructive contribution by initiating and convening a major economist meeting, and they have also taken many technological innovations,” he replied.“Now we really hoped that they should have done more proactively by joining the Kyoto Protocol,” he added, noting that President-Elect Barack Obama had assured him in a telephone conversation that he would make climate change a priority issue and that the partnership between the UN and US would be further strengthened. “The whole world is watching how the United States and the new administration will deal with these climate change issues,” he said. “I am very much encouraged by the very forthcoming and engaging positions of the Obama administration… I hope we can expect much closer and more constructive participation and contribution by the United States.”Mr. Ban said he was considering convening a summit-level meeting on climate change at the time of the General Assembly General Debate in New York in September, pending further discussion with Member States. 11 December 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for renewed global solidarity to tackle the twin challenges of climate change and the financial crisis, telling ministers gathered at a United Nations conference in Poland that the world cannot afford to let economic woes hinder progress on “the defining challenge of our era.” read more

Sri Lanka drops off Global Impunity Index for the first time

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Six countries on the index-Bangladesh, Brazil, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, and Somalia-convicted perpetrators of journalist killings in the past year, up from three countries in the previous year’s report.In another positive development, more countries on this year’s index participated in UNESCO’s impunity accountability mechanism, which requests information on the status of investigations into killed journalists for the U.N. agency’s biennial report on journalist safety.Eight of the 13 countries on the Impunity Index have been listed each year since CPJ began the annual analysis in 2008, an indication of how entrenched impunity is in some nations. (Colombo Gazette) For the latest edition, CPJ analyzed journalist murders in every nation that took place between September 1, 2006 and August 31, 2016. Only those nations with five or more unsolved cases for this period are included on the index-a threshold that 13 countries met this year, compared with 14 last year. Amid the country’s becalmed political climate, no journalist there has been murdered in direct connection to journalism since editor Lasantha Wickramatunga was killed in 2009. Justice has not been achieved in any murder-despite a pledge from President Maithripala Sirisena to re-investigate old killings-but Wickramatunga’s case inched forward this year with one arrest and the exhumation of the editor’s body for a new post-mortem examination.Impunity is widely recognized as one of the greatest threats to press freedom, and international pressure to address it has mounted in recent years, with states, including some of the repeat offenders on this list, beginning to respond. CPJ recorded only four unsolved murders in Sri Lanka for the latest 10-year period, leading to its elimination from the index. Sri Lanka, where violence against journalists has receded since the end of a decades-long civil war, has dropped off the latest Global Impunity Index of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) for the first time since CPJ began calculating the index in 2008.The Impunity Index, published annually to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on November 2, calculates the number of unsolved murders over a 10-year period as a percentage of each country’s population. read more

Mali Any dispute over key Sunday vote must be resolved peacefully says

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MINSUMA said it had transported 200 tons of electoral material and distributed it in all the northern regions; and flown 300 different people related to the whole electoral process – including the Independent National Electoral Commission delegates, Constitutional Court delegates, as well as international and national observers. including those from the African Union, the European Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).Speaking to journalists at UN Headquarters on Friday, Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said that the security situation remains volatile, with local intercommunal tensions still high, heightening the risk of criminal and terrorist actions in the north and the centre.“So far, however, there have been no major incidents related to the electoral process,” he said.The Spokesman said that Mr. Annadif is proactively seeking to ensure that any electoral-related dispute is resolved peacefully and in accordance with the law. “It is necessary that everybody goes to vote in a peaceful way and that the actors competing in this election accept the ballot box results”, said Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the African country, in an interview with the UN Mission’s radio network, Mikado FM.He said that security conditions, although fragile, were adequate for a successful round of voting on Sunday. Any dispute must be resolved through arbitration by the Malian institutions in charge, he stressed.As the 2013 elections restored constitutional order, the 2018 elections must reassure that the democratic process in Mali is “irreversible”, he said.The UN mission, known by its French acronym MINUSMA, headed by Mr. Annadif, is providing technical assistance to the Malian authorities, and helping to create conditions conducive for the holding of credible and peaceful elections.This includes the preparation and distribution of electoral materials; back-up security support; as well as helping to transport and train electoral officials. The mission has also made transportation available for all candidates to reach remote northern and central parts of the country, for campaigning purposes. read more

Fake pope held in Rome for looking like John Paul II

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first_imgIf he had been dressed like Tutankhamun nothing would have happened.The performer has been working the main avenue leading up to the Colosseum in his white skullcap for weeks — alongside Roman centurion imitators and other performers — but police said they acted following an anonymous complaint.A vendor selling miniature Colosseum souvenirs on a spot overlooking the Roman Forum said he saw the man being detained on Thursday.“He was right here, near me. He was taken away by two officers in civilian clothes who were pretending to be tourists,” he said.- © AFP, 2013Photos: Giant statue of Pope John Paul II unveiled in Poland > Read: Benedict to move back to the Vatican, two months after resignation > A SLOVAK STREET performer dressed in white papal vestments has been detained and fined by the police in Rome for bearing too close a resemblance to the late John Paul II, the police said today.“The problem was that he looked a lot like Karol Wojtyla. He was detained for usurpation of title which is a misdemeanour,” a police spokeswoman told AFP.“The cassock he was wearing has been confiscated,” she added.The man has been released and will have to pay between €154 and €929 euros, depending on a decision by a judge, the spokeswoman said.Another officer at the station where the 55-year-old man was taken quipped:last_img read more

Opinion Giving pharmacists greater powers to help patients should be a nobrainer

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first_imgLAST WEEK, a first-time mother walked into my pharmacy with her sniffly and feverish baby. I was able to reassure her that it was most likely to be a simple cold virus that would pass in a couple of days and there was no need to go to her local GP or Emergency Department unless the baby’s condition deteriorated.The day after, a woman from the local area popped into the store for some advice about a mole on her shoulder. I could see that it had none of the warning signs to be worried about and that she didn’t need to see a specialist. Instead, I advised her on some simple precautions to take, and to have her GP take a look at it at her next regular check-up.The same day a girl was in with a rash on the back of her neck, I suspected it was shingles, and said that she should see a doctor immediately. She saw a GP that day who confirmed my suspicion, and she started anti-viral tablets. The prompt treatment gave her a much better chance of recovery with no complications.Another customer of mine – an elderly gentleman – has been a regular for years. In addition to dispensing his medication each month, I chat to him about his general wellbeing and fitness, and he regularly asks me for dietary and lifestyle advice.The stories of these customers demonstrate the breadth of services and supports offered by pharmacists in communities throughout Ireland every day. Pharmacists don’t just read prescriptions and dispense drugs; we also advise customers who come to us with healthcare queries; explain to them how their medication works; and provide general tips on leading a healthy lifestyle. That’s not to mention the many pharmacies that run “extra” activities, such as smoking cessation programmes, asthma clinics and weight loss initiatives.Unfortunately, the work of pharmacists – and the important role they play in the wider healthcare system – has never been sufficiently understood, acknowledged or supported by successive Governments.Cutbacks have directly impacted on patient careA survey of Irish pharmacists was carried out over the past fortnight by the healthcare software solutions company Helix Health, which sponsors the annual Pharmacist Awards. Its results show Irish pharmacists are struggling to cope in the face of recent cutbacks, and feel poorly supported by Government.Some 86% of pharmacists surveyed said Government cutbacks have directly impacted on their ability to look after patients. When asked about the challenges pharmacists currently face, 64% saw government cutbacks as their biggest challenge, with 28% believing it to be the increase in the number of customers in financial difficulty.In addition to asking pharmacists about the challenges they currently face, the Helix Health survey also looked at potentially enhanced roles for pharmacists. When questioned on what enhanced roles they would like to see for pharmacists, 46% of survey respondents said they would like to see pharmacists empowered to undertake medication usage reviews, while 45% of respondents want an enhanced role for pharmacists in chronic illness management for conditions such as diabetes.Giving pharmacists greater powers in relation to medication usage reviews and chronic illness management should be a no-brainer. Currently, our healthcare system is over-stretched, under-resourced and not delivering the type of tailored supports that patients need. If pharmacists were empowered and resourced to undertake medication usage reviews – as happens in the UK and other countries – it would alleviate pressure on GPs and ensure better outcomes for patients.Patients’ first port of callLikewise, if pharmacists’ role as a first port of call for those with minor illnesses was better promoted and supported by government, there would be positive knock-on implications for the wider healthcare system, as fewer sick people would go directly to their GP or an Emergency Department as a result. The Government has thus far failed to recognise the potential that exists for pharmacists to ease some of the burdens on the healthcare system. It is high time their range of responsibilities was enhanced, and the important role they play was acknowledged publicly.At present, the sterling work done by pharmacists throughout Ireland is acknowledged by initiatives like the Helix Health Pharmacist Awards. These awards – which take place each year – raise much-needed funds for the Pharmacy Benevolent Fund charity, and also present an opportunity to shine a spotlight on pharmacists doing great work across a range of categories.In addition to Helix Health, sponsors of the 2014 Awards include TEVA, Pinewood Healthcare, KrKa Pharmaceuticals, Lundbeck and JPA Brenson Lawlor.Fintan Moore is a pharmacist and the Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Helix Health Pharmacist Awards 2014.The closing date for receipt of nominations to the 2014 Helix Health Pharmacist Awards is 30 July. Further details about the Helix Health Pharmacist Awards are available at www.pharmacistawards.com and @PharmacistAwardRead: Bad heartburn? You might have Barrett’s OesophagusRead: ‘I’m very sorry’: Enda Kenny apologies over medical card ‘stress’last_img read more

Firefighters battle brush fires in Collier Hendry counties

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first_imgCOLLIER COUNTY, Fla. (WSVN) — Southwest Florida firefighters have one out of three brush fires in Collier and Hendry counties out.Two fires burned through the night in Collier County and another in Hendry County, as of Thursday.According to officials, one of the fires in Collier County was 100 percent contained while they tried to contain the second blaze. That one has spread over more than 100 acres.The Hendry County fire destroyed more than 800 acres and is only 30 percent contained.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Skram Media Buys Mountain Gazette

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first_imgAnatomy of a Small Magazine DealAt the same time, Crowther was running into a dearth of “capitulating sellers” in the independent, consumer-enthusiast marketplace–something the PE firms also favored. “What I was finding when I was approaching these independently-owned, enthusiast-run magazines was quite different from the experience that I had with Primedia and Climbing. They just wanted to get rid of it as soon as possible. [Enthusiast publishers] can live off of a can of tuna, and they’re quite happy doing that.””You’re basically a shrink trying to get these [small enthusiast] deals done,” added Magowan, who had purchased the break-even, 135,000-circ Mountain Gazette in 2006 with the full intention of selling it later. “Most of these sports properties are founded by someone who put their whole savings into the title and you’ve got to convince them of how virtuous you are. It’s like adopting a kid.”Through further discussions the pair realized the deal could get done “through a merger of assets” and Magowan’s Board position. Essentially, the deal is getting done through a release of Skram Media LLC common stock to the existing shareholders of Mountain Gazette. “For me it was good because I didn’t have to give up any cash and I didn’t have to bring in any professional money with aggressive terms,” Crowther said.Crowther expects to continue to build up his holdings as a growing mountain sports media company. “With the addition of Climbing and now branching out to a more generally-defined mountain-based title, the project is not complete yet. It’s an astute move for us. When we bought Climbing we quadrupled the size of the company and I never want to do that again on my own. This is a nice little baby step compared to what we did before, and it keeps us in the game where we could pick up some other titles I’ve been looking at once the market conditions improve,” Crowther said. Skram Media, enthusiast publisher of Urban Climber and Climbing, which it bought from Primedia in late 2006, has acquired its second title in Mountain Gazette, a 42-year-old mountain sports and culture publication. Along with the all-stock purchase, Felix Magowan, former CEO of Inside Communications and a founding partner of GSM Media, which purchased Mountain Gazette in 2006, will join Skram Media’s board of directors. For Skram founder Mark Crowther, the search for another title began last year after realizing the infrastructure that came with the purchase of Climbing from Primedia could support more products. “We’ve owned Climbing for 18 months, and after about six months of owning that magazine we realized we were carrying an infrastructure that could be scaled over more than just two titles,” he told FOLIO:. “I’ve been looking to add magazines to what we have. So there was outreach by us into the marketplace to try and find titles.”Magowan surfaced with the Mountain Gazette offer in March this year and at the time Crowther had been in discussions with a pair of private equity firms that were getting increasingly cold feet in the face of a difficult lending market. “When I filtered through targets they would want to back, they were looking for million-dollar plus, positive EBITDA titles. But the markets got more nervous day-by-day, week-by-week,” said Crowther.last_img read more

Robber lynched in Narsingdi

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first_imgA suspected robber was lynched in a mob attack at Dari Hairmara village in Raipura upazila of Narsingdi early Saturday, reports news agency UNB.Sub-inspector Aminul Islam of Raipura Police Station said a group of bandits stormed the house of Maulana Zakaria at the village around 3:30am in a bid to loot valuables.The house inmates, however, managed to inform their neighbours of the intrusion of the hoodlums.Later, locals rushed in and chased the robbers who started fleeing sensing danger.The angry mob caught one of the fleeing miscreants-Zakir Hossain, 45, son of Harisul Haque of Birkandi Purbapara village in the upazila-and gave him a tremendous thrashing, leaving him dead on the spot, said the SI.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Narsingdi Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy, he said.last_img read more

Planned Parenthood Battle Leaves Women Vulnerable

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first_imgAttempts at undermining preventive healthcare have turned into a bitter fight. (Courtesy Image/Logo)Attempts at undermining preventive healthcare by Republicans opposed to President Barack Obama’s universal healthcare and Planned Parenthood have turned into a bitter fight with the nation’s most vulnerable in the middle.The recent attempt to defund Planned Parenthood just days before Christmas with H.R. 3762: Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 was cut down by executive veto – only to be resurrected by states such as Texas at the turn of the calendar as retaliatory cuts to other health programs.In Texas, for instance, the Department of State Health Services announced that at the start of 2016 it would cut off about $600,000 in state funding for HIV prevention services provided by Planned Parenthood – that included more than 138,000 HIV tests, HIV and STI counseling, and education programs in jails, nightclubs, and on college campuses.U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) issued a statement immediately following the bill’s introduction, which passed by a House vote of 240-181, denouncing the bill as irresponsible. “Just six days into the New Year, Republicans picked right up where they left off in 2015 with this damaging Reconciliation bill,” Edwards said in a written statement.  “The vote exemplifies the definition of insanity.”The House Republicans have made 62 attempts to repeal or dismantle the Affordable Care Act and 11 attempts to defund Planned Parenthood since its inception, according to Edwards. All of them have failed. “This Republican obsession with attacking access to health care for women and working families is outrageous and unacceptable, “she said.Executives at Unity Healthcare, one of the largest providers of services for the city’s low-income residents, told the AFRO that Title X funding ensures smooth service provision even amid Planned Parenthood cuts.“Unity is the Title X grantee for the District of Columbia. While we do not have a Planned Parenthood affiliate currently as a Title X sub-recipient, Unity has multiple funding sources for the reproductive health services we provide including the Federal 330 grant, Title X grant from the Office of Population Affairs, private foundation funding, and insurance reimbursement,” Jennifer Vollett-Krech, Unity’s family planning nurse coordinator said.  “Federal funding of the Title X program has remained flat for many years despite evidence of the cost-effectiveness of the program.”According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services.April Newberry, a Ward 6 college student, who relies on both Unity and Planned Parenthood for screening services said she is troubled by Republican efforts to challenge women’s rights and weary that others states could follow Texas’ example. “There are such high stakes for these middle-aged white men to control when and how women and girls reproduce, but why strip HIV testing because your plan was vetoed? This is a lot of political posturing with potentially deadly consequences for the mostly Black women clients,” Newberry said. ssherman@afro.comlast_img read more