National Workshop on Strategies to Combat Violence against Women in MENA

By Fatima SadiqiFez – ISIS Center for Women and Development at Fès, Morocco organized on 29 Decemebr a National Workshop on Strategies to Combat Violence against Women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Several academics and civil society activists from several Moroccan cities participated in this important event.The workshop addressed the issue of gender and violence with the aim of unpacking its overarching historical, cultural, religious, social, and political underpinnings. Whilst gender-based violence is a universal phenomenon, it takes interesting nuances and wears multiple faces in the MENA region where tradition, social norm, religion, war, and politics intermingle in a powerful and tantalizing space-based patriarchy. The theme of “gender and violence” is relatively new in the field of research; hence, scholarly debate on gender and violence in the MENA is badly needed. The participants revealed that gender-based violence is one of the most widespread violations of Human Rights. It may include verbal threats, coercion, economic abuse, or arbitrary deprivation of freedom in both the private and public spheres. Thus, violence against women has many forms; it can be physical, sexual, or emotional, and may be caused by a husband, a partner, a family member, or another person. Violence against women also includes sexual harassment and abuse by authority persons such as employers, the police, teachers, etc. Forced labor and trafficking are also forms of violence against women, and so are traditional practices like child marriages and honor killings.The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which constitutes an international bill of rights for women, was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly. This Convention defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda to prevent, eradicate and punish violence against women and girls. Countries, like Morocco, that have ratified or acceded to the Convention are legally bound to put its provisions into practice. They are also committed to submit national reports, at least every four years, on measures they have taken to comply with their treaty obligations. Most MENA countries ratified CEDAW with reservations on articles that are said to contradict Shari’a law.Violence against women and girls in the MENA region, as in the rest of the world, has dramatic consequences for families and communities, as it not only causes harm to women, but also blocks productivity, reduces human capital and undermines economic growth.The MENA area has recently become a hotbed for violence against women, especially after the so-called “Arab Spring”. The Yemen Post released a study that found 2,694 incidents of physical and sexual abuse against women in 2007. Sudan Daily reports that 278 incidents of violence against female citizens occurred in just three months. Likewise, in Egypt and Algeria, women are victimized. In Morocco, 1/3 of all women suffer from domestic abuse.The victims of today’s wars are 70-80 % civilians, most of them women. They are tortured and humiliated in prisons and refugee camps. There is a link between violence against women and patriarchal oppression. This violence should be fought by building a feminist platform based on solidarity and abolishing all forms of oppression and discrimination.Whilst violence against women has become a central issue in women’s movements across the MENA region in the last decade, with an emphasis on domestic violence, ‘honor killings’, early marriages, and prostitution-related cases, the dominant research paradigm on gender-based violence in the MENA region is that of the victimized Muslim women and their male oppressors on the basis of culture and religion. The impact of gendered political, social, and economic power on gender-based violence is seldom addressed, and so is the role of the State in banning or punishing violence against women.The Workshop participants recommended that girl’s education, economic independence, and emancipation combined with activism and media can be used as tools to fight violence against women, and to address systematically family, community and state’s involvement in the right policies to fight violence against women. They also recommended the reform of education, critical thinking, reduction of the parity index through more schooling for girls, addressing gender equality in family, school, civil society, and use of social media to combat violence against women..© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Sri Lanka hosts mass wedding for Chinese couples

The couples were given an all expense paid stay in Sri Lanka following the wedding ceremony so they can experience what Sri Lanka offers tourists. (Colombo Gazette) Pictures by Lalith Perera Sri Lanka today hosted a mass wedding for 50 Chinese couples at a grand ceremony in Colombo.Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Champika Ranawaka said that the event was held to strengthen Sri Lanka – China ties. The event was organised by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development and the Tourism Ministry as well as the Chinese Government. Sri Lanka and China share longstanding and deep relations in all sectors. read more

Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problem

LONDON — British Airways has cancelled dozens of flights from London airports after its check-in systems were hit by computer problems.The airline says a “systems issue” is causing delays and cancellations Wednesday for short-haul flights from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City airports.British Airways said it was relying on back-up and manual systems, and cancelled 81 flights due to operate to or from Heathrow and 10 Gatwick flights. More than 200 other flights were delayed.The airline said passengers could re-book for another day.In May 2017, tens of thousands of passengers were stranded when a global computer failure grounded hundreds of British Airways flights over three days. British Airways passengers also were hit with severe delays in July and September 2016 because of problems with the airline’s online check-in systems.The Associated Press read more

UN food agency warns of unfavourable crop prospects in subSaharan Africa

In a report issued in Rome, entitled “Food Supply Situation and Crop Prospects in Sub-Saharan Africa”, the FAO puts total food aid requirement for 2003 at 4.6 million tons, against the 2 million tons it estimated in 2001-02, and it cites droughts and war among the reasons for the shortfall.Calling overall harvest prospects in southern Africa “generally favourable” apart from Zimbabwe, parts of Swaziland and southern Mozambique, the report warns that prospects in other parts of sub-Saharan Africa remain unfavourable with 25 countries facing emergencies, the same number as in FAO’s last regional report in December 2002. The agency says food supply in several countries, particularly Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mauritania and Zimbabwe, remains grim due mainly to previous severe droughts, and calls for specific measures, such as feeding and watering points and easier access to markets, to provide relief to the livestock sector. The conflict in a number of countries, including Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of Congo and Liberia, has aggravated food insecurity by disrupting agricultural activities, it says.Widespread destruction, looting and population displacement in the Central African Republic suggests reduced food production. In the Republic of Congo, resurgent fighting around the capital, Brazzaville, has displaced at least 84,000 people and an Ebola outbreak in the Cuvette region has aggravated the humanitarian situation.For countries hit by conflict and adverse weather, including Angola, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe, the report calls for assistance to provide seeds, hand-tools and fertilizer to help farmers resume production. In southern Africa, farmers need help in marketing any available surplus under favourable conditions, and in preparing for next cropping season.The 25 countries facing emergencies are: Angola, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. read more

Climate change UN marks treatys anniversary by hailing savings of going green

Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), noted that re-insurance agents last year estimated that the cost of climate-related disasters reached $65 billion.“Then there are other economic impacts as a result of a continued, inefficient use of carbon-based fuels, including those on human health and habitats and ecosystems, like forests and lakes,” he said.Mr. Toepfer called on governments, businesses and citizens to show “imagination, vision and, above all, courage” to harness new technologies that can use energy more efficiently and cause less damage to the environment.He said the world is on the cusp on another industrial leap forward, with fossil fuels such as coal and oil going the way of the typewriter and the punch-card machine – to be replaced by modern conventional power stations and alternative sources of energy such as wind and solar power. Mr. Toepfer used his anniversary message to urge countries to ratify the treaty’s Kyoto Protocol, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to earlier levels. Describing the reduction targets in the Protocol’s first phase as “modest to say the least,” Mr. Toepfer said the losses resulting from not adhering to that pact outweigh the costs of compliance. Echoing this view, Secretary-General Kofi Annan cited several examples of greener technologies emerging partly because of the Convention’s entry into force. They included the increased use of wind farms, the introduction of so-called hybrid vehicles and added investments in hydrogen and carbon technology. The Secretary-General said signing the Kyoto Protocol is urgent given “the increased incidence of drought, floods and extreme weather events that many regions are experiencing.”The Protocol, which sets legally binding targets and timetables for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, will only enter into force after it has been ratified by at least 55 countries, including industrialized countries accounting for 55 per cent of their group’s 1990 level of CO2 emissions. Although the Protocol has 121 parties, including the European Community, the vast majority are developing countries and it has not entered into force. read more

Markets set to rise on string of economic data amid concerns over

TORONTO – Stock markets could be in for a positive week after a string of reports, capped off by strong recent jobs data, showed that the U.S. economic recovery is firmly on track.A government report Friday reported that 203,000 jobs were created during November, adding to strong manufacturing and housing reports, better than expected third-quarter economic growth and improving consumer confidence.On Thursday, traders will look at the U.S. retail sales report for November for further reinforcement on whether the Federal Reserve thinks the economy is strong enough to start cutting back on a key area of stimulus.“If you believe these jobs numbers, you would think this would reflect better consumer spending in the month of November when these jobs gains took place,” said Andrew Pyle, associate director of wealth management at ScotiaMcLeod in Peterborough, Ont.“If these numbers are correct, then we should see a very healthy November retail sales number.”Economists are looking for sales to have risen by 0.6 per cent during the month.“(But) if that number (is) to come in north of 0.6 per cent, if we saw retail sales gain one per cent, that would solidify the improved economic tone that we saw this week,” said Pyle.While investors are happy to see this trail of positive economic data, the reports have raised concerns that the Fed could move soon to start tapering its monthly US$85 billion of bond purchases. In fact, speculation has risen that the Fed could move as soon as their next meeting on Dec. 18.“Oh, it definitely keeps alive the concerns,” said Pyle.“For sure, concerns have definitely risen in the wake of this (jobs) report and GDP report we saw earlier in the week. But I think I would still say the majority of economists on this street do not expect them to go.”Talk of Fed tapering has cast a shadow on markets during the last half of the year. That’s because the massive amounts of asset purchases have kept long term rates low and supported a strong rally on equity markets.Despite the relief over continuing signs of economic improvement, analysts are leery of forecasting an end-of-the-year rally, given the sharp runup that North American markets registered during October and most of November.“I think what we have seen into this month has been the Santa Claus rally advanced,” added Pyle.“Santa has come early and has gone up the chimney before we get to year end.”The TSX and the Dow both finished last week in the red, with the Toronto market off 0.86 per cent and the Dow down 0.41 per cent. But gains from earlier in the autumn are still largely intact with the TSX up seven per cent year to date and the Dow ahead 22 per cent.It going to be a very light week for economic data after last week’s flood.The main event for Canada this week is housing starts data for November. Economists expect a slight dip, falling to an annualized rate of 195,000 after registering a 198,000 advance in October.“New home construction is increasingly exerting a drag on economic growth,” observed CIBC World Markets economist Emanuella Enenajor in a commentary.“That weakness in home building likely reflects concerns around affordability as well as the budding risks of higher long-term rates.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Markets set to rise on string of economic data amid concerns over Fed stimulus by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 8, 2013 4:00 am MDT read more

NIS denies woman 61 of pension over 1000 shortfall

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’No need to be alarmed’ – NIS clears the air on controversy surrounding pensionJuly 8, 2016In “latest news”Fed up of being pushed around by the ‘system’, Berbice man makes second attempt to end lifeOctober 24, 2016In “Local News”What ‘double dipping’! …Teixeira roasts Gov’t over plan to deny pensions to Guyanese living abroadJuly 6, 2016In “latest news” A 61-year-old woman of Number 40 Village, Berbice was denied her pension from the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), after being short of the intended target by $1000, which is equivalent to two contributions.Ingrid Arthur was employed by a State institution, and worked from 1997 to 2014.After Arthur was laid off, she received a correspondence from the NIS office, where it was confirmed that her contributions were intact.In fact, she was required to make 750 contributions but made 752 instead, which qualified her to be paid her monthly pension.However, six months prior to her 60th birthday, she received another contribution statement which showed that she made 748 contributions to the Scheme, having a shortfall of two contributions.Speaking with this publication, a close associate of the woman, Patrick Hamilton, said that the situation regarding Arthur is “outrageous”.“She worked from 1997 to 2014. She had received a document which said that she reached the contribution in 2014. Then last year, I don’t know how they revise it and told her that she was short by just $1000. It’s the same people that check and verify in the first instance. When you look at the calculation, its two contributions that she is short by.”He stated that NIS offered the woman a payout of $100,000 by having her sign a document.However, she rejected the offer. The woman is standing by the first calculation sent to her by NIS.“They offered her a $100,000 payout but she didn’t take the money. She wanted to know what was going on,” he stated. The woman has been unable to get any proper explanation from NIS. read more

A great feeling for me to be selected for second CPL

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPower-packed GAW team named for CPL 2019May 23, 2019In “latest news”‘It’s a great feeling to be part of the Warriors this year’ – Chandrapaul HemrajJune 14, 2019In “latest news”Warriors’ Hemraj, Shepherd top CPL charts after three roundsSeptember 11, 2019In “latest news” Shepherd took three wickets on CPL debutBy Brandon CorlettePossessing the powerful physique of a modern-day fast bowler, Tucber Park lad Romario Shepherd is revelling at his second-time selection to the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) team.One of five Berbicians and eight Guyanese selected for the home franchise, Shepherd took the time to speak to this publication in an exclusive interview.“It’s obviously a great feeling for me to earn selection for a second successive year for the GAW, and this is a confidence- booster for me”, Shepherd told this reporter.The 24-year-old all-round player added, “It is early days, but looking into the future, with any opportunity given in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), I will bowl my best”.Shepherd made his debut appearance in the 2018 edition of the CPL playing against Trinbago Knight Riders, participating in three matches in the latter part of the tournament. He has been one of Guyana’s rising talents, and has had a great 4-Day tournament playing for the Jaguars in the 2018-19 season.Having played only 21 matches in his First-Class career, Shepherd has already grabbed 67 wickets, including two five-wicket hauls, since making his debut against Jamaica in 2017. His recent 4-Day season with the Guyana Jaguars was certainly his breakthrough season, with him finishing as the best fast bowler in the entire tournament, having taken 37 wickets while playing in all 10 matches, and scoring 315 runs with the bat, including two half-centuries. His performance is ample testimony to his level of fitness and development of his game overtime.The confident Berbician told this reporter that, in the T20 format, his aim is to pick up wickets for his team, and bowl at a healthy economy rate. The 2019 edition of the CPL is slated for September, and Shepherd is currently in preparation mode.A tournament as eminent as the CPL will feature all the big names around the globe, and it calls for mental toughness. Shepherd is focused on the positives.Having placed himself on the radar for a call-up to the West Indies ‘A’ and West Indies senior teams with his Regional performances in recent times, Shepherd will use the CPL as another stepping stone in his quest to play International cricket.He started his cricket career as a batsman, although he is now a celebrated bowler; and he has not lost his batting skill although he focuses more on his bowling. The right-hander has three First-class half-centuries, and possesses a peculiar ability to clear the ropes with great ease.His ‘List A’ career has also been promising, with this New Amsterdam lad being an active member of the Cricket Guyana Inc. Academy. He has taken 24 wickets in his 18 ‘List A’ matches.Romario Shepherd has the ability to zip the new ball and seam it around, but in the white ball game he has the ability to bowl those deadly Yorkers. Shepherd has a best bowling figure of 3-29 on his debut in CPL against the powerhouse Trinbago Knight Riders team, the defending champions.In his debut match, he picked up the prize scalps of Colin Munro, Brendon Mc Cullum and Darren Bravo. The confident Shepherd will be reminiscing on his debut for the GAW, and is eager to make an even greater impact the second time around. read more

GroundProbe extends Americas mine tailings dam monitoring reach with Santiago centre

first_imgGroundProbe has launched a dedicated monitoring centre in Santiago, Chile, to, it says, provide 24/7 real-time radar and laser monitoring services for tailings dams and mines throughout North and South America.The centre connects remote sites with industry experts in three languages, according to GroundProbe, with the facility monitoring live slope stability data and reacting to alarms to ensure the maximum safety of people and communities.Crewed by 45 specialised geotechnical engineers, these centre provide 24/7 expertise to over 30 customers globally, GroundProbe says.GroundProbe, owned by Orica, is a global leader in real-time technologies used to detect instabilities and predict when mine and dam collapses will occur.From a launch event in Santiago, GroundProbe CEO Brian Gillespie said the new centre marked an important step for GroundProbe’s future growth, especially for South and North America.“We’ve witnessed a boom in Brazil for continuous, real-time monitoring of tailings dams, with a huge increase in demand for our remote, 24/7 geotechnical expertise,” Gillespie said.“We saw it as an absolute necessity to bolster our offering and extend our support services from Asia Pacific to the Americas.“Placing the centre in Santiago and ensuring its tri-lingual capabilities allows us to do just that.”GroundProbe has, for many years, been providing 24/7 assistance to customers from its Asia-Pacific monitoring centre. The addition of a second location, operating in Spanish, Portuguese and English, sees GroundProbe remain at the forefront of our industry, the company said.David Noon, COO of GroundProbe, said: “Our Santiago remote monitoring centre is operational from day one, with our teams already monitoring many tailings dams, a massive hydro-electric dam and even a landslide on a national highway in Colombia.“Not only is it essential to our customers that our team are native Spanish and Portuguese speakers, but having a centre in Latin America shows our level of commitment to the region and to creating jobs in the local communities we serve.”To mark the launch, GroundProbe and Orica hosted an event with key customers, industry representatives and stakeholders (pictured).GroundProbe’s monitoring centres are home to its Geotechnical Support Services (GSS) team and dedicated team of geotechnical support engineers.The second monitoring centre in Santiago will provide the same services to customers, including: GSS-Remote, a 24-hour remote monitoring solution; GSS-Training, a SSR and laser training service; and GSS-Reporting, the company’s customised analysis and reporting service.last_img read more

Check out the Blue Moon tonight

first_img“Once in a blue moon” is something I heard all the time growing up. I knew the moon wasn’t blue, so I never bothered to ask what it meant. A blue moon is what we call a moon that is full twice in one month. It’s pretty rare, in fact it only happens once every couple of years. If you head outside tonight you can see the blue moon. It’s going to look exactly the same as every other full moon, but it’s fun to know this is the second time this month that you will have seen it.The blue moon got its name from the March 1946 issue of Sky and Telescope magazine. The author, James Hugh Pruett, used a Farmer’s Almanac to help him describe the phenomenon. The rotation cycle for the moon is complete every 29.5 days. Since we have months that are longer than 29 days, we occasionally get the resulting blue moon. The next time we will see a blue moon will be in 2015. Even more rare are the years where we have two months in the year that get blue moons. The last time that happened was in 1999, and isn’t expected to happen again until 2018.This blue moon is extra special, as it falls on the same day as the funeral service for Astronaut Neil Armstrong. The mathematical likelihood that we would get a blue moon on the same day that we say farewell to the first human being to set foot on the moon is… well, astronomical.last_img read more

Chrome lets parents snoop on their kids browsing with Supervised Users

first_imgWant to know what your kids (or less technically-inclined roommates) have been looking at online? The new Chrome Beta has added support for supervised accounts so you can do just that!Google’s pushing the new feature as a way for parents to monitor activity on Chromebooks like the new ones from Acer and HP, and it does offer a great way to see who’s been doing what on a shared laptop. It also works in the Chrome browser — so Windows, Mac, and Linux users that let other folks use Chrome on their machines can maintain control.If you want to experiment with supervised accounts, you’ll need to download the latest Chrome Beta, Dev, or Canary from Google. You’ll find ‘enable supervised users’ as on option on the chrome://flags page.Once it’s turned on, you can create new users on chrome://settings. Just check the box, and the new account will sync to your master Google account. Log in to the panel at, and you’ll be able to see web activity and configure access controls.Sites can be whitelisted or blacklisted depending on how much you want things locked down. Site visits show up almost instantly, letting you snoop supervise in near-real time. And no, supervised users can’t open Incognito windows to cover their tracks. Clearing the Chrome cache? That only wipes local traces. The evidence in the cloud remains intact.Supervised accounts bring a little bit of the enterprise to your Chrome browser at home. This kind of monitoring is very similar to what big brother can do at the office. It’s how he knows you’ve been shopping on ThinkGeek or posting Facebook updates when you’re not supposed to.last_img read more

Video: Watch the live Money in the Bank Kickoff Show from Hartford tonight

first_img Videos Articles Watch the live Money in the Bank Kickoff Show (above) now in progress.Scheduled for the pre-show is:– Daniel Bryan and Rowan (c’s) vs. The Usos with the Smackdown Tag Team Championships on the lineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Oliver Takes On The WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud Now Playing Up Next WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Videos Articles Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Wrestler Brie Bella Wants Another Baby Now Playing Up Next Jamal Khashoggi WhatsApp Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Facebook Pinterest Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next John Oliver Google+ John Oliver Takes On The WWE Daniel Bryan Has Finally Been Cleared To Come Back To The Ring Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinalslast_img read more

Melania Trump visits Microsoft to thaw relationship promote online behavior

first_img 2 Melania Trump has been heading up a campaign called “Be Best” to encourage better online behavior. Getty Images Over the past couple years, Microsoft has publicly criticized President Donald Trump on everything from his travel bans to his administration’s efforts to separate families of asylum seekers crossing the US border.But Brad Smith, the company’s outspoken president, met with first lady Melania Trump on Monday and said he wants to work with the administration when he can. “We’ll partner where we can, we’ll stand apart where we should,” he said in an interview with GeekWire during the visit.Trump was at Microsoft’s campus as part of her “Be Best” campaign, which encourages better behavior online (despite President Trump’s behavior to the contrary). During her visit, which appeared to last half an hour, Trump met with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and saw technology aimed at children. Some of those included parental controls for the company’s Xbox video game console and its new Xbox Adaptive Controller for disabled gamers that was released last year. “The technology being designed not only includes safety features but also accessibility for all – a very exciting and new opportunity for many with limited mobility,” Trump said, in a statement posted to The White House website. During her visit, Trump acknowledged that parents and children alike need more education about technology. “I feel that sometimes children know more than parents, especially in this age,” Trump said.Whether this is the beginning of a thaw in the relationship between the Trump administration and tech giants is yet to be seen. Smith said that although he met with the first lady, he plans to continue speaking out. “We have days when we disagree with this administration, just as we’ve had days where we’ve disagreed with other administrations, but today was a day where we could stand together to underscore an important message,” he said to GeekWire. Share your voice Microsoft Donald Trump Politics Tech Industry Comments Tagslast_img read more

Railway staff alerted on monsoon contingencies

first_imgSecunderabad (NSS): South Central Railway (SCR) General Manager Gajanan Mallya has asked railway officials to focus on maintaining a high degree of alertness to ensure safety of train operations, particularly during the current monsoon season. He was holding a detailed review meeting o¬n safety and punctuality at Rail Nilayam here on Tuesday, along with the principal heads of the departments. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us The Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) of all six divisions i.e. Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntakal, Guntur and Nanded participated in the meeting through a video conference. The General Manager instructed them to intensify the monsoon patrolling and keep a continuous vigil at bridges, water tanks adjacent to the railway track and vulnerable areas. He also stressed o¬n the improvement of train punctuality and freight loading. He also reviewed the loco, signal and track failure incidents which affect the train movement during the recent times. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us Gajanan Mallya also took stock of division-wise progress of the works related to implementation of e-Office, e-Drawing, construction of foot-over-bridges, high-level platforms and elimination of unmanned level crossings over the zone and instructed to expedite the works. All the DRMs of the Zone apprised him on the loading performance and other issues related to safety and infrastructure development. John Thomas, Additional General Manger, K V Siva Prasad, principal chief engineer, K Siva Prasad, principal chief operations manager, and others were present at the meeting.last_img read more

23 migrants killed in Libya road crash

first_imgAt least 23 migrants were killed on Wednesday and around 100 injured when the truck transporting them crashed in Libya, a hospital said.More than 300 migrants, most of them Eritrean and Somali nationals, were on board the vehicle which overturned near the town of Bani Walid, said hospital spokesman Hatem al-Twijer.last_img

NETSPOT Gallium Agent Added to NCCN Guidelines for Evaluation of Neuroendocrine Tumors

first_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | March 29, 2017 NETSPOT Gallium Agent Added to NCCN Guidelines for Evaluation of Neuroendocrine Tumors PET agent received FDA approval in June 2016 News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more March 29, 2017 — Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A. announced that its product NETSPOT (gallium Ga-68 dotatate) has been included in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology version 1.2017 update for the evaluation of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs).Eric Liu, M.D., FACS, neuroendocrine tumor surgeon and co-director, The Neuroendocrine Institute at Rocky Mountain Cancer Center and HealthOne, stated, “As a physician that sees more than 400 patients with NETs per year, I am very grateful to have NETSPOT available and included in the NCCN Guidelines. This advance in imaging capability provides treating physicians with enormous insights, enabling better directed surgeries and enhanced decision making regarding different therapeutic options. Ultimately, I believe the use of NETSPOT will lead to improved outcomes for patients.”Lale Kostakoglu, M.D., MPH, chief, nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, stated “We as molecular imagers are very pleased to see this valuable imaging modality be finally integrated into a national management algorithm for neuroendocrine tumors. The ability to image these patients with this compound is crucial to the success of any molecular imaging program. I believe this technology will lead to significant changes in patient management and will guide decisions for targeted therapies.”NETSPOT, a radioactive diagnostic agent indicated for use with positron emission tomography (PET) for localization of somatostatin receptor-positive NETs, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 1, 2016, 23 months from the first pre-Investigational New Drug meeting with the agency. AAA and its radiopharmacy partners around the U.S. are now delivering 400 doses of NETSPOT per month. The company is seeking to grow its network of radiopharmacy partners from 20 sites to more than 40 sites over the first half of 2017.In December 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) granted NETSPOT Transitional Pass-Through status under an A-code (A9587) for drug reimbursement, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Additionally, the same Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (“HCPCS”) “A Code” will be used on claims to private payers.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. 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NAHB Appraisal Reform Necessary for Sound Market

first_img As regulatory institutions begin to provide some clarity to the mortgage market, the “”National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)””: insists the market still lacks confidence and is badly in need of a sound and functional appraisal system. [IMAGE]””At the center of this ongoing crisis in confidence is an appraisal system that remains dysfunctional and is a major impediment to reestablishing a vibrant and stable housing finance framework,”” NAHB stated in a white paper released last week, titled “”_A Comprehensive Blueprint for Residential Appraisal Reform._””: reform “”must be a principal element of efforts to rebuild the nation’s housing finance system,”” NAHB stated. Regulatory reform is a key issue in constructing a reliable appraisal system, according to NAHB. Uniformity and [COLUMN_BREAK]streamlining are two major themes in NAHB’s proposed solutions. New regulation should establish a set of best practices and uniform standards for the industry, set in place standard licensing and certification requirements, and create a group to oversee data and technology standards for the industry, according to NAHB. Currently, appraisal oversight is generally left to the states. While NAHB suggests “”states should retain primary responsibility for certifying and overseeing appraisers and the quality of their work,”” the association suggests federal regulatory bodies “”should dictate that disciplinary actions are meted out in a consistent manner.”” In order to ensure transparency and consistency in the industry, NAHB suggests creating a “”real estate data superhighway,”” which would include a mandatory registry of all “”real property”” as well as data pertaining to mortgage-backed securities. As another step in ensuring transparency, NAHB suggests the creation of a website that would explain the appraisal process and inform people about how to decipher appraisal reports. Additionally, the industry should create a new appraisal report format that is “”simpler and easier to read,”” according to NAHB. Lastly, the NAHB stated the importance of setting up a standard appeals process for inaccurate appraisals. February 25, 2013 470 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing NAHB: Appraisal Reform Necessary for Sound Marketcenter_img Agents & Brokers Appraisals Attorneys & Title Companies Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing Regulation Service Providers Valuation 2013-02-25 Krista Franks Brock Sharelast_img read more

Teacher who had affair with pupil has jail sentence doubled

first_imgThe commissioner for children’s rights has welcomed the supreme court decision to double the jail sentence of 39-year-old teacher who had an affair with his 15-year-old pupil, but said that even the second sentence was insufficient for such a serious crime.“I believe the sentence should have been even stricter,” Leda Koursoumba told the Cyprus Mail on Wednesday. “Court sentences must send the message that neither society nor the state tolerates such acts.”In January, the teacher was jailed for a year but following an appeal by the attorney-general the supreme court increased his sentence to two years earlier this month.The man had been appointed a few years ago to the school where he met the girl on whose initiative they developed a relationship.The case was reported to the police after the 39-year-old confided in a social worker at the school. A criminal court sentenced the man to a year in jail but the sentence was deemed inadequate by the state, which filed an appeal.In its decision, the supreme court noted that even if a relationship between an adult and a minor was consensual, it did not reduce the severity of the offence.During the appeal hearings, state attorney Christia Kithreotou, argued that despite recognising the seriousness of the offences, the criminal court had mainly taken into account the mitigating factors of the case, such as the absence of violence, the fact that he was the father of underage children, and his clean criminal record.Kithreotou said another aggravating factor which should been taken into account was the possibility of the development of an emotional dependence that could lead to the exploitation of the victim.“The distinction made in this case, compared with other similar cases … showed that the one year jail sentence is not a sufficient punishment for the perpetrator. The penalty in such cases should be substantially greater,” she concluded.Koursoumba said that new legislation, passed in 2015, did not recognise consent as a defence, nor claims that the perpetrator did not know the minor’s age.“It is the responsibility of the adult not to bring the minor to this position, let alone in the particular case in which the teacher was twice the age of the student.”Koursoumba said the rising trend in such incidents was due to the fact that victims now reported sexual abuse more easily than in the past.“Sexual abuse is the worst form of crime against children, thus courts have to be very careful in their decisions and impose exemplary sentences,” she said.  You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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