Otters long departure means koi can return to Vancouver Chinese garden

first_imgVANCOUVER — Koi are safe to swim again in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver that was once a hunting ground for an elusive otter.Three adults and 344 juvenile ornamental koi were removed from the pond and kept at the Vancouver Aquarium last November after the otter began feasting on the expensive koi.It even killed a 50-year-old fish named Madonna, before it disappeared again, despite numerous attempts by staff to trap the animal.The koi that were removed were returned to the pond on Thursday, along with two other adults that had been donated.Vancouver Park Board chairman Stuart Mackinnon says the fate of the koi generated concern locally and internationally and he’s pleased to see the fish back in their home.Mackinnon says the garden staff have added steel plates to the park gates, deterring any other otters from getting inside.The garden closed for a week during the height of the otter’s destruction and the saga set off a storm on social media among those rooting for and against the otter.Koi embody positive connotations for many Asian cultures, from good luck to abundance and perseverance, and a statement from the garden says the fish are often an important and symbolic part of classical Chinese gardens.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadian Rangers on patrol in the North

first_imgAPTN National NewsWith the temperature changing there’s going to be a lot more ships travelling through the North West Passage.Canada once again is out to patrol, including the Canadian Rangers.Thirty of them are taking part in the annual Operation Nunalivut.APTN’s Wayne Rivers has the story.last_img

Annan envoy on AIDS in Africa continues factfinding trip in Nigeria

While in Rwanda for a four-day visit, Stephen Lewis met with President Paul Kagame and other officials, including the Minister of Health and the National AIDS Commission. In his meetings with President Kagame, Mr. Lewis emphasized the need for an up-to-date survey on AIDS prevalence rates, since Rwanda’s present figures are based on data from 1997. The two men also discussed how Rwanda could gain access to the proposed Global Fund for AIDS and Health and how it could deal with the problem of AIDS orphans. The Rwandan leader pledged his commitment to continued leadership on these issues, the spokesman said. read more

UN Libya Mission deplores deadly shooting in Tripoli

The top United Nations official in Libya, Bernardino Léon, has condemned a fatal shooting incident outside a UN facility in the capital, Tripoli, as tensions continue to simmer across the war-torn country. In a statement issued earlier today, Mr. Léon reported that on the morning of 23 January, unidentified gunmen opened fire from a passing car at members of the Diplomatic Police guarding the offices of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). One policeman was mortally wounded. “The Diplomatic Police are investigating to determine the circumstances and the motives behind this drive-by shooting,” Mr. Léon’s statement continued, adding that UN staff were not involved in the incident. “The United Nations condemns this shooting incident and offers its condolences to the Diplomatic Police. The United Nations calls on the police to thoroughly investigate this incident,” it added. Yesterday’s attack is the latest outburst of violence to breach the recent ceasefire announced following a first round of intensive talks, hosted by UNSMIL in Geneva, during which participants agreed upon an agenda for discussions going forward, with the aim of reaching a political agreement to form a consensual national unity government, and making security arrangements necessary to end fighting and ensure the withdrawal of armed groups from Libyan cities. As well as discussing confidence-building measures to safeguard Libya’s national unity and to alleviate the population’s suffering, participants also agreed to hold another round of talks in Geneva next week and strongly urged all relevant Libyan stakeholders to attend. read more

Ohio State refrains from commenting on Kosta Karageorge investigation medical treatment

Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Kosta KarageorgeCredit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsMoments before coach Urban Meyer addressed the media on Monday, an Ohio State spokesman said the school is unable to comment on the investigation surrounding the death of walk-on senior defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge or the medical treatment he received at OSU.Karageorge’s body was found Sunday afternoon near his apartment in Columbus after being reported missing on Wednesday. Columbus Police said the cause of death appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.The Columbus native had last been seen around 2 a.m. on Wednesday. According to The Columbus Dispatch, Karageorge’s family was concerned his disappearance had something to do with concussion-related injuries, of which he reportedly had a history.During his Monday press conference, Meyer said Karageorge’s death is an “incredible tragedy.”Meyer added that Karageorge “loved” his time as a football player at OSU. He joined the team in August after competing as a varsity wrestler for three seasons for the Buckeyes.On Friday, the OSU Department of Athletics released statements from Meyer and team physician Dr. Jim Borchers. Borchers’ statement said he was “not able to discuss or comment about the medical care regarding our student-athletes.”After police confirmed Karageorge’s body had been found, OSU athletics released a statement expressing the shock and sadness of learning of the player’s death.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time,” the statement said.When asked about how the OSU handled Karageorge’s health, Meyer said he could not comment but expressed his faith in the medical staff.“This is the best group of medical people I’ve ever been around,” Meyer said. read more

Analysis Why the number of migrants travelling across the Channel has soared

Earlier this month, the Telegraph was in the largest migrant camp in Calais as more than 50 police officers swept in to clear the area. After the raid, One Iranian man said: “I’ve had enough. I don’t have a choice anymore. I must try by boat. To die at sea is better than living here.”Since the summer, the number of Iranians in Calais seeking a passage to the UK has grown. One driver of this is the sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States. The economy has been squeezed and many young men are struggling to find work, despite being well educated. “I just want to make a better life for me and my family,” said Araf, a migrant in Calais. “I went to University but the political situation makes it impossible for me to do anything. I studied English, history, politics and I want to come to work in the UK and contribute.”Others have left Iran for more difficult reasons. Bahador Lorpor has travelled to France with his two-year-old son, seven-year-old daughter and his wife after being persecuted for their Christian faith. He told the Telegraph that he would have been killed in Iran. Now he says he must reach the UK “before the border closes.”  Border Force and Port Authority workers remove a migrant boat Early on Christmas Day morning, five migrants flagrantly sailed into the heart of Dover port, before lighting a fire on the beach to warm themselves up, then walked to the police station to give themselves up and seek asylum.“The way the weather is, it is prime time,” said Mr Crittenden. “If you were to swim it, you would go in it in weather like this.”The vessels might look flimsy but, in such conditions, yesterday’s 4m-long boat with a 10 horsepower engine would make “slow but steady progress across the Channel,” said the lifeboat man.“The danger is that you are crossing busy shipping lanes and some of those ships are moving at 25 knots. You would not have the power in a boat like theirs to get out of the way.” And the organised criminals running the trade have now “de-risked” their business, he said, because they only have to get their migrants half way across before they are picked up and taken to Britain by Border Force vessels or lifeboats.“It starts low and as they see it works, it builds higher,” said Mr Wood, who warned that unless the Home Office and Border Force got a grip it could “grow and grow.” Last week he was picked up by French authorities in a stolen fishing boat, trying to get across the Channel. Brexit is being used as a weapon by smuggling gangs, who say that after March 29 it will be all but impossible to enter the UK as the security and border agencies are bolstered.This is forcing the hands of desperate migrants to pay around £2,000 for a place on a boat attempting to make the perilous crossing.Yesterday, at 12.40am, Matt Crittenden hauled himself into his lifeboat and launched into the Channel for what is becoming an increasingly routine mission: the rescue of desperate migrants attempting the crossing to Britain.The Littlestone RNLI manager found the migrant boat on Sandgate beach after being guided to it by a coastguard rescue helicopter.The boat was empty, forcing the helicopter to use its infrared night vision to track down the nine migrants, including three children, who had run inland.They were caught Sandgate beach in an operation that would have cost tens of thousands with the launch of a second lifeboat also required. On the same night, a French warship picked up nine more migrants who failed to make it to British waters. Word is spreading in Calais that now is a good time to go.Since Christmas Eve, 82 migrants in ten different boats have attempted to cross the English channel. Some 71 have made it to the UK, either by navigating the busy waterway, or by being picked up in British waters by border force patrol boats. Since the start of November, 280 people, mostly Iranian, have been intercepted by authorities on both sides of the Channel with the British picking up 201 and the French, 79.The Telegraph understands that at least 60 people have made it to the UK undetected.The surge in numbers over Christmas has been blamed on mild weather, calm seas and smuggling gangs seeking to exploit the holiday period, where border agencies may be shorter staffed than usual. The use of boats has grown as smugglers’ other avenues – via lorries at Calais or fake passports – have become harder, forcing them to disperse to other French ports, says David Wood, former director general of immigration enforcement at the Home Office. The alarming escalation in successful crossings is being used by the smuggling gangs to show migrants in France that they too can make it, and should part with thousands of pounds for a place on a boat. Border Force and Port Authority workers have seen more than 80 people make it to Britain since Christmas EveCredit:Steve Finn Inside the migrant camps in Dunkirk and Calais, French police are applying physical and psychological pressure on migrants by raiding camps and dispersing the inhabitants, sometimes using tear gas and batons.In July, there were just 11 camp raids in Calais, according to figures from local organisation Human Rights Observers and French group L’Auberge des Migrants. In October, that number had increased seven times, to 78. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Exfinance minister denies tampering with Lagarde list

first_imgFormer finance minister George Papaconstantinou appeared before a special court this week on charges of tampering with a document and attempted breach of trust in connection with his handling of the so-called Lagarde list of Greeks with Swiss bank accounts.“I am innocent,” Papaconstantinou told the court. “I categorically deny all the charges.”The former minister, who signed Greece’s first loan agreement with international creditors, was given a list of some 2,000 Greeks with Swiss bank accounts in 2010 by then French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, who now leads the International Monetary Fund. He is accused of removing the names of three of his relatives from the list.If convicted, he faces a long prison sentence, particularly if judges deem that he is guilty of offences against the state.On the first day of the trial, which is expected to last several weeks, judges heard from several witnesses, including three former heads of the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE), Ioannis Diotis, Ioannis Kapeleris and Stelios Stasinopoulos. The head of the Finance Ministry department that checks on very wealthy taxpayers, known by its acronym KEFOMEP, Dimitris Masinas, and another formerly high-ranking official at SDOE, Panayiotis Mantouvalos, also provided testimony, as did the former head of Papaconstantinou’s office, Chrysi Hatzi, who took delivery of the Lagarde list from an employee of the French Embassy in Athens in 2010.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Alzheimer un futur médicament contre la perte de mémoire

first_imgAlzheimer : un futur médicament contre la perte de mémoire ?Allemagne – Un chercheur de l’Institut européen des neurosciences de Göttingen a mis au point une protéine qui agit sur le cerveau de la souris, améliorant les capacités cognitives du rongeur.Nommée H4K12, cette protéine permet de contrôler les principaux gènes de la mémoire et de l’apprentissage dans le cerveau de la souris, selon la revue Science.”C’est une avancée scientifique très importante, explique le Dr André Fischer, qui a mis au point cette protéine. Utilisée seule, elle n’est pas capable de guérir la maladie d’Alzheimer, mais elle pourrait certainement aider à son traitement”.”Chez la souris, cette recherche nous donne des indices sur la façon dont les souvenirs se forment et fonctionnent dans le cerveau”, a déclaré le Dr Marie Janson, de l’association britannique Alzheimer’s Research Trust.”Nous avons maintenant besoin de savoir si les mêmes processus se produisent dans le cerveau humain, a-t-elle poursuivi. Cette compréhension est essentielle si nous voulons développer des moyens de protéger le cerveau vieillissant du déclin cognitif”.Elle a ensuite conclu qu’étant donné la complexité et le nombre important de facteurs causant la maladie d’Alzheimer, il serait certainement nécessaire de mettre au point plusieurs médicaments pour traiter cette maladie, et les autres types de démence.Le 13 mai 2010 à 15:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

PlanetObserver veut rendre limage satellite accessible à tous

first_imgPlanetObserver veut rendre l’image satellite accessible à tousUne PME clermontoise s’emploie à retravailler des images satellites de la Terre, représentant toutes les parties du globe (océans, volcans, déserts, îles, continents…). A la différence des images que l’on connaît, de la Nasa par exemple, celles-ci sont retravaillées en “vraie couleur” pour la compréhension de tous. PlanetObserver veut ainsi rendre accessible l’image satellite au grand public.On les observe sans le savoir lorsque l’on regarde une carte routière, un itinéraire sur Mappy, un plan à la Cité des Sciences ou encore l’endroit où se déroule un reportage diffusé sur France Télévisions : ces images satellites retravaillées par PlanetObserver ont un usage multiple. Mais la PME basée à Clermont-Ferrand affiche toujours le même objectif : “mettre l’accent sur l’esthétisme et surtout la fidélité des images, pour rendre l’image satellite accessible à tous”, a indiqué à Maxisciences Marie-Pierre Boutin, qui travaille au pôle “distribution” de l’entreprise.Le principe est simple : rendre à ces images prises par Landsat 7 (anciennement Landsat 5), leurs couleurs naturelles. Les canaux rouge, vert, bleu sont alors utilisés, mais ce n’est pas le cas de l’infrarouge, laissé de côté. Pas question donc, de représenter les forêts en rouge, par exemple, comme cela se fait parfois pour avoir un aperçu du paysage et des reliefs. PlanetObserver veut restituer les paysages comme si on les observait du ciel à l’oeil nu.Des images du monde entier accessibles À lire aussiApollo 11 : À quoi la conquête spatiale ressemblera-t-elle dans 50 ans ?”Lorsque l’entreprise a vu le jour (en 1989, ndlr), elle retravaillait essentiellement des images de l’Auvergne ; à présent on couvre toute la planète”, se félicite Marie-Pierre Boutin. “Les données sources sont les mêmes, simplement on travaille en “vraies couleurs””.Ainsi on peut observer le volcan Augustine en Alaska, le Mont Etna en Sicile ou encore le cratère Manicouagan au Québec.Retravailler ces images demande de la technique et aussi de savoir utiliser des logiciels comme GlobalMapper ou Photoshop, sous lequel un énorme travail est fait. “Il faut aussi choisir en amont les données sources”, rappelle Marie-Pierre Boutin.Les images sont surtout choisies au printemps, car “il y a plus de contrastes lorsque les sommets sont enneigés et la couverture nuageuse est aussi plus limitée, même s’il y aura toujours des nuages”, explique-t-elle.A l’heure actuelle, PlanetObserver, qui a obtenu le Label Eureka en 2000 (plus haute distinction de l’Union européenne récompensant les programmes de recherche et développement) serait la seule entreprise à avoir une telle portée internationale. “Nos principaux concurrents sont aux Etats-Unis et fournissent des images à la Nasa”, conclut Marie-Pierre Boutin.Découvrez des images satellites représentant plusieurs endroits du monde mises à disposition par PlanetObserver : https://www.maxisciences.com/satellite/des-images-de-la-terre-les-plus-fideles-possibles_art10760.html Information exclusive. Toute reproduction interdite sans mention explicite du site Maxisciences.Le 30 novembre 2010 à 15:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Attada Sridhar appointed HRCI district secretary

first_imgSrikakulam: Attada Sridhar has been appointed as district secretary of Human Rights Council of India (HRCI). Sridhar received appointment order from HRCI Chairman K Ravindra Kumar in this regard on Saturday. The HRCI is working under Government of India and Sridhar assured to work hard to protect human rights and society development. He also thanked HRCI State secretary Badana Deva Bhushan Rao, who supported for his appointment as district secretary.last_img

Boy born in Rohingya camp faces uncertain future

first_imgThis picture taken on 12 October, 2017 shows Rohingya woman Hasina Aktar (R) and her mother in law Fatema (L) with the newborn baby Mohammed Jubayed on the way to their home in Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. Photo: AFPThe afternoon call to prayer sounds out around the Kutupalong refugee camp as Hasina Aktar leaves the makeshift clinic where she gave birth 24 hours earlier, barely able to walk and carrying her infant son and major doubts about their future.The 20-year-old Rohingya woman and the infant Mohammed Jubayed face a life-and-death struggle, having been swept up in one of the biggest refugee crises in decades that has seen more than 530,000 Rohingya Muslims flee ethnic strife in Myanmar in the past eight weeks.Wrapped in a torn bath towel, tiny Mohammed’s skin is red with irritations caused by the heat and humidity that enshrouds the camps around the Bangladesh border town of Cox’s Bazar, where the persecuted minority have sought sanctuary.Keeping clean is a struggle and post-natal infections caused by malnutrition are rife among newborns. It is one of many threats in the teeming camps now home to the Muslims from Myanmar’s Rakhine state where the United Nations says there may have been ethnic cleansing.In front of the clinic, Aktar can barely speak to ask where her family are.She tried to call them on her phone, but no one answered. After 30 minutes, her husband and mother-in-law arrived — held up by torrential rain.The family disappeared into the camp city, its muddy paths stinking of urine, with naked children playing in dark puddles and a dense smoke rising from nearby hills as evening dinners were prepared.- No space to stand -Aktar struggled to keep up with her husband and his mother as they headed back to the hut with a black plastic roof and mud floor that is Mohammed’s new home.There were four adults and two children already living in the cramped space where it is difficult to stand upright.Fatima, the mother-in-law, proudly cradled the infant outside as neighbours came to congratulate her. “He has already lost weight since yesterday,” she told them. Aktar seemed on the verge of collapse and went inside the hut.On returning to check on the family two days later, an AFP correspondent found the father Mohammed Reaj had gone out looking for work.He had a job as a rickshaw driver but took two days off for the birth of his son, and when he returned the owner had given the taxi to another desperate candidate.The grandmother had gone to visit relatives in the neighbouring Balukhali camp. Without money, she had to walk the seven kilometers (4.5 miles) in the heat and was not expected back until the next day.Still wrapped in the towel, Mohammed Jubayed slept on a mat in a corner of the hut among pots and pans.”When the ground hurts him, he cries,” said the mother.He vomits when taking his mother’s milk and she was also worried about the white colour of his faeces. But overall Mohammed was surviving well even though he still has no clothes.”I can only feed him four or five times a day, I just don’t have enough milk,” said the mother, still exhausted from the birth.Nur Kalima, Aktar’s three-year-old daughter, made her presence felt in the background. She wants some of the attention being given to her new brother. But Aktar has to devote her time to making a meal of rice with a little salt.Getting wood to make a cooking fire is becoming increasingly difficult. When the family first arrived at Kutupalong four months ago, they collected wood in the hills. The trees have all been razed to make way for huts and wood has to be bought with cash.It is another burden for the family with little money.Amid the hammering of new shelters being built, and the horns and queues around humanitarian food trucks making a delivery, Mohammed Jubayed slept soundly for the moment with his little fists closed.last_img read more

40th BCS recruitment to be on merit

first_imgBangladesh Public Service Commission chairman Muhammad Sadiq on Thursday said the recruitment through the 40th BCS will be done based on merit, not quota, reports UNB.”The quota system won’t be applicable in the recruitment,” he told UNB adding that it was mentioned in the circular of the 40th BCS that the cadres will be appointed on merit basis.Sadiq, however, said the quota system will be there in the recruitment of the 39th special BCS and other examinations as those are already under process.The 40th BCS application process began on 30 September and will continue till 15 November.The government has issued a gazette notification on Thursday abolishing the existing quota system in the recruitment process of the first and second class government jobs.last_img read more

No compromise with any irregularity in UZ polls CEC

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda. File photoChief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda ordered returning officers (ROs) and assistant returning officers (ARO’s) to be alert against violence in the upcoming upazilla polls, reports BSS.“You have to be on guard so that no violence takes place before, after and on the polling day. If any one of you thinks that the situation has gone out of hand, he can propose to halt the polling and the election commission will do that. But no compromise can be made with any irregularities,” he said.The CEC said these while addressing the inaugural function of training workshop for RO’s and ARO’s at Electoral Training Institute (ETI) in capital’s Agargaon area.“People will vote and elect their candidates of their choice. It’s not our duty to look for candidate’s party, religion or caste. Voters will elect the candidate, whomever they think qualified,” CEC Huda added.The chief election commissioner further said the polling officials have to inspire the candidates to appoint agents in the polling stations, adding, “we face embarrassing situation for this all the time. You have to make sure that the agents can observe their duty without any fear.”Presided over by EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed, the programme was also attended by election commissioners Mahbub Talukdar, Md. Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and retired brigadier general Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury, among others.last_img read more

Book Celebrates 50 Years Of The Rockets

first_img Share The Rockets are celebrating their 50th season, and our regular sports contributor Jeff Balke was involved in writing a comprehensive historical overview of the team. Michael Hagerty looks back with Jeff at the glory days of Clutch City and discovers what made those teams so special. Plus Jeff talks about his interviews with former players and about his profile of owner Les Alexander, whom he says is the best owner in Houston sports.center_img It’s called Celebrating 50 Seasons: the Official History of the Houston Rockets, and Jeff’s focus was on the 1990s to the present, which includes the team’s back-to-back NBA titles.last_img read more

Comment on CEO lands Mukul under EC scanner

first_imgKolkata: BJP leader Mukul Roy has come under the scanner of the Election Commission, due to his comment that the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has turned ‘deaf and dumb’ and also been ‘managed’ by the local administration. The CEO’s office has expressed strong objection to Roy’s comment. It has already sought the video footages of Roy’s statement, where he had allegedly made some derogatory comments against the commission. It may be mentioned that Roy had slammed the CEO’s office in the state on Monday, saying: “I have never seen such a deaf and dumb CEO’s office. It is the people’s perception that the officials of the CEO’s office have somehow been managed by the local administration.” He also said that there has been a ‘mockery of democracy’ in the state. Some people in the state have interpreted it by saying that Roy tried to demean an autonomous authority like the Election Commission. The CEO’s office on Tuesday also sought a report on various controversial statements of other BJP leaders, including BJP’s candidate from Jadavpur Anupam Hazra and Sayantan Basu, who is contesting the elections from Basirhat. The commission also sought a report from the East Burdwan DM on the statement of controversial BJP leader Soumitra Khan, who on Sunday urged the voters to be equipped with ‘Boti and Khunti’.last_img read more

Robots Do It Better Why Automation Is Good for Business

first_img No matter what your job is, it’s likely that a machine will someday do it better. And, for many American workers, that day may come sooner than later.According to a paper published by researchers at Ball State University, roughly half of the jobs American workers perform could be automated in the near future; the study also found low-income work as the category most susceptible to automation.Related: 5 Areas to Automate to Drastically Increase Your Business ProductivityWhile change is inevitable in the more physical professions, it’s increasingly apparent that knowledge-based jobs — those requiring some special skills or expertise — are equally at risk. In fact, some of those positions are already being replaced.The value of hard laborAs a college professor, I spend most of my days reading, writing and thinking about theoretical topics. It often feels like my fingers are the only parts of me that get any exercise, so I like to set aside time on the weekends to work in my yard.I recently dedicated an entire day to whipping my front yard into shape. I grunted and groaned as I hauled dirt, hacked away at vines, chopped down trees and shrubs, and mulched. Aside from offering a great workout, those hours of grueling manual chores allowed my mind to wander in sometimes unexpected ways. In the midst of this exhausting work, I started to think about automation.I certainly enjoy working in the fresh air, but I’ll admit it would be nice to have someone else — or something else — handle the backbreaking labor for me. I could always pay a company to take care of it, but I would spend as much time making sure the job was done right as I would doing it myself.Another option: I could invest some capital into advanced tools capable of handling the job: A few thousand dollars would buy a Honda Miimo, which is like a Roomba for your yard. Fire it up, and you can cut your grass without breaking a sweat.So, the message is clear: Instead of our paying for someone else’s labor — or paying with our own sweat equity — we can let machines do the hard work for us. The economy employs engineers and entrepreneurs to build these advanced machines, and the upshot is that consumers need not turn to experts to tackle jobs around the house. In fact, Recode has reported that using these machines is more affordable than ever.But there’s a problem with this thinking, in that Americans tend to view the elimination of jobs as a negative. One reason for those eliminated jobs — automation — even feels like the end of the world as we know it. Picture sci-fi movies and scenes of robots wiping out the human race.In reality, though, the evolution of machines will actually lead to a more prosperous society. While Amazon has started to use thousands of robots to help deal with menial tasks in its warehouses across the country, Quartz reported that the company is still hiring tens of thousands of new workers every quarter.So, highly educated workers will have jobs developing these machines, and less skilled workers will be able to use those machines to boost their productivity. We’ll get more output per labor unit, forever liberating people from humdrum drudgery. Sounds good to me.Bringing disruption to any industryRather than a threat, then, the rise of more intelligent machines represents an opportunity to disrupt the economic status quo through automation. Here are three strategies for entrepreneurs who want to shake things up by replacing existing processes with novel new ideas:1. Think in terms of value rather than cost. Entrepreneurs are successful when they’re able to find new ways of doing things. To successfully replace production processes, you must aim to create value rather than minimize or manage costs. You can’t disrupt an industry simply by doing something “a little cheaper” than competitors — that’s neither a rationale for starting a new business nor a sustainable business advantage, as others will simply do the same thing.Instead, aim to develop completely new ways of doing things. Some people assume companies such as Amazon are successful because they’re able to undercut competitors on price. Yet Amazon has achieved 25 percent year-over-year growth, according to the Motley Fool, because it has created an entirely new way of delivering goods and services to consumers.Likewise, think about who gets the value you create. Entrepreneurs serve themselves by serving others. You profit only if your customers are satisfied, and you have to know who they are if you want to keep them happy. If you’re able to identify a market for an innovative product or service and deliver value, people will pay for it. Cost doesn’t matter as long as the value you provide is greater.Related: Four Ways To Give Your Customers Value2. Invent your problem.Entrepreneurs have a tendency to think they need to solve a problem to be successful. That perspective leads many would-be entrepreneurs to seek a problem lacking a solution, but this is a shortsighted approach. If you want to actually disrupt a market, you need to invent a problem that doesn’t yet exist.Apple sold more than 211 million iPhones last year, and the iPhone undoubtedly solves plenty of problems on a daily basis. But when Steve Jobs first introduced the product, it didn’t solve a problem that anyone could identify. People didn’t mind a lack of the internet in their pockets back in 2007 — it wasn’t a problem at that point. Instead, Apple changed the way people behaved by offering unprecedented value. A decade later, most people would be absolutely lost without their iPhone.3. Ignore what’s already being done.It’s easy to fall into the trap of examining existing products and processes and trying to brainstorm ways to improve upon them. But instead of creating value, this approach tends to focus more on minimizing costs. When you think like this, you’re entering the arena of incumbent firms and trying to beat them at their own game.Do you really think people in those organizations haven’t thought about how to improve production processes? Of course they have. Your advantage lies in creating new value, which requires you to focus less on what other companies are doing and more on what could be done instead.When Arianna Huffington wanted to differentiate the Huffington Post from other media outlets, she knew she had to do something truly unique. So, she mastered the art of search engine optimization before anyone else was even thinking about it. While other publishers guessed at reader preferences, the Huffington Post team used data-driven methodology to give readers exactly what they wanted. It’s no coincidence that the site remains a media behemoth.Related: 4 Ways Startups Can Harness Innovation and DisruptionAutomation isn’t a new phenomenon, and it doesn’t signal the end of work. Elon Musk discussed automation during the 2017 World Government Summit in Dubai, arguing that there are “fewer and fewer jobs that a robot cannot do better.” But even as Musk pronounced a future where robots will take our jobs, he predicted that this increased automation will help create abundance in our society.The takeaway here is that each innovation increases our labor productivity, meaning we can do more work more efficiently, reaching our desired standard of living along the way. For entrepreneurs, the latest wave of automation presents new opportunities to disrupt the economy and create a brighter future for everyone. And that doesn’t sound like any sci-fi movie to me. 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Frozen Testes Restore Fertility In Monkeys Offering Hope To Childhood Cancer

first_imgBaby Grady at 2 weeks old. (Credit: OHSU)Childhood cancers rob kids of their youth. The treatment often saves lives but steals their opportunity to have kids of their own. About 30 percent of childhood cancer survivors become permanently infertile thanks to chemotherapy and radiation treatment.Now researchers show they can restore fertility to sterile male monkeys that received chemotherapy as youngsters by cryopreserving immature testicular tissue. A young female monkey conceived from the preserved tissue is proof the approach works. The breakthrough is the final step before human trials, the researchers say.“This advance is an important step toward offering young cancer patients around the world a chance at having a family in the future,” Kyle Orwig, a reproductive biologist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, who led the new research, said in a statement. “Having succeeded in producing a live-born and healthy baby, we feel that this is a technology that is ready for the human clinic.”Preserving PossibilityWhen boys reach puberty, their testosterone ramps up. The hormone kicks stem cells into gear to produce sperm. But chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer can kill these stem cells. Boys don’t make mature sperm before puberty, so cancer treatment can leave them infertile. Previous research from other groups showed that immature testicular tissue from mice, pigs and monkeys could develop under the skin of mice to produce mature sex cells capable of generating offspring. The work suggested to Orwig that it might be possible to save fertility in young cancer survivors.The researchers removed one testis from pre-adolescent rhesus macaque monkeys and cryopreserved the tissue. The young monkeys had been treated with chemotherapy, but the dose was not enough to make them infertile. About six months later, before the animals reached puberty, the team removed the monkeys’ other testis. Then they thawed and grafted the tissues back into the same animal. Over the next several months, the monkeys went through puberty and the grafts grew. When the researchers removed the grafts from the animals and dissected them, they found mature sperm.Baby GradyThe team used the sperm from the grafts to impregnate female rhesus macaques by intracytoplasmic sperm injection, a commonly-used in vitro fertilization technique. Out of six females, one became pregnant in December 2017. The researchers monitored the pregnancy by ultrasound. On April 16, 2018, a healthy female baby monkey was born by cesarean section, the researchers report today in the journal Science. The researchers named the baby monkey Grady, a portmanteau of “graft-derived” and “baby.” Today Grady is a social, playful and healthy 11-month old.The research shows mature sperm can develop from immature tissue that was once frozen, even in once-infertile animals treated with chemotherapy, Orwig told Discover. As tissues from kids with cancer may have to remain frozen for many years, “the freezing and thawing [of testicular tissue] was the most important aspect of this study,” he said.“This was really the last step on the road to translating to the human clinic,” Orwig said.last_img read more

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first_img News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more News | August 25, 2014 IU Health Bloomington Hospital Deploys Mobile DRX Systems in Critical Care, Surgery and Inpatient Areas Radiology manager reports DRX portable units deliver rapid image access; are easy to position for bedside exams News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more August 25, 2014 — Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital (Bloomington, Ind.) recently implemented two Carestream DRX-Revolution mobile X-ray systems with Carestream DRX-1C detectors to deliver rapid image access to high-quality portable exams for patients in all areas of its 250-bed facility. The hospital performs up to 1,200 portable X-ray exams each month.“Our physicians appreciate prompt access to images for patients in the ER, critical care, surgery and recovery areas, and for bedside exams,” said Bruce Riley, the hospital’s diagnostic imaging radiology manager. “Our technologists report the DRX-Revolution systems are much easier to position for bedside exams than other mobile systems and equip them to capture an excellent image the first time.”Riley soon discovered the DRX-Revolution was performing 90 percent of the hospital’s portable diagnostic exams. “Technologists were waiting for this system to be available because it was so much faster and easier to use than our computed radiography-based portables. So we purchased a second DRX-Revolution to streamline delivery of portable patient exams,” he said.   He added that Carestream’s advanced imaging software enhances visualization of tubes, lines, catheters and other medical devices to allow physicians to verify placement and make corrections if necessary.   The hospital staff has been using imaging systems from Carestream for more than 10 years. It also has three Carestream digital radiography rooms and three computed radiography systems. “Carestream’s imaging systems are extremely reliable and easy to use. Their radiology software streamlines workflow by enabling our technologists to quickly and easily capture high-quality X-ray images,” Riley said.The Carestream DRX-Revolution mobile X-ray system provides wireless access to images in as little as five seconds, a collapsible column that improves visibility during movement and positioning, and the ability to easily maneuver the system in tight spaces. Carestream’s X-Factor design offers flexibility by enabling each DRX detector to work with all DRX systems within a healthcare provider’s environment.For more information: www.iuhealth.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Costa Rica leads innovation ranking in Latin America

first_imgGlobal Innovation Index Scores for Central America | Create infographics Costa Rica is the most innovative country in Latin America, ranking 39th of 142 countries surveyed on theGlobal Innovation Index (GII) 2013.The country climbed from the 60th position in 2012, surpassing Chile as regional leader. Costa Rica also was one of three countries that climbed more positions in this year’s ranking, released Monday in Geneva, Switzerland.The GII ranking is published every year by the European Institute of Business Administration, Cornell University and the World Intellectual Property Organization.According to the report, Costa Rica’s better ranking this year is due to improvements in infrastructure, human capital, public institutions and business “sophistication,” the report said. The country also obtained a better score in the production of knowledge and technology.President Laura Chinchilla on Tuesday said Costa Rica’s ranking “is a recognition of the efforts the country has made in improving issues of economic dynamism and business climate.”In the region, Panama, Guatemala and El Salvador ranked 86th, 87th and 88th respectively. Belize placed 102nd, Honduras ranked 107th, and Nicaragua came in at 115th.The Global Innovation Index examines economies in 142 countries using 84 indicators in order to estimate the relationship between innovation capabilities and measurable results. Indicators include quality of its best universities, the availability of micro-financing and of venture capital.Globally, the index is led by Switzerland, followed by Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States.Tico Times reporter Zachary Dyer contributed to this story. Facebook Commentscenter_img No related posts.last_img read more