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Applied Intelligence

first_imgA remarkable transition that is happening on the quiet to push the world from the Information Age to the overpowering Age of Intelligence is felt but not consciously absorbed by leaders of business and industry including those responsible for Corporate Governance. They are aware that comprehensive information was needed today for successful decision-making in any sphere and that all enterprises, therefore, had to make an investment on gathering and analysing information that was either available in the open or accessed through channels created with some special effort. The open sources of information broadly include publications, online material, seminars and conferences, public contacts and even trade exhibitions. The advent of the Age of Information gave instant access to any information that was put in the public domain and therefore any competitive advantage a player could derive from it would be incumbent upon the latter’s ability to use competitive analysis to read into that open information some significance for the future that others had not noted. The analysis thus becomes an instrument of Intelligence generation. Also Read – A special kind of bondGiven the pace with which business is conducted, ‘time’ had acquired newfound importance as the new resource. It has become vital for decision-makers not only to have knowledge of what had happened in the past and how things stood in the present but also to have an idea of what could happen in the future and in what time frame. Information that throws light on what lies ahead is called Intelligence. All Intelligence is information but all information is not Intelligence. Intelligence is information with certain attributes – reliable, relevant to decision making and futuristic – and because it is for action, not just storage, it must ‘come in time’ for that action or decision since events could easily overtake a delayed action. And finally, because information of Intelligence value is something ‘exclusive’ in hands of the user, the latter had to handle it on a note of confidentiality till such time as action on it was completed. The competitive advantage of Intelligence would be lost otherwise. Also Read – Insider threat managementFrom all of this, it is clear that Intelligence is not something that is relevant only to the issues of national security – we live in times where in our business, professional and personal lives, success is dependent on being well-informed and being particularly attuned to accessing information that indicates risks and opportunities lying ahead. Intelligence orientation, therefore, is a must for organisations as well as individuals as the Age of Information is yielding to what should be called the Age of Intelligence. Intelligence agencies working for national security use covert techniques of tradecraft to collect information about the unseen enemy under legal authorisation. Other law-abiding players also had the right to know about competitive environ and rivals in business – but without resorting to ‘illegal’ methods. Intelligence has moved from the arena of national security to the world of global competition that was testing everybody at the professional or personal levels. Intelligence orientation helps to reach a new level of awareness or insight for achieving success – without giving a cause for creating enmity or ill will towards others. Ethical gathering of Intelligence is validated by Corporate Governance. Applied Intelligence is now a part of life – amongst two peak performers in the business today the only thing that would put one ahead of the other is the ability to read trends of the future. Right from one’s recruitment into an organisation to one’s rise to the leadership role where decisions will be taken on mergers and acquisition or investing in a new country after studying the external environ there, intelligence would have a key role to play for him or her. The organisation would like to take information-savvy people on board – those who can see the difference between a ‘decision’ and a ‘guess’, who are not credulous and who prefer authoritative opinion to gossip. Due diligence on competitors or potential targets of merger is an intelligence-based exercise. Even a mid-course correction in business is based on information of Intelligence value. Corporate Security rightly engages consultants of Intelligence background since risk assessment is a comprehensive process based on paradigms of the ‘threat scenario’ outside and the vulnerability of the enterprise to the same, internally. A successful enterprise has to be Intelligence oriented – this is the message of the Age of Intelligence that is upon us. In the Age of Information, technology made the processes ‘smart’ but now Artificial Intelligence is stepping in to make the technology itself ‘smart’ producing a multiplier effect on productivity. Being ‘smart’ means securing greater output per unit of resource – money, manpower and ‘time’. Artificial Intelligence helps to detect ‘fault lines’ in an existing technology for further improvement and crucially covers even the initial part of the turf of ‘action’ in response to the triggers generated by data analytics – depending on the programming provided for it. Robotics that entails this is now becoming a part of high-end operations in all spheres – marking the arrival of the Age of Intelligence. Age of Information mandated that ignorance was bliss no more and demanded that ’employees’ became ‘knowledge workers’ who used their brainpower and not merely a pair of hands. The Age of Intelligence goes further to expect ‘knowledge workers’ to become ‘Intelligence Innovators’ and carry the organisation to newer heights through solution finding – on their own or by using AI as a tool. An inevitable upshot of this in the sphere of national security is the advent of Information Warfare and Cyber Combat and the new thrust in the development of Defence Armament. This, however, does not detract from the positive side of the current transformation of Age of Information to the Age of Intelligence – of advancing the cause of development and human welfare. IANS (The author is a former Director of Intelligence Bureau. 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SP ups economic risk rating for banking sector amid mortgage fraud worries

first_imgTORONTO – S&P Global Ratings says it expects more evidence of Canadian residential mortgage fraud could emerge amid high household debt and home prices.The ratings agency raised its economic risk rating for the Canadian banking sector to three from two on a 10-point scale.The increase did not result in a change to any of the bank ratings.S&P says it believes that high house prices and household debt relative to household disposable income increase incentives for fraud such as overstating income in order to meet a lender’s qualifying criteria.It pointed to the scandal at Home Capital Group as an example of problems in the Canadian market. S&P also noted that Laurentian Bank found problems with some of its mortgages.Laurentian has said that its problems largely involved loans which were misflagged and that it has not found any evidence of wilful wrongdoing.Companies in this story: (TSX:HCG, TSX:LB)last_img read more

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Ban calls for stepped up efforts to achieve nuclearweaponfree world

“From conventional weapons and small arms to weapons of mass destruction, the risks are clear,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.He stressed the need to revitalize the international disarmament agenda and boost the United Nations’ effectiveness in the field. “I remain committed to using every opportunity, in my meetings with government leaders and my outreach to civil society, to forge partnerships and mobilize action.”Given the current global financial turmoil, “advancing the disarmament agenda could produce a tangible peace dividend when the world needs it most,” the Secretary-General said in an address delivered by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director General of the UN Office at Geneva and the Secretary-General of the Conference.He pointed to “promising signs” in the past few months, including initiatives by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, the European Union, non-aligned countries and other governments.“The United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament should seize this moment and be in the vanguard of efforts towards a world free of nuclear weapons,” Mr. Ban stated.Established in 1979 as the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community, the Conference currently has over 60 Member States. 20 January 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on nations to build on the momentum generated by recent progress made towards disarmament to rid the world of nuclear weapons. read more

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Russian Federation UN food agency renews aid programme for displaced Chechens

Responding to ongoing turmoil in the Caucuses, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced plans to renew its emergency food assistance drive for internally displaced and economically vulnerable people in Chechnya and the neighbouring Republic of Ingushetia.The new $16-million operation will provide 34,000 tons of food commodities to over 290,000 people during 2003, building on WFP’s emergency food programme for Chechens which began in January, 2000. To date, the agency has provided a total of $43 million worth of food assistance to the region.“With the continuing insecurity in the area, the food aid is the only certainty in the lives of these people,” said Saeed Malik, Director for WFP’s Regional Bureau for Eastern Europe.The scene of internal conflict since December 1999, Chechnya has witnessed large-scale displacement. About one in every ten Chechens – 110,000 out of a total population of nearly 1 million – has fled to nearby Ingushetia. In addition, over 160,000 people are displaced within Chechnya itself. Poverty is compounding problems caused by displacement. A recent WFP survey found that over 40 per cent of the population in Chechnya lives below the poverty line.In September, WFP doubled its school-feeding programme in Chechnya, and currently, the agency’s hot lunches reach 47,000 students in 165 schools located in the most conflict-torn districts in the republic. read more

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Column Pope Benedict saw sense by retiring early John Paul II should

first_imgTHE NEWS BROKE on Monday morning and people were shell-shocked. Some church people who spoke used that word – shock. But I don’t understand it. Yes, it was a surprise, but hardly shocking. The real shock was that John Paul II didn’t also have the sense or gumption or even faith to have done the same. Wasn’t he advised to do it?Benedict surprised people, but he often did. It’s delightful that he has now broken with tradition of staying in the post until death and this could possibly be his most radical decision.Pope Benedict is an interesting man, but many were saddened in 2005 when he was elected. It seemed we were to have continuity inflicted on us rather than any new energetic leadership. However Benedict was also misunderstood. He worked for John Paul II in the Congregation for the Doctrine office and was spoken of as John Paul’s rottweiler, which defined him.RatzingerI remember a time when Joseph Ratzinger was invited to give the Tablet Lecture in London. The journalists turned up to scrutinise him but he charmed them. He was then the real academic and, at home, in the banter of argument. He won them over completely.I was asked by a radio reporter about my views on his trip to the UK and I said it would be a huge success. I said he would speak on the issues of the day; he would come across as a gentle man with a smile; he would listen; he would show his reflective mind. People would be won over by him. I was also asked how I felt he would be welcomed to Ireland. I was very dubious about that.When I read his letter to the people of Ireland after the Ryan and Murphy Reports, I found the core of the letter to be very pastoral and warm. The best of the man came out in those words. When it came to recommendations – it didn’t sound like him at all. In fact, it was ridiculous.John Paul IIJohn Paul II was a giant of a man on the world stage.  He had a great presence and was a man of influence who gave the Church a new place in world politics. However, he was a creature of his own past. He never managed to live the life of faith in the ‘free world.’ He was a fighter and a very tough opponent. He spoke with great eloquence  and his actor’s ability mesmerised people. But his words sounded better than they read – or were. It was very sad that he remained as Pope for so long.The church needed someone better than he was and better than he could be. I was deeply saddened by his lack of insight. I also think that the process of  his Beatification began with undue haste, which disregarded the mistakes of his papacy and his rigidity. It follows too that many who were selected as Leaders (bishops throughout that long papacy then became clones of his outlook). That was bound to be the case, however it doesn’t help our future.Sometimes it seems that the Church being created is more like the establishment that Christ came to replace.Pope Benedict was never a commanding media presence. However, he reflected deeply and did address the issues of the day. In many ways he came to the office much too late. His theological musings were deeply impressive and needed. Of course he was also snarled up in his own bureaucracy and fears. He embraced retrenchment – but now he is an old man. He is tired. He doesn’t have the energy and it’s wonderful that he recognises that he must go.What now? Who now?This assembly of old men (in the main) who will gather in Conclave are very conservative. Many are shattered by the collapse of the Church in the West. Some can only see one way forward – that is a retreat to the past. My hope is that they will listen to the wider church and to the wider world. I hope they will listen and search for a man who can be strong enough to have something to say in our world today and be a leader of inspiration.We want a big man who is not overwhelmed by problems and who shows people that Christ is good news. We need a man who isn’t afraid of the media, who can speak, who can lift our spirits, who is young enough in mind and heart, who is humble, who is not afraid of change, who knows that God can deal with every question and every problem, who realises that not everything depends on him, and who truly can call forth leadership in our Church.The local church is a wonderful place to be, where community and the joy of faith is experienced, however the central government of it all can be such an embarrassment.Our Church has to be outward looking and refreshing. We must show that Christ does make a difference and we aren’t afraid. It would be right and proper if women were given their say, that all our leaders retired at 70… this list could go on and on!But we need above all a man of real faith, who isn’t afraid of the world.Fr Seamus Ahearne presides over Rivermount Parish, Finglas. 9 reasons why Pope John Paul II was the best pope>The best memes about the Pope’s resignation>last_img read more

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Column I cried when I heard about the mobility allowance cut I

first_imgI AM SO angry about all the cuts that the Government have imposed on people in the last two years. But the real fact is that the hard-working people, carers, families, service providers, the youth, house owners, workers, the elderly who built this country to what we have now, are the people that are keeping community life going in every town and village in Ireland.But I want to describe the real effects that the major cuts are having on people with disabilities in their daily lives. I will tell what I know and how it effects me, personally. Other people will have their own feelings and stories to tell.Enda’s broken promisesWhat amazes me is Enda Kenny spoke face-to-face to a Cork girl, Joanne O’Riordan, who is a wheelchair user, and uses modern technology to live her life to the full. Joanne has no limbs. She met Enda while he was canvassing for the election two years ago and she asked him to promise their would be no more cuts to people with disabilities. He promised her in front of TV cameras, reporters and the people of Cork. He said there would be no more cuts. Obviously Enda was having a little day dream or a feel good factor on that day.For me and my husband (a wheelchair user also) we have dealt with the cuts to the best of our ability. In the past year we’ve had to pay the ESB and telephone bills over three week period – we can not pay them in a lump sum. The ESB bill is around €170 too (as I am oxygen machine every night).The telephone bill is approx €100, which I can not get rid of as my 80-year-old father rings me every night. I feel safe with the landline bedside my bed at night knowing I can’t run out of credit or the battery won’t run down. The land line for those with disabilities or most people who are living on their own is a necessity, it’s their security.‘I cried as I felt I couldn’t take any more’On the 26 February, the cuts to the Mobility Allowance and the Disabled Drivers Transport Grants were announced. I was enjoying a nice cuppa’ at the fire. I was half listening to the 9 o’clock news, I knew I had heard “DISABLED HIT AGAIN”. My husband came into the room and said I should listen. I can honestly say it was like someone had hit me in my stomach. I was shocked, mad, and a little unsure about what the broadcaster was actually telling us. We both just looked at each other. I cried as I felt I couldn’t take any more.We are two of the lucky ones, as I work three days a week. But, at 50-years-old, I took out my first ever bank loan on the strength of my mobility grant and my husband applying for the Disabled Transport Grant. We are both wheelchair-users so my husband needed a van that he could drive. We eventually found one in England that was brought in for us. Disability comes with a high cost for accessible transport as it has to fit your individual needs.We have to pay €350 a month back to the bank, (that was the lowest they could give us) over 5 years. Yes, it’s tough, but if I could explain to you just what it means to have accessible transport of our own, it still would not portray the happiness, the togetherness, joy it means to both of us. We go shopping on our own, we bring friends with us, we can go anywhere we want to without having to rely on other people. If there was no one around, we would be prisoners in our home.We won our ‘lotto’ when we got our accessible transport. It also means I can attend meetings outside my town as I am very involved in my community.Still waiting for a replacement schemeThe Department is taking the view that it was forced to take this action. The Department is not the victim here, the 4,700 people with disabilities and their families are the victims of what can accurately be described as an unprecedented and unannounced withdrawal of vital funding. This comes on top of the general attrition of the recession. I wait in haste to see in four month’s time what the Government will put in place of the Mobility and Disabled Drivers Grant.This is not the only cut we have experienced over the Government’s two years. There’s been cuts in Respite Care, cuts in SNAs in schools all around the country, cuts in Health Board with aids and appliances including a long waiting list for ordering basic wheelchairs and housing grants. All of the above cuts have left people with disabilities tired and they can not fight much more for their rights. They have rallied to the Dáil on many of these issues in the past two years – but has anyone listened?I am an activist and I won’t give up the fight for others or myself. We will not be going back to where we were 20 or 30 years ago, we can’t.Let’s change the attitudes of our leaders. Let’s give people with disabilities the right to live their lives with dignity and with a voice.Miriam Murphy is an independent town councillor in Arklow, Co Wicklow. Elected in June 2009 – her first time entering the race in local politics she was also elected mayor of Arklow town in 2010. She is a lobbyist and activist and also has a physical disability having used a wheelchair all her life.The review of the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant Schemes is currently underway. As part of the review, a public consultation is taking place. Details of how to participate in the process can be found on the Department of Health’s Website. Submissions can be made on the form provided on or before 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2013.Read: ‘Every other option was illegal’ – Minister defends disability payments cut>Column: Being known as ‘Miriam in the wheelchair’ still annoys me>last_img read more

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Des Sadhous se mobilisent contre les barrages sur le Gange

first_imgDes “Sadhous” se mobilisent contre les barrages sur le GangeDes centaines de “Sadhous” indiens ont manifesté ce lundi à New Delhi contre un projet de construction de plus de cinquante barrages sur le Gange. Ces sages qui ont fait voeu de pauvreté, tout comme des millions d’hindous, considèrent les eaux du fleuve comme sacrées.Vêtus de leur traditionnelle robe safran, des centaines de “Sadhous” ont marché lundi dans les rues de la capitale indienne, New Delhi. Associés aux organisations écologistes, ils dénoncent les projets de barrages sur le Gange, estimant que la création des ouvrages étranglerait le fleuve à sa source : une réelle menace pour l’écosystème. “Notre mère le Gange est en train d’être assassinée par le gouvernement. Il va s’assécher si tous les barrages sont construits”, a dénoncé Swami Mukteshawar, de l’association Ganga Mukti Mahasangram (Bataille pour sauver le Gange).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Les barrages vont transformer ce fleuve puissant en un filet d’eau. Nos eaux sacrées vont être détournées et utilisées pour générer de l’hydroélectricité. C’est choquant”, s’est-il insurgé cité par l’AFP. Outre cette marche, certains “Sadhous”, une dizaine, ont débuté une grève de la faim de trois jours dans le centre de la capitale indienne pour alerter l’opinion publique. Les Hindous les plus fervents, dont les “Sadhous” pensent que le Gange a le pouvoir de purifier les péchés, et qu’il peut les libérer du cycle des réincarnations. “Les barrages seront construits sur nos cadavres. Ils peuvent mélanger notre sang au ciment”, a ainsi déclaré l’un des sages, Swami Aseemanand, 65 ans. Cet homme se baigne depuis plus de 35 ans dans les eaux du fleuve sacré, dans l’Etat de l’Uttar Pradesh.Trente-quatre projets de barrage sont aujourd’hui accusés de menacer l’environnement. C’est ce qu’estime une étude récente financée par le gouvernement indien, au travers du Wildlife Institute of Inda. Himanshu Thakkar, expert en ressources aquatiques au sein du Groupe de recherche sur les barrages, les rivières et les populations en Asie du Sud atteste même que “le Gange est en sérieux danger”. Il préconise ainsi l’abandon de la construction de barrages “parce qu’ils causent des dommages irréversibles sur la biodiversité”.Le 19 juin 2012 à 18:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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SPOILERS 515 WWE Smackdown Live taping results from London England

first_imgFacebook Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Twitter The following was taped on Tuesday from London, England to air tonight on the USA Network.* Daniel Bryan in-ring promo segment. Big Cass interrupts, they get into a brawl with Bryan putting him in the Yes Lock and having to be pulled off by multiple people, with Cass being helped to the back.* The New Day def. The Bar in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match. With the win, one of the members of New Day will be in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match.* Another backstage vignette with Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers about wanting other teams to play with them. * Backstage segment with Smackdown Live GM Paige announcing Becky Lynch vs. Sonya Deville vs. Mandy Rose in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match for later.* Andrade Cien Almas w/Zelina Vega won an enhancement match. Vega cut a promo after.* Backstage interview with WWE Champion AJ Styles about his match with Shinsuke Nakamura in the main event.* Rusev promo segment featuring Lana announcing that she will be facing Billie Kay in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match next week and that she and Rusev can be the first Mr. and Mrs. Money in the Bank.* Carmella’s “Royal Mellabration” in-ring segment, running down the UK. Smackdown Live GM Paige comes out and makes Carmella vs. Asuka for the Smackdown Women’s Championship at the Money in the Bank PPV on June 17 in Chicago. Asuka comes out and Carmella flees. * Backstage interview with Shinsuke Nakamura about the main event.* Becky Lynch def. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville to qualify for the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match.* Backstage promo from The IIconics about Billie Kay’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Match next week.* Samoa Joe vs. Big Cass in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match was announced for next week.* Shinsuke Nakamura def. WWE Champion AJ Styles in a Non-Title Match. With the win, Nakamura gets to pick the stipulation for their WWE Championship Match at the Money in the Bank PPV on June 17 in Chicago. No stipulation was announced to the live crowd. Source: PWInsider.com Google+ WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOXlast_img read more

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FIRST REBUILT IKE DAMAGED HOME HANDED BACK TO OWNER

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, 29 Sept 2014 – The first home to be substantially repaired after the devastation of Hurricane Ike was handed back to its owner, Grand Turk’s Anthea Beatrice Gardiner, today, Monday, 29 September 2014. Gardiner’s and others storm damaged homes are being repaired and rebuilt via a $6.25m grant from the European Union (EU) of which the UK is a member state. This funding will see 24 homes completely rebuilt, with 34 having repairs conducted on them, in a project managed by the Turks and Caicos Islands Disaster Recovery Board (DRB).“I would like to thank the EU and Higgs Construction for building me a lovely home,” said Anthea Gardiner, whose house was almost demolished by the storm in 2008.The islands of Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay were the worst affected by Hurricane Ike, according to UNESCO in 2009. Works on South Caicos are well advanced and will begin shortly on Salt Cay. The EU resources have been allocated according to the greatest need by the DRB, as required by the EU Contract, with those on the lowest income and living in a damaged property with elderly, infirm or disabled people taking precedence.Speaking on behalf of the DRB, Deputy Governor Anya Williams said: “It is a truly happy day and to see Beatrice Gardiner finally move back into her home. I am looking forward to handing over the keys to the other owners on Grand Turk over the next few weeks and then moving on to the other affected islands.”The rapids break down by islands as follows:Grand Turk: seven minor works, 12 repairs, 19 rebuildsSouth Caicos: seven repairs and five rebuildsSalt Cay: five minor works, two repairs ENDS DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES. Finance Ministry to work with OECD on taxes Recommended for you Related Items:anya williams, Disaster recovery board, european union Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp One Stop Shop plan Rebooted, who knew?last_img read more

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Provo public meeting attendees with vociferous no on Immigration bills

first_img Related Items:donhue gardiner, immigration bill, provo, residents, work permits Provo now No. 4 Island; Minister comments Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Aug 2015 – A resounding “no” to the proposed Immigration Bill 2015 and the Turks and Caicos Islander Status Bill 2015 as residents of Provo expressed their rejection of the two bills which they say will ultimately marginalize Turks and Caicos Islanders.Residents telling the Minister of Immigration Hon. Don Hue Gardiner, that the bill creates “too many loopholes” for individuals to obtain TCI status. Views like: “The bill does not empower Turks and Caicos Islanders” were widely shared last night in the first of a series of town hall meetings slated nationwide. One attendee boldly stated that “the government seems to have an obligation to people who are not Turks and Caicos Islanders. While the new bill could introduce legislation for the automatic grant of status to children born outside of the country to a Turks and Caicos Island parent; residents took particular exception to portions of the bill which would provide status to children of PRC holders, children who graduate from a Turks and Caicos high school, and freelance work permits. Here are some comments. “I don’t think any child born to parents who do not have status here in the islands should qualify for status; that is wrong!”“So until we enforce the laws we put on our books and borders are controlled we gonna continue here making bill after bill, law after law and then we gonna continue with the same problem. Our borders are too open. We need to put people who are serious about controlling this country and who have a heart for the country in Immigration law office.”Monday’s meeting likely sets the tone for future public discussions on the touchy immigration issues which continue tonight in Grand Turk at the HJ Robinson High School auditorium at 6pm. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Energy Town Meeting for Provo Recommended for you New York Dancers share talent in TCIlast_img read more

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Models show permafrost melting faster than thought

first_imgFor years researchers studying permafrost in the Arctic have seen a warming trend. Now scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks say it is happening even faster than expected.Download AudioVladimir Romanovsky in front of huge ice wedges in permafrost on an arctic riverbank. Photo: Sergey DavydovVladimir Romanovsky heads up the Permafrost Laboratory at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute. Based on three decades of study he says the trend is more dramatic than previously thought.“Even on the North Slope the summer thaw is increasing. We’re getting pretty close to that threshold of beginning of thawed permafrost.”Romanovsky and his team, drew data from several models, as well as their own on-the-ground observations. They entered them into a special permafrost model. From that they developed two scenarios. One projects the consequences of modest reductions in global CO2 emissions. In that scenario the resulting thaw is largely confined to the North Slope’s Brook’s Range. The second scenario assumes today’s CO2 emission rates continue. In that case, more than half of the permafrost on the North Slope and Coastal Plain would be thawed by next century. Romanovsky says as ice-rich soils melt the thawing will be dramatic to ecosystems and infrastructure.“At one place you can have like half-meter settlement and another, just a few meters from that, almost none. And that’s the most dangerous for infrastructure because the surfaces become very uneven.”Romanovsky’s findings were reported this week at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union.last_img read more

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RayStation Users Win Inaugural Treatment Planning World Championships

first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more April 27, 2018 — In the first World Championships of Treatment Planning, arranged by radiation oncology analytics company ProKnow and held March 1, 2018, RayStation users scored highest in two out of three treatment planning categories. The categories were proton, volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). RayStation users reached five of the ten highest scores, with all submitted plans taken into consideration.The objective of the World Championships of treatment planning is to determine what planner and planning system can produce the highest quality plan in an aggressive and limited timeframe. Professionals from over 30 countries participated.RayStation user Dennie Fransen, senior radiation therapy technologist at Holland Proton Therapy Centre (HollandPTC), scored highest in the proton category, with all submitted plans considered. Fransen has extensive experience in treatment planning with several different planning systems and treatment techniques. Over the last 18 months, he has been using RayStation for intensity modulated proton therapy, which is one of the most advanced and accurate radiation therapy techniques.”Participating in the inaugural World Championships in treatment planning was a fun experience. The ability to quickly produce high-quality proton plans in RayStation was a key factor for this competition”, said Fransen.In the IMRT category, RaySearch research engineer Björn Andersson achieved the highest score using an automatic planning technique that he recently developed, which will be included in a future RayStation release.The winning plan was thus produced with only minimal user interaction. After the competition had closed, the automatic planning technique was applied to the proton and VMAT categories as well, showing good results.”I am of course delighted that my technique managed to produce a winning plan. Looking forward, I am very excited about the possibilities that automatic treatment planning will bring to radiation therapy”, said Andersson.For more information: www.raysearchlabs.com Related Contentcenter_img News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Treatment Planning | April 27, 2018 RayStation Users Win Inaugural Treatment Planning World Championships Worldwide competition determines which technologist and treatment planning system can produce the highest quality plan in an aggressive and limited timeframe News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

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first_imgAP Fashion WriterPARIS (AP) – There’s going to be a one-hour hole in the normally tight Paris Fashion Week calendar, after representatives of label Hakaan said its entire collection had been lost.Turkish designer Hakaan Yildirim was set to present his spring-summer 2013 to the media on Tuesday afternoon.But PR company Karlaotto sent out emails Monday to all those with invitations saying the preview was canceled _ after all the clothes had mysteriously disappeared. “The whole collection is lost,” said Karen Nitsche of Karlaotto. “It was when they were being transported. We don’t know how.” Top Stories Top holiday drink recipes 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Last November, Marc Jacobs canceled a London press preview after his collection was stolen during its transfer from Paris.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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first_imgWhitsunday Regional Council Mayor Mike Brunker is urging people to not let the damage caused by Cyclone Yasi discourage them from visiting Queensland. Focusing on travellers from New England and North West, Mr Brunker said that while certain areas were damaged and there had been a power outage, clean up was underway and operations would be back to normal very quickly, ABC News reported. The largest cyclone in Queensland since 1918 crossed the state late last week, leaving vegetation and housing damages, particularly in the town of Tully. The region made a quick recovery, with Cairns Airport resuming operations just two days after the cyclone hit. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Oman Air Shines At World Travel Awards 2013

first_imgOman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has been announced as the winner of the ’Middle East’s Leading Airline Economy Class’ category at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2013. The awards, which recognise the commitment to excellence the airline has demonstrated over the last 12 months, are voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide.   Oman Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Pearce, attended the spectacular ceremony held on Sunday 5th May at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa in Dubai, where he was joined by many international leaders of the aviation industry, international media and a host of other VIPs.Wayne Pearce said:“Oman Air is honoured to have won the award in this highly competitive category, and against such worthy competitors on the eve of the launch of ATM 2013.“When Oman Air unveiled its new Airbus A330 Economy, Business and First Class cabins in 2009, we ensured that each cabin, including economy, offered fantastic comfort, space and in-flight entertainment, with audio video on demand and live satellite TV.  These levels of comfort and amenity were mirrored aboard our fleet of Embraer E175 regional jets and are perfectly complemented by our medium-haul Boeing B737 economy class service. With delicious complimentary food and drinks served on board, we can ensure that all our economy class customers can simply sit back and enjoy their journey with Oman Air and make the most of the tremendous facilities available on board.”Oman Air’s latest success continues its run of international industry award wins in recognition of the airline’s many recent developments, including the introduction of new aircraft, the inauguration of a range of exciting new destinations, the unveiling of spacious and luxurious aircraft interiors – including its A330 business class seat, named as the World’s Best at the Skytrax 2012 World Airline Awards – and the launch of state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment systems.Source = Oman Airlast_img read more

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is currently in a closed door meeting with the governors of Adamawa I heard, according to an affidavit filed in McHenry County District Court. Jack Dalrymple hasn’t ruled out the possibility of an independent," Yunn said. Yunn said.

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