6 November 2009General Assembly President Ali Treki today urged Israel and the Palestinians to heed the body’s call to conduct credible investigations into charges that both sides were guilty of serious human rights violations during the conflict in the Gaza Strip at the start of the year. Mr. Treki noted that the 192-member Assembly yesterday adopted a resolution on the report of the United Nations fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict, which found that Israeli forces and Palestinian militants had committed serious war crimes and breaches of humanitarian law, possibly amounting to crimes against humanity, during the conflict in December 2008 and January 2009. Assembly resolutions are non-binding.“This vote was an important declaration against impunity, it was a call for justice and accountability,” Mr. Treki told reporters in New York, calling for both the Israelis and Palestinians to carry out independent inquiries within three months as required in the resolution. “While the General Assembly has fulfilled its responsibility and will remain seized over the matter, it is vital that all concerned now devote efforts to implement the resolution and ensure follow up,” he added. Mr. Treki also voiced pleasure at the “smooth” and cooperative discussions in the General Assembly on the Goldstone report, as well as recent reports from the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Court (ICC) the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
23 March 2010The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will continue to support the work of national human rights institutions and their efforts to ensure that international human rights laws are incorporated into domestic legislation, the agency’s head said today. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will continue to support the work of national human rights institutions and their efforts to ensure that international human rights laws are incorporated into domestic legislation, the agency’s head said today.The three pillars of the UN – peace and security, development and human rights – are closely interlinked, and thus there is a need to support national human rights organizations, which often lacked resources, capacity and expertise, said Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator.“The denial of human rights and the persistence of exclusion, discrimination, and lack of accountability are barriers to the pursuit of human development and the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals],” Miss Clark told a gathering of national human rights bodies in Geneva.“Global, regional, and national human rights institutions can play and are playing a critical role in overcoming those barriers,” she told members of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.She said that although significant progress and been made in reducing global poverty and child mortality, and there had been improvements in primary school enrolment and access to safe drinking water even in some of the poorest countries, there still remained groups of populations who continued to lag behind.“In particular, women, rural inhabitants, ethnic minorities, and other excluded groups often lag well behind national averages in progress on MDG targets – even when nations as a whole are moving towards the goals,” Miss Clark said.She said the society could learn form human rights approaches which sought to address the root causes of development problems, and quoted former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who once said: “Human rights can be found at the heart of every major challenge facing humanity.”
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2013 12:02 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – An unexpectedly weak report on the job market is sending stocks sharply lower on Wall Street.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 105 points at 14,500 at midday Friday, a drop of 0.7 per cent. The Dow had been down as much as 171 points earlier.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 13 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,547. Technology fell the most of the 10 industry groups in the index.The Nasdaq was down a per cent, or 34 points, at 3,190.The government reported that U.S. employers added the fewest jobs in nine months in March and more people gave up looking for work. The report was worse than economists were expecting.The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to its lowest level this year, 1.69 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Indexes fall sharply on Wall Street after US job growth slows, disappointing investors
“I deeply regret that Saudi Arabia executed seven individuals today despite my and other experts’ appeal not to do so,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns. “I reiterate that any death sentence undertaken in contravention of a State’s international obligations is tantamount to an arbitrary execution, and is unlawful.” In an urgent joint appeal yesterday, Mr. Heyns and fellow UN experts called on Saudi authorities to halt the execution of the men, who were allegedly not given fair trials.According to reports, the men were charged with organizing a criminal group, armed robbery and raiding and breaking into jewellery stores in 2005, and then sentenced to death in 2009.The UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, expressed deep concern over allegations that the seven individuals were subjected to torture and other ill-treatment in detention, and were forced to sign confessions. “This is not only in breach of Saudi Arabia’s international obligations under international law, which imposes an outright prohibition on torture, it is also in breach of the Government’s international obligation under the Convention against Torture that explicitly forbids the use of all forms of torture for the purpose of extracting confessions or acquiring information,” he reiterated.
What do you think about Ljubomir Vranjes’ departure? Good decision Bad decisionView Results Ljubomir Vranjes’ era in Veszprem is over. Club’s management decided to make a change on the bench at the beginning of the season. History repeating in the most successful Hungarian team ever. Just three years ago, even earlier, in his third season, on September 20, 2015, Telekom Veszprem sacked Spanish coach Antonio Carlos Ortega.What do you think about this decision?Whether Ljubomir Vranjes needed more time in his second season to put the team in the right direction or you think that shock therapy is better option? Loading …Veszprem part ways with Antonio Carlos Ortega!VIDEO: This is how Ljubomir Vranjes speaks on arrival in Veszprem Ljubomir VranjesTelekom Veszprem handball ← Previous Story Ljubomir Vranjes’ message: I learned a lot, my dreams didn’t come true this time… Next Story → BEST 7 VIDEO: Dibirov, Markussen, Malus, Dujshebaev, Sostaric, Karabatic and Corrales
A LOUTH GAA club are set to mark the first anniversary of the death of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe this weekend with a candlelight walk.Detective Donohoe was shot dead on January 25th last year during a robbery while on duty at the Lordship Credit Union in Louth.He was a member of the local St Patrick’s Gaelic football club and the club will mark the first anniversary of his tragic death this Saturday.The St Patrick’s club have revealed details on their Facebook page of the event which will remember their ‘dear player and mentor’.People are invited to assemble at Lordship Credit Union, Bellurgan at 9.15pm on Saturday night for ‘a short period of silence and reflection’.This will then be followed by a candlelight walk from there to St Patrick’s club grounds in Lordship where tea and sandwiches will be served.A shuttle bus service will be available to and from St Patrick’s club and Lordship Credit Union.Members of An Garda Siochana at the funeral of Adrian DonohoePic: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland Home town, GAA club and Gardaí mourn murdered Detective Adrian DonohoePics: Wives of murdered gardaí embrace at Garda Memorial Day
Next year will see Bethesda launch the first MMO set in The Elder Scrolls universe, and it’s coming to PC, Mac, PS4, and Xbox One. It’s nice to see the next-gen consoles catching up to PCs and embracing MMOs, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get to play with and against gamers on other platforms.Bethesda and its parent company Zenimax Online has confirmed that when The Elder Scrolls Online is released in Spring 2014, the Xbox One and PS4 versions will be limited to their own servers. PC and Mac versions will share their servers (known as a megaserver).The reason for the split is one of fairness. Bethesda thinks that the difference in game control, that being keyboard and mouse on Mac and PC, and dedicated controllers on PS4 and Xbox One, means that Player vs. Player (PvP) battles across different systems would be unfair. Trying to balance that based on type of controller would be hard to impossible to pull off well. So the split is necessary. It also makes it much simpler to roll out updates for the game on a platform-by-platform basis.It’s a shame that has to happen as it means Bethesda has to maintain more servers doing the same thing and you are destined to interact with fewer gamers in the game. It also means if one platform proves to be less popular and sales of the game are poor, the experience for everyone who did buy a copy on that platform could suffer.Although The Elder Scrolls Online is scheduled for a Spring release on PC and consoles, if it did get delayed on consoles for a few months it wouldn’t be a huge deal as the player base needs time to grow to really make the game a success long term.Now read: Carmack endorses Wolfenstein developers as sharpest he’s ever worked with
Rhythm Game Spin-Offs We Want After ‘Cadence of Hyrule’Fan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the Wild Stay on target Do you remember the Super Famicom Stellaview? Chances are that you probably don’t because it was never released outside of Japan. This peripheral allowed SFC users to download and play games over a satellite connection. The device had some games that were exclusive to it, one of which was a Legend of Zelda game called Ancient Stone Tablets.Thanks to a group of dedicated fans, this nearly forgotten title has been translated into several languages including English, French, and German and made available online.To say that this game was unique is a vast understatement. One could only play Ancient Stone Tablets when it was being broadcast over satellite. Depending on the week the game was being broadcasted, users would only be able to play certain parts of the overworld and dungeons. The game was only made available for four weeks and only for an hour at a time. Players could save their progress via special cassette tapes that they could use for the following week. Because of this, it was extremely hard for people to emulate Ancient Stone Tablets.As for the game itself, it is more or less a remix of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. It shares the same art style and gameplay of that SNES classic. The game can also be viewed as a prequel to Ocarina of Time: Master Quest.Most folks (even die-hard Zelda fans) may not have even known BS Zelda no Densetsu Inishie no Sekiban (as it was known in Japan) even existed, so having this game finally be available is certainly a nice treat.Make sure to check out the dedicated fan site to find out how fans were able to translate and emulate the game. Also make sure to watch the video above to find out more about BS Zelda no Densetsu Inishie no Sekiban and another fan-translated Zelda game — BS Zeruda no Densetsu, which was a re-imaging of the original Nintendo Zelda title.
For more than a generation, Camas officials worked to make the city’s Fallen Leaf Lake and adjacent lands an area all of the city’s residents could enjoy. On Tuesday afternoon, they announced the city’s purchase of 55 acres of land, which ensures the Fallen Leaf Lake Park’s water and trails will be open to the next generation.Camas purchased the 55 acres of shoreline, wetlands and forest, plus the 20-acre Fallen Leaf Lake, for $2.05 million, using city, county, state and federal dollars. The project site had for decades served as a private company park, most recently owned by Georgia Pacific/Koch Industries. Camas officials and residents joined Tuesday for a ceremony near Fallen Leaf Lake’s banks to celebrate the 22-year-old project’s completion. The project was officially completed in April.“What really touches me is this beautiful place will be enjoyed by the next generation,” Camas City Administrator Lloyd Halverson said after the ceremony’s conclusion.
When it was announced on live TV that the wrong film had been given the Academy Award for best picture, The Hollywood Reporter team got right to work making sure that moment was captured on its social channels. Magazine: The Hollywood Reporter // Instagram: @hollywoodreporter // Social Media Manager: Jen Liles Video Credit: ABC Views: 144,461+ // Comments: 627+ PRO TIP: Put yourself where the eyeballs are. While plenty of people were covering the Oscars, The Hollywood Reporter got a perflectly clipped video up fast to net the crowds as they scrambled to catch up with the evening’s biggest gossip. Caption: Best Picture goes to #Moonlight, after Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly named ‘La La Land’ the movie of the year. #Oscars “As soon as we picked our jaws up off the floor, I knew we had to get this up — and fast,” says Jen Liles, social media manager at the magazine. “As soon as the ‘Moonlight’ team wrapped their speeches, we were live.” “By posting the video of that infamous moment, we’re giving fans and followers an opportunity to watch it over and over again on demand and share with their friends.” While most of The Hollywood Reporter’s award show video posts see an upward climb toward 30,000–40,000 views, it was the unprecedented moment combined with an already engaged social media audience which made this post in particular so successful for the brand. “During awards shows, the Oscars in particular, we’re always looking for that OMG moment — this one is more than just that.” Liles says. In general, Liles says, The Hollywood Reporter has made a big push to focus on Instagram video, in order to provide unmissable TV moments to readers who often don’t pay for cable. Shareability is key in this strategy.
election commissionAs part of preparations for holding the 11th parliamentary polls, the election commission has decided to set up 40,000 polling stations across the country.The EC has directed its field-level officers to publish the draft list of polling centres by 5 August, said Abul Kashem, a joint secretary of EC secretariat.The officers have been asked to settle disputes, if any, about the proposed polling stations, by 6 September, according to the letter signed by EC secretariat’s assistant secretary Rawshan Ara Begum. Its copies were sent to district and upazila level EC officials on Thursday.According to electoral rules, the final list of polling stations has to be published at least 25 days ahead of the announcement of the election schedule.The schedule is expected to be announced in October and voting to be held in December.The proposed number of polling stations may be the final one for electing the country’s next parliament and thus the new government.Of the planned polling stations, as many as 39,387 will be set up in the plain land and 613 in the hill region, according to the letter.Each polling centre is supposed to be made for around 2,500 voters. A booth should also be created for every 600 male voters while one for every 500 female voters.Currently, there are 104,142,381 voters, compared to 91,965,167 during the elections on 5 January 2014 boycotted by all major opposition political parties.The number of polling stations was 37,707 in 2014 while the number of booths was 1,89,078.The tenure of current parliament will expire on 28 January 2019, as per constitutional provision. And election has to be held within the last 90 days before expiry of parliament.Accordingly, the next general elections may be held between 31 October and 28 January 2019.The EC has started taking preparations to hold the elections on time while the ruling party leaders including the prime minister made broad hint that the ballot will be held in December.An amount of Tk 18.95 billion has been earmarked in the current budget for meeting expenses of the elections.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Teachers have reacted to Gov. Greg Abbott’s education agenda for this summer’s special session with a mix of skepticism and fierce opposition.This summer, Gov. Greg Abbott wants lawmakers to tackle a slew of issues for Texas schools. Some of his wish-list could replay one of the biggest battles in Texas education.The first thing on the Republican governor’s hefty education agenda might sound great to teachers: a pay increase of $1,000.“We must do better to attract and retain quality teachers in our classrooms. I want that process to begin now,” Abbott said when he announced the session last week. Many teachers, however, aren’t celebrating.“A thousand dollars a person! What a wonderful idea if someone had suggested how to pay for that!” said Gary Godsey, executive director of the Association of Texas Public Educators. The group counts 100,000 members across the state.That’s kind of how Godsey and many other teachers view Abbott’s education agenda for the special session: a mix of skepticism and fierce opposition.Godsey said that it’s important to overhaul how Texas pays for public schools, but that partisan politics defeated a chance to do that in the regular session. And he’s vehemently opposed to other items, especially against using public tax dollars to subsidize private school tuition for certain students, or so-called vouchers.“This is a political battle,” Godsey said. “This is not a battle about what’s right and best for the state of Texas in terms of public education. It’s about privatizing public education.”In fact, two items on the wish-list – vouchers and school finance – proved a showdown in the regular session, when state senators added vouchers to a school finance package and the House refused to accept the addition.State lawmakers head back to work July 18th.Other education-related items include: giving school administrators flexibility in teacher hiring and retention; restrictions on school bathroom use for transgender students; and prohibiting the use of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues, which would impact teachers. 00:00 /01:14 X Listen Share
Rachel Powell-Young, a sophomore at D.C. International School in the Northwest quadrant of the city, has fused her leadership skills and knowledge of Chinese to start a school club that focuses on warmer U.S.–China relations.Rachel Powell-Young (far left) attended Project Pengyou Leadership Fellowship at Harvard University in September. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Powell-Young)Over the summer, Powell-Young won the Project Pengyou Leadership Fellowship, which allowed her to spend four days in September with other American and Chinese children during a national summit at Harvard University. “I was very surprised that I got picked to be a fellow out of all the other people and on top of that being the youngest one was also a surprise,” Powell-Young told the AFRO. “Going to Harvard was very exciting and the students there were really fun to hang out with.”The summit centered on improving relations between the United States and China – “Pengyou” is Mandarin for friend.Project Pengyou, recruits young Americans and Chinese who have spent time in both countries to act as community leaders and influencers to promote friendly U.S.-China relations and help forge a peaceful, functional and robust future between them. The goal is bridging cultural gaps between the two countries that sometimes lead to tension, mistrust and fear, according to the organization’s website. Powell-Young was one of about 30 fellows this year and said the program taught her a bit about why U.S.-China ties are so crucial.“U.S and China relations are important because we may have to rely on China because they are a ‘superpower’ country too,” Powell-Young said. “And if we don’t have that connection, then we have nobody to rely on for economic [stability] and safety across the world.”Powell-Young appears to be an ideal envoy for the program. She is almost fluent in Mandarin, the most spoken language in the world, with more than 1 billion speakers. Powell-Young has been studying it since she was a little girl, especially at YuYing Public Charter School, a Chinese immersion elementary school in Northeast D.C.She has also visited China three times so far. “Each time I went we had homestays so we stayed in some of the local people’s houses,” Powell-Young said. “Each family was really nice and I had a very good time with them. We went to their schools and made friends with the students there. I’m still in contact with some of them. We also taught some of the younger kids English.”All of the fellows received training to start and lead a Project Pengyou Chapter at their schools to focus on improved U.S.-China relations. The one Powell-Young started held a school event Nov. 16 — as all of the chapters did — that showed people how to use chopsticks and matched Chinese words with their English meanings.Both of Powell-Young’s parents work for the federal government in the healthcare sector. With her background in diplomacy and Mandarin, though, a career at the U.S. Department of State isn’t something she’s considering at this time. “When I grow up I want to do something in the financial field,” Powell-Young said. “I think knowing how to speak Mandarin could really help me in the business world.”
DC’s ‘Batman Experience’ Pop-Up Exhibition Is Coming to SDCC’Krypton’ Series Season 2 Sneak Peek: Superman’s Home Planet Is at Stake Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target You can’t create a massive universe full of superheroes and supervillains whose lives are all perpetually intertwined throughout timelines, realities, and dimensions without a character or two getting lost in the shuffle. Not every one of them can be Batman or Wonder Woman levels of omnipresent in the public’s consciousness and there’s probably a reason certain characters get remembered while others get lost in the shuffle. The ones that do, though, are pretty interesting in their own right. The DC Universe, in particular, is chock full of bizarre creations that rank among the weirdest characters to ever grace the pages of comics. Digging deep into the universe’s lore is an opportunity to find a new favorite comic character. Just because they’re forgotten doesn’t mean they’re not kind of awesome in their own bizarre way.BLUE DEVILThe name says it all here. Blue Devil is Dan Cassidy, a stuntman who, while wearing a blue demon costume on the set of a film shoot, is attacked by an actual demon whose magic fuses him to the demon suit he’s wearing. The spell also turns him into something of a magnet for supernatural occurrences and he soon finds himself a reluctant superhero as he combats them. He even eventually ends up with a spot on the Justice League roster. Now, if your primary concern going into a Blue Devil comic is that the name is misleading due to his not actually being a blue devil, don’t worry. A brush with a demon named Neros at a later date sees Cassidy die and then be resurrected as a real, actual blue devil.KNIGHT AND SQUIREKnight and Squire are two heroes that made their proper debut back in the 1950s and languished in obscurity for decades. They’re a British duo that effectively serves as counterparts to Batman and Robin. It was decades later that the characters were brought back by comics superstar Grant Morrison as part of his extensive Batman run. The characters who appear as Knight and Squire in that run establish a lineage to the roles, with the new Knight (Cyril Sheldrake) being the former Squire to the previous man to don the title of Knight. The new Squire is a lady by the name of Beryl Hutchinson. They team up sporadically with Batman over the course of the run, with Cyril eventually being killed at the hands of a character called the Heretic. In the aftermath, Beryl takes up the mantle of Knight and continues to uphold the legacy.THE GUARDIANShortly after Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created a little character called Captain America for Marvel Comics they came up with a (suspiciously similar) hero for DC called the Guardian. Guardian, also known as Jim Harper, is basically a superhero cop. He has no real superhero abilities outside of a heart of gold and know how to throw a punch. Harper also serves as the legal guardian of a group of kids known as the Newsboy Legion. The boys of the Newsboy Legion grow up to found the Cadmus Project and using the tech they develop there grow Harper a new, younger body and transfer his consciousness from his dying form into that new one, allowing him to continue fighting as the Guardian in a new era. He’s since been a quiet staple of the DC Universe.CATMANSelina Kyle is Bruce Wayne’s sometimes-nemesis, sometimes-lover, a cat burglar who has been a—wait, sorry, we got turned around there. Catman isn’t quite as famous as Catwoman, but he’s still quietly one of the most interesting characters in the DC Universe. Initially introduced as a throwaway Batman villain, Thomas Blake soon finds himself languishing in obscurity as a useless villain who also happens to have put on a few extra pounds (and not in muscle). Green Arrow does away with him quickly, leading to his rock-bottom moment. He says himself, “You know you’ve hit rock bottom when a monkey and a Frenchman don’t consider you worth killing.” It’s after this that he gets his act together, cutting his weight and living among a pride of lions in Africa. He’s soon recruited as a member of the Secret Six, during which he becomes a fascinatingly complex character with remarkably human motivations of vengeance and self-loathing. Rarely does a character get to do such a 180. Over the course of Catman’s history he goes from a one-note forgettable Batman villain to an underrated gem of a character.SEA DEVILSYou’re probably at least somewhat familiar with the Challengers of the Unknown, be it from Jack Kirby’s original run on the title or Scott Snyder’s upcoming take on the characters. You’re probably a bit less familiar with the Sea Devils, a team more or less created to mimic the team adventure book vibes pioneered by Challengers. The team, as you can probably infer from their name, featured a group of scientists led by the charismatic Dane Dorrance whose adventures took place underneath the ocean, fighting sea monsters and teaming up with the mysterious Man-Fish. The characters feel far more Hanna-Barbera than DC Universe and perhaps that’s why they never see to have caught on, even in the decades since their genesis. A group of divers and scientists taking on the mysteries of the deep is far too cool a concept to languish in obscurity.ZOO CREWEverybody loves talking animals, right? Well, WE love talking animals, at least. As such, we’re big fans of the Zoo Crew, a superhero team residing on a parallel earth called Earth-C. Led by the brave superheroic rabbit Captain Carrot (there’s an “only in comics” turn of phrase if we’ve ever heard one), they protect a world of anthropomorphic animals like themselves, including plays on real-world famous people like Marlin Brando and Mallard Fillmore. Aside from Captain Carrot the team also consists of characters like Yankee Poodle and Pig-Iron. While they mostly stick to protecting Earth-C, the Zoo Crew has been known to team up with proper DC heroes like Superman here and there.CANTERBURY CRICKETSpeaking of anthropomorphic animals, here’s one that isn’t quite as cute as the Zoo Crew. The Canterbury Cricket made his debut in the Flashpoint timeline as Jeramey Chriqui. Jeramey is a stuck-up college student and con-man in Canterbury who finds himself in a tight spot when the Amazons invade England. He tries to take sanctuary in Canterbury Cathedral but finds himself cornered by Amazons. He prays for his life as bombs fall on the cathedral. When the smoke clears he finds himself having been transformed into a human-sized cricket, saved by some divine power through the transformation. Now the Canterbury Cricket, he joins the resistance and fights against the Amazons. He hasn’t been seen much since Flashpoint, but we’d never fully rule out a return for a character as weird as this one.FRANKENSTEINWe’re betting you’re at least vaguely familiar with this guy. Yes, there’s a Frankenstein (or is it Frankenstein’s monster?) in the DC Universe. First introduced in Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers of Victory, the monster’s origins are more or less the same as those in the novel by Mary Shelley. It’s the aftermath that sees him go down a slightly different path. Frankenstein becomes a time-traveling defender of Earth, working under the organization S.H.A.D.E as one of their field agents. He even had his own series for a while, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E, under DC’s New 52 banner. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Frank in action but seeing as how the character has existed in pop culture for hundreds of years, we wouldn’t count him out quite yet. He’ll be back someday, we’re sure.MAJOR BUMMERMajor Bummer answers the question of what would happen if you give superpowers to someone who is, according to character creator John Arcudi, “smart enough that he might be able to cure cancer if he applied himself, but he’d rather use his brain to try and steal cable.” The aforementioned slacker Lou Martin gets these powers by mistake, as it turns out. An “Extreme Enhancement Module” is accidentally sent to him instead of Martin Louis (a good-hearted lawyer and philanthropist), resulting in Lou developing superpowers he has no business possessing. Lou’s superhuman strength and heightened intelligence actually serve as a hindrance to him, as they attract super villains that he has zero interest in fighting. It’s a pretty aggressively Gen-X ‘90s concept for a superhero, so we aren’t surprised we haven’t seen more of him in the years since.MOGO THE LIVING PLANETThe Green Lantern Corps is filled with a myriad of strange heroes by its very nature, drawing on guardians from every sector of the known universe as protectors. That said, there’s perhaps none stranger than Mogo the Living Planet, a sentient planet the Corps selected ages ago as one of its protectors. Mogo’s primary purpose in the Corps, though, is to direct the rings of lanterns which have died to their new bearers. Without Mogo, the rings stay vacant, and the universe goes unprotected. He’s not the most well-known member of the corps—understandable, as there are only so many stories you can tell about a giant sentient planet—but he’s absolutely crucial to the Green Lantern Corps.
More information: Nanosilver Revisited Downstream, Bernd Nowack, Science 19 November 2010: Vol. 330 no. 6007 pp. 1054-1055. DOI:10.1126/science.1198074 These hand sanitizers and many other consumer products on the market contain nanosilver. Nanosilver is the most commonly used nanoparticle found in consumer goods, and is being used as an anti-odor, antibacterial agent in fabrics, deodorants, toothpastes, and even cement. It is also found in a wide range of other applications, including paints, medical devices, bandages, food containers, and electronics equipment and washing machines. Silver is widely used because it is believed to be harmless to humans except in high concentrations, but it is known to be toxic to fungi, bacteria and other microorganisms, and little is known about its effects on wastewater systems or the wider environment. Previous studies in Europe have shown that around 15 percent of the total volume of silver in wastewater is biocidal nanosilver originating in consumer goods and medicinal uses.Author of the report, Dr. Bernd Nowack of the Swiss Federal Laboratory for Materials Science, Empa, said that while silver has long been known to be a biocide, nanosilver seems to have unique properties because of the nano-scale (less than 100 billionths of a meter) size of the particles. He said this suggests there should be more rigorous assessments of the risks to humans and the environment.Dr. Nowack said one of the risks arises because some of the wastewater and sludge from sewage treatment plants ends up on farms in fertilizers, and could therefore enter the food chain. Another risk is that nanosilver could have a detrimental effect on the nitrifying bacteria that are vital to the effluent treatment processes, and could prevent treatment plants from working properly.Nowack’s report said in earlier studies some nanosilver had been shown to bond with sulfur in sewage sludge to produce non-toxic silver sulfide nanoparticles, but it is not known how efficient sulfur is at removing biocidal silver.In the US and many other countries manufacturers have no obligation to disclose the presence of nanoparticles in consumer goods. Citation: Report suggests more rigorous assessment of nanosilver use (2010, November 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-rigorous-nanosilver.html Popular nanoparticle causes toxicity in fish, study shows (PhysOrg.com) — A new report published in the journal Science suggests the risks to the environment of nanosilver used in consumer goods should be examined more stringently. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
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Key EventsWATCH: North Staffordshire veterans tell their stories of D-Day06:2420:05 One lane closed and slow traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound between J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and J13 A449 (Stafford South).Lane one (of three) is closed whilst the incident is being dealt with. 18:29Leek road is now open again…traffic still very busy but beginning to move!— Birches Head Police (@BirchesHeadPCSO) June 6, 201818:28Heavy traffic on the A53 between Festival Park and Cobridge as traffic looks to divert from Leek Road, which has now reopened.18:26Reports of slow traffic and partially blocked due to accident on A51 at A53 Newcastle Road.Near the Swan with Two Necks. 18:05Heavy traffic on A34 London Road Southbound between A527 Barracks Road / B5043 Brook Lane (Grosvenor Roundabout) and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 17:42 Very slow traffic on A500 D Road Southbound between A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout) and A50 (Sideway Roundabout). 17:14Slow traffic on A52 Leek Road in both directions between A5008 Bucknall Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) and Fellbrook Lane.This is likely due to the accident on the A5009 Leek Road in both directions which has closed the road, traffic is likely seeking alternative routes. 16:32Leek Road closed junction School Road to Cromer Road as Lorry stuck under the railway bridge will be closed for some time. Will update when I have news on when it will be reopened ❌❌❌ @AbbeyHultonPCSO pic.twitter.com/TvAi42JMOL— Birches Head Police (@BirchesHeadPCSO) June 6, 201815:10For anyone heading south…#M6 southbound between J7 and J6 we have 2 lanes closed due to a collision involving an HGV and car. Delays building on the approach. #Traffic Officers on scene…….Will update ASAP pic.twitter.com/LIfA0viDpY— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) June 6, 201815:06One lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North).Lane one (of three) is closed. 15:03One lane closed and slow traffic due to accident on M6 Northbound at J13 A449 (Stafford South).Lane three (of three) is closed 13:49M6 StaffordshireAll lanes open, broken down van removed on M6 Southbound between junction 13, Stafford South, and junction 12, Gailey. Lane one, of four, was closed. 13:00Major road shut after lorry hits railway bridge (Image: Kim Auld)A major road is shut after a lorry hit a disused railway bridge.The HGV collided with the bridge on Leek Road, Abbey Hulton , at around 11.50am today (June 6).Two fire crews from Hanley and one from Longton were called to the scene and police officers are controlling the flow of traffic in the area.Read more.12:12M6 southboundOne lane is closed because of a broken down van on the M6 southbound between junction 13, Stafford South, and junction 12, Gailey. Lane one, of four, is closed but traffic is coping well.11:36Cheshire trafficTraffic has eased around the Haslington Bypass, near Crewe, before the Crewe Green Roundabout.11:1610,000 potholes to tackle across Staffordshire – 20% more than last yearA long winter has left Staffordshire’s road maintenance teams with 10,000 potholes to tackle across the county.An extra month of wintry conditions means there are 20 per cent more potholes on Staffordshire’s roads compared to last year, county councillors have been told.Read more.10:34M6 updateAll lanes have now reopened following earlier issues on the M6.10:17M6 updateTraffic has now been stopped on the M6 northbound between to allow recovery to take place for the vehicles involved in the collision. Read more.10:12Car overturns due to ‘multi-vehicle collision’ on the M6Motorists face lengthy delays after a car overturned on the M6 northbound because of a ‘multi-vehicle collision’Highways England has closed one lane and warned drivers they face delays of up to 30 minutes while recovery takes place.Traffic monitoring company INRIX reports a vehicle overturned at junction 19, Knutsford, and says delays are backing up to junction 18, Middlewich and Holmes Chapel.Read more.09:49M6 CheshireQueuing traffic and long delays on the M6 southbound between junction 17, Sandbach, and junction 16, Crewe, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. Lane one, of three, was closed until around 9.45am. 09:21Travellers move on to another Stoke-on-Trent green spaceTravellers have set up camp on another green space in Stoke-on-TrentResidents in Fenton reported at least six caravans and six vans moved onto the Smithpool Lido, off Smithpool Road, last night (June 5).A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “We can confirm we were called at 11.30pm last night.”Read more.09:18M6 CheshireOne lane is closed and traffic is heavy because of a broken down lorry on the M6 southbound between junction 17, Sandbach, and junction 16, Crewe, in the roadworks area. Lane one, of three, is closed.08:27A34, Newcastle RoadHeavy traffic on A34 Newcastle Road Northbound between Child’s Lane and Watery Lane. In the roadworks area. Temporary traffic lights are in operation.08:12Cheshire trafficSlow traffic on University Way northbound, in Crewe, at the roadworks on the Crewe Green Roundabout.07:33Newcastle town centre07:25A50 UttoxeterThere are queues on the A50 eastbound before Ashbourne Road.Cigarette causes garden fireA discarded cigarette that was still lit caused a garden fire that eventually spread to the house, firefighters have said. Crews from Sandyford and Biddulph raced to Brown Lees just before midnight last night (June 6) after the cigarette started the fire.On arrival firefighters found that the blaze had already been extinguished by neighbours who had used a nearby garden hose.Read more here.KEY EVENTWATCH: North Staffordshire veterans tell their stories of D-DaySentinel Editor Martin Tideswell takes a look back at some of the stories from veterans from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire who took part in the D-Day Landings: Ordinary blokes from our neck of the woods who, in their prime, took part in a truly extraordinary crusade… Read more.Increased police presence after fires started behind shops (Image: Cheshire Police)Police officers in a Cheshire town have been monitoring the shops after receiving reports of fires being started behind local shops.PCSOs in Congleton have been patrolling behind the shops in Bridge Street area, the town’s main shopping district, after receiving a number of complaints.Read more.Met OfficeToday is set to be a cloudy day with some sun in some parts – although temperatures are set to reach the late teens.But it isn’t good news for some people as the warm weather is set to bring misery for hay fever sufferers as ‘pollen bomb’ arrives in North Staffordshire.The Met Office says: Any early low cloud and mist patches should quickly lift and clear to give a much brighter start to the day for many. 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News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | October 14, 2011 ASE Study Shows Echocardiography Benefits for Cancer Patients News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. 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Kennedy, the only daughter of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, was reportedly in remission after having been treated for lung cancer in 2002.While the direct relationship between her cancer treatment and her death remain unclear, one theory links damage to her heart from her chemo treatments. With this tragedy, physician awareness of the link between specific cancer therapies and heart complications has renewed interest.In the past, when cancer treatments were not very effective and cancer was usually fatal, little attention was paid to treatment complications. With the advent of more successful cancer therapies that have raised survival rates, concerns about their long-term effects have now become paramount.“There are 2.2 million survivors of breast cancer in the U.S. alone,” said Juan Carlos Plana, M.D., co-director of cardio-oncology, Cleveland Clinic, “and heart disease, not cancer, is the biggest risk they face.”When a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer, she (or he) is tested for the HER2 mutation, an aggressive form of cancer that affects 20-25 percent of breast cancer patients; it is typically treated with Doxorubicin, followed by Herceptin.Unfortunately, as many as one third of patients receiving these two drugs will develop cardiotoxicity, and some will progress to full-blown heart failure. This means they could potentially need mechanical devices or heart transplants in order to survive. The advent of strain echocardiography for early identification of cardiac problems is great news for those suffering from many forms of cancer. “The goal is not to stop cancer therapy, but to identify cardiotoxicity early and to protect the heart with medications so heart failure does not become a problem and the cancer treatment can be continued,” Plana explained. “Currently, 17 percent of patients receiving treatment for the most aggressive form of breast cancer have to stop therapy due to heart issues. The sensitivity of strain echo allows early detection so oncologists can treat their patients without fear of the downstream effects of the therapies.”Plana, who is an ASE fellow and served as medical director of cardiac imaging at Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center, now heads a newly-formed cardio-oncology center at the Cleveland Clinic; every patient slated for a cancer therapy with toxicity potential receives an intensive left-ventricular mechanics protocol, which includes both 3-D echocardiography with contrast and strain imaging.To highlight screening benefits, ASE has collaborated with the European Association of Echocardiography (EAE) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in a guideline writing group, led by Plana. A previous paper entitled “Early Detection and Prediction of Cardiotoxicity in Chemotherapy-Treated Patients,” has already outlined exciting progress in this area. ASE expects its new guideline to be available in 2012.The ASE Education and Research Foundation has also funded a Career Development Award on the use of strain and 3-D echocardiography; the goal is to identify patients at high risk for heart complications even before they start chemotherapy. The lead researcher, ASE member Timothy Tan, MBBS, Ph.D., clinical and research fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, hopes the research “will increase the understanding of heart failure associated with cancer treatment, potentially helping to decrease its morbidity and mortality.”For more information: www.asecho.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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Julie Ann Soco, 25, and two other Filipino teachers were among the dead in Monday’s fire at the Gulf nation’s biggest mall. Thirteen children at the nursery where Soco worked also were killed.Qatar has issued arrest orders for the owner of a fire-ravaged mall and four others as investigations widened into possible safety lapses during a blaze.The official Qatar News Agency said Attorney General Ali bin Feitais al-Marri also ordered the detention of the owner of the child care facility where the children and four workers died. The others facing arrest are mall officials, including the director of security.Soco’s aunt said her niece had planned to come home for a vacation in October, when she would have worked in Doha for two years.She wanted to have a blessing in December for a newly built home for her family that she had helped finance, and to have a reunion with aunts and cousins she had regularly sent money to.The nursery teacher was an only child. Her mother, a single parent, has been working in Egypt for more than five years. Luzvuminda helped raise Soco in their hometown in southern Cotabato city.“It really pains her mother that they had not seen each other for many years, and now they will be together but her daughter is already a corpse,” said her aunt in a telephone interview. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments Share More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Four benefits of having a wireless security system Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Soco’s mother is scheduled to return to Cotabato next week, when Julie Ann’s body is also expected from Qatar for a burial, the aunt said.“She was a very good child. We had no problem with her,” her aunt said, her voice cracking.Soco and the other Filipino victims were among about 260,000 Filipinos workers in Qatar. They are part of a legion of 10 million Filipinos working abroad to escape crushing poverty and unemployment at home. The money they sent back helps their families make ends meet, taking care of monthly bills, housing, schools for children _ and more.They fuel domestic spending that’s a lifeline of the Philippine economy and accounts for 10 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Parents, stop beating yourself up Associated PressMANILA, Philippines (AP) – Frantic as the flames spread in a mall fire that killed 19 people in Qatar, Filipino nursery teacher Julie Ann Soco made one final call on her cellphone. “Help me, help me, I’m going to die,” she pleaded with her aunt in the Philippines.There was nothing the aunt could do.Luzviminda Soco told The Associated Press on Thursday that she did not understand what the problem was and asked her niece to stop crying. The line was cut shortly after. Neither she nor Julie Ann’s mother, a caregiver in Egypt, was able to reach her again. Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
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