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IoT in Action: Enabling Intelligent Healthcare Solutions

first_imgTags:#health care#IoT Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutions Justin is part of the Microsoft IoT Channel Marketing team and is responsible for developing channel marketing programs – such as IoT in Action – that target Microsoft’s IoT partner ecosystem & build awareness of Microsoft IoT solutions. Space is filling up fast for the IoT in Action event in Orlando. Make sure you register for free today!At a Missouri hospital, babies born with congenital heart disease benefit from remote monitoring solutions that allow doctors to see their vital signs within two minutes of the data being collected. If there are any issues with their heart rate, weight or oxygen saturation, care teams can act quickly and provide proactive care in a secure way. Since the hospital built their own Internet of Things (IoT) solution, no baby under its care with HLHS (hypoplastic left heart syndrome) has died.Many healthcare organizations are turning to intelligent healthcare to transform care by engaging patients, empowering care teams and optimizing organizational effectiveness. To learn more about how you can transform your own healthcare system with intelligent IoT solutions, reserve your seat for the IoT in Action event in Orlando on February 11, 2019.Overcome industry challenges with intelligent healthcare.The opportunity for using IoT to transform healthcare is immense, with the potential IoT healthcare market projected at $158 billion by 2022. Many hospitals are turning to intelligent healthcare using IoT technology to overcome the many challenges facing the healthcare industry — an aging population, increased patient expectations, chronic diseases, and increased regulations. Organizations using IoT solutions must also ensure data confidentiality, integrity, and accessibility. Additionally, all solutions must meet regulations such as GDPD and HIPAA. To help organizations deal with sensitive and regulated data deals, Azure Sphere provides a secure, end-to-end foundation and helps ensure a HIPAA- and HITRUST-ready environment.Use intelligent health solutions to improve the patient experience and outcomes.Today’s patients and providers have higher expectations for outcomes as well as the patient experience. IoT and data-driven insights allow providers to provide personalized care and help increase patient engagement by giving them control of their health. Plus, with intelligent cloud solutions, patients can strengthen relationships with their providers through secured communications. By using solutions that that empower care teams to efficiently coordinate and easily share patient insights, organizations can deliver improved patient-centric care while supporting secure, compliant, and timely communications.Healthcare systems can also drive better diagnoses and treatments by optimizing clinical and operational effectiveness. IoT solutions help organizations identify patterns and trends, connect data systems, and remotely monitor critical systems. By tracking equipment and supplies – from bandages to open or available beds – organizations can improve efficiency and reduce costs. Organizations can even monitor if employees are following hand-sanitizing protocol. Healthcare is no longer confined to within the walls of healthcare facilities. Providers can now use remote monitoring and data insights to provide precision medicine with individually tailored treatment plans. Remote monitoring also reduces expenses by lowering readmissions and eliminating unnecessarily appointments. By using devices to collect and manage data, providers can spend more time caring for patients. Employees can also see the status of their patients remotely with solutions providing real-time insights to the care team – regardless of if the provider is in another location or at home. Learn how to transform your healthcare organization with intelligent healthcare.If you are attending HIMSS, learn how your healthcare system can transform your own organization at the IoT in Action event in Orlando on February 11, 2019. You’ll gain actionable insights, deepen partnerships and unlock the transformative potential of intelligent edge and intelligent cloud for healthcare.Unable to make it to the in-person event? You can still learn about tools and strategies for driving revenue with intelligent healthcare. Sign up for the IoT in Action webinar Safer, Happier, Healthier: Your Life Sciences Digital Transformation with IoT on February 20, 2019. You will learn how IoT can provide actionable insights, deepen partnerships, and unlock the transformative potential of intelligent edge and intelligent cloud for healthcare, without leaving your office. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Justin Slade Related Posts last_img read more

FIFA president suggests 16 groups in 48-team World Cup

first_imgLONDON (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino has suggested having 16 three-team groups if the World Cup expands to 48 countries.Members of the FIFA Council received a recommendation from world soccer’s governing body setting out five proposed formats for its showpiece event from 2026 — two 48-team team options, two 40-team options and sticking at 32.___48 TEAMSInfantino first advocated a new, opening playoff round for 32 of the 48 finalists. The 16 winners would then join 16 seeded teams to begin a 32-team group stage that follows the current World Cup format.But with 16 teams going home after only one game, that idea met with opposition at a meeting of 20 FIFA member nations in Paris last month.Ahead of a meeting of Asian soccer nations in Singapore this week, Infantino drew up a new configuration for a 48-team World Cup that FIFA hopes is easier to understand.All qualifying nations would start out in 16 groups of three teams. The top two teams advance to a new round of 32, with the bottom-place team going home after two matches. The finalists would still play a total of seven games, limiting potential opposition from clubs who send their players on international duty.But only having three games in each group raises the possibility of teams being hard to separate on points, goals scored or goal difference. FIFA is exploring how to determine which teams advance in that scenario, with administrators mulling if penalty shootouts could be used for bonus points.___40 TEAMSInfantino championed a mathematically-clunky 40-team World Cup before being elected in February.Although Sepp Blatter’s successor no longer backs this plan, two options will still be on the table when the FIFA Council meets in January. There could be eight groups of five teams or 10 groups of four.___32 TEAMSFor the World Cup in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, there will be no change to the 32-team format that has existed since 1998.However, with Infantino’s term ending in 2019, giving more countries a chance to play on world soccer’s biggest stage would be a popular move among many federations.“Everyone sees that the increase of the participation for the World Cup is really a tool to promote football in more countries,” Infantino said last month.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Instagram model murdered at wheel of Porsche in Baghdad

first_imgBaghdad, Sep 28 (AFP) Iraqi model and Instagram starlet Tara Fares has been shot dead at the wheel of her Porsche convertible in central Baghdad, sending ripples through social media circles.The interior ministry opened a probe into Thursday’s murder of the 22-year-old who suffered “three fatal bullet wounds” as she drove through the capital’s Camp Sarah district.Fares, a fashionista with 2.7 million followers on Instagram for her pictures sporting tattoos, different hair colours and adventurous clothes, was a victim of her fame and targeted because of her lifestyle, Twitter users wrote.”I am beyond disappointed and hurt after hearing about another tragic loss in Iraq. Tara Fares, a model and social media influencer was gunned down in broad daylight in #Baghdad,” one said.”A young Iraq model was simply enjoying & loving life like other pretty girls. Unfortunately she got shooted & killed by few militants. I am truly heart broken & saddened by such a tragic news,” another wrote.”This Thursday it was Tara… Next Thursday, who will it be?” a third tweeted.Ahmad al-Basheer, an Iraqi satirist who lives in exile in Jordan after having faced death threats, condemned the murder of Fares, who was based in Iraqi Kurdistan and rarely travelled to her native Baghdad.”Anyone who finds excuses for those who kill a girl just because she had decided to live like most other girls on the planet is an accomplice to her murder,” he wrote. (AFP) KUNKUNlast_img read more

The girls and I are proud of you: Wife Candice’s emotional message for David Warner

first_imgDavid Warner signed off from the Indian Premier League’s 12th season with yet another blockbuster performance with the bat as Sunrisers Hyderabad thrashed Kings XI Punjab at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium on Monday.Warner scored 81 off 56 balls to help lift the Sunrisers to 212 for 6 after being put into bat. The hosts then produced a clinical performance with the ball to restrict Kings XI to 167 for 8 and won the match by 45 runs to consolidate their position in fourth place on the points table.Warner will now head back home to Australia were he will start his preparations for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales which starts from May 30.Warner, who smashed a hundred and eight fifties this season, will head back as the highest scorer in the IPL this season with 692 runs from 12 matches at an average of 69.20. For the time being, the Orange Cap seems firmly in his grasp.A fantastic IPL season for this man as he bids goodbye to the @SunRisers tonight this season.Go well, David pic.twitter.com/q0VkPH4f4lIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 29, 2019It was an emotional return for David Warner in the IPL this season after he served out his one-year ban for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal. Times were tough for the former Australia vice-captain as he was labelled as the prime accused in the scandal which shocked the cricketing fraternity all around the world in March last year.Warner was handed a one-year ban along with former skipper Steve Smith by Cricket Australia and both were also suspended from the IPL for the 2018 season.advertisementBut both have come back into the league stronger than ever and both had a point to prove to the world. Rajasthan Royals even handed over the captaincy to Smith after regular skipper Ajinkya Rahane failed to inspire the team in the first 8 matches in which they registered just 2 wins.Warner on the other hand, has been the most prolific batsman in the tournament yet again this season. This year is the third in a row that he managed to amass more than 600 runs in a season.David Warner’s wife Candice, who was stood by her husband through the tough times like a rock, wrote an emotional message on Twitter after her husband played yet another match-winning knock for SRH.”Outstanding finish to your ipl season @davidwarner31. The girls and I are forever proud of you. Your work ethic and your never give up attitude is inspirational. We love you,” Candice wrote on Twitter.Outstanding finish to your ipl season @davidwarner31. The girls and I are forever proud of you. Your work ethic and your never give up attitude is inspirational. We love you. @sunrisershyd #ipl #orangearmy pic.twitter.com/qnxkGXBwgkCandice Warner (@CandyFalzon) April 29, 2019Warner has scored more than 500 runs in all the four seasons he has been associated with SRH. In 2016, he smashed 848 runs which is the second most in a single season by a batsman. He was named man-of-the-match on Monday as SRH won their sixth match this season.Warner was given a standing ovation by SRH fans at the Uppal stadium as he left the field after his innings which goes to show the love he has garnered in Hyderabad over the years.Amassing runs, one game at a time #DavidWarner #SRH pic.twitter.com/7mrQjX9d2fIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 29, 2019″I have worked hard over the last few months. Just put the bat down and tried to be the best man I can be, the best husband I can be and that’s worked for me. Yeah, I try to be the funny man in the team, the prankster,” Warner said after the match.Also Read | Tried to be the best batsman I can be: David Warner after signing off for SRH on a highAlso Read | David Warner and Rashid Khan star as SRH crush Kings XI PunjabAlso Read | David Warner leading the charge for batsmen upon return to IPLAlso Read | SRH will badly miss David Warner, Jonny Bairstow: Kane Williamsonlast_img read more

Former Alabama DB John Fulton Has Started A Fundraiser To Help Pay For Altee Tenpenny’s Funeral

first_imgA panorama view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during a game.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Earlier this week, tragedy struck the Alabama community when former Crimson Tide running back Altee Tenpenny was killed in a one-car crash in Mississippi. Since, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support from Tenpenny’s former teammates. One is going above and beyond for Tenpenny’s family.John Fulton, a former defensive back for the program, has set up a gofundme.com account to help raise money for Tenpenny’s funeral. At the time of this post, over $8,500 has been raised. The goal is $15,000. Considering it’s only been live for 12 hours, it’s a safe bet they’re going to reach it.We all knew Altee as a guy that would do anything for anybody. Well now is our chance to give back to his family https://t.co/uR0jV9x3mx— John Fulton (@_Elvis_Freshley) October 22, 2015It doesn’t matter if it’s $1, $10 or $100 anything helps. We all know Altee would have done it for us #FlyHighMyGuy #RIPAltee— John Fulton (@_Elvis_Freshley) October 22, 2015Props to Fulton for taking charge. We’re sure Tenpenny’s family and friends appreciate it.last_img read more

ESPN Getting Mocked For Weird Urban Meyer Post

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 30, 2017 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Ohio State won 56-0. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)The college football bowl season kicked off earlier Saturday afternoon with a match-up between Tulane and Louisiana. To celebrate the beginning of a new bowl season, ESPN put up a graphic with several coaches and players from various teams around the country.Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray were the players featured on the graphic while head coaches Urban Meyer of Ohio State and Josh Heupel of UCF were the two coaches.Immediately, everyone’s attention turned to Urban Meyer, who is at the center of the graphic. ESPN chose a very interesting photo of the head coach and it seems to be heavily photo-shopped.Check it out.The college football bowl season starts … NOW! pic.twitter.com/7Dg5HeTy8T— ESPN (@espn) December 15, 2018It’s an interesting choice from the Worldwide Leader.Another notable part of the graphic is the absence of anything Notre Dame-related. Even though the Irish are in the College Football Playoff, they got no love from ESPN here – and fans noted the snub.last_img read more

Education Regulation Review Far Advanced

first_img These include guidelines regarding instruction hours across school days; safety precautions and equipment; and student behaviour, among other factors. Senator Reid said the Ministry has commenced rolling out examination preparation strategies such as workshops and public education campaigns as the Government moves to replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) with the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) next year. A review of the Education Regulation of 1980, which outlines the framework under which all schools should operate, is at an advanced stage of completion. Story Highlights A review of the Education Regulation of 1980, which outlines the framework under which all schools should operate, is at an advanced stage of completion.The review is expected to address matters directly and indirectly impacting students’ performance.These include guidelines regarding instruction hours across school days; safety precautions and equipment; and student behaviour, among other factors.This was disclosed by Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, during a national broadcast on January 7.Senator Reid said the Ministry has commenced rolling out examination preparation strategies such as workshops and public education campaigns as the Government moves to replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) with the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) next year.He urges parents of students preparing for the 2018 GSAT “to give full support to the children” and encourage them “even when you think they are not taking their work as seriously as they should”.Meanwhile, Senator Reid assured that the Ministry will continue to support the professional development of teachers as part of a capacity-building endeavour.The Ministry will, to that end, be working with the National College for Educational Leadership.“A certification programme with multiple pathways will be developed, including prior learning assessments for those principals who may need this as a requirement to become fully qualified, based on the criteria established for full appointment,” Senator Reid stated.last_img read more

Viking Shiptech Introduces 80 Knot Ships

first_imgNorwegian company Viking Shiptech has developed a new patent pending shipping technology, which is expected to bring in considerable environmental benefits.The concept combines the delivery time speed of air transport and price range applicable for shipping.“The air transport has an 80 times higher CO2-emission than shipping, and is also 80 times more expensive. If we can move cargo from airplanes to ships, the eco winnings would be bigger than those introduced by any other measures,” the company explains.By moving only 3% of the cargo from airplanes, the reduction in CO2-emission is estimated to more than 80% with current fuel.The new technological solution being introduced by Viking Shiptech are ships that can reach up to 80 knots of speed. Under the concept, a ship is powered by turbines that make a hundred times gyro stabilization, and then, the ship, gaining on the torque force, is being propelled forward “as cast in the sea”.Combined with a submersible Swath solution, it provides a 100 % stability in all speeds and up 10 meters high waves, the designer claims. On the other hand, an increased platform width is aimed at preventing the inclining of the vessel, distributing the cargo to lowered stacks and gravity.“Two jet engines in front of the platform reduce the air resistance, and then supply the subsea surface with an air layer that destroys the shear forces. High speed combined with a torque controlled pressure distribution make a permanent efficiency of air lubrication in all seas and weathers,” the company adds.In terms of design capacity, the ships in question would feature up to 16,500 in TEU, 17 meters in maximum depth and up to 300 meters in length overall.The design is said to be able to provide up to 37% in fuel savings when compared to slow moving ships, based on results of CFD-analysis.According to Viking Shiptech, the 80 knots ship requires lower crewing requirement (-72%) when compared to what is currently required on regular ships.“By compensating the building prices of four 16 knots ships with one 80 knots ship, the money from the residual three can be invested in technology instead of several ships,” the company added.last_img read more

China Stops Gas Leak from LPG Tanker off Dongying Port

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Chinese authorities stopped a gas leak from a South Korean liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker on January 14, according to local media reports.The 1998-built No.5 SJ Gas, which is currently anchored in the Bohai Sea, started leaking gas off the coast of Dongying, China, in the morning hours of January 12.Reports indicated that the leak occurred after the ship failed to shut down the valve for one of its cargo tanks. At the time of the incident, the tanker, loaded with 1,850 tons of LPG, was some 25 kilometers away from Dongying Port. The Korea-flagged vessel had a crew of 15 sailors aboard.Relevant authorities from the Shandong province sent expert teams to the vessel to find the source of the leak and a solution.According to data provided by VesselsValue, the ship is owned and operated by South Korean company SJ Tanker.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Deserted farm houses in South Delhi dens of rave parties

first_imgNew Delhi: Farm houses located in the hidden corner of south Delhi have become the favourite dens for rave parties where drugs and other illegal activities are carried out. According to the Delhi Police officials, hundreds of farm houses located in Fatehpur Beri, Chattarpur and Bhati Mine village in south Delhi’s Mehrauli area are commonly used for booking of these illegal raves, casino, private and high profile parties. During late nights, long queues of high-end cars can be seen entering these farm houses. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “The youth from royal families and majorly businessmen from Gurugram, Central Delhi, Faridabad and Noida facilitate through a common group on ‘WhatsApp’. The organisers usually take Rs 10,000 for per couple entry. While for single person entry, they charge Rs 15,000,” a senior police officer told IANS. “From fine quality imported party drugs to liquor and sex deal, everything is available in at giveaway offers behind the doors. Women are hired to entertain guests. Private rooms are arranged for immoral practices,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings Generally, such parties are organised during the last weekend of every month. The party organisers give huge bribe to local police in a bid to run it secretly, he added. “A dedicated team of Crime Branch headed by DCP, ACP’s, Inspectors level officers including 15 officers of different rank have been formed for the prevention of these high profile parties in national capital where drugs are supplied by drug peddlers. The team is making efforts in all possible ways to neutralise the supply of drugs,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) G Ram Gopal Naik told IANS. On July 16, a team of STARS of Crime Branch headed by DCP, G Ram Gopal Naik and ACP, Arvind Kumar arrested a south Delhi-based drug peddler, Karan Khanna, with California Marijuana (Green Ice Hashish) party drugs that valued Rs 25 lakh in international market. “Karan Khanna was arrested near Tivoli Garden in Chattarpur, while he was going to supply Green Ice Hashish to rave party organisers in a farm house located in the same area. During interrogation, Khanna disclosed that he used to supply imported drugs on demand to high profile parties in south Delhi and NCR in his SUV to dodge the police late night,” Naik said. The drugs supplied by the peddlers to rave parties in south Delhi are brought from Himachal Pradesh. Kasol is a place from where peddlers bring drugs through a secret network. They then supply the same to their party mongers and friends to organise private parties in farm houses of South Delhi. “Invitation to these parties is strictly on basis of reference by the friends and no outsider is allowed to join the party,” he said. Earlier this year, South Delhi Police busted a secret party at a farmhouse located in Chattarpur area in which illegal liquor party was organised by violating the excise norms. In 2017, an illegal casino-cum-bar operating from a farm house in South Delhi’s Fatehpur Beri area was busted by the South Delhi Police in which 30 people, including 14 men and five women attendants, were arrested and 13 luxury cars seized during the raid. Casino tokens worth crores, liquor bottles and hookahs were recovered. The 13-acre farm house located on the Dera Mandi Road was also being used for shooting TV shows and films. Casinos are illegal in the country except in the states of Goa, Sikkim and Daman. Earlier, Sanik farm area was the hub of organising such secret parties but following back-to-back raids, the party organisers shifted their base to farm houses located in Chattarpur, Mehrauli, Dera and Fatehpur areas, according to the police. Noida police on May 6 busted a rave party being held illegally at a farm house at sector-135. A total of 161 men and 31 women were arrested.last_img read more

Conservative MPs tried to silence inquiry call from Manitoba chief

first_imgnews@aptn.ca The Status of Women committee is currently studying the subject of “the economic leadership and prosperity of Canadian women” as well as the barriers that still exist in society.Kennedy was the only Indigenous woman called to testify before the committee. During her testimony, Kennedy mentioned the violence faced by Indigenous women. During the round of witness questioning by MP committee members, Ashton asked Kennedy about the need for an inquiry.“Today we heard from the UN rapporteur who is calling for a national inquiry…We know there are women drumming on Parliament Hill,” said Ashton. “Do you believe we need a national inquiry?”Kennedy said yes.“Absolutely. It is very hard to lose a child and to lose a loved one,” said Kennedy, who was immediately cut off at the sentence by Calgary Centre Conservative MP Joan Crockatt.“I am sure we would love to hear what the chief has to say on the topic but it’s not really what the topic of the study is about,” said Crockatt.APTN National News heard audio of the meeting.Ashton responded to Crockatt saying that the committee was also studying barriers to women’s economic prosperity and violence poses one for Indigenous women who are more likely to face it than non-Indigenous women, according to statistics.“It is entirely in relation to this study and frankly we should show respect to the chief by allowing her to answer the question,” said Ashton.Kennedy then again raised the issue and said women chiefs in Manitoba had asked the men to take up the issue and be more “aggressive” in their support for an inquiry call.“And we said, ‘What if it was your daughter or any young relative that you’ve lost,’” said Kennedy. “I think if there was an inquiry and to have that in there, maybe there wouldn’t be as many.”This time it was Vancouver South Conservative MP Wai Young who ran interference touting her credentials as a councillor in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.“I am from Vancouver and so the missing and murdered women issue is painful having also been a councillor in the Downtown Eastside for native youth and family,” said Young. “That question was completely disingenuous and not relevant to the study at all.”Kennedy said in an interview with APTN National News that she would be reporting the incident back to her women’s council.“Obviously the government is not going to be listening. I think maybe we do this on our own, we set up our own inquiry as to what happened,” said Kennedy.Ashton said the Conservative’s increasingly aggressive attempts to counter calls for an inquiry makes her want to fight harder.“Seeing the Conservatives react so disrespectfully is more fuel for me to keep pushing,” said Ashton. “Their disrespect toward a woman chief adds more fuel to my fire.”Crockatt and Young’s office did not respond to request for comment as of this article’s posting.James Anaya, the UN rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, released his report on Canada Monday and recommended an inquiry.Justice Minister Peter MacKay agreed to meet with the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women after his Parliament Hill photo op was interrupted by women drummers. APTN National News OTTAWA–Conservative MPs on the Status of Women committee tried to silence a Manitoba chief when she mentioned the need for a public inquiry into the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women.War Lake First Nation Chief Betsy Kennedy was twice cut off by Conservative MPs when she raised the issue of the inquiry while responding to a question from Churchill NDP MP Niki Ashton.“When they did that, for me, I was angry they wouldn’t listen to a subject that is very important for our communities,” said Kennedy, after her appearance before the committee. “Everywhere across the country our women are out there missing and never found and this is very emotional for us.”The incident reveals the Conservative government is hyper-sensitive to the issue and wants to stamp it out, said Ashton.“They are extremely sensitive on this issue, they know a resounding number of people are calling for a national inquiry and it is clear to an increasingly number of Canadians that violence is an immense barrier,” said Ashton.NDP MP Niki Ashton (left) with War Lake First Nation Chief Betsy Kennedy.last_img read more

Ban lauds Burundians for gains in consolidating peace

9 June 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of Burundi for their achievements in consolidating peace as the tiny African nation rebuilds from decades of ethnic strife. Burundi was torn by ethnic conflict between majority Hutus and minority Tutsi, much like its northern neighbour Rwanda, site of the 1994 genocide, for nearly five decades after it became independent from Belgium in 1962.“You have been determined to move beyond the turbulence of recent decades, and the results are clear,” Mr. Ban said upon arriving in the capital, Bujumbura, citing the example of the recent round of elections.More than 3.5 million people registered to vote in the five-stage polls, exceeding expectations, with 17 presidential candidates – 15 aligned with parties and two independents – taking part.The top United Nations envoy in Burundi, Charles Petrie, praised the peaceful staging of the first round of elections, welcoming the high turnout.“It is imperative that these elections be a success,” Mr. Ban told diplomats in Bujumbura, noting that “Burundi has an opportunity to become a success story and a model for the continent.”He called on the international community to encourage a “spirit of compromise” should there be disputes over poll results and to continue supporting the country’s efforts to solidify the gains it has made so far.Acknowledging that some political parties may boycott the presidential elections scheduled for later this month, Mr. Ban underlined in an address to Parliament members the need for an inclusive process and of accepting the democratic will of the people. “Burundi is at a crossroads,” he told the audience, which also included Government officials and representatives of religious groups.Recovery, reconciliation, reform, economic development and ending impunity are among the challenges the country faces, Mr. Ban said. “The population yearns for these vital peace dividends.”The progress made in the country – which is on the UN Peacebuilding Commission’s agenda – is “nationally led, driven by a genuine desire for a definitive break with a turbulent past and for peace in what has been an unstable region,” he said, but emphasized that progress also rests largely on its strong partnership with the UN and others.The Secretary-General, who arrived in Burundi from South Africa, also noted today that “this is a great moment for Africa,” which is both hosting the soccer World Cup and is home to more than one dozen countries celebrating half a century of independence. Burundi will mark the 50th anniversary of its independence in 2012.While in the country, he will hold talks with President Pierre Nkurunziza.Mr. Ban also visited a battalion serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).“Your contribution shows Burundi’s commitment to international peace and security,” he told the troops, paying tribute to their efforts to improve security conditions, allowing the UN to deliver urgently needed relief supplies.Somali remains the scene of one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, with 1.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), some 575,000 refugees and nearly 3 million people dependent on aid, out of a total population of nearly 8 million.This is the Secretary-General’s second trip to Africa this month, and it will also take him to Cameroon, Benin and Sierra Leone.Last week, he visited Malawi and Uganda, and later in June he will travel to Gabon, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where a UN peacekeeping mission – known as MONUC – has been in operation for 11 years.Last month, the Security Council agreed to transform the operation into a stabilization mission in the coming weeks, authorizing the withdrawal of up to 2,000 UN military personnel by 30 June from areas where security has improved enough to allow their removal. read more

Pakistani cities join UNled campaign on disaster preparedness

10 October 2011More than 30 cities in seven provinces across Pakistan have joined a United-Nations-led disaster preparedness campaign intended to make urban areas resilient and ready to cope with catastrophic events to reduce losses and damage. Many of the Pakistani cities signing up to the ‘Making Cities Resilient’ campaign spearheaded by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) on Saturday are still under water from the recent floods, while others are recovering from last year’s massive deluge.The signing ceremony took place in Islamabad during the country’s National Disaster Awareness Day, commemorated at the Secretariat of Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, with Margareta Wahlström, the head of UNISDR, and other senior Pakistani officials attending.Zafar Qadir, the chair of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said the launch of the campaign in Pakistan would give impetus to efforts to improve disaster management systems and make cities safe, resilient and habitable in the wake of disasters.“There will be no major global achievements in disaster risk reduction if we do not invest more in local actions,” said Ms. Wahlström. She called for more decentralized disaster management at the lowest administrative levels.“We encourage mayors and local authorities to join the movement so more people will be safer from disasters in the future,” she said.Cities joining the campaign include Karachi, Muzaffarabad, Dadu, Ghari Khairo, Tharparkar, Nowshera, Mnagora, Charsada, Oghi, Dera Ismail Khan, Loralai, Khudahr, and Ghizar.They all agreed to commit to the “Ten Essentials” of the campaign, including allocating a budget for disaster risk reduction and protecting ecosystems and natural buffers zones to mitigate the effects of floods, storm surges and other hazards.The cities also made commitments to the “One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals” initiative, which encourages strengthening the safety of schools and hospitals from all types of natural hazards.“Schools and hospitals are vital when disasters happen as they need to continue functioning when catastrophes hit. There is no small investment when it comes to these two types of infrastructure – they are crucial,” said Ms. Wahlström.Some 870 cities and local governments across the world have joined the campaign and more than 138,000 institutions have pledged support for the safe schools and hospitals initiative. read more

Jail inquest hears from expert health panel

A doctor who specializes in addictions says she was discouraged from providing opioid withdrawal treatment to inmates in the Barton jail. She was part of an expert health panel today at the inquest looking into the drug overdose deaths.“I did my best but I found lots of challenges.” said Dr. Lori Regenstreif.Dr. Regenstreif specializes in Addictions Medicine and Mental Healthcare and worked in the Barton jail for 15 months hoping she could help inmates.“The majority of people with opioid use disorders were not being treated while they were in.”But says she was discouraged from providing opioid withdrawal treatment, telling the inquest she was told” we don’t do things that way here” and that she was upsetting the status quo.“There’s a real clash of cultures there. Theres a clash between the culture of corrections which says you are here because you are bad and if you have an addiction that’s just a bad thing, and you are just going to wait your time out here and off you go again.”And when it comes to inmate healthcare the correctional system has the power.“It’s not set up as a healthcare system, its set up like a giant police station where theres a lot of restrictions on what you can do.”She wasn’t allowed to prescribe methadone – the opioid addiction treatment- because only the jail’s psychiatrist can.The inquest has heard that 38-year old Marty Tykoliz, who was doing drugs openly in the jail just hours before he overdosed, was denied access to the methadone program two months before his death.Today’s expert health panel which included Hamilton’s medical officer of health, a public health nurse and another doctor who works in the jail pointed out there needs to be more of a focus on harm reduction and treating addictions.“A lot of them are just very unwell people and we just aren’t meeting their needs and I think we are foolish to think we are going to get at that problem by stopping fentanyl from getting into the jail because I don’t think we are going to do that.”Dr. Regenstreif says despite all her efforts there she didn’t feel like she had much power to effect change. She was eventually told she was no longer needed at the jailSince this inquest began the policy that limited inmates’ access to the methadone treatment program was updated, giving inmates who are not already prescribed methadone before their arrest access the treatment while in the jail. It also allows doctors to prescribe suboxone – another opioid addiction treatment -which we heard today is considered safer than methadone.But no indication when this will be implemented. read more

Polk data shows worldwide new registrations remain steady

New registrations in the Asia/Pacific region will increase by more than 7% in 2013 compared to 2012. In China alone, sales at the end of the year will be up about 1.78 million units from the year before.New registrations in the NAFTA region are expected to continue to rebound to about 18.3 million units. The forecast for this region has improved slightly, while the outlook for Latin America has worsened slightly. New registrations in Latin America are now expected to grow by almost 1.3%, to 6.1 million units.Eastern Europe will post a slight loss in 2013, due to the fact that the situation in Russia has now worsened. The worsening economic outlook in conjunction with low oil prices has caused new registrations to slump lately. The relative strength of the other markets in this region will not be enough to offset these losses.Western European passenger vehicle demand will decline for the fourth year in a row in 2013 (down 2.5%), falling to approximately where it was in 1993. However, the downtrend in new registrations seems to have bottomed out. In addition to heavyweights like Germany (down 135,000 units), France (down 136,000 units) and Italy (down 100,000 units), the Netherlands, a relatively small market, will also contribute significantly to the decline in sales (down 106,000 units).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Based on data which is preliminary in some cases, global demand for passenger vehicles remains steady with the year before,  down 0.1% in November. For the year, passenger vehicle registrations are now up 2.94 million or 4.4% on 2012.Global demand was unable to maintain its uptrend of recent months, due in particular to weak results in the Asia/Pacific region. According to preliminary results, registrations were down about 0.1% from 2012. On the year, however, the largest region in the world, is still up by more than 7% from the year before. China continues to be the region’s driver of growth.Eastern Europe (up 1.1%) managed to post a gain in November although the Russian market continued to drop. This improvement is attributable to the uptrend in Turkey. However, the region is still down 1.1% from the year before.The NAFTA region (up 0.6%) posted slight growth in November, but year-to-date passenger vehicle sales in the region were up significantly from the year before, by 7.9%, despite the fiscal crisis in the US.In Western Europe (up 0.6%), the picture was mixed: while the UK and the Netherlands posted strong gains in the month, registrations were down in three other key regional markets, France, Germany and Italy. New registrations are still down 2.9% for the year.New registrations expected to exceed 75 million unitsGlobal new registrations are expected to set a new record in 2013, growing by around 4.5% compared to 2012. read more

Meet Ohio State wrestlings inseparable Stieber brothers

From growing up in Monroeville, Ohio, to wrestling together at Ohio State, brothers Logan and Hunter Stieber have been inseparable. “We’re 18 months apart and we hung out basically every single day for our whole lives,” Hunter Stieber said. “We’re drill partners in practice. We’ve been best friends ever since our childhood and we still are in college.” The Stieber brothers have excelled in their time at OSU, amassing impressive numbers and racking up numerous accolades. Logan Stieber, a redshirt sophomore, is the defending 133-pound NCAA Champion and possesses a career record of 56-5. His younger brother, Hunter Stieber, a true sophomore, wrestles in the 141-pound weight class and holds a career record of 54-7. Both siblings were named All-Americans last year. It’s why OSU coach Tom Ryan dreams of more than two Stiebers. “I wish they were octuplets,” he said.”They’re a pleasure. They’re respectful. They’re disciplined. They win at a very high level and they’re eager to learn and get better. So we are very fortunate to have both of them.” However, without each other’s help, the brothers said they would be nowhere near as successful as they have been up to this point. “I’m able to have a workout partner whenever I want,” Logan Stieber said. “He’s my size. We push each other. I want him to be the best, and if he does really good, I want to match him, you know what I mean? So we both motivate each other in certain ways like that.” Hunter Stieber agreed that always having his brother around greatly benefits his performance on the mats. “It’s great just having him there to push me, help me out,” he said. “He’s an amazing wrestler. He’s an amazing coach and he sees all the little things that I need to work on. So after all my matches and practices, he can give me little hints and tips about what to improve on. He’s just a great asset that I have to help me get better.” It seems as though the Stiebers have been particularly beneficial to one another this season, as they both went undefeated in the regular season. Logan, despite missing most of January with a leg muscle strain, is 18-0 while Hunter has gone 26-0. The two have set their goals high for this season as both aspire to reach the pinnacle of NCAA wrestling. Logan wants to be named a national champion again while Hunter is seeking to win it for the first time. “I want to win a national title,” Hunter Stieber said. “I’m ranked second right now so it’s definitely in my reach. I just have to keep improving, working hard and working out with my brother and coach and I could definitely win a Big Ten and national title. Then we can push for a team title, but everyone has to do their job, including me and Logan. We have to perform to our best.” Both of them still have a few years left in their college careers no matter what happens this year. “Their potential is limitless,” Ryan said. “It’s whatever they want it to be. They understand hard work. They have the foundation that, if you want something in life, you have to work for it. So with that mentality, anything is possible.” The Stieber brothers will be back in action when OSU heads to the NWCA National Duals meet on Friday in Minneapolis, Minn. read more

Baseball Ohio State begins Big Ten play begins with momentum

Ohio State sophomore catcher Dillon Dingler (10) swings at a ball during the game against Hawaii on March 23. Ohio State won 7-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDespite winning seven of its past nine games, the Ohio State baseball team will try to do something this weekend that it hasn’t done since March 3: win a road game. The Buckeyes have found their stride at home and will hope to continue their red-hot offense in Piscataway, New Jersey, on Friday when Ohio State (14-11) will open Big Ten conference play against Rutgers (6-15). “We did it here at home,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “Next test is let’s take it on the road and do it at Rutgers.”In their past five road games, the Buckeyes have been outscored 42 to 25. The team’s last road win came against Bethune Cookman when Ohio State defeated the Wildcats 16-9 on March 3. Rutgers has not found much success this season, but the Scarlet Knights won both their games at home this season. Despite a team batting average of .230, the future looks bright for Rutgers. The team’s top three batters are all underclassmen. Redshirt freshman Tim Dezzi leads the Scarlet Knights with a .342 batting average. Despite his tendency to get hits, Dezzi has only knocked in seven runs on the season. Leading the team with five extra base hits is center fielder Mike Nyisztor. The sophomore is hitting .307 on the season with four RBI. Freshman catcher Peter Serruto is the third and final player to hit above the .300 benchmark for the Scarlet Knights. The Rutgers lineup, unlike Ohio State’s offense, does not contain power, hitting five home runs this season. The Buckeyes have hit five times as many home runs, 12 of which came in their nine-game homestand. To combat Ohio State’s explosive bats is a Rutgers pitching staff that has only allowed opponents to go yard eight times this season. The staff is led by sophomore pitcher Harry Rutkowski. The ace holds a 2.50 ERA and is averaging just under six strikeouts a game.Rutkowski allowed five earned runs in his first start on the season, but has only five earned runs combined in his past five starts. The sophomore is coming off his best performance of the season against Indiana State. He was able to go seven innings and surrendered only one run. Rutgers also has two strong relievers to lean on for success on the mound. Redshirt junior pitcher Steven Acosta holds a 2.40 ERA in 10 appearances. Redshirt junior pitcher Tommy Genuario also boasts a strong resume this season. He has made 12 appearances out of the bullpen and holds a 2.45 ERA. These pitchers will be put to the test against an Ohio State squad that hit .321 at home. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry hit .457 over the past nine games, and junior right fielder Dominic Canzone tallied three home runs and a .382 batting average over that same stretch. “I feel like we’re getting it going again, and we are starting to really mesh together as a team,” junior pitcher Jake Vance said. The Big Ten conference presents a new test for the Buckeyes, but the momentum built in their homestand is real, according to Canzone. “The Big Ten is one of the hardest conferences to play in, but at the same time, we’re prepared,” Canzone said. “We’re ready to play, and we’re all clicking right now, so I think we’re going to have a good weekend.”The Buckeyes will open up the three-game series with a 2 p.m. game Friday. This will be followed by a game at 1 p.m. Saturday and a finale at noon Sunday. read more

Tainted blood warning as GPs told thousands of victims may still be

It came as Sir Brian Langstaff, who is chairing the probe, called for wider testing to eliminate the “terrible disease”, which, alongside HIV, contaminated approximately one per cent of transfusions given before 1991. Lawyers for the inquiry revealed TOday that health chiefs have instructed GPs to ask patients with flu-like symptoms about previous blood transfusions, or use of blood-products, in a bid to identify undiagnosed Hepatitis C. On the first day of evidence in central London, he promised the inquiry would be “frightened… Thousands of victims of the NHS tainted blood scandal may still be unaware they are infected with potentially deadly viruses, the inquiry into the tragedy has warned. read more

Zarko Pejovic to French Dunkerque HB

DunkerqueDunkerque handballFrench handballhandballhandball transfersZarko Pejovic French vice-champion Dunkerque Handball Grand Littoral has signed three years contract with Montenegrian playmaker Zarko Pejovic. A 27 years old member of Montenegrian squad at Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark, currently playing for Slovakian best team Tatran from Presov. He played also in Serbia (RK Crvena zvezda), Montenegro (RK Buducnost), Macedonia (Vardar), but also in Spain and Austria. ← Previous Story Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson close to Barca Next Story → Croatian headcoach Slavko Goluza: No one wants gold more than us! read more