UN peacekeeper contributors visit Haiti stress strengthening national police

5 September 2007Defence ministers and military officers from Latin American countries contributing troops to the United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti are at present visiting the Caribbean country to discuss security and other issues linked to the extension of the mission’s mandate, including strengthening the national police force. “This meeting is an opportunity for me to thank the peoples and governments of these countries for their contribution towards putting Haiti back on the rails with regard to security, development and stability,” Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis told the visitors. While acknowledging a net improvement compared to several months ago, Mr. Alexis stressed that “the situation remains fragile.” The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was set up in 2004 to help re-establish peace in the impoverished country after an insurgency forced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile. The visiting delegation, comprising representatives from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, has also met with President René Préval and other Haitian leaders as well as with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Hédi Annabi and Organization of American States Secretary-General José Miguel Insulza. Issues discussed including reinforcement of the national police, reform of the judicial system, strengthening legal institutions and the battle against corruption and drug trafficking. The need to promote development also figured on the agenda. “The fight against corruption, smuggling and drug trafficking constitute priorities for the Government,” Mr. Alexis said. Speaking for the delegation, Chilean Defence Minister José Goni Carasco noted that while a military presence is indispensable, it is not sufficient. “Only the formation of a more just, egalitarian society allows democracy to function,” he said, pledging Latin American support, within the framework of the UN, towards converting MINUSTAH units into forces capable of building up the country’s infrastructure and economic development. Of the 7,061 troops currently serving with MINUSTAH, Brazil provides 1,198, Uruguay 1,133, Argentina 551 and Chile 495. read more

Gaza hospitals health facilities need urgent donor support UN agency

“The level of damage to the health system in Gaza is considerable and requires urgent support from partners and donors,” said the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for Eastern Mediterranean, Ala Alwan.The visit comes two weeks after senior UN officials in the region said that weeks of intense fighting had left the medical services and facilities in the Gaza Strip “on the verge of collapse.”Dr. Alwan aimed to get a first-hand account of the humanitarian conditions in the area, to meet with local authorities and review the damage to health infrastructure and facilities. Since the conflict began on 13 June, WHO estimates that 15 out of area’s 32 hospitals have been damaged, in addition to 18 primary health clinics and 29 ambulances.In addition, at least five medical staff have been killed and many more injured, the UN agency said. “WHO staff in Gaza and Ramallah have been working jointly with the Palestinian health authorities in an integrated way in responding to the immediate and urgent needs to support and sustain emergency health services in Gaza throughout the crisis,” Dr. Alwan said. While the displacement numbers of people sheltering in schools and other facilities remains fluid, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported that 209,522 people were sheltering in 88 UNRWA schools in the area. Dr. Alwan visited one school where more than 1000 people have taken refuge in extremely overcrowded conditions. “I am particularly worried about the risk of water-borne and communicable disease in such settings where overcrowding, poor hygiene and lack of access to clean drinking water predispose to disease outbreaks,” he warned. “These risks have to be addressed immediately.”UNRWA Director of Health, Akihiro Seita, who accompanied Dr. Alwan, stressed the health challenges: “While we do our best, we are deeply concerned about the health and hygiene situation in our very crowded shelters. Our efforts may be limited where the entire water, electricity and sewage systems are heavily damaged.”Palestinian health authorities are planning to refer more patients to hospitals outside of Gaza to access life-saving treatment as well as to reduce the case load in the hospitals to a more manageable level. There is a need to speed up approvals to allow these patients to be transported across border crossings.“Referral of patients outside of Gaza to receive specialized treatment will have to be facilitated at all levels,” urged Dr. Alwan.He added that there was an urgent need to provide mental health support for all patients including parents, children and especially displaced persons, most of whom do not have homes to come back to in Gaza.While in the area, Dr. Alwan and his team met with President Mahmoud Abbas, who thanked the UN agency for the $2.5 million worth of medical supplies and other support Gaza hospitals and clinics received during the conflict. read more

Brock selects marketing veteran for its new senior role

Brock University has named Gord Hunchak as its new Executive Director of Marketing and Communications.Gord HunchakThe announcement was made today by Brian Hutchings, Brock’s Vice-President, Administration. Hunchak starts his role on Aug. 4, a new position created to oversee strategic planning and direction of the University’s marketing, branding and communications initiatives.Hunchak’s career spans both the public and private sectors, and includes significant post-secondary experience. He led Niagara College’s marketing and communications efforts from 2007-2013, and was also its Acting Vice-President, Student and External Relations in 2011-2012.Prior to joining Niagara College he was Vice-President, Marketing at Meridian Credit Union, and for the past two years has been a partner with Armstrong Strategy Group, a consultancy specializing in branding, marketing and strategic planning. read more

Borut Mackovsek to HC Dinamo Minsk

Borut MackovsekhandballHC Dinamo Minsk Slovenian NT player Borut Mackovsek (22) has signed deal with Belarus best side HC Dinamo Minsk. One of the most perspective European left backs was in the first year of the three years deal with German TSV Hannover Burgdorf, but two sides went in separate ways after only six months.Mackovsek is member of Slovenian NT who won the 4th place at WCh 2013 in Spain. He was also one of the best players in EHF CL 2012/2013 as a member of RK Celje PL. ← Previous Story Sead Hasanefendic strong candidate for PSG Handball bench Next Story → Robi Konecnik moves to Switzerland

Eat what you grow

first_imgLast Monday George Lekakis, Chairperson of Victorian Multicultural Commission launched Vasili’s 101 See Ways to Grow It and Eat It at the Munro Street Garden Centre in Coburg. Along with the launch there were demonstrations of handy tips, food cooked straight from the book, as well as the deft hand of Vasili on his piano accordion. Vasili grew up above a fish’n’chip shop in Keilor Park, where he helped his father cultivate a massive garden on a block in Coburg. Nothing Tastes Better: Vasili’s 101 Ways to Grow It and Eat It  is published by Wilkinson Publishing. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Outpouring of support for Tassie victims

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Panic has been the theme, as bushfires tore through most Eastern States, with Tasmania the worst hit. Tasmania is reeling after spot fires turned into out of control bushfires, helped by the extremely dry conditions blanketing most of Australia. Authorities are still sifting through the ruble and are assessing the damage, but concerns for missing persons have all but been dismissed as the week comes to an end. The Greek Community of Tasmania has been inundated with calls asking to assist those effected in any way. President John Fiotakis says there has been an outpouring of support from young and old. “The Greek Women’s Committee has gone to help, making food and sandwiches, delivering clothing,” he told Neos Kosmos. “A lot of Greek boat owners have been asked to do shuttle runs to Port Arthur and some of the other places where there’s been no access, and a lot of Greek businesses have been asked to assist in the fires, whether it be with food or with transport.” Of the almost 5,000 Greeks who live in Tasmania, many have properties in the outer suburbs affected. They, alongside their Australian neighbours are in shock at the complete devastation that has ripped a community apart. Prime Minster Gillard has toured some of the worst effected areas this week, including the smoking shell of the local primary school in Dunally. In Tasmania, more than 130 properties have been destroyed by bushfires, decimating small towns in just hours. Hundreds have been left without transport, food or electricity, and rely on deliveries everyday from aid groups and locals. Mr Fiotakis says the Greek community has been working very closely with local councils and emergency services to do all they can. “Some of our young Greeks have been doing convoys to deliver food to areas that they can’t get to, obviously with police assistance,” he mentions. The community has even given emergency services the use of their hall, which has been used as a refuge centre since last Friday. But the good will of many people might have gone to waste, with reports looters and thieves stole handbags and fuel when 2000 residents fled the area, leaving their belongings and cars behind. The week has seen some of the worst fire danger days Australia has collectively seen, with most States sweltering through days in the high 30s and mid 40s for almost a week. NSW and Victoria have been battling strong bushfires that have destroyed properties and caused panic in several rural communities. In Victoria, authorities are incensed by the numerous arson attacks around the state, threatening homes and destroying cars. Four fires were lit in an industrial area at Sunshine, across the valley from where a string of fires were deliberately lit at Keilor East. Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board Commander Bob Undy said investigators believe the same group of arsonists is responsible for the attacks. “I don’t know what kicks they get out of it but they have got to live with it if anything goes wrong.” Insurance companies will be closely watched to make sure those affected get their claims processed without hassle. In Tasmania, amazing tales of survival have captured the nation, and pictures relayed globally. A family clinging to a jetty as the sky darkened and embers surrounded them have unknowingly become the face of the Tasmanian bushfires. Tim Holmes, stuck in the water with his wife and five grandchildren said the fire raged around them for three hours along the wooded point. “So everything was on fire and it was just exploding all over the place. Yeah, amazing. Just scorched,” he said. Mr Fiotakis has never seen his state in such turmoil, but is comforted by the fact that sometimes the worst situations bring the best out in people. “It’s been pretty hard the last week,” he says. “Every community comes close in these situations, it’s affected quite a lot”. On the ground, at least 300 firefighters and 2000 volunteer firefighters gave up their time to contain the fires. The Federal Government has activated emergency relief payments for affected residents and the Red Cross has set up a bushfire appeal. To donate, call the Red Cross on 1800 811 700 or visit the website at http://www.redcross.org.au/last_img read more

Lime Approved To Buy Islandcom on Friday

first_img Flow counting down to Rio Games, launches Gold Tour campaign Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Mar 2015 – Magnetic Media today confirmed that on Friday March 13, LIME was approved to acquire the assets of Islandcom as it seeks to regain leadership in the market. LIME’s CEO of the Northern Caribbean Cluster, Jan Remmelg made the announcement on February 26th at the LIME Headquarter Office in Provo; at that time the application had not yet been filed at the Telecommunications Commission. Now the Commission confirms that it not only received and considered the application for acquisition; but with a determination posted on its website, the Commission has approved it.“The Turks and Caicos Telecommunications Commission (“Commission”) is pleased to inform you that Islandcom’s application for the transfer of its spectrum licence, number ranges under its network licence together with certain other business assets to Cable and Wireless Turks and Caicos Islands Limited (“LIME”) has been approved, subject to compliance with all applicable requirements under the laws of the Turks and Caicos Islands including without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, section 3(c) of the Frequency Management Regulation 2005 which mandates the efficient use of spectrum.”LIME admitted during that media announcement that it is very interested in the LTE license held by Islandcom. Media was not informed of the buying price settled by the two telecoms companies. Related Items:cable and wireless, Islandcom, Jan Remmelg, lime Perdina wins Movado Watch set from LIME & Jai’s Recommended for you The Indian Premier League Has a New Home in the Caribbean Flow Sports now offers an unrivalled Cricket line-uplast_img read more

Bahamas Environment Minister Ferreira Addressed 5th UN Global Geospatial Information Management Forum

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Mexico, November 30, 2017 – Mexico City – Bahamas Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira under the theme, “Implementing The Sustainable Development Goals: The Role of Geospatial Technology And Innovation,” addressed the 5th High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, November 28, 2017.Minister Ferreira extended appreciation to the Ministerial segment of the UN-GGIM, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), and various UN Committees of experts for their leadership to foster greater dialogue concerning matters of mutual interest at Global and Regional levels.   He also thanked Dr. Julio A. Santaella and Mr. Stefan Schweinfest for inviting The Bahamas to speak on its experience regarding policy perspectives and the progress we are making nationally to strengthen our Geospatial Information Management Capacity and Spatial Data Infrastructure to support informed decision making.“Mr. President, within the wider context of implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, The Bahamas continues to maintain relations with the United Nations through its participation in several UN Fora on a number of fronts including Gender Equality, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Energy, Disaster Management, Resource Management (Land & Marine), as well as other programs stipulated in the Millennium Development Goals,” said Minister Ferreira.“In 2014, The Bahamas enacted ‘The Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure Act’.   This is intended to strengthen the capacity of our technical arm, The Bahamas National Geographic Information Systems (BNGIS) Centre, to meet its national mandate to effect the practical and efficient use of geospatial technologies.”Minister Ferreira added that it is the Bahamas Government’s intent to continue to build on our Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Program to support sound decision making in multiple sectors.   He emphasized the fact that BNGIS will require more resources to keep up with changing technologies and the Bahamian Government’s continued commitment to matters related to the UN-GGIM Secretariat and the UN-GGIM Americas Caribbean Project.“Mr. President, The Bahamas’ application of this technology has been utilized in areas of national importance such as, but not limited to, Utility Management, Planning, and National Security.    Additionally, The Bahamas is using Geospatial Technology in our ongoing matters related to the United Nations Convention on the Law of The Sea (UNCLOS),” said Minister Ferreira.“The integration of this technology has resulted in The Bahamas’ successful declaration of our Archipelagic Maritime Borders and our lodging, with the UN, a successful median line agreement with our Neighboring State, The Republic of Cuba.   Geospatial technologies will continue to play a vital role in our ongoing negotiations with the United States and eventually the Turks and Caicos, and Haiti.”Minister Ferreira explained the benefits of applying Geospatial Technologies as tools for supporting decision making in The Bahamas, even though there’s still more work to be done to make the Spatial Data Infrastructure Program whole.  The  Bahamas Government acknowledges the importance of using this information for its national strategy toward the sustainability of the country’s natural resources.“We have applied the technology in various sectors within the Government, albeit in an ad-hoc manner, resulting in isolated pockets of GIS, Duplication of Effort, Outdated Information with ‘No Standards’, and a lack of Procedures and Protocols for the sharing of information.   With the passage of The Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure (BSDI) Act 2014, and the establishment of the Bahamas Geospatial Advisory Council, we will coordinate such activities and develop the necessary standards, procedures, and protocols,” said Minister Ferreira.“In general, the BDSI system and program articulated in the legislation, outlines Spatial Technologies, Policies, and institutional arrangements that facilitate the management, availability of, and access to ‘Spatial Data’.    We do, however, face significant challenges in deploying Geospatial Technologies to support informed decision making.”Minister Ferreira explained to the UN panel that The Bahamas is a system of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with some 17 inhabited islands, and 2,500 rocks and cays, stretching over some 100,000 square miles of ocean.   He said it presents numerous challenges in addressing environmental concerns, which include land, sea, air, and submarine issues, as well as the added hazard of climate change and disaster risk reduction and preparedness.“Facilitating this work in a Spatial Environment is a ‘National Imperative’, in tandem with using a Geospatial Infrastructure to collect and disseminate data.   In the wake of extreme hurricane events that impacted The Bahamas — Hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew, and Irma — we must place more emphasis in working to mitigate risk factors that may threaten our stability, including better Land Use Planning, to enable Government to use ‘Spatial Data’ to better understand and assess risks.  However, this is costly due to the geographical configuration of The Bahamas,” said Minister Ferreira.“The Bahamas ‘Spatial Data’ Infrastructure is crucial, and we recognize that out-of-date, incomplete and inaccurate information must be improved, in order to allow for informed decision making, based on accurate and reliable data.   This will minimize risk in the management of our Environment, and improve our ability to meet citizen expectations, for a better way of life.”Minister Ferreira categorized how effective SDI works, when considering Global and National requirements, combined to include Governance Reform, Institutional Strengthening of the BNGIS Centre, and Legislative Regulations to govern its operations.“Introducing a comprehensive ‘National Plan of Action for Geospatial Information Implementation’ is required in order to enable a more strategic approach to disaster preparedness; integrated Land Use and Coastal Zone (Land and Marine) Planning and Management; and the Modernization of Public Administration Agencies.“As stipulated in other fora, the most challenging question has been how we set a Global Agenda that enables collective international action, while delivering effective support to national efforts?   Having now initiated more focus participation in UN-GGIM initiatives, that question remains,” said Minister Ferreira.To conclude his address to the body of Global GeoSpatial experts, Minister Ferreira informed them that The Bahamas’ membership in the UN-GGIM initiative is a true indicator of the Government’s commitment to the UN’s processes, and meeting the expectations of Bahamian citizens, when applying Geospatial Technologies to improve the Bahamian way of life, while meeting the country’s sustainable goals.“We look forward to our continued participation, as the BNGIS Centre, as the Government’s Focal Point, and as the Technical Administrator of the the Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure system and programme, as expected,” said Minister Ferreira.center_img By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)Photo caption:  Bahamas Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira delivers his address to the 5th High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, November 28, 2017.(BIS Photos/Gena Gibbs)last_img read more

Watch Pokemons Tokyo announcement livestream

first_img Nintendo shows latest Pokemon game, Sword and Shield Could the Poke Ball and the Great Ball in the teaser image offer a clue? Probably not. Pokemon Company/Screenshot by CNET Editors’ Note, May 29, 2019: The Pokemon Company revealed a bunch of new games, including Pokemon Sleep, during Tuesday’s press conference.You might want to Dig your way to Tokyo on Tuesday for the Pokemon Company’s press conference.Failing that, you can watch the livestream of the event at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET/2 a.m. BST/11 a.m. AEST). It’s embedded below.Watch live video from Pokemon on www.twitch.tv”The press conference is expected to cover a number of topics of interest to Pokemon fans,” the company said in a statement, which basically tells us nothing.Since Pokemon is a massive, sprawling franchise, we don’t know if these topics include the games, movies, anime or merchandise. However, we’re unlikely to get any new details about upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield — those Nintendo Switch games are getting their own Pokemon Direct announcement on June 4. Tags 0 We know Japanese developer DeNA plans to launch a new mobile Pokemon game in the coming months, separate from Pokemon Go and Pokemon Rumble Rush . The company might also reveal Rumble Rush’s iOS release. (It’s currently only on Android devices.) The coolest Pokemon collectibles 2:13center_img Now playing: Watch this: 19 Photos Post a comment Share your voice Video Games Culture TV and Movieslast_img read more

Judge Allows 22 DACA Recipients To Be Defendants In Lawsuit Filed By

first_img Share Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APSupporters of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), demonstrate on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 3, 2017.The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) announced Tuesday that federal judge Andrew Hanen has allowed 22 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to be defendants in the lawsuit the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed this month with the goal of ending the Obama-era program.Through MALDEF, the 22 DACA recipients had filed what is called a motion for intervention so that they could be defendants. Their argument was that, given the opposition the Trump Administration has against DACA, the federal government officials who are listed as defendants wouldn’t represent them adequately.The Trump Administration announced in September 2017 its intention to end DACA, but now the problem is the subject of ongoing litigation.Since it was created in the summer of 2012, DACA has protected from deportation hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors.Thomas Saenz, MALDEF’s president and general counsel, commented in a news release about the authorization granted by Judge Hanen, who works in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.For Saenz, the fact that the 22 DACA recipients are able to intervene in the litigation as defendants “ensures that this case will not go forward as a sweetheart arrangement between non-adversaries who agree with each other on almost every relevant issue.”last_img read more

The Punisher Season 2 Is Coming to Netflix on Jan 18

first_imgStay on target What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Frank Castle is back for Season 2 of The Punisher, which will hit Netflix on Jan. 18.On Thursday, Netflix debuted Marvel’s The Punisher: Season 2 date announcement on YouTube. The video description says, “He isn’t the one who dies. He’s the one that does the killing.” The TV series, which is based on the story of the Punisher, a comic book character created by writer Gerry Conway and artists Ross Andru and John Romita Sr., follows Frank Castle, an ex-Marine-turned-vigilante who seeks revenge after his family is killed.The Season 2 trailer starts off with Castle saying, “Someone told me once, life is just trying not to be lonely. It’s like a bomb went off inside my mind, scattering all the pieces.” Castle then explains there’s a dark shadow following him, and how he has to fight an internal conflict to achieve satisfaction. There aren’t many plot hints here, except that Castle will take on the role of  “the Punisher” again.Fans will have to wait a few more weeks to find out what will happen to Castle in Season 2. Stream Marvel’s The Punisher on Netflix here.More on Geek.com:Netflix Urges People to Stop Doing the ‘Bird Box’ ChallengeNetflix Permanently Removes iTunes Billing for New CustomersNetflix’s ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Trailer Is a Creepy Mind Triplast_img read more

Seeing through paint

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — When light passes through materials that we consider opaque, such as paint, biological tissue, fabric and paper, it is scattered in such a complex way that an image does not come through. “It is possible to see the light, but not the information,” Sylvain Gigan tells PhysOrg.com. “We wanted to create a way to see the information through opaque media.” Citation: ‘Seeing’ through paint (2010, March 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-seeing-through-paint.html More information: Popff, et. al., “Measuring the Transmission Matrix in Optics: An Approach to the Study and Control of Light Propagation in Disordered Media,” Physical Review Letters (2010). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.100601 Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Schematic of the apparatus. The laser is expanded and reflected off a SLM. The phase-modulated beam is focused on the multiple-scattering sample and the output intensity speckle pattern is imaged by a CCD camera: lens (L), polarizer (P), diaphragm (D). Image (c) 2010 American Physical Society, DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.100601 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. Explore further How to see through opaque materials Gigan is a scientist at the City of Paris Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institute (ESPCI). Gigan worked in a group with Popoff, Lerosey, Carminati, Fink and Boccara to create an experiment that demonstrates that it is possible to construct a transmission matrix that allows them to “see” through some opaque materials. The results of their experiment are described in Physical Review Letters: “Measuring the Transmission Matrix in Optics: An Approach to the Study and Control of Light Propagation in Disordered Media.”“When people try to look into an opaque medium, especially biological material, they use the ballistic light, the light that has not been mixed up by the medium due to scattering. But as you go into the medium, the ballistic light becomes less intense, limited by the scattering process.”Instead of being limited by scattering, though, the group at ESPCI instead looked for ways to use scattering to their advantage. Gigan and his colleagues passed light through zinc oxide, which is common in paint. They observed the way the light of a laser scattered as it passed through, and then created a numerical model to describe the result. “This transmission matrix is a map through the medium,” Gigan explains. “Once we have the transmission matrix, it is possible to analyze whatever pattern goes through.”The process provides the means to put together an image of something on the other side, allowing the researchers to “see” through the zinc oxide layer, even though it is opaque. Reversal is also possible, offering a way to tailor a beam that could pass through opaque material, and then focus. “Such a method could allow for applications in imaging of biological material, among other applications,” Gigan says. “This provides a way to transmit information or focus light in a medium that wouldn’t by any classical means allow that.”There are limitations, however. “This should not be construed to mean that we can see through walls with this technique,” Gigan points out. “Some degree of light has to be able to pass through, and a wall stops light from coming out the other side. You could use white fabric, paint, or paper, though. Even biological tissue, like a chicken breast, could work.”Gigan also admits that so far the process is rather slow. “Getting the matrix is a slow process, taking minutes. We used paint because it is so stable. If you wanted to actually go through biological media, or through liquid, it wouldn’t work with our current set-up, since the light transmission changes as the medium moves.”For now, the group at ESPCI is working on tackling the problems presented by technology. “The main limitation for using this technique in biological microscopy is technical. There are some hints of how to get the transmission matrix faster, but at the moment we’re not really ready.”Despite the limitations, Gigan sees some current applications. “There are implications for nanotechnology, and the propagation of light in this system is interesting. It offers a basis for the idea of manipulating the light wave, and we believe this could be a promising approach to imaging. Perhaps in five years we will have the technology to take this even further.”last_img read more

Ocean cruising surpassed projections in 2017 says CLIA

first_imgTags: CLIA Posted by Share Travelweek Group WASHINGTON, D.C. – It was another positive year for the cruise industry, one that surpassed passenger projections with increased numbers across the board, says CLIA.According to updated global cruise industry numbers, 2017 saw significant ocean cruise passenger growth, reaching 26.7 million cruise passengers globally, up from a projection of 25.8 million. For 2018, based on the new vessel launch schedule and expected regional deployment, CLIA is projecting another positive year-over-year growth for the industry with a passenger forecast of 28 million.“Once again, the cruise industry has raised the bar and exceeded projections and expectations,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “I am proud to be a part of this dynamic industry that continues to grow and evolve bringing the cruise vacation experience to millions each year.”Domestically, the U.S. and Canada saw an impressive ocean passenger growth last year, with a 5% increase over the prior year. North America also represented the largest ocean passenger volume in 2017 (49%) with more than 13 million ocean cruise passengers, followed by Europe (26%) with nearly seven million ocean cruise passengers.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthNew analytics also reveal the average age of global ocean passengers last year was 47 years old. These passengers also preferred cruising for an average of 7.2 days, 2% lower than the average cruise length in 2016.center_img Ocean cruising surpassed projections in 2017, says CLIA << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, May 24, 2018 last_img read more

Egypt summons Iran diplomat over protest comments

first_img Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img CAIRO (AP) – Egypt’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Iran’s top diplomat in the country to express its “total condemnation” of comments he and other Iranian officials made recently about the surge of violence here.The ministry said in a statement Monday the recent Iranian statements are “rejected” and reflect a “lack of knowledge or intentional overlooking” of facts. An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman had expressed her country’s concern Saturday about the rise in violence in Egypt during protests, urging the government and supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to maintain peace and seek dialogue. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Egypt also has summoned Qatar’s top diplomat in Cairo for similar statements.Egypt and Iran severed ties after Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. Iran operates an interest section in Cairo under a charge d’affaires without an ambassador.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

50MPlus Monthly Servicing Portfolio on Offer

first_img Share $50M-Plus Monthly Servicing Portfolio on Offer Fannie Mae Ginnie Mae Mortgage Industry Advisory Corporation Mortgage Servicing Rights 2014-09-18 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicingcenter_img September 18, 2014 688 Views New York-based Mortgage Industry Advisory Corporation (MIAC) announced the offering of a new $50 million per month mortgage servicing flow portfolio.The portfolio, which is made up of more than two-thirds Ginnie Mae and nearly one-third Fannie Mae loans, is being offered by a “well capitalized mortgage company that originates nationally,” said MIAC, which is acting as the seller’s exclusive representative on the offering. The seller will provide full representations and warranties for the loans included.According to the company, the portfolio is made up of 97.68 percent fixed-rate loans with an average escrow balance of $2,239 and an average loan size of $202,629.The distribution of the portfolio is national.The bid date is September 24, MIAC announced. Loan level data is available to pre-qualified buyers.last_img read more

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories .@ExtraPoint987 sat down w/ @Mathieu_Era to talk recovery, fashion & what he’s doing 4 N.O. https://t.co/r8wl4PebHy pic.twitter.com/cjIYKdT5RU— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) April 14, 2016The Honey Badger sat down with Erin Maloney and Paige Dimakos on the Extra Point Podcast to discuss everything from his recovery from an ACL tear to what he’s doing to make a difference in New Orleans.May The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo ESPN: Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu is most versatile defender in NFLhttps://t.co/IaLv4I5Kcu— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) June 20, 2016Yep, it’s another Mathieu tweet that was a favorite of fans. This type of versatility became a lead-in to the giant contract extension he was about to receive. BREAKING: Coyotes’ Shane Doan said, ‘I’m not going anywhere,’ reports @craigsmorgan https://t.co/4MCjSYhlUy— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) July 3, 2016He’s back for go-round No. 20. Shane Doan proclaimed he would return to the Coyotes before a contract wasn’t even signed. Smells like loyalty to us.August July April November Breaking: Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd arrested on DUI charge. https://t.co/OKM7pwyF0J— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) December 12, 2016Unfortunately for the Cardinals, nothing got more attention during a disappointing year than the saga of Michael Floyd’s DUI arrest, and the team’s decision to cut him. Keim: I don’t think he’s 100% yet, just from a movement stand point. (On Tyrann Mathieu) But you definitely see signs of improvement.— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) October 18, 2016Does this count as foreshadowing? Unfortunately, something general manager Steve Keim said early on this year that wasn’t meant to define Mathieu’s 2016 season did just that. Mathieu battled injuries, a position change and recovery from injuries. “He just wasn’t ready to play,” coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday after the Cardinals shut Mathieu down due to a shoulder problem. “He was hurting the team as much as taking a chance at hurting him. He just couldn’t play at his level.” Robert Nkemdiche was “bench-pressing linemen” in his first practice. BA had to calm him down https://t.co/eSq3DET2v1 pic.twitter.com/PBlXsvUNN6— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) May 7, 2016Robert Nkemdiche fell down the draft boards for Arizona to select him 29th overall. Bruce Arians needed to tell Nkemdiche to take a chill pill before hurting someone in his very first practice, a good sign that turned out to be much ado about nothing. Nkemdiche has one tackle heading into the season finale. Perhaps he’ll take this as a redshirt year and break out in 2017 a la D.J. “Knee Deep” Humphries’ career arc.June Four https://t.co/vdiVWWQHau panelists pick @Mathieu_Era for Defensive Player of the Year https://t.co/vhAMuqHxWh pic.twitter.com/oc1LDf51ct— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) February 2, 2016In the slot, Mathieu proved a unique commodity with his ability to make plays in the box and in coverage to close the year with 89 tackles, five interceptions and 17 passes defensed. NFL.com tabbed him as the Defensive Player of the Year.March Social media is good for a few things, cats and Kermit memes among them.When it comes to sports, Twitter especially acts as a place of fan bonding over triumph and failure by their favorite teams. So to look back on the calendar year in the eyes of Arizona sports fans, we went back in our @AZSports Twitter feed to take note of the most popular tweets by month.What did it tell us about 2016?Even in a disappointing year, the Cardinals still dominated Arizona fans’ focus. That, and despite Tyrann Mathieu’s struggles to play up to expectations, the Valley loves it some Honey Badger. So… is there anything @Mathieu_Era isn’t good at? Watch him take on @DudePerfect guys. 💯 https://t.co/OxhsfdGUV1— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) August 2, 2016Badger is back, but this time it’s less about what he can do on the football field and more about hanging out with some random dudes who put together trick shot videos.September January Justin Bieber played his Glendale concernt in a Max Domi Coyotes jersey https://t.co/Q0qoESTEuE pic.twitter.com/OLhpNcinKl— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) March 31, 2016The Biebs is a Max Domi fan. The Coyotes’ young wing got a nice shoutout when Justin Bieber wore the Arizona player’s jersey during a concert in Glendale. There’s actual history to suggest Bieber wasn’t just pulling out a cheap trick to get the local fans amped. #AZCardinals captains for 2016: Offense 🏈 Palmer and FitzDefense 🏈 Peterson and Mathieu, ST 🏈 Catanzaro & Bethel #BirdGang— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) September 2, 2016Who are the captains of the Cards? About who you’d expect.October .@RealPeterson21 & @Mathieu_Era named AP All-Pros. #SavageSZN #BirdGang https://t.co/EXz0iQ8RLi pic.twitter.com/5537PCr9ud— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) January 8, 2016It’s hard to say any defensive back duo could compare to Tyrann Mathieu’s and Patrick Peterson’s 2015 seasons in which both took home AP All-Pro honors. Peterson was his usual self at corner, essentially acting as caution tape that quarterbacks wouldn’t dare dismiss on one side of the field. 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