Opposition newspaper reporter murdered in northwest

first_imgNews to go further Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months RSF_en February 26, 2021 Find out more Mohammed Shu’i Al-Rabu’i, a correspondent for several news media including the opposition newspaper Al-Qahira, was gunned down on 13 February in the district of Beni Qais (in the governorate of Hajja), 120 km northwest of Sanaa. Those allegedly responsible have already been arrested. “The murderers have been arrested and will be punished,” Beni Qais security chief Abdelrazeq Az-Zareq said, adding that he took “full responsibility” for their release at the end of last year. February 11, 2021 Find out more News News United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF January 6, 2021 Find out more Yemen was ranked 167th out of 175 countries in the Reporters Without Borders 2009 press freedom index. YemenMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information “We offer this journalist’s colleagues and family our heartfelt condolences,” Reporters Without Borders said. “His murder is an outrage that could have been avoided if the authorities had not been so negligent. His alleged killers were arrested at the end of last year for physically attacking him but the authorities freed them.” February 15, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition newspaper reporter murdered in northwest Follow the news on Yemen Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions YemenMiddle East – North Africa Al-Rabu’i had worked for more than 10 years for Al-Qahira, the mouthpiece of the Islamic Reform Grouping (Al-Islah), the main opposition party. In the last legislative elections, in 2003, Al-Islah won 22.6 per cent of the vote and 46 of the 301 seats in parliament. The press freedom organisation added: “This time we call for them to be brought to trial and severely punished. We also urge the authorities to do what is necessary to ensure that this kind of tragedy does not recur by giving journalists adequate protection throughout the country.” Organisation Aged 34, Al-Rabu’i was shot reportedly dead at his home by about four of five individuals who were arrested after attacking him in late 2009 but were released before charges were brought. News Respect for press freedom worsened last year in Yemen but this is the first time that a journalist has been murdered in violence against independent or opposition news media since North and South Yemen merged in 1990.last_img read more

Biogeological Raman spectroscopic studies of Antarctic lacustrine sediments

first_imgAnalysis of lacustrine sediments is an accepted method for deciphering the palaeoenvironment of a lake’s catchment area, as each strata of the sediment gives information about the rock type it was eroded from and also the state of the lake, i.e. oxic or anoxic. Antarctica has long been accepted as a putative analogue for Mars, so the analysis of Antarctic material may give results that can be compared to sediments on Mars. Raman spectroscopy has been selected as the method of analysis as it does not destroy the sample, can be used in situ and requires very little sample preparation. It is a suitable method for analysing both inorganic and organic matter and a miniature spectrometer is currently being developed for use in the field. The results from the spectrometers can serve as a guide for analysing sediments on Mars. It has been shown that Raman spectroscopy can detect and differentiate between oxic and anoxic sediments. Both 1064 and 785 nm wavelengths are suitable for laser excitation of organic and inorganic matter.last_img read more

The science, business of aging

first_imgExperiments in animals have extended longevity or reversed some of aging’s effects, and Church said his lab is at work on gene therapies that aim to affect all or most of the identified pathways active in aging. He said recent work has proven successful at addressing five age-related diseases: Type 2 diabetes, obesity, osteoarthritis, cardiac damage, and kidney damage.Despite the new drugs and emerging therapeutics, the health care business model to deliver them is broken, according to Sachin Jain, president and chief executive officer of CareMore Health.It’s undeniable, Jain said, that aging has become big business in America, with a plethora of products and services marketed to people hoping to stave off or treat aging’s decline. The problem, he said, is that a lot of the products miss the market of the needy elderly, who aren’t technologically savvy, don’t have disposable income, but nonetheless have rising needs.Jain said the current health care system’s incentives are misaligned from its consumers’. Hospitals, for example, make more money if their beds are full, while providers looking to contain costs, not to mention consumers who want to stay healthy, would like beds to be empty.CareMore Health, based in California, is designed to have a patient-centered focus, Jain said. The provider accepts all risk for the cost of its customers’ care and has designed its system to support people’s health. That means the system emphasizes preventive care, coordinates specialists for those who fall ill, and saves when patients stay out of the hospital.“It’s undeniable that aging has been good for business, but has business been good for aging?” Jain said. The inevitable infirmities of aging may not be so certain after all, experts gathered at Harvard Business School (HBS) say, and though few products on the market today can help turn back the hands of time, that may change soon.“I think there is a lot of wishful thinking in the field of aging, where it’s something you can eat or drink [you know, wine], or not eat [you know, starve yourself],” said George Church, Harvard Medical School’s (HMS) Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics. “I think these might have small impacts … But I think very powerful medicines are right around the corner, including gene therapy.”Church was among a handful of experts who gathered Tuesday to talk about the science and business of aging. The half-day symposium presented a dose of measured optimism that highlighted the mounting issues presented by a population that’s living longer and the progress toward understanding the biological processes that underlie aging and treating the diseases that accompany it.The session, “FUSION at Harvard University: The Science and Business of Aging,” was sponsored by the Office of Technology Development’s Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator, which supports promising research by dealing with the development gap between fundamental lab work, which often attracts government funding, and projects advanced enough to attract business support. The event was also sponsored by the Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship at HBS, which supports fellows working on biomedical startups.Harvard President Larry Bacow introduced the session, welcoming participants and thanking philanthropist Len Blavatnik, who supports the accelerator fund and fellowship. Bacow said the accelerator has proven successful, with about half of its projects going on to attract corporate support, whether through partnerships, licensing arrangements, or startup companies.,Bacow said that Harvard’s strength is its expertise in a variety of fields that play key roles in bringing discoveries from the lab to the consumer, and that programs such as the accelerator and fellowship help bring together those with essential skills.“My late mother used to say her goal in life was to grow old, and I suspect that’s all of our goals as well: to grow old in a way that is actually healthy and productive, so we don’t suffer from the infirmities of age that have plagued literally every generation that has come before us,” Bacow said.Other speakers included Blavatnik, HBS Dean Nitin Nohria, HMS Dean George Daley, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean Michelle Williams, Harvard chief technology development officer Isaac Kohlberg, as well as scientists and business leaders.Richard Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging, said fruits of the push against aging have been on display since the mid-1800s, when what has become a 40-year increase in average life expectancy began. Early progress was largely due to increased survival of the very young, but in recent decades the driver has been increased survival of the old. If that trend holds, he said, by 2080 average life expectancy will reach 105.Increasing lifespans have created a very different global population profile than existed for much of human history. In 1950, Hodes said, the number of children under 5 was triple the population of adults over 65. Today those numbers are roughly equal, and by 2050 the trend is expected to have reversed, with the number of elderly far outstripping that of young children.In the U.S., those gains have not been universal, however, and life expectancy for the wealthy has risen faster than for the poor. For some groups, such as the nation’s poorest women, life expectancy has actually fallen. Suicides and overdose deaths considered due to “despair” — which in the 1950s were relatively rare — have been rising, though people with bachelor’s degrees and higher have been largely unaffected.“This is just extraordinary and rather unforgivable, since these are clearly remediable variables that affect health span and life span across the country,” Hodes said.With an aging population comes an increased elderly health care burden. Projections of dramatic increases in suffering and health care cost due to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are worrisome, Hodes said, though one positive development is that even the divided federal government has agreed that money for Alzheimer’s research is critical. Funding has tripled between 2015 and 2018, to $2.3 billion.,The high-profile failures of several Alzheimer’s drug trials in recent years have pushed researchers to examine whether intervention needs to come earlier in the course of the disease. The amyloid plaques that characterize Alzheimer’s accumulate a decade or more before symptoms occur, Hodes said, and trials are beginning to explore whether earlier intervention can be more effective.The government has been urged to undertake a public health campaign to advise people how to avoid cognitive decline, Hodes said, but a two-year review of the science showed that no intervention has evidence compelling enough to support such a campaign. Still, he said there have been promising indications that exercise, certain kinds of cognitive training, and controlling blood pressure in midlife can have positive impacts on Alzheimer’s risk. Even absent government pronouncements, he said, individuals can take into account the latest evidence to make smart lifestyle decisions.Though mainly still in the lab, work to understand the biological mechanisms of aging has made significant progress recently, Church said. Scientists have identified nine or 10 pathways that play roles in aging, and research is underway to develop interventions to head off and even reverse age-related physiological changes. Experiments in mice suggest way to thwart DNA damage from aging, radiation Partial reversal of aging achieved in mice Harvard study, almost 80 years old, has proved that embracing community helps us live longer, and be happier Control of telomerase gene appears to control process Critical step found in DNA repair, cellular aging Good genes are nice, but joy is better Relatedlast_img read more

Vessel with 95kg cocaine nabbed in Pomeroon River

first_imgTwo men were taken into custody by ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) following the discovery of more than 95 kilograms of cocaine in a vessel that was intercepted along the Pomeroon River on Monday.Based on reports received, the vessel was stopped and searched by members ofThe cocaine that was intercepted in the vessel along the Pomeroon Riverthe Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard and it was during that operation that several well wrapped packages were unearthed and upon checking, the illegal substance detected.The men and the suspected cocaine were transported to CANU’s headquarters as investigations continue. According to a release issued by the drug enforcement unit, the men are being interrogated and charges are likely to be instituted shortly.However, it is not clear if the vessel is owned by Guyanese or originated from neighbouring Venezuela, since the information provided by CANU was limited.Earlier in the year, a vessel was discovered in Guyana suspected to have been carrying cocaine but was allegedly released.However, one month after its release, President David Granger ordered that a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) be launched to determine the role played by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and the GDF Coast Guard in the detention and release of the vessel.The findings of the CoI were later handed over to Minister of State Joseph Harmon by Chairman, Brigadier (Retired) Bruce Lovell.Brigadier Lovell, in an invited comment, stated that inquiries are important particularly in matters of national interest.The report that was presented, he noted, will assist Guyana in making some important decisions in the security architecture of this country and that it will assist in making decisions, particularly as it relates to the fight against narcotics trafficking.“Inquiries do what any good journalist would do and that is to answer the Five W’s and the one H; the Who, the What, the Where, the Why and the When and it also goes a bit further and seeks to recommend what should be done to prevent any further occurrence,” he noted.He further noted that in the recommendations, the Committee looked at a number of systematic issues, doctrine, organisation, training, leadership, personnel, facilities and, of course, policies.The other members of the Commission were former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Winston Cosbert and Christine Bailey.Meanwhile, at the commencement of the CoI, Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit, James Singh was asked to proceed on annual leave and Major General Retired, Michael Artherly assumed the post at the helm of the Unit.Singh however, was subsequently relieved of his duties as the head drug enforcement body. It is believed that based on the findings during the COI, recommendations were made for him to be relived from his post.last_img read more

Green stem syndrome

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One issue that impacts soybean harvest in the eastern Corn Belt at some level each year is green stem syndrome. Green stem syndrome could be larger issue for the 2017 harvest because of latter planting dates in many areas. When green stem syndrome occurs, stems and leaves can remain green after pods have matured. As a result, while pods and seeds are mature and dry enough to be harvested, harvest operations can be slowed as combines have more difficulty dealing with stems and leaves that are still green. In addition to creating harvest delays, green stem syndrome can increase fuel consumption and result in shattering losses if growers delay harvest until stems have fully matured.The occurrence of green stems varies from year-to-year and can be affected by several factors, such as:• Viral infections• Insect feeding• Late planting• Drought stress• Application of fungicidesSuccessful management of green stem syndrome requires management practices that include timely planting, establishing adequate plant stands, irrigation, and controlling insects/pests. By making these management practices a priority, growers can minimize the likelihood that green stem syndrome will develop in their soybean fields. Although green stem syndrome slows down harvest, soybeans should be harvested as soon as pods are fully mature in order to minimize harvest losses due to shattering.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 122 | Mental Health and Farming Naked

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dale, Matt and Kolt are with you this week. Matt needs to clear the air on his farming naked shirt and Dale recaps the latest USDA stock report.During the Farm Science Review, Matt sat down with OCJ Marketing Specialist Risë Labig to chat with Jolene Brown about farm stress and mental health. Dusty joins us with an interview with Barry McGraw of the Ohio Soybean Council, and we meet Luke Crumley, the new Director of Public Policy and Nutrient Management for the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association.last_img

Is The World Ready For Consumer Mobile Technology In Emergency Services?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Government#mobile christina ortiz Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces If you spot your local boys in blue chatting on a smart phone don’t worry – they’re probably not just chatting with their spouses. It turns out that giving emergency services access to consumer-style mobile devices like tablets and smart phones is a shift many government agencies are making to boost cost-effectiveness and improve responsiveness. The future of emergency services is headed in a very mobile and digital direction, even the fed is starting to notice. The Department of Homeland Security asked a team of futurists from the agency’s Science and Technology Directorate to brainstorm future technological needs of emergency workers and first responders. The prognosticators came up with a ton of scenarios where existing technologies could help police, firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians do their jobs. Most of them were super-technical, like cops using Google Glasses to scope out suspects from a distance, but the overall message was clear: Accessibility and interconnectivity is key in making emergency services work faster and more efficiently. The Mobile Future Is NowMaking these changes seems daunting and expensive, but it’s already happening in significant ways. For example, the Chatham-Kent police force in Ontario, Canada, is participating in a pilot project using a Blackberry Playbook (remember, it’s Canada)  to control squad cars. The tablet is used to record evidence and look up information at crime scenes and can connected with smartphones, PCs and on-board printers through Bluetooth. It even controls the siren and lights of the vehicle. Microsoft has displayed a similar application through its Modularis prototype that runs on Windows 8. Paramedics at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minnesota use the SafetyPad tablet to file reports previously done on paper. The tablet serves as a one stop spot for information on current emergencies by displaying location information from 911 operators. It also keeps track of patient vitals and provides key questions for the EMTs to get the best treatment options for the situation. The hospital receives messages from the tablet to better prepare for the patient’s arrival in the Emergency Room.  All of this data is stored in a database that can be accessed at any hospital and is also used for charting medical trends and billing purposes. Mobile Helps Them Help You So how does all of this benefit the average citizen? Mostly by saving precious time. Instead of a cop having to go back to the station to look up information, she can access it on site and spend more time in communities and on the streets. (It might also make it easier and faster for the Highway Patrol to write you a ticket, sorry.)For EMTs and hospitals, saving time could mean more lives saved. Time travelled from the scene of an accident to the hospital is vital for collecting information, and there are big advantages in disseminating it that information on the fly. Wait times at the ER could potentially be shorter because the information staff needs is already available, not hanging out on a sheet of paper in a clipboard. Money Is Always An IssueCost-effectiveness is also an issue, of course, though it’s conveniently left pretty vague in reports. The DHS told the Science and Technology Directorate  think tank that it should forget about the fiscal constraints of our current economy and imagine a “a ‘blue sky’ scenario, where anything might be possible.” The study released by Blackberry about the Chatham project mentions only that the Playbook system is a “cost-effective method of putting information in the officer’s hands.”Still, relying on relatively inexpensive consumer technology should sae money, and industry after industry have already learned that going mobile means less paper, fewer expensive man-hours and overall greater efficiency.Still, with all that’s on the line, expect emergency services organizations to be cautious about embracing consumer mobile technology before it has fully proven its value and reliability. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. last_img read more

Making Do With Google’s Leftovers

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… It’s perhaps one of the industry’s great ironies that today’s hottest enterprise technology is yesterday’s leftovers at Google. Hadoop, an open-source implementation of Google’s MapReduce technology, is all the rage in the enterprise as a primary tool for tackling Big Data, and probably will remain such for years to come.But at Google, MapReduce may already be too slow and not nearly scalable enough.This isn’t news. Mike Miller, CEO of Cloudant, made this point in 2012, and Bill McColl, CEO of Cloudscale, made it two years before that. As McColl argued in 2010, “the people who really do have cutting edge performance and scalability requirements today have already moved on from the Hadoop model.”Which is another way of saying Google lives in the future.I’ve told the story before about a wealthy friend telling me his money lets him “see into the future a few years” by affording expensive things today that will be cheap for everyone in the future. In a similar fashion, Google, not to mention other web giants like Facebook and Twitter, is building things today, to solve problems of scale and data processing, that will likely be commonplace for mainstream enterprises tomorrow. Today Google’s data and scale problems are almost magical. Tomorrow they will likely be average.Which may mean that peering into the future, whether you’re an entrepreneur or a venture capitalist, may be as simple as watching Google. While Facebook releases much of its code as open source, the place to gaze into Google’s soul is its treasure trove of published research. There you’ll find “Efficient spatial sampling of large geographical tables” and more information on “Spanner: Google’s Globally-Distributed Database.”You will see, in other words, the future of enterprise computing, otherwise known as Google’s leftovers. Image courtesy of AHMAD FAIZAL YAHYA / Shutterstock. Matt Asay IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts center_img Tags:#enterprise IT#Facebook#future of IT#Google#Hadoop#MapReduce Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

10 months agoBayern Munich striker Lewandowski: We can beat Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski: We can beat Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has welcomed their Champions League draw with Liverpool.It will mean Lewandowski facing Jurgen Klopp, his former Borussia Dortmund coach.”It’s going to be a fantastic battle. Let’s go Bavaria, we can do it!” declared the Pole on social media.Also Klopp is – like everyone connected to football in Germany – full of anticipation: “It will be difficult, they have a top team, but for me it is nice to return to Germany. “I look forward to it.” last_img