MONTREAL – It was inconceivable for Marie-Josee Poulin not to run her first full marathon this year.So when Montreal’s event was cancelled amid concerns about hot and humid weather, Poulin set her sights on a marathon to be held a week later in Rimouski, about a five-hour drive northeast.While she could have run the half-marathon in Montreal, which is still expected to take place, Poulin said she preferred to stick to her goal.“I’ve been training since January,” she told The Canadian Press in a phone interview. “I joined a racing club. My focus was the Montreal marathon.”Poulin is far from the only one to have found this Plan B.Since the Montreal marathon’s cancellation, the town of 49,000 people has seen its entries for the full marathon jump from 303 to 469 in three days, far eclipsing its previous record of 320.Rimouski’s organizers moved quickly to promote their event on social media, seeing a chance to snag a bit of spotlight from Quebec’s largest city.“The message was seen by almost 55,000 people,” event co-ordinator Sebastien Bolduc said. “Since then, we’ve had three to four times more emails and Facebook questions than usual.”While they welcome the added attention, the bigger numbers have led to some logistical headaches.The organizers of the race, which will have nearly 5,000 participants in total, have had to contact their suppliers in Asia to place a last-minute order for more medals and shirts.A far bigger problem is accommodation. The hotels in the city are 99 per cent full, Rimouski’s tourism department said, which puts many runners at risk of having to make a marathon effort just to get to the start line.Poulin and her family managed to rent a cottage in Metis-sur-Mer, some 40 kilometres from where the race will be held.But another Montreal runner, who learned about the Rimouski event on Facebook, is worried his preparation will go to waste if he can’t find somewhere to stay.“It will be hard to participate without carpooling and no accomodation,” Christophe Chession said.Pascal Gagnon, who lives half an hour east of Montreal, managed to find a hotel room 25 kilometres away from Rimouski.He had never heard of the city’s marathon until Montreal’s was cancelled, but now says he’s eager to participate.While he had his hopes set for running his first full marathon on Montreal’s towering Jacques-Cartier bridge, he said he’ll just have to put that off for another year.
CRANBROOK, B.C. – A man who promised millions of dollars to a junior hockey team in southeastern British Columbia has been placed on six months of probation after pleading guilty to an unrelated fraud charge.Mike Gould also faced a second charge of using a forged document but it was stayed when he appeared Thursday in Cranbrook provincial court.In addition to probation, Gould was also fined $4,000 and must complete 60 hours of community service.Gould was charged last October after he hosted a celebration for the Kimberley Dynamiters and hockey officials following his promise to donate $7.5 million to the team and the Kimberley Minor Hockey Association.He wrote a check to cover the $8,000 bill for the dinner at a local restaurant but it was returned because of insufficient funds in the account.Gould has said he won a 2008 jackpot in a EuroMillions lottery but has never disclosed the value and in past interviews he has blamed problems with a bank for preventing the transfer to the hockey team.Lawyer Morne Coetzee told the court her client took the cheques to provide payment to the restaurant in a moment of panic because he couldn’t liquidate some financial assets that had been frozen.Gould settled the tab with a cash payment six weeks after the event.“I’m very sorry for my mistakes,” Gould told Judge Lynal Doerksen. “I should never have done it in the first place and I’m kicking myself in the ass for it.”Despite the eventual payment to the restaurant, the fraud charge still stood, said Crown counsel Kristian DeJong.“He’s still convicted of it because a fraud is a fraud. You don’t undo these things once they’re done and that’s why he was sentenced,” DeJong said outside court.The Crown had asked for the $4,000 fine, 12 months of probation and 60 hours of community service. The defence argued the appropriate sentence should be a higher fine of up to $15,000 that he was able to pay, but no probation and community service of 20 hours.Doerksen said co-operation with police, an early guilty plea, and repayment to the restaurant were mitigating factors in sentencing. (Cranbrook Daily Townsman)
Washington DC: The United States had another giant month of job creation in April, with strong hiring in the vast services sector and unemployment fell to a level not seen since 1969, the government reported Friday. The blockbuster report will help allay fears of a slowing economy and cheer President Donald Trump as he seeks reelection next year. Employers scooped up workers in construction, health care, computer systems design, administrative support and other industries, adding a total of 263,000 net new positions for the month. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThat was well above the result economists expected, and worker pay continued to climb. The jobless rate fell two tenths to 3.6 per cent but the decline was in part because the pool of workers shrank and fewer people were looking for jobs, pulling them out of the labour force. Average hourly pay also climbed 3.2 per cent over April of last year, its ninth consecutive month with annual growth above three per cent, again outstripping inflation and boosting purchasing power for American paychecks. Compared to March, however, the increase in pay was only 0.2 per cent, shy of forecasts. Nevertheless, the brisk pace of hiring should dim hopes among investors that the Federal Reserve will feel pressure to cut interest rates in the near term. Hiring in the manufacturing sector also was a weak spot, with durable goods employment flat and the auto sector continuing to shed jobs.
Abidjan – King Mohammed VI welcomed, Sunday at the international airport of Félix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan, Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, during his return ceremony to Abidjan, after a period of recovery abroad.During this meeting, which was held at the VIP lounge of the airport, the King reiterated his sincere wishes for a speedy recovery and good health to President Ouattara to continue his tireless work for the Ivorian people.This welcome reflects the historical, unique and exemplary ties binding the two brotherly countries and the constant will of King Mohammed VI to make of the Moroccan-Ivorian cooperation a model for South-South partnership. It is also part of the strong relations between the two heads of State. A warm popular welcome was reserved for President Ouattara on the occasion of his return to his country
Addressing a day-long open debate on post-conflict peacebuilding, Mr. Ban said the world body’s lengthy experience in helping countries emerge from conflict – from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Liberia to Timor-Leste and Haiti – showed that while each country is different, there are always common short-term priorities.Viable political processes that put in place legitimate national authorities must be established first to buttress nascent peace agreements, he said. Security and the rule of law must also be restored through the development of professional and accountable justice systems and the affected population must receive immediate and tangible benefits to strengthen their support in the long-term for development.Mr. Ban said the UN is working to streamline and improve its coordination and coherence in the field to better assist countries in the immediate aftermath of conflict.“We have put in place structures, planning and monitoring processes to support this effort in the immediate term and throughout the transition to longer-term peacebuilding,” he said, adding that the Organization aims to work even more closely with Member States, regional bodies and international financial institutions.“Where we work together, as in Liberia and Sierra Leone, we deliver a vastly more effective response. Coordination and clarity of leadership is critical to ensuring that each partner brings its distinctive strength to the broad collective effort.”The Secretary-General said the UN needs to boost its capacity so that it can lead on the ground, with his Special Representatives given the means to identify strategic priorities, elaborate plans and mobilize funds with others.He also stressed that the world body should expand its civilian expertise, citing the “small but agile” standing police capacity of the UN and the launch of a standby team of mediation experts as key steps in the right direction.“But we remain desperately short of judges, prison wardens, state administrators and managers – particularly those with knowledge and experience of the countries and systems in which we operate. Not only should these be well-equipped when they are deployed; they need start-up funding at their disposal.”The extra civilian expertise is necessary in the recovery and development fields, as well, he said, noting that “all this requires early and flexible funding.” He called for the explorations of a possible common start-up fund. 20 May 2008To help countries in their struggle to stabilize and prosper after years of conflict, the United Nations must become more coherent in coordinating its activities, increase its capacity on the ground and build up its civilian expertise, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today.
29 September 2009Expressing deep concern for over a quarter million Sri Lankans who remain forcibly confined to overcrowded displacement camps after fleeing a Government military offensive against Tamil separatist rebels, a United Nations independent expert today urged authorities to accelerate their release. “Restoration of freedom of movement for more than 250,000 internally displaced persons [IDPs] held in closed camps in northern Sri Lanka is becoming a matter of urgency,” said Walter Kälin, the Secretary-General’s Representative on the human rights of IDPs.The IDPs have been restricted to the camps at least since May when the Government declared an end to its military operation against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), concluding more than two decades of fighting.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also stressed today that further evidence for the need to move forward is unnecessary. “Just this past weekend, a confrontation took place between IDPs and Sri Lankan security forces in the Menik Farms camps. Two children were shot and wounded,” Mr. Ban told reporters in New York.Mr. Ban, who met with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake yesterday, added that “the Government has re-affirmed its commitment to allow displaced persons to return to their homes by January next year.”After wrapping a three-day visit to Sri Lanka on Saturday, Mr. Kälin said he remained “very concerned about the very slow pace of releases.”Mr. Kälin underscored the importance of allowing IDPs to leave the camps – either to return home, to stay with host families or move to open transit sites – as the monsoon season is fast approaching.“The camps, which were set up to respond to an immediate emergency, are not equipped to deal with heavy rains,” he said. “The expected flooding of low-lying areas in the upcoming weeks is likely to cause serious threats to health and life.”During his recent visit the Representative met with the Government of Sri Lanka to explore how the protection of the human rights of the displaced could be strengthened and the present delays in camp releases addressed. “I continue to welcome the Government’s stated intention that 70 to 80 per cent of the displaced shall be allowed to return by the end of the year,” he said, stressing that it “is imperative to immediately take all measures necessary to decongest the overcrowded camps in northern Sri Lanka with their difficult and risky living conditions.”In addition, restoring freedom of movement is important to gain the confidence of the Tamil community and enable the building of a sustainable peace, he said. Mr. Kälin noted that international law allows for internment during the height of conflict if legitimate and imperative security concerns exist, but it must not last longer than absolutely necessary to respond to those security concerns. Internment decisions must further be made on an individual rather than a group basis. In light of these standards and the need to properly balance security concerns with the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Mr. Kälin urged the Government to take prompt action. “I acknowledge the scope of the task that the Government confronted at the end of the military operations in May, but also observe the passage of time and the vast improvement of the security situation.”
“The order is in breach of the legal obligations of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan under the Charter of the United Nations,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson. “I have therefore been in discussions with the highest levels of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to seek clarification on the reasons behind the order and to protest against this decision,” she added in a statement. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) had recently received official communication from the Government ordering one of its human rights officers to leave the country within 48 hours. The officer has since been redeployed to the UN Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda, pending a decision on her future status. On 25 October, the Mission wrote to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international cooperation, and yesterday, Ms. Johnson met with President Salva Kiir to discuss the matter. However, she stated that in spite of these efforts, the order has not been withdrawn. South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July last year, six years after the signing of the peace agreement that ended decades of warfare between the north and the south. During the same month, the Security Council established UNMISS with the purpose of consolidating peace and security and to help establish conditions for development. Human rights and discrimination, Ms. Johnson noted, were at the core of the civil war struggle, and respect for human rights is now a cornerstone of the country’s transitional constitution. “Human rights monitoring, investigation and reporting, and building capacity, is a core element of the mandate of UNMISS which must be protected. It is therefore important to allow the Mission’s human rights officers to carry out their mandate,” the Special Representative said. “Should there be any serious complaints or evidence related to individual staff members’ conduct, we trust that the Government will bring this to our attention and follow due process in accordance with international obligations,” she added.
After 77 years, Jesse Owens, the former Ohio State track star and the man who thumbed his nose at Adolf Hitler and the idea of “Aryan Dominance” at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning four gold medals, has been supplanted in OSU outdoor long jumping lore. Redshirt senior Michael Hartfield set the new OSU record on March 29 at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, with a personal-best jump of 8.15 meters (26-9.00), edging Owens’ mark of 8.13 meters (26-8.25) set in 1936. “That accomplishment was the biggest one I’ve done,” Hartfield said. “To break a legend’s record, he’s one of the greatest athletes of all time … and it’s been really awesome to put it all together my senior year and break that record which has been my goal since I got here.” Hartfield has been one of the most decorated athletes in OSU track history, garnering three second team All-American honors in the long jump, five All-Big Ten selections for the long and triple jumps and earning the titles of 2011 Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and the 2011 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Great Lakes Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. On Wednesday, Hartfield was also named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week, his second time earning the honor this season and the fourth time in his career. His performance at the Jim Click Shootout Saturday, where he earned first-place with a mark of 8.10 meters (26-7.00) in the long jump and first-place in the triple jump with a 15.84 meters (51-11.75) mark, garnered him the honor. But even with all of the accolades and breaking Owens’ record, Hartfield said he isn’t done just yet. “I’m going to keep pushing for another record, try and push a world record,” Hartfield said. “You never know, I just gotta keep working hard and keep pushing the limits and see where it takes you.” The current long jump world record is 8.95 meters, set by Mike Powell from the U.S. in 1991. His jumps coach, Brian Brillon, said when he first met Hartfield, he saw potential for him to break Owens’ record. “When I first met him and we first did some drills, Mike just had that ‘it’ factor,” Brillon said. “And you know when you see ‘it.’ Each year he’s been progressing, and he’s one of those guys determined to get better. He’s a blessing to coach.” Hartfield is already looking ahead to the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track Championships, which are set to be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on May 10. He said he has a goal to win a conference title as a senior on the Buckeyes’ home track. “I want to help the team toward a Big Ten Championship, that’s still the goal,” Hartfield said. “Let’s try and get a championship … let’s just keep pushing to get better, that’s basically the team goal always.” Brillon said Hartfield’s work ethic doesn’t just inspire the team, but also his coaches. Brillon said Hartfield’s leadership might be his biggest asset. “I think (Mike’s) helped all of us get better,” Brillon said. “He’s helped me be a better coach, he’s helped the other athletes be better just having him on the team, and he brings an atmosphere of competitiveness and excellence.” Hartfield’s jumping career won’t end once he removes the Scarlet and Gray track suit. Hartfield said his personal goals stretch far beyond the confines of the aptly named Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “I plan to go on the pro circuit and to try and make the world team,” Hartfield said. “Everyone wants to be an Olympian, that’s the peak. I want to make the Olympic team and say I’m an Olympian.” Hartfield and OSU’s next home meet is the Jesse Owens Track Classic, which is scheduled to begin April 19 at 4 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Having succeeded in changing the country’s image on the world stage, Greece is facing its “final hurdle” as a decision on the disbursement of a crucial rescue loan draws closer, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told Sunday’s Kathimerini in an interview. “We changed Greece’s image and this has been recognized by everyone,” Samaras said, noting that a visit to Athens last week by German Chancellor Angela Merkel represented the culmination of this acknowledgement by Greece’s European peers. The premier said it was “realistic” that Greece would secure a crucial 31.5-billion-euro rescue loan without which the country faces bankruptcy in late November and dismissed the prospect of its disbursement in installments as “extremely dangerous.” “If we don’t get it, the consequences will be dramatic,” he said. Samaras said he was confident that an agreement on a 13.5-billion-euro austerity package will have been reached by Thursday’s EU leaders’ summit. Once this has been achieved and a disagreement within the troika regarding the best method for securing the sustainability of Greek debt has been resolved, the government will take the new measures to Parliament, Samaras said. “After this, it will be a matter of days before the new agreement has been voted on in Parliament,” he said. He insisted that his government would not flinch in implementing tough structural reforms, including the suspension of 15,000 civil service employees, and in taking on vested interests, heralding a crackdown on companies manipulating the market. “Whoever has created cartels should know that these practices have finished,” Samaras said, noting that his key aim remained to bring liquidity into the market and fight a deepening recession. Source:Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Shorten Labor Government has bench-marked $3 million to build an aged care facility in the inner western suburbs of Adelaide, according to Labor MP Steve Georganas. The pledge was made earlier today following events held at St George Orthodox Community parish to celebrate Saint George’s feast day.Mr Georganas said that the facility would provide culturally appropriate aged care services to residents and provide a meeting place for regular events and functions for the residents families and the broader community.“Greek migrants have proudly called South Australia home for many decades and today nearly 40,000 people of Greek ancestry live in the state. I have worked closely with the Greek community in South Australia and it is clear there is a shortage of culturally and linguistically diverse aged care services,” Mr Georganas said.“As young men and women they worked hard in physically demanding jobs and contributed to our nation’s success. It’s now time to ensure that they are looked after in their twilight years. Labor’s announcement will go a long way to filling some of those shortages specific to senior Greek Australians who migrated here,” he said, pointing to the invaluable contribution that the Greek community has made to the development and growth of South Australia.READ MORE: Aged care services in BroadmeadowsSt George Parish in Adelaide, the largest in South Australia, established the first bilingual college in the state over 35 years ago.The community has called for an aged care project for several years and Mr Georganas said he is proud that the party is now in a position to invest in an important facility that will provide vital services to community members in their retirement.Labor will work with St George Orthodox Community and Parish and Saint Basil’s Aged Care to build the facility.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews have repaired a water main break that caused a sinkhole on Miami Beach, Friday morning.It remains unknown if it was caused by the severe weather experienced in Miami-Dade, Thursday.The sinkhole is located on 41st Street and Royal Palm Avenue, near the Julia Tuttle Causeway.Crews repaired the leak quickly, but only one eastbound lane is open along 41st Street, heading towards the beach, as repairs to the road continues Friday afternoon.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Street Closure! Tigertail Avenue between Aviation Avenue and Calusa Street is closed due to an 18 wheeler getting stuck under a tree. Please avoid the area and seek an alternate route. pic.twitter.com/5J3jWgHRFm— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) April 29, 2019No injuries were reported.Crews cut the tree’s branches to free the semi-truck. COCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – A tractor-trailer crashed into tress and nearly overturned in Coconut Grove.City of Miami Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene near Tigertail Avenue and Calusa Street right before 9 a.m., Monday.Rescue officials said the driver was attempting to make a right turn when the truck became wedged against the trees nearly causing the tractor-trailer to overturn. Traffic was rerouted as crews worked.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
CarlosCastrejon was found safely in Denali National Park. (NPS Photo/ Tim Rains).The search for an overdue hiker headed to the abandoned bus where Christopher McCandless died, ended happily Monday morning. Denali National Park spokeswoman Katherine Belcher says 45-year-old Carlos Castrejon of Mexico was located walking along the Park Road.Listen nowBelcher says twenty people were involved in the search for Castrejon, whose girlfriend reported him overdue returning from a solo 30 mile round trip hike from the park road to the Stampede Trail area bus and back. She says Castrejon hoped it would take 3 days, but terrain was rougher than anticipated.Belcher says Castrejon left September 7th, but had told his girlfriend he might not return until the 13th.It’s the second time this summer that a search was launched to locate a hiker overdue on a trip to the bus. Last month 22-year-old Mathew Sharp of Manitoba, Canada was unable to hike out from the bus because of high water on the Teklanika River. He activated a personal locator beacon and was picked by an Alaska State Trooper helicopter.The trek to the bus was popularized by the “Into the Wild” book and movie about McCandless. Numerous hikers trying to reach the bus have been rescued, and one died trying to ford the Teklanika in 2010.
Surgeons at a Brisbane hospital have managed to reattach the head of a toddler to his spine after he was internally decapitated in a car crash. Sixteen-month-old toddler Jaxon Taylor was travelling in the car with his mother and nine-year-old sister when they collided with another car at a speed of 110kph (70mph). The force of the crash tore the toddlers head from his neck internally, but incredibly he survived his injuries.It is a miracle, said Jaxons mother Rylea. The second I pulled him out, I knew that he, I knew that his neck was broken, she added.Jaxon was airlifted to a Brisbane hospital where a team of surgeons, headed by Dr Geoff Askin, performed the six-hour surgery to reattach the head to the spine.A lot of children wouldnt survive that injury in the first place and if they did, and they were resuscitated, they may never move or breathe again, said Dr Askin.Theyve taken two broken kids and put them all back together, so were very, very thankful, added the toddlers father Andrew Taylor.Doctors said Jaxon will have to wear a brace over his head for eight weeks to help the tissues and nerves connecting his head to his spine to heal. Close
Handout picture released by the G20 Press Office showing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) next to Argentine foreign minister Jorge Faurie (C) upon his rrival in Ezeiza International airport in Buenos Aires province, on 28 November 2018. Photo: AFPWorld leaders began arriving in Argentina Wednesday ahead of a G20 summit dogged by increasingly strident warnings about the impact on the world economy of threatened US trade tariffs.US president Donald Trump’s trade war with China is a dominant theme at the weekend summit but one sideshow is how leaders deal with the presence of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.The de facto Saudi ruler stepped onto Argentine soil bidding to shrug off international outrage over the murder last month of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Prince Mohammed appears to be enjoying a pass from Washington. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had seen no “direct” evidence linking the prince to Khashoggi’s murder at a Saudi consulate in Turkey.Russian president Vladimir Putin will discuss the killing of Khashoggi when he meets the prince on the summit sidelines, but the “main aim” would be developing Russia-Saudi relations, said Putin’s foreign policy advisory Yuri Ushakov.Putin will be one of several leaders to meet the Saudi prince, who is also expected to hold talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN chief Antonio Guterres. A meeting with Trump has not been ruled out by the White House.Human Rights Watch is also waiting for the crown prince, having urged Argentine prosecutors to charge him with war crimes over the Saudi-led military coalition’s action in Yemen.- Trade war shock -Argentina already has plenty to contend with as it hosts its most important international gathering yet in the middle of a biting economic crisis.Angered by rampant inflation and soaring unemployment, an alliance of Argentine activist groups and trade unions plans a major protest in central Buenos Aires on Friday, the summit’s first day.Economic troubles could spread much further if Trump goes through on a threat to impose auto tariffs on trading partners including Europe and Japan, the International Monetary Fund warned in a pre-G20 report.An IMF calculation “suggests that the resulting short-term losses could lower global GDP by about 3/4 per cent.”Trump’s trade war on China is already well underway, and he is threatening to impose deeper tariffs in January unless Chinese leader Xi Jinping yields when they meet on the G20 sidelines.A White House official said that Trump sees a “good possibility” for a deal to defuse the trade frictions, as Washington demands greater market access and protections for intellectual property by Beijing.- No quick solution -En route to Argentina, Xi said in Spain on Wednesday that his government would indeed boost protection of intellectual property, although foreign companies in China complain they have heard such promises before.”China will make efforts to further open its door to the outside world,” Xi told the Spanish Senate.”We will make a lot of efforts to speed up market access, improve the investment environment and increase protection of intellectual property.”Wendy Cutler, a former US trade negotiator now at the Asia Society institute in the United States, said the best to expect at the G20 would be a “ceasefire” as both sides agree to go back to talks.”The issues of concern regarding trade, investment and IPR (intellectual property rights) were not created overnight and cannot be solved quickly,” she said.- Ukraine tensions -In Buenos Aires, Trump is also due to sit down with Putin for a bilateral meeting that has taken on added import after Russia fired on and detained three Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov near Crimea.Putin insisted Wednesday that Russian forces were in the right to seize the Ukrainian ships last weekend, but Trump expressed “deep concern” at Moscow’s actions against a US ally.Trump on Tuesday threatened to cancel his planned talks with Putin at the G20 summit, but the Kremlin said it still expected the encounter to go ahead.”The meeting is equally needed by both sides and important for the development of the general situation in the world,” Ushakov said.
The deadline for applications for the Sahapedia-UNESCO Fellowship programme, a pioneering project to advance research into Indian art, culture, tradition, and heritage, and its systematic documentation has been extended to July 30.Sahapedia, the open encyclopaedic resource on Indian arts which has instituted the fellowship with the support of UNESCO, said the last date for applications had been extended from July 15 to July 30 in view of repeated requests from a large number of potential applicants for more time to submit their proposals. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe fellowships, available to post-doctoral scholars, doctoral candidates, post-graduates, and graduates (including those students due to graduate in the summer of 2017), are expected to generate critically researched, engaging content in multimedia formats that will be hosted on the Sahapedia website for wider public access.Applicants selected as Sahapedia Project Fellows will be granted an award of Rs 40,000, and Sahapedia Research Fellows will be offered an award of Rs 15,000. The SPF project is expected to be completed in 12 weeks, and the SRF assignment in 8 weeks.”Since this is the first edition of the programme, we have extended the deadline to ensure that we don’t lose out on projects with potential,” said Vaibhav Chauhan, Director at Sahapedia.
read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more For more information about the KLAS report and details about individual vendors’ systems, visit www.KLASresearch.com. For more information about AIUM’s initiative, visit www.ultrasoundfirst.org. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare The ultrasound market appears to be going strong in 2012, with healthcare providers expressing contentment with their systems and predicting increased usage for the future. This is the general sentiment expressed in a recent report by KLAS entitled, “Ultrasound 2012: Technology Improved, Usage Amplified,” published in June.One area of increasing use is in the emergency department (ED), the report notes, as clinicians choose ultrasound over computed tomography (CT) and other modalities with ionizing radiation because of concerns about dose. “Not only does ultrasound use no dose, but it is also cheaper and quicker in most cases,” the report summary says — all factors especially important in an ED setting.Ultrasound also is seeing more use in breast imaging. “Improved technology and better images are leading women’s imagers to use ultrasound for breast imaging,” the report states. Providers using different vendors’ systems are well satisfied with the image quality, with one provider indicating that their ultrasound produces images with such varied shades of gray that they are close to a magnetic resonance (MR) image. Some systems do require some tweaking on the back end to obtain good quality, however.When it comes to image quality, many providers interviewed for the report give credit for their high quality to the probes. Providers like having a large selection of probes from which to choose, and one said, “We can never have too many.”“Probes are the number-one technology providers are interested in, and probes make a big difference in how well an ultrasound machine performs,” the report says.Also important in the choice of an ultrasound system are ergonomics and mobility. Besides the comfort level afforded by a system’s probes, the ease of adjustability of the keyboard and monitors is important to clinicians. And since most ultrasound systems are constantly on the move, either to different departments, to patients’ bedsides, throughout the ED or within tight spaces like an operating room or intensive care unit, mobility is always an important factor for providers. The improved mobility of units today contributes to their increasing use in the ED, the report says.A final factor of importance to providers is minimizing downtime and getting quick service when there is a system breakdown. Downtime causes major headaches, but KLAS notes most vendors are meeting providers’ need for reliability. While some score higher than others in their response time to problems, providers overall are satisfied.Recent Market AdditionsThere have been changes that can affect the ultrasound market since KLAS issued its report. One was the August announcement by Siemens Healthcare that it is acquiring the assets of Penrith Corp., which manufactures integrated ultrasound systems and has expertise in miniaturization of devices. Jeffrey Bundy, CEO of Siemens’ ultrasound business unit, said, “This acquisition positions Siemens to bring new, meaningful solutions to the ultrasound market and to expand our presence in attractive business segments.”‘Ultrasound First’Ultrasound may get another boost as the result of an initiative called “Ultrasound First,” launched by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) last spring. It is designed “to call attention to the safe, effective and affordable advantages of ultrasound as an alternative to other imaging modalities that are more costly and/or emit radiation.”In announcing the initiative, AIUM said, “For a growing number of clinical conditions, ultrasound has been shown to be equally effective in its diagnostic capability, with a distinct advantage in safety and cost over computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Despite this advantage, evidence suggests that ultrasound is vastly underutilized.”Ultrasound First will be focused on educating healthcare workers, medical educators and others about the benefits of ultrasound in medical care and to provide clinical evidence for its use. AIUM will host an Ultrasound First Forum in November discussing the expanding role of ultrasound as a “first” imaging examination, focusing on the diagnostic capabilities, safety and reduced cost of ultrasound as compared to other imaging modalities.“Many healthcare workers and insurers are unacquainted with the range of conditions for which ultrasound has been shown to have superior diagnostic capabilities,” said AIUM President Alfred Abuhamad, M.D. “Disseminating this knowledge to healthcare workers and incorporating ultrasound in medical protocols where scientific evidence has shown its diagnostic efficacy will undoubtedly improve patient safety and reduce cost. The time to act is now.”AIUM is working with the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education (SUSME) to promote widespread integration of ultrasound education into medical school curricula and postgraduate continuing medical education activities. 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