TUNIS – One of Tunisia’s main opposition parties on Thursday ruled out participating in negotiations to end months of political deadlock without the government giving a written promise that it will quit.“Nidaa Tounes believes it is not feasible for the dialogue to begin… without a formal and written commitment by the government to resign,” said the party headed by ex-premier Beji Caid Essebsi, who is an outspoken critic of ruling Islamist party Ennahda.The opposition is demanding that the Ennahda-led government give a clear commitment to step down within three weeks of the start of negotiations, to make way for a caretaker cabinet of independents. The national dialogue due to start on Wednesday faced fresh delays when critics of Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh rejected as “ambiguous” his stated commitment to the “principle” of stepping down, without giving a timeframe.The long-awaited talks, which are the centrepiece of a roadmap to end the political paralysis gripping the country since the July assassination of opposition MP Mohamed Brahmi, are now due to start on Friday at 0900 GMT, according to mediators.As well as forming a government of technocrats within three weeks, negotiators must adopt a new constitution and electoral law, as well a timetable within a month for fresh elections.These are key milestones in Tunisia’s democratic transition, which has effectively been blocked by wrangling between the Islamist-led coalition and the opposition, nearly three years after the 2011 ouster of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.Since then, the country has been rocked by jihadist violence, which the opposition accuses Ennahda of having failed to rein in.
The Appeal Court today banned the slaughter of animals for religious purposes after a petition was filed by a group of Buddhist monks.The Sanga Samelanaya filed the petition seeking a ban on animal slaughter at the Muneswaram Temple in Chilaw. The Sanga Samelanaya said that based on the court ruling if any place of worship needs to conduct animal sacrifice it will need a licence similar to that obtained by slaughter houses. The Appeal Court ordered the police to prevent such animal slaughter from taking place. The Venerable Dombagoda Sarananda Thero said that the court order is also a response to some parliamentarians who campaigned in support of animal slaughter for religious purposes. “We filed the case about a year ago against the Muneswaram Temple and got the result today. We are happy with the ruling,” he said. The Muneswaram Temple conducts the animal sacrifice annually. (Colombo Gazette)Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SARANANADA-HIMI-.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more
by Bree Fowler, The Associated Press Posted Jan 21, 2014 5:58 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Thursday, June 6, 2013, file photo, a pedestrian uses her cell phone as she passes a Verizon Wireless store on Broadway in Lower Manhattan, in New York. Verizon Communications Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Verizon posted fourth-quarter net income of $5.07 billion, boosted by continued growth in the number of phones and tablets connected to its network.The largest U.S. cellphone carrier reported increases in both the number connected devices and its wireless subscriber population. Its results reported Tuesday beat Wall Street predictions.New York-based Verizon said overall service revenue rose 8 per cent to $17.7 billion.The company added 1.7 million net retail wireless connections during the quarter, excluding acquisitions and adjustments. Of that total, 1.6 million were connections that involved monthly service contracts.As of Dec. 31, Verizon had a total of 102.8 million retail connections, marking a 5 per cent increase over the same time a year ago. The 2013 total included 96.8 million connections with monthly contracts.Francis Shammo, Verizon’s executive vice-president and CFO, said on a conference call with investors that the company got a big boost from new contracts for tablet service, which totalled 790,000 and marked the largest quarterly total since tablets were first introduced in 2010.Meanwhile, Verizon’s overall population of retail wireless subscribers increased 4.5 per cent to 35.1 million, with each customer having an average of 2.8 connected devices.The company’s wireline division, which provides landlines along with the company’s FIOS internet and TV services, also saw growth. Consumer revenues at that division rose 6 per cent to $3.8 billion, as FIOS-related consumer revenue jumped 15 per cent to nearly $2.8 billion.Shammo also said on Tuesday’s call that Verizon expects its $130 billion acquisition of Vodafone Group PLC’s 45 per cent stake in its wireless division to close on Feb. 21. Once that happens, Verizon will no longer have to share its wireless revenue with the British cellphone company.For the quarter ended Dec. 31, Verizon’s profit amounted to $1.76 per share. The company lost $4.23 billion, or $1.48 per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, the company said it posted an adjusted profit of 66 cents per share.Revenue rose 3 per cent to $31.07 billion from $30.05 billion.Analysts polled by FactSet expected a profit of 62 cents per share on $31.04 billion in revenue.For the full year 2013, Verizon earned $11.5 billion, or $4.01 per share, compared with $875 million, or 31 cents per share, in 2012. Revenue rose to $120.55 billion from $115.85 billion.Also on Tuesday, Verizon said it reached a deal to buy chipmaker Intel Corp.’s cloud TV products and services business. Financial terms were not disclosed. Verizon said the acquisition will help speed the delivery of new kinds of video services to its customers.Shares of Verizon Communications Inc. fell $1.31, or 2.7 per cent, to $47.04 in midday trading.___Bree Fowler can be reached at http://twitter.com/APBreeFowler Verizon posts 4th-qtr net income of $5.07B, beats predictions, as subscriber ranks grow read more
BERLIN — A German court has convicted a man on 28 counts of attempted murder in last year’s attack on the Borussia Dortmund soccer team’s bus.The dpa news agency reported that the defendant, who has been identified only as Sergej W. in line with German privacy rules, was sentenced to 14 years in prison by the Dortmund state court on Tuesday.Dortmund defender Marc Bartra and a police officer were injured when three explosions hit the team’s bus as it left a hotel in the western German city for a Champions League game on April 11, 2017.Prosecutors alleged that W. took out a loan to place a bet that Borussia Dortmund’s shares would drop in value, then bombed the bus and tried to disguise the attack as Islamic terrorism.The Associated Press
Des Brésiliens manifestent contre l’économie verte de Rio+20Des milliers de femmes appartenant à trente mouvements sociaux et paysans ont défilé hier matin à Rio pour manifester contre “l’économie verte” prônée au sommet de l’ONU sur le développement durable Rio+20.C’est en direction de l’Aterro do Flamengo où se déroule le Sommet des peuples, organisé par la société civile en marge du sommet de l’ONU sur le développement durable Rio+20 que des milliers de femmes ont parcouru lundi plusieurs kilomètres. Celles-ci arboraient une grande banderole de Via Campesina, le mouvement international paysan, sur laquelle était inscrit “Les peuples sont contre la marchandisation de la nature”. En effet, pour les militants du sommet des peuples “l’économie verte” est un terme “trompeur” pour désigner une autre étape d’accumulation capitaliste, après la faillite du modèle actuel. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Un camion laissait d’ailleurs entendre : “Cette marche est une marche de femmes de la ville et de la campagne contre cette farce qu’est Rio+20 !. Non au capitalisme vert ! Oui à l’économie solidaire, oui à la souveraineté populaire !”. “On est dans la rue pour donner de la visibilité à notre lutte mondiale pour la fin de la violence contre les femmes, la paix et la démilitarisation, l’accès aux biens communs et l’autonomie économique des femmes. Au Brésil s’ajoute la lutte pour la dépénalisation de l’avortement”, a expliqué à l’AFP, Célia Alldridge du secrétariat de la Marche des femmes.Dans l’après-midi des centaines d’écologistes ont pris la relève pour manifester dans le centre-ville devant le siège de la Banque nationale de développement (BNDES) et celui de Petrobras, le géant pétrolier. Les militants dénoncent la “marche arrière” opérée par le gouvernement brésilien de la présidente Dilma Rousseff en matière de protection de l’environnement. En effet, en mai dernier, le Parlement a voté l’assouplissement de la loi de protection des forêts réclamée par le puissant secteur de l’agroalimentaire. Mme Rousseff a mis un veto partiel jugé “insuffisant” par les manifestants. Greenpeace estime pour sa part qu’avec ce nouveau code forestier on revient “à un niveau législatif de protection des forêts des années 30”.Le 19 juin 2012 à 16:51 • Maxime Lambert read more
According to the Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde, his player is better than just the “fifth” top player of the worldLionel Messi ended up fifth on the final shortlist for the Ballon d’Or.And for Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde, he deserved more.“We congratulate Modric for the Ballon d’Or, but Messi in fifth place is an absurdity,” he was quoted by The Sports Mole.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“It is good to point out that these games are difficult because you have things to lose,” Valverde added about the match against Cultural Leonesa.“It’s a meaningful match for Cultural, but they have dropped off a bit in their league.”“These are difficult games, but we hope to give our supporters a victory,” he added. read more
(WSVN) – It’s no secret that many dog owners love to take photos of their pups, but according to a study, dog owners may actually take more photos of their pet than of their spouse.According to a study by Rover.com, an online network that connects dog owners with pet services, about 65 percent of dog owners admitted to taking more photos of their canine friends than they do of their own life partner.However, that’s not the only instance in which pet owners focus on their dog more than their partner.According to the study:One in four dog owners have brought their pet on a date.47 percent of pet owners admit that they’d find it harder to leave their pet for a week than a human partner.56 percent of dog owners will greet their pet before anyone else in their home.54 percent of dog owners said they would consider ending a relationship if their dog didn’t like their partner.The study also found that pet ownership is on the increase, and modern pet parents are humanizing their pets and are now trying to bring their dogs as much joy as they bring them.To read more on the findings, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. read more
After an acquisition, some staff turnover is expected. But when that acquisition also means moving the brand halfway across the country, you’d better be ready to do some significant rebuilding of personnel. This rings especially true when a magazine relocates from, say, New York to Wisconsin—as happened with Discover magazine after Waukesha-based Kalmbach bought it. Privately-owned Kalmbach, an enthusiast, craft and hobbyist publisher with titles such as Astronomy, Model Railroader and Cabin Life, among others, picked up Discover two years ago from private equity backers WallerSutton and Sandler Capital Management. At the time, Discover had revenues of about $14 million. Less than a year later, Kalmbach outsourced the sales operation to James G. Elliott, Co., a partnership that’s still in place. Which left the edit team (production and back office operations were already set up in Waukesha) still in New York. In August this year the company finally announced that it was closing the editorial offices and moving operations to Wisconsin. At the time, about 20 edit and design staff were faced with the decision on whether to move. All opted out—except former editor-in-chief Corey S. Powell, who was with the brand for 15 years and will continue as editor-at-large and columnist, and executive editor Pamela Weintraub, who remains in a consultative role. Today, Discover announced a completely rebuilt edit and design team. The magazine has hired 13 new staff members.The magazine’s new editor-in-chief is Stephen George, who was last with Reader’s Digest at the Greendale, Wisconsin branch as its executive editor in the book and special publication group. Former managing editor of Kalmbach’s Trains magazine will take the same title at Discover. From there, two senior editors, a photo editor, four associate editors, a senior graphic designer, staff writer, editorial assistant and copy editor have also come on board. Still open is a design director spot, says vice president-editorial and publisher Kevin Keefe. read more
Mark Eric Jepson, born on July 10, 1982, and passed away unexpectedly on September 11, 2018.Cherished son of W. Mark and Robyn Jepson of Georgetown TX and Sally MacIver of Derry NH. Adored brother of Shannon (Jepson) and Bryan Kaiser of Tewksbury, Rachael Lesperance of Salem MA and Alexis Schofield of Gilmanton, NH. Looked up to by his 4 biggest fans, Brenna, Jake, Sean and Brigitte Kaiser all of Tewksbury MA. Uncle was their real life hero. He will forever be missed by the love of his life, Kristie Larsen. He also left behind his faithful companion, his Newfie Willow. He is also survived by so many grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who loved him.Mark was a friend to everyone he met. Always greeted you with a warm smile and pulled you in for a huge hug. He saw the best in everyone and offered his help wherever he could. He had a sense of humor like none other and one could be rest assured that anytime in his presence was a good time.He was a standout track and football star, captain of the Varsity Football Team at Wilmington High School and attended a post-grad year at Bridgton Academy. He earned a full ride and graduated from Wagner College where he went on to become an All-American his sophomore and junior year. It was his constant dedication to excellence in everything he did that made him someone you never forgot.He followed in his father’s footsteps and made a career in law enforcement; earning himself the title of corrections officer of the year in 2012 after he prevented a serious assault while off duty. Mark was never the biggest kid around but he was one of the toughest. He never backed down from a challenge and defended anyone or anything he believed in.He left his mark on this world and in the hearts of everyone that he knew. Thirty-six years was not nearly enough time and going on without him will be the hardest thing to do for those he left behind. He wanted nothing more than to be a good son, a loving brother, a doting Uncle. All of which he was and so much more. We were and forever will be so very proud of him and how hard he worked to overcome every obstacle in front of him. He will forever be the one we all looked up to today and everyday.Services will be held on Wednesday, September 19th 2pm at Trinity Evangelical Church in North Reading at 2pm. A Celebration of Life will be at the Knights of Columbus in Tewksbury from 4-8pm. Please join us and share all of your wonderful memories of Mark. In Lieu of flowers, donations in Marks’s name can be made to: Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center (Memo: CTE Neuropathology Fund). Please send donations to: Attn: Elizabeth Fay 72 E. Concord Street, Robinson, B-7800, Boston, MA 02118.Mark Eric Jepson(NOTE: The above obituary is from W. Mark Jepson Sr.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Brandon M. Long, 27In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Francis J. Zizis, 94In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Donald R. Donahue, 80In “Obituaries” read more
33 Tags Comments Fukushima turns to robots to fix the future Share your voice Sci-Tech TV and Movies Chernobyl, a bleak and brutal miniseries co-produced by HBO and Sky UK, is likely to go down as one of the best TV shows this year and maybe even all-time. It tells the true story of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, which occurred in a Russian nuclear power plant in April 1986.Written by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck, Chernobyl stoically adheres to the era and crisis it portrayed like radiation clinging to discarded fireman uniforms. It may have taken some artistic liberties for the sake of story, but refused to sweep the truth of the catastrophe under the rug. It rendered historical truths, and the countless lies, in a harrowing light. At every step, Chernobyl touched on the ineptitude of Russian governance, the uncompromising courage of the liquidators tasked with cleaning up the site, the weight that hung over the shoulders of every scientist investigating the disaster and the stark reality of atomic power.But Chernobyl’s crowning achievement is how it inspired an immense scientific curiosity in its viewers through the horror. We know Chernobyl really happened — and the hard-nosed, honest approach to the disastrous meltdown only served to heighten that curiosity. Google Trends shows a huge spike in searches for terms related to the science of the show: “RBMK reactor”, “nuclear reactor” and “radiation sickness” have all seen huge leaps since Chernobyl’s TV debut. Over its five episodes, Chernobyl constantly moved toward answering one question — “How?” — and we’ve wanted to skip ahead and find the answers out for ourselves. The final episode, which aired on June 3, finally revealed the truth of that April morning in 1986.Moments after the reactor explosion, Chernobyl burns. HBO Valery Legasov, the chief of the commission tasked with investigating the disaster, takes part in the trial of three power plant officials responsible for the explosion and its immediate aftermath. Along with politician Boris Shcherbina and physicist Ulana Khomyuk, the trio detail the key reasons behind the disaster and squarely point to the failings of those officials, including chief engineer Anatoly Dyatlov, as the cause for the plant’s explosion.But we’re talking about nuclear physics here. Things are messy and confusing. The term “positive void coefficient” gets thrown around and that’s not a term you hear every day. Even Chernobyl’s engineers couldn’t fully grasp the consequences of their actions. So we’ve dug through the radioactive quagmire to bring you the science behind Chernobyl’s RBMK reactor explosion — and the reasons we’re not likely to see it happen again.What is an RBMK reactor?The Russian nuclear program developed the technology for RBMK reactors throughout the ’50s, before the first RBMK-1000 reactor began construction at Chernobyl in 1970. RBMK is an acronym for Reaktor Bolshoy Moshchnosti Kanalniy, which translates to “high power channel-type reactor.”In the simplest terms, the reactor is a giant tank full of atoms, the building block that makes up everything we see. They are themselves composed of three particles: protons, neutrons and electrons. In a reactor, the neutrons collide with atoms another, splitting them apart and generating heat in a process known as nuclear fission. That heat helps generate steam and the steam is used to spin a turbine which, in turn, drives a generator to create electricity in much the same way burning coal might. The RBMK reactor that exploded at Chernobyl, No. 4, was a huge 23 feet (7 meters) tall and almost 40 feet (12 meters) wide. The most important segment of the reactor is the core, a huge chunk of graphite, sandwiched between two “biological shields” like the meat in a burger. You can see this design below.A schematic of the plant used in HBO’s Chernobyl showing the graphite core and the biological shields. HBO/Annotated by CNET The core is where the fission reaction takes place. It has thousands of channels which contain “fuel rods”, composed of uranium which has atoms “easy” to split. The core also has channels for control rods, composed of boron and tipped with graphite, designed to neutralize the reaction. Water flows through the fuel rod channels and the entire structure is encased in steel and sand. The water is critical to understanding what happened at Chernobyl. In an RBMK reactor, water has two jobs: Keep things cool and slow the reaction down. This design is not implemented in the same way in any other nuclear reactors in the world.The fuel rods are the powerhouse of the core and are composed of uranium atoms. The uranium atoms cast a net in the core and as rogue neutrons ping around inside they pass through the solid graphite that surrounds them. The graphite “slows” these neutrons down, much like the water does, which makes them more likely to be captured by the uranium atoms net. Colliding with this net can knock more neutrons loose. If the process occurs over and over in a chain reaction, it creates a lot of heat. Thus, the water in the channel boils, turns to steam and is used to create power. Unchecked, this reaction would runaway and cause a meltdown but the control rods are used to balance the reaction. Simplistically, if the reactor is generating too much power, the control rods are placed into the core, preventing the neutrons from colliding as regularly and slowing the reaction.In a perfect world the systems, and men controlling the systems, ensure that the scales never tip too far one way or the other. Control rods move in and out of the reactor, water is constantly pumped through to keep the whole thing cool and the power plant produces energy. But if the plant itself loses power, then what happens? That’s one of the RBMK reactor’s shortcomings. No power means water is no longer being pumped to cool down the reactor — and that can quickly lead to disaster. In the early hours of April 26, 1986, the reactor was undergoing a safety test which aimed to fix this issue.The safety testValery Legasov testifies before the commission, in front of the three power plant officials responsible for the disaster. HBO The safety test is the starting point for a chain of errors which ultimately resulted in reactor 4’s explosion.The facts are so:In the event of a blackout or loss of power to the plant, the RBMK reactor will stop pumping water through the core.A backup set of diesel-fuelled generators kick in after 60 seconds in such an instance — but this timeframe risks putting the reactor in danger.Thus, the test was hoping to show how an RBMK reactor could bridge the 60 seconds and keep pumping cool water into the system by using spare power generated as the plant’s turbines slowed down.The test was originally scheduled for April 25 but was delayed for 10 hours by power grid officials in Kiev.The delay meant a team of nightshift staff would have to run the test — something they had not been trained to do.To perform the test, the reactor had to be put into a dangerous low-power state.The low-power state in the RBMK reactor is not like putting your computer in sleep mode. It cannot be returned to its usual power state quickly. However, the team in the control room at Chernobyl attempted to do just that and disregarded the safety protocols in place.To attempt to get the power back up to an acceptable level, the workers removed the control rods in the core, hoping to kickstart the reaction again and move the power back up. But they couldn’t do it. During the 10 hour delay, the core’s low-power state caused a build-up of xenon, another type of atom that in essence blocks the nuclear fission process. The core temperature also dropped so much it stopped boiling water away and producing steam. The usual course of action with such low-power would be to bring the core’s power level back up over 24 hours. The power plant chief, Dyatlov, did not want to wait and so forged ahead with the safety test.”Any commissioning test involving changes to protection systems has to be very carefully planned and controlled,” explains Tony Irwin, who advised the Russians on safe operating practices of RBMK reactors in the wake of Chernobyl.”In this accident they were operating outside their rules and defeating protection which was designed to keep the reactor safe.”A disregard for the rules — and the science — exposed them to the RBMK’s great danger: The positive void coefficient.The positive void coefficientWe hear the term “positive void coefficient” bellowed by Jared Harris’ Legasov in Chernobyl’s final episode and it is key to the explosion — but it’s not exactly explained.Recall how the water both cools the core and “slows” the reaction down. However, when water turns to steam it lacks the ability to effectively do both of those things, because it boils away and becomes bubbles or “voids.” The ratio of water to steam is known as the “void coefficient.” In other nuclear reactors, the void coefficient is negative — more steam, less reactivity.In the RBMK reactor, it’s the opposite: More steam results in higher reactivity. This positive void coefficient is unique to the Russian RBMK reactors.Emily Watson is riveting as a nuclear physicist who represents all of the real life scientists that worked to unravel how Chernobyl exploded. HBO Once the plant workers shut down the reactor at 1:23:04 a.m., water is no longer pumped into the core. The catastrophic cascade at Chernobyl is set in motion.The safety test shuts down the reactor and the remaining water boils away. Thus, more steam. The steam makes the nuclear fission more efficient, speeding it up. Thus, more heat.More heat boils the water away faster. More steam. More steam… you get the point.If we freeze-frame right here, the scenario is grim. The core is quickly generating steam and heat in a runaway reaction. All but six of the 211-plus control rods have been removed from the core and the water is no longer providing any cooling effects. The core is now a giant kid’s ball pit in an earthquake, with neutrons bouncing around the chamber and constantly colliding with one another.The only thing the plant workers could do was hit the emergency stop button.The Chernobyl ExplosionAt 1:23:40 a.m., the emergency stop button was pressed by chief of the night shift, Alexander Akimov. This forces all of the control rods back into the core.The control rods should decrease the reaction but because they are tipped with graphite, they actually cause the power to spike even more. Over the next five seconds, the power increases dramatically to levels the reactor cannot withstand. The caps on the top of the reactor core, weighing more than 750 pounds, begin to literally bounce in the reactor hall. The 700-plus pound steel blocks resting on top of the reactor core started rumbling around and being lifted into the air in the moments before the explosion. HBO Then, at 1:23:45 a.m., the explosion occurs. It’s not a nuclear explosion, but a steam explosion, caused by the huge buildup of pressure within the core. That blows the biological shield off the top of the core, ruptures the fuel channels and causes graphite to be blown into the air. As a result, another chemical reaction takes place: air slips into the reactor hall and ignites causing a second explosion that terminates the nuclear reactions in the core and leaves a mighty hole in the Chernobyl reactor building.Could it happen again?It’s kind of insane to think that humans can control the power of the atom. The Fukushima disaster that affected a Japanese nuclear plant in 2011 demonstrates that catastrophes still lurk within reactors around the world and we are not always prepared for them.After Chernobyl, a number of changes were implemented in the RBMK reactors across Russia. Today, 10 such reactors still exist in operation across the country — the only place where they are currently operating. Those sites were retrofitted with safety features which aim to prevent a second Chernobyl. The control rods were made more plentiful and can be inserted into the core faster. The fuel rods feature slightly more enriched uranium which helps control the nuclear reactions a little better. And the positive void coefficient, though it still exists in the design, has been dramatically reduced to prevent the possibility of a repeat low-power meltdown. Of course, the one thing that hasn’t changed is us. Chernobyl was a failure on the human scale, long before it was a failure on the atomic one. There will always be risks in trying to control nuclear fission reactions and those risks can only be mitigated — not reduced to zero. Chernobyl and other nuclear reactors aren’t nuclear bombs waiting to detonate. The HBO series teaches us that they can become dangerous if we fail to understand the potential of atomic science.So can this kind of nuclear catastrophe happen again? Yes. As long as we try to harness the power of the atom, the odds will fall in favor of disaster. But should we stop trying to do so? No. Harnessing the power of the atom and mitigating the risks of nuclear energy as best we can is one of the ways to a cleaner energy future.According to the World Nuclear Association, nuclear energy accounts for approximately 11% of all energy generated on the Earth. Across the planet, 450 reactors are currently in operation — only 10 of them are RBMK reactors with enhanced safety features — and as we look at ways to reduce our reliance on harmful fossil fuels, nuclear energy must be considered as a viable alternative. We can’t continue to burn coal like we do and expect the climate crisis to disappear.So we will continue to harness the power of the atom and we will get better. We have to. Originally published June 4.Updates, 2:50 p.m. PT: Clarifies final paragraph is not an argument against nuclear energy; 4:30 p.m., June 6: Updates nuclear energy discussion. HBO 18 Photos read more
Hyderabad: : Even nearly two months after their installation, the Zilla Parishads (ZPs) are yet to commence their activities as the general body meetings of the ZPs have to be conducted. The chairpersons of the ZPs are yet to call for general body meetings and conduct the elections of the standing committees. In this month just one or two ZPs have completed the election of the standing committees. The ZPs have come into existence in July first week. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Though August is coming to an end there is no indication of conducting the general body meetings of many ZPs. The Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency members are blaming the ZP chairpersons and the Ministers of the districts for negligence in holding the first general body meetings. ZPTC of Maddur of Siddipet Zilla Parishad member G Kondal Reddy told The Hans India that the first general body of them has to be conducted. He said that as he was the only opposition member of 23 members strong Zilla Parishad, the chairperson has not been taking interest in holding the ZP general body meet. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Kondal Reddy said that upon continuous insistence of him, the officials have said that the elections of the standing committees would be held on 28 of this month. He said that the general body meeting would be held on the same day. Kondal Reddy said that the functioning of the ZPs has become one man show in the Siddipet district as they have been controlled by the Ministers. He said that the Ministers have not been taking interest in holding the ZP meetings, making a mockery of the rural local bodies. Advertise With Us Situation is same in the other 31 ZPs of the State as their first general body meetings are yet to be conducted. The Chief Executive Officers and the chairpersons were busy with ruling party programmes. In most of the Zilla Parishads, the CEO are drawn from other departments. They have been appointed as In-charge officers. As they do not belong to the Panchayat Raj department, the functioning of the ZPs has been derailed. According to several ZPTCs there is no clarity on the funds to be given to the Zilla Parishads. The ZPTCs have to be provided with training on their duties and responsibilities. A ZPTC alleged that they were unable to make even a representation to the officials as they were not available in the district headquarters. The administration in the district headquarters is yet to be streamlined. They were made to run from one office to the other to meet the district level officials. The ZPTCs said that they were unable to question the officials of various departments due to the delay in holding the general body meetings. The general body meetings would be attended by the officials of all the major departments like health, education, social welfare, irrigation and others. They would provide a platform for the ZPTCs to raise questions on the issues involved in implementation of the government programmes and schemes, they said. read more
New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): PepsiCo, the maker of Pepsi-Cola, Frito-Lay snacks and Tropicana juice, plans to invest Rs. 33,000 crores in India by 2020 to expand its presence in the country, its Chief Executive, Indra Nooyi said on Monday. Nooyi also added that PepsiCo shows great confidence in the country and its long-term growth prospects.
The skaters performed out and proud this year. | Photo: Twitter @Rad85E ‘I got a call from [Prime Minister Justin Trudeau] … He’s been so supportive and kind and nice.’He added that, with all Rippon is facing, he gives all of his support to Adam ‘and everything he’s doing’.Beyond encouragement from Trudeau, Radford has had a fantastic time in PyeongChang. He began the Olympics with a gold medal in the team figure skating event.Then, he and his skating partner, Meagan Duhamel, earned a bronze medal in the main pairs skating event.He also announced his retirement.However, despite all the political tension, it’s been a good Olympics for Rippon too. He started with a bronze medal in the team event.And though he missed out on a medal in the men’s event, he’s become a star in his own right.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Canadian figure skater Eric Radford is glad he’s not fellow US skater Adam Rippon. Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/olympian-eric-radford-anti-lgbti-politics/ ‘I feel very lucky that I’m not Adam, and I don’t have to deal with that whole political side of things,’ he told TMZ.Part of Rippon’s popularity and fame during the Olympics has come from his open criticism of the Donald Trump administration.It started with him calling out Vice President Mike Pence as the US representative of the Olympics. Then, Donald Trump Jr. called out the skater on Twitter.Despite not being afraid to share his thoughts, Rippon said he didn’t want politics or Pence to define his Olympic experience.It’s decidedly not something Radford, 33, has faced, as he explains in the video.All the supportUnlike Rippon, Radford’s received open support from his government. GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… read more
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Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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December 30, 2008 – Nonradiologist physicians are acquiring or leasing CT scanners in increasing numbers, and the growth trend is much more rapid among them than it is among radiologists, reported a study published in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR). From 2001 to 2006, the CT acquisition or leasing rate among U.S. radiologists was just 85 percent compared with 263 percent among nonradiologists, researchers show in the study, Ownership or Leasing of CT Scanners by Nonradiologist Physicians: A Rapidly Growing Trend That Raises Concern About Self-Referral. The study also found that the nonradiologic specialties with the largest volumes in 2006 were primary care (192,255 scans), internal medicine subspecialties other than cardiology and medical oncology (184,991 scans), urology (125,850 scans), cardiology (104,739 scans), and medical oncology (61,976 scans). Excluding CT scans performed in independent diagnostic testing facilities (for which physician ownership cannot be determined), nonradiologists’ private-office CT market share rose from 16 percent in 2001 to 28 percent in 2006.One of the questions raised about self-referring physicians is whether the scans they perform are related to their areas of expertise.“Thus, one might ask whether cardiologists confine their studies to cardiovascular CT scans, urologists to body CT scans, medical oncologists to body and head CT scans, neurologists to head and spine CT scans, and vascular surgeons to cardiovascular CT scans,” remarked the researchers. According to the data, in 2006, 99.6 percent of urologists’ scans were of the body, 99.4 percent of medical oncologists’ scans were of the body or head, 74 percent of vascular surgeons’ scans were cardiovascular, 72 percent of cardiologists’ scans were cardiovascular, and 67 percent of neurologists’ scans were of the head or spine.The researchers noted, “At a time when the costs of imaging and the exposure of patients to radiation are coming under intense scrutiny, it is of concern that many nonradiologist physicians are going outside the scope of their original specialty training and practice experience by acquiring or leasing advanced imaging equipment such as CT scanners.” Because self-referral leads to higher utilization of imaging, the researchers suggest that this growth trend among nonradiologists utililizing CT scanners is a significant driver of imaging utilization and cost increases, and also leads to greater exposure of patients to radiation. Source: American College of Radiology. J Am Coll Radiol 2008;5:1206-1209. For more information: www.acr.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | December 30, 2008 Nonradiologists Acquiring CTs at a Rate Faster than Radiologists The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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