Chemical Biologist Is First Woman to Win Lemelson-MIT Prize

first_img Carolyn Bertozzi is used to standing out in a crowd of scientists. In graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, she was the only woman in the lab where she worked. Years later, when she joined the faculty, she was one of just three women in the chemistry department. Yesterday she became the first woman to receive the Lemelson-MIT Prize. At 43, Bertozzi is among the youngest scientists to receive the $500,000 prize, founded in 1994 to recognize mid-career inventors. But she’s already notched a lifetime of achievements. She won a MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellowship at age 32 and was awarded tenure a year later, just 3 years after joining the Berkeley chemistry faculty. The following year she was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, and at the ripe old age of 38 she was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Last year she and David Rabuka, a former graduate student, founded Redwood Bioscience. The biotech company hopes to develop new drugs based on one of her favorite inventions—a genetically-encoded aldehyde tag. The technology allows scientists to chemically modify existing protein-based drugs to give them new properties to fight other diseases. Protein drugs are currently used to treat arthritis, anemia, and immuno-suppression in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, but they have the potential to treat many more ailments. The small Burlingame, California–company has already attracted support from private investors and garnered a $1 million National Institutes of Health Challenge Grant, made possible by NIH’s stimulus funding. 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It’s helped Bertozzi capture the first images of glycoproteins, proteins coated with sugars that play a key role in diseases such as cancer. She’s also created artificial bone materials, targets for tuberculosis therapy, cell microarray platforms, and a cell nanoinjector, a device used to inject molecules into living cells. Bertozzi calls herself an “entrepreneurial academician.” She notes that stories about academic scientists “being stigmatized because they were contaminating their effort with their industrial pursuits … are historical to my generation.” Unfortunately, she says that another stigma—against women advancing into the upper realms of academic science—remains a barrier. “Since I was a kid, I have known that I was in a minority and that, if you find yourself in a position representing women, there’s a certain obligation to give back, certainly in the physical sciences.” She tackles the problem by working to educate both genders. “In some ways, I think that having a female authority figure may have a bigger impact on men,” she says of the male scientists who work for her. “When they leave my lab to start their own careers, I hope that being trained by a woman leaves them feeling that men and women are equal in the lab.” Bertozzi will receive the award later this month during the Lemelson-MIT annual festival, “EurekaFest,” on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus. 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Top stories: Supersized fruit, a new human ancestor, and cancer-sniffing bacteria

first_imgScientists find way to create supersized fruitFruit lovers who think bigger is better are in luck—scientists have figured out the genetics behind supersized fruit! They suspect plant breeders can use the discovery to improve crops, and even increase the number of kernels on a corncob.New human ancestor was Lucy’s cousin and neighborSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Scientists have discovered jawbones and teeth near the spot where Lucy, one of our most famous ancestors, was found. The bones may belong to a new species of human relative, making our family tree a little more complicated.Engineered bacteria detect cancer and diabetes in urineBacteria aren’t all bad—in fact, our bodies are full of trillions of beneficial microbes. Now, researchers have figured out how to manufacture more friendlies. This week, two teams report that they’ve genetically modified bacteria that can detect cancer in mice and diabetes in humans.How space travel messes with mouse skinA new study shows that space travel can mess with mouse skin, disrupting its growth and possibly causing irritation. The results may help us figure out why space messes with human skin, too.In Syria, Islamic State group apparently spares Palmyra’s stunning ruins—for nowArchaeologists around the world feared for the spectacular ruins in Palmyra, Syria, after Islamic State militants took over the city last week. However, examination of the latest satellite images from Palmyra finds no new damage to the stunning ruins—for now.last_img read more

SPENCER COUNCILWOMAN ANNOUNCES BID FOR CONGRESS

first_imgA Spencer, Iowa City Councilwoman has announced her bid for Iowa’s 4th District Congressional seat.Leann Jacobsen is running for the Democratic nomination to unseat Republican incumbent Steve King.Jacobsen serves Ward 4 on the Spencer City council and owns and operates the Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar with her husband David.She says she will put people first by focusing on job growth, improving education, fighting for healthcare, saving natural resources, helping the middle class, and supporting small businesses.Jacobsen also serves on the advisory board of Spencer Municipal Hospital.The 4th Congressional District covers 39 counties in northwest Iowa.last_img

The power to surprise in future and even today

first_imgIMPACT FEATURE india today digital May 15, 2019UPDATED: May 16, 2019 17:39 IST Surprise in storeHaving the power to surprise is like having David take on the Goliath. However, when we hear Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors, Europe says, Automotive design is about capturing the heart and making it beat that bit faster for that bit longer, we know it is possible. Let’s take the case of the newest concept from Kia called Imagine by Kia’. Kia surely believes that the future is electric. But what the company wants to embed is that electric is in no way going to be boring. ‘Imagine by Kia’ is the company’s first pure electric four-door passenger car and is underpinned by a low-mounted, induction-charged battery pack that powers a compact drivetrain. This large C-segment car infuses the traits of a muscular sports utility vehicle, a sleek and athletic family saloon, and a versatile and spacious crossover. Intelligently reinterpreting Kia’s iconic tiger nose’ grille, Imagine by Kia features a bold new illuminated tiger mask’ that encircles the main LED headlamp units. Separated by horizontal eyelids’, the dipped and main beam units are housed with a single block of clear acrylic glass, creating the effect of piercing eyes floating free of visible support. A single sheet of glass is used for both the windscreen and roof, flowing from the base of the A-pillar and over the cabin to create a vast sky-window, before tapering into a double-bubble over the rear passenger compartment. SUBSTANCE- The 22-inch alloys have four flush inserts of transparent acrylic glass which reflects and retracts light offering a stunning visual. 21 screens are put together to create the dash. A never-before-seen attempt which highlights the floating cockpit design.Thanks to the layout of the chassis, interior designers have been able to maximise cabin space and create an airy and spacious interior. 21 individual ultra-high-resolution screens curve their synchronised way across the top of the dashboard in a layout that is, at the same time, casual as well as co-ordinated. The cabin’s sense of light-heartedness is underpinned by the striking shockwave design of the four leather and silk-covered seats. The cabin’s airy atmosphere is enhanced by the floating centre console that, like a wing, hovers independently above the low and flat floor. In all, Imagine by Kia is no less stunning than the dream cars of today. But all of this is not a thing of the future as you will notice when you go through the Kia Soul, a humble hatch which one can buy today.advertisement DOORS TO DROOL- The doors- rear hinged at the back for greater access- are swathed in metallic fabric and leather, visually splitting the cabin into two distinct upper and lower levels.Big Bold & BeautifulThe Kia Telluride blends a brawny exterior with a luxurious interior, complete with a long list of safety and convenience featuresKia Motors’ expansive product portfolio includes everything- from small hatchbacks to luxury sedans, electric vehicles to even big, brawny SUVs such as the Kia Telluride. A testament to the brand’s ability to understand markets across the globe and develop products accordingly, the mid-size SUV was conceived at Kia’s Design Studio in California. Drawing inspiration from big, bold and boxy SUVs of yore, the Telluride features a long, broad hood with a wide grille flanked by stacked headlamps on either side accentuating the SUV’s width. Towards the rear, the inverted-L tail lamps with LED detailing complement the Telluride’s strong shoulders. The Telluride offers space for up to 8-passengers and the cabin has been designed to convey the feeling of more of a luxe living room than a utility vehicle. To that effect, it comes equipped with a 10.25-inch touch screen monitor in the centre console, a 630-watt 10-speaker Harmon/Kardon audio system, and wireless smartphone charging. Safety has been given a priority with the inclusion of Kia Drive Wise a set of advanced driver-assistance systems. The SUV comes equipped with Forward Collision Warning and Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection. Highway Driving Assist makes use of radar and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging Radar) to interpret lane markings in order to control steering, acceleration, and braking. FINESSE- Telluride’s cabin has been designed to exude a feeling of luxury and space without compromising on practicality.Complementing the brawny exterior is a potent 3.0-liter V6 petrol motor churning out 291bhp and 355Nm of peak torque. Power is transferred via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Depending on the terrain, the SUV’s all-wheel-drive system can send 100 per cent power to the front wheels or split it equally between both axles.advertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySania Ahmad Next The power to surprise in future and even todayModern-day Kia cars are already shocking the world with their out-of-the-box design. If the present is so ravishing, imagine the future.advertisementlast_img read more

Wait, water is not the most hydrating drink? Myth debunked!

first_img Asian News International New DelhiOctober 14, 2019UPDATED: October 14, 2019 14:55 IST Drinking water is not the best way to stay hydrated, claims a study.While water is known to be essential for life, it not the best drink to stay hydrated, suggest researchers.Simple H20 isn’t the most hydrating beverage around, according to a study from Scotland’s St Andrews University.While both still and sparkling water can quench thirst, it can be defeated by sweet, fat or protein-rich beverages in keeping a person hydrated, researchers found.Skimmed milk is the most hydrating drinkAccording to the study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2016, Skimmed milk is most hydrating followed by Oral rehydration solutions, full-fat milk, Orange juice, cola, Diet cola, cold tea, tea, sports drink, still water, sparkling water, lager, and coffee.The reason lies in how our bodies respond to beverages, according to study author Ronald Maughan, a professor at St. Andrews’ School of Medicine.One factor is the volume of a given drink: The more you drink, the faster it is absorbed into the bloodstream, where it dilutes the body’s fluids and hydrates you.Why milk is more hydrating than water?Another factor is connected with the drink’s nutrient composition. For example, milk was found to be even more hydrating than water because it contains the sugar lactose, some protein, and some fat.Milk also has sodium, which behaves like a sponge and holds onto the water in the body and results in less urine produced.This idea can also be put forth for oral rehydration solutions used in treating diarrhoea. They contain small amounts of sugar, along with sodium and potassium, promoting water retention in the body.advertisementFindings of the study”This study tells us much of what we already knew,” CNN quoted Melissa Majumdar, a registered dietitian, personal trainer and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as saying.”Electrolytes — like sodium and potassium — contribute to better hydration, while calories in beverages result in slower gastric emptying and therefore slower release of urination,” Majumdar said.1. The catch here is the fact that beverages with more concentrated sugars – fruit juice, cola – might not be as hydrating as their lower-sugar cousins.2. They may spend a little more time in the stomach and empty more slowly compared to water, but once they enter the small intestine, their high concentration of sugars gets diluted during a physiological process called osmosis.3. This process in effect ‘pulls’ water from the body into the small intestine to dilute the sugars these beverages contain.4. Juice and soda are not only less hydrating, but offer extra sugars and calories that won’t fill us up as much as solid foods, explained Majumdar.If the choice is between soda and water for hydration, go with water every time. After all, our kidneys and liver depend on water to get rid of toxins in our bodies, and water also plays a key role in maintaining the skin’s elasticity and suppleness.Read | New study shows how diet, water intake and beverages affects children’s brainGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow WaterFollow hydrating beverageFollow Hydrating drinkFollow skimmed milk Wait, water is not the most hydrating drink? Myth debunked!According to a study, drinking water is not the best way to stay hydrated as it’s not the most hydrating beverage around. Then what is?advertisement Nextlast_img read more

PM Hails Jamaica’s Dominance at Carifta Games

first_imgPrime Minister and Minister of Sport, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has congratulated the Jamaican team on its outstanding performances at the just concluded Carifta Games in the Bahamas. The team’s performance was outstanding and spectacular, said Mrs. Simpson Miller, adding: “the sheer brilliance, depth and dominance of Team Jamaica once again demonstrates to the world that we are indeed a sporting nation with talent across a range of sporting disciplines.” The Prime Minister said the success of our track and field athletes at the Carifta Games underscores Jamaica’s excellent sporting programme which is serving to strengthen our already rich and vibrant sporting history. Meanwhile, Minister without Portfolio with Responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley who joined in welcoming home the defending Carifta Games champions said: “With this latest achievement, we have once again sent a signal to the world of the richness of our natural athletic talents accentuated by our discipline, endurance and stamina. Our athletes are excelling at all levels and we say ‘thank you’ to the teams, the coaches and their families for extending the necessary love and support.” Jamaica copped this year’s Carifta Games title with 68 medals for its 29th consecutive win.Contact: Communications Unit-OPMTel: 926-0244Fax: 920-4684 Email: opm.news@opm.gov.jmWebsite: www.opm.gov.jmlast_img read more

Senator Johnson Smith Supports Proposal for Fund to Repair Roads Damaged By Construction Companies

first_imgStory Highlights Ms. Fraser-Binns, in her contribution, pointed out that heavy-duty vehicles operated by construction companies contribute to the deterioration of roads. She argued that it should become a requirement for developers to return these damaged thoroughfares to the condition they were prior to development. “The matter of a bond can be looked at; some structure for enforcement can be looked at or levy, a fee as you (Senator Fraser-Binns) have indicated,” Johnson Smith said. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has supported a proposal for the establishment of a fund to repair roads that have been damaged as a result of construction projects. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has supported a proposal for the establishment of a fund to repair roads that have been damaged as a result of construction projects.Opposition Senator, Sophia Fraser-Binns, who made the recommendation during her contribution to the debate on the Building Bill in the Senate on Friday (January 26), said the fund could be resourced from the collection of a special fee or levy from developers as part of their application fee.“The matter of a bond can be looked at; some structure for enforcement can be looked at or levy, a fee as you (Senator Fraser-Binns) have indicated,” Johnson Smith said.Ms. Fraser-Binns, in her contribution, pointed out that heavy-duty vehicles operated by construction companies contribute to the deterioration of roads. She argued that it should become a requirement for developers to return these damaged thoroughfares to the condition they were prior to development.“I am in full support of development, and I support the work of these developers, but there has to be a balancing act between the developer and the condition of the road that he leaves at the end of the development,” she stressed.Senator Fraser-Binns further noted that if the proposal cannot be taken on board now, that it be given consideration when the Act comes up for review in another three to six years.The Bill, which seeks to establish a modern legislative framework that will serve to reduce the vulnerability of Jamaica’s built environment and ensure public safety, was passed with 30 amendments.The legislation will also streamline the permit application system to eliminate unnecessary referrals and expedite responses; facilitate the introduction of special express services; and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities regarding accessibility, safety and user-friendliness.It also provides for the establishment of the National Building Code, and identifies the Bureau of Standards Jamaica as the agency that will set the acceptable local and international standards for construction.In addition, the legislation establishes that the municipal corporations are to be the local building authorities and will be responsible for inspecting, certifying and taking the actions necessary to approve new structures, change existing buildings, or destroy dangerous structures.last_img read more

Diagnostic Imaging Suite Unveiled

first_imgNova Scotians with serious illnesses such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diseases of the heart will no longer have to leave the province to get a sophisticated and potentially life-saving medical test. Nova Scotia’s first Positron Emission Tomography and Computerized Tomography (PET/CT) Diagnostic Imaging Suite is serving patients at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont, today, July 16, participated in a tour and opening ceremony as the PET/CT program was unveiled at the Victorial General site of the QEII. “This is another exciting first for Nova Scotia,” Mr. d’Entremont said. “We’ve been making significant investments in equipment to improve the quality of health care in our province. Having this sophisticated machine will help doctors give better care to patients closer to home.” The province contributed $3.5 million to the PET/CT program. The remaining $2.5 million was provided by the QEII Foundation, including $500,000 contributions each from Aliant and a group of radiologists. Patients who needed this test previously, had to travel outside of Nova Scotia. Now, the province has the capability to treat every patient that needs this procedure. “The cost and inconvenience of travelling out of province will no longer be a concern when a patient’s doctor considers the need for a PET/CT scan,” said Dr. David Barnes, professor of radiology at Dalhousie University. “This imaging technology is very useful in the investigation of certain types of cancer and, to a lesser extent, diseases of the heart and the brain.” Paul Peters of Bridgewater went to Montreal and Vancouver to get a PET/CT scan. He made the difficult decision to go away, but he’s glad future patients who need this procedure will be able to stay closer to home. “In my own case, the reality of not having had access to the PET/CT scanner locally would likely have meant that my residual cancer would not have been detected early enough and I would not be alive today,” Mr. Peters said. A PET/CT scanner involves the injection of mild radioactive isotopes into the patient. These safe amounts of radioactive material show doctors what the body and any diseases are doing.last_img read more

Loan schemes do not reach 59 of rural India… often due to

first_imgNew Delhi: Loan schemes don’t reach almost 60 per cent people in rural India, says a new survey which also finds Climate Change to be the biggest challenge for one in five farmers. The survey, conducted by rural media platform Gaon Connection, noted that the next generation in 48 per cent farming families does not want to pursue agriculture.At least 43.6 per cent farmers said they did not get the correct price for their produce, said the survey conducted among 18,000 rural respondents across 19 states, including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, West Bengal and Telangana. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe survey, released ahead of the Union Budget next week and exploring issues such as water scarcity and law and order, found that a massive 59 per cent of farmers were unable to avail of any kind of loan, often because of lack of proper information. Only 25 per cent and 15 percent of the respondents said they took loans amounting up to Rs 50,000 and Rs 5 lakh, respectively. “Thirteen per cent of the respondents said that high debt was their biggest challenge, and some 17 per cent said that high input cost — the high prices of seeds, fertilisers, pesticides and other raw materials for their agriculture — is their biggest problem,” it said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAs many as 62 per cent farmers said they wanted to decide the selling price of their produce instead of letting the government do the job, while 30 per cent were found to be satisfied with the status quo as far as pricing was concerned. “There are no credible means and platforms for the central and state governments to know what’s on the mind of the rural citizen. Our surveys want to constantly find out, what does rural India want and what are its real priorities,” said Neelesh Misra, founder, Gaon Connection. At least 19 per cent of the respondents surveyed recognised that climate change is happening and said sudden and unexpected weather changes are now the biggest challenge to their crops. Millions of farmers across the country have to deal with sudden hailstorms, unseasonal rains, excessive heat and cold that affects agriculture and livelihoods, the survey said. Every third woman living in Indian villages has to walk, on an average, half a kilometer to fetch water, it found. Only 8 per cent of villagers said they get piped water at home. At least 61 per cent respondents said their households get water through public taps or hand pumps. Improving access to irrigation alone will address many of their problems related to agriculture, said 41 per cent of the respondents. Twenty per cent said the soaring prices of diesel were a major concern. The survey noted that most of those living in rural India now use the Internet for information dissemination. “Thirty-eight per cent of them said they use the Internet for accessing social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp, 30 per cent said they use the Internet to get any kind of information and 15 per cent said they don’t have Android mobiles,” it added.last_img read more

Ban heartened by scale of global response to help Haiti quake victims

14 January 2010The international community’s outpouring of support to assist victims of this week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti is encouraging, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, as rescue efforts are ramping up in the Caribbean nation with the arrival of teams and supplies from around the world. Although it will be days before an overall casualty figure can be ascertained for the 7.0 magnitude tremors which devastated the capital, Port-au-Prince, “I feel it will be very high,” Mr. Ban told reporters in New York. “Clearly, this is a major humanitarian disaster.”The large scale of the international response to the disaster is “most heartening,” he said, with people around the world expressing their support for Haiti, the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country.Last night, members of the General Assembly pledged their assistance to the earthquake victims, and the Secretary-General said he has received numerous calls and letters from people expressing their solidarity with the Haitian people and also with offers of material support.“Haiti needs every ounce of help we can offer,” he underscored today, with the top priority remaining search-and-rescue operations to save those who are trapped under rubble.Rescue teams from countries including China and France have reached the capital, and the first 72 hours of the operation to save victims will be critical, Mr. Ban said.Needs – including medical supplies, food, water, tents and heavy equipment – are both “huge” and “immediate,” he noted.The Secretary-General said that he has asked the United States Government to provide as many helicopters, engineers and medical supplies as possible.He has dispatched Edmond Mulet, his former Special Representative to Haiti and current Assistant-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, to Haiti to assume full command of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The tremors have also taken a toll on the UN, with nearly 200 personnel serving with MINUSTAH – including Hédi Annabi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative – still unaccounted for.It was announced today that four police, 19 soldiers and 13 civilian staff members with the Mission have died.The Christopher Hotel, which houses the UN headquarters in Haiti, and other buildings hosting the world body’s offices collapsed in the tremors.Some eight UN workers have been pulled alive from the rubble, including Tarmo Joveer, 38, an Estonian close protection officer who was rescued from the Christopher Hotel this morning.Some 3,000 of MINUSTAH’s troops and police are in and around Port-au-Prince, and are helping to maintain order and assist in relief efforts. They have also started to clear some of the capital’s main roads to allow aid and rescuers to reach those in need. read more

Krishna to make special statement on Sri Lanka

An Indian government member informed the Rajya Sabha this afternoon that the Indian government has agreed to make a special statement on Sri Lanka. Indian External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna is to make a special statement in the Indian Rajya Sabha (parliament) tomorrow over the Sri Lankan issue.The special statement comes following protests in the Indian parliament today by Tamil political parties over the alleged atrocities committed during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka. The Indian Tamil political parties were demonstrating in the Rajya Sabha demanding India to support a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. (Colombo Gazette)

Meetings Made Easy One Video Platform or More

Video Communication Must Improve, Even as It Hits Its Stride Michael Helmbrecht September 12, 2019 Video conferencing at work has boomed. Now we need to fully deliver on its promise. What’s Up in AV? 4 Trends to Watch Jimmy Vaughan August 02, 2019 A look at some of the problem-solving solutions I saw at the recent InfoComm 2019 event. Reflections on the Zoom/Mac Security Debacle Dave Michels July 16, 2019 The vulnerability is all patched up, but questions linger. Standardizing on a Single PlatformI imagine that simplified meetings were at least partially behind news Zoom shared this morning that HSBC, a global bank and financial services company, has standardized on its video-first UC platform. Details are sparse, but this much is known: HSBC will have licenses available for more than 290,000 users and Zoom Conference Room Connectors to over 5,500 hardware endpoints. Toward that end, Teamline now offers MultiJoin, which makes the Teamline room system able to join Skype for Business and Teams; Cisco Webex; Zoom; BlueJeans; and StarLeaf meetings with a single click, Raffe said. With MultiJoin, a user can add a meeting room address to or forward the meeting invite, and then launch the meeting from the Teamline touchpad in the meeting room. Alternatively, if the room is outfitted with the StarLeaf Pronto cable, the user could plug that into a laptop USB for instant connectivity of the meeting invite to the Teamline room system; the meeting join button will then appear on the room system touchpad, Raffe said. Teamline MultiJoin For some enterprises, an attempt at improving the meeting room experience will come through standardization on a single platform. Others will prefer a more flexible approach, and as a result seek out ways to make the use of room systems with disparate video apps utterly seamless. We continue to see examples of both, including in recent news of a big customer win coming Zoom Video Communications and a new compatibility offering from Teamline, a StarLeaf unit. What’s in your meeting room? The Room Connectors will be key in creating the “frictionless experience” HSBC expects to deliver by standardizing on the Zoom platform. With the connectors, HSBC should be able to connect standards-based meeting room systems — those supporting SIP/H.323 — to the Zoom cloud. In addition, should HSBC use Cisco and Poly room systems, it would be able to provide one-touch meeting join through partnerships Zoom has in place with those room system providers. Easing Click to JoinTeamline, a provider of meeting room options for the Microsoft ecosystem, talks about turning meeting rooms into “platform-agnostic collaboration spaces” — because the largest enterprises rarely run on a single platform, Raffe said. Even companies that have standardized on a platform will find themselves needing to support another one or more, either while they transition or because they face an intractable group of users — say an avid group of Zoom users in marketing amid an IT-sanctioned Microsoft Skype for Business or Team shop, he added. And, when asked to join external meetings, users are at the mercy of whoever has scheduled the meeting and the video app they use. Meanwhile, “the poor users just want to get on with their meetings,” Raffe said. “They’re faced with a whole variety of meetings on their calendars, and they just want to get on with collaborating.” Such seamlessness of meeting experience is nirvana, certainly for HSBC but for any other company, large or small. However, standardizing on a single platform isn’t always an option — or even desired, as Steve Raffe, head of Teamline at StarLeaf, pointed out last week in a No Jitter briefing. Teamline-Multi-join-nologo.png Log in or register to post comments Don’t Get Ripped Off with Video Conferencing Pricing Chris Heinemann July 30, 2019 Financially, the cost of video conferencing isn’t just high, it’s unpredictable. It’s time for a different approach. Such a question today gives rise to a range of emotions within the enterprise. Infrequent users might feel panic at the thought of having to figure out how to join a meeting from a room system, whereas frequent participants might feel irked by having to use a room system that’s not to their liking, whatever the reason. And that’s not to mention the range of feelings that enterprise IT, A/V, and facilities professionals have about meeting rooms, which today come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and with all sorts of gear within them. The plan is to consolidate all audio conferencing, video conferencing, and screen sharing services onto the Zoom platform for internal and external meetings, whether users participate from their mobile devices, sitting at their desks, or in conference rooms, according to information shared in a press release on this contract. BT Group is the integration partner for this enterprise deal, which Zoom said represents its largest to date by initial revenue. 3 Problems Still Facing Voice Services Alexey Aylarov September 04, 2019 Interconnectivity, teleconference audio quality, and robocalling issues are still impacting voice services. See All in Video Collaboration & A/V » Teamline expects MultiJoin to be particularly useful for enterprises transitioning from Skype for Business to Teams, helping them get more out of their meeting room investments, Raffe added. And, by removing the complexity of joining a meeting, it also sees MultiJoin as a means of encouraging users who have been invited to video meetings to take advantage of that capability vs. joining via audio alone. “It’s all about empowering the human element.”Tags:News & ViewsVideo interoperabilityZoomTeamlineVideo Collaboration & A/VCase StudiesCloud CommunicationsEndpointsMeetingsNews & Views Articles You Might Like read more

Harrier arrives for the Hamilton Airshow

The star attraction for the Hamilton Airshow this weekend arrived over the noon hour, at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.The aircraft is the world’s only civilian owned Harrier. One of the most requested aircraft on the airshow circuit, the Harrier is known for its vertical, short takeoff and landing. The airshow runs from 3:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.Only 1,200 tickets will be sold per day. They can be purchased here.

Tilikum SeaWorld orca featured in Blackfish has died

(Courtesy Seaworld) Tilikum, the killer whale profiled in the documentary “Blackfish”, has died. SeaWorld announced his passing on their website early Friday morning.The orca first came to the park 25 years ago and had been linked to the deaths of three people, including the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau during a live show in 2010.In the statement on their website, the company says “Tilikum’s life will always be inextricably connected with the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Dawn Brancheau. While we all experienced profound sadness about that loss, we continued to offer Tilikum the best care possible, each and every day, from the country’s leading experts in marine mammals.”SeaWorld ended their orca breeding program in March 2016. Tilikum had faced serious health issues including a complicated bacterial lung infection.Tilikum was believed to be 36-years-old when he passed.“Tilikum had, and will continue to have, a special place in the hearts of the SeaWorld family, as well as the millions of people all over the world that he inspired,” said President & CEO of SeaWorld Joel Manby. “My heart goes out to our team who cared for him like family.”We’re saddened to announce the passing of Tilikum, a beloved member of the SeaWorld family for 25 years. https://t.co/T7Y3fTgecp pic.twitter.com/vLfpi5szCc— SeaWorld (@SeaWorld) January 6, 2017 read more

UN agencies send relief supplies to help quake victims in Afghanistan

Working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN relief staff have distributed food, water, tents and bed sheets to the hundreds of people now homeless or without adequate shelter because of the quakes, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.According to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), two people were killed, 40 people were injured and hundreds of homes were destroyed when an earthquake struck three villages in Paktia province in the country’s southeast on 18 July.At least 150 houses were damaged or destroyed in one village in the western province of Herat when it was hit by a quake on 14 July. No casualties were reported there.OCHA said two assessment units, which comprise staff from UN agencies, NGOs, the Afghan Government and the provincial reconstruction teams, were in Paktia and Herat to determine what is needed to help the villages recover. read more

On India visit Ban stresses countrys role in security human rights development

“As the world’s largest democracy, India has important lessons for others,” the Secretary-General said, welcoming India’s efforts to deepen cooperation in South Asia, calling for new approaches to the dispute with Pakistan and stressing the need to support Afghan-led peace and reconciliation efforts.“Challenges should be addressed through such initiatives as the [region-led] Istanbul Process and growing bilateral and multilateral partnership agreements,” he said referring to the latter situation.As well as calling for regional approaches to terrorism, through implementing the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, he pointed to India’s generous peacekeeping contributions, but warned against continued growth of nuclear arsenals in the region. “Governments are investing in weapons while cutting their health budgets,” he said. “Each addition to the arsenals raises the risks of a nuclear nightmare.”Mr. Ban saw possibilities for improved economic growth and overall human progress in India as it worked to become a global manufacturing hub, and he welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s prioritization of smart cities and energy security as part of action on climate change.“Renewable energy offers huge business opportunities,” he said, recalling a visit yesterday to Canal Top Solar Power Plant in Gujarat state. “This year, the world must seize the chance to achieve a meaningful global agreement at the Paris climate conference. That agreement can trigger large investment flows, spark innovation and push low-carbon technologies into global markets. India can be a major part of this new flow of goods and resources.” As he turned to human rights, he stressed the need to share the spoils of growth, evoking the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings. Pointing to Gandhi’s efforts to ban discrimination based on caste, he also referred to the “special challenge” India faced in tackling violence against women, thanking Prime Minister Modi for his support for the UN HeforShe campaign to change mind-sets and mobilize men for gender equality.The Secretary-General also referred to the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi during remarks he made at the launch of UN@70 with Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi and UN Goodwill Ambassadors, who included Sachin Tendulkar, Sharmila Tagore and Nandita Das.“From the very birth of the idea of the United Nations, [Gandhi] supported it,” said Mr. Ban. “[He] once said, ‘India would be morally bound to help the United Nations.’”For the UN@70 event, he said the timing of the launch, on India’s National Youth Day, was perfect, and applauded the fact that the commemorations in India had been based on partnerships and had used the amplifying power of social media to spread the word.“India has more young people than any other country in the world,” Mr. Ban said. “The number of young people under 25 – you are the biggest country in that regard.”Speaking in tweet-sized chunks, the Secretary-General delivered three messages to those present, suggesting they pushed them out on their own social networks.“First: Investing in women and children is the most powerful way to attain global progress. Second: We have to fight for the equality of all members of our human family regardless of any difference, including sexual orientation. Third: When we strengthen the UN-India partnership, this country and our world will advance.”He underlined the priority he placed on women’s and children’s welfare, adding that he was proud to stand for equality of all, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and stressed that he came to India to strengthen the partnership and to ensure the collaboration was good for India and the world.In both speeches, Mr. Ban referred to India’s strong commitment to the UN, pointing to the country’s top ranking among troop-contributing countries, corporate Global Compact members and on contributions to the UN Democracy Fund. At the same time, the challenges the country faced mirrored global challenges, like poverty, gender inequality, discrimination, environmental degradation, extremism and other security threats.“Humanity can overcome these challenges by working in our shared interest, working as one, to have the strength of one become the strength of all,” said Mr. Ban to the Council on World Affairs. “I have seen India’s impressive advances over the decades. I see this country’s great global potential.”Roster of UN celebrity advocates from India read more

SFA to set up independent review into allegations of child sex abuse

first_imgPolice forces across the UK, including Police Scotland, are investigating more than 80 potential suspects and 98 clubs in an abuse scandal that has rocked the game.The SFA said it was “imperative that we take the necessary time and guidance” to ensure its review complemented the work of the police.Stewart Regan, the SFA chief executive, added: “Police Scotland has reaffirmed that it is the investigatory authority regarding reports of child sexual abuse in football.”It is therefore crucial to draw the distinction between their ongoing investigation and what lessons football can learn from historic allegations.”According to a BBC Scotland investigation, the former youth coach and referee Hugh Stevenson, who died in 2004, was allowed to carry on working in football for several years after being reported to police and the SFA over child sex offences.In another developed last week, Jim McCafferty, 70, a former kit man for Celtic, Hibernian and Falkirk, was arrested in Belfast after allegations were made against him.Rachael Hamilton, the Scottish Conservative MSP, welcomed the move and said that as long as the review was “truly independent” it would help people have confidence in Scotland’s governing body.The move follows pressure from various quarters, including the Deputy First Minister John Swinney.He said on Sunday that he would not extend the Scottish Government’s historical abuse inquiry – looking into the treatment of children who were in institutional care – to include football.He urged the SFA to set up an inquiry conducted by an “authoritative, independent, respected figure” The Scottish Football Association is to set up an independent review into allegations of historic child sex abuse in the sport.Football has been rocked by claims from several former players that they were abused by people in positions of authority.The SFA said it had taken steps towards establishing the scope of the review to see what lessons could be learnt, but stressed that Police Scotland remained the main investigatory authority.The announcement followed meetings between the SFA, police and representatives from PFA Scotland, the players’ union.The association said it wanted to reassure people that football was a “safe and enjoyable environment for children” and the review would focus on “processes and procedures” in place both currently and historically in Scottish football. Hugh Stevenson Youth coach and referee Hugh StevensonCredit:Universal News and Sport Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

GB Women Head to Montenegro

THE Great Britain Women’s Handball Team begin their Euro 2012 qualification matches with a tough away trip to Montenegro this week.After beating Finland in the pre-qualifiers Great Britain were drawn in a four-team pool with Poland, Montenegro and Russia with home and away matches against all three starting on Wednesday and concluding next June.The squad travel out on Tuesday for the game on Wednesday which starts at 6pm local time in Herceg Novi, and will need to be on top form if they are to challenge their hosts, who reached the finals of the 2011 World Championships with two victories over the Czech Republic in June this year.And following their midweek match, Great Britain return to their base at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre to prepare for an even tougher task.On Saturday, October 22, they will play host to reigning world champions Russia (3pm start). Tickets for the Russia match are available in advance or on the door. ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL (Round 3) – Metz’s “last second” triumph in Denmark Next Story → Men’s EHF Cup (Round 3): Minsk in Nantes, Magdeburg in BiH, Porto in Serbia read more

NZXT Bunker Protects Your USB Devices

first_imgAfraid someone is going to run off with your mouse or keyboard, or perhaps that someone will find an unused USB port and plug in a keylogger? NZXT’s new USB Bunker is designed to give you a bunch of USB ports that are completely locked down and protected, and not using some fancy software – we mean lock and key. You’ll need an expansion bay in your desktop computer to install the bunker into, but once it’s in, you can swing it open to plug in your USB devices, and then shut the door over those devices to keep the USB cable in its port and in place so no one can snatch it. If you have a desktop computer and want to make sure no one has access to your precious USB ports, the USB Bunker can be yours for $24.99 retail price and will be available in March.last_img