American Writer Honors Sultan Mohammed V for Protecting Jews

Rabat – American writer Richard Hurowitz has praised the late Moroccan Sultan Mohammed V for his role in protecting Jews during World War II.In an article published by Los Angeles Times, Hurowitz starts out by reminded the readers of a famous scene of the legendary American movie “Casablanca”, where refugees in Rick’s Café started singing the French national anthem “la Marseillaise” in an epic act of defiance to the Nazi officers.The clip, as Richard Hurowitz points out, “became an instant inspiration to moviegoers” at that time of war. But during that time, Morocco saw a “much greater — and real life — act of heroism”, yet “too little known or recognized” compared to the scene from Casablanca, namely: “the protection of the Jews of Morocco by the young Sultan Mohammed V.” Back then, the young Sultan was under pressure from pro-Nazi French authorities. The collaborationist French Vichy regime sought to implement  the Nazi party’s genocidal policies against Jews living in its Moroccan colony.Morocco’s history had been marked by Jewish presence for ages. They had been an integral part of the country’s cultural makeup and influential in Moroccan society.“Jews had lived in that part of the world since well before Carthage fell,” writes Hurowitz, “and over a quarter of a million called Morocco their home in 1940. Members of the community had served the sultans’ court as ministers, diplomats and advisors.”Mohammed V defied the anti-Jewish laws French authorities tried imposed on his kingdom, which aimed at “restricting certain professions and schools to Jews and requiring them to live in ghettos.”The laws were enforced but the sultan refused to endorse them. As an act of resistance, he invited representatives of the Jewish community to an official ceremony commemorating the sultanate’s anniversary.The Moroccan monarch expressed his rejection of the discriminatory laws against the Jews, telling the French officials he refused any distinction between Moroccans. “There are only Moroccan subjects,” the sultan famously said, clarifying that he saw no difference between Muslims and Jews.Standing against Vichy’s anti-Jewish policies helped protect the community from the ghastly slaughter occurring in Europe. “No Moroccan Jews were deported or killed; nor were they forced to wear the yellow star,” explains the American writer.When the Nazis and their allies were defeated in North Africa in 1942, “the Moroccan Jewish community was essentially intact.”His historical role in preserving the lives of dozens of thousands of Jews made Mohammed V a respected figure that many members of Jewish communities around the world, especially those of Morocco origins, still remember.Seen as a bright chapter of history amid the horrors of World War II, Hurowitz believes it is an example that we can draw lessons from today.“At a time when anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are on the rise globally, we should honor this overlooked but remarkable example of enlightened leadership,” he writes. read more

Yemen UN human rights office calls for halt to use of force

5 April 2011The United Nations human rights office today called on the Yemeni Government to immediately halt the use of force against people exercising their right to peaceful protest, noting that over 100 people have reportedly been killed since the demonstrations began. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) also called on the Government to fulfil its earlier commitment to establish a commission of inquiry into recent allegations of killings and abuse by Government forces. This includes the incidents of 18 March, when more than 45 people were reportedly killed in Sana’a, as well as yesterday’s violent suppression of protests in Taiz. “We are very alarmed by reports of disproportionate and excessive use of force, including machine guns, against peaceful protestors by Government security forces in Taiz yesterday, which apparently led to at least 15 deaths and dozens of serious injuries,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told a news conference in Geneva.It is estimated that the recent political turmoil in Yemen, part of a wave of protests across the Middle East and North Africa calling for social, economic and democratic reforms, has led to more than 100 deaths – which OHCHR believes may be a conservative estimate – and hundreds of injuries.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, meanwhile, in a telephone call to President Ali Abdullah Saleh, emphasized the UN’s desire to see Yemen enjoy peace, stability and security, adding he has dispatched a small team to the country to engage with the concerned parties on how best the UN could assist in fostering dialogue.Mr. Ban expressed strong concerns over deaths and injuries, and urged utmost restraint by both Government security forces and protesters. He said that violence and the use of force can only exacerbate the situation, adding that he trusted Mr. Saleh’s wisdom to arrive at a peaceful solution in the interest of all Yemeni people.OHCRH also noted “worrying” reports of detention, harassment and expulsion of human rights defenders and journalists in Yemen. It also called on the Government to halt the targeting of minorities, particularly the marginalized group commonly referred to as the Akhdam.“We call on the Government to heed calls for human rights reforms in the country and urge a meaningful dialogue between the Government and opposition aimed at finding agreement on a peaceful way forward,” said Mr. Colville.Top UN officials, including Mr. Ban and the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos, have voiced their concern about the situation in Yemen, where the ongoing violence is worsening an already dire humanitarian crisis owing to protracted conflict in the north.Mr. Ban has called for a broad dialogue with the political opposition, youth groups and other elements of civil society leading to “bold” reforms in the country. read more

TSX and Wall Street barely changed amid Ukraine deal and jobs numbers

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was little changed Friday, amid a ceasefire agreement in Ukraine and disappointing job numbers in Canada and the U.S.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 1.42 points to 15,578.21.There was also little movement on Wall Street, with the Dow Jones industrials down 16.67 points to 17,052.91, while the Nasdaq gained 1.65 points to 4,563.94. The S&P 500 index saw an uptick of 1.33 of a point to 1,996.32.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared a cease-fire Friday to end nearly five months of fighting after reaching a deal with Russian-backed rebels.He ordered government forces to stop hostilities at 11 a.m. EDT following an agreement signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the rebels and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.Since mid-April, Moscow-backed separatists have been fighting government troops in eastern Ukraine in a conflict the United Nations estimates has killed nearly 2,600 people.Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar dipped 0.03 of a cent to 91.93 cents US, as Statistics Canada reported that the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7% in August with a total of 11,000 jobs lost.Economists had expected the economy to add 10,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate to remain at 7.0%.The number of private-sector employees fell by 112,000 in August while self-employment rose by 87,000. The number of public-sector employees rose by 14,000 in August.BMO chief economist Doug Porter said it was yet more evidence that the Canadian economy is struggling to churn out meaningful job growth and offered more fodder for the Bank of Canada to stay with its neutral stance on interest rates.“In this environment of productivity-led growth, the Bank of Canada will continue to feel zero urgency about talking about raising rates, let alone actually raising them,” Porter said.It was a similarly disappointing jobs report in the U.S.The U.S. Labor Department says employers added just 142,000 jobs in August, ending a six-month streak of hiring above 200,000 and posting the smallest gain in eight months.Economists had forecast that the American economy created about 220,000 jobs last month.The department says the unemployment rate fell to 6.1% from 6.2%, but the rate dropped because fewer Americans were working or seeking jobs.The U.S. Federal Reserve has been carefully watching the release of the monthly job numbers as a sign to see if the economy is improving at a good pace and when it can start raising interest rates.On the commodity markets, the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up seven cents to US$94.52 a barrel. December bullion jumped 30 cents to US$1,266.80 an ounce, while December copper was unchanged at US$3.15 a pound. read more

Pillay tells UNHRC to address Lanka

States have an obligation to protect their citizens from threats to their security in a manner that respects human rights. My Office has assisted States develop and implement security policies, including counter-terrorism measures in accordance with international human rights law. We have seen the lifting of long-standing emergency measures in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Fiji, although some provisions restricting fundamental rights remained or have been reintroduced. Over the past year, I have also expressed concerns about the rights of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, and my deep disappointment at the failure to close this detentionfacility,” she said. UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay says she hopes the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will address reports on Sri Lanka.Addressing the council a short while ago, Pillay welcomed the release of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) but added that it falls short of addressing issues mention in the UN Experts panel report. Pillay said that the LLRC report contained several important recommendations and she hopes the government will engage with her office in implementing the recommendations. “I welcome the publication by the Government of Sri Lanka last December of its Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission. While the report falls short of the comprehensive accountability process recommended by the Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts, it does make important recommendations. I encourage the Government to engage with the Special Procedures and with my Office on follow up to the report. I also hope the Council will discuss these important reports. read more

At General Assembly debate speakers praise UN reforms but urge further action

“Even sceptics cannot deny that the UN in 2006 is profoundly different from the UN 10 years ago,” said Alexandr Vondra, the Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, noting that many reform projects were carried out although some, including the “long-overdue reform of the Security Council” were not.If the UN could succeed in management reform, it will become “stronger, leaner, less bureaucratic and more operational,” he said. “Let us hope that these changes will be backed by the adoption of a new and fair scale of assessments, by adequate budget and payment discipline, and, last but not least, by progress in implementing the Capital Master Plan” for overhauling the UN’s dilapidated Headquarters complex.Anders Lidén, Sweden’s Ambassador said the High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence provides “a unique opportunity to revitalize the support of the United Nations to the developing countries.”This, said, will ultimately serve those States where the Organization operates. “If the UN can become more effective at the country level, it will be able to mobilize more resources and ensure that they will reach the countries in need.”Representing the Observer Mission of the Holy See, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, President of the Governatorate of the Vatican City State, voiced support for reforms that have already been carried out, such as the creation of a new Peacebuilding Commission and Human Rights Council, while stressing the need for further changes.“The need to improve the system for effective humanitarian interventions in catastrophes brought on by war, civil conflict and ethnic strife will be an important test of the UN reform agenda,” he said.Also addressing the Assembly today, Gilles Noghès, the head of Monaco’s delegation, said the Principality’s Princess Stéphanie would soon be designated as a Special Representative of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS. This “will further reinforce her commitment to the battle against this terrible pandemic affecting more and more women,” he said. read more

Steady progress on demarcating the border between Nigeria and Cameroon – Annan

In a letter to the Security Council detailing the work of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, Mr. Annan says about 462 kilometres of the border have been demarcated so far, although there have been some delays to that progress. He quotes UN civilian observers as reporting that the situation along the border is calm.Nigeria formally withdrew from the peninsula and transferred authority to Cameroon in August, in line with the Greentree Agreement signed by the two countries in June.That agreement was itself the results of a negotiation process conducted by the Mixed Commission, which was set up by Mr. Annan to help the two nations peacefully resolve the Bakassi dispute.Under the agreement, Nigeria recognized Cameroonian sovereignty over the region, in accordance with a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2002. Located on the Gulf of Guinea, the Bakassi had been the subject of intense and sometimes violent disputes between the two countries for decades.In his update, Mr. Annan writes that after the entire land border is demarcated, pillars will be emplaced and then a final survey and mapping will take place. The delineation of the maritime boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria is still expected to be completed later this year as well.The Secretary-General also appeals for voluntary financial contributions to the Commission’s work, noting its success so far and the increasingly clear signs that it will not be able to complete its entire mandate by the end of next year. read more

Ford recalls Fiesta subcompact side air bag wont protect rearseat passengers in

by News Staff Posted Oct 16, 2012 8:26 am MDT auto recall|ford canada|ford fiesta|ford motor company|ford recall Ford recalls Fiesta subcompact; side air bag won’t protect rear-seat passengers in some cases DETROIT – Ford is recalling more than 154,000 Fiesta subcompacts to fix a problem with the side air bags, including 28,000 in Canada. The company says that if the front passenger seat is empty, the side air bag won’t inflate to protect rear-seat passengers in some crashes. Ford says it doesn’t know of any crashes or injuries linked to the problem. The recall affects Fiestas from the 2011 through 2013 model years. They were built in Mexico from Nov. 3, 2009 to Sept. 21, 2012. Dealers will reprogram the computer that controls the side air bag so it inflates even if no one is in the front passenger seat. The repair will be done for free. read more

SMMT meets Labour at party conference

The next SMMT event will be at the Conservative Party Conference on 5 October 2009.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The event focused on the role of the UK automotive industry in a low carbon economy, highlighting the need to support the sector as a strategic and essential part of the UK economy and wider low carbon agenda. Further discussions focused on low carbon automotive manufacturing in a more balanced economy, taking into account the recommendations of the New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team (NAIGT) report. The conference provided a good opportunity to demonstrate SMMT’s continued commitment to engage with key politicians and stakeholders to ensure the automotive sector receives the recognition it deserves. ‘The role of the UK automotive industry in a low carbon economy’ was the subject of an SMMT-hosted debate held with MPs and key decision-makers at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton last night (28 September 2009).The event, held in conjunction with Unite the Union, featured a panel discussion with Ian Lucas MP, minister for business and regulatory reform, SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt, joint general secretary of Unite Tony Woodley and Richard Howitt MEP. Business secretary Lord Mandelson joined the debate to reiterate his support for the UK automotive sector, highlighting government’s commitment to the industry through the extension of the scrappage incentive scheme. Lord Mandelson also said he hoped more approvals of loans or loan guarantees would soon be made under the Automotive Assistance Programme, including finance for larger projects. read more

Football 3star class of 2018 prospect Master Teague commits to Ohio State

Three-star 2018 running back prospect Master Teague committed to Ohio State Sunday afternoon, becoming the 13th player in his class to announce his intention to play for the Buckeyes.Teague becomes the lowest-rated player and the only three-star member of OSU’s 2018 recruiting class. The 247Sports composite rankings slot him as the No. 501 player in the class and 25th-best prospect at his position.pic.twitter.com/ihf8e2fwdD— Master W. Teague III (@33_blackman) June 11, 2017Teague is the third running back in his class to commit to OSU, following four-star prospects Brian Snead (No. 80) and Westerville, Ohio, native Jaelen Gill (No. 34). The Murfreesboro, Tennessee, native Teague is the second player from his state in the 2018 class to commit to play for the Buckeyes. read more

MoD says 2017 Year of the Navy as new carrier prepares for

first_imgThis year will be the start of a “new era of maritime power” for Britain, as the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier leaves its shipyard and begins sea trials, the Defence Secretary has said.The 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth will begin trials in the North Sea in March, before moving to its new home in Portsmouth later in the year.Its sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, will enter the water for the first time in the summer in Rosyth as work on her continues. HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to be ready for its first deployment in 2021, 11 years after the defence review which axed Britain’s old carriers and their Harrier jets.The MoD has also vowed to begin cutting the first steel in Glasgow for eight new Type 26 frigates later this year, amid fears delays in replacing the ageing Type 23 vessels will see the fleet shrink further next decade. HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to move to its new home in Portsmouth in May 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.center_img HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to move to its new home in Portsmouth in May The Ministry of Defence has declared 2017 the year of the Navy after a series of disclosures last year about unreliable warships, cuts and undermanning.Sir Michael Fallon said: “2017 is the start of a new era of maritime power, projecting Britain’s influence globally and delivering security at home.”last_img read more

Iron ore battles – ArcelorMittal US Steel and ClevelandCliffs fight over Wabush

first_imgArcelorMittal has commenced a legal action in the Ontario Superior Court to require US Steel Canada and Cleveland-Cliffs to respect what it describes as “their commitment and comply with the sale of their respective interests in the Wabush Mines Joint Venture to ArcelorMittal Dofasco.” US Steel Canada, a foreign subsidiary of US Steel Corp holds 44.6%, Cleveland-Cliffs holds a 26.8% interest and Dofasco holds a 28.6% interest in the Wabush Mines Joint Venture.ArcelorMittal claims US Steel Canada and Cleveland-Cliffs agreed to sell their interests in the Wabush Mines to ArcelorMittal Dofasco in accordance with the terms of an agreement made last August. “Everyone fully understood the terms of this agreement. Our decision to pursue legal action is done in an effort to expedite the closure of the sale, and provide some much needed certainty for the employees at Wabush as well as the community and government stakeholders”, said ArcelorMittal Dofasco President Juergen Schachler.However, Cleveland-Cliffs and US Steel Canada issued press releases on March 4, “dismissing their binding legal obligations with respect to the sale,” as ArcelorMittal puts it.Cleveland-Cliffs’ statement says “it has terminated negotiations to sell its 26.8% interest in the Wabush Mines. The company entered into discussions with Dofasco in September 2007 and until today negotiations had been ongoing.”“Cliffs believes that terminating negotiations and remaining a partner in the Wabush Mines is the best course of action for all stakeholders at the current time,” said Donald J. Gallagher, President of Cliffs’ North American Business Unit.  Wabush, located in Canada, has been operating since 1965. It produced 4.6 Mt of iron ore pellets in 2007, and includes Scully iron ore mine near Wabush, Newfoundland, Labrador; the pellet plant and port facilities at Pointe Noire, Quebec; and integrated rail facilities and other assets.last_img read more

Komatsus KTEC facility shows the future of technical training

first_imgIn May 2013, Komatsu Australia opened its KTEC (Komatsu Technical Education Centre) facility in Brisbane – one of the most advanced technical training facilities for mining, earthmoving and utility equipment in the region. Since then, KTEC has become the primary training centre for Komatsu’s technicians in Australia and New Zealand.  To date the facility has delivered over 85 training programs and increased Komatsu’s technical capability for more than 300 service technicians.Based at Komatsu’s Sherwood site in western Brisbane, the facility incorporates a number of simulators and has the ability to work on large scale machines with the largest machine training being for a WA1200 mining loader and the ability to train technicians on up to a 830E dump truck.The courses available through KTEC cover a variety of mining machines including backhoe/loaders, dozers, crushers, trucks, excavators (including hybrids), graders and wheel loaders – as well as general systems and technologies.In addition, Komatsu is the only RTO (Registered Training Organisation) with registration to deliver training compliant with UEENEEP022A Disconnect and Reconnect 3.3KV Electric Propulsion Components of Self Propelled Earth Moving Vehicles, to satisfy the requirements for obtaining a restricted electrical permit/license in Western Australia and Queensland.The KTEC sits on more than 3 ha of land, offering over 2,600 m2 of dedicated training area, including seven classrooms, seven technical laboratories, a large machine operations workshop area and three meeting rooms.According to Komatsu Australia’s General Manager People & Strategy, Colin Shaw, KTEC significantly increases the technical capability of the company’s workforce.“This is a major benefit for our customers wherever their machines are located,” he said. “Through this facility, we can also offer technical or operator training for customers, either at KTEC in Brisbane or on a customer’s site, designed to ensure they can maximise their production and minimise downtime.”All machine-specific training courses offered at KTEC are built around the Komatsu Skills Competency Map, which covers four levels:Introduction and general serviceStructure and functionTesting and adjustingTroubleshooting.“Each level develops and builds the skills and knowledge in the participants, and each level is a pre-requisite to the next,” said Shaw.Under the KTEC process, Komatsu service technicians go through the company’s Certified Technic Accreditation System which consists of two components: the Learning component and the Accreditation component.“In the learning component, attendees sit through their four levels of training according to our skills competency map,” he said.“In the accreditation component, they then gain the required amount of on-the-job experience, then following an on-site assessment will be given the relevant Certified Technic accreditation.“As a result, our customers can be assured that our service people are fully competent in the maintenance and repair of Komatsu machines,” said Shaw.Dean Gaedtke, Komatsu Australia’s Queensland Regional General Manager, said that KTEC had resulted in a significant improvement in service technician’s training and skill levels – something that had been noticed not only by those participating, but also by customers and other Komatsu people.“On my travels around the branches, I am constantly receiving positive feedback on the improvement in our training since KTEC has been established,” he said.“There is special mention of the purpose-built classrooms, the dedicated workshop bay, as well as the specific laboratories.“The content of the courses has also received good feedback, because it combines classroom and workshop activities on actual machines.“And the fact that we can now offer CT (Certified Technic) competencies tailored to each individual branch’s specific models is something that has really been welcomed by branch managers.“KTEC has become an important part of our total customer satisfaction experience, ensuring we provide the best-trained OEM support in the industry,” said Gaedtke.last_img read more

Alice Munro declines Nobel awards invite due to poor health

first_imgAUTHOR ALICE MUNRO will not be travelling to Stockholm to pick up her Nobel Prize.The 82-year-old Canadian native can’t make the journey due to poor health, the Academy secretary said today.It is not known yet who will represent her at the awards ceremony, which will take place on 10 December.When Munro was named the winner of the prestigious award earlier this month, the official Twitter page for the Nobel Prize said that they had been trying to get hold of her by phone, but hadn’t succeeded.In the end, they left her a phone message.The writer – whose body of work is chiefly made up of short stories – is due to collect a prize of US $1.2 million from the Swedish Academy.A story by Munro from 1999 is printed in this week’s New Yorker – and is also available to read on its website. – Additional reporting Associated PressRead: Canadian Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize, doesn’t answer her phone>last_img read more

Nick Xenophon named the most influential personality in SA

first_imgRanking number one on a recent list of the 100 most influential personalities in South Australia as selected by a panel of leaders from the Advertiser newsroom. The results were published in the paper’s recent poll, former senator and current SA-BEST Party Leader Nick Xenophon, who announced his decision to quit federal politics last October, is now ready to take on the challenge of claiming the seat of Hartley at the upcoming South Australian general election.According to the Electoral Commission SA, this March, around 1.2 million South Australians will be enrolled to vote at the 2018 State Election. More than 6,000 polling officials will work at 693 polling places making it one of the largest logistical exercises in South Australia. In an interview with Neos Kosmos, the 59-year-old politician talks about the day after the election, the key policies his party will be focusing upon, as well as the basic strategies he plans to follow tackle SA’s major issues.What do you anticipate the political landscape will be on the morning of the 18 March? Nobody knows what will happen. We are in completely unchartered territories. Never before has there been an election [in South Australia] when the duopoly has been challenged in this way. Even analysts who have been covering politics for decades agree that they have no idea who will be the winner of this election.Public opinion has you as a forerunner in this election. Do you consider that as a vote of confidence or simply as a result of a protest vote? I have discounted the opinion polls that say I am twice as popular as the premier. I don’t think the outcome of the election will be based on protest votes. I think a burnt souvlaki would have probably gotten a higher opinion rating than the premier and the opposition leader and that shows that people genuinely want change and an alternative that they can trust. It is a government that deserves to lose and an opposition that doesn’t deserve to win. I don’t think I will be dealing with Steven Marshall or Jay Weatherill after the election.Why do you think South Australians might choose to vote for you instead of the two major parties? I feel that people trust me. Yes, I make mistakes, but at least I try to acknowledge them and learn from them and I know that people appreciate me for being honest and straightforward. In addition, I feel that SA-BEST has many good candidates with expertise and community connections to contribute. Lastly, I think that people are fed up with the current government and are ready for a real change and a transparent government.One of your political concerns is the current state of employment in this state. Is it as good or bad as it is being reported? People don’t trust the unemployment figures because they understate the true level of unemployment. We know that if you work for an hour or more a week, you are not included as being unemployed and that’s nonsense. The unemployment statistics are misleading and the level of underemployment is massive and youth unemployment combined with underemployment could be in the order of 30 per cent or higher in some areas of Adelaide. That is a staggering figure because these are people who want to work and either can’t get work or aren’t working enough hours. The functions of government are on top of the list of your political agenda. Do you feel that you and your party can be the catalysts for change? We have a broken political system. We have a lazy parliament. The parliament needs to stop being a rocking horse and turn into a workhorse. If we make the parliament work more effectively, governments won’t make the same mistakes. Governments have not been held accountable in this state for many years. Parliament in South Australia needs to sit more days and to have Question Time that leads to questions actually being answered by a committee system, where people actually get together and examine a [piece of] legislation taking into account the opinions of independent witnesses, experts, and key groups before the legislation is further considered. We need an estimates process and that’s the process where the bureaucrats must, three times a year, (over a four-year period) answer questions on how they are spending their money, any problems emerging, where everything gets put under the microscope and that’s how we can avoid big problems being made. We need to change our whistleblower laws. There are so many people in the health system that want to come forward and tell the truth about the problems with the hospitals’ waiting lists and similar issues. People need to be fearless to tell the truth about how to improve things because currently, they are afraid to tell the truth in fear they might lose their jobs. We need stronger laws. If we reform the government, then we can keep governments on their toes. We also need to tackle some social problems. A lifelong political challenge has been the containment of the gambling epidemic. Are you still keen to change the status quo in this area? The broad theme of pokies policy is to reduce the number of pokies machines over a number of years in hotels and to make the machines much safer with less deceptive features and smaller jackpots, reducing the losses from $1,000 an hour to about $120 an hour. At the same time, I acknowledge that for some of the smaller hotels and country hotels that have just come into the industry, have signed up for a legitimate industry and we need to have a compensation mechanism in place which will cost money, but it will be worth it because it will mean that more money will go into local businesses and, more significantly, less people will be hurt. Even though I am not sympathetic to an industry that’s caused so much harm, I do acknowledge that we need to have some compensation transition mechanisms in place which will cost money, but it will be worth it. Is the drug issue in this state out of control and are you prepared to face it head on? The drug problem in South Australia is a big problem. Issues such as ice addiction require some bold targets to reduce it. We need to look at mandatory imputation. We need to confiscate all the assets of drug dealers and provide proper support for people and families because it’s just a curse. Drug addicts can’t make the right decisions for themselves and we need to protect civil liberties so people can live their lives in peace.Do you still entertain the idea that an increase in population will benefit SA? The population rate is very important. With a sensible population policy we encourage business migrants and people to invest and thus we can drive more jobs. Studies show that there is economic benefit to a country or a state if migrants come here and drive more jobs. All migrants can make SA a much better place.We also need to stop people from migrating interstate. In order to do that, it is critical to have a better education system. The vocational system has failed us. We need to encourage migration by encouraging foreign investments and take advantage of the region’s potential which is currently sporadic. The key to transform a state is to concentrate on education. We have to fix technical education and facilitate things instead of making things harder for industry leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to facilitate ideas and grow. That’s where the future is; find a niche and expand on it.Property development and investment in South Australia is stalling. Consensus points to the land tax as being a major factor of this slowdown. What is your position on this? Currently our land tax is double the national average, therefore, nobody wants to invest and people are pulling money out of the state. Adelaide’s ‘square mile’, the CBD, should be a magnet for young people, but we need to get the foundations right. We need to bring land tax down as close as possible to the national average as soon as possible, because unless we do that, we will never see investment. People are building major commercial buildings and shopping centres interstate and that is a positive incentive to drive economic growth. **** After Steven Marshall’s accusation at a press conference earlier in the week that “Nick Xenophon has done a deal with Labor”, the SA-BEST leader threatened to sue the Liberal leader if he repeated those claims describing the suggestion as “political crap”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Border officials dont have data to address racial bias in facial recognition

first_img Facial recognition Facial recognition is going to be everywhere Share your voice Tags Gender and race pose a challenge for facial recognition. Studies have shown the technology has a harder time identifying women and people with darker skin. Civil rights advocates warn that the shortcomings could adversely affect minorities. Several airports and airlines have rolled out the biometric tech across the US, offering a faster way to board your flights. The technology scans a traveler’s face and matches it with a passport photo provided to the airlines by the State Department. It’ll be used in the top 20 US airports by 2021. CBP says it has a match rate in the high 90th percentile, while a study from the DHS’ Office of Inspector General found that it had a match rate closer to 85%. Customs and Border Protection says the system is getting better. A spokesman for the agency noted that the OIG study drew from a demo in 2017 that looked at the potential for the Traveler Verification Service.”In the current deployment of TVS,” the spokesman said, “CBP has been able to successfully photograph and match over 98% of travelers who have photos in U.S. Government systems.”In addition, CBP is working with the National Institutes of Standards and Technology to analyze the performance of face-matching tech, “including impacts due to traveler demographics and image quality,” the spokesman said. A lack of diverse data is what led to racial bias with facial recognition to begin with. Experts have suggested that photo databases for facial recognition could be using more images of white people than people of color, which skews how effective the technology is for minorities.  Jake Laperruque, a senior counsel at the Constitution Project, is concerned that the agency is turning a blind eye to the potential for racial bias at airports.”The comments reflect a troubling lack of concern about well-documented problem of facial recognition systems having higher error rates for people of color,” Laperruque said in an email. “CBP can’t simply ignore a serious issue and take a ‘see no evil approach’ — if they’re not willing to confront serious civil rights problems and deal with them, they shouldn’t be trusted to operate a program like this.”  Originally published May 6.Updated May 8: Added comment from a CBP spokesman. 10 Comments A woman boarding an SAS flight to Copenhagen goes through facial recognition verification system VeriScan at Dulles International Airport in  Virginia. Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images Facial recognition technology is prone to errors, and when it comes to racial bias at airports, there’s a good chance it’s not learning from its mistakes. Debra Danisek, a privacy officer with US Customs and Border Protection, talked to an audience Friday at the International Association of Privacy Professionals Summit about what data its facial recognition tech collects — but more importantly, what data it doesn’t collect.”In terms of ‘Does this technology have a different impact on different racial groups?’ we don’t collect that sort of data,” Danisek said. “In terms of keeping metrics on which groups are more affected, we wouldn’t have those metrics to begin with.” In other words, while the CBP does collect data that’s available on people’s passports — age, gender and citizenship — to help improve its facial recognition algorithm, it doesn’t gather data for race and ethnicity, even when a passenger is misidentified.So the CBP doesn’t know when there’s a mismatch based on a person’s skin color. It’s relying on reports from the Department of Homeland Security’s Redress program to identify when that happens.  “If they notice we have a pattern of folks making complaints this process, then we would investigate,” Danisek said. Now playing: Watch this: Politics Security 3:28last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo shows his generosity again donates 15 million to Palestinians for

first_imgRonaldo has made big contributions to charity before as wellMARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty ImagesCristiano Ronaldo may have many Golden Boots but he also has a golden heart, it seems. The Portuguese superstar won many hearts around the world when it was announced that he has donated $1.5 million to Palestinians for the observance of the Ramadan – the holy month of the year when Muslims fast all day and break it in the evening with the meal of Iftar.CR7, as he has come to be known around the world, is not trying to help the people of Palestine for the first time. In 2012, the superstar auctioned the Golden Boot he won the previous year to raise 1.5 million Euros for helping the children of Gaza gain proper education. On other occasions too, he showed his sympathies for the people of Palestinian lands in different ways.However, in 2016, ironically, the superstar found himself embroiled in a controversy after starring in an advertisement for an Israeli internet service providing company. Many people, including his fans having sympathy for the Palestinian cause, criticised the Juventus star for having aligned himself with a company operating from a country that they regard as being in illegal occupation of a part of West Asia. Ronaldo has been sympathetic to the plight of PalestiniansREUTERS/Massimo PincaRonaldo’s imageBut now, the views are likely to change. Ronaldo has always been known as a philanthropist who likes to donate money for noble causes. In the past, he has made monetary contributions to aid the rehabilitation works in certain areas affected by natural disasters. He was even chosen by the organisation Save the Children as their brand ambassador.The Portuguese icon was named “World’s Most Charitable Sportsperson” – a title that he hasn’t failed to live up to. In some ways, his endorsing an Israeli brand can be seen as a clever move. By doing that, he was able to ward off the charges of being anti-Israel.The Israel-Palestinian issue has been troublesome and has caused problem to sports authorities. All those who have decided to take a stand on it, either way, have faced both criticism as well as praise. But donating money to people of an impoverished nation for having a good observance of their religious rituals is not something anyone will object to.last_img read more

Buying or Selling a SaaS Company Read This First

first_img 4 min read The startup world is a fast-growing, quickly-responsive one. It combines a perilous balancing act of extremes — the potential for exciting, lucrative opportunities weighed against the unquestionable risk of failure. And, it seems that in our current economic climate, more and more SaaS (Software as a Service) companies are surfacing. The opportunity and upside of a successful, technology-based company is tantalizing for any investor, but there’s an unfortunate downside that accompanies most of these budding companies. This can make investing dangerous.The truth is that too many of these SaaS startups fail. In fact, Harvard Senior Lecturer Shikhar Ghosh told the Wall Street Journal that 75% of venture-backed companies end up dissolving, failing, or giving up completely. So, what’s going on? Why are all these investment-backed startups failing? How can you identify which startup will be part of the 25% that succeeds?  And, more importantly, how do you avoid investing in a company that is marked for failure?The secret of “technical” due diligenceYou may be thinking: I do my due diligence, so why should I keep reading? Unfortunately, those 75% of investors mentioned above thought they did their due diligence as well, but the company they invested in still failed. Related: A Quick Checklist for Building SaaS BusinessesThe ugly truth is: you may not be doing the correct type of due diligence. After years of investing, company building, and venture capitalism in the SaaS space, we have created a new way to assess infant SaaS companies. We call it: “technical due diligence.” Though we haven’t been perfect, we’ve been able to avoid many of the downfalls and poor investment decisions that many VCs experience when dealing with SaaS companies. This is in large part due to the success rate of our time-tested formula.First, when performing technical due diligence, we look at four potential risk areas. These areas must be assessed thoroughly to determine if a company has the appropriate legs to survive. Are the teams’ technical claims accurate? Is the team technically competent?Is the organization capable of continuing to execute their roadmap long-term?What are the technical strengths, shortcomings, and risks of the technology platform?Related: How SaaS has Become the Go-to Option to Build a Digital EcosystemOnce these four areas have been thoroughly and successfully assessed, and the team checks out, we can then move on to evaluating the company through the lens of our eight operational attributes. Performance: The company’s ability to execute many requests for many users within the smallest amount of time.Manageability: This defines how easily a system administrator can manage the application once it’s deployed.Interoperability: This is the ability of services to interact with other services, utilizing the data within the system.Security: Security measures the confidentiality and authenticity of users that are trying to interact with the system.Maintainability: Defined as the degree to which an application can be understood, repaired, or enhanced. Extensibility: The ability to add functionality to a component without modifying other components.Scalability: The ability of the system to handle load increases, sometimes rapidly, without decreasing performance.Availability: The quality of a system or component that assures a high level of operational performance for a given period of time.Related: 5 Growth Hacks for Your SaaS BusinessesThis kind of thorough, technical due diligence establishes a more realistic view of the company’s technology and easily highlights cultural qualities and dysfunctions within technical teams. It can also give you confidence that you’re investing intelligently in a SaaS company that has the needed attributes to tip the balance toward success.  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How Success Happens August 1, 2019 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Nowlast_img read more

Elektas MRlinac Featured in 21 Abstracts at 2017 AAPM Annual Meeting

first_img July 31, 2017 — Elekta’s magnetic resonance radiation therapy (MR/RT) system will be the subject of 21 abstracts at the 59th American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Annual Meeting & Exhibition. The meeting is taking place July 30 – August 3 in Denver.Elekta’s MR-linac is the only MR/RT system, according to the company, that integrates a high-field (1.5 Tesla) MR scanner with an advanced linear accelerator and intelligently-designed software. The system is expected to deliver precisely-targeted radiation doses while simultaneously capturing high-quality MR images, which will allow clinicians to visualize tumors at any time and adapt the treatment accordingly.Elekta introduced the MR-linac technology under the name of Elekta Unity during the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) congress in Vienna, Austria in April 2017.Two abstracts that highlight the performance characteristics of MR-linac will be presented in a session on MR-guided radiation therapy.Initial Performance Tests of a High-Field MR-Linac (Abstract TU-FG-GS2-9)This abstract reports the initial results of system level tests conducted on MR-linac by researchers at the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center at Froedtert Hospital. The system successfully passed multiple tests assessing imaging and dosimetry performance, and the study results also demonstrate successful delivery and measurement of an intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatment plan. The data show that the integration of a linac and a high-field MRI does not compromise the performance of either system.Real Time Performance of the Elekta MR-Linac Clinical Prototype (Abstract TU-FG-FS2-10)This abstract describes results of a study undertaken to determine the ability of Elekta’s MR-linac to perform real-time motion compensation. Researchers at University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) conducted the study, in which experimental software was used to investigate imaging and feedback performance. Results show that the time required to reconstruct and transport image data after acquisition was 62 milliseconds, and that overall time to gate the beam was 407.6 milliseconds, including the real-time image processing of five images per second. The authors conclude that these times are promising and support real-time applications of MR-linac, such as motion compensation.“These data underscore that Elekta’s MR-linac system meets the critical objectives of accurately delivering a radiation dose while simultaneously capturing high-quality MR images,” said Allen Li, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin professor and chief of medical physics at Froedtert Hospital and an author on the first abstract. “The successful delivery and measurement of an IMRT treatment plan is an important milestone in the development of Elekta’s MR-linac system, which has the potential to be a revolutionary technology for cancer care.”Additional abstracts demonstrating the potential of Elekta’s MR-linac system to improve patient care, include:Dosimetric Impact of MR-Linac Treatment On SBRT of Lymph Node Oligometastases Poorly Visible On CBCT (Abstract SU-H1-GePD-J(A)-4)This abstract describes how the system improves dose volume parameters and reduces the exposure of organs at risk (OAR) compared with cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging in patients with lymph node oligometastases. Researchers at UMCU conducted the research and conclude that the high-field MRI guidance that Elekta’s MR-linac provides paves the way for further dose escalation and hypofractionation.Fast Online Daily Replanning for Rotational Correction in Prostate Radiotherapy (Abstract SU-I-GPD-J-63)This abstract reports that treatment replanning for prostate cancer can be done in less than two minutes with Elekta’s MR-linac and shows that daily treatment replanning led to more consistent plans and ensured target coverage enabling OAR sparing via margin reduction. The research was conducted at UMCU.Feasibility Study of Esophagus Adaptive Planning Using Elekta MR-Linac Beam Model (Abstract SU-I-GPD-J-101)This abstract highlights the use of Monaco, Elekta’s treatment planning software system, in concert with its MR-linac. Results show that the presence of the 1.5T magnet did not affect the quality of the treatment plan, and that the treatment plan resulted in reduced exposure of the heart in a patient needing treatment in the esophagus. Researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center conducted the research.Geoffrey Ibbott, Ph.D., deputy division head, Department of Radiation Physics, Cancer Network Integration – Medical Physics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will also give a presentation titled “MRI/Linac” in the Recent Advancement of Imaging Guidance in Clinical Trial session.During his talk, Ibbott will discuss how a linear accelerator can be paired with a high-field 1.5 Tesla clinical magnet resonance imager to provide image-guided radiation therapy with superior soft-tissue image quality. The benefits of MR-guided radiation therapy will be addressed, and issues related to dosimetry that result from the presence of the magnetic field.Elekta Global Vice President of Scientific Research Kevin Brown said the system is on track to submit for CE mark approval of MR-linac in the second half of 2017, followed with filing of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) approval in 2018.Elekta Unity is a work in progress and not available for sale or distribution.For more information: www.elekta.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Related Content The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 31, 2017 Elekta’s MR-linac Featured in 21 Abstracts at 2017 AAPM Annual Meeting Research will highlight the performance capabilities of the work-in-progress MRI-guided radiotherapy system News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Viola Davis determined to go above and beyond on diversity by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2019 11:38 am PDT FILE – This June 12, 2019 file photo shows Viola Davis speaking at the Women in Film Annual Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Davis believes in equality across the board and calls her JuVee Productions a “walking metaphor” of inclusion. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK — When Viola Davis started her production company nearly a decade ago, she was determined to bring about change in Hollywood with a strategic mandate: Normalize people of colour on screen.Now, in the era of Time’s Up and #MeToo, the call for diversity on all levels has been amplified. Some actors and directors have publicly called for contractual stipulations for the diversity of a film’s cast and crew. But Davis says she doesn’t need a piece of paper to do the right thing. She calls her JuVee Productions a “walking metaphor” of inclusion.John Carucci, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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