“It will be substantially more than the original appeal,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos told a news conference in New York today, a month after the UN and its humanitarian partners sought nearly $460 million in a first response to what she called “an immense and still unfolding crisis.”She declined to disclose the exact figure of the appeal until its official launch on Friday to respond to the devastating impact of the rolling floods which, though they have killed fewer than 2,000 people, have exposed 21 million others to homelessness, malnutrition, risks of epidemics and loss of livelihood as the waters have steamrollered down the country from north to south. Different parts of the country are experiencing different stages of the crisis “and each of these is a big disaster in its own right,” she said. In some areas the waters have receded and the relief effort is focusing on early recovery, while in others to the south the floods are still spreading “and a new disaster is happening literally every day.” Ms. Amos, who visited the flood-stricken areas last week, underscored the expanding requirements. “This is a disaster which is bigger than one which the UN can deal with alone. It’s bigger than the humanitarian community can deal with on its own. It’s one of the biggest disasters we have ever faced… We can and we must continue to save lives and alleviate suffering,” she said.It has been “over a period of time – it’s actually nearly two months now – that the water has been moving from north to south, so it’s the equivalent of a new crisis every few days. It is putting a huge strain on the capacity that we all have to manage that.”After seven weeks of devastation and human suffering the crisis is no longer new but “we have to work very hard to change that,” she stressed. “People are still hungry and we’re all very worried about malnutrition levels. Skin diseases are on the rise because there’s a lack of soap and clean water for washing. Diarrhoea is on the rise and we need to make every effort to avert a potential health crisis.”As of 10 September more than 700,000 cases of acute diarrhoea, at least 800,000 acute respiratory infections, nearly 1 million cases of skin disease and almost 183,000 suspected malaria cases were reported.“An immense tragedy continues to unfold,” Ms. Amos said. “The human implications of what will happen if not enough is done are terrible. Many millions have already lost everything and have nothing to go back to… What I will be doing [on Friday] is asking our supporters to dig deeper and to do more.”Ever since the floods struck UN agencies have been striving to bring succour. Three of them – the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP) – announced today that they are accelerating aid to millions people who are vulnerable to hunger and malnutrition.Together, the agencies are ramping up complementary programmes such as emergency food and nutritional assistance, distribution of agricultural inputs such as seeds, animal feed and veterinary supplies, rehabilitation of damaged land and infrastructure and microfinance activities.WFP reached 3 million flood victims with food rations during August and is scaling up to reach 6 million this month, particularly through an expansion of operations in the provinces of Punjab and Sindh, which remains largely under water.With 80 per cent of the flood-affected population dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, loss of stored seeds, grains, and animals has rendered farming families extremely vulnerable. FAO is currently reaching 1.6 million people with distributions of wheat seed, fertilizer, vegetable seed kits, animal feed and veterinary supplies for livestock. With increased donor support, it could double the number of beneficiaries in the coming months.IFAD, which seeks to improve the livelihoods and productivity of poor rural people, currently has five projects in the country; four of these, worth over $100 million, have been affected by floods. The agency will play an active part in the post-flood rehabilitation and reconstruction. Meanwhile UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, whose agency (UNHCR) also provides assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs), is on a two-day visit to flood-devastated areas. 15 September 2010The United Nations is seeking a further half billion dollars or more for 21 million Pakistanis beset by weeks of flooding, which a top official said was spawning a new disaster every day.
UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeInga Rhonda King, President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and María Fernanda Espinosa, General Assembly President, at the podium of the opening of the High-level Segment of the ECOSOC and the Ministerial Segment of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. One-third reduction in the risk of decline in crop yields,The number of possible partners on the Global Goals journey are “legion”, according to the SDG Advocate, including bankers and investments bankers, insurance companies and pension providers “who are starting to see that sustainable investment can be profitable and will be the key to financing the future of the Goals”.Singling out rising global hunger, greenhouse gas emissions and lack of essential health services, his next key word “urgency” pressed for a harder focus on all SDG targets, “to exploit their deadlines”. “They make urgency real and tactile and measurable”, Mr. Curtis stressed. “That’s what they’re for”. His third word was “opportunity”. “This is what the Goals give us”, he said, “a unique opportunity”.,The SDG roadmap can guide us, “negotiated with the passion and determination and imagination” to end inequality and injustice, he argued.In closing he said “now” was the moment “to go for broke with deep urgency, with radical partnerships and with a sense of this unique human opportunity.”“And you are the generation of people with power in the United Nations and power in every country in the world, who could and must make it happen”, concluded the SDG envoy.Three little wordsScreenwriter for Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary, among others, SDG Advocate and renowned filmmaker Richard Curtis delivered a keynote speech underscoring that the UN “carries their hopes and dreams for a better world”.He selected “three key words” surrounding the SDGs, beginning with partnership.“There are so many possible partners for the Goals”, Mr. Curtis said. “No-one denies we’re all in a boat on a wild sea” with everyone’s skills available: “Some to build the boat, some to guide it, some to row the boat, some when the boat sinks, like [Syrian swimmer] Yusra Mardini, to grab the ropes and swim the boat to safety”. The Sustainable Development Goals Summit. If implemented in full, the Chair of the Elders – a group of independent global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela who work for human rights and a sustainable future – maintained they are “a pathway to a world where poverty, inequality and conflict will not blight the life chances for millions of people currently denied the opportunity to enjoy their fundamental rights and freedoms”.Noting the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, she reminded the meeting that staying at or below 1.5°C warming above pre-industrial standards was “the only safe level for the whole world” because warming to 2°C would “cause considerable risk to the planet”.“We can no longer afford to regard the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement as voluntary”, flagged Ms. Robinson, citing a UN report in May detailing the loss of biodiversity and potential extinction of one million species. She stressed that the full implementation of both reports has become imperative “to secure a liveable world for our children and grandchildren”. “We have a global crisis and we must treat it as such”, she stated, saying that the HLPF “provides an opportunity to take an honest look at what all States have achieved and what more we need to do on the SDGs, so that when world leaders convene in New York in September for the SDG Summit, they can come with more than just words”.A former UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, Ms. Robinson underscored the importance of working together, saying: “We will not overcome the key existential challenges facing our world today, from nuclear weapons to climate change, if we spurn cooperation”.“This High-Level Political Forum is a moment to be bold and to demand real ambition from leaders”, she asserted, adding that “playing safe or doing business as usual will not deliver the results the world needs”.,Limit global warmingDelivering the final keynote speech, IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee stated that “climate action and sustainable development are inseparable” and presented three points of linkages between the two.First, he flagged that “the current warming is already producing negative impacts on natural and human systems, seriously impeding progress toward some SDGs”. 50 per cent less impact on insects, plants and vertebrates in their climatically determined geographic range. Review of commitments to small island developing States and their accelerated modalities of action pathway (SAMOA).,Secondly, he emphasized that “global climate action must be advanced in a manner that reduces inequality”, including by shifting to a greener economy that could create 24 million jobs globally by 2030 while safeguarding the 1.2 billion jobs that depend on a stable and healthy environment.Next, he said that “We must step up implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration”, as people whose contribution to sustainable development, in countries of origin and destination, “is absolutely critical”.And fourth, leaving no one behind and achieving the SDGs “is inherently linked to human rights, diplomacy and prevention”, according to the UN chief, who reinforced the need for “a strengthened global commitment to end conflicts and displacement and tackle root causes”.,He stressed that the conclusions emerging from the Forum “are rooted in the pressing need to address the Inclusion Imperative and provide us with important insights as we look ahead to September”. ‘We can do better’ Ten-fold decrease in the risk of the sea ice free Arctic in the summer. 10 million fewer people exposed to the risk of sea level rise. A High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage. She detailed that she has been working with Member States to ensure their contributions to the 2030 Agenda, including the preparations for this HLPF and September’s SDG Summit.“That has been the overarching vision and the driving force” behind the “priorities set out for this session”, she explained.Ms. Espinosa also encouraged participants to use the September high-level week, at which time five summit-level meetings will be convened, “to be more ambitious and to announce accelerated measures and specific steps that respond to the urgency of the challenges we face”.Those meetings “represent a key opportunity to demonstrate that multilateralism works – that it can deliver tangible benefits to people’s lives”, Ms. Espinosa spelled out.The goals under review at the Forum focus on education, economic growth, inequality, climate change and peaceful, just and inclusive societies.Diplomatic achievements of the centuryTogether with the Paris Agreement on climate change, the 2030 Agenda is one of the “most important diplomatic achievements of this century”, Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson told the Forum. Pointing out that both concluded in 2015, she called them “tangible proof of the benefits of multilateralism and a rebuke to the narrow agendas of nationalism, isolationism and self-interest”. A High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development. 50 per cent fewer people exposed to water shortage. Mr. Guterres observed that the HLPF was “zeroing-in” on the power of SDG action “to support empowerment, equality and inclusion”, and urged the participants to “ratchet up the ambition and highlight the imperative of inclusion”.“The evidence is clear: Development is not sustainable if it is not fair and inclusive – and rising inequality hinders long-term growth,” he said.Alongside the impacts of globalization and rapid technological change, “inequality raises economic anxiety, erodes public trust, and undermines social cohesion, human rights, peace and prosperity”, according to the UN chief.Meanwhile, “mounting evidence” illustrates the “transformative results of equality and inclusion”, particularly of women, in higher gross domestic product, greater stability, and enhanced private sector performance and institutional effectiveness, he pointed out.“For all these reasons, the 2030 Agenda places the goals of inclusion, empowerment and equality, leaving no one behind at the heart of our efforts”, Mr. Guterres stated.Yet, four years after its adoption, “we are not yet on track and must step it up”, he said, citing extreme poverty, inequality, global unemployment, gender inequality and climate change, among others.Agenda 2030 and the ‘Inclusion Imperative’ And in all these areas, he acknowledged, “the poorest and most vulnerable people and countries will suffer the most”.The UN chief drew attention to “four key conclusions” to advance the “Inclusion Imperative”, beginning with “dramatically” scaling up SDG investments as “our best tool of prevention”.,Five high-level critical meetings in September: In her opening remarks, Inga Rhonda King, President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) summarized the first five days of the Forum, saying that countries had been mobilized around the 17 SDGs, voluntary national reviews had been shared by 142 countries, SDG progress had been tracked and children had spoken about the future they want.While acknowledging the hard work of many countries, she contended that “we need to do more, to do it faster and to be more transformative”. She urged the participants to “understand how we can do better, advise each other and forge new partnerships”, noting that “our conclusions will reverberate in the September SDG Summit.”Ms. King assured the group that their ideas would be included “on how to make this Forum even more vibrant and action-oriented” during the upcoming General Assembly.“I hope that our discussions will encourage our Heads of State and Government to come back in September ready to announce ambitious acceleration actions”, she said in closing.’Make it count’“We have eleven years to deliver” on the 2030 Agenda, General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa, opening the Ministerial Segment.“Let’s use the coming days to lay the groundwork not only for the SDG Summit, but indeed for the whole of high-level week”, she said, referring to the Assembly’s annual general debate, and adding that we have “five days to make it count”. Ms. Espinosa underscored the import of addressing urgent challenges “as they pave the way for longer-term risks and opportunities”, including the need to be “fully inclusive” and to empower girls and women. Second, he noted the “ambitious” climate goal of limiting global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius “creates a trade-off for some SDGs and balancing the goals will be a challenge”. And finally, he detailed that while climate actions produce “new opportunities for the economy, environment and society”, they are contingent upon “international cooperation, with social justice and equity being core aspects of climate-resilient development pathways”. Mr. Lee informed the HLPF that currently, the global average temperature is one degree Celsius higher than the preindustrial level, noting, however, that “the warming is not uniform”.“Most land regions are experiencing warming greater than this one-degree average”, he said, spotlighting that “the Arctic temperature is two to three times higher”. Moreover, he conveyed that “up to 40 per cent of the world’s population lives in areas where the warming already exceeds 1.5 degrees Celsius above the preindustrial level for at least one season”, which has caused notable disruptions in human livelihoods. In summary, Mr. Lee advocated for collective efforts “at all levels”, to limit global warming to 1.5C, which should take into account equity and effectiveness, “to strengthen the global response to climate change and achieve sustainable development and poverty eradication”. “The result will be a cleaner, sustainable, more productive, and stronger global economy”, he concluded.,According to IPCC, by limiting warming to 1.5 degrees rather than 2 degrees C, we will have: The Climate Action Summit. His call for concrete action was the cornerstone of his address to ministers attending the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) – the main UN platform monitoring follow-up on States’ actions towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Following last May’s timetable launch, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Northern cancelled up to 470 and 310 trains respectively each day.Train companies, government-owned infrastructure company Network Rail and Transport Secretary Chris Grayling have all been blamed for the chaos.A review by Office of Rail and Road (ORR) chairman Professor Stephen Glaister called for the industry to improve how information is provided to passengers.Earlier this year, a Commons report warned rail passengers faced “another difficult year” in 2019 amid more timetable changes and an increase in engineering work.The Public Accounts Committee claimed there was still “a way to go” before Network Rail and train operating companies collaborated in a way that minimised disruption during infrastructure projects. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has faced criticism over the train disruption last year Rail authorities say they have “learned the lessons” of last year’s chaos as they prepare to roll out more timetable changes.More train timetable adjustments are set to come into force on May 19 as more than 1,000 extra services are added in a bid to tackle overcrowding.It comes a year after passengers faced chaos when the introduction of new schedules crippled large parts of the network in the north and south-east of England.The Rail Delivery Group said it had “learned the lessons” from last year’s disruption and that new services were only being introduced where there was “high confidence” infrastructure, staffing plans and trains would be ready.Paul Plummer, Chief executive of the body, said: “The scale of our ambition to improve means that this is a significant challenge and while there may be some teething problems, train operators and Network Rail have worked together to carefully assess where new services can be introduced without impacting reliability.”Many parts of the country are set to benefit this summer from a better service, but where introducing improvements puts reliability at risk, we are rightly taking a more cautious approach.” 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.
← Previous Story BARCELONA 3RD, VESZPREM EMPTY-HANDED Next Story → THIRD TIME’S A CHARM FOR FLENSBURG! SG Flensburg have won the VELUX EHF Champions League by victory over THW Kiel 30:28 (14:16) for the first time in the club’s history after two lost final matches in 2004 and 2007…THW Kiel – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 28:30 (16:14)THW Kiel: Sjöstrand (10 saves), Palicka (3 saves) – Toft Hansen (1), Sigurdsson (5), Sprenger, Wiencek (1), Ekberg (5), Zeitz (1), Jallouz (1), Palmarsson (6), Jicha (3), Vujin (5)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (20 saves) – Karlsson, Nenadic, Eggert (7/1), Glandorf (5), Mogensen (4), Svan (7), Weinhold (4), Heinl (1), Gottfridsson (2), Radivojevic, KnudsenResults: 2:0 (2.), 4:1 (6.), 6:2 (9.), 8:3 (11.), 8:5 (14.), 11:5 (16.), 12:6 (18.), 12:9 (22.), 14:10 (25.), 14:12 (26.), 16:12 (28.) – 16:15 (31.), 18:16 (33.), 19:17 (35.), 19:21 (41.), 20:23 (44.), 21:25 (47.), 22:26 (49.), 25:26 (52.), 25:28 (53.), 26:29 (55.), 28:29 (57.), 28:30 (58.)
FOUR CHILDREN AND three adults were injured in a road traffic collision on Thursday, leading gardaí to appeal for witnesses to the incident.Gardaí in Longford said today that they are appealing for information from the public on the serious collision.They said that at approximately 1.20pm, three adults and four children were injured when the car they were travelling in left the road and collided with a wall on the R392 at Terlicken, Ballymahon.The occupants of the car were taken by ambulance to Mullingar Hospital following the crash.A two-year-old boy travelling in the car was seriously injured and has since been brought to Temple St Hospital. A female passenger in her 30s remains in Mullingar Hospital with non life threatening injuries. All of the other passengers have since been discharged from the hospital.The scene of the crash was examined by Garda forensic collision investigators and gardaí are now appealing for witnesses.Gardaí are particularly appealing to anybody travelling on the R392 between Ballymahon and Lanesborough on Thursday 14 February between 1pm and 1.45pm hours to contact them.Anyone with information is asked to contact Longford Garda Station 043 3350570, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
Share18 Tweet Email1 Short URL By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article It will be lashing rain in Dublin, Louth and Wicklow tonight The weather service says that tonight will be cold and blustery with temperatures dipping to zero degrees. 21 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3301669 A YELLOW RAINFALL warning is in effect for Dublin, Louth and Wicklow tonight.Met Éireann forecasts that up to 50mm of rain will fall in those counties before tomorrow at 7am.The weather service says that tonight will be cold and blustery with temperatures dipping to zero degrees.Tomorrow will continue largely in the same vein, cold and cloudy in places with showery rain in the east and south. It may brighten up, with temperatures reaching 11 degrees Celsius.The good news, however, is that the weather is expected to become milder on Friday and through the weekend days. Those nights, however, will be very cold.Read: Here are the options that could be in the referendum to give vote to Irish abroad 19,705 Views Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Mar 22nd 2017, 8:20 PM Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 8:20 PM Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie
Jesse Lingard has been one of the key players of José Mourinho’s Manchester United lately but he admitted that he prefers to play for his national team over his club because he can play with no fear there.The 25-year old scored 13 goals for his club this season and he was selected to represent his country in the upcoming World Cup in Russia – and he insisted that he is looking forward to this great experience.The Red Devils winger spoke about his desire to play for Albion as he said, according to Sports Mole:Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I actually feel more comfortable when I play for England than United. Every game, you’ve got to play with no fear.”“It’s one of the pinnacles of your career as a player and it will be my first World Cup so I’ve got to enjoy every minute, whether I start or if I’ve got to make an impact from the bench.”“And I do think we will do well because of the team spirit we’ve got.”
Property management organisation Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work, which manages West London business campus Chiswick Park, hosted a family fun day for up to 9,000 employees, at its specially created on-site beach.Held on Friday 27 July 2018, the family fun day concluded Chiswick Park’s two-week ‘Life’s a beach’ event. This started on 16 July 2018, and involved Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work creating a 2,500 square foot beach, using 160 tonnes of sand.Friday’s event, which ran between 12pm and 5pm and was attended by around 1,000 individuals, allowed Chiswick Park-based employees, as well as members of the public, to enjoy a range of free outdoor activities, live entertainment, performances and craft workshops. Other activities included water balls, donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows, face painting and dog obstacle courses.Over the course of the ‘Life’s a beach’ event, Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work also held a beach volleyball competition that 16 on-site organisations competed in. The employees based at Chiswick Park could also participate in beach volleyball league games during the working week.Organisations based at Chiswick Park include Danone, Discovery and Starbucks.Matt Coulson, chief executive officer at Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work, said: “Family fun day is very popular within the local community. While the majority of our events are designed exclusively for [Chiswick Park-based employees], it is important that we give the opportunity to the local community to come and enjoy the park too.“We have run the family fun day for eight years and it’s great to see parents and children making the most of our very own Chiswick Park beach.”
Scientific American has major plans to reconstruct and grow Scientific American Medicine, a comprehensive professional medical database it first published in 1981.The subscription-based medical product, primarily used by industry professionals and medical students, is a continuously updated educational resource that covers all subspecialties of internal medicine in addition to women’s health, neurology, emergency medicine, genetics and psychiatry.Diane McGarvey, associate vice president of Business Development for Scientific American, notes that a goal of the database refresh is to create a more comprehensive resource.“We’ve given the editors of Scientific American Medicine unfettered access into our complete archives going back over 165 years,” says McGarvey, “to go through our archives, get familiar with our content, see where there may be holes in some of the material or where they may want to elaborate.” From 2004 to 2013, Scientific American Medicine was known as the American College of Physicians Medicine. Rebranding went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014 and will continue to be rolled out over the entire product line throughout this year.Concurrently, under the Scientific American Medicine umbrella, a series of new titles, beginning with Scientific American Emergency Medicine and Scientific American Neurology, will launch in 2014.“Those titles are under this whole rubric of Scientific American Medicine and it’s up to the editors of those individual products to decide what of Scientific American’s content might help to enhance them,” says McGarvey.As the readers of Scientific American, a consumer publication, are not necessarily the core users of Scientific American Medicine, a professional medical reference resource, decisions concerning the usefulness of the archived content are at the discretion of the editors for each publication.Scientific American has signed a licensing agreement with Canada-based Decker Intellectual Properties, Inc., publisher of ACS Surgery, to assist in reestablishing Scientific American Medicine. Decker will provide the database subscribers with customizable RSS feeds of Scientific American content and a trial subscription to the magazine.“This is the only agreement we have in the professional medical space,” McGarvey says. “For Scientific American, we looked at this relationship as an opportunity to educate.”
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has alleged that police and ruling Awami League men obstructed its human chain programme in different districts across the country Friday.Country’s largest opposition political party BNP formed human chains across the country protesting at ceaseless persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and demanding the Bangladesh government give shelters and food to the fleeing Rohingyas in the country.In a statement, the BNP secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, alleged that police and ruling AL men obstructed party’s human chain and their activists were rounded up from different districts while joining the programme.“The repressive Awami regime is indiscriminately using coercive force without giving a damn to democratic norms and values. The obstruction to the human chain programme was aimed at suppressing the fighting spirit of democracy-loving people,” said Fakhrul.He went on saying, “The present government is an anti-people government. So, it extends support to the crimes against humanity being carried out by different governments around the world the way it itself is involved in various anti-people activities.”The BNP leader alleged that Bangladesh government is rather supporting the propaganda of Myanmarese government.Fakhrul said police raided houses of BNP activists across the country on Thursday on the eve of its nationwide demonstration programme against Rohingya Muslim persecution in Myanmar.He demanded immediate release of those arrested centring on the party’s Rohingya human-chain programme.
Allison V. Smith for The Texas TribuneGOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump rallied supporters at Gilley’s in Dallas on June 16, 2016.President Donald Trump will visit Dallas later this week to speak at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention there, according to a White House official. Previously announced speakers for the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum include Vice President Mike Pence, Gov. Greg Abbott, and U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. Trump addressed the Leadership Forum last year when it was held in Atlanta and the previous year in Louisville. After speaking at the Dallas convention, Trump will be due back in the city a week later, when he is set to headline a fundraiser there for his re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee. CNN first reported Sunday evening that Trump was expected to address the NRA meeting. Share
Behaviour of H and He atoms compared to O atoms in Fd-3m He2H2O from AIMD simulations at 1,600 K, 2,000 K and 2,300 K. (a–c) The averaged MSDs for the H, He and O atoms from AIMD simulations at different temperatures. (d–i) Representation of atomic trajectories in one supercell from the simulations from the last 5 ps run representing the three distinct phases: the solid phase (1,600 K), the superionic He phase (2,000 K), SI-I, and superionic He + H phase (2,300 K), SI-II. To avoid overlapping, only H and O are shown in d–f, and only He and O are shown in g–i. Credit: Liu et al. Helium and water are known to be abundant throughout the universe, particularly in giant planets such as Uranus and Neptune. Although helium is typically unreactive at common atmospheric conditions, past studies have found that it can sometimes react with other elements and compounds under high pressure. Predicting a new phase of superionic ice Researchers at Nanjing University and the University of Cambridge have recently carried out a study investigating the reaction between helium and water under high pressure conditions such as those on other planets. In their study, featured in Nature Physics, they unveiled two previously unknown types of superionic states, which they refer to as SI-I and SI-II. Superionic states are essentially phases of matter in which a compound can simultaneously exhibit both some properties of a liquid and a solid. “Helium is the most inert element in the periodic table and generally considered to be unreactive under ambient conditions,” Jian Sun, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told Phys.org. “However, helium has been found react with some elements and compounds at high pressure. We wanted to understand whether helium and water can react with each other under high pressure and the nature of the states that may emerge under planetary conditions.”In recent years, superionic states have become a topic of interest for many research teams worldwide. A known example of these states is superionic water (or ice), a phase of water that occurs at very high temperatures and pressures at which hydrogen atoms can move freely and oxygen atoms are fixed in their sublattice. In their study, Sun and his colleagues used calculations to show that helium (He) and water (H2O) can form several stable compounds, which exist in a wide range of pressure conditions (from 2–92 GPa). Interestingly, they found that at high pressures and temperatures, these compounds can form superionic states that have never been observed before. Explore further As a final step in their study, the researchers analyzed the superionic properties of helium-water compounds based on the simulations they performed. This ultimately allowed them to produce a pressure-temperature phase diagram for each of these compounds. Their analyses of helium-water compounds at different pressure and temperature conditions unveiled the two previously unknown types of superionic states. “In the first of these states, the helium atoms exhibit liquid behavior within a fixed ice-lattice framework, which we named it SI-I,” Richard Needs, another researcher involved in the study, told Phys.org. “In the second phase, both helium and hydrogen atoms move in a liquid-like fashion within a fixed oxygen sublattice, which we named SI-II. We found that the insertion of helium substantially decreases the pressure of superionic states compared with pure water.”The findings gathered by Sun, Pickard, Needs and the rest of their team could have several practical implications. For instance, they could help to improve our current understanding of helium compounds, the melting process of matter and the internal structure of giant planets.”We will now study other helium compounds, especially the ones that connect directly with planetary science, such as ammonia or methane,” Sun said. “We are looking for unexpected results in the universe, which provides enormous possibilities.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Proposed phase diagram of the helium–water system at high pressures obtained from the researchers’ structure searches and AIMD simulations. The symbols represent four distinct thermodynamic states sampled in their simulations: circle, solid state; square, He diffusive state (SI-I); diamond,both He and H diffusive state (SI-II); and triangle, fluid state. The black dashed lines were fitted to the phase boundaries. The red dashed line distinguishes the two predicted solid phases: I41md and Fd3m, as well as two types of H2O sublattice (I41md and Fd3m) in the SI-I region. Credit: Liu et al. Citation: Study unveils new superionic states of helium-water compounds (2019, July 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-unveils-superionic-states-helium-water-compounds.html More information: Cong Liu et al. Multiple superionic states in helium–water compounds, Nature Physics (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-019-0568-7: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41567-019-0568-7 © 2019 Science X Network Journal information: Nature Physics “We first used crystal structure search methods based on quantum mechanics to discover the most stable helium-water compounds under high pressure,” Chris Pickard, another researcher involved in the study, told Phys.org. “We then performed extensive ab initio molecular dynamics simulations at high pressure and temperature to explore the states of these compounds at planetary conditions.”
Pingo is a fast image optimizer for the Web by Martin Brinkmann on August 08, 2019 in Software – 7 commentsPingo is a free software program for Microsoft Windows and Linux devices to optimize images for web publication and other purposes.Pingo is a command line utility but Windows users may download the graphical user interface version called Pinga instead.The application is provided as a 64-bit program only. Compatibility information is not provided but it should run on any recent version of Windows and on most Linux systems.The following review looks at the GUI version of the image optimizer for the most part. Note that the command line version is included when you install the GUI version. You can check out an overview of important commands here.The GUI versionThe program supports only a handful of formats at the time of writing. While it does support PNG and JPG, arguably the formats most commonly used on the Web, it lacks support for most image formats; this limits the program’s use especially when you compare it to a program like File Optimizer which supports pretty much any format under the sun.Still, if you work with jpg, png,, webp, and apng formats exclusively, you may find it useful nevertheless as it offers several interesting options.You can drag and drop images to the interface to add them to the processing queue. Any format that is not supported is ignored automatically. Each image is listed with its full path and size in the interface.All processing options are displayed at the top. The main features of the image optimizer are:To strip PNG and JPG metadata.To select a default quality level.To select resize, rotate, colors, and enhance options for JPG images.To set the compression type, e.g. lossy or lossless.Image transformations, e.g. to make the images grayscale or disable transparency.Once you are done select optimize to process all images in the queue. Processing is quite fast and you will notice that the new file size and the size reduction in percentage is displayed.The program features no preview option or test run option unfortunately. Programs like ImBatch provide preview options which improves the entire process especially since you get previews without having to process the files first.Another thing that users need to be aware of is that it processes files directly. Means, files are overwritten so that you should use the program to work on copies only to avoid any resulting issues.Closing WordsPingo/Pinga is still in early development and things may improve in the future. It is quite limited in the current version and the lack of previews makes it quite difficult to work with.Now You: do you use image optimization programs or editors?Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 3 votes Software Name PingoOperating System Windows, LinuxSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://css-ig.net/pingo Advertisement
News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more December 18, 2013 — For the first time, researchers have confirmed an association between a common magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent and abnormalities on brain MRI, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. The new study raises the possibility that a toxic component of the contrast agent may remain in the body long after administration.Brain MRI exams are often performed with a gadolinium-based contrast medium (Gd-CM). Gadolinium’s paramagnetic properties make it useful for MRI, but the toxicity of the gadolinium ion means it must be chemically bonded with non-metal ions so that it can be carried through the kidneys and out of the body before the ion is released in tissue. Gd-CM is considered safe in patients with normal kidney function.However, in recent years, clinicians in Japan noticed that patients with a history of multiple administrations of Gd-CM showed areas of high intensity, or hyperintensity, on MRI in two brain regions: the dentate nucleus (DN) and globus pallidus (GP). The precise clinical ramifications of hyperintensity are not known, but hyperintensity in the DN has been associated with multiple sclerosis, while hyperintensity of the GP is linked with hepatic dysfunction and several diseases.To learn more, the researchers compared unenhanced T1-weighted MR images (T1WI) of 19 patients who had undergone six or more contrast-enhanced brain scans with 16 patients who had received six or fewer unenhanced scans. The hyperintensity of both the DN and the GP correlated with the number of Gd-CM administrations.“Hyperintensity in the DN and GP on unenhanced MRI may be a consequence of the number of previous Gd-CM administrations,” said lead author Tomonori Kanda, M.D., Ph.D., from Teikyo University School of Medicine in Tokyo and the Hyogo Cancer Center in Akashi, Japan. “Because gadolinium has a high signal intensity in the body, our data may suggest that the toxic gadolinium component remains in the body even in patients with normal renal function.”Kanda noted that because patients with multiple sclerosis tend to undergo numerous contrast-enhanced brain MRI scans, the hyperintensity of the DN seen in these patients may have more to do with the large cumulative gadolinium dose than the disease itself.The mechanisms by which Gd-CM administration causes hyperintensity of the DN and GP remain unclear, Kanda said. Previous studies on animals and humans have shown that the ion can be retained in bone and tissue for several days or longer after administration.“The hyperintensity of DN and GP on unenhanced T1WI may be due to gadolinium deposition in the brain independent of renal function, and the deposition may remain in the brain for a long time,” Kanda suggested.Kanda emphasized that there is currently no proof that gadolinium is responsible for hyperintensity on brain MRI. Further research based on autopsy specimens and animal experiments will be needed to clarify the relationship and determine if the patients with MRI hyperintensity in their brains have symptoms.“Because patients who have multiple contrast material injections tend to have severe diseases, a slight symptom from the gadolinium ion may be obscured,” Kanda said.There are two types of Gd-CM , linear and macrocyclic, with distinct chemical compositions. Since the patients in the study received only the linear type, additional research is needed to see if the macrocyclic type can prevent MRI hyperintensity, according to Kanda.For more information: radiology.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Feature | December 18, 2013 Contrast Agent Linked With Brain Abnormalities on MRI News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… 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 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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. This release… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sportsnet: Record average audience of 6.4 million tuned in for Game 5 by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 11, 2019 2:24 pm PDT TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors may have missed a chance to close out their first NBA championship, but they were a winner once again in the ratings.Sportsnet announced Tuesday that it set another Canadian record for an NBA game with an average of 6.4 million viewers for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, a 106-105 win by the Golden State Warriors at Scotiabank Arena that cut the Raptors lead in the best-of-seven series to 3-2.The broadcaster says audience levels peaked at 8.5 million at 11:32 p.m. ET, as the game was coming down to the wire.The numbers includes viewers on Sportsnet and Citytv, but does not include people watching the American feed.Every game in the series has so far set a new Canadian NBA ratings record. Game 4 of the series reached an average of 4.631 viewers on TSN, CTV2 and the French language broadcast on RDS.Sportsnet and TSN, whose parent companies are co-majority owners of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (which owns the Raptors), split the NBA team’s broadcast schedule.The reported numbers are now surpassing the Toronto Blue Jays’ playoff levels. The Blue Jays had an average audience of 5.12 million for Game 6 of the American League championship in 2015 and 4.02 million for the 2016 AL wild-card game on Sportsnet channels.Traditionally, the Raptors’ television numbers are well behind the Blue Jays. The Raptors and Blue Jays are the only Canadian teams in their respective leagues.Meanwhile, ratings seem to be recovering south of the border after a steep drop from last year’s Finals over the first four games.The Hollywood Reporter said ABC’s Game 5 broadcast scored a 13.4 household rating in metered markets, a 34 per cent improvement over the average for the first four games.Ratings in the U.S. had taken an expected downturn with a Canadian team in the Finals and the absence of superstar LeBron James for the first time in nine seasons. Canadian viewers do not factor into the U.S. ratings formula.The Canadian Press
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