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Istanbul – King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, Princess Lalla Khadija and Princess Lalla Salma, was invited to take a cup of tea with the family of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The Turkish president was accompanied, on this occasion, by his spouse Emine Erdogan and daughter Sumeyye Erdogan.This family meeting was held on the sidelines of the King’s private visit to Turkey.
For more than six decades, the Federal Aviation Administration has relied on employees of airplane manufacturers to do government-required safety inspections as planes are being designed or assembled.But critics say the system, dubbed the “designee program,” is too cozy as company employees do work for an agency charged with keeping the skies safe while being paid by an industry that the FAA is regulating.“There is a potential conflict of interest,” said Todd Curtis, a former Boeing Co. safety engineer and creator of airsafe.com, a website that focuses on airline safety. “They (the FAA) don’t have the money to do all of the oversight. It’s a question of being practical.”The FAA’s oversight duties are coming under greater scrutiny after deadly crashes involving Boeing 737 Max jets operated by airlines in Ethiopia and Indonesia, killing a total of 346 people. The U.S. was nearly alone in allowing the planes to keep flying until it relented on Wednesday after getting satellite evidence showing the crashes may be linked.The FAA concedes that it doesn’t have resources to keep up with a growing aviation industry, and experts say it lacks the personnel to inspect every component, especially those made in other countries. But the agency says the program’s results speak for themselves. The U.S. has the safest skies in the world. Until April of last year, U.S. passenger airlines had not had a fatality since 2009, while carrying several billion passengers.But safety experts say it’s time to look into the agency’s relationship with Boeing. The FAA’s ties to the company were revealed when Boeing and the agency released similar messages shortly after the Indonesian airliner crashed in October and again this week, when the FAA announced that Boeing would upgrade the Max’s flight-control software, said Mary Schiavo, a former Transportation Department inspector general.With the messages, the FAA “revealed that they were just parroting what Boeing told them,” she said.The agency needs more people with technical skills to adequately monitor a company that makes machines as sophisticated as today’s jets, she said, contending that it didn’t understand the Max’s flight-control computer program.“The FAA readily states they don’t understand the 4 million lines of code and the 150 computers,” Schiavo said. “What they do is see that Boeing followed the process, they checked the FAA boxes. The public thinks the FAA has more involvement.”Indeed, the agency’s own website says that employees of manufacturers can approve design changes and aircraft repairs. “Using designees for routine certification tasks allows the FAA to focus its limited resources on safety critical certification issues,” it says.Congress will examine the relationship between Boeing and the FAA. Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said he would hold hearings on the FAA’s process for approving the planes.The agency’s practice of delegating certification processes has come under scrutiny before. In a 1993 report, the Government Accountability Office warned that the FAA was falling behind the industry in technical competence because of lack of training and delegation of tasks to the manufacturers. The report said 95 per cent of certification work for the Boeing 747-400 jetliner was delegated to the manufacturer in 1989. By comparison, 70 to 75 per cent of that work was done by the FAA in the early 1980s, the report said.In a separate report in 2005, the GAO said the FAA had no requirements for evaluating its designated certification workers within the industry. It also had incomplete records about safety violations that occurred during the inspection process.FAA designees have also run afoul of the law. Last February, Edward Carl Fernandez, an FAA-designated representative in Florida, pleaded guilty to falsely certifying the airworthiness of aviation parts. Between 2010 and 2013, prosecutors said, Fernandez would sign off on parts from an aviation repair company in exchange for bribes.Checks by the employees, who are paid by the airplane makers, are reviewed by government inspectors. In a 2017 video, FAA Assistant Administrator Peggy Gilligan said the agency had 6,000 engineers and aircraft inspectors overseeing 7,500 designees in aircraft certification and flight standards. Another 4,000 designees are working at FAA-approved companies, like parts suppliers.Curtis, who worked for Boeing from 1991 to 2000, said the system is designed so that company employees defer to the FAA if they find something wrong.Peter Goelz, a former NTSB managing director who now is an aviation safety consultant, said the system has worked well for years. “But at times like this, people start to question it,” he said.He’s not one of them, though, saying that the proof is in the outcome. “We have had the safest aviation system in the world for a long time,” Goelz said. “The size of the bureaucracy you would need to move to a completely ‘gotcha environment’ simply would be unsustainable.”James Hall, a former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said he thinks the agency may have gotten complacent.“We have a good system,” said Hall, the former NTSB chairman, “and sometimes people go to sleep when things are going well. It’s time to wake up.”____Koenig reported from Dallas. Krisher and Durbin reported from Detroit.Tom Krisher, David Koenig And Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press read more
8 June 2009An agreement aimed at linking railroad systems of 28 countries in Asia and Europe goes into effect this week, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) announced today. An agreement aimed at linking railroad systems of 28 countries in Asia and Europe goes into effect this week, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) announced today. According to a press release, the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Trans-Asian Railway Network (TAR) enters into force 11 June, 90 days after China became the eighth country to have ratified the treaty. The other parties to the agreement are Cambodia, India, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Russia, Tajikistan and Thailand.The TAR network comprises 114,000 kilometres of rail routes of international importance, aiming to offer efficient rail transport services for the movement of goods and passengers both within the region and between Asia and Europe. It will also provide improved access for landlocked countries to major ports, ESCAP said.The Agreement identifies stations of global importance, most of which are located inland and function like ports in coastal areas. These so-called “dry ports” will act as consolidation and distribution centres in the hinterland, spur growth and bring the benefits of economic and social development to a wider population, according to ESCAP.The new pact is the second to have been developed under the auspices of ESCAP, with the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Asian Highway Network having entered into force in 2005. The two networks are major building blocks towards the realization of an international integrated intermodal transport and logistics system for the region, ESCAP said. read more
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois came a giant step closer to approving the nation’s strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling on Friday, as lawmakers approved a measure they hoped would create thousands of jobs in economically depressed areas of southern Illinois.The Senate passed the legislation 52-3, one day after it was overwhelmingly approved in the other chamber. Gov. Pat Quinn promised to sign it, calling the legislation a “shot in the arm for many communities.”The legislation was crafted with the help of industry and some environmental groups — an unusual collaboration that has been touted as a potential model for other states.Legislation sponsor Mike Frerichs, a Champaign Democrat, said stakeholders “sat down for hundreds and thousands of hours” to hammer out the issue.“These are tough regulations that are going to protect and preserve our most valuable resources in our state,” he told floor members. “We are going to increase home produced energy in our state in one of the most environmentally friendly ways possible.”While proponents have said hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” would generate tens of thousands of jobs, opponents have been pushing for a two-year moratorium to allow more time to examine health and environmental impact. They are worried fracking could cause pollution and deplete water resources.“This bill was written by industry and parties that have a vested interest,” said Annette McMichael, a property owner in Johnson County who belongs to a coalition that opposes fracking. “We have no say in our own water. … We are totally helpless.”Despite the numerous protests by her group, Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment, and others — one woman was forcibly removed from the House chamber on Thursday after the vote — there was little opposition to the measure on the floor. Senators on both sides of the aisle praised the compromise.“This could be a bright economic future for many, many Illinoisans,” said Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican.Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals are used to crack rock formations deep underground and release oil and natural gas.Among the provisions in the proposed legislation are requirements that drillers disclose the chemicals they use and that they test water before and after fracking. Companies also would be liable for any water pollution.Sen. Mattie Hunter, who was among the few who voted against the legislation, said in a statement that the state should “halt fracking practices and allow for a task force to complete concrete, comprehensive evaluation of this highly controversial industry moving further.” The Chicago Democrat had introduced a measure that would put a temporary ban on the practice.Sen. Sue Rezin, a Morris Republican described the legislation as having “the highest environmental regulations in the entire country.”Energy companies are eyeing the New Albany shale formation in southern Illinois, where they believe there are significant oil reserves 5,000 feet or more below the surface.While the measure passed easily in both chambers, the road there wasn’t easy. An amendment requiring energy companies to hire a state-licensed water well driller delayed the vote for more than a month before industry and unions reached a compromise that gives drillers a break on extraction taxes if at least half of their employees are from Illinois.Two bills proposing a moratorium were offered, but neither gained traction.Opponents say the regulatory legislation would leave Illinois communities with no control over the practice.But others felt it was the best the state could do. State Sen. Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat said it was “about as good of a regulatory bill as we could offer.”“God willing,” Harmon said, “it’s good enough.”__The bill is SB1715.Online: http://www.ilga.gov__Associated Press writer Sophia Tareen contributed to this report. Illinois lawmakers approve nation’s toughest fracking regulations, governor expected to sign by Kerry Lester, The Associated Press Posted May 31, 2013 10:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more
A school is forcing children to cycle to school with number plates on their bikes to crack down on irresponsible cycling.Campaigners accused Stanley Park High in Carshalton, south London, of putting children off the activity by introducing a registration scheme which would enable the public to report pupils.Responding to Stanley Park High’s policy, Chris Boardman, former professional cyclist and Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner, wrote on Twitter: “If I was one of the school governors, I’d be stepping in about now.”The children will soon be issued with number plates which “must be displayed when riding to and from school”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Head teacher Amit Amin said the measure is in response to incidents of children cycling in a way that “endangers themselves and others”.In a message published on the school’s website, he wrote: “Students without a number plate will not be permitted to cycle to school, or lock their bicycles on school grounds.” Schools in Coventry, Surrey and St Albans recently began regulating what pupils wear while cycling, with a threat of bike confiscation if guidelines are ignored.The Government is proposing to introduce new legislation which will see cyclists who kill pedestrians treated in a similar way to dangerous drivers.The laws are part of a road safety consultation launched after 44-year-old mother-of-two Kim Briggs was knocked over and killed by a bicycle courier in February 2016.Department for Transport figures show that 448 pedestrians were killed on Britain’s roads in 2016. Three cases involved collisions with bicycles. The plates are being introduced on October 1 as part of a wider scheme aimed at encouraging cycling. It also features subsidised bike lights and maintenance workshops.The school said in a statement: “Our absolute priority is the safety of our students, and the aim of this initiative is simply to ensure their safety as they travel to and from school.” In the last 24h, hundreds of tweets asking why shouldn’t children have to have a registration plate? why not high viz vests? why not make helmets mandatory…Here’s a reminder of what the end game should be.HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. JUST 350 MILES AWAYhttps://t.co/01YFKuC51C— Chris Boardman (@Chris_Boardman) 25 September 2018 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. Duncan Dollimore of charity Cycling UK questioned why Stanley Park High “want to make cycling to school more difficult”.He said: “They should be looking to make active journeys easier and more attractive. Worryingly, this behaviour seems to be part of a trend of head teachers trespassing on parental responsibilities.” read more
In the UK, a ground breaking research project involving Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) scientists and universities in the GW4 Alliance aims to clean up water from a closed Cornish tin mine, Wheal Jane, using algae to harvest the precious heavy metals and produce biofuel at the same time. PML, in collaboration with researchers from all four universities in GW4 (the South West Research Alliance that brings together four leading, research-intensive universities: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter), are now working with the Coal Authority and Veolia to take untreated mine water samples from Wheal Jane mine into the laboratory and grow algae in them. The research will explore whether algae is effective in removing materials such as arsenic and cadmium from the mine water.Researchers will then look to convert the algae into a solid from which it’s expected that precious heavy metals can be extracted and recycled for use in the electronics industry. The remaining solid waste will then be used to make biofuels.Wheal Jane, near Truro in Cornwall, closed in 1992. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has since that time funded the active mine water treatment scheme to protect the River Fal from pollution. This scheme is managed by the Coal Authority and operated by Veolia.Dr Chris Chuck, Whorrod Research Fellow from the University of Bath’s Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, said: “It’s a win-win solution to a significant environmental problem. We’re putting contaminated water in and taking out valuable metals, clean water and producing fuel. This technology could be applied to any type of mine or could even be used to clean up industrial effluent in the future.”PML Microbial Biochemist Dr Mike Allen said: “Acidic waste run off from mines is not a regional issue restricted to Cornwall, it’s a global problem. It’s a particular problem in the developing world where costly clean-up and remediation activities are ignored because of their high cost and low return. By making the clean-up process pay for itself, we can improve both the health and the environment of millions of people around the world.”Dr Chris Bryan, Lecturer in Sustainable Mining and Minerals Resourcing at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute/Camborne School of Mines, said: “By growing algae in mine water, which is currently expensive to remediate, we are providing an alternative economic model to traditional algal cultivation. The aim is to reduce the treatment costs while generating value at the same time from the algal biomass.” read more
HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster The Doctor’s precious memories are up for auction in Cavan Scott’s “The Bidding War: Part 1.”Last month’s snack-sized “Secret Agent Man” launched a new story arc featuring everyone’s favorite Time Agent: Captain Jack Harkness.When some knowledge of his former self is restored, Jack becomes determined to right his wrongs. Particularly stopping his past self from erasing the criminal Zloy Volk with an Eradicator gun.But Volk is alive. And in Jack’s efforts to change history, he seemingly erased himself.Or did he?Rose gets an unexpected surprise (via Titan Comics)Using a set of experience spheres—glowing orbs that connect to the 54th century’s top social network—the Doctor, Rose, and Tara do more than share Jack’s memories—they enter his mind.Once inside, Team TARDIS discovers Captain Jack’s consciousness has been stolen by a hoggish tech tycoon in an attempt to lure the Time Lord and sell his memories—specifically, the secrets of the Time War.“What do you want with them?” the Doctor, restrained and regretful, asks.“Oh, they’re not for me, lovey,” the evil Addison Delamar retorts, calling welcoming a flurry of alien ships, here to make “the biggest deal of all time.”Representatives have come from far and wide—Harrigain High Command, Church of the Evergreen Man, Shreekers, Cybermen—to place their bids.But with Rose and Tara otherwise occupied—Delamar locked them in a network of memories—who will stop the secrets of the Time War being laid bare?Find out in next month’s “grand finale.” And pick up a copy of “The Bidding War: Part 1” for $3.99 from Titan Comics.“Official Secrets: Vol. 3” (via Titan Comics)Also look for the “Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor – Official Secrets” graphic novel: a collection of the titular character’s ongoing adventures (#6-10), written by Scott, with art by Adriana Melo and Cris Bolson. The action-packed volume is on sale now for $22.99. Stay on target read more
The west-side food pantry FISH of Vancouver has expanded its hours to include two Saturdays every month.People expressed interest in volunteering on weekends at the pantry, which used to be open on weekdays only, said Katlin Smith, the pantry’s board president.The pantry at 906 Harney St. is now open 10 a.m. to noon every first and third Saturday, in addition to its regular hours of 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. FISH provides emergency food to residents of ZIP codes 98660, 98661, 98663, 98685 and 98686.Visit fishvancouver.org or call 360-836-8107 for more information or contact Dori Miller at 360-566-3243 for volunteer opportunities.
Ryan Bennett insists Wolves will keep playing Nuno’s attacking football after thier 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.Bennett was dominant in the back for Wolves as kept Arsenal’s attack quiet for much of the match, and he believes Nuno’s brand of attacking football shows they are not just in the Premier League to fight relegation.“That’s the way we’re going to be,” Bennett told the club’s website.“We’re 12 games into the league now and we haven’t changed.“We’re going to go out there and attack teams, we’re not going out there just to survive. It was the same last year and it’s the same this year, and although there’s things that change within the way we do it, we try to do whatever we need to do to win the game.“We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing. We might be disappointed today, but we’ve got two massive games coming up and we need to keep putting our stamp on the games and go and get the points.“Last week against Tottenham was a very different sort of disappointment, but against Arsenal, we bounced back, and it was a good performance.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We had chances to win the game, but we need to take them.“To come to the Emirates and get a point is not an easy feat, but the overriding feeling is that we should have taken three and that would have been massive for us.“I think in the first half we went out there to attack. We were aggressive, fullback versus fullback, the way we were pressing.“The amount of work we put in in the first half to get the lead was good and we dug deep in the second half.“There is a sense of disappointment but it’s a good thing that you come away from the Emirates disappointed that you’ve only took one point.“Hopefully that’s going to stand us in good stead going into the games coming up which are going to be very important.” read more
Leaders at Edwards AFB, Calif., say the installation’s honorary commanders program is a key tool for building and fostering relationships with the base’s host communities. The program, which matches local civic and business leaders with base leadership for two-year assignments, offers participants an opportunity to get a first-hand look at Edwards’ missions, reports 412th Test Wing Public Affairs. “Being able to tell a few key community leaders about ourselves and having them tell their contacts, and so on, ensures we’re able to do our mission and everyone benefits,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan McCall, commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Detachment 7, known as the Rocket Lab. The program cultivates relationships which normally wouldn’t have to time to develop, McCall said. “Commanders are only in their positions for two years; that’s not long enough to make community partners on its own, so this program helps accelerate that,” he said.Air Force photo by Edward Cannon Dan Cohen AUTHOR read more
British prime minister Theresa May (L) and US president Donald speak in the Oval Office of the White House on 27 January, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump made his debut as a statesman Friday, welcoming British prime minister Theresa May as the first foreign leader to visit his White House.The meeting is a pivotal moment in trans-Atlantic relations, which have been rocked by Trump’s election and his willingness to rethink NATO, the UN and other foundation blocks of the liberal world order.Trump greeted May himself upon her arrival at the White House. The pair then met in the Oval Office, posing and shaking hands in front of a bust of Winston Churchill.They will hold a joint press conference at roughly 1800 GMT before a working lunch.May’s trip is equal parts influence campaign and charm offensive.She is expected to give Trump an engraved quaich—a ceremonial cup exchanged by Scottish highland chiefs—in a nod to Trump’s Scottish ancestry. His mother was born on the island of Lewis.For First Lady Melania Trump, May will gift a hamper of apple juice, damson plum jam, marmalade, Bakewell tarts and cranberry and white chocolate shortbread cookies.But aside from the desserts, the meeting will have a meaty main course.May hopes to win the neophyte president’s support for collective security arrangements that have underpinned European security since World War II.Trump has decried NATO as “obsolete” and expressed a willingness to befriend Russia’s Vladimir Putin—two positions that deeply concern European leaders from London to Lisbon.Much of Britain’s military power, including its nuclear deterrent, depends on US equipment and systems.In private, European diplomats fret about the influence of top Trump advisor Steve Bannon, who has made common cause with right-wing nationalists and populists in France, Britain and beyond.Shortly after his election, Trump met with right-wing British politician Nigel Farage, who has made dismantling the European Union his life’s work.Post-Brexit trade -But Trump’s break with decades of US support for multilateral trade deals and his preference for bilateral accords could be manna for May, who is struggling to negotiate Britain’s complex exit from the European Union.Faced with exit from the European single market, the British government is scrambling to secure bilateral deals around the world.Netting a commitment from Trump for a US-UK agreement would be a major coup and help justify her visit to British voters.May is hoping the prospect of a US deal—while complicated—will also help dispel fears among a divided public that Britain may be economically worse off by leaving Europe’s single market.Her decision to meet Trump just one week after his inauguration has caused controversy at home. Trump has been condemned by European politicians of all stripes for his comments about women, Muslims and the use of torture.May was not helped Thursday when the White House misspelled her name multiple times when announcing her visit.The reserved daughter of a vicar has promised to be “frank” in her dealings with the unpredictable billionaire, and laughed off questions about their personal compatibility.“Haven’t you ever noticed that sometimes opposites attract?” she told reporters on her plane.May began her day Friday with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place of a number of British soldiers who died fighting alongside US forces in various wars.Throughout the long US election campaign, Trump showed little interest in foreign policy except through the prism of his image at home and a pledge to put “America First.”His first week in office has been marked by a war of words with Mexico over the building of a border wall, and his vow to make Mexico pay for it.On Thursday, Mexican Enrique Pena Nieto called off a planned trip to Washington in protest. But the pair spoke by telephone on Friday, a Mexican government source said.The right stuff -May arrived in the United States on Thursday and received a rapturous welcome from Republican lawmakers gathering in Philadelphia with a speech urging them to “beware” of Russia, and warning US allies to “step up” and play a greater role in global security.Acknowledging rising tensions between the US and China, she said fears of the “eclipse of the West” would not be fulfilled if Britain and the United States continued to stand together.May said NATO member states should contribute their fair share—a complaint made by the former and current US administrations—but defended the alliance from Trump’s claims it was “obsolete.”May also defended the Iranian nuclear deal against the president’s criticism, saying it was “vitally important” for regional security—but must now be properly enforced. read more
Stay on target Game of Thrones wrapped up almost a month ago, however, Lena Headey, who played Cersei Lannister on the show, recently expressed that she wasn’t too happy about her character’s death scene.In an interview with The Guardian, Headey spoke about Game of Thrones’ final season and how she thought Cersei Lannister deserved a better ending, rather than dying with her brother (and lover) Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in a pile of rubble under the Red Keep. Some fans were also disappointed with this Season 8 plot twist and others, leading them to create a petition to re-do Game of Thrones Season 8.“I will say I wanted a better death. Obviously you dream of your death,” Headey told The Guardian. “You could go in any way on that show. So I was kind of gutted. But, I just think they couldn’t have pleased everyone. No matter what they did, I think there was going to be some big comedown from the climb.”Lena Headey admits that ‘I wanted a better death [for Cersei]… You could go in any way on that show. So I was kind of gutted’(Via @guardian | https://t.co/6FUDfMk2P6) pic.twitter.com/dtk9jhM3aS— Fandom (@getFANDOM) June 17, 2019Even though Headey wasn’t pleased with Cersei Lannister’s death, she’s ready to move onto other projects. In a joking statement, she said: “I invested as a viewer and I have my favorite characters. And I’ve got a few of my own gripes. But, I haven’t sat down drunkly with David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] yet.”More on Geek.com:Watch: Artist Robert Ball Shows ‘Game of Thrones’ Deaths in Illustrations‘Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Gives Coffee Cup Dilemma Update‘Game of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke Deeply Regrets One Season 8 Thing ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future read more
(PhysOrg.com) — A four thousand year old Egyptian mummy’s tooth has yielded its DNA to probing scientists. A mummy in the British Museum. Image: Wikimedia Commons A team of doctors from Massachusetts General Hospital and scientists from Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts first tried unsuccessfully to extract genetic material from a piece of neck skin and a finger, recovered from the mummy’s tomb in Deir el-Bersha near Cairo. They next tried to obtain DNA from the pulp of a tooth, and after a delicate three-hour operation successfully extracted the tooth and obtained the genetic material.Dr. Paul Chapman, a neurosurgeon from the Massachusetts General Hospital, who was part of the operating team, was concerned not to disturb the fragile head because of its importance as an artifact. Simply yanking the tooth was not possible, so the doctors approached it via the open neck, inserting a scope fitted with a camera. The first tooth they tried could not be moved, but the second yielded after patient work without damage to the rest of the head.The tomb, belonging to Governor and Lady Djehutynakht, rulers of the Hermopolis district around 186 miles from Cairo, was first excavated in 1915. Dating from around 2000 BC, the tomb had been disturbed, but the disembodied head, a torso, examples of Egyptian art, other artifacts and scattered mummy wrappings remained. The DNA should enable the scientists to identify the ancient Egyptian owner’s gender, and perhaps learn about its ancestry. The genetic material was deemed so precious that one of the hospital team, Dr. Fabio Nunes, drove the tooth to the New York medical examiner’s office himself. The medical examiner’s office which was chosen to do the analysis because of its experience with degraded DNA.Rita E. Freed, from the Museum of Fine Arts, said the 19th century saw the unwrapping of mummies, and the 20th saw the ability to X-ray mummies develop. Now scientists realize you can also examine them for genetic material.The mummy’s head and other artifacts are currently on show at The Secrets of Tomb 10: Egypt 2000 BC in the Museum of Fine Arts, which gives visitors an insight into the lives of people in Deir el-Bersha between 2040 to 1640 BC, during the 11th and 12th dynasty.© 2009 PhysOrg.com 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. Explore further Citation: Mummy’s tooth yields DNA (2009, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-mummy-tooth-yields-dna.html Stanford scientists scan 2,500-year-old mummy read more
Kolkata: Governor and Chancellor of Jadavpur University Keshari Nath Tripathi said on Thursday that he is ready to speak with the Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor if they meet him at Raj Bhavan.Responding to a question on the situation at Jadavpur University and the V-C’s decision to resign, Tripathi said on the sidelines of an Assocham programme: “They can come and meet me. I will not press any decision of my own in this regard. The Executive Committee (EC) of Jadavpur University has taken the decision of holding the admission test and I have nothing to comment on the EC decision.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe EC meeting on Tuesday had decided that admission tests will be held in six subjects, namely English, Bengali, History, International Relations, Philosophy and Comparative Literature and final merit list for admission will be prepared on the basis of 50 percent of the total marks secured in HS or equivalent examination and 50 percent of the marks secured in admission tests.Following the EC decision, V-C Suranjan Das and Pro V-C Pradip Ghosh had said that they could not agree with the EC decision and would resign by tendering resignation to the Chancellor. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPSources in Raj Bhavan said in the evening that Das and Ghosh have written to the Governor, seeking an appointment.Meanwhile, in another development, Jadavpur University has ranked 7th in the list of Union Human Resource Development ministry’s ‘institutions of eminence’. “I am privileged to be one of the committee members that had made the presentation in this regard before the Centre. I wish every success for JU,” V-C Suranjan Das said.Twenty institutes – 10 public and 10 private – will be awarded this status and they will be getting a Rs 1 crore grant over a period of five years. read more
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Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Technology | October 01, 2008 Wireless DR Detector Fits X-Ray Rooms Related Content Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more Carestream Health Inc. released reportedly the first wireless DR detector that is the size of a standard cassette and can be used with existing wallstand or table-based buckys. The CARESTREAM DR-1 System incorporates a console and a wireless 14-by-17-inch cassette-size digital radiography (DR) detector that provides a rapid conversion for users of radiographic film or computed radiography systems. It requires no modifications to existing analog equipment and a healthcare facility can utilize one detector for all types of exams. Carestream said the DR-1 system delivers fully processed, high-quality preview images in just three seconds, which significantly improves productivity, even for users of computed radiography (CR) systems. Because this DR detector is a wireless cassette, it provides flexible positioning that enhances both efficiency and patient comfort, according to the company. The detector can be used wherever it is needed — in the wallstand bucky, table bucky or for tabletop shots and other difficult views. With a weight of 8.5 pounds, the detector is up to 30 percent lighter and up to 50 percent smaller than many other portable detectors. 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2. Niseko, JapanThe Land of the Rising Sun’s most famous ski resort, Niseko (which actually consists of several ski areas) normally opens by late November with the help of the Siberian weather fronts that have made Niseko so famous for powder snow. Already massively popular with Australian skiers, Niseko’s notoriety is fast spreading worldwide. Fly to: Sapporo3. Åre, SwedenSweden’s number one resort, which also claims to be Northern Europe’s largest and most advanced, Åre boasts a season that starts in November and lasts until May. With 100 pistes to enjoy plus night skiing too, Åre is a popular choice for early season skiing and pistes tend to be open by mid-December. Fly to: Stockholm__4. Tignes, FranceWinter sports enthusiasts can start skiing early here on the glacier which offers an impressive 20km of runs and a vertical drop of over 750m. Skiing on the rest of the mountain starts in mid-December, making Tignes a fairly solid choice for an early season schuss. Fly to: Geneva5. Zermatt, SwitzerlandThis famous Swiss ski resort has lifts that take you to a dizzy 3899m, and offers skiing that starts in late November. Zermatt is one of the few, truly year-round ski destinations in the world and a sure bet for pre-Christmas skiing. _Fly to: _ Zurich UPDATED 17 NOVEMBER 2014Skier? Snowboarder? Planning your first trip to the slopes of the season? Can’t wait ’til January? We’ve found 10 places most likely to satisfy powder addicts desperately seeking snow.With winter on its way, snow lovers are already sharpening their edges, polishing their goggles and scanning the snow reports for the first signs of the white stuff.If you’re one of those people who just can’t wait to hit the slopes, we reveal some of the best places to get an early season ski trip in.But how can you be sure that you’ll find snow, rather than grass on the slopes?Well, the general rules for early season skiing are similar to late season skiing; head high or head north if you want the best chance of hitting the slopes before the New Year. Resorts that have invested heavily in snow making systems are also most likely to be able to guarantee the goods.1. Val Thorens, FranceAs Europe’s highest ski resort, most of the skiing here is over 2000m, which means the snow starts falling early. Part of the huge Three Valleys ski area, Val Thorens is an excellent bet for good snow conditions early in the season. Fly to: Chambery, Switzerland. Related9 ski resorts where snow is guaranteed9 ski resorts where snow is guaranteedHow to save money and have a cheap ski holidaySkiing is expensive; the flights, accommodation, lift passes, lessons. Costs can quickly mount up – and that’s before we even get onto the après-ski! Stop them getting out of hand with our top tips for saving on this season’s ski holiday.10 best ski resorts for spring and late season snowWhen it comes to skiing holidays, you might think that February and March are the best months to hit the slopes. But why not head to the mountains a little later in the season? Book a holiday to one of these destinations and you’ll find fewer crowds, cheaper prices and… 9. Mammoth, California, USAWith a season that typically starts in November, and lasts until June, skiers and snowboarders coming to Mammoth can enjoy the “tallest ski resort in California” which is also one of the USA’s premier mountain resorts. _Fly to: _ LA10. Solden, AustriaLike Zermatt, Solden has year-round skiing on its two glaciers, so when it comes to early-season trips, it’s a pretty sure bet – so sure in fact that Solden say “snow is absolutely guaranteed from November to May”. With a state of the art mountain railway, and a massive ski area, Solden is a great choice for the early bird skier. Fly to: InnsbruckMore: It’s snowtime! 10 wonderful winter holiday ideas: in picturesReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Saas Fee, SwitzerlandWith a ski area that sits between 1800m and 3500m and has access to a glacier, Sass Fee offers early-season skiers plenty of snow. Freestyle snowboarders and skiiers should be particulary at home here as Saas Fee boasts a year-round snow parks on offer. _Fly to: _Geneva7. Livigno, ItalyOne of the higher resorts in Europe with pistes to 3000m and a good snow record, Livigno’s skiing normally starts in late November on a good year. The town’s tax-free tax status is also a considerable draw, meaning that food and drink are excellent value here. _Fly to: _ Innsbruck8. Whistler-Blackcomb, CanadaThe excellent slope grooming and snow-making facilities at Whistler Blackcomb help to ensure a lengthy season that starts in late November/early December. This Canadian super resort has repeatedly been voted the best ski resort in the world. _Fly to: _Vancouver read more
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Fox TV is offering viewers a chance to go “inside” O.J. Simpson’s head when it airs a previously unseen 2006 interview in which he theorizes about what happened the night his ex-wife was murdered.Airing Sunday, “O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?” will include the ex-football star’s fictionalized “confession” to the 1994 murder of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman.“This is him in his own words giving you a window into his psychology,” said Terence Wrong, the special’s executive producer. “He’s actually going to put you inside his head — his very complicated head — at various points.”At the heart of the two-hour special is an on-camera interview Simpson gave to publisher Judith Regan 12 years ago as part of a promotional push for Simpson’s book “If I Did It.”The airing of the interview was quickly scrapped after an outcry and the footage languished for years. “This was literally misplaced,” Wrong said on Thursday before screening 45 minutes of the interview for journalists.Wrong, who previously produced the shows “NY Med” and “Boston Med,” was asked in mid-January to put together the Fox special by Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment and specials at Fox.“He said, ‘I’ve got this box of tapes here. It’s incredible. We don’t really know what’s on it. Can you look through it?’” Wrong said. He said he was stunned by the footage but felt that the original questioning of Simpson was too light and decided to balance his account with analysts.Wrong assembled a panel that includes Regan; attorney Christopher Darden, part of the team that prosecuted Simpson; a representative from the family of Nicole Brown Simpson; anti-domestic violence advocate Rita Smith; and retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente. Soledad O’Brien is the host.The special will examine the first time Simpson met Nicole, trace their tempestuous relationship, take viewers into the murders, the white Bronco chase, the trial and verdict and aftermath, plus how he processes his wife’s death and his relationship with his kids.In the interview with Regan, Simpson talked about how he would have committed the murders “if he were the one responsible.” He describes going to Nicole Brown Simpson’s home with an accomplice, a so-called friend named Charlie, who brought along a knife. Simpson said he had words with Goldman and his ex-wife that escalated. “As things got heated, Nicole fell and hurt herself,” he said on the tape.In Simpson’s telling, Goldman assumed a martial arts pose and Simpson says he recalls grabbing the knife. “To be honest, after that, I don’t remember except I’m standing there and there’s all kind of stuff around,” he said. Regan asks what he means and Simpson replies: “Blood and stuff around.” He said he and Charlie then fled and tossed bloody clothes.Simpson was acquitted of criminal charges by jurors in one of the most high profile cases in years but found responsible in a subsequent civil trial.Wrong said that Darden speculates during the TV special that Charlie is Simpson’s way of creating an alter ego to give himself cover in his mind for the crime.Regan had originally interviewed Simpson for a book to be published by her HarperCollins imprint, ReganBooks. But “If I Did It” was dropped in response to widespread outrage. She was fired in 2006, about a month after News Corp. cancelled the project. She sued and settled for an undisclosed sum.Fox, which like HarperCollins was owned by News Corp., planned to air a two-part special before the book’s planned 2006 release. But the network reversed course after some Fox affiliates balked.The ghostwritten, fictionalized account of the murders ultimately was published by another company, and a federal bankruptcy judge later awarded rights to the book to Goldman’s family to help satisfy a $38 million wrongful death judgment against Simpson.Wrong said that Simpson’s account in the videotaped interview hews largely to the account in the book but there are variations in the telling and includes unfounded claims by Simpson, including that Nicole Brown Simpson was pregnant. Wrong said he did not know whether Simpson was paid at the time for his interview.The new TV project has the blessing of both families but no connection with Simpson, who was paroled in October after serving time for a robbery conviction.Interest in Simpson has proved to be enduring. FX’s 10-part miniseries on the trial in 2016 called “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson” racked up multiple Emmy Awards, and Ezra Edelman’s documentary “O.J.: Made in America” won the Academy Award for best documentary.___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Fox invites viewers ‘inside’ the mind of O.J. Simpson FILE – In this July 20, 2017 file photo, former NFL football star O.J. Simpson attends his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev. Fox TV will air an O.J. Simpson special including an unseen 2006 interview in which he theorizes about what happened the night his ex-wife was murdered. The two-hour special, with the provocative title “O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?” will air 8 p.m. EST Sunday, March 11. Soledad O’Brien is the host. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool) by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Mar 8, 2018 4:53 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 8, 2018 at 5:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more
by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 19, 2018 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — Catherine O’Hara once auditioned for filmmaker Penny Marshall’s 1988 comedy “Big” with Robert De Niro.O’Hara made the revelation in an interview with The Canadian Press on Wednesday as she reflected on the legacy of Marshall, the director and “Laverne & Shirley” star who died at her Los Angeles home Monday night due to complications from diabetes.“The one time I spent time with her I auditioned for ‘Big,’” O’Hara, whose hit Canadian comedy series “Schitt’s Creek” debuts its fifth season Jan. 8 on CBC TV, said by phone from Los Angeles.“I don’t know if you know this, but Tom Hanks was not the original cast for that. I auditioned with Robert De Niro. Isn’t that a different movie?” the Toronto-born Emmy winner added with a laugh.“Big” stars Hanks as a New Jersey teen whose wish to be “big” miraculously turns him into an adult overnight. Elizabeth Perkins plays his love interest.O’Hara said she and De Niro auditioned for those two roles in front of Marshall, whom she didn’t know well but would see “at parties once in a blue moon.”“She was great and supportive and fun,” O’Hara recalled, praising Marshall for becoming the first female director to direct a $100-million box office hit with “Big.” O’Hara, an “SCTV” and Second City alumna who recently received the Order of Canada, went into the audition being a big fan of De Niro’s 1986 period drama “The Mission.”“Penny left the room for a while and I guess that was supposed to be the time where we were supposed to see how we got along,” she recalled with a laugh.“Of course I was not cool at all and I started asking him about ‘The Mission’ and he was great. He told me all about shooting ‘The Mission’ and how he loved it too. And then he didn’t do the movie and of course I didn’t get cast.“That was an odd little fun experience. It’s like at ‘SCTV’ where we would do the stage version of a movie and cast it. That was the most fun, was miscasting things. Not to say that Robert De Niro doing ‘Big’ would be miscast, it would just be a different movie. But it’s always fun to imagine other people playing those iconic roles.”One of O’Hara’s most iconic films, the holiday classic “Home Alone,” was in the headlines Wednesday with star Macaulay Culkin reprising his role as Kevin McCallister for a Google commercial on social media.O’Hara said she hasn’t heard of any plans to make another instalment in the “Home Alone” franchise but still gets requests to play Kevin’s mom for various initiatives.“I had a strange request of an organization in England,” she said. “They take care of under-privileged children and they were putting together a trip to take these children to New York so they could relive the experiences Kevin McCallister had in New York and they wanted me to show up as the mother.“I think it would scare the kids, but I couldn’t do it. I wasn’t available. But throughout the years I’ve had kids look at me … with their frightened faces like, ‘Why do I think I know you?’ And then someone will say, ‘The mom in “Home Alone.”‘ But that doesn’t make sense (to them), like, ‘Why would you be here?’”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Catherine O’Hara says she and Robert De Niro auditioned for ‘Big’ Catherine O’Hara arrives on the red carpet at the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday, March 11, 2018. O’Hara made a revelation of her audition for Penny Marshall’s 1988 comedy “Big” in an interview with The Canadian Press on Wednesday as she reflected on the legacy of Marshall, the director and “Laverne & Shirley” star who died at her Los Angeles home Monday night due to complications from diabetes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young read more
The Animal Party has called on Nicosia race club authorities to change the hours or cancel races when temperatures are very high, expressing concerns over the animals’ and jockeys’ health.The party said in a written announcement that it has received several complaints that horse races were taking place early in the afternoon while temperatures were still very high.The party, recalling that there have been daily warnings recently about high temperatures, exceeding 40C inland, said that horse races take place after 4pm “which means horses but also jockeys run in temperatures over 40C.”Due to this situation, the Animal Party said it has been receiving daily complaints about horse races.It said fearing for the welfare of horses and their jockeys alike, it was calling on the race club, and horse owners to change the hours or cancel races when temperatures deemed to be too high.The yellow weather warnings over high temperatures are usually set for between 11am and 5pm, the party said. It also called on vulnerable population groups and workers to avoid frequent and extensive sun exposure.“Jockeys are workers too, so everyone must make sure to respect humans, animals and nature,” the party said.According to the Nicosia Race Club’s website there are two races each week in July that start at 4.30pm. Six races are also scheduled for August at the same hour.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoA new way of doing businessUndoby Taboolaby Taboola read more