Bouteflika Transferred to Switzerland for Medical Tests

Rabat – Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been transferred on Sunday, April 24, to Switzerland for medical tests.Without providing more details, a statement from the president’s office says the president has been transferred to Switzerland on Sunday for a private visit and “periodic medical tests.”Bouteflika, 79, suffered a stroke in 2013 that has impeded his mobility and speech. The accident occurred after he had undergone two days of medical tests at a cardiology unit in France. Since then, the Algerian president rarely makes televised appearances and is most of the times seen in a wheelchair.The hospitalization of the Algerian president comes just days after the controversy caused by a photo made public by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on his Twitter account on April 10.In the photo, the Prime Minister looks with a smile on his face, the Algerian President appears sad, looking lost with his mouth uncontrollably open.Bouteflika took office in 1999 and has been re-elected three times. His election for a third term was made possible after the Algerian government amended the constitution to allow the siting President to run for more presidential terms. read more

UK Ambassador Posts Angry Tweet Over Delays Lost Luggage on Royal

Rabat – After his flight departed over an hour late, Ambassador Thomas Reilly said he arrived in Casablanca only to wait another hour for his luggage to show up. Reilly took to Twitter on Wednesday, June 26th, to voice his frustrations with Royal Air Maroc (RAM). The incident was not the first time RAM has come under fire on social media in recent months. “It is not surprising if people are irritated,” Reilly said. Reilly explained that he eventually got his luggage, 70 minutes after his flight had landed. “It seems pilot left ‘plane & turned it off so they couldn’t unload the bags,” he said.Other exasperated customers chimed in on Reilly’s twitter feed to complain about the airline’s bad service. Read Also: Royal Air Maroc Inaugurates Casablanca-Boston Non-Stop Flight“I don’t know what’s happened with this company,” Twitter user Nabil Safir said. “It’s time for Morocco to think about building other ones.” Earlier this year a distinguished pair of Reilly’s countrymates were also victims of the airline’s allegedly careless attitude toward luggage.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex brought along an entourage of photographers to document their trip when they visited Morocco in February . Prince Harry and Meghan’s plans were compromised when the luggage of several of their official photographers went missing.The airline denied responsibility for the incident, instead pointing the finger at bad weather.The lost luggage blues escalated when baggage handlers at Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca went on strike in April. Over the last few months, baggage handlers that work for RAM subcontractor General Private Interim (GPI) have gone on a series of strikes, resulting in ongoing disruption and chaos at Morocco’s busiest airport.Angered about RAM’s lack of accountability for misplaced luggage , customers turned to Twitter to vent their frustrations. “We just spent 30 minutes on the phone,” one user tweeted, “and were basically yelled at for asking for information.”RAM has repeatedly denied responsibility for missing luggage during the strikes, blaming the subcontractor instead of inclement weather. read more

Morocco Calls For Respect For Freedom Of Maritime Navigation in Strait

Rabat – “Morocco is closely following recent developments in the area and calls for the respect of the freedom of maritime navigation in the Strait of Hormuz and of international law,” said Bourita during a joint press briefing with Guinea’s Foreign Minister, Mamadi Toure. This is Toure’s first visit to Morocco since his appointment.Bourita stated that “the area is under significant pressure and experiences several tensions.”“We believe that the sense of responsibility must prevail and that freedom of movement and maritime navigation must be respected,” he reiterated. Bourita specified that “Morocco, like all countries, is concerned about the escalating tensions in the Strait of Hormuz in recent weeks.”He further explained that the Kingdom’s concern comes as the country has special relations with the Gulf region.The minister also mentioned that “Morocco has repeatedly condemned acts which threaten the stability and security of this region and has affirmed its solidarity with the Arab Gulf countries, whenever their security and the tranquility of their citizens have been threatened.”During the month of July, the Strait of Hormuz witnessed escalating tensions and provocative moves.On July 11, The United Kingdom‘s government claimed that five Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels had unsuccessfully attempted to hinder the passage of a British oil tanker through the Strait.The UK government issued a statement, on July 10, saying that the Iranian ships withdrew after receiving “verbal warnings” from a British warship accompanying the tanker.On July 18, the United States announced that a US Navy ship took “defensive action” and “destroyed” an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz, after the drone threatened the vessel. However, Iran dismissed the claim.On July 19, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards abseiled from helicopters and seized a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. The seizure came in response to the British capture of an Iranian tanker two weeks earlier.Britain called on Iran to release the British-flagged tanker and its crew, describing the seizure of the Stena Impero oil tanker as illegal. read more

UN rights chief urges probe into army gun seizure operations in Uganda

6 June 2010United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay today urged Ugandan authorities to investigate violations of human rights during army operations to disarm residents of the remote north-eastern region of Karamoja, saying the exercise was often violent and had led to loss of life. Ms. Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for “fair, transparent and impartial” investigation into three incidents earlier this year she said were particularly violent and had led to the deaths of many civilians including of women, children and elderly people.“All officers in positions of command during the execution of these three incidents should be removed immediately from Karamoja,” Ms. Pillay said, at the end of her four-day visit to Uganda where she attended the review conference of the International Criminal Court (ICC).Ms. Pillay told a news conference in Kampala that she was aware that the Ugandan Government’s aim in Karamoja was to disarm trouble-makers and to stop the wholesale theft of cattle, an intention she said was as “responsible and laudable” as the desire to develop the region.“However, I believe that the overall approach both to development and to disarmament has been flawed and to some extent counter-productive,” Ms. Pillay said.She said community leaders in Karamoja, most of whom are eager to see an end to the cattle-rustling and a successful disarmament programme, have been largely excluded from the disarmament process, and they and their communities have grown increasingly disillusioned by heavy-handed efforts to force them to shift from their traditional cattle-raising to farming.Karamoja is a largely barren region and prone to drought and not suited to agriculture, she said.“Imposed development that involves a radical break with tradition almost always fails, and I urge the Government to rethink its approach to the much-needed development of Karamoja,” Ms. Pillay said.“Even more damaging has been the general approach to disarmament, which has involved soldiers rounding up – and sometimes mistreating – large groups of people indiscriminately, leading to a climate of fear, rather than one of cooperation,” she said.The particularly violent incidents she singled out include one in early January which involved at least one helicopter gunship as well as ground forces. The raid left at least 13 people confirmed dead, including six children and youths, two women and two elderly people.A second attack on a village on 22 January, also involving troops and a helicopter, led to at least six more deaths, Ms. Pillay said, while a third incident on 24 April, resulted in 10 confirmed deaths, including five children and youths and two elderly men, with up to 25 more believed dead.“I welcome the fact that a commission of inquiry was set up to investigate the April attack (though not, as far as we are aware, the ones in January). However, it would be preferable for a commission to be independent of the UPDF [Ugandan military] to ensure a fair, transparent and impartial process,” she said.Ms. Pillay thanked the Government of Uganda for facilitating the work of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the country.She described Uganda as a pioneer in the recent history of international justice, having been the first country in the world to refer a situation to the ICC.“It is my fervent wish that the three surviving LRA [Lord’s Resistance Army] leaders for whom ICC arrest warrants have been issued will very soon be captured and prosecuted,” she said.“The nature and quantity of the atrocities committed by the LRA in northern Uganda have caused a trauma that will take years to heal, and I am concerned that the very difficult processes of reconciliation, rehabilitation and reintegration are not fully under way.“The good news is that three-quarters of the Ugandans displaced during the long and dreadful conflict with the LRA have gone home. However, some 240,000 remain in camps. The important National Reconciliation Bill, which includes elements dealing with reparations as well as legal provisions on victims’ rights, has not yet been tabled in Parliament, and I urge those in a position to do so to expedite its passage, as the people in the north need every bit of help they can get,” Ms. Pillay said.She deplored the fact that an entire generation of young people had been denied an opportunity to acquire education or vocational training during the two decades when the LRA was active in northern Uganda.“Single mothers, many of whose partners were killed by the LRA or who bore children as a result of rape, are deprived of access to land and property rights because they do not have a male relative. This is impractical and inhumane, and I urge the authorities to abolish this discriminatory practice without delay,” Ms. Pillay added.She called for a massive effort to inject new life and opportunities into the ravaged north, and to give those reclaimed from the LRA a real chance to rebuild their lives. read more

UN agency opens up access to largest database of hunger statistics

The world’s largest and most comprehensive database on food, agriculture and hunger is now open to the public, free of charge, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.Previously, it was possible to download a limited amount of information from FAOSTAT, but access to large amounts of data required a paid annual subscription.The database contains over one million data points covering more than 200 countries and territories.Hafez Ghanem, FAO’s Assistant Director General for Economic and Social Development, characterized the information as “an important tool to alleviate poverty, promote sustainable development and eliminate hunger,” voicing hope that economists, planners and policy-makers in the developing world can put the data to good use.Today’s announcement is part of an ongoing FAO effort to provide easier and more direct access to its vast information trove.“FAOSTAT is a powerful tool that can be used not just to see where hunger occurs, but to drill down and better understand why hunger occurs – and what might be done to combat it,” said Pietro Gennari, the agency’s Statistics Division Director.“It’s especially designed to support monitoring, analysis and informed, evidence-based policy-making specifically related to rural and agricultural development and hunger reduction, the only tool of its kind,” he added.The information can help arm developing countries with the intelligence needed to better compete in the global market, while it can be utilized by donor countries to identify specific sectors to target their aid. 9 July 2010The world’s largest and most comprehensive database on food, agriculture and hunger is now open to the public, free of charge, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. read more

Asian parliamentarians urge national funding for disaster risk reduction – UN

30 November 2010Parliamentarians from 10 Asian countries have urged governments in the region to allocate at least one per cent of their national budgets to projects designed to strengthen disaster risk reduction, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) said today. Parliamentarians from 10 Asian countries have urged governments in the region to allocate at least one per cent of their national budgets to projects designed to strengthen disaster risk reduction, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) said today. The call came as delegates from across the world gathered in Cancún, Mexico, for the 16th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). State parties to the Convention will work to ensure that disaster risk reduction is integrated into the final text of an agreement. “We need to elevate national and global aspirations in addressing disaster risk from mere ‘reduction’ towards ‘elimination’, and to promote disaster prevention with ‘zero tolerance’ to disaster losses as a mindset and approach for international, national, and local development action,” the members of parliament said in their Manila Call for Action on Sunday. The appeal was signed by parliamentarians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Philippines, and Thailand. Meeting in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, the members of parliament pledged to be “agents of change” and agreed “to transcend political boundaries in advancing disaster risk reduction and in fostering synergies with climate change adaptation for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).” The MDGs are eight anti-poverty goals world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015. The parliamentarians, who were attending a consultative meeting under the theme of “Disaster Risk Reduction: An Instrument for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” agreed to strengthen their knowledge and capacity in disaster risk reduction through closer collaboration with the UNISDR. The document also recommended that governments use UNISDR’s Advocacy Kit for Parliamentarians on Disaster Risk Reduction as an instrument for achieving the MDGs. Cancun read more

Sri Lanka firm to fight corruption

Sri Lanka recognizes that corruption constitutes one of the obstacles to the effective promotion and protection of human rights, as well as to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was told.The Sri Lankan delegation at the Council said in a statement that a negative consequence of corruption is the violation of human rights, particularly of the most vulnerable sectors of society. The statement said that it is noteworthy that corruption and its proceeds are not confined within national borders, nor is their impact on human rights. Sri Lankan says it is committed to ensure the full realization of human rights in the fight against corruption on the one hand, and to continue to adopt measures to strengthen anti-corruption efforts through the application of a human rights-based approach on the other. (Colombo Gazette) The statement was made during the panel Discussion on the Negative Impact of Corruption on the Enjoyment of Human Rights. The Sri Lankan delegation said that the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption initiated the conduct of a “gap analysis” in order to identify gaps between the Convention and the existing Laws relating to corruption in Sri Lanka.“A Consultative Committee formed in this regard comprises the Hon. Attorney General; the Secretary/Ministry of Justice; the Chairman/Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption; the Legal Draftsman; and the Legal Advisor/Ministry of External Affairs. Steps are being taken by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption to identify the necessary amendments to the Law on Bribery and Corruption,” the statement added. The Sri Lankan government says it continues to take necessary measures to ensure the implementation of its obligations under the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). read more

UN chief deeply alarmed over military offensive in southwest Syria

In a statement by his spokesperson, Mr. Guterres called on all parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights laws, protect civilians and facilitate safe, unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access.“All stakeholders must immediately stop attacks directed against medical and educational facilities and put in place security conditions for UN cross-border humanitarian deliveries to resume without further delay,” he said.In the statement, the UN chief also recalled that the south-west area of Syria is part of the July 2017 de-escalation agreement between Jordan, Russia and the United States, and called on its guarantors to uphold their commitments.The Secretary-General also urged the international community “to unite to put an end to this expanding conflict,” which risks further de-stabilizing the region and worsening the deep humanitarian crisis in Syria and neighboring states. He also called on all concerned to focus on moving the political process forward building on the recent consultations in Geneva.Into its eighth year, the conflict in Syria continues to exact a terrible toll on the country’s civilians. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), over 13 million people across the war-torn country are in need of humanitarian assistance, including close to 3 million people in need trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, where they are exposed to grave protection threats.Over half of the population has been forced from their homes, and many people have been displaced multiple times. Children and youth comprise more than half of the displaced, as well as half of those in need of humanitarian assistance. read more

Legendary filmmaker and French New Wave pioneer Agnes Varda dies aged 90

first_img 9,696 Views https://jrnl.ie/4566897 Friday 29 Mar 2019, 12:18 PM Agnés Varda in February of this year at the Berlinale festival. Image: DPA/PA Images Share56 Tweet Email1 THE PIONEERING FEMINIST filmmaker Agnes Varda has died, aged 90.The film legend, who effectively kicked off the French New Wave in 1954 with her debut film La Pointe Courte, died today, her family said.“The director and artist Agnes Varda died at her home on the night of Thursday, March 29, of complications from cancer. She was surrounded by her family and friends,” the family said in a statement.Varda was born in Belgium but lived in France, and was married to the late filmmaker Jaques Demy. She worked right up to the end of her life, with a new autobiographical documentary premiering at the Berlin film festival just last month.She won an honorary Oscar at 89 for her moving documentary Faces Places, which she made with the French street artist JR. In the film, the pair travelled around France to shoot portraits of people, pasting them onto large buildings. Though separated by over five decades in age, the pair bonded over a shared interest in the little details of people’s lives, and celebrating the ordinary. Source: TEDx Talks/YouTubeThroughout her career, Varda worked in whatever form she wished, from documentary to feature. Inspired by her love of and career in photography, her work reflected the passions of a woman deeply interested in both people but also how the world treats women. A lifelong feminist, she was a major player in the French New Wave, though at times was forgotten in favour of her male peers who made films after her.Varda’s breakthrough film was 1962′s Cleo de 5 a 7 (Cleo from 5 to 7), about a singer who spends the day in Paris while waiting for test results from her doctor. The subtle details in how Cleo is treated – and how she sees herself – reflect Varda’s view on how French society at the time viewed women.She won the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival and a host of other awards for her 1985 film Vagabond, which looked – backwards – at the journey of a homeless woman who is found dead in a ditch. The social realism served to show how women on the margins could be treated when most vulnerable.Varda also made a series of documentaries in the United States and Cuba, including Black Panthers (1968), Hi Cubans! (1971) and Far From Vietnam (1967).Born in Belgium in 1928 to a French mother and Greek father whose family had fled Turkey, Varda changed her first name from Arlette to Agnes when she turned 18 and began her career as a photographer.Varda was an uncompromising force in an industry which is only belatedly recognising the contribution of women. When she won an honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival in 2015, she became the first female to win the coveted award.She faced sexism in the industry – in Variety’s obituary today, it even notes that in its review of La Pointe Courte:  Short URL Agnés Varda in February of this year at the Berlinale festival. Mar 29th 2019, 12:18 PM By Aoife Barry Image: DPA/PA Images 6 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Legendary filmmaker and French New Wave pioneer Agnes Varda dies aged 90 She continued making films right up to her death. In a sentence as sexist as it was curt, Variety dismissed it by saying that the “main aspect of this film is that it was made for $20,000 by a 25-year-old girl.”But no matter what critics may have said, Varda pursued her filmmaking with a vigour that didn’t let up even as she aged.As the Cannes festival said in 2015: “Her work and her life are infused with the spirit of freedom, the art of driving back boundaries, a fierce determination and a conviction that brooks no obstacles. Simply put, Varda seems capable of accomplishing everything she wants.”As the work of female filmmakers is being rediscovered and reappraised, figures like Varda will prove an inspiration to a new generation of filmmakers – and cinephiles. – With details from – © AFP, 2019last_img read more

March of Dimes walk raises 75000

first_imgVANCOUVER — Saturday’s March of Dimes walk raised $75,000 for programs that help people affected by birth defects, according to a news release from its organizers.More than 600 walkers (and 20 dogs) turned out for the annual event. “Together we’ve raised $75,000 in Clark County and $1.2 million in Oregon and Southwest Washington, so that one day all babies will be born healthy,” said Brian Rice, 2011 March for Babies chairman and area president of KeyBank.Funds raised by the March for Babies help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care units, family support programs and advocacy efforts.last_img read more

Juneau Assembly to intervene over AELP purchase

first_imgCitizens concerned about Juneau’s electric utility being acquired by Canadian power company Hydro One attended Monday’s Juneau Assembly Committee of the Whole meeting. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)The City and Borough of Juneau will ask state regulators to make the city a party to negotiations over the local electric utility’s transfer to a Canadian power company. And it committed money for lawyers to help make that happen.Listen nowJuneau business owner Randy Sutak distributed stickers and leaflets to the more than 30 people attending Monday’s committee meeting. He urged the city to protect ratepayers.“If you don’t have a seat at the table or if you’re not trying to ensure yourself a seat at the table, then there’s no incentive for anybody to negotiate with you,” Sutak said. “In other words, you have to take what you get.”Alaska Electric Light & Power was bought in 2013 by Avista of Spokane. Avista is being acquired by Hydro One, one of Canada’s largest power companies.But the acquisition requires approval by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska which has received critical public comments from customers and lawmakers concerned about rates and the fate of utility assets.The largest prize is Snettisham Hydroelectric Project. The federally built hydro complex was completed in the early 1970s and produces about two-thirds of Juneau’s electricity. It’s owned by the state of Alaska, but AEL&P has an option to acquire it.Mayor Ken Koelsch laid out his top goals for negotiations. Number one was the fate of the Snettisham Hydro Complex.“When current bonds for Snettisham Hydroelectric Facility are retired,” Koelsch said, “the Snettisham assets should remain in the State of Alaska or local CBJ ownership.”That was a sentiment echoed by Assembly member Jesse Kiehl who said he worried a piece of critical infrastructure could become collateral for an out-of-state corporation.“We just don’t know who will control the corporate board in Spokane 50 years from now when Snettisham’s turbines will still be spinning,” Kiehl said. “So by and large, old hydro is cheaper than new hydro, or newly bonded or re-bonded hydro. So I think the mayor’s language is the best protection for Juneau’s ratepayers in the long term.”AEL&P President Connie Hulbert also attended the meeting. After conferring with higher ups, she released a statement:“AEL&P supports the RCA process, which is designed to consider the public’s input and interest,” Hulbert wrote immediately after the meeting. “We are confident that the merger on the horizon for Avista will not negatively impact AEL&P or Juneau, and that AEL&P will continue to operate as we do today, making local decisions to serve our customers.”Hulbert added that many of the questions and concerns expressed by the public and members of the Assembly are addressed in a lengthy brief filed Tuesday the RCA.The Assembly committee set aside $75,000 for expected legal fees and it tasked the city manager to negotiate with Hydro One to secure a deal that could make a formal intervention unnecessary.It’ll be up to the RCA to decide whether the city will be a formal party to the process.last_img read more

Should you Uninstall VLC or not Heres what you must really do

first_img Close How A Cyber Attack Could Shut Down The U.S. VLC, the popular multimedia player, was pushed into a controversy after a report submitted by WinFuture stated that the player had security issues. WinFuture in its reports classified the app to be a High Risk (Level 4), hence recommending users to uninstall it from the PCs.As per the report, WinFuture claims that the vulnerability would allow hackers to alter the codes and breach the user data in the PC. The security agency described the issue to be ‘a remote’ that would allow hackers to use the flaw to execute arbitrary codes, create a denial of service state, disclose user information or even manipulate PC files. The vulnerability can also allow the scavengers to install, modify or run software applications without administrative authorisations. VLC Media PlayerThe report has further stated that the PCs running Windows, Linux, and UNIX operating systems are most vulnerable to the flaw. The security agency cleared that there were no reported cases of data theft through the flaw but considering the potential of the flaw, the users have to be very careful.Gizmodo reported that VLC was aware of the issue and was working on a fix. It quoted that the security patch for the flaw was not completed and there was no official statement from the company clarifying how much time was required to complete it. VideoLan’s clarification about the flawTwitterWith a large number of allegations and controversy flooding the internet, VideoLan, the parent company of VLC wronged WinFuture through its official twitter handle. It confirmed that WinFuture’s report was based on an older version of the media player which was fixed about 16 months ago.The company replied to all the pleas to remove VLC media player from the devices quoting, “VLC is not vulnerable”. The VLC Twitter handle clarified that the issue was in a third-party library named libebml that was fixed. The Twitter feed added that the versions after 3.0.3 updates did not have any such flaw. TwitterVideoLan in a Twitter thread complained that Mitre Corporation, the American non-profit organisation taking care of federally funded R&D centres, did not inform them about the problem before issuing a CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) which was a direct violation of their policies.Based on these developments and VLC’s latest statement, it seems VLC is safe to use and there is no immediate threat to its users. Until of course, there is some development of WinFuture’s findings. Stay tuned for updates.center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/5:32Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-5:31?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Four Ways Your Gadgets May Be Harming Your Body

first_img 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Does your neck ache after gazing down at your mobile device for a long time? Do your thumbs get sore after firing off a string of emails on your smartphone?Those are just a two of the physical ailments caused in part by technology. Sporting such names as “text neck,” “computer vision syndrome,” “Blackberry thumb,” and “iPad elbow,” these syndromes may sound phony, but they’re every bit as real — and painful — as carpal tunnel.Here’s a look at four increasingly common ailments associated with improper or overuse of gadgets, plus recommendations for how to avoid the problems.Condition: Text neckText neck is usually caused by excessive use of smartphones or tablets. Due to the popularity of text messaging with teenagers, the condition is more common in adolescents and young adults, but can be seen in anyone who spends hours looking down at mobile devices.Think of your head as a bowling ball sitting on a spring. Tilting the ball forward for an extended period of time stresses and bends the spring, says Robert Hayden, an Atlanta chiropractor. The more this happens, he says, the greater the chance of flattening the natural curvature of the neck vertebrae. Eventually, you put added pressure on the discs of the cervical spine and more strain on the muscles and ligaments of the neck.Related: Is Technology Killing Your Productivity?Solution: Stop looking down.You can prevent text neck by taking frequent breaks and using range of motion exercises. Try flexing your neck by looking side to side and putting your ears down against your shoulders, Hayden says. You also can simply try holding your device higher so you’re not angling your head down to see it.If the problem persists, ultrasound and electrotherapy can alleviate pain. Long-term remedies include resistance exercises to rebalance the muscles.Condition: Computer vision syndromeOverhead fluorescent lighting, the viewing angle of the display, and small font size can contribute to the eye pain and strain of computer vision syndrome, according to Dr. Jim Sheedy, an optometrist and director of Pacific University’s Vision Performance Institute in Forest Grove, Ore. Undiagnosed, common eye problems like presbyopia — a reduced ability to focus on objects that are near — can exacerbate the condition.Solution: Keep your eyes in shape.Resolving the problem involves a two-prong approach: making the task less visually demanding and taking visual breaks, Sheedy says.For example, turning off the overhead light and using softer desk and floor lamps can help. Also, try making the top of the display level with your eyes so you’re looking down about 10 degrees when viewing it. Adjust font sizes so you can read them easily.To keep your eyes in shape, Sheedy recommends the 20/20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away to a distance of at least 20 feet for at least 20 seconds. Such frequent breaks can help because computer vision syndrome is a fatigue problem, not an injury, Sheedy says.Related: Three Ways to Extend the Battery Life of Smartphones and TabletsCondition: BlackBerry thumbCaused primarily by excessive texting, BlackBerry thumb is a strain of either the tendon that extends the thumb or the tendon that brings the thumb into the palm. The strain causes tiny tears to connective tissue.The severity of the condition depends on how long, how fast and how hard you use a handheld device. But it doesn’t affect only those using mobile keyboards — it can result from any repeated finger motion.”What happens when people don’t rest is they go into chronic phase because there’s so much scarring and trauma,” says Dorit Aaron, president of the American Society of Hand Therapists and an occupational therapist at Houston Hand Therapy in Texas. That means the pain might never go away.Solution: Give your fingers a rest.If you’re writing lots of emails on your phone or tablet, take breaks and slow down, Aaron says. Fast texters are more vulnerable because they have more repetitive motions. You also can switch to a touch screen, which may be better than a physical keyboard because it requires minimal pressure.Related: A Guide for Using Mobile Devices When Traveling Abroad Condition: iPad ElbowA repetitive strain injury, iPad elbow can affect a variety of tendons from the wrist to the elbow, depending on how you hold your tablet. “People who are using laptops and tablets often don’t focus on the ergonomics of it,” says Christopher Morris, a Kingsport, Tenn., rheumatologist. Many tablet users curl up on a couch to get more comfortable, he says, rather than paying attention to proper posture.Solution: Try an iPad holder.While orthopedists are still getting a handle on this particular condition, taking breaks can help reduce the pain. “The biggest thing with any kind of repetitive activity is to listen to your body,” Morris says. “If doing something for an hour straight is going to make it hurt, don’t do it for an hour straight.”You also can try one of the many iPad holders. For instance, PropUp ($29.99) allows users to more easily grip and tip the tablet, while GorillaMobile’s Ori case ($69.95) props up an iPad in a variety of positions that can make using it easier on the neck, eyes and arms. April 17, 2012 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more October 7, 2013 — Strategic Radiology (SR) announced Radiology Associates of South Florida (RASF) will join the SR network. With the addition, SR now comprises 16 radiology group practices and represents more than 1,000 radiologists.“I believe I can speak for all RASF physicians and staff when I say we are very excited to join Strategic Radiology’s network of dynamic, forward thinking group practices,” said Ricardo Cury, M.D., president and CEO, RASF. “From our perspective, the time couldn’t be any better for us to align our efforts on a national scale in order to enhance the clinical quality, service and overall efficiency of the profession we have committed our lives to.”“With the addition of Radiology Associates of South Florida to Strategic Radiology, we have immediately strengthened our presence within the Southeastern United States and added a wealth of strategic thought leadership and clinical quality best practice intelligence and knowledge,” said Arl Van Moore, M.D., chairman and CEO, SR.For more information: www.strategicradiology.org, www.rasf.net FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | October 07, 2013 Radiology Associates of South Florida Joins Strategic Radiology Comprehensive radiology group is a welcome addition to the Strategic Radiology network Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Related Content Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more center_img Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. 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Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This holiday season marks the last call for Crysta

first_imgThis holiday season marks the last call for Crystal Cruises’ award-winning ships to Antarctica. Beginning in 2011, a proposed ban on the carriage of certain fuel oils on board will effectively prohibit the sailing of most passenger vessels in the Antarctic. Crystal Symphony’s December 20 Christmas/New Year cruise is the only time Crystal will be cruising the region in 2009 and 2010. The 19-day journey departs from Buenos Aires to Valparaíso with visits to several ports in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, including the breathtaking Chilean Fjords and Cape Horn.“There’s no more exciting destination to spend the holidays than Antarctica, among the snow and stunning wildlife,” says Bill Smith, senior vice president, sales and marketing. “Additionally, while Antarctica can offer a magical ‘white Christmas,’ it’s summer in South America, allowing guests to enjoy two beautiful seasons on the same itinerary.”Ashore, adventurous guests have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly to King George Island and walk on Antarctica, take a helicopter to a humpback whale sanctuary, enjoy a 4 x 4 expedition to a King penguin colony, and trek the mountains of Chile.Completing the Crystal Holiday experience, Crystal Symphony will boast more than $100,000 of exquisite seasonal décor. Handcrafted ornaments, elaborately decorated trees and larger-than-life toy soldiers are among the ship’s holiday furnishings.Extravagant holiday dinners, parties and entertainment are planned for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, culminating in a black tie gala on New Year’s Eve. Clergy will be on board to conduct services. Also during the holidays, Crystal’s junior activities staff will be on hand to coordinate daily programming for children of all ages. Cruise fares start at $8,995 per person, double occupancy.crystalcruises.comlast_img read more

Rep Kahle Making progress for Lenawee County and all of Michigan

first_img Categories: Kahle News,News State Rep. Bronna Kahle today said that record funding for K-12 schools and road repairs are among the many ways Lenawee County residents will benefit from the first six months of the Michigan Legislature’s 2017-18 session.“I am pleased with the progress we’ve made to improve the lives of Michigan residents,” said Kahle, in her first term as a member of the state House. “We have invested in programs to help families – improving our schools, our roads and bridges, and lifting up the most vulnerable among us. And we have done so in a way that is fiscally responsible and responsive to taxpayers.”Kahle has personally been the main sponsor of several bills designed to improve the quality of life in Michigan while benefitting taxpayers.A look at some of the key initiatives supported by Kahle in the first six months, in accordance with an action plan adopted at the start of the 2017-18 session:Record funding for K-12 schools, signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder last week. The Legislature took steps to ensure more money goes directly into the classroom, where it does the most good.Record funding for road and bridge projects, addressing one of the primary concerns of Michigan residents across the state.Programs to support the state’s most vulnerable citizens. Kahle’s bill to expand “safe harbor” protections for victims of human trafficking was signed into law, as was her legislation to combat child abuse through female genital mutilation. The state budget also boosts vital resources for senior citizens, including Meals on Wheels and in-home service programs.More revenue sharing money to support local-level services in communities in Lenawee County and across Michigan.More money for skilled trades programs, helping match students and workers with the jobs that are in high demand in Michigan.Kahle also sponsored a measure that would speed up sales tax relief for Michigan residents buying new vehicles with the help of a trade-in. Legislation identical to Kahle’s has passed both the House and Senate and is awaiting Gov. Snyder’s consideration.“I will continue to fight to give Lenawee County families the tax relief they deserve,” Kahle said of her plans for the rest of the 2017-18 legislative session. “Michigan’s economy continues to rebound and things are looking up. We must continue that trend with smart policies that help taxpayers and job providers.” 20Jul Rep. Kahle: Making progress for Lenawee County and all of Michigancenter_img ####last_img read more

LaFave part of bipartisan plan to improve the states unemployment system

first_img Categories: LaFave News State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today introduced a bill in a bipartisan plan to fix Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency.The legislation is based on findings of a workgroup consisting of industry experts and legislators. The plan will provide clarity, restore integrity and improve accountability within the agency and address the faults of the unemployment system.“It is obvious the current state of the unemployment system is flawed,” LaFave said. “Both sides of the aisle agreed something must be done to make sure reforms are made to fix the system.”The proposal will adjust interest owed by claimants in overpayment situations. There will be no interest if overpayment is due to agency error, and 1 percent interest accrued after one year if due to claimant error.“No one should be punished for a state agency’s failure,” LaFave said. “Our plan gives breathing room to those who have been overpaid due to the agency’s error by eliminating interest on payments.”The plan will address identity theft claims by creating a “watchdog” position to investigate fraud and make recommendations to improve the system. The legislation also will require claimants to submit more proof in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits and maintains the nation’s toughest penalties on fraud.The legislation also:Gives those accused of fraud access to an advocacy program;Allows the agency to reopen a fraud case within three years with good cause;Improves the process for determining the validity of an unemployment claim; andClarifies the eligibility for hardship waivers and the agency’s process for ruling on applications for a waiver. 19Oct LaFave part of bipartisan plan to improve the state’s unemployment systemlast_img read more

Trio of local mayors join Rep Glenn for annual State of the

first_imgRep. Gary Glenn (R-Williams Township) hosted special guests for Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address at the Michigan Capitol.Glenn was joined by Auburn Mayor Lee Kilbourn, Essexville Mayor Scott Wittbrodt and Pinconning Mayor Jason Brazeau.“I have great respect for local government, and I am humbled to be joined by these three leaders,” Glenn said. “They are on the front lines of the effort to improve our communities and make our region a better place to work, live and raise a family.”Brazeau – born and raised in Pinconning – is in his first term as mayor. He owns Brazeau Construction and has served as a youth baseball coach for a decade.Kilbourn has been mayor of Auburn since 2011, and also served a stint as mayor in the 1980s. He is a past president of the Michigan Association of Mayors. He owns Tri City Furniture in Auburn.Wittbrodt grew up in the Essexville area and was elected mayor in 2016. Wittbrodt has been employed as a probation/parole agent with the Michigan Department of Corrections since 1996.Glenn is chair of the House Energy Policy Committee and Associate Speaker Pro Tempore. 23Jan Trio of local mayors join Rep. Glenn for annual State of the State address Categories: Glenn News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Bellino bill seeks to limit nitrous oxide abuse

first_img State Reps. Joe Bellino and Stephanie Chang today introduced bipartisan legislation to limit the sale and distribution of nitrous oxide containers, helping to combat the abuse of the dangerous gas especially among minors.“Addiction is not a joke and we’re seeing that sections of Michigan have nitrous oxide abuse increasing,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “Anything that will alter our minds, inhibit our coordination, cause liver and kidney damage, and even death from brain anoxia should not be available without significant restrictions.”Commonly called “whip-its”, the two-bill package seeks to limit distribution of containers carrying just nitrous oxide because it is returning as an inhalant of choice with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reporting over 12 million users in the United States.Chang is sponsor of the bill criminalizing the sale and distribution of the containers to anyone under the age of 18, working with Bellino’s legislation to allow collection of a civil fine up to $500.“Over the past few years, I have seen the rise in the abuse of ‘whip-its’ in southwest Detroit,” said Chang, of Detroit. “After talking with various law enforcement officials and residents in my district who are concerned about the rampant abuse and health impacts, we developed this legislation. My bill would prohibit the sale of ‘whip-its’ to minors. This is a common-sense solution to a growing problem all over our state.”Bellino, a recovering addict for over 30 years, agreed with the legislation’s necessity.“When you see any drug rebounding in popularity, you’ve got to act instead of letting it destroy more lives,” Bellino said. “Today kids might do ‘whip-its’, but tomorrow they can move on to a drug even more dangerous. We’ve got to block that path.”House Bills 5463 and 5464 were assigned to the House Regulatory Reform Committee.##### 30Jan Rep. Bellino bill seeks to limit nitrous oxide abuse Categories: Bellino News,Newslast_img read more