Some 500000 Sudanese flood victims receive emergency aid from UN partners

6 August 2007Up to half a million Sudanese flood victims have received emergency aid from United Nations agencies and their partners, including water purification products to avert the huge risk of epidemics, in the wake of four weeks after torrential rains that have devastated many parts of the vast country. “Although the floods came earlier than expected, the response has been swift and successful,” acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator David Gressly said today. “We had contingency measures in place, and were able to prevent further distress to the population.” But he warned that if current flooding patterns continued unabated, the situation would deteriorate considerably. The rains are expected to continue until at least mid-September. The UN and its partners have so far supplied essential supplies to some 200,000 people, whose indispensable household goods were lost in the destruction. Families received badly needed commodities, such as blankets, plastic sheeting for shelter, jerry cans for carrying and storing clean water, cooking sets, and sleeping mats. But it is estimated that many more people will need similar relief over the coming months. Amidst the risk of waterborne epidemics, the lack of clean water has been a primary concern. In cooperation with the Government, the UN and partners have so far provided purification products and hygiene education to some 500,000 people without access to clean water, with over 1,400 kilograms of chlorine powder and 878,000 chlorine tablets already supplied. In Kassala near the Eritrean border, tankers are delivering clean water to the worst affected, covering at least 10,000 people. Over the rest of the rainy season clean water – a potential life-saver – will continue to be a priority need for hundreds of thousands. Despite these measures, 637 cases of suspected acute watery diarrhoea were reported in the states of Gedaref and Kassala in the country’s east, leading to 39 known deaths. Emergency epidemic surveillance measures have been put in place, along with pre-positioning of preventive and curative health supplies. Over 34,000 people in the affected areas have received cholera awareness education. In order to respond to the increased risk of potential diseases transmittable by insects, the UN and partners will endeavour to procure sufficient medicines, mosquito nets, insecticides and other supplies to cover all those in need until the emergency is over. So far, 40,000 flood victims have received food, but the UN estimates that many more could soon be in need of emergency food rations. “We are working closely with the Government, to reach accurate estimates of the needs of those affected, and of the funding requirements,” said John Clarke, the UN official at the forefront in coordinating the response to the floods. “This will ensure that, together, we maximize the efficiency of our efforts to bring relief to those in need.” The worst affected areas are the states of Kassala, Khartoum, Northern Kordofan, Unity, and Upper Nile. Well over 30,000 houses were fully destroyed there and at least 365,000 people have already been directly affected, including a reported 64 dead and 335 injured. On a second front, some 4.9 million children across the north of Sudan are being targeted in a special three-day round of polio immunization starting today, led by the Health Ministry and backed by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners in response to reports of polio being discovered in neighbouring Chad. Sudan has not reported any cases of polio itself since 2005. “In the last few years, incredible efforts in the face of many challenges have led us to a point where polio could soon be stamped out in Sudan,” UNICEF Representative Ted Chaiban said. “But because polio respects no borders, we have to ensure that when cases are found close to home, we redouble our efforts to protect children.” read more

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Safety of journalists must be ensured UN official says after Mexican attack

“Journalists and media professionals have already paid too high a price in this region,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Luis Carlos Santiago Orozco, 21, was killed and Carlos Manuel Sanchez Colunga, 18, was seriously wounded after being fired on by unidentified gunmen in the 16 September attack, which occurred outside the Rio Grande shopping mall in Ciudad Juarez.Ms. Bokova said the open letter calling for an end to the violence published on the front page of El Diario, the newspaper for which the two photographers were interning, illustrates the extent of the problem.“It is vital that journalists be allowed to work safely, without fearing for their lives, so that Mexican society may enjoy the basic right of freedom of expression,” she stated.According to the non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders, the newspaper had received no threats and the two victims were not involved in investigative reporting. “The operation was typical of drug cartel score settling,” according to a UNESCO news release. Reporters Without Borders notes that 68 media workers have been killed since 2008 in Mexico and 11 declared missing since 2003.UNESCO is currently participating in a research project on the effects of stress on the mental health of Spanish-speaking journalists working in conflict zones, which is run by the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto, Canada.The project, which focuses on Mexico because of the severe risks journalists there face, evaluates psychological damage resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and depression. Results are expected to be announced at the end of the year. 27 September 2010The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today deplore the recent attack that killed one photographer and seriously wounded another in Ciudad Juarez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, stressing that media professionals must be allowed to work in safety. read more

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8×8 Adds CPaaS Platform Through Acquisition

8×8 paid approximately $125 million, in cash and stock, for this CPaaS market entry, the company said. All Wavecell employees, including the executive team and about 80 or so developers, will join 8×8, said Darren Hakeman, senior vice president of strategy and corporate development at 8×8, in a No Jitter briefing. Given the two companies’ different geographical focuses, 8×8 and Wavecell see minimal overlap in the their enterprise customer bases — and that, Hakeman said, means there’s plenty of potential to extend the respective installed bases into new regions, as well as for cross-sell and upsell opportunities globally.Tags:News & ViewsUCaaSCCaaSM&A8x8API PlatformCPaaSVendor Strategy Articles You Might Like Supercharge Your Enterprise Communications with CPaaS Bandwidth February 20, 2019 Adding communications functionality via APIs can provide enterprises a boon, but not all offerings are equal. merger-3385425__340.jpg Examining the Evolution of Programmable Communications Alan Quayle February 14, 2019 We’re at the beginning of a modular enterprise communications revolution, addressing the critical issues of simplicity, speed, and flexibility. How CPaaS Improves Enterprise Communication Experiences Patrick Harper July 11, 2019 Embedding communications into processes and workflows changes customer and employee experiences for the better. Another driving factor in 8×8’s decision to make the move from CPaaS market observer to participant is its desire to deliver an integrated platform and unified data store, Hakeman said. Those are essential in being able to unleash the power of analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities end to end, he added. With those pieces in place, CPaaS was a natural next step, “a way to introduce transactional services immediately, but then as we go forward, leverage that as framework to unlock potential across our entire platform.” 8×8, which just three weeks ago announced a stand-alone cloud contact center service — after many years of treating contact center as a UC sidekick — this week continued to reveal the evolution its strategic vision with news that it has acquired communications platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) provider Wavecell and will be adding a line of APIs to its product portfolio. Since its founding in 2010, Wavecell has amassed more than 500 enterprise customers in Southeast Asia, including fintech startup Paidy, tech firm Tokopedia, and on-demand logistics company Lalamove, 8×8 reported. Its customers have shared more than 2 billion messages annually across its SMS, messaging, voice, and video channels, the company said. Twilio, Vonage Embrace Email Beth Schultz July 11, 2019 Customer engagement often requires email outreach, and CPaaS providers aim to deliver. While 8×8 had been scouting out CPaaS opportunities for some time, it felt the “right combination” came together with Wavecell, said Hakeman, citing the robustness of the nine-year-old company’s API platform, the expertise of its team, and its extensive customer list. While not well-known in the U.S., home to 8×8’s largest customer base, the Singapore-based Wavecell has gained traction in the Asia Pacific region, Hakeman said. With its API platform, Wavecell provides multichannel communications across 190 countries via partnerships with 192 network operators and business partners like WhatsApp, 8×8 reported. Vonage Aims Upward and Outward Irwin Lazar December 04, 2018 Vonage’s shift to a ‘fully programmable’ platform aims to integrate its UCaaS, CPaaS, and CCaaS offerings to support digital customer experience. See All in CPaaS » 8×8’s entrée into CPaaS and the addition of customizable SMS, messaging, voice, and video APIs to its pre-packaged UC, contact center, and video communications offerings demonstrates the growing emphasis on engagement within the enterprise, Hakeman said. No longer are businesses thinking about customer engagement and employee interactions as “just something that they do,” but rather as what defines them — “it’s their strategic core, their differentiator,” he explained. “And so businesses want to be able to personalize those interactions and weave them into their business processes — and they want to do that at scale,” he added. Log in or register to post comments read more

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Senior UN official condemns latest violence in northern Kosovo

In a news statement released by the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative there, Robert Sorenson, strongly condemned the shooting in which European Union and Kosovo Police vehicles were targeted. “This act of violence against those who are helping to strengthen the rule of law and provide security for all communities in Kosovo is reprehensible and should be condemned by all,” said Mr. Sorenson. “I call upon anyone who has information about this incident immediately to contact the police so that the perpetrators can be caught and brought to justice,” he added. The incident, which also injured a local police officer, took place near the city of Zubin Potok, located in northern Kosovo, which has been a flashpoint amid continuing tensions between the area’s Kosovo Albanian and Kosovo Serbian communities. Established in 1999, UNMIK is mandated to help ensure conditions for a peaceful and normal life for all inhabitants of Kosovo and advance regional stability in the western Balkans. It began its operations when North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid bloody ethnic fighting between Serbs and Albanians, but it gave up its administrative role in 2008 when Kosovo Albanians declared independence. Serbia rejects Kosovo’s declaration of independence. read more

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UN convoys reach thousands affected by conflict in eastern Ukraine

According to a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the humanitarian assistance is of prime importance as a tense and volatile security situation, compounded by restrictions on freedom of movement, have added to the hardships faced by the affected populations, particularly the elderly and persons with disabilities.“Two separate convoys of 25-trucks each travelled with support from WFP (the UN World Food Programme) and local partners to deliver supplies that will enable UNHCR to expand its shelter programme in the region,” William Spindler told journalists today at a regular press briefing in Geneva.According to the agency, the delivery of humanitarian assistance has decreased to non-Government controlled areas in the Luhansk region, where some 10,000 houses have been damaged because of the conflict, as many UN agencies have not been able to operate there since February 2015.Since the onset of the conflict in 2014, more than two million people have been forced to flee their homes and seek sanctuary elsewhere in the country or abroad, and nearly 800,000, including the elderly and others in the most vulnerable categories, remain in need of assistance in or close to the conflict zone.Highlighting the plight of two such people are 77-year-old former construction worker Petro and his wife, who have been living in a tiny basement room – the only part of their shelled home that protects them from snow, rain and wind – for more than two years.Mr. Spindler said: “UNHCR remains extremely concerned about restrictions on freedom of movement that have aggravated hardships for people like Petro, who must also struggle to have access to benefits and entitlements – including pensions – on the government-controlled side.”The agency’s officials had met Petro and his wife during an assessment mission to Luhansk in May where they also found that many homes damaged by shell and mortar fire had their windows and roofs blown off.Mr. Spindler further said that a major problem, particularly for elderly, persons with disabilities and other individuals with specific needs, is the limited number of checkpoints to cross the front line.They have to wait for long hours, without shelter or adequate sanitation to cross check points to reach the Government-controlled areas as payment of social benefits and pensions to Internally Displaced Persons have been suspended until their residential addresses have been verified.“UNHCR renews its call to all actors to guarantee unrestricted access to benefits and rights to all displaced persons, regardless of registration status or current place of residence,” stressed the agency spokesperson.In the Luhansk region, only one pedestrian checkpoint in Stanitsa Luhanskaya remains open, with people queuing up to eight hours to cross.Assisting the conflict-affected in LuhanskThis year, the UNHCR team in Luhansk, working with a local construction company and volunteers, and in coordination with local village administrators, plans to complete the rehabilitation of 1,500 damaged houses by October 2016, in addition to 1,500 households repaired in 2015.About 1,100 families in 15 villages located close to the dividing line have already received construction materials, but 40 per cent of the targeted population will not be able to complete shelter works without the agency’s support. read more

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Mangled Braxton Miller avenges Michigan State defeat lifts Buckeyes

EAST LANSING, Mich. – After the clock struck zero, a coach and his quarterback hugged near the end zone.The quarterback was worn. Deep green grass stains smudged the back of his jersey and a couple black streaks striped his helmet. The coach wore a satisfied smile and a Scarlet windbreaker.That was the scene between Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller following OSU’s 17-16 win against Michigan State. The win improved Buckeyes’ record to 5-0 on the year and earned them a No. 12 ranking in the Associated Press poll.It wasn’t Miller’s best game – he turned the ball over three times – but the performance was good enough to earn his coach his first win in the Big Ten conference.“I love Braxton,” Meyer said. “Braxton’s my guy. I got a great relationship with him, he’s family now. You spend this much time together and you see what these kids do, they’re family now.”For Miller, the win represented how far he’s come as a football player and his development under OSU’s new coach.Last season, the quarterback’s outing against the Spartans was disastrous. In his second career start, he completed five of 10 passes for 56 yards, with 33 yards coming on one play. He also threw an interception and was sacked four times, finishing the game with minus 27 yards on the ground. In the fourth quarter, he was put out of his misery and replaced with former quarterback Joe Bauserman, who led the Buckeyes to their only score of the game with only seconds remaining. OSU lost the game, 10-7.“You watch the film last year and it was a deer in the headlights,” co-offensive coordinator Tom Herman said of his quarterback. “And for good reason. It was his second start, he’s whatever he was, 18 years old. He was 195 pounds and really didn’t know what he was doing.”Corey “Philly” Brown, a junior receiver, recalled Miller being “confused.”Saturday was by no means a perfect game, but it was a definite improvement.In the second quarter Miller tried to force a ball in between coverage and was intercepted by sophomore safety Kurtis Drummond. He also lost a fumble in the second and fourth quarters.“We’re not going to win many games on the road in the Big Ten turning the ball over three times,” Herman said.But for Herman and Meyer the good outweighed the bad.“Braxton came back with a vengeance this year,” Brown said.Miller finished the game 179 yards and a touchdown through the air and 136 yards on the ground. In total, he accounted for more than 82 percent of OSU’s offense.“There’s no doubt he’s the fuel in our engine,” Herman said.The biggest play of the afternoon came late in the third quarter when the Buckeyes were trailing for the first time all game, 13-10. On first down, Miller threw the ball to sophomore receiver Devin Smith who caught the ball in stride and ran into the end zone for a 63-yard touchdown. The throw and catch marked the second time this year the pair hooked up for what turned out to be a game-winning score.“It was crucial for us to get that score,” Smith said. “Miller played a heck of a game, he played his balls off and I’m proud of him.”Miller paid the price for the victory, though. Meyer described the contest as “two sledgehammers going at each other” and there were times when it seemed like OSU’s quarterback was the target of some of the blows.Miller appeared injured twice Saturday. He sat out for three plays after getting hit late out of bounce in the first quarter and in the fourth quarter – in a moment in which Meyer said his heart was “close to stopping” – Miller appeared to hyperextend his knee.Miller fumbled the ball and stayed on the ground on the play, but after passing an ACL test he re-entered the game.“Gutsy effort by our quarterback,” Meyer said. “He had some issues, but he’s tough. He’s banged up and just kept coming back.”Smith was standing right over Meyer after the injury.“(I was) hoping everything was all right, but knowing Braxton and his toughness and he wants to keep contributing to this football team, I knew he wasn’t gonna quit,” Smith said.It’s not the first time Miller has been shaken up on the year. In OSU’s games against Miami (Ohio) and Central Florida, Miller needed medical attention. Some have questioned whether OSU is putting their quarterback – which has been the main cog in the Buckeye offense – at risk by running him too many times.In OSU’s five games this year, Miller has averaged 18 carries per game.But Herman said Miller has not been put in many high-risk situations.“When a QB is on the perimeter, especially one as elusive as him, knock on wood, that’s really not a big injury area,” said Herman. “He’s gonna get banged, he’s gonna get hit and he’s gonna feel it in the morning, but I think when you get him out in space he’s got a chance to avoid some of those big hits.”After the game, Miller dismissed the concerns about his injury.“(My knee) is aching but I’m going to get it situated,” Miller said.Next week, Miller and the Buckeyes are scheduled to return home to face the No. 21 Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) at 8 p.m. read more

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A teacher is an actor writer doctor lawyer politician painter and director

first_imgSnežana Ciganović from Serbia teaches six classes, each with25 to 33 students Snežana Ciganović, 56, Serbia (33 years in the profession) English, secondary school teacherIn spite of everything, teachers are still viewed as a respected part of society. The situation is getting worse, though. Parents expect teachers to teach, but also to take over parental tasks as well. And if anything goes wrong, teachers are usually the ones to blame. However, people still react to the profession in a respectful way.5. Why did you choose to become a teacher?Laura Blake, 28, England (1 year in the profession) English, secondary school teacherBecoming a teacher came to me as an epiphany (clichéd as that is). I was working a boring job and got talking to a teacher on the brink of retirement. She told me that, to be a good teacher, you needed enthusiasm and a genuine like for young people, their quirks and all, and I realised these were traits I had.Most of the time, young people are hilarious and refreshingly honest and, despite what they say, they do want to learn from you. As soon as I stepped into a classroom, I knew that these were the people I needed to be working with. My day is certainly never boring now. These teacher interviews from some of the countries we work in give a flavour of the variety of circumstances that teachers are working in all around the world and the challenges they faceMark Herbert Laura Giugnini, 55, Italy (28 years in the profession) English, secondary school teacherBeing a teacher is not considered a great job, first of all because teachers are not well paid and secondly because  people think teachers do not work hard and have too many holidays.  My opinion is that people usually judge according to their own experience  but, in fact, a lot of them don’t have a clear idea of what our job really consists of.There are many demands on and criticism of teachers and schools, but not much pressure on the government in order to support and improve our school system.Dr Sophia Kitsou, Greece (20 years in the profession) English, secondary school teacherTeachers are sometimes portrayed as lazy and incompetent, disinterested in students and only interested in receiving their salary at the end of the month. Teachers might even be used as scapegoats for ignoring the greater education systemic problems that require real, substantive reforms. It’s much easier to have a concrete villain to blame for problems school systems face. However, depending on the personality of the teacher, most students think of us differently. They are keen to see their teacher as a role model, someone to look up too. After a while, without turning around to face my class, I told him to sit down and solve the problem. He was shocked and didn’t understand how I could see him. To be sure, he slowly raised his right hand to test if I could really see him. Without turning, I slowly started to speak and said: “don’t you know, some teachers have eyes on their back? Why are you still raising your hand?” He was shocked, and with a trembling voice said: “but..  but .. how did you see me?” Laura Giugnini, 55, Italy (28 years in the profession) English, secondary school teacherI always remember, with great emotion, one of my student’s final exams. He was deaf from birth and he was ashamed of speaking, even in Italian. However, he liked English and really wanted to learn it. It took him a long time but in the end he decided to speak and take an oral test, even though he could have chosen to only take written tests.During his final exam he presented a short part of the programme in English. Everybody was really touched and when he finished nobody could say anything. I am still very proud of him. Francis Muema, 43, Kenya (18 years in the profession) Home economics and computer studies, secondary school teacherCurrently I teach at Kajembe High School, in the outskirts of Mombasa city, along the shores of the Indian Ocean. Many of the students come from disadvantaged backgrounds, most of them come from dysfunctional families and some are orphans. Most of my classes range between 20 and 70 students.One of the hardest things about teaching for me is the poverty and the lack of teaching and learning resources, which makes it hard for students to understand concepts being taught. This is made worse by poverty and the lack of support from school administrators to use funds to acquire teaching and learning resources in some cases. Eventually, teaching becomes talk and chalk. After the class, I said to my best friend that if I could be a teacher I would always love my students and would ask them why they were doing things before I judged them.Youssr Chediac, Lebanon (20 years in the profession) Biology, secondary school teacherHaving experienced life as a scout leader, I was fascinated by how one person can influence and change the lives of others. Becoming a teacher was a way to touch the lives of many students and motivate them in order to appreciate learning through discovering and empowering their own potential. Sedat Dagtekin, Turkey (24 years in the profession) Maths, secondary school teacherAfter 24 years of IB, AP, IGCSE and national curriculum experience in national and international schools, I think I can say that I have full control over the mathematics curriculum that I teach. However, education and teaching are dynamic concepts and thus don’t stand still. This means that teachers must continually improve their skills in every aspect of teaching. I think this plays a big part in why most teachers remain feeling young all the time.7. How has the profession changed in the time you’ve been a teacher?Hana Kuchyňková, Czech Republic (28 years in the profession) ​ English, history and Czech, secondary school teacherMost of all the profession has changed in terms of integrating technology into teaching- creating digital resources, presentations and projects.At the beginning, I remember using only a textbook, chalk and a blackboard. Now, students are taught how to be independent, how to find the answers they need, how to live together. In today’s teaching, no day is ever the same. It’s a timely moment to be thinking about the power of teachers in turning around a country’s education system. Stephan  Tomorrow, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will publish the results of their latest round of student tests.  The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial global study which looks at standards of maths, literacy and science in what will be 72 countries this year.It’s a study that can easily ignite change within the sector. When results of the 2012 assessments were published in 2013, countries around the world reported on the study: ‘Gap widens between NZ students’, said the New Zealand Herald,  ‘American 15-Year-olds lag, mainly in math, on international standardized tests’ wrote The New York Times, while Le Figaro went with ‘À Shanghaï, ces enfants uniques surperformants’.Shanghai and Singapore, as Le Figaro suggested, were lauded across the world for their scores.Indeed, following the results, the UK Government established 35 maths hubs across England in an attempt to improve standards by training teachers to replicate East Asian maths education.But what is it that truly makes a difference? According to Andreas Schleicher, director for Education and Skills at the OECD, teachers really are top of the list.”East Asian countries certainly have made very different choices,” he says. “Whenever they choose between a smaller class or a better teacher, they go for the better teacher. Dr Sophia Kitsou, Greece (20 years in the profession) English, secondary school teacherThe economic crisis has posed severe limitations to the education system. One third of the education budget has been cut. In order for a serious education reform to take place, a certain level of finance is needed. However, money is not the only issue. Snežana Ciganović Francis Muema, 43, Kenya (18 years in the profession) Home economics and computer studies, secondary school teacherOne favourite moment for me as a teacher was training my boys and girls in both lawn tennis and badminton; progressing from a small village school to national level. Since 2003, when we introduced the racket games to my former school, my team have risen to glory. Youssr Chediac  After the class, I said to my best friend that if I could be a teacher I would always love my students Natalya Penner, Kazakhstan (31 years in the profession) English, primary school to secondary school teacherLots has changed in our country over the last few years to improve teacher status. We have a lot of support from the Government and from the Ministry of Education and Science. We have many professional contests with big awards. In 2012, I won a Republican Competition and got the title “The Best Teacher of the Year” and a $10,000 US award. Sedat Dagtekin “Many high performing countries see teachers playing a different role,” he continues,  “a role that goes beyond teaching in the classroom, to closer engagement of teachers in developing and sharing professional knowledge.” On top of that, teachers are also asked to take on other tasks to do with, for example, inclusion, standardised testing, i.e. preparing for and marking these tests, and dealing with the increasing amount of social challenges an inner city school environment brings with it,  paired with insufficient staffing. Olga Sapukhina, 29, Russia (8 years in the profession) Computer science, secondary school teacherA teacher is an actor, writer, doctor, lawyer, politician, painter and director. Who wouldn’t want to be all of them?6. How much control do you have over what you teach?Moise Alina Elena, 31, Romania (8 years in the profession) Maths, secondary school teacherConsidering the restrictions of the curriculum, I would say I am not exactly in control. I must provide my pupils with the information they need in order for them to achieve success in their exams.However, I do have control over how I teach and how I can get them interested in maths and not regard it as a chore. As long as I get them to see the beauty of my subject, I have won at least half the battle. Additionally, with all the respect for children’s rights, everyone has forgotten that rights are obligations too. The rights you have, you must grant others. Teachers have human rights too!Alaa’ Saleh Al-Dasouqi, Hitteen Refugee Camp, Jordan (7 years in the profession) English, primary level teacherThe large number of students we teach in our crowded classrooms, makes our mission hard.  Another concern is the nature of teaching a foreign language: English is not given a real chance to be used outside classrooms, which slows the learning process. 3. What’s the hardest thing about being a teacher?Stephan, 30, Germany (four years in the profession) English and chemistry, secondary school teacherTime management is an issue, especially because, in Berlin, we are asked to teach 26 lessons a week. A couple of years ago this used to be 24 lessons and before that it was even fewer. As a result, the weekly workload can easily reach 60 hours or more in order to account for lesson preparation, marking, administrative tasks, mentoring and tutoring of students. I believe that if we want future generations to have the right values and knowledge we need to recruit the best candidates into the profession. Politicians only give teachers the respect they deserve before elections and teaching unions don’t have much influence in the CR. It is important not only to raise teaching salaries but the status of the profession as well. Snežana Ciganović, 56, Serbia (33 years in the profession) English, secondary school teacherI come from Belgrade, but got married in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where I used to teach at a primary school. The war started and it was awkward. I was one of the ‘enemy’. Some time before the war there had been a difficult student at school who everyone had been afraid of. I, somehow, had got along with him pretty well.Of course he was among the first to enlist into the Croatian army. Once, I met him in the street, he was in his uniform. I didn’t know what to expect. He came up to me and said: “Don’t worry. Nothing bad will happen to you. I will see to that. I will protect you and your family.” I still meet him occasionally when I go to Dubrovnik. Moise Alina Elena, 31, Romania (8 years in the profession) Maths, secondary school teacherLittle by little, teachers have lost their social status: this spiral downward is reflected in their low wages, a difficult relationship with parents, an overburdening curriculum, a lack of quality educational resources, bureaucracy and a huge amount of paperwork. Unfortunately, this means it is impossible for us to have enough teachers or enough quality teachers in the system (we have great professionals, but also some teachers that do more harm than good). They only know how to teach by textbooks in teacher-centered formats, but they do very little to inspire and empower the students, giving them the necessary room for self-learning and creativity. The result is a group of students who are extremely good at passing exams, but many of those same students have been found unemployable by some of the most creative and challenging professions, such as programming and business.   Since the conflict ended, education has gone through many changes. Today, with the help of training, development of technology and with the New Curriculum Framework, teachers are changing their role from lecturers and educators to facilitators, who help students understand the objectives and show them the way to achieve them.The British Council supports schools and teachers to improve learning outcomes in over a 100 countries as part of its international education and cultural work for the United Kingdom.In the UK, it offers a range of opportunities including the prestigious International School Award, funded international opportunities through Erasmus+, teacher CPD, teacher resources with an international dimension and modern language assistants for schools.  For more information, go to schoolsonline. britishcouncil.org According to Schleicher,  spending per student only accounts for 20 per cent of why a country performs well.Put simply, great teachers make great education systems, but how do we get great teachers to join the profession? One thing is for certain. The majority of teachers see their roles as a vocation; they are in the classroom because they want to help children achieve the best.To find out more about the challenges teachers are facing around the world, The Telegraph partnered with the British Council to ask teachers about the profession. Mark Herbert, head of schools programmes at the British Council, says: “We all know the difference that an inspired, motivated and skilled teacher can make to the learning and life chances of young people.   “These teacher interviews from some of the countries we work in give a flavour of the variety of circumstances that teachers are working in all around the world and the challenges they face.”1. What has been your favourite moment as a teacher?Sedat Dagtekin, Turkey (24 years in the profession) Maths, secondary school teacherI was teaching a grade 7 class in 1994. During the class, when I was writing a problem on the whiteboard, one of the students in the back row stood up and started making funny actions to make his friends laugh. He assumed that I couldn’t see him, but the whiteboard was reflecting his image. Fanyn Yehcenter_img Weekly workload can easily reach 60 hours or more in order to account for lesson preparation, marking, administrative tasks, mentoring and tutoring of students Educational reforms in Greece have been strongly politicised. Ministers of education announce and impose reforms from the top down. Although creative ideas for reforming education come from many sources, only teachers can provide the insights that emerge from direct experience in the classroom itself.Natalya Penner, Kazakhstan (31 years in the profession) English, primary school to secondary school teacherTeachers don’t have much freedom to choose textbooks they believe suit the objectives of the course; they may only choose those that are included in a list compiled by the Ministry of Education. The students are overloaded with extra lessons on additional subjects and don’t have a chance to learn the skills  they will really need in the future.Ma Zhi, 26, China (6 years in the profession) Chinese, secondary school teacherIn my opinion, the greatest challenge is how to reform education in the global context. Right now in China, the majority of schools still don’t have the chance to exchange teachers or students with other cultural backgrounds, countries or areas. Myassar Al Itani, Lebanon (8 years in the profession) English, primary school teacherI don’t think there is a bad part of teaching as a profession. However, frankly speaking, some parents and their bigotry can be my worst enemy. They can stand in the way of their children’s experience of school. I can still remember one child who was excluded from all skype sessions with our twin partner school simply because his parents refused any contact with a European country.  The best part about being a teacher is making a difference, not just in language or academia, but also in the students’ lives as well.Snežana Ciganović, 56, Serbia (33 years in the profession) English, secondary school teacherOne thing is the constant reforms we are going through and the uncertainty we face every time there is a new administration. Everyone wants reform and is aware that our school system is out of date, but there is no clear strategy about the future of the education system. Drita Emrullahu-Krasniqi, 60, Kosovo (37 years in the profession) English, secondary school teacherTeaching has gone through many changes. There has been progress and regression. In the 80‘s, there was a desire to learn for a better life. In the 90’s, we were out of schools in the so-called home-schools (parallel system); we did our best in miserable conditions. Olga Sapukhina, 29, Russia (8 years in the profession) Computer science, secondary school teacherI believe that schools should be peaceful islands in this changing world. So anybody who goes through the school gates should feel at home and protected. Because of this, education must be changed carefully. The mother and father, grandmother and grandfather want to know that their child is learning. Any innovation should be carefully checked before it is introduced to schools. So the greatest challenge to education, is to save it. Hana Kuchyňková teaches in a school in Příbram, Czech Republic. Pupils spend five to six hours a day in school and Hana teaches 21 hours per week Natalya Penner, Kazakhstan (31 years in the profession) English, primary school to secondary school teacherMany years ago, a student stayed after a lesson and asked me why I had chosen to be a teacher. He told me that he couldn’t understand why people work at school as the salary is low and there are so many challenges at work and such a great responsibility. He told me that his mother was an accountant and worked only half of the day and got lots of money for her job. It was the first time I thought about my reasons for being and staying a teacher.I forgot about the conversation, but a year later I went for a trip to another city with a group of students from the school and that student was among them. I was surprised when, at the railway station, I was welcomed by lots of my former students. Every evening they came to our hotel to meet me and speak to me. I remember that student telling me that he now understood what it meant to be a teacher.Drita Emrullahu-Krasniqi, 60, Kosovo (37 years in the profession) English, upper secondary school teacherOne particular moment happened at the beginning of my career; it was early in the morning before breakfast time and I was reading about food and the ingredients used to make pizza. I noticed a student who was unconsciously making noises and licking his lips as if he were eating the things I was mentioning. I was not able to continue since he was sitting in the first row and very close to me. I burst out laughing with the whole class.  Everyone wants reform and is aware that our school system is out of date, but there is no clear strategy Fanyn Yeh, 54, Taiwan (33 years in the profession) English, lower secondary school teacherLow birth rates have resulted in a drastic decrease in the enrollment of students, which now means that the number of teachers is exceeding the number needed.Another great challenge is boosting teacher morale and equipping teachers with efficient professional development so that they are able to equip their youngsters with the skills needed for our fast-changing world. The result is a group of students who are extremely good at passing exams, but many of those same students have been found unemployable Ma Zhi, 26, China (6 years in the profession) Chinese, secondary school teacherI chose to be a teacher simply because I have met many great teachers in my life; but I have also met some really bad teachers as well. I come from a low-income working family. My parents worked very hard to pay for my education, so they couldn’t afford to buy me branded clothes. I still remember when I was at elementary school, I always wore a brown knit sweater my mum made for me. The teachers I had then looked down on me and mocked me in front of the whole class. Indeed, when well-known schools fell to my team, the local daily newspaper headlines would read “X school surrenders to little known bush school”. This helped to nurture the talent of the students as well as motivate them to perform equally well in their academics.Fareda Etalla, South Africa (25 years in the profession) Languages, maths and life skills, junior school teacherYears ago, I taught alongside an older teacher who received walnuts from a Grade 1 learner in her class. The walnuts were always in a little plastic bag. She enjoyed them.One day she asked the learner where she got them from. The learner’s answer was priceless. She said that she received the walnuts from her grandmother, as her father bought her gran walnut chocolates every Sunday and as her gran never had teeth, she would suck the chocolate and keep the walnuts for her teacher. The look on the teacher’s face was priceless. Needless to say, I still smile thinking of her face!2. What is the greatest challenge to education in your country?Stephan, 30, Germany (four years in the profession) English and chemistry, secondary school teacherIn Berlin student numbers are ever increasing. Many families are moving to Berlin and there is also a significant number of young refugees who need to be integrated into society. At my school, we are lucky to have a very open-minded student body, who are happy to help the new arrivals. There are so-called “Welcome Classes” and after school clubs to help students learn the German language as quickly as possible. Politicians only give teachers the respect they deserve before elections In October, we celebrate Teachers’ Day and we have portraits of the best teachers in the streets of the city There is a special government programme for young teachers going to work in villages: they get financial support, a house and some extra money on top of their salary. In October, we celebrate Teachers’ Day and we have portraits of the best teachers in our region in the streets of the city.Fatima Suleymanova, 52, Azerbaijan (27 years in the profession) English, primary to secondary school teacherIt’s interesting that, when talking about teachers, a lot of people will banter about short hours and long holidays. But when people observe my teaching they are generally positive, even admiring, and will say things like “I couldn’t do your job”. There is some respect for teaching as a profession but not so much respect for teachers. In general, you have to earn respect for who you are rather than because you belong to a specific group of people. 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. Hana Kuchyňková Stephan teaches in Berlin, Germany. He takes 26 lessons a week with each lesson running for 45 minutes. Children are in school for seven to eight hours a day Once, during a reading class, every student was given a book to read; after reading we had to report on what we’d read. In the class, I was given  a book about how to fold paper into things like frogs or birds. I remember that I was quite excited at the time. I made a frog and played with it and hoped to write this down in my report. But the teacher saw me playing with the frog; she never asked me why, and never even gave the book a glance. She told me to sand in the corner. I took the frog with me and tried to remembered how to redo it. The teacher saw and she took it away and said many horrible things to the whole class about me. Olga Sapukhina, 29, teaches 19 hours of lessons a week at a school in Moscow. There are about 3,000 pupils at the school Ahead of the OECD PISA results, the Telegraph and the British Council conducted interviews with teachers around the world about the challenges facing the profession. The interviews are below.It was Aristotle who said of teachers, “those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” Perhaps it is unsurprising that the Greek philosopher spoke so highly of the profession, since he himself acted as a tutor to Alexander the Great and subsequently founded the Peripatetic school of philosophy in Athens.Despite this connection, Aristotle recognised how essential good teachers were both to the education of a child, and to the life of the child. It’s an understanding that, according to many in the profession now, seems to have degenerated over time.According to a 2015 survey, more than half of all teachers are considering leaving the profession in the next two years due to workload and low morale. With headlines like this, it’s hardly surprising that the Government has failed to hit its recruitment targets for the last four years.However, the problem isn’t unique to the UK. According to new figures published by the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, a total of 68.8 million teachers will  be needed worldwide by 2030 if we are to meet the goal of universal primary and secondary education. Olga Sapukhina Moise Alina Elena Fareda Etalla, South Africa (25 years in the profession) Languages, maths and life skills, junior school teacherThe hardest thing about being a teacher is classroom management with over-crowded classrooms and little support. Discipline is also a challenge as all the children hail from different backgrounds and different cultures.The language that children are taught in, is not the mother tongue of most learners and poverty and chemical abuse are rife in the area. The learning barriers are therefore large.4. How are teachers viewed in your country?Stephan, 30, Germany (four years in the profession) English and chemistry, secondary school teacherGenerally, teachers have a higher social standing than in other European countries. This is reflected, for example, in pay. Yet, teachers in Germany are not necessarily aware of this or feel it that way.  However, there are also negative stereotypes about teachers with regards to their working hours and amount of holidays.Hana Kuchyňková, Czech Republic (28 years in the profession) English, history and Czech, secondary school teacherTeaching is not seen as a high-status profession. Parents don’t encourage their children to become teachers. The teaching profession isn’t very attractive: teachers’ salaries are not competitive. East Asian countries certainly have made very different choices. Whenever they choose between a smaller class or a better teacher, they go for the better teacherAndreas Schleicher Sedat Dagtekin teaches in a fee-paying school in Istanbul.  He has 16 pupils in his class and teaches 12 hours of lessons a week alongside being a department head Youssr Chediac teaches at a state school in Beirut five days a week, with Fridays and Sundays off. The school shares the same building with two other schools Fanyn Yeh teaches in Taipei, Taiwan, where children spend eight hours a day in school. Moise Alina Elena works for a government funded school in Ploiesti, Prahova County, Romania and teaches 18 hours of lessons a weeklast_img read more

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Sandvik Mining Automation Days outline advanced solutions and productivity benefits

first_imgSandvik Mining says it is setting the industry standard with advanced automation solutions that significantly increase productivity and safety, as well as lower the total cost of ownership. At the recent Sandvik Mining Automation Days in Tampere, Finland, customers experienced first-hand the wide automation offering of optimised products for their unique mining operations.“The Sandvik information management solutions, including Equipment Monitoring and Production Management, offer a real-time view of the underground mining operation. These solutions are designed to provide real-time tracking and production control for mining equipment with operators. It provides information online about equipment locations, availability, utilisation, conditions and productivity, as well as possible delays or problems, getting back on track quickly with corrective actions.”“The development of our automation offering is the result of years of continuous research, development and close collaboration with our customers,” says Riku Pulli, Vice President, Mine Automation. “Our offering in automation provides sophisticated fleet and information management and interpretation tools that help to reduce the potential for human error, improve operational efficiencies and ultimately help to optimise mining process decisions.”Sandvik Equipment Monitoring provides easy access to data on production, equipment utilisation and condition. It also allows users to simply and easily check reports from web HMI. The solution is scalable from a single equipment solution to a mine-wide monitoring system using an open interface with other mining IT systems; offering:• Tracking and analysis of production data provides a real-time status of the mining operation• Equipment health monitoring offers reliable condition data for maintenance scheduling• Predictive maintenance ensures optimised maintenance scheduling• Open interfaces and integration with other mining IT systemsSandvik Production Management offers real-time data on production delays and possible problems, as well as task management for shift supervisors. Immediate corrective action can be taken and resources best utilised to optimise results and productivity. A more advanced Mass Mining Operations version is specially designed for block or panel caving applications, and includes tailored interfaces for production planning and smart marker systems. Advantages include:• Precise and real-time location tracking for any mobile unit offers visibility of the mining process• Low underground infrastructure requirements simplify implementation• Installation on any underground equipment or light vehicles is easy• Production scheduling offers increased productivity• Available for all equipment types including third party and light utility vehicles• Simpler to install, more accurate and robust equipment tracking technology• New 3D mine visualisation• Improved reportingOn automation solutions specifically, the AutoMine Loading solution is a fully scalable fleet automation system that increases the safety and profitability of underground mining operations. This flexible modular system can be adapted from stoping to sub-level and massive block caving applications. It automatically manages and optimises loader traffic, as well as fully automates the production loading cycle. One operator can manage several loaders from the safety of a control room. Benefits include:• Fully automated loading cycle increases safety and productivity• Scalable small-to-large mass mining system offers flexibility• Modularised access control system ensures smooth interaction between automated and manual equipment• Full production management of automated and manual equipment.AutoMine Loading Lite is a simple, single-LHD automation product that ensures safe operation and high productivity. It shares the same platform with AutoMine Loading, but is more mobile and easier to set up for single-loader applications. The multi-loader version allows for expansion to larger-scale operations. It enables efficient production in applications like open stoping and backfilling, narrow-vein mining and sub-level caving:• Highly mobile and easy set up access control system ensures safety• One operator for one or several loaders offers improved productivity• Real-time process visualisation and reporting offers continuous view to the operation• Open interfaces and integration.The AutoMine development team was inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in 2013 – www.im-halloffame.com.“Sandvik is now the single supplier capable of fully automating the whole loading cycle and this feature is available for both fleet and single loader applications,” says Riku Pulli, VP Automation, Sandvik Mining “The multi-loader option to AutoMine Loading Lite, enables multiple loader operations from one operator station. The loader and area are handled as one entity and this gives flexibility as one operator is now able to operate several production areas simultaneously. Automated Bucket Filling takes our AutoMine Loading products to new level as the whole loading cycle is now automated and operator’s role is supervising the operation.”last_img read more

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Golden Wolff meets Neuer and Guardiola in FC Bayern Munchen camp

andreas wolff fc bayern munchen ← Previous Story Poland, Denmark and Sweden to host OG qualification tournaments? Next Story → Herrem and Lacabrere to join ŽRK Vardar German goalkeeper Andreas Wolff became the biggest star after great success – gold medal at Men’s EHF EURO 2016. HSG Wetzlar goalie and future THW Kiel member had 50% saves in the final match against Spain and reached the TOP of popularity in the country in which 13.000.000 people watched last clash.Andreas Wolff visited FC Bayern Munchen camp where football goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had a nice chat with him. Also, Pep Guardiola showed some handball movements. Take a look… read more

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Eric Bischoff comments on his new role as Executive Director for Smackdown

first_img Paul Heyman Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next Jack Black Videos Articles WrestleMania 36 Will Be In Tampa Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Eric Bischoff took to Twitter Saturday commenting on his new role at the Executive Director of WWE Smackdown Live.Bischoff noted he is equally humbled, honored and excited.  He also went onto say that the best is yet to come.We reported earlier this week that Eric Bischoff was named as the new Executive Director for Smackdown Live and Paul Heyman was named as the new Executive Directors for RAW. Equally humbled, honored, and more excited than I can possibly articulate here. Thank you so much for the overwhelming support. It’s been an amazing journey and the best is yet to come. @WWE #SDLive— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) June 29, 2019 2018.05.08 Tenacious D Recommended videosPowered by AnyClip2018.05.08 Tenacious DVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest WhatsApp Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE Now Playing Up Next Google+last_img read more

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We can use peace Trump and Pope Francis meet

first_imgVATICAN CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe.Trump, midway through a grueling nine-day, maiden international journey, called upon the pontiff in a private, 30-minute meeting laden with religious symbolism and ancient protocol.Neither man, unquestionably two of the most famous in the world, repeated their prior criticism of the other. The statements released afterward were deliberately vague and contained only hints of areas of disagreement. Trump smiled broadly, the pope smiled less, but both agreed, at least for a day, to settle on the same message: the need to avoid conflict.That theme was reflected in their words and their gifts.The pope, upon completing their meeting, gave the president a medal featuring an olive branch.“We can use peace,” said the president, concurring with the symbolism.Francis also gave a message of peace and three bound papal documents that to some degree define his papacy and priorities, including the family and the environment.The pope told Trump he signed the message “personally for you.” Trump said he would read the books.In exchange, Trump presented the pontiff with a custom-bound, first-edition set of Martin Luther King Jr.’s works, an engraved stone from the King memorial in Washington and a bronze sculpture of a flowering lotus titled “Rising Above.”last_img read more

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Hart family crash Friend who reported moms pushes for child abuse registry

first_imgPORTLAND — A woman who reported Devonte Hart’s parents to Oregon child welfare officials nearly five years ago is now pushing for the creation of a national child abuse registry.Alexandra Argyropoulos launched an online petition, “Protect Our Children — Call For A National Child Abuse Registry,” two weeks after the Hart family’s GMC Yukon plunged off a cliff along the California coast, an incident investigators believe was intentional.The horrific crash, which killed mothers Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 38, and at least three of their children, came days after a visit to the family’s Woodland home by child protective services.Authorities on Friday said toxicology reports show Jennifer Hart was drunk when she drove the SUV off the cliff.Sarah Hart and two of their kids also had “a significant amount” of an ingredient commonly found in Benadryl, which can make people sleepy, according to The Associated Press.The married moms had also faced child abuse accusations in Minnesota and Oregon, where they previously lived with their six children, ages 12 to 19, records show.last_img read more

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Cops on a manhunt for minor girls kidnapper

first_imgMachilipatnam: Machilipatnam Deputy Superintendent of Police Mahaboob Basha in a release on Sunday said that a minor girl was kidnapped on June 24 and a missing case was registered at Chilakalapudi police station based on a complaint by the girl’s parents. The police formed teams to trace the missing girl. They closely observed all the CCTV footages arranged within the town and could not trace the girl. The DSP said that P Jagadish of Guntur was behind the kidnap and the police are searching for the culprit. He said that the police also announced a reward to those helping the department in identifying the culprit. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The girl’s parents told the police that the culprit had lured the girl and kidnapped her. The Chilakalapudi police arrested the parents of the culprit and still they could not nab the culprit, said the DSP. He said that police teams from both Krishna and Guntur are in search of the culprit. The DSP urged people to inform to police by calling on numbers 9440796405, 9332983789 or 9440796413 when they identify the culprit.last_img read more

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Is This The HTC Dream Android or An Anamorphic Inside Joke

first_img 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. Citation: Is This The HTC Dream- Android or An Anamorphic Inside Joke (2008, September 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-htc-dream-android-anamorphic.html According to FCC records it is model Dream and the product name is Drea 100 Series. The Dream measures approximately 5-inches by 3-inches with what appears to be a large touchscreen display. In a demonstration of a prototype, the Android OS has the ability to zoom to street level without touching the screen and uses a bookmarking feature to bring up frequently used Internet sites. According to the spy-jacked images the slide-out alphabet keyboard is a full QWERTY which resembles a scaled down laptop keyboard. Dream’s keypad is larger than BlackBerry keys and much larger than most mobile devices. The Android menu is abundantly simple with access to applications, Google maps and Web browsing which predictably brings up Google. The device has navigation and buttons beneath the display for accessing phone dialing, home page, contacts and browsing making it easy to flip around the various features. According to some reliable sources the Dream will operate on the T-Mobile 3G network. The full specifications of the Dream Android phone will be announced on September 23, 2008 at a press event in New York City. According to the Wall Street Journal, the T-Mobile Dream will potentially be available in US market sometime in October with an expected release of 600,000 to 700,000 phones in 2008. Another developing certainty is that Dream may be Apple and Research in Motion´s worst nightmare. Dreams are like that, one persons fantasy is another persons worst fear. Google’s penchant for perfection raises little doubt the Dream will offer an array of options consumers have been asking for, but did not know who to call. Perhaps by Halloween, we will all find out if Dream is a treat or a bit too tricky. Spy photo from Chinese forum. Via Engadget Google eyes shift from passwords sooner than you may think Explore further The Dream by HTC seems headed to T-Mobile. Dream will be the first Google Android mobile device to hit the US market and mystery surrounds its actual appearance. Some spy-shots appeared out of nowhere and Engadget, Phonemag and other bloggers are pretty much convinced it is the infamous Dream/Android phone. For sure, Dream cleared the FCC and it is a dual WiFi 802.11b/g and cellular phone. last_img read more

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Councillor mother gets son arrested

first_imgKolkata: A woman Councillor of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation has set an example by lodging an FIR at the local police station against her son and thereby getting him arrested.The Councillor mother took the step after she had received a series of complaints against her son from various quarters. Sadhana Basu who is the Councillor of Ward number 38 did not waste any time and went to Amherst Street police station and lodged an FIR. She urged the police to arrest her son against whom serious allegations were brought up by the local residents. The police officers from Amherst Street police station acted promptly and on the basis of the complaint arrested the Councillor’s son, Avik Basu who is also known by his pet name Chang in the locality. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt was alleged that Chang beat up a 12-year-old boy, Ankit Singh, who was watching a football match in the locality. The Councillor’s son started beating up Singh as he spoke to his friends despite clear instructions from Chang that there should not be any disturbance during the match. The boy received injuries and was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital. The family members of the victim went to the Councillor mother and narrated the whole incident. According to locals, he used to beat up residents regularly. With no respite in sight, the locals approached his mother.last_img read more

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Etta Pisano Named American College of Radiology Chief Research Officer

first_imgNews | Radiology Business | October 25, 2018 Etta Pisano Named American College of Radiology Chief Research Officer Principal investigator of two landmark mammography trials will identify clinical and socioeconomic research opportunities for ACR News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Related Content News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more October 25, 2018 — Breast imaging research pioneer Etta Pisano, M.D., FACR, has been named chief research officer (CRO) of the American College of Radiology. Pisano is the first woman to hold this ACR position. She previously served as chief science officer (CSO) solely for of the ACR Center for Research and Innovation (CRI).“Dr. Pisano is a giant in the clinical research community. She will identify clinical and socioeconomic research opportunities that can advance the practice of radiology and improve patient care. We are proud to have her as chief research officer for the entire College which will allow us to tap her talents and experience across the ACR,” said William T. Thorwarth, M.D., FACR, chief executive officer of the American College of Radiology.  Pisano may be best known for leading landmark clinical research trials. She is principal investigator for the Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (TMIST). Involving nearly 165,000 women, TMIST compares standard digital mammography (2-D) to digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to determine if DBT is more effective at reducing advanced breast cancers. TMIST will create the world’s largest aggregation of data, images and biospecimens arising from a clinical research trial.Pisano previously led the Digital Mammography Screening Trial (DMIST) — which accrued 49,528 women to compare effectiveness of digital mammography to film mammography. DMIST results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2005,1 dramatically changed breast cancer screening guidelines and reimbursement.For more information: www.acr.orgReference1. Pisano E.D., Gatsonis C., Hendrick E., et al. Diagnostic Performance of Digital versus Film Mammography for Breast-Cancer Screening. New England Journal of Medicine, Oct. 27, 2005. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa052911 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systemslast_img read more

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Airbnb confirmed for CTO conference

first_imgAirbnb confirmed for CTO conference Share Posted by BRIDGETOWN — Airbnb’s Regional Manager for the Caribbean, Mikel Freemon, will join a panel on the sharing economy at the CTO-organized State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Barbados. The event takes place Sept. 14 – 16 at the Hilton Barbados.“The sharing economy is a US$26 billion dollar sector and Airbnb is one of the most successful architects of the accommodation component of this sector, disrupting the traditional hotel industry and raising concern among the incumbent firms,” said Sylma Brown, Director of the CTO’s New York office. “We are delighted to have Airbnb share its success model as we examine this hybrid market model and discuss the challenges, risks and opportunities for the Caribbean tourism sector.”The sharing economy panel will be moderated by Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism.The annual SOTIC brings together tourism decision-makers including ministers, commissioners and directors of tourism, hotel and airline executives, travel agents, students and the media.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamFor more information on SOTIC, including how you can register, participate and benefit, visit sotic.onecaribbean.org. Travelweek Group center_img Monday, August 22, 2016 Tags: Airbnb, Caribbean Tourism Organization << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Ryanair has announced a new flight tracking servic

first_imgRyanair has announced a new flight tracking service, which will offer customers text message updates.Flight information will be sent to UK and Irish mobile phones to allow users to keep track of passengers.For a fee of €2 or £1.50, customers will receive updates on the status of flights, with Ryanair suggesting this will make it easier for friends and family members waiting to pick up passengers at airports.Sinead Finn from the low cost airline, explained: “Ryanair’s new Flight Tracker service will pass on the good news that friends and family are on yet another on-time flight with Europe’s most punctual airline.”This service will allow people to keep those airport parking charges to a minimum, simply call or text and receive flight updates directly to your mobile.”Ryanair recently revealed that Birmingham International Airport would be its latest European base. From the Midlands terminal the carrier will launch new flights to Billund, Bologna, Dinard, Oslo, Poitiers, Porto, Trieste, Reus and Rzeszow.Flights from Birmingham to Gdansk, Olbia, Perpignan and Stockholm will also be added, as will flights to Bratislava and Trapani.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedRyanair launches in-flight mobile phone service on flights to RomeCheap flights carrier Ryanair has launched Italy’s first in-flight mobile phone service on five of its aircraft.Ryanair launches in-flight mobile phone serviceRyanair launches in-flight mobile phone service11 changes to Ryanair you should know aboutBoarding cards on your smartphone, extra hand luggage, better customer service and cheaper prices. Could this be a new and improved Ryanair?last_img read more

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English School park to mark dead and missing pupils from 1974

first_imgBy Lizzy IoannidouA ‘memory park’ in honour of old English School graduates who died or went missing in 1974, 11 of whom have so far been identified, will be built on the English School grounds.The idea was that of an old boy of the English School, Elias Pantelides, after the recent burial of some of his fellow students and friends who were missing persons.“This is a multicommunal, apolitical project to honour those killed during that period regardless of political affiliation,” Pantelides told the Sunday Mail.The project isn’t about joining the blame-game: “It’s not about which side was responsible for the most deaths, but about learning how to grow and mature in a way that allows us to focus on the future,” Pantelides said.With the English School headmaster David Lambon on board, meetings will be held at the start of the next school year in order to decide where on the school grounds the park will be located and the form the project will take.Elias Pantelides, who attended the English School in 1966 and graduated just 12 months before the outbreak of the conflict in 1974, is an established historic researcher on the events of 1974 in Cyprus.His book published last year, ‘Laconic Tales Cyprus 1974’, is a collection of individuals’ accounts of 1974, featuring academics, businessmen and journalists from both sides of the divide, including Turkish Cypriot professor Niyazi Kizilyurek and journalist Sevgul Uludag. Pantelides conducted five years of research for Laconic Tales.The book was the precursor for his subsequent six-month search for his fellow missing classmates, the only criterion for which, he stresses, is their English School connection, with no other ethnic, political, or party interferences.So far, 11 have been found and identified as English School graduates, with the valuable record-digging assistance of school secretary Souzana Anastasiou.Though the project has multicultural aims, reflecting how Pantelides himself interprets the communities of both the English School and Cyprus, all 11 English School graduates that have so far been discovered are Greek Cypriots.Pantelides explained the unfortunate reason why this is the case: “the onset of intercommunal violence meant that in 1964 many Turkish Cypriots left the English School and would only begin coming back around 71-72, so we had almost no Turkish Cypriots in our graduating class.”Turkish Cypriot students were once again be forced to leave the school in 1974, and it was not until 29 years later, in 2003, that they could once again be readmitted to the school.Pantelides had looked for Turkish Cypriot English School graduates who went missing during the intercommunal violence of 1963-64, which took place before he was even a student of the school, but found nothing.“I’ve spoken to people in high places, to experts, to journalists. It’s not that there weren’t any Turkish Cypriot missing persons, especially during the intercommunal violence. It’s that I couldn’t find any who were English School students,” he said.“Even so, the list is in no way exclusive or exhaustive,” Pantelides said. “I did my best, and found these 11, but anyone with any relevant information is very welcome to contribute.The eleven people Pantelides found are: Antonis Efthymiou, Alecos Papachristoforou, Charis Constantinides, Kyriakos (Koullis) Demetriou, Nearchos Aniliades, Andreas Stivaros, Iakovos (Akis) Pittas, Michalakis Tyrimos, Antonis Kafas, Stavros Taliadoros (Alkis) and George Andreou.Seven of the 11 missing or dead former English School students from 1974He still remembers each of them.He remembers that Alecos left the school a year early to join the army in 1972 and went missing in Neapoli in 1974 as a newly-wed, that Constantinides was quiet and charming, that Koullis played basketball.There are many more to be found, however.If anyone has any information regarding missing persons who were part of the English School community, “now is the time to talk, since things are being built everywhere, from highways, to hospitals to homes, and the people might never be found,” Pantelides pleaded.Asked how this park will benefit the current generation of English School students, he replied that “memory motivates a process of searching, which is necessary for the acquisition of knowledge and finding light.”You May LikeBusinessBuzzo15 Best College Degrees That Can Make you richBusinessBuzzoUndoAirPhonesWhy Are These New Earphones Selling Out So Fast in United States?AirPhonesUndoMoney Buddy17 Jobs That Won’t Be Around In 20 YearsMoney BuddyUndo Romanian man missing from Paphos homeUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoCyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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