Prince Charles Visits Refugee Camp In Jordan

first_imgIn the week marking two years since the crisis in Syria began, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited a refugee camp in Jordan and met families who have fled the fighting.The King Abdullah Park camp, just 15 kilometres from the Syrian border, is sheltering 921 people, 529 of whom are children under 18. They are receiving assistance from UNICEF, UNHCR, and the World Food Programme.During their visit, their Royal Highnesses spent time with families in the camp, hearing for themselves about the profound distress that they have been through and the extreme challenges that many now face as they start a new attempt to survive and look after their children. The Duchess of Cornwall was introduced to children at the centre, who told her that they were drawing pictures of things they miss from home, like their gardens. Her Royal Highness was told that this kind of activity helps children deal with the severe trauma that many have experienced before they fled their country to escape the conflict. In essence, they learn to reconnect and become children again.
UNICEF Representative Dominique Hyde explained to the party that 250 children from the camp are transported every day to a Jordanian state school in a nearby town. The children told Her Royal Highness that it makes them happy to be able to go to school again.Ms. Hyde then described how UNICEF helps children in the camps on a daily basis. “After all the violence they have witnessed and all the stress they have been through, UNICEF is providing the children of Syria with vital support ranging from safe drinking water, essential vaccines and nutrition, to education, clothing and protection,” she said.
“In this camp alone we are helping more than 250 children to get back into school and reconnect with their childhood. Across Jordan, we support the education of nearly 40,000 children,” she added.“We hugely welcome the visit of Their Royal Highnesses and thank them both for shining a spotlight on our work, alongside that of the Jordanian Government and all our partners. We also hope that the world’s attention continues to focus on this crisis and that we can receive the support we desperately need to continue our vital and lifesaving work,” she said. To date, UNICEF’s appeal for children affected by Syria is less than 20 per cent funded. This chronic lack of funding is threatening to leave many Syrian children without essential assistance. Unless an 80 per cent funding gap is bridged UNICEF will be forced to scale back on even life-saving interventions including water provision.Source:UNICEFcenter_img The royal couple were shown around the camp by UNICEF and UNHCR, which support the Jordanian government to assist the families. Their Royal Highnesses visited a children’s space and met children who had fled Syria with their families. last_img read more

INS Ranjit to be decommissioned on May 6

first_imgNew Delhi: INS Ranjit, an Indian navy destroyer built by erstwhile USSR, will be decommissioned on May 6, officials said on Friday.The third of the five Kashin-class destroyers, it was commissioned in 1983 and has rendered service to the Navy for over 36 years. “On May 6, a glorious era of INS Ranjit, being the frontline missile destroyer of the Indian Navy, is going to end,” the Navy said in a statement. The ship will be decommissioned at a solemn ceremony at the Naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe ceremony will be attended by personnel who have served onboard the INS Ranjit in the past, and officers and sailors from the commissioning crew, it said. The chief guest for the ceremony would be Lieutenant Governor Andaman and Nicobar Islands Admiral (retired) Devendra Kumar Joshi. “INS Ranjit was constructed as Yard 2203 in the 61 Communards shipyard in the town of Nikolev in present day Ukraine. The keel of the ship was laid on June 29, 1977, and she was launched on June 16, 1979,” the statement said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe ship was given its Russian name ‘Lovkly’, which means agile, and was commissioned as INS Ranjit on September 15, 1983, with Captain Vishnu Bhagwat at the helm, it said. The officer went on to serve as the chief of naval staff during the period 1996 to 1998. In her maiden sortie, the destroyer traversed through the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea and Arabian Sea, the statement said. The ship has the distinction of serving in both the western and eastern seaboard and has been the Flag Ship of both the western and eastern fleets. INS Ranjit took part in PASSEX with the US Navy in 1991-92 which was a precursor to the Malabar series of exercises with the US Navy.It also took part in the first INDRA (India-Russia) exercise with the Russian Navy in 2003, according to the statement. The ship also participated in the first ever SAREX with the PLA Navy in November 2003. The ship in 2007 took part in the first ever Malabar exercise in the Pacific Ocean as well as the first ever INDRA series of exercises in Russian waters, the statement said. The ship was actively deployed as part of the Navy’s relief operations post the 2004 tsunami and cyclone Hud-Hud in 2014. In recognition to her service to the nation, the ship was awarded the Unit citation in 2003-04 and 2009-10, the statement said. “As the sun sets on May 6, the Naval Ensign and the commissioning pennant will be lowered for the last time onboard INS Ranjit, symbolising the end of the Ranjit era in the Indian Navy,” it said.last_img read more

Franz Ferdinand Rocks 2019 ‘Jazzablanca’ Festival

Rabat – The Scottish rock group brought the Casablanca Hippodrome to its feet on the first night of the Jazzablanca Festival, lasting from July 2 -12.The band started the set – their first on the continent – with “Stand On The Horizon” from their 2013 album “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.”Although Alex Kapranos mostly exhorted the audience with phrases of French or in his native English, he also demonstrated that he had memorized some Darija before taking the stage. “Kulchi bekhir? Kulchi mezian?” Kapranos asked the crowd, delivering the customary Moroccan greeting like a slightly sheepish punchline, to cheers from the audience.Caption: Franz Ferdinand performing “Take Me Out” from their 2004 Grammy-nominated debut photo credits: Sarah Goodman/MWNHowever, Franz Ferdinand’s showmanship was far more physical than linguistic: Kapranos’ made periodic fan kicks at the microphone. During the rendition of 2004 hit “Take Me Out,” four of the five musicians moved center stage for synchronized jumps during the chorus.Franz Ferdinand’s eponymously titled 2004 debut album launched them onto the global music scene, one of a handful of rock bands to emerge from Great Britain in the early 2000s. Along with the Kaiser Chiefs and the Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand helped pioneer a dancefloor-friendly, slightly frenetic, punk-influenced variant of rock.The setlist telescoped in time, interspersing Grammy-nominated hits from the early 2000s with tracks from their most recent album, “Always Ascending,” released in February 2018.Photo credits: SIFE ELAMINE/JAZZABLANCAAudience members enthusiastically sang along to “Do You Want To,” a track from Franz Ferdinand’s 2005 album “You Could Have It So Much Better,” the group’s second album, which also topped the charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States.Performing for Casablanca, Franz Ferdinand alternated  hits from their early repertoire, such as “The Dark Of The Matinée,” “Jacqueline,” and “Michael,” with recent songs like “Ulysses” and “Lazy Boy.”Returning to the stage for the encore, Kapranos addressed the crowd with a glass of wine in one hand and a cigarette in the other, instructing everyone to “feel the love.”Franz Ferdinand’s performance at the 14th edition of Jazzablanca photo credits: Sarah Goodman/MWNLeaving the stage at the end of the set, the musicians graciously paused for selfies and handshakes with fans gathering by the exit.Jazzablanca’s history roughly coincides with Franz Ferdinand’s timeline: the first festival was held in 2006. Now on its 14th edition, Jazzablanca boasts of presenting a wide range of artists representing an equally wide range of genres. Homegrown ensemble Les Frères Souissi, branding themselves as Moroccan Jazz, will perform at this year’s festival as will the disco-funk legend Al McKay, the Grammy-winning guitarist of 1970s group Earth, Wind, and Fire. read more

Microsoft’s offers software tools to secure elections

Microsoft is announcing an ambitious effort intended to make U.S. voting more secure and verifiable.The company will offer free open-source software that several top U.S. elections vendors say they will explore incorporating into their voting equipment.The software kit is being developed with Oregon-based Galois, which is separately creating a secure voting system prototype under contract with the Pentagon’s advanced research agency, DARPA.The Microsoft kit is dubbed “ElectionGuard.” It was announced Monday by CEO Satya Nadella at a Seattle developer’s conference.Microsoft says the kit it will be available beginning this summer with prototypes ready to pilot for next year’s general elections.Frank Bajak, The Associated Press read more

New fighting hampers UN efforts to aid thousands displaced in Côte dIvoire

15 March 2011Insecurity and the resulting limited humanitarian access in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s largest city are compounding United Nations efforts to aid some of the 300,000 people displaced by fighting stemming from defeated president Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to leave office. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), via local implementing partners, began aid distribution in the city over the weekend and has managed to reach some 10,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) so far, spokesperson Melissa Fleming told a news briefing in Geneva today.But fighting between Gbagbo loyalists and supporters of opposition leader Alassane Ouattara, the UN-certified victor of November’s president run-off vote, continue to complicate aid efforts.“On Monday [yesterday], new fighting was reported in the city’s commercial district of Yopougon, and overall the situation for Abidjan’s residents and humanitarian workers alike remains fragile,” Ms. Fleming said, noting that aid distributions scheduled for early this week in villages surrounding Abidjan have been postponed as the fighting blocked the access routes.“Despite these conditions, our humanitarian partners continue to discover new pockets of IDPs in and around Abidjan, as well as in Akoupé, Yamoussoukro and Jaqueville in south-east and eastern Côte d’Ivoire.”Of the estimated 300,000 IDPs in Abidjan, UNHCR and its partners have so far identified some 18,000 people in groups spread across 24 sites, and 19,000 others amid clusters of host families.The aid consists of non-food items such as blankets, mats, tents, mosquito nets and soap. In addition, the IDPs are receiving food provided by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), as well as medicine donated by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Currently there are numerous checkpoints around the city manned by self-defence groups from both political camps. “In Yopougon our partners have been physically prevented from delivering aid, which is directly impacting people in need of help,” Ms. Fleming said. “At an IDP site in Yopougon, 314 people have been reported ill. We were told that a woman had had to give birth without medical support, while an eight-year-old boy with asthma was said to have died.”Côte d’Ivoire has been rocked by political uncertainty and violence in Abidjan and the western region since Mr. Gbagbo’s rejection of his defeat in the internationally endorsed results of the election, which was meant to reunify the country after it was split by civil war in 2002 into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south.Cote read more

MR says projects suspended for political revenge

Former President Mahinda Rajapakse today accused the government of suspending several development projects in the country as part of political revenge being taken against him.Rajapakse said that all the projects initiated by his government had been beneficial to the country and the suspension would adversely affect the country’s economy and public. “My government built highways, airports, ports etc. most of which has now been suspended. I built all this for the sake of the public but the present government has stopped all this for political reasons,” Rajapakse said. “I even started the Colombo Port City project which the government has suspended saying that it was shrouded in corruption. But this very government a few weeks ago said that the Port City was free from corruption. This is nothing but political revenge,” he added. Several development projects including a 1.4 billion US dollar Port City project initiated by the former government were suspended by the new Government after it took office. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN teams with World Economic Forum to drive financing for development

The influential, Swiss-based non-profit WEF, which sponsors the annual gathering in Davos of political and corporate leaders from around the world, formalized its relationship with the UN with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at UN Headquarters in New York.The initiative seeks to bring together all stakeholders to help the UN promote new or improved policy responses to the main development challenges identified by the International Conference on Financing for Development, held two years ago in Monterrey, Mexico. The yearlong project will take advantage of the public-private synergies that were a distinguishing characteristic of that conference.Oscar de Rojas, head of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ (DESA) Financing for Development Office, told a press briefing that beginning in June, a series of multi-stakeholder workshops would gather experts and representatives of private, public and not-for-profit organizations, who would issue recommendations on specific issues identified at Monterrey.The informal meetings would address important issues such as the effectiveness of public-private partnerships and improving the climate for private investment in developing countries. He said he was confident that cooperation with the World Economic Forum would assure productive involvement of the private sector and other stakeholders.Stressing the importance of the initiative, Richard Samans, the WEF’s Managing Director for Partnership and Governance, said the Forum claimed nearly 1,000 of the world’s leading companies as its members, and had a diverse array of constituencies. Currently, it was collaborating with DESA, the private sector, academics, the media and governments, as well as labour and religious organizations in what was called an “Agenda for Public/Private Cooperation.”For the next year to year-and-a-half, the Forum, in partnership with the UN, would participate in the effort to improve and expand existing public-private partnerships in specific areas of development, he said. In particular, the initiative would attempt to draw lessons from previous experiences, to determine what types of partnerships worked best. Another area requiring attention was capacity building in such areas of financial governance as accounting and auditing. read more

International Court of Justice orders Pakistan to review death penalty for Indian

Kulbhushan Jadhav, said the Court, had not been informed of his rights by the Pakistani authorities, and that the Indian Government has been deprived of “consular access”: the right to communicate with him.During the hearings, the ICJ had directed Pakistan not to carry out the death sentence until the Court’s final ruling. On Wednesday, the Court ordered a “continued stay of execution”, as a “indispensable condition for the effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence”.Mr. Jadhav was arrested three years ago by Pakistani authorities, who say that he was in the restive Balochistan province, which is home to a separatist insurgency that Pakistan accuses India of backing. The charges levelled against Mr. Jadhav were of “espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan”.Although a video was released shortly after Mr. Jadhav’s arrest, in which he was shown admitting involvement in spying, India has always questioned the alleged confession, saying that it was extracted under duress. The Indian authorities also deny that Jadhav is a spy and say that he was kidnapped in Iran, which borders the province, which he was visiting on business.Following Pakistan’s pronouncement of the death penalty, in April 2017, India filed a case with the ICJ, calling the trial, which took place in a military court, “farcical”, and asked for a stay of execution and consular access to Mr. Jadhav. Pakistan countered that Mr. Jadhav was not given consular access because he is a spy who illegally entered the country in order to create “unrest and instability”. read more

EHF and INFRONT Record year for EHF EURO events

← Previous Story Oliver Roggisch stays in Rhein Neckar Lowen Next Story → FTC VS Gyor – No losers, but someone falls down (VIDEO) ehf euro events The European Handball Federation (EHF) and Infront Sports & Media, the federation’s exclusive marketing and media partner for the EHF EURO events, have announced a new record level of television coverage of the Men’s and Women’s EHF European Championships, both held in venues across Serbia.A total cumulative television audience of 1.85 billion followed the EHF’s flagship events in 2012, which were transmitted by 75 licensed broadcasters into more than 200 countries and territories. The coverage of the biennial events increased by 35 percent compared to the 2010 figure when Austria and Denmark/Norway played host and were watched by an audience of 1.37 billion. An upward trend was also registered in broadcast time, with 3,060 hours achieved, compared to 2,670 in 2010, an increase of 15 percent.Women’s event highlights a clear upward trendThe recently completed media evaluation of the Women’s EHF EURO, which took place from 4 to 16 December 2012, clearly demonstrated the global reach of the women’s event. The total broadcast coverage reached 1,161 hours, amounting to an increase of over 20 percent compared to 2010. Overall, a cumulative audience of 380 million was reached, compared to 335 million during the last edition of the event. There were also positive figures in markets including Norway, where the matches of the five-time European champions reached a 50 percent market share, and in Serbia, where up to two million people tuned in per match to follow the success of the host nation in reaching the semi-finals.Jean Brihault, EHF President, said: “The EHF EURO events continue to deliver exactly what sports fans want: action, drama and excitement, brought to them by the world’s top players and teams, through a high-quality HD television production. I am delighted with the growth in the TV audience and the coverage of the EHF top men’s and women’s events, media figures which provide further evidence of handball’s strong position on the sports market.”Stephan Herth, Executive Director Summer Sports at Infront, said: “The record audience figures for the EHF EURO events in 2012 underline the event’s position as top-tier indoor sports communication platform. First class handball produced to the highest quality broadcast standards remains sought after by both broadcasters and sports fans in Europe and beyond. Together with the EHF we will continue to further raise the appeal and impact of the EHF’s top events.”Positive online developmentsInvestments made to upgrade and further expand the online offerings for fans around the event are also proving valuable. The official EHF EURO YouTube channel registered 370,000 views, leading to 37,400 hours of video content viewed through the platform. In addition, the official EHF EURO website gauged 277,000 unique visitors and over four million page views during the event.Whilst the men’s event in January broke all records in terms of the onsite spectator numbers with over 300,000 fans following the action live, the Women’s EHF EURO 2012 in December also set a new match record with the semi-final clash between the hosts and Montenegro watched by 13,598 people, beating the previous record of 11,411 set during the EHF EURO 2010 semi-final in Herning, Denmark. The event was followed by the media worldwide with approximately 450 journalists and photographers accredited for the event and an overall total of 800 media representatives, with the host broadcaster included. article: EHF read more

Mans Wheelchair Classified as Tank Banned From Street

first_imgA British man has been banned from using his wheelchair on the streets after authorities classified the thing as a tank. Jim Starr, a one-time landscaper, has been wheelchair-bound since 1999 due to back and joint pain and various neurological conditions. This Christmas, a friend gave him a $24,000 electric wheelchair as a gift, allowing him to, among other things, go to the beach with his children.Unfortunately, he’s not allowed to take the thing on the streets because the chair, invented by a US Army veteran after serving time in the Gulf, is technically a tank. According to British law, wheelchairs must be narrower than 33.4 inches and lighter than 275 pounds. Starr’s chair measures 45 inches and weighs a staggering 485 pounds.“It is a fantastic machine and can take me anywhere I want to go,” Starr told AOL. “It has no limits. It is ridiculous that I should have found a chair that could help me do all that … only for the authorities to turn around and say that if I used it on the roads, I would be doing something illegal.”last_img read more

Ronaldo is advising Neymar in Russia

first_imgNeymar is under heavy pressure to impress his nation by bringing the 2018 World Cup trophy home and, in order to help him cope with this burden, he has been receiving advice from Ronaldo Nazario.Ronaldo who understands what it’s like to be in Neymar’s position, because he went through similar experiences in 1998 and in 2002, experiencing tremendous heartbreak in France and then incredible joy in South Korea and Japan. Neymar and Ronaldo have been friends for several years and are regularly talking to each other during this World Cup.Ronaldo’s visits to the Brazil camp have become regular, with the legendary striker greeting the whole squad and then spending some private time with Neymar.As well as this, Ronaldo has been publically backing the PSG star during his appearances as a pundit for O’Globo.“We cannot forget that Neymar is just back from a very significant foot injury and that he is regaining his confidence right now,” he said at the end of the Costa Rica win via Marca.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“I am sure that his goal will help to boost his morale and that things will go better for him now.“He is trying everything, as he dribbles, runs, fights and looks for solutions.“His goal will give him a lot of strength to be the leader of the Selecao.”Also, Neymar’s father is also offering support to the player and has regularly been visiting the hotel.last_img read more

For Inter the comeback made the win more satisfying

first_imgTottenham Hotspur was winning 1-0 but ended up losing 2-1 against Internazionale, tonight in the start of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions LeagueFor Internazionale Milan coach Luciano Spalletti, today’s win against Tottenham Hotspur is more satisfying than a normal triumph.Inter Milan came back from a 1-0 disadvantage and came out to win the match 2-1 at the end.“The fact we overturned the result with that final push makes it even more satisfying,” Spalletti was quoted by Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“We saw how the fans in the stadium celebrated what it meant to them. We were always attacking and always tried to get behind them, so we put in a great performance.”“This result gives us different self-belief around the work we are doing. Getting players like Icardi to break their ducks is fundamental, as we need his goals,” he added.“[Mauro] Icardi is a serious professional and he is not someone who runs away from responsibility. We have many great players, though and sometimes we must learn how to win even without Mauro. We can’t have the same XI in every game.”“We were missing a link between Icardi and Radja Nainggolan, as at times there were big gaps. Mauro likes to go beyond the line, while Radja’s fitness levels aren’t great after his long injury lay-off. We must avoid losing the ball naively right after winning it back,” he concluded.last_img read more

Surgeons stolen laptop stored patients records

first_imgPORTLAND — Oregon Health and Science University is notifying more than 4,000 patients that some of their personal information was stored on a surgeon’s laptop computer that was stolen during a Hawaii vacation.The Oregonian reports that an initial check showed the Social Security numbers of nine people were breached, but that figure has since grown to 17. OHSU says those people will be offered free identity theft monitoring.For the remaining people, the information breached includes their name, age, type of surgery and other limited information.OHSU privacy officer Ronald Marcum says the hospital believes that most of the affected patients face little risk of ID theft.last_img read more

Las Cruces Hosts Navy Flight Training Squadron

first_imgStudent aviators from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, returned to Las Cruces International Airport, N.M., last week for the 12th time since 2001 for two months of training flights.   Officials from Las Cruces are particularly excited this year after Navy officials last fall decided not to come to the city for winter training flights over concerns about fuel service operations at the airport. A fueling error had been blamed for the crash last year of an air ambulance, reported the Las Cruces Sun-News. The Navy typically brings student pilots to Las Cruces for training from January until March.“The Navy has an open invitation to come to Las Cruces for its training exercises, and we consider it a privilege to host them here,” said Mayor Ken Miyagishima.“It’s a huge opportunity to us to have the Navy back,” said Scott Andre, president of Francis Aviation, which plans to sell about 3,500 gallons of aviation fuel a day to the Navy during its stay.The Navy contingent includes 45 student aviators and 45 instructors and maintenance personnel, along with 16 T-6 “Texan II” aircraft. The money spent on lodging, meals and other expenses will provide a substantial boost to the Las Cruces economy, according to Gary Camarano, the city’s economic development coordinator.“It’s going to pump about $1 million into the local economy,” he said. “In addition to the economic benefit, the Navy’s presence at the airport speaks volumes of the environment for other aerospace activity in the region,” Camarano told the Sun-News. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Government allots 66 crore for Vizianagaram medical college

first_imgVizianagaram: The long-pending demand and dream of the people of this district is likely to realised as the government has sanctioned Rs 66 crore funds in the budget for the establishment of a government medical college. Earlier, it was expected that the MANSAS Trust headed by former Union Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju is likely to set up the medical college. But due to some administrative reasons, the dream does not become a reality and the entire proposal was kept in cold storage. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Now, the State government has sanctioned Rs 66 crore to establish the medical college. With this initiative, the expectations of people have reached high and now, they are believing that the college would come up soon. There was a demand and proposal to establish the medical college by utilising both Maharaja General Hospital and Government Maternity Hospital here but the previous government didn’t take any decision on this issue. As of now, the patients of nephrology, cardiology, burn wounds, plastic surgery, nephrology and neurology are rushing to Vizag for better treatment and even huge number of accident victims also losing their lives due to unavailability of trauma care unit. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us If the government medical college is established here, many super specialist doctors would come here and advanced treatment would be made available. Patients from Kurupam and GL Puram need not to travel around 200 kilometres to reach Vizag for treatment. As per the information, the college is likely to be established on the outskirts of Vizianagaram towards Vizag at Chellur village.last_img read more

TJS Chairman met woman journalist Revathi in Chenchalguda jail

first_imgHyderabad: TJS Chairman Professor M Kodandaram on Friday visited Chenchalguda Jail and met former CEO of MOJO TV Revathi, who is in remand. Earlier BanjaraHills police took her into custody based on the complaint of Prasad alleging that Revathi and her team members degraded him in the studio during a debate on the entry of woman journalist into Sabarimala Temple on the name of Save Sabarimala. Later by registering SC, ST atrocity case against her police produced her before the court.last_img read more

Marmosets found to learn to take turns when vocalizing

first_img © 2015 More information: Vocal turn-taking in a non-human primate is learned during ontogeny, Published 22 April 2015. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0069 AbstractConversational turn-taking is an integral part of language development, as it reflects a confluence of social factors that mitigate communication. Humans coordinate the timing of speech based on the behaviour of another speaker, a behaviour that is learned during infancy. While adults in several primate species engage in vocal turn-taking, the degree to which similar learning processes underlie its development in these non-human species or are unique to language is not clear. We recorded the natural vocal interactions of common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) occurring with both their sibling twins and parents over the first year of life and observed at least two parallels with language development. First, marmoset turn-taking is a learned vocal behaviour. Second, marmoset parents potentially played a direct role in guiding the development of turn-taking by providing feedback to their offspring when errors occurred during vocal interactions similarly to what has been observed in humans. Though species-differences are also evident, these findings suggest that similar learning mechanisms may be implemented in the ontogeny of vocal turn-taking across our Order, a finding that has important implications for our understanding of language evolution. Explore further Citation: Marmosets found to learn to take turns when vocalizing (2015, April 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from In the primate world, only humans are able to listen to a sound made by someone else and mimic it, a skill that has led to communication and the different languages spoken around the world. Scientists know that part of communicating involves one person listening to what another says, before responding. This requires an ability to understand what it means to take turns when vocalizing. In this new study, the researchers have found that a young marmoset (a small silvery coated South American monkey) was also able to learn to take turns as part of vocalizing.In their study, the researchers studied the vocalizations of a pair of captive marmoset twins (and their parents) over the first year of their life and report that they observed two parallels to language development. The first was that taking turns when vocalizing was a learned behavior. The second was that the young marmosets were essentially taught to take turns vocalizing by their parents in ways that are similar to the methods human parents use to teach children to wait for another person to finish speaking before they try to speak themselves.In watching the monkeys as they grew, the researchers noted that if a youngster made a vocalization while a parent was vocalizing, that vocalization was typically ignored by the adult, which resulted over time in the youngster learning to wait for the adult to finish before vocalizing. They noted that as time passed, the young monkeys became less likely to interrupt—though it was more pronounced with their mother than with their father.The researchers suggest their findings indicate a learning mechanism that is similar across all primates which could lead to a better understanding of the development of language in humans. (—A trio of researchers with the University of California has found that marmosets learn to wait for others to stop making noise before they vocalize, at a very young age. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Cecilia Chow, Jude Mitchell and Cory Miller describe a study they undertook with young marmoset twins and their parents and what they learned by doing so.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society Common marmoset. (Callithrix jacchus) Credit: Carmem A. Busko/Wikipedia/CC BY 2.5 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. Marmoset monkeys know polite conversationlast_img read more

Culture Ministry to develop Gandhipedia

first_imgThe ‘Gandhipedia’ is being developed as a social media portal that will contain original works related to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, a Culture Ministry official said. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had mentioned about Gandhipedia during the course of her Budget speech in the Parliament on July 5. The Central government has planned a slew of measures to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi which falls on October 2 this year. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn order to mark the occasion, a Gandhipedia is being developed by the National Council for Science Museums (NCSM) to sensitise the youth and the society at large about Gandhian values, Sitharaman had said in her speech. “The portal will function on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine running. It will be a repository of knowledge on Mahatama Gandhi. The portal will contain original photographs, visuals, speeches and the 100 collected works of Gandhiji. Books by Gandhiji will also be available on the portal apart from books that have been written on him,” said a senior official of the Culture Ministry on Sunday. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Gandhipedia will be free for access to everybody. The project is at present being designed by the National Council for Science and Museums. It will be jointly implemented by IIT-Kharagpur and IIT-Gandhinagar. The Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust has been maintaining (, which is also a repository of knowledge on Mahatma Gandhi. This portal, which contains Gandhian works in portable document format (pdf), will continue to run simultaneously along with Gandhipedia. The works that are being uploaded on the Gandhipedia are based on optical character recognition plus technology. It will be in searchable format.last_img read more

KLAS Report Recognizes Infinitt for Broad Portfolio of Imaging IT Solutions

first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more May 4, 2016 — Infinitt North America announced that the company was highlighted in the new KLAS specialty report, “Imaging IT Landscape 2016 Enterprise Platform: The Next Nirvana?” The report, released April 5, compares vendor performances and calls Infinitt an up-and-comer “ripe to disrupt imaging marketshare.”  Providers are faced with the challenge of working more collaboratively with disparate products across a variety of segments, the report stated. “To meet this challenge, some organizations have opted to partner with a single vendor who can meet their broad imaging IT needs in seven key areas: cardiology, hemodynamics, image exchange, PACS [picture archiving and communication systems], RIS [radiology information systems], universal viewer and VNA [vendor neutral archives].”The report calls Infinitt enterprise image management solution a “powerful, Web-based PACS/cardiology/RIS platform expanding into VNA” and cites Infinitt as “straightforward, easy-to-use technology with nimble development and strong integration as strengths.” News | Enterprise Imaging | May 04, 2016 KLAS Report Recognizes Infinitt for Broad Portfolio of Imaging IT Solutions Report highlights Infinitt’s enterprise image management solution with vendor neutral archive capabilities News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more 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 Related Contentcenter_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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