“The UN remains the only truly universal and international organization. There is no alternative to the UN,” Singapore’s Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam told the General Assembly on the closing day of its annual general debate, citing a host of immediate crises such as the global economic crisis, the risk of a double-dip recession and food security, and long-term issues such as sustainable development, climate change and water security. “These are issues that require urgent joint action by the global community… The UN must play an important role in dealing with these challenges,” he said, warning against protectionism. “As the preeminent multilateral institution in the world, the UN should take a strong stand, make a united pledge against trade restrictive measures and continue to push for free trade.”The philosophy of common enrichment imbuing the UN Charter must replace short-sighted strategies of survival, he stressed, also highlighting the part economic groups such as the so-called G-20 and G-8 have to play. “There is scope for the UN to play a meaningful role by ensuring that all groupings take into account and promote the greater interest,” he said. “The UN must also act together with these groupings as complementary parts of the international system, not as mutually exclusive competitors.”Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaiku of ThailandThai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul called the UN an important cornerstone of his country’s foreign policy in relation to all three pillars of the world Organization – peace and security, development, and human rights.“In order for sustainable development to be realized, cooperation from all sectors of society and partnership with the international community are of the essence,” he told the Assembly.Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh of Viet NamViet Nam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh cited the UN’s crucial role over the past year in ending conflicts, mobilizing resources for development, facilitating multilateral negotiations on climate change, disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, providing solutions to desertification, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and nuclear safety and security, and responding to the global financial and economic crisis. “As rightly pointed out by the Secretary General, never has the UN been so relevant, so urgently needed by so many people around the world, and it must deliver concrete results that make a real difference in the daily lives of the world’s people,” he said. “It is without any doubt that with its universal membership, the Organization enjoys a unique legitimacy to be at the forefront of global governance and multilateral cooperation.”Foreign Minister Marty M. Natalegawa of IndonesiaIndonesian Foreign Minister Marty M. Natalegawa also stressed the UN’s central role but called for reform to address new and emerging challenges, such as strengthening the Assembly, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Human Rights Council, the Peacebuilding Commission and an enlarged Security Council.“That is the only way the United Nations can remain relevant, the only way to ensure thatmultilateralism will flourish,” he told the Assembly at an earlier session. “Through reform, we must ensure that the United Nations and its decision-making processes are more effective, efficient, transparent and inclusive.”Foreign Minister Dato Sri Anifah Aman of MalaysiaMalaysian Foreign Minister Dato Sri Anifah Aman cited his country’s call for the creation of a “Global Movement of the Moderates,” to counter Islamophobia and the divide between the broader Muslim world and the West.“The real issue is not between Muslims and non-Muslims but between the moderates and extremists in all religions, be it Islam, Christianity or Judaism,” he said.He also called for comprehensive reform of the Security Council to make it more legitimate, representative, democratic and transparent, and no longer beholden to the veto of five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.Prime Minister Peter O’Neill of Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill noted that his country provided uniformed UN military observers and cited Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s “heartfelt comments” at a recent Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ summit in Auckland, New Zealand, where he described his experiences on witnessing the effects of climate change on low-lying atolls in Kiribati and the developmental challenges faced by many small island developing States (SIDS) in the region.Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão of Timor-LesteTimor-Leste, which was shepherded to independence by the UN in 2002 after voting to secede from Indonesia, noted the benefits of multilateralism.Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão said his country continued to build on its relationships with its friends in Asia and the Pacific, including China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand, as well as enhancing its membership of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) and its ties with the European Union, which provides significant assistance.Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah of BruneiBrunei’s Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah voiced concern that the dynamics of the 21st century could exclude many from the common ground that is necessary for successful mediation of conflicts, the theme of this year’s general debate.“It could become the exclusive territory of great unseen globalized forces, whether in the market, the workplace or in the world of great decision-making forums,” he said. “These have the potential to be so divisive as to destroy any common ground.”Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan of the PhilippinesAmbassador Libran N. Cabactulan of the Philippines cited his country’s participation in UN peacekeeping, with 800 men and women stationed in various missions around the world. “As we look to strengthen the ramparts of peace, we recognize the important role and contributions of peacekeeping and peacebuilding at the United Nations,” he said. “The Philippines stands ready to do its part to ensure that the lines of peace are fortified and continuously expanded.” 27 September 2011South-East Asian officials today stressed the crucial need for multilateralism in solving the world’s crises, from peace and security to sustainable development and climate change mitigation, with the United Nations providing the essential cornerstone.
The call came in a statement by the Deputy chief of UNAMSIL, Alan Doss, who visited Koidu, in Kono District, yesterday to assess progress of the Government’s efforts to bring back civil administration and to follow up on the 15 October deployment of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP). Addressing some of the police officers already deployed in Koidu, Mr. Doss said that, if successful, the police’s presence there would be a major boost to the peace process. Some 70 officers of the first group of about 180 have already been deployed in the diamond-rich district. The people of Kono “will be watching to see how you conduct yourselves,” Mr. Doss told the officers, “therefore so much depends on you.”Speaking later that day at a disarmament centre in the northern district of Koinadugu, where more than 60 Civil Defence Force ex-combatants were attending a workshop on reintegration packages, Mr. Doss urged them to forget the past and forgive their former opponents. He encouraged them to take advantage of the opportunities being offered by the National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration. According to UNAMSIL, Mr. Doss received “thunderous applause” when he called on the ex-combatants to give up their shotguns during the weapons collection programme to be launched by the Government at the end of the disarmament exercise.The UN official then visited Kabala’s district administrative office, where he told the gathering that after the completion of disarmament process, his office’s major task would be the restoration of civil authority throughout the country. He appealed to people to set up district recovery committees that would champion the economic revival of their communities.
The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) has expressed grave concern that new and old accusations of infractions levelled by an Eritrean panel has made the mission part of the problem in the Horn of Africa and could turn the Eritrean public against the three-year-old peacekeeping mission.The latest press release issued by the Eritrean Commission for Coordination with the Peacekeeping Mission contains the new allegation that on 1 May, an UNMEE helicopter transported a “fugitive wanted for security reasons” from Senafe, Eritrea, in the Temporary Security Zone, to Adigrat in Ethiopia, the Mission said Friday.An UNMEE Board of Inquiry was urgently investigating the allegation and the results would be shared with the governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia, it said.UNMEE said some of the allegations repeated by Eritrean Brig. Gen. Abrahaley Kifle last month already had been dealt with.The Mission said it was shocked by an allegation that because it has taken no action to “clean up its activities” it had become a danger to the peace and stability of the people and Government of Eritrea.”Since its inception, the Mission has worked hard to contribute to a lasting solution to the conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia, and we are shocked to learn that we are now part of the problem,” UNMEE said.”We of course acknowledge that we are guests in Eritrea. When a guest is no longer welcome in a house, it is the prerogative of the host to decide what to do next.”The UN Security Council has called on Eritrea and Ethiopia to cooperate with UN emissaries and with one another in demarcating a boundary between the two countries, over which they fought a devastating war in the last 1990s, and it extended the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in the frontier area until 15 September.
The hostilities, which resulted in the reported deaths of several Hizbollah fighters and an unconfirmed number of wounded on both sides, were initiated from the Lebanese side and quickly spread along the entire Blue Line with Israeli civilian areas reportedly being targeted, according to a UN spokesman.The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has brokered a ceasefire to prevent further escalation, he added.”The Secretary-General appeals to all parties to respect the Blue Line in its entirety,” the spokesman said. “He also calls on the Government of Lebanon to extend its authority over all of its territory in accordance with Security Council resolutions.”In his latest report to the Security Council on the activities of UNIFIL, Mr. Annan recommended continuing the mission’s mandate because the occasional exchange of fire between the Hizbollah militia and Israel in the Shab’a farms area demonstrates that the situation remains volatile and fragile with a potential for deteriorating at any time.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFormer Business Minister, Girls + Tech founder among Small Business Council appointeesAugust 26, 2019In “Business”Small Business Bureau approved US$1M in loans for budding entrepreneurs in 2016December 22, 2016In “Business”$100M Revolving Fund now available to small businessesJanuary 15, 2018In “Business” The Small Business Bureau (SBB) disbursed loans to the value of US$1.3M during 2017 and was only required to pay out US$6,000 in bad loans to partner banks.“That is actually way less than the total fund we have, so, that speaks to the fact that we have done generally good loans,” Gillian Edwards, the Credit Guarantee Fund Manager posited on Tuesday during a radio interview, a release from the Department of Public Information (DPI) has said.Additionally, the SBB has disbursed $70M in grants to date Edwards pointed out. “Of all the businesses we have disbursed loans to, we have been able to show, from those we visited, in excess of 60 per cent success in terms of them still in operation, we’ve seen growth in revenue and in terms of assets and things like that,” she said.The SBB’s grant programme provides $300,000 to start-ups and other qualifying applicants. “We have up to October this year to disburse the rest of monies we have in grants,” Edwards said.According to the CEO of the SBB, Dr Lowell Porter, the Bureau ’s database has more than 9,500 registered clients. In 2018, the SBB will be enhancing its impact evaluation “to measure what we have done to date.”Meanwhile, it was also noted that the SBB also plans to continue programmes that were successful like the in-school programme. The SBB, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, provided grants to 15 secondary schools for 100 business students.“It was an effort to give them (the students) the familiarity with becoming entrepreneurs so that when they leave school once they so desire they already have that information, the knowledge and the experience of starting and managing a business,” Research and Marketing Officer, Sharmayne Hedley said.The SBB says it will also be seeking to introduce more programmes in 2018 that promotes entrepreneurship in Guyana and developing the full capacity of small businesses.
Leading mining wear parts major ESCO has announced the completion of its strategic acquisition of Hydra Mining Tools International. Headquartered in the UK, Hydra is a preferred provider of underground mining cutting systems for the global coal mining market. In recent years, the company has been very successful in expanding its business in China, the world’s largest producer of coal.The acquisition of Hydra Mining Tools supports ESCO’s global expansion and, at the same time, provides a new range of products for underground mining markets. The statement said: “Hydra is an innovative designer, manufacturer and supplier of advanced technology underground mining cutting systems, specialising in shearer drums and cutting tools with carbide inserts, conveyor belts, and other related components. Hydra’s focus on underground consumable parts and related capital equipment is well aligned with ESCO’s position in consumables and equipment for surface mining.Hydra’s operations include sales and manufacturing in the UK and China, and a sales office in the US. “We are excited about ESCO’s acquisition of Hydra Mining Tools and the synergies and global opportunities that it will bring to ESCO,” said Cal Collins, ESCO’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “This acquisition opens the door for ESCO into the fast growing Chinese underground coal mining markets and positions ESCO for continued expansion into the established underground coal market in the US and Australia. We will leverage the ESCO brand and our expertise in mining wear parts and solutions to better service our customers.” With the formal closing of the deal, ESCO welcomes approximately 130 new employees to its workforce of approximately 5,200 globally.
They say there are two types of people in this world: cat people and dog people. Dog people are loyal, friendly and kind of dumb, while cat people are independent, intelligent and can be dicks.So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that after I wrote a piece on the best dogs in science fiction, the cat people got a little pissed at me. What have dogs done to deserve an article that cats haven’t, they asked? And I had no answer.Well, now I do. I went back to the Space Pound and rounded up a cool dozen of the greatest cats to ever appear in science fiction books, movies, TV shows, video games, and comics. Have you ever tried to round up a dozen cats at once? It’s not easy.JonesySpace travel can be a lonely experience, so it should come as no surprise that the crew of the Nostromo brought a cat along to keep them company. And while we remember Ellen Ripley as the sole survivor of the events of Alien, Jonesy the feline also made it through. The cat even made a brief appearance at the beginning of the sequel when Ripley was roused from cryosleep. The fact that a simple housecat managed to avoid one of the universe’s greatest predators should give the Weyland-Yutani corporation pause.Cait SithThe Final Fantasy series has long prided itself on giving you a wide variety of characters to join your party, but Cait Sith might be the oddest. He’s a cat, riding atop a giant Moogle. But he’s not actually a cat, he’s a robot being controlled by an executive of the evil Shinra corporation to spy on the party. Eventually his handler has a change of heart, but Cait remains one of the most perplexing yet enduring characters from the game.SpotLt. Commander Data’s android quest to understand the human mind brought him into contact with a number of life forms on Star Trek: The Next Generation, but few touched him as deeply as his cat Spot. The fickle feline figured into a number of storylines, but possibly the most entertaining was when her newborn kittens saved the crew from a de-evolutionary plague. When Spot survived the destruction of the Enterprise-D, Data’s new emotion chip got quite a workout.JakeIf you’re of a certain age, you probably have a soft spot for the bizarre live-action Disney movies of the late 70s and early 80s like Escape From Witch Mountain and The Cat From Outer Space. Jake, the titular cat of the latter flick, was an Abyssinian from beyond the stars named Zunar-J-5/9 Doric-4-7. Because that’s kind of a mouthful, he went by “Jake.” Blessed with massive telepathic and telekinetic powers, he mostly uses them to fix horse races and pool games, because this is a Disney movie and the stakes are low.Dex-StarrFor a cat that’s much less friendly, we turn to the DC Universe. The power rings wielded by the various Lantern Corps typically seek out hosts that are attuned to their values, so when a Red Ring of Rage needed a new master, it’s not surprising that an alley cat from Brooklyn fit the bill. After watching his owner murdered by a home invasion, Dex-Starr was rescued from death by the arrival of his ring and embarked on a bloody campaign of vengeance against all who wronged him.JeaneThe No More Heroes games are relentlessly cynical tales of an otaku assassin climbing his way up the rankings by slaughtering his superiors with an energy sword, but they also contain a little bit of surprising sweetness. When Travis Touchdown returns to his crappy motel room to save the game and change his clothes, he can also spend some quality time with his cat Jeane. You can even learn new combat techniques by playing with her.DoraemonOne of the most beloved Japanese cartoon characters of all time, Doraemon is a blue robotic cat from the 22nd century who comes back in time to help a tween boy get his act together so his descendents won’t be total losers. Originally a manga series by Fujiko F. Fujio, Doraemon has appeared across tons of different media since his creation in 1969. Who wouldn’t want a personal cat bodyguard with a magic pocket full of future gadgets and a time machine?Mort(e)After the bombs drop, it’s highly possible that the ruins of our civilization will be populated by lesser creatures making their way through. Robert Repino’s novel Mort(e) takes as its premise a global event that elevates the intelligence of domesticated animals suddenly and irreversibly, causing them to rise up against their former masters and slaughter humanity wholesale. In the new world, former pets need to come to terms with their independence, and the titular cat doesn’t have an easy time of it.TinkerBandit, the dog from Grant Morrison’s We3, earned a spot on that other list, so it’s only fair that his cat counterpart in the triad of cyborg animals shows up here. Tinker is more pragmatic and less friendly to humans than her counterparts, but when the chips are down she helps take down a similarly enhanced pit bull and eventually gets her mechanical implants removed to live a normal feline life again. James Gunn recently expressed interest in helming the film adaptation, so we’ll see if that happens.RaulHoward Chaykin’s American Flagg is one of the most fondly remembered independent comics of the 1980s, a cutting satire of a vacant, corporation controlled Earth in the year 2031 with a dazzling supporting cast. For our money, the most interesting was Raul, a talking cat equipped with a pair of cyborg human hands who was protagonist Reuben Flagg’s confidante and information source. It’s never explained in the book how Raul got his unique abilities, and we never meet another animal with them. But if there’s one thing cats are good at, it’s keeping secrets.MaoThe Shadow Hearts series is one of the weirdest role-playing franchises in existence, blending steampunk and horror in an alternate universe during the Great Depression. Its characters are utterly bizarre as well, featuring vampires, detectives and flamenco guitarists. In the third game, you can also recruit Mao, a massive human-sized cat who drinks alcohol to improve her combat ability. Her sidequest sees Mao battling through a pagoda of other cats in an homage to classic martial arts flick Game Of Death.CatWhen is a cat no longer a cat? On classic British sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf, one of the inhabitants of the derelict ship is the result of three million years of evolution starting from a standard housecat. So, sure, he looks mostly human and walks on two legs, but he still identifies as a cat and we have to respect that. Cat is the freewheeling id of the ship, an endlessly vain and preening creature obsessed with mating and marking territory.
NEW YORK — Retailers sank Tuesday after Amazon said it will raise hourly wages for U.S. employees, and smaller companies continued to stumble. Several big industrial companies rose, pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a record high.Amazon, one of the largest private employers in the U.S., said it will raise the minimum wage for its U.S. workers to $15 an hour in November. Amazon also said it will advocate for an increase in the federal minimum wage, which has been $7.25 an hour since July 2009. Its stock fell, but other retailers suffered bigger losses.“The question is, do other companies have to follow suit?” said Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial. “This is the argument that what’s good for Main Street is not necessarily good for Wall Street.”The bad news for retailers didn’t end there. Stitch Fix, an online clothing company, plunged 35.2 percent $28.94. Stitch Fix had almost tripled since its IPO in November.Pepsi fell after it said the strong dollar will take a bigger chunk out of its annual profit. General Motors and Ford both fell after they reported their sales.
Just about every year for a week before and after Mother’s Day you can expect to see more exterminators out putting up tents over buildings, trying to fight termites. Swarms of the wood-eating bugs have nothing to do with the annual celebration of maternal figures, but the holiday is tied to part of the year when multiple ecological factors line up in a way that facilitates termite reproduction.One particular kind of termite, an invasive species to southeast Texas, has shown up in videos, swarming outdoor lights at night — Formosan termites.“They can build a nest,” said Robert Puckett, an urban entomologist at Texas A&M University, “and they can actually do this inside a structure and that presents some unique problems for pest management.”Puckett said because Formosan termites can remain hidden inside a building for a long time, they can cause much more damage than native termites, which typically live underground and come up inside a structure just to eat, rather than live.“We know a great deal about their biology and behavior,” Puckett said, but researchers and exterminators are still learning the best ways to fight Formosan termites. Homeowners can mail in termites preserved in alcohol to his lab for testing. The lab is currently running a trial to find new ways of dealing with the bugs. Share
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Even though many doctors see need for improvement, surgical robots are poised for big gains in operating rooms around the world.Within five years, one in three U.S. surgeries — more than double current levels — is expected to be performed with robotic systems, with surgeons sitting at computer consoles guiding mechanical arms. Companies developing new robots also plan to expand their use in India, China and other emerging markets.Robotic surgery has been long dominated by pioneer Intuitive Surgical Inc., which has more than 3,600 of its da Vinci machines in hospitals worldwide and said last week the number of procedures that used them jumped by 16 percent in the second quarter compared to a year earlier.The anticipated future growth — and perceived weaknesses of the current generation of robots — is attracting deep-pocketed rivals, including Medtronic Inc. and a startup backed by Johnson & Johnson and Google. Developers of the next wave aim to make the robots less expensive, more nimble and capable of performing more types of procedures, company executives and surgeons told Reuters.Although surgical robots run an average of $1.5 million and entail ongoing maintenance expenses, insurers pay no more for surgeries that utilize the systems than for other types of minimally-invasive procedures, such as laparoscopy.Still, most top U.S. hospitals for cancer treatment, urology, gynecology and gastroenterology have made the investment. The robots are featured prominently in hospital marketing campaigns aimed at attracting patients, and new doctors are routinely trained in their use.Surgical robots are used in hernia repair, bariatric surgery, hysterectomies and the vast majority of prostate removals in the United States, according to Intuitive Surgical data.Doctors say they reduce fatigue and give them greater precision.But robot-assisted surgery can take more of the surgeon’s time than traditional procedures, reducing the number of operations doctors can perform. That’s turned off some like Dr. Helmuth Billy.Billy was an early adopter of Intuitive’s da Vinci system 15 years ago. But equipping its arms with instruments slowed him down. He rarely uses it now.”I like to do five operations a day,” Billy said. “If I have to constantly dock and undock da Vinci, it becomes cumbersome.”Surgeons’ wish listTo gain an edge, new robots will need to outperform laparoscopic surgery, said Dr. Dmitry Oleynikov, who heads a robotics task force for the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.Surgeons told Reuters they want robots to provide a way to feel the body’s tissue remotely, called haptic sensing, and better camera image quality.New systems also will need to be priced low enough to entice hospitals and outpatient surgical centers that have not yet invested in a da Vinci, as well as convince those with established robotic programs to consider a second vendor or switching suppliers altogether.”That is where competitors can differentiate,” said Vik Srinivasan of the Advisory Board Co., a research and consulting firm that advises hospitals.Developers say they are paying attention. Verb Surgical, the J&J-Google venture that is investing about $250 million in its project, said creating a faster and easier-to-use system is a priority.Verb also envisions a system that is “always there, always on,” enabling the surgeon to use the robot for parts of a procedure as needed, said Chief Executive Scott Huennekens.Intuitive said it too is looking to improve technology at a reasonable cost, but newcomers will face the same challenges.”As competitors come in, they are going to have to work within that same framework,” CEO Gary Guthart said in an interview.Device maker Medtronic has said it expects to launch its surgical robot before mid-2018 and will start in India. Others developing surgical robots include TransEnterix Inc. and Canada’s Titan Medical Inc.An RBC Capital Markets survey found that U.S. surgeons expect about 35 percent of operations will involve robots in five years, up from 15 percent today.J&J, which hopes to be second to market with a product from Verb, has said it sees robotics as a multibillion-dollar market opportunity. Huennekens said Verb’s surgical robot will differ from another Google robotics effort, the driverless car, in one important aspect.”There will always be a surgeon there,” he said.(Reporting by Susan Kelly; Editing by Michele Gershberg and Lisa Girion) This story originally appeared on Reuters July 28, 2016 4 min read Register Now »
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The study also determined that the medication might be associated with a higher risk of diarrhea than placebo.The multi-institutional phase III trial was conducted through the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (NCCTG/CALGB/ACOSOG) to evaluate the effectiveness of sulfasalazine versus placebo in the treatment of enteritis (inflammation of the intestinal tract) during pelvic RT (> 45 Gy). A total of 87 patients, with 78 patients evaluable for the primary endpoint and with evenly distributed baseline factors, were enrolled in the study at 24 institutions in the United States from 2011 until 2013. The patients received 1,000 mg sulfasalazine or placebo orally, twice each day during RT and for four weeks after RT. The primary endpoint was maximal severity of diarrhea during and up to six weeks after RT. On a weekly basis, a health care provider graded the maximum severity and the duration of maximum severity of diarrhea, rectal bleeding, abdominal cramping, tenesmus (a sensation of incomplete defecation) and constipation. Patients completed bowel function questionnaires weekly during RT treatment, afterwards for six weeks and at 12 and 24 months post-RT. A two-sided Wilcoxon rank-sum test was used to test the equality of the distributions of maximum diarrhea severity grades.An interim analysis of the study revealed a statistically significant excess of grade ? 3 diarrhea (passing seven or more stools per day) in patients receiving sulfasalazine versus placebo (29 percent versus 11 percent, p=0.037). The study was halted in May 2013 when it was determined that it was unlikely for the sulfasalazine to indicate beneficial results.“Although 2001 research had suggested a benefit for sulfasalazine, we were very surprised to find that patients receiving sulfasalazine experienced worse diarrhea than those receiving placebo,” said Robert C. Miller, M.D., M.S., lead author of the study, a professor of radiation oncology at the Mayo Medical School and vice chairman of research in the department of radiation oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “For the prevention of radiotherapy-related diarrhea, we now know that sulfasalazine will not benefit patients. This trial clearly illustrates the necessity for large, phase III, randomized controlled trials to understand which drugs and therapies will relieve the more negative side effects for patients receiving radiation therapy.”For more information: www.astro.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Feature | October 01, 2013 Sulfasalazine Does Not Reduce Diarrhea for Patients Receiving Pelvic Radiation Therapy The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. 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No related posts. COMEX’s minister cut a ceremonial ribbon and toured the new offices.“With the opening of the telecommunications sector, Costa Rica has broadened and improved its appeal to attract direct foreign investment,” González said at the event. “This has contributed to the country becoming a leader in Latin America and at the global level in the giving and export of high technology services.”Gordon said he hopes Syniverse’s foothold in Costa Rica can be the beginning of a growing telecommunications sector in the country.“It represents an opportunity for people, perhaps coming out of engineering school in Costa Rica, to get to work with, literally, some of the world’s leading experts in telecommunications,” Gordon said. Facebook Comments A telecommunications company celebrated the opening of its first office in Costa Rica, hoping to bring superior mobile services to the growing Latin American market.Syniverse marked the Wednesday opening of a new office in Escazú, a southwestern San José suburb, with a visit from Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Ministry (COMEX) head, Anabel González.The company’s main focus is allowing mobile devices in the region, such as cellphones and smartphones, to operate with each other. An example is coordinating cellphone roaming for those traveling internationally.CEO Jeff Gordon explained Syniverse’s business as coordinating these services for mobile carriers, such as Claro, Movistar and Kölbi.“We don’t sell directly to end customers, we sell to large businesses,” Gordon said in an interview. “When they need that kind of support on a complex issue, they don’t want to have to be fighting time zone issues, or cultural issues, they want to be able to get right down to business.”Gordon said one of the company’s major challenges in Latin America will be coordinating services such as roaming on cellphone plans that are prepaid, which is the kind of plan most subscribers in Costa Rica prefer.Syniverse said they invested $2.3 million in the new office and plan to hire 70 people in 2013 for the central office.Syniverse’s Costa Rica site is nestled in an office park along Avenida Escazú, along with many other international corporations such as Starbucks, McDonald’s and Apple. The office had many of trappings of modern technology companies such as open workspaces and clear glass walls. Syniverse is a global company headquartered in Tampa, Florida, created in 1987. Syniverse CEO Jeff Gordon speaks with The Tico Times at the company’s Escazú office on Wednesday. Alberto Font
Admittedly I have never eaten Egyptian food, so I have no reference point for good Egyptian food. But I do know food, and the food at Al Masri is good. I’m pretty sure it’s authentic too since the owner, Mohammed Hussien, only moved to Costa Rica from his native Egypt six years ago.Mohammed’s always in the kitchen himself, making sure the food comes out in true form. It really seems to be a labor of love and one that keeps him connected to home. Even though Mohammed is on the other side of the planet, at least the smells and tastes at Al Masri are familiar.Mohammed first came to Costa Rica from Cairo to work in kitchens at some of Costa Rica’s best hotels. Then he went into business for himself and opened one of the, if not the, only Egyptian restaurants in the country. This is truly a one-of-a-kind gastronomic offering in Costa Rica. Al Masri is small, but delicious (William Ayre / The Tico Times)Al Masri is literally a hole in the wall just west of the INS building in the Barrio Amon district of San Jose. An area known for its beautiful architecture, old buildings and homeless people, the restaurant occupies a small space along Avenida 7 (near Calle 13).Very small, in fact.The restaurant has only six tables, for a combined total of 16 seats. I was the only customer on my visit, but I can confidently say that if there were 16 people dining at once, it would be uncomfortable.I was very comfortable, but I am told they can get busy in here on weekends. (William Ayre / The Tico Times)When it comes to food, I bet you couldn’t find the same menu being served anywhere within a few thousand kilometers.The five-page menu is split into categories like appetizers, salads, traditional plates, grilled meats, soups and sandwiches. Despite the small size of the restaurant, Al Masri has quite a few options. The waitress, who was friendly if not a bit shy, was happy to recommend me a vegetarian platter to start, followed by a plate of grilled meat skewers and rice.I followed her recommendation, without second-guessing. The Mezcla Almasri (William Ayre / The Tico Times)The vegetarian platter is called Mezcla Almasri and included a portion of hummus, babaganoush, falafel, pita bread, salad and french fries. Everything tasted fresh and was served in generous portions. I actually couldn’t finish it all, as I was saving myself for the main course.When I ordered the grilled meat plate, the waitress confirmed that I wasn’t in a hurry. She warned me that it’s prepared to order and could take a while. I actually wasn’t in a rush, but it didn’t take too long for the food to hit the table.But I guess it could be a real concern when they’re full on weekends. Anyways, take your time. Slow down. Enjoy it.The Mezcla Kebab, as it is called on the menu, included one skewer of kofta (ground beef) and for an additional 1,000 colones, I got a second skewer of lamb meat. Both were delicious and you could really taste that flavor that comes off of the grill.The meat came with sides of white rice, tahini and a plate of beans. This time I ate it all. I cleaned that plate. It was really delicious, especially when you consider the prices. The Mezcla Kebab (William Ayre / The Tico Times)On my next visit, I have my eyes on another two of the traditional Egyptian dishes on the menu; Hawawshey and Kushari.Hawawshey is pita bread stuffed with minced meat with of mix of different herbs, spices and onion, kind of like a pastry or perhaps an Egyptian empanada. To be eaten with your hands, like a sandwich.Kushari is a strange mix of rice, spaghetti pasta and lentils with chickpeas and tomato sauce amongst other ingredients. It is difficult to describe but when you eat it, somehow it makes sense. Or so I am assured. I look forward to trying it.They serve Egyptian desserts, as well.Al Masri is very cheap, or put better, a great value meal. Dishes average around 4,000 colones (about $6.5) and some items, like sandwiches, cost less than 2,000 (about $3). This is a spot you can go to fill your stomach without spending a lot of money. They don’t sell alcohol either, which always keeps my bill down.I had Egyptian Lemonade for 1,200 colones (about $2) and it was refreshing, but a bit sour. I couldn’t figure out what was Egyptian about it, but I do love lemonade. You can also get coffee, tea, or water. The menu at Al Masri promises to take you back in time (William Ayre / The Tico Times)The front cover page of the menu claims that Al Masri doesn’t just specialize in authentic Egyptian food, but also showcases a Pharaonic theme that will transport you back in time. I can imagine what Mohammed originally had in mind when he dreamed up this concept but in its execution, I assume perhaps for budget restrictions, it missed the mark.While there are some neat pyramid, mummy and pharaoh themed decorations scattered around the restaurant, including photography and even a glass display case of imported souvenirs (available for purchase), interior design is not a draw at Al Masri.The Egyptian music playing was a nice touch, though. I enjoyed listening to it while I ate. But let’s be clear, the only part of this restaurant that is truly an experience is the food. And that’s good enough for me. Some of the Egyptian trinkets on sale at Al Masri (William Ayre / The Tico Times)Al Masri is open from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. every day of the week except for Sundays, when they close. Credit cards are accepted. Vegetarian options are available. Conveniently located directly beside the restaurant is a public pay parking lot, and pay street parking is also available nearby. Search “Al Masri Restaurante” on Waze or Uber to arrive conveniently.William Ayre is a Canadian born chef and restaurateur who has spent the last half of his life doing business in Costa Rica, where he now considers to be home. Inspired by Anthony Bourdain, Ayre’s passion of experiencing different cultures through food has taken him to 35 different countries over five continents. Whether it’s a 20-course meal at a fine dining restaurant in Toronto, or cantina hopping in search for the best chifrijo here in San José, he fits in just fine.Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. 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Captain Cook Cruises was given the green light last Friday, by the NSW State Government, to begin a ferry service to and from Sydney’s International Convention Centre (ICC) wharf. The purpose-designed and built, fast 60 passenger catamaran ferries will operate a high frequency, low cost daily service that will be operational in just a few weeks – running from early morning to evening – between the ICC, Barangaroo and Circular Quay.Captain Cook Cruises’ announcement comes after Andrew Constance, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure announced that commercial ferry operators will be allowed to provide direct services to Convention Wharf, and services between Manly and Darling Harbour, without needing a passenger service contract with Transport for NSW.“From today, we’ve removed the red tape for private operators allowing them to deliver more and better ferry services around our harbour including taking visitors directly to the new International Convention Centre,” Mr Constance said. IMAGE: Captain Cook Cruises: Cockle Bay & Blackwattle Bay BarangarooCircular QuayferryICC SydneyInternational Convention CentreMICE
The first step towards creating a large new park in Paphos got underway early Monday morning, as a large amount of rubbish, undergrowth and illegal structures were cleared away from a rundown area in the town centre, according to a spokesman for the municipality.“The park will be one of the largest not just in Paphos but also Cyprus and will be a splendid area for families to spend time,” the spokesman told the Cyprus Mail.The area of the new park covers 21,000 sqm and is found behind Papantoniou’s supermarket in the centre of town.During the cleaning, tons of rubbish, illegal structures made of corrugated metal and other materials were dismantled and removed and a number of tables and chairs, bottles, weeds and overgrowth, and all sorts of rubbish were also taken away. The clearing process is expected to be completed by the end of the week, said the spokesman.He added that the area has been abandoned and left to rack and ruin for at least the last 50 years, and posed a serious risk to public health and a possible fire hazard in the heart of the town.Once cleaned, the area will be used to create a modern and functional park with all the necessary amenities and specifications, he said. No time frame has yet been given to the project as the correct procedures must be followed.“At presents, plans are being finalised and then the project will go to public tender. It will take some time, but this is the first and necessary step towards creating the park.”Work got underway in the presence of forestry officers in order to avoid any possible reactions from those that knowingly created illegal interventions for decades in the public open space, he added.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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