On Africa Malaria Day UNICEF says world must help curb spread of

25 April 2007To mark Africa Malaria Day, UNICEF today urged the international community to reverse the spread of malaria, a disease that kills one person on the continent every 30 seconds and cripples so many of its youth. Yearly, between 350 and 500 million people are infected with malaria, and 1 million die from the disease.Although the disease has been eliminated in some areas, it still devastates many parts of the world, especially sub-Saharan Africa, where almost 90 per cent of malaria deaths occur.“The treatments are available and the education is there. What are needed now are the resources,” UNICEF said in a press release.w are the resources,” UNICEF said in a press release.“Africa Malaria Day 2007 is a day for the world to speak with one voice, and the message is clear: Yes, malaria is deadly, but it is also preventable.”In much of the continent, the disease is straining already overburdened health systems. The majority of malaria cases occur in children under the age of five, and infected pregnant women are at risk of contracting anaemia, endangering both their lives and those of their unborn children.Methods to prevent malaria have been successful, including insecticide treated bednets, known as ITNs, which cost only $10 each and prevent mosquito bites that transmit malaria, have also been reported to last for up to five years.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) said that ITNs can slash malaria transmission by at least 60 per cent and child deaths by 20 per cent if used properly.UNICEF has strongly pushed for the use of ITNs to combat the spread of the disease, and has funded their distribution across Africa.In many provinces in Mozambique, the Government distributes ITNs for free to all pregnant women and to children under the age of five.“Not only will a pregnant woman benefit from using the net, but so will her child, because most new mothers sleep with their babies for the first few years of life,” said UNICEF Officer for Malaria Timothy Freeman.Malaria causes the highest number of deaths among children in the Southern African country, and it accounts for 60 per cent of paediatric hospital admissions and 30 per cent of hospital deaths.The disease is also a main cause of death in Mozambique, which has one of the world’s highest child mortality rates.UNICEF plays a key role in the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, which was created in 1998 by UNICEF, WHO, the UN Deve read more

Precision Drilling profits climb 11 per cent as it cuts capital spending

CALGARY – Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD) says its net earnings grew 11.3 per cent in the second quarter, but the company is also reining in its capital spending plan for the second time this year as activity slows.The Calgary-based firm posted earnings of $18.3 million, or six cents per diluted share, double what analysts had expected, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.The results compare to net earnings of $16.4 million, or six cents per diluted share, in the same period a year earlier.Revenue grew to $382 million compared to $345 million.“Despite softening customer demand and a prolonged Canadian spring break-up this was Precision’s strongest second quarter for EBITDA in the history of the company,” said president and CEO Kevin Neveu in a release.However he noted that the Precision Drilling “remains mindful of the volatile and weakened oil prices and depressed natural gas prices, the reduction in our customers’ cash flow and the potential impact that has on our business.”As a response, the company slashed its capital spending plan for the second time this year to $875 million, after previously pulling back on the enthusiastic boost it gave to the spending plan back in December.Late last year, the company increased its 2012 capital budget by 54 per cent to $1.14 billion. However, in April that plan was reduced to $975 million.Precision is Canada’s largest oilfield services company, with a presence in the United States and Latin America.Shares in Precision closed up three cents to $7.48 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. by News Staff Posted Jul 25, 2012 6:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Precision Drilling profits climb 11 per cent as it cuts capital spending plan read more

TSX falls on low gold US heads down on weak jobs data

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market suffered a triple-digit loss Thursday, pushed down by declining gold prices and uncertainty over what the U.S. Federal Reserve will announce next week at its policy meeting.The S&P/TSX composite index ended 124.37 points lower at 12,701.05. The Canadian dollar dipped 0.10 of a cent to 96.85 cents US.With the Syrian situation somewhat settled, investor attention has focused on next week’s two-day Fed meeting, where it’s expected the U.S. central bank will announce plans on winding down its $85-billion in monthly bond purchases.The asset purchases are widely credited with holding down interest rates and breathing life into stock markets and there has been concern over how much and when the Fed will begin to taper the stimulus program.U.S. indexes were lower, as the Dow Jones industrials fell 25.96 points to 15,300.64, after gaining more than 400 points over the previous three days. The S&P 500 contracted 5.71 points to 1,683.42, ending a seven-day positive streak. The Nasdaq dipped 9.04 points to 3,715.97.“We’ve had an amazing 10 days now, basically since the end of August,” said John Tsagarelis, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. “We’ve had an aggressive run and everybody now is ready to cool their heels and wait for the Federal Reserve, see what they come up with next week.”The Toronto stock exchange was in negative territory for most of the day, as the gold, materials and metal and mining sectors all posted steep declines. The gold sector was the leading decliner, losing 5.18 per cent, as shares in Barrick Gold fell more than five per cent, or $1.01 to $18.19. December bullion pulled back $33.20 to US$1,330.60 an ounce — its lowest price in nearly a month.Tsagarelis said the losses in gold can be attributed to a large, unexplained sell-off early Thursday morning, coupled with the release of U.S. jobs figures.The U.S. Labor Department reported the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits plummeted last week by 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 292,000. It said the drop was mostly due to technical issues in two states that delayed the processing of applications. The less volatile four-week average fell to 321,250, the lowest in six years.On Friday, the U.S. Commerce Department will also release its retail sales data for August. Retail sales figures are an important economic indicator because they gauge discretionary spending.On the TSX, the metals and mining sector was down 2.9 per cent, as Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) shares fell 3.53 per cent, or $1.04, to $28.43. December copper dipped five cents to US$3.21 a pound.Meanwhile, the energy sector registered the smallest loss at 0.06 per cent, as the October crude contract rose $1.04 to US$108.60. Shares in Encana (TSX:ECA) surged nearly four per cent after the CEO of the oil company said its portfolio is far too big and has far too much weakly-priced natural gas in it, suggesting more asset sales are on the way. Its stock closed up 68 cents at C$18.61.In other corporate news, Rogers Communications appointed the CEO of Vodafone U.K. to succeed its outgoing president and CEO. Guy Laurence, 52, will become top executive of Toronto-based Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) in December. He is replacing Nadir Mohamed, who had previously announced his intention to retire as CEO of the wireless, cable and media company. Rogers shares lost 1.15 per cent, or 50 cents, to $42.95.Shares in athletic clothing retailer Lululemon Athletica Inc. (Nasdaq:LULU) dropped more than five per cent, or $3.73, to US$65.29 after the Vancouver company lowered its full-year outlook, and reported mixed earnings results. It said its second-quarter revenue of US$344.5 million was up 22 per cent from the same period last year.Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) reported improved overall profit and sales from continuing operations in the second quarter but said its Lord & Taylor stores in the United States showed the lingering effects of weak market conditions. The earnings had little effect on the stock, which fell 0.01 per cent, or six cents, to $17.04.Meanwhile, travel company Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX:TRZ.B) saw its stock soar nearly seven per cent, or 64 cents, to $9.98 after reporting record results for the third quarter on higher transatlantic selling prices, reduced capacity and cost-cutting initiatives. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX falls on low gold, U.S. heads down on weak jobs data blamed on tech glitches by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 12, 2013 8:50 am MDT read more

TDs to be told Coalition needs to live up to staffing promises

first_imgTHE CONTINUED SHORTFALL in staffing in mental health services will be highlighted today as representatives from Mental Health Reform outline their pre-Budget submission to members of the Oireachtas Finance Committee.It had been promised that 477 staff would be hired this year for community mental health teams, working in areas like suicide prevention. However, many of these posts may now go unfilled as a result of overspending in the health sector.The campaign group says the Government is not living up to its commitments. According to Director of Mental Health Reform Orla Barry: “The July HSE Staffing Census shows the net increase in staff between December 2012 and July 2013 was just 192″.“This shortfall exists despite the Government mental health policy A Vision for Change recommending that more than 1,000 additional staff were needed for mental health services.”The group — which represents 37 charities and organisations, including the likes of Console and Focus Ireland — says the coalition must also honour its Programme for Government commitment to ring-fence €35 million each year for community mental health services.“We are concerned that the €35 million allocated for 2013 will be delayed,” Barry told TheJournal.ie.“Despite the commitment to an additional €35 million in 2012, real year-end expenditure in 2012 was €4 million less than the previous year at €682 million.”The group will also highlight the importance of supporting people to live in the community, through the extension of supported employment and further investment in housing for people with a mental health disability.The Oireachtas Finance Committee will hear from a total of 15 civil society groups across four sessions today: The Irish Medical Organisation, The Carers Association and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland will also address the Committee in the morning; in the afternoon, the sessions will include submissions from the likes of ICTU and the Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed.Read: New campaign aims to curb suicide amongst farmers > President Higgins: Stigma a major barrier to suicide prevention >last_img read more

Man remains critical as gardaí make fresh appeal for information in New

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3332351 By Sean Murray GARDAÍ HAVE MADE a fresh appeal for witnesses following a single-car crash that left a man with serious injuries in New Ross, Co Wexford.The incident occurred on the N30 just south of Corcoran’s Cross, heading in the New Ross direction at around 4.50pm on Wednesday 22 March.The car left the road and hit a ditch.The driver, a man in his early 20s, was airlifted to Cork University Hospital with severe injuries.He remains in a serious condition.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses, in particular anyone who may have travelled the road on Wednesday 22 March between 4pm and 5pm, who may have seen a red Citroen Saxo car on the road to contact them.They can be reached at New Ross Garda Station at 051 426030, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111, or any garda station.Read: ‘Murderers still on our streets’: How does a homicide case go cold?Read: Gardaí want people who identify them on social media to be prosecuted 13,753 Views Man remains critical as gardaí make fresh appeal for information in New Ross road crash The single-car crash occurred on Wednesday 22 March 2017. Share17 Tweet Email Short URL The crash happened on the N30 near New Ross, Co Wexford.center_img The crash happened on the N30 near New Ross, Co Wexford. Image: Google Maps No Comments Image: Google Maps Monday 10 Apr 2017, 6:49 AM Apr 10th 2017, 6:49 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Half of Whatcoms homeless youth face mental health issues This grant could

first_imgBELLINGHAM — A $1.2 million federal grant will allow Northwest Youth Services to deepen the mental health services it provides to more than 100 young people in Whatcom County, according to its executive director.The money from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will be spread over three years.Northwest Youth Services is using the grant to launch REVIVE, a new project that also will provide help with chemical dependency. It will include partners Compass Health and Catholic Community Services – Recovery.The goal is to help the young who are homeless and who struggle with those issues.Nearly half, or 46 percent, of young adults who are homeless reported having a mental health disability, according to the Point-in-Time Count, the annual census of the homeless in Whatcom County.The nonprofit Northwest Youth Services helps people ages 13 to 24 in Whatcom and Skagit counties with housing and other services.NWYS will use the grant to hire a team of four led by clinical director Nicole Torres. The dollars also will pay for a mental health professional from Compass Health and a chemical dependency professional from Catholic Community Services-Recovery.The idea also is to focus on those youths who are chronically homeless and on marginalized groups such as young people of color and young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning, according to Riannon Bardsley, executive director for Northwest Youth Services.last_img read more

Baby Oasis at FLL allows moms to breastfeed in private

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has rolled out a few spaces for mothers to breast-feed their babies in private.The Broward County Aviation Department has installed six new lactation suites throughout the airport, fulfilling all breast feeding needs.The new Baby Oases allow mothers a sanctuary for nursing their newborns or a space for them to pump, giving mothers the luxury of an area to themselves.“It’s the privacy. It’s the bonding time. You know, you don’t have people looking at you kind of weird,” said one mother.The suites contain an electrical outlet, a fold-down table, a mobile pod with benches and a lock on the door for privacy.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Michele Nadelman Joins Warner Bros Records As CFO

first_img Email Facebook Michele Nadelman Joins Warner Bros. Records As CFO Twitter News Michele Nadelman Joins Warner Bros. Records michele-nadelman-joins-warner-bros-records-cfo “I’m thrilled to be joining WBR at such an exciting moment in both the label’s and the industry’s evolution,” she said in a statementJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 16, 2019 – 4:18 pm Warner Bros. Records has announced that Michele Nadelman will join the company as chief financial officer.Nadelman, who will take over the position after working at Concord Music for 12 years, will be based in Los Angeles and report to Chief Operating Officer Tom Corson, Billboard writes.”Michele brings a great combination of financial savvy and hands-on label experience to her new post at WBR,” Corson said in a statement. “Not only does she have a stellar track record as a CFO, but her involvement in deal-making and acquisitions across both major companies and indie operations makes her a tremendous addition to our senior management squad. As we explore new ventures and platforms, Michele comes to WBR at just the right time, and I’m delighted to welcome her to the team.”At Concord, Nadelman was CFO of Recorded Music and senior vice president of Finance. She said in a statement that she is excited to join the label:”I’m thrilled to be joining WBR at such an exciting moment in both the label’s and the industry’s evolution. The opportunities on the creative and business fronts are more exciting and diverse than ever, and I’m looking forward to working with the entire team to help make great things happen. I’d like to thank Tom and Aaron for bringing me on board and opening up a new chapter in my career.”Alicia Keys To Host The 2019 GRAMMY Awardslast_img read more

Seattle protests influence John Kerry trade speech venue

first_imgSeattle officials told Secretary of State John Kerry he’d be better off avoiding the Emerald City to deliver a major trade speech because of ongoing protests over Arctic drilling that have drawn hundreds of activists on land and sea.Port of Seattle spokesman Peter McGraw says State Department staffers had been looking at Seattle locations for Kerry to speak, including a downtown hotel. But the Port advised the State Department to look elsewhere because of the Arctic drilling demonstrations.Kerry was to speak Tuesday morning at a Boeing Co. plant in Renton, about 12 miles south of Seattle.The speech as planned for more than a week, but the State Department didn’t announce the venue until Monday. That’s the same day hundreds of activists marched to a Port of Seattle facility where a massive Royal Dutch Shell drill rig will be loaded.last_img read more

Tillerson backs Trumps mental fitness

first_imgWashington’s chief diplomat Rex Tillerson found himself obliged to defend president Donald Trump’s fitness for office Friday after a bombshell new book called into doubt his mental health.In an extraordinary portion of a television interview on foreign policy challenges, Tillerson was asked about claims that Trump has a short attention span, regularly repeats himself and refuses to read briefing notes.“I’ve never questioned his mental fitness. I’ve had no reason to question his mental fitness,” said Tillerson, whose office was last year forced to deny reports that he had referred to Trump as a “moron” after a national security meeting.And, even in defending Trump, the former ExxonMobil chief executive admitted he has had to learn how to relay information to a president with a very different decision-making style.“I have to learn how he takes information in, processes it and makes decisions,” Tillerson told CNN. “I’m here to serve his presidency. So I’ve had to spend a lot of time understanding how to best communicate with him.”But Tillerson emphasised the right decisions had been made and that the United States is in a stronger place internationally thanks to Trump’s policies.‘Not a typical president’“He is not a typical president of the past, I think that’s well recognised-that’s also why the American people chose him,” he said, insisting that he does not expect to be asked to resign in the coming year.Tillerson was forced to mount his defence as Washington devoured a new supposed tell-all-Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”-rushed into bookstores after the White House failed to suppress it.The book quickly sold out in shops in the US capital, with some people even lining up at midnight to get their hands on it and others circulating pirated copies. Trump has decried the instant best-seller as “phony” and “full of lies.”Journalist Wolff, no stranger to controversy, quotes several key Trump aides expressing doubt about Trump’s ability to lead the world’s largest economy and military hegemon.“Let me put a marker in the sand here. One hundred percent of the people around him” question Trump’s fitness for office, Wolff told NBC’s “Today” show.“They all say he is like a child. And what they mean by that is he has a need for immediate gratification. It’s all about him.”The 71-year-old Republican president, approaching the first anniversary of his inauguration, has responded to the book with fury.Criticism from aides“I authorised Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist,” Trump tweeted Thursday.But Wolff countered: “I absolutely spoke to the president. Whether he realised it was an interview or not, I don’t know, but it certainly was not off the record.”The book includes extensive quotes from Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, and its publication sparked a very public break between the former allies.Bannon is quoted accusing Trump’s eldest son Don Jr of “treasonous” contacts with a Kremlin-connected lawyer, and saying the president’s daughter Ivanka, who imagines running for president one day, is “dumb as a brick.”But it is Trump himself who is cast in the most unfavorable light.Late Friday Trump fired another bitter tweet, calling Wolff “a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book.”“He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!”The book claims that for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, the president was an “idiot.” For chief economic advisor Gary Cohn, he was “dumb as shit.” And for National Security Adviser HR McMaster, he was a “dope.”The publication came as it emerged that at least a dozen members of the US Congress were briefed last month by a Yale University professor of psychiatry on Trump’s mental health.“Lawmakers were saying they have been very concerned about this, the president’s dangerousness, the dangers that his mental instability poses on the nation,” Bandy Lee, a doctor, told CNN.‘Minute-by-minute’The White House issued a scorched-earth dismissal of “Fire and Fury” along with its author and his sources, with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders calling it “complete fantasy.”First lady Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN that it is “a work of fiction. It is a long-form tabloid that peddles false statements and total fabrications.”Behind the scenes, though, Trump has been enraged by the betrayal by Bannon-a man who engineered the New York real estate mogul’s link to the nationalist far right and helped create a pro-Trump media ecosystem.Sanders suggested that Bannon’s employer, Breitbart News, should consider firing him.He wasn’t fired, but Bannon’s main financial backer is formally cutting ties with him, The Washington Post reported.Bannon, who left the White House in August, is also quoted in the book as saying that the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election-and possible collusion by the Trump campaign-will focus on money laundering.Wolff confidently defended himself against attacks on his credibility, which have included threats from Trump’s lawyers of a libel suit.“My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than, perhaps, anyone who has ever walked on earth at this point,” Wolff said.“I spoke to people who spoke to the president on a daily, sometimes minute-by-minute basis,” he added.“I am certainly absolutely in every way comfortable with everything I’ve reported in this book.”last_img read more

2 arrested over murder of Eden college exprincipal

first_img.Police arrested two people in connection with the murder of former principal of Eden Mohila College Mahfuza Chowdhury Parvin from the city’s Mirpur and Netrokona district on Friday, reports UNB.The arrestees are Rita Akhtar, 35, a housemaid of the victim, and Runu, who used to supply house helps, and a resident of Mirpur area.Police recovered the body of Mahfuza Chowdhury Parvin from her apartment at Sukanya Tower at Elephant Road on Sunday night.Later, her husband Ismat Quadir Gama, vice-chairman of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad, filed a case with New Market police station on Monday accusing Reshma, 30 and Rita Akhter.Briefing reporters at the police station compound in the afternoon, deputy police commissioner Maruf Hossain Sarder of Ramna division said that a team of the police arrested Rita from Fatehpur village in Netrokona early Friday based on secret information.The team also recovered a gold chain, Tk 7000 cash and a vanity bag of the victim.She used to work as a housemaid in the victim’s house. Primarily, she reportedly confessed her involvement in the killing, the police officer said.Besides, police also arrested Resma from Mirpur area on Friday noon in connection with the killing, he added.last_img read more

New Pokemon Detective Pikachu Trailer Teases HardBoiled Hero

first_img It’s been a few months since the first trailer for Pokemon: Detective Pikachu made us feel emotions we didn’t think were even possible by showing what Mr. Mine would look like in live-action. And now that our brains have barely accepted this menagerie of realistic pocket monsters it’s time for another new trailer about Justice Smith solving crimes with Pikachu in a hat.Take a look!With the initial reveal out of the way, this new trailer sheds more light on what this movie is actually about. Detective Pikachu not only drinks coffee and says “Hell” but like a true video game character he has also lost his memories. So he teams up with Justice Smith to not only figure out the mystery of his dad’s death but also their connection. Is Pikachu going to end up being this kid’s dad or something?More importantly, we see even more terrifyingly realistic Pokemon while hearing a somber remix of the first anime theme. We caught Snorlax, Golurk, Loudred, and more. But the big money shot is Mewtwo itself, the original legendary psychic villain, bursting out of a flaming Pikachu parade balloon.It’s also impossible to forget that Detective Pikachu is voiced by Ryan Reynolds using a PG Deadpool voice. And to tease this new trailer Reynolds appeared in this video talking about his extreme acting methods he felt were necessary for the role. Watch Blake Lively talk about how this grown man abandoned his children to play a cartoon electric mouse.This new Detective Pikachu trailer isn’t the only Pokemon news coming this week. To celebrate the annual Pokemon Day tomorrow morning Nintendo is holding a Direct revealing news presumably about the next-generation of Pokemon games. Maybe the power of Nintendo Switch means those games will look just as “good” as this movie.For more on Pokemon: Detective Pikachu check out these reality-bending Detective Pikachu toys and recalled Pikachu donuts that just somehow aren’t quite cute enough. Stay on target Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks last_img read more

Research team develops mathematical model to explain harmony in music

first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Bernardo Spagnolo of the University of Palermo in Italy and his Russian colleagues have developed a model that they believe explains why it is we humans hear some notes as harmonious, and others as dissonant. The team, as described in their paper in Physical Review Letters, say that such harmony can be explained by our auditory neural system. Sensory detection and discrimination: Study reveals neural basis of rapid brain adaptation Explore further 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.center_img Most people can hear the difference between harmony and general noise. It’s evident in a guitar chord: strike the notes C, E and G together and you get the familiar C Major Chord, so often heard in popular music. Mess up one note though, and everyone will wince. The same can be seen watching American (or other country) Idol; not when a contestant singing A cappella goes off key, but when a singer hits (or misses) a note that harmonizes with a note played on an accompanying instrument.There have been many theories suggested over the years as to how and why we hear some groupings of notes as pleasing and others as wrong, or off. Some have suggested that our brains simply receive a stream of notes and make of it what we will. Spagnolo et al, however, disagree, and they have a model that they say proves it.In their paper, the team says that we humans have different neurons in different parts of our ears that respond to different frequencies. Say perhaps one group responds to the C note on a guitar, and another to an E, etc., these are called sensory neurons. But that’s not enough to account for “liking” the two being heard at the same time. To explain this, the researchers suggest that we also have a third type of neuron called an interneuron. In their model, they suggest that the sensory neurons send signals to the interneuron, which then sends signals based on what its “heard” from them to the brain.What’s more, the team says that the sensory neurons conform to the “leaky integrate-and-fire” equation whereby the stimuli (in this case sound) drives up the voltage until it reaches a saturation point, whereby it then discharges it’s information (in this case to an interneuron), which then sends signals to the brain. If the sensory neurons were to all fire constantly, the interneurons would be inundated and unable to process all the information from multiple sensory neurons.The team then applied information theory that says that the less random a signal is the more information it has and came up with a number they call a regularity. And it’s this regularity that explains our “likening” different notes when heard together. “Good” notes played together result in a high regularity (because they have more information in them) while dissonant notes produce lower regularity.And that is why we smile when listening to two or three people who harmonize perfectly together, but frown when hearing the results of those less gifted. More information: Regularity of Spike Trains and Harmony Perception in a Model of the Auditory System, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 108103 (2011). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.108103AbstractSpike train regularity of the noisy neural auditory system model under the influence of two sinusoidal signals with different frequencies is investigated. For the increasing ratio m/n of the input signal frequencies (m, n are natural numbers) the linear growth of the regularity is found at the fixed difference (m-n). It is shown that the spike train regularity in the model is high for harmonious chords of input tones and low for dissonant ones.via Focus Citation: Research team develops mathematical model to explain harmony in music (2011, September 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-team-mathematical-harmony-music.htmllast_img read more

Sea turtle egg counts down in Riviera Maya from passing storms natural

first_imgRiviera Maya, Q.R. — With only a few weeks left of turtle season, egg counts are down this year due to weather conditions and, what some are calling, a natural cycle.Armando Lorences Camargo, director of the Marine Turtle Protection Program for Solidaridad says that the recent rains and high waves have been partially responsible for the decrease in egg numbers this year with about 250 being swept out to sea.He says that the storms from the previous week created a situation that saw eggs pulled from the beaches of Xpu-há south of Solidaridad.“Two nests were lost in Xpu-ha, the tide took them. It’s normal and it’s not a significant number if we consider how many nests exist since each nest has approximately 120 eggs,” he noted.He pointed out that currently 2,774 nests have been counted, equivalent to nearly 111,500 offspring of three species in only 20 linear kilometers of the Solidaridad coast.He also said that despite the amount of turtles released by the conservation department, this figure is lower than in previous years due to the natural cycle of the species.“We expected less turtle ovation than we had, as is normal. One year many arrive, another less and so we remain stable with the figures because it did not decrease significantly.”He said he was not sure how other municipalities made out with their figures this year. “We still do not know if the same thing happened in other parts of the state,” adding that monitoring continues around the state and numbers will be known in a few weeks when the season ends.To date, the Ecological Center of Akumal says they have released 25,000 hatchlings. José Manuel González Pérez, in charge of the sea turtle conservation program, reports 469 nests this year. He says that they too, were affected by the passing storms explaining that two nests were flooded and 11 marker stakes disappeared.Sea turtle season for the region runs until the end of October.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter andBeyond have announc

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterandBeyond have announced their Treasures of Tanzania Safari. The most spectacular treasure lie spread before you on this adventure through Tanzania’s most scenic landscapes and richest wildlife areas. Small yet incredibly picturesque and diverse, Lake Manyara offers a variety of landscapes from its flat soda lake to its dense forests and the craggy cliffs of the Rift Valley escarpment.One of Africa’s most famous safari  destinations, lose your heart among the vast plains of the Serengeti, where horizons have no end and a fascinating variety of wildlife makes its home. The awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater offers infinite views over a beautiful natural haven where exceptional wildlife encounters lie around every corner.The safari includes:8 nights’ accommodationAccommodation inclusions as per individual propertiesMeet & Greet service on arrivalScheduled road transfersTanzania National Park feesCrater fees for one visit to Ngorongoro CraterTanzania Tourism Development LevyFrom $9,171 per person sharing per stay, between 1 June 2015 and 20 December 2016.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterNow through 31 July, I-Spa, InterContinental Hong Kong‘s feng shui inspired spa is offering a luxurious, warming and energising Double Detox Body & Face Infusion which purifies, uplifts and revitalises.Prepare for a sleek and slim summer with this warming treatment which begins with a one hour Detox Scrub & Wrap infused with fennel oil, grapefruit oil and frankincense to stimulate the lymphatic system and relieve water retention. Next, choose either a one-hour Rejuvenating Facial or one-hour Foot Massage to complete the experience. The journey helps to energise the mind and warm both body and spirit.The Double Detox Body & Face Infusion I-Spa journey is inclusive of a Signature NOBU Bento Box Lunch (Monday to Friday) at NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong and is priced at HK$2380 per person.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

President to address Centenary International Labour Conference in Geneva

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades arrived on Sunday in Geneva to take part in the Conference of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on the occasion of the Organisation’s Centenary, the Presidency said.While in Geneva, Anastasiades will meet on Tuesday with ILO’s Director General Guy Ryder and with Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.The 108th International Labour Conference takes place from 10 to 21 June. This year`s session brings together over 5,000 delegates from around the globe to find solutions to the challenges of the future of the world of work, and to celebrate the Centenary of the ILO.The Conference will be attended by heads of state or government and the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres.The President will address the Conference on Tuesday at 11.30.He will also attend an official lunch that will be hosted by ILO’s Director General for heads of state or government.The President is accompanied by Labour Minister Zeta Emilianides and Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

Rep García concludes March is Reading Month after visiting nine local schools

first_img09Apr Rep. García concludes March is Reading Month after visiting nine local schools Categories: Garcia News,Garcia Photos Lawmaker read to nearly 1000 studentsMarch is Reading Month has come to a close and Rep. Daniela García visited 9 schools throughout the 90th District where she read to approximately 1000 students.“I enjoyed speaking with and reading to students in my district,” said García. “We had a great discussion about the importance of reading at home with their families and how life-long reading can benefit each of them in the future.”The local schools Rep. García visited in the 90th House District include traditional public schools and charter academies, as well as private schools:Black River Public School in HollandEagle Crest Charter Academy in HollandGlerum Elementary in HollandHolland Heights Elementary in HollandHudsonville Christian School in HudsonvilleJamestown Elementary in HudsonvilleInnocademy in ZeelandNew Groningen Elementary in ZeelandZeeland Christian School in ZeelandRep. García plans to continue to visit schools throughout her district and to interact with students, teachers and administrators to see first-hand how fiscal and policy issues in Lansing impact local districts.“I have always been a proponent of a strong education and want to stay connected with the education community,” said García. “Our schools work hard to provide a quality education to our students and I want to be their partner in that endeavor in Lansing.”ZEELAND, Mich. — State Rep. Daniela García reads to students at Zeeland Christian School. During her 2015 March is Reading Month tour, García read to approximately 1000 students at public, charter and private schools across the 90th District.last_img read more

Rep Wendzel and colleagues pass bipartisan autoinsurance reform

first_img State Rep. Pauline Wendzel joined her colleagues in approving a bipartisan plan to deliver significant rate relief for drivers across the state.The House overwhelmingly voted to approve legislation guaranteeing lower rates by giving drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, prohibiting the use of non-driving factors in rate setting, and combating fraudulent claims to help lower costs. The plan will soon be headed to Governor Whitmer for her expected signature.The bipartisan solution is designed to end Michigan’s long tenure as the state with the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation.“After weeks of negotiations and meetings, I am pleased we were able to come up with a bipartisan compromise to deliver for the people of Southwest Michigan,” Wendzel said. “For decades, special interests have profited off of our broken insurance system while Michiganders have had their wallets drained.  Today, that finally ends.”Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The bipartisan reform plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options. 24May Rep. Wendzel and colleagues pass bipartisan auto-insurance reform Categories: Wendzel Newslast_img read more

Maternal Health in Africa Suffers Disastrously PostEbola

first_imgShare26TweetShare11Email37 SharesMay 2, 2016; New York Times Blogs, “The Lens”In 2013, an Ebola outbreak inundated several West African countries, triggering a two-year long epidemic that commanded international headlines and everyone’s attention along with it. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) announcement of the end of Ebola transmission in specific countries, including Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, came as recent as March of this year. Despite the culmination of the transmission of the disease, many in certain regions across the African continent are finding that the plight of Ebola is far from over. One particular population, childbearing women, is suffering through yet another disaster of sorts that is plaguing maternal health and the system in which it is delivered.In a visual piece published in the New York Times earlier this week, the aftereffects of the Ebola crisis on women and their newborn children—some of whom live just hours or days after their birth—are captured in intimately sobering photos taken by American photographer Monique Jacques. The album and accompanying stories of the women, who have little choice but to give birth in settings where running water and availability of sanitary medical equipment ranges from sparse to non-existent, shed a grim light on the aftermath of Ebola and its setback of maternal health care.Poverty and civil war, in addition to the unraveling of the healthcare system due in large part to the Ebola crisis, have virtually undone any small steps African countries had taken toward fostering a safe environment for women to have children. In 2000, the United Nations made a pledge to achieve a series of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which included the reduction in the maternal mortality ratio (maternal deaths per 100,000 live births) by 2015. There is no question the aforementioned upheavals disrupted the pursuit of these MDGs, particularly in rural villages throughout Africa. It comes as little surprise that developing regions account for a near-monopoly over the occurrences of global maternal deaths—approximately 99 percent, according to the 2015 report Trends in Maternal Mortality. On a similar global scale, three million newborns die each year, and more than two million babies are stillborn. Africa represents over half of both figures.Before Ebola, places like Sierra Leone and Liberia already accounted for some of the world’s most alarming maternal and infant death rates; however, the rate had started to show slight improvement. In 2010, there were 890 and 770 maternal deaths in the two countries, respectively. Both of these figures were significantly less than totals from years prior (1,110 in 2005 in Sierra Leone and 330 in 2000 in Liberia). It is too soon to compare these figures with the rate of maternal and infant deaths post-Ebola, but if the approximately 120,000 Ebola-related maternal deaths is any indication of the epidemic’s impact on childbearing women, its prolonged consequences on maternal health will also be dismal.While coverage of the Ebola catastrophe has lost steam, the crisis is still very real and relevant in countries especially languishing from its toll. NPQ recently broke down the astonishing amount of financial pledges that have gone unfulfilled in Africa’s western regions, totaling as much as $1.9 billion, a likely consequence of poorly monitored international aid and perhaps a mismanagement of the outbreak overall. Undoubtedly, these mishandlings are making it exceedingly difficult for certain countries to escape Ebola’s downward spiral.Despite the monetary support that has made its way to countries in need, the lingering effects of Ebola continue to interfere with the provision of care. According to the New York Times piece, Ebola further fragmented a health system that was barely there in the first place, claiming the lives of many skilled hospital workers and contaminating the minimal amount of safe health clinics, forcing prolonged closures and ultimate permanent shutdowns.During the height of the outbreak, the presence of the virus and the likelihood of contracting it had an indirect effect on others in African countries seeking care for more treatable injuries and conditions. As NPQ reported in 2014, many individuals avoided receiving care for such ailments for fear that they would be infected with Ebola in places where they should have been protected. That fear still haunts mothers needing a clean and safe place to deliver. The hospital workers who thankfully did survive the outbreak are hesitant to return and pregnant women are resorting to sub-par clinics and hospitals in an attempt to avoid being exposed to the virus.As stated in a recent report published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, “the toll on maternal and child health was especially substantial and [that] the direct effects of the outbreak will be far greater than the direct consequences of Ebola.” Jacques hopes her photos will return the focus back to Ebola and its residual fallout: “Maybe it’s not a global problem anymore, but in this region, it still is an issue that they’re fighting all the time.”—Lindsay WalkerShare26TweetShare11Email37 Shareslast_img read more