This expansion is possible thanks to a renewed collaboration with sanofi-aventis, the world’s number 3 pharmaceutical company, which has agreed to donate medicines and financial support worth $25 million over five years to the UN World Health Organization (WHO).This collaboration builds on a previous agreement in 2001 between WHO and Aventis (now sanofi-aventis) to prevent deaths due to sleeping sickness, a parasitic disease spread by the bite of the tsetse fly that is fatal if not treated and causes bouts of fever, headaches, joint pains and itching, and in later stages confusion, sensory disturbances and poor coordination, including disturbance of the sleep cycle.“This project shows the power of collaboration to make a positive difference in the lives of poor people,” WHO Acting Director-General Anders Nordström said. “By actively seeking out people who show the early symptoms of these diseases, we can ensure that they get the treatment they need before their symptoms worsen.”Sanofi-aventis will donate $5 million in drugs to treat sleeping sickness and a further $20 million in financial support for the control of neglected tropical diseases, such as leishmaniasis, a skin disease that leaves lifelong ugly scars, Buruli ulcer, which destroys the skin and soft tissues, and the sometimes fatal Chagas disease, an insect-transmitted illness that attacks the heart, oesophagus, colon and the peripheral nervous system. All four diseases are among the most neglected in the world. The people who suffer from them are almost all poor inhabitants of remote, rural areas.The new project will take a common approach to detecting, preventing and treating the diseases, actively seeking out people who show early symptoms and giving them effective treatment before the symptoms worsen.“The excellent results obtained by working together with WHO to combat sleeping sickness make us very confident that the same approach will produce similar results in other diseases,” sanofi-aventis President Jean-François Dehecq said. “With this new programme, we hope to contribute to saving many more lives and we are proud to be one of the major WHO collaborators to fight neglected tropical diseases.”Sanofi-aventis is the number 1 pharmaceutical company in France and in Europe.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – A new report says consumers need better disclosure from Internet providers about speed and performance claims.The report by an Ottawa-based advocacy group says Canadians have high expectations of advertised Internet speeds, but get little information from providers to judge actual speeds.The Public Interest Advocacy Centre’s report recommends the Competition Bureau consider specific enforcement guidelines on how advertising claims about Internet speeds are given to consumers.It also wants the CRTC to collect performance data on Internet speeds and compare them with advertised claims.The report says when a company advertises a maximum speed, consumers expect the maximum speed advertised will be achievable with their connection.It also says 75 per cent of those surveyed didn’t know which Internet speed tier they have, even though 83 per cent identified download speed as being important when choosing a provider. by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 23, 2013 4:58 pm MDT Consumers need more disclosure about Internet speed claims:advocacy group
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee officer involved in the stun gun arrest of Bucks’ player Sterling Brown has been fired because of social media posts mocking the incident, the city’s police chief said Thursday.Police Chief Alfonso Morales said the firing decision was not tied to anything Erik Andrade did when Brown was arrested, but explained that the social media posts compromised the officer’s ability to testify in other cases. Morales spoke about the case at a Marquette University event.FILE – In this April 1, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown is seen during an NBA basketball game in Denver. A Milwaukee police officer involved in the stun gun arrest of Bucks’ player Sterling Brown has been fired because of social media posts. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)Brown sued the police department in June and accused officers of using excessive force and targeting him because he’s black. A group of officers swarmed on him at a Walgreens parking lot because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets. Brown was standing with the officers waiting for a citation for parking in a disabled spot early on Jan. 26, but never appeared to threaten police before or during his arrest, according to police body camera videos.Andrade later mocked Brown on Facebook for his arrest.“Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol#FearTheDeer,” one Facebook post read, referencing a slogan used to cheer on the Bucks at games. Andrade also posted a racist meme of Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant.Morales said in a statement that Andrade’s posts violate the department’s social media policies.“They have a racist connotation and are derogatory, mocking an individual who was recently the subject of officers’ use of force,” Morales said. “Such comments also directly affect his credibility and ability to testify in future hearings as a member of this Department. I have not, and will not, tolerate such behavior.”Andrade was at the scene when Brown was arrested but was not among the officers who took him down, according to police. A total of 11 officers involved in the arrest were disciplined or retrained, but Andrade was not among those punished at the time.The president of the Milwaukee Police Association, Mike Crivello, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on behalf of Andrade. Andrade does not have a listed phone number.Morales apologized to Brown for his officers’ actions and the Bucks’ second-year guard was never charged with anything.
Industry leaders agreed to two complementary strategies to drive forward best practice in mineral processing at the 2014 CEEC Workshop. Endorsing the work of the Global Mining Standards Group (GMSG), the Workshop delegates embraced the initiative led by the GMSG Industrial Comminution Efficiency team in generating global guidelines for standardised measurement of operating loads. Using standardised measurement processes will facilitate the generation of comparable data, essential to process optimisation.Additionally, the work of Dr Grant Ballantyne (The Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre JKMRC) surveying the comminution energy requirements of gold and copper producing mines has provided reliable benchmarking data. This data can be used to compare comminution energy consumption across different mine sites. The comminution energy per unit metal product is presented in a graphical form similar to a cost curve.This simple technique allows individual mines to assess their current operational energy consumption against their peers. Anonymity of the comprehensive, mine-specific data is guaranteed and site to site variability is visualised by constructing an ‘energy curve’. The energy curve displays the potential energy savings and cost benefits of moving down the cost curve into more cost-efficient operating regimes. This approach also allows flexibility in the way comminution energy intensity is displayed (e.g. energy per rock milled or metal produced) thus providing a direct comparison between sites.The easily recognisable curve format can be used to visualise the variability in energy intensity across the industry. The applications of energy curves are many and varied.It can be used to map the position of the mine as production progresses with year-on-year analysisCircuit design proposals can be compared to current operational strategies to assess their benefitsOperational efficiency improvements can be mapped to the curve to visually assess the magnitude of energy efficiency gains per unit achievable through various strategiesThe efficiency with which the various comminution devices achieve size reduction can be mapped to identify opportunities for improvement and the magnitude of achievable gains.
Touchscreens are now an integral part of any smartphone or tablet experience. And while interaction with them is getting better, they still present a problem due to one simple fact: in order to use them you have to cover part of the display.Masters student Christian Loclair may have a solution to that problem, but his main concern is minimizing the distraction caused by having to interact directly with a device. His research into this area of interaction for a thesis at the Hasso Plattner Institute has resulted in the development of alternative system based on single-hand thumb gestures.This new system is made possible by mounting a depth camera on a user’s chest that is capable of detecting both hand and finger movement. The user can use a thumb on the palm of their hand as if it is a touchscreen. Alternatively, a number of pinch gestures are supported for functionality such as scrolling a page or pressing a button.Such a system has both advnatages and disadvantages. It does keep a device’s display viewable during interaction, and it means you can hold your device in many different positions because you don’t need to interact with it directly. The disadvantages come in the form of the need for a depth camera, being forced to learn a whole new gesture system to use it, and the fact it won’t work in all situations, e.g. there’s no way this would be suitable for every game on the App Store.For the moment this remains an interesting, if complex alternative to the touchscreen. If it can be refined, or even act as a complimentary interaction technique to touchscreens, then it may make its way into a device. However, the big sticking point is going to be the requirement of having to wear a depth camera on your chest. More at Christian::Mio::Loclair, via Engadget
West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini insists Felipe Anderson will only get better after his brace against Southampton.The Brazilian joined the Hammers this summer from Lazio for a club record fee in the region of £35million, but took a while to settle into English football.Pellegrini demanded more from the 25-year-old at the start of this campaign, but with seven goals to his name, Anderson looks to be repaying the faith showed in him by West Ham.Pellegrini places a lot of responsibility on technical players and his faith in those players are starting to reap dividends, with the Hammers winning three of their last four games.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…The former Manchester City manager, however, insists he will continue to demand more from Anderson.“Of course he is a different player, a player that in every game makes important things,” Pellegrini said, according to Evening Standard.“I think he will continue improving. He still loses too many balls, maybe because he must understand the Premier League is difficult if you keep the ball in your feet.”“In every game he makes important plays and that’s the most great thing that he has.”
HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a South Dade Middle School teacher for battery on a law enforcement officer and child abuse with no harm.Miami-Dade County Public Schools said that 43-year-old Saryna Parker, a probationary teacher who has been at the school less than a year, will be fired.Police charged Parker with battery on a law enforcement officer and child abuse with no harm. Both charges are felonies.Parker appeared in court on Monday and was released from jail on $5,000 bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Tags 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy 26 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Honda Kia Hyundai Mitsubishi Toyota GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. Car Industry Enlarge ImageThe underlying alleged defect is wildly different from the problem that created the Takata scandal, but it could still impact crash safety nevertheless. Caspar Benson/Getty Images The mess of the Takata airbag-inflator scandal is still fresh in the automotive industry, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into a different airbag supplier, covering millions of parts across six different automakers.NHTSA announced this week that it has expanded an investigation into potentially defective airbags. The parts come from the supplier TRW, now known as ZF-TRW. There are 12.3 million such parts installed in cars with model years ranging from 2010 and 2019. Right now, these parts are installed in vehicles from Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi and Toyota. The regulatory body has not produced a full list of affected vehicles at this time.The potential issue stems from the supplier’s airbag control unit, which crunches sensor data to determine whether or not to deploy a vehicle’s airbags in the event of a crash. The control units, as NHTSA writes in its report, “may suffer electrical overstress due to harmful signals produced by the crash event.” In layman’s terms, this defect may cause the airbags to not deploy when they should.NHTSA’s report points out that Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai and Kia have all issued prior recalls for vehicles with this specific part. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation also found two front crash events involving Toyota products with these parts. Thus, the agency has expanded its investigation to include not only the supplier, but also any manufacturer that has made use of the potentially faulty parts.Investigations are the first step in a process that could turn into a recall. If NHTSA finds that there is a serious problem that could affect vehicle and passenger safety, then it can compel suppliers and automakers to recall vehicles with the flawed parts. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 81 Photos 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Tags 18 Photos Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 0 More From Roadshow Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 68 Photos 52 Photos Share your voice null General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 12 Photos More From Roadshow 71 Photos Car Industry 0 69 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 49 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Post a comment 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 10 Photos Share your voice
Every year we celebrate International Tiger Day on 29 July. This day makes us aware of the declining numbers of big cats and to promote the work of their conservation.These facts will make us consider the importance of tiger conservation. 1. Tigers are the giant wild cats in the world. An adult tiger weighs up to 363kg. They are the third-largest carnivore on land after polar bears and brown bears. Also Read – This new drug can prevent Alzheimer’s Advertise With Us 2. Tiger’s natural habitats are Tropical rainforests, evergreen forests, temperate forests, mangrove swamps, grasslands and savannas. 3. Tigers like water. They are excellent swimmers and more often spend their time in pools or streams. 4. Tigers are the only cat species that are completely stripped. They even have stripes on their skin. Also Read – Hurricane heads for Florida after brushing Caribbean islands Advertise With Us 5. When it comes to female tigers, they are lovely. After a gestation period of more than three months, they give birth to two-three blind and helpless cubs and take care of them till they become independent at two years of age. 6. Unlike lions, Tigers do not live in permanent groups. They live private lives except when females are raising cubs. The correct name for the group of tigers is a “streak” or “ambush”. Advertise With Us 7. The average lifespan of a wild tiger is 10 – 15 years. Sometimes they are known to live up to 26 years in the wild. 8. There are five subspecies of tiger: Bengal, Indochinese, South China, Sumatran and Siberian. Miserably, three of them have become vanished – Caspian, Bali and Javan. 9. The fossil remains of tigers found in China are supposed to be 2 million years old. 10. Less than a century back, tigers were all over Asia. However, the population is at risk due to hunting and habitat loss.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday that the cryptocurrency is not a legal tender in India.Creative CommonsThe Narendra Modi-led NDA government reiterated its stand on cryptocurrencies as finance minister Arun Jaitley said in his Budget speech on Thursday that digital currencies are illegal in India, and that the government was not going to recognise them.The move is seen as an effort to control the proliferation of cryptocurrencies by the government, which has repeatedly warned investors in the country against the dangers of investing in digital currencies like Bitcoin. Jaitley’s comments, however, didn’t come as a surprise since the government was expected to announce measures to regulate cryptocurrency in India.”Cryptocurrencies are not legal tender and the government discourages its use. However, the government will look at the utilisation of blockchain,” Jaitley said in his Budget speech in Parliament, adding that the technology can help further boost the Digital India campaign. The Great India BudgetIBTimes IndiaAlthough the finance minister didn’t provide any details about how the government is planning to utilise the blockchain technology, industry experts believe that its adoption can be encouraging for the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector.”The government’s decision to explore the usage of blockchain technology, a shared digital ledger which has been fast finding favour with financial intermediaries, will help ease credit flows to MSMEs since it can track and record each and every transaction of individuals and enterprises on a shared network,” Vinay Kalantri, founder and managing director of The Mobile Wallet, told International Business Times, India in an email statement.The government’s decision to adopt the blockchain technology has also sparked fresh speculation that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) could eventually consider having its own cryptocurrency.The central bank, which is apparently uncomfortable with the non-fiat nature of the conventional virtual currencies, is already said to be looking at the possibility of a fiat cryptocurrency that can become the digital counterpart of the Indian rupee. Some experts also believe that the government is not entirely averse to cryptocurrencies.”The announcement on the cryptocurrency by the FM should not be misinterpreted to mean the cryptocurrency is going to be discouraged by the Government. The intention is more likely to regulate the circulation to avoid its use for illegal transactions,” Rashmi Deshpande, associate partner, Khaitan & Co, told IBTimes India, in an email statement. Is Bitcoin really a bubble?Creative CommonsHowever, the future of cryptocurrency exchanges remains uncertain in India. Some recent reports have revealed that several banks had frozen accounts of such exchanges in the country while the Registrar of Companies (ROC) had stopped registering companies that intended to act like cryptocurrency exchanges.”Businesses engaged in this will have to evaluate future prospects, but it has always been uncertain how Indian conservative monetary and fiscal policies will view this alternate form of currency,” said Sameer Sah, associate partner, Khaitan & Co.Thanks to the rise and rise of Bitcoin in 2017, cryptocurrencies have gained immense popularity globally over the past few months. However, the so-called Bitcoin craze has also come under government’s scrutiny as it can be used to evade tax or lure unwary investors to put money into Ponzi schemes.There have also been several instances when cyber attackers have hacked into investors’ accounts to steal a huge amount of money. A successful implementation of blockchain or paving way for RBI’s own cryptocurrency, therefore, require more clarification on several factors ranging from the KYC and transferability to ownership and security.”It will be important to understand the investment and longer-term strategic thinking that this new technology will demand from the Central Government,” J A Chowdary, special chief secretary and IT advisor to the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, told IBTimes India.”The government must deliberate the use of blockchain for smart contracts and blockchain-based KYC which will bring security, efficiency, and speed to a wide range of services and processes,” Chowdary, who is also the chairman and group CEO of Andhra Pradesh Electronics and IT Agency, added.
A combination of file photos showing Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump. Reuters file photoWhen US President Donald Trump meets Chinese President Xi Jinping this week, their summit will be marked not only by deep policy divisions but a clash of personalities between America’s brash “tweeter-in-chief” and Beijing’s cautious, calculating leader.They may have one thing in common: their rhetoric about restoring their nations to greatness. But the two men differ in almost every other respect, from their political styles to their diplomatic experience, adding uncertainty to what has been called the world’s most important bilateral relationship.Five months after his election on a stridently anti-China platform, Trump appears to have set himself on a course for collision rather than conciliation with Xi, raising doubts as to whether the world’s two biggest economies can find common ground.Topping the agenda at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida will be whether he will make good on his threat to use crucial US-China trade ties to pressure Beijing to do more to rein in its nuclear-armed neighbor North Korea, which is working to develop missiles capable of hitting the United States.Trump, a 70-year-old former real estate magnate with no foreign policy experience before entering the White House, has tweeted that it will be a “very difficult” meeting with the veteran Communist Party leader seven years his junior, given Chinese trade practices he says are killing US jobs.He has also demanded that Beijing do more to “solve” the North Korean problem – his biggest national security challenge – or he will act alone to deal with Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.Some White House aides believe Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner could be an influential moderating voice on how he handles Xi in their talks on Thursday and Friday. Contacts between Kushner and China’s US envoy helped smooth the way for the meeting, according to current and former US officials.Even so, what worries the protocol-conscious Chinese more than policy clashes is the risk that the unpredictable Trump could publicly embarrass Xi, after several foreign leaders experienced awkward moments with the new US president.“Ensuring President Xi does not lose face is a top priority for China,” a Chinese official said.US presidents’ meetings with their Chinese counterparts are usually more tightly scripted than with other foreign leaders, something Chinese officials insist on to make sure they are treated with the decorum they believe befits a global power.This summit should offer a study in contrasts: Trump impatient, outspoken and prone to angry tweet-storms; Xi, outwardly calm and measured, with no known social media presence.Their shared nationalist tendencies could aggravate friction between their countries, which are increasingly global rivals.Trump insists the United States has been cheated economically for decades by countries like China and must regain its luster, while Xi wants China, once an ancient empire, to be able to flex its muscles on the world stage.“Xi and Trump are not natural friends,” said a former senior US official specializing in Asia. “The question is when Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ hits Xi’s ‘Chinese Dream’, what’s the result?”WON’T PULL PUNCHESIt remains unclear how far Trump will go in translating populist rhetoric into policy that steps up pressure on China, given the risk of a trade war neither country can afford.But aides say he won’t pull his punches, especially on trade, on which he has held an outspoken view for decades.This adds to doubts as to whether the two leaders can find common ground on North Korea and China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea.Some analysts question whether Trump can get the better of Xi, who was born into a life of politics and has a reputation for being a tough tactician.“Xi’s performed pretty well in these types of environments,” said Christopher Johnson, a China expert and former CIA analyst at Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies.While Trump has been in office little more than 10 weeks, Xi has honed his US strategy since assuming the Chinese leadership in 2013.The son of a revolutionary leader, Xi has sought to project the image internationally of a strong advocate of globalization at a time when Trump has stoked fears of US protectionism.Still, Chinese officials are mindful of the pitfalls if Trump veers off-script.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe found himself in a long, uncomfortable handshake at the White House in February, and Trump appeared to ignore German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s offer of a handshake during their meeting last month.An acrimonious call between Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull caused particular concern in Beijing, officials there say.Still, the decision to hold a summit so early in Trump’s presidency suggests both Washington and Beijing see the value of trying to build a personal relationship between the two leaders.Trump goes into the meeting with significant gaps in his team of Asia advisers and his China policy still not fully formulated.Hardliners like trade adviser Peter Navarro, who authored a book “Death by China,” have feuded over the administration’s approach to China with more pragmatic aides such as economic adviser Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs president, current and former US officials say.Administration officials argue Trump can use his “Art of the Deal” sales techniques to convince Xi that China needs the United States more than the United States needs China, especially when it comes to market access.But analysts say the Chinese are shrewd enough at geopolitics to fend off US demands. Xi may also see Trump politically weakened by his high-profile legislative failure on healthcare as well as his low public approval ratings.Trump has already backed down on China’s most sensitive issue – Taiwan – having first infuriated Beijing by suggesting he might not abide by Washington’s long-standing “one China” policy. Trump may now feel he is owed a favor in return.A fence-mending phone call in February was arranged by Kushner and China’s US ambassador, Cui Tiankai, officials say, after Cui invited Trump’s daughter Ivanka to the Chinese Embassy’s Lunar New Year reception, where her daughter sang in Mandarin.Both sides are keeping expectations low for tangible outcomes from the summit, billed as informal “get to know you” meetings similar to the 2013 Sunnylands summit in California between Xi and Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.And whatever else, unlike Abe’s February visit to Mar-a-Lago, there will be no golf diplomacy: China’s Communist Party associates golf with shady dealings and has sought to stop officials from playing it as part of Xi’s fight against corruption.
© 2019 Science X Network Controlling neurons with light—but without wires or batteries , Science For this, the team coupled a microscale light-emitting diode (LED) with two millimeter-scale coils to create an inductive charging system, which delivered instantaneous power at biologically safe frequencies in an experimental rodent (rat) model. The wireless setup stimulated neurons in the visual cortex, while maintaining the temperature increase below 10C as a critical safety threshold for biomedical implants. The results are now published on Microsystems and Nanoengineering. Khan et al. introduced a single channel neurostimulator containing a reflector-coupled, microscale light-emitting diode (µLED) with an integrated millimeter sized wireless receiver (RX) coil. The experimental setup allowed for free-floating, battery-free, untethered optogenetics neuromodulation. They used a two-coil inductive link in the system to deliver instantaneous power at a low operating frequency (<100 MHz) for continuous optical stimulation. The process posed minimal invasiveness and tissue exposure to electromagnetic radiation. When they coupled a microscale reflector to the µLED, the optical-reflector displayed significantly enhanced light intensity compared to bare µLED. The scientists controlled the operational temperature of the setup for implant biocompatibility and conducted in vivo experiments in rats, followed by histological studies to verify the efficacy of wireless optical stimulation in the primary visual cortex of the animal model. They visualized the process using c-Fos biomarker, which appeared green on immunostaining, as a reporter of light-evoked neuronal activity. TOP: Simulation model for the inductive coupling at cross-section planes. Plane 3 refers to the bottom plane of the Tx coil (z axis displacement, z = 0), plane 1, 2, 4 refers to z = 2.5 mm, z = 1 mm, and z = −1 mm, respectively. (a) The simulation model in HFSS. Magnetic flux distributions for (b) plane 1, (c) plane 2, (d) plane 3, and (e) plane 4. Induced magnetic flux by the Rx coil at plane 2, while the Rx is positioned at f Tx center and g Tx periphery. Units of flux distributions provided in the color map legend. BOTTOM: Optical and thermal characteristics. (a) Light penetration through tissue sections with a coupled reflector (n = 5), (b) intensity improvement of reflector coupled stimulator compared with a bare μ-LED, and (c) change in temperature for devices stimulating through a 500 μm cortical tissue slice (n = 3). Credit: Microsystems & Nanoengineering, doi: 10.1038/s41378-019-0061-6 System validation using Immuno-histology. (a) In vivo stimulation using a wirelessly-powered neurostimulator on the V1 of an anaesthetized rat. (b) quantitative representation of c-Fos expressed cells using cell sorting. Fluorecent images of mCherry (c, e) as well as c-Fos (d, f) expressions of the control and stimulated cortices, respectively, obtained from the same cortical areas of the same transfected animal. (g, h) c-Fos expressions of the control and stimulated cortices, respectively, obtained from a non-transfected animal. Credit: Microsystems & Nanoengineering, doi: 10.1038/s41378-019-0061-6 Discoveries and inventions in neuroscience have recently progressed rapidly due to advances in semiconductor implants in neurobiological systems, for successful clinical translation. For example, scientists can use implantable "electroceuticals" in a new medical approach to target the central and peripheral nervous system during therapeutic intervention. As a result, optogenetics is finding new applications in neuroscience to deliver light to neural tissues of interest while collecting readouts from cells using targeted control tools. The ability to implant miniature optical sources, recording electrodes, sensors and other components in to designated areas of the brain has renewed the optimism for long-term diagnostics and therapeutics. Using such developments, scientists can study the transmission of primary sensory information to specific domains of the brain, including the olfactory, visual and auditory regions in depth. They can also use the technique to understand cells that drive or inhibit fundamental bioactivities such as hunger, thirst, energy balance and respiration via activity patterns. , Nature Methods Conceptual diagram of the wirelessly-powered opto neuro-stimulator and its placement over the cortex of the animal (rodent) brain. Credit: Microsystems & Nanoengineering, doi: 10.1038/s41378-019-0061-6 Explore further "" The scientists then conducted in vivo experiments in transfected rats (foreign DNA introduced into cells) to then implement the proposed surgical procedures. They followed the experiments with immunohistochemical assays to validate the efficacy of the cell transfection procedure and the subsequent optical stimulation procedure in the rats. During transfection, they induced the expression of channelrhodopsin-2 in the animal models with a viral solution and then placed the coiled stimulator on the primary visual cortex (V1 lobe) of the animal for subsequent optical stimulation. The scientists coupled the coiled stimulator to a Tx coil and used the other V1 lobe of the same animal as a control sample. After completing the in vivo experiments, the scientists analyzed the expression of c-Fos (green dye) in the stimulated vs. non-stimulated lobe to identify neural activity. For this, Khan et al. used immunobiological assays in the work and observed elevated c-Fos expression (green) within the virus-transfected cortex (red) induced by LED stimulation of the experimental neurostimulator. In this way, Khan et al. designed, fabricated and characterized a reflector-coupled, wireless single-channel optical neurostimulator with a mm-sized receiver coil for optogenetic neuromodulation. The reflector-coupled stimulator allowed higher performance compared to bare µLED in the present work. The scientists studied the performance of the two-coil telemetry link using analytical circuit models, FEM stimulations and experimental approaches. They verified the proposed potential of the neurostimulator in a rat model with upregulated cellular activity observed via optical stimulation. Khan et al. will aim to conduct further investigations in the future to miniaturize the devices for neurobiological applications. The scientists tested the surface morphology of the prototype using scanning electron microscopy to observe the cavity array after isotropic silicon etching and surface aluminum coating. They then tested the surface roughness using atomic force microscopy to detect surfaces that created negligible light scattering for optimally enhanced light intensity and activated the neurostimulator on a benchtop setup via inductive powering. The scientists also incorporated Parylene-c to engineer the constructs due to inherent biocompatibility of the material, although they observed potential cracking as before as a result of high temperatures in the engineering process. Khan et al. simulated electromagnetic properties of the inductive link between the Rx and Tx coils using the finite element method (FEM) and high frequency structure stimulator (HFSS) software; to show similarities between the simulated Tx coil and those engineered in the work. The scientists investigated the optical properties and showed that the neurostimulator could reach deep brain cells less invasively compared to a waveguide or penetrating probes. While the data showed superior optical performance of the reflector-coupled stimulator, the intensity reduced heavily with thicker tissue sections. The intensity of the reflector-coupled stimulator was significantly higher in the present work compared with a bare stimulator for effective deep brain stimulation without deep-brain tissue invasion. Khan et al. similarly tested and optimized the thermal properties, electromagnetic properties and the power transfer efficacy of the neurostimulator prototype. To conduct translational studies in an animal model, the scientists proposed implanting the resonator coil between the skull and skin without wire connections to the Tx or Rx coil. Optogenetics must target the neural population without altering the natural behavior of animal models for accurate applications in medicine. Pioneering work by researchers in the field have led to the development of several optimized neuro-stimulators with mid-field radiofrequency (RF) and far-field power transfer. However, scientists are yet to report on a fully implantable and miniaturized high voltage (HV) stimulator that provides precise stimulation control of the parameters of interest. An ideal wireless optical implant must therefore:Be miniature in the millimeter scale (mm) to prevent invasive surgical infection, inflammation and post-surgical trauma.Allow highly efficient power transfer and long-distance communication to deep region target neurons with aims for human applications.A significant challenge with engineering such implants is the energy required to optically activate optogenetic opsins, which typically include a few mWs, although greater than the values for conventional electrical stimulation or data communication. To solve this challenge, Khan and co-workers proposed a fully implantable, mini wireless optical stimulator to deliver sufficient power for µLED operations—without surpassing the operational temperature. In the proposed system, they included a solenoid transmitter (TX) coil and receiver (RX) unit. In a proof-of-concept of the proposed prototype, Khan et al. used a blue µLED (465 nm wavelength) of 270 µm x 220 µm surface area to optically excite neurons expressing channelrhodopsin. To validate the functionality of the device in an animal model, the scientists placed the Tx coil outside the brain and inductively coupled it to the Rx coil, which was integrated to the µLED neurostimulator placed within a craniotomy cavity. The scientists used the free-floating method for epidural optical neuromodulation in the craniotomy cavity located on top of the dura mater. Citation: Biotechnology: Using wireless power to light up tiny neural stimulators (2019, June 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-biotechnology-wireless-power-tiny-neural.html More information: Wasif Khan et al. Inductively coupled, mm-sized, single channel optical neuro-stimulator with intensity enhancer, Microsystems & Nanoengineering (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41378-019-0061-6 Kristoffer Famm et al. A jump-start for electroceuticals, Nature (2013). DOI: 10.1038/496159a Karl Deisseroth. Optogenetics, Nature Methods (2010). DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.f.324T.-i. Kim et al. Injectable, Cellular-Scale Optoelectronics with Applications for Wireless Optogenetics, Science (2013). DOI: 10.1126/science.1232437 Conceptual diagram of the inductively coupled neuro stimulator system. (a) An overview of the inductive link system. (b) Conceptual diagram of the wirelessly-powered opto neuro-stimulator and its placement over the cortex of the animal brain. Credit: Microsystems & Nanoengineering, doi: 10.1038/s41378-019-0061-6 Characterization results and images of an operating prototype. (a, b) SEM images of the etched Si cavity. (c, d) Post and prior Al coating of the cavity, respectively. (e, f) AFM images for quantitative analysis of cavity surface roughness (x axis units in μm, y axis in nm). (g) Fabricated single-channel opto neurostimulator. h Rx-coil coupled single-channel opto neurostimulators. (i, j) An opto stimulator powered wirelessly by a Tx coil. Credit: Microsystems & Nanoengineering, doi: 10.1038/s41378-019-0061-6 Journal information: Nature 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. Implantable optical devices that target neurons can be improved using miniature coils smaller than a grain of rice using optogenetic technology. Scientists can propagate pulses of light using the method to turn protein expression on or off in genetically modified neurons. Neuroscientists have used bulky cables and batteries to control and collect data from such experimental setups so far. In a recent study, Wasif Khan and a team of researchers in the interdisciplinary departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physiology in the U.S. developed a completely wireless prototype to replace the bulky hardware.
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Colin says there is no logical argument against saying that Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all-time. People that argue to the contrary are clueless. Some people will argue Joe Montana, but when you compare his regular season, postseason, and Super Bowl résumé to Brady’s, it’s not even close. Brady is the G.O.A.T.“Folks. It’s not even a debate any more. There is no more debate. People don’t do their homework if they do debate it.”The Jamie Collins trade proves once again that most pro athletes are disposable commodities that have short careers, no power or say in where they play, and usually broke 5 years after they’re out of the league. Collins now heads from the NFL penthouse to purgatory, and that’s that.Tonight’s World Series Game 6 is the biggest baseball game in terms of magnitude. It’s an elimination game, there isn’t any direct competition from any other sports. It’s baseball’s night tonight. Colin still thinks the best thing for baseball is the Cubs losing, because baseball doesn’t have any more compelling stories to tell.“The best thing for baseball is the Cubs lose tomorrow night. Because baseball does not do a great job of creating stories.The NBA gives you a new one every year. The NFL gives you a new one every week. Baseball is not great when it comes ot creating stories. This is the last great national baseball story.”Colin sees so many parents spending half their lives running around to kids’ athletic events, with the dream that their kid might be a professional athlete. Get a grip. Your kid isn’t going pro, but they have a 100% chance of being productive if parents emphasize academics. Sorry to kill your dream, but save yourself the time and enjoy your weekend, instead of going to a baseball tournament in Bakersfield.“Study. Go home. Get out of the car. Be social. Have a life. You will not be special as a pro athlete.”Ronda Rousey recently said that her upcoming return match is going to be one of her last. You can’t be half-way in on UFC, and if she has that mindset, she could get destroyed.“If Ronda Rousey’s mind set is, ‘This is one of my last fights,’ she’s retired. She’s one foot out the door. You can’t be in halfway on UFC. “Colin’s Week 8 Herd Hierarchy is out. The Vikings are falling due to their recent struggles with their offensive line, and Tom is still terrific.Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss the career of Ray Allen on the day of his retirement, whether LeBron owes a portion of his legacy to Ray Allen, why he agrees with Doc Rivers’ statement that LeBron is a Top 5 all-time player, and the reasons why LeBron is, without question, a better all-time player than Kobe.Peter Schrager – Fox Sports NFL insider is discussing Week 8 NFL buzz, the latest news on the Jamie Collins trade, why it goes against the Browns new Moneyball philosophy, what it means that Belichick was sent Collins to Cleveland, and what he sees in Jay Cutler’s future.Jason Whitlock – FS1 and co-host of Speak for Yourself is in-studio discussing his recent article touting the positive impact of high school football, why Jamie Collins getting traded is business as usual for professional athletes, and what red flags he saw with Dak Prescott in Sunday night’s win against Philly.Nick Wright – FS1 host and host of the Make Me Smarter podcast, is in-studio to push back on Colin’s Derek Carr MVP talk, add an item to his list of why he hates the Warriors, why people getting upset over LeBron’s Halloween party are reaching, and how the Jamie Collins trade is a case of Belichick looking too far into the future and neglecting the present.
The United States executed airstrikes on Syrian targets following the horrific gas attacks committed by that country’s dictator, Bashir Al Assad. We are on a war footing, and these are scary times. Of that there is little question.Retired Major General John Marks has a surely served our country with honor, and that deserves respect. He’s also a CNN analyst and just made an idiotic sports analogy to describe the U.S. military strategy following the first wave of bombings in Syria.Regarding whether he expected more military intervention, Marks said, “This is not a Kentucky basketball one and done.”On the day where our country sits on the edge of entering another war, it’s probably not the best time to make a topical NCAA tournament reference in your position as a military analyst. Just a thought.
Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD December 20, 2011 — Accuray announced that 23 leading medical centers globally have installed both a CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System and a TomoTherapy System. Combining the two systems will enable the delivery of personalized treatment for the full spectrum of radiation oncology patients.These centers include smaller community sites in rural areas, mid-sized regional hospitals and large academic centers, indicating that centers of all sizes can benefit from these devices.”We now have the ability to design treatments that fit the individual needs of all patients,” said Sandra Vermuelen, M.D., executive medical director of the Swedish Radiosurgery Center in Seattle. “The CyberKnife and TomoTherapy systems are designed to allow clinicians to create specialized treatments with the ability to facilitate a complete range of treatment techniques ranging from static 3-D conformal and highly modulated intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), to stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Through the use of daily image-guidance, a standard feature for TomoTherapy, and the CyberKnife system’s ability to track, detect and automatically correct for tumor and patient movement, we can ensure the most accurate treatment delivery for all patients.”More than half the centers with both systems are in North America including St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Centre Hospitalier de l’Universite in Montreal (CHUM) and Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Recent centers in other nations that now have both systems installed and treating patients include Tokyo’s Metropolitan Center and Infectious Diseases Center Komagome Hospital and Italy’s Istituto Europeo di Oncologia.For more information: www.accuray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… 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 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. 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 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | 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 Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | December 20, 2011 Medical Centers Worldwide Adopting Accuray’s CyberKnife, TomoTherapy Systems News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec.
Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share As Afghanistan’s U.S.-trained and equipped forces have struggled to fend off the insurgents — who at one point came within 3 kilometers (less than 2 miles) of Kunduz — authorities have increasingly turned to local militias and former warlords, a further indictment of the costly, decade-long U.S. effort to build an effective Afghan military.Provincial Gov. Mohammad Omer Safi said 3,000 troops are now battling a well-armed insurgent force of some 2,000 fighters who crashed against the city’s gates late last month at the start of the spring fighting season. He said logistical problems that left troops without food, fuel or ammunition for days on end have been resolved, but that the Taliban have proven tough to dislodge.“We have surrounded the enemy everywhere and we will not allow them to advance any further,” he told The Associated Press. “Maybe with the passage of time they will be weakened, run out of ammunition and find themselves moved back. This is not a one day or two days, or one month or two months fight.”Safi said that in addition to switching from hit-and-run attacks to seizing and holding territory, the Taliban have also been joined by other militants, including from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. The IMU has longstanding ties to the Taliban and al-Qaida, and is believed to have pledged allegiance to the IS group last year. Safi said the insurgents are determined to carve out a new safe haven after being driven out of Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region by a military offensive launched nearly a year ago.The Kunduz province, a relatively wealthy region of grain and cotton fields, sits astride the old Silk Road and would provide access to neighboring Central Asian countries as well as China, all of which have grappled with Islamic militancy. Safi said the Taliban are already forcing farmers to hand over 10 percent of their crops to the group as a tithe.“They are fighting very hard to have a safe place in northern Afghanistan,” Safi said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain “We cannot destroy the houses of the poor civilians when the Taliban are inside so we cannot use our heavy artillery against the enemy,” he said.In the city itself life has largely returned to normal, but the scorched remains of the fighting are visible on its outskirts, where officials and residents say the Taliban torched homes and other buildings as they retreated. U.N. agencies say 18,000 families, or around 100,000 people, were displaced by the fighting.In the village of Talawka, around 8 kilometers from the city, Commander Assadullah led 30 men armed with their own assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns on a recent patrol past mud-brick compounds, many of them reduced to rubble and occupied only by ducks and donkeys.The men arrived here on May 13 from a nearby district, and are among 1,000 militiamen called up by provincial authorities and given monthly stipends. Assadullah, 50, who fought the Soviets in the 1980s, said Afghanistan’s security forces are no match for the Taliban’s “professional fighters.”The insurgents “have strong front lines, they are using anti-personnel and anti-tank mines. They use the houses and the basements for cover,” he said. He added that his men would be unable to drive them out without better air and ground support from the military. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility There are ominous signs of a growing IS presence in northern Afghanistan. Safi said fighters have raised the group’s black flag in nearby villages, and that foreign fighters from Turkey, Chechnya, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have been found among the dead.A Western intelligence official said the extent of the IS presence in Afghanistan remains unclear, saying “there is a lot of self-branding, rather than franchising.”But an Afghan intelligence official said the group is present in at least four of the country’s 34 provinces, mainly in the south. He pointed to the beheading of seven Afghan soldiers in northern Badakhshan province last month, noting that the tactic has rarely been used by the Taliban. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to comment publicly on the matter.Gen. John F. Campbell, the commander of international forces in Afghanistan, said Saturday that the IS group is actively recruiting but is not yet operational in the country. He also noted reports that IS militants have clashed with the Taliban.Safi, the Kunduz governor, said the army had managed to push back the insurgents to Gor Tepa, some 15 kilometers from the provincial capital, but that their progress was slow because the Taliban were occupying civilian homes and using human shields. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories In this Thursday, May 21, 2015 photo, local militia group fighters walk past a building torched by Taliban fighters at Talawka village in Kunduz province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. Fighting has been raging in Kunduz for more than a month. Pushed back by army reinforcements that arrived days after the assault began, insurgents now occupy villages in Gor Tepa, 15 kilometers (12 miles) from the provincial capital, also called Kunduz. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents, their ranks swelled by foreign fighters pushed across the border from Pakistan, nearly surrounded this northern Afghan city last month with an offensive that stunned local authorities and raised concerns over their ability to defend the country without U.S. and foreign combat troops.Under pressure from a yearlong military offensive in neighboring Pakistan, the Taliban and allied militants — some waving the black flags of the Islamic State group — appear to be trying to carve out a new safe haven in northern Afghanistan that could give them access to Central Asia and China, Afghan officials say. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals (11-3) host the Seattle Seahawks (10-4) Sunday night, Dec. 21 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.Below is the official Week 16 injury report for both teams. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
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