News Receive email alerts Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists PakistanAsia – Pacific June 6, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 After Geo News, regulator suspends two more TV stations January 28, 2021 Find out more April 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan News The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) followed up its 5 June suspension of Geo News by suspending and fining two more TV stations, Geo Entertainment and ARY News, with immediate effect on 20 June.It suspended Geo Entertainment for a month and fined it 10 million rupees (75,000 euros) for “blasphemous content.” ARY News was fined the same amount but was suspended for 15 days.Mubashar Lucman, the host of the ARY News talk show “Kara Sach,” was previously banned on 11 June from presenting the show until further notice for “contemptuous programmes against the superior judiciary.”Geo News, which was also fined 10 million rupees, resumed broadcasting on 21 June at the end of its 15-day suspension.——————————————————————————————–06.06.14 : Geo News suspended for two weeks, sues intelligence agencyReporters Without Borders condemns today’s decision by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to suspend all broadcasting by the TV news channel Geo News for 15 days.The decision was taken in response to a defence ministry complaint to PEMRA accusing Geo News of waging a “vicious campaign, libellous and scandalous in nature” after its star talk show presenter Hamid Mir was badly injured in a targeted shooting on 19 April.PEMRA also ordered Geo News to pay a fine of 10 million rupees (75,000 euros) within 15 days, failing which the suspension would remain in effect, and warned that any further breach of regulations could result in its licence being permanently withdrawn.“Suspending a TV station’s licence is a grave violation of freedom of information especially when it is the country’s leading news channel,” Reporters Without Borders said.The suspension follows a major smear campaign against Geo News that began after it broadcast claims that the intelligence agencies were behind the attack on Mir. Both the defence ministry and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s leading intelligence agency, responded by accusing Geo New of being “anti-state.”On 20 May, several PEMRA members ordered the closure of Geo News and two of its sister channels, Geo Tez and Geo Entertainment, and the withdrawal of their licences, but they were immediately overruled by other PEMRA members.Geo News has meanwhile announced its intention of suing the ISI over the “anti-state” accusation and seeking 500 million dollars in damages. It is also calling on the defence ministry, the ISI and PEMRA to public apologize to the media group and its employees for the accusations. The Pakistani media are operating in a steadily deteriorating environment, with threats, intimidation attempts, attacks and torching of newspaper distribution trucks becoming increasingly frequent.Pakistan is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire RSF_en News Organisation PakistanAsia – Pacific
MFK is a U.S.-based, non-governmental organization working in Haiti to produce ready-to-use therapeutic food, with peanuts as a primary ingredient. MFK also provides training and markets for farmers while conducting agricultural research to improve crop yields and reduce aflatoxin. “The thrust of this award is that it asks MFK to provide the information made available to Haitian farmers [and] to smallholder farmers around the world concerning aflatoxin abatement methods,“ said MFK founder Patricia Wolff. “The former Peanut [Collaborative Research Support Program], and now PMIL, have been working in Haiti with MFK for more than five years. In that time, a lot has been accomplished—aflatoxin levels have fallen, and peanut yields and farmer incomes have increased.” The 20 awardees are working with a team of marketing and publishing experts to hone the message of their materials for farmers and policy makers. The completed materials will be published and distributed in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, in both print and electronic form, by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation. The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU) that works to advance food and nutritional security. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s University of Georgia-housed Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab (PMIL) is helping to create Extension materials that will be used internationally to curb mycotoxin exposure among smallholder farmers.Jamie Rhoads, assistant director of the USAID-funded PMIL, which is housed in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, helped to create a poster, brochure and guidebook that will help smallholder farmers worldwide decrease aflatoxin contamination in peanuts. This outreach campaign was selected as one of the 20 proposals awarded from 250 international applications in response to the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation’s call for proposals “to unearth and award top innovations that are transforming smallholder farms in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.” The mycotoxin outreach materials were recognized this month at the centre’s International Forum on Unleashing Science, Technology and Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security in Arnhem, Netherlands. “We developed a suite of technologies that made it possible to evaluate and control aflatoxin at the smallholder farmers level, including in-field testing, better production practices and better post-harvest handling,” Rhoads said. “I hope that the publication will reach many audiences and that it will spread the knowledge that aflatoxin contamination can be controlled on a smallholder level,” he added. Aflatoxin is a dangerous toxin produced by the molds in the genus Aspergillus. It affects peanuts and other crops that are harvested and stored in hot, humid conditions.Current methods of controlling aflatoxin involve infrastructure and inputs that are often too costly for smallholder farmers. Globally, an estimated 2.5 billion people are involved in smallholder agriculture. Bryan Sobel, former agricultural program coordinator at Meds & Food for Kids (MFK), drafted and submitted the original project proposal. Rhoads worked with Sobel during his time as an employee and then consultant at Meds & Food for Kids.
By John Burton |RED BANK — A mid-morning crash of an SUV into the former Red Bank home of Visiting Nurse Association Health Group was continuing to snarl traffic into the early afternoon.A late model beige Chevrolet Tahoe, according to Red Bank police, traveling north on Riverside Avenue, ran into 176 Riverside Ave., a two-story structure located just south of the Route 35 traffic-signaled intersection. The crash occurred at approximately 10:20 a.m., according to police.The vehicle crashed through a window area, with the vehicle’s front portion became lodged inside the structure.According to Police Chief Darren McConnell, the SUV was being driven by an approximately 50-year-old male, accompanied by a female front-seat passenger in her 70s. The vehicle was registered to a Holmdel address. McConnell did not have their identities available.The two were transported to Riverview Medical Center to be treated for head and neck injuries that McConnell labeled “non-life threatening.”“It appears he just lost control of the vehicle,” McConnell said of the driver.The car accident attracted an unusual amount of media attention, with NJ State Police and Univision helicopters hovering overhead, and news crews from News12, CBS, NBC and other news outlets on the scene.The Middletown Emergency Services’ Special Services provided assistance and was bracing the building front facade to allow for the SUV to be removed, according to Red Bank Fire Marshal Stanley Sickels.That portion of the building was unoccupied at the time of the crash, Sickels said.The extent of the building’s damage was unknown at this point, he added.Emergency vehicles parked out front of the location, resulting in blocking one northbound traffic lane, backing up traffic on the heavily traveled Riverside Avenue.The location had been home to the Visiting Nurse Association until the organization relocated to Holmdel earlier this year.
By Gretchen C. Van Benthuysen |There is a lot happening in the world of ovarian cancer that is helping doctors to better understand the disease and how to manage it.Advancements in diagnosis and treatment are joining a holistic approach, relationship-based, care model for patients and families at the Memorial Sloan Kettering (Cancer Center) Monmouth at 480 Red Hill Road in Middletown.Called the “silent killer,” as cancer symptoms rarely surface in the early stages, patients and doctors also may misinterpret pain in the abdomen or an irritable bowel as gastrointestinal problems.The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates for ovarian cancer in the United States for 2018 are: about 22,240 women will receive a new diagnosis and about 14,070 women will die from it.But the rate at which women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, which mainly develops in older women (about half are 63 or older), has been slowly falling during the past 20 years, according to the ACS.Jason A. Konner, M.D., chief of medical oncology at MSK Monmouth, and Elizabeth Jewell, M.D., director of surgery for both MSK Monmouth and MSK Basking Ridge and director of MSK Monmouth operating rooms, recently discussed advancements in their fields, particularly the emergence of immunotherapy and its importance in cancer treatment.Jason A. Konner, M.D., is chief of medical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at MSK Monmouth. Photo by Karsten Moran for MSKCCKonner, Little Silver, treats cervical, uterine (endometrial) and ovarian cancers. Jewell, Fair Haven, is a gynecologic oncologist specializing in caring for women with cancers of the ovary, uterus, cervix and vulva. Both see patients locally and commute each week to Manhattan for meetings and patients.One thing research and clinical trials have discovered is that 70 percent of ovarian cancers start in the fallopian tubes with the cancer cells traveling to the ovaries, Konner said.“The more we understand, the bigger the impact on treatment,” he explained. “So now we can remove only the fallopian tubes and leave the ovaries to avoid early menopause.”But what if the cancer has spread to the ovaries?“Immunotherapy has blossomed in the last 10 years and become a component in standard care for a variety of cancers, ovarian as well as melanoma and lung cancers,” he explained.Konner was given a diagnosis of stage II melanoma the day after he graduated from college. Being able to tell patients he is a cancer survivor, he said, helps them hear the news and be positive.Immunotherapy works in different ways: some boosts the body’s immune system, others stimulate the immune system to work harder or smarter to attack cancer cells.“Immunotherapy trials have shown varying degrees of activity in ovarian, endometrial, and cervix cancers,” Konner said. “A key attribute of cancer cells in the body is they can hide in plain sight.“Cells may have proteins on their surface that suppresses the immune response to cancer,” he said. “Now that we understand the biology of these processes, targeted drugs have been designed that can unmask some of these cancer cells for the immune system to fight.”“There can be side effects when the immune system attacks normal cells,” he added. “It’s a balance we have in all treatments: risk vs. benefit. In most patients the risk is low, lower than chemotherapy, which can weaken the immune system.”The Holy Grail, Konner said, is to identify mutations in the fallopian tubes before cancer cells deliver toxic fluids to the ovaries and cause cancer.He said women with a family history of ovarian cancer should get tested for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer genes. Mutated forms of these genes are believed to be responsible for about half of the cases of inherited breast cancer, especially those that occur in younger women.“It will help women make practical decisions about prevention,” he said.Doctors can predict the average outcome of a large group of women, but it’s impossible to predict one woman’s future.Removing the ovaries early will result in a lack of estrogen and early menopause possibly leading to such problems as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. The ovaries can be removed later at an older age.If surgery is needed, Jewell said advances have been made that prioritize the quality of life and preserve fertility.For example, she said, a woman with uterine or cervical cancer would routinely have all the lymph nodes in her pelvis removed. (Lymph nodes are located in groups, and each group drains a specific area of your body.)“We don’t do that now,” she explained. “Instead, I use a fluorescent dye to find the most important, the sentinel lymph nodes, and target just the few most likely to contain cancer.“Such more conservative operations reduce complications and long-term problems, such as lymphedema of the legs (fluid buildup).”Also, she said, women with aggressive early stage cervical cancer previously would have their entire uterus and cervix removed. Now a trachelectomy to remove just the cervix, but save the uterus, may be performed on younger women who desire children.“We do a lot each year,” Jewell said. “ More than 100 babies have been born in the last decade by women who had cervical cancer.”Another way MSK manages ovarian cancer, which can spread to the intestines, diaphragm, pancreas and pelvic areas, is to remove as much as possible to improve survival rates.“If you can get all the cancer out, chemotherapy doesn’t have to work as hard and there is less resistance to drugs,” she explained. “If you are starting with a smaller amount of cancer, you have a better outcome.”These radical surgeries that include complete removal of disease in the upper abdomen and the pelvis have resulted in years of improvement of survival. Few drugs have demonstrated such a dramatic impact on survival.In early uterine and early cervical cancer, we now can be less aggressive,” Jewell said. “We used to do radical removal of the lymph nodes. We are doing less radical surgeries now. We focus on survival and that includes quality of life.“We are constantly improving techniques,” Jewell said. “For instance, in clinical trials we heated the chemo. We wanted to know if the absorption was better so it killed more cancer cells.”This article was first published in the Feb. 1-8, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John Fulton and Trey Colley, Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological EngineeringWe are moving into spring work quickly here in 2019, including the application of fertilizer. Whether fixed- or variable-rate fertilizer application, it is important that proper maintenance, setup and calibration of spreaders is carried out. Annual calibration is necessary for accurate and uniform application of fertilizers.While technology on spreaders, especially variable-rate technology (VRT) spreaders, has significantly increased in the last 10 years, the technology being adopted does not directly correlate to accurate field performance. Crop yield can potentially be impacted if incorrect rates are applied or non-uniform application occurs. There are a number of variables that impact the quality of dry fertilizer application, which includes the operator, fertilizer source properties, applicator and conditions during application. Here are a few notes to consider as we approach spring with work related to making sure the right source is accurately placed at the right rate.First, fertilizer applicator settings need to change for individual or blended fertilizer sources. The applicator settings may need to be adjusted based on different application rates and field operating conditions. Calibration should be part of a regular maintenance schedule for all application equipment. Uncalibrated applicators are like driving with a broken speedometer, you have a general idea of your speed but you may be under the speed limit (under applying) or possibly even over it (over applying)! Here are some key points to consider before heading out this spring to apply granular fertilizers. Applicator setupFertilizer products vary in density and physical properties, therefore spreader setup in accordance to product is key. Review this online resource, http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/fabe-5501 to better understand the effect of fertilizer material properties on field placement. Annual and proper maintenanceBefore operation, double-check these important maintenance points: proper conveyor tension, bearings, tire inflation, conveyer wear, and vane and spinner wear. Common problems include un-level spinners, spinners operating at different RPMs, damaged discs, spinners not centered evenly under chute, fertilizer build-up on parts, bent or cracked fins, and corroded hoppers or components.CalibrationCalibration procedures can vary between manufacturers and applicator models. However, two essential aspects exist for accurate field execution: metering to obtain the right rate and uniformity of spread onto the field.Meter calibration from the bin in to spinners includes running the conveyor over a known time or distance then measuring the amount of dispensed product and comparing it to the in-cab display estimated amount. Adjustments to gate height and conveyor constant will help dial into an accurate metering. You will need to calibrate for different fertilizers since varying in density and properties. Equipment manuals outline the proper procedure and specific adjustments to make. These include consideration of spread uniformity — spinners to ground. Spreader distribution patterns can be hard to accurately evaluate without conducting a proper spread pattern test. Pan testing following standard protocol is required to evaluate spread uniformity. Consult with a spreader dealer on obtaining a spread pattern test kit.Be sure to take good notes of settings for future reference. Note any calibration constants and setup information.Field operationSpread width or swath spacing needs to be maintained in order to prevent too much or too little overlap between swaths. If not already being used, guidance systems greatly reduce error and operator fatigue in spreaders/spreader trucks.For proper setup, use the calibrated settings for a particular fertilizer including adjusting the product density within the in-cab display setup, using the correct spinner speed, and adjusting the chute to the proper position. Remember to operate at the specified spread width to ensure correct overlap with adjacent passes.There is still time to calibrate. These six points help ensure accurate field execution:Type of fertilizer (use the correct product density),Proper maintenance,Meter calibration,Spread uniformity calibration,Correct spread width, andProper setup.Find additional information related to fertilizer application at the Ohio State University Digital Ag website under Precision Crop Management: https://digitalag.osu.edu/precision-ag/research-focuses/precision-crop-management Dr. John Fulton, Associate Professor, can be reached at [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Unable to repay a loan of around ₹50,000, a 38-year-old farmer in Bijnor district allegedly killed himself on Sunday. The police, however, suspect depression because of trouble in domestic life could be the cause.Neighbours saw the farmer, a resident of Salempur village under Heempur Deepa police station, leaving his house around noon. When he didn’t return, relatives started searching for him. His body was found in the nearby jungle. According to local sources, only his elder daughter was at home when the farmer left home.The deceased’s wife said he was the sole earning member in the family and was tense for the past year because of being unable to repay the loan. Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health; 011-4076 9002 (Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7.30 p.m.)
Video: Duke Basketball Released An Epic 55-Minute Video Celebrating The Blue Devils’ National Championship Run
DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 07: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Since Duke men’s basketball team won the national championship this past spring, many videos have been released celebrating the Blue Devils title. If you’re a Duke fan, you’ve probably watched all of them. None are better than the following one, though. Today, Duke released “Champions Forever: A Look at Duke’s Title Run.” It’s 55 minutes long and includes highlights, interviews, etc. It’s pretty great and definitely worth your time if you’re a Blue Devils’ fan. Video
Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThere are more Metis in Canada than ever before, says the newest census data.Figures released Tuesday by Statistics Canada show the Metis population comprises more than 51 per cent of the country’s Indigenous people.But that doesn’t mean there are more Metis babies.Stats Can says it means more people are self-identifying as members of the Metis Nation.Something that rankles the leader of the Manitoba Metis Federation.“That’s the weakness of census Canada asking this question,” said David Chartrand, president of the MMF.“We’re writing a letter to census Canada on that issue.”Stats Can says the self-identified Indigenous population grew by 42.5 per cent – or four times that of the rest of the population- since 2006. That reflects a jump to 1,673,785 from 1,172,790.At that rate, the Indigenous population is projected to hit 2.5 million by 2040.Yet, self-identifying as Metis or non-status First Nation doesn’t make one a member of the Metis Nation, said Chartrand. Although he allowed that’s a fact people continue to debate.“We are very concerned these numbers are misconstrued,” he said from Santiago, Chile where is attending an international Indigenous conference. “Mixed blood is far different than a citizen of the Metis Nation.”The province of Manitoba is considered the ancestral homeland of the Metis in Canada. The census shows the Metis population has remained relatively stable on the Prairies at around 400,000, with Alberta registering the highest at 19.5 per cent of the total population.But it reports a jump in Ontario to 120,585 – something Chartrand disputes.“I can guarantee there are not even 100,000 members of the Metis Nation in Ontario. Only a small part of the homeland is in Ontario. I guarantee it.”In total, the census shows Indigenous people make up 4.9 per cent of the country’s population.It also shows more Indigenous people are living off-reserve – nearly 49.1 per cent – and more than half of those living in Western Canada.The data says the highest number of First Nations people live in Ontario.The long form Stats Can census – the first in 10 years – found the Inuit population continues to grow. It also identified a baby boom not matched in the non-Indigenous population.For example, children under the age of four account for 8.7 per cent of the Indigenous population. The Inuit has the youngest population with 33 per cent aged 14 and under.Stats Can learned more of those children under four are in foster care. Namely 4,300 Indigenous children.But children’s advocate Cindy Blackstock said that’s not enough information.“It’s difficult to know what’s happening with First Nations children because we have no national data collection system like the United States and Australia.”Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, said it’s important to know the number of children in care, how long they’ve been there and why they’re there in the first place.Especially at this young age.“These are kids under four, which is such a critical age for children’s development. That sets the building blocks for future trajectory: brain and body and language development for children.“This is highly problematic to me,” Blackstock added from her office in Ottawa. “If kids are our national treasure and we don’t even know how many kids are in care. It’s hard to do good policy and be accountable to these children and their families.”First Nations children comprise 41.4 per cent of children under four in foster care, followed by Metis children at 6.7 per cent, and Inuit children at two per cent.Contact Kathleen here: [email protected]
New Delhi: A day after alleging that some students forcibly entered his house and confined his wife, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) vice chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said on Tuesday that he had “forgiven” them and would not file a complaint with the police.”While last night’s violent behaviour by students in front my JNU residence is condemnable, neither me nor my wife will file a police complaint against the students. We have forgiven them. Wish them the best and hope they will reform and not repeat such acts in future,” Kumar said. The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) has denied Kumar’s allegation. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The JNUSU categorically rejects the falsehood being spread by the VC, Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar. The JNUSU (on Monday) after waiting (at the VC’s residence) returned to the protest venue where an indefinite hunger strike is taking place,” it said. A student from a Left student outfit rejected the allegation and said a group of students had gone to meet the vice chancellor, but they were allegedly manhandled by the security personnel. Seven students are on a hunger strike on the campus in protest against the online system of entrance exam that will be implemented from this academic session. Police said the situation on the campus remained under control.