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This fall follows a period of weak investor sentiment towards the banking stock. Why so? Well, it has seen a turbulent period including a CEO change and disappointing growth rates in part of the business.The bank’s recent update highlighted the changes its interim CEO intends to make. They include investing in its most promising growth areas and maintaining cost discipline throughout the business.Clearly though, HSBC’s financial prospects are likely to be negatively impacted by the spread of coronavirus. As such, its dividend growth rate may fail to be especially impressive in the near term. There is some good news though. The stock now has a dividend yield of 8.4% from a payout due to be covered 1.3 times by net profit in the current year. 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Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) today called for the release of Li Dawei, who has just been sentenced to 11 years imprisonment for having downloaded and printed out pro-democracy texts from the Internet.”As far as we know, this is the most severe sentence ever imposed by the Chinese justice system on a web user or cyber-dissident”, said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard, who addressed a letter on 6 August to Justice Minister Fusen Zhang asking him to do everything possible to ensure Li Dawei is released.”Arrests, blocked sites, self-censorship, torture, police surveillance andclosure of cyber-cafés, the Chinese State now has a repressive arsenal that testifies to its hostility toward freedom of expression on the Internet”, Ménard said.According to the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Li Dawei was sentenced on 24 June by a court in China’s northwestern province of Gansu after having been found guilty of trying to “subvert the state power”. A former policeman, he was accused of having downloaded more than 500 texts form Chinese democracy sites based abroad, especially www.89-64.com, and having edited them in a number of unpublished books. He was also said to have been in contact with “reactionary” organisations based abroad.Aged 40, Li Dawei was arrested in April 2002 and his trial began in May. His lawyer, Dou Peixin, said the province’s highest court had accepted the appeal filed against the conviction.At least 20 cyber-dissidents are currently detained in China, including Huang Qi, a web site’ creator, who was arrested on 3 June 2000 and is still held without having been tried. Yang Zili and three animators of the www.lib.126.com site have been held without trial since March 2001. News News March 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China Help by sharing this information A Chinese court handed down the harshest sentence ever given to a cyberdissident. Li Dawei was sentenced on 24 June to eleven years in prison for downloading and printing pro-democratic documents. The former policeman has been found guilty of trying to “subvert the state power”. China’s Cyber Censorship Figures China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Receive email alerts News News June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more August 6, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyber-dissident sentenced to 11 years in jail Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific
Previous articleCalling all Limerick gameshow aficionados!Next articleWork to rule at University Hospitals Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Families and workers must be supported through public health emergency NewsLocal NewsComing to a community centre near you — it’s the all-star Limerick council tour!By Alan Jacques – July 24, 2014 805 Email O’Connell Street revitalisation plans lack ambition Cllr Maurice QuinlivanLIMERICK City and County Council could soon be going on tour to a community centre near you.Sure, it might not make up for the disappointment of Garth Brooks cancelling his Croke Park concerts, but some councillors believe it might shed some light on the democratic process in action.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up At a special meeting of Limerick City and County Council’s Metropolitan District this Monday, Sinn Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan moved to hold council meetings in community centres across the city at least once a year in areas such as Southill, Caherdavin, Castleconnell and Moyross. The motion was seconded by Sinn Fein comhairleoir for City East, Séighin Ó Ceallaigh.According to Cllr Quinlivan, the newly constituted local authority should demonstrate the importance of the community voice and of an open and transparent decision-making process.Fianna Fail councillor for City West, James Collins, was quick to point out that areas such as Dooradoyle and Mungret are currently without community centres. Fellow FF colleague Shane Clifford also announced that areas such as Castleconnell and Annacotty were also without centres but still considered the idea a “very good one”. However, Cllr Clifford felt the motion would be more “relevant” for area committee meetings.Independent councillor for City North, John Gilligan, insisted that meetings should be held in City Hall at 7.30pm on Monday evenings, as they were in the past, at a time that would suit the public, rather than “bouncing it about the place”.Anti-Austerity Alliance councillor for City East, Paul Keller, told council members that he believed that holding meetings in the community would “stir up interest”.Fine Gael councillor for City West, Maria Byrne suggested that the Council also look at expanding relationships with businesses by holding meetings at the Limerick hubs of the some of the city’s major employers. She pointed out that this had been done in the past when a council meeting was held at Vistakon’s plant in Castletroy.The proposal will now go before Limerick City and County Council at their September meeting. WhatsApp Limerick responding to its FDI potential Facebook Print TAGSAnti Austerity AllianceCllr James CollinsCllr John GilliganCllr Maria ByrneCllr Maurice QuinlivanCllr Paul KellerCllr Séighin Ó CeallaighCllr Shane CliffordFianna FáilFine GaellimerickLimerick City and County CouncilLimerick Metropolitan DistrictSinn Fein RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TV producers filming at Troy Studios urged to employ Limerick people Advertisement 900 homes with go-ahead still on drawing board Twitter Linkedin New category in this year’s Limerick Going for Gold
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Like test pilots breaking the sound barrier, microscope makers are breaking a light barrier some said was physically impossible: the diffraction limit. Within the next 5 to 10 years, we may see more and more images of phenomena at the molecular scale – not with electron microscopes, but with light microscopes in real time. What amazing vistas will come into focus? Nature posted a short Technology Feature on microscopy. The lead article1 describes how the diffraction limit was believed for well over a century to be unbreakable. Ernst Abbe, a German physicist, had said in 1873 that the wavelength of light posed a fundamental limit on the resolution of optical instruments. “For many years it was a source of frustration for biologists that the internal components of a cell were practically invisible to them.” wrote Kelly Rae Chi in her article, “Microscopy: Ever-increasing resolution.”2 “Researchers believed that the wavelength of light determined a fundamental limit to the resolution of optical microscopes.” Never say “never” to inventors. Chi described several “diffraction-busting technologies” that are breaking the barrier without killing any test pilots. We have Hell to pay for breaching the limit: Stefan Hell, that is, a German physicist who first suggested that the diffraction limit could be beaten. Hell, while a postdoc at the University of Turku in Finland in the 1990s, thought that, with the right lasers, he could activate a fluorescent spot and then shrink it by superimposing a larger, hollow beam of light to deplete all the light emission except for that at the centre of the spot. He called the technique stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy. Although many physicists were initially sceptical of Hell’s ideas, by 2000 he had used STED to produce the first nanoscale fluorescence images. Super-resolution microscopy has blossomed since, allowing researchers to see cellular processes unfolding at nanometre scales. “This is something that the field has desired since people first started looking through light microscopes,” says Jan Liphardt, a biophysicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.Other methods include compiling images of billions of fluorescent proteins, photo-activated localization microscopy (PALM), and “stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM), which uses photoswitchable probes to temporally separate the overlapping images of individual molecules and so boost resolution to ten times better than the diffraction limit,” and fluorescence PALM (fPALM), which “involves looking at thousands of fluorophores at once, and localizing on small numbers at a time.” Then there’s iPALM (interferometry PALM) that creates its images in 3-D. Another method, 3-D SIM, creates images by bar-coding samples with light patterns and creates images of the underlying structure by analyzing the Moire fringes produced. Chi writes that “the field is just warming up.” In her second article, Chi quoted W. E. Moerner (Stanford) sharing his excitement: “There’s a huge explosion of interest and progress. That makes it very exciting to watch and to participate in.” These technologies are just beginning to produce products from leading manufacturers like Carl Zeiss, Leica, and Nikon. “Super-resolution technology allows researchers to see details that are difficult or impossible to image with conventional light microscopes – at resolutions of 100 nanometres or better.” What can the public expect to see over the shoulders of these pioneers? Already these techniques have been used to watch proteins in action. 3D STORM has been used to image microtubules in kidney cells as well as whole cells. And “Hell’s group, early in 2008, used the STED method to show the movement of synaptic vesicles inside living neurons at video rate.” “To people like me who were trained in physics or optics in the 1990s, it’s just unbelievable that one can image below the resolution of light,” says Bernardo Sabatini, a neurobiologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. “The major revolution for the next 5 or 10 years is getting these advances to answer biological questions.”The sky’s the limit as these new test pilots are on a roll maneuver. Using combination strategies, “The pioneers of super-resolution microscopy are continuing to improve their methods with better sample preparation, a few strategically placed pieces of hardware and more sophisticated algorithms.” And these techniques are now being applied to live imaging of cells. That was always a drawback of electron microscopes – the samples had to be killed and coated before turning on the electron beam. Already a SIM test has allowed scientists to “see proteins moving along individual microtubules within living cells…at 100 nm resolution.” And it’s going to get faster – cameras shooting 1000 frames per second are already available. Add additional colors to the probes, and real-time 3-D visualization of the molecular machines in living cells is a distinct possibility. Chi quoted a biologist who compared this revolution to another optical triumph: “We’re starting to get pictures out of the mouse brain that rival anything from the Hubble Space Telescope, and we’re just getting started,” Stephen Smith (Stanford) said. Chi ended,The promise of super-resolution microscopy – thought for so long to be little more than a dream – is starting to become a reality. Researchers have taken different approaches and are using tools and techniques borrowed from physics, chemistry and computing technology to bring the nanoscopic world to our macroscopic eyes. Although commercialization is progressing, there is still plenty of room for the do-it-yourself biologist to modify and improve their systems, and produce images of stunning complexity that will rival anything else in science.Leeuwenhoek’s best microscope had a top resolution of 1.4 microns (micrometers).3 These new instruments are exceeding 100 nanometers – 100 times more detail. Some of the systems are already succeeding in getting images down in the 10-20 nm range. A bacterial flagellum motor is about 60nm in diameter and its tail is 500nm long. ATP synthase is about 10×20 nm. Till now, micro-imaging techniques have seen these structures “through a glass, darkly.”4 The super-resolution microscope revolution is approaching the frontier of bringing these molecular machines into clear focus.1. Technology Feature, “Microscopy: Breaking the light barrier,” Nature 462, 676 (3 December 2009) | doi:10.1038/462676a.2. Kelly Rae Chi, “Microscopy: Ever-increasing resolution,” Nature 462, 675-678 (3 December 2009) | doi:10.1038/462675a.3. See our biography of Leeuwenhoek in full at this site. It was published in Christian History & Biography (Issue 76, 2002).4. I Corinthians 13:12, King James Version.Wow; this is a wonderful application of scientific knowledge producing more scientific knowledge – not the Darwinian storytelling kind, mind you, but real observational knowledge. You know, this could do to the Darwin Party what high-resolution ultrasound is doing to the abortion industry – showing real-time evidence that challenges its assumptions. Abortionists have long treated the human fetus as a lump of tissue. 3-D live ultrasound is showing more and more moms and dads that there is a real, live baby there in the womb – a human being with emotions, feelings and a personality all its own. A picture is worth a thousand claims by Planned Parenthood that abortion is just a “medical procedure” for “women’s health”. World Magazine echoed this idea in its article on “Daniel of the Year” Stephen Meyer: “As ultrasound machines have undercut abortion, so information revolutions have led more scientists to embrace ID” (intelligent design). Terrific animations of cellular machines exist (as in Unlocking the Mystery of Life and the movie Expelled), but they tend to be highly stylized models. The impact of the real thing could be as great as a Hubble image compared to a painting. So what will the Darwinists do when real-time, 3-D images of actual cellular machines hit the big screen? Oh, they will continue to claim this is all the product of chance mutation and natural selection. Facts have never gotten in the way of their ideology. But people will trust their eyes, not the Darwinian spin doctors. The Darwin Party hacks will have to face reality, or will be cast in the role of the academics who refused to look through Galileo’s telescope. Bring it on.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
18 February 2009ArcelorMittal South Africa is to build 10 new schools over seven years at a cost of R250-million, the first being a new primary school in the township of Mamelodi outside Pretoria.Mamelodi Primary is scheduled for completion by the end of the year, and the remaining nine schools, two in the Eastern Cape and one each in the rest of the provinces, will be built to guidelines provided by the Department of Education.South African firstIn a first for South Africa, Mamelodi Primary School will be built using insulated panels technology, which relies heavily on steel as a building material. It can withstand extreme weather conditions, is fire-resistant and 10 times faster to erect than using conventional building technologies.“The role and participation of the private sector is critical to the success of our quest to provide resources to our schools,” Education Minister Naledi Pandor said at the sod-turning ceremony in Mamelodi earlier this month.“Public-private partnerships are important in order that basic services reach all communities.”She voiced her department’s support for such initiatives, saying that they improved the quality of the education system, while also being an investment in the country’s future.“This donation clearly illustrates the commitment of our business community to education,” she said.Investing in education, training and skillsFor ArcelorMittal, the Mamelodi project is part of its strategy of investing heavily in education, training and skills development. This includes promoting maths and science at high schools, an extensive bursary programme for artisans, engineers and other technical skills, and upgrading the skills of its own employees.The investment not only ensures that the company has a pool of skilled resources for its own operations, but also towards addressing the country’s skills shortage in general.ArcelorMittal is one of the companies that have committed themselves to producing more artisans than they needs for its own businesses, as part of the government’s Jipsa programme.“ArcelorMittal is focused on developing a strong mathematics, science and technology culture amongst schools,” said ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita.“The company’s array of education initiatives is geared towards improving education within targeted communities, promoting scientific literacy and enhancing performance at secondary school level in order to benefit the wider economy.”Centres of science, excellenceOver the past three years, ArcelorMittal has invested some R22-million in a Science Centre and a Centre of Excellence in a renovated teacher’s college in Sebokeng township near Vanderbijlpark in the Vaal Triangle.The centre offers facilities for both learners and educators to upgrade their knowledge of science, mathematics and information technology (IT), and is offered to 43 secondary schools in Gauteng province’s Sedibeng West District.In December last year, the steel maker signed a memorandum of understanding with the Western Cape Department of Education for the development of a science centre in the Vredenburg and Saldanha Bay area at an estimated cost of R6-million, to be operational by the second half of 2009.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Your go-to guide on where to get advice and give complaints to when you have issues relating to South Africa’s private or public health services.There are various bodies established to investigate the complaint you have against a medical scheme, health practitioner, clinic or hospital. For example, you can report bad service to a manager at a clinic or hospital, or even a provincial helpline. (Image: Unicef South Africa, Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterGot a problem with your medical scheme, hospital, doctor, dentist, nurse, pharmacist or optometrist? Here’s where to go for advice and complaints – including how to find your nearest private hospital or trauma centre, or get information on treatment costs and scale of benefits.Medical schemesThe Council of Medical Schemes is a body established by the government to protect the interests of the public and members of medical schemes. Their website has a “complaints zone” where a complaint can be both filed and tracked online. Before submitting a complaint, you must first follow your medical scheme’s internal complaints procedure.Website: www.medicalschemes.comHospital complaintsIf you have a complaint about a government hospital, speak to the clinic or hospital manager. If you are not satisfied with the response, call the applicable provincial complaint line.See the Department of Health‘s contact directory or Health-e News’ contact listComplaints against private hospitals should be lodged with the Hospital Association of South Africa, a self-regulatory body that investigates complaints against its members. You can lodge a complaint via its website (click on “patients”), as well as find your nearest private hospital or trauma centre and get information on costs, financing of treatment and the scale of benefits.Website: www.hasa.co.zaHealth practionersDoctorsThe Health Professions Council of South Africa is a statutory body that sets and maintains standards for health care in the country. Every health professional must be registered with the council, which has the power to institute a disciplinary inquiry into any complaint of unprofessional conduct by any of its members.Note that the council does not handle complaints against hospitals.Website: www.hpcsa.co.zaSouth African Medical AssociationThe South African Medical Association (SAMA) is a professional association for public- and private-sector medical practitioners. Membership is voluntary, with about 70% of doctors registered as members. Its website carries information on patients’ rights and responsibilities.Website: www.samedical.orgAlternative health practitionersIf you feel that an alternative health practitioner acted negligently or unethically, contact the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) that will investigate the complaint.Website: www.ahpcsa.co.zaNursesIf your complaint is related to a nurse, contact the South African Nursing Council, an independent statutory body that sets and maintains nursing standards in South Africa, and investigates complaints of unprofessional conduct by nurses.Website: www.sanc.co.zaDentistsThe South African Dental Association has a dental mediator, who will attend to your complaints.Website: www.sada.co.zaEmail the dental mediatorOptometristsThe South African Optometric Association will assist with complaints against optometrists who are members of the association. Their website offers a range of other useful services and information, including a directory of optometrists.Website: www.saoa.co.zaPharmacistsContact the South African Pharmacy Council. The website includes information on how to lodge a complaint, as well as forms and contact details.Website: www.pharmcouncil.co.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Luis Suarez scored two goals as Uruguay hammered England 2-1 in the Group D tieLuis Suarez scored twice to give Uruguay a 2-1 victory over England at the World Cup on Thursday, making an instant impact on his return from injury to revive his team’s Group D campaign.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos The Liverpool striker, who hadn’t played since undergoing surgery on his left knee last month, lashed in the winner in the 85th minute, after seeing his first-half opener canceled out by Wayne Rooney.After surprisingly losing its Group D opener to Costa Rica, Uruguay’s qualifying chances have now been given a major lift, while England’s hopes of advancing to the round of 16 are in real jeopardy after its worst World Cup start in more than half a century.Suarez seemed to revel in inflicting England’s second successive loss in Brazil, having been punished twice by the country’s Football Association for misdemeanors, serving bans for racism and biting in the Premier League.Of Uruguay’s six efforts on target, five were from Suarez – including the two that beat goalkeeper Joe Hart as England’s slack defending was exploited.”I dreamt this,” Suarez said at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo. “I’m enjoying this moment, because of all I suffered, the criticism I received. So, there you go.”By taking his World Cup tally to five goals, Suarez ensured that Rooney’s first-ever goal in 10 matches on football’s biggest stage was in vain at his third tournament.Rooney tapped the ball home from close range in the 75th minute after connecting with Glen Johnson’s pass. Having also lost against Italy, England now faces the prospect of not advancing from the group stage for the first time since 1958.advertisement”We are a team that is making progress but results decide everything and both results have been negative,” coach Roy Hodgson said.”Where does it leave us? I don’t know. I don’t quite know.”Group D leader Italy and Costa Rica, who both have three points, meet for their second group game on Friday. Uruguay now has three points, while England is on zero points after consecutive defeats following its losing start to Italy.It is in the England where Suarez has stepped up a level and powered in the goals that saw him voted the Premier League’s best player last season. And despite lacking sharpness at times, he still managed to recapture the scoring form that helped Liverpool finish second last season with 31 goals.Suarez was in the thick of the action in the opening minutes against an edgy England side. Goalkeeper Joe Hart’s first save came after Suarez’s cross-shot was deflected off the head of Gary Cahill.”Quite frankly, for long periods of the game we kept him very quiet,” Hodgson said. “We are normally used to seeing him much more active in and around our penalty area than we saw him today.”When Suarez did break forward, though, he was a real menace.Suarez’s first goal came in the 39th when Diego Godin picked up possession on the halfway line and sprayed it to Edinson Cavani on the left. Suarez easily evaded Phil Jagielka to head over Hart, seizing on defensive lapses just as Mario Balotelli did in Italy’s win.Although after several chances, Rooney ended his World Cup hoodoo it was rendered meaningless by Suarez’s devastating final touch.Suarez’s Liverpool teammate, England captain Steven Gerrard, tried to clear a long punt by Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, and the ball glanced off the head of midfielder and back toward his own goal. Suarez ran onto it and beat Hart with a right-footed shot from about nine yards.”If this was a movie, people probably couldn’t have wished for a better result, at least in Uruguay,” Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said.Team Lineups(from):Uruguay: Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin; Alvaro Pereira, Alvaro Gonzalez (Jorge Fucile, 79), Egidio Arevalo, Cristian Rodriguez, Nicolas Lodeiro (Christian Stuani, 67); Luis Suarez (Sebastian Coates), Edinson CavaniEngland: Joe Hart; Glen Johnson, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines; Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson (Rickie Lambert, 87), Raheem Sterling (Ross Barkley); Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck (Adam Lallana), Daniel Sturridge
Story Highlights Assistant Director of Interpol’s Fugitive Investigative Support Sub-directorate, Ioannis Kokkinis, told JIS News that the conference is expected to provide a unique opportunity for fugitive investigators to meet, work together and build trust amongst each other. More than 120 Fugitive Investigators from across the world have gathered in Montego Bay for the 7th Operational Global Symposium on Fugitives, which is being held from December 5 to 8. “We are going to have the symposium in a unique format, not just the classical conference but a new model of all working together on real cases. We are going to share information, and when all colleagues go back home, they are going to continue under this strong network that they are going to build in Montego Bay,” Mr. Kokkinis said. More than 120 Fugitive Investigators from across the world have gathered in Montego Bay for the 7th Operational Global Symposium on Fugitives, which is being held from December 5 to 8.The conference is being staged by the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), in collaboration with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Interpol is the world’s largest international police organisation and has a total of 192 member countries.Assistant Director of Interpol’s Fugitive Investigative Support Sub-directorate, Ioannis Kokkinis, told JIS News that the conference is expected to provide a unique opportunity for fugitive investigators to meet, work together and build trust amongst each other.He said the core outcome is to establish a strong network of fugitive investigators from around the world.Mr. Kokkinis said 127 participants from Interpol’s member countries, among them representatives from Australia, China, Qatar, Greece, Guatemala and others, are in attendance. These representatives include officers from various police services, national and regional bureaus, including Interpol’s own regional departments, as well as from specialised units and the Fugitive Investigative Support Sub-directorate.“We are going to have the symposium in a unique format, not just the classical conference but a new model of all working together on real cases. We are going to share information, and when all colleagues go back home, they are going to continue under this strong network that they are going to build in Montego Bay,” Mr. Kokkinis said.He said Jamaica was chosen because it was one of the first willing countries to host this event.“When we had to initiate the procedure to find a place where the event would be hosted, Jamaica was one of the main supporters. During the last six months, the Jamaica Constabulary Force, and mainly the National Intelligence Bureau, supported Interpol and my unit to organise this event. I hope, and I am sure, that the results will be more than positive for the global community,” he said.Acting Chief Technical Director of Research, Rehabilitation and Diversion Policy in the Ministry of National Security, Mitsy Beaumont-Daley, said the Government is cognisant of the importance of having Interpol as a strategic partner in its fight against transnational organised crime, and that initiatives such as the Interpol conference will help to bring the fugitives to justice.She said a concerted and collaborative approach that transcends national borders and various disciplines is required at the global level in order to effectively tackle the issue of international organised crime, as locating fugitives requires a high level of cooperation between governments, police authorities and international organisations.“As we live in this global world, we live with many benefits and corresponding challenges. The use of technology has allowed us to transact legitimate business quicker and easier. While this has benefited many countries in the form of increased trade, it has also increased and expanded criminal activities,” she said.