Minister Clarke Stresses Gov’t’s Commitment to Food Security

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, says the Government remains committed to increasing the production of local foods as it intensifies efforts to promote food security and safety in Jamaica.He noted that the local domestic production of staples such as yams, bananas, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, Irish potatoes, and tomatoes continues to increase incrementally, while the island is also self-sufficient in the production of chicken meat and pork.The Minister was speaking at the World Food Day National Ceremony and Exhibition held on October 16 at the Greater Portmore High School in St. Catherine.Minister Clarke said through the agro-parks programme, the Government is strategically targeting the production of peas, beans, onions, fish and meat, a vast amount which is imported.“Part of our solution must be to increase production and productivity of local foods. This cannot be stressed too often. Once we have produced locally, we must also aim to consume fresh local produce, which very often are the fruits, vegetables and staples we need for healthy diets and lifestyles,” he said.Further, in keeping with food security efforts, the Minister noted that Government has approved the Jamaican Food and Nutrition Security Policy, which seeks to ensure the availability of a sufficient quantity of nutritious and appropriate foods, through increased domestic production and a sustainable level of imports.“As Government and policy makers, we also intend further, to enact a Food Security Law to ensure the domestic production of a minimum threshold of a selected basket of foods for which there is production capability and national comparative advantage to meet domestic food, nutrition and health goals,” he stated.“We wholeheartedly subscribe to the expressed view of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that raising nutrition levels include enhanced production, marketing and consumption of local vegetables and staple crops such as locally grown yams, sweet potatoes and cassava,” the Minister added.World Food Day was established by the FAO in 1979 and serves to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world.  In addition, it turns the spotlight on agricultural food production and stimulates national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end. It also promotes the transfer of technologies to developing countries.This year’s theme: ‘Healthy People Depend on Healthy Food Systems’ served to highlight the importance of food systems that can feed all people in a sustainable manner.During the event, exhibitions were mounted by the Ministry; FAO office in Kingston; Ebony Park HEART Academy in Clarendon; the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland; Jamaica 4-H Clubs; the National Irrigation Commission (NIC); the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and the National Food Safety Committee. Through the agro-parks programme, the Government is strategically targeting the production of peas, beans, onions, fish and meat, a vast amount which is imported. World Food Day was established by the FAO in 1979 and serves to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world. The Government remains committed to increasing the production of local foods as it intensifies efforts to promote food security and safety in Jamaica.last_img read more

Crime Prevention Empowers Youth

first_imgCrime prevention starts with a positive direction, and that is what the Lighthouse Program provides for youth in communities across Nova Scotia. The program helps community groups provide recreational, educational and after school programs for young people. Justice Minister Ross Landry visited the Whitney Pier Youth Club today, April 16, where teens participate in after school programs. He praised the club and its members for offering positive options for youth. While at the club, Mr. Landry announced that community organizations involved in recreational activities will receive $240,000 under the program as part of the provincial budget for 2010-11. “The Lighthouse Program is a commitment made and a commitment kept by the government, and one that will make life better for families.” said Mr. Landry. “By offering positive alternatives to our youth, we are empowering them to make the right choices.” In the first year of the Lighthouse Program, a total of $180,000 was granted to organizations, including the Whitney Pier Youth Club, which received $12,000. Chester Borden, executive director of the Whitney Pier Youth Club, said the board members are trying to be proactive with their programming. “Youth don’t care what you know, until they know that you care,” said Mr. Borden. “This grant will assist us to continue the much- needed programs and services offered to the youth, their families and our community.” Organizations will be asked to apply for the 2010-11 grants this fall.last_img read more

Funding Continues for After the Bell Program

first_img Young people in the Annapolis Valley are getting active through After the Bell programs in West Hants, Wolfville, New Minas, Canning, Berwick and Kentville. Today, Jan. 28, Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine visited a yoga program in Wolfville to announce more than $22,000 of continued funding for after-school activities in those six communities. The program provides funding for after-school activities such as yoga, snowshoeing, rock climbing and Zumba in rural communities across the province where busing and transportation can be a challenge. “I’ve had lots of fun and learned many new skills for surviving and having fun outdoors in the Berwick Bio-Venturers program,” said Allyson Gibson, a Grade 7 participant from Berwick. “From tracking animals to making nature crafts, every day is different and interesting. My confidence in the outdoors has really improved.” After the Bell aims to increase physical activity in 12-to-15- year-olds, the years of greatest decline in physical activity. The priority is to involve girls. Research shows just 21 per cent of girls meet the standard of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. Last year, 79 per cent of the 1,958 After the Bell participants were girls. “It’s important to help young people make physical activity a part of their daily routine,” said Mr. Glavine. “The After the Bell program gives students a chance to participate in activities close to home.” Groups that receive After the Bell funding can decide which activities they would like to run based on the needs of their community. Last year, about 250 students in these communities took part. Government is investing $282,000 in After the Bell projects in 67 communities across the province. A list of grants announced today in the Annapolis Valley follows this release.last_img read more

Hudsons Hope RCMP publishes policing report for May

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. — Cst. William McKenna with the Hudson’s Hope RCMP has published a policing report which says that police responded to approximately 32 calls for service over the last four weeks. During the month of April, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP issued 58 Motor Vehicle Act Warnings and Violation Tickets. One impaired driver was stopped and charged during this period.   Four check stops were conducted in an effort to combat impaired driving. Cst. McKenna said that the Hudson’s Hope Speed Watch program is progressing and expected to implemented in the next few weeks, and that the detachment is still welcoming volunteers to help with the program. The Hudson’s Hope RCMP was assisted by officers from Fort St John, Chetwynd, and North Peace Traffic Services during an enforcement campaign over the May long weekend. Extra police presence on the highway, on ATVs, and on the water was focused in historically busy areas in an effort to prevent offences and injuries to outdoor enthusiasts.The Hudson’s Hope RCMP Positive Ticketing program has begun and will continue until fall.  Several youths have been “caught in the act” being safe or acting in a positive way such as wearing a bike helmet, using a crosswalk to safely cross the road, or wearing a seatbelt. When officers witness this, the youth can be issued a free ice cream positive ticket. Cst. McKenna extended a big thank you to Belinda Karlin and the staff at Marg’s Mini Mart for partnering with the local RCMP in promoting safety and positivity in our community.  On April 24th, officers responded to a complaint of a shoplifting theft from the Sportsman Inn Liquor store. The suspect was described as a First Nations woman, approximately 20-30 years old, standing 5’5” tall, with a stocky build. She had bleached hair with an orange tint. Anyone with information can contact the RCMP locally or Crime stoppers.   On May 20th, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP were called out to a home on Twelve Mile road for a possible domestic assault. A man was arrested and lodged in cells for a few hours to sober up and was released later in the day.  The file is still being monitored.  On May 20th, the RCMP located a vehicle parked at a local business with expired insurance.  The driver eventually returned to the vehicle and was issued seven violation tickets for multiple infractions. The vehicle was also towed.  Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Visit  for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the area’s “most wanted” page.last_img read more

Woman exhusband accused of abandoning adopted dwarf girl so they could move

A formerly married couple from Indiana has been accused of abandoning their adoptive dwarf daughter in favour of moving to Canada with their biological children.Kristine and Michael Barnett were charged on Sept. 11 with felony neglect after allegedly leaving an 11-year-old girl with dwarfism from Ukraine at an apartment in Lafayette, Ind., in order to move to Canada.News outlet WISH-TV reported cops allege the girl was abandoned in July 2013 with the neglect continuing until February 2016. Court documents stated the Barnetts continued to pay the apartment’s rent where the girl was living.Kristine told WISH-TV she wasn’t aware of the charges until she was told by the news station. The woman called the girl a “diagnosed psychopath and sociopath.”In a letter reportedly written by a doctor Kristine had given to WISH-TV, the girl “has made a career of perpetuating her age facade” and had been previously committed to a psychiatric hospital and had been diagnosed with sociopathic personality disorder in 2012.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The letter allegedly stated the girl admitted she was over 18 and determining her true age was difficult because records from Ukrainian officials were “grossly incomplete.”Kristine stated the girl’s adoption was a “scam” and had been an adult the entire time she lived with the family.The Daily Mail reported the Barnetts legally adopted the girl in 2010. When doctors examined the unnamed girl, she was determined to be roughly eight years old.Two years later, the couple had the girl’s legal age changed from 10 to 22.When interviewed by cops, Michael told them his wife counselled the girl to tell people she was 22 and only looked young if ever questioned, the Washington Post reported.In a 2012 appearance on 60 Minutes, the Barnetts beamed about their autistic son Jake, who was a math and science prodigy and a college sophomore at age 13.The Barnetts moved to Canada with their three biological children so Jake could further pursue his studies. According to his Facebook profile, Jake is currently a PhD student at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ont.Michael told cops besides paying rent, he and his now ex-wife never financially supported the adopted girl.According to WISH-TV, the neglect in the case ended on Feb. 26, 2016 when the girl moved out of the apartment. Fifteen days later, another couple applied to become her legal guardians.Citing the girl’s age issue, the Barnetts reportedly filed an objection to the adoption petition. The petition was abandoned in January 2018 when the other couple changed their minds.On Sunday, Kristine took to Facebook to say she hasn’t been arrested. “I am sick and devastated from the idea of any of these charges and maintain that they are false charges,” Kristine wrote. read more

Latest violence in parts of Sudan impacts 16500 people UN says

The figure, confirmed today at UN Headquarters in New York, came from the Sudanese Government and is based on statistics gathered over the past two weeks.In response to the additional needs, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners have already distributed one-month emergency food rations to 8,500 people. The Sudanese Red Crescent Society – supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) – has established two emergency health clinics in Rashad, a town in northeastern South Kordofan.In addition, the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF) and WHO supported the South Kordofan health ministry with emergency medicine and equipment, including basic health kids to cover 10,000 people for three months, nutritional supplements and water and sanitation services.In Abyei, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan, Ali Al-Za’tari, expressed his concern today about the increasing number of people from South Sudan seeking refuge in Abyei, an area contested by South Sudan and Sudan.Over the past few days, at least 3,000 people have arrived in Abyei, a UN spokesperson said. They are fleeing violence in South Sudan’s Unity state, bringing the total number of South Sudanese in the area to 6,000. Meanwhile, a peacekeeper from the African Union – UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) was freed today, 54 days after being taken into custody. Sergeant Awesu Soleiman was abducted in Nyala on 9 March. The Joint Special Representative for Darfur, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, expressed the Mission’s gratitude to the Government of Sudan, the Wali of South Darfur, and the Government of Nigeria “for their valuable assistance” in securing his safe release. read more

The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_img 10,053 Views Tuesday 5 Mar 2019, 8:52 AM By Adam Daly Mar 5th 2019, 7:58 AM Share3 Tweet Email No Comments EVERY MORNING brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #TICK TOCK: French President Emmanuel Macron has set out plans to overhaul the EU in following the UK’s decision to leave the bloc, warning “never has Europe been in such danger”. 2. #DENIS O’BRIEN: The Supreme Court will today deliver its judgement in the case taken by Denis O’Brien against the Dáil and the State.3. #POVERTY: A new report from the Society of St Vincent de Paul has found that the rate of in-work poverty among lone parents more than doubled between 2012 and 2017.4. #TRADE DEAL: The US intends to scrap a preferential trade status granted to India and Turkey which allows certain products from the two countries to be imported duty-free.5. #JANICE BRADY: An arrest warrant has been issued for a Sligo woman who impeded an investigation into a killing and was released on bail, despite DPP objections, after the High Court heard that gardaí have “no idea where she is”.6. #GENDER BALANCE: The Minister for Finance has said the Central Bank may be forced to take action if there is no improvement in diversity in the senior posts at Irish banks.7. #NEWS FLASH: Leo Varadkar was told by one of his officials that ”radical re-thinking” of RTÉ’s role might be needed to address its chronic deficits – rather than constant rises in its public funding.8. #REMISSION: A London man appears to be free of the Aids virus after a stem cell transplant, the second success including the Berlin patient.9. #NISSAN: Former Auto Industry titan Carlos Ghosn has been granted bail at one billion yen (€7,893,849) after more than three months in a detention cell.  Comments have been closed as legal proceedings are active in one of the stories above.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Short URLcenter_img Image: Shutterstock/Jacob Blount The 9 at 9: Tuesday Here’s the news as you start your day. Image: Shutterstock/Jacob Blount Get the 9 at 9 News audio Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

ABC in the heart of the Mati fire tragedy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two months have passed since the East Attica wildfires that sank Greece deep into mourning. For those who survived and have lost their loved ones, however, the trial continues. The death toll has reached 99, and it’s not unlikely that it will rise even higher, while the extent of damages in housing, infrastructure and the environment makes the victims’ predicament even direr. Add to that the significant delays in crisis management response and the high demand for financial assistance from the state to cover basic, immediate needs, and the picture of the tragedy becomes clearer.And while the residents of Mati and neighbouring areas continue to count their wounds, the unanswered questions and blame game when it comes to assuming responsibility have the lead in a drama that just won’t cease.The news team of ABC’s Foreign Correspondent visited the site to document the chronicle of the devastating incident and reveal how things stand in the aftermath of the tragedy, through Eric Campbel’s confronting report which will air on Tuesday.The show’s producer, Mark Corcoran, speaks to Neos Kosmos about the stories he heard and everything he witnessed during a two week filming period from the end of August till the beginning of September.Their investigation focused on the causes and the impact of the fire, presenting personal accounts from those involved, but also some of the questionable statements from politicians and crisis management officers regarding responsibility.“We talked to a range of people: government ministers, emergency services people, firemen; [we talked to] the helicopter pilots, to alerting crisis and disaster experts,” Corcoran tells Neos Kosmos.Ilias Karvonopoulos saved his mother from the fire but he lost 10 friends. photo: Greg NelsonTHE PERSONAL ACCOUNTS“The most immediate impression I got was, as the fire came through, [the residents] were pretty much left to themselves,” he says.“And also, this extraordinary bravery thing that Greeks have and manage pulling together every last bit of strength in moments of crisis.”Corcoran will not forget an 84-year-old man who didn’t hesitate to put his own life in danger in order to save two children.“We interviewed another man, Ilias Karvounopoulos, who – with serious burns on his back – went through the fire on a motorbike to rescue his mother.”“Quite extraordinary accounts, but also great tragedy,” he adds, recounting the moment he met a young professional fireman who was fighting the blaze and realised it was getting closer to his home where his wife and six-month-old son were.Andreas Dimitriou called his wife to tell her to evacuate, but he was unable to prevent the worst from happening.“We interviewed that gentleman. It is extraordinary how he was going on helping others despite the immense loss he’d suffered.”The feelings of the local community are mixed, Corcoran says. “Disappointment, questions, anger, fear for what the future will bring … but through all of the above there was incredible resilience and great strength, even hope.”“Most are quite angry, yet they’re really hoping that things can change, not only in terms of rebuilding Mati, but in terms of the system. A lot of people are still in shock; 100 people are gone, hundreds more are injured. Many have lost their homes and winter is coming.”“It is a crime demanding justice and punishment” – ex-Parliamentary Speaker Zoe Konstantopoulou blames the deaths on the EU’s austerity program.THE BLAME GAMEBeyond the victims’ personal accounts, ABC’s report focuses on the attempts to find the deeper reasons and failings that led to such a devastation, as well as on who is, or is considered to be, responsible.One of the most sharp statements heard on the show comes from former SYRIZA MP – and Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament – Zoe Konstantopoulou, who deems the austerity responsible for the extent of the tragedy as staff, supplies and equipment cuts were made in crisis management and infrastructure departments due to lack of funding.“On a national and political level, there’s a lot of finger pointing; people blaming the fire brigade, the police blaming the government. [Ms Konstantopoulou] said it’s a crime and that people should be prosecuted for what happened,” Corcoran explains.“Given the circumstances and the location, what is extraordinary is that the death toll is not much higher, mainly thanks to some extraordinary accounts of bravery from certain people.”Amongst those featured is Crete Polytechnic University professor Costas Synolakis, a natural disaster expert who, according to Corcoran, was quite scathing in his response; “everything that could go wrong went wrong”.“Some people blame climate change, it’s not like Greece has a moderately cool summer. Some people blame austerity and [Synolakis] says this is part of it, but his overriding conclusion was that it was a management failure, a systemic failure of emergency services and he feels that if things were working properly, perhaps they couldn’t have stopped the fire but at least they could have delayed it for an hour or two. This would have given enough time for people to evacuate. There was no formal evacuation [process]; people were left to themselves.”Crisis management expert Costas Synolakis. Photo: Greg NelsonREACHING FOR ANSWERSSeeing the affected area up close, Corcoran concludes that this could have also happened in Australia, but with a major difference.“It reminded me of places in Australia, outside Melbourne or the central coast of NSW – It could have been here a very similar ambiance to the place; however, Australia has a much more advanced warning system, allowing residents to prepare for the fire, mitigating the risk of fire to your house and offers tips on what to do if the fire actually comes your way. There was none of that in Mati.”Corcoran can’t help but wonder if anything will change through this tragedy. “Where does one begin here?”“Assuming they can demolish a few thousand homes based on the argument that the paths to the water are obstructed, will it really make a difference? Was that the critical factor?,” he wonders.“There was not much consensus regarding the investigation but I’m reflecting on what Synolakis said, that given what happened there, the scale and ferocity of the fire, it is surprising that more lives were not lost and certainly from what we were told, you could put that down partly to the heroic efforts of individuals looking after themselves friends and families.”*The Foreign Correspondent episode ‘Eye of the Fire’ airs on ABC at 8pm on Tuesday 25 September.last_img read more

Des moutons tondront les pelouses parisiennes dès le mois davril

first_imgDes moutons tondront les pelouses parisiennes dès le mois d’avrilParis va tester l’éco-pâturage, à partir du mois d’avril. Le principe : utiliser des animaux pour entretenir un espace vert de façon à limiter le recours aux engins mécaniques et aux produits phytosanitaires.Le printemps commençant à pointer le bout de son nez, Paris se prépare à bichonner ses espaces verts. Mais cette année, les “ouvriers” des jardins pourraient être d’un genre un peu particulier ! Dès le mois d’avril, la ville de Paris a en effet décidé d’expérimenter l’éco-pâturage. Cela consiste à utiliser des animaux pour entretenir un espace vert, ce qui permet de limiter le recours aux engins mécaniques, sources de bruit et consommateurs de carburant, et aux produits phytosanitaires tels que les désherbants. À lire aussiUn incroyable jardin se développe dans une bouteille fermée depuis 50 ansLe mois prochain, ce ne sont pas des machines qui viendront tailler les pelouses mais bien des moutons ! L’expérience démarrera grâce à des ovins provenant de l’île bretonne d’Ouessant qui procèderont naturellement à la tonte d’”un terrain de 2 000 m² en friche” appartenant au service des Archives de Paris, dans le XIXe arrondissement. Si ce sont ces moutons là qui ont été choisis, c’est parce qu’ils sont à la fois résistants et de petite taille, ce qui permet “une manipulation plus aisée”, souligne la municipalité. L’objectif de cette première expérience est d’évaluer si ce type de gestion écologique des espaces verts est applicable dans un milieu urbain dense comme Paris intramuros. Cette expérimentation est prévue en “plusieurs périodes” d’avril à octobre. Entre chaque période de pâturage, les animaux seront hébergés par la Ferme de Paris, située dans le bois de Vincennes, laquelle sera chargé de leur suivi sanitaire. En cas de résultats probants, d’autres expérimentations pourraient suivre, par exemple dans les bois de Vincennes et de Boulogne, indique la mairie. Le 25 mars 2013 à 14:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Alcool et mémoire ne font pas bon ménage

first_imgAlcool et mémoire ne font pas bon ménageSelon une étude qui vient d’être publiée, les hommes qui consomment trop souvent de l’alcool risquent de voir leur mémoire décliner beaucoup plus rapidement que les autres. Sans grande surprise, l’alcool entraîne une diminution de leurs capacités d’attention et de concentration relèvent les chercheurs.Une étude qui a été publiée dans la revue Neurology le 15 janvier par des chercheurs de l’Inserm et l’University College London indique que les personnes âgées de 40 à 60 ans qui consomment plus de 36 g d’alcool par jour s’exposent à un déclin accéléré de la mémoire. Pour arriver à ces conclusions, les scientifiques ont réalisé une étude épidémiologique auprès de 5.054 hommes et 2.099 femmes. Ces personnes ont été questionnées trois fois en dix ans sur leur consommation habituelle d’alcool : à l’âge de 56 ans en moyenne puis 5 et 10 ans plus tard. En parallèle, les scientifiques ont étudié les capacités de mémorisation, d’attention et de raisonnement des candidats.Mémoire et fonctions exécutive testées Pour évaluer la mémoire, les personnes devaient se souvenir du maximum possible de mots parmi le 20 qui leurs étaient soumis. Les fonctions exécutives, elles (attention et raisonnement), étaient évaluées sur la base de trois tests : un test de logique comprenant 65 questions et deux tests dits de “fluence verbale”. Dans ces derniers, les candidats disposaient d’une minute pour inscrire le plus possible de mots commençant par S et le maximum possible de noms d’animaux.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Résultats : les gros consommateurs d’alcool présentent un déclin accentué de la mémoire et des fonctions exécutives. En revanche, on n’observe aucune différence de la mémorisation chez les personnes sobres, les anciens buveurs et les buveurs légers à modérés. Un vieillissement intellectuel de 1,5 à 6 années chez les grands buveurs D’après l’étude des tests, le décalage retrouvés chez les gros consommateurs d’alcool équivaut à un vieillissement intellectuel de 1,5 à 6 années supplémentaires. Ainsi, un grand consommateur d’alcool de 58 aurait un cerveau âgé de 60 à 64 ans. De plus, comme l’indique Séverine Sabia de l’University College London, “les effets apparaissent d’autant plus marqués que la consommation est élevée”.On ne sait pas si ces résultats sont valables chez les femmes dans la mesure où un trop faible nombre d’entre elles consommait de l’alcool en grandes quantités. Toutefois, il semble qu’il y ait un déclin plus rapide des fonctions exécutives chez celles qui boivent plus de 20 g d’alcool par jour.Le 18 janvier 2014 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Soy Growers Look to White House Task Force to Lead on Key

first_imgASA welcomed today’s establishment by the White House of a task force to address the challenges facing America’s farmers. According to an executive order issued by the White House, the task force, to be led by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, will identify policy areas where executive branch agencies can take action to improve economic development, job growth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security, and quality of life for rural America and U.S. farmers. ASA President Ron Moore, a farmer from Roseville, Ill., applauded the creation of the task force in a statement issued today:“It is encouraging that President Trump’s executive order recognizes the vital work that farmers do for our fellow Americans. By noting specifically that a reliable, safe and affordable food supply is critical to our success and stability as a nation, President Trump sets a firm foundation for future conversations with our industry. We are confident that Secretary Perdue will be a productive and forward-thinking guide for these conversations.“The multiple functions of the task force will help move our industry forward, and specific directives like addressing regulatory barriers farmers face and investing in the infrastructure on which our industry depends will directly address some of our most significant challenges. As the task force begins its work, we want to ensure a constant line of communication between ASA and other farm organizations and the task force so that this group can function as effectively and successfully as possible. We look forward to opportunities to sit down with President Trump, Secretary Perdue, and others in the administration to provide input on how the task force can best serve soybean farmers.”last_img read more

BSE closes points 13459 up on March 3

first_imgBSE closes points 134.59 up on March 31.4K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 134.59 up on March 31.4K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, March 3 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 134.59 points up to stand at 29,593.73. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 134.59 points up to stand at 8,996.25. TATA ELXSI LTD. and BHUSHAN STEEL LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.00% and 15.30% along with IDBI and NATCO PHARMA LTD. with an increase of 10.33% and 9.99% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include EICHER MOTORS LTD. and COAL INDIA with a decrease of 4.46% and 3.98% along with MAHINDRA and MAHINDRA LTD and OBEROI REALTY LTD with a decrease of 3.48% and 2.79% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 171.82 points at 19,753.13 while the banking sector is down 61.57 points at 22,920.15 and the reality sector is down at 21.59 points at 1,794.95. The Indian currency is down 0.04% at Rs 61.89 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, March 3 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 134.59 points up to stand at 29,593.73. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 134.59 points up to stand at 8,996.25. TATA ELXSI LTD. and BHUSHAN STEEL LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.00% and 15.30% along with IDBI and NATCO PHARMA LTD. with an increase of 10.33% and 9.99% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include EICHER MOTORS LTD. and COAL INDIA with a decrease of 4.46% and 3.98% along with MAHINDRA and MAHINDRA LTD and OBEROI REALTY LTD with a decrease of 3.48% and 2.79% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 171.82 points at 19,753.13 while the banking sector is down 61.57 points at 22,920.15 and the reality sector is down at 21.59 points at 1,794.95. The Indian currency is down 0.04% at Rs 61.89 per dollar.last_img read more

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Awards Scholarship to Eight Students

first_imgRobert G. Berger Memorial Scholarship FundThe Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission announced June 18 that eight children of Commission employees have been awarded scholarships through the Robert G. Berger Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund is supported by contributions from the Berger family, employees and retirees of WSSC.Approximately $10,000 in scholarships was awarded to the following students:Andrea Crowe         Lock Haven UniversityDaniel Crowe           Lock Haven UniversitySanchita Gupta        University of VirginiaAmber Kelly             Salisbury UniversityThomas Lilly, III       Georgia Institute of TechnologyTheresa Russell      University of Maryland College ParkNatelie Tobery         Shepherd UniversityChristina Venanzi    Stevenson UniversityThe Robert G. Berger Memorial Scholarship Fund serves as an opportunity for WSSC to support higher education. Formerly known as the WSSC Employee Scholarship Fund, it was renamed to honor the memory of Commissioner Robert G. Berger upon his passing in April 2003. Commissioner Berger was appointed to the Commission from Montgomery County in 1993 and served until 2001. A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, he was a tremendous advocate of higher education and played a pivotal role in creating the WSSC Scholarship Fund.last_img read more

Harry Potter Wizards Unite to Launch This Week

first_imgNiantic first previewed the game to a small group of journalists in San Francisco in March, and began testing it in Australia and New Zealand last month. The tweet said that fans should keep their “eyes peeled and wand ready for more information” as the game goes live in their region, suggesting that Niantic may be planning a staggered roll-out across the world.“Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” has been developed by Warner Bros. games in partnership with Niantic, and uses Niantic’s real-world platform to combine location-based gaming with augmented reality (AR). The game tasks players to find magical places around them, collect special artifacts and fight death eaters and other creatures from the Harry Potter universe.The game uses many of the same mechanics as “Pokemon Go,” but also embraces some of the latest in mobile AR. For encounters with magical creatures, the game opens in AR mode, and allows players to cast spells by tracing swipes on their screen. “Pokemon Go” maker Niantic is getting ready to launch its next big game: “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” is set to launch in June 21, the company revealed in a tweet this week. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Butler named director of operations for Junior Railers

first_imgJunior Railers HC director of hockey operations Bobby Butler with his wife, Lisa, and their children, Beckham, 2, Vivienne, 5 weeks, and Vincent, 4, at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center. Photo/submittedWorcester – Former Olympian Bobby Butler of Marlborough, a 10-year professional who played for four NHL teams, will officially become the first director of hockey operations for the Junior Railers Hockey Club.“I am very excited for this opportunity. Hockey has given me so much and I am looking forward to help grow the game in Central Mass.,” Butler said.In his new role, Butler will be responsible for the direction, administration, management, supervision and marketing of all Junior Railers programs.Last year, the Junior Railers had nearly 600 boys and girls on over 50 teams from mosquitoes (5-year-olds) through midgets (18-year-olds), competing at all levels (instructional, house, travel, select, elite).Registration for the 2019-20 season is ongoing at“I was drawn to the setup of the Junior Railers,” Butler said. “I love how there are teams for all level of players. My young kids have started to learn the game and for them to be able to be a part of the same organization no matter their skill level, will allow them to develop and grow as people and players all while calling themselves a Railer!”The Junior Railers HC has grown significantly over the last five years and two seasons ago began playing at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center. The Junior Railers also play at Holy Cross, the DCU Center, Horgan Rink in Auburn and Buffone Rink in Worcester, as well as other Central Mass. rinks.“We welcome Bobby to our team,” said Matt Wojnarowicz, president of the Junior Railers’ nine-member executive board, which conducted a national search to fill the position. “We look forward to working with him for years to come.”Wojnarowicz expects Butler to further the organization’s growth and continue the positive momentum.“People know Bobby as the Olympian, college star and NHL player, but we were just as impressed by him as a person,” he said. “He’s a true professional on and off the ice and we are excited for him to get to work with our players, coaches and parents.”A former Hobey Baker Award finalist at the University of New Hampshire, Butler was a member of the United States Olympic team that competed in South Korea in 2018. He also helped Team USA win a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2013.As a pro, he played for the Ottawa Senators from 2010-12, the New Jersey Devils from 2012-13, the Nashville Predators in 2013 and the Florida Panthers from 2013-15.He played the past two seasons in the AHL with the Hartford Wolfpack and Milwaukee Admirals. Prior to that, he played in the Kontinental Hockey League and Swedish Elite League.A three-time AHL All-Star and former All-Star Classic MVP, Butler was named the league’s Player of the Week and Rookie of the Month, set records for most playoff goals and points by a rookie, and helped Binghamton win the 2011 Calder Cup.At the University of New Hampshire, Butler was named a first-team All-American, Walter Brown Award winner, Hockey East Player of the Year and a Hobey Baker Award finalist after totaling 29 goals and 24 assists and 53 points in just 39 games in 2010.He graduated from UNH in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in health and human services, health management and policy.A 2005 Marlborough High graduate, Butler led the Panthers, coached by his father, to the Division 3 state championship as a senior.Off the ice, Butler has run his own hockey camps and clinics, and most recently served as director of player development for the Boston Junior Bruins where he played from 2002-06.last_img read more

Novarad PACS Now Compatible with Epic RIS Platform

first_img News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | PACS | October 10, 2016 Novarad PACS Now Compatible with Epic RIS Platform Company develops bi-directional functionality between its PACS and popular RIS system The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more October 10, 2016 — Novarad’s most recent software development has enabled the company to achieve a bi-directional integration between its picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and Epic’s radiology information system (RIS).Novarad’s PACS system, NovaPACS, utilizes a bi-directional gateway that allows healthcare professionals to run NovaPACS or Epic from either program. It includes a single sign-on for both programs, bi-directional study synchronization, and the ability to launch Novarad from the Epic RIS and vice-versa.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more last_img read more

New Study Uses MRI to Probe Psychopathic Brains

first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School Image courtesy of Imago Systems July 7, 2017 — Josh Buckholtz, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Harvard University, is the senior author of a study that relies on brain scans of nearly 50 prison inmates to help explain why psychopaths make poor decisions that often lead to violence or other anti-social behavior.What they found, he said, is psychopath’s brains are wired in a way that leads them to over-value immediate rewards and neglect the future consequences of potentially dangerous or immoral actions. The study is described in a July 5 paper in Neuron.”For years, we have been focused on the idea that psychopaths are people who cannot generate emotion and that’s why they do all these terrible things,” Buckholtz said. “But what we care about with psychopaths is not the feelings they have or don’t have, it’s the choices they make. Psychopaths commit an astonishing amount of crime, and this crime is both devastating to victims and astronomically costly to society as a whole.”And even though psychopaths are often portrayed as cold-blooded, almost alien predators, we have been showing that their emotional deficits may not actually be the primary driver of these bad choices. Because it’s the choices of psychopaths that cause so much trouble, we’ve been trying to understand what goes on in their brains when they make decisions that involve trade-offs between the costs and benefits of action,” he continued. “In this most recent paper…we are able to look at brain-based measures of reward and value and the communication between different brain regions that are involved in decision making.”Obtaining the scans used in the study, however, was no easy feat — where most studies face an uphill battle in bringing subjects into the lab, Buckholtz’s challenge was in bringing the scanner to his subjects.The solution came in form of a “mobile” magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner — typically used for cancer screenings in rural areas — that came packed in the trailer of a tractor trailer. After trucking the equipment to a two medium-security prisons in Wisconsin, the team — which included collaborators at the University of Wisconin-Madison and University of New Mexico — would spend days calibrating the scanner, and then work to scan as many volunteers as possible as quickly as possible.”It was a huge undertaking,” he said. “Most MRI scanners, they’re not going anywhere, but in this case, we’re driving this inside a prison and then in very quick succession we have to assess and scan the inmates.”The team ultimately scanned the brains of 49 inmates over two hours as they took part in a type of delayed gratification test which asked them to choose between two options — receive a smaller amount of money immediately, or a larger amount at a later time. The results of those tests were then fit to a model that allowed researchers to create a measure of not only how impulsive each participant’s behavior was, but to identify brain regions that play a role in assessing the relative value of such choices.What they found, Buckholtz said, was people who scored high for psychopathy showed greater activity in a region called the ventral striatum — known to be involved in evaluating the subjective reward — for the more immediate choice.”So the more psychopathic a person is, the greater the magnitude of that striatal response,” Buckholtz said. “That suggests that the way they are calculating the value rewards is dysregulated — they may over-represent the value of immediate reward.”When Buckholtz and colleagues began mapping which brain regions are connected to the ventral striatum, it became clear why.”We mapped the connections between the ventral striatum and other regions known to be involved in decision-making, specifically regions of the prefrontal cortex known to regulate striatal response,” he said. “When we did that, we found that connections between the striatum and the ventral medial prefrontal cortex were much weaker in people with psychopathy.”That lack of connection is important, Buckholtz said, because this portion of the prefrontal cortex role is thought to be important for ‘mental time-travel’ — envisioning the future consequences of actions. There is increasing evidence that prefrontal cortex uses the outcome of this process to change how strongly the striatum responds to rewards. With that prefrontal modulating influence weakened, the value of the more immediate choice may become dramatically over-represented.”The striatum assigns values to different actions without much temporal context,” he said. “We need the prefrontal cortex to make prospective judgments how an action will affect us in the future — if I do this, then this bad thing will happen. The way we think of it is if you break that connection in anyone, they’re going to start making bad choices because they won’t have the information that would otherwise guide their decision-making to more adaptive ends.”The effect was so pronounced, Buckholtz said, that researchers were able to use the degree of connection between the striatum and the prefrontal cortex to accurately predict how many times inmates had been convicted of crimes.Ultimately, Buckholtz said, his goal is to erase the popular image of psychopaths as incomprehensible, cold-blooded monsters and see them for what they are — everyday humans whose brains are simply wired differently.”They’re not aliens, they’re people who make bad decisions,” he said. “The same kind of short-sighted, impulsive decision-making that we see in psychopathic individuals has also been noted in compulsive over-eaters and substance abusers. If we can put this back into the domain of rigorous scientific analysis, we can see psychopaths aren’t inhuman, they’re exactly what you would expect from humans who have this particular kind of brain wiring dysfunction.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more 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 | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 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 center_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Related Content News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 07, 2017 New Study Uses MRI to Probe Psychopathic Brains Study shows psychopathic brains are wired in a way that can lead to dangerous and violent actions News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more last_img read more

New exhibit examines Native American imagery in US

first_imgNew exhibit examines Native American imagery in US culture Objects using imagery of Native Americans are on display at the “Americans” exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Washington. A new exhibit uses images of Natives to show how the population permeates American culture. The “Americans” exhibit has received good reviews, but some say the accompanying website falls short in its characterization of an 1830 U.S. law that forced thousands of American Indians off their lands. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) by Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2018 6:50 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 19, 2018 at 7:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Bold. Visionary. A spectacular success.The words in an online promotion for a new museum exhibit in Washington, D.C., describe an 1830 U.S. law that forced thousands of American Indians from their lands in the South to areas west of the Mississippi River.Provocative, yes, says the co-curator of the exhibit “Americans” that opened last month at the National Museum of the American Indian. Bold and visionary in imagining a country free of American Indians. A spectacular success in greatly expanding wealth from cotton fields where millions of blacks worked as slaves.“When you’re in the show, you understand bold and visionary become tongue in cheek,” co-curator Cecile Ganteaume said.The exhibit that runs through 2022 has opened to good reviews and pushes the national debate over American Indian imagery — including men in headdresses with bows, arrows and tomahawks — and sports teams named the Chiefs, Braves and Blackhawks. The NFL’s Washington Redskins logo on one wall prompts visitors to think about why it’s described both as a unifying force in D.C. and offensive.The exhibit falls short, some say, with an accompanying website and its characterization of the Indian Removal Act.The online text is a perplexing way to characterize an effort that spanned multiple presidencies and at one point, consumed one-fifth of the federal budget, said Ben Barnes, second chief of the Shawnee Tribe.The law led to the deaths of thousands of people who were marched from their homes without full compensation for the value of the land they left behind. And it affected far more tribes than the five highlighted online, he said.“It made it seem like it was a trivial matter that turned out best for everyone,” he said. “I cannot imagine an exhibit at the newly established African-American museum that talked about how economically wonderful slavery was for the South.”Ganteaume said the website isn’t encyclopedic and neither it nor the exhibit is meant to dismiss the experiences of American Indians. Instead, it challenges the depths at which people recognize indigenous people are ingrained in America’s identity and learn how it happened, she said.An opening gallery has hundreds of images of American Indians — often a stoic chief in a Plains-style headdress or a maiden — on alcohol bottles, a sugar bag, motor oil, a missile mounted on the wall and a 1948 Indian Chief motorcycle.Dozens of clips expand on how the imagery has permeated American culture in television and film.But when historic or cartoonish images are the only perception people have of what it means to be Native, they can’t imagine American Indians in the modern world, said Julie Reed, a history professor at the University of Tennessee.“Even when I’m standing in front of students, identified as a Cherokee professor, making the point from Day 1 that I’m still here and other Cherokee people are still here, I still get midterm exams that talk about the complete annihilation of Indian peoples,” she said.Ganteaume said that while Native people have deep histories in other countries, the United States is more often fixated on using images of them.Side galleries expand on what’s familiar to most Americans: the Trail of Tears, Pocahontas and the Battle of Little Bighorn. An orientation film on the invention of Thanksgiving starts with a once widely used television screen test featuring an Indian head and then questions the hoopla of the national holiday when America already had Independence Day.Eden Slone, a graduate student in museum studies in the Washington, D.C., area, said she was impressed by the exhibit’s design and interactive touch tables. She never realized that Tootsie Pop wrappers featured an image of an American Indian in a headdress, holding a bow and arrow.“I think the exhibition was carried out well and it definitely makes you think of Native American imagery,” she said. “When I see images like that, I’ll think more about where it came from.”Reed, University of Tennessee professor and Cherokee woman, fears people will get the wrong impression about the Indian Removal Act from the website. An essay puts a positive spin on what Reed calls ethnic cleansing.Yet, she plans to visit.“I think there is legitimacy to say, come look at this exhibit. That’s a fair response to criticism,” Reed said. “I want to go and give the exhibit a fair shake because it may be brilliant and could do everything the website does not.”last_img read more

Bring on the camp Met Gala exhibit explores camp

first_imgBring on the camp: Met Gala exhibit explores camp in fashion by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted May 6, 2019 6:03 am PDT This combination photo shows, from left, actor-singer Harry Styles, tennis star Serena Williams and actress-singer Lady Gaga who will join Anna Wintour as hosts for the 71st annual Met Gala, a fundraiser for the museum’s Costume Institute. (AP Photo) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Stars often show up to the Met Gala looking as campy as they (and their stylists) can manage. This year, that’s exactly what they’re supposed to do.The theme of the latest fashion mega-exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute is, in fact, “camp.”The style includes irony, humour, parody, artifice and theatricality, among other elements. The exhibit traces its history back to the 17th century.Items on display include a TV dinner cape by Jeremy Scott emblazoned with carrots, peas and mashed potatoes, and Bjork’s famous “swan dress” from the Oscars.The exhibit is the centerpiece of the star-studded Met Gala on Monday night. The Gucci-sponsored gala is co-chaired by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles and Serena Williams, along with Vogue editor Anna Wintour.Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Presslast_img read more