Situated in one of the best residential areas of Kuwait on a plot of 300 420 m2, the park offers a free landscaped area to the inhabitant, where they can enjoy the greenery, water features and buildings from the walkways or the wooden trains. A 41020 m2 shopping mall, divided into a basement, ground and mezzanine floors, can be found on the south-eastern side of the park.
On the end of the curve shape, the mall is completed with a museum towards the south and opposite a media academic building. The western corner of the park houses a health club and the northern one is occupied by a multipurpose complex. A restaurant village can be found close to the shopping mall, with views of the main lake. The various previously mentioned functions are completed by a veterinarian clinic. The several changes required by the client have been taking into account, without influencing the general concept or images of the project.
Help is just a few clicks away on Facebook for people expressing suicidal thoughts.The social networking site launched a new feature Tuesday that enables users to connect with a counselor through a confidential chat session triggered after a friend reports distressing content.
The new tool has several benefits, experts say, in the quest to reduce the number of nearly 100 Americans who commit suicide every day.First, it brings quick intervention at times when it can be of most help. Second, it enables troubled people to start a chat over an instant messaging system that many find more comfortable than speaking on the phone with a counselor.
“We’ve heard from many people who say they want to talk to someone but don’t want to call. Instant message is perfect for that,” said Lidia Bernik, associate project director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
The service is the latest tool from Facebook aimed at improving safety on its site, which has more than 800 million users. This year, it announced changes to how users report bullying, offensive content and fake profiles.
“One of the big goals here is to get the person in distress into the right help as soon as possible,” saidFred Wolens, Facebook’s public policy manager.In recent years, distressed people have posted their final words on Facebook.
In one high-profile case in September 2010, Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after his roommate allegedly used a webcam to spy on his intimate encounter with another man.
Facebook, however, has not created any software that searches the site for suicidal expressions. It would be far too difficult with so many users and so many comments that could be misinterpreted by a computer algorithm, Wolens said.
“The only people who will have a really good idea of what’s going on is your friends. So we’re encouraging them to speak up and giving them an easy and quick way to get help,” he said.
The Lifeline currently responds to dozens of users on Facebook each day. Crisis center workers will be available 24 hours a day to respond to users selecting the chat option.
Source: The News Daily
The Kuwwait Government have unveiled first of its kind project “SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN SCHOOL COMPLEX”. This project will provide Special Needs School facilities for a projected 9000 students on three separate campuses located in Hawally, Fintas and Jahra, with 3000 students per campus.
The Special Needs Schools Project for Kuwait will be a comprehensive campus serving a broad mix of special needs students, including:
Down Syndrome Physically Handicapped
From an educational and facility design perspective, this combination of exceptionalities on the same site offers a unique opportunity to comprehensively address the special differences required to serve each different student along with the opportunity to benefit by clustering common educational programs in a fashion that will link the common element of learning that also exist between all exceptional students.
Planning, design and tender Phase services on the Project for Stage 1 will be provided by the Consultant Team Langdon Wilson International(LWI) in association with Gulf Consult (GC) as a local partner for a two years period.Stage 2 of the Project will involve construction supervision.
|Location||Hawally, Fixtas and Jahra|
|Client||Ministry of Public Works(MPW)|
|Services||Full Engineering Services and Construction Supervision|
|Project Status||Planing and Designing in process.|
Source: Gulf Consult
WASHINGTON: US researchers said Monday they have discovered how to keep tumor cells alive in a lab, generating buzz in the scientific community about a potential breakthrough that could transform cancer treatment.
Until now, scientists have been unable to make cancer cells thrive for very long, or in a condition that resembles the way they act in the body. Doctors diagnose and recommend treatment largely based on biopsied tissue that is frozen or set in wax.
The advance has sparked new hope that someday doctors may be able to test a host of cancer-killing drugs on a person’s own tumor cells in the lab, before returning to the patient with a therapy that is a proven to be a good match.
“This would really be the ultimate in personalized medicine,” said lead author Richard Schlegel, chairman of the department of pathology at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
“The therapies would be exactly from their tissues. We would get normal tissue and tumor tissue from a particular patient and specifically match up their therapies,”
“We are really excited about the possibilities of testing we can do with this.” The method, described in the online edition of the American Journal of Pathology, borrows from a simple method used in stem cell research, experts said.
Lung, breast, prostate and colon cancers were kept alive for up to two years using the technique, which combines fibroblast feeder cells to keep cells alive and a Rho kinase (ROCK) inhibitor that allows them to reproduce.
When treated with the duo, both cancer and normal cells reverted to a “stem-like state,” Schlegel said, allowing researchers to compare the living cells directly for the first time.If other scientists can replicate the technique — and three labs in the United States are already working on it,the advance could herald a long-awaited transformation in the way cancer cells are studied.
“A tumor from one patient is different from a cancer from another patient, and really that is one important reason why so many clinical trials fail,” said Marc Symons, investigator at the Center for Oncology and Cell Biology at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, New York.
“I think it is fair to say this revolutionizes the way we think of cancer treatment,” added Symons, who was not involved in the study.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in the world, killing 7.6 million people in 2008, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization.
Source: The Dawn News
Facebook on Thursday began transforming profile pages into interactive digital scrapbooks that let members of the world’s leading online social network tell the stories of their lives.
The “Timeline” feature being rolled out by Facebook was unveiled at a developers conference in September and comes with new ways for people to discover and share music, movies, books and news.
“Timeline gives you an easy way to rediscover the things you shared, and collect your most important moments,” Facebook said in a post announcing that the change is now available to its more than 800 million members.
“It also lets you share new experiences, like the music you listen to or the miles you run.”
Timeline visually graphs Facebook posts based on when they were uploaded, letting people look back at pictures from special events, memorialised accomplishments, pithy text exchanges and other updates from their lives.
After upgrading to Timeline, people will have seven days to privately review and edit how it will be viewable by friends at the social network before it automatically goes live online.“Your new timeline will replace your profile, but all your stories and photos will still be there,” Facebook said.
Tools allow Facebook users to hide posts they do not want included in their Timeline or change settings regarding which of their friends or associates can see posts.
Facebook also tailored a version of Timeline for use on smartphones or tablet computers powered by Google’s Android software.“Mobile timeline starts with your unique cover photo,” Facebook’s Mick Johnson said in a blog post.
“As you scroll down, you’ll see your posts, photos and life events as they happened, back to the day you were born.”Unveiling Timeline in September, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg described it as “the story of your life.”
He demonstrated by showing how his new profile page chronicled his experiences from meeting US President Barack Obama to baby photos.
“What Timeline does is show all the recent activity and then as you go back in time it starts summarizing the things you’ve done in your life,” he said.
The changes come with a new class of Facebook applications that let people automatically allow chosen friends to see what they do or experience without needing to click “Like” or “Share” buttons.
Online music service Spotify, for example, will let Facebook users see what friends are listening to at any given moment and then listen along by clicking on a post.
The same principle will apply to computer or mobile gadget applications for digital books, news and films.
People will need to install third party applications to share snippets in Timeline profile pages, which will feature privacy controls.
Applications will also require people to set data sharing “permissions” before they are used.Partners ready with “open graph” applications include online streaming video services Netflix and Hulu.
Applications are also available to deliver and share news stories from sources including Yahoo! and News Corp.’s The Daily.
Facebook’s transformation is likely to trigger backlash from ranks of notoriously change-averse users and to resurrect concerns over how effectively the social network protects people’s privacy.
Facebook said it has worked with privacy groups while developing Timeline and that it has made it simple and clear to control what information gets shared and with whom.
Source : Dawn News
Scientists at the CERN physics research centre said on Tuesday they had found signs of the Higgs boson, an elementary particle believed to have played a vital role in the creation of the universe after the Big Bang.
Leaders of two experiments, ALTAS and CMS, revealed their answer in which finding the Higgs was a key goal for the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider (LHC), designed to re-create the conditions just after the Big Bang in an attempt to answer fundamental questions of science and the universe itself.
Following are some facts about the Big Bang and CERN’s particle-smashing experiments:
* RECREATING THE BIG BANG:
Tests have involved pumping a single bunch of energy particles from the project’s accelerator into the 27-km (17-mile) beam pipe of the collider and steering them counter- clockwise around it for about 3 km (2 miles).
The collider aims to simulate conditions milliseconds after the “Big Bang” which created the universe around 13.7 billion years ago.
The collisions, in which both particle clusters travel around the speed of light, are monitored on computers at CERN and laboratories around the world by scientists looking for, among other things, a particle that made life possible.
* HIGGS BOSON:
The elusive particle, which has been called the “Higgs boson” afterBritish physicist Peter Higgs, 82, a particle-physics theorist who first showed in 1964 that it must exist, is thought to be the mysterious factor that gives everything mass.
* WHAT IS THE BIG BANG?
Recreating a “Big Bang,” which most scientists believe is the only explanation of an expanding universe, ought to show how stars and planets came together out of the primeval chaos that followed, the CERN team believes.
Its essential feature is the emergence of the universe from a tiny speck about the size of a coin but in a state of extremely high temperature and density.
The name “Big Bang” was coined in 1949 by British scientist Fred Hoyle to disparage a then emerging theory about origins that countered his own “steady state” view: that the universe had always existed and was evolving but not expanding.
According to the Big Bang model, the universe expanded rapidly from a highly compressed primordial state, which resulted in a significant decrease in density and temperature. Soon afterward, the dominance of matter over antimatter (as observed today) may have been established by processes that also predict proton decay. During this stage many types of elementary particles may have been present. After a few seconds, the universe cooled enough to allow the formation of certain nuclei.
The theory predicts that definite amounts of hydrogen, helium and lithium were produced. Their abundances agree with what is observed today. About a million years later the universe was sufficiently cool for atoms to form.
* WHAT IS CERN:
CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, is one of the
world’s largest centers for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the universe is made of and how it works.
Founded in 1954, the CERN Laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe’s first joint ventures and now has 20 member states, plus six actively participant observers including the United States and Russia.
Source : The News
This world is very beautiful, here always new things happened which reflect the beauty of this nature. Read this article and post your feelings in the shape of comments.
Chinese web users have flooded a wildlife park with pleas for an amorous male sheep and female deer to be allowed to stay together after their mating habits raised concerns.
Staff at the wildlife park turned to the country’s half a billion web users for advice after the deer and the ram – whose Chinese name Changmao means Long Hair – began their unconventional liaison.
Their romance made headlines in China after a local television station in the southwestern province of Yunnan picked up on the story, reporting that attempts to separate the pair had been unsuccessful.
By Thursday, the story of the inseparable pair had inspired more than 1,700 comments on China’s weibos – microblogging services similar to Twitter that have taken the country by storm in recent years.
“I cried when I watched the video, this is love… they have overcome the obstacles and are finally together,” posted one user under the name Qianjiang.
Another, posting under the name timm_tina, said the story of the inseparable pair had “made me trust love again”.
“Love between a sheep and deer is wonderful, perhaps something strange will be produced, I urge everyone to watch this closely,” said another, posting under the name beibei5332.
Now its our turn to reflect our feeling. Do comments and Keep loving with our dear ones.
Source : Dawn News Daily.
The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in, which will go on sale in Spring of 2012, earned Decisive magazine’s annual Urban Green Vehicle of the Year Award today. The three Urban Vehicles of the Year award winners and finalists were announced after being selected by an independent panel of automotive journalists, who reviewed several dozen cars and trucks in various North American urban settings. Decisive magazine’s Urban Vehicles of the Year, which were selected on the basis of style, practicality and attainability, will be featured in the magazine’s winter issue and on mobile applications.
Glaciers in the French Alps have lost a quarter of their area in the past 40 years, according to new research.In the late 1960s/early 1970s, the ice fields slipping down Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains of the European range covered some 375 sq km.By the late 2000s, this area had fallen to about 275 sq km.
The research has been presented at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, the world’s largest annual gathering of Earth scientists.
It mirrors some findings of retreat occurring in other sectors of the Alps which sit across the borders of several nations, but predominantly Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, France, and Italy.The new French Alps glaciers inventory was produced by Marie Gardent, from the University of Savoie, and colleagues.
It assessed the roughly 600 glaciers in broad areas incorporating the Ecrins, Belledonne, Vanoise, Ubaye and Grande Rousse Arves massifs, as well as the famous Mont Blanc Massif in the north.
The team drew upon map archives, past satellite imagery and aerial photographs. Manual inspection was used to check the automatic delineation methods employed in the pictures was correct.
The only existing glacial inventory from the French Alps was published four decades ago within the context of the World Glacier Inventory. It found the overall area of ice to be about 375 sq km.By 1985-86, in spite of a short advancing period in the late 70s/early 80s, glacial coverage had decreased to a value close to 340 sq km, the new survey shows.Since then, the withdrawal has accelerated, with the area being reduced to about 275 sq km in the late 2000s.
This represents an average loss of some 26% over the last 40 years. The retreat is not uniform across the French Alps, however. The greatest losses have been seen in the southern sectors. In the Belledonne Massif, for example, glaciers have almost completely disappeared; and in the Ecrins Massif, glacial retreat is more than three times stronger than in the Mont Blanc Massif.
“The glacier retreat is less important in the northern Alps than in the southern Alps,” Ms Gardent emphasised.
“We think this is because of the lower elevation of the mountains in the south, but also because of climatic conditions which are different. There is more precipitation in the north and there is also more cloud.”
The northern region includes the biggest French glacier of all – La Mer de Glace, which falls over a 1,000m in altitude down Mont Blanc itself. Its area today is just over 30 sq km, a shade smaller than the 31.5 sq km in the late 1960s/early 1970s.Efforts to assess and monitor glacier health are going on across the Alpine region.At this very meeting three years ago, Swiss researchers reported that glaciers on their part of the European range were also losing mass at an accelerating rate.
Melting of snow on the world’s tallest peak, the Mount Everest, has increased dramatically between 2002 and 2005 with receding of glaciers in Hindu-Kush Himalayan region having doubled in the last 20 years. A first comprehensive study of 54,000 glaciers covering 60,000 sq kilometers — bigger than area of United Kingdom by United Nations supported International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) says that the glaciers were melting in both central and eastern Himalayas.
“Country specific studies have found that depletion of glacial area over the past 30 years was 22 % in Bhutan, 21 % in Nepal and about 15 % in India,” the report said. Mount Everest has witnessed a faster rate of the glacial melt between 2002 and 2005.
But, global warming was having bigger impact on clean glaciers of the Tibetan pleateau, which recorded faster rate of retreating than the glaciers of the rugged central Himayalan region. It is because the glaciers in the Central Himalayan belt are covered in debris, which provide insulation to glaciers, thereby slowing down the melting process.
The Hindu Kush Himalayan region has about 30 % of the world’s glaciers and also referred as third pole, after North and South poles.
The study based on satellite maps of glaciers also reports huge ecological and survival implications for 1.3 billion people who live in basins of rivers originating from Himalayan glaciers.
“Two major land use systems in the region are changing,” the report said. In mountain forests, tree lines and species are shifting to higher elevations, and species already living at the highest elevations may have nowhere to go. For humans, there is a risk of outburst of huge glacial lakes discovered during the study and lesser water for livelihood when the glaciers recede beyong a limit. “Changes in the seasonality of flows in river basins supplied by melt water from snow and ice are also predicted,” the report said.
Source: The telegraph
4th December,2011.A camel named Bedour entered the Guinness Book of Records when it was purchased for 2 million dinars cash after the seller refused to take a cheque or ATM card during the Safat Camel Auction in Sulaibiya,Kuwait.
According to the seller, the camel is expensive because it’s unique and exceptionally beautiful, which makes it different from other camels and on par with camels the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and his companions rode. He affirmed that this revelation is verifiable and has already been established. Therefore, the camel is worth the amount he collected from the purchase, the seller noted.
He reiterated that the value of the camel has nothing to do with quality of its meat, hyrax, milk or urine but its offspring and byproducts. He said the buyer will recoup the KD 2,000,000 with huge profit, stressing that mere onlookers were surprised that the camel had been sold for 2 million, which is almost enough to buy a private jet and way beyond the prices of latest automobiles.
He claimed the camel originates from camels the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and his companions owned. He also said the buyer could insure the camel just like human beings, cars and houses, even though he refused to mention profit he made through the deal.