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Priebe S.,Queen Mary, University of London | Matanov A.,Queen Mary, University of London | Demi N.,WHO Country Office | Simic J.B.,University of Banja Luka | And 8 more authors.
Community Mental Health Journal | Year: 2012

Eight community mental health care centres (initiated by the South-Eastern Europe Stability Pact) in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina Croatia Macedonia Moldova, Montenegro and Romania were evaluated. Characteristics of patients, patient reported outcomes and patient views of care were assessed in 305 psychiatric patients. Patient characteristics varied across centres, with most patients having long term psychotic disorders. Treatment satisfaction and therapeutic relationships were rated favourably. Subjective quality of life mean scores were rather low, with higher satisfaction with health and dissatisfaction with the financial and employment situation. Being unemployed was the only factor associated with poor quality of life and lower treatment satisfaction. Most developing centres target patients with persistent psychotic disorders. Care appears highly valued by the patients. The findings encourage establishing more centres in the region and call for employment schemes for people with mental illnesses. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC (Outside the USA).


Snyder R.L.,University of California at Davis | Shapland T.M.,University of California at Davis | Song Z.,Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences | Swelam A.,NPO | Moratiel R.,Technical University of Madrid
ASABE - 5th National Decennial Irrigation Conference 2010, Held in Conjunction with Irrigation Show 2010 | Year: 2010

ET-based irrigation scheduling has grown considerably in recent decades as the technology to collect data and disseminate information has improved. A huge advance occurred with the publication of the ASCE-EWRI standardized reference ET (ETref) equations, which provided an equation to account for weather effects on ET by quantifying evaporative demand. Well-watered crop evapotranspiration (ETc) is estimated as the product of ETref and an appropriate crop coefficient (Kc) value that accounts for the difference in ET between the reference and crop surfaces. The estimation of ETc is an important goal for irrigation researchers, but advances are difficult to make because of climate and irrigation management effects on Kc values. For efficient irrigation management, there is also a need to account for water and salinity stress effects on the actual crop evapotranspiration (ETa) when computing irrigation schedules. Many plant physiologists are investigating the use of plant-based measurements for regulated deficit irrigation of orchard and vine crops. ET information, however, is still necessary to properly interpret the plant-based measurements and to modify the irrigation management. In urban irrigation, water is applied rapidly and runoff is often the limiting factor determining irrigation timing and amount. Drip irrigated and shallow rooted crops are also frequently irrigated, so near-real time and forecast ETc estimates are needed to optimize irrigation management. In this paper, information on Kc research in California, ETo forecasts, and in-situ ET measurements is presented.


News Article | May 7, 2013
Site: venturebeat.com

When it comes to smartphones, Nokia is nothing if not very, very prolific. The company is teasing its newest device, the long-rumored Lumia 928, in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. While there aren’t too many details to share, Nokia’s stressing the device’s PureView camera, which it says thrives in low-light situations. (The device will also come with a Carl Zeiss lens.) The other notable detail here is the massive Verizon logo slapped onto the phone in the print advert, which confirms that the Lumia 928 will indeed be Verizon’s first high-end Windows phone. Fortunately, that logo is gone in the online version of the print ad, which hopefully means it won’t appear on the final version of the phone itself. Nokia is expected to officially announce the phone at a press event in London next week. The Lumia 928’s launch comes as things are starting to look up for Nokia, which sold 5.6 million Lumias last quarter. That’s a 27 percent increase from the same time last year and poof that maybe, just maybe, people are buying these Lumia things after all.


News Article | May 11, 2014
Site: www.techtimes.com

The ban temporarily prohibiting the U.S. government in purchasing Russian rocket engines was lifted Thursday after three U.S. officials testified that the dealings do not infringe the current sanctions imposed against the Russian government. Judge Susan Braden of U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington issued the injunction last week following Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) protest against U.S. Air Force's alleged plan to purchase billions of dollars' worth of rocket engines from its rival United Launch Alliance (ULA). A joint venture of aviation giants Lockheed Martin and The Boeing Company, ULA is the main provider of space launch services to the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense, National Reconnaissance Office and NASA to name a few. SpaceX claims that ULA has been buying RD-180 engines from NPO Energomash, Russia's leading developer and manufacturer of liquid propellant, which is wholly owned by Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin. It said that there is a clear violation of Executive Order (EO) 13,661 issued amid the crisis in Crimea. The EO, along with EOs 13,660 and 13,663, prohibit any form of transactions that would "operate in the arms or related materiel sector in the Russian Federation" and be "owned or controlled by or have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, a senior official of the Government of the Russian Federation or a person whose property [is] blocked pursuant to this order." "There should be little doubt that the Russian engines at issue come from an entity that operates in the Russian arms or related materiel sector and is controlled by or acts at least indirectly if not directly on behalf of Russian government officials, including Rogozin as an explicitly blocked official," SpaceX said it its bid protest. However, correspondences by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of State assuring that no such violations were committed was enough to convince Braden to lift the ban. If there be indeed violations, the U.S. official must inform Braden immediately. In a statement, ULA said the lawsuit filed by competitor SpaceX was "frivolous" and may have escalated the tensions between the US and Russia amid a crucial security crisis. "SpaceX's actions are self-serving, irresponsible and have threatened the U.S.'s involvement with the International Space Station and other companies and projects working with Russian State entities," it said. When the ban took effect, even Rogozin retaliated through Twitter, suggesting that U.S. government should instead use a trampoline to fling its astronauts to space.


News Article | December 7, 2015
Site: cleantechnica.com

COP21 is pushing for action on climate change for the future, and a key part of doing that is recognizing companies that are doing impactful work today. This not only rewards companies already taking action, but sets them up as models for others to look at as they formulate climate action plans. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has ranked Nissan among the top 5% of global corporations participating in the international NPO’s climate change program, and included Nissan on its 113 A-List, Nissan recently reported. Nissan also scored a perfect 100 in the organization’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). Like last year, Nissan was the highest-ranked automotive company in Japan. This speaks loudly not only to the work Nissan is doing to counteract climate change with its electric vehicles, but that Nissan has taken a more comprehensive approach to reducing the impact Nissan as a whole has on our planet. To determine rankings, CDP works year round to continually improve and provide a global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage, and share vital environmental information. For the CDP Climate Change Report this year, the CDP collected and analyzed environmental strategies and CO2 emission-reduction efforts of more than 6,000 corporations. With numbers like these, it is all the more impressive that Nissan ranks so highly on the list. Nissan received its perfect score as a result of its efforts to work towards the vision of cars with drastically reduced “well-to-wheel” CO2 emissions from its new vehicles by 90% by the year 2050. Nissan was named on the Climate “A” List due to its sales of the world’s top-selling zero-emission vehicle, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions within its manufacturing process were also noted as key contributors to the high ranking. It is impressive to see that even with a purely capitalist motivation for entering the electric car market, a comprehensive sustainable approach is being taken, which shows that Nissan truly understands what is valuable to its consumers. This year, Nissan’s annual sustainability report included results from FY2014, which included increasing energy efficiency at its factories and expanding the implementation of recyclable energy along with other policies. As a result, its corporate carbon footprint was drastically reduced with a 22.6% reduction in CO2 emissions vs. FY2005, which is 2 years earlier than originally forecast. Check out the Nissan announcement in video form here:   Get CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report → “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want.”   Come attend CleanTechnica’s 1st “Cleantech Revolution Tour” event → in Berlin, Germany, April 9–10.   Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.  

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