Samuel K. Sia, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has taken his innovative lab on a chip and developed a way to not only check a patient’s HIV status anywhere in the world with just a finger prick, but also synchronize the results automatically and instantaneously with central health care records 10 times faster, the researchers say, than the benchtop ELISA, a broadly used diagnostic technique. The device (pictured at right) was field tested in Rwanda by a collaborative team from the Sia lab and ICAP at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health..
After intense research into how best to protect this most vulnerable population, the Project Lifesaver program was chosen. Project Lifesaver is a non profit with no commercial interests and more than 15 years of experience in the search, rescue, and protection of individuals with cognitive disorders who wander. The Project Lifesaver programprovides first responders with an understanding of the symptoms and behaviors of the individuals that they are recovering; giving Project Lifesaver trained and certified first responders the tools to assess and effectively manage the safe and comfortable return of the “At Risk” individual..
A large swath of the island still has no electricity, and complaints are widespread among business owners who say losses are mounting and from parents who say their children need to start school. Nearly 20 per cent of the island remains without water since Maria hit Sept. 20 with winds of up to 154 mph, killing at least 55 people.
Turkey hasn’t officially identified the spy’s home country.However, foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the spy is from the military coalition against Islamic State and is not from Europe or the United States.Several Turkish media, citing government sources, have said the detained spy was working for Canadian intelligence.Tahera Mufti, spokeswoman for CSIS, did not respond to a written request for comment.The office of Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, the federal minister responsible for CSIS, issued a brief statement.”We are aware of these reports,” said Blaney’s office. “We do not comment on operational matters of national security.”A source in the Canadian government told QMI Agency that the individual held in Turkey was not a Canadian citizen.The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also claimed the individual was not “an employee of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.”The source wouldn’t say if the detainee was a freelance or contracted intelligence agent.The Turkish Prime Ministry’s Office of Public Diplomacy also released a statement on the matter, saying the capture of the intelligence officer “showcased a complex problem involving intelligence wars.””This incident should be a message to those always blaming Turkey on the debate on the flow of foreign terrorist fighters, and shows it is a problem more complicated than a mere border security issue,” said the office. “Turkey will continue its call for stronger intelligence sharing, and is worried about the lack of intelligence sharing in a matter involving the lives of three young girls.”Shamima Begum, 15, Amira Abase, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, crossed into Syria to join militants after leaving Britain last month.CSIS has already engaged in several foreign operations, including in Afghanistan, and once even had a secret station somewhere inside Turkey.