Asianet News sets Guinness World Record

Rishi Nath, Guinness World Records adjudicator, hands over the official certificate to Frank P. Thomas of Asianet News.
Updated 27 March 2017
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Asianet News sets Guinness World Record

The “Ente Maram, Ente Jeevan” (My Tree, My Life) initiative jointly organized by Asianet News and the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) has set a new Guinness World Record for the maximum number of people hugging trees simultaneously.
The event, held last week on the JNTBGRI premises at Palode in the South Indian state of Kerala, saw 4,620 people hugging trees to mark the International Day of Forests.
Governor P. Sathasivam inaugurated the event by embracing a tree.
K. Raju, forest minister; Loknath Behara, director general of police; V.K. Madhu, district panchayat president; D.K. Murali and K.S. Sabarinath, members of legislative assembly; Frank P. Thomas, Asianet news director; M.G. Radhakrishnan, Asianet news editor; and Dr. Siddeek Ahmed, ERAM group chairman, were present at the event.
“Ente Maram, Ente Jeevan” broke the existing record of the largest tree hug set by Tata Chem DAV Public School, Mithapur, Gujarat, in December 2016, where 1,316 people had participated. People from all walks of life poured into the sprawling premises of the JNTBGRI on Tuesday last week to participate in the unique tree-hugging event and to set a new world record. They erupted in joy as the representative of the Guinness Book of World Records declared it a world record event.
“The record to break was 1316. Final number today is 4,620. A new world record has been set,” Rishi Nath, Guinness World Records adjudicator, announced. He handed over the official certificate to Frank P. Thomas of Asianet News.
Besides setting a new world record, the event highlighted the need for protecting forests. The participants took a pledge to conserve forests and protect trees. As a token of their resolve, they carried home saplings presented by the organizers.
Students of Al-Iqbal College, Peringamala, guided the participants into designated plots in the garden. Experts from the JNTBGRI were present to assist the representative of the Guinness Book of World Records.


New J-Clinic to harness machine learning tech

Updated 25 September 2018
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New J-Clinic to harness machine learning tech

MIT and Community Jameel, the social enterprise organization founded and chaired by Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel ‘78, launched the Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health (J-Clinic) on Tuesday. This is the fourth major collaborative effort between MIT and Community Jameel.
J-Clinic, a key part of the MIT Quest for Intelligence, will focus on developing machine learning technologies to revolutionize the prevention, detection, and treatment of disease. It will concentrate on creating and commercializing high-precision, affordable, and scalable machine learning technologies in areas of health care ranging from diagnostics to pharmaceuticals, with three main areas of focus:
l Preventative medicine methods and technologies with the potential to change the course of non-infectious disease by stopping it in its tracks.
l Cost-effective diagnostic tests that may be able to both detect and alleviate health problems.
l Drug discovery and development to enable faster and cheaper discovery, development, and manufacture of new pharmaceuticals, particularly those targeted for individually customized therapies.
J-Clinic’s holistic approach will utilize MIT’s expertise in cellular and medical biology, computer science, engineering, and the social sciences, among other areas.
“The health care system has no shortage of data,” said MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “But it has far too little access to the kinds of tools and experts who can translate population-level data into clinical insights that could make it possible to tune care precisely for individuals. Building on MIT’s deep expertise in fields from cancer to neuroscience, and our longstanding connections to Boston’s world-class medical community, J-Clinic offers an accelerated path to creating new technologies that could help make health care more effective everywhere — from villages in developing nations to major teaching hospitals.”
“The J-Clinic will positively impact the world by accelerating the creation of machine learning technologies and algorithms that will make preventing, detecting, and treating disease more precise, affordable, and personalized,” said Anantha P. Chandrakasan, dean of the MIT School of Engineering, and Vannevar Bush, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, who will serve as J-Clinic’s chair. “It will be a truly multifaceted effort that amplifies synergies between the life sciences and the latest research in human and machine intelligence. J-Clinic will inspire innovation for the betterment of humanity.”
“Channeling MIT’s machine learning expertise into health care will transform medical outcomes for people around the world,” said Fady Jameel, president of Community Jameel International. “Health care has been an important sphere of activity for Community Jameel since our earliest days, from founding the first nonprofit hospital for physical rehabilitation in Saudi Arabia, to partnering with the King Salman Center for Disability Research. J-Clinic continues our journey of supporting cutting-edge research and driving innovation in health care, in Saudi Arabia and around the whole world.”