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UN relief chief voices concern over flood disaster in SouthEast Asia

Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said in a statement late on Saturday that the severe floods have claimed the lives of more than 700 people in Cambodia and Thailand.In Laos, the Philippines and Viet Nam, homes, crops and vital infrastructure have been destroyed. Millions of people living in low-lying areas remain vulnerable to further destruction.“I commend the action taken by national governments and emergency responders, which has saved many lives,” said Ms. Amos, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.“The United Nations and partners stand ready to support those national-led responses where necessary.” 16 October 2011The United Nations humanitarian chief has voiced great concern over the rising impact of storms and flooding on millions of people across South-East Asia, saying the situation is expected to worsen, with river levels still rising and heavy rainfall forecast. read more

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SriLankan employees told to help make airline profitable again

“I believe that employees who were part of the ‘UL 1st Campaign will take key learnings of the programme to their heart and make a conscious effort to commit themselves to the turnaround efforts of the Airline. Special note of appreciation should also be extended to the UL 1st Team for their positive engagement,” he said.Pradeepa Kekulawala, Head of Human Resources, SriLankan Airlines said the rationale behind launching employee engagement initiatives of this scale is to get employees actively engaged in the turnaround efforts of the company. (Colombo Gazette) Employees of Sri Lanka’s national airline, SriLankan Airlines, have been told to help make the airline profitable again.In a media statement today, the airline said that the human resources division of the Airline has launched a series of employee engagement initiatives which seek to integrate the employees towards the mission of making the airline profitable again. “The Airline has recognized the importance of possessing a driven, committed and motivated workforce as the Airline draws blueprints to become a profitable entity. At the core of these employee engagement initiatives is the launch of ‘UL 1st’ Theme which was conceptualized with a vision to inculcate a culture where employees are advocated to always prioritize the Company. The employees are encouraged to shed self-centred motives and work towards a common goal which is to make the Airline profitable again,” the Airline said. Ranjith Fernando, Chairman of SriLankan Airlines said that each and every employee has a critical role to play within an organization and no organization can succeed relying on the performance of only one or two star Managers or one or two departments. read more

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Body of woman found on Highway 401 in Toronto

The Coroner is assisting OPP in the investigation. Police say they do not believe foul play is involved. Any witnesses who have not spoken with police are asked to contact the OPP. All westbound express lanes of Highway 401 at Brimley Rd. were closed during rush hour with traffic being diverted into the collectors lanes. The highway reopened around 9 a.m. Ontario Provincial Police say the body of a woman has been found on Highway 401 near Warden Ave. in Toronto. OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said a 49-year-old woman from Scarborough was struck by a transport truck shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday.Schmidt said a female pedestrian was spotted on the highway prior to the collision. read more

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On World Population Day UN calls for gender equality as way to

The United Nations marked World Population Day today by deploring the discrimination and violence against women and girls that is still rampant around the world and demanding full gender equality as the way to win the battle against poverty, hunger, armed conflict and disease. “When discrimination prevents true equality, the consequences are grave,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message. “Millions of girls are ‘missing’ from populations because parents preferred the birth of sons. More girls than boys are out of school, denied their right to an education and the keys to a better life, and impoverishing the communities in which they live.“Poverty, gender discrimination and violence are fuelling the AIDS epidemic, with the number of women and adolescent girls newly infected rising in every region. And in some regions, alarmingly high levels of maternal mortality are claiming the lives of too many women and depriving children of their mothers’ love and care,” he added.“Despite these enormous challenges – indeed, because of them – women all over the world are mobilizing to secure their rights,” he declared, citing important successes such as the focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment in global debates on development, and new laws enacted in many countries advancing women’s rights.“On this World Population Day, let us resolve to empower women and girls by our commitment to gender equality,” he concluded. “And let us remember that every society that wishes to overcome poverty, hunger, armed conflict and disease must draw fully on the talents and contribution of all of its members.”The Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, emphasized the many benefits of gender equality, including a higher quality of life for individual women and girls, and stronger families, communities and countries. “On the other hand, the costs of maintaining inequality are also high and can be measured by broken bodies, shattered dreams and crushed spirits,” she said, citing high rates of maternal death and disability because women’s health is not made a political priority, and the continuation of harmful practices that place women’s lives in danger.“For tens of millions of girls, child marriage and early childbearing mean an incomplete education, limited opportunities and serious health risks,” she said. “But perhaps the highest cost of gender discrimination is widespread violence against women and girls, which remains one of the most pervasive and shameful human rights violations, compromising the personal security, liberty, dignity and well-being of millions of women and children worldwide. The world can do better. The solutions are well known and effective.” read more

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Truckstop co owned by Cleveland Browns owner Tenn governor to pay 92M

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has agreed to pay a $92 million penalty for cheating customers out of promised rebates and discounts, authorities announced Monday.In an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Pilot Flying J has accepted responsibility for the criminal conduct of its employees, ten of whom have pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme.For its part, the government has agreed not to prosecute the nation’s largest diesel retailer as long as Pilot abides by the agreement. Among other conditions, Pilot has agreed to co-operate with an ongoing investigation of current and former employees. The agreement does not protect any individual at Pilot from prosecution.The agreement was signed by U.S. Attorney Bill Killian on Thursday and attorneys for Knoxville-based Pilot on Friday.Nashville criminal defence attorney and former prosecutor David Raybin, who has followed the case but is not involved, said the agreement most likely signals that Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam will not face charges.“No prosecutor would enter into an agreement like this, ask for this kind of sanction, unless they didn’t have enough evidence to indict Haslam,” he said. “Also, Pilot would not agree to pay unless they felt the government would not prosecute him.”FBI special agent Robert H. Root said in an affidavit filed in federal court last year that the scheme was known by a variety of euphemisms including “manual rebates.” Sales team members would make reduce the amount of money due to trucking company customers they deemed to be too unsophisticated to notice, according to the affidavit.The scheme was widely known in the sales department, according to court documents, with supervisors teaching other employees how to do it.Court records said the scheme lasted from at least 2007 until an FBI raid in April 2013.Jimmy Haslam has said he was unaware of the scheme. Through a spokesman, he declined an interview on Monday, but issued a statement: “We, as a company, look forward to putting this whole unfortunate episode behind us, continuing our efforts to rectify the damage done, regaining our customers’ trust, and getting on with our business.”Gov. Bill Haslam holds an undisclosed ownership share in the company but has said he is not involved in Pilot’s day-to-day operations. Pilot has annual revenues of around $30 billion.In May, several top executives abruptly left the company. Pilot officials have not said why the employees left, but the agreement with prosecutors acknowledges that the company has terminated or placed on leave employees who violated company policies. It also acknowledges that Pilot acted quickly to investigate problems with the rebate program and repay cheated customers with interest.Pilot agreed in November to pay out nearly $85 million to settle claims related to the fraudulent withholding of fuel rebates and discounts in a class-action lawsuit with 5,500 trucking companies. Several companies have filed separate lawsuits against Pilot that are ongoing. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Truck-stop co. owned by Cleveland Browns owner, Tenn. governor, to pay $92M fine for scheme by Travis Loller, The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2014 12:23 pm MDT read more

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Joint efforts critical to achieve peace in eastern DR Congo – UN

“A genuine and collaborative political effort must now take place at the regional level,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks at the 11+4 regional oversight meeting of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region, which was held on the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.“While the situation remains volatile, we have an historic opportunity to end the suffering and stabilize the region, which holds such a great potential for human development.”Mr. Ban emphasized that while the signing of the UN-brokered Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region was “a milestone” in efforts to launch a comprehensive peace process, countries now face a test of implementation that will be met “only if all the signatory countries work together to end the political impasse and generate momentum towards human security and economic development.”The Framework, which was signed in February by 11 African leaders including Rwanda and Uganda, aims to end the cycles of conflict and crisis in the eastern DRC – where, in the most recent hostilities, rebels from the 23 March Movement (M23) have been clashing with the DRC national armed forces (FARDC) – and to build peace in the wider region.Mr. Ban reiterated the support of the international community, including the four organizations that were witnesses to the signing of the Framework – the African Union, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, the Southern African Development Community and the UN.In addition, Mr. Ban said that his Special Representative to the region, Mary Robinson, is working closely with all signatories and is spearheading the effort to define benchmarks on regional commitments.Mr. Ban also commended DRC President Joseph Kabila’s commitment to implement significant reforms in the country, including the establishment of a national oversight mechanism. On the margins of the Summit, The Secretary-General has been meeting with various African leaders.Today he met separately with the President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, South African President Jacob Zuma, Senegalese President Macky Sall, President of Zambia Michael Chilufya Sata, and Vice-President of Angola Manuel Domingos Vicente, with whom he discussed regional developments.In his meeting with the President of the Republic of the Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, Mr. Ban praised the Head of State for his efforts to address the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), in his capacity as Mediator in the crisis there, and for hosting the first meeting of the International Contact Group on the CAR. Mr. Ban also met with the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, with whom he discussed the persistent violence in the northern part of the country and the state of emergency declared in three states. Mr. Ban said he hoped that the state of emergency would be lifted quickly and that the safety and welfare of civilians will be protected. read more

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Most important Buckeyes for 2014 – No 5 Dontre Wilson

Then-freshman running back Dontre Wilson runs the ball in a game agains Purdue Nov. 2. OSU won, 56-0.Lantern file photoWith the first five already accounted for, The Lantern continues its countdown of the top 10 most important Buckeyes for the 2014 Ohio State football season.No. 5: Dontre Wilson, sophomore H-backEver since the Southeastern Conference began to dominate the college football landscape in 2007, fans from other regions of the country have been reminded that their favorite teams don’t possess enough quickness to beat schools from the SEC.When coach Urban Meyer took the reins at OSU in November 2011, he made it clear that he intended to change that: the Buckeyes were going to get a lot faster. After an undefeated campaign in 2012, the puzzle of constructing a more explosive offense acquired a key piece when four-star recruit Dontre Wilson committed to OSU in February 2013. In Wilson, a speedster who is able to play both running back and wide receiver, Meyer landed a player that epitomized his offensive philosophy. Expectations were high for the then-freshman.Wilson wound up playing in all 14 games in 2013, and although he didn’t adapt to the offensive schemes as much as his coaches would’ve liked, the double-threat still produced some decent numbers. As the team’s primary kickoff returner and a significant threat on the ground and in the air, Wilson finished with 983 all-purpose yards. Only running back Carlos Hyde, quarterback Braxton Miller and wide receiver Corey Brown had more.He showed glimpses of his ability from the first game of the season. In the second quarter against Buffalo he returned a kickoff for 51 yards. A week later he rushed five times for a total of 51 yards and his only touchdown run of the season as the Buckeyes dismantled San Diego State 42-7. Then came the shootout against California that suited his skillset, helping him to season-highs in both rushing (59 yards) and receiving (48 yards).The Big Ten portion of the schedule didn’t quite see the same production out of Wilson. His 26 rushing yards against Indiana were his highest total of conference play, as were his 35 receiving yards against Penn State.What was more concerning was the way Wilson’s impact seemingly disappeared in the team’s crucial three-game run to end the season. The then-freshman’s production was limited to just the return game against Michigan and Michigan State as he gained 16 and 70 yards, respectively. In the Discover Orange Bowl loss to Clemson, Wilson rushed for 24 yards on three carries, had one return of 25 yards and a catch that resulted in a loss of five.While he might not have exploded onto the scene in the way many hoped he would, Wilson is poised to do just that during his sophomore season.Both Wilson and his coaches have admitted over this offseason how he didn’t really understand his role in last year’s offense. But now things have changed, and the expectations of Wilson –– especially from Meyer –– are high.“Last year he was a hybrid guy that really wasn’t great at anything. (He) was not quite strong enough to run inside like you need that hybrid guy to do. (He) was simply an outside running player,” Meyer said on Monday at the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. “He’s gained the weight. He’s much stronger. He’s much more prepared for this level of football. He’s always had the talent and he’s always had the effort, so…he’s an impact guy for us in a lot of ways.”One of Wilson’s main roles toward the end of last season was to redirect the attention of opposing defenses toward him and away from his offensive teammates. Now, with the departures of Hyde and Brown to the NFL, Wilson becomes the unit’s most important and dynamic player behind Miller.When Meyer recruited Wilson many analysts were quick to draw comparisons with current Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin, who succeeded in the hybrid position under Meyer at Florida. If they do turn out to be similar players, Buckeye fans can take heart in the fact that Harvin nearly doubled his yards from scrimmage and total touchdowns from his freshman to sophomore year.If the Buckeyes hope to capture their first Big Ten title in five years, they need Wilson to have a similar improvement.OSU’s first game of the season is scheduled for Aug. 30 when the Buckeyes face Navy in Baltimore, Md. read more

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Tim Peake has dinner with the Queen at Windsor Castle

first_imgMajor Peake, who returned to Earth from a historic six-month European Space Agency mission in June, corresponded with the Queen while he was in orbit.The astronaut became the first person to deliver a “God save the Queen” message directly to the monarch from space when he addressed the Queen in a video message live from the ISS after she sent him her own wishes. Queen Among others listed in the Court Circular as attending the soiree with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were the Belgian ambassador, the Brazilian ambassador, the former Bishop of London the Rt Rev and Rt Hon Richard Chartres, and the head of Eton College Simon Henderson. The Queen takes up official residence at Windsor for a month each spring for Easter Court when she hosts dinner parties – often for famous guests who in the past have included director Tim Burton, actress Helena Bonham Carter, Bond star Daniel Craig and actress Rachel Weisz.Known as “dine and sleep” events, guests are also given a bed for the night. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Major Peake travelled to the International Space Station Credit:Dmitry Lovetsky/APcenter_img British astronaut Tim Peake has dined with the Queen at Windsor Castle.Major Peake, who became the first Briton to form part of the crew of the International Space Station (ISS), and his wife Rebecca joined the monarch at her favourite home in Berkshire on Monday evening. He was also made a CMG – Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George – in the monarch’s birthday honours, making him the first person to be honoured while in space. Major Peake collected the award from the Queen in December. Major Peake The Queen welcomed Major Peake to Windsor CastleCredit:REX/Shutterstocklast_img read more

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Caledonian Sleeper investigation after train overshoots its platform

He said: said: “Clearly this is an incredibly serious situation which calls for nothing less than the grounding of the entire new Sleeper fleet until we have the full details of what went wrong.“No-one should be playing fast and loose with faulty brakes on our railways and Serco need to wake up to that fact and act now.”The Twitter account for the Caledonian Sleeper posted: “Our apologies to guests affected by the incident at Edinburgh this morning.“Our northbound service to Edinburgh Waverley overran the platform due to an earlier operational issue at Carstairs.“An investigation is under way into the cause of the incident but early indications are that there are no technical problems with the rolling stock. We have notified the relevant authorities.” An investigation has been launched after a new Caledonian Sleeper train overshot its platform by hundreds of yards amid calls for the train to be pulled from the tracks. The incident at Edinburgh Waverley station is being probed by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) after overshooting its platform at Edinburgh Waverley station.The train was brought to a halt by staff activating the emergency brake – stopping the train across a junction several hundred yards down the track.This blocked services to London, Dunbar, North Berwick and Tweedbank before the train could be returned to the platform, causing delays.A spokesman for the RAIB, said: “An RAIB inspector was deployed yesterday to gather evidence. We will use this information to decide any further course of action.” Serco, which operates the Caledonian Sleeper service apologised and said: “early indications are that there are no technical problems with the rolling stock.”Inspections of the train, which was introduced alongside the rest of the new fleet at the end of April, and the scene were conducted in an attempt to find the cause of the incident.In response, Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) general-secretary Manuel Cortes called for the entire fleet to be pulled from service. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Former royal surgeon has denied bullying Muslim colleagues when they took time

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Truscott read from a diary entry that the surgeon was unable to go into theatre after being left “shaken”.Krukowski said: “That is a falsehood. He was not scheduled for theatre.“We worked and discussed it and I thought we had addressed the issue.“He recognises that he misled me about the detail of the surgery and patient care was far below what should be accepted.”He added: “I lost my temper with him and I was embarrassed and mortified. I have subsequently apologised.”The then health secretary Alex Neil was first alerted by a whistleblower to concerns from senior medics of the management and clinical standards at ARI in March 2014.Healthcare Improvement Scotland carried out a full review on performance and culture at the hospital, with inspectors raising concerns about a minority of consultants in general surgery.The tribunal continues. A former royal surgeon has denied “bullying” Muslim colleagues when they took time off for prayer, a tribunal hears.  Professor Zygmunt Krukowski oversaw the medical care of the Royal family at Balmoral but was suspended from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after a misconduct investigation was launched in 2015. He has now launched an employment tribunal into his “unfair dismissal”, after he was cleared by the General Medical Council in July 2015. Professor Krukowski, 70, was cross examined by Ian Truscott who asked if he had said: “Some patients were more important than some religions.”But Krukowski claimed he said: “What’s more important? Patients or prayers?”The solicitor said an NHS colleague had claimed Krukowski used the derogatory phrase “hairy-a***d Muslims” when talking to the then chief executive of the NHS trust. But Professor Krukowski “strenuously denied” the claims. He said: “I have never used that phrase in my life. “I would have been astonished that the chief executive of a national board would not take action immediately.“I strenuously deny I would use that phrase and I would not be so stupid to use it at a chief executive.”Another worker said he felt he was being “bullied, harassed and mobbed” after Prof Krukowski “raised his voice” at him. read more

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Scanbox turns your smartphone into portable scanner

first_imgDoes this sound familiar? Someone asks you to scan a document and send it via email, so you take a photo of it with your smartphone. Easy, right? Well, if you’ve done it before then you know that there has to be enough light, and don’t move or else the image will come out blurry. If you’re looking for an easier (and cheaper) solution, a smart little box designed for this specific purpose has come to Kickstarter seeking funds.The Scanbox, simply put, is a box with a small hole at the top that acts as a platform for your smartphone allowing you to take photos of documents or whatever else you can fit inside the 12.2 x 12.2 x 9.05-inch frame. As well as simplyfying smartphone scanning, the Scanbox can fold down to the size of a standard folder, making it a good travel companion and easy to store on your desk.The Scanbox is held together by strong neodymium magnets, so it doesn’t fold under the weight of your smartphone. It’s also compatible with any smartphone that has a rear facing camera, but the creator, Phil Bosua, claims it has been “optimized” for iPhone and iPod Touch devices.Bosua is seeking only $12,500 of funding for the first production run, packaging, and materials. He has already far exceeded that amount meaning the Scanbox is definitely going to happen.If you’re looking to snag one and back the project, there’s still a $15 option open to receive the standard Scanbox.There’s also a $25 option for the Scanbox Plus, which includes internal lights and a side enclosure to help reduce lense flare and diffuse light.The Scanbox is Phil Bosua’s first successful Kickstarter. Bosua’s other project, which sought to digitally revive Golden Age Comics, failed due to a lack of funding.Read more at Kickstarterlast_img read more

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Call for new girlfriend orders to be used against Irish domestic abuse

first_img A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE organisation has said ‘Criminal Behaviour Orders’ like those used in the UK could help protect future victims from abuse.This week, a woman in the UK who has been viciously assaulted numerous times by her ex-partner praised the order, which now requires him to inform police of any relationship lasting more than 14 days.Kylle Godfrey is serving a three-year sentence for his offence but the Criminal Behaviour Order lasts for seven years. This is believed to be the first time in England and Wales that such an order has been used, the BBC reported.His victim told BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme that the order “makes me feel more safe, and other women will be protected”.“Instead of us women trying to prevent them [from being abusive], they have to go away from us.”Domestic abuse organisations in Ireland were watching closely and are keen to see similar orders used against offenders here.Women’s Aid Director Margaret Martin told TheJournal.ie it was “very significant”.“It shifts the blame and the response away from the victim and focuses on the perpetrator. It’s also really good in terms of safety management. It’s always a concern for women, they say ‘now maybe I’m safe, but what about other women he becomes involved with?’”.Here, the State is taking responsibility for protecting other women.She said her organisation sometimes deals with multiple women who have been abused by the same man.Martin also said this kind of action against offenders also shifts the discussion around domestic violence away from it being a private matter.What we would see is that men who are extremely dangerous are not seen as a threat to the wider public. When it goes through the courts, they get a suspended sentence.The courts treat it like there was something to do with this particular couple, but that’s a high risk criminal who can do very serious harm to women and children.There have already been changes in how gardaí deal with domestic violence, Martin said, and she welcomed their focus now on risk assessment when called to these incidents. She said police are often frustrated at their lack of power when it comes to people they know are violent towards their partners.“It must be infuriating if you know someone is really dangerous and you can’t protect women. I think this is something that would give them another tool in their box.” By Michelle Hennessy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 9th 2017, 7:45 AM Image: domestic abuse image via Shutterstock 28,748 Views Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 7:45 AM http://jrnl.ie/3330929 Short URL Image: domestic abuse image via Shutterstock Call for ‘new girlfriend orders’ to be used against Irish domestic abuse offenders One of these orders was used recently for the first time in England and Wales. Share Tweet Email4 98 Comments last_img read more

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Le cyclone Oli se renforce et fait un mort

first_imgLe cyclone Oli se renforce et fait un mortPolynésie – Alors qu’il se renforce et accélère son déplacement vers le sud-est de la Polynésie française, le cyclone Oli a fait sa première victime jeudi à Papeete. Un homme de 40 ans a en effet été emporté par la houle.Une première victime du cyclone Oli est à déplorer, a annoncé jeudi soir Eric Spitz, secrétaire général du Haut-commissariat en Polynésie Française. “Il s’agit d’un homme de 40 ans emporté par la houle à Tubuai dans l’archipel des Australes. Son corps a été retrouvé” a-t-il précisé.À lire aussiLa tragique histoire de l’homme évacué d’un avion à cause de son odeurA Bora-Bora, une dizaine de blessés dont un grave ont été recensés, tandis que sous le passage du cyclone, quelque 320 maisons ont été partiellement détruites et plus de 4.000 évacuations ont dû être effectuées.A 6 heures vendredi matin (19h00, heure locale), Oli se situait à 370 km au sud-ouest de Tahiti et poursuivait de plus en plus rapidement son déplacement vers le sud-est. C’est désormais sur l’archipel des Australes que le cyclone est attendu, avec des vents qui pourraient atteindre plus de 250 km/h. La houle pourrait quant à elle s’élever jusqu’à huit mètres.Face à la violence du cyclone, le gouvernement de Polynésie française pourrait demander la déclaration d’état de catastrophe naturelle.Le 5 février 2010 à 15:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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A third want more communications on employee benefits

first_imgA third (34%) of respondents want their employer to communicate more about the employee benefits and perks available at their organisation, according to research by group risk insurance provider Canada Life Group Insurance.In a survey of 1,001 full and part-time employees, Canada Life also found that 20% received information about their benefits and perks when they first joined their organisation, but have not received any communications since then. This compares to 34% who believe that their employer clearly communicates the benefits and rewards they have available.More than one in 10 (16%) respondents do not know who they should ask about available employee benefits and perks, while 9% do not know which, if any, benefits are even offered.More than half (56%) of respondents prefer to receive information on workplace benefits via email, although 29% like to have face-to-face interactions and 26% want to access information using an intranet hub.Paul Avis (pictured), marketing director at Canada Life Group Insurance, said: “Employers should re-evaluate their communication methods and learn what works for their employees. Our research suggests a renewed focus on email updates, face-to-face communications or an internal intranet system is a good place to start to fully articulate the availability of workplace benefits and give regular updates. This will ensure that all staff members understand which perks are available to them and will ultimately improve their perception of their employer.“Advisers also have a role to play in arming employers with the information and tools necessary to effectively promote benefits within the workplace, ideally working in close partnership with the insurance provider.”last_img read more

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India gets muted response to small discovered field auction

first_imgIndia’s first auction of small discovered fields drew a tepid response with local firms dominating the auction for operating assets estimated to hold 625 million barrels of oil and oil equivalent gas.India has received 134 bids from 42 companies, including five foreign bidders, for 34 contract areas, according to a government statement issued on Monday. No bids were received for 12 areas.India, the world’s third biggest oil consumer, conducted foreign roadshows and eased rules to lure foreign investment and tap the nation’s vast energy resources. India launched the auction after a gap of six years.The blocks were offered in May under a revenue-sharing model with eased tax rules, offering pricing and marketing freedom to the operators.Oil and Natural Gas Corp and Oil India Ltd gave up these blocks as uneconomical due to size, geography and low state-set energy prices.”The bid round took place in a challenging global market environment when oil and gas prices have been volatile and investment in the exploration and production sector has seen substantial decline,” the statement added.However, the oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted: “This response despite low oil prices is testimony of India emerging as an attractive investment destination.”last_img read more

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Bangladeshs turned into true repressive state Fakhrul

first_imgmirza fakhrul islam alamgirBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday night alleged that Bangladesh has now turned into a true ‘repressive state’ as the government has no accountability to people.”Bangladesh has now become a genuine fascist state where people have no freedom, basic rights and any security,” he said.The BNP leader further said, “The level of repression reached a dangerous level as they (govt) are not accountable to people.”Fakhrul came up with the remarks while exchanging greetings with the family members of the BNP leaders and activists who were ‘repressed, killed and made disappeared’ at the BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office, reports UNB.He alleged that the people are now living in a ‘dangerous awful jail’ of the current government. “Our children went missing after they had been picked up. Whereas the state’s responsibility is to protect the citizens, it is now using law enforces to pick them up.”The BNP leader also alleged that many of their leaders and activists were ‘killed in crossfire, made disappeared, repressed in police custody and made crippled’ by openly firing shots on their knees.The BNP leader also came down hard on the government for what he said ‘suppressing’ the students who waged movements seeking quota reforms and safe roads. “The government has snatched people’s all basic rights. They’re now determining who have the right to survive and who have not. There’s no guaranty of people’s natural death, let alone their security. We’re cautiously enduring repression,” he said.Consoling the family members of BNP leaders who were victims of ‘abduction’, Fakhrul said Allah will surely ensure justice for them.”We can’t take care of you as we always face a dangerous situation. We get a chance to meet you on the occasion of Eid. Our chairperson is also inquiring about you from jail,” he said.In an emotion-choked voice, Fakhrul urged the victim BNP leaders’ family members not to consider them as helpless. “The county’s people are with you. You need to turn the grief into strength.”Fakhrul hoped that the country’s people will wake up and come forward to unseat the current ‘monstrous’ government.Later, Fakhrul presented the victim BNP leaders’ family members with Eid gifts.last_img read more

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Google working on dark mode for YouTube

first_imgGoogle working on dark mode for YouTube by Martin Brinkmann on April 16, 2017 in Music and Video – Last Update: May 03, 2017 – 17 commentsGoogle runs a dark mode experiment right now on the YouTube video streaming platform that allows users to switch the light theme to a dark theme called dark mode.As is the case with all experiments that Google runs, anyone may join it provided that they are either invited, or add the cookie that distinguishes participants from non-participants to their devices.While the majority of Internet sites use white themes, a growing number has added support for darker themes to their sites as well. Additionally, users may style websites individually using userstyles, or directly depending on the browser’s capabilities. You may download dozens of styles for YouTube that turn the site’s color scheme into a darker one.Note: YouTube’s Dark Mode is an experiment right now. This means that there is a possibility that Google will pull the feature before release.Update: You can enable YouTube’s Dark Theme right now on this page on YouTube. Simply hit the try it now button to get started. You may then enable Dark Mode with a click on the profile icon in the top right corner on YouTube, and selecting Dark Theme there.YouTube Dark Mode The main benefit of using the built-in Dark Mode of YouTube is that it works on the whole site, and that it will continue to work even if Google changes part of the site’s layout.To enable dark mode on YouTube right now, do the following:Open your web browser of choice. I will explain to you how you can set Dark Mode using Firefox and Chrome.YouTube Dark Mode in ChromeOpen the YouTube website in Google Chrome.Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-I to open the Console of the Developer Tools.Paste the following code document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE” and run it with a tap on the Enter-key.Reload the page you are on, for instance with a tap on Ctrl-F5.YouTube Dark Mode in FirefoxOpen the YouTube website in the Firefox web browser.Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-I to open the Console of the Firefox Developer Tools.Paste the following code document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE” and run it with a tap on the Enter-key.Reload the page you are on, for instance with a tap on Ctrl-F5.Once done, click on the profile icon in the upper right corner on YouTube. You find the new Dark Mode option listed there.Click on the Dark Mode:off option of the context menu. This opens an overlay that explains what Dark Mode is on YouTube. You do get an option to turn it on there, or turn it off again as well.Once enabled, Dark Mode is active on all pages on YouTube that you open. Google notes that Dark Mode has been designed for an ideal experience for night, but no one is keeping you from running Dark Mode 24/7 if you prefer it that way.Dark Mode may go better with darker operating system or browser themes.Now You: What do you prefer, light or dark themes?SummaryArticle NameGoogle working on dark mode for YouTubeDescriptionGoogle runs a dark mode experiment right now on the YouTube video streaming platform that allows users to switch the light theme to a dark theme called dark mode.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgProject management plays an important role in any company – big or small. But, the field continues to develop exponentially as businesses adopt newer processes. “ITIL with Project Management, Agile, and Scrum” brings you the power of three industry-favorite management certifications. Head over to Wccftech Deals to avail a limited-time discount of over $3,100 on this triple-threat.ITIL with Project Management, Agile, and ScrumThe project management field continues to boom as more and more businesses adapt to bring in managers who can oversee more efficient, more profitable processes. This massive training will introduce you to the triple-threat of project management certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP)®, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®, Agile, and Scrum. Over one hundred courses, you’ll get training to earn your PMP®, CAPM®, PMI-ACP®, and ITIL® certifications (given separately), as well as earn 156 Professional Development Units required to maintain those certifications.Access over 100 courses & 100 hours of content 24/7Study for certifications in a variety of professional project management methodologiesExplore change management, prioritization, stakeholder expectations, integration, scope, & moreLearn about the five stages of the ITIL Service LifecycleEarn 156 Professional Development Units for certification maintenancePMI, PMP®, CAPM®, and PMI-ACP® are registered marks of Project Management Institute, Inc.Details & RequirementsLength of time users can access this course: 12 monthsAccess options: web streaming (24/7 unlimited access)Certification of completion includedLabs, game and activitiesPrintable study guidesSocial learning enablePre & post assessmentRedemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchaseExperience level required: all levelsExam fees not includedOriginal value: $3,185 | Wccftech Deals: $54 at 98% discount Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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PET Probe Images Breast Cancers Ability to Foil Treatment

first_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content 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 | Nuclear Imaging | September 20, 2016 PET Probe Images Breast Cancer’s Ability to Foil Treatment Researchers believe the technique could be used to guide further treatment to avoid pathway blocks Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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. 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In this example, starting HER3 inhibitor therapy in addition to AKT inhibitor therapy is likely to be beneficial, but the addition of EGFR inhibitor therapy is not likely to be beneficial for treating this tumor. Image courtesy of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.September 20, 2016 — Cancer biologists know that inhibitor-mediated feedback loop changes (increased expression of a cell surface receptor in response to target inhibition) can result in breast cancer treatment failure and the need for additional therapy. A recent study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City shows that imaging of these cell surface receptor changes with positron emission tomography (PET) probes specific to epidermal growth factor receptor 1 (EGFR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 3 (HER3) directly addresses this unmet need in cancer therapy decision-making, while avoiding the need for repeated biopsies. The study is reported in the September issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine.“In some cases, cancer cells can adapt quickly to overcome these pathway blocks by increasing the upstream signaling receptors that help drive these pathways — analogous to cancer cells turning a faucet a few turns to increase the water pressure through a hose to overcome a kink we placed in the hose downstream,” explains Umar Mahmood, M.D., Ph.D., of the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.“We can image that upregulation of cell surface signaling receptors and, in fact, can image which specific surface receptors have increased expression after downstream targeted inhibitor therapy is started,” he adds. “This allows the rational addition of a second therapy to block this inhibitor-mediated signaling receptor increase. In a game of chess with the cancer cell, we have made a move by blocking a signaling node. The cancer cell has responded by increasing a cell surface receptor to overcome this block, and our imaging allows us to make an optimal move to specifically block the type of cell surface receptor the cell increased.”The imaging studies, using newly developed PET probes specific to EGFR and HER3, show that changes in receptor tyrosine kinases (RTK) expression indicative of resistance to phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/protein kinase B (AKT) inhibitors can be seen within days of therapy initiation, and are of sufficient magnitude to be useful for clinical interpretation as this technology is translated. Noninvasive PET monitoring of these RTK feedback loops should help to rapidly assess resistance to PI3K and AKT inhibitors and guide selection of an appropriate, additional therapeutic regimen for the individual patient.Authors of the article “Differential Receptor Tyrosine Kinase PET Imaging for Therapeutic Guidance” include Eric Wehrenberg-Klee, N. Selcan Turker, Pedram Heidari, Benjamin Larimer, Dejan Juric, and Umar Mahmood, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts; José Baselga and Maurizio Scaltriti, Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York.This research was supported by NIH U01CA084301, P50CA127003, and U01CA143056; by a “Stand Up to Cancer” Dream Team Translational Research Grant, a Program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (SU2C-AACRDT0209) and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; and by the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research (DHFMR, grant number 223439).For more information: www.jnm.snmjournals.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 last_img read more

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Militant leader in Syria seeks Islamic state

first_img Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Four benefits of having a wireless security system Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top holiday drink recipescenter_img “Thanks to our strong faith we do not fear death, because we think that if you are killed by the hands of this regime, then we will be martyrs and we will go to paradise,” said Sheik Abu Ahmed, 41, a regional military commander for al-Nusra in the northern Hasaka region.“We want Sharia (Islamic law) to be applied because it’s the right path for all humanity,” he added. “All these constitutional laws couldn’t realize the people’s happiness.”Abu Ahmed did not give his real name in an interview this week with The Associated Press or explain why he was using a nom de guerre. He and his fighters were reluctant to reveal much personal information or say what they did before the civil war.Syria’s conflict started 20 months ago as an uprising against Assad, whose family has ruled the country for four decades. It quickly morphed into a civil war, with rebels taking up arms to fight back against a bloody crackdown by the government. According to activists, at least 40,000 people have been killed since March 2011.Assad blames the revolt on a conspiracy to destroy Syria, saying the uprising is being driven by foreign terrorists, not Syrians seeking change. But Abu Ahmed said he believes Syrians want an Islamic state.“We think more and more people will follow us,” he said. “We think we are on the right path.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Associated PressRAS AL-AYN, Syria (AP) – A leader of an al-Qaida-inspired militant group fighting the regime in Syria said his men do not fear death and they are determined to form an Islamic state.Jabhat al-Nusra _ Arabic for “the Support Front” _ has claimed responsibility for suicide bombings and other attacks on regime targets across the country. The group has raised fears of a growing Islamic militant element among the forces seeking to topple President Bashar Assad. Analysts say most of those fighting Assad’s regime are ordinary Syrians and soldiers who have defected, disenchanted with the authoritarian government. But increasingly, foreign fighters and those adhering to an extremist Islamist ideology are turning up on the front lines. The rebels try to play down the Islamists’ influence for fear of alienating Western support.It’s difficult to gauge how much power Jabhat al-Nusra has in the uprising. Although Abu Ahmed says only a tiny fraction of the group’s fighters are foreign, others have estimated that its fighters come from Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the Balkans and elsewhere. Many are veterans of previous wars who came to Syria for what they consider a new “jihad,” or holy war, against Assad.Jabhat al-Nusra has become notorious for numerous suicide bombings targeting regime and military facilities. Syria’s rebels have tried to disassociate themselves from the bombings for fear their uprising will be tainted with the al-Qaida brand.The fear of Islamic extremism resonates deeply in Syria, a country with many ethnic and religious minorities. The Assad dynasty has long tried to promote a secular identity in Syria, largely because it has relied heavily on its own Alawite base in the military and security forces in an overwhelmingly Sunni country.last_img read more

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