When Will U.S. Give Up Vaccine for the Poor?

first_imgIt’s a promise: 10% of the 250 million doses of H1N1 vaccine purchased by the United States will be donated to help poor countries. But when is still unclear. At a press conference today, Thomas Frieden, head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, declined to answer questions about the timing of the gift. “That has to be determined as the production schedule will become more clear in the weeks to come.” WHO expects to send some 200 million doses of vaccines donated by countries and governments to the developing world. Timing is key, because the vaccine will do the most good if it’s used before a wave of infection peaks. As WHO’s Marie-Paule Kieny just told ScienceInsider, the United States has promised the first part of its share of 25 million doses by early December. But AFP suggested last week that the United States will not donate any vaccine until it has taken care of the 159 million people in its priority groups. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)So far, the United States has received only 31.8 million doses of vaccine; 10 million more are currently becoming available each week. Around the country, people who wanted to get the vaccine have been sent home without getting the shots. Frieden today avoided questions about the topic. “Until we have a better sense of where we are and where we’re going,” he said, “it will be difficult to say with certainty when and how much we’ll be providing to other countries.” “I can tell you right now that the U.S. is not going to donate any supplies until things calm down politically,” says David Fidler, a professor of international law and a global health security expert at Indiana University, Bloomington. “People are not going to be very tolerant of the government handing over vaccine to the WHO.” Case in point, Fidler says: In a chat he conducted for The Washington Post last week, one reader called the charitable donation “an abuse of taxpayer money.”last_img read more

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CRISPR slices virus genes out of pigs, but will it make organ transplants to humans safer?

first_imgGenetically engineered piglets free of retroviral sequences may provide safer organs for human transplant. eGenesis Scientists who dream of transplanting organs from pigs into people have long faced a nagging question: What about PERVs? Remnants of ancient viral infections, genes from porcine endogenous retroviruses—known by their unfortunate acronym—are scattered throughout the pig genome, and could infect a person who one day receives a pig’s heart, lung, or kidney as a replacement or temporary organ. Now, a U.S. company aiming to grow transplant-friendly pig organs reports that it has crossed these viruses off the list of concerns. Using CRISPR gene editing, researchers from the company and several academic labs created dozens of apparently healthy pigs with no trace of PERV genes.“If this is correct, it’s a great achievement,” says virologist Joachim Denner of the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin who has studied the mysterious PERV sequences. Scientists still don’t know whether the viral particles they produce can infect humans at all, he notes, much less whether they would cause disease if they did. And even with PERVs off the table, pigs will require other modifications so that their organs won’t be rejected by the human immune system or cause other harms. Still, Denner says, “If it is possible to knock [PERVs] out, you should do it.”A shortage of human organs creates long waitlists for vital transplants; in the United States, about 22 people needing various organs die every day while they wait. Pig organs, meanwhile, can grow to a conveniently human size. The concern about PERVs has been hard to dismiss, however, especially because studies have shown that the viruses can infect human cells in a dish.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Scientists have already implanted cells from pig pancreases into people with diabetes and found no evidence of subsequent PERV infection. But those are small numbers of cells within a protective capsule, Denner notes. Large porcine organs, which will likely require immune-suppressing drugs to keep the patients’ bodies from attacking them, might pose a greater risk of PERV transmission. He and his colleagues recently attempted to chop PERV genes out of pig cells with an editing technology called zinc finger nucleases, but the many imprecise DNA cuts proved toxic to cells.Then CRISPR came along. Two early developers of that gene-editing technology, Harvard University geneticists George Church and Luhan Yang, suspected that CRISPR’s highly efficient duo of guide RNA and a DNA-slicing enzyme could make precise, genome-wide changes to pig cells. In 2015, they co-founded the company eGenesis to focus on engineering transplantable organs, and Yang became the company’s chief scientific officer. The same year, they showed that CRISPR could knock out PERV genes at all 62 sites in the pig genome—the most widespread CRISPR editing feat to date.But for that project, the researchers had used a line of “immortal” pig kidney cells, chosen for their ability to survive and divide indefinitely in a dish. To make PERV-free pigs, they needed to start with genetically normal cells straight from a living pig. In the new work, done with a team of Danish and Chinese collaborators, the eGenesis team applied the CRISPR system to cells derived from the connective tissue of fetal pigs. Those cells proved more fragile when subjected to CRISPR’s hack job: Once edited, they failed to grow normally, possibly because the damage to their DNA prompted them to stop dividing or self-destruct, Yang says. But by exposing the cells to a chemical cocktail that encouraged growth and tamped down on a key growth-suppressing gene, the team bumped up the portion of flourishing PERV-free cells in a dish to 100%.To produce piglets, the researchers then used a standard cloning technique: They inserted the DNA-containing nuclei of these edited cells into egg cells taken from the ovaries of pigs at a Chinese slaughterhouse. They allowed each egg to develop into an embryo and implanted it in the uterus of a surrogate mother.“Before our study, there was huge scientific uncertainty about whether the pig [produced after this editing] is viable,” Yang says. But in a Science paper published online today, her team reports that the technique produced live, apparently healthy pigs with about the same success rate as the cloning method without genetic modification—about one pig per 100 implanted embryos. And when they tested tissues from the 37 piglets born so far, all appeared to be PERV-free.The technical feat has, ironically, inspired some dread among those enthusiastic about xenotransplantation, the transfer of nonhuman animal organs into people. With the actual risk of PERVs uncertain, some worry that the extra editing will needlessly add complexity to the already-difficult organ development process, especially if the regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insist on PERV-free pigs for future human experiments. “If this is required, it will add to the time before pigs can be used for transplants in patients in desperate need,” says transplant immunologist David Cooper of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “And it will add to the cost of providing pigs for the initial clinical trials.”“At this moment, I don’t think we are very worried about PERV,” adds Muhammad Mohiuddin, a cardiac transplant surgeon at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. His group is collaborating with the company United Therapeutics to develop implantable pig hearts. (He is gearing up to swap them into the chests of baboons, after showing last year that the organs could survive for years beating in baboons’ abdomens.) Will his team add PERV modifications to its agenda? “If FDA mandates us, ‘To move forward you need to get rid of this PERV since George Church has shown you how to do it,’” he says, “then of course, yes.”PERVs aren’t the only thing standing in the way of transplant-ready pig organs. Researchers will need to knock out pig genes that provoke the human immune system, and insert others that will prevent toxic interactions with human blood. eGenesis is working on such modifications, too. Compared to the PERV feat, Yang says, those compatibility issues are “the second challenge, and probably more challenging.” CRISPR slices virus genes out of pigs, but will it make organ transplants to humans safer? By Kelly ServickAug. 10, 2017 , 2:00 PMlast_img read more

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Kouame was set for Crystal Palace

first_imgChristian Kouame’s serious knee injury isn’t just bad for Genoa, but also for Crystal Palace, as he was reportedly due to join for €25m plus bonuses in January. The forward was on international duty with the Ivory Coast in the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations when suffering an anterior cruciate ligament tear. He turns 22 next month and was having a strong season with Genoa, scoring five goals with three assists in 11 Serie A appearances. According to Sportitalia transfer expert Alfredo Pedullà, this is also very bad news for Crystal Palace, because it’s claimed Kouame and Genoa already had a deal to make the transfer in January. It was going to be a move worth €25m plus performance-related bonuses. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Gionee F103 review: Many promises, none met

first_imgGionee’s F103 is a budget phone. But, it’s not just any budget phone. It is the company’s first phone which is made in India. Initially launched at Rs. 9,999, the F103 can now be picked up at as low as Rs.8,499. Combine that with a decent hardware sheet — for the price — and you get a phone that rings all the bells and whistles to attract consumers.But, times they are a changing and the budget smartphone segment is no longer taboo for brands, especially those coming from China. The competition is intense and there’s little scope for leniency. You either have it or you don’t. Is Gionee’s F103 up for the challenge, or is it yet another forgettable smartphone? We find out.Design and build quality Gionee likes to maintain an air of consistency in all its budget phones. All its budget phones are more or less rehashed variants of each other, which may or may not work in its favour. There was a time when the budget phone segment was all about brick and mortar devices (awful and bulky). Not anymore.The F103 is sadly just another average-looking phone that doesn’t excite, on first look and the looks thereafter. Not that Gionee hasn’t tried to make it look somewhat premium. The F103 is essentially an all-plastic phone but it has been made in a way that makes it look like a multi-layered device. There are three layers to be precise. The front — the display area — is plastic and looks like it. The mid-frame — which is plastic — has a silver coating that makes it look like chrome from afar. The back panel — again plastic and removable — meanwhile has a glossy build that makes it look like glass. That is until you hold the phone in your hand. The F103 is an all-plastic phone and feels that way in hand. On the downside, it appears to be poorly built in comparison to phones like the Coolpad Note 3, Lenovo’s K3 Note, Yu’s Yureka Plus and others in this price range.advertisementWhile the front accumulates smudges and fingerprints, the back is prone to scratches. When compared to phones like the Coolpad Note 3 and Meizu M2, the F103 has chunky bezels which could have been avoided.The right edge houses the volume rocker and power button. These are loosely built and are flimsy to use. The physical capacitive keys below the display are non-backlit. The slots for the dualSIM and microSD have been placed underneath the back panel. The speaker vent is located on the back as well.Display The F103 comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display with a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution and 294 ppi pixel density. These are pretty standard and common specs in this price range although FullHD panels are no longer a rarity.That being said, the HD screen of the Gionee F103 leaves a lot to be desired. Although the screen gets sufficiently bright, colours are muted and often dull on the F103. There’s an option to manually tweak colour temperature, but changes brought about by it are only subtle so overall there’s no drastic improvement in colours. The phone also has only average viewing angles.The muted colours and average viewing angles make the F103 almost unusable outdoors, especially when it’s a sunny day. The screen is a little reflective and accumulates a fair amount of fingerprints on long usage. This affects outdoor legibility further.Software The F103 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop-based Amigo 3.0 UI on top. Unlike the software used by other Chinese phone companies, Gionee’s custom skin takes a slightly different approach, an approach that users would tend to like once they get familiar with the scheme of things.The user interface consists of multiple home screens and there’s no app drawer. The notification and quick settings panel are two different entities. Swiping down from the top of the screen slides out the notification panel while an upwards swipe from the bottom brings out the settings menu. The notification panel has an interesting — and very useful — quick sorting feature that allows you to manually choose the notifications you want the phone to show up on lock screen, or limit them to just the notification centre. You can also decide how you want your notifications to appear in the top status bar.While we are on notifications, it’s noteworthy that Amigo 3.0 UI gives you an option to manually select app permissions, something that privacy advocates would like. The feature that recently made an entry into Android with Marshmallow is also included as default in OnePlus’ OxygenOS .advertisement The settings menu is much like the one you get on iOS or Lenovo’s Vibe UI and a few others. It gives you access to as many as 14 quick settings toggles which is nice. On the flipside, you cannot rearrange or add/delete stuff from the default list of toggles.Gionee’s Amigo 3.0 UI has a thing for fancy wallpapers (and themes) but seems to be having a hard time deciding how much is too much. Frankly, having as many as three apps that do nothing but give you wallpapers this way or that isn’t exactly serving the purpose of customisation. All it’s doing is filling up your phone. And the fact that you can’t uninstall them doesn’t speak too well for it.Gionee’s difficulty in deciding how much is too much extends way beyond wallpapers and themes. The F103 is literally jam-packed with unnecessary apps. Although some of these can be removed, we don’t like Gionee’s obsession with bloat.Performance The F103 is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6735 processor coupled with Mali-T720MP2 GPU and 2GB RAM. These are quite familiar set of specifications in this price range. The Meizu M2 and Lenovo’s Vibe P1M have the same hardware. Both these phones are quite capable performers — for their price — and won’t keep you asking for more if you know their limits. And then there are phones like the Lenovo K3 Note and Samsung’s Galaxy J5 and J7 which are even better performers thanks to slightly better hardware (at a slightly higher price).Gionee’s F103 on the other hand is just an average performer. A large part of this has to be attributed to Amigo UI’s penchant for fancy animations (and excessive bloatware). Funny thing is the phone has trouble handling these animations as seen from the very moment you unlock the phone. Getting to the home screen and transitioning from one to another is accompanied by a slight jerk, which is noticeable.Although the phone can handle everyday basic tasks like web browsing, social media, making phone calls, sending text, listening to music and playing basic games fairly well, performance is not in line with phones like the Meizu M2 and Coolpad Note 3. The latter are just way smoother. The F103 is prone to hiccups, which means lags while opening and closing of apps are common and often frustrating. Some apps would take longer to open than others although we did not encounter any app crashing randomly on our review unit.The phone can handle basic games like Candy Crush Saga and Subway Surfers well with occasional stutter. Graphical games like Asphalt 8: Airborne and Implosion run with some lag at low and medium settings. If you’re looking to play lots of games on your phone, it’s better that you look for other options. And there are quite a few out there.The F103 is also prone to some heating while running GPU intensive tasks.advertisementThe F103 comes with 16GB inbuilt memory (11.28GB available) which is expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card.The phone comes with a mono speaker on the back. Audio quality is just average, and in fact poor in comparison to rival phones. It doesn’t get loud enough, and its placement is such that sound is muffled further when it is lying back down. Phone calls made with the F103 are of acceptable quality and we did not encounter any odd call drops on our review unit. The phone supports 4G LTE on both SIM cards.Camera The F103 sports an 8-megapixel camera on the rear with autofocus and LED flash. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera on the front.We have some good quality camera phones in this price range. Sadly, Gionee’s new phone isn’t one of them. To begin with the camera app is as basic as it gets at this price point. Pictures are clicked in 4:3 aspect ratio (8-megapixel) by default. A dedicated pro-mode is lacking so forget about manual control of any sort on the F103. You’re basically stuck with a normal mode and some filters, along with a few other options like face beauty and panorama. HDR is manual, so you’ll have to turn it on every time you feel the urge.The camera app, just like some other bundled apps, shows lags and takes an odd second or two to open (and close). Same goes for image capturing and processing. These take a while, especially in HDR. The phone tends to have a hard time focusing on objects and shutter speed is only average.As for image quality, the F103 easily has one of the worst cameras in and around this price range. No matter what the light condition, images clicked with the rear camera are substantially lacking in detail. Dynamic range is poor and colours are off-balance. Failure to capture enough detail and poor dynamic range leads to noise or grainy images even in outdoor well-lit environments. Images clicked in tricky light and low light are just bad and full of noise.Selfies clicked with the front cam are slightly better. In good lighting, these comes out well with fairly good amount of detail and colour reproduction is also fairly accurate.Here are the camera samples of the Gionee F103: Sample 1 , Sample 2 , Sample 3 , Sample 4 , Sample 5 , Sample 6 , Sample 7 , Sample 8 , Sample 9 , Sample 10 . Battery The F103 uses a removable 2,400 mAh battery. Battery life is the only positive highlight of the phone. It is good.We were easily able to get one full day on mixed usage, which is nice. This included listening to music, web browsing and managing social media accounts (Facebook + Twitter), occasional phone calls and clicking photos. We also played some games. Extreme usage (that included a video loop test + some gaming) gave us close to 9 hours, which is not bad. The phone has excellent standby as it loses little or no charge when you keep it untouched overnight. Moreover, it also comes with a few power saving modes that help squeeze out an odd hour or two out of it in extreme case scenarios.Should you buy it? If you haven’t noticed, we used the term ‘average’ far too many times in this review. This is because the F103 is just another average phone that doesn’t excite on first look as well as actual usage. There are far better phones in this price range that are worth your time and money. The F103 isn’t one of them.There are of course a few positives that Gionee can take away from this. We liked the Amigo UI, but we would like it more if Gionee cuts some flab in future. The battery life was good, which goes on to show you don’t actually need marathon phones with marathon batteries to get good battery life.Sadly, that’s all the positive we could squeeze out of it. The F103 is a phone where negatives outnumber the positives by miles. As such, it’s better you stay clear off it.last_img read more

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Next Steps After Copenhagen: Transportation

first_imgA wrap-up of key messages from EMBARQ’s Transforming Transportation 2010. Originally posted on EMBARQ.org.Last Friday, January 15, 180 transport and climate change experts from local and national governments, multi-lateral development agencies, academic institutions, nonprofits and private companies gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss “Next Steps After Copenhagen: Opportunities and Challenges in the Transport Sector” as part of the annual Transforming Transportation conference.The full-day event, held at the Inter-American Development Bank headquarters, came one month after the international community met in Copenhagen to negotiate the next phase of the Kyoto Protocol and a new international climate agreement on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. The event was jointly organized by the Asian Development Bank, EMBARQ – The World Resources Institute Center for Sustainable Transport, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport.The day’s events, hosted at IDB’s Enrique Iglesias Auditorium, provided a forum for the transport, climate and development communities to discuss the following topics:How the transport community can best engage in solving the challenges caused by climate change;Connections between climate change and other drivers of transport interventions in developing countries;Outcomes of the Climate Conference in Copenhagen and significance for national and local policy making in the transport sector.Organizers drafted key messages that will help inform the following initiatives, including:The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) discussion and policy guidelines on sustainability in the transport sector;The Regional Environmental Sustainable Transportation Strategy of the Inter-American Development Bank;The 2010-2011 work plan for the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport.The key messages from the event Next Steps After Copenhagen are:#1: Climate change mitigation efforts need to address emissions from the transport sector in developing countries in order to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels by 2050, a target suggested by the IPCC and referred to by the Copenhagen Accord.#2: Decision making in the transport sector should consider multiple policy objectives in support of sustainable development, including adaptation to climate change, greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, economic and social development, congestion relief, road safety, air quality and health.#3: Countries can take important steps towards sustainable, low carbon transportation now, before the international community reaches a new international climate agreement or revised Kyoto Protocol. Leading developing countries and cities have initiated efforts to make their transport sectors less carbon intensive or, in some cases, completely carbon neutral.#4: The allocation of transport-related funds requires a paradigm shift. The guiding principle in future transport funding should be the Avoid-Shift-Improve approach. A better understanding of the mitigation potential in the transport sector will speed up the formulation of more comprehensive investment strategies. Externalities, such as air pollution and carbon emissions, must be addressed through comprehensive pricing policies. And financing from different sources – i.e. nonprofits, multi-lateral development agencies, governments, and the private sector – need to complement each other, rather than work towards different goals. As a large and fast-growing source of carbon emissions, the transport sector should have access to financing under international climate change agreements, in order to spur mitigation activities.#5: There should be more financial support directed towards enabling and preparatory activities, rather than simply investing in transport systems and infrastructure alone. Sector-wide programs can significantly complement individual projects, and they should include a bundle of measures, instead of isolated interventions, to make transport projects more sustainable.#6: Adaptation needs to be mainstreamed in the transportation sector. Knowledge, tools and methodologies to address climate change adaptation must be developed, tested, scaled up and mainstreamed quickly into the transportation sector. There is also a need to identify synergies and trade-offs between adaptation and mitigation activities, which should work in conjunction with each other as part of an overall transportation strategy.To view more details about the event, including the full agenda, Powerpoint presentations, speaker bios and photos, go to www.transformingtransportation2010.org.last_img read more

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Transfer latest: Liverpool make Jorginho approach

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Liverpool make Jorginho approach Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:54 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Jorginho Napoli Getty Images Transfers Premier League Ligue 1 Serie A Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Liverpool make Jorginho approachLiverpool have made an approach to sign Napoli midfielder Jorginho as a possible replacement for Emre Can, claims UOL Esporte.With Germany international Can tipped to join Juventus on a free transfer in the summer, Liverpool are looking at midfield options, with Jorginho a leading candidate.Jorginho, who has also been linked with Manchester United, is considering whether it is time for a new challenge and is the latest Brazil-born star to be targeted by Liverpool after Roma goalkeeper Alisson. 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Balotelli sees transfer door opened by RomaMario Balotelli Nice Lokomotiv Moscou UEFA Europa League 15022018A return to Serie A could be on the cards for Mario Balotelli after Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco confirmed his desire to coach the Nice striker, whose contract expires at the end of the season.The 27-year-old’s agent Mino Raiola claimed on Thursday he will be heading back to England or Serie A, with Roma interested.Read the full story on Goal! Jose unsure on Fellaini renewalMarouane Fellaini Man UtdJose Mourinho does not know if Marouane Fellaini will be persuaded to sign a new Manchester United contract.Fellaini’s deal expires at the end of the season, with Roma and Turkish sides Besiktas and Fenerbahce reportedly keen on the midfielder.Read the full story on Goal! Cavalieri back in the Premier League at PalaceDiego Cavalieri - FluminenseCrystal Palace have confirmed the signing of former Brazil international goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri on a deal to the end of the season.The 35-year-old, who won three caps for his country and was a member of the Confederations Cup-winning squad in 2013, was a free agent after leaving Fluminense in his homeland last year.Cavalieri will provide competition for Palace’s two senior goalkeepers, Julian Speroni and Wayne Hennessey, as Roy Hodgson’s side battle against relegation from the Premier League.Read the full story on Goal! Lewandowski told to focus on BayernRobert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski has been urged to focus on Bayern Munich by coach Jupp Heynckes amid reports of a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.Lewandowski’s future at Bayern has been the focus of speculation in recent weeks after he appointed Pini Zahavi as his new representative.Zahavi’s reported involvement in brokering Neymar’s world-record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last year added fuel to the reports that the Poland international wants to leave the Allianz Arena.Read the full story on Goal! Sessegnon dreams of Premier LeagueRyan Sessegnon Fulham 2017In-demand teenager Ryan Sessegnon is dreaming of the Premier League, with Fulham battling to finish in the Championship’s play-off places.Sessegnon, considered one of the hottest properties in English football, has hit 13 league goals this season for Fulham, who sit fifth in the table.The 17-year-old has been linked with Real Madrid, as well as Premier League giants including Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United, with many comparing the versatile left-sided player to Gareth Bale.Read the full story on Goal! Ibrahimovic hints at MLS moveZlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester UnitedZlatan Ibrahimovic has suggested that he could move to MLS from Manchester United.The Sweden striker is currently sidelined with a knee injury, having played just seven times in all competitions this season.Ibrahimovic’s contract at United expires this summer, and it is currently unclear if he will be offered an extension by Jose Mourinho’s side amid reports he is wanted by the LA Galaxy.Read the full story on Goal! Tottenham wait on Reus contract situationMarco Reus Borussia DortmundTottenham are keeping an eye on Marco Reus as the German international stalls on a new deal with Borussia Dortmund, reports the Mirror .Reus recently returned from injury for Dortmund and after this season will only have one year left on his contract.But Spurs may have to battle Liverpool and former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, who remain a fan of Reus’ ability.Arsenal looking for three players on small budgetJonny Evans West BromArsenal are looking to add players at three positions this summer but will not have much of a budget to work with for it, according to the Mirror .The Gunners are looking for head of recruitment Sven Mislintat to bring in a goalkeeper, centre-back and defensive midfielder.After the massive outlay for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, however, Arsenal will have to find those players on a substantially smaller budget, with Jonny Evans an option due to a low release clause should West Brom be relegated.Real Madrid enter Can sweepstakesEmre Can LiverpoolA new face has entered in the hunt for Emre Can’s signature, with Real Madrid looking to land the Liverpool midfielder, according to Don Balon .Can, whose contract expires in the summer, has been linked to a move to Juventus since the summer, but has yet to sign a deal — either with the Serie A holders or Liverpool.And Florentino Perez may swoop in to add the German international, intrigued by the fact he will not cost a transfer fee.Man Utd & Liverpool ready to pounce on WanyamaVictor Wanyama, TottenhamManchester United and Liverpool are interested in taking advantage of any contract discord between Victor Wanyama and Tottenham, according to the Mirror .Wanyama, who has three years left on his current deal, wants fresh terms from Spurs.And Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea could be in the frame to secure the defensive midfielder’s signature should he wish a departure from Spurs.Whitecaps to sign Premier League midfielderJordon Mutch Crystal Palace; Eden Hazard ChelseaThe Vancouver Whitecaps have landed Crystal Palace midfielder Jordon Mutch on loan, according to ESPN FC .Mutch, who has not played in the Premier League for Palace this season, would move to the MLS side on a 12-month loan.Previously, Mutch was linked to a move to Championship side Bolton, but stayed put through the close of England’s January transfer window.€100m Balotelli in Italy & England talks – RaiolaMario Balotelli Nice Lokomotiv Moscou UEFA Europa League 15022018Mario Balotelli is worth €100 million and set to return to Italy or England, according to his agent Mino Raiola.The 27-year-old forward is out of contract at Nice at the end of the season, having scored 21 goals in 29 games in all competitions this campaign.Read the full story on Goal! Marotta accepts Can may not join JuveEmre Can LiverpoolJuventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta would be happy if Emre Can joined the Serie A giants, but accepted the Liverpool midfielder could sign elsewhere.Can, 24, is out of contract at Anfield at the end of the season and is yet to make a decision on his future.Read the full story on Goal! Milinkovic-Savic better than Pogba – agent Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Atalanta LazioMateja Kezman believes Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is now better than Manchester United’s Paul Pogba as he tipped the in-demand Lazio star to become the most complete player on the planet and challenge for the Ballon d’Or.Milinkovic-Savic is one of the most sought-after players in Europe amid links with Premier League giants United and Champions League holders Real Madrid.Read the full story on Goal! Barcelona meets with Gremio over Arthur Arthur Melo GremioRepresentatives from Brazil side Gremio have flown to Barcelona to meet with the La Liga side over the sale of Arthur, Goal can confirm.Though no agreement on a transfer was made in January, Gremio now are ready to make a deal, having received an apology from Barcelona after Arthur was pictured in December wearing a Blaugrana shirt.Read the full story on Goal! Raiola says time for Donnarumma to leave MilanGianluigi Donnarumma AC MilanSuper agent Mino Raiola believes his client Gianluigi Donnarumma should leave AC Milan.While he respects that the teenage sensation has committed to remain at the Serie A side, Raiola added he would immediately work on securing a move for Donnarumma should he change his mind.Read the full story on Goal! Ronaldo picks Lewandowski over KaneRobert Lewandowski Bayern MunichCristiano Ronaldo has told Real Madrid to sign Robert Lewandowski over Harry Kane this summer, according to Spanish outlet Diario Gol .The Blancos No.7 allegedly believes that Kane would overshadow him at the Santiago Bernabeu, so he has called on the Madrid giants to move for the Bayern Munich forward instead.Lewandowski’s change in agent last month led to a surge in reports that he wants to move, while Kane’s outstanding form at Tottenham has turned the heads of most elite European scouts. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Sakshi Malik left in tears as wrestling federation comes down hard on players

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 25, 2019UPDATED: September 25, 2019 23:04 IST Sakshi Malik lost her opening bout at the World Wrestling Championships. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWrestling Federation posted tough questions to players after WorldsSakshi Malik was left in tears after being questioned on her performanceBajrang Punia’s coach Shako Bentinidis was also questioned by the federationIndia finished the World Wrestling Championships with their best-ever performance ever in the event after finishing with 1 silver and 4 bronze medals and four 2020 Tokyo Olympics berths.However, Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik returned home without a medal whereas Bajrang Punia had to satisfy with his 3rd bronze medal at Worlds. Unimpressed with this, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) posed some tough questions to the Indian coaches and wrestlers, who , according to the federation, failed to perform to their potential in Kazakhstan.WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh asked Bajrang Punia’s celebrated coach Shako Bentinidis that why the freestyle wrestler is committing the same erros in every tournament.”I asked him how come Bajrang keeps giving easy leg holds? Bajrang’s opposition invariably gets hold of his legs for easy points. He then chases the game thereafter,” Singh was quoted as saying by The Tribune.”It is there for all to see. He is committing the same errors that he has been committing for some time now, he has not been able to execute bharandaaz throw too. So I had to ask Bentinidis where was the progress he had promised?” Singh said.Singh also questioned the desire of the Greco-Roman contingent, which failed to show any positive at the World Championships.”I asked them why are you here. They had no answer, Singh said. We are seriously thinking to not send them in few of the weight categories for all the tournaments.”Sakshi Malik and the entire Greco-Roman contingent were also questioned in the impromptu meeting.advertisement”I asked them (GR contingent) why are you here. They had no answer. We are seriously thinking to not send them in few of the weight categories for all the tournaments.”Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said Sakshi Malik was left in tears after the federation came down hard on her.”She cried during the meeting so we decided to back off,” Singh said.At the Wrestling World Championships, Deepak Punia won a silver medal while Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Rahul Aware and Ravi Dahiya won bronze to help India finish with their best-ever medal tally.India’s previous best show was in 2013, when the country had three in their kitty courtesy Amir Dahiya (silver), Bajrang Punia (bronze) and Sandeep Tulsi Yadav (bronze in Greco-Roman)Also Read | World Championships: Rahul Aware bags bronze as India finish with best-ever medal haulAlso Read | How Bajrang Punia’s heartbreak in World Championships semi-final unfoldedFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Sakshi Malik Next Sakshi Malik left in tears as wrestling federation comes down hard on playersThe Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) asked some tough questions to the Indian coaches and wrestlers, who , according to the federation, failed to perform to their potential at World Championships.advertisementlast_img read more

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Province Invests in Community Living Initiative

first_imgThe province is investing $8.6 million in new community living units to help Nova Scotians, recovering from mental illness, make the transition from inpatient care to independent living. This investment supports government’s commitment to bring better health care to Nova Scotians. “Government is making the right decisions to support people living with a mental illness,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “I look forward to the development of a new mental health strategy which will help Nova Scotians in every region.” Four community focused living units, consisting of 10 bedrooms and associated living space, will be built on the Nova Scotia Hospital property. The residential-style units will better support clients, their families, and staff. “The community focused units will create a wonderful living and care environment outside of the traditional hospital setting. This will support those individuals who need more rehabilitation and skills development to safely transition back to their community,” said Barbara Hall, vice-president, Capital Health. “This project also represents an important step in renewing Capital Health’s aging infrastructure and will benefit all Nova Scotians.” The cost of the project will be shared by the province, Capital District Health Authority and the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. Capital Health and the foundation will contribute about $1.7 million for a total of $10.3 million. Construction of the units will begin this summer. “The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is very proud to partner on this amazing initiative,” said Mary Lou Crowley, president and CEO. “The Community Living Initiative is the first-ever of its kind and will truly enable independence for people living with a mental illness. May 3-9 is Mental Health Week.last_img read more

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Top five judges to hear PIL matters

first_imgNew Delhi: With the Supreme Court all set to work in its full strength of 31 judges from July 1 after summer vacation, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has notified a new roster of work which said top five judges of the apex court will be hearing Public Interest Litigation (PIL) matters.Earlier, fresh PIL matters were notified to be heard only by the CJI and the second senior-most judge after the CJI. According to the fresh roster uploaded on the apex court website, the CJI will deal with the PIL matters and it would be his discretion to assign PIL cases to other top four judges – S A Bobde, N V Ramana, Arun Mishra and R F Nariman. Also Read – Ahead of Xi’s visit, China says Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally; drops UN referencesThe bench headed by the Chief Justice will also hear petitions on letters received, matters related to social justice, elections, company law, monopoly and restricted trade practices, TRAI, SEBI, Insurance and Reserve Bank of India. The CJI has also kept with himself matters concerning arbitration, habeas corpus, criminal cases, contempt of court and ordinary civil matters. His bench will also deal with the issues relating to the appointment of constitutional functionaries. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in FranceBesides matters pertaining to judicial officers and commissions of enquiry, would also be allocated before the bench headed by the CJI. A bench led by Justice Bobde will hear matters related to direct and indirect taxes, mercantile law, commercial transactions including banking, election, appeals against orders of statutory bodies, arbitration appeals, the appointment of law officers, matters pertaining to employees of Supreme Court, high court, district courts and tribunals. Justice Ramana has been assigned matters related to compensation, arbitration appeals, criminal matters, ordinary civil matters, mercantile laws, commercial transactions including banking, judicial officers matters and matters related to armed forces and paramilitary forces, admiralty and maritime laws. Besides PIL and letter petitions, Justice Arun Mishra led bench has been assigned matters of land acquisition and requisition and indirect taxes. Justice Nariman, the fifth in seniority in the apex court, has been assigned PIL and letter petitions besides direct taxes, rent act, compensation, family law etc.last_img read more

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Closure of Ordnance Factory Board Mamata writes to PM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him not to corporatize the Ordnance Factories including the Ordnance Factory Board with its headquarters in Kolkata.”I have been receiving reports regarding a decision that the Government of India has apparently been taking to corporatize all the Ordinance Factories including the Ordnance Factory Board with its headquarters in Kolkata. It has also been suggested that this will finally lead to privatization of these great national assets.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Ordnance Factory Board with its headquarters in the Ayudh Bhavan, Kolkata, is the world’s largest government set up for manufacturing arms and ammunition for a country’s armed forces. Indeed it is called the fourth pillar of the Indian Defence apparatus. Founded in 1775, the set up includes 41 factories all over the country, nine training institutes, about 1.6 lakh officers and employees. It produces a vast range of arms and equipment that enable our soldiers to guard our frontiers, she wrote. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayExpressing her deep concern for the Centre’s proposal, Banerjee maintains: “I am shocked and surprised to know that the vital pillar of the country’s defence and this key industrial initiative of our land is now being contemplated to be subjected to a sudden exercise of degovernmentalisation for which there has been not even an iota of stakeholders’ consultations uptill now.” It may be mentioned that the Trinamool Congress has raised the issue of disinvestment of profit-making Central PSUs and the party’s MPs have raised the issue in Parliament. Banerjee requested the Prime Minister to kindly reverse the process as the national security and defence of India is involved. “I would therefore request you to kindly stall and reverse the process of corporatization and privatisation in the greatest interest of the national security and defence of our country. While the industrial policy in our country has gradually been made more and more friendly to the private players in the market, there are some core strategic areas where the state is yet to abdicate its paramount role.”last_img read more

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Two Quebec law firms seeking classaction lawsuit against Apple

first_imgMONTREAL – Two Quebec law firms are seeking authorization to file a class-action lawsuit against Apple for allegedly violating the province’s consumer-protection law.They filed a motion in Quebec Superior Court last Dec. 29 after Apple acknowledged having secretly slowed down older iPhones.The company said the move was necessary to avoid unexpected shutdowns related to battery fatigue.LPC Avocats et Renno Vathilakis Avocats allege the one-year warranty offered to Quebec consumers for batteries is not reasonable, given the price and the expected use.The law firms also allege the “AppleCare” extended warranty is not more advantageous than the legal guarantee under Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act and that “its price is disproportionate to the point of causing the objective lesion to all AppleCare purchasers.”They are seeking yet to be determined compensatory damages as well as punitive damages of $300 per class member.The application was filed on behalf of Quebecers who bought an Apple product, including iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, iPods or MacBooks. It also covers people who purchased “AppleCare” or “AppleCare+” for an Apple product and were not informed of their legal warranty.last_img read more

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Enduser IT spending in India to reach 15 billion in 2019 Gartner

first_imgMumbai: End-user information technology spends by Indian companies will jump by nearly 10 percent to $15 billion in 2019, a report said Monday. The fastest growth will be in the business process outsourcing sector, which is estimated to grow at over 14 percent to $1.9 billion, the estimate by the consultancy firm Gartner said. “High GDP growth rates are driving local organisations to increase their investment in infrastructure, applications and digital initiatives, which are increasingly moving to the cloud,” its vice president for research Arup Roy said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraNon-traditional sectors like logistics, transportation and manufacturing are experiencing healthy growth rates as their business models get centered on investments in IT, he added. On the BPO front, the report said crowdsourcing, working at home (WAH) or teleworking, and the ‘gig economy’ will account for 40 percent of the customer management (CM) BPO workforce by 2021, up from 7 percent in 2017. By 2021, it will account for an estimated 900,000 people. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysNearly two-thirds of this will be employed by CM BPO service providers, while the rest will be employed by end-user companies directly, Roy said. “A key benefit of crowdsourcing, WAH/teleworking and the gig economy is access to specialized talent that may not all reside in the same area or that may be unwilling to commute to a central location to work,” he said. This model also helps mitigate some other business risks, by, for example, providing clear benefits from a business continuity perspective and helping attract buyers from a corporate social responsibility perspective, the report said. The managed services and cloud infrastructure services will continue to be the biggest segment in terms of spending on IT services in India, with nearly $6 billion in spends, it said. Roy said there is a shift in how organisations are adopting to the cloud, mentioning that they are looking not just to acquire cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) resources themselves, but also the automated management of those resources, management tools delivered as services, and cloud software infrastructure services. Hence, the consultancy expects that while IaaS-only cloud providers will continue to exist, they will become increasingly niche due to the breadth and depth of service offerings that end-user organisations require.last_img read more

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Sarri buys time with unexpected topfour finish

first_imgLondon: After a turbulent first season at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri goes into Thursday’s Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt savouring some much-needed breathing space. Sarri has spent most of the campaign engaged in a struggle to win over his sceptical players and fans. At one stage, it appeared the Chelsea manager was fighting a losing battle as a miserable run of results sparked reports he was on the verge of the sack. Amid reports that Chelsea’s stars were sick of Sarri’s inflexible game-plan, monotonous training sessions and habit of criticising them through the media, the nadir came in February when Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted during the League Cup final defeat against Manchester City. Sarri has side-stepped one crisis after another just deftly enough that he has emerged from a bleak winter with his prospects of avoiding the axe looking brighter after Chelsea secured a top four finish in the Premier League last weekend. With a place in next season’s Champions League sealed with a game to spare, Chelsea can turn their attention to winning the first trophy of Sarri’s reign.last_img read more

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UNbacked Smile Darfur campaign wraps up with call to end violence

7 June 2009The week-long “Smile Darfur” outreach scheme, backed by the hybrid African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in the war-torn Sudanese region, has wrapped up with a call for peace and an end to the violence. The week-long “Smile Darfur” outreach scheme, backed by the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in the war-torn Sudanese region, has wrapped up with a call for peace and an end to the violence. At yesterday’s closing ceremony for “Ibtasim [Smile] Darfur,” Henry Anyidoho, Deputy Joint Special Representative of the mission, known as UNAMID, urged Darfurians, as well as all Sudanese, to “join your hands and hearts together to work for the peace, development and prosperity of your land.” He also emphasized that UNAMID will support efforts, in line with the Mission’s mandate, to end the suffering of the people of Darfur, where some 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million forced from their homes in more than five years of fighting, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. Mr. Anyihodo also underscored that although the international community would do as much as it could, ultimately, only Darfurians can ensure the peace process’ success. The campaign featured art exhibitions, music performances, poetry recitals and drama performances, as well as a football match yesterday in El Fasher between two teams from the nearby Abu Shouk camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs). “Smile Darfur” was part of the celebrations to mark this year’s International Day of Peacekeepers on 29 May, the date in 1948 when the first UN peacekeeping mission, the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), began operations in Palestine. read more

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Corus Entertainment reports 667 million profit for its third quarter

TORONTO — Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX:CRJ.B) had a $66.7-million profit in its third quarter, as last year’s acquisition of the Global TV network and a host of specialty channels helped boost revenue.The Toronto-based company had $461.6 million of revenue for the three months ending May 31.That’s up from $360.8 million in last year’s fiscal third quarter, when Corus completed the purchase of Shaw Media through a $2.65 billion deal that closed April 1, 2016.If Corus had owned Shaw Media for last year’s entire third quarter, revenue would have been up three per cent.Corus says this year’s fiscal third quarter had 33 cents per share of net income or 35 cents per share after adjustments.During the comparable period last year, Corus had a net loss of $15.8 million or 10 cents per share. read more

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UN relief agencies warn of soaring heat and water shortages in Iraq

“It is interesting and important to note that the temperature on the border between Kuwait and Iraq today is a stifling 37 degrees – 99 degrees Fahrenheit,” Geoffrey Keele, spokesman for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) told the daily briefing in Amman, Jordan, on UN humanitarian activities.”In weather like this, the need for water, already acute in several places, becomes more and more urgent. Dehydration among young children is a concern. Access to safe water also remains a concern, and grows, as the temperature increases.”Mr. Keele noted that three tankers, under contract to UNICEF from private companies and carrying almost 100,000 litres of water, managed yesterday to make their way safely to Um Qasr in southern Iraq across the border from Kuwait. Deliveries were made to local hospitals and health centres – making sure that supplies went to those who needed them most.There was now a limited supply of water and electricity serving different parts of Basra, Iraq’s second city to the north of Um Qasr, where the 1.7 million residents have been hard pressed for both since the early days of fighting, said Veronique Taveau, spokesperson for the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq (OHCI).At the Wafa’ Al-Qaed pumping station outside the city, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and local technicians were trying to connect the three remaining back-up generators providing power to the station, she said. Despite slight improvements in water provision, the ICRC remains concerned about the water and power supply situation.The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that while information coming from the centre and south of Iraq indicated there were relatively good medical stocks, water shortage was the most serious constraint.The hospitals in Samarra, Najaf and Nassiria were believed to be affected by a serious lack of water, spokesperson Fadela Chaib said. For the time being, despite the high potential, there were no reports of infectious diseases outbreaks throughout the country, she added.In the north of Iraq, Mr. Keele said two trucks with 16 tons of medical supplies, 6 tons of water purification supplies and educational materials were making their way through customs and inspections on the border from Turkey.The UN High Commissioner for the Refugees (UNHCR) continued to report no significant refugee arrivals anywhere in the region. read more

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Whistler Blackcombs 345million plan includes indoor water play area townhomes

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 6, 2016 4:54 am MDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2016 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WHISTLER, B.C. – The Whistler Blackcomb mountain resort is planning a renaissance over the next few years that would include real estate developments in the later phases and a price tag of about $345 million.The first phase of the Renaissance project would cost up to $100 million and include a year-round indoor water-based play area at Blackcomb’s upper base.The resort would also get a new high-speed lift to connect Blackcomb’s upper and lower bases.The project’s second and third phases would include real estate developments that may involve a development partner once rezoning is approved.Phase 2 would cost $105 million to $115 million and include the construction and sale of about 60 townhomes and Phase 3 would cost an estimated $140 million to $150 million and include further real estate development.Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. (TSX:WB) says the project requires approvals from municipal and provincial governments and successful negotiations with the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations.“Whistler is in the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations traditional territories and we want to partner with these important stakeholders to benefit our shareholders and our communities,” said Dave Brownlie, president and CEO of Whistler Blackcomb, which owns 75 per cent of the resort.Brownlie described the Renaissance project as the “most progressive investment in our history” and said it would insulate the resort from variable weather by strengthening its non-skiing activities. Whistler Blackcomb’s $345-million plan includes indoor water play area, townhomes read more

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New WiFi enabled gas detection solution from Industrial Scientific

first_imgIndustrial Scientific, a global leader in gas detection, has introduced the Ventis LS multi-gas detector as part of its Accenture Life Safety Solution. Using Wi-Fi and location-based technologies to remotely monitor those working in potentially hazardous environments, this wireless solution is another way to keep workers safer.  The Accenture Life Safety Solution leverages the expertise of Industrial Scientific, as well as its “Gas Detection as a Service” solution known as iNet. It also incorporates the leading technologies and processes of Accenture, AeroScout and Cisco. The solution is designed to continuously monitor employees working in plant environments across a range of industries, including metals and mining.The Ventis LS has the ability to detect one to four gases, including H2S, O2, LEL, CO, SO2 and NO2. In potentially hazardous conditions, the instrument alerts users through audible, visual and vibrating alarms. The instrument’s gas level information is then transmitted over Cisco’s Unified Wireless Network using the gas detector’s integrated Wi-Fi tag from AeroScout. The gas detection information is then sent to a control room, where an operator can react to the data. Because of the gas detector’s wireless technology, the operator can quickly locate the employee in danger and organise rescue operations. A separate alert would be sent to the control room if lack of motion is detected or if the individual activates the detector’s panic button. The Accenture Life Safety Solution also extends itself beyond the mine or plant confines. Operators can go outside of the plant with the same functionality using a combination of Wi-Fi and cellular communications.last_img read more

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f8 keynote Facebooks revamped profile is called Timeline

first_imgFacebooks’ f8 keynote is in full force right now in San Francisco. There’s been a lot of anticipation as to what Facebook would announce today, and after yesterday’s changes, which made people quite unhappy, Facebook users were hoping CEO Mark Zuckerberg would surprise us with some very welcome improvements.The first big thing Zuck announced is a new Facebook profile design called “Timeline.” Zuckerberg called the profile the “heart of the Facebook experience.” It’s where you put all your stuff, and he said millions of people spend a lot of time building and personalizing their profile. Zuckerberg called the Timeline “the story of your life.” The Timeline has three parts to it: Stories, apps, and a new way to express who you are.Timeline is more or less a virtual scrapbook of everything you’ve ever done on Facebook. The new profile layout allows you to show all the stories of your life in a single page. You might be wondering how it can list stories about your childhood if you’re 30 years old and Facebook was only released in 2004? You can tell Facebook when you were born and literally add photos and events into your Timeline, dating from present day back to the day you were born.Unlike the current Facebook profile that shows only your recent activities on your wall, Timeline shows all the stuff you did recently and summarizes all of the important stuff from the rest of your life. Facebook must have a pretty crazy algorithm to be able to pick out what it thinks are the most important parts of your life. The things Facebook thinks are important will show up on your Timeline with a blue dot. There are also grey dots that feature less important things like comments. You can hover over the grey dots to see what they are, and if you feel there’s something important in the grey dot, you can mark it with a star. This will then show up on your Timeline.Also, you can simply add events and photos by clicking on various parts of the timeline. From what Zuck showed us during the keynote, the Timeline looks just as good on a mobile device.There are tons of new features that fit into Timeline — like apps, photos, and design — that we’ll get into in further posts. Until then, check out the video below to see what a Timeline looks in action.Read more at Facebooklast_img read more

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