UN food aid reaches half a million conflictaffected Libyans

17 June 2011The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered vital food assistance to more than 500,000 people affected by the ongoing fighting between the Government and rebels in Libya, even as concerns continue to grow about access to food inside the country. The price of many food commodities has more than doubled in areas heavily affected by fighting, the agency noted in a news release. Even before the fighting that erupted several months ago between Government forces and rebel groups seeking the ouster of Muammar al-Qadhafi, Libya was a food deficit country heavily reliant on imports. Its public food distribution system is currently under stress as food stocks are being consumed without replenishment.Since it began to move food supplies into Libya in early March soon after the conflict began, WFP distributed aid to over 270,000 people in eastern Libya, 136,000 people in western Libya (mainly in the Nafusa Mountain area), and an additional 125,000 people in the city of Misrata.“It has been a priority for WFP to mobilize food for those who are most vulnerable to hunger, especially people living in areas such as Misrata that have been severely affected by the conflict,” said Daly Belgasmi, WFP’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.The agency has extended its regional emergency operation for North Africa for three more months until the end of August, at an overall cost of $100 million. So far the emergency operation, which would cover 1.5 million people affected by the violence in Libya and neighbouring countries, has received only a quarter of the funds it needs, WFP noted.Other needs inside Libya include baby milk and diapers, medicines and vaccines throughout Government-controlled areas, as well as medicines and qualified personnel in Misrata, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The Office added that the $408 million revised flash appeal launched last month to help more than 2 million civilians caught up in the conflict in Libya is currently 51 per cent funded. Meanwhile, almost 650,000 people have left Libya and not returned. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that there are 243,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country. In Geneva, the head of the international treaty banning anti-personnel mines has expressed “deep concern” about reports of new mine use in Libya. “New deployments of mines in Libya run counter to the norms that are accepted by the majority of States,” said Gazmend Turdiu, President of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention. The use of mines in Libya was reported by international media in March. Libya is one of four African nations that have not joined the Convention, which has 156 States parties. In a related development, the UN Human Rights Council today extended the mandate of the independent commission of inquiry established to probe alleged violations of international human rights law in Libya.In a resolution adopted in Geneva, the Council requested the commission to continue its work, including through visits, and to provide an oral update to the Council at its 18th session, and a final written report at its 19th session.In a preliminary report submitted to the Council early this month, the three-member International Commission of Inquiry found that Government forces committed war crimes during fighting that followed the uprising against the regime of Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi.The commission said that it had found fewer reports of international crimes by opposition fighters, but did find some actions which would constitute war crimes.Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres travelled to Tunisia this week, meeting refugees who have fled Libya.He urged the international community to help countries such as Tunisia that are sheltering the majority of the people displaced from Libya. read more

Speaking in Jaffna Ranil assures political solution

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking in Jaffna today, assured that his Government will work towards a political solution to resolve the National issue.The Prime Minister said that following the end of the war there was an expectation that the National issue will be resolved with the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The Prime Minister insisted that the reconciliation and accountability process is not to take revenge on anyone but to find the truth over some incidents related to the war.He said the ultimate goal of Sri Lanka must be to ensure all communities work together in a united Sri Lanka and not a divided country.He said that extremism should not be given room in the country and all religions must be protected like in the past. Wickremesinghe noted that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had also promised to go beyond the 13th Amendment with “13 plus” but that was not to be. However he said the current cohabitation Government is determined to address the National issue.He also said that the concerns of the Tamils will also be addressed in order to heal their wounds and give them peace of mind. The Prime Minister urged all political parties, including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to support the reconciliation process. He said that the Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims faced several hardships since the National issue was not resolved. He said that Sri Lanka must take advantage of its location in the Indian ocean and join the economic race.  (Colombo Gazette) read more

Dont Surrender in the Fight for IT Talent

From finding non-traditionally educated employees to uncovering that coding engineer who has spent the last four years in Sales or Procurement, IT leaders must lean heavily into the recruiting process with human resources rather than sit on the sidelines waiting for the bench to fill. It comes as no surprise that the war for talent is raging on throughout the U.S. Reports out this week warn of the increasingly widening gap between employers and job seekers, with the highest number of job openings available against a historically low number of potential recruits… with no relief in sight. In the end, with an estimated 1.4 million software development jobs scheduled to be unfilled by 2020, it is clear that it will take creativity and leadership in the IT C-suite to address the talent gap within the enterprise and drive the innovation necessary to compete in the marketplace. Otherwise, the enterprise IT department is simply waving the white flag of surrender.Tags:News & ViewsIT talentCareersConsultant PerspectivesNews & ViewsOrganization & ManagementSCTC Articles You Might Like Look for Innovation and Unicorns WithinWith the rise of cloud applications driving change, applications as well as architecture and their champions exist across the entire enterprise. The data center, the contact center, the phone system, the CRM and ERP systems, edge computing, and even the (somewhat vaporware) world of the Internet of Things (IoT) require skill sets now found across the enterprise and not just in the IT department. It is a great place to start. 4 Imperatives for Enterprise IT Communication Managers Marty Parker June 11, 2019 With enterprise communications more dynamic than ever, you must adapt and lead to keep your organization competitive. Take Our Survey: Communications Careers in the Spotlight Michelle Burbick November 12, 2018 Share insight into your communications career and earn a chance to win a $100 gift card. The Battlefield StrategyTo address the gap, Silicon Valley pockets continue to deepen in the form of retention bonuses and salaries to match for top engineers and technicians. The call of tech unicorns for job seekers with dreams of large, lucrative stock options and flashy employee perks notwithstanding, recent reports indicate the big names in cloud and AI — Google, Amazon, and Microsoft — have offered six-figure hiring as well as golden-handcuff employee bonuses to stave off poaching by rivals. The effects have been felt throughout the industry. A recent search of Dice.com for cloud DevOps engineers found more than 2,275 positions available in the Valley alone and more than 38,000 open across the nation. Job openings for AI engineers found similar numbers — 2,200 and 33,000, respectively. Couple just these two key positions with the record number of denials of H-1B Visa applications to supplement these openings in the first quarter of 2019, as reported by Dice in April, and IT leaders are genuinely (and rightly!) concerned. Additionally, IT leaders must look to partnerships with consultants to address the gap as well. In many cases, seasoned software development and systems engineers — both on prem and cloud — leave the rat race of the tech giants to leverage their skills and abilities in the consultant world. Companies like LaSai Technologies (driven by Anil Reddy, former head of Microsoft’s data center strategy and cloud capacity acquisition) and Insight (where Claire Saddington, former senior cloud infrastructure solution specialist landed), have the chops to fill enterprise IT innovation without forcing the enterprise to pay Amazon, Google, or Microsoft bonuses and wages. Take a Page Out of the Partnership PlaybookAnother interesting play to address the talent gap is to design partnerships that gain access to the latest technology innovators. Walmart took this approach when going head to head with Amazon in 2017. Leveraging the power of its internal team and the Google Home as well as Google Express product lines, the Walmart and Google engineering teams joined forces to take on Alexa in the race for e-commerce dominance. That isn’t to say that your next DevOps person is sitting in your accounting department (although he or she might be!), but the knowledge and information required to design, write specs for, and implement new technology within the enterprise no longer exists in that small set of IT warriors in the data center; the change of pace is too rapid. Cisco Gives Certifications a Software Facelift Zeus Kerravala June 17, 2019 A new line of DevNet programs will verify core and advanced skills of Cisco platforms, applications, and APIs. What is an IT leader to do? Perhaps one of the strongest ways to combat the shortage is to find talent and innovation in non-traditional places. Naomi Eide, senior editor for CIO Dive, recognizes that the unicorn employee who can do it all simply doesn’t exist and companies have to find a less rigid, more agile way to solve the challenge of filling the gap. “In tech, how work gets done upstages who does it,” Eide shares, and finds — with no surprise — that the top enterprises push automation to allow for innovation as a key measure of unleashing the talent they already have outside of the data center. See All in Careers » Network Engineers: Time to Give Up Your Blankies Zeus Kerravala August 29, 2019 Following an SD-WAN user session at VMworld, sharing advice on why you need to embrace reskilling Enterprise Connect Research: 2018 Career & Salary Survey Beth Schultz December 12, 2018 A snapshot of your career in enterprise communications, from the skills you possess, your top job factors, and the salaries you earn Engage and Lean InFinally, stop alienating top talent through impersonal applicant tracking systems and low-level recruiting processes that often reject qualified (sometimes extremely well-qualified) individuals and frustrate potential recruits. IT_skills_774.jpg While multiple business segments are reporting labor shortages, nowhere is the war for talent more evident than in the data center halls of large and medium enterprises. With the rapid (and rabid) hunger for cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) technology advancement, signs indicate that finding skilled — leading, bleeding-edge workers — is only going to become more difficult. While the winner of the Walmart-Amazon race is out, and likely will be for quite a while, one thing is clear. Cross-functional, cross-organization partnerships can get the access needed to innovate in ways that IT leaders never considered in the past. Log in or register to post comments read more

US producer prices fall 01 per cent in March

US producer prices fall 0.1 per cent in March by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Apr 13, 2016 6:36 am MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2016 at 11:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. producer prices fell in March for the fifth time in the past eight months, reflecting a drop in food prices which offset the biggest increase in energy prices in 10 months. Even with the increase in energy, inflation remained at modest levels.The Labor Department said Wednesday that its Producer Price Index, which measures cost pressures before they reach consumers, dropped 0.1 per cent in March after a 0.2 per cent decline in February.Food costs dropped 0.9 per cent while energy prices increased 1.8 per cent, the biggest jump since last May. The energy increase came after a sustained period of falling prices for gasoline and other energy products.Overall, producer prices are down 0.1 per cent over the past 12 months while core prices, which exclude food and energy, are up a modest 1 per cent.The Federal Reserve, which meets at the end of this month, is expected to leave interest rates unchanged as policymakers watch for evidence that ultra-low inflation is moving closer to the Fed’s 2 per cent target. A key price gauge followed by the Fed has been running below the central bank’s preferred inflation target of 2 per cent for nearly four years.The 1.8 per cent rise in energy costs was the biggest jump since a 5.7 per cent increase last May. Starting in July, energy prices began falling again as global oil prices resumed a steep slide that began in mid-2014.The 0.9 per cent decline in food costs was led by a 27.1 per cent plunge in egg prices, the biggest one month drop since December. The price of vegetables and fruit was also down.The Fed raised its key interest rate for the first time in nearly a decade in December but left rates unchanged at their meetings in January and March. While there had been expectations the Fed would raise rates four times this year, the Fed revised its projections last month to show only two rate hikes are expected this year.The cutback in rate hike expectations has occurred because of a slowdown in the global economy and turbulent financial markets at the beginning of the year which prompted concerns about prospects for the U.S. economy. FILE – In a Friday, June 19, 2015 file photo, eggs sit waiting to be cooked at the Waveland Cafe, in Des Moines, Iowa. The Labor Department said Wednesday, April 13, 2016 that its Producer Price Index, which measures cost pressures before they reach consumers, dropped 0.1 percent in March after a 0.2 percent decline in February. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) read more

Jon Corzines MF Global PwC in settlement

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The trial between bankrupt brokerage MF Global, run by former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, and its former accounting firm, PwC, came to an unceremonious end on Thursday, with both parties saying they have reached a settlement.Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. MF Global had been suing PwC for as much as $3 billion.“The case was settled to the mutual satisfaction of the parties,” said PwC spokesman Andrew Wilson.MF Global sued PwC, also known as PricewaterhouseCoopers, alleging that negligence by the firm’s accountants led to confusion about the current financial health of MF Global at a time of global market turmoil. That confusion eventually led MF Global to file for bankruptcy in late 2011.PwC alleged that MF Global’s business decisions, including its purchase of European government bonds, were the reason why MF Global failed — not because PwC did not account for those assets as MF Global says they should have.The trial, in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, was supposed to last five weeks. The settlement came before PwC’s lawyers were even able to call witnesses to its defence.At the centre of the trial were $6.3 billion in assets tied to European government bonds that MF Global purchased from Italy, Spain, Belgium, Ireland and Portugal. Another issue is how PwC accounted for $72 million in what’s known as tax-deferred assets that further caused uncertainty about MF Global’s financial health.Those two issues caused MF Global to be downgraded by the credit rating agencies like Moody’s and counterparties to eventually cut off business from the firm.Corzine testified earlier this month, saying that the European bonds that MF Global invested in were relatively low-risk and the firm expected to get its money back. All of the bonds were from countries with investment-grade ratings, and at the time, the European Central Bank created a $500 billion facility to help eurozone countries meet their obligations.“We believed the bonds would be paid in their own right,” Corzine said. The thesis later proved to be correct, as all the bonds that MF Global purchased were paid back in full — but some months after MF Global filed for bankruptcy.The trial caught the public’s attention not only because it involved Corzine, but also because the trial started shortly after the Oscars, where a mistake by PwC’s accountants led to “La La Land” being announced as Best Picture, when it was really “Moonlight.” Jon Corzine’s MF Global, PwC in settlement by The Associated Press Posted Mar 23, 2017 7:31 am MDT Last Updated Mar 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Search for Emiliano Salas missing plane called off against wishes of Cardiff

The Piper PA-46 Malibu carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala left Nantes airport in north west France at around 7.15pm on Monday evening and was en route to Cardiff, where Sala was looking forward to joining up with his new teammates.Just after an hour into the flight, pilot Dave Ibbotson, 60, asked air traffic control to reduce altitude from 5,000 ft to 2,300 feet.But a short time later the Guernsey coastguard was alerted after the aircraft disappeared from radar screens.Guernsey Police were working on four possibilities:They have landed elsewhere but not made contact They landed on water, have been picked up by a passing ship but not made contact They landed on water and made it into the life raft we know was on boardThe aircraft broke up on contact with the water, leaving them in the seaNeil Warnock and his Cardiff City players were described as feeling “absolutely terrible” last night. The shell-shocked squad returned to training in sombre mood after it emerged how their star signing, 28, had expressed fears for his life in messages sent to close friends about the single-engined plane. In a WhatsApp voice note, he said: “I’m on a plane that looks like it’s going to fall apart.”Sources at Cardiff last night confirmed Sala had made the flight arrangements with the help of Mark McKay, an intermediary in the deal, because the club had only been able to secure him a route back to Cardiff via Paris and Heathrow. The search for a plane believed to have crashed into the English Channel while carrying a Premier League striker has been officially called off against the wishes of the footballer’s family.Emiliano Sala’s family are “not content” with the decision to stop actively searching for those on board the missing aircraft which disappeared off the radar over the English Channel on Monday night.But Guernsey harbourmaster Captain David Barker defended the move, saying he is “absolutely confident” no more could have been done.”I have taken the decision to terminate our search and that decision has been difficult, as you can imagine, not least because there are a huge number of people both here in the UK and in France who have been involved in the search over the last three days all of whom including myself had hoped for a positive outcome,” he said.”But that’s not been the case.”But more importantly, because I’m well aware that this will be very unwelcome news for the family and friends of the two occupants of the missing aircraft.”I understand that Emiliano Sala’s family are not content with the decision to stop the search and I fully understand that.” Show more He said: “My team have just met to review the search and rescue operation which has been underway since the plane disappeared on Monday night.”Despite the best efforts of air and search assets from the Channel Islands, UK and France, which has covered an area of approximately 1,700 square miles – with a significant amount of this searched more than once – and having examined mobile phone data and satellite imagery, we have been unable to find any trace of the aircraft, the pilot or the passenger.”There has been over 24 hours of continuous searching, with 80 hours combined flying time across three planes and five helicopters.”Two lifeboats have also been involved, as well as assistance from various passing ships and fishing boats.”We reviewed all the information available to us, as well as knowing what emergency equipment was on board, and have taken the difficult decision to end the search.”The chances of survival at this stage are extremely remote.”Next of kin have been informed of this development, and my thoughts go out to the family of the pilot and passenger at this most difficult of times.”This has been a very thorough and extensive search, co-ordinated from the Guernsey-based Joint Emergency Services Control Centre and has seen exemplary co-operation from all countries involved, for which I would like to extend my personal thanks. In an update posted on Twitter by Guernsey Police, harbour master Captain David Barker said the active search for the missing plane had ended. 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. It was also claimed on Wednesday that the pilot, and father-of-three aborted three attempted take-offs and had joked with friends that he was a “bit rusty” in the days before. Aviation experts suggested the privately chartered single-engine aircraft should not have been risking the flight in the icy conditions.Alastair Rosenschein, a former pilot, said: “It’s already a fairly risky crossing to do in a single engine aircraft, especially in winter and definitely at night. There are icing problems too. It’s a strange thing to do though to go and fly over water with one engine at night in winter because if your engine goes you’re going in the water”. “The final aircraft searching for the missing plane and those on board has now landed. Although we are no longer actively searching, the incident remains open and we will be broadcasting to all vessels and aircraft in the area to keep a look out for any trace of the aircraft. This will continue indefinitely.” read more

Get the vaccine not the flu urges HSE

first_imgTHE HSE IS urging people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated against influenza.Flu season is now here, and the HSE warns that flu can be a very serious illness, especially for people who are older or who have a long-term illness.UptakeNational uptake figures show that 56.5 per cent of people aged 65 and over who hold a medical card or GP visit card received the flu vaccine during the 2011-2012 flu season.This is down from 60 per cent during the 2010-2011 season and less than the World Health Organization target of 75 per cent.The HSE advises the following groups of at-risk people to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza: Flu is very infectious and can cause potentially serious illnesses especially for older people, those who have a chronic illness and pregnant women. Seasonal flu vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy and also protects the baby. The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu as it does not contain any live flu virus and all those at risk should get vaccinated as soon as possible this year to make sure that they are protected.She added that flu is spread by coughing and sneezing so people should cover their nose and mouth with a tissue, disposing of the tissue as soon as possible and washing their hands with soap and water as soon as possible to help prevent it spreading.Some people in the at-risk groups may also need pneumococcal vaccine which is available from GPs. The HSE has a dedicated immunisation website at www.immunisation.ieRead: HSE issues warning over low dosage flu vaccines> Seasonal flu vaccines are safe and have been given for more than 60 years to millions of people across the world. Reactions are generally mild and serious side effects are very rare.It also says that healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, therapists and carers also need to get the seasonal flu vaccine every year.Head of the HSE’s National Immunisation Office, Dr Brenda Corcoran said:center_img Everyone aged 65 years and overAnyone over six months of age with a long term illness requiring regular medical follow-up such as chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, diabetes or those with lower immunity due to disease or treatmentPregnant womenChildren or teenagers on long-term aspirin therapyResidents of nursing homes and other long stay facilitiesVirus strainsThis year’s seasonal flu vaccine protects against the three common flu virus strains expected to be circulating this year based on advice from the World Health Organization. The HSE notes that it is important for all those in the at risk groups to be vaccinated again this year as the virus strains in the vaccine have changed.last_img read more

Le satellite ROSAT va retomber sur Terre dans les prochains jours

first_imgLe satellite ROSAT va retomber sur Terre dans les prochains joursD’après le Centre allemand pour l’aéronautique et l’aérospatial, un satellite du nom de ROSAT lancé en 1990 serait sur le point de retomber sur Terre, à une date encore imprécise. Cela pourrait arriver entre le 20 et 25 octobre. Un mois à peine après l’effervescence créée par la chute du satellite UARS, c’est un nouvel engin qui s’apprête à retomber sur Terre : le satellite allemand ROSAT (pour “Roentgen Satellite”) qui a été lancé il y a plus de 21 ans en juin 1990. Pesant près de 2,4 tonnes, il est équipé d’un télescope à rayons X qui a permis de découvrir plus de 1.000 étoiles chaudes et cartographier environ 110.000 étoiles. Une mission qui a duré près de 9 ans et qui s’est achevée en février 1999. Depuis, ROSAT flotte donc en l’espace et s’est, au fil des années, progressivement rapproché de la Terre. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAActuellement, il est en orbite à 270 kilomètres au-dessus de nos têtes. Mais le Centre allemand pour l’aéronautique et l’aérospatial a expliqué dans un communiqué, qu’une fois l’orbite de 150 kilomètres atteinte, il est probable que le satellite ne parvienne plus à se maintenir 24 heures en l’air. Ainsi, il retombera progressivement pour atteindre l’atmosphère terrestre avant de s’enflammer et d’être détruit. Une “chute libre” qui pourrait se produire entre le 20 et 25 octobre, selon les estimations. Mais comme pour le satellite UARS, la date reste encore très imprécise tandis que les scientifiques évoquent entre autres, l’impact des fluctuations de l’activité du Soleil. Des fragments jusqu’à 400 kilos ? En revanche, ROSAT pourrait bien faire davantage de dégâts que UARS. En effet, d’après le Centre spatial, plus de 20 à 40% de la masse totale du satellite pourrait retomber sur Terre sous la forme de débris plus ou moins importants. Une proportion supérieure à celle habituellement observée en raison des structures robustes de miroirs dont le satellite est équipé. Ainsi, les éléments plus légers tomberont en premier tels des feuilles qui se détachent des branches d’un arbre. Mais les plus lourds dont certains pourraient peser jusqu’à 400 kilos, chuteront bien plus tard. S’ils ignorent la date d’arrivée, les scientifiques ne savent également rien de l’endroit où le satellite va retomber. Ce n’est que quelques heures avant la chute qu’ils pourront fournir des données plus précises. Pour l’heure, le Centre spatial a ainsi indiqué qu’il existait une chance sur 580 que l’engin arrive en Allemagne et que le risque qu’un fragment touche un habitant était de un sur 700.000. Le 19 octobre 2011 à 17:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

David Luiz Im staying at Chelsea

first_imgChelsea’s new manager Maurizio Sarri has received a welcome boost with David Luiz insisting that he intends to remain at the clubThe Brazilian defender made just 10 Premier League appearances last season under Antonio Conte and had been expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.But now that Conte is gone, Luiz is looking forward to working under Sarri at Chelsea and has featured in both of the Blues’ pre-season matches.“I came back to Chelsea to stay,” said the 31-year-old, as quoted by Sky Sports.“When I took my decision to come back here from Paris it was to win the Premier League and to do something again with Chelsea, so I am very happy here.“I love Sarri’s philosophy. We play high, with a lot of possession in a technical way. He’s trying to help us every single day to learn quickly his philosophy.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“A new philosophy always takes time. But it also depends on us. If we’re dedicated every day and doing things every single day in training, we’re trying to learn quickly.”Luiz is unconcerned about the prospective competition he may soon face with Chelsea reportedly chasing new centre-back before the end of the summer transfer window.He added: “It is good to have fantastic players, more than just 11.“You have many players that can play in the starting XI, so it is a positive challenge for everybody.”Luiz is currently in his second spell at Chelsea after previously leaving the London club in 2014 for a two-year spell in France with Paris Saint-Germain.last_img read more

31 of parents who work flexibly have no control over where they

first_imgUnder a third (31%) of respondents who are parents and who work flexibly have no control or restricted control over where they work, according to research by Working Families and Bright Horizons.Its 2018 Modern families index report, which surveyed 2,761 UK-based working parents with at least one dependent child aged 13 or under who lives with them some or all of the time, also found that 37% of respondents who have a flexible working arrangement feel burnt out all or most of the time, compared to 27% of respondents who do not work flexibly.The research also found:25% of respondents who work on a flexible basis have restricted or no control over their working hours, and 20% have restricted or no control over their start and finish times.46% of respondents do not use flexible working arrangements, however 44% feel that flexible working is a genuine option for mothers and fathers in the workplace.10% of respondents have rejected a promotion because of the limited work-life balance opportunities.58% of male respondents identify work as their main cause of burnout, compared to 50% of female respondents.40% of respondents who are contracted to work 35 to 36 hours a week are putting in extra hours.34% of respondents who are contracted to work 25 hours a week are working extra hours, with 30% of this group clocking up approximately 35 hours a week.47% of respondents feel that work affects their ability to spend time together with their family.39% of respondents find that work prevents them from being able to say goodnight to their children often or all the time, 42% are unable to help their children with homework due to work commitments, and 28% state that their work causes arguments with their partner.38% of respondents feel that working overtime makes them eat less healthily, and 42% cite that overtime limits the exercise they can do.Sarah Jackson (pictured), chief executive officer at Working Families, said: “For mothers and for fathers, becoming a parent looks like a bad career move. Because the norm for people who want to get ahead is still to show up early, leave late and be on email out of hours, and parents have less time to give, putting them at a disadvantage.“Parents are responding to the pressures on them by acting, deliberately stalling and downshifting their careers. With more than 11 million working parents in the UK, our economy can ill afford this ‘parenthood penalty’. Our findings should be a wake-up call for UK [organisations].“We need a more widespread, genuinely flexible approach to work. But on its own, flexible working is not enough if all it delivers is the flexibility to manage a bumper workload. We need human-sized jobs that allow parents to fulfil their labour market potential and give families back the time together they need to thrive. This should be central to the government’s forthcoming review of its right to request flexible working legislation.”James Tugendhat, managing director, international at Bright Horizons, added: “The [report] highlights the UK’s long hours culture is putting severe strain on family life in the UK. Many parents are working unsustainable hours to make ends meet, returning home stressed and exhausted.“There is great opportunity for families, employers and government to work collaboratively and find successful solutions which enable working parents to thrive both at home and in the workplace. We have seen fantastic examples of leading employers already addressing this important issue, however for those yet to do so we urge them to take action sooner rather than later. Families must see these in practice and embedded at all levels to feel confident in creating a work-life balance that truly works for them.”last_img read more

Rising Seas Will Overtake Land at Coastal Installations Study Concludes

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Military installations on the East and Gulf coasts are extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, with rising sea levels expected to threaten increasing amounts of coastal land over the coming decades, according to an analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists released Wednesday.Coastal installations will experience more extensive tidal flooding and when hurricanes strike, deeper and more extensive storm surge flooding, the study concluded.“We’re now at the front end of the changes that will occur, with some installations already dealing with flooding during extreme high tides,” said Erika Spanger-Siegfried, lead author of the report. “Depending on how fast sea level rises in the second half of this century, tidal flooding will become a daily occurrence in some areas; that is, those places become part of the tidal zone as opposed to useable land.”Sea level increases — already up 8 inches globally since 1880 — are the product of rising temperatures and ice melt primarily caused by global warming. The East and Gulf coasts experience some of the fastest rates of sea level rise, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.By 2050, half of the 18 installations the study evaluated would experience 270 or more flood events per year — up from just 10 events per year today — under an intermediate sea level-rise scenario. Under the highest scenario, those installations likely would experience daily floods.Four sites — Naval Air Station Key West, Fla.; Naval Station Mayport, Fla.; Fort Eustis at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. — stand to lose one-fifth or more of their land by 2050 due to daily high-tide flooding under the highest sea level-rise scenario.“In 2070, all but a few [of 18 installations studied] are projected to see flooding once or twice every day. Shockingly, these aren’t even the worst-case scenarios,” said co-author and lead analyst Kristy Dahl.DOD has been addressing the problem in recent years. At Langley AFB, Va., for example, the Air Force has constructed a shoreline seawall and door dams to protect some of its buildings, and it has installed a pump system to remove flood waters.“But there’s a big gap between what’s being done and what’s needed,” said Spanger-Siegfried.Installations should plan collaboratively with surrounding communities to counter the impact of rising seas on housing, transportation systems and critical infrastructure on and off installations, the report recommended.Individual installations also will need more detailed analyses of how rising seas will affect their infrastructure, as well as additional resources to adapt to the changing conditions, according to the study.last_img read more

WhatsApp Pay coming to India later this year Global head

first_imgNew Delhi : Facebook-owned WhatsApp is all set to launch its peer-to-peer, UPI-based Pay service for over 300 million users — especially the small and medium businesses (SMBs) — in India sometimes later this year, its Global Head Will Cathcart announced here on Thursday. WhatsApp launched a test run of its payments service with one million users in the country last year which got stuck in the digital payments framework guidelines but now, the service is in the final stages. Also Read – Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended till Monday Advertise With Us “To boost digital inclusion in India, we can launch the (Pay) service across the country later this year after meeting regulations,” Cathcart told the audience at an event. The country’s digital payments industry is estimated to hit $1 trillion by 2023. According to a report by Omidyar Network and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), nearly half of MSME owners with annual business revenue between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 75 crore would use WhatsApp Payments once it is fully rolled out. Speaking at the event, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said Facebook-owned WhatsApp was delayed in meeting India’s regulatory norms to launch its digital payments service.last_img read more

Preachers Second Season Opens With Blood Guts and a Singalong

first_img The TV adaptation of Preacher is telling the story differently from the comics. The characters are there, they have the same goals, but their actions and journeys are completely different. That’s worked out OK so far. It basically means there’s no way to spoil yourself. You could read the entire comic series and still be surprised by what happens during this week’s two-night premiere. The first season served as a prequel to the comic, taking place before the point where the first issue begins. (Even then, the story plays out differently than the backstory we’re given in the comics.) The second season picks up more or less where the comics begin: God has gone missing, and our trio of heroes are trying to find Him, while being pursued by the relentless Saint of Killers. There’s also a lot more crazy violence.We got to see an early screening of the first hour of this weekend’s premiere. The episode will air this Sunday, June 25 at 10 p.m. on AMC. The second part of the premiere will air during Preacher’s normal time slot Monday night at 9 p.m. They didn’t show the second part, but the first is bonkers. It’s like they realized that the first season was missing some of the giddy violent fun of the comic and wanted to make up for lost time. We’ll have to wait and see whether the rest of the season keeps up this pace.Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga (Photo via AMC)I’ll talk about the episode in more detail in a little bit. First, before the screening began, actor Ruth Negga answered a few questions about her character, the show and what we can expect from season two. Negga began by talking about what it’s like to embody the character of Tulip physically. She said in acting school you spend a lot of time pretending to be a tree, which seems useless until you have to play a character like Tulip. Tulip is a very physical character, Negga said. To play her, Negga has to act with her whole body, rather than being a talking head. She especially likes that Tulip is a scrappy fighter, rather than a trained assassin. She’ll use anything and everything to get the job done. Apparently, those old grounding exercises from acting school come in real handy when you have to kill someone with a corncob. (That kill specifically is what made Negga say, “I’d better get this part.”)Negga did mention that the Tulip we see in the TV series is very unlike the Tulip of the comics. That goes beyond the fact that the comic character and the actor look nothing alike. She’s significantly tougher  and more assertive in the show. Negga says that while she loves the Tulip of the comics, she was sort of there to be an audience projection. It was very important to all involved in the show, Negga says, that this version of Tulip wasn’t anyone’s projection. Tulip on the show her own person, which is why she thinks audiences have responded so well to her.As far as what to expect from season two? “It’s still bonkers,” Negga said. Now that the characters are on their mission to find God, we should expect some interesting things from Tulip in the season to come. Negga says that Tulip is just going along with things for Jesse. She loves him, but she doesn’t necessarily believe in the mission he’s on. In both the original comic and the show, she’s never been the most religious or faithful person, and she’s seriously skeptical of Jesse’s new power. She views the ability to control others as authoritarian, and she’s not entirely cool with that. That’s not to say it doesn’t come in handy sometimes, but over the course of season two, Tulip will act as Jesse’s conscience, and try to keep him from abusing ability.Joseph Gilgun (Photo via AMC)Now, let’s get to the pilot. Right away, it sets the tone for the season to come with an awesome car chase set to “Come On Eileen.” It might be physically impossible not to crack a smile at this sequence, especially when Jesse, Tulip, and Irish vampire Cassidy start belting the song out while speeding away from the cops. Unfortunately, they forget the first rule of running from the cops: make sure you have a full tank of gas. Ignoring Tulip’s protests, Jesse uses The Voice to have some fun with the cops, but the fun is stopped when they’re attacked by a mysterious assailant. That’s all the detail of the episode I’ll go into, except to say that they’re looking for God, get a couple of clues, and the violent, formidable Saint of Killers is always a few steps behind. None of that is a spoiler at this point.I do want to talk about the violence, which this season seems to be doubling down on so far. While there were brief moments in the first season that matched the over-the-top violence of the comics, this first episode really goes for it. It’s nice to see the show indulging in the darkly comedic horror you expect from Preacher. I don’t want to spoil any surprises, but I’ll say there’s a particularly… creative use of a man’s intestine. Let’s just leave it at that.Graham McTavish (Photo via AMC)This first episode is a great tonal shift for the series. It’s already allowing itself to have more fun than the last season did, but that’s not to say the dramatic elements are completely gone. The show knows when to play the violence for laughs and when to use it to scare us. There’s still a lot of emotional tension between Jesse and Tulip, made even more complicated by the fact that Cassidy seems to be developing feelings for her. The hour (well, 40 minutes) it took to watch the show flew by, and by the end, all I wanted was more Preacher. Especially since it ended with a pretty major cliffhanger. Good thing the second episode airs the night after the first.After this small taste of what’s to come for Preacher, I’m definitely excited to see where Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy go in season two. Now that it’s become the road trip story we remember from the comics, I’m sure there’s plenty of weird, violent insanity coming our way. I just hope they can keep this pace up when episode two airs on Monday night.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_img September 15 – Ghent University Hospital in Belgium, among the first hospitals in the world to pioneer radiotherapy treatments using arc radiotherapy, is acquiring RapidArc technology from Varian Medical Systems. The hospital, which has developed its own intensity modulated arc therapy (IMAT) planning system, has carried out such treatments on prostate and gynaecological cancer patients for several years with reportedly impressive results in tumor control and reduced complications. There are now plans to extend such treatments to other sites.“The problem is that using our own system, it takes half an hour to deliver treatments, even longer if we use image-guided radiotherapy,” said professor Marc van Eijkeren, head of Ghent University Hospital’s department of radiation oncology. “Our normal radiotherapy treatment slots are ten minutes so it means we take up three slots to deliver one arc therapy treatment, placing a big strain on our busy department.“As more and more patients are becoming eligible for these treatments and patient referrals for arc therapy increase, we knew we needed to find a solution that allowed our patients to have these advanced treatments without causing a backlog. We are convinced that RapidArc is the only commercial system available at the moment that can deliver these treatments in such a short time.”Professor van Eijkeren says his hospital’s long history with advanced techniques such as IMAT and intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) comes from its goal of gaining greater tumor control and fewer side effects. Ghent University Hospital serves more than 1.5 million people in the northern regions of Belgium. The Clinac iX equipped with Varian’s RapidArc technology is due to be installed at the hospital in October and RapidArc treatments are planned to commence in spring 2009.For more information: www.varian.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | July 30, 2018 IBA Completes Installation of Two Proteus One Proton Therapy Systems in Japan IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) announced that they completed the first two installations of the Proteus One proton… read more News | September 14, 2008 European Arc Therapy Pioneer Selects RapidArc to Handle Increasing Patient Workload Technology | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | April 24, 2019 Accuray Launches Synchrony Motion Tracking and Correction Technology for Radixact System Accuray announced the launch of its Synchrony motion tracking and correction technology to be used with the Radixact… read more News | Radiation Oncology | February 01, 2018 ​ITN Celebrates World Cancer Day 2018 World Cancer Day takes place annually on Feb. read more Related Content News | Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) | September 29, 2016 Cervical and Endometrial Cancer Patients Report Fewer Side Effects with IMRT Patients with cervical and endometrial cancer have fewer gastrointestinal and genitourinary side effects and experience… read more Technology | Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) | July 05, 2017 Varian Receives FDA 510k Clearance for Halcyon Treatment System Varian Medical Systems has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the Halcyon system,… read more News | Radiation Therapy | March 26, 2018 Women Report Fewer Adverse Side Effects From Partial or Reduced Breast Radiotherapy March 26, 2018 — Radiotherapy treatment… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 03, 2017 First New York Metropolitan Hospital Treats Cancer Patients With Accuray Radixact System Accuray Inc. and Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care (MECCC), part of the Montefiore Health System (MHS),… read more News | Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) | October 31, 2018 Hypofractionated Radiation Provides Same Prostate Cancer Outcomes as Conventional Radiation An analysis led by researchers at Philadelphia’s Fox Chase Cancer Center found treating localized prostate cancer with… read more News | Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) | June 20, 2017 IUCT Oncopole Installs First Radixact Radiotherapy System in France Accuray Inc. announced that the University Cancer Institute of Toulouse Oncopole (IUCT Oncopole) in Toulouse, France,… read more News | Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) | October 25, 2017 UZ Leuven Treats First European Patient on Varian Halcyon Cancer Treatment System Varian recently announced an 80-year-old male with head and neck cancer became the first patient in Europe to be… read more last_img read more

Manuel AntonioQuepos Tidings

first_imgWe have our own meditation garden now in Quepos. It is located next to the fire station. It is very pretty and tranquil inside, but it needs a little financial help to complete. If you can help, please contact Ivan Esteves at 8629-0023 or email IE77@live.com.–Jennifer Rice jennifer@kidssavingtherainforest.org Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img

Police catch poachers with more than 300 sea turtle eggs

first_imgMarauding tourists are hardly the only threat to sea turtles on Costa Rica’s northwest coast. Last Friday, two Coast Guard officers patrolling Junquillal beach near the town of Flamingo, Santa Cruz caught two poachers with hundreds of Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) sea turtle eggs, according to the Public Security Ministry.The suspects, identified with the surnames Carrera and Gutiérrez, were carrying their loot of 315 lora turtle eggs in several bags when law enforcement found them Friday evening. Coast Guard officers handed both suspects over to the flagrancy court in Flamingo. Commander Rodolfo Coto, director of the Flamingo Coast Guard station, said that the eggs were no longer viable and had to be destroyed, according to a statement from the Security Ministry.Olive Ridley turtles are listed as a “vulnerable” species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Egg harvesting, bycatch from industrial fishing and impacts to their habitat are listed as possible reasons for the sea turtles’ downward population trends.Coto said that Coast Guard officials have increased their patrols along the beach recently as Olive Ridley turtles come ashore in droves to lay their eggs between September and October along the northwestern coast.See also: Ojochal beach besieged by turtle poachers, biologists say Facebook Comments Related posts:5 more green sea turtles rescued by Costa Rican police in Caribbean  Police find 9,400 sea turtle eggs in car trunk outside Nicoya US government sued over sea turtles snared in shrimp nets Following threats, poachers allegedly attack sea turtle conservationists in Costa Rica, Sea Shepherd sayslast_img read more

Townships need more control over drilling operations — Rep Lucido

first_img Lawmaker unveils legislation to address concerns in Shelby TownshipMichigan townships would have the ability to regulate the setback distance between oil drilling operations and residential homes under legislation introduced today by Rep. Peter J. Lucido that updates an archaic state law created in the 1940s.Michigan cities and villages can establish their own rules regarding gas and oil drilling setbacks but townships are regulated by the state.  After hearing ongoing complaints from township residents, the state Department of Environmental Quality recently issued new rules for townships, but Rep. Lucido said the guidelines don’t properly address the setback issue.“Township residents have inherent rights to their safety and well-being, and those rights are not being properly addressed by the DEQ,” said Rep. Lucido, a Republican from Shelby Township. “They’re still taking a 1940s approach to a 21st century reality.  Townships today are much more densely populated, and these municipal governments deserve to properly monitor drilling operations to keep people safe and help maintain their quality of life.”Rep. Lucido said more than 90 percent of all drilling operations in Michigan occur in townships, and it doesn’t make sense that township officials are unable to regulate the operations to best serve residents.  Rep. Lucido’s bill would repeal a portion of the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act that prohibits townships from regulating or controlling gas and oil drilling operations within their boundaries.“I fully support drilling because it’s an important way to lessen our dependence on foreign oil and keep costs down, but these companies need to be good neighbors,” said Rep. Lucido. “The state’s current policy is not sufficient to protect the health, safety and well-being of township residents.  My legislation will empower township governments and give residents the rights they deserve. ”Rep. Lucido said Shelby Township residents are concerned about recent drilling operations in the area, but currently have no genuine recourse to address their concerns.  He said giving township governments the opportunity to set their own parameters, especially when it comes to establishing setbacks, will benefit all residents.“Townships make up the largest majority of municipal governments in our state, but because of a 1940s mindset, hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents who live in townships have no real options if an oil rig locates near their homes,” Rep. Lucido said.  “This legislation is about local control and common sense.  It’s about giving township residents the basic rights that are afforded to people who live in cities or villages.”House Bill 4237 has been referred to the House Committee on Energy Policy.### 24Feb Townships need more control over drilling operations — Rep. Lucido Categories: Lucido Newslast_img read more

Rep Hughes honors Muskegon County native following internship

first_img Rep. Holly Hughes, R–Montague, honored former office intern Loryn Blink with a tribute during the state House session on Tuesday.Blink, a resident of Muskegon County, will be graduating in May 2016 in the top five of her class at Cooley Law School in Lansing.“I want to thank Loryn for her service to our hometown and the State of Michigan!” said Rep. Hughes. “She is off to bigger and better things.”The office of Rep. Hughes, representing the majority of Muskegon County in the state’s 91st District, is currently looking to fill internship positions for the 2016 Summer and Fall semesters. Interns would have the opportunity to assist Rep. Hughes and her staff in general office operations including constituent relations, communications, monitoring legislation, and more. Students will gain valuable hands-on office and legislative experience in a fast-paced environment. Hours are flexible.Please send resumes and cover letters to HollyHughes@house.mi.gov Categories: Hughes News,News 14Apr Rep. Hughes honors Muskegon County native following internshiplast_img read more