Government Assistance to Help Reopen Pictou Lumber Mill

first_imgThe province is contributing to the reopening of Ligni Bel, a lumber mill in Scotsburn, Pictou Co. A $3 million loan guarantee, through the Industrial Expansion Fund, will help the company secure a $3 million operating line of credit from its commercial lenders. The line of credit will assist with the reopening of the mill and the restoration of jobs. “Ligni Bel has worked with its business partners and the province to develop a viable plan to reopen the mill and keep it operating, said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development. “This will restore valuable jobs and contribute to the local economy.” The Ligni Bel mill, which employed up to 75 people, shut down late last year. “We are pleased with this provincial support, which will help us bring our people back to work and generate spinoff benefits to the community,” said John White, Ligni Bel’s vice president and general manager. The Industrial Expansion Fund has invested almost $17 million in the forestry industry during the past few years. Last year, the province committed $2.52 million over three years through the Community Development Trust Fund. This assistance will support the industry with an action plan as it deals with changes in global market conditions. As a result of the worldwide economic and credit crisis, companies in Nova Scotia, like all of North America are having trouble accessing capital from banks. Through the Industrial Expansion Fund, the province is able to support businesses to be more competitive.last_img read more

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Elton John AIDS Foundations Joins Forces With US Presidents Emergency Plan For

first_imgThe Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) are today launching a $10 million partnership that will provide grants to organisations working to meet the HIV-related needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people, with an initial focus on sub-Saharan Africa.The new partnership, which will see EJAF and PEPFAR each invest $5 million to improve access to HIV services for LGBT people and help to create non-stigmatizing environments by working with community leaders, civil society, and service providers. By providing funding to grassroots organisations and targeting projects that support LGBT people within countries with a high HIV burden, the move marks an important step toward ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.The Elton John AIDS Foundation’s founder, Sir Elton John, said “Our goal is to build a quick, nimble and easily accessible fund which can get funds to the most effective public health organisations doing some of the most important work among the most at risk groups. Today’s announcement marks the culmination of tireless work from both sides to best support those helping the communities around the world which are often the hardest to support through societal stigma and discrimination.”“We will only achieve an AIDS-free generation and ensure that no one is left behind if all people have non-discriminatory access to HIV/AIDS services,” added U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Deborah L. Birx. “We are proud to partner with Sir Elton John and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Together, we are putting words into action and calling on other partners to join us in meeting the urgent HIV-related needs of LGBT people and stopping stigma in its tracks.”The announcement was delivered at a celebration at the London residence of Matthew Barzun, the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Ambassador Barzun said: “Step by step, day by day, people are doing the hard work on the ground to pave the way for an AIDS-free generation, and we’re proud to stand with them. We need the passion of people and the power of government to come together to finally eradicate HIV.”last_img read more

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UN mission in Liberia documents illegal fishing and bilge dumping

Interviewed by the UN News Service, UNMIL chief Jacques Klein said: “Knowing that foreign ships were passing through Liberia’s international waters and bilge dumping and fishing, I sent out some aircraft to patrol the region, and within one two and a half hour period a week ago, we identified 11 ships.”The operators were clearly avoiding detection. “All of them had their names covered, none of them were flying a national flag, and all of them had 10- to 15-kilometre nets where they were scooping up everything there was to scoop up,” he said.The ships scattered when they saw the UN aircraft. A follow-up days later found similar illegal activity which, because it involves toxic substances, hurts not only the environment but also the economy of one of the world’s poorest countries.Since Liberia lacks the ability to take enforcement action in response, Mr. Klein said UNMIL took action at the Government’s request “at least to document what’s happening.””Ultimately, it would be nice to have the authority to actually force these ships to come into the harbour,” he added.The aim, he explained, would not be to impound the ships, but to make them pay standard fines. That, “at least would generate some revenue for the Government of Liberia.”Reviewing accomplishments over the past year, he noted that in Liberia the UN has:disarmed 100,000 ex-combatants and taken their weaponsdestroyed 7 million rounds of ammunition fed 600,000 people dailyimmunized more than 800,000 children, andtrained 13,000 teachers.But Mr. Klein stressed that numerous challenges remain, including returning some 500,000 displaced people to their homes during the first quarter of 2005 and holding free and fair elections in October next year. read more

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Substantial work remains to rid Syria of chemical weapons says OPCWUN mission

While there has been good progress so far in the effort to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons, a great deal of work remains, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) heard today, as it approved a detailed destruction plan submitted by the Government. In the plan, approved by the Organisation’s 41-member Executive Council, Syria’s chemical weapons will be transported outside its territory to ensure their destruction in the “safest and soonest manner,” and no later than 30 June 2014.The Special Coordinator of the OPCW-United Nations Joint Mission overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles said the progress so far has been “heartening,” furthered by constructive cooperation with the Syrian authorities and strong support from the international community. “However, substantial work remains to be done, and a number of challenges lie ahead,” Sigrid Kaag said in her address to the Executive Council’s meeting in The Hague. At the end of October, the Joint Mission confirmed that the Syrian Government has destroyed critical chemical weapons production equipment, rendering it inoperable. By doing so, Damascus has met the deadline set by the OPCW Executive Council to complete the destruction of such equipment by 1 November. OPCW Director General Ahmet Ümzücü welcomed the plan approved today, saying it provides a “clear roadmap” and sets ambitious milestones to be met by the Syrian Government. “This next phase will be the most challenging and its timely execution will require the existence of a secure environment for the verification and transport of chemical weapons. Continuing international support and assistance for this endeavour will remain crucial.”The Joint Mission, said Ms. Kaag, is looking to Member States that have influence with all actors to support it in the successful fulfilment of its mandate, through their lines of formal and informal communication. “This is an opportunity to advance the global disarmament and non-proliferation agenda, and to remove forever the risk that these horrific weapons of mass destruction pose to the people of Syria.” Formally established on 16 October, the Joint Mission is mandated to oversee the timely elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons programme in the safest and most secure manner possible. “Going forward, our priority will be the coordination of donor offers to ensure the Joint Mission is adequately equipped – and the Syrian authorities appropriately supported – to ensure removal and destruction of chemical materials within the ambitious timelines we have set,” Ms. Kaag said. read more

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Ohio State baseball set for firstever road trip to Rutgers

Members of the OSU baseball team gather on the pitcher’s mound to meet during a game against Akron on March 25 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 9-4.Credit: Ethan Scheck / Lantern photographerAfter 11 consecutive games at home and a 12-2 record posted for the month of March, the Ohio State baseball team is hitting the road and looking to continue its offensive success.Two of those home wins came against Toledo and Akron earlier this week. The Buckeyes (16-6, 2-1) are now set to jump back into conference play with a three-game series against Rutgers (7-14, 2-1), over the weekend in Piscataway, N.J.Coach Greg Beals said he is confident in the team’s capability to win and is proud of the Buckeyes’ success so far.“We have a four-game winning streak and we won opening weekend with Michigan State, 2-1, so we are in a good spot in Big Ten play,” Beals said. “It’s very early, but we are in a good spot.”This weekend will mark the first meeting between the two schools in 11 years, and is set to be the first time OSU has visited Rutgers.“We are excited about seeing a new campus in our conference, but most importantly, we have to go take care of business and win a road series,” Beals said.Beals selected senior pitcher Ryan Riga to start in Sunday’s game against the Scarlet Knights. Riga has thrown 20 straight scoreless innings and is close to matching the school record of 22.1 innings set by Bob Spears in 1995.“He’s a senior, he knows exactly what he’s doing and hopefully he stays consistent,” Beals said. “If he gives up a run, he gives up a run, but we are confident he’s going to give us a quality start.”With nine positions on the field and many players eager to play ball, a few Buckeyes are fighting to stay in the lineup. However, junior first baseman Zach Ratcliff isn’t too concerned with the process.“The big thing about it is just playing loose. Even if you play well, you could be sitting the next day so just go out there and have fun,” Ratcliff said. “At the end of the day it’s baseball, it’s a pretty fun game and you’ve got to stay loose.”Ratcliff added that for OSU to accomplish its win total of 40 or more games, it will need to take Rutgers seriously.“We know this year we have something special going,” Ratcliff said. “We have a lot of talent, we’ve got some young guys who are stepping up for us, too, and we definitely know we can make a run at the Big Ten hopefully in the postseason.”First pitch against Rutgers is set for Friday at 3:05 p.m. at Bainton Field. Saturday and Sunday start times are scheduled for 1 p.m. read more

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Sullinger weighs in on OSU basketball

As the only college All-American on the roster, in addition to living a mere two hours away, Ohio State freshman forward Jared Sullinger attracted a larger crowd than most when players met with the media during this past week’s LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio. “How much do you weigh?” one of the gathered reporters asked the Buckeye big man. Sullinger scanned a nearby official camp roster as a smile came to his face. “According to this, I’m 280,” he said with a laugh. The humor of Sullinger’s answer was obvious. Anyone who’d watched him play in Akron over the past couple of days saw that he’s slimmed down significantly from the 285 pounds he played at during the 2010-11 season. Sullinger said he’s lost between 10-15 pounds since the season ended and that his weight now hovers around 272 pounds. He attributed his recent weight loss to his offseason workout routine that includes a heavy boxing regimen. “A minute jabs, a minute hooks, a minute body blows,” Sullinger said, explaining his routine in the ring. Despite his noticeable weight loss, Sullinger still has some work to do, as he stated a desire to drop even more weight and drop to between 255 and 260 pounds by the time the 2011-12 season starts. The sophomore-to-be said that a slimmer Sullinger does not necessarily mean a less-powerful Sullinger. “My butt’s not going nowhere,” he said. “That’s where most of my power is.” If Sullinger’s weight wasn’t the subject he was asked most about this week, it was his decision to return to OSU for his sophomore season, as opposed to entering last month’s NBA Draft, where he would have likely had been a top-5 pick. “You can only be a kid once in your life,” Sullinger said. “I don’t want to rush into worrying about taxes, and apartments, and cars. I don’t want to deal with that just yet. I just want to have fun, play basketball, and be a kid and be able to live that college experience.” Sullinger’s been living that college life over the summer, where he’s been taking summer courses at OSU between attending basketball camps and working out.. He was invited to participate with Team USA’s U-19 national team over, but declined in order to stay in Columbus to get to know the five players who comprise the Buckeyes’ incoming freshmen class. Thanks to the significant minutes that they played last season, Sullinger said that he and classmate Aaron Craft are viewed as upperclassmen on the team. “Coach Matta basically told me he’s not looking at me as a sophomore. I’m a junior,” Sullinger said. “We’ve been through of the roughest times with last year, and they lean on us to push them through and show them how hard work really pays off.” Sullinger hasn’t just limited his advice to his new teammates, as he’s also taken on a leadership role at this week’s LeBron camp. “When we’re playing each other, he’ll be like, ‘Hey, do this,’ and it really helps you out. So he’s really been teaching me throughout the camp and helping me out to become a better player,” incoming Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis, a projected top-5 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, said. Although he’s improving others, Sullinger’s also working on his own game. He said he’s added a face-up game and he showed the ability to hit a midrange shot with consistency throughout the week in Akron. With the arrival of freshman center Amir Willaims on campus, Sullinger could spend more time playing the power forward position than he did last season. “That’s for Coach Matta to decide,” Sullinger said. “I would love that, because that would mean we shouldn’t be getting out-rebounded.” OSU has not released its full schedule for the upcoming season yet. However, it has already announced dates against Kansas, Duke, and Florida. read more

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Bundesliga Round 26 THW Kiel beats Fuchse Berlin now 520

In the 26th round of the Bundesliga which ended today, THW Kiel continued their winning streak, after a convincing win at home against Fuchse Berlin with 36:28. They are now with 26 wins out of 26 games. HSV Hamburg bounced back from the defeat by winning at Balingen with 26:21, while Gummersbach won again at home now against the relegated Hildesheim side with 36:31. In the last game today, Bergischer and Goppingen shared points playing 26:26.The other results from yesterday and the Friday: Flensburg 32:21 Magdeburg, RN Lowen 28:25 Wetzlar, Burgdorf 29:31 Melsungen, Huttenberg 32:27 Lubbecke, Grosswallstadt 21-21 Lemgo. 4HSV Hamburg41:11 9MT Melsungen23:29 10TuS N-Lübbecke21:31 15HSG Wetzlar18:34 ← Previous Story Matthias Gerlich to Rhein-Neckar Lowen! Next Story → Djordjic – new HSV goalkeeper? 2Füchse Berlin42:10 12TV Großwallstadt20:32 8Frisch Auf Göppingen24:28 6SC Magdeburg30:22 Table courtesy of: toyota-handball-bundesliga.de 3SG Flensburg-Handewitt41:11 BundesligaFuchse Berlingermany handballTHW Kiel 14HBW Balingen-Weilstetten19:33 5Rhein-Neckar Löwen37:13 18Eintracht Hildesheim2:50 16Bergischer HC15:37 17TV 05/07 Hüttenberg13:39 13TSV Hannover-Burgdorf19:33 7TBV Lemgo29:21 1THW Kiel52:0 11VfL Gummersbach22:30 read more

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TOP 20 GOLDEN GIRLS The best time for TOP handball is now…

TOP Handball They are still the real power of women’s handball even in all of them are in the third decade of their handball life. After the list of TOP 25 Handball veterans, Handball-Planet.com has a focus on the best female players born in 1981 (at the end of the season will be 34) and older. Look how big names are here…TOP 20 FEMALE “GOLDEN STARS”1. Katrin Lunde (Gyor, 1980) 2. Alexandra Do Nascimento ( Baia Mare, 1981) 3. Gro Hamerseng( Larvik, 1980) 4. Ina Suslina ( Vardar, 1979) 5. Rikke Skov (Viborg, 1980) 6. Karoline Breivang (Larvik, 1980) 7. Maria Sidorova (Zvezda, 1979) 8. Isabel Blanco (Larvik, 1979) 9. Begona Fernandez (Vardar, 1980) 10. Daniela Piedade (Siofok, 1979) 11. Tonje Larsen (Larvik HK, 1975)12. Silvia Navarro (Rocasa Gran Canaria, 1979) 13. Cristina Varzaru (Bucarest, 1979) 14. Paula Ungureanu (Baia Mare, 1980) 15. Sabine Englert (FCM, 1981) 16. Chana Masson (Viborg, 1978) 17. Aurelia Bradeanu ( Corona Brasov, 1979) 18. Nina Worz (Siofok, 1980) 19. Sergeja Stefanisin (Krim, 1974) 20. Marina Lambevska (Krim, 1979) … Yeliz Ozel (Yenimahalle, 1980) ← Previous Story DOMINATION: Stal Mielec – Vive Tauron Kielce 23:34 Next Story → Talant Dujshebaev is new Hungarian head-coach! read more

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Samsung prepping pocketbusting Galaxy Mega phones

first_imgIt looks like Samsung is ready to attack yet another screen size niche. There’s a small gap between the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2 and the 7-inch Galaxy Tab, and that’s where the new Galaxy Mega models will sit.Two models are apparently incoming. Samsung is working on the Galaxy Mega 5.8 (model GT-I9152) the Galaxy Mega 6.3 (GT-I9200). The smaller Mega is expected to go on sale somewhere around the last week of May, while the larger one will follow three weeks later.It’s been rumored for some time that Samsung was working on at least one larger phone. Samsung fanned the flames at its Galaxy S4 launch event, when it showed off a game pad dock accessory that was capable of pairing with a 6.3-inch device. That’s larger than the S4 and Galaxy Note, so it’s pretty clear that Samsung was thinking ahead to future phone releases.The 5.8-inch Galaxy Mega shouldn’t be too much larger than the Galaxy Note 2. Today’s thinner bezels mean it’s possible for manufacturers to squeeze in an extra .2 or .3 inches of screen without noticeably stretching a device.The 6.3-inch Mega, however, will be big. Ascend Mate big. If you’ve seen pictures of a human hand holding Huawei’s behemoth, you know what to expect.Curiously, neither of the Galaxy Mega models is expected to ship with S-Pen support. Is it really possible that Samsung feels like the six-inch zone isn’t right for Note functionality? With the Galaxy S4 encroaching on the original Galaxy Note’s territory it seems like the time is right to stretch the pen-friendly Note.If the reported launch targets are accurate, we won’t have to wait long to find out what Samsung is really up to.last_img read more

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Businessman Lavrentiadis set to face magistrate

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Businessman Lavrentis Lavrentiadis was arrested on Thursday on a series of criminal charges in connection with the alleged issuing by Proton Bank, in which he once held a controling stake, of millions of euros in bad loans. The 40-year-old was arrested at his home in Vouliagmeni, southern Athens, police said, and is expected to face an investigating magistrate today on charges of fraud, embezzlement, money laundering and membership of a criminal gang. If convicted, he could face life in prison, court officials revealed. His arrest came a day after an Athens court of first instance ordered the seizure of his assets and those of 29 of his former associates in a ruling that upheld an appeal by Proton Bank shareholders. The latter complained they had taken big losses after the bank allegedly issued hundreds of millions of euros in bad loans to Lavrentiadis’s group of companies. The name of the businessman, who has denied all charges leveled against him and insists that he has been made a scapegoat, appeared last month on the so-called “Lagarde list” of Greeks with deposits at the Geneva branch of HSBC. In April, the Council of Appeals Court Judges banned Lavrentiadis from leaving the country along with another five people implicated in the case of allegedly questionable loans of some 700 million euros made by Proton Bank to Lavrentiadis’s group of companies. The court deemed that the six suspects were a flight risk, particularly Lavrentiadis, whose wealth would facilitate a quick departure abroad. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Greeces wildfire deathtoll raised to 99

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It has been over a month but for the people affected by the Attica wildfires back in July, the ordeal is not over.One more hospitalised victim gave into their burns last night in Athens, lifting the number of dead from the deadliest fire to have occurred in the country to 99.The deceased is reportedly a 26-year-old woman who was being treated in Evangelismos hospital.While more burn victims are still hospitalised with a few remaining in intensive care, many residents of the affected area are still in shambles having not received any help from the local or state government.Several Mati and neighbouring areas residents have said in a letter that many of the promised public works to restore damages have not started, Kathimerini reports.Those that have are moving “at an alarmingly slow pace jeopardizing our safety,” the residents’ committee complained stressing that many amongst them have yet to receive the initial relief aid to cover their immediate needs.last_img read more

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Déforestation le Congo veut organiser un sommet de la forêt tropicale

first_imgDéforestation : le Congo veut organiser un sommet de la forêt tropicaleCongo – Via une tribune parue hier dans Le Figaro, le président congolais Denis Sassou Nguesso a lancé un appel à l’Amazonie et Bornéo pour organiser “un sommet de la forêt tropicale”.”Je lance un appel solennel pour que les trois grands bassins – Amazonie, Congo, Bornéo – initient le mouvement en réunissant un sommet de la forêt tropicale” a écrit M. Sassou Nguesso. Le président congolais vise la création d’une alliance pour préserver la forêt et dénoncer “un crime contre le patrimoine génétique de notre planète”. À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasIl rappelle que “si les hommes réduisent l’espace de la forêt, c’est parce qu’ils ont faim, qu’ils manquent cruellement de terres, qu’ils sont privés de techniques agricoles”. C’est pour ces raisons qu’il est selon lui aujourd’hui nécessaire de “faire de la forêt une activité économique durable pour qu’elle puisse constituer une ressource pérenne pour ces hommes, ces femmes et ces enfants qui vivent dans la forêt et donc de la forêt”.130 millions d’hectares perdus en 10 ansChaque année, le Congo exporte plus de 250 millions d’euros en bois et produits dérivés du bois, la moitié dans l’Union européenne. Mais au cours des dix dernières années, la déforestation a engendré la perte brute de 13 millions d’hectares de forêts par an, contribuant à hauteur de 20% aux émissions mondiales de gaz à effet de serre.Pour préserver une forêt considérée comme le deuxième poumon vert de la planète après l’Amazonie, les pays du Bassin du Congo réclament une importante aide financière internationale.Le 15 septembre 2010 à 08:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Manchester City risk losing Phil Foden for pennies

first_imgJuventus have reportedly marked Manchester City prodigy Phil Foden as the next transfer target, hoping to take advantage of a contract flawThe highly-rated 18-year-old midfielder is considered one of the hottest prospects in European football following his stunning performance with England U-21.A product of Manchester City youth academy, Foden has come through the ranks at the Etihad Stadium, having already booked 9 Premier League appearances under Pep Guardiola.However, considering he is still only a teenager, the Bianconeri are looking to exploit his status, and take him away from Guardiola’s hands.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.According to The Mirror, Foden has a ‘miserable’ £175,000 release clause included in his contract, which would virtually take no effort from the reigning Serie A champions to acquire his services.In addition to Juventus, a few more international clubs are monitoring the situation.After losing Jadon Sancho to Borussia Dortmund, the Citizens can’t afford another misjudgment, especially knowing how much the wealthy owners invested in the youth sector over the past few years.Therefore, Guardiola has to come up with an idea how to bind the prosperous youngster under massive pressure from abroad.last_img read more

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62 are unsatisfied with their benefits package

first_imgAlmost two thirds (62%) of employee respondents are unsatisfied with their benefits package, according to research by GCS Recruitment.Its Market insights 2017 report, which surveyed 1,752 employees and 826 employers, also found that 38% of employee respondents cite pay and financial rewards as having the most impact on their job satisfaction, and 5% list their benefits package as the most important factor.The research also found:64% of employee respondents value their working environment over their benefits package.39% of employer respondents increase salaries to retain key members of staff.48% of employer respondents believe their employees make their organisation a great place to work, followed by organisational culture (24%).44% of employee respondents feel that working from home would improve their work-life balance.70% of employee respondents are satisfied with their work-life balance.59% of employer respondents increased flexible working arrangements in 2016.36% of employer respondents run an annual bonus scheme, 28% offer bonuses when the organisation exceeds its targets, and 11% base their bonus scheme on employee performance.21% of employer respondents do not offer a bonus scheme.13% of employee respondents view workplace culture as the most important factor when considering a new job role, 10% cite flexible working, and 7% say employee benefits are the most important factor.32% of employer respondents believe no changes are necessary to attract generation Z employees, 11% feel that a tailored benefits package is required, and 16% cite the need for increased flexible working.David Bloxham (pictured), managing director at GCS Recruitment, said: “The workplace is ever evolving, and it is up to employers to keep up with shifts in sentiment and strike the right balance between the wants and needs of employers, and employees. The modern workplace should be fair to both sides, with employees trusted to control their own workloads but employers also feeling they are not being taken advantage of.“Flexible working is an obvious quick win, but there are grey areas which can cause a headache if not properly implemented and given defined parameters. For instance, do employees need to give notice of working from home or can they decide on the day; and if they did, would this throw off in-office plans such as meetings?”last_img read more

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Why are Advertisers Passing on Audience Metrics

first_imgTime magazine has tried and failed to get 20 to 30 percent of its clients to buy ads based on total readership rather than circulation, according to a Mediaweek story. The article reports that Time offered advertisers the choice to buy against a guaranteed, MRI-measured total readership of 19.5 million or against a rate base of 3.25 million, 19 percent smaller than in 2006, and only “a few” opted to buy on audience.Scenarios like this are confounding for a lot of people. “It doesn’t make sense for an advertiser to buy based on how many copies are printed but rather on how many are seen and what is the action as a result of that,” said John Griffin, president of National Geographic Society’s magazine group and newly inaugurated MPA chairman, at a recent MPA breakfast. “We should have some kind of measurement that better reflects the goals of the advertiser. Publishers are arguing that paid circ isn’t that important and advertisers are arguing that it is. It should be reversed.” Sure, it should be. But as Griffin said at the breakfast, it is advertisers—not publishers—who will ultimately make the shift happen (or not). And, judging by this, most advertisers aren’t ready for the somewhat ambiguous world of audience metrics. According to the Mediaweek story, some saw the offer as a way to shift conversation away from circulation—a lot of magazines have “a better audience story than a circulation story,” said Barry Lowenthal, president, The Media Kitchen. Some just didn’t see making the change as a priority, while many took issue with the nature of reader-reported MRI data. Maybe publishers, instead of asking why advertisers are passing on this option, should ask themselves why they wouldn’t.last_img read more

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How 5G can save lives

first_img 16 Photos CNET’s 5G coverage 5G is real and lightning fast (sometimes): Here’s everything you need to know The 6 hardest truths we’ve learned about 5G Why 5G for smartphones is just the start One city already working on 5G ambulances is Barcelona. The Spanish government of Catalonia showed off the smart vehicles at Mobile World Congress earlier this year.  The vehicles use 5G for data speeds of up to 5Gbps, sending data back to the hospitals. They receive remote support from doctors in real-time HD video, and will soon connect to surrounding infrastructure so they can hit every green light. “From car to crisis is something that we’re very focused on,” Smith said. Connecting so many devices comes with the need to analyze information quickly. The sheer volume of data requires higher bandwidth, as well as shorter load times to examine it as quickly as possible and allow for quick decisions. Luckily, those are hallmarks of 5G.  In the future, 5G connections could enable digital floorplans to be integrated into AR equipment so first responders know where to go and how to shut off elevator systems. Or as soon as someone dials 911, a 3D map could be shared on their phone via 5G to help them escape, McKinzie added. “So much more is [possible] than we’re doing just now,” McKinzie said. Giving first responders a slice of the 5G network 5G networks can carve out individual slices of spectrum to offer specific devices or customers the kind of connection they need, another aspect that could be a boon to first responders. A carrier could allocate certain airwaves for first responder use only, preventing the network from being crowded by non-emergency devices. During an emergency, cellular networks often get so crowded they often slow down to the point of being unusable. It’s like trying to send an Instagram during a concert at a stadium, but worse. “The first thing that happens when something bad goes on — everyone picks up their cellphones and calls 911, and then the next thing is FaceTime, or Twitter Live, or Facebook,” Warren Shepard, Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security manager of critical infrastructure and key resource unit, told CNET sister site TechRepublic earlier this year. “They’re trying to stream all this data.” qwakeStreaming data from the C-Thru helmet to command and control would use a serious amount of data. Qwake One solution is 5G’s ability to guarantee capacity for critical communication. Barcelona will add 5G radios to its ambulances to ensure that they get their own free internet lane during emergencies.  AT&T and Verizon both say they’re looking into slicing out a portion of 5G networks for emergencies. But the specifics still need to be hammered out. Nilan said the options are to give a slice to all first responders, or more granular slicing for each separate capability as and when it’s needed. From AR firefighter masks to drones and AI, 5G has the potential to provide first responders with a lot of backup.  “Technology is the only thing I see, frankly, that can make the greatest humanitarian gain in the precious few moments when time is fleeting and decisions are critical,” McKinzie said. 5G Artificial intelligence (AI) 4G LTE Drones Now playing: Watch this: CNET’s 5G coverage Here’s everything that 5G can do for you 5G means more than just fast downloads to your phone Traditionally, firefighters and volcanic explorers have carried thermal cameras to see the outlines of shapes via infrared sensing. Qwake moved that handheld camera to eye level, paired it with augmented reality and a tiny computer — the same used by self-driving cars, Cossman said — and integrated it all into a single piece of firefighting equipment: the helmet. It named the system C-Thru. Looking through it, firefighters see the silhouettes of otherwise indiscernible objects and people in a smoke-filled room outlined in bright green. McKinzie and Schapelhouman were the first to try C-Thru during test burns in 2017. “Where there is darkness, C-Thru brings light,” McKinzie said. “The comparison equivalent is like night and day.” The Qwake C-Thru mask shows green outlines around people and objects in a dark, smoky room.The green outlines show people and objects that would otherwise be invisible in a smoke-filled room. Roger Cheng/CNET “Firefighter after firefighter, from older firefighters in our organization to some of the newer [and] youngest, all looked through that system and went ‘wow,'” Schapelhouman added. “This is it, this is what we’ve been looking for.” C-Thru needs 5G for the next round of updates. Qwake is preparing for the wireless technology by using a test network inside Verizon’s 5G First Responder Lab in Washington DC With Verizon’s 5G network still in its infancy — it’s only live in parts of Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, Washington, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Providence, Rhode Island. — the lab provides access to 5G for startups. The first startups allowed into the lab worked on things that can be done with 4G “but not very well,” said Nick Nilan, Verizon director of public sector development. When you add 5G into the mix, it supercharges everything from video feeds and sensors to real-time data analysis. C-Thru could not only be a firefighter’s companion on the front line, but also stream real-time video back to commanders on the outside. 5G edge computing processes the data produced by smart devices closer to where it is being created, rather than sending it to the cloud and back. Qwake also plans to add location tracking to the system, so firefighters leave a digital “breadcrumb trail” for a clear escape route if they become disoriented. Location tracking can be done to a certain extent using 4G, Cossman said, but it will be far more accurate using 5G. “Each firefighter is essentially becoming a human sensor, mapping this complex environment that’s dynamically changing in real time,” he said. Adding 5G to drones 5G could potentially bring a lot to the drone world, too. Drones are already being used in emergency situations, like conducting searches for missing people, delivering medical equipment to remote areas and patrolling during high-risk search warrant entries.  Schapelhouman also uses drones when he works with the Coast Guard, crediting them with preventing what could have been a body recovery. They could even be used for bomb disposals, said Lieutenant Dan Donelli of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. DJI says its drones have helped rescue 257 people in 117 incidents around the globe since 2013. “It’s a game changer for law and fire and for keeping people safe,” Donelli said. “As an organization, it just makes sense as far as saving time, saving money, but also mainly saving lives.” During 2018’s deadly Camp Fire in Paradise, California, DJI flew more than 500 drone missions to map the entire fire zone. It fed 360-degree views to first responders during the battle to help fight the blaze, and produced before and after images of the destruction. “Once everybody saw the data that we were able to gather in the amount of time that it took, it’s almost a no-brainer to have this as part of your response team,” said Romeo Durscher, DJI director of public safety integration. DJI drone photos show before and after scenes of the Camp FireBefore and after images of the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise, California, mapped by DJI over the course of more than 500 drone missions. Butte County There are “a lot of grand ideas” about what 5G will bring to drones, Durscher said. That includes flying them higher and farther, and downloading drone data much faster. “We will see a big impact once the whole network is set up, and once we have the ability to really get that amount of data,” Durscher said. “That will then enable … much better and faster decisions.” But a PwC expert warned 5G may not help drones fly much farther than the treetops. “There’s a dirty little secret about drones and cellular networks no one talks about,” said Dan Hays, US partner for telecommunications corporate strategy at the consulting firm. “Cellular networks are designed for connectivity on the ground … They don’t provide good connectivity beyond a few hundred feet.” Those limits aren’t stopping public safety agencies from looking at drones and 5G. For instance, the new wireless networks could allow multiple drones to be controlled at once, said Chris Smith, vice president of technology for AT&T’s global public sector. Artificial intelligence: A life-saving assistant Throw artificial intelligence into the mix of first responder tech, and 5G’s faster speeds, shorter load times and higher capacity are vital. The Cosumnes Fire Department and Qwake have been working with the US Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to train an AI platform being developed by NASA. The Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction and Synthesis (Audrey) is learning how to keep firefighters safe, using data ranging from how fast a fire develops to how a building’s contents can affect the growth and heat of the fire. It can predict and give advice on how much time firefighters have left before a building is too dangerous to survive, or whether a backdraft is coming. qwake helmetAn AI assistant like Audrey could be added to Qwake’s AR helmets. Roger Cheng/CNET Audrey needs 5G. Combining video, audio and sensor data with machine learning technology to predict what a fire will do next requires a lot of bandwidth. One recent test burn alone produced a terabyte of data, McKinzie said. “That’s where the 5G is — we need to be able to push big datasets.” 5G-connected officers and vehicles First responders are getting hooked up to more and more smart devices. In fire departments, there are plans to connect temperature gauges to the internet to provide information on buildings and individuals; link heart and respiration rate monitors to detect any changes in a firefighter; and connect sensors to monitor how much oxygen is left in a pack. Vital stats could be retrieved in the middle of fighting fires, AT&T’s Smith said, so commanders could see if heatstroke is a risk. Ambulances, fire trucks and police cars are already being equipped with their own routers, Nilan said. They’re moving hotspots that power things like dash cams, license plate recognition, ticketing and telemedicine systems. Just wait until they tap into 5G. “5G first is going to give much greater speed … to support the plethora of devices,” Nilan said. center_img We ran 5G speed tests on Verizon, AT&T, EE and more: Here’s what we found 5G is spotty now but will get so much better. Here’s why 5G phones you can get now: Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, Moto Z4 and more Mobile Drones Wearable Tech Virtual Reality Apps Share your voice 13 Comments Tags 4:09 AR and thermal imaging in the Qwake C-Thru mask could help firefighters better navigate burning buildings. Qwake 5G could mean the difference between night and day for firefighters. With smoke, flames and a claustrophobic mask on, running into a burning building is a leap of faith. Firefighters are taught never to leave the wall, because they could become disoriented, run out of air and die. “The way we used to look for people was almost as if you were blind,” said Harold Schapelhouman, fire chief of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.  That could change with technology like Qwake’s C-Thru. The augmented reality helmet uses thermal imaging so the wearer can see through smoke and darkness and rapidly locate victims. In the future, an artificial intelligence assistant could filter through the noise of screams, sirens and crackling flames, and provide only the information firefighters need. While the AR helmet exists now, it’s one of a myriad of tools used by first responders that could get a big boost from 5G. The new, super-fast wireless technology is here, and it’s not just for smartphones. As these networks roll out into new areas, everything from drones to connected ambulances could help emergency workers deal with fires, hurricanes, bombings, active shootings and medical emergencies. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have launched their 5G services in the US, and 5G networks are available in Australia, parts of Europe and across Seoul. First responders are looking to take advantage of the faster speeds, higher capacity and lower latency, or the lag time between when you ping the network and when you get a response. Once 5G is nationwide, emergency responders will be able to do more and work faster at the scene of a disaster. They’re using 4G LTE and Wi-Fi now, but those networks are slower and less reliable. They become congested easily, especially during an emergency when everyone is using their phones. When 5G arrives in earnest, it will be able to connect a multitude of devices without a logjam — and it can let machines crunch the data fast enough to make life-saving decisions. Here are just some of the ways first responders will tap into 5G. Augmented reality firefighting helmets “It can be pitch black in broad daylight inside a home with all the lights on,” said Kirk McKinzie, captain and technologist for Cosumnes Fire Department 73-C in Elk Grove, just south of California’s capital of Sacramento. “I’ve been unable to see my hand in front of my face many times.” That’s where San Francisco-based startup Qwake comes in. Its technology lets firefighters see through smoke, toxic gases and darkness to find victims and comrades, and spot falling objects and holes in floors that would otherwise be invisible. It’s an idea born out of a volcano. Sam Cossman, CEO and co-founder of Qwake, wanted a tool to navigate more safely on his expeditions through smoke-filled volcanic craters, but it didn’t exist. So he pulled together a team to build it himself. last_img read more

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Geek deals Save big on a 55inch Samsung UHDTV

first_imgReady to enjoy 4K movies and HDR gaming in your living room? Dell is selling the 55-inch Samsung UN55KU6300F UHDTV right now at a 37% discount. On top of that, Dell is throwing in a $250 promotional gift card, so you can grab an Xbox One S with UHD Blu-ray support for just $50 more.55-inch Samsung UHDTV for $749.99 with a $250 bonus Dell eGift card (List price: $1199.99) The television itself features LED backlighting, a Motion Rate of 120, a native UHD resolution of 3840×2160, three HDMI ports, a component/composite input, two USB ports, Bluetooth, ethernet, 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi, and a wide selection of streaming options. And since the screen measures 54.6-inches diagonally, it’s a comfortable size for most living rooms or dens.This model lists for $1199.99, but Dell is selling it at a $450 discount. Without any rebates or coupons, you’ll be saving big. And since shipping (and returns) are free, you’re only left paying $749.99 (plus any applicable taxes).Once you make the purchase, you can expect your eGift card over email in ten to twenty days. Once it arrives, you can order the 500GB Xbox One S Halo bundle, and only pay an additional $49.99 out of pocket. Not only can you use it to play your 4K Blu-rays, but it also offers HDR support on big upcoming releases like Forza Horizon 3 and Gears of War 4.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals, head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

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Indian theatres strength lies in its diversity

first_img“W e have Kalidas, Maha Kavi Bhasa, Rabindranath Tagore, Vijay Tendulkar, Girish Karnad, Mohan Rakesh, Badal Sarkar, then why is it that the world is still unaware of Indian theatre,” asked Prof. Waman Kendre, director of National School of Drama, New Delhi, in an interview with Millennium post. He says that as a society and country, we never promoted and projected Indian theatre on a global level like the Britisher’s did with Shakespeare or the German’s did with Bertolt Brecht. “These playwrights beat the flow of time because of the quality of their writing but it was society as a whole who took the initiative of projecting them on a global level. This is exactly what we want to do for Indian theatre through the ongoing Theatre Olympics,” said Kendre. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHosted for the first time in India by the National School of Drama, under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Government of India, the 51-day-long nationwide, 8th Theatre Olympics is happening for the first time in India – presenting the finest productions of well-known theatre practitioners from around the world, till April 8. The Theatre Olympics was established in 1993 in Delphi, Greece, on the initiative of the famous Greek theatre director, Theodoros Terzopoulos. Since 1993, the Theatre Olympics has been held seven times in the following countries: Greece (1995), Japan (1999), Russia (2001), Turkey (2006), South Korea (2010), China (2014), and Poland (2016). And this year, after constant efforts put in by the National School of Drama, the theatre extravaganza has been brought to 17 cities of India with 450 shows, 600 ambience performances and 250 power packed youth forum shows with the participation of 25,000 artists from the globe. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive8th Theatre Olympics is in its second phase now and Prof Kendre is elated by the response. “In every city, people are rushing to watch the plays and in every play, the auditorium is jam-packed. In India, we don’t have much communication amongst ourselves but for this extravaganza, at least a thousand productions from different states and cultures applied. Even Theodoros, our international chairman, was amazed after watching our plays. We also have master classes, seminars, workshops with legendary people of the theatre industry to come and interact with audiences almost every day,” proudly said the director, who wished to host at least 1000 shows but couldn’t, due to financial restraints and other pressures. There was a time when theatre was the main source of entertainment but slowly it lost its space to TV, commercial movies, and of course, internet. But the academician, who has been in this field for at least 30 years now, says that no matter which medium comes, theatre is the mother of all arts and won’t ever lose its deserved space in our culture. “Theatre is live entertainement, karne wala aur dekhne wala aamne samne hoga tab theatre hoga,” asserted Kendre. He further said, “It is a medium of education, transformation, sensitizing youth, making healthy and positive citizens, making people aware about sensitive subjects, a medium which disturbs you because there are so many subjects which you should get disturbed about, and also, a medium of entertainment. It is a medium of purifying your soul. People will run to the mediums which gives them more money and glamour, but some don’t, they will always come back to their stage. Lack of infrastructure and facilities is a huge drawback for numerous theatre artists but in the end, theatre connects with people like no other medium. It is a live medium after all, and its strength lies in its liveliness.”8th Theatre Olympics is a proof that even India can host a magnum-opus festival with as much efficiency as Russia, China, Japan and Korea. “Since the last three years, I have been listening people say that India can’t host such a huge festival but ultimately, NSD will make India reach to a level where we will be able to say that even we can do such a thing, we can also host world’s biggest festival. When we theatre practitioners get that confidence then theatre will start vibrating,” resolved Kendre.He ended the note by saying that the world has always learned from Indian theatre and vice-versa. “We have classical theatre, folk, modern, tribal, musical, post-modern and ultra-modern theatre – it’s an endless list. We just need to promote its diversity on a global level and the world will follow us.”last_img read more

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The HayAdams one of the worlds leading premium


first_imgThe Hay-Adams, one of the world’s leading premium
 luxury hotels, is pleased to announce that it was one of only two 
hotels in the United States and Canada to win The Leading Hotels of the 
World’s 2009 Commitment to Quality Award. The announcement was made at 
this year’s annual convention in Venice, Italy.
According to The Leading Hotels of the World, the winners of the Eighth
 Annual Commitment to Quality Award were those properties that achieved 
the highest Leading Quality Assurance scores during the period of July
2008 to June 2009. Assurance scores include a comprehensive report that
 details a company’s fulfillment of over 1,200 standard points that 
speak to the overall performance of an organization.
“We are honored that our commitment to service and quality has been
 recognized by one of the most prestigious names in the industry. Our
 dedicated staff is a large part of our overall success in providing the 
very highest quality of service to our esteemed guests,” said Hans 
Bruland, vice president and general manager of The Hay-Adams.
 This honor is just the latest for The Hay-Adams. In January 2009, The 
Hay-Adams received four stars from the Forbes Travel Guide and the
 “Most Excellent Service” award from Condé Nast Johansens, a leading 
international luxury travel guide. Among its many accolades in 2009,
The Hay-Adams was also a recipient of the prestigious Leaders Club Gold
 Award from The Leading Hotels in the World.

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Siblings likely inhaled toxic gas before death

first_imgTHE elderly brother and sister who died in a fire at their house in Vouni on Tuesday were most probably unconscious but alive when they were burnt to death, police said on Wednesday.The two charred bodies found in a burning house in the Vouni area, near Limassol on Tuesday morning are believed to be siblings, Theodora Efthymiou, 71, and her brother Eftymis, 68.Limassol police spokesman, Ioannis Soteriadis, told the Cyprus Mail that state pathologist Angeliki Papetta, who carried out post mortems on the two bodies, found evidence indicating that the deceased had inhaled carbon monoxide.According to Papetta’s findings, Soteriadis said, it is believed that they were alive when the fire erupted. He added that the results of the toxicology tests would shed light on the exact cause of the death.As the bodies were beyond recognition, DNA samples taken from the deceased will be compared to that of a close relative of theirs to officially identify the two bodies, Soteriadis said.The charred remains of the two were found in their beds when firemen arrived on the scene at 9am on Tuesday, after being alerted that the house was on fire.The fire, which occurred at around 7am, was put out by four fire engines, while investigations are ongoing to find the cause of the fire, whether it was due to gas or petrol leak or a forgotten lit cigarette. Initial investigations ruled out foul play.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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