Nurses to March Against Gender-Based Violence

first_imgScores of nurses are expected to participate in the international Orange Day March on Saturday (March 24), which is aimed at bringing awareness to the issue of violence against women and girls.The march will begin at 7:00 a.m. at Emancipation Park in New Kingston and end at the St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Cross Roads, St. Andrew, where a formal ceremony will take place, with presentations from government and private-sector officials.The event is being spearheaded by LASCO/Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) Nurse of the Year 2017/2018, Natalie Hylton-Levy.It will feature the Tivoli Gardens Marching Band, and the nurses will have banners with messages denouncing gender-based violence.  The proceeds from the march will go to the women’s shelter in Montego Bay, St. James.“It is open to anybody who wants to come, because we need to raise awareness against gender-based violence,” said Mrs. Hylton-Levy.Chairman of the NAJ, Dr. Leila Dehaney, highlighted the need for Jamaicans to stand up against violence against women and girls.“If we do not rise up as a country, as professionals to say to the country, ‘we can’t continue like this’, then the scourge will continue, so I totally endorse the march,” she told JIS News.President of the NAJ, Carmen Johnson, said the issues to be addressed should concern all well-thinking persons and “their support will ensure that we empower our women and children to survive”.The Orange Day March, first held in 2015, is an initiative of the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network.It calls on activists, governments and the United Nations (UN) partners to mobilise people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls.last_img read more

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Concordia, Stena Weco Charter MR Tanker

first_imgzoom Swedish tanker owner and operator Concordia Maritime has, together with Danish tanker owner and operator Stena Weco, signed a contract for the charter of an IMO2/3 class MR tanker.The contract, which comes into effect at the end of November 2015, is for two years with an option for a further 1-6 months.The tanker will be operated by Stena Weco, which has a fully integrated global logistics network for the transportation of petroleum products, light chemical and vegetable oils.“This vessel represents an interesting complement to our existing fleet of PMAX and IMOIIMAX vessels. The transaction strengthens our position in the MR segment. We believe in a continuation of the strong market, and we have a highly competent partner in Stena Weco,” says Kim Ullman, CEO of Concordia Maritime.The 2014-built vessel is an eco-design tanker with about 25 percent lower fuel consumption than the previous generation of MR tankers.last_img read more

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Job creation in shipping sector top priority says Mandaviya

first_imgNew Delhi: Mansukh L Mandaviya, a politician who is known for riding his by-cycle to attend Parliament proceedings, is all set to strategise his employment-centric agenda for the next five years as he comes into the role of Minister of State (I/C) for Shipping.In a brief interaction, Mandaviya told Millennium Post that there are ample opportunities of job creation in the shipping sector as this sector is economically viable for logistics sector and safe to environment too. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana”The prime focus will on the promotion of coastal shipping to make it a major mode of transportation as road and rail traffic are already overloaded. The coastal transportation will be very economical in comparison to surface transport and the ministry would soon review the ‘obstructive’ norms and make it more seamless,” said Mandaviya, who belongs to Gujarat’s Bhavnagar area. “Given the vast coastal line spread in 7,300 km, the plan is to give a push to shipbuilding and ship breaking to generate millions of employment in the country,” he said, adding that seafarer is another lucrative employment option that needs to be promoted. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah”There is a huge demand for seafarer across the globe. The total demand of seafarer is of over 50 lakh and India is able to produce only 2 lakh sea crews. Prior to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first tenure, the country’s sea crew strength was just 92,000,” he said. As employment in the shipping sector means earning in foreign currency and bringing foreign exchange to the country, the plan is afoot to start short-term sea crew training courses which would be certified by Director General of Shipping. The courses would be of 3-month and 6-month. The candidates would get comprehensive training on shipping industry during their course. Mandaviya, who is riding a bike since 2012, has inspired over 40 lawmakers to ride the cycle and formed a ‘climate club’ in the Parliament. The development of Inland waterways is another important area that Mandaviya wants to focus on.last_img read more

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Chelseas Lampard gets message across to players in Barca win

first_imgSAITAMA (Japan): New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes he is getting his message across to the players following their 2-1 victory over Barcelona in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday. Chelsea’s record goalscorer, who returned to the Premier League club as manager on July 4, said that the work his coaching staff and players were putting in on the training ground was beginning to pay dividends. “It has been good on pitch and off pitch,” Lampard said in Saitama, north of Tokyo, on Tuesday. “Particularly today, I saw a lot of signs from the work we have done, which is really good for me.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”There is more work to day but it has been a good trip.” Chelsea were much improved from their display against Japanese champions Kawasaki Frontale, who beat them 1-0 on Friday, with Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley on the scoresheet. Striker Abraham pounced on some unusually slack play from Barca’s Sergio Busquets to open the scoring after 34 minutes and midfielder Barkley added the second goal nine minutes from time with a shot from the edge of the box. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBarca midfielder Ivan Rakitic got a stunning consolation in added time for Ernesto Valverde’s side — earning the biggest cheer of the night — but Lampard was the happier of the two managers. Chelsea strikers Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi came on in the second half and Lampard was happy with all three of the options he has up front this season. “There is competition,” he said. “People keep on talking about it but they all need to rise to the competition and show they can be strikers for Chelsea. I have full confidence in them.” Lampard is stuck with those three striking options due to a FIFA transfer ban imposed on the London club. However, Chelsea have been able to add Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic permanently to their squad since he was on loan at Stamford Bridge last season and Lampard reserved his highest praise for the former Real Madrid man. “(Kovacic is) an incredible talent on the ball and I want to work with him and I want to help him improve and improve,” said Lampard, who scored 211 goals from midfield for Chelsea. “There is so much talent there. I really like him and he was outstanding today. I really am pleased.” Whilst it was Chelsea’s fourth game of pre-season, it was Barcelona’s first and, without Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in attack, as they recover from the Copa America, it showed. French forward Antoine Griezmann, a recent recruit from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, was bright during his first 45 minutes in a Barca shirt and Valverde was impressed. “He is doing well within the team and it is true that whenever he has the ball then he is really dangerous against the other team,” he said.last_img read more

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Boy 14 in critical condition after being found in Montreal public pool

first_imgMONTREAL – A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition after being found unconscious at the bottom of a public pool in Montreal.Authorities say a passerby spotted the youth sometime after 11 p.m. at a pool in the Cartierville neighbourhood.They say the pool was closed and the teen must have climbed a fence to get in.It is unclear whether other people were present.Health officials say they fear for the boy’s life.last_img

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Gabrielle Union Joins VH1s Dear Mama A Love Letter To Moms Special

first_imgVH1 today announced today that Gabrielle Union will honor her mother at its annual “Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms” special.She joins previously announced participant Colin Kaepernick, as well as Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Anthony Anderson and VH1 fan favorite, actress, and New York Times best-selling author La La Anthony, who will return as this year’s hosts. “Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms” will take place at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, California and will premiere on Monday, May 7th at 9 PM ET/PT.One of today’s hottest stars, Gabrielle Union, continues to shine. Union is currently the star of BET’s Being Mary Jane. She plays ‘Mary Jane Paul,’ a successful talk show host while balancing her professional and private life. Gabrielle was also recently seen on the big screen in Think Like a Man, Think Like a Man Too and Top Five. Recently, Union released her memoir, We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated and True. which features series of essays, personal stories and reflections on a range of topics that continue to define the contemporary landscape: sexuality, womanhood, friendship, race, marriage and beauty. Up next, Union can be seen in James McTeigue’s home-invasion drama Breaking In, which is scheduled to be released on May 11th by Universal Pictures, where she also serves as an executive producer.Gabrielle’s film credits include Good Deeds, critically acclaimed Cadillac Records, The Perfect Holiday, Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls, Running With Scissors, Bad Boys II, Universal’s cult hit Bring It On, Love & Basketball, Ten Things I Hate About You, and She’s All That, just to name a few.On the small screen, Gabrielle made her debut in UPN’s hit comedy Moesha, and then went on to guest-star on such hit shows as ER, Dave’s World and The Steve Harvey Show. Shortly thereafter, Gabrielle had a recurring role on two WB hit shows, Sister, Sister and 7th Heaven. Gabrielle stirred things up when she guest starred as a love interest to both ‘Joey’ (Matt LeBlanc) and ‘Ross’ (David Schwimmer) on Friends. With this role, Gabrielle marked the first African-American love interest on the series.“Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms” honors mothers with celebrity guests paying tribute to the women who have shaped their success. Past A-listers who have saluted the leading women in their lives include Alicia Keys, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ludacris, DJ Khaled, Kelly Rowland, Robin Thicke, Chris Paul and Maxwell.Official sponsors of “Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms” include Baby Dove and Honey Nut Cheerios.“Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms” is being produced by Flavor Unit and Jesse Collins Entertainment. Shakim Compere, Queen Latifah, Jesse Collins, and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay are Executive Producers. For VH1, Amy Doyle, Garrett English, Elena Diaz and Andria Parides are Executive Producers, and Joe Buoye is Executive in Charge of Production.Additional presenters and honorees will be announced soon.last_img read more

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IPL 2019: BCCI releases group stage schedule

first_imgNew Delhi: The schedule of the group stages of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is out with all eight teams playing seven home matches at their respective home venues. The schedule is balanced in terms of afternoon matches/weekend matches and travel. The board has factored the 2019 Lok Sabha elections dates/phases in the respective states and cities and clearance thereof. Defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Chennai in the IPL opener, which will begin on March 23. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The schedule of this year’s edition has been released in parts by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls that would be a staggered process in seven phases stretched across April and May. Earlier, the BCCI announced the schedule of the first 17 matches that will be played during the two-week period from March 23 to April 5 across the eight home venues of the respective franchises. All teams are playing a minimum of four matches with the newly-christened Delhi Capitals (DC) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) playing five matches in that phase. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Every team was assigned a minimum of two home and two away matches with DC given three home matches. FULL SCHEDULE: March 23 Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Match 24 4 p.m. – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 8 p.m. – Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals Match 25 Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab March 26 Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings March 27 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab March 28 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians March 29 Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals March 30 4 p.m. – Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians 8 p.m. – Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders March 31 4 p.m. – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 8 p.m. – Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals April 1 Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals April 2 Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore April 3 Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings April 4 Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad April 5 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders April 6 4 p.m. Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab 8 p.m. Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians April 7 4 p.m. – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals 8 p.m. – Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders April 8 Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad April 9 Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders April 10 Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab April 11 Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings April 12 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals April 13 4 p.m. Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals 8 p.m. Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore April 14 4 p.m. Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings 8 p.m. Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals April 15 Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore April 16 Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals April 17 Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings April 18 Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians April 19 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore April 20 4 p.m. Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians 8 p.m. Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab April 21 4 p.m. Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders 8 p.m. Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings bengaluru April 22 Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals April 23 Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad April 24 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab April 25 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals April 26 Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians April 27 Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad April 28 4 p.m. Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 8 p.m. Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians April 29 Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab April 30 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals May 1 Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals May 2 Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad May 3 Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders May 4 4 p.m. Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals 8 p.m. Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad May 5 4 p.m. Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings 8 p.m. Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riderslast_img read more

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Slower growth will sap 22 billion a year from Canadas economy budget

OTTAWA — Canada’s budget watchdog says slower growth will sap about $22 billion annually from the country’s economy.Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page says in a new report that he anticipates economic growth will brake to an annual rate of 1.6% in the second half of this year, after slowing to 1.8% in the first half.He’s not much more optimistic going forward, forecasting tepid growth rates of 1.5% in 2013 and 2% in 2014.That’s at the bottom of most economic forecasts and well below the Bank of Canada’s projections of growth rates of 2.2% in 2012 and 2.3 and 2.4% in the two years after that.The PBO says the removal of government stimulus has robbed about one percentage point of growth from the economy.At the weaker levels, the PBO says Canada’s nominal gross domestic product — from which Ottawa derives tax revenues — will be $22 billion lower annually.The new forecasts have not wildly thrown Ottawa off track on its plans to return to balance, Page says, because of federal government spending restraints.Page said Ottawa still has a 60% probability of balancing the budget when it said it would in 2015-16.Under his analysis, Page said Ottawa will go from an $18.1-billion deficit this fiscal year to a $13.8-billion surplus in five years. read more

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Workforce Optimization Looking Ahead

Easier IntegrationsThe original promise of PM was to assemble a “360-degree” view of agents’ performance across applications. As the industry consolidated, most vendors turned their focus inwards on unifying their suite. The explosion of interactions across channels often managed using different software, and the overall increase of applications used for customer service triggered a renewed interest in federating agents’ KPIs. New entrants such as Playvox or Calabrio’s acquisition of Symmetrics illustrate this trend. Overall, the industry needs to become more open. Businesses want to try these new models through bite-size experiments and simpler addition of point applications into their existing stacks. Conversations about workforce optimization (WFO) have heated up in the past couple of months. Following several passionate discussions about its future – as the transition to the cloud accelerates – I was inspired to write about the category and its evolution. BCSLogo.jpg PM was a new application for assembling a global view of agents’ performance metrics from contact center reports, QM scores, and other applications such as CRM for call outcomes or customer satisfaction surveys. PM could uncover the attributes of best performing customer service representatives and include a workflow to manage feedback and development. History of WFOWFO is actually a vendor created concept. In the early 2000s, two applications, QM for recording and evaluating conversations and WFM for predicting call volumes and creating the optimal agent schedules, were entering the mainstream market. WFO optimization promised an integrated suite of applications to manage the entire agent lifecycle, from onboarding to skills development, and to effectively deploy agents with functions like scheduling. De Kouchkovsky is writing on behalf of BCStrategies, an industry resource for enterprises, vendors, system integrators, and anyone interested in the growing business communications arena. A supplier of objective information on business communications, BCStrategies is supported by an alliance of leading communication industry advisors, analysts, and consultants who have worked in the various segments of the dynamic business communications market.Tags:News & ViewsWFOWorkforce optimizationDigital WorkplaceContact Center & Customer ExperienceDigital TransformationEmployee ExperienceMonitoring & ManagementOrganization & Management Articles You Might Like call-center-3614380_1920.jpg Highlighting the Importance of Work Management Zeus Kerravala May 10, 2019 Work management provider Workfront wants to help users understand the state of projects and processes “at the seams” between business tools. Not Your Grandfather’s WorkforceThe modern workforce has higher expectations, and enterprises are recognizing the importance of engaging their employees better. It has them revisiting performance metrics, increasing their focus on customer satisfaction and outcomes. Customer service organizations are turning to customer and employee experience management applications to address these trends. In response, WFO vendors have started to add these capabilities to their suites. NICE purchased Satmetrix in 2017, and VERINT acquired Foresee last year. Is Cognitive Collaboration in UCC’s Cards? Tom Nolle August 29, 2019 Cisco’s new cognitive collaboration story might be the next evolution of computer-assisted cooperative work. Log in or register to post comments Understanding the Changing Role of Collaboration in IT Irwin Lazar May 30, 2019 As collaboration gets integrated into workflows, IT leaders must rethink how they deliver these services and measure success. See All in Digital Workplace » The traditional workforce scheduling model is also put under pressure with the multiplicity of channels, the increased diversity of interactions, and their duration variability. Genesys has introduced AI-based scheduling. Dave Michels argues that the number of variables to optimize has reached a level that makes scheduling too complex. He is urging the industry to consider the benefits of Uber-like schedule-less operations. Indeed, on-demand work arrangements, the combination of self and assisted service, and more asynchronous–messaging-like–interactions are creating new ways to handle staffing. It’s time for the industry to look beyond adding incremental features and perfect existing WFO suites and enable new models for maximizing agents’ productivity and performance. As for any change involving the workforce, organizations want to proceed incrementally and be able to inject targeted innovations in their solution stacks. It requires offers to become more modular and provide more open APIs. Rise of WFO SuitesThe following years saw the consolidation of the market by NICE and Verint (each owning a third), the emergence of midsize providers Aspect and Calibrio competing for third, and a long tail of point solution providers. Witness Systems, then a quality management vendor and now part of Verint, can be credited for coining the term. It made the first consolidation move by buying workforce management vendor Blue Pumpkin and combining the two applications. One year later, NICE purchased IEX, another WFM player, as well as PM provider Performix. The market is dominated by WFO suites with comprehensive capabilities. In Ovum’s recent market review, Ken Landoline noted the past decade was marked by vendors continuing to add features to their suite. DMG’s 400-page-long WFO product and market report echoes feature-rich offerings. After years of incremental improvements, I find a growing number of practitioners wanting to try new approaches – a second surprise to me. Smarter Not Harder: Communications in the Next-Gen Workplace Scott McMaster August 09, 2019 Agile and collaborative businesses are increasingly leveraging communication tools to grow their businesses. My first surprise was the broad range of definitions for WFO. I was struck by the number of people equating the three-letter acronym to recording and quality management (QM). Industry analysts concur on a much broader definition including workforce management (WFM), performance management (PM), and more advanced applications like speech, interaction analytics, and gamification. It suggests businesses that buy WFO suites often only use a fraction of its capabilities. Getting the Most of AI and AnalyticsThe traditional QM model is labor-intensive and built on human listening and grading a random selection of calls. Cloud-based, AI-enabled automatic speech recognition (ASR) can transcribe calls with compelling accuracy levels. The leading technologies enjoy word error rates (WER) between 10 and 15%, hinging on the 4-6% performance of humans. AI can also uncover valuable signals such as silence and emotion. The latest generation of speech and interaction analytics is changing the model, automatically generating key performance indicators (KPIs) and surfacing the specific interaction segments that should be analyzed by a human. Forward-looking companies have started to harness the power of machine learning to uncover patterns of both agent performance and customer feedback. Slack Fights Channel, Admin Fatigue Ryan Daily August 14, 2019 More configurability, customization, and automation coming to Slack users through a suite of APIs and posting permission options. With IP telephony, call recording became a function you could implement in software, and contact center vendors started to incorporate it into their stack. Gartner predicted that WFO would be subsumed into contact center infrastructure software. Today, almost all contact center providers have integrated recording into their solution. Most of the larger players made QM tuck-in acquisitions, and several also bought their way into WFM. However, Gartner’s prediction didn’t fully materialize as witnessed by the two market leaders holding their market share. read more

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Une ourse polaire bat un record de distance à la nage

first_imgUne ourse polaire bat un record de distance à la nageSelon une récente étude américaine, une ourse polaire a traversé près de 700 kilomètres à la nage pour rejoindre la terre la plus proche. Un record auquel n’a pas survécu son petit qui l’accompagnait. C’est un record bien triste que relate l’étude conduite par l’US Geological Survey et des scientifiques du groupe de conservation Polars Bears International. Au nord des côtes de l’Alaska et du Canada, dans la mer de Beaufort, une ourse polaire a parcouru près de 700 kilomètres à la nage pour rejoindre la plus proche étendue de glace. Une distance record équivalente à celle qui sépare Washington et Boston aux Etats-Unis que l’animal a parcouru en neuf jours, selon les données de l’étude. À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Aujourd’hui, à cause du réchauffement climatique, la glace de mer disparait de plus en plus, obligeant les ourses à emmener leurs petits et a effectué des parcours toujours plus longs pour retrouver des morceaux de banquise intacts et ce, au péril de la vie de leurs oursons. Ici, justement, les chercheurs ont révélé que l’ourson qui accompagnait sa mère n’a pas survécu au voyage. Par ailleurs, l’ourse aurait perdu près de 22% de son poids corporel. “Nous sommes à peu près surs que ces animaux n’ont jamais eu à nager si longtemps auparavant, car des étendues de 687 kilomètres d’eau libre se sont très rarement présentées dans l’histoire de l’évolution des ours polaires” a ainsi expliqué Steven Amstrup, co-auteur de l’étude cité par National Geographic. Un voyage trop souvent fatal pour les oursons Au total, les chercheurs ont suivi 68 ourses polaires entre 2004 et 2009 afin d’étudier leurs mouvements. Ils ont ainsi examiné les données GPS de cinquante de ces mammifères qui ont tous parcouru des distances supérieures à 50 kilomètres. Puis, ils ont mis ces chiffres en corrélation avec le taux de survie des oursons. Ainsi, cinq des onze mères qui avaient emmené leurs petits avant de partir les ont perdus entre le départ et le moment où les chercheurs les ont à nouveau localisées sur la terre glacée. “Les ourses qui se sont engagées dans de longues nages avaient plus de chance de perdre leur petit” a déclaré George Durner, chercheur zoologue pour l’USGS à Anchorage en Alaska. Présentée à la conférence de l’International Bear Association qui s’est tenue le 19 juillet à Ottawa au Canada, l’étude n’a pas encore été publiée. Mais elle pointe à nouveau du doigt l’impact désastreux qu’ont le réchauffement climatique et la fonte des glaces sur la vie et l’habitat des ours polaires, devenus aujourd’hui une espèce plus que menacée.  Le 25 juillet 2011 à 20:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Le télescope spatial Herschel bientôt mis à la retraite

first_imgLe télescope spatial Herschel bientôt mis à la retraiteLe télescope spatial européen Herschel arrive à la fin de sa mission, non pas qu’il ne soit plus fonctionnel, mais parce qu’il sera bientôt à court d’hélium liquide. Or, ce composant est indispensable pour refroidir les instruments de bord, comme l’a expliqué l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA).Herschel, le plus grand télescope jamais envoyé dans l’espace, s’arrêtera prochainement de fonctionner après pratiquement 4 ans de bons et loyaux services (sa durée de vie prévue était de trois ans minimum). Il sera bientôt à court d’hélium liquide destiné à refroidir ses instruments, a annoncé mardi l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA). Or, le froid est indispensable pour que les mesures des trois instruments de bord (deux caméras à bolomètres et un spectromètre à haute résolution) ne soient pas perturbées. C’est pourquoi ils ont été placés au sommet d’un réservoir rempli d’hélium liquide, à l’intérieur d’un cryostat (thermos géant) de 335 kg lors de son lancement en mai 2009 (d’une contenance de plus de 2.300 litres), à une température proche du zéro absolu (-271°C). Une panne qui se produira dans les prochaines semaines Bien qu’il ne soit pas possible de prédire avec exactitude la date à laquelle Herschel sera en panne sèche d’hélium, l’ESA estime que cela devrait se produire “dans les prochaines semaines”. “Ce n’est pas une surprise et quand cela se produira, nous verrons les températures de tous les instruments monter de plusieurs degrés en seulement quelques heures”, a indiqué la responsable des opérations de la mission Herschel de l’ESA en Allemagne, Micha Schmidt. D’ailleurs, Herschel continue à réaliser des observations spécialement choisies “pour exploiter l’hélium jusqu’à la dernière goutte”. Néanmoins, une fois l’hélium évaporé, Herschel continuera encore à communiquer avec ses stations au sol “pendant un certain temps”. Début mai, enfin, il sera placé sur une orbite héliocentrique (autour du Soleil), a précisé l’ESA, comme s’il était garé. Une mission ponctuée de succès Herschel aura permis “des découvertes extraordinaires” dans un large éventail de domaines, allant des galaxies croisées dans l’Univers lointain aux nouveaux systèmes planétaires en orbite autour d’étoiles jeunes, a souligné l’ESA. Il a également fourni des informations inédites sur l’astéroïde Apophis, qui frôlera la Terre en 2029 puis en 2036.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”Nous nous attendons à avoir effectué plus de 22 000 heures d’observations scientifiques, 10% de plus que ce que nous avions initialement prévu, de sorte que la mission a déjà dépassé les attentes”, a expliqué Leo Metcalfe, responsable espagnol des opérations scientifiques d’Herschel au Centre d’astronomie spatiale européenne de l’ESA. L’agence spatiale a prévu de publier d’ici la fin de l’année la cartographie de notre galaxie réalisée par la mission Herschel. La relève sera assurée avec le lancement de Gaia, prévu en fin d’année depuis la Guyane. Ce satellite sera chargé d’établir la carte 3D la plus complète et la plus précise de la Voie lactée, en observant plus d’un milliard d’étoiles, un chiffre encore jamais atteint.(crédits photo: ESA) Le 6 mars 2013 à 19:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Riverdale Season 3 Ep 6 Recap Archie Breaks and Betty Screams

first_img Riverdale left us on one hell of a cliffhanger before taking the week off for Thanksgiving. Two weeks later, it probably won’t surprise you to learn it doesn’t make good on any of it. After seeing the Gargoyle King, Jughead just… ran back to Betty. That’s it. You’d think someone so obsessed with Ascending in the game and meeting the King, he’d at least try to communicate. For now though, this episode wants to focus on Archie.Archie is out of prison, but that doesn’t mean he’s a free man. There is a full-scale manhunt for him, which means he has to stay in the bunker. There are wanted poster (complete with Archie’s strong jawline) and everything. At least he gets to cuddle with Veronica while he’s stuck down here. Meanwhile, she’s doing everything she can to clear his name, now that she knows her father paid off the witnesses who accused Archie of murder. On the outside, the investigation is intense, with Sheriff Minetta grilling the students in class. It gets so bad that Josie has a seizure while Minetta threatens her future. Hmm, those have been going around lately. Stay on target Get comfortable. #Riverdale starts NOW on The CW! pic.twitter.com/vVlVBbPdBT— Riverdale (@CW_Riverdale) November 29, 2018Unfortunately, the show doesn’t really do anything with that, or really with the manhunt for Archie. We’re told how severe it is, but rarely shown. Much of the action of this plot is focused on Veronica, which to be fair, is much more interesting than what Archie’s doing. She spends the episode looking for a way to exonerate Archie, and even that happens mostly offscreen. After she finds some extremely obvious evidence that really should have been caught in, like, Episode 2. Somehow the high school student is the only person to notice that in the video of the witness testimony, Sheriff Minetta’s coffee disappears in an instant. From there, it only takes a little breaking and entering to find the missing 10 minutes of footage proving a falsified testimony. Does the town of Riverdale actively make you dumber as you age?For his part, Archie tries to find the three witnesses for himself. Unfortunately, Hiram had the same idea and sent Sheriff Minetta out to do his dirty work. By the time Archie and Kevin locate the three paid witnesses, they’ve all been shot dead. And because Archie is eternally a martyr, he blames himself for their deaths rather than, you know, the dude who actually shot them. Or the dude who ordered them to be shot. Archie continues to be the dimmest bulb on Riverdale. Honestly, this whole story felt a little rushed. It’s like this season spent way too much time lingering on shirtless Archie in the fight club (and really, who can blame them?), then realized the midseason finale was fast approaching and they needed to get this arc up to speed fast. By the time Riverdale leaves us for the winter, Archie and Veronica needed to be broken up, and it was this episode’s job to get us there.Camila Mendes as Veronica and Lili Reinhart as Betty — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CWThe breakup scene leaves a lot to be desired, and it’s not really any of the actors’ fault. After Veronica gets Archie acquitted, he calls her to tell her he’s leaving Riverdale. Camila Mendes does a fantastic job with this scene. She makes you feel angry and sad and heartbroken right along with her. The problem is it comes so far out of left field, the show never earned this level of emotion. It feels like it’s happening because the plot demands it, not because it makes any kind of sense for the characters. But hey, I guess Archie and Veronica were overdue for a little relationship turmoil. Maybe it’d be more effective if it wasn’t so obvious that this is temporary. The only bright side is that finally Kevin got something to do this episode. Sure, he’s being dragged along by Archie, but he actually has more than one scene’s worth of dialog this time. Progress!Meahwhile, Betty is trying to make some real headway on the mystery surrounding Griffins and Gargoyles. She doesn’t get as much information as any of us would hope, but she gets at explanation at least. According to Penelope Blossom, Dilton Doily’s dad did the deed. But Dilton’s dad is dead. Damn. Penelope says he was in love with her and put the pellet with the poison in the chalice from the palace so they could ascend together. When she rejected him she assumed he’d dumped the poison, when he actually just left them in the bathroom. Years later, the guilt got to him and he killed himself with carbon monoxide. Betty, ace reporter that she is, thinks that’s just a little too convenient. She’s right too. After all the parents storm out without giving her any more info, she tracks down Daryl Doily’s autopsy report. He didn’t have any carbon monoxide in his lungs. They did find White Oleander though. And there’s only one member of the Midnight Club with access to that.Nathalie Boltt as Penelope Blossom (Photo Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW)As fun as all this intrigue and investigation is, it’s easy to get frustrated with every adult giving Betty the run around. That’s by design, as by the time Betty’s asking her mom why she helped cover up a murder, we’re as frustrated as she is by the lack of answers. Still, it gets old watching the same scene play out over and over. Fortunately, at the moment it starts to wear out its welcome, the show picks up with a genuinely good scare. As Betty and Alice argue, the lights suddenly shut off. The scene goes full horror movie here. Scream, specifically, with Jiffy Pop on the stove and everything. They investigate a knock on the door and of course, no one’s there. That’s because THE GARGOYLE KING IS INSIDE THE HOUSE! As over the top as this homage is, it’s a decently scary scene that’s way more exciting than anything that came before. The scares don’t stop there, either. Betty and Alice run up to Betty’s bedroom, and FP comes through the window, saying he heard screaming. HUH! Where have we seen Skeet Ulrich in this exact situation before? I’m not totally convinced he’s the Gargoyle King, but it certainly looks suspicious.Even if this is meant to imply that FP is the Gargoyle King, that wouldn’t be the craziest G&G twist in this episode. That comes later. Alice decides she doesn’t feel safe in her own house anymore, so she and Polly are going to run away to the Farm. Because nothing says safety like the warm embrace of a cult. Even worse though, she blames Betty for bringing the Gargoyle King after them. She sends Betty to where she’ll be safe: The Sisters of Quiet Mercy convent. Yes, we’re going back there. And Jughead isn’t even going to be able to save her because he’s busy train-hopping with Archie for some reason. Betty may have just stumbled closer to the truth, though. When she gets to the convent, she’s brought to a room where everyone is painting pictures of the Gargoyle King. Now that’s a decent twist. Alright Riverdale, I’m on board.Madchen Amick as Alice Cooper and Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones (Photo Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW)There may have been a few moments that straight up didn’t work, but this was still a solid episode of Riverdale. I always love watching Betty play detective, especially when it gives the parents a chance to act like the gooniest cartoon villains who ever existed. Even with the missed opportunity of the manhunt, this episode was full of exactly the kind of bonkers fun we come to Riverdale for. And if the big Varchie breakup happens in an episode like this, what could they possibly have planned for the next few weeks leading to the midseason finale?Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CWPreviously on Riverdale: Riverdale Season 3 Episode 5 RecapRiverdale Season 3 Episode 4 RecapRiverdale Season 3 Episode 3 Recap ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 last_img read more

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CA Republicans demanding full audit of DMV

first_imgCA Republicans demanding full audit of DMV 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- California Republicans are demanding a top to bottom audit of the Department of Motor Vehicles.This comes after election officials announced an investigation into the DMV’s Motor Voter Program.It allegedly mishandled voter registration that could have influenced election results.Also, the DMV is catching heat after a report that its Driver License Department botched the roll-out of an early renewal program.This apparently left tens of thousants of drivers without new licenses even after paying their fees.The DMV confirmed a computer programming error caused the delay.Customers impacted paid their renewal fee either online of by mail between November of 2018 to January 2019.The DMV says the program has since been updated. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 7, 2019 Posted: February 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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Church seeks donations for 56 fire victims

first_imgThe April 21 fire in Building F of the Rolling Creek Apartments in Hazel Dell displaced 56 people in 24 apartments, and City Harvest Church is accepting donations of all sorts of household and practical items to help them.Both new and used items, if they are clean and serviceable, are needed, said Loris Ray, a church member who volunteered to coordinate the effort. The families, many of them with small children and low incomes, need furniture, clothing, bedding, towels, kitchen items “and virtually everything you would see if you walked through your home,” Ray said in a bulletin. The only appliances that are needed are microwave ovens, she said.Those who wish to help can bring items to the church at 8100 N.W. Ninth Ave., west of Interstate 5 in Hazel Dell, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.Ray said the church is working with local Red Cross volunteers and Rolling Hills staff to make a list of displaced residents who need help. Any displaced families that have not yet registered should call the Rolling Hills office at 360-695-5301. Also needed are volunteers, who can call Ray at 360-241-5114.The donations will be distributed to the residents from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church.Many of the displaced people are living with friends and relatives. Some have not yet found other apartments due to a shortage of vacancies.last_img read more

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Fire Activity Moderated On Swan Lake Fire Some Areas In Refuge Closed

first_imgDrivers are reminded to not stop to watch the helicopters for the safety of other drivers and fire crews. There is no immediate threat to values in the area, however, some area closures remain in effect. Refuge Managers have closed the following access routes within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to the public: Mystery Creek Road and the Enstar Pipeline right-of-way north from the refuge boundary east of Sterling. Fire personnel will continue to monitor fire activity and take further suppression action where necessary. There are 16 personnel still assigned to the fire, which is being managed by a Type 3 incident management organization from the Alaska Division of Forestry. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Cloud cover on Wednesday once again moderated fire behavior on the 102,548-acre Swan Lake Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge despite strong winds from the south,Interior islands of green fuels continued to burn out but there was little new perimeter growth according to a release from the state management team. Water drops from helicopters were used to cool an area of heat near the Sterling Highway above Upper Jean Lake. Smoke from the fire is visible from the Sterling Highway between mileposts 65 and 75. Motorists are advised to slow down, turn headlights on when smoke is present, and use caution driving through the fire area.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | October 24, 2013 Calgary Scientific, Siemens Partner on Enterprise Viewing Solution at Intermountain Healthcare News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Enterprise Imaging | July 02, 2019 Reducing Complexity and Cost at CarolinaEast Health System — A Transformative Approach Quality care matters deeply to CarolinaEast Health Syst… read more CarolinaEast Health System News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success – Part 1Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:44Loaded: 1.86%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Building the Right Team for Success in the Consolidated Enterprise – Part 2Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:52Loaded: 1.65%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more ResolutionMD, enterprise viewing solutionOctober 24, 2013 – Calgary Scientific Inc. announced that in partnership with Siemens Healthcare, they have begun rolling out ResolutionMD at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah.Intermountain Healthcare, the largest provider in the Intermountain West is recognized globally for being at the forefront of adopting leading-edge technology to provide excellence in the efficient and effective delivery of medical care.  To continue in their pursuit, the IT organization set out to make images easily accessible to over 10,000 practitioners, external referring physicians and other occasional users.  With an IT environment that included multiple vendor archives, combined with different viewers, it was difficult to access and share images across the dispersed organization.  After extensive research, Intermountain recognized ResolutionMD as the industry-leading enterprise viewing solution they required to connect their current archives and provide all clinicians fast, real-time access to patient images through one consistent and easy-to-use interface. ResolutionMD was successfully integrated with the proprietary Intermountain EMR, as well as 9 data archive instances comprised of 7 PACS and 2 VNAs from a number of different vendors.  To date, a variety of clinicians have been granted new access to important functionality including multi-user collaboration, 3-D rendering and mobile access with diagnostic capability. When full rollout is completed, Intermountain will have one integrated enterprise viewer that leverages their current architecture and creates a virtual database system that eliminates the need to copy or move data across the archives.“Simple, universal access to images across Intermountain Healthcare was the driving factor to move to an enterprise-wide viewer,” said Geoff Duke, director, Imaging Informatics at Intermountain Healthcare. “We wanted a solution that did not require any downloads, was fully secure, had the proper FDA clearances for diagnosis, worked with our entire IT infrastructure, and met the speed and scalability requirements that are always at the top of our user lists. ResolutionMD and Siemens delivered all of these requirements while providing mobile capability that will allow us to easily roll-out better access of images to our staff.” ‘ “We were excited to provide Siemens with industry leading technology to meet Intermountain Healthcare’s needs,” said Byron Osing, CEO and Chair at Calgary Scientific. “Our goal is to provide OEM partners like Siemens advanced technology to solve the customer challenges they are seeing globally, including connecting disparate data sources and providing accredited web and mobile solutions.  ResolutionMD improves a physician’s confidence and decreases their time to diagnosis resulting in improved patient outcomes and significant cost savings to the system.”For more information: www.calgaryscientific.com/resolutionmd  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more last_img read more

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WhatsApp limits users to five text forwards to fight against fake news

first_imgYesterday, Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp decided to put a global limit on the number of times a user can forward a message, as per Reuters’ report. Users will now be blocked from forwarding messages to more than five individuals or groups, according to new rules set by Whatsapp worldwide, in order to fight the spread of fake news and misinformation. Victoria Grand, Facebook’s Global Head for policy programs, announced the policy at an event in Jakarta, yesterday. With 1.5 billion users on the platform, the concern is that Whatsapp forwards could be used to spread fake news via manipulated texts, photos, videos, and audio hoaxes. Initially, users could forward a message to 20 individuals or groups on WhatsApp. After the spread of rumors on social media in July which led to killings and lynching attempts in India, the new policy has been put in place to fight against such fake news on social media. Facebook has previously been used by bad foreign actors to manipulate U.S. elections. Last October, WhatsApp caused trouble in Brazil’s presidential election, wherein, Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right candidate, faced claims of using WhatsApp for spreading falsehoods related to his opponent. It’s a matter of concern, how such platforms are influencing the political scenario. In a statement to the Guardian, Carl Woog, the head of communications at WhatsApp, said, “We settled on five because we believe this is a reasonable number to reach close friends while helping prevent abuse.” A forwarded text is marked in a light grey color which otherwise is much similar to other messages. This means that the segregation done by the team at WhatsApp doesn’t really solve the purpose. According to few critics, “The design strips away the identity of the sender and allows messages to spread virally with little accountability.” WhatsApp took few steps to over the challenges introduced few measures. Last year, the company introduced a feature to label forwarded messages and for removal of a quick-forward button next to images, video and audio clips. According to the report by The Guardian, these measures reduced forwarding by 25% globally and more than that in India, which has one of the highest forwarding rates in the world. Users have raised questions with regards to this news. With the biggest question being, if the fake news gets shared by simply copy-pasting the text, then how will it get monitored in such cases. Few users think that the limit of 5 is still too much and they recommend 2 instead. The idea behind this policy doesn’t look much relevant because a group can have up to 256 users in it.f I the message is forwarded to 5 groups then it is equivalent to sending it to atmost 1,280 users. This is surely not slowing the spread of fake news. One of the users commented, “You can still fwd to 5*256 people.” Others suggest having a blacklist. A comment on Hacker news reads, “You can have a blacklist of message texts that are sent to the apps as hashes.” According to some users, this is a good step taken by the team at Facebook. One of the comments read, “It seems like a valid and useful way to slow the rate of propagation of fake news. Much of the current problem is that fake news spreads faster than moderators can make a decision on it, or journalists can fact-check it. If you can keep it in a “slow burn” phase longer, where it’s being forwarded along to a handful of people at a time, it’s easier to combat.” Read Next Fake news is a danger to democracy. These researchers are using deep learning to model fake news to understand its impact on elections. Facebook COO, Sandberg’s Senate testimony: On combating foreign influence, fake news, and upholding election integrity Is Anti-trust regulation coming to Facebook following fake news inquiry made by a global panel in the House of Commons, UK?last_img read more

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Standoff in Armenia continues no end in sight

first_imgArmenian protesters dance while waving a national flag during a protest rally against a hike in electricity prices in Yerevan, Armenia, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. A standoff between police and demonstrators protesting a hike in electricity prices blocked the central avenue in the Armenia capital on Wednesday for the third day running. (Hrant Khachatryan/PAN Photo via AP) Comments   Share   YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia’s premier has rejected demonstrators’ demand to annul a hike in electricity prices, a stance that signals no end in sight for the worst unrest the ex-Soviet nation has seen in years.Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan said Thursday at a Cabinet meeting that the protesters, which swelled to more than 10,000 as the heat abated in the evening, are violating the country’s constitution and won’t succeed in bending the government’s will. He said the government could offer compensations to the poor to help cushion the price increase. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help They also called on Yerevan residents to switch off the lights in their apartments for an hour as a sign of protest.Following the failed attempt to end the protest by force, the government appeared to take a wait-and-see approach, and both sides tried to avoid any moves that would inflame tensions.The mood at the rally was peaceful. Bars, cafes and stores brought food and drinks to protesters, and some demonstrators offered them to police.A senior police official praised the protesters for keeping the city clean.At some point, protesters offered officers to play soccer. Deputy police chief Unan Pogosian responded by saying they would take the offer once the standoff ends.___Changes spelling of the Armenian president’s name in line with his office preference.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. His comments came as thousands of protesters continued their round-the-clock blockade of the capital’s main avenue for a fourth straight day and demanded that President Serzh Sargsyan cancel the price hike.Police, who broke up the rally Tuesday only to see the demonstrators return to the streets immediately after, haven’t interfered since then and the protests have gone one peacefully.Hundreds of protesters remained sitting on the road through the day, a barricade of large trash containers separating them from police. Others sought shelter from the sun under trees and umbrellas as the temperature soared to about 40 C (104 F) earlier in the day.Vaghinak Shushanian, one of the protest organizers, challenged the premier to come and face the crowds.“What he says is absolutely irrelevant,” Shushanian said. “They clearly don’t understand the seriousness of our intention to stay here for long.”Eduard Mhitarian, a 22-year old protester, said the protesters will stay on the street until the government meets their demand.“We won’t get tired, we will go until the end,” he said.The bulk of the demonstrators have avoided political slogans, and even slapped a few chants calling for the president to step down. Sargsyan has offered to meet representatives of the protesters, but the demonstrators have refused and pushed for the reversal of the policy.The 17-percent price hike has been approved by the government’s regulatory panel following a request of the nation’s power grid, Electric Networks of Armenia, which is controlled by Russia’s electricity giant, RAO UES.Russia is Armenia’s main economic partner and ally, a member of the Eurasian Economic Union, an alliance of ex-Soviet nations which the Kremlin sees as a top foreign policy priority.Armenia also hosts a Russian military base, and the protests in Yerevan have raised concerns in Moscow.While the Kremlin has played the dispute down, saying it expects the authorities and demonstrators to negotiate a settlement in line with the Armenian law, some Russian lawmakers are alleging that the West could be behind the riots.The protest organizers, mostly young people who have relied on social networks to stage the rallies, have scoffed at such claims. They strongly deny affiliation with any Armenian or foreign political forces.Under the hashtag #ElectricYerevan, the protests became a hit on Twitter. The activists also used creative ways to broaden public support for their cause, handing out leaflets that offered people to “join the struggle from home” by making noise with their utensils from their balconies. Patients with chronic pain give advice New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Carnival takes Aussie kids to sea for free

first_imgCarnival takes Aussie kids to sea for freeCarnival takes Aussie kids to sea for freeCarnival Cruise Line is taking the children of Australia to sea for free in an encore ‘kids sail free’ sale which offers families thousands of dollars in holiday savings.On sale until March 13, 2017, the third and fourth guests in a room will cruise for free on select Carnival sailings from Sydney this year.Fares start from $749* for a four-night cruise to action-packed Moreton Island on Carnival Spirit departing Sydney on August 17, 2017, the equivalent of just $1498* for a family of four – a saving of more than $1278.South Pacific cruises are also available with a ten-night cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu on Carnival Spirit departing Sydney on June 13, 2017, priced from $1099* per person for the first two guests, with a family of four paying just $2198 – a saving of more than $1628.Meanwhile a 12-night cruise to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji, departing August 21, 2017, on Carnival Spirit, is priced from just $1699* per person delivering a saving of nearly $3068 for a family of four.Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke said the sale made an already great value cruise holiday even more irresistible to Australian families with meals, entertainment, transport, accommodation and kids clubs all included in the fare.“The only thing better than a fun-filled family holiday on Carnival, is enjoying your holiday with the knowledge that the kids are sailing, eating and playing for free. From our top-deck waterpark to the adults-only Serenity Retreat, Carnival offers fun for the whole family. Cruising is an affordable and easy way for Australian families to spend quality time together while visiting some of the most beautiful destinations in the region,” Ms Vandekreeke said.Carnival’s locally-based ships Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend offer an array of family highlights including:* Carnival WaterWorks™ on the top deck, including the jaw-dropping Green Thunder waterslide – the steepest and fastest water slide at sea – and Carnival’s Twister Waterslide™* A fun new line up of family-friendly entertainment including Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea, 80s Rock’n’ Glow theme nights and life-sized Hasbro, The Game Show classics including Trivial Pursuit and Cluedo* A variety of family-friendly destinations from Pacific Island holidays to short escapes close to home including Tasmania and Moreton Island, as well as longer cruises to New Zealand, Singapore and Hawaii* Scores of interconnecting rooms and quad-share rooms with flexible configurations that include the option of a king bed for Mum and Dad, with two singles for the kids* Free supervised youth programs for children aged between two and 17, as well as a late-night program of activities. Unlike many other cruise lines, all of Carnival’s youth programs are available on port days* Seuss at Sea™ including a Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat and Friends; a special selection of classic Dr. Seuss books, toys and themed activities; showings of beloved movies such as “The Cat in the Hat” and the Seuss-a-Palooza Parade™ of characters* Family-friendly comedy shows and early broadway-style Playlist Production performances in the main show lounge, featuring the likes of Epic Rock and 88 Keys* Free 24/7 pizza and ice cream* A miniature putt putt golf course and multi-purpose sports courts, plus table tennis* Early dining for families in the main restaurant and supervised kid’s dinners in the International Food Plaza For more information visit www.carnival.com.auSource = Carnival Cruise Linelast_img read more

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CoreLogic Announces New Addition to Government Affairs Team

first_img February 18, 2018 644 Views CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, recently announced that Pete Carroll has joined the CoreLogic Government Affairs team as Executive, Public Policy & Industry Relations. Carroll brings housing finance and policy experience to the company and will report to Stuart Pratt, Global Head of Public Policy & Industry Relations.“Pete is an accomplished executive who can elevate CoreLogic insights and exercise influence on policy, strategy and innovation to support the transformation of the housing finance sectors here in Washington,” said Pratt. “Pete and I will work together to continue to strengthen the voice and presence of CoreLogic in key government, agency and client discussions.”Most recently, Carroll served as EVP of Quicken Loans where he led the development and discussion of Quicken’s positions on a broad spectrum of policy issues. Earlier, he was SVP, Capital Markets, at Wells Fargo and was the Assistant Director, Office of Mortgage Markets, at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.Carroll holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Connecticut College. Currently, he serves on the MBA’s Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization. Historically, he has served on several other mortgage industry boards including MBA’s Residential Board of Governors; the Structured Finance Industry Group; MERS Corp; and capital markets groups at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He continues to provide leadership on numerous collaborative working groups at the MBA and the Housing Policy Council. Share CoreLogic Announces New Addition to Government Affairs Teamcenter_img CoreLogic HOUSING mortgage 2018-02-18 Nicole Casperson in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Technologylast_img read more

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