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Where’s That Elephant Headed? Smithsonian and Industry Partner to Improve Animal Tracking

first_imgWith a list of partners that reads like a Who’s Who of technology companies, the Smithsonian Institution today formally announced a new program to dramatically improve the ability of scientists to remotely track the movements of wild animals—perhaps over their whole lives. While still lacking a business plan and definite funding, Partners in the Sky has nonetheless set four goals for the new research and conservation effort, which will rely on industry support, says Peter Leimgruber, a conservation biologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia. Already, researchers seeking to follow animals as they move through the environment have made much progress. Radio collars and other tracking devices are shrinking and lasting longer on more compact power supplies. Some tracking efforts make use of satellites for uploading data; others set up networks of transmitters in forests or other natural areas to pick up signals from tagged individuals. But scientists are still unable to track most of the 6000 or so species that migrate, because most are too small to carry even the small 3- to 5-gram devices now available, Leimgruber says. Furthermore, the devices now available can be unreliable and expensive, with limited opportunities to transmit the data.When Leimgruber first showed a radio collar for elephants to Allan McArtor, chairman of jetliner-maker Airbus Americas Inc., the aerospace executive was not impressed. The satellite radios “were big bulges the size of a volleyball,” McArtor recalls. He thought, “our aerospace industry deals with these technologies all the time. There’s got to be a better way.” So a year ago, McArtor brought together engineers from about 15 aerospace and other companies and convinced them to pitch in their expertise. Now, Partners in the Sky includes Airbus, Intel, Iridium Communications Inc., Joubeh, Lockheed Martin, Michael Goldfarb Associates, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, and United Airlines. Students from Pennsylvania State University’s Applied Research Laboratory also have funding to try their hand at improving tracking technology.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)There are other initiatives to improve tracking devices. “What makes us a bit different is the diversity of industry partners that we are bringing to this,” Leimgruber says. “We’re hoping to really propel this [field] forward.”The first goal is to tweak existing tracking technology to make devices more reliable, cheaper, and longer lasting, so that researchers can follow many individuals, perhaps over their entire lifetimes. Another goal is to build a 1-gram tag that can be used on birds and amphibians too tiny to be outfitted safely with existing devices. With United Airlines, researchers will look into putting antennae and receivers on commercial airplanes that could relay data back to researchers; by using planes, which are closer to the ground than satellites, researchers could reduce the transmission energy costs for the tags. Finally, the partnership seeks to improve the use of these data with better database and analysis tools.The industry partners have already contributed in kind and monetary support approaching $200,000, Leimgruber says. But “we need to have funding to go further,” says Peter Marra, an ornithologist at SCBI who hopes much of that support will come from the industry partners. In an interview with ScienceInsider, McArtor was noncommittal. “We got it going,” he says. “We will help them with fundraising, and we have some engineering resources that will stay close to the project, but it will be a Smithsonian project going forward.”last_img read more

BP plans to invest $2 billion in India upstream ventures over next few years

first_imgBP India plans to invest more than $2 billion in its upstream ventures in the Indian market over the next few years, said Sashi Mukundan, BP Group’s regional president and head of India.Over the next decade, Mukundan said, he expects 10% of BP’s global earnings to come from India as the British oil and gas firm bets on the country’s growing energy demand and plans to invest in cutting-edge renewable and alternate energy technologies.Read it at Live Mint Related Itemslast_img

Indian-Origin Woman Singapore Jailed For Role In US Navy Corruption Cases

first_imgA 57-year-old Indian-origin Singaporean woman was jailed today for up to three years for her role in the largest and most extensive bribery and fraud conspiracy in the history of the United States Navy, according to media reports. Gursharan Kaur Sharon Rachael, a former lead contract specialist with the US Navy and based in Singapore, had the responsibility of managing ship husbanding contracts worth millions of dollars, with duties such as drafting contract requirements, including negotiating and evaluating bids.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

18 districts claim to suspend top four officials in an EGM

first_imgJaipur, Apr 24 (PTI) The Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) today sank deeper into legal tangles as 18 of the 33 District Cricket Associations claimed that they have suspended President Lalit Modi and other top three officials in an EGM. The secretary of the Jhunjhunu District Association said that since the elections were called off with “malafide intentions” we decided to call an EGM and suspended the top four officials. The other suspended were deputy president Mehmood Abdi, secretary Sumendra Tiwari and treasurer Pawan Goyal. Rathore claimed that the EGM had 18 districts present while 10 others had extended their support. “We have the majority and Modi faction has been reduced to only five supporters. We would move the court as the election procedure once started cant be stopped. We would continue with the election process and if Lodha Committee objects we would ratify in accordance with it,” said Rathore. The rebel group has announced that they would constitute a five member committee with Rajendra Singh Rathore as its chairman and this committee would be looking after affairs of RCA. The Lalit Modi faction had called off the elections slated for April 26 on legal grounds, saying that the provisions of Sports Act and Lodha Committee recommendations were not in conformity and Registrar had refused to ratify the proposed amendments in the constitution of RCA. But the C P Joshi faction had cried foul, claiming that they were having the clear-cut majority and that was why the Modi faction had called off the elections. citing legal angle. The hue and cry was over Ruchir Modi, the 22-year-old son of former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi who was trying to rule RCA through him. The Modi faction was busy preparing ground for Ruchir by helping him to the post of president of Alwar District Cricket Association. The move did not go down well with the majority of districts because they felt Ruchir would be of no help until Lalit Modi is removed from post of President of Nagaur District Association. The BCCI had suspended RCA stating that Lalit Modi, who has been for life by the Board, should be removed from RCA and also the primary bodies. PTI DS PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Pvt univ to offer programme yoga

first_imgKolkata, Aug 10 (PTI) A private university in Himachal Pradesh will offer job oriented programmes in Yoga and offered research programme in professional courses at the under graduate level.”We will be offering BSc Yoga to those having at least secured 55 per cent marks and passed 10+2,” Shoolini University Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Anil Khosla told a press meet here today.The UGC had planned to induct yoga into the curriculum of public-funded universities, hoping to cash in on recent drive for the ancient discipline and its growing popularity across the world.”Our move is aimed at enabling students to explore various job avenues in research, academiccs, management, sports, healthcare and hospitality sectors,” Khosla, VC of the private university, explained.On the issue of undertaking research at UG level in professional course, the VC said, “It will be possible under a unique undergraduate (B Tech) programme in biotechnology where selected students have the opportunity to pursue the Summit Research Programme.” PTI SUS PR PRlast_img read more

Photo: Florida Signee Jordan Scarlett Gets Awesome Gators Tattoo

first_imgA Florida Gators player running on the field with a Florida Gators flag.LEXINGTON, KY – SEPTEMBER 23: Chauncey Gardner Jr #23 of the Florida Gators celebrates after the 28-27 win over the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field on September 23, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Florida signee Jordan Scarlett hasn’t played a down for his team just yet, but it looks like he’s going to be a Gator for life – whether or not he actually sticks with the program. Scarlett, a four-star running back commit who begins his freshman year in 2015, got a very strong Florida tattoo earlier this week. It’s of the school logo, which features mascot Albert.Go follow @thaillustratedman305 on Instagram thanks for the ink! pic.twitter.com/RI7hJT2CiH— ManChild (@Famousscarlett) April 7, 2015Scarlett is expected to be a big asset for a program looking to get back on the map. It looks like he’s ready to go.[Only Gators]last_img read more

Wife Of West Virginia QB Will Grier Posts Adorable Photo

first_imgWill Grier celebrating a touchdown throw.CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 01: Will Grier #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts after throwing a touchdown pass against the Tennessee Volunteers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The wife of West Virginia star quarterback Will Grier has posted an adorable photo on Instagram in anticipation of the Mountaineers’ game today.Grier, who is married to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader Jeanne Marie Grier, has a young daughter.The wife of the West Virginia star quarterback has posted several adorable photos of their relationship on Instagram.Mrs. Grier posted the following photo on Instagram on Friday:That is awesome.West Virginia is set to play TCU this afternoon.Kickoff is set for noon on FS1.last_img read more

Michigan Football Recruit Has Bold Message For Ohio State

first_imgGeneral view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 01: General view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The Michigan Wolverines haven’t found much success against their arch rival in recent years. Ohio State has dominated “The Game” over the past 18 years and has outpaced the Wolverines with a 16-2 record since 2001.This year was supposed to change the narrative as Jim Harbaugh and company entered as the favorite and a threat for the College Football Playoff. However, the Buckeyes sent Urban Meyer out as a winner, with a dominant performance on both sides of the ball en route to a 62-39 win.One Michigan recruit thinks that’s all about to change.“I don’t think anybody is going to get any gold pants any time soon,” three-star Michigan recruit Joey Velasquez said.The rivalry with Ohio State is personal to Joey Velazquez ( @JoeyV242 ): “I don’t think anybody is going to get any gold pants any time soon.” – https://t.co/WBV8MHYbkj pic.twitter.com/fo0eahUYiB— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) December 26, 2018It’s a bold statement from any Michigan recruit, but especially bold for Velazquez who lives in Columbus.The three-star safety recruit already has the Ohio State game circled on his calendar and hopes to be a part of the Michigan team that changes the narrative.This should be fun.last_img read more

$100 Million Upgrading for May Pen Hospital

first_imgThe May Pen Hospital is slated to undergo a multi-million dollar upgrading and rehabilitation project this fiscal year.This was disclosed by Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson on Friday, April 12, following a tour of the Clarendon-based facility.Dr. Fergsuon said the project is estimated to cost between $96 million and $100 million, with approximately $64 million of the amount already approved by Cabinet. He said he is awaiting consent for an additional $32 million for upgrading of the chiller system at the hospital.The improvements works will entail modernisation of the hospital’s radiology department at a cost of $27.8 million, to provide digital services.A sum of $15.6 million will be spent to expand the Accident and Emergency Department and provide well-needed equipment. Already, three new air conditioning units have been acquired.In addition, some $8 million will go towards upgrading the hospital’s sewerage system, while an estimated $5.4 million is earmarked for improving security services, including the provision of surveillance equipment, as well as grillwork.A further $5 million will be used to improve food trolley services at the hospital, the Minister said, noting that “presently, the region is spending over $500,000 per month to deal with the disposal of food”. He noted that, provided there is funding, work will also be done to the hospital’s roof and road network, while the perimeter fencing will be addressed in the next fiscal year.“We have had some initial estimates in the region of $40 million and we have said to the Member of Parliament and the leaders of this institution that we are committed to the process, and our expectation is that our 2014/15 budget will see that as a priority,” he stated.Dr. Ferguson, in the meantime, informed that the Ministry has committed a sum of $1 million for a major Labour Day project at the hospital.“My special appeal is that the business sector, companies that distribute paint and other kinds of hardware material, in and around May Pen, and beyond, will come onboard for this worthy exercise,” he urged.“Many of your workers are the beneficiaries of the health care delivery system and we feel that a partnership will be a major achievement in establishing this hospital as a centre of excellence,” the Minister stated further.Accompanying Dr. Ferguson on the tour were: Mayor of Clarendon, Councillor Scean Barnswell; Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon, Mike Henry; Chairperson, Southern Regional Health Authority, Fay Bell; and Chief Executive Officer, May Pen Hospital, Nadia Nunes-Howe.By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

CBS Moonves the latest powerful exec felled in MeToo era

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The #MeToo movement fighting sexual misconduct had already claimed one of Hollywood’s top movie moguls in Harvey Weinstein. Now it has done the same for Leslie Moonves, one of the television industry’s most powerful executives.The CBS Corp. announced its chairman’s exit late Sunday, hours after The New Yorker magazine posted a story with a second round of ugly accusations against Moonves. A total of 12 women have alleged mistreatment, including forced oral sex, groping and retaliation if they resisted him. Moonves denied the charges in a pair of statements, although he said he had consensual relations with three of the women.CBS said $20 million will be donated to one or more organizations that support #MeToo and workplace equality for women. That sum will be deducted from any severance due Moonves, a figure that won’t be determined until an outside investigation led by a pair of law firms is finished.The network’s chief operating officer, Joseph Ianniello, will take over Moonves’ duties as president and CEO until its board of directors can find a permanent replacement, CBS said.With about an hour before Monday’s opening bell, shares of CBS rose more than 3 per cent, but they are down sharply for the year. Shares tumbled 6 per cent in late July, the worst one-day sell off in nearly seven years, after details of the accusations surfaced.It has been nearly a year since Pulitzer Prize-winning articles by The New York Times and the New Yorker exposed a pattern of misconduct by Weinstein, who now faces sex crime charges in New York. Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and Kevin Spacey are among other figures that lost jobs after men and women came forward with their own stories, often on social media with the hashtag MeToo, about sexually inappropriate behaviour by powerful men.Moonves ruled first the programming, then the full network and other corporate entities such as Showtime for two decades. CBS has consistently been the most-watched network on television, even as changes transformed the industry, first with cable networks investing in shows and then streaming services like Netflix. He’s been paid handsomely for his success, earning just under $70 million in both 2017 and 2016.Those paychecks made Moonves the second-highest paid executive in the S&P 500 among those holding the top job at their company for at least two consecutive years, according to an analysis by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.Yet accusations emerged against the affable, raspy-voiced former actor last month, when six women accused him of misconduct similar to what came out Sunday. CBS announced an internal probe yet Moonves, who was also involved in a separate power struggle that threatened his future control of the company, remained in charge. In recent days, however, reports leaked that the CBS board and Moonves, 68, were discussing an exit plan. Reports that it could include a multi-million dollar payout provoked some online anger.The latest allegations were not addressed in CBS’ announcement of Moonves’ exit.One of the accusers who came forth in the New Yorker’s article on Sunday, Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, also filed a complaint with the Los Angeles police last year, but no charges were filed because the statute of limitations had expired. She said Moonves, while an executive at the Lorimar production studio in the late 1980s, pushed her head into his lap and forced her to perform oral sex.At another time, she said an angry Moonves pushed her hard against a wall. When she resisted later advances, she began to be frozen out at the company, she said.“He absolutely ruined my career,” she told The New Yorker.Another woman, Jessica Pallingston, said Moonves forced her to perform oral sex on her first day working as his assistant at Warner Bros. productions. Other women told the magazine of unwanted touching or advances.In a statement to the magazine, Moonves said the “appalling accusations” are untrue, but he acknowledged consensual relations with three of the women before he started working at CBS. Moonves was married at the time; he divorced his first wife and married CBS on-air personality Julie Chen in 2004.“I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women,” he said. “In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation and my career. Anyone who knows me knows that the person described in this article is not me.”In a second statement after his departure, Moonves said he was “deeply saddened” to be leaving the company and its employees. “Together, we built CBS into a destination where the best in the business come to work and succeed,” he said.With Moonves’ exit, CBS viewers will wonder what the future holds for Chen, who is a panelist on the daytime show “The Talk” and host of the summer series “Big Brother.” She stood in support of her husband when the first allegations hit last month.Organizations that have supported women coming forward with stories of abuse, including Time’s Up and Press Forward, said Sunday that CBS should be transparent about the findings of its internal investigation despite Moonves’ ouster.It’s difficult to imagine CBS without Moonves. The network was struggling when he took over as entertainment chief in 1995, hot from a job at the Warner Brothers studio, which developed hits such as “ER” and “Friends.”He quickly turned things around and churned out programming appealing to the older, more tradition-bound CBS audience — broad appeal sitcoms such as “Everybody Loves Raymond,” ”Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory” and procedural dramas such as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “NCIS.” ”Survivor” was an early reality show hit, and continues to this day.Many CBS viewers knew Moonves from the relentless ribbing he took from former late-night host David Letterman. Moonves said there were legitimate hard feelings between the two in his early years, but the relationship warmed before Letterman’s retirement.Moonves was an advocate for the traditional broadcast network model when others worried it was becoming obsolete, but he also launched streaming services for CBS entertainment and news. He took over the broader CBS Corp. in 2006 but kept his hand in entertainment duties, down to casting decisions for new shows.His status as an industry king was never more evident than each year in May when CBS introduced the next year’s schedule before an audience of advertisers and media executives crammed into Carnegie Hall. He starred in each year’s presentation, often in elaborate filmed skits.Yet this spring there were already signs the end was near. Locked in a battle for corporate control with Shari Redstone of National Amusements, Moonves received a standing ovation from an audience that sensed it could be his last year. He even skipped an event he created and relished, an annual breakfast meeting with reporters dubbed “Lox with Les.”CBS’ board also announced Sunday that Redstone’s National Amusements will not propose a merger between CBS and Viacom, which Redstone had been urging, for two years. Six new CBS board members were also appointed.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,159.50, down 47.82 points).RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Down 41 cents, or 35.65 per cent, to 74 cents on 64.1 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up 50 cents, or 4.07 per cent, to $12.77 on 53 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down two cents, or 0.52 per cent, to $3.81 on 8.7 million shares.Wallbridge Mining Co. Ltd. (TSX:WM). Metals. Up two cents, or 6.67 per cent, to 32 cents on 8.1 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 38 cents, or 1.91 per cent, to $19.54 on 7.3 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Base metals. Down 24 cents, or 1.5 per cent, to $15.72 on 7.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Transat A.T. (TSX:TRZ). Down 10 cents or 1.27 per cent to $7.77. The travel company has taken its first concrete step toward getting shovels in the sand on its $750-million plan develop a hotel chain in the Riviera Maya and the Caribbean, announcing a deal Tuesday to buy land on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Transat said it aims to build a beach resort on a newly purchased lot in the village of Puerto Morelos — less than 40 kilometres from Cancun — and on an adjacent property, for which it has signed a promissory agreement. The combined deal would cost between US$54 million and US$57 million, Transat said.Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). Down $1.19 or 0.57 per cent to $208.45. The founder of Shopify says Canada shouldn’t be too quick to celebrate when U.S. technology giants head north of the border. Tobi Lutke outlined his frustration at how Canadian talent and intellectual property seeps out of the country in a Tuesday interview with The Canadian Press, where he touched on the dangers of U.S. technology brands starting up branch offices in Canada.Aurora Cannabis. Inc. (TSX:ACB). Up 50 cents or 4.1 per cent to $12.77. The licensed marijuana producer says it is “more than ready” for the legalization of recreational pot next month, with enough supply to meet all its commitments to provinces and territories. Aurora’s chief corporate officer Cam Battley also says the cannabis firm doesn’t expect to need supply agreements with other licensed producers to bridge inventory gaps. Canada officially legalizes recreational cannabis for adult use on Oct. 17.last_img read more

Watareka Vijitha Thera arrested during antiBBS demo

The monk had protested by blocking the Presidential Secretariat. He accused the Government of failing to address the issues faced by the people.The monk has also accused the Government of failing to deal with the BBS. (Colombo Gazette) A prominent monk was arrested outside the Presidential Secretariat today while he was protesting against the Government and the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS).The Police said that the Venerable Watareka Vijitha Thera was arrested for disrupting the duties of officials outside the Presidential Secretariat.

Cathay Pacific chairman steps down amid Hong Kong protests

HONG KONG — The chairman of Cathay Pacific Airways on Wednesday became the second top figure to resign from the Hong Kong carrier following pressure by Beijing over participation by some of its employees in anti-government protests.The airline, one of the Chinese territory’s most prominent businesses, announced John Slosar was retiring.Cathay CEO Ruper Hogg quit Aug. 16, becoming the highest-profile corporate casualty of pressure on companies to support the ruling Communist Party against the protesters.Following Hogg’s resignation, a statement by Slosar said Cathay needed new management to “reset confidence.” There was no similar language in Wednesday’s announcement of Slosar’s departure.Slosar is to be succeeded by Patrick Healy, a 31-year veteran of Swire Pacific Group, a major Cathay shareholder. Healy is managing director of Swire Coca-Cola Ltd.Hong Kong is in its third month of protests that started in opposition to a proposed extradition law and have expanded to include demands for a more democratic system.The territory’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, announced Wednesday she was withdrawing the proposed law. She said Hong Kong officials would talk with the public about other possible changes.Beijing earlier warned that Cathay employees who “support or take part in illegal protests” would be barred from flying to or over the mainland. Cathay said a pilot who was charged with rioting was removed from flying duties.Slosar said in August that Cathay didn’t tell employees what to think, but that shifted following China’s warning. Hogg threatened penalties including possible firing if employees took part in “illegal protests.”Cathay Pacific serves more than 200 destinations in Asia, Europe and the Americas. It has 33,000 employees. Its parent, Cathay Pacific Group, also owns Dragonair, Air Hong Kong and HK Express.Hong Kong was promised a “high degree of autonomy” — a system dubbed “one country, two systems” by Beijing — when the former British colony returned to China in 1997.Government critics say that is being eroded by Hong Kong leaders and the Communist Party.___Cathay Pacific Airways: www.cathaypacific.comThe Associated Press read more

Nepal Annan hopes Kings proclamation will end conflict restore order

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed a proclamation issued by King Gyanendra of Nepal affirming that executive power will be returned to the people of the strife-torn country.A UN spokesman said Mr. Annan hoped that the development “will result in the speedy restoration of democratic order, an end to the conflict and the establishment of lasting peace through an inclusive process of dialogue.”In a statement released in New York, the spokesman also stressed that the parties must “work out the modalities for the transfer of power in a timely, orderly and responsible manner.” UN human rights monitors have condemned deadly police force against unarmed pro-democracy demonstrators in Nepal, reporting over a dozen gunshot injuries on Thursday alone. Humanitarian officials from the world body have warned that the situation among the impoverished people of the kingdom is critical. UN relief agencies are providing aid to vulnerable groups such as refugees and children. read more

Every dollar invested in water sanitation brings fourfold return in costs –

WHO released a major new report behalf of UN-Water that showed that while global efforts to provide improved water and sanitation are gaining momentum, “serious gaps” in funding continue to hamper progress.The UN health agency also noted that “At the time of writing, poor WASH [water and sanitation] conditions in communities and institutional settings, especially health facilities, have been exacerbating the spread of Ebola in West Africa.”According to WHO estimates, the UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water published bi-annually, presents data from 94 countries and 23 external support agencies. This year’s report was also released in connection with events to mark World Toilet Day. Two thirds of the 94 countries surveyed recognized drinking-water and sanitation as a universal human right in national legislation. More than 80 per cent reported having national policies in place for drinking-water and sanitation, and more than 75 per cent have policies for hygiene, the report said.“Now is the time to act,” Michel Jarraud, Chair of UN-Water and Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), said in a press release. “We may not know yet what the post-2015 sustainable development agenda will look like. But we do know that water and sanitation must be clear priorities if we are to create a future that allows everyone to live healthy, prosperous and dignified lives.”International aid for water and sanitation is on the rise: according to the report, financial commitments increased by 30 per cent between 2010 and 2012 – from $8.3 billion to $10.9 billion. And aid commitments are increasingly targeted to underserved regions, notably sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia and South-eastern Asia. “Despite these gains, 2.5 billion men, women and children around the world lack access to basic sanitation services,” WHO said. “About 1 billion people continue to practice open defecation. An additional 748 million people do not have ready access to an improved source of drinking-water.”“And hundreds of millions of people live without clean water and soap to wash their hands, facilitating the spread of diarrhoeal disease, the second leading cause of death among children under five,” the report said.The report also said that “many other water-borne diseases, such as cholera, typhoid and hepatitis, are prone to explosive outbreaks. Poor sanitation and hygiene can also lead to debilitating diseases affecting scores of people in the developing world, like intestinal worms, blinding trachoma and schistosomiasis.”The report also said that investments in water and sanitation yield substantial benefits for human health and development. “Economic benefits include an overall estimated gain of 1.5 per cent of global GDP and a $4.3 return for every dollar invested in water and sanitation services due to reduced health care costs for individuals and society,” the report said. “Millions of children can be saved from premature death and illness related to malnutrition and water-borne diseases. Adults can live longer and healthier lives.”“Gains in quality of life include improved school attendance, greater privacy and safety – especially for women, children and the elderly – and a greater sense of dignity for all,” WHO said.UN-Water is the United Nations (UN) coordination mechanism for freshwater related issues, including sanitation. UN-Water is comprised of UN entities with a focus on, or interest in, water related issues and its main purpose is to complement and add value to existing programmes and projects by facilitating synergies and joint efforts, so as to maximize system-wide coordinated action and coherence. The work of UN-Water is organized around thematic priority areas and task forces as well as awareness-raising campaigns such as World Water Day (22 March) and World Toilet Day (19 November). read more

Brock bids adieu to the penny

Pennies will no longer be given as change for cash transactions on campus starting Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.A penny saved is no longer a penny earned.Starting Wednesday, it will be a collector’s item on the Brock campus. That’s because people making cash payments for their morning caffeine fixes, lunches or textbooks won’t find any copper in the change they’re given.The University will no longer be giving pennies as change on any cash transaction. Instead, all cash payments will be rounded up or down to the nearest five-cent increment.So, if you normally pay $1.01 or $1.02 for that coffee to kick-start your day, for example, you’ll only have to pay $1. If the total on your purchase comes out to $1.03 or $1.05, the charge will be $1.05. Purchases totaling $1.06 or 1.07 will be rounded to $1.05 while those at $1.08 and $1.09 will be bumped up to $1.10.Payments made with debit or credit cards, including Brock cards, won’t be rounded.Businesses and charities throughout Canada began the transition to phase out the penny this week after the federal government decided in 2011 that the Royal Canadian Mint would no long issue the one-cent coins.Despite the penny’s disappearance from campus cash registers, it is still legal tender. That means pennies can still be used to make purchases. read more

SMEs call for Budget 2015 to focus on competitiveness

first_imgThis budget must focus on the transition from austerity to growth for businesses who have survived the recession and are now ready to capitalize on the recovery. It is essential that Government understands that Ireland will only be able to revitalise its economy by creating new jobs in the private sector, 99% if which are SMEs. THE GOVERNMENT MUST “encourage, incentivise and reward” small businesses in the upcoming budget, ISME (the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association) said today.In its pre-budget submission, ISME called on the coalition to refocus on competitiveness, as well as support Ireland’s reputation for flexibility, by taking measures such as retaining the 12.5% corporate tax rate.In a statement this afternoon, ISME Chief Executive Mark Fielding laid out the group’s vision for October’s budget.center_img ISME listed several specific policy proposals, including the following:Reduce the marginal rate of tax to 40%Allow an opt-in for the self-employed for PRSI benefitsExtend the start-up company relief scheme beyond 2014Cut the employers’ PRSI rate from 8.5% to 4.25% for three yearsThe group also called on Finance Minister Michael Noonan to keep Ireland’s 12.5% corporation tax rate for companies trading in Ireland, in order to reaffirm that we have a “stable and transparent corporation taxation regime.”ISME also warned that in “getting the balance right”, the government should avoid imposing additional axes, and be sure not to “jeopardise the recovery by continuing to fritter away savings on public expenditure excess.”Scroll down to read ISME’s pre-budget submission in full.Read: Top tips on winning public contracts if you are an SME>Are you using WordPress for your SME?>http://isme.ie/assets/14206-Pre-Budget-Submission-2015-mark1.pdf?utm_source=Copy+of+Tax+on+Travel+Expenses+-+ISME+Press+Statement+&utm_campaign=Inflation&utm_medium=emaillast_img read more

AMD reduces C50 netbook APU to 5W bringing it to tablets

first_imgAMD never had much luck competing with Intel in the netbook space. They just never seemed to gain any traction with a CPU worthy of competing with Atom. AMD’s not about to make the same mistakes now that tablets are de rigeur, though: they are now showing off a low power 5W version of their C-50 APU, a chip that was previously meant for netbooks.The C-50 is a fairly standard dual core chip running at 1GHz. It’s meant for netbooks with larger battery packs, since it has a 9W TDP… slightly above the 8.5W TDP of a dual core Atom N550 and the 6.5W TDP of the single-core Atom N450.The problem? Netbooks are basically a dead form, but 9W is just too much power draw for a tablet, since that form factor needs to rely upon slimmer battery packs. However, by cutting back on features — simplifying the number of supported ports, skimping on support for larger memory and clock speeds — AMD has managed to reduce that power consumption to something appropriate for tablets: 5W.Not bad. The problem is this is only relevant for tablets running Windows 7… and Windows 7 based tablets are just the pits. Consequently, the only real competitive tablets these days are running ARM chipsets to support Android. Unless Microsoft can get their act together and deliver a radical overhaul of Windows 7 meant exclusively for tablets, this is a lot of hard work on AMD’s part for nothing.Read more at Netbook Newslast_img read more

Ice dealer Gouliaditis given time to repent

first_imgFormer government lawyer Nick Gouliaditis has been given nine months to prove that he should not be jailed after he was caught selling drugs to an undercover officer.Mr Gouliaditis, 35, was arrested by police at the Australian Government Solicitor’s office in Sydney in August 2014 where he worked.Charged with dealing ice and GHB, resisting arrest, dealing in the proceeds of crime and possessing a prohibited weapon (a taser), at his sentencing hearing at the Downing Centre District Court last week Judge Peter Berman adjourned the court’s decision until July 30.Judge Berman told the court that Gouliaditis had spent 11 months in rehabilitation and was “a different man today than he was when he was supplying drugs”.“Although he has done exceptionally well and in fact has done all that he could do to rehabilitate himself … there is some uncertainty as to whether that will continue.”The judge told Gouliaditis: “What you need to do is persuade me, by your behaviour over the next few months, not to send you to jail.”Gouliaditis had told the court his life had been “spiralling out of control” in the months leading up to his arrest and that he had started using ice intravenously to deal with depression and a relationship break-up.“It initially helped me deal with my emotions,” he said.“As my usage increased I started to feel depressed, a high degree of self-hate … shame over my usage.”Gouliaditis said his performance at work was impacted by his drug use with colleagues describing him as being on “some kind of death spiral”.The disgraced lawyer told the court he was $70,000 in debt at the time and had used cash from selling drugs to fuel his own habit.Since his arrest Gouliaditis has attended rehabilitation programs and admitted only taking drugs once since he was charged. The rehabilitation program run by the Salvation Army he described as having saved his life. He said he was “deeply ashamed” of his criminal behaviour.Gouliaditis’ barrister, Phillip Boulton SC, asked the judge to consider the catalyst for Gouliaditis’ drug use.“The offending was motivated by a desire to obtain money to take drugs,” he said.“His drug use developed over time in the context of his depressive illness.”Gouliaditis has been released with bail conditions which include frequent random drug testing. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un perroquet perdu donne son adresse à la police

first_imgUn perroquet perdu donne son adresse à la policeMercredi, la police japonaise a pu reconduire un perroquet égaré à son domicile après que ce dernier leur a l’adresse de sa propriétaire. C’est une anecdote cocasse que vient de relater la police japonaise. En début de semaine, ils ont récupéré un perroquet égaré qu’ils ont réussi à ramener chez lui en suivant tout simplement les indications données par… l’oiseau lui-même. En effet, le perroquet avait quitté son domicile situé dans la ville japonaise de Sagamihara, dimanche matin, avant de se poser peu après sur l’épaule d’un inconnu. C’est ce dernier en comprenant l’animal égaré qui l’a amené aux autorités.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’enquête de police a alors été relativement simple. Mardi soir, l’oiseau a répété trois fois de suite le nom de la ville et l’arrondissement de sa résidence. Il a ensuite prononcé distinctement les numéros du pâté de maison et du domicile de sa maîtresse, devant trois policiers qui bien qu’interloqués sont restés attentifs aux dires du volatile. L’adresse complétée, il a alors suffi de ramener l’animal à sa maitresse sexagénaire qui a expliqué qu’elle avait déjà perdu un perroquet.Celle-ci a donc pris des précautions pour ne pas perdre celui-ci ! “Elle avait enseigné son adresse à ce perroquet après l’avoir acheté il y a deux ans”, a raconté à l’AFP un porte-parole de la police locale. Mais ce n’est pas tout ce qu’a appris l’oiseau. Sur le trajet du retour à son domicile, le perroquet a même donné son nom aux policiers japonais. Selon le même porte-parole, l’animal aurait déclaré aux agents : “tu es mignon, Piko-chan”.Le 5 mai 2012 à 12:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more