22 Oct

Nominations Sought for Human Rights Award

first_imgPartners for Human Rights and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission are looking for nominations for the 2009 Human Rights Award. The award recognizes an individual or organization that demonstrates a significant contribution to advancing or protecting human rights. “Protecting and promoting human rights is not just the job of the commission, but a shared responsibility of all Nova Scotians,” said Krista Daley, director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “There are people throughout the province that have really embraced this notion because they care about their communities and want to make the province a better place. The award is about recognizing their contribution and thanking them for it.” African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Percy Paris received the award in 2005, in recognition of his work promoting respect for difference in sports and adult education and efforts to eliminate barriers to participation in communities for persons with disabilities in sport, learning and creating businesses. “It was a proud moment for me to realize my contributions to Human Rights were recognized and appreciated,” said Mr. Paris. “Everyone should consider individuals they know in their community who have made a contribution and nominate them.” Nominations should relate to this year’s International Human Rights Day event theme Stand Up for Hope. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 30. For nomination forms, visit the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission website at www.gov.ns.ca/humanrights/ . Nominations can be forwarded by e-mail to nichollj@gov.ns.ca or faxed to 902-424-0596, attention Linda Nicholl. Partners for Human Rights members will consider the nominations and forward recommendations to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. The award will be presented at the International Human Rights Day event, Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Indian Brook School, near Shubenacadie.last_img read more

20 Oct

Abducted minor rescued prime accused in cop net

first_imgKolkata: A minor girl, who was abducted on June 13, was rescued on Thursday night.The prime accused of the case has been nabbed. According to the police, on June 15 evening, a woman identified as Archana Sardar of GE block in Salt Lake alleged that her 15-year-old daughter was kidnapped by some miscreants. Sardar alleged that on June 10 when she along with her husband left their home leaving their daughter and son behind some miscreants kidnapped the girl. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to the complaint filed by Sardar, she came to know from local residents that three miscreants identified as Rahul, Kalu and Biswa had abducted her daughter. On June 14, she went to Bidhannagar South police station and informed the matter to the police but did not lodge any complaint. While returning from the police station, when Sardar and her husband were thinking about what to do next, a person identified as Jamal allegedly threatened her and asked them to leave the place where they resided. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOtherwise they will not see their daughter again. Sardar said she lived with her family on a plot. On June 15, Sardar again went to police station and lodged a complaint against the miscreants. Cops arrested the two persons named in the FIR identified as Rahul Mandal and Biswajit Ghosh alias Biswa. During the interrogation with the police the duo revealed about the hideout where Ali Hossain alias Kalu was staying. They also told the police where the abducted girl was kept. On Thursday night, the police raided an area in Salt Lake and arrested Kalu. The abducted girl was also rescued. It is suspected that the three arrested persons had some enmity with the victim girl’s family. Police are further investigating the case to find the truth.last_img read more

12 Oct

A Prison Fit for 11 Princes: Why Saudi Arabia Is Putting…

By Alexandra PriorRabat – By effectively jailing a number of princes and ministers in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is both respecting deep-seated tribal customs and signaling their demise.Late Saturday night, reports spread that the recently appointed crown prince of Saudi Arabia made the unprecedented decision to arrest 11 Saudi princes, four current Saudi ministers, and 10 former ministers on counts of corruption. Crown Prince Bin Salman ordered the arrests just hours after he formed a new anti-corruption committee within the Saudi government. The event had almost immediate international repercussions, including massive declines in the Saudi stock market and uncertainty for many of the companies in which one of the detained princes—billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal—has invested millions of dollars.Most recently, several claims have been made as to the whereabouts of the arrested Saudi officials. Photos show what appear to be the Saudi princes sleeping on thin mattresses on the floor of a conference room in the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. Ironically, many of the princes and ministers attended a conference there last month, held on the stage of the very same room in which they are now captive.The room in which Saudi leaders held a conference for international business leaders last month. This also appears to be the room in which they are now sleeping.© ReutersPicture shows the inside of a conference room in the Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh, with what appears to be the arrested Saudi officials on mattresses on the floor. © DailyMail.comHowever ridiculous-seeming the five-star treatment of the group of Saudi officials is, it is not entirely unreasonable. The Saudi monarchy and society at large is based on a deep-rooted history of tribalism—a social structure in which the worst offense is insulting a family patriarch or a senior authority figure.The unprecedented purge of his senior family members was a risky move for the new crown prince, especially because different branches of the royal family are already in conflict with each other. Additionally, among those arrested are some of the wealthiest men not only in Saudi Arabia, but in the entire world—Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of the king, is worth an estimated USD 18 billion.The tribal dynamics within the royal family support the reports that the prisoners are being held in the Ritz Carlton—throwing them in prison would have been an unacceptable humiliation that Prince bin Salman would have had to pay the price for.However, if the accused are ultimately found guilty of their charges and end up in jail, this purge could represent a massive shift in the kingdom—a shift away from the nepotism and tribalism on which the Saudi government is based, and towards treating everyone, prince or otherwise, equally under the law. read more

11 Oct

UN relief chief sounds alarm on Darfurs dire humanitarian situation

29 May 2010Visiting Darfur today, the top United Nations humanitarian official emphasized that the situation in the war-ravaged Sudanese region remains serious, as recent clashes between the Government and rebels have uprooted tens of thousands of people from their homes. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have suspended operations in eastern Jebel Marra due to insecurity. In his meetings today with the acting Governor of South Darfur and other officials in Nyala, Under-Secretary-General John Holmes emphasized the need for the Government to allow and facilitate access for humanitarian agencies. “The problem in eastern Jebel Marra is that we don’t know what the situation is because we don’t have access,” he said. Mr. Holmes – on the third day of his four-day visit to Sudan – also expressed serious concern over the safety of aid workers in Darfur. A staff member from the United States working with the NGO Samaritan’s Purse has been held since being abducted in South Darfur on 18 May, the latest in a string of kidnappings in recent months. In Nyala, he toured the Sakale Ali Wali settlement, where some 1,000 displaced families have been given title to their land for building permanent structures. While they have been given relatively little assistance, their initiative in providing a better life for themselves and their children is evident, despite difficult circumstances. “We need to recognize and to support the efforts of IDP [internally displaced persons] communities to build and sustain livelihoods and move beyond hand-outs,” he said. “We can see here a step in that direction and it is encouraging.” Seven years of war between military forces and rebel groups have killed some 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million more from their homes in Darfur. Mr. Holmes arrived in Sudan on Wednesday after visiting neighbouring Chad during which he toured a region in the east where tens of thousands of people have been displaced by inter-communal fighting and a spill-over of the Darfur conflict. His first stop in Sudan, Africa’s largest country, was in southern Sudan, where he expressedalarm at the threats to vulnerable people in the area posed by food insecurity, displacements and inter-tribal violence, which he called a “recipe for disaster.” The area is scheduled to hold a referendum on independence early next year as part of a 2005 peace accord that ended 20 years of civil war with the northern-based national Government. Tomorrow Mr. Holmes, who also serves as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, travels to Khartoum for the final day of his visit to Sudan, where he will meet Government, UN and NGO representatives. read more

8 Oct

TransCanada says Keystone spill clean up underway as pipeline vote looms

Among other concerns, opponents of Keystone XL say the pipeline would pass through the Sandhills, an ecologically fragile region in Nebraska of grass-covered sand dunes, and would cross the land of farmers and ranchers who don’t want it.“There’s some states where the big issue is climate change, but Nebraska, the issue has been those local land-use impacts, and so I’m sure the commissioners will have that in mind,” said Coleman.The spill near the border of Minnesota and the source of the Minnesota River has certainly raised concerns about Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project in the state, said Coleman.He said he wasn’t sure, however, whether this Keystone spill will have an impact on current review of the pipeline in the state that’s already approved elsewhere, but it certainly will add fodder to those campaigning against oil pipelines.“I think that this will continue to be a bigger and bigger political issue because, as climate campaigners haven’t had success in other areas, they feel like this is one area where they’ve been reasonably successful.”Protesters have already started setting up camps and planning direct action to stop Enbridge’s Line 3 construction, which is already underway in Canada.Pipeline opponents have also vowed to stop the Keystone XL pipeline if it is approved, having once declared victory on the project when Barack Obama rejected it in 2015, only for President Donald Trump to give the go-ahead earlier this year.Shares of TransCanada were down 1.2 per cent in early afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, as the energy sector rose half a percentage point.-With files from AP Getty Images CALGARY — TransCanada Corp. said Friday that work is well underway to clean up a sizable oil leak at its Keystone pipeline in South Dakota that occurred days before a vote on the fate of the company’s flagship pipeline proposal.The company said about 75 crew members, as well as government officials, are on site near Amherst, S.D., with a full complement of clean-up equipment to contain the 795,000-litre spill in a farmer’s field.“TransCanada has taken this incident very seriously and is working with federal and state regulatory agencies,” the company said in an update.Keystone pipeline leaks 5,000 barrels of oil in South Dakota, just days before Nebraska decides its fateNebraska regulators to vote on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline next weekFinal investment decision on the horizon for long-delayed Keystone XLThe company said it has observed no further environmental impacts and no threat to public safety, though the nearby Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation has expressed concern the spill might contaminate water supplies.Thursday’s spill comes four days before Nebraska is set to vote on whether TransCanada can go ahead with the Keystone XL pipeline, which would take a more direct route than the existing Keystone pipeline by going through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with pipelines that feed Texas Gulf Coast refineries.Environmentalists were quick to point to the spill as reason to reject the Keystone XL project, but state officials said Friday the spill won’t affect their decision.A spokeswoman for the Nebraska Public Service Commission said commissioners will base their decision solely on evidence presented during public hearings and from official public comments.A Nebraska law approved in 2011 prevents the commissioners from factoring pipeline safety or the possibility of leaks into their decisions. Lawmakers argued at the time that pipeline safety was a federal responsibility that pre-empts state law. Opponents say oil interests lobbied for the restriction.The news might not sway the vote, but will bring greater focus to the issue, said James Coleman, an energy law expert at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.“It’s the worst possible timing, and it’s a reasonably big spill….I think most people expect the commissioners to approve it regardless, but nonetheless, it’s not helpful.”Signs attached to a fence on the property of Jim Tarnick, a farmer opposed to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline in Fullerton, Nebraska. read more

6 Oct

Security Council endorses agreement on interim arrangements for Afghanistan

In a unanimous decision this afternoon, the Council adopted resolution 1383 in which it declared its willingness to take further action, on the basis of a report by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, to support the interim institutions established by the agreement and to support implementation of the agreement and its annexes.The Secretary-General, speaking to reporters after the Council’s vote, said the resolution was “a good one” but pointed out that the difficult tasks were ahead. “We have many hurdles ahead, and we are going to try and do our best and we expect the Afghan parties to cooperate with us,” he said.As for a multinational force to maintain security in Afghanistan, Mr. Annan noted that the agreement reached in Bonn expressed a need for one. “The Council will be coming back to that later,” he said, “I hope not much later because that is an essential part of the agreement.”In its resolution, the Council noted that the provisional arrangements were intended as a first step toward the establishment of a “broad-based, gender sensitive, multi-ethnic and fully representative government,” and called on all Afghan parties to implement the agreement in full, in particular through full cooperation with the Interim Authority, which is due to take office on 22 December.The 15-member body also called on all bilateral and multilateral donors – working with Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, UN agencies and all Afghan groups – to reaffirm, strengthen and implement their commitment to assist with the country’s rehabilitation, recovery and reconstruction, in coordination with the Interim Authority and as long as the Afghan groups fulfil their commitments. read more

6 Oct

UN releases major study on vital role of disarmament education in promoting

“There has never been a greater need for education in the areas of disarmament and non-proliferation, especially with regard to weapons of mass destruction, but also in the field of small arms and international terrorism,” states the report, which was prepared by a Group of Governmental Experts appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. “The disarmament and non-proliferation education challenge is substantial and requires both immediate and sustained practical efforts by national governments, international organizations and civil society.”The report contains 34 recommendations for action by all of these groups, ranging from the creation of education modules, resource guides and online programmes, to the establishment of peace museums and peace parks.The Chairman of the Expert Group, Mexico’s Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Miguel Marín Bosch, told reporters today that the study would serve to heighten the UN’s coordinating role in promoting disarmament education, and would prompt governments to designate focal points to galvanize the input of all players.Illustrating the importance of bringing this type of education to the grass-roots, he said, “Just think of what a seven- or eight-year old knows about the environment, or a 15- or 20-year old – it’s miles and miles away from what he knows or she knows on disarmament and nuclear weapons and small arms.” The study’s recommendations aim to reverse this trend, he added. read more

2 Oct

PODCAST Information session for Goodman international exchange approaching

This week on Good Morning Goodman, hosts Susan LeBlanc and Amanda Malkiewich invite Goodman School of Business students to an information session on international exchange opportunities Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. in Sankey Chambers.Students who have previously participated in an international exchange will be at the event to share their stories and experiences.The How to Get a Job in Human Resources event, hosted by the Goodman Career Development Office, is set for Nov. 24 at 5-7 p.m. Registration opens on Nov. 7 on CareerZone for this event which is being held as part of the annual How to Get a Job series. Students who hold executive positions for Goodman student clubs or associations or who are registered members of the Goodman Human Resource Management Association (HRMA) can pre-register for the event. All event details are on CareerZone.Students are also reminded to register for the Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend which will take place this weekend Nov. 4-6 and for the Goodman BSA Fashion Show which is Nov. 12.0:15 – Happy Halloween1:20 – Career Chats1:42 – Goodman Goes International2:42 – How to Get a Job in Human Resources3:02 – Fall Preview Day3:53 – Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend4:34 – Goodman BSA Fashion Show5:14 – Construction Update read more

24 Sep

Weba Chute Systems wins BHP Billiton manganese port expansion contract in Australia

first_imgFollowing successful commissioning of 19 Weba Chute Systems at BHP Billiton’s Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCO) in Australia, Weba Chute Systems has been commissioned to carry out the FEL 3 Level chute design work for the port expansion. Alwin Nienaber, Operations/Technical Director at Weba, says that this equates to about 40% of the engineering component involved in the project, with the company currently designing six chutes at the manganese operations.Nienaber says that based on the successful operation of the 19 chutes, as well as the company’s innovative approach to transfer point solutions, it was given the go ahead to do the necessary design work for chutes for the port expansion. “The port conveyor site is being upgraded to cater for higher capacities and transfer points are an important part of this upgrade project,” Nienaber says.An important factor in this particular application will be the need to minimise degradation of the material. The chutes are designed taking factors such as the feed rates, height of free fall and angle of repose into account. Nienaber says that it is also necessary when designing to have access to all relevant data including the location of pulleys and the load requirement. “By determining the optimum head pulley position we are able to provide the best design configuration for each particular transfer application,” he says.Designed around the principle of conveyed material impacting on surfaces that already contain material, the Weba chutes are configured to control the direction, flow and velocity of the calculated volume and type of material being processed. This level of material control is extended by designing the internal angle of the transfer chute to match the product flow with the belt speed. Nienaber says that by doing this it is possible to either completely eliminate or greatly reduce spillage.Weba’s systems are custom engineering for each individual application resulting in optimum design configuration. Subsequent advantages include reduced levels of dust and noise pollution as well as reduced production losses due to fewer blockages.last_img read more

24 Sep

Kinnect brings workplace injury prevention expertise to WA mining

first_imgThe demanding work environment of Western Australia’s burgeoning resources economy and remote mining operations has attracted one of Australia’s leading providers of workplace injury prevention. Queensland-established Kinnect has opened a state headquarters in Perth to bring to Western Australia its prevention, injury management and health solutions services.“Western Australia’s resources sector turned over A$100 billion in the past calendar year but is showing stress fractures from a reduced pool from which employers can choose experienced and healthy workers,” Kinnect Founding Director, Kevin Conlon. “The well publicised estimates are that the state will need something like a further 33,000 employees in the resources sector in WA by year’s end,” said Conlon. “This talent take-up in mining particularly is increasingly having to be filled with less experienced people, such is the demand dynamics of the sector – even to a point overseas workers are being imported to fill Western Australia’s skills gap. This gap in personnel heightens the workplace risk from injury as lesser trained or experienced personnel are being rushed into not just complex mining operations but all of the associated off-site support services.He continues: “In addition, these mining operations are generally around the clock and that adds a level of risk management missing in a more conventional nine to five work environment. Add in factors such as the mental and social aspects of fly-in fly-out schedules, long shifts, large machinery and the vagaries of extreme weather conditions and the fabric of thousands of Western Australian workplaces goes up a significant notch or two in likely injury rates. In this heated workplace environment, Western Australian employers need to prioritise how to better identify and manage these risks, so as to not only reduce injury rates but elevate injury prevention performance.”Kinnect says employers can ease injury risk levels in the very first instance by making job offers more quickly to secure the best applicants before they are lost to other resource projects and mine developers or other industries. Mine operators could also revert to using reputable contractors to fill staffing gaps when they were unable to secure permanent people more skilled and aware of workplace safety regimes in the sector. This hiring attitude then needs to be backed up by proactive workplace prevention and injury management programs designed to return injured workers to as close as practically possible to their pre-injury level of function both within and outside the workplace. Equally important in preventing injury was to parallel those regimes with helping people improve their health within such workplaces.Kinnect’s Western Australian operations, being headed up by WA Director and health professional, Rebecca Morton-Stephens, will employ a pool of functionally based occupational health services that bring together a full spectrum of allied health professionals (Occupational Therapists, Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists) to minimise or improve work place injury frequency and severity rates within the state’s resources sector. Morton-Stephens said the need for enhanced workplace injury prevention and injury support was not only reflected in the size of WA resources sector, with 966 operating mines and 73 operating oil and gas fields, but a future outlook where known and forecast exploration expenditure signified a continuing strong pipeline of new mining and energy projects.“Companies watching their dollar spend have an opportunity to assess how their injury rates are costing their business in real terms. They may need to consider the option of short term contracting with experienced personnel versus being rushed into employing full time staff with lesser experience, until greater certainty returns to the job pool market,” she said. “This is particularly so for companies who want to manage the risks of employing workers who may be required to participate in more physically demanding or more highly mechanised tasks where the injury risk is higher.” Morton-Stephens said a higher level of safety consciousness towards workplace injury management, prevention and health solutions also benefited insurers and employers trying to reduce the cost of work related injury or illness by returning injured or ill workers to gainful employment within an optimal timeframe. It also helped corporations wanting to maintain the productivity of high value people contributing to the success of their organisation.last_img read more

21 Sep

Murray fit to start while Munster also bring back Earls Zebo and

first_imgMurray fit to start, while Munster also bring back Earls, Zebo and Ryan The southern province have named a strong team to face Toulouse in Limerick tomorrow. Mar 31st 2017, 12:04 PM https://the42.ie/3316728 21,172 Views Short URL Share115 Tweet Email1 Doussain starts at 10 against Munster as Toulouse go for beefy 6-2 bench splitForwards coach Duffy vows that Connacht will keep up chase for Champions Cup spot Follow us: the42.ie Friday 31 Mar 2017, 12:04 PM 1. Cyril Baille2. Leonardo Ghiraldini3. Census Johnston4. Richie Gray5. Yoann Maestri6. Thierry Dusautoir (captain)7. Yacouba Camara8. François CrosReplacements:16. Julien Marchand17. Gurthrö Steenkamp18. Dorian Aldegheri19. Tala Gray20. Piula Fa’asalele21. Joe Tekori22. Luke McAlister23. Arthur BonnevalReferee: JP Doyle [RFU].The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 37 Comments By Murray Kinsella RASSIE ERASMUS HAS named Conor Murray in his Munster team to face Toulouse in their Champions Cup quarter-final at Thomond Park tomorrow [KO 5.45pm, Sky Sports 2]. Murray has been named in Munster’s number nine shirt. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThe scrum-half has been struggling with a shoulder injury since Ireland’s defeat to Wales in the Six Nations three weeks ago, but he has come through Munster’s training week to be named in the nine shirt for tomorrow’s huge European clash.Murray is joined in returning to the Munster XV by fellow Ireland internationals Keith Earls, Donnacha Ryan and Simon Zebo.In further boosts for Munster, Jack O’Donoghue, Andrew Conway and Francis Saili have recovered from injury issues to feature on the bench.Murray is partnered by Kiwi out-half Tyler Bleyendaal in the halfbacks, while Rory Scannell and Jaco Taute will continue their productive midfield combination. Zebo is at 15, as Earls and Darren Sweetnam get the nod out wide, meaning Conway is restricted to a replacement spot. Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and John Ryan make up the front row, with Billy Holland earning selection in the second row alongside Ryan. A back row of captain Peter O’Mahony, Tommy O’Donnell and CJ Stander promises work rate and dynamism.Dave O’Callaghan has been named as the replacement second row, with injuries affecting the province in that area, while Saili returns from injury to provide cover in the backline.Munster (v Toulouse):15. Simon Zebo14. Darren Sweetnam13. Jaco Taute12. Rory Scannell11. Keith Earls10. Tyler Bleyendaal9. Conor Murray1. Dave Kilcoyne2. Niall Scannell3. John Ryan4. Donnacha Ryan5. Billy Holland6. Peter O’Mahony (captain)7. Tommy O’Donnell8. CJ StanderReplacements:16. Rhys Marshall17. James Cronin18. Stephen Archer19. Dave O’Callaghan20. Jack O’Donoghue21. Duncan Williams22. Francis Saili23. Andrew Conway Toulouse:15. Maxime Médard14. Yoann Huget13. Gaël Fickou12. Florian Fritz11. Paul Perez10. Jean-Marc Doussain9. Sébastien Bézy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

20 Sep

Les étoiles de mer utilisent des yeux rudimentaires situés sur leur bras

first_imgLes étoiles de mer utilisent des yeux rudimentaires situés sur leur brasExposant leurs travaux lors de la réunion annuelle de la Society for Experimental Biology, à Valence, des chercheurs danois et suédois ont mis en évidence, chez l’étoile de mer, l’utilisation d’yeux primitifs – situés sur les bras de l’animal – pour se repérer. Avec leur cinq bras et leur aspect uniforme, les étoiles de mer apparaissent comme des organismes relativement simples, et pourtant, c’est loin d’être le cas. Elles sont même d’une complexité insoupçonnée, comme en témoigne une nouvelle étude tout juste présentée par ses auteurs. Question : comment l’étoile de mer s’oriente t-elle dans son environnement ? Le voit-elle ?Contrairement à ce qu’on pourrait penser il semblerait bien que ce soit le cas. “La plupart des espèces connues d’étoiles de mer possèdent, à l’extrémité de chaque bras, un œil composé qui, à l’exception de l’absence de véritable [système] optique, ressemble à l’œil à facettes des arthropodes”, expliquent le Dr Anders Garm, de l’Université de Copenhague (Danemark), et le Dr Dan-Erik Nilsson, de l’université de Lund (Suède).Mais “bien que ces yeux [chez les étoiles de mer] soient connus depuis environ deux siècles, aucun comportement de guidage visuel n’avait jamais pu être directement associé à leur présence”, ajoutent-ils. Des yeux indispensables au déplacement À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Pour en savoir plus, ces biologistes marins ont retiré des étoiles de mer – certaines avec leurs yeux intacts et d’autres sans – de leur habitat et source alimentaire, un récif corallien, pour les poser à un mètre de là, sur le fond sableux. Puis ils ont observé depuis la surface, le comportement des invertébrés dans leurs tentatives pour retrouver leur provende. Les chercheurs ont alors constaté que les spécimens pourvus de leurs yeux se redirigeaient vers le corail, tandis que les autres se mettaient à se mouvoir au hasard. “Les résultats montrent que le système nerveux de l’étoile de mer doit être capable de traiter l’information visuelle, ce qui montre une sous-estimation claire des capacités du système nerveux central – circulaire et quelque peu dispersé – de ces échinodermes”, a indiqué le Dr Garm.”D’un point de vue évolutif, c’est intéressant parce que la morphologie des yeux de l’étoile de mer et leur qualité optique sont proches de celles de “l’œil théorique”, le premier de l’évolution”, a t-il encore déclaré.Le 20 juillet 2013 à 17:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

19 Sep

Linda McMahon on donations to Trump Foundation President Trump

first_img Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Trump Promised To Eliminate The Federal Deficit. It’s Now Over One Trillion Dollars Donald Trump June 7, 2017 at 7:51 pm Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Linda McMahon resigning from the Trump administration effective April 12 Now Playing Up Next 2 COMMENTS Just notice the difference in the amt. Of rural phrases in commentary recently. It’s a good start. I really hope politics doesn’t enter into wrestling. It’s still the one area that pretty much hasn’t been infiltrated by one side or the other. It’s even made it’s way into the NFL and NBA. Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon goes skydiving, Original nWo members reuniting on October 27 Yahoo News passed along an interview by Katie Couric with Linda McMahon where she talks her donation to the Trump Foundation and recent political decisions by President Donald Trump including withdrawing from the Paris Climate agreement.For those who have been paying attention since last November, President Trump nominated McMahon as the Head of the Small Business Administration. The Senate confirmed this new role for McMahon back in February with a bipartisan vote of 81 to 19.On the McMahon’s $5 million donate to the Trump Foundation:“Well, when we donated our money to that philanthropy, we were making it because we were a friend of then Mr. Trump. We knew a lot of the good works that he had done. So we gave the money to them to do as they saw fit. And I was not aware of any of the supposed misuse… Well, because we gave them money in good faith. And we gave it for projects that I think maybe not necessarily got reported. So that’s how I’m going to think about that.”Supporting President’s Trump decision to pull out of Paris Climate agreement:“Well, President Trump certainly campaigned against the Paris Accord. And I think he was fulfilling a campaign promise. He’s also said, I’m willing to go back and renegotiate this. But this is just not a good deal for the United States…I’m really pleased to see that commitment…I do think climate change is real. And I do think that man has some contribution to climate change. As to the extent of the science predictions as to what might happen 20, 30, 40, 50 years from now, I’m not sure that we have that totally decided. But I do respect the science behind a lot of it”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipTrump Promised To Eliminate The Federal Deficit. It’s Now Over One Trillion DollarsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 77.30%0:04Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Trip Vic Rocket attack after Netanyahu annexation planscenter_img Comments are closed. June 8, 2017 at 6:25 am Now Playing Up Next These Three Democratic Senators Are Doing Their Best To Flip Trump On Gun Control Now Playing Up Next Trump Tries To Turn New Mexico Red Google+ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp President Trump reveals Linda McMahon will be part of his 2020 reelection campaign Twitter Al79 Arnold Schwarzenegger: Hat er Donald Trump geholfen, Präsident zu werden? Facebooklast_img read more

16 Sep

Vaseline salesman startles Vancouver resident

first_img‘Twas the morn before Christmas, when all through the house, a long-haired stranger was skulking about.He entered the front door without a care, in hopes of finding no resident there.But when he walked on in, tool bag in hand, the homeowner shouted, ‘What’re you doin’ here, man?’He knew in a moment it wasn’t Saint Nick.That Vancouver homeowner, who asked to not be identified, said he was making breakfast at about 9:15 a.m. Friday when a slightly-built man with long brown hair walked into his living room. The man was carrying a canvas tool bag but didn’t look like a service worker; he was dressed in a camouflage jacket and wearing a baseball cap turned around backwards, the resident said.When the man spotted the homeowner, he “started asking if this was the Petersons’ residence,” the resident said. The resident said no, and the man hurried out of the house and drove away in his pickup. The home is located along East Evergreen Boulevard off of a private driveway serving four homes and is about 1/8 of a mile from the Highway 14 exit for Evergreen Boulevard.The resident walked outside and realized his bicycle had been removed from a bicycle rack in his car port and left on the ground. He then spotted the man walking through his neighbor’s backyard gate.The resident stopped the man and questioned him again. This time, the stranger said he was a Vaseline salesman — but couldn’t produce a business card. Then he changed his story and said he was looking for a missing cell phone.“It was just a weird experience,” the resident said. The resident jotted down the license plate number of the man’s truck and called police, who came to the residence and took a report. The man was driving an older blue dodge pickup with Montana license plates.last_img read more

15 Sep

What are the latest trends in occupational health

first_imgYorkshire Water uses occupational health to create a healthy workforce cultureYorkshire Water gave its occupational health provision an overhaul to ensure that it helps to support a healthy workforce culture for its 3,000 employees.The organisation’s approach is to refer staff to occupational health on day one of absence. As is the case with many organisations, the majority of absences are musculoskeletal or mental health conditions so it fast-tracks employees for counselling or physiotherapy, and makes use of an external psychiatrist when necessary.In 2012, the occupational health department consisted of one internal adviser and two external physicians, but the service was underused. In 2013, the service was remodelled to include two internal occupational health specialist practitioners and an external supporting physician. There were 170 referrals in 2012, but in 2014 this rose to 926.Yorkshire Water’s employee health and wellbeing manager, Susan Gee, says: “There has been a shift in culture of how occupational health is perceived. The profile of it has been raised and, arguably, one could say because we’ve put policies in place that are mandatory and direct managers.”Gee explains that her plan behind the changes to occupational health included making sure that managers were confident in referring employees. “The barriers to effective management of attendance and monitoring of health, and getting the wellbeing piece going, is that managers can be timid when it comes to referring people.”The organisation implemented directives that gave managers clear instructions on how to manage attendance. Key to engagement is to have transparency, consistency and fairness, says Gee. “To me, this is one way of changing that culture because everyone gets the same opportunity and it reinforces the message that occupational health is there to support helping people to remain in work, whatever their health status,” she explains. ”We can be confident that we’ve done everything possible to retain that employment and that that person feels valued.” There are generally three types of occupational health model: outsourced remote services led by an occupational health provider; onsite where services are offered through a provider or the HR and benefits team; or a combination of these two approaches.Broader remitWhile occupational health is still required to provide traditional services such as help and support, reasonable adjustments to work and pathways to help, trends are emerging that are broadening its remit. Dr Philip McCrea, managing director of BHSF Occupational Health, says: “Employers also want specialist impartial advice and guidance that is compliant with legislation such as the Equality Act and the Health and Safety at Work Act. More importantly, they want a realistic action plan: what are the next steps to getting someone back to work as quickly as possible?”Manage sickness absenceEmployers are also using occupational health to explore whether work has an impact on an employee’s health, or if the health of an employee affects their ability to carry out their role, and if any measures need to be put in place to address this. Dr Yousef Habbab, health services medical director at Axa PPP Healthcare, says: “Examples of this would be to understand whether an employee’s sickness absence or performance issues at work are linked to an underlying health problem, whether that health problem is work related, and if the employer can implement any measures to help support the employee and mitigate the risk of the problem in the workplace.”This insight can help an employer plan how to manage thehealth and wellbeing of employees moving forward. Occupational health can help in this instance by providing impartial advice to both the employer and the employee. “This helps to protect the employee’s right to medical confidentiality while advising on the support that could help them maximise their effectiveness at work, but, at the same time, provides an approach that should enable the employer to meet its legal obligations,” says Habbab.Integrated wellbeing servicesA further trend is to integrate the traditional occupational health services into a wider employee wellbeing approach. Joanne Anderson, senior consultant at Towers Watson explains: “That manifests itself in looking at things like early intervention, musculoskeletal and psychiatric pathways, and really trying to get occupational health to integrate with all the other services, benefits and provisions within the organisation.”Onsite versus offsite provisionWhile the size of an organisation will usually determine the extent of its occupational health services, many employers find that having an adviser or physician onsite will bring greater engagement with the service and result in a better understanding of the employer’s culture and workforce for the healthcare professional. “The costs of employing clinicians and keeping an appropriate and fit-for-purpose governing process in-house has led many employers to outsource their occupational health provision,” says Habbab. “Many employers request that their outsourced occupational health service provides set clinician days onsite to deliver services such as health surveillance activities and risk assessments if needed.”Technology and occupational healthOccupational health services are making use of technology where appropriate, although the importance of providing help and guidance in person, particularly in complex or sensitive cases, cannot be replaced. “In a price-sensitive market, employers can look to get the best value by having services such as new starter health screenings and telephone consultations conducted remotely,” says McCrea. “This also has the added advantage of reducing the overall length of time to complete a referral or intervention.” Providers are also using technology to provide a smoother process for both employee and employer. For example, Axa PPP Healthcare offers managers access to an online portal through which they can refer an employee electronically, track the progress of their referral and then view management advice.As technological advances increase, there is a danger that occupational health will become more impersonal, so employers and providers need to ensure that what is being provided to employees is best suited for the culture, workforce and individual circumstances.   Cafcass integrates occupational health into wider wellbeing strategyFamily support service Cafcass has integrated its occupational health provision within its wider health and wellbeing strategy.The organisation took measures to use its health and wellbeing spend more effectively after recognising that it was investing across a number of different providers, with a lot of reactive rather than proactive services.Cafcass launched a health cash plan in April 2013 and consolidated many of its health and wellbeing services into one provider. For example, an employee assistance programme is available through the plan, as well as an eyecare benefit, both of which were previously provided through separate means.With a view on operating as efficiently as possible, the organisation uses occupational health selectively. For example, if an employee has a condition that may be deemed a disability under the Equality Act, it will seek advice from its occupational health provider.   The organisation’s senior HR manager Daryl Maitland says: “We tend to work in partnership with our occupational health provider. We’ve done briefings with the physician team to help them understand the work of Cafcass. When it advises us on the reasonable adjustments, it’s important that it understands what the role is and the nature of the organisation. It signposts to resources we have in-house. It knows about our health plan so it knows they can signpost [employees] to get physiotherapy or a massage.” If you read nothing else read this…Employers are working with occupational health to meet legal working requirements.Occupational health services can help an employee manage sickness absence and mitigate health risks.Technology is being increasingly used for management referrals and remote consultations. Employers are looking for more from their occupational health partners, whether these are onsite or work remotely, because they need to do more than simply assess whether an employee is fit for work. Viewpoint: Occupational health can support the changing needs of employersOccupational health services are changing to meet the evolving needs of employers, employees and UK businesses. The dynamic nature of the workplace, people staying in work at an older age and new technologies are just some of the drivers for the repositioning of occupational health.We know good work is good for health. Occupational health professionals help businesses become more productive and save money by preventive measures, for example, advice on maintaining a healthy workplace, and early intervention to assist those absent through sickness to return at the optimal time. There is a myth that full recovery is needed before return to work. In fact, returning to the right time, perhaps on a phased basis, aids rehabilitation. This proactive approach benefits the employer, and the individual, because being out of work is associated with poorer health and wellbeing, and the economy.Musculoskeletal problems, such as back pain, remain the leading cause of the 131 million days lost a year through sickness absence, according to the Sickness absence in the labour market report, published by the Office of National Statistics in February 2014. However, mental health problems are close behind. Occupational health professionals can advise on how to reduce risk to mental health. As set out in the Health and Safety Executive’s Management Standards, attention to the demands of the workplace, the degree of control people feel they have, support, good relationships, clarity of role and good change management will not only reduce the risk of workplace stress, but also help support people with mental health problems stay in valuable work.The major change this year has been the introduction of the government’s Fit for Work service. Using modern technology, Fit for Work provides generic advice on health and work, and assessment for individual employees who have been on sickness absence for four weeks or more. This will particularly benefit employers and employees in small and medium-sized enterprises, which currently have little occupational health provision. Full occupational health services, for example, advice on prevention, health surveillance and specialist occupational health, will continue to be provided by existing occupational health providers. Robin Cordell is president of the Society of Occupational Medicinelast_img read more

11 Sep

FUN ON THE FOURTH What To Expect On Friday June 29

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Fun on the Fourth begins on Friday, June 29 at the Town Common!Friday’s ScheduleThe schedule, courtesy of the Fourth of July Committee’s website, is below:Dinner6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Rotary Club, $8 (BBQ – Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Cookies, Lemonade, Water)Entertainment5:00 PM – 10:00 PM Carnival7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Performance by “Brandy!” (sponsored by Rotary)Events6:00 PM Horseshoes (First Round) (Participants must sign a Consent Form. Under 18 signed by a parent.)6:00 PM 3 on 3 Basketball – Age Categories: [16 & 17 (6:00 PM)]; [18 & up (6:30 PM)]; [40 & over (7:00 PM)]6:30 PM Road Race (Participants must sign a Consent Form. Under 18 must be signed by a parent.)7:30 PM Blueberry Pie Eating Contest (Participants must sign a Release of Liability Form. Under 18 signed by a parent.)What’s Next?The rest of this year’s Fun on the Fourth schedule can be found HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFUN ON THE FOURTH: What To Expect On Wednesday, July 3In “Community”FUN ON THE FOURTH: What To Expect On Thursday, July 4In “Community”FUN ON THE FOURTH: What To Expect On Friday, July 5In “Community”last_img read more

31 Aug

Astronomers discover superEarth planet orbiting nearby star

first_img Explore further Phase folded curve of the planetary signal detected in GJ 625 using the parameters of the MCMC model. Left panel shows the CCF measurements, right panel the TERRA measurements. Grey dots show the measurements after subtracting the detected activity induced signals. Red dots are the same points binned in phase with a bin size of 0.1. The error bar of a given bin is estimated using the weighted standard deviation of binned measurements divided by the square root of the number of measurements included in this bin. Blue line shows the best fit to the data using a Keplerian model. Credit: Mascareño et al., 2017. Scientists discover a nearby superearth This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “Super-Earths” are planets more massive than Earth but not exceeding the mass of Neptune. Although the term “super-Earth” refers only to the mass of the planet, it is also used by astronomers to describe planets bigger than Earth but smaller than the so-called “mini-Neptunes” (with a radius between two to four Earth-radii).Located only 21 light years away, GJ 625 is an M-dwarf star (spectral type M2) about 1/3 the size and mass of the sun. Such stars offer great potential in the search for alien Earth-like worlds, as low-mass rocky planets appear to be more frequent around M-dwarfs. However, finding an Earth-like planet orbiting low-mass stars is difficult due to their stellar activity. This is because signals induced by the rotation of a star can easily mimic those of planetary origin. Therefore, the signals coming from M-dwarfs tend to be comparable to those of rocky planets close to the habitable zone of their stars.Recently, a team of astronomers led by Alejandro Suarez Mascareño of the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics, has completed challenging studies of GJ 625, which began in 2013 and lasted over three and a half years. The observations were conducted with the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher for the Northern hemisphere (HARPS-N) spectrograph installed at the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the island of La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain.The researchers analyzed 151 radial-velocity time series from HARPS-N as part of the HArps-n red Dwarf Exoplanet Survey (HADES) radial velocity program, which resulted in the discovery of a new planet.”We report the discovery of a super-Earth orbiting at the inner edge of the habitable zone of the star GJ 625 based on the analysis of the radial-velocity (RV) time series from the HARPS-N spectrograph, consisting in 151 HARPS-N measurements taken over 3.5 yr,” the paper reads.The newly found alien world, designated GJ 625 b, has a minimum mass of 2.8 Earth masses, which makes it the lightest exoplanet found around an M2 star to date. The planet orbits its host every 14.6 days at a distance of approximately 0.08 AU from the star, which is relatively close. By comparison, Mercury orbits the sun at a mean distance of 0.38 AU. The results of radial velocity measurements allowed the team to conclude that GJ 625 b is a small “super-Earth” on the inner edge of the habitable zone and has a mean surface temperature of 350 K that is very dependent on the atmospheric parameters. Moreover, the researchers assume that the newly detected exoworld might potentially host liquid water, but more observations focused on GJ 625 b’s atmosphere are required to confirm this assumption. (Phys.org)—European astronomers report the detection of a new extrasolar world several times more massive than Earth. The newly found exoplanet, classified as a so-called “super-Earth,” is circling a nearby star designated GJ 625. The researchers detailed their finding in a paper published May 18 on arXiv.org. Citation: Astronomers discover ‘super-Earth’ planet orbiting nearby star (2017, May 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-astronomers-super-earth-planet-orbiting-nearby.html More information: HADES RV Programme with HARPS-N at TNG: V. A super-Earth on the inner edge of the habitable zone of the nearby M-dwarf GJ 625, arXiv:1705.06537 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1705.06537AbstractWe report the discovery of a super-Earth orbiting at the inner edge of the habitable zone of the star GJ 625 based on the analysis of the radial-velocity (RV) time series from the HARPS-N spectrograph, consisting in 151 HARPS-N measurements taken over 3.5 yr. GJ 625 b is a planet with a minimum mass M sin i of 2.82 ± 0.51 M⊕ with an orbital period of 14.628 ± 0.013 days at a distance of 0.078 AU of its parent star. The host star is the quiet M2 V star GJ 625, located at 6.5 pc from the Sun. We find the presence of a second radial velocity signal in the range 74-85 days that we relate to stellar rotation after analysing the time series of Ca II H&K and Hα spectroscopic indicators, the variations of the FWHM of the CCF and and the APT2 photometric light curves. We find no evidence linking the short period radial velocity signal to any activity proxy. © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

29 Aug

OneShot simple program to annotate images

first_imgOneShot: simple program to annotate images by Martin Brinkmann on September 19, 2017 in Software – Last Update: September 18, 2017 – 3 commentsYou may use the free OneShot for Windows program to annotate images, for instance by adding text or arrow icons to them.If you use a screenshot tool like SnagIt or one of the free screenshot taking alternatives, you may have access to annotation and image editing tools already.The same is true if you use an image editor like GIMP, Paint.net or Adobe Photoshop. Image editors are powerful, but they may also be overkill depending on what you want to achieve.Most editors are quite large and at least some features are difficult to get right when you are using them.OneShotOneShot is a simple image editor that offers similar functionality as the image editing component of screenshot programs.You can load an image or capture a screenshot, and use the provided editing tools afterwards to edit the image.Available tools include adding arrows and various shapes to the image, adding text and lines, or using the cropping tool.This is not a sophisticated image editor that supports layers, effects and all the advanced features that editors ship with these days; OneShot is simple, and that is definitely something that is attractive to users who don’t require a full blown image with thousands of options.Then again, the program may be too simple in some cases. You cannot drag and drop images to load them for instance, but need to use the load option or screenshot option to do so.There is no zoom as well so that you end up with only a small part of large resolution images visible on the screen (depending on the screen resolution of course).With all that said however, it may still be useful as an editor to annotate screenshots for instance, or to quickly add some text or shapes to an image before sharing it online.Closing WordsOneShot is a basic image editor for Windows. It is lightweight and open source, and compatible with all recent versions of the Windows operating system.The last update dates back to August 2015. This is an indicator that the program may have been abandoned by its author. It did work fine however on a recent Windows 10 Pro system.Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 2 votes Software Name OneShotOperating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://sourceforge.net/projects/oneshot/ Advertisementlast_img read more

19 Aug

Costa Rica joins Pacific Alliance trade bloc

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rica on Thursday received approval to join the Pacific Alliance, a Latin America trade bloc that represents 36 percent of Latin America’s gross domestic product. Casa Presidencial announced on its website that all member countries – Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru – voted in favor of Costa Rica’s entry.Chile’s Sebastián Piñera, Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos, Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto and Ollanta Humala from Peru approved Costa Rica’s request during the group’s assembly held in Cali, Colombia.Earlier this week, President Santos said that Costa Rica was just “one step” from entering the forum, referring to the signing of a free trade agreement with Colombia that was signed on Wednesday afternoon.With the completion of the trade agreement, Costa Rica met its last requirement of having trade agreements with all four founding countries. Together, the population of member countries totals 210 million people and accounts for 55 percent of all trade in Latin America.President Laura Chinchilla confirmed membership on her Facebook account, saying, “I confirm that Costa Rica has been welcomed to begin the process of joining the Alliance Pacific. First nation [to join] after the founding group,” the president wrote.The Pacific Alliance is a trade forum that seeks to boost business development through the elimination of protectionist trade policies, export quotas and tariffs.The meeting was also attended by Guatemala’s President Otto Pérez Molina, Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and officials from Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

17 Aug

Royal Jordanian Europe Special August 2015

first_imgFly Royal Jordanianfrom Australia with Oneworld Partners Qantas, Malaysia Airlines or Cathay Pacific to20 European destinationsEconomy Class Starts from:    $ 1521  *Business Class Starts from:    $ 4761  ** Return airfares from Sydney to Rome via Kuala Lumpur & including taxes/surcharges & correct as of 18August15. Valid for sales until 31August15 & departures valid from from 10Sep15 – 30Nov15 / 01Jan16 – 31Mar16, subject to availability. Taxes to other European  destinations may differ.Other conditions apply For Further Information:Contact your preferred Travel Agent or contact RJ on 1300 855 057 Visit Royal Jordanian … World Aviation ServicesRoyal JordanianRoyal Jordanian Europe Special August  2015Source = Royal Jordanian – World Aviation Systemslast_img read more