Victoria Beckham Named As UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador

first_imgThe Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today appointed British fashion designer Victoria Beckham as its International Goodwill Ambassador, with a focus on women and children affected by the virus.Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, and new International Goodwill Ambassador, British fashion designer Victoria Beckham.“I dream of a generation free from HIV and I know that Victoria’s support will help us to achieve this shared goal,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Her creativity, innovation and outreach will amplify our efforts and bring us one important step closer towards ending the AIDS epidemic.”In her new role as an Ambassador for UNAIDS, which was announced in New York on the margins of the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, Beckham will work towards ensuring that all children are born free from HIV and that children and women who are living with and affected by HIV have access to medicines and care.“This is the beginning of an important journey for me. As a woman and a mother I have a responsibility to support other women,” said Victoria. “I am proud and honoured to be working with UNAIDS in this new role to help to raise resources and awareness to support and empower women and children affected by HIV.”In February this year, the mother of four visited HIV clinics in Cape Town, South Africa, where she learned about the importance of antiretroviral therapy and about how children are being left behind in accessing treatment.Antiretroviral therapy can reduce the risk of a mother living with HIV passing the virus to her child to below 5 per cent, according to a news release issued by UNAIDS.However, in 2013, one third of pregnant women living with HIV did not have access to the life-saving medicines and 240,000 children became infected with HIV.Last year, less than half of all children who were exposed to HIV were tested for the virus within the optimum three-month period and only 24 per cent had access to life-saving treatment. Without treatment, half of all children born with HIV will die by the age of two and the majority will die by the age of five.Over the past five years providing access to antiretroviral medicines for pregnant women living with HIV has helped 900,000 children to be born free from HIV.last_img read more

Transitional Democracy in Tunisia

By Mohamed AlahyaneRabat – After several weeks of demonstration against the government, Tunisian leader Ben Ali stepped down on January 14, 2011, leaving his home country for Saudi Arabia. Today, the Tunisian people are still struggling to establish a new democratic country.At first sight, it may seem to us that the democratic transition in Tunisia has been smooth and devoid of obstacles. However, such superficial analysis is inapplicable to the current Tunisian reality. Just after Ben Ali’s departure and during the constituent assembly election, three governments have been elected alongside presidential and legislative elections. It is presumed that the periods following revolutions are complicated and full of challenges. They are characterized by instability and unrest.Accordingly, in the Tunisian context, the pro-revolution government ought to tackle the accumulated challenges and problems from the old regime.At the security level, the government has to deal with terrorism issues and the proliferation of weapons from neighboring countries. In the meantime, a series of terrorist attacks and political assassinations have rocked the region, hindering the Tunisian transition into a democratic country. At the socio-economic level, balancing long-term reforms with the immediate demands of the people has been another big challenge.Despite these ongoing challenges, the Tunisian democratic model has achieved several things. One of them is the Troika coalition, which has paved the way to democracy. Consisting of the Islamic Ennahda movement and secular forces, this coalition aims to prevent a religious-secular polarization at a critical period in Tunisia’s history, an initiative that has not happened in the other so-called Arab Spring countries.The other factor resides in Ennahda’s political behavior during this critical period. Its refined conception of politics and country can be seen in its political practice throughout the democratic transition period. For example, looking at the new constitution as a compromise between political and civil forces, Ennahda made concessions at ideological levels while its new content was being drawn up.The paramount concern of Tunisians has been to democratically build the country regardless of electoral legality.To that end, they joined efforts to establish post–revolution Tunisia in a distinct manner. Therefore, they have, to some extent succeeded in giving us a lesson in democracy.In fact, although democracy in Tunisia is still in its very inception, the Tunisian experience and its democratic transition have been exceptional and unique compared to other countries that were also impacted by the so-called post-Arab Spring.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permissionThe views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy read more

DGSN Intercepts Camels Carrying 1 Ton of Cannabis in Zagora

Rabat – The interception was possible thanks to information from the General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST).The bust, which was carried out 45 kilometers southwest of the city of M’hamid El Ghizlane, took place following preliminary investigations and searches, according to a statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN).A judicial inquiry was subsequently conducted under the supervision of the prosecutor’s office, with the aim of identifying the suspects and establishing links to drug trafficking rings. This is the latest in a string of drug busts that the DGSN and DGST have undertaken in recent months. In December, authorities arrested seven individuals linked to a criminal network that smuggled cocaine between Morocco, the US, Latin America, and Europe.Boubker Sbik, the spokesperson for Morocco’s security services, said coordination between DGSN and DGST enabled the seizure of more than 65 tons of cocaine and 43 tons of cannabis last year.Security services are also cracking down on ecstasy drugs. On Tuesday, April 4, Tangier prefectural police arrested four suspects on Thursday for possession of 30,00 ecstasy pills. The DGSN stated that the arrests are part of its intense search operations to combat drug dealing. read more

YouTube to shutter its Toronto creator space

TORONTO — YouTube says it’ll close the company’s only permanent Canadian studio later this year as it shifts strategies.The media giant sent an email on Thursday to its online creator community outlining plans to replace its Toronto studio with a “pop-up” approach that’ll roll out temporary studios in different regions of the country.It says the move will help YouTube’s production assets reach Canadians in cities where they wouldn’t otherwise have the resources.YouTube Space Toronto opened at George Brown College in spring of 2016 amid a boom in the growth of the creator community.The 3,500-square-foot facility allowed some local YouTube personalities to use production resources to collaborate and shoot videos.It was also a hub for workshops and other events tied to the Google-owned company.David Friend, The Canadian Press

TSX flat despite stronger commodities

The Toronto stock market was relatively flat Tuesday morning with commodity prices fluctuating amid uncertainty surrounding a two-day policy meeting for the U.S. Federal Reserve.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 15.70 of a point to 11,742.18 and the TSX Venture Exchange added 0.03 points to 1,184.39.The Canadian dollar fell 0.07 of a cent to 99.75 cents US.In commodities, the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down $1.09 to US$88.69 a barrel at mid-morning. Earlier in the session, crude had been above Monday’s close.September copper moved up three cents to US$3.45 a pound while August gold was ahead $2.10 at US$1,621.80 an ounce.Attention will be focused on the Fed meeting, which is expected to include action to kick-start the U.S. economy. The anticipation comes ahead of a Thursday meeting at the European Central Bank..On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average declined 15.70 points to 13,047.16 and the broader S&P fell back 2.45 of a point to 1,382.85. Nasdaq was off 0.16 of a point at 2,945.68.In U.S. economic data, U.S. home prices rose in May from April in every city tracked by a leading index, a sign that increasing sales and tight inventories are supporting a modest housing recovery.The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index showed a measure of national prices rose 2.2 per cent from April to May, the second increase after seven months of flat or declining readings.In corporate developments, Rona Inc. (TSX:RON) shares are up 18.5 per cent after the company rebuffed an unsolicited takeover from Lowe’s Companies worth $1.76 billion. The Montreal-area company said the offer from its American rival (NYSE:LOW) wouldn’t be in its shareholders’ best interest, but Lowe’s said . Rona shares rose $2.20 to $14.07.In earnings, Thomson Reuters (TSX:TRI) says its adjusted earnings rose to 54 cents per share, compared to 51 cents per share in the second quarter of 2011. Its diluted earnings per share, under IFRS, was $1.11 per share up from 67 cents per share in the second quarter of 2011. Overall revenue fell by four per cent to US$3.3 billion from $3.4 billion. Shares backed off 87 cents to $28.07.Inmet Mining (TSX:IMN) said higher copper sales volumes helped push its second quarter earnings up 74 per cent from profits reported a year earlier. The company reported net income of US$94.2 million or $1.36 per share for the quarter ended June 30, compared to $54.3 million or 83 cents per share for the same period a year earlier. Inmet shares gained 5.8 per cent, or $2.22 to $40.30.A federal arbitrator has sided with Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) in its labour dispute with the union representing its pilots. The five-year collective agreement will be effective until April 2016. Shares were up six per cent, or seven cents, to $1.15.In Europe, Germany’s DAX was up 0.1 per cent while France’s CAC 40 fell 0.84 per cent. The FTSE 100 index of leading British companies dipped 0.4 per cent.Earlier in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock average rose 0.7 per cent to close at 8,695.06 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 1.1 per cent to 19,796.81. South Korea’s Kospi rose 2.1 per cent to 1,881.99 while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.6 per cent to 4,269.20.China’s Shanghai Composite dipped 0.3 per cent to finish at 2,103.63 as investors appeared unimpressed by a government announcement the day before that it will launch projects to attract private investments in energy, health and other industry sectors in an attempt to reverse an economic slump. read more

Clash at Cinnamon Gardens club 1 killed

One person was killed following a clash between two groups at a night club located at Cinnamon Gardens early this morning.The police said that the victim was a resident of Barnes Place in Colombo. A heated argument had then ensued resulting in the clash. The police said they have identified the suspects involved in the clash and a team has been deployed to arrest them. According to the police, the victim had gone to the club together with his friends when they were confronted by another group. The police said that the victim was identified as 22 year old Premkumar Suren who is a three-wheel driver by profession.

UN health agency scales up coordination for dramatic effects of powerful El

“The El Niño phenomenon is a major concern to global public health as it has the potential to exacerbate health risks associated with extreme weather in different parts of the world,” stated a WHO status report issued recently on Health Preparedness for El Niño Event 2015-2016.According to a map produced by Columbia University, and included in the update, the trend of unusual wet and dry condition for November 2015 to January 2016 will continue.“WHO is acutely aware of the high risk conditions of 2015 and providing support to WHO Member States and partners to enhance preparedness measures for the current El Niño event,” said the report. It also noted that those El Niño-related health impacts depend on local health vulnerabilities, preparedness and response capacities, in addition to the local climate situation. El Niño, indicated the report, offers an opportunity to strengthen all-hazards preparedness of communities and countries, and the readiness of WHO, its regional and global offices and partners for health emergencies. At international level, WHO is assisting countries to build health system resilience and improve emergency risk management as well as raising awareness on the issue.As far as regional concerns, WHO field offices, which are also in charge of UN interagency coordination, are guiding Ministries of Health on risk management and contingency plans. Some WHO regional offices have also shared best practices by member States for better preparedness.The report further provided guidance to the health sector on working with local partners to monitor and reduce health risks, developing strategies to prepare and response to emergency, planning strategic communications on the climate hazard, and evaluating the measures to tackle El Niño.Extensive floods and droughts caused by El Niño have brought significant health impacts around the globe, the report details. For example, extreme rainfall has not only made Eastern Africa and Horn of Africa food insecure with huge economic reduction in agriculture, but it has also triggered water-borne and vector-borne diseases such as cholera and Rift Valley Fever.In South America, the unusual intense rainfall has caused flooding and landslide, widely destroying homes and infrastructure. Drought, the other impact of El Niño, has led to water shortages in the Pacific Islands, which worsened food harvests and economies and increased morbidity and mortality caused by malnutrition diseases. Population displacement and psychosocial problems are among other common impacts attributed to El Niño. read more

Warnings over deathtrap highrise building cladding ignored for decades

first_imgFire safety experts warned as long ago as 1999 that the cladding used on buildings such as Grenfell Tower posed a deadly threat to hundreds of residents inside, it has emerged.The experts, from industry and the firefighters’ union, predicted that such cladding could help drive any fire upwards to quickly engulf an entire building.In a chilling premonition of what would happen 18 years later at Grenfell Tower – where at least at least 58 people are now feared to have been killed – Fire Brigades Union official Glyn Evans told MPs: “The problem with cladding is that it will, if it is able, spread fire and it will spread it vertically. If you get multistorey buildings you will get fire spread up the outside if the cladding will permit it.”After hearing evidence from Mr Evans and others, a House of Commons committee concluded in early 2000 that the authorities could not afford to wait before taking action to tackle the risk.It’s report stated: “We do not believe that it should take a serious fire in which many people are killed before all reasonable steps are taken towards minimising the risks.” The Reynobond cladding fixed to the Grenfell tower last year was made from powder-coated aluminium panels that are usually filled with plastic insulation, which is flammable.On Friday Worcester based firm Omnis Exteriors said it had been asked to supply cheaper cladding to the installer, Harley Facades, which did not meet strict fire-retardant specifications. A banner reading hangs from the balcony of a property near the devastated Grenfell Tower block in north KensingtonCredit:NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP A banner reading hangs from the balcony of a property near the devastated Grenfell Tower block in north Kensington There now is a growing conviction among construction and fire experts that the cladding system fixed to Grenfell Tower to improve the energy efficiency and appearance of the building as part of a £8.6 million refurbishment helped spread the fire.The Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs – the Government department then presided over by Labour’s John Prescott – had gathered in July 1999 to hear evidence on the use of external cladding in high rise towers, following a fire at a 14-storey block in Irvine, Ayrshire, the previous month, in which a 55-year-old disabled man was killed.That followed a fire in 1991 at Knowsley Heights in Liverpool, where flames spread from the bottom to the top of the 11-storey block, causing serious damage.Mr Evans told the committee that if external cladding failed to resist flames from a fire inside the building it could rapidly spread upwards to engulf the entire structure.He said: “If a fire occurs within a building it leaves the building through a window opening in an external wall, and the strong probability is that the cladding will be involved.”Mr Evans added: “If the cladding cannot resist the spread of flame across the surface then it will vertically envelop the building; in other words, the fire will spread to the outside of the building and it will go vertically.” The committee also heard a number of other potential problems which existing safety tests were not taking into account.Experts told MPs that “the fixtures which attach the cladding to the building may not withstand the fire, risking the detachment of the system from the building and endangering persons in and around the building, including firefighters” and that “plastic materials [ ] used for the cladding, [ ] could melt and form burning droplets which again endanger people below.”These fears were borne out when the Grenfell Tower blaze took hold in the early hours of Wednesday morning.Large chunks of burning and melted cladding began falling away from the building onto those fleeing from the lower floors and the firefighters desperately trying to tackle the flames. Grenfell Action Group described Mr Maddison’ attitude as “cavalier and grossly disrespectful” and accused him of treating residents with “contempt and disdain”.An investigation by Janet Seward, KCTMO’s Policy and Improvement Manager, into the group’s allegations uphold the majority of its complaints.She admitted KCTMO had failed to properly resolve the group’s complaint and that the organisation had not adhered to its own service standards.Ms Seward also admitted Grenfell Action Group’s request regarding the Rand Survey “was not dealt with appropriately or within the required timescales” and promised to “ensure that this situation does not happen again”.KCTMO failed to answer a request from The Telegraph for details of any disciplinary action taken against Mr Maddison at the time. But the regulations were not retrospective, which meant there was no requirement to fit sprinklers to Grenfell Tower when it underwent its refurbishment – something both survivors and safety experts are convinced would have saved dozens of lives on Wednesday morning. The select committee suggested that it would be deeply irresponsible to wait until a disaster claimed many lives before introducing improvements to the cladding used and the way it was fixed to tall buildings.Its report stated: “We do not believe that it should take a serious fire in which many people are killed before all reasonable steps are taken towards minimising the risks.It added that all external cladding systems should either be “entirely non-combustible”, or “proven through full-scale testing not to pose an unacceptable level of risk in terms of fire spread”. The planning application for the refurbishment stated that fire barriers were due to be inserted between the cladding on each floor to limit the spread of any flames. People have been putting up dozens of posters of those missing feared dead after the Grenfell Tower fire People have been putting up dozens of posters of those missing feared dead after the Grenfell Tower fireCredit: Xinhua / Barcroft Images Posters and notes put up in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, appealing for information about the missing The report appears to have been one of several alarm bells rung over the safety of high rise buildings which went unheeded. The safer sheets were only £2 a square metre more expensive meaning that for an extra £5,000 the building could have been encased in a material which may have resisted the fire for longer. The cheaper version is banned from use on tall buildings in the US and Germany.At the same time evidence continues to emerge that the potential danger of external claddings was being ignored in the years that followed the select committee report of 2000.Building safety experts for David Cameron’s Conservative government warned last year that the drive for greater energy efficiency meant more and more buildings were being wrapped in potentially combustible materials.In a report published in April 2016 the Building Research Establishment (BRE), which works on fire investigations for the Department of Communities and Local Government, warned of an “increase in the volume of potentially combustible materials being applied” to buildings. Members of the emergency services work inside the charred remnains of Grenfell Tower  But Dr Jim Glocking, technical director at the Fire Protection Association, said its own tests showed that if these barriers were breached by a vent or a pipe, “a chimney effect may quickly develop that will cause the very rapid consumption of the insulation and expansion of the damage area”.Professor Ed Galea, of Greenwich University said: “At each of the junctions with the floor plate you would have a fire insulation material that is meant to stop the spread of fire up through this gap.”If that material was not correctly place or an incorrect material then you are going to allow a fire to start within one of these compartments to spread.”He added: “When you drill a hole to pass a pipe through for renovations then that hole has to be correctly fire stopped to prevent fire and smoke spreading through.”Warnings about the lack of water sprinklers in older high rise building such as Grenfell Towers have also been repeatedly ignored.In 2004 a report commissioned by Mr Prescott, in his capacity as Deputy Prime Minister, said water sprinklers were probably cost effective for blocks of flats over 11-storeys high.The following year sprinklers were required to be fitted in all new blocks of flats higher than 18 metres in Scotland and in 2006 Tony Blair’s government issued instructions that sprinklers should be fitted to all new blocks higher than 30 metres, or 11 storeys. Residents complained they were being treated with “contempt and disdain” by Peter Maddison, the Director of Assets and Regeneration for KCTMO, which runs the high rise block.In 2013 Grenfell Action Group raised repeated concerns about the safety of the building, culminating in the warning that last year’s £8.6m refurbishment of the tower had created a disaster waiting to happen, complained to KCTMO about his behaviour.The group’s complaint against Mr Maddison followed its attempts to obtain information about how much money was to be spent on badly-needed repairs to the ageing 23-storey building.Minutes of a KCTMO meeting seen by Grenfell Action Group showed that a report by construction consultants Rand Associates had found that £105 million needed to be spent on the TMO’s entire housing stock by 2017, but that the organisation was only planning to spend £38 million, a shortfall of £67m.Grenfell Action Group claimed their attempts to see the Rand report were repeatedly blocked by Mr Maddison, until he eventually released a heavily redacted version on the grounds that it contained commercially sensitive information”.The group stated: “He had painstakingly removed every numerical reference within it, which  had the effect of rendering the document completely unintelligible and irrelevant.” The select committee urged changes to the British Standards codes for the testing and use of cladding to reflect its disturbing findings.Since the Grenfell Tower disaster the Government and Kensington and Chelsea council have insisted that all building regulations were up to date and complied with.Rydon, which won the contract to refurbish the tower, before subcontracting work to several other firms, said it had met “all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards”.But the tower’s residents say they repeatedly warned about what they said was “a disaster waiting to happen”. Posters and notes put up in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, appealing for information about the missingCredit:Nick Edwards The alarm bells continued to ring when the new Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition came into power in May 2010.The previous month the coroner presiding over the inquest into a fire at Shirley Towers in Southampton, which killed two firefighters, recommended sprinklers be fitted into existing high-rise blocks.In 2013 a similar recommendation was again made, this time by the inquest into the death of six people in a fire at Lakanal House, Camberwell in 2009.In the opinion of several experts the decision was to prove fatal when Grenfell Tower went up in flames.Jon O’Neill, the managing director of the Fire Protection Association, said: “Whether they’d have stopped that fire spreading at the speed it did up the outside of that building is another matter.”But to have had sprinklers in that building would have created an environment where it would have been easier to rescue people and increase survivability.” Grenfell Tower official criticised for attitude to residentsA senior official responsible for Grenfell Tower was criticised by an internal investigation for his attitude to the concerns of those living there. Even before the work began the Grenfell Action Group said it had continually warned the council about fire safety problems in the block, complaining that it seemed the contract had been “awarded to the cheapest bidder regardless of the quality of works and the consequences to residents.”Last November the group warned of “dangerous living conditions” and said: “It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO.”There is growing evidence that the rush by private firms to fulfill council contracts as cheaply as possible led to less expensive cladding being used that was not as fire resistant. Members of the emergency services work inside the charred remnains of Grenfell Tower Credit:TOLGA AKMEN/ AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Satcom specialist Marlink strengthens mining team in Africa

first_imgMarlink has recently strengthened its local presence in Africa to meet the evolving connectivity needs of the mining industry. “Being the leading enterprise satellite communications provider, Marlink has rapidly expanded its local expert team of sales and technical engineers to ensure 24/7 fast field support for new installations, servicing, onsite interventions and technical support for key mining customers in Africa.”With the mining business in Africa rapidly expanding, there is an increased requirement for secure and stable satellite connectivity that facilitates the safe and efficient construction, expansion and management of mines, regardless of the resources being exploited. Due to the lack of terrestrial infrastructure in remote locations, local mining companies rely on satcom-enabled connectivity solutions for remote site automation, corporate network extension and worker welfare, all of which contribute to increased productivity and extended operational lifecycles.“Marlink has a long track record of success in providing connectivity solutions across the entire mining operational chain, from exploration to development and production. Currently, Marlink provides and manages secure business communications solutions in Africa for a large number of global mining companies, interconnecting exploration and productions sites, as well as local offices, to first world head offices, through a mix of fibre, wireless and satellite based solutions, ensuring that its clients benefit from the most efficient technologies available.”With the expanded Marlink team established in various countries in Africa, it says mining companies can now count on first-hand knowledge and the highest levels of reliability, network security and scalability to support business communications, operations and worker welfare in harsh operating environment.“Africa has an exceptional potential growth for companies like Marlink and having first-party presence in countries such as Angola, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Liberia and South Africa, and long-term partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ivory Coast enables us to provide operational services locally and within short timeframes,” said Catherine Mauvais, Sales Director Africa, Marlink. “We are keen to continuously expand our local presence to provide customers with fully managed connectivity solutions for all phases of their mining operations.”Operating in Africa for decades, Marlink works with clients in diverse industries. “For mining customers, Marlink designs and operates turnkey, fully managed hybrid connectivity solutions, integrating fibre and VSAT connectivity for Internet access, email and data transmission, whilst securely connecting mines locally and to internationals headquarters. Marlink also offers a range of value-added services to enhance business efficiency including satellite Bandwidth-on-Demand for temporary needs and back-up, Voice over IP; network security, management tools; last-mile terrestrial and wireless solutions to extend connectivity to mine contractors, camps and offices, and pay as you use welfare services for mine employees. For customers scouting new mining projects, the company provides flexible, lightweight L-band services such as Inmarsat BGAN, as well as portable quick-deploy VSAT systems delivering high-quality and cost-effective connectivity for temporary communications.”last_img read more


Dragan AdzicHandball Person of the Year is proud to announce the final results of our HANDBALL PERSON OF THE YEAR 2012 Contest. Jury consisted of 25 remarkable handball names – existing stars, legends, TOP coaches, journalist, managers and (as 25th member ) fans (3000 of them) decided that the HANDBALL PERSON OF THE YEAR 2012 was Mr DRAGAN ADZIC. Montenegrian coach Dragan Adzic had fantastic 2012 with NT (Olympic silver and EURO Gold), but also with ZRK Buducnost, EHF CL winner 2011/2012. Fantastic success gave him the biggest support from the Jury members.Congratulations Dragan – Čestitamo Dragane!Second place won Bojana Popovic ahead of Serbian Handball Federation.FINAL RANKING:1. DRAGAN ADZIC 432. BOJANA POPOVIC 323. SERBIAN HANDBALL FEDERATION 284. FILIP JICHA 235. CLAUDE ONESTA 206. THIERRY OMEYER 187. VELUX EHF F4 2012 158. TOM O’ BRANNIGAN 149. BOB HANNING / ALGRED GISLASON 1210. – 15. JEAN BRIHAULT, OLAFUR STEFANSSON, BERTUS SERVAAS, GOALCHA PROJECT, MADS HANSEN ← Previous Story Handball-Planet prediction WCh 2013: Spain against France in the Final! Next Story → Hungary with four right backs at WCh 2013 read more

Keeping a close watch Troika will conduct sixmonthly monitoring visits to Ireland

first_img“No measures just surveillance” ALL THREE TROIKA organisations will be conducting twice-yearly visits to Ireland to check up on progress following the country’s exit of the bailout.Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced yesterday that the country would be departing the EU-IMF programme without taking the option of a precautionary line of credit.That move was welcomed last night by eurozone finance ministers ,who were meeting in Brussels.The Eurogroup said in a statement that: “Ireland is a living example that EU-IMF adjustment programmes are successful provided there is a strong ownership and genuine commitment to reforms.”Speaking after the release of that statement, Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem said that it had previously been agreed that any country leaving a programme “would have extra surveuillance for some time”.He said there would be “twice a year surveillance by the Commission and the Central Bank in a joint effort,” but stressed there would be: He said the two bodies would be “keeping a close watch on developments” to make sure progress is being made.Dijsselbloem said that the Irish Government’s move yesterday had been a “wise decision” and one he fully supported.“It was agreed right from the start that Ireland would make its own decision.“Programme implementation has been very successful, as evidenced by the return of market confidence, the ongoing economic recovery and the improvement in employment.”Speaking following the final troika review last month, IMF Mission Chief Craig Beaumont said the Washington-based Fund would also be conducting six-monthly reviews.“The only thing that will be different is that there not be an assessment,” Beaumont said.“We will be here every six months in a completely normal fashion”.Related: ‘This is the right decision for Ireland’: Taoiseach confirms bailout exit without credit line >Also: “The purpose of the programme was actually to exit the programme” – Noonan >Read: The reviews are over but we may not leave for “a number of years” — IMF Mission Chieflast_img read more

MSI unveils S20 Windows 8 tablet with slideout keyboard

first_imgIntel has been pitching more than one kind of Ultrabook to their partners. One such concept is the Letexo, which bears a strong resemblance to the Asus Eee Pad Slider. First to jump on the Letexo train is the MSI S20, which has just been revealed at Computex.The S20 features an 11.6-inch 10-point multitouch display, though there’s no word on whether it’ll match Asus with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. An Intel Ivy Bridge processor provides the horsepower, and MSI is including USB 3.0 and HDMI ports as well as low-power Bluetooth 4.0. When collapsed into tablet mode, the S20 measures just .8 inches thick, and it tips the scales at about 46 ounces.Unlike the original Eee Pad, the MSI S20 has been designed for Windows 8. Although MSI hasn’t announced a release date for their slider, it’s a safe bet that you’ll see the S20 on store shelves sometime late this fall — just after the launch of Windows 8 and before the holiday shopping rush kicks into high gear.Then again, you might never see the S20 up for sale. It wouldn’t be the first time MSI has brought a device like this to a trade show and not sent it off to the production line. But with Intel pushing Ultrabooks as hard as they are, and Windows 8 building up steam, it’s hard to imagine them not having a tablet or convertible ready to go come launch time.Let’s just hope for MSI’s sake that consumers are keen on a device that looks like an Ultrabook  when open but doesn’t have a trackpad (though that might be an optical one on the right-hand side of the keyboard — we’ll have to wait for MSI to show it off).More at The Vergelast_img read more

How to watch the Presidential Debate online for free

first_imgOne of the truly exciting things about the presidential election process is that it happens once every four years. This means that the technology used in each election is always leaps and bounds ahead of the last. The whole system is allowed to leap frog through bursts of innovation and technological growth, and the companies that maintain this technology are able to mold and adapt their tech to benefit the electoral process in some way.This election is happening during a time where more Americans than ever before have access to high speed internet. So, it only makes sense that there would be ways to watch the presidential debate online.The first presidential debate is happening at 9-10:30 PM (Eastern) tonight, here is how to watch it online.YouTube Politics channelGoogle has invested a great deal of money in their quest to be a part of the 2012 election. At both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, Google had a significant presence as the official social platform. The Google Politics & Elections page on Google+ has followed nearly every aspect of the election so far, including polls, hangouts, and YouTube videos. The YouTube Politics Channel is the video arm of that page, acting as a hub for all of the content regarding the election from all of their partners.The YouTube Politics Channel will be live streaming all of the Presidential debates in full with the help of ABC News, who will also be streaming the event on their own YouTube channel. On top of the live stream, YouTube will be pulling together commentary from all of their “Election Hub” partners. This additional live content will come from The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera English, The New York Time, BuzzFeed, and several others. The debates will also be translated into Spanish live with the help of Univision.If you are a Google Calendar user, The YouTube Global blog includes links where you can one-click add all of the October debates to your calendar. The live broadcast for the first Presidential debate starts on the YouTube Politics Channel at 9PM ET.Xbox Live Election HubMicrosoft has been leveraging the Xbox Live game console more and more as a source for additional content, ever since the Kinect was introduced. The console can not be used to buy and rent moves, stream content from services like Netflix and Hulu+, and as a portal to watch live events. Previously the Xbox Live Event app has been used to stream events like the Microsoft Keynote at E3, but the service will not be used to create an interactive experience during the Presidential debate.During the live stream of the debates, Xbox Live users will be able to participate in polls with real time results displayed on the screen. Microsoft has been issuing daily polls since creating the Election Hub, creating interesting data points out of users that would be unlikely to participate in traditional polls. Xbox Live Rewards users who participate in three of the four Presidential debates will unlock a custom Halo 4 Warrior Armor set for their Xbox Live Avatar. Before and after the final debate, Microsoft and Rock the Vote will live stream concerts by Neon Trees and DJ Skee.While the Election Hub is clearly targeting a younger demographic, there’s no shortage of content for users of all ages. The Hub is tightly integrated with the NBC News App for the Xbox, which is tuned to deliver any current events that are relevant to the election. As is the case with most of the digital content from Microsoft, an Xbox Live account is needed to access the NBC content or to watch the Rock the Vote concerts.Live interactive contentWhether you are watching the Presidential debate from your cable provider or streaming it online, there are several great resources that will allow you to interact with the debates. If you are an iOS user, the Ponderoo app will allow you to provide feedback on the debate as it is happening. Android users will be able to use the Peel app to cheer and boo the candidates during the debate, with a collective opinion counter for everyone using the app updating in real time. If you’re on a laptop or desktop, The Sunlight Foundation will be checking facts on both candidates in real time and providing contextual data as each candidate answers questions.Finally, Yahoo is offering users an online dashboard called The Voice Of which breaks out each part of the debate discussion points and allows users to add their opinions of the commentary offered by each candidate. The Dashboard is designed to function in real time with each of the debates, and allow users to participate and share throughout the entire month of October.Final thoughtsThe US has never been so deeply integrated in the debate process before. Opinions and view on all of the topics discussed in the debates this month will be engages on so many platforms, making it incredibly easy to participate no matter where you are or what you are doing.In many ways this feels like the first real-time election, using the internet as a non-stop communication and content absorption platform to stay connected right up to the moment you cast your ballot.last_img read more

Cyprus Foreign Minister attends dinner dance in WA

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cyprus Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou Marcoullis attended the Cypriot Community of Western Australia’s annual dinner and dance last week. Speaking at the dance, Marcoullis underlined the difficulties of the Cyprus problem. As she spoke to the crowd that night, she said that Turkey questions the sovereign rights of Cyprus to conduct explorations and exploit its natural resources within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).Marcoullis spoke positively in regards to Cyprus in the Communique of the Commonwealth Heads of States and Government meeting held in Perth on 28 to 30 October, with the participation of 53 Commonwealth member states. She said the Heads of State and Government of the Commonwealth, reaffirmed the previous Commonwealth Communique on Cyprus and expressed their full support to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity of the Republic of Cyprus.The dinner dance is an annual event held for the Cypriot Community of Western Australia.last_img read more

Jamaica to help coordinate Irma relief

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 14, 2017 – Kingston – Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says that Jamaica is to assist with the coordination of relief activities for Caribbean countries affected by the passage of hurricane Irma.He said at the request of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Government activated the Subregional Coordination Centre, which will provide support with rapid damage assessment and procure relief items for the affected states.   The Centre will also make logistical arrangements for transportation of relief and response resources.Minister McKenzie was speaking during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday (September 12).   He informed that the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is actively pursuing the deployment of specialist teams for rapid needs assessment for the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and The Bahamas.    This includes members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), National Works Agency (NWA) and other technical-support partners.He further informed that ODPEM is facilitating the movement of humanitarian workers, including a United Nations 16-member team, to the TCI and procuring and transporting relief to the TCI and The Bahamas, which includes emergency roofing supplies, water, hygiene kits and food items.In addition, the Local Government Minister said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has been working with the high commission office in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the consulate in TCI and community leaders in the affected territories in order to ascertain the number of Jamaicans affected by the disaster, and their immediate needs.He informed that the Jamaican High Commissioner in Trinidad has deployed an officer to Antigua to meet with Jamaicans affected by the hurricane, at a reception centre set up by CDEMA at the V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua.“The Government is looking at the possibility of sending a delegation to at least have a first-hand look at what has taken place in the region and to offer much closer assistance and contact with our Jamaican nationals in these respective areas,”  Mr. McKenzie said.Meanwhile, in response to a question from Opposition Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Morais Guy, Minister McKenzie told the House that the Government is looking into the possibility of bringing back those Jamaicans, who are desirous of returning to the island.“Based on what has taken place so far, it is difficult to find almost everybody.    A proper assessment has to be done.    There are many islanders who sound like Jamaicans, and you don’t want to take the wrong person,” he said.“It is only fair that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, working through CDEMA, that some time is given to facilitate the information, so that the kind of decision that will be made will be one that will satisfy everybody.    We have been in contact with a number of individuals and already efforts are being made to ensure that that is done,” the Local Government Minister added.Jamaica has also launched an Irma Relief Fund at the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Oxford Road in the name of ODPEM Donation.    Persons can make donations to the account number 212387304.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Miami Police hold tribute to officers killed on the job

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Miami Police Department on Wednesday held a touching tribute to its officers who have lost their lives on the job.The department observed Police Memorial Day with a somber ceremony in Miami.Officers honored their brothers and sisters who have died on duty.Similar services took place throughout the country.The tradition was ushered in by President John F. Kennedy in 1962.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Class Sizes in DODEA Schools to Increase Modestly

first_imgThe DOD Education Activity (DODEA) plans to increase average class sizes in its middle and high schools while trimming about 300 positions before the next school year, the agency’s director told staff last week. The agency is not expecting a cut in the fiscal 2020 budget, Director Thomas Brady said. But he noted that a minimal increase in class sizes offers the potential to “gain efficiencies and better align staffing,” reports Stars and Stripes. The agency did not say how many of the “300 excess positions” are teachers.Class sizes throughout DODEA schools vary widely, from more than 30 students to fewer than 10. About 8,700 educators serve more than 70,000 students in the military school system. The average class size for middle and high schools from the top nine states with military-connected students is 25.5 students, DODEA said.Chuck McCarter, president of the Federal Education Association, the union representing DODEA educators, criticized the plan. “Any cut to school-level staffing that will result in an increase to class sizes is a disservice to DODEA students and military families,” McCarter said. Photo by Sgt. Maryam Treece Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

IBA Molecular Acquires Mallinckrodt Nuclear Imaging

first_img News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. January 30, 2017 — IBA Molecular has successfully completed its acquisition of Mallinckrodt Nuclear Imaging, announced in August 2016, following the receipt of regulatory approvals.This merger brings together two leading nuclear imaging businesses with complementary strengths, manufacturing capabilities, commercial footprints and operational networks. The enlarged business will employ over 1,500 people globally, supplying more than 6,000 public and private hospitals around the world with diagnostic solutions. It will comprise 21 manufacturing centers (including three SPECT[1] [single photon emission computed tomography] sites, one molybdenum manufacturing facility and 17 PET[2] [positron emission tomography] sites) and commercial operations across 60 countries, that will enable it to deliver significant economies of scale.Nuclear imaging will continue to be at the core of the enlarged organization as the business plans to invest further in organic and in-organic growth opportunities.To reflect the future ambition of the expanded business, a new name and brand is currently being developed which is due to be rolled out in the coming months. In the meantime, the two businesses will continue to engage with customers and suppliers as IBA Molecular and Mallinckrodt Nuclear Imaging and it will be business as usual for customers and suppliers.For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Nuclear Imaging | January 30, 2017 IBA Molecular Acquires Mallinckrodt Nuclear Imaging Combined business will produce diagnostic solutions from 21 manufacturing centers worldwidelast_img read more

Access program graduates 179 teenaged ESL students

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica banana workers affected by Nemagon still waiting on compensation An arugula-growing farmer feeds a culinary revolution in Cuba Mexico opens landmark debate on marijuana laws World Bank: Zika will cost Latin America $3.5 billion in 2016 After two years of classes, workbooks and intensive study camps, more than 179 students graduated from an English program hosted by the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center in San Pedro. Every student ranges in age from 14 to 16 years, and – according to the mission of the Access Microscholarship Program – comes from a low-income or at-risk household.“Our philosophy is experiential learning,” said Andrés Solís, an instructor and coordinator with the Access program. “Everything they learn in the classroom they can also use outside of the classroom. But it’s up to them to find opportunities to speak English. It’s hard, because a lot of them are shy.”Solís, 27, grew up in a small town south of San José, and to earn his degree in English from the University of Costa Rica, he had to commute hours each day for several years. “I think I understand these students,” he said, “because I grew up in a poor place. I know about traveling a lot to study. I use that to build a rapport with them. We tell them that English is very important, but they are teenagers, so they don’t always know what to do with their lives.”Before the ceremony at the Eugene O’Neill Theater, the students gathered for final powwows, presentations and group photos. Students come from a wide range of area high schools, but they had all spent the past two years studying English in this extracurricular program. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica, the Access program is designed to help Tico teens gain an advantage in an English-reliant workforce.Call centers and tourism aside, English is useful in myriad ways, including university education. Solís pointed out that his brother, a civil engineer, frequently used textbooks available only in English.Other benefits are more personal.“I have American friends now,” said Daniela Castro Arroyo, one of the graduating students. One of her closest friends lives in Michigan, and Castro hopes to visit her. “I like that I can talk to her without translating words.” She wants to study medicine, a field that will almost certainly benefit from her English skills. In the meantime, she enjoys watching “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Soup,” as she can now follow the Gringo humor with ease. She also likes to sing, and she can sing English pop songs. Students from the Liceo Luis Dobles Segreda pose for a final group shot before their graduation. Alberto Font/The Tico Times“It was stressful sometimes,” recalled Kendall Badilla, another graduate who was practically bursting with giddiness. “Especially when we had a test in high school and at the center.” Badilla would often have to sprint from high school to the center in order to attend all his classes. Now he wants to travel to the U.S. for the first time, probably to Florida. As for the future, he has several ideas: “I’ve been thinking about teaching, or literature.” He thought about it and added, “Or biology.”Despite the general relief and excitement that the fourth generation of Access students were now moving on, students had already become nostalgic.“I like my classmates, my teachers, the opportunity,” said Castro.Would she miss it?She rolled her eyes. “Obviously.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

To stop cyber attacks NSA expanded US web surveillance

first_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories Brian Hale, the spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said it was “not surprising that the U.S. government gathers intelligence on foreign powers that attempt to penetrate U.S. networks and steal the private information of U.S. citizens and companies.”Under the PRISM program, the NSA, pursuant to secret court orders, collects intelligence about foreign threats through U.S. Internet companies. The agency also collects information by tapping Internet traffic at home and abroad. Snowden, a former agency contractor now living in Russia to avoid criminal charges, revealed PRISM in 2013.In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos authorizing NSA to begin collecting intelligence on U.S. Internet cables for data linked to cyber attacks and hacking originating abroad — including traffic that flows to suspicious Internet addresses or contains malware, the news reports said.At least one NSA lawyer was worried that a lot of information about innocent Americans would be incidentally collected, the reports said. He proposed storing the cyber data in a way that analysts working on unrelated issues could not query it, a 2010 training document showed. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s authority to hunt for foreign threats coursing through American Internet pipes by allowing the agency to collect intelligence on cyberattacks, the New York Times and ProPublica reported Thursday, citing documents provided by Edward Snowden.The reports noted that the surveillance of U.S. internet traffic, which began in 2012, has been occurring without individual warrants envisioned under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a 1978 law that predated the modern Internet. The warrantless surveillance was legalized in 2008. Top Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How do cataracts affect your vision? But it’s not clear whether that ever happened.The NSA’s collection of foreign intelligence on American Internet infrastructure was not addressed in the USA Freedom Act, the law enacted this week that will end the agency’s collection of American calling records.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more