Dow’s sponsorship for London Olympics sparks outrage

first_imgThe London Olympics organisers’ move to name controversial Dow Chemical Company “with the blood of Bhopal on its hands” as a sponsor of the 2012 Games has sparked outrage amongst campaigners fighting for justice. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games has announced that Dow Chemical would fund a “spectacular” seven million pounds artwork “wrap” around the stadium throughout next year’s Games, the reported. The decision has outraged campaigners fighting for up to 5,000 people who died in devastating chemical leak in Bhopal in 1984, the report said. Dow Chemical bought Union Carbide Corporation, whose former Indian subsidiary ran the doomed plant, in 2001. The company, embroiled in a compensation wrangle over Bhopal, said the $470 million compensation settlement reached by Union Carbide in 1989 was final. On average the families of those who died received roughly 1,400 pounds. It has insisted it is not liable and has refused to pay more or to clear toxic waste from the site.Slamming the company, victims’ campaigners say children are still being born maimed because of poisons that continue to pollute the city’s groundwater. They are backing a number of criminal and civil court cases against Union Carbide. “Our terrible legacy is by no means over. Our children are still suffering,” the report quoted them as saying. They are also urging widespread protests, including a “Bhopal Olympics” involving disabled children. The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to make a formal complaint to his British counterpart David Cameron. “By dealing with a corporation like Dow, which has the blood of Bhopal on its hands, the reputation of the London Games and its legacy will be tarnished,” spokeswoman Rachna Dhingra said.  Aslam against Dow’s association with 2012 London Olympics Former Hockey Olympian Aslam Sher Khan on Monday urged the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Sports Ministry to convince the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to cancel the Dow Chemicals deal of sponsoring seven million pound artwork “wrap” around the main stadium for the 2012 London Olympics, PTI adds from Bhopal. Aslam said the disaster, which was a direct result of the leak of gas from it in 1984, had led to the loss of around 15,000 lives and left about six lakh injured. Stating that the feelings of the people of Bhopal would be hurt if Dow Chemicals was allowed to be associated with the Olympics in any manner, the former Olympian said, “If the LOCOG carries out the deal with Dow Chemicals, we will ask the government to boycott the 2012 Olympics.”  – With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Being part of the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal era a career booster, says Novak Djokovic

first_imgThe moment Novak Djokovic accepted that being part of the Roger Federer/Rafael Nadal era was a chance, not a curse, everything improved for him.On Sunday, after winning his first French Open title, he was still behind the Swiss and the Spaniard in terms of major titles but he had achieved something the two have not yet managed — holding all four grand slams at the same time.When the Serbian won the first of his 12 majors, at the 2008 Australian Open, a 22-year-old Nadal had already won three Roland Garros titles and Federer, then 26, had claimed 12 of his record 17 grand slams. (Also read: It ‘sucks to lose’ French Open final, says Andy Murray)’WASN’T GLAD TO BE PART OF THEIR ERA'”At the beginning I was not glad to be part of their era,” Djokovic said with a smile after beating British second seed Andy Murray in Sunday’s Roland Garros final.”Later on I realised that in life everything happens for a reason. You’re put in this position with a purpose, a purpose to learn and to grow and to evolve.”Fortunately for me I realised that I needed to get stronger and that I need to accept the fact that I’m competing with these two tremendous champions and then everything was uphill from that moment on.”While he could feel frustrated that Federer, Nadal, with 14, and to a lesser extent Murray, who has won two, deprived him of more grand slam titles, Djokovic believes the rivalries within the ‘Big Four’ have made him a better player, and tennis a better sport.advertisement”These two guys — and Andy as well — the rivalries with all three of the guys have definitely, in a big part… helped me to become a better player and helped me achieve all these things,” he said.”The rivalries that we have are important for the sport, and in one way or another you try to compare yourself to them and what they have achieved before.”Nadal and Federer were so dominant in the sport when Andy and myself came in the mix.”DJOKOVIC EYES CALENDAR SLAMDjokovic can now turn his sights towards a calendar Grand Slam that was last achieved in 1969 by Laver.Having won the Australian Open and the French Open, he needs to win at Wimbledon and the US Open.”I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I think everything is achievable in life,” he said.”Whether or not I can reach a calendar slam, that’s still a possibility. But I don’t think about it right now. Right now I just try to enjoy this experience of winning the trophy that I had never won before.”last_img read more

Infineon and NEXT Biometrics introduce biometric card reference design

first_imgInfineon Technologies and NEXT Biometrics have joined together to develop a reference design for biometric payment cards. The reference platform incorporates all necessary elements to develop and manufacture a smart card with a fingerprint sensor and helps card makers to simplify their production processes and to shorten time-to-market for their offerings.The use of biometrics for second factor authentication is the next big thing in payment card innovation following signatures, embossing, magnetic stripe and secure chip technologies. Instead of entering a PIN or showing an ID, the card holder authenticates by using a fingerprint sensor embedded on the card. The fingerprint information is stored on the card’s secure element and not shared with any third party, thereby protecting the user’s privacy. Fingerprint authentication is faster and easier than standard PIN-based EMV transactions. It will also further reduce fraud, especially when multifunctional cards are deployed for personal social security payments.The biometric card reference design includes a biometric module, a secure element, an operating system with biometric and payment applets, as well as a recommended and proven pre-lamination and lamination method for manufacturing the card. This complete system solution enables secure biometric smart card payment with significantly reduced false rejection rates to below one percent. The false rejection rate is a convenience feature that measures how often the fingerprint of the authorized user is reliably recognized and not incorrectly rejected.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous ST to highlight semiconductor solutions for smart industry and smart driving at electronicaNext SECO: COMs and SBCs on display at electronicalast_img read more

Dybala a Champions League doubt for Juve

first_imgUEFA Champions League Boost for Tottenham as Dybala ruled a Champions League doubt for Juventus Matthew Scott 20:50 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dybala - cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Juventus Juventus v Sassuolo Serie A Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur Massimiliano Allegri is concerned that the Argentine forward may not be fit in time for the first leg of a last-16 showdown with Spurs Paulo Dybala may not return from a thigh injury in time to take on Tottenham in the Champions League last 16, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has warned.Dybala has not played since a 1-0 win over Cagliari on January 6, although Juve have won each of their three games since then without conceding.Indeed, the Bianconeri’s run of consecutive victories stretches back nine games, a sequence that has maintained their position a point behind Napoli at the top of Serie A. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa both picked up injuries at Atalanta in midweek, but he will not rush Dybala back.”Dybala is recovering well but in terms of being ready for the Champions League we’ll still have to evaluate,” he told reporters.”It’s not going to be just a one-off match against Tottenham.”Bernardeschi is not fully fit following his knock, but Allegri admits the winger may have to play through the pain barrier with Juve’s options depleted.”Naturally if Dybala, [Juan] Cuadrado and Douglas Costa are out Bernardeschi is the only one left, so he has to grit his teeth and play regardless,” he added.”Unless he feels enormous levels of pain, he will play.”If Bernardeschi doesn’t make it, we could play with someone a little deeper, or simply use different characteristics in the position of right winger.”Otherwise it’d be shaking things up that don’t need shaking up right now.”Before thoughts turn to Tottenham, Allegri has Sunday’s Serie A clash with Sassuolo to prepare for.The Juve coach expects a tough test, despite Sassuolo languishing in 14th, without a win in four.”It will be important to approach the game in the right way, we played a great match in Bergamo and there must be no dips in focus. We can’t afford to lose any points.”Sassuolo have players with good technical ability going forward, and with the signing of [Khouma] Babacar they’ve added physicality. They drew with Roma and beat Inter so this is a match that we have to start on the front foot.”last_img read more

Beard History 101

first_imgFrom practicalities to fashion statements, beard styles have symbolized everything from wisdom and respect, to honor and dignity throughout the history of man. As a result, facial hair trends and styles have remained widely diverse over the years as a symbol of man’s virility, and every decade has also had a style or trend that influenced the general public.If you’re one to keep up with these trends, then OneBlade from Philips is a versatile companion to ensure you get the detail you’re looking for. OneBlade is a shave, edge, or trim tool that was built specifically for multipurpose use to obtain any facial hair style or preference.Your beard can influence the way you present yourself, as well as how you are perceived by others. According to the US psychologist Robert Pellegrini, “the male beard communicates a heroic image of the independent, sturdy, and resourceful pioneer, ready, willing and able to do manly things.” This sense of beard power still reigns true today, and we’re here to give you a detailed history on beard trends throughout the years.The ’70s How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster 7 Most Popular Beard Styles for Men Right Now How to Grow and Maintain Stubble How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard Facial hair became big news in the 70s. So big in fact that it was somewhat acceptable for people to go out and buy a fake mustache just to fit in. It was a sign of creativity and rebelliousness that everyone wanted a piece of.A lot of people like to credit The Beatles for having a large influence on men’s hair and beard styles in the 1970s. After all, celebrities have a huge impact on how society presents itself. Their “moptop” style and shaggy beards rose to popularity, sparking new trends for facial hair: the mustache, bushy sideburns, or even a full-faced beard.Although facial hair in the 70s’ was less manicured than some of the styles that followed, the decade represented a sense of freedom and vigor for men.The ’80sBeard popularity in the U.S. subsided in the 1980s’, as men tended to embrace the baby face and slick top hair in favor of a booming corporate culture. This made way for other eclectic and elaborate lifestyle symbols, like the hairstyles of Patrick Swayze.This doesn’t mean all was lost, however, because the beards that were grown in this decade helped blaze new paths for trends in the future, rooted in attitude and toughness.Popular styles included the barbarian Hockey playoff beard and ZZ Top’s chest-length facial steez. And I’m sure we can all agree that Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I. had one of the most iconic mustache styles of all time.The ’90s The ’90s experienced some of the weirdest and unique facial hair styles, although the conservative baby face was still in full effect. With that being said, individualistic goatees, soul patches, and paltry facial hair reigned supreme.You can thank celebs like Fred Durst and Rob Zombie for the most elaborate goatee styles, while Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain embodied a grungy gentleman look that would pass with flying colors in today’s age.The 2000sCopyright: gstockstudio / 123RF Stock Photo Editors’ Recommendations Ringing in a new Century brought about a period of self-assuring, confident almost-beards and five o’clock shadow. Thanks to the patchy and sparse beards of celebrities like Colin Farrell and Brad Pitt, the Y2K decade wasn’t a huge period for beard growth, but it was necessary for the culture we see today.That culture is what some refer to as “lumbersexual” phase – or simply someone who’s as rugged and tough as a lumberjack, but also manicured and groomed. You know, someone who can be both dapper and hipster, at the same time.Now, this phase surely comes and goes, and it very much so depends on what city you’re living in, but the need for grooming and looking great never leaves. Whether you fancy a 70s’ handlebar stache, or simply want to keep things tidy, the Philips OneBlade can precisely hack away at any length of hair and protect against slicing away at your skin. So say goodbye to the days of multiple blades, trimmers, and edgers, and hello to your new favorite bathroom companion — which is just as versatile and stylish as your look.The Philips OneBlade razor is now available for $44.99 on Amazon.last_img read more

Foreigner Launches PSA Campaign To Support Music Education

first_imgForeigner and the Grammy Foundation have launched a Public Service Announcement campaign in support of music education!High schools across the United States. can submit a 15-30 second PSA stressing the importance of music in schools and the great music teachers who have encouraged them along the way.The background music of the PSA should be a Foreigner song of the school’s choice, performed in any style by the school choir. Suggested talking points are:• Who was the music teacher who inspired you? Why was he/she so inspirational?• What was the most important lesson about music you learned?• Why is music education important?• What are your memories of your first music teacher?• What would you say to other kids who want to pursue a career in music?Schools should upload their entry to YouTube and email the link to program runs from now through Oct. 31, 2013.One winner will be chosen by the band and will receive a $10,000 grant for use in their music and audio/visual departments.The winning PSA will be posted on read more

US regulators under scrutiny as they look to punish Facebook

WASHINGTON — Federal privacy regulators are under scrutiny in Congress as they negotiate a record fine with Facebook to punish the company for alleged violations of its users’ privacy.The Federal Trade Commission is considering a rare action holding CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally accountable for Facebook’s alleged failure to honour a 2011 agreement over privacy lapses. The agency also may limit how the giant social network targets advertising to its massive user base — potentially making the action far more than a regulatory slap on the wrist.Beyond a fine expected to run as high as $5 billion, comprehensive action by the FTC could mark a watershed in federal action against the tech industry in the name of consumer privacy.FTC Chairman Joseph Simons and his four fellow commission members are coming before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection at a hearing Wednesday. Simons, appointed by President Donald Trump in October 2017, is an expert in antitrust law who headed the FTC’s competition division under President George W. Bush.By usual practice, the FTC — an independent agency — is split 3-2 between Republican and Democratic members. Simons has advocated tougher enforcement action against tech companies, and must obtain the agreement of at least two other commissioners for any action on Facebook.Lawmakers have started work on a new national privacy law that could sharply curtail the ability of the biggest tech companies to collect and make money off people’s personal data. The role of the FTC as an enforcer of privacy protections is a key issue in the debate over legislation. Consumer privacy advocates and Democratic lawmakers, saying the agency lacks teeth, have pushed for changing the law to expand its powers and funding to police privacy.The FTC doesn’t have the authority, for example, to levy civil money penalties for first violations for most unfair or deceptive practices. It can only issue orders halting the conduct, as it did with Facebook in 2011.The agency would be expected to write new privacy rules should Congress pass a new law.Behind the momentum for a new law is rising concern over a string of scandals and the compromise of private data held by Facebook, Google and other tech giants that have reaped riches by aggregating consumer information. The industry has traditionally been lightly regulated and has resisted closer oversight as a threat to its culture of free-wheeling innovation.Republicans have generally opposed an expansion of federal authority, but in the wake of the Facebook and other privacy scandals, some have taken a more open view toward the FTC’s powers and funding. Some business groups are also proposing an expanded role in privacy protection for the FTC.The 2011 consent decree with the FTC bound Facebook to a 20-year privacy commitment. Violations could subject the company to fines of $41,484 per violation per user per day. The agreement requires that Facebook users give “affirmative express consent” any time that data they haven’t made public is shared with a third party.The agency started investigating Facebook’s privacy practices more than a year ago after reports surfaced that the British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly accessed the data of as many as 87 million Facebook users without their consent.Lawmakers of both parties are pressuring the FTC to act decisively against Facebook in light of alleged failure to live up to that commitment.The agency should quickly complete its investigation and “compel sweeping changes to end the social network’s pattern of misuse and abuse of personal data,” Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, said in a letter Monday to Simons. Both are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.“The Facebook consent-decree violations have been blatant and brazen, an offensive defiance that adds insult to injury,” they wrote. They called the $3 billion to $5 billion fine anticipated by Facebook “a bargain” for the company that would make the FTC look like “traffic police handing out speeding tickets to companies profiting off breaking the law.”“Fines alone are insufficient,” Hawley and Blumenthal said. “Far-reaching reforms must finally hold Facebook accountable to consumers.”Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press read more

Ford top selling automaker in Canada for June despite drop in sales

by News Staff Posted Jul 4, 2012 5:06 pm MDT Ford top selling automaker in Canada for June despite drop in sales AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ford Canada was the top selling automaker in Canada last month, despite seeing a nearly nine per cent drop in sales while overall auto sales edged slightly higher compared with a year ago.The Detroit-based automaker said Wednesday it sold 30,543 vehicles last month, down from 33,450 a year ago, but the company still outsold second-place Chrysler Canada by a wide margin.“Coming off a 23-year sales record last June, Ford of Canada still had a very positive month closing at number one,” Ford Canada president and CEO Dianne Craig said in statement.Overall, light vehicle sales totalled 169,459 for June according to data compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, up 2.8 per cent from 164,796 in June 2011.Passenger car sales were up 2.7 per cent at 78,903 from 76,830 a year ago, while light truck sales were up 2.9 per cent at 90,556 from 87,966.The overall gains by the market came as Japanese manufacturers bounced back from the fallout from the earthquake and tsunami that forced production cuts last year.“The market share lost this year by Detroit Three brands has been transferred primarily to Japanese brands,” said analyst Dennis DesRosiers in a statement.“Japanese manufacturers built a considerable head of steam last spring; most are maintaining that positive momentum into the summer months.”Sales at Chrysler Canada crept up 0.5 per cent in June compared with a year ago, helped by strong sales of the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan.The automaker sold 23,705 vehicles last month, up from 23,576 in June of last year.Chrysler Canada said the June sales results marked the company’s 31st consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth and represents the longest sales streak in the company’s history.Meanwhile, GM Canada dropped 18 per cent, selling only 22,869 vehicles compared to 27,883 last June. The automaker announced last month that it will be closing an assembly plant in Oshawa next year.Leading the Japanese automakers, Toyota Canada sold 16,957 vehicles in June, 70.1 per cent more than last June, while sales at Honda Canada shot up 42.6 per cent to 12,047, compared to 8,451 last June.Nissan Canada broke it’s half-year record, selling 47,105 vehicles — 8.1 per cent more than it sold in the first half of 2011. June was the company’s second-best month on record, with 9,872 vehicles sold.“With the imminent arrival of the all-new Nissan Altima in dealerships, followed by the all-new Sentra and Pathfinder later this year, we anticipate this success to continue,” said president Allen Childs.DesRosiers says Korean automakers have continued to make slow but steady gains.Kia Canada said it sold 7,782 vehicles last month, 10 per cent more than June of last year, in what the company called its best June ever for sales.Sales at Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. edged up to 13,761 in June, a modest 2.4 per cent higher than last year. But the automaker says it broke its half-year sales record.The company has sold 71,642 vehicles over the first half of the year. That’s 4.3 per cent higher than what it sold in the first six months of 2011.“June was a pivotal month for Hyundai,” said president and CEO Steve Kelleher. “We extended our streak of monthly sales increases to 42, set a new record for half-year sales and launched two new members of the Elantra family.”June was a mixed month for luxury automakers, with Mercedes-Benz Canada increasing its sales by 9.1 per cent to 3,586 while BMW went down 6.4 per cent to 3,288. read more

INTERVIEW Haiti on path to stability development thanks to UN mission says

Today, the Haitian people enjoy a considerable degree of security and greater stability; political violence has diminished; armed gangs no longer hold the population hostage, thanks in part to the work of the 14,000-strong national police; and all three branches of power are in place.“Haiti is now in a position to move forward and consolidate the stability that has been obtained, as a framework for continued social and economic development,” says Sandra Honoré, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Haiti and head of MINUSTAH.Next week will see the beginning of a smaller successor mission – the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) – which is mandated by the Security Council to assist the Government in strengthening rule of law institutions, reinforcing national police capacities, and engaging in human rights monitoring, reporting and analysis.On the eve of MINUSTAH’s closure, Ms. Honoré spoke with UN News about the Mission’s contributions to the Haitian Government and people, what continued UN support to the fight against cholera will look like, and how the UN is perceived in the small Caribbean nation. VIDEO: Special Representative Sandra Honoré highlights some of MINUSTAH’s major achievements.UN News: What does the departure of the UN Mission represent for Haiti?Sandra Honoré: The departure of MINUSTAH represents, on the one hand, that the stabilization mandate entrusted to the Mission by the Security Council has been met, and that Haiti is now in a position to move forward and consolidate the stability that has been obtained, as a framework for continued social and economic development.Haiti is now in a position to move forward and consolidate the stability that has been obtained.The Security Council in taking the decision to close MINUSTAH – which has been operating and cooperating with the Haitian authorities and the Haitian people for 13 years, also in recognition of certain weaknesses that still exist in the justice and rule of law areas – has decided to establish the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti. It is my hope that the opportunity will be seized by the Government and people of Haiti to use the contribution of the new UN Mission to advance and to consolidate rule of law in Haiti.UN News: What do you think was MINUSTAH’s strongest contribution to the Haitian people?Sandra Honoré: MINUSTAH’s strongest contribution was to support the Haitian people with the provision of a secure and stable environment; to support them with the professionalization of the Haitian National Police, which numbered some 3,300 when MINUSTAH was established. They now are at 14,000 and by the end of 2017 will reach a minimum level of 15,000. The percentage of women in the police force has also increased: there are now 9 per cent female police officers in a country where the female members of the population number 52 per cent. It is important that the Haitian National Police also reflect the population as a whole. Brazilian peacekeepers with MINUSTAH arrive in Cité Soleil for a joint security operation with the Haitian National Police to crack down on criminal activity in key areas of the capital, Port-au-Prince, in July 2011. UN Photo/Victoria HazouThe Mission was also able to support the electoral processes in the country. During 13 years, we saw the handover – on three occasions – from one democratically-elected President to another, including from one elected President to another from the opposition in 2011. The most recent handover being to President Jovenel Moïse, who assumed office in February this year. The fact that the democratic process has started to become stronger, to consolidate itself. The fact that the three powers of the State are now functioning: the executive; the elected parliament; and the judiciary.I think these are the legacy of MINUSTAH and the elements of the support that the Mission was able to provide to the Haitian Government, and above all to the Haitian people, as they strive for a better standard of living.UN News: The UN launched a strategy to help Haiti tackle cholera. What will the UN support look like once MINUSTAH leaves, and what is the current state of relations between the UN and Haitians?Sandra Honoré: The support strategy of the United Nations for the Government of Haiti, as the Government moves to work toward eliminating the transmission of cholera, will continue even after MINUSTAH leaves. This support was not only provided through MINUSTAH but also, importantly, through the UN agencies, funds and programmes, such as UNICEF and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) – the regional arm of the World Health Organization (WHO). Argentinian peacekeepers with MINUSTAH administer medical aid to residents of Les Cayes affected by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. UN Photo/Logan AbassiThe Secretary-General announced in December of 2016 the new approach of the Organization to support the Government of Haiti. This involves the two tracks: one dealing with the treatment of cholera, and infrastructure for water and sanitation – which is sadly lacking in the country; and the second track of material assistance for communities most affected.In June of this year, the Secretary-General appointed Assistant Secretary-General Josette Sheeran as his Special Envoy for Haiti. One of the tasks will be precisely to work to support the new approach and to support the mobilization of resources that will be required to pursue the new approach.MINUSTAH’s strongest contribution was to support the Haitian people with the provision of a secure and stable environment.The Secretary-General has also asked Member States to forego the return to them of unexpended balances, for example from the MINUSTAH 2015-2016 budget, to be used on the new approach.It is my hope that Member States will respond positively to the call from the Secretary-General, and that the work of the Special Envoy will go beyond the support for cholera and also involve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the goals that Haiti has for its development within the framework of the 2030 Agenda.UN News: How is the UN perceived currently and what are relations like between the UN and the Haitian people?Sandra Honoré: The relations between the UN and the Haitian people are positive. In the time that I have been there I have been able to interact with Haitians from all sections of the society at all levels – even those who may have some difficulty, philosophically let’s say, with the fact that a peacekeeping mission is functioning in the country. But they all acknowledge the contribution that MINUSTAH has been able to make to a safe and secure environment and to stabilization in the country, which saw a period of sustained disturbances in 2004 which led to the establishment MINUSTAH.So, I see a relationship that is positive and I see a desire on the part of the Haitian people to see the United Nations contributing more to development and the development objectives of the country. At REBUILD Globally in the capital, Port-au-Prince, workers fabricate sandals made of recycled tires, an employment and vocational training programme partially funded by a Quick Impact Project grant from MINUSTAH. UN Photo/Victoria HazouUN News: As head of the Mission, does any particular memory stand out?Sandra Honoré: I spent a lot of time after I arrived in Haiti in July 2013 working with my colleagues in MINUSTAH and in the UN system in the country, including UNDP, UNOPS and UN Women, on the electoral question together with the provisional electoral council.There were some moments that were very difficult. The electoral process, as you know, started in August 2015 and was not concluded until January 2017. There was a presidential election in October 2015 which was rerun so that the verification process could be conducted. At the end of it, President Moïse was declared the winner in the first round of the rerun presidential election, and following that the appointment of the President on 7 February and the installation of his Government on 22 March – I think that was a particularly gratifying moment because it was a moment that demonstrated that the attention and ‘stick-to-it-iveness’, as it were, that had to be applied to ensure that the electoral process was completed, that that was in fact done and that Haiti was now on the path to be able to concentrate on her development, and that was certainly a moment of gratification. read more

Brock welcomes the world

Rafet Aktas of Turkey is one of several visiting scholars at Brock University. Rafet Aktas has high praise for Niagara.The accounting professor from Yildirim Beyazit University in Ankara, Turkey, arrived at Brock nearly six months ago with equally high hopes for the time he would spend at the University as a visiting international scholar until March 2013.After all, a colleague of his in Turkey, who had also been a visiting scholar, told him how great a time he had at Brock expanding his academic experiences.“He told me lots of great things and that people are friendly. That’s why I came to Brock University first,” Aktas said. “I found lots of strong information (on the website), I contacted the professor and I got this great opportunity.”Aktas will work with fellow accounting professor Fayaz Elayan doing research on the impact of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform while he’s at Brock.“Rafet is a hard-working and intelligent individual with good experience in the financial sector and financial performance evaluation,” Elayan said. “His research experience will contribute and enhance the quality of our research.”Aktas was one of 22 visiting international professors, scholars and mentorship participants from 12 different countries who were honoured along with their academic hosts at a recent ‘We Welcome the World’ reception at Pond Inlet. Program participants stay at Brock from as little as three weeks to up to one year, working with faculty, staff and students on campus.In addition to helping Elayan with research, Aktas will be spending as much time in undergraduate and graduate studies classes, learning new teaching methods to take home with him.“I want to improve the education system in my country,” Aktas said. “Observing the teaching methods, especially with the graduate and undergraduate students, I compare my country’s style with this style. I want to improve my teaching style and English.”About 400 international academics have come to Brock since 2000.Sheila Young, director of Brock International, said connections are often made between Brock faculty and scholars around the world at conferences.Some visiting professors come to teach courses here or pursue work with a particular faculty member or department at Brock and are usually invited if there is interest and availability. In many cases, the program participant’s home university or government will support their travels abroad.“It’s seen as quite prestigious and good for their careers to go to other places,” Young explained. “After spending a year abroad, they may It bring fresh perspectives and new ideas to their courses and campus. Their collaborative research undertaken while here also contributes to the internationalization of Brock.”The program helps Brock become known elsewhere in the world as well, she added. Participants often return home and promote the experience to their colleagues or encourage their students interested in studying abroad to come here.“They go back and they’re a Brock ambassador.”Current visiting international professors (VIP), scholars (VIS) and mentorship participants (UM) and their host departments:Mohammed Ayad (VIP), Universite du Littoral, France. MathematicsRoman Popovych Omerlyanovych (VIP), Wolfgang Pauli Institute, Austria. MathematicsSergio Alatorre-Santamaria (VIS), Canadian Bureau for International Education, Mexico. Chemistry.Rafet Aktas (VIS), Yildirim Beyazit University, Turkey. Accounting.Lisha Chen (VIS), Beijing Forestry University, China. Faculty of Education.Robin Kramer (VIS), Bangor University, Gwynedd, U.K., Psychology.Xiaolan Luo (VIS), Xinzhou Teacher’s University, China. Confucius Institute.Nicole Nelson (VIS), Boston College, USA. Psychology.Takuya Sato (VIS), Chuo University, Japan. Sociology.Shuming Wang (VIS), Xinjiang University of Finance and Economics, China. Accounting.Minfen Ye (VIS), Minjiang University, China. Confucius Institute.Jinshan Zhang (VIS), Jilin University, China. Marketing, International Business and Strategy.Iris Broekhuizen (UM), Vrye Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands. Kinesiology.Emna Chalouati (UM), University of Manouba, Tunisia. Accounting.Rym Frini (UM), University of Manouba, Tunisia. Accounting.Yuki Fujiwara (UM), Kobe University, Japan. Computer Science.Mariem Khalifa (UM), University of Manouba, Tunisia. Accounting.Valentina Proietti (UM), University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. Psychology.Tamara Zwaan (UM), Vrye Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands. Kinesiology.Yasheng Wulamu (VIS), Xinjiang University of Finance and Economics, China. AccountingEmmena Paulus (UM), Anton de Kom Universiteit van Suriname, Suriname. Political ScienceMasami Asakawa (VIS), Sapporo Gakuin University, Japan, Sociology read more

Former Texas Tech Star and NBA Veteran Andre Emmett

Police are now looking for two black males, one of them described as being tall and slender. It’s also said the men fled in a white Chrysler 300 after the shooting. Andre Emmett, a former basketball player for Texas Tech, the NBA and the BIG3 league, was shot and killed in his hometown of Dallas, Texas, on Monday at 2:30 a.m. Andre Emmett, who played for the NBA and Big3 league, was shot and killed in his hometown of Dallas. (Photo: Jamie Squire / Getty Images Sport via Getty Images) He was selected by the Seattle Supersonics in the 2004 NBA draft as the 35th pick and also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, as well as the New Jersey Nets. A 6-foot-5 guard, Emmett was considered a star at Texas Tech when he played for the Red Raiders from 2001 to 2004, and he’s the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,256 points. He was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame in 2018, and his name is currently engraved in United Supermarkets Arena. He was later found “several hundred feet” from his home by someone who called 911 and later died at the hospital at the age of 37. “Thank you for the competitor you were on the court and the incredible person you were off of it,” a tweet sent Monday read. “Thank you for the many amazing memories you helped create. “Thank you for inspiring the entire Texas Tech family. Rest In Peace, Dre.” According to KCBD 11, Emmett was sitting in his vehicle in front of his home when he was approached by two men who pulled out a gun. An “altercation” began, and Emmett was shot as he tried to run away. Texas Tech also put out a statement. Emmett played overseas as well and played two seasons for the BIG3 on 3’s Company, where he was the second-leading scorer in the league. “The BIG3 is in a state of shock over the sudden and tragic death of Andre Emmett,” said the league in a statement. “Andre was a member of the BIG3 family for two seasons and never without a smile on his face … His kindness towards others and easy-going demeanor made him a joy to be around.” read more

Revolver ammunition and cocaine seized at house in Dublins north inner city

first_imgRevolver, ammunition and cocaine seized at house in Dublin’s north inner city A man in his late teens and a juvenile female were arrested at the scene. By Sean Murray 11,344 Views Image: An Garda Síochána Monday 19 Feb 2018, 6:54 AM Share4 Tweet Email4 GARDAÍ SEIZED A gun, a quantity of ammunition and a small amount of drugs during a search in the north inner city of Dublin yesterday.Officers from the drugs unit at Store Street Garda Station carried out the search at a house on Sheriff Street, just after 3.30pm yesterday afternoon.The revolver and ammunition was found alongside cocaine with a street value of around €800.A man in his late teens was arrested, as was a juvenile female.They are both being detained at Store Street Garda Station under Section 30 of Offences Against the State Act 1939. Source: An Garda Síochána Feb 19th 2018, 6:54 AM 2 Comments Short URL Image: An Garda Síochána Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Inondations dans le Var létat de catastrophe naturelle a été déclaré aujourdhui

first_imgInondations dans le Var : l’état de catastrophe naturelle a été déclaré aujourd’huiFrance – L’arrêté reconnaissant l’état de catastrophe naturelle pour neuf cantons du Var, département le plus durement touché par les inondations meurtrières de la semaine dernière, a été publié au Journal Officiel ce matin. Les neuf cantons concernés sont Draguignan, Fréjus, Besse, Callas, Fayence, Le Luc, Cotignac, Lorgues et Le Muy.”L’état de catastrophe naturelle est constaté pour les dommages causés par les événements naturels d’intensité anormale non assurables (inondations et coulées de boue) qui ne relèvent pas de la garantie tempête, ouragans, cyclones prévue par le code des assurances”, explique l’arrêté, qui permettra aux victimes de l’inondation couvertes par un contrat d’assurance dommages pour ses biens de se faire indemniser. Une bonne nouvelle pour les sinistrés donc, mais qui ne calme pas les associations comme Var inondations écologisme, citée par nos confrères du quotidien Var Matin, et pour qui “il faut arrêter d’accuser la fatalité. La réalité, c’est qu’il n’y a pas, dans ce département, de volonté politique de changer la situation. Voilà dix ans que nous alertons les autorités […]. Des études sont faites. Des rapports rendus. Mais chaque élu tire de son côté. Il n’y a aucune solidarité entre eux. Rien n’avance.”Le 22 juin 2010 à 12:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR OMahony Brings People Together Always Helping Others With

first_imgDear Editor,I’m writing in support of Jomarie O’Mahony for Selectmen.I’ve known Jomarie for many years and have always be amazed at how she has been able to balance her family life, work schedule and volunteerism to the people of Wilmington.Whether she’s taking her children to a sporting event or to other activities in town, she’s always there with a smile.Many of you know Jomarie as a strong supporter of helping those who need assistance.Jomarie has always been very active in programs to help others and does it with a smile and knowledge that with others she can help and make a difference.She supports our education system, sports and arts programs.She supports after school programs for the children of Wilmington.She is a supporter of our Police, Fire and all Departments.She wants to keep Wilmington’s small town feel.She understands the issues facing Wilmington and is willing to give her time, energy and knowledge to making Wilmington a better place to live and work.She will work with our State delegation on the Rt 38 corridor, Fire substation, school, the MBTA issue or any project in our town.She will work with the residents of Wilmington to find solutions to issues, whether it’s a Fire Substation, School, Housing for our seniors or Veterans or a pothole she will be at forefront.Most importantly, Jomarie will bring civility to the Board of Selectmen.It’s time to elect a person that bring groups together and not separate them and that person is Jomarie O’Mahony. I strongly ask you to Vote for Jomarie O’Mahony for Selectmen.Sincerely,Gary DePalmaLike 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Letter Of Support For Jomarie O’Mahony From The Person Who Knows Her BestIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Accepts Flag Pole Donation For Silver LakeIn “Government”LETTER FOR THE EDITOR: Jomarie O’Mahony Will Be An Independent Voice Of Reason For WilmingtonIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

49 Voices Mikey Huff of Anchorage

first_imgThis week we’re hearing from Mikey Huff in Anchorage. Huff is the co-owner of The Mercantile, a new shop in downtown Anchorage. They specialize in menswear and handmade goods, with an emphasis on local products.Listen nowMikey Huff in Anchorage (Photo by Ammon Swenson, Alaska Public Meida – Anchorage)HUFF: I’ve tried to move away a couple times, but Alaska’s really magnetizing for me. I just can’t keep myself away from it, so every time I leave I feel a big pull to come back home. Most notably, I spent some time in Portland, OR and ended up, for a while, six of us, two cats in a one bedroom apartment. And it went down from there where there were three of us living in a Toyota Corolla and then you can imagine that returning to Alaska, where I know I have a place to stay and a place to return to, is definitely a whole heck of a lot better than sleeping with two guys in a car.So I’ve been a small business owner in Anchorage for a long time, but as far as having a brick and mortar store, that was a big step for us and a new process for me. Figure out what you can live comfortably with. Figure if, you know, if you need to be paying that $10 bill to Netflix every month? Do you need to be making a car payment when you could be riding a bike? Or do you need that new pair of shoes? Figuring out what expenses you can cut, and invest in your self and your future instead of investing in these temporary things that probably aren’t a necessity. And if you’re not utilizing every dollar towards your new business, then you’re just wasting your time and your money because you’re setting yourself up for failure.I think that the community within Anchorage has been really supportive. Everyone in Anchorage seems to want to work together to build each other which I really appreciate. So one day I was sitting in the shop, and I heard a knock on the window. It was before we were open. There was this corky looking old man out there and I opened up the door and he says, “Hey! I’m selling some stuff. Do you want it?” I said, “What do you got?” He said, “Follow me.” So I walked with him and we started digging through his stuff he was selling off and I found this beautifully ugly taxidermy animal, and to this day no one’s been able to tell us what it is. It looks like a mix of a fox and a mink and a dog and a cat. And it’s very strange. I bought it for 10 bucks, and I love it and I named him Douglas. And I posted it on Facebook and someone came down and they saw Douglas and they said, “That thing is hideous. My dad is a hunter and my mom hates that he has all these taxidermy animals so we took them down. They’re sitting in our safe. They’ve been in there for ten years. And we want somewhere to display them. Would you guys want to display them?” Ad so now we have all this beautiful taxidermy from someone who just wanted to help out the shop.last_img read more

Baltimore Soundstage Christmas Music With India Arie

first_imgIndia.ArieIndia Arie and Jonathan McReynolds are performing at Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place, Baltimore, Maryland  on Dec. 18. Visit or call (410) 244-0057 for more event information.last_img

Now Evernote Wants to Help Organize Your Physical Life Too

first_img 3 min read October 2, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You probably know Evernote for its organizational app, but now the company is getting into a new product type: furniture. The company recently partnered with Pfeiffer to create a new line of desk products with the goal of organizing the modern desktop. Many of the new products are making their debut this week at Evernote’s annual conference, EC4.“Our approach to our physical products doesn’t stray far from the original vision that drives our app development,” says Jeff Zwerner, vice president of design at Evernote. “As a company, we are building a workspace that lets you accomplish your life’s work whether you work as an individual or are part of a team in a larger organization.”This year’s furniture additions to the “Evernote Market” follow the launch of several other Evernote-branded physical goods released last year, including a line of Post-It notes and a stylus for the iPad.Related: Notes Scattered Everywhere? Declutter With This Tool.“Working with physical materials allows us to exploit the tactile properties of texture and touch in ways we are unable to in the digital domain,” Zwerner says. “The result to the consumer is improved productivity and enjoyment of the work required to accomplish their goals as they switch modes from physical and digital work modes.”When designing the products, designer Eric Pfieffer says he thought a lot about problems that occur on our desktops and how best to solve them.“We tried to construct these wood products in a way that would bring a lot of function to the desktop,” he says. The products are meant to be not only functional, but also look like something you’ll want to show off.The laptop stand, for example, has an extra compartment to hold your phone, keys or other stray desk items. One of the iPad stands has a space specifically for that Evernote-branded Adonit stylus that launched last year.Related: 13 Business Productivity Apps for the Real-World EntrepreneurSome of the ideas behind the products came from Evernote’s own office expansion. Zwerner says that they noticed everyone had a good deal of miscellaneous clutter on their work surfaces with no real place to put it. Add to that laptop cables, monitors and tablets, and you have a real mess on your hands.“Between our facilities and IT teams, we tried to purchase products to manage the aesthetics and the functional issues this working style creates and couldn’t find any universal solutions,” he says. “We saw an opportunity there and had a point of view on what a solution required in terms of both function and form. Knowing what the explicit solutions needed to solve for, we wanted the design to be elegant and emotive.”You can check out the fruits of that collaboration now in the Evernote Market.Related: The Secrets of the World’s Most Successful Mobile Apps Register Now »last_img read more

Global IE4 Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors Market Expected to Reach 20662

first_imgIncreased demand for energy-efficient motors and surge in adoption of motors with minimum operation cost have boosted the growth of the Global IE4 Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors Market. However, the incessant challenges faced by domestic manufacturers to adapt to the mass production of IE4 PMS motors hamper market growth. On the contrary, rapid development in design methods to reduce carbon emission is expected to create lucrative opportunities in the near future.The market is categorized on the basis of product, application, and geography. Based on the product, the market is segmented into less than 20kW, 20–200kW, and more than 200kW. The 20-200 kW segment held the largest share in 2017, accounting for half of the total market and is estimated to continue its dominance through 2025, owing to its greater energy efficiency and high demand in the sugar processing industry. However, the more than 200 kW segment is expected to manifest the fastest CAGR of 10.3% during the forecast period.Download Sample Report: the basis of application, the market is divided into material handling, liquid pumps, fans & ventilation, cooling compressors, air compressors & vacuum pumps, blowers, and coolers. The air compressors & vacuum pumps segment dominated the market in 2017 and is projected to continue its dominance by occupying nearly one-fifth of total market share by 2025. However, the coolers segment is expected to register the fastest CAGR of 10.4% during the forecast period.The market is analyzed across various regions such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The market across the Asia-Pacific region held the lion’s share in 2017, contributing more than two-fifths of the market. Moreover, the region is estimated to portray the fastest CAGR of 10.3% through 2025, owing to surge in electric vehicle penetration and emergence of manufacturing facilities from the fast-growing economies.The market report provides in-depth analysis of the key market players such as Altra Industrial Motion Corp, ABB, Bharat Bijlee, Anhui Wannan Electric Machine Co., Ltd., Danfoss, CG global, Hitachi Ltd., Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., Kienle + Spiess GmbH, Kaeser Kompressoren, Lafert, KSB SE & Co. KGaA, NORD Drive systems, Merkes GmbH, Nidec, OEMER, Siemens AG, O.M.E. Motori Elettrici s.r.l., Toshiba Corporation, VEM Group, and Weg S.A.Enquire for Discount: Us:Allied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesUSA/Canada (Toll Free):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855)550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more