Kate Spade Foundation to donate 1M for suicide prevention

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Kate Spade New York has announced plans to donate $1 million to support suicide prevention and mental health awareness causes in tribute to the company’s late founder.To start, the company said Wednesday the Kate Spade New York Foundation is giving $250,000 to the Crisis Text Line , a free, 24-hour confidential text message service for people in crisis.The company also said it will match public donations made to the service from June 20 through June 29, up to an amount of $100,000.Kate Spade New York also says it will host a Global Mental Health Awareness Day for employees as part of its Wellness Program.The 55-year-old fashion designer was found dead by suicide June 5. Her husband says she had depression and anxiety for many years.___This story has been corrected to show that Spade was found dead June 5, not last month.last_img read more

Crews increase containment on Tommy Lakes Fire

first_imgThe Wildfire Service said that the fire did not experience any growth on Thursday, and crews are continuing to build fire guards around the fire to protect the small farming community southeast of the fire, along with other oil and gas infrastructure nearby. The fire did not receive any rain on Thursday, but the cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity are continuing to aid fire suppression efforts.“Crews continue to build fireline and mop-up east of Tommy Lakes Road from 75km mark and east along North Nig road from 46km mark,” reads an update on bcwildfire.ca. “They are also working to contain the small excursion in a cutblock on the northwest corner. Heavy equipment is also working east, in the vicinity of Bubbles Road, towards the west flank to provide crews access to this area. On the southeast flank, crews continue to build fireline east of the Beatton Road along the fire perimeter and are working with the rail line company to protect the rail line in this area. On the southwest flank, crews have completed guard to the Beatton River and will continue along the western flank.”An evacuation order near the fire was rescinded by the PRRD just before 9:30 a.m. Thursday, though that same area is still under an evacuation alert. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service says that firefighters continue to make headway against the Tommy Lakes Fire north of Fort St. John, doubling the amount of containment on the fire compared to Thursday.The BC Wildfire Service said on its website that the 22,583-hectare wildfire is now 20 percent contained. There are 232 firefighters, eight helicopters, and 20 pieces of heavy equipment employed in the battle against the fire, which is the largest currently burning in the province.A map of the Tommy Lakes Fire burning north of Fort St. John. Photo by BC Wildfire Servicelast_img read more

Mahagathbandhan will blow away NDA in Bihar Shatrughan Sinha

first_imgPatna: The Modi lahar (wave) of 2014 has degenerated into kahar (disaster) in the last five years and the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar is all set to blow away the BJP- led NDA, actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha claimed here Friday.He said in the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh too, where his wife has been fielded by the SP-BSP combine, though the Congress is contesting separately, the BJP will be similarly swept away. Mahagathbandhan un logon ke parkhachche udaa dega (grand alliance will blow them away), Sinha, who seeks to retain his Patna Sahib seat on a Congress ticket, said at a press conference here on the final day of campaign. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHe is pitted against Union minister Ravishankar Prasad in Patna Sahib seat that will see voting on May 19. Lambasting the BJP, which he quit last month ending nearly three decades of association, for claiming that Sinha had been unhappy over not getting a ministerial berth in the Narendra Modi government, the actor, who is fondly called Bihari Babu, quipped this is tantamount to chori oopar se seenazori (commit a wrongdoing and then brazen it out). Let us, for a moment, assume that I had issues over not getting a ministerial berth. Now could the one man show and two man army (a term Sinha has been using to describe the BJP under Modi and Amit Shah) explain why it treated badly stalwarts like L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, he asked.last_img read more

Lithuanian man flies alone on huge plane to Italy

VILNIUS, Lithuania — A Lithuanian man flying to Italy got a pleasant surprise when he boarded the plane: He was the only passenger on the Boeing 737-800.Skirmantas Strimaitis, who was flying from capital Vilnius to the northern Italian city of Bergamo for a skiing holiday March 16, had the whole plane — which can usually sit up to 188 people — to himself. The only others onboard were two pilots and five crew members.The Novaturas travel agency said it had chartered the plane to fly a group home from Italy, and to avoid flying empty, one-way tickets were sold. Only one person bought one.Strimaitis told The Associated Press Tuesday the flight, which lasted more than two hours, was “a once in the lifetime experience.”The Associated Press read more

Late US Senator Ted Kennedy wins top UN award for aiding refugees

15 September 2009The late United States Senator Edward Kennedy has been awarded the most prestigious United Nations refugee award for his record of more than 45 years as an unparalleled champion of refugee protection and assistance. “Senator Kennedy stood out as a forceful advocate for those who suddenly found themselves with no voice and no rights,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres said today in announcing the 2009 Nansen Refugee Award is given annually to an individual or organization for outstanding work on behalf of refugees.“Year after year, conflict after conflict, he put the plight of refugees on the agenda and drove through policies that saved and shaped countless lives.”Mr. Kennedy’s work in establishing US refugee admissions, resettlement and asylum programmes directly helped millions of persecuted individuals to find protection and start new lives in the US, UNHCR said in a statement. He was the chief sponsor of more than 70 refugee-related measures and was instrumental in codifying international refugee obligations into US law.“UNHCR is grateful it was able to inform Senator Kennedy of the Nansen Committee’s decision in June, and deeply saddened by his passing,” the agency said. He died in August.From his election to the US Senate in 1962, Mr. Kennedy adopted a comprehensive approach in his fight for refugee protection, effectively using his influence in Congress to advance refugee- and asylum-related legislation and raise awareness of refugee crises.“Senator Kennedy met with governments at the highest levels, encouraging them to welcome refugees seeking protection in their territories,” the statement added. “He also regularly met with refugees themselves, visiting refugee settings around the globe as well as in local US communities. Throughout, he demonstrated a level of compassion and empathy for individual refugees and their communities unrivalled in the US Congress.“Senator Kennedy’s interest in refugee protection did not stop at the US border – he was the voice and the hope of persecuted and uprooted individuals worldwide. He brought attention to refugee crises in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Most recently, he played a critical role in drawing attention to the needs of Iraqi refugees,” the statement concluded.The Award, given annually to an individual or organization for outstanding work on behalf of refugees, was created in 1954 in honour of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen, the legendary Norwegian polar explorer and scientist, who was the first UN High Commissioner for Refugees.It includes a $100,000 prize, funded by Norway and Switzerland, which the winner can donate to a cause of his or her choice. The award ceremony will take place on October 28 in Washington.Last year the award went to the UN Mine Action Coordination Centre of South Lebanon for its efforts to rid the region of cluster munitions and other dangerous remnants of war to allow the safe return of civilians uprooted by fighting between Israel and Hizbollah in 2006.Previous recipients include Eleanor Roosevelt, King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. read more

UN refugee agency distributes tents to thousands of floodhit Afghans in Pakistan

There are 12 camps for 300,000 Afghan refugees in Balochistan province and 40,000 of them are affected by the bad weather, with housing damaged and roads washed out, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing today in Geneva.Severe winter conditions have forced the Government of Pakistan to extend the deadline for the completion of the census of Afghans living in the country. For the past two weeks, UNHCR has been assisting the Government in carrying out the first ever detailed census of Afghans in Pakistan.At the moment, the agency estimates there are around 1.2 million Afghans in camps and an unknown number living in cities and villages. More than 2.3 million Afghans have returned home from Pakistan since the start of UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation in spring 2002. The agency estimates that 400,000 Afghan refugees will return home during this year’s repatriation season. read more

Amtrak in North Dakota disrupted due to oil freight shipments detours to

Amtrak in North Dakota disrupted due to oil, freight shipments; detours to last through Feb. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BISMARCK, N.D. – The ice fishing in northeast North Dakota is the best it’s been in two decades, but some anglers can’t make it because trains handling freight and crude from the state’s oil patch are displacing Amtrak passenger service.Steve Dahl, owner of the Perch Patrol guide service, said he spent the past week calling hundreds of customers who had made reservations to fish at Devils Lake and stay in its namesake city.“The conditions are perfect but I’ve had to explain to them about this dumb train thing,” Dahl said. “For some of them who had their heart set on this, I would have rather told them I ran over their dog.”The federally funded rail corporation, which uses BNSF Railway Co. lines, said the “severe freight train interference” is causing long delays along its Chicago-to-Pacific Northwest Empire Builder route. In North Dakota, Amtrak trains are bypassing the cities of Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby. Passengers in those cities are being bused to either Minot or to Fargo to reconnect to westbound or eastbound trains.The detours are expected to continue through February, said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari.Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson said the track congestion hurts the city’s economy and residents’ ability to travel, especially the elderly who routinely take trains to hospitals in Minnesota. The city of about 7,500 has no scheduled bus or flight service.“We depend on Amtrak as a key part of our public transportation service. We are crippled and landlocked without it,” Johnson said. “But oil and freight is taking priority over people, that’s pretty much a given.”BNSF said in a statement it has been “disappointed in our service” but that oil trains are not solely responsible for the delays because other freight volumes also have been increasing. Severe winter weather also “has significantly impacted our efforts to make service improvements for both Amtrak and all freight customers.”Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF is part of Warren Buffett’s Omaha, Neb.-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Magliari said Amtrak has an operating agreement in place with BNSF that sets rates Amtrak must pay and incentives for BNSF to ensure Amtrak’s “on-time delivery of trains.”“The single, largest thing is trains’ punctuality,” Magliari said. “The mix of traffic volume is affecting our ability to run reliably in North Dakota.”BNSF is the biggest player the rich oil fields of Montana and North Dakota, hauling the bulk of the crude out of the region and the inbound freight that supports oil drilling.“There are oil trains, grain trains, trains hauling automobiles and lumber and a lot of each of them,” said Dale Niewoehner, who owns a funeral home in Rugby and is a former mayor of the city that bills itself as the geographical centre of North America.He and Stephanie Armstrong, a funeral director in Devils Lake, said the lack of Amtrak service not only is hurting passenger service but also the ability to move human remains by rail. The funeral homes typically use Amtrak to ship bodies because of the convenience and low cost.“We shouldn’t be so naive to think that oil from the western part of the state isn’t going to affect us here too,” Armstrong said.Scores of workers moving to and from North Dakota’s rich oil fields have made the Empire Builder route one of Amtrak’s most popular long-distance overnight trains. It runs from Chicago to Portland, Ore., and Seattle.The number of people getting on and off the trains at the route’s seven stations in North Dakota has jumped from 111,000 in fiscal 2011 to 154,800 in fiscal 2013.Oil from North Dakota began being shipped by trains in 2008 when the state reached capacity for pipeline shipments. The state is now the nation’s No. 2 oil producer, behind Texas.BNSF said it plans to invest $5 billion in its railroad this year, including $900 million to expand capacity where crude oil shipments are surging. Its 2014 spending plan is about $1 billion more than last year.“The good news is that there is nothing systemically wrong with the system that cannot be corrected,” the railroad said in a statement.That’s of hardly a salve for Kelly Arnoldink of Allendale, Mich., who along with three of his buddies recently cancelled their ice fishing trip to Devils Lake because of the lack of train service. The drive was too far and the plane ride was too expensive, he said.Fishing for jumbo perch, walleyes, and northern pike in the bitter cold and on the frozen ice of Devils Lake was a dream vacation, he said.“I’d been planning it for more than a year and hopefully I can come back,” he said. “But what’s going up there now is just ridiculous.” Steve Dahl, owner of the Perch Patrol, checks in with clients Lisa and Matt Johnson of Forest Lake, Minn. Matt is holding a walleye, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jackie Lorentz) by James MacPherson, The Associated Press Posted Feb 9, 2014 6:40 am MDT read more

Fresh fighting sends more than 75000 Pakistanis fleeing into Afghanistan – UN

The ongoing Pakistani military offensive against militants in the North Waziristan tribal region has forced more than 75,000 people to flee their homes in the past two weeks, seeking shelter in neighbouring Afghanistan, the United Nations refugee agency said today.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners are working to coordinate relief efforts and deliver assistance, providing tents and other basic relief items to the most vulnerable. “However, sanitation, clean drinking water and medical care are in short supply, and although local communities have generously welcomed the displaced, already scarce resources are now reaching capacity,” said UNHCR. The agency stressed that humanitarian assistance is urgently needed to support the host communities in both Khost and Paktika provinces in sustaining the level of assistance they have been providing to displaced families.UNHCR’s Country Representative in Afghanistan, Bo Schack, and UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mark Bowden, visited the eastern province of Khost today along with Afghan Government officials to see first-hand the situation of thousands of Pakistanis who have arrived after fleeing the fighting in their homeland. Since the cross-border movement beagn in mid-June, a number of UN agencies and their humanitarian partners have provided food and non-food items, vaccinated thousands of children against polio and measles and pre-positioned life-saving medicines for 10,000 patients, among a range of other relief activities. “The agencies operating on the ground in Khost and Paktika provinces are launching an appeal to donors to support urgent and life-saving interventions,” said UNHCR. “Overall, agencies will be requesting approximately $20 million for six months to deliver emergency and life-saving assistance to 10,000 families in Khost and 3,000 families in Paktika.”In addition to those who have fled across the border, the Pakistani Government estimates that the latest fighting has left some 470,000 people internally displaced. read more

Why Alabama Is Terrible On Third Down

As you might expect, this isn’t Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry’s fault. When the running back’s number is called on third down, he converts more than 50 percent of the time. He rushes mainly on short third downs, which helps keep that number high, but on all third-down carries with fewer than 10 yards to go, he converts 61.1 percent of the time. The other ’Bama running backs aren’t as impressive, converting their carries at 41.9 percent from all distances. Still, that’s higher than the national average of 40 percent — and not too far off from ’Bama rushing attacks of the past. (Clemson, meanwhile, is really, really good at running on third down, converting 49.5 percent of the time.) Predictably, the Crimson Tide’s trouble comes with the pass — just not in the way you might think.Like most schools, Alabama passes more often than it runs on third down. (The national average is 59.1 percent; ’Bama throws it 56.3 percent of the time.) It’s not that quarterback Jake Coker panics in these situations. He completes 58.8 percent of his third-down throws, better than celebrated Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, who completes only 52.9 percent of his throws in the same situation. But when Watson throws, he gets a first down 42.3 percent of the time. Coker gets a first down only 30.9 percent of the time. The split is even more pronounced in third-and-long situations. Coker gets more accurate; completing 59.6 percent of his throws. Watson falls to 43.8 percent. But Watson still gets more first downs from his throws in those situations: 31.3 percent to 22.8 percent. The last seven years of Alabama teams have looked a lot alike. They’ve had a dominant defense, a dominant running attack, the occasional dominant wideout and a quarterback who doesn’t screw things up. ’Bama has finished in the top 10 of the final AP poll in each of those seven seasons and on Monday will play for its fourth national title in that period. It’s been a nice little run. But this Alabama team has one major weakness that its predecessors didn’t: It sucks at converting on third down.If you watched Alabama thrash Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl, this may be about the only weakness that showed through the beating, a small consideration within the more global Brute Squad performance. Look a little closer, though, and one small crack can tell you quite a bit about this year’s Crimson Tide.Last year, Alabama converted 51.3 percent of its third downs, good for fifth among FBS schools. This year’s team converts 36.2 percent, good for 96th. There are only 128 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision, so this is not an encouraging figure. Meanwhile, Clemson is 13th, converting 47.7 percent of its third downs. The average conversion rate for FBS teams is just less than 40 percent. Alabama faces, on average, 14 third downs each game. Last year’s team would have converted seven of them; this year’s converts only five. Considering that this year’s team is also far worse at converting on fourth down (12 of 24 compared with 10 of 13 last year), that means ’Bama’s offense is losing at least two drives a game because of this regression in third-down efficiency. What gives?Cautious play-calling. Without the protective blanket of Amari Cooper, the all-world receiver who bettered Alabama’s single-season receiving yards record by more than 50 percent last year, Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has resorted to the conservative play-calling that defined his ill-fated tenure at USC. (Seriously, Google “Kiffin bubble screen” to get a taste of how the Trojan fan base felt about his play-calling when he was the head coach there.) With relatively untested Coker under center, Kiffin will all too often call for quick throws out near the sideline to receivers Calvin Ridley and ArDarius Stewart, who then proceed to get tackled before crossing the sticks. I call these wasted completions, though of course that’s oversimplifying things. By moving the ball down the field even a little bit, ’Bama sets itself up for a better punt, field-goal attempt or even fourth-down try. (Although as noted above, the latter doesn’t really help.) Most of the time, the receivers stay inbounds, so it also wastes time. That’s generally OK, too, because most ’Bama games turn into a slow march to drain the clock. But still, a first down is always better than a fourth down, and Alabama would be extending its drives significantly more often if the team simply ran plays that allowed receivers to catch the ball beyond the yellow line. That’s a play-calling problem, exacerbated by a personnel problem, and one that could come back to haunt the Tide in the national championship game.Of course, with Alabama’s incredibly efficient defense picking up the slack, it may not. Did you notice the team going 1-12 on third down while it was dismantling Georgia 38-10 earlier this season? Or 4-12 while squeezing the life out of Michigan State in the semifinals? If you’re a spoiled ’Bama fan (like me), you probably did. Otherwise you simply watched the Tide roll. read more

Transmashholding and Tognum to set up joint diesel engine production in Kolomna

first_imgJSC Transmashholding, one of Russia’s biggest rolling stock manufacturers, and propulsion and power solution specialist Tognum AG have reached an agreement to set up a joint venture company for diesel engine production in the city of Kolomna, near Moscow. A memorandum to that effect was signed at the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg by Andrey Bokarev, President of Transmashholding, and Joachim Coers, Tognum CEO. The new plant is expected to produce up to maximum 1.000 engines per year for applications rail, mining and on-site power generation. Plans for the new facility foresee the assembling, testing and finishing of Tognum’s MTU Series 4000 diesel engines and gensets, as well as sales and aftersales service. Furthermore, Transmashholding and Tognum are to set up a joint engineering center for diesel engine development. All operative business is concentrated in the joint company named MTU Transmashholding Diesel Technologies based in Kolomna.Investment in the project is expected to reach around 80 million euros. Plans for the design of the new production plant are to be completed by November 1, 2013. Production is to kick off by December 2015.Tognum’s CEO Joachim Coers said “This Joint Venture is an important and logical milestone in the development of our long-term relationship with Transmashholding and the consequent joint decision to further develop the CIS-market with modern diesel technologies.”“State-of-the-art technical solutions and high-tech standards build up a foundation of our future enterprise, all this will help us to hold a solid market position, as well as provide our consumers in Russia and abroad with reliable, quality and efficient engines”, stated A. Bokarev.last_img read more

Just not good enough – Mining Perspective 2017

first_imgMining and metals companies need to ‘double-down’ on efforts to make significant step changes in efficiency, innovation, and cost performance as they move forward in the uphill struggle to drive productivity.Synovum has released its latest in a series of thought leadership articles entitled Just Not Good Enough – Mining Perspective 2017. In the point of view article, Rolf Gerritsen, the author, highlights the need for mining companies to focus on the root cause for their decline in productivity and performance, and focus efforts around six management disciplines that must be mastered by the industry. Gerritsen states that addressing these disciplines is a “matter of urgency.”“For the remainder of 2016 and all of 2017, mining and metals companies need to ‘double-down’ on efforts to make significant step changes in efficiency, innovation, and cost performance as they move forward in the uphill struggle to drive productivity,” said Stephen Hamilton, Synovum’s Managing Partner.last_img read more

Geek deals 299 off on Dell XPS 14z laptop with Adobe Elements

first_imgWhen the Dell XPS 14z was released several months ago, it received near-universal praise (PCMag gave it 4 stars), though some critics thought the price a bit high (for a Dell, anyway). But now that the hype has worn off in favor of all things tablet-related and anything labeled an ultrabook, the price for the 14z is well within reach.Though it retails for $1098.99 (which is still pretty reasonable for the specs), the XPS 14z is now available for $799.99. The 0.9-inch thin laptop is light at 4.4lbs, and sports a trendy aluminum bezel complete with a backlit keyboard. Though it has a 14-inch display, the screen stretches nearly from edge to edge, putting it closer in size to a 13-incher than its 14-inch counterparts.This model includes a dual-core Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, and loads of connectivity options including HDMI, USB 2.0 and 3.0, mini DisplayPort, Bluetooth 3.0, and WiDi. (You’ll need to buy an adapter to use the WiDi, though.) The 720p resolution is the only letdown on this laptop – a full HD display would have put this model over the top. Switchable graphics would also make a nice inclusion instead of its basic integrated graphics, but you can opt to upgrade to NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M if it’s an absolute must.This bundle also includes Adobe Elements 9 and $50 gift card to anything on the Dell website, making the $799.99 price point an insanely competitive deal for a high-end laptop, editing software, and basically free money at the Dell store.Check out this deal on LogicBuy.last_img read more

Want to feel better about life Get out in nature

first_img Short URL 15 Comments Share Tweet Email2 OVERALL LIFE SATISFACTION is improved by getting out in nature, new research says.New research at Oregon State University empirically demonstrates that a variety of mechanisms for engaging nature significantly contribute to a person’s overall well-being.Chief among those, the study found, was whether people believed their surrounding environments were being managed well – both at work and home as well as for the pursuit of recreation.“Whether people feel like things are fair and they have a voice in process of making decisions and whether governance is transparent — those are the foundations of why people even can interact with nature,” said lead author Kelly Biedenweg of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.Biedenweg, an assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and collaborators from Colorado State University and the University of Georgia analyzed results from more than 4,400 respondents to an online survey conducted in the Puget Sound region of Washington state.The researchers used 13 different metrics to illustrate the relationship between overall life satisfaction and engaging with the natural environment. Among those metrics were community activities, access to wild resources, stress eased by time outdoors, and trust in policymakers.“Eleven of the 13 had a positive correlation to overall life satisfaction,” said Biedenweg, a social scientist who studies both how humans benefit from the natural environment and the impact human actions have on it.The links between ecological conditions, like drinking water and air quality, and objective well-being have been studied quite a bit, but the connection between various aspects of engaging the natural environment and overall subjective well-being have rarely been looked at.“We wanted to identify the relative importance of diverse, nature-oriented experiences on a person’s overall life satisfaction assessment and statistically prove the relationship between happiness/life satisfaction and engaging with nature in many different ways.”The researchers quantified the relationship between wellbeing and six common mechanisms by which nature has effects on well-being: social and cultural events; trust in governance; access to local wild resources; sense of place; outdoor recreation; and psychological benefits from time outdoors.Read: Belief that saturated fat clogs arteries is ‘just plain wrong’ Monday 1 May 2017, 11:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Paul Hosford Image: Shutterstock/Galyna Andrushko Image: Shutterstock/Galyna Andrushko http://jrnl.ie/3358628 May 1st 2017, 11:00 AM Want to feel better about life? Get out in nature Going for a walk is good in a lot of ways. 14,063 Views last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share Tweet Email Mar 20th 2017, 8:57 PM Get our daily news round up: No Comments 12,273 Views center_img http://jrnl.ie/3298106 Short URL Here’s What Happened Today: Monday FBI confirm probe into Russia-Trump ties, Enda Kenny gets support to stay on, and fuel prices on the rise – it’s the Evening Fix. Monday 20 Mar 2017, 8:57 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Six-year-old Tommy Long from Kilkenny at the launch of the report ‘Waiting on Scoliosis treatment: A children’s right issue’. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandFinance minister Michael Noonan said he thinks Enda Kenny should stay on as Taoiseach until the summer, echoing comments made by James Reilly this morning.Weather conditions limited search efforts today for Rescue 116‘s three missing crew members.A Co Clare man who killed his lover Deirdre McCarthy and dumped her body in the sea was sentenced to eight years in prison.Ian Bailey failed to show up for a hearing regarding a European arrest warrant for him.Children with the spinal condition scoliosis have spoken about their problems getting the necessary surgery.A man in his 50s died following a workplace accident at a caravan park in Co Cork.Around 350 new jobs were announced today in Dublin and Cork.Fuel prices in Ireland continue to rise.WORLD A date for the triggering of Article 50 has finally emerged. Source: Philip Toscano/PA Images#US ELECTION: The FBI has formally stated that it’s investigating links between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.#BREXIT: UK Prime Minister Theresa May says the UK will formally trigger Article 50 next Wednesday, which will formally kick-off Brexit procedures.#SESAME STREET: The popular children’s programme is introducing a new character called Julia – who has autism.PARTING SHOTFor International Day of Happiness today, The Economist decided to ask New Yorkers who’s happier: men or women?Two men with Northern Irish accents were among those who answered, and said that alcohol has an effect (though they disagreed on what that effect was…) Source: The Economist/YouTubeComments are disabled as legal proceedings are ongoinglast_img read more

Redonner du goût aux tomates grâce à la génétique

first_imgRedonner du goût aux tomates grâce à la génétiqueSelon une étude publiée aux Etats-Unis, il serait possible, grâce à un gène, de redonner du goût aux tomates industrielles. Celles-ci sont en effet davantage sélectionnées pour leur aspect que pour leur saveur.Les cultivateurs de tomates, ce n’est pas nouveau, sélectionnent des variétés génétiquement modifiées. Le choix porte sur les fruits qui présentent une couleur initialement vert pâle et qui mûrissent simultanément. Ainsi, toutes les tomates deviennent rouges et sont récoltées en même temps. Le problème c’est que cette sélection génétique a neutralisé la protéine qui donne leur goût aux tomates, expliquent les chercheurs dont l’étude paraît dans la revue américaine Science.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Désormais, nous savons que certaines des qualités de la tomate très importantes pour les gens existent dans d’autres variétés non-industrielles, ce qui donne aux producteurs la possibilité de faire des fruits plus désirables tant par la couleur que par la saveur”, indique Ann Powell, bio-chimiste à l’Université de Californie et comptant parmi les principaux auteurs de ces travaux. “Cette découverte du gène responsable de la saveur dans des variétés de tomates sauvages et traditionnelles offre la possibilité de retrouver des caractéristiques qui ont été perdues sans le savoir”, estime Mme Powell cité par l’AFP.Une étude menée durant deux été en Espagne a été nécessaire aux chercheurs pour découvrir les gènes qui jouent un rôle dans le développement des tomates et leur mûrissement. Mais grâce à une collaboration avec des scientifiques de l’Université Cornell (Etat de New York) et d’autres d’Espagne, les auteurs de l’étude ont découvert deux protéines (GLK1 et GLK2) qui contrôlent le développement des chloroplastes (cellules qui permettent la photosynthèse). Or, les chloroplastes qui convertissent l’énergie de la lumière solaire notamment en sucres influencent grandement la saveur et la couleur des tomates. Ainsi, en agissant sur les protéines, découvertes il serait possible de stimuler les processus des chloroplastes et par là même d’agir sur la qualité des tomates, estiment les chercheurs. Grâce à cette trouvaille, l’industrie américaine de la tomate pourrait donc être boostée alors qu’elle génère déjà deux milliards de dollars par an, pour une production de 15 millions de tonnes de ces fruits.Le 29 juin 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

BREAKING NEWS Another bold payroll robbery in Provo

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 2, 2016 –  SHORECLUB resort security gate is the site of another payroll robbery.Just after 3:30 p.m today, it is believed it was a huge haul as hundreds of workers stand frightened to leave site after  gunmen stormed their boss and took the whole payroll which was in cash; the man had just returned from the bank.Report is the suspects were waiting and parked adjacent to the security gate.  As the Contractor waited his turn to enter the property, the robbers struck and got away.They fired shots at the car; shattering the passenger side window and a bullet hole can be seen in the passenger door.  No one is reportedly hurt; except in their pockets as hundreds of workers expected to be paid today.This is the second payroll robbery in two months in Provo.#magneticmedicnews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #robberyoutsideshoreclublast_img read more

Rachael Ray Every Day Names New EditorinChief People On the Move —

first_imgMeredith Corporation has named Lauren Iannotti editor-in-chief and content director of Rachael Ray Every Day. Most recently, Iannotti served as executive editor of the title.“Lauren’s experience in the women’s category fits perfectly with the lifestyle orientation of the Rachael Ray Every Day brand,” says Carey Witmer, EVP and Group Publisher of the Meredith Food Group in a statement. “Moreover, Lauren’s digital and video experience will be very valuable given Rachael Ray’s 360 approach to her fans.”Iannotti succeeds Lauren Purcell, who had held the editor-in-chief role since arriving from Condé Nast in 2011.Prior to joining Meredith, Iannotti served as executive editor of Brides. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…Hearst Digital Media has appointed Sean Flynn as managing editor, editorial operations, overseeing editorial operations for all Hearst Digital properties. Most recently, Flynn served as digital operations editor at Travel + Leisure.Time Inc. has named Julie Alvin (pictured) senior digital director of lifestyle, where she will oversee digital operations and content for the company’s InStyle, Real Simple, Southern Living andHelloGiggles titles. Most recently, Alvin served as executive editor and director of brand initiatives at Bustle.Craig Ettinger has been appointed senior vice president/chief digital officer of AMG/Parade. Ettinger most recently served as founder and CEO digital media startup Josar Media, and formerly spent 15 years at Time Inc.Texas Monthly has named Kathy Blackwell, previously editor-in-chief at Austin Way magazine and features editor at the Austin American-Statesman, as executive editor, overseeing lifestyle coverage. Blackwell begins her position later this month.The New Yorker has added two writers to newyorker.com. Masha Gessen will cover a range of political subjects, foreign and domestic, and Troy Patterson will mainly write about television. Gessen has written regularly for the Times, The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair and more, while Patterson currently serves as the Style editor at Bloomberg. Lucy Dimes has been named CEO of UBM EMEA, starting her position on October 16. Most recently, Dimes served as chief executive of Fujitsu in the UK & Ireland.Scott Hockensmith has been promoted to VP of Web Paper Purchasing at Fry Communications. Most recently, he served as the company’s director of web paper purchasing.Vanessa Lawrence has been named senior editor at Elle Décor, covering fashion, art, design, theater, dance, film and travel, and more. Most recently, Lawrence served as a senior features writer at W magazine.last_img read more

Steel traders murder takes political hue

first_imgHyderabad : Steel trader T Ram Prasad (48), who was rushed to hospital on Saturday late night after seriously injured in an attack by the three unidentified assailants in Punjagutta, died in hospital while undergoing treatment in wee hours on Sunday. Earlier on Saturday night, three unidentified assailants stabbed him with sickles when he was coming out of the Venkateshwara temple in Durganagar under Punjagutta Police station limits. Also Read – Hyderabad: L&T bags IT awards Advertise With Us Police shifted the body to Gandhi Hospital mortuary for postmortem. Later the family members conducted final rites of him at Maha Prasthanam crematorium in Jubilee Hills. According to B Mohan Kumar, SHO, Punjagutta Police station, Vaidehi, wife of Ram Prasad complained police alleging that they are suspecting Koganti Satyam behind the murder of her husband since he has financial differences with her husband and many a time he threatened her husband that he will kill him. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Police registered a murder case and began investigating in that angle. However to trace the identity of three unidentified assailants who attacked Ram Prasad police are verifying the CCTV footage and also investigating from ‘contract killing’ angle. They are also enquiring on the call data of Ram Prasad to get clues. They formed four teams to nab the three assailants, suspect Satyam and searching for them in Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Vishakhapatnam. Advertise With Us Ram Prasad along with his wife and children came to Hyderabad in 2015 and was staying in Khajaguda and running a steel trading company in Hyderabad. On the other hand the suspect in the case Koganti Satyam, speaking to the media on Sunday said that the allegations against him are baseless and TDP former MLA Bonda Uma is behind the scene. ‘Since I worked against him and supported the YSR Congress Party in the recent elections, by colluding with Vaidehi, he was instigating her to make false allegations against me,’ Satyam alleged. He said he is ready to face any enquiry by the police and will co-operate with police to unearth the truth. Koganti added, in 1995 they have started Kamakshi Steels in Vijayawada and one of the partners Bonda Uma sold his share in 2003 to Ram Prasad before he joined politics. As a working partner Ram Prasad continued his trading and after 5 years when they did audit Rs 70 crore fraud was unearthed in the business. When he asked Ram Prasad on the fraud he left the place. To save the company he sold his three properties, cleared the bank loans and the power bills of the company to save the company from becoming an Non Performing Asset (NPA). Later by selling his share to another company Ram Prasad shifted to Hyderabad and with that amount he started a new company of steel business. Further he alleged that Ram Prasad cheated many scrap businessmen and others to the tune of crores of rupees and evaded them since many years.last_img read more

Etihad Airways finds investments in Alitalia Air Berlin Jet Airways not paying

first_imgAn Etihad Airways plane is seen at Minsk international airport near the village of Slabada, Belarus, May 19, 2016Reuters fileEtihad Airways has been on an investment spree in the past five years to embark on a journey of high growth but that has apparently not paid off. Two of its investments — Alitalia and Air Berlin — are in trouble, raising questions on its $4 billion splurge.”Etihad was seeking the equivalent of five years of organic growth overnight, but shortcuts in aviation rarely work. Mostly you’re buying into bad debt, bad mistakes—and skeletons in the cupboard,” news agency Bloomberg quoted aviation analyst Mark Martin, who heads Dubai-based Martin Consultancy LLC.Read: Jet Airways-investor Etihad Airways could merge with Emirates: EconomistThe news agency said that the investments were in the form of shares, bonds and others. While the investment in Alitalia was $1billion (49 percent stake), the carrier had put in $2 billion in Air Berlin.The Italian carrier filed for bankruptcy early this month amid rising losses after its approximately 12,400-strong workforce rejected pay cuts as part of an effort to revive the ailing carrier. It operated about 120 planes and flew 22.6 million passengers last year. The 70-year-old flagship carrier had sought a bailout package in 2008 and again in 2014 when Etihad rescued the loss-making airline.Driving home the operational inefficiency of Alitalia, the New York Times reported that compared to the Italian carrier, Irish low-cost carrier RyanAir has a fleet of 300 aircraft that carry about 100 million passengers and employs 11,000 employees.  German carrier Air Berlin’s aircrafts are pictured at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, September 29, 2016.Reuters fileAir Berlin is facing a different kind of problem, facing a challenge from Germany’s low-cost rivals and full-service airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG.Etihad Airways had recently appointed Robin Kamark as chief executive officer, Airline Equity Partners to revisit the carrier’s investments in Air Berlin, Alitalia, Jet Airways , Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Regional and Virgin Australia, Reuters had reported on April 24.Etihad in IndiaEtihad picked up 24 percent stake in India’s Jet Airways, or 2.72 crore (27.2 million) shares at Rs 754 per share in April 2013. On Friday (May 19, 2017), the closing share price of Jet was Rs 519.20.The April 2013 deal was pegged at Rs 2,050 crore (~$379 million).Jet Airways (excluding Jet Lite) has a market share of about 15 percent in India’s domestic air traffic; low-cost carrier IndiGo is the largest, with a share of about 40 percent. There are 12 carriers in the country, including state-owned Air India. A Jet Airways passenger plane moves on the runway at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad April 24, 2013.Reuters filelast_img read more

Trailblazing Author Talks Race Politics and Getting the Story Right

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterAfter 60 years of asking the tough questions, Dorothy Butler Gilliam, the first Black woman reporter at The Washington Post, sat down at the Barnes & Noble on Howard University’s campus to answer questions about her memoir “Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America.”“Trailblazer” was published by Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc., (January 2019). The Q&A and book signing was presented by HU Media, Journalism & Film Department and the Cathy Hughes School of Communications. Shirley Carswell, a lecturer at the University, and a former editor and newsroom executive at The Washington Post, moderated the discussion.Legendary journalist, Dorothy Butler Gilliam, the first Black woman reporter at {The Washington Post} sat down at Barnes & Noble on Howard University’s campus to talk about her new memoir, “Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America.” (Photo by George Kevin Jordan)Growing up in the segregated South, Gilliam spoke of the powerful message of love, inspiration and validation she received from the Black community.“You are more than what the larger society says you are,” Gilliam said, “and that I should not yield to the negativity.” These messages were pivotal in the racially charged South, and later highly segregated and polarized D.C.Gilliam gave her thoughts on the tricky subject of objectivity and how Black reporter’s ability to be objective when covering events that impact their community, were sometimes called into question.“First of all there was not a level playing field because White reporters covered White events all the time with “objectivity,” Gilliam said. “I don’t like that word anymore. I think more about being accurate and being fair.”Gilliam was very candid about the differences between reporting a story and writing memoirs.“One of the main things was hearing the editor, who didn’t come on until much later, say ‘how did you feel about this? How did you feel about that?’ That was so hard.”But the book is not all just feelings, Gilliam said adding, “There book has a lot of reporting in it because I wanted to include so much.” She said many people worked very hard to help her complete the book.Gilliam’s work spans multiple decades and platforms. Yes, she made history in 1961 as the first Black woman reporter for the Post, and later served as columnist and editor before retiring in 2003, but she didn’t just make enrodes in the mainstream press. She began her career writing for the Black press in Louisville, Memphis and Chicago, covering the Civil Rights Movement.She was also pivotal in guiding young journalists. She is the co-founder, former chair and a board member of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (MIJE). She was a former president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). While at the Post, she founded the Young Journalists Development Program. The mother of three children and three grandchildren also eked out time to write “Paul Robeson: All American” (1976) as well as remain active in her church.She spoke of the importance of a diverse newsroom. “One of the reasons diversity in the media is so important is that you need editors with diverse ideas to really understand and hear what your saying about a story,” she said.“So often many African American journalists in mainstream media feel very frustrated because they pitch a story idea and they’re  told ‘oh that’s not important’ or ‘nobody cares about that.’”However, the author was adamant that journalists need to fight for their ideas.“One of the things I always advocate to young journalists is if you pitch a story idea and the editor says ‘I don’t think this is a good story.’ Do it anyway. Do it on your own time. Then you bring it back. You push it. And sometimes once it’s seen, that opens the door for the story to be covered.”For more information about Gilliam or her book, visit https://www.centerstreet.com/titles/dorothy-butler-gilliam/trailblazer/9781546083443/last_img read more