Farm Safety to be Highlighted

first_imgNova Scotia farmers are working hard to reduce the risk of being injured or killed on the job. Farm Safety is My Business is the theme of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, March 8 to 14. The week highlights various aspects of risk management in the agricultural sector, focusing on young workers between the ages of 15 and 29. “We encourage farm owners and managers to make risk assessment and worker safety a priority in all aspects of their business,” said Ron Chisholm, Minister of Agriculture. “I urge Nova Scotia farmers to use due diligence every day and to analyze the risks in their workplace so they work safely.” Risk management on Canadian farms is changing. In the past, the farmer and his family did most of the work. Today, some farms in Nova Scotia have become larger and use less-experienced workers, creating a need for more formalized safety training. A young worker who was raised on a farm may know more about farm safety than a non-farming youth who is looking for a summer job on a farm. The non-farming youth will need specific safety training to do the job safely. “The province and industry continue to work together on the promotion of farm safety,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Environment and Labour. “Organizations like the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, Dalhousie University – Community Health and Epidemiology, the Nova Scotia 4-H and Rural Organizations, deserve special recognition for their continued commitment to farm safety.” Ms. Bolivar-Getson said leadership and grassroot support by organizations, farm employers and employees will help reduce workplace injury and illness. Frazer Hunter, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, is pleased with the safety improvements made on farms in this province over the past 10 years. “Even though the majority of our farmers have had to face declining financial returns on their farms, they have made it a priority to focus on turning their farms into safer work sites,” said Mr. Hunter. “They realize that the financial and personal costs of an accident can be tremendous and may have an impact for a lifetime, and not only affect the farmer but also his or her whole family. This is why we in the federation like to celebrate and support farm safety week all year-round.” An average of 115 people are killed and another 1,500 are seriously injured each year in farm related incidents in Canada, while countless minor injuries are never reported. The social costs of agricultural injuries in Canada has been estimated at $200 million to $300 million annually by the Canadian Agricultural Injury Surveillance Program. The Canadian Agricultural Safety Week Program is delivered by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association in partnership with Farm Credit Canada, Agriculture and AgriFood Canada and promoted by the Nova Scotia Farm Health and Safety Committee. For more information on Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, see the Canadian Federation of Agriculture website at www.cfa-fca.ca . A Farm Safety guide is available by calling 1-800-952-2687.last_img read more

Nova Scotia to Host Child Welfare Forum

first_imgSome of the world’s top child welfare experts will be in Halifax to discuss how to improve the lives of children in Atlantic Canada. They are part of the first Atlantic Canada Child Welfare Forum on Wednesday, May 2, and Thursday, May 3. The forum is a partnership between the government of Nova Scotia, the Child Welfare League of Canada and the Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare. “This forum’s focus — improving outcomes for children through collaboration and integration of services — is timely,” said Judy Streatch, Minister of Community Services. “Government is working on a child and youth strategy with this same focus in mind and the ultimate goal of making our children’s lives better.” The forum will bring together those behind child welfare policy and social workers on the front lines who work within the policies. The focus is on how collaboration and integration of services between government departments and community-based agencies can better meet the needs of Atlantic Canadian children. Distinguished speakers and in-depth discussions will highlight the two-day event. Invited speakers include: — Susan Bissell, senior project officer at Innocenti Research Centre, UNICEF’s International Research Centre in Florence, Italy. She is a specialist in the fields of children’s rights, child labour, trafficking, children in armed conflict, juvenile justice, and a range of other protection concerns; — Margaret Norrie McCain is a founding member of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation in New Brunswick. Their mission is the elimination of family violence through public education and research. — Diana English, director of research and development for the Child Welfare League of America. Ms. English has participated in numerous international, national, and state child welfare related commissions, committees, and conferences, and published over 80 articles on child welfare issues; and — Michael Ungar, who has worked directly with children and adults in child welfare, mental health, educational, and correctional settings. Mr. Ungar maintains a family therapy practice in association with Phoenix Youth Programs, a prevention program for street youth and their families. More information is available at the Child Welfare League of Canada’s website at www.cwlc.ca .last_img read more

Brazils Bolsonaro hinders demarcation of indigenous lands

first_imgSAO PAULO — Brazil’s new president is making it all but impossible for lands of indigenous tribes to be identified and demarcated.President Jair Bolsonaro issued an inauguration day executive order to transfer those responsibilities to Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry.The Justice Ministry demarcated the lands of indigenous tribes previously, but far-right leader Bolsonaro made it a campaign promise to change that.His agriculture minister, Tereza Cristina, is part of the agribusiness caucus in Brazil’s lower house and an adversary of requests from native tribes.Indigenous leader Sonia Guajajara says the presidential order aims to dismantle protections for Brazilian tribes.Bolsonaro said during the campaign he wanted to annul demarcation decisions made by previous administrations.His order also affects the lands of quilombolas, as descendants of former slaves are known.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Abdellaha Bahas Daughter Upset by Conspiracy Theory on Her Fathers Death

Rabat – Hikmat Baha, daughter of deceased Minister of State Abdellah Baha who died on Sunday in a train accident, said that she was made upset by news suggesting that the death of her father was deliberate, adding that those who promote such things “should repent to God”.Speaking to news website Alyaoum24, Hikmat, who was the last one to see her father before his death, said that her father picked her up from Agdal neighborhood in the capital Rabat to the family house in Al-Moheet neighborhood, denying news that she was in the city of Casablanca and that her father took her from there.She added that her father drove her to the family house and then left without telling them neither about his whereabouts nor the possibility of visiting the place where USFP leader Ahmed Zaidi died a month ago. read more

Nador Terrorist Cell Leader Was Member of Melilla Governing Party

Rabat – The leader of the terrorist cell recently dismantled by Moroccan authorities in Nador turns out to be Hafid Mohamed, a 39-year-old Spanish citizen of Moroccan descent and a member of the Popular Party (PP) in the Spanish enclave of Melilla.The Spanish newspaper El Confidencial uncovered the identity of the man accused to have led the group of terrorists arrested in Nador on Wednesday, in an article published on September 7.According to El Confidencial, it was the social and economic advantages that lured Mohammed to join the PP, not his personal convictions or political opinions. Mohamed was working as an educational assistant at the juvenile reform center of San Jose Bastion, reported the newspaper. The institution runs under the supervision of the Social Welfare and Social Affairs Ministry of Melilla, governed by PP leader Juan Jose Imbroda, who is also Melilla’s mayor. El Confidencial revealed that Mohammed was in fact in charge of 38 minors, most of them of Moroccan origins and incarcerated for diverse misdemeanors.“It is as if they invited the wolf to take care of the sheep,” the newspaper wrote.El Confidencial described the man as a liberal, having married a non-Muslim who moved to Melilla to found a family with him. The couple had two sons, celebrated Christmas together, drank alcohol and ate pork together, and behaved like any other “normal” Spanish couple.A three-year member of the PP party, Mohammed was described as an engaged activist. He dedicated most of his time to his political activities, especially during elections. He would put up banners, hand out posters, attend rallies, and would even work with the party at the Leon Solá polling station.How did the Partido Popular de Melilla activist found himself at the head of a jihadist cell that wanted to commit “terrorist attacks of great scale” in Morocco and Spain?El Confidencial revealed that the man began to change throughout the past year.Melilla’s mayor told the Spanish press that he hadn’t attended his job for a year and took leave after returning in the summer. Changing his trimmed look to a full grown bear, his polo shirt for a djellaba, Mohammed was reported to regularly attended prayers at the White Mosque of Cañada Hidum, also known as the “the Valley of the Dead.” It was there that the process of his radicalization started.The arrest of Mohamed last Wednesday put the Melilla PP in an awkward position. The Socialists of the PSOE asked for an emergency meeting of the Municipal Assembly committee, but Imbroda refused.The mayor also also tried to reject any connection between him and Mohamed, “who had not paid his dues for three years and was not allowed to participate in the internal elections,” reports El Confidencial. The mayor also assured that the jihadist was suspended from the party and expelled from his job that same Wednesday.The city of Melilla witnessed 27 anti-terrorist operations since 2012, but one-third have taken place since January 2017. In the case of Mohamed, he  radicalized rapidly, before recruiting jihadist militants and organizing night training and simulation of attacks and murders.In addition to the alleged jihadist leader, five other members of the cell were arrested on Moroccan soil Wednesday at dawn. In Melilla, the PP, PSOE and the Coalition for Melilla political parties welcomed the effectiveness of the Moroccan-Spanish cooperation.The parties have asked for an investigation into the contacts that the cell’s recruiter could have had with other young people of the social center for young offenders, which has provoked controversy in the city.On Thursday, the head of social affairs in the city’s municipality Daniel Ventura said that “it is impossible to recruit or radicalize young people from the social center for juvenile delinquents,” criticizing the apparent politicization of the terrorist plot.Ventura said that “the assistant educator is never left alone in the center and that if there was recruitment, it was outside.”The presumed jihadist arrested Wednesday was presented before the judge this Friday, September 8. read more

Hamilton Bulldogs new Head Coach

Shortly after the Hamilton Bulldogs were eliminated from the Memorial Cup Tournament, Head Coach John Gruden accepted an assistant coaching job with the New York Islanders, leaving the team without a coach.That vacancy was filled Tuesday – in house.Dave Matos was brought in to be an Associate Coach last season, and now is the Head Coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs.In a press conference Tuesday, Dave Matos said, “It’s certainly an honour, it means a lot. From day one I really loved the way they approached every day. The culture, the character, so many things I believed in.”“He adds experience for sure. 10 years in OHL pedigree of winning, won as a player, won as Coach and GM over in europe, and won as a part of our staff this year as well.” says Steve Staios, President of the Hamilton Bulldogs.44 year old Dave Matsos was born and raised in Burlington, and even played 55 games with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs back in the 98/99 season.Matsos continued to say, “For me you always create your own goals and visions, and being a Head Coach in Hamilton is something that is very intriguing and appealing to me.”Matsos scored 8 goals, and had 6 assists in his lone season with the Bulldogs. He says working under John Gruden last year was an invaluable experience and the team’s style of play will remain similar.According to Matsos, “It’s big shoes to fill. Gruds was a great coach, but I understand the culture that Steve has built here and I don’t want to stray far from that.”Steve Staios, “John Gruden did a phenomenal job with this group, and I just think there’s a continuation with Dave, Vince and Ron and we’ll get back to that level shortly.”And the culture of promoting from within continues. Assistant Coach Vince Laise, will take over as the Associate Coach. read more

Ohio State baseball player diagnosed with leukemia set to miss rest of

Freshman pitcher Zach Farmer, throws a pitch. OSU won against Toledo, 7-2, April 2.Credit: Elliot Schall / Lantern photographerOhio State freshman pitcher Zach Farmer will miss the remainder of the 2014 season after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia this week.According to the National Cancer Institute, acute myeloid leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow.“I met with Zach this morning and he is in good spirits in the company of family, friends and teammates,” OSU baseball coach Greg Beals said in a released statement Thursday. “Zach is strong, and otherwise healthy, and is a great candidate to beat this diagnosis.”Farmer is set to begin a treatment process Monday at the Wexner Medical Center James Comprehensive Cancer Center. He and his family found out about the illness earlier this week, and the rest of the team was notified Tuesday before its trip to Louisville, Ky., for a game against Louisville Wednesday.OSU lost that game, 7-3.Farmer appeared in 10 games this season for the Buckeyes and had a 6-4 record to go along with a 3.28 ERA. He was second to senior pitcher Greg Greve with nine starts this season, while Greve has made 11 starts.“The team as a whole is obviously concerned about their brother, but we will forge on in our mission,” Beals said.OSU (25-20, 6-9) is scheduled to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes (25-15, 7-8) Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m. read more

Its too early to declare victory says Stournaras

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek economy is not out of the woods just yet as its emergence from the ongoing crisis, which is hoped for this year, depends on whether or not it can bring the budget’s primary surplus down to zero, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras said. At the same time, the International Monetary Fund stressed the eurozone’s commitment to take measures to reduce Greece’s debt, a possibility that Stournaras is also eyeing. In an interview with Reuters, the Greek finance minister warned against complacency, saying: “What scares me is the big pressure from society, media and parliamentary deputies from all parties to ease the program. We must resist… it’s too early to declare victory.” “We are facing a huge crisis; we have not yet left the hot zone of bankruptcy,” he said. “We are doing better but we can’t say that we have escaped all danger. The year 2013 will determine whether we will.” This course of the budget this year may also lead to a further reduction in the country’s debt: “The primary deficit is what we are judged on. [Our creditors] expect it at zero but we believe we will do slightly better,” he said. “This means that there is a good chance our partners may further reduce our debt.” This is also the position of the IMF, which yesterday reiterated that the eurozone will have to take more action in order to render the Greek debt sustainable. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde told Skai TV that as long as Greece fulfills its commitments, the eurozone will not only continue to support the country, but will also “help through lightening the debt in the long term.” Stournaras has ruled out another debt buyback, but believes the load could be eased through other means such as the reduction of interest rates. However, the biggest concern in Stournaras’s mind appears to be the soaring jobless rate, which could compromise the country’s streamlining effort: “Unemployment is our big thorn,” he said. “There is a time lag between GDP growth and unemployment decreasing and it’s a serious problem, both economic and social.”Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

3DTV Play Nvidia propose les jeux vidéo sur écran de télévision 3D

first_img3DTV Play : Nvidia propose les jeux vidéo sur écran de télévision 3DÉtats-Unis – Nvidia est sur le point de lancer son projet 3DTV Play qui offre aux utilisateurs de jeux vidéo la possibilité de s’adonner à leur passion sur les écrans de télévision en 3D relief. Nvidia est sur le point de révolutionner le monde du jeu vidéo. En partenariat avec Panasonic, la firme au caméléon veut permettre aux gamers d’utiliser leur télévision 3D relief pour profiter pleinement de leurs jeux.La technologie 3DTV Play sera intégrée à la nouvelle génération de téléviseurs Panasonic, et la marque pourrait devenir précurseur de cette technologie en cas de succès. Des lunettes 3D, indispensables, sont également prévues pour pouvoir profiter de cette technologie. L’ordinateur devra quant à lui bénéficier au minimum d’une carte GeForce 8 ainsi que d’un câble spécial permettant de sortir un signal HDMi 1.4. Le pack 3DTV Play sera disponible au prix de 40 dollars aux États-Unis.Le 17 mars 2010 à 11:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Taïwan séquipe pour détecter à lavance séismes et tsunamis

first_imgTaïwan s’équipe pour détecter à l’avance séismes et tsunamisTaïwan – Selon un communiqué de l’AFP, les autorités de Taïwan viennent de mettre en place un système sous-marin de surveillance sismique, destiné à prévenir, dans la mesure du possible, les effets dévastateurs de futurs tsunamis. Des sismographes, des indicateurs de pression et des microphones disposés au fond de l’océan, le tout relié à la ville de Toucheng (nord-est de l’île) par un câble sous-marin de 45 km, qui envoie en temps réel les informations sur l’activité sismique : Taïwan a mis en place – pour la première fois – une surveillance high-tech des séismes au large de ses côtes. Le système a été conçu par la firme japonaise NEC Corp.À lire aussiLe volcan Etna pourrait s’effondrer et créer un tsunami dévastateur en MéditerranéeLe but : gagner de précieux instants en cas de catastrophe naturelle. “Ce système nous donne une idée précise de ce qui est en train de se passer. (…) Nous gagnerons en moyenne 10 secondes pour les alertes au tremblement de terre sur la côté est, et 10 mn pour une alerte au tsunami”, explique Kuo Kai-wen, directeur du centre sismologique.Un investissement de 14,16 millions de dollars qui se justifie par le fait que Taïwan, à cheval sur deux plaques tectoniques, est particulièrement exposée aux séismes, surtout à l’est (70 % des tremblements de terre), où ont été implantés les détecteurs : en septembre 1999, un séisme de magnitude 7,6 avait entraîné la mort de 2 400 personnes. Le 16 novembre 2011 à 15:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pinkeye Increase in The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 13, 2017 – Nassau – The Ministry of Health is advising the public of an increase in conjunctivitis also known as “pinkeye” in the Bahamas within the last four weeks. Cases have been presented in New Providence as well as cases noted in migrants from cruises in New Providence, Abaco and Eleuthera during assessments conducted by public health staff.The last major outbreak of pinkeye in the Bahamas was in 2003 with a record 6387 cases. In 2016, there were 895 recorded cases.June 2017 has so far seen 139 recorded cases, a staggering jump from 101 cases reported in May this year.The contagious disease is caused by a bacteria, virus or chemical irritation. Symptoms include redness, swelling, itching, a watery or “pus like” discharge, resulting in sensitivity to light and blurred vision.It is easily spread from one person to another. To prevent the spread, persons are encouraged to do the following:· Practice frequent hand washing· Keep your hands away from your face· Change your pillowcase and towels daily· Avoid shaking hands with others· Avoid sharing products such as make-up, and wash cloth· Stay away from work, school and public places until the infection clearsAll cases of Pinkeye should be reported to a Health Care Provider.#magneticmedianews#pinkeyeinthebahamas Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #pinkeyeinthebahamaslast_img read more

EC calls it an excellent election

first_imgElection CommissionThe election commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed has called an excellent one the Khulna mayoral polls which have been marked by complaints of rigging and intimidation.“The election commission thinks the Khulna city polls have been an excellent one,” Helal told a media briefing at the EC secretariat in the capital as the civic polls in the southern city of Khulna ended with allegations of ballot stuffing, driving out agents of opposition candidates and occupying polling stations.Ruling Bangladesh Awami League mayor candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek has taken lead in the early counting of Khulna City Corporation elections.Also a secretary of the Bangladesh government now run by the AL, Helal, however, admitted that there were irregularities in the balloting.“The balloting in the three out of 289 polling stations has been suspended due to various irregularities. In the rest of 286 polling stations, balloting was held in an excellent manner with a festive mood,” claimed the government secretary.When his attention was drawn to opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP’s) complaints of election engineering, the EC secretary said, “A political party can raise such allegations. But the EC has checked it and found that the election was fair.”When newsmen drew his attention to an allegation of many voters that they found their votes casted already by the time they reached the polling centres, Helal said, “Yes, it can happen. Thing could be like he or she might not be voter of that particular polling station. It can be ascertained only after proper investigation.”Asked whether the people’s trust in the election commission will increase by such elections, the EC secretary said, “It’s a local government polls.”The chief election commissioner, KM Nurul Huda, avoided newsmen ostensibly to skip questions on the marred Khulna polls.This is for the first time, CEC Huda avoided speaking before the media after a mayoral election.Reporters who usually cover the election affairs said it has been almost a convention that the CEC would brief the media after every big election.Even, they said, this CEC boasted before the media briefing after Rangpur and Cumilla city polls that the elections were good.last_img read more

Man found dead in Chuadanga

first_imgMan found dead in ChuadangaPolice recovered the body of a young a man, said to be member of an extremist group, from Hugoldanga, Chuadanga on Saturday morning, says UNB.The deceased is Bari Haque, 38, son of Babu Haque of Karimpur village in the upazila.Local farmers spotted the body in the field and informed police who recovered it and sent it to upazila health complex morgue.Abu Rasel, assistant superintendent of Chuadanga police, said Bari is believed to have been killed in exchange of fire between two extremist groups as he was wanted in five cases, including that of robbery.last_img read more

Netflix to Open Production Hub Expand Offices in New York City

first_imgNetflix plans to move into a bigger new office in Manhattan and open a Brooklyn production hub — all told, bringing up to $100 million in investments to New York City and resulting in hundreds of new jobs, according to New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.Netflix’s new corporate offices in the Big Apple will take up 100,000 square feet at 888 Broadway in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. The offices will house 127 new executive employees in NYC that Netflix plans to hire by 2024 — including content acquisition, development, production, legal, publicity and marketing positions — in addition to the company’s 32 current New York-based employees.In addition, Netflix has leased approximately 161,000 square feet to build six sound stages and support spaces at 333 Johnson Ave. in Brooklyn. Those are expected to house thousands of production jobs within five years, according to state officials. Under the deal with Netflix, Empire State Development — the state’s economic development agency — has offered up to $4 million in performance-based tax credits over 10 years, which are directly tied to job creation. To receive the full incentive, Netflix must create the 127 jobs by 2024 at its new executive production office and then retain those new jobs (and their existing 32 office jobs) for another five years. Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The tax breaks Netflix is receiving from New York State come under the same program it offered Amazon to open a major East Coast office in Long Island City, Queens. Amazon was set to get a $1.525 billion tax credit contingent on the creation of 25,000 jobs but bailed on the plan this February after political opposition to the ecommerce giant’s move into Queens.For Netflix, the expanded NYC outpost is the latest in a series of recent real-estate moves beyond its headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif.In L.A., the subscription-streaming company last fall signed a lease to fully occupy all 327,913 square feet of the 13-story EPIC building in Hollywood, adding to its footprint at nearby buildings ICON (325,757 square feet) and CUE (91,953 square feet) located on the Sunset Bronson Studios lot.Netflix also has taken over ABQ Studios in Albuquerque, N.M., which it acquired for less than $30 million, and earlier this year signed leases for a total of nearly 250,000 square feet of studio and office space in Toronto at Cinespace Studios and Pinewood Toronto Studios. “Netflix is innovative, creative and bold — just like New Yorkers — and the expansion of this cutting-edge company in New York once again demonstrates the Empire State is open for business,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We’re proud Netflix chose New York to grow its business, and we look forward to the jobs, economic activity and world-class productions this project will bring.”Jason Hariton, Netflix’s director of worldwide studio operations and real estate, said in a statement, “New York has created a film-friendly environment that’s home to some of the best creative and executive talent in the world, and we’re excited to provide a place for them at Netflix with our production hub.”The building at 888 Broadway (located at 19th Street and Broadway) is owned by Normandy Real Estate Partners. According to Normandy, the building is undergoing a major renovation expected to be completed by summer 2019 that will include a new office lobby and the addition of a penthouse and rooftop patio space. Netflix’s existing New York City office is located in the Chelsea neighborhood at 245 West 17th St.The Brooklyn location Netflix has leased, in the borough’s Bushwick section, is owned by real-estate developer Steel Equities, which acquired the warehouse property for $53 million last year from Normandy Real Estate Partners, Princeton Holdings and Royalton Capital, according to trade publication The Real Deal.Netflix and its studio partners have already produced numerous originals in New York, including “Orange Is the New Black,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “She’s Gotta Have It, Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” “Someone Great,” “Private Life” and “Russian Doll.” ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell Popular on Variety What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 A Suite Reward: Experience the suite life at The Plaza, New York A Suite Reward: Experience the suite life at The Plaza and save 30% on your quintessential New York City vacation. 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Nokia back in devices biz with new tablet

first_imgWithin a year of selling its handset and services business to Microsoft, Nokia has again entered the mobile devices segment by unveiling a new tablet N1 in partnership with Taiwanese company Foxconn.Nokia’s first tablet since sale of its devices business to Microsoft in about $7.2 billion in April this year is built on the latest Android platform Lollipop.Foxconn, which also makes Apple iPhones, will be responsible for full business execution, from engineering and sales to customer care, including liabilities and warranty costs, inbound IP and software licensing and contractual agreements with third parties. Nokia has extended its brand name and some of its patent technologies for the product. To begin with, the N1 tablet will be available from the first quarter of 2015 in China for $249 before taxes and gradually in other markets. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cash‘We are pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into consumers’ hands with the N1 Android tablet, and to help make sophisticated technologies simple,’ Nokia Technologies Head of Products Sebastian Nystrom said in a statement.The company said N1 will be brought to market through a brand-licensing agreement with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner responsible for manufacturing, distribution and sales. Though Nokia did not disclose the name of OEM, sources identified the original equipment maker as Foxconn. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsFoxconn has a manufacturing facility near Chennai close to Nokia unit where mobile production is suspended post its deal with Microsoft. ‘This is a great product for Nokia fans and everyone who has not found the right Android tablet yet,’ Nystrom said.After sale of its devices and services business, Nokia now has telecom network business, HERE navigation and Nokia Technologies which deals in patent licensing business.The Nokia statement said that N1 has industrial design and comes with Z Launcher, which allows users to scribble a letter or two to find their content quickly.last_img read more

LanguageLearning App Can Open Opportunities for International Business

first_img How Success Happens Listen Now Money may be the international language, but chances are you’ll need to speak at least a few foreign words if you want to deal effectively with international business partners and vendors. So how can you learn quickly? Well, there’s a free app for that. PlaySay, built for iOS, pairs aspiring polyglots for real conversations.Here’s how it works. An English-speaking user chooses a phrase from a preselected list (e.g., “Hello, how are you?” or “Steak. Medium-rare.”) and records it for a partner–a Spanish-speaking PlaySay user who has indicated a desire to learn English. The app provides the phrase in Spanish. Once the first user has mastered the pronunciation, the recording is sent to the partner, and the collaborative learning begins, with sentence-by-sentence translations in both languages. The service isn’t meant for formal learning–it teaches practical phrases to get you through a conversation.PlaySay, powered in part by Nuance Communications’ speech-recognition technology, is currently available only in Spanish, but plans are to expand to 26 languages, starting with Japanese, Italian and a Korean app for Android.The San Francisco-based company originated from founder and CEO Ryan Meinzer’s need to learn Japanese; he set about coding and building audio flashcards to teach himself the language. A meeting with former director of PayPal Japan Kevin Yu led to the creation of the business–and scored Meinzer his first investor.Launched in May, the app has more than 70,000 users. PlaySay has raised $820,000 from Yu and others, including early-stage IT investment firm Novak Biddle Venture Partners and Sean Glass of Higher One, which provides financial aid services for universities. PlaySay has deals with publishers McGraw-Hill and HarperCollins to integrate their language-learning textbook content into its products, and is looking at offering premium in-app networking features, such as allowing users to connect on Facebook.”We have a simple theory,” Meinzer says, “that what’s going to keep people engaged with learning language is conversation–conversations with real people.” This story appears in the September 2012 issue of . Subscribe » October 2, 2012 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 2 min readlast_img read more

UltraProcessed Food Its Not Just What We Eat Its How Its

first_imgSticking to whole, unprocessed foods might help you get along better with your gut microbes. (Credit: Niloo/shutterstock)In a time where ephemeral diet advice bombards us from every Instagrammer and morning show, it’s tempting to ignore the latest scientific report claiming to have a helpful idea about obesity.In a new review, researchers suggest that the consumption of ultra-processed foods could cause obesity and related health problems because of the way the foods feed our gut microbes.This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about processed foods, nor the first time we’ve heard about gut microbes. There’s research that supports and refutes the impact of both on our health.But rather than try to hone in on a single component of the obesity-prone Western diet – carbohydrates, or fats, or overconsumption – the new report takes aim at a bigger picture, formulating a hypothesis that allows for messy contributions from “all of the above.” The mechanism that underlies it all, they say, is the bacteria that live in our gut, helping us digest the food we eat.The result is a review paper that makes as much of a statement about nutrition research as it does about processed foods.Ultra-processed FoodsMany ultra-processed foods fall into the traditional “junk food” category – candy, for example. But the scientific term has more to do with how the foods are made.There’s a difference between “processed” and “ultra-processed” food, though where to draw the line is still a topic of debate. Just salting cocktail peanuts earns them a “processed” label. But “ultra-processed” is reserved for the worst offenders: foods where almost all ingredients are refined. If it has ingredients like hydrogenated oils, preservatives, emulsifiers, and natural and artificial flavorings, it’s a good hint that it’s “ultra” processed.To make ultra-processed foods, materials are broken down into their component parts, the pieces re-assembled with added sugars, salts, and fats to maximize shelf life and taste while minimizing costs.They’re things like cookies, breakfast cereal, pre-prepared frozen meals, packaged breads, and sugar-sweetened beverages.Though the best way to scientifically classify foods by their degree of processing is an ongoing debate, the general idea seems clear enough.Inge Lindseth is a clinical nutrition physiologist at the Balder Clinic in Oslo.He and his colleague, Marit Zinöcker at Bjørknes University College, propose that the way these foods are made could be what makes them feed the gut microbiota differently – for better or for worse.Actually, just worse.Let Us Count the Ways“Eating pizza or a rice dish isn’t that different to a hungry human being, provided the energy content is the same in each meal,” says Lindseth. “But to the microbiota it could mean a world of a difference.”Imagine a rice and vegetable stir-fry. These main ingredients have their original plant cells structurally intact.But what if you ground the rice into fine flour and made rice noodles, and topped it with sauce constructed with natural vegetable flavor? Now there are no whole cells left, only the acellular compounds that were once in the foods. This makes the nutrients in the dish, in a way, already partly digested.For bacteria living in the digestive tract, this means nutrients are available for them to eat sooner and in greater quantities since they don’t have to break down any cell walls or membranes. A constant influx of insta-nutrients could trigger an increase in the bacteria’s growth, an expansion of their territory, a change in their composition, or a change in their behavior – like what they eat or what by-products they produce.This potential gut disaster could be exacerbated further by an overload of sugar or carbohydrates (which are, of course, both also common in ultra-processed foods). Some studies have shown that if we exceed the sugar-uptake potential of our small intestines, what’s left over can also create a harmful breeding ground for microbes.There’s more: from certain food additives like emulsifiers, to fat content, to lack of dietary fiber – there’s a laundry-list of ways ultra-processed foods could mess with gut microbes. If any of these hypotheses turned out to be unsupported after further research, there are a dozen more possibilities waiting in the ranks.Gut ReactionYet the impact of the gut microbiome on obesity and metabolic health is still debated.A 2016 review weaved together evidence from 94 scientific publications to explain how gut microbes shape health. This team concluded that the evidence suggests gut microbes are a strong contributing factor for obesity and metabolic diseases, particularly when the composition of the microbiota leads to inflammation in the gut.But others disagree, suggesting that microbes might matter a little for obesity, but their effect is small when compared to factors like total calorie consumption. One of these critics is Pat Schloss, professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at University of Michigan Medical School.Schloss also reviewed the microbiome-obesity literature, and found not only are the effects small, but combining small effects with the immense variation in microbial communities between people makes these questions difficult to study without extremely huge sample sizes.“When any field is brand new there’s tons of enthusiasm, and then there’s maybe a bit of course correction to say, okay, what do we really think about this,” says Schloss. “I think there’s something there, but we do need to be careful about what we say about what’s linked and what’s not linked.”Seriously, Though, Go Eat Some Whole FoodsZinöcker and Lindseth conclude their report with a refreshingly honest message: While we work on this gut microbe thing, and even if we’re wrong, there’s really already enough evidence to suggest we should all be eating mostly whole, unprocessed foods.Other researchers agree. Although the reasons why are still debated, the epidemiological links between ultra-processed foods and things like obesity, cholesterol, and risk of hypertension are strong.last_img read more

Kasoulides willing to discuss Varosha handover as part of mutually agreed measure

first_imgThe Greek Cypriot side is ready to discuss the opening of Varosha under the auspices of the UN, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said on Sunday.During an event to mark 40 years since the death of Archbishop Makarios on August 3, 1977, Kasoulides was asked about the reports from the north that the Turkish side was willing to hand Varosha to the UN.Kasoulides said it was clear from statements made by a UN spokesman on Friday that “the United Nations is advocating the opening of the fenced city of Famagusta in the form of a confidence building measure only with the agreement of both sides and not unilaterally as the Milliyet report said.”The UN spokesman said they would welcome any mutually-agreed confidence measures.Asked whether the document being drafted by the Greek Cypriot side would be enough to convince the international community that such a unilateral act could not be considered a confidence building measure, Kasoulides said the move could not happen as a unilateral act under any circumstances given the UN resolutions under which the topic is covered.Replying to questions about Turkey’s designs, he said that Ankara’s plan B includes abandoning UN parameters, namely relinquishing the basis of a solution as this is provided for in resolution 1251, and instead discussing a solution of two states or a confederal solution.Questioned on a NAVTEX issued by Ankara, the minister said Nicosia was surprised in that it refers to the participation of an American warship, adding that the government will seek clarifications and information on the matter from Washington.Asked if this indicates a shift in US policy on Cyprus, he said that he is not in a position to know that because he is not sure if what Ankara has announced in the NAVTEX it has issued reflects reality.“Let us be patient until we examine the matter at hand. Participation of an American warship in an area in which we have a serious dispute with Turkey would be tantamount to the US taking a stance and I do not think Washington policy is to take a position on the matter,” the minister added.Asked to clarify a statement attributed to him that 5/6 of the development budget would go to the Turkish Cypriot community, he said the reference has nothing to do with the Fund for hydrocarbons.He explained that he was referring to the federal development budget after a solution, saying that in the first years following a solution 5/6 of the budget will go to the Turkish Cypriots until their standard of living reaches that of the Greek Cypriots.The federal budget, he explained, will be very small compared to the budgets of the constituent states and this idea (5/6 of the budget) has nothing to do with revenue from hydrocarbons exploitation which will be deposited in a special fund and a large part of it will be for the benefit of future generations.Once the Turkish Cypriots reach a certain level, the budget will be allocated according to the needs of each community. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Concerns over success of Greek classes for migrant children

first_imgA programme for migrant and refugee students in state schools needs to be re-evaluated as it appears to be causing a host of problems, lawmakers said on Wednesday.During a session at the House education committee, MPs voiced their concerns over the programme, which aims to teach migrant students the Greek language and help integrate them into the school and the country.Implemented in a handful of schools, Akel MP Andreas Kafkalias said the programme risks splitting the schools into two distinct different levels and as such the ministry of education needs to conduct a study to assess how efficient the programme is.The study is long overdue and should have been carried out four years ago, he added.The ministry should also take the necessary measures to ensure it benefits all students both migrant and local.Chairman of the committee Kyriacos Hadjiyiannis said the government had invested €10m in the project, though he stipulated this was an unofficial figure.As such, it was important to know the effectiveness of this investment, he added.This should not send the message that Cyprus does not meet its international obligations nor that it does not invest in migrant children.“What results have we seen investing all this money? We have observed there are schools which have a large concentration of students with a migrant background. They are not evenly spread out and this is what should be done.”Figures from 2014 to 2015 show 18 per cent of students were migrant children, Hadjiyiannis said. You May LikeQuizly(Quiz) Can You Pass This Eyesight Test?QuizlyUndoDailyArmyGuy Goes Nuts When He Can’t Get an Adult Coloring Book For FreeDailyArmyUndoTrend Tech NewsComfortable essentials that make you feel at home: bedding, bath linens, decor and more. Shop thoughtfully designed, responsibly manufactured linens made of the finest materials. Free shipping.Trend Tech NewsUndo Widowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

AGs brother must substantiate claim that supreme court controlled by law firm

first_imgBy George PsyllidesTHE brother of the attorney-general must substantiate accusations that the supreme court was controlled by a prominent law firm or else withdraw his comments, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said on Wednesday.The minister was commenting on allegations made by Nicos Clerides last week following the acquittal of two former bank executives by the criminal court.Clerides was responding to comments made by another lawyer on Facebook about the adequacy of his brother.“Our courts are controlled by the Polyviou and Chrysafinis law firm. There is no supreme court judge who does not have a child at the law office that promotes the banks’ interests,” Clerides wrote, of the firm, which represents Bank of Cyprus.On Wednesday, Politis reported that the supreme court considered the comment defamatory and had written to the bar association seeking an explanation.Nicolaou, a lawyer himself, told state radio that Clerides must substantiate his claims.“If there is any evidence this should be presented,” he said, adding that everyone could be scrutinised.“There are no sacred cows.”If he does not present any evidence, Clerides must withdraw his comment, the minister said.It appears there are at least four lawyers working at the law firm with links to the supreme court. One is Polyviou’s daughter Chloe who is married to Michael Kramvis, son of a former supreme court judge. Two other female lawyers are the daughters of two supreme court judges.The court acquitted former Bank of Cyprus executives Andreas Eliades and Yiannis Kypris of charges relating to alleged market manipulation by falsifying the lender’s 2010 annual report.The court decision followed a pretrial motion by the defence, which argued that the charges shared the same foundation as two previous cases regarding BoC in which the two executives had been acquitted.In January, former CEO Eliades had been found guilty in the first case relating to events in the bank that almost caused its collapse in 2013.He was given two and a half years in jail but the supreme court overturned the decision in September. Kypri and others were also charged in the case but they were acquitted.Eliades and Kypri were also charged in a second case relating to the acquisition of Greek government bonds and their failure to inform shareholders of the risks of the investment.They were acquitted following a supreme court decision, which argued that the charge sheet did not reveal a criminal offence.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more