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Kelly Osbourne Fashions A Benefit For Race To Erase MS

first_imgAs a fashion designer of her own line, Stories… by Kelly Osbourne, and a guest judge on “Project Runway,” Kelly Osbourne certainly understands the value of dressing well. Now the television star is leveraging the value of designer fashion to benefit a charity near and dear to her, Race to Erase MS.Kelly Osbourne Fashions a Benefit for Race to Erase MSThrough the nonprofit designer apparel resale website Union & Fifth, Osbourne has donated an eclectic mix of young, fun clothes featuring Rebecca Minkoff, new-with-tags British Topshop, Asos, and Issa. Highlights include a fuzzy pink skirt, a pin-up girl circle skirt, and a moto-jacket. 75% of the proceeds from the sale will directly benefit Race to Erase MS, which held its 22nd annual Gala in April and its annual Orange You Happy to Erase MS campaign throughout May.Osbourne has donated an eclectic mix of young, fun clothesOsbourne has been involved in the fight against MS since her brother Jack was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis in 2012. A year later, Sharon and Jack Osbourne were both honored with the “Medal of Hope” award at the 20th annual Race to Erase MS Gala.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

At Summit Global Leaders Recommit To Family Planning

first_imgAt least 37 country governments, 16 private companies and 11 partner organizations, including civil society and private foundations, will announce commitments to accelerate progress on rights-based family planning programmes today at the Family Planning Summit.The Family Planning Summit is co-hosted by the UK Government, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in close partnership with the Family Planning 2020 Secretariat (FP2020). In parallel with the Summit in London, more than 2500 people will gather at 21 satellite events across Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Indonesia, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uganda, demonstrating growing country leadership and support for family planning.The Summit will build on progress made since the Family Planning Summit in 2012 and will reaffirm international political support for women and girls to be able to decide for themselves whether, when and how many children to have. It will address barriers to progress that are common across many countries, with a wide range of policy and programme commitments to ensure the money invested in family planning goes further.Financial commitments to be announced at the Summit are expected to total at least $2.5billion USD (£1.9billion GBP) by 2020. The majority of the funding – $1.5billion USD (£1.16billion GBP) – has been committed by countries in Asia and Africa. Many of FP2020’s 38 partner countries, ranging from Bangladesh and Burkina Faso to India, Indonesia and Uganda, will make renewed commitments to accelerate family planning progress, and four new countries will join the FP2020 partnership.The full breadth of expected Summit commitments from country governments, donors, private sector, civil society and foundations can be found here.Commitments will seek to deliver family planning to all who need it, especially adolescents, women and girls in humanitarian crises and the hard to reach. Highlights of the commitments made include: • A Bridge Funding Mechanism to enable UNFPA Supplies, the world’s largest provider of contraceptives, to provide countries with the family planning commodities they need as efficiently as possible. The Funding Mechanism is expected to speed up the procurement process, lower the cost of contraceptives, and ultimately reduce up to 50 per cent of UNFPA-related contraceptive stock-outs-delivering better results for countries, donors, and the women and families they serve. • A supply chain Visibility Analytics Network (VAN), a global platform to capture and use data from multiple sources to provide enhanced visibility into contraceptive supply chains. By partnering with private sector logistics experts and using smart-phone technology, the network will improve countries’ ability to know what contraceptives are in stock, where and how much – and to respond to stock-outs more efficiently. In two years’ time, we anticipate that this Network will be up and running in at least 12 countries. • Countries, donors, civil society and private foundations will pledge to collect, use, and disseminate age- and sex-disaggregated data. With improved data, governments, charities and others will be better able to design and assess programmes that more effectively meet the needs of adolescents. • Ten private sector organisations from outside the health and pharmaceutical sector, including the Chaudhary Foundation, Twinings, Tata Trusts, Spark Minda, MTV Staying Alive Foundation, Lindex, Vodafone, CARD MRI, NST and Reckitt Benckiser, will make commitments that expand access to contraceptives, improve supply chains, or market and deliver family planning services to their employees. These will include commitments to reach more women and girls, including through their networks, assets, and expertise-from supply chains to microfinance networks to media channels.The Family Planning Summit takes place on the five-year anniversary of the inaugural London Summit on Family Planning when world leaders set a goal to empower 120 million additional women and girls in the 69 lowest income countries to use modern contraception by 2020, and a new partnership was launched: Family Planning 2020 (FP2020). Since then, 30 million additional women and girls have begun using modern contraceptives – bringing the total to a record 300 million users across the 69 countries. As a result, last year more than 82 million pregnancies, 25 million unsafe abortions, and 125,000 maternal deaths were averted.The Summit will feature commentary by government representatives from around the world, the United Nations, foundations, the private sector, civil society and youth advocates from eight countries.Priti Patel, UK International Development Secretary, said: “Family planning has the power to change a whole country’s trajectory and help lift people out of grinding poverty. It gives women choice over if, and when, to have a family and makes real economic sense. Britain is leading the world on sexual and reproductive health and women’s rights, and we have helped 8.5 million more women make an informed choice about using desperately-needed family planning services since 2012. Today’s Summit with our international partners is an exciting and important opportunity to work together to empower millions more women and girls to take control of their own lives, address unsustainable population growth and boost global prosperity.”Dr Natalia Kanem, Acting Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), said: “Together we must keep our promise to leave no woman behind. Even though family planning is one of the best investments for development and women’s empowerment, 214 million women in developing countries who want family planning still lack access to modern contraception. To meet our common goal of reaching 120 million more women and girls by 2020, we must strengthen partnerships and mobilize more funding. As we strive to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, we are committed to getting to zero unmet need for family planning by 2030 to ensure a better future for all.”Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said: “Access to contraceptives changes everything. Women are freer to work outside the home, earn an income, and contribute to the economy. Mothers and fathers can devote more resources to their kids’ health and education-setting them up for a more productive future. Multiply that by millions of families, and you see why contraceptives are one of the greatest antipoverty innovations the world has ever known-and one of the smartest investments countries can make. Through the new commitments expected today at the Family Planning Summit, we have made a bold statement that investing in family planning is crucial to building the healthier and more prosperous future we’re all working towards.”Beth Schlachter, Executive Director of FP2020, said: “We are guided by the urgency of knowing that our work affects the lives and futures of women every day. The Summit is a chance to evaluate our progress on family planning, and re-dedicate ourselves to bringing this life-saving intervention to all that need and want it.”last_img read more

Pathway To Paris Concert To Fight Climate Change

first_imgPathway to Paris, a climate change initiative focused on turning the Paris Agreement into reality, will partner with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and 350.org for a concert on climate action, to be held at Carnegie Hall in New York City on November 5, 2017.Pathway to Paris promises to be a night of incredible musical performances and rousing speeches aimed at advancing the important work of fighting climate change while offering innovative solutions.Set to take place on the eve of COP 23 – the United Nations conference on climate change that kicks off in Bonn, Germany – the evening will feature internationally recognized musicians and speakers, including Patti Smith, Bill McKibben, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Tanya Tagaq, Flea, Talib Kweli, Cat Power, Michael Stipe, Tenzin Choegyal, and Pathway to Paris founders Rebecca Foon and Jesse Paris Smith.Tickets for the concert are on sale now and can be purchased by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website.Pathway to Paris will also be celebrating the launch of its latest project. The bold new initiative, to be unveiled next month, will encourage the world to go above and beyond the targets of the Paris Agreement.“This is our moment to move towards a renewable, resilient future as we are running out of time,” Rebecca Foon said. “We can achieve this by working together to create resilient cities that are no longer dependent on fossil fuels and create a world we want to live in.”“We believe in the power of music and its ability to heal and unify citizens in a time of crisis. We must make this fight our biggest most ambitious collaboration of all time. The world must work as a team, and the cities of our planet must join together to lead the way,” added Jesse Paris Smith.Since its inception, Pathway to Paris has partnered with UNDP and 350.org, leaders in environmental action. This alliance has created an unstoppable force in the effort to slow climate change by contributing to a multitude of initiatives globally; from benefit farmers in the Sahel, to preparing for rising sea-levels and expanding the use of renewable energy.last_img read more

Congress fields Digvijaya from tough seat Bhopal

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress has ‘fielded’ its strongman Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal and changed UP unit chief Raj Babbar’s seat from Moradabad to Fatehpur Sikri to make it “easier” for the actor-turned-politician. Singh, who wanted to contest from his home turf Rajgarh, was publicly asked by MP CM Kamal Nath to choose one of the “tough seats” where the Congress has not won in three decades. Ex-CM Singh accepted the challenge and said that he would contest from any seat as long as it was chosen by “my leader Rahul Gandhi.” He is yet to respond to the announcement made by Nath. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe Congress won three seats in the recent assembly polls from Bhopal. The high-profile Bhopal Lok Sabha seat is currently held by the BJP’s Alok Sanjar. Late President Shankar Dayal Sharma was the last Congress winner from the seat in the 1984 LS polls. In 2014 the BJP won 27 of the 29 seats in MP. The Congress won the remaining two, Chhindwara and Guna, held by Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia respectively. As per the Congress list, Imran Pratapgarhiya will now be the party’s candidate from Moradabad in place of Babbar. According to sources, Raj Babbar was not keen on contesting from Moradabad where the BJP has fielded its sitting MP Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar. In another change, Naseemuddin Siddiqui has been fielded from Bijnor, from where Indira Bhatti was named earlier.last_img read more

TSX rises on higher commodities

North American stock markets were mixed Friday morning, with resource stocks rising as the American dollar weakened after U.S. jobs data missed expectations.The Toronto market was positive with the S&P/TSX composite index ahead 93.88 points to 14,657.26 as traders continued to buy up resource stocks that were beaten down during the selloff that went on for much of October.The Canadian dollar put in a strong showing amid a strong employment readout for Canada and the weaker U.S. greenback, up 0.46 of a cent to 87.99 cents US.The economy created 43,100 jobs last month. Economists had forecast Canada would actually shed about 5,000 jobs after adding 74,000 jobs in September. The Canadian umemployment rate dropped sharply to 6.5 per cent from 6.8 per cent, the lowest since November 2008.New York markets were in the negative column after the U.S. economy generated 215,000 positions during the month, lower than the 235,000 reading that economists had expected. However, the U.S. jobless rate also fell, dropping to 5.8 per cent from 5.9 per cent. Also, U.S. job creation estimates for the past two months was revised upward by 31,000.New York’s Dow industrials fell 52.18 points to 17,502.29, the Nasdaq climbed 13.72 points to 4,624.75 while the S&P 500 index was down 4.4 points to 2,026.81.It was a relatively quiet morning on the earnings front where utility Fortis inc. (TSX:FTS) said that third-quarter profit fell about 70 per cent to $14 million, as it booked a number of non-recurring items related to its acquisition of Arizona-based gas and electric utility UNS Energy Corp. Excluding those items, the Newfoundland-based company had $72 million or 33 cents per share of net income. Its shares dipped a penny to $12.18.Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX:ATH) said Friday it had a $19.9-million quarterly net loss and comprehensive loss, or five cents per share, while operations provided $7.2 million or two cents per share of positive funds flow. A year earlier, Athabasca had a net and comprehensive loss of $30.5 million or seven cents per share and operations had negative cash flow of $5.3 million or one cent per share. Its shares slipped six cents to $3.13.In other corporate developments, Bloomberg reported that Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) could be interested in going after Norfolk Southern, the second-largest railroad in the eastern U.S. CP made a pitch for rival carrier CSX during October.CSX “is not the only potential railroad we can merge with,” said Bill Ackman, a Canadian Pacific director and founder of hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management LP. “I think the risk with CSX is we merge with” a rival to the Jacksonville, Florida-based carrier. CP slipped nine cents to $234.92 while Norfolk Southern gained three per cent.The TSX could be in for a modest advance at the end of a volatile week when energy shares were whipsawed as a move by Saudi Arabia to cut prices to its American customers pushed oil prices to three year lows. A higher U.S. dollar has also pressured commodities and resource stocks but the energy group, which makes up 25 per cent of the TSX, looked to end the week little changed.Resource stocks were supported by commodities which advanced while the greenback weakened following the American jobs data.The gold sector led TSX advancers, up 3.75 per cent while December bullion gained $7.50 to US$1,150.10 an ounce.The energy sector rose 1.5 per cent while December crude was 36 cents higher to US$78.27 a barrel.December copper was up three cents to US$3.04 a pound and the base metals sector ran ahead 2.4 per cent. read more

Sri Lanka and EU discuss lifting ban on fisheries products

Sri Lanka and the EU have had discussions on lifting the ban on fisheries products exported to EU countries.The State Minister of Economic Affairs Niroshan Perera has discussions on the matter with the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica. The new Government has prepared and is implementing an action plan to remove the ban.The EU had in November last year expressed satisfaction with the efforts taken by Sri Lanka to address the concerns which led to the ban on Sri Lankan fisheries exports to EU countries. The EU ban on fisheries products from Sri Lanka took effect in January this year as the former Government failed to prevent Sri Lankan fishermen from violating the international fisheries laws. Neven Mimica was in Sri Lanka to hold a series of high-level meetings, including with the President of Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and other senior members of the Government. EU officials also credited Sri Lankan authorities for the progress that had been made to comply with the regulations of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission. (Colombo Gazette) read more

End discrimination against girls in education for sake of world development UN

“International development efforts have been glaringly inadequate at getting girls into school in too many countries,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, said in releasing the agency’s flagship report,The State of the World’s Children. “We have to ask ourselves why this is, and what the consequences are. In this report the findings are clear: Gender discrimination is hampering development efforts, starting with the fundamental right of every child to go to school.”International development efforts are leaving hundreds of millions of girls and women uneducated and unable to contribute to positive change for themselves, their children, or their communities, the report says. It notes that illiteracy rates are still far higher among women than men, and at least 9 million more girls than boys, 65 million compared to 56 million, are left out of school every year – statistics that have lasting implications not only for girls and women, but for their children and families as well.Without accelerated action to get more girls into school over the next two years, global goals to reduce poverty and improve the human condition will simply not be reached, it adds. Conversely, bringing down the barriers that keep girls out of school will benefit both girls and boys – and their countries. “We stand no chance of substantially reducing poverty, child mortality, HIV/AIDS and other diseases if we do not ensure that all girls and boys can exercise their right to a basic education,” Ms. Bellamy said. “In daily life, knowledge makes the crucial difference.”An adjustment in development strategies needed to get girls in school and keep them there would jump-start progress on the entire development agenda for 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals, the report says. These aim, among other things, to halve poverty and significantly improve health by that target date.“Because of the persistent and often subtle gender discrimination that runs through most societies, it is girls who are sacrificed first – being the last enrolled and the first withdrawn from schools when times get tough,” the report states.In a section titled What Must Change, it presents an agenda for action, calling on development agencies, governments, families, and communities to intensify their efforts on addressing the challenges that keep girls out of school.Essentially, it calls for adjustments in how development is approached from the start, including among specific measures: creation of a national ethos recognizing the value of educating girls as well as boys; education to be included as an essential component in development plans; elimination of school fees of every kind; integration of education into national plans for poverty reduction; and increased international funding for education.The greatest need is in sub-Saharan Africa, where the number of girls left out of school each year has risen from 20 million in 1990 to 24 million in 2002, the report says. Eighty-three per cent of all girls out of school live in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and East Asia & the Pacific. read more

Japans economic growth in JulySept revised to 13 per cent

by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Dec 7, 2016 7:03 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 8, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – Japan’s economy grew 1.3 per cent in July to September from a year earlier, according to revised data reflecting weaker business investment and exports.It was the third-straight quarter of expansion, but well below forecasts by most economists of an upward revision. The preliminary estimate put annual growth at 2.2 per cent in the last quarter.Quarterly growth for the world’s third-largest economy was 0.3 per cent, down from the earlier reported 0.5 per cent.Japan has yet to attain the strong momentum Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been promising since he took office four years ago, pledging to spur investment by rekindling inflation. So far, his strategy has rested heavily on massive asset purchases by the central bank. The country remains far from the 2 per cent inflation target set in early 2013.Thursday’s downgrade reflects a 0.4 per cent drop in business investment from the previous quarter. Originally it was reported as flat. Exports grew 1.6 per cent, below the 2.0 per cent earlier figure.The latest data come amid mixed signals: on Thursday, China reported a rebound in trade that could auger well for Japan’s exports, since it supplies many of the materials and components used by Chinese manufacturers.But the election of Donald Trump as president has raised uncertainty over the future course of the U.S. economy and over Japan’s trade outlook.For now, economists say that the recent, sustained expansion and a weakening of the yen versus the dollar are good signs.That means the central bank is likely to keep its current lavish monetary easing policy intact at a policy meeting later this month, without pushing interest rates further into negative territory, said Marcel Thieliant of Capital Economics.“Firms’ predictions for industrial production suggest that the economy continued to expand at a solid pace in the current quarter. Our forecast is that GDP will grow by 1% next year,” he said.Also on Thursday, the government revised annual estimates of gross domestic product for 1994-2015, raising figures across the board based on a 2011 benchmark year. The revision put Japan’s GDP in 2015 at 530.5 trillion yen ($4.66 trillion), up from the earlier figure of 499.3 trillion yen.The newest data reflect a new calculation method based on revised international standards. It includes research and development costs, patent royalties and purchases of defence equipment that previously were not part of the calculations.The U.S., Australia and many European countries have been using the new method for years.The revised figures do not reflect any actual change in Japan’s sluggish economic reality, since they boost the overall GDP figure they are a “substantial windfall” from a political point of view, Masamichi Adachi of JPMorgan said in a research note.The higher number pushes Japan closer toward Abe’s goal of attaining a 600 trillion yen ($5.3 trillion) nominal GDP. It also improves Japan’s gross debt-to-GDP ratio, which at more than twice the size of the economy is the biggest among major industrial countries. Japan’s economic growth in July-Sept revised to 1.3 per cent A woman walks on a street in Tokyo, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Japan’s economy grew at a slower pace than earlier estimated in the July to September quarter, expanding at an annual pace of 1.3 percent. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) read more

British hero of Grand Canyon tragedy Teenage student who climbed down gorge

first_imgConrad Fish spent hours at the scene helping emergency services  A British student has spoken of how he was one of the first on the scene of a Grand Canyon helicopter crash which killed three people and left four others fighting for their lives.Conrad Fish spent seven hours helping emergency services after landing in a separate helicopter nearby during a sightseeing tour.As one of the first on the scene he told of how he found the survivors covered in wounds, with their clothes torn apart from the impact. The 19-year-old, who was at the Grand Canyon as part of his gap year, remained at the scene for seven hours with a friend to help carry supplies down a gorge to the victims. The teenager from Somerset said: “They were all in a very bad way – they had open wounds all over their bodies, and their clothes were completely torn off. “At first everyone ran over to the cliff edge to see what had happened.”Then a group of us started to collect things such as fire extinguishers, water, stretchers or really anything we could find that we thought might have helped.”The walk to where the crash took place was very slippery and rugged so it made getting supplies down very hard.”The survivors had managed to get clear of the helicopter when Conrad and his friend had reached the site.Video footage emerged showing one woman fleeing from the burning helicopter. Ellie Milward and Jonathan Udall remain in a critical condition Newlywed couple Jonathan Udall, 32, and Ellie Milward, 29, were critically injured alongside Jason’s girlfriend Jennifer Barham, 39, and pilot, Scott Booth, 42.The injured were forced to wait for nine hours to be rescued before being airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital at around 2am. “Adrenaline kicked in and all I did was help carry equipment down and help the fire brigade down. The real heroes were the doctors that kept the survivors alive.”I’m glad that I could help in some way, but I wouldn’t say I’m a hero.”The Eurocopter EC130 crashed in unknown circumstances around 5.20pm local time on Saturday killing brothers Jason and Stuart Hill, as well as Stuart’s girlfriend Becky Dobson, 22. Ellie Milward and Jonathan Udall remain in a critical condition Jason Hill was killed in the crash, along with his brother Stuart Jonathan Udall and Ellie Milward are in a critical condition, Becky Dobson and Stuart Hill both died in the crashcenter_img Conrad Fish spent hours at the scene helping emergency services  Conrad had landed in another helicopter shortly before the crash and recalled how if the circumstances had been slightly different, he could have been riding in the crash aircraft.”We were collected from a hotel near to where we were staying, and I was sat next to some of the victims on the bus,” he said.”However we had very little conversation with them and I didn’t even catch their names.”The group involved in the crash had made the trip to celebrate Stuart Hill’s 30th birthday.Conrad, a former pupil of Sherborne School in Dorset, had been travelling on his gap year with a friend and his parents, and staying near Las Vegas.He and his friend had decided to take a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon on the day of the crash. Conrad said: “As the helicopter came down we were taking a picture, so I didn’t see the descent – but I heard a very loud bang behind us as the impact was made. Jason Hill was killed in the crash, along with his brother Stuart Jonathan Udall and Ellie Milward are in a critical condition, Becky Dobson and Stuart Hill both died in the crashCredit: Caters News Agency Conrad and his friend remained at the remote and inaccessible crash site to help until they were rescued.He said: “We were left and the priority was getting in rescue supplies, so we were given emergency blankets and sat in the bottom of the canyon.”We were flown out three at a time to a local fire/army base, where they assessed our health and then sent us to give statements and videos to the police.”An investigation into the crash, and into aerial tour company Papillion, who owned the helicopter, has been launched.Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said that the Eurocopter EC130 in question had crashed in “unknown circumstances” and sustained heavy damage. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

A meeting of legal and medical minds in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Hundreds of legal and medical minds are expected to converge upon Cape Sounion in Greece next year to discuss the theme ‘Medicine and the Law – Protecting the Unprotected?’ This conference series, which has been running since 1985, was developed by lawyers and doctors who were interested in both disciplines and the fact that they have their basis in Greek history. Every two years the ‘not for profit’ conference is held in a different location in Greece, and much of the money raised is donated to charity. Before each conference, two travelling fellowships are given to early career lawyers and doctors, to allow them to attend the conference and establish contacts with other professionals in their field from around the world. The Professor Anastasios Dontas Fellowship is named after one of Greece’s most recognised medical professionals who has been working as an academic and clinical physician in Greece and the US for over fifty years. He founded Athens’ Centre for Studies of Age Related Change and serves as its Director, and is the official Conference Patron in Greece. The travelling fellowship offered to legal professionals is named after former Chief Justice for Victoria and Provost of the Sir Zelman Cowan Centre at Victoria University, Professor John Harber Phillips AC. This fellowship honours his service to both the conference and his dedication to the Law and Greek Australian relations until his death in 2009. This year the keynote speakers will be High Court of Australia Justice J Dyson Heydon AC and 2011 Australian of the Year Mr Simon McKeon, who serves as Executive Chairman of Macquarie Group’s Melbourne office, Chairman of CSIRO, Business for Millenium Development and a Federal Government Panel carrying out a Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research. The biennial 14th Greek Australian International Legal and Medical Conference will be held in 2013 at Cape Sounion, Greece from 2-8 June. For more information visit www.lmconference.com.au or contact Jenny Crofts, Conference Manager on (03) 9429 2140 or jennycrofts@ozemail.com.au for more information on the fellowships.last_img read more

Grippe le seuil épidémique a été dépassé en Bretagne

first_imgGrippe : le seuil épidémique a été dépassé en BretagneAlors que la France est actuellement en proie à une vaste épidémie de grippe, la Bretagne est particulièrement concernée, avec 490 cas pour 100 000 habitants.Selon les Grog (Groupes régionaux d’observation de la grippe) et les réseaux Sentinelles, la grippe est désormais présente sur tout le territoire français. Plusieurs régions ont même dépassé le seuil épidémique, situé à 177 cas pour 100 000 habitants, comme la Bretagne (490 cas pour 100 000 habitants), et le Nord-Pas-de-Calais (2890 cas pour 100 000 habitants), une des régions les plus touchées par la maladie. Chaque jour, la grippe gagne donc du terrain, allant même jusqu’à provoquer des décès, comme en Poitou-Charentes, où deux femmes ont perdu la vie (voir notre article).Cette épidémie se répand alors que les médecins ont du mal à convaincre les Français de se faire vacciner, et ce même si les personnes âgées, les femmes enceintes et les personnes victimes de problèmes respiratoires ont la possibilité de le faire gratuitement (voir notre article). A noter que la grippe n’est pas le seul virus à faire des ravages en France. La gastro-entérite est également bien présente, et continue de se répandre sur le territoire.Le 13 janvier 2011 à 16:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Legoland Japans Whimsical Upcoming Menu Looks Amazing

first_imgStay on target Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu There’s a brand new Legoland that’s supposed to be opening in Nagoya, Japan soon, as early as next month. And with its opening will come a whole lot of amazing-looking food based on the Legos that inspired the entirety of the attraction. Talk about being compelled to play with your food. The snacks you’ll see in Legoland are going to be absolutely awesome (like everything is, according to The Lego Movie.)Legoland Japan will open with seven differently-themed areas with five restaurants, and eight food stands. That means plenty of amazing new snacks inspired by Legos and lots of delicious, tasty treats you’ll be able to pick up throughout the theme park.There’s a whole smattering of Lego-related goodies to see, including an Abominable Slush you can find in the Bricktopia area, hot dogs from the Marina Snack Shack in the Lego City zone, roast beef and French toast in the Knight’s Kingdom zone, chocolate ices in Lego blocks, and more.You can check out a map of the park, and it’s seven various zones that include Bricktopia, Knight’s Kingdom, Pirate Shore, Miniland, Factory, Lego City, and Adventure. The Legoland theme park itself is opening up in its entirety as of April 1, and no, that’s not an April Fool’s joke.It’s a little bit of a trek, especially if you don’t live in the area, but if you’re planning a trip to Nagoya and want to experience some of the coolest Lego-related attractions currently out there on offer. You might want to take the time to pay a visit to this awesome-looking park, especially keeping the food in mind. Leave it to Japan to continue getting all these totally cool-looking (and mouth-watering) snacks. Where’s our own version of Legoland with all these super amazing foods? Call me. I’m waiting.Photos via Legoland Japanlast_img read more

Pochettino is amongst the best in the world – Emery reveals

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery insists Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has to be considered amongst the best managers in the world.The two face off in the North London derby on Sunday, and Emery is of the opinion that Pochettino must be compared with the likes of Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone following his impressive work at Spurs.Emery lauded the former Espanyol manager, saying Pochettino has done enough in his career and developed enough young players to be regarded as one of the best head coaches currently in football.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“His career is very consistent. His structure in every team is very clear, with good performances,” he said, according to Goal.“He has worked in Spain, then here with Southampton and Tottenham, with young players, and every young player usually improves with him and his staff.”“I think he deserves, because of his career, to be considered with the best coaches like Guardiola and Simeone.”last_img read more

Firefighters rescue 3 dogs from SW MiamiDade house fire 1 survives

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An electrical problem caused a fire to break out at a house in Southwest Miami-Dade that led crews to rescue three dogs inside, but two did not survive, officials said.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the home in the area of Southwest 118th Avenue and 212th Street, just before 5:30 a.m., Thursday.Upon arrival, firefighters saw smoke coming from the left side of the house and made their way inside.After working to battle the flames, the fire was put out shortly after.Officials said there were no residents inside the home, but three dogs were rescued.Firefighters worked to resuscitate the dogs by giving them oxygen, but only one survived.Officials later determined the cause of the fire was electrical. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Amazon Alexa transcripts live on even after you delete voice records

first_img“Amazon markets Echo Dot Kids as a device to educate and entertain kids, but the real purpose is to amass a treasure trove of sensitive data that it refuses to relinquish even when directed to by parents,” said Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.In a statement, Amazon said the Echo Dot Kids Edition is compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.While Facebook has drawn much of the attention for the ways it’s gobbled up our personal data, Amazon has increasingly inserted itself into our lives. The company has sold more than 100 million Alexa devices, and it’s sitting on a massive amount of text data containing details on people’s habits and behaviors that isn’t deleted. Amazon’s smart speakers are also the most popular choice for buyers.Amazon Echo dominates the market with about 70% of the market share, while Google Home has about 24% and the Apple HomePod is next at 6%. Google and Apple said they don’t keep transcript data indefinitely.A Google spokesman said both the audio and text entry is removed when a person deletes that data. For Apple, which uses Siri as a voice assistant, the company said voice recordings are never associated with a person or an account, and are tied to a random identifier that you can delete. “When you turn Siri and Dictation off, Apple will delete the User Data associated with your Siri identifier, and the learning process will start all over again,” Apple said on its website. This retention doesn’t just apply to Amazon’s own smart speakers — any third-party device using Alexa as an assistant would be sending that data to Amazon, and people wouldn’t be able to delete it. That includes voice data sent to Facebook Portal, a smart speaker released by the social network in November. Facebook said it deletes the data and transcribed text for its smart assistant when it’s activated through the wake word “Hey Portal.” But when it comes to interactions with Alexa on the Portal, that’s a different story. “Facebook does not have access to interactions with Alexa on Portal,” a Facebook spokeswoman said in an email.Amazon transcribes your voice data to text through a process it calls Automatic Speech Recognition, which then sends it to another process called the Natural Language Understanding System. The NLU system uses artificial intelligence to figure out what people really mean — so if you’re asking “how is it outside,” the system can infer that you mean to ask about the weather. In a white paper on Alexa privacy and data handling published in July, Amazon said text data was stored “for machine learning purposes.” Amazon doesn’t delete that data until the machine learning training is completed. The company didn’t clarify how long that process is.Amazon also keeps text records when people set reminders — so even when the voice recording is deleted, Alexa is still able to send reminders to people based on the text record. Your order history through Alexa also remains, even if you delete the voice recording, the company said. Beyond the data transcribed from a person’s voice commands to Alexa, Amazon also noted that it stored text data on the smart assistant’s responses. In the same document, Amazon stated: “The response can be used by the Amazon team who built the specific skill to ensure that Alexa is providing relevant answers to queries and that the (Text-to-Speech) system is properly translating the text to speech.” While it’s not your voice or something you’ve said, it’s not hard to figure out what a person asked based on the answer. It doesn’t take much to figure out what the question is from a log of Alexa saying “the weather in New York is cloudy this morning.”   Smart Speakers & Displays “When a customer deletes a voice recording, we also delete the corresponding text transcript associated with their account from our main Alexa systems and many subsystems, and have work underway to delete it from remaining subsystems,” an Amazon spokesperson said in an email. The new finding comes as privacy concerns have reached a boiling point, with people scrutinizing the tech they use more than ever. People want privacy from tech giants, and are finding that the options companies offer are not really doing the trick. In April, Facebook admitted it still tracked people after they deactivated their accounts. “Here’s what I tell all of our business executives and consumers: ‘Delete’ is never really ‘delete,'” said Theresa Payton, a former White House chief information officer and founder of cybersecurity company Fortalice. “Delete just means that you can’t see it anymore.” On Thursday, a group of 19 consumer and public health advocates filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission claiming that the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition was retaining children’s data even after parents deleted the voice recordings. The data stored on Alexa’s “Remember” feature wasn’t deleted until the parents called customer service to delete the entire profile. 2:27 Now playing: Watch this: You deleted your Alexa voice recordings, but the text… Comments While you can delete voice recordings for Amazon, the text records stay. Chris Monroe/CNET Amazon doesn’t need to hear your voice recordings to know what you’ve said. It can read them.After Alexa hears its wake word — which can vary from “Echo” to “Alexa” to “computer” — the smart assistant starts listening and transcribes everything it hears. That’s why when you check your Alexa dialogue history, you can see text next to the recordings like “How’s the Weather” and “Set an Alarm.” Amazon lets you delete those voice recordings, giving you a false sense of privacy. But the company still has that data, just not as a sound bite. It keeps the text logs of the transcribed audio on its cloud servers, with no option for you to delete them. Amazon said it erases the text transcripts from Alexa’s “main system,” but is working on removing them from other areas where the data can travel. Share your voice 10 Tagslast_img read more

Unalaskas Geothermal Hopes Stall Without City Backing

first_imgMakushin Volcano.A years-long effort to bring geothermal power to Unalaska may be on its last legs. The city government is draining its accounts for exploring Makushin Volcano, saying the project is too expensive and risky to pursue any further.Download AudioThe private trust that owns the resource disagrees, but they’re stymied without local support.Unalaska has been trying for three decades to find an affordable way to build a geothermal power plant for the city at Makushin Volcano. But it’s never gotten off the ground.“Right now, it’s just pretty much a dead project,” says city public utilities director Dan Winters.Winters says the city is clearing out its geothermal savings. They’vetransferred an expiring federal grant to Akutan, and rolled their local match back into the city’s general fund. And soon, the state Legislature will likely take back the rest of the geothermal account — a $1.5 million grant that was never used.Unalaska wasn’t always so disinterested in geothermal exploration. In the 1990s and 2000s, they partnered with the private trust that owns the resource to court developers in the Lower 48. They evenwent together to Iceland a decade ago to look at geothermal projects there.Trustee Jack Wood wants to see that partnership revived.“I guess all we’re looking for is being able to have a fair assessment of where the project is, not just to say the project’s a failure,” Wood says.Once upon a time, he says all sides agreed that Makushin was a “world-class” geothermal resource. A test well drilled in the 1980srevealed a hot-water reservoir that could generate at least 12 megawatts of electricity. That’s enough heat around 10,000 homes.Back then, the state of Alaska had control of Makushin. But they stepped back when oil prices crashed. Wood came on as a consultant for the private company that took over the lease. And in 1995, Wood and a group of investors bought the resource outright.“We formed the Alaska limited liability company called KSLC or Kiiguusi Suuluta Land Company, and proceeded to undertake bringing in other companies to help develop the project,” Wood says.Steam issues from the geothermal test well drilled at Makushin Volcano in the 1980s. (Courtesy: KSLC)Connecting Makushin to Unalaska’s electrical grid would require new wells, a power plant, dock and substations, plus miles of utility lines to stretch across water and rough terrain.All that infrastructure is a big driver of the project’s up-front cost — anywhere from $100 million to more than $300 million.Jack Wood says the city of Unalaska wouldn’t be expected to pay more than a third of that. But he does need them to sign on as a distributor, selling power to the town’s 5,000 residents and shipping companies.Chris Hladick was Unalaska’s city manager for 14 years. In that time, Hladick says that he and the resource owners could never agree on a financial structure that wouldn’t raise electric rates for consumers.“If it pencils out, it pencils out,” Hladick says. “And if it doesn’t, you’ve got to be willing to say that it doesn’t.”But it did have a major leg up compared to other renewable energy projects in small towns, where figuring out what to do with extra power can be a challenge. Unalaska’s seafood processors can use as much electricity as the whole town combined – so much that, for the most part, they make it themselves.Art Aliment is the engineering director for UniSea, the city’s largest plant.“If somebody knocked on my door and said, ‘Hey, we’re gonna put together a geothermal power plant and we’re gonna sell power’ — if I can buy it cheaper to what I’m making it now, then that’s definitely something we’re gonna be interested in, and we’ll move forward with it,” Aliment says. “If it’s out there available.”But he says geothermal developers have always wanted firm commitments from the processors that they’ll buy a certain amount of power over a certain number of years. The fishing business fluctuates, and Aliment says they can’t make any promises.That meant the city government had to charge ahead to make Makushin viable. But over the years, local support and funding broke down.By the time Chris Hladick left Unalaska to become the state’s new commerce commissioner in March, the city was letting go of its Makushin savings and setting its sights back on diesel – buying a fourth generator and new waste-heat recovery systems to make the powerhouse sustainable as fuel prices fell.Jack Wood thinks that’s short-sighted — but not for the obvious environmental reasons. He says it’s about the money: long-term savings for residents and industry. That’s especially as Unalaska looks to become an Arctic support hub, with new businesses that’ll need power, too.But Wood and his group can’t do much without a change in leadership. Right now, Unalaska is looking for a new, permanent city manager. Makushin trustee Ed Fisch says they’ll reach out to that person to resurrect the project.“It’s going to take a cooperative effort to get this thing done,” Fisch says. “If there is a city administration and a city council that wants to work toward that end, they will find ready participants in us. And if that doesn’t come to pass, you know what? Our kids will end up owning a part of a volcano.”For now, though, they’ll shop Makushin around to private companies alone — and wait for a chance to bring the city back on board.KSLC has posted more documents and communications with the city of Unalaska from past attempts to develop Makushin here.last_img read more

Drunken driver injures 28 in US Mardi Gras parade

first_imgA vehicle is seen crashed along the Endymion parade route at Orleans and Carollton during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana, US. Photo: AFPA pickup truck driven by a man who appeared to be “highly intoxicated” plowed into a crowd of spectators watching the main Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on Saturday, sending more than 20 people to the hospital, police said.The truck, traveling along the side of the street open to traffic along the Mid-City parade route, struck three other vehicles, including a dump truck, before veering onto the median where a crowd of people stood watching the procession, according to New Orleans police.Five people were being treated at hospital trauma centers, and an investigation is ongoing, police said.Police immediately apprehended the pickup driver, who according to eyewitnesses interviewed by Fox television affiliate WVEU-TV appeared disheveled, glassy-eyed and under the influence of drugs or alcohol.Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a statement referred to the suspect as a “drunk driver.”Video footage from the scene showed pandemonium immediately following the early evening incident, but the Krewe of Endymion parade, the largest and most popular of numerous Mardi Gras season parades in New Orleans, continued with little or no interruption.A total of 28 people were injured, 21 of whom were taken to local hospitals, including one police officer. Seven others who were hurt declined transport, Police Chief Michael Harrison told a news conference.Local media reports said 12 people were initially listed as critically injured.Harrison said police believed the motorist who was arrested was “highly intoxicated” and was being questioned at the police department’s drunken-driving office.The Federal Bureau of Investigation in New Orleans said its agents were “coordinating with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to determine whether a federal violation has occurred.”The Endymion parade incident was not the only one to mar Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans on Saturday. Earlier in the day, someone’s gun went off accidentally in a portable toilet along the route of another, smaller parade, leaving one person wounded, police said.last_img read more

North Carolina Villanova Students Ready To Support Their Teams In NCAA Championship

first_imgFlorian MartinStudents from the University of North Carolina celebrate after the Tar Heels beat Syracuse in the Final Four Saturday.Both teams are going into Monday’s game coming off decisive wins.Students from both schools had prime seats on each end of the court Saturday and made sure their players heard them.After witnessing her team beat Oklahoma by 44 points, Nina Hebel, a sophomore at Villanova University, has a good feeling about tonight’s game.“I think they just have to come out with the same energy and passion that they had today,” she said. “And I know all the students will be here again just to yell as loud as we did today, and we’re all super excited to see what they can do.”Christian Nguyen said he drove here 20 hours from North Carolina and it was worth it after seeing his Tar Heels beat Syracuse 83-66.He acknowledges Villanova played a good game and will be a formidable opponent.“They did play good, but if we keep our heads straight, keep playing how we have been, we’ll be solid and hopefully come home with another championship,” he said.75,505 people attended Saturday’s games.It was the highest attendance for an NCAA tournament game at NRG Stadium, and the second-highest in tournament history.The National Championship Game tips off at 8:19 p.m. Monday.It will be the first time North Carolina and Villanova face off for the title.Florian MartinVillanova students celebrate during their team’s Final Four game against Oklahoma Saturday. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:13 Listen Sharelast_img read more

3DS to be relaunched with right analog stick

first_imgSo far the 3DS has not lived up to the hype of previous Nintendo handhelds. A slow start is not a disaster as the DS can attest, but Nintendo dropping the price just a few months after launch and then apologizing to 3DS “Ambassadors” with the promise of 20 games next month, is definitely not what Nintendo intended when it was developing the device.A price drop coupled with some much-needed new games could be enough to get things back on track, but there’s a rumor coming from French-language site 01net that some bigger changes are going to happen with the 3DS hardware next year.We stress this is a rumor, but it comes from a site that leaked the Wii U two months before Nintendo officially unveiled it.Apparently the 3DS is set to get an update in the form of a $10 right analog stick attachment. Nintendo is currently figuring out how to attach this to the existing 3DS on the right side below the buttons. The problem is it needs to tightly grip the case so as not to fall off as well as somehow plug into the 3DS.The thinking behind the second stick is it would allow more games to be ported from other hardware that have controllers with dual analog sticks, so PS3, 360, PS Vita. It also opens the way for new types of game to be created specifically for the hardware that need the finer control of two sticks.The second part of the rumor involves Nintendo rethinking the 3DS because 3D isn’t working out. Parents aren’t sure about letting their kids use it for fear of poor eyesight, and 2D games are allowed on the system which shows even Nintendo aren’t 100% on the idea otherwise they’d insist developers use it.The redesign would steer away from pushing the 3D aspect and may even have a new name. In other words, the redesign would become more DS-like with two 2D displays and most likely include the new right analog stick by default.Read more at NeoGAF and 01net, via GameSpotMatthew’s OpinionThis does seem a bit too radical to me, but then who expected the Wii U to have a touchscreen as a controller? Certainly not me.Nintendo is known for regularly updating its portable hardware, but it’s usually refining what’s already there rather than a drastic change. I really don’t think the 3D screen would disappear due to the number of games that take advantage of it. But saying that, they all work without 3D so it is possible a new 3DS could do without it.The right analog stick addition begs the obvious question: why wasn’t it there from day one? Did Nintendo really forget all about twin sticks and how much PSP fans yearned for them? I also can’t see an easy way to attach a stick to an existing 3DS without some bulky clip, can you?If Nintendo really is bringing out a 3DS update (3DSLite?) then I think it will be a real test for Nintendo fans. An expensive device with not many games, followed by a big price drop soon after launch, and then a redesign some months later? It’s a bit unfair, and I hope I’m not in a position where I have to decide to buy another 3DS next year.last_img read more

St Xaviers College Raghabpur campus to come up with hostels

first_imgKolkata: St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) is taking a slew of measures for academic expansion and infrastructure development and also setting up hostels for boys and girls on its Raghabpur campus in South 24-Parganas to cater to the students from the far-flung rural areas of the Sunderbans.”We have found out that currently only students within a 15 km radius attend the college at Raghabpur, whose medium of instruction is Bengali. Hence, we have planned to set up two hostels – one each for boys and girls so that students from the interiors of Sunderbans can have access to higher education. The hostel fees will be nominal to ensure that they face no difficulty in staying in the hostels and pursue their studies,” Rev Dr Dominic Savio, principal of St. Xavier’s College said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that the Raghabpur campus, which started five years back, has been doing very well and the college intends to impart some soft skill development programmes and vocational training programmes to make them industry friendly. The college also intends to set up a community college on this campus.”We will start post graduate courses in English, Political Science or International Relations and Education on its Park Street campus and in Bengali on Raghabpur campus from the academic year 2019-20. The College also has plans to start PG course in Chemistry,” Savio said. The college also has plans to offer PhD in the subjects that will be introduced from the next academic year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe College is also introducing Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in all the subjects from the current academic session. Preparations began in July 2017 for framing curriculum and examination modes among other academic changes and now the college is ready to introduce CBCS. “We had introduced the same in Commerce and Business Administration department last year and now it will be introduced in all subjects of Science and Arts,” a senior official said.The college is also starting a counseling cell for parents. “We have counseling cell for students. Now, we will be extending the facility to the parents as well as they are major stakeholders in progress and overall development of students. We believe in holistic development,” the Principal maintained.last_img read more