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Spain Turns to Science for Stimulus

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first_imgSpain’s economy is in trouble. The country’s real-estate bubble has collapsed and its unemployment rate is 20%. Can science provide a way out? That’s the hope of the country’s ministers, who today approved the text of a new research law that aims to reward scientific talent and encourage entrepreneurship, according to local Spanish-language reports. The law still needs to be approved by Spain’s parliament. But Science and Innovation Minister Cristina Garmendia told reporters that scientific reforms could provide “a new model” for Spain’s troubled economy based on innovation. Among other steps, the law would create a new Spanish Research Agency to oversee spending and encourage the private sector to take on a larger share of R&D, something Garmendia says has been lacking in recent decades. 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The country ranks nineth in the world in number of papers published, but only 20th in impact, according to a Spanish report. “We demand a law that will let us get to the level of the Nobel Prize,” said Joan Guinovart, president of the Confederation of Spanish Scientific Societies (COSCE), which represents about 30,000 researchers. The confederation released a statement in Spanish criticizing the law as largely ineffective. Mr. Guinovart told El Mundo that the law “doesn’t provide solutions to the real problems” of Spanish science, which researchers say favors seniority over talent, in part by doling out automatic promotions. According to one joke making the rounds: “A messenger arrives in your office and 20 years later he becomes a professor.” Spain’s government says the new Science, Technology and Innovation law would address problems facing researchers, for instance by making it easier to move between universities or leave to start companies. Garmendia said in a press conference today that the law will also do away with the public-sector grants for graduate students, and replace them with contractual arrangements that include unemployment benefits. “Where before there were grants, now we’ll have contracts,” the minister said. Spain is also fretting over losing scientific talent, such as noted Spanish oncologist Josep Baselga, who this week confirmed that he would become chief of the hematology and oncology division and associate director of the Massachusetts General Hospital cancer center in Boston. To stem brain drain, the new law calls for special “distinguished investigator contracts” for recruiting foreign researchers. Garmendia said that the “balance of attraction and retention of talent must be positive,” Spanish news agency ADN reported. Garmendia, a biologist and leading figure in Spain’s biotechnology industry, was appointed head of Spain’s newly created Science and Innovation ministry in 2008. She quickly drew criticism for overseeing a sharp cut in Spain’s science budget. Spain’s science spending totals about 1.35% of GDP and lags behind European neighbors, according to Guinovart’s organization. Spain’s science ambitions suffered another blow this month when the European Southern Observatory recommended construction of a new giant telescope in Chile. Spain had bid for a location on the island of La Palma.last_img read more

CWC 2019- IND vs BAN Review: Blues secure semi-final spot after sealing Bangladesh’s fate

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first_imgImage Courtesy: NDTV SportsAdvertisementIndia sealed their semi-final spot for the sixth time after a victory over the resilient Bangladesh side. Rohit Sharma scored his fourth hundred in this edition of the World Cup to leapfrog over Warner to be the top scorer of the tournament.Image Courtesy: NDTV SportsTeam India named a couple of changes after winning the toss and electing to bat. Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav were dropped to make way for the returning Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Dinesh Karthik.Rohit Sharma continued his stupendous touch with KL Rahul by his side at the other end, the duo stitched a mammoth 180-run stand for the opening wicket. The middle order got by with useful contributions but the death over troubles returned on the slow surface as India slumped to a total of 314-9 in their 50 overs. Mustafizur Rahman was the standout bowler for the bowling side with a five-wicket haul.The Bangladesh opening pair of Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar almost saw of the first powerplay before Shami struck in the final over. Shakib Al Hasan continued his consistent run with yet another half-century, but India dictated the middle overs with wickets at regular intervals which had struck Shakib at one end.Despite Shakib perishing in the 34th over, Sabbir Rahman and Saifuddin carried on the chase before Bumrah scalped their wickets. The 28-run victory brings an end to the semi-final pursuit for Bangladesh while India will play their last league game against Sri Lanka at Leeds.Read Also:Rohit Sharma becomes only second player to hit four tons in a World CupICC CWC 19 Preview: India vs. Bangladesh; Can India defeat the fiercely competitive Bangladesh in this South Asian derby? Advertisementlast_img read more

Declare Independence from Boring Away Messages

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first_imgYou’re excited – and so am I. Sometime over the next few days we get to invest five glorious minutes to configure our inbox and voicemail so anyone who tries to email or call our office is kindly informed that we are unplugging for Independence Day. Effectively raising money for a nonprofit organization is hard work and we need, and deserve, some dedicated downtime. However, so does everyone else, even if they aren’t working at your nonprofit.Too often, the Out-of-Office notification, be it email or voicemail, is a missed opportunity to creatively promote your nonprofit, build or enhance a relationship or advance the donation process through meaningful engagement. Let’s face it, nobody really cares that you will be out of the office, why, or for how long. They care even less that you’ll have “limited access to email,” or that your office “will reopen on July 5, 2016.” The person trying to contact you probably has a question – and the call may even be related to making a gift to your organization. They need, and deserve, an answer – holiday or not.After all, generosity doesn’t take vacations. Existing and would-be donors may want to provide a credit card number,   ask where they can make an online gift, get your mailing address to send their check, or ask a question about donor benefits or tax-deductibility.With that in mind, consider a proactive, donor-centric approach when creating our OOO messages. Here are three simple ways to make your OOO notification meaningful, memorable and possibly even profitable:Connect your greeting directly to your Mission and programs.Think impact. Explain that you may be out of the office yet your nonprofit continues to make a major impact even when the office isn’t open. For your email OOO message, graphics and tag lines should instantly showcase the impact and value of your nonprofit. Use positive action verbs in your voicemail OOO notification to confirm that a closed office does not mean your nonprofit is taking time off from its vital Mission.Think about all of the time and energy you invest in trying to thoughtfully engage your donor. When they contact you via phone or email, the opportunity is there even if you’re not. To make it a worthwhile engagement for both the person reaching out to your organization and your nonprofit, use the technology available to share valuable information about your programs and donation process. Convey a similar but abbreviated message as you would in an appeal email or letter. Anticipate why an existing or prospective donor needs to connect.Think FAQ, then efficiently direct them to the information they need to make or fulfill a gift online or via direct mail. Your email OOO message is an opportunity to brand your organization and demonstrate value without writing volumes of irrelevant details. Use relevant or seasonal graphics and links to anticipate the person’s immediate needs while showcasing the impact and value of your nonprofit. Remember donor-centric puts the focus on the OOO notification reader, not on you. And most definitely not on the wonderful details of where you are spending your vacation or with whom or for how long.For voicemail OOO messages, leverage voice tone and energy to convey attentiveness even in your absence. Yes, smiles do transfer over phone lines. The caller is far more concerned with a resolution to their question than with your official title, 3 alternate contacts, and a litany of phone numbers or extensions. Keep it donor-centric, sincere and high energy while providing actual directions to aid the caller—not send them on a wild goose chase. Be sure to provide details about your nonprofit’s Mission, donation process, and available resources to answer their question without sounding like a directory. After all, your recorded voicemail message is still a dialogue between two people. Recognize everyone over weekend “will have limited access…”If your OOO notification or message can make them smile, laugh or be memorable, you have initiated or enhanced a relationship. If it drones on with meaningless or perfunctory information, you can expect their eyes to roll but you probably can’t rely on their immediate donation. If you love the good your nonprofit does throughout the year, express it in your OOO notifications. Guide them through the online or direct mail giving process and give them access to other vital information they may be looking for. Make certain your website and social media anticipate their needs as well as simplify the donation process. And invite them to share their philanthropy with their social networks.Everyone on the planet knows that if they’ve reached a voicemail the person they’re calling is unavailable. Don’t state the obvious. Use that valuable time to inspire them with humor related to your nonprofit or the time of year while demonstrating with sincerity that they, and not just their potential gift, are important to you and your organization every single day.last_img read more

Rajkot may host India’s first day-night Test against West Indies

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first_imgBCCI tour and programs fixtures committee has agreed to hold a day-night Test match for the first time in India. They have sent a proposal for the same to the Committee of Administrators (COA) for their final approval.If COA approves the proposal, one of the two Test matches with West Indies (most likely the Rajkot Test in October) will be played as a day-night contest.COA head Vinod Rai had earlier instructed the BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary to put on hold any plans of a day-night Test saying he was concerned about “players body clock over five days.”But with former captain Sourav Ganguly also present in the committee proposing the same, it’s unlikely that the COA may have any more reservations.”It was an unanimous decision of the committee to host a day-night Test in India, the first of the two Tests vs West Indies in Rajkot and we have proposed this to the COA, who have to take a final call,” Choudhary told India Today.India along with Sri Lanka is the only other leading Test playing nation not to have experimented with pink ball cricket so far. Even Pakistan has played hosts to day-night Test cricket in their adopted home, UAE. Australia has played hosts to day-night Tests four times over and the games have been a huge hit with fans.last_img read more

International cricket will be poorer without AB de Villiers: Sehwag

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first_imgSouth African talisman AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on Wednesday, saying he was tired and wanted to step out while still at the top.”After 114 test matches, 228 one day internationals and 78 T20 internationals it is time for others to take over. I’ve had my turn and to be honest I’m tired,” he said in a video message on Twitter and in a statement.”This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic (test) series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside.”It would not be right for me to pick and choose where, when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me, in the green and gold, it must be everything or nothing,” he added.The 34-year-old, whose swashbuckling batting style and razor sharp fielding has made him one of the sport’s leading lights, only returned to test cricket in December after a lengthy hiatus where he focused on the limited overs formats of the game.”It’s not about earning more somewhere else, it’s about running out of gas and feeling that it is the right time to move on,” he said. “Everything comes to an end. To the cricket fans around South Africa and the world, thank you for your kindness and generosity, and today, for your understanding.”I have no plans to play overseas, in fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket. I will continue to be the biggest supporter of (captain) Faf du Plessis and the Proteas.”advertisementCAREER GOALSWith a young family, De Villiers has hinted at international retirement in the last few years, but this past season committed to playing for his country in all three formats.In his 2016 autobiography, he revealed he had two major career goals remaining — to beat Australia in a home test series and win the Cricket World Cup.He achieved the first of those earlier this year, but said last month he was no longer as determined to complete the second in England next year.”I’m taking it one game at a time,” De Villiers was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council website.”My ultimate dream is not to win a World Cup. I’ve changed my mindset. I feel it will be nice to win it, it’ll be a bonus, but if I don’t, it’s not going to define my career.”De Villiers retires with a test average of 50.66 and as the fourth-highest scorer for South Africa with 8,765 runs. He made 22 test centuries and also took 222 catches and five stumpings, having spent part of his career in the role of wicketkeeper.In ODI cricket, he holds the records for the fastest 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls).”AB is one of the all-time greats of South African cricket who has thrilled spectators around the world with his sheer brilliance, coupled to his ability to innovate and take modern day batting in all three formats but particularly in the white ball ones to new levels,” said Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani.This is how Twitter reacted:Like your on-field game, may you have 360-degree success off the field as well. You will definitely be missed, @ABdeVilliers17. My best wishes to you! pic.twitter.com/LWHJWNXcVGSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 23, 2018A great of the game who entertained all throughout his career congrats @ABdeVilliers17. Wonderful person as well to cap it off. https://t.co/PpKT7iptohDarren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) May 23, 2018One of the world’s finest and most versatile batsmen, retires today. He’s played brilliantly till now and the world will surely miss seeing him on the field. @ABdeVilliers17Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 23, 2018Gutted. A legend of the game. Thank you @ABdeVilliers17 https://t.co/XW6jFurs80Dane van Niekerk (@danevn81) May 23, 2018An inspiration to millions, and one of the greatest to have come from South Africa. @ABdeVilliers17 retired a true legend! Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) May 23, 2018Many congratulations @ABdeVilliers17 on a glorious Cricket career. You enriched the game with your ability, presence and mannerisms and will continue to be a role-model for aspiring cricketers. Wish you a very happy post-retirement life.VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 23, 2018Thank you for all the memories @ABDevilliers17 #ABRetires pic.twitter.com/k1z07madj1ICC (@ICC) May 23, 2018I remember this young guy on his 1st day out for Proteas… What an inspiration, person and player he turned out to be. Thank you for everything you have done and been for your country, teammates and fans @ABdeVilliers17 #legend pic.twitter.com/8gQBDWbAp7advertisementmark boucher (@markb46) May 23, 2018One of the best! Wish you all the best AB amazing player but above all that great guy… https://t.co/njEZLnuPitMahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) May 23, 2018Not only one of the best ever cricketers to grace this earth but also a beautiful human being!!! Congrats on an awesome Int career @ABdeVilliers17 domestic cricketers themselves with the thought of him playing more games for @Titans_CricketHenry Davids (@HenryDavids19) May 23, 2018What a great career. Best I have ever seen. Was great to be apart of it. @ABdeVilliers17 nou gaan ons braai. https://t.co/J5kvOinjxrpaul harris (@paulharris12) May 23, 2018Go Well Abbas @ABdeVilliers17 https://t.co/e3YJG5r7F2Cameron Delport (@Cam12Delport) May 23, 2018The man who showed the world that batting 360° is an easy task. All the best for your future endeavours @ABdeVilliers17, thank you for all the unforgettable memories! pic.twitter.com/9r4AAQDKfjR P Singh (@rpsingh) May 23, 2018Absolute stunning international career @ABdeVilliers17!Top bloke and very down 2 earth! A great ambassador for the game and role model 2 so many!will miss watching you play in the green and gold!all the best for the future my friend and thanks for the memories!#prinsvanpretoria pic.twitter.com/A1Zv49J5fNRoelof van der Merwe (@Roela52) May 23, 2018So shocked to here @ABdeVilliers17 has decided to call time on his international career. But thats just life and he feels its time to move on. Thank you great man for your amazing Match winning Performances, Skill Captaincy and most of all your Humility.Allan Donald (@AllanDonald33) May 23, 2018Such a shame for international cricket @ABdeVilliers17 … But he has been an unbelievable advert to how I would have loved to have played all 3 formats .. GREAT GREAT Player … Top 3 that I have ever seen .. #ABMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 23, 2018Must admit to being a bit shocked by @ABdeVilliers17 decision to quit all international cricket. We knew it was coming but I thought he would give the World Cup another shot.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 23, 2018Sad day for @OfficialCSA and cricket in general, he will be missed!! #ABD https://t.co/gKKtq4HAYpMarizanne Kapp (@kappie777) May 23, 2018https://t.co/K7gKfDWpJLSam Billings (@sambillings) May 23, 2018Congratulations @ABdeVilliers17 , the most loved cricketer in the world, on a wonderful career. International cricket will be poorer without you, but you will continue to be celebrated by cricket fans around the world pic.twitter.com/uA7CBlYE9FVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 23, 2018last_img read more

Xavi says 48-team Qatar World Cup would be too long

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first_imgFormer Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez says FIFA should abandon a proposal to increase the number of teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 from 32.The World Cup will feature 48 teams for the 2026 edition, to be co-hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada, but FIFA President Gianni Infantino said last week increasing the number of teams for the 2022 tournament was “feasible”.Former Barcelona great Xavi, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010 and is seeing out his career in Qatar with top-flight club Al Sadd, said 48 teams would not be the right option for 2022, however.”It’s too much and too long. Imagine 48 teams in Qatar, it will not be good in my opinion,” he told reporters on Monday.”It’s still for the organisers to decide, but for now Qatar is doing everything to prepare for 32 teams and it will be difficult to change it for more teams. Also, it’s good for football to have 32. That’s more than enough.”Should FIFA and Qatari organisers agree on a proposal to increase the number of teams, it would be put to a vote at the FIFA Congress in Paris on June 5.Xavi, who was in Mumbai for a promotional event for Generation Amazing, a legacy programme initiated by Qatar 2022 organisers, also expected Qatar to acquit themselves well on the field at the tournament.The tiny Gulf state stunned four-times champions Japan to win this year’s Asian Cup and Xavi was not surprised by their breakthrough success.”I thought the football there was the worst when I first went there,” the 39-year-old said. “But they’ve improved a lot and very quickly since then, everybody saw it at the Asian Cup.”advertisementAlso Read | Pochettino backs Barcelona to overcome Man United threat in Champions League quarterslast_img read more

2017 Tight End Logan Rudolph Recruit to Keep an Eye On

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first_imgAn interesting recruit to keep an eye on in the 2017 class is tight end prospect Logan Rudolph. Name sound familiar? Logan is the younger brother of OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph, and appears to be gaining some buzz in recruiting circles.On Tuesday, Rudolph picked up an offer from Appalachian State. The 6-foot-4 prospect also holds offers from East Carolina, Charlotte, and Kentucky.Rudolph is an intriguing prospect who many Cowboy fans will want to follow. With interest from Tennessee and likely more offers coming during his senior season, it will be interesting to see if the Cowboys extend an offer and if his brother’s presence at OSU will play a factor in determining his college decision.The good news from a recruiting perspective is that the Cowboys have already got him on campus before. He made a trip to Stillwater last April and was able to see the facilities with Mason and tight end Jordan Frazier.Days in the…Midwest @Rudolph2Mason @jfragetd pic.twitter.com/a7bxpVkwrY— Logan Rudolph (@Logan4Rudolph) April 13, 2014 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Kick Back with these 5 Killer Cucumber Vodka Cocktails

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first_img Editors’ Recommendations Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini 0.75 oz Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka0.75 oz Yellow Chartreuse0.75 oz St. Germain 0.75 oz fresh lime juiceMethod: Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.Under the Bridge(Created by Sara Timmer, Bardo, Minneapolis; pictured in  feature image)1 oz Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka1 oz Prairie Organic Gino.25 oz Green Chartreuse.5 oz Fresh lime juice.75 oz Cucumber syrupPinch of saltBar spoon yogurtMethod: Shake with mint and strain into a glass. Watermelon Refresher1.5 oz Prairie Organic Vodka0.75 oz Fresh lime juice0.25 oz Dragonfruit simple syrup*Watermelon and mint to muddleSoda waterMethod: Muddle watermelon and mint in a rocks glass. Add vodka, juice, and syrup. Stir and top with soda water.*Dragonfruit simple syrup: Ball dragon fruit and cook in 1:1 with water.Prairie G&T1 oz Prairie Organic Gin1 oz Prairie Organic Cucumber0.6 oz fresh lime juice0.5 oz rosemary simple syrupFever Tree Tonic WaterBurnt rosemary sprigMethod: Shake gin, vodka, lime, and simple syrup together. Strain into a glass with ice. Top with tonic water and garnish with a burnt rosemary sprig. The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn center_img When it comes to flavored vodkas, sometimes less is more. I think it’s safe to say that no one here is banging down the door for the latest diabetes-inducing vodka flavor (whoever came up with birthday cake-flavored vodka should be punished). When looking for a flavored vodka that adds to a drink without overwhelming it (or making you sick), you want something simple, something elegant. Take Prairie Organic’s Cucumber Vodka, for example.Using organic corn vodka as a base (which is made from single-sourced corn on family-run farms in Minnesota), Prairie Organic then adds English cucumbers to create a spirit that smells and tastes as if biting into a fresh cucumber from the garden. The earthy, vegetal flavors go well with many others, so we thought: What all could we do with it?A lot, apparently.We sat down with Prairie Organic’s brand ambassador Ryan Van Splinter. Below, you’ll find  some of the creative ways he and other bartenders have utilized Prairie Organic Cucumber vodka in their cocktails.The Fennel Countdown(Created by Sara Timmer, The Way Back, Denver) 1.5 oz Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka0.25 oz Yellow Chartreuse0.75 oz fennel simple syrup0.5 oz lemon juiceEgg whiteMethod: Add all ingredients to a shaker without ice and dry shake. Add ice, shake again, and strain into a glass.Christopher Oaxacan In The Garden​1 oz Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka0.25 oz Marca Negra Espadin0.25 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao0.75 oz lemon juice1 oz tomato basil black pepper syrup*Firewater BittersMethod: Add ingredients to shaker with ice. Shake and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cracked black pepper. If you want to kick it up a bit, use egg whites at the beginning with a dry shake before adding the other ingredients.*Tomato basil black pepper syrup: In stock pot, add black pepper corns and cut cherry tomatoes with the amount of water you’re going to make your 1:1 simple syrup with. Add basil and bring to heat. Add sugar in same water quantity.Last Word Riff The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home last_img read more

APLs Records Highest CO2 Emission Cuts in 2016

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first_imgzoom Singapore-based container shipping company APL reached its highest recorded fleet carbon dioxide emissions reduction of 48% in 2016, compared to its base level in 2009. Verified by Lloyd’s Register Group according to the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) verification protocol and ISO14064-3:2006 standard, this reduction marks APL’s seventh consecutive year of improvements.“APL is pleased to register our best carbon reduction performance as yet, improving our fleet emission level by about 3%, versus our reduction in 2015,” Nicolas Sartini, APL Chief Executive Officer, said.APL informed that its vessel performance management and maintenance strategy ensured that its operations stay efficient and green. The company added that it lowered its fleet carbon dioxide emission levels annually through improvements in operational efficiencies, fleet and voyage optimisation, as well as the deployment of a fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly fleet of vessels.The shipping firm aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions per container transported by 30% between 2015 and 2025, according to a target set by the CMA CGM Group. APL will also persist with cold-ironing development and pioneer ballast water treatment development.last_img read more

Bills to set up two varsities likely to be tabled in Assembly

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first_imgKolkata: The Bills to set up the state’s first Hindi University and a private university in the name of Swami Vivekananda is likely to be tabled in the ongoing Assembly monsoon session that started on Monday. The Hindi university will come up at Arupara in Howrah and will offer courses on various subjects at the undergraduate level. Students from mediums other than Hindi can also secure admission in the university. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee had laid the foundation stone of the varsity on March 6 at a programme in Howrah, where she announced a host of projects.last_img read more

Smoke prompts officials in northern Manitoba to evacuate another 1500

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first_imgWINNIPEG – Smoke from a northern Manitoba wildfire has prompted officials with the Garden Hill First Nation to move another 1,500 people to Winnipeg.Jason Small with the Red Cross says the evacuation is on top of the more than 3,500 people from the area who have already left.Small says the decision was made by the leadership of Garden Hill in consultation with the federal government.The evacuations will be done Saturday and Sunday by military Hercules transport aircraft as well as several smaller chartered planes.The Manitoba government tweeted Saturday that the fire near Wasagamack, St. Theresa Point and Garden Hill now covers 28,000 hectares and that rain overnight had little effect on the flames.Small says the earlier evacuees had more serious health issues, but the ones leaving now still have health concerns.“This group is not the people with the highest priority health issues, but they still have health concerns and health needs that need to be thought about, especially with the smoke in the area,” Small said Saturday.On Friday the fire was about one kilometre from Wasagamack and crews were working to keep it from advancing.The government says about 400 firefighters, nine water bombers and 21 other aircraft are battling the fire.More than 1,000 cots were set up Thursday inside the Winnipeg Convention Centre and a second shelter for another 900 people opened Friday at an indoor soccer complex.Small said some of the evacuees this weekend will be brought to those centres. But he said some will go elsewhere.“We’ve had more hotel rooms open up and we’ve had a lot of people who were here also decide to go with family and friends,” Small said.Residents began leaving their homes Tuesday night, with most making their way to Winnipeg and Brandon.A further 850 people also left the Poplar River First Nation earlier in the week.last_img read more

UN agency reports dramatic progress on reducing new HIV infections

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The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) estimated that 2.3 million adults and children were newly infected with HIV in 2012, a figure that represents a 33 per cent reduction in annual new cases compared to 2001.In the same time period, new HIV infections among children fell 52 per cent to 260,000 in 2012.The report “shows dramatic acceleration towards reaching 2015 global targets on HIV,” according to a news release from the UN agency. Millennium Development Goal 6 calls for halting by 2015 and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS, and to achieve universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it. “Not only can we meet the 2015 target of 15 million people on HIV treatment – we must also go beyond and have the vision and commitment to ensure no one is left behind,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS.The report also found that greater access to antiretroviral treatments led to a 30 per cent drop in AIDS-related deaths from the peak in 2005.By the end of 2012, some 9.7 million people in low- and middle-income countries have accessed antiretroviral therapy, an increase of nearly 20 per cent in just one year.According to the report, significant results have also been achieved towards meeting the needs of tuberculosis (TB) patients living with HIV, a figure down 36 per cent since 2004. Meanwhile, domestic spending on HIV has increased, accounting for 53 per cent of global HIV resources in 2012, even as donor funding has plateaued at its 2008 levels.Spending on HIV and AIDS was estimated at $18.9 billion in 2012. An estimated $22-24 billion will be needed each year by 2015, UNAIDS reported. The report also found that progress has been slow in ensuring the respect of human rights, securing access to HIV services for people most at risk of HIV infection, particularly people who use drugs, and in preventing violence against women and girls. Gender inequality, punitive laws and discriminatory actions are continuing to hamper national responses to HIV and concerted efforts are needed to address these persistent obstacles to the scale up of HIV services for people most in need. read more

New partnership between acQuire and REFLEX brings benefits beyond the surface

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first_imgacQuire Technology Solutions Pty Ltd (acQuire), a market-leader in geoscientific information management software solutions, and REFLEX, a pioneer in the development of downhole data acquisition systems, have announced a partnership to integrate their innovative technology products. “The integration of acQuire’s GIM Suite and REFLEXHUB-IQ will vastly improve efficiencies to speed up the data pipeline by removing manual bottlenecks and providing a transparent, seamless data exchange through a secure web link. In addition, consistent and rich meta-data provides a chain of custody for information from the field to the database.”“This is the first initiative of our partnership with REFLEX”, said Steve Mundell, Director of Product at acQuire. “The introduction of the integrated and automated workflow, means there is less manual handling of data which can lead to data loss and bottlenecks in process. Improved data governance and data quality, and streamlined access to trusted results is the ultimate outcome and this is keystone to acQuire.”REFLEX’s Global Manager for Integrated Solutions, Michelle Carey, said: “We are excited about the partnership with acQuire and the value we can provide to our clients through the combination of the REFLEXHUB-IQ and acQuire’s GIM software. Our own award winning REFLEXHUB-IQ is now connected to all our popular survey and core orientation tools, offering secure, reliable information instantly from the field to the office. With built-in QC at the time of data collection and secure chain of custody for data workflows, it offers our clients real-time access to valuable information to make instant decisions. Now with an integration into acQuire’s GIM software we can provide a complete geoscientific solution.”Customers of acQuire and REFLEX will start to benefit from the integration when it is launched in an upcoming release of GIM Suite. The technology partnership is another step in providing acQuire customers with a greater level of connectivity in their operations. REFLEX joins other established acQuire technology partners including Esri, ARANZ Geo, Maptek, Corescan, ALS Ltd, and Geovariances.last_img read more

Barnes and Noble urges DOJ to probe Microsofts Android patent licensing tactics

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first_imgMicrosoft might have thought Barnes and Noble to be an easy target for more patent licensing revenue, but they were mistaken. B&N has now taken the fight right to the big guns at the Department of Justice, and is imploring U.S. regulators to take a closer look at Redmond’s strong-arm tactics.In their complaint, B&N alleges that Microsoft is using “trivial and outmoded” patents to wage battle against Android manufacturers. Further, the claim states that Microsoft is merely trying to drive up the cost of its rivals products in order to squash competition. What Microsoft is doing isn’t really any different from what’s going on in the mobile tech world in general, and saying that a company doesn’t have the right to protect its intellectual property (and profit from it) certainly doesn’t make any sense. Motivation is the key factor here, and B&N clearly hopes that the DOJ takes its side in the fight against Microsoft.Barnes and Noble isn’t quite in the same boat as the many companies who have already signed licensing agreements with Microsoft. HTC, Samsung, and several other licensees also build Windows or Windows Phone devices. The desire to maintain a good working relationship with Microsoft might have made it a bit easier to justify signing off on an Android agreement. B&N doesn’t, however, so it’s got nothing to lose by throwing down the gauntlet (apart from a briefcase full of cash in legal expenses).They’ve also got a bit more motivation. Microsoft filed with the ITC to block the import of the Nook eReaders, a step we haven’t heard about them taking with other manufacturers. Such a block would be disastrous for Barnes and Noble, with Amazon’s updated Kindle range heading to retail outlets next week. B&N didn’t have to worry too much about competition from Amazon in brick and mortar stores previously, but with more than 16,000 locations now set to carry the Kindle Fire and Kindle readers, B&N really needs to put this issue to bed before it causes any further complications.More at Bloomberglast_img read more

Arsenal star Xhaka questioned following airport racism allegations

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first_img Swiss international Granit Xhaka joined Arsenal in the summer. Ireland U21 international Keown switches Reading for Partick Thistle on loan>Sligo Rovers snap up teenage Kenyan striker on loan from Brighton> Follow us: the42.ie By AFP Jan 24th 2017, 6:43 PM Swiss international Granit Xhaka joined Arsenal in the summer. Image: EMPICS Sport 17,643 Views Short URL Share1 Tweet Email center_img Arsenal star Xhaka questioned following airport racism allegations The 24-year-old Switzerland international was not arrested but voluntarily attended a nearby police station. Image: EMPICS Sport Updated at 19.03ARSENAL MIDFIELDER GRANIT Xhaka has been interviewed by police over an allegation he racially abused a staff member at London’s Heathrow Airport on Monday.The 24-year-old Switzerland international was not arrested but voluntarily attended a nearby police station after the incident was reported by a third party.According to British media reports Xhaka, shown a red card in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday, was seeing off a friend when the alleged incident took place.“Police were called at 19:29 on Monday, 23 January following an allegation that a member of staff had been racially abused at Heathrow Airport, Terminal Five,” said a statement issued by London’s Metropolitan force on Tuesday.“The allegation was made by a third party.Officers attended and spoke with a man in his 20s. He was not arrested. He voluntarily attended a west London police station where he was interviewed under caution. Enquires continue.”Arsenal responded to the incident by saying: “This is a private matter which is in the hands of the police.”Xhaka joined Arsenal from German Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach for a fee in excess of £30 million (35 million euros) in pre-season.Sunday’s dismissal came just when Xhaka was starting to put a run of games together in the Gunners’ first team, but he is now set to serve a four-match ban following his second red card this season.- © AFP, 2017The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://the42.ie/3203399 28 Comments Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 6:43 PMlast_img read more

Calombaris lost for words

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A super group of chefs was formed Tuesday 21 June as they rallied together to create a night of culinary delights, raising much needed funds for the Red Cross Japan and Pacific Disaster Appeal. Auctions held throughout the night saw the group raise a grand total of $55,110 for the victims of the recent disasters in Japan. The stand out item of the night was the dinner for ten hosted by Philippe Mouchel, George Calombaris, Shane Delia, Joe Grbac, Vasilios Donoudis and Travis McAuley, in the home of the winner, which raised $28,500. Other auction items included a behind the scenes tour of the Melbourne Zoo, five nights accommodation in Malboroush New Zealand, donated by Carol Rothschild and four laps in either a Ferrari 458 Italia or Lamborghini LP640 Murceilgo with John Bowe, donated by John Bowe and Joe Callela. Calombaris said that it was “an incredible night; we’ve got chefs here from all our restaurants, even Mama Baba which hasn’t opened yet, so it’s a first for us. We’re so proud to be able to support Philippe and a cause that means so much to him. The chefs of The Press Club group hosted a six course dinner for all guests and sponsors with wine to match at PM 24. The dinner, designed by the chefs, had a Japanese twist and was representative of all the restaurants they work in.last_img read more

Zola compares Giroud Gonzalo Higuain and Hazard

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first_imgChelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola claims that their newest loan capture of Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus is expected to enable Hazard to feature out wide on a more regular basis.Zola admits that the Belgium international prefers to operate off a striker.“It was very, very similar to when I first came here,” Zola added FourFourTwo.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I had Mark Hughes or Luca Vialli, who when I could play off them it was much better for me because it would give me space and freedom.“I would use their physicality to get the spaces I wanted and we played fantastically, so I understand for Eden. He has a very good understanding with [Olivier] Giroud that we saw yesterday [Thursday]. Olivier had a fantastic game in my opinion. I am sure he will gain the same understanding with Gonzalo Higuain.”last_img read more

The Group Company rewards staff with trip to Barbados

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first_imgSomething for the weekend…York-based travel firm The Group Company is rewarding its 32 employees with a holiday to Barbados to mark its 10th anniversary.On 29 January, the entire workforce will set off for a five-star, all-inclusive break, courtesy of The Group Company’s founder Helen Bilton.The trip serves to recognise the role employees have played in the organisation’s growth; The Group Company has achieved 50% growth year-on-year since it was founded in February 2006.During the three-night break, employees will have the opportunity to take part in a number of activities, such as paddle boarding and an island safari.Bilton said: “I thought about doing a big party to celebrate the 10th anniversary with suppliers and customers, but then I thought the people that really deserve a treat are the people that work hard day in, day out for the business.“We are predominantly a service business, so it’s all about giving good service to our customers, and the only way to do that is to ensure people are happy in their job.“Everyone works so hard and I’m very grateful for that, so I’m delighted to be able to reward them in this way.”At the Employee Benefits headquarters, we are daydreaming about an employee-recognition scheme that involves white sandy beaches, turquoise seas and a refreshing rum punch cocktail…last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday February 26 2019

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, February 26, 2019:#1) WHS Boys Basketball Playoff Opener vs. Shawsheen TechThe WHS Boys Basketball Team (#14) will take on Shawsheen Tech (#3) on Tuesday, February 26 at 7pm at Shawsheen Tech in the Wildcats’ playoff opener.#2) Creative Writing Skills Group At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is a holding a meeting of its Creative Writing Skills Group at 7pm. Learn and apply creative writing tips, tools, and techniques shared by published authors and other writing experts. Open to all who want to improve their creative writing skills and get their work published. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials in advance. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras. Register HERE.#3) Wilmington Finance Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Finance Committee meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Shawsheen Tech School Committee MeetingThe Shawsheen Tech School Committee meets at 7:30pm in the school’s John P. Miller School Committee Meeting. The agenda will be posted HERE.#5) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 27, 2019In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, June 25, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, June 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

14 held for gambling Rs 47000 16 cell phones recovered

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first_imgHyderabad: Central Zone Task Force sleuths along with Chikkadapally police on Saturday night arrested 14 people who were playing three cards game and seized Rs 47,000 cash, 16 cell phones from their possession. On credible information, the sleuths raided on a common gaming house in Lower Tank Bund and arrested organiser Abdul Lateef Khan (42) and other 13 persons who were playing cards. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us The main accused Abdul Lateef Khan had been organising three cards game for three months in his rented office flat and used invite known and unknown punters and friends for playing cards game on commission basis and gaining illegal money. He was charging Rs 500 per game as commission. On Saturday night while they were playing three cards by betting money, task force sleuths conducted a raid and arrested 14 persons. Later the accused along with seized property were handed over to Chikkadapally police for taking necessary action.last_img read more