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PM Expresses Support for Chess in Jamaica

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. Holness expressed hope that the Jamaica International Chess Festival will spark a general interest among the population to raise up the next generation of great players. Addressing the official launch of the three-day Jamaica International Chess Festival, at a cocktail reception held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston on October 13, Mr. Holness noted that chess “ (can be) an alternative pathway to success that Jamaicans can venture into”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness has declared his full support for chess in Jamaica because of its role in the development of the mind and the encouragement of strategic thinking. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness has declared his full support for chess in Jamaica because of its role in the development of the mind and the encouragement of strategic thinking.Addressing the official launch of the three-day Jamaica International Chess Festival, at a cocktail reception held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston on October 13, Mr. Holness noted that chess “ (can be) an alternative pathway to success that Jamaicans can venture into”.“It is a great game to teach patience and respect. Chess is a catalyst for social development in communities that are underserved. We need to give these alternative pathways to the youngsters in our communities so that they know there are other ways to success,” he said.Mr. Holness expressed hope that the Jamaica International Chess Festival will spark a general interest among the population to raise up the next generation of great players.The Prime Minister, who once coached and played chess while at his alma mater, St. Catherine High School, also expressed gratitude to and pleasure at the young and international chess grandmasters for travelling to Jamaica to teach the sport to other children.He hailed, Ambassador Dr. Nigel Clarke and Grandmaster Maurice Ashley, Co-chairs and Executive Producers of the Inaugural Jamaica International Chess Festival for their role in staging the event.In his remarks, Ambassador, Dr. Nigel Clarke said chess “is a tool of solid upliftment that can be used to make good decisions”.He said the three-day event, which culminates today (October 15) is aimed at catalysing interest in the game among young Jamaicans, as well as broadening the reach of chess in the country.Additionally, he said it will “motivate and stimulate” existing local players to higher levels of achievement.Grandmaster, Maurice Ashley, who is Jamaican born, expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for his support of the game, declaring that “Jamaica can be great at chess”.Woman Grandmaster and Canadian Women’s Champion, 17-year-old Qiyu Zhou said she wants to inspire the children of Jamaica to play chess and “start or continue to pursue whatever they want to achieve”.For his part, Attorney-at-Law and President of the Jamaica Chess Federation, Ian Wilkinson said the staging of the international festival is a culmination of a dream. He On the final day (October 15), at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, teams battled for supremacy in a four round rapid game.The teams consisted of the Woman Grandmaster and Woman International Master as well as the country’s National Age Group and CARIFTA Champions.last_img read more

School district makes 31 recommendations after fatal stabbing in BC

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A British Columbia school district is making 31 recommendations to improve security after a fatal stabbing last year at a secondary school in Abbotsford.A report by the Abbotsford School District says the lack of separation between a public library and a school library may pose a risk to students.It calls for some sort of physical barrier between the two libraries in Abbotsford, which is 70 kilometres east of Vancouver.The report examines a stabbing last November that killed one student and critically injured a second at Abbotsford Senior Secondary.Written by two officials with the district, it also urges a review of cellphone reception in all Abbotsford schools after the critically injured student took refuge in a locked computer lab but others inside could not call for help because the room had no phone, cell or intercom service.The officials say communication must be improved with third parties, such as the Fraser Valley Regional Library, whose operations can have an effect on operations at the school, noting that incidents at the library are not routinely reported to school officials.“School district staff have reported that public library patrons have been known to been found eating, sleeping and taking refuge from the outdoors in the library,” says the report, written by district secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk and assistant-Supt. Angus MacKay.“It has also been reported that homeless shelters send their clients to the public library for free access to resources including Internet access.”They have called for an update by June 30, 2018, on progress related to the 31 recommendations.Police described the attack on the two girls in Grade 9 as random.The report says a man entered the school through the adjoining public library.Gabriel Klein, who was 21 at the time of his arrest and of no fixed address, was charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault in the death of 13-year-old Letisha Reimer and the injuries to the second girl, who can’t be identified because of a publication ban.The report says no one could have anticipated or prepared for the stabbing. It praises staff and others at the school for their decisive response.“Without regard for their own personal safety, staff acted quickly, brought a violent attack to a stop, and immediately provided medical care to the wounded students.”It says staff members and some students are to be “commended for their exemplary actions, and serve as an inspiration to everyone in the Abbotsford School District.”last_img read more

RCMP arrest reporter war chief at ongoing antifracking protest in New Brunswick

first_img(Media Co-op reporter is shown being arrested by the RCMP Thursday for allegedly uttering death threats against a senior RCMP officer. Photo by Jorge Barrera/APTN.)By Jorge Barrera and Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsTensions flared again in New Brunswick where anti-fracking protestors have been holding camp when a reporter was arrested and a war chief charged for allegedly obstructing police in connection.Police arrested reporter Miles Howe Thursday afternoon after walking up to him and shaking his hand. They then told him he was under arrest for allegedly making death threats against an RCMP officer.War Chief John Levi was charged with obstruction in connection to Howe’s arrest.Howe, who works for Media Co-op, an independent media organization, has been covering the ongoing protests since the middle of last month when they began.During that time the RCMP have arrested dozens of protestors who are trying to stop seismic testing related to shale gas exploration in New Brunswick near the Elispogtog First Nation.“Miles was arrested while I waited with him to get permission to go see exploration site,” APTN reporter Jorge Barrera tweeted and is on the scene. “Miles was arrested for allegedly ‘uttering death threats’ against senior RCMP officer who made the arrest after shaking Miles’ hand.”Barrera said police took Howe’s phone and camera.In a story posted to their website the Halifax bureau of Media Co-op accused the RCMP of a “blantant effort to silence” Howe’s reporting on the frontlines.“His arrest is a clear effort to silence grassroots voices,” the story said.A group of about 50 people from Elsiopogtog travelled to the site of Howe’s arrest Thursday afternoon and picked berries on the side of the road to “assert our sovereignty.”The group also danced and drummed while waving the Mi’kmaq flag in front of RCMP trucks blocking a road leading to where exploration continues for shale gas.Howe is being held at the Codiac detachment near Moncton.No RCMP officers on the scene would comment.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

MoroccanAmerican Professionals Support Tunisias Struggle for Democracy

New York- The Association of Moroccan Professionals in America (AMPA) issued a statement on July 2, condemning the recent terrorist attack on Tunisia and standing in support of the continuing efforts of the Tunisian people to resist terrorism and stand strong for plurality, tolerance, and democracy.On the eve of Americans around the world celebrating their independence from tyranny and despotism, a group of Moroccan professionals in America issued a statement yesterday strongly condemning the “heinous acts of violence perpetrated in our sister Maghreb country of Tunisia” on June 26.Chaouki Zahzah, President of AMPA, said, “As Moroccans living in the United States especially, and appreciative of the life, liberty, and happiness that are considered an inalienable right in this great country, we thought it was important at this time for us to express our support for our brothers and sisters in Tunisia who are just embarking on their struggle for democracy.” AMPA called upon the international community “to work together to fight against the scourge of terrorism and intensify existing cooperation to bring to justice the perpetrators of this crime and to assist Tunisians in restoring and maintaining [Tunisia’s] banner of democracy in the Middle East.”The statement expressed the group’s “deepest condolences to the victims of the tragedy and our solidarity with the people of Tunisia.”The statement concluded, “We support all Tunisians in resisting the onslaught of terror tactics and applaud your courage in staying the course toward a more pluralistic, democratic, and prosperous society.” read more

Renard Confident in Atlas Lions at CAN Unsure of Future With

Rabat – Herve Renard, Morocco’s national football team coach, is confident that his squad has the wherewithal to be champions in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (CAN). Renard insists, however, that there is still more preparation needed to realize that national dream.Renard made the remarks during a recent interview with Moroccan sports outlet El Botola. The Frenchman mostly spoke about his squad’s objectives for this year’s CAN to be played in Egypt between June 21 and July 19. But, unavoidably, Renard also spoke about his future with Morocco.“After every major tournament, the coach is never sure whether he will stay with the team or not,” Renard said. “So the best option for everybody is to be focused on the Egyptian tournament.” Tough challengesOn April 12, the draw for the 2019 CAN put Morocco in the competition’s deadliest group. Not the first time in recent years that Morocco has to play tough opponents early on in a tournament, commentators and fans have been speaking about Morocco’s “Group of death” misfortune.For Renard, however, playing tough opponents early on in the group phase is good for his team. It brings focus and urgency from the very outset of the competition and reminds players that “nothing should be taken for granted.”Perhaps the most successful African manager in the last decade, having engineered continental triumphs for an outsider Zambian side in 2012 and a rebuilt Ivorian team three years later, Renard’s coaching philosophy rests on confrontation. He preaches aggressively meeting the challenges on the path to ultimate glory.“Many say that Morocco has been drawn in a complicated group, but every CAN has always been difficult,” he told El Botola. “To win, you must stay focused and prepare for the competition to the fullest of your potential.”Unsure futureAlso crucial is the support of fans and footballing authorities. In Renard’s view, efforts and talent would amount to nothing without a motivating atmosphere.In the first interview he gave after the CAN 2019 draw, Renard said that victory in Egypt will only come through the support of fans and the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF). The Frenchman reiterated that point in the interview with El Botola. In addition to focus, talent, and urgency, you also “need the support of the public” to win a CAN.Although FRMF has repeatedly repelled rumors of Renard leaving the Atlas Lions, there have been times in recent months when the parties were on bad terms.The result is that Renard is not sure whether he will stay with the Moroccan lions after CAN.If FRMF shows interest in keeping him, Renard told El Botola, he will ask both himself and FRMF representatives one “existential question” that will determine his answer. “Will I receive the necessary support to serenely do my job?”Betting on CANBut the heart of Renard’s concern is not lack of popular support. Fans of Morocco’s Atlas Lions will surely remember the outpouring of support the Frenchman received when rumors had it after the World Cup that he would not stay with the Lions. Moroccans know that their national team has immensely improved under Renard, and they have been eager to show Renard gratitude.Renard’s problems, although he refrains from calling names and pointing accusatory fingers, is that FRMF’s support has not been complete on some occasions.Judging from Renard’s interview with El Botola, there have been times when his tactical choices and line-ups were questioned—but not on the basis of their footballing merit. But most, there have been times when he was denied what he felt he needed to lead the Moroccan lions.“There is no Hamdallah dilemma,” he said to El Botola, swiping at critics who had questioned the absence of Abderrazak Hamdallah, currently the most prolific Moroccan goal scorer, from Renard’s most recent line-ups.Renard does not seem to be considering Hamdallah for CAN 2019. Meanwhile, there are reports of dissenting voices within the coaching staff—allegedly supported by FRMF—who have been adamant that a scorer like Hamdallah is needed to breathe life into Morocco’s attacking line.What happened with Hamdallah, Renard explained, is that the striker declined the Frenchman’s call in March to join the Moroccan squad. Hamdallah cited family reasons, promising that he would join the team when called upon at a more convenient time in the future.However, Renard ruefully remarked, “some people of bad faith jump at the first opportunity to criticize me. These people do not serve the interests of the national team.” But Renard, sounding reflective, made the gist of his point: “I have dealt with similar difficulties elsewhere, and that will not prevent me from realizing big results with this squad.”Renard left Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia for the same reason. For all the success he had built with those teams, he felt that the atmosphere was no longer right. Or, as he put it, his decisions and tactics no longer enjoyed “total support.”With reports of internal—though minor— disagreements, many wonder whether Morocco’s two-year romantic tale with Renard might be nearing its end.The answer will likely depend on Morocco’s performance at this year’s CAN.Should Morocco win the cup, or perhaps reach the final, the uproarious support from Moroccan fans may convince FRMF to grant Renard his request. But that, given the quality of teams and the intensity of the competition at CANs, is a serious wager.“Assessments will be made once CAN is done with. FRMF will set its goals for the next phase, and I will make my evaluation,” Renard said. read more

Techsavvy Estonians vote online in European elections

TALLINN, Estonia — Estonia was crippled by cyberattacks on government networks during a dispute with Russia in 2007. Today the tiny tech-savvy nation is so certain of its cyber defences that it is the only country in the world to allow internet voting for the entire electorate, in every election, and thousands have already done so ahead of elections to the European Parliament.Internet voting — or i-voting —has been available since 2005 in the nation that gave the world Skype, and the percentage of voters using the internet to cast ballots has increased with each election, reaching 44% of voters in national election in March.David Keyton, The Associated Press

On World AIDS Day UN officials call for continued momentum to tackle

1 December 2008Top United Nations officials have marked World AIDS Day today by calling for vigilant efforts to build on earlier successes in the fight against the global epidemic and stressed the need to eliminate discrimination against sufferers of the disease. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pointed to the many positive steps made in tackling HIV/AIDS, including increased government support for universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support. But he cautioned that “this is just the beginning,” adding that “AIDS will not go away any time soon.”In his message for the Day – which is marking its 20th anniversary this year – Mr. Ban called for sustained leadership and bolstered resources.“The need to lead, empower and deliver on AIDS is as real and urgent as ever,” he said, noting the need to stamp out discrimination that prevents people from seeking treatment.Echoing the Secretary-General’s call for an end to intolerance, Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights, pointed out that “27 years after AIDS was first identified, stigma against people living with HIV is as strong as it ever was.”She said people are driven underground by a combination of punitive laws on the disclosure of HIV status, the criminalization of HIV transmission, and travel bans for people with the disease, among others.“Like all people, these groups are entitled to the right to health and the full enjoyment of their human rights even though they may engage in activities that are criminalized in some countries,” Ms. Pillay said in a statement.“AIDS thrives on injustice and inequality,” she said, urging a human rights-based response to prevent infections and mitigate the impact of HIV.Viewing the issue through the lens of women’s rights, Inés Alberdi, Executive Director of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), appealed for equal treatment for every woman.“Imagine a world where every woman, young and old, lives without fear or violence, stigma or dispossession if she decides to seek an HIV test, or treat, or support or information,” she said.To make such a world a reality, women’s equal access to prevention and care must be ensured, Ms. Alberdi said.General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto added his voice to those marking the Day, noting that the simple facts that 2.5 million people were infected with HIV last year, and another 2.1 million died of AIDSaround the world underscore the huge amount of work that remains to be done. “Let us draw on the deep reservoirs of compassion that are within each of us to sustain our determination to conquer this disease and to care for its many victims. Let us stand together in this determination and in solidarity,” he declared.In a separate message commemorating the Day, the head of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) said that the epidemic had severely undermined the ability of many countries to meet development challenges, as nine out of every 10 people living with HIV are adults in their “productive prime.”“They have been deprived of skilled and experience teachers, managers, farmers, factory workers, government officials, care providers and so many others,” said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia.Mr. Somavia also warned that the current financial and economic turmoil facing much of the world will put pressure on the hard-earned gains won in the battle against HIV/AIDS.“The loss of a job, for example, may mean the end of vital HIV treatment. The loss of income in an AIDS-affected household may lead to children being taken out of school and put to work. Layoffs may be used to hide or excuse HIV-related discrimination.” In a related development, the UN-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today announced that 2 million people living with HIV have received life-saving anti-retroviral treatment, surging over 40 per cent over last year’s results.The Fund provides almost one quarter of all global resources to fight the disease, and it reported today that 62 million HIV counselling and testing sessions have been delivered to people, while 3.2 million AIDS orphans and vulnerable children have received basic care and support.It also reported successes in its fight against TB and malaria, with the number of people being treated for these two diseases having increased by nearly 40 per cent and over 50 per cent, respectively.The Fund also announced today that France’s First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, will serve as its Global Ambassador for the protection of mothers and children against AIDS. “She will be giving a strong voice for the needs of a group who often are not heard on their own,” said Michel Kazatchkine, the Fund’s Executive Director, adding that Ms. Bruni-Sarkozy will be drawing special attention to the need to give pregnant women and their children the means to prevent HIV infection and to fight the disease. read more

CBK questions votes given for war victory

However, she noted that Fonseka was dragged into prison and jailed despite leading the military on the ground to defeat the LTTE.Kumaratunga said that a book she plans to release on her life story will reveal how badly Rajapaksa treated the country and her after he became President.She says the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has been ruined by Rajapaksa and efforts must now be taken to first save the country and then the party. (Colombo Gazette) Kumaratunga said that after Rajapaksa became President parts of the North and East were freed and the LTTE was defeated.The former President, who recently announced that she will be backing the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) at the Parliamentary election, said that Fonseka had a large role to play when Rajapaksa won the final battle. She recalled that when she was President, the military had secured Jaffna from the hands of the LTTE and under the UNP Government most of the Eastern Province had been liberated. Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga has questioned the rationale by some voters to back former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at elections on the basis that he won the war.Speaking at an event in Kurunegala, Kumaratunga said that if people are going to vote for Rajapaksa simply since he won the war, then they must vote for her and former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka since they too had a role to play. Kumaratunga said that Rajapaksa has no right to claim that he won the war on his own and that credit must also go to her, the UNP Government and the military. read more

Sacrifice of fallen blue helmet to be honoured with UNs highest peacekeeping

Private Chitete was killed in November 2018, during an operation in the eastern part of the country to combat the ADF, an armed force that had been terrorizing civilians and disrupting the UN’s ongoing efforts to treat, and halt, the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Whilst fighting alongside other Malawian and Tanzanian peacekeepers attached to the UN Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), Private Chitete and his colleagues came under heavy fire. He and his team fought back, allowing other troops to tactically withdraw. Seeing a badly-injured Tanzanian peacekeeper, Corporal Ali Khamis Omary, pinned down and exposed to enemy fire, Private Chitete dragged him to safety and administered first-aid: whilst doing so, he was shot and killed. Private Chitete’s heroism and sacrifice helped the peacekeepers to achieve their objective of dislodging the ADF forces from their stronghold and saved the life of Corporal Omary.  “The remarkable actions of Private Chitete helped protect many lives, both civilian and military” said UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix. “His sacrifice underscores the dangers our peacekeepers face every day while executing their vital protection tasks in some of the world’s most challenging environments. Private Chitete remains an inspiration to us all and we are proud to honour his memory and commemorate his brave and selfless action.” The award, officially named the“Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage”, which was established in 2014 for uniformed and civilian personnel who meet the criteria, is named after the late UN peacekeeper Captain Diagne, who saved hundreds of lives in Rwanda in 1994, before being killed.  Despite the nomination of several peacekeepers for exceptional service over the past four years, the awarding of the Medal to Private Chitete, will mark the first time the actions of a UN peacekeeper have been found to meet the standard set by Captain Diagne. It is hoped that members of Private Chitete’s family will receive the medal on his behalf during the Peacekeepers’ Day commemorations at UN Headquarters in New York, on Friday. In this short audio interview with Cristina Silveiro from UN News, Brigadier General El Hadji Babacar Faye, Chief of Staff at the UN Office of Military Affairs,  speaks about Private Chitete’s bravery, and why he merits the Diagne Award. read more

Brock profs offer tips on handling Halloweens scary health effects

When it comes to children’s health around Halloween, education and a bit of planning can go a long way, says a Brock University expert.Kimberley Zonneveld, Assistant Professor in the Centre for Applied Disability Studies, recommends parents talk to their kids well in advance of Halloween Day.“Don’t wait until the day of. Parents should be talking to their kids about what’s going to happen and what the expectations are,” says Zonneveld, whose research focuses on the food choices of young children.She suggests giving kids advance warning that Halloween won’t be a “free-for-all.”“Let them know that they can have some candy each day, but I also recommend increasing the intake of healthy foods. Talk to kids about what food is — that it’s fuel and that sugary foods aren’t good fuel,” she says. As for the candy cache that might result from a successful night of trick-or-treating, Zonneveld says parents should be in control.“Kids don’t know enough about the negative health effects of too much sugar to make healthy food choices, so I personally think it’s important for parents to be in control,” she says.Andrea Josse, Assistant Professor in Brock’s Department of Kinesiology agrees, saying that parents need to “pull back the reins and be in charge of giving the candy over.”“I’m all about the mindset of everything in moderation. I don’t like to withhold candy from the kids, because they find it such an exciting time,” she says. “I think within moderation, they can still enjoy the fruits of their labour of walking around to get the Halloween candy.”However, Josse says she sees nothing wrong with discreetly shrinking the pile. This includes parents going through the candy stash to remove what may be unsafe, such as hard candies without sticks for young children. “I think parents should dispose of some of it. Where I live, there are a lot of pediatric dentists nearby and some of them will switch the candy out for a toy. Parents can do this too.“Halloween to me is not just about eating all the candy you can. There are certainly teachable moments around it,” Josse says. read more

Tiniest baby boy ever sent home leaves Tokyo hospital

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBaby born to mother brain-dead for monthsJune 7, 2016In “Health”Texas step-dad accused of killing pregnant teen was also baby’s fatherApril 10, 2017In “latest news”Caribbean News  Round-upNovember 9, 2015In “Regional” The baby at the age of five days…(PHOTO: KEIO UNIVERSITY) HOSPITAL(BBC) A baby boy who weighed just 268g (9.45oz) at birth has been released from hospital in Japan, and is believed to be the smallest boy in the world to have been successfully treated.The baby was born by emergency C-section in August, and was so small he could fit into a pair of cupped hands.The infant was nurtured in intensive care until he was released last week, two months after his due date… and weighing a healthy 3.2kg – twelve times his birth weight – just before he left hospital (KEIO UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL)He had grown to a weight of 3.2kg, and is now feeding normally.Born at 24 weeks, the tiny boy spent five months in hospital.“I can only say I’m happy that he has grown this big because honestly, I wasn’t sure he could survive,” the boy’s mother said, according to Tokyo’s Keio University Hospital.Doctor Takeshi Arimitsu, who treated the extraordinary baby, told the BBC he was the smallest infant born (on record) to be discharged from a hospital, according to a database of the world’s littlest babies held by the University of Iowa.He said he wanted to show that “there is a possibility that babies will be able to leave the hospital in good health, even though they are born small”.The previous record-holder was a boy born in Germany, weighing 274g. The smallest surviving baby girl in that same database was also born in Germany, in 2015, and reportedly weighed 252g.Keio University Hospital said the survival rate of babies born weighing less than a kilogram is about 90% in Japan. But for those born under 300g, that falls to around 50%.Among the very smallest babies, the survival rate is much lower for boys than girls. Medical experts are unsure why, though some believe it could be linked to the slower development of male babies’ lungs. read more

Wenco signs its largest ever deal at four CIL coal mines

In what is officially the largest deal in company history, Wenco International Mining Systems has secured a contract for the supply and installation of Wenco’s Fleet Management System (FMS) to four of Coal India Ltd’s (CIL) mines. Sonepur Bazari, Gevra, Kusmunda, and Dipka will receive implementation of Wenco’s FMS to monitor and control a total of 40 shovels and 224 trucks. Sonepur Bazari is part of CIL’s subsidiary, Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL). ECL has 17 opencast mines in total. The Sonepur Bazari project has a projected mine life of 46 years.Gevra, Kusmunda, and Dipka are part of CIL’s subsidiary South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL), which is the largest coal producing company in India, with a total of 21 opencast mines.Wenco’s Fleet Management System will monitor the position of mobile mining equipment at each of the mines, optimising the use and performance of the equipment. Of note the system shall organise the dispatch of the trucks between the shovels, excavators and dump points of the mines, improving the availability and utilisation of the heavy equipment.In addition, the system will use its fuel and lube management feature to monitor and record fleet consumption by recording data dispensed from fuel stations and mobile fuel service vehicles.Fleet health data will also be captured using onboard interfaces to Wenco’s rugged Octagon computer installed on the equipment. The Octagon will facilitate the polling and capturing of signals from vital signs monitoring systems. Wenco’s suite of machine health applications, Onboard Insight, Eventing System, and Maintenance Monitor help prevent equipment failures and cost over-runs with polling and alarm-notifications from onboard OEM sensors and system data.“The contract explicitly stated that the successful supplier would provide an industry standard ODBC compliant technology,” says Garth Connal, VP Sales for Wenco, “Wenco’s open architecture philosophy will enable CIL the integration of Wenco’s system with their ERP system for data import and export related to production, equipment performance and manpower attendance.” read more

We say no

first_imgLeaders of Greek and other ethnic communities in Australia reacted strongly this week to the Federal Government’s plans to revise the Racial Discrimination Act, saying the proposals would give a green light to racism.“Our community’s values and rights in a multicultural society, are to prevent and avoid humiliation and insult associated with vilification. That’s the society I want to live in.” Bill Papastergiadis – President GOCMVThe government is proposing to remove key provisions in section 18 of the Act which make it an offence to publicly ‘offend, insult and humiliate’ another person or group based on their race, while narrowing the definition of ‘intimidate’ so it applies only where a victim fears ‘physical harm’.A new clause would be added to ban racial vilification – with an exemption available depending on the context of the alleged vilification.Attorney-General George Brandis has defended the proposals, saying present legislation had the effect of stifling public discussion and limiting freedom of speech.“Those three words – offend, insult, humiliate – describe what has sometimes been called hurt feelings,” Mr Brandis said this week, adding that it was not the role of the state to ban conduct “merely because it might hurt the feelings of others”.The proposed amendments – which are open for public comment for a month – have drawn widespread criticism from community leaders. President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), Bill Papastergiadis, told Neos Kosmos he was opposed to the government’s proposals.“I oppose the changes, as does GOCMV. In my view [the amendments] as currently drafted to protect against vilification are likely to be completely ineffective.“The exemption – for the purposes of allowing someone to racially vilify and be free of any penalty – is so broad it would encompass 80 to 90 per cent of public discourse.“Our community’s values and rights in a multicultural society, are to prevent and avoid humiliation and insult associated with vilification. That’s the society I want to live in,” said Mr Papastergiadis.GOCMV’s president said he would be writing to the Attorney-General to voice the Community’s opposition to the amendments.In a speech to the Victorian Parliament, State Opposition Minister Jenny Mikakos said she was “disgusted” by Mr Brandis’ comments in defence of the amendments when he said that “people have the right to be bigots.”“As a democratic and free nation – a diverse and educated nation – we all like to think that incidents of racial vilification in Australia, indeed of any type of vilification, will decrease over time.“Senator Brandis’ comments do nothing to advance that cause,” said Ms Mikakos.“The Abbott government is intent on giving the green light to bigotry and all but destroying Australia’s moral compass in the process.”Meanwhile, Victoria’s Multicultural Affairs Minister Matthew Guy has broken ranks with federal Coalition colleagues over the matter.In a strongly-worded speech to State Parliament on Thursday, Mr Guy said the Victorian Coalition government would make be making a submission to the Commonwealth about its concerns over changes to the act. “There isn’t any place for bigotry in this country,” Mr Guy told Parliament. “I am concerned there may be some harmful and unintended impacts upon our community should the exposure draft as it stands be enacted.” Joe Caputo, Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, said that he urged “everyone who believes that Australian society should be free from discrimination, everyone who has experienced or witnessed racial hatred and abuse, to make their views known to the Government as part of the one-month consultation process.”Federal Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou described the amendments as “ill conceived, backward looking and arrogant”. The member for Calwell added that Australia was a successful multicultural society, “not by accident, but by careful and thoughtful design, good multicultural policy and successful integration of our migrant communities requires amongst other things, sound racial discrimination laws.” Labor has begun a widespread campaign urging ethnic groups to make public submissions on the proposed changes.One of the highest profile examples of alleged racial vilification involving the Greek Australian community in recent years was the complaint made by the Australian Macedonian Advisory Council (AMAC) against the Australian ‘Macedonian’ (sic) Weekly (AMW).A spokesman for AMAC – which lost a VCAT hearing against the AMW over the newspaper’s alleged racial vilification of Greeks – told Neos Kosmos that it was unclear whether the amendments proposed in the federal Act would result in addressing “the serious flaws in the Victorian legislation which the case exposed”.In 2011 VCAT dismissed AMAC’s complaint alleging that the newspaper had racially vilified Greek people. VCAT ruled that as the AMW’s target audience were readers who shared its opinions – statements published saying that Greeks were “freaks of nature” and “deranged bastardly monsters” – had not breached Victorian legislation, as the newspaper was “preaching to the converted” and therefore no incitement of racial hatred had occurred. AMAC’s spokesman added that the Federal Government’s proposed amendments brought the federal Act closer to the Victorian legislation, but without adequately addressing the serious flaw in the state’s legislation which the AMW case exposed.The government has called for public submissions on the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act by 30 April. Submissions may be emailed to: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La ménopause pourrait être apparue à cause des hommes

first_imgLa ménopause pourrait être apparue à cause… des hommesDans une nouvelle étude, des chercheurs canadiens suggèrent que l’apparition de la ménopause chez les femmes serait à attribuer aux hommes. La tendance de ces derniers à vouloir s’accoupler avec des partenaires plus jeunes auraient poussé les femmes à ne plus être fertiles à partir d’un certain âge.La ménopause représente un véritable tournant dans la vie d’une femme. Elle apparait généralement à la fin de la quarantaine ou au début de la cinquantaine, et se caractérise par un arrêt définitif des règles. La femme n’ovule plus et connait une baisse importante de la production de deux hormones : la progestérone et les oestrogènes. Autant de changements organiques qui entrainent une série de symptômes plus ou moins importants et gênants, selon les femmes. Mais pourquoi un tel arrêt est-il apparu chez la femme au cours de l’évolution, alors que la majorité des animaux restent fertiles toute leur vie ? Plusieurs théories ont été évoquées sans pour autant être confirmées. Mais des chercheurs canadiens pensent aujourd’hui avoir trouvé les coupables : les hommes ! C’est du moins ce qu’ils affirment dans leur étude publiée par la revue PLOS Computational Biology. Selon eux, la ménopause serait en fait le résultat d’une sélection naturelle causée par la tendance des hommes à vouloir s’accoupler (et donc se reproduire) avec des partenaires plus jeunes.Stérile pour être une bonne grande-mère ?”La ménopause est considérée comme étant unique aux humains, mais personne n’a été capable de fournir une explication satisfaisante à la question de pourquoi elle se produit”, explique Rama Singh, principal auteur et biologiste à l’université McMaster au Canada. Jusqu’ici, la théorie la plus répandue est la “théorie de la grand-mère”. Celle-ci dit que les femmes auraient évolué pour cesser d’être fertiles après un certain âge afin d’aider à élever leurs petits-enfants, améliorant ainsi les chances qu’ils survivent. Mais selon Singh, cette hypothèse ne tient pas d’un point de vue évolutionniste. “Comment évoluez-vous pour devenir stérile ? C’est contraire à la notion entière de sélection naturelle. La sélection naturelle choisit la fertilité, pour la reproduction, elle ne choisit pas de la stopper”, estime t-il dans un communiqué de l’université. Ce scientifique et ses collègues ont donc envisagé la chose d’un autre point de vue. Et si les hommes avaient joué un rôle dans l’apparition de cet évènement organique ?Des mutations génétiques qui rendent stérile Pour tester cette théorie, les chercheurs ont utilisé des modèles mis en oeuvre grâce à des simulations informatiques, considérant différents paramètres. Ils sont ainsi parvenus à établir un lien entre la survenue de la ménopause et la tendance des hommes à vouloir se reproduire avec des partenaires plus jeunes. Concrètement, leurs travaux ont montré que cette préférence pouvait avoir conduit à une accumulation de mutations génétiques préjudiciables à la fertilité féminine, provoquant ainsi l’apparition de la période ménopausique. Selon Singh, les forces de la sélection naturelle sont concentrées uniquement sur la survie des espèces à travers leur aptitude physique individuelle. Elles font donc en sorte de protéger la fertilité des femmes au moment où elles ont réellement des chances de se reproduire. Puis après cette période, la sélection naturelle cesse de réprimer les mutations génétiques qui aboutissent à la ménopause, marquant la fin de la fertilité pour les femmes.  Une ménopause réversible ?”Si les femmes s’étaient reproduits du début à la fin, et qu’il n’y avait eu aucune préférence contre les femmes plus âgées, alors les femmes se reproduiraient toute leur vie comme les hommes”, estime Singh. Le spécialiste va même plus loin en ajoutant que si c’était les femmes qui avaient eu une telle préférence pour des partenaires plus jeunes, alors la situation aurait pu être inversée : ce sont les hommes qui auraient perdu leur fertilité à partir d’un certain âge.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les chercheurs expliquent que le développement de la ménopause n’a pas été un changement  qui a amélioré la survie de l’espèce, mais qui a simplement reconnu que la fertilité ne servait plus aucun objectif futur au-delà d’un certain âge. Reste que la ménopause n’est pas juste un arrêt des règles puisqu’elle se manifeste aussi par une plus grande vulnérabilité à certaines maladies, due à la baisse hormonale. Singh suggère ainsi que de prochaines recherches pourraient se pencher sur une nouvelle possibilité : si la ménopause est apparue au fil du temps, elle pourrait peut-être être inversée.  Le 14 juin 2013 à 11:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Arrival in Nassau of the Queens of Baton for the Commonwealth Youth

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – Arrival in Nassau at Lynden Pindling International Airport of the Queen’s Baton on July 18, 2017 for the Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 scheduled to officially open later that evening.   From left are: Wellington Miller, President of the Bahamas Olympic Committee; Commonwealth Games Federation Regional Vice-President for the Americas K.A. Juman-Yassin; and Commonwealth Games Federation Honourary Legal Advisor Sharon Osborne, QC.(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Morata is eager to celebrate a goal with Atleti

first_imgThe new Atletico Madrid striker is yet to score after he already played three games with his boyhood club.Alvaro Morata grew up in the Atletico Madrid youth system.And now he’s been loaned for six months from English Premier League side Chelsea to the Spanish La Liga club.After three matches played for the Spanish team, he is yet to score, something he hopes will change tomorrow when they play against Italian Lega Serie A club Juventus in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.“I would celebrate my first goal here with these supporters… for all the Atletico fans,” Morata was quoted by Marca.“There are the same people [here] as when I left [as a child].”“Here I am again; only in my head have I played with this shirt,” he added.“It is a dream.”Morata suffered to gain the support of Los Colchoneros’ fans at first because he played with Real Madrid from 2010 to 2014.But he hopes a goal against Juventus will change their mind.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We have to make the Wanda a fortress,” he added.“What is ours is ours and we cannot let anyone take anything away [from here].”“The key? Cristiano [Ronado] is key. And [Antoine] Griezmann for us,” he explained.“We’re going to do everything to stop [Ronaldo], we are going to neutralize him.”“It could be a final,” he continued.“Last year he made a save [when I was] with Chelsea,” said Morata about goalkeeper Jan Oblak.“I asked him [how he did it] and he said that it’s instinct. He’s the best goalkeeper in the world.”Muy feliz por la victoria de ayer!!! Y ahora… llega la Champions!!! #AúpaAtleti— Álvaro Morata (@AlvaroMorata) February 17, 2019last_img read more

Weather Eye With no rain in sight fire danger to climb

first_imgFine summer weather continues in the great Northwest and will do so all week. It will get into the hot category Wednesday as we sizzle just over the 90-degree mark.Friday and over the weekend we drop back down to near 80 degrees with possible morning clouds; still no big rainstorms heading our way. Thunderstorms will creep up the Cascades as the week wears on.The wildfire on Government Island just goes to show you how dry things are even in the middle of the Columbia River. Fire danger will only rise more this week. And with prospects of lightning over and east of the mountains it will become dangerous.I took a jaunt down to the Long Beach area over the weekend and I can say the ocean water was very nice. Not that toe-numbing ordeal one usually goes through. Clear sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s at Cape Disappointment area. And yes, I took my own advice and flew my kite.I don’t know if you want to hear this, but there are inklings of a La Niña forming that may influence our winter down the road. It’s mild at this point, but bears watching. At least we end up with nice snowpacks in the mountains and we often have a good chance of snow here at city levels in a La Niña winter.last_img read more

Customer First Not Web First

first_imgI don’t think so. And too, I wonder if all this “Web first” talk is just nonsense. When print makes up 50 percent to 75 percent of a typical magazine company’s revenue, can it possibly be “Web first in a fundamental way? The answer is no. No CEO is going to walk away from that kind of revenue in the interest of being Web first. So what’s really meant when companies say they’ve gone “Web first?” I think they’re trying to say they’ve gone “customer first.” I think they mean that the Internet has attributes that are so compelling and powerful that you’d be crazy not to make them the strategic core of your business.I think they want print to play a role that online-only companies only wish they could do too: To deliver impact, thought-leadership, stature, the final result and the critical ingredient of perspective, none of which are the Web’s strongest characteristics.I think print publishers recognize that in the marketing game, no one really thinks of himself as a lead, and that without the crucial steps early in the buying process of knowledge of a supplier, awareness of its message, trust in its solution and staying power, a lead is worthless. I’ve been reading a lot lately about media companies going “Web first.” I suppose it signals a recognition of the real-time value of Internet information, plus the invaluable online network of linkable relevant information, both inbound and outbound, plus the multidirectional conversations and communities the Web enables, plus the measurability of online marketing initiatives. I suppose it means that staff needs to be redeployed to serve online initiatives and businesses, and not be solely focused on print. I suppose that being “Web first” these days is better than being “print first.” But in a larger sense, what does “Web first” really mean? Does it mean we’re bound to evolve into online-only companies? Does it really mean that our print magazines are secondary? We’re ready, then, to walk away from the impact and power of the printed page, to consign it to a siding, a dead end, a vestigial appendage? last_img read more

They conceived Jal Shakti 20 years ago in Nizamabad

first_imgNizamabad: Well before the Central government launched Jal Shakti Abhiyan Yojana, a scheme to save water, the people of Donpal village did it 20 years ago.Donpal village stands as a model to all the regions across the State and country also.20 years ago, when people are busy encroaching empty pond lands either to turn them into real estate business or for farming, these villagers are busy in constructing percolation tanks and ponds to increase groundwater levels. Also Read – International Persian Summer School concludes at MANUU Advertise With Us Donpal is a small village in Mortad mandal of Nizamabad district with 1,207 people and 326 houses. The literacy rate of 45.9 per cent and working population is 61.35 per cent. These villagers are known as ‘Bhagirathas’. The villagers have constructed 20 new ponds around the village to save water rather than wasting every drop of rain. These ponds were constructed as chain ponds connected to one another. When a pond is filled with rainwater, the excess water will automatically flow into another pond connected with pipes. Also Read – Concerns of marine and fresh water pollution must be addressed on priority basis: Vice President Advertise With Us Despite a low rainfall for the past 20 years, there was no problem with both irrigation and drinking water needs in this village. Paddy will be cultivated in about 30 acres with gravity water on either side. Motor pumps are also not used here. The villagers’ future view has increased the groundwater levels not only in this village but also in the surrounding villages within a distance of six km, with the help of percolation tanks.The village has been recognized for its efforts in the joint Andhra Pradesh State as well as got awards for water saving. Former Chief Minister N Chandrababu got inspiration from these villagers and took up construction of water conservation pits (Inkudu guntalu).last_img read more

Mallya appears at Formula 1 event says he feels good and fit

first_imgLiquor baron Vijay Mallya made his first appearance of the 2016 season of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone in Northamptonshire, the venue of the auto racing event in England.At the public outing, Mallya also a co-owner of Force India racing team, said his love for the sport had prompted him to buy stake in the team. “I love racing, I’m a petrolhead, I’m passionate about it…” he was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.Overseeing his Formula 1 team’s activities at England, where he’s cocooned since March 2, the businessman told Reuters he was at home in London and would not return to India “unless assured of a fair trial in India, if at all there needs to be a trial.”Mallya has been continuously issued summons from India’s authorities to appear in front of the courts to settle cases relating to his $1.4 billion loan on the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines and other charges of corporate misgovernance.Upset at the alleged media trials and reports claiming that his defaults amounted to $1.16 billion, Mallya said these were overstated by more than twice of the actual borrowings. He noted the courts were yet to decide on the nature of his guarantee as well as the amount arising from such guarantee.According to Reuters, Mallya insisted that Indian media took sides to only corner him. “The media is screaming about 900 million pounds,” he said. “What nobody cares to mention is that Kingfisher Airlines has launched a counter-claim on the banks themselves under lenders’ liability for 380 million.” Enjoying his right of residence granted in 1992 by Britain, he added that all questions the Indian authorities wanted him to answer for could be done in England or through a video conferencing. “But why only in India? And why after my passport has been revoked?,” he said. “Life must go on,” he told He added that “…being based here and not travelling I have more time to devote to want I want to. Working out six days a week so I shed a few kilos and I’m feeling good and fit.”On his team’s performance, he said Force India was aiming for the number fourth spot this season.last_img read more

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