Onethird of adults in rich nations are ignorant about AIDS UNbacked study

The Global AIDS Attitudes Survey, published by the non-governmental organization World Vision, reveals the awareness and attitudes of populations in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States – all members of the “Group of Eight” industrialized nations – towards those affected by HIV and AIDS globally. Speaking at the launch of the Survey at UN Headquarters, the Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in New York underlined that “the more we understand the epidemic, the better we can make policies, the better we can make programmes. “The contribution from World Vision and [global polling firm] Ipsos provides the kind of insight that helps us to understand this epidemic in a way that makes the efforts that are required to be more effective,” Bunmi Makinwa added. Among the main findings of the Survey is that the more people know about HIV and AIDS globally, the more concerned they are about the issue and the more compassionate they are towards those directly affected by it. The World Vision “Index of Concern,” a tool for understanding the level of concern each country feels towards the issue, finds that Canada leads the seven nations surveyed for the highest level of empathy its residents feel toward those affected by HIV and AIDS globally, with Japan ranking last. The others in order are France, Germany, US, Italy and UK. In addition, concern about HIV and AIDS globally is “on par” with the war in Iraq. At the same time, poverty and hunger, climate change, and terrorism are of greater concern to people than HIV and AIDS or the Iraq war. “After more than 25 years – more than a quarter of a century – of news coverage, education and prevention work, about one third of the people that we surveyed in the seven countries from this report admit that they know little or nothing about AIDS – one in three in the wealthiest nations in the world,” said Richard Stearns, President of World Vision US. “In the United States that represents about 70 million adults that say they know little or nothing about HIV and AIDS or its impact,” he added. Noting that the Survey does contain “some element of hope,” he pointed out that 80 per cent of people believed their governments should do much more to help children who are orphaned by AIDS and AIDS-related illnesses. In addition, 44 per cent are willing to pay more in taxes to help fund prevention, treatment, research and care; that number was 50 per cent in the US. Another “astounding” statistic is that 9 out of 10 people surveyed believed that the global community has a moral obligation to respond to the AIDS crisis, he said. “The vast majority of people think their governments and individuals globally should be responding decisively to turn the tide and come to the aid of people living with HIV and AIDS.” As to why so many people admit to knowing little or nothing about the problem, he said the answer is simple. “For those millions of people the disease HIV is simply not real. It’s not personal. It is somebody else’s problem and somebody else’s disease, and very often in a place very, very far away and remote from their everyday lives.” In response, the challenge is to make HIV/AIDS more real to the public, “to put a face on the disease” that kills 2.1 million people every year. “AIDS will only become real, it will only become important when we see past the statistics,” he stated. 29 November 2007In what should serve as a wake-up call ahead of World AIDS Day, a new United Nations-backed survey shows that about one third of the people in seven wealthy nations admit they know little or nothing about the global HIV and AIDS crisis, and 25 per cent believe problems associated with the epidemic are “greatly exaggerated” by the media. read more

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SecretaryGeneral recommends sixmonth extension of UN force in Cyprus

In a just-released report to the Security Council, Mr. Annan says that the situation in Cyprus has been generally stable over the past six months. “The military situation along the ceasefire line remained calm,” he notes, with the exception of “small incidents” such as verbal abuse and stone throwing.At the same time, the Secretary-General reports that the conditions facing the UN Interim Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), “remained difficult, owing to the restrictions imposed on it by the Turkish Cypriot authorities and Turkish forces.” In particular, he cites the situation in Strovilia, a small hamlet inhabited by Greek Cypriots where UNFICYP’s work has been constrained since July 2000. Along the nearby Famagusta-Dherinia road, peacekeepers are also facing restrictions which prevent them from monitoring a fenced area called Varosha. “These restrictions remained in force despite efforts to have them lifted and to have the military status quo ante at Strovilia restored,” Mr. Annan writes.Concerning his mission of good offices, the Secretary-General observes that his Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, had met separately in January with Mr. Glafcos Clerides and Mr. Rauf Denktash.”Mr. Denktash asked that no date for proximity talks be set,” the Secretary-General writes. “It has not proved possible to resume talks during the reporting period.” Meanwhile, Mr. de Soto “is proceeding with preparations and consultations so as to be of assistance to the parties at the appropriate time.” The Security Council is expected to consider the Secretary-General’s recommendations on Monday, 11 June. read more

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Chief of UN mission in Haiti says mission must not leave prematurely

Speaking to reporters in Brasilia, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and chief of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Juan Gabriel Valdés, said: “Previous missions have failed because they pulled out their troops prematurely. MINUSTAH must avoid making the same mistake.” Haiti needed substantive advances in its development before it could consolidate a democratic system, he added.The international community had to involve itself more deeply for the time necessary, especially in bolstering law enforcement and the judiciary, Mr. Valdés said, and all political parties that renounce violence had to be given a guaranteed opportunity to take part in the elections to form a democratic and legitimate government.He thanked Brazil, especially MINUSTAH Force Commander General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira, for its leading role in the mission’s successes.After an insurgency that forced elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile in February 2004, MINUSTAH has spent more than a year trying to re-establish law and order in the Caribbean country. read more

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Data providers IHS Markit to combine to create 13B company

Data providers IHS, Markit to combine to create $13B company NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. data provider IHS is combining with Europe’s Markit to create a $13 billion company called IHS Markit.The new company will be based in London, where Markit is currently based. Some operations will remain in Englewood, Colorado, where IHS is located, the companies said.IHS Inc. shareholders will own about 57 per cent of the combined company and Markit Ltd. shareholders will own about 43 per cent.IHS Chairman and CEO Jerre Stead will serve in the same roles for the combined company, with Markit Chairman and CEO Lance Uggla taking over the posts when Stead retires at the end of 2017.The combined company is expected to achieve $125 million in cost savings by the end of 2019.The boards of both companies have approved the deal, targeted to close in the second half of this year. Shareholders must still sign off on the agreement.IHS shares rose $8.91, or 8.1 per cent, to $119.62 in afternoon trading while Markit’s U.S.-traded shares gained $3.42, or 11.6 per cent, to $32.91. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2016 4:49 am MDT Last Updated Mar 22, 2016 at 1:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Prince Charles to walk Meghan down aisle after dad drops out

WINDSOR, United Kingdom — Prince Charles will be the one to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle when she marries his son Prince Harry, palace officials said Friday as final preparations were under way on the eve of the royal wedding.The bride had initially hoped her father Thomas Markle would take on the role, but confirmed Thursday he would not attend as he is recovering from a heart operation after being caught up in a paparazzi fiasco involving staged pictures.Although many thought her mother Doria Ragland could step in, Kensington Palace said her future father-in-law would take on the responsibility at Saturday’s ceremony.“Ms Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle… on her wedding day,” a statement said.“The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to the royal family in this way.”Markle’s mum will on Friday meet Queen Elizabeth II for the first time at Windsor Castle, where the nuptials will take place.She met with Charles and his wife Camilla on Thursday, and will be joined by her daughter and future son-in-law for Friday’s afternoon tea with the monarch.In the weeks running up to the wedding, organisers have been caught off guard by the chaos surrounding the family of the bride-to-be, with palace staff referring to it as the “Markle Debacle”, Britain’s Daily Mirror reported.And the palace itself has come under fire for its handling of the situation.“Kensington Palace has missed a trick with the whole family,” veteran royal biographer Penny Junor told AFP, suggesting it might have been prudent for Markle to invite her half-siblings.“The relatives have become a bigger story than the event itself, which is tragic.” (Excerpts from AFP) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPrince Harry and Meghan married at WindsorMay 19, 2018In “Entertainment”Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to marry on May 19 — palaceDecember 15, 2017In “Entertainment”Horse and carriage for Prince Harry and Meghan’s weddingFebruary 12, 2018In “Entertainment” read more

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Driver arrested after caught speeding at 187 km per hour in 120

first_imgDriver arrested after caught speeding at 187 km per hour in 120 zone on wet road Meanwhile, a driver in Newbridge was found travelling at almost twice the speed limit. Share Tweet Email1 Caught up in a 187! Wicklow traffic stop car on M11 doing 187km in 120km zone on wet road & raining. Driver arrested court to follow.— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 17, 2017 Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Friday 17 Feb 2017, 9:53 PM 33,128 Views Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 65 Comments By Cliodhna Russell Feb 17th 2017, 9:53 PM Naas Traffic: Car detected driving at 153km in 80km zonein Newbridge. Court Appearance to follow.— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 16, 2017 A DRIVER WAS arrested on the M11 in Wicklow after being caught speeding at 187 kilometres per hour in a 120 km zone.Gardaí also reported that conditions were dangerous as it was raining and the roads were wet at the time.The motorist will appear in court at a later date. Meanwhile, a driver in Newbridge was found travelling at almost twice the speed limit.The motorist was driving at 153 kilometres per hour in an 80 km zone. Read: Irish man (30) stabbed to death in Sydney> last_img read more

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Brumby calls for the return of the Parthenon Marbles

first_imgThe British Museum should make immediate arrangements to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece, Premier John Brumby said in Parliament last week.Mr Brumby stated that he would write to Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown to pass on the firm views of both the Victorian Greek community and the Victorian Government on the issue. “The Marbles need to be returned to Greece immediately – they are an immensely important part of that nation’s history and to Greeks everywhere,” Mr Brumby said. “It could only be fair and respectful for the Marbles to be returned.” he added. Meanwhile, the Victorian Premier spoke warmly about Melbourne’s Greek community and it’s contribution and highlighted the government’s efforts to support Greek organisations. Mr Brumby said the Victorian Government had provided almost $6 million through the Victorian Multicultural Commission to Greek community organisations to celebrate and recognise their culture. The funding includes: $680,000 for festivals and events including the Antipodes and the Thessaloniki Sister City festivals since 1999; and $440,260 for projects and activities which support Greek community heritage, language culture. In addition, almost $800,000 of Victorian Government funding had been provided to 38 Greek Community Languages Schools this year. And, $1.4m is set for programs to support Greek welfare and seniors programs, and other events. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Les pharmacies sont en rupture de stock

first_imgLes pharmacies sont en rupture de stockLe ministre de la santé Xavier Bertrand sort de sa réserve et reproche aux grossistes et aux laboratoires de vendre à l’étranger des médicaments destinés au marché français où les prix sont souvent plus bas. Cela expliquerait les ruptures de stock dont les pharmacies sont aujourd’hui victimes.Selon l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps), près de 13.000 médicaments sont actuellement sur le marché et entre 160 et 370 d’entre eux sont régulièrement absents des étalages des pharmacies, en raison de ruptures de stock récurrentes. Un problème qui s’avère grave dans certains cas. Au printemps par exemple, des antirétroviraux prescrits à des personnes séropositives et de l’insuline destinés à des diabétiques n’étaient plus disponibles. “En quarante ans de métier, je n’ai jamais vu autant de ruptures de stocks”, s’alarme l’ex-président de la Chambre syndicale de la répartition pharmaceutique.Les pharmacies interrogées ont indiqué que le problème avait pu être résolu mais qu’à présent certains traitements hormonaux venaient à manquer. Un sondage réalisé au printemps indiquait  que “six pharmaciens sur dix sont confrontés à des problèmes d’approvisionnement quotidiens”. “S’il est exact qu’il manque des médicaments, il n’y a pas pénurie”, a pourtant affirmé à l’AFP Isabelle Adenot, présidente de l’Ordre des pharmaciens qui cherche à rassurer tout le monde. “Le phénomène prend de l’ampleur, mais il ne faut pas paniquer la population”. De son côté, Armelle Develey, présidente d’honneur du syndicat des pharmaciens hospitaliers (SYNPREFH) a déclaré “nous faisons face, les patients ne se rendent compte de rien”.Les explications de ce manque d’approvisionnement sont multiples. D’une part, il peut y avoir des problèmes d’ordres divers tels que grève, accident ou encore manque de matière première qui se produisent sur le site de production. D’autre part, le fabricant peut avoir décidé de cesser la production du médicament, ou rencontrer des difficultés de transport. De plus, en période de vacances, les problèmes augmentent : certaines pharmacies sont fermées dans les villes et celles sur les lieux de vacances peuvent être débordées, aggravant encore les problème de pénurie. Un “détournement” des médicaments vers l’étranger Néanmoins, ce n’est pas ces problèmes que le ministre de la santé, Xavier Bertrand dénonce aujourd’hui. Celui-ci accuse les grossistes français de prélever des médicaments directement dans les lots, en principe réservés au marché domestique français, pour vendre à l’étranger. “Les grossistes-répartiteurs ont des quotas de la part des laboratoires, des quotas pour la France qui correspondent aux besoins”, a rappelé M. Bertrand. “Mais seulement certains ont des systèmes par lesquels certains médicaments repartent vers d’autres pays”, a-t-il ajouté.Car ces pays achètent les médicaments en question à des prix plus élevés qu’en France. “Ce sont des systèmes d’importations parallèles : elles sont connues mais moi, je ne veux pas de ça”, a poursuivi le ministre. “Ce qui est prévu pour la France doit être consommé en France […] J’ai sifflé la fin de la partie il y a quelques semaines en disant la chose suivante : soit vous respectez vos quotas, soit je vous y oblige avec un nouveau texte”, a-t-il menacé.Un non-respect des obligations À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Christian Lajoux, président de Leem (les entreprises du médicament), a rappelé que cela faisait déjà bien longtemps que les industriels réclamaient la mise en place d’une double tarification : une pour le marché intérieur et une autre pour l’étranger. Cela permettrait d’éviter entre autres que les nouvelles sociétés de distribution ne tirent trop avantage des prix souvent bien plus élevés chez les voisins comme l’Allemagne ou la Grande Bretagne. D’autant que ces “shorts liners”, comme on les appelle, ne respectent aucune des obligations des grossistes-répartiteurs comme les stocks de quinze jours pour les neuf dixièmes des médicaments avec notamment une livraison en 24 heures maximum.De son côté, le président de la section des grossistes au sein de l’Ordre des pharmaciens, Philippe Godon, s’est déclaré “un peu surpris” par les propos du ministre. “Il s’agit de micro-ruptures d’approvisionnement”, a-t-il dit, estimant qu'”il ne faut pas crier haro sur les répartiteurs”.Le 3 août 2011 à 17:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Talking Magic Myths and Coming of Age With Blackbirds Jen Bartel

first_imgWe’ve been able to catch up with a bunch of creators this summer to learn all about their new projects. Cullen Bunn and Mark Torres dish on their new series Cold Spots. Bob Frantz educates us on MetalSharkBro. Travis McElroy gushes about RPGs with The Adventure Zone. Read up on all the latest comic news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Magic and myths in the realm of coming of age stories are fascinating. We’re given such stories like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson to fill that role. We also have comics such as SuperMutant Magic Academy and Zodiac Starforce to fill that magic and myth charm. However, Blackbird does something a little different. Something a little unusual, but wickedly charming that touches on family, magic, myth, and coming of age in a vibrant, neon and brilliant new way.Geek had the opportunity to talk to Blackbird‘s co-creator and artist Jen Bartel about their captivating new upcoming series coming to shelves October 3rd.Thank you so much for talking with Geek! Blackbird is a book we were so excited about. The first issue is mesmerizing. Can you tell us a little bit about Blackbird?Thank you! Blackbird is a coming of age story about Nina Rodriguez, a young woman living in LA—she discovers a hidden world of magic when her sister is kidnapped by a mystical beast, and has to navigate through some pretty dicey situations because she’s convinced that she’s the only one who can save her.via Image ComicsBlackbird feels like a story within a story. It’s enriched in this mystical and mythical magic world beneath our own. Can you tell us a little bit about where the inspiration for this comic came from? Also, the inspiration behind your art? There are so many mythical elements in it.Aw wow, that feels like really high praise—thank you so much! I think part of what makes Blackbird feel as rich as it does is that Sam and I spent nearly six months just fleshing out the characters, world, mechanics, and symbolism together. We really took our time to develop something we felt happy with, and every step of it was a collaborative process, so we each brought our own strengths to the table.Sam was also incredibly receptive to writing for me specifically, so when I told him that I wanted to draw hot people and magic creatures all drenched in neon, he came up with a pitch around those things—but he gave it so much more depth by crafting a story that is ultimately about family, loss, and personal growth.As far as my art goes, I’ve always been the kind of artist that loves symbolism and hiding little easter eggs throughout everything I do—I never really excelled at narrative illustration and preferred to focus on hidden meanings of individual elements of my drawings. A lot of that has crossed over into my sequential art for Blackbird, including my love for mythology—specifically Asian mythology.via Image ComicsI feel like we have to talk a little bit about Nina. She’s instantly one of the most relatable characters in a strange way. Nina feels like the perfect into this world. Did you guys want to make her a kind of escapist within her coming of age story? She’s been through so much.I’m so glad to hear that! We really wanted Nina to be relatable, and more importantly, flawed. There’s so much pressure for female characters to model the “Strong Female Character” identity that it often feels like they don’t get the luxury of messing up, or being less than perfect.Nina is all kinds of imperfect when the story unfolds, and to your point, it’s because she’s been through a LOT. She’s really trying to figure out who she is and where she fits into the world, while still processing the grief of a major loss of a loved one. When the story begins, Nina is really just kind of letting life happen to her, rather than taking any kind of initiative or control for herself. I think a lot of young people these days feel a little defeated by the world, and Nina is no exception.Will she discover her path through this magical world with her own magic? I can’t wait for her do the stuff. Nina definitely will go down the rabbit hole of this underground magic world in Los Angeles, but whether she becomes part of it or not remains to be seen…. in later issues! ;)via Image ComicsWithout spoilers of course, can you tell us a little more about the Nina and Marisa and their relationship? Will this be a family affair throughout Blackbird? Absolutely—Nina and Marisa have that classic sister bond; sometimes (usually) they kind of hate each other, but they are always there for each other through thick and thin. Marisa is the older, responsible one, who has always taken care of Nina and made sure she had a place to sleep even when things were rough. Nina is the carefree younger sister, who thinks Marisa is stuffy and uptight and doesn’t always appreciate the things she does for her, so when Marisa goes missing, there is a definite role reversal that has to happen. And yes, we will definitely find out more about Nina’s family as the series progresses…!Thank you! I really just try my best to imagine these characters as if they were real people. Because Blackbird is set in modern LA, it’s important that the characters and environments are believable and even recognizable to locals. When Sam and I were first developing the pitch, I took a trip out to my hometown (I was born in LA, Sam is a resident) and we went all over North Hollywood (where Nina lives) so I could take tons of reference photos and do sketches of the locations and people. That really helped breathe life into the issues once I started drawing them.Can you tell us a little bit about the other characters and creatures we’ll meet within the comic? There is a small hint of what looks like to come. (And they’re so beautiful, but look hella suspicious.)You’re right to be suspicious! It’s unclear what the motives of The Great Beast are, what it even is, and whether it’s the only one of its kind or if there are more. It’s certainly not the only magical creature in Blackbird though—it wouldn’t be a story about magic without at least a few familiars, and maybe even shape-shifters…right?via Image ComicsIf you could be ANY magical creature or person, what would they be and why? Oooooh man. I think if I had to pick a magical creature, it’d be a pegasus from the Pastoral Symphony Fantasia sequence that pretty much informed all of my art as a child. They’re just so elegant, you know? Oh no, am I revealing that I was a horse girl as a kid? Whoops.Thank you again for talking with us. Where can our readers (via social media, website, etc.) find you? Are there any other projects or cons coming up for you?  I can only imagine how busy your schedule must be. Thank you! It was actually just announced that I’ll be drawing issue #6 of Black Panther, with Ta-Nehisi Coates writing. My last show of the year is going to be NYCC, and I’ll be debuting a whole new fall line of merch and prints! After that, I will hibernate for as long as possible, which, hopefully, this year will be more than three days.Here’s where to find me Stay on target Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men? Blackbird #1 will be available on ComiXology and your local comic shop on October 3rd.last_img read more

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Recycling business provides employment for innercity residents

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 28, 2016 – Residents of some low-income communities in the Corporate Area are benefiting from the ingenuity of Scheed Cole, whose recycling business employs more than 20 of them in transforming waste material into sculptures and other products.  The company, 360 Recycle Manufacturing, which is located on Rousseau Road in Kingston, provides jobs for residents of Arnett Gardens, Maxfield Avenue, Lyndhurst Road and Spanish Town Road.Mr. Cole, a former inner-city teacher, who hails from Olympic Way in St. Andrew West Central, believes in the holistic transformation of those communities and has decided to train and employ persons residing in them.   “I wanted it [the business] to target people of low-income zones. Persons from the communities are given an opportunity first, to be employed by me. Our aim is to create 360 Recycle Manufacturing centres in low-income areas, because it’s a form of renewed employment we want on a national level,” he tells JIS News.Mr. Cole’s company uses ground glass, metal, styrofoam lunch boxes, and pieces of paper and cardboard mixed with cement to create the sculptures for property decorations.  He also creates other structures, including pots for plants, benches and tables, and playground equipment, such as tunnels and rock-climbing mountains.   The raw materials are also used to create building blocks, which he hopes will be used in the construction of houses. Samples of the blocks have been submitted to the Bureau of Standards Jamaica for testing, he notes.Mr. Cole wants to use the building blocks to create affordable housing for residents living in low-income communities across the island.   “If we can help these areas to develop economically and reduce poverty, then we will have more productive communities and citizens,” he says.  Mr. Cole, who plans to employ at least 100 more inner-city residents, says he is now focused on establishing public and private partnerships to help with the mechanization of some processes.  He tells JIS News that the main one is to process the raw materials into finished products much faster, in order to meet the demand.  Discussions have begun with manufacturing company Wisynco, Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation, supermarkets and hardware stores.Meanwhile, Ian McKay, who is employed in sales by Mr. Cole, says since he met him at St. Mary’s College more than two years ago, he has enjoyed working with him in the recycling and manufacturing business.   He tells JIS News that the business has great potential for further growth, and he expects Mr. Cole to provide the leadership that is required.Data recorded in the United States show that the recycling industry continues to be an enormous economic driver. It is reported that in 2014, the recycling industry employed 1.1 million people and generated more than US$236 billion in gross annual revenue.In other parts of the world, entrepreneurs are utilizing recycled material to generate income. In Kenya, Africa, one entrepreneur uses plastic waste collected from dump sites to manufacture fence posts.last_img read more

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Sarri – Im proud to manage Chelsea

first_imgChelsea manager Mauricio Sarri became the first boss at Stamford Bridge to go through his first 11 league matches unbeaten and he has hailed his talented players for the role they played.Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to go second place and just two points behind Champions Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.The victory means Sarri is now unbeaten in his first eleven Premier League games, which is the joint-longest unbeaten record by a Premier League manager, equalling the record set by Frank Clark in 1994.“I’m really very proud but I’m proud to be coach of this team. The record is not the record of the coach but the team.” Sarri told Chelsea FC website.“I was lucky because I have very good players and in the last two months they were able to win without a great level of organization from the tactical point of view.”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.Sarri also downplayed Chelsea’s title chances saying: “I don’t know. At the beginning, we knew there was a gap of 30 points from last season.“At the moment we need only to think about trying to recover a large part of the gap. I hope to recover almost all of it but I don’t know. It’s difficult to recover 30 points but we are trying.”last_img read more

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Base Redevelopment Track Set for Summit

first_imgThe base redevelopment track for the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit will include seven sessions covering the key challenges facing local redevelopment authorities, including property transfer, project management, financing, and environmental cleanup and insurance.ADC is introducing a new format for the track this year that will place an emphasis on participation by Summit attendees. Rather than being organized around a panel of experts, each session will have one or two moderators who will facilitate presentations from invited guests as well as attendees. LRAs, DOD officials and consultants will be encouraged to come to the Summit ready to participate during any of the session topics.The format is designed to be interactive, maximizing audience participation and encouraging a free-wheeling discussion about the pressing issues in base redevelopment. The new format will allow attendees to bring up questions and concerns about problems they are dealing with or introduce other emerging issues.The base redevelopment track will cover:The state of base redevelopment — project directors and industry experts will discuss the progress made by communities to reuse closed bases and identify key challenges facing BRAC communities;Environmental issues — subject matter experts will discuss environmental insurance, UXO, emerging contaminants and funding sources;Property transfer and real estate management — representatives from each of the services will update attendees on progress made to date transferring property; also featured will be a discussion on the hurdles to successful  redevelopment;Federal perspectives – federal officials will talk about programs that support base closure communities;Redefining redevelopment — LRAs and real estate experts will talk about new trends in real estate development, along with emerging challenges and opportunities for base reuse;Funding sources — LRAs, developers and industry leaders will discuss fundraising strategies; Public involvement — Experienced LRA directors and consultants will lead discussions on managing community expectations, obtaining the support of the public and private sector, maximizing public involvement and forming a board of directors. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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State to set up antifraud cell to protect cooperative banks

first_imgKolkata: The state government is coming up with an anti-fraud cell headed by a judicial magistrate to check incidents of fraud at cooperative banks across the state.”An anti-fraud cell will be constituted to prevent incidents of fraud. During the Left Front regime many cooperative banks were involved in financial irregularities. Our government under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been taking various preventive measures in this regard,” state Cooperation minister Arup Roy said in the state assembly on Monday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeLater in a programme to mark the centenary year of cooperative banks, Roy urged the people of the state involved in the cooperative movement to organise a strong protest movement against Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill which the Centre is gearing up to table. “It is a destructive plan of the Centre. If it is implemented there will be no guarantee for public money deposited in banks. Common people will be facing major financial problem. We have to all unite for a strong movement to stop the FRDI,” Roy said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedState Transport and Environment minister Suvendu Adhikari also appealed to strengthen the cooperative movement to stop the FRDI Bill which is likely to be tabled in the winter session of the Parilament. “The cooperative banks will be also coming under the FRDI so we all have to unite under one umbrella and organise a protest movement,” Adhikari added. He also lashed out at the Centre on demonetisation and the effecs it had on the cooperative banks in the state. Eariler in the day, Roy said in the Assembly that the short term loan amount stands at Rs 5713.27 crore in the current fiscal, while the long term loan figure remains at Rs 230.34 crore. According to Roy, the state Cooperation department has allocated Rs 180 crore to 1 lakh families in the state for rearing of animals and has plans to disburse more funds in this regard.last_img read more

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Zuckerberg wants to set the agenda for tech regulation in yet another

first_imgFacebook has probably made the biggest April Fool’s joke of this year. Over the weekend, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, penned a post detailing the need to have tech regulation in four major areas: “harmful content, election integrity, privacy, and data portability”. However, privacy advocates and tech experts were frustrated rather than pleased with this announcement, stating that seeing recent privacy scandals, Facebook CEO shouldn’t be the one making the rules. The term ‘digital gangster’ was first coined by the Guardian, when the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee published its final report on Facebook’s Disinformation and ‘fake news practices. Per the publishing firm, “Facebook behaves like a ‘digital gangster’ destroying democracy. It considers itself to be ‘ahead of and beyond the law’. It ‘misled’ parliament. It gave statements that were ‘not true’”. Last week, Facebook rolled out a new Ad Library to provide more stringent transparency for preventing interference in worldwide elections. It also rolled out a policy to ban white nationalist content from its platforms. Zuckerberg’s four new regulation ideas “I believe we need a more active role for governments and regulators. By updating the rules for the internet, we can preserve what’s best about it — the freedom for people to express themselves and for entrepreneurs to build new things — while also protecting society from broader harms.”, writes Zuckerberg. Reducing harmful content For harmful content, Zuckerberg talks about having a certain set of rules that govern what types of content tech companies should consider harmful. According to him, governments should set “baselines” for online content that require filtering. He suggests that third-party organizations should also set standards governing the distribution of harmful content and measure companies against those standards. “Internet companies should be accountable for enforcing standards on harmful content,” he writes. “Regulation could set baselines for what’s prohibited and require companies to build systems for keeping harmful content to a bare minimum.” Ironically, over the weekend, Facebook was accused of enabling the spreading of anti-Semitic propaganda after its refusal to take down repeatedly flagged hate posts. Facebook stated that it will not remove the posts as they do not breach its hate speech rules and are not against UK law. Preserving election integrity The second tech regulation revolves around election integrity. Facebook has been taken steps in this direction by making significant changes to its advertising policies. Facebook’s new Ad library which was released last week, now provides advertising transparency on all active ads running on a Facebook page, including politics or issue ads. Ahead of the European Parliamentary election in May 2019, Facebook is also introducing ads transparency tools in the EU. He advises other tech companies to build a searchable ad archive as well. “Deciding whether an ad is political isn’t always straightforward. Our systems would be more effective if regulation created common standards for verifying political actors,” Zuckerberg says. He also talks about improving online political advertising laws for political issues rather than primarily focussing on candidates and elections. “I believe”, he says “legislation should be updated to reflect the reality of the threats and set standards for the whole industry.” What is surprising is that just 24 hrs after Zuckerberg published his post committing to preserve election integrity, Facebook took down over 700 pages, groups, and accounts that were engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” on Indian politics ahead of the country’s national elections. According to DFRLab, who analyzed these pages, Facebook was in fact quite late to take actions against these pages. Per DFRLab, “Last year, AltNews, an open-source fact-checking outlet, reported that a related website called was hosted on Silver Touch servers. Silver Touch managers denied having anything to do with the website or the Facebook page, but Facebook’s statement attributed the page to “individuals associated with” Silver Touch. The page was created in 2016. Even after several regional media outlets reported that the page was spreading false information related to Indian politics, the engagements on posts kept increasing, with a significant uptick from June 2018 onward.” Adhering to privacy and data portability For privacy, Zuckerberg talks about the need to develop a “globally harmonized framework” along the lines of European Union’s GDPR rules for US and other countries “I believe a common global framework — rather than regulation that varies significantly by country and state — will ensure that the internet does not get fractured, entrepreneurs can build products that serve everyone, and everyone gets the same protections.”, he writes. Which makes us wonder what is stopping him from implementing EU style GDPR on Facebook globally until a common framework is agreed upon by countries? Lastly, he adds, “regulation should guarantee the principle of data portability”, allowing people to freely port their data across different services. “True data portability should look more like the way people use our platform to sign into an app than the existing ways you can download an archive of your information. But this requires clear rules about who’s responsible for protecting information when it moves between services.” He also endorses the need for a standard data transfer format by supporting the open source Data Transfer Project. Why this call for regulation now? Zuckerberg’s post comes at a strategic point of time when Facebook is battling a large number of investigations. Most recent of which is the housing discrimination charge by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) who alleged that Facebook is using its advertising tools to violate the Fair Housing Act. Also to be noticed is the fact, that Zuckerberg’s blog post comes weeks after Senator Elizabeth Warren, stated that if elected president in 2020, her administration will break up Facebook. Facebook was quick to remove and then restore several ads placed by Warren, that called for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants. A possible explanation to Zuckerberg’s post can be the fact that Facebook will be able to now say that it’s actually pro-government regulation. This means it can lobby governments to make a decision that would be the most beneficial for the company. It may also set up its own work around political advertising and content moderation as the standard for other industries. By blaming decisions on third parties, it may also possibly reduce scrutiny from lawmakers. According to a report by Business Insider, just as Zuckerberg posted about his news today, a large number of Zuckerberg’s previous posts and announcements have been deleted from the FB Blog. Reaching for comment, a Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider that the posts were “mistakenly deleted” due to “technical errors.” Now if this is a deliberate mistake or an unintentional one, we don’t know. Zuckerberg’s post sparked a huge discussion on Hacker news with most people drawing negative conclusions based on Zuckerberg’s writeup. Here are some of the views: “I think Zuckerberg’s intent is to dilute the real issue (privacy) with these other three points. FB has a bad record when it comes to privacy and they are actively taking measures against it. For example, they lobby against privacy laws. They create shadow profiles and they make it difficult or impossible to delete your account.” “harmful content, election integrity, privacy, data portability Shut down Facebook as a company and three of those four problems are solved.” “By now it’s pretty clear, to me at least, that Zuckerberg simply doesn’t get it. He could have fixed the issues for over a decade. And even in 2019, after all the evidence of mismanagement and public distrust, he still refuses to relinquish any control of the company. This is a tone-deaf opinion piece.” Twitteratis also shared the same sentiment. Read Next Ahead of EU 2019 elections, Facebook expands it’s Ad Library to provide advertising transparency in all active ads Facebook will ban white nationalism, and separatism content in addition to white supremacy content. Are the lawmakers and media being really critical towards Facebook?last_img read more

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first_imgThanks to the NFL lockout, the Arizona Cardinals have been unable to acquire a quarterback and begin to familiarize him with their offense.Instead, the Cardinals have had plenty of time to weigh their options and to provide media and fans with enough gossip and rumors to keep high school girls happy.Carson Palmer is a name that has faded as of late. Most of the attention has turned to either Kevin Kolb or Kyle Orton, but some feel Palmer is still a viable option.Mike Sando of wrote that if he were the Cardinals, he would try to acquire Palmer. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Impossible to make a decision independent of the price. If each were available for free and amenable to a long-term deal, I would rule out McNabb, then consider Palmer as my first option pending a full medical review to get a feel for how long he might be able to play, and at what level. If Palmer did not check out, I would lean toward Orton based on the fact that he has produced more consistently, whereas it is tougher to know what Kolb offers.Sando’s analysis is an interesting one because it appears to be in the exact opposite order of most reports that seem to think the Cardinals are more interested in Kolb than Orton.Palmer is certainly the most proven, and talented, of the three quarterbacks, but would the asking price be too high for Arizona?Cincinnati clearly does not want to trade their quarterback and would probably be asking for a lot in return.Palmer would instantly turn the Cardinals into a contender in NFC West, but he might be a bit of a reach.center_img 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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