October 17, 2019

Intense UK media scrutiny of Meghan Markle baffles Canadians watching it unfold

first_imgLONDON – Intense media scrutiny of Meghan Markle’s extended family has left a sour taste for many Canadian tourists and expats observing wall-to-wall coverage of the impending royal wedding.The voracious appetite for tidbits on the upcoming nuptials came as a shock to British Columbia tourists Karen and Bill Chandler, who say they were blindsided by reporters during a tour of Windsor Castle on Wednesday.Rather than recounting the grand splendour of the historic home to more than 900 years of royals, the couple’s biggest memory was of journalists and camera crews preparing to cover Saturday’s nuptials.“It’s crazy up there, it’s just crazy,” Bill Chandler exclaimed Thursday after visiting the historic town where Prince Harry will wed Markle, about an hour and a half from London by car.“They’re right in your face.”The retirees didn’t expect their weeklong whirlwind through London to include a glimpse into the media circus surrounding the much-hyped union of Prince Harry and his California fiancee, but it’s a unique memory they will take back with them to Victoria on Sunday.It’s certainly given Karen Chandler a much more sombre view of what could be in store for Markle once she officially joins the royal family.“Just wandering through the castle I was thinking about how the press had affected Diana’s life — they ruined it,” she says.“Just the hounding. (But) I believe she probably is better equipped than Diana was, much better equipped.”A palpable backlash against unflattering stories about Markle’s family history — and in particular her 73-year-old father Thomas Markle — appeared to take root Thursday as the bride announced he will not walk her down the aisle as planned.“I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health,” Markle said in a statement released by Kensington Palace.The elder Markle is said to be recovering from an operation to clear blocked arteries after suffering a heart attack last week.It was the latest turn in a gossip-fuelled saga that turned sadly dark in recent days. Of late, Thomas Markle has been mired in scandal over photographs of wedding preparations that were reportedly staged.At least one outlet appeared to step back from mining estranged family members for dirt Thursday, with “Good Morning Britain” reportedly dropping Markle’s sister-in-law Tracy Dooley from their wedding coverage.The morning TV show was widely reported to have hired Dooley and her kids as TV correspondents for its rolling coverage of the ceremony, despite the fact they were not invited and were believed to have had little contact, if at all, with Markle.And on Tuesday, the same TV show featured a blistering attack on half-sister Samantha Markle, when Piers Morgan accused Markle’s half-sister of being a media “vulture.”History student Clarissa Fehr of Leamington, Ont., says she’s been turned off by relentless gossip coverage of the “Suits” actress — a successful biracial, divorced American who is challenging royal traditions on many levels.“A lot of it just terrorizes her character,” the 22-year-old exchange student says of the coverage she’s observed.“It’s all about her history and what she did to be successful, but then in reality it’s kind of what everyone has to do to be successful.””Fellow exchange student Lauren Johnston agreed, also invoking the tragic death of the late Princess of Wales, who died in a Paris car crash in August 1997.“I feel like the Meghan situation can turn into a Diana situation,” says the 19-year-old Johnston, studying media and communications on an exchange with her school in Abbotsford, B.C.“We saw what Princess Diana had to go through back when she got married and all the health problems that she had, which is unfortunate.”Canadian-born academic Susan Rudy points to a seeming preoccupation with socio-economic class in the British media, detecting an underlying narrative in which Markle is cast as a woman escaping a dark history.“It’s a sad story and she’s ‘escaped’ that, that’s part of the class story — that if you escape that, that’s to be applauded, instead of: What would you lose if you lose contact with a particular group like a class-based group?” says the London, Ont.-born Rudy, who moved to London in 2011.However, not all British media is like that, she’s quick to add.“The thing I like about Britain is that there’s an educated press here — the Guardian, particularly, a person can count on for actual information and facts,” says Rudy, a senior research fellow in the English department at Queen Mary University of LondonStill, there appears to be ravenous demand for salacious stories, notes Johnston, an aspiring journalist.“I’ve looked online at job opportunities here versus Vancouver … and print journalism and newspapers here are really prominent, which I think differs from Canada, as well,” she says.“They’re printing newspapers every day so they just need content constantly.”last_img read more

Read more
October 12, 2019

Mawazine Festival Celebrates Cultural Diversity Through Music

Rabat – Mawazine Rhythms of the World Festival, which celebrates its 16th birthday this year, has become an international musical rendezvous in honor of cultural diversity, with a collection of artists coming from every corner of the globe.Rabat’s annual cultural event, with its various stages, is sure to meet everyone’s eclectic musical taste. On the Nahda stage, the soulful chants of the East are celebrated with the greatest voices of Oriental music, offering the audience a unique opportunity to discover the best of the modern and classical tunes of the region.Sami Yusuf, the Muslim-British superstar, kickstarted the festivities, before vacating the stage for the upcoming days to Majid Al Mohandis, Nawal El Zoghbi, Al Salem, Hussein El Deek, Fares Karam, Najwa Karam, Tamer Hosny, Asmae Lamnawar, Hatim Ammor and Georges Wassouf. The tantalizing atmosphere of the Nahda stage brings together tens of thousands of people at each concert, illustrating Mawazine’s passion for Arab music. On the shore of Bouregreg, the stage pays tribute to the rich rhythms of Africa by honoring the music of our motherland with the great Ivorian reggae singer Alpha Blondy in closing concert. Throughout the nine days of the festival, audiences will meet the band Panache Culture for the first time, rapper MHD, Amadou and Mariam, the great Bonga Ibibio Sound Machine, Baloji, the afrobeat formation Pat Thomas and Calypso Rose. The Mohammed V National Theater will once again be the venue for Mawazine’s renowned performances, with the legendary Charles Aznavour as the opening act of the festival’s outstanding program. Aznavour remains undoubtedly the greatest French composer-songwriter and one of the greatest voices of modern popular music. In addition to Aznavour, Anoushka Shankar, Lotfi Bouchnak, Badr Rami and Susana Baca will rendezvous for this exceptional program. As for lovers of Moroccan music, the Sale stage will gather together the Kingdom’s greatest talents to offer the public nine days of richly diverse music, including Gnaoua, Châabi, rock, reggae, fusion, Amazigh, rap and hip-hop. Meanwhile, the site of Chellah will pay tribute to the most beautiful musical traditions, honoring the rhythms of the globe.Like every year, Mawazine will undoubtedly keep all of its promises and will once again offer its public an unforgettable musical experience. read more

Read more
October 12, 2019

EPA sets toxins response plan amid criticism from lawmakers

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a plan for dealing with a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists that it hasn’t done enough to regulate them.In an interview with ABC News Live, acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler called the chemicals commonly referred to as PFAS “a very important threat.” But he didn’t commit to setting safety standards. An announcement is planned for Thursday in Philadelphia.The chemicals are found in a variety of consumer products such as carpets, non-stick cooking pans and water-repelling outdoor gear.Increasing numbers of states have found them seeping into drinking water supplies.Ellen Knickmeyer And John Flesher, The Associated Press

Read more
October 12, 2019

Morgan Freeman Apologizes over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Rabat – One of the most highly respected actors in Hollywood is facing serious accusations.After being accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by eight different women, Morgan Freeman apologized on Thursday, May 24. He is the latest male star implicated for inappropriate behavior in the wake of the Weinstein affair.“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected – that was never my intent,” said Freeman in a statement. Among the dozens of people surveyed by CNN who worked with the 80-year-old comedian, eight said they had been harassed and eight others had witnessed inappropriate acts.According to CNN, a production assistant said that on the set of “Going in Style” (2015), the actor touched and caressed her lower back, also commenting on her figure or her outfit. He “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear,” she said.A member of the production team of another film, “Elusive” (2013) ,reported similar behavior, stating that the actor had harassed her and other assistants.The actor founded a production house, “Revelations Entertainment,” described by seven of the women interviewed by CNN as having a workplace environment of harassment.One of the accusations comes from a CNN journalist, Chloe Melas, co-author of the article denouncing his actions. She says she was subjected to inappropriate sexual comments at a press conference for the release of the movie “Going in Style,” when she was six months pregnant.Morgan Freeman has been nominated four times at the Oscars and won one for best supporting actor in 2005. His last nomination was in 2010 for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in “Invictus,”, a collaboration with Clint Eastwood. read more

Read more
October 8, 2019

Loonie falls as China data suggests no more stimulus

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar was slightly lower Thursday after running up nearly a full cent a day earlier.The loonie was down 0.09 of a cent to 102.16 cents US on Thursday, amid little domestic corporate news and lower prices for oil and other commodities.The latest Chinese data indicated the slowdown in the world’s second-biggest economy is bottoming out and financially troubled Spain conducted a successful bond auction as European Union leaders hold a two-day meeting.Traders digested data showing that China’s economy grew 7.4 per cent from the year before in the three months ending in September, which was in line with economists’ expectations. That was slower than the second quarter’s 7.6 per cent growth but economists also pointed to quarter-on-quarter growth of 2.2 per cent, the biggest such gain in a year.While indicating that the world’s second-biggest economy is recovering, analysts said the showing also indicated that there is no need for the government in Beijing to inject further stimulus.Commodity prices failed to find lift from data as the November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange declined 39 cents to US$91.73 a barrel.December copper was off a penny at US$3.74 a pound following a five-cent runup Wednesday while December bullion pulled back $12.50 to US$1,740.50 an ounce.Meanwhile, an EU summit starting later Thursday will see leaders will debate tightening financial integration, creating a banking union and how to deal with the financial needs of Greece and Spain.Ahead of the meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel endorsed a proposal for a top European Union official to be given the power to veto member governments’ budgets in a bid to keep European countries from overspending again in the future,However, long-term proposals for overhauling the EU appear likely to play a leading role at this week’s summit, with firm decisions not expected on more immediate matters.The eurozone financial crisis has focused on Spain in recent months. There are growing expectations the country, suffering heavily from the after effects of a building boom that went bust, will soon make a request for international help to deal with its finances.Amid that expectation, Spain on Thursday raised C4.6 billion at a sharply lower cost. The Treasury sold C1.51 billion in 10-year bonds at an average interest rate of 5.46 per cent, down from 5.66 per cent in the last such auction Sept. 20.Spain says it will soon decide whether to look to tap a European Central Bank bond-buying program largely designed to keep a lid on its borrowing costs. read more

Read more
October 7, 2019

Be a Change Agent for Your Workspaces

User experience — This should be everyone’s number one focus, because if you’re not delivering an enriched, engaged experience, you’re not going to be able attract or retain people, Sargent said. And today’s technology lets you create “multisensory spaces” that provide great experiences. You just need to be sure you’re asking the right questions about your people and the experiences they should have, she added. From HOK’s perspective, “We firmly believe that we are no longer just designing environments, we are designing the entire experience. And the question is, is it a good one?”Circularity — This is about going beyond sustainability. “It’s about repurposing things, reusing things, and bringing things full circle,” Sargent said.Mindfulness — Simply put, people aren’t able to concentrate in the workplace anymore. There’s too much coming at them, and “we’re stressing people out,” Sargent said. People need time and space for “deep, meaningful thinking,” and workspaces that allow people to “refocus on their focus work” are must-haves.Life integration — This is already happening, but we need to figure out better ways to integrate work and life — “and make sure neither one suffers for the cause,” she said.Divergent, or creative, thinking, and co-creation — This is huge, Sargent said, predicting that in five to 10 years, “nobody is going to give a damn” about measuring productivity. “Incremental productivity isn’t the name of the game. Being able to create and innovate is what we’re going to be measured on,” she said. That’s one of the reasons so many corporate real estate groups now report into HR and, ultimately, everybody just might be reporting into a chief creative officer challenged with enabling people to innovate quickly.Space fusion — This trend is about mashing up a space typical of one sort of establishment with a space typical of another — creating a social work hub that has the look and feel of a trendy hotel lobby, for example, or featuring a Starbucks-style café as a casual in-building break and meeting spot. (For more on this trend, see examples in this HOK blog post.)Soft skills and emotional intelligence — Rows and rows of cubicles doesn’t bring out the best in people. Collaborative spaces do.Demographic inclusion — Workplaces are demographically rich, but too often we focus on just one generation. We need to stop that, and think beyond generational distinctions, too, Sargent said. For example, she argues that the distinction between introverts and extroverts is larger than that between Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. “We need to break down the silos and stop just focusing on one group of people and realize that we have a diverse workforce and need to take care of everybody.Beyond these here-and-now focus areas, Sargent shared a long list of more forward-looking concepts to get a handle on. Examples include:Augmentation — In a tech workplace report, HOK describes the purpose of augmentation as being able to create “an immersive and interactive realm that seamlessly interconnects the physical and virtual worlds.” With augmentation, computer-generated “perceptual information,” often multisensory, augments real-world objects.Neurodiversity and inclusion — In researching this topic for an upcoming report, Sargent said HOK has found that one in eight people are neurodiverse; they’re on the autism spectrum or are affected by ADHD, dyslexia, social anxiety disorders, and other conditions. This doesn’t account for the huge percentage of working adults who have gone undiagnosed, she added. Today’s workspaces aren’t designed for neurodiversity, but they need to be. “These people tend to be amazingly creative or incredibly analytical,” yet today’s workspaces set them up for failure. This needs to change, not only for corporate benefit but simply “because it’s the right thing to do.”The Internet of Experiences — The shift from the Internet of Things to the Internet of Experiences is coming, Sargent said. It’ll happen when the sensors aren’t just monitoring things but when people can tap into the IoT to improve their experiences, she explained. “That’s when it will pick up speed. And that’s when it will be universally accepted.”Biomimicry and bio-layering — “It’s not enough to put plants in a space any more. We need to design, and think, and embed natural elements into the workplace – really take it to the next level.”Lots of heady stuff, but there’s really only one question to ask, Sargent concluded: Kay Sargent, senior principal and director of HOK’s WorkPlace practice, speaking at iOffice customer and partner event WorkSpace Connect: Uniting People, Places, Technology Beth Schultz April 02, 2019 IT, A/V, facilities, real estate, HR, and other groups must come together to develop cohesive, worker-centric workplaces — and we’re here to help. We hope you’re going to be among those who make change happen at your place of work!Tags:News & ViewsChange agentHOKKay SargentiOfficeSpace FusionEmotional intelligenceDemographic InclusionNeuro-DiversityFuture of WorkAI & AutomationAnalyticsDigital WorkplaceEmployee ExperienceWorkSpace Connect Articles You Might Like Workstreams Paving the Way for the New World of Work Iain Scholnick June 04, 2019 Workstreams can thread all the necessary information, knowledge, people, and business tools into a single point of productivity. It’s Time We Modernize the Way People Work Joe Burton March 18, 2019 Accelerating innovation that will transform the way people communicate and collaborate in the future Sargent encouraged her audience to be the ones that make the future happen. But being a change agent means understanding what’s coming so you can truly prepare, she added. Based on what HOK sees in the workplace, here are the eight things you need to be focused on right now to stay ahead, Sargent said. Flexible Work Has its Bright Side… and its Dark Side Dave Michels July 02, 2019 Top takeaways from a Fuze-hosted summit on the future of work Is Your Office Built for the Future of Work? Roopam Jain May 09, 2019 Workplace innovation and redesign will become critical success factors moving forward. In her role at HOK, a global building and space design firm, Sargent has worked on designs for 55 million square feet of workspace for 70 or so of the largest companies in the world. “We’re dealing with companies that have millions and millions of square feet of office space around the world, and they kind of want to know what’s coming,” she said. While Sargent spoke largely to a group of facilities and corporate real estate managers, her message could easily have been for IT, HR, and any professionals involved in workplace development. When it comes to planning, Sargent identifies three types of people: Those who just kind of let things happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder “what the hell happened?” This reality is daunting enough, but have you considered that change will never move as slowly as it does today? “This is the part we have to buckle in and embrace,” said Kay Sargent, senior principal and director of HOK’s WorkPlace practice, speaking last week during a keynote talk at a customer and partner event put on by iOffice, a facilities management software provider. “Are you going to let it happen, are you going to make it happen, or are you going to wonder what the hell happened?” Change is continuous, and it’s happening faster than ever. This you know, perhaps because change is the only constant in your workplace. That’s not going to change — no pun intended. See All in Future of Work » KaySargent_HOKatiOffice.jpg Log in or register to post comments read more

Read more
October 6, 2019

Chesapeake Energy selling most Permian properties all midstream and other assets for

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 12, 2012 1:07 pm MDT OKLAHOMA CITY – Chesapeake Energy Corp. is selling the vast portion of its land and infrastructure in west Texas for nearly $7 billion as the company unloads debt and shifts more of its focus to drilling for oil, rather than natural gas.The assets in the oil and gas-rich Permian Basin are being sold in a series of deals to Royal Dutch Shell PLC, and Chevron Corp., and in a previously announced sale to affiliates of EnerVest Ltd.Chesapeake is struggling under an enormous debt load accumulated in a rush to acquire land and other assets in recent years as new technology gave drillers access to enormous reserves of natural gas held in shale and other formations under several U.S. states.Chesapeake and other drillers found and developed so much new natural gas that the price collapsed, decimating profits — and the ability to pay down debt.The Oklahoma City company is trying to wipe $14 billion in debt off its books this year and the sale, announced Wednesday, brings it close to achieving that goal, the company said. Assets sales now total $11.6 billion for the year.“These transactions are significant steps in the transformation of our company’s asset base to a more balanced portfolio among oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas resources,” said CEO Aubrey McClendon.Analysts said Chesapeake received what appears to be a very good price for its infrastructure assets. But they said the $3.3 billion price for the Permian Basin land assets sold to Shell and Chevron was less than the $4 billion to $5 billion Chesapeake had expected to fetch. The company may have to sell more assets than it expected, or cut back drilling operations elsewhere.“It’s helped them climb up the wall in this hole they’ve dug for themselves, but they are not there yet,” said Phil Weiss, an analyst at Argus Research.Chesapeake shares rose 15 cents to $20.25 in morning trading on Wednesday, a gain of less than 1 per cent.Natural gas prices hit a 10-year low this year as a warm winter and increasing production created a glut. Prices have risen steadily this summer because high temperatures increased demand for natural gas to generate electricity to run air conditioners. But the price is still 30 per cent lower than a year ago.Drillers are shifting their focus to oil, because oil prices have remained high. It is much easier to transport oil than natural gas, so oil prices reflect global demand. Natural gas prices can fluctuate wildly on local supply and demand changes.The land and infrastructure that Chesapeake is selling produced approximately 21,000 barrels of oil and other liquids and 90 million cubic feet of natural gas per day in the second quarter, or approximately 5.7 per cent of Chesapeake’s production, the company said.The land deals are expected to close within the next 30 days. Chesapeake anticipates receiving about 87 per cent of the proceeds in cash at closing. The rest of the proceeds are subject to certain title, environmental and other standard contingencies.Chesapeake plans to sell most of its pipeline and storage assets to Global Infrastructure Partners for about $2.7 billion. That includes gathering and processing systems in the Eagle Ford, Utica, Haynesville and Powder River Basin Niobrara shale plays.Chesapeake says it has also sold or entered into additional deals to sell pipelines and other assets that are expected to generate proceeds of about $300 million.Other deals in the Utica Shale should bring in about $600 million. Once the transactions close, Chesapeake will still own about 1.3 million net acres of leasehold in the Utica Shale.Chesapeake is keeping about 470,000 net acres of undeveloped leasehold assets in the Midland Basin to either sell at another time or develop. Chesapeake Energy selling most Permian properties, all midstream and other assets for $6.9B read more

Read more
October 3, 2019

Virtual reality experience highlight of new Dali Museum show

by Beth J. Harpaz, The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2016 1:09 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 22, 2016 at 1:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Visitors to a new exhibition at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, won’t just be looking at art. Thanks to virtual reality, they’ll be exploring a Dali painting in a dreamy, three-dimensional world that turns art appreciation into an unforgettable, immersive experience.The new exhibition, “Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination,” tells the story of the relationship between Salvador Dali, the surrealist artist, and Walt Disney, the great American animator and theme-park pioneer.But the museum exhibition’s highlight comes after visitors have seen the Disney-Dali show’s paintings, story sketches, correspondence, photos and other artifacts. As visitors leave the exhibition area, they’ll be invited to don a headset to try the virtual reality experience.Called “Dreams of Dali,” the VR experience takes viewers inside Dali’s 1935 painting “Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s ‘Angelus.’” The painting depicts two towering stone figures along with tiny human figures in a bare landscape with a moody sky. Users can move around inside the painting, using Oculus Rift headsets to navigate a trippy three-dimensional environment that includes motifs from other Dali works like elephants, birds, ants and his “Lobster Telephone” sculpture.Accompanied by a haunting piano soundtrack punctuated by bird cries, the VR visuals also include a crescent moon, a stone tunnel and even an image of rocker Alice Cooper, whom Dali featured in a hologram he created in 1973.“You actually have a three-dimensional feeling that you’re inside a painting,” said Jeff Goodby, whose firm Goodby Silverstein & Partners created the VR experience. “It’s not just like you’re inside a sphere with things being projected. It’s actually like there are objects closer and further away and you’re walking amidst them. It’s a vulnerable feeling you give yourself up to. It’s not like anything you’ve ever felt before.” The VR experience was previewed in New York for the media 10 days before its opening Saturday at the Florida museum.Disney and Dali met in the 1940s in Hollywood, according to museum director Hank Hine. “Their sensibilities were very connected,” Hine said. “They wanted to take art off the palette, out of the canvas and into the world.” The exhibition looks at the castle motif that became a symbol of Disney parks, along with Dali’s “Dream of Venus” pavilion from the 1939 World’s Fair, which some consider a precursor of contemporary installation art.Disney and Dali also collaborated on a short animated movie, “Destino,” that was eventually completed by Disney Studios. The six-minute movie, which can be found on YouTube, features a dancing girl with long dark hair, a sundial motif and a song with the line, “You came along out of a dream. … You are my destino.” Clips will be played within the gallery for the Disney-Dali exhibition and the full short will be shown at the museum’s theatre.The show also displays the Dali painting that inspired the VR experience, “Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s ‘Angelus.’” The surrealist work was Dali’s interpretation of a 19th-century painting by Jean-Francois Millet depicting two peasants in a field, heads bowed in prayer. Dali said that his work was a “fantasy during which I imagined sculptures of the two figures in Millet’s ‘Angelus’ carved out of the highest rocks.”Museum marketing director Kathy Greif said record numbers of visitors attended its last two major shows exploring Dali’s relationships with Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso. Given the Disney brand’s immense popularity and the VR novelty, attendance expectations for this show are high as well.Dali “wanted art that took you over,” said Goodby. “He wanted to take you away and do something different with your head and that’s what this does.”___If You Go…VIRTUAL REALITY TRAILER: “Dreams of Dali,” http://thedali.org/dreams-of-daliDISNEY AND DALI: Exhibition through June 12 at the Dali Museum, One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg, Florida; http://www.thedali.org or 727-823-3767. Open daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Adults, $24; discounts for seniors, military, students, children. This undated image provided by The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla., shows a 1955 design for Disneyland castle. The design is explored in a new exhibition at the museum about artist Salvador Dali’s friendship with Walt Disney. Museum director Hank Hine says the two men shared a vision of taking art off the canvas and into the real world. (Dali Museum/WED Enterprises/Walt Disney Imagineering via AP) Virtual reality experience highlight of new Dali Museum show read more

Read more
October 2, 2019

Amplifying womens voices in climate change solutions focus of UN conference

Hosted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Conference on Gender Dimensions of Weather and Climate Services, which takes place from 5 to 7 November 2014, hopes to produce concrete actions to empower women to produce and use weather and climate services.Women, especially in developing countries, are often more exposed to the risks of extreme weather because they can be less mobile than men, lack access to traditional means of communication, and are more vulnerable to associated risks such as under-nutrition and water-borne diseases, according to the WMO. For instance, in the 1991 cyclone disasters that killed 140,000 people in Bangladesh, 90 per cent of victims were women. Explanations for this include the fact that more women than men are homebound, looking after children and property. In May 2008, Cyclone Nargis came ashore in Myanmar. Among the 130,000 people dead or missing in the aftermath, 61 per cent were female.“We have made great progress in improving weather forecasts and climate services such seasonal outlooks to help protect lives and livelihoods,” said the head of the WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud in a press release. “But if we are to help communities cope with long-term climate change and the anticipated increase in hazards like floods and heat-waves, then we need to do more to reach out to women with gender-sensitive services,” he added. The gathering is co-sponsored by a wide range of partners including the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Health Organization (WHO), among others . Speakers at the conference were set to include Irina Bokova, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General; Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); Lakshmi Puri, UN Women Deputy Executive Director; Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR); and Maria Neira, Director of Public Health and Environment Department at the World Health Organization (WHO).Other speakers include former Finnish President Tarja Halonen and Samoan Minister of Courts and Justice, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa. “We have the opportunity and the responsibility to bring women’s voices to the fore of climate change solutions…Women with the knowledge we hold and the ability to get things done are a valuable resource but traditionally under-utilized,” said Ms. Figueres ahead of the meeting. Hence, it is important to empower women to be included in designing services that meet their needs and encourage women to get involved in science related careers. As a global average, only one-third of professionals in meteorology and hydrology are women. During the conference, a high-level panel on Women and Careers in Weather, Water and Climate will examine how to attract and promote more female scientists. “There is a need to encourage and create a conducive environment for young girls who have vision of being great future scientists to realize their vision,” said Dr. Agnes Kijazi, Director-General of the National Meteorological Service of Tanzania, a conference co-sponsor.Conference outcomes will feed into the post-2015 development agenda, the disaster risk reduction future framework, and other future climate action, and Beijing+20 platform on gender equality. Among UN agencies, conference participants include meteorological and hydrological experts, academic institutions and civil society representatives, national authorities, and national and international women’s rights advocates. read more

Read more
September 25, 2019

Soham murders Why did Ian Huntley kill Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman

first_imgIt’s 15 years since Ian Huntley murdered Soham schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in a crime that shocked the nation. After killing the two girls in August 2002, Huntley repeatedly lied to the media – alongside his fiancee Maxine Carr – before being arrested two weeks after the ten year-olds were reported missing. What happened to Holly and Jessica? Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. While Huntley was sentenced to 40 years behind bars for the murders in 2002 and is not eligible for parole until 2042, Carr was released in 2004. After slipping out unnoticed of the Wells home after a Sunday barbecue on 4 August 2002, Holly and Jessica went wandering around the streets of Soham, the small Cambridgeshire town where they lived….last_img read more

Read more
September 22, 2019

Amazing Icelanders showed that France is beatable again

Iceland playing in very good form in London, obviously ready to repeat historical success from Beijing four years earlier and attack one of the medals. That how look players of Gudmundur Gudmundsson, handball world could see tonight in fantastic win over France 30:29 (16:16). Math winner was decided in tha last five minutes by 3:0 series of Icelanders. Enough to win the Group A and put France on some stronger rival in the 1/4 Finals. For example Spain or Denmark?Alexander Petersson scored 6 of 6 for Iceland, while Jerome Fernandez scored 9 goals for losers.SWEDEN – ARGENTINA 29:13TUNISIA – GREAT BRITAIN 34:17 1 Iceland4400126108188 + ← Previous Story Croatia demolish Denmark – Wilbek’s system broken! Next Story → Group B: “Battle for 1/4 Final” – Serbia VS Hungary! 6 Great Britain400472151-790 4 Tunisia410396102-62 + 5 Argentina410390113-232 + 2 France430113084466 + 3 Sweden430113086446 + Alexander PeterssonFrance handballIcelanders handball read more

Read more
September 21, 2019

Samsung terminates LCD contract with Apple

first_imgSamsung has decided to terminate an ongoing contract with Apple to supply LCD panels for use in its growing range of devices. That means, come next year, there will be no Samsung panels used across the iPad, iPod, iPhone, and Mac range of devices.The reason seems to be two-fold. On the one hand, Apple has been working hard to secure supplies from other manufacturers and therefore decrease its reliance on Samsung. On the other, Apple is well-known for demanding and pushing lower pricing meaning it just doesn’t make business sense anymore for Samsung to keep supplying Apple with displays.With the ongoing legal action between Samsung and Apple it’s no surprise that the relationship has cooled. However, Samsung deciding to cease shipments next year may cause a problem for Apple. In the first half of 2012 Samsung was Apple’s top display supplier, shipping over 15 million panels. LG only supplied 12.5 million and Sharp 2.8 million.Losing 15 million panels in a growing market and when you are introducing new devices like the iPad Mini could lead to a serious shortfall in supplies. The question is whether LG and Sharp can increase supply enough to compensate, or whether Apple has other suppliers ready to step in and help.As for Samsung, it seems they have more than enough demand for panels from elsewhere. Amazon currently uses Samsung displays, Samsung’s own devices continue to grow in popularity, and the expected Google 10-inch Manta tablet will also use a super high-resolution Samsung panel.Both companies can clearly survive without the other, and if anything it makes for an even more competitive marketplace in terms of out-innovating one other.More at The Korea Timeslast_img read more

Read more
September 21, 2019

This I can carry Irish exhibit shows the meagre possessions refugees hold

first_img Jun 20th 2017, 6:15 AM By Cianan Brennan Source: Annabel Konig/This I Can Carry One man arrived in Greece after travelling 4,100 miles with just the clothes on his back, quite literally Source: Annabel Konig/This I Can CarryFor Konig the main lesson from her visit is that “people are people, and kids are the same everywhere”.They want to use the internet. Little boys everywhere dream of growing up to be football stars.She spent one week at the accommodation centres, including time at a centre for unaccompanied minors, communicating through two separate translators, from English to Greek, and Greek to Arabic.“All the time more and more people are arriving. And with many countries tightening their borders since June 2016, family reunifications are becoming so much more difficult.”Along with the stoicism and warmth of the refugees themselves, the Greeks themselves will forever stick in her memory.“I was humbled by the Greeks. They are astonishing. They have hardly anything either, yet they are giving all they have.”Annabel’s exhibition will be shown tomorrow in the following places: Dublin – Gallery of Photography; Cork – Lewis Glucksman Gallery; Kilkenny – Butler Gallery; Carlow – Visual Centre for Contemporary Art; Annaghmakerrig – Tyrone Guthrie Centre; Derry – Void Contemporary Art Space; West Cork – Catherine Hammond Gallery; Limerick – Limerick City Gallery of Art; Belfast – The MAC You can read more about This I Can Carry hereRead: Adoption in Ireland: ‘We’re still going through it, we’re still carrying the shame’Read: Older people overpaying €1,000 for health insurance as they’re ‘afraid to switch plan’ Share249 Tweet Email2 This I can carry – Irish exhibit shows the meagre possessions refugees hold following a harrowing journey Dutch-Irish artist Annabel Konig spent a month in the migrant accommodation centres in Athens in early May. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 13,037 Views A headband and a prayer book Source: Annabel Konig/This I Can CarryKonig travelled to Athens rather than the port of entry for the travellers, like the isle of Lesbos, “because to travel to the camps is just too raw”.“They wouldn’t want someone like me coming along after the journey they’ve been through,” she says.For a migrant entering Athens, the stay will be a year-and-a-half long, minimum (“one boy didn’t even want to tell me how long he’d been there”).Despite this, those she met “were the most wonderful, welcoming people”.“There’s a sadness at what they’ve come from and what they’ve left behind. Many of them (the refugees present in Athens have come from many countries – Syria, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Algeria to name a few) have been travelling for 18 months just to get this far,” says Konig.Many of them have ended up with nothing. They were very happy to participate, although I wouldn’t have been asking heavy questions. Source: Annabel Konig/This I Can CarryTODAY IS WORLD Refugee Day, and around Ireland, for one day, a series of photographs will be exhibited to show just how little a refugee can take with them when embarking on their long journey.Annabel Konig, a Dutch-Irish artist based in Co Carlow, spent a week in Athens in early May meeting with the refugees living there as they go through the complex Greek immigration process.The conceit behind her self-funded project is simple – she photographed the possessions that those she met had carried with them from their point of origin on one simple white sheet.Some had a small collection of essential items – eyeglasses being one, a mobile phone invariably being another. A blank sheet details all one family of three has to show for their journey – nothing Source: Annabel Konig/This I Can CarryFor a migrant in 2017, a phone is everything – a connection to the world, a link to the places from which they have come, and the means to document where they have been and where they’re going. For one family, the phone they travelled with was the sole possession they had managed to hold onto.One refugee travelled with literally just the shirt on his back.Another family was asked to spread their possessions on the sheet that Konig used to document each traveller. The sheet remained blank.“They were such a welcoming family. Then we put out the sheet,” she told TheJournal.ie.That was a very quiet moment, as you might imagine. http://jrnl.ie/3452436 Short URL Tuesday 20 Jun 2017, 6:15 AM Many of them consider themselves lucky. They want to get on with their lives. Most are tired of waiting, either to move on or to be able to go home. 20 Comments The project was an effort to help these people move forward, which is all they want to do.last_img read more

Read more
September 21, 2019

Dementia awareness campaign kicks off

first_imgIn keeping with the theme of this year’s Alzheimer’s Australia’s Dementia Awareness Month – ‘Creating a Dementia-Friendly Nation’ – the organisation is hosting a number of events starting on 1 September.The focus will be on how people can take small actions that make a big difference for people living with dementia.“We want Australians to realise that everyone can play a part in making their own communities more dementia-friendly. Action starts with each and every one of us, by becoming more dementia-aware,” said Maree McCabe, CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria.“Find out more about dementia, increase your understanding of the condition and its impacts and help us spread the word. Make dementia a priority in your community and help us make Australia a dementia-friendly nation.”Ms McCabe says that a general lack of understanding and fear of the condition in the community is the main reason dementia sufferers disengage with their community. People are reportedly unaware of the symptoms and unsure how to respond to the changes in a person that they have always known.“We would like to see people use Dementia Awareness Month as an opportunity to become more informed,” she stressed, adding that it is essential “we take the lead on creating dementia-friendly communities”. Alzheimer’s Australia Vic will host a number of events as part of Dementia Awareness Month including a lecture by Gill Ayling, head of Global Action Against Dementia UK on 3 September at Zinc, Federation Square, with activities culminating on World Alzheimer’s Day, Monday 21 September. For more information call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or go to bit.ly/vicDAM2015 to register and view the full calendar of events. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Read more
September 20, 2019

Europe un enfant né grâce à une greffe de tissu ovarien

first_imgEurope : un enfant né grâce à une greffe de tissu ovarienUne femme stérile atteinte du syndrome de Turner vient de donner naissance à un bébé grâce à une greffe de tissu ovarien provenant de sa sœur jumelle. L’opération réussie avec succès représente une première en Europe.A un mois et quelques jours, Victoria est en bonne santé. Elle est le premier bébé conçu et né en Europe grâce à une greffe de tissu ovarien. Un exploit pour la mère, Karine Thiriot, atteinte d’un syndrome de Turner, une anomalie génétique responsable de la stérilité d’une femme sur 2.500. En effet, la jeune femme présentait une ménopause précoce en raison d’absence d’ovaires.Pour remédier à ce problème, Karine Thiriot a accepté de se prêter à une greffe de tissu ovarien qui a été réalisée le 25 août 2009. La transplantation s’est effectuée à travers une minuscule ouverture de son abdomen. Grâce à cette opération, elle a récupéré un cycle normal et est devenue naturellement enceinte sans avoir recours à la fécondation in vitro.  La greffe, réalisée avec sa jumelle, ne nécessite aucun traitement anti-rejet qui poserait problème pour mener à bien la grossesse. Toutefois, l’étape de maternité n’a pas été sans difficulté. Exposée à des risques cardiovasculaires et rénaux importants, Karine Thiriot a été contrainte à un suivi très régulier. Finalement, la naissance tant attendue s’est déroulée sans difficulté. Née par césarienne le 8 mars, Victoria ne présente aucun syndrome de Turner, d’après des analyses récentes. À lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ?Cette naissance conclut un difficile parcours d’une quinzaine d’années au cours duquel Karine Thiriot a  notamment eu recours à la fécondation in vitro avec don d’ovocyte à Barcelone. Cette opération avait été vaine. Bien qu’impressionnante, la greffe de tissu ovarien n’en est pas à son premier coup d’essai. Le Docteur Sherman Silber, aux Etats-Unis a déjà obtenu quatre naissances à partir de greffes entre jumelles identiques. Le 18 avril 2011 à 11:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Read more
September 20, 2019

US Latest Nuclear Subs Use Xbox Controllers for Navigation

first_img Review: ‘Gears 5’ Brings a Fresh Perspective to the FranchiseYes, Your Xbox Was Spying on You Stay on target The US Navy has a growing fleet of Virginia class nuclear-powered submarines. They are among the most advanced war machines in the world, running north of $2.5 billion apiece. At nearly 400 feet long with reactors capable of 30 MW, these subs can operate non-stop around the world, carrying dozens of missiles and nuclear warheads. They are so well designed, many are expected to be in service in the 2070s. With all that fancy, super-expensive military tech, you’d expect the navy to want the absolute best control systems. And for that, they’ve turned to Xbox 360 controllers.Periscopes are, for good reason, the most iconic piece of these sub-surface terrors. While they were once hand-operated, as we see in older, Cold War-era films, modern subs like the Virginia class have an all-digital system. These allow navigation to share their view with as many other screens as they need to. Controlling all that hardware took a lot of complex machinery, though, and the scopes used specialized controllers that ran almost $40,000.“I can go to any video game store and procure an Xbox controller anywhere in the world, so it makes a very easy replacement,” Senior Chief Mark Eichenlaub of the USS Warner told The Virginian-Pilot.Credit: Virginian-Pilot/NavyThat’d be the understatement of the century. Official Xbox 360 controllers are reliable, able to stand up to tens of thousands of hours of play, and they run from $20 to $40 — and that’s even avoiding the dirt-cheap, bargain-bin knockoffs. That is literally a 1 to 2,000 times less expensive. And, because the 360 was so ubiquitous, many are at least loosely familiar with the controller. That translates to a much shorter training time, saving thousands more there, too.I dunno about you, but for me, this is a little creepy. Hypothetically, Virginia class sub gets into about with someone else. The crew has to deploy some missile and, for the sake of argument, let’s say it’s just one regular-old rocket and that hits a single plan and a single pilot. Wouldn’t it be weird if that person died, at least in part, because of a video game controller? I mean I’m no Jack Thomson fan, but when we start making our war machines compatible with gaming gear, Call of Duty gets a little too on-the-nose.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Read more
September 9, 2019

Alaska News Nightly Thursday Oct 18 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowWalker remains in the race — for nowAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauIt’s too late to be removed from the ballot.  Roughly 1,000 absentee ballots have already been returned.Apology from Gov. Walker over historical trauma highlights day one of annual AFN conventionZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe first day of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage saw protests and a high-level apology.Tara Sweeney returns to AFN, now representing fedsLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Sweeney called for continued vigilance against drug use in Native communities. “I am committed to finding new ways for the BIA to be engaged in protecting our Alaska Native villages,” she said.Ex juvenile official charged with possessing child pornographyAssociated PressA former high-ranking official in Alaska juvenile justice has been charged with possession of child pornography.Anchorage School District enters mediation with teachers union over contractsWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageTeachers in the Anchorage School District are working without a contract, and in negotiations for a new one. The parties are in mediation Oct. 18 and 19.Seward prepares for emergency declaration as flooding continuesShaylon Cochran, KDLL – KenaiThe city of Seward is prepared to make an emergency declaration following several days of heavy rainfall and flooding. The city council will meet Friday to vote on the formal declaration.Seismologist says earthquake may have triggered mudslide on the Haines HighwayHenry Leasia, KHNS – HainesHeavy rains hit Southeast Alaska, too, triggering a large mudslide on the Haines Highway.Fairbanks commission calls for more sustainable practicesAssociated PressA draft proposal outlines plans for the Fairbanks North Star Borough to become more sustainable by boosting food security, reducing energy consumption and minimizing waste.Some Board of Fish members express interest in limiting hatchery productionAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerThe Department of Fish and Game’s hatchery-wild research project is due to release the first round of several genetic reports in the coming months, which will inform the board’s discussion on hatchery fish.In small town Alaska, conflicts of interest a tricky subjectJune Leffler, KSTK – WrangellRunning a small town can be tricky: everyone knows everyone and conflicts of interest easily arise as people move from public service to public employment – and back again.last_img read more

Read more
September 1, 2019

Murphy Family Mourns death of George Benjamin Murphy III at 72

first_imgOn Saturday, July 1, 2017, George B. Murphy III  of Washington, D.C., died surrounded by family and close friends. He was 72.Murphy was born in Washington to Lillie Jones Murphy of Columbia, S.C., and George B. Murphy Jr., of Baltimore, Md. He is the great-grand son of AFRO American Newspapers founder John H. Murphy, Sr.  George B. Murphy IIIMurphy was a graduate of Cardozo High School in Washington, D.C. where he ran track and played basketball.  He later attended Coppin State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social science. After graduating from Coppin, he followed in his mother’s footsteps and worked some time as a substitute teacher. Later, he worked in the airline industry where he developed a 30-year career—20 years as a flight attendant with Eastern Airlines and then 10 years on the ground with United Airlines.Murphy had an adventurous personality enjoyed being a part of the D.C. community. He developed a strong circle of diverse friends in several of the places he also called “home,” like Atlanta, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.Murphy leaves behind his daughter, Lori “Missy” Murphy Lee; his son, Benjamin Murphy Cabrera; a grandchild, Montana Alexis Lee; a son-in-law, Garrett L. Lee; his former spouse, Norma Cabrera Murphy; and his very special friend, Michelle Terrell Long, as well as many other relatives and friends.Services for Murphy will be held on July 21 at Saint Luke’s Episcopal church at 1514 15th Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C.last_img read more

Read more
August 31, 2019

Meteorite impact caused the highest temperature ever recorded on Earths surface

first_imgAn international team of researchers has found evidence of an ancient meteorite colliding with ground rock on Earth, producing the highest temperature ever recorded on the planet’s surface. In their paper published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, the team describes their findings after studying an impact crater in Canada and how they were able to calculate the temperature for an impact that occurred so many years ago. Citation: Meteorite impact caused the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth’s surface (2017, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-meteorite-impact-highest-temperature-earth.html Planetary scientists believe that Earth was bombarded on a regular basis during its formative years—by meteorites and other space rocks. Some of those collisions left behind evidence that is still observable today in the form of craters. One of them is Mistastin Lake crater located in Labrador Canada, which is approximately 28 kilometers across, suggesting that the object that struck the Earth there was large. The researchers dated the collision that caused the crater back to approximately 38 million years ago.Most craters, the researchers note, do not have much if any evidence of the object that caused them—they vaporize on impact. Likewise, most of the material struck by meteors tends to vaporize, as well. Because of this, it has been difficult to learn more about the nature of the space rocks and the conditions that occurred when they struck. One thing scientists do know, however, is that when collisions occur, a lot of energy is released in the form of heat—the question is how much. In this new effort, the researchers found a way to measure the heat produced when the object struck the ground in Canada.In studying the crater, the researchers found evidence of zircon, a common mineral, being changed into cubic zirconia. Prior work with both minerals has shown that temperatures of 2370° C are required for that to take place. Thus, the heat generated by the impact had to have reached at least that temperature. The finding represents the hottest temperature ever found to exist naturally on the surface of the Earth. The researchers note that this is the first time zirconia has ever been used to calculate the heat of an impact and also shows that some rocks can get hotter naturally than has been thought. More information: Nicholas E. Timms et al. Cubic zirconia in >2370 °C impact melt records Earth’s hottest crust, Earth and Planetary Science Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.08.012 Transformations to granular zircon revealed: Meteor Crater, Arizona Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Earth and Planetary Science Letters Explore further © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

Read more