UN expert on of extrajudicial executions visits Philippines

12 February 2007An independent United Nations human rights expert is on a 10-day visit to the Philippines to investigate the issue of extrajudicial executions. Philip Alston will be visiting the Philippines at the invitation of the Government but his mission is designed to enable him to meet with as broad a range of people and groups as possible. As the UN Human Rights Council’s independent expert for extrajudicial executions, Mr. Alston’s role includes investigating individual cases and systemic causes of such killings in all UN Member States. The visit will include meetings with representatives of all three branches of government, including members of the Cabinet, the parliamentary human rights commissions, the military, the police, the Supreme Court, and the Public Prosecutor’s office. Mr. Alston will also hold meetings with victims’ groups, human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other civil society groups. Most of the visit will take place in the Greater Manila metropolitan area, but he will also travel to Baguio, north of Manila, and to Davao City on the Southern island of Mindanao. Mr. Alston, an Australian national who is Professor of International Law at New York University, is an independent expert and he alone is responsible for determining with whom he will meet while in the Philippines. He will submit a report to the Human Rights Council analyzing the Philippines’ compliance with international law in the area of the right to life and making recommendations to more effectively prevent violations. read more

DR Congo UN experts outline sources of funding for armed rebels

The final report to the Security Council by the Group of Experts tasked with monitoring the arms embargo and other sanctions against armed rebel groups in DRC details their recruitment networks and sources of financing, including trade in minerals, timber, charcoal and cannabis and other cash crops.Foreign armed groups active in eastern DRC include the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has its origins in Uganda and is active in DRC’s north-eastern province of Orientale; Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which are present in North and South Kivu; the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which also originates from Uganda and is active in the north-east of North Kivu; and Burundi’s Forces nationales de liberation (FNL), which has a presence in southern areas of South Kivu. Unlike the others, the LRA sustains itself from pillaging, according to the report.The report includes an analysis of ongoing attempts to integrate former members of armed groups into the national armed forces, and examines the evolution of the mining sector and early attempts to implement due diligence, as recommended by the Security Council, to exclude armed groups and criminal networks from mineral supply chains.It examines the availability of weapons and ammunition in the DRC, describing some examples of illegal imports, while noting that most of the arms have their origins in widespread leakage from stocks controlled by the national armed forces.The report makes a number of recommendations on how to improve arms controls, including marking State-owned weapons.The DRC Government orchestrated a restructuring of army units in the eastern areas this year following orders to demilitarize mining sites during a suspension of mining activities from September last year to March 2011, according to the report.However, General Bosco Ntaganda, who is under Security Council sanctions and has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), was able to take control of the process and position officers loyal to him throughout North and South Kivu, the report states.It notes that while there is good awareness of conflict minerals issues internationally, few mineral trading companies in eastern DRC and neighbouring countries are implementing due diligence as required by the DRC’s mines ministry since September.Mineral ore production in the North and South Kivu fell this year owing to few buyers for untagged minerals from eastern DRC, the report points out. Conflict financing also decreased, but a greater proportion of the trade has become criminalized.The group of experts identified a number of illegal border crossings, including one controlled and taxed by Gen. Ntaganda in the town of Goma.Three trading houses continue to legally export minerals from the two Kivu provinces on a regular basis, the report notes, adding that they made purchases that finance armed groups and criminal networks within the national armed forces.By contrast, non-conflict areas have seen greater implementation of due diligence and traceability systems, improved governance and rising exports.The gold trade remains an important source of financing to armed groups in the DRC. Most of the trade goes unrecorded, and the most transactions are concluded in neighbouring cities such as Kampala, the Ugandan capital; the Kenyan capital, Nairobi; Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi; as well as the northern Tanzanian town of Mwanza.In addition to selling real gold, criminal networks also organize elaborate scams to sell counterfeit gold to international clients, according to the report, which also names individuals with command responsibility for the recruitment of child soldiers or attacks targeting women or children. 30 December 2011Armed rebel groups active in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) derive their funds from several sources, notably trade in natural resources, but also ordinary commerce and illegal taxation, according to a report by a United Nations group of experts unveiled today. read more

Protests at ChickfilA opening in Toronto over owners record on LGBTQ issues

TORONTO — Dozens of protesters crowded a downtown Toronto sidewalk Friday morning to voice their opposition to the opening of the first franchised Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Canada over the chain owner’s record on LGBTQ issues.The protesters say the company has funded anti-LGBTQ initiatives while company chairman and CEO Dan Cathy has voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage.Justin Khan, director of public interest and legal issues at The 519, says the LGBTQ advocacy group helped organize the protest over what he says is the company’s promotion of hate.The company has faced opposition in the U.S. as well, including San Antonio city council trying to stop a location from opening in the city and a New Jersey university blocking it from the campus.Chick-fil-A previously opened a location at the Calgary International Airport that has since closed, but the company says the Toronto location is the first franchised restaurant in Canada. The company says the restaurant will be closed on Sundays, in line with its policy for U.S. restaurants.The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Canadian Press read more

Genderneutral language adopted in MerriamWebsters latest update

Call me they.Merriam-Webster tweeted out the news that the dictionary company has added 530 new words to the book, including a new gender-neutral entry for the definition of they.If you go to MW’s online dictionary, you will find the term ‘they’ has an updated entry that expands the definition to include its use as a singular pronoun used to describe one’s gender identity and expression.“They: ‘used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary,’” the entry stated while giving an example of its use.“They had adopted their gender-neutral name a few years ago, when they began to consciously identify as nonbinary — that is, neither male nor female,” it reads.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.A usage guide is also provided which outlines how they, their, them, and themselves can be used as singular pronouns as well as the history of the word.The nonbinary pronoun ‘they’ has been added to the dictionary. https://t.co/tadl1VdfB0— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) September 17, 2019“The use of they, their, them, and themselves as pronouns of indefinite gender and indefinite number is well established in speech and writing, even in literary and formal contexts,” it reads.Recent years have seen a tumultuous debate flare between groups opposed too and those in favour of adopting gender pronouns such as they, ze, and zir.Many have called for the respect of those with non-binary gender identities — meaning they are not exclusively masculine or feminine.At the heart of that debate is Jordan Peterson, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, who is known for vehement criticisms of political correctness.Peterson also argued against the Trudeau government’s Bill C-16, claiming it would lead to compelled speech.Bill C-16 proposed amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code that would outlaw discrimination and harassment based on gender identity and expression, National Post reported.Peterson argued its changes would bring about the same kind of policing of expression seen in “totalitarian and authoritarian political states.”“I don’t recognize another person’s right to determine what pronouns I use to address them. I won’t do it,” he said. Sam Smith wants to be called ‘they’ after coming out as non-binary: Report Hello person, can I help you? Service Canada asks employees to use gender-neutral language The debate is still far from over, however.Meanwhile, Twitter users were quick to comment on the news.One user wrote: “Don’t bloody encourage them,” while another took a different perspective writing: “At least now I can pull out a dictionary when my dad tries to complain that ‘they’ can only be used as a plural pronoun…” read more

Nuclear material in Japan incorrectly measured in past IAEA confirms

IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei stressed that the Agency “remains confident in its conclusion that no nuclear material has been diverted” from the Tokai Reprocessing Plant (TRP).In a statement issued Tuesday, the IAEA said it has been working with Japanese authorities and the Plant’s operators to introduce improved measurement techniques there. The corrected amounts are expected to be in line with the IAEA’s own independent verification data and based on measurement methodologies endorsed by the Agency.The Agency has been inspecting the facility since 1977 and in 1996, reached agreement with Japan on random sampling of the high active liquid waste (HALW) transferred in the past to the storage tanks.The results of the sampling activities, which were conveyed to the Japanese authorities in 1998, indicated differences between IAEA measurements of the material and the operator declarations. During the period from 1997 to 2000 in which the TRP was shut down, studies were undertaken by the IAEA, State authorities and the Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute, resulting in further improvements in the techniques used by the operator for sample preparation and analysis to more accurately measure the plutonium content of the material transferred to the HALW storage tanks. read more

Google CEO Pichai cancels town hall on gender dispute

Google CEO Pichai cancels ‘town hall’ on gender dispute by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Aug 11, 2017 8:28 am MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this file photo dated May 17, 2017, file photo, Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address for the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif. Pichai has canceled an internal town hall meant to address gender discrimination on Thursday, Aug. 10, after employee questions for management began to leak online from the company’s internal messaging service. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) PALO ALTO, Calif. – Google CEO Sundar Pichai has cancelled an internal town hall meant to address gender discrimination after employee questions for management began to leak online.Pichai said in an email to staff that several Google employees became fearful for their safety and grew concerned about being outed for speaking up at the town hall.He said the company will aim to create several other forums “where people can feel comfortable to speak freely.” Pichai’s email was sent about an hour before the event was to start Thursday afternoon.The town hall was meant to hear out employee grievances over a flare-up that has consumed Google for much of the week. It began last weekend after engineer James Damore circulated a memo that claimed biological gender differences helped explain why women are underrepresented at the company.Google fired Damore on Monday. The engineer has claimed he had a right to voice concerns over workplace conditions and filed a labour relations board complaint prior to being fired.Google’s internal “Dory” system allows employees to ask questions and then vote on questions posed by other employees so managers can address the most pressing ones. Wired magazine published some of the questions verbatim online Thursday. Screenshots of the questions with names attached had been leaked, although none with names had been published as of late Thursday, a Google spokeswoman said.One high-ranked question asked, according to Wired: “The doc asserted that Google has a lower bar for diversity candidates. This is hurting minority Googlers because it creates the perception that they are less qualified. What can we do to combat that perception?”Another echoed Damore’s criticisms: “I am a moderately conservative Googler, and I am and have been scared to share my beliefs. The loud voice here is the liberal one. Conservative voices are hushed. What is leadership doing to ensure Googlers like me feel invited and accepted, not just tolerated or safe from angry mobs?”A Google representative did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.Several conservative activists have criticized Damore’s firing, and some groups have called for a Google boycott. Conservative commentators such as former Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos — critical of Google’s diversity efforts — have also circulated a graphic singling out several Google employees who are gay, lesbian or transgender. The graphic drew hundreds of comments critical of Google and those employees. read more

Miami Feeling The Heat In Tonights Game 5

Miami Feeling The Heat In Tonights Game 5

Chris Bosh is listed as day-to-day for the Miami Heat. His team is on a life support.Tonight’s Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals could be the defining moment of a Heat team built for the championship. If it again wins on his home court to take a 3-2 series lead, then much of the speculation will be at least suspended.A defeat to the Boston Celtics would signal the largest panic alarm in league history.How did Miami get here? The Heat looked strong, even without Bosh (abdominal strain) in handling the Celtics in Games 1 and 2 at American Airlines Arena. Strong, but not invincible.In Boston, the Heat of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were a different, vulnerable club. Their weaknesses showed up for all to see, and James seemed to be operating with little consistent aid from anyone, including Wade.With the series tied at 2-2, Game 5 in Miami places considerable heat on the Heat.Bosh could provide some relief. He has undergone treatment throughout the series, and after various workouts to test his strained abdomen coach Eric Spoelstra that he is ready to play.Spoelstra, however,  is still undecided about Bosh’s availability.“He’ll get a vote,” Spoelstra said. “Again. Everything is heightened right now. These are extreme circumstances. Everybody will be involved in the decision, if and when it happens. But you always have to take the player’s opinion with a grain of salt. They all say they’re ready. . . He said he was ready 10 days ago.”The addition of Bosh, even in a reserve role, would give the Heat an additional weapon offensively and an inside defensive presence to defend Boston’s Kevin Garnett. The Celtics are under pressure, too. They understand the importance of winning Game 5 and getting a chance to close out Miami in Boston on Thursday.But the Celtics are older and there was little expectation that they would conquer mighty Miami. They might not, but they surely have made the series far more interesting than most anticipated — especially the Heat. read more

George Alagiah says his cancer could have been caught sooner under Scottish

first_imgBBC newsreader George Alagiah has said that his cancer could have been discovered sooner if England had earlier screening like in Scotland.The 62-year-old presenter of BBC News at Six was told that his stage four bowel cancer had returned just before Christmas.He was first diagnosed with the disease in 2014, which later spread to his liver and lymph nodes, but returned to work a year later after undergoing several rounds of chemotherapy and three major operations, one of which included the removal of most of his liver.There is less than a 10 per cent chance of survival for at least five years for those with stage four bowel cancer. He is aware that it is too late to be cured yet the presenter, who lives in London, says it could have been prevented.If he had lived in Scotland he would have already been screened three times for the disease by the time of his first diagnosis in 2014 at 58-years-old. While men and women are offered bowel cancer screening every two years from the age of 50 above the border, in England bowel cancer screening begins at 60. George Alagiah preparing to present BBC News at Six for the first time after his return to work in 2015Credit:Jeff Overs/BBC/PA He was first diagnosed in 2014 after discovering blood in his stools while on a skiing holiday. After undergoing a colonoscopy, a tumour was discovered on his bowel. An MRI scan later found eight tumours in his liver.In 2016 he told the Telegraph: “I get anxious and then there is a huge relief when the doctor tells me it is clear again. But I am under no illusions.“The doctor warned me last year: ‘Your cancer knows the road, the pathway out of the gut.’ It can happen again.”The presenter now tries to remain positive and stay fit in preparation for surgery, if it is required, but said he sometimes has “wobbly moments” when he imagines his family without him. George Alagiah preparing to present BBC News at Six for the first time after his return to work in 2015 It is likely that he would have been cured if the disease was caught at an early stage, and there is a near 100 per cent chance of surviving stage one bowel cancer for at least five years.center_img The newsreader, who arrived at the BBC in 1989 and joined BBC News at Six in 2007, said he was more disappointed than shocked after being informed that his cancer had returned after believing he had “made it”.Alagiah, who was born in Sri Lanka, has been married to his wife Frances for 33 years and they have two sons, Adam, 31, and Matt, 27. He told the Sunday Times: “Had I been screened, I could have been picked up. Had they had screening at 50, like they do in Scotland . . . I would have been screened at least three times and possibly four by the time I was 58 and this would have been caught at the stage of a little polyp: snip, snip . . .“We know that if you catch bowel cancer early, survival rates are tremendous. I have thought: why have the Scots got it and we don’t?”Alagiah, who is supporting the campaign by Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer to lower the age of cancer screening in England to everyone from 50, gave the interview in his home, surrounded by letters from well-wishers.“They write to me as friends, which is what many of them regard me as because I am in their living rooms every evening,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Amped Wireless latest routers can bathe a 10000 square foot home in

first_imgFor those of you who have homes that should be featured on a future episode of MTV’s Cribs or a very large office and are experiencing WiFi dead zones, a new router from Amped Wireless might the solution you are looking for. Known for its line of high-powered outdoor WiFi devices, Amped is now looking to bring its muscle indoors by offering four new amplified devices capable of blanketing large areas with signal to the internet.At the core of Amped’s new indoor system is the R10000G, a high-power WiFi-n gigabit-capable router that the company is claiming has a range of 10,000 square feet and has the ability to penetrate both indoor and outdoor walls. If that still doesn’t cover your property or small office building, then you can purchase the companion SR2000G SR10000 wireless repeater to give you yet another 10,000 square feet of coverage. The SR2000G SR10000 connects wirelessly to your router and amplifies the signal giving your home network extra reach. Both devices are going to retail at $180 with the router becoming available at the end of this month and the repeater launching in April. For legacy laptop devices, or to boost your ability to pick up open hotspots while traveling, Amped has also announced the UA2000, a wireless-N USB adapter that is said to have twice the range of ordinary WiFi USB dongles via its 600mW amplifier and high-gain antenna. Perfect for those meetings that take place in coffee shops with poor signal quality.Amped Wireless is a company that specializes in pushing WiFi signal over long ranges. Although the company won’t specify exactly how far its outdoor routing devices can achieve, I have seen consumer claims saying they have gotten signal up to one mile away from their homes. Very impressive indeed at the price the company is asking. More at Ampedlast_img read more

Doulis case empowers teachers

first_imgThe road ahead looks brighter for Peter Doulis. After a landmark ruling, the teacher will be given more than $1 million in damages from the state government after his mental state deteriorated when he was allocated too many unruly classes at Werribee Secondary College.Mr Doulis, 48, taught at the school from 1998 to 2004, until he suffered a mental breakdown after being allocated a heavy workload of ‘low’ and ‘foundation’ classes at the school. He told the court he was forced to teach classes that included students who had ADHD, autism, dyslexia and acquired brain injuries. He relayed cases where he was personally threatened by students, they would break windows and even attempt to light other students on fire with homemade flame throwers.After relaying the problems to the school’s principals, no help was given, causing Mr Doulis’ health to deteriorate to the point where he could never work as a teacher again.The ruling has caused a flurry of teachers with similar situations come to the fore, encouraged to tell their stories and seek damages.Mr Doulis’ solicitor, Michael Magazanik, for Slater & Gordon says he’s received more than 20 emails this week from people asking for assistance. “It’s certainly sparked a lot of interest, from teachers and from others too,” Mr Magazanik tells Neos Kosmos.“These claims are hard though,” he admits. Mr Magazanik has seen first hand cases of a similar nature that have been booted out of court because the cases haven’t been as strong.Mr Doulis’ case included written evidence of correspondence with the school’s principals, doctor and psychologist evaluations and a compelling witness testimony from Mr Doulis himself. “Peter had done a terrific job in the witness box, under extremely difficult circumstances,” Mr Magazanik says.“The education department and the school defended the claims strenuously, they brought teachers and principals to court to deny almost everything Mr Doulis had said.”“It’s not a case about stress or hard work, it’s a case of his health going downhill, and him bringing that to the attention of the school’s principals and them doing absolutely nothing for him.”Mr Doulis has been fighting to have his case heard for 10 years. Unfortunately his battle isn’t over, with the prospect of an appeal in the future. “There is a possibility that the work cover authority or the state will appeal, so I’ve warned Peter that this may not be the end, that we might have to fight it off in appeal,” Mr Magazanik says.“But I really do think after 10 years the defendant ought to leave it alone, and let Peter get on with the rest of his life.”The damages awarded to Mr Doulis are quite high for a personal injury matter, which might give the state more reason to take the matter to appeal. Supreme Court Justice Timothy Ginnane ruled that Mr Doulis should be paid $760,000 in lost earnings and damages and the payout could go much higher when the case returns to court to add an additional figure for future lost earnings.Mr Magazanik says his client is relieved at the outcome for now, and says his focus is now on getting his health back.Mr Doulis declined to comment to Neos Kosmos. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

UFC star in talks to appear at SummerSlam matches for Smackdown on

UFC star in talks to appear at SummerSlam matches for Smackdown on

first_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Cameron Huff June 7, 2016 at 12:13 pm June 7, 2016 at 1:42 am WhatsApp Demond Theepitomeofsarcasm Jso Ronda Rousey 10 COMMENTS Another Paige sounds interesting Shawn Michaels UFC star in talks to appear at SummerSlamFoxSports.com is reporting that UFC star Paige VanZant is currently in preliminary talks with WWE about making an appearance at SummerSlam on August 21 in Brooklyn. VanZant, who just appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” this season as a runner-up, was sought after by WWE through her management.Matches for Smackdown on June 9WWE has announced Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose and Becky Lynch w/ Natalya vs. Dana Brooke w/ WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte for this week’s WWE Smackdown on June 9. These matches will be taped on Tuesday night in Wichita, Kansas.THIS THURSDAY: @TheDeanAmbrose faces @IAmJericho on @WWE #SmackDown on @USA_Network! pic.twitter.com/yprUF2G3ng— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 2016 Not to sound unappreciative, but what happened to Rhonda? Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands J™ Facebook FordOLoads she can suplex me anytime she wants. u not the only one Chris Jericho to defend the AEW World Championship against Cody at Full Gear PPV WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever This…plus, 12 Gauge Paige isn’t exactly tough to look at. That’s a shame. I know how much she wanted this. Brad Bonesteel Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next June 7, 2016 at 11:22 am June 7, 2016 at 3:42 am Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jeffery Adam Phillips June 7, 2016 at 10:37 am It seems that she lost some her mystique after that loss and hasn’t recovered. Randy Torkkola Seth Rollins Comments are closed. Jeffery Adam Phillips June 7, 2016 at 3:31 am Videos Articles June 7, 2016 at 2:13 am Dana: We got Brock Lesnar. Vince: Ok then we got Paige VanZant. June 7, 2016 at 1:43 pm THIS THURSDAY: @BeckyLynchWWE takes on @DanaBrookeWWE on @WWE #SmackDown on @USA_Network! pic.twitter.com/omSJh5bOMT— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 2016 Twitter Now Playing Up Next Vince Excited for the shield reunion next week Armadillo_KSA June 7, 2016 at 6:47 am Ric Flair threatens WWE with legal action over Becky Lynch’s “The Man” gimmick Google+ June 7, 2016 at 2:49 am Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey had knee surgery recently. I doubt Ronda or the WWE wants to watch her hobble down to the ring. WWE probably wants a UFC fighter that could potentially do a little bit of fun stuff in the ring for the appearance. Segment announced for next week’s RAWWWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins will be the special guest on The Ambrose Asylum hosted by Dean Ambrose on next week’s WWE RAW on June 13 live in New Orleans before the Money in the Bank PPV.NEXT WEEK on @WWE #RAW: The #AmbroseAsylum returns, with guests @WWERomanReigns and @WWERollins!! #TheShield pic.twitter.com/hj0uLgAqJt— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 2016 Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Pinterestlast_img read more

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry split tourist attraction criticised for ridiculous move

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle and Prince Harry’s split from the Royal household caused quite the stir. And a popular tourist attraction may have tried to capitalize on it. But it looks like the stunt backfired.Reportedly, the Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘royal split publicity stunt’ at Madame Tussauds has backfired with commentators quick to criticise the decision to separate the royal couple.Meghan Markle’s model at Madame Tussauds has been moved away from husband Prince Harry’s, and is now with A-list celebrities and models. But, the decision by Madame Tussauds has been criticised and branded a “publicity stunt”. Speaking on Sunrise Australia, Kathy Lipari, a news correspondent, insisted Meghan’s model should remain in the royal section.We have to say, what does Madame Tussauds hope to achieve by moving a few statues around? It’s not like Meghan Markle’s placement away from her husband would mean anything. Or could it be that the establishment plans to sow the seeds of controversy where none exist, so that they can get more foot traffic? It certainly looks like the latter.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesStarting the debate, correspondent Cath Webber said: “Anybody studying PR or marketing needs to take note. This is a great publicity stunt…..”She wasn’t even a wax figure until she met Prince Harry and certainly was engaged to Harry.”That is quite the harsh observation but not that far from the truth. Commenting on whether Meghan was well-known before becoming Harry’s partner, Lipari quickly added: “No, nobody did (know her), she was on Deal or No Deal, for goodness sake, opening a suitcase. Suits was pretty much it.Meghan Markle’s celebrity status went through the roof once she joined the Royal Family and separating her from the very Family that made her famous is not a very smart move by Madame Tussauds. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

Ershad wants death sentence for killing in reckless driving

Ershad wants death sentence for killing in reckless driving

first_imgHM ErshadJatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Friday said the capital punishment can be the only trial of killing people in reckless driving, reports UNB.”We had formulated a law keeping the provision of capital punishment for killing people in reckless driving when Jatiya Party was there in power,” he said.Ershad came up with the remarks while talking to newsmen after visiting the Mohakhali house of Diya Khanam Mim, who along with another college student died in a road crash in the city.He said the current agitation of students is an apolitical one. “Their demands are also apolitical. They’re raising the demands for survival. I extend my full support to their demonstrations.”The Jatiya Party chairman also strongly condemned the ‘repression and attack’ on the agitating students by police. “This attack on children can’t be accepted.”About the anarchy in the transport sector, he said children of 10-12 years of age drive vehicles while the fitness of the vehicles seems unnecessary.Ershad criticised shipping minister Shahjahan Khan for smiling while giving his reaction to the killing of two students in a road accident. “It’s a shameful behaviour by a responsible minister.”He urged the police and transport workers’ associations not to be violent with the demonstrating students, and demanded the government accept their justified demands.Ershad along with his party’s senior leaders went to Mim’s house around 11:00am and talked to her parents and other family members and consoled them.On Sunday, Mim and Rajib, students of the college section of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, were killed as a ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ bus ploughed through some students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport Road, triggering a widespread student protest.last_img read more

Book on Camerons Oxford University days causes stir

Book on Camerons Oxford University days causes stir

first_imgAn unofficial biography of Prime Minister David Cameron penned by former Conservative treasurer -turned-foe has caused a stir in the UK with revelations of alleged marijuana use and debauchery by him during his student days in Oxford University.Lord Ashcroft, who donated millions to the party before falling out with Cameron, has co-authored “Call Me Dave,” which makes a series of damming claims about the student days of Cameron.The book claims that Cameron smoked marijuana and took part in bizarre initiation ceremony as part of a university society, called the Piers Gaveston Society. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortHowever, sources close to the British Prime Minister have denied that he was ever a member of the club in question during his time at the Oxford University. “I am not intending to dignify this book by offering any comment. He (Ashcroft) has set out his reasons for writing it. The PM is focused on getting on with the job of running the country,” Cameron’s spokesperson said, in reference to Ashcroft’s admission that he had a “beef” or grudge against Cameron for ignoring him for a major job in the previous government despite making a promise.last_img read more

Asthmatic kids more likely to become obese

Asthmatic kids more likely to become obese

first_imgChildren with asthma are over 50 per cent more likely to become obese within ten years of being diagnosed, warns a new study which suggests that using inhalers during the attack may prevent this effect.Researchers at University of Southern California (USC) in the US indicated that children who used asthma inhalers when they had an attack were 43 per cent less likely to become obese.”Early diagnosis and treatment of asthma may help prevent the childhood obesity epidemic,” said Frank Gilliland, professor at USC. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Part of the problem may be a vicious cycle where asthma and obesity negatively affect each other. Our results also suggest that asthma inhalers may help prevent obesity in children,” said Gilliland.”Although this observation warrants further study, it is interesting that the correlation exists irrespective of physical activity and other asthma medication use,” Gilliland added.Researchers reviewed the records of 2,171 Southern California kindergarteners and first-graders who were not obese when they enrolled in the Children’s Health Study. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSome 13.5 per cent of children had asthma when they enrolled in the study.They followed the students for up to 10 years. During that decade, 15.8 per cent of the children became obese. The scientists confirmed their results using a different group of fourth-graders who were followed until high school graduation.The Children’s Health Study is one of the largest and most detailed studies of the long-term effects of air pollution on the respiratory and metabolic health of children. Looking at 20 years of data, USC researchers have found that air pollution increases obesity, that children’s lungs grow stronger as air quality improves and that fewer children in Southern California have bronchitis as a result of decreasing pollution levels in the region.Parents completed questionnaires on socio-demographic factors, history of respiratory illness, physical activity patterns, smoking exposures at home and other household characteristics.Participants or their parents answered questions about the number of exercise classes students attended and the number of days they spent in outdoor sports in the last 12 months.The researchers adjusted for health insurance coverage, overweight status, ethnicity, household income, smoking exposure at home and physical activity.Children were labelled obese if they had a body mass index at or above the 95th percentile when compared to the standards of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Eating a healthy diet, increasing physical activity and achieving asthma control through medication can improve childrens’ overall health while reducing the risk of obesity, the researchers suggested.last_img read more

Global Water Testing Analysis Market Dimensions Industry Scenario Size Estimation

first_imgThe Global Water Testing & Analysis Market report focuses on major leading key players with information such as company Overview and Forecast. The Report delivers the significant info and realistic data. The research analysts provide an elaborate description of the value chain and its distributor analysis.Global Water Testing & Analysis Market in Context to Global Trends, Manufacturers, and Industry SizeThe Global Water Testing & Analysis Market is projected to reach USD 4.7 billion by 2025 and is expected to register a significant growth rate of 5.2 % during forecast period 2018-2025, reveals a recent research report added by Big Market Research.The study offers an extensive analysis of key drivers, opportunities, key segments, regions, and major manufacturers. Additionally, the competitive scenario in different geographies is outlined to assist new entrants, leading market players, and investors to determine emerging economies. Insights presented in the report would benefit market players to develop strategies for the future and gain a strong position in the global market.Get the Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2961788?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SAMUThe report offers detailed segmentation of the global water testing & analysis market based on region. It evaluates these regions based on the prospect and status for the forecast period. Additionally, the research presents the current market condition and outlook of each region. Regions analyzed in the research include North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and ROW. Market dynamics are also revealed in the research based on risks, driving forces, and opportunities. A brief overview of each segment and sub-segment is provided.The research offers an in-depth analysis of major market players operating in the global water testing & analysis industry.Key market players operating in the industry include:Abb Ltd.General Electric CompanyDanaher CorporationThermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.Tintometer GmbhAgilent Technologies Inc.Emerson Electric Co.Horiba, Ltd.Honeywell International Inc.Shimadzu CorporationGet Discount on this Research Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2961788?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SAMUThe research demonstrates the performance of each player active in the industry. Besides this, the report offers an overview and highlights of recent advancements of each player in the market. These insights help understand the competitive scenario and take important steps to gain major market share. Comprehensive analysis of consumption, market share, and growth rate of each application is offered for the historic period. The report also offers insights on suppliers, buyers, and merchants in the market.The research evaluates the manufacturing cost of the global water testing & analysis market. It discusses key raw materials, dealers, and labor costs. In addition, it evaluates the manufacturing process of the industry. The research also provides insights into Porter’s Five Forces model, value chain analysis, and PEST analysis.The report clearly indicates that the water testing & analysis industry has achieved extensive growth since 2025 with several significant advances related to the industry. This report is prepared based on a detailed evaluation of the industry by experts. To conclude, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals looking for unbiased data on supply, demand, and future estimates would find the report valuable.Report Summary @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/report/2961788/global-water-testing-and-analysis-report-size-study?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SAMUAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.com Water Testing & Analysis last_img read more

Cardiac Echocardiography – Market Development Opportunities and Trends in Global Industry

Cardiac Echocardiography – Market Development Opportunities and Trends in Global Industry

first_imgCardiac Echocardiography, Global Cardiac Echocardiography, Cardiac Echocardiography Market, Cardiac Echocardiography Market Size, Cardiac Echocardiography Industry, Cardiac Echocardiography Market share, Cardiac Echocardiography Sales, Cardiac Echocardiography Industry Analysis, Cardiac Echocardiography Industry Demand, Cardiac Echocardiography Industry Trends, Cardiac Echocardiography Market Analysis, Cardiac Echocardiography Market Data, Cardiac Echocardiography Market Demand, Cardiac Echocardiography Market Forecasts, Cardiac Echocardiography Market growth Big Market Research adds new “Global Cardiac Echocardiography Market Insights, Forecast to 2023” new report to its research database. The report provides information on industry trends, demand, top manufacturers, countries, material and application.An echocardiogram, often referred to as a cardiac echo or simply an echo, is a sonogram of the heart. 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The global cardiovascular ultrasound market is expanding against the backdrop of an alarming increase in the incidence rate of heart diseases.Request a sample copy of Cardiac Echocardiography Market Research Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3208406?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNThe report firstly introduced the Cardiac Echocardiography basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials and so on. Then it analyzed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc. In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.The major players profiled in this report include:Nihon Kohden CorporationToshiba MedicalSamsungGE HealthcareHill-RomSchillerPhilips HealthcareSiemens Healthcare……The end users/applications and product categories analysis:Get a Discount of Cardiac Echocardiography Market research report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3208406?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNOn the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume, revenue (Million USD), product price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into-Type AType BType C……On the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate of Cardiac Echocardiography for each application, including-HospitalClinicMore report about of this report: https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/report/3208406/global-cardiac-echocardiography-market-research-report-2019-2023?utm_source=SHASHITable of ContentsChapter One Cardiac Echocardiography Industry OverviewChapter Two Cardiac Echocardiography Up and Down Stream Industry AnalysisChapter Three Asia Cardiac Echocardiography Market AnalysisChapter Four 2014-2019 Asia Cardiac Echocardiography Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Five Asia Cardiac Echocardiography Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Six Asia Cardiac Echocardiography Industry Development TrendChapter Seven North American Cardiac Echocardiography Market AnalysisChapter Eight 2014-2019 North American Cardiac Echocardiography Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Nine North American Cardiac Echocardiography Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Ten North American Cardiac Echocardiography Industry Development TrendChapter Eleven Europe Cardiac Echocardiography Market AnalysisChapter Twelve 2014-2019 Europe Cardiac Echocardiography Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Thirteen Europe Cardiac Echocardiography Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Fourteen Europe Cardiac Echocardiography Industry Development TrendChapter Fifteen Cardiac Echocardiography Marketing Channels Development Proposals AnalysisChapter Sixteen Development Environmental AnalysisChapter Seventeen Cardiac Echocardiography New Project Investment Feasibility AnalysisChapter Eighteen 2014-2019 Global Cardiac Echocardiography Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Nineteen Global Cardiac Echocardiography Industry Development TrendAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact Us:5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesCall answer Direct:+1-971-202-1575Call answer Toll Free:+1-800-910-6452Email help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

What are APIs Why should businesses invest in API development

first_imgApplication Programming Interfaces (APIs) are like doors that provide access to information and functionality to other systems and applications. APIs share many of the same characteristics as doors; for example, they can be as secure and closely monitored as required. APIs can add value to a business by allowing the business to monetize information assets, comply with new regulations, and also enable innovation by simply providing access to business capabilities previously locked in old systems. This article is an excerpt from the book Enterprise API Management written by Luis Weir. This book explores the architectural decisions, implementation patterns, and management practices for successful enterprise APIs. In this article, we’ll define the concept of APIs and see what value APIs can add to a business. APIs, however, are not new. In fact, the concept goes way back in time and has been present since the early days of distributed computing. However, the term as we know it today refers to a much more modern type of APIs, known as REST or web APIs. The concept of APIs Modern APIs started to gain real popularity when, in the same year of their inception, eBay launched its first public API as part of its eBay Developers Program. eBay’s view was that by making the most of its website functionality and information also accessible via a public API, it would not only attract, but also encourage communities of developers worldwide to innovate by creating solutions using the API. From a business perspective, this meant that eBay became a platform for developers to innovate on and, in turn, eBay would benefit from having new users that perhaps it couldn’t have reached before. eBay was not wrong. In the years that followed, thousands of organizations worldwide, including known brands, such as Salesforce.com, Google, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and many others, adopted similar strategies. In fact, according to the programmableweb.com (a well-known public API catalogue), the number of publicly available APIs has been growing exponentially, reaching over 20k as of August 2018. Figure 1: Public APIs as listed in programmableweb.com in August 2018 It may not sound like much, but considering that each of the listed APIs represents a door to an organization’s digital offerings, we’re talking about thousands of organizations worldwide that have already opened their doors to new digital ecosystems, where APIs have become the product these organizations sell and developers have become the buyers of them. Figure: Digital ecosystems enabled by APIs In such digital ecosystems, communities of internal, partner, or external developers can rapidly innovate by simply consuming these APIs to do all sorts of things: from offering hotel/flight booking services by using the Expedia API, to providing educational solutions that make sense of the space data available through the NASA API. There are ecosystems where business partners can easily engage in business-to-business transactions, either to resell goods or purchase them, electronically and without having to spend on Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) infrastructure. Ecosystems where an organization’s internal digital teams can easily innovate as key enterprise information assets are already accessible. So, why should businesses care about all this? There is, in fact, not one answer but multiple, as described in the subsequent sections. APIs as enablers for innovation and bimodal IT What is innovation? According to a common definition, innovation is the process of translating an idea or invention into a good or service that creates value or for which customers will pay. In the context of businesses, according to an article by HBR, innovation manifests itself in two ways: Disruptive innovation: Described as the process whereby a smaller company with fewer resources is able to successfully challenge established incumbent businesses. Sustaining innovation: When established businesses (incumbents) improve their goods and services in the eyes of existing customers. These improvements can be incremental advances or major breakthroughs, but they all enable firms to sell more products to their most profitable customers. Why is this relevant? It is well known that established businesses struggle with disruptive innovation. The Netflix vs Blockbuster example reminds us of this fact. By the time disruptors are able to catch up with an incumbent’s portfolio of goods and services, they are able to do so with lower prices, better business models, lower operation costs, and far more agility, and speed to introduce new or enhanced features. At this point, sustaining innovation is not good enough to respond to the challenge. With all the recent advances in technology and the internet, the rate at which disruptive innovation is challenging incumbents has only grown exponentially. Therefore, in order for established businesses to endure the challenge put upon them, they must somehow also become disruptors. The same HBR article describes a point of view on how to achieve this from a business standpoint. From a technology standpoint, however, unless the several systems that underpin a business are “enabled” to deliver such disruption, no matter what is done from a business standpoint, this exercise will likely fail. Perhaps by mere coincidence, or by true acknowledgment of the aforesaid, Gartner introduced the concept of bimodal IT in December 2013, and this concept is now mainstream. Gartner defined bimodal IT as the following: “The practice of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one focused on stability and the other on agility. Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasizing safety and accuracy. Mode 2 is exploratory and nonlinear, emphasizing agility and speed.” Figure: Gartner’s bimodal IT According to Gartner, Mode 1 (or slow) IT organizations focus on delivering core IT services on top of more traditional and hard-to-change systems of record, which in principle are changed and improved in longer cycles, and are usually managed with long-term waterfall project mechanisms. Whereas for Mode 2 (or fast) IT organizations, the main focus is to deliver agility and speed, and therefore they act more like a startup (or digital disruptor in HBR terms) inside the same enterprise. However, what is often misunderstood is how fast IT organizations can disruptively innovate, when most of the information assets, which are critical to bringing context to any innovation, reside in backend systems, and any sort of access has to be delivered by the slowest IT sibling. This dilemma means that the speed of innovation is constrained to the speed by which the relevant access to core information assets can be delivered. As the saying goes, “Where there’s a will there’s a way.” APIs could be implemented as the means for the fast IT to access core information assets and functionality, without the intervention of the slow IT. By using APIs to decouple the fast IT from the slow IT, innovation can occur more easily. However, as with everything, it is easier said than done. In order to achieve such organizational decoupling using APIs, organizations should first build an understanding about what information assets and business capabilities are to be exposed as APIs, so fast IT can consume them as required. This understanding must also articulate the priorities of when different assets are required and by whom, so the creation of APIs can be properly planned for and delivered. Luckily for those organizations that already have mature service-oriented architectures (SOA), some of this work will probably already be in place. For organizations without such luck, this activity should be planned for and should be a fundamental component of the digital strategy. Then the remaining question would be: which team is responsible for defining and implementing such APIs; the fast IT or slow IT? Although the long answer to this question is addressed throughout the different chapters of this book, the short answer is neither and both. It requires a multi-disciplinary team of people, with the right technology capabilities available to them, so they can incrementally API-enable the existing technology landscape, based on business-driven priorities. APIs to monetize on information assets Many experts in the industry concur that an organization’s most important asset is its information. In fact, a recent study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests that data is the single most important asset for organizations “Data is now a form of capital, on the same level as financial capital in terms of generating new digital products and services. This development has implications for every company’s competitive strategy, as well as for the computing architecture that supports it.” If APIs act as doors to such assets, then APIs also provide businesses with an opportunity to monetize them. In fact, some organizations are already doing so. According to another article by HBR, 50% of the revenue that Salesforce.com generates comes from APIs, while eBay generates about 60% of its revenue through its API. This is perhaps not such a huge surprise, given that both of these organizations were pioneers of the API economy. Figure: The API economy in numbers What’s even more surprising is the case of Expedia. According to the same article, 90% of Expedia’s revenue is generated via APIs. This is really interesting, as it basically means that Expedia’s main business is to indirectly sell electronic travel services via its public API. However, it’s not all that easy. According to the previous study by MIT, most of the CEOs for Fortune 500 companies don’t yet fully acknowledge the value of APIs. An intrinsic reason for this could be the lack of understanding and visibility over how data is currently being (or not being) used. Assets that sit hidden on systems of record, only being accessed via traditional integration platforms, will not, in most cases, give insight to the business on how information is being used, and the business value it adds. APIs, on the other hand, are better suited to providing insight about how/by whom/when/why information is being accessed, therefore giving the business the ability to make better use of information to, for example, determine which assets have better capital potential. In this article we provided a short description of APIs, and how they act as an enabler to digital strategies. Define the right organisation model for business-driven APIs with Luis Weir’s upcoming release Enterprise API Management. Read Next To create effective API documentation, know how developers use it, says ACM GraphQL API is now generally available Next.js 9 releases with built in zero-config TypeScript support, automatic static optimization, API routes and morelast_img read more

Skal ‎Canada appoints new board for 2018

Skal ‎Canada appoints new board for 2018

first_imgSkal ‎Canada appoints new board for 2018 Tags: Skål Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — Skal Canada has named its new board for 2018.Susan Webb has been elected President of Skal Canada. The full Skal Canada Executive for 2018 includes: Susan Webb from Skal Toronto, President; Paul Durand from Skal Edmonton, Vice President; Jean Peltier from Skal Quebec City, Vice President; newly elected Marc Rheaume from Skal Calgary, Vice President; and Jean Francois Cote, ISC Councillor.A new Skal Club has been formed in PEI, now Skal Canada’s 17th club. With the new PEI club Skal Canada is now in every province.Of the 87 countries where Skal International has clubs, Skal Canada has the sixth largest national membership in the world. Information on becoming a member of Skal can be found at skalcanada.org.center_img Share Tuesday, November 21, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more