Somalia in desperate need must not be abandoned – UN humanitarian chief

“Otherwise, I fear the worst,” John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said as he briefed the 15-member body on his recent visit to Somalia and Northern Uganda.Affirming that the UN has a responsibility “not to turn its back on Somalis in their latest hour of desperate need,” Mr. Holmes said that there has been recent massive displacement following the worst fighting in the 16 years that the East-African country has gone without a functioning government.This has compounded the miseries of chronic food insecurity, alternating droughts and floods and endemic disease, he said.As the highest-ranking UN official to visit the country since the early 1990’s, Mr. Holmes said his discussions with leaders of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) – notably President Abdullahi Yusuf and Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedhi – were complicated by disagreement on the severity of the crisis. According to UN figures, 340,000 people, roughly one-third of the capital’s population, have fled the hostilities in Mogadishu since the start of February, while at least 1,000 have sustained injuries. The TGF officials claimed that only 30,000 to 40,000 had been displaced and most had already returned.At the same time, however, Mr. Holmes said that President Yusuf had accepted his proposal of a visit to Somalia by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to look into reports of indiscriminate use of force in civilian areas, arbitrary detentions and disappearances, and other human rights violations.After his Government meetings, Mr. Holmes said he had a brief opportunity to walk through the narrow passageways of a makeshift site sheltering long-termed displaced in Mogadishu, trying to imagine the daily life of the throng of children following him, and the future in store for them.“Not enough has been done to provide these people with basic conditions of human dignity,” he said.Turning to Northern Uganda, which he called “more encouraging,” Mr. Holmes said the situation in the conflict-affected districts is improving and there is a degree of optimism in the air. Security has increased with a major decline in attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the rebel group notorious for its abductions of children for child soldiers and sex slaves.However, 1.6 million displaced people remain in camps, he said, even though the number is significantly down from its height of 2 million three years ago. Some are tentatively moving out of the camps toward their places of origin, “but this movement is not yet massive or irreversible,” he commented.“These people are poised between hope and fear,” he concluded. “Hope that the day of their definitive return home may be close and fear that if the peace talks break down, renewed violence could again wrest this price from their grasp.“I urge all concerned to do what they can to ensure that this perhaps unique opportunity is not missed,” he said.During the discussion that followed Mr. Holmes’ presentation, a number of Security Council members urged the parties in both Somalia and North Uganda to allow humanitarian access and engage in serious dialogue to end their respective conflicts, with many saying they were encouraged by the agreement between the Ugandan Government and LRA.They also called on the international community to continue to alleviate the suffering of the displaced, to enforce human rights norms and to increase pressure on the parties for political progress. 21 May 2007The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today appealed to the Security Council to step up its efforts to quell the violence and end the suffering in Somalia. read more

Canadians now owe 168 for every 1 disposable income they earn as

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the amount Canadians owe compared with their disposable income climbed higher in the second quarter.The agency says household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income increased to 167.8 per cent, up from 166.6 per cent in the first quarter.That means for every dollar of household disposable income there was $1.68 in credit market debt.The increase came as household income increased 1.2 per cent while household credit market debt rose 1.9 per cent.Total household credit market debt, which includes consumer credit, mortgage and non-mortgage loans, totalled nearly $2.08 trillion in the second quarter.Mortgage debt increased 1.6 per cent to $1.36 trillion, while consumer credit grew 2.4 per cent to $609.6 billion.

Set aside differences develop global plan to fight racism Annan tells UN

In his opening address, the Secretary-General said that failing to reach agreement at the conference would give “comfort to the worst elements in society. But if we can leave with a call to action supported by all, we shall send a signal of hope to brave people who struggle against racism all over the world. “Let us rise above our disagreements,” he said. “The wrangling has gone on for too long.” Mr. Annan said that while the world could agree to condemn racism, the accusation of racism against any particular individual or group was particularly hurtful – nowhere was that truer today than in the Middle East.”The Jewish people have been victims of anti-Semitism in many parts of the world, and in Europe they were the target of the Holocaust – the ultimate abomination,” he said. “It is understandable, therefore, that many Jews deeply resent any accusation of racism directed against the State of Israel – and all the more so when it coincides with indiscriminate and totally unacceptable attacks on innocent civilians.”Yet the world could not “expect Palestinians to accept this as a reason why the wrongs done to them – displacement, occupation, blockade, and now extra-judicial killings – should be ignored, whatever label one uses to describe them,” the Secretary-General said. “But, my friends, mutual accusations are not the purpose of this conference. Our main objective must be to improve the lot of the victims.” Kofi Annan with Yasser Arafat (30/08/01).Afterwards the Secretary-General continued to hold bilateral meetings with various leaders. During such contacts yesterday, he met with Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian Authority. They reviewed the latest efforts to halt the violence between Israelis and Palestinians, especially the initiative of German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer to bring together Mr. Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres for talks in Berlin.Later at a round table of heads of State and government, the Secretary-General urged leaders to guide a national dialogue on racism, stressing their “tremendous responsibility” in fulfilling the promises made in Durban. “As the leaders of your countries, you can guide the national dialogue on racism,” he said. “Even simple acts, such as attendance at festivals or events held by the minority communities, can send a clear message from the top that diversity is something for a society to cherish – and that you will tolerate nothing less.”At the end of the day, Mr. Annan opened a meeting of business and trade union leaders to discuss the impact of racism and discrimination in the workplace and wider community.The dialogue was intended to highlight private-sector initiatives to promote equality and inclusion in and out of the workplace, while examining obstacles faced in fighting discrimination. Participants also explored opportunities for new partnerships as part of their commitment to the Secretary-General’s Global Compact, an initiative to encourage business and labour to respect standards relating to the environment, employment laws and human rights. read more

Crude oil rises to near US107 a barrel as Iraq fighting stokes

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2014 3:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The price of oil rose to near US$107 a barrel Friday as Iraq’s widening insurgency fuelled concerns that crude supplies from OPEC’s No. 2 producer could be slowed.After jumping more than $2 on Thursday, the benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery rose 38 cents to close at US$106.91 Friday on the New York Mercantile Exchange. For the week, the U.S. benchmarkrude was up 4.1 per cent.Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, gained 39 cents to close at US$113.41 a barrel in London. Brent was up 4.4 per cent on the week.Oil prices have risen to 10-month highs after an al-Qaida inspired group capturing two key Iraqi cities this week, including Mosul, which is in an area that is a key gateway for the country’s crude. The group has vowed to march on Baghdad.The violence in Iraq is mostly centred in the country’s north, away from the major oil-producing regions of the south. The turmoil hasn’t yet slowed exports, though it raises concerns about whether Iraq can continue rebuilding its oil infrastructure and boost output to meet global demand.“Without the oil production from the south of Iraq, the market would be stripped of an estimated 2.5 million barrels per day,” said a report from analysts at Commerzbank in Frankfurt. “The sharp price rise in the last two days shows that this oil supply is no longer viewed as secure, either.”Iraq’s oil production has risen by about a fifth since 2011 to 3.3 million barrels a day, making it the second-biggest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries behind Saudi Arabia.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline fell 2.6 cents to close at US$3.058 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil fell 0.1 of a cent to close at US$2.988 a gallon and natural gas fell 2.3 cents to close at US$4.739 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) Crude oil rises to near US$107 a barrel as Iraq fighting stokes supply concerns read more

Box Office Top 20 Fast 8 snags global debut record

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth movie in the “Fast and the Furious” series may have fallen short of $100 million in North American theatres, collecting $98.8 million, but it still solidified its spot as the biggest global opener of all time with $532 million worldwide.The previous record-holder, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” launched with $529 globally in 2015.Domestically, “Fast 8” is the second-highest opener of the series, behind 2015’s “Furious 7,” which opened to $147.2 million — a number many attributed to increased interest in the film following the death of star Paul Walker before the film was finished.Holdovers populated the rest of the top five at the box office, with “The Boss Baby” in second with $16 million and “Beauty and the Beast” in third place with $13.7 million.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:1. “The Fate of the Furious,” Universal, $98,786,705, 4,310 locations, $22,920 average, $98,786,705, 1 week.2. “The Boss Baby,” 20th Century Fox, $16,012,349, 3,743 locations, $4,278 average, $116,793,579, 3 weeks.3. “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney, $13,705,122, 3,592 locations, $3,815 average, $454,720,873, 5 weeks.4. “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” Sony, $6,714,300, 3,610 locations, $1,860 average, $24,945,059, 2 weeks.5. “Going In Style,” Warner Bros., $6,288,402, 3,076 locations, $2,044 average, $23,318,880, 2 weeks.6. “Gifted,” Fox Searchlight, $3,079,308, 1,146 locations, $2,687 average, $4,449,330, 2 weeks.7. “Get Out,” Universal, $2,985,945, 1,424 locations, $2,097 average, $167,615,960, 8 weeks.8. “Power Rangers,” Lionsgate, $2,814,175, 2,171 locations, $1,296 average, $80,527,923, 4 weeks.9. “The Case For Christ,” Pure Flix, $2,758,271, 1,386 locations, $1,990 average, $8,485,975, 2 weeks.10. “Kong: Skull Island,” Warner Bros., $2,707,371, 2,018 locations, $1,342 average, $161,284,775, 6 weeks.11. “Ghost In The Shell,” Paramount, $2,463,906, 2,135 locations, $1,154 average, $37,087,189, 3 weeks.12. “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” Focus Features, $2,023,845, 1,057 locations, $1,915 average, $10,626,800, 3 weeks.13. “Logan,” 20th Century Fox, $1,937,295, 1,415 locations, $1,369 average, $221,656,574, 7 weeks.14. “Your Name,” FUNimation Films, $736,113, 290 locations, $2,538 average, $3,372,170, 2 weeks.15. “The Shack,” Lionsgate, $654,814, 1,048 locations, $625 average, $56,078,874, 7 weeks.16. “Life,” Sony, $632,193, 605 locations, $1,045 average, $28,591,649, 4 weeks.17. “Colossal,” Neon Rated, $462,869, 98 locations, $4,723 average, $616,344, 2 weeks.18. “The Lego Batman Movie,” Warner Bros., $376,681, 344 locations, $1,095 average, $173,818,349, 10 weeks.19. “Their Finest,” STX Entertainment, $346,779, 52 locations, $6,669 average, $460,569, 2 weeks.20. “Split,” Universal, $281,095, 128 locations, $2,196 average, $137,827,505, 13 weeks.—Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. Box Office Top 20: ‘Fast 8’ snags global debut record This image released by Universal Pictures shows Charlize Theron, left, and Vin Diesel in “The Fate of the Furious.” (Universal Pictures via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2017 4:31 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The other blue planet How Mars looked 35bn years ago and scientists

first_imgMany organisations are now planning colonies on Mars, including Nasa, Elon Musk and Mars One (pictured) A recent study by Northern Illinois University showed how much water once flowed on Mars based on the present day geography and geology Many organisations are now planning colonies on Mars, including Nasa, Elon Musk and Mars One (pictured)Credit:Mars One A recent study by Northern Illinois University showed how much water once flowed on Mars based on the present day geography and geologyCredit:Northern Illinois University  With its calm water, rolling hills and fluffy clouds it could easily be Earth today. But this picture is how Mars would have looked 3.5 billion years ago.Scientists have known for some time the water once flowed freely on the Red Planet because of tell-tale valleys which could only have been carved by vast rivers, and sediment layers which must have come from the bottom of ancient lakes.But nobody knew where it went. Some researchers speculated that the Martian water evaporated into space following the collapse of the planet’s magnetic field billions of years ago, which destroyed its protective atmosphere.Now a new theory by Oxford University and the Earth Observatory of Singapore suggests that the water did not go anywhere at all. In fact it got absorbed into basalt rocks produced by volcanoes, where it caused an oxidising reaction and formed minerals.Dr Jon Wade, NERC Research Fellow in Oxford’s Department of Earth Sciences, said: “People have thought about this question for a long time, but never tested the theory of the water being absorbed as a result of simple rock reactions. One reason why Mars lost all of its water, could be in its mineralogy.” “On Mars, water reacting with the freshly erupted lavas that form its basaltic crust, resulted in a sponge-like effect,” Dr Wade added.“The planet’s water then reacted with the rocks to form a variety of water bearing minerals,“This water-rock reaction changed the rock mineralogy and caused the planetary surface to dry and become inhospitable to life.” The results revealed that the basalt rocks on Mars can hold approximately 25 per cent more water than those on Earth, and as a result drew the water from the Martian surface into its interior.The researchers believe that the process was so powerful, the planet’s crust could have consumed an ocean two miles deep.center_img 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. Nasa’s Curiosity rover has found evidence of ancient lakes and rivers Credit:Nasa  Nasa's Curiosity rover has found evidence of ancient lakes and rivers  However, the discovery that water never left Mars is unlikely to help future colonists. The researchers say the mineralisation process is not reversible, so the water could never be extracted.Several groups are already planning Martian bases, and even cities, including Nasa, Elon Musk and Mars One.But there is still some water locked up as ice below the surface of Mars which scientists think could be used by future travellers.The research was published in the journal Nature. Using computer modelling, the new study calculated how much water could be removed from the Martian surface simply through reactions with rocks.last_img read more

Nevada Copper outlines Pumpkin Hollow mining options in new Technical Report

first_imgNevada Copper Corp has completed, and SEDAR-filed, a Technical Report prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 for its 100%-owned Pumpkin Hollow Copper Project located near Yerington, Nevada.The Technical Report discloses the proposed development of a 5,000 t/d underground project at a PFS level. This is the primary focus of the Technical Report. The Technical Report also includes feasibility-level information on the potential development of a large 70,000 t/d mine at Pumpkin Hollow with feed mainly from the nearby open pit deposits, but also from the same Mineral Resources as accessed in the Underground Project.  This is referred to within the Technical Report as the Integrated Project. It was originally disclosed in a NI 43-101 2015 Feasibility Study Technical Report (2015 IFS) for which the scientific and technical information is materially unchanged, and remains a viable development option.The Pumpkin Hollow Property encompasses the only fully-permitted copper project of scale in the United States, comprising two potential copper projects both of which are disclosed in the Technical Report:The high-grade Underground Project; andThe Integrated Project, a large scale open pit and underground project with reserves of 5 billion pounds of copper, 0.76 Moz of gold and 27.6 Moz of silverThe two projects, which are mutually exclusive and are each viable development options, benefit from over $220 million of prior expenditures which funded a significant amount of engineering work and technical studies, and construction of a production-sized headframe and hoist, warehouse, a 1,900 ft deep, 24 ft diameter concrete-lined production size shaft and over 600 ft of lateral development.The PFS for the Underground Project leverages upon the substantial existing infrastructure at the site, including power, water, road access, plus a production shaft and lateral mine development. The objective of the PFS has been to optimise the previously-defined underground portion of the Mineral Resources at Pumpkin Hollow with a focus on reduced capital cost; higher mined ore grades; reduced operating cost profile; de-risked construction plan, including brownfield assets, EPC construction approach and contract mining during ramp-up; and a philosophy on focusing on “margin-over-tonnes,” while maintaining expansion and extension optionality.The Technical Report was prepared under the direction of Sedgman Canada Ltd (part of the Cimic Group) as lead, along with Mining Plus Ltd. Planned commencement of construction is by mid-2018 (subject to board approval and financing); with targeted first production in mid-2019. An experienced mining contractor is to be utilised for underground development and mine ramp-up, for which initial contractor tenders have been completed.The Underground Project does not impact Nevada Copper’s ability to develop a future project on the adjacent deposits accessible by open pit methods;  and significant optimisation opportunities have been identified for an open pit project, including potential to convert assumed waste material to potential mineral resources, and eventually ore, through drilling in the Northern Extension and Connector Zones and additional engineering studies; as well as to reduce project costs through updated project estimation; and reduce capital costs by optimising the project scale.last_img read more

World handball female lineplayer 2017

← Previous Story World female handball right wing 2017? Next Story → World female handball goalkeeper 2017?  Loading …CLICK, VOTE AND CHECK RESULTSWORLD BEST LEFT WING 2017WORLD BEST LEFT BACK 2017WORLD BEST PLAYMAKER 2017WORLD BEST RIGHT BACK 2017WORLD BEST RIGHT WING 2017WORLD BEST LINE-PLAYER 2017WORLD BEST GOALKEEPER 2017WORLD BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2017 World Female line-player 2017? Dragana Cvijic (ZRK Vardar Skopje – Serbia) Yvette Broch (Gyori Audi ETO KC – The Netherlands) Kseniya Makeeva (Rostov Don – Russia) Marit Malm Frafjord (CSM Bucuresti – Norway)View Results World handball female line-player 2017?

Tchernobyl 26 ans et un nouveau sarcophage

first_imgTchernobyl : 26 ans et un nouveau sarcophagePosé à la hâte après la catastrophe survenue le 26 avril 1986, le sarcophage en béton est criblé de trous et de failles. Un flambant neuf va donc le remplacer prochainement.Le 26 avril 1986, la catastrophe de la centrale nucléaire de Tchernobyl, en Ukraine, a contaminé des centaines de kilomètres autour du site. Les autorités avaient réagi en urgence avec la pose d’un sarcophage de béton autour du réacteur numéro 4 afin de limiter les radiations. Seulement, 26 ans presque jour pour jour après le drame, l’état de ce sarcophage n’est pas rassurant : cribblé de trous et de fissures, le sarcophage laisse s’échapper des particules radioactives dans l’atmosphère et dans l’eau, explique 20 Minutes.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Un nouveau sarcophage va donc remplacer l’ancien afin de sécuriser le site. Le lancement de l’assemblage a ainsi été réalisé hier matin par le président ukrainien Viktor Ianoukovitch. Construit à 300 mètres du réacteur puis glissé par-dessus l’ancienne chape, il sera composé de 30.000 tonnes d’acier, pour une taille de 108m de hauteur, 162m de longueur et 12m d’épaisseur. Fruit d’un consortium formé par les groupes français Bouygues et Vinci qui mène les travaux, dont le coût total, estimé à 1,5 milliard d’euros, est supporté par la communauté internationale et la Banque européenne pour la reconstruction et le développement (Berd), il devrait permettre de sceller le réacteur numéro 4 jusqu’à la fin du XXIe siècle. Le 27 avril 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

TMobile CEO John Legere Pens CookbookBusiness Manual

first_img While high-profile tech execs testify before Congress and plan future trips to Mars, one brassy boss has remained curiously quiet.Perhaps because he’s been busy writing a book.T-Mobile today released a new lifestyle tome by Un-CEO and first-time author John Legere.“#SlowCookerSunday: Leadership, Life, and Slow Cooking with CEO and Chef, John Legere” (that is the actual title) features 52 of the businessman’s favorite slow-cooker recipes—shared weekly on his Facebook Live show.“I’ve been inviting everyone into my kitchen for more than two years now, and the best part is live engagement with everyone who tunes in,” Legere said in a statement. “Viewers have been asking me for a cookbook, and in business, I always say ‘Shut up, listen, and do what they tell you.’ So I did.”Proceeds from “#SlowCookerSunday: Leadership, Life and Slow Cooking with CEO and Chef, John Legere” go to Feeding America (via T-Mobile)Now you can, too: The book is on sale now for $19.99 via T-Mobile’s website and nationwide stores.“For me, “#SlowCookerSunday” is so much more than a cookbook. Sure, you’ll make incredible food with the recipes in it, get a little bit of advice, and laugh at old photos of me (in a suit!),” Legere said. “But my favorite part is that you’ll be helping feed the hungry across the country.”Net proceeds will benefit Feeding America, a nonprofit network of more than 200 food banks that feed more than 46 million people.“We are thankful for our continued partnership with T-Mobile,” Rowena Norman, director of new partnerships at Feeding America, said. “Proceeds from sales of the cookbook will help families in need create their own lasting memories around the kitchen table this holiday season.”Legere puts it all on the table in new book that offers recipes, advice, and personal musings (via T-Mobile)And what says “it’s the holidays” louder than an eccentric millionaire? His ex-con billionaire friend, Martha Stewart.The domestic diva penned a foreword for the hashtag-titled text, admitting that “I have gone through this book with a fine-tooth comb and … it’s pretty good.”“I like it because it’s more than just a book full of great recipes for cooking,” she said. “It’s also a primer for all of us who want some great advice on how to be a great CEO and a successful entrepreneur.”With chapter titles like “Don’t Be a Chicken” (tips on making bolder moves at work and in the kitchen, as well as non-chicken recipes) and “Get Comfortable Being You” (guidance for becoming “your authentic self,” alongside comfort food recipes), there is a little somethin’ somethin’ for everyone.More on Geek.com:T-Mobile Thanks U.S. Military With New Wireless PlanT-Mobile and 20th Century Fox Announce Deal for Cheap Movie TicketsMake a Meal of These 11 Real Sci-Fi Recipes T-Mobile announces free device upgrades whenever you want with Jump! On …T-Mobile aims to redefine its ‘broken, stupid’ industry with… Stay on targetlast_img read more

BAHAMAS Minister of Transport Frankie Campbell Distributes Pamphlets Downtown on Road Safety

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 22, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell (pictured) and staff of the Road Traffic Department handed out pamphlets on Road Safety to drivers along busy Bay Street, downtown, on Thursday morning, December 21, 2017 as a reminder to everyone out on the roads this Holiday Season to drive carefully.(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)last_img

Man who fired BBgun during standoff sentenced to six months custody

US gains 288000 jobs most in 2 years rate 63 percent

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth.The Labor Department also said Friday that the unemployment rate sank to 6.3 percent, its lowest level since September 2008, from 6.7 percent in March. But the drop occurred because the number of people working or seeking work fell sharply. People aren’t counted as unemployed if they’re not looking for a job. Many of those who stopped looking for work last month had been among the long-term unemployed — people out of work for six months or more. The number of long-term unemployed fell 300,000, the sharpest drop in 2 1/2 years, to 3.5 million. Economists said most of them likely gave up looking for work rather than found jobs. Yet the vigorous job growth in April provided confirmation that the U.S. economy is regaining its health after nearly stalling early this year, when a harsh winter nearly stalled growth. In addition to last month’s burst of hiring, employers added more jobs in February and March than previously estimated. The job totals for those two months were revised up by a combined 36,000.Employers have now added an average of 238,000 jobs the past three months, up from 167,000 in the previous three.Sal Guatieri, an economist at BMO Capital Markets, said the surge in hiring “signals that American companies are optimistic the economy will snap back smartly after the largely weather-related slump in the first quarter.”last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 4 and 10 February 2016:B&Q to increase pay for 90% of shop floor staff.Lendlease launches mental health awareness training for staff.EXCLUSIVE: Atos launches car salary sacrifice scheme.Huddersfield station promotes Felix the cat.How can behavioural science engage employees with workplace savings?Rift Group launches employee engagement platform.Who should win Employee Benefits Professional of the Year?35% of female staff would leave their employer due to poor work-life balance.75% offer flexible working policies.Juliette Graham: The implications of the Bank of England’s proposal on bonus buy-outs.last_img

5 killed in Tangail road crash

first_imgFive construction workers were killed and 29 others injured as a truck overturned in Kalihati upazila headquarters early Monday, reports UNB.The deceased could not be identified immediately.The Habiganj-bound truck from Gaibandha carrying a group of construction workers overturned around 5:30 am after the driver lost control, leaving four workers dead on the spot and 30 others injured, said Mir Mosharraf Hossain, officer-in-charge of Kalihati police station.The injured were admitted to Tangail general hospital where one of the injured workers succumbed to death.last_img

Case Challenging Constitutionality Of Harris County Bail System Goes To US Fifth

first_imgListen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Free ImagesThe U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Tuesday on whether Harris County’s bail system is unconstitutional. The case hinges on whether defendants can be held in jail until their trial for no other reason than because they can’t afford bail.The plaintiffs each found themselves in a similar situation, charged with a misdemeanor and unable to come up with the few thousand dollars required for bail. So they waited behind bars until their day in court. Meanwhile, others who could afford bail were allowed to walk free before trial.“The concern is, then, that it violates their constitutional rights,” says Sandra Guerra Thompson, director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. Specifically, the plaintiffs argue, the Harris County bail system violates their rights to equal protection and due process under the law.Both current District Attorney Kim Ogg and current Sheriff Ed Gonzalez campaigned to change the practice when they ran in 2016.“It’s an odd case, because you have the sheriff who’s being sued saying, ‘The people who are suing me are right,’” says Thompson.According to statistics cited in the lower court ruling, 40 percent of those arrested on misdemeanor charges in Harris County were jailed until their cases were resolved. 00:00 /00:59 Sharelast_img read more

BLOG Clinical Demands in Rural America Call for Advanced Imaging

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The first blog, Rural Imaging Requires Affordable And Versatile Equipment​, can be found here. News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Differing Selection CriteriaWhereas rural health systems often struggle to obtain the technologies to serve their patients, urban ones may offer many such technologies. The needs of rural providers are both simpler and more challenging than those of urban centers, as rural providers must find systems that can handle all patients who come to them. With their oval bores, the 1.5T scanners at Star Valley Medical Center and West Feliciana Hospital exemplify this — designed to deliver quality MR images regardless of the patient.For rural providers, therefore, success in meeting imaging needs may depend on finding the common denominator rather than the uncommon. Greg Freiherr is a contributing editor to Imaging Technology News. Over the past three decades, he has served as business and technology editor for publications in medical imaging, as well as consulted for vendors, professional organizations, academia, and financial institutions. 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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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Rural America does not show up in any atlas but, geographically, it accounts for 80 percent of the United States’ land mass, according to the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health. About 62 million people live there, all of whom have the same clinical needs as those who live in big cities. Meeting their needs, however, can be very hard, especially when it comes to high-tech imaging.Rural health centers typically struggle with the double whammy of tight budgets and limited resources. Often these centers have trouble affording the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scanners that are common in big cities. That’s why some rural facilities opt for workarounds. One is to contract with mobile providers.One mobile MRI provider visits Republic County Hospital of Belleville, Kansas, twice a week. But that may not go on for long. The 25-bed critical assess hospital is considering the installation of an MRI scanner on site, according to David-Paul Cavazos, CEO of Republic County Hospital.Part of the Great Plains Health Alliance, the Republic County Hospital is bookended by more than a dozen MR scanners in Salina, Kansas, and Lincoln, Nebraska. But to take advantage of them, patients must drive more than an hour or nearly two hours, respectively.“Agriculture is a big employer around here,” Cavazos said. “It’s not easy to just walk away from farm work.”Traveling long distances can be difficult for rural residents. Patients of Star Valley Medical Center faced this challenge.The medical center they depended on — a 22-bed, critical access hospital in Afton, Wyoming — used a mobile MR unit until their needs exceeded the capacity of the service. With its mobile unit booked well in advance, patients who urgently needed a scan had trouble getting scheduled. The backlog was also leading some patients to drive 70 miles to Jackson Hole for their MRIs. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Image courtesy of Pixabay Surveys Indicate Clinical NeedsAfter surveying patients and physicians about what they expected from MRI services at the hospital, administrators at Star Medical Center decided to purchase an MRI scanner, choosing one that meets the broadest needs of the patient population.Serving patients since 1970, West Feliciana Hospital in St. Francisville, LA., installed an MRI scanner, which  — similarly — took over from a once-a-week mobile service. The stationary system was acquired after a survey strongly indicated that hospital physicians wanted an MRI scanner on-site.Although some patients were opting to trek 40 miles to Baton Rouge for MRIs, overall patient demand for MRI was low. But there was potential for growth. Related content:Rural Imaging Requires Affordable And Versatile Equipment​Rural Imaging Requires Affordable And Versatile Equipment Health Disparities Affect Millions in Rural U.S. CommunitiesAbout Rural Health in America last_img read more

ACV now offering a new fourstar option in Huatulco Mexico

first_img Travelweek Group Friday, August 25, 2017 TORONTO — Air Canada Vacations has welcomed a new four-star gem to its hotel lineup: La Isla Natura in Huatulco, Mexico.Located 20 minutes from the Huatulco airport on Tangolunda Bay, this ACV-exclusive, all-inclusive resort boasts direct access to two private beaches and a wide array of inclusions, such as a mescal tasting, complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness centre, yoga and spin classes and free wedding packages. The privately-owned property also offers complimentary use of bicycles, two complimentary excursions in Oaxaca, and the chance to experience a Temazcal sauna.Moreover, guests enjoy full access to all of the facilities and services at La Isla Huatulco & Beach Club, and services at the private beach club, with transportation between the two hotels included. For golf lovers, the Tangolunda Golf Course is just five minutes away by car, and the authentic little town of La Crucecita, a 10-minute drive away.Starting Nov. 6, Air Canada Rouge will operate a new direct flight on Mondays from Calgary to Huatulco. Out of Toronto, Air Canada will fly direct every Saturday as of Nov. 4. Posted by Sharecenter_img ACV now offering a new four-star option in Huatulco, Mexico Tags: Air Canada Vacations << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Tourism Council of Bhutan launches new website

first_imgTo facilitate the tourists with easy access to information on tourism products and experiences, the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) launched its new official destination website on the World Tourism Day. This major development will help the stakeholders and visitors in knowing Bhutan in a better way. The website is designed to provide vital details to the potential visitors to Bhutan and portrays new user-friendly features. The visitors can sort out and save events and activities in their wishlist for easier reference for their future visitation to Bhutan. Subscription to emails and newsletter will now help visitors keep themselves updated with the information on the tourism industry of Bhutan.The current website is built in a user-friendly way with feedback buttons. The users can send in their feedback to improve the working or share their thoughts on Bhutan tourism on their social handles thereby creating a ripple of information dissemination. Another new improvement that has been incorporated into the new website is the inclusion of tour packages. The new features will interest the potential travellers to Bhutan and will attract new tourists to the destination, believes TCB.last_img read more

Tambors character to be killed off in Transparen

first_imgTambor’s character to be killed off in ‘Transparent’ finale LOS ANGELES — There will be a death in the family when Jeffrey Tambor’s character is killed off in the musical finale of the web TV series “Transparent.”Tambor played the lead, Maura, a late-in-life transgender parent, until he was fired last year following allegations of sexual misconduct. Tambor has denied the allegations.The finale will begin with Maura’s death, and the episode will focus on how her family deals with it.Amazon and “Transparent” series creator Jill Soloway told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday that the series needed a different way of looking at the family and that “we did it through song.”The series stars Judith Light, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass and Gaby Hoffmann.“Transparent” debuted in 2014. A date for the finale has not yet been released.___Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2019 9:47 am PDTlast_img read more