King Mohamed VI Lays Wreath of Flowers at Monument to the

Beijing – King Mohammed VI, who is on an official visit to China, on Thursday laid a wreath of flowers at the Monument to the People’s Heroes in Beijing.After the national anthems of both countries were played, the king laid a wreath of flowers at the monument.The Monument to the People’s Heroes, which stands in the center of Tiananmen Square north of Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, was erected in memory of the martyrs who gave their lives in defense of the nation during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. With MAP

Pickandpay TV model could end up meaning Canadians have less choice not

OTTAWA — Canadian TV subscribers may be rejoicing as they prepare for Tuesday’s launch of new, regulator-mandated basic cable and satellite packages.But a group that advocates for Canada’s broadcasters says consumers will ultimately see fewer channel choices.And Friends of Canadian Broadcasting says the vast majority of TV viewers will likely see their monthly bills increase under the so-called pick-and-pay system.Effective March 1, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is requiring TV service providers to offer customers a basic lineup of channels for no more than $25 per month.Customers can then top up their channels one at a time, or in small theme packs.Come Dec. 1, TV companies must offer both options.The so-called “skinny basic” packages must include at least 10 local or regional channels, as well as educational programming. But even that requirement will disappear once the full pick-and-pay regulation takes effect.Initially, some consumers who don’t watch a lot of TV will benefit, says Friends of Canadian Broadcasting spokesman Ian Morrison.But eventually, there will be less consumer choice because some channels that are no longer supported through subscription fees will go under, Morrison predicts.Will cheaper basic plans compel cord cutters to give old-fashioned TV another try?How Canadian TV producers fear pick-and-pay may actually hurt their chances for Mad Men-type hitsCheaper cable – but at what cost? More expensive Internet could be on the way for“The end result is that there will be fewer Canadian choices,” said Morrison.“You’re starting with choice in the sense of saving a few bucks on your cable/satellite bill, and ending up with fewer Canadian choices.”The bigger TV service providers — Bell, Rogers and Telus — were waiting until March 1 to officially unveil the channels included in their trimmed-down basic packages.But Shaw Cable, which dominates the TV market in Western Canada, and Quebec’s Videotron are already advertising their $25 basic packs on their websites.Shaw’s package, which it calls “Limited TV,” features 40 channels, including programming from U.S. networks, ABC, NBC, Fox and PBS. Videotron’s basic cable doesn’t offer the American channels.Market research conducted in late 2015 by media analysis consulting firm Nordicity found that only a small percentage of Canadian TV viewers would switch to a smaller basic service over the next few years, once given that choice, broadcast lawyer and consultant Peter Miller said in a recent interview.“Most Canadians will stick with their current packages because most Canadians do look at multiples of channels,” said Miller.“We estimate that by 2020, 15 per cent of Canadians would pick one of those smaller sets of (TV) packages with the small basic.”Nordicity also estimated that the average consumer would be willing to pay an additional $20 for discretionary channels — either individually or through add-on bundles — on top of the $25 maximum that can be charged for the smaller basic service.The CRTC said the move toward full pick-and-pay is focused on consumer choice, not on cost of service.“In a pick-and-pay environment, some channels may be more expensive on an individual basis because they will no longer be cross-subsidized with others in large packages,” the regulator said in a statement Monday.“So prices for certain channels may be higher than expected.”Cross-subsidization happens when service providers offset the costs of carrying more expensive channels with the lower costs of their less-expensive channels by offering them together as a bundle.Still, the regulator will be monitoring the new pricing models introduced by service providers to ensure consumers aren’t being gouged, CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais suggested in a speech last week to a Toronto business audience.“Cable and satellite companies should not view this change as an opportunity to replace business practices designed to maximize profits from captive customers with newer forms of anti-consumer behaviour,” said Blais.“Instead, I urge them to make the products they sell even better for Canadians, and put viewers — their customers — back in control of their televisions. This is their moment to shine.” read more

World must ensure youth engagement at all levels including in design of

“Young people are stepping up to engage with the 2030 Agenda [for Sustainable Development], support its implementation, advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and hold their Governments accountable,” said a Statement issued by the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, wrapping up the 2017 Youth Forum.The Statement noted that the 6th annual Forum, held on 30 and 31 January at UN Headquarters in New York, had opened against the backdrop of a backlash against globalization, increasing inequality and a marked shift towards nationalism and isolation in many parts of the world. Nevertheless, the event witnessed an outpouring of optimism and strong belief in collective action by young people and UN Member States.One of the key messages that came out of the event was the need to ensure youth inclusion and engagement at all levels and in all processes that affect them, including in the design of national plans.“Young people’s participation should be institutionalized through national Youth Advisory Councils and other mechanisms,” the Presidential Statement said. The Forum also spotlighted the importance of prioritizing the creation of decent jobs for youth in a changing labour market, including “green” jobs and opportunities in agriculture and industrial development, with special attention to youth in the rural economy and fragile situations.At the closing of the Forum on Tuesday, Mr. ECOSOC President Shava told youth participants that “you emphasized investment in your education, skills development, including on entrepreneurship, stressing that this should be of high quality and linked to the job market opportunities.”He called on all countries that will participate in the upcoming high-level political forum to use these messages in their national presentations. read more

Faculty handbook amendments approved by Senate

Amendments to the Faculty Handbook were approved duringSenate 640 held May 11 and Senate 641 held May 25 and can be viewed at can look at the summary report on the meeting of May 11 and a summary report for the May 25 meeting, both of which include information on the amendments.

Women who request abortions at higher risk of domestic violence

first_imgA NEW STUDY suggests that that the level of domestic violence experienced by women who seek a termination of their pregnancy is six times higher than women seeking antenatal care.The new comparative UK study, which is published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, looked at the prevalence of domestic violence in women requesting a termination of pregnancy and those attending antenatal clinics.It used self-administered anonymous questionnaires among 219 women in an antenatal clinic and 274 in a termination of pregnancy clinic in the Hull and East Riding areas of the UK.ViolenceThe authors say that the study highlights that almost half of all adult women in England and Wales have experienced domestic violence of one form, whether psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional.The results showed that: Among women attending termination of pregnancy clinics, 5.8 per cent were victims of physical abuse in the current relationship, whereas it was 0.9 per cent amongst women attending antenatal clinics.The women in the termination group also suffered a higher rate of emotional abuse than those in the antenatal clinic population (9.9 per cent compared to 1.8 per cent).Of the 274 women requesting a termination, 10 (2 per cent) mentioned domestic violence as a contributing factor.The most common reasons for requesting a termination were financial worries and contraceptive failure. Conclusion The authors concluded that even though domestic violence was not given as a frequent reason for requesting a termination of pregnancy, “women who request an abortion are at a higher risk of domestic violence and this may be related to other life issues”.They emphasised the importance of relevant training amongst healthcare professionals, saying that this would ensure that women are referred to appropriate support services “in a timely and sensitive manner”.Dr Tonye Telema Wokoma, co-author of the study said:Domestic violence remains a complex public health issue that may start or escalate with pregnancy and can cause many obstetric complications and psychological effects which ultimately may lead to loss of fetal or maternal life. Whether the pregnancy continues or ends, these women and their existing children live at risk.Dr Wokoma said this study shows just “a small fraction of the true scale of the problem”.Pierre Martin Hirsch, BJOG deputy editor-in-chief added: “Domestic violence can be extremely damaging to a woman’s mental, emotional and physical health and in some cases has been linked to postnatal depression.”He said that more research in this area is needed “to determine effective screening methods and interventions to help women suffering from any form of abuse”.Read: Ireland, women and 2013: A year we dealt with our legacy issues?>Read: Abused husband was ‘knocked out’ and had knife ‘lunged’ at him>last_img read more

Les EtatsUnis prolongent linterdiction dactivité minière dans le Grand Canyon

first_imgLes Etats-Unis prolongent l’interdiction d’activité minière dans le Grand CanyonHier, l’administration américaine a indiqué que l’interdiction de toute nouvelle activité minière autour du Grand Canyon du Colorado serait prolongée encore 20 ans.Le Grand Canyon du Colorado est un des sites géologiques les plus visités au monde. Par ailleurs, “de nombreuses tribus indiennes considèrent cet endroit symbolique comme un lieu sacré et des millions de personnes vivant autour du bassin du Colorado dépendent de la rivière pour l’accès à l’eau potable, l’irrigation ou les usages industriels et environnementaux”, a souligné le ministre de l’Intérieur américain Ken Salazar.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageCe sont ces raisons qui ont poussé l’administration américaine à prolonger pour 20 années supplémentaires l’interdiction de toute nouvelle activité minière autour du site. Le ministre a déclaré que cette interdiction allait “protéger le célèbre Grand Canyon et son bassin indispensable des effets potentiellement nuisibles des nouvelles activités d’extraction d’uranium et d’autres roches dures” sur près de 400.000 hectares. “On nous a confié la tâche de veiller à nos précieuses ressources environnementales et culturelles, nous avons donc choisi une voie responsable qui fait sens”, a précisé M. Salazar qui a, en ce sens, suivi les recommandations de l’organisme chargé de la gestion des terrains publics.Pour Jane Danowitz, de l’institut Pew Environment Group, cette annonce signifie que “les Américains peuvent aujourd’hui se féliciter du fait que le Grand Canyon sera protégé pour les générations futures”. Michael Brune, directeur exécutif de l’organisation de défense de l’environnement Sierra Club, s’est également félicité de cette interdiction, soulignant que le Grand Canyon “va pouvoir continuer à jouer un rôle clé dans l’histoire, la culture et l’économie de notre pays”.Le président de l’Association nationale des mines, Hal Quinn, a quant à lui fermement critiqué cette décision, constatant qu’elle ne correspond pas aux résultats de ses propres analyses. Selon lui, il n’y a “aucune preuve suffisante pour justifier un retrait massif” des activités minières hors du Parc national du Grand Canyon. Il est soutenu par de nombreux élus républicains originaires des deux Etats concernés (Arizona et Utah), comme l’ancien candidat à la Maison Blanche John McCain, qui se sont exprimés contre l’interdiction des activités minières.Le 10 janvier 2012 à 19:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Saayii Tolof Part 344 EPISODE 28 Difficult Marriages – Yaaye Ju

first_imgThe Debate The Debate was between mother and daughter conscience took the mind of the daughter and she became depressed;Efy “Mother it is not right remember what Tunde has done for this family how can we treat him with ungratefulness? Nemesis would surely come when the Law of Khmer strikes I cannot do it.”Mama Aiye “This is the era of money we did not call Ted God sends him to us to wipe out our tears he has money and can lift our social status if you relocate to South Africa I’ll be flying in aeroplane to come and ‘bambane’ my grand-children will wear ‘garnila’ and deck in gold and other precious stones and will be call ‘Diriyanke’ (pace setter). I missed my chance when I was at your age blind folded by ‘stupid love’ and look at me now; let me go deeper let me tell you my story.My Story I was a beautiful sexy maiden with many rich suitors following my trail my parents encouraged me to date them but I refused because of my so called love for your dad who was an ordinary civil servant working as a clerk in the Colonial office and he continued in the service after Independence with poor salary and no security when he retired we relocated to the village where his family benefitted from large portion of land where we built this solid structure and also have our farm lands where we till and survive on. I never have the jewelry I wanted, the clothes and other lady items I hide from my former rich suitors and became complex to them especially when I see their luxurious life they enjoy with their partners. I don’t want you to suffer like that I want you to live your life in luxury but your father is infected with poverty for so long that he cannot differentiate what is right or wrong Tunde was in the past Ted is money and he is in the present I learn from my experience and my ideology change let’s milk Ted and change our social status my daughter I mean well for you listen to your mother.”Efy “But dad is not poor he caters for his family to the best of his ability and we never lack food in the house.”Mama Aiye “Think great does your dad has a car not to talk about posh car? Is our house well furnished with state of the earth equipment? Can he pay for your tertiary education? He cannot that’ why that pauper of a man assisted in your education but you too has paid him in kind he has enjoyed your youth which should have been preserved for your husband that is his luck he should let you be for a deserving man to continue the enjoyment.”Efy   She protested; “How can a decent mother say such obscene words to her daughter?”Mama Aiye “Am I telling lies? Are you still pure and innocent?”Efy “I’ll not answer such stupid questions.”Mama Aiye “Tunde is a poor mechanic not comparable to Ted where is his house? He built a simple solid structure at his dad’ not his own compound, where are his compounds, cars? Luxury homes? What can he boast of one old rickety old fashioned car where you have to push to light it on? Give me a break these two men cannot be compared if you choose progress and prosperity.” Efy was not strong in her resolve so it was easy for Mama to poison her mind and make her take a wrong decision.Efy with her Father He called his daughter for discussion about her future;Papa Eku “My daughter a father cannot see his daughter plunging into deep fire and keep quiet as our people say an elder who sees and advice before any calamity is better than the one who sees and keep quiet only to say later I know that would happen then it is your fault you know and you did not say whatever spoils is you. Reflect back to history about your relationship with Tunde.”Mama Aiye She deliberately came and intervene to disrupt Papa trend of thought; “Ted’ people are coming to pay the bride price according to our custom and tradition and you are required to attend as Efy’ father.” “I am not interested and cannot represent my daughter go elsewhere.” Then he turned to Efy and continued their discussion; “Have you checked on Ted’ character before plunging into any relationship with him?”Efy “Am I complaining Papa? I love him like that and don’t want to talk about it.”Papa Eku “So you don’t want to talk about it? Okay when you want to discuss it later I’ll not be available and shall remind you of your utterance.”Mama Aiye She visited Uncle Alasan Hamadi younger brother to Uncle Eku; “A rich suitor Ted the Don came to ask Efy’ hand in marriage but your brother rejected and showed him attitude he is prone to poverty but I for one will struggle to regain my dignity I’ve come to you to tell you that you should act in his stead and absolve the family.”Uncle Alasan Hamadi “What is wrong with my elder brother? How can he reject his daughter’ first rich suitor? I am available and will act perfectly well am I not Efisiny’ uncle?”Mama Aiye “Why not? I’ve come to you because you fit the occasion and Ted the Don will be calling you ‘In law’ and you’ll not be regretting it.” She gave her a fat brown envelope he took and gave a broad smile.Bimbo    As soon as her aunty left she showed up and eyed her father who became guilty and defensive; “What is it? Why are you staring me with bad eye? Go and prepare my lunch I am starving.”Bimbo    “Papa what is in the brown envelope? Why is Mama Aiye here?” To be Cont.last_img read more

Osmania University awards PhD to Warangal student

first_imgOsmania University: Neerati Srinivas from Korripalli Village of Warangal district was awarded the PhD from Osmania University for his works on the topic ‘Land Use, Land Cover, Dynamics of Warangal City and Gio-Informatics Approach’ in the Geography department.Oasmania University Vice-Chencellor S Rama Chandran and CSIR Director Professor S Chandra Sekhar gave the PhD degree to Srinivas.last_img

Prove partys mettle in civic polls BJP leader Shobha

first_imgNalgonda: Senior BJP leader Shobha Surendran called upon the party leaders and cadre to transform Nalgonda as saffron fort by putting the district on top in party membership drive. Shobha was addressing the party workers at BJP office in Nalgonda on Monday. She said the majority of people are showing their faithin PM Modi and have been taking BJPmembership voluntarily. Stating that the party’s flag should behoisted in South Indian States in the coming days, she urged the party leaders and workers to propagate the central government schemes among the people to get their support. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us She said BJP with the trust of people has already emerged as the most powerful party in the world. She called upon the party workers to strive hard to prove the party’s mettle in the forthcoming municipal elections in the State. BJP’sdistrict president Nukala Narsimha Reddy stated that the party with ethics and patriotic values has got special identity among the people. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us He urged the party leaders and workers to work collectively to win majority in the ensuing municipal elections in the district. Later at a press meet Shobha Surendran explained the purpose of her tour to Nalgonda to publicise the central government welfare schemes and PM Modi’s achievements in the past five years. BJP leaders Goli Madhusudan Reddy, Kasam Venkateshwarlu, Veerelly Chandrashekar, Garlapati Jithendra Kumar, Pothepaka Sambaiah, Nukala Vankat Naryan Reddy, Bandaru Prasad Dayam Bhupal Reddy and others were present.last_img read more

Putting Yourself in Their Shoes May Make You Less Open to Their

first_imgAt the beginning of the experiment, the two groups of participants reported similar initial attitudes toward universal health care. However, those who engaged in the perspective taking exercise reported less receptiveness and showed less attitude change compared with the control group. As the researchers hypothesized, personal values helped to explain this effect – participants who engaged in perspective taking reported that their worldview and morals were less aligned with their partner’s compared with those in the control group. “As political polarization in America has increased, there has been a lot of discussion about how to bring people with opposing views to the table, in order to have more productive dialogues,” says lead researcher Rhia Catapano of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. “Our findings show that self-persuasion can be an effective way to move people from entrenched views, but that perspective taking can actually undermine its effectiveness.” Althoughpolicymakers and pundits often refer to perspective taking when they talk aboutaddressing polarization, the scientific evidence for its effectiveness as aself-persuasion strategy is mixed. On the one hand, people might generate morepersuasive arguments or relate more to alternative viewpoints after takingsomeone else’s perspective. On the other hand, it’s possible that trying to seethings from the other side could make people more entrenched in their views,especially when they view alternative perspectives in a competitive light. Andthe researchers replicated these findings with another online sample of 998participants recruited from Amazon MTurk. Catapanoand colleagues hypothesized that taking the perspective of someone with anopposing opinion may backfire when that person is seen as having very differentvalues. Together,the findings shed light on the self-persuasion strategies that are most likelyto help bridge ideological divides. Intriguingly, simply generating argumentsfor the other side – the control condition in each experiment – actually seemedto increase participants’ receptiveness. For their first online experiment, the researchers recruited participants from Reddit with the aim of reaching a large sample of people interested in political issues. The 484 participants completed a survey, in which they reported demographic information and rated their support for universal health care (from 0, strongly against, to 100, strongly support). Trying to take someone else’s perspective may make you less open to their opposing views, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Coauthors on theresearch include Zakary L. Tormala of the Stanford University Graduate Schoolof Business and Derek D. Rucker of the Kellogg School of Management atNorthwestern University. center_img Halfof the participants were instructed to reflect on their partner’s intentionsand interests and visualize his life and experiences. And all of theparticipants generated an argument that their partner might give in support ofhis attitude toward universal health care. “Having people think of arguments for the opposing view but without engaging in perspective taking, was quite effective in opening people up to the opposing view,” says Catapano. “We found that encouraging.” Findingsfrom a second online experiment suggest that perspective taking enhancesparticipants’ openness to an alternative viewpoint when their values arecongruent with those of their partner. Butwhat if people felt as though they were taking the perspective of someone whoholds similar values despite having a different opinion? Theexperiments reported in this article were preregistered via the Open ScienceFramework and the stimuli, analysis code, and anonymized data for theexperiments are available online (Experiment 1; Experiment 1 replication; Experiment 2). Thisarticle has received the badges for Open Data, Open Materials, andPreregistration. “Whenpeople try to take the perspective of those on the other side, they’re actuallyquite good at it. They write arguments that people on that side might actuallycome up with, rather than dismissing the task or writing poor arguments onpurpose,” Catapano explains. “The problem is that the arguments appeal to thevalues of the person whose perspective they’re taking, rather than their ownvalues.” The participants then received information about the person they would supposedly be interacting with in the next task: a 22-year-old White male from Ohio. Importantly, the partner’s political ideology and attitude toward universal health care were always opposite those of each participant.last_img read more

Hear it out

first_imgThe BBCSSO who have been majorly involved in cultural exchange and student interactions will be touring the country and the city for the first time ever. The orchestra is formed of 65 members who shall be holding a two-hour concert in which violinist Nicola Benedetti and composer James MacMillan will also be joining. Music education expert Paul Rissman will also mark his presence in two special concerts and workshops for students on 1 April.BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is on a three-city tour in March and April with concerts, educational workshops and exchange between students of India and Scotland. The visit is the centrepiece of the orchestra’s activities leading up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.Gavin Reid, director, BBC SSO said, ‘We are thrilled to be celebrating the Commonwealth Games with such an exciting and ambitious programme of events celebrating and sharing the wonderful musical culture of both Scotland and India.’last_img read more

As Wearables Get Hot These 6 Industries Are Poised to Capitalize

first_imgOctober 21, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Just as smartphones have forever altered our daily lives, the revolutionizing impact of connected gadgets made for us to don on our bods will ripple well beyond our wrists, waists and faces, according to a report out today from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).The gist of the 50-page The Wearable Future report: Wearables will be “the next big thing,” with some 130 million wearable devices expected to ship by 2018 — and the wearables industry on the whole forecast to gross nearly $6 billion, also by 2018. This, of course, offers a “competitive opportunity” that companies should have a game plan for by now.“Businesses must evolve their existing mobile-first strategy to now include the wearable revolution and deliver perceived value to the consumer in an experiential manner,” says Deborah Bothun, PwC’s U.S. entertainment, media and communications leader.Related: Microsoft Finally Makes a Move in the Smartwatch SectorIf your business is in one of the following six industries PwC says is best poised to take advantage of the wearables trend, it’s time to up your game:1. Entertainment Companies that fall in this broad category are likely in the best position to benefit from the burgeoning wearables movement, PwC reports. “Basically, where there’s a screen, there’s an opportunity,” the report posits.Of PwC’s 1,000 survey participants — which included consumers, wearable technology influencers and business executives — 73 percent expect wearable technology to make media and entertainment experiences “more immersive and fun.” They’re not looking to wearables “to create new genres of communication and entertainment–but rather to improve those already in existence,” according to the report.Related: Can the Apple Watch Win the Wrist?Of those polled, millennials were the most open to trying branded wearables offered by media and entertainment companies. No surprise there.2. Social mediaPwC found that consumers want even more on-the-go access to their favorite social networks via wearables. This is especially true of always-on millennials, who were three times as likely as the general population, PwC says, to name real-time social-media updates as a key benefit of wearables.3. GamingNinety-seven percent of American children ages 12 to 17 play an average of at least one hour of video games per day — games that wearables could render more visually and physically engaging. Of the consumers ages 18 to 24 that PwC polled, 64 percent say they would be “motivated by” wearable-integrated gaming.Related: Welcome to the Weird World of Mixed-Reality GamingIn other words, the future of gaming will not be televised. It will be worn. Think literally on-your-face, 3-D virtual reality gaming via Oculus Rift and you’re there.4. AdvertisingMore wearable screens equal more places for marketers to — you guessed it — advertise. After all, wearables are portable “blank canvases for highly targeted message placements, especially in the form of content with greater relevancy and context to the user.”Advertisers are already pouncing on wearables, devising new, clever ways to deliver personalized marketing messages directly to people who don Google Glass, smartwatches, virtual reality headsets and you name it. If you can wear it and stare at it, the advertisers will come.Related: Apparently You Can Become Addicted to Google Glass5. HealthcareA fast-growing crop of wearables already help health-conscious people monitor everything from calories consumed and burned to steps taken to sleep and more. Now, forward-thinking companies in the $2.8 trillion U.S. health-care industry are exploring ways to drive engagement and, yes, derive profits from the data all those wearables in the wild capture. It was just a matter of time.PwC highlights Walgreens as emerging leader in this new, yet already hotly competitive space. The company is funnelling wearable-sourced data from more than one million customers (using Fitbit, iHealth and Jawbone trackers) in exchange for points that can be used like cash in its stores and on its website. The big idea: Make healthy choices, give us your data and we’ll give you rewards. So far, it’s working.Related: 5 Ways Tech Is Forever Changing Fitness FranchisesExpect a slew of additional health- and wellness-focused companies to follow suit. In the years ahead, PwC sees many offering a variety of wearable-related incentive programs, and consumers being largely receptive to them.6. RetailWearables will soon play a central role in our everyday retail experiences. Unfortunately they’ll likely also be as haunted by privacy and data breach threats and concerns as all other things digital these days.Related: Seeing the Future of Wearables in the WorkplaceIn PwC’s research, millennials expressed more interest in wearable-enhanced retail interactions than others surveyed. Busy parents want in, too, with 76 percent saying they’d like to use wearable tech for more “pleasant, efficient” shopping experiences — from pre-store and in-store product and deal research and comparison, all the way to the checkout.While still only in its nascent stages, the wearables market is expected to explode. Many say wearables will forever change the way we live, work and do business. To remain competitive, your company might have to adopt a competitive wearables-integrated edge. Are you ready?Related: Why the Gap Between Fashion and Tech Still Exists Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more

To promote the latest MacaoXiamen Two Cities On

first_imgTo promote the latest Macao-Xiamen “Two Cities, One Fare” campaign, the Macao Government Tourism Office and Xiamen Airlines teamed up with Helen Wong’s Tours to host 17 travel agents, from Sydney’s inner north-west, to a special workshop dinner in North Ryde – including the unveiling of a special agents Xiamen Air return fare deal and accompanying free hotel stay in Xiamen en route to Macao.Xiamen, on China’s south-east Pacific coast, is popular for its beaches, tree-lined paths, colonial villas and attractions such as UNESCO World Heritage listed Gulangyu Island and the historic Hakka architecture.In contrast, Macao is famous for Portuguese-meets-Chinese characteristics and a Macanese cuisine which is among one of the world’s earliest forms of fusion food. It is also well known for its UNESCO World Heritage listed sites and extravagant contemporary integrated resorts, in particular on the Cotai district between the Macao islands of Taipa and Coloane.Guests were treated to a lavish Chinese banquet at the House of Tong restaurant as Macao continued to celebrate the Year of Gastronomy, and briefed on the latest developments in Macao, including the opening of the new luxurious Morpheus Hotel and the impending opening of the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macao road link which will draw larger tourist numbers across the Greater Bay Area on China.“Experience Xiamen and Macao”Priced from $1799 per person, twin share from Sydney, Helen Wong’s Tours’ “Experience Xiamen and Macao” package includes Xiamen Airlines return flight with three nights in Xiamen, daily breakfasts and lunches as well as guided sightseeing tours.Guests will then take the short flight to Macao to spend three nights at the Grand Emperor with daily breakfast and further sightseeing tours.Return transfers, entrance fees and sightseeing as specified are included in the price along with travel kit and backpack, taxes, security and fuel charges (subject to change) and the services of English-speaking guides.IMAGE: L-R: Alex Ding, Xiamen Air; Mike Smith, MGTO; Lydia Scuglia, Helloworld Top Ryde; Maryanne Perera-Treacy, MGTO; Julie Prichard, Helloworld Top Ryde; Francesca Acquaro, Helloworld Top Ryde; Phillip Boniface, Helloworld, Carlingford; Shannon Woodrow, Flight Centre, Carlingford. agentseventHelen Wong’s ToursMacaoXiamenXiamen Airlineslast_img read more

Summer 2017 marks half a century of Outrigger Waik

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Kawczynski started a group called New Albion,Authors Information: Marwa Eltagouri is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post.Kristine Phillips is a member of The Post’s general assignment teamA onetime President of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has said a new federal government must emerge in Nigeria on May 29 this year which will be in line with the country’s constitution Obasanjo said this yesterday in Nairobi Kenya while fielding questions from the BBC on the announcement made by INEC on Saturday as regards the postponement of the 2015 general polls He observed that the constitution has outline how the new government will emerge He said “That is all I can go by I cannot go by any situation or any other thing” The ex- president played down on the possibility of Nigeria having an interim national government should the presidential election fail to hold Obasanjo said “I don’t know that because the constitution does not have provision for that There is no place in our 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Associates/Strategic Simulations Inc The Hobbit (1983) Open door Go East Enjoy game If you want to go really old school you can turn the graphics off in this text-based game guiding Bilbo through Middle Earth using only your imagination as your eyes Milbus Software BurgerTime (1982) Guide Peter Pepper in this hamburger-assembling action game as he tries to build the biggest mouthfuls while being chased by enemy eggs and pickles and hot dogs Data East Corporation/Mattel Electronics Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego (1985) This educational title rocked elementary school kids’ worlds back in the 1980s putting their geography and history smarts to the test (How would you do with it today) Perhaps the best part of this browser version is its throwback sound effects Bro/derbund Software Inc 1 of 10 Advertisement Contact us at editors@timecomWashington: The US is looking at partnership and not dominance in the Indo-Pacific region Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday as he unveiled a series of developmental initiatives which many experts believe is to counter the ‘One Belt One Road’ policy of China in the region Pompeo however denied that the Trump administration’s developmental initiatives were aimed at countering China “We’re convinced that American engagement in the Indo-Pacific benefits all the nations in that region We want it to be free we want it to be open We’re not looking for dominance We’re looking for partnerships Others choose to behave differently We want these to be commercially available projects led by the American private sector in a way that benefits the entire region and the world” Pompeo told CNBC in an interview File image of US secretary of state Mike Pompeo AP Responding to a question on countries who have been part of the OBOR projects Pompeo said some of the countries who have engaged in that find themselves in a place that they are not happy about “I think the others are beginning to see that as well” he said “The way you convince them is that you demonstrate that over the course of history over the even near term and medium term that developing relationships with the United States that having transparency actually turns out to be better for the leadership and for the people in each of these countries” Pompeo said “I’m convinced that history supports that theory and I’m also convinced that the vast majority of the countries in the Indo-Pacific will agree with that” said the top American diplomat The Indo-Pacific region he said has been an important region for a while but the Trump administration is taking this incredibly seriously “We want private industry with the assistance of the United States government understanding that we’re going to support this effort we’re going to have private industry go in and develop relationships When American businesses come to these countries they’ll thrive” Pompeo said “We’ll have contracts that are open and transparent We’ll form real partnerships with these countries and we will benefit America for sure but we’ll benefit each of the nations in the Indo-Pacific by engaging in this way” he said in response to a question Earlier on Monday Pompeo launched the economic and commercial pillars of the Trump administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy Addressing top US business leaders and foreign dignitaries at the US Chamber of Commerce he emphasised the critical role of the US private sector in ensuring a sustainable financially responsible economic future for the Indo-Pacific He launched new initiatives to accelerate US private investment and support job-creating US export opportunities in the areas of digital economy infrastructure and energy He also reaffirmed the administration’s support for the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act which would more than double the US government’s development-finance capacity to $60 billion to support US private investment in strategic opportunities abroad At the Indo-Pacific Business Forum Pompeo announced $1135 million in new US economic initiatives to support foundational areas of the future: digital economy energy and infrastructure “This represents a strategic investment in deeper engagement with the Indo-Pacific while growing our own economy and creating jobs at home” the State Department said Through the Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership the US will improve partner countries’ digital connectivity and expand opportunities for US technology exports In addition to establishing public-private partnerships to build digital infrastructure this initiative will deploy technical assistance to improve partner countries’ regulatory policies and cybersecurity Further Asia EDGE or Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy will strengthen energy security and promote energy access across the Indo-Pacific The initiative will grow foreign energy markets and boost US energy exports by expanding public-private partnerships fostering business-to-business connections and helping partner governments set market-based energy policies Asia EDGE will also catalyze private capital by partnering with firms and international financial institutions on pooled finance insurance and risk mitigation commercial advocacy and project development the State Department said Pompeo announced at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum that the Millennium Challenge Corporation will implement a $350 million compact with Mongolia to enhance sustainable water supply to the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar He also announced strengthened support for important regional institutions in the Indo-Pacific including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and US-ASEAN Connect Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Lower Mekong Initiative along with a first-ever contribution to the Indian Ocean Rim Association" While U Officials have said they are not involved in direct combat against Taliban forces occupying much of the city of 300 a source said “they are 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publications on hESCs and iPSCs from 1998 through 2010 While the number of publications using iPSCs has shot up since the first report on these cells in 2007 100 of 161 iPSC papers (62%) published last year used both types of cells Established investigators in particular tended to include hESCs which are often used as controls Many researchers are worried that a lawsuit claiming federally funded hESC research violates a ban on research that destroys human embryos could stymie their work The authors say that any decision by the courts or by legislators to limit funding for hESCs "will also have disastrous consequences for [iPSC funding] because research using the two different types of cell lines is deeply perhaps inextricably intertwined" It seems open revolt has its rewards Canada’s scientific community carved a major notch in its belt Wednesday by successfully forcing Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) President Alain Beaudet into a partial retreat from his controversial introduction of online peer review At an all-day meeting in Ottawa with roughly 50 practicing scientists convened at the behest of federal Health Minister Jane Philpott to quell an uprising over CIHR grantsmaking reforms Beaudet agreed to the introduction of a “hybrid” peer-review system It will use online review to cull roughly 60% of grants from consideration with the surviving 40% of proposals subject to face-to-face peer review to determine actual competition winners A contrite Beaudet emerged from the unprecedented gathering conducted under the watchful eye of two of Philpott’s political staffers and the deputy minister of health saying he’s hopeful the retreat will restore community faith in the CIHR But participants say the jury is still out “The devil is going to be in the details” said Jim Woodgett director of research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Toronto Canada’s Mount Sinai Hospital who raised the alarm about Beaudet’s reforms by crafting a 27 June open letter to Philpott that attracted more than 1300 signatures The new online peer-review system “was a failed experiment” that shook community faith in fairness of grant selection processes he told ScienceInsider “Once you’ve lost confidence in a system you’ve got to put a lot of effort into it to restore it … There certainly is a lot of disappointment with the leadership in CIHR in persisting with what was clearly a model which wasn’t working very well They had lots of signs and lots of warnings about that” “People feel much comfortable if they’re not getting their grants [if] human beings have seen them and discussed them” says Mona Nemur the University of Ottawa’s vice president for research “I think that we have a compromise I think that the most important thing is that people feel that you have to put the person human back in the peer-review system It’s not just a computer algorithm and so on And I think this how the rest of the world functions We’re embracing what everyone else is doing” Beaudet’s retreat should restore some community faith said Bill Tholl president and CEO of HealthCareCAN in Ottawa the national federation of hospital and academic health care organizations “I’d say we’re 50% there if this was a 100-yard dash” Still to be resolved are such issues as the size and membership of the expert panels that will actually meet in old-fashioned face-to-face peer review to hammer out the winners (at an estimated cost of $154 million annually) the extent to which teleconferencing can or will be used in synchronous discussion in early stage triage of grant applications and the mechanisms to be used to match application to reviewers (The new system used a computer algorithm developed by UK scientific publishing giant and analytics provider Elsevier) A working group will be immediately convened to iron out those details within the next few weeks The question will be “how quickly this can be implemented” said Kristin Baetz president of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences The next CIHR competition for its two major grant programs—“Foundation scheme” and “Project scheme” grants—is slated for this fall (Under Beaudet’s reforms CIHR’s former array of grant programs was obliterated in favor of a regime that awarded Foundation scheme grants worth between $38800 to $116 million annually for up to 7 years to established researchers to conduct open-ended research or Project scheme grants worth between $38800 to $581000 annually for up to 5 years for more focused research projects) The restructuring of CIHR grants was not discussed at Wednesday’s gathering Beaudet said Asked whether he’d given thought to resigning in the face of community outrage over his reforms Beaudet essentially dodged the question responding that “today is a day to rejoice We’ve achieved something together” Beaudet added that the new hybrid system “goes a very big step forward in restoring the confidence of the community There was a strong feeling (in the room) that the CIHR is responsive and that the community can really trust CIHR to do the best possible work in reviewing” The number of grants that will be reviewed face-to-face will be increased “by a factor of 10” Beaudet said adding that he believes the hybrid system will “improve the quality of peer review” “We’re looking at a variety a scope a breadth of topics in health research now that really needs that there’s no custom fitting or custom reviewing It means that we really need to ensure that every single application has the right expertise” As for the revolt Beaudet noted “there are a lot of things that in theory can look absolutely superb and then in practice it doesn’t quite turn out the way you wanted it” Beaudet also indicated he expects no outcry following this weekend’s announcement of the winners of its most recent grant competition because 100 borderline applications were submitted for face-to-face peer review following the community uprising “Every grant that we had reason to 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Tickets are $15/adults, and heading away from land as of late on Sunday. English, Without the volunteers we would not be here, So, words that I would use to describe many YA books. What I do know is its terrorist groups are very threatening to both the United States and Europe.S. Brazil Germany Turkey India and Korea Polling was conducted from May 10 to May 22 The overall margin of error overall is 18% Write to Alex Altman at alex_altman@timemagazinecomThe Bharatiya Janata Party in Kerala got a shot in the arm on Sunday as five prominent individuals including former ISRO chairperson G Madhavan Nair and former president of the Travancore Devaswom Board — the governing body of the Sabarimala temple — G Raman Nair joined the party on Sunday Former ISRO chiefMadhavan Nair being inducted into the BJP Twitter/@ANI The other prominent personalities from Kerala who joined the BJP are former women’s commission member Dr Prameela Devi Janata Dal (Secular) Trivandrum district vice-president Karakulam Divakaran Nair and Malankara Church functionary C Thomas John BJP president Amit Shah inducted the party’s newest members during his day-long visit to Kerala The News Minute quoted Madhavan Nair as saying that while he was formally inducted into the BJP on Sunday he has been working with the party for some time now "I am interested in Narendra Modiji’s philosophy of developing India That’s why I want to work with the BJP" he was quoted as saying G Raman Nair was earlier a members of the Congress Executive Committee but he was suspended by the party after he participated in a BJP protest against allowing women of menstruating age to enter the Sabarimala temple Mathrubhoomi English had earlier quoted him as saying that he would think about joining the BJP if the Congress expelled him With inputs from ANI At 60 Ray Odierno may be an old soldier But he has yet to fade away Hes now serving as the Armys top officer following three senior assignments in Iraq between 2003 and 2010 Few if any commanders wearing a US military uniform have spent as much time as the Armys 38th chief of staff trying to get the nations post-9/11 wars right Odierno 2003 Getty Images So there he was over breakfast with reporters Friday trying to explain the US militarys effort from the sky to rid Iraq and then Syria of the jihadists belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) “Air strikes have slowed the advances of [ISIS]" he said "But air strikes alone won’t defeat [ISIS] You need a complementary ground capability that will go in and do that” He like other Pentagon leaders wouldnt rule out asking President Obama to dispatch small numbers of US ground troops to the fight even though Obama has said that will not happen "I never rule anything out" Odierno said Odierno 2004 Getty Images But it’s Iraqis and Syrians who will have to do most of the fighting on the ground he added US air strikes will only drive ISIS fighters into urban areas where innocent civilians will serve to protect them from American bombs and missiles he warned It will be a challenge to ensure the US and its allies only train and outfit Syrian rebels dedicated to removing ISIS “We must be sure they are who they are" he said "and won’t be part of some extremist group” Odierno 2007 Getty Images Such woes have dogged US efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan for more than a decade His recitation reminded this reporter of seeing then-Major General Odierno in Kirkuk Iraq in December 2003 explaining how things were going in the 4th Infantry Division he commanded Attacks on his troops were down and they were hot on Saddam Husseins tail A week later they pulled the fugitive former Iraqi leader from his spider hole Odierno 2010 Getty Images But such early progress proved elusive later on in both Iraq and Afghanistan Odierno has felt that shortfall personally Eight months after Saddams capture Odiernos son Tony an Army captain and West Point graduate like his father lost his left arm to an RPG round that killed the driver of his Humvee Fridays breakfast had been delayed a month because the original date conflicted with honors for Army Major General Harold Greene The most senior US officer to die in the wars following 9/11 Greene had been killed by a member of the Afghan army a supposed ally Those were low points in what has become a 13-year grind and that threatensdespite Obamas best intentionsto continue for years to come Has it been worth it To his credit Odierno didnt respond with a reflexive "Yes" The hulking nearly 6-foot-6 bald-headed general said he has been asked the question before That only makes his answer more credible: Thats a very difficult question. Rathore said, It didn’t keep people who were anti-Muslim from being anti-Muslim.

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