Paul Gauguin Announces a New Year’s Sale

first_imgBELLEVUE, WASH. – January 8, 2019 – Paul Gauguin Cruises (www.pgcruises.com), operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, announced a New Year’s Sale with savings of up to $2,900* per person off cruise-only fares for select 2019 voyages when booked by February 28, 2019. Two 7-night itineraries qualify for these cruise-only savings, on these select voyages: Tahiti & the Society Islands (7 nights): •        February 16; March 2, 2019 – now from only $4,045 $3,045 per person•        February 23, 2019 – now from only $4,395 $3,295 per person•        March 30; April 27, 2019 – now from only $4,345 $3,295 per personSociety Islands & Tahiti Iti (7 nights): •     May 18; June 1, 2019 – now from only $4,345 $3,295 per person Air packages to Tahiti from Los Angeles or San Francisco are available for purchase through Paul Gauguin Cruises. Guests also have the option of booking their own flights to Tahiti through Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles, or United Airlines or French Bee from San Francisco. On The Gauguin, nearly 70% of suites and staterooms offer balconies. Dining experiences include L’Etoile, which showcases an array of culinary creations expertly prepared each evening. The ship’s other two dining venues, La Veranda and Le Grill, serve breakfast and lunch. At night, signature dishes designed by French celebrity chef Jean-Pierre Vigato are offered in La Veranda, and Polynesian specialties are served poolside at Le Grill. Les Gauguines and Les Gauguins—a troupe of Tahitian entertainers—provide enriching experiences of the destinations throughout each voyage. The Gauguin features expert lecturers on each voyage and special guests on select sailings conducting presentations on topics ranging from the history of the South Pacific to conservation, culture, marine life, and the wonders of coral reefs. A luxurious spa, fitness center, watersports marina, and expansive outdoor decks with chaise lounges and a pool are also available aboard The Gauguin. One of the highlights of each sailing is exclusive access to Motu Mahana, the cruise line’s private islet off the coast of Taha’a where guests can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, Polynesian activities, a full-service bar, a floating lagoon bar, and a delicious barbecue. In Bora Bora, guests can enjoy complimentary access to a private, white-sand beach with beach volleyball, sunbathing, snorkeling, paddleboarding, and refreshments. For additional information on Paul Gauguin Cruises, please contact a Travel Professional, call 800-848-6172, or visit www.pgcruises.com. *All fares are cruise-only, in US dollars, per person, based on double occupancy in lowest stateroom category available, and reflect promotional savings, are for new bookings only, are subject to availability, and must be booked by February 28, 2019. Air packages from Los Angeles and San Francisco are available for purchase from $1,600 per person. Offer may be combined with applicable 3rd guest in stateroom offer but may not be combinable with other offers. Port, security, and handling charges of $149 per person are additional. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Call for details. Ship’s registry: Bahamas.  About Paul Gauguin CruisesOwned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., French Polynesia’s leading luxury hotel and cruise operator, Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the 5+-star cruise ship, the 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin, providing a deluxe cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific. Paul Gauguin Cruises has been recognized by notable publications in travel and lifestyle and was voted “#2 Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Line” by readers in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2018†. The line was also recognized as one of the “Top Small Cruise Lines” in the Condé Nast Traveler 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards and is honored on the publication’s 2018 “Gold List.” Paul Gauguin Cruises was also selected as “Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” in Global Traveler’s Leisure Lifestyle Awards in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and received top honors as the “#1 Cruise Line for Honeymooners” in BRIDES Magazine’s 2017 Honeymoon Awards and was listed in the publication’s “Top All-Inclusives” in the 2018 Honeymoon Awards.last_img read more

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$6 Million Allocated for Social Protection and Labour Programme

first_img It is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). A sum of $6 million has been allocated to the Integrated Social Protection and Labour Programme in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. Story Highlights Already, under the project, two early-stimulation programme assessment centres have been constructed and a parenting programme piloted for Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) families in six parishes – A sum of $6 million has been allocated to the Integrated Social Protection and Labour Programme in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The project, which got under way in December 2012, aims to support the Government of Jamaica’s efforts to improve human capital and labour market outcomes for the poor by enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of key social-protection programmes.It is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The funding provided for 2018/19 will be used to make final payments to the contractor for the construction of the Stimulation Plus early-childhood development centre in Rockfort, Kingston.Already, under the project, two early-stimulation programme assessment centres have been constructed and a parenting programme piloted for Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) families in six parishes –Clarendon, Kingston, St. Thomas, Portland, St. Ann and St. James.In addition, the Labour Market Information System was developed and enhanced, with the database populated with jobseekers and employers.Other achievements include roll-out of the pilot of the management and monitoring information system for the school-feeding programme in 313 schools, placement of 846 participants in on-the-job training, and development of a school feeding policy.last_img read more

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Premier Announces Changes to Executive Council

first_img Diana Whalen retains her position as Deputy Premier and will become Attorney General and Minister of Justice Randy Delorey will become Minister of Finance and Treasury Board, and retain the portfolio of Gaelic Affairs Lena Metlege Diab is the Minister of Immigration Andrew Younger will return to cabinet as Minister of Environment Zach Churchill is the new Minister of Municipal Affairs and Emergency Management Office, and the Minister of Communications Nova Scotia Lloyd Hines, MLA for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie, will join cabinet as the new Minister of Natural Resources In addition to her duties as Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Karen Casey will become Chair of Treasury and Policy Board Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan will take on the additional responsibility of Minister Responsible for Youth “In part, these cabinet re-assignments are designed to promote a more aggressive approach to attracting new Canadians to Nova Scotia,” Premier McNeil said. “By having a minister dedicated to immigration, I believe Nova Scotia will benefit from a more focused approach to growing our population.” The changes to Executive Council are effective immediately. For a complete list of cabinet roles and responsibilities visit nslegislature.ca/index.php/people/cabinet/ . Premier Stephen McNeil announced changes to Executive Council today, July 24. “As premier, I am fortunate to have a very strong and capable team around me,” said Premier McNeil. “As we move forward, I expect to see a greater concentration on the overall priorities of government, which include efforts to grow our population and ensure more opportunities for young Nova Scotians to develop the skills they need to thrive in the workforce.” The changes to cabinet are:last_img read more

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Tougher harassment rules to apply to online spaces says Labour Minister Hajdu

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government wants its proposed stricter rules to crack down on harassment in federal workplaces to reflect the fact that colleagues no longer restrict their interactions to daytime hours at the office.“We know that those boundaries are very blurry and especially in workplaces like ours,” Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said Monday after appearing before the House of Commons human resources committee to discuss her proposed legislation to support safe federal workplaces.She said many of the jobs that will fall under Bill C-65, including those on Parliament Hill, involve after-hours receptions, lunches, emails and social media exchanges where the same preventive measures and policies should apply.“The harassment, if they’re experiencing harassment, may not stop at five o’clock,” Hajdu said.“It is really about the behaviour between colleagues or between employer and employee, less so than the hours of work or the place of work, because all of those things create an unsafe workplace,” she said. “If you’re getting unwanted drunk texts at two in the morning, the last thing you want to do is go to the work the next morning and go ‘Hey, how’s it’s going, Bob?’”Hajdu said leaving the definition of harassment to the regulations, rather than the legislation, will allow it to be flexible enough to speedily address new frontiers such as cyberbullying or other behaviour that develops with the changing nature of the workplace.The legislation, introduced last fall, is aimed at giving workers and employers a clear course of action to better deal with allegations of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct.The proposed changes would merge separate labour standards for sexual harassment and violence, subjecting them to the same scrutiny and dispute resolution process, which could mean bringing in an outside investigator to review allegations.The new rules would also bring parliamentary staff under the Canada Labour Code for the first time.Once passed, the legislation would also allow anyone unhappy with how a dispute is being handled to complain to the labour minister, who could step in to investigate and order sanctions for employers — including naming and shaming them in the House of Commons or Senate.Lori Sterling, the deputy minister of labour at Employment and Social Development Canada, told the committee she expects the greater powers the legislation would give to the department would come with an increased number of complaints and investigations, but could not predict how many.Hajdu said the department, which currently has 453 investigators who will be receiving updated training on harassment, can handle the added workload.“We’re confident that we have the resources in place and that we will be able to have the resources necessary to do full justice to the legislation,” said Hajdu.The minister said she would like to see Bill C-65, which was fast-tracked through the House of Commons last month, become law by June.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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Shoal Lake 40 is another step closer to being hooked up to

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsDecades ago Shoal Lake #40 got cut off from the world because of water needs in Winnipeg.But after a major lobbying campaign that focused on the sacrifice the people there made so others could have fresh drinking water – Ontario, Manitoba and Canada agreed to split the cost of a road reconnecting the community.That new road isn’t open yet – but you wouldn’t know it by the way people in Shoal Lake are talking.abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img

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UN food agency launches initiative to fight hunger in Afghan cities

3 January 2012The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today a new food subsidy initiative geared towards providing Afghanistan’s urban poor with guaranteed access to provisions despite the threat of food insecurity across the country. The project, coordinated in partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs, and Disabled (MoLSAMD), is designed to assist households in Kabul through a monthly cash voucher programme aimed at offsetting the impact high food prices have on the city’s poor.“We are launching this project after the successful implementation of similar programmes in other Afghan cities where it has had a positive impact on household food security,” said Bradley Guerrant, WFP’s Deputy Country Director for Afghanistan, referring to similar voucher programmes in other Afghan cities, including Mazar-i-Sharif, Herat, and Jalalabad.“We are very happy to be working in partnership with MolSAMD to help contain the impact of high food prices on the Afghan urban poor,” he added.According to WFP, some 18,000 households – or an estimated 114,000 individuals – consisting mainly of poor women and households headed by people with disabilities will benefit from the project. Each monthly voucher is worth $25 and can be exchanged for food items in participating local shops.While most of WFP’s work has traditionally focused on food-insecure rural areas of Afghanistan, the new voucher project, to which the UN agency will contribute $3 million over a six-month period, will function as a safety net for those urban poor who are particularly vulnerable to high food prices. read more

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Deploring ongoing violence UN rights expert urges Malian parties to work together

In a press release at the end of is his fourth visit to the country – from 1 to 10 March and including stops in Gao and Kidal – Mr. Baldo, Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Mali, noted the fragility of the cessation of hostility agreement signed in Algiers on February 19, and explained “the tensions created by the current situation of neither war nor peace has encouraged those who are not interested in peace to sabotage the ongoing efforts.” Against this backdrop, he said the recent terrorist attacks had led to five civilian deaths in the capital, Bamako, and to the attack against a barracks belonging to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) in Kidal that killed two Malian children and a Chadian peacekeeper, and injured 11 peacekeepers and three civilians. “These attacks against civilians and MINUSMA facilities are reprehensible and the perpetrators must be identified and brought to justice,” declared Mr. Baldo.The parties involved in the conflict in northern Mali continue to regularly violate the cessation of hostility agreements signed in Kidal and Algiers to strengthen and expand their areas of control, as well as to strengthen their positions in the Algiers peace process, the expert observed. “The extremist or terrorist armed groups that are not signatories of these agreements, have an obvious interest in sabotaging any process that could lead to the return of peace and stability in Mali,” he added. “Given the complexity of this conflict whose multiple dimensions [extend] beyond the borders of Mali, national stakeholders, namely, the Government of Mali, the Movements of the Platform and Coordination will have to show good faith and confidence…and work together to conclude the lasting peace [the people of the country are awaiting],” Mr. Baldo said. He went on to reiterate the need to place victims at the centre of the peace and reconciliation process and to facilitate women’s participation therein. “The precarious security situation in northern Mali has a very negative impact on the enjoyment and protection of all human rights, including civil, political, social, cultural and economic,” he explained. “All parties involved in the conflict have committed serious violations, including violations of the right to life, enforced disappearances, torture, sexual violence, arrests and arbitrary detentions and violations of the right to property. In recent months, entire communities have been forced to move in order to protect themselves from imminent collective punishment,” Mr. Baldo said. The expert also underscored that in wide swathes of Mali’s restive north, from which civil authorities withdrew in May 2014, the public feels “a sense of almost total abandonment.” The independent expert was also deeply concerned that the situation in northern Mali had deteriorated significantly since his last visit. “In the absence of magistrates and other officers of the criminal justice system, a climate of impunity has settled into the north.” Moreover, the risk for humanitarian actors working in the northern regions is very high due to frequent armed attacks and banditry directed against them. “These attacks and the frequent use of mines and improvised explosive devices by terrorists on roads, continue to exacerbate the humanitarian crisis and impede civil movements,” he added.Also condemning ongoing attacks against UN peacekeepers, Mr. Baldo said that the final report of the high-level team appointed by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to investigate these events will be presented by the end of March 2015. “I do not want to prejudge the outcome of this investigation, but I would like to emphasize that peacekeepers are held to the highest standards. Those responsible will be held accountable.” During his nine-day visit, Mr. Baldo met with the Minister of Justice and Human Rights and the Minister of Justice, Minister of Solidarity, Humanitarian Action and Reconstruction North and other senior officials of the Government of Mali. He also met with representatives of civil society, including victims’ associations, as well as the diplomatic corps and United Nations agencies. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Top UN human rights official calls for more safety after political opponent

“As I reminded President [Nicolás] Maduro during his recent visit to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, a sovereign State must defend and protect individuals who criticize and question the policies and practices of the State,” the UN’s top human rights official said two days after the assassination of opposition leader Luis Diaz and days before elections scheduled early next month.“Democracy suffers greatly when the pre-election environment is marred by violence, threats and intimidation,” Mr. Zied said.Mr. Diaz was shot and killed at a political rally on Wednesday while was sharing the stage with the campaigner and activist Lilian Tintori, who is married to jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. “I urge the authorities to ensure that the investigation into Luis Diaz’s murder is independent and impartial and brings to justice the perpetrators, as well as the masterminds behind the assassination,” Mr. Zeid said.“All sides must refrain from violence and violent rhetoric in the run up to the elections,” he said.The Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a news release it is not clear whether or not Ms. Tintori was also a target, but she has allegedly been the subject of other attacks and threats.The UN Human Rights Committee, which has recently reviewed Venezuela’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, has also expressed concerns about intimidation, threats and attacks against journalists, human rights defenders and lawyers. read more

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Terence Conran says he never punched his business partner as he is

first_imgDenying having made any sort of special agreement exempting Mr Gunewardena from company share rules, Sir Terence said: “If there had been any kind of agreement or arrangement I have no doubt that Mr Gunewardena would have raised the issue at a board meeting with a view to then seeking shareholder approval, and ensured that any agreement or understanding reached was also recorded in writing.”Mr Gunewardena was and remains a savvy businessman who would always take a sensible approach to protecting his own financial interests and had a good understanding of legal matters.”It comes as no surprise to me that Mr Gunewardena was required to transfer his shares on leaving the Conran Group in 2013, because that would be the normal position for all existing employees, along with a mechanism for valuation of such shares.”In fact such clauses are often a lot more draconian,” he added.”I explained to Mr Gunewardena that Conran Holdings had taken legal advice and had proceeded with the buy back (of his shares) very carefully to ensure that it had acted legally and honestly.”Sir Terence said that he had received a letter last year from Mr Gunewardena in which the restauranteur “noted” that Conran Holdings “should certainly be concerned about the damage to their reputation of a public fight with their ex-CEO and founder shareholder.””The dispute that has arisen is regrettable,” Sir Terence concluded.The evidence in the case has now finished. It will return to court on Friday for lawyers to make their final submissions. After the hearing, a spokesman for Mr Gunewardena said: “Des Gunewardena was a long term business partner of Sir Terence Conran.  “He was a shareholder and director of Conran Holdings Ltd for over 20 years. He was CEO of the Conran group for 11 years, prior to leading a buyout of the restaurant business, which completed in 2013. This is now the hugely successful D&D group of restaurants.”Together Sir Terence and Des turned the Conran group from a £10million to a £120million turnover business, until Des’ forced resignation in June 2013. “This claim states that, despite Des’ loyalty to the Conran brand, and the length of his relationship with Sir Terence, in December 2014 Conran Holdings unjustifiably compulsorily acquired his seven per cent shareholding for a derisory £1,254.”Des’ shareholding had been valued independently at over £3million. This claim simply seeks to restore that shareholding to Des or ensure that if it is acquired, that the acquisition is at a fair price. It is a shame that it has ended in the courtroom. Mr Gunewardena Fashion designer Sir Terence Conran has admitted that he rarely paid attention to the “legalities of company law” and instead surrounded himself with “good people” – among them a business partner who has now taken him to court in a £3m dispute.The Conran family company is being sued by the man known as London’s restaurant king, Des Gunewardena, who claims he was paid only £1,245 for shares in Conran Holdings Ltd worth £3m.In an unusual exchange in court on Wednesday, the 85-year-old responded to questions about past quarrels with Mr Gunewardena, by saying: “I’ve never punched him”. The answer prompted laughter in the courtroom. The judge Mr Justice Mann intervened, saying: “That wasn’t quite the question: Did you ever have a falling out, short of punching him?””No,” Sir Terence, who arrived at court supported by his wife Vicki and leaning on a walking stick, said. Sir Terence told the High Court Mr Gunewardena had got “fair value” for his shares when he left the company in December 2014 according to the formula that he himself had seen written into the company’s articles.Mr Gunewardena was CEO of the Conran group for 11 years, before leading a buyout of the restaurant business which completed in 2013. He claims he was “fired” from the Conran group and deprived of his just reward for 20 years of hard work.Sir Terence told the court that he had personally paid little attention to the “legalities of company law” and had “always left company matters like articles to Des, as he was both the company secretary and the CEO.””I engaged people who were meticulous in this respect, including Mr Gunewardena. I have always had good people around me to look after the business and its paper work properly,” he added. The changes were designed to encourage valued employees to stay with the company long term, and was prompted by Sir Terence’s “bad experience with exiting senior employees of Habitat when it became a public company.”Mr Gunewardena now claims Sir Terence agreed that he would be exempt from these clauses, meaning he would not have to relinquish his shares or that he would be paid for them on the basis of an independent valuation.The designer denied his assertions in the witness box: “I understand that Mr Gunewardena’s position is broadly that there was an agreement or understanding between him and me that the compulsory transfer provisions would not apply to his shares during or after 2006,” he said.”He has never produced any documentary evidence to back up his assertions. None of the various assertions made by Mr Gunewardena is correct.”I never had an agreement or any other form of understanding with him, either orally or in writing, that he would be entitled, no matter what the legal agreements said, to retain his shares in Conran Holdings following his departure from the Conran Group.” Matthew Collings QC, for Mr Gunewardena, cross-examining the designer on his relationship with his former partner, put to Sir Terence: “You say the dispute is regrettable, that you admire him as a businessman and look back fondly on your many happy years together.”He was a good servant of Conran Holdings, but also had an eye on his own interests”.Sir Terence replied: “He was and remains a savvy businessman. He was meticulous in detail, particularly when it came to his own finances.”He said he has spent the last two years trying to convince his former business partner that he would be “very ill advised” to bring a court claim against him.Mr Collings claimed that changes made in 1995 to the articles governing the running of Conran Holdings had been instigated by Mr Gunewardena himself.They meant that outgoing employees would have their shares compulsarily bought back by the company on the basis of five times the value of the company’s recent annual profits, rather than having their value assessed by an auditor. Sir Terence Conran and his wife Vicki  Mr Gunewardena was and remains a savvy businessman who would always take a sensible approach to protecting his own financial interestsSir Terence Conran Mr Gunewardena arriving at the High CourtCredit: Paul Grover for the Telegraph Restaurateur Mr GunewardenaCredit: Paul Grover for the Telegraph Sir Terence with his wife VickiCredit: Paul Grover for the Telegraph 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. Mr Gunewardena arriving at the High Courtlast_img read more

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Afghanistan air strike UN confirms 30 child deaths in April attack

(BBC) A UN report has found that 30 children were killed and 51 injured in an Afghan air strike last month in the north-eastern province of Kunduz.At least 51 children were injured (Reuters photo)The government said after the strike on 2 April that its air force had targeted a gathering of senior Taliban figuresThe investigation by the UN found six adults had also been killed in the air strike near a religious school, where an open-air ceremony was under way.There were “credible” reports the final toll could be higher, it noted.According to the UN report, hundreds of men and boys were attending the event in the Dasht-e Archi district when it came under rocket and heavy machine gun fire from helicopters.The Afghan government initially said 18 senior militants planning an attack had been killed and accused the Taliban of shooting civilians.However, a doctor who spoke to AFP news agency at the time said “all the victims” had been “hit by pieces of bomb, shrapnel” and not gunshots, as reported by the government.The Taliban denied any militants had been present during the air strike and said 200 civilians had died or been injured.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama) said that while it could not confirm or deny the presence of Taliban fighters at the time of the air strike, it questioned “the extent to which the government undertook steps and concrete measures to prevent civilian casualties”.The report added that the high number of child casualties raised concerns over “the Government’s respect of the rules of precaution and proportionality under international humanitarian law”.Investigators noted that residents felt “caught in the middle” of the conflict between the Afghan government and the Taliban.Both the Afghan government and the provincial governor have launched their own investigations into the incident, though their findings have not yet been released.Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack, saying at the time that “such raids, carried out in the name of fighting terrorism… are against all principles”.The number of air strikes carried out by Afghan and US forces has surged since a new strategy was announced by US President Donald Trump in August last year.But the UN has noted an increase in civilian casualties as more air strikes have been carried out.In 2017, the UN recorded 631 civilian casualties from air strikes by pro-government forces, including international military forces, a 7% increase on 2016 even though total civilian casualties decreased by 9%. More than half of the casualties resulted from operations carried out by the Afghan army.It was the highest number of civilian casualties from air strikes in a single year since the UN started systematic recording in 2009. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAfghan casualties in Taliban Mazar-e Sharif attack pass 100April 22, 2017In “World”Afghanistan Islamic State Leader ‘killed in air strike’August 26, 2018In “latest news”MOAB strike: US bombing of IS in Afghanistan ‘killed dozens’April 14, 2017In “World” read more

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Aquafairy fuel cell charges iPhone in 90 minutes just add water

first_imgThe promise of fuel cells giving us all day/week/month power has been around for several years now. I have been looking forward to dumping my rechargeable batteries for quite a while, instead replacing them with a fuel cell I can refill and forget about for 30+ hours.Until now such fuel cells have only been a research project at best, with planned launches failing to go ahead, or quantities being so limited and expensive you never get to buy one and never hear about them again.AdChoices广告That may be about to change, though. Japanese company Aquafairy has developed a new fuel cell aimed specifically at cell phones. It’s called the AF-M3000, and while it doesn’t fit inside a handset, it does promise to recharge one if you add a bit of water.This promotional video Aquafairy released shows their fuel cell tech powering a range of devices including charging a mobile phone using water as the fuel.The fuel cell uses calcium hydrate which generates hydrogen gas when water is added. That in turn reacts with oxygen and produces the energy required to recharge the phone battery. Aquafairy say the AF-M3000 generates 3 watts and can recharge an iPhone in 90 minutes.As with all new tech, the fuel cell will not be cheap. When it gets released in April you can expect to pay around $320 for it.Read more at CrunchGear and Aquafairy (translated)Matthew’s OpinionI don’t think many people will be investing in this fuel cell. The price is far too high and the functionality on offer is only really of benefit if you are going to be out of reach of a power outlet for a long time. Even if you are, spending $320 to solve that problem is too steep for most people.I do see the launch of the AF-M3000 as promising, though. A portable fuel cell that only requires water to produce a charge is useful. If the device can be reduced in size to fit in a pocket, and the life of the cell proven to be good e.g. thousands of uses, then it could be a perfect on-the-go charger in the future.Aquafairy isn’t the first to come up with this calcium hydrate fuel cell solution. PowerTrekk unveiled something similar earlier this month. If anything it shows that at least the technology has gotten to a stage where a usable product can be created and sold even if it isn’t what we are all craving: power generating units inside our phones and laptops.last_img read more

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Greece ranked in top 10 countries for science around the world

first_imgGreece has certainly taken a hit with the financial crisis, but there are many aspects of the country to be celebrated, one being the nation’s ranking in science.Greece has been ranked in the top 10 smartest countries around the world when it comes to tertiary education in the sciences according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The OECD tracks university degrees and derives the ranking based on the percentage of science, technology, engineering, or maths (STEM) degrees awarded per capita in a bid to make a fair comparison between countries with different populations. Greece came in the sixth position, and while no doubt impressive, has dropped its ranking. This has been attributed to the country spending only 0.08 per cent of its GDP on research in 2013 – one of the lowest among developed countries, and a consequence of the crisis.Meanwhile, taking out the top spot was South Korea followed by Germany, Sweden, Finland, and France. Following Greece to make up the top ten were Estonia in seventh place, Mexico, Austria, and Portugal. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Street View la police sudcoréenne dans les locaux de Google

first_imgStreet View : la police sud-coréenne dans les locaux de GoogleCorée du Sud – L’affaire Google Street View n’en est pas encore à son épilogue. Après les enquêtes menées par différents États d’Amérique du Nord, d’Europe et d’Océanie, c’est la Corée du Sud qui s’est mis en tête de saisir les données collectées par les Google cars.Google n’en a pas fini avec les ennuis liés à son service Street View. Selon ZDNet, les forces de police sud-coréennes ont perquisitionné les bureaux du géant américain pour prendre possession des données collectées par ses voitures. “La police a perquisitionné Google sur la base d’une suspicion de collecte et de stockage non autorisés de données utilisateurs depuis des réseaux Wi-Fi. Nous voulons découvrir quels types et combien de données,” ont expliqué les autorités sud-coréennes. Sans faire de vague, Google a déclaré qu’il collaborait avec la police locale.Le 11 août 2010 à 11:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Giggs confident about Denmark solution

first_imgWales national team head coach Ryan Giggs has revealed his confidence about Denmark resolving issue involving the players and the Danish Football Association.The former Manchester United assistant manager is preparing his Welsh team for the unknown as they are expected to come up against a Denmark team consisting of lower-League and futsal players.The preparations for the Danes’ UEFA Nations League opener against Wales in Aarhus on Sunday are in chaos following a dispute over the squad’s commercial rights.Senior players of the Danish national team, including Huddersfield Town duo Jonas Lossl and Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jorgensen, last night sat out the friendly clash with Slovakia following the breakdown in talks between the Danish Football Association and their Players’ Association.Unless a speedy resolution can be found to the row, the uncapped scratch side that played in Trnava will also face the Welsh. It will mean Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey et al coming up against third-tier and futsal players, an indoor five-a-side game played with a harder and smaller ball.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“What sort of team we are going to face I don’t know,” Giggs said as quoted by YorkshirePost ahead of tonight’s inaugural Nations League tie for his own side against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff.“There is a bit of me that thinks they will sort it out, but every day that looks more and more unlikely.”“But I have got a big game against Ireland first and all of my concentration is on that.”Denmark who got to the second round of the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia were they were eliminated by eventual runners-up Croatia on penalties, have found themselves in some sort of turmoil and will have to resolve the issue quickly or see their UEFA Nations League campaign turn out to be a complete disaster.last_img read more

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Net cash strength gives Genting Singapore a Japan advantage says analyst

first_imgGenting Singapore’s strong net cash position gives it a clear advantage in the race to win one of three Japan IR licenses on offer, according to Maybank Kim Eng Holdings Ltd regional gaming analyst Samuel Yin Shao Yang.In an interview with The Edge Markets, Yin suggested Genting was in better shape than many of its Japan rivals due to the conservative nature of local authorities and concerns over a potential US-China trade war. Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Load More RelatedPosts Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team “Las Vegas Sands Corp and many other American casino operators are mostly in a net debt position, but Genting Singapore is huge in net cash. For that, the Japanese would probably prefer them,” he said, pointing to cash flow problems experienced by Las Vegas Sands during the 2009 Global Financial Crisis that led to a temporary pause on the construction of Macau IR Sands Cotai Central.“This time around, given that there may be another GFC brewing with the ongoing trade war, the Japanese probably want to work with someone who is in a net cash position. So, Genting will be in a favorable position.”According to Bloomberg information, the four big US operators – LVS, MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts and Caesars Entertainment – are all in a net debt position with Caesars and Wynn holding a net debt-to-shareholders’ equity ratio of 5.25 times and 3.97 times and LVS and MGM having debt-to-equity ratios of more than 100%.In that regard, Macau’s Galaxy Entertainment Group looms as a strong contender due to its own net cash position although it “might have some disadvantages because China and Japan are not the best of friends at the moment,” says Yin.“Singapore is [also] quite stringent on social safeguards for casinos. Japan has been making so many references to Singapore’s casino model that I almost lost count. But to me, being in a net cash position is another plus point.”last_img read more

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Newly discovered dinosaur species is a tiny adorable raptor

first_imgNASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Tags Post a comment This is what would happen if we still had dinosaurs Share your voice 15 Photos An artist’s rendering of Gobiraptor minutus Do Yoon Kim I could pinch the cheeks of this adorable new dinosaur and call it a Good Boy. Just look at it. The image above is a rendering of the Gobiraptor minutus, a newly discovered species of oviraptorosaurs discovered in the Nemegt geological formation in Mongolia’s Gobi desert. The site is rich with dinosaur fossils from the Late Cretaceous period around 70 million years ago, but this species appears to be distantly related to other oviraptorosaurs previously found at the site.Oviraptorosaurs aren’t quite the same as the door-opening “velociraptors” made famous by Jurassic Park. They have shortened skulls like those of a parrot and are relatively small (though one particular species grows to be about eight metres long). Oviraptorid fossils have mostly been found in Asia, though there are some records of fossils in North America and England, too.The new find, published in PLOS ONE on Feb. 6, details the new species based on a number of skull, hip and tail bones. The delightful cherub’s jaw bones are much thicker than other oviraptorids, suggesting that it may have had a particularly unique diet, feeding on seeds and ancient hard-shelled mollusks. Notably, the specimen discovered by the international research team is likely to be very young, based on analysis of the dinosaur’s thighbone. There are several instances in paleontology where young animals have been discovered and incorrectly classified as a new species, but the researchers suggest that the characteristics of the species are unlikely to be related to its stage of life because other oviraptoroids are precocial — they have the same characteristics early in life as they do as adults.The research team writes that the existence of yet another oviraptorosaur in the Nemegt Formation suggests that the creatures were one of the most “diverse and successful groups of dinosaurs” in the region.The discovery follows another remarkable paleontological finding reported in Nature’s Scientific Reports on Feb. 4, which discussed a new species of dinosaur with giant spikes protruding from its neck like a menacing porcupine lizard hybrid. The Bajadasaurus pronuspinax, as its known, is definitely not as adorable as the tiny Gobiraptor though.  Sci-Tech 0last_img read more

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Sitka revisiting idea of consolidating hospital services

first_imgSEARHC CEO Charles Clement tells Assembly he’s in conversation with Sitka Community Hospital CEO Rob Allen about how the two institutions can share resources in the future. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW)Download AudioFor decades, the question of whether Sitka can afford two hospitals has percolated, with little success at consolidating services. That era may be coming to a close. Last week, the Assembly entertained a motion from Charles Clement, CEO of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) to renew talks with Sitka Community Hospital about collaborating on medical services. This raised alarm bells for some citizens.  Of the letter, he told the Assembly, “I don’t want to belabor and read it back to you again, but it really was an attempt to take a stab at trying to figure out, ‘How do we have this conversation in about hospitals and healthcare and service delivery in Sitka?’” Sitka’s tale of two hospitals stretches back to World War II. Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital was built in the 1940s, while the city opened Sitka Community Hospital in 1956. And between the two facilities, Sitka has two emergency rooms, two obstetrics facilities, and two physical therapy centers, among other duplicate services.In his letter, Clement said that given the state’s financial crisis – and anticipated cuts to healthcare reimbursement – sustaining both hospitals may not be practical. “Change is coming. And I really am a firm believer that we have every opportunity to guide that change where we’d like it to go,” he said.Clement has been meeting monthly with Sitka Community Hospital CEO Rob Allen. The hospitals have already experimented with sharing laboratory space and a dietician, which Allen previously told KCAW will save Sitka Community Hospital $50,000.To that end, Clement’s letter suggested that SEARHC draw up a management proposal for the consolidation of services between the two hospitals and present it to the Assembly.The idea was met with cautious optimism from members of the Assembly. Matthew Hunter said, “There’s a lot of nervousness amongst our healthcare community on both sides of our bridge and it’s been going on for years. I see this as a fresh opportunity to have a collaborative effort.”Yet staff with Sitka Community Hospital worried that the motion – which clearly said that SEARCH would draw up the management proposal – wasn’t in the spirit of collaboration. Steve Hartford, Director of Operations, said, “[A management proposal] seems a little narrowly focused to us, as opposed to working together to set up a structure for a community discussion.”Clement responded that it was always SEARHC’s intent to include Sitka Community Hospital in the discussion. But speaking as members of the public, Sitka Community Hospital staff past and present, didn’t seem convinced. They spoke about a legacy of mistrust between the two hospitals and worried that the letter hinted a takeover was on the horizon.Lee Bennett: The employees of the hospital were notified late Friday afternoon (02-19-16), like after 4pm, that this letter was coming to the Assembly so I imagine there’s a lot of employees who don’t know about this yet. – Lee Bennett, former CFO of Sitka Community HospitalAnne Wilkinson: In 2013, SEARHC approached then-CEO Hugh Hallgren and got him into a process that was very similar to this, where you consolidate the hospitals. That means you close one and move to the other one. -Ann Wilkinson, former Board President of Sitka Community HospitalCynthia Dennis: I have also been through a couple of these process and to me this sounds like a bid to takeover.Those are the voices of Lee Bennett, former CFO, Ann Wilkinson, former Sitka Community Hospital Board president, and Cynthia Dennis, a current CRNA.CEO Rob Allen was traveling and not present at the meeting. But speaking on his behalf, Harford said Allen supported the proposal as a way to get the thorny tumbleweed that is this particular topic rolling.The Assembly agreed.  Steven Eisenbeisz said, “This can either go really, really well or not so well. And I know there’s anxiety in the community about it, so I’m excited to see what both entities come up with and so we reduce our overlapping services in Sitka.”In the end, the Assembly members penciled some new words into the motion, specifying that SEARHC and Sitka Community Hospital would draft a management proposal and the proposal had to be collaborative.  The motion then passed unanimously. In the future, should the two hospitals present an ordinance for consolidation to the Assembly, it would require two readings to take effect.last_img read more

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Ramdevs Patanjali to enter digital healthcare space

first_imgAfter making waves in the FMCG industry, Baba Ramdev is set to enter the digital healthcare space by launching an online consultation forum, Chikitsalaya. Patanjali, Ramdev’s Haridwar-based company, would provide ayurvedic medicines as well as consultations online, the Times of India reported, quoting its sources.Ramdev had recently hinted at venturing into the online space and exporting Patanjali products to 12 countries. The yoga guru had reportedly said last month that the company was getting five crore internet searches every month.Patanjali’s sales in the financial year 2015-2016 rose 150 percent to worth Rs. 5,000 crore and the company is eyeing Rs. 10,000 crore this fiscal. The revenue target, if achieved, will put Ramdev’s Patanjali ahead of FMCG companies such as Nestle, Colgate and P&G in India.Meanwhile, industry stakeholders have said that if Ramdev starts his online health venture, it would scale up his businesses rapidly. “A company that manufactures its own drugs and sets up a digital consultation platform subsequently will have a multi-fold impact on its business,” Saurabh Arora, the founder & CEO of  Lybrate, an online doctor consultation company, was quoted as saying by the TOI.Currently, there are very few players, such as Practo and Lybrate, in the digital healthcare space that mainly deal with the allopathic sector. According to experts, Baba Ramdev’s entry into the online healthcare market would provide impetus to the sector dealing with the online sale of natural medicines.”Absence of doctors and pharmacies is the main problem faced by traditional medicine practices such as ayurveda in the country. If Ramdev manages to launch an online consultation platform, he will be one of the forerunners in the business,” Punit Kapoor, the director of online pharmacy BigChemist, was quoted by the daily as saying. Kapoor further said that BigChemist is getting an increasing number of queries related to natural medicines every month.Ramdev’s FMCG venture manufactures and sells homecare, beauty products, cosmetics, wellness and health drinks, and food products. Patanjali is also looking to expand operations by opening research and development divisions across five states in India.last_img read more

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Mobile number portability to become faster easier TRAI

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsTransferring a mobile phone number from one operator is set to become easier and less time-consuming. The TRAI or the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is ready with a new set of draft norms to make mobile portability quicker and simpler. The TRAI aims to make the period of porting to two days. At the moment, it takes a maximum of seven working days for a number to be ported and at most, 15 working days in Jammu & Kashmir and North-east India. Another rule is that a subscriber must be with one operator for at least 90 days before switching to another.Earlier in April, the TRAI issued consultation papers which reviewed the guidelines of mobile number portability or MNP. The consultation paper which was floated on April 6 said that after the discontinuation of wireless access service by some operators like Airtel or Reliance Communications, many subscribers faced difficulty in porting their numbers.The consultation paper read, “The major issues are non-generation of unique porting code (UPC) by the donor operator or non-receipt of UPC by the subscriber, multiple rejections of porting requests by donor operators on various grounds, instances of fraudulent porting, issuance of interim bills for postpaid subscribers, non-refund of the prepaid balance and security deposits of postpaid subscribers, which create inconvenience and dissatisfaction to the mobile subscribers”. A senior official at TRAI who wished to remain unnamed, told Livemint that the new draft norms are ready for review. “The draft rules are ready and we will publish them soon to invite public comment. Basically, the new norms aim to reduce the time (to port) and the discretion of the donor operator,” the senior official told Livemint.With the new norms, the TRAI hopes to reduce the powers of mobile operators in porting a mobile number in issuing a porting code or making a mistake and entering a wrong porting code during the time of sale and ensure that the process is smooth.Once the draft norms are issued, they will be open to public comments for at least four weeks.last_img read more

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