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Pink Named As UNICEF Ambassador

first_imgThe U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced the appointment of the newest UNICEF Ambassador, GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist P!nk, who will build on her current role as the UNICEF Kid Power National Spokesperson to raise awareness about UNICEF’s lifesaving health and nutrition programs around the world.As a UNICEF Ambassador, P!nk will use her voice to encourage families across the United States to get active and save lives with UNICEF Kid Power, the world’s first wearable-for-good. She will also educate the public about UNICEF’s global health and nutrition programs, and highlight UNICEF’s role in fighting global malnutrition, which impacts 159 million children worldwide.“As a mom myself, it’s devastating to know that children are suffering because they don’t have adequate nutrition. All children should be able to grow up strong and healthy, with the opportunity to reach their full potential,” said P!nk. “As a UNICEF Ambassador, I want to use my platform to help end global malnutrition, which is why I’m so excited about UNICEF Kid Power – which gets kids and families involved in saving children’s lives.”By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band, kids go on missions to learn about new cultures and earn points. Points unlock funding from partners, parents and fans, and funds are used by UNICEF to deliver lifesaving packets of therapeutic food to severely malnourished children around the world.In July 2015, P!nk traveled to Haiti with UNICEF to witness first-hand the transformative impact that therapeutic food can have on malnourished children, who can be successfully treated in their own communities, and see the progress that has been made for children since an earthquake devastated the country in 2010. She visited a health center for infant care where mothers can have their children vaccinated, as well as examined and treated for severe acute malnutrition and attend breastfeeding courses. P!nk was also introduced to other UNICEF programs, including education initiatives and polio, diphtheria and whooping cough immunizations programs.“We are thrilled to have P!nk join us as the newest UNICEF Ambassador,” said Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “As a passionate advocate for children and healthy living, P!nk demonstrates a deep commitment to our mission to put children first. We are excited that she is shining a light on the critical issue of malnutrition – which affects 1 in 4 children around the world – while continuing to support UNICEF Kid Power, and encourage families across the country to be part of the solution.”In her new appointment as a UNICEF Ambassador, P!nk joins a roster of celebrities who have advocated for children on behalf of UNICEF, including Audrey Hepburn, Tea Leoni, Sarah Jessica Parker, Laurence Fishburne, Alyssa Milano and Selena Gomez.P!nk (Alecia Moore) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She has released 7 records, sold over 40 million albums, 74 million singles, and has had 14 top 10 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. She is the recipient of 3 Grammy Awards, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 6 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 MTV Europe Awards, 2 People’s Choice Awards, and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2013. Her 2012 album, The Truth About Love, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 as well as in 6 other countries. P!nk made her acting debut in Lionsgate’s Thanks For Sharing alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo in 2012.In addition to her work as a UNICEF Ambassador, she is a supporter of various charities including the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Make-A-Wish Foundation, PETA, Autism Speaks, Human Rights Campaign, and No Kid Hungry.last_img read more


Africa calls for strengthening of private initiatives for continental development

Strengthening the private sector, in its widest sense, depends on educating an efficient, supportive and capable public sector and improving economic and political governance, areas which require policy action by the African countries, the 13-member Panel’s report says.The private sector, the role of which is stressed in the report, must be assisted through such measures as providing credit, establishing clear property rights and providing technical assistance, wherever necessary, the Panel says. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank should put greater emphasis on the private sector’s role within the framework of national poverty reduction strategy papers (PRSPs), it adds.It cautions that reducing trade barriers must be carefully planned and the structure of African trade kept in view. “For instance, a reduction of agricultural subsidies in the European Union and the United States of America could harm, not help, the many African nations that are net importers, rather than exporters, of agricultural goods,” the report says.The reduction of African trade barriers could enable the African nations to benefit from trade between developing countries, it adds.While the number of bilateral and subregional preferential trade agreements are increasing in Africa, the Panel says the completion of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations is an important priority for African nations and it urges NEPAD to show “fulsome support” for it.In this regard, to facilitate the completion of the Doha Round, the Panel says NEPAD can make a strong case for both compensatory and short-term, adjustment-oriented aid flows to those African countries seriously affected by the reduced value of their products as they gradually lose their most favoured nation (MFN) status.On aid, it says: “The Panel fully endorses the call for a substantial increase in aid levels (net of debt relief and humanitarian assistance), in accordance with the commitments made by the Group of Eight (G8) major industrialized countries in Monterrey, Mexico, and the pledge to channel at least one-half of this increase to sub-Saharan Africa.” read more


Bombardier to begin Morocco aerospace production January in leased premises

MONTREAL – Bombardier says its production in Morocco will take flight in January, but not in the manufacturing facility it is building in Casablanca.Instead, the Montreal-based aircraft maker will begin its North African operations in a temporary facility, spokeswoman Haley Dunne said.Bombardier Aerospace president Guy Hachey recently visited Morocco and met with the king.The company, which bought land earlier this year near the airport in a zone that offers five years of financial incentives, including no taxes, plans to invest about US$200 million in equipment, buildings and start-up costs over several years.Dunne said details are still being finalized regarding the type of work that will be done and number of employees at the manufacturing facility that will be built in phases.The new plant is expected to complement Bombardier’s existing manufacturing sites and will initially include sub-assembly of simple structures.The company (TSX:BBD.B) has said it will begin production next year.“The idea of looking into using a temporary facility is so that we can maintain our schedule,” Dunne said.Bombardier is joining other aerospace manufacturers in setting up shop in Morocco, which has established an aerospace training program and offers many incentives to attract companies.The company will pay no taxes for five years, 8.75 per cent for another 20 years and 17.5 per cent thereafter.By the end of 2020, employment at the Moroccan facility is expected to reach about 850.Meanwhile, Bombardier Transportation announced Wednesday a US$158-million follow-on order from Israel Railways for 72 double-deck passenger coaches.The order is part of an agreement signed in 2010 when 150 coaches were ordered. The new coaches will be delivered over a year starting in early 2014.Israel Railways is planning to double the size of its double-deck fleet within three years.Bombardier manufactures and tests the coaches at its Gorlitz plant in Germany before they are completed in Israel by its partner Matar.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, its shares closed unchanged at $3.64 in Wednesday trading. Bombardier to begin Morocco aerospace production January in leased premises AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2012 4:33 pm MDT read more


Quebecor considering launching wireless service outside home province

Quebecor considering launching wireless service outside home province MONTREAL – Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B) will soon decide whether it will expand its wireless service outside of its home province of Quebec, but chief executive Pierre Dion wants to first meet with the federal government.“We expect to meet with the Canadian government soon in order to let them know what we assume to be the right conditions for us to operate a single service wireless business outside of our home territory,” Quebecor president and chief executive Pierre Dion said Thursday.“Its response will dictate our next step.”Dion said the company is analyzing its options, but did not specify what he was looking for to make a decision to expand across the country.Quebecor owns the province’s most-read tabloid newspaper and its most-watched TV network. It also operates a 24-hour news TV channel and Videotron, Canada’s third-largest cable services provider and a wireless provider in Quebec.Quebecor bought a swath of wireless spectrum in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, in addition to Quebec, in the federal government’s spectrum auction earlier this year.The move raised hopes it would become a fourth national player to compete with Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Telus (TSX:T) and Bell (TSX:BCE), but the Quebec company has been cagey about whether it will take up the challenge.“I’m confident that our team will manage the process rigorously and that should the plan make sense, we will get the right attention,” said Dion, adding that he expects to make a decision in a “few months.”Quebecor said Thursday it earned a profit attributable to shareholders of $40.7 million, or 33 cents per basic share, in the first quarter, compared to $35.6 million and 29 cents per share in the same period last year.The Montreal-based media company says adjusted income from continuing operations was $49.3 million, or 40 cents per share — up from $36 million or 29 cents a share in the same period of 2013.Revenue during the quarter was $1.04 billion, a gain of $11.4 million or just over one per cent.Quebecor’s telecommunications segment grew its revenues by $31.8 million and its adjusted operating income by $21.9 million in the quarter. Videotron Ltd. saw first quarter revenue increases for all of its major services.Internet access revenue was 6.9 per cent higher at $13.6 million, the mobile phone segment grew 23.4 per cent to $11.7 million and cable television revenue grew marginally to $800,000.During the quarter, Pierre Karl Peladeau resigned from the Quebecor board following his decision to enter provincial politics. He was elected as a Parti Quebecois party member in April. Sylvie Lalande was appointed board chairman of TVA Group and Françoise Bertrand named the board chairman at Quebecor. by The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2014 4:18 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


History coop brings realworld experience

What do you do? That’s the question Leanne Wilton hears most when she tells friends that she has done co-op placements during her History studies at Brock.It can be a tough question for the fifth-year student to answer, not because of any shortage of co-op choices, but rather because of the rich diversity of experiences she has encountered.“When I was in high school, I had no idea what I would go to university for,” said Wilton, “but I knew I wanted to do co-op, to get a leg up in starting my career. I realized that Brock had the co-op option that I wanted in my program, and that this was not the case for many schools.”Brock’s co-op programming is nationally known for its scope and career relevance, with 39 programs that touch nearly all of the University’s seven academic Faculties. Thousands of students participate, leading to many success stories about co-op placements contributing to full-time employment after graduation.Wilton’s co-op work terms have been as near as the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) office in St. Catharines and as far as the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alta. They were vastly different experiences that have helped her to discover the relevance and applicability of her History studies.Fifth-year History co-op student Leanne Wilton.“I have found that the abilities in research and communications that are required are a direct transfer from things I did in school. Some people don’t have the skills that a Humanities degree gives you,” she said.These skills went beyond the writing abilities that her co-workers so often applauded.“At the museum, if you are introducing information to a group of people, it’s the same as a History seminar,” she said. “It’s tough to understand how valuable your skills are until you actually use them.”Beyond skill development, Wilton was quick to point out that her co-op studies have also given her the opportunity to try jobs that she might not normally have considered or known existed.“My co-op terms gave me the freedom to try different things without having to commit to them,” she said. “You only have to do it for a short time. It’s the type of experimentation that gets much riskier once you graduate.”These unique job experiences have also allowed Wilton to acquire some unanticipated skills, including how to remain calm while “getting schooled by five-year-olds” who knew more about dinosaurs than she did, as well as “learning a new language of government acronyms” at the MTO.With the end of her time at the University approaching, Wilton knows she is ready to take on a diverse range of job opportunities and that she has numerous contacts and employment skills to call upon thanks to her co-op studies.“I think even if a co-op term does not lead to a full-time position after you graduate it’s still valuable,” she said. “You get an idea of the work you can do, and you find jobs you would not find on your own. It’s a great way to find jobs that are related to what you focused on in school.”Wilton concluded that all of these developments could not have been possible without taking her co-op placements, and she hopes other History students will do the same. “More History students should consider pursuing co-op,” she said. “It’s been awesome.” read more


Jewish athletes condemn antiSemitism after temple shooting

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Memphis Grizzlies forward Omri Casspi, who was born in Israel, was early in his NBA career when he saw a picture of himself defaced with a swastika. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen grew up with kids who made fun of the size of his nose.New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman has heard anti-Semitic taunts during games, but he had been willing to write them off as opposing fans “just trying to get underneath your skin.”“You’ve been called stuff here and here,” Edelman said. “But nothing to the extent where it’s got me feeling the way a lot of Jews are feeling right now.”In the month since a massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh killed 11 people and injured six others, Jewish athletes said they were shocked by the shooting yet not concerned for their own safety as they travel, train and compete.“There’s crazy people out there, and it is what it is,” Casspi said. “The notion is that anti-Semitism is dead — it’s always going to be (around). Some people are just like that. There’s going to be racist people, there’s going to be anti-Semites.”Robert Bowers has pleaded not guilty to murder and hate crime charges in the Oct. 27 shooting during Shabbat morning services. He remains jailed without bail.Americans of all religions have rallied in support for the victims of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history. Hometown quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wore cleats integrating a Jewish star into the Pittsburgh Steelers logo, along with the words “Stronger than Hate.”But for Jewish athletes, the shooting hit especially hard.“I’m horrified by it,” said Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus, who managed the Israeli team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. “Just the callousness and the loss of life. It takes someone that’s unhuman to do something like that to innocent people.”Jews in the United States have long cherished role models like Detroit Tigers slugger Hank Greenberg, Chicago Bears quarterback Sid Luckman or Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz. And any history of Jewish athletes includes the time Dodgers ace Sandy Koufax refused to pitch in the World Series because it conflicted with the holiday of Yom Kippur.Other Jewish players remain scattered throughout sports — a point of pride for fellow Jews but also a potential target for anti-Semitism.“Sometimes people don’t even think they’re being racist, but they might be a little offensive,” Rosen said.Casspi said he has always felt safe in the U.S., but while playing in Europe his Israeli team at times encountered violent protesters or played with no fans in the arena out of safety concerns.Athletes speak often of worrying only about things within their control; as far as game preparation goes, racism and religious bigotry qualify as distractions. And so Edelman’s inclination was to “keep your head down” and not let it bother him.“A lot of guys have got to deal with a lot of stuff when it comes to name calling,” he said. “You get so wrapped up in football and your assignment that you brush stuff off and don’t let it get to you. … You take the high road, and you go from there.”But after the synagogue shooting, Edelman decided it was time to go public.Following the Patriots’ Nov. 4 victory over the Green Bay Packers, he wore an Israeli baseball cap for his postgame interviews as a shoutout to those in Pittsburgh.“It’s disgusting what happened. And I’m just backing them up,” he said in a follow-up interview. “I’m proud of who I am and what I am. Just to let these victims know: ‘We’re all with you. This is a very tough time for you. I can’t even imagine. But you have support.’”“It’s not like one of those things where you’re gonna put your head under the ground and kind of hide,” he said. “You’re gonna say, ‘Hey, that’s what makes us stronger.’”Rosen has also embraced his Judaism, developing a celebration dance called “The Hebrew Hammer” in the hopes that he can be a role model for Jewish fans and a leader in a locker room that includes a variety of races and religions.“You can identify with any leader or role model you want. I’m just trying to be a good one,” he said. “It is a part of me that I’m proud of, culturally.”Ausmus said many of the Jewish baseball players have a kinship, some of it from being part of a minority in the sport and some from playing together in the World Baseball Classic. “(It) has kind of fostered that feeling of connection,” he said.“They’re spread throughout … 25 different organizations, they come together,” Ausmus said. “Every four years, you make that connection based on your heritage.”A three-time Gold Glove catcher who went to Dartmouth and played 18 years for four major league clubs, Ausmus said he wasn’t particularly religious when growing up with a Jewish mother and Protestant father.The only time he experienced anti-Semitism as a major leaguer was when a fan shouted things at a teammate.The thing is, he wasn’t even Jewish.“His last name sounded Jewish,” Ausmus said. “So the fan was ignorant in a couple different areas.”___AP Sports Writers Kyle Hightower, Janie McCauley, Noah Trister and Robert Baum contributed to this report.Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press read more


Opting for golf on a football Saturday

Likely buried beneath the headlines of yet another boring weekend of Tressel-ball and the Bengals being, well, the Bengals, you’ll find that one of the world’s most unique and passionate sporting events took place. It’s called the Ryder Cup. It’s a golf tournament. Stay with me here. The Ryder Cup is different from virtually every other incarnation of golf in existence. This isn’t a tournament with a bunch of rich business-executives golf-clapping in the background, this is a raucous event with the pride of countries, and heck, even continents, on the line. Take the 12 best American players and pit them against the 12 best European players, alternate the tournament — which takes place every two years — between American and European soil, provide lots and lots of alcohol to the patrons, and provide lots more alcohol when the event takes place in Great Britain. Bam. You’ve got the equivalent of the Ohio State-Michigan game on a really nice golf course. This is the one golf tournament where the golfers carry more on their shoulders than just their desire to win. They’re carrying the hopes of their nation or continent – and it shows. Players are visibly nervous with the expectations they carry. It’s not unusual to see a player take much more time thinking about a Ryder Cup putt than a putt to win the Masters. And when one team hits a good shot or the other shanks, the reactions of the players and the crowds are like none-other in golf. The 2010 tournament is taking place in rain-soaked Wales. Apparently the American squad didn’t know this and ordered basketball warm-ups for rain jackets. “Watergate,” as the wardrobe malfunction has been dubbed, might be the reason the Americans are down heading into Monday’s final round of singles, 9.5 – 6.5. Even being down three, you can count on the last round of singles to be exciting. In 1999, the Americans faced a seemingly insurmountable deficit when they came back and stole the cup out of the Europeans’ grasp. This is the time when mediocre match-play players like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson step up. In 2012, the Ryder Cup will happen again, but on American soil. Instead of watching Tressel attempt to break the world record for field goal attempts and the Bengals continue to fail to live up to expectations, turn on the Ryder Cup for a little while. I guarantee it will be a lot more exciting than you think. read more


Selfie deaths 259 people reported dead seeking the perfect picture

This selfie-taker risked her life on someone’s shoulders at the top of a 180 metre high disused chimney in Romania (Getty Images)BBC- The quest for extreme selfies killed 259 people between 2011 and 2017, a 2018 global study has revealed.Researchers at the US National Library of Medicine recommend that ‘no selfie zones’ should be introduced at dangerous spots to reduce deaths.These would include the tops of mountains, tall buildings and lakes, where many of the deaths occurred.Drowning, transport accidents and falling were found to be the most common cause of death.But death by animals, electrocution, fire and firearms also appeared frequently in reports from around the world.In July this year, 19-year-old Gavin Zimmerman fell to his death while taking selfies on a cliff in New South Wales, Australia.Tomer Frankfurter died in California’s Yosemite National Park in September after falling 250 metres while trying to take a selfie.News reports like this were analysed to compile the study.They found that selfie-related deaths are most common in India, Russia, the United States and Pakistan and 72.5% of those reported are men.Previous studies were compiled from Wikipedia pages and Twitter, which researchers say did not give accurate results.The new study also showed that the number of deaths is on the rise.There were only three reports of selfie-related deaths in 2011, but that number grew to 98 in 2016 and 93 in 2017.However, the researchers claim that the actual number of selfie deaths could be much higher because they are never named as the cause of death.“It is believed that selfie deaths are underreported and the true problem needs to be addressed,” it says.“Certain road accidents while posing for selfies are reported as death due to Road Traffic Accident.“Thus, the true magnitude of the problem is underestimated. It is therefore important to assess the true burden, causes, and reasons for selfie deaths so that appropriate interventions can be made.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’No-selfie’ zones in India after photo deathsFebruary 25, 2016In “World”India: Man hit by train in quest for perfect selfieJanuary 25, 2018In “latest news”Less river deaths, no acts of piracy recorded in 2015 – MARADJanuary 6, 2016In “Internet” read more


Faulty Javascript benchmarking sparks AndroidiOS flame war

first_imgYesterday, website analysis firm Blaze seemed like they had put quite the feather in the cap of the Android crowd: they reported that the Nexus S smartphone running Android 2.3 loaded websites as much as 52% faster than an iPhone running iOS 4.3That’s a pretty staggering performance gap between Android and iOS 4.3, especially considering the fact that iOS 4.3 contains some much heralded improvements to iOS’s JavaScript engine which Apple has loudly and proudly boasted would vastly improve website times on Javascript heavy sites like Facebook and Twitter. AdChoices广告It didn’t appear to be a fluke, either: Blaze tested over 45,000 websites before they came to their conclusion. The study measured load time on the sites of a thousand Fortune 1000 companies over WiFi, and found that the Nexus S running Android 2.3 loaded the sites faster 84 percent of the time. The median load time for the iPhone 4 on iOS 4.3 was 3.25 seconds, while the Nexus S’s median load time was 2.14 seconds. The gap between mobile sites was less, but still came out in Nexus S’s favor.Don’t congratulate yourself on going the Android route quite yet, though. It turns out that Blaze didn’t use Safari for its tests, just its own iOS app and the system browser available to apps under iOS. According to Apple, that universal browser that any app can use doesn’t have access to the same Nitro improvements as the latest version of Safari.“Their testing is flawed because they didn’t actually test the Safari web browser on the iPhone. Instead they only tested their own proprietary app which uses an embedded web viewer that doesn’t take advantage of Safari’s web performance optimizations,” Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller told Ars Technica. “Despite this fundamental testing flaw, they still only found an average of a second difference in loading web pages.”Where this leaves iOS 4.3 is unknown, but it seems pretty clear that Blaze’s initial data is way off. For now, though, it appears the true victor of the Android/iOS Javascript benchmarks is up in the air.Read more at Ars Technicalast_img read more


Le koala une espèce symbolique à protéger du déclin

first_imgLe koala, une espèce symbolique à protéger du déclinBien que considéré comme de préoccupation mineure par l’Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN), le koala connait depuis des dizaines d’années un sérieux déclin de sa population. Ainsi, cela fait maintenant plus de 25 ans que l’Australian Koala Foundation oeuvre à protéger ce marsupial arboricole endémique d’Australie. Avec le kangourou, le koala est devenu l’un des principaux symboles de l’Australie et pour cause. Ce marsupial arboricole et herbivore est endémique du pays et ne se trouve même que dans certaines régions réunissant des conditions bien particulières. Dernier représentant encore vivant de la famille des Phascolarctidés, le koala mesure entre 60 et 85 centimètres pour un poids situé entre 4 et 15 kilogrammes pour l’espèce type. Mais les mensurations de l’animal dépendent de son âge, son sexe, son alimentation et de la région où il vit. Sa réputation le précédant, le koala se nourrit bien évidemment de feuilles d’eucalyptus. Des arbres en haut desquels il grimpe grâce à ces membres habiles et ces mains griffues. Mais ces petits marsupiaux sont aussi réputés pour leur allure d’ours en peluche donnée notamment par leur fourrure laineuse qui a d’ailleurs été une vraie cause de menace. En effet, après avoir été massacrés en masse au début du XXème siècle, les populations de koalas ont dû faire face à une chasse beaucoup plus organisée, visant leur fourrure et menant à une quasi-extinction de l’espèce.Si leur population atteignait les quelque 10 millions de spécimens avant la colonisation, elle a ensuite connu une chute considérable avant de repartir à la hausse grâce à une interdiction de la chasse commerciale et des réintroductions. Toutefois, comme bon nombre d’autres animaux, de nombreuses menaces continuent de planer aujourd’hui sur les koalas. De la dégradation de leur habitat aux prédateurs en passant par des maladies ou la sécheresse : autant de menaces contre lesquelles l’Australian Koala Foundation, fondation à but non-lucratif et non gouvernementale, lutte aujourd’hui depuis plus de 25 ans. Aider à la conservation des koalasÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Devenue la principale organisation consacrée à la conservation du koala et de son habitat, elle mène de multiples actions et alerte régulièrement du déclin des espèces. Basée à Brisbane en Australie, elle est aujourd’hui le plus vaste organisme de financement pour la recherche consacrée au marsupial. Grâce au plus de 20.000 individus et groupes qui la soutiennent désormais, la fondation est également parvenue à dresser une carte de quelque 4 millions d’hectares de terre pour l’habitat des koalas. Mais ce n’est pas tout, puisqu’elle oeuvre également à sensibiliser la communauté internationale à la conservation de ces animaux.Sur le site de l’Australian Koala Foundation, on peut ainsi lire le journal de Deborah Tabart, à la tête de l’organisation depuis 1988 et reconnue à travers le monde comme l’avocate des koalas. Le site permet également d’en apprendre plus sur le combat que mène l’AKF et surtout d’y participer. Pour cela, il est possible de planter virtuellement un arbre et même pour les grands amoureux des animaux d'”adopter” un koala.Pour en savoir plus ou participer à l’action de l’AKF c’est par ici : www.savethekoala.com (lien non disponible)Le 14 avril 2012 à 15:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Soldotna Residents Save Moose Calf

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A few good Samaritans helped a moose calf that got stuck in a hole on a property in Soldotna, on June 7. Val Ischi, of Soldotna, noticed the calf on her property on June 6, and didn’t think to check on the moose until she noticed it in the same spot the next day. Ischi and two others went down in the hole while being cautious. The moose’s mother was nearby and they made sure to keep an eye on her while assisting the calf. Ischi discovered the moose calf was stuck in a hole and she contacted the Department of Fish and Game who were unable to send any personal out at that time to help the calf. It only took the group five minutes and they were able to help the calf out of the hole and reunite it with its mother.last_img


Producer Punit Balan excited as Salman Khan to remake his movie Mulshi

first_imgPunit BalanPR HandoutSalman Khan is all set to remake the Marathi film Mulsi Pattern in Hindi. The film will star his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma in the lead role. The rights of Mulshi Pattern have been sold by Punit Balan to Salman Khan.Punit Balan is the Chairman and Managing Director of PUNIT BALAN GROUP and S Balan Group , Punit Balan Entertainment Private Limited , PB Racing also a sponsor and co-owner of Cape Cobras, Cape Vikings South Africa.The film is going to be Aayush’s second film. The shooting of the film is expected to start soon. About working with Salman Khan, Punit said, “Mulshi Pattern was a super hit in Marathi. The storyline was very strong. When Salman Khan saw the movie along with Arbaaz Khan, Salman decided to remake it in Hindi. He will be casting Aayush Sharma in the Hindi remake.”He added, “I discussed about the film with Salman’s Salman Khan Films (SKF) Productions and almost everything is finalised.The film conveys a very strong social message,I am happy to see it reach a larger audience.last_img read more


For Fourth Year Of Affordable Care Act Feds Will Focus On Young

first_imgThis fall will mark the fourth time that uninsured Americans can shop for individual health coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. The enrollment season runs Nov. 1, 2016 – Jan. 31, 2017.  Analysts at the Department of Health and Human Services have been mining data from previous years to devise better outreach strategies, according to Sylvia Burwell, the Secretary for Health and Human Services.United States Department of Health and Human ServicesOfficial portrait of the Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews BurwellBurwell spoke to health reporters Tuesday in a conference call.   “Last year, we learned that young adults are twice as likely to enroll in coverage after receiving an email than older customers,” she said.  Under the law, it’s required to have health coverage, unless you claim an exemption or pay a penalty through the IRS.Burwell says 45 percent of people who paid penalties or claimed exemptions were under the age of 35.This year, Health and Human Services will work with the IRS to identify those people, and send them a targeted letter about how to get insured and avoid the penalty.Many young adults become uninsured when they can no longer stay on their parents’ health plans, said Christen Young, a principal deputy director for the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, an arm of HHS.“When young adults turn 26 and ‘age off’ of their family health insurance, they need to take action to find new coverage,” Young said.Her agency is now telling insurance companies to do more to contact those young adults before they drop of their parents’ plans, and direct them to the insurance marketplace.Young says HHS will also reach Millennials by partnering with the ride-sharing company Lyft. Lyft will offer discounts to people who want a ride to an insurance enrollment event. The company will also publicize the deadlines for signing up for coverage.   00:00 /01:30 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share Xlast_img read more


Mamata remembers bravehearts of 1971 war on Vijay Diwas

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday remembered the soldiers of the Indian Army who fought during the 1971 war against Pakistan. “On #VijayDiwas I salute the brave soldiers of the Indian Army who fought valiantly in the 1971 war and defeated the Pakistan Army. Jai Hind,” she tweeted. Vijay Diwas (Victory Day) is celebrated every year on December 16 in India, to mark the anniversary of victory of Indian forces over Pakistan in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. On 16 December, 1971, nearly 93,000 Pakistani soldiers had raised white flags and surrendered to the Indian Army. The victory followed the creation of Bangladesh (then East Pakistan).last_img


Magics Embarrassing Resignation A Fitting End to His Time Running the Lakers

first_imgBy any measure, the Lakers are a full-blown disaster and capped off a catastrophic season with President and CEO Magic Johnson’s surprising resignation in a postgame press availability, without giving anyone in the Lakers organization a heads up before hand.Colin has been critical of the Lakers and their front office because of the constant media leaks and complete mishandling of the botched Anthony Davis trade, and they head into this offseason in a completes free fall with diminished trade assets and no certainty of finding additional superstars to team with LeBron. Instead of sticking around, Magic pulled the rip cord in a manner that was similar to how he ran the team, off the cuff and unprepared.Running an NBA team isn’t glamorous, it’s a grind. Magic should have never taken the job in the firt place.last_img read more


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first_imgTravelManagers’ Conference community event raises thousands TravelManagers’ annual national conference participants ready to act as ONE in seven-kilometre fundraising walk for Helping People Achieve (HPA)TravelManagers’ Conference community event raises thousands for local not-for-profitDay Three of TravelManagers’ annual National Conference, which was held in Darwin last weekend, saw participants step away from their conference venue for the morning and instead hit the Darwin waterfront to participate in “Steps Towards Capability”.The event was held by “Helping People Achieve” (HPA), a unique, Northern Territory-based, not-for-profit organisation that provides services to people with physical and intellectual disabilities in the Darwin and Palmerston regions. They currently support 68 people with employment and 40 people in accommodation and are 2016 winners of Telstra’s Small Business of the Year Award.NPO’s Suzanne Laister and PTM Bec Harrison enjoying the sunshine on their fundraising walk for HPATravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says partnering with a local charity to help raise both awareness and much-needed funds has become an integral part of the company’s national conference agenda each year.“Since the community charity activity was introduced at our Fiji conference in 2012 we have worked with some incredible people over the past six years, who are achieving amazing things, and usually with very tight budgets. This year our partnership tied in really well with our conference theme by giving our people the opportunity to act as ONE in helping out with HPA’s fundraising event.”Always happy to offer a hand: personal travel managers Julie Lunn and Melanie Carter create personalised mementoes of their morningConference attendees were transported by bus to the fun walk start line at Darwin’s Trailer Boat Club and joined members of the Darwin community and disabled community in a seven-kilometre fun walk long Darwin’s picturesque East Point Reserve and beach, which has a lot of Australian military history significance, followed by “Steps Towards Capability” expo where participants had an opportunity to learn about the work of local disability service providers.“It was a great choice of event for us because it was something that everyone could get involved in,” says Gazal. “Those who didn’t want to do the walk were able to help out with aid stations along the route, and at the conclusion of the walk, we were also able to participate in a range of art, dance, music and sports workshops with our new friends.”TravelManagers’ General Manager, Michael Gazal, celebrates a successful ‘Steps Towards Capability’ with Georgina HiggieTravelManagers also created a team fundraising page where conference participants, supplier attendees and friends and family could make donations towards HPA in support of the work they carry out in their community. Participants could also choose to set up their own fundraising pages if they wished to carry out further fundraising on an individual basis.The funds raised by the Steps Towards Capability event will help HPA to continue their valuable work, providing supported employment to people with a disability. They do this because their vision is that through employment and support, people with disabilities can develop confidence, independence and life skills to lead a fulfilling everyday life.TravelManagers’ Nicole Edgar, representative for Narre Warren South in Victoria, has taken part in TravelManagers’ community events for the past six years, and says giving back to differing charities and organisations to help those less fortunate than ourselves is one of highlights of her conference weekend each year.TravelManagers’ Juanita Schaffa De Mauri (left) and Natalie Miller add their contribution to a TravelManagers-themed work of art“What a great way to start the day: a walk in the Darwin sunshine with some really great people, play some chair volleyball, take part in a dance workshop and create some colourful works of art – what more could we ask for? It was such a fun event, and knowing that we’ve contributed financially to their ongoing work was the icing on the cake!”At the end of the morning, HPA’s CEO, Tony Burns, farewelled the TravelManagers participants and thanked them for their enthusiastic involvement in what was a very successful event for the organisation. To date, TravelManagers’ involvement in Steps Towards Capability has raised in excess of $7,598, with final figures still being assessed.“There’s a lot of work by a lot of people that goes into planning each year’s national conference, but choosing an organisation with whom to partner for our community event is one of the highlights,” says Gazal. “There are so many great organisation out there that it can be a really tough choice, but ultimately, it’s very rewarding for all involved.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599. About TravelManagersTravel Managers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2017. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 500 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases.Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more


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Inc. a Time Warner Company All rights reservedJoe Ramon Saucedo 23 pleaded guilty to murder a class AA felony and conspiracy to commit burglary a class B felony in North Dakota district court in Grand Forks Wednesday morningRuben Cisneros Jr was stabbed to death at his rural home several miles northwest of Grand Forks in November 2013 after Saucedo and four others went to the home to retrieve Cisneros’ ex-girlfriend’s belongingsSaucedo wearing an orange jail uniform appeared in court in front of newly appointed District Judge Don HagerBefore the judge delivered his sentence Saucedo stood before the court and apologized to the Cisneros family"I am sorry for the harm I have caused their family" Saucedo said before turning around to personally address any of Cisneros’ family members none of whom were presentAssistant State’s Attorney Carmell Mattison who prosecuted the case told the court that the Cisneros family was not present because of miscommunication between her office and the familyMattison spent a few minutes highlighting what Joel Cisneros Ruben’s brother had told the court at a hearing last month at which Saucedo’s three co-defendants were sentenced"Joel Cisneros was at the scene when his brother died He dropped to his knees on the ground and attempted unsuccessfully to perform CPR on his brother" she said "He lost his fishing buddy his friend . No amount of time is ever going to heal this loss"Steve Mottinger Saucedo’s attorney also spoke before the court saying Saucedo had not intended on killing anyone and accepted responsibility for Cisneros’ deathMottinger pointed to his client’s age Saucedo was the youngest of the four defendants and told the judge Saucedo wanted to turn his life around"He’s going to spend as much time in prison as I have in (legal) practice" he saidThe prosecution and the defense struck a plea deal in July 2014 In exchange for a guilty plea Saucedo would serve 30 years in prisonThe judge sentenced Saucedo to 50 years in prison with 20 of those years suspended leaving him with a 30-year prison term Saucedo is required to serve 25 years and six months before he is eligible for paroleAfter he is released from prison he will be placed on 10 years of supervised probation If he violates his terms of probation he could be resentenced to life in prison without parole "Mr Saucedo should have a heavy hammer over his life when he’s released" said Mattison during the hearingThe roughly 450 days Saucedo spent in jail prior to sentencing Wednesday will go toward his 30-year prison sentenceThree others were charged in Cisneros’ death Thomas Robert Begg 24 Jennifer Blue 24 and Vincent Jonas Gladue 25 each pleaded guilty to reduced charges of facilitating murder a class C felony and conspiracy to commit burglary a class B felony Each of them was sentenced to 10 years in prison last monthBlue was Cisneros’ ex-girlfriend who lived at his home off-and-on leading up to his murderSaucedo was also ordered to pay $1750 in court fines and $525 in restitution or one-fourth of Cisneros’ burial costsSaucedo’s three co-defendants were ordered to pay the other three quarters of Cisneros’ burial costsTetsuo Yukioka (left) and Keisuke Miyazawa (right) of Tokyo Medical University apologize for discriminatory practices TORU HANAI/REUTERS/Newscom Japanese medical university admits to discriminating against female applicants By Dennis NormileAug 8 2018 1:35 PM TOKYO—A prominent Japanese medical university said yesterday that school administrators have deliberately manipulated entrance exam scores to limit the number of women admitted The confession helps explain the lopsided gender ratio of graduates from Tokyo Medical University (TMU) and strengthens suspicions that similar practices have prevailed at other Japanese medical schools At an evening press conference yesterday an external investigative panel confirmed that TMU administrators routinely lowered the scores of all female applicants The policy derived from concerns that women would leave their careers after having children the investigators reported Officials feared such an exodus would cause staffing problems at TMU’s affiliated hospitals which rely heavily on the university’s graduates for medical professionals The policy appears to have had the desired effect on admissions and the gender balance of incoming classes Yomiuri Shimbun a leading daily newspaper separately reported that 88% of male applicants and only 29% of female applicants were admitted this year Some 1596 men and 1018 women took the exam this year resulting in 141 men and 30 women gaining entry TMU officials appeared at a separate press conference that followed the first one “We have seriously violated the trust of society” said Tetsuo Yukioka TMU’s managing director before giving the ritualistic deep and prolonged bow of apology Several female scientists told ScienceInsider they haven’t seen any admissions shenanigans in their fields But women still face serious roadblocks they add “I think there are few women in research in Japan because many give up because of sexual harassment and bullying” says Mariko Kato an astronomer at Keio University here The TMU investigation was a response to allegations that an official in the national education ministry promised a TMU official preferential treatment for a government grant in return for having his son accepted Last month the university’s chairman and president resigned in connection with the scandal The bureaucrat and the two officials now face bribery charges It was also confirmed yesterday that TMU officials raised the test scores of certain applicants to ensure admission in hopes of securing donations from their parents TMU may not be alone in pursuing such policies Yoshimasa Hayashi the education minister told the Japanese press that the ministry intends to investigate practices at other medical schools Kato says it would be extremely difficult to manipulate the test scores of applicants to its science and engineering departments because of the transparency in handling the exam materials She says about 18% of applicants are women and that women make up a similar percentage of each entering class Hisako Ohtsubo a molecular biologist at Nihon University in Funabashi Japan thinks the education ministry “should investigate and disclose the actual number of female candidates and the number of those who passed the exams at medical schools nationwide” The numbers for individual schools are not publicly available Ohtsubo says other fields have become more welcoming to women “The number of capable women in science engineering and agriculture is gradually increasing” she says However a “feudal system persists in medical departments” where the expectation is that doctors should be on call 24 hours a day This makes it hard for female physicians to balance work and family obligations she says Rather than discourage women interested in medical careers she asks “why not reform and improve” hospital operations Kato thinks the TMU investigation could lead to a dramatic improvement for women “I’m looking forward to next year’s entrance exam results” she saysLucknow:For all the focus on Muslims in the Uttar Pradesh elections —demonised by the BJP and actively wooed by the BSP as well as the Congress-SP combine —the number of people from the community in the 17th Vidhan Sabha has touched a historic low of 25 This is far short of the 68 members the community had in the 403-member assembly after the 2012 election which saw the Samajwadi Party (SP) romp home with 224 seats That was the best-ever showing for Muslims —comprising almost 19 percent of the state’s 22 crore population —who have been sending on average about 40 legislators to the house in every election Representational image PTI The poor showing this time around many Muslim leaders here feel does not augur well as it implies that a "sizeable population is being kept away from mainstream politics" Former chief minister Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) who saw the community as key to her electoral success had fielded more than 100 candidates this time round and a large number of Muslim outfits and groups had exhorted the community to vote for the party The BSP however finished a poor third with just 19 seats —six of whom are Muslims The community was also seen as crucial for the Congress-Samajwadi Party (SP) alliance and received a fair share of tickets from the combine The alliance however returned with just 54 legislators of whom 19 are Muslim —17 from the SP and two from the Congress The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally Apna Dal —which together won a whopping 321 seats —did not field a single Muslim candidate and were also accused of communalising the campaign in a bid to polarise Hindu votes The BSP and SP wooing has left some in the community disenchanted As in the past welfare measures for a community that fares poorly on practically all social indices did not go beyond handing out tickets to us says Ali Zafar a prominent Muslim voice in the state He also slammed the SP BSP and Congress for their "aggressive outreach for the Muslim vote so much so that it antagonised the majority Hindus" There are as many as 143 seats in Uttar Pradesh where it has traditionally been believed that Muslims can make or mar the fortunes of political parties Of these in 70 seats Muslims have 20-25 percent presence and in the remaining 73 they account for 30 percent or more of the population Political observers here say there are many reasons why Muslims fared so poorly this time despite such significant presence in so many seats For one the community sought to send Muslim candidates to the assembly irrespective of political affiliations This split the vote between the Congress-SP and the BSP As Rizwan a BSP worker in Indiranagar Lucknow put it: "There was no coherence in the Muslim pattern of voting this time" The result is there for all to see – just 25 legislators at a time when recent elections had seen a rising trend in elected Muslims The numbers had been steadily rising in last five elections: 28 legislators in 1993 to 38 in 1996 46 in 2002 56 in 2007 and of course as many as 68 in 2012 There has also been talk of some Muslims especially the youth and women having voted for the BJP after the triple talaq stand taken by the party While this is difficult to corroborate but in the celebrations at the BJP state headquarters here after the landslide win on Saturday many burqa-clad women were seen dancing and raising "Modi Modi" slogans Yunus Parvez a student at a polytechnic here believes there has been a certain churning in the Muslim populace if not in favour of the BJP then against the political parties that have "used us as mere vote banks" adding that the "community will have to think beyond narrow issues" The students union of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) had before the elections appealed to the community to shun all political parties and instead use the None Of The Above or NOTA option on the polling machines The BJP has been unapologetic about not giving tickets to Muslims Its state chief Keshav Prasad Maurya reiterated on Saturday that the party would not give tickets to Muslims in the 2019 general election or the 2022 assembly election He said the party believed in giving tickets to candidates depending on their "winnability" and not to appease any particular community Clearly pushed to the fringes of the mainstream and rendered largely irrelevant the community will need to strategise anew on the best way to once again emerge as a relevant electoral force It will also need to battle the perception —used cleverly by the BJP to consolidate Hindu votes in the just-concluded elections —that the community votes tactically and en bloc though there is little evidence to support this" Kind words.

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