first_imgOTTAWA – Canadians have long been the targets of data harvesting, from credit cards keeping tabs on users’ shopping habits to the personal information on warranty cards being used by companies to advertise replacement goods. In recent years, the availability of big data and breakthroughs in computing technology have allowed advertisers and political actors to crunch huge amounts of data and, through social media, micro-target narrow demographics in their bid to either boost sales or expand their political power. Here are a few milestones in how the use of the internet, social media and data mining have evolved in politics:2003Howard Dean’s bid to win the Democratic primary ahead of the 2004 presidential election may have been unsuccessful, but it sets the stage for the future of online campaigning, from fundraising to mobilizing voters and volunteers. While data harvesting didn’t figure into Dean’s strategy, experts point to his envelope-pushing methods as a milestone in the internet as a tool for online engagement.2003The newly established Conservative party launches CIMS, or the Constituent Information Management System — a database that will serve as a collecting bin for millions of Canadians’ names, contact information and political opinions amassed through phone calls and door-to-door canvassing. The database allows the Tories to tweak their platform and target their message to voters in a way never before seen in Canadian politics.2004Mark Zuckerberg launches the social networking site Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room. The company will go on to develop a business model that involves selling advertisers targeted access to its millions of users based on personal information divulged in their profiles.2008Barack Obama is elected as president of the United States. His campaign’s acumen for data and social media outreach is praised as one of the key factors to his electoral success.2010The Arab Spring erupts in North Africa, which sees thousands of citizens take to the streets to demand change in waves of both violent and non-violent protest. Social media is seen as a critical factor to the demonstrations taking place, in the way it allowed activists and citizens to communicate and organize.2012Justin Trudeau becomes leader of the Liberal party in a campaign that involved enlisting the help of software from NGP VAN, the same campaign technology and database company Obama used in his presidential run. The Liberals employ the same strategies of micro-targeting voters to form government in the 2015 federal election.2016Donald Trump is elected president of the United States. Shortly afterwards, controversy erupts over allegations Russian trolls bought ads on various social media sites, including Facebook and Instagram, that targeted users based on their online profiles.2018Cambridge Analytica, a voter-profiling firm based in the United Kingdom and co-founded by Canadian Christopher Wylie, is accused of improperly acquiring the private information of tens of millions of Facebook users and using that information to build so-called psychographic profiles to then target users for political gain, including during Donald Trump’s run for the presidency.last_img read more

18 September 2008The tennis star and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Maria Sharapova announced today that she is donating $210,000 to an initiative that will offer scholarships to youth from regions of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident. Announcing the joint initiative between UNDP and her private foundation, Ms. Sharapova noted her own connection to the issue – she was born in 1987 after her family fled Belarus for Siberia because of concerns about radiation in the wake of the Chernobyl accident.“It has always been my dream to contribute to the recovery of a region where I have a personal connection,” she said, according to a UNDP press release. “Enabling talented young people to pursue higher education is part of a broader effort to build a brighter future for the region.”The Maria Sharapova Foundation will award 12 students five-year scholarships to study at two leading universities in Belarus. Working with UNDP, which coordinates the UN’s work on Chernobyl and implements recovery projects in Belarus, the first scholarship recipients will begin their studies in September 2009. UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis warmly welcomed the alliance. “UNDP is honoured to count Maria Sharapova among its Goodwill Ambassadors,” he stated. “Her engagement helps to convey a message of optimism to young people in a once-blighted region where a return to normal life is now a realistic prospect.” UNDP implements programmes to encourage economic and community development across the region, based on scientific findings that indicate radiation is below negative health-affecting levels. Ms. Sharapova has previously donated $100,000 to youth-oriented projects implemented by UNDP in Chernobyl-affected regions. read more

As word of mouth continues to spread and the benefits become better known, more and more new Badgers are learning the importance of getting off to a Smart Start.The University’s largest transition program, which introduces students to all key elements of Brock life before they start classes in September, just completed one of its most successful seasons yet.From the beginning of July to the final session on Saturday, Sept. 1, Smart Start welcomed nearly 1,850 incoming students across 22 program days. Parents, family members and friends brought total attendance to nearly 3,300 people who came to campus to get an early glimpse into the Brock experience.The program saw a roughly 200-student or 10-per cent increase in 2018 over the previous year.Nearly 1,850 new Brock students participated in Smart Start sessions this summer.Smart Start Recruitment Officer Courtney Keogh attributes the success to the positive feedback participants have been sharing in the community, but also to the collective efforts of Brock staff to encourage new students to participate.Staff introduced summer orientation programs — including Smart Start, LEAP and BaseCamp — during recruitment events early on in the calendar year. Information was available as early as April’s Spring Open House in an effort to reach as many people as possible. As a result, all three programs saw an increase in enrolment in 2018.“Our team also called every student who was eligible for Smart Start and invited them personally; every single student,” Keogh said. “After that happened, our numbers just spiked. That was very impactful.”Brock is well known for adding a “personal touch” to its programming, which adds to the overall experience, she said.While Smart Start is a campus-wide initiative made possible by well over 100 University employees, the program is led by a group of 18 Brock students, who range from being in the first year of undergrad to the second year of their master’s degree. There are varsity athletes, representatives from various clubs and residence dons in the mix in an effort to create a relatable team of leaders.“The program really could not run without the students,” Keogh said. “They take great pride in what they do and get really excited when they see people getting pumped up about the experience they’ve had.”It’s also not uncommon, she added, for students who have just completed Smart Start to ask about getting involved as a student leader in the program in future years.“Most students find the program incredibly valuable,” Keogh said.Smart Start participants get their Brock ID card, have their schedules reviewed and take a tour of the campus to check out where their classes will be — all well before their September start.“We also teach them all about campus services, answer a lot of the questions they have and the questions they don’t know they have yet,” Keogh said. “We touch on everything from how to use their ID card to very specific details about finances and OSAP.”The program came with some new initiatives this year, with transfer student programming integrated into Smart Start and a special session held for international and out-of-province students.The latter event was held Saturday, Sept, 1 — the last day before Brock’s Move-In Day blitz — in order to accommodate people travelling from great distances. About 50 students plus their guests attended, coming from all across Canada, India, Tanzania, the Maldives, El Salvador, Kenya, Trinidad and Tobago, and the U.S.Smart Start is constantly adapting, with feedback collected at every session and used to make minor adjustments throughout the season. With the program now wrapped for the summer, a review will be done to identify potential improvements to continue to better the experience for future Badgers. read more

EUGENE, Ore. — Erin Boley scored 24 points, Sabrina Ionescu set a school record with 17 assists and No. 3 Oregon rolled past Long Beach State 110-48 on Sunday.Ruthy Hebard added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Ducks (7-0), and Maite Cazorla and Satou Sabally each had 18 points. After missing nine of its first 11 3-point attempts, Oregon finished 13 of 29 from beyond the arc as Boley and Cazorla each made four.Ionescu exited with about four minutes to play with 12 points and six rebounds, four shy of her 13th triple-double. She shares the overall NCAA record of 12 with BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth.Shanaijah Davison led the 49ers (1-7) with 25 points off the bench. Long Beach State started four freshmen and a sophomore against an Oregon lineup with 320 combined starts.The Ducks took control by starting the second quarter with a 14-0 run to lead 38-16, and they pushed it to 50-24 at the half. Boley led the way with 14 points and Hebard had 12.BIG PICTUREThe loss was the third against Pac-12 competition this season for Long Beach State, which plays a fourth Pac-12 team when it hosts Arizona next Sunday. It was the 49ers’ first defeat against a ranked team in two years.Oregon put together its best overall performance with a week to prepare for visits to Michigan State and South Dakota State, each of which has made eight NCAA Tournament appearances in the past 10 years. The Ducks then host their first Top 10 game at Matthew Knight Arena against No. 6 Mississippi State on Dec. 18.UP NEXTLong Beach State hosts San Diego on Thursday.Oregon plays at Michigan State next Sunday.The Associated Press read more

first_imgA SYNDICATE OF two from Dublin became Lotto millionaires after picking up their cheque for over €8.1 million.This is the biggest win of the year so far as the jackpot had been rolling since 30 November 2013 and included a €1 million top up added on 21 December to celebrate Christmas.WicklowThe winning ticket a €4 Quick Pick ticket in Tesco, Wicklow Shopping Centre in Wicklow Town on the day of the draw.Speaking as they picked up their cheque, the winners said: We can’t believe our luck. What a way to kick off the New Year!The winners wish to remain anonymous and are still considering their plans for the new fortune.It seems that if you are looking to win the Lotto, Tesco in Wicklow might be your best bet as just last September they sold a EuroMillions Match 5 + 1 Lucky Star winning ticket worth €272,629.Another lucky store is Tesco in Mullingar who sold the €1 million top prize winning ticket in the Christmas Millionaire Raffle draw on New Year’s Eve. The winner is yet to claim that that prize – so check your ticket.Read: One winner of €8.2 million Lotto jackpot sold in Wicklow>Read: Kerry man collects €250,000 Lotto win>last_img read more

first_imgOn November 1st Apple released a pre-release build of iOS 4.2 for developers. It didn’t take long for complaints to start rolling in about an issue with Wi-Fi using the new build. Basically, it wasn’t working correctly and users were finding it difficult to get a connection that allowed access to the Internet. A connection to a network is found, but then either doesn’t allow web browsing or disconnects itself after a few minutes.Roll on to today, when iOS 4.2 final was expected, and it’s nowhere to be seen. It looks as though Apple has delayed it in order to figure out what’s causing the Wi-Fi issue.iOS 4.2 may get a new release date next week, but it could be two weeks before it becomes available and another pre-release version is released in the interim. It’s the right thing to do as Apple don’t want millions of iPad owners complaining they don’t have access to the web after updating.Read more at Macstorieslast_img read more

first_imgSupprimer le sucre ? “Sûrement pas, c’est le premier carburant du cerveau” !La semaine dernière, des chercheurs américains ont publié dans la revue Nature des travaux qui suggèrent que le sucre serait en grande quantité, aussi dangereux que l’abus d’alcool. Une affirmation sur laquelle a souhaité revenir Isabelle Mallet, notre chroniqueuse nutritionniste. “Et voilà que le sucre remonte sur les planches pour un show dont lui seul a le secret. C’est au tout début de ce mois que trois scientifiques américains ont tiré la sonnette d’alarme dans la revue Nature sur les risques sanitaires mondiaux liés à l’abus de consommation de sucre, et en particulier l’absorption de sucres ajoutés comme le fructose. Ils préconisent des mesures drastiques pour en limiter la consommation : doubler le prix des sodas, limiter les points de vente de sucreries et leurs heures d’ouverture et fixer un âge minimal pour pouvoir acheter des boissons sucrées.Mais sommes-nous si infantilisés qu’il faille nous interdire la consommation de produits alimentaires… pour notre santé ? Où seraient passés notre capacité de raisonnement, notre libre arbitre et notre liberté ? Il faut avant tout comprendre de quoi il est question. Le sucre est en fait un nom “générique” pour parler de différentes formes de sucre. Différents sucres qui n’ont pas le même pouvoir sucrant, ni le même aspect, ni la même formule chimique et donc pas la même action sur le corps.Par exemple, le plus connu, le saccharose, est le sucre de table, en morceau ou en poudre. Il y a aussi le lactose, sucre naturellement présent dans le lait qui a la particularité d’aider à une meilleure absorption du calcium… Il y a aussi le glucose souvent utilisé sous sa forme liquide. Mais il en existe d’autres encore comme le fructose, dont le pouvoir sucrant est un peu plus fort que le sucre de table. Il en faut donc une quantité moins importante pour avoir le même goût sucré. Il est assimilé également plus lentement et c’est donc en partie pour ces raisons que le fructose, sucre que l’on retrouve naturellement dans les fruits a été longtemps utilisé par les diabétiques. Un point sur notre consommation de sucres et notamment de fructoseLa consommation de boissons rafraichissantes sucrées (boissons sucrées, édulcorées, aromatisées, colas, jus de fruits, nectars, et sirops) a connu un essor important au cours des dernières décennies. L’enquête INCA2 de l’ANSES sur les consommations alimentaires, menée en 2006-2007, a montré que les sujets jeunes sont ceux qui consomment le plus fréquemment des boissons sucrées. Celle-ci a expliqué que “plus de 90% des 3-17 ans (garçons et filles) et des 18-34 ans (garçons) déclarent en consommer au moins 1 fois par semaine, avec une consommation moyenne de 200 à 250 ml par jour. Chez les 3-17 ans, les boissons sucrées représentent 21 à 23% des apports hydriques ; l’eau représentant 52 à 56%”.Mais la composition en sucres de ces boissons (saccharose, fructose, sirops associant glucose et fructose en proportions variables) suscite elle-même un débat scientifique. Aux Etats-Unis, il a été observé un parallélisme entre la courbe d’évolution de la consommation de sirops riches en fructose, (largement utilisés aux Etats-Unis, mais beaucoup moins en Europe) et celle de la prévalence de l’obésité. Toutefois, si ce fait a été relevé, ces observations ne sont pas la preuve d’une relation causale entre la consommation de fructose et l’évolution de l’obésité aux Etats-Unis. En revanche, cela permet d’ouvrir le débat sur la qualité de l’alimentation et son incidence sur la santé sans oublier que ce qui est relevé aux Etats Unis, n’est pas forcément une réalité française. De note côté, le Plan National Nutrition Santé (PNNS) a prouvé son incidence sur le ralentissement de la courbe de l’obésité. Ce même PNNS qui prône l’équilibre, la variété et une consommation modérée des sucres et produits sucrés. Par ailleurs, les boissons sucrées, elles ont vu leur TVA augmenter au 1er Janvier. Alors, faut-il supprimer le sucre ?Sûrement pas, c’est le premier carburant du cerveau ! Il est une source de plaisir et il est beaucoup plus intéressant d’apprendre à le/les consommer. Une consommation modérée, un apprentissage des quantités suffisantes ainsi qu’un balisage des produits sucrés pour une meilleure consommation de ces derniers semblent essentiels. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Mais n’est-ce pas déjà le rôle de l’étiquetage nutritionnel et des tableaux de valeurs nutritionnelles ? Bien sûr que oui, sauf que nous ne les regardons pas, ou ne savons pas les lire… J’en reviens donc à l’importance de l’éducation plutôt que la sanction. C’est plus long à mettre en place, à en tirer un bénéfice mais c’est au moins durable”.Isabelle MalletLe 10 février 2012 à 18:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Israel just became the seventh nation to successfully orbit the Moon.On Thursday, Beresheet, an Israeli spacecraft, finally slipped into lunar orbit after traveling away from Earth over the past six weeks, Space.com reported. Even though this was a major milestone for the spacecraft, there is still an important lunar touchdown attempt to accomplish next week. If all goes well, Beresheet will be the first Israeli spacecraft and the first privately-funded lunar landing, NBC News noted.“The lunar capture is an historic event in and of itself — but it also joins Israel in a seven-nation club that has entered the Moon’s orbit,” Morris Kahn of SpaceIL said in a statement. “A week from today, we’ll make more history by landing on the Moon, joining three superpowers who have done so. Today I am proud to be an Israeli.”Kahn founded SpaceIL, a non-profit organization that’s leading the Beresheet mission with Israel Aerospace Industries, an Israel-based aerospace and aviation manufacturer. According to project team members, the Beresheet mission costs about $100 million.Dream with us. On the 11/4/19 #Israel will land on the #moon. Let’s take part in history! #IsraelToTheMoon @ILAerospaceIAI pic.twitter.com/RQpe2YqcxN— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) April 4, 2019On Feb. 21, Beresheet blasted off on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch started Israel’s first eight-week journey to the Moon and once Beresheet arrives on the Moon’s surface, it will analyze the Moon’s craters and local magnetic field on its two Earth-day surface mission.More on Geek.com:Watch: Israeli Moon Lander Captures Phenomenal Sunrise From SpaceSpaceX Is Launching Israel’s First Mission to the Moon TonightSpace Flight Events to Watch in 2019 Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The USNS Mercy hospital ship set sail from San Diego Friday morning for an international humanitarian mission in Asia.Some 800 military and civilian personnel from the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Peru and Japan are joining the mission, which will make stops in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.The effort is called the Pacific Partnership. It was conceived after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in an effort to provide disaster relief and medical assistance and strengthen ties between the aid-providing nations and those being assisted in Asia.“Our staff and team have come together to form a dynamic team of professionals and we are ready to execute this mission and engage with our partners throughout the Indo-Pacific,” said Capt. David Bretz, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 31. “We are excited about forging new friendships and deepening partnerships across the region.”Medial, dental, civil engineering and veterinary teams will partner with teams in the host nations for civic projects, community health efforts, medical symposiums and disaster-response training. Community relations engagements will also be held in an effort to enhance relationships between the people of the host nations and those who are visiting, according to the Navy. United States Navy Mercy Hospital Ship departs for humanitarian mission Ed Lenderman February 23, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ed Lenderman, Posted: February 23, 2018last_img read more

first_imgThe funding deficit for defined benefit (DB) pension schemes in the UK was £420 billion at the end of July 2017, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).Its Skyval index, which is based on data relating to 5,800 DB pension funds and collected through the Skyval pensions platform used by trustees, sponsors and advisors, found that the funding deficit for UK DB pension schemes fell by £40 billion between June 2017 and July 2017.Between June 2017 and July 2017, pension assets remained at £1,550 billion according to the current funding measure, which is used by pension fund trustees to determine organisations’ cash contributions. The current funding measure liability target at the end of July 2017 was £1,970 billion, compared to £2,010 billion at the end of June 2017.Steven Dicker, chief actuary at PWC, said: “The funding liability at the end of July stands a little lower than the end of June so, with relatively static asset values, this has led to the third consecutive monthly decrease in deficit.“As a result, the proportion of liabilities covered by assets of UK pension schemes has reached its highest point since the autumn of 2014, at 78.7%. However, the monetary value of the gap between assets and liabilities, at £420 billion, remains higher than what it was three years ago.“Part of this is due to schemes not being hedged against the fall in gilt yields, to what have been historically low levels. However, while this hedging would have reduced the disclosed deficit on the gilt plus funding approach, it is important to realise this wouldn’t necessarily improve the actual long-term outturn for schemes.”last_img read more

first_imgThat question set the tone for much of the remaining discussion. Butkus, who briefly described the recent merger of ARGI with iPacessetters to form a fulfillment services, technology and outbound calling teleservices company, zeroed in on driving the ability to better understand customer data and how that can drive transactions. “Regardless of where our client base is,” said Butkus, their revenue models are changing. These changes are absolutely rampant. How we think as a provider has to be consistent with the way they are going.”SFG’s Pytlak sees opportunity in emphasizing integrated services, a path his company has recently continued to invest in. Echoing Butkus’ comments, Pytlak noted that understanding the customer is “hot” again. After the last couple years of experimenting with multiplatform content delivery, Pytlak says publishers are getting the hang of things and settling into more defined business models. “There’s more interest in data mining and customer intelligence. Publishers are starting to adjust better to technology and how to deliver content to customers. There is more structured testing and less experimentation.”Netburn picked up on that thread and offered that publishers are not as focused on brand and product extensions. Rather, continuity of content delivery has gained prominence. “It’s not so much about different products, but more about anytime, any place, anywhere content availability. This is about the same product and being able to come back to it where you left off-a simple, easy experience for the customer.”ESP’s Jordan jumped in to clarify that fulfillment providers are not interested in or responsible for the distribution, but how they’ll govern access. “We want to capture the data and provide the access,” he said. Here, the conversation moved into how fulfillment providers were going to be able to offer the technology and services to enable this access and insight. It was acknowledged that there will need to be partnerships with other types of providers. Netburn, who noted that his 13 percent of business is now digital and growing at double-digit rates, said, “The days of fulfillment owning the process end-to-end are over. The role of a successful fulfillment company is to be a part of that [customer data] food chain. At first, that might seem scary, but when you get over that you realize there are a lot of opportunities,” he said. Meneough likened the provider role to that of a gatekeeper between a collection of systems. “The technology will be the easy part,” he said. “Making a dynamic offer when the customer is right there is a major shift for the publisher today. They had been so product-centric, now you focus on the customer.”Pytlak, who added that providers provide solution sets, said that customers may come with a set of needs that can only be partially met by a fulfillment company. In those cases, he said, the provider must enable those services that are not germane to the company, keeping the client inside the fold. Top executives of some of the leading fulfillment companies were assembled for FMA‘s annual President’s Panel yesterday to provide an update on their companies and how the market is evolving. Conversation moved through a perfunctory look at company stats and quickly settled into a discussion about the identity of a fulfillment provider in today’s publishing landscape and where it sits in the content value chain.About 90 fulfillment and magazine executives were on hand to listen to the panel, moderated by Joe Furgiuele, founder and president of FCI, Inc. While some attention was applied to file sizes and number of magazine shutdowns and startups, panelists-including iPacesetters CEO Ray Butkus, CDS Global CEO Malcolm Netburn, SFG president and CEO Tony Pytlak, ESP COO Michael Jordan and Palm Coast Data president John Meneough-focused on publisher business models, how they inform the fulfillment providers’ service enhancements and what new services providers will need to develop.CDS’ Netburn noted that business had stabilized to a “slower level of diminishment,” meaning ad revenues were returning to customers which in turn helped fuel a more level operating environment. He also claimed a 53 percent total market share, a number that went undisputed among the other panelists. PCD’s Meneough pointed out that the company has completed its consolidation of operations and has invested about $2 million in human resources. Publishing clients, he said, still appear to be largely confused by the the rapidly evolving media landscape. “There’s a lot of chaos. How do we drive revenues in the digital market and where do we fit in that?”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Drains By James.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”last_img

first_imgLawmakers have approved an audit of the state crime lab to see if it is properly managing evidence.Listen now:Sen. Berta Gardner made the request of the Legislative Budget and Audit committee on Thursday. The Anchorage Democrat filed a bill to audit the processing of rape kits in the state earlier this year, after a report by the Legislature’s research department was unable to get information on the number of untested kits.“All of the answers were, ‘Unknown. Unknown. Unknown,’” said Gardner.The bill is still in committee, but Gardner said she started getting calls from current and former crime lab employees, alleging mismanagement. That pushed her to request an audit on the lab itself.“There were claims, for example, that one whistleblower — that she’d worked as a lab technician for almost ten years but left her job because she was afraid of losing her national accreditation because of management’s failure to maintain a proper chain of custody with evidence and failure to adhere to standards for storage of evidence,” said Gardner.The $90 million crime lab has been in operation since 2012.At the same meeting, the committee also approved an audit of the cruise ship head tax and the way the revenue was being used, and an audit of the Department of Fish and Game’s advisory committee process.last_img read more

first_imgMoinabad: MPP Nakshatram Jayavant said everyone should grow plants and dig water harvesting pits in front of their houses to prevent pollution, apart from increasing ground water level. She, along with ZPTC Srikanth participated as chief guest in a programme held at Dakur Village on Sunday by upa sarpanch Nagarjuna Chary.Sarpanch RavaliGopikrishna, MPTC Ravinder, former sarpanches Narsihareddy, Peddaih, former MPTC Ramreddy, leaders Mahender Reddy, Narsimha Chary, CI Venkateshwarlu were present.last_img

first_imgBulk of the biggest companies in emerging markets are failing to check corrupt business practices, according to a study from Transparency International.The study rated 100 companies on a transparency index after evaluating their disclosure of structures, holdings, key financial information and anti-corruption programmes.”These revelations (Panama Papers) have bolstered a public mood of outrage towards corporate secrecy that can only raise stakeholder demand for greater corporate transparency… Emerging market multinationals will not be able to escape these trends, given their expanding business footprint. As this study shows, they must raise the bar on their transparency performance if they are to do business competitively in a global marketplace,” the report noted while making scathing observations about emerging markets such as the BRICS countries.After studying data of the 100 fastest growing companies from 15 emerging market countries, researchers found that 75% of companies scored less than five out of 10, while 72 firms disclose no tax information in foreign countries. The overall average score was 3.4 out of 10, slightly worse than in 2013, when the last report was published.Overall, publicly listed companies did better than state-owned or privately held firms. On one criterion, organisational transparency, they outperformed the publicly listed firms in the 2014 report. Technology companies came top in the anti-corruption programmes category with an average score of 74%, compared with an average of 65% for 35 global telecommunications firms assessed last year.Brazilian and Chinese companies performed poorly, Chinese companies, for instance, scored an average of 1.6 out of 10 on the overall index, with just one making it to the top 25. On the other hand, the 19 Indian companies assessed in the report achieved the best score of any country, with an average of 77%.Indian telecommunications firm Bharti Airtel was adjudged the most transparent company, while Chilean retailer Falabella was the only one to score 50% or more in all categories. Bharti Airtel was followed by Tata Communications, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Consultancy Services and Tata Steel. The four Tata Group companies were followed by Wipro, which ranks higher than Infosys Technologies.The report recommended companies to provide exhaustive lists of subsidiaries, affiliates, joint ventures and other entities and make them easily accessible, while governments must enact strong anti-bribery laws, like the UK bribery act and the Indian Companies act.last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Police bust gang for dealing pot, party drugs to teens US drug czar approaches challenge from a different angle: as a recovering alcoholic ‘Acid Test’: the case for using psychedelics to treat PTSD, depression White people are more likely to deal drugs in the US, but black people are more likely to get arrested for it LOS ANGELES, California – U.S. chemist Alexander Shulgin, known as the “Godfather of ecstasy” for turning an obscure chemical into a widely-used party drug, has died at 88, his family said. “Sasha died [Monday] … he was surrounded by family and caretakers and Buddhist meditation music, and his going was graceful, with almost no struggle at all,” his widow Ann said on Facebook in a statement posted early Tuesday.The octogenarian, who lived in California and studied chemistry at Harvard and Berkeley, suffered from liver cancer. Wikimedia CommonsShulgin developed an interest in the swinging 1960s in so-called psychoactive chemicals, testing hundreds of them including anti-depressants, aphrodisiacs and stimulants on himself and his friends.In the 1970s he began working with the amphetamine MDMA, which later became the rave or nightclub drug of choice, Ecstasy, or E. It allowed clubbers to dance for hours, although there have been cases of sudden death, raising questions particularly about the purity of the drug.The stimulant had already been synthesized at the end of the 19th century and patented in 1912 by pharmaceutical firm Merck, before being abandoned.Shulgin created a new way of synthesizing it, working with a psychologist, Leo Zeff, who used it himself and recommended it to colleagues to treat patients.The chemist, who organized psychodelic drug sessions with friends, wrote several books on his experiments. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Big Oil’s heirs join call for action as climate summit opens Obama to pledge $3 billion for new UN climate change fund Hundreds of thousands rally worldwide over climate change Small but vocal turnout in Costa Rica for global climate march Negotiators faced more months of hard bargaining on a proposed global climate treaty after talks in Lima, Peru, yielded a new pledge to battle global warming but few specifics on how the fight will be waged.Diplomats hailed an agreement — approved in Sunday’s early hours after an 11-day effort — in which more than 190 countries pledged to take action to stem the growth of greenhouse gases that scientists say are heating up Earth’s atmosphere. But the rancorous talks also highlighted deep divides that will have to be overcome to finalize the proposed treaty, set to be hammered out late next year in Paris.“It is true that we have a lot of work to do,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said as the talks in Lima ended early Sunday. “We are discussing technical things, but beyond those technical things are the lives and deaths of billions of people.”Negotiators announced the accord at 1:30 a.m. Sunday after a contentious session that ran more than 24 hours into overtime. The four-page agreement builds on recent momentum for a global treaty, and, in a key breakthrough, it requires action from developing countries as well as the industrialized world.“The road to Paris has begun in Lima,” Felipe Calderón, former president of Mexico and chairman of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, said after the agreement was gaveled through in a large tent packed with weary delegates. “There is still considerable work to be done. But I am encouraged that countries all around the world are beginning to see that it is in their economic interest to take action now.”The gains were modest — the requirements to be borne by individual countries were repeatedly watered down to ensure buy-in from a diverse array of nations ranging from established industrial powers of the West, to rising powerhouses such as China and India, to tiny island states such as Samoa and Nauru.Under the agreement, each country will have to submit early next year a detailed plan for addressing carbon emissions. But a series of compromises Friday and Saturday stripped away specific requirements for cutting pollution and left no provisions for outside verification to ensure the plans are carried out. The softened language was denounced by environmental groups as unacceptably weak.“The foot-dragging in Lima is out of step with the urgent signs of climate change that are already apparent,” said Nathaniel Keohane, vice president for international climate at the Environmental Defense Fund.See also: Obama to pledge $3 billion for new UN climate change fund Members of representative commissions of the countries participating in the climate change conferences attend the seventh plenary meeting of the COP20 on Dec. 13, 2014 in Lima, Peru. Cris Bouroncle/AFPWestern participants in the talks and independent experts said the compromises were necessary to keep the negotiations on track for next year. They noted that major industrial countries producing most of the world’s greenhouse gases — including the United States, the nations of the European Union and China — have committed to substantial curbs on greenhouse gas emissions, cuts that probably will be incorporated into any pact that is approved in Paris.The Obama administration promised last month to reduce U.S. emissions by 2025 to a level 26 percent to 28 percent below where they were in 2005.“The major virtue of this agreement is that it applies to both developed and developing nations, outlines the commitment terms and keeps everyone at the table,” said Paul Bledsoe, a former Clinton White House climate adviser. “But the pressure ahead of Paris will be profound, because all the thorniest issues have been left unresolved.”The Lima meeting, which began Dec. 1, offered an opportunity to settle technical issues underpinning next year’s global agreement, including how costs and obligations will be divided among poorer and wealthier countries. In the past, developing countries, including major emitters such as China and India, were exempted from mandatory cuts in greenhouse-gas pollution.The talks went into overtime Saturday into overtime Saturday as delegations clashed over demands by developing countries for compensation from industrialized countries for damage from climate change as well as demands for more financial assistance to pay for a transition to climate-friendly energy sources.See also: 98 percent of Costa Ricans believe in climate change, says UN survey© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgLocation Takes a Backseat as Homebuyers’ Priorities Change Affordability Availability Demand HOUSING Housing Market inbound Inventory Location metros outbound Supply Unaffordability 2018-03-05 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News March 5, 2018 587 Views center_img Buying a house in 2018 has become steadily more intricate with consistent declines in availability and continued price increases, according to an analysis by Realtor.com that identified a shift in buyer activity. The report analyzed thousands of views to Realtor.com’s website covering the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to 2016 and identified a major trend: affordability and availability over location.The analysis primarily focused on a metro’s inbound to outbound ratio, which was defined as the ratio of views to that metro from other metros with notable interest from more expensive markets to less expensive nearby markets.The report found shifting interests included demands for properties in smaller cities such as Bakersfield and Fresno as compared to their more expensive Californian counterparts such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento.On average the metropolitan areas with the most inbound views had a median listing price of $291,000 compared to the $521,000 of areas such as San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C., and Seattle.Home buyers instead focused their searches on more affordable locations outside of major metropolitan areas where markets with the highest overall interest were more affordable, had higher expected employment growth, and more available inventory than the markets they receive their inbound views from, the report noted.Another contributing factor in this shift was the significantly lower inventory available for buyers in these major metros.“This low inventory availability, coupled with unaffordability and only average employment performance, could explain why these markets are seeing a lower ratio of inbound views to outbound views,” said Sabrina Speianu, Economic Research Analysist for Realtor.com and the writer of this report. “The markets with the highest overall inbound to outbound ratios are more affordable, have higher expected employment growth, and more available inventory than the markets they receive their inbound views from.” Sharelast_img read more

first_imgFebruary 26, 2010 Continuing our report on the Resident Art Show: New work was recently added to the collection. David DeGomez added his colorful “Figure Study” and Larry Meagher set up a display of his ceramic work. [photo: sue & text: Colleen Reckow] The stained glass Madonna was created by Melissa Soluski and Maria Soleri exhibits original paintings and greeting cards. [photo: sue & text: Colleen Reckow] Ceramic pendants by Colleen Reckow are available for purchase as well as Alfonso Elia’s framed photography. [photo: sue & text: Colleen Reckow]last_img

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