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Nikolaj CosterWaldau And Akon Lace Up Their Boots At The Global Goals

first_imgUNDP Goodwill Ambassadors, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon, the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, and R&B singer, Akon joined some of the world’s coolest amateur athletes at the 3rd annual Global Goals World Cup (GGWC).The 3rd Annual Global Goals World Cup The stars and dignitaries fought it out on the pitch at the tournament which shines a light on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), bringing together 16 amateur women’s football teams vying for the trophy designed by world-renowned artist, Olafur Eliasson.Each team rallied around one of the SDGs, 17 goals that address critical issues including poverty, hunger, health, education, gender equality and climate change. The winning team, Goleadoreas from Queens, New York, championed SDG5, gender equality.On hand to deliver the trophy to the triumphant team were Crown Prince Haakon and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who has refereed previous Global Goals Tournaments in New York, Bangkok and Nairobi. This year he brought his two daughters to the event which took place on the 48th floor of the SAP building in New York City.“I’ve brought along my daughters this year so they can see all these remarkable women; scientists, activists, chief executives and policy-makers, all playing soccer,” Coster-Waldau said. “Sports unite people around the world, and can unite people to achieve the SDGs as well.”Co-founder of the Global Goals World Cup, Majken Gilmartin, said she was always impressed at the enthusiasm of all those taking part in the tournament.“This year’s Global Goals World Cup was such a success. Wherever the tournament takes place around the world, women answer the call to help achieve the SDGs. At the core of this is the women and the change they are making in their communities,” Gilmartin said.The Prime Minister of Norway played in the VIP Champion’s game alongside SDG Advocate, Alaa Murabit, Coster-Waldau, Akon, and Ulrika Modeer, Assistant Secretary-General and UN Development Programme’s Director of the Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy.Other events during the day included panel discussions in front of a crowded house, and a pop-up Girls Lounge hosted by The Female Quotient, a company and community dedicated to achieving workplace equality.For more information, visit read more

Belmokhtar, U.S. Ambassador welcome results of ‘ITQAN’ program

Rabat – Minister of national education and vocational training, Rachid Belmokhtar, and U.S. ambassador in Rabat, Dwight L.Bush S., welcomed Wednesday in Rabat “the positive results” of “ITQAN” program, an initiative aimed at “improving training to promotion the quality of education.” In a statement to reporters on the sidelines of the closing ceremony of the 57-month program, Belmokhtar expressed satisfaction with the results of “ITAQN”, a project of USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) which seeks to improve the quality of teaching and introduce new methods of education.“This is a highly successful program which has benefited both teachers and students, and we seek to expand its scope within the overall vision of the Ministry to improve the quality of education,” said Belmokhtar. For his part, the U.S. ambassador welcomed the successful collaboration between USAID and the ministry of education, and the positive results of this important initiative. Launched in December 2009, “ITQAN” program aims to provide technical assistance, training, grants and materials needed to improve education quality in middle schools in Morocco. read more

UN agency expands emergency food operation in droughtstricken Eritrea

The $75 million, five-month operation launched this month was designed to assist 840,000 drought-affected people, 240,000 more than the original nine-month project, which ended last month, WFP said, but it added that the original emergency operation appealed for $50 million and got 37 per cent less than that.”The spring Azmera rains have begun to fall, but once again they are erratic, light and localized. Herders are migrating earlier and longer distances with their animals in search of grazing lands and many Eritreans must queue for hours at fewer and fewer water points. Even in the areas around the capital, water shortages are acute, with deliveries taking place only once or twice a week,” WFP Country Director Jean-Pierre Cebron said.Eritreans were selling livestock, producing and selling charcoal and skipping meals, while the Government was unable to pay for food imports because of the damage to the economy from the 1998-2000 war with neighbouring Ethiopia, the unfinished peace progress and five years of drought, WFP said.Eritrea’s three most fertile regions – Anseba, Debub and Gash Barka – are at their driest since 1998. About half the children under 5 are underweight, as well as 42 per cent of pregnant and nursing mothers, one of the highest rates in Africa, WFP said, citing Ministry of Health statistics.In addition to the extended emergency operation, WFP was continuing its two-year, $50 million relief and recovery operation, targeting 300,00 people, mainly the internally displaced (IDPs), and feeding students in schools. read more

Brock professor appointed president of Milton Society of America

Elizabeth Sauer, Professor in Brock’s Department of English Language and Literature, is keeping John Milton’s legacy alive. Milton, a poet, ‘man of letters’ and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell, was a driving force behind Western Europe’s Reformation.This year marks the 500th anniversary of the movement — a defining moment in church and political history.Earlier this year, Sauer was appointed president of the Milton Society of America (MSA), a community of around 500 scholars and researchers from around the globe.“The poems Milton wrote have laid the groundwork for a lot of modern thinking,” says Sauer, who is the MSA’s first female Canadian president.“Anybody who’s interested in theology probably has to grapple with Milton,” she explains. “Anybody who’s interested in history, especially in the championing of liberty in the personal, religious, civic, political and domestic spheres needs to take on Milton.“Even the American revolution was influenced quite heavily by the thought of Milton over a century beforehand.”One of Sauer’s many tasks will be to oversee the MSA’s 70th-year jubilee campaign, which includes a fundraising effort to support young scholars to pursue Milton studies.Sauer is recognized as a world expert on Milton. In 2014, she published Milton, Toleration and Nationhood, a seminal book that examines Milton’s many works – the most famous including Areopagitica and Paradise Lost – to see how Milton developed concepts of toleration and liberty that informed discourses of English nation-building.The book was the result of Sauer’s Killam Fellowship, an award that comes with two years of funding to focus exclusively on one’s area of research.The Killam Fellowship is a highly prestigious honour. At the time she won it in 2009, Sauer was one of only nine scholars in Canada to get the award. read more

The NBA Excitement Index

20DEN0.3775.80 17ORL0.3045.92 6MIL0.5666.25 4CHI0.6306.29 26UTA0.3585.55 18WAS0.6115.89 28CLE0.6005.46 10BOS0.3926.18 3TOR0.6926.35 I think most fans, if given a choice, would prefer to watch a game with a high Excitement Index (although I imagine Warriors fans are content with their “boring” season). But excitement is a fickle thing, hard to predict and nearly impossible to ensure. There is one metric that reliably correlates with excitement: the Vegas point spread. But that correlation is not particularly strong, and the result should not be too surprising: Games with a low point spread tend to have higher average excitement than games in which one team is heavily favored over the other.Teams aren’t guaranteed to stay exciting as a season progresses. Using data from the past three NBA seasons, I looked at how a team’s average Excitement Index in its games before the All-Star break correlated with the Excitement Index of games played after it. Some correlation did persist, but the results largely showed a regression to the mean.2The correlation coefficient between the two halves of the season was approximately 20 percent. But this correlation may be due to the point spread dynamic already mentioned. Middle-tier teams are more likely to play in games with low point spreads, which, in turn, is correlated with more exciting games.NBA teams can’t avoid boredom for long.CORRECTION (Feb. 18, 11:20 a.m.): In a previous version of the table accompanying this article, several NBA teams were in the incorrect order. 11OKC0.5286.08 7MEM0.7366.23 14MIN0.2085.98 12SAC0.3466.01 15NOP0.5095.95 30GSW0.8205.35 2SAS0.6426.45 1PHX0.5476.75 19DAL0.6555.81 23ATL0.7965.61 TEAMWIN %EXCITEMENT INDEX 9POR0.6736.21 5LAL0.2456.26 22BKN0.4045.69 27PHI0.2265.48 What makes for an exciting game? Sensational plays, sure. Some lead changes, absolutely. But there’s also a feeling you get when watching one — that the unexpected just keeps happening.But this is FiveThirtyEight, and intuitions won’t do! What if we found a way to quantify that feeling of surprise? What if we made the NBA Excitement Index?Having long been a fan of Brian Burke’s win probability model and graphs at Advanced Football Analytics, I built a similar model for the NBA and debuted it on my site, Inpredictable, just over a year ago. The latest version of the model is based on detailed play-by-play data from 13 NBA seasons (from 2000 to 2012). This is not a simulation model; it is based on game results — for example, how often do teams win when trailing by two with 25 seconds left on the clock?1I have to apply some smoothing to even out the noise in the raw data, but otherwise I try to let the data speak for itself.By tracking swings in win probability, I was able to translate those swings into excitement. When visualized, games with a high Excitement Index are easy to spot. Their win probability graphs are choppy and turbulent.Take, for example, the triple overtime thriller between the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs on Dec. 17.The Spurs fell behind early, trailing by as much as 23 in the second quarter before tying the game with just under nine minutes left in regulation. From there, the lead changed hands several times, and with just 15 seconds left in regulation, the Spurs appeared on the verge of completing the comeback. The Spurs’ Boris Diaw rebounded a missed Vince Carter 3-point attempt, giving San Antonio possession with a three-point lead.Most games in that situation fizzle out rather undramatically (a combination of intentional fouls, free throws and time-outs as the trailing team attempts to stave off the inevitable). But this game featured nearly a whole game’s worth of drama squeezed into those final 15 seconds of regulation — a last-second turnover, a Mike Conley game-tying shot with seven seconds left on the clock; what appeared to be a game-winning shot from Danny Green with two seconds left, and a highly improbable Marc Gasol 30-footer to tie the game at the buzzer.That’s not even to mention the three overtimes that followed.The Spurs-Grizzlies win probability graph clearly has its share of dramatic turns, and its Excitement Index of 17.4 is the highest value of any NBA game this season.San Antonio has had one of the most “exciting” seasons in the league thus far; a fact somewhat at odds with its no-nonsense public image. The table below ranks each team by the average excitement index of their games. The Spurs, with an average index of 6.45, trail only the Phoenix Suns for the most exciting season heading into the All-Star break.New York Knicks fans should take note: This may be the only ranking this season in which your team finds itself adjacent to the Golden State Warriors. 8IND0.3896.22 13HOU0.6736.01 24LAC0.6485.61 25MIA0.4315.57 16DET0.3895.94 29NYK0.1925.45 21CHA0.4125.73 read more

The Russian Underdog Strikes First At The World Chess Championship

After a lengthy series of draws and building tension over the past 11 days, the deadlock at the World Chess Championship was finally broken Monday evening. The defending champion and world No. 1, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, was bested and resigned after 52 moves and five hours of play. His challenger, Sergey Karjakin of Russia, a heavy underdog coming into the match, now leads 4.5 to 3.5 in this race to 6.5 points and chess’s ultimate crown.1Wins are worth 1 point, draws are worth half a point for each player, and losses are worth 0 points. If the match is tied after 12 games, four relatively speedy tiebreaker games will be played on Nov. 30. Each player would get 25 minutes for his moves. Karjakin, who began the match ranked No. 9, has inched up to No. 6 in the world.The advantage in Monday’s Game 8, played on a frigid day in lower Manhattan, swung wildly back and forth between the two players. The game featured back-to-back blunders and a last-second move with the clock’s final seconds ticking down, a scenario worthy of a classic NCAA Final Four game. In the end, Carlsen overextended his reach, wandering into endgame territory more dangerous than he’d realized. Karjakin eventually steeled himself, as he’s done in a number of previous games, and found the winning line.In the opening, Carlsen, playing as white, deployed something called the Colle-Zukertort System.2Edgard Colle was a Belgian master in the early 1900s and Johannes Zukertort was a contender for the 1886 world championship, which took place partially in New York. In this opening, “white develops pieces behind its pawns, then takes action on his own terms,” Robert Hess, a grandmaster and contributor, told me. In other words: White’s position could get quite intricate before the fight begins, as he gets his pieces just where he wants them. “White tries to release tension on his terms so that his pieces can flourish.”By about the 25th move, it was clear that time was going to be a factor in the game, as the players struggled to deal with the insanely complex board they’d created with all those flourishing pieces. (Karjakin later called the position “crazy.”) The players get 100 minutes to start the game, 30 bonus seconds after each move, and 50 minutes when they make their 40th move. On the 32nd move, Carlsen had six minutes remaining on his clock and Karjakin had five. On the 34th move, the time ticking, Carlsen (white) faced this position: The two grandmasters will take their seats for at least two — and up to four — more hours-long games. There could be further shorter games if the match is tied after that. They should both get comfortable in their Staples chairs. Kirill Zangalis, Karjakin’s manager and a spokesman for the Russian chess federation, addressed the press after the game. “Sergey now knows how he can win this match,” he said. “Now, it’s only the beginning.”Tuesday is a rest day, and Game 9 begins Wednesday afternoon. I’ll be covering the rest of the games here — although there will be no dispatch here on Thursday — and on Twitter. He slid his queen over to e6. Karjakin pushed his right-side pawn to h5, heading down toward the white king’s defenses. And thanks to Karjakin’s innocent-looking pawn move, Carlsen had, essentially, run out of useful things to do. The black pawn on a3 was sprinting toward queendom while the black queen and knight were menacing the white king. One move later, Carlsen resigned and the two players shook hands.After his loss, a distraught Carlsen brushed past a would-be postgame interviewer without a word. As Karjakin dutifully did interviews backstage, Carlsen came out onto the stage for the press conference. But the timing was off. There was no moderator, no Karjakin, no questions being asked. It was just Carlsen, sitting alone on the stage in silence, facing a thick phalanx of expectant reporters, photographers and chess fans. You could pierce the awkwardness with the top of a bishop. And he sat and he sat and he sat, for minutes that felt like hours.Eventually, Carlsen had enough. He threw his hands up in disgust, stormed backstage and never returned. He pushed his pawn up to c5, instantly giving Karjakin his biggest edge of the entire match, according to the chess engine Stockfish. After the two traded the rooks at the top of the board and the Russian captured the Norwegian’s pawn on c5 with his knight, the position belonged to Karjakin and his two unimpeded pawns on the board’s left side, itching to become queens. The game was won.But Karjakin had been burning through his time, which ticked down to less than a minute for five moves in a row. (If a player runs out of time he loses.) He relied on the bonus 30 seconds, burned them down, made a move, received 30 seconds in return, and then burned them down again. It was torturous to watch. In chess, thanks to the 30-second increment, you can relive ulcerous final seconds over and over and over again. The crunch got to Karjakin, eventually. He misplaced his queen on the 37th move, ceding back to Carlsen all of the advantage. One blunder cancelled out another, and the game was level again.With seven seconds left on his clock — seven seconds until instant defeat and devastated title chances — Karjakin made his 40th move.Things calmed down for a while after that, both players comfortably pondering the game with their added time. Stockfish saw the endgame as level, or maybe just a touch better for black, until the 51st move. Carlsen (white) had to make a decision here: Chairs have a storied history at the world championship. Bobby Fischer famously demanded that an Eames Time-Life Chair be shipped to Reykjavik for his 1972 championship match against Boris Spassky. He said he thought better while sitting in it. An Icelandic chess official thought it’d be nicer for the cameras if Spassky had a matching chair, so one was driven by limousine to John F. Kennedy Airport and put aboard the first flight to Iceland. The model of chair, now an icon of 20th-Century design, thanks in part to the match that had a rabid viewership in the States, is now sold by Herman Miller for $3,000.And what about this year’s model? After a Zapruder-esque examination of photographs from this year’s match, a lengthy search of office chairs online, and a crowdsource of my social networks, this year’s chair appears to come from Staples, the office-supply chain store. It’s called the Baird Bonded Leather Manager’s Chair and it retails for $270. Both players appear to use the same model. (Multiple messages to FIDE and its partner Agon Limited asking about the chairs were not returned.) Sitting in an Eames chair, Bobby Fischer, right, plays Soviet chess player Tigran Petrosian in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 1971. Getty Images “Chess is everything: art, science and sport,” the former world champion Anatoly Karpov once said. With the ticking clock and dramatic swings, it had never felt more like a sport to me than it did Monday night. And in sport, the equipment matters. The brilliancies and blunders are born in the minds of the two geniuses vying for this title, but they’re expressed to the world via more mundane physical objects. I wanted to know the tools of these sportsmen’s trade. Consider this your guide if you’re hoping to build a chess arena of your own at home.The official chess clock of the sport’s governing body FIDE — the small plastic box that loomed over Game 8 — is the handsome maroon model DGT 2010. It goes for about $80.The championship uses a souped-up board with sensors in the pieces, so that moves can be instantly related to spectators on monitors in the venue and on the internet. But you can buy an essentially identical version, sans sensors, for $470. It sports a rosewood and maple board and ebonized boxwood pieces, and was designed by the Pentagram architect Daniel Weil. The size of the pieces are, apparently, proportioned to the pitch of the facade of the Parthenon.But, most importantly, in what do the grandmasters sit? Chairs are important to chess players, for obvious reasons. In this year’s match, the two grandmasters have sat — minus the odd bathroom break and so forth — for about 68 total man-hours. Magnus Carlsen testing different chairs before the match. The Staples chair that was chosen is at left. Photograph by Misha Friedman read more

Womens Hockey Ohio State outlasts St Cloud State in 22 shootout victory

Ohio State redshirt sophomore goaltender Kassidy Sauve stares down a rolling puck against St. Cloud State on Feb. 4 at the OSU Ice Rink. Credit: Magee Sprague | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s hockey team (11-3-3, 8-2-3 WCHA) defeated the St. Cloud State Huskies (3-12-1, 1-9-1 WCHA) in a shootout 1-0 after tying 2-2 during regulation at the OSU Ice Rink Friday.With 8:03 remaining in the final period, Buckeyes senior forward Julianna Iafallo scored to tie the game at 2-2. The game remained scoreless after that and the Huskies and Buckeyes were headed to overtime.After the overtime period the score was still tied at two, and the game entered a shootout. After a lengthy shootout, Ohio State junior forward Grace Zarzecki scored the game-winning goal.The Buckeyes came out strong in the first period. Less than 10 seconds into the first period, freshman forward Tatum Skaggs had the initial shot on goal that was just wide of the net.“I just kept crashing the net, the goalie left a couple rebounds out,” Skaggs said, describing her early shot attempts.The two teams traded shots throughout the first period with Ohio State tallying 12 shots and St. Cloud State reaching nine shots, but neither team could score.“They played great, they were doing all the little things right, they were moving their feet on passes,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said of her teams play in the opening period.With 10:05 to go in the first period, St. Cloud State struck first when defenseman Abby Thiessen scored on a rifled slap shot that bested Buckeye goalie Kassidy Sauve and gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead.Ohio State had won both previous meetings on Oct. 20 and 21 between the two teams, both by final scores of 4-0.St. Cloud State added to its lead with just under seven minutes to go in the opening period on a power-play goal by forward Kayla Friesen, making it 2-0 Huskies.With 30.2 seconds remaining in the first period, a presumed goal by Ohio State was overturned after replay review.After a slower-paced second period, it took until nearly the end for Ohio State to score its first goal of the game. Forward Tatum Skaggs scored with just over 30 seconds to go in the second period to make it 2-1 St. Cloud State. It was Skaggs’ 12th goal of the year. Later that period, Ohio State tied the game at two, then won the shootout.“To sweep either on the road or at home in this league is very difficult,” Muzarell said, knowing that she will see the familiar foe Huskies again in less than 24 hours.Ohio State hosts St. Cloud State for the season finale Saturday afternoon at 3:07 p.m. at the Ohio State Ice Rink. read more

Diamond merger in southern Africa

first_imgThe boards of KimCor and Dwyka Resources have announced that KimCor has conditionally agreed to acquire the entire issued share capital of Dwyka Resources’ diamond subsidiary DDH, a holding company registered in Mauritius, whose subsidiaries are principally engaged in the exploration and mining of diamonds in South Africa and Tanzania.By reason of the size of DDH in relation to KimCor, the Acquisition is classified as a reverse takeover under the AIM Rules. The AIM Rules require that completion of the Acquisition is subject to the prior approval of KimCor shareholders, which will be sought at an extraordinary general meeting of the company, and the publication of an AIM admission document, which was posted to KimCor shareholders on August 21.The consideration payable in respect of the Acquisition is to be satisfied through the issue of 134,383,718 New Ordinary Shares, valuing all of the ordinary shares of DDH at approximately £8.73 million at the Placing Price and £9.74 million based on the closing middle market price of £0.0725 per Ordinary Share on August 20. The consideration shares will represent 50.09%of the Enlarged Share Capital following Admission.The Board of KimCor is to be strengthened through the appointment of Melissa Sturgess and Cedric Bredenkamp as Chairman and Managing Director respectively, conditional upon Completion. Martyn Churchouse, CEO of KimCor, commented: “The Acquisition provides the enlarged KimCor Group with a diversified asset base of producing mines which has the potential to generate sustainable production of over 200,000 ct/y. A number of capital projects will be completed using the funds raised to expand production capacity and improve efficiency at the newly acquired mines as well as at the Bellsbank operations.“The Acquisition is an important step in the medium to long-term strategic growth plan of KimCor, and we believe it positions the Company to capitalise on future consolidation in the diamond sector and on further opportunities that are likely to present themselves.”last_img read more

Equateur des indigènes en marche contre le pillage des ressources

first_imgEquateur : des indigènes en marche contre le pillage des ressourcesPlusieurs centaines d’Indiens d’Equateur se dirigent vers Quito, la capitale, pour protester contre le pillage des ressources naturelles. Leur arrivée est prévue pour demain.A moins d’un an de l’élection présidentielle de février 2013, la principale organisation indigène équatorienne a donné le 8 mars le coup d’envoi d’une marche de deux semaines à travers le pays. Il s’agit de protester contre la politique du gouvernement de Rafael Correa, la Confédération des nationalités indigènes d’Equateur (Conaie) lui reprochant de suivre un programme néolibéral depuis 2007. La confédération s’inquiète notamment de la gestion de l’eau et des conséquences sur l’environnement de l’exploitation minière, en plein essor dans le pays.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les visages peint et lances à la main, les centaines d’Indiens qui composent le cortège ont fait halte à Saquisili, à environ 70 kilomètres de la capitale. La réunion qui a été tenue sur place a permis d’assurer la décision inébranlable des organisateurs qui souhaitent gagner jeudi le parc du Petit Arbre, dans le centre moderne de la capitale, quels que soient les derniers obstacles rencontrés. “Nous luttons pour la révolution agraire et l’approbation d’une loi sur l’eau, et pour dire ‘non’ à l’exploitation minière à grande échelle dans le pays, car cela va détruire la nature”, a indiqué à l’AFP le président de la Conaie, Humberto Cholango. “Nous surmonterons toutes les difficultés et nous arriverons à Quito”, a assuré de son côté à l’AFP Delfin Tenesaca, un des dirigeants indigènes, représentant les communautés d’origine andine.Toutefois, Rafael Correa, le président équatorien, est soutenu par d’autres associations indigènes. Il a d’ailleurs estimé “que la marche avait été un échec total dès son départ” à 700 kilomètres au sud de Quito, dans la province amazonienne de Zamora Chinchipe. Là-bas, le gouvernement a signé un gros contrat d’extraction de cuivre avec une compagnie chinoise. M. Correa, a également appelé ses partisans à se réunir le jour de l’arrivée de la marche indigène pour soutenir sa révolution citoyenne. “S’ils sont 500, nous serons 50.000”, a-t-il récemment averti. Le 21 mars 2012 à 15:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Steve Cook praises Bournemouth attitude

first_imgBournemouth defender Steve Cook has praised the team’s ‘never-say-die’ attitude during their 3-3 draw with Watford.The Cherries came from two goals down early in the first half to level the scores at 3-all by half-time at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday night.Watford captain scored two quick goals, before goals from Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson leveled the scores at 2-2.Ken Sema put the Hornets up 3-2 but a Ryan Fraser strike ensured both sides went into the break with the scores level at 3-3.“The never-say-die attitude is something we have spoken about a lot recently and it really shone through,” said Cook, according to Bournemouth Echo.“On the face of it, it’s a really good point because we came back after being 2-0 down to a really good team.”What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“We went behind again but to respond again shows we do have the capability to do it.”“But when you score three goals at home, you should be winning.”Discussing further the team’s refusal to give up, Cook said: “That’s been instilled in us for a long time but we haven’t shown that recently.”“The manager has been on at us in the past few days about it. And you need that if you are going to do well.”“You are always going to have setbacks in this league – it’s natural. Everyone must have been panicking on the outside but we always believe we can come back and nick something.”last_img read more

Committee recommends new duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment

first_imgThe Women and Equalities Committee has recommended that the government introduce a new duty on employers to help prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.The recommendation forms part of the Sexual harassment in the workplace report, and corresponding recommendations, published today (Wednesday 25 July 2018). These are based on the results of a six-month inquiry, which explored sexual harassment in the workplace and the responsibilities of government, regulators and employers in tackling it.The report found that employers’ internal procedures around sexual harassment grievances, as well as the employment tribunal process, typically do not work well enough, while non-disclosure agreements have been used unfairly by some employers and legal professionals to silence sexual harassment victims. The committee concluded that although sexual harassment at work is widespread, little has been done to tackle unlawful behaviour, despite legal obligations.The committee recommends the introduction of a statutory code of practice that outlines the steps employers can take to prevent sexual harassment. It also proposes that interns, volunteers and those harassed by third parties have access to the same legal protections and remedies as employees.The report suggests that regulators set out the enforcement actions they will take to combat sexual harassment, and make it clear to those they regulate that sexual harassment is a breach of professional standards and a reportable offence with sanctions. The committee further proposes that the number of barriers in taking forward employment tribunal cases should be reduced, for example by extending the time limit for submitting a claim, introducing punitive damages for employers and reducing the cost risks for employees.The committee recommends that non-disclosure agreements should be required to use plain English confidentiality clauses, which set out the meaning, limit and effect, and make it an offence to misuse such a clause, as well as extending whistleblowing protections, so that disclosures to the police and regulators such as the Equality and Human Rights Commission are protected.Maria Miller MP, chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, said: “It is utterly shameful that in 2018, unwanted sexual comments, touching, groping and assault are seen as an everyday occurrence and part of the culture in many workplaces.“Government, regulators and employers have been dodging their responsibilities for far too long. There is currently little incentive for employers to take robust action. In contrast, there is considerable focus on other corporate governance issues, like protecting people’s personal data and preventing money laundering, with stringent requirements on employers and businesses to meet their responsibilities. It’s time to put the same emphasis on tackling sexual harassment.“The effects of sexual harassment can be traumatic and devastating, and this is reinforced by the personal evidence we received. The lack of appropriate support for victims within the workplace cannot continue. The burden falls unacceptably on the individual to hold harassers and employers to account when they will already hesitate to do so due to fear of victimisation.“The current system is inadequate; the tribunal system must provide an effective remedy for employees. [Non-disclosure agreements] have their place in settling complaints, but they must not be used to prevent or dissuade victims from reporting incidents as is clearly the case now. We expect proper regulation of [non-disclosure agreements] and that any unethical practices lead to strong and appropriate sanctions.”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of February 24 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of February 24, 2019:Full-Time Customer Service Representative at Stafford Manufacturing Corp.Full-Time Research Associate at CuriRx, Inc.Full-Time Research Assistant at CuriRx, Inc.Full-Time Financial Analyst at Charles River LabsFull-Time General Service Manager at Limbach Facility ServicesFull-Time Buyer II at SymboticFull-Time Information Systems Security Manager at L3 Technologies Full-Time Accounts Payable Clerk at AramarkFull-Time Customer Service Specialist at Super Service TodayFull-Time SOX Manager at NRS Global Partners (Contract)Full-Time IT Business Analyst at Charles River LabsFull-Time Technologist (Embryology) at Charles River LabsFull-Time Business Process Engineer at Charles River LabsFull-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Field Service Technician at SunRunFull-Time Relief Route Representative at Coca ColaFull-Time Senior R&D Technician at RigakuFull-Time Embedded Software Engineer at RigakuFull-Time Optical Engineer III at L3 TechnologiesFull-Time Driver at Mona’s KitchenFull-Time Inbound Technical Customer Support Specialist at Charles River LabsFull-Time Customer Care Coordinator at Lucens Group LLCFull-Time Display Media Specialist at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Assistant Center Manager at U-HaulFull-Time Warehouse/Forklift Operator at Concordia Industrial Forwarding CorporationFull-Time Sanitation Worker at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Commercial Insurance Account Manager at HUB InternationalPart-Time Babysitter For 3 Wilmington ChildrenFull-Time Movers & Drivers ast Two Men And A TruckFull-Time Construction Project Manager at Channel Building Company Full-Time Associate Director (Talent Management) at Charles River LabsFull-Time Supervisor at Charles River LabsFull-Time Talent Development Partner at Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Head Of Compliance Services at SOVOS CompliancePart-Time Customer Service Representative at Lapels Dry CleaningFull-Time Human Resources (HR) Generalist at CutisPharmaFull-Time Desktop Support Technician at Heilind ElectronicsFull-Time AV Installer at Red ThreadFull-Time National Account Projects Coordinator at Standard ElectricFull-Time Behavioral Technician at Advances Learning CenterPart-Time Barista at StarbucksFull-Time Physical Therapy Assistant at CareOne at WilmingtonFull-Time E-Commerce Manager at LEDVANCEFull-Time Counter Sales at West Springfield Auto PartsFull-Time Employee Communications/Content Strategist at Charles River LabsFull-Time (Contract) Sign Spray Painter at Back Bay SignPart-Time Stock Room Helper at Xenon CorporationFull-Time Teacher Assistant at May InstitutePart-Time Cooks & Register Help at LaRossa’s RestaurantFull-Time Program Manager at Textron(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Railroad traffic still stalled as Talkeetna flooding recedes

first_imgAn ice jam on Saturday led to flooding and large chunks of ice on the railroad tracks north of Talkeetna. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Railroad)Flooding that halted Alaska Railroad trains north of Talkeetna Saturday, has receded, but train traffic remains shut down.Listen nowRailroad spokesman Tim Sullivan says that’s because the Susitna River ice jam flooding left behind a mess.“A six- to eight-foot-high wall of ice over the course of well over 1,000 feet, maybe close to half a mile of ice that we need to get cleared out of there,” Sullivan said. “And in some places it has pushed the track off the track as far as 25 feet, so our crews are working to get the ice out of there and get the track back on the track bed.”Sullivan says the impacted track is in the Curry area, about 22 miles north of Talkeetna. He says the railroad’s final winter season trains were halted by the flooding Saturday, and buses were used to move the passengers. He says the goal is to complete cleanup and repairs in time for Wednesday’s scheduled start of the railroad’s daily summer passenger service between Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks.”This window is something we’re gonna try to take as much advantage of as we possibly can,” Sullivan said. “And get those tracks cleared up and everything back into good shape so we can have our service going on Wednesday.”Sullivan says some cargo scheduled for transport has been shifted to truck.last_img read more

Al Mahmud to be buried in his hometown

first_imgAl MahmudAl Mahmud, one of the major poets of modern Bangla literature, will be laid to rest at his hometown, Brahmanbaria, on Sunday afternoon, according to UNB.”We’re taking my father’s body to Brahmanbaria. He’ll be buried at a graveyard at Dakkhin Morail there after Zohr prayers on Sunday,” Mahmud’s son Mir Sharif Mahmud told UNB on Saturday.Before the burial, he said the poet’s third and final namaz-e-janaza will be held on the premises of Brahmanbaria’s Niaz Mohammad High School.Sharif said they had a desire to bury his father either near national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s grave or at Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard, Mirpur here. “As we didn’t get permission to fulfil our desire, we’ve decided to bury him at our family graveyard.”Mir Abdus Shukur Al Mahmud, popularly known as Al Mahmud, one of the seminal writers of Bangla literature, passed away at 11:05pm on Friday at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Ibn Sina Hospital in the city’s Dhanmondi area at the age of 82.His body was taken to Bangla Academy premises on Saturday morning and kept it at Nazrul Mancha for a while enabling people of all walks of life to pay their last tributes to him.The poet’s first janaza was held on the National Press Club premises and second one at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Zohr prayers.After the second janaza, his body was taken to his residence at Moghbazar in the city before taking it to Brahmanbaria.Al Mahmud was hospitalised on 9 February and was being treated under the supervision of Dr Abdul Hye. He had been suffering from multiple old-age complications for a long time.He was born at Morail village in Brahmanbaria in 1936. He spent his childhood and secondary education days at this village which is located adjacent to Brahmanbaria town.He is considered as one of the finest Bangla poets to have emerged in the 20th century as his work in Bangla poetry was dominated by his frequent use of regional dialects.Mahmud is also considered as one of the finest novelists, short story writers and essayists in the country who authored over 50 books in over six decades.He was shot to fame with his masterpiece poetries ‘Lok Lokantor’ and ‘Sonali Kabin’.In the 1950s, he was among those poets who were outspoken in their writing on such subjects as the events of the Bangla Language Movement, nationalism, political and economic repression, and the struggle against the West Pakistani government.Mahmud started his career as a journalist and obtained widespread recognition after Lok Lokantor was published in 1963.In 1975, he joined Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy as an assistant director and retired from the academy as its director in 1993.Al Mahmud was honoured with Ekushey Padak, Bangla Academy Award, and Kabi Jasim Uddin Award in recognition of his contributions to Bangla literature.last_img read more

Fun Facts About Sonic the Hedgehog 2

first_img Watch: ‘Diablo III’ Is A Game To Play Before You DieWatch: ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ Is A Game To Play Before You Die There are ton of video games out there, way more than any person could ever play, and many of them you shouldn’t play. But some games are so good, so iconic, so important that you should absolutely play them if it’s the last thing you do. And Jordan Minor from, along with some friends from Mashable, is here to tell you what those games are in Games To Play Before You Die, a new panel discussion show that’s pretty self-explanatory.If you don’t have time to watch our full episode on Sonic the Hedgehog 2 here’s the part where we talk about some of its fun facts. Watch it!For more thoughts on Sonic check out our thoughts on Sonic Mania and why Sonic’s Twitter feed is just so so so good.Purchase Sega Genesis Classics Stay on targetlast_img read more

Tips to enjoy a petfriendly vacation

first_imgPets are an integral part of your family. Let alone planning vacations, people who have pets are even worried to even go out of their homes.Veterinarian and dog care experts have given certain tips for people who want to take their pets along, while going for a vacation:Prepare your pet for the trip: The basic step is to make sure your pet is comfortable with the trip. You can do it by taking them on short drives first, and increase the distance gradually. Analyse how your pet reacts to a long distance journey. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMake lodging plans in advance: It can be a challenge to find rentals that will accept your pet, particularly at the last moment. By booking ahead, you will ensure that both you and your pet have a safe place to stay.Keep your pet safe and secure with proper ventilated carrier: The carrier you will take along with you should be hygienic and spacious for your pet, so that if their muscles get tired after sitting, they can stand in it. If you forget the carrier, don’t allow your animal to ride with its head outside the window. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePrepare a pet-friendly travel kit: You should carry their basic kit like bowls, plastic bags, medication, first aid box and documents like identity proof. You can also keep a pillow or a favourite toy with them.Feed your dog with easy to digest food and bottled water: You should always feed your pet with healthy food so that they can easily digest food while travelling. You should make sure that dogs eat in moderation and consume distilled water only.last_img read more

Colins NFL Wild Card Weekend Preview Podcast

first_imgThe NFL Playoffs are upon us, and today, Colin sits down with down with RJ Bell from to preview this weekends’ NFL Wild Card Games, where the wiseguys stand on this weekend’s betting action, and Monday’s College Football Championship Game.Colin didn’t release a Blazin’ 5 this week, but he gives his picks ATS for the games; discusses trends for betting NFL playoffs, and the wiseguys position on Alabama/Georgia.Picks:Tennessee (+9) at Kansas CityAtlanta (+6.5) at L.A. RamsCarolina at New Orleans (-7)Buffalo (+9) at JacksonvilleCFP Championship Game – Alabama (-3.5) vs. Georgialast_img read more

These trans people are suing Alabama to change their drivers licenses

first_imgFour trans people sue Ohio for banning gender changes on birth certificatesBaker who won wedding cake Supreme Court case is suing again – this time over a trans cakeEqual treatment remains out of reach for LGBT Americans in most statesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Darcy Jeda Corbitt, Destiny Clark, and an anonymous plaintiff filed their lawsuit on Tuesday (6 February). They filed their lawsuit against various public officials and DMV employees, who refused to change their licenses.The lawsuit contends that a state policy ‘prevents transgender people in Alabama from obtaining a driver license that reflects their gender, unless they undergo surgical procedures and disclose information about those procedures to the government’.However, it further states official only accept some gender confirmation surgeries.This leads to harm against transgender individuals in Alabama. All three plaintiffs have been ‘personally harmed by this policy’.Someone allegedly called Corbitt an ‘it’ in a public area. Meanwhile, Clark avoids lawful activies which require her to show her license.Surgery is not the only wayCorbitt also described the policy as ‘manipulative and cruel’ to BuzzFeed News.‘Plenty of transgender people just take hormones, that’s enough for them,’ she said. ‘They got the characteristics they wanted. They don’t want to change their lower half and shouldn’t have to.’The lawsuit identifies this rule as Policy Order 63. However, until now, it was not public.Clark was denied numerous times for a change, despite providing various documents from her doctors and surgeon.Eventually, someone from the DMV contacted her surgeon without her permission. Darcy is standing up for her rights. | Photo: Facebook/Darcy Jeda Corbitt Two transgender women and a trans man are suing the state of Alabama with the ACLU to change their gender on their driver’s licenses.center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘I respect them because they’re the government but they have no business to know what I do to my body,’ she said. Still, however, they refused to make the change and her license continues to identify her as male.‘Unnecessary and harmful’GSN spoke to ACLU Alabama and Equality Alabama about the lawsuit.Brock Boone, the ACLU attorney on the case, called the policy ‘baffling’. Neither the federal government nor the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators requires surgery.‘The state does not have a right to determine which medical procedures a person has, nor can they force surgery on an entire class of people. But even when one of our clients had surgery, the state still refused to change the gender on our client’s license. This discrimination forces transgender Alabamians to out themselves every time someone sees their driver’s license, which puts them at increased risk for violence and harassment.’Alex Smith, Executive Director of Equality Alabama, also released a statement to GSN.‘Alabama trails other states in basic equality for transgender individuals, and nowhere is this more apparent than the arcane internal policy at ALEA relating to changing one’s gender marker on state IDs. This directive — Policy Order 63 — is unnecessary and harmful,’ he wrote.‘The stories of the three defendants in this important case vividly highlight this harm. Equality Alabama is wholly supportive of and stands in solidarity with the three brave individuals, and we hope for a speedy resolution.’Other states, like California and Washington, have already made progress on this front.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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first_img News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more December 5, 2012 — Matakina International announced the launch of Volpara Imaging Software 1.5.7, which expands the number of digital mammography systems on which the mammography reporting software can be used to offer objective breast density measurements to include Fuji, Philips, IMS Giotto and Medi-Future in addition to processing mammography studies acquired on GE, Hologic, Siemens digital mammography systems. The company showcased the new software package at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Radiology Society of North America, Nov. 25-30, 2012.Cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), HealthCanada, the TGA and CE-marked, Volpara is in use at sites across the globe helping radiologists assess breast density more objectively and helping them better consider who might benefit from additional screening. Those installations include major Hologic sites such as Reading Hospital and Medical Center in West Reading, Penn., GE sites such as Boca Raton Radiology in Boca Raton, Fla., Siemens sites such as El Camino Hospital, in Mountain View, Calif., and soon Fuji and Philips. “Our Center is committed to informing our patients of their breast density at the time of their screening mammography. With eight breast radiologists we believe it mandatory that we standardize the quantification of breast density. We have found Volpara to decrease inter and intraobserver variation in breast density determination thereby optimizing the care of our patients,” said Kathy Schilling, M.D., radiologist at Boca Raton, Fla., who has GE mammography systems.Volpara is a reliable tool that automatically generates objective, measurement of volumetric breast density values under the Volpara Density Grade (VDG) — refined grading system which correlates with the American College of Radiology BIRADS Density Grading Classifications. Volpara is FDA cleared for all digital mammography units, and integration with other digital mammography systems, CAD systems and mammography reporting system are also underway.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more center_img Technology | December 05, 2012 Objective Breast Density Measurement Added to More Mammography Systems Matakina launched latest version of Volpara Imaging Software IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read morelast_img read more

London welcomes over 30 million tourists for the first time ever

first_imgSource = London & Partners London and Partners London welcomes over 30 million tourists for the first time everLondon welcomes over 30 million tourists for the first time everMayor of London Sadiq Khan has welcomed new figures that show the capital has set a new tourism record after more than 30 million visitors came to the city last year, drawn by global sporting events such as the Rugby World Cup and blockbuster exhibitions at its museums and galleries, according to new figures released today.A record 31.5 million Great Britain residents and international tourists came to the city in 2015 – which is an increase of 20 per cent when compared to five years ago.London keeps setting new tourism records. Every year since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games there has been an increase in the number of international visitors coming to the city.Figures released today (20th May) by the Office for National Statistics, International Passenger Survey, show there were 18.6 million international visits in 2015 compared to 17.4 million in 2014, a previous record year. (seven per cent increase)Separate data from the Great Britain Tourism Survey carried out by UK tourism body VisitEngland reveals that GB residents made 12.9 million visits to London last year, another new record.International and GB visitors also spent £15 billion on hotels, restaurants, shopping and attractions – an increase of 35 per cent compared to 2010.Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “It is fantastic that more people than ever before are opting to visit London, to sample the best of our capital and the best of Britain. London has something for everyone and an appeal that clearly extends across the globe.“I’ve pledged to do all I can to support our vital tourism industry so London continues to be a top choice for travellers.”Exhibitions, theatre and major events including Cosmonauts: The Birth of Space Age, at the Science Museum, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V&A, The Elephant Man at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and the 2015 Rugby World Cup all helped to draw visitors to the city.This year is set to be another momentous year as the UK celebrates 400 years of Shakespeare’s lasting legacy, events to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday and Tate Modern opening a major new extension, which is being hailed as the most important new cultural building in the UK since the British Library in 1998.Bernard Donoghue, Director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions: “London, the world’s favourite city, continues to draw visitors from around the world thanks to our globally-known and loved attractions.“Our palaces, cathedrals, museums, galleries, heritage sites, zoos and gardens are some of the principal reasons why record numbers of visitors come to London. From Harry Potter to Beatrix Potter, Shakespeare to shopping, the diversity and excellence of our tourism experiences are world class.”Separate research by independent forecaster Oxford Economics predicts that London will welcome 35.6million UK and international visits to the city by 2020.The tourism industry is a major contributor to the London economy. Overall the sector contributes more than £36 billion to the capital every year and supports around 700,000 thousand jobs.Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional company for the London, said: “Millions of people want to come to London from all over the world because the city has an unrivalled mix of culture, art, music, theatre, restaurants and major events.  Tourism is a crucial part of the city’s economy and we anticipate a significant increase in the number of UK and international visitors for many years to come.”In the last five years London & Partners, which runs, has contributed nearly £500 million in economic benefit (measured GVA) to the London tourism economy and supported 8830 is the most influential source of information for overseas visitors to London and features thousands of attractions both large and small across the entire city. Every year the site attracts 28 million unique, supported by the Great Britain Campaign, British Airways and Hilton, recently launched a tourism initiative called Fans of London, celebrating the blockbuster events across London this year, including The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, 400 years of Shakespeare’s legacy, and the world’s first international exhibition on The Rolling Stones, Exhibitionism. London and Partnersdiscover more herelast_img read more