11 days agoEx-Man City boss Pearce urges Foden to leave

first_imgEx-Man City boss Pearce urges Foden to leaveby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce has advised Phil Foden to leave the club on loan in January.The 19-year-old has appeared just three times for City this season, and Pearce is adamant the midfielder needs playing time at a vital stage of his young career.He told talkSPORT: “In January, he [Foden] really needs to look at where he is at the moment.”Game time is absolutely vital for a player of his age.He’s coming to that age where he needs to play some games.”I think six months out on loan, if he hasn’t broken into the team, would do him the world of good.”Guardiola loves the kid to bits, but the bottom line is, you’ve got to play.”Frank’s chucked a few youngsters in at Chelsea and that’s probably brought Foden’s name to the fore a little bit more, because he isn’t getting game time.”You and I know the best experiences come from game time and not training.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Relaunched ‘Titanic II’ to Sail the Same Ill-Fated Route of Its Predecessor By 2022

first_img Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer The sinking of the “unsinkable” RMS Titanic in 1912 marked one of the most iconic and chilling moments in modern maritime history. Amid countless movies (why the hell did Rose hog that damn floating door anyway?), books, research expeditions, and, as of 2019, the ability to visit and explore the ship itself, few ships have so captured the public’s fascination. Now, one ambitious Australian company is looking to launch Titanic II, an eerily similar ship set to travel the same ill-fated route as its predecessor. What could possibly go wrong?Late last month, the Chairman of Blue Star Line, Clive Palmer, announced the relaunch of his company’s intent to build Titanic II. He hopes to put the ship into regular service between London and New York City with the promise to eventually circumnavigate the globe. In a press release, Palmer said, “Blue Star Line will create an authentic Titanic experience, providing passengers with a ship that has the same interiors and cabin layout as the original vessel, while integrating modern safety procedures, navigation methods and 21st-century technology to produce the highest level of luxurious comfort.”Sure, the concept is insane on the surface. Even if you don’t believe in fate, this seems the very definition of “tempting fate.” Yet, there’s no doubt a niche market among travelers who love the ship’s mystique, the adventure, the morbid curiosity, or some combination of the three. For them, sailing a Titanic reboot would be very bucket-list-worthy. The original RMS Titanic commissioned by White Star Line was impressive even by today’s standards. In its day, it was the world’s largest, most advanced ocean liner at 886 feet (270 meters) long, 174 feet (53 meters) high, and weighed a staggering 40,000 tons. The Titanic II will match its predecessor with many of the same dimensions. All told, the new ship could carry 2,400 passengers in 840 staterooms spread across nine passenger decks. The all-in price will likely top USD $500 million.The original RMS Titanic in 1912.Palmer first announced his intent to relaunch a Titanic-inspired vessel back in 2012. However, the project was quickly mired in red tape, legal complications, and tax issues. In 2015, the build was put on ice (Get it? What? Too soon?) until last month. However, construction of a working Titanic replica is proving tricky as there’s still a mountain of technical and technological hurdles to overcome. Modern passenger ships rely on markedly different — and much improved — hull construction and propulsion systems. The company has touted successful, small-scale models in laboratories in Germany, but translating those models into a working vessel is another matter entirely. Titanic II will purportedly make her maiden voyage sometime in 2022. Given the project’s past issues and the fact that it’s still only a concept, however, there’s no telling if (or when) she will actually set sail. World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Editors’ Recommendations Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Falllast_img read more

2012 Johnstone Scholarship Awarded

first_imgGrade 12 graduate Lucy Wallace of Wolfville is the 2012 recipient of the province’s $6,000 Dr. P. Anthony Johnstone Memorial Entrance Scholarship. “A university education is increasingly valuable in today’s world and I am pleased the province is helping Lucy Wallace to follow her dreams,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. Education Minister Ramona Jennex presented the scholarship at Horton High School’s graduation ceremony today, June 28. Ms. Wallace will study at University of King’s College in the fall, working toward an honours journalism degree. She said her best high school subjects were art and english, and that people with individual thoughts and ambition are the best role models. “Malcolm X, Beth Ditto, Margaret Atwood and Madonna are definitely my biggest inspirations,’ Ms. Wallace said. Asked about her extra-curricular interests, she said, “I work with youth, to educate and provide support. And I speak in the community and schools about my experience as a transgendered woman.” Ms. Wallace also speaks out about the inequalities minorities face in Nova Scotia, and writes for magazines and newspapers. “Showing people you can be yourself and succeed is the biggest contribution I have personally completed,” she said. “I want people to know that trans people are the same as everyone else, and that we need equal rights and, oftentimes, support.” Ms. Wallace wants to start a magazine spotlighting transgendered people and rights, adding journalism skills she will learn at King’s to her existing graphic design and photography abilities. “Lucy maintained a strong academic performance while participating in numerous social justice groups at Horton,” said guidance counsellor George Armstrong. “She provided both staff and students at Horton with the opportunity to grow through courageous conversations about transgender issues.” The Dr. P. Anthony Johnstone Memorial Entrance Scholarship is given annually to one student in the province who excels academically and displays a commitment to human rights. To be eligible, a student must live in Nova Scotia, graduate from a high school in the province, and begin an undergraduate degree program in a Maritime university in the fall. The applicant must also have a demonstrated interest in multiculturalism and human rights. This year, 62 eligible applications were reviewed by a committee. Nova Scotia established the scholarship in 1991 to honour the life and work of the late Tony Johnstone, a long-time educator and human rights advocate. Dr. Johnstone devoted his life to promoting multicultural understanding and social equality.last_img read more

Why did you do that my dear cousin People in Lac Simon

first_imgDanielle Rochette Tom Fennario APTN National NewsLAC SIMON, QUE — Joseph Anthony Raymond-Papatie, 22, posted on his his Facebook page at 10:28 pm on Saturday, shortly before he took his own life.“Sorry everyone, I gotta go now. I killed a cop,” he wrote.The “cop” in question was Thierry Leroux, 26, who was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call at Raymond-Papatie’s residence.Now the Algonquin community of Lac-Simon is taking the tentative first steps towards healing.“It was me who asked to do a prayer in front of the police station, to make a big circle, and I know that there were many that were touched,” said Lac-Simon elder Jeannette Brazeau.Impeding the healing process here are questions about what made Raymond-Papatie shoot Leroux.A quick glance through Raymond-Papatie’s Facebook profile reveals a gun aficionado who had joined the armed forces.But Vice-Chief Pamela Papatie told APTN National News that he was also active in the community.“He was involved in activities after work and school, like crossfit. I’ve seen him do substitute teaching at the high school,” says Vice-Chief Pamela Papatie.APTN National News learned that Raymond-Papatie had recently lost an uncle to suicide, something that happens all too frequently in Lac-Simon.Over crowded housing, drug, alcohol abuse, and poverty are also listed by residents as issues that plagued the First Nation, which sits about 500 kilometres northwest of Montreal.Vice Chief Papatie says five teams of crisis workers have been brought in to help Lac-Simon to help community cope.Still, many spoke today of Lac-Simon needing to look within to tackle what ails the community.“There’s lots of support here, there are services that have been put into place here in the Mental Health Centre. Me I’m proud of my community but it’s important that the youth goes looking for the resources. Elders too,” said Brazeau.Thierry Leroux had only been a part of the Lac-Simon police force for six months.As a non-Aboriginal officer, Leroux made an effort to implicate himself in the community.“We played volleyball together a couple of times during the holidays. I saw him as always smiling, he was shy but really nice,” said Vice Chief Papatie.Papatie had the opportunity to speak with Leroux’s parents Monday, in front of makeshift flower and tobacco memorial at the police station.“When I went to see them I was very emotional. I thanked them for meeting with me and I gave them my condolences personally and in the name of the community,” she said. “There’s lots of people in my community who are praying for them.”Although a memorial has also been set up in front of Raymond-Papatie’s house, a sense of incomprehension lingers on social media.“Why did you do that, my dear cousin?” said a final comment on Raymond-Papatie’s Facebook page.The message is peppered with teary emoticons of pain and rage.Since there’s no one here who can truly answer that, the people of Lac-Simon will instead continue to look within themselves for an explanation, as they begin their journey back towards normalcy. drochette@aptn.catfennario@aptn.calast_img read more

Brush fire near Mile 64 of the Alaska Highway

first_imgUPDATE 7:45 p.m. – The fire is now contained and the Wildfire Service says the fire reached 7 hectares in size and was caused by humans.UPDATE 4:45 p.m.:  The Alaska Highway is open in both directions after being closed for approximately 15 minutes to allow a water bomber to drop retardant on the brush fire.  Crews are still working to contain the fire.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Wildfire Service is responding to a brush fire near Mile 64 of the Alaska Highway. As of 4:30 p.m. crews have closed the Alaska Highway in both directions while a water bomber drops fire retardant on the fire.The fire was first seen by local residents at approximately 3:30 p.m. between the 252 road and the Dump road. The fire is south the Coffee Creek Subdivision.If you’re in the area let us know what you see, email news@moosefm.ca with any video or photo and information about the status of the Alaska Highway.If we learn any more information, we will update this story. Resized_20190511_163148_7881 Resized_20190511_163723_9355 Resized_20190511_163144_9159 copy Resized_20190511_164621_7084 copy Resized_20190511_164550_4116 copylast_img read more

UN refugee chief calls for new strategies to tackle global displacement

1 October 2007With millions of people on the move around the world, the top United Nations refugee official today called for new strategies to tackle the causes, scale and complexity of global displacement and migration. “The present century is a time of human displacement,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres said at the opening of the weeklong annual meeting of the agency’s governing Executive Committee. “With each economic opportunity and departing vessel, with every calamity and conflict, the 21st century is being marked by people on the move.”After several years of decline, the number of refugees fleeing conflict and persecution rose last year and continues to climb in 2007, according to UNHCR. At the end of last year, the agency was caring for 32.9 million people, including nearly 10 million refugees, 13 million people displaced internally within their own countries and 5.8 million stateless people. Mr. Guterres told delegates gathered in Geneva’s Palais des Nations that there were several reasons for the dramatic growth in migration, including poverty and the pursuit of a better standard of living. Safeguarding refugees and others in need of protection means that “we must recognize the mixed nature of many present-day population flows.” He highlighted the need for targeted strategies and innovative solutions to address the increasingly interlinked factors causing people to move. “Many people move simply to avoid dying of hunger,” he noted. “When leaving is not an option but a necessity, this is more than poverty. On the other hand, natural disasters occur more frequently and are of greater magnitude and devastating impact.”It iscrucial to examine the reasons, scale and trends of present-day displacement, Mr. Guterres said, adding that “it involves much more than understanding refugee flight.”He also noted that the more than 4 million uprooted Iraqis in and outside their country constitute the biggest single group of displaced people and largest ever population of urban refugees. Of the more than 2 million outside Iraq, most are in cities in Jordan and Syria. The High Commissioner also provided an overview of UNHCR’s ongoing internal reforms, including budget restructuring, the out-posting of more than 120 posts from Geneva and other efforts aimed at strengthening the agency’s capacity in the field.Also addressing today’s opening session, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes predicted that the demands for humanitarian relief were likely to grow with traditional reasons for flight – conflict and persecution – compounded by new dynamics such as environmental degradation and climate change. Mr. Holmes called on donors to support UNHCR, emphasizing the vital role the agency was playing in the humanitarian sphere. “A healthy and vigorous UNHCR is fundamental to a healthy and vigorous international humanitarian system,” he said. The UNHCR Executive Committee reviews and approves the agency’s programmes and budget, advises on protection issues and discusses a wide range of other topics. Special sessions will focus on issues such as Iraq, refugee protection and mixed migration. read more

Annan tells European Parliament that better migration policies will benefit all

“Migrants need Europe, but Europe also needs migrants,” Mr. Annan told the European Parliament at a ceremony where he received the 2004 Andrei Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. A closed Europe would be “meaner, poorer, weaker, older” than an open Europe, which would be “fairer, richer, stronger, younger.””Without immigration, the population of the soon-to-be 25 member States of the EU [European Union] – 452 million in 2000 – would drop to under 400 million people by 2050,” he said. “Were this to happen, jobs would go unfilled and services undelivered. Your economies would shrink and your societies could stagnate.”Noting that the Russian Federation, Japan and other Asian countries faced similar problems, he said immigration was an inevitable part of the solution.”I would therefore encourage European states to open up greater avenues for legal migration – for skilled and unskilled workers, for family reunification and economic improvement, for temporary and permanent immigrants,” Mr. Annan said.Without minimizing the difficulties that migration could bring, he pointed out that migrants have made enormous contributions in science, academia, sports, the arts and government, “including some of you as members of this Parliament.”He also noted that 7 out of 10 refugees fled to developing countries, where resources are far more stretched and human rights standards more uneven than those in Europe. The EU should be among those helping to strengthen the capacity of poor countries to provide protection and solutions for refugees, he said.He added that “when refugees cannot seek asylum because of offshore barriers, or are detained for excessive periods in unsatisfactory conditions, or are refused entry because of restrictive interpretations of the [1951 Refugee] Convention, the asylum system is broken and the promise of the Convention is broken, too.”European States, he said, should move towards a system processing of claims jointly and sharing responsibilities for refugees.Above all, the Secretary-General advocated global partnerships to ensure that migration serves the interests of all. read more

Frustrated with your telecom bill A little negotiation can go a long

by News Staff Posted Nov 1, 2012 3:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Frustrated with your telecom bill? A little negotiation can go a long way TORONTO – Canadians have long had a volatile relationship with their telecom providers, but some savvy customers have turned their complaints about monthly fees and contracts into big savings.For Hamilton resident Vanessa Ewen all it took was a phone call and a little dissatisfaction to pare down her wireless bill. Internet charges were next on the call list. She was inspired after hearing stories about other people’s monthly bills a couple years ago.“I heard prices and deals that they were getting, and wondered ‘Why am I not getting that?’” she said.Ewen made a call to the customer service department once she did a little bit of research on the best way to approach her wireless provider. After one successful round of negotiations, she decided to make contacting her telecom providers an annual event.“I know it’s a little extra work, but it really is worth it,” she said.Ewen estimates that she will save about $120 on her Internet bill over the next year after she called her provider last week and negotiated a $10 monthly discount.The key is to start the process with a set plan, she said. In other words determine what you want to accomplish before picking up the phone.“You need to know if you want to negotiate price or what services you’re getting,” Ewen said.Before making the call, be sure to prepare evidence by doing a little bit of research. If someone in your family has a better monthly plan, mention that to the customer service representative, or if a competitor offers a better deal, don’t be afraid to use it as leverage.Once you’ve created a strategy, dial your provider and start the process. The first step is to get beyond the frontline staff who have hardly any power when it comes to reducing your bill. All of those decisions are made by the management or customer retention departments, which you will often need to request to speak with after addressing your initial frustrations.“Build a rapport and use their name,” Ewen suggests.“Explain to them ‘I’ve been with this company for so long. I pay my bills on time.’ You can even say things like ‘I’m going through a little bit of a hard time financially.’”No matter how you choose to approach the negotiations, be sure to keep calm.“I actually find that if you’re nicer you get further,” she said. “Nobody wants a caller freaking out, trust me, I’ve tried that approach too.”If your contract recently expired then your bargaining power has increased exponentially because telecom providers, particularly those who offer wireless services, don’t want their customers to walk.The customers who enter negotiations prepared to actually switch to another provider are likely to be most successful in lowering their bills.“This is definitely an environment where the squeaky wheel gets the grease,” said Carmi Levy, an independent media analyst in London, Ont.“Carriers want your business, and they’ll pull out all the stops if they think they’re about to lose it.”“If you don’t call and put up a bit of a stink, your carrier assumes you’re perfectly happy, and your carrier remains perfectly happy to charge you more for the privilege,” Levy added.In the past few years the market has served up several alternatives to major wireless carriers with regional discount brands like Wind Mobile, Mobilicity, Public Mobile and Videotron that offer lower priced packages but less coverage across the country.Numerous alternative Internet service providers are available across the country, and many of them offer lower-priced Internet packages and higher — or non-existent — data usage caps. One of the more popular alternatives is Teksavvy, which services most of the country, while there are many other smaller regional providers as well.Activist consumer organization OpenMedia.ca provides a database of alternative wireless and Internet providers in regions across the country on its website at www.openmedia.ca/switch.For those who are satisfied with their providers, and the price they’re paying, there are still several ways to manage your telecom expenses.Most importantly, avoid signing up for automatic bill payments because it means you’re less likely to notice if your bill increases.Also, if you only use your cellphone for emergencies or the occasional phone call, a pre-paid cell phone plan will reduce your monthly expenses dramatically. read more

Azerbaijan UN experts concerned by human rights restrictions harassment of journalists

“We have observed since 2011 a worrying trend of legislation which has narrowed considerably the space in which civil society and defenders operate in Azerbaijan,” they said in a joint news release in Geneva. “We are very concerned about the challenging and restrictive environment which defenders and civil society currently face in the country.” The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of association and peaceful assembly, Maina Kiai, stressed that all demonstrations complying with international human rights standards should be allowed and peaceful gatherings should not face the use of excessive force and administrative detention against demonstrators, even if such assemblies are not authorized.“In times of elections, States should make greater efforts to facilitate and protect the exercise of the core rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association,” he said. “Amendments to the law on Freedom of Assembly adopted in 2012 have tightened the existing restrictions to the right to assemble peacefully, including by increasing penalties for those organizing rallies.” The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, noted that the right to assemble peacefully is a powerful tool for human rights defenders and civil society to freely express opinions and claim rights and freedoms. “Any undue limitations to these rights are always detrimental to their valuable work and to society in general, particularly in the context of elections,” she said. “Civil society and human rights defenders play a fundamental role in the context of elections as they are key actors in monitoring and ensuring the smooth exercise of basic public freedoms.”The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, expressed particular alarm about cases of intimidation and harassment of journalists, including by unwarranted judicial proceedings, and urged the Government to consider the implementation of its 2012 National Action Plan commitment to decriminalize defamation. “The mere threat of arrest or of excessive damages claims in civil defamation cases has a chilling effect on the right to freedom of expression in a society,” he said. “I am also concerned about a recent amendment to relevant legislation extending defamation provisions to online expression.” The special rapporteurs, who serve in an unpaid capacity, are appointed by and report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, warned that recent changes to the 2013 law on grants could seriously deter the work of human rights organizations by imposing unreasonable fines and liability on organizations for operating outside formal grant agreements and not notifying the receipt of grants within the established period. They said, however, that they appreciated the engagement of the authorities when they have raised these issues over the past few months, and reiterated their availability to provide further assistance and technical advice on legislation and other measures affecting the work of civil society and right defenders in the country. read more

Like a flash flood of snow Transport agency says compounding of events

first_img Subscribe for more videos By Stephen McDermott Image: Rollingnews.ie Mar 4th 2019, 2:47 PM 28,959 Views Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube TII Director of Corporate Communications Sean O’Neill told the show that signs were up-to-date yesterday, and insisted that information about delays was circulated via other channels.“We were treating the roads, we did notify AA Roadwatch, we were getting out the alerts on AA Roadwatch and in the media,” he said.“The problem with this event is that it was too compounded by an incident in which the gardaí had to close the road. That caused backups.“Traffic wasn’t able to get off the road, and ploughs weren’t able to get out and deal with it. It was almost like a flash flood of snow.”O’Neill also defended the closure of roads by gardaí while they dealt with collisions, saying they had a duty of care to the public to do so.He added that while it was unfortunate that traffic had to be disrupted as a result, gardaí had to take a “safety first” attitude when closing roads. Monday 4 Mar 2019, 2:47 PM Traffic in difficulty on the Curragh Plains in Kildare yesterday TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE IRELAND (TII) has said that a “compounding” of events caused long delays on a number of roads around the country yesterday.Thousands of motorists were caught in long tailbacks yesterday afternoon, as snow and poor visibility hit sections of the M4, M7, M8 and M9 motorways.One woman who was travelling from Cork to Dublin with her five-month old baby told RTÉ Radio’s News at One that she spent more than seven hours in her car on the journey, which normally takes under three hours.“It was a very long day, and my poor husband was exhausted from being behind the wheel for so long,” Louise O’Connor told the show this afternoon.She said delays were compounded by a number of collisions on the way, as well as roadworks on the N7 near Newbridge.“I think the information didn’t get out in time. We wouldn’t have travelled if we knew it was bad. We were expecting rain, but we weren’t expecting snow,” Louise said.“I think the information on the overhead signs needed to be up to date. We passed a few, and there was no information at all on them.” Share231 Tweet Email2 52 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4523136 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘Like a flash flood of snow’: Transport agency says ‘compounding’ of events caused delays yesterday Thousands of motorists were caught in long tailbacks in the snow yesterday afternoon. Short URL Traffic in difficulty on the Curragh Plains in Kildare yesterday Image: Rollingnews.ielast_img read more

Thessaloniki to showcase its Jewish legacy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thessaloniki’s history as a multicultural city with a strong Jewish population is both well-known and little-explored. Before the Holocaust, Thessaloniki was home to 80,000 Jews. In 1943 under Nazi occupation some 60,000 Jews were sent to concentration camps and the rich cultural history almost obliterated. Mayor Yiannis Boutaris calls the loss of Thessaloniki’s Jews the “darkest moment in its history” and has long advocated for an exploration of this aspect of the city’s history. Last week he announced a plan to build a a Jewish school in the Baron Hirsch neighbourhood, the city’s old Jewish quarter. “It will be a school, not just for Jewish kids, and it will be done in the Hirsch area,” he told the press, explaining that the project will be partly funded by private stakeholders working alongside the municipality. Likewise, Thessaloniki’s new Holocaust Museum, which will enter development in January, will be funded jointly by Greece, the German state, and the Niarchos Foundation. The museum will be on a site overlooking the railway station from which the Jews were evacuated in WWII.last_img read more

Médecins du monde prêt à investir les déserts médicaux

first_imgMédecins du monde prêt à investir les déserts médicauxL’organisation Médecins du Monde va bientôt ouvrir des centres de soins dans les déserts médicaux essentiellement situés en milieu rural.Régulièrement dénoncé par les professionnels de santé, le problème des déserts médicaux ne semble aujourd’hui pas trouver de solution. Certains régions françaises principalement situées en milieu rural manquent encore de médecins et les habitants se retrouvent bien souvent à parcourir des dizaines de kilomètres pour se faire soigner. Des difficultés contre lesquelles souhaitent désormais lutter l’ONG Médecins du Monde (MdM). Cité par l’AFP, le Docteur Olivier Bernard, président de l’organisation a ainsi expliqué : “nous allons probablement ouvrir cette année nos programmes d’accès aux soins en zones rurales, en Auvergne et dans des zones reculées d’Alsace”, afin de faire face aux déserts médicaux.À lire aussiCes instruments médicaux de l’ancienne époque vont vous effrayerCette démarche étant nouvelle pour MdM, le Dr Bernard a précisé qu’elle nécessitait encore une phase de réflexion mais qu’elle pourrait permettre de répondre à “des besoins et des interrogations des médecins de terrain” dans les campagnes françaises. L’ONG a entrepris début mars une campagne de sensibilisation en France afin de mobiliser les principaux candidats à l’élection présidentielle autour du problème de l’accès équitable aux soins. Le 21 février, MdM a ainsi déploré dans un communiqué que “le système de santé français, longtemps présenté comme le meilleur au monde, (était) malade” et que c’étaient “les personnes précaires qui en (souffraient) le plus”.Ainsi, parmi les personnes reçues par MdM, “un patient sur quatre vient se soigner trop tardivement, deux tiers des enfants de moins de 7 ans ne sont pas à jour dans leurs vaccinations, 68% des femmes enceintes n’ont pas accès aux soins prénataux et 85% des patients n’ont aucune couverture maladie”, a expliqué le Dr Bernard. Chaque année, ce sont 40.000 consultations médicales gratuites qui sont dispensées par MdM dans 22 centres d’accueil situés en métropole et dans les DOM-TOM. Si la France fait partie des pays les mieux dotés avec 216.145 médecins actifs, les chiffres cachent en réalité de fortes disparités avec par exemple en Picardie seulement 239 médecins pour 100.000 habitants et en région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur seulement 370.Le 22 mars 2012 à 17:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Antonio Valencia to remain Man United captain

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Antonio Valencia will retain the captain’s armband at Manchester UnitedThe Ecuadorian full-back was officially named the United captain in the summer following Michael Carrick’s retirement from playing football.Although, amid struggles for form and fitness, Valencia’s place in the United team has been in doubt with just seven appearances across all competitions this season.But interim coach Solskjaer, who’s won both of his opening games in charge at United, made it clear that Valencia is still the skipper.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I told you he’s the captain and, when he’s properly fit and playing, he’ll wear the armband,” said Solskjaer on the club website.“He’s going through a couple of tough sessions now to get him ready for the busy period coming up.”When you look at Antonio, there are not many better right-backs going forward with his abilities so, yes, you’ll see him wearing his armband.“United will be taking on Bournemouth on Sunday at Old Trafford with Solskjaer hoping to make it three wins out of three.last_img read more

4 feel they can talk to their manager about depression

first_imgLess than one in 20 (4%) of employee respondents who experience depression feel they can speak to their manager about it, according to research by Legal and General.Its survey of 2,000 full-time employees and 200 managing directors and HR managers also found that just 5% of employee respondents who experience anxiety believe they can speak to their manager about it.The research also found:More than three-quarters (78%) of employer respondents think that employees feel comfortable talking about mental health issues with their employer.10% of employee respondents who experience unacceptably high levels of pressure feel they could discuss this with their manager.40% of employee respondents have experienced depression, 25% have experienced unacceptably high levels of pressure, 22% have had panic attacks, and 51% have trouble sleeping.Martin Noone (pictured), managing director at Legal and General Workplace Health and Protection, said: “Our research demonstrates there is much more work to do to change the perception of mental health and the stigma attached to it. It seems that the workplace has, in the main, become a place for ‘suffering in silence’.“With one in four people experiencing a mental health problem each year, it’s time for employers to work on their approach and start creating workplaces that are mentally healthy.”last_img read more

Why Penton Is Rethinking Its eLearning Platform

first_img Ecke says the technology was vetted by the company’s centralized product development team, and has been implemented (or soon will be) in a total of four Penton markets. Undertaking the process on a corporate level is allowing faster execution and is offering a larger testing ground for improvements. Preliminary results show that the programs on the new platform are tracking ahead of expectations, he adds. The company got in on digital continuing education early—it launched its first course in 2004, and more than 14,000 users have taken classes since—but Penton’s agriculture division recently relaunched its elearning platform with an eye toward engagement and mobile access. Penton has made a very conscious pivot away from B2B publisher, toward a broader role as an “information services provider,” since David Kieselstein took the reins as CEO in 2012. As part of the strategy, investments in non-core businesses like data, events, and now elearning, have followed. Scalability is also a chief concern, says John Ecke, vice president of digital product management for Penton Agriculture. And not just in his market vertical. But despite the relative success, Ecke is being realistic about where elearning fits into the overall revenue pie for B2B media.center_img “We anticipate the market size for accredited, continuing education courses for the agriculture sector to grow as more state agencies embrace elearning as a viable alternative to their current in-classroom requirement,” he says. “We also wanted a platform that would scale across other Penton markets.” Interactive features like videos, quizzes and graphics are now embedded into the course modules, and the UX has been overhauled with today’s multiplatform experience in mind. Journalists and expert specialists, in conjunction with various state agencies in the agriculture sector, work together to come up with the course material. “We’ll certainly see more focus on elearning across the B2B markets, but I wouldn’t categorize it as the next big thing,” he says. “Our job is to serve information to our users to help them do their jobs better in all aspects—online education absolutely meets that criteria so we’ll continue to build out our capability [there].”last_img read more

Pentagon Update Push to Streamline Bureaucracy Expected to Fade amid Shakeup

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR One issue likely to get lost in the shuffle at the Pentagon following the departure of Secretary Jim Mattis is management reform, says a former DOD and Office of Management and Budget official. “I think that is going to lose momentum,” said Marc Cancian, with the department’s top posts now filled by individuals on an acting basis, including the chief management officer position. “I don’t think it had much momentum to begin with, but whatever little momentum it had will be gone,” Cancian, now a senior adviser with the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ international security program, told Defense News. “Six months ago there was a lot of talk about management reform, but you don’t hear about any big changes that are in the wind.”DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber Smithlast_img read more

New Delhi Centre launches rural sanitation survey

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Wednesday launched the ‘Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2019’, which will be three times bigger in scale than the previous edition of the rural sanitation survey. Around 700 districts and over 17,000 villages will be covered under the survey that will be conducted across 34 states and Union Territories. In the first edition in 2018, the survey covered over 6,000 villages across the country. This year, the focus of the survey will be solid waste and plastic waste management, taking the previous year’s exercise centred on making villages open defecation free (ODF) a step ahead, Shekhawat said. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us “As we head towards an open defecation free India, the journey does not end here. We need to sustain this momentum to ensure effective implementation of a number of ODF-Plus initiatives across the country,” he said.The ODF-Plus programme has four verticals — biodegradable waste management, plastic waste management, greywater (household wastewater) management and faecal sludge management, said Parmeswaran Iyer, secretary, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us All 698 districts and 17,475 villages in 34 states and union territories will be covered under the survey, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation officials said. The field survey will be held over 45 days at over 87,000 public places, including panchayats, anganwadis, marketplaces, primary health centres, in 30 villages of every district, they said. Advertise With Us Five public places in each village will be surveyed under the exercise which will conclude on September 30, they added. “It’s not just a survey but an opportunity to encourage behavioural change and take sanitation to the secondary level, beyond the concept of open defecation free villages,” Shekhawat said. The minister stressed on employing artificial intelligence to bring more people into the survey’s fold. He said the use of technology will ensure accuracy in the exercise. Shekhawat also launched a mobile app through which people can give feedback about the survey. A third-party evaluation of the survey will be done by a private entity, ‘Ipsos Research’, selected through competitive bidding, the minister said. The participating states and districts will be ranked using a weightage methodology based on service level progress and citizen feedback, 35 per cent each, and direct observation, 30 percent, the officials said. The government aims to use the survey to reach out to as many as 3 crore people, encouraging them to participate in the survey to create widespread awareness about improved levels of sanitation in the rural parts of the country, they said.last_img read more

World shares advance even as commodity prices plunge

first_imgWorld shares headed for their best week in over a month on Friday, 20 November, though alarm bells over global growth were ringing in metals markets as copper hovered at its lowest level since 2009 and nickel since 2003.The commodities crunch was compounded as the dollar began to flex its muscles again after a quiet two days; gold slipped back towards a 5-year low and as a major sea freight index hit its lowest level on record.However, global stock markets seemed largely oblivious.Wall Street expected to start 0.2 to 0.3% higher with its main S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial indexes on course for near 3% rises on the week.European shares were barely budged as the main London, Frankfurt and Paris markets headed for 2 to 3.5% weekly gains and Tokyo’s Nikkei ended Asia’s week near a three-month high.The euro was sent tumbling back below $1.07 to $1.0670 as Mario Draghi gave the clearest hint yet that the ECB will expand its already €1 trillion stimulus programme next month and cut its key deposit rate even deeper into negative territory.”If we decide that the current trajectory of our policy is not sufficient… we will do what we must to raise inflation as quickly as possible,” Draghi said at a conference in Frankfurt, adding that a decision will be made at the ECB’s 3 December meeting.One of the most striking things is that the move will come just over a week before the ECB’s U.S. counterpart, the Federal Reserve, is likely to deliver the first hike in U.S. interest rates rise in almost a decade.The expected divergence pushed the dollar back up towards a 7-month high against a basket of top currencies in early European trading. Goldman Sachs on Thursday made a stronger greenback its top trade tip for 2016.The prospect of higher Fed rates and dollar, alongside concerns about China’s economic health continue to create uncertainty.For example, copper – seen as a good gauge of the global economy because of its wide industrial use – has been hit by persistent worries that supply cuts won’t suffice to offset the pressure on prices caused by weak demand in top user China.It slumped to a 6-1/2-year low of $4,573.50 per tonne before bouncing back to $4,650.00, still down 3.8% so far this week.The Baltic Index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities and is viewed as a good reflection of the health of world trade, having fallen 58.8% from its peak this year, experienced a record low.”Many economies in Asia and emerging markets are still not doing that good. Demand for raw materials remain very weak,” said Masahiro Ichikawa, senior strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management in Tokyo.Oil predictions Oil prices were also not far from near three-month lows hit earlier this week.Global benchmark Brent futures last stood at $44.40 per barrel, compared to Monday’s low of $43.15 as U.S. crude sat just above $40 a barrel.Crude futures have already lost around 60% of their value since mid-2014 as supply exceeds demand by roughly 0.7 million to 2.5 million barrels per day to create a glut that analysts say will last well into 2016.Market data also suggests oil traders are preparing for another drop in prices by March, 2016, as what is expected to be an unusually warm U.S. winter dents demand just as Iran’s exports hit global markets after its sanctions are ended.”Uncertainty is so high in the world’s crude markets,” said Kang Yoo-jin, commodities analyst at NH Investment and Securities based in Seoul. “Prices will have high volatility in 2016 and particularly in the first half.”In debt markets 2-year US yields were up for their fourth week in the last five.Meanwhile, Greek bond yields headed back towards their lowest levels in more than a year after Greece’s parliament approved a reform bill late on Thursday, 19 November, to secure further bailout funds from its international lenders.Mario Draghi’s soothing sounds also underpinned the broader euro zone bond market as core German Bunds, but also French, Italian and Spain bonds, cruised towards their second straight week of yield falls.Neil Williams, chief economist of fund manager Hermes in London, said that one of the things helping equity markets was the increasing degree of clarity on what the Fed and ECB will do next month and on China’s support plans for its economy.”China obviously needs watching. When a $10-1/2 trillion economy which accounts for about a half of the world’s commodity demand slows we need to take notice,” Williams said. “But I’m increasingly reassured that they have the policy buttons to press and are pressing them.”last_img read more