Quebec town reaches deal with woman sexually assaulted by mayor

first_imgQUEBEC – A Quebec town whose mayor was found guilty of sexually assaulting an ex-employee has reached a deal with the woman.Under terms of the agreement, Caroline Lamarre will be compensated in exchange for agreeing to abandon her efforts to get her job back with the community of Baie-Trinite.Lamarre has not worked since 2013, while Denis Lejeune is still mayor of the town about 500 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.He was found guilty in July 2015 but is still mayor because a Quebec law on municipal elections and referendums allows for an elected official convicted of such a crime to stay on if the sentence is less than 30 days in prison.Lejeune was sentenced to 120 hours of community work and two years’ probation and was fined $4,000.The Canadian Press does not generally identify victims of sexual assault but Lamarre has gone public with her situation and held a news conference two months ago to discuss it.Quebec passed a law last year tightening the ethics rules for municipal officials.last_img read more

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University of Calgary conflict report a vindication departed academic

first_imgA professor who left the University of Calgary over how the school handled a corporate-funded sustainability institute says he sees his concerned echoed in a report that found major problems with the centre.“What the report describes is factually accurate,” said Joe Arvai, who now teaches at the University of Michigan. “In that regard, it feels like a bit of a vindication of what I had said.”The head of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, which did the investigation, said problems with the university’s plans to create the Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability should be a warning for institutions across Canada.On Wednesday, the association released a document that said the university president was in a conflict of interest, since she took part in planning the centre while holding a paid position on one of the Calgary-based energy company’s boards. The investigation also found the project was poorly administered and subject to influence by its donor.The university has rejected those findings and has referred to a 2015 report that cleared the school of wrongdoing. It declined to provide anyone for an interview.Arvai, who was the original choice to lead the centre, strongly supports the association’s conclusion that faculty and staff have been intimidated from expressing their concerns. He referred to a fellow professor who was dismissed as director of a research centre after opposing university administration on energy and environmental issues.“To me, (that is) telling of how I certainly felt when I was there — to go up against the University of Calgary would be to invite reprisals.”At least two other academics have expressed similar concerns in media reports.Arvai said that the wider academic community is starting to notice.“Absolutely, yes. I’ve heard from people who have been shortlisted for jobs there, and have been interviewed, who have declined an opportunity to pursue employment at the University of Calgary because these concerns were raised.”David Robinson, head of the teachers association, said Canadian universities are increasingly dependent on corporate support.Such collaborations can benefit all parties, including the public, he said. But they must be carefully structured.In 2013, his group surveyed 12 corporate/academic research and program collaborations from institutions across the country.It found only two of those agreements had public documents. Seven held no specific guarantees of academic freedom and only six had language ensuring academic matters remained under the university’s control.Just two forbade a financial interest by participating faculty in the corporate partner and one agreement required disclosure of conflicts of interest.“At the end of the day, it’s incumbent on universities to have effective self-policing mechanisms,” said Robinson. “These kinds of situations shouldn’t be allowed to happen in the first place.“We have to ensure that any corporate sponsorship puts academic values ahead of any public relations exercise.“The mission of the university is not to present good PR for companies. It is to pursue knowledge. It is to preserve knowledge. It is to disseminate knowledge.”— Follow @row1960 on Twitter.last_img read more

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BSP releases 1st list of 11 candidates, former JD(S) leader gets ticket

first_imgLucknow: The BSP Friday announced its first list of 11 candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, fielding former JD(S) leader Danish Ali from Amroha.Ali, who was general secretary of the Janata Dal (Secular), quit that party and joined the Bahujan Samaj Party only last week. The BSP declared Haji Fazulrahman its nominee from Saharanpur, Malook Nagar from Bijnore and Girish Chandra from Nagina, a party statement said. Hazi Mohammad Yakoob has been fielded from Meerut, Satbeer Nagar from Gautam Buddh Nagar, Yogesh Verma from Bulandshahr, Ajit Baliyan from Aligarh, Manoj Kumar Soni from Agra, Rajveer Singh from Fatehpur Sikri and Ruchi Veera from Aonla. Danish Ali, 54, joined the BSP amid speculation that his new party might field him from Amroha in western Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Ali had then said he had the blessings of JD(S) chief H D Deve Gowda to make the switch, a claim later confirmed by his old party. A native of Hapur district in Uttar Pradesh, Ali said he was not able to establish the JD(S) in the state. The BSP is contesting 38 of the 80 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh under the seat-sharing arrangement with Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal.The SP will contest 37 seats and the RLD three. The alliance has left Amethi and Raebareli for the Congress, even though it is not a part of it. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KMayawati recently said the BSP will not have an alliance with the Congress in any state. On Friday, Mayawati posted tweets ridiculing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for calling himself the country’s chowkidar (watchman). Referring to the ruling party’s Main bhi chowkidar’ (I am a chowkidar too) campaign, said the ruling party leaders can do “chowkidari” after losing the polls. She also accused the Modi government of hiding data that revealed the scale of unemployment in the country.last_img read more

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Arabs criticize Shakira, Colombian politician accuse her of ‘promoting lesbianism’

first_imgCasablanca- Have you watched the music video by Colombian diva Shakira for her new single, “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” which features Barbados superstar Rihanna? Well, in some countries of the Middle East and Colombia, many have watched the video, and the overall reactions have not been very positive.   Two of the world’s most celebrated music stars, Shakira and Rihanna, got intimate in the music video. The two share a bed, touch, and “get sexy” in the video while reminiscently singing, “The only memory is us kissing in the moonlight.” While millions have viewed the YouTube video, not everyone seems to be charmed by their “arousing” video, especially those from the eastern hemisphere. Many Arab fans and music industry professionals criticized the video—some even described it as “promoting lesbianism.” “It’s a lesbianist music video, it’s really over [the top],” Fadi Haddad, a Lebanese music video director was quoted by Al Arabiya News as saying.While many Arabs have found fault with the sexual dimension of the video, others found it more constructive to criticize its creative significance. The general idea is that music videos like Shakira’s further victimize women’s bodies, rendering them sexual tools of entertainment and commercial benefit. Quoted by Al Arabiya News, Nabil Alalawi, CEO of Qithara production, an art production and advertising company, said that, “stars around the world have to search for a new concept” without abandoning focus on social matters because, “it kills creativity.” Knowing that her paternal grandparents immigrated from Lebanon to New York, many fans wonder whether Shakira’s Arab origins are the reason behind the outrage.  Perhaps it is due to the fact that Shakira has made it clear in her interviews that her cultural identity is, “a fusion of the western and the eastern.” However, some voices in the Arab world expressed different opinions on the video. “I do not think that it is promoting lesbianism,” Lynn Darwich, the Lebanon-based coordinator of the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies, said to Al Arabiya News.  “It is catering to a male audience, which would presumably appreciate eroticism between women,” he justified. “The Arab world is used to one female artist [appearing in an explicit manner]. We also have gay men in music videos, it’s very obvious, but we never have explicitly labeled it like they have done,” stated Fadi Haddad, a Lebanese music video director. The Arab world’s negative criticism of Shakira’s video seems harsher than that of Rihanna’s 2010 music video for one of her most listened-to songs, “Te Amo.” Some claim that this is because Shakira had never before appeared in a music video where her “sexy partner” is actually a girl. Reference of a society in moral decay Meanwhile, Marco Fidel Ramirez, a Colombian politician lashed out at Shakira, accusing her of “promoting lesbianism and the usage of tobacco.” “Our Shakira with her erotic video is promoting tobacco usage and has become the worst example for our youth,’ he wrote on his Twitter feed, using the hashtag #PeligroVideoShakira, which translates to ‘Dangers of Shakira’s Video.’“Shakira’s new video is a shameless case for lesbianism and immorality. It is a danger to children,” he added. Ramirz called on the Colombia’s National Television Authority to ban the video from being broadcast on any of the country’s TV channels.last_img read more

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Ethics code for UN Secretariat staff extended to cover all funds and

The bulletin’s release follows a meeting in late October of the Chief Executives Board (CEB) of top officials from across the UN system in which they agreed to establish an ethical code and system within which they will all operate.Announcing the bulletin’s release, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe noted that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged, when he took office in January, that the UN would commit itself to the highest standards of ethics, integrity, accountability and transparency.She said that even after this UN-wide ethical code is established, Mr. Ban will continue to work with the leadership of the specialized agencies to ensure that the ethical standards and programmes are as uniform and harmonized as possible.“As we strive for ‘One United Nations,’ the United Nations must be governed by a single code of ethical standards,” Ms. Okabe said.As part of the system-wide code unveiled today, an ethics committee will be established and tasked with devising “a unified set of standards and policies” for the UN system, reviewing the annual reports of the ethics offices of the Secretariat and the various funds and programmes, and consulting on any important or complex cases or issues raised by an ethics office.This committee will be headed by Robert Benson, the Director of the UN Ethics Office, and also include any heads of ethics offices in the specialized agencies.Mr. Benson told reporters today that individual funds and programmes have the option of appointing or designating their own ethics officers. If they do not by next month, then staff working for that fund or programme will be covered by the ethics office of the UN Secretariat, including on issues concerning protection for whistleblowers from retaliation.Similarly, if the ethics office of a fund or programme has not provided advice or formally considered a request for protection from retaliation within 45 days of a request from a staff member, then that employee is entitled to refer the matter to the newly established UN Ethics Committee.The individual ethics office will be charged with: developing standards, training and education on ethics issue for their specialized agency; providing guidance to the agency management to ensure the UN principles and policies are being followed; provide confidential advice to staff; help protect staff against retaliation; and administer the financial disclosure programme of senior staff at the agency.In response to questions from journalists, Mr. Benson said he believed that many funds and programmes already had plans to designate an ethics officer, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The need for a common ethics code among all UN entities has gained increased momentum in recent months along with issues relating to whistleblower protection and the disclosure of information by the various entities.At the World Summit at UN Headquarters in New York in September 2005, Member States called for a scrupulous application of existing standards of conduct and the development of a system-wide code of ethics for all UN personnel. 3 December 2007Employees working in the funds and programmes of the United Nations are now covered by the same system of ethical protections and programmes as their colleagues in the UN Secretariat after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a bulletin on the issue today. read more

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Concerned at bloodshed in Iraq Annan calls for ceasefire

A spokesman for Mr. Annan issued a statement voicing extreme concern at the violence, especially in the holy city of Najaf.The Secretary-General “is particularly troubled by the high toll of dead and wounded, including civilian casualties,” the spokesman said.The statement, released in New York, emphasized that force should be a last resort and called for “every effort to be made, even at this late hour, to work out a ceasefire and peaceful solution.”As the UN helps Iraq to prepare for its National Conference, due to begin in mid-August, the spokesman said that event can be an important step in a peaceful and inclusive political transition, by promoting national reconciliation and dialogue. “The United Nations is ready to extend its facilitating role to the current crisis, if this would be helpful.”The statement also called Prime Minister Allawi’s offer of a limited amnesty and wider participation in the political process “steps in the right direction.” read more

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PepsiCo sticks by North American drinks unit despite struggles

NEW YORK, N.Y. – PepsiCo plans to hang onto its struggling North American drinks unit, with hopes that the introduction of naturally sweetened, lower-calorie sodas will help revive sales.The company has been under pressure to spin off the business and focus on its stronger Frito-Lay snack unit, most notably by activist investor Nelson Peltz of Trian Fund Management.The calls for a split come as PepsiCo’s drinks, which include Mountain Dew, Tropicana and Aquafina, have lost ground to bigger rival Coca-Cola Co. in recent years. U.S. soda consumption in general has also been on the decline, with people worried about the calories in regular soda and the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas.But PepsiCo said Thursday that it concluded after an “exhaustive” review involving “bankers and consultants” that its current combined snacks and drinks structure would maximize shareholder value.“That decision has been made for a good period of time going forward,” Chief Financial Officer Hugh Johnston said in a call with reporters.The strength in snacks and weakness in drinks played out again in the company’s fourth quarter, with Frito-Lay delivering volume growth of 3 per cent in North America. Volume for carbonated soft drinks, by contrast, fell in the “mid-single digits” despite stepped-up marketing. Non-carbonated drinks, which include Gatorade and Aquafina, increased in the “low-single digits.”Still, CEO Indra Nooyi stressed that PepsiCo’s drinks and snacks are complementary to each other. She also downplayed the company’s exposure to colas, noting that they make up less than 25 per cent of North American beverages.Nooyi also noted that PepsiCo plans to test new natural sweeteners in carbonated drinks this year that could help improve results. Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. announced similar plans this week. Coca-Cola, which introduced a similar concept in Argentina last year, reports next week.In the meantime, PepsiCo also announced another cost-cutting program that will save $5 billion over the next five years from actions including factory closures and investments in automated manufacturing. The company says about 40 per cent of the savings will come from work force cuts, although it did not specify how many jobs would be affected.PepsiCo has about 278,000 employees, according to FactSet.For the period ended Dec. 28, the company earned $1.74 billion, or $1.12 per share. That compares with $1.66 billion, or $1.06 per share, a year ago.Excluding charges and other items, earnings were $1.05 per share, topping the $1 per share Wall Street expected.Revenue rose 1 per cent to $20.12 billion, helped by results in Latin America and Asia. Analysts on average were looking for revenue of $20.1 billion, according to FactSet.For the year, PepsiCo earned $4.32 per share, up from $3.92 per share in the previous year.PepsiCo Inc.’s annual dividend will be raised by 15 per cent. It will boost 2014 share repurchases to about $5 billion.Its stock was down 3 per cent at $78.89 in morning trading. FILE – In this photo taken May 16, 2011, file photo, the Pepsi logo is seen on a delivery truck at Walmart in Springfield, Ill. PepsiCo Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Candice Choi And Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press Posted Feb 13, 2014 5:36 am MDT PepsiCo sticks by North American drinks unit despite struggles read more

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On proveit deal Richardson giving Vikings plenty of value

EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings had just secured their new quarterback with the splash move of the NFL’s off-season. Coach Mike Zimmer was busy working on addressing another area that needed an upgrade.The same day Kirk Cousins was introduced with his $84 million fully guaranteed contract, Zimmer was watching video of some of the top defensive tackle prospects in the upcoming draft. Then the solution literally walked into his office to greet him. Sheldon Richardson was at team headquarters on a free agent visit, which the Vikings didn’t let him leave without signing him to a one-year, $8 million deal .As important as Cousins has been and will continue to be, the value of adding Richardson can’t be overlooked. His presence on the interior at the position next to the nose tackle commonly called the “three technique” has provided a critical boost to the defence in both stopping the run and rushing the quarterback.“Sheldon’s done a great job of coming in here and kind of fitting into our culture and the way we do things,” Zimmer said, crediting Richardson as well as defensive line coach Andre Patterson.According to SportRadar, Richardson is fourth among all NFL interior defensive linemen with 21 quarterback pressures, behind Aaron Donald (53), Fletcher Cox (26) and Geno Atkins (25). Richardson had two sacks last week against Green Bay, a bonus from a position where disruption in the backfield is the priority.The three technique is a less-heralded role on the team than the premier edge pass rusher or the ball-hawking safety. But it’s essential to Zimmer’s scheme to keep the linebackers free to roam from side to side, limit the rushing yardage up the middle, and reduce double teams on the defensive ends. The Vikings seek first-step and lateral quickness from their three technique, which gets its name from a long-ago-established numbering system for designating alignments by defensive linemen.“He does those things really well, but the thing that kind of surprised me a little bit is the power that he has with it,” Zimmer said. “The good three techniques I have been around have all kind of had those qualities.”Richardson, a first-round draft pick by the New York Jets in 2013 out of Missouri, was the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year before eventually falling out of favour and being traded to Seattle. After one season with the Seahawks, Richardson was widely considered the best available player at his position on the market last spring. His decision to sign with a contending team on a prove-it contract has set him up well for a much bigger payday.“It’s a blue-collar organization,” said Richardson, who turned 28 on Thursday. “One of the main reasons why I like the organization is nobody is a prized possession here. No politics. They don’t play their draft picks sometimes. You can pay a guy a lot of money, but he won’t play if he’s not up to par.”The Vikings play at New England on Sunday, with pressure on Tom Brady a must for slowing down the Patriots and their prolific attack. The defence has been especially successful lately at generating a rush from the front four without having to send an extra blitzer or two from the linebackers or defensive backs.“That’s how we want it, too,” Richardson said. “We’re happy when they get it, but it’s like, ‘Man, that could’ve been us.’ Usually when those guys get sacks, we turn into offensive linemen basically.”The Patriots have plenty of experience defending him, of course, from the eight times they faced the Jets over his first four seasons.“He’s a great player, and he was certainly a problem when he was in this division,” coach Bill Belichick said, adding: “He’s strong. He’s hard to knock off the ball. He’s smart. He reads blocking schemes well. He’s quick and athletic and explosive on the pass rush, and he can run through guys and he can run around them.”___More AP NFL coverage: and Campbell, The Associated Press read more

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Why mining is the key to future economic growth across West Africa

first_imgMining must be at the heart of economic empowerment and to integrate more closely with the wider economy, according to Sulemanu Koney, Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Chamber of Mines. He believes mining in his country must play a key role in its national development as well as bring benefits to the economies of countries cross West Africa. In a statement this week Koney said that the West African Mining & Power Conference 2018 (WAMPOC) in May would bring together those people who can drive change.The Ghana Chamber of Mines has its 90th anniversary this year celebrated at WAMPOC, alongside the WAMPEX exhibition, with His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana as Special Guest of Honour. The Chamber is a partner in the planning and organisation of the event. “We are expectant that as has been the case in the past, WAMPOC/WAMPEX 2018 will be a great avenue for stakeholders in the sector to look to the future and lead the way in making mining and power the lifeblood of the West African economy,” he said.“This year’s event is expected to focus on the realignment of the Chamber’s role in creating greater value for investors within the sector as well as broader integration with the non-mineral economy. It has become more crucial than ever for mining companies to be at the centre of the real economic empowerment.”Exhibitors from around the world will be at the Accra International Conference Centre from May 30 to June 1 for the event. “This remains an international networking conference and exhibition for the mining and power industry in West Africa that brings together captains in those sectors, high-powered government officials from West Africa, international and local investors, NGOS, researchers in academia and traditional leaders,” said Koney.“This event has, since its inception 24 years ago, continually created the platform to introduce new mining suppliers, technology innovators and investors to West Africa’s mining and power sectors under the competent auspices of the Chamber. The conference and exhibition have progressively become West Africa’s main platform for thought leadership in mining and power. We welcome all participants to our beautiful country.”Addae Antwi-Boasiako, the CEO of the Ghana Minerals Commission said: “The Minerals Commission deems the upcoming 13th edition of the West Africa Mining & Power Conference (WAMPOC), which runs alongside WAMPEX, a huge platform that will provide opportunities to local and foreign firms to leverage the investment opportunities available in the mining and energy sectors of the Ghanaian economy.”WAMPEX and WAMPOC 2018 is also endorsed by The Ghana Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources, The Minerals Commission of Ghana and The Energy Commission of Ghana.last_img read more

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Column Facts invalidate Emer Costellos anecdotes about Gaza

first_imgLAST WEEK, Irish MEP Emer Costello made a big issue of Israel’s refusal to allow her and her delegation access to the Gaza Strip via the Israeli border.She did this despite knowing in advance that it is Israeli policy to forbid entry to Gaza, except for goods and for Palestinian residents returning from medical treatment in Israeli hospitals (2,500-3,000 do so each month).Only in very rare and unique cases do we allow other delegations to enter Gaza through Israel.  This is because Gaza, under the control of Hamas, has been in a state of war with Israel since Israel withdrew all its military forces and all Israeli citizens from there in 2005.She could have sought entry to Gaza from Egypt.  A little-reported story is that, for some months now, Egypt has also been refusing travel in and out of Gaza in its efforts to prevent terrorist infiltration and weapons smuggling into the Sinai Peninsula.  But it makes a sexier story to say “Israel stopped me”.Ms Costello has recently revealed in what she believes is “the single biggest obstruction to peace” between Israel and the Palestinians.It is not the daily calls in Gaza and in Judea-Samaria (the ‘West Bank’) for Israel’s elimination as mandated by the Hamas Charter and by the PLO National Charter.It is not the daily incitement to Jew-hatred that goes on in the Palestinian Arab media.It is not the daily indoctrination of schoolchildren as young as five in hero-worship of suicide bombers, dressing them up with bomb belts and drilling them with mock rifles.It is not the complete failure of the so-called ‘moderate’ Palestinian leadership to prepare their people for the inevitable compromises that must come with any peace agreement.  Only this week, a speech by PA Chairman Abbas says that “all of Israel is occupied Palestinian land”.No, Ms Costello has discovered the real cause of the absence of peace.  It’s the homes being built for those Israelis who would like to live in the suburbs of their own capital city or in Judea-Samaria, the Jewish people’s ancestral homeland.Two inescapable facts invalidate her argument. First, not a single Jew lived in these areas in 1964, when the PLO was founded with the aim of eliminating the ‘illegal’ state of Israel, or in 1967 when four Arab states joined forces with the declared aim of annihilating it.Second, contrary to the allegations in her article, this building does not result in “the forcible displacement of communities”. In Jerusalem, building takes place within existing Jewish communities on land purchased long ago by them.  In the wider Judea-Samaria, no new settlements have been built since 1998 – the new homes are within existing settlements.The 350,000 Israelis who live in these areas for the most part do not impinge on Arab communities – almost all live in the otherwise mainly empty Area C.  Only 4 per cent of the Arab population live there (the other 96 per cent enjoy autonomy in Areas A and B).Israel has a more than 20 per cent minority of Arab citizens. Cannot a future Palestinian Arab state find room for a few per cent Jewish minority?  Or is Ms Costello telling us that there are places where Jews must not be allowed to live, as was the case in Europe in the ’30s of the last century?Ms Costello carefully suppresses any mention of the vigorous programme of Arab home-building that takes place constantly alongside Israeli building in Jerusalem.  She also omits to say that Israeli buildings are just as much subject to planning regulations, and the ‘threat of demolition’ where they are ignored, as are Arab ones.The only evidence Ms Costello offers for her generalised and false allegations are based on two individual anecdotes.  Since I am not familiar with all the details, I cannot comment on their veracity.  But I can say that, if real injustices were inflicted on the Palestinian persons mentioned, they have the option of taking their cases to the courts of Israel, all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.Israeli settlements in Palestine ‘single biggest obstruction to peace’ – Emer Costello>last_img read more

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Poll Would you support the settingup of injecting centres for drug addicts

first_img I’m not sure (1340) YesNoI’m not sureVote Poll Results: Yes (1712)center_img No (2037) TWO DRUG TREATMENT groups have called for the government to consider the concept of supervised injecting centres for drug addicts, in a report on drug use published today.The report says these centres are in use in other cities like Madrid and Sydney with data showing that they can provide early intervention and address the dangers related to on-street injecting.Legislation would have to be changed to allow centres like this to be set up and other issues like objections from locals living beside a centre and implications that it would actually encourage drug use are likely to arise. However the groups have said that the centres can be a gateway to treatment and recovery for users.We want to know what you have to say: Would you support the setting-up of injecting centres for drug addicts?last_img read more

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Blood guts and green energy Scientists get €23m in research funding

first_imgFunding for researchers at the outset of their careers is an important element of the Government’s strategy for job creation in research and innovation under our Action Plan for Jobs.SFI’s funding schemes for early career researchers help ensure that excellent research with the potential for real economic and societal impact is properly supported in Ireland.Investment like this is important for Ireland’s developing international reputation for excellent research with impact.Fatima Gunning, from the Tyndall National Institute at UCC, received the largest single award, of €812,153, for her work on optical networks (light detection, in layman’s terms).Some of the other major projects include a study on “microbial diversity in the gut”, by Orla O’ Sullivan from the Teagasc Food Research Centre in Cork, and an exploration of skin analysis as an alternative to blood sampling in diagnosing diseases, by Aoife Morrin from DCU.Stephen Dooley from the University of Limerick has been funded for his proposal on harnessing Ireland’s “indigenous biomass” (plant material) as a clean energy source, which could help reduce fossil fuel imports and shape transport technology in the future.The aim of today’s €23m, four-year investment is not just to reward promising young Irish scientists, however, but also to “persuade top young scientific talent from abroad to base their research efforts here in Ireland,” according to Mark Ferguson, Director General of SFI.Scientists get €47m for research in cancer detection, epilepsy and sustainable food>Irish scientists have made a breakthrough in superfast computers> MINISTER FOR RESEARCH and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, today announced the 40 scientists who have been given a total of €23m in research grants.Under two separate grants administered by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the Irish-based research projects have been awarded funding ranging from  €456k and €812k each.Studies on ocean energy, bowel cancer, and the Earth’s crust in Ireland were a few of the diverse projects funded today under the Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) and Career Development Award (CDA).Announcing the grants today, Sherlock said in a statement:last_img read more

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Stem cells in breast milk might persist throughout life

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Breast milk may provide longer-term benefits than previously thought, extending even into adulthood, according to Greek Australian researcher Foteini Hassiotou from the University of Western Australia.Her study found that in mice, stem cells received during infancy from a mother’s breast milk were present in several tissues all around the body, including in the brain, blood, kidneys, and pancreas, throughout life.Some of the stem cells even integrated into organs to become functional cells, including neurons and insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. The findings might suggest a new direction for research on therapeutic uses of stem cells.The procedure that the researchers, led by Foteini Hassiotou, used involved glowing mice, which were genetically modified to express a gene called tdTomato, which causes cells to fluoresce red under ultraviolet light. These mice were mated, and their babies were swapped with the pups of another, unmodified mother mouse. The new pups suckled the modified mouse and, as a result, obtained glowing red stem cells from the breast milk. Foteini Hassiotou graduated from the Aristotle University of Greece in 2005 with a B.Sc. in Biology and First Class Honours in Microbiology and Physiology. She started a PhD in Physiology at the University of Western Australia, which she completed in 2009. She then joined the Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group of the University of Western Australia conducting research into the physiology of breastfeeding and breast milk stem cells. Foteini’s research has a dual focus, concentrating on (a) the properties of the maternal stem cells that are present in breast milk and their biological role, and (b) mammary stem cells in health and disease. She aims at understanding the role of these cells for the breastfed infant and in the lactating breast, as well as using them as models in breast cancer research to elucidate how these cells are subjected to malignant transformation that leads to cancer.last_img read more

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Lalcoolisation des jeunes un problème de santé publique majeur

first_imgL’alcoolisation des jeunes, un problème de santé publique majeurSelon le ministre de l’Intérieur Manuel Valls, l’alcoolisation des jeunes est devenue un “problème majeur” de santé publique. Rien qu’à Bordeaux, où le ministre a fait cette déclaration, six noyades probablement liées à l’alcool se sont produites en un an.Ce week-end, le ministre de l’Intérieur Manuel Valls s’est rendu à Bordeaux alors que s’y déroulait la traditionnelle Fête du vin. Invité par la députée PS de Gironde et ministre aux Personnes âgées Michèle Delaunay, celle-ci s’est félicitée de la venue de M. Valls, qui a notamment permis de “booster la mise en place des dispositifs et d’apporter une attention très importante à l’inquiétude des Bordelais”. En effet, les citoyens de la ville ont à déplorer la noyade de six jeunes hommes en moins d’un an, certainement en raison d’une alcoolisation excessive.À lire aussiL’étrange maladie qui rend ivre sans boire une goutte d’alcoolMme Delaunay a d’ailleurs récemment accusé la mairie (dirigée par Alain Juppé de l’UMP) de ne pas avoir diffusé de messages suffisants de prévention à la veille de cette Fête du vin. Cité par l’AFP, M. Valls a cependant estimé qu’il ne fallait pas “dresser des procès d’intention pour rechercher un coupable [ … ] car il s’agit d’une responsabilité collective”. Il a en effet déclaré qu’”il y a un problème majeur que nous avons évoqué tout à l’heure en préfecture, qui est d’abord un problème de santé publique : la consommation massive et rapide d’alcool, de drogues et d’autres substances qui provoquent de véritables shoots”. Celui-ci a également poursuivi : “cette hyper-alcoolisation, qui sévit chez les jeunes notamment, conduit à des problèmes de sécurité et des troubles à l’ordre public”. Il a ajouté qu’elle entraînait surtout des “mises en danger de soi et tous ces drames que vous avez connus”, à Bordeaux. Toutefois, le ministre estime qu’il ne s’agit pas là de cas isolés et que “ces excès sont la cause de décès dans toute la France ; il y a eu des cas à Nantes, à Lille, Toulouse, Paris”, a-t-il encore déclaré. Une hausse de la proportion d’ivresses régulières Pour lutter, le ministre souhaite donc mettre en œuvre un système “de prévention, d’information et de sensibilisation de la jeunesse” qui ne doit cependant “pas être stigmatisée”. Si on se réfère aux chiffres fournis par Drogue info service, on constate que le pourcentage de jeunes de 17 ans ayant été ivres au moins trois fois dans l’année (ivresse répétée) a augmenté depuis 2008 pour se situer aujourd’hui entre 25,6 et 27,8%. La tendance est identique pour les ivresses régulières (dix fois ou plus dans l’année) dont la proportion est passée de 8,6% à 10,5%.Le 2 juillet 2012 à 14:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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ASA Supports Continued Registration for Chlorpyrifos

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week supporting continued sale of chlorpyrifos, one of the few remaining compounds in the organophosphorus class of chemicals and the most widely used insecticide against soybean aphid.  The EPA’s proposal is to revoke tolerances for chlorpyrifos are in response to a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, which ordered the agency to respond to an administrative petition to revoke all tolerances. The petition was originally filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA). They questioned the EPA’s new methodologies for evaluating the pesticide that went into the reregistration process and particularly the dietary exposure and drinking water assessments.“Without chlorpyrifos … farmers will be forced to rely on pyrethroid insecticides, and in just a few years resistance to that class will become a problem. The use of only pyrethroids can lead to outbreaks of pests such as spider mites and rotational sprays with chlorpyrifos are an essential part of integrated pest management,” ASA’s comments state. “Soybean farmers are well-versed in how to apply chlorpyrifos responsibly and rely on it as a good option in many insect management systems where residual control is either not needed or wanted.”Click here to view the comments.last_img read more

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BSO arrests man who allegedly made bomb threat to Islamic center

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man who, they said, is behind the bomb threat made to a local Pompano Beach Islamic center.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, 38-year-old Shawkat Mzayek allegedly made the disturbing call to the Islamic Center of South Florida, Thursday night. Officials said Mzayek said over the phone, “Your mosque is going to be blown the [expletive] up tonight. We are going to kill all of you and ISIS in America.”Related: Pompano Beach Islamic center evacuated after bomb threatBSO arrested Mzayek, Friday, who they believe phoned in the threat.The 38-year-old is expected to be in bond court sometime Friday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Music Festivals 2018 Big Ears Experimental Fest Favors Jazz

first_imgNews NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 9, 2015 – 2:25 pm Béla Fleck Wins Best Contemporary World Music Album Facebook Email The 2018 edition of the Knoxville, Tenn., experimental music festival leans toward avant-garde jazzRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 1, 2017 – 2:51 pm Love experimental music? Well get ready, because the 2018 edition of the Big Ears festival will be here before we know it. Twitter center_img Music Festivals 2018: Big Ears Experimental Fest Favors Jazz Hosted in Knoxville, Tenn., the experimental music festival has announced their lineup for the weekend long celebration, which will take place March 22–25, 2018. As Rolling Stone reports, for the seventh consecutive year, the line-up relies heavily on avant-garde jazz.This includes artists such as Medeski Martin & Wood, pianists Jason Moran and Craig Taborn, drummer Milford Graves, saxophonist Evan Parker, a performance of Alice Coltrane’s “ecstatic music,” Nels Cline with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, sax quartet Rova, trumpeter Peter Evans, violinist Jenny Scheinman, and many more.GRAMMY nominee Anoushka Shankar will perform her work Land Of Gold, which discusses immigration. The classical music ensemble Bang On A Can will serve as the artist in residence at the festival. In addition, musicians at the intersection of experimental music and alternative rock and electronic undergrounds will perform, including Diamanda Galás, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Lightning Bolt, Kid Koala, Four Tet, Jaga Jazzist, Laural Halo, and Jenny Hval. Music Festivals 2018: Big Ears Experimental Fest music-festivals-2018-big-ears-experimental-fest-favors-jazz As if that isn’t enough, Big Ears 2018 will feature “Appalachian Homecoming,” curated by Anna Roberts-Gevalt of roots duo Anna & Elizabeth, which will celebrate the music of the American South with Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Abigail Washburn, and the Black Twig Pickers, on deck to perform.Tickets for the festival will go on sale Nov. 3 via Big Ears’ website.Music Festivals 2018: All Points East Is London’s Brand New Festlast_img read more

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Are You Doing Enough to Protect and Monetize Your Intellectual Property

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min read Your tech-enabled business has valuable technology and intellectual property (IP) as part of your processes and the service, capabilities and products you provide.This IP in what you and your contractors have created typically takes the form of software and computer code, and also may contain trade secrets and possibly patentable subject matter or inventions. Many companies underestimate the tremendous value their IP represents to their monetization strategy, as well as to a potential acquirer or growth capital investor.Related: 15 Useful Tech Tools for Your BusinessWhat I have learned from many years of working with tech-enabled growth companies; on both sides of mergers and acquisitions; and angel, private equity and venture capital investments, is that accretion of IP value is the key element to supporting overall enterprise value — representing scalability in phases of rapid growth and supporting attractive multiples during the fundraising and exit phases.But, have you properly protected your IP from “leakage,” and have you created monetization strategies that ensure customers pay for the parts of your IP they use? By being vigilant in incorporating proven best practices for key IP protection and monetization strategies, you can better ensure your business trajectory has favorable investment and exit outcomes.1. Understand and prevent leakage.There is a push/pull between the IP developers who want everyone to use their IP, and the business side who want to maximize user payments.Leakage occurs when a company’s poor policies for creation, access or usage of the IP technology allow others to unfairly or wrongfully use, benefit from or commercialize your IP or portions of the IP. The lack of technology and legal restrictions on use results in the “leak” to other organizations, past employees and contractors, and possibly competitors.Expert tips: Licenses of your IP must establish tiered boundaries on use, prohibitions and service/license fees.Ensure contractors and employees are contractually bound by work made-for-hire and assignment of invention provisions in favor of your company.Related: 25 Creative Ways to Promote Your App For Free2. Own your derivatives and derivative works.Many companies are not able to ascertain who owns the derivative work created with their IP technology. Simply put, ownership of derivative works is critical.If your customer agreement allows them to own enhancements to software or services of the IT technology platform you created, you may have established a roadblock to your growth and technology roadmap. This quickly becomes murky in customer contract negotiations.Expert tip: When your large customer’s procurement department says it must own all the technology created in your relationship, as well as enhancements to and development of that technology, it is time to call a well-seasoned licensing attorney to help you craft and negotiate customer license agreements and provisions that balance customer needs against possible leakage of your IP and your IP derivative works.3. Get copyright protection.Your IP technology in the form of critical software and systems may be a copyrightable work that garners the protection of the copyright laws.Expert tips:Timely and professional preparation and filing of a copyright registration on every significant version of that software will lock in statutory copyright remedies for your company.Mark in the platform, in the code of the platform and on the screen displays a form of a copyright notice including “©Year Company Name.”For major versions of your technology, get a non-infringement opinion from an experienced patent attorney to help avoid any liability for intentional infringement (including treble damages) if another company asserts pre-existing patent rights against you.4. Take confidentiality very seriously and limit access to your IP.Access to valuable technology or processes requires protections and limitations. Ensure confidentiality agreements are put in place to prohibit unauthorized further use of this information by the viewer and reverse engineering. Employee and contractor use should be only for benefit of your company.Your IP technology users must understand that what they are accessing is protected by law, may be confidential and that access and use is restricted.Expert tips: Mark all confidential materials with a “Confidential and Proprietary” stamp for hard copies and a watermark for “soft” copies. This applies not only to the technology itself, but also to strategic plans and product roadmaps around the technology.Create multiple levels of password-protected access based on the level of authorized viewership and use. Some companies’ “crown jewels” are accessible on the network by every employee!Related: The 25 Best U.S. Cities for Tech Startups5. Be mindful of copy left agreements in your IP strategy.Many tech-enabled companies use open source software for customer-facing technologies as well as behind-the-scenes software. You can lose a (potential) customer by not understanding how, where and what open source code is used in your IP.Make sure your software subject to copyleft licenses are finite and bounded, so the company can demonstrate where free copyleft open source code versus software IP begins and ends.Expert tip: Be ready to show how you have isolated the copyleft open source code so that it does not suck your code base into a derivative work that requires you share it with the entire world.For some of our clients, we have developed “open source code use protocols,” which can be an effective management tool.6. Structure scalability and licensing protocols for your IP.A key element to fostering scale and growth is to ensure that, when you are deploying technology for use by others, you are not giving away more than is required, but that you are giving enough that allows customers to buy more. Deliver access for only the portions of the paid-for use of your technology needed now, and consider limited additional access/restrictions that allow the user to “grow” into additional use and payment opt-ins.You can limit usage in a wide variety of ways, including: number of users, scope of use, application, application type, business unit, transactions and even throughput (data rates of flow). As these scale, so should their payments to your business. Always position yourself to be able to say yes to additional and even enterprise-wide usage requests, and be firm in adding, “but there is an additional cost.”Expert tip: Sunset clauses and support post-sunset should be specifically detailed and outlined in your support agreements. You do not want your best people tied up supporting yesterday’s technologies (and yesterday’s revenue model) instead of innovating new growth and platforms.An ounce of strategic prevention is worth many pounds of cure.Any tech-enabled company that intends at some point in the future to take growth investment or sell the company, will undergo a tremendous level of due diligence around their IP strategy and protections.There will be literally teams of people — technology, legal and business experts ­– whose job it is to point out flaws of your technology and its protection. They are assessing investability, scalability and protectability, while relating these to monetary enterprise value and legal and business exposure you may be held responsible for post transaction — if the deal crosses the finish line.Each facet of the due diligence peels back another layer of the onion and raises further questions about risk. Your efforts now can solidify your future value proposition story for investment or exit and will be well worth it. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » September 6, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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