4 people in Vancouvers Downtown Eastside recovering after knife attack

first_imgLaurie Hamelin APTN NewsFour people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside are recovering after being attacked by a man went on a slashing attack.The Eastside has a bad reputation for crime and drug use.One of the victims says in spite of the attack, he wants people to know he feels safe in his community.And he hopes his attacker gets the help he needs.lhamelin@aptn.ca@laurie_hamelinlast_img

King Mohammed VI Thanks AU for Leaving Western Sahara to UN

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has thanked the UN and the AU for their resolve to find a political settlement in Western Sahara.Speaking last night in commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People, King Mohammed VI highlighted his resolve to invest more efforts and resources to solve Morocco’s youth issues, especially the quality of education and job opportunities.Despite the speech’s focus on a domestic agenda, the King also made a special mention of the recent international developments in the territorial dispute in Western Sahara. Morocco ready to negotiateThe King pointed out Morocco’s readiness to “confidently and responsibly” engage with the UN Security Council and the international community in the search of an agreed upon and mutually acceptable solution to the territorial dispute between Morocco and the Polisario Front. Moroccans have always been galvanized by values of “unanimity, cohesion and sacrifices” when it comes to upholding the country’s territorial integrity, the King said. He explained that he is “pleased to note that there is increasing compatibility between these principles and the stances adopted by the international community.”“Indeed, the recent resolutions of the UN Security Council and the African Union confirm, without a shadow of a doubt, that the United Nations Organization has exclusive authority to manage the political process relating to this question.”AU’s ‘positive reaction’ to MoroccoThe King’s mention of the United Nations’ “exclusive authority” was a direct reference to the African Union’s recent decision to refrain from having “a parallel agenda” in the Western Sahara territorial conflict.In the AU Western Sahara report presented on July 1, the continental organization said that it would respect the “required cohesion” with the UN’s stance by “prioritizing and supporting” the UN-led negotiations in Western Sahara. The report was delivered by AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat at the 31st AU Summit for Heads of States in Nouakchott, Mauritania.“The AU Conference of Heads of States and Chiefs of Governments will lend effective support to the UN-led peace process based on the relevant proposals of the UN Security Council,” the report said. It noted that the AU would act in harmony with the UN framework to push towards a “fair, sustainable, and mutually acceptable political solution.”The AU’s new stance has been perceived as a historic nod to Morocco’s position. It was the first time that the AU took such a direction in the decades-long dispute in Western Sahara. King Mohammed VI underscored his “appreciation” of the move.“I should like to take this opportunity to express my thanks and appreciation to the leaders of African sister nations who have reacted positively to Morocco’s principled stances and responded to the call of the Security Council, which invited the members of the international community to support its efforts,” the King said yesterday in his speech. read more

UN agency wraps up Asia telecom conference looking to the future

The United Nations telecommunications agency closed the door today on their annual conference, attended by government ministers from the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on new business opportunities to sustain growth in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry. ‘New Generation, New Values’ was the theme for Telecom Asia 2008, organized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in Bangkok.“This week has seen enormous energy focused on ITU Telecom Asia 2008, shedding light on the issues which confront the ICT sector – issues which we sought to explore through the notion of new generation, new values,” ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré said.Dr. Touré added, “Business opportunities flourished within the exhibition and at high-level exchanges with ministers. It is evident that win-win public/private partnerships are a reality.”The Asia-Pacific region has made remarkable progress in recent years. It now has over two billion telephones, including 1.4 billion mobile phone subscribers, and over 40 per cent of the world’s internet users. It also has the world’s largest broadband market – some 39 per cent of the global total – as pointed out in a new report released this week. During the conference, which began on 2 September, ministers from the region discussed the future of the enormous ICT sector, and dialogue with industry and business leaders focused on investment, the market environment, government and industry interests, as well as the future of public/private sector partnerships.The conference also tackled issues related to the needs of the “connected” generation, including the regulatory environment for next-generation networks, security, privacy and trust in cyberspace, greening ICTs and new business models for the sustainable growth of ICTs.“Developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region are deeply engaged in the issues highlighted at the ITU Telecom Asia 2008,” Dr. Touré said.“And they have expressed their commitment to supporting the contribution of the ICT industry towards a greener environment, strengthening emergency communications in an effort to save lives in the event of natural disasters and building the synergies to operationalize cybersecurity,” he added. 5 September 2008The United Nations telecommunications agency closed the door today on their annual conference, attended by government ministers from the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on new business opportunities to sustain growth in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry. read more

No move to change existing school uniform

He also said that various attempts are being made through the internet and some media institutions, to spread disharmony among communities and to make the country unrest.He further said that if any individual or organization acts obstructing the day-to-day life  of the people,  it is a matter of their education and civilization. President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government has not taken any decision to make changes to the school uniform.He made these remarks while participating in the annual prize giving ceremony of the Sri Chandrananda Buddhist College, Asgiriya, today. The President said that when he asked the Archbishop of Colombo, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, regarding a statement made by a person during an interview with  a private news channel that 166 Catholic churches were attacked during the past few months, the Archbishop of Colombo said that such incidents were not reported. The President further said that he vehemently reject such kind of statements made by some persons misleading the society.The President presented certificates and awards for the students who showed outstanding performance at the school. The education system centered on the Piriven and temples nourished the then Sri Lankan society with human values and passionate, the President said adding all the religious leaders should commit  themselves to build a society which closely associate with religious places. President Sirisena said that modern-day internet and Facebook are destroying moral values of the children in today’s society. read more

Baghdad had highest level of civilian casualties in August – UN Iraq

The number of civilians killed was 585, and the number of civilians injured was 1,103 in August 2015, the Mission reported.“Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate with 1,069 civilian casualties (318 killed, 751 injured),” according to the report. “Diyala suffered 108 killed and 162 injured; Ninewa 69 killed and 3 injured; Salah al-Din 23 killed and 13 injured and Kirkuk 17 killed and 15 injured.”The UN Special Representative for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, acknowledged the immense sacrifices Iraqi civilians and security forces continue to make in the ongoing war against terrorism.“With the steadily increasing number of casualties, internally displaced persons, and the alarming rate of Iraqis fleeing war, persecution and poverty to seek refuge abroad, the successful implementation of the government reform plan will be paramount to restore order, legality and social justice in the country and renew confidence in the fair participation of all in the society,” Mr. Kubiš said.According to casualty figures released by UNAMI, “a total of 1,325 Iraqis were killed and another 1,811 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in August 2015.”The report said the mission has been hindered in effectively verifying casualties in conflict areas, and that it “also received, without being able to verify, reports of large numbers of casualties along with unknown numbers of persons who have died from secondary effects of violence after having fled their homes due to exposure to the elements, lack of water, food, medicines and health care.”“For these reasons, the figures reported have to be considered as the absolute minimum,” the mission said.In light of the above-noted limitations in methodology, UNAMI does not claim that the information it provides is complete, and it may well be that UNAMI is under-reporting the extent, nature or seriousness of the effect of armed violence and acts of terrorism on the civilian population. read more

UN urges international cooperation to make migration safer in a world on

“Evidence overwhelmingly shows that migrants generate economic, social and cultural benefits for societies everywhere,” said Secretary-General António Guterres in his message commemorating the International Day, marked annually on 18 December.“Yet,” he continued, “hostility towards migrants is unfortunately growing around the world. Solidarity with migrants has never been more urgent.”Climate change, instability and growing inequalities mean “[migration] is here to stay,” Mr. Guterres stated.As such he called for effective international cooperation in managing migration to ensure that its benefits are most widely distributed and that human rights of all concerned are properly protected – as recognized by the UN 2030 Agenda. For his part, the Director-General of the International Organization of Migration (IOM), William Lacy Swing, made an urgent call for safe migration in a world on the move, which is the theme of the 2017 edition of the International Day.While we live at a time when a privileged elite considers global mobility virtually its birth-right, it is denied to countless othersIOM chief Swing“While we live at a time when a privileged elite considers global mobility virtually its birth-right, it is denied to countless others trapped in hopelessly bad economic or conflict circumstances,” he emphasized in an opinion piece.Mr. Swing called migration a human reality to be managed, not a problem to be solved as he underscored the benefits of the Global Compact for Migration that is expected to be adopted by the end of 2018, once negotiations by UN Member States are concluded. “If we stop to think about the strict and mandatory rules which enable over 34.5 million flights per year that enable the equivalent of 44 per cent of the world’s population to take off and land safely, it should be possible to find some common rules in order to allow many more to travel, migrate and return home freely and safely,” he stressed.He emphasized the need to assist migrants, saying “if we don’t come up with solutions, the smugglers will do it for us, at great cost to human life and to the fabric of our societies.”Calling migration “a global phenomenon driven by many forces,” Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), meanwhile said in her message that “UNESCO is acting to advance the migration-related commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” adding that the agency’s work with UN partners in shaping a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.In parallel, UN human rights experts said: “States can play a significant role in promoting positive perceptions about migrants in the general public, by using and promoting a positive discourse, and by presenting facts and studies, including about the contribution of migrants to societies.”“Migration itself is a natural part of human existence. It is not a crime and it is not a problem. This approach to migration governance shifts emphasis away from closing borders and keeping people out, and towards creating accessible, regular, safe and affordable migration channels, and promoting and celebrating diversity,” they stated.Migrant numbers continue to riseMeanwhile, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs released a new report showing that there are now an estimated 258 million people living in a country other than their country of birth — a 49 per cent increase since 2000.“Reliable data and evidence are critical to combat misperceptions about migration and to inform migration policies,” observed Liu Zhenmin, DESA’s Under-Secretary-General.The biannual International Migration Report 2017 (Highlights) states that 3.4 per cent of the world’s inhabitants today are international migrants, which reflects a modest increase from 2.8 per cent in 2000. By contrast, the number of migrants as a fraction of the population residing in high-income countries rose from 9.6 per cent in 2000 to 14 per cent in 2017.“These new estimates of numbers of international migrants around the world will provide an important baseline for Member States as they begin their negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration,” stressed Mr. Liu. AUDIO: Migrant stereotypes “completely disconnected” from reality: UN official read more

Settling in to school routines can be a challenge

With the first month of the school year now complete, three groups of students – in full-day kindergarten, Grade 9 and first-year university – might be finding life tougher than usual as they settle into their school routines.Brock researchers are looking at these three developmental stages and how teachers and parents can give support to their kids in school.Development psychologist Caitlin Mahy cautions that four year olds starting Ontario’s relatively new full-day junior kindergarten have a different set of memory, self-regulation and social skills than older children in kindergarten.“We’re putting these children in kindergarten for a full day and we expect them to understand other peoples’ minds and remember to do things on their own,” she says. “Yet, they’re really going to struggle with these abilities, especially compared to five year olds, who at least have some of those basic skills.”Developmental and educational psychologist Zopito Marini says the transition from Grade 8 to Grade 9 is monumental and can bring out a number of anxieties – but also hopeful new beginnings – in young people.“The big thing in high school is the horrific pressure of fitting in: finding a group of people who like you,” he says. “You have to find out where you fit in the hierarchy and usually, in Grade 9, you fit at the bottom unless you have some special gifts. And that’s where bullying might come in.”Psychology graduate student Thalia Semplonius is involved in a research project called Stressed@Brock, in which Brock students answer questionnaires about their stress levels and how they are coping with challenges at various points in their university education.“When students are starting (post-secondary) school for the first time, they might be moving away from home, they’re having to make new friends,” she says. “When we look at responses at the beginning of the winter semester, we find that their top stresses are things like their grades and not having enough time or money.” read more

No 1 Ohio State keeps winning streak alive with victories over No

OSU redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Lesson goes to serve in the set set against No. 4 Long Beach State. OSU won, 3-1. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Lantern reporterThe No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (9-0) inched closer to rewriting the school record books, going 2-0 this weekend against Barton College (3-3) and No. 4 Long Beach State University (7-2) on Friday and Saturday night at St. John Arena. The pair of wins tied the school record of 32 straight victories, a record that dates back 47 years. The last time the Buckeyes lost was Feb. 6, 2016 when they lost to the Ball State at home last season.Barton CollegeThe Buckeyes swept the Barton Bulldogs in three sets (25-21, 25-14, 25-17). Thirteen Buckeyes saw the court on Friday, including sophomore setter Sanil Thomas, who had his first start of the season and led in assists with 37.“My role is usually coming off the bench, coming in for a play or two,” Thomas said. “Coming out it adds a little more pressure to you, but by practices and the coaches’ confidence in you, it kind of alleviates that pressure on you as well.”After trailing 11-8, the Buckeyes went on a 5-0 run to gain the lead in the first set. Senior opposite Miles Johnson lead the team with eight kills while the team combined for five total blocks in the set.Midway through the second set, Johnson had his 123rd career service ace, one that put the Buckeyes up 14-9. With the ace, Johnson tied the school record for career aces which was set by Steve Potter from 1992 to 1995.Junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen ripped four straight kills and Thomas closed the second set for the Buckeyes with a service ace. OSU attacked at a rate of 52.6, committing only two attacking errors in the set.Despite having three underclassmen on the court during the third set, OSU managed to go on an 11-point run to put the Buckeyes up 17-7. One final service error from Barton’s sophomore outside hitter Vasilis Mandilaris gave the Buckeyes their final point of the match to win 25-17.Long Beach StateOn Saturday night, the Buckeyes beat the Long Beach State 49ers in four sets (25-22, 24-26, 25-21, 26-24) to tie the school consecutive wins record. OSU had complete control of the first set, leading 22-15. The Buckeyes were able to withstand a 7-2 run before they put the set away, 25-22.Johnson led the Buckeyes with eight kills in the first set, hitting at a rate of .462, while senior setter Christy Blough had 12 assists. The Buckeyes never trailed the 49ers in first set.Johnson, at the beginning of the second set, served his 124th career ace to break the school record and put the Buckeyes on top 6-4. The score remained close throughout the second set, ending in a 49ers’ win in extra points, 26-24.The loss for the Buckeyes ended its 21-set win streak. Hitting was the difference for the 49ers as they attacked at .375 rate.“[Long Beach State] definitely stepped up in the back line. They were serving pretty tough and they were actually pretty good out of system too,” Szerszen said. “In general, they’re a really good team and causes a lot trouble.”After two straight aces during OSU’s six-point run, Szerszen joined his teammate Johnson in history as he tied him in career aces at the beginning of the third set. After being down by as much as seven points, a late surge by the 49ers threatened OSU’s lead, but ultimately, the Buckeyes pulled through to win the set 25-21.Serving errors plagued the 49ers in the third as the team committed seven. The Buckeyes improved their defense, tallying 11 total digs as a team.The final set of the night started off similarly to the second, with the teams going back-and-forth until the 49ers began to pull away to establish a 19-15 lead, OSU’s largest deficit in the set. However, the Buckeyes rallied for six straight points and won the set in extra points, 26-24.OSU combined for 19 kills and attacked at .516 rate in the fourth set.“Nic is such an experienced player that he knows when people are in front of him, how to take a bad set and do something good with it,” Hanson said. “I think you kind of saw that on the last play. It wasn’t a great set, but Nic made a great swing off the hand. The next thing you know, the ball’s in the bleachers and it’s match point, we win.”OSU goes for the record at Ball State on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Buckeyes then play Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday at 7 p.m. read more

Memorable Memorial for Tiger Woods

Jack Nicklaus, the all-time leader in men’s golf major championship victories with 18, founded the Memorial Tournament in 1976. Thirty-six years later, Tiger Woods won Nicklaus’ tournament for the fifth time, and tied Nicklaus in the record books for the second-most all-time on the PGA Tour.Woods, who previously won the tournament in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2009, finished the tournament with a 72-hole score of 279 (9-under-par), two strokes better than Rory Sabbatini and Andres Romero, who tied for second place at 7-under-par. The tournament, which began Thursday and concluded Sunday at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, was Woods’ second victory of the season.The win was also Woods’ 73rd victory of his PGA Tour career, tying him with Nicklaus. On the all-time wins list, Woods trails only Sam Snead, the all-time leader with 82 victories.Woods said it was “awfully special” to tie Nicklaus on the all-time wins list, with Nicklaus watching him on the 18th hole.“It’s special for me to do it here, to do it with Jack here,” Woods said. “It just makes it that much more special.”After cracking a joke, Nicklaus also praised Woods’ achievement.“Well, he had to rub it in my face right here, didn’t he?” Nicklaus said. “No, if he’s going to do it, which he was obviously going to, I’d like to see it happen here. That was good. That was great.”Woods hit 14 out of 18 greens in regulation on Sunday, but his winning round could be remembered most for one of the four holes that he did not.Woods hit an errant tee shot on the 16th hole in the rough behind and to the right of the green. He recovered by converting his second shot, a 49-foot-10-inch chip, for a birdie. That birdie moved Woods into a tie for the lead at 8-under-par with Sabbatini.Nicklaus gave the shot high praise, while Woods admitted that the shot was challenging.“Under the circumstances, I’ve never seen a better shot,” Nicklaus said.Woods finished Sunday’s fourth and final round with a score of 67 (5-under-par), which tied three other golfers for Sunday’s best score.Woods said his round on Sunday was “fun.”“I had it all today,” Woods said.Rickie Fowler, who was paired with Woods on Sunday, said he was impressed with his playing partner’s performance.“He looked very comfortable and hit a lot of good shots,” Fowler said. “The times where he’s in the moment and in the heat of contention is where he really shines.”Fowler came into Sunday at 5-under-par, but finished the tournament at 7-over-par to finish in a tie for 52nd place.Woods came into the round at 4-under-par, four strokes back of the tournament’s 54-hole leader, Spencer Levin. He birdied four of his first seven holes to move within one stroke of the lead behind Levin, who was 9-under-par at the time. Woods dropped back to 6-under-par, however, after bogeying two of his next three holes, and remained at 6-under-par through the 14th hole.Down the stretch, however, Woods birdied the 15th, 16th and 18th holes. Following Woods’ chip-in, Sabbatini bogeyed the 16th hole to fall to 7-under-par, and Woods held the lead all the way to victory.Levin finished the tournament at 5-under-par to tie for fourth place.Woods said that he feels “comfortable” playing at Muirfield Village Golf Club, where the Memorial Tournament is held annually.“For some reason over the course of my career, I’ve done really well on (Nicklaus’) golf courses, even going back to my amateur days,” Woods said. “I just have a good feeling of how to play the golf course.”Woods will compete next at the second major championship of the year, the 112th U.S. Open, which will be held June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif. Woods, a 14-time major champion, is a three-time U.S. Open winner. Woods tied for 18th at the 1998 U.S. Open, the last time the tournament was held at The Olympic Club.Asked whether he is “back,” and ready to win another major championship, Woods gave a quick response.“I won,” Woods said with a laugh. read more

Emojis on council tax bills Council puts crying face on residents statements

first_imgA council has raised eyebrows by adding the crying face smartphone emoji to residents’ online council tax statements.People living in the London borough of Lambeth were shocked to see the image of a character in floods of tears next the amount they must pay in council tax.The blunder, which the council blamed on a technical error, emerged when Lambeth resident Alice Jones, a writer, posted a picture of her council tax notice on Twitter.Alongside the text explaining that an instalment of £112 was due next month were three crying face emoji.The TaxPayers’ Alliance said the incident is “pushing the boundaries” of the “level of professionalism” residents should expect in communication from their local authority.Posting a screenshot of her online statement on Twitter, Ms Jones said she was “not sure about Lambeth’s use of emojis on my council tax bill”. I doubt if many families struggling to keep up with their ever-rising council tax bill would be able to see the funny side of itJohn O’Connell, TaxPayers’ Alliance Responding to the Lambeth council case, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “This will certainly raise eyebrows.”Taxpayers are entitled to expect a certain level of professionalism in their councils’ communication with them and this letter is certainly pushing the boundaries.”I doubt if many families struggling to keep up with their ever-rising council tax bill would be able to see the funny side of it.”The view that emoji are taking over is echoed by Jeremy Burge, founder of Emojipedia, a search engine for emoji. He said: “All the data shows that emoji use is growing. Bit by bit they are creeping into places where previously, they didn’t exist.” Not sure about Lambeth’s use of emojis on my council tax bill pic.twitter.com/OqGikwNQgZ— Alice Jones (@alicevjones) December 13, 2016 Today Translations, a translation firm based in the City of London, is currently advertising for an “emoji translator/specialist”.The firm’s chief executive, Jurga Zilinskiene, said: “I believe that emojis could establish themselves as a language in their own right and take over other languages.”They are in our conscience, and help to articulate our feelings, which can sometimes be hard.” She added that the company had received hundreds of applications for the role from all over the world.Lambeth council could not confirm how many residents might have seen the emoji on their council tax statements.A spokesman said: “The emojis appeared on council tax notices when accessed on iPhones, due to the way certain software interprets the coding.  This was obviously an error and it has now been rectified.”What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below.center_img Emoji, which have been described by experts as the fastest growing form of language in history, are increasingly being used for official purposes. Earlier this year, an internal Foreign Office report showed that British diplomats use the instant messaging service WhatsApp to discuss sensitive issues.It was reported that popular emoji used by UK diplomats were the shaking hands icon and the flag symbols when talking about other countries.There was also a suggestion that Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, is referred to by the use of a grey alien head emoji. In September, a High Court Judge handed down a ruling in a family court that used smiley face emojis to help explain a drawing in a difficult case involving domestic abuse, police investigations and extremism. The ruling by Mr Justice Peter Jackson was thought to be the first in English legal history to include an emoji as a point of evidence.Professor Vyv Evans, of Bangor University, recently conducted research on the use of emoji in the UK in association with TalkTalk.“Emoji is the fastest growing form of language in history based on its incredible adoption rate and speed of evolution,” said Professor Evans.“As a visual language emoji has already far eclipsed hieroglyphics, its ancient Egyptian precursor which took centuries to develop.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Nick Robinson BBC has no duty to broadly balance Brexit reports as referendum

first_imgThe BBC no longer has a duty to provide balanced coverage of Brexit, according to Nick Robinson, presenter of the Today programme.Those who accuse the corporation of bias “find it hard to accept that on the BBC they will often hear people they disagree with saying things they don’t like”, Robinson said.That group includes more than 70 MPs who wrote to Lord Hall, the BBC director-general, complaining about the “pessimistic” tone of Brexit coverage.Lord Hall replied to the MPs insisting that “we go to great lengths to ensure that we balance our coverage and address all issues from a wide range of perspectives”.However, writing a column in Radio Times – which begins: “Welcome to another week of moaning about the BBC” – Robinson said he was tired of Leavers and Remainers monitoring the corporation’s output with “stopwatches and calculators”.“Enough! Leave it out. Remain calm,” he said. “The referendum is over. The duty we broadcasters had to ‘broadly balance’ the views of the two sides is at an end. Why? Because there are no longer two sides, two campaigns, two rival sets of spokespeople reading out those focus-grouped slogans. Nick Robinson in the Today studio Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Nick Robinson in the Today studioCredit:Jeff Overs/BBC/PA “The BBC’s job is not to look over its shoulder wondering whether a report, interview or discussion will provoke letters of complaint or a tide of tweets from Remainers or Leavers – who, like fighters who emerge after months of hiding in a bush, seem not to accept that the war is over.“Our job, instead, is to keep our eyes firmly fixed on the audience as a whole… people who would not dream of defining themselves by how they voted in the referendum.”Robinson said that “if company A announces that it will invest more in the UK and create more jobs, it’s not our duty to search for a company that says it will invest less, just to balance the news”.“We must, of course, ensure that we display no bias. The bias I worry about most is the bias against understanding,” he added.Robinson also claimed that prominent voices for the Leave campaign – Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and Michael Gove – have been invited to appear on the Today programme over the past nine months but all have declined.In their letter to Lord Hall last months, MPs expressed fears that “by misrepresenting our country either as xenophobic or regretful of the Leave vote, the BBC will undermine our efforts to carve out a new, global role for this country.”last_img read more

Poll Should businesses open their toilet facilities to the public

first_img Yes (874) I’m not sure (722) BUSINESSES IN DUBLIN city may have to allow members of the public – including non-paying customers – to use their toilet facilities.Today’s Irish Times reports that the council has no money to provide no extra permanent facilities.Businesses may be asked to allow the public use their toilets, but would be allowed to refuse entry “in exceptional circumstances”. It is not known if other cities will adopt this practice, but today we want to know what you think.Should businesses open their toilet facilities to public? Poll Results: Maybe – in some circumstances (1539) No – only to paying customers (1406) YesNo – only to paying customersMaybe – in some circumstancesI’m not sureVotelast_img read more

ICSA No nasty surprises for farmers in the Budget

first_imgFARMERS ARE ONE one of the more satisfied groups in society today following the Budget announcement today, as they avoided any harsh cuts or major changes to schemes for disadvantaged areas.Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said that maintaining the current level of payments to farmers in disadvantaged areas was a “key priority”, announcing €195 million next year for the scheme.He also announced investment of €40 million in the beef sector which will include a genomics scheme, a data programme, the technology adoption programme and the Suckler Welfare Scheme.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Eddie Punch of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) said farmers welcomed the proposal of money for the suckler herd breeding scheme.“We’ll call it small step in the right direction,” he said. Punch said it was “an uneventful budget for farmers” as the government has already “paired to the bone everything it could cut in previous budgets”.There will be a small increase next year in the farmers’ flat rate addition, which compensates farmers for VAT incurred on farming inputs, from 4.8 to 5 per cent.Capitol Gains Tax retirement relief is also being extended to disposals of long-term leased farmland in certain circumstances, to encourage older farmers to lease out their land.Finance Minister Michael Noonan said earlier that an “independent cost benefit analysis” will be undertaken to identify what works and what doesn’t.Punch said that he was “concerned that could have some adverse outcome”. However he said that the general sense was that “there hasn’t been any additional nasty surprises” for farmers.Related: IN FULL: Michael Noonan’s Budget 2014 speech>Read: Payments under €125m scheme for disadvantaged farmers start today>last_img read more

New transparent crystal expands under pressure

first_imgWhen something is compressed, you would expect it to get smaller. But that’s not the case for a new translucent crystal known as zinc dicyanoaurate made from gold, zinc, and cyanide. In fact, it does quite the opposite. These crystals expand by up to 10% when put under pressure.The crystals have a roughly hexagonal structure with gold atoms buffered by cyanide molecules on each side, connected to carbon-nitrogen blocks. The key to zinc dicyanoaurate’s unusual properties is the spiral of gold atoms running down the middle of the structure. This golden helix actually works like a tiny molecular spring, connecting multiple rings. As pressure is applied, the spring transfers the energy into the rings, which then stretch and cause the crystal to become longer.Designing materials capable of expanding in this way is not easy. Most molecules simply lack the durability to reorient their internal structure without falling apart. Scientists have only been able to create compounds capable of this for a few years, and these crystals exhibit the most dramatic expansion under pressure. The new crystals were made by combining two salts, one containing gold and the other zinc.Researchers used a diamond-anvil cell to squeeze individual microscopic crystals as a way to test the crystals response to pressure. At 1 gigapascal, when a regular crystalline material would have compressed 2-3%, this substance expanded by 5%. At 10 gigapascals, equal to the pressure at the lowest point in the ocean, it was still growing.Zinc dicyanoaurate could someday have applications in electronics, optics, and (predictably) more accurate pressure sensors.last_img read more

You Can Even Eat The Peel of This Ice AgeInspired Banana

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. If watching cartoons has taught us anything, it’s that misplaced banana peels are responsible for an astonishing number of injuries. Now, at long last, scientists have come up with a solution.At D&T Farm in Japan, they’ve successfully cultivated a banana with a peel that you can eat. No need to waste precious seconds removing nature’s wrapper from your snack, no sir! You can bite right into the Mongee just like you would an apple.When you’re all done, there’s nothing to throw away… or smoke between meals, for those of you who used to rock out with The Dead Milkmen back in the day.The Mongee is much sweeter than the bananas you’re used to, and it’s also a heck of a lot more expensive. They sell for around $6 each and they’re sold in very small quantities. D&T is selling them ten at a time right now.Technical development manager Setsuzo Tanaka took the lead on cultivating the Mongee. His desire: to be able “to eat a banana that was delicious and safe.” Not safe in the sense of preventing slip-and-fall accidents or go kart mishaps, mind you. Tanaka was referring to the fact that the Mongee was grown without the use of pesticides and other chemicals.The secret to this unique banana is a process called “freeze thaw awakening.” It’s based on an Ice Age phenomenon that triggered rapid growth in certain plant species. For bananas, freeze thaw awakening shortened the maturation process by more than 80% — from 24 months down to about 4.Though supply is tight right now, Tanaka hopes that D&T will be able to sell the Mongee around the world in the near future. Other fruits might be on their radar, too. Free thaw awakening has yielded impressive results with other fruits not traditionally grown in Japan, including passion fruit and guava.last_img read more

RBL Bank IPO Price band issue period bid lot QIB retail portion

first_imgProfile of the bank:RBL Bank had 197 interconnected branches and 362 interconnected ATMs spread across 16 Indian states and union territories as of March 31, 2016. The bank earned a net profit of Rs. 292.48 crore on revenues of Rs. 3,234.85 crore for the financial year 2015-16, up from Rs. 208.45 crore and Rs. 2,356.5 crore in the preceding financial year.The diluted EPS was Rs.9.43 for 2015-16 as against Rs. 7 in 2014-15 (Diluted earnings per share reflect the potential dilution that could occur if contracts to issue equity shares were exercised or converted during the period).Deposits and advances stood at Rs. 24,348 crore and Rs. 21,229 crore, respectively, as of March 31, 2016.Net non-performing assets (NPAs) as percentage of total advances rose to 0.59 percent from 0.27 percent at the end of financial year 2014-15. RBL Bank, the Kolhapur-based private sector lender, will be entering the primary market with its initial public offering (IPO) on Aug.19, 2016. The bank plans to raise about Rs. 1,200 crore during the five-day offer period, as is evident from details now available.The bank had filed the draft prospectus with the regulator on June 23, 2015.Kolhapur-based RBL Bank had raised Rs. 488 crore in pre-IPO preferential placement of shares last December at Rs. 195 per share.The bank was incorporated in 1943 as Ratnakar Bank.The exercise was in accordance with its IPO document filed with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) in June 2015 and the shares were placed with international investors, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and CDC Group Plc. Here are the details of RBL Bank IPO:Price band: Rs. 224-225 per shareIssue opens on Aug. 19 and closes on Aug. 23Bid lot: 65 equity shares or multiples thereofOverall issue size: 5,39,09,628–5,40,74,806 sharesFace value: Rs. 10Retail portion: 35 percent of the public issue (1,88,68,370 – 1,89,26,183 shares)Listing on BSE and NSElast_img read more

Elon Musk Resigns From Trump Business Councils

first_imgAssociated PressFILE – In this Dec. 14, 2016, file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk listens as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology industry leaders at Trump Tower in New York., Musk was spotted spending time with actress Amber Heard in Australia on April 24, 2017, (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)President Donald Trump has lost the support of a top billionaire business leader over his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate deal.Elon Musk writes on Twitter that he is “departing presidential councils,” something he had vowed to do if Trump took this step. Musk writes: “Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.”Musk is the founder of SpaceX and Tesla among other companies. He’s been a member of Trump’s infrastructure council, manufacturing jobs council and strategic and policy forum.General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, another member of Trump’s business councils, writes on Twitter that he is “disappointed” with Trump’s decision on Paris.Says Immelt, “Industry must now lead and not depend on government.” Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday April 29

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll continue our coverage of the Baltimore uprising, as we talk to members of the community at “Ground Zero,” impacted most by Monday’s tragic events. And we’ll talk to a friend of Freddie Gray, who is also from Gilmor Homes. Plus, we’ll get reports from our regular contributors including AFRO reporter Roberto Alejandro. It’s coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Governor congratulates Swapna for winning gold in Asian Games

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi today congratulated heptathlete Swapna Barman for her gold winning feat at the Asian Games and said that it would inspire not only the women but also the entire athletic community. “She (Swapna) is a golden example of what can be achieved through strong determination in spite of facing apparently insurmountable difficulties like poverty, want of proper facilities and other odds,” Tripathi said in a statement. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The governor said “Not only our women athletes but also entire athletic community will be inspired by the example of her success.” Swapna yesterday had created history by becoming the first Indian heptathlete to win an Asian Games gold, a feat she achieved despite competing with a toothache. Swapna, who hails from Ghoshpara Colony in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, had to fight all odds including acute poverty. Her mother worked as a labourer in small tea gardens while her father was a rickshaw puller and is now bedridden. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had yesterday congratulated heptathlete Swapna Barman for winning gold in the Asian Games held at Jakarta.last_img read more

Making Freedom Part of the Business Model How a Young Trep Helped

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 9, 2013 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. After the events of the Arab Spring in recent years rocked the world, even the technologies we live and work with daily gained greater prominence.Social media helped disparate groups stay connected. Streaming-video platforms helped disseminate and visually present what was happening in the thick of the chaos. And hot-spot shielding technology helped citizen journalists on the ground cover their tracks.The maker of that specific piece of helpful technology is AnchorFree, the Silicon Valley startup that was founded in 2011 by David Gorodyansky and Eugene Malobrodsky.Initially, the two young founders conceived the technology — which acts as a virtual private network, or VPN — with the intention of helping people securely surf the web, as if the internet were one big secure banking website. But after launching the company’s Hotspot Shield, or what’s known in the business as a web anonymizer, activists in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya quickly snapped up the technology — using it to shield their locations online so they could safely organize protests and inform the world about events as they occurred.Since then, Gorodyansky, now 30, says the technology has continued to evolve. AnchorFree’s business model now directly addresses the needs of these emerging markets to bypass internet censors. And, as originally intended, the technology offers greater privacy and security to web users in the first world too. Additionally, the Hotspot Shield is available as a free VPN option for iPhone and Android users, allowing them to shield their mobile-data usage through an encrypted connection.In May, the 50-person operation raised $52 million from Goldman Sachs to go grow the company to even greater heights. YoungEntrepreneur.com sat down with AnchorFree’s CEO Gorodyansky to find out how the ride from entrepreneur to unwitting hero of online privacy has been:Q: How did you come up with the idea for AnchorFree?A: We realized that people’s identities were going to be digital, everything you do online was going to be digital. We also realized that you could probably learn more from a person by looking at their online activities than by walking into their house.Related: Kathryn Minshew on Why Silicon Valley Needs a Feminine TouchQ: AnchorFree is used in 190 countries. Are some of those governments challenging your technology?A: It’s actually endorsed by governments in a lot of places. In Europe, for example, they’re very keen on privacy and enabling consumers’ choice around privacy. But yes, in some countries, China being one of them, the government does not like us because we’re enabling Google and Facebook, which aren’t unavailable there. They try to find ways to stop it, but we’re pretty good at making sure we’re not stopped.Q: How did AnchorFree’s involvement with Arab Spring impact the company?A: We didn’t know at the beginning that we were building a product that could be used in that way. But once we realized it and we saw huge numbers of users using the product for freedom, we said, ‘this is huge.’ And so we really doubled down on that and started to focus both on the Western world and on emerging markets — both on security and privacy, but also on freedom. Essentially, we added freedom to the business model.Related: How Hyperink Aims to Reinvent PublishingQ: What was most challenging about starting such a controversial business as a young person?A: When we started AnchorFree, we were sure that we wanted to enable the world to be private and to generate revenue from enabling privacy. One of the challenges was, if you want to do something that really impacts the world, how do you do that and at the same time grow a profitable business?The way I look at it is, if you’ve got a really big addressable market, and there are several billion people that really have a need, then you’ll find a business model around that over time.Q: In three venture rounds of funding, AnchorFree raised $63 million. How did you raise so much money at such a young age?A: At 23, I realized that I didn’t know everything, so I’d need to surround myself with really smart people. So, I put together a board and basically connected with a lot of really smart people. They invest in the company and attract other people to invest. Over the years, they’ve been extremely helpful at guiding the business, helping answer questions and making introductions.Related: How Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton is Bringing Storytelling into the Digital AgeQ: Besides surrounding yourself with smart people, any other advice for young entrepreneurs?A: I would avoid the use of consultants that want to charge a lot of money for advice. I’ve never paid for advice. I enabled very smart people to be advisors, and in return allowed them to invest in the business. Anybody who wants to give you advice should be putting their money where their mouth is.-This interview was edited for clarity and brevity.last_img read more