first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Jordan Sterns accumulated five tackles in the Alamo Bowl on Thursday which brought his career total to 101. In doing so he became the No. 1 tackler in the Mike Gundy era with 325 total and 100+ in each of the last three seasons. He totaled the seventh-most tackles for an OSU player in history.Jordan Rules.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016“My last game, I wanted to share it with my teammate,” said Sterns after the game as he wrapped up a truly terrific four-year career. “You don’t get this back. Coach Gundy does a good job of preaching that. I always absorb it, just living in that moment. I think we did a good job of doing that, soaking it all in.“At one point I was looking in the stands. It’s crazy because it’s over. But, man, truly a blessing. Just extremely grateful for Coach Gundy, the coaching staff, giving me a scholarship, then these people I met. It’s an honor.“I just kind of stood back and reflected just on how far we’ve come as a team. Even how far I’ve come. I just watched James [Washington] and Vincent [Taylor] go up and receive their award. Man, took it all in. Like I said, this is last game back home. I’m extremely proud of everybody on this team, coaching staff, everybody. I was just reflecting, thinking about how grateful I was.”His defensive coordinator is grateful, too, I’m sure. Glenn Spencer’s squad held a team to under 10 points for the second time in three games. Sterns had 33 tackles in those games.“The last three games of the season, I think the defense really played great,” added Sterns. “We played with a savage mentality. That showed today.”“He’s hungry to succeed, and that just doesn’t stay between the lines,” Spencer told the O’Colly. “He’s hungry to be successful in life. If somebody hires him, or somebody takes him on their team, they’re not gonna find a more competitive kid with more heart and desire to be good, and to do it unselfishly, that’s not a real big trait in kids these days, so when you find one like him, you hate to let him go.”Sterns’ head coach added to that.“I couldn’t be more proud of all of them,” said Mike Gundy. “These guys that are sitting up here (Washington, Taylor, Sterns and Rudolph), they played well tonight, we won a big-time game, and they’re great young men. That’s who we are. Vincent Taylor, Sterns, Mason, James, this team, they’re quality young people.”Yes, Jordan Sterns had a hell of a career. He’s the best tackler Gundy has ever had and one of the best leaders OSU has ever seen. OSU will be great again in 2017, for sure. But replacing No. 13 will be no small thing.last_img read more

first_imgUrban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Urban Meyer coached his final game for the Ohio State Buckeyes on Tuesday night against the Washington Huskies in the Rose Bowl. In his final game as the team’s head coach, he did something he’s never done before: win a Rose Bowl.It’s the first of his career at the end of his career with the Buckeyes. Meyer ends his tenure with the Buckeyes as one of the most-successful head coaches in college football history.However, on Tuesday night, it was all about beating the Huskies. After Ohio State secured the onside kick in the final seconds of the game, cameras panned to Urban Meyer to see his reaction.Check it out.thank you @OSUCoachMeyer @OhioStFootball @OhioStAthletics #rosebowl2019 #BigTen— TMC JR (@bubba0401) January 2, 2019After the game Tom Rinaldi asked Meyer if he plans to coach again. Meyer said he doesn’t see himself coaching again, though Florida fans might not believe him.Ohio State turns the page on the Urban Meyer era and Buckeye fans will see what Ryan Day can do with the program.last_img read more

29 September 2010Ethiopia today accused Eritrea of continuing to undermine efforts to restore peace and stability in Somalia by arming insurgents battling the transitional Government in Mogadishu and urged the Security Council to strictly enforce existing sanctions against Eritrea. “Despite the sanctions, Eritrea is still the principal architect of the complicated situation in Somalia by training, arming and nurturing the extremist elements such as Al Shabaab and Hisbul Islam who are causing havoc in the country today,” Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin said in his statement to the General Assembly’s high-level debate.In a resolution in January last year, the Council imposed an arms embargo on Eritrea and a travel ban and an assets freeze on Eritrean political and military leaders who violated the embargo or provided support to armed opposition groups destabilizing Somalia.The resolution followed a request by the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union (AU) for the Council to take such action.“The time, therefore, is long overdue for the Security Council to take resolute action and see to it that its decisions are complied with if we are to maintain the integrity of the decisions of our organizations,” Mr. Mesfin said.Yesterday, Eritrea’s Foreign Minister Osman Saleh told the General Assembly that the UN “continues to ignore” Ethiopia’s failure to comply with the ruling of an international commission that delineated the border between the two countries after their 1998-2000 war.“While the United Nations grapples with Sudan and Somalia, it continues to ignore grave consequences of Ethiopia’s continued occupation of sovereign Eritrean territory, eight years after the ruling of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC), and three years after the Commission ended its work by depositing in the United Nations the demarcated boundary between the two countries,” said Mr. Saleh.To end the border war, both parties agreed to abide by the ruling of the border commission, which was reached in April 2002. However, Ethiopia’s rejection of the decision stalled the physical demarcation of the border in 2003.“Ethiopia’s illegal occupation and the United Nations silence, which mean the continuation of the conflict, is exacting a heavy price on the peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia and complicating the regional situation.“I wish to remind the United Nations that Eritrea awaits responsible and urgent action to end Ethiopia’s violation of international law and its threat to regional peace and security,” Mr. Saleh told the General Assembly’s high-level debate.Meanwhile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had a meeting yesterday with Mr. Mesfin during which they discussed regional peace and security, including the situations in Somalia and Sudan. They also discussed Ethiopia’s support of UN climate change initiatives and the country’s commendable progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to end extreme poverty by 2015.Mr. Ban also met with Mr. Saleh and thanked Eritrea for its participation in the MDG summit last week and in the General Assembly high-level debate.The Secretary-General and Mr. Saleh discussed, among other issues, peace and security challenges in the Horn of Africa, including in Somalia and Sudan, and the agreement on the border dispute between Eritrea and Djibouti, mediated by Qatar.Mr. Ban encouraged Mr. Saleh to continue to engage the UN on all matters relevant to Eritrea. read more

TEHRAN, Iran — The Latest on developments related to tensions between U.S and Iran (all times local):8:30 p.m.Iran’s state TV English-language channel has released video of a ship seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces accused of smuggling fuel out of the country.The Press TV report showed the ship’s registration number on its bridge, matching that of the MT Riah, a UAE-based vessel that turned off its location tracker as it entered Iranian territorial waters early Sunday.Iranian state media earlier Thursday said a tanker was seized with a crew of 12 aboard for smuggling fuel from Iranian smugglers to foreign customers and was intercepted south of Iran’s Larak Island in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. It did not name the vessel or identify the nationalities of the crew onboard.A U.S. official had expressed suspicion that the Panamanian-flagged Riah had been seized in Iranian territorial waters.___2:55 p.m.Iran’s state TV says Revolutionary Guard forces have seized a foreign tanker with 12 crew accused of smuggling oil.The seizure comes as tensions mount between the United States and Iran over the unravelling nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.Thursday’s report says the tanker was smuggling fuel from Iranian smugglers to foreign customers and was intercepted south of Iran’s Larak Island in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.The TV didn’t identify the tanker or say which country the crew were from.An oil tanker based in the United Arab Emirates travelling through the Strait of Hormuz drifted off into Iranian waters and stopped transmitting its location over two days ago.U.S. officials have expressed suspicion that the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker Riah had been seized in Iranian territorial waters.The Associated Press read more

“I am deeply disturbed by continuing reports of continuing human rights abuses, including sexual violence, perpetrated by various armed groups,” said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland. “If this conflict continues we could see massive population movements,” he warned.The brief seizure of the important eastern town of Bukavu by ethnic Tutsi or Banyamulenge military dissidents, led by Gen. Laurent Nkunda and Col. Jules Mutebusi, in late May and early June had spread violence to other parts of the eastern region, especially the Kivus, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.Joelle Sabella, a spokesperson for the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), said last week that Bukavu was being isolated and effectively besieged by the mutineers, who have blocked routes from north and south, while the closure of the Rwanda border was imposing “economic asphyxiation” on the town.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said fierce clashes between Government troops and Mutebusi fighters recently took place in Kamanyola. Residents escaped to Nyangezi and over the border into Burundi. Meanwhile, scant rainfall was hampering local agricultural production.The armed groups have been implicated in human rights abuses ranging from attacks on villages to pillaging, intimidation and harassment, while the systematic abduction and rape of women and girls continued, mostly with impunity, throughout the country, according to WFP. “Ninety per cent of the humanitarian organizations operating in Bukavu, Goma, Kalemie, Kinshasa and Kindu have been affected by either looting, suspension of activities, or lack of access to vulnerable groups,” OCHA said. “A total of 193 staff from more than 30 UN agencies and aid organizations were relocated to safer areas.”Three OCHA offices had been destroyed and an estimated 2.6 million vulnerable persons had been affected by the reduction of humanitarian activities.OCHA said a joint assessment mission reported last week that there were about 250,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Rutshuru Territory. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said about 31,000 Congolese have fled to Burundi and 3,000 to Rwanda. read more

“This is very much a work in progress. We have a long way to go and a very short time to get there,” said Ambassador Christopher Hackett of Barbados, one of Assembly President Jean Ping’s facilitators monitoring the negotiations at UN Headquarters in New York at a press briefing previewing the revised “draft outcome” for the Summit, set to run from 14 to 16 September 2005. Mr. Hackett, who was joined by Ambassador John Dauth of Australia, acting Assembly President in Mr. Ping’s absence, stressed that the revised text had been drafted following intense consultations among Member States in an attempt to incorporate their reactions to proposals for international action on a host of fronts outlined by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in the report “In Larger Freedom.” That report was released in late March as a five-year update on the UN Millennium Declaration, in which world leaders pledged to build a better and safer planet for the new century. In the report, Mr. Annan urged world leaders to take decisive action during the Summit on his “bold but achievable” blueprint for making the UN more efficient at tackling global problems, including by establishing new rules for the use of military force, adopting an anti-terrorism treaty, and reforming key UN organs and institutions, such as the Security Council and the Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights.Mr. Hackett said that the revised outcome document, the second update since June, is more focused on development issues, the concerns of indigenous people, as well as trade and market access. He added that some of the language had been changed slightly in the wake of the decisions taken in Gleneagles, Scotland, last month by the leaders of the “Group of Eight” (G8) most industrialized countries, particularly with regard to development assistance.Although much work remained to be done before a document acceptable to all Member States was agreed, Mr. Hackett said it was clear that members were committed to making real progress during this “last push” before the Summit. Member States are expected to continue there negotiations on or about 22 August, when Assembly President Ping returned from his homeland, Gabon.He said that although Member States were prepared to establish the Peacebuilding Commission proposed by Mr. Annan, the size and composition of that body was still under consideration. Discussions would also continue on matters related to dismantling the Commission on Human Rights and creating a more effective Human Rights Council.He said that negotiations would also continue on finding agreeable language on a definition for terrorism, matters related to the responsibility to protect, Secretariat reform, and Security Council expansion. read more

“I think that without an all-encompassing approach toward the implementation of the post-2015 agenda, we will not be able to really fully succeed and implement the agenda,” said Mr. Sajdik in a recent article for Devex Impact, an initiative between Devex and USAID.The ECOSOC President’s observations come as the world prepares to wrap up by the end of this year, the landmark UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed 15 years ago. There has been significant progress in meeting the targets. For example, global poverty has been halved well ahead of the 2015 deadline; in developing countries, 90 per cent of children now enjoy primary education; the number of people lacking access to improved drinking water has been halved, and the fight against malaria and tuberculosis has shown results.Yet challenges persist, and with the deadline of the MDGs set for the end of this year, UN Member States are crafting a new set of targets, now known as sustainable development goals (SDGs). This new agenda will aim to address a raft lingering and emerging challenges, such as the fact that globally, 73 million young people are looking for work and many more are trapped in exploitative jobs. Amidst a flurry of actions by bilateral and multilateral donors, foundations and non-profits, the agenda’s framework and funding will include both private sector and other non-State actors. “You cannot only rely on State actors,” Mr. Sajdik emphasized, “if we want to have a development agenda that is for all countries of the world both developed and developing, we cannot ignore the fact that there are many more actors.”In a so called ‘synthesis’ report presented to the UN General Assembly last month – The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lays out the way forward, and among others, he stresses strengthening the means of implementation to revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. To that end, Mr. Sajdik said the UN is eager to more actively engage with business, especially through its Global Compact initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.Participation has grown rapidly, with more than 12,000 corporate participants and other stakeholders from more than 145 countries involved, a sign, according to Mr. Sajdik, that more companies see the importance of sustainability.Still, he told deveximpact, it is a work in progress. Governments need to be better educated about the role of the private sector and there should be better parameters for partnership engagement, which will be one of ECOSOC’s main areas of focus in the first half of this year.That engagement needs to happen at various levels – from the global to the regional to the national – and ECOSOC is gathering examples of structures that governments can use to bring together stakeholders at a national level, encourage information sharing through regional bodies and work to further integrate stakeholders in top-level political forums, Mr. Sajdik added.He picked up that thread in an article published for The Guardian, where he underscored that there is no question that broader, more strategic relationships with the private sector and civil society can yield great impacts for people at the bottom of the economic pyramid. “Engaging with the private sector can mean more than generating financial support, but also tapping into skills and innovative solutions for addressing the root causes of poverty, and advancing the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development,” he said, adding: “We must work closely with stakeholders like the private sector … to build a climate that is open to the needs of enterprises and the very real determinants that effect how they make decisions.”Spotlighting the role of ECOSOC, he said the body has provided space for member governments, the private sector, the philanthropic community, academia, non-governmental organization (NGOs) and others to hold a dialogue on ways to partner in support of the UN’s development goals. Moreover, for the past six years, it has held an annual partnerships forum where stakeholders were brought together to jointly mobilize efforts across sectors such as public health, education, science and technology.The ECOSOC President went on to say business has been widely recognized as an important partner in development, be it in terms of bringing knowledge and expertise, driving innovation and technology transfer, or financing innovation. The private sector’s full commitment is thus vital for the success of the post-2015 agenda, and for creating a global partnership that is both inclusive and people-centred.“Clearly, the operative word here must be collaboration and we need to be realistic about getting more companies, including small and medium enterprises, into the dialogue and ideally build on existing networks, chambers of commerce to help broaden how the UN supports and engages business going forward,” said Mr. Sajdik. read more

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Scott Coombs Scott Coombs A BAN ON fracking on the Irish onshore cleared its last major hurdle on Wednesday May 31, when the Dáil passed a Bill to amend the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act.The Bill prohibits fracking in the Irish onshore and its internal waters for both exploration and extraction. Minister Denis Naughten, expects the bill to become law before the summer recess.Back in August 2011, six months after Brian Cowen’s government fell, things looked very different. We were respectful, but firm. And that’s how things have played out over the past six years. We participated, we resisted. We argued and protested. We persuaded, we persisted and we succeeded.Being for Leitrim, not just against frackingLove Leitrim was set up in 2011, after people started to hear about this onshore drilling technique and realised the impact it would have on the northwest and the country as a whole. Widespread industrialisation, permanent environmental degradation, and severe damage to public health was what we were facing. Still, we wanted to be positive – to be for Leitrim, not just against fracking.At the time, though, most of the government were for fracking – Pat Rabbitte calling it a “game-changer”. Through the grassroots work of many local groups, and the support of local politicians, we got the government to accept that the issue needed more study. This gave us time to make the case against fracking.Fracking is the fossil fuel extraction process of last resort – when you can’t just punch a few holes in the ground and pump, when you have to pepper the land with thousands of wells, inject each of them with millions of gallons of toxic fluid, and hope that the wells don’t leak, the cracks in the rock don’t connect with water sources, the lorries don’t crash and the ponds don’t spill. And to support this industry you create temporary low skilled jobs, imported high-skilled jobs, and eradicate the industries that have a long term future in the northwest.Fortunately, in Ireland people still have access to politicians. People can talk to local politicians, who are their neighbours; they talk to their national ones. We invited people from Canada and the US to Leitrim to hear their story. One of them, Jessica Ernst, stood on the stage at Leitrim’s iconic Ballroom of Romance and said “have some sympathy for your politicians, because they’re being lied to.”We never walked awayWell, some bought into the lie more than others, but we never walked away. We soon discovered that the machinery of decision-making can be used to achieve any outcome that political will was seeking. The strategy of the campaign was to change that will, from the ground up.We met every week for six years, appeared at marts and concerts, worked with other anti-fracking groups and with Good Energies Alliance, Concerned Health Professionals of Ireland, and Friend of the Earth. We knocked on doors, sold t-shirts, made submissions, raised our own funds and made our own luck.By 2015, the tide was beginning to turn, as the overwhelming weight of peer-reviewed research backed our view of fracking’s dangers. Attempts to commence drilling in Northern Ireland concentrated minds further.Parties like Sinn Fein, People Before Profit, and Fianna Fáil, began to propose restrictions in various forms. But the breakthrough was the Private Members Bill introduced by Sligo-Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin. Private Members Bills are selected at random to be considered by the Dáil, and luckily Tony McLoughlin’s bill was selected and was accepted for consideration with cross-party support in October 2016.A Joint Oireachtas Committee studied the bill and rejected the report of the Irish EPA research, which could not confirm that risks to water and air quality could be mitigated. The committee’s report restated the Dail’s opposition to fracking and affirmed the legality and validity of the Bill, but accepted the Attorney General’s advice to amend existing legislation instead of passing a standalone bill.This was about health of communitiesIt was this Bill, amending the existing Petroleum Act, that was introduced by Tony McLoughlin and debated into the closing minutes of allowed time. With four minutes to spare, and no opportunities for rescheduling, the Bill was passed, to applause from the viewing gallery.Deputy McLoughlin, in recommending his bill to the Dáil, acknowledged the support of all campaigners. He also acknowledged the support of all the major parties in the Dáil, the result of over six years of local education, campaigning and building consensus. And selling t-shirts.This was never just about Leitrim though, or even climate change. It was about the health of communities. Communities that organised – messily, imperfectly, in their spare time, after the kids went to bed – and believed that faith in the political process is also part of a healthy community. A faith that on this occasion at least, was vindicated.Scott Coombs is a Leitrim resident and a member of Love Leitrim.‘Some parents have to open the coffin every two hours to put in ice-packs so remains stay cool’>Column: ‘It’s not fair to ask the public to subsidise uneconomic wind farms’> 700 Views Fracking: ‘We argued and protested. We met at marts and concerts. We persisted and we succeeded’ This was never just about Leitrim though, or even climate change. It was about the health of communities, writes Scott Coombs. Share1037 Tweet Email26 Jun 17th 2017, 6:30 PM Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 6:30 PM Short URL 25 Comments Member, Love Leitrim last_img read more

first_imgGES : sept pays européens plaident en faveur d’une réduction de 30% d’ici à 2020Sept ministres de l’Environnement européens appellent les autres Etats membres à revoir les objectifs de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre de l’UE. Dans une lettre ouverte publiée lundi par le Guardian, ils plaident ainsi en faveur d’une réduction de 30% à l’horizon 2020.Les ministres de Grèce, Grande-Bretagne, Suède, Danemark, Espagne, Portugal, et Allemagne, appellent leurs voisins européens à intensifier leurs efforts dans la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, en acceptant de revoir à la hausse l’objectif de l’UE en matière de réduction des émissions de CO2. Les sept pays proposent de faire passer l’objectif de 20% à 30%.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Cet appel a été lancé quelques jours après que la Commission européenne a présenté sa feuille de route visant à aider les Etats membres dans leurs efforts pour maintenir à 2°C le réchauffement global de la planète, comme le préconisent les experts. Ce plan souligne que l’objectif de 20% d’ici 2020 ne suffira pas pour atteindre l’ambition fixée à l’horizon 2050 : une réduction des émissions de 80% à 95% par rapport à leurs niveaux de 1999. “Nous croyons qu’il est vital d’appliquer aujourd’hui, et non dans 40 ans, un plan faisant avancer les investissements nécessaires”, écrivent les sept ministres. Et de souligner qu’en plus de contribuer à la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, le développement d’énergies propres permettra à l’Europe de réduire sa dépendance aux énergies importées, et “de concurrencer les économies émergentes sur les marchés en développement rapide des biens et services verts”.Le 15 mars 2011 à 19:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgDoug Edwards—who has been with IABHC for 18 years and previously served as editor-in-chief and publisher of the two magazines before rising to IABHC director in 2016—will remain with the group as part of HMP, as will eight other members of the IABHC team.On top last year’s acquisitions of the monthly EMS World and the affiliated EMS World Expo, from SouthComm, and medical events organizer Imedex, private equity-backed HMP says its portfolio now comprises some 275 events ranging from regional to international, across ten therapeutic areas.New York-based media M&A firm JEGI represented Vendome Group in the sale.M&A Activity SlowsSpeaking of JEGI, the firm released its biannual M&A overview, revealing an 8 percent year-over-year decrease in b2b media deal volume in the first half of 2018, but a seven-fold increase in deal value—a figure overwhelmingly driven by Thomson Reuter’s estimated $20 billion divestiture of its financial and risk unit to Blackstone. The other major transaction tracked by JEGI was Hearst’s $14 billion acquisition of the remaining 20 percent stake in credit rating firm Fitch Ratings.Activity also slowed on the consumer media side, down 31 percent in volume and 62 percent in deal value compared with the first half of last year. In typically theatrical JEGI parlance, the firm predicts “tectonic change in the digital media food chain” following the approvals of the AT&T/Time Warner and Comcast/Disney mergers, warning that “the concentration of content, distribution, and advertiser/subscriber relationships resulting from these deals is formidable,” and that the Verizon/AOL/Yahoo! merger looks “timid by comparison.” Healthcare industry publisher HMP has reached an agreement to acquire the Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare (IABHC), including a pair of trade magazines and a suite of annual events, from Vendome Group for an undisclosed sum, the Malvern, Pa.-based company announced Monday.HMP’s third acquisition in 18 months as part of a pivot toward an events-focused strategy under CEO Jeff Hennessy, the deal includes the quarterly magazines Addiction Professional and Behavioral Healthcare Executive, as well as three national conferences—the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, the National Conference on Alcohol & Addition, and the National Cocaine, Meth & Stimulant Summit—and eight smaller regional summits.“We are in the midst of an alarming public health crisis with devastating consequences,” said Hennessy in a statement, “and we believe this agreement represents a real opportunity for HMP to contribute to one of the most important solutions for this crisis.”last_img read more

first_imgVegans across the United Kingdom are currently up in arms over the otherwise-well-received £5 currency note that was released in September, after the Bank of England admitted on Twitter that traces of animal fat were used in the making of the note. However, concerns are being raised that the use of fat derived from beef could also hurt religious sentiments. The new £5 note, also known as a fiver, was released in September this year and has received a generally positive response because of its features. For starters, it is made of polymer, so does not tear or soil easily. That also makes it easy to recycle. It also has more security features built into it. However, rumours soon surfaced that it contains animal fat — more specifically, tallow, which is a rendered form of fat from mutton or beef.Someone actually decided to ask the Bank of England, which replied on Twitter: “There is a trace of tallow in the polymer pallets used in the base substrate of the polymer £5 notes.”Hi @Jools_Orca there is a trace of tallow in the polymer pallets used in the base substrate of the polymer £5 notes— Bank of England (@bankofengland) November 28, 2016The admission kicked up a storm almost immediately, with vegans and vegetarians in the UK swearing off the new currency. Now, there is even an online petition on social activism platform that is batting against this new currency note. It says: “The new £5 notes contain animal fat in the form of tallow. This is unacceptable to millions of vegans and vegetarians in the UK. We demand that you cease to use animal products in the production of currency that we have to use.” At the time of the writing this report, there were more than 14,000 signatures on the petition. Religious sentiments at stakeAs the news spreads through social media via vegan and vegetarian channels, there are fears that some religious minorities in the UK could also be hurt by this change to the fiver. One big group that could take affront are Hindus, who — even when they are not purely vegetarian — do not touch beef because they consider cows holy. Given that the tallow used in the new £5 notes may have come from beef, it remains to be seen how the Hindu population — of whom there are 817,000, or roughly 1.5 percent of the population in England and Wales, according to the 2011 census — react to this news.last_img read more

first_imgThis file photo taken on January 27, 2017 shows Kellyanne Conway senior aide to US president Donald Trump speaking at the March for Life rally in Washington,DC. A key aide to Donald Trump was facing possible investigation on February 9, 2017 after pitching the clothing line of the president`s daughter Ivanka on television, in apparent contravention of ethics rules. Photo: AFP“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff,” a top White House adviser urged American shoppers on Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump sharply criticized a department store for dropping his daughter’s clothing line.“I hate shopping,” Kellyanne Conway told the Fox network in a televised interview, with the White House seal clearly visible over her left shoulder. But “I’m going to go get some myself today.”“This is just a wonderful line,” she added. “I own some of it. I fully-I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”To Washington traditionalists, Conway’s direct pitch from the White House for a product line sold by the president’s child seemed a jaw-dropping use of presidential prestige.But she was clearly channeling the anger expressed a day earlier by the president himself, when he tweeted that Ivanka had been “treated so unfairly” by Nordstrom, the upscale department store chain that dropped her line. “Terrible,” he added.The message from the White House again fanned debate over the unprecedented level to which the new president-despite his protestations to the contrary-has mixed politics, business and family, raising questions about conflicts of interest.After Trump’s tweet, shares in Nordstrom briefly dropped but soon began to rise. Toward midday on Thursday, the company’s stock was trading up nearly 7 percent over its closing price from two days earlier.Since his election in November, Trump has targeted a series of American multinationals by name (General Motors, Ford, Boeing, Lockheed and others) for moving production overseas or for allegedly overcharging the government.But this was the first time he had complained directly about the business interests of one of his adult children. The tweet appeared both in Trump’s personal feed and on that of the official presidential Twitter account, @POTUS.The Nordstrom group, with 350 stores in the United States and Canada, has repeatedly denied any political motive to its dropping of Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, saying it was motivated purely by “performance” considerations. Sales had fallen, particularly in last year’s second half.But products carrying a Trump brand, including Ivanka’s, have been boycotted by critics of the new president, leading to his complaint of a political motivation behind Nordstrom’s move.TJX Companies, which operates the clothing store chains TJ Maxx and Marshalls, told AFP on Thursday it had instructed store employees no longer to display Ivanka Trump products separately.“The communication we sent to TJ Maxx and Marshalls in the US instructed stores to mix this line of merchandise into our racks, not to remove it from the sales floor,” a spokesperson told AFP, confirming an earlier report in The New York Times.last_img

first_imgTIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman speaks at a press conference demanding rule of law, accountability and social justice on Saturday. Photo: Hasan RazaLamenting the deterioration of the state of human rights in the country, a recently launched civil society body has called for greater unity to ensure the security of the citizens.Referring to their claim that rights violation has become epidemic in the country, the rights body said that from January to April this year, at least 118 citizens were killed in alleged ‘gunfights’, 354 women were raped, 234 children were raped and 144 were killed while 6 were allegedly abducted. The civil society members, under the banner of Nagorik Nirapotta Jote (Citizen’s security alliance), came up with the remarks at a press conference demanding rule of law, accountability and ensuring justice at National Press Club on Saturday.The alliance, the speakers said, has been formed consisting of different social rights bodies of the country.Speaking at the programme, Transparency International Bangladesh’s (TIB) executive director Iftekharuzzaman said that the prime minister had pledged inclusive development in the country but that was not happening. Free thinking and freedom of expression is being stymied. People are not being able to participate in the development process and there is no accountability anywhere.He also said the institutions of the country should be reformed to stop widespread politicisation.Nijera Kori’s coordinator Khushi Kabir said the culture of fear has become pervasive all over the country.She urged all to protest unitedly to ensure democracy in the country.Rights leader Hameeda Hossain alleged that the government is not taking any steps regarding human rights violation. They were even flouting directives of court.Former chief election commissioner (CEC) ABM Shamsul Huda read out a written statement of the newly floated alliance that declared their 11-point demands.The demands included ensuring justice for extra judicial killings, safeguarding citizens’ freedom of expression, safety of religious and ethnic minority, strengthening the anti-corruption commission and also the election commission.They also declared programmes such as staging countrywide human chains and protests, submitting memorandums to the prime minister and other government bodies, to press home their demands.last_img read more

first_imgMaybe their moms told them nobody likes a showoff. That would explain why many species of chameleon are hiding fluorescent bone bumps on their heads that scientists only just discovered. Chameleons also have independently moving eyeballs, superlative tongues and sophisticated color-changing skills. The animals might use their glowing head bumps as signals to each other. These patterns of dots are invisible to a human eye, but may light up deep blue to the eye of another chameleon in a shaded forest.Scientists knew that chameleons have bony crests and bumps called tubercles on their skulls, and that these bone shapes vary between species. But “we were always wondering about the function of the tubercles on the head,” says David Prötzel, a herpetologist at Zoologische Staatssammlung München in Germany.Then a photo on Flickr caught Prötzel’s attention. The picture showed a chameleon called Calumma gastroaenia. The photographer, Paul Bertner, had put a UV light over the lizard, and three tiny tubercles on the chameleon’s head were glowing.Prötzel and his colleagues set out to shine a UV light on every chameleon they could get their hands on. The researchers checked hundreds of preserved chameleon specimens, representing dozens of species from Madagascar and mainland Africa. They also photographed a few living chameleons in the wild in Madagascar.The fluorescent bumps were everywhere. “We found that many species fluoresce with even larger pattern on their heads” than the animal in that Flickr photo, Prötzel says.Chameleons don’t light up like fireflies or glowing squid do, using chemical reactions. Instead, they take advantage of the fact that bone is naturally fluorescent under UV light. (Forensic researchers take advantage of this too.) Fluorescent materials absorb light of one wavelength and send it back out at a different wavelength.Under a microscope, the researchers saw that the bony tubercles on a chameleon’s head displace most of the layers of its skin. Only a thin layer of epidermis covers each bump. This thin skin “functions as a ‘window’ through which the bone is directly visible,” the scientists write.The fluorescent bump patterns were more common in types of chameleons that live in forests, as opposed to in open areas. These shaded forests have more ambient UV light than habitats under direct sunlight do. Males also carry more head bumps than females do in most species of the genus Calumma, which the researchers focused on. This suggests the glowing tubercle patterns are some sort of signal.Although we humans can’t see these patterns without shining extra UV light on an animal’s head, chameleon eyes have receptors for UV light. The researchers think the chameleons can see the patterns under the natural sunlight falling through a forest, “but we cannot prove that,” Prötzel says. The patterns might even appear brighter and clearer to the lizards than they do in the scientists’  pictures.Images: Prötzel et al.last_img read more

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Troye Sivan describes ‘predatory’ experiences with older men as a teenElton John asks Troye Sivan if he ever gets ‘tempted by cute boys in the audience’Troye Sivan’s latest single is an 80s jam – about how ‘whipped’ he isRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : In a new interview he furthermore admits: ‘When I think about the future that’s all I really think about.’However, the My My My singer says he has no plans to have kids in the foreseeable future… Unsurprising, given he’ll soon be releasing his second studio album, the follow up to 2015’s critically-acclaimed Blue Neighborhood!‘I can imagine myself making albums on a farm somewhere’Speaking to Popjustice, the 22-year-old explained: ‘[I’m not thinking about kids] at this particular moment, but when I think about the future that’s all I really think about.‘I don’t know what it looks like to be a 35-year-old artist, or a 50-year-old artist, for myself… But I can imagine myself making albums on a farm somewhere, more for my own satisfaction than anything else.’center_img Troye Sivan | Photo: Youth Troye Sivan has spoken of his desire to become a father, saying: ‘I definitely want to have a family. I’m going to have to take a break at some point.’ [embedded content]Troye also touched on fatherhood while enthusing about New Zealand singer Lorde’s second album Melodrama, released last year.‘It felt like a catch-up with an old, more developed, more grown up and more experienced version of the person we all fell in love with in the first place,’ he said. ‘I’d love if that happened to me. I’d love if I’m 50 and I’m making albums about having kids and people can go, “Wow, what a journey.”‘‘Our relationship is really easy’Happy Little Pill singer Troye hails from Australia, and is currently in a relationship with model Jacob Bixenman.Speaking about their relationship, Jacob recently told Gay Times: ‘We’re both people who share ourselves online but need privacy and really value close personal relationships so balancing that line of how much to give away can be interesting. Otherwise our relationship is really easy.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

first_img Technology | December 29, 2014 Techno-Aide Releases New Line of Patient Positioning Sponges Techno-Aide launched a new line of positioning sponges that solve the problem of lines from artifacts showing up on… read more Technology | October 10, 2014 Clear Image Releases New Ultrasound Exam Steps Patients seeking treatment for varicose veins continues to rise, so there is an increasing demand for a step platform… read more News | October 17, 2014 IMRIS Horseshoe Headrest Named Life Sciences Alley New Technology Showcase Winner IMRIS Inc. today announced that its horseshoe headrest has been selected as one of 10 New Technology Showcase Winners… read more Technology | July 07, 2014 Canon, Virtual Imaging Inc. Introduce RadPRO Omnera 400A Auto-Positioning Digital Radiographic System Canon U.S.A. Inc. and wholly owned subsidiary Virtual Imaging Inc. announced the introduction of the RadPRO Omnera 400A… read more Technology | November 14, 2013 Ultrasound Exam Steps Aid Venous Insufficiency Studies Clear Image Devices LLC (CiD) announced the release of its step platform to be used for standing patient … read more Technology | August 12, 2013 Orfit Launches Open Face Hybrid Mask For Patient Immobilization In Radiation Oncology August 12, 2013 — Orfit Industries America announced the launch of the Open Face Hybrid Mask, designed to optimize… read more Images courtesy of Techno-Aide News | September 22, 2009 CIVCO, Siemens to Develop Couchtop Compatible with Siemens’ MR Systems center_img News | Mammography | April 12, 2018 Volpara Solutions and Mammography Educators Launch Mammography Positioning Training Videos Volpara Solutions Inc. and mammography education provider Mammography Educators LLC announced the launch of training… read more News | April 23, 2014 Medibord Designs, Supplies First CT Positioning Board for Animal Scans The Animal Health Trust (AHT) required a non-carbon fiber, flat positioning board for its GE Healthcare CT Brivo 385… read more September 22, 20009 – CIVCO Medical Solutions and Siemens Healthcare have signed a development agreement for an indexable MR couchtop, compatible with numerous Siemens MR systems: Siemens Magnetom Avanto, Espree, Verio, Symphony a Tim System, and Trio A Tim System.Siemens and CIVCO plan to launch the new couchtop at ESTRO and ASTRO 2009. The new couchtop is an IPPS overlay safe for the 1.5 and 3T environments and is compatible with CIVCO’s Three-Pin Lok-Bars. All MR compatible CIVCO positioning equipment is also Three-Pin compatible. Bridges are supplied to aid in the positioning relative to the coils.Siemens is a leading company in developing, manufacturing and selling MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) systems, which are used worldwide for a wide variety of medical indications, including treatment planning for radiotherapy. CIVCO is a leading developer, manufacturer and provider of positioning and immobilization tools for radiation therapy. CIVCO will design and manufacture the couchtop in addition to supporting sales and distribution. CIVCO also manufactures a line of MR compatible accessories called MRSeries.For more information: and FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | January 08, 2014 Biodex Introduces Ultrasound Table Line Designed for Sonographer Comfort, Safety Biodex Medical Systems Inc. introduced its line of … read more Related Content News | January 22, 2013 Treatment Chair Developed By Procure Improves Patient Comfort, Increases Efficiency of Care An innovative modification of a treatment chair used with cancer patients allows those who have problems lying down… read morelast_img read more

first_imgTags: ACTA, British Airways ACTA slams BA’s new GDS surcharge Posted by Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — ACTA has weighed in on the decision by British Airways and sister carrier Iberia to impose a new fee on GDS bookings.“Travellers need consistency, transparency and choice. This can only be accomplished by providing content in all distribution channels. A surcharge imposed for booking through a GDS is not in the best interest of the traveller or our industry,” said Wendy Paradis, President of ACTA.It was reported last week that British Airways and Iberia will introduce an £8 (approx. Cdn$14) distribution fee on all bookings made through a GDS not employing an NDC-led connection. The surcharge will come into effect on Nov. 1, covering fares in all cabins and classes.BA’s move follows the introduction of a €16 (Cdn$24) fee on GDS bookings by rival Lufthansa in September 2015.The BA strategy will be another cost passed on to the consumer in the form of an added “tax”, fee, or surcharge, which for the travel agency is considered a Non-Commissionable Fee (NCF). This additional fee will require travel agents to collect and explain to their clients why they are having to pay extra for their booking with the added limitation to comparison shopping.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureChannels that are exempt from the fee include its own website, airline sales offices and call centers, as well as:NDC direct connectionNDC via an IT service provider/aggregatorSelf-booking tools connected to BA or IB via NDCOther travel processors (including GDS), that adopt NDC based connections in the futureThe fee is being set to recover the higher cost of bookings through global distribution systems when compared with bookings made online or via call centers.ACTA takes this issue “very seriously” and has promised to evaluate the full impact of this additional fee. Sharelast_img read more

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   Britain has its own currency and does not use the euro, the common currency of 17 other EU nations, but it still has been struggling due to Europe’s debt crisis.Foreign Secretary William Hague said Sunday that Cameron’s address is expected this week.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day LONDON (AP) – British Prime Minister David Cameron will deliver a long-awaited speech about his country’s future in the 27-nation European Union this week.The speech, billed as one of Cameron’s most important yet, was delayed last week because of the hostage crisis at a natural gas plant in Algeria.Cameron first hinted he wanted to set out his stance on British membership of the EU last year. He has indicated that he will suggest negotiating a new relationship with the bloc, which would then be put to a referendum. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Jumeirah Group has launched Jumeirah Inside in collaboration with Google, a virtual platform comprising 360° video and photography which enables users to make hotel bookings and access never-before-seen footage.Ross McAuley, Group Vice President of Brand, Digital and Loyalty, Jumeirah Group, said: “Jumeirah Inside is one of the most exciting digital developments for Jumeirah Group. Just as we aim to exceed our guests’ expectations whenever they visit our luxury hotels around the world, so is our aim to give an unforgettably rich, immersive online experience in advance of their arrival. This is a world first for the hospitality sector. Jumeirah Inside has been initiated for us by Google’s dedicated creative team. The platform works across desktop, tablet and mobile devices, in five languages, offering a film-focused exploration of the world’s most luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. And in so doing it connects that remarkable property back to Jumeirah Group’s portfolio of 22 other luxury hotels, our brand promise and the outstanding service guests can expect when they walk through the door of any Jumeirah hotel.”Ivan Jakovljevic, Google’s Head of Travel & Finance, Middle East and North Africa, said: “We are very excited to see Jumeirah Inside spread its magic to the world. We worked very closely with the Jumeirah team to unleash the creative potential of their brand enabled by the latest advances in digital technology to tell the best possible story from the consumer point of view at every step of an immersive travel journey. Innovation through technology is at the core of what we do. We are always striving to create new ways for our partners to find their audience and create rich, personal experiences with them. Jumeirah Group has set a high standard for the hospitality industry as a brand that consistently explores what is possible through adoption of digital. It is redefining the way people experience travel and we are proud to be a part of it.”The virtual journey begins at the world’s most luxurious hotel where guests can see, hear and move around like never before. Users can uncover new information  and explore the vibrant colours and playful water features in the atrium through 360° video. Other experiences include the chance to dive into the Talise Spa infinity pool, take a leisurely stroll through the magnificent Royal Suite, and explore Dubai from the exclusive helipad.Optimised for mobile and tablet users, the site will offer the opportunity to make hotel reservations at any point. The fully immersive experience is available in English, Arabic, German, Russian and Mandarin.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more