UN World Court elects President and VicePresident for threeyear terms

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, today elected a new President and Vice-President, who will each serve a term of three years.Judge Peter Tomka (Slovakia) was elected as President and Judge Bernardo Sepúlveda-Amor (Mexico) as Vice-President of the tribunal, which was established in 1945 and is based in The Hague in the Netherlands.The ICJ, often referred to as the World Court, settles legal disputes between States and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by other authorized UN organs. It currently has 13 cases on its docket.The Security Council recently decided to hold concurrent elections along with the General Assembly on 27 April to elect a successor to Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh (Jordan), who resigned from the 15-member court in December 2011. According to the court’s statute, its judges must be chosen by coordinated actions of both the Council and the Assembly, with the date of elections determined by the Council. Judges are chosen on the basis of their qualifications, not their nationality, but no two judges can be from the same country.Also today, the judges at the ICJ elected the members of the chamber of summary procedure, the budgetary and administrative committee and two other committees of the court. 6 February 2012The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, today elected a new President and Vice-President, who will each serve a term of three years. read more

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Poor rains supply bottlenecks exacerbate food security woes in wartorn Syria UN

Production, meanwhile, shows an even more drastic decline, from an average 3.4 million metric tonnes of wheat harvested before the war to 1.5 million metric tonnes this year – a decrease of 55 per cent.In addition to the hardships caused by disrupted trade and markets and lack of availability of quality seeds, fertilizers, machinery and fuel, poor rainfall and the destruction of irrigation infrastructure have made matters worse for agriculturists trying to continue to produce food under adverse circumstances.In some instances, farmers have also had to switch from cultivating valuable and nutritious crops to hardier but less nutritious ones such as barley, the agencies noted.Livestock producers also feeling the impactWFP and FAO further said that livestock producers are equally feeling the effects of the crisis, noting: “With the upkeep of their animals becoming ever more difficult and costly, many herding families have been forced to sell or slaughter their sheep, goats and poultry.”The fighting and resulting insecurity have also limited access to grazing land and water sources. Furthermore, while animal feed has become unaffordable for many pastoralists, stocks of animal vaccines and routine drugs are also running out.“As a result, Syria – once an exporter in livestock – has seen its herds and flock shrink significantly since the beginning of the crisis. Today, there are 30 per cent fewer cattle, 40 per cent fewer sheep and goats, and a staggering 60 per cent less poultry – traditionally the most affordable source of animal protein in the country,” FAO and WFP added. Utilizing the available space, micro-gardens are a source of fresh and nutritious food for internally displaced people in Syria. Photo: FAO/Syria Herding livestock in war-torn Syria. Photo: FAO Price rise and trade problemsThe two UN agencies also reported that the rising inflation and depreciation of the Syrian pound (from 395 to 530 per US Dollar) have further limited Syrians’ ability to purchase essential imports and pushing up prices resulting in heavy losses to farmers.Additionally, transportation bottlenecks and fragmented markets have resulted in surplus supply in north-east Syria while its western parts largely rely on imports.“Urgent support is therefore also needed to connect in-need communities with surpluses in other parts of the country, including by purchasing local stocks for food assistance deliveries,” the agencies noted.Providing critical responseBecause the conflict has greatly reduced the Government’s capacity provide seeds and related other necessities as well as displaced close to 11 million people, with more than 4.8 million fleeing to neighbouring countries, both FAO and WFP been helping farmers continue to grow food and raise livestock as well as provide food assistance to the millions of vulnerable Syrians.According to the latest household surveys, some 9.4 million people across Syria are in need of assistance – some 716,000 more than in September 2015.In response to this dire situation, FAO has, so far in 2016, supported over 500,000 people with distributions of cereal and vegetable seeds, live poultry for backyard farming, animal feed and vaccination campaigns.WFP also has been providing food assistance to more than four million vulnerable Syrians every month inside Syria. About 30 per cent of this relief is delivered to besieged and hard-to-reach areas across the country through cross-border and cross-line deliveries. Following their latest joint Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said that after five years of conflict, many farmers in the country have “lost the ability to cope”, and rising prices and scarcity of essential inputs such as fertilizers and seeds have made it ever more difficult for them to maintain their livelihoods and feed the war-torn country.“Agriculture was the main source of livelihood for rural households before the crisis and it is still producing to a certain extent, but it is stretched to the maximum and farmers have largely exhausted their capacity to cope,” said Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa.Underlining the severity of the situation, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe, Muhannad Hadi added: “The food security situation of millions of people inside Syria continues to deteriorate with more than seven million people classified as food insecure across the country having exhausted their life savings and no longer able to put food on the table for their families.”According to the two UN agencies, the area planted to cereals in the 2015-2016 cropping season is the smallest ever. Farmers planted an estimated 900,000 hectares of wheat in the last year, compared to 1.5 million hectares planted before the crisis. read more

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Ghana plans the role of mining in its future

first_imgGhana has launched a process to draw the greatest possible benefit from its gold mining industry, leveraging the strong macroeconomic contribution of mining to increase prosperity throughout Ghanaian society. Based on an in-depth economic analysis commissioned by ICMM and the Ghana Chamber of Mines, the process brings together mining companies, government, and diverse parts of society to plan for ways to increase the jobs and revenues that mining can bring, directly and indirectly.The report by Steward Redqueen and the African Center for Economic Transformation estimates the socioeconomic impact of the large-scale gold mining sector in Ghana from 2010 to 2022 and provides robust data on the industry, as a basis for informed discussion, policymaking and operational planning.ICMM has worked in Ghana at various times since 2006, implementing its Mining Partnerships for Development process that is designed to build collaborative engagement between all stakeholders, using authoritative data as the basis for discussion. The current discussions are aimed at strengthening the positive contribution of Ghana’s well established mining industry, through the peak of the cycle and in order to plan for an eventual tail-off in production.The Ghana Chamber of Mines CEO Sulemanu Koney said that the process had already proven helpful by convening 70 stakeholders at a workshop in April. “The most important aspect of this initiative was the opportunity to bring together diverse representatives to discuss potential partnerships to progress the priority actions,” said Koney.“Ghana is proving the value of the collaborative approach,” said ICMM CEO Tom Butler. “When all stakeholders work together, the mining industry can make an important contribution to broad based, inclusive development”.In 2013, mining accounted for 19% of all direct tax payments, the report shows. Under some price scenarios, production volumes could decline by up to 4.6% per year. Whether to mitigate the effect of such a decline or to maximise the contribution of mining at high volumes, the report identifies that the sample of seven mines included in the study are projected to:employ 110,000 people directly and indirectly annuallysupport 15 indirect jobs for every mining company jobprovide $1.60 to the Government of Ghana for every $1 of mining company profitssupport 105 jobs for every $1 million increase in local procurementThe study also identifies five priority areas for action by relevant stakeholders in Ghana including:improvements to the mining policy frameworkgreater clarity on the management and use of mineral revenuesdevelopment of a comprehensive national action plan to increase local procurementdevelopment of a strategic framework for social investment aligned with local authority spendingcapacity building among different stakeholdersReport available at: https://www.icmm.com/publications/mining-in-ghana-what-future-can-we-expect-The picture shows a water well provided to a local village by Endeavour Mining’s Nzema gold mine.last_img read more

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British military plane takes €1 million to Cyprus

first_imgBRITAIN HAS SENT a Royal Air Force plane to crisis-hit Cyprus today carrying €1 million in emergency loans for British military personnel, the defence ministry said.The cash cargo flight was a “contingency” plan in case banks in Cyprus stopped giving out money as the island deals with the fallout from a controversial eurozone bailout deal, a spokesman said.“An RAF flight left for Cyprus this afternoon with one million euros on board as a contingency measure to provide military personnel and their families with emergency loans,” the spokesman said in a statement to AFP.“The MoD is proactively approaching personnel to ask if they want their March, and future months’ salaries paid into UK bank accounts, rather than Cypriot accounts.”The British government reaffirmed earlier today that it would fully refund any military or government personnel whose Cyprus bank accounts were subject to an EU levy that was part of the bailout deal.“We’re determined to do everything we can to minimise the impact of the Cyprus banking crisis on our people,” the spokesman added.Britain does not use the euro, having stuck with the pound as its national currency.Around 3,000 British troops are based at two military bases in Cyprus, which are used by Britain as a strategic foothold in the Mediterranean, with around 500 civilian personnel.- © AFP 2013.Related: Cyprus to exempt small savers from deposit tax ahead of crucial vote>More: Ireland not impacted by Cyprus’ bailout deal – Kenny>last_img read more

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Man in court after cocaine seized at Heuston Station

first_imgA MAN IN his 50s will appear in court this evening after he was found to be carrying a large quantity of cocaine at Heuston Station in Dublin.Gardaí from the National Drugs Unit stopped the man at the station on Monday evening as part of a planned operation and discovered drugs worth an estimated €140,000.In a follow up search in Limerick after the initial discovery, cocaine and cannabis with an estimated street value of up to €70,000 were discovered.The man has been detained at Kevin Street Garda station ahead of his appearance at the Criminal Courts of Justice this evening.last_img read more

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Opinion Why I hate the part of me that needs to return

first_imgI GOT EXCITED the other day about buying a new brand of washing powder. It’s called ‘Tropical Lily and Ylang Ylang’. It felt like quite a bold move on my part after two years of Fairy Non Bio. Sounded terribly exotic . A change is as good as a holiday they say. Variety is the spice of life and all that. So in the absence of a holiday, going wild in the detergent aisle is about as spicey as it gets these days.I actually caught myself savouring the aroma in our laundry-come-living-room. Until I realised that I had turned into a housewife. And any minute now I was likely to break into the jingle from the Shake and Vac commercial. It was around the time of the washing powder watershed that I realised that part of me needs to go back to work. For my sanity as much as my bank balance. That being Mum is not enough.I hate that part of meBut somehow I can’t help but hate that part of me. Who knows deep down that the kids are not enough. Who tries so hard to feel fulfilled. And satisfied. And happy at home. Day in. Day out. Week in. Week out. And fails.That part of me who fears my brain may actually implode if I don’t put it to good use soon. And that the four walls may close in upon me. Who feels like a fraud when others remark how wonderful I am to stay at home. Because little do they know that a large part of me is only clawing at the walls to get out. I hate that part of me because she does not feel like a mother. Or whatever ideal I somehow have inside this thick head of mine of what a mother ‘should’ be.I hate the part of me who doesn’t value what I do at home. Who stuck a post it on our fridge in January to remind me that ‘I am doing the most important job in the world and I am good at it’. Lest I forget. Which I do on a daily basis. Because a very large part of me does not believe it.The part me with letters after her name and an ego to massage. The part of me that feels inadequate every Monday morning and relieved every Friday morning that I am back in AdultLand. Who cringes every time an enquiry is made that ‘I haven’t gone back to work?’. Who believes that I have relegated myself beyond the slow lane of my career, and well and truly into the hard shoulder. Onto the scrapheap of fellow failed female professionals who felt that they simply Couldn’t Do Both.Mummy is boredI hate the part of me that fears my brain will become like so many other parts of me have since having kids. Floppy. Weak. Underutilised. Who explores a million different ideas in her head whilst pushing a buggy. Or a swing. Or a supermarket trolly. And isn’t ‘present’ with her kids. But miles away on some unrelated topic. Because Mummy is bored. And screaming for stimulation. No matter how hard she tries to muster an enthusiasm which oftentimes just really isn’t there.I hate that part of me because my babies aren’t bored. They adore me unconditionally. Think that mummy is the best company in the world. Love nothing more than my undivided attention on the rare occasions I can manage it. And in return I’m about to trade them. For a commute and a pay cheque.I hate that part of me because she feels so ungrateful. And selfish. For wanting to have it all. And for leaving her kids behind in the process. I feel ashamed of her. The part of me that hasn’t the energy to raise the kids I chose to bring into this world. Because 24/7 with them is Just Too Hard.The other voiceI have another voice inside my head which is screaming at me that my kids deserve someone who values their company more than their own mother does. That they won’t be young for long, and that I shouldn’t need to dilute their company because, in many ways, it is the best in the world.My own mother returned to work in 1970 when my eldest sister was five. Surprised my dad upon his return home from a jolly abroad with the announcement that the girls had both had the chicken pox and that, oh yes, by the way, she’d gone out and found herself a job. To this day, I would love to have seen his face.Strangely, this fact makes me feel both better and worse about my own predicament. Better, because I am following in the footsteps of a woman whom I greatly admire. Worse, because my earliest memory is of standing at our front door banging on the glass pane as she left of a morning. And yet now, 30 years later, I replicate my own mother’s choices. And part of me hates me for it.And yet I know I have to learn to accept her. This post-feminist part of me which has always been taught that ‘The sky’s the limit girl. Kids or no kids’. Even if I don’t like her.Because I am a mother. And I am individual. And I can be both. Apparently. Or the very least, I owe it to myself to try.Claire Micks is the mother of a (reasonably behaved) three-year-old girl and an (entirely spoiled) 15-month-old boy. She survives by day and writes by night. Croaks rather than tweets, but despite that somehow manages to get her ramblings published on occasion.Opinion: We can’t afford NOT to invest in childcare and early educationRead: Beauty, food and parenting: the top themes of Irish blogslast_img read more

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Coolest bookmark ever inspired by Final Fantasy

first_imgLooking for the ideal stocking stuffer for the RPG gamer in you life? Look no further, than this Final Fantasy-inspired bookmark.The bookmark, which was designed by Olly Moss for Urban Outfitters, ask a simple question: Would you like to save your progress? It’s a question you’ve probably answered hundreds of times, almost always with that same blue gradient, but probably never when reading. It’s a perfect fit for a bookmark too–not too wordy, right the point, and sufficiently witty to keep around.AdChoices广告You can read an interview with the designer here. Apparently his favorite book is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and he doesn’t even use bookmarks–he just remembers the page number.Wallpaper sized graphics of the bookmark are available on this page.via 4crlast_img read more

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Motorola Xoom to Cost 800

first_imgYou know all of those rumors and leaked documents that set Motorola’s upcoming Xoom tablet at a lofty $799? Turns out they were true. The company confirmed the pricing this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. That’s the price with a Verizon 3G modem. The Wi-Fi-only version will cost you a good deal less at “around” $600, according to the company’s CEO, Sanjay Jha. Motorola apparently priced the tablet the way it did to keep it competitive with the iPad. Keep in mind, after all, that a 64GB iPad 3G will run you $829 (the Wi-Fi only version is $729). The 32GB Wi-Fi version of the popular tablet is currently priced at $599.Still no word on a sale date for Motorola’s Honeycomb tablet.last_img read more

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A bord dun thonier des scientifiques inventent la pêche durable de demain

first_imgA bord d’un thonier, des scientifiques inventent la pêche durable de demainMardi, des scientifiques se sont embarqués sur un thonier équatorien pour deux mois. Leur but : observer méthodes de pêche et comportement des différentes espèces marines, afin d’élaborer des techniques plus sélectives et moins destructrices de l’écosystème.Si le thon rouge est menacé par la mode des sushis, d’autres espèces (thon obèse, mais aussi requins et tortues), pourtant non ciblées, sont victimes des dommages collatéraux de la pêche au thon listao (ou bonite à ventre rayé). C’est pour chercher à éviter ces prises accidentelles que des chercheurs de l’International Seafood Sustainability Fundation (ISSF) ont pris place sur un thonier senneur équatorien, avec tout un matériel.À lire aussiLe WWF achète une licence de pêche pour protéger les requins en Australie”Une des choses que nous faisons, c’est de mener des études comportementales à l’aide de balises acoustiques et de télémesure. L’objectif global est d’explorer quelques options possibles pour réduire la mortalité des thons obèses et celle d’autres espèces ‘indésirables’, tout en maximisant les captures de bonite à ventre rayé”, a déclaré le Dr Kurt Schaefer, directeur de l’équipe.L’étude des différences de comportement entre poissons recherchés et autres espèces – en étroite collaboration avec les pêcheurs, plein d’expérience pratique – devrait permettre d’élaborer de nouvelles méthodes et nouveaux engins : pêche à des moments différents de la journée, à des profondeurs spécifiques, utilisation plus ciblée de dispositifs de concentration des poissons (filets à mailles sélectives), etc.Le 14 mai 2011 à 11:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Gunshot strikes Woodland home; no one hurt

first_imgPolice officers arrested a man Sunday afternoon after he accidentally fired a gun in his house, striking another, according to the Woodland Police Department.Officers were called to the 500 block of Windflower Drive in Woodland around 3 p.m., after someone reported gunfire in the area. The officers learned a round struck the front of a house, going through an exterior wall and into a wall inside.The two people inside the house at the time were unhurt, police said.Officers found a neighbor who admitted to accidentally firing his gun inside his house. That gunshot struck the neighbor’s house, and he had been drinking, according to police.The man, John Muthandi, 54, was arrested pending charges of two counts of reckless endangerment.last_img read more

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Hospitals upgrade New Dialysis Machines simplify treatment

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:Cheshire Hall Medical Centre, Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant, Dr. Vancelee Forbes, hospital, ndialysis machine, upgrade TCI Hospitals running over capacity for in-patient care Four year old boy killed by suspected self-inflicted gunshot; one in custody Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Jan 2015 – The life cycle process which gave public monies to the Turks and Caicos Hospitals for the purchase of equipment upgrades for best care to TCI patients is responsible for the four and eventually nine new dialysis machines which have come to the Provo and Grand Turk medical facilities. Media was earlier today given a look at the new machines which are already working and which provide a state of the art care to the 28 patients currently getting dialysis treatment at Cheshire Hall in Provo and 11 patients at the Cockburn Town Medical Center in GT.“This machine will be able to have capabilities to transmit the vital signs, and the recording features actually into our electronic medical records system which is a great improvement for us, that reduces the manual process of human error when you are taking down numbers, so that’s a great feature. Plus, we’ve found this machine is quieter, there is less noise and most of all, the patient comfort, knowing that we have a process where we have a system of upgrading the machines.” As the plan rolls out, there will eventually be six machines in Providenciales, three in Grand Turk and not only does the Dialysis Unit, which is headed by Turks and Caicos Islander, nephrologist/internist, Dr. Vancelee Forbes cater to locals, but it serves guests to the country who are in need of renal care while here on holiday. Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant, Chief of Medical Services calls it continuous quality improvement and 64 year old, 10 year dialysis patient, Elizabeth ‘Vickie’ Jones said she is happy to be able to watch TV on the new machine as she gets treatment and that she has noticed a difference. “The first day was last Friday I started on the new one, in this arm I had fluid in it and it was like swollen all the time and when I got home and I felt the arm, it was like gone . So, I feel a lot better you know, coming off of the new one.” The new machines cost $20,000 apiece. As for what happens to the older dialysis machines, they will not be de-commissioned, they can be used as back-ups. TCI Tourism & Health Officials attend major Medical Tourism Conferencelast_img read more

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Emiliano Sala search prioritised on the life raft option

first_imgThe search and rescue team’s efforts to find the missing aircraft that contained Emiliano Sala and a pilot is now being focused on the possibility they boarded a life raftSala, who sealed a club-record transfer of £15m from Ligue 1 side Nantes to Cardiff City on Saturday, has been missing since Monday after the Piper PA-46 Malibu that he was flying with disappeared off Alderney in the Channel Islands at 20:30 (GMT) on Monday.Following a long investigation throughout all of Tuesday, the search and rescue teams had to call off their efforts for the night with Guernsey Police stating that “chances of survival are at this stage, unfortunately, slim” if the plane did indeed land on water,Guernsey Police then released a statement this morning confirming that the search and rescue teams had resumed operations and they have now outlined four possible outcomes.A police statement read: “We are searching based on four possibilities:“1. They have landed elsewhere but not made contact. “2. They landed on water, have been picked up by a passing ship but not made contact “3. They landed on water and made it into the life raft we know was on boardHarry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“4. The aircraft broke up on contact with the water, leaving them in the sea.“Our search area is prioritised on the life raft option.“More updates as information becomes available.”Nantes supporters were seen gathering in the city centre following the heartbreaking news on Tuesday and paid tribute to their former star striker, who had scored an impressive 12 goals in 19 Ligue 1 games this season.The French side have postponed their Coupe de France fixture against Entente SSG, which was scheduled for today, in light of this week’s tragic news.Meanwhile, Cardiff fans have also paid tribute to their record signing by laying out flowers outside the club’s stadium.last_img read more

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Alphabet shareholder meeting draws protests over antitrust human rights

first_img Activists have arrived at @Google’s AGM as we go inside to tell execs and shareholders the real life #humanrights impacts of their decisions. #DropDragonfly pic.twitter.com/PZRMvTtpUX— SumOfUs (@SumOfUs) June 19, 2019 Comment The meeting was attended by several members of Alphabet leadership, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Google CFO Ruth Porat, and Google Senior Vice President of Global Affairs Kent Walker.During the question and answer portion of the meeting, one shareholder asked why Page wasn’t in attendance. “It’s a glaring omission,” he said. “I think that’s disgraceful.”Hennessy responded, “Unfortunately, Larry wasn’t able to be here” but noted Page has been at every board meeting. The stockholder pushed back, saying the annual meeting is the only opportunity for investors to address him.The meeting marked the official departure of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former Google Cloud chief Diane Greene from Alphabet’s board. In April, Alphabet said the two executives wouldn’t seek re-election. Another shareholder proposal on Wednesday asked for a nonexecutive employee to be appointed to Alphabet’s board. The request was one of the demands that organizers made during a walkout in November that saw 20,000 Googlers leave their offices around the world to protest how the company handled sexual harassment allegations directed at key executives. Though SumOfUs was mostly focused on human rights on Wednesday, Gupta said it was important to address all of the issues that protesters within Google have raised. “These are all linked,” Gupta said. “Unless we look at what the structural inequalities are, we’ll keep repeating them.”  Tags Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.  Stephen Shankland/CNET Over the past year, Google has weathered scandals over its work in China and its handling of sexual harassment allegations. And it’s endured protests from its own workers, who’ve grown disillusioned with company management.Those controversies were in full view Wednesday during parent company Alphabet’s annual shareholder meeting, which drew protesters calling for the company to break itself up and included proposals from shareholders seeking to address several issues. The meeting was held in Sunnyvale, California.One proposal asked Google to provide a report on sexual harassment. The report could include the total amount of money the company pays out for settlements, as well as the number of times people were fired or disciplined for violating sexual harassment policies, according to a proxy statement filed with the SEC. Another proposal condemned Dragonfly, a project reportedly aimed at the market in China, which Google retreated from in 2010. The project reportedly involves a censored search product for China. Shareholders asked the company to prepare a “human rights impact assessment” that would highlight possible negative outcomes of the project, including the risks of censorship, and the possible endangering of journalists and dissidents. The proposals, like every other shareholder proposal presented Wednesday, were eventually shot down. Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who hold a majority of the company’s vote, didn’t attend the meeting.Alphabet Board Chairman John Hennessy opened the meeting by reflecting on Google’s mission to provide information to the world. “Of course this comes with a deep and growing responsibility to ensure the technology we create benefits society as a whole,” he said. “We are committed to supporting our users, our employees and our shareholders by always acting responsibly, inclusively and fairly.”Alphabet’s annual meeting comes as Silicon Valley giants draw intense scrutiny for their outsize scale and power. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, has made it a key part of her platform to break up the big tech companies, including Google, Facebook and Amazon. Last month, Chris Hughes, a Facebook co-founder, also called for the breakup of the company he helped create.d9b2cjmxsae6vlnProtesters showed up at Google offices around the world on the day of parent company Alphabet’s annual shareholder meeting. SumOfUs On Wednesday, a UK-based human rights organization called SumOfUs teamed up with Students for a Free Tibet to propose a breakup of Google, as well as a stop to projects like Dragonfly. The groups also organized a protest outside of 12 Google offices around the world to coincide with the shareholder meeting, including in San Francisco, Stockholm and Mumbai.Sondhya Gupta, a campaign organizer at SumOfUS, said she wanted Google’s leadership to consider how their actions could hurt people around the world. “I want them to hear from the people that are most impacted really on the sharp end of technological advances that harm human rights,” Gupta said in an interview. “I want them to hear what the real life damage is of what they call ‘business decisions.'”   1 Share your voice Tech Industry Google Alphabet Inc.last_img read more

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You can now find out if Amazons Ring has partnered with your

first_img Comment 1 Share your voice The map shows a cluster of police partnerships in states including Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Texas. Security researcher Gandlur said it makes sense that the official number was higher than what he and others had been able to unearth.”New agencies have been joining the program at a steady pace, so I was initially very surprised at the low number that I could find,” he said. The map also reveals a rapid rise in how many police departments have partnered with Ring over the course of the law enforcement program. In June 2018, there were six partnerships. This August alone, 40 police departments joined Ring. “Once you start seeing how quickly this has been ramping up, that is really alarming,” said the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s senior investigative researcher, Dave Maass. “It is not our imagination that this has exploded recently.”Privacy advocates said Ring’s disclosure of its full number of partnerships is a positive step, but they remain concerned by the sharp rise in police partnerships. “What this map shows is deeply worrying,” said Fight for the Future Deputy Director Evan Greer. “Amazon’s privately owned surveillance dragnet is expanding incredibly quickly, with zero public discussion, oversight or accountability. Local elected officials should act immediately to review existing partnerships and prevent law enforcement agencies from entering into future ones without community discussion and oversight.”Originally published Aug. 28, 10:01 a.m. PT.Update, 10:18 a.m.: Adds quotes, along with details of Ring’s relationship with police. Ring convinced police to join its network through peer… Tags 12 smart doorbells to watch over your front stoop 13 Photos Rough estimates had previously appeared as privacy advocates manually searched for Ring police partnerships over the last few months. Groups like Fight For the Future and privacy researcher Shreyas Gandlur published their own maps, using open data available online. Those searches had discovered up to 250 police departments working with Ring, significantly fewer than the number disclosed Wednesday. Ring said the official map makes it easy for people to check whether police in their area are working with the company.”We will keep the map updated so users can search either by ZIP code, address or visually by zooming into a region or city,” Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff said in a statement. Ring, purchased by Amazon in 2018 for $839 million, makes video doorbells that let people view what’s happening on their front porch and record that footage. It launched the Neighbors app in May 2018, calling it a “digital neighborhood watch” tool, through which residents can upload clips on the social network, whether of potential thieves or animals wandering in front of the camera. The company started partnering with local police departments last year, offering them access to a Law Enforcement Portal that lets officers post alerts and request footage from residents through Neighbors. In emails with police, Ring told officers that details about the surveillance tools offered should be kept hidden from the public. Ring’s wide network of police partnerships raised concerns among privacy advocates because the doorbells gave law enforcement an impromptu surveillance network in residential neighborhoods. The partnerships also benefit Ring — police have been promoting Ring products and encouraging residents to purchase the video doorbells. In some towns, officials have used taxpayer money to provide Ring discounts for residents. In April, the city of Hammond, Indiana, said it was making nearly $19,000 of city funds available for such discounts, with Ring matching the amount. It is not our imagination that this has exploded recently. Dave Maass, Electronic Frontier Foundation Ring is partnered with 405 police departments and that number is rising, according to an official map it released Wednesday. Chris Monroe/CNET Ring has released an official map detailing every police department that’s partnered with it, showing how widely and rapidly it’s been cozying up to law enforcement. The map lets you see if your local police force is one of hundreds working with Amazon-owned video doorbell company.The Active Law Enforcement Map, released Wednesday, shows every police partnership with Ring in the US, along with details on when the departments joined. Ring released the map after extensive reporting from CNET, Motherboard and Gizmodo on its close ties to local police. At the time of this article’s publication, the map showed 405 police departments partnered with Ring, with the number possibly set to grow. When The Washington Post reported on the map four hours prior to its unveiling, the official count was 401. This is the first time Ring has disclosed how many police partnerships it has. It began courting law enforcement agencies early in 2018. Now playing: Watch this: 4:14 Smart Home Securitylast_img read more

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Telangana Jana Samithi plenary meet to be held on July 13

first_imgECIL: Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) Uppal Constituency in-charge Kotha Malla Reddy called upon the party activists to make party plenary meeting to be held on July 13 a grand success. He released the poster regarding the same at ECIL Cross Roads on Monday.Medchal spokesperson Maram Lakshma Reddy, president Meda Ravi, Badragama Anjaneyulu, Singarapu Satyanarayana, Jitender, Budige Mahender, Raju Mudhiraju, Baddam Venkat Reddy, A Ashok Reddy, Reddipalli Srinu and others were present.last_img

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Edmund Shing Forget Glencore woes and invest in Direct Line

first_img In this weeks Money Talks Edmund Shing explains why troubles looms for Volkswagen after the emissions scandal, what is going on at Glencore and why Direct Line Insurance is his UK stock of the week.What is going on at Glencore?China is definitely in the middle of a slowdown, theres no doubt about that. But to say that China is going to collapse is I think going too far. But when you look at Glencore the mining group, which actually recently received a lot more money from the senior directors, hundreds of millions of dollars, what weve seen is actually quite worrying because the share price has simply collapsed, suggesting that its going to go bust.We dont think its going to go bust because the leading shareholders are actually the CEO and the company directors. Having said that, as a retail investor you dont need to rush. You always want to play with the trend and the trend at the moment is not very obviously upwards.Does any stock market look good at the moment?I like the eurozone as a stock market. If you group France, Germany and all those together, there are ETFs [Exchange Traded Funds] you can buy in those countries. The European Central Bank is going to lend a lot more support in terms of liquidity to the financial markets over the next three months, so thats going to be a big boost.And after what happened in August the Eurozone stock market looks a lot cheaper and offers good dividend income as well.UK stock of the week?Direct Line Insurance has done very well since I last recommended it but still offers an outstanding income yield of 6.4%. As a brand theyre doing very well in the insurance market and the Harvey Keitel ads are selling well and pushing the brand forwards quite nicely.Edmund Shing is Global Head of Equity Derivative Strategy at BNP Paribas in London. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. Closelast_img read more

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Watch Dashcam Captures Moment F16 Pilot Ejects Before Jet Crashes

first_img Trillion dollar F-35 Joint Strike Fighter can’t even do dogfightsPilot forgets to check for wing cats before takeoff Stay on target A dashcam video captured the moment an F-16 pilot ejected before his plane crashed into a nearby building and the footage is frightening.The scary video, which was posted by James Dyer on YouTube, was recorded from the 215 Freeway in California when the driver was passing by the Van Buren Boulevard exit, KTLA 5 News reported. The video cuts out before the jet crashed into the warehouse-type building, however, it shows the pilot ejecting with a parachute and the aircraft speeding in the sky near the building and March Air Reserve Base.AdChoices广告According to officials, the accident occurred on May 16 around 3:30 p.m., which was right before the start of rush hour traffic. Thankfully, no one was killed during the incident and the aircraft did not explode on impact, however, it was armed with live ammunition for its NORAD alert mission, ABC News reported. A defense official told ABC News that the weapons on the jet were secured and will be disposed. Officials did not explain what might have caused the pilot’s plane to malfunction and miss its runway landing.Plane crash into building, pilot ejected and being medically evaluated. Please stay away from area and clear from emergency vehicles until directed otherwise. Updates to follow.— Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept (@RSO) May 16, 2019The pilot, who was engaging in a training mission for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, was hospitalized without serious injuries. California Fire officials said 12 people were inside the building in the 22200 block of Opportunity Way when the aircraft plummeted, and they were evacuated and treated for minor injuries and exposure caused by debris.More on Geek.com:Here’s What It’s Like to Fly Upside-Down in a Fighter JetWatch: Daredevil Pilot Lands Plane on Wooden PierWorld’s First Five-Seater Electric Air Taxi Completes Test Flightlast_img read more

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India has gender disparity in education healthcare

first_imgNearly 54 per cent young women in India are not in education, employment or any kind of training, which is 15 times higher compared to young women and men worldwide, suggesting fewer opportunities for the fairer sex to enter the workforce, finds a Lancet study. The findings showed that globally, the number of 15-24-year-olds not in education, employment or training is estimated to be around three times higher for young women (175 million) than young men (63 million). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBut, the prevalence in India is over 15 times higher in young women than in young men (nearly 54 per cent compared to 3.5 per cent). “Achieving gender equity in determinants of adolescent health and wellbeing will require action on many fronts, including employment and economic empowerment, better access to essential health care including contraception,” said Professor George Patton from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and University of Melbourne in Australia. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt also includes implementation of legislative frameworks to protect girls from early marriage, and changes in community norms, Patton said. The study, which tracked recent global changes to adolescent health in 195 countries, estimated that, compared with 1990, an additional 250 million adolescents in 2016 were living in countries where they faced a triple burden of infectious disease, non-communicable diseases including obesity, and injuries – including from violence. Besides the prevalence of anaemia was found to be over 50 per cent among young women in India.last_img read more

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first_img Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more August 3, 2009 – A new lung cancer detection device, the Lung Cell Evaluation Device (LuCED), uses an automated 3D cell imaging platform aimed at detection of pre-cancerous and cancerous cells in sputum. The technology was developed by researchers at VisionGate, Inc., in collaboration with scientists from the University of Washington. Michael Meyer, M.S., will present a study on LuCED on Tuesday, August, 4, 2009, at the 13th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC), organized by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) in San Francisco, Calif.In this study, the investigators assessed a large number of normal cells and cancer cells. LuCED automatically produces 3D cell volumetric data, allowing for the measurement of 3D cellular features that correlate with abnormal conditions. The cell measurements are then translated into an analytical score that reflects the patient’s cancer risk. LuCED, based on 3D cell analysis, produced near perfect discrimination between normal and cancer cell morphology. “Based on abnormal cell prevalence counts in sputum from patients with cancer, we estimate that the LuCED test demonstrates near-perfect specificity (no false positives) while maintaining sensitivity that exceeds 90 percent for patients with lung cancer cells in their sputum,” says Michael Meyer, M.S, lead author and vice president for image engineering at VisionGate. “This type of 3D analysis provides an unobstructed and unambiguous representation of normal and abnormal cell morphology, making the LuCED test an effective means to guide the physicians’ further diagnostic workup, including diagnostic CT or bronchoscopy.”For more information: www.spectrumscience.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more center_img Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more Related Content News | August 03, 2009 3D Cell Imaging Detects Early Stage Lung Cancer last_img read more

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Cuban Catholic bishops call for political reform

first_img Sponsored Stories “As has been happening with the economic aspect, we believe that in our Cuban reality, a renovation or updating of national legislation in the political order is essential,” reads the letter, titled “Hope Does Not Disappoint.”Jose Felix Perez, secretary of the Bishops’ Conference, said a copy was delivered to island officials and “it is hoped that the letter will be read with the same spirit with which it was written … constructively.”There was no immediate public reaction from the government, and authorities did not respond right away to a request for comment. Officials have repeatedly said that changing Cuba’s Communist political system is off the table.The Communist Party is the only one allowed in Cuba, though membership is not a requirement to hold political office. The government does not recognize any legal status of opposition groups, which it accuses of being financed from overseas and trying to undermine the revolution.It was the first pastoral letter from the Bishops’ Conference since 1993’s “Love Awaits All,” which stirred controversy at the time for its criticism of the government.The new document also applauded President Raul Castro’s reform program begun in 2010, which has included things such as increasing private small business activity, legalizing home and used car sales, decentralizing state businesses and ending a widely detested exit visa requirement that for decades made travel abroad difficult for many. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility But the bishops said much remains to be done.They highlighted as an example the low salaries of professional and government workers in key sectors such as health and education, something that Castro recently acknowledged is a problem that must be solved.The Church also called for dialogue between Cubans of differing opinions, and for Washington to end its 51-year-old economic and financial embargo on Cuba.“The geographic proximity and family ties between the two peoples are unavoidable realities that should be taken into account in order to encourage an inclusive policy, through respect for differences,” it said.Cuba has a relatively low percentage of practicing Catholics compared with elsewhere in Latin America _ less than 10 percent, next to 84 percent in Mexico. But the church has played an important role in recent years as one of the few independent institutional voices on the island and an interlocutor with Castro’s government.It was instrumental in negotiating a pact under which the last of 75 opposition activists jailed in a 2003 crackdown were freed from prison in 2010 and 2011.Last year, then-Pope Benedict XVI made a high-profile trip to the island and met with both Raul and Fidel Castro. Top Stories Comments   Share   HAVANA (AP) – Roman Catholic bishops in Cuba called for political reform in tandem with social and economic changes already under way, issuing their first joint pastoral letter in two decades that was presented to reporters Monday.The document from the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba urged authorities to bring about a political opening that includes “the right to diversity with respect to thought, to creativity and to the search for truth.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober He was following in the footsteps of his predecessor, John Paul II, who visited in 1998 and famously urged Cuba to open itself to the world, and the world to open itself to Cuba.___Andrea Rodriguez on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ARodriguezAP New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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