New UN estimates predict 25 billion increase in world population by 2050

“One of the surprises is that population growth is most concentrated in the 60 plus age group,” Hania Zlotnik, the Director of the UN Population Division, told a press briefing in New York held to launch the report.“The place where the action is is the older population,” she said. “The biggest change will occur in the developing world, and developing countries will have to cope with the situation” by investing in both education and care of the elderly.According to the 2006 Revision, the world population will likely increase by 2.5 billion over the next 43 years, passing from the current 6.7 billion to 9.2 billion in 2050. This increase is equivalent to the total size of the world population in 1950, and it will be absorbed mostly by the less developed regions, whose population is projected to rise from 5.4 billion in 2007 to 7.9 billion in 2050.In contrast, the population of the more developed regions is expected to remain largely unchanged at 1.2 billion, and would have declined were it not for the projected net migration from developing to developed countries, which is expected to average 2.3 million persons annually.As a result of declining fertility and increasing longevity, the populations of more and more countries are ageing rapidly. Between 2005 and 2050, half of the increase in the world population will be accounted for by a rise in the population aged 60 years or over, whereas the number of children (persons under age 15) will decline slightly. Furthermore, in the more developed regions, the population aged 60 or over is expected nearly to double (from 245 million in 2005 to 406 million in 2050), whereas that of persons under age 60 will likely decline (from 971 million in 2005 to 839 million in 2050).“The world population is ageing because of the great success in reducing population growth, the success of humanity in controlling its numbers,” Ms. Zlotnik observed.The projected population trends also depend on achieving a major increase in the proportion of AIDS patients who get anti-retroviral therapy to treat the disease and on the success of efforts to control the further spread of HIV.“We are expecting a relatively good coverage of anti-retroviral drugs in 31 of the most affected countries by 2015,” Ms. Zlotnik said. “According to our estimates, 70 per cent of the affected people are going to get treatment. Given that, we’re postponing the deaths by several years.” On average, those receiving treatment are expected to live 7.5 years longer than those who are not.According to the 2006 Revision, fertility in the less developed countries as a whole is expected to drop from 2.75 children per woman in 2005-2010 to 2.05 in 2045-2050. To achieve such reductions, it is essential that access to family planning expands in the poorest countries, the Population Division said, pointing out that without this, the world population could increase by twice as many people as those alive in 1950.Reacting to the findings, the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said they serve as a wake-up call to the urgency of giving couples the means to exercise their human right to freely determine the sizes of their families.“Currently, about 200 million women in these countries lack access to safe and effective contraceptive services,” said Thoraya Ahmed Obaid in a news release. “Funding for family planning must be increased to meet the needs of these women, not only to determine the world’s future, but also to prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce maternal and infant death.” 13 March 2007The world’s population is on track to surpass 9 billion persons by 2050, according to the newly released 2006 Revision of the official United Nations population estimates and projections, which also predict that the number of elderly persons will hit 1 billion. read more

Ban hails Latin American nuclear weaponfree zone on 45th anniversary

“The Treaty of Tlatelolco has earned international recognition as one of the most historic achievements in the history of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament efforts,” said Mr. Ban in a message delivered on his behalf in Mexico City by Sergio Duarte, the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.Latin America and the Caribbean was the first region in the world to establish a nuclear-weapon-free zone with the Treaty of Tlatelolco – named for an area within Mexico City – in 1967.Mr. Ban said the treaty also broke new ground by establishing the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL) as a regional nuclear verification agency with the unique mandate to verify compliance with the obligations of the pact.“Even more remarkably, it achieved all of this at the height of the Cold War, thereby challenging the notion that nuclear weapons were indispensable in maintaining security,” he said. “These great achievements were the result of unprecedented cooperation among States at the regional level, reinforced by support they received from the world community, in particular the United Nations.”Building on the success of Treaty of Tlatelolco, the UN has actively promoted the establishment of other such regional nuclear-weapon-free zones around the world, the Secretary-General noted.“It is my hope that today’s commemoration will inspire new efforts from both within and outside this region to achieve the greatest disarmament and non-proliferation goal of all, a nuclear-weapon-free world,” he added. 14 February 2012On the 45th anniversary of the treaty that created a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Latin America and the Caribbean, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the pact as an example of how regional initiatives can advance global norms on nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and the peaceful use of atomic energy. read more

Ebola death toll in southern Sudan reaches seven – UN health agency

Local authorities in Yambio County, which is in the Western Equatoria region of southern Sudan, confirmed that as of yesterday there have been seven deaths. They are also continuing measures to try to prevent the outbreak from spreading. Isolation wards have been set up, while a public awareness campaign about the disease, how it is transmitted and how to prevent it has been taking place in southern Sudan. Additional equipment to collect and safely transport samples has also been sent to the affected area. WHO has so far not recommended imposing any special restrictions on travel or trade within Western Equatoria. The Ebola virus was first identified in Sudan and what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 1976. It is a contagious disease and causes death in many cases.

HIV and hunger spell death spiral for southern Africa UN relief official

“The number of trained health practitioners, teachers and other professionals that are succumbing to HIV/AIDS is causing a truly extraordinary human resources vacuum in societies across the region,” James T. Morris, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa, said at a press conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.”It’s a tragedy of unrivalled proportions that is destroying the ability of countries to effectively deal with the pandemic and food insecurity,” he added.During his seven-day mission to the region, Mr. Morris visited Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Namibia to review how the UN and the international community could strengthen their assistance to the region’s most vulnerable people in battling the combined effects of food insecurity, HIV/AIDS and the drain on human resources which the pandemic causes.In all countries, factors such as already weakened infrastructure and services have also been exacerbated by increasing poverty, growing wealth disparity and women’s lack of access to seeds, land, fertilizer and other productive resources.Southern Africa has the highest rates of HIV infection in the world. There are already 11 million orphans in sub-Saharan Africa and the number is expected to reach more than 20 million by the end of the decade, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which Mr. Morris heads.”There are many factors at play here but the end result is that people are dying on a horrific scale and its victims are not getting the help they need,” he warned.Drawing an analogy, he pointed out that the loss of life was equivalent to dozens of airline accidents daily. “If a 747 aircraft crashed every hour, there’d be an international outcry,” he said. “That’s the death toll we’re facing but there is inadequate collective outrage.”The UN Consolidated Appeal for southern Africa remains seriously underfunded, with only $327 million, or 53 per cent, in confirmed donations received out of a requested $615 million. Funds for non-food items, such as medicines, healthcare, education, water and sanitation supplies, are desperately needed, with only 16 per cent of resources for these items having been raised. read more

Enbridge cutting 1000 jobs after completing takeover of Spectra Energy

CALGARY – Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) says it is cutting about 1,000 jobs or six per cent of its workforce following the takeover of Houston-based Spectra Energy.Calgary-based Enbridge says it is laying off people to address overlaps in the combined company’s organizational structure after completing its acquisition of Spectra in late last month.Company spokesman Todd Nogier did not provide details about where the cuts are happening, but says they’re being done across the merged company.He says the workforce reductions are one part of the synergies the company expects to achieve in the coming months. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 22, 2017 9:54 am MDT Enbridge cutting 1,000 jobs after completing takeover of Spectra Energy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

Falcons Rise Up to 60 Start Only Unbeaten Team

Falcons owner Arthur Blank high-fives cornerback Asante Samuel on the way to franchise best 6-0 start.The Atlanta Falcons have risen up to a franchise best 6-0 start after Sunday’s 23-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders, leaving them as the only undefeated team in the NFL.Quarterback Matt Ryan has been the key to this power surge by the Falcons.  Over the first six weeks Ryan has thrown for 1,756 yards, 14 touchdowns with six interceptions.Not only has the offense been stellar, which was expected with so many weapons, but the defense has made big plays to keep the team undefeated. Cornerback Asante Samuel came up with a huge interception late in the fourth quarter and returned it for a touchdown. And defensive lineman John Abraham forced a fumble on a sack of Carson Palmer and provided pressure much of the day.Even though the Falcons’ record is flawless, head coach Mike Smith knows this is no time to get complacent.“They’ll watch the tape and they’ll realize that we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Smith said. “I can assure you that. They don’t need to have myself or any of the coaches in there watching it. They’re off during the bye week, but they will be in there watching tape. That’s the way we do things. That’s a great locker room and they realize that we haven’t played the best football that we’re capable of playing.”Indeed, they have needed late fourth quarter drives to beat the Panthers, Redskins and Raiders. But the fact is, Ryan accomplished the goal.“We need to strive to play our best,” Ryan said. “I don’t think we’ve done that the last couple weeks. It’s going to be critical for us to use this week to find ways to improve.”“I think we can improve so much,” cornerback Dunta Robinson said. “We’re not where we want to be as a defense. We want to be perfect.”The bye week allows linebacker Stephen Nicholas to get healthy after aggravating an ankle injury. The Falcons may also get back defensive tackle Corey Peters, who has been on the physically unable to perform list.  That will help a defense that allowed 149 rushing yards on Sunday.With the Falcons being the only undefeated team left in the NFL they know the challenges will be significant.“The thing now is we know we’re going to get everyone’s best shot,” Robinson said. “We’ve got to take our game to another level.”After the off week, the Falcons go to Philadelphia to take on old friend Michael Vick and the Eagles. read more

Brazil warms up for Denmark

brazilbrazil handballWCh 2015 Denmark ← Previous Story DAS IST UWE: Gensheimer amazing shot in SloMO… Next Story → VELUX EHF CL Round 2: Veszprem to host Flensburg – Balkan Clasico in Celje Morten Soubak has designated 19 athletes for a training phase that will take place in Spain between the 4th and 12th of October. Captain Fabiana Diniz and IHF World Player of the Year Eduarda Amorim will be back in the squad after recovering from their respective injuries. The defending World champions, Brazil, will take part in a training phase together with the Euro 2014 bronze medalists in the Spanish island of Fuerteventura in the archipelago of the Canary Islands. “We have made an agreement with Sweden and we’ll share training sessions, just like we did with Norway earlier this year in Brazil. This will be a very good way to train and evaluate our players, as the Scandinavians are one of the best teams in the World”, explained Soubak in the Brazilian Confederation website.The captain and pivot Fabiana ‘Dara’ Diniz will be back in the National team after having missed the last Pan American Games in Toronto due to a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) on her left leg. Hers will not be the only comeback as left­back Eduarda ‘Duda’ Amorim will also join the team after a long recovery from a torn ACL on her left knee.Two ‘new’ faces will join the squad this time: Bruna Almeida de Paula and Tainara Luna Gonçalves. “Both of them were first called in August to participate on the training phase where only athletes who play in Brazil took part. They did really good and we’ve been following their performances in their clubs as well, so we’ll give them a new chance”, stressed Soubak. According to the Danish coach, this will be the last evaluation before the definitive list for the World Championship in December; the players on that list will take part of a Four Nations tournament in Brazil in late November, which will be the final test before they head off to Denmark.This is the list for the training phase in Spain: Goalkeepers: Bárbara Arenhart (Nykobing F. Handboldklub ­ DEN), Mayssa Pessoa (CSM Bucureşti ­ ROU), Jéssica Oliveira (UNC/Concórdia ­ BRA). Wings: Alexandra Nascimento (Baia Mare ­ ROU), Célia Coppi (Metodista/São Bernardo ­ BRA), Fernanda França (CSM Bucureşti ­ ROU), Jéssica Quintino (MKS Selgros Lublin ­ POL), Larissa Araújo (UNC/Concórdia ­ BRA), Samira Rocha (OGC Nice ­ FRA). Backs: Amanda Andrade (UNC/Concórdia ­ BRA), Bruna Almeida de Paula (São José ­ BRA), Deonise Fachinello (CSM Bucureşti ­ ROU), Eduarda Amorim (Györ Audi ETO ­ HUN), Tainara Luna Gonçalves (Metodista/São Bernardo ­ BRA), Ana Paula Rodrigues (CSM Bucureşti ­ ROU), Francielle Gomes da Rocha (Fumguaru/Guarulhos ­ BRA). Line players: Daniela Piedade (Siófok KC ­ HUN), Fabiana Diniz (BBM Bietigheim ­ GER), Tamires Morena (Mosonmagyaróvári ­ HUN). Source: CBHb website.TEXT: LAURA AGENA read more

Kindle Fire will launch with Hulu Plus support

first_imgWe have known that the Kindle Fire would launch with a better app selection than the Nook Tablet. What we didn’t know was that all of the Nook’s advantages on the software front would be matched by Amazon’s tablet. The last piece of that puzzle comes with today’s confirmation that the Fire will support Hulu Plus.Amazon hadn’t mentioned anything about either Netflix or Hulu Plus before this week, so it was speculated that they might not support the third-party streaming services. They both rival Amazon Prime streaming, which Amazon is counting on selling to help subsidize the tablet.However, after the Nook Tablet was announced this week with integrated Netflix and Hulu support, Amazon apparently decided that the capabilities were worth touting. The company said earlier this week that Netflix would play on the Kindle Fire, and now we have today’s Hulu news.In addition to the streaming services, Amazon also said that their tablet will be supporting Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, Facebook, and the Weather Channel. They also said that the Fire will play nicely with games from Zynga, Popcap, E.A., and console-cloner Gameloft.As the above titles are all Amazon AppStore standards, none are particularly surprising to see on the Kindle Fire. The tablet will use their app marketplace–which has been available on Android phones and tablets since March–in place of the Android Market.As with Netflix, we could see a delicate balancing act with Amazon’s attitude towards Hulu Plus. It benefits the company to tout their support for the apps when customers are deciding between the Fire and the Nook Tablet. But then it starts to hurt them if customers who have already purchased the Fire are passing on Amazon Prime subscriptions in favor of Netflix and Hulu. Amazon is banking on Prime’s prominent position in the tablet’s UI to help with this.The Kindle Fire is available for pre-order on Amazon, and will also be available in a variety of brick and mortar stores, such as Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and Staples. Its official release date is next Tuesday, November 15.via Paid Content, AllThingsDlast_img read more

SpiceJet GoAir IndiGo Slash Fares by 75 Percent Will Other Carriers Follow

first_imgSpiceJet on Monday triggered a fare war by slashing its fares by a massive 75 percent, a move which soon forced its rivals GoAir and IndiGo to bring down their prices as well.The cut-to-the-bone fares for the 1 April to 30 June period has left passengers excited, as the spiced up fare war in Indian skies will only make their summer vacations cheaper and more thrilling.This is the third time in last one month that the Kalanithi Maran-run carrier cut prices, forcing a deep plunge in the prices of air tickets of all the carriers. However, unlike the earlier offers, the current slash is for tickets for travel in April- June period, which is a peak season often marked by school and college breaks.Even as Air India and Jet Airways are pondering over the pressing need to ape the move, it is only a question of when they would respond to SpiceJet’s Summer ace.Booking under the so called super summer sale offer will remain open until Wednesday midnight, Spice Jet said in a release.”Super summer sale offers up to 75 percent off base fare plus fuel surcharge relative to last minute fares, for travel between 1 April and 30 June, 2014,” the airline said.This offer comes after the overwhelming success of the earlier two similar schemes and aims at making those seats available to passengers at highly discounted advance purchase rates which would otherwise go empty, it said.In mid-January, SpiceJet had triggered similar fare war after offering up to 50 percent discounts and subsequently 30 percent discounts on tickets, which was soon followed by other carriers.”We received overwhelming positive feedback from customers who booked the earlier ‘Super Sales’ for taking the lead in making air travel more affordable not only for frequent travelers, but also for those who intend to take journey from other modes,’ SpiceJet’s COO Sanjiv Kapoor said.last_img read more

400 Tax Officials Raid Chettinad Group Premises in Three States

first_imgIncome tax officials on Wednesday raided the offices of the ₹10,000-crore Chettinad Group of Companies in three states, after its chairman Emeritus MAM Ramaswamy accused that one of the companies had evaded tax to a significant extent.The IT officials conducted raids in 33 locations of the group in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Mumbai.On Tuesday, Ramaswamy said that Chettinad Cements had evaded tax to the state government for the past several years. Chettinad Cements is currently run by MAMR Muthiah (original name was Ayyappan), whom Ramaswamy had adopted in 1996 but disowned on 9 June, 2015.”He has not paid sales tax. This is public money. The amount is more than ₹252 crore,” said Ramaswamy, according to The Hindu.The income tax department has deputed 400 officials to conduct raids on offices and houses of Ramaswamy and the group’s managing director Muthiah.”We got information that they have been evading tax for the last six years. We have been watching this for last six months now,” said an Income Tax Official, requesting anonymity.The 84-year-old industrialist and former Rajya Sabha MP’s announcement about disowning adopted son Muthiah gave another twist to the family drama that began after Ramaswamy failed to get elected as the Director of Chettinad Cements last year.”I have disowned him and do not wish to call him my son,” Ramaswamy told The Times of India.Ramaswamy also said that after he passes away, his assets would go to two-newly established charitable trusts.”As a substantial part of my properties is now with Ayyappan, I decided that every bit of what is left with me should go to charity,” he told Livemint.While Ramaswamy has 22 percent stake in the business conglomerate, Muthiah and his wife Geetha hold 70 percent in the group, which has diverse presence across various sectors such as cement, education, construction, power, trading, transportation, steel fabrication and coal terminal.The group also operates in other countries such as Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.”He is a frustrated man because he has lost of control of companies. That is the reason for him to disown me,” said Muthiah.last_img read more

Exclusive How a Punebased startup is reimagining eBikes to challenge conventional bikes

first_imgIf you’ve been watching the auto trends lately, electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining traction. While the environmental benefits of owning an electric vehicle trump all major reasons, a Pune-based startup has taken the initiative to push eBikes into the mainstream.Polarity Smart Bikes is working towards faster adoption of EVs in India and its steadfast approach is commendable. The startup’s first electric-powered two-wheeled vehicle is set to hit the roads end of this year following a brand launch in July. Although it seems like an uphill battle for this self-funded start-up, it is determined to make eBikes popular, favourable and practical in India.We sat down with Polarity’s co-founder Anand Mohan for a quick chat about his startup, which currently employs a core group of four qualified professionals and a team of 30 members on contract. Before we get down to the Q&As, here are some key highlights of Polarity’s Smart Bikes:Lower carbon footprintRunning costs less than Rs 15 per 100kmNo emissionsRefuel anywhereBackup pedaling function1.3KW hub motors45-55 kg weightIBT: What is going to be the key factor in Polarity eBikes that will convince conventional scooter/bike owners to make the switch?Anand Mohan: Desirability and owning a Personal Mobility Vehicle (PMV). We are targeting a new segment of customers who usually only ride solo, without a pillion rider. Ours is the first such vehicle made in India to be road legal and come with a single seat. The idea was to keep the weight off the bike as low as possible so that it is more efficient than other vehicles in the market. Our bikes weigh less than 60kg and will cost less than Rs 15 per 100km. Polarity Smart Bikes to hit the roads end of this yearPolarityWhile running costs are definitely a USP, the design also is. It’s unique in its shape and concept and will definitely stand out among the sea of scooters and motorcycles. Another convincing factor is pedal assistance. While the performance of our bikes is at par with other electric scooters and motorcycles, the advantage we have is pedal assistance. We used the form of a bicycle to rid riders from range anxiety. Range anxiety is one of the main reasons that is hindering faster adoption of electric vehicles. We want to solve that by providing versatile products.IBT: The EVs are not as popular as conventional bikes, one of many reasons is the design and performance. How will Polarity address that?Mohan: Sachin Jadhav, the Managing Director of the company, has done his masters in automotive design from Coventry University. It’s one of the top automotive design universities in the world. Following his studies, he has worked at several design firms in the UK providing design solutions for companies like JLR and Rolls Royce. The Smart Bikes designed by Polarity feature mature design language and international sensibilities. The unique design was an effort to create a new segment of Personal Mobility Vehicles (PMV) while the bicycle form gives a sense of connection to one’s childhood. In terms of performance, the top spec bikes have a top speed of 100kmph, the adjustable suspension offers comfortable on-road and off-road riding and light weight makes the batteries and motors more efficient. Anand Mohan (L), co-founder of Polarity alongside Sachin Jadhav, Managing Director of PolarityPolarityIBT: What makes Polarity different from other EV manufacturers and who is the biggest competitor in this field?Mohan: Polarity’s Smart Bikes have the back up of pedal assistance. If the battery is completely discharged, one can pedal back home instead of getting stranded in the middle of the road. It also saves valuable time that would otherwise be spent at the charging station. It’s also a first such road legal vehicle that you will be able to park inside your house. It is light and compact enough to fit into a service elevator. You can park the bikes inside the house and use them as exercise tools. There is no direct competitor based on the style and convenience our bikes provide. However, all two-wheelers priced from Rs 35,000 to Rs 1.2 lakh will compete indirectly with our bikes.IBT: How far are we from witnessing real performance ebikes in India? Mohan: Performance E-Bikes are a market demand. India saw a surge in luxury motorcycling with the sale of adventure motorcycles. Before that, premium motorcycles commanded a very small market. Indians are aware that our terrain is harsh and even the roads aren’t predictably smooth. An adventure bike offers that safety net and confidence to go where you want to. Keeping that as one of our key considerations, we gave our bikes adjustable suspension to allow the versatility of riding on-road and off-road. While they can go up to speeds of 100kmph, they can also go anywhere. We plan to launch our brand in July along with commencing pre-order bookings on our website. Product deliveries will commence from the end of the year. Polarity Smart Bikes to hit the roads end of this yearPolarityIBT: How do you plan to bring the vehicle cost of e-bikes down?Mohan: One of the advantages of our bikes is the minimalist design approach. The form of a bicycle and the performance of a motorcycle has its benefits. Keeping the weight of the bike to less than 60kg meant the lesser quantity of material being used in each bike. The lighter weight of the bike also ensures a relatively smaller battery and motor offering similar levels of performance. E-Bikes also get subsidy under the FAME II scheme, have 20 percent lower insurance premium and the government is also planning to introduce a lower GST slab for electric vehicles (5% from the present 12%). The issue of electric vehicles not being competitively priced are going to be addressed in the very near future. Electric vehicles become new trend in AP to fight pollution Closelast_img read more

Beautiful girls needed male only Sexist job ads common at China tech

first_imgA job seeker looks at a job advertisement board at a Beijing talent service centre.ReutersDespite the unprecedented growth in China, the world’s second-largest economy is still facing the heat for its widespread gender discrimination practices.The report published by Human Rights Watch and titled “Only Men Need Apply” says that discrimination in hiring by Chinese government authorities and private companies is contributing to a widening gender gap in the country.”Nearly one in five job ads for China’s 2018 national civil service called for ‘men only’ or ‘men preferred,’ while major companies like Alibaba have published recruitment ads promising applicants ‘beautiful girls’ as co-workers,” said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch.The 99-page report analyzed over 36,000 job advertisements posted between 2013 and 2018 on Chinese recruitment and company websites and on social media platforms.Some job posts require women to have certain physical attributes – with respect to height, weight, voice, or facial appearance – that are irrelevant to job duties. Others use the physical attributes of companies’ current female employees to attract male applicants.Private Chinese companies, including some technology giants, have used gender-specific ads.For instance, search engine giant Baidu advertised a job in March 2017 for content reviewers stipulating that applicants must be “men,” and have “strong ability to work under pressure, able to work on weekends, holidays and night shifts.”E-commerce conglomerate Alibaba in a January 2018 job ad stated “men preferred” for two “restaurant operations support specialist” positions.Some job ads use the physical attributes of women – often the company’s current employees – to attract male applicants. In recent years, Alibaba has repeatedly published recruitment ads boasting that there are “beautiful girls” or “goddesses” working for the company.Although Chinese laws ban gender discrimination in hiring and gender discriminatory content in advertising, the laws lack a clear definition of what constitutes gender discrimination, and provide few effective enforcement mechanisms.As a result, the level of enforcement is low and Chinese authorities rarely proactively investigate companies that repeatedly violate relevant laws.last_img read more

5 Ways Extra Arts Education Benefits Houston Students

first_img 00:00 /00:57 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Fewer disciplinary infractions: Researchers found that by giving students more experiences with the arts, the proportion of students who received disciplinary infractions dropped by 3.6 percentage points. They found the reduction was “more pronounced” with students who were in middle school, male, African-American and from homes with higher poverty.Better writing scores: Students in the arts program posted slightly better scores on writing tests and essays.More compassion: Researchers surveyed students, asking them if they agree with statements like, “I want to help people who get treated badly” or “I am not really interested in how other people feel.” They found students with extra arts education showed more compassion.More school engagement: Elementary students, who made up 86 percent of those in the study, indicated they were more interested and engaged in school. They agreed with statements like: “School work makes me think about things in new ways” and “School work is very enjoyable.”More college aspirations: Elementary school students in the arts program were more likely to say they planned to go to college.“Anecdotally, educators — and especially arts advocates and arts educators — they’re not surprised at all. In fact, a common reaction from them to the study’s results are, ‘Duh! We know this, but it’s nice to have some evidence,’” said Kisida.He added that he believes the message to policymakers is that they don’t have to make trade-offs in areas like math and reading when supporting arts education.“It appears you can have these types of interventions, you can reap some of those rewards, without some of the cuts in other areas that you might be concerned about,” Kisida said.center_img Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaIn 2016, teaching artist Brandy Reichenberger with Main Street Theater led third grade students at Atherton Elementary in theater skits and games to reinforce science lessons about light movement.In 2015, thousands more Houston students started to experience music, dance, theater and other fine arts at school, thanks to a partnership between the Houston Independent School District and the nonprofit Arts Access Initiative.Arts advocates and educators wanted to fill a gap. The year before, a survey of Houston middle and elementary schools revealed that about a third didn’t have a full-time art teacher. Many districts around the country have seen arts programs cut because of budget restraints and a greater focus on standardized testing. Douglas Torres-Edwards, who was then with the Houston school district, also wanted to integrate the arts into core academic subjects, like science and math. Fast forward to now and new research indicates that extra arts education can boost students’ academics — and help them in other ways.Daniel Bowen, an assistant professor at Texas A&M University, and Brian Kisida, assistant professor at the University of Missouri, examined data and survey results from schools that participated in the Arts Access Initiative and from schools on an arts waiting list. They collected data through the Houston Education Research Consortium at Rice University.Their main takeaway: “Arts learning experiences benefit students in terms of social, emotional and academic outcomes.”Below are five specific ways they found extra arts education helps Houston students. Listen Sharelast_img read more

Turners Bleacher Report Sets BR Kicks SneakerFest Event in NYC

first_imgRecent financial struggles among digital-media companies — including the abrupt shutdown of Defy Media and the collapse and sale of Mic — have highlighted a key lesson for the sector: the need to find reliable, diversified revenue streams.To that point, Turner’s Bleacher Report says it’s raking in some big dough with a new event for its B/R Kicks sneaker-culture content brand: The Drop Up, set for Friday, Dec. 7, in New York City. It’s billed as a day-long festival and evening party for sneakerheads.Bleacher Report created B/R Kicks about two years ago, featuring exclusive sneaker news, drops and athlete-brand collaborations. On Instagram, B/R Kicks now has 950,000 followers, including influencers like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Justin Timberlake, Devin Booker and Dwyane Wade. According to Bleacher Report, the B/R Kicks brand will make more money from the Drop Up event than it has in its entire existence (but declined to provide dollar figures). “We’ve built the brand for this very moment,” said Bleacher Report chief marketing officer Howard Mittman.The Drop Up main event will run from 1-9:30 p.m., with free tickets to fans available on a first-come-first-serve basis to those who have downloaded the B/R app, followed by an invite-only after party from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. featuring rapper-model Sheck Wes. The event will be held at a gallery in Chelsea (at 525 West 24th St.).Bleacher Report’s sponsors for the event include Levi’s and Adidas, which will showcase its new N3XT L3V3L sneaker. The Drop Up will feature special sneaker customization lab featuring designer Mache and one-on-one master classes by sneaker designer UBIQLAB. It also will also include art exhibits featuring the top 10 basketball shoes of all time as selected by the B/R Kicks editorial team; GOAT sneaker selfie photo opportunities; and exclusive B/R Kicks customizable products for sale.And Twitter is teaming with Bleacher Report to build wall display for the hashtag #NBATwitter showing the most-discussed sneakers on the platform throughout the year.BR expects some 1,000 visitors over the course of the day, with another 300 for the after-party.In addition, B/R Kicks is launching two new original series in conjunction with the Drop Up: “The Pre Heat” and “Sneaker Shock.” It also will program social stories to share Drop Up moments with fans outside of New York.Turner, which is part of AT&T’s WarnerMedia, bought Bleacher Report in 2012 for around $175 million. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

A video game from 2010 spoiled the ending of The Force Awakens

first_imgThe Force Unleashed video game series has been all but forgotten by Star Wars fans these days. However, the second installment in the franchise has come back into the spotlight this week thanks to folks who noticed that it actually predicted how Star Wars: The Force Awakens ends.This post is obviously very spoilery, so I’m going to toss in a picture of BB-8 rolling around the desert of Jakku to help those who (somehow) haven’t seen the movie avoid having a crucial part ruined. For those who have seen the movie, continue reading below to see something that’s actually pretty cool, and a little eerie.As you already know, Han Solo dies at the hands of his son, Kylo Ren, who stabs Solo through the chest with his red lightsaber. It’s a pivotal and emotional moment in the movie’s climax that will stick with folks for years to come.Interestingly enough, Han Solo was also killed almost in the exact same manner in The Force Unleashed II‘s DLC, “Battle for Endor.” Check this out:Pretty eerie, right?This DLC is a “What if?” type of story where the game’s protagonist, Starkiller, comes to Endor and alters key moments from Return of the Jedi. He goes about killing everyone in his path, which in this case, involves Han Solo and even our old pal, Chewbacca. Starkiller even goes lightsaber to lightsaber in a battle against Princess Leiah. Whether or not this game also predicted that General Organa will pick up a lightsaber in a future film is yet to be determined.As we’ve written before, the Star Wars expanded universe may have been erased, but it still casts a large shadow over the new film. The Force Unleashed II may not have directly influenced how The Force Awakens ends, but this is still a fun coincidence regardless.last_img read more

Nagerbazar blast CID officers take statements of injured victims

first_imgKolkata: Officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) took the statement of fruit seller Ajit Halder, who was injured in the blast at Nagerbazar.Sources said that the CID officers went to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital on Friday and took statements of the people who were injured in the blast.The investigating officers had attempted to record the statement of Halder earlier, but it became impossible due to his health condition. So the CID officers went to the spot on Friday again and recorded his statement. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that a blast at Nagerbazar had killed an eight-year-old boy on Tuesday. Initially, the Barrackpore Commissionerate had initiated a probe in this connection. Later, the case was handed over to CID. The blast was suspected to have taken place due to a socket bomb.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said in a Press conference that the probe has been handed over to CID. The investigating agency is probing the incident and they will unearth the truth. She further said that the people involved will be arrested and law will take its course. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe incident led to panic among local people and shops in the area remained closed for the past two days. However, normalcy is gradually getting restored at Nagerbazar as some of the shops in the area were found open on Friday.Trinamool Congress MP Sougata Roy visited the spot on Friday. He said: “CID is probing the incident and they will find out the facts behind it. We are always with the local people. I would like to assure that there is nothing more to panic about.”He was accompanied by chairman of South Dum Dum Municipality Panchu Roy. He claimed that the bombs were kept there targetting them.last_img read more

VIDEO Scorching hot Steph Curry knocks down 23 of 25 threes in

first_img Advertisement Steph Curry is wrapping up his SC30Select high school all-star camp today, and at halftime of the final camp game he scorched the nets with an unconscious shooting displayIn a three-point competition set up, Curry knocked down 23 of 25 threes off the off racks, and got the campers worked into a frenzy by the end of his round. He knocked down 16 in a row at one point.Love him or hate him, watching Steph Curry shoot a basketball is damn near perfection.Racks, on racks, on racks. @stephencurry30 goes 23/25 during the #SC30Select Showcase Game halftime show presented by @Chase.— Under Armour Hoops (@UAbasketball) August 9, 2017last_img

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first_img News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more Related Content 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more December 10, 2008 – ICON today said its medical imaging division launched a new cardiac echocardiography analysis software solution, MIRA-ECHO, which enables echo images to be viewed, measured and interpreted in clinical trials and is the latest addition to ICON Medical Imaging’s proprietary MIRA (Medical Imaging Review and Analysis) platform. ECHO is a widely used clinical method for assessment of heart structure and function. It is playing an increasingly important role in clinical trials as both a marker of cardiac safety and as a measurement of the therapeutic effects of drugs and devices being evaluated in patients with heart failure. Currently available software is limited by the inability of the interpreting physician to fine-tune tracings of measurements of the borders of the heart wall against the full motion image of the heart. This fine-tuning can optimize the accuracy of an important marker of heart performance – the left ventricular ejection fraction. MIRA-ECHO is a digital DICOM image viewer and analysis software module that is integrated with an eCRF (electronic case report form). It displays links from the traced images back to the measured moving heart image, and also to the numerical measurements captured in the eCRF. Functionality embedded within the eCRF allows a physician to adjust preliminary measurements, while maintaining compliance with 21 CFR Part 11 regulations. MIRA-ECHO also enables measurement and assessment of the full complement of echo parameters. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | December 09, 2008 ICON Medical Imaging Launches New Cardiac Echocardiography Analysis Software last_img read more

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney Takes Top Honours at 2010

first_imgThe Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney has taken out top honours at the 2010 Australian Hotels Association (NSW) Awards for Excellence held last night at the Hilton Hotel.The Spa was named the winner in the category of Health Club and Spa Facilities of the Year, ahead of four other prestigious Sydney hotel spas.Four Seasons Hotel Sydney Spa Manager Lucy Kennington said: “This award is testament to our highly skilled spa therapists who consistently deliver the most memorable treatments, so it’s wonderful to be recognised in front of our industry colleagues with this prestigious award.”The Spa at Four Seasons offers an intimate, enchanting escape. The menu of treatments uses a range of Sodashi and Elemis products which help foster the wellness that comes from within. Expert therapists combine techniques from Australia and around the world to provide the ualtimate in pampering and rejuvenation, in an atmosphere of comfort and discretion.Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is conveniently located in The Rocks at 199 George Street, Sydney. Source = Four Seasons Hotel Sydney <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

AccorHotels acquires Fairmont Raffles and Swissôtel

first_imgFollowing the approval of shareholders at the General Shareholders Meeting on July 12, 2016, AccorHotels Group officially announces the acquisition of FRHI Hotels & Resorts (FRHI) and its three prestigious luxury hotel brands: Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel.This addition of three remarkable brands instantly positions AccorHotels as a leading player in the global luxury hotel market, increases long term growth potential and profitability, and significantly expands the company’s footprint in North America, the world’s largest and most influential consumer market.“Today is a great day for our Group. The acquisition of these three emblematic luxury hotel brands is a historical milestone for AccorHotels. It will open up amazing growth prospects, lift our international presence to unprecedented heights, and build value over the long term,” says Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AccorHotels.Joining AccorHotels’ global network is a portfolio of globally admired brands, which includes management of many of the world’s most iconic and historic hotels located in key strategic cities around the world, including: The Savoy in London, Raffles Singapore, Fairmont San Francisco, New York’s The Plaza, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, and Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris.Combining FRHI’s proven track record and deep expertise in operating and marketing luxury hotels, with AccorHotels robust global operating platform, extensive loyalty base and industry leading digital capabilities, means the Group is uniquely positioned to deliver the most profitable returns and best growth potential across all market segments.“We remain committed to providing guests with unparalleled service, while also keeping the ambition to deliver exceptional return on investment for our shareholders and hotel owners,” added Bazin.“By leveraging the operational synergies between FRHI and AccorHotels, we are well-positioned to accelerate the growth of our luxury brands and offer guests even more exciting hotel choices and destinations to explore.”Chris Cahill appointed as the Group’s CEO Luxury BrandsIn support of the acquisition, and as part of AccorHotels’ larger strategy to strengthen its luxury and upscale business, the company has appointed Chris Cahill as the Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Luxury Brands.In this newly created role, Chris, who will also become a member of AccorHotels’ Executive Committee, will lead the FRHI integration process and be responsible for the strategy and global operations of AccorHotels Luxury Brands. This new structure will include Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel Legend, So Sofitel, Sofitel, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman and Swissôtel.Chris is an experienced hotelier who has led several successful integrations, is familiar with multi-brand management and brings an extensive background in luxury operations, sales and marketing. With more than 30 years of hospitality industry experience, including 19 years working with FRHI and its predecessor companies, Chris is ideally positioned to lead the integration of the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel brands into the AccorHotels portfolio, and will ensure AccorHotels’ luxury brands grow and prosper. He most recently served as Executive Vice President Global Operations at Las Vegas Sands Corp.Closing DetailsFollowing the approval of shareholders at the General Shareholders Meeting on July 12, 2016, the transaction with Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) of Saudi Arabia provided $840 million (€768 million) cash payment and the issuance of 46.7 million AccorHotels shares in consideration for the contributed FRHI shares. The transaction gives QIA and KHC respective stakes of 10.4% and 5.8% in Accor’s share capital. Ali Bouzarif and Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo from QIA and Sarmad Zok from KHC will now join AccorHotels’ Board of Directors.AccorHotels plans to generate approximately €65 million in revenue and cost synergies thanks to the combination of brands, the maximization of hotel earnings, the increased efficiency of marketing, sales and distribution channel initiatives, and the optimization of support costs. Significant enhancements will also be made in terms of customer data, thanks to the integration of FRHI’s customer base that includes three million loyalty members, of which 75 percent are in North America.The vast majority of Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel’s 154 hotels and resorts (of which 40 are under development) and 56,000 rooms spanning 34 countries and five continents are operated under long-term management contracts, with an average term of nearly 30 years; six hotels are leased and one hotel is owned. The Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel brands employ more than 45,000 colleagues worldwide. AccorHotelsSource = AccorHotelslast_img read more