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Golden Globe Winner Amazon Goes Gung Ho For Original Movies

first_imgadriana lee 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Hot off its Golden Globe streak, Amazon has gone gung-ho on the moviemaking biz. The company’s Amazon Studios division announced plans to bring as many as a dozen new films to both big and little screens. Production is slated to begin this year.Amazon Original Movies will land on cinema screens, as well as online through the company’s own Prime Instant Video streaming service. The releases won’t be simultaneous, but Amazon plans to make the films available online in as little four to eight weeks after hitting theaters. Typically, movies can take a year or more to migrate to streaming services. Streaming services have bet big on original programming over the past few years, with a move that seemed like quite a gamble until recently. But the hype over hits like Netflix’s House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black has set something of an example for the rest of the industry to follow. Now the spotlight has shifted to Amazon. The company won two Golden Globes for its Transparent serial this month—one of them for Best Comedy Series, beating out Netflix, HBO, and all of the major cable and broadcast networks. “We look forward to expanding our production efforts into feature films,” said Roy Price, vice president of Amazon Studios, in a press statement. He disclosed plans to release 12 movies per year, with production starting later in 2015. Photo by palindrome6996 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Amazon#Amazon Studios#movies#Roy Price center_img Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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MIT Pledges to Improve Conditions for Minority Faculty Members

first_imgInstitutional racism is the reason why there are so few minority faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). You won’t find such a blunt statement in today’s report by a nine-member panel created in 2007 to look at faculty race and diversity issues. The exercise was launched in the midst of a hunger strike by biologist James Sherley, who claimed racial discrimination after being denied tenure. (See this Science story.) And it’s easy to see what Sherley was talking about after picking through the 150-page report, which includes data from a faculty-wide attitudinal survey and in-depth interviews with minority faculty members.The data-rich report notes that only 2.7% of MIT’s science faculty are underrepresented minorities (URMS): African-American, Hispanic, or Native American. And that URMs represent only 3.4% of the hires in the past 20 years. Those so-called “URMs” also trail white faculty by 10 percentage points in obtaining tenure. In looking for possible explanations, the report cites a disproportionate number of “poor or negative mentoring experiences” among minority faculty members. 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The report refers obliquely to “the tension created by the outward presumption that a true meritocracy is already essentially achieved at MIT.” So let Paula Hammond, a professor of chemical engineering and chair of the panel, explain what that really means. Hammond spoke to ScienceInsider today:There are people who believe that, if you focus on anything other than what they perceive to be the science and technology aspects of the candidate, that you have dirtied the search and that you’re not focusing on quality. Let me call them the purist perspective. People believe that they are being pure by ignoring any other aspect of the candidate. This is really common in STEM fields, the idea that you can blindly find the best candidate. It’s a meritocratic outlook that is blind to all other aspects of humanity. And we as scientists are raised to believe very deeply in that concept.It’s a wonderful ideal. The problem is in the interpretation of how close we are to achieving that. There have been studies that show that blind isn’t really blind. There’s a famous study of musicians, for example, in which men and women are selected equally when the reviewers are blind, but that men are chosen more often when the reviewers can see the performers. So the reality is that we come with hidden biases or preferences–all of us–that prevent us from being pure.So the idea that we can executive the meritocratic ideal is an illusion. And the problem is that many faculty don’t realize that this illusion is present. That’s why we have to consciously look for opportunities amongst people who are different. Because that will allow us to evaluate that person on a different level.MIT President Susan Hockfield says the report makes clear “we still have much work to do … to achieve a true culture of inclusion.” Embracing the report, Provost Rafael Reif said MIT will adopt its recommendations for a stronger mentoring program, training for chair and department heads to detect “hidden biases,” partnerships with other universities to broaden recruitment, and the use of cluster hires that allow more flexibility in hiring talented individuals. Hammond expects an extensive campus discussion this spring before any changes are implemented.last_img read more

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Panjab University to recruit for various teaching vacancies

first_imgPanjab University, Chandigarh has invited applications for filling up total 150 positions for various teaching and academic posts in the P.U. departments. The eligible candidates can apply by 14 October 2014. Vacancies: Total posts: 150 Name of the posts:Director Professor- 1 postProfessor- 41 postsAssociate Professor- 55 postsAssistant Professor- 50 postsDirector, Physical Education & Sports- 1 postsChief of University Security- 1 postAssistant Director/ Assistant Professor-1 postEligibility:  Director Professor: A good academic record with Ph.D qualification in the concerned discipline. Professor: A good academic record with Ph.D qualification in the concerned discipline.   Associate Professor: A Master’s degree with at least 50% marks or an equivalent grade. Assistant Professor: Good academic record with at least 50% marks at Master’s degree level in relevant discipline. Director, Physical Education & Sports: Ph.D. in Physical Education. Chief of University Security: Graduate in any discipline with some relevant experiences. Assistant Director/ Assistant Professor: Master’s degree with at least 50% marks Age limit : Candidate’s age should not exceed 56 years as on 31 December 2014 for all the posts. Selection procedure: Candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in an Interview.How to apply:One set of attested copies of certificates and detailed marks cards in support of qualifications for matriculation/ school leaving, 12th class, graduation, post-graduation, doctoral degree must be attached with the application. Candidates are required to submit duly filled-in application form in all respects, along with fee pay-in-slip (University’s copy) to reach “The Deputy Registrar (Estt.), Panjab University, Chandigarh” by October 14, 2014 upto 4:00 P.M. Application fee: Rs 375 (Rs 150 for SC/ ST and 185 for physically handicapped) to be deposited in Account No. 33417855484 of Panjab University, Chandigarh, payable at all branches of State Bank of India. advertisementlast_img read more

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Daughter’s Day: 15 daughters India is proud of

first_imgMegastar Amitabh Bachchan marked International Daughters’ Day by saying that daughters today are not a source of tension but are equal to 10 sons and we completely agree with him. It’s considered tough to be a female in India, but despite the hardships and the struggles, there are numerous inspiring stories that show the exemplary courage of women in India. As we celebrate the spirit of daughters, here is a list of 15 kick-ass women who made their parents and their country proud of their achievements. Let’stake a look at some of the most inspiring and powerful daughters of India.  Bachendri PalShe became the first Indian woman to conquer the highest summit in the world, Mount Everest, in 1984. Till today, she is considered a role model for many mountain climbers and is also one of the promoters of adventure sports in India.Sushmita SenSushmita Sen won the Miss Universe title in 1994 and was the first Indian woman to do so; she went on to join the film industry. But she is a trail-blazer because she chose to walk the not so trodden path of becoming a single mother to two adopted girls, opening up the way for many more.Kiran BediNow a retired police officer and a politician, she joined the Indian Police Service in 1972 and was the first Indian woman to do so. In 1978 she single-handedly managed an armed Akali demonstration when all the policemen retreated and became famous for towing away Indira Gandhi’s vehicle when the latter was PM, earning her the moniker of ‘Crane Bedi’. Kiran Bedi has been awarded with the Ramon Magsaysay award in 1994 for government service.Mary KomadvertisementKnown as Magnificent Mary, Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom is an Indian boxer and the only woman who is a five-time World Amateur Boxing Champion and also the only woman to have won six medals in a row in world championships. Priyanka Chopra played the role of Mary in the eponymous biopic, portraying the sportsperson who struggled all her life but never gave up on her dreams of becoming a boxer. Mary now runs a women’s boxing foundation in Imphal and is a mother to three kids. Kalpana ChawlaThe first Indian-American woman to reach space, she died on her second expedition along with seven other astronauts in the space shuttle Columbia on February 1 in 2003 when the shuttle blasted off. She spent 31 days, 14 hours and 54 minutes in space. She was awarded with the Congressional Space Medal of Honor by the United States. Kalpana, hailing from Karnal, inspired many little girls to dream big and follow an unconventional path. Mira NairMira Nair is an Indian film-maker and actress based in New York. Her production company, Mirabai Films, specializes in films for international audiences that act as “native informers” on Indian society. Her movie Monsoon Wedding was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. She has won a number of accolades for her movies including a National Award and various other international film awards. Her films have been nominated for Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and BAFTA. She is also a recipient of the Padma Bhushan.Kiran Mazumdar ShawAn Indian entrepreneur, chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited, a biotechnology company based in Bangalore, Kiran is on the Financial Times’ top 50 women in business list. In 2014, she was listed as the 92nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes and was also awarded the Othmer Gold Medal, for outstanding contributions to the progress of science and chemistry.Anjolie Ela MenonAnjolie is one of India’s leading contemporary female artists and is also a recipient of the fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shree. By the age of 15, she had already sold a few paintings. Her paintings are in several major collections worldwide. Recently a major work ‘Yatra’ was acquired by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, California.Neerja BhanotThere aren’t many people who haven’t heard of the valour of this young flight attendant. Neerja died while saving passengers from terrorists on board a hijacked Pan Am flight when she was only 22 years old. She was shot dead while trying to help children escape from the flight. Her life is now being captured in a film and Sonam Kapoor is essaying the lead role.Sania MirzaSania has done for Indian women in tennis what no one else has been able to. The new icon of Indian youth and sports, she is the first Indian woman tennis player who has won all four Grand Slam events. Married to Pakistani cricket player, Shoaib Malik, she continues to play for India, and is a fashion icon as well.Arundhati RoyadvertisementArundhati Roy is a political rights activist involved in Human rights and environment. She won the Booker prize for her novel The God of Small Thing. It was the largest selling book by a non-expatriate Indian author when it released. She has been associated with the Narmada Bachao Andolan project, and several other issues.  Lata MangeshkarLata Mangeshkar started acting in musical plays from the age of 5. Famously known as the ‘Nightingale of India’, with time she became one of the most renowned singers of India. She holds a record in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ for having made the most recordings in the world. She is the second vocalist to have ever been awarded the Bharat Ratna, which is India`s highest civilian honour.Indra NooyiThis Indian-American corporate honcho is the Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo. which is the second largest food and beverage business in the world in terms of net revenue. Indra Nooyi is at No. 4 on the Forbes magazine`s annual survey of the 100 most powerful women in the world.last_img
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FA Cup: Pep Guardiola has ‘no regrets’ after Manchester City’s shock exit

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola refused to blame his players after the runaway Premier league leaders, reduced to 10 men at half-time, were knocked out of the FA Cup by third tier Wigan Athletic.Monday’s 1-0 fifth round defeat at the DW Stadium, a repeat of the 2012-13 final won by Wigan when the Latics were in the top tier, ended City’s hopes of an unprecedented league and cup quadruple this season.”Congratulations for Wigan for the qualification,” Guardiola told BBC radio.”We did absolutely everything, we made a mistake and this kind of game is like a final. OK, we accept the defeat,” added the Spaniard.”Wigan won, congratulations to them and now we rest to prepare for the League Cup final.”City play Arsenal in the final of that competition at Wembley next Sunday.The overwhelming favourites against opponents fighting for promotion from League One, City were always wary of Wigan’s proud reputation as a bogey team’ in the world’s oldest and most romantic domestic cup competition.Apart from beating them the 2013 final, Wigan had also dumped them out at the quarter-final stage of the competition at the Etihad Stadium a season later just as City were heading for the league title under Manuel Pellegrini.City started with their Argentine top scorer Sergio Aguero, and had Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne waiting on the bench but neither were able to make the most of their side’s dominant possession.In the end, the match turned on the sending off of Fabian Delph on the stroke of half-time with the City midfielder shown a controversial red card for a sliding tackle as team mates crowded around the referee in protest.advertisementWigan’s prolific goalscorer Will Grigg then fired in a 79th minute winner.Despite his obvious anger at the time, Guardiola steered clear of criticism of the official after the final whistle.”Red card. It was the decision,” he said.”They had one shot on target, I don’t have regrets with the way we played, the performance, the heart,” continued the manager.”I judge my players on intentions and not results and the intentions were good.”(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

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SETHU FC continue winning streak in IWL

first_imgShillong, Apr 6 (PTI) SETHU FC defeated Indira Gandhi Academy for Sports and Education 3-1 to continue their winning streak in the Indian Womens League (IWL) football here today. Indumathis 27th minute strike and Bangladesh international Sabina Khatuns brace helped SETHU FC collect three points after Pradeepa Sekar had pulled a goal back in the 35th minute. Both teams gauged each other in the first half and although SETHU FC tried to cajole a clear goal scoring opportunity in the 4th minute, the deadlock in the match finally broke in the 27th minute when Indumathi scored from inside the box to give SETHU FC a solitary goal lead. Indira Gandhi Academy brought the match to level proceedings in the 35th minute when Pradeepa Sekar slyly finished her chance past the onrushing custodian. With momentum on their side Indira Gandhi Academy almost took the lead in the 45th minute after Pradeepa once again found the net. The referee however cut the play short for off-side as the half-time scoreline read 1-1. Changing over, the match evolved into a battle for possession in the midfield as both teams cancelled each other out, unable to hold on to the ball. In the 56th minute, Indumathis freekick was palmed away by the opposing custodian as SETHU FC upped the ante. Indira Gandhi Academy survived a howler in the 63rd minute when their custodian rushed to clear away a dangerous long ball only for the ball to bounce over her head and fall to SETHUs attack line, who failed to find the net.advertisement In the 76th minute, SETHU FC took the lead when Sabina Khatun scored from a tight angle as her lofted shot went over the opposing custodians head to make the scoreline read 2-1. In the 81st minute, Sabina curved home from inside the box to extend SETHU FCs lead. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

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A Closer Look at Developing Country Climate Pledges

first_imgOne by one, developing countries are coming forward with commitments to reduce emissions.This post originally appeared on the Washington Post Planet Panel.Though reports out of Copenhagen are covering the supposed tensions between developed and developing countries over the “Danish Text,” there is actually quite a bit of movement among developing countries about their role in being part of the solution. One of the things that inspired me the most leading up to Copenhagen was large developing countries voluntarily making pledges in the form of various emissions reductions. After all, developing countries have historically not been the main contributors to the problem of global warming and are struggling to lift their people out of poverty. Yet as Copenhagen approached, one by one developing countries came forward with commitments. This should be a wake-up call to the United States, because many of these countries are and will be our 21st century competitors.Here are some of the commitments we’ve seen this year:Brazil pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 by 36 – 39 percent (compared to a baseline of “business as usual,” or 2703 MTCO2e).India pledged to reduce its emissions per unit of economic output 20-25 percent by 2020 (compared to a baseline of 2005 levels).China pledged to reduce its CO2 emissions per unit of GDP 40-45 percent by 2020 (compared to a baseline of 2005 levels).South Africa committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 34% by 2020 (compared to “business as usual”).South Korea, Mexico, Indonesia and several other countries have also submitted reductions pledges.These pledges raise the question: why are they acting? Countries are putting commitments on the table because they believe it is in their national interest — not just because they are likely to be hit hardest by the impacts of climate change, but also because they understand that transitioning to a low-carbon economy is the only way they can ensure they are competitive in the future. Countries of all sizes are changing the way they operate. It is my sense that many of these countries would go even further if support was provided by developed countries. In some cases this support is financial, in others it is capacity and in others yet technology transfer. Each of these pledges has come forward without any significant support from the developed countries. Imagine what might be possible if by the end of next week that changes.For more information, see our table summarizing developing country pledges.last_img read more

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Jordan Sterns: ‘The Goal Is Still Attainable’

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! I suppose it depends on what your goals are, but I get what Jordan Sterns is saying here. The College Football Playoff is probably not attainable (not that that was a realistic goal after the way OSU has looked the first two weeks), but winning the Big 12 actually is. Sterns hit on this and said Mike Gundy encouraged his entire squad in that direction.“I didn’t know what to think,” said Sterns. “That’s something you see on ESPN once a year. Those guys made a great play. Also I think there’s something we could have done — myself personally. You have to learn from it. We still have a chance. The goal is still attainable. We just have to bounce back from it.“[Gundy said] thank God it’s Game 2 and not later on in the Big 12. We still have a chance to win. [To beat Central Michigan], yeah we want to win … but it’s not the goal. There’s a lot of things we can take away from today’s game that will help benefit us when we get in the Big 12.”last_img read more

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Hughton: Man Utd winner shouldn’t have stood

first_imgManchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion ‘Man Utd winner should not have stood’ – Hughton bemoans bad luck at Old Trafford Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 03:26 11/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Chris Hughton - cropped Getty Images Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League Manchester United Brighton & Hove Albion The Brighton boss believes Jose Mourinho’s side got a “little bit of fortune” as the Red Devils edged their way to a narrow Premier League victory Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton believes the corner that led to Manchester United’s winner on Saturday should not have been awarded.Lewis Dunk deflected Ashley Young’s effort into his own net after the winger fired a half-clearance back on goal in the 66th minute.Everton 7/2 to beat Southampton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But debate surrounded the referee’s decision to give the corner in the first place after the ball appeared to come off Romelu Lukaku before running out of play.Hughton felt the incident denied the visitors a merited point.”Sometimes the margins can be that little bit of brilliance or that little bit of fortune and it very much was that,” Hughton told the BBC.”[The] two most disappointing things are we got into some good positions and we needed to make more of them, and the goal itself.”My view at the time [was] it wasn’t a corner. Having seen it again, it wasn’t a corner.”In a tight affair we were good value and I’m really disappointed not to come away with anything.”2 – Lewis Dunk is the first player in Premier League history to score an own goal versus both Man Utd and Man City in the same season. Slam.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 25, 2017Despite the defeat, Hughton was encouraged by what he has seen from his side against the Red Devils and fellow heavyweights Manchester City and Arsenal.”We’ve played three of the big six. We’ve been in all three games and we haven’t been humiliated in any of them,” he said.”That will go some way with confidence in the changing room.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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New Singapore opposition party launched as polls loom

first_imgSingapore: A new opposition party backed by the estranged brother of Singapore’s prime minister was launched Saturday in a fresh challenge to the government as speculation mounts elections could be called soon. The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) — aiming to contest an election due by 2021 but widely expected earlier — is led by Tan Cheng Bock, a medical doctor and former government stalwart who once ran for president and nearly defeated the establishment candidate. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe group has received the support of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s brother, the latest sign of a bitter falling-out within the city-state’s first family over their father’s legacy. The rare row within Singapore’s elite erupted following the 2015 death of the men’s father, founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, who led the country for three decades and is widely revered in the city. Under decades of rule by his People’s Action Party (PAP), Singapore transformed from a gritty port into one of Asia’s most advanced economies — although authorities also faced criticism for curtailing civil liberties and free speech. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsParty officials said that Tan’s PSP was formally launched in the morning at an event attended by hundreds of supporters. He was due to address hundreds more supporters and the media in the afternoon. The group joins a handful of other parties seeking to take on the dominant PAP, but the fractious opposition — which has just six out of 89 elected seats in parliament — is not viewed as a serious threat. However, backing from the premier’s sibling, Lee Hsien Yang, could provide a boost to 79-tear-old Tan, who has slammed what he described as eroding standards of governance in Singapore. In January, 62-year-old business executive Lee said in a Facebook post that Tan was “the leader Singapore deserves”. “I wholeheartedly support the principles and values of the Progress Singapore Party. Today’s PAP is no longer the PAP of my father. It has lost its way,” he said in another post last week. During a press conference last week, Tan said he may be willing to take Lee into the party formally. Lee Hsien Yang’s association with the party can boost Tan’s profile as “one of the ‘nice’ people to have represented the PAP during its glory days,” said Michael Barr, a Singapore politics specialist at Flinders University in Australia. “The presence of the prime minister’s brother in, or at least on the fringes of an opposition party, is a reminder that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is not his father… and that this family is fractured over Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy,” Barr said. Lee Hsien Yang’s candidacy under the PSP would be a “game-changer” as it would “do immense damage to the brand of Lee Hsien Loong’s branch of the family”. However, law lecturer Eugene Tan from the Singapore Management University said Lee Hsien Yang’s support for the party is a “double-edged sword” as it could overshadow the PSP’s agenda and focus attention to the family feud. “The vision that Dr Tan may have will become a sideshow. So it is a card that needs to be played very, very carefully,” political analyst Tan said.last_img read more

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Portuguese Enterprises to Visit Morocco to Explore Business Opportunities

Rabat – A group of Portuguese entrepreneurs will visit Morocco next week to explore business opportunities offered in the country.The visit, which will kick off on February 27, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), is co-organized by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Portugal in Morocco (CCISPM) and the Chamber of Commerce of Industry and Services of Casablanca-Settat region.The event will be marked by business-to-business meetings in Casablanca between representatives of Moroccan and Portuguese enterprises. The Portuguese delegation includes representatives of 30 companies from different industries, including hydrocarbons, renewable energies, agro-food, new information technologies (NICT), medical equipment, and telecommunications.December 2017 marked the 13th Morocco-Portugal High-Level Meeting. During the meeting, which took place December 4-5, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa and Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani oversaw the signing of a list of a new corporation in different fields.Economic relations between Morocco and Portugal have evolved in recent years with trade volume reaching EUR 1.4 billion in 2016. Morocco is Portugal’s  largest trading in the Arab world, and its second largest partner in Africa.For its part, Portugal moved up eight places from the 2014 list of Morocco’s highest-volume trade partners in 2016. Portuguese operators are opting more and more for conducting business in Morocco. To date, 200 Portuguese companies have established themselves in the kingdom in different sectors of activity.During the two-day event, the two countries signed more than twelve agreements and declarations of intent, including a memorandum of understanding on triangular cooperation. read more

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UN programme to work toward elimination of HIV travel restrictions

“Travel restrictions based on HIV status again highlight the exceptionality of AIDS, especially short-term restrictions,” Peter Piot, Executive Director of UNAIDS, said in a news release published on its website yesterday. “No other condition prevents people from entering countries for business, tourism, or to attend meetings. No other condition has people afraid of having their baggage searched for medication at the border, with the result that they are denied entry or worse, detained and then deported back to their country,” he added. According to data collected by the European AIDS Treatment Group, a total of 104 countries have some form of HIV-specific travel restrictions, 12 of which ban HIV-positive people from entering for any reason or length of time. Most of the restrictions require people to indicate their HIV status before entering or remaining in a country, with some countries having them undergo mandatory HIV testing, without safeguards, to which UNAIDS objects particularly strongly. The most common arguments give for the restrictions involve the protection of public health and the high possible costs associated with care, support and treatment of people living with HIV. Whatever the reason, UNAIDS said, HIV-related travel restrictions raise fundamental human rights issues involving non-discrimination and freedom of movement in a mobile world in which the World Tourist Organization (WTO), in 2000, estimated that there were 698 million international arrivals worldwide, most as part of short trips. The International Task Team on HIV-related Travel Restrictions convened for the first time in Geneva on 25-26 February, in a meeting, co-chaired by UNAIDS and the Norwegian Government. In that meeting, it brought together representatives of governments, inter-governmental organizations, civil society groups, the private sector and networks of people living with HIV, UNAIDS said. The next regular meeting of the task team is scheduled to take place from 31 March to 2 April in Geneva. 5 March 2008Calling travel restrictions on HIV positive people, in place in 104 countries, discriminatory and unnecessary, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has set up an international task force to work toward their elimination. read more

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India changes from big aid recipient into major donor UN food agency

Once a country just on the receiving end of international assistance, India is playing an increasing and important role in assuring food security for South Asia, particularly in Afghanistan, a senior official of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said following meetings with the country’s Government. “From being a net recipient in 2000, the Government of India is presently the 15th largest donor to the World Food Programme in 2005,” said Tony Banbury, WFP’s Asia Regional Director. “This speaks volumes about India’s increasing importance in confronting global challenges such as hunger, malnutrition and illiteracy in South Asia and around the world.” Mr. Banbury also noted the important role of food assistance in maintaining security in India’s neighboring countries of Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar and Pakistan. In the last three years, India has made donations worth approximately $52 million to help assist the children in Afghanistan and Iraq to come back and attend schools. Nearly 2 million children benefit from this contribution. “Funding for our food aid programmes in Nepal, in Sri Lanka, and in Pakistan, continue to be a challenge,” said Mr. Banbury. “I am concerned that any reductions in these feeding operations can undermine recovery and foster insecurity in these neighboring states to India.” Mr. Banbury has been visiting India for a week, traveling to flood-devastated Rajastan and to Gujarat to visit WFP-supported projects for the rural poor of India. He noted the benefits of many of these pilot programmes in bringing improvements to the lives of the rural poor, noting that thanks to the partnership between the agency and the Government, “WFP provides fortified food to some 2 million children and pregnant and lactating women in remote tribal areas of India where malnutrition is at its worst.” read more

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US productivity posts sharpest fall in a year

US productivity posts sharpest fall in a year WASHINGTON – The productivity of American workers fell in the first quarter by the sharpest amount in a year, while labour costs increased.Productivity declined at an annual rate of 0.6 per cent in the January-March quarter after rising at a 1.8 per cent rate in the fourth quarter, the Labor Department reported Thursday. It was the biggest decline since a 0.7 per cent rate of decline in the first quarter of last year.Labour costs rose at a 3 per cent rate, up from a 1.3 per cent rate of increase in the fourth quarter.Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, has been weak through most of the current recovery. Many analysts believe it is the biggest economic challenge facing the country, but there is no consensus on the cause of the slowdown.The weak performance for productivity had been expected given that overall output, as measured by the gross domestic product, slowed to a weak annual gain of just 0.7 per cent in the first quarter. It was the slowest performance in three years.Productivity gains have been anemic for the past decade. Since 2007, increases have averaged just 1.2 per cent. That’s less than half the 2.6 per cent average annual gains turned in from 2000 to 2007, when the country was benefiting from increased efficiency from greater integration of computers and the internet into the workplace.Rising productivity means increased output for each hour of work, which allows employers to boost wages without triggering higher inflation. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has pointed to the slowdown in productivity as a key challenge facing the country.The effort to boost productivity back to the levels since before the Great Recession will likely be a key factor in determining whether President Donald Trump will achieve his goal of boosting overall growth from the weak 2.1 per cent average seen since the recession. During the campaign, Trump pledged to double growth to 4 per cent or better. But since taking office, Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said he believed that growth of 3 per cent or better is achievable if Congress adopts the president’s economic program. In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, photo, a construction worker works on a high-rise condominium project on Biscayne Boulevard, in downtown Miami. On Thursday, May 4, 2017, the Labor Department issues revised data on productivity in the fourth quarter. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted May 4, 2017 6:41 am MDT Last Updated May 4, 2017 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Seventieth anniversary treaty event to focus on UN contributions to international affairs

The UN treaty office decided that this year’s event, to be held from 28 September to 1 October, will mark ‘the overall contribution that the United Nations had made to international affairs through multilateral treaty making,” Mr. Villalpando said.“The very first lines of the Preamble of the [United Nations] Charter emphasize the importance of treaties in the realization of the purposes of the Organization. Seventy years later, a comprehensive and robust multilateral treaty framework has constituted to one of the major contributions of the United Nations to an international order based on the rule of law,” he declared. Multilateral treaties have grown in number and complexity, covering a wide array of fields of international relations, Mr. Villalpando continued, highlighting such relevant contributions at the beginning of the press conference. In this anniversary year, more than 560 multilateral treaties have been deposited with the UN Secretary-General. A number of them are close to achieving universal participation. Others require just a few more instruments of ratification or accession to trigger their entry into force, he explained. To that end, Mr. Ban stated in his letter of invitation to Member States that the treaty event would provide a distinct opportunity for States to fulfil pledges made in national and international forums to sign on to and, particularly, to ratify or accede to multilateral treaties.The Treaty Event has been held annually since September 2000 coinciding with the General Debate of the General Assembly, so this year, Mr. Villalpando said, the Secretary-General invited the high level participants coming to New York to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit to sign multilateral treaties or become party to them by depositing instruments of ratification or accession. read more

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Chinese language and culture summer camp for kids

Is your child interested in learning other languages and keen to know about other cultures around the world?The St. Catharines Chinese School, in partnership with the Confucius Institute at Brock University, is offering half-day and full-day summer camps just down the hill from Brock, at Sir Winston Churchill High School, from July 4 – 29.The camps are geared towards students from kindergarten to Grade 8. Children will learn about Chinese culture, being introduced to Chinese folk music, make crafts, practice calligraphy and learn Chinese games.For more information contact Qianbo Yin at 905-688-5550 ext. 6013 or by email at qyin@brocku.ca. read more

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Warning over last ditch attempts at egg freezing by women in late

Egg freezing brings no help to 90 per cent of women who opt for it, with the vast majority of cases leaving it too late, research suggests.Leading doctors said too many women who tried to preserve their fertility were doing so as a “last ditch effort” in their late 30s – when their chances of success were slight.Less than one in three of those opting for egg freezing do so before the age of 35, despite the fact a lower age is “the highest discriminating factor for success,” obstetricians said.Overall, just nine per cent of women who underwent the process for “social reasons” – such as the lack of partner, or career pressures – ended up returning to use their eggs, separate research shows.The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists urged caution for women considering freezing their eggs for such reasons. The research was cited by experts in favour of offering freezing to women in their late 30s.It found that 45 of the 95 women who were single at the time of egg freezing had a partner when they returned.Dr Jara Ben Nagi, from the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health, said some women had little option but to embark on a “reproductive gamble” as their fertility declined. Writing in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the doctors said: “The majority of women are taking measures to preserve their fertility too late, as a ‘last-ditch’ effort, instead of a planned and informed choice in their early to mid-30s.”Timothy Bracewell-Milnes, from Imperial College London, said women considering this option should do so between the age of 28 and 35, in order to optimise their chances.But other fertility specialists said scientific techniques were improving, and could offer hope to women of an older age.An eight-year study of 1,382 women undergoing social egg freezing found just 120 of them returned to use their eggs – on average 2.2 years after undergoing the process. The intervention came amid debate among fertility specialists about whether egg freezing should be offered to women in their late 30s.Doctors from Imperial College London and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital said women who wanted a family but were not ready to do so should consider freezing their eggs far earlier, when it was far more likely to be successful. Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A new study shows it is the lack of a male partner willing to embark on parenthood that is chiefly responsible for driving women to freeze their eggs  Earlier this year a study suggested that the lack of a male partner willing to embark on parenthood that is chiefly responsible for driving women to freeze their eggs Credit:Yui Mok/PA Writing with colleagues from Imperial College London, he said: “Women should no longer be punished with childlessness for not finding a partner, nor should they feel pressured into a relationship because of their declining ovarian reserve.” Of the 1,173 egg freezing cycles that took place in the UK in 2016, only 32 per cent of cases involved women aged 35 or less, they warned. read more

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Cat unveils new compact mining excavator

first_imgCaterpillar has released the 390D L, a new 90t hydraulic excavator, which replaces the 385C L. The new machine incorporates a refined design that according to Cat provides greater hydraulic power, stronger structural components, added safety and convenience features, plus improved serviceability. The net result states Caterpillar “is a more productive, more durable, more efficient machine that is comfortable to operate and can take on the toughest jobs in a range of heavy construction and mining applications.”Powering the new 390D L is an 18.1l Cat C18 ACERT diesel engine, which is EU Stage IIIA and US EPA Tier 3 compliant and rated at 390kW. The C18 features advanced electronic control, precise fuel delivery and refined air management for optimum performance, fuel efficiency and emissions control. The engine’s torque characteristics allow full power at maximum rpm, resulting in efficient hydraulic pump operation and positive hydraulic response. Refinements in the crankcase, cylinder heads and proprietary MEUI (Mechanical Electronic Unit Injector) fuel system provide enhanced performance and durability for the C18.Design enhancements in the 390D L’s implement hydraulic system allow the new model to deliver significantly greater digging and lifting forces than its 385C predecessor. Increased breakout force promotes faster trenching and loading cycles plus stronger performance at the quarry face. In addition, lifting capacity over the end is increased by 14% with over-the-side capacity up nearly 14%, the result of stronger hydraulics and a heavier counterweight.An improved undercarriage for the 390D L features redesigned links that operate with lower stress, forged idlers for improved durability and heavy-duty track rollers and carrier rollers. In addition, the recoil spring has been lengthened, giving the recoil mechanism greater impact-absorbing capability to protect the undercarriage system from shock loads.last_img read more

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