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Lima  –  Morocco called, on Wednesday in Lima, for a new world order concerning climate on the basis of the principles of equity in sustainable development and “climate justice”.Speaking at the Lima Climate Change Conference (COP20), Minister Delegate for Environment Hakima El Haiti said there should be a differentiation between commitments to decrease CO2 emissions by industrial states and the voluntary reduction by developing countries, stressing the need for supporting these states at the technical, financial and capacity-building levels in a way that is conducive to achieving MDGs.The Moroccan official also highlighted the importance of incorporating the gender appproach in efforts to curb climate change. The meeting was also an occasion to brief the audience on the efforts led by Morocco in the last decade in favour of the setting up of an institutional, judicial and financial framework that is geared to enable environment-friendly socio-economic development.In this respect, light was shed on the national strategy for human development to which Morocco has earmarked 2% of its GDP.On the same occasion, El Haiti announced Morocco’s candidacy to host the 22nd conference of the parties to the UN Convention on climate change (COP22) in 2016. read more

TORONTO — What will become Canada’s largest private sector union now has a name. The new group — which brings together the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada and the Canadian Auto Workers — will be called Unifor. Its logo will be a red U on a white shield.Union brass made the announcement in Toronto, bringing the merger one step closer to completion.The CEP and CAW voted last year to join forces, a move they hope will boost the national labour movement.The new union would represent more than 300,000 workers across roughly 20 sectors of the economy.Most of the membership would be concentrated in manufacturing, communications and transportation. But the new union would also represent some public sector employees working in health, education and transit roles.The Canadian Press read more

The driver and passengers in the van managed to escape as soon as it caught fire.Police are investigating the cause of the fire which is initially believed to have been as a result of some technical fault in the vehicle. A van caught fire along the Southern expressway early this morning, the police said.The police said that a dolphin van caught fire near the 52nd mile post while it was heading to Akuressa.

It was another heated day at Toronto City Hall with Mayor Rob Ford at one point appearing to charge a heckler and knocking down a city councillor in the process. It all happened as Toronto City Council debated a motion that could reduce the Mayor to a figurehead and nothing else. And just before this newscast council voted overwhelmingly to hand many of Ford’s duties to the Deputy Mayor. Mayor Rob Ford called the council’s actions a “coup d’etat.’ Scot Urquhart has the details.It started out calmly enough, although councillor Giorgio Mammoliti insisted that the motion to further limit the Mayor’s powers was insupportable: “I will not play part of this illegal meeting.”Despite the objection, the meeting moved slowly forward, proposing to delegate all of the Mayor’s powers not covered by provincial statute, severely slashing his operating budget, and redirecting much of what remained, stripping the Mayor of his role as head of the executive council.In the chamber, two lawyers representing Ford who were reportedly looking for grounds to sue the councillors that might vote in favour of the motion.After repeated reassurance from the City’s own legal council that elected officials were facing no more risk than they would face with any other bit of city business, debate on the motion nudged forward again. That’s when councillor Doug Ford took the offensive: “This is not a democracy.”At this point the Mayor decided to go for a stroll around the council chamber, greeting supporters and shaking hands.And that’s when everything started to fall apart.Toronto City Councillor Frances Nunziata: “10 minute recess. Shame, shame.”Hecklers began to shout at the Ford Brothers from the gallery. Supporters and opponents went head to head in the public gallery.And as the sharp heckling grew louder, the Mayor seemed to lose his cool. Ford charged towards the gallery like a middle linebacker, knocking councillor Pam McConnell flying as he went. She was unharmed but for the moment, the move to shackle the Mayor ground to a complete halt.Mayor Ford’s decision to go glad-handing in the midst of this meeting was not uncalculated. The strategy seems to be that if you can’t win the debate, then divide, divert and disrupt, the proceedings. After all, delay is better than defeat. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

Responding to developments in biotechnology, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today publication of a new set of guidelines to determine if a living modified organism (LMO) poses a hazard to plants. “Internationally accepted guidelines will help countries to reduce the risks of releasing LMOs that are weedy and could seriously harm our crop and plant ecosystems,” said Niek van der Graaff, Chief of the FAO Plant Protection Service said. Some 130 countries have adopted this unique international standard on how to assess the risks of LMOs to plants, FAO said. With some LMOs there is a potential risk of introducing a gene that could cause a normal plant to become a weed, it noted. The guidelines also cover other LMOs that may be harmful to plants, such as insects, fungi and bacteria. A commission of the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention, which helps to stop the spread of pests and diseases affecting plants, adopted the guidelines in April. The new guidelines will help countries assess the risks of LMOs and determine whether some should be considered as weeds or other organisms that damage plants. Their introduction could then be regulated in order to protect crops and ecosystems.The guidelines harmonize and standardize the way countries analyse risks that LMOs may pose to plant health. They can be used to determine which LMOs pose a threat and, if necessary, can subsequently prohibit or restrict their import and domestic use. This is of particular value to developing countries, which can now use the same risk analysis criteria as developed countries. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Burger King on Wednesday became the first major U.S. fast-food chain to pledge that all of its eggs and pork will come from cage-free chickens and pigs by 2017.The move by the world’s second-biggest burger chain helps it satisfy growing demand among customers for humanely produced fare and adds fuel to an industry-wide shift to consider animal welfare when purchasing food supplies.“There’s no question in my mind, especially on the heels of pink slime and BPA, that everyone in the food world is very concerned about consumer reaction,” said food industry analyst Phil Lempert, referring to the beef-based food additive and the chemical used in plastic bottles and canned food.“Even if you’re buying a burger, you want to buy it from someone you like and respect,” said Lempert, who writes a daily industry newsletter. “It’s proven that consumers are willing to pay a little bit more for fairness, whether it’s to humans or animals.”Conventionally raised eggs come from hens confined in “battery cages,” which give them roughly the same space as a sheet of standard notebook paper. Most pork comes from sows confined during their four-month pregnancies in narrow crates.The hens would still be housed in a barn, but they have room to roam and perches and nesting boxes. Sows are also held indoors, but they would not be confined in the cramped crates while they are pregnant.Egg and pork producers have argued that easing confinement standards for animals raises production costs and makes those who adjust their practices less competitive.Animal welfare groups applauded Burger King’s decision.“So many tens of thousands of animals will now be in better living conditions,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, which has been pushing Burger King and other companies to adopt similar policies.“Numerically, this is significant because Burger King is such a big purchaser of these products,” he said.Burger King uses hundreds of millions of eggs and tens of millions of pounds of pork annually and its decision could be a game-changing move in the supply business as a huge new market opens up for humanely raised food animals.Already 9 per cent of the company’s eggs and 20 per cent of the pork served at its 7,200 restaurants are cage-free. In the European Union, all eggs are already of the cage-free variety.The Miami-based company has been steadily increasing its use of the eggs and pork as the industry has become better able to meet demand, said Jonathan Fitzpatrick, chief brand and operations officer. Fitzpatrick said the decision is part of the company’s social responsibility policy.In recent months, other companies have announced similar policies.Chipotle, with just over 1,200 restaurants, made a splash during the Grammy Awards in February with its viral commercial detailing the company’s commitment to humane treatment of animals and healthy food. After the commercial created so much buzz, other companies were quick to announce new policies, Lempert said.“Everyone wanted to say: ‘We all have good intentions,’” he said.So far this year, McDonalds and Wendy’s, the No. 1 and 2 burger chains, said they asked their pork suppliers to outline plans for the elimination of gestation crates, but didn’t set a timetable. Also, Smithfield Farms and Hormel committed to ending the use of the crates by 2017.Wal-Mart and Costco have transitioned their private-label eggs to 100 per cent cage-free. Unilever, which uses 350 million eggs a year in its Hellmann’s mayonnaise brand, is switching to 100 per cent cage-free. Others, such as Sonic, Subway, Ruby Tuesday chain restaurants, and manufacturers, such as Kraft Food and ConAgra Foods, are incorporating some percentage of cage-free eggs in their products.“This is an issue that just four to five months ago was not on the food industry’s radar,” said Paul Shapiro, the Humane Society’s vice-president for farm animal protection. “Now, it’s firmly cemented into the mainstream in a way that I think few people would have imagined.”The egg industry’s largest trade association, the United Egg Producers, has teamed up with the Humane Society in seeking federal legislation this year that would double the size of the battery cages in which 90 per cent of the nation’s 280 million laying hens are confined. And last month, the pork industry’s trade magazine noted that public opinion is evolving and “on the issue of gestation-sow stalls, at least, it’s increasingly apparent that you will lose the battle.”HSUS has been pushing for more than a decade for large-scale purchasers of animal products to ensure that they are raised humanely. The organization owns stock in 52 companies so that it can attend shareholder meetings and submit proposals for improved animal welfare policy. It also has used undercover operations to show the conditions some food animals endure.In 2007, Burger King became the first major fast-food chain to incorporate animal welfare into its purchasing policies when it began sourcing at least some of its pork and eggs from cage-free suppliers.While some companies responded to consumer demand by incorporating some cage-free eggs into their orders, the landslide passage in 2008 of California’s Proposition 2, which will ban chicken cages and gestation crates by 2015, caused buyers and suppliers nationwide to take notice.Since then, studies have shown that shoppers are willing to pay more for products they believe are produced to higher animal protection standards. Some estimates show raising hens cage-free adds 1 cent to the cost of each egg. It’s unclear how much more it will cost to raise pork outside of gestation cages.“Our attitude is, our producers believe in consumer choice and, if that’s what their consumers want to buy, they’ll produce cage-free eggs for the marketplace provided the customer is willing to pay the additional cost,” said Gene Gregory, president of the United Egg Producers. Burger King becomes first national chain to pledge cage-free pork and eggs by News Staff Posted Apr 25, 2012 5:22 pm MDT read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Federal energy regulators improperly allowed widespread access to a sensitive document that outlined specific locations where the nation’s electric grid is vulnerable to physical threats, a government investigator said Wednesday.The document created by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should have been kept secret as a national security matter, Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman said. Instead the information was provided in whole or in part to federal and industry officials in uncontrolled settings.The Wall Street Journal reported last month that a federal analysis indicated that a co-ordinated terrorist strike on just nine key electric transmission substations could cause cascading power outages across the country in each of the nation’s three synchronized power networks.The report followed a comment by former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff that an April 2013 attack on a California electric substation was terrorism. The FBI has said in repeated statements it had found no indications to back that up.The attack, which involved snipping fiber-optic phone lines and firing shots into a PG&E substation near Metcalf, Calif., caused power outages. Millions of people were asked to conserve energy after power lines were damaged.Wellinghoff called the incident about 15 miles south of San Jose “the most sophisticated and extensive attack that’s ever occurred on the grid to my knowledge.”A March 13 story in the Wall Street Journal said federal officials had concluded that co-ordinated attacks in each of the nation’s three separate electric systems could cause the entire power network to collapse. Knocking out nine key substations could plunge the country into darkness for weeks, if not months, the newspaper said, citing the federal analysis.Sens. Mary Landrieu and Lisa Murkowski, the top two leaders of the Senate Energy Committee, asked Friedman to investigate the “apparent leak” to the newspaper.Murkowski, R-Alaska, called release of the information dangerous and irresponsible and said it “could provide a road map to those who wish to harm the United States.”Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, called the leak reckless and said it “put lives in danger.”Landrieu chairs the Energy Committee and Murkowski is the panel’s senior Republican. The committee is holding a hearing on the issue Thursday.In a three-page “management alert” Wednesday, Friedman said at least one power-grid related presentation — prepared by FERC in response to the Metcalf incident — should have been classified as secret and protected from release. Commission employees who viewed and handled the presentation may not have had security clearances “and thus were not fully aware of their obligations to protect the information,” Friedman said.The commission does not appear to have “adequate controls for identifying and handling classified national security information,” he wrote.Cheryl LaFleur, FERC’s acting chairwoman, said in a written statement that the agency was co-operating with Friedman, adding that she would follow his recommendations to improve handling of secure information“It is vital that the public have confidence that all sensitive energy infrastructure information is protected. I am committed to taking any and all needed action to strengthen FERC’s information security processes,” she said.LaFleur is likely to face questions from senators on FERC’s security policies at Thursday’s hearing. She is the first of 10 witnesses called to testify.___Follow Matthew Daly on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MatthewDalyWDC by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2014 3:55 pm MDT Government watchdog says regulators should have classified document on power grid threats read more

The total area of opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar has decreased significantly in 2017 to 41,000 hectares, down 25 per cent from the 55,500 recorded in 2015, a United Nations survey released Wednesday has found. “Myanmar has taken important steps to address opium cultivation, especially in South Shan where we are running a programme together,” said Troels Vester, Country Manager of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), emphasizing the importance of sustainable alternatives to opium cultivation. The Myanmar Opium Survey 2017 released by UNODC finds reductions have been most significant in East Shan with a drop of 37 per cent and South Shan with a drop of 29 per cent.However, the report also reveals that while progress has been made, North Shan and Kachin states have seen reductions of less than three per cent and seven per cent, which on the ground amounts to a decrease of only 600 hectares in total. The report reconfirms the link between conflict and opium in Myanmar, and that insecure areas with active insurgencies continue to cultivate and produce at levels similar to 2015. “As long as significant parts of Shan and Kachin remain unstable and basically autonomous from the rest of the country and region, the environment will remain a safe haven for those who run the drug trade,” said UNODC Regional Representative Jeremy Douglas. The decline in opium cultivation occurs against the backdrop of a changing regional drug market that has seen a fall in opium and heroin prices over recent years, as most countries in East and Southeast Asia report a shift toward synthetic drugs and especially methamphetamine. UNODC says there is still a huge amount of work to be done and sustained support will be critical to its efforts. AUDIO: Myanmar peace process and heroin production interlinked: UNODC read more

first_imgLa CBI interdit la chasse à la baleine au GroenlandLa Commission baleinière internationale (CBI) a rejeté la demande faite par le Danemark qui souhaitait augmenter ses quotas de chasse à la baleine.Le Danemark avait fait une demande auprès de la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI) pour augmenter ses quotas de chasse à la baleine. Le pays souhaitait en effet que les peuples indigènes du Groenland puissent attraper 1.326 baleines entre 2013 et 2018 dont dix baleines à bosse par an, soit une légère augmentation par rapport aux accords précédents datant d’il y a deux ans. Mais la CBI vient tout juste de rejeter cette demande et d’affirmer que la chasse restera même interdite jusqu’à la fin de cette année, une fois les quotas actuels épuisés.Pas moins de 34 autres membres de l’Union européenne ont voté contre le Danemark (25 pour et trois abstentions) essentiellement en raison de l’échec des discussions visant à diminuer le nombre de captures proposées. De plus, les délégués et représentants des associations écologistes s’étaient dits préoccupés par l’augmentation de la vente de viande de baleine au Groenland. Selon eux il s’agirait plus d’une chasse commerciale déguisée que d’une pratique traditionnelle destinée à la consommation indigène, autorisée par la CBI.”Nous allons rentrer à la maison et réfléchir à ce que nous allons faire à l’avenir”, a ainsi déclaré le délégué danois, Ole Samsing, devant la presse après l’annonce de la décision. “Il me semble que certains pays n’ont pas assumé leurs responsabilités. C’est dommage”, a déploré M. Samsing. L’Islande qui, avec la Norvège, pratique ouvertement une pêche commerciale, a carrément estimé que la Commission pâtissait de “dysfonctionnements”. “Je ne sais vraiment pas ce que nous cherchons”, a déclaré le délégué islandais Johann Gudmundssona, qui s’est demandé si cette décision s’adressait “aux gens qui veulent faire des océans des espèces de musées”.Des baleines toujours pas assez protégées ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pourtant les baleines sont aujourd’hui menacées d’extinction. Selon des chiffres présentés par des associations écologistes, plus de deux millions de baleines ont été abattues au XXe siècle par l’industrie de la pêche et leur commerce générerait 2,1 milliards de dollars de recettes par an. Malgré ces chiffres désastreux, la CBI a approuvé mardi des quotas de chasse pour les populations autochtones des Etats-Unis, de la Russie et de Saint-Vincent-et-Grenadines, dans les Caraïbes. Dans le même temps, la Corée du Sud a annoncé sa volonté de reprendre les campagnes de pêche scientifiques, abandonnées depuis 26 ans. Quant au Japon, il a réussi à empêcher la création d’un sanctuaire pour baleines dans l’Atlantique sud.Le 6 juillet 2012 à 15:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgIt’s funny how things change in the world of video games. It wasn’t that long ago Nintendo was the company with the unclear future. The Wii U has been a disaster, the 3DS is looking old, and we didn’t know what the NX was. Now we know about the Switch and Nintendo has a plan that looks at the very least “promising.” Then there’s Sony, which has the PS4 Pro to tide us over until the inevitable PlayStation 5.As for Microsoft? They don’t know what happens after Project Scorpio.Project Scorpio is basically Microsoft’s version of the PS4 Pro, only it won’t arrive until late 2017 and promises to be “the most powerful console ever.” Even so, it will remain compatible with the Xbox One and Xbox One S and there’s no plans to create Scorpio exclusive games. So it technicall isn’t a new generation, it’s a mid-generation hardware refresh.After Scorpio has been on the market a few years you’d expect an Xbox Two to be announced, but Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, admits there’s actually no plan. Nobody on the Xbox team knows what will follow Scorpio because they don’t know what consumers want next. It is being thought about, but the question isn’t how much more performance can be offered, it’s “Can we hit something that has a meaningful performance characteristic that a gamer would care about?”The Nintendo Switch likely has a hand in Spencer’s thinking here. Switch is not a high performance machine, it’s a hybrid tablet/console that targets 720p/1080p not 4K. If it’s a huge hit like the Wii was, then that could change the course of what Microsoft, and indeed what Sony chooses to do next.2017 is the year of Nintendo Switch, PS4 Pro, and Project Scorpio. Beyond that, what we call a games console could be a very different offering and no longer just a box that costs under $500 and sits under your TV for its entire life.last_img read more

first_img We missed possibly reaching 100 degrees Monday due to all the smoke in the skies. It was stifling to say the least. Still, the high as of 5 p.m. was 96 degrees, well above the average high for the date of 80 degrees.The good news is we enter a cooling trend today through Thursday. The bad news is we heat up again for the long Labor Day weekend — into the 90s. At least that was the plan looking at guidance Monday.Our weather is nothing compared to the devastation in Texas from then-Hurricane Harvey. The rain just keeps on coming, it seems. It was predicted that some areas would receive 50 inches of rain before it is over. That is way more rain that falls all year here in Vancouver by a good 10 inches.If we did receive copious amounts of rain at least our cities have some elevation and most would run off into the Columbia River. Some neighborhoods would for sure be underwater and areas by the numerous small creeks in Clark County would be flooded. The relatively flat terrain and proximity to the coast in Texas there adds to the difficulties. Our thoughts and prayers are with those involved in this terrible weather event.The wildfires burning out of control around the Northwest could sure use some of that rain, indeed any rain. Looking a head there appears to be no rain heading our way. September begins on a warm and dry note. Maybe the second week of September will bring some showers, as some extended models hint, but that is a ways out there. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 9, 2017 – Nassau – ALERT NUMBER THIRTY FVE (#35) ON HURRICANE IRMA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY SATURDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER, 2017 AT NOON EDT.…IRMA CONTINUES TO POUND THE NORTHEASTERN COAST OF CUBA…HURRICANE WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES: ANDROS, BIMINI AND GRAND BAHAMA.  HURRICANE WARNINGS HAVE BEEN DISCONTINUED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS.    HENCE THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN FOR ABACO , THE BERRY ISLANDS, NEW PROVIDENCE, ELEUTHERA, CAT ISLAND, SAN SALVADOR, RUM CAY, EXUMA, LONG ISLAND, RAGGED ISLAND, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND LONG CAY, MAYAGUANA, IANAGUA AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE AFFECTING OR CAN AFFECT THE AFOREMENTIONED AREAS WITHIN 36 HOURS.AT 11AM EDT, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRMA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 22.8 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 79.85 DEGREES WEST NEAR THE NORTHERN COAST OF CUBA OR ABOUT 163 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MARS BAY ANDROS.IRMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 9 MPH ALONG THE NORTHERN COAST OF CUBA.    A NORTHWEST TURN IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATER TODAY WITH A FURTHER TURN TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST TONIGHT OR ON SUNDAY.    ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CORE OF IRMA WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE NEAR OR OVER THE NORTHERN COAST OF CUBA THIS MORNING, AND WILL REACH THE FLORIDA KEYS EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.    THE HURRICANE IS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR THE SOUTHWEST COAST OF FLORIDA SUNDAY AFTERNOON.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 125 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.   IRMA IS NOW A CATEGORY THREE (3) HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE.   IRMA IS FORECAST TO RESTRENGTHEN ONCE IT MOVES AWAY FROM CUBA, AND IRMA IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN A POWERFUL HURRICANE AS IT APPROACHES FLORIDA.HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 195 MILES FROM THE CENTER.TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE NOW OCCURRING OVER ANDROS AND IS  EXPECTED TO SPREAD INTO BIMINI TONIGHT AND OVER  WEST END GRAND BAHAMA BY STAURDAY AFTERNOON.EXTENSIVE  FLOODING CAN BE EXPECTED AS IRMA IS FORECAST TO PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES.THE COMBINATION OF STORM SURGE AND LARGE WAVES CAN RAISE WATER LEVELS BY AS MUCH AS 3 TO 6 FEET ABOVE THE NORMAL TIDE.   RESIDENTS LIVING NEAR THE COAST SHOULD REMAIN VIGILANT PARTICULARLY THOSE NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF WEST END GRAND BAHAMA.  SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS SHOULD REMAIN IN SAFE HARBOUR.THE NEXT ALERT ON HURRICANE IRMA WILL BE ISSUED AT 3PM TODAY.ISSUED BY:  BASIL DEANlast_img read more

first_imgOn Friday August 10, 2012, at approximately 3:45 a.m., Portland Police were called to cover medical personnel at Mall 205 in the Hazelwood neighborhood on the report of a man who had been dumped from a dumpster into the back of a recycling truck.Officers and medical personnel arrived and talked to the man, identified as 27-year-old Justin Gilpatrick, who told police that he’d been drinking alcohol at a nearby bar when he decided that he was too intoxicated to drive home. Gilpatrick told police that he decided to crawl into a cardboard recycling container to spend the night until he was sober.At some point after Gilpatrick went to sleep, a Waste Management recycling truck dumped the cardboard into the truck and compacted the contents twice before the driver noticed something wrong and found Gilpatrick inside the truck, suffering from minor injuries.Gilpatrick was transported to a Portland hospital where he was treated and released.No criminal charges are expected in this case.last_img read more

first_img Dan Macsai, who continues in his role as assistant managing editor, will lead the Time 100, manage the front of the magazine, and expand digital franchises. He will report to deputy editor Shapiro. Sources close to situation tell Folio: that larger changes will be happening across Time Inc. editorial in the upcoming days, but for the time-being all that’s been announced is the major editorial revamping of TIME magazine and Fortune. Time Inc. editorial restructuring is finally coming to fruition, months after the publishing giant reimagined its upper management and set the groundwork for cross-title initiatives, including streamlined digital desks. O’Connor, who was health director, joined TIME in 2014. Her role as executive editor will be to “expand our coverage of issues that stretch beyond the political realm, from social trends and ideas to health, food, science, religion and relationships,” according to the staff memo. The third assistant managing editor promotion, Howorth, will run Ideas and Motto. Howorth comes from her role as editorial director of Ideas for the magazine. Howorth will report to O’Connor. Vella, who was assistant managing editor, will continue “managing the flow of enterprise stories in print and online.” He will lead the arts and entertainment, business, and technology sections. Nusca confirmed to Folio: that there will not be a deputy digital editor moving forward. He also confirmed that the status of “Fortune Unfiltered,” the weekly podcast launched by Task in July, is yet undecided.   Reporting to Vella are culture editor Isaac Guzman, and Hollywood editor Sam Lansky, as well as critics and culture reporters. At TIME, the editorial shakeup was primarily promotional. In a memo to staff sent Tuesday afternoon, editor-in-chief Nancy Gibbs and editor of digital Edward Felsenthanl wrote, “TIME is rich with talent at every level of the organization. As we say goodbye to some colleagues, we welcome others and are excited to promote the next generation of TIME leadership.” Kelly Conniff, Ben Goldberger, and Claire Howorth were all named assistant managing editors. The second assistant managing editor promotion, Goldberger, will oversee national coverage, sports and special projects such as Person of the Year. Goldberger, formerly nation editor, will report to executive editor O’Connor. Aaron Task is out as digital editor at Fortune. He is replaced by Andrew Nusca, formerly deputy digital editor. Task joined the brand last year from his role as editor-in-chief of Yahoo Finance. Gibbs will continue on as EIC of TIME, as well as in her role as editorial director of the Time Inc. news group, consisting of TIME, Fortune, Money, Time for Kids, and Motto. Under Conniff is Eliza Berman, promoted to deputy culture editor from her role as associate editor, as well as Alex Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick, formerly deputy tech editor, is now the TIME lifestyle editor, focused on travel, food, leisure and the intersection of technology and daily life. Eben Shapiro was hired as deputy editor of TIME from his position as global arts editor at The Wall Street Journal. Shapiro will work alongside Michael Duffy, who will continue in his role as deputy managing editor of TIME, as well as his role as editorial director of Time Inc. Duffy answers to chief content officer Alan Murray. Siobhan O’Connor and Matt Vella were promoted to executive editor. They join Sam Jacobs, who was named executive editor last month and will continue to run the day-to-day operations of Time.com. Radhika Jones, deputy managing editor since 2013, left TIME at the beginning of November to join The New York Times as editorial director of books.  Conniff, formerly features director, will work on cross-title initiatives across Time Inc.’s lifestyle brands, in addition to managing digital entertainment and newsfeed coverage. She reports to Felsenthal. last_img read more

first_imgBSMMUBangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) has conducted the first-ever liver transplant surgery, demonstrating the public hospital’s progress in modern healthcare service.The surgery was successfully conducted on Monday on a 20-year-old youth who had been diagnosed with Liver Cirrhosis in 2017, professor Zulfiqar Rahman Khan, head of BSMMU’s Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic and Liver Transplant Surgery department, told a press briefing on Tuesday, reports UNB.He said it was a free surgery as the mother of the youth donated part of her liver to her son.Khan said a team of 50 physicians took part in the 18-hour long operation that began at 6am on Monday. “It’s a historic achievement for us. With the successful operation, we’ve started liver transplantation service at the BSMMU.”Health and family welfare minister Zahid Maleque who was also present at the briefing said the successful liver transplantation at the BSMMU is a milestone in the public healthcare sector of Bangladesh.”I visited the patient and his mother. They both are doing well. I urge you all to pray for their speedy recovery,” the minister added.He also hoped that patients will not show much interest in going abroad for liver transplantation as the BSMMU has initiated such a great healthcare service.last_img read more

first_imgSkype’s for Web does not support Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on January 30, 2019 in Firefox – Last Update: January 30, 2019 – 45 commentsFirefox users who try to open the web version of Skype in the Firefox browser run into a wall currently because Microsoft claims it is not supported.If you try to open the page in Firefox or any other non-Chromium-based non-Microsoft Edge browser, you are greeted with a “browser not supported ” message.Update: this has been going on for about 2 years apparently.According to the message, Skype for Web supports only Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome. Microsoft asks users to either use one of these browsers — or other Chromium-based browser without stating so explicitly — or use the desktop program instead. A link to the desktop version of Skype is provided.Skype for Web is available as a preview currently, and it is possible that Microsoft will unlock it for other browsers, e.g. Firefox by Mozilla, when the web service exits the preview phase. It is equally possible that Microsoft won’t do so.Microsoft does not reveal why Firefox is not supported. It is likely that Microsoft checks the user agent of the connecting browser and uses it to determine whether users get the “browser not supported” message or access to the Skype for Web preview.Firefox users who change the browser’s user agent using to that of a supported web browser, e.g. Google Chrome, won’t receive the not supported message but can use the service just fine.Note: I did not test all features and it is possible that some features may not work in Firefox due to technical limitations. It is equally possible that everything works and that Microsoft blocks Firefox for other reasons.This is not the first time that major companies limit access to websites to certain browsers; Google has the habit of limiting new services to Chrome first before it makes them available to other browsers. Microsoft limited access to certain services in the past as well.Closing WordsThere are two main reasons why companies limit access to web services to certain browsers:because of technical limitations.because they want to push certain browsers.Has Microsoft’s decision to switch Microsoft Edge to the Chromium engine in 2019 something to do with the decision? I contacted Microsoft to find out more about the blocking of Firefox but have not heard yet back.Now You: What is your take on this?SummaryArticle NameSkype’s for Web does not support FirefoxDescriptionFirefox users who try to open the web version of Skype in the Firefox browser run into a wall currently because Microsoft claims it is not supported.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIf you don’t regulate hate speech and harassment, you haven’t actually created a “home” for queer people.You’ve created a place where queer people have to pay an extra price — tolerating abuse — just to speak up. https://t.co/Spt5G2BndB— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) June 11, 2019 Sorry, but not sorry.Image: Noam Galai/Getty ImagesBy Johnny Lieu2019-06-11 03:51:57 UTC YouTube’s CEO has apologized to the LGBTQ community, but ultimately stood by the decision to keep a creator accused of hate speech on the platform.At CodeCon on Monday, Susan Wojcicki was asked by Axios reporter Ina Fried if she felt the company had made the right call on conservative commentator Steven Crowder. Crowder has been criticized for using homophobic and racial abuse in his videos against Vox journalist Carlos Maza, who last week called out the harassment. Wojcicki said she was “personally very sorry” to the LGBTQ community, and the decision was an emotional one.“YouTube has always been a home for so many LGBTQ creators and that’s why it was so emotional, and though it was a hard decision, it was made harder that it came from us because we’ve been such an important home,” she said.Still, Wojcicki said the company would not back down on its decision to not take action on Crowder’s content, arguing for consistency in applying its harassment policy.“It’s just from a policy standpoint we need to be consistent. Because if we took down that content, there would be so much other content that we need to take down,” she added. “We don’t want just to be knee-jerk, we need to think about it in a very thoughtful way.”YouTube did take some action against Crowder, opting to demonetize his channel to prevent him making money from ads. Maza said the action was essentially a slap on the wrist.  “Abusers use it as proof they’re being ‘discriminated’ against. Then they make millions off of selling merch, doing speaking gigs, and getting their followers to support them on Patreon. The ad revenue isn’t the problem. It’s the platform,” he tweeted.Maza also responded to Wojcicki’s comments, writing that YouTube has failed to create a home for the LGBTQ community by not taking action on hate speech and harassment.“You’ve created a place where queer people have to pay an extra price — tolerating abuse — just to speak up,” he said.last_img read more

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first_img49sharesHome > Events > Event News > Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2019 Features Music, Theater, Dance EventsThe Herod Atticus Odeon. Photo Source: Athens & Epidaurus Festival / Haris BiliosTheatrical performances by Greek and foreign artists, music concerts, opera tributes and contemporary dance shows are among the events included in this year’s diverse program of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2019.Photo Source: @Athens & Epidaurus FestivalRunning since the end of May and until early August, the festival’s events are taking place at the Athens Festival venue at Piraeus 260, the Herod Atticus Odeon and the Megaron –Athens Concert Hall, among many other locations around Attica.The festival is also featuring the “Opening to the city” section, which was launched in 2017 to stage performances in various neighborhoods of Athens and Piraeus, including outdoor areas and archaeological sites.“The Athens & Epidaurus Festival is the greatest and most prominent cultural festival in Greece. And if you’re lucky enough to be visiting Attica this summer, be sure to attend at least one of its performances for a truly unforgettable experience,” the Region of Attica said in an announcement.Performances are also held at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus and the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus.Ancient theater of Epidaurus. Photo Source: Athens & Epidaurus FestivalProminent international artists will perform this year in Attica, including US director Robert Wilson, Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski, Greek-British actress Kathryn Hunter, as well as the oldest active theater company in the world, “Comédie-Française”, directed by the internationally acclaimed avant-garde director Ivo Van Hove.The audience will also have the opportunity to enjoy famous orchestras from all over the world such as the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg; the Wiener Symphoniker, under the baton of conductor and soloist Leonidas Kavakos; the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra of the Ravenna Festival; the China National Symphony Orchestra; as well as major soloists such as Yo-Yo Ma performing Bach’s six suites for cello.This year’s festival also features the Greek National Opera in “Norma” and “La Traviata”.Furthermore, Athens will also see renowned contemporary artists and music bands performing at the Herod Atticus Odeon including Jethro Tull, Dead can Dance, Loreena Mc Kennit and Tindersticks.For the complete program of events in English, visit the Athens & Epidaurus Festival site.last_img read more

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