Moroccan British Business Conference in London on October 22

Marrakech- A business conference entitled “Morocco, Africa’s business gateway” will be held on October 22 at the prestigious Mansion House in London.Organized by the Moroccan Embassy and the Moroccan-British Business Leaders Forum (MBBLF), The conference will be divided into three successive panels that will address the following subjects: “Morocco: Actor in African financial integration”, “The National Energy Strategy: Strengths and Opportunities”, and “The New industrial strategy 2014-2020 Acceleration: What impact on the investment climate in Morocco?”.The Moroccan delegation includes Economy and Finance Minister Mohamed Boussaid, Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP) CEO, Mustapha Terrab, , ONHYM Managing Director Amina Benkhadra, and a number of other financial, energy, and other industry sector leaders. Participants from the UK include Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf, Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy Lord Sharman, and Economic Secretary of the Treasury and City Minister Andrea Leadsom. Other Moroccan business leaders that will be present include President of Casablanca Finance City Said Brahimi, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment, and the Digital Economy Mamoun Bouhdoud, CEO of Casablanca Stock Exchange Karim Hajji, and General Manager of the Agency for National Development of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ADEREE) Said Mouline.Jon Marks of Cross Border Information, an expert on Morocco, will play a key role as moderator for the various sessions and speakers in the first session.Mohammed Boussaid, Moroccan Minister of the Economy and Finance, will give a keynote speech, followed by different panel sessions on financial services, industrial services, and energy.This important conference highlights the efforts that both the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Kingdom are making to improve business relations and create more bilateral investment.Speaking at a debate on Morocco in the House of Lords in 2013, as recorded by the official parliamentary journal Hansard, Lord Sharman, British Economic Secretary to the Treasury and Trade Envoy for Morocco, remarked that Morocco was neither too French nor too risky.In response, British businessmen raised various concerns. Sharman feels that the Casablanca Finance Center offers an important business opportunity for the UK in Francophone Africa. He said he would concentrate on specific areas for trade development and investment with Morocco, including financial services and education, working to provide English language training and English university degrees through agreements between Moroccan and British universities with courses in business, science, and technology.The third sector for development that Lord Sharman mentioned is energy and renewable energy. He also mentioned agribusiness, which has seen steady development in recent years, and tourism, including conferences and events.There have been a number of high-level conferences and exchange visits since 2000 between Moroccan and British business and government leaders. The desire to do business undoubtedly exists, and it has been bolstered by the work of Morocco’s Ambassador to the UK, Lalla Joumala Alaoui.However, the strong trading and investment relationship between the two countries could still be stronger. There is no British bank in the financial hub of Casablanca. Moroccan insurance industry cooperation with Lloyds in the City of London could be improved.The long discussions about cooperation between the City of London and the Casablanca Financial Center have yet to reach fruition. There are great prospects that can lead to a bright trading future.It’s also worth mentioning that the British legal firms in Casablanca are growing, and there are exciting developments in English language training and universities. Many Moroccans want to take full advantage of English language opportunities.There are some 50,000 Moroccans residing in the UK, and there are an important number of key Moroccan financial experts working in the City of London. English experience in developing its private sector with entrepreneurs, investors, and startups can be of great value to Morocco. read more

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CNN Moroccos Role as Africas Little Hollywood

Rabat – American TV channel CNN published an article on Monday praising Morocco on becoming the major filmmaking hub in Africa and the Middle East.CNN lauded Morocco’s setting for renowned blockbuster movies, including Nicholas Cage’s latest film, “Army of One,” shot in Marrakech, taking the place of a city in Pakistan. In the movie, Oscar winner Cage plays the role of Gary Faulkner, an American construction worker, who is on a mission from “God” to capture Osama Bin Laden.TWC-Dimension/Anchor Bay EntertainmentCNN also extolled the virtues of Ouarzazate, nicknamed “the door to the desert,” describing the city located in the southeast of Morocco as “a home away from home for Hollywood directors looking to recreate a host of landscapes without any of the risks, costs and nightmarish logistics of filming in other, perhaps more suitable countries.” Ouarzazate is the home of Atlas Studio, the first film studio located in North Africa and one of the largest movie studios in the world, created in 1983.Photo by Art Moyah/Morocco World NewsSpeaking to CNN, William Higbee, a professor of Film Studies at the University of Exeter, who works with research on transnational Moroccan Cinema, said “Morocco offers a solution to the Hollywood studios who want to shoot films that are set in the Middle East, but in an environment which would seem to them much safer.”Higbee added that over the past two decades, Morocco has become a popular setting for films that are supposed to take place in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East that tackle “America’s politics and terrorism.”“[There is] a greater interest in Hollywood in relation to films set in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East that are dealing with the politics in America’s relationship and intervention into that particular area of the world,” Higbee explained.He went on to add that Morocco supplies international film directors with multiple services, unlike “the Middle Eastern countries [that] sometimes refuse to accommodate films of a certain political nature,” [such as]” Body of Lies,” which was set in Jordan and starred Leonardo Dicaprio and Russell Crowe. The movie’s producers considered shooting in on location in Jordan or Dubai, but ultimately chose Morocco because of the political content which was seen by those other countries as too sensitive.”“Morocco tends to have a more liberal and open attitude. They didn’t have a problem with that kind of narrative,” adds Higbee.With respect to military services, Higbee said, “The Moroccan Film Institute is accommodating and will even help the Hollywood directors negotiate with the Moroccan government and armed forces. If they need to ship in any arms or military equipment, there wouldn’t be a problem getting that into the country. [They may also provide] extras and military equipment or vehicles required for a particular scene.”Mission Impossible 5 in Casablanca read more

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Key Points of the Othmani Government Program

Rabat – Saad Eddine Othmani made his first public appearance in parliament as head of government to present his coalition’s program, both to representatives of the nation and the Moroccan public.Whether his presentation will make Moroccans worried, assured, or indifferent is yet to be determined. But, what is sure is that some of the measures announced will certainly create public controversy.Here are some of the key points of the government program announced by Othmani: Continuing “Social Reforms”As was expected, Saad Eddine Othmani announced that his cabinet would pursue the previous “reforms” of the Compensation Fund, launched by his predecessor and party leader, Abdelilah Benkirane. This means gradually ending government subsidies of staple goods.Under the new “reforms”, prices of widely consumed goods such as sugar, flour, and cooking gas will be liberalized.Othmani promised increased subventions for the needy and enhanced social programs for divorced women and widows.The government program also promised to reduce social and regional disparities in rural areas through a 7 years program on a  budget of 50 billion MAD.By 2021, the government intends to achieve a set of objectives, including,increasing the rate of health coverage to 90%; Increasing access to basic healthcare services to 100%; Reducing illiteracy to 20%; and reducing housing shortages to 200,000 units.Boosting the Economy and Sustainable DevelopmentAchieving a good growth rate, improving competitiveness of the national economy, and creating jobs are the main headlines of the government’s economic program.Othmani declared that his cabinet is seeking a growth rate between 4.5% and 5.5% by 2021. By the same year, budget deficit shall be maintained at 3%, inflation at 2%, and unemployment at 5.4%.The government is also talking about creating a better investment environment, supporting small and medium enterprises, and facilitating the transition of 100 thousand self-employed people to the formal sector.Promises to drastically improve infrastructure were also made. The government declared its intention to build a 555 km highway between Tiznit and Laayoune, and widen the 500 km road linking Laayoune and Dakhla.The capacity of Moroccan airports, according to the program, will be boosted to reach 40 million passengers per year.A national strategy for sustainable development is being prepared and implemented, said the program.Strenghtening DemocracySaad Eddine Othmani vowed to build on Morocco’s democratic institutions by granting the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) more prerogatives, including a national system to prevent torture.Promises were made to institutionalize equality between men and women, and hold national debates to explore better solutions for incorporating Amazigh as an official language.Pursuing reform of the judicial system is also on the government agenda, as well as establishing a digital tribunal.Othmani said the government aims to modernize the Justice administration and improve judicial services and strengthen the role of justice in protecting citizens’ rights and liberties and combating crime.The presentation of the government program is the first public test for the cabinet led by Saad Eddine Othmani. Many challenges await the coalition of six parties that make up the cabinet. Its success depends on how much the government can deliver. read more

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Small number of RBC credit card holders affected in Equifax breach bank

TORONTO — RBC says “a small number” of its credit-card clients’ personal information may have been affected in the massive Equifax security breach.Bank spokesperson A.J. Goodman said in an email that RBC has not yet identified any impact to clients and is continuing to investigate the issue.Earlier this month, Equifax said hackers gained unauthorized access to its files in a massive cyber attack that saw the personal information of about 100,000 Canadians compromised.Equifax previously said it has provided information to MasterCard and Visa about Canadian customers whose credit-card details may have been compromised for communication to the financial institutions involved. Those institutions were then to communicate with consumers, according to Equifax.Now, the company’s website says the credit-monitoring service will reach out directly to impacted customers by mail.Equifax Canada said those customers will be able to enrol in complimentary credit monitoring and identity theft protection service for one year. read more

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Nine still missing after bad weather

In total 34 people have been confirmed dead as of last evening 28,833 people are still in evacuation centers.Over 300,000 people were affected by the rain, strong winds, floods and landslides. The Disaster Management Center (DMC) says 9 people still remain missing after the bad weather experienced in most parts of the country last week.Among those missing are 7 in Matale and 2 people in Batticaloa. Matale was mostly affected by landslides following the heavy rains.

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MR says war hampered progress

Meanwhile the Asian Devolopment Bank said that Sri Lanka can become a shipping hub with the opening of the port which will help secure maritime supply routes. President Mahinda Rajapaksa says past government sacrificed development as they focused on ending the war with the LTTE.However he says his government was able to balance both the war and development and in the end eradicated terrorism and also set in motion massive development projects. “Sri Lanka has a window of opportunity to get into and become a shipping hub with the opening of the new port with higher capacity ships coming to port,”  Rita O’Sullivan, Country Director, Sri Lanka, Asian Development Bank said.“There is Singapore and Dubai but the Indian ports can’t compete with the new port that can handle big ships with the 18,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) capacity.” The President said this after declaring open the expanded 500 million US dollar port in Colombo today. The Chinese owned Colombo International Container Terminal (CITC) in Colombo is located mid-way on the east-west sea route and has facilities on a par with Singapore and Dubai.The breakwater for the expansion was financed by the ADB. O’Sullivan was speaking at the launch of Sri Lanka’s Postgraduate Institute of Management inaugural course on public policy for business leaders, academics, researchers and government officials. read more

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Upcoming Brockled national fundraising walk to focus on healthy sleep awareness

For those of us who drag through the day bleary-eyed and flat-tailed, Brock University sleep expert Kimberly Cote asks two key questions: Do you know how much sleep you need? and, Are you taking the time to get that sleep?“We could have a long list of tips on how we can advise people to have healthy sleep,” says Cote, Professor of Psychology at Brock and president of the Canadian Sleep Society (CSS).“If people would just make the time to get the amount of sleep they need, that would really improve sleep. For the most part, we’re the cause of unhealthy sleep: we don’t get the sleep we need, we’re burning the candle at both ends.”That amount of slumber needed ranges from 12 to 16 hours for infants, nine to 14 hours for children, eight to 10 hours for adolescents, and six to nine hours for adults, says Cote.Exact times will vary depending on one’s age and genetic makeup.“Your sleep time is kind-of like a fingerprint; it’s yours. It’s a hardwired trait thing that won’t change. There’s variability between people – we don’t quite understand why that is.”Cote and the CSS are launching a campaign about healthy sleep: what it is, why it’s important, and how to get enough. They have put together “The Great Canadian Sleepwalk: The Road to Good Nights,” a five-kilometre walk in four Canadian cities Saturday, Aug. 20, to raise funds for sleep research, activities and resources, as well as educating the public about healthy sleep. One of the sleepwalk’s four locations is at Brock University.A good night’s sleep is vital for brain and body functioning, says Cote. For instance, sleep strengthens the connections between the brain’s frontal regions, which are responsible for rational thinking, with another part of the brain called the ‘amygdala,’ which regulates emotions.Cote’s recent research shows that people restricted to four hours of sleep on a single night have difficulty identifying emotional information in picture scenes and facial expressions.Other areas affected by lack of sleep include motor response time, attention, memory recall and immune system regulation.People intuitively think that sleep is a time for rest, lights out, everything is shut down and goes slower, but that’s actually not the case.“People intuitively think that sleep is a time for rest, lights out, everything is shut down and goes slower, but that’s actually not the case,” explains Cote, a researcher with the Psychology Department and Brock’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research. “There are many bodily and brain functions that are actually more active when you’re asleep than when you’re awake. It’s an indispensable time; no one can go without sleep.”It takes approximately 10 to 20 minutes to fall asleep, says Cote; sooner than that may signal sleep deprivation, and longer than 20 minutes could be a sign of insomnia.Healthy sleep occurs in five stages. Stage 1 is very light sleep at the beginning of the process, with the sleeper having clear, rational thoughts. Stage 2 takes up about half of the night or longer; one can easily be awakened and have some thoughts and even report dreams.Stages 3 and 4, which takes up about 20 per cent of the night, is the deep sleep during which brain and body functions are thought to be restored. Stage 5, which also consists of about 20 per cent of the night, is the so-called REM, or ‘Rapid Eye Movement,’ phase characterized by vivid, often-negative dreams; this takes place every 90 minutes of sleep and is longest in the early morning, just before awakening. REM sleep is thought to play more of a role in learning and memory, emotion regulation and creativity.Cotes says stress, anxiety and eating foods that cause indigestion close to bedtime can disrupt some or all of these phases. She notes that 40 per cent of Canadians have sleep disorders. One in four Canadians report experiencing insomnia, or the inability to fall, or stay, asleep; the situation is chronic in about 10 per cent of these cases. There are over 100 sleep disorders.To get healthy sleep, people need to pay attention to ‘sleep hygiene,’ which refers to behaviours that encourage sleep. These include: sticking to a regular bedtime schedule seven nights a week; following a bedtime routine such as brushing teeth; not consuming caffeine and other stimulants; refraining from napping more than 20 minutes during the day; and avoiding cellphone, computer and TV screens just before bedtime.If you find yourself being wide awake at 3 a.m. and unable to fall back asleep, get out of bed, preferably out of the bedroom, and do something relaxing but not too demanding, such as knitting, folding towels or reading a light, non-electronic book.If you stay in bed night after night tossing and turning for more than a half-hour, says Cote, your brain eventually starts to associate your bed and bedtime routines with wakefulness, enabling insomnia “to take on a life of its own.”To break out of insomnia, some people take sleeping pills or undergo Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy that focusses on helping people develop skills and strategies to become, and remain, a healthy sleeper.“Part of the therapy, whether it’s sleeping pills or CBT for insomnia, is that you’re re-training your brain to sleep, so by getting that sleep, it’s getting you back on track and you’re no longer associating the sleep environment with wakefulness.”But Cote cautions that sleeping pills are meant to be a short-term intervention only, not a long-term solution. Part of the reason is because sleeping pills bring on mostly Stage 2 sleep, reduce in effectiveness over time, and dependency is possible.These and other aspects of healthy sleep will be highlighted during the “The Great Canadian Sleepwalk: The Road to Good Nights” at Brock and in Halifax, Quebec City and Montreal.At Brock, there will be two routes: one through the Bruce Trail; and the other a flatter, more accessible course. The walk costs $10 to enter; children 12 years and under can walk for free. Please register ahead of time. Participants are encouraged to come in their pajamas or dress as their favourite ‘dream character.’ The Dairy Farmers of Canada will be distributing free milk. Register at: www.CanadianSleepwalk.ca read more

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Massive scaleup needed if global targets on tuberculosis are to be met

“To save more lives now, we must get newly recommended rapid tests, drugs and regimens to those who need them,” said Dr. Mario Raviglione, Director of the WHO Global TB Programme, stressing that current actions and investments have fell far short of what is needed. “The world is finally waking up to the threat of antimicrobial resistance – now is the time to accelerate the MDR-TB response,” he emphasized.In September this year, on the side lines of the UN General Assembly’s high-level segment, global leaders met to discuss the threats posed by anti-microbial resistance and called for urgent and increased attention to curb the spread of infections caused by such “superbugs.”Challenges in financingWHO further highlighted that for TB care and prevention, investments in low- and middle-income countries fell almost $2 billion short of the $8.3 billion needed this year. “This gap will widen to $6 billion by 2020 if current levels of funding are not increased,” it warned noting that almost 84 per cent of the financing available in low- and middle-income countries in 2016 was from domestic sources but this was mostly accounted for by the BRICS (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa). Other low- and middle- income countries continue to rely heavily on international donor financing, with more than 75 per cent coming from The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, an international financing organization that works for the prevention and treatment of these diseases. In addition, WHO estimates that at least an extra $1 billion per year is needed to accelerate the development of new vaccines, diagnostics, and medicines. According to the Global Tuberculosis Report, though response efforts have saved more than three million lives in 2015, the overall burden of the disease is actually higher than previously estimated, primarily based on new survey data from India. Last year, there were an estimated 10.4 million new cases worldwide and six countries (India, followed by Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa) accounted for 60 per cent of the total number. An estimated 1.8 million people died from TB last year, of whom about 400,000 were co-infected with HIV. Even though global TB deaths fell by 22 per cent between 2000 and 2015, the disease was one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide in 2015, responsible for more deaths than HIV and malaria, noted the news release. Challenges in reporting and treating tuberculosisThe Report also revealed that gaps in testing for TB and reporting new cases remain major challenges with only 6.1 million of the estimated 10.4 million new cases detected and officially notified in 2015, leaving a gap of 4.3 million. “This gap is due to underreporting of TB cases especially in countries with large unregulated private sectors, and under-diagnosis in countries with major barriers to accessing care,” said WHO in the release. Another major challenge is tackling multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), a condition in which the disease causing organism is resistant to at least isoniazid and rifampin, the two most potent TB drugs.According to the UN health agency this MDR-TB is a public health crisis.Based on estimates, some 480,000 people contracted MDR-TB in 2015, with India, China and Russia accounting for more than half such cases globally. Additionally, only 1 in 5 of the people newly eligible for second-line treatment were able to access it and global cure rates continue to remain low at about 52 per cent. “We face an uphill battle to reach the global targets for tuberculosis,” said Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Margaret Chan in a news release today that also announced the launch of the agency’s 2016 Global Tuberculosis Report.“There must be a massive scale-up of efforts, or countries will continue to run behind this deadly epidemic and these ambitious goals will be missed,” she added, referring to targets to reduce tuberculosis (TB) deaths by 90 per cent and its cases by 80 per cent by 2030, compared with 2015. These targets were agreed by countries both at the World Health Assembly, the highest governing body of the WHO, as well as in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In one of its targets, (SDG3) specifically calls for ending the epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) by 2030. In Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, a weightlifter is treated for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis at a dedicated hospital supported by grants from The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Photo: The Global Fund/Ryan Quinn Mattingly read more

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Ohio State mens wrestling readying itself for National Duals after loss to

The No. 5 Ohio State wrestling team is trying to bounce back after losing its regular season finale against No. 1 Penn State, 29-18, as it heads into the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen “Mat Mayhem” National Duals. The Buckeyes, which received an automatic bid to the event’s finals because they are among the top four returning dual-meet teams, finished the regular season 11-3 and 5-3 in the Big Ten. The automatic bid finalists were awarded based on their performance and rankings from the 2011-2012 season. OSU sophomore Hunter Stieber, ranked No. 2 in the 141-pound weight class, said that he likes the team’s chances in the postseason. “I feel pretty good,” he said. “Team-wise, I think we’ll be all right. We bounce back pretty well. We’re an older team so it should be good.” The Division I National Duals will feature a new format this year with eight teams in the finals instead of the traditional four. The addition of four automatic bid finalists increases the initial pool of competitors from 16 to 20. The teams that did not receive automatic bids are divided up into four different regions: Cornell University Region: Cornell, Hofstra, Virginia, Nebraska Kent State University Region: Kent State, Oklahoma State, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin Oregon State University Region: Oregon State, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Michigan University of Missouri Region: Missouri, Maryland, Wyoming, Purdue The automatic bid finalists are Ohio State, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. Each region will host a one-day competition Sunday. The winners will move on to join the four automatic bid teams at the University of Minnesota for the finals on Feb. 22-23 in Minneapolis. Sophomore 149-pounder Cam Tessari said he is looking to pick up where he left off coming off a big 3-1 win against then-No. 7-ranked sophomore Andrew Alton of Penn State. “I’m excited for it (the National Duals),” he said. “I was a little rocky at the beginning of the season but I think I’m starting to hit my stride.” OSU coach Tom Ryan said there are a few kinks the team needs to work out between now and the tournament, but he has high hopes. “I feel great about this team,” he said. “Up and down the lineup we have good guys. We have to fight a little harder, but we’re going to be ready to go.” Last year, OSU failed to make the finals of the National Duals when it lost to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. This year, they’ll look to avenge that loss. The Buckeyes’ first match is set to start at 6 p.m. on Feb. 22 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. The finals will conclude Feb. 23. read more

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Illegal dumps on the nose in Greece

first_imgOver 1600 illegal dumps in Greece have been closed down since the middle of last year as the Greek Government tries to avoid a massive fine from the European Union.The government admitted last week that while there are still over 400 illegal landfills in Greece, it was ahead of schedule in closing them down.According to figures released by a ministerial committee, there were 2108 dumps operating illegally last summer. Deputy Interior Minister Athanassios Nakos said that 1698 of these have now been closed down, leaving 410 still to be tackled. He said these would be dealt with by the end of the year. Nakos added that the government’s target had been to shut down 1555 landfills by the end of 2008.The government suggested that the rapid rate at which the dumps are being closed means that the EU may not impose the considerable fine with which Greece had been threatened. Brussels had informed Greece last year that it would be fined 34,000 euros per day from the start of 2009 for each illegal landfill that remained open. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Vancouver ranks high for health risks due to environmental quality

first_imgVancouver is among the Washington cities where residents see the greatest health risks due to environmental quality, according to a new ranking and mapping tool from the state charting health risks at the neighborhood level.Using state and national data, researchers combined 19 environmental, population and socioeconomic data points to score neighborhoods at the census tract level, and map the results.Much of Vancouver earned a high score, with some of the riskiest neighborhoods between and around state Highway 500 and Fourth Plain Boulevard in central Vancouver or along Interstate 205.The scoring is relative, according to researchers, and reflects the risk a given community faces based on that combination of environmental and social factors. It does not, the designers caution, measure any specific health burden or pollution levels, or how those factors are reflected in actual illnesses or injuries.The indicators are a mix of environmental factors and population characteristics. The pollution data include lead risk and exposure, proximity to Superfund sites, area diesel emissions, particulate matter and traffic density, among others. On the population side, the data include infant birth weight and prevalence of death by cardiovascular disease, as well as race, unemployment and the costs of housing or transportation.last_img read more

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Reality Changers welcomes a new President and CEO

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Jonathan Halvorson, Posted: August 19, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Reality Changers has developed a nationally-recognized, three-stage college access program that changes realities for high-potential, inner city youth and now has a new President and CEO.According to the organization, after nearly two decades later, Reality Changers now serves nearly 1,000 youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in Southern California every year.Tamara Craver joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the group.For more information click here. Jonathan Halvorson Reality Changers welcomes a new President and CEO August 19, 2019last_img read more

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Scottish Power introduces retirement savings portal

first_imgScottish Power has introduced an online portal to help its employees meet their retirement saving goals.The portal, provided by Hymans Robertson, enables the 2,500 members of Scottish Power’s defined contribution (DC) pension scheme to set a retirement income target and helps them to make informed decisions to meet that target.Around a third of Scottish Power’s pension scheme members have already made use of the portal, and 10% have made immediate changes to save more for their retirement.As part of the initiative, a personalised statement has been sent out to all pension scheme members about their own pension savings situation.Anne Harris, UK pensions manager at Scottish Power, said: “Like many businesses, we wanted to be sure that our employees understood how much they would need to be saving in to their pension arrangement so that they could afford to retire at the right time for them. We wanted to avoid people getting close to their planned retirement age only to find they needed to work longer. That’s not great for them, or for managing our workforce.“We can now educate our pension scheme members about how much money they might need in retirement, how much they might get and how they might address any gaps.“[The technology] also gives us a communications and governance framework to manage the membership over time. This will enable us to make more effective decisions over our pensions and reward strategy using the analytics of savings behaviours that [the portal] provides.”last_img read more

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Cargo Ship Released Crew to Stay Behind as Pollution Case Continues

first_imgA cargo ship under investigation in a possible oil pollution case will be able to leave Unalaska, after its owner posted bond on Thursday.Download AudioThe 600-foot M/V Lindavia, owned by Herm. Dauelsberg of Germany, has been detained by the U.S. Coast Guard in Unalaska for the past two weeks.Kevin Feldis, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage, says the ship’s owner signed a security agreement with the Coast Guard to let them leave port.“Part of that agreement: they’ve posted a $500,000 bond that will be available for any potential future penalties or criminal fines,” Feldis says.(Credit: smp/marinetraffic.com)The Lindavia can now take its seafood cargo onto its destination in Japan. But Feldis says some of the crew will stay behind in Alaska.“A portion of the crew will be brought here to Anchorage, and the company is paying for that in order to make them available for the ongoing investigation,” he says. “Of course, like in any vessel investigation, the crew members are the ones who know what happened on the vessel and the ones who potentially have information related to any alleged environmental crimes.”The Lindavia was still anchored outside Dutch Harbor on Friday afternoon, with Coast Guard officers from the local marine safety detachment on board. Warrant Officer Dustin Overturf says he expects the ship will be able to leave town by Saturday.The Coast Guard is working with the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate whether the crew mis-handled oil waste aboard the ship, among other potential issues: “Whether the proper records were kept, whether there were discharges overboard,” says Kevin Feldis. “These are the types of questions we look into in all of these vessel pollution cases.”Feldis’ office just wrapped up another one of those on Friday. A different German company, AML Ship Management, entered an official guilty plea for oil pollution crimes after signing a plea dealearlier this month.last_img read more

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Exprincipal of Eden College murdered Police

first_imgMahfuza ChowdhuryA former principal of Eden Mohila (girls) College, Mahfuza Chowdhury Parvin, has been murdered mysteriously at her city house.Maruf Hossain Sarder, deputy commissioner of Ramna Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), confirmed her death and called it a murder.The police official said Mahfuza was killed at her house at Elephant Road in the capital on Sunday afternoon.He said Mahfuza was living at Sukanna Tower at Elephant Road, where she was murdered.Maruf said two housemaids of her house fled after the incident. Police primarily suspect that the maids may involve in the killing.The deputy commissioner said police rushed to the spot.last_img read more

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Justice Kennedys Retirement His Legacy And What It Means Going Forward

first_img Share Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images/Via PBS NewsHourSupreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy after the swearing-in ceremony for Justice Neil Gorsuch in the Rose Garden at the White House.Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced Wednesday that he will be retiring from the bench after more than 30 years to spend more time with his family.Kennedy was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1988, but sometimes sided with the court’s liberal justices and became a crucial vote on the nine-justice court on issues from gun rights to affirmative action. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion legalizing same-sex marriage in 2015. We asked experts who clerked for him, argued against him and wrote about him for their thoughts about Kennedy as a high-court justice and as a man, and what this retirement means for the court’s makeup and the country.On Kennedy as a personKennedy loved talking to high school and middle school students, said Michael Dorf, a professor at Cornell Law School who clerked for Kennedy during the 1991-1992 Supreme Court term. He considered that a continuation of his role on the bench. And, Dorf said, he believed that in the big cases, his job was to talk to the people. “You don’t talk in legalese, you talk in broad principles,” Dorf remembers him saying, adding, “He used to say to us clerks that the only authority we have comes from the reasoning in opinions. You have to justify that reasoning to lawyers, but also to the country as a whole.”Kennedy is an ”exceedingly charming person,” said attorney Kathleen Sullivan, a partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP who has argued in front of Kennedy before. “He is a great raconteur who can hold a room spellbound with his stories and anecdotes. He is immensely warm and curious about the people he meets and he is deeply learned. He loves to read and he loves to talk about a wide range of subjects. Above all, he exudes a remarkable sense of decency and fairness even in his personal interactions,” she added.Kennedy is also a major Shakespeare buff. In 1994, he jump-started the idea to have a Supreme Court justice preside over a mock trial in a Shakespeare production. Kennedy, himself, participated a handful of times over the years.In 2007, Kennedy presided over a “trial” in a Kennedy Center production of “Hamlet” that took place during a six-month celebration of Shakespeare in Washington, D.C. Video by PBS NewsHourOn Kennedy’s legacy as Supreme Court justice“Kennedy is most notable for the fact that if you were arguing before him, he kept an open mind,” said Neal Katyal, former acting solicitor general of the United States. “He was called ‘the antagonizer’ for a reason. He did definitely antagonize in some of the hard cases. When arguing in front of him, you felt like if you went in and gave a good argument, he was listening carefully, and you could sway him, and that’s what all Americans want in a justice.”He has a “passionate commitment to free speech,” Jeff Shesol, author of “Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court” said, and he has been, over time, “a kind of voice of tolerance and inclusion,” especially in regards to gay and lesbian Americans, Shesol said.This defense of the First Amendment was evident “in the context of political or artistic expression made by students, workers, or any citizens,” Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute, wrote for the libertarian think tank’s site.And he is also a “careful guarantor of the Constitution’s structural protections for liberty,” Shapiro wrote. “Whether federalism, the separation of powers, or any of the other ‘less sexy’ parts of constitutional design, he recognized that they were there as a means to protect and secure our liberties, not as a dry technical exercise.”Kennedy is the “quintessential balancer” on the Supreme Court, said Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute’s office at New York University School of Law. “He has tried to be the middle person on so many issues for such a long period of time and that inevitably made him the most important person in the country for a number of years,” he added.People also forget that the reason the marriage equality case came down the way it did is that its precursor case, the Lawrence v. Texas case on sodomy, was also Justice Kennedy’s fifth vote, Chishti said. And, without the Lawrence case, the marriage equality case would have been difficult to reach that conclusion, he added.Kennedy has often been seen as a swing justice, and in some ways, this is accurate, in others it’s not, Dorf said. “That makes it seem mercurial, but he had principles and was predictable in ways that placed him with liberals on some issues and conservatives on others. They were generally libertarian principles.”On what to expect going forwardThis creates an opportunity for President Trump to move the court far to the right, Katyal said. “You’re replacing a center-right justice with possibly a far-right one, and that will be a battle for the ages.”“We’ll get another Gorsuch,” Shesol said. “We will get another predictable conservative, as predictable as they can find. [The Trump administration’s] looking for certainty in its selection. The justices whose votes were often in question — Kennedy, O’Connor, Souter — you will not see another selection like that by a Republican president, if they can possibly help it,” he added.On the social issues that people care about, this will be huge, Dorf said. Chief Justice John Roberts, who is to the right of Kennedy on many social issues, “becomes the center of the court, and that is likely to be true after the Senate confirms.”All of the people on the White House list of 25 potentials could be considered more reliably conservative than Kennedy, Shapiro said, “which means that Chief Justice John Roberts will become the median justice.”Jenny Marder, Matt Loffman and Julia Griffin contributed reporting.last_img read more

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Kids dont read for leisure anymore

first_imgPenning and illustrating over 35 children’s books published throughout the world does seem to lend weight to Australian author Frane Lessac’s opinion that kids nowadays probably tend to read less for leisure.‘Children are reading more now they might be reading more on the Internet, maybe more of graphic novels etc, but they are definitely reading. What may be happening is they might be reading less for leisure,’ says Frane, who was in the city for the just concluded Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The author who is well known in the US, Australia, UK Carribian Islands among other places is no stranger to India too, a country she has now visited four times in total.‘This time I went to schools and had events in Kolkata, Chandigarh, Gurgaon and am overwhelmed meeting so many children. They are warm, polite, gorgeous and some of them have voracious reading habits,’ Frane told PTI.Every visit for the 58-year-old storyteller is an adventure. She has been to Varanasi, Rajasthan, Kochi and Punjab among other places. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘India is an adventure. One of my bestselling books called The Bird Who Was an Elephant is a story based here and the book has come out in five different versions including Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati, and Urdu,’ says Frane who was also participating in a multi-city tour organised as part of the Oz Fest, the ongoing Australian cultural festival in India.Nine O’ Clock Lullaby and Simpson and His Donkey are her other books capturing stories from India that she has written and filled with beautiful and vivid watercolour illustrations.Born in the US and raised on the small Carribbean island of Montserrat, the who has later lived in London before moving to Australia is a collector of stories too.‘I collect stories especially folk tales from all the places I have been to. In Chandigarh the children loved hearing folk tales,’ says Frane.last_img read more

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Virgin Trains shuts down critics of its rainbow logo in best possible

first_imgJune is Pride Month in the US, but the season is increasingly being celebrated around the world.Increasingly, corporates are using the month to demonstrate their support for LGBTI causes. The likes of American Airlines, United Airlines and Dow Chemical have all turned their logos on social media rainbow colored.Predictably, such actions prompt a handful of negative comments from some social media followers – which is where the dedicated corporate can stand out from the crowd. Step forward Virgin Trains East Coast.Virgin, headed by Richard Branson, operates on two of the UK’s biggest train lines in the country (East Coast and West Coast).Virgin Trains East Coast turned its logo rainbow colored on Facebook last week.‘To celebrate #PrideMonth, we’ve changed our Social Media logos to show our support. We’re sponsoring York Pride on 9th June and recently launched our #Trainbow livery. We believe everyone should be able to love who they want, and be who they truly are.’‘Decent human beings’The announcement promoted hundreds of comments. Some were negative, but whoever was in charge of their social media was having none of it.Virgin Trains East Coast recently lost its franchise agreement with the UK government. The line will be renationalized later this month. Perhaps losing its franchise has emboldened some of its social media team!‘Well I suppose when you’re just about to have your franchise taken away from you, what better way to react than with a pointless publicity stunt to show how hip and modern you are,’ asked Rory Hand on Facebook.‘Yes, supporting the rights of people in the LGBTQ+ community is just a publicity stunt, and not because we’re decent human beings Rory with a large and diverse workforce,’ replied Virgin social media operative ‘KM’.‘I should have thought you ought to be concentrating on running your train service,’ said David Hodkinson.‘We can support basic human rights for all while running our train service David. It’s called multi-tasking. ^KM’ replied Virgin. A Virgin Train decorated in rainbow colors for Pride season in the UK (Photo: Virgin) eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Skittles release funny, yummy clips to celebrate Pride monthLaptop company Lenovo makes pro-LGBTI video and people think it’s got rid of the backspace keyLGBTQ – eTurboNews (eTN)Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/virgin-trains-rainbow-pride/ ‘Whoever is responding to these comments needs to be made CEO immediately’The overwhelming response to the rainbow logo was positive.‘Whoever is responding to these comments needs to be made CEO immediately. Love that it’s an actual human response and not a faceless pre thought out copy and paste reply. All the love ’ said Louise Avery.‘Brilliant Virgin Trains. I’m not gay but a lot of friends are and this is an amazing idea. All the haters on here should be ashamed of themselves. It’s s because of people like them there are so many problems in the world,’ said Julie Williams.Virgin Trains East Coast is supporting York Pride, England, this Saturday. Virgin Trains has also added rainbows to some of its Pendolinos, as part of its #Trainbow and #RideWithPride campaigns. Look out for them across the network this summer.Great seeing @VirginTrains new #Trainbow Pride inspired livery on their East Coast route. Fantastic visibility for their support of LGBT+ employees, customers and diverse communities. #Pride2018 #LoveIsLove pic.twitter.com/ihT0wwfYjM— Thomas Anderson (@ThomasIAnderson) June 4, 2018Virgin Trains East Coast operated the East Coast line in conjunction with Stagecoach. However, after reporting huge losses, the companies had their franchise agreement with the UK government terminated three years early. Virgin Trains West Coast operations remain unaffected.See alsoAmerican Airlines gives brilliant response to Twitter critic of rainbow logo The social media team with Virgin Trains East Coast in the UK have responded to all the negative comments they’ve received about the company’s embrace of Pride Month. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | July 27, 2012 MedidaMetrics, Mayo Clinic Collaborate on Radiology Cost Analysis software Related Content Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more July 27, 2012 — MedidaMetrics Inc. announced a multifaceted agreement with Mayo Clinic, making Mayo’s radiology CareMaps available to other medical providers and conducting an ExactCost pilot in the radiology department. The agreement includes equity in MedidaMetrics for Mayo Clinic.A CareMap represents multiple disciplines within healthcare and describes the steps or activities and decision points in the management of a specific condition or diagnosis. CareMaps can be customized to represent how and when services are delivered. They provide vital clinical practice support and serve as a continual work in progress to achieve best practice. Mayo’s CareMaps will enable heath care institutions to compare their practices against a best of breed example. MedidaMetrics offers comprehensive hospital, outpatient clinic and standalone center based ExactCost solutions ranging from departmental to whole enterprise. These solutions enable an institution to identify costs at both a line item and process level. Alternatives can be analyzed to determine the impact of new approaches. Actionable intelligence breathes new life into stale decision-making improving the efficiency and effectiveness of hospital administration and operation. It takes the “what” is happening to an understanding of “why” it is occurring.The relationship with MedidaMetrics helps establish an improved foundation for critical decision making among healthcare institutions faced with the tough challenge of reducing its costs while maintaining or improving quality.As part of the collaboration agreement, Mayo Clinic will receive equity in MedidaMetrics Inc. In addition, Mayo participated in MedidaMetrics Series B-1 financing.For more information: www.MedidaMetrics.com News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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