Lionel Messi Writes Words Of Encouragement To Communities Around The World

first_imgLionel Messi and Gatorade have publicly released the first of 10 handwritten letters from the FC Barcelona superstar and five-time World Player of the Year that offer words of hope, encouragement and perseverance to communities across the world.Lionel Messi and Gatorade partner to offer communities around the world words of encouragement, hope and perseveranceFor ten consecutive weeks, Messi will send a “Don’t Go Down” themed letter to an unsuspecting organization in select cities, with Barcelona being the first.The letter writing campaign was born out of the positive response and fan feedback following Gatorade’s recent “Don’t Go Down” video launch in February. The video highlighted Messi’s unique style, in which he refuses to dive, flop or give in during adverse situations, on and off the pitch. Messi’s message, according to the campaign and emphasized in his letters is “Don’t Go Down…life has more in store for you, if you just stay up.”“I was very touched by the incredibly positive response to the ’Don’t Go Down’ video and Gatorade’s willingness to support my efforts to spread this important message across the globe,” said Messi. “I model my actions on the field by the way I live my life, to keep moving forward through good times and adversity.”“When Messi came to us with this letter writing idea we felt it was the perfect way to extend our campaign and the important message of hope, resiliency and perseverance,” said Anuj Bhasin, Head of Gatorade Global Marketing. “We’re extremely proud to be aligned with a star like Messi and help spread his inspirational message of toughness and resilience.”Letters from Messi and Gatorade will be distributed around the world to five continents, including North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Communities that will receive handwritten letters will be revealed in the comings weeks.last_img read more

Vince Vaughn To Be Honored At John Wayne Cancer Institute Odyssey Ball

first_imgThe John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary will honor internationally recognized medical oncologist Steven J. O’Day, MD, with “The Duke” Special Service Award and award-winning actor, producer and screenwriter Vince Vaughn, with the “True Grit” Humanitarian Award at the 32nd annual Odyssey Ball, Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills.The Best is Yet to Come casino-themed gala fundraiser benefits the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center and is organized by John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary co-chairs Martha Harper and Shirley Lipstone.“It gives us great pleasure to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of Dr. O’Day and his commitment to our mission,” said Patrick Wayne, chairman of the board at the Institute and son of the legendary actor John Wayne. “His worldwide collaborations and dedication to advance knowledge of melanoma cancer research and treatment, embody all that ‘The Duke’ Special Service Award symbolizes.”Steven J. O’Day, MD is Professor of Medical Oncology, Director of Immuno-Oncology and Director of Clinical Research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Dr. O’Day is recognized as one of the preeminent melanoma specialists in the world. He provides expert clinical care while incorporating teaching and leading clinical research. He lectures extensively, both nationally and internationally. He has been at the forefront of new drug development in melanomas over the last two decades. Dr. O’Day played a leadership role in the development of the breakthrough immune checkpoint inhibitor ipilimumab. He has been a principal investigator in more than 100 clinical trials and has published more than 200 manuscripts, abstracts and reviews in prestigious medical journals. He has served on the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Education Committee for melanoma and recently completed a three-year term on the prestigious ASCO Cancer Communications Committee where he moderated ASCO Immuno-Oncology press conferences.“The ‘True Grit’ Award was established to recognize individuals who embody the American values that were characteristic of John Wayne,” said Anita Swift, Auxiliary president. “We are honored to celebrate Vince Vaughn for his generosity, commitment and support of America’s servicemen and women.”Vince Vaughn has become one of Hollywood’s most highly acclaimed triple threats – as an actor, producer and screenwriter. A Chicago native, Vaughn first caught the attention of critics and audiences in Doug Liman’s cult classic Swingers. He was most recently seen in Mel Gibson’s WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge, which was nominated for 6 Academy Awards & 3 Golden Globes, and recently wrapped production on Craig Zahler’s Brawl in Cell Block 99. He also appeared in the critically acclaimed HBO series True Detective. Vaughn’s film credits include: Wedding Crashers, The Internship, The Watch, The Dilemma, Couples Retreat, Four Christmases, Fred Claus, Into The Wild, The Breakup, Old School, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Rudy, The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2, among others.About the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health CenterSince 1981, the family of John Wayne has been committed to pioneering cancer research in memory of their father, who died of cancer. The courageous and dedicated researchers at the John Wayne Cancer Institute have made groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the way cancer is detected, diagnosed and treated around the world. Today the tradition of excellence continues as the Institute spearheads new research advances, while training the next generation of leaders in the fight against cancer through its renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. The Institute’s programs focus on melanoma, breast, neuro, prostate and gastrointestinal cancers, as well as innovative research in cancer genomics, molecular biomarkers, and chemo- and immunotherapies. With its unique ability to rapidly turn scientific discoveries into novel approaches for early detection and treatment, the Institute provides immediate hope to cancer patients everywhere.About the John Wayne Cancer Institute AuxiliaryEstablished in 1982 by two breast cancer survivors, the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary is currently helmed by president Anita Swift, granddaughter of John Wayne. The Auxiliary has raised more than $19 million to fund a wide array of the Institute’s priorities including groundbreaking research, vital new laboratory equipment and the nationally renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program, which trains the next generation of surgical oncologists. For more information, please click here.For event information and sponsorship packages, please contact Amanda Flores Dunn at 562-221-8772 or email read more

MMIWG commissioner visits Winnipeg one last time as national inquiry wraps up

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsFamily members of Winnipeg’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls came together to stand hand in hand with commissioner Michéle Audette in what would mark the end of the national inquiry but more importantly mark the beginning of healing for many involved.Audette was in the city Tuesday for a community forum on the inquiry’s final report released last week.“You just shook a country,” Audette told the crowd. “Now the entire world knows that you are here, that you matter.”The day was an emotional one.Audette acknowledged the process wasn’t always easy for family members.“If I failed you I’m sorry,” the commissioner said fighting back tears. “There’s thousands of people that believe that a country failed our loved ones.“I know the movement created this…I’m so proud of you.”Over the course of the nearly three-year long inquiry commissioners heard from more than 2,300 families and survivors.Audette heard from some of those families again during the community forum.Among them was Isabel Daniels.She’s happy the Inquiry is over.“It was a two-year process of being stuck in grief and bereavement,” she said.(Isabel Daniels told the inquiry about her cousin Nicole Daniels. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTN)Daniels testified during the Winnipeg hearings in October 2017.She shared the story of Nicole Daniels, her cousin, who was found dead in April 2009 at the age of 16.Police had concluded Daniels froze to death and closed her case after autopsy results showed alcohol as a contributing factor in her death.It’s a conclusion the family has never acceptedPrior to her death, Daniels had met up with an older man after connecting with him through a dating service.The family believes the man supplied Nicole with alcohol and left her for dead.As the public moves to act on the inquiry’s 231 calls to justice, Daniels urges governments to invest in mental health and addiction supports for women.But she says First Nations leadership also needs to step up as well.“I would like to see them take the bull by the horns and guide our communities for people that are struggling in our First Nations communities,” said Daniels.On Monday, Audette visited the city of Thompson in Northern Manitoba for a separate community forum.The Inquiry hosted hearings in March 2018 after hearing concerns from northern families.She said it was important to finish her tenure as commissioner by revisiting communities in the province.“Families from here were very vocal [and] very strong,” said Audette.“It’s important that I come back and make that closure with them.”Commissioners will be traveling to Saskatoon, Whitehorse and Toronto this week for similar presentations, Audette said.For Daniels, her experience with the Inquiry has come full circle.Now that it’s done she calls on families to support each other so they can move forward.“We’ve been grieving long enough. I think it’s time we try to find a way to live.” read more

Islam Grows Faster than Any Other Religion Report

Rabat – Over the next four decades, Islam will grow faster than any other major religion, says a new study published on Thursday by the Pew Research Center, a US think tank. The research on how religions will develop during the next forty years has predicted that if current trends continue by 2050, the number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians around the world.As of 2010, Christianity was by far the world’s largest religion, with an estimated 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31%) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth. Islam was second, with 1.6 billion adherents, or 23% of the global population. The study says that over the course of the next four decades Muslims living in Europe will make up 10 per cent of the overall European population.Globally, Muslims have the highest fertility rate, with an average of 3.1 children per woman – well above (2.1) replacement level typically needed to maintain a stable population. Christians are second, at 2.7 children per woman. Hindu fertility (2.4) is similar to the global average (2.5).Jewish fertility (2.3 children per woman) is also above replacement level. All the other groups have fertility levels too low to sustain their populations: folk religions (1.8 children per woman), other religions (1.7), the unaffiliated (1.7) and Buddhists (1.6).India will have the largest Muslim population of any country in the world, surpassing Indonesia. Muslims will also be more numerous in the U.S., and Judaism will no longer be the country’s largest non-Christian religion.According to the Pew Research projections, by the year 2050 there will be near parity between Muslims (2.8 billion, or 30% of the population) and Christians (2.9 billion, or 31%), possibly for the first time in history.In those four decades, atheists, agnostics and other people who do not affiliate with any religion are expected to exceed 1.2 billion. But, the study says, as a share of all the people in the world, those with no religious affiliation are projected to decline from 16% in 2010 to 13% by the middle of this century.Worldwide, the Hindu population is projected to rise by 34%, from a little over 1 billion to nearly 1.4 billion, while Jews are expected to grow 16%, from a little less than 14 million in 2010 to 16.1 million worldwide in 2050.Followers of various folk religions – including African traditional religions, Chinese folk religions, Native American religions and Australian aboriginal religions – are projected to increase by 11%, from 405 million to nearly 450 million, the study added.The Pew Research projections take into account the current size and geographic distribution of the world’s major religions, age differences, fertility and mortality rates, international migration and patterns in conversion.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Quick action pledged by UN official tapped to lead recovery effort in

“The system is braced and poised for a major effort here, and what I can do is offer it the leadership at the global level and try to make sure that we have a strong partnership with others,” Mark Malloch Brown, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), told a news conference in New York. The challenge, he said, was to structure a programme, which “shows the same transference of the local knowledge of the country that we’ve developed in our humanitarian years there into a coherent recovery and reconstruction plan.” The UNDP Administrator noted that international efforts were gaining momentum, with numerous meetings scheduled in the near future. Tomorrow, in Washington, D.C., donors and international organizations would gather at a meeting co-hosted by the United States and Japan. Next week in Islamabad, UNDP and the Asian Development Bank would convene another meeting with some 200 Afghans to look at assessing needs for recovery and reconstruction. The following week, the Afghan Support Group would meet in Europe. The UN had “huge on-the-ground capacity” in Afghanistan, Mr. Malloch Brown said, noting that there were some 2,200 national Afghans working for UN agencies in the country. In addition, there were “very large numbers” of skilled Afghans living in refugee camps. Drawing on this pool of human capital would be crucial because “it is not the UN’s intention to run Afghanistan for the next few years; it is to deploy support to an Afghan-led administration of the country,” he noted. The announcement of Mr. Malloch Brown’s role in the relief effort came late on Friday in a statement, which said that he “will undertake this process under the overall coordination of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi.”As part of his efforts, the UNDP Administrator will liaise on the Secretary-General’s behalf with other partners such as the World Bank, the Asia Development Bank, the European Commission, other donor organizations, as well as international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society, to ensure a “comprehensive consultation and planning process that responds to the needs of the Afghan people themselves,” the statement said. read more

UN focusing on law and order elections and returns in Kosovo Security

The United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) is continuing its efforts to uphold the rule of law, moving forward with preparations for the upcoming municipal elections and working on creating conditions conducive for the return of minority communities, a senior UN official told the Security Council today. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi said the recent arrests of several former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), including the detention last month of a former high-ranking officer suspected of illegally detaining, torturing and murdering five Kosovo Albanians in the late 1990s, had resulted in some tension. While the Kosovo Albanian leadership had initially characterized the arrests as political, it now had a better understanding that they were the result of lengthy investigations carried out in accordance with established judicial procedures, Mr. Annabi told the open meeting, which was chaired by the Foreign Minister of Bulgaria, Solomon Passy, and saw the participation of nearly 20 speakers. Meanwhile, preparations for Kosovo’s municipal elections on 26 October were proceeding smoothly, Mr. Annabi said, with the electoral campaign scheduled to begin on 10 September. As of 30 August, the Election Commission had certified 500 out of a total of 5,500 candidates, with the remaining candidates slated for certification this week. They came from a broad range of political entities: 21 were Kosovo Albanian, 26 Kosovo Serb, 5 Roma, Egyptian or Ashkali, 5 Bosniac/Gorani, and 1 from Kosovo’s Turkish community. As for the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Mr. Annabi voiced concern over recent statements by Kosovo Serbs about plans to block crossing points on the boundary if they were not allowed to return en masse. UNMIK’s return policy was based on the right of individual return in an organized, sustainable way, with careful preparation of infrastructure and inter-community relations, he stressed, adding that several incidents in recent months illustrated the fragility of the reconciliation and confidence-building process. Return-related projects required further funding as well, and the Mission had had extensive contact with the donor community toward that end. Video – Security Council session read more

UN refugee agency concerned about proposed EU deal to send migrants back

According to media reports, the European Union and Turkey yesterday agreed on a provisional deal that would involve people being sent back to Turkey.“UNHCR [The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees] has taken note of the statement of the EU Heads of State and Government of Turkey last night, and we are concerned with some aspects of the proposal,” the refugee agency said in a statement.Although UNHCR is not a party to it nor privy to all the details and modalities of implementation, it believes that an asylum-seeker should only be returned to a third state if responsibility for assessing the particular asylum application in substance is assumed by the third country; the asylum-seeker will be protected from refoulement; the individual will be able to seek and, if recognized, enjoy asylum in accordance with accepted international standards, with full and effective access to education, work, health care and, as necessary, social assistance.Legal safeguards would need to govern any mechanism under which responsibility would be transferred for assessing an asylum claim, the agency argues. Pre-departure screening would also need to be in place to identify heightened risk categories that may not be appropriate for return even if the above conditions are met.Details of all these safeguards should be clarified before the EU Council’s next meeting on 17 March, the statement said.On the resettlement point, UNHCR welcomed any initiative that promotes regular pathways of admission for refugees in significant numbers from all neighbouring countries in the region, not just Turkey and not just Syrian refugees, to third countries.“We hope that individuals returned to Turkey who have specific resettlement needs, such as family reunification, would be considered for the resettlement/admission programme to the EU,” the statement said.The high-level meeting on global responsibility-sharing through legal pathways for admission of Syrian refugees, to take place in Geneva on 30 March, will be a good opportunity to put the spotlight on this important aspect of responsibility sharing, the statement said.Turkey hosts close to 3 million refugees and has made enormous contributions for years and just recently adopted a work regulation for Syrian refugees, but, in light of the enormity of the task, still struggles to provide for all the basic needs of the swelling Syrian population. read more

Football Urban Meyer highlights position battles in opening statement from Big Ten

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer gives his opening remarks at 2017 Big Ten Media Day. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing EditorCHICAGO — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer took to the podium Monday at Big Ten media day to answer several questions from the press before an extended question and answer session later in the afternoon.The first topic he brought up was the new hire of Kevin Wilson as the team’s offensive coordinator. Meyer said Wilson was the first established offensive coordinator he has ever hired, adding that in the past he has only promoted guys from his staff or added young and up-and-comers like now-Texas head coach Tom Herman.“This is a veteran coach who has led some of the top offenses in America,” Meyer said. From there, he began to discuss several of the team’s position battles, beginning with the battle for the starting right guard position. He said there are seven names in contention for the leading role, with redshirt sophomores Matt Burrell and Branden Bowen, as well as junior Malcolm Pridgeon named as possible early favorites. He added that junior Demetrius Knox and freshmen Wyatt Davis, Thayer Munford and Josh Myers also bring some added competition for the spot.“It’s wide open as we speak, and obviously right guard is as critical a position as there is so it’s going to be a big battle this training camp,” Meyer said.Sticking with the offensive side of the ball, Meyer added that the team is still undecided on who will be the starting tight ends for the team. He said senior Marcus Baugh — who had been seen in a walking boot — has inflammation of the toe, but will be ready to compete for the role in 2017. In addition, redshirt freshmen Luke Farrell and Jake Hausmann will provide stiff competition with Baugh.“That was a position of not one of our strengths a year ago,” Meyer said.Also on the offensive side of the football, he said the wide receivers are going to be competing for playing time, though he gave no indication who was considered front-runners.“The wide receiver position is open as well,” Meyer said. “We were not where we needed to be a year ago, and we have some talent.”On the defensive side of the ball, all the defensive back positions are open. The void left by the early departure of safety Malik Hooker remains open, with Meyer suggesting both sophomore Jordan Fuller and senior Erick Smith are the two leading contenders for the position. The other two defensive back positions — the starting cornerbacks — will be a battle between redshirt sophomore Kendall Sheffield and several other young freshmen corners, though he did not elaborate further on that position.To wind up his opening question-and-answer session, he addressed the fact Ohio State is considered the front-runner by several polls to win the Big Ten in 2017.“Obviously, we weren’t at the top a year ago, we were near the top,” Meyer said. “Ohio State is always going to be there. It should be one of the top schools in our conference. Other than that, I think that’s just respect for our players.” read more

England team needs more female fans deputy ambassador says as she laments

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ms Skoll, the most senior official responsible for looking after English fans during the tournament, added: “You realise that in England football is still very much a male pursuit and I thought that is quite sad"  Ms Skoll, a self confessed rugby fan, has loved every minute of the tournament, impressed by the fans’ behaviour and charmed by England’s footballers. She met the players at an open training session along with 30 children the British embassy sponsors through its charity work in Russia. Skoll  said there were colleagues in the Foreign Office who were “horrified and bemused as to why a woman who knew nothing about football was going to be spearheading the Russian network effort on the World Cup”Credit:GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS “I have to be really clear the chemical weapons attack in Salisbury was outrageous and that has badly damaged our bilateral relationship and you can’t get around that,” she said.But the diplomat, with a degree in history and Russian and whose previous post was High Commissioner to the Seychelles, believes that the legacy of this World Cup will be for Russia to wake up and become “a more open, tolerant and diverse society”. Looking beyond Putin’s rule, she hoped “the next generation of Russian leaders” will use the football tournament as a platform for change.“I am not naive. I don’t think transformation will occur overnight but I would like to think that the celebration of a sport like football has to have some lasting effect here,” she said, adding: “Moscow has been transformed and it’s not easy to put the genie back in the bottle. It is an infectious thing and it has ignited something in Russia that is powerful in a social and cultural way.” Ms Skoll, the most senior official responsible for looking after English fans during the tournament, added: “You realise that in England football is still very much a male pursuit and I thought that is quite sad. At no point did I feel endangered it was just brilliant. “There are a lot of colleagues in the Foreign Office who were horrified and bemused as to why a woman who knew nothing about football was going to be spearheading the Russian network effort on the World Cup,” she said.Ms Skoll will attend the last 16 knockout game against Colombia, the biggest match played by England since 2006. About 10,000 fans are expected to pour into Moscow, five times the numbers that watched the opening game in Volgograd.Fans have their own favourites and Ms Skoll, a mother to one daughter and two stepchildren, is no different. She adores harry Maguire, the England defender. “I love Harry maguire,” she said, “There is something about him. There’s something a bit boyish. He was absolutely charming when I met him. He gets on the pitch and he’s sensational,” she said, a smile broadening across her face. “All the male fans I have met have been universally charming, polite, really inclusive, delighted to see us. I wouldn’t want to say it’s a macho negative thing.  I still think it’s a legacy of the 80s and 90s in English football. I would love to see more women and families because for me that would show that English football has transformed into something beyond those really dark days.”Ms Skoll only took up her post in January, with responsibilities that included heading up the World Cup diplomatic team. Just two months later, relations with the Kremlin plunged to a new low after the nerve agent attack on the Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. Britain barred all dignitaries – including ministers and members of the Royal Family – from attending the World Cup, leaving Ms Skoll as the senior UK representative at the games.“It has been a baptism of fire,” she told The Telegraph, praising her team of about a hundred officials for ensuring the tournament has run smoothly for England’s fans. The World Cup has seen England supporters warmly embraced by ordinary Russians but Ms Skoll is in no doubt that nobody should be fooled and that once the tournament is over, the problems caused by Vladimir Putin – that include chemical weapons attacks in Syria and the invasion of Ukraine – will not have gone away. The UK’s most senior diplomat in charge of the World Cup has bemoaned the lack of female England fans at their matches in Russia, complaining the sport remains a ‘male pursuit’.Lindsay Skoll, Britain’s deputy ambassador to Russia, called on more women to come and support England and said she was saddened by how few had turned up. In contrast Panama, whom England beat 6-1, had a large number of women and even children cheering them on at the game in Nizhny Novgorod, she said.Ms Skoll, 47, who had never been to a football match until England’s first game against Tunisia in Volgograd two weeks ago, said: “I would love to see more women. I watched the match [against Panama] with a female colleague.“We were in the England end and we clearly were a rarity. And I thought when I looked at the Panama fans how many women and even children were there.” Skoll  said there were colleagues in the Foreign Office who were "horrified and bemused as to why a woman who knew nothing about football was going to be spearheading the Russian network effort on the World Cup” Ms Skoll, the most senior official responsible for looking after English fans during the tournament, added: “You realise that in England football is still very much a male pursuit and I thought that is quite sad” Credit:Aaron Chown/PA read more

Vale goes GeoVisionary with product from Virtalis and BGS

first_imgGlobal mining group Vale has adopted GeoVisionary software and installed a portfolio of Virtalis ActiveWorks 3D visualisation systems. GeoVisionary was developed by Virtalis, in collaboration with BGS, as a specialist software system for the high-resolution visualisation of elevation and photography data overlaid with a wide range of geospatial data. The initial design goal was to ensure that data sets for large regions, national to sub-continental, could be loaded simultaneously and at full resolution, while allowing real-time interaction with the data. One of the major advantages GeoVisionary offers over other visualisation software (3D and 4D GIS) is its ability to integrate very large volumes of data from multiple sources, allowing a greater understanding of diverse spatial datasets.The Virtalis ActiveWall is an installed, immersive, interactive 3D visualisation system and probably the best selling VR system in the world. Vale’s ActiveWall draws on active stereo technology and features a custom rear-projection screen, specialist computer, Virtalis custom software and a powerful projector. Movements within the ActiveWall environment are tracked using a tracking system. This added functionality alters the perspective of the visuals according to the user’s position and orientation within the scene to give a natural and accurate sense of relationship and scale. The hand-held controller allows the immersive experience to be enhanced further. The user can navigate through the virtual world, pick and manipulate component parts in real-time and make instant decisions. Vale’s ActiveWall is situated inside a dedicated room within the Long Term Planning Department (DIPF). Vale has also invested in a  portable ActiveMove system and a multi-screen desktop VR system. As Vale’s staff becomes more experienced in GeoVisionary, they are providing  Virtalis with valuable feedback for the creation of a specific mining module, as well and deciding what unique further tailoring is required for Vale. The company is using GeoVisionary not just for exploration and mine management, but  also as an environment for staff training.Henry Galbiatti, Vale’s General Manager for iron ore exploration, closed mines and manganese planning, explained: “From our offices in Belo Horizonte, we constantly have new projects in the pipeline aimed at helping Vale to increase production, retain market share and maintain ore quality, so, naturally, long term planning is crucial if we are to successfully bring our plans to fruition. The nature of our business is such that visualisation is vital. Prior to our discovery of GeoVisionary, we used a GIS platform across our projects and while we had a small level of 3D capability, we weren’t able to understand fully and interact with our data. When I visited the BGS ActiveWall and also Northampton University’s ActiveCube, I saw at once that GeoVisionary running in a Virtual Reality (VR) environment was exactly what we were looking for.”last_img read more

Les grands requins blancs vivent bien plus longtemps quon ne pense

first_imgLes grands requins blancs vivent bien plus longtemps qu’on ne penseSelon une étude américaine qui vient de paraître, les grands requins blancs auraient une espérance de vie de plus de 70 ans. C’est trois fois plus qu’on ne le pensait jusqu’à présent.Véritable seigneur des mers, le grand requin blanc peut mesurer plus de six mètres pour un poids compris entre une et deux tonnes. Des mensurations qu’il atteint en quelques années, à l’âge de sa maturité sexuelle, vers 8-10 ans. Mais ensuite, combien de temps le requin vit-il ? Bien plus longtemps qu’on ne pense si l’on en croit une étude menée par des chercheurs américains et publiés dans la revue PLoS ONE.  Cette équipe a réalisé une datation au Carbone 14 des vertèbres de huit grands requins blancs (quatre mâles et quatre femelles) attrapés dans le nord-ouest de l’Atlantique entre 1967 et 2010. Initialement, les scientifiques du Woods Holle Oceanographic Institution de Cape Cod cherchaient à retrouver dans les os des requins la trace de résidus nucléaires consécutifs aux tests réalisés dans les années 1950 et 1960. Fortuitement, ils ont ainsi découvert que le plus grand des mâles était âgé de 73 ans et la plus grande des femelles de 40 ans. “Nos résultats aboutissent à un allongement très important de la longévité et de l’âge maximal des requins blancs par rapport aux études antérieures”, souligne la principale auteur de l’étude, Li Ling Hamady reprise par l’AFP. C’est le moins qu’on puisse dire.De mauvaises estimationsÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? En effet, les précédentes estimations jugeaient que l’espérance de vie des grands requins blancs était trois fois moindre. Il faut dire que les recherches précédentes se basaient sur les marques concentriques des os de requins pour évaluer leur âge, en estimant qu’une marque équivalait à un an. Avec cette technique, les requins les plus vieux ne dépassaient pas les 22 ans (record établit à 23 ans pour un spécimen provenant de l’océan Indien).Cette découverte démontre que les os de requins ne sont pas un bon indicateur pour déterminer leur âge. Mais elle prouve aussi encore une fois que les requins blancs restent des animaux relativement méconnus. Il est pourtant essentiel de mieux comprendre comment ils se  développent et de savoir évaluer leur longévité pour améliorer la conservation de cette espèce menacée, expliquent les chercheurs. Le 12 janvier 2014 à 18:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bonaventura knows that the transformation will take time

first_imgItaly managed to pick up at least a draw after Domenico Criscito had been sent off in a 1-1 tied up game against the Netherlands and Bonaventura insisted that the transformation of the whole team will take some time.Simone Zaza scored the opener in this friendly game between the two sides that failed to secure their place in the upcoming World Cup but Nathan Aké managed to tie the game after Criscito’s red card.The AC Milan midfielder spoke about this game as he said, according to Football Italia:Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I’ve played in a three-man midfield practically all season, I’m happy there and I think I do it pretty well.”“We made few mistakes this evening, perhaps I wasn’t as dangerous in attack as usual, but I don’t think it was a bad performance both on a personal level and as a team.”“There are many new faces in the side, we’re getting to know each other and it will take time.”last_img read more

Rollover crash in Mission Bay leaves passenger with shattered arm

first_img September 3, 2018 Rollover crash in Mission Bay leaves passenger with shattered arm SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man suffered a shattered arm in the Mission Bay Park area after the Jeep in which he was a passenger rolled over and he was ejected and the driver left him at the scene, authorities said Monday.The crash was reported at 11:24 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of Fiesta Island Road, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.The driver was doing donuts when the Jeep rolled over and the 35-year- old passenger’s right arm was pinched between the SUV and the ground and he was ejected, Buttle said.The vehicle apparently rolled back onto its wheels and the driver left the victim at the scene, the officer said.The victim’s right arm was shattered and he was taken to a hospital for treatment, Buttle said. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: September 3, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Debenhams tops governments minimum wage noncompliance list

first_imgRetail organisation Debenhams has topped the government’s list of organisations that have underpaid staff the minimum wage after failing to pay £134,894.83 to 11,858 employees.The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published the names of 360 UK organisations that have failed to comply with the national minimum wage and national living wage. Together, these organisation underpaid 15,520 employees a total of £995,233.HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued penalties worth approximately £800,000, in addition to recovering arrears for underpaid employees.For the first time, the 2017 list features employers that have failed to pay eligible staff the national living wage. Applicable for employees aged 25 and over, the national living wage is currently set at £7.20 an hour. This is due to increase to £7.50 an hour from April 2017.Other organisations named for underpaying staff include Pembrokeshire Care, which failed to pay £55,056.75 to 154 employees, and Osteria San Lorenzo, which failed to pay 29 staff members £53,496.57.The government’s naming and shaming scheme has named more than 1,000 employers since its launch in October 2013, with arrears totalling more than £4.5 million. Over £2 million in fines have been issued to organisations that have failed to comply with the national minimum and national living wage. There are currently 1,500 open cases that are still being investigated by HMRC.Margot James, business minister, said: “Every worker in the UK is entitled to at least the national minimum or [national] living wage and this government will ensure they get it. That is why we have named and shamed more than 350 employers who failed to pay the legal minimum, sending the clear message to employers that minimum wage abuses will not go unpunished.”A spokesperson at Debenhams said: “Debenhams made a technical error in its payroll calculations, which resulted in an average underpayment of around £10 per person to the affected colleagues in 2015.“As a responsible employer, Debenhams is committed to the national minimum wage, and as soon as the error was identified by a routine HMRC audit last year, we reimbursed all those affected. We have apologised to all our colleagues affected and have taken steps to ensure it cannot happen again.”Steve Turner, assistant general secretary at trade union Unite, added: “The government needs to crack down further on employers who failed to pay the national minimum wage to some of the most-low paid and vulnerable [employees] in the country.“What the government has introduced is welcome, but it is only a small step in the right direction and much more is needed. To address growing levels of poverty a genuine living wage must be introduced, sector level collective bargaining introduced and stronger, more effective enforcement funded.”last_img read more

49ers LB Reuben Foster could face more than 11 years in prison

first_imgThe Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office announced in a statement that 49’ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been formally charged with three felonies, including felony domestic violence, stemming from a February incident that occurred with his 28-year-old live in girlfriend in Los Gatos.According to the statement, Foster allegedly dragged his girlfriend by the hair, threw her out of his house, and punched her in the head 8-10 times, resulting in a broken ear drum and other injuries. When authorities searched Foster’s home they found an Sig Sauer 516 assault rifle and a large capacity magazine.  Both of which are illegal to possess in California.If convicted, foster could face more than 11 years prison. Advertisement The 49ers released a statement in response to the matter and said they will “continue to follow this serious matter.” As of now, Reuben Foster is still a member of the team. As a rookie first round draft pick out of Alabama, Foster played in 10 games and made 59 solo tackles.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Flat Panel Displays | November 28, 2018 LG Unveils New Diagnostic Monitor, Digital X-ray Detectors at RSNA 2018 LG Electronics is expanding its U.S. medical imaging portfolio with a new high-performance 21-inch diagnostic monitor… read more Photo courtesy of Barco News | June 12, 2013 Sony Announces New Support Packages for Radiology Monitors Flexibility and affordability provide hospitals and imaging centers with world-class service News | Flat Panel Displays | June 18, 2019 Double Black Imaging Announces Expanded Display Line and Ergonomic Workstation Solutions Double Black Imaging (DBI) and their Image Systems Division are releasing their new clinical and diagnostic display… read more News | Oncology Diagnostics | February 06, 2019 Oxford University Hospitals Employs Barco Synergi for Multi-disciplinary Cancer Conferences Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is trialing clinical collaboration technology from Barco for its Multi-disciplinary… read more The DBI CL8MPS from Double Black Imaging Technology | Flat Panel Displays | May 17, 2019 Tru-Vu Monitors Releases New Medical-Grade Touch Screen Display Tru-Vu Monitors released the new MMZBTP-21.5G-X 21.5” medical-grade touch screen monitor. It is certified to both UL… read more Related Content Feature | Flat Panel Displays | April 11, 2019 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane Flat Panels to Help Enhance and Streamline Workflow The flat panel display market shows signs of maturing, however many new applications are available that can help to s read more LG Medical MonitorsLeveraging years of industry-leading expertise in flat-panel display technology, LG Business Solutions has expanded their medical imaging device portfolio of the most accurate displays possible.SharePlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:57Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -4:57 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsdefault, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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(USEI) recently announced the release of what it calls the world’s first Windows-compatible… read more 50 Years of Innovative Visual TechnologyEIZO, which means image in Japanese, is a visual technology company that develops and manufactures high-end display solutions. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:53Loaded: 2.82%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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June 12, 2013 — Sony Electronics’ Medical Systems Division announced new support offerings for radiology monitors to be highlighted at the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting, June 6-9, 2013, in Dallas.Sony currently offers a five-year limited warranty and now, facilities can also take advantage of two exceptional service options under its “Hot Swap Service Program”:5-year Optional Advanced Exchange Program (24-hour) — In the event of product malfunctions, Sony’s Advanced Exchange Program provides for a replacement monitor to be provided within 24-hours at no cost.5-year Optional OTS (On-Time Support) Advanced Loaner Program (48-hour) — In the event of product malfunctions, the on-time Support Advanced Loaner program provides for telephone technical support and the exchange on a temporary loan basis of a new or refurbished unit with comparable functionality to that of the malfunctioning equipment until such time as Sony returns the original unit to the customer. This is especially important for those end users that need to keep the originally purchased monitor for accounting purposes. Feature | Flat Panel Displays | April 18, 2018 | Melinda Taschetta-Millane Flat Panel Display Market Outlook The global flat panel display market is predicted to reach $177.3 million by 2027, according to a new report titled “… read more Sponsored Content | Videos | Flat Panel Displays | September 26, 2018 LG Medical Monitors Leveraging years of industry-leading expertise in flat-panel display technology, LG Business Solutions has expanded t read more Sponsored Content | Videos | Flat Panel Displays | December 25, 2018 VIDEO: 50 Years of Innovative Visual Technology EIZO, which means image in Japanese, is a visual technology company that develops and manufactures high-end display s read more Photo courtesy of US Electronics Sony’s LMD-DM50 and LMD-DM30 high-resolution medical grade monitors feature the Independent Sub-pixel-Drive technology, making them ideal for full-field digital mammography. They provide bright, high-contrast, well-defined images for critical diagnoses. High resolution and contrast is needed to depict what can be fine micro calcifications and subtle soft-tissue masses within FFDM studies.The Sony LMD-DM series of high-luminance, high-contrast medical displays offers well-defined images for critical diagnoses through Independent Sub-Pixel Drive technology. The displays are 510(k) cleared for use in general review of images from every modality including CR/DR, CT, MRI and full-field digital mammography (FFDM) studies. Designed for accurate display of color and monochrome images, Sony’s LMD-DM series displays offers three times the resolution of monochrome LCDs, improving visualization for aid in critical diagnoses.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Flat Panel Displays | March 30, 2018 Canvys Introduces New 27- and 32-inch 4K Ultra HD Displays Canvys, a Division of Richardson Electronics Ltd., recently enhanced its 4K Ultra HD custom display series of high-… read morelast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter With more Australians

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWith more Australians than ever ditching their typical fly-and-flop holidays for health enhancing retreats, Health and Fitness Travel, the leading specialists in wellness holidays worldwide, has seen demand more than triple since their launch in 2014.As the business celebrates their second birthday this month, Co-Founder and Managing Director Samantha Lippiatt says: “Wellness travel is here to stay. It used to be that a holiday was a chance to overindulge and laze about, but now, most of us are focusing on improving our quality of life and embracing a healthy lifestyle and this is trickling over to our travel plans or even becoming the focus.” Established in the UK in 2010, Health and Fitness Travel is focused on shifting perceptions of healthy holidays into mainstream acceptance locally and it seems to be working.Health and wellness tourism has now become one of the biggest growing sectors of the travel industry, according to the US-based Global Wellness Institute and will continue to grow in popularity projected to grow by more than 9 per cent per year through 2017 and nearly 50 per cent faster than overall global tourism.“Rising numbers of female millionaires and billionaires around the world may help drive a rise in luxury health and wellness holidays and women-only hotel services” says data provider, Wealth Insight. Which is great news for the female Australian travellers who make up almost 75 per cent of those already travelling for wellbeing, with most travellers seeking a healthy holiday alternative departing from the east coast; NSW (33 per cent), VIC (30 per cent) and QLD (17 per cent).As Australian’s become increasingly aware of the importance of staying fit and healthy, their holidays now reflect this trend, with an increase in enquiries and bookings for fitness holidays, yoga breaks and weight loss retreats. Expecting to see the numbers of Australian healthy holiday seekers continue to rise, Health and Fitness Travel, also predict an increase in active family adventures and ‘bleisure’ trips; mixing wellness with business for a better work-life balance.With wellness and fitness holidays undeniably on the increase, from aerial yoga in Thailand, beach bootcamp training in Bali, sub alpine hiking in New Zealand and surfing in the Maldives, people of all interests are now looking to utilise their precious holiday time to prioritise their health and fitness.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Los Angeles California – Reported by Elite Travel

first_imgLos Angeles, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineGirard-Perregaux, iconic luxury Swiss watch brand, was proud to partner with basketball superstar Kobe Bryant to support the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation. On Sunday, April 22nd the foundation hosted an intimate fundraising event at the home of one of the foundation’s board members in Los Angeles to support the organization, which is dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need.Over 60 guests including Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber, Jo Champa, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and more attended and participated in a live auction with Andrea Fiuczynski from Christie’s. All proceeds will benefit the foundation. All six board members attended, including Kobe and Vanessa Bryant, Karyn Silver, Carol Cheng-Meyer, Aileen Getty and Patrick Soon-Shiong. Included in the auction was a custom Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Shadow timepiece, identical to the one worn by Bryant that evening. His timepiece is engraved with his initials and jersey number.“I am very happy Girard-Perregaux supports the work we are doing to address youth homelessness in Los Angeles”, said Kobe Bryant. “Their contributions are helping us make a real impact on this critical issue.”“We are very proud to work with Kobe and Vanessa on this event”, said Sowind Group CEO (Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard), Michele Sofisti. “We understand the importance of giving back to the community and admire their efforts in doing so”.The Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Shadow fly-back chronograph features a 43 mm black ceramic case diameter. This high-tech piece is the fruit of a long and meticulous manufacturing process. Ceramic gives it some appealing assets: extreme hardness (much higher than steel) and good wear resistance while being particularly light and wearable. It houses a Girard-Perregaux manufacture movement with fly-back chronograph, world time indicator, date, and day/night display.www.girard-perregaux.comlast_img read more

Arbitration court dismisses Vgenopouloss €11bn claims Updated

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesAttorney-general Costas Clerides said that an arbitration court ruled that Cyprus had not violated any of its obligations stipulated in a mutual investment protection agreement with Greece, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported on Friday.With its decision, the International Court of Arbitration also dismissed claims for compensation totalling almost €1.1bn filed by former Laiki Bank strongman Andreas Vgenopoulos who died in 2016, Greece’s MIG Group and 19 other investors, Clerides said according to CNA.The court also ordered the plaintiffs to pay Cyprus €5m for expenses, he said.Clerides who has been criticised in the past by media, including the daily newspaper Politis, for squandering public funds in hiring foreign legal experts to assist in matters related to the collapse of the economy more than five years ago, appeared vindicated for doing so as the Law Service was successful in defending Cyprus’ interests in the case against MIG.“I repeatedly, in certain cases, and I have to say maliciously so, that tens of millions of euros have been spent by the Republic via the Law Service, and they also make reference to a €40m amount on criminal investigations about the economy and that the results were zero,” he said. “There’s nothing more untrue than this”.“Yes, we did spend some millions (of euros) to defend the Republic,” the former judge continued. “With our success today, we reclaimed”.“That maliciousness should therefore stop,” he said adding “unless they want to leave the Republic without the best possible defence so that we risk paying some millions or billions of euros”.“Sadly, some will be disappointed not to find today an excuse to attack the attorney-general anew,” he concluded.Vgenopoulos is widely considered responsible for the demise of Laiki, as the Cyprus Popular Bank was widely known. He steered the bank in 2006 to 2011 and in 2012 the government recapitalised it with €1.8bn. This did not prevent it from going out of business the following year. After its depositors lost all their savings in excess of €100,000, Bank of Cyprus took over Laiki’s operations in 2013 in what became the most dramatic episode of Cyprus’s twin fiscal and banking crisis.A trial at the Nicosia Criminal Court against three Laiki former executives and one board member, which was believed to be close to the issue of a verdict last month, took a surprising new twist on Tuesday when the court said that it had to resolve a request submitted by the defendants who argued they could benefit from a lighter penalty following a change in the law after the events in question. You May LikeHistory DailyPhotos From The Past Show A Different Side To HistoryHistory DailyUndoFood PreventBanana Smoothie Recipe for Weight LossFood PreventUndoCampusPal10 Worst Paying College MajorsCampusPalUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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