The Elton John AIDS Foundation, its founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish attended a series of sessions, site visits and private meetings during the course of the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, which ended on Friday.Video: Elton John And David Furnish In DurbanTheir goal was to raise awareness of the continued need for funding and action in the fight against AIDS, to champion those most at risk of being left behind in the global response and to launch new initiatives that will provide HIV testing and treatment to thousands on the African continent.One such initiative is a new $10m LGBT Fund, in partnership with the Office of the Global Aids Coordinator and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), to support LGBT communities in multiple African countries. Two organizations, The International HIV/AIDS Alliance (Alliance) and the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) were announced at the conference as the inaugural recipients of the LGBT fund. Sir Elton John also joined Prince Harry for a special session focused on the needs of HIV-youth in Africa.Alliance, an organization that supports community groups in countries that are most affected by the global AIDS crisis and MSMGF, a non-profit that advocates for equitable access to HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services for gay men, were the first organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa to receive grants to help address stigma, discrimination and violence against LGBT people, and to expand their access to HIV care and prevention. At the conference, EJAF also announced an initial start-up grant it will be providing to the International AIDS Society to launch its ‘Me and My Healthcare Provider’ campaign. This campaign celebrates doctors, nurses, and other frontline healthcare workers, who deliver quality, integrated HIV prevention, care, and treatment services to key populations, including gay men and transgender people, often in the face of discriminatory laws, traditions, and belief systems.“Supporting LGBT people in the US, the UK and internationally, has been at the heart and soul of our Foundation’s mission from the very beginning,” said David Furnish, Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “By partnering with PEPFAR to award the inaugural LGBT Fund recipients, and by supporting the International AIDS Society’s new ‘Me and My Healthcare Provider’ Campaign, we are building on that commitment and expanding this lifesaving work to places where it is needed most. Places where LGBT people are much more likely to be living with HIV and far less likely to receive the essential services they need to stay healthy and alive. We believe these global campaigns will bridge the gap between LGBT communities and their service providers, which is essential for ending AIDS.”Sir Elton also participated in a special session with Prince Harry, where the two men discussed the harmful consequences of stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa, particularly among youth and adolescents. To achieve an AIDS-free world, both men stressed the need for education, access to testing and medical care, and support for young people worldwide.“Empowered young people, from all walks of life and all circumstances, have always urged us to push past the status quo and reach for a dream that is BIG and BOLD, ” said Sir Elton John, Founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “Fifteen years ago, when the International AIDS Conference was last held in Durban, 1,000 South Africans were dying of AIDS each day – nearly 1 every minute. Today, HIV medicine costs as little as 3 rand – 20 cents – a day. The rate of new HIV infections here has been cut in half; almost all babies here are being born HIV free; and 3.5 million people here are now on treatment and living full and productive lives. That is some serious progress, and it’s because young, new voices demanded that people everywhere have access to lifesaving treatments, not just those in living in rich countries. If we want HIV programs to work for young people, we can’t tell them what to do or think, we need to nurture their voices. We need to listen to them and we need them to tell us what skills and services will help create the AIDS-free generation we all dream of.”During their time in Durban, Sir Elton and EJAF Chairman David Furnish visited LGBT people, outreach workers, and staff at the Gateway clinic in Umlazi township alongside the South African health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi. Sir Elton and the Minister discussed the issue of providing pre-exposure prophylaxis medication or ‘PrEP’ to LGBT persons to protect them from acquiring HIV. The South African government has already approved the use of PrEP for sex workers – another high risk group for HIV.The Gateway Clinic is one of over 100 clinics in South Africa whose staff have been trained to support LGBT clients under a grant from the Foundation to the NGO Anova. Over 1 million HIV tests will be given to LGBT clients during the course of the programme.Sir Elton and David also visited HIV-positive adolescents at KwaZulu-Natal Children’s Hospital where he emphasized the importance of helping young people overcome their disease and stigma by expanding their access to treatment and care.Since 2013, EJAF has provided over $14.4 million in support for LGBT communities in Africa, Asia and Europe, and has invested $3.4 million to support its youth-based campaign “Young Survivors” in Harare (Zimbabwe), Kampala (Uganda), Kisumu (Kenya), Lusaka (Zambia) and Beira (Mozambique).
APTN National NewsA group of Saskatchewan First Nations have declared a state of emergency as water levels rise near their communities and anticipate mass flooding.The 11 First Nations of File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council issued the warning and are seeking resources to mitigate the upcoming flood season.They argue the provincial disaster assistance program (PDAP) doesn’t work because it takes too long to obtain funding and leaves First Nations to fend for themselves.“The current PDAP system is failing our First Nations communities,” said Edmund Bellegarde, chairperson of the FHQTC, in a news release. “The provincial program imposes barriers for our First Nations to access adequate funding and puts our citizen’s basic needs at risk. There are serious health issues as a result of flooding impacts such as families forced to live with mold.”Located in southern Saskatchewan the communities are in a flood zone expected to be impacted by the spring run off.One of the 11 communities directly impacted is Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation situated in the Qu’Appelle Valley located between the Pasqua and Echo Lakes near Fort Qu’Appelle.“It’s rather alarming how PDAP is operated. Our First Nation has to take on the financial burden of preparing for this years flood,” said Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation Chief Rodger Redman in a press release. “PDAP is still dealing with flood claims from 2010/2011. How are we supposed to carry this financial responsibility when we have not received adequate compensation from two years prior, we are committed to ensuring the safety of our citizens, lands, animals while also protecting and securing safe passage for those who travel across our lands or make their homes in our territories.”The federal government funds PDAP.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt confirmed Tuesday afternoon he intends to meet with the FHQTC discuss “flood planning and response.” The FHQTC requested the meeting to discuss an agreement where First Nations can access flooding relief funding quicker.“We are working with the province of Saskatchewan and First Nations to ensure communities are prepared for potential floods,” said an Aboriginal Affairs spokesman. “In order to help mitigate flood damages and in preparation for spring 2013, our government has provided funds to over 60 Saskatchewan First Nations for preparedness activities.”Valcourt is also scheduled to meet with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.
MONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is changing its name to Bausch Health Companies Inc. as it works to move beyond the issues that tarnished its reputation and caused its market value to plummet.The company, which has been working to turn itself around in recent years after facing political and regulatory scrutiny for its relationship with a mail order company and large increases to drug prices, said the switch will come in July and also involves changing its stock market ticker symbol to BHC on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.Once Canada’s most valuable company by stock market value, Valeant’s stock plunged by nearly 90 per cent in 2015 amid various controversies.Chairman and CEO Joseph Papa said the company considered a number of options before determining that the chosen moniker reflects the full scope of its activities, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices and over-the-counter consumer products.The name change only involves its corporate identity with brands such as Bausch & Lomb and Salix retaining their identities.“I’m excited about this development because it signals we’ve reached an important point in the turnaround process with the steps we have taken are yielding concrete results and we are beginning to turn the page away from legacy issues that have been headwinds over the past years,” he said Tuesday during a conference call.In the past two years, the company said it has completed more than a dozen divestitures and reduced its debt by more than 20 per cent or $6.9 billion, including $280 million in the first quarter.The drugmaker also said it continues to resolve legacy legal issues, with roughly 20 lawsuits or investigations concluded so far this year.They include a settlement for $1.88 million with the California Department of Insurance over the terminated relationship with mail-order pharmacy partner Philidor Rx Services. Valeant said it reached an agreement with no admission or findings of liability.“Importantly, we’ve resolved cases that represent in the aggregate over $1 billion in alleged exposure and our team has been able to do this for substantially less than initially claimed amount of exposure,” Papa told analysts.Valeant shares surged after it beat analyst expectations despite reporting a loss in its latest quarter as it took a $2.2-billion goodwill impairment charge related to its Salix and Ortho Dermatologics businesses.Valeant’s shares closed up $2.08, or 8.87 per cent, to $25.54 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Valeant said it lost $2.69 billion or $7.68 per diluted share in the quarter compared with a profit of $628 million or $1.79 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Revenue totalled nearly $2 billion, down from nearly $2.11 billion a year ago with revenue from its top 10 products delivering more than 20 per cent revenue growth.Organic revenues increased for the first time since the third quarter of 2015, rising two per cent, the company said.On an adjusted basis, Valeant said it earned $312 million or 88 cents per diluted share in the quarter, up from $273 million or 78 cents per share in the same quarter last year.The company was expected to report 59 cents per share in adjusted profits on $1.94 billion of revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Valeant also raised its outlook for the year.It now expects full-year revenues in the range of $8.15 billion to $8.35 billion, up from earlier expectations for $8.10 billion to $8.30 billion.Full-year adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization are expected to be in the range of $3.15 billion to $3.30 billion, up from $3.05 billion to $3.20 billion.“Valeant’s positive organic growth, continuation of debt repayment, and resolution of certain legal cases represent good progress at the company’s turnaround strategy,” stated Michael Levesque, Moody’s senior vice president.However, he said the company’s credit profile remains constrained by its high debt — in excess of $25 billion — and the unresolved Xifaxan patent challenge.David Steinberg, managing director of Toronto-based investment bank Jefferies wondered if the strong first-quarter results could signal that a turnaround is beginning to take hold.“A mountain of debt remains, but an operational turnaround appears to be in the works,” he wrote in a report.Steinberg said reducing debt requires solid prescription growth for key products such as Xifaxan and other gastrointestinal brands and turning around dermatology with new product launches.“It won’t be easy and major overhangs still remain. However, with about a 2.5 year runway, we increasingly think they have a decent chance.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in the story: (TSX:VRX)
MONTREAL – Canadian National Railway Co. says it plans to acquire 1,000 new grain hopper cars that will allow it to phase out older, lower-capacity cars over the next two years.The cars will be built by National Steel Car Ltd. at the company’s Hamilton plant.National Steel Car says that combined with CN’s order for 350 lumber cars, the purchase of grain cars will result in the hiring of more than 550 additional people at its Hamilton facility.The Montreal-based railway company’s 12,000-car Western Canadian grain fleet included CN-owned hoppers, leased cars and private customer equipment.The railway placed the grain hopper order after Ottawa introduced changes to encourage railways to make investments to avert service disruptions.The wide-ranging Transportation Modernization Act includes financial penalties for railways that fail to deliver promised rail cars for grain shipments on time.Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR)
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s deficit ballooned in the last fiscal year and its net debt reached an all-time high, the provincial government revealed Thursday.The audited financial statements for 2013-14 show that the deficit grew to $678.9 million, nearly $200 million from what was forecast in December, and the net debt climbed to $14.8 billion.Finance Minister Diana Whalen blamed the higher-than-expected deficit on an unanticipated drop in revenues, higher departmental expenses and a one-time adjustment to the public service pension plan.“A lot of this, as large as it is and as concerning as it is, is actually related to events that were out of the control of any government,” said Whalen, citing a drop in personal and corporate income tax, as well as the harmonized sales tax, which together make up the bulk of provincial revenues.Total expenses for the fiscal year ending on March 31 were $10.8 billion, about $460 million more than estimated.This increase was primarily due to a one-time $318.9-million pension valuation adjustment. But it also included a $69.7-million rise in departmental expenses driven by environmental remediation projects, increased caseloads within the Community Services Department and higher snow removal and salting costs during an abnormally harsh winter.Whalen pointed to an internal program review being led by Premier Stephen McNeil as proof of the government’s commitment to identify possible cost-saving opportunities.“We are trying to examine what we’re doing and look for better ways to do it,” she said. “We want to become a leaner government.”Whalen would not rule out tax hikes, but she did express concern when asked about the possibility of spending cuts.“You can’t just cut off services to people if they’re in need,” she said.The province’s opposition parties accused the government of lacking direction.“People are tired of hearing about governments studying things,” said Tim Houston, the Progressive Conservative finance critic.“We need to see governments take some action. … We need results now, in the present.”Whalen recited as reasons for optimism what sounded like a familiar refrain: the shipbuilding project, Halifax’s new convention centre, the Maritime Link and offshore exploration. In the latter months of the previous government’s mandate, the NDP listed the same developments as cause for hope.Interim NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald said the projects were already in place prior to the Liberal party’s ascension to power eight months ago.“This government has no plan,” said MacDonald. “This government hasn’t created any jobs itself yet.”The Liberals were elected in October of last year, taking over from the NDP partway through the fiscal year.The New Democrats originally forecast a $16.7 surplus for 2013-14, which was soundly rejected by the Liberals when they released an updated budget forecast in December projecting a deficit of $481.1 million.While the overall debt for 2013-14 climbed by $819 million, Whalen drew attention to the debt-to-GDP ratio, a key indicator of economic health, which had risen only slightly compared to the year prior, from 36.3 per cent to 37.8 per cent.Whalen did not proved any update on the budget projections for 2014-15, which were released in April and projected a deficit of $279 million.She said the government intends to return to a balanced budget in four years.Follow @gwomand on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect spelling for the first name of the finance minister. Nova Scotia deficit ballooned to $679M, net debt hit all-time high AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2014 2:05 am MDT
VANCOUVER – Canada’s largest credit union is warning that young workers who have long since abandoned hope of owning a home in the Vancouver area are now being priced out of the city’s rental market.A new report from Vancity explores the tight rental market across Vancouver and the problem it poses for the so-called millennial generation.Vancity vice-president of community investment, William Azaroff, says the report shows only the Marpole and East Hastings neighbourhoods remain affordable for the average worker under 40, earning less than $40,000.He says millennials are being forced to the suburbs because Vancouver’s high rents and near zero vacancy rate mean renting is no longer an alternative to home ownership.Azaroff says the report recommends governments encourage more rental housing construction by offering tax breaks and other incentives to developers.He predicts businesses will be unable to attract new workers if vacancy rates remain low, because tenants won’t want to make a long commute from the suburbs.“Business owners (have) to be able to attract workers and if the people who would consider working there can’t get rental within a decent commute to those jobs, then you don’t have that kind of labour fluidity or labour mobility, so people can move to where the jobs are within our region,” says Azaroff.Renters chased to the suburbs by high rents and a lack of vacancies in Vancouver may find more affordable housing, but the report also says they will spend much more on transportation and other related costs. (Roundhouse Radio) by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 7, 2016 9:20 am MDT Last Updated Jul 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Vancity report shows Vancouver rental market too pricey for young workers
The United Way flag flies outside the Schmon Tower.Brock’s United Way campaign has officially wrapped, but donations for the 2009 campaign can be made until the end of the year.The campaign has raised nearly $100,000 so far. The 2009 goal was $109,000. But at this month’s wrap-up, campaign committee co-chairs Kevin Lawr and Gregory Finn said they were confident the goal would be met.“We know there are people out there who haven’t yet filled in their pledge cards,” Lawr said. “They have told us they plan to, so we’re reminding them to get those cards in before the end of the year.”A tough economic year and a multitude of good causes competing for donations made the campaign challenging this year, organizers said.But an expanded volunteer group and the new events started this year provide good building blocks for future campaigns, they said.The 2008 campaign goal was $96,000. The Brock community pledged $122,000.Campaign co-chair Gregory Finn stands by as Mary Poulin and Kevin Lawr draw the winning ticket for the United Way raffle. The grand prize was Toronto Maple Leafs tickets.
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller lifts the Silver Football, awarded to the Big Ten’s football MVP Feb. 20 at the Schottenstein Center.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhen he announced in early January that he would be returning to Ohio State for one final ride along the banks of the Olentangy, Braxton Miller had a chance.A chance to rush or pass for the 505 yards he needed to become OSU’s all-time leader in total offense.A chance to win 11 games to become the all-time winningest quarterback in OSU’s history.A chance to throw for the six necessary touchdowns to own the record for total passing touchdowns as a Buckeye.A chance to pass for the 2,256 yards he needs to become OSU’s all-time passing yards leader.A chance to score the single touchdown he needed to become OSU’s all-time touchdown leader.A chance to become the most dominant statistical quarterback in OSU history, as evidenced by the very attainable numbers above.After throwing a pass on Monday that left his right shoulder in pain and the future of his football career uncertain, Braxton Miller is awaiting word following a Tuesday morning MRI that will reveal whether or not that chance remains.But as the star quarterback and legions of Buckeye fans await the news, as it stands right now, what does his legacy look like?While all the numbers above might merit placing him amongst OSU’s greatest quarterbacks, there’s one thing that holds Miller back.Art Schlichter, OSU’s quarterback from 1978 through 1981 and the holder of many of the aforementioned career records, won two Big Ten Championships and a Liberty Bowl matchup against Navy.Bobby Hoying, another famed quarterback and holder of the record for touchdown passes at OSU, won a Big Ten Championship and a Holiday Bowl against the BYU Cougars.Joe Germaine, another of OSU’s most legendary passers, won the MVP of the 1997 Rose Bowl when the Buckeyes topped Arizona State.Troy Smith won the Heisman Trophy, in addition to the 2006 Fiesta Bowl, all the while leading the Buckeyes to the 2007 National Championship Game against Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators.Thus far, Miller has yet to win a postseason game. He has yet to finish higher than fifth in Heisman Trophy voting. Yes, he’s twice won the Silver Football given annually to the Big Ten’s most outstanding player, but that’s about the extent of the hardware sitting upon Miller’s proverbial shelf.2014 was Miller’s chance to receive some of the hardware he’s worked toward for the past three seasons. It was his chance to become the only three-time winner of the Silver Football. It was his chance to become OSU’s most recent Heisman Trophy finalist.It was his chance to clear that seemingly insurmountable hurdle and win his first postseason game, and maybe more, as a Buckeye.Instead, after committing to another year at OSU, avoiding the lure of the NFL, Miller lies upon a table, machines surrounding him, as he anxiously awaits the fate of his season, his career and his legacy.If the test results end No. 5’s time in scarlet and gray, how would he be viewed amongst the greatest players in Buckeye football lore?I’d say that Braxton Miller never really got a chance.
Slovenian runners-up RK Gorenje Velenje with the new ambitious director, marketing guru Matej Avanzo, made an interesting FLASHmob in the city center which gathered current team, teams legend, kids and the fans. Take a look, it was very interesting on Tito square… HANDBALL FLASHMOBRK Gorenje ← Previous Story NEW GOALKEEPER: Rhein Neckar Lowen sign Borko Ristovski Next Story → EHF CL: Kadetten keep fighting for TOP 16
Toshiba recently created the perfect hard drive that will allow your data to be safe and still accessible.The MKxx61GSYG Series Hard Disk Drives know when it has been installed in a different machine, which then allows it to erase all of the data and encryption keys as well. Thus,Toshiba claims no one can steal your data. While this sounds like a good idea, some people will argue that this might be an issue for those who want to use the same hard drive on a new computer. However, Toshiba seems to be marketing this new technology not to home users, but to business users. If that is the case, it could be a life saver for many companies. The new hard drives have a wide range of sizes starting with a 160GB to 640GB. No price was released or slated date for them to hit retail stores. AdChoices广告Via Gizmodo. More at Toshiba.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The final Saturday in September saw Greek Australian Saints and Magpies fans succumbed to footy fever. I’ll be having withdrawal symptoms with no footy. If we win I’ll watch the match all summer long.While we’ll have to wait another week for a winner, we spoke to four football fanatics in the lead up to Saturday’s historic drawn Grand Final. Die-hard Collingwood fan, Rita Krouskos, of Melbourne, was ecstatic when we spoke to her on Thursday, about nabbing tickets for the drawn match. “I just got tickets, I’m so excited, this will be the first grand final I’ve been to,” the 26 year old said. Tipping the Pies to take out the premiership, Ms Krouskos said if her team wins she’ll be watching the replays all summer. “I’ll be having withdrawal symptoms with no footy. If we win I’ll watch the match all summer long,” she said. Ms Krouskos, who always hangs her Collingwood scarf in the same place at home, said she’s not as superstitious as her younger sister, who carries an old football jumper from traded Collingwood player Chris Tarrant in her bag when she goes to matches. Collingwood winning would mean “everything” to Ms Krouskos. “It’s so exciting, I feel like the town is going to party so hard if we win,” she said. Sports fanatic James Belias has been a Collingwood fan since birth. “You’re born into Collingwood, you don’t choose,” he said. Mr Belias was quietly confident about Saturday’s game, but said he is keeping the lid on tight. “If we won it would be a relief after many, many years of frustration, a few near misses and an incredible amount of bashing from rival fans,” Mr Belias said. Saints supporter, Tania Wilson, who has been barracking for the Saints since she was 15 years old, was quietly confident about Saturday’s match. “I always feel you can’t speak too soon. I think the weather’s going to be okay and I’m quietly confident for the Saints,” she said. Ms Wilson, who hosted a Grand Final day party at her home in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs on Saturday, said she’s found the Saints always win when she attends the games. “That worries me because I’m not going this year,” she joked. “I was one year old when St Kilda won their last premiership…I think it’s about time we won again, without a doubt,” she said, adding that if the Saints take out the premiership there’s sure to be parties on the street, especially in Melbourne’s East. Fellow St Kilda supporter, Tom Kyritsis, of Melbourne, will be attending today’s match at the MCG and tensions are running high. “We’re still feeling the disappointment from losing 12 months ago. This will provide us with enough hunger and motivation to get over the line this year,” Mr Kyritsis said, adding that he’s hopeful and confident the Saints could be this year’s premiers.
Facebook : 20% des moins de 13 ans ont un profilUne étude réalisée par TNS Sofres, publiée ce lundi, indique que près de 20% des enfants âgés de 8 à 12 ans ont créé un profil sur le réseau social, qui compterait à ce jour plus de 700 millions de membres.Bien que l’accès à Facebook soit interdit aux moins de 13 ans (l’année de naissance est demandée lors de la création de comptes), les 8-12 ans n’en sont pas moins présents sur le réseau social. En effet, 18% des enfants de cette tranche d’âge indiquent avoir créé un profil sur le site, et 97% d’entre eux précisent que leurs parents sont au courant. Des chiffres dévoilés aujourd’hui par TNS Sofres, qui a réalisé cette étude* pour l’Union nationale des associations familiales (Unaf), la Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (Cnil) et l’association Action innocence.Lorsque l’on a demandé à ces enfants quel réseau social ils fréquentaient le plus, tous ont cité Facebook de manière spontanée, et 3% d’entre eux ont cité également Skyblog, et 1% MySpace.Plus largement, 48% des 8-17 ans ont indiqué avoir “ouvert un compte ou créé un profil sur un site de réseau social”, selon l’étude de TNS Sofres. Près de 60% de ceux qui sont présents sur les réseaux sociaux, pour cette tranche d’âge, expliquent qu’ils s’y connectent “tous les jours ou presque”. En outre, 55% d’entre eux estiment que leurs parents surveillent leur activité sur le site. Constat qui inquiète d’ailleurs les adultes : près d’un tiers des enfants affirment avoir “déjà été gêné ou choqué” sur Facebook par des propos, photographies ou vidéos. Ainsi, 19% ont cité “le sexe, la pornographie ou des personnes dénudées”, 15% de la violence ou encore 13% des “propos racistes ou homophobes”.À lire aussiL’effet terrible et inattendu de la 5G sur les insectesL’étude a également permis d’observer que les enfants qui ont 210 “contacts” en moyenne sur leur réseau y donnent des informations personnelles comme leur vrai nom (90%), une ou plusieurs photos d’eux (88%), le nom de leur établissement scolaire (67%), voire leur adresse postale (27%).* Cette étude a été réalisée par téléphone du 10 au 17 juin 2011, selon la méthode des quotas, auprès d’un échantillon national représentatif de 1.200 enfants et adolescents âgés de 8 à 17 ans.Le 4 juillet 2011 à 10:57 • Emmanuel Perrin
Since starting out as San Angelo Air Corps Basic Flying School in 1941, Goodfellow Air Force Base has hosted an evolving roster of training missions.For its first 18 years, the central Texas base trained U.S. and foreign pilots, reported the Standard-Times. In 1958, Goodfellow’s mission changed to cryptologic intelligence training for the Air Force, a responsibility which eventually encompassed all four military services. In the 1980s, the base was selected to host all Air Force managed intelligence training and it was designated a technical training center.“Our mission here has probably gotten increasingly important,” said Master Sgt. Justin Pitassi, course chief for the Distributed Common Ground System formal training unit. “It’s always been important, but more so with the whole global war on terrorism and the counter insurgency mission we’ve been supporting,” Pitassi said.The installation began training Air Force and Army personnel in fire protection in 1977. In 1993, the Air Force activated the 17th Training Wing at Goodfellow, the same year fire training was shifted from Chanute AFB, Ill., to Goodfellow. Marine Corps students began training there in 1995, and the Navy became the last of the services to join the joint fire protection training program in 1999.Goodfellow also provides intelligence and fire protection courses to students from 40 allied nations. In 2014, nearly 14,000 students graduated from more than 129 courses, according to the story.For one instructor at Goodfellow, the base’s training missions are every bit as important as the service’s operational missions.“It’s my opinion that training is the most important thing that we do every day because training if it’s done right, if I do it right it will last long beyond my career,” said Master Sgt. Michael Champion, noncommissioned officer in charge, fire officer for two of the installation’s courses. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
LEWISTON, ME — Liv O’Regan, of Wilmington, was named to the dean’s list at Bates College for the winter semester ending in April 2019. This is a distinction earned by students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.77 or higher.O’Regan, the daughter of Mr. and Ms. Kenneth J. O’Regan of Wilmington, Mass., is a 2017 graduate of Buckingham Browne & Nichols High School. She is a sophomore majoring in history and minoring in African American studies at Bates.About Bates CollegeLocated in Lewiston, Maine, Bates is internationally recognized as a leading college of the liberal arts, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world. Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community.With a commitment to affordability, Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion or national origin. Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Bates College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 2 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Springfield CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At MCPHSIn “Education”
Maruti Suzuki Baleno on display at a dealership in IndiaReuters fileAfter a huge surge in sales in July post implementation of new tax regime, Goods and Services Tax (GST), Indian automobile industry saw healthy sales in August. The automakers have started releasing the sales figures of their cars in domestic as well as international markets.Here are the details of all car makers and their sales performance in August 2017.Maruti SuzukiIndia’s largest carmaker sold a total of 163,701 vehicles in August registering a growing 23.8 percent over the same period of last year. This includes 152,000 units in domestic market and 11,701 units of exports. The company had sold a total of 132,211 units in August 2016.Compact car range of the company that includes models such as Swift, Ritz, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno and Dzire marked the biggest growth with 62.4 percent.ToyotaToyota Kirloskar Motor sold a total of 12,017 units in the domestic market in August compared to 12,801 units in August 2016 registering a marginal dip in sales. The Japanese car maker exported 1,064 units of the Etios series thus clocking a total of 13,081 units. TKM had exported 1,244 units of the Etios series in August 2016.FordFord India’s combined domestic sales and exports in August reached 15,740 vehicles from 26,408 vehicles in the same month last year. Domestic sales in August stood at 7,777 vehicles, as against 8,548 units a year ago, while exports were at 7,963 vehicles compared to 17,860 units last year.HyundaiHyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), the second largest car manufacturer in India, registered domestic sales of 47,103 units in August registering a growth of nine percent over August 2016 and 9.5 percent over July 2017.Mahindra & MahindraMahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd.), India’s leading SUV manufacturer, sold 42,116 vehicles in August, compared to 40,591 vehicles during August 2016, witnessing a growth of four percent. The passenger vehicles segment (which includes UVs, cars and vans) sold 19,325 vehicles in August, as against 18,246 vehicles during August 2016, registering a growth of six percent.Tata MotorsIn August 2017, Tata Motors passenger vehicles, in the domestic market, recorded 14,340 units sales. The number shows growth by 10 percent over August 2016. The surge in sales is due to the high demand for Tiago hatchback and the Tigor compact sedan. The car segment remained flat at 11,462 units, and the UV segment grew by 84 percent at 2,878 units driven by the Tata Hexa.Honda Cars IndiaHonda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) sold 17,365 units in August 2017 against 13,941 units in the corresponding month last year, registering a growth of 25 percent. HMIL has sold 73,012 units during April-Aug 2017 with a cumulative growth of over 22 percent as against 59,821 units in the corresponding period in 2016.Volkswagen IndiaGerman auto major Volkswagen reported 6.48 percent dip in sales in India, with 4,159 units sold in August 2017 as against 4,447 units in the same month last year. The recently-launched VW Tiguan is getting good response from the market, a company release said.
Share APA person is attended to as authorities respond after the Fire Ball amusement ride malfunctioned injuring several at the Ohio State Fair, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said that some of the victims were thrown from the ride when it malfunctioned Wednesday night. (Justin Eckard via AP)The Ohio State Fair opened Thursday but its amusement rides remained closed one day after a man was killed and seven other people were injured when a thrill ride broke apart and flung people into the air.Video captured by a bystander at the fair Wednesday evening shows the Fire Ball ride swinging above its bottom platform when a crashing sound is heard. The footage then shows one section holding four riders come apart as it begins to swing upward and at least two people tumbling in the air.Screams are heard as passengers are thrown to the ground.Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered that all the rides be closed until they can be inspected and deemed safe. He planned to tour the fair Thursday.“The fair is about the best things in life, and tonight with this accident it becomes a terrible, terrible tragedy,” Kasich said.Officials said the man who was killed was one of several people who were thrown to the ground when the ride malfunctioned. His name has not been released. Ohio State Medical Center said three of the injured were being treated there. Two of them were in critical condition, the hospital said Thursday.Ohio: An Ohio State Fair’s ride malfunction killing 1 and leaving at least 5 injured. (Video) *warning graphic* pic.twitter.com/iW60MSgBRd— Daily Hourly (@dailyhourly) July 27, 2017Officials were investigating what caused the ride to break apart and did not speculate on the possible causes.“Of course we want to get to the bottom of this,” Kasich said, noting that there could be things to be learned that could help other fairs and amusement parks. “Make no mistake about it, it’s a very, very sad night for all of us.”The man who was killed was 18 and the seven people injured ranged in age from 13 to 41, a Columbus fire official told WKRC-TV.Kaylie Bellomy was in the next group waiting to board the Fire Ball.“It was going for a minute and it was at its highest point and I saw somebody fall on the ride, and then a minute later the whole like row of seats fell off and hit the ground,” Bellomy told WCMH-TV.It was chaos afterward, she said. “Everybody was running. I got ran over trying to get out of the way.”The Fire Ball ride swings 24 riders back and forth like a pendulum while they sit facing each other in four-seat carriages that also spin and are attached to the main arm.Amusements of America, the company that provides rides to the Ohio State Fair, describes the Fire Ball as an “aggressive thrill ride.” On its website, it says the Fire Ball — manufactured by KMG — debuted in 2002 and is one of its most popular rides on the midway. It says it can swing passengers 40 feet (12 meters) above the ground, while spinning them at 13 revolutions per minute.Amusements of America did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.The accident prompted California State Fair officials to shut down the Fire Ball ride there. Barry Schaible, an inspector with a company hired by the fair, told KCRA-TV in Sacramento, “We shut down the ride immediately, unloaded it and it’s closed right now.”Ride inspectors did not notice anything out of the ordinary when they conducted their inspections and cleared the Fire Ball for passengers, said Director of Agriculture David Daniels. All of the rides at the fair are checked several times when they are being set up to ensure they are set up the way the manufacturer intended, he said.Michael Vartorella, the state’s chief inspector of amusement ride safety, said the Fire Ball was inspected three or four times before the fair opened.“We take this job very serious, and when we have an accident like this … it hits us really hard,” Vartorella said. “My children, my grandchildren ride this equipment. Our guys do not rush through this stuff. We look at it, we take care of it, and we pretend it’s our own.”Officials said none of the rides would be open until they are all fully inspected.“Our hearts are heavy for the families of those involved in last night’s tragic accident,” the fair said early Thursday morning in a statement posted on its Twitter page. “We have shut down all rides until the state has inspected each and every ride again and deemed them to be safe.”The Ohio State Fair, which is one of the largest state fairs in the U.S., runs through Aug. 6.
Share Twitter user @DnewsTwo explosions and billowing smoke have been reported flood-hit chemical plant near HoustonCROSBY, Texas (AP) — Explosions and fires rocked a flood-crippled chemical plant near Houston early Thursday, sending up a plume of acrid, eye-irritating smoke and adding a new hazard to Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath. The plant’s owners warned more explosions could follow because a loss of refrigeration was causing chemicals stored there to degrade and burn. The Environmental Protection Agency and local officials said an analysis of the air for any health dangers showed no reason for alarm. And there were no immediate reports of any serious injuries. Dozens of workers were pulled out of the Arkema Inc. plant before the hurricane hit, and a small crew of 11 that had been left behind was evacuated before the blasts for fear of just such a disaster.Officials had also ordered people living within 1½ miles (2.4 kilometers) to leave on Tuesday. Fire and plant officials said the substances that caught fire were organic peroxides, a family of volatile compounds used for making a variety of products, including pharmaceuticals and construction materials. Earlier this week, French-owned Arkema warned an explosion was imminent at the plant about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Houston, saying Harvey’s floodwaters had knocked out power and backup generators, disabling the refrigeration needed to keep the organic peroxides stable. On Thursday, Rich Rennard, an executive at Arkema, said the chemical compounds were transferred to refrigerated containers after power was lost. But he said those containers failed too, causing the chemicals in one unit to burn. He said the company expected more explosions from the eight remaining containers. The plant is along a stretch near Houston that contains one of the biggest concentrations of refineries, pipelines and chemical plants in the country. Houston is the nation’s fourth-largest city, with a population of 2.3 million. Andrea Morrow, a spokeswoman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, said the agency had received “no other reports of concern” from other chemical plants in the state. The blaze at Arkema sent up 30- to 40-foot (9- to 12-meter) flames and black smoke, according to fire officials. Harris County Fire Marshal spokeswoman Rachel Moreno put the quantity of burning organic peroxide at 2 tons.Fifteen sheriff’s deputies who complained of respiratory irritation were examined at a hospital and released, the Harris County sheriff’s office said. The EPA sent employees to monitor the situation and said air samples collected by aircraft showed “there are no concentrations of concern for toxic materials reported at this time.” The EPA’s analysis followed comments from Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, who told reporters in Washington that “by all means, the plume is incredibly dangerous.” Asked about the discrepancy, a FEMA spokesman said Brock would defer to officials closer to the scene. The Texas environmental agency called the smoke “especially acrid and irritating” and said it can impair breathing and inflame the eyes, nose and throat. Arkema had warned earlier this week that the chemicals would erupt in an intense fire resembling a gasoline blaze. There was “no way to prevent” the explosion, CEO Rich Rowe said on Wednesday. Moreno, of the fire marshal’s office, said the 1½-mile radius was developed in consultation with the Homeland Security Department and other experts. “The facility is surrounded by water right now, so we don’t anticipate the fire going anywhere,” she said before the explosions. Arkema was required to submit a risk management plan to the EPA because it has large amounts of sulfur dioxide, a toxic chemical, and methylpropene, a flammable gas. The plans are supposed to detail the effects of a potential release and how the company would respond. In its most recently available submission from 2014, Arkema said that in a worst-case scenario, 1.1 million residents could be affected over 23 miles (37 kilometers), according to information compiled by a nonprofit group and posted on a website hosted by the Houston Chronicle. Arkema argued that that scenario was highly unlikely because it assumed that all of the plant’s safety measures failed and that strong winds were blowing directly toward Houston. In February, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Arkema nearly $110,000 — later reduced to just over $90,000 — over 10 safety violations found during an inspection at the Crosby plant, according to agency records. The records contained no details on the violations, but investigators classified them as “serious,” meaning they could have resulted in death or serious injury. ___ This story has been corrected to show that the Texas environmental agency’s spokeswoman is named Morrow, not Morros. ___ Schmall and Dunklin reported from Dallas. Associated Press writer Claudia Lauer in Dallas contributed to this report. ___ Sign up for AP’s daily newsletter showcasing our best all-formats reporting on Harvey and its aftermath: http://apne.ws/ahYQGtb
Musical.ly was acquired by Chinese internet giant ByteDance in 2017, which then migrated those users over to the TikTok platform last summer.In the wake of the FTC fine, TikTok announced in a blog post that on Feb. 27 it is launching a new app environment for users under 13 that does not permit the sharing of personal information and “puts extensive limitations on content and user interaction.” Both current and new TikTok users will be directed to the age-appropriate app experience, beginning Wednesday.In the post, TikTok said in part: “While we’ve always seen TikTok as a place for everyone, we understand the concerns that arise around younger users. In working with the FTC and in conjunction with today’s agreement, we’ve now implemented changes to accommodate younger U.S. users in a limited, separate app experience that introduces additional safety and privacy protections designed specifically for this audience.”FTC Chairman Joe Simons alleged that the operators of TikTok/Musical.ly knew that many children under 13 were using the app but still failed to seek parental consent before illegally collecting info from the kids. The commission claimed that the company had received thousands of complaints from parents about the practice.“This record penalty should be a reminder to all online services and websites that target children: We take enforcement of COPPA very seriously, and we will not tolerate companies that flagrantly ignore the law,” Simons said in announcing the TikTok agreement.The Musical.ly app, which launched in 2014, let users create short videos including lip-syncing clips set to music and share those videos with other users. To register for the app, it required users to provide an email address, phone number, username, first and last name, a short biography, and a profile picture. TikTok is very similar but the company has tried to broaden the app’s appeal beyond lip-syncing videos.In its complaint, the FTC noted that the default setting for Musical.ly users was to make their profile public — but even if those were set to private, other users could still send them direct messages. The commission cited reports of adults trying to contact children via the Musical.ly app. In addition, until October 2016, the app included a feature that allowed users to view other users within a 50-mile radius of their location. The company behind TikTok, the popular short-form video app that incorporated Musical.ly last year, has agreed to pay $5.7 million to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that it illegally collected personal info from children.According to the FTC, it’s the largest civil penalty ever obtained by the agency in a children’s privacy case.The FTC’s complaint, filed by the Department of Justice on behalf of the commission, alleges that Musical.ly violated the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which requires websites and online services aimed at kids to obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children under 13.Under the terms of the settlement, TikTok is also required to remove all videos from the app posted by children under the age of 13 and also must comply with COPPA going forward. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Many Muiscal.ly users self-identified as kids under 13, and in some cases listed their hometown and even their school in their profiles, Andrew Smith, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said on a call with reporters.The FTC calculated the $5.7 million fine based on multiple factors, according to Smith, including the “degree of culpability of the company” as well as its ability to pay and the effect of a fine on the company’s business.The penalty is almost double the amount of the FTC’s previous biggest fine for violations of child privacy laws. That came in 2011, when Disney-owned Playdom paid $3 million to settle charges it had violated COPPA by allegedly collecting and disclosing personal information from hundreds of thousands of children under 13 without parental consent.TikTok doesn’t share numbers on how many active users it has. Currently, TikTok has about 266 million monthly active users worldwide (excluding third-party Android stores in China), per research firm Apptopia. That includes around 40 million MAUs in the U.S. At one point Musical.ly claimed to have over 100 million active monthly users.Also Wednesday, TikTok launched a new video tutorial series, “You’re in Control,” which steps through the app’s safety guidelines and tools.
Californians bask in solar energy Citation: Solar Home Built by Students (2009, September 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-solar-home-built-students.html Explore further Curio House. Image from livecurio.us The solar home will be dismantled and reassembled on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., early next month, where it will be subjected to 10 days of judging. The student-designed home will be open to the public, and will be judged on factors such as attractiveness of the design, marketing viability, energy efficiency, and the amount of excess electricity the home generates.The budget for the New England team’s design for the 800 square foot one-story home came in at around $200,000, and they hope the sale price could be about the same figure, but for a reduced number of solar panels. The sale price would make the design far more marketable than the 2007 competition design by a German team, which would sell for $1.2 million. The Boston students worked for nearly two years on the project. They reduced costs by purchasing widely available products from building supply stores, and by using a simple, modular design that could be constructed easily. The most expensive items were the bank of 28 top range SunPower photovoltaic panels and five solar thermal panels to heat the home and supply hot water. Tufts student Matt Thoms, who served as project director for the Curio House engineering and photovoltaics, said the team wanted to build a house that could be available now, and not something that would not be available on the market for five to ten years. The students also wanted to design a house that would be suitable for city and urban living, and not just for people in rural areas living off the grid. With this in mind, the house is designed for a couple with a small child, and it includes screens for the front deck and back porch that would provide privacy. The house has technologies expected in today’s city homes, such as Ethernet, but it also has a small garden watered by captured storm water to encourage the occupants to grow some of their own food and live a more sustainable lifestyle. The photovoltaic panels supply 6.4 kW, which is more than a home of the same size would need if connected to the grid, but for the competition the home must run for 10 days off the grid. A number of jobs must be completed, such as a movie night featuring the home’s entertainment system, and washing 10 loads of laundry during the period. Batteries fed by the solar panels produce night time and cloudy day electricity supplies for the home.The Curio House is well insulated to reduce heating and cooling needs, and is fitted with energy-efficient appliances and lights. It also has outdoor blinds on the southern side that can be adjusted to allow sunlight in for warmth and light. As a result of these features the students expect the electricity use to be around one third that of a typical American home of the same size.The students focused on designing a home that is affordable enough for people to live in now, and they have already found a buyer, since the building will become the first home in a “green community” planned for Cape Cod. The design can also be adapted for larger homes or apartments.The Solar Decathlon is held every two years and is run by the U.S. Department of Energy.More information: www.livecurio.us/© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Students from the Boston Architectural College (BAC) and Tufts University have submitted a completely solar-powered home, the Curio House, as New England’s entry into the Solar Decathlon competition. The entry is one of 20 designs by teams of university students vying for this year’s award for the best solar home design. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Emirates moves to an all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleetIn line with its vision to offer a superior passenger experience and improve environmental performance through a modern and state of the art wide-body aircraft fleet, Emirates has retired the last Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft in its fleet from active service. This makes Emirates the first and only airline in the world to operate a fleet of allaircraft for its passenger flights.Emirates recently retired A6-EAK from operational service. The aircraft was the last of the 29 Airbus A330 aircraft that had been operating as part of its fleet. A6-EAK joined Emirates in 2002 and had flown for over 60,000 hours travelling close to 45 million kilometres in 14.5 years. That distance is equivalent to almost 60 return journeys between the Earth and the Moon. Emirates has also phased out A6-ERN, the last serving Airbus A340 in the fleet which had joined the airline in 2004, originally manufactured in 1999.Since January 2015, Emirates has retired 18 A330 and 5 A340 aircraft from its fleet. The average age of the Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft phased out from the fleet is 16.5 years- a figure which is well below the industry standard retirement age of 25 years. In addition to the aircraft that have been retired from active service since January 2015, Emirates plans to further phase out some 25 aircraft over the course of 2017 and 2018 to ensure that the operating fleet remains modern and efficient while offering customers a higher level of comfort and safety.The retirement of older aircraft is balanced by the induction of younger, more modern aircraft into the fleet. This has resulted in Emirates operating one of the youngest fleets in the industry with an average age of 5.2 years. The two youngest aircraft in the fleet- Emirates’ 85th A380- the first of the new generation A380 aircraft delivered in October 2016 and Emirates’ 125th Boeing 777-300ER- are less than 2 weeks old. Emirates’ fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft will also have a smaller environmental impact as both aircraft types have better fuel efficiency and emissions performance than the retired aircraft.For the calendar year 2016 Emirates will have taken delivery of 36 new aircraft – 20 Airbus A380s and 16 Boeing 777. This also includes the next generation Boeing 777-300ER aircraft – with upgraded business class seats and other features including a lower fuel burn ratio – to be delivered from November 2016.Emirates is currently the largest operator of the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft with 85 Airbus A380s and 160 Boeing 777s in its fleet. Out of the 234 aircraft worth over USD 112 billion that Emirates has in its order book, 150 will be the new Boeing 777X aircraft that will be delivered starting 2020. The aircraft will feature a range of passenger focused amenities on board including larger windows, higher ceiling, and a wider cabin in addition Emiratesdiscover more hereSource = Emirates