High Commissioner Hosts Round-table Discussions on Sugar

first_img High Commissioner in London, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, today (July 6), hosted two round-table discussions for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar-producing countries. Story Highlights The discussions come against the background of changes made in the European Union (EU) sugar regime in October 2017, which resulted in the erosion of preferences, a sharp decline in the average selling prices for ACP sugar in the EU, and increased competition for ACP producers. The round-table participants were briefed on the latest developments in CARICOM and the ACP on sugar and heard the findings of the Sugar Association of the Caribbean (SAC) from its engagements with regional sugar manufacturers, as well as proposals to address the concerns of industrial sugar users in CARICOM through the use of the CET. High Commissioner in London, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, today (July 6), hosted two round-table discussions for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar-producing countries.The talks focused on ways to create sustainable long-term markets for Caribbean sugar producers through use of the Common External Tariff (CET) in CARICOM, and on the UK’s potential as a market for ACP sugar post-Brexit.The discussions come against the background of changes made in the European Union (EU) sugar regime in October 2017, which resulted in the erosion of preferences, a sharp decline in the average selling prices for ACP sugar in the EU, and increased competition for ACP producers.Countries in the Caribbean export up to 80 per cent of their sugar to the EU, and the removal of this key market poses a threat to the future of the regional sugar industry.Both meetings were organised by the London-based Caribbean Council, which, with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has produced a number of studies looking at different policy options, and conducted an economic impact assessment to assist sugar industry stakeholders and policymakers, especially in the Caribbean.The round-table participants were briefed on the latest developments in CARICOM and the ACP on sugar and heard the findings of the Sugar Association of the Caribbean (SAC) from its engagements with regional sugar manufacturers, as well as proposals to address the concerns of industrial sugar users in CARICOM through the use of the CET.The ACP country representatives were encouraged to see Brexit as “a once in a generation opportunity” to restore value to the sugar industry, through ambitious and creative trade agreements with the UK.Participants included Her Excellency Perla Perdomo, High Commissioner for Belize;  His Excellency Christian Nkambule, High Commissioner for the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), and representatives from the High Commissions for Barbados, Fiji, Mauritius and Zambia; the Commonwealth Secretariat, and other sugar industry stakeholders.last_img read more

Tory MP Hawn hoped higher unemployment would lead to better army recruitment

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–A Conservative MP recently nominated by the federal government to sit on a secretive Canada-U.S. committee on continental defence told U.S. officials he was hoping a downturn in the economy would lead to increased recruitment for the Canadian army, according to a “confidential” U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks to APTN National News.Edmonton Centre Conservative MP Laurie Hawn said he saw “hope” that the rising numbers of unemployed would lead to an increased in army recruits, according to the diplomatic cable from March 12, 2009.Hawn, who was parliamentary secretary for defence at the time, also told U.S. officials that the deployment of U.S. troops in Kandahar would help the Canadian military keep the soldiers it already had.“He expressed the hope that rising unemployment rates at home on one hand, and the welcome new deployment of U.S. troops in Kandahar on the other, would help the Canadian Forces to recruit and retain troops, at least in 2009 and 2010,” the cable said, which was based on a March 4, 2009 conversation.Hawn could not be reached for comment. His office said he was tied up in back-to-back meetings most of the day.Hawn, a former fighter pilot, was recently nominated to be Canada’s representative on the Permanent Canada-United States Joint Board of Defence, according to his MP website.The board is described as “the highest-level bilateral defence forum between the two countries” focusing on continental defence, according to the Department of National Defence’s website.Hawn’s MP website also said he was given a “historic” appointment to sit on the Treasury Board cabinet subcommittee tasked with finding billions of dollars in cuts throughout government operations.APTN National News obtained the diplomatic cable from whistleblower website WikiLeaks. It was part batch of hundreds of confidential and secret cables originating from or sent to the U.S. embassy in Ottawa and consulates across the country.CBC-Radio Canada also obtained the same batch of documents.WikiLeaks has already released over 2,000 cables dealing with Canada on its website.The cable, titled Challenges to the Transformation of the Canadian Army, noted some of the difficulties the Canadian Army faced in the recruitment and retention and its troubles with procurement.The cable was based on conversation with and public remarks by current Chief of Transformation of the Canadian Forces Staff Lt.-Gen Andrew Leslie, who was Chief of the Land Staff at the time, along with conversations with Hawn and former Alberta Conservative MP Rick Casson.Hawn told U.S. officials that the army was also having trouble processing new recruits, because the “Canadian Forces’ best trainers were often on deployment in Afghanistan,” according to the cable.Hawn noted, however, that the more pressing problem was the early retirement of “NCOs and officers” as a result of the “prospect of serving multiple tours in Kandahar.”The cable notes that “despite recurrent pledges” by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “government to re-build the capabilities of the Canadian Forces,” the army faced a series of challenges including procurement and recruitment.“The Canadian Army still faces serious funding, recruitment and procurement challenges as it seeks to meet pressing requirements in Afghanistan while also transforming itself into a medium-weight service capable of conducting both major combat and counterinsurgency operations,” said the cable.Casson, who Hawn is replacing on the Canada-U.S. defence board, told U.S. officials during a March 2 meeting that the Conservative plan to create a separate military procurement agency to avoid the interdepartmental turf wars would have to wait until the party formed a majority government.“Casson….complained that every defense purchase involved a complicated tug-of-war among the Department of National Defence, the Department of Industry and the Department of Public Works,” the cable said. “He admitted that the Conservatives’ hopes to establish a separate DND procurement agency had disappeared, at least until the Conservatives one day might for a majority government.”Casson did not run in the last election.After the May 2 election which gave the Conservatives a majority, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed former OPP commissioner Julian Fantino as associate minister of defence responsible for procurement.jbarrera@aptn.caCheck out APTN’s WikiLeaks websiteThe CableDownload (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

China files WTO challenge to US 200B tariff plan

first_imgBEIJING, China – China announced it filed a World Trade Organization challenge Monday to President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat, stepping up its diplomatic efforts to counter U.S. pressure in a spiraling technology dispute.The Trump administration has criticized the WTO as unable to deal with the problems posed by China, suggesting a challenge there might have little impact in Washington. But it might help Beijing rally support from governments that criticized Trump for going outside the WTO to impose tariffs on Chinese and other imports.The move is unusually swift, coming less than one week after the U.S. Trade Representative proposed 10 per cent tariffs on a $200 billion list of Chinese goods. Those wouldn’t take effect until at least September.China’s lopsided trade balance means it will run out of U.S. imports for penalty tariffs before Washington does. Beijing is trying to recruit support, so far in vain, from Europe, South Korea and other governments.“We are unable to fight equally,” said Tu Xingquan, director of the China Institute for WTO Studies at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.Monday’s move “indicates that we value the role of the WTO rules,” said Tu.Washington imposed 25 per cent tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. Beijing responded immediately by imposing identical penalties on a similar amount of American imports.It has criticized the latest tariff threat but has only about $80 billion of annual imports left for penalties.As for why Beijing hasn’t retaliated, “there might be some adjustment in China’s approach to countermeasures,” said Tu.Economists and business groups have suggested Beijing might try to disrupt operations of American companies, especially service industries, in which the United States runs a surplus. But Chinese officials have tried to appeal to American companies as allies.A Commerce Ministry spokesman said last week Beijing hoped they would lobby Washington to protect their own interests.last_img read more

Judge approves eviction of protesters from camp near pipeline construction site

first_imgOne protester threatened to “drop kick” and “kill” a fire official and an official from the parks department was chased away, he said.Camp Cloud has grown since November from a single trailer to include a two-storey wooden structure, a cabin, an outdoor shower, more than a dozen tents and multiple vehicles and trailers.City of Burnaby lawyer Gregory McDade told the judge that while the city supports peaceful protests, the camp violates several bylaws, trespasses on city property and constitutes a public nuisance.The city has had a positive dialogue with a separate protest group that gathers around a structure known as the Watch House, he said. McDade said when the city communicated the fire ban to the Watch House protesters, they conducted a ceremony and extinguished their own sacred fire. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has granted the City of Burnaby an injunction forcing pipeline protesters to take down their camp outside a Kinder Morgan terminal.Justice Geoffrey Gomery said all structures, shelters and vehicles must be removed from the site known as Camp Cloud within 48 hours of the order issued on Friday afternoon.The judge also ordered that a sacred fire burning under very dry conditions and near a Shell aviation fuel tank farm must be extinguished. Camp Cloud spokeswoman Kwitsel Tatel, who is named as a defendant, said in a statement that putting out the sacred fire or removing any of the camp’s buildings would be a violation of not only the right to free expression but also deeply held religious beliefs.She posted a “call for solidarity” on Facebook, hours before the ruling.“Our camp is unified and centred around the sacred fire, which since time immemorial, has been central to the governance of Indigenous peoples,” the post said.“We are a peaceful coalition that is gravely concerned for the national interest, respect, dignity of public interest, public health and the protection of safe and clean water for all our generations to come on these sacred lands of so-called Canada.”She said the group is raising awareness about the “ecocide and genocide” that is continuing to take place against Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, due to ongoing threats to water.Asked what she would do if the judge ruled in favour of the city, ahead of the ruling, she said only: “Good question for all ‘Canadians!’ ”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)center_img However, peaceful protesting is still permitted, he said. Individuals are allowed on the site as long as they do not build more structures and camp overnight.No one appeared in court on behalf of the protesters, although half a dozen supporters watched proceedings from the gallery.In his judgment, Gomery noted that an argument based on Aboriginal title claims could have in principle qualified. However, he said the position the protesters have advanced through media on that subject, so far as he understands it, is not arguable.There is no evidence the individuals are associated with the Squamish or Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, which claim rights to the land in question, he said.Gomery also said he believed the focus of Camp Cloud has shifted over time.“It is, unfortunately, clear that the goals of the defendants and occupants of Camp Cloud have evolved. While they established the camp for the purpose of protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, they’ve now begun to view the campsite as their land. They’re blocking a public right of way and members of the public have been made to feel unwelcome,” he said.last_img read more

Valeant paid CEO Joe Papa US63M in compensation for eight months of

LAVAL, Que. — Valeant Pharmaceuticals says its chairman and CEO received US$62.7 million in compensation for eight months of work last year, even as the Quebec-based drug giant reported a “disappointing” financial performance.In a proxy report ahead of its May 2 annual meeting, Valeant says Joseph Papa’s compensation included US$42 million in stock awards, US$10 million in stock options, an US$8-million signing bonus and a salary of US$980,769.The 61-year-old took the company helm in May.Life after Bill Ackman: Why the clock is ticking for Valeant ’s Joe PapaHow to lose $4 billion: Bill Ackman’s long ride down on ValeantHis compensation was less than half the US$141.6 million that went to his predecessor Michael Pearson in 2015 before he left the company early last year.Pearson received US$12 million in compensation last year, mainly from a US$10.5-million severance and US$669,231 salary.Valeant had a rough year in 2016 as it lost nearly 90 per cent of its stock value, racked up losses of US$2.4 billion and came under scrutiny over its drug pricing practices.“While we are disappointed with our financial results and share price performance, we have accomplished important steps to position the company for a turnaround,” it said in the filing.© Thomson Reuters 2017 read more

How to Choose Best of Breed vs Single Solution

How to Choose?What criteria should be considered when deciding whether to sole source or implement best-of-breed solutions? One of the first things to consider is whether the organization has specific strategic or high-priority initiatives that could impact communications and collaboration requirements. For example, a global company with frequent national or international video calls for large teams may choose a video-focused solution to support feature-rich meetings. Similarly, an education-oriented institution that frequently broadcasts live educational content might require advanced Web conferencing tools. Is Sole Enough?While my reasons for having multiple platforms might be different (I communicate with clients in their preferred method), having more than one communication modality is the rule, rather than the exception in most enterprises. While organizations might restrict communications protocols that aren’t supported, shadow applications are frequently utilized because they’re easier to use, provide additional functions outside the corporate solution, and are often “free.” “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide. sctcperspective_Small.png Consider ITFinally, internal IT resource availability should be a significant consideration. One of the goals of organizations with a small IT staff is often to outsource system management where possible. Many organizations move to an outsourced first model to reduce internal technical staff and allow company resources to focus on their business, rather than the technology that supports it. If procuring a managed solution is a priority, sole source is, in most cases, the best fit. If an organization has a strong IT staff with diverse skills, as well as a procurement, contract management, and accounts payable resources to manage multiple contracts, either approach has its technical merits. How to Get Rid of Your Fax Machines… Finally Dan Aylward September 11, 2019 Many organizations still rely on faxing to secure and authenticate transmitted documents, but it’s time to move on. Log in or register to post comments See All in Unified Communications » Equally, an organization with simple telephony needs such as manufacturing, logistics, or factories may be better served keeping their back office on traditional backend systems and deploying an inexpensive, voice-only or mobile-first platform for voice communications. Ultimately, there are many variables to consider when deciding between sole source or a multi-solution architecture. Being aware of the limitations and benefits of each is the first step in making the decision. decision.jpg Making UC Accessible for All Dave Mailer July 03, 2019 Look for solutions from companies like Cisco, Microsoft, and Zoom to serve the needs of all types of users. UC 2.0: The Future of Unified Communications Eran Abramson June 10, 2019 UC is on a positive path, with great promises and capabilities to come. While UCaaS providers like RingCentral allow for video collaboration, many haven’t advanced to the clean interface and bullet-proof video experience provided by video-first solutions like Zoom. In a situation where video fidelity must work on time, every time, implementing a separate best-of-breed video solution may be preferred over using the one included with the UC platform. While integration with Salesforce or other contact management tools is often offered by UC providers through APIs, custom development may be required to ensure the integration meets all requirements. Integration with other back-end processes, office systems, accounting systems, etc., all require careful consideration as strategic initiatives are implemented to move from traditional telephony to UC and collaboration platforms. Rather than achieving the goal of consolidating platforms, unified communications (UC) seems to have accomplished the opposite – creating disparate solutions with users either having too many means of connecting or not enough. Like my colleagues, I’ve become so accustomed to communicating through collaborative platforms that it seems draconian when I can’t share a document, quickly “ping” someone on a chat, or easily convert a chat into a video call. Instead of UC, it seems we’ve developed more of a “pan communications” situation. Tags:News & ViewsBest of BreedSingle SourceUnified CommunicationsConsultant PerspectivesNews & ViewsSCTC Articles You Might Like Open Source’s Role in UC & Networking on the Rise Sorell Slaymaker July 12, 2019 Exploring the impact of the software revolution that’s quietly empowering more open source networking and communications solutions Another consideration might be whether an organization is part of an industry that requires conformance to specific regulations, such as finance or legal. Government regulations that drive you into specialized requirements, such as those related to storing or transmitting documents to federal or county agencies, may also limit options – a catch-all solution may not provide the needed transactional information. Because these industries often use custom document storage and retrieval systems, integrating these systems with collaboration platforms that include file sharing may be difficult, or inadvisable, as they may violate privacy regulations. Federal, state, and local governments may similarly require records to be stored for extended periods, making non-integrated storage a preferred approach. Once an organization has made the strategic decision to implement UC and collaboration company wide, the next step is to determine from an architectural perspective whether to deploy one solution for all communications and collaboration or to select “best of breed” for individual components such as video conferencing, voice, contact center, and team collaboration. Communications vendors prefer to push their solutions as comprehensive for all needs, but if an organization has standardized on an office suite such as Microsoft Office 365 or Google G Suite, they may already have some collaboration and communication components ready to deploy. And while these solutions may fit some requirements, there may also be holes in critical features. RIP: Skype for Business Kevin Kieller July 30, 2019 Microsoft sets retirement plan for Skype for Business Online, foreshadowing death of Server edition, too. read more

Erasing infrastructure deficit key to Africas growth development – UN official

Assembly President Sam Kutesa spotlighted infrastructure development as he opened the 193-member body’s annual consideration of the landmark New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), and other key issues concerning for the continent, including efforts to roll back malaria. The meeting caps what has become informally known as “Africa Week” (13 to 17 October) at UN Headquarters. With the adoption of NEPAD’s Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) in July 2012, African Leaders laid a foundation for the development of critical regional and continental infrastructure,” he said. “Africa needs hydropower dams and transmission lines to facilitate production. It needs roads, railways and ports to facilitate commerce and trade. It needs core ICT [information and communications technology] infrastructure to support trade in goods and services, as well as governance structures,” added Mr. Kutesa. Hailing the efforts under NEPAD in coordinating development of infrastructure across the continent through PIDA’s priority Action as “commendable”, the Assembly President noted that over the last 12 months, of the 51 projects and programmes envisioned, 16 national and regional projects were identified as quick wins for financing and implementation. He said it is important that the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) continues to receive attention, as a guiding framework for the development of this sector. “These projects and others will require enormous amounts of resources, but financing by governments alone is not enough. Other sources of funding, especially from the private sector, including specialized funds, should be tapped into,” said Mr. Kutesa, noting that the Presidential Infrastructure Champions Initiative (PICI), adopted to prioritise and fast-track the implementation of key regional projects is a step in the right direction. “Strengthened bilateral and regional cooperation to develop joint cross-border projects will also be important going forward,” he continued, adding that improving access to sustainable sources of clean, reliable and affordable energy will also be crucial to Africa’s economic and social development. “The United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which aims to ensure universal energy access by 2030, has highlighted the importance of access to electricity.”Turning to the global effort to curb eradicate malaria, one of the most serious health problems facing the world today and which is endemic in Africa, especially in tropical Africa, with an estimated 90 per cent of the total malaria incidence and deaths occurring there, he said that since the Assembly adopted the first resolution on malaria in 2000, the world has witnessed significant political commitment to the fight against the disease. “We should all be proud of the fact that just 10 years after the passage of the first resolution, more than 1.1 million deaths from malaria were averted,” he said, but cautioned against complacency. “We should redouble our efforts…to reach our ultimate goal of its total eradication. We must press on with conviction and determination that this preventable and treatable disease can be eradicated in our lifetime.” read more

Bangladeshs tour of West Indies likely to be postponed

Bangladesh’s tour of the West Indies, scheduled for February next year, is likely to be pushed to July. A change, if any, will be necessitated by the World Cup Qualifiers, scheduled for next March; West Indies, currently ranked ninth in ODIs, are likely to feature in the tournament.File photo: Mushfiqur Rahim embraces Mustafizur Rahman after his catch to remove Jason Roy in a previous match (Getty Images)ESPNcricinfo has learned that both the BCB and Cricket West Indies have tentatively agreed to the change. It is understood that after the Qualifiers, West Indies will host Sri Lanka in June followed by the series against Bangladesh a month later before wrapping up the home season with the Caribbean Premier League.The change would probably come as a relief for Bangladesh, as, without it, they would have to pack their bags quickly for the Caribbean tour in February right after their home series against Sri Lanka. It would have meant a crammed schedule as Bangladesh would then have had to fly directly to Sri Lanka to play the Nidahas Trophy, which is scheduled from March 15 to 31. They are free of international commitments from April-July 2018, after which they’re scheduled to tour Australia in August.Bangladesh have a busy schedule for the rest of 2017. After the two home Tests against Australia finishes on September 8, Bangladesh will fly to South Africa to play two Tests, three ODIs and as many T20s till October 29. The BPL will start on November 2 soon after their return, with the final scheduled in the second week of December depending on the number of participating teams. Soon after the BPL, they are set to host Sri Lanka for a full tour in December-January. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Indies to tour Pakistan in March for T20 seriesNovember 11, 2017In “Sports”Bravo unlikely for home series, needs to clarify future — CWI chiefMay 3, 2018In “Sports”West Indies hope to end series drought in decider against BangladeshDecember 13, 2018In “Sports” read more

President has use for Dr Mangals expertise says Harmon

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinisters Harmon, Trotman host team exploring IDB’s role in oil sectorJune 28, 2017In “Business”Petroleum consultants to guide oil industry developmentMarch 17, 2017In “latest news”‘ExxonMobil contract was dealt with, we are not going back on it’- State MinisterFebruary 22, 2018In “Business” State Minister Joseph Harmon today said that while government has use for the expertise of Dr Jan Mangal, the Presidential Advisor on Petroleum does not speak on behalf of the Head of State or the government as a whole.Minister of State Joseph HarmonMinister Harmon’s statement comes on the heels of comments made by the Presidential Advisor regarding the oil contract between Guyana and US oil giant, ExxonMobil.According to Harmon, the views expressed by Dr Mangal does not reflect the position of the President or that of government.“He is an advisor to the President and works within framework and in that framework advice is given to his excellency, it is up to the President to decide whether this advice is good I will follow it or this advice is not good and therefore I will not follow it…its not to give directions as the case may be” said Harmon.Dr Mangal told reporters on the sidelines of an oil and gas forum at UG last evening that when situations change and one party to a contract is dissatisfied with a contract it has with another, then amendments can be made.Petroleum Advisor Dr Jan MangalHe was at the time, referring to the oil contract between Guyana and ExxonMobil, criticising the low royalty and large concession given to the US oil company.Last evening the Ministry of the Presidency sent out a one paragraph statement, distancing itself from comments made by the Petroleum Advisor.When asked whether government will be renewing Dr Mangal’s contract as Presidential advisor, the State Minister said “his contract is an IDB contract…the extent to which Dr Mangal continues to provide advice…I believe to that extent that we have use for Dr Mangal, whether in fact he makes statements in his own private capacity that is another matter but in so far as the advice which he gives…it is on those terms that the contract whether it is extended or whether it is brought to an end it is on those terms” Harmon said. read more

Independence Groups nickel output SAGs on mill liner issue

first_imgA SAG mill liner issue at Independence Group’s Nova nickel operation in the Fraser Range of Western Australia has seen the miner miss its annual production guidance for the financial year.The problem, which saw a reduction in processing plant availability in the second half of June, resulted in an 800 tonne shortfall in nickel output, Independence said. The company produced 22,258t in the 12 months to the end of June, compared with its 23,000-27,000t guidance.Independence said it is rectifying the situation: “The SAG mill liners are currently being replaced in a planned processing plant shutdown and are not expected to affect availability or productivity going forward.”Even with this setback, the company produced 7,344t of nickel metal in the June quarter, up 23% from the March quarter. Independence noted that, as planned, tonnes mined, and milled, ore grades and metallurgical recoveries continued to improve.Nova has a nameplate 1.5 million tonne per annum ore capacity with a primary crushing, two-stage grinding and differential flotation circuit. It has both a 2.4MW SAG mill and 2.4MW ball mill.The mine, which produced its first concentrate in October 2016, is expected to average more than 26,000t of nickel, 11,000t of copper and 1,000t of cobalt annually.last_img read more

Rhein Neckar Lowen get Rajko Prodanovic on loan

handball loanhandball newshandball transfersRajko Prodanovic Rhein Neckar LowenRhein Neckar Lowen German Rhein Neckar Lowen make addition the the squad – Serbian NT right wing Rajko Prodanovic (27) who is coming from Hungarian champion MM-MKB Veszprem on loan until the end of the season. Experienced Serbian lefthander who played for RK Jugovic, Spanish Antequera, Macedonian Vardar and Hungarian PICK Szeged, weren’t in plans of Veszprem’s coach Antonio Carlos Ortega after he came from Szeged last summer.Ortega has faith in domestic right wings Ivancsik and Gulyas, so there was no space for Prodanovic, who signed contract with Veszprem before Spanish coach came to Hungary.German team have Patrick Groetzki on that position, while second option young Steinhauser is injured. ← Previous Story HUNGARY: Easy season start for Pick Szeged Next Story → WIN IN HAMBURG: New “Zebras” – New domination! read more

New study finds that nurses are at a higher risk of suicide

New study finds that nurses are at a higher risk of suicide

first_imgNew study finds that nurses are at a higher risk of suicide than general population For more information on the study visit: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0883941719300287To create a suicide prevention program at your organization contact Afsp.org KUSI Newsroom August 12, 2019 Posted: August 12, 2019 For confidential support available 24/7 for everyone in the U.S.:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-8255suicidepreventionlifeline.org KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A new study finds that nurses are at a higher risk of suicide than the general population.Nurse scientist Judy Davidson and Dr. Sidney Zisook, both from UC San Diego, were at KUSI to discuss the study’s findings, as well as how we can prevent nurse suicides.If you or someone you know needs help, call the Lifeline at any time to speak to someone and get support. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Ratings for App Functionality Who Made the Top Grade

first_imgFive Yellow Stars (which signifies the program’s highest ranking):1. Allure (Conde Nast)2. Elle (Hearst)3. WIRED (Conde Nast)4. Alpha Magazine (News Corp)5. Gourmet Live (Conde Nast)One Black Star (though still certified, this represents the lowest starred ranking in iMonitor’s grading system):1. Conde Nast Traveler2. GeoBee Challenge HD by National Geographic3. Celebrate the Holidays with Better Homes and Gardens (Meredith)4. Ultimate Dinopedia: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever (National Geographic Society)5. Science Illustrated (Bonnier) iMonitor ranks app performance in four categories: app design, and how easily navigable the app is; media performance, including video and other rich elements; functionality; and advertising. According to Rebecca McPheters, founder of McPheters & Company, the advertising grade is not integrated into the app’s rating. She notes publishers’ lesser control of advertising design as partial reason to exclude this grade as part of the overall app performance.After submission, apps are tested against McPheters’ evaluation system by a team of 5 to 6 staff. If the app becomes iMonitor certified (which requires performance without malfunction and ranking in the top 20 percent of reviewed apps), it is then awarded a star rating based on a scale between 10.5 and 14+. Currently, over 3,000 apps have been evaluated through the iMonitor system. Nothing turns a tech user off faster than system malfunctions. In the arms race the app market has shaped up to be, publishers are debuting their offerings as quickly as they can produce them. Unfortunately, this often does not leave time to work out the final kinks of download issues, faulty links and stalled videos. In an attempt to inform users and advertisers of the best (and worst) magazine apps available, consulting and research business McPheters & Company has created the iMonitor Certification program. According to a press release from McPheters, about 40 percent of apps “have significant malfunctions”; and the iMonitor Certification is looking to award the other 60 percent for their good behavior. iMonitor subscriber apps are automatically included in the testing system, and other apps wishing to get certified must submit their products. Subscription prices for iMonitor (which grants users access to the full database of detailed app ratings) vary per company. For a non-subscribing company to submit an app for rating, it costs $4,500 to receive a full report and possible certification.center_img For those who pass the certification, iMonitor awards the app a Certified symbol for 12 months. During that year, apps are continually retested after updates; if they slip under rating expectations, the symbol will be pulled from the app. If apps improve, iMonitor will grant the app a higher rating.Who made the top grade, according to iMonitor? See a partial list of the top performing 20 percent of reviewed apps below.last_img read more

State Celebrates First Dr Walter Soboleff Day

first_imgToday is the first Dr. Walter Soboleff Day in Alaska, and dozens of the late Tlingit leader’s friends and relatives marked the occasion with a parade through downtown Juneau.Download AudioWalter Soboleff passed away in 2011 at the age of 102. (Sealaska Photo)Soboleff’s oldest son, Sasha, says humility and inclusiveness are his dad’s lasting legacy. The Presbyterian minister accepted people of all races at his church in Juneau at a time when the town was segregated.“This man worked well over a hundred years to do things for not only the people of Alaska, but for those who strove to better themselves to do what they need to do. And what was key to his heart and key to his spirit was the service to his God and Jesus Christ,” Sasha said.Soboleff would have been 106-years-old today. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 102.He was involved in the Alaska Native civil rights movement of the 1940s, and later in life helped launch efforts to revitalize Native languages, as well as traditional art and spiritual practices.“He is one of those that started off by writing down Tlingit values, so that people can have a starting point on what it meant, what our values meant,” Ed Thomas, former president of the Tlingit and Haida Central Council, said.Thomas says those values include honoring your ancestors and elders and having a sense of humor.Earlier this year, the Alaska Legislature unanimously passed a bill making Nov. 14 Dr. Walter Soboleff Day. Gov. Sean Parnell signed it into law in July.last_img read more

Four mariners rescued from Gulf of Alaska

first_imgFour mariners were rescued from their stricken fishing vessel in the Gulf of Alaska on Friday, Jan. 6 — in a mission coordinated by Air Station Kodiak, and executed by Air Station Sitka.Listen nowThe trawler Lady Gudny reported fuel problems about 230 miles southeast of Kodiak on Thursday. By Friday, the boat was adrift in high winds and heavy seas.Cmdr. Mo Murphy, operations officer at Air Station Sitka, said his unit decided to be proactive about a possible rescue of the Lady Gudny’s crew.“When we heard they were in trouble, we pre-positioned one of our aircraft in Cordova, in anticipation of having to respond,” Murphy said.Cordova was about 200 miles north of the Lady Gudny’s position. The Coast Guard Air Station there is manned in summertime by personnel from Kodiak, but it’s not usually manned at all in winter.But, with winds clocking at around 50 miles per hour out of the north, Cordova proved to be the ideal location for the Air Station Sitka helicopter to launch on Friday morning.“The seas were about 20 feet with some 30-footers,” Murphy said. “And so anytime you’re over a boat that’s moving that much it’s going to get a little sporty for the basket or anybody that’s in the basket going down to try and help folks out. So yes, it was close to our limitations both for distance — it ended up being about 235 miles away from Cordova — the crew only had about 30 minutes on scene before they had to return to base for fuel. And for sea state.”The Air Station Sitka helicopter successfully hoisted all four crew-members of the Lady Gudny and flew them across the Gulf to Kodiak, where they were reported to be in good health.last_img read more

Mana Pathashala programme held

Mana Pathashala programme held

first_imgRegode: Nava Chaitanya Youth Association presented school ties, belts and badges to 150 school students as a part of the ‘Mana Ooru – Mana Pathashala’ programme at the Government Primary school at Regode mandal here on Wednesday. MEO Ashok and Regode Mandal co-option Chotu Bhai participated in the programme.Speaking on the occasion, they said, “We studied in the same school and in the same place. We are very happy to conduct Mana Ooru- Mana Pathashala programme at the same place where we cherish lot of memories.” Furthermore, they said that competing with private schools, teachers of government schools should work hard for improving strength in the coming years. Nava Chaitanya members Nanda Kumar, Sayilu, Lakshman, Nagendar, Rama Goud, Krishna, Bhaskar and several teachers participated in the programme.last_img read more

Theatre festival continues to entertain audience in Delhi

Theatre festival continues to entertain audience in Delhi

first_imgThe ongoing 21-day long theatre festival by National School of Drama has united the residents and tourists along with curious passers-by. Each day, a jam-packed audience is watching plays at different auditoriums – including Kamani, LTG, Shri Ram Centre, spread across the Capital city. Four plays are scheduled to be staged on February 12. Take a look…Taj Mahal ka Tender Shri Ram Centre 4.00 pm Playwright: Ajay Shukla Direction: Chittaranjan Tripathi Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGroup: NSD Repertory Company, Delhi Language: Hindi Duration: 2 hrs and 20 mins. BRUNDABANARA SHESA DHUPA LTG 5.30 pm Playwright and Director: Nalini Nihar Nayak Group: New Quest Repertory, Rourkela Language: Odia Duration: 1 hr 40 mins THREE SISTERS Kamani 7.00 pm Playwright: Anton Chekhov Director: Rose Schwietz Group: One World Theatre, Nepal Language: English Duration: 2 hrs 15 mins VACANT LOT Abhimanch 8.30 pm Playwright: Ota Shogo Director: Apoorva Group: NSD Diploma Production, New Delhi Language: Hindi Duration: 1 hrlast_img read more

Are Internet Taxes Coming Soon

first_img 2 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. February 1, 2006 While e-tailers can now voluntarily collect and remit sales taxes on sales originating in the 19 states that have signed on to the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, it’s hard to say if they actually will.Created in 2002 by the Streamlined Sales Tax Project, the SSUTA aims to make it easier for retailers doing business in multiple states to calculate, collect and remit existing use taxes. The SSUTA took effect on October 1, 2005.While it’s currently a voluntary program, if mandated by law, the SSUTA would require businesses to collect and remit sales taxes for the 7,600 different sales-tax jurisdictions in the U.S. Under current law, only businesses with a physical presence, or “nexus,” within a tax jurisdiction are required to collect that jurisdiction’s sales tax. Mark Micali, vice president of government affairs at the Direct Marketing Association in Washington, DC, sees little reason for small e-tailers to participate in the voluntary program: “[SSUTA] creates a barrier to entry for small entrepreneurs who rely on the internet to help them create markets.”What’s more, despite promises from SSUTA’s organizers that free software would be available to help make tax collection and remittance simple for participating retailers, many still would not be able to afford the cost of collecting and remitting sales taxes for each of the thousands of jurisdictions, “much less the cost of a possible audit at any time by 46 different state revenue departments,” says Micali.It’s hard to say if the SSUTA could become mandatory. For several years, bills to make sales-tax collection mandatory have been introduced in Congress, but none have ever been signed into law. The fact that 19 states have signed on to allow voluntary collection means the movement is gaining traction, though.To learn more about internet sales tax, check out www.davidhardesty.com, www.salestaxinstitute.comand www.streamlinedsalestax.org This story appears in the February 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »last_img read more

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