Top LA County Sheriffs Official Under Fire for Emails Mocking Muslims

Taroudante – A top Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official is under fire after his forwarded emails with racist jokes and anti-Muslim statements while at his previous job with the Burbank police went public.According to city records reported by the Los Angeles Times, Tom Angel, who serves as chief of staff to Sheriff Jim McDonnell, forwarded the messages when he worked in Burbank in 2012 and 2013.The same source said that Angel was the No. 2 police official in Burbank. He was “hired to reform a department reeling from allegations of police brutality as well as racism and sexual harassment within its ranks.” However, the official hired to combat racism among police staff was himself emailing jokes and derogatory statements about Muslims, women, Latinos and other minorities.One of the emails obtained under the state’s public records law read, “I took my Biology exam last Friday. I was asked to name two things commonly found in cells. Apparently, ‘Blacks’ and ‘Mexicans’ were NOT the correct answers.”An email with the subject line “How dumb is dumb?” listed 20 reasons “Muslim Terrorists are so quick to commit suicide,” including “Towels for hats,” “Constant wailing from some idiot in a tower” and “You can’t wash off the smell of donkey.”In an interview with the LA Times, Angel said that he didn’t mean to offend anyone.“Anybody in the workplace unfortunately forwards emails from time to time that they probably shouldn’t have forwarded,” he said. “I apologize if I offended anybody.”Reacting to the scandal, Salam al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council said that such biased statements from a public official damage the trust between the Muslim community and law enforcement.“For somebody that is doing that – using public money as a chief executive in a police department on a government Listserv – I think it’s preposterous, it’s despicable,” al-Marayati said.Edited by Kelsey Fish read more

Rapper JayZ wins award for Water for Life campaign involving UN

Jay-Z’s multimedia “Water for Life” campaign, developed jointly with the UN’s Department of Public Information and MTV Networks, included a television documentary, an interactive website profiling the water problem in 26 countries and the distribution of free education resources.In an online voting contest organized by the Vibe Awards, which celebrate excellence and innovation in urban music, lifestyle and culture, Jay-Z won a new prize known as Vibe Props (VPROPS), which recognizes individuals who show unyielding commitment to serving their community.In a taped video message to the awards, which are being screened tonight on United States television, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accepted the prize on Jay-Z’s behalf.“My man Jay-Z has been a wonderful partner to the UN, and a champion of those in need around the world,” he said, adding how proud he was that the award had been given for the rapper’s work on the ‘Water for Life’ campaign.“More than one billion people have no access to safe drinking water. Two billion lack adequate sanitation. As a result, thousands of children die every day from diseases that could be prevented.“When world leaders adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), they pledged to change all that. They promised, by the year 2015, to cut by half the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water. Let us hold them to that promise.” 14 November 2007The United Nations campaign to bring the worsening water and sanitation crisis to the attention of the world’s young people has been recognized with an award to one of the programme’s partners, the best-selling recording artist Jay-Z. read more

Closing Bell TSX little changed amid mixed earnings economic data

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Thursday amid a mixed showing for corporate earnings and uneven economic data from the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,664.07+12.20 0.08%S&P 500 —  1,883.68-0.27 -0.01%Dow — 1,006.52+5.02 0.50%Nasdaq — 4,127.45 +12.90 0.31%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 12.2 points to 14,664.07. The Canadian dollar was down 0.01 of a cent at 91.23 cents US. U.S. indexes were mainly weak as data showed that the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose 14,000 to 344,000 last week, the highest level since February. That was unwelcome news a day before the U.S. government releases its non-farm payrolls report for April.Other data from the Institute for Supply Management showed that its manufacturing index rose to 54.9 from 53.7 in March as exports picked up and factories accelerated hiring.The Dow Jones industrials was down 21.97 points at 16,558.87, the Nasdaq gained 12.89 points to 4,127.45 and the S&P 500 index slipped 0.27 of a point at 1,883.68.Manulife Financial’s (TSX:MFC) first-quarter net profit jumped 50% to $818 million, or 42 cents per share. Core earnings, excluding one-time items, were up at $719 million, or 37 cents, compared with $619 million, or 32 cents, year over year.Analysts had expected 39 cents a share but its shares still ticked 16 cents higher to $20.74 as rising wealth sales compensated for lower insurance sales.“What I like about the company is that they are de-emphasizing the insurance side of the business and putting more muscle into the wealth management side,” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at 3MACS.“I view that as a positive, the reason being the insurance product side of the business, you have to put up capital, you have capital at risk. The (wealth management side) is a fee-driven business, you don’t tie up much capital.”Transportation company Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) posted first-quarter net income of US$115 million, or earnings per share of six cents, compared with $148 million, or eight cents, in the same period of 2013. Ex-items, earnings were eight cents a share, which was in line with expectations and its shares fell 26 cents or 5.9% to $4.15.Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO) climbed 18 cents to $53.70 as the energy company earned a first-quarter net profit of $946 million, or $1.11 per share, up 19% from $798 million, or 94 cents per share, in the same quarter in 2013. Revenue and other income increased to $9.22 billion compared with $8.01 billion year-over-year.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) earned US$98 million or 12 cents a share in its latest quarter as increased gold sales offset lower prices.That’s down from $309 million or 33 cents per share a year ago. Ex-items, profit was $209 million or 26 cents per share, compared with an adjusted profit of $253 million or 31 cents per share in the first quarter of 2013 and its shares added five cents to $27.12.Commodity prices were lower as a survey of Chinese manufacturers showed activity grew weakly in April.The China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said Thursday that its monthly purchasing managers index stood at 50.4 points, up marginally from March’s 50.3 points. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.The showing comes as investors wonder if China can maintain growth at the official target of 7.5%.July copper edged a penny lower to US$3.02 a pound and the base metals sector rose 0.79%.The June crude contract in New York fell 32 cents to US$99.42 a barrel and the energy sector drifted 0.5% lower.The gold sector fell about 1.16% as June bullion gave back $12.50 to US$1,283.40 an ounce.TOP STORIESOil sands heavyweights see new path to profit in rising carbon emissionsThink Warren Buffett is off his game? Just remember all those other times everybody thought he’d lost itManulife profit jumps 51% on money management, Asian insuranceBombardier shares dive on cash burn concernsFord names Mark Fields as new CEO to replace Alan MulallyWHAT’S ON DECK FRIDAYUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Employment report (April): Economists expect a gain of 218,000 jobs and the jobless rate to tick down to 6.6% CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESChevron Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$2.55 a share The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 55¢ a share Marsh & McLennan Companies  Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 80¢ a share Pinnacle West Capital Corp. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 12¢ a share Sempra Energy Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 94¢ a share CANADABrookfield Renewable Energy Part Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 10¢ a share Copper Mountain Mining Corp Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 4¢ a share Gildan Activewear Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 63¢ a share Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 27¢ a share Norbord Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 1¢ a share Transcanada Corp    Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 58¢ a share read more

Four Amaya employees may join CEO David Baazov in bid to take

MONTREAL — The owner of PokerStars and other online gambling sites says several of its employees may be joining an effort to take the company private.Amaya Inc. says it has been notified that its executive vice-president for corporate development, along with three other employees, may be participating in the potential takeover being contemplated by CEO David Baazov.Amaya Inc CEO to lead all-cash offer to buy company for $21 a shareAmaya Inc’s problems in Kentucky don’t look all that badThe online gambling company didn’t identify Baazov’s allies by name but its executive VP for corporate development is Marlon Goldstein, who is also Amaya’s general counsel.Amaya says it still hasn’t received a formal bid or offer from Baazov, who announced his interest on Feb. 1.BNN business news channel reported on Friday that Baazov has hired Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs as financial advisers, according to three separate sources. BNN said Baazov wouldn’t comment. read more

CCTV confirms Sri Lankan woman entered controversial Kerala temple

Despite earlier denying it, CCTV footage has now confirmed that a Sri Lankan woman had entered a controversial temple in Kerala.Confirming that 47-year old Sri Lankan national Sasikala visited Sabarimala temple this week, police sources released CCTV visuals of the woman walking around at Sannidhanam, the Times of India reported. TOI on Friday exclusively carried the report of Sasikala+ worshiping at the temple on late Thursday night. TOI also reported that Sasikala thus became the first woman to climb 18 holy steps and have darshan. Women in menstruating age were barred at the shrine citing the celibate nature of Ayyappan, the presiding deity. The Supreme Court in September lifted the age restriction.Keralites Bindu and Kanakadurga, the two women who had darshan on Jan 2, were taken to the temple by police through staff entrance, avoiding holy steps. The visual captured by the police surveillance camera at Sreekovil (Cam 19/22:46:46 to 22:46:50) shows the woman and an accompanying man coming out of the Sreekovil (sanctum sanctorum) after darshan. The woman is carrying irumudikettu on her head. The woman, who is a native of Karaitivu in Sri Lanka, was seen at Sannidhanam around 10.45pm. While trekking down to Pamba, Sasikala told a crew of television reporters that she couldn’t offer prayer at the temple as police returned here from near 18 steps. “I am a devotee and I have come here after observing 48 days vrita. I am afraid of none”, she said. She had trekked the 5.5 km route on bare foot.Sources in the police said Sasikala had to publicly deny having darshan as she was concerned about the safety. “The crew of journalists and suspected protesters terrorised her and husband. She told us that they wanted to go out from Sabarimala safely as they have plans to visit a few other temples before returning”, said a senior police officer.Though Sri Lankan nationals, Sasikala and family are now settled in France. read more

Progress in Central African Republic could falter without support Annan warns

Among the positive signs documented in the report are the indefinite lifting of the curfew which had been imposed following last year’s failed coup, the return of a large number of refugees, the continuation of social dialogue between the Government and the trade unions, and the start of political dialogue between the Government and the opposition. “These efforts should be encouraged, since they could be jeopardized if they are not supported,” Mr. Annan cautions.At the same time, the Secretary-General points out that the country’s difficult economic and financial situation is liable to shatter the “social truce” set to expire on 22 July. At that point, he warns, “the workers are not excluding the possibility of resuming social protests, which would threaten peace and stability.” He stresses that the Government must be able to ensure the regular payment of salaries, as agreed under the terms of the joint communiqué signed with the trade unions. “To this end, the Central African Republic should have access to external financial assistance, which has been lacking since January 2001,” the Secretary-General writes. “It is for that reason that I once again invite the authorities of IMF and the World Bank to take into account the special circumstances of this country and rapidly conclude a cooperation programme.” He warns that the accumulation of salary, pension and scholarship arrears, latent social tension, and the antagonism in the relations between the majority and the opposition “create conditions which could lead to all kinds of disintegration.”The report also raises concern over the situation of military returnees. “In order to maintain peace and stability in the country, an appropriate solution must be found to the fate of the soldiers who will not be reintegrated into the army,” the Secretary-General says, referring to those troops who are viewed by the Government as deserters. He appeals to donors to provide financial assistance to rehabilitation programmes for former military personnel. Currently, the UN Development Programme and the UN Peace-Building Support Office in the Central African Republic (BONUCA) are exploring projects for the returnees “so that they are not tempted, as a result of inactivity, to try to subvert the institutional order once again.” read more

Several UN contingents head to Haiti to bolster peacekeeping mission

Meanwhile, Chile and Ecuador will be fielding a composite engineering company at a total force level of over 153 staff as part of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), which has an authorized troop strength of 6,700. The engineering company will help in the construction, maintenance and/or upgrade of the major supply routes for MINUSTAH. Among other tasks, it will also build and maintain infrastructure. The Military Police unit contributed by Guatemala and comprising 70 troops has started deploying its major equipment and will be fully operational in early November. A small advance party will be arriving Saturday in the capital, Port au Prince. The main body of the Sri Lankan battalion, with 750 personnel, will be arriving at the end of this month. With the arrival of the incoming contingents, MINUSTAH will have roughly 4,100 personnel deployed in Haiti. The troops are “badly needed,” said MINUSTAH spokesman Toussaint Kongo-Doudou in a phone interview with the UN News Service from the Haitian capital. He called for UN Member States to “continue to support Haiti by sending in more troops and civilian police.” Also today, the senior UN envoy to Haiti, Juan Gabriel Valdés, travelled to the northern coastal city of Cap Haitien to meet with local authorities. Mr. Valdes was also slated to voice his backing for the Government’s office to support demobilized military, which started its work Thursday. There are a number of former members of the Haitian army that are still operating in the Cap Haitien area. read more

Business Highlights

___US markets rebound a day after big plungeNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday, recovering a significant portion of their losses from the day earlier. Investors remain on edge after the latest market plunge, which was triggered by more signs of slowing growth in China.The market still has a lot of ground to make up following last week’s major declines.The market has been bouncing around sharply the last few weeks following signs of weakness in China and uncertainty over when the Federal Reserve will begin raising interest rates. Triple-digit moves in the Dow have been an almost daily occurrence in the past month.___Egg group scrambled over eggless mayo makerNEW YORK (AP) — A California company that makes an eggless mayonnaise alternative has the U.S. egg industry scrambling.The American Egg Board, which is responsible for the “Incredible, Edible Egg” slogan, waged a campaign to counter the emergence of Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo spread, and even tried to prevent its sale at Whole Foods grocery stores, according to documents provided to The Associated Press.___India SUV maker rides into US market … on a scooterANN Arbour, Mich. (AP) — India’s largest SUV maker is ready to make its debut on U.S. roads. But it’s starting with two wheels, not four.Mahindra hopes to win over city and campus dwellers with a $2,999, Vespa-like electric scooter called the GenZe, which goes on sale this fall in California, Oregon and Michigan. Sales could soon expand to other states and Europe.If buyers like it, Mahindra could use the GenZe as a springboard into the car market, just as Honda made the leap from motorcycles to cars here in the 1970s.___Apple wants to guide your news consumption with News appApple wants to be a central part of how you consume news.The iPhone maker has forged partnerships with CNN, National Geographic and others — more than 50 companies so far, representing hundreds of outlets. Apple will launch a News service on iPhones and iPads as part of a free software update this month. That means millions of devices will get the app on the home screen, with no separate download required.___Report: Some top baby monitors lack basic security featuresNEW YORK (AP) — Several of the most popular Internet-connected baby monitors lack basic security features, making them vulnerable to even the most basic hacking attempts, according to a new report from a cybersecurity firm.The possibility of an unknown person watching their baby’s every move is a frightening thought for many parents who have come to rely on the devices to keep an eye on their little ones. In addition, a hacked camera could provide access to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices in a person’s home, such as a personal computer or security system.___Is N. Korean airline world’s worst? It may be the quirkiestPYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — If an Air Koryo passenger ignores its no-photography rule, a flight attendant might take the camera and delete the pictures herself. Crumpling up a newspaper bearing the image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can earn travellers a stern lecture, or worse.Those are among many quirks that may help explain why North Korea’s airline has earned a singular distinction: It’s been ranked the world’s worst airline for four straight years.___US factory orders edge up 0.4 per cent in JulyWASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories posted a modest gain in July, helped by the biggest rise in motor vehicles orders in a year and a solid gain in a category that tracks business investment plans.Factory orders rose 0.4 per cent in July, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. Orders had increased a much larger 2.2 per cent in June.The modest increase in factory orders in July suggests that manufacturing is still grappling with a variety of challenges, from falling energy prices to a stronger dollar, which hurts exports.___Survey: US businesses hired at steady pace in AugustWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added jobs at a steady pace last month, with construction and manufacturing showing solid gains, a private survey found.Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses added 190,000 jobs last month, up from 177,000 in July, but below a six-month high in June of 231,000.The figures suggest that turmoil in the financial markets and worries about faltering growth in China have not yet had much impact on the U.S. job market. The government will release its official jobs report for August on Friday. Economists forecast it will show that employers added 220,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate slipped to 5.2 per cent from 5.3 per cent.___US productivity up 3.3 per cent in spring, labour costs fallWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity in the spring rose at the fastest pace since late 2013, while labour costs declined.Worker productivity increased at an annual rate of 3.3 per cent in the April-June quarter, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. That was a rebound from the first quarter when productivity had fallen at a 1.1 per cent rate and a sizeable upward revision from the government’s first estimate of a 1.3 per cent growth rate.Labour costs fell at a 1.4 per cent rate in the second quarter, indicating that wages are not rising even as unemployment declines.___Fed report shows autos and housing fueling US growthWASHINGTON (AP) — While U.S. housing and auto sales showed strength over the summer, manufacturers were feeling pressure from China’s economic slowdown and the oil industry was squeezed by lower energy prices.That’s the U.S. economic picture that emerges from the Federal Reserve’s latest look at business conditions around the country. The Fed said 11 of its 12 regional banks reported that the economy grew at least modestly in July through mid-August. One of the Fed’s regions — Cleveland — reported only slight growth.___Shell president: ‘Oil will be required for a long time’ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The president of Shell Oil Co. said that exploratory drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days.And in an interview with The Associated Press, Marvin Odum said he expects further protests against the company’s plans for Arctic drilling like the ones in Seattle and Portland where activists in kayaks tried to block Shell vessels.Arctic offshore drilling is bitterly opposed by environmental groups that say a spill cannot be cleaned in ice-choked waters and that industrial activity will harm polar bears, walrus and ice seals already harmed by diminished sea ice.___Sony, back in the crosshairs, defends ‘Concussion’NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a year after the devastating hacking attack that leaked thousands of emails, Sony Pictures Entertainment again finds itself trying to justify its own inner dealings, this time over the upcoming Will Smith film about head trauma and the NFL, “Concussion.”The question surrounds just how hard-hitting is “Concussion,” a film due out in December that dramatizes the forensic pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu, who uncovered the fatal effects that repeated head trauma has had on many NFL players. After a New York Times report on Tuesday based on leaked emails that Sony blunted parts of the film to avoid upsetting the NFL, Sony hit back on Wednesday.___SodaStream chief accuses boycotters of anti-SemitismIDAN HANEGEV INDUSTRIAL PARK, Israel (AP) — The chief executive of SodaStream, the beverage maker that is shuttering its West Bank factory in the face of international boycott calls, accused his company’s critics Wednesday of anti-Semitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect.SodaStream, which produces machines that allow people to make fizzy drinks, has been targeted by an international campaign calling for boycotting, divesting and sanctioning Israeli companies. Citing financial reasons, SodaStream announced it was closing the West Bank factory last year, but the so-called BDS movement declared victory and said its pressure was behind the decision___By The Associated Press=The Dow Jones industrial average added 293.03 points, or 1.8 per cent, to 16,351.38. The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 35.01 points, or 1.8 per cent, to 1,948.86. The Nasdaq composite gained 113.87 points, or 2.5 per cent, 4,749.98.U.S. crude rose 84 cents to close at $46.25 in New York. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, rose 94 cents to close at $50.50 in London. Wholesale gasoline rose 2.9 cents to close at $1.425 a gallon. Heating oil rose 3.1 cents to close at $1.609 a gallon. Natural gas fell 5.4 cents to close at $2.648 per 1,000 cubic feet. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 2, 2015 3:57 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 2, 2015 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Business Highlights read more

Power lift for mine dozers wins top safety innovation award

first_imgA remote-controlled platform developed to more safely maintain large mining industry bulldozers has taken the premier Innovation Award at the 2011 Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference. An MMG Century mine workshop team led by Rod Dugmore was judged by an expert panel and the conference’s 700 delegates as the award winner from a field of 10 finalists. The People’s Choice award was won by Xstrata Coal’s Oaky North mine in the Bowen Basin for its Carbon Fibre Vent Tube Project while BHP Billiton’s Cannington mine in North West Queensland was highly commended for its Light Vehicle Penetration Protection System.The 10 finalists from around Queensland were acknowledged for their ongoing commitment to improving minesite safety by the Minister for Employment, Skills and Mining, Stirling Hinchliffe during a gala dinner.MMG Century mine is Australia’s largest open pit zinc mine located southwest of Burketown in the Gulf of Carpentaria. It produces some 500,000 t/y of zinc. The Strongback Power Lift developed by the mine’s maintenance workshop team assists in servicing 200 kg protective plates located beneath D10 bulldozers.The remote-controlled platform operates on its own tracks as a fetch and carry device, relieving a tradesperson from having to work beneath the bulldozer while extracting or re-fitting a belly guard. The maintenance procedure was assessed by the workshop team as a ‘high-risk’ task and addressed as a precautionary measure.Injuries associated with the installation of essential undergound mine ventilation systems was the motivation for the team at Xstrata’s Oaky Creek coal mine to investigate the viability of alternatives to fibreglass vent tubes. Carbon fibre substitutes were commissioned and trialled. They combined first class durability with one third the weight of their fibreglass equivalents.New materials are also in evidence at BHP Billiton’s Cannington silver, lead and zinc mine where strategically positioned Kevlar sheeting is providing additional protection for vehicle occupants from foreign objects that could penetrate light vehicle bodies.The 2011 Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference concluded on Wednesday with an entire session devoted to an overview of New Zealand’s Pike River disaster. The session was led by Queensland’s Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health, Stewart Bell, who served as a Commissioner on the New Zealand Government’s inquiry into the disaster. He was joined on stage by Ken Singer, Queensland’s Deputy Chief Inspector of Coal Mines and Wayne Hartley, manager of the Queensland Mines Rescue Service.last_img read more

UK market could be flooded with unsafe toys cars and electrical goods

first_img 23 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE UK IS at risk of being “flooded with a rising tide of unsafe toys, cars and white goods” after Brexit, consumer advocates Which? has warned.If there is no agreement made with the EU, the UK will be left vulnerable to “crucial delays” in receiving information on unsafe products.Analysis from Which? found that there has been 34% more product safety alerts in 2018 compared to a decade ago, and said urgent reform is needed to regulations in the UK to equip itself to deal with unsafe products.Recent examples it’s highlighted include dodgy carbon monoxide alarms, unsafe car seats and toxic toy slime, it said.Other recall notices issued include a flammable children’s Star Wars stormtrooper outfit and a fire risk from certain HP laptop batteries. Data shows that the highest number of alerts were issued about toys and motor vehicles last year, at 655 and 419 respectively.Its director of advocacy Caroline Normand said: “With more products than ever before being declared unsafe, it’s clear that an already failing consumer enforcement system needs a major shake up to ensure that people aren’t left at risk from dangerous products in their homes. Share91 Tweet Email As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/Zdan Ivan UK market could be ‘flooded’ with unsafe toys, cars and electrical goods after Brexit, advocates warn The UK will be vulnerable to “crucial delays” in receiving information on unsafe products unless it makes a deal with the EU, Which? warned. Image: Shutterstock/Zdan Ivan Apr 15th 2019, 1:29 PM If it is to make people’s safety the number one priority, the government must secure access to the European alert and information sharing systems after Brexit, as well as introduce major domestic reforms to ensure consumers are properly protected from unsafe products.Which? added that the UK government must be proactive now to ensure it is equipped to appropriately deal with safety standards by the time it leaves the EU. 12,270 Views Monday 15 Apr 2019, 1:29 PM Short URLlast_img read more

Facebook lance ses bons plans

first_imgFacebook lance ses “bons plans”Le réseau social va proposer un service géolocalisé d’offres promotionnelles avec des enseignes partenaires.Afin de fêter la barre des 20 millions d’utilisateurs actifs en France, “c’est-à-dire de détenteurs de compte ayant effectué au moins une action – acceptation d’ami, commentaire – lors des 30 derniers jours”, a expliqué Damien Vincent, le directeur commercial de Facebook France, cité par ZDNet, le réseau social va lancer “Bons Plans Facebook”.En se connectant sur la version mobile du site, ou en passant par la dernière version de l’application Facebook sur leur smartphone, les utilisateurs n’auront qu’à signaler leur présence dans une des enseignes partenaires afin de bénéficier d’offres promotionnelles et d’avantages. Huit marques se sont à l’heure actuelle associées au projet : Benetton, BNP Paribas, Bonobo, Disneyland Paris, l’Olympique de Marseille, la Fédération française de football, McDonalds et SFR. Le 1 février 2011 à 14:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les recherches sur le supervirus H5N1 vont reprendre

first_imgLes recherches sur le supervirus H5N1 vont reprendreUne quarantaine de chercheurs de 12 nationalités différentes ont indiqué mercredi que les recherches sur un virus mutant de la grippe aviaire H5N1 allaient reprendre prochainement. Les études avaient été interrompues il y a un an suite à une controverse sur les risques d’utilisation d’un tel virus.Dans une annonce publiée mercredi conjointement dans les revues Science et Nature, 40 chercheurs originaires de 12 pays ont indiqué : “Nous mettons fin à un moratoire volontaire sur les recherches effectuées sur la transmission de la grippe aviaire”. Fin 2011, une polémique était en effet née d’une annonce faite par des chercheurs américains et néerlandais. Ils avaient annoncé avoir créé en laboratoire un virus H5N1 mutant, capable de se transmettre facilement entre mammifères.Le but premier des recherches était de comprendre si ce virus pouvait muter en une version capable de se transmettre facilement par voie aérienne entre humains. Mais ce virus étant très dangereux pour l’homme (le taux de mortalité est de 60%), le Bureau national américain de la science pour la biosécurité (NSABB) avait demandé aux journaux Science et Nature de ne pas publier les résultats de ces travaux, évoquant notamment le risque de bioterrorisme. Après maintes discussions, les résultats avaient finalement été publiés en mai et juin dernier.De leur côté, en janvier 2012, les chercheurs avaient annoncé un moratoire volontaire de 60 jours. Moratoire qui aura finalement duré un an. Maintenant, les études vont donc pouvoir se poursuivre dans les pays dont les gouvernements ont donné le feu vert, mais pas aux Etats-Unis. Tant que le gouvernement américain n’aura pas pris clairement position sur le sujet tous les projets de recherche à l’étranger financés par les Etats-Unis seront impactés, estiment cependant les scientifique qui ont expliqué que “cette recherche (comme toute recherche sur des agents infectieux) n’est pas sans risque”. “Toutes les conditions de sécurité désormais remplies”À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le moratoire visait d’ailleurs, initialement à donner le temps aux chercheurs d’expliquer l’intérêt de leurs travaux en termes de santé publique et de prendre les mesures de sécurité nécessaires. “Toutes les conditions sont désormais remplies”, a indiqué Ron Fouchier, l’un des chercheurs qui travaille pour le Centre médical Erasmus aux Pays-Bas. Un avis partagé par John McCauley, un responsable de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), qui a estimé que les mesures de sécurité prises étaient satisfaisantes, rapporte l’AFP.Mais certains chercheurs vont plus loin : Yoshihiro Kawaoka, de l’Université de Tokyo a ainsi estimé que “le risque le plus important serait de ne pas faire les recherches qui pourraient nous aider à mieux gérer une pandémie”.Le 24 janvier 2013 à 13:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Reward offered for dog missing since 28vehicle crash

first_img It’s been almost a month since a little brown terrier named Daisy went missing.Cindy Koch, who lives on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, returned to the Ridgefield area Monday to put up new fliers — now offering $1,000 of her own money as a reward for helping return the dog to her owners.“This little dog is haunting me,” Koch said. “I can’t give up on her.”Daisy has been missing since a snow torm hit Clark County on Feb. 6 and 28 vehicles crashed on southbound Interstate 5 near the Gee Creek Rest Area.The dog was in a Ford Explorer driven by Matthew Scott, a 39-year-old Oregon man who died in the crash.Since the crash, Koch said, many people have reportedly spotted the 2-year-old terrier.“Two truck drivers saw little Daisy last week,” she said. “They tried to catch her and she ran.”If anyone sees the dog, they are asked to call a local volunteer helping Koch at 360-903-1775 or the East Padden Animal Hospital at 360-892-1500. Anyone who has seen Daisy, a female terrier, is asked to call East Padden Animal Hospital at 360-892-1500. Daisy belonged to a man who died Feb. 6 in a massive crash on Interstate 5.last_img read more

CIRCAC Recertified By US Coast Guard

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The U.S. Coast Guard has recertified CIRCAC to continue as Cook Inlet’s alternative voluntary advisory group permitted under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. CIRCAC received the news in a letter dated August 2. The letter authorizes CIRCAC’s continued operations through August 31, 2019. CIRCAC is a nonprofit corporation created by Congress under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to give citizens a greater voice in oil transportation and production. In order to receive recertification the Coast Guard conducts a review of the year’s activities and organizations effectiveness in fulfilling their mandates under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). To date, CIRCAC has been granted recertification for 28 consecutive years.center_img According to their mission statement: “Geographically, our area of concern is Cook Inlet and the areas potentially impacted by oil industry activities within our defined area of responsibility.” The corporation was created in the aftermath of the Exxon oil spill, Congress crafted a comprehensive oil spill prevention bill. The Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990 is the result of public hearings around the state where citizens and local government leaders demanded public involvement in the oversight of oil transportation.last_img read more

Wilmington School Lunch Menus Week of June 3 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the Wilmington Public Schools lunch menus for the week of June 3, 2018.Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, June 4National Cheese Day: Low-Fat Whole Grain Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara; Whole Grain Garlic Breadstick; Sweet Peas; PeachesTuesday, June 5Asian Seasoned Chicken; Seasoned Brown Rice; Fresh Stir Fry; Pineapple; Fortune CookieWednesday, June 6Hamburger or Cheeseburger on a Wholewheat Roll; Oven Fries; 3 Bean Salad; StrawberriesThursday, June 7Chicken Parm with a side of Wholegrain Pasta & Sauce; Garlic Bread; Green Beans; WatermelonFriday, June 8Wholegrain Buffalo Chicken or BBQ Chicken Individual Pizzas; Caesar Salad; Mixed FruitLunch ($2.65-$2.85) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and 8 oz. Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at High School: Salad Bar, Pizza, Soup & Choice of SandwichAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at Middle School: Pre-made SaladAlso Available Daily: Variety of Fresh Fruit, Side Caesar salad or Baby Carrots, WG Bagel with Cheese StickMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramWest Intermediate, North Intermediate, Shawsheen Elementary, Woburn Street ElementaryMonday, June 4National Cheese Day: Low-Fat Whole Grain Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara; Whole Grain Garlic Breadstick; Sweet Peas; PeachesTuesday, June 5Ham & Cheese or Turkey & Cheese with Lettuce & Tomato on a Wholegrain French Roll; Reduced Fat Chips; 3 Bean Salad; 100% Frozen Juice CupWednesday, June 6Hamburger or Cheeseburger on a Wholewheat Roll; Oven Fries; StrawberriesThursday, June 7Wholegrain Chicken Nuggets; Wholewheat Roll; Whipped Potatoes; Carrots; WatermelonFriday, June 8Wholegrain Pizza; Caesar Salad; Mixed FruitLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (Main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Justice and MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Tuna, Salad Bar (Woburn St. only), Premade Salads (North, West & Shawsheen only), Pizza (Mon & Wed only), Bagels (Tues & Thurs only)Also Available Daily: Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim Milk; Assorted Fresh Fruit; Assorted Juice; DessertMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramBoutwell Early Childhood Center & Wildwood Early Childhood CenterMonday, June 4National Cheese Day: Low-Fat Whole Grain Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara; Whole Grain Garlic Breadstick; Sweet Peas; PeachesTuesday, June 5Ham & Cheese or Turkey & Cheese with Lettuce & Tomato on a Wholegrain French Roll; Reduced Fat Chips; 3 Bean Salad; 100% Frozen Juice CupWednesday, June 6Hamburger or Cheeseburger on a Wholewheat Roll; Oven Fries; StrawberriesThursday, June 7Wholegrain Chicken Nuggets; Wholewheat Roll; Whipped Potatoes; Carrots; WatermelonFriday, June 8Wholegrain Pizza; Caesar Salad; Mixed FruitLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and assorted lowfat or skim milkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: WG Pizza (Mon. & Wed. only); Whole Wheat Bagel & Cheese Stick (Tues. & Thurs. only); Turkey & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Mon., Wed., Fri. only); Ham & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Tues. & Thurs. only)Also Available Daily: Assorted snacks and baked goods ($0.50-$0.60)Menus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School Program(NOTE: View these menus, plus the Gluten Free menus, online HERE.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 9, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of June 2, 2019)In “Education”last_img read more

Pensions issued till Aug 5 says RMC chief

first_imgRajamahendravaram: Rajamahendravaram Municipal Corporation Additional Commissioner NVV Satyanarayana Rao on Thursday said that the corporation started distribution of pensions from Thursday. The same will be continued up to August 5 at 50 centres in the city, he added. Details of pension beneficiaries: Old age persons 7,805, handloom workers 83, widows 11,830, disabled 3,036, toddy tappers 54, Abaya Hastam 75, transgenders 39, tailors 6, dappu artists 3, lone women 60, fishermen 21 and kidney patients 18. He said that instructions were issued to the respective corporation staff to distribute pensions as early as possible.last_img

Foxconn has replaced 60000 workers with robots

first_imgFoxconn has been designing robotic arms for use in its factory for years, but the precision wasn’t good enough for them to fully replace workers until now. In one of its factories, Foxconn has deployed robots to replace 60,000 of its 110,000 person workforce. Foxconn says the initial investment in robots will reduce labor costs considerably in the long run. The company (which makes products for Apple, Samsung, Sony, and others) denies that the introduction of robots will result in fewer jobs for humans. That seems like a very strange claim, but Foxconn will continue employing people in some parts of manufacturing, as well as areas like research and quality control. I fail to see how this could mean the number of jobs won’t decrease, and it’s not like the average assembly line worker can just start working in material R&D.Even though it means lost jobs right now, many will greet our robotic replacements with open arms. Foxconn explains that the robots are taking over repetitive tasks associated with electronics manufacturing. They’ll handle things like placing circuit boards, connecting cables, and inserting screws. The conditions and low pay at Foxconn have come under fire repeatedly in past years as multiple employees committed suicide by leaping from factory and dormitory roofs. Foxconn still employs more than a million people, but that number could start dropping soon. Most of those workers are doing the kind of repetitive assembly that the new robots are supposed to take over. I’m sure some of these jobs will be safe, but robots are getting more capable all the time and China is only the start. Economists predict that as many as half of the jobs currently held by flesh and blood people could be taken over by robots, especially self-driving cars and iPhone-assembling robots.last_img read more

You Dont Need an App for That

first_img As smartphone ownership and mobile commerce continue to boom, a strong mobile strategy and presence become increasingly vital to a company’s growth. Too often, however, entrepreneurs and small businesses rush to create “me-too” applications without considering if it’s the best  fit for them. While there’s no question that a well-made app provides an excellent user experience, there are instances when an app is not just a poor solution; it’s a bad business decision. Certainly, there are times when a native app is going to deliver the best, most productive user experience. If functionality requires access to built-in smartphone data or capabilities, such as a camera, voice recorder or GPS information, then yes an app will serve your business well. For almost all other mobile capabilities, however, an elegant and simple mobile-optimized website is the smarter investment choice. Here’s why:Related: No Mobile Website? You’re Probably Turning Customers AwayMobile-enabled websites are good for timelines —  and bottom lines. App development is a costly and time-consuming undertaking for one key reason: Apps are not device agnostic. Instead, each device —  from Apple’s iPhone to the BlackBerry —  runs on a different platform. This requires each app to have independent development and maintenance and takes a hefty investment.Mobile-enabled websites, on the other hand, are supported by any smartphone with internet access, removing from the strategic equation the question of “which device?” Your mobile audience is also interacting with the same site across all devices, so you have to create and update only one mobile experience rather than three or four. This significantly cuts your development time, perhaps from weeks to days, while also reducing maintenance costs.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Optimizing Your Website for Mobile UsersForm fits function better. An important question to consider is your mobile objective. What user experience do you want to deliver? What action do you want users to take? What functions do you want to perform? Not only are mobile-enabled websites less costly to develop than apps, but they often meet business objectives and customer needs more precisely.For instance, I  was asked to develop an app for an outpatient hospital group that treats young people with mental illness. The group’s objective was to enhance communication between medical  team and the patients’ parents (or guardians), particularly during the hours after the patients had left the facility at night and when they arrive each morning. The medical staff wanted to give the parents a way to give updates about new developments overnight as they dropped off their children in the morning. As I see it, there is one main test for an app: Will it need to access the smartphone’s native data and capabilities?  Since one of  the main  purposes behind the “app” — updating medical staff on overnight events — can be achieved with a mobile web interface, accessible by any smartphone, it did not pass that threshold. There are additional benefits to a mobile-optimized site, including that it can support all the parents’ devices — using Apple iOS, Google Android or BlackBerry 10 —  without having to create three iterations.These functions could be performed on mobile device but did not require access to a smartphone’s native data or capabilities, which is a key driver in app development. Additionally, an absolute must for the hospital’s mobile solution was being to support all the guardians’ devices — something one app couldn’t readily deliver.In this case, the best solution for meeting our client’s objectives was to develop a mobile-optimized website, readily accessible and viewable from any device and with all the fields needed. In the end, the result was a user-friendly, cost-effective solution that fit our client’s needs and budget better than an app.There’s no arguing against a well-designed app’s ability to perform. There are, however, many reasons for businesses to consider alternatives before rushing into app development. The most obvious is that the benefits of the app don’t outweigh the price tag of what it takes to build and maintain it. Businesses are paying more and waiting longer for solutions that access smartphone capabilities that they don’t need. In most cases, a better solution is right at their fingertips: a mobile-optimized website.Related: Optimizing Your Business Website for Mobile at No Cost Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 31, 2014 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Google is testing new Play Control button in Chrome Taskbar

first_imgGoogle is testing new Play Control button in Chrome Taskbar by Martin Brinkmann on July 08, 2019 in Google Chrome – 2 commentsGoogle Chrome may soon get a Play Control button in the Chrome taskbar when a video or other media is playing in the browser.May, because the feature is tested currently. While plenty of tests made it into final versions of Chrome, there is an even larger number of tests that never made it.The feature landed in Chrome Canary recently; Chrome users may enable it and start using it. Since it is an experimental flag, bugs are to be expected, and this one is quite buggy at the time of writing.First, the basics. You need to run the latest Chrome Canary release if you want to test it right now. It is now enabled by default so that you won’t see the Play icon if you play a video on YouTube or elsewhere.What you need to do is load chrome://flags/#global-media-controls in the Chrome address bar and set the flag Global Media Controls to enabled. Its description reads “Enables the Global Media Controls UI in the toolbar” and it is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux only. A restart of the browser completes the process.A visit to YouTube and the playing of a video on the site shows the Play Control button in the Chrome main interface. That’s also the time were you will run into bugs; Chrome may crash after a short while and there is nothing that you can do about it.When you activate the Play Control with a click or tap, you will see a thumbnail of the video, the URL it is played on, and the title of it. Controls to pause or play the video, and to go back and forward in the video are provided as well.The control is displayed on any tab that is open in the browser, even in different browser windows. Means: you can control the playback of media right from there without having to switch to the video tab first.The feature is useful for users who like to play videos or audio files in the background while they do something else in the browser. Volume controls are missing, e.g. muting or changing of volume, but the feature is not finalized yet from the look and feel, and the crash issue that it is causing.Closing WordsPlay Controls in the Chrome main toolbar are not useful to all users but users who play media in the background and use other tabs in the meantime may appreciate the feature the most.It is an experimental feature for now and it is not certain that it will land in stable Chrome. Google is pushing Chrome’s multimedia support in recent versions of the browser. The company launched multimedia keyboard support in Chrome earlier this year to support media keys on keyboards. The feature interferes with certain media clients, however.Windows users may want to check out Taskplay, a free software to control media from the taskbar.Now You: How useful are play controls in a browser’s main toolbar?SummaryArticle NameGoogle is testing new Play Control button in Chrome TaskbarDescriptionGoogle Chrome may soon get a Play Control button in the Chrome taskbar when a video or other media is playing in the browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Can you guess if these people are bisexual – just by looking

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Courtney Act and Calum Scott to perform at National Student Pride eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Can you tell if someone is bisexual just from looking at them?That’s what a new video from National Student Pride is asking. The video comes as the pride announces bisexuality is one of their core themes at their February 10 event in London. The discussion will be about underrepresention and erasure of the ‘B,’ in LGBTI.In the video, a line of young people get questioned, judged and grilled – by someone who goes on to guess their sexuality.The challenge to work out who is bisexual, and you might be surprised which of the line-up are:center_img Hatti who is in the video and identifies as pan explains to Gay Star News:‘For me I guess it’s about falling in love with personality, instead of sex or gender.’Bi activist Lewis Oakley says this video shows exactly why bisexuals deserve better representation.‘We need spaces to meet one another, bi inclusive media output and even official representatives who look after the needs of bisexuals.’Did you guess who was bi+ correctly? | Photo: National Student PrideThe panel will take place on the Gay Star Students stage at the event, as well as being live streamed by GSN.‘Statistically the majority of people in our LGBTI community will be part of the B – bi, queer or pan. But you wouldn’t know it,’ says Gay Star News editor Tris Reid-Smith. ‘Moreover, they are overlooked by media, government, businesses, charities and organisations – even LGBTI ones. But, with more and more young people saying they are neither gay or straight, the time to talk about this is now.’Joining Oakely on the Bi+ panel is:Nichi Hodgson, a journalist, broadcaster, author and sex educator.Jen Yockney MBE, the first Mx to make the Honours List and first MBE for ‘services to the bisexual community.’Two more guests TBARead more from Gay Star Students:Why this bisexual woman wore the bi pride flag on her graduation robes Take Our Poll The misconceptions and labels that the bi people faceNational Student Pride want to challenge stereotypes about what bisexual people look like with the video. Charlie Mathers from the pride organization, says:‘Bisexual people experience much higher suicide risks which is really sad and needs to hault. By calling on the world to do better ‘bi’ us, we can make the lives of all bisexual people better’.But Mathers has also headed up Gay Star News’s Bi+ Manifesto.  It is a global call for straight and gay people to take a stand with those who can fall in love with multiple genders.Bi+ people suffer disproportionately higher mental and physical health issues compared to monosexual people. The manifesto, written by bi+ people, hopes to change that.‘When speaking to bi people about the manifesto, there hasn’t been a single person who hasn’t said how amazing and important it is.’The Bi+ ManifestoWhat does the plus sign on bi+ mean?The video is also about bi+ identities, an umbrella term for anyone who doesn’t have a monosexual attraction.One example is pansexuality. The literal definition of being pan is a sexual or romantic attraction to two sexes.  Similar to bisexual, but it goes beyond that to people of any sex or gender identity. Going to pride at university inspired me to come out as bisexualWould Paddy Power have had better luck trying to find bisexual football players?Why this bisexual woman wore the bi pride flag on her graduation robesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more