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first_img DOCUMENTARies for change – Sundance Institute, Documentary Film ProgramThe Sundance Institute is dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Kenneth Cole has been an advocate for the Sundance Institute’s mission and dedicated supporter of the Sundance Film Festival since 2003, when he joined the board of trustees. For over twelve years Kenneth Cole has been the Official Provider of volunteer uniforms for the Park City festival, donating nearly 30,000 jackets to date. This season, Kenneth Cole is supporting documentary storytelling through the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program which provides creative and financial support to cinematic feature documentaries from independent filmmakers globally.“For over 30 years, we have committed our resources to making a difference by addressing what people wear, while inspiring them to be aware and about what they stand in as well as what they stand for. This season, we are highlighting three charitable organizations by sending notable photographers and filmmakers into the field to document the inspiring accomplishments from three very different perspectives.” says Kenneth Cole.Source:PR Newswire Kenneth Cole, a pioneer in the fashion industry who has consistently demonstrated a deep commitment to social change for over 30 years, is introducing a new campaign for fall, LOOK GOOD, FOR GOOD.LOOK GOOD, FOR GOODBuilding upon the company’s heritage of promoting “style with a purpose,” as well as Kenneth Cole’s personally vested interest in raising awareness for these causes, the new campaign will support specific charitable projects under three company pillars – Collective Health, Civil Liberties, and Artistic Activism. For the Fall ’14 launch, The Kenneth Cole Foundation will support projects through the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, HELP USA, and the Sundance Institute. As an extension of the campaign, Kenneth Cole enlisted three photojournalists to chronicle the work of each charity partner. The campaign is being brought to life digitally at that will feature exclusive photographer and video content from Haiti, Sundance and Help USA, as well as an interactive timeline meant to educate the consumer on the brands 30 year philanthropic history.The advertising campaign will be supported by a robust national print, outdoor, digital, and social media plan. The campaign was shot in New York City by fashion and portrait photographer Gregory Harris (whose previous work has appeared in prestigious magazines including Interview, WSJ Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Russia and Teen Vogue). Featuring models Mirte Maas, Kai Newman, Baptiste Radufe, and Sung Jin Park, the imagery depicts modern, utilitarian looks with a focus on accessories, styled in an urban, industrial backdrop. In the spirit of social impact, the cast and crew each donated 5 % of their fee to support one of the charitable projects that the company is supporting.In a strategic shift from raising awareness of social issues to encouraging action, the brand is teaming up with The digital magazine and social action platform of Participant Media will produce original editorial pieces covering the impact of Kenneth Cole’s charity partner projects as well as enable visitors to take actions benefiting each nonprofit through’s proprietary Take Action Platform (TAP). Directly integrated into each article, TAP actions include signing petitions, pledging, donating, sending messages of support, and measuring the influence of social sharing. To further incentivize participation, Kenneth Cole will provide rewards for each action taken. HEALTHCARE IN HAITI – St. Luke Foundation for HaitiPrompted by the earthquake in Haiti, Kenneth Cole collected clothing, footwear, and funds to build The Kenneth Cole Haiti Health Center in Cite Soleil, which is part of a medical system accessible to over 1.5 million people. The St. Luke Foundation for Haiti (a Haitian-run organization employing more than 1,000 Haitian staff) provides education, medical care, and dignified humanitarian outreach through key programs. This season, Kenneth Cole is supporting healthcare in Haiti by funding the continued development of St. Luke Hospital. ENDING HOMELESSNESS – HELP USA, Youth Scholarship FundFor over 30 years, Kenneth Cole has sought to end homelessness in the United States. In 1986, he helped to found the non-profit HELP USA – a leading national provider of housing and services for homeless and low income families, and veterans, serving 20,000 people each night. This season, Kenneth Cole is supporting HELP USA’s Youth Scholarship Fund, which will furnish financial assistance to families moving from transitional shelters into permanent housing.last_img read more

24 September 2007A top United Nations climate change expert today underscored the dangers of inaction by global leaders in reversing global warming at a gathering of heads of state and government and other top officials at the world body’s headquarters in New York. Rajendra K. Pachauri, the Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warned in an address at the opening of the high-level meeting that some one billion people could be impacted by global warming, which will threaten the water supply of people in South Asia, China and Africa.In the 20th century, the increase in average temperature was 0.74 degrees Centigrade, but the IPCC projects that in this century, the temperature will surge by between 1.8-4 degrees Centigrade.The resulting melting of glaciers threatens the supply of water, which could impact some 500 million people in South Asia, 250 million people in China and between 75-250 million affected in Africa, Mr. Pachauri noted.“Some regions are more vulnerable than others,” he said.Small island nations will become even impacted by sea level rise, storm surges, cyclones and ultimately submergence, while Asian cities situated in mega-deltas, many of which are densely populated, are also increasingly prone to damage.Climate change could also have dire consequences for plant and animal species, 20 to 30 per cent of which are in danger of extinction if increases in global average temperature exceed 1.5-2.5 degrees centigrade.While adaptation is inevitable, it alone is not sufficient to stem climate change, Mr. Pachauri said. “We need to bring about mitigation actions to start in the short term even when benefits may arise only in a few decades.”The costs of mitigation are significantly lower than earlier anticipated, he said. If the concentration of gases could be stabilized at 45-490 parts per million of carbon dioxide equivalent and thus limit the equilibrium to 2-2.4 degrees centigrade, then mitigation would only cost the world less than three per cent of the gross domestic product in 2030.The time is up for inaction, the IPCC Chair said, calling for new policies to be adopted including technology development, a carbon pricing framework and investment in energy infrastructure.The fourth instalment of the IPCC working group reports is due to be released in November, Mr. Pachauri told the meeting’s participants. This publication is expected to be a synthesis report and the most “policy-relevant” in the series. read more

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today recommended that the vaccination against rotavirus – responsible for over 500,000 diarrhoeal deaths annually – be included in all national immunization programmes.Over 85 per cent of deaths caused by rotavirus, which also hospitalizes 2 million children every year, are in developing countries in Asia and Africa, the agency’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) said. WHO-backed clinical trials in Africa conducted among populations with high child mortality rates, poor sanitary conditions and high diarrhoeal disease mortality demonstrate that the vaccine significantly reduces severe diarrhoea episodes due to rotavirus.Rotavirus immunizations just became available in the United States, Europe and Latin America three years ago.Today’s recommendation paves the way for low-income countries to apply to the public-private alliance known as GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) – including the WHO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank – for the vaccine.“This is a tremendous milestone in ensuring that vaccines against the most common cause of lethal diarrhoea reach the children who need them most,” said Dr. Thomas Cherian of WHO’s Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals.Due to the many triggers of diarrhoeal disease, SAGE stressed the need to provide the rotavirus vaccine as part of a larger strategy, which must also include improving water quality, hygiene and sanitation, as well as providing oral rehydration solutions and zinc supplements. 5 June 2009The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today recommended that the vaccination against rotavirus – responsible for over 500,000 diarrhoeal deaths annually – be included in all national immunization programmes. read more

Hashim Hussein, the head of the UNIDO ITPO-Bahrain, briefs on the outcomes of WEIF 2017. Photo: UN News/Vibhu Mishra Participants at the Press Conference, held at UN House, Manama, Bahrain. Photo: UNIC-Manama A participant at the press conference broadcasts the event live on Facebook. Photo: UN News/Vibhu Mishra Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the General Assembly, speaks at the Press Conference. Photo: UN News/Vibhu Mishra In particular, the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum (WEIF) 2017 -– having over 60 per cent of participants women – underscored the importance of the role of women’s entrepreneurship. “We recommend for the active involvement of women in all sectors related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through entrepreneurship and innovation,” read the World Forum’s outcome declaration / communique. The World Forum also called upon governments, the private sector, academia, civil society, media and international organizations to facilitate the work of entrepreneurs and innovators to ensure sustainable development. Speaking at a press conference where the outcome – “Manama Declaration” – was unveiled, Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the General Assembly, also highlighted the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “We must offer better incentives to induce entrepreneurs and innovators to invest in SDGs [to] unleash and foster a dynamic private sector and ensure competitiveness,” he said, noting, in particular, the role of small and medium sized-enterprises, which often account for the majority of business activities at the national level. Helping businesses get off the ground and sustaining them through their initial phases helps generate employment, income and economic growthPresident of General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák “Supporting [these enterprises] is a proven strategy to build a robust economy from the ground up [and] helping businesses get off the ground and sustaining them through their initial phases helps generate employment, income and economic growth,” added Mr. Lajčák. Further in his remarks, the President of the General Assembly highlighted the importance of the means of implementation for sustainable development, and called innovative partnerships between all sectors. In that context, Mr. Lajčák noted that, in mid-2018, he will be convening a high-level event on sustainable development financing to foster discussions among UN Member States and other stakeholders on the important subject. Organized under the overarching theme of achieving the SDGs through promoting entrepreneurship and innovation, the World Forum saw participation of more than 1,000 government officials, entrepreneurs, representatives of international organizations, civil society and the academia from over 90 countries. Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the General Assembly, receives a commemorative plaque from the organizers of WEIF. Photo: UN News/Vibhu Mishra ‹ › Briefing on the World Forum’s discussions and outcomes, Hashim Hussein, the Executive Secretary of WEIF 2017 and the head of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Bahrain, noted that participants stressed the need to build and strengthen partnerships between entrepreneurs – both women and men alike. “[The World Forum] urged stakeholders to foster the private sector as the main engine behind economic growth, structural change and innovation [and] identified the pressing need to promote competitive micro, small and medium-sized enterprises as the main driving force for empowerment of women and youth,” said Mr. Hussein. In his remarks, the head of UNIDO ITPO-Bahrain also underscored the importance of sound economic policies, legislation and programmes – as key elements of sustainable development – to ensure the empowerment of women at the national, regional and global levels. Also at the press conference, Samir Aldarabi, the Director of the UN Information Centre in Manama, recalled the message of UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the Forum, in which the Secretary-General said that “inclusive and sustainable industrial development will continue to be a key driver of progress as [the United Nations] supports Member States in this essential work.” Looking ahead, Mr. Aldarabi informed that the World Forum will be held every two years in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, and that in 2020 it will be organized in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Also speaking at the occasion were the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Bahrain, Amin El Sharkawi; and the Under Secretary for International Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa. Organized by UNIDO in partnership with the Government of Bahrain, the World Entrepreneurs and Investment Forum 2017, held from 31 October to 2 November, saw key events on the Maritime-Continental Silk Road; addressing challenges faced by women in industry; global impact investing; recognition of men and women business leaders for their contributions to sustainable development; the Bahrain Entrepreneurs Exhibition; and a side event on implementation of SDGs in Bahrain.UN News was in Manama, Bahrain, covering the Forum and its associated events. Follow @UN_News_Centre and @UNNewsArabic for up to date news and highlights from the UN. read more

first_imgThe group in the car were returning from Brentwood where they had gone to collect a stolen motorcycle, Ms Ayling said.She said Mr Pordage’s friend told police that one of the teenagers “was arguing, trying to be a big man when he held the bag up and shot him twice”.He said the weapon “looked like a homemade gun, but it was in a blue carrier bag”, Ms Ayling added.The trial continues. The male passengers then got out of the car and there was a confrontation which ended in Mr Pordage being shot, Chelmsford Crown Court heard. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The reason for the shooting appears to be no more than either Mr Pordage or the friend he was with remarked that the driver of the car Mr Blundell was in had a nice bum,” said Ms Ayling.She continued: “The man who allegedly did the shooting, Bradley Blundell, now 18 years old, disappeared on the night of the shooting and has not been found to be arrested and to stand his trial.”Two other teenagers are on trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies Mr Pordage’s murder.It is alleged that he got out of the car armed with an extendable baton – and while he did not fire the gun, he was acting together with Blundell and intended that Mr Pordage “suffer at least really serious bodily harm”.Saul Stanley, 18, of no fixed address, denies two counts of possessing a prohibited firearm – a sawn-off shotgun and a converted revolver – two counts of possessing ammunition without a firearms certificate and one count of possessing prohibited ammunition.Ms Ayling said: “There’s no doubt that Saul Stanley held back and that’s why he’s not charged with murder.”Both Stanley and the 16-year-old boy deny attempting to pervert the course of justice by, together with Blundell, destroying or disposing of evidence including weapons, clothing and telephones. A teenager gunned a man down outside a petrol station over a comment that he “looked like the Milky Bar Kid”, and he is still on the run from police, a trial heard.John Pordage, 34, was killed by a single shot to the chest at a BP garage in Chelmsford, Essex.Tracy Ayling QC, opening the prosecution case, said that either Mr Pordage or a friend told alleged gunman Bradley Blundell that he looked like the Milky Bar Kid.The prosecution allege that Blundell, who was 17 years old at the time and is now on the run from police, shot Mr Pordage dead.Chelmsford Crown Court heard Blundell was one of three male passengers in the back of a car while its female driver filled it with fuel.Ms Ayling said Mr Pordage or his friend made “flirtatious remarks” to the driver, including that she had a “nice bum”.”Further comments were made, this time towards the males in the back of the (car), particularly in reference to Bradley Blundell,” Ms Ayling said.”Reference was made to him looking like the Milky Bar Kid.”It may well be that that remark was the catalyst for what followed.” Reference was made to him looking like the Milky Bar Kid. It may well be that that remark was the catalyst for what followed.Tracy Ayling QC Mr Pordage was returning from a nightclub and on his way to buy cigarettes when he was attacked at around 2.10am on August 5 last year at the garage in Baddow Road. The BP petrol station in Chelmsford where John Pordage was fatally shot Credit:Nick Ansell/PA Wire The BP petrol station in Chelmsford where John Pordage was fatally shot last_img read more

first_imgFOR STEPHEN FERRIS, a conversation with Declan Kidney in November 2012 is a crystalline echo.The Ulster and Ireland flanker, who was forced to retire after a troubling ankle injury failed to heal, spoke with, this week, about his fitness battles, dark days, a satisfying comeback and an all too early end to a brilliant, barnstorming career.He recalls, “Deccie had spoken to me and said ‘Look Stevie, I know you want to play in this game [against South Africa] and you are going to be involved in the [upcoming] Argentina game’. He told me I didn’t have to play, against Edinburgh, to prove my match fitness. I had only played five or six games that season and Declan said if I really wanted to go back and play for Ulster, he’d allow it. He said ‘It’s your call but from our point of view, you’ll be involved in both games.“My idea was to go up and get 60 minutes under my belt. I wish, now, that I had’ve listened to him and said ‘I’ll be okay and leave the Edinburgh game.’” Ferris in pain as he makes way, against Edinburgh, at Ravenhill. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOFerris injured his right ankle under the force of a double-team tackle by Edinburgh’s Andy Titterrell and Allan Jacobs. Ulster physio Gareth Robinson and team doctor David Irwin helped him to limp off the Ravenhill pitch and the immediate prognosis was at least a month on the sidelines. There would be no Test appearances against the Springboks or Pumas. There would be no competitive rugby, in fact, for 17 months. There were dark days and times when you thought ‘Shit, I can’t make this’,” he admits.“The ankle has had a lot of trauma; three surgeries in the last couple of years, to fix different injuries. It was probably a year between my last operation and my comeback as I had to take it slow. Still, the swelling would come back. It still does, even though I haven’t played for two months now.”From November 2012 until March 2014, Ferris progressed inches with the finish line seemingly miles away. “Every two or three weeks was a step forward but some weeks I would take two steps back. I moved from small, strengthening exercises to running on the Alter-G [anti-gravity] treadmill after six or seven months but any time I put weight on it, the ankle would react a bit.“When I finally got over that hurdle and was able to run straight lines it felt like I was making progress. I’d feel fine until I did some side-stepping and the ankle would flare up again. It was very, very frustrating. I’m not a physio nor a doctor but it was more an accumulation of injuries than one specific. If it was as easy as a broken ankle, there would have been a set treatment plan and I would have been back.”There were murmurs of comebacks on five separate occasions, with Ulster responding with variants of Ferris being close, near and not far away. Talk of a move to Japanese rugby came and went before the province offered him a six-month contract extension and, in January of this year, another. Payback came on in brutish, rousing fashion on 14 March as he came off the bench in a home win over Scarlets and had the crowd on their feet with a first-up thump on Gareth Davies. It felt like a moment; a catharsis from treatment room ghost to the rib-splintering Ferris of old. Source: RaboDirect PRO12/YouTube“I loved getting back,” he said. “It felt as if all the hard work — the 18 months of rehab, steps forwards and set-backs — had been worth it. At the same time, playing that game was tough on my ankle. I felt it digging in during the match it was sore.“The idea was to give it 40 minutes in each game and see how it reacted but it kept digging in and snowballed a bit. I worked so hard to get back and play in that Saracens game and did fine for that 30 minutes but the ankle was sore again.“I was missing training and it was swelling up. The [Ulster] lads said ‘You can’t keep doing this to yourself Stevie’. I went along to a surgeon and he said the ankle was not going to get better. Professional rugby would only make it worse.”At the very least, Ferris says, he will no longer have to answer questions about his ankle or, from the casual supporters, the knee, elbow or shoulder. “You’d be sick of it after a while but, I suppose, whenever I saw Tommy Bowe, when he was injured, I’d ask what the craic was then ‘How’s the hip?’”He adds, “[Ulster prop] Callum Black is getting married in England and I went to pick up a suit today. Instead of talking about the ankle, I could reminisce about old games and the good days. That was such a relief.”Ferris can distinctly recall the moment, before the Rugby World Cup pool game against Australia, when Jerry Flannery handed out the Ireland jerseys to the matchday 22. The hooker would return to Ireland days after witnessing his country beat the Wallabies 15-6. He knew his tournament was over, Ferris notes, but, with tears in his eyes, urged his teammates to make a statement at Eden Park.Beating a southern hemisphere team at ‘the home of rugby’, in a World Cup, ranks up there with Ferris’ Six Nations winners’ medal [clinched in Grand Slam style]. “Nobody expected us to win but we did it so convincingly in the end,” he says. “We dominated Australia in every aspect.” Ferris takes Will Genia for a ride at RWC 2011. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThe resounding image of the game was the blindside picking up Aussie scrum-half Will Genia like a ragdoll and marching him back towards his tryline. “At the time,” Ferris reflects. “I never realised I had lifted him up and back five yards. It was only when I saw the replays, and clips on YouTube, that I knew what I had done.Another ref might have called it for being offside [from the Wallabies scrum put-in] but it was worth the risk. Eoin Reddan had snipped at Genia a few times so that was the red flag for me to get on him. I snapped in and drove him back and the boys came piling in behind me. I can just remember Donncha O’Callaghan shouting ‘Give it to him Fez, give it to him’. Soon after that and I was lying on his back and giving him banter.”Ferris recalls the World Cup as the best time of his rugby-playing career, where he enjoyed every moment with ‘a special bunch of guys’. “We truly believed we could win the thing. We got to the quarter finals [against Wales] but never showed up on the day. If we had’ve played the day before, or after, I feel we would have made the semis. The Welsh defence, though, was unreal. Shane Williams held Sean O’Brien up over the line at one stage. It was one of those days.”He continues, “As a professional rugby player, you never think you’ll have to retire. You definitely don’t have those thoughts when you’re in your 20s; in your prime. Even when David Wallace injured his knee, he may have been in his mid 30s but he was still world-class; still thinking he’d go to the World Cup and perform. You can’t let those thoughts [about injury] enter your head because, if you do, you’d dwell on it and it would wreck your head.”Texts arrived from far and wide when Ferris made his official retirement call on 3 June. He was heartened by positive words by rugby fans, on Twitter and Facebook. Flannery and Ronan O’Gara — ‘Boys I’ve played with, fought with and lived the dream with me’ — were among the former teammates to wish him well. “The ones that matter most,” he declares, “were the words of support from my Mum and Dad, brothers and my girlfriend, Laura. They said ‘You’ve given it absolutely everything; 100%; for Ulster, Ireland and the Lions’. Most people would bite their arm off for the career I’ve had.“I’ve no regrets. There was not a game I ever held back in. That might have worked against me in the end but I wouldn’t change the way I played for anything.” Ferris celebrates a second Lions try, on the 2009 tour, with Harry Ellis. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOAged 28 and already well into planning for life after rugby, Ferris is involved with Clic Sargent, a charity for young people with cancer, and has finished a course at the Ulster Business School. He has also undertaken a Level 3 coaching course and will impart some knowledge on his former club side, Dungannon next season. Rugby fans may also spot him in the BBC television gantry at Ravenhill [now Kingspan Stadium] on a few occasions next season. He wants to take a break from the day-in, day-out of rugby but insists he will be a boisterous Ulster fan, like the rest of them, ‘for the next 10, 20, 30, 40 years’.The ankle will never properly heal. Still, Ferris is stoic about his permanent reminder of his days on countless battlefields, from Stevenson Park to Eden Park and everywhere in between.[The ankle] will definitely hamper me down the line. Every day I can feel it when I climb stairs. Walking up hills is a nightmare. Most people walk up hills flat-footed but I have to do it on my toes as I can’t close the front of the joint up. It’s like that deceleration when I’m running, the ankle bites and that’s where the inflammation comes.”“I saw a line-up that somebody tweeted about a couple of weeks ago,” he recalls. “It was players who had either retired or were forced to retire last season. There was myself, Imanol Harinorduqoy and Dimitri Yachvili. Guys like that.“It’s unbelievable but it has become such a physical, unforgiving sport. That’s why we love it, I suppose, and why we first picked up a rugby ball.”‘I hang up my boots with no regrets’: Stephen Ferris retires from rugbyRag-dolling Will Genia and six of Stephen Ferris’ other memorable momentslast_img read more

first_imgTablette et Ultrabook de grande finesse pour ToshibaAu CES, Toshiba va présenter la tablette tactile la plus mince du monde, mais pas seulement. Son ultrabook aussi sera ultra-mince. Toshiba se la joue Dukan pour le matériel numérique. Cette fois, la firme va débarquer à Vegas avec une tablette de 10,1 pouces qu’elle annonce (encore) comme la plus fine du monde (cf notre article d’hier). De même pour son ultrabook de 13,3 pouces. Au delà de l’épaisseur minime de ces appareils, Toshiba a également annoncé un prototype de tablette waterproof (imperméable), OLED et embarquant une technologie sans fil, peut-être pour surfer sur le Web dans votre baignoire…Aucun nom, ni de spécifications supplémentaires n’ont pu filtrer. Toshiba nous réserve donc sa surprise pour la semaine prochaine. Le 9 janvier 2012 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Rats Are Chowing Down on New Car Wiring, Because It’s Made With SoyNaked Mole-Rats May be Immune to Aging Anyone who has ever cut their finger knows how painful it can be. The pain makes us very aware of the injury, and so we automatically protect that area more readily so that it can heal. But nobody likes pain, and if we could remove it from the healing process that would be great.There is one animal that feels no pain, though, and scientists have figured out why. That animal is the naked mole-rat, also commonly referred to as a sand puppy.These 10cm-long naked rats live underground in East Africa. They have very distinct large and protruding teeth used to move through soil very quickly (forwards and backwards). They are also insensitive to pain. You can pour acid on them, or rub capsaicin into their skin (the active component of chili peppers) and they won’t even flinch.The pain insensitivity extends to cuts on their body, which will happen regularly if you’re spending most of your day digging underground. When cut, humans and other mammals experience heat hyperalgesia around injuries, which means even only slightly warm temperatures can feel like they are burning you. Our bodies even increase the amount of pain sensors around the injuries. Naked role-mats don’t experience this.We know that the mole rats don’t suffer pain because they lack a key neurotransmitter called Substance P that sends pain signals to the central nervous system. Researchers at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine have now discovered that it’s an enzyme change that blocks any pain from registering or any negative reaction happening around cuts, like increasing the amount of pain sensors. The rat’s body just gets on with healing the injury while the little rodent carries on unaware.Roman Klementschitz/WikimediaIt is hoped that the way in which the naked mole-rat body doesn’t react to pain can be fully understood and used for other mammals and maybe even humans. We’d still be injured, we’d still need to heal, but if the wound can be protected and the pain reaction removed completely, that would be great, right?last_img read more

first_img WWE has announced that after four years in Brooklyn, SummerSlam weekend will now be taking place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada starting in 2019.The company will host NXT TakeOver (August 10), SummerSlam (August 11), RAW (August 12) and Smackdown Live (August 13) in Toronto at Scotiabank Arena.You can check out the official announcement below.Toronto to host SummerSlam in 2019As first reported by Entertainment Tonight Canada, Toronto will host SummerSlam Week in August 2019 with SummerSlam (Sunday, Aug. 11), Monday Night Raw (Monday, Aug. 12), SmackDown LIVE (Tuesday, Aug. 13) and NXT TakeOver (Saturday, Aug. 10) taking place at Scotiabank Arena over four consecutive nights.SummerSlam is more than just a one-day event; it’s a week-long celebration, as WWE will host a series of activities including SummerSlam Axxess, WWE’s interactive fan festival at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, along with community outreach programs designed to leave a lasting impact throughout the region.“We are thrilled to bring WWE’s Biggest Event of the Summer back to Toronto,” said John Saboor, WWE Executive Vice President, Special Events. “We look forward to working with our partners at Tourism Toronto and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment to build a blueprint that welcomes our global fan base to the great city of Toronto.”Additional details, including ticket availability and travel packages, will be announced in the near future. Facebook Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

first_imgSteve Marshall will be the next superintendent of Hockinson School District.Marshall is the director of educational resources for the Camas School District, and previously was principal of Camas High School for nine years. He was announced as the new superintendent after a Hockinson board meeting Tuesday night. He was one of four finalists interviewed by the board, staff, students and community members during a public forum Monday night.He is taking over for Superintendent Sandra Yager, who announced in November that she was leaving the district after this school year to take the same position with Cornerstone Christian Academy in Vancouver. Yager was superintendent in Hockinson for the last eight years.“Steve served the Camas community for a long time in multiple capacities, always with a focus on students,” Camas Superintendent Jeff Snell said. “One of his greatest strengths in Camas was rallying people around Camas High School and Papermaker pride.”The announcement comes a little less than two months before the district will put two levies out for public vote for the second time this year. A replacement three-year levy and new three-year technology levy both failed in the Feb. 12 special election.The school board announced recently it will run both levies again in the April 23 special election. Prior to the February election, Yager said the district could be faced with cuts if the levies didn’t pass.The board will work to formalize the details of the superintendent’s contract, which is expected to begin July 1, and hopes to approve it at its March 25 regular meeting.last_img read more

first_imgAlmost two-thirds (62%) of employer respondents manage the administration of pensions auto-enrolment in-house, according to research by Chase de Vere and Lightbulb.The research, which surveyed 300 senior HR decision makers in the UK, also found that more than a third (37%) of respondents cite administration as the biggest challenge to implementing auto-enrolment.The research also found:23% of respondents name cost as the most challenging aspect of implementing auto-enrolment, 10% cite making time for planning and meetings as the main challenge, and 9% view communications as the biggest challenge.Less than one in 10 (7%) respondents cite dealing with queries as the biggest challenge encountered when implementing auto-enrolment, followed by technology (6%), and a lack of support (6%).15% of respondents manage auto-enrolment administration through their pension provider, and 11% do so through payroll or an accountant.42% of respondents receive support from a financial adviser when implementing auto-enrolment, and 32% receive support from their pension provider.Sean McSweeney (pictured), corporate advice manager at Chase de Vere, said: “We are fully supportive of pension auto-enrolment. This is an important initiative as we are facing a pension time-bomb with people living for longer and not saving enough to support themselves in retirement. However, the burden of implementing auto-enrolment has fallen on employers and they can face real challenges. Our research shows that administration is their biggest concern and this will continue as employers have to abide by ongoing rules, although costs will also rise for many employers as minimum contribution levels are increased in April 2018 and again in April 2019.“It’s not surprising that employers are trying to manage their auto-enrolment scheme with little or no support, although this could be a false economy. To get the maximum benefit for the money they are spending, employers need to regularly review their pension arrangements and ensure effective communication and engagement with their employees.”last_img read more

first_imgBetween 20% and 30% of active defined benefit (DB) pension scheme members over the age of 55 are transferring out of their scheme in order to access pension freedoms as a result of receiving paid-for financial advice, according to research by Willis Towers Watson.The organisation used data it collated in its 2018 IFA members choices survey from financial advisory firms, alongside its own experience to analyse the choices made by 200,000 DB pension scheme members in 400 schemes since April 2015, who have been offered impartial financial advice paid for by their pension scheme. This group has also been informed about, and offered access to, the flexibilities provided through pension freedoms.The research also found that one in 10 (10%) of DB pension members who transferred out of their scheme bought an annuity in 2017-2018, compared to 43% in 2016-2017. The minority (1%) took their funds as cash in 2017-2018, compared to 89% who opted to take their funds over time through drawdown or using a combination of drawdown and other options.A third (33%) of pensioners accepted a pension increase exchange (Pie) offer in 2017-2018, compared to 35% of pensioners who did this in 2016-2017.Abigail Currie (pictured), head of member options at Willis Towers Watson, said: “These options can help manage the costs and risk of running a DB scheme, but can also appeal to a significant proportion of DB scheme members.“Not all DB pension schemes have taken action in relation to providing members with information about their options and provision of financial advice, but even some of these schemes are experiencing significant volumes of members transferring out. This can bring with it a strain on scheme administration and the risk of members making decisions which may not be in their best interests. Where a pension scheme is more proactive in terms of member communication and the provision of access to impartial financial advice, these risks are better mitigated.“However, even schemes that do proactively communicate and provide access to impartial financial advice have experienced very different outcomes amongst their population, particularly in relation to transfer exercises. This highlights the importance for DB scheme trustees and sponsors of understanding the context of their scheme, communicating in an engaging way with their members, and understanding how and where members can receive the financial advice they need if they wish to consider their options.”last_img read more

first_imgSector by sector—JEGI tracks 10—exhibitions and conferences recorded a 249 percent increase in deal value over 2010. There were 32 deals totaling $451 million. JEGI points out that the fourth quarter marked quite a bit of activity from strategic buyers, with UBM, Bonnier, Diversified Business Communications, PennWell and Reed Elsevier making deals.Consumer magazines also had a busy year with 32 transactions valued at $3.2 billion, a huge jump over 2010’s $214 million deal value.B-to-b media was comparatively quiet, recording only 14 deals and $50 million in value—a 62 percent and 91 percent decline from 2010, respectively. B-to-b online media and tech, however, spiked appreciatively in value. The year’s 63 deals were 2 more than 2010, but value jumped 132 percent to almost $6 billion.Interestingly, mobile media and tech declined slightly in volume with 72 deals done in 2011 versus 77 in 2010, but value jumped 37 percent to almost $2 billion.An Optimistic Outlook for 2012While JEGI expects deal activity to be “vigorous” this year, AdMedia Partners’ 18th annual “Merger and Acquisition Prospects for Media and Marketing Services and Technology Firms” survey concludes that the activity from 2011 will indeed spill into 2012.According to the survey, two-thirds of respondents said they were approached by a strategic and/or financial buyer in 2011, and 59 percent of respondents expect to look for an acquisition in 2012, which is up from 40 percent from last year’s survey.Companies are beginning to think they’re ready to sell as well, with 48 percent of respondents indicating they’re thinking of selling in 2012, much more than the 36 percent who said as much last year.Funding and MultiplesThe strategic buyers will continue to dominate the deals, with three out of four respondents saying strategics will be up in 2012, as they were in 2011. Capital is ready to be put to work, with 55 percent of respondents saying they’ll fund acquisitions using cash reserves. Private equity will still be a player, however. Forty-three percent of respondents say they plan to raise outside equity. Twenty-seven percent say they plan to use debt financing.EBITDA multiples are generally in the 6x to 8x range, depending on the sector. Marketing services, which has been a hot sector, will achieve 6x-8x multiples, say 47 percent of respondents. Sixty percent of respondents say digital media will command 8x or greater multiples. Mobile and social marketing are each expected to fetch 7x multiples, according to the majority of respondents.The future isn’t so bright for traditional magazine companies, however. “I think it’s very hard to sell a magazine company now,” says Seth Alpert, managing director of AdMedia Partners. “It’s been done—obviously the Hearst/Hachette deal was the big consumer media event of 2011. But I believe that was driven by cost synergies as much as anything else. So it was financially-driven and I think that’s quite the exception.”Alpert notes that for valuation expectations 69 percent of respondents for both consumer and b-to-b media believe multiples will be 6x or less. About 50 percent of those same respondents think multiples will be 5x or less. “I’d say there’s a very pessimistic outlook on those kinds of deals,” says Alpert. “That is, in my view, what is driving interest in online content companies.”2011 a Slow Year for Domestic Event M&AThe year 2011 was slow one for domestic trade show and event mergers and acquisitions, according to Connecticut-based trade show M&A broker Corporate Solutions. The firm tracked 10 deals done during the year in the U.S., which is a slight increase over 2010’s eight deals.Most of the deals were small, single-event transactions with the exception of the sale of Pri-Med to Diversified Business Communications. If you’re wondering about Providence Equity Partners’ acquisition of GLM from U.K.-based Daily Mail & General Trust for $173 million in September, it didn’t make Corporate Solutions’ list, which focuses only on purely domestic deals among trade show and media companies.While economic conditions haven’t been favorable for event deals, the fourth quarter saw an uptick of deal activity—two deals were completed in November and two in December.Also, the deal pipeline may be poised to begin filling up. “For the past several quarters we are not only seeing an increase in the amount of buyers looking for quality trade shows to acquire, but finally an increase in show producers interested in selling trade and consumer events,” says Nick Curci, president of Corporate Solutions.Strategic buyers, rather than financial buyers, were driving most of the transactions.Multiples have not recovered after getting crushed during the recession, going from 10.5x EBITDA in the heady days of 2005-2007 to 5.5x in 2010. Lately, however, multiples have been creeping up, with an average of 6x EBITDA in 2011 and a forecasted 6.5x in 2012. Larger media companies are commanding the higher range of multiples, 6x-7x, versus small media companies at 4x-5x and consumer shows at 3x-4x. The media M&A market saw its third year in a row of growth, closing out 2011 with a 9 percent increase in total value over 2010, according to a year-end report by The Jordan, Edmiston Group.There were 896 deals done, says the investment bank, 15 more than 2010 and more even than in the blockbuster year of 2007. Total value, however, still hasn’t come close to that year. In 2011, the deals represented $47 billion in value, up $4 billion from 2010, whereas 2007 saw $104 billion in deals done.A key trend in 2011 was marketing and interactive services, which represented 32 percent of total deal value and accounted for 17 of the 32 biggest deals, and a third of total transaction volume.And while expectations remain high for private equity, strategic buyers were decidedly more acquisitive. Out of the 32 largest deals (more than $400 million), 24 were done by strategics.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time/Part-Time Home Health Aide / Caregiver at Assisting Hands Of WilmingtonFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time/Part-Time Servers at 99 RestaurantFull-Time Customer Service Coordinator at TranscatFull-Time Retail Sales Merchandiser at Advantage SolutionsFull-Time Worker at Olympia SportsPart-Time Package Handler at Fed-Ex WarehouseFull-Time Assembler at Security SourceFull-Time Shipping & Receiving at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time (Contract) Business Planner at L3 Insight Technology(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at 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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

first_img 1 Share your voice Smart Home Tags Alexa Amazon Your date night planner? Chris Monroe/CNET Alexa works just fine for call-and-response requests, like asking about the weather or finding out what NBA game is on or playing a Jerry Douglas song.But this model can be irritating for customers looking for more information all at once, since they have to constantly query with the word “Alexa” over and over again as they bounce between different Alexa skills to get what they want.Looking to push Alexa into becoming a more efficient and conversational digital assistant, Amazon on Wednesday introduced a new capability for Alexa to  be able to string together multiple requests into a more seamless dialogue.Rohit Prasad, the head scientist for Alexa’s artificial intelligence team, helped demonstrate this new ability during a keynote address at Amazon’s re:MARS conference Wednesday.In a video he introduced, a woman’s voice asked Alexa about movie showtimes, then was able to quickly transition into buying movie tickets, finding a dinner reservation then setting up an Uber ride, all without having to repeatedly say Alexa or query the voice assistant with convoluted dialogue.Amazon said this night-out planning capability will be coming to customers in a few months, first in the US.The new capability should bring Alexa one step closer to becoming a more human-like assistant, allowing it to integrate more easily with people and helping Amazon make its assistant more of a must-have for customers. Google and Apple, too, have been working on making their assistants more conversational.Prasad on Wednesday said Alexa has become more than 20% more accurate, thanks to advances in machine learning. He added that Alexa is now able to learn faster by automatically stringing together related requests, such as “Play the ABC song” and “Play the Alphabet song.”Plus, Amazon has done more to remove skill names from requests, so customers can now say, “Alexa, start cleaning,” instead of, “Alexa, ask Roomba to start cleaning.” Now playing: Watch this: You deleted your Alexa voice recordings, but the text… Comment Prasad also emphasized consumer privacy, mentioning Amazon’s newly launched privacy hub for Alexa and additional tools to allow customers to delete their audio recordings. 2:27last_img read more

first_imgHyderabad: TRS leader and former MP Gutha Sukhender Reddy were declared elected uncontested as member of Telangana State Legislative Council. Gutha was the lone candidate who filed nomination for election to one MLC seat which fell vacant due to disqualification of K Yadava Reddy who joined Congress. Since TRS had good strength to win the lone seat, no other party entered the fray which facilitated the unanimous election of Gutha Sukhender Reddy.last_img

first_imgA young man has been stabbed to death over a previous enmity at Jhaldi in Banshkhali upazila in Chittagong, reports UNB.The deceased is Didarul Alam, 28, son of Najir Ahmed of the village.Officer-in-charge of Banshkhali police station Alamgir Hossain said Abdul Malek, a neighbour of Didarul, had an altercation with him 10-12 days ago.As a sequel of the incident, Malek called the young man out of his house on Friday night and stabbed him indiscriminately.Locals rescued him and took him to Chittagong Medical College where he died in the early hours of Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgAn art museum is a look-but-don’t touch affair. Well, it’s supposed to be, but apparently some art is just begging for someone to someone to violate it.In particular, a painting by German artist Arthur Kopcke. This piece just happened to be a blown-up crossword puzzle that was mostly filled in. Next to the black and white squares Kopcke had printed the text “Insert words.” A 91-year-old museum visitor happily obliged last week. She whipped out a ballpoint pen and scrawled out the missing letters.Usually, the cross-armed security folks who glare at you in a museum are enough to deter people from getting too close to the art. Obviously Kopcke’s art was just a little bit too compelling this time and no one noticed the elderly lady performing her modification.Another of Kopcke’s worksInterestingly enough, the incident perfectly proves the point Kopcke was trying to drive home in many of his works. He was very interested in the actions people performed every day. Actions we perform without giving much real consideration to, say for example, filling in the squares of a crossword puzzle.Only this particular time the filling in took place on a piece of art that’s valued at somewhere in the region of $116,000. Well played, Mr. Kopcke. Well played.The museum’s director says that they’re convinced the woman didn’t mean any harm, and the restoration staff are convinced that the damaged can be repaired rather easily. The museum also wanted the unwitting nonagenarian vandal to know that the owner of the artwork actually found the whole thing rather funny.last_img read more

first_imgDNA is one of the most powerful substances in the universe. In the same structure it can encode the instructions to make uranium-munching microbes, giant flying lizards, or a stand of quaking aspens five miles wide. It can store every movie ever made in a single test tube. And it can stick around for tens of thousands of years. Just this week, Japanese scientists revealed they’d awakened some ancient wooly mammoth DNA by sticking it into mice embryos. What is dead may never die, indeed.It’s DNA’s ability to resurrect more recent history, though, that delivers the biggest emotional punch. In the last week alone, investigators in two separate cold cases from the 1970s and ’80s revealed how DNA helped them resolve a pair of decades-old mysteries. One brings a family closure. The other thrusts a family into the fresh tragedy of a long-concealed teenage trauma. Both hint at a new feature of a world increasingly connected by relative-finding algorithms, social networks, and the internet; that in the age of digital DNA databases, nothing stays secret forever.On Monday, detectives revealed to a Salt Lake City television news station that they’d used DNA to confirm that notorious serial killer Ted Bundy—subject of both a new Netflix docuseries and a feature film starring Zac Efron—had also murdered a missing Utah teenager. Hours before his execution in 1989, Bundy confessed to 30 homicides committed across seven states during the mid-70s, and told police where he’d left some of the bodies. But many were never found, including 17-year old Debra Kent, of Bountiful, Utah, and police were not able to close her case.Three-and-a-half years ago, a cold case unit learned the Kent family was in possession of a patella bone that had been uncovered by investigators in 1989 near where Bundy said he left the teen’s remains. At that time, DNA testing was brand new, and the US was still five years away from establishing a federal genetic repository for convicted criminals. So in 2015, detectives convinced the Kent family to have the knee bone sent in for testing, along with DNA samples they provided themselves. When it came back as a match to the family’s DNA, the Kents finally received an official death certificate, and the closure they’d been seeking for more than 40 years. The police had kept their conclusions private until the renewed public obsession with Bundy motivated them to make the discovery public this week. It came on the heels of news that investigators in South Dakota had arrested a woman Friday in connection with a 38-year-old infant abandonment case. One frozen February afternoon in 1981, a man driving through the cornfields near Sioux Falls discovered a dead newborn baby boy, wrapped in bloody blankets at the bottom of a roadside ditch, his umbilical cord still attached. For decades, investigators gathered clues. In 2009, they even exhumed the body of the boy to extract DNA samples. Every day for the next ten years, the case’s lead detective, Michael Webb, checked the federal criminal database, known as CODIS, hoping for a genetic match. But, as he recounted this week to the Washington Post, none ever came.What came instead was the arrest of a suspect in the infamous Golden State Killer case last April. And with it, an explosion of interest in using the technique—known as forensic genetic genealogy or long-range familial search—that California investigators used to identify him. Shortly after, Webb enlisted the help of Parabon, a company specializing in the family tree-building technique. And last week, police used that information to arrest a 57-year old Sioux Falls woman, Theresa Bentaas, believed to be the baby’s biological mother. She is being charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and manslaughter for allegedly leaving the healthy child to die outside in the cold. It’s the first time genetic genealogy has been used in a case of neonaticide (the killing of a child within the baby’s first 24 hours of life). And for genetic counselors like Brianne Kirkpatrick, who also helps people find biological relatives and runs support groups for people dealing with DNA surprises, it’s one step of the technology too far. “It feels like the slippery slope has begun and it’s happened a lot faster than I expected,” she says. “I’m actually not a slippery slope person most of the time. It just feels like this particular application is not something I can get behind.”Up until now, all of the nearly three dozen forensic genetic genealogy cases that have been made public since the Golden State Killer bombshell have involved high-profile, heinous crimes—serial killers and violent rapists and child murderers that terrorized communities, sometimes for decades. Even critics of the technique, who worry it’s turning American into a genetic surveillance state, find it hard to argue with locking up these dangerous criminals. But Bentaas, who would have been 18 or 19 at the time of the incident, and according to an affidavit cited in the Argus Leader, too scared and ashamed to tell anyone about the pregnancy, is different.“A Baby Doe case is a special category,” says Colleen Fitzpatrick, who co-founded the nonprofit DNA Doe Project with fellow genealogist Margaret Press. “It breaks apart this neat dichotomy between finding criminals who might still be dangerous and finding victims.”center_img Together with a network of volunteers skilled in family-tree making, Fitzpatrick and Press help police put names to unidentified human remains—mostly murder victims. But the organization avoids abandoned baby cases because identifying the child means identifying the mother. And as in Bentaas’ case, many mothers in neonaticide cases are often children (or nearly children) themselves. Sometimes they’re even victims of rape or incest.Fitzpatrick and Press worried that investigating these incidents would not provide closure to families but would instead open them up to criminal prosecution. To keep DNA Doe Project’s humanitarian mission intact, Fitzpatrick has diverted any requests involving abandoned babies to her own genetic genealogy company, Identifinders International. Right now they’re working on three such cases.Which means that whether or not it’s a good idea—or a good use of police resources—to dig through familial DNA to investigate and prosecute neonaticide cases, this Sioux Falls case is just the beginning. No laws currently limit police departments’ application of the technique, though the state of Maryland is currently considering banning it all together. The public DNA database that allows investigators to find initial genetic matches (with which they then build family trees) confines such searches to violent crimes or identifying remains of a deceased individuals. Either could be invoked in the case of a neonaticide. The South Dakota Baby Doe case may be the first in the news, but it won’t be the last.And so, the headlines of solved cold cases and stories about people who’ve discovered their father’s not their father or they have 15 half-siblings or they were switched at birth with a stranger, will pile up alongside the mug shots of mothers who once upon a time made a very difficult, very desperate, very bad decision.And then, at some point, they’ll stop. Because when no one’s secrets can stay hidden in their DNA (or the DNA of a relative), it will no longer be news. 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first_img Share Tweet Submit When it comes to action cameras, nothing comes close to what GoPro offers. And now, you can bag yourself a HERO7 White for a low price as well.Needless to say that GoPro is basically the Apple of action cameras and they churn out some of the best hardware to ever exist in the realm of action cameras. Their latest in the lineup is the HERO7, which quite honestly, represents the best of what GoPro has to offer to date. But obviously, the entire lineup comes at a steep cost.If you go down the spectrum however, then you will be pleased to learn that there are cheaper options available in the HERO7 lineup. More specifically, the HERO7 White. It costs just $199.99, but now you can pick it up for a price of just $159, which entails to a discount of $40.99, or 20%.Once bought, you can expect all the greatness of GoPro from this cameras. But your video recording will be limited to 1080p instead of 4K, which quite frankly, isn’t a deal breaker in any case.You get the same waterproofing, an intuitive touch-screen display for controlling the camera, a 10MP sensor for capturing stunning photos in wide range of color with everything topped off with legendary stabilization which GoPro is known for.If you are interested in buying this product, then simply head over to the link below and claim your prize. Remember, just like any other great deal, this one doesn’t require a discount code either. Simply switch links, hit the  Buy Now button and wait for your action camera to arrive.Buy GoPro HERO7 White — Waterproof Digital Action Camera with Touch Screen 1080p HD Video 10MP Photos – Was $199.99, now just $159last_img read more