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Knowledge gained at Museum of Historys internship program is meant to be

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsAriane Xay Kuyaas calls the National Museum of History’s Indigenous Internship a great experience.“You learn a lot,” she said. “And it’s kind of for me, for coming from so far away but coming to things that are from my own village or my own area and seeing that the mastery of it.”During her research placement, Xay Kuyaas learned about her own culture and about how different shaped baskets had different names in the Haida language.She blames colonization for that lack of knowledge about her own culture but she’s determined to change that.“At home we may not have those types of baskets anymore. We might not because it was all taken away. So it was sleeping. But now I can come home with more knowledge for our community.”The program has been up and running since 1993 and since that time, 124 interns have participated.“They come here to acquire more experience or there’s a lot of people that already have an interest and they want to know if it’s worth pursuing like studies over this,” said program coordinator, Gaëlle Mollen.Xay Kuyaas first visited the Museum of History, formerly known as the Museum of Civilization located in Gatineau, Que., a decade ago and learned about the internship program – but didn’t apply.“I was shy and I’m like not in university,” she said. “I don’t know if I could apply for something like that. And then I saw the application come around and I didn’t apply.”Mollen says an academic background is not necessary.“It’s not a requirement  to have a diploma, we just ask to have a high school diploma,” said Mollen. “And if you don’t have any high school diploma just have experience in the museum field or in cultural centres.”In fact, cultural experience can account for a lot when applying. Something Xay Kuyaas had knowledge about, having learned weaving techniques from her aunt since she was 14.So 10 years later when the opportunity to apply again came up, she didn’t hesitate.Mollen said interns learn a lot about how museums operate in their 8 month stay.“They have several placements in different divisions: collection, conservation, research, public affairs, exhibition and museum services.”The deadline to apply for the internship this year is April 14.tlamirande@aptn.ca@toddlamirandelast_img read more

Las Vegas hotels bet on technology to attract dazzle guests

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – It takes just minutes for a room service attendant to respond to a text message asking for a soda, bringing the Diet Coke on a tray with a glass of ice and lime wedges, no need for the modern hassle of placing a phone call.Thousands of guests at some of Las Vegas’ casino-hotels also can get towels, food and toiletries delivered with just a few taps on their smartphone. It comes as the staples of hotel room technology — a phone on a nightstand and a flat-screen TV — aren’t cutting it anymore in the hypercompetitive world of Sin City tourism.Guests can use tablets to control room features like lights and temperature. Shower infusers and special lights promise travellers a chance to recharge. And a 4-foot-tall (1-meter-tall) robot can point visitors to the nearest ATM. In the battle for millions of Las Vegas’ tourists, voice-assisted speakers and purification systems also are part of the push to attract ever-more-demanding customers and keep them coming back.“The hotel brands or the casino brands are trying to make themselves evolve to become more relevant to a younger audience that is highly technologically enabled,” said Robert Rippee, director of the Hospitality Lab at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.Las Vegas hotels are not the only ones using such technology. The Acme Hotel Co. in Chicago put an Amazon Echo in every room and the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, California, has equipped rooms with iPads. But what sets Sin City properties apart is the volume of guests they handle, which can test the technology that must be easy to understand.“Let’s say the tablet is a Microsoft Surface, but the tablet you use is an iPad, so you immediately have a gap,” Rippee said. “You, as the user, now have to learn to use a product an operating system you are unfamiliar with. If you are here for two nights, you are going to discard it.”Caesars Entertainment launched a texting service at its 3,976-room Caesars Palace casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in August, months after rolling it out at two boutique hotels. Senior vice-president and chief experience officer Michael Marino said the service aims to improve guests’ stay after the company noticed a dip in phone calls.“It’s not like they have less needs, it’s just that something has happened over the last couple of years where people just don’t like to call people anymore,” Marino said.Four properties now have the service named Ivy, which the company credits for higher scores of two of its hotels on travel review website TripAdvisor.The service uses artificial intelligence to automatically answer common questions and requests, such as gym location and hours of operation. But trained staffers type back responses to more complex inquiries such as where Muslims should face to pray in the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca.“The window of your room faces to the East. If you pray facing the window, you will be oriented towards Mecca,” Ivy answered within two minutes.The Cosmopolitan casino-hotel also launched a chatbot a year ago, around the same time Wynn Resorts announced that an Amazon Echo would be installed in every room of the Wynn Las Vegas casino-hotel.At the Aria and Vdara hotels, each room is equipped with a tablet with applications that allow guests to schedule breakfast delivery, access thousands of publications and adjust temperature and lights. Travelers also can choose special rooms at the MGM Grand and The Mirage with several lighting options, including one that helps the body’s internal clock, and a device that infuses the shower’s water with vitamin C.Meanwhile, a shiny white, wide-eyed standing robot named Pepper in the lobby of the luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel can answer a set of preprogrammed questions, including checkout time, how to connect to the Wi-Fi network and the location of the spa.“I’ve seen robots on TV, but never in person. It’s so cute,” said Ana Rosa Santiago, a Miami resident who took a selfie with Pepper. “I already sent it to all my family.”___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNO .last_img read more

Conviction of Sri Lankan monk seen as victory for rights defenders

“This is an important verdict for all people who fight for human rights in Sri Lanka. A clear message has gone out to those who seek to intimidate, threaten and silence people seeking justice,” said Omar Waraich, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for South Asia. Prageeth Eknaligoda was forcibly disappeared in 2010. Since then, his wife, Sandhya, has waged an uphill but determined struggle for justice, in the face of serious threats. There has been little progress in the investigation. The monk threatened Sandya outside the court room when she was attending hearings into the disappearance of her husband. (Colombo Gazette) The conviction of a Buddhist monk who had threatened the well-known campaigner against enforced disappearances, Sandhya Eknaligoda, is a victory for human rights defenders in Sri Lanka, Amnesty International said today.A magistrate’s court in Homagama handed down a six months’ sentence and a heavy fine to Galagodatte Gnanasara Thero for threatening Sandhya Eknaligoda in court, when she appeared in 2016 to pursue justice for the enforced disappearance of her husband, the famed Sri Lankan cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda. read more

Brother of church suicide bomber in custody

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) informed court today that the brother of the suicide bomber who attacked St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade is in custody.The CID said that two others also linked to the bombing have been arrested. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that the brother of the bomber is a resident of Kalmunai.Gunasekera said the brother of the bomber was arrested in Mattakuliya. (Colombo Gazette)

New mortgage rules to have significant impact on Calgary Deputy Chief Economist

Related Stories Federal government increases minimum down payment for homes over $500,000 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email pexels.com Expect more Calgarians to rent, rather than own.Higher minimum down payments to mortgages are coming in February, designed to slow down Vancouver and Toronto’s expensive markets, will be having the biggest impact on our city.CIBC Deputy Chief Economist Benjamin Tal said a lot of homes in Calgary are sold at between $500,000 and $1-million and many of the buyers are putting less than 20 per cent as a down payment.“For young people, this will make the market less affordable and will slow down the process of buying,” Tal explained. “Again, you don’t need this kind of slowing in Calgary or Edmonton where prices are already falling.”However, Tal said the good news is the numbers aren’t huge and won’t de-rail the market.Read the full report here:http://research.cibcwm.com/economic_public/download/if_2015-1211.pdf by Kaitlin Lee Posted Dec 11, 2015 11:22 am MDT New mortgage rules to have significant impact on Calgary: Deputy Chief Economist read more

Brookfield moves to simplify structure of its North American property arm

TORONTO – The largest shareholder of Brookfield Canada Office Properties (TSX:BOX.UN) is offering to buy the rest of the real estate trust’s equity for $30.10 cash per unit, a 14.8 per cent premium to Friday’s closing price in Toronto.Brookfield Property Partners LP (TSX:BPY.UN) says its purchase of the remaining BOX units would simplify BPY’s structure and fully integrate the company’s North American office operations.Among the prominent office towers in the Brookfield Canada Office portfolio are Brookfield Place and First Canadian Place in Toronto and Bankers Hall in Calgary.Brookfield Property Partners has 149 premier office properties and 126 retail malls around the world in its portfolio, making it one of the world’s largest commercial real estate companies.Both BOX and BPY list the shares on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.They are part of the Brookfield Asset Management (TSX:BAM.A) group of companies, which manages about US$250 billion in assets through direct and indirect investments in a variety of public and private entities. Brookfield moves to simplify structure of its North American property arm by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 23, 2017 5:59 am MDT Last Updated Jan 23, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet set to open at MIWSFPA

The Department of Dramatic Arts (DART) is presenting Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), a clever, lively comedic tale of self-discovery, to be held in the Dramatic Arts Theatre at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts from Feb. 26 – March 5.Winner of the Governor General’s Award for Drama, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is a feminist re-envisioning of Othello and Romeo and Juliet. Set at Queen’s University in Kingston, overlooked and under-appreciated academic Constance Ledbelly has spent the last 10 years ghost writing for a professor while trying to prove her theory that Othello and Romeo and Juliet were originally comedies written by an unknown author that Shakespeare plundered and made into tragedies. When she deciphers the ancient ‘Gustav Manuscript,’ Constance is propelled smack dab into the tragic turning points of each play, saving both Desdemona and Juliet from their tragic fates. The result is a topsy-turvy ride through the recesses of her own mind as Constance learns to appreciate her own self-worth, find confidence and discover who she really is.Heading up the creative team is director Danielle Wilson who is also an actor and voice coach. In 2006, she moved to St. Catharines to take up her current position at Brock University where she teaches voice and performance. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) showcases the talents of students in the Department of Dramatic Arts undergraduate program, including the performers: Raylene Turner; Katelyn Lander; Elizabeth Amos; Alexandra Li Tomulescu; Michael Fusillo; Robert Herr; Josh Sanger; and Jeremy Knapton.  Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) runs Feb. 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.; March 4 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and March 5 at 7:30 p.m., and will be held in the Dramatic Arts Theatre, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines. Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for students and seniors; $12 for groups (10+); $5 eyeGo high school program, and are available through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office at 905-688-0722, online: firstontariopac.ca ; or by email: boxoffice@firstontariopac.ca read more

Diplomat unmasked as a Soviet spy played role in Profumo scandal when

first_imgA British diplomat unmasked as a Soviet spy was linked to the Profumo scandal during his time as communist affairs correspondent on The Daily Telegraph.David Floyd confessed to spying for the Soviet Union while working as a translator at the British military mission and embassy in Moscow, according to newly released Foreign Office documents unearthed.Floyd’s son, Sir Christopher Floyd, who is one of the country’s highest ranking judges as a Lord Justice of Appeal, has told of his shock at learning his father worked for the Kremlin.Floyd, who died aged 83 in 1997, went on to become a senior reporter with the Telegraph and attended a pivotal lunch in 1961 at the Garrick Club in London at which Captain Yevgeny Ivanov, a Soviet naval attache, met Stephen Ward, the osteopath and artist. Ward introduced both Ivanov  and John Profumo, the Secretary of State for War, to Christine Keeler. Both men had affairs with Keeler, the ensuing scandal forcing Profumo’s resignation and rocking the Conservative government of the day. Floyd’s outing as a Soviet spy may now force a reappraisal of the significance of his lunch with Ward and Ivanov at the outset of the Profumo scandal. The embarrassment was all the greater because Floyd had been a prominent student Communist agitator while at oxford University. Floyd, the son of a railway worker from Swindon, had become secretary of the Oxford University branch of the Communist party and later became fluent in Russian. Floyd was also suspected of leaking information while working at the British embassies in Prague and Belgrade although he denied that.In one file, prosecutors concluded there was “insufficient evidence”. Floyd was sacked following his confession in 1951 but was subsequently hired within a year by the daily telegraph, whose editor Sir Colin Coote would later arrange the Garrick Club lunch at which Floyd, Ward and Ivanov were all present. David Floyd with Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the dissident author David Floyd Christine Keeler Christine Keeler David Floyd with Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the dissident authorcenter_img Mr Hulbert, author of a book on the Cambridge spy Guy Burgess, obtained almost 300 pages of documents on Floyd, known as ‘Pink Floyd’ and described in his obituary as “one of Fleet Street’s most knowledgeable Kremlinologists”.The files, from 1950 and 1951, reveal that Floyd had confessed to being a spy during his stint in Moscow between 1944 and 1947 but that the Foreign office covered up the scandal, choosing not to prosecute him.  Intriguingly, Coote’s deputy editor Malcolm Muggeridge worked for MI6. It has been reported that Coote had also worked for the intelligence agency. Jeff Hulbert, a historian who obtained the Foreign Office documents through a series of freedom of information requests, said: “The usual interpretation of Floyd’s presence at the lunch was as a makeweight. But he was certainly there at the creation of the Profumo  scandal but who knows his true significance.” David Floyd Sir Christopher Floyd, 66, told the Sunday Times, which confronted him with the revelation about his father: “It is very shocking for me to hear this.” He declined to comment further.Mr Hulbert said that the role of Floyd – both as a spy in the late 1940s and early 50s and in the Profumo affair – needed greater examination. Mr Hulbert said that most of the documents he obtained contained large passages heavily blacked out and censored, suggesting the case remains sensitive. “There needs to be more disclosures,” Mr Hulbert told the Telegraph. 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.last_img read more

IHF worlds best coaches 2012 Rivera and Hergeirsson

One premiere and one title defence in the voting for the IHF World Handball Coaches of the Year: Like at the voting for the coach of the year 2011, Thorir Hergeirsson (Norwegian national team) was voted by fans, media and an IHF expert jury as world’s best coach of a women’s team, and for the first time ever Valero Rivera (Spanish national team) was voted best coach of a male team.Both winners finished equal in the end by one third of all votes each.The female team voting:Thorir Hergeirsson topped the ranking by 33 percent after leading the Norwegian women to their title defence at the Olympic Games in London and winning the silver medal at the European championship in Serbia in 2012.Second ranked by 27 percent was Danish born Morten Soubak, who’s Brazilian team made it to the Olympic quarter-final but lost the game there against Hergeirsson’s Norwegian team and who later-on led Brazil to another Pan-American title.Dragan Adzic finished on the “bronze rank” by 20 percent. He is the Montenegrin hero after a highly successful 2012: First his club team Buducnost Podgorica won the EHF Champions League, then the Montenegrin team first became Olympic silver medallist in London, before taking revenge against Norway to become European champion for the first time in December.2010 IHF World Coach of the Year, Frenchmen Olivier Krumbholz, finished fourth ranked by 13 percent ahead of Spanish national team coach Jorge Duenas (7 percent), who took the first ever Olympic women’s handball medal for his country,  winning bronze in London.The male team voting:Valero Rivera, who led Spain to their second ever World Championship gold medal in January 2013 in his home town Barcelona, received 33 percent of all votes and topped Claude Onesta (27 percent) by six percent.Onesta was the mastermind behind the Olympic gold medal for the French men, who defended their title in London.Third ranked by 20 percent was Dane Ulrik Wilbek, the defending title holder in this voting, who led the Danish men’s team to the silver medal at the 2013 World Championship in Spain.Boris Denic (Slovenia), who was the key for the first ever semi-final participation at a World Championship in January, finished fourth by 13 percent ahead of THW Kiel’s coach Alfred Gislason (7 percent), who won the triple (German league, German cup and EHF Champions League) in 2012.Profiles of the 2012 IHF World Coaches of the Year:Thorir Hergeirsson (Norway):Date of birth: 27 April 1964Nationality: IcelandicCareer: Assistant coach of the Norwegian women’s national team from 2001 to 2009, since 2009 head coach, before coach of men’s club team Elverum and women’s club teams Gjerpen and NaerboSuccess (as head coach): bronze medal at the 2009 World Championship, European champion 2010, World Champion 2011, Olympic champion 2012, European silver medallist 2012, IHF World Coach of the Year 2011Valero Lopez Rivera (Spain):Date of birth: 14 February 1953Nationality: SpanishCareer: first player, then for 21 years coach of FC Barcelona (1984-2005), since 2008 coach of Spanish national teamSuccess: World Champion 2013, 71 titles on club level with FC Barcelona, including five trophies in the Champions League, Olympic bronze medal 2008, World Championship bronze medal 2011 with SpainThe IHF World Coaches of the Year:Female teams:2009: Jewgeny Trefilov (Russia)2010: Olivier Krumbholz (France)2011: Thorir Hergeirsson (Norway)2012: Thorir Hergeirsson (Norway)Male teams:2009: Claude Onesta (France)2010: Claude Onesta (France)2011: Ulrik Wilbek (Denmark)2012: Valero Rivera (Spain)ARTICLE: IHF.INFO ← Previous Story Gyor wins PWC Handball Fiesta – Andrea Lekic MVP Next Story → IHF Super Globe 2013: Barca and Sahel at semis – HSV first victory handball coachesIHFThorir HergeirssonTOP Handballtop handball coachesValero Rivera read more

FRANCE 2017 TOP 5 saves led by Torbjorn Bergerud

Torbjorn Bergerud Torbjorn Bergerud, the new hero of Norwegian handball, which brought to the World’s Championship final by saving 7-meter shot of Croatian right wing Zlatko Horvat, “won” award for the BEST SAVE at France 2017 according to IHF TV platform.Here is TOP 5 saves of the fantastic event in France.PHOTO: France 2017 ← Previous Story Berge declines offer from SG Flensburg Handewitt! Next Story → Eight years without Marian Kozma

Meet the guy who earns 4 million a year by playing video

first_img16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change Source: PewDiePie/YouTubeTHIS IS ONE of the latest videos posted on YouTube channel PewDiePie.Do you find it particularly funny or compelling? No?Well, it has been watched by more than 2.3 million people. In fact, all of the videos on the channel have been seen by millions of people.PewDiePie is the most watched online video service on Google – beating out Miley Cyrus and other teen favourites such as One Direction.It is manned by one Swede, 24-year-old Felix Kjellberg who features in the videos, playing and reviewing video games.Currently, 27 million subscribers watch as he screams, makes funny noises and accents and laughs at the screen.And, according to a profile in the Wall Street Journal, it earns him about $4 million a year.The money comes from ad sales, of which Maker Studios, a producer of online content, takes a cut.Despite the partnership with Maker Studios, Kjellberg’s clips are still very much homemade. But quality isn’t really the point here.“What I and other YouTubers do is a very different thing, it’s almost like hanging around and watching your pal play games. My fans care in a different way about what they are watching,” he told the newspaper.Want more fun facts about the young millionaire? Reportedly, he dropped out of college and sold hot dogs to get by.And his channel was originally called PewDie – because pew is the sound of a laser gun on video games and when that happens, somebody usually dies. However, he had to add the Pie after he lost the password. Why Pie? No idea.Here is his most popular video. Be careful, there is lots of cussing. Source: PewDiePie/YouTubeWatch: Little boy learns one of life’s hardest lessons The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there last_img read more

HP Z1 crams a Xeon CPU pro graphics and a 27inch display

first_imgOver the years Geek.com has covered HP’s Z series of workstations a number of times. The Z marked a big step forward for HP on the design front, and a step away from one of the companies biggest fears: commoditization. It combined high-end design with HP’s established workstation formula and resulted in both an immediate hit and a much needed differentiation point from the likes of Lenovo and Dell (who were essentially sell the same computers with a lesser set of features). The Z series models, like the Z600, have been quietly doing their job for some time but now HP is back with more big news: the Z1 all-in-one workstation.You know the deal with workstations: lots of power crammed into a loud, big, dark grey tower. While that’s the essence of what they are, IT buyers are looking for much more, including ISV certification, expandability, reliability, serviceability, and portability (at times). You’d thing a lot of this runs counter to a workstation ever landing in the all-in-one form-factor, but HP seems to have worked out a way to make it possible. Just look at the image above — the Z1 folds down, flattening the 27-inch IPS display, and opens right up. This exposes the innards for maintenance and upgrades.And what goes inside the Z1? This can scale from a Core i3 system with integrated graphics (basically a consumer system) to a quad-core Xeon-powered workhorse with up to 32GB RAM (or 8GB ECC) and Nvidia Q4000M graphics. Other perks include a 1080p HD webcam, SRS sound, USB 3.0, Blu-ray, tool-less internal parts, and a 90% efficient PSU.On the expandability front you’d think the Z1 would be at its weakest, but it’s not terrible. There is no dual-CPU option but it does have four memory slots and four internal expansion slots (PCIe x16 full and three miniPCIe). The bigger hurdle will be storage — it can handle either two 2.5-inch drives or a single 3.5-inch one — and displays, where users have just a single Display Port to add on one more monitor.The Z1 will never be the beast that you can build a Z800 into but buyers will get workstation features in a handsome, quiet system that doesn’t require any more floor or desk space than a 27-inch monitor. For the majority of buyers — especially those handling workstation-lite duties, like photo editing and less intensive 3D work — the Z1 will be a great fit. If you’re doing serious geo-spatial work and crunching terabytes of data, you’ll still need a more conventional solution.The computer starts at $1899 and will be available in April.last_img read more

Hôpital grève des urgentistes le 7 septembre

first_imgHôpital : grève des urgentistes le 7 septembreFrance – SAMU-Urgences de France a déposé un préavis de grève pour participer à la journée nationale de mobilisation contre la réforme des retraites.Le syndicat des médecins urgentistes a annoncé hier sa volonté de manifester aux côtés des autres secteurs publics le mardi 7 septembre. Cette journée nationale de mobilisation s’organise en réaction au projet de loi sur la réforme des retraites. SAMU-Urgences de France veut que sa particularité soit prise en compte, et s’en explique dans une lettre à la ministre de la Santé, Roselyne Bachelot, demandant que “la pénibilité du travail de nuit soit reconnue et compensée par une intégration de ce facteur dans le calcul des retraites”.Par ailleurs, les médecins ont souhaité rassurer : SAMU-Urgences de France rappelle que ses membres, comme à leur habitude, sauront remplir leur devoir et veiller à la santé de leurs patients même s’ils sont en grève. La sécurité et les soins urgents seront prodigués par le personnel gréviste.Le 31 août 2010 à 10:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

LUE sengage à veiller sur les abeilles

first_imgL’UE s’engage à veiller sur les abeillesLes 27 Etats membres de l’Union européenne se sont engagés mardi à mieux surveiller et protéger les abeilles. Victimes d’une inquiétante surmortalité, elles sont indispensables à la diversité biologique et jouent un rôle primordial dans l’agriculture par la pollinisation.Face au phénomène de surmortalité qui décime depuis plusieurs années les colonies d’abeilles dans certains pays, les ministres européens de l’Agriculture se sont réunis à Bruxelles mardi. Ils se sont alors engagés à accroître la surveillance de ces insectes pollinisateurs, et à intensifier les recherches sur leurs maladies et les origines de leur surmortalité, rapporte 20 minutes.À lire aussiQuand 30 frelons japonais s’en prennent à un essaim de 30.000 abeilles (Vidéo)L’abeille “contribue à la diversité biologique et exerce une fonction essentielle dans l’agriculture par la pollinisation” ont rappelé les ministres dans un communiqué. “Il importe de se préoccuper de la santé des abeilles, dès lors que ces animaux délicats sont des indicateurs précoces des effets préjudiciables de la perte de biodiversité et de la pollution”, soulignent-ils. Afin d’améliorer la surveillance et développer les connaissances au sujet de la santé des insectes, les ministres européens de l’Agriculture prônent la mise en place rapide d’un laboratoire de référence. Il aurait alors pour mission de surveiller la mortalité des abeilles, de définir les méthodes d’analyse et de diagnostic des maladies dont elles souffrent, mais aussi de dispenser une formation aux experts afin de coordonner les techniques utilisées par les pays membres de l’UE.De nombreuses études sur la surmortalité des abeilles et ses possibles causes ont été publiées ces dernières années. Outre les pesticides et les différents parasites et maladies des insectes, un biologiste suisse vient de publier des travaux prouvant que les ondes électromagnétiques émises par les téléphones portables ont un impact considérable sur le comportement des abeilles (voir notre article).Le 19 mai 2011 à 10:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Gift helps push DiscoverOrg to goal

first_imgA large anonymous donation late Thursday helped push DiscoverOrg’s Finance Department over its $10,000 fundraising goal to benefit the Evergreen Public Schools Family and Community Resource Center.A donor gave $7,285 to the company’s online fundraiser on crowdrise.com, staff accountant Eric LaBrant, also a Port of Vancouver commissioner, said Friday. DiscoverOrg is also hosting a companywide fundraiser, including donations from all departments of money, clothing and toiletries.The Family and Community Resource Centers provide food and clothing assistance, school supplies, volunteer opportunities, employment services and other services to Evergreen families at all the district’s elementary school campuses.Vancouver-based DiscoverOrg provides data to companies to help them boost their sales.last_img read more

US home improvement organisation trials robotic exosuits for staff

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Musculoskeletal conditions, such as back ache or joint pain, can be a reoccurring health and wellbeing issue for employers and their staff, particularly in occupations that involve manual tasks, such as heavy lifting. US-based home improvement and hardware organisation Lowe’s has introduced a new tool to support its employees’ wellbeing as they lift and move products around its stores: wearable robotic suits.Four exosuits, which have been designed in conjunction with Virginia Tech, are currently being tested by the stocking team at Lowe’s Christiansburg store. The lightweight, wearable suits are designed to reinforce proper lifting techniques, and make lifting and moving heavy items easier in a bid to protect against muscle fatigue caused by repetitive movements.The suits achieve this by absorbing energy and then delivering it back to the exosuit-wearing employee. This means that staff members do not have to exert as much force to complete certain movements, such as picking up a bag of concrete or a five-gallon bucket of paint.The exosuits use carbon fibres in both the back and legs, which when stretched taut, act like a bow ready to shoot an arrow. This mechanism helps employees to more easily spring back up after picking up a heavy object.The idea for the robotic suits came from Lowe’s Innovation Lab, the organisation’s disruptive technology hub, and its work with science fiction writers. The Lab envisioned using technology to provide employees with special superpowers to help maximise their performance.The suits will be piloted over the coming months to assess their physical impact. Lowe’s will also conduct an employee engagement study to see how the exosuits affect employees’ experience at work.Kyle Nel, executive director at Lowe’s Innovation Lab, said: “Our employees ensure our stores are always ready for customers. As a way to support them, we found a unique opportunity to collaborate with Virginia Tech to develop one of the first retail applications for assistive robotic exosuits.”Dr Alan Asbeck, assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering, assistive robotics laboratory at Virginia Tech, who worked on the exosuits, added: “Over the past couple of years, human assistive devices have become an area of interest. But, our technology is different, not only because of the suit’s soft, flexible elements, but because we’re putting the prototype in a real world environment for an extended period of time.”Here at Employee Benefits, we think this certainly gives a whole new meaning to technology in the workplace. Being office-based, our heavy lifting requirements are a little thin on the ground, however the exosuit would definitely come in handy for our coffee run…last_img read more

Second attack on Imran in 24 hours

first_imgImran H Sarker. File photoGanajagaran Mancha spokesman Imran H Sarker and his followers have been attacked for the second time in 24 hours in the capital’s Shahbagh area.A group of miscreants launched attacks on Imran and his men on Friday, in same fashion they were attacked on Thursday.Imran, also the son-in-law of ruling AL leader and education minister Nurul Islam Nahid, alleged that a group of youths numbering about 15 chased him and his followers when they were walking on the footpath in front of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.He alleged the miscreants were carrying sticks in their hands and they also pelted brickbats on Imran and his followers.He, however, said none was hurt in the attack.Imran had filed a case with Shahbagh police station in connection with Thursday’s attack.Read more: Imran Sarkar attacked at Shahbaghlast_img read more

Supreme Court seems inclined to retain cross on public land

first_imgThe Associated Press TagsAmerican Humanist Association Bladensburg Cross homepage featured U.S. Supreme Court,You may also like The Associated Press,Load Comments,Catholic bishops, advocates meet to discuss response to Trump border policies Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: The Associated Press Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed inclined  to rule that a 40-foot-tall cross that stands on public land in Maryland is constitutional, but shy away from a sweeping ruling.The case the justices heard arguments in on Wednesday (Feb. 27) is being closely watched because it involves the place of religious symbols in public life. But the particular memorial at issue is a nearly 100-year-old cross that was built in a Washington, D.C., suburb as a memorial to area residents who died in World War I.Before arguments in the case, it seemed that the memorial’s supporters, including the Trump administration, had the upper hand based on the court’s conservative makeup and its decision to take up the matter. Even liberal justices Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer suggested that they could join a narrow ruling upholding this particular memorial.Kagan noted that the cross is a symbol linked with soldiers killed in World War I.“When you go into a World War I battlefield, there are Stars of David there, but because those battlefields were just rows and rows and rows of crosses, the cross became, in people’s minds, the pre-eminent symbol of how to memorialize World War I dead,” she said, adding that there are no religious words on the Maryland cross and that it sits in an area with other war memorials. She asked, “So why in a case like that can we not say essentially the religious content has been stripped of this monument?”Breyer, for his part, asked a lawyer arguing for the cross’ challengers what she thought about saying that “history counts” and that “We’re not going to have people trying to tear down historical monuments even here.”“What about saying past is past?” he said at another point during arguments conducted in a courtroom whose friezes include depictions of Moses and Muhammed and that began, as always, with the marshal’s cry: “God save the United States and this honorable court.”The cross’s challengers include three area residents and the District of Columbia-based American Humanist Association, a group that includes atheists and agnostics. They argue that the cross’s location on public land violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause, which prohibits the government from favoring one religion over others. They say the cross should be moved to private property or modified into a nonreligious monument such as a slab or obelisk. The group lost the first round in court, but in 2017 an appeals court ruled the cross unconstitutional.The cross’s defenders include The American Legion, which raised money for the monument, and Maryland officials who took over maintenance of the cross nearly 60 years ago to preserve it and address traffic safety concerns. Maryland officials say the cross, sometimes called the “Peace Cross,” doesn’t violate the Constitution because it has a secular purpose and meaning.Those defending the cross say a ruling against them could doom of hundreds of war memorials that use crosses to commemorate soldiers who died. Justice Samuel Alito picked up on that concern during arguments, telling American Humanist Association lawyer Monica Miller: “There are cross monuments all over the country, many of them quite old. Do you want them all taken down?”Miller said no, and she told the justices there are only between 10 and 20 monuments nationwide that are truly like Maryland’s cross.In the past, similar monuments have met with a mixed fate at the high court. On the same day in 2005, for example, the court upheld a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Texas state Capitol while striking down Ten Commandments displays in Kentucky courthouses.After those rulings and others the Supreme Court has been criticized for being less than clear in explaining how to analyze so-called passive displays, like Maryland’s cross, that are challenged as violating the Constitution’s establishment clause. In 1971 the court announced one test for such cases. It asks whether the government’s action has a secular purpose, advances or inhibits religion or fosters “an excessive government entanglement with religion.” But in the decades since, the court hasn’t consistently followed that test, and several former and current justices have criticized it.Justice Neil Gorsuch asked Wednesday if it wasn’t time to get rid of the test, saying it has resulted in a “welter of confusion.” Justice Brett Kavanaugh suggested that lower courts “need some clarity” from the Supreme Court.At the same time, several conservative justices sounded skeptical of a test advocated by Michael Carvin, a lawyer for The American Legion, who told the justices that what the Constitution was concerned with was religious coercion.Chief Justice John Roberts told Carvin that he was advocating “a pretty concise test” but that it deteriorates “pretty quickly into, well, I need to know about this and I need to know about that.”A decision in the case is expected by the end of June.___Jessica Gresko writes for The Associated Press. 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Monday Nov17th on First Edition

first_imgIn our first hour, we discuss The Maryland House of Delegates Pre-Session Hearing on Law Enforcement Reform with Delegates Curt Anderson and Jill Carter, as well as the AFRO‘s Roberto Alejandro and Fox 45‘s Stephen Janis. Also, we talk about Min. Louis Farrakhan’s upcoming trip to Baltimore with Min. Carlos Muhammad, Nation of Islam student minister.In our second hour, we analyze the media’s handling of the Bill Cosby rape allegations with Prof. Lamonte Sanders of Morgan State University. Plus, “Monday’s Inspiration” with Candice Denise, founder of the, “Soar High, Dream Big Movement.”last_img read more

Wishes galore for SRK on 50th birthday

first_imgCalling him a wonderful man and a great inspiration, celebrities like Salman Khan, Hema Malini and Karan Johar wished health and happiness to Shah Rukh Khan on his milestone 50th birthday.Many celebrities shared interesting anecdotes about working with Shah Rukh, while others took to social media to talk about how the actor inspired them to give their best in life.Salman, who has worked with SRK in films like Karan Arjun and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, said, “I wish him the best in life, I wish him good health, family and success and most amazing life. I would want whole family to be healthy.” Filmmaker Karan Johar wished the actor and credited him for turning him into a director with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.last_img read more