Seven years of supporting needy students

first_imgAimed at supporting meritorious and needy students for studying in undergraduate degree courses in recognised institutions in West Bengal, the Priyamvada Birla Scholarship and the Jaswant Singh Lodha Scholarship has been providing 24,000/- per year to 25 and five students, respectively. The scholarship amount is aimed at meeting their expenses for tuition fees, boarding and mess charges, and study material. The scholarships are valid for the entire duration of the selected course like B.A., B.Com, B. Sc, BBA, BCA, LLB, to name a few (not exceeding four years), provided the recipients maintain a certain academic standard. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThe Priyamvada Birla Scholarship was introduced by the Madhav Prasad Priyamvada Birla Apex Charitable Trust in 2013, and since then it has been providing scholarship to 25 students. In 2018, the Jaswant Singh Lodha Scholarship, instituted by the Lodha Charitable Trust, started providing scholarship to five students. Both the scholarships are executed by the South Point Education Society. Immediately after the Higher Secondary Examination results are announced, copies of the Scholarship application form, brochure/prospectus, poster informing the details of Scholarship, a comprehensive list of recipients of the last five years are sent to the schools affiliated to the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education and many other colleges and universities in West Bengal. There is only one application form for both the scholarships. All the documents are sent in both English and Bengali. Aspirants whose annual family income is less than 75,000 can apply by sending complete applications with all testimonials, supported by the recommendation letter of the head of the institution, where the students last studied, by post/courier by October 19, 2019.last_img read more

Alice Glass is finally telling her story

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment But Alice Glass wasn’t missing at all.“I was just alone in a hotel room, staring at the ceiling, reading the same book over and over again,” she says over the phone from Los Angeles, where she now lives.It wasn’t her choice to skip out on the interview.“It was somewhat of a band rule that I should remain mysterious and talk as little as possible,” she explains. “Although it was a band rule I didn’t come up with or particularly like.” This is not the first time Alice Glass has appeared on the cover of NOW. But it’s the first time she gets to tell her story.Back in 2008, Glass appeared on the cover as part of the Toronto electro-punk duo Crystal Castles. But only her bandmate, Ethan Kath, spoke. Glass was a no-show to the interview, and the article opened with the line “Alice Glass is missing.”At the time, it was seen as posturing, another diva move by a performer whose shadowy disposition was as much a part of the group’s standoffish image as its aggressive live shows. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Shoppers spend freely heading into the holidays

first_imgNEW YORK — Shoppers are spending freely heading into the holidays, but heavy investments and incentives like free shipping by retailers are giving Wall Street pause.Target Inc., Kohl’s Corp., Best Buy Co. and TJX Cos. all reported strong sales at stores opened at least a year. That’s a key measure of health for a retailer. Online sales also surged. Target reported a 49 per cent increase in online sales, which was better than expected.But shares of Target and the parent of TJ Maxx took a hit after reporting that their third-quarter profit results were squeezed by higher e-commerce costs. Kohl’s delivered strong third-quarter results, but it issued a cautious annual profit forecast. Best Buy, which has been on a winning streak, couldn’t win over investors even as it boosted its annual earnings guidance.“There are clearly a bit of two worlds. Everything we’re seeing about the consumer is very positive,” Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly told reporters on a conference call Tuesday. “Consumer confidence is at an all-time high…unemployment is incredibly low, wages are going up.”But, he cautioned, “The financial market can be a different picture and we’ll see how it evolves.”The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, is expecting holiday retail sales in November and December — excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants — to increase as much as 4.8 per cent over 2017 for a total of $720.89 billion. The sales growth marks a slowdown from last year’s 5.3 per cent, which was the largest gain since 2010. But the figure is still healthy and is the latest indication that the retail industry is far from an apocalypse that some feared only a year ago and a half ago. The growth forecast, which includes online sales, is slower than the average annual increase of 3.9 per cent over the past five years.Adobe Analytics, which analyzes visits to retail websites, predicts a 15 per cent increase in online sales to $124.1 billion in online sales for November and December.Still, retailers are facing a host of challenges. They’re grappling with an even stronger Amazon from a year ago, higher labour costs and surging online sales that are putting more pressure on their profit margins. Retailers are also monitoring the impact on tariffs that have been slapped on a variety of different goods imported from China, although holiday merchandise will likely not be affected because they’re already in U.S. warehouses. Any price increases could come starting early 2019.But so far, there seems to be no warning signs that the strong economic times will end anytime soon.“We continue to see a healthy consumer environment as we enter the fourth quarter,” Target CEO Brian Cornell said on a call with reporters. He noted there’s no indication that the consumer environment is slowing down.Retailers have been plowing money into their businesses, remodeling stores while trying to speed up online deliveries.Early last year, Target began a three-year plan to invest $7 billion in its stores and online operations. Kohl’s has been sprucing up its merchandise and is now allowing shoppers to return goods purchased through Amazon at 100 stores.Best Buy has shown resilience in the face of increasing online competition by allowing shoppers to test new technology, and offering speedier delivery options. It’s also been expanding its tech support services, including a free service in a couple hundred markets where salespeople visit customers at home to make recommendations on TVs, setup and more.Meanwhile, TJX, which operates T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods, has been bolstering its fashion business, resulting in a hefty 7 per cent increase in consolidated same-store sales in the quarter compared to a year ago. But higher freight costs took a bite out of profits.Despite the snag, “TJX’s overall success underlines the fact that even in a strong economy where disposable incomes are rising, consumers still enjoy getting a bargain,” wrote Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, a retail research firm.____Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Barely a month after super-storm, Cyclone Kenneth hits Mozambique

first_imgMaputo (Mozambique): A powerful cyclone smashed into northern Mozambique, leaving one person dead on Friday, barely a month after a super-storm hit the centre of the country, devastating the area and leaving hundreds dead. Category three Cyclone Kenneth, packing winds of 160 kilometres (100 miles) an hour, struck the north coast’s Cabo Delgado province late Thursday after swiping the Comoros islands. The United Nations warned of flash flooding and landslides as Mozambique’s emergency agency the INGC reported one person was killed by a falling coconut tree in the port city of Pemba, Cabo Delgado’s provincial capital. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USOn the tourist island of Ibo, 90 percent of homes for the 6,000 population had been flattened, according to a spokesman for the agency, Antonio Beleza. “I don’t expect to find my hotel undamaged,” said Swiss hotel owner Lucie Amr, who took refuge in Ibo’s fort alongside many local residents. The winds had reduced to about 70 kilometres an hour on Friday, according to the local meteorological institute, but heavy rains are forecast over the next 24 hours, raising fears of flooding and mudslides in Cabo Delgado, which borders Tanzania. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe UN World Food Programme (WFP) said over 600 millimetres (almost 24 inches) of rainfall was expected. That would be nearly double the amount accumulated in 10 days of rainfall that caused flooding in Beira, which was devastated during Cyclone Idai. The most powerful storm to strike the region in decades, Idai cut a path of destruction through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. It left more than 1,000 dead, causing damage estimated at around 2 billion (1.8 billion euros) “Although floodwaters have receded in most areas it (Idai)affected, access is still a challenge as infrastructure was severely compromised,” the WFP said. “This second cyclone is an additional blow for the people of Mozambique and bound to complicate the humanitarian response,” adding that it had already provided food aid to 1.3 million people after Idai. It said the government has made public buildings including schools available to people seeking shelter from the flooding and the WFP has “prepositioned” over 500 tonnes of food in Pemba. A helicopter is expected to arrived in Cabo Delgado when weather conditions allow as roads are expected to be impassable because of flooding, making food delivery difficult, it added.last_img read more

Ban urges UN rights council to rise above partisan posturing and review

12 December 2008The United Nations Human Rights Council marked the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in a special session today, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling on it to rise above “partisan posturing and regional divides” and review the record of every State. “We have come a long way since the Declaration”s adoption. But the reality is that we have not lived up to its vision – at least not yet,” Mr. Ban told the Council in Geneva. “Abject poverty, shameful discrimination and horrific violence continue to plague millions of people. As we mark this milestone, we must also acknowledge the savage inhumanity that too many people in our world must endure. There is no time to rest.“This Council can have a tremendous impact. But you, its members, must rise above partisan posturing and regional divides. One way to do this is with continued vigilance in carrying out the Universal Periodic Review, which assesses the human rights records of all States. The Council must address human rights abuses wherever they occur.”With children reading out articles of the Declaration in their national languages, Council President Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi said 60 years on, the text continued to be a living and relevant document for all, carrying its fundamental message to people everywhere in the world. Noting that the Declaration was born following the utter devastation of the Second World War, Mr. Ban stressed that the General Assembly was still adding to the human rights edifice with such texts as the recently adopted Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the treaty against enforced disappearances and the covenant enshrining the rights of the disabled.“The world did not adopt such an impressive list of human rights instruments just to put them on a shelf somewhere at the United Nations,” he said. “These should be living documents that can be wielded by experts who scrutinize country reports or assess individual complaints.”UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also stressed that the Declaration gave impulse to a wide and growing legal architecture as well as advocacy vehicles. Today, the principles it embodied had found an echo in the constitutions and laws of more than 90 countries, and dedicated international, regional and national mechanisms, including her Office and the Council, she said.Mr. Ban praised the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the media in helping to uphold human rights. “Courageous journalists have risked and lost their lives to report on threats against others. This anniversary is a milestone for them, too – a day on which to stress again the need for media to be free to do their job, and free of harassment, intimidation and worse,” he added.Speaking to the press later, Mr. Ban said that it is necessary and desirable that the United States takes part as a member of the Human Rights Council. “I would expect and hope that the next Administration will seriously and positively consider my call on this matter.”He also noted his recent conversations with President-elect Barack Obama and other US officials, saying that he expects the new Administration to be much more actively engaged with the UN on climate change, the anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and other issues on the world body”s agenda.In his message to the commemorative meeting, UN International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Juan Somavia said the Declaration placed respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms squarely in the context of the fight against poverty and the promotion of social progress. But its goals and aspirations still remained distant and unrealized for millions of working women and men worldwide, he stressed. The current economic turmoil required all the more a focus on ensuring respect for human rights.In another message to the session, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said fatality figures for the occupied Palestinian territory had surely to make the world question its commitment to upholding the right to life, the most fundamental of all rights. More than 500 Palestinians had been killed this year as a result of the conflict and 11 Israelis had lost their lives this year, she noted.The right to freedom of movement enshrined in the Universal Declaration also remained a distant hope for many Palestinians. With an estimated 10,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, the declaration that everyone had the right to liberty and security of person and that no one should be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment had a sad resonance today, she added.In Gaza, more than half of the population now lived below the deep poverty line. This was a humanitarian crisis, but one that was deliberately imposed by political actors. Overarching all these rights was the right of self-determination, a right of which Palestinians had been deprived through 60 years of exile and dispossessions, she declared. The chasm between word and deed was a matter of puzzlement to many Palestinians.“But this can be reversed and protection is the place to start,” she said. “Let us make the protection of Palestinian rights the byword of all our interventions. Let us make the vision of the signatories of the Universal Declaration a reality continued failure to do so is to our universal shame.”In New York renowned pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, a UN Messenger of Peace who will perform in a commemorative concert in the General Assembly on Monday with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra composed of Arab and Israeli youth, told a news conference that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could only be solved when each side accepted the rights of the other.“And our very modest project of the West-Eastern Divan is precisely that. It is not a political project, it is a human project that brings together people that already have something in common,” he said, noting that the performers would be Egyptian, Iranian, Israeli and Syrian. read more

New players in aid sector have role to play in development –

Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, told a high-level symposium in Helsinki, Finland, that philanthropists, foundations and other types of non-profit organizations are clearly “serious players that can help us achieve our goals, including the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals).”The MDGs are a series of targets – including slashing poverty, reducing maternal mortality, promoting basic education and protecting the environment – which world leaders agreed at a UN summit in 2000 to try to attain by 2015. In September, leaders will gather in New York to chart what progress has been made so far and where future efforts should be concentrated.A study by the UN found that the flow of money from private foundations and voluntary contributions has been rising in recent years, jumping from $7 billion in 2000 to $12 billion five years later, Mr. Sha said. That amounts to about 11 per cent of total official development aid (ODA) to needy countries.Mr. Sha said that the number of religious groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in the delivery of aid has also risen.But, speaking at the opening of the two-day symposium, he added that many of the newer participants need to be “better integrated into the overall development cooperation architecture to enhance coherence.”He called on governments and policymakers to “consider how the activities of these organizations could be better aligned with national priorities. Where and how can you foster more partnerships between them and government initiatives?”In his address the Under-Secretary-General also called for greater efforts to ensure that men and women benefit equally from the delivery of aid, noting that progress has so far been too slow in this area.The Helsinki symposium is being held as part of preparations for the 2010 Development Cooperation Forum, a biennial event that is slated to kick off at UN Headquarters in New York on 29 June. 3 June 2010Philanthropists and private foundations are playing an increasing role in providing development aid to poor countries, a senior United Nations official said today as he called on policymakers to work more closely with the new participants to try to reach globally agreed anti-poverty targets. read more

Former Postmedia exec Malcolm Kirk named new president of The Canadian Press

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 19, 2012 6:03 pm MDT Former Postmedia exec Malcolm Kirk named new president of The Canadian Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A former executive at Canada’s largest newspaper publisher has been named president of The Canadian Press, capping more than a year of restructuring and recovery at the national news agency.Malcolm Kirk, formerly executive vice-president of digital media with Postmedia Network Inc., was introduced Tuesday to staff members in Toronto and across the country during a video conference call.“I’m absolutely excited and optimistic about the future for The Canadian Press,” Kirk said during the meeting.“I truly believe that this organization — one that is built on quality content, speed, accuracy, integrity, fantastic journalism — is in a very, very unique position to be a partner in the transformation of media that’s taking place in this country, and beyond.”Kirk — a veteran of newspaper front offices in Vancouver, Calgary and San Francisco — replaces Jim Jennings and Neil Campbell, the co-architects of a strategic review last year that culminated in their being named co-presidents last September.In an interview, Kirk said his first priority will be to ensure the content and services provided by The Canadian Press are meeting the needs of its customer base.“What’s fundamental for any business that serves its customers is to understand their objectives very clearly, and that allows us as an organization to set our goals and strategies so they are in line with what our customers are looking for,” Kirk said.“We will be very proactive with our customers in understanding their goals, and then driving our business strategies to suit those of our customers.”Jennings and Campbell joined the news agency as emissaries of a new ownership group that includes the parent companies of the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and Montreal’s La Presse newspapers.The pair presided over a broad restructuring that brought with it staff reductions and a thorough search for new sources of revenue — as well as the return in May of Postmedia’s stable of newspapers after a five-year absence.Both Jennings and Campbell are resuming their careers at the Globe, the statement said.Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank, the co-chairman of the board of directors of Canadian Press Enterprises Inc., described Kirk as an excellent choice to lead the news agency into the future.“He is a proven leader with a passion for news and a distinguished record as a journalist and as a media executive who understands the needs and fast-changing environment for all forms of media outlets, including newspapers, television, radio and digital,” Cruickshank said.Fellow co-chairman Phillip Crawley, publisher and CEO of the Globe and Mail, praised Jennings and Campbell and the company’s management team for the “remarkable turnaround in CPE’s fortunes in the last 12 months.”“The board thanks them for creating such a firm foundation for future growth,” Crawley said. “Malcolm Kirk is very well qualified to lead The Canadian Press through the next stage of its evolution into a content creation company for the digital age.”The work Jennings and Campbell did in helping to put the company on a more secure financial footing allows the agency to focus more directly on generating new revenue opportunities, said Kirk.“With a lot of the work that’s been done over the last year in particular, Canadian Press is in a much stronger position,” he said.“I’m very optimistic about our fortunes … if we drive the right strategy to increase the range of products and services that can be provided.”Guy Crevier, president and publisher of La Presse, called the appointment “excellent news” for the company.“He has an impressive and diversified background in the Canadian and U.S. print journalism industry,” Crevier said.“His achievements in both the digital and traditional media, his extensive know-how and his knowledge of Canada’s media environment are definite assets that will enable The Canadian Press to strengthen its position as the country’s leading news agency.”Kirk, 44, joined Postmedia’s management team following that company’s own restructuring in July 2010, and was tapped with managing an impressive stable of digital newspaper websites, mobile and tablet applications.Prior to his digital media job, Kirk spent several years as a senior vice-president with Postmedia predecessor Canwest Publishing Inc.He has also served as both publisher and editor-in-chief of the Calgary Herald, executive editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and as managing editor of the Vancouver Province.The Canadian Press, which until 2010 operated as a non-profit co-operative that was owned by dozens of daily newspapers across Canada, has faced financial struggles in recent years — including the loss of some major media clients, Postmedia in 2007 for example, and problems with funding its pension plan.Long a fixture in Canadian newsrooms, where it is known simply as “CP,” The Canadian Press was created almost a century ago to provide the country’s newspapers with a wide selection of news reports from across the country and around the world.Over the years, the news agency expanded to include a broadcast and photo service and most recently, adopted a renewed focus aimed at online news and video.In 2010, CP became a privately owned for-profit company called Canadian Press Enterprises Inc., owned by the Globe, Toronto Star parent Torstar Corp. and Square Victoria Communications Group, the parent of La Presse publisher Gesca Ltee.Asked about dangers on the road ahead, Kirk pointed out that The Canadian Press has long depended on large clients who are themselves facing challenges as a result of the ever-changing media landscape.“We are all invested in each other’s success,” he said.“A large part of our business is brought to us by major newspaper, radio and television partners, and I think we need to be very conscious of the challenges they are facing in their businesses, and be ready — and proactive — in helping them to be successful.“That means, on our part, being much more proactive with them, and we will set our business strategies against what the needs of those customers are. I don’t think as a company that we should set our strategies in isolation; it’s important for us to really understand what those customers are looking for and build our plans around it.” read more

Last years hit summer sensation Under the Dome off to slow start

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A substantial number of the people who made CBS’ “Under the Dome” the surprise hit of last summer appear to have lost interest in the fate of the fictional town of Chester’s Mill, Maine.The second-season premiere of the show about a town placed under a mysterious dome, written by Stephen King, had 9.4 million viewers on June 30. That’s down from the 13.5 million who watched the series premiere in 2013, the Nielsen Co. said.CBS pointed out that when time-shifted viewing is taken into account — people who watched a recording of “Under the Dome” either a day or two afterward — the viewership increased to 13.2 million last week. Time shifting lifted last year’s premiere to 16.7 million.This week, the live viewership dropped even further to 7.7 million. Last year, the average live viewership of the series was 11.2 million.CBS debuted the second season on the week of July Fourth, traditionally the least-watched week of television each year, or close to it.Miley Cyrus attracted some attention by a parents group that called on NBC to edit Saturday night’s concert special so it would be appropriate for children. It didn’t seem to matter much; the Cyrus special drew only 2 million viewers, making it the 90th ranked prime-time show of the week.In fairness, concert specials often aren’t big draws. A Coldplay special in May on NBC had 1.6 million viewers, and Rihanna had 1.7 million for a special on Fox last year.CBS won the week in prime time, averaging 4.9 million viewers. NBC had 4.7 million, ABC had 3.7 million, Fox had 2.73 million, Univision had 2.7 million, Telemundo had 1.5 million and ION Television had 1.1 million.TNT was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.01 million viewers in prime time. USA had 1.93 million, the Disney Channel had 1.87 million, History had 1.65 million and Fox News Channel had 1.51 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.5 million, its 251st weekly win in a row. But it was also the closest competition since September 2012; ABC’s “World News averaged 7.4 million. The “CBS Evening News” had 5.7 million.For the week of June 30-July 6, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.14 million; “Under the Dome,” CBS, 9.41 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.59 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 8.13 million; “The Big Bang Theory” (Monday, 9:30 p.m.), CBS, 7.03 million; “Night Shift,” NBC, 6.87 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.479 million; “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 6.476 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 6.38 million; “The Big Bang Theory” (Monday, 9 p.m.), CBS, 6.37 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online: by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2014 2:38 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Last year’s hit summer sensation ‘Under the Dome’ off to slow start this season read more

Record number of small manufacturers plan to create new jobs

Record numbers of UK small manufacturers are looking to take on staff as recruitment confidence hits a three-year high.More than half of firms (54%) questioned by the Manufacturing Advisory Service’s (MAS) Barometer are looking to create new jobs, marking a 14% increase on the same period last year. This is the highest level of confidence in staff recruitment seen in the history of the report.Firms are looking to take advantage of new opportunities, including expansion and reshoring of supply chains in automotive, aerospace, and nuclear sectors.The MAS Barometer shares the views of over 800 small manufacturers across the UK, employing more than 24,000 people and realising turnover in excess of £3bn.Responses also reveal a record appetite for investment in new plant and machinery (59%) and in developing new technologies (52%).Business Minister Michael Fallon said, “Britain’s manufacturers are helping drive the UK economic recovery. Through our industrial strategy and economic plan, government will continue to work closely with this vital sector to ensure that confidence stays high, creating more highly-skilled jobs and a stronger economy for everyone.” Steven Barr, Head of MAS, commented, “We have seen consistent signs during the last twelve months that firms are ramping up capacity, in order to meet increasing orders and take advantage of work coming back to the UK.“This is the clearest signal yet that our manufacturers believe the upturn is sustainable. Three record figures for recruitment and investment in machinery and technology suggest many small manufacturers are planning for the long-term and, encouragingly, they are taking action now to manage future expansion.”With manufacturing volumes set for record levels in the next few years, UK automotive companies are investing billions of pounds per year in expanding production facilities. For a comprehensive guide to the UK’s thriving automotive sector, take a look at SMMT Motor Industry Facts 2014 .Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Grad students hone professional skills

Graduate students listen to Marilyn Rose during a professional development workshop in Pond Inlet.The Faculty of Graduate Studies had a successful kickoff to its new series of professional skills workshops for graduate students.About 70 graduate students attended the Nov. 2 workshop that focused on the art of communication. Other topics to be featured in the six-workshop series include: handling conflict working within team environments dealing with diversity in the workplace thinking entrepreneurially managing time and projectsThe workshop topics are generally accepted as “key competencies” that are vitally important to graduate students at a time when a growing number of career opportunities are being found outside the academy, said Mike Plyley, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies.“At the present time, positions in the academy are not as plentiful as they once were — our students are taking very different career paths,” he said. “Now, more than ever, we have to ensure that our students, in addition to being gifted researchers and scholars, are prepared to apply their knowledge, skills and training to the workplace environments of business, industry and government.”Plyley has recruited Professor Marilyn Rose, the former Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, to create and lead the Brock series during her administrative leave.“We are very pleased that Marilyn has made herself available for this new initiative,” Plyley said. “Her experience and passion for graduate education at Brock and across Ontario and Canada make her an ideal candidate to mentor and guide our students as they negotiate their future in a wide world of career opportunities.”The Brock workshops will coincide with a similar series that Rose is designing and delivering in her role as the recently named 2011-12 Traill Visiting Fellow at Catharine Parr Traill College, the home of Trent’s School of Graduate Studies in Peterborough, Ont.“We had an exceptional turnout for our first Brock session and there were lively discussions around the room,” said Rose. “This level of enthusiasm suggests that our graduate students see these workshops as a good starting point for developing professional skills. They recognize that organizations want to hire well-rounded individuals.”The next workshop in the series will be held on Dec. 7, 5 to 6:45 p.m., in Pond Inlet. The topic is “Managing Conflict: What to Do When Things Come Unglued.”Graduate students can register by contacting Stephanie McIntosh, special projects assistant, at smcintosh@brocku.caThey may also register now for the workshops that will continue in the winter term. The workshops are as follows: Jan. 11 — Effective Team Leadership: From Chaos to Creating the Conditions for Success, 4:30 to 6:45 p.m., TH 244 Feb. 1 — Navigating a Diversified World: Strategies for Inclusivity and Productivity, 4:30 to 6:45 p.m., Pond Inlet March 7 — The Entrepreneurial Mindset: Imagining and Creating Your Own Opportunities, 4:30 to 6:45 p.m., TH 244 April 4 — Managing Time/Managing Projects: Sane Approaches to a Fast-Forward World, 4:30 to 6:45 p.m., Pond Inlet• Read more about the workshops“As a new initiative, we will be inviting feedback and input from our graduate community on all aspects of this series as we want to ensure we are meeting the professional preparation needs of our students,” Plyley said.The workshop series is part of the Faculty’s Graduate Student Professional Development (GSPD) initiative that brings together services from across the campus to support our graduate students. The GSPD is comprised primarily of Brock University faculty, graduate students and academic support units interested in promoting and developing a broad range of academic and professional skills in graduate education.The GSPD partners include the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Education Technologies, the Graduate Students’ Association, Brock Research, Career Services, Experience Plus, James A. Gibson Library, Learning Skills Services (Student Development Centre) and International Services and Programs Abroad.• Get more information on professional development opportunities for graduate students read more

Serena Williams Gets Widespread Support After She Reveals Daughter

Serena Williams is back on the court at Wimbledon, but there’s a big milestone her daughter just had that caused the first-time mom to sob.“She took her first steps… I was training and missed it. I cried,” Williams tweeted Saturday, July 7 of Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.The post was a simple one but it drew lots of responses from fans, including other moms who were in the same boat at the 23-time Grand Slam winner.“It doesn’t count until mommy sees it. Nothing counts until mommy sees it.”“She is practicing so you can see the real ones. ❤,” fellow celebrity mom Chrissy Teigen tweeted.“You didn’t miss it, mommy. You facilitated it. Your child still lives right there. Make those happy tears & I mean it.”“Ah, Serena. I’m with you there. I’m in Russia at a World Cup. I watched mine take her first steps on a video 😓. She’ll be proud of you when she grows up (I have to keep telling myself).”“I missed a bunch of firsts while I was at work. I hear ya, mama. It’s not easy. But our girls see us out there grinding + living our dreams and that’s got to mean something. Good luck in London — my daughter and I are both rooting for you! ❤”“I took my 1st child all the way to Israel on a trade mission. During a meeting, I heard cheering out in the waiting area … Yup, staff and husband and assorted strangers saw her 1st steps. It all turns out okay. #workingmomsrock.”This isn’t the first time Williams has been candid about tearful mommy moments. When it came time to start shedding the baby weight, Williams realized she was having a difficult time despite working out and following a vegan-only diet.“I feel like everyone says, ‘You’re so thin when you breastfeed,’” she told reporters at a Sunday press conference. “What I’ve learned through the experience — everybody is different, every person is different, every physical body is different. For my body, it didn’t work, no matter how much I worked out, no matter how much I did, it didn’t work for me.”So, Williams sat down, spoke to Olympia and got emotional.“I literally sat Olympia in my arms, I talked to her, we prayed about it,” she said. “I told her, ‘Look, I’m going to stop. Mommy has to do this.’ I cried a little bit, not as much as I thought I was. She was fine.” read more

Former soldier to be charged with murder of teenage boy shot dead

MPs and peers expressed concern that another former Soldier is to be charged with legacy offences from Northern Ireland.General The Lord Dannatt questioned why Soldier B is to be prosecuted, given decisions not to charge Soldier B were taken in 1973, 2008 and 2016.He told the Telegraph: “We quite rightly say that if wrongdoing has occurred it must be investigated, charges laid and a prosecution carried forward.“But that was presumably done at the time. I am concerned that 47 years later we think we know more than we did then. This has concerning implications for other soldiers who opened fire during the course of the Troubles.” “Particular consideration was given to Soldier B’s ill health.”In line with our Code for Prosecutors, I have concluded, given the seriousness of the charges, that the public interest test for prosecution is also met.A statement from the Hegarty family said: “We understand that the criminal process must now be allowed to take its own course. We will respect that in the same way we have respected the legal process that has brought us to this day.“We wish ‘Soldier B’ no ill will. We have not, and do not, seek revenge or retribution. We just want the criminal trial process to begin.“We have waited long enough for this day of justice, for Daniel. We know from the support of others, that it is never too late for justice not only being seen to be done, but being seen to be believed”.The Telegraph understands that Karen Bradley, the Minister for Northern Ireland, is looking into a ‘presumption of non-prosecution’ after 10 years, and is hoping to get approval for such a move from the International Criminal Court.Ms Bradley is understood to be working on a comprehensive set of proposals to safeguard Service personnel, to be included in the forthcoming Queen’s speech. The House of Commons Defence Select Committee has previously recommended to the government that a Statute of Limitations coupled with a truth recovery process is the best way of dealing with legacy issues from the Troubles.The PPS said that of the 26 legacy cases it has taken decisions on since 2011, alleged offences involving republican paramilitaries accounted for half. Of these, eight were prosecuted, securing two convictions. The remaining cases are either still active or have been discontinued.Four prosecutions have been brought against loyalist paramilitaries, with two convictions to date. There are five outstanding cases against former Army personnel.A Government spokesperson said: “We note today’s decision taken by the Northern Ireland Public Prosecution Service, and we will offer full legal and pastoral support to the individual affected.” Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley faces the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on March 27, 2019.  Bob Seely, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said: “In the understanding of the peace process, what happened in the past should stay in the past. If not, the decision not to prosecute former members of the IRA jars with a lot of people in the country.”Last year the Hegarty family won the right to seek the prosecution of the soldier after the High Court quashed a PPS decision not to bring criminal charges against him.Director of the PPS Stephen Herron said: “Following the ruling of the Divisional Court last year I conducted a review of this case.”I have given careful consideration to all of the available evidence.”This has included material obtained in the course of the initial investigation, by a later investigation carried out by the Historical Enquiries Team, material generated by inquest proceedings and a number of expert forensic reports, the most recent of which was provided after the court ruling in 2018.”I have concluded that the evidence which can be presented at court is sufficient to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction and that the evidential test for prosecution is met.”As with all cases, I have also carefully considered whether the public interest requires prosecution through the courts. 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. A former soldier is to be prosecuted for the murder of a teenage boy who was shot dead in Northern Ireland in 1972, prosecutors have announced.Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service (PPS) said the veteran, identified as Soldier B, will face the charge of murdering 15-year-old Daniel Hegarty.He was shot and killed by a member of an Army patrol on duty in the Creggan area of Londonderry on July 31 1972, during what was known as Operation Motorman.Daniel died after being shot twice in the head.Soldier B will also be charged with wounding with intent after Daniel’s cousin Christopher Hegarty, then aged 17, was also shot and injured in the incident. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley faces the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on March 27, 2019. Credit:House of Commons/PA read more

Three former ministers indicted for land scandal

first_imgThree former ministers in the Karamanlis government have been indicted by the Greek Parliament over their involvement in the Vatopedi land scandal.Former Deputy Economy and Finance minister Petros Doukas, former Agriculture minister Evangelos Basiakos and former Deputy Agriculture minister Alexandros Kontos are accused of assisting the Vatopedi monastery to exchange its low value lands, including Lake Vistonida, with the state’s prime real estate.Greek parliamentarians agreed that three former ministers should face charges of breach of faith.The indictment was decided by parliamentary vote, following a lengthy discussion from which the New Democracy parliamentarians abstained. Charges against two further former Ministers – Voulgarakis and Roussopoulos – were voted down.The three defendants will appear before a special judiciary council, consisting of judges from the Supreme Court and the Council of State, which will decide whether the statute of limitations has expired.All five former ministers have denied any wrongdoing.The case, known as the Vatopedi scandal, centred on the wealthy 1,000-year-old monastery on Mount Athos received prime, state-owned property in exchange for cheap rural land.The government lost more than 100 million euros in the land- exchange which served to settle the monastery’s land claims.The current government has also launched legal action against the monastery, seeking 10 million euros in damages. An Athens court is expected to discuss the lawsuit in January. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Cancer du colon les fruits à coques aideraient à diminuer la mortalité

first_imgCancer du colon : les fruits à coques aideraient à diminuer la mortalitéSelon une étude récente, les personnes atteintes d’un cancer du colon de stade 3 qui mangent régulièrement des fruits à coques pourraient voir les risques de récidives d’un cancer et de mortalité baisser. Maxisciences vous expliqueUne étude a suivi 826 participants dans un essai clinique durant 6 ans et demi après que les patients aient été traité avec une chimiothérapie ou suite à une opération. Ceux qui mangeaient au moins une fois par semaine 50 grammes de fruits à coques ont vu une augmentation de 42% des chances de ne pas voir un retour de la maladie et une augmentation de 57% des chances de survie. Les noix, un aliment sous-estiméÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Charles Fuchs, directeur du centre dédié au cancer à l’université de Yale et l’un des responsables de cette étude explique que la consommation d’amandes, de noix, de noix de cajou et de noix de pécans aurait de réels effets bénéfiques pour les malades atteints d’un cancer du colon de stade 3. “Ces découvertes vont de pair avec d’autres études qui ont découvert qu’avoir une activité physique, garder un poids sain, et ne pas manger trop de sucre et de boissons sucrées donnaient plus de chances aux malades” explique Temidayo Fadelu, un autre responsable de cette étude. À consommer sans modération De nombreuses autres études ont déjà tiré la conclusion que les fruits à coque était excellents pour la santé, ils peuvent aider à réduire la résistance à l’insuline, une maladie qui augmente le taux de sucre dans le sang et a souvent pour conséquence un diabète de type 2. Les fruits à coque sont aussi d’excellent coupe-faim.Le 2 mars 2018 à 17:46 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more

Clark County Council delves into marijuana

first_imgMarijuana is a gateway drug that’s associated with violent crime. But kids in Washington aren’t using the drug at higher rates since it was legalized and it has no conclusive link to mental illness.Those were two of the claims made respectively by local law enforcement and the county’s public health officer at a Clark County Council work session Wednesday morning. Although Washington voters legalized cannabis in 2012, Clark County passed a ban on recreational cannabis businesses in the unincorporated areas two years later.The county council previously reconsidered the ban, but backed off last year. After the council’s composition changed following November’s elections, the council is again moving toward lifting the ban.Councilors Temple Lentz, Julie Olson and John Blom have expressed varying degrees of openness to lifting the ban while council Chair Eileen Quiring has opposed it. Councilor Gary Medvigy, who was appointed to the council in January, said after the meeting that he’s undecided.As the council has weighed the question, it’s considered how lifting the ban would affect youth, law enforcement and social services. All these topics were considered during the work session. At the end, no councilor seemed to have changed positions as the county moves forward, which will likely involve another work session on planning and zoning, followed by a public hearing.last_img read more

Officials Relaunch Effort to Add Mare Island to National Park System

first_imgThe city of Vallejo, Calif., and the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation have rekindled their bid to add the 161-year-old Mare Island Naval Shipyard to the national park system.Incorporation into the National Park Service would prevent the shipyard’s historic structures from falling into disrepair and keep shipyard artifacts from being scattered across the country, according to the foundation.The effort to integrate the historic sections of the shipyard, located in the northeastern portion of the San Francisco Bay area, into the park system began after the site was designated for closure in 1993, according to Dennis Kelly, a project manager for the foundation. In 2011, the National Park Service turned down such a request over concerns about the cost of repairs needed by the site’s historic resources and the ongoing cleanup, rather than its lack of suitability.A park service study of the proposal concluded that there are “no other sites that tell the story of the development of naval facilities on the West Coast over the period of history covered by Mare Island Naval Shipyard.”The park service previously had said preserving the shipyard’s historic resources should be one of the highest priorities in planning for the site’s reuse, Kelly said.Mare Island was established in 1854 as the first naval base on the West Coast. Its primary mission was to build, maintain, and repair Navy ships and submarines. More than 500 ships were built there before its closure in 1996.Incorporating Mare Island into the park system would support Vallejo’s effort to boost tourism by promoting its naval heritage. The foundation has preserved and maintained historical buildings at the shipyard, but the group is looking for the National Park Service to step in to provide additional resources, Kelly said.Lennar continues to redevelop Mare Island, a National Historic Landmark, according to a plan calling for 1,400 homes, 7 million square feet of commercial and industrial space, and recreational areas. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Tesla rolls out Dog Mode Sentry Mode to keep your car and

first_img More From Roadshow Electric Cars Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 3 Tesla The other update is Sentry Mode, which is intended to provide a little more security when a Tesla is parked. When the car is set to Sentry Mode, it will display a warning on the car’s infotainment system if a “minimal threat” is detected. For a more severe security issue, such as someone breaking a window, Sentry Mode will sound the car’s alarm and begin playing music through the audio system at full volume, as well as alerting the car’s owner via the Tesla smartphone app. (Tesla doesn’t specify what music will be played, but hopefully it’s something loud and attention-getting, rather than, say, soothing classical.)In addition, when Sentry Mode is triggered, the car will retain recorded footage from its built-in cameras for the 10-minute period prior to the alarm activation. The footage can be downloaded onto a USB stick, presumably for sharing with your insurance agency or local law enforcement.It’s worth noting that Sentry Mode is not automatically activated. Owners must choose the option every time they park the car and want to use it. The software update is rolling out to Model 3 sedans today, and will soon become available on Model S and Model X vehicles built after August 2017.There’s one final safety and security upgrade that Tesla announced today. The car’s built-in dashcam function will now also record video from the car’s side-mounted cameras, in addition to the forward-facing camera. That could provide even more evidence for an insurance claim after a car accident, for instance. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Comments 50 Photos Tesla is rolling out new software features designed to help drivers of its electric cars keep their dogs safe, as well as their vehicles. CEO Elon Musk had hinted at the arrival of the Dog Mode and Sentry Mode functions earlier this week, and now both offerings are official.Keep your furry friends cool and happy while you run into the store. Tesla Dog Mode is designed for owners who might want to leave their furry companion inside a car — while running an errand, for instance — without risking the dangers of overheating cars. To use the feature, drivers pull up the car’s climate control options, select Keep Climate On and choose the Dog setting, then set a temperature preset. The Tesla will then keep the car’s cabin at a safe temperature while showing a message on the infotainment system so that passersby don’t worry about Fido’s health.Running the climate control while the car is parked will of course use some battery charge, so Tesla says that owners will receive an alert on their mobile app if the car’s battery drops to 20 percent charge while using Dog Mode. Tesla also notes that drivers should check if there are any local laws prohibiting leaving a dog in the car before using the function. Dog Mode builds on Tesla’s existing Cabin Overheat Protection function, which can activate the climate control to prevent the inside of the car getting dangerously hot to keep animals or children safe. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tesla Share your voicelast_img read more

Heres what associates Peshmerga forces with India

first_imgIn what is telling about the universality of Indian spiritual techniques in mind training, 400 members of the Peshmerga forces, who took on the ISIS in Iraq, underwent The Art of Living programme. In the programme, they were trained in deep breathing techniques like Sudarshan Kriya (a powerful rhythmic breathing technique cognized by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, practised by over 450 million people world over), pranayamas and Yoga along with other life tools to handle the mind, enhance clarity, calmness, and alertness.”We got permission from Brigadier Ramadan Shily to enter the Peshmerga platoon to train them in the Happiness Program,” said Mawahib Shaibani, Country Director of International Association for Human Values, sister concern of The Art of Living, Iraq, who has received her training in trauma and stress relief workshops and rehabilitation at the Art of Living International Center in Bengaluru.”They reported amazing experiences of feeling peace even though they are in the midst of a conflict zone. They felt happy and well rested by the end of the training. Some of them want to become trainers now, to be able to share this transformative knowledge,” Mawahib said. The 400 Peshmerga forces personnel being trained, secure the border area in Suhaila between Syria, Turkey and Northern Iraq (Kurdistan).This is not the first time the Bengaluru-based NGO has had rehabilitative engagement in the region. The organization has been working actively with the genocide facing the Yezidi community. In 2014, Sri Sri was one of the very few global leaders to draw attention to the Yezidi genocide and send help, rescuing and rehabilitating almost 2,500 Yezidi women captured by ISIS.The Art of Living previously facilitated a Community Leadership Training Program (CLTP) and Life Skills and Resilience-Building program was taught to 500 community members, reaching women and girls who were survivors of violence, raising their awareness of local resources.In Iraq, 50,000 people have undergone life skills and trauma relief programs facilitated by the organisation. Over 6,000 Iraqi women have been provided with vocational training. More than 200 peace ambassadors have been trained to provide trauma relief to those affected.More than 1,50,000 war survivors, including child soldiers in Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, the Balkans, and Afghanistan, have benefited from trauma relief programmes.last_img read more

New study finds stars in metalrich galactic areas explode more violently

first_img( —A team of researchers working in China has found evidence to suggest that stars that exist in metal-rich galactic areas tend to explode more violently when they go supernova, than do stars that explode in less metal-rich areas. In their paper published in the journal Science, describing their research, the team details how after analyzing data from the remnants of 188 type 1a supernovas, they found that those stars that existed in metal-rich areas and maybe in younger systems, tended to produce more violent explosions and associated diverse spectral features. Citation: New study finds stars in metal-rich galactic areas explode more violently (2013, March 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Supernova progenitor found? Explore further This is the remnant of a supernova. Credit: NASA/MPIA/Calar Alto Observatory, Oliver Krause et al. © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: Evidence for Two Distinct Populations of Type Ia Supernovae, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1231502ABSTRACTType Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) have been used as excellent standardizable candles for measuring cosmic expansion, but their progenitors are still elusive. Here, we report that the spectral diversity of SNe Ia is tied to their birthplace environments. We find that those with high-velocity ejecta are substantially more concentrated in the inner and brighter regions of their host galaxies than are normal-velocity SNe Ia. Furthermore, the former tend to inhabit larger and more-luminous hosts. These results suggest that high-velocity SNe Ia likely originate from relatively younger and more metal-rich progenitors than normal-velocity SNe Ia, and are restricted to galaxies with substantial chemical evolution. Scientists have come to believe that supernovas come about in a process that involves a white dwarf. But because a single white dwarf isn’t large enough to set off an explosion, they believe a second star must be involved as well—either another white dwarf as a binary system or via accretion of material by a companion star. Researchers can’t tell using current methods which was involved when studying particular supernovas. In this new effort, the researchers believe they might have found a way to do so.By studying and comparing the spectral features of 188 type 1a supernovas and the galactic geography of the area in which they exploded, the researchers discovered what they believe is a pattern that they claim hints at the nature of the progenitor star that led to the explosion—those in metal-rich areas tended to produce more violent explosions. This suggest it’s more likely that the more violent explosions are the result of a white dwarf pulling mass from a companion star—one similar to our own, or perhaps a red giant—than the result of a binary white dwarf system exploding.Understanding the nature of supernovas is critical to understanding the universe in general, as they are used to measure distances between objects—such measurements have led to the discovery that the universe is expanding, for example. For that reason, it would be helpful to know which sorts of stars lead to their creation and why they behave the way they do when they explode. This new research appears to be one more step in that direction. Journal information: Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Best of Last Week – Tricking the uncertainty principle how brains work

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In the biological sciences, a team of neuroscientists showed how the brain works during meditation, and it apparently does so in different ways depending on which type of meditation you’re doing. Another team has found the brain’s response to sexual images is linked to the number of sexual partners. It seems the more real-world sexual encounters with different people a person has, the more strongly they react to sexual imagery—a find that just might cause advertisers to react.It’s also been a good week for technology as researchers developed an ultra-fast bionic arm that can catch objects on the fly. It sits there waiting, then reacts in less than a second, manipulating its parts to allow it to catch all manner of objects, from tennis rackets to soda bottles. Very impressive. Also, Power Japan Plus announced a dual carbon battery that charges 20 times faster than current lithium ion batteries—it’s made mostly of carbon grown from cotton fibers and doesn’t overheat. Maybe electric cars will be the wave of the future after all. And speaking of the future, operation of the longest superconducting cable worldwide started—engineers in Essen, Germany are laying down the cable between two power transformers in the city, it transports five times more power than conventional lines and is far more efficient.And finally, sadly, it appears that drinking wine and eating chocolate won’t keep you alive longer as diets rich in antioxidant resveratrol fail to reduce deaths, heart disease or cancer—the study by a team at John’s Hopkins University found that anecdotal evidence of health benefits from the chemical were completely misguided. Sad, very sad indeed. Citation: Best of Last Week – Tricking the uncertainty principle, how brains work during mediation and bad news for resveratrol (2014, May 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Power Japan Plus announces dual carbon battery that charges 20 times faster than current lithium ion batteries Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) image of graphene on Ir(111). The image size is 15 nm × 15 nm. Credit: ESRFcenter_img Explore further © 2014 ( —It’s been an exciting week in physics, first, scientists discovered how to turn light into matter after 80-year quest at Imperial College in London—turns out, Breit and Wheeler were right when they suggested back in 1934 that all it would take would be smashing two photons together. Another team of physicists showed unlimited heat conduction in graphene—they’ve demonstrated via simulations and experiments that the temperature conductivity of graphene deviates depending on the size of samples. Also, a team of researchers at CalTech has found a way of tricking the uncertainty principle—taking measurements that go beyond the limits imposed by quantum physics. And in a spectacular feat of applied physics, a one-nm-thick graphene engine mimicking a two-stroke engine has been developed by a team of researchers at the National University of Singapore. Instead of a piston, a spot on a sheet of graphene is heated till it blisters, then is allowed to cool so it goes flat again—over and over.last_img read more