La dette à long terme de la province a été relativement stable et a même connu une certaine amélioration au cours des dernières années, mais la Nouvelle-Écosse continue d’assumer un fardeau de dette plus élevé par habitant, par rapport au PIB, que la plupart des régions semblables au Canada atlantique et dans l’Ouest du Canada, selon le vérificateur général de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Dans son rapport publié aujourd’hui 18 janvier, Jacques Lapointe souligne que la dette de la province est le résultat de plusieurs décennies de décisions prises par le gouvernement visant à dépenser plus d’argent qu’il n’en gagnait, soulevant ainsi des problèmes critiques du point de vue de la responsabilité et des enjeux d’ordre moral. Lorsque les dépenses actuelles sont financées par une dette future, les décisions liées aux dépenses ne tiennent pas compte des décisions difficiles liées à la collecte des fonds nécessaires pour financer les services et les programmes, selon M. Lapointe. « Les gouvernements qui prennent ces décisions en matière de dépenses ne sont pas responsables devant les Néo-Écossais qui, dans le futur, devront payer, dit-il. Des enjeux d’ordre moral sont soulevés. Est-il acceptable pour les gouvernements d’aujourd’hui de décider de dépenser plus d’argent qu’ils ne gagnent, pour leur avantage à court terme, et de reporter les coûts dans un avenir lointain? Est-il acceptable pour les Néo-Écossais de s’attendre à recevoir des services pour lesquels ils ne paient pas, en reportant les paiements aux générations futures qui ne jouent aucun rôle dans ces décisions? » Le vérificateur général souligne qu’il y a très peu de cas où le gouvernement peut légitimement dépenser au-delà de ses moyens, par exemple en cas d’urgence ou de catastrophe, d’emprunt pour des projets à grande échelle qui ne pourraient pas avoir lieu autrement ou de maintien des services pendant une courte période de ralentissement économique. Il dit que les risques associés à la dette du gouvernement devraient être mieux compris, et que les questions d’ordre moral soulevées par les emprunts excessifs et le fardeau placé sur les générations futures exigent une plus grande considération. Le rapport du vérificateur général à l’Assemblée législative sur les questions financières inclut un certain nombre d’indicateurs sur la viabilité de la situation financière de la province. Les indicateurs de viabilité mesurent la capacité du gouvernement de maintenir des programmes et des services tout en s’acquittant de ses obligations envers ses créditeurs sans augmenter sa dette ou les impôts. Le vérificateur général affirme que la dette de la province épuise les ressources actuelles et futures et limite la capacité du gouvernement de faire des choix au sujet des services. L’augmentation de la dette peut menacer la viabilité des programmes et des services gouvernementaux. La dette de la Nouvelle-Écosse se chiffre maintenant à 12,8 milliards de dollars et coûte 861 millions de dollars par année en intérêts. Ce chiffre correspond à neuf cents sur chaque dollar gagné par la province. Bien que les frais d’intérêts aient diminué comme pourcentage du revenu, la Nouvelle-Écosse continue de dépenser une plus grande portion de son revenu en intérêts que la plupart des régions comparables. M. Lapointe a également fait rapport sur le rendement du gouvernement dans la mise en œuvre des recommandations financières précédentes formulées par son bureau. Le taux de mise en œuvre global de ces recommandations se chiffre à 66 p. 100, ce qui est, à son avis, toujours trop faible. De plus, un certain nombre de recommandations n’ont pas été mises en œuvre depuis plusieurs années. L’une des recommandations de longue date est la consolidation appropriée des prévisions en matière de revenus de la province pour inclure les revenus externes des organismes. Pendant des années, le gouvernement a refusé de procéder à la mise en œuvre de cette recommandation, et le vérificateur général a dû exprimer une opinion avec réserve sur l’exactitude des prévisions en matière de revenus dans le budget. Un consultant embauché par le gouvernement pour résoudre le problème a recommandé l’ajout d’une annexe comme simple solution. « Nous recommandons que des mesures soient prises dans le budget de 2012-2013 afin que nous puissions exprimer une opinion sans réserve au sujet des prévisions en matière de revenus, » a exprimé M. Lapointe. D’autres problèmes soulevés par le vérificateur général incluent le besoin d’un certain nombre d’améliorations aux contrôles internes, le besoin d’évaluations ministérielles des risques liés aux rapports financiers et les lacunes continues non corrigées en matière de rapports comptables et financiers par les organismes, conseils et autres organisations externes au gouvernement. Le rapport intégral du vérificateur général peut être consulté, en anglais seulement, au www.oag-ns.ca.
It will take several months to distribute the more than $9.1 million raised so far for the victims of a fatal bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos, says the platform hosting the online crowdfunding campaign — the largest ever in Canada.More than 100,000 donors in 65 countries have contributed to the GoFundMe campaign — ranked among the five most successful campaigns ever on the platform — with donations ranging from $5 to $50,000 coming from individuals, families, sports teams and multinational corporations.A spokeswoman for GoFundMe declined to say whether the money would be dispersed only among the families of the 16 people who died after a bus carrying a junior hockey team collided with a truck last week, or if it would also go to the 13 others who were injured.“It’s still too soon for that level of detail and the distribution of funds will take time to organize,” Rachel Hollis said in an email. “We will ensure the Humboldt Broncos have all the support they need.”A campaign of that scale presents logistical challenges, which GoFundMe said it’s still working through.“This will likely be a process that’ll take several months,” Hollis wrote. “We’ll move as quickly as possible, but in the wake of a tragic and complicated event these things unfortunately take several months to fully resolve.”GoFundMe said it has safeguards in place to ensure the money goes to the right place, including transferring funds directly to the beneficiary of the campaign, rather than its organizer.The campaign was organized by Sylvie Kellington, a Humboldt woman whose son played for a youth version of the team, and the beneficiary is “Broncos team officials,” Hollis said, noting that the money will eventually make its way to the families of Broncos players, as promised on the fundraising page.If questions arise, GoFundMe has a “Trust and Safety team” that will hold the funds until the beneficiary is verified “to our satisfaction,” the company said in a statement.“And, it’s important to remember that our platform is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means that in the rare case that GoFundMe, law enforcement or a user finds campaigns are misused, donors will get refunded,” the company said.In addition to the massive online fundraiser, some used other avenues to contribute money to the cause.For instance, Saskatchewan hockey officials announced an assistance program for players and their families following the crash. The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League said Monday that the fund will provide mental health help for everyone involved in its dozen teams across the province, including the Humboldt Broncos.The money to fund that program had to be raised separately from the online fundraiser, given GoFundMe’s policies that prevent money from going to beneficiaries that weren’t named in the initial campaign.At another fundraising campaign in Maple Creek, Sask., held by the conservation group Ducks Unlimited Canada Sunday, a set of luggage was donated and auctioned off 13 times, raising $5,000.“The fella that bought the luggage … said, ‘I’d like to donate it back and I’d like it resold with all the money going to the Broncos,’” said Alan Smith of Ducks Unlimited.“It sold again and the fella that bought it said, ‘I’d like to donate it back,’ and then it happened again and again and it ended up selling 13 times,” he said. “It was really quite incredible.”—With files by Peter Goffin
Fez – As the 22nd annual Fes Festival Of World Sacred Music is set to begin once again in Fes, the city will be poised to host a number of concerts and musical performances to pay tribute to female founders across Morocco and the world. Lalla Fes, a story set to music, will juxtapose the exquisite yet mysterious splendor of the city of Fes with the warm and unconditional love of a mother. The reading will bring the audience from the 8th to the 21st century or through 14 centuries of history through the eyes of Fes herself, a nurturing and affectionate mother, only focused on the well-being of her dear children who both suffer and strive throughout the years.The story will take the audience on a historical journey across the decades and dynasties that passed through this renowned city. The Fes “medina”, Arabic for city, personified as a woman, or “Lalla” in Moroccan Arabic, gives listeners a chance to familiarize themselves with the various layers of history and culture of Fes. British playwright, Kay d’Astorg, who spends her time between Paris and Fes, wanted to share the rich history of Fes while at the same time paralleling the traits of the city with the traditional characteristics of a mother. “In view of the difficult period we have experienced in France over the past year, I grasped at the chance to write a story about Fes, the city I have come to love and appreciate. I hope that my text will give those that read it, or better still see it performed, the desire to discover this magical city for themselves,” d’Astorg said.Live music will accompany the reading and will be performed by local Fes musician Hamza El Fasiki, who will play the traditional sounds of the oud to bring the audience back to the historic ages of old Fes.The story will be narrated by Anglo-French actress, Patty Hannock, who performed in d’Astorg’s piece Once Upon A Time…..Hassan Al Wazzan/Leo Africanus, during the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music last year. Hannock said she was thrilled to be performing in Fes once again, “Simply grateful to be here again this spring. And eager to bring Kay’s vivid and concise description of Fez to life, with Hamza’s delicate music,” Hannock stated. “Telling the story of Fez as a woman’s ongoing struggle seems eminently appropriate. This remarkable city feels deeply feminine with it’s slopes, and rises and winding passages,” Hannock said.“Lalla Fes! What is your secret? You’ve been through so much and yet survived, untouched by time and as beautiful as ever. The discernment, singularity and strength of character which shaped your past is still present today. An essential impetus for your future,” d’Astorg writes.“A legendry and much loved figure, Lalla, you are more than capable to continue to innovate your city for the generations to come, and for us who love and admire you today.”Lalla Fes will be performed on Saturday, May 7 at 6:30pm at the ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha, Fes Medina. The event is free and open to the public.
CALGARY — An American activist investor trying to force change at TransAlta Corp. has launched a lawsuit to try to derail the power utility’s $750-million partnership deal with Brookfield Renewable Partners.The filing in Ontario comes after New York-based Mangrove Partners last week withdrew an application to the Alberta Securities Commission for a hearing to demand a shareholder vote on the Brookfield transaction.It had also asked for a delay in TransAlta’s annual meeting, set for Friday, at which the company plans to ask shareholders to elect Brookfield nominees to its board of directors as a condition of closing the agreement.In a news release, Mangrove president Nathaniel August accuses the TransAlta directors of attempting to entrench themselves at the expense of shareholders by obscuring the true process of the Brookfield transaction.TransAlta CEO Dawn Farrell has defended the Brookfield deal as very good for shareholders previously and insisted the company thoroughly investigated other options before signing.Mangrove and an entity controlled by Bluescape Energy Partners had agreed to join forces to use their combined 10.1 per cent ownership of TransAlta to force the examination of other financial options but they said in a regulatory filing last Friday that they had ended their partnership. Mangrove says it owns 7.1 per cent of TransAlta.TransAlta has said it plans to spend $350 million of the Brookfield investment to speed its coal-to-gas power generation transition strategy in Alberta and will use up to $250 million to buy back shares over three years. Companies in this story: (TSX:TA, TSX:BEP)The Canadian Press
23 November 2009Over 150 ex-combatants who once fought for armed militia in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region participated today in a United Nations-backed demobilization and reintegration programme which aims to ease the return of former soldiers to their communities. The three-day scheme, supported by the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission to Darfur (UNAMID) and the Sudanese Government, is expected to register more than 400 ex-combatants in the North Darfur capital of El Fasher before moving onto West and South Darfur.The process involves briefings on what to expect during reintegration, verification of administrative documents, medical and disability screening, fingerprinting, and the provision of identification cards.Participants are also given a cash payment in local currency of $150 and after two months they receive food vouchers in addition to other basic amenities.Since fighting erupted in 2003, pitting Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen against rebel groups, some 300,000 people have been killed and an estimated 2.7 million others displaced from their homes in Darfur. The disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programme is part of the final security arrangement of the 2006 Darfur Peace Agreement, which paved the way for the deployment of UNAMID at the start of last year.
The two sides will meet at the Paris headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 25 May, the agency reported this week.The agreement follows a recent mission to Cambodia and Thailand by Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO’s Special Envoy for Preah Vihear, who met with the prime ministers of the two nations and other senior officials.UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement that the main aim of the discussions on 25 May will be “further dialogue on the effective conservation of Preah Vihear.” An 11th-century Hindu temple, Preah Vihear was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2008 in recognition of its outstanding universal value. Considered an outstanding example of Khmer architecture, it consists of a complex of sanctuaries linked by pavements and staircases on an 800-metre-long axis.Ms. Bokova said she has also been briefing both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the latest developments. 11 March 2011Representatives of Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to a United Nations-sponsored meeting to discuss ways to safeguard the Preah Vihear Temple, a World Heritage List site that was damaged during border clashes between the South-East Asian neighbours earlier this year.
Women sewing blue jeans for Levi’s, Wrangler, Lee and The Children’s Place faced sexual harassment and gender-based violence and some were coerced into having sex with supervisors to keep their jobs in African factories, labour rights groups say.In response to the revelations, the brands have agreed to bring in outside oversight and enforcement for more than 10,000 workers at five Lesotho factories, according to a report released Thursday from the Washington-based Worker Rights Consortium.The labour rights group investigated Taiwan-based Nien Hsing Textile factories in Lesotho — a poor, mountainous kingdom encircled by South Africa — after hearing from a number of sources that women who sew, sand, wash and add rivets to blue jeans and other clothes were facing gender-based violence.Managers and supervisors forced many female workers into sexual relationships in exchange for job security or promotions, the report says. In dozens of interviews, the women described a pattern of abuse and harassment, including inappropriate touching, sexual demands and crude comments.When the workers objected, they faced discrimination and retaliation, the report says. The factory managers also fought union organizing, it says.While most of the employees are from Lesotho, managers were both locals and foreign. And female workers told investigators even male colleagues were molesting them.“Male workers like touching females in a way that is not appropriate,” one worker said.“The foreign national managers slap women’s buttocks and touch their breasts. They sometimes take them home for sex,” another worker said.Their testimony in the report is anonymous to protect their privacy.Levi Strauss & Co. vice-president of sustainability Michael Kobori said as soon as the company received the Worker Rights Consortium report it told Nien Hsing “that this would not be tolerated and required them to develop a corrective action plan.” A spokesperson for The Children’s Place said it informed the firm that their ongoing relationship “depends on effectuating significant and sustained changes.”Levi’s, The Children’s Place and Kontoor Brands, maker of Wrangler and Lee jeans, said in a joint statement they want all workers, especially women, to feel “safe, valued and empowered.”The U.S. companies are funding a two-year program, in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development, that establishes an independent investigative group where factory workers can raise concerns.Factory owner Nien Hsing has agreed to work with Lesotho-based unions and women’s rights organizations to develop a code of conduct and enforcement actions.“We strive to ensure a safe and secure workplace for all workers in our factories,” Nien Hsing Chairman Richard Chen said in a written statement.Besides its mills and manufacturing facilities in Lesotho, the company also has facilities in Mexico, Taiwan and Vietnam.About 80 per cent of garment makers around the world are women, according to the Global Fund for Women.As awareness of sexual harassment and abuse has soared with the #MeToo movement in recent years, women’s rights groups have pressured apparel makers in Asia to end gender-based violence.The Global Fund has been working for several years in South Asia to improve workplace conditions at apparel makers in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Myanmar and Vietnam, teaching female garment workers about their workplace rights.Rola Abimourched, a senior program director at the Worker Rights Consortium, said the Lesotho agreement should serve as a model for the rest of the apparel industry to prevent abuse and harassment.“Hopefully this is something others will see and build on, so we can collectively make an impact far beyond any single country,” she said.Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press
Julian R. Hunte of St. Lucia noted that during the 2003-2004 session, the Assembly had proceeded to make real headway on such issues as sustainable development, revitalizing the body’s work and reform of the Security Council, which had languished on its agenda without comprehensive resolution for ten years. Reviewing the strides the UN’s main deliberative organ had made during the past year, he said that multilateralism had been the guiding principle of his presidency and the basis on which decisions were made on the issues on the Assembly’s wide-ranging agenda. The “negotiating table” had been given a central role.”This is how it ought to be” when addressing global challenges such as terrorism, HIV/AIDS, poverty and nuclear proliferation, he said, recapping the Assembly’s actions in those areas and highlighting related events that had taken place during the session, such as the High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development and commemoration of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.”My presidency was one that ensured that the General Assembly broke free of convention in challenging times that demand new ideas, vision and innovation,” he said. “I am heartened to leave the Assembly with a more positive outlook – our accomplishments over the session prove what we can achieve when we work together, cooperatively, with a clear sense of purpose underpinned by political will.”Before Mr. Hunte’s closing statement, the Assembly concluded consideration of 35 items on its agenda, including follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit, environment and sustainable development, information and communication technologies for development, and the situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security, and deferred 29 of them to the fifty-ninth session. The Assembly decided that it would consider the report of the Economic and Social Council at its sixtieth session.Also this afternoon, the Assembly adopted a resolution by which it approved the draft Relationship Agreement between the International Criminal Court – the world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal – and the United Nations, and decided to apply the Agreement provisionally pending its formal entry into force.In addition, the Assembly decided that the question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and related matters should be considered during the Assembly’s fifty-ninth session.At the meeting’s start, Mr. Hunte expressed the Organization’s sympathy and strong solidarity with the governments and peoples of the Caribbean suffering the after-effects of a series of recent devastating hurricanes and tropical storms that have struck that region.The opening of the Assembly’s fifty-ninth session – under the Presidency of Jean Ping, Foreign Minister of Gabon – will take place tomorrow afternoon.
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 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering teenager Charlene Downes who disappeared more than a decade ago.Charlene Downes was 14 when she vanished in Blackpool, Lancashire, on November 1 2003 but CCTV footage of her last movements was only released last month.The suspect, who lived in the area at the time, is in custody for questioning.Officers made several arrests for historical sexual offences last year during a case that has become the largest and longest investigation in Lancashire Police’s history, involving numerous media appeals and a £100,000 reward offered. Charlene’s murder investigation has been dogged by problems ever since in launched.A 2007 murder trial collapsed because of police errors and the IPCC watchdog ruled the force’s blunders mean the killer may never be found.Last year a cold case team revisited the investigation and discovered CCTV footage of Charlene walking with her sister Rebecca on the day she vanished.It was finally released on the 13th anniversary of her disappearance in November and again for a fresh appeal on the BBC’s Crimewatch Live Roadshow last month.At the time of its release, her mother Karen said if it had been shown closer to the time she vanished it could have led to vital evidence from witnesses.She is taking civil action against Lancashire police and is seeking damages and a public apology over their handling of the investigation.In 2007 kebab shop boss Ilyad Albattikhi was acquitted of Charlene’s murder and his co-defendant Mohammed Reveshi was acquitted of helping dispose of her body.But a planned retrial in 2008 was dropped due to lack of evidence and the forensic blunders. The two men were paid almost £250,000 each in compensation. Charlene Downes, 14Credit:Greater Manchester Police But they were said to not be directly connected to Charlene’s murder as the probe into the teenager’s disappearance is also looking at the wider issue of child sexual exploitation in the resort.No trace of her has ever been found but detectives believed her body was chopped up and “gone into kebabs” at a takeaway in the seaside resort.Last month her parents Karen and Robert vowed to sue the force after crucial CCTV footage of her last movements sat in their archives for 12 years.But on Tuesday Lancashire Police finally announced a major breakthrough in the cold case, saying the 51 year-old man was currently in custody.
Rape Crisis Centre 1800 778 888Towards Healing 1800 303 416Connect 1800 477 477One in Four 01-6624070The Samaritans 1850 60 9090 The reviewers are satisfied that in both cases the status of the priests, in full ministry, is appropriate and that all matters have been addressed based on the information that was available to Bishop Freeman and his designated people.The review was carried out by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church, the watchdog tasked with ensuring child safety in the Church.It is based upon case material made available to the reviewers by Bishop Freeman, along with interviews with selected key personnel who contribute to the safeguarding within the Ossory diocese, which is made up of just over 89,429 people in the south-east of Ireland.It has forty-two parishes in counties Kilkenny, Laois and Offaly and has 60 active priests in ministry in the diocese.The main recommendations made by the report were;That the safeguarding committee should follow the seven safeguarding standards set in the 2009 Safeguarding Children reportThat Bishop Freeman ensures the National Case Management Reference Group is followed.Bishop Freeman should make appropriate enquiries from the Church authority before issuing letters of good standing for priests.All information relating to victims should be detailed and passed on to civil authorities.A designated person should be appointed to deal with cases from start to finish to make sure there is no conflict of interest.A communication plan should be set up stating how the safeguards will be promoted throughout the diocese.Bishop Freeman should clarify role descriptions for those involved in the management of allegations and safety plans.To read the report, click here.Read: Archbishop of Cashel and Emly praised for speedy reaction to abuse claimsRead: Accused ‘Kiltegan Fathers’ on African missions “afforded too much tolerance”Read: Just 12 Christian Brothers convicted after 870 allegationsRead: Diocese of Kerry dealt appropriately with 67 allegations of abuse about 21 priestsRead: Diocese of Down and Connor met 46 of 48 child safety ojectivesHelplines: THERE HAVE BEEN allegations made against 14 priest since 1975 in the Diocese of Ossory.It’s reported that most of these occurred under the tenure of Bishops Peter Birch and Laurence Forristal.Bishop Séamus Freeman was appointed in 2007 and has dealt with allegations against two living priests since then.Both those allegations were made in the past six years and the report says both ‘have been appropriately managed with timely notifications to the civil authorities.’
Updated 15:10THE DIRECTOR OF Public Prosecutions (DPP) has lodged appeal papers in the case of convicted rapist Patrick O’Brien with an application regarding the ‘undue leniency’ of the sentence.O’Brien was sentenced to 12 years in jail with nine suspended after pleading guilty to raping and indecently assaulting his daughter Fiona Doyle over a ten year period.Speaking to Pat Kenny on RTÉ radio this morning, Doyle said she was hopeful the DPP would be successful in ensuring that her father served the full 12 years of his sentence, “to get some taste of the isolation and loneliness – the feelings I had as a child”.Doyle also said she hoped to be able to pursue her mother in the courts but said the lack of child protection laws in the 1970s and 1980s may prevent that.Welcoming the DPP’s decision today Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre said Doyle’s “courage and generosity of waiving her right to anonymity to encourage others to stay the course of the criminal justice system, has given other victims hope of justice and courage for them to report the heinous crimes committed against them”.She said that having nine years of the 12 year sentence suspended was not an encouraging message to send to others who had similar experiences.“It will also have far reaching positive affects for the safety of Irish society,” she said. “It sends a message to perpetrators of these crimes that they will be punished appropriately.”Related: Fiona Doyle meets Taoiseach to discuss court experiences>
Nearly two in every five Greek export companies are at breaking point despite an increase in exports by 9.8 percent in August year-on-year (not including oil products) and in industrial output. At the same time one, in seven exporting firms that sent their products abroad in 2009 has either closed down or has ceased its export activities, while the rate of new companies being established or starting to export has declined to just one-third of last year’s. This is the worrying picture painted by data collected by the Panhellenic Exporters Association on the country’s exporting firms, which employ some 200,000 people, and is the result of a serious lack of cash flow. The survey showed that 38.7 percent of the exporting companies sampled have severe liquidity problems and difficulty in accessing new lines of funding and have proceeded to cutting expenses. Last year this category of companies amounted to 25.2 percent, and in 2010 just 7.3 percent. However, a significant number of companies have been set up over the last four years to export products or have become extrovert in that period: For every exporting company that shut down in that period three companies started exporting. Cash flow problems have grown due to the state’s inability to return value-added tax where it is due. In fact it is the big exporting companies that have the biggest problem, compared with small and medium-sized enterprises, as they have greater operating expenses and are owed higher amounts in VAT returns. In terms of sectors, the biggest pressure is on food, pharmaceutical and transport companies.During the presentation of the data on Tuesday, the Panhellenic Exporters Association made reference to a previous survey, conducted in association with the Development and Competitiveness Ministry, that had shown that the vast majority of enterprises that took part considered that they would be able to remain viable and expand their exporting activities if they had access to funds of 500,000 to 1 million euros. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
L’ingénieur en chef de l’équipe Windows Phone démissionneAprès Andy Lees, le directeur de la division Windows Phone de Microsoft, c’est au tour d’un autre responsable de l’équipe de donner sa démission. Brandon Watson, ingénieur en chef, quitte Microsoft pour mieux se faire réembaucher chez Amazon, à un poste sur le développement du Kindle.Brandon Watson était bien connu chez Microsoft. Responsable du développement du système d’exploitation mobile, il en était l’ingénieur en chef. Mais celui-ci n’a pu résister à l’opportunité que lui a offert Amazon. Mary-Jo Foley rapporte ainsi sur ZDNet (lien non disponible)que Brandon Watson lui a indiqué par mail que cette opportunité “était trop grande pour être refusée”. L’homme est ainsi en passe de devenir Directeur de l’équipe de développement multiplateforme d’Amazon. Un changement confirmée par un porte-parole d’Amazon qui a indiqué : “Nous pouvons confirmer que le 6 février est le dernier jour de Brandon Watson à Microsoft. Brandon a fait un très bon travail qui nous aidé à fonder une communauté brillante de développeurs et nous lui souhaitons le meilleur pour ses prochaines aventures”. Néanmoins, si cette démission s’inscrit dans un processus de renouvellement de l’équipe Windows Phone, le géant américain n’a donné aucune information sur le futur remplaçant de l’ingénieur. D’ailleurs, outre cette activité, Brandon Watson était également connu des développeurs tiers, pour publier régulièrement des petits articles techniques sur les possibilités offertes. Il avait aussi assuré la liaison avec les développeurs de Chevron, premier outil de déblocage de Windows Phone 7. Pour l’heure, la suite reste donc floue pour l’équipe Windows Phone mais une chose est sûre : les nouveaux venus devront se mettre à travailler d’arrache-pied sur Windows Phone 8, avec les nouveaux téléphones Nokia notamment. Le 7 février 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambert
Des chercheurs identifient et bloquent la molécule de la sénilité chez les sourisLa molécule Dickkopf-1 ralentit la production de nouveaux neurones dans le cerveau des souris âgées. Des individus génétiquement modifiés pour ne pas produire cette protéine ont obtenu d’aussi bons tests d’orientation et de mémoire à 18 mois que des souris de 3 mois. Ces vieilles souris ont 80% de jeunes neurones en plus que leurs congénères normales du même âge.Les souris sont-elles sauvées de la sénilité ? Une équipe du centre de recherche allemand contre le cancer a annoncé avoir découvert et bloqué une molécule qui réduit la production de neurones chez les souris âgées. Les souris chez qui le gène Dickkopf-1 a été neutralisé obtiennent, même quand elles vieillissent, les mêmes résultats pour des tests de mémoire et d’orientation que les individus jeunes. Ces travaux ont été publiés dans la revue Cell Stem Cell le 7 février.L’hippocampe est une partie du cerveau essentielle à la mémoire, des nouveaux neurones y sont produits tout au long de la vie. “Avec la vieillesse par contre, explique la neuroscientifique Ana Martin-Villalba, la production de nouveaux neurones diminue énormément. Cela est considéré comme étant l’une des causes du déclin de la mémoire et de la capacité à apprendre.” Neutraliser le gène Les cellules souches neuronales peuvent évoluer de différentes manières et ce phénomène dépend des molécules qui les entourent. Ces cellules peuvent en effet rester dans le même état, se régénérer ou se transformer en une des deux cellules nerveuses : en astrocyte ou en neurone. C’est cette dernière option qui est bloquée par Dickkopf-1.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”On trouve beaucoup plus de protéine Dickkopf-1 dans le cerveau des vieilles souris que dans celui des animaux jeunes, poursuit la scientifique. Nous avons alors suspecté que cette molécule soit responsable du fait que très peu de jeunes neurones soient encore produits à un âge avancé.” L’équipe du professeur Christof Niehrs a alors mis au point des souris dont le gène lié à cette protéine était mis en sourdine. 80% de nouveaux neurones en plusComme prévu, ces souris se sont mises à produire plus de jeunes neurones que les autres. A deux ans, un grand âge pour ces petits rongeurs, la différence est devenue particulièrement flagrante avec 80% de nouveaux neurones en plus par rapport aux souris du groupe de contrôle. Les cellules souches des souris normales ont tendance à stagner dans le même état tandis que celles des mutants ont évolué de divers manières. Des tests d’orientation ont ensuite été effectués entre ces deux groupes et les souris mutantes de 18 mois obtenaient d’aussi bons scores que celles de trois mois. “Nos résultats prouvent que Dickkopf-1 encourage le déclin des activités cognitives lié à l’âge, conclut Ana Martin-Villalba. Bien que nous nous attendions à ce que la désactivation de la protéine améliore l’orientation dans l’espace et la mémoire des souris adultes, nous avons été surpris et impressionnés de voir que ces animaux d’âge avancé atteignaient en fait le même niveau de performance que les jeunes.”Le 9 février 2013 à 20:02 • Maxime Lambert
Other elements of the HSBC ad buy include digital content that lets viewers click video links to HSBC commercials and videos; bonus distribution at New York State cultural events and academic institutions; custom radio ads; an e-blast to New Yorker subscribers in New York State; and special distribution near key NYC financial and cultural institutions.This isn’t the first time HSBC has bought up numerous ad pages in a New York City-focused magazine. About a year ago, the financial services company bought 24 front-of-book ad pages in New York magazine—making it the magazine’s largest single-issue advertiser ever.Having a single sponsor issue isn’t anything new for The New Yorker, either. Target sponsored an entire issue in August 2005. In a deal that’s estimated to be worth $1 million, HSBC Bank USA has purchased a six-ad package in Conde Nast’s The New Yorker. It’s the magazine’s largest single-issue ad buy since August 2005.The New Yorker’s October 12 Money issue, which hits newsstands today, features three covers—bound in the same issue—which have been created by three different artists. The HSBC ads will appear opposite the three covers, inside the front cover flap, on the inside back cover and on the back cover. “We’re thrilled that HSBC has come onboard for this unique opportunity,” said Lisa Hughes, vice president and publisher of The New Yorker, in a statement. “Our cover is always a source for conversation and the three unique covers on this year’s Money Issue are sure to get people talking.As a digital addition to the triple cover project, The New Yorker has created an editorial video that takes readers behind the scenes of the making of the covers, with art editor Françoise Mouly walking viewers through the creative process, discussing the project and the artists’ visions. The video will also appear on NYC Taxi TV throughout October.
Alaska Dispatch is making an aggressive move to position itself at the forefront of the the state’s media landscape.It announced Tuesday that it’s buying the Anchorage Daily News – Alaska’s largest newspaper.Download AudioThe $34 million dollar deal between Alaska Dispatch Publishing and the California-based McClatchy Company, which currently owns the 68-year-old, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, was signed Tuesday morning..“The whole idea behind this is to develop a much more comprehensive news product than what Alaska Dispatch or the Anchorage Daily News offer now that reaches all of Alaska,” Tony Hopfinger, the executive editor of Alaska Dispatch, said.Hopfinger says he hasn’t spoken to Anchorage Daily News employees yet, and future changes to the staffing and structure of the company are uncertain.“We will certainly merge the two companies together and there will be one, combined news operation,” Hopfinger said. “We can say that there will be one news website, but when that’s up and running and happens…I don’t know yet. And the paper will continue 7-days-a-week.”Hopfinger says with the combined newsrooms, the goal will be for the Dispatch to delve into issues on a broader statewide level.“That’s the first thing you’ll notice is we’ll have more people and a larger, healthier newsroom and then we’re also looking at trying to eventually get more people positioned in other bureaus around the state,” Hopfinger said.He says the Dispatch has been looking for ways to improve its product and reach more Alaskans. And after tracking newspaper sales in the Lower 48, the Dispatch reached out to McClatchy in August last year.“When we saw the Boston Globe and the Washington Post sell, and other newspapers, frankly, last year, it began to occur to us that there might be an opportunity here in Anchorage to combine forces and create a more comprehensive journalism operation,” he said.The sale is expected to be finalized in early May.Calls to the Anchorage Daily News were not returned by deadline.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia . Photo: Prothom AloHours after a High Court bench granted bail for six months to Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia in two Cumilla cases on Monday, the government has filed a petition with the chamber judge seeking a stay on the HC order.The hearing on the stay petition is likely to be held anytime today, Monday, said deputy attorney general Md Bashir Ullah, reports UNB.Earlier in the morning, the High Court granted bail for six months to BNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia in two cases of Cumilla and rejected the bail petition in a defamation case of Narail.A bench of justice AKM Asaduzzaman and justice JBM Hasan came up with the order.Of the cases, two were filed against Khaleda in Cumilla on charge of plotting to carry out subversive acts and another in Narail on defamation charges.The former prime minister has now been kept at the abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road after a special judge court sentenced her to seven years in jail and sent her to jail on 8 February this year.
Share Wikipedia CommonsThe Thwaites Glacier in the Antarctic.Sea level rise is a problem that frequently comes up during discussions of climate change, with polar ice melting from increased global temperatures leading to gradual increases in the ocean’s volume.To better predict how and when these increases might happen, scientists have to study the history of some specific ice sheets to know how they’ve behaved in the past.An expedition by ship to the Antarctic will do just that, with University of Houston geologist Dr. Julia Wellner acting as co-chief of the expedition. Wellner’s work involves collecting and studying sedimentary cores from the ocean floor, which can show millions of years of history and indicate how often — and how quickly — an ice sheet in a particular region has grown or receded.In the audio above, Wellner joins Craig Cohen in the Houston Matters studios to discuss her two-month expedition, her previous trips to Antarctica, and what she hopes to accomplish on this particular journey.Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaGeologist Dr. Julia Wellner of the University of Houston will co-lead a two-month expedition to study sea level rise in the Antarctic.
ProtonVPN Android promises free bandwidth unrestricted service without ads by Martin Brinkmann on January 17, 2018 in Google Android – Last Update: January 17, 2018 – 11 commentsProton Technologies, best known for the secure email service ProtonMail launched ProtonVPN for Android today.The company launched ProtonVPN to the public last year but had to shut down registration soon after the launch as servers were hitting capacity limits due to a rush of sign-ups for the service.ProtonVPN promised free and paid tiers, a focus on privacy and security, and no bandwidth limits on all plans. Free users are limited to one device, three countries they can connect to, and have a speed setting of low.Paid customers get access to additional servers, secure core that routes traffic through multiple servers, and access to Tor servers.ProtonVPN for AndroidThe ProtonVPN application for Android, its full name is ProtonVPN – Unlimited Free VPN made by ProtonMail, is available on Google Play.You need a ProtonMail account, free or paid, to sign in to the Android application. There is no direct sign-up option in the app but a link that redirects you to the Proton Technologies website where you can sign-up for an account.The free version is limited, but it seems that you enter a trial phase which unlocks paid features as well.You find the list of supported countries you can connect to on start. A tap on a country lists the available servers, each with the server load and IP address. There is also an option to connect to the fastest server in that country.You need to allow the app to establish VPN connections on your device the first time you connect to a server this way.It takes a couple of seconds tops to connect to a server. ProtonVPN for Android switches to a graph view which highlights upload and download speed and volume, the servers’ IP address, load and session time.The app comes with a map view which shows the servers you are connected to on a world map, and a profile creation option which acts as favorites. Settings are basic, but let you start the VPN with the device.ProtonVPN for Android uses the IKEv2 protocol.The ProtonVPN Android app also features support for the more advanced IKEv2 protocol which provides the highest speeds and stability even in difficult mobile network conditions (e.g. switching between LTE and WiFi, poor reception, or switching between cell towers). This ensures the best level of protection no matter where you go with your device.The free version of ProtonVPN offers sufficient bandwidth for browsing the web. While you should not expect it to be super fast, it is completely free. Another difference to most free VPN offerings on Android is that the free version does not display an advertisement to users, that user data is not tracked nor sold. Proton Technologies subsidizes the free version of ProtonVPN with paid subscription revenue.Closing WordsProtonVPN is available as a free and paid subscription. The free version is probably the most interesting option as it offers unlimited bandwidth without tracking or ads. While the speed of the connection is limited, it should be sufficient for light tasks on the Internet.Now You: Do you connect to a VPN server on your mobile?Related articlesFirst look at secure email provider ProtonMailGetting started with ProtonMailProtonMail Bridge: encrypted email for Outlook, Thunderbird, and other email clientsProtonVPN Swiss-based VPN launchesSummary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 4 votes Software Name ProtonVPNOperating System AndroidSoftware Category NetworkingLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.protonvpn.android Advertisement