Tribunal rules against NL woman at centre of Scottish harassment scandal

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A U.K. tribunal has rejected the claim of a Newfoundland-born woman who alleges she suffered a decade of harassment at her civil service office in Scotland — including once being taped to a chair.The Scottish Employment Tribunal ruled against DeeAnn Fitzpatrick’s complaints of a racist and misogynistic workplace culture at Marine Scotland’s office in Scrabster.Fitzpatrick, a fisheries officer originally from Bell Island, N.L., claims co-workers mocked her for having a miscarriage, used racist language, and threatened female staff members.A photo published by the BBC in May showed Fitzpatrick taped to a chair with tape over her mouth — an incident she claims was a response from two male co-workers for “[speaking] out against the boys.”The photo prompted an outcry in the U.K., but it and much of her evidence was ruled inadmissible as too dated and her claim was ultimately rejected.Fitzpatrick, who has been on leave from her job since last year, said Thursday she and her lawyers are now considering an appeal.“A lot of people have asked me if I want to go back to my job and the response is yes. That’s my professional career, it’s in tatters at the moment because of what other people have done, not because of what I’ve done,” Fitzpatrick said.“Why should I leave something that I’ve done well at because other people are trying to hide the fact that they’re bullies?”Fitzpatrick said she became a target when she reported two men to her union after witnessing their threatening behaviour towards another female colleague.“It’s horrifying that you’re in that situation and you’re stuck in that situation because the area that I’m at, it’s very difficult to find work.”A statement from her family says they are “hugely disappointed” by the result, although they are not surprised, given a judge had decided older evidence would not be allowed.The family’s statement says the tribunal highlighted that the human resources department could have been more proactive in dealing with the matter by launching an investigation, questioning staff and reminding staff that such matters might be regarded as grounds for disciplinary action.The restrictions ruled out any evidence older than three months to the date of complaint, so the tribunal case focused on eight cards with threatening and insulting messages that Fitzpatrick received at home in 2017 while on leave.The tribunal ruled against Fitzpatrick’s case because the people who wrote the cards could not be specifically identified or linked to people from her workplace.But Fitzpatrick said she and other colleagues think the cards were likely written by people from work — two cards used insulting nicknames particular to her office, including one calling her a troll.Others included misogynistic language, one referred to a poem her alleged harassers wrote about her after a promotion, and another depicted her with male genitalia.After the photo went viral, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was “absolutely horrified,” and ordered a review of Fitzpatrick’s case.“Bullying, abuse, sexism, racism, have no place in any workplace, and let me be very clear today, they will not be tolerated within the Scottish government and within our agencies,” Sturgeon told Scottish Parliament in May.Fitzpatrick said a report on the review is due soon.“I’ll only feel positive once the outcome of the result of the investigation, that they find there was harm done, what was done was highly inappropriate, and measures are put in place to ensure that it never happens again,” she said.Fitzpatrick also wants an investigation into all the events she’s reported, not just a select few such as the cards or the incident with the chair.“That’s not how you treat women, that’s not how you treat anybody,” Fitzpatrick said Thursday.last_img read more

No answers yet to gas leak that disrupted bridge traffic

first_imgDOVER, Del. — Officials are still trying to determine what caused a chemical gas leak that force the closure of a heavily used bridge connecting Delaware and New Jersey on one of the busiest travel days of the year.The leak of highly flammable ethylene oxide from a Croda production facility on Sunday forced the precautionary closure of the Delaware Memorial Bridge for about six hours as the Thanksgiving holiday weekend wound down.The bridge carries traffic along Interstate 295, a major East Coast artery.A Croda spokeswoman said in an email Monday that the company was focused on investigating what happened and that officials were not available for interviews.Delaware’s environmental secretary said state officials are working with Croda to try to determine what went wrong.Randall Chase, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Diplomatic Quartet members meet with Palestinian leaders in Ramallah

In a statement following talks with Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei, the so-called Quartet also emphasized the importance of creating a climate conducive to advancing peace. “The Palestinian Authority must make progress on its security-related obligations under the Road Map,” the group said, referring to a peace plan aimed at achieving a two-State solution by 2005.Quartet members called for concrete steps on the ground – “and not passivity” – by the Palestinian Authority in order to revive the Road Map and seize the opportunity represented by Israel’s initiative to withdraw from Gaza.Voicing appreciation for Egypt’s help in this process, the Quartet said it “stands ready to further those efforts and urges the Palestinian Authority to do its part by moving decisively to fulfil its security commitments.”During their talks, the envoys reviewed the humanitarian situation in the West Bank and Gaza, according to the statement.”The Quartet remains committed to working with a responsible and accountable Palestinian Authority in pursuit of internal reform and a just, lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” the members said, reminding all sides “to act in a manner necessary to achieve our common goal.”Attending the session today were the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield, European Union Special Representative Marc Otte and Russian Ambassador Alexander Kalugin. read more

On Any Given Sunday NFL Favorites Win And Underdogs Lose

The NFL is an organization built on the perception of parity. “When you come into a season, every fan thinks that their football team has a chance to win the Super Bowl,” league Commissioner Roger Goodell said in 2011. Jonathan Kraft, president of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, echoed this sentiment during a pregame radio show earlier this season, saying: “The difference between 0-2 and 2-0 can be a couple of plays in individual games. And I’m not surprised because the one thing I’ve learned is if you expect something to happen in this league, it’s likely not going to happen. And you see that lesson repeat itself over and over. It’s what makes it so special and why people love to follow it.”This is a narrative that built a multi-billion dollar business, one that encourages supporters and inspires graphics that go viral. It keeps fans involved when their teams are struggling and brings them back each year. Even the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14 in 2014 and 2-3 so far this year) think they have a chance in 2015. Each game is a new set of downs, a shot to continue a winning streak or turn around a flagging franchise. You either win or you lose. The excitement comes because your team has a chance to do both.But the “Any Given Sunday” idea — that any team has a chance to win any game — is less true than NFL executives want the fans to believe.Sure, you might see your favorite team go from worst to first over the course of a season, but that’s more a function of luck than anything. Teams play such a small number of games that they might have ended up in the cellar even though they weren’t that bad the year before. Conversely, even if a team stinks, it can luck its way to an 8-8 year.But beneath that luck, the NFL is much more unequal than Major League Baseball or the National Hockey League. Instead, it’s on par with the NBA, a league that’s dominated by its transcendent talents.That’s what we found by comparing leagues simultaneously, judging their competitiveness on the same scale. We turned to gambling to do it. While game results and win-loss metrics can be affected by scoring systems and number of games, sportsbook odds are the one unifying metric. In a world with perfect competitive equality, each team would have a 50-50 chance of winning. But as the gaps in talent between the teams grow, games are no longer a coin toss. For example, in Sunday’s contest between Green Bay and St. Louis, the underdog Rams were given roughly a 1 in 5 chance of emerging victorious.The chart below shows a compendium of the pregame probabilities, derived from Sports Insights betting odds, of the home team winning each game in each of the four pro major sports over the past 10 years1The data set provided by Sports Insights included regular and postseason games for each league. The time spans it covered varied for each league. For the NBA, we had data from the 2004-05 season through 2014-15; for the NHL, 2005-06 through 2014-15; for MLB, the beginning of the 2005 season through Aug. 22, 2015; and for the NFL, the beginning of the 2005 season through Sept. 21, 2015. or so.2We used implied probabilities given pregame money lines taken from Sports Insights. For example, say the Steelers are -250 on the money line against the Jaguars. A bet of $250 on the Steelers to win the game would yield a $100 profit if the Steelers win. In probability terms, Steelers backers think Pittsburgh is more than 71.4 percent likely to win. However, the implied probability for this game also has to account for the sportsbook’s take, which is generally a tick over 2 percent. In our data, we normalized the team win probabilities so that they summed to 1. In the Steelers example, the -250 favorite matches a probability of 71 percent, or a true underlying probability of about 69 percent. In the vast majority of NHL and MLB games, the home team’s chance of winning falls between 35 and 70 percent. That’s the big spire you see in the middle of the graph, and it suggests that the home team is never that big of an underdog or favorite. Many games, if not most of them, are a near 50-50 proposition. The curves for the NFL and NBA, though, are more spread out because fewer games in those leagues are tossups. The NFL’s curve may look even, but that really suggests that the games feature more lopsided matchups. Bad NFL home teams are bigger underdogs than bad MLB teams. Every week, there are several NFL games where you can be fairly confident which team is going to win and which is going to lose before they take the field for warmups.In hockey and baseball, even the worst teams are generally given a 1 in 4 chance of beating the best teams. Meanwhile, in the NFL and NBA, teams like the 2013 Jacksonville Jaguars and the 2014 and 2015 Philadelphia 76ers are sometimes given no more than a 1 in 20 chance by odds makers. And while only about 1 in 100 NHL or MLB contests feature a heavy favorite (75 percent or higher), about 1 in 4 NBA and NFL games reach such a standard. That is, about a quarter of NFL games each weekend are bigger mismatches than the most lopsided baseball or hockey games — think the Dodgers hosting the Phillies or the Sabres traveling to Pittsburgh.Parity in the NFL is perceived, a phenomenon born out of each season’s tiny sample size of games. Sabermetricians Tom Tango and Phil Birnbaum, for example, argue that you learn as much about true team talent from 12 NFL games as 14 NBA games.336 NHL games and 69 MLB games also meet the same standard. But while the NBA gives teams 82 regular-season games to prove themselves, the NFL provides only 16 games. It’s easier for a less-talented NFL team to luck its way into a few victories and make the playoffs. And the NFL’s playoff format, which can reward divisional winners at the expense of teams with more talent, helps, too. It means that the 2014 Carolina Panthers, at 7-8-1, can make the second weekend of the playoffs, a major marker of a successful year, even though few people would argue that they were one of the league’s best teams. In fact, they were a 7 to 1 underdog in their playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. While the Panthers reached the postseason (after all, someone had to win the NFC South last year), they were given little chance to win a title.What’s also interesting about these results is that unlike each of the other leagues, which fix schedules almost entirely using divisional or conference affiliation, the NFL goes out of its way to encourage closer games by using an unbalanced schedule. When there are fewer games between the Pats and Bucs and more between perennial powerhouses like the Pats and Broncos — who have met in six of the last seven regular seasons — the league, on average, artificially narrows the curve in the chart above. Perhaps that’s a good thing for a league that relies on the myth of parity to keep supporters interested. If the NFL made its schedule following the rules used by other major sports, it might become abundantly clear to the fans that Any Given Sunday is only true in the movies.CORRECTION (Oct. 12, 1:30 p.m.): An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect time period for its analysis of pregame probabilities for major sports leagues. The probabilities were not based on all games since 2005; the time periods varied by league, and in several cases, games in recent weeks were not included. We have added a footnote clarifying the exact dates. read more

Fiji head coach enters the fray to succeed Pat Lam in Connacht

first_img Share8 Tweet Email Friday 20 Jan 2017, 7:30 AM Short URL Jan 20th 2017, 7:30 AM By John Fallon 14,517 Views Image: AP/Press Association Images 9 Comments center_img Fiji head coach John McKee. Fiji head coach enters the fray to succeed Pat Lam in Connacht John McKee is in contention to return to the province where he once served as assistant coach. FIJI HEAD COACH John McKee has emerged as a serious contender to take over from Pat Lam in charge of Connacht.McKee spent three seasons at the Sportsground as assistant coach over a decade ago and since then has worked in a variety of positions, including stints with current IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora in Australia at various levels.It remains to be seen if McKee, who was in charge of Fiji at the 2015 World Cup and is contracted to them until after the next tournament in Japan in 2019, can be persuaded to return to Galway.His good working relationship with Nucifora, his experience of having worked under Stephen Nel and Michael Bradley at the Sportsground, and the fact that his wife Jennifer is from Ballina in Mayo, has strengthened suggestions that he is being sounded out for the position.The New Zealander has travelled extensively, living large parts of his life in Australia and he came to Connacht in 2002 having worked with AS Montferrand — as Clermont Auvergne were then known — for a couple of seasons.His familiarity with the likes of current Connacht backs coach Conor McPhillips, captain John Muldoon, domestic manager Eric Elwood — all of whom he coached — would make the transition easier, while he would also be acquainted with academy manager Nigel Carolan and current forwards coach Jimmy Duffy.McKee, who also coached Buccaneers during his time in Ireland, left the Sportsground when Elwood was appointed assistant coach to Bradley in 2005, moving initially as head coach to Cornish Pirates and then returning to Australia.He worked at various age grades and development stages in Australia, often with Nucifora, becoming the head coach of Central Coast Rays in the sole Australian Championship in 2007.He worked with the Pacific Islanders and then took on a role with Tonga through to the 2011 World Cup, before resuming work in Australia in developing programmes at the national academy.That led to him being assistant coach to the Australian U20 side at the Junior World Cup in France in 2013 before moving to Fiji, initially as high performance manager and then taking over as head coach in February 2014. He has continued in that position and was in charge when Fiji opened the 2015 Rugby World Cup against England at Twickenham 16 months ago.He has turned down overtures from a number of quarters to stay in charge of the Fijians but a combination of his west of Ireland links, his Connacht experience and his very good working relationship with Nucifora has led to strong speculation that he is coming under pressure to return to the Sportsground and take over from Lam, who departs for Bristol at the end of this season.– First published 06.00Coughlan keen on coaching but playing days far from over at 36Leinster ‘feel a responsibility’ to seize opportunity and bring quarter-final back to RDS Fiji head coach John McKee. Image: AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

She sent my child away I never saw him again Mother tells

first_img A DAY AFTER RTÉ’s Liveline with Joe Duffy heard the story of a woman who gave birth at a mother and baby home, another case of a mother whose child was taken from her was told on the show.Today, a caller told Duffy about how her baby was taken away, never to be seen again.Kathleen Byrne, now aged 70, went into a maternity ward in Airmount hospital in Waterford to have her second child in 1966. She was married.Her baby was born on 27 December. She had gone into labour during a trip to the toilet and her baby fell down into that toilet.It was a Sister Barbara in the ward who then took control of the situation, told her she had a boy and sent him for further checks.“He’s in an incubator, he’s fine, don’t worry,” Kathleen was told.Every day she said she asked to see her son, asking what was wrong with him that he had to be kept in an incubator.No one would answer me. No one would tell me anything.Some days later, Sister Barbara came to her and said “oh, he took a turn”, and a priest and Kathleen’s husband were sent for to baptise the child as Patrick.After that, she was told that Patrick was “being sent to Dublin for a small procedure, and that he would be fine”.The mother had gotten Patrick ready for his trip to Dublin, dressing him in the clothes she was planning to bring him home in. She said she was urged to hand the baby over by Sister Barbara.She never saw her baby again.“Forget about him”At every turn, she was refused information on what was wrong with her baby and how he was doing.Kathleen said she asked local TDs to help but she was repeatedly directed to go back to Sister Barbara.But she wouldn’t do anything for me. She sent my child away, and I never seen him anymore.It took her 34 years to find out that he was sent to Temple Street Hospital. His death certificate said that Patrick died due to heart complications.All that Sister Barbara would tell her about the death of her son was “the angels and God took your child during the night. Now he’s playing up there, and he wouldn’t want to come back here.You have to forget about him. Don’t mention him to anybody. Put it behind you.When she protested that she couldn’t simply forget that this had happened, Sister Barbara told her “well, you have to”.Kathleen repeatedly said that she wanted her child back, but these requests were denied. She said she was never formally informed by Temple Street of his death at the time.Patrick was buried at Glasnevin Cemetery. He was buried in the Old Holy Angels plot, and Kathleen was informed that there was no chance of recovering her son’s remains.She was told: “There’s twenty eight babies on top of him and seven before him, it’s impossible.”Today, she is still fighting to get her son’s remains back. She wants Patrick to be buried with his family.She feels that she was treated in this manner because Sister Barbara feared liability for any injuries sustained by Patrick when he fell into the toilet when he was born.She closed by calling for an investigation into her case, to get to the answers on how he was taken away in the manner he was.“I need to know why,” she said.Read: ‘Straight away you could feel the horror of it’: Nuns ‘changed baby’s name so he’d be easier to sell’Read: ‘It wasn’t a home, it was a prison’: Former residents from Tuam mother and baby home react 61 Comments ‘She sent my child away, I never saw him again’: Mother tells how nun told her to ‘forget’ about child Her baby was buried in Glasnevin, and was told “there’s twenty eight babies on top of him”. Mar 8th 2017, 10:07 PM Image: Shutterstock/BeatrizGoncalves Image: Shutterstock/BeatrizGoncalves Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 10:07 PM 26,100 Views Share960 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Sean Murraylast_img read more

La Lune un astre asymétrique

first_imgLa Lune : un astre asymétriqueDes planétologues proposent une explication partielle de l’asymétrie de l’astre lunaire. L’hypothèse suggère la présence de marées et de magma sur la Lune, il y a plus de quatre milliards d’années.La période de rotation de la Lune étant la même que sa période orbitale, celle-ci présente toujours le même hémisphère (nommé donc “face visible de la Lune”) à un observateur terrestre. Les expéditions lunaires soviétiques nous ont dévoilé des images de la face qui nous reste cachée. C’est ainsi qu’on a découvert que le versant invisible possédait un aspect très différent avec des cratères plus nombreux et moins de bassins basaltiques. Seule exception, le bassin pôle sud-Aitken, qui est certainement le plus grand bassin d’impact de tout le système solaire.La dénivellation elle aussi est très différente. Les données rapportées par Apollo 15 présentent une altitude moyenne supérieure des hauts plateaux. Enfin, d’autres données ont permis de déterminer que l’épaisseur de la croûte de la face cachée était plus importante que celle de la face visible.Rien n’est sûr à l’heure actuelle, mais il est possible que la Lune résulte d’un impact qui aurait eu lieu entre la Terre d’il y a 4,4 milliards d’années et Théia, un corps céleste de la taille de Mars. Cette collision aurait arraché de la matière à la Terre et les restes de Théia se seraient agglomérés pour former la Lune, son noyau ferreux s’enfonçant dans les profondeurs terrestres. La Lune aurait alors subi des bombardements de météorites et l’immense chaleur ainsi produite aurait constitué un océan de magma liquide. Les minerais les plus légers auraient surnagé avant de se solidifier en formant une première épaisseur de croûte.À lire aussiAprès l’annulation de son lancement pour la Lune à la dernière minute, l’Inde est de nouveau prêtePour certains chercheurs, l’explication de l’asymétrie des faces de la Lune se trouve dans l’influence thermique passée des forces de marée sur la croûte lunaire, flottant sur cet océan de magma. Les mouvements de friction générés par les marées terrestres dans la croûte lunaires ont chauffé certaines zones. Dans les régions polaires, où les flexions et le chauffage étaient les plus intenses, la croûte se serait amincie, tandis que la croûte la plus épaisse se serait formée dans les régions alignées avec la Terre.Cela ne résout pourtant pas l’énigme concernant la face visible de la Lune qui ne présente pas le même aspect. La seule explication proposée pour le moment est la possible existence d’une activité volcanique étant à l’origine des mers lunaires. Celle-ci aurait érodé le renflement de croûte de la face visible.Le 20 novembre 2010 à 14:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Copie privée le projet de loi approuvé par lAssemblée nationale

first_imgCopie privée : le projet de loi approuvé par l’Assemblée nationaleAprès trois heures de débat, le projet de loi sur la rémunération pour copie privée a été validé par l’Assemblée nationale dans la nuit du mercredi 23 au jeudi 24 novembre. Ce texte a pour but de conformer la loi française au droit européen, en permettant aux professionnels d’obtenir un remboursement de cette rémunération.Les députés ont validé le projet de loi relatif à la rémunération pour copie privée. Ce texte vise à intégrer la récente décision du Conseil d’Etat. Il s’agit de conformer la loi au droit européen, en permettant aux professionnels d’être remboursés sur demande, si les conditions d’utilisation de leurs supports “ne permettent pas de présumer un usage à des fins de copie privée”. À lire aussiFree ne veut pas payer de taxe sur sa nouvelle boxLe projet gouvernemental indique en outre, conformément à une décision du Conseil d’Etat prise en juillet 2008, que “seules les copies réalisées à partir d’une source licite ouvrent droit à rémunération au profit des titulaires de droits”. Un point qui fait débat en raison de la difficulté à prouver la légalité d’une source.Le texte doit désormais être soumis à l’examen de l’Assemblée nationale, qui votera le 29 novembre prochain. Il sera ensuite étudié par la commission des affaires culturelles du Sénat, dont le vote est fixé au 19 décembre. Les députés se sont certes mis d’accord sur le principe d’une révision du système de rémunération. Mais la plupart des amendements déposés ont été rejetés.Le 24 novembre 2011 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

From the Newsroom Planning coverage of strikes

first_imgCraig Brown is The Columbian’s editor. His column will appear in this space periodically. Contact him at 360-735-4514 or It’s a common occurrence in the news business: Just when you think you’ve covered every kind of story, a new one comes along.In this case, I’m talking about covering a widespread teachers’ strike. I am still hopeful that no strikes will occur. But it looks increasingly likely that by the middle of next week, many of Clark County’s 80,000 public education students won’t be attending classes.Acrimony between educators and school administrators is not an unusual story. In my time in Clark County, I can remember a couple of union strike votes and a district obtaining a court order barring a strike. But it’s been decades since local teachers actually went out on strike.This year seems different. A lot of money is at stake. To meet the state Supreme Court’s order in the McCleary decision, the Legislature gave out another $1 billion for teachers’ salaries. But there hasn’t been much direction from Olympia, leaving school districts and their teachers with what in some cases are widely divergent ideas.I don’t claim to know how much teachers should be paid or how much districts can afford to spend. My job is to put together a coverage plan. We actually started in the spring when we decided to watch and document what was happening with local pay negotiations, even when the action didn’t rise to the level of a story.last_img read more

Applicants Being Sought for ASADuPont Young Leader Program

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., is seeking applicants for the 2008 Young Leader Program. The Young Leader Program is recognized throughout agriculture for its longstanding tradition of identifying and cultivating the producer leaders who are shaping the U.S. soybean industry.2008 marks the 25th anniversary of the program, and this achievement will be celebrated at a special dinner and dance on Feb. 27, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn., for all Young Leader alumni. The new Young Leader class will also participate in this event.”The Young Leader Program is an exceptional leadership training program,” said John Hoffman, ASA President. The instructors and program content are of the highest quality. This program provides information that the participant can start using immediately, not only in business but personally as well.”The 2008 class of Young Leaders and their spouses will participate in a challenging and educational leadership experience February 26th – March 1, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn., coinciding with the Commodity Classic Conference and Trade Show. This seminar offers the opportunity for participants to enhance their leadership skills as well as meet and learn from other Young leaders from around the country. The second phase of training will take place at Pioneer’s Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, in early December 2008.Application forms for the 2008 Young Leader Program, sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., a subsidiary of DuPont, have been mailed to all ASA members. Forms may also be obtained by calling (800) 688-7692 ext. 1328, or on the web at Soybean producers are encouraged to apply or nominate another producer who would be an excellent candidate for the program. Information on guidelines to participate in the program are available at ASA’s website or by calling the ASA program manager. Nominations should be returned to ASA by Friday, Dec. 7, 2007. One Young Leader couple will be selected from each of ASA’s state affiliates.last_img read more

TV Guide Names New Leadership Ahead of Redesign

first_img Aimed at embracing the new reality of multi-platform television consumption, NTVB says the redesign will help readers navigate the variety of ways to access content, including on-demand, streaming, and downloading.  Notable leadership changes include the following: Paul Turcotte will now serve as president and publisher of the magazine, and will report directly to NTVB Media president and CEO, Andy DeAngelis. Turcotte sold AMPitLive to NTVB last October and initially served as publisher and chief revenue officer of TV Guide Magazine.  Nerina Rammairone has been promoted to editorial director for the magazine and its companion site, She was serving as the brand’s executive editor. Also on the editorial team: Rich Sands will assume the role of senior executive editor. He has been with the company since 1995. And another long-time staffer, Amy Miller, who joined the brand in 2008, has been promoted to deputy editor. Finally, chief content officer, Michael Schneider is leaving the company, effective March 31. “Our new leadership team has the vision and experience to lead TV Guide Magazine through this new era in the television industry,” said Andy DeAngelis in a statement. “The redesigned magazine will offer people the guidance and entertainment they seek through a streamlined and cohesive design. I’m really excited about the benefits it will provide to subscribers and advertisers.”  Although the brand hasn’t regained it’s once dominant status when it sold more than 20 million copies per week. Its cumulative assets (including print and purportedly reach 20 million readers.  When the magazine was sold last October, Folio: sister site min was told that its advertising revenue had stabilized and its “Fall Preview” issue was up 67% in advertising revenue versus the same issue in 2014. A redesigned book will presumably help spark more advertiser interest. TV Guide Magazine has undergone its first big shake-up since it was bought by NTVB Media last October. Additionally, the brand announced that it’s redesigning its magazine and will debut the new look in June.last_img read more

Lucy Dacus Announces Historian Tour Round Two

first_img Email Lucy Dacus Announces Historian Tour Round Two The indie singer/songwriter, who also performs in boygenius with Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker, will be embarking on a U.S. headlining solo tour in FebruaryAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Dec 10, 2018 – 1:29 pm Today, on Dec. 10, indie-rock darling Lucy Dacus announced that she would be heading out on a second tour in support of her latest solo album, Historian, released March 2018. Her 2019 dates feature headline shows across the U.S. in February and March, plus two festival appearances in May. News Twitter Her headlining tour will begin on Feb. 1 in Durham, N.C., stopping by Savannah Stopover Festival in Savannah, Ga. Mar. 7 and closing out in Washington D.C. on Mar. 22, followed by Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta and Primavera Sound in Barcelona, at the beginning and end of May, respectively. Her Feb. 15 show in Chicago will feature special guest Sharon Van Etten, with Illuminati Hotties, Mal Blum and Fenne Lily opening on other select dates.The singer/songwriter recently closed out a month-long joint tour in November with her newly formed group boygenius, the same month the released their self-titled debut EP. Boygenius is made up of fellow female indie-rockers Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers; the group received plenty of buzz for their collaboration, with Pitchfork aptly naming them the “egoless supergroup of your indie-rock dreams.”Dacus expressed her appreciation for sharing the spotlight with her groupmates: “I felt so much relief having the focus off me. Having about a third of the attention was wonderful,” she told Rolling Stone.The complete tour lineup plus ticket info is available on Dacus’ website. U.S. tickets go on sale Dec. 14.Primavera Sound 2019 Features A “New Normal” Equal-Gender LineupRead more Lucy Dacus Announces 2019 Tour lucy-dacus-announces-historian-tour-round-two Facebook last_img read more

Dope test mandatory for govt jobs Home minister

first_imgDope test is going to be made compulsory for government jobs. Representational image. AP/UNBHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday said dope test is going to be made compulsory for government jobs, reports UNB.The cabinet has approved the decision in principal, he told the media at the ministry on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.“Action will be taken against government officials who are drug addicts. We’re introducing dope test for government job seekers,” he said.If drug is found in the blood sample of an aspirant, then the government “might cancel his application,” the minister said.Replying to a question, he said that ‘dope test’ will be applicable for all. “The prime minister has given her approval. The decision will now be implemented in phases.”‘Preventing yaba, phensedyl smuggling’Mentioning that the government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy, the minister said Dhaka had talks with Nay Pyi Taw for controlling drugs but the discussions have not been fruitful.Talks with India have been productive, he said, claiming that the amount of phensedyl smuggled into the country has come down by at least 59 per cent.Asaduzzaman also said that yaba is coming from Myanmar and Rohingyas are smuggling it risking their lives.Border patrol has been intensified and the capacity of Coast Guard has also been increased, he said.“The law enforcement agencies do not kill anyone. They have lists [of drug dealers] and at various times, they conduct drives. At those times such incidents (‘gunfights’) take place if they (the law enforcement) are challenged,” the minister said.Last year, some 119,878 cases were filed against 161,323 people during drives by the narcotics control department, he added.last_img read more

Internet Gutter Popping

first_imgAn Explosion Of PainTo really understand r/Popping, the best thing to do is look at the all-time highest rated posts, which stretch back many years. These are the pictures and clips that have galvanized the community – the classics, as it were.The most popular submission in history is called “The Exorcism Of Aaron,” a video where a woman removes a cyst from her boyfriend’s face. Watching this thing is nearly ten minutes of abject horror, rendered even worse due to the eerie silence of the clip (they had to take the audio out because music was playing in the background and it kept getting flagged by YouTube). For normies like you or I, this is painful to watch. For popping enthusiasts, well…That’s the kind of commentary you’re going to get here: people who are fascinated by the ooze, pus and other junk that comes streaming out of boils and blackheads when they’re popped. For post after post, images and videos of the human body violently rejecting infections are greeted with praise, applause, and excitement. When people post about nasty cysts or boils but don’t get a video, the community tears them apart.Popping sees over 20 posts a day, some of which get hundreds of comments and upvotes. This isn’t a tiny niche community – it’s a well-established hub for gross-outs.Dude, See A DoctorThe majority of r/Popping posts are pretty benign. But every so often, some Redditor posts a picture that’s so intensely scary that the only proper response is to demand they seek medical attention immediately.One of the most notorious happened in 2012, when a Redditor by the name of GokkunMilkshake posted a picture of his upper lip, hideously swollen, and asked So, do you “think my infection is ready to pop yet?” He’d caused the swelling by popping a zit and then letting his dog lick it, which is about the worst possible idea we’ve ever heard.The answer was a resounding “yes.” Thankfully, he listened to the group and went to a doctor, where he was diagnosed with MSRA, a staph infection that’s resistant to traditional antibiotics. They strapped him down and drained 4ccs of pus out of his upper lip. He updated Reddit every few hours from the hospital high on morphine, making him an r/Popping hero.He’s not the only one, though. The main creator of popping content is a dermatologist named Sandra Lee, known online as “Dr. Pimple Popper.” On her Instagram and YouTube pages, Dr. Lee shares unsettling close-ups of her procedures. Her patients don’t seem to mind having their gross skin conditions shared – it might help that she offers services for free.Having A LaughOne of the most interesting things about r/Popping is the sense of humor they have about their bizarre interest. In addition to gross photographs of infections bursting, people also submit things that look like them. One of the most popular posts in the subreddit’s history is an animated GIF of a latte oozing a string of foam out of the top like pus spirals from a boil. Another user baked cupcakes that look like oozing cysts and blackhead-infested skin.Keep It SanitaryWhat drives people to share and consume these incredibly vile images and videos? Daniel Kelly, author of Yuck!: The Nature and Moral Significance of Disgust, argues that getting grossed out is actually a potent evolutionary reaction. We observe this unpleasant stuff as a way to warn ourselves away from infectious diseases.Studies have also found that we’re more likely to share gross stuff than cute stuff, on the whole, so the creators of these gross things have tapped into an unconscious viral vector. We enjoy watching gross stuff because we don’t have to experience it, so by popping and lancing and otherwise mangling their blackheads, warts and boils these men and women are doing the world a service.That said, I’m never clicking over to this subreddit again and deleting all of the links from my browser history. Even for a storied explorer of the Internet Gutter, this was too much for me to handle. Online is a strange and terrifying place. It’s enabled us to connect with one another, advance the causes of science and culture, and unite the world with a glowing net of data. It’s also enabled people with very… particular interests to find each other. In this weekly series, we’ll be dipping into the Internet Gutter – the strange subcultures and weird worlds lurking in the dark pockets of the World Wide Web.This is not for the squeamish. Proceed with caution.AdChoices广告r/PoppingHuman beings are gross. We’re barely-functional assemblages of fluids and bones, held together by a barrier of skin that constantly struggles with an atmosphere full of pollutants. And when that delicate membrane gets irritated, things get even grosser.Welcome to the world of r/Popping, the Reddit destination for “pictures, videos, and stories about cysts and pimples.” Over 86,000 people subscribe to this Subreddit to see the nastiest boils, zits, and assorted skin conditions in grisly detail, as well as share their own.Here’s a warning, right off: we’re about to share some insanely disgusting images, videos, and stories in this article. If you’ve eaten any time in the last 48 hours, you might want to close this browser window and read something else. Stay on targetcenter_img Internet Gutter: Crisis ActorsInternet Gutter: Mukbang last_img read more

Study of biodiversity suggests a small increase in size of protected areas

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain Understanding tourists’ preferences for nature-based experiences may help with conservation © 2017 Research by Yale and the University of Grenoble documents where additional conservation efforts globally could most effectively support the safeguarding of species (some examples shown here) that are particularly distinct in their functions or their position in the family tree of life. Credit: Yale University/University of Grenoble Explore further Many countries throughout the world have set aside parcels of land to serve as havens for plants and animals—the hope is that by doing so, local wildlife can avoid extinction due to encroachment by human activities. Those that manage such areas tend to strive for rich biodiversity, which generally means providing for as many species as possible in a limited space. But the researchers with this new effort argue that conservation area managers might want to include species that represent evolutionary and functional diversity, as well. The first refers to species that are very unique, such as giant pandas, while the second refers to those that fill unique roles in their environment—beavers, for example, which build dams that create living spaces for many other species. But more importantly, they also suggest that setting aside just 5 percent more land area could result in large global gains in all three types of biodiversity.To reach these conclusions, the researchers looked at a catalog of approximately 15,000 protected areas around the globe and their native mammals and birds, breaking the regions down by the types of biodiversity they supported. They found that just 25 percent of species biodiversity could be accounted for—and it was less than that for the other types of biodiversity. Then they looked at the impact of increasing the size of protected areas, and found that an increase of just 5 percent could result in tripling all types of biodiversity globally. They suggest that additional studies conducted at a more localized level could reveal which types of species could benefit most from a small increase in land size. More information: Laura J. Pollock et al. Large conservation gains possible for global biodiversity facets, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature22368AbstractDifferent facets of biodiversity other than species numbers are increasingly appreciated as critical for maintaining the function of ecosystems and their services to humans1, 2. While new international policy and assessment processes such as the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) recognize the importance of an increasingly global, quantitative and comprehensive approach to biodiversity protection, most insights are still focused on a single facet of biodiversity—species3. Here we broaden the focus and provide an evaluation of how much of the world’s species, functional and phylogenetic diversity of birds and mammals is currently protected and the scope for improvement. We show that the large existing gaps in the coverage for each facet of diversity could be remedied by a slight expansion of protected areas: an additional 5% of the land has the potential to more than triple the protected range of species or phylogenetic or functional units. Further, the same areas are often priorities for multiple diversity facets and for both taxa. However, we find that the choice of conservation strategy has a fundamental effect on outcomes. It is more difficult (that is, requires more land) to maximize basic representation of the global biodiversity pool than to maximize local diversity. Overall, species and phylogenetic priorities are more similar to each other than they are to functional priorities, and priorities for the different bird biodiversity facets are more similar than those of mammals. Our work shows that large gains in biodiversity protection are possible, while also highlighting the need to explicitly link desired conservation objectives and biodiversity metrics. We provide a framework and quantitative tools to advance these goals for multi-faceted biodiversity conservation.The researchers have created interactive web maps in the Map of Life project to accompany the study. They can be found at: press release Journal information: Nature 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. (—A trio of researchers, two with Laboratoire d’Écologie Alpine in France and the other with Yale University has conducted an analysis of current parcels of land on our planet that offer protection for plants and animals and have found that just a few small increases in land allotment could produce a large positive influence on biodiversity on a global scale. In their paper published in the journal Nature, Laura Pollock, Wilfried Thuiller and Walter Jetz outline their study and why they believe that areas meant to protect biodiversity need to include more than just number of species. Citation: Study of biodiversity suggests a small increase in size of protected areas could reap large rewards (2017, May 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Costa Ricas poor live longer than poor in the US study finds

first_imgIf you’re poor in Costa Rica, you’ll probably live longer than your relatively poor counterparts in the U.S., according to a new study. If you’re rich, though, you’re better off in the U.S.The findings, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, are striking because of the large difference in living standards between the two countries — especially at the lower end of the income spectrum.Generally, people who live in higher income countries live longer than people in poorer countries. But both Costa Rica and the U.S. buck this trend. Costa Ricans tend to live longer than people in similar-income countries — and, in fact, live longer on average than people in the U.S.Despite having the largest economy on earth, the U.S. has an average life expectancy of 77.4 years, lower than the average of 80 years for nations in the highest per capita GDP group.Costa Ricans have an average life expectancy of 78.5 years, several years beyond countries like Iran or Romania, which have a similar per capita GDP but an average life expectancy closer to 72 years.The study, co-authored by Luis Rosero-Bixby from the University of Costa Rica and William H. Dow from the University of California, Berkeley, looks at the correlation of income to longevity in both the U.S. and Costa Rica.The wealthiest U.S. residents under 65 years old live 3.4 times longer than the poorest. But wealthy Costa Ricans live only 1.5 times longer than poor Costa Ricans. (The study noted that after 65 many older U.S. citizens are eligible for Medicare, after which the difference in life expectancy between rich and poor is less exaggerated.) This is despite the fact that Costa Rica’s income gap is higher than in the U.S.Plus, Costa Rica’s longevity comes at a fraction of the cost: health care costs in the U.S. are ten times higher than in Costa Rica, according to the study.So someone who’s down and out would be better off in Tiquicia than with Uncle Sam. But why?There might be something to ‘Pura Vida’Smoking, obesity and lack of access to health care were among the reasons the authors cited for why poor people in the U.S. don’t live as long as poor people in Costa Rica.Authors Rosero-Bixby and Dow identified lung cancer and heart disease as the main causes of death that account for the difference in overall mortality rates between the two countries. U.S. men are four times more likely to die of lung cancer and have a 54 percent higher risk of dying of heart disease than Costa Rican men.Obesity and smoking — big risk factors for both diseases — are more prevalent among poor people in the U.S. than rich people, and appear to be linked to high mortality rates among U.S. poor, the authors found.In terms of health care, the authors hypothesized that Costa Rica’s national health insurance system, the Caja, boosts its health outcomes — especially among the poor. According to the 2011 census, 86 percent of Costa Ricans and 96 percent of older Costa Ricans are covered by the Caja. The Caja has limitations when it comes to specialized treatments and even care for more basic conditions like hypertension, the authors said, but does a good job providing preventive care and access to health care for people regardless of income.Access to health insurance in the U.S., meanwhile, is more fragmented, especially for poor people under 65.Rosero told The Tico Times that the research also points to psychosocial factors that may contribute to longer lives in Costa Rica. Stress, strong family and social networks, and happiness are all factors that are not well understood but likely play an important role in how long someone lives.But there may be limits to what a country like the U.S. can learn from Costa Rican longevity.“It’s difficult to export culture,” Rosero told The Tico Times.Despite Costa Rica’s high performance, Rosero said that the country’s achievements in health care were not set in stone. He pointed out that the generation of Costa Ricans getting older today may not be as healthy as those studied for the paper. As lifestyles change and become more like those in the U.S., the next generation of older Ticos might not outlive the longevity benefits of the pura vida lifestyle. Facebook Comments Related posts:No free dental checkups for self-employed workers who owe the Caja, Sala IV rules Nearly 14,000 sickened banana workers to receive payment for pesticide exposure Costa Rica doctors association alarmed by low vacciation rates of personnel as 17 dead from AH1N1 virus Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decadeslast_img read more

Radisson Jodhpur debuts in the blue city of Rajasthan India

first_imgRadisson Jodhpur debuts in the blue city of Rajasthan, IndiaRadisson Jodhpur debuts in the blue city of Rajasthan, IndiaRadisson Jodhpur opened its doors to the magnificent city of Jodhpur today. The hotel is the first Radisson – a brand synonymous with outstanding service and comfort, to open in the city.“I am delighted to welcome our first Radisson hotel to Jodhpur. The hotel’s architectural grandeur combined with the brand’s service ethos will enthrall guests travelling to the city. We appreciate the commitment that Madhav Heritage has made in this hotel and the trust they have demonstrated in the Radisson brand,” said Raj Rana, chief executive officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.Strategically located in the center of Jodhpur, the hotel is all set to serve discerning guests with its signature Yes I Can! SM service philosophy. Positioned to be a preferred hotel in the upscale segment and the first choice among leisure and business travelers, the hotel is situated two kilometers from the airport and four kilometers from the railway station. It is situated within a radius of five kilometers from international tourist attractions like Ummaid Palace, Birkha Bawri Step Well, Merangarh Fort, Ghanta Ghar and Mandore Garden.“We are excited about the opening of Radisson Jodhpur. The hotel’s heritage-inspired rooms come with modern amenities and we are confident that guests will appreciate this combination. We are happy to partner Radisson and are looking forward to capitalize on the brand’s well-earned equity in the market,” said Badriram Jakhar, executive director, Mahadev Heritage Hotel Private Limited.“The hotel’s city center location surrounded with tourist attractions makes it ideal for business and leisure travelers. We have infused all the necessary elements in the hotel to make it an upscale experience. We are confident that the hotel will offer a memorable stay to guests through its distinctive brand hallmarks”, said Ram Kishore Jakhar, director, Mahadev Heritage Hotel Private Limited.Spread over around 70,000 square feet, the hotel’s architecture is reminiscent of Rajasthan’s erstwhile culture and style. The hotel constitutes 96 rooms across Superior, Business Class, Studio Suites, Single Bedroom Suite, Two Bedroom Duplex Suites and Presidential Suite categories. Business Class Rooms include a separate living room and Deluxe Suites feature bathtub, powder room, microwave and TV in the separate living room. The hotel also features a state-of-the-art fitness center with modern equipment and a spa service with two treatment rooms for a rejuvenating stay.Radisson Jodhpur offers a wide selection of delightful dining options including Ekatra, a multicuisine all-day-dining restaurant serving delicacies from around the globe; Abhiras, a rooftop Indian specialty restaurant withmodern potpourri of cuisines strewn across India; J Bar, an exclusive terrace grill and bar featuring unique bar-be-que innovations paired with international and IMFL liquor blends and 1459, the confectioneries and pastry shop at the lobby level.Radisson Jodhpur boasts over 30,000 square feet of total meeting space comprising three banquet halls. Equipped with high-speed, wireless internet and audio-visual support, the meeting space is ideal for corporate conferences, contemporary wedding receptions, reunions and more. The banquet facilities at the hotel also feature a party lawn spread over an area of approximately 14,000 square feet for organising stylish parties. Source = Radisson Jodhpurlast_img read more

Ismail A Hamid

first_imgWe participate at OTM every year and consider this to be very important event as we get to communicate directly with our travel partners. OTM is a great platform to analyse the market and to have direct dialogue with tour operators about the arrangements for the coming season. The organisers have done a good job of keeping up with the trends. Special workshops on wedding and films are good signs that the show is evolving every year.last_img

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Simon Armitage is named the UK’s new Poet Laureate LONDON — Simon Armitage has been named the U.K.’s new Poet Laureate, succeeding Carol Ann Duffy in the 10-year post.Queen Elizabeth II has approved the appointment, Britain’s highest literary honour. It dates back to the 17th century, and previous laureates have included John Dryden, William Wordsworth and Ted Hughes.It is up to the poet to decide whether or not to produce poetry for national and royal occasions.Armitage, a professor of poetry at the University of Leeds, has published 28 collections of poetry and his work is studied by British schoolchildren as part of the national curriculum. He said he hoped to “help poetry explore its potential” in a multimedia age.Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright praised Armitage for his “witty and profound take on modern life.”The Associated Presscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted May 11, 2019 3:53 am PDTlast_img read more

First Cyprus Greece and Jordan meeting of historic importance

first_imgGovernment Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said the Trilateral Meeting among the heads of government of Cyprus, Greece and Jordan that will take place in Nicosia on Tuesday is of historic importance.He told the Cyprus News Agency that the meeting will be the first to take place at this level, adding that apart from the signing of agreements and a memorandum of understanding, it is expected to lay the foundations for strategic cooperation at all levels.He also said the Declaration of Nicosia to be adopted will constitute a roadmap of the actions which will follow and it will outline the common approaches of the three states on important current issues, including regional developments.“At the same time and taking into consideration that a fundamental pillar of our foreign policy is to strengthen our relations with all neighbouring states, through the establishment of Trilateral Conferences, tomorrow’s meeting, following those with Egypt and Israel, constitutes another sound step towards the implementation of the goals of our foreign policy, which include upgrading the Republic of Cyprus and enhancing our country’s role in the region,” he told CNA.The spokesman noted the bilateral dimension of the Jordanian King’s visit to Cyprus. He recalled that this is his second visit to the island within a year, adding that this along with the fact that Jordan opened a diplomatic mission in Nicosia at the end of 2016 “proves that our relations are now at a new level, with a view to jointly address challenges, through common action and cooperation, always to the benefit of the people of the two countries.”Christodoulides said that in this framework, the King will be accompanied to Cyprus by the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister, the Energy Minister and other ministers and officials of Jordan.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsResearch About Hepatitis C – The Early Signs Of Hepatitis CHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more