Alec Baldwin To Host NYU Tisch School Of The Arts 50th Anniversary

first_imgNYU Tisch School of the Arts will host its 50th Anniversary Gala, Celebrating the Past/Creating the Future, on Monday, April 4, 2016, at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.Hosted by alumni Alec Baldwin (‘94) and Spike Lee (’82), the event will honor the Tisch family and notable Tisch alumni Paul Tazewell (‘89), Wendy Calhoun (’91) and Lili Cheng (’93).The gala event is the culmination of a year-long celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary, celebrating the impact of the NYU Tisch community on the cultural landscape over the last 50 years, and envisioning how the school can continue its legacy of excellence in arts training over the next 50 years. All proceeds from the evening will go towards scholarship funds to support talented students for the next half century.Among the guests expected are Billy Crystal, Martin Scorsese, Javier Muñoz, Andrew Tisch, co-chair, Loews Corporation, Jonathan Tisch, Chairman, Loews Hotels, Steve Tisch, filmmaker, producer and Executive Vice President, the New York Giants, Paul Tazewell, five-time Tony Award nominee, costume designer, Hamilton and The Wiz Live!, Wendy Calhoun, writer, producer, Empire, Nashville and Justified, Lili Cheng, Microsoft engineer, Vanna White, hostess, Wheel of Fortune, Allyson Green, Dean, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Hilaria Baldwin, yoga instructor and wellness expert, Nancy Travis, actress, Last Man Standing, Jonathan Cohen (‘12), Tisch Gala co-chair, producer, Michael D. Ratner (’14), Tisch Gala co-chair, writer, director, producer, Emily Warren, alumna, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music; co-writer of Jessie J’s “Masterpiece”WHEN:Monday, April 4, 2016WHERE: Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose HallTime Warner Center3 Columbus Circle (enter at Broadway and 60th Street)New York, NY 10019Tickets for Celebrating the Past/Creating the Future are available at www.tischgala.com.last_img read more

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FX Comedy Pilot SINGULARITY About Artificial Intelligence To Film in Vancouver This

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg-produced FX comedy pilot Singularity about artificial intelligence from Silicon Valley writer Sonny Lee is expected to film in Vancouver this Spring. What’s it about? Singularity takes place in a future where artificial intelligence trumps human intelligence, resulting in profound and funny changes to our world.Singularity is expected to start filming in Vancouver on May 8thBY SUSAN GITTINS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

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African UnionUN peacekeeping mission donates supplies to womens prison

Following a request made last month for support by the detention centre in Khanaga, the operation, known as UNAMID, has contributed items, including cooking utensils and bedding. It also has approved the construction of accommodations for female prisoners. Today’s donation to the prison in North Darfur state is a manifestation of UNAMID’s commitment to bolstering national institutions to allow them to better respond to people’s needs, the mission said in a press release. Earlier this month, staff from UNAMID’s human rights and rule of law sections completed a four-day training course on human rights standards and prison management for 30 corrections officials working in North Darfur.The training, the first of its kind in North Darfur, included such topics as the humane treatment of prisoners, particularly minors, pre-trial detainees and female prisoners. The course, held in El Fasher, was funded by Switzerland through the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 24 August 2009The joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur today donated supplies to a women’s prison in the western Sudanese region. read more

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UN court orders Cambodia and Thailand to remove troops from around temple

18 July 2011A United Nations court today ordered Cambodia and Thailand to withdraw their military personnel from around a disputed temple site near their joint border and to agree not to engage in any further fighting in the immediate area. A United Nations court today ordered Cambodia and Thailand to withdraw their military personnel from around a disputed temple site near their joint border and to agree not to engage in any further fighting in the immediate area. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued a series of provisional measures in the dispute between the South-East Asian neighbours over Preah Vihear, an 11th century Hindu temple complex located on the Cambodian side of the border. The site is inscribed on the UN World Heritage List. Cambodia and Thailand have repeatedly clashed over the area in recent years and earlier this year there were fatal skirmishes that forced thousands of people to flee. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other top UN officials have urged the two countries to engage in dialogue to resolve the dispute. Cambodia had applied for provisional measures as part of its request to the ICJ for an interpretation clarifying the meaning or scope of a 1962 judgement that it made in the dispute.Today the court’s 16-member panel found unanimously that the matter was urgent enough, and the potential risk of damage and renewed clashes sufficiently serious, that provisional measures were necessary. Thailand had requested that the case be removed from the ICJ’s general list, but the court rejected that. By a vote of 11 to five, the judges then ruled that the two sides should immediately withdrew their military personnel from a provisional demilitarized zone around the temple which the tribunal has defined, and that they should refrain from having any military presence within the zone or directing any armed activity at the zone. In a vote of 15 to one, the ICJ also stated that:Thailand should not obstruct Cambodia’s free access to Preah Vihear, or prevent it from providing fresh supplies to its non-military personnel; Cambodia and Thailand should continue their cooperation within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in relation to the dispute, particularly by allowing the ASEAN observers to have access to the provisional demilitarized zone; The two countries should refrain from any actions which could aggravate or extend the dispute or make it more difficult to resolve.The ICJ, also known as the World Court, is the principal judicial organ of the UN and is based in The Hague in the Netherlands. One of its tasks is to settle legal disputes between countries. read more

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Issues of postconflict justice and forgiveness discussed at UN meeting

“How do we help a war-torn or newly democratizing society to achieve reconciliation while ensuring that grave violations of human rights and humanitarian law do not go unpunished?” he asked participants attending the first annual meeting of heads of UN political and peace-building offices. “And how, ultimately, can such a country equip itself with the laws, institutions and other safeguards it needs to stop it from falling back into instability and conflict?”The Secretary-General pointed out that while some surviving victims may be eager to testify, “others dread having to re-live the horror and humiliation by describing it in public.” He further noted that those opting for “truth and reconciliation rather than justice” may unintentionally let offenders avoid answering for their actions, “thereby perpetuating the culture of impunity that allowed the atrocities to occur in the first place.””We cannot escape these tensions and dilemmas,” he said. “Somehow, they have to be managed.”Mr. Annan called on participants in the closed meeting, which was also attended by members of the UN Security Council, to consider the timing of efforts to achieve justice, as well as the role of outsiders in the process and the choice of approaches involved.”Given our limited resources, and the political constraints under which we operate, we cannot help in all the situations we should like to, and often the only choice we can make is the choice of whom we disappoint most,” the Secretary-General acknowledged. “However,” he added, we must at least aspire to moral clarity, and I hope today’s discussion will bring us a bit closer to it.” read more

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Regional groups should play bigger role in aiding small island States UN

Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), told the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in New York that regional groups are often better able to negotiate with development partners.”They know the region’s strengths and weaknesses. They know of the region’s capacities and resources,” he said. “They are also better placed to initiate and push ahead with projects and programmes with the governments of the region.”He said regional organizations could help overcome the small size and minuscule populations of SIDS by helping to set up regional development programmes that have individual national components.Mr. Chowdhury was addressing the opening of three days of CSD talks on small island developing States. This week’s talks are serving as a preparatory meeting for a five-day conference on the same issue starting 30 August in Mauritius.The Mauritius summit has been established to review what progress has been made on the programme of action approved at a previous conference in 1994 in Barbados on the sustainable development of SIDS.That programme includes such issues as climate change, tourism, natural disasters and waste. The Mauritius summit is also expected to examine trade, HIV/AIDS and information technology.”No single group of countries is as vulnerable” as the world’s 40-plus SIDS, Mr. Chowdhury said, calling for a more dynamic process to monitor whether improvements are being made.CSD Chairman Børge Brende of Norway told the meeting that many of the goals and actions recommended in the Barbados plan have not been implemented yet. Mr. Chowdhury said the Mauritius summit would focus on why there had been such serious shortfalls.José Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, introduced the Secretary-General’s progress report to today’s talks. He said the report highlighted the most critical areas facing SIDS, including climate change and protecting coastal areas from rising sea levels.Mr. Ocampo said the report also examined challenges that were not anticipated at Barbados in 1994, such as terrorism and transnational organized crime. read more

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Biotech drugmaker Amgens 3Q profit jumps 24 per cent on stronger sales

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted Oct 22, 2013 2:34 pm MDT TRENTON, N.J. – Biotech drugmaker Amgen Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter profit jumped 24 per cent, trouncing analysts’ expectations, as sales of more than a half-dozen of its drugs increased by double digits, one of them helped by a big government purchase.The steady performance came just before Amgen closed its $9.7 billion purchase of Onyx Pharmaceuticals on Oct. 1. That deal is part of Amgen’s strategy to expand beyond its medicines for easing side effects of some cancer treatments and become a major player in the market for pricey cancer drugs.Amgen has also just begun joint ventures to sell colorectal cancer drug Vectibix in China and to develop and then sell five medicines in Japan. Japan is the world’s second-biggest medicine market, after the U.S., and China is spending more on health care, making its huge, aging population a growth target for most pharmaceutical and biotech companies.Executives on a conference call with analysts laid out a multipronged strategy to expand sales into more countries and new disease areas, particularly heart disease. The company is best known for arthritis treatment Enbrel and Prolia for osteoporosis.“Our pipeline now includes 10 late-stage programs set to generate pivotal data” within several years, CEO Robert Bradway noted.Amgen said its third-quarter net income was $1.37 billion, or $1.79 per share, up from $1.11 billion, or $1.41 per share, a year earlier.The Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based company said earnings were $1.94 per share excluding one-time items, mainly costs related to acquisitions, efficiency efforts and issuing stock options. Analysts were expecting $1.76 per share.Revenue climbed 10 per cent to $4.75 billion, topping the $4.6 billion analysts expected.“It was a solid but not remarkable quarter,” said Edward Jones analyst Judson Clark.Amgen’s stock rose $1.29 to $117 in after-hours trading after rising $2.57, or 2.3 per cent, to $116.21 during the regular trading session.Amgen beat the profit forecast handily due to a lower tax rate and strong sales of nearly all its drugs. That included what’s likely a one-time, $155 million U.S. government order for Neupogen, a drug for boosting infection-fighting white blood cells that also protects the body against radiation exposure.“If we back that (purchase) out, everything else seems to come back down to Earth” on expectations for results in coming quarters, Clark said.He noted that next month Neupogen is expected to get cheaper competition — a similar, but not identical, biologic drug — that will cut into sales. However, Amgen has already nudged most patients onto a newer version called Neulasta that has patent protection well beyond then.Sales in the quarter were led by Enbrel, up 7 per cent at $1.16 billion, followed closely by Neulasta, up 9 per cent at $1.14 billion. Prolia and a related bone drug, Xgeva, together were up 41 per cent at $439 million. But Aranesp for anemia saw sales decline 10 per cent to $449 million.Amgen raised the lower end of its 2013 profit forecast by a nickel and now expects $7.35 to $7.45 per share.___Follow Linda A. Johnson at http://twitter.com/LindaJ_onPharma Biotech drugmaker Amgen’s 3Q profit jumps 24 per cent on stronger sales of most of its drugs read more

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Honda fined record 70 million for not reporting death injury complaints involving

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said Thursday it is fining Honda $70 million — the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker — for not reporting to regulators some 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries, and for not reporting warranty claims.The Japanese automaker acknowledged in November that it failed to report the death and injury complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over an 11-year period beginning in 2003. The company admitted it learned of the omissions in 2011 but had waited three years to take action.Honda also failed to report certain warranty claims and claims under customer satisfaction campaigns throughout the same period, federal officials said. The safety administration is imposing twin fines: $35 million for not reporting the death and injury complaints, and another $35 million for not reporting the warranty and customer satisfaction claims. Both fines are the maximums the agency is legally allowed to impose.Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the fines reflect the government’s determination to take a tough stance against automakers who withhold safety information from regulators.“What we cannot tolerate and will not tolerate is an automaker failing to report to us any recall issues,” Foxx said.The Honda complaints include incidents related to air bags made by Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp., as well as other defective parts. Honda has recalled more than 5 million vehicles in the U.S. since 2008 to fix a potentially fatal defect in Takata-made air bags. The air bag inflators can rupture after a crash and injure occupants with shards of metal.Honda has agreed to pay the fines under a consent order it signed with the traffic safety administration on Dec. 29, federal officials said. But officials said they have not yet received all the complaints from Honda and therefore don’t have a tally of how many deaths and injuries are involved.“We have resolved this matter and will move forward to build on the important actions Honda has already taken to address our past shortcomings in early warning reporting,” Rick Schostek, executive vice-president of Honda North America Inc., said in a statement.The company blamed the omissions on “errors related to data entry, computer coding, regulatory interpretation, and other errors in warranty and property damage claims reporting.”Foxx said information about Honda’s failure to disclose the complaints also has been forwarded to the Justice Department. The Center for Auto Safety, a consumer watchdog group, called for a criminal investigation of Honda after the company’s failure to disclose the complaints became public.Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the centre, said $70 million is too small a penalty considering that incidents involving Takata air bags are among the complaints not reported.“How many other deadly defects are concealed in the 1,729 death and injury claims not reported by Honda?” he asked. “The company must waive all statutes of limitations at the state and federal level over potential recalls or lawsuits arising out of defects concealed in the unreported claims.”Federal law requires automakers to submit death and injury complaints to regulators as part of an “early warning” system for identifying potential safety defects that can lead to a recall.The fine against Honda caps a tumultuous year for automakers and federal regulators. Including the fine against Honda, the traffic safety administration imposed $126 million in fines against automakers in 2014, more than all the fines in the agency’s previous 43 years.In May, the traffic safety administration levied the first maximum $35 million fine in its history against General Motors for taking more than a decade to disclose an ignition-switch defect in millions of cars that has been linked to at least 42 deaths and 58 injuries.Under an agreement with the Transportation Department, GM admitted it was slow to inform regulators, promised to report problems faster and submitted to more in-depth government oversight of its safety operations.But lawmakers and safety advocates have also accused the traffic safety administration of having too cozy a relationship with the auto industry and for not identifying dangerous safety defects based on reports made directly to the agency by consumers and police.___Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy FILE – In this April 25, 2014 file photo, a man walks past a Honda on display at Honda Motor Co. headquarters in Tokyo. The Obama administration on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 said it will fine Honda $70 million _ the largest civil penalty leveled against an automaker _ for not reporting to regulators over 1,700 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries and not reporting warranty claims. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File) Honda fined record $70 million for not reporting death, injury complaints involving its cars by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2015 11:32 am MDT read more

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August new car preregistration figures

Today, SMMT released figures for August pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in August 2015 that were defined as pre-registrations.CLICK HERE: Download the August 2015 release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Former Buckeye Jordan Sibert now shooting threat for Dayton Flyers

Then-OSU-sophomore guard Jordan Sibert (2) drives to the basket during a game against Illinois Feb. 21, 2012, at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 83-67.Lantern file photoIn sports, teams are often seen as a second family to players and coaches.Players are like siblings, with the coaches serving as the parents — or in many cases the crazy uncles — of this unlikely family.But when one of your own leaves, how do you face them in battle?That is a question the Ohio State men’s basketball team has to ponder as it takes on 11th-seed Dayton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday. The Flyers are led by redshirt-junior guard Jordan Sibert, who averages 12.5 points per game this year.Sibert is also a former Buckeye, but after spending two seasons in Columbus — where he only averaged 2.1 points per game in 2010-11 and 3.0 in 2011-12 — the Cincinnati native made the decision to travel across the state and join the Dayton Flyers.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said Sunday he imagines getting a shot at his old school will fire Sibert up.“(I’m) trying to put myself in his shoes, absolutely,” Smith Jr. said when asked if Sibert will be looking for a big game against OSU. “But at the same time we’re both in the same boat, you lose, you go home. So I think we’re both going to be jacked up for the same purposes.”Sibert said Wednesday he is ready for the challenges that will come with facing his former team.“Definitely excited when I heard that we were playing them,” Sibert said. “You know, every transfer would love to get a chance to go against their old school.”Smith Jr. and senior guard Aaron Craft were a part of the recruiting class that included Sibert — as well as former OSU standouts Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas, and Toledo forward J.D. Weatherspoon.Even though Sibert left, Smith Jr. said he was as much a part of the team as any other player at OSU.“Just like with any other of these guys up here, we were brothers, we were teammates,” Smith Jr. said. “We had one another in hard times. I don’t know, I guess things didn’t pan out as well for him (here) as they did for me. I guess I was just the fortunate one to get that starting position and remain here and play on this Buckeye team with these guys that I love so much. Then again, I’m pretty sure with whatever he did, his decision, he’s prepared.”Coach Thad Matta, who had a hand in recruiting Sibert, said watching him succeed with Dayton puts a smile on his face.“When he left he said, ‘Look, I want to play a lot,’” Matta said on Sunday. “And he’s definitely getting to do that, and he’s honestly having a great career there. I’m one of those guys that says, ‘Hey, as long as everybody’s happy in terms of where they are and what they’re doing, I’m happy for them.’”Sibert said he holds no resentment for the school after leaving, and thought Matta was helpful throughout the process.“No hard feelings at all,” Sibert said. “Leaving the program, Thad did a great job helping me find a new place. My choice for Dayton was pretty easy … Me being from Cincinnati, making that trip to Dayton was definitely an easy choice for me.”Junior forward Sam Thompson, who was a freshman during Sibert’s final season with the Buckeyes, was on the receiving end of Sibert’s loss of playing time. As Sibert’s minutes got cut, OSU began to rely more on Thompson off the bench.Thompson said he didn’t feel there was anything different in the competition between himself and Sibert.“It was tough,” Thompson said on Sunday. “I don’t think there was anything special between Jordan and me. Our practices are the toughest practices I’ve ever been a part of. There’s competition all across the board between all 12 guys or however many guys we had that year. So there’s definitely some competition between the two of us, but I don’t think it was anything out of the ordinary.”On top of leading his team in points per game, Sibert is also Dayton’s second best 3-point marksman, hitting 43.9 percent of his attempts from outside of the arc.Matta said he has seen an improvement in Sibert’s outside shooting since he joined the Flyers.“I’ve watched Dayton play this year. I think percentage-wise, Jordan’s much higher than he was here,” Matta said Sunday.But Matta was quick to add that despite none of his players shooting higher than 36.2 percent this year from long range, he doesn’t think about what could have been with Sibert.“No, because he’s doing his thing, and he’s doing it well,” Matta said. “Those kind of things don’t cross my mind very often.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to tip off against Dayton Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in Buffalo, N.Y. read more

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Screen time more dangerous for children than activities in Swallows and Amazons

first_img 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. Julian Lovelock, the former dean of arts and pro vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham, where he lectured on Ransome, said children were spending increasing amounts of time using “gadgets and gizmos” and were not living in the real world.“Sailing at night without life-jackets, wrecking their dinghy through a foolhardy misjudgement, crossing the stormy North Sea in a small boat, confronting the urban Hullaballoos: today’s health and safety police would have had apoplexy,” he said.”But it’s worth pondering whether the challenges and dangers of the outdoors are more or less dangerous than surfing the internet, and asking which is the better preparation for life.“Research suggests children are spending less time than ever playing outside and more time than ever on screens. And how many new tablets, phones, or other gizmos have just arrived as Christmas gifts?“Children have too much time in front of computer screens and too little freedom to go off exploring. There’s evidence that when children do get outdoors, it boosts their problem-solving skills, cooperation, focus and self-discipline.”It’s about young people fending for themselves, taking risks, learning from mistakes, and having to sort things out when things went wrong. There were no mobile phones to summon help at the slightest upset.” The updated version of Swallows and Amazons It’s about young people fending for themselves, taking risks, learning from mistakes. There were no mobile phones to summon help at the slightest upsetJulian Lovelock In his new book, entitled Swallows, Amazons and Coots Lovelock highlights how Ransome also had an adventurous life, which led him to pen 12 novels about the adventures of middle-class children in the British Empire.Having escaped to Russia from a troubled marriage, he became a foreign correspondent for the Left-wing Daily News, shared a flat with the Bolshevik propagandist Karl Radek, became an agent for MI6 and married Trotsky’s secretary, Evgenia Shelepina.He and Evgenia then travelled to England and set up home in the Lake District, where in 1929 Ransome wrote Swallows and Amazons.Lovelock’s views on screen time were echoed by the University of Buckingham’s  vice-chancellor Sir Anthony Seldon, who is a leading campaigner on mental health.”The mental health of today’s children is at crisis point,” said Sir Anthony.”They are under enormous pressure and the temptation to spend too much time surfing the net, watching TV or playing computer games is difficult to resist. “Playing outdoors regularly with others helps with resilience, leadership skills, building confidence and self-esteem. The children in Arthur Ransome’s stories took some big risks.”The younger generation of today face different types of risk – but just as big – because of the amount of time they are spending in front of screens.”Swallows, Amazons and Coots: a Reading of Arthur Ransome by Julian Lovelock is published by The Lutterworth Press. Spending hours staring at screens is a more dangerous pastime than the perilous activities carried out by the children in Swallows and Amazons, academics have said. The author of the first ever full-length study of Arthur Ransome’s classic adventure novel claims too much time surfing the net is far more deadly than sailing at night without a life jacket, because it fails to teach children how to fend for themselves or take risks. The updated version of Swallows and Amazonslast_img read more

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H1N1 on the rise in Greece

first_imgThe spread of swine flu across Greece has been incredibly swift, with more than 200 cases confirmed in laboratory tests in the past week alone, an expert report revealed.520 people have been confirmed as having contracted the H1N1 virus in Greece, according to the report by the Hellenic Center for Infectious Diseases Control (KEEL).The report adds that the total number of Greek cases is probably much higher than this, as the aforementioned figure refers only to the results of the laboratory tests that are conducted on selected suspect cases.Meanwhile, there are fears that the rate of the flu’s spread will increase when tourist arrivals peak. In the meantime, Greek schools are expected to open as scheduled in the fall, though Education Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos said authorities “are ready to address any eventuality.”The rise of swine flu saw the the leader of main opposition PASOK, George Papandreou, accused the Karamanlis Government of a lack of serious planning, coordination and an inadequate public awareness campaign.Reacting to the criticism, Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos accused the opposition leader of “petty politicking”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Geek Deals Save Big on Warhammer Games and DLC with Humble Bundle

first_imgLooking for a wide selection of PC games to expand your Steam library? This Humble Warhammer Bundle is surprisingly diverse. Of course, it covers both fantasy and sci-fi, but it also hits on genres from strategy to shooters to sports. Better yet, you can get a taste for as little as $1. • Humble Warhammer BundleFor just a dollar, you’ll get the first Dawn of War RTS with all of the fixings, a digital interpretation of the game Talisman, and three expansions made specifically for this digitized board game.Pay at least $1Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of WarTalisman: Digital EditionTalisman – The Blood Moon ExpansionTalisman – The Harbinger ExpansionTalisman – The Sacred Pool ExpansionWant Vermintide, the Space Marine Collection, and Blood Bowl 2 as well? Beat the average, and you’ll get Steam codes on the double.Beat the averageWarhammer: End Times – VermintideWarhammer 40,000: Space Marine CollectionBlood Bowl 2Spend a minimum of $12 on this bundle, and you’ll get everything above plus a copy of Dawn of War III, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, and some Vermintide DLC.Pay at least $12Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War IIIWarhammer: End Times – Vermintide StromdorfBattlefleet Gothic: ArmadaDirect Relief, a charity with a perfect score from Charity Navigator, is currently the featured non-profit, so they’ll benefit from the bundle sales by default. If you’d like to support something else though, you can pick from thousands of participating charities.Sale Ends: November 20th, 2018 at 11AM PTNote: Terms and conditions apply. See the Humble site for more information.For more great Humble deals, go to TechBargains.last_img read more

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Positive personal language is best for pension communications

first_imgA study by investment management organisation Invesco into the language of defined contribution (DC) pension schemes has identified four key language principles for communicating with employees about their pensions.Research for the report, ReDefined contribution schemes, published on 18 October 2018, included interviews with heads of pension schemes, focus groups and a survey of 500 UK employees.Scott West, head of Invesco Consulting, said: “Having previously carried out the study in the US, we wanted to bring this research to the UK, not least at a time when auto-enrolment is presenting a significant communication challenge for the UK’s pension industry.”The research found that members prefer their schemes to talk about pensions using language that is positive, plausible, plain spoken and personal.The study also highlighted key phrases and vocabulary that UK employees like to hear when it comes to pension communications, such as discussion about “comfort” in later life, as well as language that is off-putting or confusing, with unrealistic phrases like “dream retirement” often being met with scepticism.According to the report, language focusing on “sacrifice” and fears of “pension poverty” is less motivating than positive language emphasising the benefits to be gained from investing more in their pension. Other phrases to avoid in pension communications include “low cost”, which makes employees suspicious, “institutional investment”, which they struggle to understand, and “autopilot”, which they associate with a loss of oversight and control.West said: “Pension scheme engagement is crucial to encourage employees to think about their financial futures. However, the exact language that schemes are using is often ignored. Many words and phrases that are being used by schemes are found to be evoking negative emotional responses from members. Pension schemes need to carefully consider their engagement strategies, improving conversations to help their employees understand the importance of their financial futures.”Seven in 10 (70%) of respondents said they would rather hear about an investment that maximises their gains, rather than one that minimises their losses, in their pension communications. When the survey asked what respondents wanted to be referred to, “employee” was the preferred option for almost half (45%), followed by “member” (33%).Stephen Messenger, UK institutional sales director at Invesco, said: “Our extensive study into the language of [DC] pension schemes reveals many of the words and phrases used within the industry did not connect with their members. Employees want confidence that their investments are right. The language that is used to communicate this is extremely important.“The UK is a diverse workforce and there is no doubt it is challenging for pension schemes to create messaging that resonates with all [their] members. However, our study proves that in order to get employees engaged with a technical process, it is vitally important to use the right words.”last_img read more

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Officials assist lone baby deer in Big Pine Key

first_imgBIG PINE KEY, Fla. (WSVN) – A baby deer needed assistance after falling into a canal in Big Pine Key.Officers with Florida Fish and Wildlife rushed to the side of the baby deer who was found alone. The deer somehow managed to get out on its own.The duo from FWC wrapped the fawn in a blanket while they searched the area to find its mother.Unfortunately, they weren’t able to locate her but have since released the young deer in hopes that the pair will reconnect in the wild.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Study Over 100 Million Smartphone Users Projected by 2013

first_img“We are now able to reach an audience that we never could have reached before,” Gaither says. “We have to give them what they want or they will look for it elsewhere,” she says, adding that publishers must “keep up with them [the audience], or you are no longer useful.”GBOD also launched an interactive app for its largest adult-targeted publication The Upper Room Daily Devotional, and is in the process of developing monetized e-magazines for that brand, as well as Alive Now. Both are scheduled to launch in March. GBOD does not view digital products as replacements for print, but instead as an enhancement. Gaither says that for the time being, print will go on, and GBOD’s plan is “not an either-or, it’s a both.” About 46 percent of American adult cell phone users now own smartphones, according to the Pew Research Center, information that could be useful to publishers and their mobile strategies. Smartphone usage increased 11 percent from May 2011 to February 2012. Seemingly, smartphone usage is on the rise, and similar findings were echoed in comScore’s “2012 Mobile Future in Focus” report, which suggests that by the close of 2012, smartphones will be in the hands of the majority of all mobile phone users.Pew’s study shows that smartphone ownership increased over a broad spectrum of demographics, and devices that were once recognized as business tools are now quite clearly consumer-oriented. Smartphone ownership in the 45-54 age range increased 16 percent, from 28 percent to 44 percent, and there was an aggregate increase of 14 percent in users age 18-44, from 50.3 percent to 64 percent. These upticks indicate that more than half of the generally targeted U.S. consumer market demographic (individuals age 18-49) owns a smartphone. According to comScore, smartphone owners will exceed 100 million in 2012.The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD), which produces six magazine brands to reach audiences from 13 years of age and up, has been proactive in meeting audience demand for digital access. At the beginning of the year, GBOD’s youth magazine Devozine introduced a Web-based mobile platform for its young audience. Stacy Gaither, maketing manager for GBOD, describes this audience as “tech trendsetters,” and reports that, so far, the mobile-friendly website has been a popular add-on for the print publication’s audience.last_img read more

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Google parent Alphabet posts strong results as antitrust concerns loom

first_imgGoogle announced second-quarter earnings Thursday. Getty Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is dealing with an onslaught of controversies, including antitrust scrutiny, employee protests and concerns over everything from extremism on YouTube to its work in China. But none of those scandals has affected one of the most important things for the company: its bottom line. Alphabet’s business recovered in the second quarter, after stumbling during the first three months of the year.In the quarter ended June 30, Google’s parent, Alphabet, tallied $38.94 billion in sales, beating analyst estimates of $38.14 billion, the company said Thursday. Earnings per share were $14.21. Analysts on average had expected $11.30 per share, according to Thomson Reuters. The company’s stock jumped almost 9 percent in after-hours trading. In the second quarter, Alphabet continued to pour money into projects that don’t make money through advertising. The company’s “Other Bets” division, which includes its moonshot projects like driverless cars and Verily health tech initiative, spent almost $1 billion in operating costs, up from $732 million the year before.Google CEO Sundar Pichai also said that sales of the company’s Pixel line of smartphones had doubled in the second quarter compared to last year. The growth was driven in part by the release of the Pixel 3A in May, a mid-tier version of Google’s flagship phone. Pichai also said that Google’s cloud division is generating $8 billion in revenue a year. Alphabet’s muscular financial performance underscores its market dominance, which has been under the microscope of regulators. Most recently, the US Department of Justice on Tuesday said it’s opening an antitrust probe into the Silicon Valley giants, including Alphabet, to examine the market power of the big tech platforms. The announcement of the broader probe comes months after it was reported in May that the Justice Department is also prepping an antitrust investigation into Google over its search practices and other businesses. The Federal Trade Commission wrapped up a separate antitrust investigation into the search giant in 2013, but ultimately ruled that it didn’t violate any antitrust laws. “We understand there will be scrutiny,” Pichai said on an analyst call Thursday, when asked about regulatory concerns and the increased attention from the Justice Department. “We will engage constructively. It’s not new to us. We have participated in these processes before.”Google also continues to deal with internal strife. That includes the fallout from last year’s historic walkout over the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations targeted at key executives. Two of the walkout organizers, Claire Stapleton and Meredith Whittaker, said they faced retaliation from management for their organizing efforts. Stapleton departed the company last month and Whittaker left earlier this month. YouTube has also been a source of intense controversy. Earlier this quarter, YouTube refused to shut down the channel of Steven Crowder, a conservative comedian who hurled homophobic and racial slurs at Carlos Maza, a Vox journalist who is Latino and gay. In response, Google employees protested the company during San Francisco’s Pride parade last month. On the conference call, CFO Ruth Porat said the company is trying to secure the video site from harmful content, like misinformation and extremist videos. But taking down that content has only had a “negligible” impact on YouTube’s revenue, Porat said. She called YouTube Alphabet’s “second largest driver of revenue growth.”  Share your voice Earnings Google Alphabet Inc. Tags Post a comment Tech Industry 0last_img read more

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Pfizer announces completion of Rs 110crore deal with Piramal Enterprises

first_imgUS pharmaceutical company Pfizer said on Monday that it has concluded the sale of four products to Mumbai-based Piramal Enterprises Limited (earlier Piramal Healthcare Limited). The deal, valued at Rs. 110 crore, was first struck in May this year when Piramal Enterprises agreed to buy  Ferradol, Neko, Sloan’s and Waterbury’s compound from the Indian arm of Pfizer.”In this regard, we wish to inform you that post completion of requisite formalities and receipt of necessary regulatory approvals for the transaction, the company has concluded the transaction. Accordingly, the aforementioned products stand transferred to Piramal Enterprises,” Pfizer said in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).The share price of Pfizer ended 1.66 percent down at Rs. 1,930.40, down 1.66 percent, while Piramal Enterprises lost 1.04 percent to close at Rs. 1,888.30 apiece on the Bombay Stock Exchange on Monday.The BSE Healthcare index closed 0.49 percent lower at 16,532.15, far lower than the 1.30 percent fall the Sensex — the benchmark equity index of 30 scrips — saw on Monday in response to latest the  development in the US presidential elections. Republican nominee Donald Trump and Deomcrat’s Hillary Clinton will be having a face-off tonight on television. A feeling among investors that a victory for Trump in the debate could make investors feel uncertain and consequently, volatile stock markets worldwide.last_img read more

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Lightning kills 3 more

first_imgTwo farmers and a schoolgirl were killed in separate incidents of lightning strike in Habiganj and Meherpur districts on Thursday, reports UNB.In Habiganj, a farmer and a schoolgirl were killed when a thunderbolt hit them in separate places in Baniachong upazila.The deceased are Tarin, 15, daughter of Jahir Miah and a class IX student of Sujatpur High School and farmer Mizanur Rahman, residents of Sotomukha village in Sujatpur union.Tarin’s father Jahir Miah said a thunderbolt hit Tarin while she was working at the courtyard of their house and she died on the spot.Besides, Mizanur was killed in lightning while he was cutting paddy at Daulatpur haor.In Meherpur, Helu Zoarder, 55, son of Nabin Zoarder of Mohammadpur village, was killed as a lightning struck him while he was working at the field of the village in Gangi upazila around 11:00am.Besides, six people were injured in lightning strikes at Mohammadpur, Kasba and Motmura villages of the upazila.last_img read more

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Khaleda bail plea rejected by Cumilla court

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. File PhotoA Cumilla court on Wednesday rejected the bail petition of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed under the Special Powers Act over the arson attack in Chouddagram upazila in Cumilla in 2015.Cumilla district and sessions judge KM Shamsul Alam rejected the bail plea, reports UNB.Earlier on 23 July, the High Court directed the Cumilla court to dispose of the bail petition filed by Khaleda within 26 July.On 17 July, Khaleda Zia filed a petition before the court seeking bail in the case.Eight people were killed and 20 others injured when miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram of Cumilla district during the BNP-led alliance’s movement on 3 February 2015.Two cases were filed in this connection against Khaleda.On 8 February, Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.last_img read more

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