Hassania School to Feature Benefits of Electricity at Electro Day

By Amal El AttaqThe Hassania School of Public Works (EHTP) will host the second Hassania Electro Day on March 30. Located in Casablanca, EHTP is one of the most popular graduate engineering schools in Morocco. EHTP’s ElectroPower club will lead the event, which aims to answer questions from curious and passionate people about electricity. The club hopes also to innovate and reflect on the present and future challenges related to electrical energy. “We aim to make all visitors understand the wide application of electricity; it is not just electrotechnics, but also programming and industry,” said Rachida Ounarain, president of the EHTP ElectroPower club.EHTP was founded in 1971 by the Ministry of Public Works, to develop Moroccan professionals in sectors such as construction, water, information technology, electrical power, civil engineering, and meteorology.Read also: 35% of Moroccan Electricity Came from Renewable Sources in 2018Other than the ElectroPower club, the school has an Olympics club, a cultural club, a business forum, and others.The club is planning a range of activities, such as stands, workshops, training, and the sharing of experiences led by engineers for students. They will also host competitions and a conference under the theme “Electricity: The lifeblood of our modern world.” Ounarain stressed that electricity is a necessity in daily life.“If you gave a task for 100 people to do, those people will take more than 10 days to finish it. However a machine can do the whole work in 24h. This is the power of electricity,” argued Ounarain.The club aims to simplify concepts of embedded systems, electronics, and robotics because they believe that electricity faces many challenges today in Morocco. “While preparing for this conference, we tried to make the theme more general, so as to be useful for all students, even those who are not engineering students,” Ounarain told Morocco World News.The student related that the conference will focus on four main areas: medicine, astronomy, energy, and telecommunications. One conference guest, Leila Sedki, will give a presentation about how electricity contributes to energy and how Ibn Khaldoun contributed to astronomy. She stated that attendees are also going to meet startups and other companies to explain how electrical energy works.Ounarain added that the club’s team are still contacting their previous partners to be present in this year’s exposition, such as Fablab and Nextronic. “We are aiming to contact other companies and startups that are related to aeronautics, and still working in that,” said Ounarain.The event’s first competition will be for students’ projects. The best projects, in terms of idea and technicality, will win a prize of MAD 500.The second competition is called “Capture the Flag,” a hacking competition in which teams resolve enigmas to get a flag.The student related that the club has not selected a prize for the competition yet, but she promised it would be greater than the first.Regarding their future projects, she said that the club is working on another project called “the meeting,” which will match an engineering student with an engineer mentor who will try to share work experience and knowledge with the student.At the first Hassania Electro Day last year, called “National Day of Electricity,” 150 persons attended.According to Ounarain, last year’s theme was “connectivity and performance.” Several professors and engineers, such as Mohamed Elaaroussi, Benmir Fouad, Elbakri Mohamed, and Mohamed Reffadi, shared their expertise at the event. read more

UN advocate for children in armed conflict hails United States legislative steps

17 September 2008The United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today praised the United States for the introduction of new legislation that aims to tackle the recruitment and use of the estimated 250,000 child soldiers worldwide. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, said the passage of one act dealing with the scourge and the imminent passage of another was a welcome step forward.“The Child Soldiers Prevention and Accountability Act send a clear message that recruitment and use of child soldiers is unlawful,” she said, according to a press release issued by her office. “Perpetrators of such crimes could also become accountable under US domestic legislation. “The Child Soldiers Accountability Act, which received bipartisan support from the Senate and House of Representatives, criminalizes the recruitment and use of child soldiers, while also giving the US the authority to deny admission or to deport individuals for such grave child rights violations. Still to be passed, the Child Soldiers Prevention Act will heighten the campaign against child soldiering through restricting the transfer of military technology, the prohibition of arms export licences, and provision of US military assistance to curb governments or paramilitaries conscripting children under the age of 15.Today, more than 250,000 children continue to be exploited as child soldiers. The global fight against impunity for the recruitment and use of child soldiers will be strongly enhanced, Ms. Coomaraswamy said, by the implementation of both acts.Collaborative efforts over the last eight years between the Office of the Special Representative, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other UN entities and Member States have resulted in significant advances, actions and tangible results for children affected by armed conflict, according to her office.Ms. Coomaraswamy stated: “The unique engagement of the Security Council through resolution 1612 played a crucial role in awakening the conscience of the international community and has started to bring results at a global level.” Previous indictments for violations of international law through the recruitment and use of child soldiers include: Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, founder and leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC); and Major Jean-Pierre Biyoyo of the Mudundo Forty armed group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A former head of State, Charles Ghankay Taylor of Liberia, is currently on trial in the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) facing an 11-count indictment for crimes against humanity, including the act of enlisting child soldiers.The Special Representative embraced the US move as a catalyst to further the global fight against child soldiering. “US engagement will add impetus in bringing tangible changes to the child soldiers issue around the globe,” she said. read more

Independent UN expert urges DPR Korea to resolve abduction of Japanese citizens

28 January 2011An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged authorities in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to resolve the issue of abducted Japanese citizens, saying the long-standing kidnappings were a matter of concern to the international community. “It is incumbent upon the authorities to come out clean and settle this long-standing question of abduction and engage on wider issues of the human rights and humanitarian situation of the people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” said Marzuki Darusman, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in DPRK.“For effective resolution of the abduction issue, international criminal liability of those responsible for the abductions cannot be ruled out. As a start, I urge the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to return to promises made during August 2008 to reinvestigate the pending cases,” Mr. Darusman said at the end his 25-28 January visit to Japan.Of the 17 officially recognised cases of abduction of Japanese nationals by DPRK agents, only five have been returned to Japan. During his visit, Mr. Darusman met with a few of the abductees’ families and heard their painful testimonies.“Their stories have moved me. I sympathise with them and I pledge that I will follow this matter closely and do everything possible to highlight their case, along with the wider human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, at various international fora,” he said.Mr. Darusman said that his meetings with defectors from DPRK in Japan reinforced reports of the dire humanitarian situation and the absence of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights for the people in the Asian country.“This underscores the need to provide humanitarian aid to the country, subject of course to proper monitoring of its distribution,” he said. “Measures need to be taken by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to ensure respect for a wide range of its citizens’ human rights,” he added.Mr. Darusman met several high-level Japanese officials, including the ministers of foreign affairs and justice, as well as the minister in charge of abduction issues. He also conferred with national and international non-governmental organisations, diplomats and UN officials.“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea cannot afford to find itself in isolation and needs to seize every opportunity to establish dialogue with the international community,” Mr. Darusman said.  “I will continue to engage with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea authorities and hope they will change their course and interact with me.” read more

Supreme Court observes RTI bill needs some amendments

The Supreme Court has observed that the Right To information (RTI) bill needs some amendments.The Supreme Court has informed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya that the bill is not consistent with the constitution in its current form. The RTI bill was tabled in Parliament and had the backing of all Provincial Councils (PCs) while some had sought a few amendments. (Colombo Gazette)

Niagara police say alleged sexual assault did not happen

A St. Catharines woman has been charged after police say she “willfully misled” investigators by reporting a sexual assault that did not happen.The 22-year-old woman told police she had been accosted and sexually assaulted by a group of five men shortly after 3 a.m. on March 31.The woman alleged the attack happened while she was walking down a lane way in the area of Clifton Hill and Victoria Ave. in Niagara Falls.“After a three week investigation, Detectives from the Sexual Assault Unit formed reasonable grounds to believe that the incident as reported did not occur,” said Niagara police in a news release. “It is alleged that the complainant willfully misled police, by reporting that an offence had been committed when it had not been.”The woman was arrested on Thursday and charged with public mischief. She has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.Niagara police are reminding residents that allegations of sexual assault are treated very seriously. “The NRPS is sensitive to the fact that it is very difficult for victims of sexual assault to come forward, for a number of reasons, including a potential fear that they may not be believed,” said police. “Investigators hope that this incident does not negatively impact the willingness of others to come forward and wish to stress that in this case, the investigation and evidence gathered led to a belief that the accused willfully misled police.” read more

Area Toyota plants to lose 10 of production but new vehicle may

Toyota assembly plants in Southwestern Ontario will lose about 10 per cent of their total production, 50,000 vehicles a year, the second blow to the automotive sector here in recent months.But Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada is promising a silver lining, a new vehicle, the automaker announced Thursday.The automaker with plants in Woodstock and Cambridge and about 8,000 workers said Thursday it will shift to Kentucky production of a RAV4 hybrid it was making here for sale in the U.S., following a US$749 million investment in the plant south of the border.The Cambridge plant will continue to build hybrid RAV4s for sale in Canada, a small slice of the market since 50,000 RAV4 hybrids were sold in the U.S., but only 8,000 in Canada.“Any decrease in production at a Canadian plant is concerning. We are losing an economic gain we would have had for the future,” said Juan Manuel Herrera, an economist and automotive analyst with Scotiabank.“They have capacity at a plant (in Kentucky) and they want to keep operating in a cost-efficient way.”Workers in both Cambridge and Woodstock were shocked by the news, since only 10 months ago Toyota announced a $1.4-billion investment in its Ontario plants, helped by $220 million in federal and provincial government funding, and the RAV4 hybrid was a big part of that news.“We’ve lost the hybrid for the North American market,” said Lee Sperduti, team leader at the Cambridge plant.“The only thing that matters is that we have volume, that we make a vehicle people want.”General Motors recently announced the closing of its Oshawa assembly plant and the loss of about 3,000 jobs by the end of the year.Toyota’s Woodstock and Cambridge plants will continue to make gasoline-powered RAV4s, as well as Lexus crossover vehicles, both gasoline and hybrid, for the North American market.“It was a significant investment. It seems to me like a strange move to invest this much in a plant and then assemble it somewhere else,” Herrera said of Toyota’s recent moves.But Toyota also is eyeing a new vehicle for the Ontario plants.“Toyota is considering production of a new model in Canada and the company will make an announcement once this decision has been made,” said Michael Bouliane, a company spokesperson.The automaker also announced employment at the plants will remain “stable.”“We will start production of RAV4 hybrid vehicles in Canada from April 2019 as originally planned.  As of 2020, RAV4 hybrid vehicles for the Canadian market and gasoline models (including for the U.S. market) will continue to be produced in Canada,” said Bouliane.The Ontario plants will remain the largest producer of RAV4 vehicles for North American markets, he said.That’s little comfort to Sperduti, as workers fear the sister plants in Southwestern Ontario could land a low-volume niche vehicle, compared to the RAV4 and Corolla, which used to be assembled there.“The thing that concerns me is what is coming,” he said.Toyota saying employment levels will remain “stable” also is little comfort to workers since a flood of coming retirements means there are fears employment will fall by attrition.“They may not hire replacements. We will have a lot of retirements in about two years,”said Sperduti.“We will build the car the best we can, but we want to make sure we have volume, and will make a car everyone wants. The RAV4 is what everyone wants. We need it to keep our employment levels.”Toyota sold a total of 427,000 RAV4s in the U.S. last year, of which 174,000 were made in Ontario.“It’s a huge seller,” said Herrera.The Automotive News reported Thursday the Georgetown, Ky., plant will have capacity to build 100,000 RAV4 hybrids a year starting in January 2020.The news comes as the automotive sector is cooling, after strong sales for about 10 years. In 2017, 17.1 million vehicles were sold in the U.S. Last year, that total was 17.2 million. This year sales are expected to slow to about 16.8 million vehicles, said Herrera, a decrease of 400,000 sales, or a two per cent drop.Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, Ky., made the Venza, discontinued in 2017, and assembles the Camry, which has seen sales slow.The Woodstock and Cambridge Toyota plants assemble about 500,000 vehicles a year.It Woodstock plant began making the RAV4 hybrid only a few weeks ago. It assembled the Corolla, but that production was shifted to a plant in Mexico.ndebono@postmedia.caToyota Motor Manufacturing Canada500,000 vehicles a year About 8,000 workers Assemble the RAV4, gasoline and hybrid, and Lexus RX350, gasoline and hybrid Plants in Woodstock, RAV4 only and Cambridge, RAV4 and Lexus Recently lost production of the Corolla sedan to Mexico U.S. vehicle sales2019: 16.8 million 2018: 17.2 million 2017: 17.1 million. Total: 400,000 decrease, or four per cent read more

Marijuana setback relief denied

A local marijuana producer is weighing his options now that Norfolk council has turned down his request for an exemption to the county’s cannabis-production regulations.Council’s unanimous vote came at the end of a two-hour public meeting Tuesday under the Planning Act.Council’s decision was a relief to residents of Townsend Road 14 east of Blue Line Road.Single-family dwellings surround the greenhouse operation on three sides. Families have been complaining about the strong smell of marijuana in the neighbourhood since the 2.1-acre greenhouse was converted to cannabis from vegetable production three years ago.The facility belongs to Sean Zheng, who lists Townsend Road 14 as his address.The Norfolk regulation at issue requires greenhouses producing cannabis to be at least 150 metres from sensitive land uses such as housing if the greenhouse is fitted with odour-mitigating technology. The same regulation requires a setback of 300 metres if the greenhouse lacks this equipment.The home closest to the Zheng greenhouse is 39 feet (11.9 metres) away. As well, the Zheng greenhouse is not fitted with odour-mitigating technology. Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman wanted to know why Zheng was seeking relief from the 150-metre requirement when he is in violation of the 300-metre setback provision of the county bylaw.“I find it offensive that this request is even being made,” Huffman told Zheng’s planning consultant Gary Blazak, of London.Blazak responded that an odour-control system is on deck. Before it is installed, Blazak said his client wants assurances that he will be allowed to grow 1,300-plus marijuana plants at any given time.Blazak tabled a peer-reviewed engineering study which said the odour-control system at issue will be 100 per cent effective.The Zheng greenhouse is one of at least 50 grow-operations of its kind that have sprung up in Norfolk County in recent years. The advent has been so rapid because – like the Zheng operation – these greenhouses were built in recent years to produce vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers.Stacey Smith of Townsend Road 14 lives less than 100 metres from the Zheng greenhouse. She told council that life in this part of Norfolk has been “a nightmare” since the greenhouse was given over to marijuana. The problem is a strong, constant pungent odour from the plants involved.Smith delivered a unique demonstration of what she and her neighbours have endured in recent years.Smith went to the front of the council chamber and poured a small amount of liquid skunk essence into a plastic container. She wafted the fumes throughout the space with a hand-held electric fan. The unpleasant odour reached all corners of the cavernous chamber.Smith also thought Zheng’s application was a little much given that he was basically asking to be exempted from the county regulation.“If we’re going to allow 92 per cent setback relief, what’s the point of designating `sensitive land uses’ in the first place?” she asked.“These applicants have never been in compliance. This has always been an illegal operation going on three years now. Now they ask to be rewarded with 92 per cent setback relief?”Zheng’s planning application also sought relief from the requirement to provide 62 parking spaces for an industrial property this size. Zheng wanted this reduced to nine. Zheng attended Tuesday’s meeting but did not speak.Zheng has options moving forward. He could acquiesce to council’s decision and stop growing marijuana at this location. He may also refer council’s decision to the Land Planning Appeal Tribunal. A court challenge under Ontario’s right-to-farm legislation is another possibility.“You have to comply with the zoning bylaw, but you also have to comply with provincial policy,” Jennifer Meader of the law firm Turkstra Mazza said on Zheng’s behalf.“You have to recall what was before council tonight. It was the setback and the parking issue. It’s not the use. This is a permitted use, and that’s acknowledged in the staff report.”Meader was asked in an email Wednesday if the path forward was clearer the day after council’s decision. Meader however was involved in a Land Planning Appeal Tribunal hearing and unavailable for comment at press time.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com

TD Bank CEO says slower revenue growth more competition require bank to

TD Bank CEO says slower revenue growth, more competition require bank to adapt TORONTO – TD Bank’s chief executive is urging the financial regulators to introduce rules governing new players in the financial services space.Bharat Masrani said new entrants — from tech giants like Apple and Google offering mobile payment systems to alternative lenders in the shadow banking sector — are creating heightened competition.Many of these non-traditional competitors are not subject to the same regulations that govern banks and other financial institutions, which allows them a competitive advantage, Masrani said.They are also not bogged down by legacy systems, allowing them to be more nimble and efficient than the banks.At TD Bank’s (TSX:TD) annual meeting Thursday, Masrani urged regulators to take a closer look at these non-traditional entities.“We are talking people’s livelihoods,” Masrani told reporters following the meeting. “Banks are highly regulated to make sure that our financial system is safe and sound. In light of that, I think it is important that — as a country, as a system — we ensure that those things are not compromised as new innovation comes through.”In addition to stiffer competition, the bank is also grappling with slower revenue growth and higher customer expectations.“We find ourselves in a challenging operating environment,” Masrani told shareholders. “In addition to the economic, regulatory and competitive pressures we face, people expect more from their banks.”He said it’s unlikely that growth this year will come from Canadian consumer borrowing and real estate.The big decline in oil prices will continue to hurt consumer confidence and hamper Canada’s economic growth, he added.One bright spot for the bank is the economic recovery south of the border, where TD has a large division. Strong job growth in the U.S. may eventually spur the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates.“However, we have to temper our enthusiasm,” Masrani noted. “The level of interest rates will remain exceptionally low, U.S. real estate markets are recovering slowly and the pace of economic growth will be far from booming.”He added that the profitability of financial services companies is also under pressure from rock-bottom interest rates and narrowed spreads between long and short term bond rates. Bharat Masrani, president and CEO of TD Bank, attends TD’s annual meeting in Toronto on Thursday, March 26, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 26, 2015 9:20 am MDT read more

Biz confidence on the rise

by Cindy White Posted Apr 28, 2016 11:58 am MDT Biz confidence on the rise AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email STOCK PHOTO/FREEIMAGES.COM The worst could be over for the Calgary and Alberta economy, if a new survey from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business is any indication.The latest monthly business barometre index shows a slight increase in confidence.CFIB Alberta Director Amber Ruddy tells 660 NEWS it could be the light at the end of the tunnel.“It’s still not that great, but it’s positive that it looks like we’re finally coming around the bend of the lowest confidence levels we’ve ever seen,” says Ruddy.Some industries, like hospitality and retail are still seeing growth, but the natural resources sector has fallen to the bottom of the barrel. read more

INTERVIEW UN Assembly President aims to achieve results for people

Peter Thomson (left), President of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly, passes the gavel on to Miroslav Lajčák (right), President of the seventy-second session, as Secretary-General António Guterres looks on. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Miroslav Lajčák takes the oath of office as President of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Evan Schneider “My hope is that the 72nd session of the General Assembly will be a good one, a productive one that will result in many concrete solutions to the world’s problems,” Mr. Lajčák told UN News ahead of the session’s opening today.The career diplomat from Slovakia, who was elected by the 193-member Assembly as its President, highlighted two of the world’s most pressing issues – conflict and migration – as his priorities.“I wish to pay attention to what we can do better to prevent conflict. Because by avoiding conflict, we save human lives and we also save money,” he said, while noting that Member States will also be devoting time and energy to the drafting of a global compact on migration, which is expected to be adopted in 2018.Having been through difficult missions, particularly in the Balkans, Mr. Lajčák said he understands what it takes to succeed in multilateralism.“If we disagree, this is not the reason to punish each other. It’s the reason to sit down and try to find a consensus or compromise. This is what I understand as the essence of diplomacy,” he said. VIDEO: Miroslav Lajcák outlines priorities for his tenure as President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, aiming to bolster the world body’s efforts to promote peace and security, sustainable development and human rights. UN News: How do you view the role of the General Assembly in the 21st century? Miroslav Lajčák: The General Assembly is a unique organ. It’s the most representative organ of the United Nations, where all 193 Member States are present. Each has one vote regardless of its size, power or wealth. That gives the body a huge authority. Plus, according to the [UN] Charter, the General Assembly can discuss any matter. So, therefore, I wish to see the General Assembly being a body where the most important issues are being discussed and where we are able to generate answers to the questions that our people are expecting from us.UN News: What are your hopes for the new session? What do you see as the biggest challenges? I believe in respect. We might be different, we might have different views, different interests, but we have to respect each other.Miroslav Lajčák: My hope is that the 72nd session of the General Assembly will be a good one, a productive one that will result in many concrete solutions to the world’s problems. Most pertinent being probably the two of them. First is the prevention of conflict, because I don’t think we can say that we are in control of what’s happening around us. There are too many conflicts, and too few solutions. So, I wish to pay attention to what can we do better to prevent conflict. Because by avoiding conflict, we save human lives and we also save money.And the second hope is linked to the issue of migration. It’s a global phenomenon. It’s an issue that we are all confronted with, one way or another. We have a task or mandate to prepare the Global Compact on Migration. This will take a lot of time during the 72nd session. But I really hope that we will be able to present a document that is rich in substance, that is credible, and that will be well received by our citizens.UN News: In your acceptance speech, you spoke about wanting to focus on six priorities [people; peace and prevention; migration; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate action; human rights; and quality]. Given the situation in international affairs now, do you envisage difficulty in keeping your focus on these six priorities?Miroslav Lajčák: We have to have priorities. At the same time, we have to be flexible and to be able to deal with the issues that we were not foreseeing at the time when we were preparing priorities. So, my six priorities cover all three pillars of the UN work, namely peace and security, development and human rights, and also the ongoing activities. I mentioned already peace and prevention, I mentioned migration. Of course, there is a sustainable development agenda, and the climate agenda where we have to stay focused. There is an agenda of human rights and human dignity. And there is an agenda of a modern UN, which means to support the reforms and also to adopt a budget that will allow us to work also for the future. But as I said, we must not be rigid in sticking to these priorities. Whenever there is a need to address an issue that has emerged and the UN is expected to deal with, we should be ready to do so.  UN News: Your predecessor made oceans and SDGs a key part of his term in office. What topics or themes do you hope to focus on? And why? Miroslav Lajčák: I’m not bringing into this job an agenda that will be my agenda. My agenda is the UN agenda. The programme is so full. There are so many events that are already mandated and are expected to take place during my mandate, that we can’t easily cover all the priorities. And also out of respect for smaller delegations that have problems to cope with a huge number of meetings, I said, I’m not going to announce additional topics, I would focus on the quality of the meetings that are already mandated, and they are there. I’m comfortable that through those meetings, and those agendas, we will be able to address all the priorities.UN News: You also spoke about making the General Assembly more effective. How will you do this? If we disagree, this is not the reason to punish each other, it’s the reason to sit down and try to find a consensus or compromise. This is what I understand as the essence of diplomacy.Miroslav Lajčák: The most important thing for me is to understand that what we do here is meant to improve the lives of people on this planet. We are not here because of ourselves and we are not here because of fighting over the text of resolutions. But these resolutions serve concrete purposes. So, let us not forget for a minute that we have to focus on people, on their lives and on their concerns. Second, to be representative, as we are or wish to be, we have to be open, we have to communicate with our partners, with the young generations, with media, with civic activists, and NGOs, and with the business community, so that we are really reflecting the hopes, needs and expectations of the world’s public.UN News: What made you want to seek this position as the President of the General Assembly? Miroslav Lajčák: This is a very important position. I’ve always believed in the United Nations. I’m a career diplomat. I spent 30 years as a diplomat, out of which, seven years as foreign minister. I’ve always believed in the United Nations as a centre of multilateralism and multilateral diplomacy. So, I want to use this position to promote further the United Nations, the role of the United Nations, and increase the relevance of the United Nations.  UN News: You’ve served your country, the European Union and the international community. How do you expect that your past experiences will facilitate your work here?Miroslav Lajčák: I do hope that I’ve learned something and understood something over those 30 years. That’s what I am bringing with me into this job. I believe in respect. We might be different, we might have different views, different interests, but we have to respect each other and dialogue. Unfortunately, there is less and less dialogue, and less and less willingness to engage in a dialogue. We are rather exchanging monologues. So, I really want to promote the ability to listen to each other and to hear what we say. And if we disagree, this is not the reason to punish each other, it’s the reason to sit down and try to find a consensus or compromise. This is what I understand as the essence of diplomacy.I’ve been through difficult missions, particularly in the Balkans. I always tried to listen to the views of the local people, or the views of the region. I never try to impose a solution that I brought with me, but I rather created a solution which was based on the understanding of the local mentality, history, psychology and situation there. And it usually worked. I will try to promote this principle – respect, understanding and dialogue – also into my work here.UN News: In a year’s time, when you sit here for an exit interview, what do you hope to be able to say as the outgoing President of the General Assembly?Miroslav Lajčák: I do hope to be able to say that it was a good session of the General Assembly – good because we delivered concrete results for people, and that we were able to overcome our narrow national views and positions in the interest of compromise, which is good for all of us. read more

Football Ohio State Fiesta Bowl Media Day recap

OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) takes questions during media day on Dec. 29. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz – On Thursday morning, both the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1) and the No. 2 Clemson Tigers (12-1) answered questions from the media during the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Media Day in Glendale, Arizona. While both sides have been hard at work studying and preparing to face each other on Saturday evening, Thursday gave players a chance to express their thoughts on their opponents and talk about what they have been doing in practice all week long.During OSU’s portion of media days, Deshaun Watson’s name was a popular one. While the defensive lineman for the Buckeyes talked about limiting his ability to escape the pocket and run, the secondary for OSU seemed ready to force the junior quarterback to beat them over the top.OSU coach Urban Meyer, who highly recruited Watson, is well aware of his big play ability, and has been working tirelessly with his team to ensure the second-team All-Atlantic Coastal Conference quarterback is off balance.“Well, I think when you’re quarterback plays comfortable, that’s a problem,” Meyer said. “So you have to confuse the quarterback and that’s either pressures or … If we play cover one, which is man free which we’ve played a lot, or quarters, which we play a lot, we have no chance. But if you change things up and make a guy like that uncomfortable, you’ve got a shot.”Watson has thrown for 3,914 yards and a career best 37 touchdowns. However, all his success tossing the ball has come at a price, as the Heisman runner-up has thrown 15 interceptions this season.Although the picks did not prevent Clemson from reaching the College Football Playoff, many OSU team members said they will be ready to take advantage of any miscues. However, OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore said it’s more about the Buckeyes creating the turnovers themselves.“We’re always hungry for interceptions, but we still have to get out there and play and force turnovers,” he said. “We can’t rely on him to create turnovers.”The Buckeyes have more to worry about than just Watson, as junior running back Wayne Gallman has racked up just over 1,000 yards on the ground this season. While last season was a much more productive year in terms of yards for the Georgia native, this year has been all about scoring.Gallman has 15 rushing touchdowns so far in 2016. According to OSU redshirt freshman defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones, being patient to stop Gallman is a priority for the Silver Bullets.“You learn to be disciplined, you learn how to stay in our gap, stay in our lane,” Jones said. “Not jump out of your gap because once you jump out of your gap, other gaps open up and you have free running lanes.”The defensive unit for Clemson has had its fair share of downs this season, including giving up 42 points to the University of Pittsburgh. Regardless of the occasional shortcoming, senior linebacker Ben Boulware and the rest of the Tigers defense have harassed opposing quarterbacks throughout the season.Clemson’s defense, which allows just 19.9 points per game on average, has gotten to the quarterback a whopping 46 times this year, trailing only Florida State and Boston College in total sacks. On average, the Tigers picked up 3.4 sacks per game.The disruptive presence of the Clemson defense is something that the Buckeyes expressed they were very aware of Thursday. According to OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, however, picking out what to attack is not as easy as it seems with coach Dabo Swinney’s team.“They like to switch it up,” he said. “I feel like it’s one of the type of teams or kind of mindsets that they don’t really want you to catch a beat on what they’re trying to do. Their game plans kind of switch each and every game depending on whatever offense they’re going against.”After OSU finished, it remained clear that the Buckeyes would be looking to play a near perfect game to advance to the national championship. Even then, it remains a question of just how perfect they need to be in order to win. read more

Marko Tanaskovic in Alpla HC Hard

Serbian right back, Marko Tanaskovic (25) again starts with international career.  After one and a half year break due to serious knee injury, he spent six months in Serbian Smederevo and become interesting for some teams from abroad. One of them is Austrian Alpla HC Hard with whom Tanaskovic (200 cm) signed two years contract. Alpla HC Hard finished fifth in Austria. Serbian player started to play in home town, Jagodina. He moved to Crvena zvezda Beograd at the age of 16 and celebrated National title with just 19 years as a starter. After that season, he spent four season in Swedish Ystads IF after which he returned to the country. ← Previous Story History! Russia will miss WC for the first time! Next Story → Bjarte Myrhol three more seasons as a “Lion” read more

More flights between Athens and Melbourne

first_imgEtihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is set to boost its flying programme to Europe with the addition of a major new route to Athens. Direct flights to the Greek capital city will start at the beginning of June 2009. Athens will bring Etihad’s global flight network to 53 cities, supplementing services to Melbourne in Australia due to be launched in the middle of the year. The decision by Emirates Airlines to commence a second daily flight between Athens and Dubai on March 29 in combination with the Melbourne-Athens route will boost the number of passengers travelling from Australia to Greece. The Etihad Airways flights from Melbourne to Athens to commence in June will be conducted every Monday, Thursday and Saturday with a stopover in Abu Dhabi. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

A protestival promoting cannabis legalisation in Greece

first_imgA different kind of air blew over Syntagma square over the weekend as hundreds of Greeks gathered opposite the parliament and smoked at the Athens Cannabis Protestival, the first pro-cannabis legalization celebration to take place in the country’s capital.People attended the event organized by pro-legalisation groups and called on Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ newly-elected government to change legislation in Greece and allow the use and self-cultivation of medical and recreational cannabis.The organizers set up banners at the square reading ‘Nature is not illegal’ and ‘Cannabis is a medicine.’They used the marble stairs that lead from the square to the Greek Assembly as a stage where dj sets and live bands performed for the crowds. One of the event’s organizers said legislation was changing all around the world and Greece should follow suit.Co-organizer of Athens Cannabis Protestival, Dimitris Paraskevas: “What we are trying to do today is we are trying to decriminalize the use and self cultivation of cannabis. We believe that in the 21st century with all the information, the scientific information we have available, we can very much conclude that cannabis is not only harmless but it’s very beneficial. So what we claim is our right to be able to cultivate and use a certain plant as it’s been done internationally now.”Event organisers said via Facebook that alternative approaches to cannabis had been tested in dozens of countries around the world. They argue that there is concrete evidence that decriminalisation brings positive results.They say it stabilises the number of users, improves public health through the use of medical cannabis and helps to reduce crime.One pro-marijuana activist said he thinks that society is ready for change and believes that Greece’s current radical left government is perfectly placed to make that happen.Co-organizer of Athens Cannabis Protestival, Alex who did not wish to give his last name: “What we want to show here is not only towards them (government) but also to the society you know. We want to break down all the taboos that are all around people using drugs of any kind, and we believe that now it’s time with the supposed to be more radical, more progressive government, compared to all the previous ones, to really get that political hot potato and bring solutions using models that have been already applied throughout Europe.”The pro-cannabis event organisers say that legalising marijuana will also lead to financial benefits by bringing in much-needed tax revenue to the Greek state and would have a positive impact because it would create more jobs.Source: UT Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

De la vitamine D pour éviter cancers et maladies cardiaques

first_imgDe la vitamine D pour éviter cancers et maladies cardiaques ?France – Les Européens manquent de vitamine D, pourtant la “vitamine soleil” pourrait bien nous protéger de certains cancers et des maladies cardiaques.D’après les experts, la vitamine D pourrait aider à prévenir l’apparition des maladies cardiaques et de certains cancers. Jeudi, quarante spécialistes dont David Servan-Schreiber ont souhaité mobiliser les médecins et informer les pouvoir publics concernant les bénéfices de la vitamine D sur la santé. Ils souhaitent ainsi permettre le développement de la recherche à ce sujet.”On est là pour accélérer le mouvement, parce que c’est un déficit simple à corriger”, a expliqué à l’AFP David Servan-Schreiber. Des études menées notamment dans le cadre du projet Epic, lancé par le Centre international de recherches sur le cancer, ont déjà montré que la vitamine D, lorsqu’elle est très présente dans l’organisme, permet une réduction du risque de cancer du côlon. D’autre part, des études ont observé qu’une carence en vitamine D serait liée à l’augmentation du risque de développer une maladie cardiovasculaire. Une récente étude présentée en novembre 2009 à l’American Heart Association a ainsi démontré que la probabilité de développer une maladie coronarienne en cas de carence augmentait de 45%, et de 78% pour les attaques cérébrales.La vitamine D est très présente dans les poissons gras, et surtout dans l’huile de foie de morue, 100 grammes de cet aliment comportent 2200% des besoins quotidiens. Mais elle est également synthétisée par la peau lorsque celle-ci est exposée aux rayons ultraviolets du soleil. Pour ceux qui peuvent se le permettre, les spécialistes recommandent une exposition “raisonnable” afin de faire le plein de vitamine D. D’après Jean-Claude Souberbielle, médecin à l’hôpital Necker, même si les arguments tendent tous en faveur de l’absorption de vitamine D par l’organisme, des études complémentaires doivent être menées afin de connaître les effets réels.Pour beaucoup de personnes, la vitamine D est essentielle au bien-être quotidien. C’est le cas des personnes âgées, qui limitent le risque de chute grâce à l’action de la vitamine sur les muscles. De même, les doses données aux enfants permettent d’éviter le rachitisme. Associé à la vitamine D, le traitement de l’ostéoporose permet une meilleure absorption du calcium. La vitamine D a aussi une action immunomodulatrice qui limite les infections telles que la grippe. Elle agit également sur des maladies auto-immunes comme la sclérose en plaques, ou le diabète de type 1. “On ne va surtout pas remplacer les traitements de fond […] Cela doit rester une prescription médicale”, a tenu à préciser le Dr Souberbielle. Le 19 février 2010 à 12:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Facebook un inconnu revendique 84 des parts du réseau social

first_imgFacebook : un inconnu revendique 84% des parts du réseau socialÉtats-Unis – Paul Ceglia, un habitant de l’État de New York, assure que 84% des parts de Facebook lui appartiennent, en vertu d’un contrat signé avec Mark Zuckerberg en 2003. Il réclame donc sa part de bénéfices.Paul Ceglia affirme en effet avoir signé un contrat en 2003, lorsque Mark Zuckerberg était encore étudiant à Harvard. Cet accord stipulerait que 84% de Facebook lui appartient, ainsi que 84% de toutes les recettes engrangées par le site depuis sept ans. Rappelons que le réseau social pèse aujourd’hui 6,5 milliards de dollars.Le 28 avril 2003, un peu moins d’un an avant le lancement du réseau social, Paul Ceglia se serait engagé par contrat à rémunérer Mark Zuckerberg pour le développement du site, qui devait être achevé avant le 1er janvier 2004 et aurait été baptisé “The face book”. Selon ce contrat, les deux hommes devaient alors détenir chacun 50% des parts du site. Toutefois, une clause prévoyait que les parts de M. Ceglia augmenteraient de 1% par journée de retard du développement du site. Facebook étant entré en service le 4 février 2004, soit 34 jours après la date prévue, Paul Ceglia revendique donc 84% des parts. Il a déposé une plainte le 30 juin dernier devant une juridiction locale. Puis l’affaire a été transférée à la justice fédérale, à la demande de Mark Zuckerberg. Alors que l’enjeu est de taille, l’affaire est entachée de certaines incohérences. Pour commencer, la nature des liens entre Paul Ceglia et le patron de Facebook n’a pas été établie. Par ailleurs, Mark Zuckerberg aurait travaillé à partir de septembre 2003 seulement sur le développement du site, et non dès le mois d’avril.Dernière ombre au tableau pour le plaignant : sa crédibilité est remise en cause un an après que la justice de l’État de New York l’a accusé d’avoir orchestré une fraude lui ayant rapporté plus de 200.000 dollars, en vendant du combustible de bois qui n’a jamais été livré.Le 13 juillet 2010 à 15:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Un implant cérébral pour contrôler un ordinateur

first_imgUn implant cérébral pour contrôler un ordinateurDes chercheurs américains sont parvenus à mettre au point une technologie permettant à un individu de contrôler le curseur d’un ordinateur par la pensée.C’est une première. Alors que le contrôle mental suscite tous les intérêts depuis des générations, des scientifiques de l’Université de Washington aux Etats-Unis ont démontré qu’il était possible de contrôler le curseur d’un ordinateur simplement en pensant. Publiés dans la revue Journal of Neural Engineering, leurs travaux se basent sur une technologie connue sous le nom d’électrocorticographie, régulièrement utilisée chez les patients atteints d’épilepsie. À lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?Celle-ci consiste à placer des capteurs d’activité neuronale directement sur la surface du cerveau des sujets. Auparavant, les chercheurs avaient davantage pour habitude de coiffer les participants de bonnets munis d’électrodes ce qui permettait aussi de capter l’activité neuronale mais de manière beaucoup plus faible. Le contrôle était donc également plus difficile.  Mais cette fois-ci, l’implant d’environ 1 centimètre carré a permis aux sujets de diriger le curseur avec une précision atteignant les 91%. Pour cela, il leur a simplement suffi de formuler mentalement le son de quatre voyelles différentes. Selon les chercheurs, ces résultats ont “démontré que l’implant peut être assez petit et à peine invasif”, tout en permettant de contrôler efficacement le curseur à l’écran.Au cours d’une autre expérience, les scientifiques ont également testé une électrocorticographie plus invasive. Mais les sujets devaient alors plutôt penser à des mouvements. Ainsi, les chercheurs espèrent mettre au point des futurs implants cérébraux qui enregistreraient les ondes correspondant au mouvement et à la parole et permettraient de contrôler différentes fonctions des ordinateurs simultanément. Le 11 avril 2011 à 17:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Portland airport crew trains for Ebola passenger

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — How to handle a passenger with symptoms of Ebola is part of the training for Portland International Airport Fire and Rescue crews.Although the chance of a passenger arriving in Portland is low, fire crews would use an isolation bag to prevent exposing others.Lt. Michael Dayton tells KATU the bag encapsulates the patient who would be put on a wheeled stretcher. The patient would be sealed up in the bag and given oxygen to breathe.last_img

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Dietary Aide at CareOne at WilmingtonFull-Time Account Executive at AramarkPart-Time Caregiver For Wilmington Paraplegic Full-Time Production Technician at CutisPharmaFull-Time Travel Physical Therapist at Cariant Health PartnersPart-Time Caregiver For Wilmington ElderPart-Time/Full-Time Crew Member at Dunkin DonutsFull-Time Direct Sales at ComcastPart-Time Merchandiser at Frito LayFull-Time/Part-Time Customer Service at TJ Maxx(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Audi Q3 Sportback SUV gets a slickbacked coif loads of tech

first_img SUVs Luxury cars Crossovers News • 2019 Audi Q3 arrives in New York with $35,695 price tag Enlarge ImageThe new Q3 Sportback offers a slightly racier take on Audi’s compact crossover SUV. Audi As SUVs continue to become a bigger part of automakers’ profits, car companies are slicing up that pie into smaller and smaller pieces in an effort to woo buyers. The latest example of this phenomenon is the Audi Q3 Sportback, an-ever-so-slightly more rakish version of the company’s Q3 crossover. The new Audi Q3 Sportback adopts a swept-back rear window and a modestly lower roofline (1.1 inches) to project a sportier and more coupe-like aesthetic. This isn’t just about a new haircut for the compact crossover, however. It also involves additional sheet metal creases along the body sides and slightly more aggressive front and rear fascias. It’s not immediately clear how big of a toll these changes take on headroom, but they definitely add athleticism to the Q3’s appearances, as well as visual length, even if the the Q3 Sportback is only slightly longer (0.6 inch) than garden-variety Q3 models. Despite that modest added length, total storage space in the Q3 Sportback is less than the standard Q3: 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up is identical, but with the seats folded, there’s 49.4 cubic feet — a shortfall of 5 cubes compared to the Sportback’s more upright relative. 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback review: Goody two-shoes Audi BMW Mercedes-Benz Preview • 2019 Audi Q3: Patience is a virtue Audi Q3 Sportback is a rakish little SUV More From Roadshow 2019 Volkswagen Arteon review: VW’s CC followup is more than just a carbon copy 1center_img Comment More about 2019 Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI Premium quattro Audi 65 Photos Tags Share your voice 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof According to an official Audi release, the new Q3 Sportback will be offered with a range of four-cylinder engines, including a range-topping 2.0-liter turbo delivering 226 horsepower. A 1.5-liter option will come soon, mated to a 48-volt mild-hybrid setup to yield 147 horsepower. A pair of diesels making up to 187 hp will also be offered, and all powerplant choices are available backed by a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. A manual transmission will be available on front-wheel-drive models on the aforementioned 1.5-liter gas and 2.0-liter diesel engines, and a stick-shift setup with Quattro will also become available “shortly after market launch.”Like most new Audi SUVs, the Q3 Sportback includes features like all-LED exterior lighting (in three versions) as well as adaptive dampers and a six-setting Audi Drive Select controller with dedicated off-road mode. Interesting, all models will receive fully digital gauge clusters, with lower-end models getting a 10.25-inch display. Audi’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit is available on systems equipped with MMI navigation. Other tech on offer in the Q3 Sportback includes LTE telematics, vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications and Amazon Alexa integration. Audi Q3 SportbackEnlarge ImageThe Q3 Sportback will be available with Audi’s reconfigurable Virtual Cockpit display. Audi The Audi Q3 Sportback arrives in European showrooms this autumn. Like its standard Q3 brethren, the new Sportback will look to take on the BMW X2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class among other rivals. Audi cites German pricing from €40,200 — around $45,000 USD — for the 35 TDI S tronic model, which suggests a slight price premium over Audi’s equivalent Q3 models.If you’re wondering when the US will see this sleek little crossover on its roads, well, we’ve got bad news. The Q3 Sportback is not destined for our roads. According to an Audi spokesperson reached by Roadshow, “While the [standard] Q3 is on sale in the US this month, the Q3 Sportback will not be coming to the US.”last_img read more