29 June 2011A new United Nations report warns that Asian nations are at risk of electoral violence, driven by real and perceived fraud and corruption, and stresses the need for strong oversight and other measures to strengthen election credibility. A new United Nations report warns that Asian nations are at risk of electoral violence, driven by real and perceived fraud and corruption, and stresses the need for strong oversight and other measures to strengthen election credibility. In “Understanding Electoral Violence in Asia,” the UN Development Programme (UNDP) studies electoral processes in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Thailand, drawing lessons and making recommendations to reduce the risk of electoral violence.“The mere suspicion or allegation of fraud is often enough in democracies where there is a lack of confidence in authorities for people to react violently,” says the study.According to the report, in a number of cases political parties and political party supporters were the main instigators of physical violence, citing several types of groups and organizations that play key roles in either preventing or perpetuating electoral violence.The design of political systems, the mandate and powers of electoral laws and election monitoring, as well as the role of civic education, media and civil society in informing voters can all help to reduce or prevent the likelihood of election-related violence, it adds.The report points out that the state itself can also contribute to election disorder. “In instances where security forces are seen to be partisan or corrupt, there is a higher chance that they will be purveyors of violence rather than protectors of peace.”The media, when controlled by special interests, can also have a “destructive role in promoting narrow interests, inflammatory political rhetoric and retarding democratic processes,” it says.The report recommends measures to strengthen election credibility, which it says is key to preventing electoral violence. These include strong oversight and enforcement powers for election commissions, wide-ranging dispute resolution mechanisms and systems to track party political spending, as well as ensuring perpetrators of electoral violence are brought to justice.
Failure to pay attention to poverty among women carries a serious economic risk to society at large, an official from the World Bank told a key United Nations women’s rights committee today.Ignoring gender disparities came at a great cost to people’s well-being, to a country’s ability to grow and govern, to the effectiveness of development assistance and, ultimately, to poverty reduction, Cecilia Valdivieso, Sector Manager for Gender and Development, World Bank, told the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which began its annual session in New York on Monday.Offering a specific example, Ms. Valdivieso pointed out that women’s access to agricultural resources could increase productivity in sub-Saharan Africa by 20 per cent, while ensuring equal schooling for the region’s boys and girls could lower child mortality by 25 per cent. Also addressing the session today, Wariara Mbugua, Chief of the Gender Issues Branch of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), spoke out against a passive approach to economic growth, calling instead for special measures to help promote the advancement of women, such as providing them with access to credit and technology. She also stressed that efforts to eradicate poverty among women must be linked to their ability to access reproductive health services.For her part, Ndioro Ndiaye, Deputy Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), called attention to the plight of women in Afghanistan, where following more than two decades of conflict, a glimmer of hope had, at last, appeared. At the same time, she cautioned that in order to participate fully in the reconstruction of their country, Afghan women must first overcome the “numbness” of isolation and years of oppression.
“I’m deeply saddened and humbled by what I have seen – the immense loss of life and total destruction,” said the UN chief during a press conference after touring the area.He said that while pleased by the community’s warm welcome, his heart was heavy; the tragic suffering of the people and the utter devastation left in the wake of the storm was “hard to describe.” Tacloban suffered the brunt of Typhoon Haiyan, which swept ashore in the Philippines on 8 November and has been called the strongest such storm to ever touch land. It left nearly 6,000 people dead and displaced millions, affecting close to 14 million people overall. “As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I’m here to convey my strongest solidarity and that of the United Nations and the international community,” Mr. Ban said, adding that while the people of Tacloban and other communities were dealt a terrible blow, “it can be overcome when we are united. I am here to bring that unity and solidarity to all of your people.” “My message to the Filipino people is: never despair. The United Nations is behind you. The world is behind you,” declared Mr. Ban. Noting that the United Nations was among the first to respond in the aftermath of the typhoon, he said the Organization had deployed high-ranking officials and hardworking staff who “have been working day and night with all of their people.”The Secretary-General appreciated and commended the “very courageous leadership” of Philippines President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, his ministers and his team who have been courageously addressing the tragedy.Meanwhile, Mr. Ban said, the UN will continue to mobilize resources, including nearly $800 million over 12 months, announced last week as part of the Organization’s broader humanitarian response strategy for 2014. “This will be just to complement what your people, your Government, will do. We will try to provide life-saving support – water, sanitation, food, and shelter – and also a long-term development strategy,” he said, explaining that while the Government is responsible for resettlement, reintegration, and infrastructure, the UN and the Filipino authorities “will work [together] very closely”. Turning to a assess the broader implications, the Secretary-General said that at this time, it may be very difficult to attribute one single storm to the climate change phenomenon. Yet, the intensity, severity and magnitude of the destruction and frequency of natural disasters, extreme weather patterns, indicate clearly what international scientists have been saying: that it may be a man-made disaster because climate change has been caused by human beings. “Then, the solution must be found by human beings. That’s why I am here,” said the UN chief, noting that he discussed [this] at length with President Aquino this morning, how the UN and its Member States, including the Philippines, can work together to strengthen the world’s capacity to reduce disasters. While storms like Haiyan might not be prevented, “at least we can reduce and minimize the loss of life, the damage of our properties, valuable properties. That’s what I’m going to [sound the] alarm [to] the world again, send out strong messages to the world, and I’ll try to … have the world focus, on reconstruction and resettlement of your country and of your community.” He thanked Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Leyte province Governor Dominico Petilla and all leaders, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and ministers in Tacloban for their hard work. He also commended the hard work of all the people now clearing debris. In addition, Mr. Ban said many international organizations are sending their helping hands to the area, with at least 180 international partners already there, and some 25 nations already proving engineering and military rescue teams. “I really appreciate their very noble generous support. This is what we need to do for humanity,” he added. The UN chief said that despite the devastation, he was heartened to see that the people of Tacloban are returning to their normal lives, businesses are coming back, “and people are working hard, people are united.”“You cannot do [this] alone. Maybe the United Nations cannot do [this] alone. We need support from all the Member States… your country and neighbouring countries and the world,” said Mr. Ban, pledging to keep the world focused on the recovery effort in the Philippines.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban urged the Government to do its utmost to ensure safety of the population and bring to justice the perpetrators of today’s attack.According to media reports, more than 50 people were killed earlier today Quetta, which is in the Baluchistan province of Pakistan, a when an explosion struck a hospital where dozens of lawyers had gathered to mourn the killing of a prominent colleague.“He extends his heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families, and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured,” said the statement, adding that the Secretary-General expresses his solidarity with the people and Government of Pakistan.
Arthur Patrianovabrazil handballOlympic Games in RioOlympic handball The Brazilian left back Arthur Patrianova will miss the Olympic Games in Rio! The 23-years old RK Celje Pivovarna Laško left back restored an old right knee injury during week with his national team on tournament in Qatar and won’t be able to help his team-mates until end of the season.Patrianova came to Celje last summer as injured player, he celebrated come-back in November and made a few good appearances at EHF Champions League, but without luck to finish the season in a big style with appearance at Olympic tournament on home soil. ← Previous Story FATHER & SON: Alex Dujshebaev to Kielce? Next Story → Torrellano Cup 2016 – Unique handball experience!
Vodafone has just released a new advert in the UK, and used some cutting-edge 3D Projection Mapping techniques to show off the evolution of the cell phone in a different way.Most of you will have seen projection mapping before in those videos of buildings being seemingly destroyed or manipulated at night. Here’s a good example:AdChoices广告Vodafone look to have perfected the effect yet further, though, with this great evolution video. It starts with the old Motorola brick phone we’re all glad has now disappeared. That then morphs into a smaller Nokia 1G phone with a little help from a hidden hand replacing the device on the table.The text message, first popular game (Snake), color screens, GPS, and Android are all highlighted. In fact, Vodafone show the HTC Desire S last, meaning they think it is currently the most evolved. But they also ask the question “what’s next?”via Android Central
Image: Google Maps By Aodhan O Faolain Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 6:20 PM 14,013 Views Share Tweet Email Court challenge brought against use of Dublin community centre as homeless hostel Dublin City Council says it is reacting to a “humanitarian crisis”. http://jrnl.ie/3193034 Image: Google Maps No Comments Jan 18th 2017, 6:20 PM A CHALLENGE AGAINST Dublin City Council’s decision allowing a former community centre in the Liberties be used as a hostel for homeless people has opened before the High Court.The action has been brought by local residents in relation to the former Parish Centre at Carman’s Hall, Francis Street in Dublin 8 which opened before Christmas as an emergency temporary accommodation for rough sleepers with a capacity of 65 beds.If the residents are successful in the action the hostel run by the Simon Community and the Salvation Army, will face closure. The residents want the building, which is owned by Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, used as a community centre.The hall, which the residents claim was used as a community centre for many years was closed in 2013 over accessibility and fire safety concerns. The residents claim they have campaigned for over the last three years to have the building used as a community centre.In their action Carman’s Hall Community Interest Group, Michael Mallin House Residents Association and community worker Elizabeth O’Connor claim DCC’s decision of 28 October last authorising a change of use and refurbishment of the building is unlawful and in breach of the planning laws.In proceedings against DCC the residents seek an order quashing DCCs decision permitting the change of use.DCC oppose the action. It says the facility was opened to deal with the “humanitarian crisis” of rough sleepers in Dublin.Serious situationOpening the case Declan McGrath SC, appearing with Niall Handy Bl, for the residents said his clients accepted there was a serious homeless situation at present.The residents have every sympathy with those sleeping rough and had first hand experience of homelessness. However he said there was much anger in the locality over the “underhand way” in which DCC went about converting the Hall, which his clients want used as a community centre, into a homeless accommodation.DCC were in talks about using Carman’s Hall as accommodation for the homeless as far back as last May.A lease was signed in September, but the first local people and public representatives for the area knew about it was in late October, “when there were boots on the ground,” when works started on the building, counsel said.DCC did this because it knew there would be public opposition to the facility, counsel said.Counsel added that part of their case is the are over saturated with such facilities and services for the homeless. Counsel said it is also part of their case that by not going through the public consultation process in regards to a change of use of the building DCC are in material contravention of the Dublin City development plan.He said the residents are also concerned about assurances from DCC that the building is to be used as a temporary facility. In other situations such facilities “turned out to be anything but temporary,” counsel said.Over-saturatedIn its statement of opposition DCC, represented by James Connolly SC and Stephen Dodd Bl, rejects claims the change of use amounts to a material contravention of the City Development plan or that the area is over-saturated with facilities for the homeless.The hall was offered to it as use as accommodation for the homeless was the in May 2016. In a letter to the court the local Parish Priest Fr Martin Dolan said the building was never a “community centre”.He said It was used primarily used for Catholic members of the Parish of Francis Street and any group they decided to share it with. He said he and the local parish council voted unanimously to lease the property to DCC with “the specific purpose of housing people who are forced to sleep rough on the streets of the city.”Fr Dolan added that as a Catholic Community they also felt “a moral imperative to fully support this project.”The action was launched in early December, when the locals secured permission to bring proceedings against DCC when residents secured a stay preventing the hostel from opening.Following a High Court hearing before Christmas the stay was lifted allowing the hostel to open.The hearing before Mr Justice Donald Binchy continues. Short URL
Short URL Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 8:31 PM Share Tweet Email http://the42.ie/3367307 35,373 Views By The42 Team 💭 “It was a little kid w his parents right next to him, doing nothing about it, who said bad things about me”- Muntari on the racial abuse pic.twitter.com/8wdnhrJxRz— ItalianFootballTV (@IFTVofficial) April 30, 2017PESCARA MIDFIELDER SULLEY Muntari walked off the field in protest at racist chants during his side’s 1-0 defeat to Cagliari on Sunday.The Ghana international appealed to the referee to stop the game, claiming the home support were racially abusing him.But referee Daniele Minelli apparently did not hear the chants and instead opted to book the former Inter player for dissent.Muntari then walked off the field, leaving the already relegated Pescara to finish the game with 10 men.Pescara coach Zdenek Zeman criticised the decision to punish the 32-year-old instead of dealing with the abuse.Muntari asked the referee to intervene, but he did not do it,” he told reporters. “We talk so much about racism, but then we just move on. This happened to Muntari who has played in Italy for several years – we want to change the mentality.“He left the field because of the chants, but we should not have to take justice into our own hands.”Muntari was not the first apparent victim of racial abuse in Italy on Sunday, as Roma director Frederic Massara said defender Antonio Rudiger suffered from it in his side’s 3-1 loss to Lazio.He was very angry with the racist chanting we had to put up with,” he said. “It’s a shame you still hear these things.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Apr 30th 2017, 8:31 PM Follow us: the42.ie 26 Comments Ex-Portsmouth star walks off field during Serie A clash due to racist abuse Sulley Muntari complained to the referee about the chants but was punished for dissent. Aiden McGeady’s brilliant season recognised with Preston’s player of the year award>Balde brace ruins Francesco Totti’s final Rome derby> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Pour devenir un nageur hors pair, le manchot a dû renoncer au volDes chercheurs britanniques ont étudié les dépenses énergétiques du guillemot – un oiseau marin bon nageur et qui ne vole que médiocrement. Ceci leur permet de suggérer aujourd’hui que les manchots – excellents nageurs mais incapables de voler – ont dû, au cours de l’évolution, ‘sacrifier’ leurs ailes pour les utiliser comme nageoires.”Comme beaucoup de gens, j’ai toujours été intéressé par les manchots, et en les voyant faire ces marches phénoménales sur la glace, j’ai souvent pensé: mais pourquoi ne volent-ils pas, tout simplement ?”, commence le Pr John Speakman, de l’Université d’Aberdeen (Écosse). L’une des hypothèses déjà évoquées par le passé est que, faute de prédateurs terrestres, ces oiseaux ont naturellement cessé de voler avant que l’évolution ne fasse le reste.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Mais c’est aujourd’hui une autre hypothèse que les chercheurs écossais exposent dans la revue PNAS. Une hypothèse plutôt biomécanique. “Quand l’oiseau vole et pratique aussi la plongée, il doit utiliser ses ailes pour faire deux choses différentes. L’hypothèse biomécanique, c’est que [la nature] ne peut pas construire une aile apte à faire [efficacement] les deux”, poursuit Speakman. C’est donc pour tester cette théorie que lui et ses collègues se sont penchés sur les performances du guillemot.Cet oiseau de mer, s’il plonge et nage presque comme le manchot, est encore capable, lui, de voler – sur de courtes distances. En étudiant ses dépenses énergétiques, les chercheurs ont constaté que celles-ci étaient bien supérieures lors du vol que lors de la nage. “Les coûts énergétiques sont très, très élevés. Ces oiseaux ont de très courtes ailes et ils doivent les battre à une vitesse incroyable pour rester en l’air, ce qui est épuisant pour eux…”, explique le Pr Speakman.Des ailes pour nager ou pour voler Les chercheurs pensent que le guillemot, au prix de beaucoup d’énergie, est tout juste capable de se maintenir en l’air. L’espèce représenterait ainsi un ‘point de basculement’ vers le modèle type ‘manchot’. Chez ce dernier, “(…) les ailes sont devenues de plus en plus efficaces pour la plongée, et de moins en moins efficaces pour voler. Arrivé à un certain point, il est devenu si coûteux de voler qu’il valait mieux ‘y renoncer’ et ‘transformer’ les ailes en petites nageoires”, indique le scientifique. Le manchot aurait donc ‘renoncé’ à ses ailes pour devenir un meilleur nageur. Le 28 mai 2013 à 20:08 • Maxime Lambert
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIf you’ve driven by Mission Bay lately, you’ve probably noticed a lot of big machines working in the water.This is a massive dredging project, the first one in 50 years.Over those years, the floor of the bay has become uneven so it’s time to straighten it out.KUSI’s Dan Plante was LIVE with details on how it works and how long it will take. February 16, 2018 Posted: February 16, 2018 Dan Plante, Mission Bay undergoes massive dredging project after 50 years Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Mission Bay FacebookTwitter
Darwin told Mediabistro’s Fishbowl NY last week that Evening Post Publishers Co., a newspaper company that had been publishing Garden & Gun, would cease its five-year agreement with the magazine, effective January 31. As a result, the Charleston, South Carolina-based magazine is “actively engaged in discussion with investors” to find a way to continue publishing the magazine. Garden & Gun’s February/March issue ships this week. With negotiations ongoing, the sales team is continuing to work on the April/May issue, Darwin wrote in the e-mail.According to Mediabistro, Evening Post Publishers’ decision to stop publishing Garden & Gun “had more to do with the dire economic situation surrounding the newspaper world than with the magazine’s success.” In fact, according to Darwin, Garden & Gun saw ad revenue soar 230 percent in 2008 compared to 2007. Late last year the magazine said it was cranking up its rate base from 150,000 to 200,000 in 2009 and increasing frequency from seven to eight times per year. UPDATE: Garden & Gun SavedGarden & Gun, a high-end Southern lifestyle magazine that launched in April 2007, faces going out of business if it doesn’t get a cash infusion—quick.“We are considering several options and will make an announcement at the appropriate time,” president and publisher Rebecca Darwin wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) may soon offer a bailout package to troubled public-sector telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).Facebook/BSNL IndiaThe Department of Telecommunications (DoT) may offer the struggling public sector telecom provider Bharat Sachar Nigam Limited (BSNL) a massive Rs 13,000 crore bailout package. The BSNL’s financial situation is so bad that it has failed to pay the 1.76 lakh employees their February salary while there are reports even the March pay may be delayed.The DoT proposal, which is in the final stages of deliberation, may include the allocation of 4G spectrum allotment through Rs 6,767 crore equity infusion, a long-standing BSNL demand amid intense competition with private telcos that have been offering pure-play 4G service.The DoT package may also include Rs 6,365 crore voluntary retirement package, and monetisation of real estate assets. The state-owned BSNL that was a monopoly operator across much of the nation has extensive real estate assets in almost all cities and villages that are worth in thousands of crores.The package is being considered as banks are reportedly reluctant to give even short term loans to the BSNL, DoT sources said. The company’s losses in FY’19 are likely to be top Rs 7,000 crore, including Rs 4,000 crore in operational costs account. The company reported Rs 8,000 crore loss in FY18, compared to Rs 4,786 crore in the previous financial year. Its losses are showing no signs of tapering off, a report says.Though DoT had approved the BSNL’s request for 4G spectrum in the 2100 Mhz band to launch fourth-generation (4G) services across the country, it is yet to get the Union Cabinet’s nod. The BSNL in 2017 submitted a detailed project report for acquiring spectrum worth about Rs 13,885 crore, seeking Rs 6,652 crore as equity infusion from the government. A man speaks on his mobile phone as he walks past a Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) advertisement painted on a wall outside its office in Kolkata on August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriThe BSNL has got 16 years to pay for the spectrum after the Telecom Commission, the highest telecom policy-making body, extended the duration for spectrum payments to 16 years from 10 following an inter-ministerial group’s (IMG) recommendation. “The telecom department has accepted our proposal and is in the process to allow the spectrum in the 2100 Mhz band to run 4G services,” BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava told ETTelecom last month. He expressed the hope that the telco would be able to launch high-speed Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services soon. LTE is the contemporary technology standard for high-speed wireless communication services for mobile devices.Employees unions say the BSNL should have already launched 4G services, considering the nation is getting ready to move on to 5G later this year. The BSNL’s efforts to compete with market leader Vodafone Idea, second-placed Bharti Airtel and aggressive Reliance Jio have been hobbled by its failure to provide 4G services. They blame Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s bias favouring private players for the delay in decision making.Shrivastava had said that the telco was planning to roll out 4G services on the 2100 Mhz band in all 21 licensed service areas (LSA) except Rajasthan where it held airwaves in the 800 MHz range. “We have already rolled out 4G in Kerala and Karnataka on a pilot basis and can concurrently run 3G and 4G services if an additional 5 Mhz is allocated in the 2100Mhz band,” the report quoted Shrivastava as saying.
High CourtThe High Court on Monday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why mother’s name should not be attached along with father’s one for a citizen’s identity, reports UNB.Home and law secretaries, Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission and Bangladesh Supreme Court Registrar General were asked to respond to the rule in four weeks.The HC bench of justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and justice Razik-Al-Jalil issued the rule after hearing a writ petition filed by lawyer Jobaida Parvin.Assistant attorney generals Samira Tarannum Rabeya and Suchira Hossain stood for state while lawyer Suraiya Begum represented the petitioner.The women and children affairs ministry issued a gazette earlier which made it compulsory to include mother’s name in children’s identity but it is yet to be implemented, said Suraiya Begum.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read May 26, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Kian Saneii has worked in the technology sector for almost 30 years, so he looks at the world through a techie’s lens. When he began helping his parents take care of his elderly grandparents, he was shocked to find that the digital world had barely made a foothold in elder care. “I had that personal experience, and when I began looking into things, there was not a brand out there associated with taking care of grandma and grandpa,” he says. “I wondered why it is that 30 years into the digital revolution, the only brand for the elderly is still ‘I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up.’” At the same time, he acknowledges, technology and the elderly don’t always mix well. Teaching older people to use smartphones, tablets or computers can be challenging. But Saneii had an epiphany. He realized that most older people are adept at the use of one major form of technology: television. So in 2009 he began work on a TV-based platform that combines elements of digital communication into a system that can be controlled by a single remote.The result is Independa. The software-based solution allows caregivers and family members to use a web portal or mobile app to video chat, send Facebook messages and photos, set up appointments and medication reminders and play games with their older loved ones. It can also interface with blood-pressure monitoring devices, scales and glucometers, and can serve as a door sensor and emergency-alert system. On the other end, the elderly users are able to access all content without logins, passwords or the internet; they receive messages and alerts directly through their TVs, using a simplified remote. The idea was enough to earn Saneii $11 million in VC funding and the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show’s “Tech for a Better World” award. But the biggest coup for his 18-person company, which is based in San Diego, is the strategic relationship he developed with LG, the world’s largest TV manufacturer. While Saneii was developing his system, LG was working on a similar project. The two joined forces. Now LG is manufacturing TVs with Independa’s elder-care software system (called Angela) pre-installed, as well as a set-top box that can turn any television with an HDMI port into an Independa machine. LG TVs in use at hospitals and senior-living facilities also support the software package. “It’s such a slam dunk,” Saneii says. “Those places have to have a TV in each room anyway. So this reduces staff inefficiencies. They can check in with patients remotely, and they can even have loved ones check in on them.”So while Independa can help with medical issues, its primary function, Saneii says, is dealing with one of the biggest problems seniors face—social isolation. Loneliness, especially when children or other family members live far away, can worsen or lead to many health problems, including depression. Engaging with loved ones regularly through video chats, messages or photos can bring relief. “We have a broken healthcare system based on an episodic model of fixing things,” Saneii says. “For the elderly, the goal is to prevent the next stage of care as long as possible, and dealing with isolation can help with that.”While the LG partnership has given Independa a global reach, Saneii says the company is interested in integrating with other devices, as well, including the Apple watch and consumer fitness devices. “The beauty of what we have is that the market keeps getting faster, better and cheaper,” he says. “Our goal is to always be innovating and simplifying our services.” More health brillianceFor $49 per month, users of Vida’s Health Coach app can get daily text or weekly video checkups with a health coach using information gathered from a smartphone to monitor activity levels and sleep patterns. For patients suffering from chronic illnesses, it can replace costly in-person checkups at a doctor’s office. It’s here: a great-looking smartwatch. The Swiss-made Withings Activité tracks movement and sleep patterns and works with the Health Mate app for coaching. All with a handsome analog interface.Play games, earn rewards and track your habits with Beam’s Bluetooth-equipped motion-sensing toothbrush.CrossChx’s proprietary platform leverages siloed information from healthcare providers to generate unique global identities for every patient. Its SafeChx software verifies patient identity through fingerprint scan, reducing medical record error and improving treatment. The Sleepio digital platform combats insomnia through personalized behavioral therapies and scheduling tools. Users are guided by a virtual sleep expert.PerfectServe’s Synchrony communications tool facilitates more efficient patient care by enabling clinicians to immediately identify and contact the most appropriate care-team member, eliminating waits, calls, second-hand messages and other impediments.The Thync smartphone/headband combo uses electric pulses to the brain to calm you down or psych you up as needed.Indoor exercisers can get a taste of the great outdoors by mounting a smartphone or tablet to cardio equipment and moving through one of BitGym’s virtual tours of locations around the world. The Pavlok smart-watch promises to help you break any bad habit—from smoking to nail biting—in just five days by delivering a small shock every time you slip up. This story appears in the June 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now »
No related posts. One person was killed and three arrested when a semi-submersible craft loaded with cocaine sank off the coast of Panama while being chased by the Costa Rican Coast Guard, officials said Wednesday.Costa Rica anti-drug commissioner Mauricio Boraschi said that 66 packages of cocaine, each weighing about one kilogram, came to the surface after the craft went down in deep water near the Panama-Costa Rica border.Experts believe that some 4,000 kilos (8,818 pounds) of cocaine went to the bottom of the ocean with the vessel sank, he said.One suspect – the man believed to have pulled the plug to let the craft sink – was dead when the Coast Guard arrived, Boraschi said.The Costa Rican Coast Guard was tipped off about the semi-submersible by a U.S. plane on an anti-drug overflight, and chased the craft into Panamanian waters.“When we arrived at the scene during rescue operations, a U.S. ship arrived and then a Panamanian airplane … to provide help, and the suspects surrendered,” Boraschi said.Custom-built semi-submersible crafts, often made of fiberglass and equipped with electric-diesel engines, are commonly used by drug cartels to smuggle cocaine from labs in South America to staging points in Central America, and then to be smuggled into the United States via Mexico.The typical “narco-subs” operate largely underwater, with just the cockpit and exhaust pipes above surface. Facebook Comments
PANAMA CITY – Panama on Wednesday awaited the arrival of U.S. and British experts to inspect Cuban weapons found aboard a North Korean ship, as Seoul urged the United Nations to investigate.Cuban officials in Havana said the arms discovered on the vessel near the Panama Canal among tons of sugar were “obsolete” Soviet-era missiles and parts it had sent back to Pyongyang for repair.But Panama has urged U.N. inspectors to scrutinize the cargo, which could constitute a violation of the strict arms sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear program.“The cargo is illegal because it was not declared. Anything that is not logged, even if it is obsolete, is contraband,” Panamanian Public Security Minister José Raúl Mulino said.“We are awaiting the arrival of experts from the United States and Britain, per our request, as well as a technical team from the U.N. Security Council,” he added.Panama said Monday it had discovered military equipment, which it believed to be missiles, after impounding the vessel and conducting a drugs search.On Tuesday, Cuba, one of North Korea’s few allies, claimed the shipment as its own, with the Foreign Ministry listing 240 metric tons of “obsolete defensive weapons,” including two anti-aircraft missile systems, as being on board.There were also “nine missiles in parts and spares,” various Mig-21 aircraft parts and 15 plane motors, “all of it manufactured in the mid-20th century” and “to be repaired and returned to Cuba.”“The agreements subscribed by Cuba in this field are supported by the need to maintain our defensive capacity in order to preserve national sovereignty,” the ministry said in an English-language statement.Panama President Ricardo Martinelli tweeted a photo of the haul, which experts earlier Tuesday identified as an ageing Soviet-built radar control system for surface-to-air missiles. Martinelli’s government said the munitions were hidden in a shipment of 220,000 pounds of bagged sugar aboard the North Korean-flagged Chong Chon Gang.North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said late Wednesday that Cuban arms were part of a legitimate deal and demanded the immediate release of the ship, state media reported.“This cargo is nothing but ageing weapons which are to be sent back to Cuba after overhauling them according to a legitimate contract,” the Korea Central News Agency quoted the Foreign Ministry as saying, adding: “The Panamanian authorities should take a step to let the apprehended crewmen and ship leave without delay.”The ministry said Panamanian authorities had “rashly attacked” the captain of the Chong Chon Gang after demanding to search its cargo hold for drugs, which were not found on board.“Yet, they are justifying their violent action, taking issue with other kind of cargo aboard the ship,” the ministry added. Facebook Comments Related posts:Consortium threatens to stop work on expanding Panama Canal Spain trying to mediate Panama canal cost crisis Panama Canal Expansion Project Stalled by Strike Panama Canal Expansion Breaks Ground
…… Ms Austin still has a hold on lovers 200 years later, with selected Toga Hotels offering a very special Valentine’s Day opportunity: free accommodation on the 14th of February!Before you start packing your bags and dragging your partner to the nearest Toga Hotel, the Jane Austin part of the deal kicks in – to claim the offer the couple must be named Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy and yes proof of identification is required.If your love isn’t straight out of a storybook then Toga still has something to offer you with selected Adina Apartment, Travelodge and Vibe Hotels selling special Valentine’s Day packages that include boxes of chocolates, wines and late-check outs. Ms Austin would be proud. Image: flickr.com Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.N
Dream Cruises Celebrates Christening and LaunchDream Cruises Celebrates Christening and Launch of Explorer Dream, the Newest Member of the Fleet Explorer Dream debuts in ShanghaiDream Cruises has welcomed the third member of its fleet with the christening and inaugural homeport deployment of Explorer Dream at Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal.Honorable guests Mr Su Ping, Vice Magistrate of Shanghai Baoshan District Government and Mr Hui Lim, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Genting Hong Kong were joined by management executives and over 500 guests at the ceremonial launch event. The christening ceremony featured Ms. Grace Chen, the godmother of Explorer Dream and one of the most influential fashion innovators in China. The innovative christening was activated by her magic wand of dreams and aspirations and the spirit of exploration was symbolised by a majestic unicorn that led the iconic Dream Cruises’ mermaid out of the ocean and into a new realm, where she will embark on the quest to discover new horizons across the seas. With the traditional breaking of the champagne bottle against the bow of the ship, Explorer Dream officially began her journey with Dream Cruises.After the inaugural ceremony, Grace Chen presented a spectacular fashion show at sea aboard the ship. Eighteen models showcased her Voyage collection and walked the runway on the Palace Pool Deck, where guests enjoyed a visual feast inspired by the spirit of exploration and discovery, both of which are the brand essence of Dream Cruises.Since its launch two years ago, Dream Cruises has garnered numerous accolades for its two cruise ships, Genting Dream which debuted in 2016 and World Dream in 2017, including Star Performer Top Ten Ratings in the Large Resort Category, Top 5 Cruise Lines in the Large/Medium sized cruise ship category by Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List and more.Built with German craftsmanship, Explorer Dream measures 268 metres in length and 32 metres in width. She has a total gross tonnage of 75,338 tons, 928 cabins and lower berth capacity of 1,856 passengers. The signature, luxury “ship within a ship” enclave of Dream Cruises – The Palace, provides a next-level luxury experience for discerning travellers, boasting an industry leading staff to guest ratio, a majority of suites over 40 square metres, as well as bespoke 24-hour butler service and exclusive guest privileges.A generous variety of culinary options will also be available to cater for every taste – from inspired Asian flavours to exquisite Western delicacies. Acclaimed Australian Chef Mark Best will extend his influence on to Explorer Dream with his Seafood Grill by Mark Best serving up the ocean’s bounty in a spectacular al fresco setting. Signature Dream dining favourites will also take pride of place on the new ship including Umi Uma for Japanese delights, Silk Road for traditional Chinese fare, Blue Lagoon for Southeast Asian comfort food and Palm Court for informal refreshments and breath-taking views. For adventurous foodies, the all new Mozzarella Ristorante e Pizzeria will tantalise with a modern fusion of classic Italian dishes and pizzas with a Japanese twist.Guests of Explorer Dream can also enjoy thematic programs on their journeys at sea including “The Connoisseurs Circle” bespoke enrichment program, featuring inspirational talks and events that are especially curated for guests of The Palace, such as a fashion talk by Grace Chen, the godmother of Explorer Dream.Explorer Dream will initially homeport in Shanghai and Tianjin, where she will embark on a series of itineraries to popular destinations throughout Japan, including Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nagasaki, Fukuoka and Okinawa.From October 2019, Explorer Dream will homeport in Sydney and Auckland, offering guests a variety of seven-night weekly itineraries visiting the region’s coastal highlights.Source = Dream Cruises
UWM Announces Enhancements to Broker Tools Share in Headlines, News, Technology October 13, 2014 503 Views In Troy, Michigan, United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) announced the opening of its new Marketing Center, a free benefit for its partners that allows brokers and correspondents to create customized, professionally developed marketing flyers.Enhancements to the Marketing Center tool include integration with UWM’s broker portal, EASE; social media marketing; email marketing; high-resolution files; profile saves for personal branding; and more.”During a period when communication is key, UWM has created one of the most effective tools available with the UWM Marketing Center,” said Eric McKinley, president of Home Place Mortgage, a mortgage firm headquartered in Alexander City, Alabama. “It enables us to provide professional marketing material to promote the real estate agents, the products, and our loan officers. It’s a huge hit with the real estate agents.”At the same time, UWM also unveiled the latest enhancements to its broker mobile app, UMobile, which launched in February this year.As a pre-planned phase two rollout, the app has been completely reskinned, offering an enhanced graphical user interface to allow for easier navigation and a more engaging user experience.”We’re constantly innovating and striving to provide the best service, tools and programs to our brokers and correspondents to make them the most successful originators in wholesale lending,” said Justin Glass, UWM’s chief digital officer. “One of the six pillars of our corporate constitution is ‘Continuous Improvement is Essential to our Long-Term Success.’ The enhancements to our Marketing Center and UMobile demonstrates our commitment to our partners and our company tagline Lending Made Easy.” Company News United Wholesale Mortgage 2014-10-13 Tory Barringer
The case against reclining:This turned out to be a hot topic in our forum, and some of you have pretty strong views against reclining:”They should completely remove that function from all chairs. I never ever recline. It is extremely inconsiderate and I don’t care if it’s a long flight or not.” – Barlan So does the responsibility for the recline function lie with the airline?Traveller lier_wong says: “I recently flew Lufthansa/A380 economy class and realized how spacious their seats are. I’m 5’7″ and had loads of legroom to stretch even with the seat in front fully reclined. That said, some airlines are designed very poorly, especially the budget carriers. They need to maximize seat capacity and that’s really put the squeeze on travelers.” Why does reclining cause such problems?Of course, whether you’re a supporter of spreading out on a flight or not, many of you agreed that reclining your seat doesn’t come without its hazards.”I was once on a long-haul flight, and reclined my chair just like the person in front of me. However, the man behind me was really overweight so he couldn’t sit properly. His wife had to tap me on my shoulder and tell me to de-recline my seat.” – Dylan Tan If this guy puts his seat back my creaky 43 yr old knees are screwed. #AmericanAirlines #legroom pic.twitter.com/4x71NIciT5— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 4, 2016 What’s the verdict?Though most of our readers seemed to be fairly flexible about reclining, providing you exercise a little consideration, it does come down to personal preference. As zia3000 states, for some, it’s simply a life choice:”I stopped reclining over 10 years ago and haven’t looked back…18 hours, 5 hours don’t matter. It’s just better for you physically.”For more tips, advice and discussion from frequent travellers, check out these articles:Which airlines have the most legroomNot all airlines offer a meagre 31”. Find out which airlines to book if you fancy a roomier flight.How to find the perfect flightDo you care more about an on time flight or the shortest flying time? Is good food or spacious seating more likely to improve your inflight happiness? Skyscanner reveals our formula for the perfect flight.Keep calm and catch your flight: 20 time-saving airport tipsGet your trip off to a flyer! Skyscanner’s seasoned travellers share 20 of their best secrets on how to improve your airport experience; from how to jump the check-in queue to how to get an upgrade.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Does reclining give you extra legroom?Few were of the opinion that reclining your seat boosts your legroom, as former airline employee sophialee states:”I know a reclining seat doesn’t work at all for tall people so it is really best to pay slightly extra for more legroom.”Many airlines offer the option to choose premium seats with extra space such as those in the front row and at the dividing wall between cabins (known as a ‘bulkhead’ seat). So if you’re long-legged, should you book special seats to avoid potential leg cramps? troubleonline suggests that the problem could be solved with a little consideration from the passenger in front: “Be considerate and recline slowly and carefully not fast and abrupt like some people, before they proceed to keep bouncing the seat backwards several times, crushing my knees in the process.” On the other hand, if you want to recline without bothering anyone else, kelly_li has a compromise: sit at the back. “Though some flights have limited recline room for last rows, usually they are enough for me.” Those in favour of reclining should take note though: some air carriers, like Ryanair, have eliminated the arguments by getting rid of reclining seats in standard class completely! First class or economy?The debate became about whether you should simply upgrade your ticket. Airline seats in economy class, particularly those on budget airlines, can be much closer together than in years gone by, leaving little room for reclining, whether you’re for or against it.An easyJet flight has a seat pitch of 28″ (the distance between the back of a seat and the back of the seat in front or behind), as do some British Airways flights, while at the other end of the scale, a standard class ticket on Singapore Airlines will get you a more generous 32″. Only tall people will understand how amazing getting the emergency isle seat on an airplane is #legroom— Jeff Zack (@jeffzack09) October 28, 2016 What about during in-flight meals?Some of you pointed out that it’s only polite to wait until after food service is over before you start going into sleep mode.”One should definitely put the seat back up during meal service. I have no qualms telling the person in front to sit up when we get food/drinks served, but am okay for them to recline again once that wraps up.” – lier_wongReader Lauraob1 finds good meal-time etiquette is hard to come by on a lot of plane journeys, though… “My other issue is (and you’d be surprised how often this happens) the person in front of me will always wait until the trolley has just passed and I have put a drink down for them to throw their seat back and send my drink flying all over me.” Personal space currently being invaded… #planeseats— Ryan Harms (@ryanharms11) December 2, 2010 It seems there are some unwritten rules about the length of the flight, if it’s long or short haul, and whether it’s an overnight journey. Mary Porter says: “I am happy that people recline their seats if they need to sleep (on a night flight) but otherwise I think they should keep them upright as a courtesy to fellow passengers. I would like to see airlines introduce a recommendation that seats are only reclined when the lights are dimmed for sleeping.” According to iain_pritchard, reclining on a shorter flight is a big no-no: “Personal pet peeve is people reclining as soon as they sit down. Please, we haven’t taken off yet, this is like a 1 hour flight, I don’t think you need to be horizontal for this.” The case for reclining:On the flipside, many of you championed your right to recline, as Imgobaira says:”Recline all the way. If I am encroaching on your space then recline your chair too! If you have an issue with me reclining then feel free to pay the extra $$ for a “premium seat”. I will always be courteous and give fair warning to the person behind me though.”Many people agreed that a little courtesy goes a long way and that you should always “check with the person behind first”. ajrcrawford adds: “If someone behind me asked me nicely not to recline, and seemed to have a good reason, then I wouldn’t.” RelatedIn-flight Etiquette Quiz – Passengers behaving nicelyIn-flight Etiquette Quiz – Passengers behaving nicely10 travel tips to get a good night’s sleep on a long-haul flight with Air TransatWhat’s your trick for getting to sleep on a plane? A luxury eye mask? Noise-cancelling headphones? Meditation?Calling time on reclined airline seatsNine out of ten air travellers in favour of banning reclining seats. Should you be able to recline your seat in economy at all?FerHai says: “The seats shouldn’t recline in economy any more. It might have been fine when the seats were first fitted with more space between them. Now it’s just dangerous, you can permanently damage the person behind you’s knees. We all paid for our seat, true, but the fact that it reclines is an oversight and we should take on the responsibility not to do it.”For a lucky few readers like Mark_Morgan_Clelland, this is a quandary you never have to deal with: “I only ever travel first class so I am not sure but I don’t think the economy class passengers should have the ability to recline”.alexpopov makes the point that this isn’t an option for many travellers:”I’m 195cm tall. The only flights I have no problem with my knees (/space) are long-haul Business and above. 90% of my flights are business trips. Even if it would solve the problem I am unable to pay the extra $$. Even if it was a private trip, 99% of all people can’t pay GBP 5,000 per seat (I certainly can’t).” Another flight diverted after another fight over a #reclining seat. http://t.co/YiHVdrBeiL— Pat Lawson Muse (@PLMuse) September 2, 2014 Reader Karen summed up the problem with sitting behind a wilfull recliner:”If the person in front reclines, I then have the top of their seat almost in my lap. If I’m trying to watch a film I then find the screen is at the wrong angle/too close. If I’m trying to read/do puzzles I have limited room. If I need to get out of my seat I need to be a contortionist. Perhaps airlines could designate part of the plane as a “non-reclining” zone, then I could select a seat there.”