Pandemic Definition Continues to Mystify

first_imgAs cases of swine flu continue to increase in several countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) maintains that the outbreak does not merit the label “pandemic.” And in the United States, which accounts for just over half of the 12,954 confirmed cases of the disease reported to WHO from 46 countries, signs indicate the outbreak may have peaked.Case counts in part reflect the intensity of a country’s surveillance efforts, but it’s clear that the novel H1N1 virus causing the disease has made solid headway in Japan, which has 350 confirmed cases, the most outside of the Americas. Cases over the past few days have also nearly doubled in Chile to 74, the highest number yet seen in the Southern Hemisphere. Still, WHO’s Keiji Fukuda, the assistant director-general, explained at a press conference today that the spread does not merit moving from a phase 5 alert to phase 6, which would indicate a full-scale pandemic. “It’s quite possible that it will continue to spread and it will establish itself in many other countries in multiple regions, at which time it would be fair to call it a pandemic,” said Fukuda. “Right now, we’re really still in the early parts of the evolution of the spread of this virus, and we’ll see where it goes.”WHO earlier had defined phase 6 as sustained community spread of the virus in two regions of the world but last week put that definition on ice, following pressure from member countries that criticized the phasing system for not taking into account disease severity. Fukuda said in the next few weeks that WHO hopes to hold a videoconference with prominent scientists and public health specialists who have “a wide range of opinions” about how to define phases in influenza outbreaks. “We’re trying to see what kind of adjustments might be made to make sure that the definitions really meet the situation,” said Fukuda. 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Rather, CDC divides that United States into nine regions, and seven have seen a decrease in influenza-like illness (ILI) over the past few weeks. “We were over the baseline for this time of year—which is really extraordinary—for the past several weeks, and now we’re down below the baseline again,” said Schuchat. But she cautioned that the drop may just be a “respite” because of the coming of summer and that the virus may return in full force when the cold weather returns in the fall.last_img read more

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Diamond-studded meteorites came from the collision of a lost planet

first_img By Sid PerkinsApr. 17, 2018 , 11:15 AM When our solar system was in its infancy 4.5 billion years ago, a swarm of protoplanets swirled around the sun—some of which coalesced into larger and larger masses, while others were blasted to smithereens in a demolition derby of planetary proportions. Those collisions would have produced innumerable fragments of cosmic shrapnel, some of which orbited the sun as carbon-rich asteroids. Now, a new analysis of the remains of one such asteroid, which broke apart in our atmosphere and fell to Earth, bolsters the idea that they are, in fact, the remnants of one of our solar system’s lost planets—some of which may have been the size of Mercury, or larger.The Almahata Sitta meteorites, a few hundred rock fragments that rained down on Sudan’s Nubian Desert in 2008, included a number of coarse-grained, carbon-rich fragments known as ureilites. Inside were tiny diamonds that likely measured up to 100 micrometers across when they originally formed. That’s at least 100 times larger than the nanodiamonds that form when planetary objects collide, and it’s far larger than diamonds that form by condensing from carbon vapor inside clouds of interplanetary gas and dust. Excluding those possibilities, a new study proposes that the diamonds in the Almahata Sitta meteorites grew deep inside a large protoplanet before it suffered the collision that turned it into cosmic shrapnel (artist’s concept, above).Just how large would the planet have been? Small blebs of iron-rich sulfides inside these meteorites’ diamonds provide key clues. Because the minerals could only have formed at pressures about 200,000 times those of Earth’s atmosphere at sea level, the diamonds would have formed near the center of a Mercury-or-larger-size protoplanet, the researchers report today in Nature Communications. 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Injured Naomi Osaka maintains top spot

first_imgNaomi Osaka, of Japan, looks up a replay as she faces Sofia Kenin, of the United States, in the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Mason, Ohio. Osaka withdrew from the match with an injury. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)Naomi Osaka holds on to the top of the WTA rankings on Monday despite injury and elimination from the Cincinnati Masters.The Japanese lost to 20th placed Sofia Kenin in the quarter-finals on Sunday due to a knee injury. Her participation at the US Open is still uncertain.ADVERTISEMENT Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics WTA Rankings, August 19:1. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 6,606 pts2. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 6,5013. Karolína Plíšková (CZE) 6,3154. Simona Halep (ROU) 4,743ADVERTISEMENT 5. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 4,492 (+2)6. Petra Kvitová (CZE) 4,4857. Kiki Bertens (NED) 4,325 (-2)8. Serena Williams (USA) 3,9359. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 3,32010. Madison Keys (USA) 3,267 (+8)11. Sloane Stephens (USA) 3,189 (-1)12. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 3,167 (-1)13. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 3,008 (-1)14. Angelique Kerber (GER) 2,870 (-1) ‘Ghost guns’ are untraceable, easy to make, more prevalent View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Madison Keys jumped eight spots and is ranked 10th after she won Cincinnati on Sunday.Also on the rise in an otherwise unchanged top 10 is Elina Svitolina who moved up two spots to fifth, a career high for Ukrainian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelSloane Stephens was robbed of her 10th spot in the rankings and sits at 11th after her defeat to Svetlana Kuznetsova in Cincinatti’s third round.Meanwhile, Kiki Bertens took two steps back to 7th place and Johanna Konta was demoted to 16th. MOST READ LATEST STORIES UK thanks PH for rescuing Brit, Filipino wife abducted in Sulu 15. Bianca Andreescu (CAN) 2,837 (-1)16. Johanna Konta (GBR) 2,695 (-1)17. Markéta Vondroušová (CZE) 2,651 (-1)18. Qiang Wang (CHN) 2,593 (-1)19. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 2,53720. Sofia Kenin (USA) 2,460 (+2)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What a relief! Paris show lifts taboo on historic outdoor loos Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Wright, Erram join Gilas’ injury list with Fiba World Cup just 2 weeks away Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: A day after being fired, Robredo asks: ‘Ano bang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko?’ Renovation of old sports venues not just for SEA Games uselast_img read more

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BAFTA LA Announces Student Film Awards Finalists

first_imgThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) has announced today the finalists for the BAFTA US Student Film Awards, which will be presented at a gala ceremony June 16, 2016 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.Now in its thirteenth year, the event identifies and celebrates the very best student short films produced in the US.The BAFTA US Student Film Awards Committee has chosen the following films as finalists: 219, directed by Ed Hancox, from University of Texas at Austin; El Adios, directed by Clara Roquet, from Columbia University; None of That, directed by Anna Paddock, Isabela Littger and Kritti Kauer, from Ringling School of Art and Design; An Object At Rest, directed by Seth Boyden, from California Institute for the Arts; Seide, directed by Elnura Osmonalieva, from New York University; Spark directed by Juan Martinez Vera, from the University of Southern California, Unremarkable, directed by Jared Anderson, from the American Film Institute; and Where We Stand, directed by Kristine Stolakis, from Stanford University.BAFTA also announced several of the panel members of the Special Jury, who will decide the recipient of the Special Jury Prize on the 16th. Jury members include Academy Award Winner Pete Docter (Inside Out), Academy Award Winner William Goldenberg (Argo, The Imitation Game), and STX Entertainment President Sophie Watts.The BAFTA US Student Film Awards identify and celebrate the best creative works produced by American and international students studying in the United States. The event is presented as part of BAFTA’s on-going commitment to supporting and developing emerging talents, with the finalists also invited to attend BAFTA’s year-round educational events in the US. The BAFTA US Student Film Awards also serves to connect rising international student filmmakers with experts from the UK entertainment industry.“The Student Film Awards help to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to celebrating new talent and connecting promising international students with BAFTA’s membership and programming,” said Kieran Breen, BAFTA Los Angeles Chairman. “We hope that by nurturing these minds, we help to strengthen the bridge between the UK and US entertainment community for years to come.”The finalists were selected from 245 films submitted by 56 schools across the US, with each school submitting their best films for consideration. The selected films will be screened at the gala ceremony, where BAFTA Los Angeles members will cast their vote onsite for the winner of the 2016 BAFTA US Student Film Award. The Special Jury will also vote onsite for the recipient of their Special Jury Prize.The 2016 BAFTA US Student Film Awards is sponsored by AKA, Afex, American Airlines, Adrian Flambard and AMD.For more information about the 2016 BAFTA US Student Film Awards and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles, visit www.baftala.org.last_img read more

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Albert Schultz an execution then a trial

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Even in the #MeToo age, the fall of Albert Schultz was unusually swift. A few days ago, Mr. Schultz was the reigning impresario of the Canadian theatre world, covered with glory and honours. Today he is untouchable. He has been denounced as an alleged sexual predator on the front pages of the newspapers. Soulpepper, the theatre he co-founded, has cast him out, along with his wife, Leslie Lester, who was executive director. His life work is tainted, his livelihood destroyed. He is reviled throughout the theatre world. He faces four civil lawsuits and daunting legal bills. But in some ways the legal process is irrelevant. It’s likely that, like Jian Ghomeshi, he’ll never work in this town again – or, for that matter, in any theatre anywhere in Canada.Good riddance, a lot of people say. He got what he deserved. Forget about the evidence. Allegations are enough. It’s the tenor of the times. First comes the public execution – the trial can wait. As Julius Grey, a senior human-rights lawyer, wrote in the Montreal Gazette, it’s a “new reign of terror.”Last week – was it only Wednesday? – Mr. Schultz was accused of sexual misconduct by four actresses, who told their stories to the media in some detail. The alleged abuses, which took place over a period of 13 years, included nonconsensual kissing, fondling, butt slaps and the exposure of his penis backstage. The complainants are highly sympathetic; their stories sounded credible. Four other members of the company resigned in a gesture of support. Login/Register With: Albert Schultz resigned as artistic director of Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto amid allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment by four actresses (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Trump suggests Canada has been sidelined from latest NAFTA negotiations

first_imgOTTAWA – U.S. President Donald Trump is suggesting Canada has deliberately been left on NAFTA’s sidelines as one-on-one talks heat up between Washington and Mexico.For four straight weeks, U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo have held bilateral negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement, while Canada has been absent from the bargaining table.Canadian officials have insisted they’re unfazed by being left out of the discussions because it’s allowing the U.S. and Mexico to sort out tough bilateral issues, such as their differences on autos. They’ve stressed that there have been a lot of one-on-one talks during NAFTA’s renegotiation process.But some observers have refused to buy that argument. They’ve said Ottawa’s partners have frozen it out of the critical NAFTA negotiations as a tactic and have warned that Canada could eventually be forced into accepting a deal reached between the U.S. and Mexico.Trump appeared to feed that belief during a televised cabinet meeting in Washington on Thursday — on the one-year anniversary of the start of NAFTA’s renegotiation.“We’re not negotiating with Canada right now,” said Trump, who has frequently complained about Canada’s supply-managed dairy sector.“Their tariffs are too high, their barriers are too strong, so we’re not even talking to them right now. But we’ll see how that works out. It will only work out to our favour.”During the cabinet meeting, Lighthizer told the room he’s hoping for a NAFTA breakthrough with Mexico in the coming days.“I’m hopeful with Mexico and then I hope once we get one with Mexico that Canada will come along,” Lighthizer said.The U.S. and Mexican governments have both expressed optimism the entire NAFTA renegotiation could be concluded before the end of the month.But Trump insisted Thursday that he’s in “no rush” to make a deal.“If you don’t have a breakthrough, as you call it, don’t do the deal because it’s a lousy situation for the United States,” he told Lighthizer.“We have much better alternatives than that, you understand? So, if you can’t make the right deal, don’t make it.”Trump added that NAFTA has “been a disaster for our country.”Asked about Trump’s remarks Thursday, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Ottawa’s officials remain in touch with their American and Mexican partners.“Minister Freeland, Ambassador (David) MacNaughton and the Canadian negotiating team are in regular contact with their counterparts and we look forward to continuing these important discussions in the coming weeks,” Adam Austen wrote in an email.“Our focus remains defending Canadian interests as we work towards a modernized, updated NAFTA agreement.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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PNB fraud: Mumbai court issues NBW against Nirav Modi’s wife

first_imgMumbai: A special court here on Friday issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against the wife of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, a key accused in the USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case. The warrant against Ami Modi was issued by Special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Judge M S Azmi after he took cognisance of the supplementary chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against Nirav Modi (48) and other accused a few days ago. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The financial crime probe agency has alleged that Ami Modi used an international bank account to move USD 30 million, suspected to be proceeds of the scam. The funds were used to buy property located in New York’s Central Park, the ED has said. In its supplementary chargesheet, the agency has recorded additional evidences gathered in the case and attachments made. It is understood that the ED has underlined the role of Ami Modi and funds routed by her in the supplementary chargesheet. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe ED had filed the first chargesheet in this case in May last year. According to investigating agencies, Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, in connivance with certain bank officials, allegedly cheated PNB to the tune of Rs 14,000 crore through issuance of fraudulent Letters of Undertaking (LoUs). These LoUs were allegedly issued in a fraudulent manner by a Mumbai branch of the PNB to the group of companies belonging to Nirav Modi since March 2011 till the fraud came to light in January 2018, the agencies have said. Nirav Modi, Choksi and other accused are facing charges under the PMLA Act and the Indian Penal Code in the fraud case which is being probed by multiple agencies, including the ED. According to a UK media report last week, Nirav Modi is currently living in a three-bedroom flat occupying half of a floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block in London, where rent is estimated to cost 17,000 pounds a month.last_img read more

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Annan cuts short holidays to oversee massive UN relief effort after Asian

Secretary-General Kofi Annan is cutting short his end-of-year holidays to return to United Nations Headquarters in New York tonight to oversee the world body’s relief efforts after the devastating tsunami that struck Southern Asia, killing some 80,000 people, injuring hundreds of thousands more and affecting millions.He will meet tomorrow morning with UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland and the heads of other agencies involved in the relief effort, which officials have called unprecedented and possibly the largest ever launched by the world body.Over the past two days, Mr. Annan has spoken to the leaders of the nearly one dozen countries hit by the disaster to see what they need most urgently and has also been in touch with leaders of major donor nations to review the international relief effort and to underscore the UN’s coordinating role, his spokesman said today.Earlier today Mr. Annan discussed the situation with United States Secretary of State Colin Powell.In an interview on CNN last night, the Secretary-General called for a generous response to the flash appeal that the UN will launch on 6 January, warning that the emergency relief phase for the catastrophe together with the recovery and the reconstruction phase will require billions of dollars.”The needs are enormous. They need food. They need clean water. They need shelter. They need medication,” he said. “We need to begin worrying immediately about the non-food items, sanitation, clean water, to ensure that epidemics do not set in. And so they need lots of help and are looking to the international community to respond and respond generously.” read more

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Elephant Mans home town starts campaign to erect statue of him

“The city council is not responsible for erecting statues, but if other groups or organisations want to raise the money, we are happy to help facilitate the process.”Merrick had a skeletal and soft tissue deformity which made him a medical curiosity, with his skeleton preserved at the Royal London Hospital.But Mrs Vigor-Mungovin, who has written a book about him, said she had discovered his soft tissue was buried in the City of London Cemetery in Newham after he died in 1890 aged 27.Following a miserable adolescence in Leicester and some time as a travelling “freak” exhibit, Merrick ended up at the former London Hospital in Whitechapel, East London.Mrs Vigor-Mungovin said his soft tissue was buried but its existence had been forgotten due to the number of graveyards in use at the time.She said the detailed Victorian records make her “99 per cent certain” she has found the Elephant Man’s graveyard, with the burial dated April 24 1890, 13 days after Merrick’s death.She added “It gives his residence as London Hospital, his age as 28 – Joseph was actually 27 but his date of birth was often given wrong – and the coroner as Wynne Baxter, who we know conducted Joseph’s inquest.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. An Elephant Man statue should be erected in his home city, residents have said, as the local council was told it should be “ashamed” of ignoring him.Campaigners based in Leicester have begun raising money via a crowdfunder to make a memorial to Joseph Merrick, who lived there for most of his life.They hope to raise £110,000 after being given a price estimate by sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn, who has agreed to take on the project.Joanne Vigor-Mungovin, a verger at Leicester Cathedral, who is promoting the appeal and has written a book about the famous resident, said the town council should be ashamed of not acknowledging Merrick.He was labelled the “Elephant Man” because of his contorted features, and his life story was told in a Hollywood movie starring John Hurt.Merrick, whose condition did not develop until he was five, has inspired a number of books, alongside an award-winning play.His head eventually measured 36 inches, with researchers claiming the deformities were the cause of Proteus syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.Mrs Vigor-Mungovin said “There is a blue information board near Lee Street NCP multi-storey car park which informs the visitor that Joseph Merrick was born there.”The information board tells you more about Sid James opening the Tesco superstore then our own local resident. “The only memorial to Joseph is a small plaque at Moat College in Leicester which is not accessible to the general public and a conference room.”She added that she hopes the statue will “call attention to inclusion, equality, independence, choice, empowerment, respect and dignity to people with a range of disabilities.””And it will challenge the prejudice, discrimination and social isolation that many disabled people face throughout their lives at home and at work.”Mrs Vigor-Mungovin thinks it should be sited outside the Highcross, close to the Clock Tower, not far from where he was born in some slums.”This is where we know that Joseph Merrick sold ribbons, stockings and gloves before deciding to go to London to be in a freak show.”It would be fitting to place him right there in the heart of Leicester.” She worked with the City of London Corporation to produce a plaque, which is now in place at a recently discovered but un-named grave in Newham for Merrick.A Leicester city council spokesman said that, although the council is not responsible for erecting statues, planning permission would have to be given according to the site chosen.They added:  “Joseph Merrick’s story is a significant part of Leicester’s history, and his story addresses important issues about society’s changing attitudes towards disability. read more

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Aaron McKenna To combat youth unemployment Irelands skills gap needs to be

first_img“EUROPE DAY” was celebrated on 9 May with news that the youth unemployment rate in Greece rose to a staggering 64.2 per cent in February, with overall unemployment now standing at 27 per cent. Here at home our official youth unemployment rate stands at 31 per cent, versus 14 per cent overall.The unofficial rates are higher when you count in those who are off the books, thanks to a lack of benefit entitlements or having been stuffed into state make-like-work programmes. Emigration is doing the rest, with a National Youth Council report during the week that 300,000 Irish people have emigrated in the past four years. Forty-three per cent of those leaving are under 25. It’s not inconceivable to imagine that half or more of our population under 30 has been severely affected by the recession, either unemployed or forced to leave.The ladder is pulled up“Generation jobless” as The Economist recently dubbed them, the cohort of 15-29 year olds not in employment, education or training, is getting a particularly raw deal in the global crisis that has gripped the world since 2008. The young are always the first hit in bad economic times as companies tighten down on hiring and the ladder is pulled up behind those already perched on the tree.Young people trying to get ahead in a recession face the daunting task of getting through a queue already filled with experienced workers. They have to try and break in to closed and controlled sectors where regulations, usually espoused on the basis of “fairness” towards workers, make it difficult to get in the door. Witness the struggles of new entrants to frontline public services as a perfect example, expected to do the same work for less pay if and when it becomes available so that government and unions don’t have a falling out over hitting pay, conditions and jobs of existing workers.Structural mismatchThis ongoing economic calamity is hitting young workers harder than usual, however. It is not a case that the economy contracted, jobs were lost, and as it starts to slowly grow again jobs will return. In the advanced economies in particular there is now a structural mismatch between the jobs on offer and the skills of our unemployed. The simplest example of this in Ireland is the dearth of construction jobs compared to the massive employment in the sector in the past. Those jobs are not coming back in those numbers, and we have a variety of people sitting idle with skills that are no longer required.The government recently introduced a number of reforms to the work permit scheme that allows companies to import talent where it is missing locally. This is only right and proper, for if the skills are not present here then we cannot benefit from the knock-on effects of the employment of even someone brought to work in Ireland while we suffer high unemployment rates. There are checks and balances to ensure that work permits are only granted where the role cannot be filled by a European citizen.The extension of a further 2,000 work permits, particularly in and around specialist IT roles, is a symptom of a wider problem: there are over two million job vacancies in Europe at the moment and here and all around there is a particular lack of skilled individuals in specific sectors. This is the systemic problem of a skills gap.The skills gap needs to be tackled strategicallyGovernments have not given nearly enough strategic thought to how we run our education system. They are fearful of change and the vested interests opposed to it.The rot goes back a long way and through several governments. The current Education Minister Ruairi Quinn can say he’s fixing somebody else’s mess; but he was the Minister for Finance from late 1994 to mid-1997, influencing keystone education policies in and around the time our current leaving cert cohort were starting in school. Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin was Minister for Education from 1997 to 2000. As per usual the big three parties are shedding crocodile tears about all the things somebody else did that got us here.Bridging the skills gap will take time and it will take structural reforms of how we educate our young and our unemployed. Countries that have been successful in keeping youth unemployment low, in particular Germany, have strong vocational education systems combined with close relations to industry. Apprenticeships in a wider range of areas than we might traditionally think of them is one step that could help. Cultivating links between industry, the public sector and classrooms from secondary school would be another.Matching student’s interests to a viable economic futureA broad classical education that teaches one to think critically is very important. But there is room for classes on business and work placements beyond Transition Year Programmes, which tend to feature them quite heavily as a unique value proposition for students taking up the optional year.In an era where guidance councillors are being cut back, another useful tool in the box of matching student’s interests to a viable economic future for themselves would be enhancing education on the economy in general. Arm students with information on the trends in employment, where skills gaps are developing and what they might expect to be able to get out of their choice in further education.I have in the past discussed better ways to re-skill those already out of work , replacing our billion euro a year state training bureaucracy – that still runs several week courses on writing a CV – with grants that unemployed individuals can spend on courses in our existing education institutions. Our existing universities, colleges, Institutes of Technology and so on are excellent providers of skills that could help someone find a job, and we would be providing them with a stimulus at the expense of an inefficient system that ESRI research has shown can make a person less employable for having entered it.High labour costs keep people unemployedAside from skills we could also do worse than allow our young and unemployed in general to become more competitive in the search for work. JobBridge is partially an admission by government of an economic fact of life: that relatively high labour costs keep people unemployed. A recent Forfás report has shown that we’re still far more expensive a place to employ people than our European neighbours and competitors. JobBridge has tried to counter that by making it cheap to take a punt on someone and for employers to bridge the skills gap themselves with six or nine months of training.The state also provides grants to businesses of up to €20,000 for taking someone off the roll of unemployed. Costs are too high, but government can’t shoulder the entire burden. They’ve already cut the dole for people based on age and have a variety of schemes for taking the cost and risk out of hiring someone trapped in unemployment. Why not, apart from political cowardice, for example introduce reforms that allow people to negotiate more competitive wage deals with employers directly?Long term unemployment leaves a permanent scarLong term unemployment, particularly when young, leaves a permanent scar on one’s ability to earn a crust. Lifetime earnings will be lower, and there are a range of other less tangible damages done to a person who feels like they can’t get ahead. Government needs to stop worrying about vested interests in education and restrictive practices designed to protect some at the expense of others.It is not acceptable that the primary solution to youth unemployment remains emigration and, five years into the crisis, still no major structural changes to help bridge the gaps that will leave a generation permanently separated from the living they deserve.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for TheJournal.ie. He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at aaronmckenna.com or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.last_img read more

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Geek deals Dell XPS 12 convertible tablet Nexus 7 iPod Nano more

first_imgUpdate: This deal may have ended, but you can find the latest Dell XPS 12 deals & coupons from our friends at LogicBuy.Our other top deals:Nexus 7 Android 4.2 tablet 32GB (refurbished) for $214 + free shipping (reg. $249 | use coupon DIG5)Apple iPod Nano 16GB Slate color (newest model) for $149 + free shipping (reg. $199)Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season One [Blu-ray] for $52.49 + free shipping (reg. $129.99) Dell’s XPS 12 is one of the more interesting PCs released in 2012, combining premium features with a convertible form-factor. Unfortunately this means the price tag has been high and discounts rare. Thankfully as we are getting closer to the 2013 product refresh (thanks to Intel’s Haswell), so the high-end products are starting to be discounted. Today we have a rare $60 stackable coupon for the XPS 12. This little beauty is built around a 12.5-inch screen which is truly the start of the show.The XPS 12’s display is housed inside a unique frame that allows it to completely flip around, meaning the display can be facing the keyboard like a normal laptop or be facing outwards like a tablet. This allows you to use the machine like a laptop or tablet. Which ever way you use it, you will definitely appreciate the sharp 1920×1080 resolution served up on an IPS LCD panel, which is the same technology Apple uses in their high-end screens for wide viewing angles and rich colors.Being an ultrabook, the XPS 12 is plenty portable, measuring in at 0.59-0.79 inches thin and 3.35 lbs. You don’t get quite as many ports as usual given how small this machine is, but most users won’t miss much with the two USB 3.0 ports (one of which will chage a mobile device), Mini DisplayPort output, and headphone/mic port. It is a shame they couldn’t fit a media card reader in.Performance is more than suitable with the standard Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB SSD. If you desire a little more oomph, you can choose from other configurations with upgrades like a Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, or 256GB SSD and use this rare $60 stackable coupon on any of them.This is second largest discount we have ever seen on the XPS 12, and only the third discount ever, so if this machine is catches your eye you probably shouldn’t wait too long.Dell XPS 12 convertible tablet with Windows 8 for $1,139.99 + free shipping (reg. $1,199.99 | use coupon BXV1FC3ZFJ95DG)last_img read more

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How many people were granted Irish citizenship this week Its the week

first_img Share32 Tweet Email2 Short URL May 4th 2019, 7:01 PM Image: Valerie O’Sullivan Saturday 4 May 2019, 7:00 PM How many people were granted Irish citizenship this week? It’s the week in numbers Plus: The percentage of Irish people who believe a united Ireland is more likely because of Brexit. https://jrnl.ie/4618834 EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.189: The number of free interrail passes that are up for grabs for Irish 18-year-olds as part of the DiscoverEU initiative. 60: The percentage of people in Ireland who believe people should be required to provide official ID to access adult porn websites. 12: The percentage of motorcyclists who have been involved in a collision in the past two years, according to research carried out by the RSA. 100: The number of new jobs that are to be created in Tralee as part of an expansion of a Japanese financial subsidiary. 50: The percentage of Irish people who believe a united Ireland is more likely because of Brexit.10,229: The number of admitted patients who were forced to wait on trolleys and chairs in Irish hospitals last month, according to the latest figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. 25: The number of new garda recruits who will be sent to Drogheda in June as part of a crackdown on the gang feud which has escalated in recent weeks.10,305: The number of homeless adults and children living in state-funded emergency accommodation in Ireland last month, a new record high.2.1: The magnitude of the earthquake that struck Donegal this week. €4.46 million: The amount of money that Marvel’s Avengers Endgame earned in tickets sales during its opening weekend, shattering Irish records. 2,400: The number of people, from 90 countries, who became Ireland’s newest citizens this week.center_img 22,468 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Lucimeire Da Silva (L) and Caroline Alves Costa (R) from Brazil at this week’s citizenship ceremonies in the Killarney Co, Kerry. By Adam Daly Lucimeire Da Silva (L) and Caroline Alves Costa (R) from Brazil at this week’s citizenship ceremonies in the Killarney Co, Kerry. Image: Valerie O’Sullivan 11 Comments last_img read more

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Ferrari named most powerful brand

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Italian car maker Ferrari has been labelled the world’s most powerful brand due to its mix of desirability, loyalty and consumer sentiment, according to a brand strength index released by Brand Finance. Brand Finance CEO David Haigh said Ferrari’s logo of the prancing horse is “instantly recognisable the world over, even where paved roads have yet to reach”. The brand is one of just 11 in a global elite that have ratings of AAA+ along with the likes of Google, Hermes, Coca-Cola and Red Bull. Source: Herald Sunlast_img read more

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PHOTO Wilmingtons Pee Wee 3 Team Wins Tourney In The Woods

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Congratulations to Wilmington Youth Hockey’s Pee Wee 3 team for winning the Division 12U Championship at the recent Tourney In The Woods in Groton.The Wildcats went undefeated (5-0), defeating Winchester in the finals by a score of 5-1.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… RelatedWilmington Youth Hockey To Hold ‘Drop The Puck’ Street Hockey Tournament Fundraiser On August 25In “Community”PHOTO OF THE DAY: 2 Wilmington Youth Hockey Teams Crowned State ChampsIn “Sports”Wilmington Youth Hockey Game Summary: Wilmington Pee Wee 3In “Sports”last_img read more

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Rotten Tomatoes president We didnt change site to protect Captain Marvel

first_imgLarson later told Fox 5 in Washington, DC, that she wasn’t trying to take away access, only to create more of it.”What I’m looking for is to bring more seats up to the table,” Larson said. “No one is getting their chair taken away. There’s not less seats at the table, there’s just more seats at the table.”But that’s not how some interpreted it.”Larson has made it clear … men need not attend this movie,” read one comment left on Rotten Tomatoes before the changes. Another wrote, “I somehow feel that (the Captain Marvel Skrull characters) are not the enemy, but that I am, since Brie (Larson) has been careful to state she doesn’t want the press tour to include types like me.”Whatever the users’ opinions on Larson, the comments don’t pretend to review the film.”Expressing that you don’t want to see a movie is not a review,” Yanover said.Going forward, users will no longer be able to comment on a film before it comes out. That’s just one of numerous changes announced Monday in the first post in a new Rotten Tomatoes blog that will be regularly maintained with information about site updates.”We are disabling the comment function prior to a movie’s release date,” the post reports. “Unfortunately, we have seen an uptick in non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership. We have decided that turning off this feature for now is the best course of action.”Naturally, thanks in part to the Captain Marvel controversy, the change stirred plenty of social media buzz, with some supporting the changes and others opposing them.The social media response wasn’t unexpected.”We knew people would (say), ‘Wait, wait, what changes?'” Yanover said.Rumors began to spread. Some wrote on social media that the changes were caused by some kind of payment from Disney to try and protect its Marvel films. Others claimed that Rotten Tomatoes is owned by Disney or Marvel. But the site is actually owned by NBC Universal with Warner Bros. Entertainment holding a minority stake, CNN reported in 2016. Comments Brie Larson stars as Captain Marvel in the upcoming Marvel movie. The film received numerous negative comments on Rotten Tomatoes from site users who had not seen it, but referenced Larson’s comments about wanting diverse critics. Marvel Review site Rotten Tomatoes is instituting some changes, leading many to believe it’s responding to the recent controversy over the site’s Captain Marvel page. But Paul Yanover, president of Fandango, which owns the site, told CNET that’s not the whole story.In case you were snapped away by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, and thus missed the recent controversy, here’s a recap. Captain Marvel doesn’t come out until March 8, but users were already leaving negative comments about the film on Rotten Tomatoes, a process dubbed “review bombing.” Many recent comments seemed to come from those who are angry at star Brie Larson.”(The changes) are not simply a reaction to, ‘Oh, gee, there’s some noise created around (certain movies),'” Yanover told me. Yes, some adjustments are aimed as what he calls “noise reduction,” when high-profile films such as Captain Marvel or Star Wars movies attract trolls with agendas. But as a whole, these changes are part of a long-term site strategy, he said.Larson drew fire in part for telling Marie Claire magazine she had noticed the critics covering her films were “overwhelmingly white male.” After that was confirmed by a USC study, she said, “moving forward, I decided to make sure my press days were more inclusive.” She’s also spoken out to support underprivileged girls seeing the film. More on movies Women of Marvel Captain Marvel Marvel Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit 3:04 32 Photos Powerful women of the Marvel universecenter_img Share your voice TV and Movies Star Wars: Episode 9 filming wraps, but where’s that title? Bruno Ganz, whose Hitler scene from Downfall took over YouTube, dies at 77 Batman teaming with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for animated movie 99+ Tags Now playing: Watch this: Yanover, too, has seen those social media reports claiming his site cut some secret deal with Disney, and says they’re absolutely false.”None of (the site is) owned by Disney,” he said, noting that the idea that there was “some predestined arrangement between ourselves and Disney is completely untrue.”The changes apply to all movies on the site, not just Disney, or Universal, or Warner Bros. films, and Yanover stresses that this doesn’t mean reviewers can’t leave negative reviews.”When the movie’s available, (reviewers) can write,” he said. But users are still required to conform to the site’s established rules regarding hate speech and bigotry.”We don’t want people to use this as a political platform,” he said.I asked Yanover why the site ever allowed users to “review” a movie before it came out in the first place. He notes that the site turns 21 years old in 2019, and credits that option to an “earnest desire to capture fan anticipation” when the site was designed.Another way to capture fan anticipation was Rotten Tomatoes’ Want To See percentage score, which noted fans’ pre-release interest level in a film.That was confusing, Yanover said, in part because once the film opened, the Want To See percentage was physically replaced with a completely different percentage score, the Audience Percentage score, showing the percentage of all users who have rated the movie or TV show positively.The site still asks readers if they want to see an upcoming movie — you can see that option on the Captain Marvel page, for example — but it’s been moved and made visually different from the Audience Score and Tomato Meter options. And it’s no longer expressed in a percentage, but as an absolute number. Yanover compares this to Facebook likes, which don’t say which percentage of users hit the blue thumbs-up button, but do give a number.Those who react strongly when sites make changes, be warned: Rotten Tomatoes isn’t done yet. Additional changes to the site’s reviewing and filtering systems may be coming later. Rotten Tomatoes may eventually tie in to the Fandango ticket-purchasing system, or other ticket systems, showing that a reviewer did indeed buy a ticket to that movie. It’s not unlike how Amazon notes when a book review is written by a verified purchaser of the book. And readers may be able to one day filter reviews as they choose. For example, a user who generally likes Marvel films may be able to choose to read write-ups from those who feel similarly.Yanover knows these possible changes won’t please everyone either, but the updates are a work in progress.”This is not the end, this is the beginning,” he said. “We know that (Rotten Tomatoes) is a highly visible product, and we’re committed to being really good stewards.”last_img read more

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Will change Telangana vaastu by 2022 BJP

first_imgHyderabad: The BJP which has decided to go aggressive in Telangana to strengthen its base feels that the ‘Vaastu of the state’ would change in 2022. BJP national working president J P Nadda on his maiden visit to Hyderabad made these remarks at a huge public meeting on Sunday. This comment of Nadda comes in the wake of the proposal of the state government to demolish the secretariat building and construct an iconic building in its place. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us Sounding highly critical of the state government and its policies, Nadda said the government here was following a policy of demolition and was behaving in an autocratic manner. It has failed in all respects. It has failed in implementing the central schemes and has also failed in providing two-bedroom houses to the poor which was taken up as its flagship programme, he said. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Referring to the Kaleshwaram project, Nadda said the project has turned out to be “Pavitra Naam Ganda Kaam”. He said while the project cost got escalated, it has not been able to irrigate any new area so far. He also alleged that Mission Kakatiya was a ‘mission for commissions’. Similarly, schemes like Mission Bhagiratha could not take water to the houses of the people in the state and Haritha Haram programme did not achieve anything as no atmospheric changes have been noticed. Advertise With Us “The TRS government because of its autocratic attitude had deprived the people of the state form enjoying the benefits of central schemes,” he said. Hence there was need to see that the BJP comes to power in Telangana. Only then it would be possible to usher in development, he said. He said though AIIMS for Telangana was not in the AP State Reorganisation Act, the Centre had sanctioned it which indicates the concern of the NDA government towards the welfare and development of the state. Nadda who chaired a strategy meeting of party leaders earlier, gave broad guidelines on how to strengthen the party. He said by December-end all party elections including that of state president would be completed. He also emphasised on the need for greater coordination at all levels.last_img read more

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Smartphone Makers Tease NotchFree UnderDisplay Selfie Cams

first_img Rugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits KickstarterA Smart Speaker Could Save You From Cardiac Arrest Stay on target For a good percentage of the smartphone-buying public it took a while to warm up to phones with notches. Now it looks like those notches could be disappearing in the very near future.Two Android OEMs — Xiaomi and Oppo — have just teased prototype phones that feature under-display selfie cameras. It’s yet another reminder of just how fast the pace of innovation is in the smartphone business.Sharp and Essential released the first phones with notched displays in August of 2017. We’ve seen manufacturers come up with creative ways to maximize screen space. Asus gave the Zenfone 6 a rear-facing camera that flips around to face the front. Some others have opted for pop-up selfie shooters.AdChoices广告For those seeking the perfect, notchless smartphone screen experience – prepare to be amazed. You are taking a very first look at our under-display selfie camera technology. RT! pic.twitter.com/FrqB6RiJaY— OPPO (@oppo) June 3, 2019Xiaomi and Oppo are utilizing brand new display technology. According to The Phone Talks, Xiaomi’s phone features an OLED panel with transparent cathode and anode panels situated above the camera. Their prototypes seem pretty similar in the teaser videos that were posted, but Oppo’s secret sauce is still a secret for now.Here’s how they work. First, a user fires up the camera app. When the selfie camera is selected, the pixels at the top of the display get turned off, leaving a band that makes the phone look pretty much like any “old-fashioned” smartphone. On Oppo’s model an animated circle briefly appears to highlight the position of the camera.Do you want a sneak peek at the future? Here you go…introducing you to Under-Display Camera technology!#Xiaomi #InnovationForEveryone pic.twitter.com/d2HL6FHkh1— Xiaomi #5GIsHere (@Xiaomi) June 3, 2019Assuming that the display tech can handle a few more on-off cycles (which seems like a safe bet), this should be a way better option for cutout-free displays. Sure, cameras that pop up or rotate provide a solution, but they also require moving parts. In a device that we work as hard as our smartphones it’s always a good idea to keep the number of moving parts to a minimum.On the other hand, neither Xiaomi or Oppo has given any sort of indication as to when we might be able to expect their first phones with under-display cameras to ship. Moving parts might be a better option than waiting it out depending on where you are in your phone’s life cycle.More on Geek.com:This Insane Gaming Phone Has a Cooling Fan Inside ItHelp NASA Measure Trees With Your Smartphone5 Upcoming Android Phones That Are Worth Waiting Forlast_img read more

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Factory new Qantas A380 engine flaw

first_imgA Qantas A380 engine needed replacing before it even left the factory. Safety checks ordered by the Australia’s safety board found manufacturing flaws in the engine’s oil pipe, the same flaw that was identified as the reason for the engine failure over Singapore last month, Reuters reported. Airbus spokesperson said the aircraft manufacturer was maintaining the aircraft. The A380 engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, could be forced to pay up to $200 million to Qantas make up for losses caused by last month’s incident. The airline is seeking to cover the cost of damages after it was forced to ground its entire superjumbo fleet. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Tramada confirmed as preferred mid office partner

first_imgSource = AFTA – Australian Federation of Travel Agents Tramada confirmed as preferred mid office partnerTramada confirmed as preferred mid office partnerThe Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) earlier this month announced the launch of the AFTA Insolvency Chargeback Scheme (AICS) – the first ever travel industry scheme to provide a solution to supplier failure chargebacks.Today, AFTA is pleased to announce that Tramada has partnered with AFTA to make it easier for travel agents to apply for AICS and manage risks associated with accepting credit card payments.Tramada has designed a real-time report for clients to easily determine current and future creditor insolvency risk. The tramada® AICS report was developed as part of their ongoing commitment to the security and success of clients. It identifies key elements such as creditor, client, travel dates and monies already paid to a creditor.  The tramada® AICS report is available now in the standard reporting suite to all Tramada clients at no additional charge.AICS brings to light the risks agents carry regarding suppliers potentially becoming insolvent and subsequent client chargeback. The tramada® AICS report was designed with AFTA requirements in mind, so that agents are not left “holding the bag” when it comes to identifying volumes paid to and trips outstanding with various creditors.“While we’ve made the report available to all Tramada agents, AFTA AICS members will be advised which suppliers are at risk, so those agents can quickly check their tramada® AICS report to assess potential damages and redirect clients proactively,” said Susan Enners, Tramada Country Manager, Australia / NZ.“Working with Tramada on this terrific benefit for travel agents has been wonderful and we greatly appreciate the support and initiative that Tramada has given to AICS. AICS brings great benefits to ATAS travel agents who choose to participate and with this new tramada® AICS report, things just got even easier,” said Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive.AICS is available to ATAS accredited travel agencies and provides protection against consumer debit and credit card chargebacks. AICS is a Mutual Beneficiary Fund owned by ATAS entities and at no cost to members.ATAS accredited travel agents are encouraged to apply for AICS now.To find out more visit www.afta.com.au/AICS or contact Amanda Rixon on AICS@afta.com.aulast_img read more

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