“The presence of a midwife at birth can mean the difference between life and death,” Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said in a message to mark the International Day of the Midwife, observed on 5 May.“Having a skilled professional at birth protects the life of the mother and the child by recognizing problems early, when the situation can still be controlled, and by intervening quickly,” she stressed. UNFPA says an additional 350,000 midwives are needed to improve maternal health, reduce child mortality and combat HIV. “Addressing this shortage is also critical to achieving universal access to reproductive health by 2015,” noted Ms. Obaid.The Fund has been supporting a number of efforts in this regard, including a new initiative launched last year with the International Confederation of Midwives to address the shortage in more than 30 developing nations.The three-year project focuses on training midwives, developing practice standards, and strengthening national midwifery associations. It is estimated that skilled attendance at delivery, backed up by emergency obstetric care, could reduce the number of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth by about 75 per cent. “Our joint efforts are having results,” stated the Executive Director, noting that in Laos, for example, a country of more than 5 million people and only 86 midwives, a government plan to address maternal mortality includes strengthened midwifery training, as none currently exist. Ms. Obaid called on governments to contribute to this joint effort by providing funds to the Maternal Health Trust Fund and by supporting these critical health workers in their communities. 5 May 2009The head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today called on governments to support midwives in their communities, stressing that these skilled professionals are vital in a world where every minute a woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth.
The mission, led by Peter Fitzgerald, a deputy Irish national police commissioner, which he appointed at the Council’s request shortly after the bomb attack which killed Mr. Hariri and 19 others, handed over its report to Mr. Annan on Thursday, concluding that an independent, international investigation is needed.Noting that the report raised some very serious and troubling allegations, the Secretary-General, in a letter to the 15-member body, endorsed the mission’s recommendation, his spokesman said today.Meanwhile, Terje Roed-Larsen, Mr. Annan’s Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559, which calls for pulling out all foreign forces from Lebanon, disbanding all militias and extending Government control over the whole country, will return to the region in April to seek the full withdrawal of Syrian forces.It will be his third visit in two months as he works with both Syria and Lebanon to bring about a smooth implementation of the resolution.After his last visit he said he had reached an understanding with President Bashar al-Assad that involved two phases: first, the withdrawal by 1 April at the latest of all Syrian troops and intelligence assets to the eastern Bekaa Valley, with two thirds on the Lebanese side and one third in Syria; secondly, the convening by 7 April, at the latest, of a joint Syrian-Lebanese military committee to decide the precise timelines for the complete and full withdrawal.UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said Mr. Roed-Larsen would want to sound out the people of both countries to get their sense of progress and was grateful to all sides for the cooperation he has received.
Tip Top Tailors owner sells assets in deal that will see 140 stores remain open by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 28, 2017 5:33 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The assets of Grafton-Fraser Inc., owner of Tip Top Tailors and other menswear chains, have been bought by U.S.-based GSO Capital Partners in a move to stabilize the Canadian retail business.As part of the agreement, the new operators of the Toronto-based retailer is keeping 140 stores open across the country, while 12 underperforming locations have been closed, affecting 100 jobs.The retail brands, which include George Richards, Kingsport and Mr. Big and Tall, will continue operations as normal in the new arrangement.Details of the purchase were not disclosed, but the new operators of the menswear chains says the debt structure of the company significantly reduced allowing it to focus on key initiatives for growth.In January, cash-crunched Grafton-Fraser received temporary court protection so it could work to liquidate inventory and sell its assets.A report filed with Ontario Superior Court said that Grafton-Fraser owed GSO Capital Partners about $39.4 million. It also owed $12.8 million to CIBC, which has a priority claim under an agreement between the two creditors.
ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER talented Irish comedian in Simon Cowell’s You Generation competition.This week the virtual talent competition is on the hunt for a world-class impressionist – and to show entrants exactly what they were looking for, they called upon break out online impressionist, Irishman Seán Burke.Burke achieved almost instant viral fame last year after uploading his video of Family Guy impressions. The video has now reached almost 700,000 views and even led to a stint performing as continuity on TV station 3e.YouTube/TheBonkers101If that’s whetted your appetite for impressions, check out Seán’s tutorial video below featuring Alphacat, the impersonator who has reached hundreds of millions of views on YouTube for his Obama parodies.YouTube/TheYouGenerationThe rules are simple: your entry video must be under the 2 minute mark, must include a Gollum impression and the word “cat” in honour of Alphacat.Entries close this Saturday the 8th of June, so get impersonating!Read: Cream of the crop: The top 10 Irish comedians>Read: 10 things you can eat but shouldn’t>
Polynésie française : une empreinte nucléaire qui persisteL’assemblée de Polynésie française a rendu lundi un avis favorable à la proposition de loi concernant notamment le suivi des conséquences environnementales des essais nucléaires effectués sur l’archipel entre 1966 et 1996. Le Sénat examine aujourd’hui ce projet de loi.Le 6 février 1964, les atolls de Moruroa et de Fangataufa ont été cédés à l’Etat français pour les besoins du Centre d’expérimentation du Pacifique. Des territoires sur lesquels la France a réalisé pendant 30 ans, jusqu’en 1966, de nombreux essais nucléaires. Ainsi, 46 ans après le début de ces essais et 16 ans après l’arrêt définitif de toute expérimentation nucléaire sur l’archipel, le Sénat examine ce mercredi, un projet de loi visant à compléter la loi Morin de 2010.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylLe texte doit en ce sens “réparer une omission législative” alors que la loi Morin de 2010 ne traite que l’aspect sanitaire des essais nucléaires et non l’empreinte environnementale, a expliqué M. Tuheiava, lors d’une conférence de presse qui s’est ouverte par une prière d’un opposant historique aux essais en Polynésie, John Doom. Il a ajouté : “régler la question sanitaire sans régler la question environnementale est déjà étrange dans la mentalité occidentale, mais pour les autochtones, dissocier à ce point l’individu de son environnement naturel, ça ne passera jamais”.Dans ce texte, il sera également question de la sécurité des populations voisines “qui sont en danger, un danger avéré (radioactivité des dépôts de plutonium) et un danger prévisible, comme l’affaissement du platier de Mururoa qui pourrait en cas d’effondrement, générer un tsunami”, selon M. Tuheiava. Un système d’alerte devra donc être mis en place pour assurer la sécurité des populations. Au-delà de l’urgence sanitaire de la situation sur l’archipel, la loi et la rétrocession des deux atolls réquisitionnés par la métropole, représentent aussi un geste symbolique pour tous les Polynésiens. “C’est une loi qui montre que l’on s’occupe des Polynésiens et de leurs souffrances”, a-t-il déclaré cité par le Journal de l’Environnement.2 personnes indemnisées sur les milliers de victimesEn vérité, l’affaire traine depuis déjà bien trop longtemps car sur les 5.048 victimes d’essais nucléaires recensées en Polynésie, 637 seulement ont pu faire l’objet d’un dossier correspondant aux critères de la loi Morin. Ainsi, seules 2 personnes ont été indemnisées par l’Etat. “La Polynésie française a permis à la France, grâce à ces essais nucléaires, de devenir une grande nation. La demande du sénateur n’est donc que justice pour le peuple polynésien qui subit dans ses chairs les conséquences des essais passés”, a déclaré solennellement un représentant de l’église protestante Maohi de Polynésie.Le 19 janvier 2012 à 20:03 • Maxime Lambert
Holders Chelsea will host Manchester United in the standout tie of the fifth round of the FA Cup in a repeat of last season’s final.The Blues will be fired up to secure victory at Stamford Bridge as they aim to go all the way in the competition again.Elsewhere, League Two side Newport County will host Manchester City if they are able to get the better of Middlesbrough in a replay.FA Cup Fifth Round Draw:Chelsea will face Man United 🔥 pic.twitter.com/KtevSnLvoe— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) January 28, 2019Full draw:AFC Wimbledon v MillwallDoncaster v Crystal PalaceLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Middlesbrough/Newport v Manchester CityChelsea v Manchester UnitedSwansea v Barnet/BrentfordPortsmouth/QPR v WatfordBrighton/West Brom v DerbyThe fifth-round ties will take place between February 15-18.Chelsea vs Manchester United in the Fifth Round!!!!!!Another trip to London and Stamford Bridge in the cup, confident Reds?#MUFC #FACupDraw pic.twitter.com/GKojIt75sd— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) January 28, 2019
Need to knowAuto-enrolment has improved take-up and membership of pensions but there is still a disconnect between the retirement income people aspire to and what they will actually achieve through saving.Online financial education tools have a part to play but on their own are not the answer; one-to-one and face-to-face education is also important.Financial education and communication needs to be nuanced towards different multi-generational priorities, and may need to cover basic financial knowledge, as well as more sophisticated retirement planning. First, some good news. Pensions auto-enrolment and, now, the cycle towards pensions auto-re-enrolment, does appear to be creating something of a step-change in terms of engagement with, and conversations around, retirement saving in the workplace.As highlighted in the Employee Benefits/Close Brothers Pensions research 2016, published in November 2016, more than a third (36%) of respondents are using auto-re-enrolment as an opportunity to introduce wider communications around pensions and pensions savings.Pensions gapThe bad news, as suggested by Aon’s Defined contribution member survey, published in October 2016, is that the UK’s pensions gap, that is the gap between what people need to be saving for a comfortable retirement versus the reality of what they are putting away, remains gapingly wide. Employees in defined contribution (DC) pension schemes are saving £11.4bn less than they need to each year, as many as 2.75 million do not know what their retirement income will be, and one in four has no idea even what they will need to maintain their standard of living in retirement, according to the report.How, then, can employers use financial education to address this, to ensure staff are more aware of what income they will need in retirement and how that matches, or not, what they will receive? How, too, can employers encourage staff to take a more active interest in their retirement income, and help them to increase their savings?Contribution levelsWith auto-enrolment now a reality for all but the smallest employers, the retirement and saving conversation needs to be less about the need to join a scheme and more about the level of contributions required to get the retirement income an employee aspires to, says Martin Parish, area director at Aon Employee Benefits. “The danger is people now think ‘I’ve got an auto-enrolment pension, I’m going to be okay’, especially if the saving level is very low,” he says. “Employers need to be saying, ‘okay, now you’re in the plan, these are the factors that are going to influence your outcome’.”But the modern-day workplace is now so multi-generational that employers cannot expect one communication channel to work for everyone, says David Pugh, managing partner at Lemonade Reward. “If it is just a generic HR message, ‘death by email’, or a brochure then [the] message is probably not going to resonate,” he says.Different generations are also likely to have different savings priorities. Younger employees, for example, may be more focused on things such as managing debt or saving to get on the property ladder than putting money away for retirement. Pugh says: “It can be as simple as just sitting down and talking to people, one to one, understanding what it is they want. There is a place for online tools within this but on their own these are not the answer.”Communications need to be tailored and directed in a way that is relevant to each employee. “There is no one right way to do it; it is often about trying different things, but making sure the message is tailored to that person’s stage of life,” adds Pugh.An employer cannot expect that by simply asking employees to attend a financial education session on pensions that many will turn up. Jonathan Watts-Lay, a director at Wealth at Work, says: “People generally are not excited by pensions. It has to be related back to their lifestyles, things people want to achieve or issues they may be facing rather than just banging the drum about needing to put x amount of money into a pension. ‘How can we, as your employer, help you to save money for the things you want, whether that’s money for a wedding, a new car, a flat deposit or retirement?’”Face-to-face financial education has an important part to play. Sean McSweeney, project delivery manager, corporate advice, at Chase de Vere, says: “If anything, it has to be pitched right back at the basic level: how to budget, how to save, how does [the employee’s] credit record affect what [they] pay for loans, what should [they] do if [they] get into serious debt? It is almost about trying to plug a gap in education that people really should have got at school.”A financial education programme will only prove successful if basic knowledge and understanding is in place, adds McSweeney. “There is no point in trying to drive people to engage with [a] benefits package until the basics are in place. But if [an employer] can get that right, that basic financial ability and confidence, then [it has] a chance of being able to talk to people about savings and, from there, retirement.”AKQA engages employees with retirement planning through one-to-one supportWith a predominantly younger workforce, generating interest in, and engagement with, pensions and retirement income can be a challenge for digital agency AKQA.The agency, which employs 400 people in the UK but has 17 offices globally, offers a contract-based defined contribution (DC) group personal pension scheme, into which employees are auto-enrolled. The organisation, which has worked with Lemonade Reward since 2011, very much focuses its pensions financial education around face-to-face communication.Naomi Cameron, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) payroll and benefits manager, says: “Younger employees are less likely to think or worry about the future; they are often quite happy to pay their 1% auto-enrolment contribution and not opt for anything higher than that. Older employees, by comparison, we find will be more likely to opt for a higher rate.“Even with higher earners, however, [we] can find people do not properly calculate what they will need to live off in retirement and just opt for the minimum rate. For example, [they] have to factor in things such as health costs and inflation, as well as basic likely living costs.”AKQA runs presentations every quarter, as well as offering one-to-one in-depth discussions with employees and all new joiners about what they want when they retire.Cameron says: “People do want advice, especially when it comes to pensions. We do have an online tool where [they] can check [their] pension. But we tend to find face-to-face is the most effective.“If you sit [employees] down in front of someone and have a proper conversation, then it is much more likely to work, in our experience. The feedback we have from employees is that they love the advice and find it valuable.” Viewpoint: The workplace is a good place to start engaging people with their finances Many people are not saving enough for retirement and with over 40 million people in work across the UK, the workplace is a good place to start engaging people with their finances.A wide range of organisations are already involved in helping people to manage their money better: government bodies, commercial organisations, charitable foundations, and the voluntary sector. However, despite all the available information and advice, millions of people in the UK are failing to manage their money and make provision for the future.Research published by the Money Advice Service in October 2015 found that around four out of 10 adults are not in control of their finances, one in five cannot read a bank statement, and four in 10 adults have less than £500 in savings. Ensuring that people have good money management skills is vital when it comes to helping them to become financially resilient and employers have a role to play in this.Employers can help by giving people access to information and tools either by signposting to relevant websites or by integrating information into their intranets. As employers provide a pension scheme, it is their duty to provide information about that scheme for all their employees. Those nearing retirement may need even more support because they are embarking on life-changing financial decisions. With this in mind, employers could take advantage of the £150 income tax and national insurance exemption for employer-arranged advice on pensions to offer staff a bespoke recommendation from a regulated financial adviser.Jackie Spencer is pension and retirement expert at the Money Advice Service
If publishers think they’ve been covering the bases with an anytime, anywhere content strategy, they might be shocked to learn the results of a recent Time Inc. study conducted with Innerscope Research. Digital Natives, defined as consumers who grew up with mobile and digital technology as part of their everyday lives, switch their attention between media platforms an astonishing 27 times per hour.That was one of the key findings of the study, called “A Biometric Day in the Life,” which used biometric monitoring and point-of-view camera glasses to follow the media habits of 30 individuals during 300 hours’ worth of media consumption. Biometric belts measured their emotional responses to various media platforms and the glasses recorded what platform they were viewing. The other half of the study group consisted of Digital Immigrants, people who encountered and used digital media in their adult lives, who, predictably, have a more mellow media consumption patterns. “Technology is shaping so much of how people think about media, use media, combine media,” say Besty Frank, Time Inc.’s chief research and insights officer. “We’ve started to think about all of these changes in the media specifically as they impact the notion of storytelling. We felt that the biometrics would add a new dimension to what we knew about how people use media and what the implications are for how we run our businesses and how we and our clients communicate with consumers.”The study was particularly interesting, adds Barry Martin, Time Inc.’s executive director of consumer research and insights, because of the ability to record a subject’s emotions as they consumed their media. “We’ve done a lot of biometric work in media labs, but we’ve never been able to do it as they were going about their daily lives,” he says.As an example, the extremely short attention spans of digital natives within their media selections translates to a more flattened emotional range among the media they spend time with—fewer highs and lows. The opposite is true of digital immigrants, who as it turns out, are still fairly active between media, switching 17 times per hour.Digital natives are, understandably, more emotionally engaged with digital (55 percent with digital, 48 percent with non-digital) while digital immigrants are more emotionally engaged with non-digital media (60 percent non-digital versus 43 percent digital media). While understanding how media usage among younger and older audiences was important, the focus is on the younger consumers, the future customers of a brand. “What we hoped to do is to understand more specifically what the drivers were and what the behavior was around the elements of time, attention and emotional engagement for younger consumers,” says Frank. “In order for us to think about the next generation and how consumers are going to be engaging with our brands it was important to see what younger consumers are doing today.”Whether or not digital natives will remain attention-challenged and trigger happy among their various devices into and through their adult lives remains a question. “It’s not the most satisfying thing for us to learn that they’re changing platforms 27 times an hour,” says Frank. “That seems almost impossible to fathom. But it tells us as content producers and advertisers what we need to be thinking about in terms of engaging them quickly and not taking too long to get to the point and doing something emotionally immediate.”Irrespective of the time spent with a particular platform, Frank and Martin were pleased to learn that the study revealed that among the emotional responses to the various platforms—magazines, smartphones, radio, TV, computer, newspaper, tablets—magazines ranked the highest, in the 64th percentile. “We’re in the relaxation business,” says Martin. “We’ve heard time and again that women and men talk about magazines as a great time to relax. And to see that in the biometrics is compelling because the emotional engagement with magazines is much higher than any other media form when it was used solo.”More on this topic Time Share on Mobile Devices Expected Grow to 23 Percent in 2014 MediaNext Wrap-Up Maximizing for Multiscreens: A Q&A With Maxim’s CTO Time Inc. Changes Mind on Apple’s Newsstand Don’t Cue Print’s Swan Song Yet Print-Only Impressions Still Dominate Overall Magazine Audience EngagementJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered by
Two candidates running for Alaska Governor debated during a forum Tuesday in Fairbanks. Sean Parnell defended his administration when Bill Walker questioned what the current governor is doing about the high cost of energy in the Interior.Download Audio“I am totally focused on reducing energy costs and fuel costs here in the Interior and across the state and when I think about ways I have worked to do that, in this gasline negotiations and agreements that have been signed, I made sure Fairbanks residents would pay the lowest costs for gas whether that’s Cook Inlet prices or North Slope prices,” Parnell said.Candidate Bill Walker says the cost of energy is his top priority. “Governor Parnell has had six years to bring down the cost of energy we need an immediate plan a mid-term plan and along term plan,” Walker said. “The first thing I’ll do as governor I will issue a declaration of disaster on the cost of energy in in Interior and rural Alaska.”Walker says he believes a declaration will make a difference because it will bring greater attention to the cost of energy in the region. The candidates also addressed the closure of the Flint Hills Refinery in North Pole. Bill Walker says the Governor simply didn’t do enough to keep the refinery open.“Well the first thing I would have done, what they should have done is the Governor should have met with them after they came to see him months before the announcement of shutting down asking for help saying ‘we’re in trouble, can you help us?’ I would have gotten back to them to be part of the solution,” Walker said.Governor Parnell says he made an effort to keep the refinery open and he was surprised by the closure.“I told them this is your moment to go speak with the Attorney general,” Parnell said. “Now my attorney general is Mike Geraghty, a Fairbanks boy. Do you really think he would just sit there and do nothing or do you think he went to work with it? I will admit the closing of the refinery is a huge blow. It’s something that caught me by surprise, but it is not something that I anticipated.”The forum was hosted by the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce.
Alaska has another tool in the fight against opioid abuse.Public health officials are distributing thousands of drug-disposal bags that are safe and easy to use.Listen nowThey’re sealable pouches containing active carbon. When drugs and water are added, the carbon neutralizes them. The biodegradable bags can be sealed and thrown out with household trash.Michelle Overstreet is executive director of My House, a Wasilla-based organization that helps homeless youth. She told those at a recent Alaska Municipal League meeting in Juneau that it’s important to dispose of drugs safely at any time, not just official drop-off days.“We’ve had parents coming in to get those, we’ve had grandparents coming in to get those,” Overstreet said. “People are excited about having a way to get rid of those that isn’t throwing them in the garbage or down their septic system, which then can leach into their well.”Overstreet said the bags are used to dispose of drugs turned over by those wanting help, as well as those with unused prescriptions, a frequent target of addicts.A company that makes pain-killers is contributing 25,000 disposal bags to the state. Officials say they’re being distributed to hospitals, clinics, tribal governments and others who can get them to all parts of Alaska.At the municipal league meeting, Dr. Jay Butler, the state’s chief medical officer, said his agency is sending a thousand bags to its clinics.“I recognize that some of our public health centers don’t have full-time staffing anymore. But that is one of the ways we want to get these into the communities,” Butler said. “Or if we can provide some directly to you, we’d be happy to do that also.”Gov. Bill Walker declared the opioid epidemic a state emergency earlier this month. The effort includes distribution of 5,000 naloxone kits, which can stop opioid overdoses.
The Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar on Monday said that during ‘Operation Muskaan-V’ in July 541 children were rescued, including 483 minor boys and 58 minor girls. The State topped in child rescuing, he said.Addressing the media, the CP said 247 cases were registered under various sections concerned to crime against children under sections 374 IPC, 75, 79 Juvenile Justice Act 2015 and under sections 14 of Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act 2016, on the employers. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us 62 children including 54 boys and 8 girls were restored to their parents and guardians. 479 children were admitted in rescue homes. 338 children including 316 boys and 22 girls belonging to other states were also rescued. CP said out of 541 children 43 were rescued from streets, 426 from labour, 39 from begging and 33 from rag-picking. As per the instructions of Ministry of Home Affairs to form teams for Operation Muskaan-V, Cyberabad Police formed teams in the nine divisions of Cyberabad. They traced the missing children, children involved in child labour, bonded labour, micro industries, begging and trafficked children. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us 15 children were rescued from a Spinning Mill in Medchal, 10 minor children were rescued from Metal Industries in Mailardevpally, 6 children were rescued from Plastic Company in Kattedan, 5 children rescued from metal welding industry in Balanagar, the Muskaan-V Team rescued 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl aged 10, 11 and 12 years and found that the children were HIV positive. Advertise With Us The children’s parents had died due to HIV/AIDS and they were being taken care of by their relatives who forced them to beg. They were not given food if they did not bring at least Rs 1,500 daily. The children travelled by metro to different locations for begging to get food. Children found in pathetic conditionsCP said that during the rescue of child labours, it was observed that, the children were made to work from dawn to dusk for more than 12 hours without break. They were living in unhygienic condition in small rooms without ventilation. They were provided no proper diet, a meal of rice and watery dal two times a day and were not provided any holiday. Middlemen paid meagre amounts around Rs 10,000 to the parents of the children and brought them from Bihar, Jharkhand, Odissa, Assam and other States. Further, they observed that the children were suffering from malnutrition, stunted growth and other health issues. Children working in metal welding work got their hands and eyes badly affected. Children working in cotton spinning mill were suffering from bronchitis, covered with fine dust from head to toe.
Petrol and diesel prices todayReuters fileFuel rates have gone through the roof as petrol and diesel prices saw a marginal increase of 1 paise and 4 paise respectively on Friday.In the national capital Delhi, petrol price raised to a 55-month high at Rs 74.08 a liter, the highest since 2013. Diesel is retained at a record high of Rs 65.31 a liter, as per Indian Oil Corporation’s website.On April 19, petrol in Delhi was priced at Rs 74.07 per liter and diesel was priced at Rs 65.27 per liter. Price of one-liter petrol on Friday stood at Rs 76.78 in Kolkata, Rs 81.93 in Mumbai, and Rs 76.85 in Chennai.In Kolkata, one-liter diesel on Friday retailed at Rs 68.01, in Mumbai at Rs 69.54 and in Chennai at Rs 68.90.Increase in crude prices across the globe pushed domestic fuel prices higher in India. The rupee dropped to its lowest level and hit its 13-month low of 66.05 against the US dollar Friday.Due to skyrocketing of fuel prices, there is a call for excise duty cut on fuels in the country.Finance minister Arun Jaitley in Union Budget 2018 reduced basic excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per liter but introduced a new Rs 8 per liter levy of Road and Infrastructure Cess on both petrol and diesel prices.In India, state-owned oil companies – Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation have been following dynamic pricing of auto fuels from June 16 last year. Now petrol and diesel prices are revised on a daily basis.The fuel prices have been on the rise for the past few days. Also in January, there was a clamor for bringing fuel prices under Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. At present, petrol and diesel do not come under the ambit of the GST.
Whether Spotify’s big bet on podcasting pays off remains to seen. CEO Daniel Ek sees a growth opportunity in the space, noting that Spotify’s podcast listeners spend twice as much time on the service as non-podcast listeners and that people listen to traditional radio on average two hours daily. At the same time, he admitted that podcasting is a relatively small business today.Brooklyn-based Gimlet set out to build “the HBO of audio,” Matt Lieber co-founder told Variety in 2017. The company has established itself in the podcast biz with popular scripted and unscripted shows, including “Homecoming” — adapted into a TV series by Amazon Studios — and “StartUp” and “Reply All.”Gimlet had raised $28.5 million in funding from investors including WPP, Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective, Cross Culture Ventures, Betaworks Ventures, Stripes Group, and Graham Holdings.Anchor, based in New York, was founded in 2015 by Michael Mignano and Nir Zicherman. Described as a kind of YouTube for podcasts, Anchor claims it powers more than 40% of the industry’s new podcasts. The company had raised $14.4 million, according to Crunchbase, from investors including Accel, Acequia Capital, Betaworks, the Chernin Group, CrunchFund, Eniac Ventures, Nir Eyal, Omidyar Network, and Questlove.With the podcast M&A strategy, Spotify forecast a full-year 2019 operating loss of between $228 million-$410 million (€200 million-€360 million) on revenue of $7.23 billion-$7.74 billion (€6.35 billion-€6.8 billion), up 21%-29% versus 2018. That’s after Spotify turned its first quarterly operating profit in Q4, of $107 million (€94 million).Pictured above: Gimlet Media founder Alex Blumberg (l.) and Matt Lieber ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Streaming-audio giant Spotify shelled out around €300 million, or about $337 million, to buy two podcasting companies — producer Gimlet Media and services provider Anchor FM Inc., the company said.The deals for Gimlet and Anchor, announced last week, were primarily in cash, with the total purchase prices subject to closing adjustments, Spotify disclosed the figure in a Feb. 13 SEC filing.Spotify isn’t done with its M&A move into podcasting: The company told investors it expects to invest $400 million-$500 million in podcasting acquisitions for 2019. But that target includes what it’s paying for Gimlet and Anchor, chief content officer Dawn Ostroff told Variety, indicating the first two deals represent the lion’s share of its podcast investment for 2019.“We’re looking at a broad range of opportunities,” Ostroff said in an interview. “The business is so nascent. A lot of what we’re doing is obviously strategically targeting this area that we want to be a leader in.” Popular on Variety
I know a woman who used her Nokia 3310 as a Vibrator. It does a much better job.— Book In @AFB Stores! (@survy_mash) July 29, 2016 Sex Toy Stripped Of CES 2019 Award Because VaginasWhat’s Next for Smart Sex Toys Post-Teledildonics? @lackadaisygirl HAHAHAHA my ex-professor actually asked in class before “is that your vibrator going off” when someone’s Nokia vibrated in class — Darth Meow (@ofmeowandbake) May 19, 2017In 2014, Nokia sold its handset business to Microsoft, which later passed it on to FIH Mobile and HMD Global Oy, which now creates Android-based phones and tablets…for Nokia.Phones like a modernized version of the Nokia 3310, available with its early noughties price tag of €49 ($55) and hours of pixelated Snake fun.Reimagined for 2017—with 2.4-inch curved screen, long-lasting battery, 16MB storage—the candy bar device comes in red or yellow gloss finish and dark blue or grey matte.There’s no word on the new gadget’s pulsation power. But for less than the cost of most top-rated vibrators, it may be worth experimenting. Stay on target These days, a decent vibrator costs as little as a used Nokia cell phone. So is it any wonder more women are turning to the more inconspicuous handsets to pleasure themselves?A survey of 100 Indian women by online publication Agents of Ishq reveals what most ladies already know: Girls watch porn/read erotica and masturbate.But while some opt for the intuitive touch of their fingers, the powerful rush of a shower head, or the edible quality of whatever is in the chilled vegetable drawer, 17 percent of participants prefer using something specifically designed to lead to the big O.Or, ya know, an outdated cell phone lying that’s been lying around the house since 2005.As Quartz pointed out, sex toys aren’t easily available in India. So many are forced to be creative, i.e. using a mobile as a substitute.via Agents of Ishq“This pageant had a surprise winner—the old Nokia vibrating phone made several appearances on this survey,” Agents of Ishq reported. “We have no idea why that company is not the market leader after this!”The Finnish telecom did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment on Agents of Ishq’s highly unscientific study.Who needs a vibrator when you have nokia 3310.— Logan (@nishantgola) April 9, 2017
More information: Deuknam An et al. Enhanced call effort in Japanese tree frogs infected by amphibian chytrid fungus, Biology Letters (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0018 A pair of researchers with Seoul National University has found that Japanese tree frogs infected with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) fungus make different advertisement calls than uninfected frogs. In their paper published in The Royal Society Biology Letters, Deuknam An and Bruce Waldman explain their study and results and what impact the change in calls has on the frogs. Deadly amphibian fungus may decline, study says © 2016 Phys.org Bd causes a disease called chytridiomycosis in amphibians, where the skin is depleted and the immune system compromised—in most species it has been found to be deadly, killing off millions of frogs, salamanders and other species. Some experts believe it could ultimately wipe out a third of all amphibian populations worldwide. The disease was first noted by scientists in the 1990’s but since that time, researchers have found preserved samples going back as far as 1938. Scientists around the world have been working to better understand the fungus that causes the disease in hopes of perhaps preventing its spread further—one important area of research surrounds the Japanese tree frog, which become infected, but do not usually die from the associated disease. To learn more An and Waldman focused their attention on 42 of the male specimens in the wild, making recordings of their mating calls. They looked for such things as call duration, pulse length, pitch and how often the calls were repeated. They also tested the frogs for infection.In looking at their data, the researchers found that nine of the frogs were infected, and surprisingly, they were also the group that appeared to put the most effort into their mating efforts—their calls were longer and faster—this was surprising because another symptom of chytridiomycosis is lethargy. Also interesting was that the females in the area generally found the more energetic calls more enticing than normal, which meant the infected frogs found more success mating than those that were uninfected.The researchers offer two perspectives on their observations—either the fungus is causing the frogs to behave differently so as to improve its infection abilities (male frogs passed on the fungus to females during mating), or the male frogs were simply reacting to their stressed condition by attempting to reproduce earlier, due to an expected shortened lifespan. Citation: Researchers find male frogs infected with fungus have more enticing calls (2016, March 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-male-frogs-infected-fungus-enticing.html Journal information: Biology Letters Explore further Tree frog. Credit: Julia Platter This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Kolkata: A 45-year-old man and one woman were trampled to death by a wild tusker. The incident took place in Hindupara division of Gayerkata tea garden in Jalpaiguri on Friday morning.Police are yet to ascertain the identity of the woman, while the other victim has been identified as Karmi Minaz (45). Some locals on Friday morning found that the victims lying inside the tea garden.According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the incident might have occurred on Thursday night. Police are investigating as to why the victims went into the tea garden during the night. According to the injury marks found on their bodies, it is suspected that they were killed in an elephant attack. The exact cause of their death is yet to be ascertained by the police.Locals on Friday morning reported the matter to the forest department officials who rushed to the spot. They took both the victims to a nearby hospital where they were declared brought dead.Police are trying to ascertain the identity of the woman victim.They suspect that both the victims went to the spot to meet each other when they might have been attacked by an elephant.The victims could not flee the spot as the tusker might have appeared at the garden all of a sudden. The exact reason behind their deaths is yet to be confirmed bythe police.The investigating officers are waiting for the post-mortem report.The locals, however, informed the police that incidents of elephant attacks in the area is nothing new. People have died in elephant attacks in the past as well.
North Korea announced Friday that it was changing its standard time to GMT+8:30, 30 minutes behind South Korea.Pyongyang offered a nationalist rationale for the move, saying it would return the North to an original time zone used before Japan imposed Tokyo standard time during its 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean peninsula.The new system is to take effect on August 15 this year –the 70th anniversary of the peninsula’s liberation from Japanese rule. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resort“It is highly regrettable that the North unilaterally changed its time zone with no consultation with us,” Park said during a meeting with senior aides.Noting that Pyongyang’s move had triggered international criticism, Park said it also threatened a “further deepening of
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Google announced a new and free Android app, called, Live Transcribe, earlier this week. Live Transcribe is aimed at making real-world conversations more accessible globally for deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) people. Live Transcribe, powered by Google Cloud, automatically captions conversations in real-time. It supports more than 70 languages and more than 80% of the world’s population. How does Live Transcribe work? Live Transcribe combines the results of extensive user experience (UX) research with sustainable connectivity to speech processing servers. To ensure that connectivity to these servers doesn’t cause excessive data usage, the team used cloud ASR (Automated Speech Recognition) for greater accuracy. Similarly, to reduce the network data consumption required by Live Transcribe, an on-device neural network-based speech detector was implemented. The on-device neural network-based speech detector is built using Google’s dataset for audio event research, called AudioSet, announced last year. AudioSet is an image-like model that is capable of detecting speech, automatically managing network connections to the cloud ASR engine, and minimizing data usage over long periods of use. Additionally, the Google team partnered with Gallaudet University to make Live Transcribe intuitive, with the help of user experience research collaborations. This, in turn, would ensure that the core user needs are satisfied while maximizing the app’s potential. Google considered different devices ranging from computers, tablets, smartphones, and small projectors, etc., to effectively display auditory information and captions. After rigorous analysis, Google decided to choose smartphones because of its ” sheer ubiquity” and enhanced capabilities. Addressing transcription confidence level issue Google mentions that while building Live Transcribe, they faced a challenge regarding displaying transcription confidence. The researchers explored if they needed to show word-level or phrase-level confidence, as it was traditionally considered to be helpful. Using previous UX research, they found out that a transcript is easiest to read when it is not layered and focuses on the better presentation of the text, thus supplementing it with other auditory signals apart from speech signals. Another useful UX signal is the noise level of the current environment and to address this, researchers built an indicator that visualizes the volume of user speech relative to background noise. This helps provide users instant feedback on microphone performance, allowing them to adjust the placement of the phone. What next? To enhance the capabilities of this mobile-based automatic speech transcription service, researchers plan to include on-device recognition, speaker-separation, and speech enhancement. “Our research with Gallaudet University shows that combining it with other auditory signals like speech detection and a loudness indicator makes a tangibly meaningful change in communication options for our users”, state the researchers. Google has currently rolled out the test version of Live Transcribe on Play Store, and it has been pre-installed on all Pixel 3 devices with the latest update. Public reaction to the news has been largely positive, with people appreciating the newly released app: For more information, check out the official Live Transcribe blog. Read Next Transformer-XL: A Google architecture with 80% longer dependency than RNNs Google News Initiative partners with Google AI to help ‘deep fake’ audio detection research Google Cloud Firestore, the serverless, NoSQL document database, is now generally available
May 13, 2015 575 Views National Appraisal Congress Renews Aspen Grove Solutions as ‘National Sponsor’ in Headlines, News, Servicing In its second year, the National Appraisal Congress—a Five Star Institute membership group formed to advocate on behalf of appraisal professionals and the valuations industry—has signed property software and technology provider Aspen Grove Solutions as a returning National Sponsor.“Having worked closely for many years with The Five Star Institute, we welcomed the establishment of the newest Five Star member organization in February 2014 as a platform for appraisers and other valuation professionals in the industry to tackle the tough topics and collaborate on sustainable solutions for these critical industry functions,” said Edmond Buckley, president of Aspen Grove Solutions.Aspen Grove’s renewal comes at a time when NAC members are spearheading initiatives designed to address issues impacting the valuations industry—namely barriers preventing entry into the appraisal profession, as well as a lack of standardization in regulations governing apprentice appraisers and routine background checks.“The National Appraisal Congress is appreciative of Aspen Grove Solutions’ commitment to NAC and to the ongoing process of formulating best practices and strategic solutions for the appraisal industry as a whole,” said Ed Delgado, CEO and President of The Five Star Institute. “NAC is driven by its membership base and strategic partners—all of whom have taken the lead in resolving issues affecting valuations professionals across the country.”What is the Five Star National Appraisal Congress?The National Appraisal Congress (NAC) is a member-led group of appraisers and valuation professionals founded by the Five Star Institute in 2014. NAC continues to serve as the voice of appraisers, offering its membership opportunities to connect and collaborate on sustainable solutions and practical strategies for growing and improving the industry.The strategic direction of NAC is developed and implemented by the Five Star Institute and NAC Board Members who bring decades of experience to their leadership roles.Through the group’s parent organization, The Five Star Institute, members gain access to marketing tools, advocacy, research support, and opportunities to inform the opinions of key decision and policy makers on issues impacting the valuations industry.Editor’s Note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of the MReport and theMReport.com. Aspen Grove Solutions National Appraisal Congress The Five Star Institute 2015-05-13 Staff Writer Share