first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group has announced the acquisition of a Minnesota-based company that produces theatrical shows, exhibits, cruise ship activities and outdoor events.The deal announced Thursday is for VStar Entertainment Group and its Florida-based subsidiary, Cirque Dreams.While terms were not disclosed, Cirque du Soleil president Daniel Lamarre told The Canadian Press the transaction is worth “several million dollars.” Advertisement Advertisement The PAW Patrol Live ‘Race to the Rescue’ tour visited 250 cities in 18 countries on four continents last year. (Associated Press)center_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: VStar, which has about 120 employees, is best known for its children and family shows, including “PAW Patrol.”The PAW Patrol Live ‘Race to the Rescue’ tour visited 250 cities in 18 countries on four continents in 2017.last_img read more

Farmers Urge Akhannouch to Bring End to Milk Boycott

Rabat – The Moroccan interprofessional federation of milk (FIMALATI) urged the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch to intervene to end the boycott on Centrale Danone milk on Friday.In a meeting with the minister, FIMALATI representatives of Moroccan farmers expressed “strong concerns and their distress” following Centrale Danone’s decision to reduce their milk order from farmers by 30 percent.Minister Akhannouch is also the owner of Afriquia gas, which, along with Centrale Danone, is one of the three boycotted companies due to the high price of fuel. A statement from the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture said that the professionals of the dairy sector exposed the “difficulties experienced by farmers, peasants, and milk producers” due to the boycott.The meeting also discussed the “devastating impact of the disruption of the production chain on pastoralists, compromising their income, their ability to repay their debts and maintain their investments.”The farmers have also decried the decline in the income of the entire value chain, added the statement.Akhannouch denounced the boycott in its early days. Akhannouch said, during the 13th annual International Agricultural Fair (SIAM) held in April in Meknes that the online campaign cannot stop 470,000 employees in the dairy sector.Akhannouch added that citizens “should be thankful for the fact that there are no milk shortages and the product is available throughout the year.”The ministry’s official statement followed a similar communiqué published by the government, calling on citizens to end the boycott for the sake of farmers.The boycott, according to the government, will negatively affect the 120,000 farmers who work for Centrale Danone and care for approximately 600,000 family members.The cabinet also warned that the boycott will have an impact on direct foreign investment and will lead international investments to look for other profitable markets.The boycott started on April 20, calling on three giants to lower prices of their products. Besides Centrale Danone and Afriquia Ali, the boycott also targets the mineral water company, Sidi Ali, owned by Moroccan businesswoman Miriem Bensaleh.The government, however, have not commented on the consequences of the boycott on Sidi Ali and Afriquia gas, and has singled out Centrale Danone to defend since the launch of the boycott six weeks ago. read more

ProGbagbo forces shell market in Côte dIvoire killing at least 25 –

The mission, known as UNOCI, reported that it has since sent a robust patrol accompanied by human rights experts to the Abobo district of Abidjan, where the attacks were reported.At least six projectiles were filed by pro-Gbagbo forces on and around the market, the mission said.“The authors of these abusive acts, which constitute flagrant violations of human rights, will not remain unpunished,” UNOCI noted in a press statement, adding it reserved the right “to take appropriate measures” to prevent such acts in the future.More than 400 people have been killed since last November’s election, which the UN certified was won by opposition leader Alassane Ouattara. Mr. Gbagbo has refused to leave office and his forces have engaged in fierce fighting with pro-Ouattara forces.Earlier today, UN officials called for more resources to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, as hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the post-election violence and tens of thousands have been forced to flee across the border into Liberia.“Additional funding is needed so that the magnitude and scale of this crisis can be dealt with,” Ndolamb Ngokwey, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Côte d’Ivoire, told reporters at UN Headquarters.“What is very clear is that we need a significant scale-up in terms of effort and funding to be able to deal with the situation,” added Mr. Ngokwey, who is also the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country. “With the increased violence in the last 10 days we are beginning to see more challenges in terms of having access to the vulnerable population,” he said.The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in western Côte d’Ivoire is currently estimated at 45,000, with another 10,000 people having moved in with host families after fleeing their homes, Mr. Ngokwey said. In Abidjan, the number of IDPs has risen to 300,000 and could go up to 450,000, he added.An initial appeal launched in January seeking $32 million to respond to the humanitarian crisis in is expected to be 45 per cent funded by the end of the week, Mr. Ngokwey said, cautioning that the amount of funds required is out of date as it does not reflect the recent deterioration of the situation. A revised appeal is being prepared, he added.Speaking at the same news conference, Moustapha Soumare, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Liberia, said the influx of Ivorian refugees into Liberia is threatening that country’s own tenuous democratic and development gains as it emerges from years of conflict.“We have more than 90,000 refugees who have crossed the border,” said Mr. Soumare, adding that an estimated 40,000 of the refugees arrived over a three-day period in the past week.Cote 17 March 2011The United Nations peacekeeping operation in Côte d’Ivoire expressed outrage today after armed forces allied to the defeated president Laurent Gbagbo shelled a market in a neighbourhood of the commercial capital, Abidjan, killing 25 to 30 people and wounding dozens more. read more

Hotel conducts internal investigation over incident

Samples of all food and beverages served at the function have been handed to the various government authorities to carry out an independent investigation while the hotel will also carry out an internal investigation.The results of these investigations will be shared with all concerned. Cinnamon Grand said it regrets this incident and will ensure its fullest cooperation towards ascertaining what caused it. The police had told the media that it had launched an investigation over the incident. The hotel, meanwhile, said that it facilitated the transfer of the affected guests to hospital and all twelve guests had been discharged on Saturday. A leading hotel in Colombo said that it has launched an internal investigation into an incident where guests attending a private function at the hotel, fell ill last evening.On Friday evening, twelve out of 175 guests attending a private function at the Oak Room of the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo fell ill during the event. read more

Stingray wants more than double its Montreal presence but faces labour shortages

by Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 16, 2017 12:48 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Music service provider Stingray says its plans to more than double its size in Montreal within five years could be hampered by Quebec government support for video game companies.Chief executive Eric Boyko said Friday that it is having trouble attracting talent because of provincial tax credits that have helped companies like Ubisoft and Warner Bros. to settle in Quebec over the past 20 years.He said these companies use the tax credits, which Stingray is not eligible for, to help pay higher salaries to recruit coveted computer engineers.“Twenty years ago, it was a good measure,” Boyko told reporters. “But today I do not agree. If we want to innovate, we need engineers and we do not get enough (from universities). “Stingray (TSX:RAY.A) wants to increase its Montreal presence by hiring 400 people over the next five years and adding 30,000 square feet to its headquarters, which employs about 300 workers.However, the lack of skilled labour could thwart the company which owns specialty channels such as Galaxie, Concert TV and Karaoke Channel.For the first time since its start a decade ago, he said Stingray may have to extend the planned December launch of a new application because it is unable to fill 70 positions.Martin Carrier, who led Canadian video game developer WB Games Montreal with about 600 workers until recently, said it was a “relevant and sensitive” subject.“(Tax credits) created a special environment in which foreign companies came here to create jobs while adding strong competition to the labour market,” he said in an interview.Carrier said government tax measures are not “the issue” but ways should be found to ensure local businesses aren’t disadvantaged.“We want to avoid being a branch economy, but we also want foreign investment,” he said. “It’s a game of balance. “Stingray, which saw its revenues top the $100-million mark for the first time for its financial year ended March 31, wants to reach between $200 million and $250 million of revenues in five years.The company generates about half of its revenues outside Canada and hopes to increase that to 75 per cent by 2022. Stingray wants more than double its Montreal presence but faces labour shortages read more

Ohio State mens volleyball caps historic season with teams second national title

National Player of the Year Nicolas Szerszen (9) hits a ball at the net during a match against George Mason on Jan. 15.Credit: Courtesy of OSUHead coach Pete Hanson all too well remembers watching Loyola University of Chicago finish off the final point of the 2015 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Conference semi-final effectively ending Ohio State’s 2014-15 season with a record of 22-9 (12-5). Watching Loyola win their second-consecutive championship last season only ignited a fire in the Buckeyes who returned the majority of their key contributors in 2015-16.Then-No. 9 OSU finally faced then-No. 5 Loyola (Ill.) on Feb. 12 in its first match versus the Ramblers since the MIVA semifinals. On the east side of Chicago, Hanson and the determined Buckeyes quickly dispatched the Ramblers on their home court in a three-set victory. From then on, OSU rattled off 23 straight victories culminating in a final triumph on Saturday night. The Buckeyes continually added match upon match to the win column only going five sets four times for the rest of the season. Finishing with a three-set victory over the No. 1 BYU Cougars in Rec Hall on the ground of Pennsylvania State University, the Buckeyes ended the 2015-16 campaign with an exclamation mark and another NCAA championship, the second in six years.It was the same consistent play on Saturday night in the national championship match that has carried Hanson’s squad all season. Junior opposite hitter Miles Johnson tallied 15 kills, redshirt junior Driss Guessous added 10 kills and National Player of the Year Nicolas Szerszen had 10 thunderous kills to aid in the quick defeat of the Cougars.Perhaps the most surprising performance came from redshirt freshman Blake Leeson, who had a career high 11 kills on the night. The 6-foot-7 middle blocker was dominant in the middle for OSU, getting early touches on balls to give his team another chance to get the ball onto the powerful hand of Szerszen. But on the final point, Leeson took advantage of a high set from junior setter Christy Blough and sealed the Buckeyes destiny as national champions.Each match during the win streak has seen one or more Buckeyes answering the call to push them over the top. In the MIVA championship game that went five sets, senior outside hitter Peter Edwards stroked seven straight points from the service stripe closing out the team’s first NCAA tournament berth since its last national title in 2011.Coming into the tournament ranked at No. 2 in the country, OSU was given the task of playing a play-in game to earn the right to clash with UCLA in the final four. Some felt the Buckeyes were snubbed not earning an automatic bid to the final four, but Hanson focused his team to a resounding victory over George Mason.OSU pummeled GMU in three sets (25-22, 25-19, 25-22) in January, but the Buckeyes fell behind after one set in the quarterfinal. The nine service errors in the first set were completely uncharacteristic of the steady Buckeyes. Following the final point in the first set, OSU came out firing and didn’t seem bothered with dropping the first set. Szerszen led OSU with 20 kills and 16 digs in the match, propelling the Buckeyes to their 21st consecutive win.In the national semifinal versus UCLA, it was same story, different match for OSU and the National Player of the Year. Szerszen was limited to 15 kills on the night as the Bruins defense keyed in on the 6-foot-4 outside hitter. Johnson was monumental on the attack for the Buckeyes, collecting 20 kills in the match to pick up the slack when Szerszen couldn’t produce. But at 17-16 in extra points in the final set, OSU’s best player was separated from blockers toeing the service stripe and ripped home a berth to the national championship.Ranked No. 1 in the country with a record of 27-4, the BYU Cougars proved no match for the highly touted Buckeyes, who were simply unstoppable for more than half of the season. OSU capped off an extra-points victory in set one, winning 32-30 in dramatic fashion. That was all the drama Rec Hall saw that night. Hanson and his nearly invincible team finished off the Cougars 25-23 and 25-17.OSU started the ‘15-’16 campaign at 1-2 after dropping a four-set match against then-No. 5 UCLA. In his 32nd season as OSU’s leader on the sideline, the tenured Hanson turned his team around to an aggressive, attacking team that prided itself on dominant victories. From then on, the Buckeyes dropped just one five-set match versus then-No.14 Ball State, which ended up being the team’s only conference loss.Perhaps the biggest turnover of the season was evident away from Columbus. Last season, seven of OSU’s nine losses came on the road. This season, OSU was undefeated at 11-0 away from St. John Arena and only went the distance in one match at then-No. 6 Penn State.Hanson was named NCAA Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career, and he proudly lifted the championship trophy for the second time in his career. And like in 2011, cheers from the OSU fan base and his triumphant team filled Rec Hall to end a season to remember. read more

Vendor granted bail for 22 grams of cannabis

A vendor was on Thursday granted bail in the sum of $40,000 by Magistrate Faith McGusty on a possession of narcotics charge.Twenty-eight-year-old Akeem North pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on July 2, 2019 at Stabroek, Georgetown, he had 22 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Akeem NorthHis Attorney told the court that the illicit substance was not found on his client, but rather on the ground. He indicated that his client was not the only person around when the ranks carried out the search.He continued by requesting bail be granted in a reasonable sum to his client.Police Prosecutor Annalisa Brummel did not object to bail; however, she asked that conditions be applied if bail was granted. As such, bail was granted and the defendant was ordered to lodge his passport and report to the Brickdam Police Station every Monday until the conclusion of the matter. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeen granted bail on narco trafficking chargeMay 22, 2018In “Court”Man granted bail on ecstasy possession charge but remanded for ganja possessionNovember 14, 2017In “Court”Miner remanded over trafficking in narcotics chargeApril 12, 2016In “Court” read more

Construction of 57M Diamond tarmac parking lot to commence this week

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCabinet notes award of 57 multi-million-dollar contractsApril 28, 2018In “Business”Major road upgrades for Region Six underwayDecember 2, 2017In “Local News”Four-lane section of ECD road project slated for completion by AugustMay 16, 2018In “Business” The Public Infrastructure Ministry on Monday announced that a contract was awarded for the construction of a tarmac for the market and parking lot at Diamond, East Bank Demerara.According to a statement by the ministry, the contract was awarded to Bardon Construction Service for a sum of $57,188,120.Works are scheduled to commence this week and is expected to last for approximately four months while the Defects Liability Period amounts to twelve (12) months after the Letter of Completion by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure.An artistic impression of the tarmac to be builtThe project scope entails; the construction of a tarmac on the southern side of Demerara Distillers Limited with a length of approximately 125 meters and 65 meters in width.The construction will be done in two phases; Phase I – will consist of crusher run and Phase II will consist of the application of asphaltic concrete and possible extension of the tarmac access road to First Avenue, Diamond. More so, the tarmac is to be outfitted with concrete and earthen drains, lighting, toilet facilities, and waiting area for passengers.However, Brandon Construction Service will only be executing Phase I of this project, which entails; the removal of vegetation from the working area, cleaning of existing culverts, excavation work (depth of 0.8m for a width of 65m and length of 125m), disposal of unsuitable materials off site, ditch excavation, placement of compaction of white sand, construction of concrete drains, bridges and box culverts, installation of lights, toilet facilities, garbage bins and waiting area.Additionally, Phase II is scheduled to commence in December. The purpose of the construction of this tarmac is to improve road traffic safety – reduction in the number/possibility of vehicular crashes occurring within the area. read more

Vergenoegen man critical after chopping

Trevor Scott of Lot 69 Vergenoegen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) is now battling for his life at the Georgetown Public Hospital after he was chopped during an argument over alcohol on Saturday evening.Based on reports received, the 45-year-old Scott and the suspect were imbibing at a shop at Vergenoegen when an argument broke out over money spent for alcohol.As the argument escalated, Scott reportedly left the shop and went in the direction of his home, but as he approached his house, the suspect reportedly attacked him from behind with a cutlass, and dealt him several chops to his back.Eyewitnesses told Inews that Scott immediately felt to the ground, and the suspect discarded the cutlass and ran away from the scene.Scott was rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, from where he was later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital for medical attention. His condition is listed as critical but stable.The suspect, another resident of Vergenoegen, is presently being sought by the Police as investigation into this incident continues. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan who broke into EBE poultry farm killed by armed security guardOctober 20, 2018In “Crime”Labourer critical following assault from brotherDecember 3, 2018In “Crime”Teen who allegedly stabbed ‘junkie’ at Bourda Market to be charged soon – SourceSeptember 13, 2016In “Crime” read more

SciDev and Iluka Resources take chemistry to the Max at JacinthAmbrosia

first_imgASX-listed SciDev Ltd says it has been awarded a three-year contract with Iluka Resources for delivery of MaxiFlox® chemistry to the Jacinth–Ambrosia zircon mine, in South Australia.The contract, expected to be worth some A$8-12 million ($5-8 million) over the three-year term, follows the delivery of a chemical products trial for the miner in the December quarter of 2018. This itself occurred following the announcement of a commercial OptiFlox® System test SciDev carried out.MaxiFlox is specifically designed for use in solid liquid separation processes, SciDev says. Products in the MaxiFlox range are supplied in both liquid and powder form across an extensive range of molecular weights and charge densities to solve industrial challenges. Products include:MaxiFlox organic liquid coagulants (based on synthetic organic monomers and naturally occurring polysaccharides);MaxiFlox inorganic liquid coagulant blends;MaxiFlox cationic and anionic flocculant emulsions;MaxiFlox cationic and anionic flocculant powders;MaxiFlox mud solidification polymers, and;MaxiFlox antifoam products.The technology can be used across a range of industries including mining and minerals processing, water and wastewater, oil and gas, food and beverage and paper manufacturing.Iluka’s Jacinth-Ambrosia operation is the world’s largest zircon mine, according to the miner. Comprising two contiguous deposits, Jacinth and Ambrosia, the mine is around 800 km from Adelaide and 270 km from the Port of Thevenard.The operation encompasses mining and wet concentration activities with heavy mineral concentrate transported to Iluka’s Narngulu mineral separation plant in Western Australia for final processing. Jacinth-Ambrosia can produce up to some 1,000 t/h of heavy mineral concentrate, which can produce up to ~300,000 t/y of zircon.last_img read more

DJI and Delair team up to improve operational efficiencies using drones

first_imgDJI, a civilian drones and aerial imaging technology company, and Delair, a provider of visual data management solutions for enterprise, have announced a partnership that will see the two companies collaborate on enhanced and integrated solutions for visual data collection and analysis for businesses.The partnership will include an agreement for Delair to sell DJI products through its worldwide sales channel, along with launching a relationship to build compatibility across platforms, they said. One of the industries likely to benefit from the collaboration is mining.Jan Gasparic, Director of Strategic Partnerships at DJI, said: “DJI is incredibly excited to be working more closely with the Delair team to support their vision of building a leading software suite.“At DJI, we aim at providing reliable, scalable drone offerings that empower organisations such as Delair to build software solutions that allow businesses across a range of sectors to benefit from drone data. The partnership is an important agreement that demonstrates an increasing maturity in the enterprise drone industry. It reinforces the benefit of collaboration within the drone ecosystem to deliver more value to customers.”The partnership builds on the two companies’ success in the enterprise market, and firmly establishes Delair as a leading provider of complete, end-to-end visual intelligence solutions, the two said. DJI drones are, according to the company’s own estimates, the most deployed drone hardware for enterprises today. “This partnership facilitates the accessibility to incorporate both DJI drone products and Delair’s data management platform, providing a hassle-free option for enterprise drone programs,” they said.Benjamin Benharrosh, Co-Founder and VP Sales at Delair, said drones for enterprise are more than just hardware solutions: the real key is tapping into and leveraging the data these powerful machines can gather.“DJI’s developer technologies and existing installed base allow Delair to build an industry-leading analytics suite that can be utilised instantly across a customer’s fleet,” he said. “Both DJI and Delair recognise the importance of providing enterprise-calibre solutions from trusted partners to enable true digital transformations by our customers. We are confident this partnership will further accelerate how businesses can improve their operational efficiencies using drones.”The relationship strengthens Delair’s ability to serve key industry sectors increasingly relying on visual data to drive their businesses, such as construction, transportation and infrastructure, utilities, mining and agriculture, the companies said.Through the support of DJI systems with the platform, customers will now have a one-stop shop and  freedom of choice in using the cloud-based system’s wide range of tools to help derive insights from drone data, including industry-specific analytics tools optimised for specific use cases, the companies said.Delair’s platform allows companies to manage, process, view, analyse and collaborate around aerial data. In a mining context, this could see firms control and report on inventory, support a safety road map or, optimise and maintain haul roads.“Some of the off-the-shelf features and analytics for extracting business intelligence include creating digital twins, field inventory calculations, vegetation encroachment, automatic defect detection, automatic stockpile detection and volume measurements, along with any application which is based on AI object detection for asset management,” the companies concluded.last_img read more

Rogue collectors and hoarders are making Ireland miss recycling targets

first_imgIRELAND HAS TO stop hoarding electrical items if it wants to meet EU recycling targets.That is the message from WEEE Ireland, the body responsible for recycling the household and electrical waste of the country.In 2013, 25,651 tonnes of WEEE items were collected and recycled by WEEE Ireland, around 45% of all WEEE items placed on the market by their members. These figures are an increase on previous years, but show a significant gap of 55% of WEEE items on the market that are not being disposed of correctly and entering the proper WEEE recycling channels.WEEE Ireland say that last year they collected and recycled: 505,000 units of large household appliances5,512 000 units small household appliances2,576,000 units of lamps432,000 units of TVs – the equivalent weight of 11 Boeing 747s66,000 units of fridge/freezers – the weight of over 4,330 Renault CliosUnder regulations, Ireland needs to recycle all types of electrical waste as anything with a battery or a plug is considered WEEE.Leo Donavan, CEO of WEEE Ireland, said ”The continued rise in the number of ‘non-authorised’ collections and improper recycling of WEEE being carried out across the country is of huge concern to us. Despite the recycling of unwanted electrical and battery waste being free and easy to do, not all of this waste is making its way back into an authorised system.“Another factor that WEEE Ireland has identified as contributing to the 55% of WEEE items on the market that are not being recycled correctly is the number of items that people are hoarding in their homes. Households up and down the country have many items of WEEE waste sitting idle that could be recycled.”Read: Apple will now recycle your old iPods and iPhones for freeRead: Someone’s come up with a fix for the ‘brown bin’ smelllast_img read more

Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Terens Quick out of Greek parliament

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek election results, which saw the country’s opposition party New Democracy return to power have caused a stir.Greece’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Terens Quick, a candidate for Syriza, has not be re-elected.Mr Quick had been in charge of dealing with issues of the diaspora, working closely with Australia, and had faced backlash due to his stance on the Prespes Agreement.Meanwhile George Varemenos, 2nd Deputy Speaker of Greek Parliament, was re-elected.Mr Varemenos, who travelled to Australia earlier this year to take part in Greek Independence Day commemorations, was confronted by protesters in Melbourne who were vocal about their disagreement of the Greek government’s ratification of the Prespes Agreement.When it came to Greek Australian candidates, Professor Nick Papastergiadis was unsuccessful. The Director of the Research Unit in Public Cultures at The University of Melbourne was a candidate for the first time, announcing last month that he would be joining Yianis Varoufakis’ party MeRA25.Fellow Greek Australian Eugenia Arvanitis faced the same fate, unsuccessful as a candidate for the KINAL party.READ MORE: 158 conservative seats in 300-member Greek Parliament, as voters turn backs on Golden Dawnlast_img read more

Greek lawmakers scrap university asylum law that forbids police from entering tertiary

first_imgGreece’s newly elected conservative New Democracy government overturned the law that made universities a no-gone zone for the police, arguing that the legislation had outlived its usefulness.A stormy debate surrounding the new bill took place in Greek Parliament on Thursday with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stating that the 1982 law that had been put into place following military rule was now being taken advantage of and had turned campuses into dens of criminality.The law had been put into place following a dictatorship when Greece’s Colonels sent a tank to push through a gate that had been bombarded by protesting students at Athens’ Polytechnic in 1973, causing the deaths of 23 students. The law was constructed so that students never again suffer from authoritarianism, however the 40-year law has seen drug addicts shooting up in daylight on campus, destruction of property and attacks on staff members who work at universities.READ MORE: Greek Parliament debates draft bill that revokes asylum at Greek universities“We don’t want police in university. However, we do want to get rid of the hoodies who police the lives of students,” Prime Minister Mitsotakis said, referring to different groups who aren’t students and yet seek sanctuary in campus buildings, causing destruction to property.“During a typical student’s life, he will see faculties controlled by a manner of different groups, drugs and basements full of petrol bombs and hoodies.”READ MORE: Anarchists attack police with petrol bombs after Athens demoFormer Greek PM and left-wing SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras lambasted the move as a step to undermine the public nature of universities. The 45-year-old himself first came into the spotlight when he was involved in the occupation of a school as a teenager. He linked the abolition of the law to the government’s push for the privatisation of tertiary education.The recently formed MeRA25 party, led by former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, abstained from the vote. The Communist Party of Greece voted “No”.As lawmakers debated, fiery demonstrations took place in protest against the law. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les langages de programmation doiventils être protégés par le droit dauteur

first_imgLes langages de programmation doivent-ils être protégés par le droit d’auteur ?La Cour Européenne doit-elle étendre le droit d’auteur aux langages de programmation informatique ?Yves Bot, avocat général à la Cour de Justice européenne, estime qu’un langage de programmation ne peut être soumis au droit d’auteur. Il défend l’idée voulant que le code source puisse être reproduit sans autorisation de son auteur, à certaines conditions néanmoins. À lire aussiEt si une partie de notre langage provenait des Néandertaliens ?Selon Yves Bot, le code source peut servir de base à l’écriture d’un autre programme en utilisant le même format de données, sous réserve qu’il ne soit pas intégralement recopié. Le site Solutions & Logiciels cite également les propos de M. Bot selon lesquels, un langage de programmation ne peut être protégé car il peut s’apparenter au langage utilisé par un auteur de roman.Il s’agirait donc d’un simple moyen d’expression. Protéger un système informatique, signifierait “la possibilité de monopoliser les idées au détriment du progrès technique”. Solutions & Logiciels fait justement remarquer que la langue n’est pas la création d’une personne ou d’un groupe de personnes clairement identifiables.Le 1 décembre 2011 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Alcool et grossesse 1 nouveauné victime chaque jour de troubles causés par

first_imgAlcool et grossesse : 1 nouveau-né victime chaque jour de troubles causés par l’alcoolisation« Zéro alcool pendant la grossesse »,  le message des Ministères des Solidarités et de la Santé est sans concession. Et pour cause. L’agence sanitaire Santé publique France a dévoilé, hier le 4 septembre, la première estimation nationale des troubles causés par l’alcoolisation fœtale chez les bébés. Et les chiffres sont très inquiétants  Pour la première fois une étude s’est penchée sur les troubles causés par l’alcoolisation fœtale chez les nouveau-nés. Les conclusions ont été révélées à l’approche de la Journée mondiale du SAF, qui aura lieu le 9 septembre. Les données récoltées par Santé publique France sont alarmantes : en 7 ans, environ 1 enfant par jour est né en présentant un trouble lié à la consommation d’alcool par sa mère alors qu’elle était enceinte. Explications.  Qu’est-ce que le syndrome d’alcoolisation fœtale ? Comme le rapporte Var Matin, François Bourdillon, directeur général de Santé publique France a expliqué lors d’une conférence de presse que « L’alcool traverse le placenta et est toxique pour le bébé ». Et les chiffres sont là pour le rappeler. Selon l’étude, qui a examiné les données récoltées en France, entre 2006 et 2013, 3 207 nouveau-nés (soit une naissance par jour) ont présenté au moins une conséquence liée à l’alcoolisation fœtale dont pour 452 d’entre eux (soit une naissance par semaine) un syndrome d’alcoolisation fœtale (SAF). Le SAF est la forme la plus sévère des conséquences liées à la consommation d’alcool pendant la grossesse.  Il se caractérise par les symptômes suivants : des retards de croissance, des malformations et des conséquences neuro-développementales (retard mental, difficulté d’apprentissage, soucis d’attention et de mémoire). Selon le rapport de Santé publique France, le SAF est « la première cause de handicap mentalnon génétique à la naissance et d’inadaptation sociale de l’enfant et il est entièrement évitable”.Les recherches ont également montré que certaines régions étaient plus touchées que d’autres. Ainsi, La Réunion, la Haute-Normandie, la Champagne-Ardenne et le Nord-Pas-de-Calais font partie des plus concernées. Les régions les plus touchées ont été nommées alors que le nouveau découpage régional n’avait pas encore été officialisé.  Le principe de précautionÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Face à ces données, l’agence sanitaire a décidé de lancer dès le 9 septembre, qui est aussi la date de la journée mondiale de sensibilisation au SAF, une campagne au slogan sans concession “Par précaution, zéro alcool pendant la grossesse”. En effet, l’organisme se veut prudente et reconnaît que : « l’état actuel des connaissances ne permet pas de définir le seuil de consommation d’alcool en-dessous duquel il n’y auraitpas de risques pour le bébé ». D’où sa décision d’appliquer le principe de précaution dans sa stratégie d’information.  Caroline Marcel-Orzechowski, chargée de cette campagne, reconnait que le message d’abstinence totale peut être « difficile à accepter » et qu’il est nécessaire aussi de ne pas culpabiliser les femmes qui s’astreignent déjà à respecter de nombreuses interdictions pendant leur grossesse.   Dans des propos rapportés par Var Matin, elle ajoute qu’il s’agit d’une « communication bienveillante qui rappelle aux femmes qu’elles ont le libre choix de consommer de l’alcool mais que ça comporte des risques ». Aujourd’hui, une femme sur dix déclare avoir consommé occasionnellement de l’alcool pendant sa grossesse. Si cette proportion est moins élevée qu’il y a 8 ans (2 sur 10), elle reste importante puisqu’elle pourrait avoir impacté 90.000 naissances.Le 5 septembre 2018 à 12:54 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

Register Now Limited Seating Left for Annual ASA Banquet Commodity Classic

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) Awards Banquet is an annual event that brings together state affiliates and ASA members from across the country to recognize and celebrate the successes, accomplishments and education of the many farmer-leaders, soybean associations and industry representatives who have done outstanding work to benefit U.S. soybean farmers and the soybean industry. Awards are presented for membership growth and association outstanding achievements, leadership building, conservation stewardship and industry accomplishments and support.The ASA Awards Banquet is on Friday, March 3 at 6 p.m., with a cocktail hour starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Stars at Night Ballroom at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Attendees will enjoy a unique entertainment performance by Joe Castillo where a story is told using sand, light and music. Castillo was a finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.The event, sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto BioAg, United Soybean Board/Soy Checkoff and John Deere, is not yet sold out, but limited tickets remain. An ASA Awards Banquet ticket is included complimentary with a full registration for Commodity Classic. Banquet tickets are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for Commodity Classic and reserve your ticket, visit the website.last_img read more

Teresa Brum Committed to downtown revitalization

first_imgAge: 57Occupation: Economic development division manager for city of Vancouver.Professional experience: Includes 18 years as the city of Spokane’s business and development director and, most recently, two years running Brum & Associates, a private consulting firm.Education: Master’s degree in urban planning and public administration from Eastern Washington University in Cheney; bachelor’s degree in history from Middle Tennessee State University.Family: Married; two sons.When Teresa Brum joined Vancouver’s Community and Economic Development Department in January, the city gained a well-educated leader with experience in both the public and private sectors. Vancouver’s downtown, meanwhile, welcomed not only a new champion of its continued progress but a new resident, too.“I intentionally moved to downtown,” Brum said, “and I’m very, very committed to downtown revitalization.”Indeed, helping to further rejuvenate the city’s core is one of several commitments Brum is expected to carry out as manager of the economic development division of the city’s Community and Economic Development Department. It’s a division focused on three programs: planning, community development and parking.Brum started her new job, which pays $104,000 annually, on Jan. 27. Her previous experience includes 18 years as Spokane’s business and development director and, most recently, two years running Brum & Associates, a private consulting firm.last_img read more

Buckingham Palace seeks pastry chef for royal kitchens

first_imgSomething for the weekend: If whipping up batches of mille feuille sounds like a piece of cake, then Buckingham Palace’s latest job opening for a live-in pastry chef could be the ideal career move for a dab hand in the kitchen.Working as part of the Master of the Household’s department at London’s Buckingham Palace, this full-time, permanent position offers a host of regal benefits, namely that the chosen candidate can opt to live at their new workplace, and have all of their meals provided courtesy of the Royal Kitchens.If living in the Queen’s abode is not enough of a draw, Buckingham Palace’s newest pastry chef will also receive 33 days of annual leave, including bank holidays, a workplace pension with 15% employer contributions and access to a range of recreational facilities. Furthermore, the lucky candidate will also be encouraged to undertake training and development opportunities.The selected candidate will work five days a week and be required to help lead the team of chefs within the Royal Kitchens, supporting the head chef to manage the day-to-day operations of developing, preparing and executing both classical and contemporary menus for a variety of events.As pastry chef, the winning applicant will also work strategically with the head chef and royal chef to generate new ideas and menus to tantalise the tastebuds of members of the Royal family. The chosen candidate will also assist with the recruitment and development of fellow chefs.However, Buckingham Palace as some exacting requirements for its latest recruit. Candidates must ensure they have experience at a senior level, with either a fine dining or five-star catering background. Applicants must additionally have an extensive knowledge of classical cuisine and the food industry generally, and be confident preparing and developing menus for any shindig Her Majesty wishes to hold.Experience in volume catering and people management is essential, although having good IT skills is also important for the role.Although the pastry chef role is primarily based in London, the lucky candidate will also be required to travel to other Royal residences.Sweet-toothed chefs can apply for the role until 26 June 2018.Here at Employee Benefits, we know our eclairs from our Eccles cakes, and we certainly have plenty of experience sampling fine dining. We wonder if the employer-provided meals would consist entirely of delectable dessert treats…last_img read more

Florida Gov Scott Miami area unemployment rate has gone down

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott has announced that the unemployment rate in the Miami area has gone down.Scott said over 14,000 new jobs have been added to the private sector, and he’s glad to see businesses helping improve the job market since last month.“We’ve added almost 18,000 more jobs in the month of September,” he said. “We’re now up in five years and nine months to 122,500 jobs in a very short period of time, so congratulations to everyone.”Scott said he supports Donald Trump because he believes Trump would create more jobs than Hillary Clinton.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more