Aus look to continue winning run vs SL

first_imgLondon: After registering a nervy win against Pakistan, Australia will look to come out with a commanding performance when they meet Sri Lanka in their fifth World Cup encounter at the Kennington Oval on Saturday. With six points in four games, the defending champions are sitting pretty in the top section of the points table and, therefore, would aim to gain two points to get to the top of the chart. One of the things that has been witnessed in Australia’s campaign so far is that none of the games have been easy for them. Barring their first game against Afghanistan, the mighty Aussies have had to grind and struggle to registers wins against West Indies and Pakistan. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevWith David Warner returning to his usual batting fluency like he did against Pakistan, Australia’s top-order looks more formidable, while the middle-order has been in good form to begin with. Their bowling, too, is in fine form with Mitchell Starc leading their pace battery. While they were taken for plenty by the strong batting line-up of the Men in Blue, they put up a good show against Pakistan and will look to keep the foot on the pedal. On the other hand, Sri Lanka, have four points from four games, which includes two washouts. In their two completed games, Dimuth Karunaratne’s men have not looked a very challenging side. Their batting has been in tatters, providing little chance to the bowlers to get them back into the game. The onus, will however, be on Karunaratne and Kusal Perera to make sure they play positive brand of cricket and provide enough runs for the likes of Lasith Malinga to unleash themselves against the five-time world champions.last_img read more

Education is key to fighting humanitarian crises Angelina Jolie

first_imgTORONTO – With so many humanitarian crises in the world, it’s on everyone to educate themselves and continue pushing for democracy and human rights, Angelina Jolie told a Toronto conference focusing on women Monday.“There’s just so much for all of us to do and the first and foremost is we have to just get the best education … With all that’s accessible to us sometimes we get completely overwhelmed and we don’t know what to believe and what to do, so I’m just trying to listen to other women, I’m trying to lend my voice where possible,” Jolie told the Women in the World summit in an afternoon panel.“We all need to do, I think, even more than we’ve ever done because we’re at a very dark time.”The filmmaker and special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency was in Toronto to promote “First They Killed My Father,” a movie about the Khmer Rouge era in Cambodia, which was to have its Canadian premiere Monday night at the Toronto International Film Festival. Jolie directed, co-wrote and co-produced the film.She said bringing her six children — three of whom were adopted from orphanages in Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam — to work on movies and humanitarian projects around the world has been a key part of their education.Her son Maddox Jolie-Pitt, who was born in Cambodia, was involved in “First They Killed My Father” and has a producer credit on the film.“I hope they’re being raised to see the value of diversity, the value of other people,” Jolie said. “They ask the questions we’re all asking. They see what’s happening in Syria or in Myanmar and they ask why, and we’re all trying to find the same answers.”It’s particularly important that they learn about their own background from a culturally relevant perspective, she said.“I will look for all different ways to communicate about their histories and really to teach them,” she said.“We homeschool and I’m very very aware of their education, mostly very aware of what’s lacking. For example it’s very important to me my daughter Zahara doesn’t start learning about her history through the civil rights movement in America, that’s not how she begins to learn about herself as a young African-American,” she said.“She needs to learn about the great history of Africa and who she is…and not start with the civil rights (movement).”last_img read more

Health Canada eyes privatesector cash to fund opioids solution

first_imgOTTAWA — Health Canada is hoping to use private-sector dollars to fight opioid addiction because “conventional efforts are not enough” to address the national health crisis, newly released documents reveal.For months, the department has been quietly considering a pay-for-performance project to see if specific help targeted at a small group of opioid addicts reduces their dependence on the drug, improves their health and, above all, reduces deaths from overdoses.What makes the effort unique is that officials are looking at having private backers take on the financial risk to fund the experiment, which is estimated to cost more than $4 million, with federal coffers to pay out only if the work produces measurable success.The results of a study filling in details on the actual work and costs, as well as the level of private-sector interest in bankrolling the project, were delivered to Health Canada last week.If federal officials give the plan a go-ahead — a decision that has yet to be made — it would be a rare moment when a social-impact bond, as the financing model is known, is used to pay for a health-related research project.Social-impact bonds have helped fund about 20 health-related projects worldwide, including in Canada and the United States, officials wrote in one briefing note among almost 130 pages of documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.What makes the bonds appealing to governments is that they require a service provider, usually a non-profit, to get funding from private investors with the help of a broker.The government pays out only if certain benchmarks are met — meaning investors can earn back their investment plus a profit depending on the amount of risk in a project, the non-profits find new sources of funding beyond limited government dollars, and governments push the financial risk off their books.The federal Liberals, like the Conservatives before them, have shown a keen interest in the bonds and the larger concept of social financing, putting hundreds of millions into a fund designed to spur growth in the sector as part of a wider strategy. Overseeing the strategy and the fund will be an advisory council, which has an application deadline of Sept. 13.The path to this latest federal effort in the area began in June 2018 when the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing applied for government backing for a social-impact bond to tackle the opioid epidemic.A discussion paper CAMH researchers and the MaRS Centre provided to Health Canada last year proposed running a four-year study with 300 people to test ways to treat their opioid-use disorders.Among the early options proposed for the project were to use funding through the bond to cover the costs of a “care navigator” who would help keep participants on track, expand addiction and mental health supports at CAMH, and provide medications to reduce opioid dependence.The paper suggests some of the outcomes would be straightforward to measure — declines in opioid use and hospital visits compared to the general population, for example — while others would be more complicated.Tying payments to changes in the severity of each participant’s opioid-use disorder would be more difficult because it assumes “a standard, linear process” for recovery “that is directly related to a reduction in the incidence of opioid-related deaths.” For example, the document says a participant might see a drop in the severity of their disorder, but still have “an accidental opioid overdose” at any point.The feasibility study was to set a more detailed plan and see whether there was enough private-sector interest to create a social-impact bond, or whether Health Canada would need to fund the effort directly.CAMH declined an interview request. The MaRS Centre didn’t give a response to an interview request.Jordan Press, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

6 more women accuse exMontreal conductor Charles Dutoit of sexual misconduct including

first_img Twitter Allan, now chief executive of the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre in England, said she fled the room and encountered Ray Wellbaum, the Boston Symphony’s then-orchestra manager, who told her that officials had received complaints about Dutoit from other women and warned her not go into his room alone.“I said, ‘It’s too late. I’ve already been in there,’” Allan recalled.The symphony said it had received no complaints against Dutoit, a regular guest conductor since 1981, prior to Fiona Allan’s.Both women’s accounts were first reported in the classical music blog Slipped Disc.A friend who also is a pianist said he recalls Chai visiting him in 2000 or 2001 and telling him she had attempted to see Argerich backstage after a concert and that Dutoit “tried to kiss her on the lips with his tongue sticking out in front of everyone.” The friend asked not to be identified because he still works in the industry.Chris Stafford, chief executive at the Curve theatre in Leicester, England, said Allan told him in 2015 that Dutoit had groped her in his dressing room while at Tanglewood.The Boston Symphony was the first orchestra to announce that it was ending its relationship with Dutoit and has said it is hiring a law firm to investigate Allan’s allegations.The symphony said Wellbaum retired in 2016. He did not return a message left at his home seeking comment.Correction: This story has been corrected to show Boston Symphony says it had no prior complaints about Dutoit, not that it declined to say whether it did. Facebook Canadian soprano Pauline Vaillancourt told the AP that Dutoit tried to force himself on her in March 1981 after inviting her to dinner “to discuss work” after her performance as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony.As he drove her home, she said, he pulled the car into a dark spot, groped her breasts and legs and asked her to come back to his room. She told the AP she pushed him away and insisted he drive her home.“When I opened the car door to return home, he told me, ‘I need this after a concert. I need a woman to come home with me,’” she said. “He said it like he was angry that I had taken away something he needed.”Vaillancourt’s brother said his sister told him of the incident the next day. Dutoit had “touched her breast and made it clear that if she wanted to pursue her career it would help if she was more co-operative with him, which she declined,” said Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt, a pianist, conductor and classical music professor at the University of Montreal.In the light of the growing accusations against Dutoit, Pauline Vaillancourt, now 72, said she wonders: “Does that mean he did this to someone after each concert?” Fiona Allan said conductor Charles Dutoit pushed her against the wall and put his hand on her breast while she interned in 1997 at the Tanglewood festival.  (RICK RYCROFT/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) World-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit, right, has stepped down early from his role as artistic director and principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra following allegations of sexual misconduct, the orchestra said Wednesday. (ALEX BRANDON / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Advertisement Advertisement Canadian soprano Pauline Vaillancourt said that conductor Charles Dutoit tried to force himself on her in March 1981.  (YVES DUBE VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)   Musician Mary Lou Basaraba was in her early 20s and working as a journalist in the winter of 1977-78 when the Montreal Symphony Orchestra asked her to interview Dutoit for an in-house publication, she said. She said she was told Dutoit had specifically requested her for the interview, to be held at his apartment.Within minutes of her arrival, she said, Dutoit forced himself on her, kissing her and placing his hands on her breasts and crotch. “It was so uninvited, it was so crass,” said Basaraba, now the chorus master for the California Philharmonic and Golden State Pops Orchestra.She pushed him away, she said, insisting she was there to work. He later walked her to a cab, where she remembers him saying: “’I find you very charming. I’d like you to be the woman in my life when I’m in Montreal.’”Basaraba’s ex-husband, conductor Clyde Mitchell, who played French horn in Montreal under Dutoit, said she told him about the maestro “attacking her on the sofa in his apartment.” A friend, Nancy Newman, also said Basaraba told her years ago that Dutoit “chased her around the room” and “asked her to be his mistress.”Years later, in 1991, when Dutoit was conducting at the LA Opera, Basaraba said, he called her twice on the day of a performance and asked her to come to his hotel room after the show. She did not go, she said. Jenny Q. Chai said conductor Charles Dutoit leaned forward, kissed her cheeks and lips and tried to put his tongue in her mouth while touching her body during an encounter with him in the early 2000s.  (LÉA GIRARDIN/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Pianist Jenny Q. Chai, now 34, said she encountered Dutoit by chance after a Philadelphia Orchestra concert in the early 2000s. Chai had gone backstage hoping to meet acclaimed pianist Martha Argerich, one of Dutoit’s ex-wives, but instead was greeted by the conductor, who she said spoke with her, then leaned forward, kissing her cheeks and lips and trying to put his tongue in her mouth while touching her body.And Fiona Allan, now 50, said Dutoit pushed her against the wall and put his hand on her breast when she delivered documents to his dressing room while interning in 1997 at the Tanglewood festival, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The new accusers said they were angered by Dutoit’s initial denial and wanted to show the scope of his sexual misconduct during his globe-trotting career. They said the Swiss-born conductor attacked them in Paris, Montreal and the United States over a four-decade period, starting in the late 1970s.Dutoit had been principal conductor and artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Hours after the AP sent Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic detailed summaries of the new allegations, the orchestra announced Wednesday that he was leaving those posts.Dutoit issued a statement saying he was “appalled and sickened” to be accused “of the heinous crime of rape.”“I am shaken to the core by this bewildering and baseless charge. To this, I submit my categorical and complete denial,” he said.Dutoit, who married Canadian violinist Chantal Juillet in 2010, was the artistic director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra between 1977 and 2002.He resigned amid complaints from the Quebec Musicians’ Guild about “offensive behaviour and complete lack of respect for the musicians.”Dutoit also has held such notable positions as chief conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.The woman who accused the conductor of raping her said the assault occurred when she was working with Dutoit at an orchestra on the East Coast of the U.S. The AP does not publish the names of people who say they are victims of sexual assault without their permission so, to protect her identity, the AP also is not disclosing the instrument she plays, her orchestra or the city where she said she was attacked.Three of her colleagues in the same orchestra told the AP that the woman confided in them after the encounter.One of the new accusers told the AP that the Boston Symphony was aware of the famed conductor’s behaviour and looked the other way.The musician accusing Dutoit of rape was then 28 and auditioning for an orchestra in early 1988 while he was guest-conducting. She said they were staying at the same hotel and rode the elevator together up to their shared floor one night.“As soon as I got to my room, the phone rang. It was Maestro Dutoit,” she said.She had heard rumours about inappropriate behaviour but said she thought nothing of it when Dutoit told her his luggage was broken and asked if she had a specific tool sometimes used to fix musical instruments. He invited her to come in when she brought it to his room, she said, first offering her a drink, which she declined. Within minutes, he forced himself on her, she said.“He came closer to me and tried to kiss me, and held my head so strongly it ripped my earring out,” said the musician, now in her 50s. “He pinned my wrists to the wall and pushed me to the bed.”“His pants were down in a split second and he was inside me before I could blink,” she said. She said she started crying, told him to stop and that she was married, but that it made no difference.When she blurted out that she was not on birth control, he quickly pushed her out the door, she said. “’I’ll get some condoms and I’ll get you back,’” she quoted him as telling her.AP spoke with two male musicians who said she confided in them immediately after the encounter. One of them recalled she was afraid to be alone and said he served as her chaperone at subsequent concerts. Another said he urged her to report Dutoit to police but that she never did. “I was so afraid I would never be asked to play again,” she told the AP.A third man who joined her orchestra after the attack said he had generally known for years that something had happened with Dutoit, but did not learn the details until a decade ago.All three spoke on condition of anonymity to protect the musician’s identity and because they remain professional musicians and said they fear retribution within the industry. SAN FRANCISCO — Six more women have stepped forward to accuse prominent conductor Charles Dutoit of sexually assaulting them in the United States, France and Canada, including a musician who says the maestro raped her in 1988.The women say they were compelled to speak out after The Associated Press published a story Dec. 21 detailing accusations from three singers and a musician who said Dutoit forcibly restrained them, groped them and kissed them without permission.The 81-year-old Grammy-winning conductor emphatically denied the accusations, but eight major orchestras immediately distanced themselves from him and two launched their own investigations. Anne-Sophie Schmidt was 31 in May 1995 when she said Dutoit began singling her out for attention.  (PETER KNAPP/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) French soprano Anne-Sophie Schmidt was 31 in May 1995 when she said Dutoit began singling her out for attention. She was singing the principal female role in Debussy’s “Pelleas and Melisande” with Dutoit conducting the Orchestre National de France in Paris.Dutoit offered her rides home in his chauffeured car, then started leaving messages on her answering machine telling her she was “marvellous” and that he desired her, she said. She said he became angry when she ignored his advances and began humiliating her in front of the orchestra — a tactic mentioned by other accusers in interviews with the AP.On the day of a dress rehearsal at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, she said, she found herself in an empty hallway with the conductor.“He came out of his dressing room and he jumped on me, pushed me against the wall and started to touch me everywhere, on my chest, between my legs. He forced me to kiss him. I fought back, and I pushed him away,” Schmidt, now retired from opera, said in a telephone interview from southern France.Shortly after the opera’s run ended, she said, Dutoit dropped her from future recitals and concerts around the world, she said.Two of Schmidt’s friends told the AP she described the experience to them several years ago.One, a Paris-based lawyer, said Schmidt told him Dutoit had “wanted to sleep with her and she refused, and he cancelled all their concerts.” The attorney, who works in the music industry, asked not to be identified because of fear of retribution.The other, Suzanne Delorme, recalled Schmidt saying that Dutoit had harassed her, humiliated her during rehearsals and at one point “cornered her and touched her all over her body.”“When I read what the other women were saying, how he cornered them against a wall, it was exactly what he did to me,” Schmidt said. Advertisement Mary Lou Basaraba said Dutoit forced himself on her after she arrived at his apartment to interview him. She was in her early 20s and working as a journalist.   (MARY LOU BASARABA VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Login/Register With:last_img read more

DPR Korea invites UN nuclear chief four years after leaving nonproliferation pact

23 February 2007More than four years after ordering United Nations inspectors out and withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has invited the head of the UN atomic watchdog to visit for talks next month. “I see this as a step toward the denuclearization of the North Korean Peninsular,” UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei told reporters of the invitation, which follows six-party talks in Beijing where the DPRK committed to dismantle eventually all nuclear weapon facilities and materials in return for energy and other aid. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on an official visit to Vienna, Austria, where the IAEA is headquartered, welcomed the move. “This is an encouraging development of the situation,” he said.“I would sincerely hope that the international community, not only the parties to the Six Party process, but the whole international community would encourage such a process of resolving the North Korean nuclear issue as soon as possible,” he added, referring to the diplomatic talks involving the two Koreas, China, Japan, the United States and the Russian Federation.The Secretary-General also voiced hope that Mr. ElBaradei would be able to discuss with the DPRK authorities detailed matters, such as freezing its nuclear facilities and the eventual dismantlement of all nuclear weapons and facilities. Since its withdrawal from the NPT, the DPRK has carried out a nuclear bomb test, which prompted the Security Council to impose sanctions on Pyongyang.“I hope that the DPRK may eventually come back as a member of the IAEA,” Mr. ElBaradei told a joint news conference with Mr. Ban. “We will discuss issues of mutual concern and how we can implement the agreement reached at the six-Party talks about the shut down and eventual abandonment of the Yongbyon nuclear facility, including the reprocessing facility.”He said he looked forward to “seeing the DPRK come back to the Agency as full members where we can not only provide verification but provide also assistance in many areas in terms of nuclear technology and nuclear safety.”Ever since the DPRK ordered the IAEA inspectors out at the end of 2003 and formally withdrew from the NPT and its inspections and other safeguards of fuel diversion from energy generation to weapons production, top UN officials have repeatedly appealed to it to return to the fold. Yesterday Mr. Ban called on Iran, which is embroiled in a dispute with the UN Security Council over its nuclear programme, to learn from “some good lessons” offered by the DPRK’s commitment at the six-party talks “that it is always better, always desirable, to resolve all of the issues through dialogue.” Earlier this week Iran, already under limited UN sanction, ignored a Council deadline to suspend uranium enrichment and faces possible further sanctions. Enrichment can produce fuel either for nuclear energy, which Iran says is its only goal, or for making nuclear weapons, which other countries, including European nations and the United States, maintain is its main aim.Today, Mr. Ban urged the Tehran authorities to be open with the Agency. “They should make everything subject to the verification inspections, and the Iranian Government and authorities should try to convince fully that if they really want to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the provisions of the NPT, they should make full compliance with the safeguards agreement,” he said. read more

Upcoming World Expo occasion to showcase One UN says head of UN

26 March 2008The head of the United Nations Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 said that the event offers an opportunity to show how the various agencies in the UN system can work together as one and also provides an occasion to promote the efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The head of the United Nations Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 said that the event offers an opportunity to show how the various agencies in the UN system can work together as one and also provides an occasion to promote the efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Over 10 UN agencies will take part in the upcoming Expo, which will take place from 1 May to 31 October 2010 and expects to have 70 million visitors.The Expo’s theme – “Better City, Better Life” – is “at the heart of what the UN is doing,” said Awni Behnam, the UN Commissioner General for the Shanghai Pavilion, referring to the quest to achieve the MDGs, eight anti-poverty objectives with a target date of 2015.In an interview with the UN News Centre, he voiced hope that the Pavilion will “show what the UN system is capable of in assisting countries to achieve these targets.”The Expo is also a chance to display how all UN agencies can join forces for a “single mission,” Dr. Behnam noted, with the Pavilion showing how “each organization has its own uniqueness, but all feeding into one aspiration and one hope.”The new Commissioner General, originally from Iraq, served with the UN for nearly three decades and was appointed to this post by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.Citing Dr. Behnam’s “proven leadership in organizing large international events,” Mr. Ban said, “I am confident that your contribution to this endeavour will result in yet another successful participation of the United Nations in an international exposition.”Dr. Behnam, who will be responsible for the UN Pavilion, said he looks forward to working closely with Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the lead agency for coordination of the world body’s participation in the Shanghai Expo. read more

5 experts named to monitor UN arms embargo on DR of Congo

He told the Security Council that they were Ibra Deguène Ka of Senegal, who will chair the Group of Experts, arms trafficking expert Kathi Lynn Austin from the United States, finance expert Enrico Carisch of Switzerland, aviation expert Abdoulaye Cissoko of Mali and customs and border control expert Jean Luc Gallet of France.In April the Council voted to extend the embargo to “any recipient” in the DRC, though it made exceptions to the country’s Transitional Government, under certain circumstance, and the UN peacekeeping mission there.The resolution also froze the assets of sanctions violators, and required neighbouring countries to monitor aircraft and their pilots, especially in the eastern DRC districts of the Kivus and Ituri, especially by verifying the validity of documents carried for the aircraft and pilots’ licences and by maintaining a registry of flights.The Governments of the region were also obliged to ensure that only customs airports were used for international flights, and were called on to report back in 45 days on how they had implemented the resolution. read more

Oil price drop mean ups and downs for Canada

Oil prices hit a four year low Tuesday, prompting concern for some producers.There are a number of questions about what it will mean long-term for a Canadian economy that relies so heavily on natural resources.One of the factors is that the Saudis have cut the price at which they’re selling crude to the U.S. which has had an effect on the entire market.That’s led to yet another drop in the last couple days, but commodities expert at Scotia Capital Patricia Mohr explained there’s been a steady decline since early October.“It’s really in a response to an oversupply of light sweet crude in the northern part of the Atlantic basin,” she said.She says it’s not a temporary price drop and it may last several years, at least until the European economy picks back up.There will be some hit to economic growth in Canada as government revenues will go down, but RBC Assistant Chief Economist Rob Furley said production is still profitable in Canada.“Some new investment is still viable but for others the threshold is still too high,” he explained.However, the low Canadian dollar is giving Canadian producers an advantage in the market of about 11 per cent over the U.S., and there are expected to be other benefits in sectors that rely heavily on fuel like manufacturers and farming.The price at the pump could also continue to go down, meaning more disposable income to be spent on other things.A meeting of OPEC later this month could see prices forced back up, but there’s no guarantee that will happen. Oil price drop mean ups and downs for Canada by News Staff Posted Nov 5, 2014 9:09 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Jones to divorce

The couple have not blamed Mr Walsh for their split Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They were the focus of national headlines following a scandal on the dance show in 2018 involving comedian Mr Walsh.Russian choreographer Katya was pictured sharing a kiss with her then dance partner on a night out in London during the last series of Strictly.The incident led to the pair performing a “dance of shame” on the show, as the media scrutinised another instance of the so-called Strictly curse.Neil and Katya remained together following the scandal, and have said the well-publicised incident was not the cause of their split. Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Jones, who was photographed last year kissing her dancing partner, is to separate from her husband. The professional dancer announced her separation from her husband Neil in an official statement today, just one year after she was filmed in a passionate embrace with her then partner on the show, comedian Seann Walsh.Mr and Mrs Jones have been together for 11 years.  In August the pair posted on their social media accounts celebrating six years of marriage.  Neil, who is also a professional dancer on the show, said he was still “jumping with joy”.The couple have not blamed Mr Walsh for their split, but indicated their marriage had become more of a friendship than a romance. In an official statement, the couple said their relationship had mellowed into a friendship.It said: “After 11 years, we have made the mutual decision to separate.”We will always love each other, just in a different way as friends. This will never change what a great team we make and we are really proud of everything we have achieved together.  No matter what we do we will always support and respect each other.”A spokeswoman for the pair clarified that their decision to part was not influenced by the controversy surrounding Walsh which made front-page news.Stating that the decision was made recently, a spokeswoman said: “It would be incorrect and unfair to attribute their separation to one isolated incident.”Many people make such a decision to separate when they realise that their relationship has become more of a friendship.”They remain the very best of friends and will continue to dance together.”The dancers added that their professional lives and their careers on Strictly would not be impacted by the split. The couple have not blamed Mr Walsh for their splitCredit:Guy Levy read more

Hospitals pioneering use of tech helps patients see doctors on time

He’s here for one of his regular check-ups and is thrilled to tell me he is still clear of the prostate cancer he received successful chemotherapy treatment for two and a half years ago. The retired civil engineer, 73, is one of 20,000 patients who are signed up to an online system which lets them check vital tests results quickly and easily from their own home. It means Roger can find out the results of his regular checks for levels of PSA – a protein linked to prostate cancer – by checking his tablet or computer at home within two or three hours… It’s a hot summer’s afternoon when I meet cancer survivor Roger Burns outside the café in the sweltering lobby of University Hospital Southampton.

Majority of prostitutes favor Facebook over Craigslist Blackberry over iPhone

first_imgLate last year, Craigslist bowed to public controversy and eliminated the erotic services of their website, which was a well-known place for prostitutes and escorts to advertise themselves online. Now that Craigslist is out of the prostitution game, what’s a poor working girl to do? Join Facebook, apparently.In a recent study conducted sociology professor Sudhir Venkatesh discovered that the vast majority of New York City prostitutes not only have a Facebook page, but conduct much of their business through the world’s most popular social network.AdChoices广告“Even before the crackdown on [Craigslist’s] adult-services section, sex workers were turning to Facebook: 83 per cent have a Facebook page, and I estimate that by the end of 2011, Facebook will be the leading on-line recruitment space,” Venkatesh writes.Venkatesh, a Columbia University professor, followed 290 female sex workers, 170 of whom made more than $30,000, and discovered that technology was increasingly playing a role in allowing them to “control their image, set their prices, and sidestep some of the pimps, madams, and other intermediaries who once took a share of the revenue.”In fact, Facebook and technology is such an asset to a prostitute that a smartphone is one of the best ways for her to increase her earnings, not just so they can keep track of Facebook hookups on the go, but because a smartphone sends a message about her status: that she’s not a street walker, but rather, a high-earning professional.Another surprise? The vast majority of prostitutes favor Blackberries over iPhones. Something tells me RIM won’t be quoting that statistic in a press release.Read more at The Registerlast_img read more

Le respect de lenvironnement de plus en plus enseigné à lécole

first_imgLe respect de l’environnement de plus en plus enseigné à l’écoleAfin qu’ils évitent de répéter “les erreurs” commises par leurs parents, les enfants apprennent désormais dès leur plus jeune âge les principes du développement durable. Le respect de l’environnement fait partie intégrante du programme des écoliers, collégiens et lycéens français, et ce depuis plusieurs années.Cette année, comme tous les ans depuis sa mise en place en 2004, les élèves français, de la maternelle au lycée, se verront dispenser des cours d’éducation à l’environnement et au développement durable (EEDD). Depuis un an, les collégiens y sont sensibilisés en cours de géographie et de sciences et vie de la Terre. Les élèves de seconde, eux, abordent en cours de géographie plusieurs thèmes liés au développement durable, aux changements climatiques et à leurs impacts. Les déséquilibres démographiques, la sécurité alimentaire, le développement urbain et la gestion des ressources, sont notamment au programme.”Ce sont des sujets qui rentrent aussi bien dans les sommets des Nations unies que dans les programmes d’enseignement parce que ce sont des questions essentielles du monde contemporain”, souligne auprès de l’AFP Jean-Michel Valantin, conseiller pour le développement durable au ministère de l’Education nationale. Ainsi, de nombreux outils sont mis à disposition des enseignants pour sensibiliser les élèves de façon ludique aux défis auxquels ils seront confrontés. Un site Internet dédié a d’ailleurs été créé pour les aider.Des conférences et des jeux À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauAujourd’hui, plusieurs organisations et associations mettent en place des activités, des ateliers, ou des conférences, forment les enfants aux gestes écocitoyens, ou créent des jeux pour les grands comme pour les petits. Ainsi l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe), promeut le jeu Ecoville, dont le but est de créer une ville en accord avec un développement durable respectueux de l’environnement. “La première fois, les élèves échouent toujours parce qu’ils font ce qu’on a l’habitude de faire, à savoir créer des tours pour y mettre rapidement le nombre d’habitants fixés par le cahier des charges” explique à l’AFP Florence Clément, chargée de l’information à l’Ademe. Citant une récente étude menée par l’Agence, elle souligne que “beaucoup d’adolescents ne veulent pas porter la responsabilité des erreurs de la génération précédente en matière d’environnement”.Le 4 septembre 2011 à 14:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Leigh Griffiths close to Celtic return

first_imgCeltic striker Leigh Griffiths has hinted at returning to football after taking a break for his “mental health state”.Griffiths has taken a break from football for close to a month to seek professional help for personal issues and has dropped a major hint that he’ll soon return to play for Celtic.According to Sky Sports, the 28-year-old posted a message on social media announcing his imminent comeback.“Not long before I’m back doing all this!” he wrote on Twitter while retweeting a message from a Celtic fan with clips of him lifting trophies and scoring goals for both Celtic and Scotland.Last Sunday, he corrected the record by stating the reason for his break, saying: “Despite what has been written about me, rumored or said to you from afar, I just want to settle one thing and to make it clear once and for all,”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“I am off work due to my mental health state. Not gambling, drugs, or any other issue that has been written about me since December.”“I’m putting this out there now because family and friends are being asked questions and they’ve been told to say nothing,” he explained.“But I’ll not be silenced, especially by newspapers and idiots who can write tweets and make up stories and it grows arms and legs due to people’s sad and pathetic lives.”last_img read more

UAFs chancellor faces tough decisions in new position

first_imgDan White, UAF’s new chancellor. (UAF photo)The University of Alaska Fairbanks has a new chancellor. Thursday, University of Alaska President Jim Johnson announced that Daniel White would lead the University.Listen nowWhite acknowledges challenges lie before him. The school, along with other campuses in the UA system, has been undergoing belt-tightening in the face of reduced state funding. And this year the Alaska Senate proposes slashing another $22 million from the UA system. At the same time UAF’s reputation has been tarred by Title IX violations. Nevertheless White, who was at a Rotary luncheon Thursday, said he’s confident moving forward.“We’ve made some mistakes and we’ve got some budget challenges,” White said. “But we’ll get through those. I’m commited to working on that as I know many at the university are.”Currently, White serves as UA vice president for academic affairs and research. He began his carrier at UAF in 1995 as a professor of civil and environmental engineering. Over the years he’s filled a number of posts including director of the Institute of Northern Engineering and Mines and associate vice-chancellor for research.UAF has seen a pair of interim chancellors since Brian Rogers departed two years ago. An earlier search was stopped as the statewide system eyed a single accreditation process, which later proved impractical. UA President Jim Johnsen said White’s breadth of experience elevated him to the top of the latest search.“Breadth in terms of his experience in the classroom teaching, in terms of his experience in laboratories and the field conducting research and in his connections with the communities that we serve all across the state,” Johnsen said.Johnsen said White also has a depth of knowledge having lived and worked in Fairbanks for so long.White takes up his duties July 1. His salary will be $300,000 a year.last_img read more

Smartphone monitoring can boost behavioural studies

first_imgInterpreting the data collected from volunteers’ own smartphones — which has the potential to emulate randomised trials — can boost research into human behaviour, finds a new study.Fani Tsapeli from the University of Birmingham, and her colleague and Mirco Musolesi from the University College London used user-generated data, harvested from their phones to evaluate the cause of increased stress levels of participants. Most of the earlier research works relying on smartphones focused on detecting factors in the features extracted from smartphone data. But that pure correlation analysis did not provide for a sufficient understanding of human behaviour. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Therefore, the study authors tried to identify factors that could be at the root cause of issues revolving around health and well-being.In this study, the authors used data from a research project at Dartmouth College, Hanover, US, called StudentLife. It included information on participants’ location taken from raw GPS data, which helped determine whether they were working or socialising.Also included was data on activity levels, like running, walking or travelling on public transport, inferred from participants’ raw accelerometer data. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThey found that exercising and spending time outside the home and working environment have a positive effect on participants’ stress levels. By contrast, they found that reduced working hours only slightly impact stress. The conclusions cannot be extended to the general population due to the small sample size. But the approach has been validated and shows great promise for further studies.The study was published recently in EPJ Data Science.last_img read more

How to customize the settings in mpv

first_imgHow to customize the settings in mpv by Ashwin on July 27, 2019 in Tutorials – 26 commentsThe free media player mpv is an incredible program despite its simple interface. The one thing it may appear to lack is customization when you look over what it has to offer only casually.It doesn’t have  a settings screen but you can customize the settings in mpv. Doing so requires editing so-called CONF files that mpv uses; CONF stands for configuration obviously.How to customize the settings in mpvAccording to mpv’s documentation, the CONF file is stored in the “\AppData\Roaming\mpv”. But in case the folder is empty (like it was for me), you have to manually create a CONF file to begin customizing the settings. You don’t necessarily have to create it in that specific folder. There is a better alternative.Go to the folder where your mpv.EXE is located. Create a new folder in it, and name it “portable_config” and place the file inside that folder. This is where mpv will read your settings from.Note: You can use the same method for an installed version of mpv too. Or, you can use the one in the Roaming folder. The next step is to make a new Settings file: you have to create it inside the “portable_config” folder. Use a text editor to create a new document and save it as “mpv.conf”. Congratulations, you can now begin tweaking mpv. To make sure this works let’s run a simple test.By default mpv starts at 100% volume, but you can increase it to 130% (by using the 0 key). Let’s set the volume and max volume parameters in the mpv.conf file. Paste the following in to the new CONF file and save it.volume=100 volume-max=150Now, run mpv and use the zero key to set the max volume, if it goes all the way to 150, you did it right. Similarly, you can add a ton of options to make the player run the way you want it to.How to make mpv remember the last played positionThis is one feature which many people may miss coming from VLC or SMPlayer, or any other player which supports it. What people may not know is that mpv does support it, though by default it only remembers the last played position when you manually quit the player using the shortcut “Shift + Q”. That’s not convenient, especially if you forget to use it.Fortunately, this can be resolved with a switch that you can add to the CONF file. To do so, paste the following command in it and save the file.save-position-on-quitThis will save the resume playback data in a sub-folder (inside the portable_config folder) called “watch_later”. You don’t need to create that though as it is automatically done when you add the switch and play any video.I recommend going through mpv’s sample conf file to further tweak the player. There are tons of options to choose from. Remember, some of these options have values which you can set (for e.g. volume-max=150, you can set it up to 1000), some are switches (yes/no, e.g. fullscreen=yes), while other options merely have to be included in the CONF file (e.g. save on quit). If something doesn’t work, make sure you used the correct syntax and try again. It isn’t a bad idea to back up the CONF before adding something new in it.Tip: If you’re tired of dragging and dropping a video to mpv, set it as the default video player, or right-click and select open in mpv. This may seem like a no-brainer, but given the lack of a context menu in the program, this is one of the first things you should do.If you don’t like doing all these, try mpv.net, which is a front-end for this amazing media player.SummaryArticle NameHow to customize the settings in mpvDescriptionHow to customize the settings in mpv. You can use the configuration file to tweak the program. Let’s show you how to do it.Author AshwinPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

3 adults only New Years Eve date ideas

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! There’s no need to spend a fortune on New Year’s Eve. Try something new and celebrate with one of these romantic, inexpensive New Year’s Eve date ideas.1- Dress, Drink, Dance: Dress up in co-ordinating outfits, get a few drinks to loosen up your nerves and dance the night away together. That way, at the end of the evening, you’ll be able to quickly rush home to finish the night on a sexy note.2- Backyard Camp-Out:  Light up the fire pit and roast marshmallows before retiring inside a tent to read some old-school erotica by flashlight. Being outside is always fun.3- Game On! Grab some of your coupled-up friends and some champagne (or hard booze), and get all of your favourite games out of the closet. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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