Turbulence hits union contract negotiations with Bombardier and Airbus

first_imgMONTREAL — Negotiations appear to have hit some turbulence in efforts to renew a contract between unionized employees and the Bombardier and Airbus-controlled limited partnership that is assembling the A220.An internal newsletter from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers that’s been viewed by The Canadian Press says the employer offer presented earlier this week was “light years away” from union expectations.According to the union, the proposal includes the elimination of the defined benefit pension plan, salary increases below the cost of living and the splitting of union certification.This negotiation is different from the last because talks are with Bombardier and the European giant at the same time because of the agreement signed a little over a year ago for control of the aircraft formerly called the C Series.In addition to some 1,000 workers assembling the A220, negotiations involve more than 3,000 Bombardier workers assigned to the CRJ aircraft program in Mirabel and others in the Montreal area.Airbus and Bombardier declined to comment on the state of talks but Bombardier spokesman Olivier Marcil said difficult negotiations to renew a labour contract is common and not just in the aerospace business.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Pamela Anderson Visits Faroe Islands To Support Sea Shepherd Pilot Whale Defense

first_imgAt a press conference held on Friday at the well known Hotel Foroyar in Torshavn and live streamed worldwide, actress and activist Pamela Anderson joined Sea Shepherd Global, Sea Shepherd USA and Sea Shepherd France to show her support for Sea Shepherd’s Operation GrindStop 2014 campaign and to shine a spotlight on the brutal and archaic mass slaughter of pilot whales and other cetaceans known as the ‘grindadrap’ or ‘grind’.Present with Anderson to represent Sea Shepherd were Lamya Essemlali, President, Sea Shepherd France and GrindStop2014 Offshore Campaign Leader; and Rosie Kunneke, Chapter Coordinator for South Africa, GrindStop 2014 Onshore Campaign Leader for Sea Shepherd USA.A long-time animal protection advocate, Anderson emphasized that though the Faroese people once needed to kill pilot whales for food, there is no longer any need in the modern world to kill cetaceans.“This is not for survival. There are very few things that happen like this, that are this brutal,” said Pamela Anderson. “We have to put this behind us and move on, and let the whales swim freely by. And I think it’s much more important for us in the future to save our oceans and the biodiversity of our oceans that the whales are very important to.”Anderson added that cruel traditions must die out, and that it will be the next generations who bring the grind to a halt. “Young people probably feel pressure to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors. I think this is the perfect time to not listen to your parents, to think for yourself. Maybe there’s going to be a movement like there have been movements for many other things in the world where you look inside yourself and say ‘Is this something I should be doing just because my parents did it and my grandparents did it?’ This is a new time and the world is at risk…I think this is the generation that has to stand up and say ‘That was then, this is now; this is what I’m going to do.’”Sea Shepherd has led the opposition to the grind slaughter in the Faroe Islands since the 1980s. Operation GrindStop 2014 is Sea Shepherd’s largest Faroese campaign to date, with approximately 500 volunteers set to patrol the land and waters of the Faroes over the course of the campaign. Sea Shepherd’s on- and offshore teams will be present in the Faroe Islands throughout the traditionally bloodiest months of the hunt season – from June until October 1st.In a statement, Pamela Anderson said: “I have traveled to the beautiful Faroe Islands today to publicly oppose the needless killing of intelligent, sentient pilot whales and other dolphins and to support Sea Shepherd¹s Operation GrindStop 2014 campaign.“It is important to understand we are NOT AGAINST the Faroese. WE ARE FOR the whales and dolphins. We are their voice. But the eyes of the world are upon the Faroese today and it is now time to end this archaic abomination called the Grind. I support Sea Shepherd¹s efforts to end this cruel and ruthless massacre of defenseless whales and dolphins who are highly intelligent and so much like us. They have families like we do, they love them and care for them like we do, they have their own language and individual names for one another like we do, and a very complex social structure like we do.“The killing is a stain on this pristine country which no longer needs the meat of these animals to survive. When we know better, we do better. And we now know that these are sentient creatures who suffer greatly not only during the slaughter but during the very stressful drive itself. They are very socially complex animals and their entire families are being killed in front of them in a manner that would never be permitted in any slaughterhouse in the world. In addition, the meat of these animals is tainted with toxic contaminants including mercury, which is particularly harmful to pregnant women and young children.“I am fortunate to have some of my family with me today. They are surfers. What a beautiful eco-tourism destination these islands would make if only you would bring the grind to a halt. But until then the waters remain tainted with blood, staining the reputation of the Faroese. The time has come to stop the grind.”The only grind to take place this year occurred on May 18, before Sea Shepherd arrived in the Faroe Islands in June, claiming 13 pilot whales. The year before, the same Faroese town, Fuglafjørður, killed a staggering 267 pilot whales in one grind.Should a hunt commence during the course of the campaign, Sea Shepherd will take direct action to intervene and stop the grind from taking place using land, sea and air tactics. This week, Sea Shepherd’s crew was able to spot a pod of pilot whales and guide them back out to sea, safely away from the Faroese killing bays. As no preparations for a grind had begun, Sea Shepherd acted within Faroese law by chasing the pod away from shore.For hundreds of years, the people of the Danish Faroe Islands have been herding migrating pilot whales and other small cetaceans into shallow water and slaughtering them. Entire family units are destroyed, wiping out several generations of animals at a time. The Faroese claim that without the meat from these cetaceans, the people would starve. Whether or not people would have starved in the past without eating pilot whale is irrelevant. There is certainly no one in the Danish Faroe Islands who would go hungry today, much less starve, if no more cetaceans were killed.Today, the ‘grindadrap’ (whale slaughter) or ‘grind’ is a barbaric and cruel relic of history that has no place in modern civilization. The wholesale slaughter of entire families and the unimaginable horror inflicted upon these sentient, intelligent beings is unconscionable. The continued pillage of the oceans is causing disastrous consequences. Even the meat of these creatures is dangerous to consume. The European Union does not allow such activity, but the Danish Faroe Islands manage to side-step EU restrictions with their overfishing and harm to marine mammals. Sea Shepherd has taken action against the grind in years past and will do so again for GrindStop 2014.last_img read more

British Government Refuses to Apologize for Balfour Declaration

Rabat – Britain has refused to apologize to the Palestinians for the 1917 infamous Balfour Declaration, leading Palestinian leaders to pursue international court action.The refusal comes as the UK plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the declaration alongside Israeli officials on November 2.The United Kingdom’s decision to rule out an apology by the queen and the government for the Balfour Declaration, which led to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, came in a letter to the Palestinian Ambassador to Britain, Manuel Hassassian. The official said that this refusal also means that the “celebration marking 100 years since the Balfour promise will be held on time.”Concerning the celebration, a spokesman for Britain’s Foreign Office stated in an interview with Middle East Eye that the UK recognizes “the sensitivities many people have about the declaration and the events that have taken place in the region since 1917,” and this is why the centenary would be celebrated by the British government “in an appropriate and balanced manner.”As to the declaration that brought about the Israeli occupation, the British official said it is “an historic statement and one that the UK government will not be apologizing for.”Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had requested the apology for the declaration while addressing the UN General Assembly in September.Nearly 100 years ago, the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour made the policy statement, which came to be known as the Balfour Declaration, in a letter addressed to a leader of the British Jewish community at the time, Lord Rothschild. In this letter, Balfour promised the Jewish community in Europe the land that belonged to the Palestinians, which the UK had been colonizing.The British government at the time stated that it viewed “with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”The UN General Assembly voted in favor of a plan to partition Palestine in 1947, which Palestinian landowners continue to reject. After the end of the British mandatory rule in 1948, Israel declared independence. read more

UN emergency coordinator says Zimbabwes humanitarian situation is worsening

Speaking to journalists at UN headquarters in New York, Under-Secretary-General Egeland said he met a range of officials and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and had two meetings with President Robert Mugabe on the UN’s work in the country.He voiced hope that the UN and donor countries could contribute to breaking the vicious circle which had locked the Zimbabwean people into declining standards of living. The country that had enjoyed a life expectancy of more than 60 years about 16 years ago now has seen that cut to only 32 years today, he said.Mr. Egeland said it was “heartbreaking” to meet with AIDS orphans, who number about a million in Zimbabwe.“It’s heartbreaking to meet with people who are fearing the future because of food insecurity, which is affecting the majority of the people. Prices are spiralling as food is becoming increasingly scarce. It was heartbreaking to meet victims of the eviction campaign last summer, who now are back in the same place, only in much worse shelter than the house that was bulldozed.”The UN wants to do more to help, he said, noting that it launched an appeal last week for $276 million for food aid, medical assistance, safe water and sanitation, as well as general assistance for Zimbabwe’s people.In that regard, he made progress in talks with the Government in some crucial areas. Officials agreed to cut some of the red tape, which was an obstacle to the UN’s work in a crisis situation, Mr. Egeland said.He said he wanted a “one-stop shop” on the Government’s side, with the UN on the humanitarian side working with NGOs which have been facing many obstacles.He agreed to establish a task force on food insecurity, where such UN agencies as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) could work with the Government to transform the country from one where food production is in decline into one that could feed itself. They were feeding 2 million people and that number could jump to 4 million before the April harvest was brought in, he said.Asked about the Government removing tents put up as temporary shelters in October, he said officials, especially Mr. Mugabe, believed the tents gave the impression that there was a shelter crisis. Mr. Egeland said he explained that, with permanent housing taking a long time to build, the procedure was to put up tents, then move people from tents into prefabricated shelters and then into permanent housing. read more

UN human rights body appoints Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

According to a news release, the Commissioners will “provide the support and expertise for the immediate improvement of the situation of human rights and the fight against in impunity.” Established for a period of a year at the Human Rights Council’s 33rd session (September 2016), the Commission has also been mandated to identify the alleged perpetrators of violations and abuses, since April 2015, with a view to ensuring full accountability. The Commissioners appointed today include Fatsah Ouguergouz (Algeria), Reina Alapini Gansu (Benin) and Francoise Hampson (United Kingdom). Mr. Ouguergouz will serve as the Chair of the three-member Commission. In discharging its duties, the Commission has been authorized by the Human Rights Council to engage with national authorities, UN agencies, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) field presence in the country, as well as other stakeholders, including the civil society, refugees, authorities of the African Union (AU) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Commission will be present an oral briefing to the Human Rights Council at its 34th and 35th sessions, in March and June 2017, respectively, and a final report at an interactive dialogue at the Council’s 36th session in September 2017. Burundi was thrown into fresh crisis more than a year ago when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term that he went on to win. To date, it has been reported that hundreds of people have been killed, more than 250,000 have fled the nation, and thousands more have been arrested and possibly subjected to human rights violations. read more

Culture Connection Moves to Helper to Kickoff Annual Festival Photo Gallery

The conclusion of Price City’s summer Culture Connection series was a well-attended affair as the entertainment moved to Helper on Thursday evening.In conjunction with the Helper Arts, Music and Film Festival, Culture Connection took place on the city’s Main Street to kickoff the event. The Deltaz is a band based out of California comprised of three members: Ted Siegel, who performs vocals and plays guitar, brother John Siegel, who also sings as well as plays the harmonica and drums, and Mico Olmos, who plays the bass.The evening also featured a gallery stroll as attendees made their way up and down Main Street, browsing the various galleries in Helper. Photos by Jeff Barrett read more

Universities minister warns against decolonising curricula to avoid unfashionable subjects

first_imgUniversities minister Sam Gyimah Speaking at the official launch of the new higher education regulator the Office for Students (OfS), Mr Gyimah said: “What we should be cautious of – and this is caution – is phasing out parts of the curriculum that just happen to be unpopular or unfashionable.“I genuinely believe that part of the university experience is actually facing up to the unpopular, facing up to the unfashionable, engaging with it, challenging it, that is how you widen your horizons.”He also said that universities should compensate students affected by ongoing strikes by union members in a bitter row over pensions.Mr Gyimah said that Department for Education (DfE) officals are “looking closely” at the issue, as he warned institutions that they must “step up to the plate”.He said it is “essential” that universities compensate students for missing out on lectures due to the strikes as “this is at a vital time of the academic year [when] people are preparing for exams”. Meanwhile, Cambridge University’s English Literature professors last year discussed proposals to add more black writers to reading lists, following a student campaign to decolonise the curriculum.The National Union of Students (NUS) ran a campaign titled “Why is My Curriculum White?” where students were encouraged to question whether they are taught from a white, male, Western perspective. Universities minister Sam Gyimah The new universities minister has warned academics against  “decolonising” curricula to avoid “unfashionable” subjects.Sam Gyimah said that universities should be “cautious” about phasing out writers and ideas from courses,merely on the basis that they are unpopular with students.Instead, students should “face up” to such ideas and challenge them, which he said is all part of the higher education experience.Students at a number of universities have called for courses to include more works by writers from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.Earlier this month Baroness Amos, the Labour life peer who runs the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas), said that the university is is decolonising its curriculums as part of a culture shift.Students at Soas have previously called for figures such as Plato, Descartes and Immanuel Kant to be largely dropped from the curriculum because they are white, while insisting that “the majority of philosophers on our courses” should be from Africa and Asia.last_img read more

Online auction row after bidder for £245k historic carousel ride says it

first_img Show more The buyer, who was the only bidder, bought the carousel at its starting price and has been landed with a bill of around £245,000 after various taxes and fees have been added on.The ride was built in 1904 and, though it has changed over the years with the wooden horses replaced with fibreglass models, it has kept its vintage look and has been maintained to an extremely high standard. The two-day auction saw more than 1,200 items put up for sale. Pleasure Island closed its doors for the final time at the end of the 2016 summer. An online auction row has emerged after the winning bidder for a £245,000 historic carousel ride said it was a mistake – as they revealed they don’t actually want it.The 100-year-old fairground ride was among of thousands of items which went under the hammer after sea side fun park Pleasure Island in Cleethorpes, Lincs, closed.It was thought no bidder had been found for the roundabout ride with a £180,000 starting price but, just before the auction ended, an online bid came through.But minutes later the internet buyer, who had made the minimum bid for the famous ride, claimed they had made the bid ” by mistake” and wanted to withdraw it.Despite the error Carl Vince, owner of Prestige Auctions, insisted the sale is legally binding. He said: “We are having a meeting with our online bidding partner. However, as far as we are concerned the carousel is sold. We are not sure how people can make such a mistake.” 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.last_img read more

Psyko Audio unveils Carbon and Krypton gaming headsets

first_imgPsyko Audio prides itself on rich, loud, and immersive gaming audio. One of their headsets, the Psyko 5.1, featured speaker elements all over the headset itself, including the band that rests on the top of your head, for a fully immersive experience. Now, the spiritual successors to the 5.1 have arrived in the form of the Psyko Carbon and the Psyko Krypton: two high-end gaming headsets that look sharp and hopefully sound sharper.The Psyko Carbon and Krypton will replace the Psyko 5.1 Gaming Headset, which was initially released back in 2009. Both headsets feature the company’s trademark PsykoWave technology, which adds rich, directional audio and immersive feel by adding speakers to the headphones and giving the user additional audio controls to tweak and personalize their audio experience.In fact, with most traditional headsets, you have two speakers: one over each ear. In the Psyko Carbon and Krypton, you have two subwoofers over each ear in the earcups, and the band across the top of your head has all of the speakers in it, including the center channel that rests directly over the top of your head, and the front and rear channels for each side moving out towards your ears from there.The Krypton is really the true successor to the original Psyko 5.1 Gaming Headset: it features 5.1 channel audio, a removable boom microphone, in-line audio controls so you can change the volume and toggle your microphone on or off quickly, and an external amplifier that powers the headset and gives you volume, processing, and EQ controls. The Carbon is the premium version, which offers the same features but trades the gunmetal and red design for a sleek black and red look and gold-plated audio connector cables.Both models are available to pre-order now. The Krypton is available for $149.99 and the Carbon for $199.99.Read more at Psyko Audiolast_img read more

Sclérose en plaques vers une régénération des nerfs atteints

first_imgSclérose en plaques : vers une régénération des nerfs atteints ?Des chercheurs britanniques affirment avoir découvert une méthode qui pourrait permettre de réparer les séquelles provoquées par la sclérose en plaques au niveau du système nerveux. La découverte est présentée comme une percée majeure dans la lutte contre la sclérose en plaques. Les chercheurs des universités de Cambridge (Angleterre) et d’Edimbourg (Ecosse) ont identifié “un moyen par lequel les cellules souches du cerveau peuvent être encouragées à réparer” les séquelles provoquées par la maladie, rapporte l’AFP. Il s’agit de séquelles au niveau de la gaine de myéline, qui est l’enveloppe protégeant les nerfs du cerveau de la moelle épinière. La sclérose en plaque a tendance à la dégrader.Le professeur Robin Franklin, directeur du Centre pour la sclérose en plaques à l’Université de Cambridge, estime que la méthode “ouvre la possibilité d’une nouvelle thérapie régénératrice de cette maladie”.La découverte devrait ainsi mener à des essais cliniques dans les cinq ans à venir. Un traitement pourrait voir le jour d’ici 15 ans. Le 7 décembre 2010 à 10:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Gianfranco Zola sympathises with Eden Hazards frustrations

first_imgChelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola claims that even though Eden Hazard may not be known for his industry off the ball, Chelsea still needs him to assist the team.The Belgium winger hasn’t really impressed in all his outing this term after he was deployed by new coach Sarri to play as a false nine.Chelsea defeated Tottenham 2-1 on penalties to reach the EFL Cup final on Thursday with Hazard scoring the Blues’ second goal in a second leg.“I was very much like Eden,” Zola told reporters, according to FourFourTwo.“I was a very positive player, I liked to move around the pitch, find the spots on the pitch where I could receive the ball, turn and make the damage to the opposition.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I was very, very similar and I do understand that. I believe we try to give him this but also to be an organised team defensively and offensively. Especially offensively. That’s why we ask Eden sometimes to put himself about in working hard.“I know that’s not his best quality. We understand that sometimes he needs to be fresh when he receives the ball. There is no doubt that we are on the same page. We want to find a common ground where he can get the best out of himself and the team can benefit from him.“Not only when he is scoring goals but when we have moments in the game where we need everybody to defend and everybody to press. That’s exactly what we are trying to do. Eden, I think, I have to be fair that he has been doing it.“He has been trying to do it. We are very demanding because we want to do it all the time. I am sure that we will find a compromise. I am not in a position to criticise a player like Eden. We believe, Maurizio said one thing, that the potential of Hazard is greater than the performances.“So he is not criticising what Eden is doing but he believes he can do much more for himself and the team. That’s all he is saying. This is the situation he wants Hazard to understand. Again, when we see his performances we look forward to seeing more and more.”last_img read more

ASA Provides Views on Final Farm Bill to Ag Committee Leadership

first_imgSt. Louis, Mo… As Congress continues to debate potential solutions to the fiscal cliff issue, the American Soybean Association (ASA) reached out today to leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to provide its views on potential provisions in a comprehensive five-year farm bill.In a letter from ASA President Danny Murphy, ASA restated its support for many of the provisions included in both the House and Senate versions of the farm bill, and expressed specific support for the Senate’s Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program, which will provide important protection against reductions in both price and yield. ASA also pointed out major drawbacks to the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) option included in the House bill identified in a recent analysis by AgRisk Management, LLC.The PLC program “establishes much higher and disproportionate reference or target prices that bear little relation to recent average market prices or production costs,” stated ASA. “Moreover, by tying payments to crops that are actually grown in the current year, the PLC option has the potential to significantly distort planting decisions, production, commodity prices, and government program costs in the event market prices fall. ASA noted that, according to the analysis, “soybean farmers would receive less protection than producers of other crops, and the soybean share of crop production in almost all regions would be adversely affected.”ASA’s letter concluded that “if this option is included in the final farm bill, payments must be decoupled from current-year production and tied to historical crop acreages.”A transcript of the letter is available by clicking here.ASA remains committed to a farm bill that protects planting flexibility, and protects and strengthens the current federal crop insurance program. ASA also strongly supports streamlining and eliminating duplication of conservation programs, authorization of the MAP and FMD export promotion programs, and renewal of research, biofuels, and biobased product program authorities.ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by more than 21,000 farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Danny Murphy, ASA President, 601-906-3809, dpmurphy@bellsouth.netPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

Government to implement General Data Protection Regulation through Data Protection Bill

first_imgThe government will implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) through the Data Protection Bill, which was announced in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday 21 June 2017.The GDPR, which been designed to protect EU citizens from privacy and data breaches, will include mandatory breach notifications delivered in a 72-hour period where a breach is likely to result in a risk for the rights and freedoms of individuals. Subjects will also be able to discover whether personal data concerning them is being processed, where it is being processed, and for what purpose.The GDPR will give individuals more control over their own data, enabling subjects to receive personal data concerning them, and to transmit it to the data controller of their choice. Subjects can additionally remove their consent to have their personal data erased, or circulation or processing of their data stopped.Organisations that do not comply with GDPR legislation, effective from 25 May 2018, can be fined up to 4% of their annual global turnover or €20 million, whichever is the greater amount.The legislation will apply to organisations located within the EU, as well as organisations based outside of the EU if they offer goods or services to, or monitor the behaviour of, EU data subjects. The GDPR will be applicable for all organisations processing and holding the personal data of subjects who live in the EU, regardless of where the organisation is located.The Data Protection Bill will legislate to accommodate the GDPR. Ongoing Brexit negotiations and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) are not expected to affect the commencement of the regulation in 2018.The Data Protection Bill aims to ensure that the UK is compliant with its obligations while it remains a member of the EU. After leaving the EU, the Bill will help the UK to maintain its ability to share data with other EU member states, as well as internationally.The Bill will also work to establish a new data protection regime for non-law enforcement data, replacing the existing Data Protection Act 1998. This is designed to empower individuals to have more control over their personal data and ensure that the data protection framework is suitable for today’s digital age. The Bill also aims to modernise the data processing regimes used by law enforcement agencies, and update the powers and sanctions available to the Information Commissioner.Helen Baker, partner at Sackers, said: “With the Queen’s Speech last week, we now know that there will be a UK Bill that will become a UK Act. [Pension] schemes, and everybody else that needs to comply, do still need to be looking at GDPR. GDPR is going to be with us in May next year. It will apply automatically and will carry on applying while we’re in the EU, and although we don’t know lots about what’s going to be in the UK Act, it sounds as though it’s going to have a lot of the features of the GDPR.“As we come out of the EU and we have the Great Repeal Bill, effectively the Act is going to plug in behind [that] because regardless of whether we are in the EU or not, data protection legislation is due an update, not least because of how technology has moved on since 1998. Plus, we are going to need to have a framework that is fit for purpose for doing business in the EU. I think it’s part of an evolution rather than necessarily a big game changer.“We don’t really have the information to know [whether the Bill will have a bearing on pensions and benefits] for certain one way or another. I think the expectation is GDPR will [have an impact] and it’s a big enough overhaul of the whole data protection regime that schemes are going to need to do things and take action. If the new UK Bill mirrors it substantially, then it’s all going to feed through.”Read more about what the Queen’s Speech 2017 means for pay and benefits.last_img read more

BYOD Is the Corporate Norm But Data Security Lags Far Behind

first_imgAugust 18, 2014 4 min read In 2009, CEOs in just about every large organization started purchasing iPhones and demanding access to corporate email. Although IT had securely managed BlackBerry deployments in place, many departments accommodated this request, only to find a few months later that thousands of employees had taken after these CEOs, with the key distinction that their iPhones were unauthorized.As this story and countless others illustrate, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon disrupted enterprise IT practically overnight. To catch up, the makeshift solution for many organizations has been “mobile device management” (MDM). This first attempt to secure BYOD was a knee-jerk reaction focused on managing personally owned devices in much the same way that corporate-owned laptops are managed.Related: 5 Reasons BYOD for Travel Is Here to StayAccording to a recent Gartner report, by 2016, 20 percent of enterprise BYOD programs will fail due to deployment of MDM measures that are too restrictive. The issue with MDM is it secures devices, not corporate data, and has never been a solid solution for either IT or employees in BYOD environments. Let’s examine a few reasons why.IT. The IT department doesn’t enjoy imposing suffocating restrictions on employees, but meeting the employee demand for BYOD often leaves them no choice. IT is chartered with securing the organization’s data so they use the technology available to them – MDM. That the price of this BYOD security solution is dictatorial control over employees’ personal devices is an unfortunate, necessary evil.A recent ESG report that surveyed organizations of 1,000 or more employees shockingly found that just 21 percent have implemented and standardized an MDM solution. That means that despite BYOD being one of the biggest trends in enterprise IT today, just one in five enterprises have deployed a solution to secure it. That is cause for alarm.Employees. Enterprise data is frequently exposed with BYOD. For example, an employee might use a personal smartphone to access data on Salesforce.com over a 4G wireless network, inadvertently sharing sensitive corporate data.Just as the majority of employees are blissfully unaware of the potential security breaches they are exposing their company to, they would be equally mortified if they were fully aware of what MDM products can access. According to a survey carried out by Harris Interactive on behalf of mobile security firm AdaptiveMobile, most employees do not believe that their employer can see what they are doing on their personal devices, yet 89 percent of employers said they have visibility into their employees devices at all times.Related: How the Cloud Can Save You From a ‘BYOD’ Tech NightmareThis raises huge concerns for employees who are extremely uncomfortable with IT accessing personal information and controlling their device usage. Not to mention the horror stories of employees who have everything wiped from their phone if they leave a company.The future of BYOD security. BYOD has been a shock for many organizations, but it is here to stay and the path forward is to enable employees through BYOD programs. The focus must shift from securing the device to securing corporate data on the device. Next-generation BYOD solutions must not only secure corporate data, but be device-agnostic and deploy with minimal effort on either the employee or IT’s part.At the same time, the native user experience on mobile must be taken into account and respected. Today’s employees are tech-savvy and quick to write-off IT as old school and out of touch. These employees will not hesitate to “go rogue” and find workarounds if IT slows them down or invades their privacy. Next-generation BYOD security solutions must be completely frictionless and transparent to employees.Unfortunately for IT, company-issued BlackBerry phones are unlikely to make a comeback in the corporate world, but enabling a mobile workforce does not have to be a constant give-and-take. Enterprises can embrace BYOD while maintaining security and privacy but it will require a solution with BYOD in its DNA.Related: Dark ‘Cloud’ Forming: The Struggle to Balance Security and Employee Privacy Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Singer Troye Sivan politely rejects the term gay icon for himself

first_imgThe 22-year-old Australian singer opened up to Wonderland magazine about his identity and place within the community. He appears on their spring cover.For him, he rejects the term because of his privilege and empathy.‘I will never understand the struggles of a trans woman of colour growing up. What can I do as an empathetic person? How can I help? That’s why I politely reject the term “gay icon”. I would never wanna put that on myself.’Sivan on the cover of Wonderland. | Photo: Instagram @troyesivan So who are gay icons?However, he does have some gay icons himself. And he recognizes the limitations.‘When I think about the songs that I grew up listening to that made me feel… gay, it was mostly straight women: Cher, Madonna, Miley, Robyn, Lady Gaga,’ he said. ‘Those are my gay icons, which is a bit strange. I would have loved to have had more queer music growing up. That would have been nice.’But thanks to artists like Sivan and Hayley Kiyoko and Janelle Monáe, fans have queer artists to love now.Sivan is currently working on his second album, which will feature a collaboration with Ariana Grande.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Sivan has already gained major popularity. | Photo: YouTube/TroyeSivanVEVO eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Troye Sivan isn’t sure the term ‘gay icon’ is right for him. GAYSTARNEWS- Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/troye-sivan-rejects-gay-icon/last_img read more

Apple Watch Series 1 to Series 3 Now Being Sold at Attractive

first_img Share Tweet Submit The Apple Watch is the most popular watch series in the world and these devices are about to get better. How might you ask? Well, the Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch Series 3 lineup have been discounted and carry a much smaller price than their official retail prices, making the deal much sweeter.Apple’s original Apple Watch is no longer being sold, but it was updated with something called the Apple Watch Series 1, with better features obviously. Side by side, the Apple Watch Series 3 is also being sold at a discounted price and it offers spectacular battery life and better specifications. If you wish to grab one, we have posted the links at the bottom but there is something else.If you want to pick out other models, you can do so at Walmart and Best Buy. Both the 38 and 42mm versions of Apple Watch are available and you can also choose different colors if you wish. However, you will need to hurry because you never know when the deal might expire or when these units will simply run out of stock.Buy the Apple Watch Series 1 38mm Sport Band with Aluminum Case for $149.00 from WalmartBuy the Apple Watch Series 1 42mm Sport Band with Aluminum Case for $179.00 from WalmartBuy the Apple Watch Series 3 38mm with Silver Aluminum Case with Fog Sport Band for $279.00 from Best BuyBuy the Apple Watch Series 3 42mm with Silver Aluminum Case with Fog Sport Band for $309.00 from Best Buylast_img read more

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first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more TQA, or Tomo Quality Assurance, is reportedly the first integrated, machine-specific quality assurance (QA) solution to be offered by a radiation therapy vendor. The TQA application streamlines the collection and simplifies the review of data used to monitor radiation therapy equipment and procedures. All TQA data can be exported for third-party validation.TQA has been developed by TomoTherapy in partnership with medical physicists experienced in the clinical use of the Hi-Art treatment system.The TQA application leverages the Hi-Art treatment system’s platform integration. It works by gathering data from the on-board detector and other sub-systems that monitor the device continuously during delivery. The data is then presented in a customizable, calendar-based interface that is accessible from the Hi-Art system’s operator station. With this comprehensive data dashboard, any parameter’s status can be identified at a glance and comparatively assessed via automated reporting and trending features, said the company. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Related Content News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Technology | July 31, 2008 TomoTherapy Features New Tomo Quality Assurance News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more last_img read more

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first_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Feature | January 04, 2013 Some Men Complain of Shortened Penis Following Prostate Cancer Treatment News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more January 4, 2013 — A small percentage of men in a prostate cancer study complained that their penis seemed shorter following treatment, with some saying that it interfered with intimate relationships and caused them to regret the type of treatment they chose.Complaints were more common in men treated with radical prostatectomy (surgical removal of the prostate) or male hormone-blocking drugs combined with radiation therapy, according to the study by researchers from Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC). No men reported a perceived shortening of their penis following radiation therapy alone.The study’s findings, which are being published in the January issue of the journal Urology, are based on surveys completed by physicians of 948 men treated for prostate cancer and who had suffered a recurrence of the disease.Twenty-five men (2.63 percent of the group) complained of smaller penises after treatment — 3.73 percent for surgery, 2.67 percent for radiotherapy plus androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), and 0 percent for radiotherapy alone. Radiotherapy included both radiation administered by an external X-ray machine, and brachytherapy — the implantation of radioactive seeds directly into the prostate.The scientific team, led by Paul Nguyen, M.D., a radiation oncologist, and medical student Arti Parekh, said it is the first study to link men’s perceptions of a reduction in penis size to lowered life satisfaction, problems in emotional relationships and misgivings about the specific form of prostate cancer treatment they chose.Nguyen said that the potential side effect of a smaller penis is well-known among physicians and surgeons, said Nguyen, “but it’s almost never discussed with patients, so it can be very upsetting to some men when it occurs. Patients can deal with almost any side effect if they have some inkling ahead of time that they may happen.”The report’s authors said physicians should discuss the possibility with their patients so that they can make more-informed treatment choices.There were no direct measurements of penis size either before or after treatment, said the researchers. Nor did the patients’ physicians specifically ask about this side effect; the issue was brought up by patients in conversations with their doctors. For this and other reasons, the authors of the new study suggest that the problem is likely more common than reported in the survey.“Prostate cancer is one of the few cancers where patients have a choice of therapies, and because of the range of possible side effects, it can be a tough choice,” said Nguyen. “This study says that when penile shortening does occur, it really does affect patients and their quality of life. It’s something we should be discussing up front so that it will help reduce treatment regrets.”The likelihood and magnitude of penis shortening as a consequence of treatment have not been well studied, said the researchers. However, Jim Hu, M.D., a surgeon at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center and a co-author of the study, said “Previous studies have concluded that there is shortened penis length following prostatectomy. This is most common with non-nerve sparing surgery, as this may result in fibrosis and atrophy of erectile tissue due to damage to nerve and vascular structures.” The present study did not find much difference on that score.The study’s subjects were men enrolled in a registry called COMPARE that collects data on patients whose prostate cancer shows signs of recurring after initial treatment. Of the 948 men in the study, 22 percent were younger than 60 and the majority were in their 60s, 70s and 80s. Just over half—54 percent—had undergone surgery to remove their cancerous prostate, while 24 percent received radiation therapy combined with hormone-blocking treatment, and 22 percent had radiation therapy alone.In an editorial comment accompanying the report, Luc Cormier, M.D., Ph.D., of Dijon University Hospital in France said the study “is really of interest because of the number of patients and that it included other treatment methods in addition to radical prostatectomy.”The surveys of the men did not report on their sexual functioning. Cormier observed that “sexual activity needs to be thoroughly measured owing to the obvious relationship with the patients’ perception of penile length.”Other authors are from Dana-Farber, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.The research was supported by an anonymous family foundation along with other foundation funding.For more information: www.dana-farber.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Facebook releases DeepFocus an AIpowered rendering system to make virtual reality more

first_imgFacebook released a new “AI-powered rendering system”, called DeepFocus yesterday, that works with Half Dome, a special prototype headset that Facebook’s Reality Lab (FRL) team had been working on over the past three years. HalfDome is an example of a “varifocal” head-mounted display (HMD) that comprises eye-tracking camera systems, wide-field-of-view optics, and adjustable display lenses that move forward and backward to match your eye movements. This makes the VR experience a lot more comfortable, natural, and immersive. However, HalfDome needs software to work in its full potential, that is where DeepFocus comes into the picture. “Our eyes are like tiny cameras: When they focus on a given object, the parts of the scene that are at a different depth look blurry. Those blurry regions help our visual system make sense of the three-dimensional structure of the world and help us decide where to focus our eyes next. While varifocal VR headsets can deliver a crisp image anywhere the viewer looks, DeepFocus allows us to render the rest of the scene just the way it looks in the real world: naturally blurry,” mentions Marina Zannoli, a vision scientist at FRL. Facebook is also open-sourcing DeepFocus, making the system’s code and the data set used to train it available to help other VR researchers incorporate it into their work. “By making our DeepFocus source and training data available, we’ve provided a framework not just for engineers developing new VR systems, but also for vision scientists and other researchers studying long-standing perceptual questions,” say the researchers. DeepFocus A research paper presented at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 explains that DeepFocus is a unified rendering and optimization framework based on convolutional neural networks that solve a full range of computational tasks. It also helps with enabling real-time operation of accommodation-supporting HMDs. The CNN comprises “volume-preserving” interleaving layers that help it quickly figure out the high-level features within an image. For instance, the paper mentions, that it accurately synthesizes defocus blur, focal stacks, multilayer decompositions, and multiview imagery. Moreover, it makes use of only commonly available RGB-D images, that enable real-time, near-correct depictions of a retinal blur. Researchers explain that DeepFocus is  “tailored to support real-time image synthesis..and ..includes volume-preserving interleaving layers..to reduce the spatial dimensions of the input, while fully preserving image details, allowing for significantly improved runtimes”. This model is more efficient unlike the traditional AI systems used for deep learning based image analysis as DeepFocus can process the visuals while preserving the ultrasharp image resolutions that are necessary for delivering high-quality VR experience. The researchers mention that DeepFocus can also grasp complex image effects and relations that includes foreground and background defocusing. However, DeepFocus isn’t just limited to Oculus HMDs. Since DeepFocus supports high-quality image synthesis for multifocal and light-field display, it is applicable to a complete range of next-gen head-mounted display technologies. “DeepFocus may have provided the last piece of the puzzle for rendering real-time blur, but the cutting-edge research that our system will power is only just beginning”, say the researchers. For more information, check out the official Oculus Blog. Read Next Magic Leap unveils Mica, a human-like AI in augmented reality MagicLeap acquires Computes Inc to enhance spatial computing Oculus Connect 5 2018: Day 1 highlights include Oculus Quest, Vader Immortal and more!last_img read more

Travel Counsellors understand the Power of Storytelling

first_imgTravel Counsellors understand the Power of StorytellingFred van Eijk, Managing Director of Travel Counsellors, comments that many parents will have experienced the rush home to do bedtime duty – getting the children’s PJs on and settled for a bedtime story. Or have the guilt of not doing as often as you would have liked or perhaps should have. Fortunately, flexible working now enables more people to be good parents and have a career too.But it’s not just the kids that love a good story – they are what make us tick, whether it’s a plot in a soapie, a good book, a play or snappy headline that captures our attention, such as the recent ‘Australian Travel Counsellor helps his customer to pack her suitcase’. Indeed, every sales person in travel will have a story of how they have done something for a customer that has made that customer feel special.In an ever-evolving industry where businesses are focused on data, profit and margin, we must remember what makes us different. The ability to create and share these stories is that differentiator, and it is more important and relevant than ever before.According to a recent study by researchers at Oxford University and Deloitte, about 35% of current jobs are at high risk of computerisation over the following 20 years. You can google ‘will a robot take my job’ and see how future proof your profession is, or indeed the professions our children may be considering. Out of interest, travel agents score a relatively low chance of being automated (that’s a relief!). However, I also think this could be a little misleading.If a ‘travel agent’ just does the booking for the customer, the risk of automation is high and indeed already with us. We have already seen the development of travel websites, supported by on-line virtual travel agents. However, whilst robots may be able to recount a story, they can’t create one. The travel advisers that stand out are the ones with the stories of how they have helped people. Most studies show that people buy based on emotion rather than logic, and stories and anecdotes will stir the emotion more than anything else. As cognitive scientist Roger C. Schank said; “Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.”So, great travel advisers are also great storytellers and ‘social sharers’. Social media gives us the ability to collate our stories and share them across a global network of current and potential customers. We see daily occurrences of this with our Travel Counsellors. Here’s just one example…Earlier this year two of our customers missed their flight for their Caribbean Cruise; their Travel Counsellor Nikki went above and beyond to get them re-booked so the holiday was unaffected; the customers were so grateful Nikki received a huge bunch of flowers that afternoon; Nikki shared her story on Facebook with a picture of the flowers. The result? Her most engaging post to date and several new enquiries from people who like the sound of her service.These stories are free PR, the clearest sign of what you are about and they create the narrative and personality for the business and your personal brand. And don’t let the doom-mongers or defeatists convince you of anything to the contrary. In Daniel Pink’s bestseller ‘A Whole New Mind’, he states that “the future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind – creators and empathisers. The people, artists, investors, story tellers, caregivers, consolers, will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.”That is why those jobs that are least likely to be automated are those that require the highest amount of human qualities such as empathy, including nursing, care workers and psychologists. The message for us in the industry, and those we want to encourage to join it, is simple – ramp up the care and empathy with a customer; focus on how you make them feel more than the price of what you offer; and ‘bring it to life’ by sharing the stories of the things you do naturally for customers because you care and you operate in a culture that fosters doing what is right for the customer.So, when you’re telling those bedtime stories tonight remember that it’s all good practice for the office too! Travel CounsellorsSource = Travel Counsellorslast_img read more