7 October 2008The businessman and philanthropist Ted Turner and United Nations agencies have unveiled the first-ever voluntary sustainable tourism standards in a bid to ensure that tourism helps, not harms, local communities and the environment. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the non-governmental organization (NGO) known as the Rainforest Alliance, and the UN Foundation (UNF), which was set up by Mr. Turner, announced the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) yesterday in Barcelona, Spain.“Sustainability is just like the old business adage – ‘you don’t encroach on the principal, you live off the interest’,” Mr. Turner, who also serves as UNF’s Chairman, told the World Conservation Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).“Unfortunately, up to this point, the travel industry and tourists haven’t had a common framework to let them know if they’re really living up to that maxim,” he said, calling the new criteria “a win-win initiative – good for the environment and good for the world’s tourism industry.”A coalition of over two dozen tourism organizations developed the criteria, in consultation with sustainability experts and the tourism industry. More than 80,000 people, including conservationists, tourism industry leaders, governments and UN agencies, have been invited to comment on the resulting standards.The criteria focus on four key areas: maximizing tourism’s benefits to local communities; curbing negative impacts on cultural heritage; slashing harm to local environments; and sustainability.More than 900 million international tourists took trips last year, and UNWTO forecasts that number to surge to 1.6 billion by 2020.“To minimize the negative impacts of this growth, sustainability should translate from words to facts,” the agency’s Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli said. “The GSTC initiative will undoubtedly constitute a major reference point for the entire tourism sector and an important step in making sustainability an inherent part of tourism development.”
The Police had earlier found weapons inside the house of the main suspect.The chief incumbent of the Kiriwehera temple in Kataragama and another monk were admitted to hospital after being shot at by the gunmen recently. The main suspect who was arrested over the Kataragama temple shooting incident has been ordered to be remanded till June 20, the Police said.The Police said that the main suspect, Asela Sampath, and two others have been remanded. A van used for the crime was later found by the Police. (Colombo Gazette)
by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2013 3:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A New York State Supreme Court judge has rejected a motion by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia lawyers to dismiss Macy’s claim that the New York-based merchandising and media company violated its pact when it developed certain products for competitor J.C. Penney even though they don’t carry the home designer’s name.Lawyers for Martha Stewart argued Thursday that the exclusive contract with Macy’s in certain products like bedding and bath items did not give exclusivity on design work. But Judge Jeffrey Oing ruled that Macy’s has provided sufficient evidence that the contract does cover exclusivity in designs even if the items don’t carry the Martha Stewart name.Judge Oing cautioned that his decision not to dismiss the claim doesn’t mean Macy’s will win the lawsuit against Martha Stewart Living. The suit charges that Martha Stewart breached a long-standing contract with Macy’s when it signed a deal with Penney in December 2011 to open Martha Stewart mini-shops.Separately, Macy’s has sued Penney for having no regard for the contract with the home maven and that it set out to steal the business. But Oing’s decision could influence whether Penney can go ahead and sell products designed by Martha Stewart that bear the name JCP Everyday.Those products, which were expected to be shipped to stores this spring and housed in Penney’s overhauled home area, are now in limbo. Judge Oing is expected to rule Friday whether to temporarily stop Penney from selling those products.A move to block Penney from selling the goods in the exclusive categories could be a financial blow to Penney just as the company finished a year of disastrous results that led to the ousting of its CEO, Ron Johnson. Johnson, who had been on the job for 17 months, had spearheaded a major overhaul of the company that failed to resonate with shoppers. Deborah Weinswig, an analyst at Citi Research estimated in a report earlier this week that Penney could take a hit of as much as $100 million on the JCP Everyday products.“When given the opportunity to present our case, (Martha Stewart Living) lawyers will show that … (the company) is a design house committed to designing beautiful, high-quality products and that our contract with Macy’s permits us to license our designs to all retailers so that consumers can buy them wherever they shop,” according to a statement issued Thursday by Martha Stewart Living.Meanwhile, Judge Oing dismissed Macy’s claims that Penney intentionally interfered with its contract with Martha Stewart. He also dismissed Macy’s claim that Martha Stewart violated its licensing contract when it shared the contract with Penney.Last July, Macy’s won a preliminary injunction against Martha Stewart Living that prevented it from selling Martha Stewart branded houseware and other exclusive products at Penney. In August, the judge granted permission for Penney to open Martha Stewart mini-shops as long as the items covered by the exclusive contract with Macy’s were not sold in them.The stakes are high for all three companies, but particularly for Penney. The struggling department store chain is counting on the overhauled home department to help recover from a year of mounting losses and deep sales drops. Martha Stewart shops were expected to anchor the area.Penney is going ahead with opening shops filled with goods labeled Martha Celebrations, featuring stationery and paper products for parties. Those items are not covered by the Macy’s contract. Judge denies move to dismiss claim that Martha Stewart breached deal with Macy’s
This undated photo provided by Nivea Cabrera shows the “extruder tool” from Hasbro’s Play-Doh Cake Mountain toy. The company is doing damage control after complaints about the toy’s shape surfaced on social media sites. (AP Photo/Nivea Cabrera) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press Posted Dec 31, 2014 11:48 am MDT PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It was an embarrassing Christmas for Nivea Cabrera after she was accused by her fiance’s mother of letting her 5-year-old granddaughter play with a sex toy. A mortified Carbrera asked the child where she got the penis-shaped plastic cylinder.“It’s from my Play-Doh,” the girl replied.Hasbro, the Pawtucket-based toy company, is now doing damage control over the extruder tool in its Play-Doh Cake Mountain toy. The two-piece syringe-like tool, which includes a tube with corkscrew-type ridges around the outside and a dome-shaped top with a hole at the tip, can be used to squeeze Play-Doh to look like decorative cake frosting.Complaints have been surfacing since at least November, when Tulsa, Oklahoma, TV station KTUL showed the tool to parents and asked them what they thought. The station blurred the image of the tool during the piece, saying it was due to parents’ reactions. One woman told the station it was “a pretty phallic cake-decorating piece.”After Christmas, comments started pouring in to Play-Doh’s Facebook page, including from Cabrera, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She said Hasbro called her after she posted a photo of the tool and asked about the shape on Christmas Day. She said the company offered to send her a replacement tool in a different shape, which she has not received.Erin Rivers, a mother of two from Melbourne, Florida, thought it was hilarious when she helped her 6-year-old daughter open the box.“I pulled out this extruder tool, and I just started cracking up at it, I couldn’t help it. Then I immediately put the Play-Doh in it and took a picture of,” she said.Then, she posted it on Facebook.“My friends have just as dirty minds as I do,” she said. “It was hysterical to me. And then I gave it my daughter to play with.”She said her daughter and 4-year-old son don’t notice anything strange about the toy.Hasbro Inc. has received thousands of comments on the Play-Doh Facebook page pointing out the obvious.“We are in the process of updating all future Play-Doh products with a different tool,” it said in a statement posted on the page Tuesday.It also offered to replace the tool for anyone who has complaints.Rivers, who works in a pediatric dental office, says she’s not upset at all. But she is flabbergasted that the toy slipped past so many layers of people at Hasbro.“They have to have someone who creates it, someone who makes the plastic mould, someone who plays with it,” she said. “I can’t imagine that as many people that probably saw the toy, not one person said, ‘Does anyone else think this looks like a penis?’” Facing criticism, Hasbro plans to replace Play-Doh tool that looks like a penis
Realtor predicts rise in luxury home sales in Toronto and Vancouver this fall by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 16, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 16, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Sotheby’s International Realty Canada says turbulence on the Chinese stock market could send buyers from mainland China flocking to Canadian luxury real estate this fall.The realtor predicts that sales of homes worth over $1 million will rise in Toronto and Vancouver, while Montreal’s luxury market should be balanced and Calgary’s will slow due to the effects of declining crude prices.Sotheby’s says sales gains are expected to be highest in the over $4 million category in the Toronto and Vancouver areas this fall, although higher sales volumes are expected in the $1-million to $4-million range, as well.The realtor lists increased demand from international investors alongside limited inventory, historically low interest rates and heightened consumer confidence as the factors expected to fuel sales growth in Canada’s two hottest real estate markets.In Calgary — where the luxury real estate market turned down in the first half of the year due to lower oil prices and a dip in consumer confidence — sales likely will continue to decline.Sotheby’s says performance in Calgary’s high-end housing market, which saw several years of record-breaking sales, is tied “inextricably” to the state of the oil and gas industry which, in turn, has an affect on employment and migration.Meanwhile, volatility on the global stock markets is expected to lead to an influx of international buyers looking to snatch up top-tier Canadian homes — particularly buyers from China, where the economy has shown signs that it is slowing.“Canada in general is seen as an oasis of political and economic stability,” says Elaine Hung, the company’s vice-president of marketing.And Hung says that holds true despite the fact that Canada’s economy slipped into a recession in the first half of the year and concern that low oil prices will continue to wreak havoc on Western Canada in the months ahead.“There’s been a lot of concern about the Canadian economy and uncertainty about what’s going to happen next, but certainly when it comes down to real estate, what we’ve seen — particularly in the major metropolitan markets of Vancouver and Toronto — is that people are very, very confident in the real estate market itself,” she said.— Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter.
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2017 2:51 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 27, 2017 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Sept. 19, 2016, file photo, Trent Dilfer talks during ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” before an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles, in Chicago. ESPN is laying off about 100 employees, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, in a purge designed to focus the sports network on a more digital future. The cuts will trim ESPN’s stable of on-air talent and writers by about 10 percent. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File) ESPN laying off 100 broadcasters, writers as viewers dwindle NEW YORK, N.Y. – ESPN is laying off about 100 employees, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, in a purge designed to focus the sports network on a more digital future.The cuts will trim ESPN’s stable of on-air talent and writers by about 10 per cent.The 37-year-old network has been squeezed by rising fees to broadcast live events at the same time hordes of cord-cutting TV viewers have been cancelling their ESPN subscriptions. ESPN has lost about 10 million subscribers during the past six years, based on estimates by Nielsen Media Research.The downturn prompted an even bigger round of layoffs affecting about 300 workers in 2015, but on-air talent was mostly spared from those cuts.ESPN chief John Skipper said Wednesday the company wants to provide distinctive content all the time on multiple screens, with more personality-oriented “SportsCenter” broadcasts, and is keeping people best suited to the new strategy.ESPN isn’t saying who has been fired. Many are releasing the news on social media, including Dilfer, NFL reporter Ed Werder, baseball reporter Jayson Stark and college basketball reporter Dana O’Neil.Former morning host Jay Crawford, football columnist Jane McManus, ESPNU host Brendan Fitzgerald, hockey reporter Pierre LeBrun, soccer reporter Mike Goodman, baseball analyst Jim Bowden and baseball reporter Mark Saxon were among the others to announce their departures.“Our goal continues to be to maximize our unparalleled scale in every medium with storytelling that stands out and makes a difference,” Skipper said in a memo to employees. “We are well-equipped to thrive going forward by embracing those themes.”ESPN’s recent troubles have become a drag on the profits of its parent, The Walt Disney Co.____This story has been corrected from an earlier version to reflect that ESPN’s layoffs affected writers as well as on-air personalities, and that ESPN is 37 years old.
Refugee protection is not a matter of solidarity or generosity, but an obligation under international law, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today said, detailing five strong appeals to the international community for respecting refugees’ rights.“We are still witnessing many remarkable examples of solidarity in today’s world. But at the same time, we are seeing more and more borders being closed, we are seeing more and more refugees being rejected and, namely in countries of the developed world,” Mr. Guterres said in his first press conference in New York since becoming Secretary-General. Among his calls on Member States, Mr. Guterres urged Governments to manage their borders but to increase their resettlement quotas and protect asylum seekers and people who deserve protection; to seek political solutions to world’s conflicts which are spurring the record 65.6 million refugees; and to fund humanitarian aid work.In line with World Refugee Day, marked annually on 20 June, Mr. Guterres, who was the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for a decade prior, announced that he would be leaving later today for Uganda, which this week hosts a UN-backed summit to support the more than 1.3 million refugees within its borders for the next four years.Some 950,000 refugees from South Sudan have crossed into Uganda since the start of the conflict in the world’s newest country in December 2013. The figure is three times higher than the number of refugees who crossed the Mediterranean Sea into Europe last year, Mr. Guterres said, adding that Uganda not only provides protection but land for the refugees. I also think it’s important to underline that the difficulties faced by refugees are also linked to the fact that the migration debate has become quite irrational in today’s world. In contrast, the UN chief had sharp words for developed countries not doing enough to provide support for refugees or take them in despite heart breaking pleas for food, water and other basics. Some 80 per cent of the world’s refugees are hosted by developing countries with “a dramatic impact” on their economy, society and security, he noted. “This is particularly worrying, especially when associated to forms of political populism, xenophobia, racism, in which refugees become a target,” Mr. Guterres said, “many times being accused of being part of the terror threat when refugees are not terrorists – they are the first victims of terror, they are fleeing terror; that is why they are refugees.” RELATED: Sheer scale of influx into Uganda means Africa’s largest refugee crisis now a ‘children’s crisis,’ UNICEF warnsSpeaking alongside Ninette Kelley, the Director of the NY Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Mr. Guterres lashed out at the “irrational debate” surrounding migration, calling it a “necessary element of establishing different forms of equilibrium in the global society and the global economy.” Stressing that Governments need to apply their own migration policies in their countries, he urged world leaders to respect human rights and to create opportunities within their borders so that people migrate “out of choice and not out of necessity.”Addressing the difference between refugees and migrants, Mr. Guterres said that the UN General Assembly will next year hold two key debates with the aim of agreeing on two compacts – one on refugees and one on migration.“We are talking about two different situations: refugees crossing borders, fleeing conflict or prosecution, [and] economic migrants who aspire legitimately to have a better life and move from one country to another, aiming at a better future for them and their children,” the Secretary-General said.He added that migration is necessary: “If something is necessary, it’s better to control it and to do it regularly than to let smugglers and traffickers be in charge of these movements.”
Brock University was recently recognized for its fundraising efforts for the United Way with the United Way Chair’s Award. From left are Patrick Little, 2012 campaign chair, Diana Panter, Brock campaign co-chair, Lucie Thibault and Mike Plyley, campaign faculty co-chairs, Brock President Jack Lightstone, Rob DePetris, Board of Trustees chair, and Frances Hallworth, United Way executive director. When it comes to raising money for the United Way, Brock University has it down to a science.The University was recently recognized for its knack for fundraising when it received the United Way Chair’s Award for the 2012 campaign.The honours are for running an outstanding campaign thanks to using tactics that include arranging a kick-off, executing presentations and thanking workplace donors, and having strong leadership on the employee campaign committee, among others.The award was presented at the United Way Awards in St. Catharines last month.It’s the sixth award in the past 10 years that Brock has received from the organization.“We have a great committee and everyone works really hard,” said Diana Panter, campaign co-chair. “Once they get involved, they continue to be involved in subsequent years. We have longtime supporters on campus and it’s a worthy cause.“We know that Brock is a great organization that supports the United Way and our efforts just reflect that.”The Brock community has raised more than $1 million for the United Way in the past 10 years.In 2012, Brock raised more than $130,000. That’s up $9,000 from the year before – and record campaign total – thanks to an increase in donors giving $500 and $1,000 donations.“The Brock University Campaign Committee works hard on arranging key events that involve faculty and staff members and encourage participation at all levels,” Frances Hallworth, United Way executive director, wrote in a letter to the University. “Brock University continues to follow best practices and the results show in their campaign growth year after year.”Still, reaching the 2012 campaign goal was a challenge, Panter said, given the small pool from which the money came.“We’ve had great success but we’re still struggling with the overall participation rate,” she said. “We have an 18 per cent participation rate, which isn’t great. We’re aiming to have 50 per cent, which I know is ambitious.”Bolstering communications efforts, hosting more events that serve as fundraising drives and include more students, and increasing faculty participation are just some of what’s in store for the 2013 campaign, which kicks off this fall.Volunteers are also needed for the University’s United Way executive committee and events sub-committee. Those interested can email Panter.“We’re just going to get more people involved in the campaign,” Panter said.
Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) and junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrate a large run in the first quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: James King II | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — Ohio State claimed its first Big Ten title since 2014 with a 27-21 victory against Wisconsin. The Buckeyes outgained the Badgers 449-298, and did not trail for any point during the matchup. There were plenty of statistics that tell the story of how this game finished. 18 – Wisconsin points off turnovers. The Badgers did not look great on offense. As previously stated, they had just 298 total yards, and their quarterback, Alex Hornibrook, threw two interceptions without a touchdown pass. But sometimes the best offense is a good defense. And Wisconsin’s defense essentially drove its offense Saturday. It tied the game in the first quarter on a pick-6 of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, forced and recovered a fumble on Ohio State’s 8-yard line that led to a field goal and turned an interception in the third quarter at its own 48-yard line into eight points on a touchdown that drive in the beginning of the fourth quarter.Ohio State junior cornerback Denzel Ward (12) takes down a Badger in the third quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOnly once did Wisconsin start inside its own 40-yard line and march down the field to get points. The Badgers began at their own 23-yard line and marched down to the Ohio State 27-yard line and kicked a 46-yard field goal. Offensively, Wisconsin looked lost. But mistakes by Ohio State’s offense kept the game close throughout the matchup. 2.7 – Yards per carry by Jonathan Taylor. Heading into the game against Ohio State, Taylor was one of the leading rushers in the nation and had more rushing yards than any running back in the Big Ten. Despite only being a true freshman, his name quietly emerged as a darkhorse candidate in the Heisman Trophy. But just as Ohio State did to Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and Michigan State’s L.J. Scott, Taylor was bottled up by a stout Buckeye rushing defense, averaging his fewest yards per carry on the season. His previous low was 4.2. The 41 total rushing yards also were the lowest, stooping below the previous low of 80. Taylor and the Badger offensive line came into the game expecting to be the catalyst for the offense, but instead the defensive line of the Buckeyes bullied the Badgers’ offensive front. No rusher had more than 7 yards on a single carry, and overall the Buckeyes had five tackles for a loss. The Badgers have relied so heavily on their freshman running back all season, but against one of the top rushing defenses in the nation in Ohio State, Taylor was unable to come through for them. And given the struggles in the passing game Wisconsin has faced all season, it was hardly a surprise to see its offense struggle to get off the ground without the help from Taylor.19 – Rushes by J.T. Barrett. A knee injury to Barrett was evidently not enough to reduce the amount of carries he received. It would have seemed like a smart move to protect Barrett as much as possible, but the redshirt senior quarterback ran read options and designed quarterback runs as often as any other game. In the end, his 19 carries were the most of any player in the game, two more than freshman running back J.K. Dobbins.Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) hands the ball back to the referee after running in a touchdown in the second quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe decision to use Barrett as the primary ball-carrier was made all the more puzzling by the fact Dobbins turned 17 carries into 174 yards, a 10.2 average yards per carry, while Barrett only averaged 3.2 yards per carry with 60 yards. Dobbins also had two carries each that went for more than 50 yards. If there was ever a game Ohio State would seem to lean off its quarterback for all the rushing production, it would have been this game.141 – Yards gained on two passes from Barrett. The overall numbers for Barrett in the passing game looked solid. He was 12-for-26 for 211 yards, two touchdown passes and two interceptions. He was not outstanding by any means, but he did enough to get the job done. However, his stats take a step back when his 84-yard deep ball to wide receiver Terry McLaurin and 57-yard screen pass to H-back Parris Campbell are removed. Then, Barrett was just 10-for-24 with 70 passing yards and two interceptions.Fortunately for Ohio State and Barrett, those two passes did happen, and nothing can remove them from the stat book. But Barrett was not overly effective Saturday. He missed several wide open receivers downfield and had a couple instances where he was nearly picked off because of wildly inaccurate throws. He did not look like the same quarterback whose name was found in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy earlier this season. He did just enough to win the game, but he had many more opportunities to break the game open and failed to convert. 0 – Sacks allowed by Ohio State. After the game, center Billy Price said every time Barrett took a hit, he was always one of the first people over there to help him up and check on him. He added that he didn’t like when people hit Barrett. So the offensive line simply made it the goal to prevent any sacks on the injured Barrett. And they did. Going up against a vaunted defensive front that was sixth in the nation in total sacks (39) and eighth in sacks per game (3.25), the Ohio State offensive line stood strong and gave its quarterback plenty of protection. The Buckeyes did an effective job protecting their quarterback as much as possible. Though Barrett was still hit several times whenever he attempted to carry the football, he had all the time he needed to stand in the pocket and complete passes, or wait for receivers to get open. Barrett did not make the most of every opportunity, but his offensive line certainly gave him a chance to have one of his best passing games of the season.
TAKRAF Italy has won a shiploader contract in Chile for an expansion project involving one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper resources, it says.Towards the end of October, the company was awarded this “significant” contract. It followed the signing of an important agreement with a large global diversified mining company, the company said.“[This] confirms TAKRAF Italy’s growing reputation for the supply of marine equipment in the Americas,” it added.The shiploader in question is being designed to load copper concentrate into ocean vessels ranging from 15,000-60,000 deadweight tonnes. The equipment will be capable of luffing/slewing and will be equipped with a shuttle enabling a significant outreach, the company said, adding that the design will be executed in strict accordance with the Chile Seismic code.Silvio Leoni, TAKRAF Italy Managing Director, said: “We are very proud of this achievement with such an important global mining customer and are fully committed to ensuring flawless execution with a view to entrenching our capabilities as a premier global supplier of port facility equipment.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece by Greeks is a campaign that started in 2017 in collaboration with NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo and the support of Aegean Airlines. The initiative’s aim is to portray Greece through the eyes of locals and create a list of categories featuring the beauties of Greece, popular and hidden gems alike. More than 8,000 Greeks took to the website to share their knowledge with photos and insider tips to maximise the experience. Greece by Greeks has been dubbed the most original online travel guide to Greece on social media several times this week, as travel aficionados love taking notes through the eyes of locals. Users can select from a list of criteria such us culture, geography, interests, mountain, beaches, food, archaeology, sightseeing, nature and with one click, get one step closer to their dream destination. Powered by Aegean Airlines, the guide contains thousands of personal tips, interactive maps, photographs and long reviews in seven languages. Click here to find out more.
Le système endocrinien possède lui aussi de la mémoireLa mémoire d’un individu est spontanément associée au cerveau voire au système immunitaire. Mais une équipe de scientifiques vient de prouver que le système endocrinien qui gère les hormones possédait lui aussi cette capacité de mémorisation.Au niveau cellulaire, le processus de mémorisation est connu. C’est ce système, au niveau immunitaire par exemple, qui garde en mémoire certaines informations pour réagir de manière plus efficace lorsqu’un virus ou une bactérie nous infecte une deuxième fois. Dans le cerveau, la mémoire fait également l’objet de nombreuses études de neurobiologie. Ce qu’on sait moins, en revanche, c’est que nos glandes endocrines se souviennent elles aussi de certaines données. C’est ce qu’a prouvé une équipe de chercheurs de l’Inserm et du CNRS dirigée par Patrice Mollard à l’Institut de génomique fonctionnelle. À lire aussiCatécholamines : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?En effet, l’étude menée sur des souris a démontré que les cellules endocrines de l’hypophyse, qui régulent la lactation s’organisent en réseau lors d’un premier allaitement. Ce réseau est par la suite conservé, comme “mis en mémoire” pour être encore plus opérationnel lors de l’allaitement d’une seconde portée. “Par la suite, un même stimulus (tétée) entraînera une réponse plus coordonnée et plus efficace. Le réseau sécrétera plus de prolactine et provoquera à nouveau un accroissement de la production tissulaire”, explique Patrice Mollard cité par le communiqué du site cnrs.fr.C’est la première fois qu’une forme de mémoire dans le système endocrinien est mise en évidence, précise les travaux, publiés dans la revue Nature communications datée de mardi. Ainsi, ces recherches “ouvrent un champ des possibilités assez immense. Nous pensons que cette découverte pourrait notamment s’appliquer à d’autres systèmes endocriniens tels que celui des cellules bêta pancréatiques et les cellules endocrines du tractus gastro-intestinal”, concluent les auteurs.Le 7 janvier 2012 à 10:13 • Maxime Lambert
Portland consultant Michele Reeves of Civilis Consultants will present a report, based on her interviews and research for Vancouver’s Downtown Association, on the topic of what downtown Vancouver means to stakeholders, neighbors, and visitors.She will make her presentation at the association’s quarterly meeting at 7:45 a.m. July 12, at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St. Coffee and pastries will be served. The presentation is free and open to the public; sign up by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The presentation will be followed by a networking period.
HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Two men who ditched a motorcycle in Homestead had stolen it before realizing they were being followed by police officers, according to a witness.The witness said the subjects were in a pickup truck when they stole the motorcycle near Southwest Fourth Street and 11th Avenue, Monday morning,The witness said the duo ditched the motorcycle when they noticed law enforcers following them and then kept driving.Police were not able to locate them.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Zaheerabad: Local legislator Manik Rao said that the goal of the government was people’s welfare. He was present at the general body meeting held at MPDO office on Friday. He said everyone including people’s representatives, officials and people should take part in Harithaharam programme. He lauded Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for taking up the novel programme. MPP Sangeetha Sangameshwar, MPDO Maruthi Vittoba, APO Raj Kumar, MPTCs and others were present.
Fisheries and livestock minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque. Photo: Collected/Prothom AloFisheries and livestock minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque passed away at a city hospital on Saturday morning.He was 75.Sayedul, an organiser of Liberation War and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s political aide, breathed his last at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) around 8:30am, said ministry public relations officer Shah Alam Badshah.The minister had been undergoing treatment at the hospital since 17 September for old-age complications. He was put on life support on 13 December, reports UNB.He left behind wife, one son and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.His first namaz-e-janaza will be held at the south plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad at 9:00am on Sunday.Later, his body will be taken to his constituency in Nasirnagar by a helicopter where his second janaza will be held at Ashutosh Pilot High School ground at 11:00am.He will be buried at his family graveyard at Purbobhagh village of the upazila following another janaza after Zohr prayers, said Badshah.Meanwhile, president Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina and speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury expressed their deep shock at the death of the minister.In separate condolence messages, they prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed their deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.Born on 4 March 1942, Sayedul was elected MP for five times – 1973, 1996, 2001, 2008 and 2014 – on Awami League ticket.Sayedul was made the fisheries and livestock minister after Awami League formed government in 2014.He was also the vice-president of Brahmanbaria College Students’ Union (1965- 1966) and he actively took part in the Liberation War.
India – a country with 1.3 billion people. And, I suspect, for its LGBTI inhabitants, a country with a billion secrets.I have spent the last few weeks travelling around Rajasthan, Utter Pradesh and Gujarat. I’ve still seen only a tiny fraction of India. But I’ve learnt a huge amount from the LGBTI people I’ve met here. GAYSTARNEWS- For much of the LGBTI community, secrets and lies and double lives are a way of life. I spoke to dozens of gay men on my trip and almost half were married. To women. And had children.His wife and kids have no idea he’s sleeping with men‘My mum told me if I didn’t marry a woman she would kill herself,’ Aadab (name changed) told me.He’s a 30 year old gay man in Gujarat. He proudly showed me pictures of his wife and two children. But none of them know he has multiple male partners too.He’s a good Muslim and goes to the mosque every Friday to pray. And he has no intention of coming out as gay or bisexual.It’s a story I heard over and over again. I was shown countless photos on mobile phones of weddings, holidays, children’s birthdays and family life. Meanwhile, the secret gay side of their life was not as well documented.How the anti-gay section 377 law really worksIndia still has the British colonial law which made gay sex illegal on its books. It’s section 377 of the Indian penal code. In fact, Delhi High Court judges struck it down in 2009. But then in 2013, Supreme Court judges brought the law back.The reality of gay life under 377 is that few people are arrested or imprisoned. That’s not what keeps gay and bi Indians awake at night. What they really fear is being caught, of their family finding out, of ‘disgrace’.Thanks to the British, homosexuality has been criminalised for the majority of the time since the colonial era. As a result, whatever their religion, generations of LGBTI Indians have grown up in a society that mistrusts them and expects them to get married to the opposite sex.Gangs target richer gay men and the police even helpAabad may have been the victim of emotional blackmail from his own mother. But that’s just the start of it. For many Indians, there is also the very real prospect of actual blackmail and extortion.Pallav Patankar struggled with his sexuality but is now out, proud and accepted by his family.‘A lot of extortions happen because of 377,’ Pallav Patankar told me.‘There are gangs who actually identify gay men who have money and will target those individuals. Some are even being targeted by gangs who are in cahoots with the police.‘Now because of phones and the availability of videos, there’s more evidence so it’s become worse. It only gets more scary.’He says the Hamsafa Trust, an LGBTI organisation, helps a lot of men who face extortion. He says this effects a lot more men than arrest or imprisonment.‘Give it back to the bullies, don’t come back crying to me’Pallav Patankar is an LGBTI rights activist based in Mumbai. When he was a teenager he was helped by the Hamsafa Trust. So he went on to work for them to pay them back, eventually running the charity for a time.‘Had they not been there for me I would have been lost. They gave me a support system and a framework.’ he told me. ‘At the age of 16 I started feeling extremely worthless and suicidal. It started affecting my grades. I was an effeminate child. It is who I am. I was ashamed of it and I got bullied.‘But I was also raised by a tough mother. So she said: “Give it back to the bullies. Don’t come back crying to me, or you’ll be crying for the rest of your life!”’Now in his 40’s Pallav is more than comfortable with his sexuality. Luckily, so is his family.I visited him in his north Mumbai apartment which he shares with his mother. And I hardly needed to ask if she was OK with him being gay. She knew I was there to interview him about gay rights and she greeted me like an old family friend. She even insisted I shared rice and dahl with her.‘Why do you want to take this moral high ground of not marrying a woman?’Pallav is one of the increasing numbers of gay men who have resisted pressure and haven’t married a woman. He says his mother has made peace with it now but she did struggle:‘She once asked me: “Gay men do get married. Why do you want to take this moral high ground of not marrying a woman?”‘So I asked her: “As a woman would you have married a gay man? And would you be ok with your daughter marrying a gay man?” And she said, “no that would not be right!”‘She reflected and said “yes I’m asking you to do something dishonest – and that wouldn’t be the right thing to do. I’ll never have this conversation with you again.”’ As well as campaigning for LGBTI rights, Pallav is a feminist. He’s passionate about educating gay men on why they should resist getting married because of the detrimental effect it’s having on the women of India.He’s also passionate about campaigning for the end to section 377. He says the law affects people in more ways than you might realise.‘Everything is affected by section 377. It also affects property and the inheritance of gay men. For example, if you rent to two gay men and you know they’re gay, you’re effectively breaking the law!‘People think it’s all about sex. But it affects the way people live. It affects their quality of life.’My family show girls to me and I make an excuseRajesh still makes excuses to avoid marriage.Another gay man who’s managed to hold off marriage is Rajesh.He’s 38 and works for an HIV and LGBT charity called The Lakshya Trust in Vadodara. It’s the charity founded by Prince Manvendra – India’s only out gay prince. Despite his very out work life, Rajesh still feels unable to come out to his family. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘I was 17 or 18 when I realised I was interested in boys. But I was scared to have sex with them though. I was so scared I didn’t come out.‘I was very disturbed because my father was very strict and I thought he’d beat me and make me leave the house.’Despite the fact his father passed away 10 years ago, Rajesh still hasn’t told his mom or anyone else in the family.I asked how he avoids the inevitable subject of marriage.‘I think everyone probably knows I’m gay, because by 22 most people are married. My family have always shown girls to me but I’ve always had an excuse – studies, work, whatever!‘I’ve come up with loads of excuses over the years. My mother is very understanding.’‘He appears to love you a lot and he’s going to look after you’There are others though who have managed to come out to their family and are leading fulfilled lives as out gay men. Dibeyendu Ganguly (Dibs to his friends) has been with his boyfriend for 26 years now. He lives in Mumbai and is one of the original members of Gay Bombay, a social group who organise parties and meet ups for the LGBT community.He met me in central Mumbai during his lunch break from his job as a journalist for The Financial Times. And during our chat, he told me how supportive his mother is.‘My family met my boyfriend and they understood. I didn’t need to come out. My mum when she met him said “I’m really happy for you. He appears to love you a lot and he’s going to look after you. I don’t have to worry about you anymore!”’Sadly, his father died before he could find out.Dibeyendu Ganguly, or Dibs to his friends.‘His father was red with outrage’So Dibs has resisted pressure but that’s not the case for many of his friends. He accepts that as an educated, financially solvent individual it may have been easier for him.‘Sure it’s harder if you live at home and are not financially independent. You have to do what your parents say. ‘Pressure to get married starts by the age of 21. I have lots of friends who have been pressured into getting married. I’ve even attended their weddings. I had a friend who was so angry with his father that he invited all his gay friends to his wedding. His father was red with outrage!’Police equate lesbians with sex workersDespite my attempts, I failed to meet any lesbians in India.As Pallav put it: ‘Lesbians are there but they can be quite invisible. There’s the double whammy about being women too.‘Indian men don’t understand lesbians. Even the police don’t understand it, they equate lesbians with being a sex worker.’He told me of a terrible case fairly recently in Mumbai which the Hamsafa Trust were involved in.‘We once got a distress call from two lesbians who were under house arrest. Their families had found out they were having a relationship. So they stopped their education and forbade them from leaving the house.‘In the end we had to get the police to summon them to the station. We helped them leave their families.’Gay India is coming out of the closetDespite 377 and despite the inherent homophobia in society out gay life carries on. And it is particularly visible in the cities.In early February people took to the streets of Mumbai for an LGBTI Pride march. And there are also busy gay scenes in Delhi and Calcutta.‘The whole gay scene has expanded a lot.’ says Dibs. ‘Gay Bombay organise events, as do other groups. We host six parties a month and get between 300 and 400 people at each! The police just don’t get involved.’The law can’t stop people marching or meeting. Technically, it can only stop people having gay sex – and of course it fails to do even that. Moreover, there is a sense of optimism in the air that 377’s days are numbered.‘People will feel free’The Supreme Court has officially said it will review the law. And a court decision on the subject of privacy last year, indicated judges are open to striking down 377. That legal process in the Supreme Court is now expected to start in April.With India’s 1.3 billion population, the end of 377 will represent the biggest single liberation in the whole history of global LGBTI rights.And if India’s LGBTI community is lucky, it’s only a matter of time.‘I think things will change.’ Pallav told me. ‘This country is all about progress. And they will soon realise the LGBT community is a huge part of their workforce.‘In the end, they won’t want a policy that will affect growth. There are some politicians who are ready to hear us – we all just need to raise the volume.’And Dibs agreed. ‘Truth be told it’s a rarely used law. I don’t know anyone who’s been arrested,’ he told me ‘But I’m really confident the law will be overturned. The whole world is bringing pressure on India. ‘There will still be people in the closet, but if 377 is repealed it will mean a lot. People will feel free.’Help and support for gay IndiaHumsafar Trust, the oldest LGBTI organisation in India.Lakshya Trust, helping and advocating for LGBTI in the west Indian state of Gujarat.Gay Bombay, organising events in Mumbai.Also by Emma Goswell:India fights HIV with Valentine’s Day march at gay cruising spot India fights HIV with Valentine’s Day march at gay cruising spotRacism is a big problem in the gay community, survey findsChechnya one year on – what’s happening there now?Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-people-reveal-india-forces-live-secret-double-lives/
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Tags: Delta << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, October 13, 2016 Posted by The Canadian Press Share NEW YORK — Lower airfares and rising salaries are putting a squeeze on Delta Air Lines.Luckily for the airline, the price of jet fuel remains cheap and the Atlanta-based carrier was able to report Thursday a third-quarter profit of $1.26 billion, down 4 per cent from the same period last year.Summer is typically the strongest period for U.S. airlines and Delta’s earnings could signal an end of an extraordinary run of record profits for the industry. The issue is that this era of cheap fuel isn’t going to last forever.Delta paid $1.50 for each gallon of jet fuel in the quarter, down from $1.89 during the same period last year. Every penny per gallon saved adds up with the airline consuming 1.1 billion gallons of fuel during the quarter. Delta warned in its earnings release that, for the first time in several years, year-over-year fuel prices will be higher in the next quarter.At the same time, the industry is struggling with too many seats in the sky, lower airfares and increased costs for most non-fuel expenses including salaries and payments for new aircraft.More news: Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthThe amount of money Delta collected for each mile that each available seat flew plunged 6.8 per cent during the three months that ended Sept. 30.The average airfare for each 1,000 miles passengers flew during the summer was $153.80, down 5.3 per cent from the $162.40 Delta collected during the same period last year.The number of available seats and the miles they flew increased 1.5 per cent while the actual flying by paying customers fell 0.2 per cent. A year ago, 86.8 per cent of Delta’s seats were filled with paying passengers during the peak July, August and September quarter. That fell this year to 85.4 per cent.Delta, the world’s second-largest airline by passenger traffic, said it plans to slow its growth to 1 per cent in the next quarter and into 2017 so it can try to raise airfares. It hopes that its industry-leading on-time performance will convince travellers — especially higher-paying business fliers — to book with Delta and possibly pay more to do so.While Delta is taking in less cash, it’s also paying out more.The number of full-time equivalent employees rose 1.3 per cent to 84,084. Salaries and benefits jumped 8 per cent to $2.5 billion. And that doesn’t factor in a proposed new pilot contract which would drive up Delta’s wage expenses more.More news: Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesDelta also continued to replace its aging fleet of jets, leading to a 14-per cent increase in its aircraft payments. Its fleet climbed from 925 jets to 960 in the past year. The new jets also have more seats than those they are replacing, making it even harder for Delta to easily pull down its capacity and increase airfares.Overall, Delta’s revenue for the quarter fell 6 per cent to $10.48 billion from $11.11 billion last year and fell short of Wall Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expected $10.59 billion. The airline said $100 million of that shortfall was a result of an August computer outage that grounded its planes around the globe and led to more than 2,300 flight cancellations. Another $70 million in the gap came because of gains last year from currencies bets on the Japanese Yen. Delta posts profit, but plans to slow growth to increase prices
Aging Baby Boomers and the Housing Market? July 16, 2018 991 Views age Baby Boomers Fannie Mae Home Homebuyers homeowners HOUSING Housing Bubble Millennials retention 2018-07-16 Radhika Ojha Share Baby boomers have long accounted for a significant portion of the housing market, so how will the market be impacted by the aging of this large generation? Are we heading toward a “generational housing bubble?”Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research Group teamed up with the University of Southern California to answer this question in a new Housing Insights report, titled, “The Coming Exodus of Older Homeowners.”Currently, baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, live in 46 million owner-occupied homes with a total combined value of $13.5 trillion, according to the research. As baby boomers enter their 70s, the report said, “we can expect many to leave the housing market for rentals, senior care facilities, or even death.” “With the oldest boomers now in their early 70s, the beginning of a mass homeownership exodus looms on the horizon, fueling fears of a ‘generational housing bubble’ in which homeownership demand from the younger generations is insufficient to fill the void left by multitudes of departing older owners,” stated Dowell Myers of the University of Southern California and Patrick Simmons of Fannie Mae in their report that was published on the Fannie Mae blog. Examining historical and recent homeownership trends among older Americans, the researchers sought to predict how many older homeowners would leave the market over the next two decades. Between 2006 and 2016, 9.2 million Americans who reached age 65 or older during the decade transitioned out of homeownership, the report indicated. Over the next 10 years, from 2016 to 2026, the researchers anticipate another 10.5 million to 11.9 million homeowners exiting their homes. Over the following decade, between 13.1 million and 14.6 million older Americans will exit the housing market. “The number of older homeowners ‘at risk’ of attrition due to advancing age will balloon as the large baby boomer generation moves full-force into the 65-and-older age group where homeowner retention rates drop substantially,” Myers and Simmons explained. The researchers pointed out some possible ways to “ease the market impacts of the coming wave of older homeowner departures,” such as offering home improvement financing and social services for those who wish to age in their homes instead of moving. Another way to ease the impact is by helping the millennial generation to replace some of the boomers as they exit the market by ensuring “sustainable” financing options for first-time buyers. The report pointed out that “immigration policy will also likely play a role in determining the adequacy of replacement demand for the homes vacated by boomers” because “immigrants contribute substantially to homeownership demand.” “Fostering a smooth intergenerational handoff of housing assets will likely require approaches that span the age spectrum and that seek to forge a bond of mutual housing market interests between old and young,” Myers and Simmons said. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News