Combating desertification could help tackle other global crises – UN official

29 October 2008While global attention is focused on crises ranging from energy to food security to climate change, a senior United Nations environmental expert today highlighted the “silent” crisis of desertification or land degradation, which, if tackled properly, can actually help address these other issues. “The land can be… an opportunity to solve most of the ongoing global crises,” Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), told a news conference in New York.The 2005 Convention aims to promote effective action through innovative local programmes and supportive international partnerships to combat desertification, which is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. Caused mainly by human activities and climatic variations, desertification puts at risk the health and well-being of 1.2 billion people in more than 100 countries.Mr. Gnacadja stressed that “the nexus between land degradation and climate change is clear.” Global warming is likely to lead to more extreme weather events, such as droughts and heavy rains, which could lead to soil erosion and loss of land cover.At the same time, land degradation releases carbon into the atmosphere, worsening global warming and climate change. “If we want to tackle climate change challenges, we must look to the untapped potential of the soil to sequester carbon,” said Mr. Gnacadja, calling it a “win-win” situation. “By doing that, we are improving biodiversity of the soil ecosystem and improving the productivity of the soil, therefore impacting the livelihoods of affected populations.”Improving land productivity will also boost the capacity to produce more food and therefore tackle the issue of food security. “We are also making the world much more able to produce more agro-fuels,” he added.“An ecosystem is like a bank account,” Mr. Gnacadja noted. “If we keep on withdrawing, and we don’t invest by feeding the soil and enabling it to regenerate, we are moving towards bankruptcy.”The Second Global Assessment of Land Degradation and Improvement, issued this year, found that an additional 24 per cent of global land had been degraded in the period from 1981-2003. However, what was really worrisome is that these lands are mainly in humid areas where rainfall is not an issue.The Assessment also found that 16 per cent of land had been improved, including some of the drylands in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and Australia. “We know that drought and land degradation are predictable, and land degradation is reversible when the tipping point is not reached,” Mr. Gnacadja said, adding that the social and economic impacts on livelihoods are, therefore, to a large extent the result of “public and even global policy failure.” This includes the failure to scale up good practices, to spread available information and knowledge, and to mobilize the required resources. read more

Sri Lanka to tighten money laundering

“The new amendments will apply to any section of the previous laws that are considered to have loopholes,” Rambukwella remarked but refrained from mentioning if such points have been identified. (Xinhua) “This is in keeping with the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force of the G7 countries to eliminate remaining deficiencies in law among the member countries,” he said. Sri Lanka brought in legislation to stamp out terrorist financing during its three decade war against the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) that ended in 2009.Existing law gives broad powers to investigate non-Sri Lankans while they are domiciled in the country as well as for police to freeze or suspend terrorist funds and properties relating to terrorist financing or activities before indictment. He told a media conference that the Legal Draftsman has been instructed to draw out the necessary amendments, which will be presented to parliament for approval. Sri Lanka is to tighten laws against money laundering and terrorist financing to bring them in line with international standards, a government spokesman said on Thursday.Sri Lanka’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal made by External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris to amend its terrorist financing laws that were introduced in 2005, government spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said. read more

Ravi and Mangala given key institutions by the President

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera were given key Government institutions, as per an Extraordinary Gazette notice issued today.The Extraordinary Gazette signed by President Maithripala Sirisena allocates the Government institutions which will operate under the new cabinet Ministers appointed recently. The new Finance and Media Minister has been allocated 33 institutions including the General Treasury, Department of Fiscal Policy, Department of National Budget, Department of Public Enterprises, Department of Public Finance, Department of Treasury Operations, Department of Public Accounts, Department of Trade & Investment Policy, Department of Development Finance, Department of Information Technology Management, Department of Legal Affairs, Department of Inland Revenue, Department of Valuation, Department of Management Services, Sri Lanka Customs, Department of Excise, Insurance Board of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standards Monitoring Board, Public Service Mutual Provident Association, Lady Lochore Fund, Tax Appeals Commission, Sri Lanka Export Credit Insurance Corporation, Department of Information, Sri Lanka Press Council, Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, Independent Television Network, Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd., Lanka Puwath Ltd., Selacine Rupavahini Institute, Creative Helanka Ltd., Sri Lanka Television Training Institute and the Mahinda Rajapaksa National Tele-cinema Park (Ranmihithenna). Meanwhile, the Minister of Development Assignment has been given the Department of Project Management and Monitoring, Employees’ Trust Fund and Academy of Financial Studies (Miloda).The Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms has been given the Department of Land Commissioner General, Land Reform Commission, Department of Land Settlement, Department of Surveyor General, Institute of Surveying and Mapping, Land Survey Council, Department of Land Use Policy Planning and Kantalai Sugar Company. (Colombo Gazette) Accordingly, the new Foreign Minister has been given Diplomatic Missions Abroad, the Lakshman KadirgamarInstitute for International Relations and Strategic Studies, National Oceanic Affairs Committee Secretariat, the National Lotteries Board and the Development Lotteries Board. Download (PDF, 148KB) read more

Oil drops amid worry over debtlimit talks falling gasoline demand

Oil drops amid worry over debt-limit talks, falling gasoline demand AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2013 4:12 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil fell the most in three weeks Tuesday as traders worried about another heated fiscal debate in Washington and slowing demand for gasoline in the United States.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude dropped 86 cents to finish at US$93.28 a barrel in New York. That’s the largest decline since Dec. 21.Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, dropped $1.58 to end at US$110.30 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are headed for another showdown over the debt ceiling. Oil investors fear a reprise of the standoff in the summer of 2011. Standard & Poor’s cut the U.S. credit rating that August and oil dropped about seven per cent for the month.Obama warned of dire consequences if Congress fails to increase the government’s borrowing authority. “Investors around the world will ask if the United States of America is in fact a safe bet. Markets could go haywire,” the president said.Traders also saw signs that gasoline demand is declining. Jim Ritterbusch, president of energy consultancy Ritterbusch and Associates, said the difference between what refiners pay for crude oil and what they charge for refined products — known in the industry as the crack spread — has been shrinking.It’s a sign “that gasoline demand is still falling appreciably short of prior expectations,” he wrote in a note to clients.In other energy futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, wholesale gasoline fell five cents to finish at US$2.71 a U.S. gallon (3.79) litres, heating oil fell five cents to finish at US$3.01 a gallon and natural gas rose eight cents to end at $3.46 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

Stocks erase an early loss on Wall Street and end slightly higher

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market is closing slightly higher after erasing an early loss.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 30 points, or 0.2 per cent, to close at 15,658 Friday. It had been down as much as 69.The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose three points, or 0.2 per cent, to 1,709. The Nasdaq rose 13, or 0.4 per cent, to 3,689.The Dow closed out its sixth straight weekly gain.A government report that hiring slowed last month stalled the market in early trading Friday, but indexes recovered throughout the day.The government reported that 162,000 jobs were created in July, fewer than economists expected and the least since March.Rising stocks slightly outnumbered falling ones on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was lighter than average at 3.1 billion shares. Stocks erase an early loss on Wall Street and end slightly higher; Dow has sixth weekly gain AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2013 4:15 pm MDT read more

Stallworth Rice lead The Citadel past South Florida 8481

TAMPA, Fla. — Lew Stallworth tossed in 25 points and sophomore reserve Kaiden Rice scored 22 as The Citadel rallied to post an 87-81 victory over South Florida on Saturday.The Bulldogs trailed 38-35 at halftime and were down 79-75 with 2:39 remaining after LaQuincy Rideau scored six straight points for the Bulls (4-2). But Stallworth took over from there. The senior guard had a 3-point play and a layup to put The Citadel up 80-79 with 1:28 left. USF retook the lead on two free throws by David Collins, but Connor Kern scored on a layup to put the Bulldogs up by a point. Kern had a steal that led to two Stallworth free throws with 17 seconds remaining. Collins twice missed from long range in the final 7 seconds.Stallworth made 8 of 14 shots from the floor and added six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Rice knocked down 6 of 9 from distance and grabbed six boards. Matt Frierson added 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc.Collins and Rideau paced USF with 21 points apiece, while Alexis Yetna pitched in with 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.The Associated Press read more

Werner and Mark Baller – innovators in bulk handling

first_imgWerner Baller and son Mark have been nominated to the International Technology Mining Hall of Fame in the Bulk Handling category for the WEBA Chute System. Werner is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the South-African based company. This leading global producer of customised bulk material transfer chutes serves hundreds of clients in more than 15 countries worldwide. Current Managing Director of WEBA Chute Systems is Mark who in his own right has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry, in manufacturing and project management.The WEBA Chute System is based on the lined ‘super tube’ or cascade system, whereby much of the material runs on material always. The bottom layer of particles in the product stream moves in a tumbling motion and subsequently does not slide down the chute. This not only reduces the wear significantly, but in many cases the lip remains completely covered by material and never needs replacement.The WEBA Chute System takes this means of controlling material movement a step further by designing the internal angle of the transfer chute to match the product discharge velocity with the belt speed, which eliminates or greatly reduces spillage. Extensive experience and technical expertise, coupled with applications knowledge, has positioned WEBA Chute Systems as the leader in its field.Each WEBA Chute System is custom designed for a specific application, considering factors such as belt width, belt speed, material size and shape, as well as throughput. When applied to a greenfield project, this transfer system achieves the optimum design configuration for a specific application.The inductees to the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame will be announced later this year.last_img read more

Sprint HTC EVO Shift 4G Officially Released Available January 9

first_imgA lot of very hush-hush product news is floating around with the Consumer Electronic Showcase gearing to kick off in just two days from now. Fortunately, Sprint has released official news today that its HTC EVO Shift 4G smartphone will be available on Jan. 9, 2011 for $149.99 with a two-year contract. This is the third 4G smartphone for Sprint after the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Epic 4G, which both received PCMag’s Editors’ Choice. If the pattern can tell us anything, Sprint may be winning three out of three Editors’ Choice awards for its line of 4G smartphones. The EVO Shift has a much smaller screen than the original. It has a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen, runs Android 2.2, and has a 5-megapixel camera. Unlike the original EVO 4G on Sprint, the Shift has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Wirefly, a third-party phone retailer, got some hands-on time with the new phone. Check out the video after the jump!last_img read more

Trump orders end to separation of migrant children but says the border

first_img Jun 21st 2018, 7:34 AM I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.At a later campaign-style rally of supporters in the northern state of Minnesota, he reiterated that the change does not mean a softening at the border.“We will keep families together, but the border is going to be just as tough,” he said.Trump then accused rival Democrats of putting “illegal immigrants before they put American citizens”.For weeks, Trump had insisted he was bound by law to split the children from their parents and that only Congress could resolve the problem – before he radically shifted gears.His daughter and advisor Ivanka had reportedly urged her father to end the separations, while First Lady Melania Trump made a rare political plea, saying the country needs to govern “with heart”.The order says the Department of Homeland Security – and not the Justice and Health and Human Services Departments, as under previous policy – would have continuing responsibility for the families.It also suggests the government intends to hold the families indefinitely by challenging an existing statute, the 1997 Flores Settlement, that places a 20-day limit on how long children, alone or with their parents, can be detained.That move could lead to new legal battles for the administration.“Over the last few weeks, we have seen an outcry from people around the world denouncing the cruel and unnecessary separation of more than 2,000 babies and children from their parents,” said Denise Bell, refugee and migrant rights researcher at Amnesty International USA.“In response, the Trump administration has now found another way to punish parents and children for seeking protection. Detaining families is not the solution to ending family separationMake no mistake—this executive order is a betrayal of families fleeing violence and persecution.Trump said there was a need to sustain his “zero tolerance” policy to prevent crime, which he blames illegal immigrants for.“We still have to maintain toughness, or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don’t stand for and we don’t want,” he said.Legal system swampedWith the legal system swamped, the Department of Defense yesterday said 21 military lawyers would be seconded to the Department of Justice for about six months to help prosecute “misdemeanour improper entry and felony illegal reentry cases”.Nearly all of the arriving families, and many others, have officially requested asylum, citing the incessant violence in their home countries.The policy, with mandatory separation of children from adults, was announced 7 May as a deterrent.The issue struck an emotional chord, with accounts of children screaming and crying in facilities prepared for them.Democrats and Republicans had at least two bills crafted yesterday to address broader immigration issues, but it was not clear if any had adequate support to pass.But Democrats and rights groups were immediately critical of the plan to change the Flores Settlement.“The Flores Settlement prohibits the indefinite detention of children – even with their families – and any order to undermine this critical protection will be immediately challenged in court,” said senior Democratic Senator Dick Durbin.The Trump Administration must reverse its policy of prosecuting vulnerable people fleeing three of the most dangerous countries on earth, who are attempting to seek safe haven in America.© – AFP 2018 Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 7:34 AM US President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally yesterday. 83 Comments By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article US President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally yesterday. Image: Jim Mone/AP/Press Association Images Image: Jim Mone/AP/Press Association Images Trump orders end to separation of migrant children but says ‘the border is going to be just as tough’ Trump’s about-face comes after more than 2,300 children were separated from their parents and adult relatives. THE US HOUSE of Representatives is today set to vote on two immigration reform bills, but it’s not clear that either have enough support to pass.Yesterday, US president Donald Trump ordered an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents on the US border, reversing a tough policy under heavy pressure from his fellow Republicans, Democrats and the international community.The spectacular about-face comes after more than 2,300 children were stripped from their parents and adult relatives after illegally crossing the border since 5 May and placed in tent camps and other facilities, with no way to contact their relatives.Despite the order, there was no plan in place to reunite the thousands of children already separated from their families, according to multiple US media reports citing officials from the Health and Human Services Department (HHS).Those youngsters would remain separated while their parents were under federal custody during immigration proceedings, according to The New York Times, before officials backed off those comments late last night.“It is still very early and we are awaiting further guidance on the matter,” said Brian Marriott, senior director of communications at HHS’s Administration of Children and Families.“Reunification is always the ultimate goal,” he said.Pictures and accounts of the separations sparked outrage and a rebellion among Republicans in Trump’s own party, as well as international accusation that the US was committing human rights violations.“What we have done today is we are keeping families together,” Trump said as he signed the executive order. 10,899 Views Short URL Share98 Tweet Email last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram If you want to take the pulse of the Aussie spirit, have a look at how we approach business. We love it – we have 2.5 million registered businesses in this country and one of the highest rates of business start-ups in the world, running at around 15 per cent of the business population each year. We’re a nation of entrepreneurs – a settler economy opened up by waves of migrants happy for stability and freedom and willing to work hard for a better life. Yet we don’t really tell ourselves this story in the way that Americans do. In my experience the entrepreneur’s journey starts with concepts such as change, difference and improvement. Entrepreneurs look at how they can bring a different approach or product to the market. Or they see a chance to improve on what’s being offered already or they see an opportunity to change the consumer’s experience. In many respects, the entrepreneur is the consumer’s friend. We see the world from what the buyer really wants, if only she were offered it. But an entrepreneur is not only an ‘ideas person’; you must also be a business builder. You need the intellectual curiosity and a dogged dedication to hard work. Entrepreneurs have to be up for a fight. You need that toughness because the most successful entrepreneurs are ‘disrupters’ – people who see industries protected by high barriers of entry and decide to take them on, with a point of difference. And these large industries – banking, airlines, phones companies etc. – will do what they can to stop newcomers competing with them. So some of the highest profile entrepreneurs are as famous for never giving up as they are for their business acumen. Think of Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin brand which took on music production and retailing, airlines and banking; or John Ilhan, the Australian who built Crazy John’s phone retailing and ended up in a long fight with Telstra. True entrepreneurs find it hard to give up. We don’t like being discouraged or intimidated. I founded both Wizard Home Loans and Yellow Brick Road on a point of difference: a mortgage at a better price and a full service financial services firm with advice at affordable rates. I’m involved in a company called TZ – it replaces existing technology with something smarter and more efficient. They all started with intellectual curiosity. But they were built by doing long days and staying focused when mistakes were made and major fights loomed. However, those who want to be an entrepreneur should not be confused between toughness and arrogance. Toughness allows you to keep going with a positive attitude. But arrogance is another form of delusion. Arrogance takes away your greatest tool as an entrepreneur: failure. All the best entrepreneurs have stumbled and fallen in their careers. But they don’t crumble: they use their mistakes to learn, to reorganise, to make a better mousetrap, to come back bigger and better than before. I have made many mistakes in my journey and all of them contributed to the successes. But arrogance will not let you see your mistakes. Lastly, fear. Everyone who tries to build a business will experience fear at some point. The stakes get high, and success or failure seems to hinge on a single decision. It can be gruelling. The worst thing about fear is that it either stuns you into doing nothing, or it clouds your judgement, making irrational actions seem acceptable. To avoid this, make yourself see fear objectively, as another obstacle but not an insurmountable one. Put it on your To Do list, as an item. But whatever you do, don’t let fear run the show. There is no template for being an entrepreneur: do your homework, have a plan, get good people around you. Everyone will tell you this. But the real test of the entrepreneur is that you want to build something and nothing will stop you.last_img read more

Greek anger keeps German tourists away

first_imgGerman tourists are in short supply in Greece these days, frightened away by reports of visceral anti-German sentiment in some places, fears of being stranded by strikes and television images of fiery anti-austerity riots. Who in their right mind, after all, would want to go on holiday to a place where they might be called a Nazi? The dearth of Germans is especially noticeable in tourist hotspots like Corinth, an enchanting ancient town 80 km west of Athens famous for the steep and narrow walls of its 6-km (4-mile) long canal that cuts across the Peloponnesian Peninsula. Because tourism accounts for a disproportionately large 15 per cent of Greece’s gross domestic product, and Germans are the largest group of visitors, their absence is causing pain. “The Germans aren’t coming here this year but there’s no reason for them to be afraid,” said Nicki Nastouli, who works at a tourist shop and restaurant near the rim of the Corinth Canal. “They’re not coming because of the problems. But we don’t have a problem with German people, only their government.” And what a problem. Rioting protesters in Athens have taken to burning German flags and carrying around effigies of Chancellor Angela Merkel in a Nazi uniform. Greek newspaper cartoons depict Merkel and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble as concentration camp guards with Greeks held inside. “No one in Greece likes Merkel,” said Yannis Kalyerakos, 51, an airport manager visiting the canal with his family. “Greeks have no problem with Germans – even though it’s their German government that is blaming the Greeks for everything wrong.” A plunge in advance bookings from Germany may lead to overall tourism revenues falling 5 per cent in 2012, said Greek Tourism Enterprises head Andreas Andreadis. “It’s not just politicians fighting anymore,” he told Reuters. “It’s come down to the people of the countries, Germany and Greece. We need to restore relations between the two people and leave out any differences among bankers and politicians.” Data for the main summer holiday season shows pre-bookings from Germany down by some 30 per cent. In Berlin, a tour manager for a leading travel agency, said interest in Greek holidays was drying up. “A lot of people are hesitant to go to Greece because there are reports Germans are being insulted and there’s a fear about possible strikes,” said the manager named Matthias. “Only diehard Greek fans are still booking there.” Greeks complain that Merkel’s government – which demands harsh spending cuts as a price for debt bailouts – is strangling their economy, worsening a five-year-long meltdown that has left nearly a quarter of Greek workers jobless. Emotions are running high ahead of a snap May 6 election, the first since the debt crisis erupted in 2009. The country’s two main ruling parties are expected to haemorrhage support. Fringe parties that stand to sweep into parliament channel anti-German resentment. “Today’s German leadership is trying to change the face of Europe,” said Panos Kammenos, the leader of a rebel right wing party known as “Independent Greeks” which has come out of nowhere to achieve 11 per cent in opinion polls. “It tries to turn a Europe of independent states into a Europe dominated by Germany,” he told Reuters. Most Greeks accept they need to make deep changes after decades of profligate state spending. But many believe German policy makers want to go further – to inflict punishment for their easygoing culture – even if it makes the crisis worse. “Merkel and her government want to change the way of life for Greeks,” said Marina Metsopoulos, 43, a waitress at a not-so-busy Corinth cafe. “We have a different lifestyle. Now they want to impose theirs on us. They want to degrade the Greek lifestyle.This is an ‘economic war’ by Germany against Greece.” Metsopoulos, who grew up in Canada before returning to Greece, said the crisis had revived anti-German sentiment from WWII that most thought had long since disappeared. Greeks suffered atrocities at the hands of the Nazis and their fascist allies during the war. In Athens alone, 300,000 civilians died of starvation during an occupation that lasted over three years. Generations on, it had become a subject that Greeks no longer dwelled on, but it comes up a lot more now. “The Greeks moved on and tried to forget,” Metsopoulos said. “Then this. If you ask me, Germany owes Greece billions for all the murders and war crimes. Germany should pay Greece what it owes.” Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

YouTube teste son service de streaming

first_imgYouTube teste son service de streamingÉtats-Unis – YouTube souhaite lancer prochainement un nouveau service de diffusion de programmes en streaming. Durant deux jours, la plate-forme de vidéos proposera du contenu en direct en guise de test.Des programmes en direct seront bientôt disponibles sur YouTube. La plate-forme est en phase de test et propose durant deux jours la diffusion de contenus en streaming live. Un partenariat lie le numéro un de la vidéo en ligne avec plusieurs diffuseurs pour cet essai, mais d’autres accords seront nécessaires pour permettre la retransmission en direct d’événements culturels ou sportifs. Parallèlement, un service de location de films sera disponible avant la fin de l’année. “Nous pensons que le live est le prochain chapitre de la vidéo en ligne” assure Joshua Siegel, coresponsable de YouTube.Le 14 septembre 2010 à 13:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Technophobie traitement symptômes questce que cest

first_imgTechnophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?En langage médical, la technophobie désigne une angoisse exagérée et incontrôlable à l’égard des outils technologiques. Elle peut nécessiter un traitement quand elle devient invalidante dans la vie quotidienne.Qu’est-ce que la technophobie ?La technophobie se définit comme une anxiété excessive et irrationnelleau contact des outils de haute technologie, comme les ordinateurs. Selon les cas, elle concerne la technologie en général ou certains appareils en particulier. Cette phobie peut vite devenir gênante dans notre société où la technologie est omniprésente, à plus forte raison si la personne technophobe est contrainte d’utiliser des appareils sophistiqués dans le cadre de son travail. À noter : en médecine, la technophobie est une phobie à part entière, au même titre que l’arachnophobie ou la claustrophobie par exemple. Cependant, dans le langage courant, ce terme est souvent employé pour désigner une personne s’opposant à certaines avancées technologiques pour des raisons diverses (volonté de préserver l’environnement, peur qu’une nouvelle machine crée du chômage en prenant la place d’ouvriers…).Les symptômes de la technophobieLes symptômes de la technophobie sont sensiblement identiques à ceux observés dans la plupart des autres phobies. Ils se manifestent en présence d’un appareil technologique ou par anticipation, lorsque le sujet redoute de devoir utiliser un ordinateur le lendemain, par exemple. En plus d’une angoisse très vive, ils peuvent comprendre des tremblements, des sueurs, des vertiges, des palpitations, de la pâleur, un engourdissement des membres ou encore la sensation d’étouffer. Un technophobe a aussi tendance à éviter autant que possible d’entrer en contact avec l’objet de sa peur : il peut, par exemple, refuser d’avoir certains appareils chez lui.Les causes de la technophobieÀ lire aussiTrypophobie, l’étrange peur des petits trousCe trouble anxieux peut être considéré comme un mécanisme de défense, permettant au sujet d’extérioriser une angoisse trop importante en la projetant sur les outils technologiques. L’origine de cette angoisse peut éventuellement être liée à un évènement traumatisant de l’enfance, voire à des facteurs familiaux ou environnementaux. Cependant, sa cause exacte reste mystérieuse dans de nombreux cas.Le traitement de la technophobieUne initiation ou une formation aux outils technologiques peut être utile en cas de technophobie légère : elle aidera, en effet, à mieux comprendre le fonctionnement des appareils et à réduire l’anxiété liée à leur utilisation. Cependant, pour les formes plus sévères, une psychothérapie peut être nécessaire, éventuellement couplée à un traitement médicamenteux à base d’antidépresseurs ou d’anxiolytiques. Pensez notamment à la thérapie cognitivo-comportementale (TCC) : elle permet de combattre sa peur progressivement, en se confrontant peu à peu à la technologie.Le 27 avril 2017 à 11:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Former Impact and ROH star guest coaching this week at WWE Performance

first_imgFacebook Twitter Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp— Sabin (@SuperChrisSabin) July 29, 2019 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE Star Emma Talks Ring Of Honor TourVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:28/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 3.35%0:00Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Former Impact Wrestling and ROH star Chris Sabin recently revealed on Twitter he is guest coaching this week at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.WWE Performance Center posted a short clip to Twitter with Sabin.In the 40 second clip Sabin starts off by introducing himself under his real name of Joshua Edward Harter. He then goes on to share how long he has wrestled, the first-ever WWE PPV he ordered, his love and passion for professional wrestling with the hope of brining some positive energy this week to the Performance Center.Sabin suffered a torn ACL back in January during an ROH television taping at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA and was expected to be out of in-ring action for at least 8 months.Sabin left Ring of Honor in March of this year.You can view the clip and and see Sabin’s Twitter post below:Get-to-know one of our guest coaches at the #WWEPC this week, @SuperChrisSabin!— Performance Center (@WWEPC) July 31, 2019 Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+center_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Former WWE Star Emma Talks Ring Of Honor Tour Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

DUaffiliated college students stage demo for results

first_imgStudents of seven colleges affiliated with Dhaka University stage demonstrations at Nilkhet intersection on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloStudents of seven colleges affiliated with Dhaka University staged demonstrations at Nilkhet intersection, demanding publication of the fourth-year result of honours course.Witnesses said over a hundred students took to the streets around 9:00 this morning at the intersection in front of an entrance of the Dhaka University, creating a huge tailback on the roads from and to the intersection.Later, the traffic congestion spilled over on other adjacent roads in the capital on the first working day of the week, Sunday.Students said they were staging the demonstrations to press home their five-point demands including publication of the fourth year result of their honours course.They said the colleges affiliated with the National University published the result of the same course in last May.They alleged that they are not being able to get admitted to the graduate course due to Dhaka University authorities’ delay in publishing the results.Earlier on 5 October, the students announced the five-point demand. The other demands include withdrawal of cases against 1,200 college students, publication of academic calendar, publication of routine for third year students and launching a new website for the DU-affiliated colleges.last_img read more

Developers can disable the PS4s Share button functionality

first_imgSony recently highlighted its five favorite features of the new PS4 DualShock 4 controller. One of those is the Share button, which allows gamers to instantly share key events in the game they are playing either through video footage or captured screenshots.How popular this feature will be is unknown, but it turns out the sharing functionality could be quite limited because developers retain control over it. Rather than letting you record anything and everything, a developer can limit when the Share button is functional during a game. So if they don’t want you recording and sharing a boss fight, for example, they can block it.Such a limitation has been confirmed by Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida and is sure to impact how popular sharing is by gamers on the PS4. It seems unlikely there would be a visual indication of when you can and cannot share, so gamers will be left to guess and probably get a “sorry” message displayed if they press the button when they aren’t allowed to use it. This also suggests Sony may intend to use the feature to limit content sharing. For example, maybe they won’t let you share any adult rated content in 18+ games.This also throws up the question of whether game updates can impose new limits on sharing. For example, if someone finds an exploit in a game, will the developer be able to send out a quick update stopping people sharing it? I’m guessing this is probably going to be an option.last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | October 13, 2009 Aspyra to Demo Teleradiology, Interoperabilty Features of RIS/PACS News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more Related Content October 12, 2009 – Aspyra Inc. will demonstrate the latest release of AccessRAD, its integrated RIS/PACS product at the upcoming RSNA 2009 Annual Meeting Nov. 29 – Dec. 3, Booth 3021, South Building Hall A, at McCormick Place in Chicago.The latest release of Aspyra’s AccessRAD RIS/PACS, version 6.5, includes performance improvement features for accessing and reading radiological images and new methods for creating, printing, and scanning of registration forms and modality questionnaires; an improved scheduling process, and more efficient method of rescheduling or canceling of patient exams. A key feature of AccessRAD RIS/PACS v6.5 also features the ability to create internal orders for studies sent from outside referring facilities diagnostic interpretation via DICOM transfer protocols. These orders are automatically are processed by the RIS, thereby optimizing workflow, as well as increasing revenue by preventing lost charges due to missing or incorrect orders. Reports created for these outside studies can have tailored report templates, which retain the other facilities medical record and exam number. Once signed by the radiologist the reports then can be automatically sent back to the outside facility via fax or HL7 data transmission.Aspyra’s AccessRAD RIS/PACS (radiology information system/picture archive communication system) is designed to meet the needs of acute care hospitals, enterprise-wide delivery networks, and medium to large imaging centers, with end-to-end solutions that automate processes at every point of patient and imaging encounter workflow.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more last_img read more

Germany charges 2 alleged members of Islamic State group

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they have filed terror charges against two men they say are members of the Islamic State group who traveled to Syria via Turkey in May 2014.Federal prosecutors said Thursday that 27-year-old Ayoub B. and 26-year-old Ebrahim H. B. — whose surnames were withheld under German privacy rules — have been charged with being members of a foreign terror organization.The 27-year-old allegedly underwent weapons training and later took part in fighting near Syria’s Iraqi border. Prosecutors said the 26-year-old volunteered to carry out a suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, but the plan collapsed after some of the IS members he traveled with were arrested.The men returned to Germany in late August and September last year.They face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Can US housing industrys comeback endure The outlook dims

first_imgMarina Rodriguez, a 26 year-old dental hygienist, recently signed a lease on a one-bedroom apartment in suburban Chicago.“The idea of buying is a little scary — it’s a huge financial obligation,” she said. “I would rather rent and travel and be year-to-year then be locked down.”Builders are tapping into the rental market. Nearly all the 7.4 percent increase in June building permits came from apartment complexes, the government said last week. The three-story townhomes that Chicago-based REVA Development Partners once sold to first-timers and empty-nesters are now being rented.“There has been a fundamental shift in people’s attitudes toward home ownership,” said the Matt Nix, the firm’s principal.There’s also evidence that construction is topping out, a potential blow to overall economic growth. The American Institute of Architects said its index that tracks billings for houses and apartments has reached a four-year low. There’s often a nine- to 12-month lag between drawing up blueprints and a groundbreaking, a sign that builders view the current demand as short-lived.“What we’re seeing now is going to hit construction in 2016,” said Kermit Baker, the institute’s chief economist. “It does look like that market is getting close to peaking.” Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility But an unusual trend has taken hold: Stronger home sales have yet to motivate many people to put their homes on the market. Listings for existing homes have barely edged up in the past year. And the pace of home building remains subpar compared with previous economic expansions.With buyer demand outstripping supply, the national median sales price for homes last month reached $236,400, the highest ever recorded, the Realtors said.For many would-be buyers, those higher prices are manageable if mortgage rates remain ultra-low. In June, the average 30-year fixed mortgage was 3.8 percent. The average has since topped 4 percent as the Federal Reserve has moved toward raising a key interest rate from its near-zero level. When the Fed last prepared to curtail its stimulus efforts in 2013, rates spiked and home sales sank.Though only modestly up, the higher mortgage rates are having a dampening effect, according an index of buyer demand released Thursday by the national real estate brokerage Redfin. It expects a slowdown in the growth of sales and prices as buyers pursue less expensive homes.“Interest rates are having an effect,” said Nela Richardson, chief economist at Redfin. “It’s making buyers a bit more conservative.” Comments   Share   Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The main problem is also the simplest: There just aren’t enough homes available. Robust demand has failed to draw many sellers into the market. And few in the industry foresee a flurry of home listings arriving soon.Other pressures will also likely slow sales. Steadily rising home prices can put ownership out of reach for some. What’s more, builders are increasingly focused on apartment construction rather than single-family homes.And then there are mortgage rates, which have crept up from recent lows and made it incrementally harder for some would-be buyers already struggling to afford a purchase. Some buyers are rushing to finalize deals for fear that rates will keep rising — a trend that could depress demand later this year.“What we fear is next is if interest rates rise and prices rise,” said Deborah Heffernan, a Boston-area broker. “That combination will definitely eliminate people from the market.”Early this spring, buyers leapt back into the market. Mortgage rates were just slightly above their 2012 lows, and nearly two years of solid job growth had generated millions of new paychecks.Sales of existing homes have surged 9.6 percent in the past 12 months, according to the National Association of Realtors. In June, they hit an annual rate of 5.49 million, a pace last achieved before the recession began. And sales of new homes have jumped 21 percent through the first half of 2015, the government reported Friday. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day (AP Photo/John Bazemore) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Four benefits of having a wireless security system In some key markets, prices have begun to stagnate as buyers seem to be retreating. A majority of homes in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., either lost value or basically flat-lined during May, according to a study by Weiss Residential Research.Weiss’ analysis points to a contributing factor for the shortage of available homes: Many homeowners can’t find affordable homes themselves and so can’t list their own properties for sale.“The reason why demand is high relative to supply is that homeowners are having a hard time moving up,” said Allan Weiss, founder of Weiss Residential Research. “There is gridlock.”In addition, many Americans remain squeezed by sluggish pay raises and have chosen to continue to rent. And some who do want to buy are unmoved by the limited selection and have decided to wait, said Tony Smith, a real estate broker in Charlotte, North Carolina.“Buyers are leaving the market because they don’t have anything to buy,” Smith said. “Some of them get frustrated and sign another lease.”Indeed, home ownership is declining, and renting has surged. Fewer than 64 percent of Americans own homes, the lowest level since 1989, according to the Census Bureau. The share of people under age 35 who own has dropped to around 35 percent from a high of 44 percent in 2004. WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. housing market has sizzled this summer, lifting expectations that home sales will finally help drive an economic expansion now in its seventh year.Or will it?Signs are emerging that housing’s momentum may be destined to falter in coming months. Analysts note that some of the key foundations needed to sustain a brisk pace of home-buying in the long run appear to be missing.The U.S. economy had only just begun to derive strength from housing for the first time since the Great Recession began in 2007. If home sales flag, that strength would fizzle. Top Stories last_img read more

Take a journey with Globus through Italy and Spain in 2011

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Globus hosted an Italian coffee class at Sydney’s Barista Basics Coffee Academy last Thursday to mark the launch of its new 2011 Italy and Spain program.As a celebratory launch offer, Globus has announced amazing savings of up to $300 per couple on its all-inclusive 13-day Italian Mosaic tour, now priced from $2529* per person twin share. The discount is valid for all bookings made until December 15, 2010 and travellers can also save an additional 2.5 per cent on all tours paid in full four months prior to departure.The Italian Mosaic tourincludes two-night stays in the country’s most famous destinations, including Rome, Florence, Lake Maggiore, Venice and Sorrento plus a night in Assisi. Highlights of the Italian Mosaic tour include guided visits to the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Michaelangelo’s David and Santa Croce Basilica in Florence and St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa as well as Pompeii and the Isle of Capri.Globus also offers other popular tours in Italy, which range from seven to 15 days and include the 10-day Italy at Leisure tour and the 12-day Highlights of Sicily and Southern Italy.In its new 2011 program, Globus has introduced five tours to Spain and Portugal, ranging from nine to 16 days.Priced from $2419* per person twin share, the popular two-week Iberian Vacation begins in Madrid, visiting Toledo, Granada and the Costa del Sol before crossing the Strait of Gibraltar to spend a night in the Moroccan port of Tangier. Travellers will then return to Madrid through Andalusia to explore Seville, Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon and the university town of Salamanca.  Known as the ‘premier coach touring company in Italy’, Globus tours offer accommodation in superior hotels, first class coach transport, professional tour directors and local guides, entry to many attractions and ample leisure time. *Prices are per person twin share, land-only, subject to availability and conditions. Globus Marketing Manager Australasia Christian Schweitzer and Globus Product Brand Coordinator Kate Whitelast_img read more