Improve Your Healthcare IQ

first_imgHealthcare is undergoing massive changes. As a result of these changes many of those that work in the healthcare industry are finding that they need new skills and knowledge. A great way to go about this is participating in a massive open online course (MOOC).The term MOOC was first used by Dave Cormier of the University of Prince Edward Island in 2008. MOOCs are online courses that are built for open and collaborative participation. MOOC courses are often delivered as a pre-recorded series of video lectures with corresponding assignments to test knowledge. Courses are typically self-paced which makes it easy to schedule around work and family commitments. Mobile applications are available for some platforms which makes learning on the go easy (and much more productive than gaming!). Several MOOC platforms have implemented paid certification programs that focus on in-demand skill sets like data science. In addition to the education, most MOOC platforms provide community forums which can be great ways to connect with other individuals around the world with a shared passion for the subject matter.A variety of healthcare related courses are available on various MOOC platforms. A useful tool for selecting courses across platforms is Mooc List. Three of the more common platforms that come up in healthcare related searches are Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn. Each of these platforms has a slightly different focus in terms of course content and geographic distribution of educators. Coursera seems to have the most diverse set of healthcare curriculum today, but interesting course can be found on all three. Below are some of the sample courses available: CourseraInterprofessional Healthcare InformaticsWe will explore perspectives of clinicians like dentists, physical therapists, nurses, and physicians in all sorts of practice settings worldwide. Emerging technologies, telehealth, gaming, simulations, and eScience are just some of the topics that we will consider.Big Data Analytics for HealthcareWe introduce the characteristics and related analytic challenges on dealing with clinical data from electronic health records. Many of those insights come from medical informatics community and data mining/machine learning community. There are three thrusts in this course: Application, Algorithm and SystemedXEntrepreneurship and Healthcare in Emerging EconomiesExplore how entrepreneurship and innovation tackle complex health problems in emerging economies.Practical Improvement Science in Health Care: A Roadmap for Getting ResultsCourse will provide learners with the valuable skills and simple, well-tested tools they need to translate promising innovations or evidence into practice. A group of expert faculty will explore a scientific approach to improvement — a practical, rigorous methodology that includes a theory of change, measurable aims, and iterative, incremental small tests of change to determine if improvement concepts can be implemented effectively in practice.FutureLearnInside Cancer: How Genes Influence Cancer DevelopmentIn this free online course, you’ll learn about the fundamental biological concepts that inform our current understanding of cancer development, the molecular genetics behind it and its spread within the body.Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body PartsThis free online course tells the story of this revolution, introducing you to commonly used biomaterials, including metals, ceramics and polymers, and how bioprinting techniques, such as selective laser melting, hot-melt extrusion and inkjet printing, work. Through case studies – ranging from hip implants to facial transplants to lab-grown organs – we’ll answer questions such as: What is 3D printing and how did it come about? Is it really possible to print structures that incorporate both living and artificial components? How long before we can print whole body organs for transplants? What is possible right now, and what will be possible in 20 and 50 years’ time?So whatever your reason, take some time to participate in an MOOC. It’s a fantastic way to stimulate new ideas and connect with like-minded individuals around the world.What questions do you have?last_img read more

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In search for unseen dark matter, physicists turn to shadow realm

first_imgThe electron beam at Jefferson Laboratory creates copious photons in the hopes that a few may be dark. JEFFERSON LABORATORY In search for unseen dark matter, physicists turn to shadow realm Scientists hunting unseen dark matter are looking deeper into the shadows. With searches for a favored dark matter candidate—weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs)—coming up empty, physicists are now turning to the hypothetical “dark sector”: an entire shadow realm of hidden particles. The concept “has been percolating for 7 or 8 years, but it’s really coming to the fore now,” says Jonathan Feng, a theorist at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).This week, physicists will meet at the University of Maryland, College Park, for a workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to mull ideas for a possible $10 million dark matter experiment that could go ahead in the next few years. The effort would complement the agency’s current experiments, including the flagship WIMP search, LZ, a $76 million subterranean detector under construction in Lead, South Dakota. And many researchers believe DOE should focus on the dark sector. Jim Siegrist, DOE’s associate director for high-energy physics in Washington, D.C., says the goal is to fill in any gap in DOE’s searches for dark matter, which makes up 85% of the universe’s matter: “Is there anything we’re missing?”WIMPs, dreamed up in the 1980s, once seemed the perfect candidate for dark matter, which shapes the visible universe with its gravity. WIMPs would weigh a few hundred times as much as a proton and interact only through gravity and the weak nuclear force. A simple calculation suggests just enough of them should linger from the big bang to account for dark matter today—a selling point known as the “WIMP miracle.” In addition, WIMPs emerge naturally in many versions of supersymmetry, a concept that solves key technical problems in the standard model of the known particles. However, physicists have yet to detect WIMPs bumping into atomic nuclei in underground detectors. And the world’s most powerful atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland, has seen no sign of supersymmetry or WIMPs. The Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia, supports just such fixed target experiments. In 2010, physicists on the A Prime Experiment at CEBAF searched—without success—for dark photons decaying into telltale electron-positron pairs. Last year, physicists on the Heavy Photon Search used CEBAF to try again. In future accelerator experiments, physicists might simply track the scattered electrons instead, looking for a distinctive kink in an electron’s trajectory that would result when it emits a dark photon.Or, as with WIMP detectors, physicists could try to detect dark-sector particles drifting in Earth’s vicinity. Because WIMPs are heavy, physicists search for them by looking for the recoil of heavy atomic nuclei such as those in liquid xenon. That technique won’t work for much lighter dark-sector particles, which would bounce off a heavy nucleus like ping pong balls off a bowling ball.Instead, physicists could look for the recoil of wispy electrons, perhaps in a device akin to an existing WIMP detector, says Kathryn Zurek, a theorist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Or they could create a frigid bath of light nuclei in “superfluid” helium, and look for tiny quantum vibrations triggered by the collisions. Another option would be to look for the breaking of free-flowing pairs of electrons in a superconducting metal. In part because light dark matter particles would be more numerous than WIMPs, a detector for them could be much smaller and cheaper than a WIMP detector, Zurek says. LZ will contain 7 metric tons of liquid xenon, whereas a detector for light dark matter particles could weigh a kilogram, she estimates.After the workshop, physicists will lay out their ideas in a white paper that DOE will consider over the coming months—although Siegrist cautions the $10 million isn’t guaranteed. Some hope the agency will quickly mount a “shovel ready” experiment, in particular an accelerator-based effort that looks for the dark photon by the kinked-trajectory method. “For $10 million you could build a really nice detector and set it down next to an existing accelerator,” says Timothy Tait, a UCI theorist. Others would prefer to develop techniques to directly detect light dark matter, even if it takes longer to mount an experiment. “I really hope this R&D can be part of the program,” Zurek says.JoAnne Hewett, a theorist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California, says she hopes DOE will seize the opportunity to launch not just a single experiment, but a more comprehensive 10- to 15-year program to probe the dark sector. Such experiments “cover a very important range and they’re cheap,” she says. “It really makes them must-do experiments.” By Adrian ChoMar. 23, 2017 , 9:00 AM C.BICKEL/SCIENCE In the shadows Dark matter particles predicted by extensions of the standard model have not turned up, so a realm called the dark sector may be probed. The no-shows have led physicists to turn to the dark sector. They speculate that dark matter might consist not of a single massive particle tacked onto the standard model, but of a slew of lighter particles and forces with tenuous connections to known particles (see illustration). For example, in the familiar universe, massless photons convey the electromagnetic force; in the dark sector, a massive dark photon would convey a dark version of electromagnetism. Theorists generally expect that ordinary and dark photons would subtly intertwine or “mix.” Very rarely, then, a particle interaction that would normally produce a high-energy photon would instead produce a dark photon.Higgs bosons and neutrinos would connect similarly to the dark sector. Thanks to these portals, the infant universe should have produced the right amount of dark matter, much as in the WIMP miracle.Dark sector particles would be much lighter than WIMPs—less than the mass of a proton—so physicists don’t need the energy of the LHC to blast them into existence. A much lower energy but intense electron beam could do the trick. When electrons crash into a solid target they radiate abundant photons—and could occasionally generate a dark photon.last_img read more

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Watch a gel embedded with heart cells change color with every beat

first_imgWatch a gel embedded with heart cells change color with every beat Some of the most brilliant displays of color in the natural world, such as a peacock’s iridescent tail and the shimmering wings of the Morpho butterfly, are created not by pigments, but by the microscopic structure of feathers, scales, and skin. Now, inspired by the structural colors produced by chameleons, scientists have created a “living” gel that uses beating heart cells to change its own color.A chameleon’s skin contains tiny crystals that reflect some wavelengths of light but absorb others; it alters the distance between these crystals to change which wavelengths are reflected. To mimic this system, researchers created tightly packed arrays of nanoparticles, and then they poured on a special gel which they hardened and peeled away, leaving a network of tiny pores. Some wavelengths of light disappeared down these holes, while others were reflected, producing vivid colors. The researchers then cultured heart muscle cells from rats onto the gel. These cells beat in synchrony, causing the gel to bend and altering its microscopic structure. This produced a changing color in rhythm with the contraction of the cells, they report today in Science Robotics.The scientists used this biohybrid gel to create a 3D, color-changing butterfly. As the heart cells beat, the butterfly bent its wings back and forth, producing shimmering colors. They also created a “heart-on-a-chip” system to look at the effects of drugs on the gel. When they added isoproterenol, a medication that increases heart rate, the frequency of beating increased—and the color of the gel shifted more. This could be a useful tool to screen new medications, they say, allowing researchers to see drug effects using only the naked eye.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By Matt WarrenMar. 28, 2018 , 2:00 PMlast_img read more

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India vs Australia: The battle resumes

first_imgIndia are touring Australia after four years and, for a change, it is clear the hosts appear to be under greater pressure.Sports View by S. Kannan.The way the Aussies have struggled this year is no joke. From the Ashes loss to the most recent defeat at the hands of New Zealand, it is Australia who have been struggling to get their act together.With India’s first tour match having been completed and the second one starting on Monday, there is just over a week before the first Test begins.The last time India went Down Under, there was a lot of acrimony and exchange of harsh words.The infamous Monkeygate incident notwithstanding, when skipper Anil Kumble said that only one team played in the spirit of the game, it made us all think if this is really a gentleman’s game, as cricket is often referred to.A lot has changed in the last four years because of interactions between the Indian and Aussie cricketers thanks to the Indian Premier League. Last week, David Warner, who plays for the Delhi Daredevils, admitted he has learnt a lot from Virender Sehwag.However, the dashing Aussie batsman was quick to add this will be a competitive series as always when the two teams clash for the Border-Gavaskar trophy. A few days later, Rahul Dravid delivered the Don Bradman Oration and spoke at length on Test cricket and how it needs to be preserved.Questions have been asked whether this Indian team has the ability to beat the Aussies in an away series. Keeping in perspective the fitness woes of the Aussies and how our own Ishant Sharma is struggling with his ankle, things are still hard to predict.advertisementThe Aussies are well-known for sledging and needling the opposition. But if at all any lessons have been learnt from the last series in Australia and how their players have come and bonded well with the Indians in the IPL, one should expect good behaviour from the players on the field.Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds are both not there. But the way the Indians have grown in stature, nobody can say they are a meek lot today. Maybe, in the good old days, the Aussies would have held the upper hand when it came to playing mind games.If you look at the Indian team today, you have perfect gentlemen in Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman who have seen it all over the years in series involving India and Australia.But if one looks at the younger lot, I don’t expect a Virat Kohli or Gautam Gambhir – both close- in fielders – to keep quiet. From the time Sourav Ganguly was the captain, the Indian team has learnt not to take things lying down.Down Under, Greg Chappell has promised to talk to the Australian players and tell them all he knows about the batting phenomenon that is Sachin Tendulkar. In the current state, the Aussies could do with all kinds of advice as they are besieged with problems relating to form and fitness.So after four editions of the IPL, with the Indians and Australians having been on the same side, it will be different when the Test series begins. Knowing the bruised and battered Aussies, they will do whatever it takes to get on top and win matches.Yet, if one doesn’t want to be reminded of the Monkeygate incident and how fielders appealed for catches which were taken on the first bounce, this is a good chance for the Aussies to present themselves differently. Whether they do it or not, time will tell.last_img read more

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CONG-RALLY 2

first_imgAhead of Bihar polls, Centre decided not to promulgate Ahead of Bihar polls, Centre decided not to promulgate the land Ordinance for the fourth time and decided to wait till the Joint Committee of Parliament submits its report on the bill besides allowing states to have their own land laws. Rahul said Modis promise not to press for the ordinance and not to force changes in the bill now is “definitely a victory for Congress but before that it is the victory of farmers of India”, adding the 44 MPs of Congress could successfully fight against Government only because they were backed by the strength of farmers. Coining a phrase “Take in India” to attack Modi, Rahul attacked the Prime Ministers much talked about “Make in India” campaign. “Modi talks about Make in India but there is no place for farmers, labourers in his Make in India. Modi ji says there can be no Make in India without taking away your land. It is not Make in India but actually Take in India. In the end you will not get anything. Only two three of his friends will be the beneficiaries,” he said. Rahul also accused the Prime Minister of working only for his “few friends in suit boot” and paying no attention to farmers. Reminding farmers of their emotional connect with land, he said that in the course of his agitation against NDA on the land bill issue, “A farmer told me Modi is snatching not land but our mother from us. He wants to snatch our mother from us and want to give it to somebody else. We cannot tolerate it.” “He asked me to fight for them and then I realized that this is not a fight for land but a fight for their honour, their future.” The Congress Vice President said only eight per cent projects are withheld due to land unavailability. MORE PTI ENM VIT AMR DVadvertisementlast_img read more

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PNP: No security threats to 2019 SEA Games

first_imgMANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday said they have neither received nor intercepted any report of any threat to the 2019 Southeast Asian (Sea) Games that will be held in various areas in Central Luzon this November.The PNP, through its spokesperson – Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, however, vowed to remain alert and continue to monitor the situation to ascertain the safety of the public before, during, and after the 12-day regional sports event.ADVERTISEMENT “Sa ngayon wala naman tayong natatanggap na anumang banta sa seguridad pero kailangang manatili tayong alerto at mapagmatyag sa anumang mga kaganapan upang mapigilan natin ang insidente na magbibigay ng embarrassment or puna sa ating security,” Banac said in a briefing at Camp Crame.“Ang mahalaga mapanatili atin ang kaayusan at kapayapaan sa lahat ng mga venues,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelAccording to Banac, 15,000 police officers from the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO-3) and National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) would be deployed to secure venues for the November event.“Patuloy ang security preparations ng PNP sa nalalapit na Sea Games, ang ating Police Regional Office 3 sa Central Luzon ay naghahanda ng 5,000 na kapulisan natin,” he noted. Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature Can the SEA Games shift public perception of e-sports in Singapore? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas PLAY LIST 01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas02:45Senate joint panel suggests IAS be separated from PNP01:36Albayalde liable for graft over 2013 Pampanga drug ops — Gordon02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGCcenter_img “Ang NCRPO ay magdadagdag din ng 10,000 na tauhan para augmentation sa lahat ng mga venues,” he added.The last time the Philippines hosted the SEA Games was in 2005, with events held in various parts of the country like Metro Manila, Cebu, Negros Occidental, and Laguna.For the 2019 Sea Games, opening ceremonies would be held at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, which has a 55,000-seating capacity.  However, most of the games would be held in New Clark City in Pampanga and Subic Bay in Zambales. /kgaRELATED STORIESButch Ramirez visits SEA Games sites: ‘We’ll be ready to host in time for Games’ New Clark City Aquatics Center pool gets Fina accreditation ahead of SEA GamesADVERTISEMENT Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast View comments Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX MOST READlast_img read more

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Raptors launch team-branded hijabs in fan outreach

first_imgFoot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA The National Council of Canadian Muslims praised the Hijabi Ballers for spurring the Raptors to act. Mustafa Farooq, the council’s executive director, acknowledged that the issue of hijabs in sports has proved divisive. Opponents have called them a symbol of oppression.“It’s hard for me to understand that,” Farooq said. “One of the beautiful things about sports is that everyone can play. Highlighting that … everyone should get a shot is such a beautiful thing to do, so obviously we thank the Raptors for taking this step.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES BREAKING: A day after being fired, Robredo asks: ‘Ano bang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko?’ Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Tyson Fury treading carefully as he fights Sweden’s Otto Wallin MLSE senior marketing director Jerry Ferguson says the organization was inspired to create the hijabs by a local Muslim women’s organization known as the Hijabi Ballers. The women regularly play basketball at a community court associated with the team.Ferguson told The Canadian Press the Raptors want to send a message of inclusion to its diverse fan base, which grew substantially during last season’s run to the team’s first NBA title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotel“One of the things that we are very interested in is moving from saying we are just about inclusivity and accessibility, and finding ways to bring products and ideas to market that actually prove that,” he said by phone.The International Basketball Federation and FIFA lifted bans on head coverings in recent years. Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors say a new line of team-branded hijabs is part of an effort to be more inclusive to fans of all cultures.The team’s parent company, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, unveiled the Nike Pro hijabs emblazoned with the team logo in a social media post Friday. The Raptors say they are the first NBA team to offer an athletic hijab for Muslim women.ADVERTISEMENT Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEXlast_img read more

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7 Totally Surprising Brain Tricks to Sell Your Cause

first_imgAccording to Gerald Zaltman and a slew of neuroscientists, 95% of human thought, emotion and learning happens without our conscious awareness. Yet we spend a lot of time trying to persuade people by focusing on the 5% rational brain with statistics, rational arguments and feature lists.Neuromarketing experts like Roger Dooley (author of the new book Brainfluence) want to change all that. They have studied how to appeal to the massive subconscious mind, and there are some interesting and sometimes bizarre takeaways for those of us engaged in social good. Here are seven of the most surprising ways to sell your cause.1. BABY, BABY, BABY: No, not Justin Bieber – real babies. Just 150 milliseconds after seeing an image of a baby, people’s medial orbitofrontal cortex – the part of the brain associated with emotion – becomes abuzz with activity. Pictures of grown-ups don’t prompt the same effect. An experiment in Scotland showed babies also make people more altruistic. Wallets were planted all over Edinburgh with one of four photos: a baby, a puppy, a happy family or an elderly couple – or no photo. Nearly 90% of the baby wallets were turned in, followed by 53% of puppies, 48% of families and 25% for the older couple. Only one in seven of the other wallets without photos were turned in by good Samaritans. Does your cause involve babies in any way? Put them front and center on your site and in social media. And just in case you ever lose it, in your wallet, too.2. GO HIGHER: Fasten your seat belts. Studies show a positive effect of height on generosity and cooperation. A University of North Carolina study found people were more helpful at the top rather than bottom of stairs and escalators. This effect can also be replicated with technology. People viewing videos shot from an airplane vs. a car were far more cooperative because they had viewed something from a higher position. You may not be able to locate your cause in a penthouse, but you might want to test high-altitude imagery or perspectives in your electronic outreach.3. GET PERSONAL: Asking for money on a human scale proves far more effective than a general appeal, according to many studies. Roger Dooley says instead of asking for donations to a symphony, raise money for the cellist named Marie (or tuba player Tim). Or instead of asking for a contribution to a university, ask for the money to support one freshman. Social media is tailor-made for this scale – friends asking friends for support is a highly persuasive approach.4. ANCHOR AWAY: When asking for money, include a big ask. It makes other amounts look small and could drive higher conversion. Roger Dooley cites Markita Andrews, a girl scout and top cookie seller, who would ask for a $30,000 donation when she knocked on doors. When people declined, she asked them to buy cookies. Almost all of them did. When you decide your donation amounts, test something high (but probably not $30,000 unless you are wearing a sash) and work backwards from there.5. BE TRIBAL: Psychologist Henri Tajifel’s experiments led to the theory of social identity, which holds that people tend to categorize themselves into groups (Seth Godin would call them tribes) and base their identity in part on those associations. The implications for social networks are interesting. The organic groups that are created online are rife with opportunity for social identity around causes. The more than 100 million members of various Causes on Facebook is a testament to the possibilities.6. THINK GOLDEN MEAN: Researchers at Carleton University say that visitors decide the attractiveness of a web page in one-twentieth of a second, and that first impression holds up over time and correlates to their ratings of the site. How do you look attractive that fast? Roger Dooley points to the golden mean, which is the width-to-height ratio of 1.618 that recurs in nature, the Parthenon and shells. Brain scans show people’s brains light up in the emotional areas when they see the mean. It may be worth using the proportion online.7. SURPRISE: Do something unexpected in your messaging and people are far more likely to take note, because the hippocampus of the brain will predict the wrong thing, and the brain then snaps to attention. Crowdrise, the social fundraising platform, specializes in this approach with wacky language and unexpected virtual events. They’re memorable as a result.last_img read more

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Chess: China secure both Olympiad titles while England men finish fifth

first_imgChess After a nondescript opening, Boris Gelfand damaged his own pawn structure by 12…fxe5?! (g5!) and his follow-up rook for knight sac was unconvincing. Caruana then missed the stronger 17 a4! Qf6 18 Qe3 Rf8 19 a5 with a clear edge, but Gelfand’s weakening pawn moves continued with 19…h5? (Rf8!) and 23…e5? where his queen needs to defend f6. Instead 23…h4! 24 Qd7+ Kg8 25 Rxh4 Rxh4 26 Qd8+ Kg7 27 Qxh4 Qxc2 should hold. After these errors White’s attack broke through and the rook sac 31 Rf5+! led to mate. Topics Share on Twitter Quick guide Fabiano Caruana v Boris Gelfand, USA v Israel Read more 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 g6 4 Bxc6 dxc6 5 d3 Bg7 6 h3 Nf6 7 Nc3 O-O 8 O-O Ne8 9 Be3 b6 10 e5 f6 11 Re1 Nc7 12 Qd2 fxe5?! 13 Bh6! Rxf3 14 Bxg7 Kxg7 15 gxf3 Bxh3 16 Rxe5 e6 17 Rg5?! Qf6 18 Rg3 Bf5 19 Kg2 h5? 20 Rh1 Rh8 21 Ne4 Qxb2 22 Qf4 Nd5 23 Qd6 e5? 24 Rh4 Qd4 25 Kg1 Rf8 26 Rxh5 Bxe4 27 Qd7+ Kf6 28 Qxc6+ Kg7 29 Qd7+ Kf6 30 fxe4 Nf4 31 Rf5+! gxf5 32 Qxf5+ Ke7 33 Rg7+ 1-0 Read more Show Share on LinkedIn Michael Adams scored 6/10, Luke McShane 5.5/10, Gawain Jones 6.5/10, and Nick Pert 2/4. England won eight matches, drew 2-2 with France, and lost to Azerbaijan and Russia.China’s triumph was their second Olympiad gold, following Tromso in 2014, and was achieved despite a third board failure where 19-year-old Wei Yi scored only 50%. Ding Liren, the top board and world No 4, played the entire Olympiad on crutches as he has still not fully recovered from breaking his hip in a cycle accident during the Stavanger tournament at the end of May. Despite this handicap he totalled 5.5/8 and is now on an unbeaten run of 88 consecutive games.China’s other powerhouses were second board Yu Yangyi, who scored 7/11, and fourth board Bu Xiangzhi with 7.5/10. In the final gold medal round against the Americans, China played it cannily, keeping all four positions level and confident in their superior tie-break.Led by the world title challenger Fabiano Caruana, with three top-10 grandmasters, and the same team that won gold in 2016, the Americans were clear favourites. They had problems, though, due to the poor form of their third board Hikaru Nakamura, who scored only 50%. The US led with three rounds to go, but were set back by a ninth-round loss to Poland where Nakamura chose the risky Scandinavian Defence 1 e4 d5 and was beaten.The unlucky team were Poland, who met the strongest opposition, were clear leaders with two rounds to go, and had their best Olympiad performance since 1939 when they and Germany fought for gold in Buenos Aires just as the second world war began. Poland’s 20-year-old top board, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, impressed against a succession of elite opponents.Russia, the No 2 seeds, finished strongly following their poor start. Moscow’s team selection was controversial. Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, commented that “They’re not doing themselves any favours by excluding two of their strongest players, eight-time national champion Peter Svidler and world title candidate Alexander Grischuk, a luxury that most teams cannot afford.” One of the replacements, Dmitry Jakovenko, was benched for the final five rounds after suffering two defeats.The women’s Olympiad was decided in a nervy final round from which China took gold on tie-break with 18/22 ahead of Ukraine 18 and Georgia 17. The unlucky team was the United States, which was in a medal position until near the finish, highlighted by a standout 8/11 from 16-year-old Jennifer Yu.Dvorkovich wins Fide electionNigel Short has been appointed as a vice-president of the global chess body Fide, following Wednesday’s presidential election where Arkady Dvorkovich defeated the previous head Georgios Makropoulos by 103 votes to 78. During Short’s election speech he withdrew as a candidate and endorsed Dvorkovich, a move foreshadowed by their meeting in London last month.The Russian, 46, is a former deputy prime minister, was the chief organiser of this summer’s Fifa World Cup, and in 2014 organised the Carlsen v Vishy Anand chess world title match in Sochi. Fide has suffered badly from corruption allegations and from US Treasury sanctions of its previous president, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Its bank account has been closed since April, and there are complaints about its contract with Agon, the organiser of next month’s Carlsen v Caruana world title match in London.Dvorkovich promised a larger budget, more outside sponsors, and a transparent and efficient administration. His critics will be ready to pounce, but many will hope that he can significantly improve Fide’s current low standing.Caruana, top board for the US, made the most of his Whites, as he will need to do in next month’s world title series. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Thank you for your feedback. China scored a double triumph at the 185-nation chess Olympiad in Batumi, beating the United States and Russia on tie-breaks after a tense final round on Friday. Leading scores after 11 rounds were China, USA and Russia 18/22 match points, Poland and England 17. China also won the women’s Olympiad ahead of Ukraine and Georgia.Fifth (post tie-break) was England’s highest Olympiad placing for 22 years, since fourth at Yerevan in 1996. The team, well captained by John Nunn, rode their luck at times and were blessed by favourable pairings but were also resilient, technically prepared in depth and professional in their match strategy. David Howell’s 7.5/10 on third board was the outstanding individual performance as the 27-year-old from Seaford advanced to 2699 on the live ratings. His only defeat was by the former world champion Vlad Kramnik. Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Kremlin lieutenant elected head of world chess governing body Was this helpful? news Hide Share on WhatsApp Chess: Russia suffer surprise defeat by Poland despite pep talk from Putin … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Leonard Barden on chess 3587 1…Qxa3?? (Qb6! draws) 2 Qc7+ Rg7 3 Qc2+ 1-0 because of Rg6 4 Ra7+ Kh8 5 Qxg6 and wins. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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How Long Should a Tie Be? (and Other Tie Rules)

first_img Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire When you want to make a positive impression, it’s generally a good call to wear a tie. If you don’t usually mess with neckties, it might take you a few tries to get your tie to the right length. As you’re engaging in this charade, the burning question “How long should a tie be?” might blaze in your mind. Here are a few necktie tips to get you started.Related: A Guide to Micro-Print TiesTie LengthWhile the high pants, high tie look may have worked for Jimmy Stewart in the mid-20th century, you don’t really see it much anymore. Fortunately, nailing the proper tie length is very simple. The tie should just brush the top of your belt buckle (you are wearing a belt right?). Anything longer that and you’ll have “tie-crotch.” Shorter and you’ll look like a kid grown too big for last year’s Sunday best.Tie WidthFew men think about the width of their ties — and even fewer think about how tie width relates to the lapels on their jackets. However, that’s exactly what you should do. The blade of your tie should be approximately the same width as the widest part of your jacket lapel. A wide tie with a skinny lapel or vice-versa turns you into one of those “guess the length of this line” puzzles. So just avoid the mismatch and parallel your tie’s width with your lapels and you’ll be just fine.Tie KnotsThe four-in-hand knot (AKA the only one you know how to tie) is the simplest and most common. Good for everywhere from work to an upscale dinner, this knot is the jack-of-all trades of the cravat world. For a little more formality, go for the Half-Windsor, which is slightly larger than the four-in-hand but not as massive as the Windsor. If you want to go the whole hog, and have a shirt with a spread or cutaway collar, you can opt for the Windsor knot. Windsor knots work for only the stuffiest of occasions and require a tie about an inch longer than normal, due to the high-volume knot.Tie and Shirt PatternLots of men gnash their teeth in despair when pairing ties and dress shirts. Can you match solid ties with patterned shirts, or vice-versa? How about mixing patterns? Most of the time, you can consider a small-patterned dress shirt as a solid. If the pattern on your tie is the same size as the pattern on your shirt, however, there’s going to be a visual clash, making the whole ensemble look too busy and distracting. That’s not to say you can’t mix a striped tie with a striped shirt. Be bold, but be smart. Take a selfie to make sure you’re not crossing the line from fashionable to faux pas.Related: The Unspoken Suit Rules You Need to KnowTie ColorColor is another area in which men struggle. Generally speaking, it’s good to match hints of color in your tie with hints of color in your shirt — but don’t go overboard. You don’t want to pull a Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum scenario and go too matchy. Instead, ask yourself if you want to be bold or understated? Whatever you do, you don’t want your tie to be the first thing people notice when making your grand entrance.Featured Image Courtesy: Michael Patterson via Flickr The Complete Guide for Learning How to Mow a Lawn How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt Editors’ Recommendations How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Giftslast_img read more

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DOF Subsea Buzzing with Activity

first_imgzoom DOF Subsea, a subsidiary of DOF ASA, has been awarded multiple contracts, with a total value of approximately USD 135 million.In the Asia Pacific region, DOF Subsea has been awarded several contracts including project management and engineering, IMR services, and subsea installation work.The contract awards will secure utilization of the vessels Skandi Singapore, Skandi Hercules and Skandi Hawk.In the Atlantic region, DOF Subsea has been awarded several contracts, including a contract for completing two construction projects offshore West Africa, utilizing the Skandi Singapore.The contract awards will improve utilization of the regional vessels.In the North America region, DOF Subsea has been awarded several contracts including IMR services and subsea installation work, increasing the utilization of the regional vessels.DOF Subsea CEO, Mons S. Aase said: “I am very pleased with the contract awards, which will improve the utilization of our onshore engineering and project management teams, as well as our vessels for the second half of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015.” Press Release; August 18, 2014last_img read more

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New Reefer Service Links Russia with Turkey and Israel

first_imgzoom Russia’s port operator NCSP Group has reported on the opening of a new container service by ARKAS Line – the Reefer Express service (REX) connecting Turkish ports Mersin and Limas and Israeli ports Haifa and Ashdod to Novorossiysk.The service will be facilitated by MV Michigan Trader and MV Warnow Beluga ships with a capacity of 975 TEU on a weekly rotation Novorossiysk – Mersin – Haifa – Ashdod – Limas -Novorossiysk.The first ship of the service called at Novorossiysk on November 11, 2014.”This service targets perishable cargo (foods) traffic from Israel and Turkey. We hope it will be in good demand which can boost NCSP Group’s volumes in general,” said CEO of Novoroslesexport Albert Likholet.Press Release; Image: Port of Hamburglast_img

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Spend a Day in the Park

first_img kite making at Blomidon Provincial Park, Kings County at 9:30 a.m. At 1:30 p.m. meet Smokey the Bear and see how forest fire crews keep the park wildlife safe Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia is offering an opportunity for the whole family to paddle canoes and receive some basic instruction from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dollar Lake Provincial Park, Halifax Regional Municipality a scavenger hunt will be held at Ellenwood Provincial Park Yarmouth County from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. put on your most colourful clothing and try to outshine the proud peacock at Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park, Hants County at noon enjoy a scavenger hunt, washer toss and barbecue at Valleyview Park, Annapolis County try geocaching, from 10 a.m. to noon at Caribou-Munroes Island Provincial Park, Pictou County For more information on participating parks and details on times, visit. www.novascotiaparks.ca/misc/parks-day-2015.asp . Canada’s Parks Day events are arranged by government agencies, recreation organizations, community groups and other volunteers. Nova Scotians can enjoy celebrations at many provincial parks on Saturday, July 18, to mark Canada’s Parks Day. “We hope people will take the day to enjoy nature and try some new outdoor activity,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “We have 130 parks across Nova Scotia where people can spend time together.” Nova Scotians can enjoy family fun day events, scavenger hunts, sand castle competitions, nature walks and more at more than 13 provincial parks on Saturday. Five Islands Provincial Park is celebrating 50 years of great adventure by inviting families from all generations to send in pictures from the past five decades to fiveislandspark@novascotia.ca. You can visit the park and look at the pictures to see how it has changed. Celebrate the Friends of McNabs Island Society’s 25th anniversary with a picnic from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participate in guided tours, beach walks, yoga, an outdoor boot camp, music and children’s activities including a scanvenger hunt. Celtic musicians Dave MacIssac and Louis Benoit will be playing. Other Parks Day events include:last_img read more

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Stock market wealth has rocketed by Rs 75 lakh cr since Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s stock market wealth grew by Rs 75.25 lakh crore in five years since Narendra Modi-led NDA emerged victorious in the Lok Sabha polls in 2014, with benchmark Sensex gaining 61 per cent during this time. An analysis of the stock market movements from May 16, 2014 till date showed that the 30-share BSE Sensex jumped 14,689.65 points or 60.89 per cent. The index hit an all-time high of 40,124.96 points in morning trade on Thursday, amid trends pointing towards a thumping majority for Modi-led NDA in the general elections. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe overall market capitalisation (m-cap) of BSE-listed companies has grown from little over Rs 75 lakh crore to Rs 150.25 lakh crore during May 16, 2014-May 23, 2019 period. This represents an increase of Rs 75.25 lakh crore. At close of trade Thursday, the market valuation of BSE-listed firms was at Rs 1,50,25,175.49 crore. The BSE benchmark index jumped 1,014.75 points to 40,124.96 during the day after BJP’s strong showing in the Lok Sabha polls. However, later it gave up all the gains and closed at 38,811.39, a fall of 298.82 points amid profit-booking towards the fag end of the day’s trade. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefThe results of 2014 Lok Sabha polls were announced on May 16 and BJP had won 282 seats. Subsequently, National Democratic Alliance (NDA), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, formed the government. “In the past 5 years, the stock market has made new highs and touched new milestones. Politics is at the crux of the current rally and stocks have risen only due to the euphoria of a Modi government coming back to power for yet another term. “History has shown time and again that during elections, emotions always surpass rationality and it is this very sentiment that drives the markets. However, this sentimental rally is short-lived and eventually when the frenzy fades away, markets might witness a decent correction,” Umesh Mehta, Head of Research at SAMCO Securities, said. Jagannadham Thunuguntla, Senior Vice President and Head of Research (Wealth) at Centrum Broking, said that in 2014, there was historic political mandate with single party winning clear majority leading to huge rally in equity markets in anticipation of major reforms. According to him, there was broad-based rally with participation across sectors creating enormous wealth for investors but starting 2018, the markets rally got concentrated into select large-cap companies with under performance in broader markets. “With the clear mandate coming in 2019 elections, there is a possibility that this divergence between large-caps and mid-caps will disappear; and participation may again become broad-based,” he said. Nilesh Shah, MD and CEO of Kotak Mutual Fund, said removal of political uncertainty is always welcome from a market point of view. “Current mandate shows the maturity of voters in choosing a stable government. Now with that uncertainty behind, markets will focus on steps taken by the government to encourage investment and give push to consumption, which is hitting a soft patch,” he added. RIL is the country’s most valued firm with a market valuation of Rs 8,46,751.88 crore, followed by TCS (Rs 7,72,728.58 crore), HDFC Bank (Rs 6,36,120.68 crore), Hindustan Unilever Ltd (Rs 3,79,028.92 crore) and HDFC (Rs 3,66,149.73 crore). “Well, since 2014 the markets have done very well up 60 per cent in five years. This a is a very good performance by any standards, global or local,” Sindhu Sameer, Head of Sales Institutional Equities at Emkay Global Financial Services Ltd, said.last_img read more

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Ukrainian Woman Becomes First Muslim in Ukraine to Memorize Quran

Rabat – Despite language barriers, Vera Verinak, a Ukrainian woman who accepted Islam 17 years ago, has become the first Muslim woman in Ukraine to completely memorize the holy Quran.After several years of learning, Vera, 35 years old, whose Muslim name is Iman, meaning faith, accomplished her dream and became the first Ukrainian woman to learn the Quran by heart.“I started by learning the Arabic language, so I used to write the verses and translate their meanings to understand and memorize them,” Vera told AlJazeera. “This took me a long time, as I was a university student, before getting busy with work, marriage, and children,” she said.She said that the Islamic center in Kiev contributed to her success in learning Arabic and the Holy Quran.“After learning Arabic, the Islamic cultural center in Kiev put a schedule to help me memorize the Qur’an, which helped me to memorize it within only nine months,” she said.The Muslim mother said she would like to teach the Holy Quran as well as be fully engaged in spreading the true image of and teachings of Islam among non-Muslims. read more

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Zimbabwean leader urges revitalized UN General Assembly

26 September 2007To counter the influence of strong countries, the United Nations General Assembly must be reinvigorated and become more active in all areas, including peace and security, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe said today. To counter the influence of strong countries, the United Nations General Assembly must be reinvigorated and become more active in all areas, including peace and security, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe said today.“We are for a United Nations that recognizes the equality of sovereign nations and peoples whether big or small,” Mr. Mugabe told the annual high-level debate at UN Headquarters in New York. “We are averse to a body in which the economically and militarily powerful behave like bullies, trampling on the rights of weak and smaller States, as sadly happened in Iraq.”The challenges posed by such nations can be offset by the revitalization of the GA, “itself the most representative organ of the UN,” he stated.The President expressed frustration over what he said were the undemocratic tendencies of the Security Council due to the sway held by powerful nations.“In its present configuration, the Council has shown that it is not in a position to protect the weaker States who find themselves at loggerheads with a marauding super-power,” he noted, calling attention to the fact that Africa is the only continent not represented in the 15-member body.Calling on the UN system to desist from breaching the autonomy of Member States, the President stressed that national-level development efforts must be directed by countries themselves and “not subject to the whims of powerful donor states.”Mr. Mugabe also pointed the finger at Western nations for violating his country’s sovereignty through its domination of Zimbabwe’s resources, “in the process making us mere chattels in our own lands, mere minders of its transnational interests.”Criticizing United States President George W. Bush and former Prime Minister Tony Blair for their “misadventures in Iraq,” the Zimbabwean leader said that this action was taken without the consent of the UN.“The two rode roughshod over the UN and international opinion,” he declared, calling for withdrawal from Iraq.To address its own problems, Zimbabwe can rely on African regional and continental organizations, without interference from “outsiders and mischievous outsiders.” read more

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Loonie lower risk appetite improves as G20 endorses Japan monetary policy

Loonie lower, risk appetite improves as G20 endorses Japan monetary policy TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed little changed Monday after a weekend meeting of the G20 countries endorsed Japan’s efforts to end a 15-year battle against deflation through an aggressive monetary policy.The Canadian dollar edged up 0.02 of a cent to 97.46 cents US.The Bank of Japan’s plan involves buying more than seven trillion yen (US$70 billion) of bonds a month with a view to increasing inflation to two per cent within two years.However, the moves have depressed the yen, which has stirred up concerns among Japanese exporters’ key rivals that Japan’s real goal is to weaken the yen as a way to gain trade advantages.But officials at the G20 meeting were reluctant to voice any opposition to the Bank of Japan’s monetary stimulus program.Traders also took in data showing that sales of previously occupied U.S. homes dipped in March. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales dipped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.92 million, from 4.95 million in February. February’s figure was revised lower.Sales in March were 10.3 per cent higher than a year earlier.Commodity prices were mixed after severe downturns last week.The May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange, which expired Monday, rose 75 cents to US$88.76 a barrel after prices fell three per cent last week. The June contract advanced 92 cents to US$89.19. Data showing a weakening Chinese economy and a downgrade of global economic growth by the International Monetary Fund raised demand concerns and pushed crude down three per cent last week.Gold prices were higher with the June contract in New York ahead $25.60 to US$1,421.20 an ounce. Bullion plunged to its lowest level in more than two years last week, falling seven per cent amid a growing conviction that inflation is firmly under control. Buying gold as a hedge against inflation has supported gold prices to record highs of almost $2,000 back in 2011.However, copper prices continued to hover at 18-month lows. The metal, widely viewed as an economic barometer because it is used in so many applications, fell two cents to US$3.13 a pound on top of a six per cent slide last week.Risk appetite was also improved after the Italian parliament over the weekend re-elected Giorgio Napolitano as president, following weeks of political uncertainty.“We think President Napolitano’s re-election is strongly tied to the formation of a grand coalition and to the implementation of its policies,” said a commentary from Barclays’s research.Elections in late February left Europe’s third biggest economy without any one party getting enough votes to form a government. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 22, 2013 8:29 am MDT read more

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UN forum on indigenous issues opens 2016 session with focus on conflict

“I am pleased to send greetings to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues,” Mr. Ban said via video message at the opening of the forum’s 15th session, held in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York. “I welcome your focus on conflict, peace and resolution.”More than 1,000 indigenous participants from all regions of the world are expected to attend the annual two-week Forum, this year held from 9 to 20 May. The issues of peace and conflict, often relating to indigenous peoples’ lands, territories and resources, and to their rights and distinct identities, will be at the forefront of this year’s discussions.“Lasting peace requires that indigenous peoples have access to cultural, social and economic justice,” the UN chief highlighted. “The 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples called on the United Nations to ensure a coherent approach. In response, we have developed a System-Wide Action Plan, which we will launch today,” he said. Noting that it is essential for the global community work as one to realize the full rights of indigenous peoples, Mr. Ban commended the President of the General Assembly for beginning consultations on the further participation of indigenous peoples at the United Nations. Opening of the Fifteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Folkloric and andean music group: Inkari Runa from Ecuador performs at the GA Hall.Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII15) Theme “Indigenous peoples: Conflict, Peace and Resolution”. UN Photo/Manuel Elia Opening of the Fifteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Participant from West Papua.Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII15) Theme “Indigenous peoples: Conflict, Peace and Resolution”UN Photo/Manuel Eli Opening of the Fifteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice of Canada, addresses the opening ceremony of the Fifteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Opening of the Fifteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Brothers participants. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII15) Theme “Indigenous peoples: Conflict, Peace and ResolutionUN Photo/Manuel Elia ‹ › “Member States are beginning implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Sendia Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement on climate change,” the Secretary-General underlined. “We must ensure that indigenous peoples, including women, participate and benefit.”Following a ceremonial welcome by the traditional Chief of the Onondaga Nation, Todadaho Sid Hill, today’s opening session of the Forum is also set to feature remarks from Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft and the Vice-President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Sven Jürgenson.In his address to the Forum, Mr. Jürgenson highlighted that 2016 has been deemed the year of implementation: “I encourage all indigenous peoples to continue to engage in this important process,” he said. “I also encourage Member States to work with indigenous peoples, not only because they have the right to participate in the development process, but also because they have extremely valuable contributions to make for all.” Noting that the 2030 Agenda gives the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues a “new and important responsibility,” the senior UN official encouraged it to guide ECOSOC on how to ensure that indigenous peoples are not “left behind.” “What are indigenous peoples’ specific situations, challenges, successes, contributions in our common journey towards sustainable development,” Mr. Jürgenson specified. “You are the experts – and we count on you to bring that expertise into the discussion.” Meanwhile, the President of the 70th session of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, recalled that since taking office, he has “sought to advance openness, transparency and inclusion” in how the UN General Assembly conducts its work.“To me, this includes the ability of indigenous peoples to engage at the UN on matters that affect them,” Mr. Lykketoft noted. “These are peoples, after all, who not only have a right to contribute or who can provide enriching input, but who have been targeted when then speak up and historically excluded at all levels resulting in great harm to their communities, their heritage, their livelihoods and even their identity.”“The current consultations provide a historical opportunity for Member States and Indigenous Peoples to improve and strengthen the participation of indigenous peoples at the United Nations,” he added. Opening of the Fifteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Aura Leticia Teleguario, Minister of Labour and Social Prevention of Guatemala, addresses the Opening of the Fifteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII15)Theme “Indigenous peoples: Conflict, Peace and Resolution”UN Photo/Rick Bajornas read more

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Talking Smack moving time slots Brian Kendrick vs Rich Swann set for

first_imgFacebook Brian Kendrick will defend his WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Rich Swann for next week’s “205 Live” premiere on the WWE Network. 205 Live is set to debut next Tuesday after Smackdown on the WWE Network at 10:00 PM Eastern time. Talking Smack is expected to air at 11:00PM ET.No official word yet from WWE on the time slot change for Talking Smack.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWho Are Ronda Rousey’s Top WWE Supporters?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 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 Google+ WhatsApp Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Adrienne Maloofcenter_img Pinterest Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview.com Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Ronda Rousey Bayley Twitter WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Who Are Ronda Rousey’s Top WWE Supporters?last_img read more

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