Stephen Fry Presents The Lonely Dodo For Conservation Charity

first_imgToday sees the worldwide release of The Lonely Dodo, a four-minute Aardman short created for international conservation charity, Durrell, to highlight the worldwide plight of endangered species.Stephen Fry Recording The Lonely DodoHeadquartered in Jersey, Channel Islands, Durrell is committed to conserving the diversity and integrity of life on earth. Since its formation over fifty years ago by author and naturalist Gerald Durrell, Durrell has developed a worldwide reputation for its pioneering conservation techniques.The Lonely DodoTo raise awareness of its vital work Durrell secured input from long-term supporters and friends of the charity Stephen Fry and Alistair McGowan, who share the organisation’s passion for its vision of saving species from extinction.Durrell collaborated with Academy award-winning animation studio Aardman and brand agency TheFrameworks to produce an endearing film around an incredibly powerful concept. It uses the dodo’s extinction, imagined from the perspective of the very last dodo on earth, to communicate the plight of other species around the world that are now in danger of extinction.We watch The Lonely Dodo travel across the globe in search of another of his kind, and cannot help but be moved by the flightless bird’s fruitless quest to find a mate. Fry’s dry narration is superb, conveying the serious message in an amusing and memorable fashion. The short film was specifically scripted and produced to engage with potential supporters on an emotional level; telling the story of the lonesome dodo, who has been entertainingly brought to life by McGowan, as he realises he is in fact the very last of his kind. 
When developing the concept for the film, TheFrameworks aimed to strike at the heart of what Durrell stands for. Most humans struggle to comprehend what extinction really means; by drawing a parallel between loneliness and extinction the team added emotional punch to the story.

David Alexander, senior designer at TheFrameworks explained: “We were moved by footage of the Last Tasmanian Tiger, lonely and resigned to extinction. Pairing this idea with the dodo, which is central to Durrell’s brand and a symbol of extinction, led us to the concept of The Lonely Dodo.”Staff at Durrell have dedicated themselves to bringing The Lonely Dodo story to life for over twelve months; it is anticipated to be the most successful fundraising campaign in the charity’s history. The team hopes that 250,000 people will view the short over the next year, and that they will be inspired to support Durrell by signing up to a committed giving programme.Commenting on his involvement, actor and comedian Stephen Fry said: “We know that currently there are more species either in the process of becoming extinct or in grave danger of doing so, than ever before in the history of man. Stemming this otherwise inevitable flow towards the loss of nature and all that it provides requires engaging the next generation, I wholeheartedly support the work of Durrell as they aim to inspire young hearts and minds to empathise with, and thus care, for the plight of endangered species.”Along with the dodo, the film also features a range of other Critically Endangered species with which Durrell works including the Hispaniolan Solenodon, Pied Tamarin, Mountain Chicken Frog, Ploughshare Tortoise, Floreana Mockingbird and Pink Pigeon.Discussing the project Aardman director Matthew Walker said: “It was a truly wonderful experience working with Durrell to create The Lonely Dodo. They gave us the freedom to produce what we hope is a funny and informative film, which is significantly enhanced by the exceptional vocal talents of Stephen Fry and Alistair McGowan. We really hope that it reaches the global audience it deserves!”Alistair McGowan added: “It’s not often one is asked to become a dodo, especially given that we already know how that story ends! Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust exists to make sure that it doesn’t go the same way for other endangered species, so I became their dodo to help spread that message! Glad to say that I’m still here, and it was actually rather fun, despite the seriousness of the subject!”Thrilled with the final result Durrell’s CEO Hugh Roberts said: “Gerald Durrell’s books were the gateway to discovery of the natural world for many. He was enormously aware of the effect mankind was having on other species with which we share this planet. He realised that without intervention the loss of species would continue with a devastating effect to life on earth. Gerald sadly died in 1995, but his message continues to be extremely topical and important.last_img read more

Loonie lifted by inflation data TSX hits second consecutive record high

first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian dollar soared on news that the country’s annual inflation rate accelerated to 2.1 per cent last month to reach its highest mark in nearly a year, as the Toronto stock index hit another record high.The loonie closed at an average trading price of 78.53 cents US, up 0.66 of a U.S. cent as Statistics Canada said Thursday that its inflation reading for November came in hotter than the 1.4 per cent number for October compared with a year earlier.The surprising result — boosted by higher costs for gasoline and air transportation — means the annual pace of inflation, which had slowed to a two-year low of one per cent in June, has now climbed above the Bank of Canada’s ideal target of two per cent.Economists said the inflation reading reinforced their expectations that Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will resume raising rates over the coming months — the next one is scheduled for Jan. 17.“The prediction now is three interest rate hikes in Canada next year after two this year,” said Michael Currie, vice-president of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice. “There’s not concern of more than three rate hikes but there is worry they might come sooner than later.”On Bay Street, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 22.96 points to 16,182.63, led by gains in the energy and health-care sectors. It’s the second consecutive trading session that the commodity-heavy TSX has reached an all-time high.“Utilities and REITs ironically are the weakest sectors today,” noted Currie. “They’re not down by much but those two are the sectors most affected by rates going up. So I think people are playing a little bit of that on the stock side as well on the economic side.”South of the border, U.S. stocks closed higher, erasing modest losses from a day earlier. U.S. market indexes have risen over the past few weeks as Washington moved closer to passing its tax overhaul, but they haven’t done much over the last several days as Congress voted on the bill.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 55.64 points to 24,782.29. The S&P 500 index added 5.32 points to 2,684.57 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 4.40 points to 6,965.36.“The bears are having a hard time getting any traction in the States,” said Currie. “We saw a microscopic pullback yesterday and it looks like we’re right back on the upward trajectory again. It almost seems like no news is going to pull back the U.S. markets.”In Canadian corporate news, shares of Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) were up five cents, or 1.66 per cent, to $3.07. The company has signed a deal with Mercitalia Rail, a major freight rail operator in Italy valued at approximately $316.8 million. Also, Toronto regional transit agency Metrolinx says it is cutting more than half of the light rail vehicles from a $770-million supply order with Bombardier.On the commodities front, the February crude contract was up 27 cents to US$58.36 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was down four cents to US$2.60 per mmBTU.The February gold contract added US$1.00 to US$1,270.60 an ounce and the March copper contract was up two cents to US$3.22 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Flight of missing plane ended in Indian Ocean Malaysian PM

first_imgKuala Lumpur  – The missing Malaysia Airlines jet came down in the Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday, as the airline reportedly told relatives it had been lost and that none on board survived.“It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” Najib told a press conference, citing new satellite informationlast_img

UniSelect beats expectations by swinging to US155 million Q2 profit

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 30, 2014 2:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Uni-Select beats expectations by swinging to US$15.5 million Q2 profit MONTREAL – Uni-Select said Wednesday it will focus on boosting sales for the rest of the year after the automotive parts distributor swung to a US$15.5-million profit in the second quarter.The Quebec-based company, which reports in U.S. dollars, said the profit amounted to 73 cents per share compared with a loss of $9.3 million or 43 cents per share a year ago when it was hit by a $35.2-million restructuring charge.Excluding one-time adjustments, Uni-Select (TSX:UNS) earned $16.5 million or 77 cents per share for the period ended June 30, up from $15.6 million, or 72 cents per share a year earlier.Revenue from Uni-Select’s operations in Canada and the United States increased to $478.7 million from $476.2 million last year.Uni-Select was expected to record 73 cents per share in adjusted profits on $464.6 million in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.“While the sales growth recorded in the second quarter was softer than expected, we are pleased with our overall performance and more particularly with our continued ability to lower costs and improve profitability, which are key drivers of our long-term growth plans,” stated president and CEO Richard Roy.He said its cost-cutting plan has made the company more competitive.Uni-Select said the action plan remains on schedule to save $5.6 million in costs and reduce inventories by $7.6 million in the second-half of the year.Roy said Uni-Select’s main focus in the rest of the year is to accelerate sales while focusing on initiatives that will strengthen its relationship with independent wholesalers.Organic growth during the quarter increased by 6.8 per cent in Canada and 1.3 per cent in the United States.Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets said the consolidated organic growth of 2.9 per cent was less than the 3.5 per cent increase he forecast.However, he described the results as “encouraging,” saying they demonstrate that its action plan is bearing fruit.The company also announced Wednesday the creation of a chief operating officer position, but did not say who would fill the job that will report to Roy.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Uni-Select’s shares lost 60 cents or 2.3 per cent at C$25.50 in Wednesday afternoon trading.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter read more

Dont Call It A Come Back David Garrard Returns

David Garrard left the Jets due to chronic knee pain back in May, but now the veteran quarterback has returned for another season in the NFL.Garrard previously said he was going to retire, but things changed after rehabilitation and rest this summer. After a call to Jets general manager, Garrard was back on the Jets roster for the second time.“I’m sitting at home, watching games thinking, ‘Why am I at home? Why I am doing this to myself? I didn’t want to have any regrets one day,” Garrard told the Jets’ official website today.The veteran, will be attending practices and team meetings, but won’t be eligible to play for the next two games. After that, the Jets have an option to activate Garrard or release him.Geno Smith came out the victor over Mark Sanchez for the starting quarterback position. With Smith starting all five regular season games and playing well, it’s safe to say that he has the spot. However, No.2 Sanchez just went through a season ending surgery for a torn labrum in his throwing  shoulder opening room for any capable fill in.If Garrard improves his health, he could take over Sanchez’s No.2 spot and mentor Smith. read more

US immigration officials aim to restrict asylum at border

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS says border crossing doesn’t have room for asylum seekersApril 30, 2018In “World”Migrant caravan: Mexico to deport group which stormed US borderNovember 26, 2018In “World”Tired of waiting for asylum, migrants from caravan breach U.S. borderDecember 4, 2018In “World” US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) raids have been executed across the nation (Getty Image)WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — The Trump administration says it will deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, invoking extraordinary presidential national security powers to tighten the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States.The measures are meant to funnel asylum seekers through official border crossings for speedy rulings, officials said, instead of having them try to circumvent such crossings on the nearly 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) border. But the busy ports of entry already have long lines and waits, forcing immigration officials to tell some migrants to come back to make their claims.The move was spurred in part by caravans of Central American migrants slowly moving north on foot but will apply to anyone caught crossing illegally, officials said Thursday. It’s unknown whether those in the caravan, many fleeing violence in their homeland, plan to cross illegally.The regulations will be incorporated in a proclamation expected to be issued Friday by President Donald Trump. He will invoke the same powers he used to push through a version of the travel ban that was upheld by the Supreme Court, according to senior administration officials. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The regulations would circumvent laws stating that anyone is eligible for asylum no matter how he or she enters the country.Administration officials said those denied asylum under the proclamation may be eligible for similar forms of protection if they fear returning to their countries, though they would be subject to a tougher threshold. Those forms of protection include “withholding of removal” — which is similar to asylum, but doesn’t allow for green cards or bringing families — or asylum under the United Nations Convention Against Torture.The announcement was the latest push to enforce Trump’s hardline stance on immigration through regulatory changes and presidential orders, bypassing Congress. But those efforts have been largely thwarted by legal challenges and, in the case of family separations this year, stymied by a global outcry that prompted Trump to scrap them.The new changes were likely to be met with legal challenges, too. Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said they were clearly illegal.“US law specifically allows individuals to apply for asylum whether or not they are at a port of entry. It is illegal to circumvent that by agency or presidential decree,” he said.Curbing immigration has been a signature issue for Trump, who pushed it hard in the days leading up to Tuesday’s midterm elections, railing against the caravans that are still hundreds of miles from the border.He has made little mention of the issue since the election but has sent troops to the border in response. As of Thursday, there are more than 5,600 U.S. troops deployed to the border mission, with about 550 actually working on the border in Texas. The military is expected to have the vast majority of the more than 7,000 troops planned for the mission deployed by Monday, and that number could grow.Trump also suggested he’d revoke the right to citizenship for babies born to non-U.S. citizens on American soil and erect massive “tent cities” to detain migrants. Those issues were not addressed by the regulations Thursday.The administration has long said immigration officials are drowning in asylum cases partly because people falsely claim asylum and then live in the U.S. with work permits.The asylum section of the Immigration and Nationality Act says a migrant is allowed to make a claim up to a year after arriving in the US, and it doesn’t matter how they arrive — illegally or through a border crossing.Migrants who cross illegally are generally arrested and often seek asylum or some other form of protection. Claims have spiked in recent years, and there is a backlog of more than 800,000 cases pending in immigration court. Generally, only about 20 percent of applicants are approved.Trump has long said those seeking asylum should come through legal ports of entry. But many migrants are unaware of that guidance, and official border crossings have grown clogged.Officials have turned away asylum seekers at border crossings because of overcrowding, telling them to return later. Backlogs have become especially bad in recent months at crossings in California, Arizona and Texas, with some people waiting five weeks to try to claim asylum at San Diego’s main crossing.In 2017, the US fielded more than 330,000 asylum claims, nearly double the number two years earlier and surpassing Germany as highest in the world.It’s unclear how many people en route to the US will even make it to the border. About 4,800 migrants are sheltered in a sports complex in Mexico City, some 600 miles (965 kilometers) from the U.S. border. Several smaller groups were trailing hundreds of miles to the south; officials estimated about 7,000 in all were in the country in the caravans. The migrants are largely poor people and many say they’re fleeing violence; more than 1,700 were children under 18, and more than 300 were children under age five.Similar caravans have gathered regularly over the years and have generally dwindled by the time they reach the southern border. Most have passed largely unnoticed. read more

Scrapping redundant equipment diamond miner Namdeb takes the lead

first_imgMajor diamond finds along Namibia’s Skeleton Coast in regions like Lüderitz led to the rise of thriving mining communities at the turn of the 20th century. Up until 1994, the largest player in this country was Consolidated Diamond Mines (CDM), which at the time was a wholly owned subsidiary of De Beers. In that year a new agreement was concluded with the Republic of Namibia, resulting in the formation of the Namdeb Diamond Corp (jointly owned by the Namibian government and De Beers Centenary). Given the high intrinsic value that diamonds hold, all Namdeb mining operations are governed by strict security protocols concerning how processed diamonds are transported to market. This means that all equipment going into any diamond mining area – whether it’s a dozer, a pick-up truck or an excavator – never comes out again.Given the scale of Namdeb’s operation (and CDM’s before it), this has meant that a large stockpile of redundant equipment has steadily gathered at Namdeb’s various mining sites. Recently, both for environmental and practical reasons, Namdeb took the decision to clear these waste dumps, with Cape Town based company SA Metal, securing the contract to systematically recycle and process the materials on site prior to their release from these secured areas.The task of cutting up these redundant machines and other materials is being tackled by two of, mining equipment manufacturer; Cat®‘s 330DL hydraulic excavators fitted with boom mounted S340 shears, sold and supported by Barloworld Equipment Namibia, the local Caterpillar® dealer. A Caterpillar Work Tools team flew out from the factory in Holland to help install the shears, as well as to provide training for SA Metal’s operators.According to SA Metal’s Xavier Fazakerley the contract, which commenced in July 2008, is open-ended and expected to be ongoing for around three years. During this period, SA Metal expects to commercially process around 250,000 t of saleable material.“This is one of the world’s most corrosive regions and metal items don’t last long in this environment,” explains Fazakerley. “This means that any scrapped metal items prior to the mid-1960s will have in most instances turned to dust long ago.”The largest sizeable scrap metal source is located at Namdeb’s Uubvlei operation, situated some 10 km north of the Orange River and stretching around one kilometre inland.“This represents one of the world’s largest scrap metal stockpiles,” says Fazakerley. “In fact the scale of the operation is so big that the footprint of the site is clearly visible from Space – a final resting place for worked out earthmoving machines, commercial vehicles and just about anything else no longer usable. During dumping operations, everything was mixed in together. This means we have to separate metal and non-metal materials in sourcing items such as copper, steel, lead and zinc. Currently we are processing around 5,000 t/month.”At Uubvlei, SA Metal expects to process around 100,000 t of steel, with the balance sourced from an estimated 15 satellite mines spread over a distance of some 110 km up and down the coastline.last_img read more

NEW ERA IN ANGOLA with Morten Soubak It looks very exciting

The former Brazilian national team coach, Morten Soubak, ended an era in South American handball which brought the biggest success for some non-European country in history of our sport. Brazil won the World Championship 2013 in Serbia by beating home team which put another light on the work of Danish coach, who spent there seven years (2009-2016).Now, Soubak is at the beginning of new era in African handball, the most successful nation for a years – Angola. “I have been introduced to a presentation of Angola’s handball federations aiming at the Olympics in 2020 and which I think looks very exciting. Angola did very well for the Olympic Games in Rio and I hope I can help continue the exciting work and develop the team until Tokyo Olympics”, said Soubak, write hbold.dk. ← Previous Story Interesting Swedish Play-Off series Next Story → IHF to change World Championship playing model for WCh 2019! read more

Encouraging an unhealthy amount of eating Cadbury Creme Egg hunt complaint rejected

first_img 18,851 Views THE ADVERTISING STANDARDS Authority for Ireland (ASAI) has dismissed a complaint about a Cadbury Creme Egg promotional campaign. The complaint about the Creme Egg Hunting Season was lodged by a woman who felt the advertisement campaign was encouraging people to take part in the promotion “as a matter of urgency”. The woman reported two Facebook posts relating to the Creme Egg Hunting Season campaign to the Authority. The first post featured an image of a takeaway hatch with people on their way up and down to the hatch to get their creme eggs. The text above the imagery read:“Cadbury Dairy Milk. We’re on the hunt today in Kilkenny! Find us at Parade Plazza where you can pick up some gooey Creme Egg treats from our takeaway hatch for just €2.#CremeEggHuntingSeason”. The ASAI said in its most recent complaints report the woman felt this post “was encouraging people to consume an unhealthy amount of the product”. The woman, who believed that “Easter time to be of particular appeal to children”, felt that the Creme Egg campaign was “irresponsible in content”. Creme Eggs with breakfast?A second Facebook post alerted by the woman to the ASAI was accompanied by the Cadbury logo alongside an image of a toasted sandwich with a Cadbury Creme egg melting on top. The text above the image read:“Cadbury Dairy Milk Creme Eggs with breakfast?! Goo on…#CremeEggHuntingSeason”. According to the ASAI, the woman felt that this post was “condoning poor nutritional habits and an unhealthy lifestyle to children.”“She said to encourage the eating of Creme Eggs for breakfast for either adults or children was in her opinion unhealthy advice.”In response to the complaints, Cadbury said that it “never marketed their products directly to children under the age of 16 and their promotional campaigns were always targeted at adults.”In defence of the Creme Egg toastie, the advertisers said the image of the toastie was created in accordance with their internal nutritional guidelines which took portion control into account, alongside calorific energy and nutritional values, the ASAI said in its report.“They said their post had never suggested replacing breakfast on a permanent basis with a Cadbury Creme Egg Toastie.”“They said the intention of the post had been to provide inspiration for alternative recipes and ideas as to how the product could be consumed over Easter.”According to the advertisers, each toastie had used no more than one Cadbury Creme Egg. Both complaints to the ASAI were not upheld.  Share Tweet Email2 Friday 26 Apr 2019, 6:10 AM ‘Encouraging an unhealthy amount of eating’: Cadbury Creme Egg hunt complaint rejected by ASAI A woman reported two Facebook posts relating to the Creme Egg Hunting Season. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4606250 By Cónal Thomas 25 Comments Apr 26th 2019, 6:10 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Jamaican Government reaching out to unattached youth

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:center_img #Jamaica, January 29, 2018 – Kingston – The Government is seeking to reach out to many of the 140,000 unattached youth through the Work to Learn, Earn, Give and Save (LEGS) programme and equip them with viable skills.  According to Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, data will be gathered soon to locate the youth and engage them in training opportunities that fit their passion.“Heavy-duty equipment is a major demand, and we have not scaled up our education system to meet these things,” the Minister said.  He was delivering the keynote address at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the HEART Trust/NTA and the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica on January 24 at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus in St. Andrew.The agreement will facilitate the engagement of 500 youngsters at the upcoming CARIFTA Aquatics Championship 2018 in Jamaica.  Senator Reid said that although the opportunities to be provided for the youth may seem modest, they are a glimpse of what lies ahead for the LEGS participants if they remain committed to the initiative.“Sport is another opportunity where you can have fun while you are learning discipline,” the Minister said.Senator Reid argued that the MOU embodies the vision of the Government to foster a culture of positive youth development and participation in decision-making around activities that affect the lives of youth and facilitate economic development, focusing on entrepreneurship.Twenty-six delegations will be in Jamaica for the Aquatics Championship from March 15 to 18 and March 31 to April 4. They will participate in disciplines such as open water swimming, artistic swimming, and water polo.  The HEART Trust/NTA will recruit, train, certify and transport the 500 youth volunteers.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said training young people in volunteerism is a “great opportunity for them to serve their country”.“Volunteerism is an investment that has unlimited value and is one of the tenets of development and advancement in nations,” she said, in a speech delivered by Director of Sport Monitoring and Development in the Ministry, Florette Blackwood.Release: JISlast_img read more

Judge allows Facebook director pay case

first_imgA US judge has ruled that a lawsuit regarding the compensation packages received by non-management directors at Facebook can proceed.Directors at Facebook are accused of incorrectly ratifying the increase in non-management directors’ pay.Shareholder Ernesto Espinoza brought the suit in June 2014, arguing that the social media network’s chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) and other top management allowed non-management directors to receive excessive compensation packages. The claim also alleged breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment and corporate waste.Zuckerberg, who is also board chairman and Facebook’s controlling shareholder, expressed his approval of the pay increases in a deposition and affidavit after the lawsuit was filed; an action that Facebook says ratified the raises.The case of Espinoza vs Zuckerberg et al. was held at the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware in July, and the judgement was released on 28 October. The judge, Chancellor Bouchard, said in corporate law ratification, formal structures govern the collective decision-making of stockholders. Such formalities protect a corporation and its stockholders by defining what action has been taken and establishing that the needed number of stockholders approved such action, and by promoting transparency, especially for non-assenting stockholders.Bouchard said: “I therefore conclude that stockholders of a Delaware corporation, even a single controlling stockholder, cannot ratify an interested board’s decisions without adhering to the corporate formalities specified in the Delaware General Corporation Law for taking stockholder action.”Bouchard denied the defendents’ motion for summary judgment with regard to the breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment, but did dismiss the charge of corporate waste, finding that arguments that the directors’ compensation was “excessive or even lavish” are insufficient to meet the standard required for a waste claim.Facebook was unavailable for comment.last_img read more

UPDATE CEO Out at Penton

first_imgUPDATE: Who Will Replace French at Penton? Penton Media CEO John French today announced that he is resigning from his post at the struggling publishing company.French’s exit comes a month after Penton laid off 42 employees. Earlier this year, French called for a hiring and salary freeze and revenue reforecasting across all departments at the company. Below, the memo sent to Penton staffers today:From: French, John Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2008 9:31 AMTo: DL – Penton All EmployeesSubject: Important News for All Penton EmployeesImportance: HighHello Everyone,I am writing today to share with you the news that I will be leaving my position as Chief Executive Officer of Penton Media. This decision has been a difficult one and Penton’s Board of Directors and I have had numerous discussions regarding the organization’s evolution and the leadership needs going forward. We believe that my leaving is truly the next step in a significant transformation which is already well under way across the organization. New leadership from the CEO position will help bring new thoughts and new ideas to Penton.Going forward, I will continue to serve as a member of Penton’s Board of Directors and I will be working with both the Wasserstein and MidOcean organizations on new opportunities in the media industry. I will also be actively involved in conjunction with The Board on the search for my replacement, which will begin immediately. I will remain in my current role until a replacement has been selected and will then transition my leadership responsibilities. In the interim, it will be business as usual for Penton. As a company we need to accomplish a summer forecast, host operating reviews, develop strategic plans for each of our product groups, which are all part of beginning the budgeting process for 2009. I will be working with Jean Clifton, our newly hired CFO who has already made meaningful contributions to our financial and shared services departments, to kick off each of these processes very soon.We have accomplished a considerable amount together during my time with the organization. As I’ve mentioned before, I spent the first part of my career with the former Penton organization and joined what was then Primedia Business Magazines and Media in 2002. Since that time, we have truly transformed the company and have been fortunate to celebrate a number of significant milestones along the way. From successfully spinning the company out from Primedia and establishing a new entity in Prism Business Media in 2005, to bringing two great organizations together in 2007; I’ve had an opportunity to work directly with many of you during my time here and have always believed the people of this company make it the best in the industry. While we certainly have had our challenges over the years, I truly believe that we have a scorecard of which we should be proud.I am optimistic about the future of Penton Media. We have great brands, great people, supportive ownership, and an Executive Leadership Team that is committed to driving the organization forward. While the economic conditions have made this a difficult year, Penton is a strong company and we are well-positioned for future growth. Thank you,John French[EDITOR’S NOTE: Check FOLIOMag.com throughout the day for updates to this story.]last_img read more

AG Cautions DC Consumers on Tax Scams

first_imgD.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine cautioned residents to be vigilant against fraudulent schemes. (Courtesy Photo)The Internal Revenue Service has increased its efforts to ward off scam artists who prey upon the unsuspecting. Calling the scams “a major threat to taxpayers,” D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine cautioned residents to be vigilant against fraudulent schemes that are common during tax season.“At the Office of the Attorney General, we work hard every day to protect consumers from those who want to defraud District residents of their hard-earned dollars,” Racine said in a statement. “Some con-artists use tax-filing season, when millions of Americans are sharing important financial information via the mail and online, to take advantage of consumers. That’s why we have identified below some of the most common fraud schemes that crop up during tax season.”Racine posted tips on six scams that had the potential to hit District residents and devastate their finances on the dc.gov website. The tips include:Phone Fraud: Taxpayers may receive telephone calls – which can often be aggressive in tone and contain threats – from criminals posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents. The calls often threaten prosecution if the taxpayer does not immediately pay a fine, which can total thousands of dollars. These callers also threaten arrest, deportation, the revocation of licenses, and other negative consequences as a result of purported tax debts. In most cases, if a taxpayer owes back taxes, the IRS does not first contact the taxpayer by phone; rather the IRS will usually first contact those who owe taxes via mail. The IRS also does not demand immediate payment, cash payments, or ask for credit-card or debit-card numbers over the phone.Phishing: Phishing is the practice of disguising fake emails or setting up fake websites as legitimate ones in an effort to steal personal information. The IRS generally does not first make contact with taxpayers through emails, text messages, or social-media outlets. Consumers should not click on any links in electronic messages claiming to be from the IRS if the message arrived without warning.Identity Theft: Taxpayers should always be vigilant about identity theft, but particularly during tax season. Criminals sometimes file fraudulent returns using someone else’s Social Security number in order to claim their refunds. In the most recent three fiscal years, IRS investigators helped convict approximately 2,000 identity thieves.Return Preparer Fraud: While the vast majority of tax professionals provide honest tax-preparation services, some dishonest preparers set up shop during tax-filing season to perpetrate refund fraud – including identity theft and other schemes that defraud taxpayers. Return preparers are a vital part of the U.S. tax system. Legitimate preparers of federal returns should have an IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). Anyone with a valid 2016 PTIN is authorized to prepare federal tax returns.Inflated Refund Claims: Taxpayers should be wary of any tax preparer who promises outlandishly large refunds. Taxpayers should also avoid any preparer who asks them to sign a blank return, promises a large refund before examining their tax records, or who charges fees based on a percentage of the refund. These kinds of fraudsters often attract victims using flyers, advertisements, phony storefronts, and word-of-mouth via community and religious groups.Fake Charities: Taxpayers should always be vigilant to avoid organizations masquerading as legitimate charities to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors, but particularly during tax season. If you believe you have been the victim of an IRS or Charity Scam, please call the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection at (202) 442-9828.Racine said he urges anyone who believes they have been the victim of such schemes, to contact the Consumer Protection Hotline at 202-442-9828 or send an e-mail to consumer.protection@dc.gov.last_img read more

You Cant Squish This CockroachInspired Robot

first_img Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, created an insect-sized robot that moves like a cockroach—and is nearly as robust.The tiny cyborg (about the size of a large postage stamp) can scurry across the floor at nearly the speed of a darting roach.And don’t bother trying to squash it: It’ll probably just keep scooting along.“Most of the robots at this particular small scale are very fragile. If you step on them, you pretty much destroy the robot,” senior study author Liwei Lin, a professor of mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley, said in a statement.“We found that if we put weight on our robot, it still more or less functions.”The pint-sized critters are being developed with search-and-rescue missions in mind: Their flexibility and small scale make them ideal for squeezing into cramped spaces.As an added bonus, the bots can enter places too dangerous for humans or animals.“For example, if an earthquake happens, it’s very hard for the big machines, or the big dogs, to find life underneath debris,” the paper’s first author Yichuan Wu said. “So that’s why we need a small-sized robot that is agile and robust.”The full study was published late last month in the journal Science Robotics.Cockroach robots aren’t new.Last year, University of Connecticut professor Abhishek Dutta created a robot-roach hybrid—a hardwired biological insect—based on the Madagascar hissing cockroach.A couple of real-life Dr. Frankensteins, Dutta and undergraduate student Evan Faulkner attached a microcircuit to the roach for more reliable and precise control. The tiny computer can detect six degrees of free motion, acceleration, and direction.A Bluetooth transmitter and receiver allows nearby operation via smartphone.Watch This Next: Ice Cream Robots Are Finally HereMore on Geek.com:Good Luck Killing This CockroachYou Can Name a Cockroach After Your Ex for Valentine’s DayThis Robot Fish Is Powered by ‘Blood’ Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesAT&T Developing 5G Robots To Work in Retail Stores Stay on targetlast_img read more

Man killed after car smashes into parked container carrier on 2nd Hooghly

first_imgKolkata: A person was killed in a road accident on the second Hooghly bridge on the wee hours of Sunday.A Special Utility Vehicle (SUV) rammed into a static container carrier. The driver of the vehicle died on the spot. Police recovered the four injured passengers and rushed them to SSKM hospital. Police sources informed that on Sunday a container carrier was parked there due to some reasons. All of a sudden, the driver of the container carrier heard a noise and felt something hit it from behind. When he got down and went to the back of the vehicle, he saw an SUV had rammed into his container carrier’s back and was wrecked. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe reported the matter to the police personnel near the toll booth of the bridge. Police tried to recover the persons from inside the car but failed as none of the doors were in a condition to be opened normally. Later, police had to cut off the body of the SUV to pull out the passengers. The driver identified as Banaful Bhuniya (47) was found dead. The other four persons have been admitted to SSKM hospital by police. The sleuths came to know that the car bearing the registration number of Odisha was hired by passengers coming from Egra in East Midnapore. Police are trying to contact the families of Bhuniya and the injured passengers.last_img read more

Marriage equality is in serious trouble in Taiwan heres what you can

first_imgOne of Taiwan’s highest courts ruled same-sex marriage should be made legal within two years. But conservative Christians are trying to stop it from happening. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Disappointment for LGBT rights in Taiwan after gay tourism is boomingChristian groups one step closer to stopping same-sex marriage in TaiwanWhy has marriage equality been delayed in Taiwan?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/marriage-equality-is-in-serious-trouble-in-taiwan-heres-what-you-can-do-to-help/ Taiwan needs our help to make sure marriage equality becomes a reality In May 2017, the Grand Council of Justices ruled it unconstitutional to ban same-sex marriage. It gave lawmakers two years to make same-sex marriage legal. This made Taiwan the first country in Asia to give the green light to same-sex marriage.But while lawmakers delayed passing same-sex marriage laws, those opposed to marriage equality have been gathering support to hold a referendum on the issue.The anti-gay marriage group Happiness of the Next Generation Alliance needed 280,000 signatures to get a referendum on three questions. That means 1% of the population is forcing a national poll on an issue already decided in the courts.The group wants to put to a national vote the question of removing same-sex education  in schools. It also wants to ask about changing the civil code’s definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman, and whether the population approves of same-sex marriage becoming legal.LGBTI campaigners in Taiwan have worked tirelessly for years on marriage equality and better education in schools. They need all the support they can get ahead of November’s referendum.What you can do to helpAustralian marriage equality advocates successfully ran a campaign last year to win the country’s national vote on the issue.center_img They’ve now set up a fundraising effort to get much needed money to the Taiwan campaign.‘We know from our own experience just how distressing the misinformation put forward during these campaigns can be,’ said Australian Marriage Equality (AME) co-chair, Alex Greenwich.‘Already in Taiwan opponents are using the same tactics but much darker — full, front-page adverts across national newspapers attacking LGBTI people.’AME is trying to raise AU$10,000 (US$7,194) so that the Taiwanese campaign employ crucial staff for the next three months.‘These roles will help them activate and grow a positive movement for equality in Taiwan, share impactful messages for change, and counter the misinformation of opponents through powerful video storytelling,’ Greenwich said.‘Equality opponents know these kinds of citizen votes are costly and difficult for equality supporters to win and that’s why they are pushing this strategy all over the world. They brought it here (to Australia), and now they’ve imported it straight to Taiwan.‘We know what this feels like. We know what they’re going through. Our support can help give campaigners the hope they need to carry on and win.’To donate to the fundraising campaign, click here.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Canon Medical Receives FDA Clearance for AiCE Reconstruction Technology for CT

first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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AiCE uses a deep learning algorithm to differentiate signal from noise so that it can suppress noise while enhancing signal.The algorithm, for computed tomography (CT) image reconstruction, has the ability to learn from the high image quality of Model Based Iterative Reconstruction (MBIR) to reconstruct CT images with improved spatial resolution (compared to Canon’s AIDR 3D technology), 3-5 times faster than traditional MBIR. With AiCE’s deep learning approach, thousands of features learned during training help to differentiate signal from noise for improved resolution. 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China tells US not to interfere in case of rights lawyer

first_img“We hope that the U.S. will abandon dual standards and adopt more measured approaches and stop intervening in China’s judicial sovereignty and independence in any way,” she said.Hua was responding to a State Department statement marking one year in detention for lawyer Pu Zhiqiang. Pu was taken away after he attended a private meeting commemorating the 25th anniversary of a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.He is best known for his successful efforts to abolish China’s labor camps, which allowed police to lock up people for up to four years without a trial or judicial review.Before his detention, he was campaigning against an extrajudicial practice by the party’s disciplinary arm to lock up party members accused of wrongdoing.Pu is being held on police allegations of inciting divisions, fanning ethnic hatred, illegally obtaining personal information and provoking disturbances. The charges largely stem from online comments critical of government policies and practices, according to his lawyers.Prosecutors have asked police for further evidence to back up the allegations, lawyer Mo Shaoping said.Beijing has taken actions against a number of rights lawyers who have steadfastly maintained that laws must be observed by the government and ruling Communist Party as well as ordinary people. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Check your body, save your life Top Stories center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke described Pu in the statement as “a courageous defense attorney recognized around the world for his tireless work in support of the rule of law in China.”“We reiterate our call on China to release and remove all restrictions on Pu Zhiqiang, and to respect his rights in accordance with China’s international human rights commitments,” the statement said.Rathke also raised concerns over reports that Pu, who has diabetes, has been subjected to harsh conditions and denied access to proper medical treatment.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BEIJING (AP) — China accused the United States of meddling in its judicial affairs on Thursday after the State Department urged Beijing to release a prominent rights lawyer who has been detained for a year without formal charges.Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing that China is handling the case in accordance with its laws. She said the United States should not act as the world’s policeman and should focus instead on its own domestic problems. In this photo taken Wednesday, June 30, 2010, Chinese attorney Pu Zhiqiang speaks during an interview at his office in Beijing, China. China accused the United States of meddling in its internal judicial affairs on Thursday, May 7, 2015, after the State Department urged Beijing to release the prominent rights lawyer who has been detained for a year without formal charges.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

Royal birthday card sparks poignant wartime memories

first_imgBy Evie AndreouWorld War II veteran Charalambos Orphanides turns 100Though the British colonial authorities insisted otherwise, it was poverty not patriotism that drove most of the 30,000 Cypriots who signed up for the Cyprus regiment of the British army in World War II.As 100-year-old Charalambos Orphanides recalls only too well, the 1930s was a brutal time to earn a living in Cyprus and the army’s promise of a steady salary and regular food was all it took to swell the ranks.Before he joined the army, Orphanides had been reduced to stealing bread, an act he recounts  as clearly as if it happened just days – rather than 80 years – ago.Orphanides reached his milestone 100th birthday last month and the family celebration brought with it a birthday card from Queen Elizabeth II who is not so much younger herself.The birthday card from the queenAlong with his medals, the card is now among the most important pieces of his wartime memorabilia, a recognition not only of his years of service but also evidence of an adventurous and hard life.“It is nice, eh? She is showing her appreciation. I served from the beginning, 1939, until the end,” Orphanides told the Sunday Mail.“I saw the queen when we were sent to the UK from France on a ten-day holiday in May 1940, before the invasion [Battle of Dunkirk]. She was around 13 years old. She was on her balcony and we were a group of 30 Cypriots, and we marched in front of the palace and we saluted her and she waved back at us,” he said.Charalambos Orphanides, second row on the righ, marching outside Buckingham palace in May 1940Born in 1917 in Ardana, in the Famagusta district, Orphanides is the fifth of eight children, six boys and two girls. His father was a shoe maker and a farmer.As soon as he graduated from elementary school, he worked in Larnaca as a construction worker for a year and a half before being laid off. He returned home to find one of his two sisters had died and under pressure to learn his father’s trade.“I refused. I set off on an old bicycle without any lights or brakes for Famagusta, but there weren’t many available jobs there,” Orphanides said.His tales of those years are of hardship and a constant struggle to find employment.In Famagusta, he had to share a room with 22 other people for which he paid a shilling a month.As soon as he arrived, he grabbed the first job he found as a construction worker, for five piasters per 12-hour working day. “I was young, around 16, at the time. I worked some days, I earned 18 piasters and on pay day I asked the boss to pay me first because I wanted to go to my village to get clean clothes as I only had those I was wearing.  It had been raining for days and I was soaked. He told me that I had to wait.”“I got paid last, at around 9pm,” Orphanides said.After paying his rent, he set off on his bicycle, in the rain for his village four miles away.“I arrived at around midnight. I changed my clothes and headed to Varosi, to find a job.”Once at Varosi, and unable to find work, he was left penniless and forced to steal food.“There was a woman from Paralimni selling bread. I sat further back, waiting for the opportunity. I crept over there and grabbed a loaf of bread from her basket. I had never done that before but I was hungry. Those were tough times.”No wonder Orphanides saw the 12 piasters a day and regular food offered by the British army when war broke out in 1939 as an opportunity not to be missed.“I had a raise every six months. By the end, I was earning eight shillings a day.”Both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, around 30,000 in total, answered the call to join the Cyprus regiment. It consisted of pack transport companies, pioneer companies, general transport, engineers, mobile laundry units, tank landing craft, road construction companies and saw service in France, North Africa, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Greece, Crete and Italy.Charalambos in uniformIn the following six years, Orphanides saw most of those countries.“I was in a pack transport company. I used to take to the soldiers whatever they needed, ammunition, food. We transferred the supplies with mules. Each of us had two mules. In 1939, our company had around 800 Cypriots,” Orphanides said.Cypriot mule drivers were the first colonial troops sent to the Western Front. They served in France, Ethiopia and Italy carrying equipment to areas inaccessible to vehicles.His first mission was in France where he stayed until the Dunkirk evacuation in May 1940 when he was sent to Port Suez in Egypt. In October 1940 Orphanides and other Cypriots were sent back on leave to Cyprus.His arrival back home stunned his family. They had been told he was dead.“When I arrived at the village, I saw my mother out in a field picking olives. I entered the field and I began shouting ‘Mother, Mother’. She was shocked to see me because the German radio station had announced that I had been killed,” he said.After the evacuation of the Allied forces from Dunkirk, the British troops had left behind their personal items, which were found by the Germans who then announced their names on radio as casualties.“My parents heard my name on the radio and thought I was dead. By the time I returned home for holidays, my family had already held three memorial services for me!” he said.Charalambos pictured next to the birthday card from Queen Elizabeth IIMeanwhile, the letter he had sent months previously to his mother informing her that he was alive arrived a few days after he went to the village.Searing heat and hostile fire were among the challenges the Cyprus regiment faced in North Africa.“In Abyssinia, one day, we had set off from a place in the morning, we walked 42 miles. That is a long way to walk in the heat. From the too much heat, and the sweat, our shirts were turned into rags within one week,” Orphanides said.He described how the skin on the soles of his feet had been hardened through years of walking barefoot and that had become an advantage during the war.“I remember a lad, after a very long march taking off his socks and the skin of his soles had remained in his socks from too much walking. He wasn’t used to such conditions.”Orphanides believes that he survived the war unscathed due to the protection of Virgin Mary, whose icon he had on him in his missions.“I was in danger many times. One time in Dunkirk, a bomb fell right where we were standing but luckily, the soil was sandy and it did not go off. We were spared.”His evocative accounts of human suffering in World War II are equalled by his descriptions of the toll taken on nature and animals.“When we arrived at Cassino in Italy the trees were in good condition, after the war, from the shells, not a single leaf was left on them. War is terrible. It destroys everything. The trees had paid the price.”The same was true for many of the mules, killed and mutilated by bombs.“We saw a lot, the animals were suffering, the trees. I wish peace in the world. People ought to fight only for their country and honour, not for the affairs of others,” Orphanides said.By the end of the war, Orphanides was the head of his company and was asked to stay in the army.“An officer from Larnaca had advised me to sign up for two more years, I had already risen two ranks and he said I could earn a third stripe. But I was sick of the war,” Orphanides said.After being discharged, Orphanides married Margarita also from Ardana in 1946.  But jobs were still hard to come by.“I got married, had a son and a daughter. I thought ‘if I stay here my children will be left without any education just like me’, so I decided to move to the UK.”Charalambos with his wife Margarita whom he married in 1946After working for a few months, he managed to bring his family over and settled there. He initially lived and worked in London, in various restaurants and at the Firestone tyre factory, before finding a job as a cook in a hospital. By 1963, he was able to buy property in Weston-super-Mare and open his own restaurant and small hotel.“I had a very good life in England,” Orphanides said.One of Charalambos’ stone carvingsAfter retirement in 1983, Orphanides and his wife returned to Cyprus to join their children who had already moved back. When Margarita died in 1992, Orphanides decided to take up stone carving as a hobby.“I was a construction worker, I wanted to work with my hands,” he said, pointing to one of his finely crafted pieces.“Life is adventurous. One ought to be patient and never give up hope. I had always kept my faith and never stopped trying.”You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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