NDTVs Ravish Kumar wins Magsaysay

first_imgManila: Indian journalist Ravish Kumar on Friday was awarded this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award, regarded as the Asian version of the Nobel Prize. Kumar, 44, who is NDTV India’s senior executive editor is one of India’s most influential TV journalists, the award citation said. He is among five individuals who were declared winners of the award. “Kumar’s “Prime Time” programme deals with “real-life, under-reported problems of ordinary people”, it added. “If you have become the voice of the people, you are a journalist,” the citation added. The four other winners of the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award are Ko Swe Win from Myanmar, Angkhana Neelapaijit from Thailand, Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab from Philippines and Kim Jong-Ki from South Korea. Established in 1957, the Ramon Magsaysay Award is Asia’s highest honour.last_img read more

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Ottawa holds emergency cabinet meeting to try to salvage Trans Mountain project

first_imgOne after one, other Ministers are coming down but saying little. Just repeating the pipeline will be built and they are looking at all options #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018The company has said it will not pay for any more non-essential expenses after B-C’s obstructionist tactics. Members of the Trudeau government have emerged from an emergency meeting on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, saying they are more determined than ever to get the project built — over the objections of British Columbia.Natural resources Minister Jim Carr says they considering various options.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr came out to speak for just a minute and a half. Gave no new answers on what the government will do about the Trans Mountain pipeline. #Cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/tmV6mrnQ7q— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018He would not comment on Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s threat today that her province will simply buy the whole project from Kinder Morgan.We had a walking scrum with Infrastructure Minister Sohi, who also wouldn’t provide any new information. Wouldn’t talk about options or even say when we will hear about any government decision.#cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018last_img read more

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China suspends export permits from two Canadian pork plants says Ottawa

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — The federal government says it has been notified that China has suspended the export permits of two Canadian pork exporters.A spokeswoman for Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says a formal notice of the suspension was received Wednesday after Customs China posted the information on its website.Kate Hawkins says it believes the cause of the action is administrative.Canadian pork producer Olymel LP says its plant in Red Deer, Alta., is one of two affected by the suspension. The other pork producer has yet to be identified.Spokesman Richard Vigneault says the Quebec-based company is assessing the situation, but so far there is no impact on production at the plant.The suspension comes as relations between the two countries have become tense following last December’s arrest in Vancouver of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. warrant. China has since arrested two Canadians and halted canola imports from two Canadian companies.last_img read more

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ICBC launches telematics pilot for new drivers

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – ICBC is launching into telematics research with a new pilot, this time inviting as many as 7,000 drivers with less than five years of experience to see how telematics technology can improve their driving and make B.C. roads safer.ICBC says its rates are under considerable pressure in part from a significant increase in crashes.According to the Provincial Insurance Company, new drivers are 5.6 times more at risk of getting into a crash and for that crash to be severe than those with 20 years of driving experience. “Starting September 2019, inexperienced drivers will be paying more to better reflect this risk as part of the recent changes to rate fairness. This pilot is an opportunity to assess if telematics can measurably improve driver behaviour and help offset that impact in the future by decreasing the demographic’s risk of being in a crash.”ICBC says results from the first telematics pilot earlier this year that focused on the technology’s usability found that over 40 percent of participants saw improvements in their driving by using the technology, and nearly three-quarters recommended that ICBC explore its use further, particularly for inexperienced drivers.In early 2019, ICBC will confirm a vendor that will provide the technology for the pilot through a Negotiated Request for Proposal process, and participant sign-up will begin in the spring. The pilot will launch in the summer with incentives for drivers while collecting driver feedback and driving behaviour data for one year.ICBC is looking for participants in the Novice Stage of the Graduated Licensing Program or with less than five years of experience as a fully licensed driver from across B.C.If you are interested in participating in this pilot program, you can visit icbc.com/driverpilotlast_img read more

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Pinstripe Bowl Matchup

Miami (7-5, ACC) vs. Wisconsin (7-5, Big Ten), Dec. 27, 5:15 p.m. EST (ESPN).LOCATION: New York.TOP PLAYERSMiami: Junior LB Shaq Quarterman had 76 tackles, 13 for a loss, and was picked for the All-ACC first team, while junior RB back Travis Homer had 969 yards rushing, averaging 6.3 yards per carry.Wisconsin: Sophomore RB Jonathan Taylor is the nation’s leading rusher with 1,989 yards and 16 TDs.NOTABLEMiami: The Hurricanes were ranked No. 8 in the preseason but lost four straight before finishing the season with an impressive 24-3 win over the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division champion Pittsburgh.Wisconsin: The Badgers were ranked fourth by The AP in the preseason but were hurt by a head injury to QB Alex Hornibrook that limited him to nine games and Wisconsin ended the regular season with a loss to Minnesota, its first to the Golden Gophers since 2003.LAST TIMEWisconsin is 2-0 against Miami in the post-season, including a 34-24 victory in last year’s Orange Bowl. The Badgers lead the all-time series 3-2.BOWL HISTORYMiami: The Hurricanes are 19-20 in bowl games and have lost twice in the Sun Bowl, to Washington State in 2015 and Notre Dame in 2010.Wisconsin: The Badgers will be making their 17th straight bowl appearance and are 15-14 overall in the post-season. They defeated UCLA by one point in the 2000 Sun Bowl.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

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Diet drinks are not healthy and could trigger weight gain say researchers

first_imgProfessor Susan Jebb said diet drinks were a good place to start for people who were trying to cut back on calories  Sugar-free and diet drinks are not helpful for weight loss and could even cause people to pile on the pounds, researchers at Imperial College have claimed.A review of dozens of studies dating back 30 years found that there is no solid evidence that sugar-free alternatives prevent weight gain, type 2 diabetes or help maintain a healthy Body Mass Index. (BMI)Although artificially-sweetened beverages contain fewer calories than sugary versions, researchers say they still trigger sweet receptors in the brain, which may make people crave food. Coupled with the fact that most people view diet drinks as healthier, it could lead to over-consumption, the researchers argue. “ Artificially sweetened drinks are a step in the right direction to cut calories.”Prof Tom Sanders, Professor emeritus of Nutrition and Dietetics, at King’s College London, added: “The conclusion that reduced sugar or sugar free drinks should not be promoted or seen as part of a healthy diet seems unwarranted and likely to add to public confusion.”Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said swapping to low or no sugar drinks “goes some way to managing calorie intake and weight”, especially for young people.”However, maintaining a healthy weight takes more than just swapping one product for another,” she added. “Calories consumed should match calories used, so looking at the whole diet is very important.”The review was published in the journal PLOS One.  Professor Susan Jebb  Drinking water rather than diet drinks is advised for people trying to lose weight  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Drinking water rather than diet drinks is advised for people trying to lose weight center_img The authors claim that previous studies which found diet drinks were helpful should be discounted because they were funded by the drinks industry.However the British Soft Drinks Association said that it was wrong to target sugar-free drinks, because they helped people maintain a low calorie diet. Artificially-sweetened beverages should not be promoted as part of a healthy dietProf Christopher Millett, Imperial College Gavin Partington, BSDA Director General, said: “At a time when we are trying to encourage people to reduce their overall calorie intake it is extremely unhelpful that products which contain no sugar, let alone calories, are demonised without evidence.“It’s worth bearing in mind that the UK soft drinks sector is the only category in which sugar intake is consistently falling year on year – over 17 per cent since 2012.” “A common perception, which may be influenced by industry marketing, is that because ‘diet’ drinks have no sugar, they must be healthier and aid weight loss when used as a substitute for full sugar versions,” said Professor Christopher Millett, senior investigator from Imperial’s School of Public Health.“However we found no solid evidence to support this. Far from helping to solve the global obesity crisis, artificially-sweetened beverages may be contributing to the problem and should not be promoted as part of a healthy diet.” Professor Susan Jebb, the government’s advisor on obesity, said that sugar was a major risk factor for obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay and said switching to artificially sweetened drinks was ‘a step in the right direction.’“For people seeking to manage their weight tap water is without question the best drink to choose, for health and the environment, but for many people who are used to drinking sugary drinks this will be too hard a change to make,” said Prof Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health at the University of Oxford.last_img read more

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Phone records critical to war on terrorism says White House

first_imgUS INTELLIGENCE AGENCY collection of people’s telephone records is a critical tool to fight terrorism, the White House said Thursday in response to news reports of wide scale monitoring of this type.A senior official in the administration of President Barack Obama did not explicitly confirm a reported court order allowing the practice, but seemed to acknowledge such monitoring is in fact going on.The Guardian reported that mobile carrier Verizon is required to provide the National Security Agency daily with information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the United States and between the US and other countries.The newspaper cited a top-secret court order issued in April, and said it had obtained a copy, which it reproduced online.“The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk — regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing,” the report said.The Washington Post quoted two former US officials as saying the order as reproduced by the Guardian looks authentic.Critical toolThe Obama administration official, while apparently avoiding confirming specifically that such activity is going on, said information of the sort described in the article is a “critical tool” to protect America from terrorist threats.The official said such information “allows counterterrorism personnel to discover whether known or suspected terrorists have been in contact with other persons who may be engaged in terrorist activities, particularly people located inside the United States.”Under the order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered.The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court had “granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19,” the paper reported.The information was classed as metadata, it added.George W. BushThe administration official, which noted that FISA court orders are classified, said the Guardian discusses “what purports to be an order issued by” that court.The official said that “on its face, the order reprinted in the article does not allow the government to listen in on anyone’s telephone calls.”The NSA, as part of a program secretly authorised by former president George W. Bush in October 2001, implemented a bulk collection of US telephone, Internet and email records.In 2006, USA Today shocked many when it reported that the NSA had “been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth.”It had been “using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity,” that paper reported.“Until now, there has been no indication that the Obama administration implemented a similar program,” the Guardian notes today.Read: Top secret: US government continues with Bush-era phone monitoring >Read: 900 gardaí to help keep the peace at the G8 summit in Co Fermanagh >last_img read more

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European Court rules that travel time is work

first_imgThe European Court of Justice has ruled that travel between an employee’s home and the first and last job of the day at a client’s location constitutes working time for staff without a fixed or habitual place of work.The court considered this time spent travelling as working time, with the employee at the employer’s disposal during the journey.The ruling confirms the opinion given by the Advocate General in June 2015 in the case of Federación de Servicios Privados del Sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL and others.Security systems firm Tyco closed its regional offices in Spain in 2011, reassigning all staff to its central office in Madrid. Technicians at the organisation install and maintain security equipment at clients’ homes, industrial and commercial premises within the regions to which they are assigned.Employees are provided with a company vehicle and mobile phone to carry out their duties, which can involve driving distances of more than 100km.Prior to closing its regional offices, Tyco considered the daily working time of its staff to begin from the point of arrival at the office to pick up the vehicles used for appointments, and ending when the vehicles were returned to the site in the evening. Following the closures, the time employees spent travelling between their home and the client’s premises was deemed to be a rest period rather than working time.The European Court of Justice took the view that workers in this situation are fulfilling their job duties for the duration of these journeys, and that to consider them as rest periods rather than working time would contravene the health and safety objectives of the Working Time Directive, which necessitates the guarantee of minimum rest periods for workers.The Court also highlighted the fact that employees begin and finish their work journeys at home is a result of Tyco’s decision to close its regional offices, rather than a desire from the employees themselves.Wider implications of the rulingThe ruling could have implications across the EU for employees that do not have a fixed or regular workplace and travel to customer locations to fulfil their job duties, as well as for the organisations that employ such staff.It could also affect compliance with the Working Time Directive, which states that employees cannot work more than 48 hours a week on average, although British business can choose to opt out of this limit.Catrina Smith, partner at legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright, said: “This means employers which have mobile workers with no fixed or habitual place of work should check whether the time spent travelling at the beginning and end of the day amounts to working time.“If so, they will need to check that the employees are having sufficient rest periods and not breaching the maximum weekly working hours. They will also need to consider whether they wish to make any changes to remuneration structures to prevent increases in costs.“For well-paid employees there may be some flexibility, although issues may arise in agreeing any changes to the employee’s terms and conditions.”For employees paid the national minimum wage to whom this may apply, employers will have less flexibility to change remuneration levels.”Suzanne Horne, partner and employment lawyer at law firm Paul Hastings, added: “The decision has immediate application and employers have no choice but to comply. This will create a serious burden for [organisations] at a time when there is already pressure to foot the increasing salary bill resulting from case law on holiday pay, increased national minimum wage and next year’s new national living wage.“Aside from the salary costs, there are additional questions about how this impacts an employee’s entitlement to daily rest breaks and the 48 hour maximum working week, as well as other employer liabilities, such as travel expenses.”last_img read more

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Hole left in Fort Lauderdale garage ceiling after tow truck nearly falls

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A hole was left behind in a Fort Lauderdale parking garage after a tow truck almost fell through the floor above.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to the garage in the area of Northeast 28th Street and Ocean Boulevard on Thursday morning to find the tow truck’s fire poking down from the second level.The flatbed tow truck’s front wheel fell through the floor of the two-story garage, leaving the hole seen in pictures taken by fire rescue.Investigators believe there was no danger of structural damage to the garage.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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PM Hasina says budget to benefit everyone

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday described the proposed budget for FY 2019-20 as people-friendly, development-oriented and balanced one, saying that everyone will be benefitted by the budget as it will help continue the pace of ongoing development.“Everyone will be benefitted by the budget,–this budget will help us to go forward with continuing the pace of ongoing development to build a happy, developed and prosperous country,” she said while winding up the general discussion on the proposed budget in the parliament.Sheikh Hasina, also Leader of the House said, “Bangladesh is going ahead and it’s my commitment to build a happy, prosperous and developed ‘Sonar Bangladesh’ free from hunger and poverty dreamt by father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”The government has achieved the quality of upgrading Bangladesh into a middle-income country by successfully implementing the ‘Vision 2021 and it is heading forward to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and build a developed country by 2041, she said.The premier said that the proposed budget of Tk 5,231.90 billion (Tk 523,190 crore) is the 11th straight budget of the Awami League government and the first one of this government.“We are now being praised in home and abroad for unprecedented development (of the country) in the last 10 years during the tenure of our government,” she said.The GDP growth is going to reach 8.13 per cent in the current FY 2018- 19 while the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has forecasted of 8 per cent GDP growth and according to ADB, it’s the highest in the Asia, she said.Sheikh Hasina said, “The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has mentioned that Bangladesh is one of the 20th countries which are going to contribute the highest in the GDP”Bangladesh has set a target to achieve 8.20 per cent growth in the GDP in the FY 2019-20 and double digit in the FY 2023-2024, the premier continued.The prime minister on Saturday also moved the Finance Bill, 2019 in the House on behalf of the finance minister as he is still sick.last_img read more

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European Music Societies Slam YouTubes Fact Free FearMongering

first_img“Even though the clarifications proposed by the EU institutions may not be to YouTube’s liking, they will contribute to sustainable and balanced growth of the European digital markets ultimately to the benefit of all stakeholders in the digital value chain including citizens. Many thousands of international artists, authors, publishers, labels, managers, songwriters have urged the EU to find a solution to the value gap. YouTube’s eleventh-hour campaign of fact-free fear-mongering should be seen for what it is: an attempt to derail the EU democratic legislative process.” YouTube has long been considered by many to be the big bad wolf of the music industry, largely because of the comparatively low royalties it pays on music streamed on its free platform, and because of the “safe harbor” laws that exempt it from policing unlicensed music on its site.In its annual and mid-year reports, the global music industry collective International Federation of the Phonographic Industry calls the resulting “value gap” the single greatest threat to the health of the business. Article 13 of the European copyright directive, now under consideration by the European Parliament, would change many of those provisions, and YouTube and its parent company Google/Alphabet have mobilized substantial forces to oppose it.Following a blog post by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki that stated the company paid significantly more in royalties to the music industry than calculations by the IFPI and other organizations — and also made the debatable claim that many songs with incomplete copyright information would be blocked from YouTube — on Tuesday YouTube Music chief Lyor Cohen (pictured above) posted an op-ed in Music Business Worldwide that doubled down on those claims, and also challenged record labels to reveal how YouTube’s royalties are distributed to artists (possibly implying that the labels are pocketing an undue share). While several executives responded to the op-ed in Variety Tuesday, on Wednesday afternoon five major European music-industry trade organizations — the IFPI as well as ECSA (the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance), GESAC (comprised of authors’ societies from across the European Union, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland), ICMP (a global music-publishing trade organization) and IMPALA (the European association of independent music companies) — fired off a strongly worded collective response titled “YouTube’s Fact Free Fear-Mongering,” which follows in full; details on Cohen and Wojcicki’s posts can be found here.“YouTube’s campaign against Article 13 of the Copyright Directive shows a lack of respect for the EU democratic process of law making,” it reads. “The revisions to the Directive have been under discussion for over four years already and the three main institutions of the European Union have all given their position. The Commission, Council and Parliament have all reached the same conclusion, that there is a value gap, also referred to as a transfer of value, where user upload services are making vast sums of money on creators’ content uploaded by their users, but not paying the right holders who own that content fairly. The result is a serious distortion in the European digital market place which harms right holders, other digital services and citizens. To correct that situation, platforms like YouTube should have to take responsibility for the content they use and monetize, by fairly remunerating their creators and right holders.“YouTube constantly refers menacingly to ‘unintended consequences’ if the Directive is adopted, and threatens to block content, instead of showing willingness to observe laws and fairly remunerate. In fact, the Directive will bring fairness. Fairness for all platforms by creating a level playing field where everyone is playing by the same rules and fairness for right holders who will be properly rewarded for their creative content. It’s in our interests to boost online creativity, not restrict it. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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How Technology Is Turning KnowledgeSharing Into a Global Currency

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Thanks to the internet and social media, anyone can now access knowledge on just about anything in just a few clicks. And since a blog can literally be started in 20 minutes or less, a lot more people are finding it easy to share knowledge, too.Related: 3 Tools to Encourage Knowledge Sharing At Your CompanyIn addition, thanks for the continuing innovations in digital technology, we can now initiate discussions and work together with people from almost anywhere across the globe as if they lived next door. And why not? Knowledge is meant to be shared; only by sharing our individual and collective experiences, skills, and know-how can we truly make the world a better placeTraditional forms of knowledge-sharing will probably continue to some degree, but industry will continue to integrate technological tools and innovation to make knowledge-collection, analysis and sharing faster and more efficient. From text and visual-based social media platforms, to video-streaming sites, review sites and podcasts, digital innovation will continue to make knowledge available to us at a moment’s notice.Here are a few reasons why that’s not just a good thing but a great thing.1. A larger pool of informationFrom delivering messages on horseback to using the old dial-up telephone to letting us communicate via Skype, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, forums, Google etc, internet technology has played a huge part in making information and communication better.How many times have you tried to source information online — something about making a cake, for example — and typed in “how to make cakes”?Thanks to Google’s multimillion lines of code, you will almost always find something relevant for every search. It doesn’t matter what filters your search has to pass through.So, whether your search is industry-, age- or location-specific, you’re sure to find something to help with your concern or at least help you make a more targeted search.2. Increased collaboration and facilitated skill developmentWhile the scale of information on the internet is almost limitless, a reasonable percentage of it is questionable. That’s why millions of internet users looking to learn a creative skill or get a professional counseling session or perhaps learn a new language tend to choose platforms specifically designed to meet those needs. Such searches, however, usually require more than a simple search engine query.Related: 4 Ways to Build Business Relationships With Knowledge-SharingMany knowledge-sharing platforms exist today. What a searcher chooses might be a forum-style platform like Quora or a teaching website with a catalogue of videos for learning, like the Khan Academy. Then there are platforms on very specific skill sets, such as Skillshare, which provide online learning opportunities on topics like photography, crafts, writing, etc. Going this route adds an extra layer of confidence in the quality of the information you are taking in.There are also platforms like Konversai that employ a real-time video tutorial approach, where people can share knowledge about anything via one-on-one videos. This approach aims to transform learning from a passive act, like viewing materials online, to an interactive session with a teacher in real time.It blends gig-economy sites like Upwork and People Per Hour with the interactivity of Facetime.3. Improved workplace productivityBusinesses are turning to enterprise collaboration software to aid productive work between employees and third parties. This is especially evident when it comes to employee onboarding.No business will be averse to explaining to new employees what its business and industry is all about, in a secure, online space where it can control the flow, relevance and context of information those new hires are exposed to.This helps ensure that employees can speak with one voice regardless of their geographical location, and can work well with one another, because they are properly motivated, armed with the requisite knowledge and headed in the same direction. There will be no need for them to spend the 1.8 hours per day to 9.3 hours typically needed per week (according to a McKinsey report), trying to pool together industry-related information online. Their collaboration platform will be they need.4. A boost in social media inspirationMillions of businesses and business ideas around the world have been born out of a spur-of-the moment inspiration. Social media is arguably the largest provider of such light-bulb moments. Cyberspace is full of potential inspiration, whether that means creating a mood board on Pinterest; collecting images; telling a story on Instagram; or posting an ad on Facebook, a tweet on Twitter, an article share on LinkedIn.Related: Digital Knowledge Manager: 5 Skills You Need to Succeed at the the Newest Marketing RoleEven just having a simple conversation with someone on social media can turn into a massive eureka moment that can give you a fresh idea or help you make an existing one better. There are millions of knowledge repositories and sources of inspiration besides social media, but since everyone is on social media anyway, for both business and personal reasons, it makes sense to milk it for all it’s got.In sum, there is knowledge to be found everywhere; technology just helps us make the process of finding and using it a much more pleasurable experience regardless of our particular needs and situations. October 30, 2017 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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Costa Rican woman denied therapeutic abortion petitions InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights

first_imgA Costa Rican woman who was denied a therapeutic abortion in November filed a petition last Thursday against the Costa Rican government at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).The woman, 32, who has been identified only by the pseudonym “Aurora,” requested a therapeutic abortion at a public hospital after she was told that her 12-week-old fetus was severely malformed and would not survive outside the womb.Costa Rican law allows for therapeutic abortions if a mother’s life is in danger. Doctors at the public Social Security System, or Caja, told Aurora the procedure would not be performed because her life was not at risk, she told the daily La Nación in January.Reproductive rights advocacy group “Por el derecho a decidir” (Pro Choice) and the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights filed the petition with the Washington, D.C.-based commission, arguing that several women in Costa Rica are facing similar situations.Aurora gave birth in December 2012 at the Max Peralta Hospital in the province of Cartago, east of the capital. The child lived less than one hour.In February, Costa Rica’s Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, rejected a similar case brought on behalf of Aurora.The San José-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights last December ruled against the Costa Rican government’s ban on in vitro fertilization, which was outlawed by the Sala IV in March 2000. The human rights court ordered the country to legalize the procedure and compensate 18 couples who were the victims in the case up to $20,000 each.Costa Rican lawmakers still have not passed legislation legalizing IVF. Facebook Comments Related posts:Social conservatives march against abortion, gay rights ‘Marianita’ Case Revives Abortion Debate Activists Mobilize Against Abortion Ban Activists Hope Court Reverses Abortion Banlast_img read more

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WTO cuts outlook for global trade in 2012 and 2013

first_imgFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – The World Trade Organization is cutting its estimate for growth in global trade for this year and next.The WTO lowered the 2012 forecast to 2.5 percent growth from 3.7 percent.The outlook for 2013 was reduced to 4.5 percent from 5.6 percent.The reason is a gloomier picture of the world economy. Figures for output and jobs in the U.S., the world’s largest economy, have disappointed. Meanwhile economic indicators point to slower growth in the world’s largest exporter, China. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy call for a new commitment to revitalizing trade. He said “the last thing the world economy needs right now is the threat of rising protectionism.”Global talks to lower trade barriers, known as the Doha Round, began in 2001 but have not reached agreement.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

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Independent candidate rides hatred of politics in Mexico

first_imgAnd in what appears to be a counteroffensive by the PRI, leaked official documents quote people suggesting, without firm proof, that Rodriguez has ties to the Zetas, the cartel he battled as mayor. He denies those allegations.El Bronco says he wants peaceful change, but tells people in Nuevo Leon, a state shattered by drug violence, that he can feel their pain. His own 22-year-old son was killed in 2009 in what initially appeared and accident, but which may have been a kidnapping.As an independent candidate, he is excluded from the generous government financing given to political parties, so he has conducted his campaign largely using social media, and he passes the hat at raucous campaign rallies.Political parties get essentially all their financing from tax money, and they are criticized for their bloated budgets for government cars, trips, bodyguards, advisors, offices and meals, angering people in a country where the minimum wage is under $5 per day.Rodriguez says he wants change things all that. And despite inequitable financing rules, he pulled together hundreds of thousands of signatures to run as an independent candidate.“I have two emotions that guide me,” Rodriguez said. “My family deserves someone who can protect them, and the other that, in this country we need somebody who will do things differently.” “This breath of fresh air could be just the shock the parties need, at least in Nuevo Leon,” Luis Carlos Ugalde, former head of the Mexico’s national election commission, told local media.Critics point out that Rodriguez spent 33 years in the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, and quit eight months ago to take advantage of the new law. But voters see him as an alternative in political system rife with cronyism and corruption. Current Nuevo Leon Gov. Rodrigo Medina has taken out full-page newspaper ads to deny widespread claims of corruption, allegations Rodriguez says he will pursue if he’s elected.“I think that in Nuevo Leon, we are seeing the first Mexican Spring,” Rodriguez told The Associated Press, comparing his quixotic quest for the governorship to pro-democracy movements like the Arab Spring of 2010 or the Prague Spring of 1968.That might be an overstatement. But Rodriguez’s support harkens back to 2000, when another plainspoken cowboy candidate, Vicente Fox, managed to topple the PRI’s 71-year rule and win the presidency for the opposition National Action Party.Fox rode a wave of discontent with the authoritarian and corrupt rule of the PRI. But the last 15 years have convinced many voters that National Action and other opposition parties mirror the PRI in terms of corruption scandals and accusations of politicians getting rich off public funds. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 FILE – In this March 30, 2011 file photo, Jaime Rodriguez, mayor of the Mexican town Villa Garcia, speaks on a cellphone in Monterrey, Mexico, a day after he survived an assassination attempt. As mayor of a suburb of the northern industrial city of Monterrey, Rodriguez survived two assassination attempts that left his car bullet-ridden, defying, he says, the fierce Zetas cartel. Now he is trying to beat the odds in another way, running as an independent for governor of Nuevo Leon, a wealthy and strategic state bordering Texas. (AP Photo, File) The June 7 midterm election is the first time the country has allowed unaffiliated candidates, thanks to an electoral reform last year. But the law allows him only a fraction of the campaign financing the government gives political parties.Although it is a state race, Rodriguez has captured the national imagination with his unorthodox manner and unrefined speech. He explains the challenges of his uphill race this way: “Sometimes God slaps you upside the head to make you get with program.”El Bronco says his nickname, and his blunt style just “show people that I’m the same as them, that I’m nobody different, that I’m just another guy who wants things to change, and things to be better.”Midterm elections, in which 500 members of congress, 17 state legislatures, nine governors and more than 300 mayors will be chosen, are usually viewed as a referendum on the president’s performance half-way through his six-year term.But this year it seems to be a referendum on the parties. In an opinion poll carried out by the lower house of congress earlier this year, 75 percent said they had little or no confidence in any party. The margin of error was 3.9 percentage points. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans’ disgust with corrupt, aloof, high-living politicians has a name, and it’s El Bronco. The horseback-riding, boot-clad, tough-talking Jaime Rodriguez lives up to his nickname.As mayor of a suburb of the northern industrial city of Monterrey, he survived two assassination attempts that left his car bullet-ridden, defying, he says, the fierce Zetas cartel. Now Rodriguez is trying to beat the odds in another way, running as an independent for governor of Nuevo Leon, a wealthy and strategic state bordering Texas. Top holiday drink recipes ?Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top Stories This time around, it’s all political parties that Mexicans appear to hate. People are so fed up that parties have trouble giving away pens and T-shirts on the street, and youthful brigades have organized on the Internet to rip down campaign posters from lampposts and trees in some Mexico City neighborhoods.Last week, Fernando Elizondo of the Citizen Movement party ended his gubernatorial campaign and threw his support behind Rodriguez. A day later, a poll by the newspaper Reforma showed Rodriguez with 31 percentage points, five ahead of his nearest opponent, Ivonne Alvarez of the PRI. 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