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Widened G20 would include views of more nations SouthEast Asian nations tell

The G20 played a crucial role in helping to ameliorate the impact of the financial crisis, Singapore’s Foreign Minister George Yeo told the Assembly’s annual high-level debate.“Though not ideal, it is the most important driver of change we have right now,” he said, adding that the United Nations is “too intricate” to deal with such problems.But for the G20 to be effective and legitimate, “it is not enough for leaders to confer and make general exhortations,” Mr. Yeo stated.These gatherings should not be confined to the same nations every time, he said, calling for “variable geometry in membership.”The official proposed different participants for different subjects, stressing that “the views of small States, which comprise the majority of UN members, must not be ignored.”He emphasized that “a balance has to be struck between effectiveness and inclusiveness,” since a gathering that is too big would be too unwieldy, while a meeting that is too small would lack “representation and legitimacy.”Recognizing that power shifts never occur smoothly, Mr. Yeo called for a collective effort in putting a new global system into place.“We should not be lulled by the temporary easing of the global economy into thinking that the worst is behind us and that we can return to our old ways again.”For his part, Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah bin Haji Aman of neighbouring Malaysia said that while the G20 includes a greater number of nations than the Group of Eight (G8), “questions still remain as to how representative and inclusive it truly is.”Mr. Aman underscored that that “the choice between legitimacy and effectiveness is often a false one.”Malaysia, he said, was the first to call for reform of the Bretton Woods institutions and bolstering the international financial regulatory system in the wake of the Asian financial crisis.“This means that ideas and solutions are not the monopoly of the large and power,” the Foreign Minister emphasized. 28 September 2009The so-called Group of 20 (G20) industrialized nations must be reformed to strike the perfect balance between effectiveness and inclusiveness, top officials from Singapore and Malaysia told the General Assembly today. read more

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At UN Actress Geena Davis warns 700 years needed to reach gender

The Academy Award-Winning Actor, who founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, said the data from her research shows “disturbing” results of how “profoundly fewer” female characters are in family movies and television programmes aimed at young children under the age of 11.Ms. Davis, known for her portrayals of strong female characters in films such as “Thelma and Louise,” went on to say the message the children were getting through entertainment media was of “hyper-sexualized” female characters judged by their appearance.“If we added female characters at the rate we have been over past 20 years, we will achieve parity in 700 years,” Ms. Davis said, adding that she believed gender parity in children’s entertainment media can be reached dramatically faster – possibly even seven years. She noted that the message kids are getting through entertainment media is that women and girls are second class citizens. “There is one sector where this gross imbalance can be changed overnight and that is on screen,” she said. “We don’t have to fix the unconscious bias they are raised with later on. We can fix it from the very beginning.”Ms. Davis was speaking at an event on the side lines of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women taking place at UN Headquarters to promote gender equality in and through the media, as central to the so-called post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals that will drive the global development agenda for years to come.Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in remarks read by one of her deputies, said women represent “just third of reporters, and quarters of media decision makers.”“Only a quarter of people questioned, heard or seen or read about in the media are women,” according to Ms. Bokova. “How can we get the whole full story with only half of the world’s voices? We do need to redress this imbalance.”Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, which co-hosted the event with UNESCO, and Ms. Bokova agreed on the imperative to change the underlying stereotypes of women. “Progress is not the same as success,” the UNESCO head said. read more

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€26 million in sports equipment grants approved

first_imgMINISTER OF STATE for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring has approved grants of €2.6 million to allow 22 national sports bodies to buy new equipment and boost participation in sport.The funding has been awarded to a range of national governing bodies including the Athletics Association, Irish Wheelchair Association and the GAA.The grants will cover equipment as diverse as a mobile Olympic handball arena, scrum machines, a ‘cricket factory’ where you can try out the game and martial arts arenas.Michael Ring said he hoped the funding will encourage more people to get involved in sport.“The real beneficiaries from this funding will be the thousands of sportspeople across Ireland who head out on week nights and weekends to train with their local club,” he said.“Although some of the equipment will be used at national level by the governing bodies, a significant portion will be utilised at local level.”GrantsThe highest grant of 400,000 was approved for the Irish Sailing Association for equipment such as mobile training equipment, transport vans and coach boats.Some €350,000 was allocated for the Athletics Association of Ireland for items including speed gates, GPS heart rate monitors and lactate machines.A grant of €257,517 was approved for defibrillators, GPS trackin system and scrum machines for the Irish Rugby Football Union.The GAA’s allocation is €220,000 for footballs, sliotars, bibs, cones and portable goalposts.The full list can be found here.Read: Over €750,000 spent on prison sports equipment in 2010, 2011>last_img read more

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In 85 years just seven TDs have resigned from the Dáil Who

first_imgGeorge Lee outside Leinster House (James Horan/Photocall Ireland)The man who had reported on our economic boom and bust was seen as someone with solutions who could formulate Fine Gael’s economic policy on its path to government. But it wasn’t long before he claimed that he found himself sidelined within the parliamentary party and announced his resignation on 8 February 2010 having had “virtually no influence or input” into shaping the party’s economic policies. He returned to RTÉ where he is currently presenting on radio and television.Later that year the ostracised Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal North-East, Jim McDaid, would also resign his seat just months before a general election on 2 November 2010. The former Tourism and Sport Minister had been outside of the parliamentary party for two years at that stage after he had opposed the government over a vote on the cervical cancer vaccination programme.Jim McDaid in 2004 (Photocall Ireland)Often controversial, McDaid had said he planned to retire from politics in 2006 only to renege on that promise. He subsequently claimed that he had received no support from Fianna Fáil during the 2007 general election and his poor voting record in the Dáil was also heavily publicised and criticised. In his resignation letter he criticised the government and called for an election before the end of 2012.On 22 March 2014, Patrick Nulty, the independent TD for Dublin West, shocked the political world by resigning his seat, pre-empting revelations in the Sunday World that he had sent explicit and inappropriate messages to a 17-year-old girl on Facebook while he was drunk.While some political observers believed that Nulty, who had been elected as a Labour TD before quitting the party over its role in government, could have weathered the controversy, he said in his resignation statement: “I set myself the highest standards personally and politically.“Unfortunately due to personal mistakes I have not met those standards in this matter and I will take responsibility for that.”Patrick Nulty (Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)Why only seven?Seven is a low number when you consider the many political controversies and issues down through the years. There have of course been many alternative actions taken by representatives such as resigning their ministry or the party whip and going independent.Perhaps the primary reason there have been so few is that full resignation from the Dáil is effectively resigning your job and becoming unemployed is not usually a decision anyone takes lightly.In some cases, particularly when a controversy arises, the decision not to resign one’s seat is because of a belief that you did nothing wrong. Political analyst Noel Whelan explains: “In some cases it’s because they don’t want to accept that they did anything wrong. So for example with Michael Lowry when he resigned from Fine Gael but remained an independent.“Or Liam Lawlor who resigned from Fianna Fáil but stayed on as he didn’t think he did anything wrong. Then there are people who have been elected TDs and become frustrated but generally wait until the next election and step down. There’s been a couple of those. In some ways its logical for them to wait out their term.”One could always take the principled stand of resigning their seat and standing in a by-election but that presents a logisitical problem particularly in the case of an independent TD.Say if f that TD was elected with 20 per cent of the vote, resigning and standing in a by-election means they would need over 50 per cent of the vote which is not easily achieved when you face the political machines of the four major parties.“It’s almost impossible,” according to Whelan. “That’s why Kevin Boland, for example, gave up on principle but didn’t recontenst in the subsequent by-election because he had no hope of winning it.” “There’s a reluctance to give up something they fought for and resigning is an acknowledgement in some cases that they did something wrong.”Maybe then there is a logic in setting up a recall system where TDs can effectively be sacked if they’re not up to scratch. But that in itself creates its own problems. In a multi-seat proportional representation system where, for example, 20,000 signatures might be needed on a petition to recall, that could involve supporters of other candidates elected in that constituency clubbing together to seek a removal of a certain TD.Maybe then an impeachment system in the Dáil would work whereby a two-thirds majority could vote on a motion of impeachment. But that to some extent politicises what is a democratic process, creating its own hazards.The bottom line is that there is no perfect way to implement a system whereby TDs can be removed from the Dáil if it is the will of the people who put them there outside of an election year. Perhaps acknowledging this there is no commitment in the programme for government to implement any of the aforementioned systems.Perhaps then it is best left to the drama of a general election, guaranteed every five years where people can elect a  TD and, as Mick Wallace put it so eloquently recently, “discard me when they see fit”.Did we miss anyone? We checked the records and are pretty confident that seven is the magic number but if we missed anyone, please let us know in the comments.Author’s note: The title of this story originally stated ’95 years’ when in fact it should have said ’85 years’Constituency report: Dáil loses 8 TDs in radical boundary shake-upVideo: Mick Wallace’s statement to the Dáil Note: This article was originally published 1 July 2012 but has been updated and republished today in light of the resignation of Patrick Nulty. WHEN MICK WALLACE and his company’s tax affairs recently spent a whole week in the news there was considerable talk about the possibility of him resigning his seat in the Dáil.In the end the Wexford deputy stood up in the chamber and said that he would not be resigning having taken the pulse of the people who elected him.“I have never been good at quitting,” he told his fellow TDs. The same words could easily be applied to many Dáil deputies who have faced calls for their resignation down through the years but never actually followed through with it.In the entire history of Dáil Eireann going back to 1919 there have been a total of 1,239 TDs but according to our own calculations when you discount the turbulent first four dálaí – when there were numerous resignations as Ireland struggled for independence – as well as striking off resignations to assume another political office and resignations because of ill-health just seven TDs have resigned over matters of principle or controversy.The Famous SevenThe first came in March 1946 when the independent TD William Dwyer, a former unsuccessful Fine Gael candidate in the 1943 general election and company director, resigned his seat in the Cork Borough two years after he was elected. Little is known of his reasons for doing so but we do know that he stood at the 1948 general election for the Cork East constituency but was not successful in winning a seat and did not serve in the lower house again.It was another 12 years before we had another resignation and that was in May 1958 when the independent TD and member of the Unemployed Protest Committee John ‘Jack’ Murphy stepped down from his seat in the Dublin South-Central constituency just over a year after he had been elected.His story is a colourful one, known in some quarters as ‘the man in the black beret’ he made history when he became the first unemployed person ever elected to a national legislature. His manifesto was simple: to put the issue of unemployment at the centre of political discourse in Ireland at a time when unemployment and emigration were high.Jack Murphy in the late 1950s (Wikimedia Commons) But his frustrations with a lack of progress on this issue led to him taking the rare action he did just over a year after he was elected when he resigned his seat and later emigrated to Canada. “I was fed up with the callous indifference of the big parties to the situation of the workers. I resigned as a protest against appalling indifference of those parties to the unemployed,” he said later. Murphy returned to Ireland and held various jobs before he died in 1984.If Jack Murphy’s departure was on a matter of principal then the same could be said of the Fianna Fáil TD Kevin Boland in May 1970 in when the experienced minister, who was at the time responsible for local government, became considerably peeved at Fianna Fáil’s handling of the new crisis in the North – The Troubles. The conflict had the effect of splitting the party between those who wanted action taken and those who urged caution.Kevin Boland on his land at farmers vale Rathcoole, Co Dublin in 1998 (Photocall Ireland)Boland became so angry on one occasion that he allegedly resigned his ministerial portfolio and his Dáil seat only to have both rejected by the Taoiseach. In the end he would eventually resign for good in solidarity with Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney after the pair were caught up in the Arms Crisis. Boland would make headlines at the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis a year later when he appeared on stage and urged people to join him only to be shouted down by an enraged Patrick Hillery and a jubilant crowd.He later founded his own party, Aontacht Eireann (Irish Unity), and continued to criticise the government’s policy on the North but was never elected again and died in 2001.It was 27-years before there would be another Dáil resignation of a similar nature and again it would be Fianna Fáil. In this case the Dublin North TD Ray Burke would step down over the revelations that he had received IR£80,000 from a property developer in connection with Dublin City Council’s decision to rezone certain land.Ray Burke in 2004These allegations would lead to growing concerns about Burke’s suitability for a senior cabinet role and would eventually see him resign on 7 October 1997. Later the Planning Tribunal was established and found that Burke was “corrupt”.Not only did it examine the planning payments but also his perceived bias against RTÉ and large bribes he received in connection with the establishment of Century Radio in the 90s when he was Communications Minister. He later served four months in jail after he he was found guilty of making false tax returns and has kept a low profile since his release.If Burke’s departure was all about controversy then George Lee’s resignation of his Fine Gael seat in Dublin South just nine months after he was elected was about frustration. The former RTÉ economics editor had secured over 50 per cent of first preference votes in a 2009 by-election amid a wave of anti-government sentiment and frustration over the economy.last_img read more

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I take one less slice of bread for lunch how Irish children

first_imgUpdated 7.56pm Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeTHE CHILDREN’S CHARITY helpline Childline, has sought to highlight that it is not just a service for children who are being abused and neglected – volunteers are there for all children, and in recent years, this has included children who are victims of the recession.Speaking ahead of the ISPCC’s AGM last week, Childline Volunteer Monica Rowe, said the helpline receives almost 2,000 calls a day.“We get children who just want to chat, we get children who are being bullied, we get children whose parents have been let go or are not working out are financially strapped,” she explained. “And those children don’t want to burden their parents with their own worries now. They’re very smart – kids are very smart, and they’re very aware that their parents are in trouble. They’re very aware and they’re trying to stay quiet and they’re trying to stay good.”Like one little fella who rang and said “I’m taking one less slice of bread in my lunch because that might help, that might save them some money”, but they’re not going to tell the parents that, because they don’t want to worry the parents.“They’re not children at risk but they can offload, they can take a sigh of relief that they’ve offloaded and they can carry on with their day,” she said.Last week, the ISPCC said its funds were so low since the fallout from the CRC and Rehab scandals that it may have to cut back on Childlike operating hours. This would mean the service would be closed at night – when it is needed most.Donations are down 20 per cent so far this year and the charity is asking the public to start donating again, pointing out at its AGM last week that it is fully transparent, and all details of accounts can be found on its website.Childline can be reached free of charge, 24 hours a day at 1800 666 666Childline’s free text service runs from 10am to 10pm, text “talk” to 50101Childline’s online chat service runs from 10am to 10pm, accessible at www.childline.ie.First published 8.45amRelated: ‘We’ve told children we’re here for them 24/7 – if charity crisis continues we won’t be’>Opinion: Childline is at breaking point – who else will listen to vulnerable children?>last_img read more

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First Star Trek into Darkness trailer released

first_imgIt’s been almost four years since the last Star Trek movie came out. Star Trek rebooted the franchise and surprised us all by actually being very good. There were enough references and homages for the Trekkies while it remained welcoming to newcomers.J.J. Abrams has kept us waiting for the sequel, though, as Star Trek into Darkness doesn’t come out until May 17, 2013. In fact, there’s been barely any news about the movie, but finally the first trailer has been released. Usually a movie is advertised at least a year in advance, so this is quite unusual. Either way, there’s still a big debate going on about which villain British Sherlock star, Benedict Cumberbatch is actually playing.The trailer is only a minute long, but it does a good job of cramming in as much action as possible. The voice over by Cumberbatch threatens the crew’s world is not safe as he has “returned to have my vengeance.” That particular line is making a lot of fans think that Cumberbatch is playing Khan, Captain Kirk’s most infamous enemy. Khan does indeed become a sort of super villain as he’s genetically engineered in the original Star Trek series’ episode Space Seed. He’s super intelligent and strong, which all point toward Cumberbatch in the trailer as he’s shown being extremely athletic.Some argue that it may not be Khan as Kirk hasn’t met him before in this particular story arc, but who knows what’s meant to have happened in the gap between Into Darkness and the last Star Trek movie. All we know for sure is when the Enterprise returned home, their world was attacked, leaving Kirk and his crew the duty of going after the man who caused it all.The trailer certainly makes the movie look action-packed and exciting, but it does leave us with a lot of questions. Maybe that was the aim as everyone is going to be debating this for a while.last_img read more

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So many lies Mr Justice Charleton left with plenty to mull over

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Judge: “If you think you have journalistic privilege, I will certain listen to that, but you have to give me the facts and circumstances upon which you claim to base it… And at the moment I just can’t see how it arises, and unfortunately at the moment a reasonable person might see this as a complete smokescreen. I’m not saying whether I see it that way or not, but I’m here to listen.”Marrinan: “I mean, could it ever be right that a source could be left in jeopardy by a journalist exposed to being condemned as a liar when you know that that’s not so and that the truth is that he was in contact with you? Could that be in any way healthy for journalism, for the truth or anything else?”McCann: “I am in a position where I am trying my best to defend not only my career as a journalist but also assist to the Tribunal. It is a very difficult position to be in. By revealing the contents of my communication and conversations with a source, is leaving me very much open as a journalist to not be trusted when I continue my career as I intend to do.”This form of argument has been mirrored in other interactions between the judge and other journalists and their counsel.Mr Justice Charleton has expressed a wish on numerous occasions to be given all the information he needs to judge whether or not there was a smear campaign against Maurice McCabe.At the same time, he has also appeared keen to hear all the evidence as expeditiously as possible. Source: Disclosures TribunalIn submissions yesterday, most of the counsel did not think it would achieve much by bringing the matter to the High Court and the judge could still draw conclusions despite some journalists not disclosing information.So what now?Some journalists chose not to reveal their sources but a number also said that David Taylor did not smear Maurice McCabe to them.Before closing yesterday, the judge outlined a myriad of factors he’ll now have to consider in his final report.They included:How Maurice McCabe is saying one thing and Dave Taylor is saying another about what was said when they met in September 2016. McCabe said Taylor told him he ran the smear campaign via text and that there “hundreds, possibly thousands” of texts sent. Taylor said he never told McCabe this and didn’t conduct the smear via text.What Taylor said then and what his case is now. When he sat down with Tribunal investigators he said when smearing McCabe that he’d mention the sexual abuse claim that McCabe was exonerated that he’d drop it in on the basis that “there was no smoke without fire”. The case from his counsel recently was that it was done on the basis that McCabe was “embittered”. If he did smear McCabe, which is the accurate version?What did Martin Callinan say to other people? We’ve had RTÉ journalist Philip Boucher-Hayes say Callinan said McCabe had done “horrific things” and had “psychological and psychiatric” issues. We’ve had Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness say Callinan told McCabe “fiddles with kids”. Callinan has said he never said these things.The judge’s decision not to take the matter to the High Court means that closing submissions from the various parties on what they think happened here are all that’s left.And then it’s just a matter of waiting for the report. The near 100-day Tribunal has actually been going on for roughly a year and it’s likely that Mr Justice Charleton has been writing the report as he goes along.But, in the last month or so, there has been a hefty chunk of evidence on the most crucial part of the Tribunal so it’s not likely to be ready too soon.With the courts traditionally out for the month of August, it’ll possibly be September at the earliest when the surely mammoth report is published. Share11 Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/4083073 14,328 Views ‘So many lies’: Mr Justice Charleton left with plenty to mull over as Tribunal winds up The Tribunal won’t be going to the High Court over privilege, paving the way for the closing of proceedings. Mr Justice Charleton will make a crucial ruling on privilege. Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 12:05 AM Mr Justice Charleton will make a crucial ruling on privilege. No Comments Jun 23rd 2018, 12:05 AM By Sean Murray THE NAME ON the witness list may have been Michael Wallace but Mick wasn’t having any of it.He wasn’t having any of the stories that have been told at the Disclosures Tribunal either, having been present for a number of the 90+ days so far.On Thursday, the Wexford TD told Mr Justice Peter Charleton that “there’s never been a judge in the history of the State told [that’s been] told so many lies”.With the accounts of some witnesses were directly contradicted by others, it must be the case that some haven’t told the truth and the judge’s task in the coming weeks and months is to unpick the intricacies and write a lengthy report at the end of it.The Tribunal had faced a potentially indefinite delay this week over journalistic privilege but the judge’s ruling yesterday means that we’re just about finished the public hearings into the whole Maurice McCabe saga that has dominated the Irish news agenda for the best part of half a decade.Why would it have been delayed?The Tribunal has spent the last month looking into claims from former garda press officer Superintendent Dave Taylor that he was directed by former commissioner Martin Callinan to smear Maurice McCabe to the media.Taylor alleges that he gave a number of journalists negative briefings about McCabe, would “do down” McCabe and that Nóirín O’Sullivan was aware of the smear campaign.However, when called to give evidence to the Tribunal, a number of journalists claimed journalistic privilege when asked to say who gave them certain bits of information relating to McCabe.As outlined here, not compelling journalists to reveal confidential sources does have legal precedent but not a strict provision in Irish law.Counsel for the various journalists involved made their case to Mr Justice Peter Charleton yesterday as to the basis for their clients claiming privilege.There were two possible outcomes: either the judge ruled that the journalists can claim privilege or he ruled that they must reveal their sources.In the case of the former, the Tribunal would proceed as normal and likely finish up proceedings by the end of next week.In the case of the latter, however, the Tribunal could have been sent into limbo. If the judge ruled that sources must be revealed, then that matter would have ended up in the High Court.In its updated list of proceedings, the Tribunal noted: “If a referral to the High Court is made, the tribunal will adjourn appropriately with no known recommencement date.”Privileged infoOne journalist who repeatedly claimed privilege during her evidence was Irish Mail on Sunday journalist Debbie McCann.She was one of three journalists who sought out an interview with Ms D – the woman who had previously made an allegation of sexual abuse against Maurice McCabe. At the time it was alleged in 2006, McCabe was exonerated of wrongdoing.McCann claimed privilege when asked if Taylor had negatively briefed her or gave her the information about Ms D, and it led to this exchange involving Mr Justice Charleton and Tribunal counsel Patrick Marrinan SC: Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Short URLlast_img read more

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Buy this 100 Fire TV get a free Echo Dot

first_img See It Adorama 1:51 Now playing: Watch this: CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $49 TVs Smart Speakers & Displays $49 $29 Best Buy Comments 3 See It Amazon Toshiba The Cheapskate CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Amazon Echo Dot See it Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation, Charcoal) Review • Amazon Echo Dot 3 review: Alexa’s best Dot yet plays defense Crutchfield Not shown: The free Echo Dot you get when purchasing an Insignia or Toshiba Fire TV Edition like this one. Sarah Tew/CNET Shopping for a new TV? Amazon is making a compelling case for choosing a Fire TV Edition model: For a limited time, you can get a free third-generation Echo Dot with select Insignia and Toshiba TVs — and many of them are on sale. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it at AmazonFire TV, of course, is Amazon’s answer to Roku: A simplified UI for accessing not only streaming services like Hulu, Netflix and, of course, Prime Video, but also games and apps. It’s available in “stick” form (meaning a Fire TV Stick that plugs into a TV’s HDMI port) or baked right into various TVs (known by the “Fire TV Edition” suffix). One thing to note: As of now, the new Disney Plus streaming service has yet to confirm support for Fire TV devices. Apps are almost certainly coming; they just haven’t been announced yet.Although this deal applies to all Insignia and Toshiba Fire TV Edition models Amazon currently carries, there are two that seem especially notable: The 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition is on sale for just $99.99 (save $50), while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Edition is only $129.99 (save $50).Those are 720p models, but that’s fine for their sizes. In any case, all you do is add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot. Presto: The latter is free.You’ve got until Sept. 2 to take advantage of this deal, though there’s no guarantee all the TV models will be in stock that long.This story was originally posted earlier. Updated to confirm that the sale price is still available. Share your voice Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs stream with some help from… News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 Tags See It Preview • Amazon’s third Echo Dot takes a few cues from the Google Home Mini $29last_img read more

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Global warming to affect Indias productivity could lose the equivalent of 34

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsA report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) claims that India is expected to lose an equivalent of 34 million jobs as a result of global warming and heat stress by the year 2030.The ILO report named ‘Working on a Warmer Planet: The Impact of Heat Stress on Labour Productivity and Decent Work’ claims that the country will face productivity loss either because the temperature is too hot to work or because the workers have to work at a slower pace.”The country most affected by heat stress in India, which lost 4.3 per cent of working hours in 1995 and is projected to lose 5.8 per cent of working hours in 2030. Moreover, because of its large population, India is in absolute terms expected to lose the equivalent of 34 million full-time jobs in 2030 as a result of heat stress,” says the report.”Although most of the impact in India will be felt in the agricultural sector, more and more working hours are expected to be lost in the construction sector, where heat stress affects both male and female workers,” adds the report.According to the report, the impact of heat stress is expected to increase in all countries in the Eastern Asia subregion between 1995 and 2030. The accumulated global financial loss due to heat stress is expected to reach USD 2,400 billion by 2030. And if no actions are taken now to alleviate the climate change these costs will be much higher than the given figure as the global temperatures are increasing.The ILO report also states that millions of people employed in the brick-making industry in India are expected to suffer more due to this climatic change as they work in high temperatures with lack of on-site cooling facilities. The harsh working conditions, intense physical labour at the brick kilns and very short breaks during the work make them more vulnerable.Heat stress is defined as generally occurring at above 35 degrees Celsius, in places where there is high humidity. Heat stress affects, above all, outdoor workers such as those engaged in agriculture and on construction sites. Excess heat at work is an occupational health risk and in extreme cases can lead to heatstroke, which can be fatal, said the report.Temperatures exceeding 39-degree Celsius can kill. But even where there are no fatalities, such temperatures can leave many people unable to work or able to work only at a reduced rate. Some groups of workers are more vulnerable than others because they suffer the effects of heat stress at lower temperatures.One of the main authors of the report and Chief of Unit in the ILO’s Research department, Catherine Saget said that “In addition to the massive economic costs of heat stress, we can expect to see more inequality between low and high-income countries and worsening working conditions for the most vulnerable, as well as the displacement of people. To adapt to this new reality appropriate measures by governments, employers and workers, focusing on protecting the most vulnerable, are urgently neededlast_img read more

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Operator Of Migrant Facility In Tornillo Says It Might Not Stay Open

first_img Share U.S. Dept. of Health and Human ServicesBunk beds are lined up inside an air-conditioned tent at the Tornillo facility for unaccompanied immigrant children near El Paso.The tent city erected at this port of entry near El Paso was quickly built and opened less than two weeks ago to house undocumented immigrant children. On Monday, its operator said it may not keep operating after July 13, when its federal contract expires.The incident commander for BCFS Health and Human Services, which operates the facility, said he doesn’t yet see a need to extend operations beyond that date because he doesn’t expect the arrival of many more minors. But a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told reporters during a tour of the facility that the government could ask to extend the contract — and even expand the facility if needed. “The federal government will make a decision [later] about future needs,” said HHS spokesman Mark Weber. HHS and BCFS officials gave about two dozen reporters a tour of the controversial facility, although they did not allow photography or audio recordings and interactions with the children were limited to greetings.As of Monday morning, the facility housed 326 minors, including 162 from Guatemala, 117 from Honduras, 40 from El Salvador, three from Mexico and four from countries simply classified as “other.” About two dozen children who were separated from their families at the border have arrived at the facility, and officials said three of those children have so far have been reunified with family members. Another 67 of the unaccompanied minors who arrived alone have been reunited since arriving at the facility.  U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesYoung undocumented immigrants gather in one of the tents at the Tornillo facility that houses unaccompanied children, including some separated from their families after crossing the border.Reporters were given a briefing on the facility’s operations inside a mobile command unit, where about 12 BCFS staffers monitored the facility through cameras and computer screens, monitored a schedule of visitors and updated a daily tally of the facility’s population. The BCFS incident commander, who asked not to be identified by name, said security was essential due to the number of elected officials and media who had descended on the facility.The rest of the sprawling facility, constructed in just three days, consisted of about 20 tents that act as dormitories. Each unit, with names like Alpha 10, has 10 bunk beds equipped to handle 20 minors at a time. Drawings and pages from coloring books could be seen tacked to some of the walls, many containing Bible verses, and a daily schedule dictating everything from laundry to lunch was taped to a table at the dorm entrances. When one group is waiting in line to use the showers, another is taking its turn at the phone stations. And before it gets too hot, some of the minors are allowed to play soccer on a makeshift field that sits just south of the dormitories. Every unit is air conditioned and Weber said there have been no complaints about the heat.The BCFS official said the operation is staffed by about 250 people, including translators, medical staff and counselors that help the children make calls to family members. He said it resembles a boot camp because it’s the easiest way to keep order. He had scathing words for the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” mandate that resulted in the separation of thousands of minor children from their parents after they were apprehended or surrendered themselves at the border. “It was an incredibly dumb, stupid decision,” he said, adding several times he hopes to never again conduct an operation like this one.U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesStaff accompany children inside the tent city at Tornillo, near El Paso, where undocumented immigrant minors are being held by the federal government.Meanwhile, Weber pushed back against claims that HHS and the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s process to reunite parents with their children has been chaotic so far. Several legal aid providers have criticized the process, saying it consists of little more than a 1-800 number that parents of other advocates can call to get information on where their children are. “We know where the parents are, we are working as fast as we can” to get them in touch with their children, Weber said. He said a some anecdotal stories about parents unable to locate their children isn’t the reality for most families. He said the process also includes verifying that a person is authorized to accept the child, and that takes time.“We need to verify documentation [because] we don’t want to release a child too soon. It takes time.”last_img read more

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Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor is officially fired from the series

first_imgTambor’s future on the show was unclear. | Photo: YouTube/Late Night with Seth Meyers eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The series, which has been on since 2014, featured Tambor as Maura, a former college professor. Set in Los Angeles, it follows the Pfefferman family and Maura’s decision to come out to them as a transgender woman.Tambor won two Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe for his performance.However, this is the end of that streak.Following an investigation into sexual harassment claims, which Tambor denied, executives decided to not invite him back.Creator Jill Soloway commented on the move:‘I have great respect and admiration for Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, whose courage in speaking out about their experience on Transparent is an example of the leadership this moment in our culture requires. GAYSTARNEWS- Scarlett Johansson gives rude response to critics of her playing transDonald Trump mocks the ‘Me Too’ movement at rallyIGLTA honors ITB Berlin for its commitment to LGBT+ travel segmentRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/transparent-jeffrey-tambor-fired/center_img ‘We are grateful to the many trans people who have supported our vision for Transparent since its inception and remain heartbroken about the pain and mistrust their experience has generated in our community. We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family.’Real consequencesInitially, Tambor implied he was going to leave the show. Weeks later, he made it clear he had no intentions of leaving.After the accusations and subsequent investigation, though, executives made the decision for him.The situation is similar to that of Kevin Space, who was booted from Ridley Scott’s latest film.Christopher Plummer replaced Spacey in the flick, and he’s now up for an Academy Award.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The Amazon series Transparent is officially moving on without lead star Jeffrey Tambor. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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Motorists warned of road closures as scheme to widen A500 begins

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists are being warned of a number of road closures in Stoke-on-Trent from tomorrow (Monday, March 25) as work gets underway to widen the A500. The multi-million pound works – which will see the D-road go from two lanes to three between Porthill and Wolstanton – is part of a £15 billion investment by Highways England on roads throughout the UK. A spokesman for Highways England said throughout the duration of the work, two lanes of traffic will continue to run on each carriageway and to ensure workers’ safety, the lanes will be narrowed and a 50mph speed limit introduced. More than 150 people attended public exhibitions last week when Highways England showcased the plans. Highways England senior project manager, Mike Hillier, said: “We were keen to hear from local people and those using the road to see what they thought of the plans. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision GV of the A500 from Porthill looking southbound towards Wolstanton. The Highways Agency have begun work in preparation of the widening of the carriageway by felling trees by the side of the road. “We are grateful to all those who turned out and for the feedback given. “This important work will tackle congestion on one of the busiest roads in the city as well as improving safety and supporting the local economy. “We will try to keep disruption to a minimum but would like to thank road users and residents for their patience while we carry out this work.” Read More’We put our lives on hold’ – Council slammed for taking SEVEN months to decide on planning application   The road closures will be as follows: – Northbound carriageway to be closed from 10pm to 5am on Monday, March 25 to Friday, March 29. The diversion route will be the A53, A50 and A5271. – Southbound closed from 10pm to 5am from Monday, April 1 to Friday, April 5. The diversion route will be the A527, A50 and A53. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive As well as widening the road and reducing the speed limit to 50mph, Highways England will also be constructing a new pedestrian and cycle path along the northbound carriageway as well as new safety barriers. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us   @SOTLive   or message us on   our Facebook page   . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at   StokeonTrentLive   .last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | July 06, 2012 Carestream Introduces New Features for DRX-1, DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit and DRX-Transportable System New capabilities can enhance ICU and pediatric imaging, streamline workflow July 6, 2012 — New software features for three of Carestream’s DRX digital radiography systems can enhance the quality of pediatric and ICU imaging, boost productivity and offer new print options. These features are available for order and will be shipping by mid-July with new DRX-1 Systems, DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kits and DRX-Transportable Systems. Existing customers will be able to upgrade existing systems with new software.New features include:A companion image from the original exposure for pneumothorax visualization accentuates the appearance of free air in the chest cavity. A new ICU package also includes Tube and Line Visualization for enhanced patient care and automatic image display in the correct orientation for improved productivity.Tailored image processing specific to pediatric views can optimize image quality by choosing default processing parameters to suppress noise and enhance detail based on patient size.Software for chest imaging outlines areas in the image to alert a technologist if a retake might be needed due to incorrect positioning. Vendor-neutral IEC exposure index values allow technologists to see if they are within the acceptable exposure range to improve overall workflow and optimize image quality.Tailored image processing produces consistent rendering of portable chest images to help reduce day-to-day and image-to-image variability, which is helpful to physicians who are monitoring changes in a patient’s condition.Prior Image Review software allows a user to query and retrieve prior images of the same patient from a PACS (picture archiving and communications system) to review techniques and positioning.General workflow enhancements including a simplified image review screen and 2-D barcode support; andMultiformat print enhancements can help boost productivity with the ability to add markers and adjust the image. Additional print layouts optimize film usage.For more information: www.carestream.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%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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Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more center_img Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Related Content News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 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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Chinchilla looks for way out of highway row

first_imgThe administration of President Laura Chinchilla turned to dialogue Tuesday as a way to stamp out the fires of public discontent over a highway expansion project to San Ramón, on the western edge of the Central Valley.The president promised not to move forward on a concession with Brazilian company OAS for expansion of the San José-San Ramón Highway, a 57-kilometer stretch of road leading northwest from the capital, until an agreement is reached.Roadway expansion work was set to begin in September, but public protests forced the administration to postpone their plans.But despite the government’s willingness to discuss the issue, no specific solutions have been put forward, as most of the concession was finalized without public input. Local residents who would have to use the highway would pay $8 in round-trip tolls if the $524 million project moved forward.“The government has focused its efforts on responding to the concerns and listening to the points of view of various actors,” Communications Minister Francisco Chacón said on Tuesday. “The president has taken charge of the situation, and it’s an issue that she’s being very careful with.”Officials hope to find a solution that will meet their goal of renovating and expanding the route to cut down on travel time, while avoiding a $35 million fine the government said it would incur if the contract with OAS is broken.On Tuesday, Chinchilla removed Public Works and Transport Minister Pedro Castro from negotiations over the concession, a measure aimed at appeasing opponents after it surfaced that Castro had worked as a paid consultant for OAS on the project.Alajuela residents, however, called Castro’s removal a “smokescreen.”“Pedro Castro isn’t the enemy, the concession is,” Nuria Badilla, a resident who would be affected by the proposed tolls, told crhoy.com.A group of residents opposed to the project called the “Foro de Occidente” (Western Forum) announced on their Facebook page they would meet Tuesday night to plan an upcoming demonstration against the concession. Facebook Comments Related posts:Border road scandal broadens Probe widens in roadway scandal Chinchilla’s troubles continue over San Ramón highway concession President Solís asks Prosecutor’s Office to review ethics report on former transport ministerlast_img read more

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Spain Gag Law greeted with protests from critics

first_img Comments   Share   MADRID (AP) — Thousands of protesters rallied Tuesday against a new Spanish public security law nicknamed the “gag law” before it went into effect at midnight, slamming it as legalized muzzling of free expression and the media.Greenpeace activists started off the demonstrations with a surprise act of civil disobedience in the morning, draping a banner reading “Protesting is a Right” on a construction crane next to Spain’s lower house of Parliament. Firefighters, bottom, arrive as Greenpeace activists, top left and right, display a banner reading “Protest is a right” as they hug from a crane to protest against the Public Security Law above the Parliament in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Greenpeace activists have hung a banner defending people’s right to protest from a construction crane close to Spain’s Parliament as part of activities to highlight the coming into effect of the Public Security Law, known as the “gag law,” on July 1. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) How do cataracts affect your vision? Critics include the leading opposition Socialist Party that has said it will rescind the law if elected in general elections later this year, a panel of five United Nation human rights expert and the Human Rights Watch advocacy group.Media advocates are also concerned that the law could stifle journalists because it allows for fines for “unauthorized use of images” of police, including live and recorded video.The Popular Party government says images of police cracking down on protests could prevent them from doing their jobs or put them at risk.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The banner was positioned to look like it was looming over Parliament — where protesters will face fines if they demonstrate near it.Later Tuesday, thousands of protesters swarmed the streets of Madrid and other Spanish cities to protest the law that goes into effect Wednesday.The wide-ranging law allows for the summary expulsion of migrants caught illegally entering the Spain’s two North African enclaves, sets hefty fines for protests outside Parliament or strategic installations and allows authorities to fine journalists or media organizations who distribute unauthorized images of police.The bill sets fines of up to 30,000 euros ($33,000) for protests near Parliament and regional lawmaking buildings when there is a “serious disturbance of public safety.”A fine of up to 600,000 euros ($638,000) is included for unauthorized protests near key infrastructure, including transportation hubs or nuclear power plants.It was pushed through by the conservative Popular Party in the wake of largely peaceful protests that hit Spain after the financial crisis began in 2008. The demonstrations hit an apex in 2012 as the nation teetered on the verge of economic meltdown only to be saved by a bailout of its troubled banks. Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Men’s health affects baby’s health too Check your body, save your life Top Stories last_img read more

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Where are the Affordable Housing Markets

first_img February 5, 2016 648 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Affordability Housing Markets John Burns Real Estate Consulting 2016-02-05 Staff Writer As housing markets heat up in some of the most popular metros across the country, many buyers are opting to cut their ties and purchase a home in more affordable cities.Hot housing markets come with a big price, causing homeowners to flock to lower-priced markets in the South and Northwest.A report from John Burns Real Estate Consulting showed that buyers are leaving New York, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia and moving to places like Portland, Seattle, and the many more affordable markets in the South.”Despite what we hear about the urbanization of America, more Americans are heading for the newer, more affordable housing markets than the expensive, mature urban centers,” said Annie Radecki, Senior Manager at John Burn Real Estate Consulting.Many industry experts and economists believe that U.S. housing markets are in the midst of an affordability crisis that will only get worse over time, but what if today’s rising home prices were not as buyers may think.Although home prices have been on the rise for the last few years, Black Knight Financial Services’ December 2015 Mortgage Monitor found that homes are much more affordable than the were prior to the housing crisis, despite 43 consecutive months of annual home price appreciation.According to the report, in today’s mortgage market, it takes 21 percent of the median monthly household income to purchase the median priced home using a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. This amount was 33 percent at the height of the market in 2006, and is under the average of 26 percent prior to the housing bubble. It takes 20 percent less of the median income to purchase the median home today than it did from 2000 to 2002.Black Knight Data & Analytics SVP Ben Graboske noted that “the long-term impact of rising interest rates and home prices on affordability varies with geography and warrants close observation moving forward.”center_img Share Where are the Affordable Housing Markets?last_img read more

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