Sting and Shaggy will perform at this year’s amfAR Gala Cannes event.Alessandra Ambrosio, Poppy Delevigne, Linda Evangelista, Silvia Fendi, Aileen Getty, Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johansson, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, Daphna Krim, Karolina Kurkova, Sienna Miller, Angela Missoni, Mary Parent, Katy Perry, Natasha Poly, Aishwarya Rai, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Irina Shayk, Lara Stone, Donatella Versace, and Michelle Yeoh are the Honorary Chairs of the 25th edition of amfAR’s world-renowned amfAR Gala Cannes event, to be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018, during the Cannes Film Festival. Event Chairs include Len Blavatnik, Milutin Gatsby, Michel Litvak, Alexandre Ricard, and William H. Roedy.The annual star-studded event is one of the world’s most successful benefits and is the most coveted ticket during the Cannes International Film Festival. Held at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, this glamorous and unpredictable gala will include special musical performances by iconic Grammy-winning musicians Sting and Shaggy who recently released a new, collaborative album entitled 44/876, and other surprise musical guests soon to be announced. The event always includes a parade of prominent appearances, as many of the celebrity guests help with the event’s exciting live auction of exclusive items and experiences.Longtime amfAR supporter Carine Roitfeld will once again curate a fashion show of one-of-a-kind looks from a who’s who of the world’s most celebrated fashion designers. Forty of the world’s top models will participate in the spectacular And Woman Created All / Et La Femme Créa Tout runway presentation.Bold Films and Chopard are the Presenting Sponsors of the amfAR Gala Cannes. Pernod Ricard is the event’s Signature Sponsor. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.After the amfAR Gala Cannes dinner, guests will be invited to the exclusive After Party.amfAR’s annual amfAR Gala Cannes events have been important and successful fundraising events for the Foundation for over two decades, generating more than $210 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs and keeping the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight. amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide, and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment education programs around the globe. amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative is aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure by the end of 2020. Launched in 2014, the Countdown is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused research efforts through strategic investments of $100 million. The cornerstone of the Countdown is the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research, an innovative collaborative enterprise based at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).Past events have been chaired by amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who hosted the first amfAR Gala Cannes in 1993, President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Sir Elton John, and Madonna, among many others.The amfAR Gala Cannes event is produced by Andy Boose/AAB Productions.Official Hashtag of the event: #amfarcannes #BeEpicFor more information, click here.
“The lack of progress in the case of Maina Sunuwar is emblematic of the overall lack of accountability for human rights violations which occurred both during and after the conflict in Nepal between 1996 and 2006,” the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) said in a news release issued yesterday, referring to the decade-long war between the then Royal Nepalese Army and Maoist guerrillas. “The case of Maina Sunuwar is not only about the torture and killing of one person. The continued impunity for conflict-related violations sends a message that political violence carries with it no consequences and thus emboldens those who seek to use violence to further their criminal and political agendas today.”The office “encourages the Government, once again,” to ensure that the army cooperate fully, including turning over court-martial documents and making two of the alleged perpetrators who continue to serve available for investigation and arrest by the relevant authorities.Justice has also been denied to the families of five students in Dhanusha District and hundreds of persons in Bardiya abducted and disappeared during the conflict, and to the families of more recent victims, the office said. “OHCHR-Nepal encourages the Government to take prompt action to investigate and prosecute these incidents, to ensure that police and prosecutors’ offices have sufficient resources and receive all necessary cooperation,” it added. OHCHR-Nepal Representative Richard Bennett stressed that the country has made remarkable strides since the beginning of the peace process, which ended the conflict and subsequently replaced the monarchy with a republic.“However, lack of accountability and a widespread perception that human rights violators are not subject to the rule of law threatens to undermine the many successes of the process so far,” he said. “The successful prosecution of human rights violators, including in the case of Maina Sunuwar, will demonstrate to all Nepalis, and to the world, that the Government is fully committed to justice as an integral component of durable peace and stability.” 17 February 2009United Nations human rights officials have called on the Nepalese Government to ensure full army cooperation with police and judicial authorities in bringing to justice the former royal army personnel who tortured and killed a 15-year-old girl five years ago.
by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2015 6:43 am MDT Last Updated Dec 18, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email QuickList: November inflation rate for selected Canadian cities OTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.4 per cent in November, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples (Previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L.: 1.0 (0.4)— Charlottetown-Summerside: 0.4 (-0.7)— Halifax: 0.5 (0.5)— Saint John, N.B.: 0.7 (0.2)— Quebec: 0.8 (0.6)— Montreal: 1.1 (1.2)— Ottawa: 1.0 (0.6)— Toronto: 1.7 (1.3)— Thunder Bay, Ont.: 1.4 (1.0)— Winnipeg: 1.8 (2.0)— Regina: 1.9 (1.1)— Saskatoon: 2.2 (1.6)— Edmonton: 2.0 (1.5)— Calgary: 2.0 (1.5)— Vancouver: 1.8 (1.5)— Victoria: 1.4 (1.3)
Montreal company begins sales of smart technology sports bra that coaches runners MONTREAL – A Montreal company is entering the competitive sports bra market by launching a smart technology product specifically targeting female runners.OMbra contains sensors that read biometric signals such as heart rate, movement and breathing rhythms, which are streamed to an app that coaches runners to obtain optimal results.The bra is a more comfortable and better alternative to watches and wrist bands, says OMsignal CEO and founder Stephane Marceau.“Your heart and your lungs are not within your wrists, so to get a good signal you’ve got to be where the action happens, and the bra delivers the absolute most desirable body real estate to read and listen to the body,” he said in an interview.While some companies already sell sports bras that work with heart-rate monitors, OMsignal believes its bra is the first to capture heart, movement and breathing pattern information. Marceau says these three biometric signals are key to running.Developed after two years of research, the OMbra uses silver-based yarn to measure the performance of the body and transmit data through a black box to an app. The runner can view a detailed analysis after the run, or monitor her form midstream by receiving audio prompts, for example, to slow down to the most productive fat-burning levels.With some 35-million female runners just in the U.S., the sport is a focus for large companies like Nike, Under Armour and Adidas, Marceau said.“The bra is incredibly important so there’s a battle of the bra going on there.”Marceau said OMsignal will spend the next six months developing its brand but wouldn’t rule out eventually partnering with a major name.The bra, which uses GPS to track movement, is currently only for use outdoors through an iPhone. However, an indoor application is expected in November and an android connection is planned for early 2017.Online sales began Monday and will be tested at a few Quebec retail stores. The starter kit, which includes the black box technology and a USB cable to charge the device, retails for $189. Additional bras sell for $79.OMbra is made in Asia by Mas Holdings, an investor that also supplies products to Lululemon, Nike and Victoria’s Secret.OMsignal began to sell a smart shirt for men in 2014 and has partnered with Ralph Lauren for its recently launched PoloTech collection.The company says it has raised US$20 million, including half recently led by Relay Ventures, a Toronto- and California-based early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile computing. The funding, which also includes Investissement Quebec and Export Development Canada, is designed to establish sales distribution and fund efforts for future products.OMsignal has developed a prototype for a cycling shirt and plans to look at other sports and to use its technology to monitor chronic health conditions.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 19, 2016 12:59 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“The ongoing conflict, damage to civilian infrastructure, and strain on already depleted resources have exacerbated an already precarious humanitarian situation,” Johannes van der Klaauw, the Representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Yemen said, highlighting the latest report of the Task Force on Population Movement (TFPM), which was led by UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and partners.The main needs of IDPS, according to the report, are food, water, sanitation and hygiene, and shelters. Most IDPs have lost their livelihoods and have sought shelter with relatives and friends, in schools, public and abandoned buildings and makeshift shelters or in the open with little to no protection.“The TFPM report provides an extremely useful support mechanism to more effectively manage the response to the increasingly dire humanitarian situation throughout Yemen,” said Nicoletta Giordano, the Chief of Mission for IOM in the country.Compared to the last report, the latest study has increased the coverage area for information by 82 per cent, while incorporating accuracy in timely data collecting to ensure the result. It estimates that about half of all IDPs have fled to areas within their governorate of origin, while 55 per cent have sought refuge in other areas.The five governorates most affected by the conflict – Taiz, Amran, Hajjah, Sana’a and Abyan – account for more than half of the 2.5 million IDPs in Yemen, with more than 1/3 of them in Taiz.In response, UNHCR and IOM have assisted IDPs and other conflict-affected communities with emergency shelter kits, tents and cash subsidies, as well as psychosocial and legal assistance.
The Prince of Wales has warned that the world is in danger of “forgetting the lessons of the past” as he risked being accused of involving himself in the row over Donald Trump’s immigration ban.Speaking at a fundraiser for a Jewish charity that helps Syrian refugees, he said it was vital to “reach across the boundaries of faith and community… particularly at a time when the horrific lessons of the last War seem to be in increasing danger of being forgotten”.The Prince shared a platform with the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, who criticised the US President for his “totally unacceptable” travel ban on seven mainly Muslim countries. The Chief Rabbi said: “President Trump appears to have signed an executive order which seems to discriminate against individuals based totally on their religion or their nationality.”We as Jews perhaps more than any others know exactly what it is like to be the victims of such discrimination and it is totally unacceptable.”In his own speech, the Prince did not refer to Mr Trump by name, but said it was “vital to learn lessons from the horrors of the past”.Clarence House insisted the Prince was merely repeating his long-held views against religious persecution, and was not aiming at Mr Trump. It created the Kindertransport, which brought thousands of Jewish refugee children to Britain from Nazi Germany between 1938 and 1940.It now supports vulnerable people in 18 countries through activities including disaster relief, employment skills and providing older people with food, medicine and companionship.Charles spoke of how he is proud to be a WJR patron because the charity sets an example of “true compassion and true friendship”.He recalled the “indescribable persecution” suffered by Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott, who faced the horrors of the Buchenwald concentration camp but went on to captain Britain’s weightlifting team at the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games. Protestors gathered outside Downing Street to demand the cancellation of Donald Trump’s State visitCredit:Getty A royal source said: “The topics raised in the Prince’s speech are very familiar ones for the Prince. He has raised these issues over many years and is not seeking to directly link them to anybody who is currently the focus of attention.”It is understood that the Prince wrote the speech a week ago, before Mr Trump announced his travel ban on people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.He was speaking in his capacity as Patron of World Jewish Relief at a fundraising dinner in London’s Guildhall on Monday night.The charity was founded in 1933 to support people fleeing persecution from Nazi Europe. 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.
After years of wrangling, the FCC has finally decided on what they call “the basic rules of the road to preserve the open Internet as a platform for innovation, investment, competition and free expression”… or net neutrality. And hey, guess what? It’s not really what anyone wanted!Basically, the new order for net neutrality is similar to what the FCC was floating before. On the positive side, the new net neutrality regulations ban ISPs from blocking content, but they do allow ISPs to manage the network and discriminate between packets within “reason.” That power, though, is mitigated by the legal requirement that ISPs be transparent about their own methodology of packet discrimination.AdChoices广告So far so good, but that’s only true for landlines: the new net neutrality rules completely absolve wireless broadband from any requirement to be “reasonable” in packet discrimination or network management: all they need to do is be transparent and not block content.This is pretty much what everyone saw coming, and even before the FCC rules on the matter, we knew what they’d likely decide. That said, the absolution of wireless broadband providers from following anything but the bare skeleton of net neutrality provisos is so short sighted as to neuter the entire act. Considering the fact that wireless broadband (and mobile) is the future of both computing and the web, passing net neutrality rules only for landline pipes is like passing net neutrality rules for telegraph offices: a silly throwback to an obsolete past.Read more at CNN
Le mobile, outil indispensable pour les Français ?France – Une étude montre que le téléphone portable s’est fait une place non négligeable dans le quotidien des Français. Les smartphones, eux, s’installent dans les milieux professionnels.L’AFOM et TNS Sofrès ont étudié la place et le rôle du téléphone portable dans la société française d’aujourd’hui. Premier constat : 82% de la population interrogée possède un téléphone portable pour un usage professionnel ou privé, contre 79% en 2009. Parmi ces personnes, 16% possèdent un smartphone soit 6% de plus que l’année dernière. En particulier, la frange de population qui utilise ces appareils va des adolescents aux quadragénaires. En conséquence, les bandes passantes sont de plus en plus utilisées. 29% des possesseurs de mobiles vont sur Internet avec leur terminal, un chiffre qui passe à 86% pour les possesseurs d’iPhone. Selon cette étude, le téléphone portable semble devenir un élément indissociable de notre mode de vie.Le 20 octobre 2010 à 12:11 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target Like some heat in your tomatoes? Spicy tomatoes could soon be on the menu, thanks to advances in genetic engineering, researchers say.Scientists say they believe it would be possible to genetically modify the tomato to make it produce capsaicinoids, the compounds that make peppers spicy.In an article published today in the journal Trends in Plant Science, researchers from the Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil said that although it could be challenging to use gene-editing techniques to make a tomato produce capsaicinoids, it is possible to do so.The objective, however, wouldn’t be to make spicy tomatoes available in grocery stores or to start a new foodie trend (although that’s a possibility, too), but to have an easier means of mass producing large quantities of capsaicinoids for commercial purposes.The molecules have benefits, according to Agustin Zsögön from the Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil, co-author of the article. “Capsaicinoids are very valuable compounds; they are used in [the] weapons industry for pepper spray, they are also used for anaesthetics [and] there is some research showing that they promote weight loss,” he said.The researchers say chili peppers are difficult crops to cultivate, and it is tricky to keep the pungency of the fruits consistent, but because tomato yields are high and the plant is well-studied, it’s a good choice for creating spicy varieties. “You could produce [the capsaicinoids] in a more cost-effective manner,” Zsögön said.Chili peppers and tomatoes share some of the same DNA — they evolved from a common ancestor, but split off about 19 million years ago. Previous gene sequencing work has shown that tomatoes have the genes necessary for capsaicinoids but don’t have the machinery to turn them on.“In theory you could use these genes to produce capsaicinoids in the tomato,” said Zsögön. “Since we don’t have solid data about the expression patterns of the capsaicinoid pathway in the tomato fruit, we have to try alternative approaches.”One approach is to “activate candidate genes one at a time” and to use tools like CRISPR/Cas9 so researchers can see which compounds are produced. Zsögön said researchers are already trying this and a number of approaches.According to the study, if scientists successfully engineer a spicy tomato, it would represent an “important proof-of-concept that could be extended to the production of other valuable metabolites in tomato in the future.” Tomatoes could prove to be an important vehicle for the production of bixin, an important food and cosmetic pigment, for example, or beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant.Of course, a spicy tomato will also, as any arrabbiata sauce or Mexican food lover would agree, be a welcome addition to the grocery aisle or kitchen pantry.More on Geek.com:How to Cook Perfectly Fried Rice, According to ScientistsFirst Lab-Grown Steak Gives Foodies a Taste of the FutureHow to Make the Best Pizza, According to Scientists CRISPR-Modified Babies Cursed With Short LifespanScientists Uncover New, Smaller CRISPR Gene Editor
According to the Brazilian legend, Neymar has also been unlucky after his country failed to win the FIFA World CupFor Brazilian legend Pelé, Neymar’s attitude and theatrics make him undefendable.“It’s difficult to defend Neymar for all the things he does besides playing football. I spoke with him and reminded him of his ability,” Pele was quoted by SBS.“He was unlucky because Brazil did not win the World Cup and he was singled out.”PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I’ve been with him in Europe twice. We talked and I explained: ‘The God of football gave you the gift. What you do complicates it’,” he explained.“People compare me with [Kylian] Mbappe and there are similarities, right? But he is already 19. He won the World Cup.”“I think Neymar is a more complete player than him, but in Europe, everyone speaks more about Mbappe,” he concluded.
A fire in a dormitory at the youth team training centre of Flamengo FC in Brazil has left 10 people dead.The fire occurred at Ninho do Urubu, which is a training ground of Flamengo’s in Rio de Janeiro and accommodates teenage players.The facility had only been opened two months ago after undergoing an expansion before the fire broke out earlier today.10 people have died as a result of the incident with three teenagers understood to be in a serious condition in the hospital.“The kids from the Flamengo youth team were sleeping there at the time,” Firefighter Douglas Henaut told Globo News.Local media reports that six of the victims were just young players with the other four being employees at Ninho de Urubu.Brazilian outlet G1 has named the first fatalities as Christian Esmerio, who played as a goalkeeper, and Arthur Vinicius, who was only 14 years old.Francisco Diogo Bento Alves and Jonathan Cruz Ventura, both 15, and Cauan Emanuel Gomes Nunes, 14, have been named as the three teenage boys in hospital.The fire took over two hours to get under control after it first broke out at 5:10 AM (8:10 AM CET).Currently, there has been no word yet on how fire came about in the first place.Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“Flamengo is in mourning,” wrote a message on Flamengo’s Twitter.Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior, who came through the youth ranks at Flamengo and left the club for Spain last summer in a €46m deal, also sent his condolences.“What sad news! Praying for everyone! Strength, strength, strength,” Vinicius wrote on Twitter.Flamengo legend Zico posted on Instagram: “What a tragedy this is with the Flamengo base. What a shock to receive this news here on the other side of the world.“That it was a fatality. May God comfort the relatives who lost their children, grandchildren, brothers, nephews, relatives.“Boys who dreamed of a future in their lives and many, no doubt, in helping their families. Let everything be sorted out, for such tragedy can not be left blank. Lives are gone. May the Black-Red Nation have the strength and faith to overcome this moment.”Ten dead following blaze at #Flamengo football academy in #Rio#Brazil pic.twitter.com/Wg3SJ0YyZY— Ruptly (@Ruptly) February 8, 2019
Several of the changes to an updated job description are similar to recommendations sent in an email from Clark County Commissioner David Madore to former Clark County Administrator Bill Barron in March.Among the changes are:o In the section “Job Purpose and Summary,” the new description adds the lines “while championing practical application of state law in granting development permits, and pioneering creative and innovative solutions that balance priorities” and “builds and trains teams committed to customer service in compliance with public regulations.”o In the section “Key Performance Indicators,” the new description removes the line “strong leadership in transitioning staff from multiple units into a new cohesive, synergistic organization.”o In the section “Qualifications,” the line “directing complex environmental services functions and services, or related operations” is replaced with the line “directing a complex organization with multiple functions and services.”o In the section “Qualifications,” the line “and a demonstrated ability to lead the integration of organizational subunits into a newly formed department” is replaced with the line “and strong leadership success in both government operations and private business management.”
HAULOVER BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – 7Skyforce hovered over the scene of a beached boat in Haulover Beach.The boat washed ashore roughly a mile south of the Haulover Inlet, Wednesday.It remains unknown how the boat ended up on the sand, or if anyone was on board at the time.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Jubilee Hills: On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week, the Rainbow group of Hospitals has set up Rainbow Mother’s Milk Bank at Rainbow Children’s Hospitals here. As per the World Health Organisation, increasing breastfeeding to near-universal levels could save more than 8 lakh lives every year, the majority being children under six months. Breastfeeding also decreases the risk of mothers developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It is also estimated that increased breastfeeding could avert over 20,000 maternal deaths each year due to Breast Cancer. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Dr Pranathi Reddy, HOD (Obstetrics, Birth Right), Rainbow Hospital, said, “Breast milk is the best gift for the baby as it promotes better health for mother and baby. Donating blood can save lives is an accepted fact in society however not too many people are aware that milk also can be donated and it can save lives too.” She further added, “Wet nursing was followed in earlier days when mother’s milk was not sufficient. However, it has an inherent risk of infection. Hence, the mother’s bank is the safest alternative.” Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The milk bank was inaugurated by Padmabhushan Sania Mirza who had delivered her firstborn at Birth Right by Rainbow Hospitals she said, “I wish it was there before when I was breastfeeding, I wish this milk bank was there before I would have done that as well [donate breast milk]. I urge people to come out and donate and would like to congratulate Rainbow for starting such an amazing initiative – for saving lives which you already do but saving babies who are struggling from the time they are born.”
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of SussexGetty ImageMeghan Markle seems to have landed herself in some hot water yet again. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to baby Archie on May 6. But it looks like the joys of motherhood will have to wait as Meghan Markle may have to deal increased scrutiny from the Queen’s officials.The move seems to have come as a result of Meghan apparently, upsetting the royal staff by going against protocol. The breach of protocol was when Meghan Markle released a statement about her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in the lead up to her Royal Wedding. Now, it is known that Meghan Markle has had to go through some family drama ever since she joined the Royal Family and the Markle Family certainly have not made things easy for the Duchess.However, the Palace had kept silent on the Markle Family front. But when Meghan took matters into her own hands and decided to address the issue, it went against Royal protocol. Communications and statements going out of the Royal Palace are vetted before they make it to the public, so the fact that anyone could have been “horrified” from the move seems a little far-fetched. Maybe the Palace needed an excuse to watch Meghan closely. Meghan Markle and Prince HarryGetty ImagesMeghan is already scrutinized by the media, why should things be any different at the Palace, she is a Duchess after all. Meghan Markle isn’t doing herself any favours by shutting out the press either. She is a Royal now, and a Royal needs allies, especially in the press. And in a bid to handle the press, the Royal couple has reportedly hired Sara Latham who is now Meghan and Harry’s new communications director, and is obliged to follow the orders of the Queen’s communications secretary, Donal McCabe.Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are taking care of baby Archie at Frogmore Cottage, away from the Palace.
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Koichi Hagiuda, a senior member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is seen in this file photo. Photo: CollectedJapanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s government came under fire Tuesday after a senior MP suggested only women should raise children under three and another urged newly-weds to have at least three kids.Abe’s government has made “womenomics” — or boosting women’s participation in the workplace — a priority, as the country’s workforce drops amid a rapidly ageing population.But Koichi Hagiuda, a senior member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), touched off a firestorm on Sunday when he said men rearing children might be “unwelcome” for them.”Children need an environment where they can stay with their mothers … if you ask infants under three which parent they like more, the answer should be mama, even though there are no firm statistics to support it,” said Hagiuda, 54, the LDP’s executive acting secretary-general.Those remarks came after another MP, Kanji Kato, doubled down on comments suggesting young couples should produce at least three children, saying he had received popular backing.But the leader of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party lashed out on Tuesday, saying the comments were “intolerable.””There are many people who cannot give birth to children despite wanting to and there are many single-father families,” Yukio Edano said. “Don’t they notice these facts?”Sumire Hamada, from rights group Asia-Japan Women’s Resource Center, told AFP that Hagiuda’s comments were “out of the question.””What happened to the government’s pledge to build a society where men can participate in child-rearing?”These comments overturn what the government has said, and I’m sure many fathers have been angered” by Hagiuda’s “rude remarks,” she said.Another campaigner said the remarks could encourage men to persist in the long working-hours culture endemic in Japan.Tetsuya Ando, founder of the organisation Fathering Japan, told AFP: “When he said children under three like mothers more than fathers, that’s unacceptable.””That kind of remark puts pressure on working mothers to stay at home while removing fathers’ rights to rear children,” said Ando, 55, himself a dad-of-three.
Watching the Apollo landings on the moon as a child I could hardly have imagined I was seeing the end of an era – that of manned exploration of space. Shuttle trips to low earth orbit not withstanding; the human race has stopped reaching for the stars – with manned missions, of course. Now, the new explorers are robots. Will they be the ultimate space traveler? Or will man, with all faults and flexibility, take back this role? Read Part 1 Citation: Manned vs. Unmanned Space Exploration (Part 2) (2005, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2005-11-unmanned-space-exploration_1.html Right: Japan’s failed Nozomi (Planet B) missionCrewed missions are more costly, but also more effective. Human calibrated experiments setup up on the moon by Apollo missions functioned perfectly for 8 years until shut down for fiscal reasons in 1977. Robotic missions, while they may carry similar instruments, are incredibly difficult to place and calibrate. Ruggedness wins over accuracy so instruments are less sensitive and deliver fewer details in the data they collect. Robots must rely on redundancy to deal with any problems while astronauts can creatively solve almost any problem. The Hubble Space telescope was repaired by teams from the Space Shuttle making it one of the most successful missions ever. Geologists make up the most vocal group of proponents for manned missions. While probe data is useful, they contend one mission with a live geologist could answer all their questions in a few weeks, while endless robotic probes may never be able to provide a clear picture of Mars. A geologist can apply all his or her senses to quickly make determinations as to what to study and what to ignore. Robotic probes could easily miss important clues and waste time on unproductive lines of exploration and study. A human still has much acuter vision than even the best video cameras and, more importantly, can process data with to the solar system’s best supercomputer – the human brain – on the spot.It’s understood the shuttle has outlived its usefulness and new programs are needed. Even NASA Chief Administrator Michael Griffin has suggested the development of the Space Shuttle and International Space Station was a mistake by saying, “It is now commonly accepted that was not the right path. We are now trying to change the path while doing as little damage as we can.”Scientists aside, public opinion has done much to keep manned spaceflight alive. Poll shows a resounding 80% or more people support continuation of manned programs like the shuttle on and the International Space Station despite accidents and lack of worth as space labs. Humanity sees itself conquering space directly, not by proxy.Indeed, support for astronauts extends well beyond simple polling. People are spending money to go into space as tourists. Chapters of the Mars Society exist in almost every major country – all pushing for manned missions with goals like the human exploration of Mars.“Although some aspects of exploring and colonizing Mars still need refining and fine tuning, the lion’s share of the technology and the understanding of the human condition are already in existence. The major missing factor is simply the realization and the commitment necessary to begin. The people of the Mars Society are working to educate and convince the political powers, the industry leaders, and you and me. We all have a stake in this.” – Dr. Robert Zubrin, author “On to Mars 2”, founder Mars Society. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Low-cost Moon mission puts India among lunar pioneers Part 2The Case for Human Spaceflight While no scientist can deny the value of robotic space exploration, many feel the need for complementary manned programs. Most agree that, for basic survey missions, robotic probes produce dramatic results. It’s in field study that scientist crewed missions could do better. Ironically, it is the same people who run the unmanned space missions that are clamoring for human crewed missions to follow them up.Part of the problem is the limited abilities and scope of each robotic mission. To save money and reduce failure rates to a minimum, robotic probes are stripped down to essentials. Although these probes gather important data, much of it is ambiguous for lack of the probe’s ability to do follow up tests. Today’s robots cannot start up new lines of investigation. Raw data is useful but often raises more questions. Even worse, the data is often completely unexpected leaving the scientists at a loss to explain the results. They need further missions to run different tests and, the cornerstone of all good science – verification by repeatedly testing the same area over time.This repeated testing of results becomes difficult with unmanned mission failure rates. Take the Mars exploration programs: out of 31 missions by the USSR, Russia, the US and Japan since 1960, all but 10 failed and only 5 met their original goals. Compare that to the high success rates of astronaut crewed missions – almost 90%. Right: FMars habitat undergoing tests at Devon Island, Nunavut, CanadaPresident Bush has even stepped up with a promise finish the International Space station by 2010 – only five years late – and for a manned mission to the moon by 2020. Much political wrangling will need to be done, however, if the funding is to materialize. Safety problems with the shuttle program continue to dog NASA as well, further putting in doubt these goals.It will take more than just the words of a few politicians to keep manned spaceflight alive. The will of the people needs to be felt through their representatives on Congressional budget committees – we have the money and the technology. Do we have the will?One avenue now being actively explored by space enthusiasts is private funding. Corporate spending in spaceflight has been grater than governments since 1996 when $77 billion dollars was invested. Private industry has more than 1,200 launches – mostlycommunications satellites– before 2007. Like in the days of early pioneering, private initiative is becoming the mainstay of space exploration. The question is: can manned space exploration pay? After all, corporations are about by profit for their shareholders.We must go to space – if not now, later, as the living area and resources on Earth dry up. Will we be on the forefront of this exploration, living in space and adapting it to our will like the hardy pioneers of old? Or will we stay at home to see these new horizons via virtual reality – only moving in to our new space bound homes when they are safe and comfortable?by Chuck Rahls, Copyright 2005 PhysOrg.com Explore further
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Travelweek Group TORONTO — The latest numbers from the Swiss Federal Office of Statistics show Canadian arrivals and overnights steady compared to the previous year, which was an all-time record year. The last three months, including January 2017, are already showing moderate growth.“Canadian travellers are ‘#InLoveWithSwitzerland,’” said Evelyn Lafone, Market Director Canada. “Canadians appreciate the rich cultural heritage of the Swiss cities as well as the natural beauty of the mountains.”Over the last 10 years alone, the number of Canadians visiting Switzerland has been growing by a total of 30%.There was an increase of 0.9% in Canadian arrivals in Switzerland, for a total of 103,534. The number of overnight stays from the Canada in 2016 was 227,173, a slight decrease of 3% compared to 2015, which was an all-time record year (only arrivals and overnights in Swiss hotels are counted; vacation homes, other kinds of accommodation and visits with friends and family are not included).More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemThe most popular regions for Canadians are the Zurich region, Geneva region and Valais region. The Graubuenden had the biggest growth of 14.3% for Canadian overnights in 2016. Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Canadian travel to Switzerland holding steady Tags: Switzerland Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>
30-year Fixed Rate Mortgage ARM Freddie Mac Homebuyers mortgage Mortgage Rates Purchase Loans Realtor.com 2018-05-03 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Mortgage rates saw a slight dip over the last week after rising steadily in April according to the latest Primary Mortgage Market survey by Freddie Mac. Data from the survey indicated that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.55 percent declining three basis points from last week when it averaged 4.58 percent.“The 10-year treasury remained flat along with inflationary pressures in the economy that took a pause in the last week,” Sam Khater, Chief Economist, Freddie Mac, told MReport. “Mortgage rates followed the 10-year treasury yields and saw a slight decline.”The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) also saw a slight decline from 3.74 percent last week to 3.69 percent. However, the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage increased marginally to 4.03 percent from 4.02 percent last week.Though rates rose steadily in the last month, they haven’t really affected homebuyer sentiment. “Consumer confidence remains very high, demand for purchase credit remains roughly the same as what it was last year in terms of the growth rate. The steady rise in mortgage rates since the beginning of the year has not impacted consumer sentiment or behavior yet,” Khater told MReport. According to Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com, this week’s pause in mortgage rates would also give homebuyers something to cheer about. “This pause should give home buyers a little breathing room amid declining inventory and increasing prices,” she said. Rates haven’t really impacted homebuyer demand either. “While mortgage rates have increased by one-half of a percentage point so far this year, it has not impacted home purchase demand, which continues to grow this spring,” said Khater. “It’s also good news that first-time buyers appear to be having more success so far this year–despite higher borrowing costs and home prices. Khater said that Freddie Mac’s data through April showed that first-timers represented 46 percent of purchase loans, up from 43 percent over the same period a year ago. May 3, 2018 529 Views Climbing Mortgage Rates Take a Breather Share