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Morocco Faces Critical Blood Shortage: “Donating blood is a responsibility for…

Rabat- The Moroccan Kingdom’s Ministry of Health, dealing with a significant decline in blood supplies, has launched a national campaign for blood donations, from February 19 through March 25.Minister of Health Anas Doukkali has initiated a national campaign calling for citizens to donate blood due to the increasing demands on blood donors in hospitals.The Ministry of Health stated that the annual need for blood has increased by 22 percent since 2012, while the number of yearly donations reaches no more than six percent. The Ministry of Health aims to collect 4,500 sacks of blood which will supply a minimum of seven days of need.The campaign starts on Monday, February 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of the Ministry of Health’s headquarters in Rabat. It also extends to the regions Casablanca, Marrakech, Fez and Tangier until March 25.The Ministry of Health reports that “donating blood is a responsibility for all”, and aims to raise awareness concerning the importance of blood donors to patients in hospitals.Throughout this campaign, the Ministry of Health will reach out to citizens, associations concerned with blood donations, and active blood donors.The campaign’s staff constitutes doctors, nurses, and assistants who are responsible for scouting the target regions and examining potential blood donors. read more

Businesses keen on green issues but lag on graft and human rights

7 June 2011Businesses across the world are making tangible progress towards tackling environmental concerns related to their activities, but continue to lag on issues related to human rights and corruption, the United Nations initiative that seeks to foster socially responsible corporate practices said in a survey released today. The findings of the latest implementation survey on corporate sustainability performance of the UN Global Compact completed anonymously by more than 1,200 companies forms the basis of 2010 the Compact’s annual review launched at UN Headquarters today.According to the survey, large and publicly traded companies are performing impressively on all of the Global Compact’s issue – human rights, labour, environment and the fight against corruption – than small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs). This is attributable to the fact that larger corporations have greater financial and human resources to support extensive sustainability programmes, according to the survey.The assessment also found that more than 70 per cent of the respondents indicated active involvement of chief executives in policy and strategy development. Nearly 60 per cent of all publicly traded companies reported active involvement of their boards of directors.Companies across the board reported having anti-discrimination and equal opportunity policies in place – one of the few issues that transcended size or sector. Yet, less than 20 per cent of all respondents reported conducting human rights impact assessments and less than 30 per cent recorded instances of corruption, with dramatic differences between SMEs and larger companies, according to the survey.Regarding supply chain implementation of sustainability principles, which are widely seen as critical to enhancing corporate responsibility, 65 per cent of companies reported some measure of supplier involvement, with 12 per cent requiring their suppliers to be Global Compact participants.About 79 per cent of the responding companies said they spread their commitment to the Global Compact principles to their subsidiaries, with nearly half of those, 44 per cent, creating separate sustainability functions at the subsidiary level.Increasingly, businesses recognized the role of the private sector in advancing UN development objectives, according to the survey.Some 56 per cent of survey respondents are engaged in some form of public-private partnership at the global or local level. Reflecting a broader trend by business to build on the growing sustainability market, 42 per cent of all respondents said that they are developing products and services or designing business models that seek to contribute to UN priorities.Launched in 2008, the Global Compact Implementation Survey is an annual, anonymous online survey of Global Compact participants worldwide to take stock of environmental and social performance and identify trends and developments related to corporate sustainability issues.All of the more than 6,000 companies participating in the Global Compact were invited to take the 2010 survey conducted in November and December last year. read more

How the three main Canadian Pension Plan enrichment proposals would work

OTTAWA — Public pension reform has been a key issue at federal-provincial finance ministers’ meetings at least since 2010, with officials having looked at three major proposals for Canada Pension Plan enrichment. The plans differ slightly in their approach, but their basic aim is to increase benefits for future generations of seniors.[np_storybar title=”Jim Flaherty favours targeted approach to CPP reform, no need for ‘bazooka’” link=””%5D“There’s a specific group in our population, something like 23%, who are not saving adequately.That’s what we have to target, not the whole population,” he said. “So, we have to target those folks who are not saving enough for retirement.” Keep reading.[/np_storybar]They are also similar in that all three proposals are pre-funded, meaning that although contributions to pay for higher benefits all kick in at the same time, contributions will hit their maximum boosted level far quicker than benefits.1. The Wes Sheridan plan, proposed by the Prince Edward Island finance minister, may be the most complicated because it impacts workers differently depending on their level of earnings.Currently, the CPP plan pays out about 25% replacement benefits on up to $51,100 of pensionable earnings, resulting in a maximum annual benefit of $12,150. Because it is aimed at the middle class, the Sheridan plan calls for no changes in either benefits or contribution rates for employees on the first $25,500 or so of pensionable earnings.For those in the $25,500 to $51,000 earnings range, contribution rates for both employers and employees would rise by 1.5 percentage points each.The Sheridan plan also calls for doubling the pensionable limit to about $102,000, with the contribution rate on the additional $51,000 set a 1.55% each for employer and employees.The bottom line is that at the top end, those with pensionable earnings of $102,000, annual benefits would rise from the current $12,150 to about $23,400.In order to be pre-funded, premiums would be phased in over three years once the program started and benefits would be phased in over about 40 years before peaking.———2. The Canadian Labour Congress plan has also received much attention. The major difference is that it would not double the pensionable earnings limit, or create a separate category for lower income workers, hence it is far simpler.It calls for a three-percentage-point hike in premium rates for employers and employees equally from the current 4.95%. The maximum contribution rises from the current $2,356 to about $3,593 over 10 years.Annual benefits would double to 50% of pensionable earnings to about $24,000 at the top end, but the phase in period is long, close to 40 years.———3. A third proposal ministers have looked at in the past is called the 10-10-10 plan, so named because it would lift income replacement by 10 percentage points to 35% of pensionable earnings, while also raising the ceiling on those earnings by 10 points to $61,000. The other 10 refers to how many years it will take to fully phase in.———Analysts note that all the plans can be tweaked to reduce pain of premium hikes, but that would also lead to more modest boosts to benefits. read more

Germany pushes EU to demand broader investor access to Canada documents

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Germany is pushing the European Union to demand that Canada get rid of its screening system for European investors, freshly leaked government documents show.In a memo to European officials who are negotiating a free-trade agreement with Canada, Germany says Canada must stop applying the Investment Canada Act to European firms that want to buy into Canada, especially in the energy sector.The deal with Canada must deliver “ambitious results with new market access and clear rules,” says the Oct. 25 memo obtained by The Canadian Press. “This includes the abolition of reservations in the Investment Canada Act and of ministerial discretion.“The German and EU energy industry should also benefit from additional, non-discriminatory market access.”The investment act is the set of rules and guidelines Ottawa is using right now to try and amend the corporate behaviour of a Chinese state-run enterprise seeking to take over Calgary-based Nexen Inc.The act requires Ottawa to approve foreign acquisitions of domestic firms. Only acquisitions that are of “net benefit” to Canadians are approved. Officials at Industry Canada make recommendations, but their minister has the ultimate say.In the past, takeovers were routinely approved. But the federal Conservatives have turned down three high-profile deals in the last few years. They are now in the midst of intense negotiations with China’s CNOOC to make sure transparency, management, employment and investment undertakings are up to scratch.Granting the EU its wish to get rid of the net benefits test would deprive the Conservatives of a useful tool in controlling what happens in the oil patch and elsewhere.Trade consultant Laura Dawson says that’s why Ottawa would never concede to such a demand.“Under no circumstances would they agree,” she said.Trade and investment deals usually apply only to treatment of investors once they are approved to invest in the other country and don’t usually pertain to the approval system itself, she said. Many countries have screens for foreign investors — often linked to national security — and such screens are not generally subject to trade pacts.“Everybody’s got something, so it would be bizarre that Canada would agree,” she said.Still, the German demand made it into the EU’s own list of demands, according to leaked EU documents posted last weekend by La Presse and dated Nov. 6. Those documents summarized the state of play and said exempting EU investors from the Investment Canada Act remains an “important offensive interest.”The German memo also urges European negotiators to demand more access to the Canadian banking sector — another sacred cow for the federal government.“Germany seeks new market access for its financial services providers across all sectors,” the note says. “This would entail core obligations for financial services on the side of Canada.”Canadian regulations don’t specifically forbid foreign takeovers of Canadian financial institutions, but a provision that no single shareholder can own more than 10 per cent effectively acts as a barrier.That rule made Canada look archaic a decade ago, but has stood the country’s financial sector in good stead over the last few years of global financial crisis, said Dawson.“Now our financial services sector is considered to be the envy of the world,” she said, adding that she doubts Canadian negotiators would feel too much European pressure to liberalize the banking sector, especially given the state of Europe’s banks.Officials in International Trade Minister Ed Fast’s office refused to answer any questions on specific details of the trade negotiations, saying talks are at a sensitive stage.“We caution Canadians against attaching credibility to speculation that stems from leaked, draft documents,” spokesman Adam Taylor said in an email exchange. “The process of negotiations continues to unfold. Negotiators are engaged in focused discussions on the remaining issues, but some important work remains to be done.”The German memo also pushes the EU to drive a harder bargain on investor-state dispute mechanisms in the treaty.Canada wants to give European investors the same treatment it offers American and Mexican investors under NAFTA. But Germany wants its companies to be able to demand full compensation if new environmental or labour legislation hurts their bottom line.That demand has also been taken up by the European Union, but is being opposed by Canada, according to other documents obtained previously by The Canadian Press.The German memo also shows a strong push for more Canadian concessions on rules of origin for auto manufacturers. Patent terms for pharmaceuticals were also still contentious.Germany makes clear that the EU has to drive a hard bargain with Canada because the Canada-EU deal will be a blueprint for negotiations with the United States expected soon.The memo also expresses deep concern about how the Canadian provinces will be held to the provisions agreed to by the federal government.“It is vital to have a legally unambiguous inclusion of the Canadian provinces … so that it can be ensured that the Canadian commitments also apply to the provinces, especially on public procurement, investment and services,” the German memo says.The memo says Canadian negotiators have run into constitutional issues at home and are trying to resolve the provincial responsibility issue by an exchange of letters that would outline what the provinces are committed to.Canada and the European Union had pledged to finish three years of talks on the massive trade agreement by the end of 2012, but it now looks like negotiations will drag into the new year. Germany pushes EU to demand broader investor access to Canada: documents by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2012 3:23 pm MDT read more

Measure of US economys health rose 07 per cent in August in

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Sep 19, 2013 10:13 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Measure of US economy’s health rose 0.7 per cent in August in sign of stronger growth WASHINGTON – A gauge of the U.S. economy’s health posted a solid gain in August in a sign of stronger growth in coming months.The Conference Board says that its index of leading indicators increased 0.7 per cent in August, compared to July, when the index had risen 0.5 per cent.Conference Board economist Ken Goldstein says the two months of gains pointed to “more pep” in the pace of economic activity. read more

Fords 2015 pretax profit jumps on stronger sales

by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2016 5:03 am MDT Last Updated Jan 28, 2016 at 2:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ford’s 2015 pretax profit jumps on stronger sales This Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, photo, shows the blue Ford oval badge in the grill of a pickup truck on the sales lot at Butler County Ford in Butler, Pa. Ford reports financial results on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) DEARBORN, Mich. – Higher sales in most of the world helped Ford Motor Co. achieve a record pretax profit in 2015, but investors remain skittish that the good news won’t keep coming.Ford’s pretax profit jumped 48 per cent to $10.8 billion, the highest in its 112-year history. The company’s U.S. sales hit their highest level in a decade, and the F-Series pickup remained the bestselling vehicle in the U.S. for the 34th straight year. Ford reported a profit in Europe for the first time in four years, and profits in Asia jumped 29 per cent. A change in the way Ford accounts for its pension costs also boosted pretax results.Bob Shanks, Ford’s chief financial officer, said 2015 was the “breakthrough year” Ford promised after it spent heavily in 2014 to build new plants in Asia and bring a new, aluminum-sided F-150 pickup to market in the U.S. The company expects this year’s pretax profit to be equal or higher.Shanks said he agrees that the U.S. market — which saw record new-vehicle sales of 17.5 million last year — is plateauing, but it could stay at that high level for several years. Low oil prices, low interest rates and a growing housing market all bode well for continuing strong sales.Shanks said Ford’s growing business outside the U.S. should also comfort investors. He said more than half of the $1.3 billion increase in Ford’s operating profit in the fourth quarter came from regions outside North America.“We have a very strong, robust structure, so if and when there will be a downturn — and at some point there will — we’re very well prepared to manage that and continue to be profitable and continue to pay our regular dividend and continue to invest in the business,” Shanks said.Shanks said one metric — cash flow — will fall this year because of increased engineering costs and the expense of bringing a new aluminum-sided Super Duty truck to market. He also said Ford will be spending more on mobility projects such as experimental ride-hailing services.Ford’s full-year net income jumped to $7.4 billion from $1.2 billion in 2014. Excluding one-time items, such as $600 million in employee separation payments, Ford earned $1.93 per share. Analysts polled by FactSet were expecting full-year earnings of $1.73 per share.Ford’s revenue rose 4 per cent to $149.6 billion for the year, also beating forecasts. Global sales rose 5 per cent to 6.6 million.Ford also said it will make a record profit-sharing payment of $9,300 to each of Ford’s 53,000 U.S. hourly workers.Efraim Levy, an analyst with S&P Capital IQ, reiterated his “strong buy” rating on Ford stock and said investors were overreacting. Even if U.S. auto sales slow this year, he said, buyers are likely to favour SUVs and trucks, which helps Ford and other Detroit brands. He also expects sales growth in Europe and China.Still, Levy lowered his target price on Ford’s stock by $2 to $17 to reflect the plateauing market.“Traditionally these companies look cheap at the top and expensive at the bottom,” he said.North America drove Ford’s results, with a full-year pretax profit up 26 per cent to $9.3 billion. Ford’s full-year operating margin for North America reached 10.2 per cent, up from 9 per cent in 2014 and within Ford’s ideal range of 8-10 per cent.Ford reported its highest-ever full-year pretax profit of $765 million in its Asia Pacific region and eked out a $259 million profit in Europe and a $13 million profit in the Middle East and Africa. South America remained weak, with an $832 million loss, but Shanks noted that even in that volatile region, Ford managed to command higher prices.“We really started to see the international operations start to come forward,” Shanks said.Ford shares fell 18 cents to $11.67 in afternoon trading Thursday. read more

BBM on its way to iOS and Android

first_imgIf you know anyone who uses a BlackBerry, then you probably know a BBM addict (especially if they are in the under-30 crowd). BlackBerry Messenger, the OS’ mobile instant messaging platform, is very popular and its exclusivity to the RIM’s devices has causes any number of people to hold onto their BlackBerry instead of moving to iOS and Android. According to a leak today RIM is planning to take BBM over to Android and then to iOS.It’s just an early leak so nothing is confirmed, but BGR seems very confident that this will happen. They hear nothing is finalized, but the app will either be free or available for a one-time fee, just like most apps.AdChoices广告And why would RIM want to port over its crown jewel? The guess is that while it has been important for user retention, RIM would rather take a firm hold of the mobile IM market than keep some people using BlackBerry handsets. It seems to us that if choosing being phone sales and app market share, RIM is weaker in the latter so they may want to use their expertise to take over a small piece of app property even if it means some lost sales.Importantly, it’s noted that the Android and iOS versions will not offer the same BBM experience that people know and love. Users will be able to communicate across platforms but if they want all the bells and whistles they will need an actual BlackBerry. In this way it might actually lure some people over to BlackBerry (we’re guessing not too many).From what the article says the Android version is a sure thing, thanks to it being a more open platform, but there is no clear word on pricing. iOS would then come later on.Read more at BGRlast_img read more

Packets of instant beer are now a thing

first_imgThe same thing that makes beer refreshing makes it more cumbersome to transport: it’s full of water. Fortunately, Pat Tatera’s company has figured out a solution to that annoying little problem. The result: beer in a pocketable packet that you can easily take with you anywhere.Now, it’s not as simple as dumping the goop into a glass and adding water — not unless you’re the type who’s satisfied with flat, lifeless beer. You need a packet of Pat’s special brew, his equally special portable carbonator, and a pouch of eco2ACTIVATOR. It’s the activator’s combination of potassium bicarbonate and citric acid that imbues your brew with fizz.Pat’s contraption produces a full pint in just a couple of minutes, complete with a nice, foamy head. According to those who have sampled Pat’s beers, it’s pretty good. Not as good as your favorite craft brews, probably, but it’s on par with more run-of-the-mill beers.It’s made with the same ingredients as any beer that adheres to German purity laws: barley, water, hops, and yeast. While typical brewing equipment is used, it only handles the first part of the process. A secret array of geeky gear takes care of the final phases required to produce the concentrated (50% alcohol) “syrup.”Assuming your adventures lead you somewhere that has a ready supply of cool, clean water (or at least have a good water purifier packed, too), the Carbonator and a few small envelopes are all you need to whip up a cold one on the spot. It’s a heck of a lot more convenient than lugging a cooler all over the backwoods, and you don’t need to worry about broken bottles or punctured cans.Obviously, you’re going to have to absorb some startup costs if you decide that Pat’s system deserves a place in your backpack. The Carbonator kit sells for $39.95, and it comes with six packets of activator and five soft drink mixes. The hard stuff (your choice of Pale Rail or Black IPA) will set you back $9.95 for a four pack.Sure, you could pick up a case of Genny Cream Ale for a lot less, but consider how much lighter your load will be… and how cool you’ll look brewing up an individual beer in front of the campfire!last_img read more

Rio20 des résultats en demiteinte

first_imgRio+20 : des résultats en demi-teinteLe Sommet de l’ONU Rio+20 n’a pas donné entière satisfaction bien que la plupart des participants tentent de minimiser cet échec.Organisé du 20 au 22 juin, le sommet Rio+20 avait pour objectif premier d’engager le monde vers l’éradication de la pauvreté et la préservation de la nature. Mais comme beaucoup l’avait supposé avant même que la conférence ne commence, le résultat est au final loin d’être atteint et ce, bien que de nombreux participants cherchent à minimiser cet échec. “On est déçu, mais ce n’est pas un échec”, affirmait un d’entre eux quand la présidente brésilienne Dilma Rousseff. a assuré pour sa part que ce n’est qu'”un point de départ”.Vendredi soir, les représentants de 193 pays ont finalement ratifié un texte sans grande envergure. Baptisé “l’avenir que nous voulons”, celui-ci évoque l’économie verte sans fournir de lignes directrices et sans rien imposer. Dans le même esprit, il prône un renforcement du programme des Nations Unies pour l’environnement (PNUE) mais ne lui donne aucun moyen ni aucune autonomie. Au milieu de formules consensuelles préservant les égoïsmes nationaux, se glisse le principe d’objectifs du développement durable “en nombre limité, concis et tournés vers l’action”. Concernant tous les pays du monde (riches et pauvres), ces objectifs devraient être mis en place d’ici 2015, avec échéance probable en 2030. C’est peut-être là la principale avancée de Rio+20.De son côté, Laurence Tubiana, directrice de l’IDDRI (Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales) cité par l’AFP, a estimé qu’il s’agissait là d’un “calendrier serré, intensif” et que ces objectifs représentent “l’acquis principal du sommet, sans hésitation”. Pour elle, il y a ainsi “une volonté de réussir”. Toutefois, elle a elle-même dénoncé “l’impuissance du politique, la paralysie du système”, soulignant le fait que “ça rende pessimiste sur sa capacité à générer quelque chose”. Ronan Dantec, sénateur EELV et porte-parole pour le climat de l’organisation mondiale Cités et Gouvernements Locaux Unis (CGLU), explique quand à lui : “Rio, ça dit qu’on est incapable aujourd’hui de trouver un accord face aux défis planétaires environnementaux et sociaux”. Selon lui, il faudrait encore “trois ans”.”Le chemin est long et ardu” À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?De leur côté, les ONG sont beaucoup plus virulentes devant le peu de résultats concrets du sommet. “Dans l’avenir que nous voulons, il y a de l’engagement et de l’action, pas seulement des promesses”, ont-elles lancé. Elles ont affirmé leur volonté de revenir aux actions de proximité, trouvant dans cet “échec” une énergie nouvelle pour transformer “la colère en action”. Ainsi, Daniel Mittler, de Greenpeace a lancé “l’échec de Rio+20 donnera aux gens plus d’énergie pour se mobiliser et se battre pour la planète”.Brice Lalonde, coorganisateur du Sommet admet que “193 pays qui doivent atteindre l’unanimité, c’est difficile, peut-être il faut modifier le système de fonctionnement”. Certains sont en revanche plus catégoriques comme Gilles Berhault, président du Comité français pour le développement durable qui lance : “C’est une structure inadaptée”. Plus optimiste, Ban Ki-Moon, le secrétaire général de l’ONU a quant à lui conclu : “Les discours sont terminés, maintenant commence le travail. Le chemin est long et ardu, l’aiguille de l’horloge court, et l’avenir est entre nos mains”.Le 25 juin 2012 à 13:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gambia U23s Morocco in Sunday Friendly

first_imgBy Sulayman BahGambia’s U-23s are slated to take on Morocco in an international friendly this Sunday.Under the tutelage of coach Omar Sise, the Scorpions engage the North Africans as the Atlas Lions Dream Team prepare for the U-23 qualifiers, a tournament Gambia won’t be competing in.Sise has called up a good chunk of local-based Gambian players with only Senegal-based Mustapha Drammeh and Pa Omar Jobe being the foreign stars.The gaffer this week defended his frequent inclusion of Jobe from their time at U-20 level insisting the forward works his socks off for the team.The Scorpions’ friendly with Brikama United on Wednesday wrapped up in a four-goal-thriller with each netting two goals.Gambia and Morocco have an understanding of aiding each other in competitions but that has not stopped critics of the Football House questioning relevance of the game.The first friendly takes place this Sunday with the second-leg occurring next week Wednesday.last_img read more

Landing gear on aircraft collapse at Tamiami Airport

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The landing gear on an aircraft collapsed as it was landing at an airport in Southwest Miami-Dade.The Searey aircraft was making its way onto the runway at Tamiami Airport just before 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.According to FAA officials, only the pilot was on board the small plane, and there were no reported injuries.The plane was towed off the runway.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Hearsts Food Network Magazine Sees 7th Ratebase Increase in 3 Years

first_imgFood Network Magazine seems to be cooking up excitement with readers—Hearst Magazines announced Wednesday that the publication will increase its ratebase by 50,000 up to 1.45 million beginning this summer. According to its most recent filings with the Audit Bureau of Circulations for the period ending June 30, 2011, the publication had a total paid and verified circulation of 1,472,607, with single copies (print and digital) falling at almost 340,000. Single-copy sales for the second half of 2011 are projected at an increase of 15 percent over the second half of 2010, according to a news release from Hearst.“We’ve shown incredible strength on the newsstand and in our overall circulation at a time when every category has been challenged,” says Vicki Wellington, vice president, publisher and chief revenue officer for Food Network Magazine, according to a prepared statement. “Food Network Magazine has proven to be a leader in all things food and entertainment, and we continue to enjoy significant growth.”center_img This is the 7th ratebase increase for the title since it launched in 2009. The most recent increase is taking effect for the January/February 2012 issue, bringing the title up to 1.4 million. Test issues of the magazine were first contemplated back in the fall of 2008 with an initial circulation pool of 300,000 issues. In August 2011 Hearst announced the January/February issue of the magazine would reach 1.4 million, up from 1.3 million at the time, and now surpassing that initial figure by 50,000 for the July/August 2012 issue.Shortly after the publication debuted it was named one of the most notable launches of 2009 and the publisher was able to triple its circulation by 2010. The magazine now expects circulation for the second half of 2011 to be about 21 percent above ratebase.last_img read more

Novel form of stress promotes longevity

first_imgA newly described form of stress triggers in cells a response that leads to a longer life, according to a study that opens up the possibility of new ways to intervene in human ageing and promote longevity. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston Methodist Research Institute in the US found that moderate chromatin stress levels set off a stress response in yeast, the tiny laboratory worm C elegans, the fruit fly and mouse embryonic stem cells. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn yeast and C elegans, the researchers found that the response promotes longevity. The findings, published in the journal Science Advances, suggest that chromatin stress response and the longevity it mediates may be conserved in other organisms. “Chromatin stress refers to disruptions in the way DNA is packed within the nucleus of the cell,” said Weiwei Dang, an assistant professor at Baylor. “One of the factors that influences chromatin structure is proteins called histones,” Dang said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the nucleus of cells, DNA wraps itself around histone proteins forming a ‘beads-on-a-string’ structure called chromatin. Other proteins bind along chromatin and the structure folds further into more complicated configurations. Everything involving DNA would have to deal with this chromatin structure, Dang said. For example, when a particular gene is expressed, certain enzymes interact with the chromatin structure to negotiate access to the gene and translate it into proteins. When chromatin stress happens, disruption of the chromatin structure can lead to unwanted changes in gene expression, such as expression of genes when they are not supposed to or lack of gene expression when it should occur. Dang and his colleagues worked in the lab with the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to investigate how the dosage of histone genes would affect longevity. They expected that yeast genetically engineered to carry fewer copies of certain histone genes than normal or control yeast would have chromatin changes that would result in the yeast living less than controls. “Unexpectedly, we found that yeast with fewer copies of histone genes lived longer than the controls,” said Ruofan Yu, a research assistant in the Dang lab. Yeast with a moderately low dose of histone genes showed a moderate reduction of histone gene expression and significant chromatin stress. Their response to chromatin disruption was changes in the activation of a number of genes that eventually promoted longevity. In previous work Dang and colleagues had shown that in ageing cells chromatin structure progressively falls apart. Histone alterations, such as a decrease in their protein levels, are a characteristic of the ageing process, but the researchers showed that if they compensated for this age-related decrease in histone levels by overexpressing certain histone genes they extended the lifespan of ageing yeast cells. In the new study, they discovered that moderately reducing the number of copies of histone genes in young yeast also promoted longevity. “We have identified a previously unrecognised and unexpected form of stress that triggers a response that benefits the organism,” Yu said. “The mechanism underlying the chromatin stress response generated by moderate reduction of histone dosage is different from the one triggered by histone over-expression we had previously described, as shown by their different profiles of protein expression responses,” he said. Dang, Yu and their colleagues found that chromatin stress also occurs in other organisms such as the laboratory worm C elegans, the fruit fly and mouse embryonic stem cells, and in yeast and C elegans the chromatin stress response promotes longevity. “Our findings suggest that the chromatin stress response may also be present in other organisms. If present in humans, it would offer new possibilities to intervene in the ageing process,” Dang further said.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | July 08, 2008 InnerSpace Launches New Line of Heavy Duty Storage Units July 9, 2008 – InnerSpace has added the V-Series line of heavy-duty cabinets, carts and workstations to its organized storage solutions product offering. V-Series high density storage products reportedly allow for more storage in less space due to partitioned, full-extension drawers. Movable interlocking steel partitions and dividers are shipped fully assembled and allow drawer compartment sizes to be adjusted to accommodate supplies of varying sizes and shapes. Roll-out shelves are also available for storing instrument trays and other large bulky items. Cabinets are available in five standard heights (59-inch, 44-inch, 37-inch, 33-inch and 30-inch). A total of 15 standard drawer heights are available ranging from 2-1/4 inches to 13-1/4 inches. Heavy-duty drawers have a load capacity of 400 pounds and provide 4.4 square feet of usable storage space. Drawer pulls are equipped with a large label and plastic shield for easy identification of contents.All V-Series products are constructed of heavy-duty all welded steel and are backed by a lifetime warranty. Cabinet and cart housings, drawers and other exposed surfaces are protected with a hard, epoxy polyester-based powder coating that is both environmentally friendly and resistant to surface scratches and corrosion, said the company. Ten standard colors are available at no additional charge.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

CTM Claims AFTA Best National Travel Management Company Award

first_imgCraig Smith – CTM Head of Key Stakeholder Relations, with Adele Sheers of Qantas Source = Corporate Travel Management Corporate Travel Management has again been recognised as the Best National Travel Management Company in Australia, claiming the prestigious Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) award at the weekend for the seventh time in the past eight years.At a gala dinner in the Grand Ballroom of Sydney’s The Westin on Saturday July 9, CTM Head of Key Stakeholder Relations Craig Smith beamed as he collected the coveted award in front of almost 1000 attendees from all corners of Australia’s travel industry.Jamie Pherous, Managing Director of CTM, said the award was further confirmation of the success of the company’s highly personalised approach and dedication to innovation for its clients.“This is an amazing achievement, with CTM now laying claim to this award a total of seven times in the last eight years – all CTM staff should be very proud of this milestone,” said Pherous.“It has been a great year so far for CTM, with our $500m Total Transaction Value for the 2011 Financial Year exceeding our expectations, two profit upgrades in our first six months of listing on the ASX, and now this fantastic award which we see as the most prestigious award of the year.“CTM’s success I believe lies in our constant innovation in market-leading corporate travel technology such as our assist-u and u-track mobile services, our proven Return on Investment for clients coupled with our highly personalised service model and our ability to increase productivity both for our clients, and for ourselves, through our travel technology.“These elements allow us to make a compelling case to clients both new and existing, and so we have been able to continually enjoy strong organic growth through not only new clients wins but by retaining existing clients.“To win this award gives us further proof that what we do here at CTM is valuable to our clients and recognised by our industry, and is testament to the extreme dedication and hard work of our entire workforce – I couldn’t be prouder.“One of those CTM staff also deserves a special nod, with Perth CTM Consultant Cecilia Menage a finalist in this year’s AFTA Best Travel Consultant award for the Corporate sector. It is proof of her commitment and hard work to be listed amongst the finalists in what is an extremely competitive category, and I along with all of CTM would like to thank her.”The AFTA National Travel Industry Awards is the premier industry event of the year. CTM has now been awarded the Best National Travel Management Company title seven times in the past eight years and was inducted into the AFTA Hall of Fame in 2010 in recognition of its long running success.last_img read more

New Caledonia Lagoon Marks 10Year Anniversary

first_imgNew Caledonia Lagoon Marks 10-Year AnniversaryNew Caledonia’s famous turquoise lagoon marks its 10-year anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed in 2008 for its exceptional natural beauty and astounding marine biodiversity. New Caledonia Travel Connection (NCTC), Australia’s leading travel specialist to New Caledonia, invites you to plunge into this underwater paradise and let your senses feast on colourful fish and vibrant coral beds that seem to stretch for miles. Giant black manta rays, sea turtles and dugongs (sea cows) also frequent the lagoon’s warm waters and are known to cosy up to visitors so be ready for an experience of a lifetime.Travel to New Caledonia and bask in the renowned lagoon’s impossibly blue waters with these amazing offers: Starts at $1,199 p.p. | Save up to $250 per coupleSteal away to beautiful Noumea with this 4-night package that includes return flights, transfers and accommodation at Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa, a great base from which to explore the vibrant city. Retire in warm, pleasant rooms and relax by the beach or at the outdoor pool and spa.Hilton & Escapade Island PackageStarts at $1,299 p.p. | Save up to $500 per coupleExperience the romantic beauty and South Pacific charm of New Caledonia with this exciting 4-night package. Stay in a luxurious beach bungalow at Escapade Island Resort and try your hand at the many water-based activities at Anse Vata Beach when you are at Hilton Noumea.Sheraton New Caledonia Deva – Scenic Retreat PackageStarts at $1,499 p.p. | Save up to $850 per coupleThis 5-night package immerses travellers to the wild wonders of New Caledonia’s Deva Domain. Take on adventures in the scenic Deva region, marvel at the stunning lagoon and end the day relaxing at the resort’s Deep Nature Spa or getting a much-deserved pamper with one of the many treatments.Le Meridien Noumea – Beachside Bliss PackageStarts at $1,699 p.p. | Save up to $500 per coupleGet introduced to the beauty of New Caledonia with this 5-night package at the luxurious Le Meridien Noumea. Located on the beachfront overlooking Anse Vata Bay, guests enjoy easy access to the beach where a wide range of water sports await.All packages are inclusive of international return flights, accommodation and transfers. Exclusive bonuses are also added in some packages, such as free access to the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, free nights, free room upgrades, discounted room rates and complimentary glasses of wine.For full details and bookings contact New Caledonia Travel Connection on 1300 108 625, email us at or visit = New Caledonia Travel Connection Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa Noumea – Short Break Packagelast_img read more

Maldives welcomes 1000000th visitor of Visit Maldives Year 2016

first_imgMaldives, achieving yet another milestone of Visit Maldives Year 2016, welcomed the one millionth visitor of 2016 at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Alefiya Merchant from India who arrived on Air India flight with her husband Ali Asgar Godhrawala for their honeymoon was warmly welcomed by H. E. Akhilesh Mishra, the High Commissioner of India to the Maldives, Hussain Lirar and Shazail Shiyam, Deputy Ministers of Tourism, Haris Mohamed, Acting Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) and other senior officials from the Ministry of Tourism, MMPRC, Maldives Airports Company Limited and representatives of the tourism industry.Upon arrival, the couple were welcomed at the arrival terminal by officials from MMPRC, Department of Immigration and Maldives Airports Company Ltd, from where they were escorted to the VIP lounge in a procession of traditional Boduberu performance.The Indian High Commissioner awarded them with a commemorative plaque. A special gift was also awarded by the Managing Director of MMPRC. The honeymoon couple also received a complimentary holiday package from Hurawalhi Resort. The prize was presented by Shazail Shiyam, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Cherry Zhuang, Sales and Marketing Manager of Crown and Champa Resorts.An Indian National being the one millionth visitor was of great significance to the Maldives, as India is a rapidly growing market, which attained its position within the top ten single source markets climbing up to reaching amongst the top five source markets to the Maldives.Arrivals from India witnessed a positive growth of 21.5% from January to July when compared to the same period in 2015. During this period in 2016 a total of 34,884 Indian tourists arrived in Maldives.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter With mindfulness eme

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWith ‘mindfulness’ emerging as one of last year’s biggest buzzwords, there are few activities that encourage you to stay more wholeheartedly in the moment than travel.Luxury travel operator, Sanctuary Retreats, has established a well-deserved reputation for creating inspirational travel experiences in some of the most remote, exclusive and exotic destinations on Earth. Australian’s Director of Sales, Michael McCall comments: “As a company we subscribe to the philosophy that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. So for us the very best holidays are those measured by the myriad of life-affirming memories our guests take home.”Here are Michael’s top seven favourite experiences which are sure to capture your imagination:Walking with elephantsWitnessing elephants in their natural habitat is one thing. Enjoying a leisurely stroll with one of these majestic creatures as your personal guide is quite another. For an authentic Africa safari with a difference, a chance to interact with some of the Okavango Delta’s biggest characters and explore the Botswana bush trunk-in-hand is hard to beat. Sanctuary Retreats’ Living with Elephant’s program offers guests at both Sanctuary Baines Camp and Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp a rare opportunity to spend a morning walking with three semi-habituated elephants, observing and interacting with them in their natural environment.Sanctuary Baines Camp priced from US$750 per person per night twin share and Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp priced from US$550 per person per night twin share.Boat back in time through China’s Three GorgesCruising along the mighty Yangtze’s tributary, the Shennong River, is the ideal way to absorb the area’s serene beauty and distinctive gorges. But a tour of one of China’s most fascinating and remarkable regions is further enhanced by the chance to meet some of the locals who call it home. Guests aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer have the rare opportunity to do just that. One of China’s most ancient people, the Tujia traditionally made their living from the waterways, and a highlight of any Sanctuary Retreats’ Yangtze cruise is an excursion on one of their traditional Sampan – or longboat – skilfully poled along by local boatmen while learning about their customs.Three-night cruises aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer are priced from US$1,350 per person twin share.Al fresco Star-BathAs if a Botswana safari wasn’t memorable enough, Sanctuary Retreats’ Sanctuary Baines Camp offers up the ultimate indulgent way to unwind after an epic day’s game viewing. Each of the Camp’s five luxuriously appointed suites take pure bliss to a new level, with the chance to soak up the magic of Botswana’s night skies from a sumptuous bathtub on your own private viewing deck. As guests luxuriate beneath a glittering canopy awash with stars and the hippo-rich waters of the Boro River babble below, this intimate eco-camp is guaranteed to take them one step closer to heaven.Mingle with mountain gorillasThe dramatic volcanic landscape of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to half the world’s remaining population of mountain gorilla, making it the ideal base to come face to face with one of man’s closest relatives – and one of nature’s most endangered species. Sanctuary Retreats’ Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the only luxury camp within the forest where guests can venture deep into the rainforest to track resident mountain gorilla families. And, thanks to the camp’s remote location within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, gorillas are also frequent visitors, making an encounter with Silverbacks from your exclusive base a distinct possibility.Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp priced from US$380 per person per night twin share.Canoe the ZambeziFor most of us, the word Zambezi conjures up images of bygone adventurers returning from unspoilt wilderness with tales of derring-do. Thankfully, Zambia’s most famous river remains much unchanged today, teeming with phenomenal wildlife and ripe for exploring. Guests staying at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma can head out on their own two-hour canoeing expedition along the dramatic stretch of river before heading back to the lodge for a restorative ‘sun-downer’. And for those still thirsting for an intrepid experience, the lodge’s 12 luxurious tree houses are sure to appease even the most daredevil amongst us.Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma priced from US$650 per person per night twin share.Watch the greatest game show on earthAs far as safaris go, a chance to watch the annual pilgrimage of over 1.5 million wildebeest between Kenya and Tanzania play out in front of you has to be one of the most spectacular sights on earth. And, as the Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp moves between a trio of locations, guests can beat the crowds and marvel at one of life’s greatest circles of life all year round.Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp priced from US$450 per person per night twin share.Candle-lit dining on the banks of the Ayeyarwady RiverThere’s no denying the romance of an idyllic dinner under a blanket of stars in a dramatic outdoor setting. Which is why a sandbank dinner for those travelling aboard the Sanctuary Ananda on Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River offers up the ultimate ‘picnic’ experience. Here, as the night sky glistens overhead and pagodas shine in the skyline, guests can savour delicious Burmese delicacies surrounded by lanterns and traditional parasols, before returning to their luxurious all-suite ship as they continue down the Road to Mandalay.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Thieving postal worker jailed

first_imgA 39-year-old man was sentenced on Wednesday to two and a half years in prison after being found guilty of stealing more than 250 postal sacks between 2015 and October 2016 while he was working at the sorting office at the old airport in Larnaca.The man, Giorgos Georgiou, had admitted to stealing the sacks of incoming and outgoing air mail. Police had found in his house and car, in total, 268 postal sacks.Georgiou was arrested in October 2016, after being caught stealing mail sacks with undelivered letters and parcels over a period of 18 months.He told officers that after the first theft went unnoticed he continued stealing and that sometimes he found money in various currencies, amounting in total to around €1,000. He had admitted that from that point on he became addicted to stealing the sacks.The letters located in the sacks, were delivered to their recipients a few months after they were discovered, after police had concluded their investigation concerning the case.You May LikeCruise Destinations | Search AdsDon’t Miss The Cruise Deal of a Lifetime! Search For Europe River CruisesCruise Destinations | Search AdsUndoHealevateNinja History – Are Ninjas Real And Do They Still Exist Today?HealevateUndoWorldationIf you thought cats weren’t as fun as dogs, you clearly haven’t read this articleWorldationUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

EC Rubbishes Smriti Iranis Charges of Booth Capturing by Congress in Amethi

first_imgLucknow: Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Uttar Pradesh Lakku Venkateshwarlu has said allegations of booth capturing in Amethi are false after Union minister Smriti Irani tweeted a video of a woman who claimed that she was made to vote for the Congress. Venkateshwarlu, while talking to reporters, said the charges levelled by the elderly woman in the video clip that went viral on social media were found to be “baseless”. “Following the complaint, the sector officer, senior officials and even observers rushed to the booth and spoke to the polling agents of the political parties, other officials in the polling booth following which it was conclusively found that the charges in the video clip were fabricated. Due to prima facie allegations in the clip, the presiding officer was summarily removed while the probe was going on,” he said.The video clip had created a huge controversy, with Smriti Irani claiming that booth capturing was being done at the behest of Congress president Rahul Gandhi who is seeking re-election in Amethi.She added that Gandhi was resorting to stealing votes. “They said that ‘chowkidar chor hai’, but they are the ones who are stealing votes. Rahul Gandhi will have to answer for such acts and the administration must look into the matter,” she said.Irani is the BJP candidate in Amethi and is contesting against Gandhi in a fierce battle. amethiBJPcongressRahul Gandhi First Published: May 7, 2019, 7:50 AM ISTlast_img read more